“I would not have taken that road if I was you!” a voice startled him, Rajdeep turned to face an old man standing at his home’s gate.
“Why?” he asked, “It is so … serene and beautiful!”
“It is alright during daytime but the dusk is gathering, soon it will be night. a chudail- an evil female spirit roams on this road, luring the travelers to death!”
Rajdeep inched closer curious to hear more.
The man opened the gate and they sat down on his garden bench.
“Ten years or so ago a young woman of this area fell in love with a soldier, he left her, with a child in womb. She killed herself, jumped into a well at the end of this road, that is where she drowns everyone who trespasses that stretch of road after nightfall.”
“Oh!” Rajdeep said and got up to leave.
“You don’t believe me, do you? Then just obey a man old enough to your father!” the old man implored when he realized that Rajdeep was heading for the road.
“Don’t worry sir! I will be alright!” he waved at the old man and started walking. He reached the well and sat down on its boundary wall.
“Anu I am back!” he softly whispered.
The water of the well started churning and foaming, a young woman came out of it and landed in front of him, her eyes glazing with rage!
“I was shot in an encounter!” he said before she could open her mouth. “They discovered my body last week, performed the last rites and liberated my soul.”
“I have come to take you home!” he reached out for her hand. She smiled softly and called out “Baby! daddy is here!”
A child flew out of the well, they walked away together in the gathering darkness.