Serendipity- Chapter 3 – Cant Go Further


He mumbles to himself, “Let’s get this over with” and clicks on the icon. An email from his bank titled urgent stared at him. With beads of perspiration beginning to form on his forehead he hesitantly opened the email.  

Legal notice
Take action immediately !!

This legal notice is about your mortgage loan on the apartment at 301 El Prado, Kandivali, Mumbai.

Ashu rapidly read the entire e-mail which ended with,  “The due payment of Rs. 75,00,000/- to be made within the next 4 weeks. Failing to do so, we reserve the right to seize the possession of the property and foreclose the loan”

He looked away from his phone in dismay. His worst nightmare had come true.
Financial problems had always plagued him ever since he was a little boy. He wasn’t born with a silver spoon. Ashu’s father did not have the most handsome pay yet he was able to make ends meet.

The man worked diligently so that he could provide for Ashu and his younger sister Nisha’s education. His father always had a smile on his face no matter how stressed he was and encouraged both of his children to study hard and to join the colleges they aimed for.

A year after graduation, his father died of a heart attack. At this moment, Ashu could only think of his father. He began to question himself. What would he do if he was in my place? What advice would he give me?

He wondered how he would break the news to his family. He closed his eyes and remembered the day of his father’s funeral. The sad faces of people, the quiet atmosphere, the muffled cries. The empty office and blank walls all seemed to say something to Ashu. It was as if he could hear his dads voice which said, “Son, I have done all that I could to get you where you are. Now I pass the mantle to you. Provide for your sister and your mother. Be the man I was and don’t give up.”

Just like he had done back then, Ashu whispered to himself, ‘’I won’t give up’’. He opened his eyes and wiped away a few tears that were beginning to form around the corner of his eyes.

He had lost all motivation to back to a house that could soon be taken away from him. “What’s the point of going back?” he asked himself. “I should have stayed back at the office,” he thought, but as he did so as a wild idea popped in his head. “If I have to stay alone at a place tonight it might as well be the place where I am conditioned to put aside my emotions and work. I can take this cab back to the office. I can easily sleep on my reclining chair, the office is air-conditioned and has a mini pantry.” The wild thought was now looking like an adventurous idea. However, he had a moment of self-doubt, “What am I thinking? This can’t be done at all; maybe I should just go home and sleep.” He looked down at his hand with the cab booking app. He made up his mind and said to the cab driver to turn to the destination he had picked him up from.

The cab driver got annoyed but didn’t say a word because he would get more fare for the trip. Upon arriving at the office Ashu walked in the entrance and was greeted by the same guard. Before the watchman could say anything Ashu started talking “How silly of me, I left an important file at my desk had to come back all the way to get it. I hope you haven’t closed the offices yet. “No sir I was about to do that” the guard replied. “Well I will fetch the file and leave from the back entrance so that you can close the main entrance” With his bases covered he entered the elevator and entered the office.

As he climbed in the elevator he thought to himself that this wasn’t the time or place to mope about his issues, he needed to find a solution to save his house. He spent the next two hours doing a thorough research of the internet, reading guidelines, rules, finding lawyers and checking bylaws trying to find any legal loophole that could redeem him.

After a tedious search which involved multiple sites and reading about the experience of people with a similar problem, he still couldn’t find a way out. It was however very clear to him that he needed money fast. His mind rushed back to his college days when he was in the company of students like him who were hard on cash. One particular night his friends had gathered in his room and were talking. The idle chatter had turned to a more sombre conversation when they began discussing money problems. Maybe there is something about the late hours of the night where people tend to be a bit more open and conversations become more personal than they would ever be during the day. On that particular night when Ashu and his friends were discussing their money woes one of his friend Amit told them that he had managed to get access to the dark web and was doing some betting on sports events to earn money. His bookie also gave him an assignment where he had to check into a hotel under a fake name and stay there for a night without asking any questions. The assignment was simple and the pay was handsome so Amit readily did the job and a few days later a brown envelope without a sender’s address arrived which contained a number of banknotes. Ashu vividly remembered what his friend had told him “I am not a bad person. I know the dark web can be a scary place but we’re smart enough to assess the risks, and it’s not like we will do something awful. Once you know where to draw the line it can be a very useful place to earn money quickly. Besides, I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t have an urgent need for money.” 

Ashu thought to himself “I have a perfectly valid reason and I know when to stop. This could be an opportunity to save my house. What is the worst that could happen?”

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