People walked past him with their gazes held down and meekly greeting him. He only gave a curt nod to them and continued walking towards his personal lift. His domineering aura had them go past him fast as they could and try their best, not to match his eyes. Their heartbeat got erratic in his presence and they walk with their blood-pumping organ almost jumping into their throats. Nobody knew whose last day could it be at their work, their small mistake could lead them to a level of humiliation they never knew ever existed. After all, their CEO had his hawk-like calculative eyes on everyone but you would never know he is observing you.
He got to his lift and hit the top floor button, where his office resides.
On reaching there, he saw his second in command, Yawar, standing in front of his office door, delved into conversation with someone, unaware of the fact that he also stood there.
He went for his office door and walk past them. On noticing his boss has reached, Yawar immediately dismissed the person and entered into the office, the white door silver plated with the CEO's name, IRTAZA HAIDER SYED.
As soon as he entered, he found him standing by the large glass window, viewing the whole city.
"Who was he?" he asked without turning back. His hands were inside his pockets.
"He was Asim, came here for some documents, nothing so important," Yawar immediately spoke.
He only gave a curt nod and told him to sit and Yawar sat down.
"Work is done?" he asked after sitting on his black swivel chair. His voice held authority.
"Yes, boss, May I?"
Yawar nodded and stood. He moved towards the left wall of the office while he only sat there typing a message on his phone. Yawar clicked a hidden button inside the wall and a secret door to a lift opened, revealing a badly beaten man with roped hands, gagged mouth, and blindfolded eyes. Blood spattered all over his face, his nose was broken and his cheekbones had green and blueish marks. He was breathing slowly and hardly with his mouth. Another man stood beside him to balance him.
Yawar viciously snatched his arm and followed him to the front desk. He made him kneel in front of him and stood beside the man. The other man who was in the lift also came and stood on the other side of him. The blindfolded man was kneeling at the center while Yawar and the other man stood on each side of him in front of his desk. Irtaza placed the phone on the desk and steepled his fingers, observing the man, who shivered.
"Report," his fingers now drumming against the wooden desk.
"Boss, he is Faizan, one of the most trustful man of second in command of the Osmanis," the other man, whose name was Amaan reported him.
"We found him when we raided one of their warehouses, but he is too stubborn to give out any information other than that they also are going to raid some of our warehouses yet he did not spill out their locations" he further reported.
Irtaza flew his forefinger and mid-finger of his left hand signaling something to Yawar and he immediately left the room through the hidden lift. He took a deep heavy breath and opened one of his drawers to take out his Beretta 92FS. He stood from his chair, the gun in his left hand, and took menacing long strides toward his prey. The heavy, sharp sounds of his boots striking against the marble floor had the whole room enveloped in eerie silence. Sweat started to pop out of the kneeling man's face, he very well knew in whose territory he was. The country's most notorious mafia leader had him clutched in his paws and he very well knew that by hook or by crook he will be spilling out the information very soon.
"So, you feel like keeping your mouth shut? Hmm?" Irtaza was now standing just in front of him, the tip of his gun caressing the man's face.
"I don't know anything," he feigned ignorance yet his shivering body gave the gestures of what he knew and what he not.
Irtaza pressed the tip of his gun underneath his chin, lifted his face, and removed the blindfold. His eyes now stared directly into his as he asked again.
"You won't tell us?" That look, that dark look in his eyes, paralyzed him in fear.
"Th..ey" he stuttered unable to form any coherent word and took short labored breaths.
"They what?" he smirked and removed his gun, underneath his chin. Faizan immediately unlocked his eyes and looked downwards not daring to look straight into his eyes.
"Speak up," his voice deceptively calm.
"They are g..going to raid t..two of your penthouses, o...one near to the airport a..and one to the west..st of the seaport," he immediately spilled out the locations. He was well aware that sooner or later he would almost torture him to death for sake of the information.
"You should have brought him to me at first place," Irtaza indirectly told Amman while eyeing the man, skeptically.
"Will you leave me now?" the man asked. Fear is evident in his voice.
"Yes, I surely will but first accept this little present of us," he said, amused, and turned the man's face with his handgun to the wall where the door for the lift was, and there comes in Yawar with two bodyguards behind him holding another badly beaten man.
Faizan had his eyes widened and shock was obvious on his face but he immediately covered it.
"I do not know who he is," he told him.
"I did not ask you anything," he reciprocated.
Yawar kicked in the man brought him in front of Irtaza and made him kneel as well.
Irtaza place the tip of his gun right above the second man's skull and looked straight towards Faizan.
"See what they made us do," he said to him, and after a short while, the whole room boomed with a gunshot. It was right into the skull of the other man.
A body lied dead on the floor blood oozing out from the top of his head.
Faizan only shivered and kept looking towards the dead body in bewilderment.
"Do tell your boss we caught his fucking spy" Irtaza seethed.
He placed the sole of his shoe on his head, crushing the dead man's skull.
"And don't forget to take this shithole with you," he bent down and tightly grabbed a fistful of his hair and smashed his forehead right onto the floor.
"Tell your fucking boss to stop messing with me or he'll have hell to pay," with that he smashed his head again causing stars to invade his vision.
"Y..yes, lea..vee me" he croaked.
Yawar immediately nodded and asked the other men to take these two and they did so.
"He was lying," Irtaza told to Yawar and Amman when they were left alone in the room.
"It was all planted that man was only there to mislead us," he calmly said while sitting back and placing the gun onto the desk.
"Sir, then why did you let him go?" his third in command, Amman asked. Before Irtaza could answer his question, the realization hit him and it dawned on him that it was all planned. The rivals planted that man to misguide them but their boss beat them to it and made them think that they bought the lie Faizan told them.
He was once again greatly impressed by the level of intelligence his boss possesses and nodded to him indicating he got his answers.
"These Osmanis are getting on my nerves I want to wipe their existence as soon as possible. Yawar you are going to keep tabs on their head, Khurram Osmani. Station your must-trusted and skillful men around him. I want every single detail of his every activity."
"Ok Boss, on it" Yawar nodded.
"And yes you Amman, they soon will be attacking one of our penthouses. I want you to give a red alert to all the penthouses and ask their heads to tighten the security."
"OK boss, consider it done" Amman affirmed.
"And that man Faizan keep a check on him and right after 3 days seize him again, I'll deal with him" he ordered. His elbow rested on the wooden desk and his forefinger was pointed in a downward direction as he gave orders.
They both nodded.
"Boss an issue needs your attention," Yawar spoke
"What is it?"
"We granted a loan to a man of 20 million but he died this morning and his family is not able to pay the rest of money back,"
"Do what is necessary. 20 million is neither a big amount nor extracting 20 million from them is the issue at hand"
"And next time lend money to someone worthy enough to pay back. I don't want this to happen again,"
Yawar looked down in shame.
"Sorry boss, it won't happen again. Asim brought that man to me. He assured me that he was reliable"
"Nonetheless, it shouldn't be happening again," he instructed.
"Moreover, send some more men to the west side to help Moosa let go the drug consignment easily"
Moosa was his first in command and his childhood friend. He was in charge of all big operations held under his Mafia and this operation of shipping the drug consignment out the country was the biggest issue for him at the moment. He will be getting a billion-dollar after the successful shipping of consignment but his rivals were creating obstacles from doing so. And the biggest enemy of his Mafia at the moment was the Osmani family. He wanted to get the operation successful as soon as possible and then deal with his rivals comfortably.
"Yes sir," they both said with unity.
"Now, you both may leave"
Amman left the room.
"Yawar" Irtaza called him when he was about to leave the room.
"Yes boss?" he turned around. Irtaza was twirling a pencil in his fingers as if in deep thought.
"I don't trust that man Asim. If he acts out of the way then keep an eye on him and if not then still I don't want you to trust him completely," He directed and placed the pencil back.
Yawar knew the sharp observing skills of his boss, he just have to look at somebody's face to judge him thoroughly. And now he was getting fishy about Asim so it bothered Yawar and he decided to follow Asim to gauge whether he acted suspiciously or not.
"Noted sir!" Yawar asserted.
"You may leave." he ordered and opened his laptop to start up for work.
Yawar was about to leave the room when suddenly an old man entered the office.
"Well, well young lad I am certainly not going anywhere," his jolly voice spoke.
Irtaza immediately recognized the voice and his head shot up. His grandfather was there. He did not in any way expected him to visit his office.
"Assalam Alaikum Shabbir Uncle," Yawar greeted him.
(Greeting Shabbir uncle)
"Wa alaikum salam beta, jeetay raho," He replied.
(To you too. Live long)
And after exchanging a few casual dialogues Yawar, left the office while Irtaza stood up, his hands in his pockets, and observed his Dada (grandfather), wondering whatemergency brought him to his office.
"Well, dada what brought you here today?" he asked when they were both alone.
"Clearly, it's not the way to address your grandfather, you little donkey" He spoke while sitting on the swivel chair in front of the desk, and Irtaza sat back in his seat.
"Haha, ok sorry, now tell me," He smiled.
His grandfather was the only person to whom he was closer. And he was the one who passed his Mafia empire to his eldest grandson. Of his time, he was also renowned as the most ruthless Mafia boss. And now his grandson was holding the empire which he built over the years. Irtaza learned the skills, adroitness, and experty of the Mafia world from his dada.
Yet his dada was the only person with whom he had his frank and cheerful attitude.
"Huh young lad, curious, are we?" the old man cheered. "But the first promise you would have to agree what I will say"
"It depends on what you say," he argued back.
"First promise me" his grandfather coaxed.
"No, first you tell me," he contended.
"If you ain't gonna promise then I ain't gonna tell, now it's up to you." his grand fatherdeclared.
"Hmm, ok, fine I promise," He said pensively.
"Am gonna show you some pictures from which you have to select one," his grandfather announced, merrily.
"For what?" he raised his brow.
"For you to marry my son," Was his nonchalant answer.
With that, he popped out a few pictures of some girls, out of his pockets and handed them over to him.
"Seriously grandpa, you came all the way from haveli for this," he contended while taking the pictures and going through them.
Irtaza clearly knew his grandparents were hell-bent on his marriage and overexcited whenever the topic was brought up but he did not in any way expected his grandfather to barge into his office and make him approve for one of the proposals at gunpoint.
"Yes, seriously my son, now select,"
"Dada, you can see it's in my workplace, not any marriage bureau, we can discuss it at home," he randomly turned the pictures.
"I'm sorry son, I gave my word to your dadi (grandmother) I will not be coming back until you choose a girl, so I am not going anywhere,"
Irtaza knew if his grandfatherhad made his mind on something he will do it no matter what so he decided to do as he says.
He looked at each of the pictures, skeptically and after carefully observing each of them he faked scowled.
"Ouch old man, you hurt me. You do not know my taste," he dramatically said.
"If it's not according to your taste then show me the one according to your taste, my boy" he challenged.
"If I show you then promise me you'll have me to marry her in any circumstances" his face suddenly turned all serious and the little smile on his pink lips flew away.
"First show me the girl."
"First promise me," he coaxed.
"Like father Like son," the old man muttered under his breath. "Ok I promise now show me!" he exclaimed.
Irtaza opened the drawer to his left side and took a picture out of it and handed it to his grandfather.
He took the picture from his grandson's hand and eyed it, observingly.
"Well, do you like her?"
"Yeah I certainly do, she is beautiful but....but she seems quite familiar have we met before?" he asked with uncertainty.
"I do not know that you've met before but you know her very well," Irtaza smiled, looking him in the eye.
"Who is she?"
"But first I shall make myself clear that I'll only and only marry her," he declared.
The old man knew if his grandson had his eyes set on something he will surely get it. It did not matter to him if it is 7 seas away or if it's deep down the earth, if he wanted anything he will go to any extent for it. And now if he wanted to marry this girl, he will marry her with or without his consent. Because it ran in his blood to always get what he wanted.
"Ok, now tell me, who is she?" He asked seriously.
"She is Mujtaba uncle's daughter, Zahra,"
Here she stood again yet this time not with her husband but with her only daughter. She never in a million years thought that one day she'll have to return to the same place which abandoned her husband only because of marrying her. Flashback "Mujtaba, I am nervous, I don't think your father will accept me" Both of them stood outside the haveli gates, ready to enter before she stated her assumption. "I am with you Ammara, I am with you, You need not worry yourself" He assured her. "But.. he asked you not to marry me, Why would he accept me now?" "Ammara you are a very virtuous and upright woman. He does not know you yet but when he would recognize the real you, he will accept you." he held her hand and lightly caressed it to relieve her. "Now come on, we should go inside," They moved towards the haveli gates, the large gates opened and let them in. She looked around to analyze the haveli and her mouth hung open. The haveli certainly was so lavish. She never had been to such a be
After passing through the lawn, their footsteps halted and they stood in front of a large brawny door that led into the house. Both of them were nervous. Amarra was nervous because if they are rejected from this place they'll probably have no place to live. She was utterly worried for her daughter. And Zahra was nervous because her subconscious kept signaling about something havoc. Moreover, she does not want to let anyone humiliate her mother. She knew her Dada won't accept her mother and let them live here easily. They've to pass through a great ordeal to live here. Ammara's hands reached for the doorknob, she turned it and pushed it inside. The door opened and they both made their way into the house. They were left in awe. A very modernly designed lounge had their mouth hung open. Zahra looked around and she found some boys and girls sitting on the cream-colored sofas, centered in the lounge. All of them chatting and laughing haughtily. And all of them looked from 18 to 25 years i
"I'll be announcing it at the dinner, meanwhile my servant will guide you both to your rooms" He called Ghulam Ali, his servant from the intercom to his study and within minutes he was here leading them outside the study towards their respective rooms, which his master has assigned to them. Zahra kept thinking about the cruelty of his grandfather. She surely saw the glint of sadness in his eyes but then why was he putting up a facade? Why had he humiliated her mother? Moreover, what condition would he want to put up? The door to the study opened but her head was bent down, engrossed in her thoughts when suddenly she smashed into a hard wall. Scowling, she slightly scratched her forehead to lessen the pain. The wall was a bit too hard for her liking. Two sleek black boots came into her sight and her eyes widened. 'It was not a wall. It was...was a man. What??!' She slowly looked upwards and saw a young man standing right in front of her. His height was tall with a well-built body
Tears filled in her fear-stricken eyes. She began to shiver in fear. All the scenes of her harassment begin to run in her mind like a tape. Her mind was chaotic, thinking about what he wanted from her. Somehow, she knew what he was doing here. A voice inside her kept saying that it was all because of the rejection. It's all because you rejected him right on the face in front of everyone but she paid no heed to it because this mere thought was making her tremble. "What do..o yo..u wan..t?" she stammered "Stand up," his voice menacing as he signaled with her gun. She only shook her head violently and clutched the blanket tightly. Her eyes widened. Her heart was beating in her ears and the utter trepidation made her want to throw up. She had no idea what frightened her more than the gun or his mere voice. He sighed and put down his gun, taking a step towards her. She only crawled back on the bed looking at him fearfully. He moved closer and placed his knee on the bed, while Zahra reac
"Now stand up," he said rolling up the sleeves of his shirt, revealing his veiny arms. Zahra immediately stood up, fearing he might hit her again. And instantly grabbed her dupatta from the bed, draping it all over to cover herself. "Come with me," he ordered in his deep voice and turned around, heading towards the door. Zahra froze in her place after listening to his words. These three words were enough for her to knock the breath out of her lungs. Her mind flooded with haunting questions. What does he want from me? Where he is taking me? What if he does something to me? Why he is doing all this to me? Is this because of that rejection? When he noticed, Zahra isn't following him, he looked back and saw her standing frozen in her place. Her eyes were widened, she was clutching her dupatta tightly and her breathing was ragged. He slowly approached her and seeing him coming towards her, she stepped back but within two strides he was standing in front of her. "Why aren't you coming?
Both of them were in the car, going back to haveli. Her head was resting against the headrest of the seat and her eyes closed. Her long lashes shadowing her milky cheeks. She looked calm outside, but a chaos was running inside her. Her mind flashed to the horrid memories of just fifteen minutes ago, which her system wasn't digesting. Flashback "Wh..at?" she asked in disbelief. "Yes, senorita. I will fuck you right here right now on this table or we will have our nikkah right here and right now," he said so calmly and coolly as if he was not discussing about their nikkah. She can't believe it. Her brain wasn't accepting the predicament she was currently in. Was he really asking about nikkah? No! I would never let him do anything! "No," she shook her head frantically, "No! you can't do that. No!" she shrieked. His eyes suddenly turned dark. His pupils dilated occupying the grey of his eyes. "Trust me, Zahra. Trust me with this, I can and I will," He spoke with a certainty in his
She woke up with a knock on the door. Her eyes lazily opened and she groggily said a 'come in'. The door opened and her mother came in with a small smile on her face. She sat beside her on the bed and caressed her silky brown hair. "Wake up, Zahra. I have a news for you," Ammara (her mother) told her. She sat leisurely on the bed, resting her back against the headboard. Her brain was still zoned out and she was half awake but still, she wanted to know what news her mother had for her. "Yes mama, what is it?" "Haider Bhai (Irtaza's father) asked your hand for Irtaza. Last night, he came to my room and sincerely apologized for his father's behavior and then asked your hand for Irtaza without pressurizing or threatening me of throwing us out of this haveli. He truly wanted you to be his daughter-in-law and that too without any pressure." she broke the news. This got Zahra's attention and she completely woke up. The memories of last night came rushing into her mind. She was sleeping s
Embarrassment Degradation Humiliation Dejection Rejection Hatred Insult Pain This was all she felt at the moment. In front of the whole family, he straight away rejected her on her face. She felt like she was being slapped on her face. Her heart wrenched painfully. Her tears were at bay but she did not want to cry. Not in front of the people whom she didn't even know. She did not want this marriage in the first place but this was not the way to say a no to her. By slapping her with words. It deeply affected her self-respect and dignity. It humiliated her. She simply stood up and ran to her room. Her tears floated down her eyes and soaked her cheeks when she entered the room. She was a crying mess within five minutes. She was disgraced in front of people whom she didn't even know. But something in this whole scenario was calming her. She was thinking that he might leave her now and divorce her, her words might have affected him that she did not want this marriage. This though