“Are the reports out Doc?” asked Pooja as she took longer than her normal strides, trying to catch up with the head of Neurology at ARC [Advanced Research Centre].
“We are baffled, his brain is one that every human would love to evolve to,” said the doc.
“Are you telling me that he is not human? “ asked Pooja and the doctor stopped and looked at her for few seconds and said with a smile, “He is more human than what humanity accounts for right now.”
Two Days Back
“I knew that a devil lived in that house, things moved on their own and I would often hear strange voices,” spoke the area postman into the reporter’s microphone. There was not a single channel that wasn’t reporting about the MAANAV mishap and the mystery that surrounded it.
“The doctor said that the boy is breathing normally and his pulse is normal too, but for unknown reason he is unconscious and we cannot electronically monitor anything… Forget MRI even an electronic watch won’t work around him,” quipped Inspector Gautham into his mobile and right then the nurse arrived with the news that the survivor has gained consciousness. That was exactly what Gautham had been waiting for, so he immediately sprang into action, grabbed his notepad and started walking fast towards room number 314.
“Patient is still under shock, just 10 mins Inspector,” said the nurse and left.
Gautham was looking an athletic teen around 6’1”, jet black hair that were curly beyond explanation, deep and well set eyes with high cheek bones and a long pointed nose. As he was wondering how to address him,
“Mithun” said the boy, as though he as reading Gautham’s mind.
“What? …. I mean .. Hi, am inspector Gautham, Can I ask you a few questions?” words stumbled from the inspector.
“I have no place to go in this realm, no parents, never knew them. I also know that my caretakers are dead, so am all yours.
No, I am not responsible for the blast but what I know is that it’s not advisable to keep me here for long.
Yes I have lived in the farm house all my life.
Yes I am fine and will always be.
So you can tick the last question on your notepad , I have answered them all,” said a smiling Mithun, leaving Gautham gaping like a gold fish . He wanted to ask many more questions, but he simply couldn’t and for once he was scared.
Few minutes after Gautham’s report , Ms Pooja Vishwanath from PET [ Paranormal and Extra-Terrestrial Wing] arrived.
“Hello Inspector, let this be something solid and real as you claimed,” said Pooja in an authoritative tone.
“So .. Mithun is your name, eh? How old are you?” asked Pooja with a plastic smile.
“It’s not advisable to keep me here for long, you are risking lives.. I would be more than glad to answer you in a less populated, rather secluded place,” said Mithun and right then the hospital lights started flickering . “Too late already,” he quipped.
The static screeched in Gautham’s walkie talkie.
“716 reporting fire, 2 blocks from ARC , SICAL warehouse, over.”
Gautham immediately responded with “I will be there in 5 minutes,” and stood up to leave when Mithun called out his name and like an insect attracted to a light source, he moved towards Mithun. As Pooja watched he held Gautham’s wrist and the inspector twitched, not in pain but as though something very bright and blinding hit him.
“Are you OK inspector? Let him go, kid,” panicked Pooja.
Right then she heard herself saying “Its OK .. He knows what he is doing,” as if her subconscious was talking to her and she couldn’t help but keep quiet and watch.
In a few seconds , the inspector nodded and left the room. He was on his way to become a national hero .
A DAY Before
What was regional news yesterday has become a national sensation today, Inspector Gautham saved 19 students from a burning warehouse.
They were not mere students, they were the intellectual elite picked from INDIA as “Child Prodigy”, a part of the ruling party’s anti brain drain campaign that was initiated a year back and was a grand success. Everyone in the country talked about it. Gautham has become a national hero by saving the greatest intellectual asset that the country possessed. Little did people know that the whole rescue mission was planted into Gautham by Mithun!
“Are you serious? He literally showed you what to do in your head?” asked Pooja with utter disbelief. All Gautham could do was nod.
“We have to run tests on him, but how? No equipment would work on him.. What is he?” Asked a frustrated Pooja.
“Maybe ask him his permission, this was his last note to me,
‘You have to ask me when you need something'
That didn’t make much sense then, but now it does,” said Gautham without looking up at Pooja, his gaze fixed on the question mark pattern that the marble flooring had.
They both walked to room 314 and as they entered they realized Mithun was not in his bed. They knew very well what Mithun is capable of and knew he can walk out anytime he wanted.
“He kept saying it’s not advisable to keep him here for long, we didn’t listen, now …”
Before Pooja could finish the sentence Mithun walked out of the restroom and smiled at them, “What? I am as human as you are” said Mithun with a wink , “…and yeah… You have your permission” he winked again!
“Permission for what,” asked asked pooja with PUZZLED written all over her face and Gautham gently squeezed her forearm and said.. “To run tests”!
Pooja and Gautham sat right opposite Mithun and he spoke,
“I'm afraid I might not speak to you again and have very little time, your tests would tell you facts from what is known and I am not from there. To reach to the unknown you have to travel in unchartered waters and you map won’t help you there.
What am I? A mere projection of the same thing you all are made of, but from a different part of this multiverse, to speak in a language you better understand you can call me a time traveller . If you tread right, all would evolve to be me”
“You sound like Lord Krishna ! Are you quoting from Bhagavat Gita by any chance?” Asked Gautham.
“Oh ! Do I? Maybe your Krishna too was a time traveller” Mithun grinned and winked.
“How much more technologically advanced should we become to evolve like you,” asked Pooja.
“True evolution can happen only when Humanity surpasses Technology and not the vice-versa,” smiled Mithun.
“Are you God?” asked Gautham unable to come out of the KRISHNA STATEMENT that was made few seconds back.
As Pooja and Gautham turned, their last minute with THE HUMAN was over.
Good that he didn’t answer that. For it would have forever remained a gaffe!
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