A boy lived in a city of enchants. He had a life there. Just like any city has, that city had charms and magic about which his elders told him long before he shifted there. Later on even he himself fell in love with those charms. It was a magic that makes it impossible for its citizen to leave the city. Yet there always remained a question, a thirst and a demand in his heart. A demand about love, perhaps. A demand about happiness. But he wasn't sure then. And in his incertainty, he started travelling on a path in that city. A path that he believed led to happiness. A path that will quench his thirst. A path that will aswer all his questions. The path was dark. But he set on his journey on it. Along the sides of that path, there were doors, the doors to buildings that had no windows. In his heart he believed or guessed or thought that behind these doors are mysteries and secrets perhaps for those joys which that he seeked. Stopping in front of a door, he knocked. There wasn't any response. He looked down. It was dark. It was a sign that there was no one inside. This was a disappointment. He started walking again. And forward he went. The path seemed to stretch on forever. He kept moving. There came many doors. He knocked on them as well. But all that time he remained disappointed. Finally he reached a door. Light was pouring out under the door. He felt happy. There were some voices that were coming from inside. He knocked. The knocking turned them silent. It meant that those inside heard his knock. This was the first door that showed signs of life for him. So hope was kindled. He knocked again.
''Kon?'' a voice asked from the inside.
The boy couldn't answer. It was the first time he was replying to such a question. So many closed dark doors on a dark path that he had forgotten the way to answer. He almost realized after a long time that loss of a hope made him even forget the realities. And the reality was simple. He believed someone would ask him some questions which he will answer. But no door opened in the past. It made him forget all those answers. After a long pause, he knocked again.
''Kon hai bahir?'' the voice from inside asked.
''I seek happiness'' finally the boy said.
There came no reply. He felt as if he said wrong
''I said I seek happiness.'' the boy repeated again.
''Can you wait?''
''We have rules and bounds. That don't allow us for any wish you demand'' a girl said from the inside.
''Well... Okay...but'' he was about to say some more lines when he heard some dogs bark. The sounds of the barks came from the same side he came. He felt as if the animals were coming for him and if they were, they must have picked up his scent by now. With every passing second, the barking sound grew louder and louder.
''Plz hurry up! I can't wait'' he pleaded.
''Why?'' the girl asked
''I can't tell you. Can you just open the door!''
The voice of the barking dogs grew louder. . .and louder.
He knew it was waste to keep arguing at this door that was not likely to open. So he took a wise decision. He moved away from that door. The barks were so near now. He started running. Away. Soon he picked up pace. But then came another trouble. He saw some more doors which had light pouring out under them. He knocked on some. The same ''Kaun Hai'' in some feminine voice was the question asked. He answered to some doors. And even heard a door get unlocked with a creaking voice. But the dog's voices kept him running. He ran and ran. Until he saw that the path ended. There was a huge gap. A deep dark wide gap. The path continued on the other side. But a gap in middle of the path. A gap of sorrow. Of grief. Of pain. Of memories. Of old faces. A dark gap of past. He looked down. It was just darkness. He couldn't see the depth of gap.
If he stood there, the animals would reach him. With a heart of courage and faith, he took a jump. A leap that made him across the gap. But it wasn't an ordinary leap. It used much of his energies. He was on the other side now. And again on the path. Standing on this side, he looked back. There were dogs. Hounds if said correctly. In dark night, even from such a distance, their red eyes were visible. Those were the animals that made him run away from those doors which added hope in his heart. He felt as if he is in another city now.
But the path still seemed to stretch on for life. He stepped forward. Walking on the path, running from beasts, and knocking on unanswering doors had made a naive boy into a stable man. Now he seldom knocked at any door. One night while walking on the path, he reached a door. Fragrance poured out of it. In the dark night, the door looked so appealing. He was just thinking about it, praising about it in his heart when suddenlt it opened itself. Bright light blinded him for a moment. A girl was there. A jadugarni. A jalpari. She welcomed him. And hypnotized him. And took him inside. She made some brownies for him. And given him a drink which he had never tasted in his entire life. She took away all his sorrows and comforted him. In her arms he fell asleep. That night he felt a pain in his entire body that was pleasing yet pain. Then he fell asleep.
A random story by Aamir Bilal.