This story is dedicated to some of the people from my surrounding and me
I open the door and walk in the building, I walk through the lobby and all these people walking in sync with me. I reach the lift where there are already around 15 people waiting for the lift, soon the lift arrives and some people manage to get on me being one of them.
As we awkwardly stand in the elevator I turn my volume down in my earphones so that people can’t hear me, I was never really much for chats and I’ve gotten quite used to this, it’s been a year, all I’ve been doing is following this same pattern and I am pretty sure all the people in this elevator with me do the same I can tell by their faces.
The elevator stops at the 12th floor some walk out of the lift and starts punching their cards before going to their work desk, I sit at my table and start working on my stupid databases.
I am in my car heading back home, it takes me around half an hour to get back, I stop by a liquor store to get me some whisky. I reach my building, I enter the elevator and go on to press the 2nd-floor button. The elevator is empty still my expression and feelings are the same as it was when filled with people. I enter my room and head to the kitchen I place two glasses with 3 ice cubes in each.
“Took you long enough today love.” She says standing behind me as feel the warmth of her hand slowly climbing my chest from behind, I open the bottle and pour some whisky to both of us I turn and hand her one of the glass and kiss her before looking into her eyes. We both empty our glasses in one sip, we start kissing our hearts start beating furiously I pick her up and head to the bedroom, my hands making ways through her straight brown hair both of our bodies heating up.
A few hours pass by, I can’t sleep as thoughts cloud my mind, she wakes up as well and asks me “what’s wrong?” I reply “Nothing really just some trouble at work.” “Shoots not going as planned ?” I stop for a while and then finally reply in my broken words “no..no love the shoots are going wonderfully, I am having a great time acting and stuff”.
She slides closer to me, holds my hands and tells me “I love you Manav”
“I love you too”.
The next day I go to work.
Do my stupid databased work.
Stop by the liquor store.
Head to the kitchen pours to glasses of whisky.
No sleep today as well, I get out of my bed and walk to my hall looking around to distract myself, as I’m walking around my hall I see a C.D on my dinner table, it’s a movie of some sort of “nocturnal animal”, I pick up the C.D and play the movie on my laptop. The movie is almost over but suddenly I feel this rush of uneasiness running through my body, I stop the movie and play it back a few seconds, something about this seems wrong, I stare at the screen for a few seconds and I see it finally there is me in the background or a guy that looks exactly like me in the back playing one of the gang members in this movie. What is this? I close my laptop as this uneasiness takes over my body, I try to be calm and think what to do. I rush to pick up my phone to open Google, I search nocturnal animal on Google and tap on the cast.
There it was the same guy who looks exactly like me but his name is different from “Aakash Pathak”.
I try to look up more information about him but there is really minimal information on him online, although found his account on this website called “actors apply” it had his e-mail and phone number. I stand there with my phone, ready to call him but I am scared, I feel uneasy. I finally give him a call, my heartbeat gets faster with every ring.
“Who’s calling ?” I can’t reply as I am too shocked by listening to his voice, it’s the exact same. I finally manage to get words out of my mouth
” H-Hello? Yeah…..um… I wanted to….. talk regarding a …….. movie….” before I could finish he says
” can you please call me after dawn and at 3 in the morning” and ends the call.
I think he didn’t notice that we sound exactly the same or he wouldn’t have cut the call, I need to show him somehow that we look exactly the same maybe then I’ll move a chance to meet him, I check if he is on what’s app or any kind of social media and he isn’t. So I decided to email him a video of me asking him to meet me.
The next day I sit at my work desk doing some accounting as I get a message on my phone, it’s from Aakash it’s an address and a time for today. I grab my bag and rush out of the office. I start driving as I feel excited and nervous, it’s a hotel room that he has called me into, I reach the hotel and run to the enquiry counter asking for a room booked by Aakash Pathak but she can’t find it in her entry. I think for a while and then ask for a room booked by the name Manav Pathak and there it was in her entry book “room 505 thank sir”. I enter the lift and press 5th-floor button, my hands start sweating, the lift door opens, I walk the lobby and here I am standing right outside 505. I fear to open the door as I don’t know what to expect on the other side, I open the door and there he was looking out the window of the room. He turns to me and I can’t believe this, I slowly walk closer to him, our hight, face, hair length, eye colour, everything matches and at this point I am just afraid of what is happening. I can tell by his face he’s as confused as I am but not as afraid, then finally talks
“Top-right on your head….. what was it ?”
What? No, it can’t be how does he know what that?
“Did you hit your head on one of the screws on you school bench or….. you thought a fan could kill you?” As he says this he lifts his hair up to a scar on his head. This can’t be, this was a mistake, I need to leave my body is shaking with fear. I tell him this was a mistake sorry and leave the room. I ran down to my car I start my car and drive away as fast as I can. I reach my building I ran to my house, I get in and try to wrap my head around everything that’s happening but I can’t. I pour myself a glass of whisky and try to calm myself down. After a while I hear a knock on my door, I open the door thinking it’s my wife but as soon as I open the door he pushes it from the other side knocking me down to the ground he rushes inside and closes the door locking the door.
“Nah… you can’t run away like this…we need to clear this” after saying that he notices the ring in my hand.
he chuckles and says “this might be the only thing that not similar between us…..yet” he punches me in the face knocking me out.
While he is knocked out I lock him in the bedroom closet, leaving the door open just enough to let him see outside but can’t move and speak and here he is up.
“You know she is very hot, she doesn’t deserve a boring shithead like you but me on the other hand….. well” as I am saying this to him I hear the door unlock, I get up and head to the living room where she is pouring herself a drink, I walk up to her and hold her from behind ” how was your day love ?” I ask her, she replies by saying “my day was……good but you seem rather happy today what’s up?” She turns to me smiling. “Nothing, just a rather great day at work”. I pick her up kissing her and taking her to the bedroom. My hand going right through her beautiful straight brown hair, I feel her soft skin as I undress her, her skin much fairer compared to mine almost as soft and white as the snow with her soft pink lips ” I love you, Fatima”
“I love you too Aakash”