In interior of Rajasthan, there is a village named Dabi. It is place, where the 21st century had not taken over. People fear God, women fear men, men fear ghost, sickness was treated by babaji, school was conducted in unfinished buildings and so on. There is a one big mansion in the village which was owned by Rathore’s. Nobody resided in that, as the family had shifted to the pink city long back. It had a caretaker who used live beside the mansion with his family.
Ayush was the youngest heir of the Rathore. He was not like other college kids, he was smart, responsible, matured and was pursuing his dream to become an automobile engineer. As soon as his third semester exam ended, he and his friends decided to take a break from city life. Six people were ready to go out of Jaipur and spend 3-4 days. All of them were finding a place where they get basic amenities except proper network. Dhariya, his best friend, was aware about the mansion owned by Ayush’s family and suggested to visit it. Without even giving a second thought, Ayush denied it. With the picture of Mansion, all he could thought of ghosts and angry faces of family members. Why will be family members be angry? They should be happy as he was visiting the native place. But they might be angry because Ayush always denied to visit their native place.
At the end of discussion, all of them convinced Ayush to get the permission from his parents. It was surprise, when his parents happily gave the permission. Ayush gave a paper, in which, he had mentioned phone numbers of Dhariya, Vinit, Rachana, Prerna and Sunny. First thing Ayush did was to call Raju, the caretaker of mansion and told him that he and his friends are coming so please clean some rooms and make some food arrangements. They packed the bags, took dozens of maggi packets, bat & ball, guitar and mosquito repellents coils.
Next morning, the road trip began.
By the dusk they had reach Dabi. They meet the caretaker and within few minutes, there stomach started growling. Without forgetting, Ayush gave the envelope to Raju, in which his father had sent some money which Raju might require in this 3-4 days. After having the traditional dinner and putting on the pull overs, all of them made themselves comfortable in the huge living room. Chatting and giggling, Vinit started playing guitar and everybody started singing. With full loaded stomach and shouting songs, they started getting lazy and tired. Sunny kicked vinit and he left the soft couch. He realised that in no time everyone will fall asleep. But, there is one rule, when you are out with friends, you cannot sleep before 6:00 am in morning. He said let’s explore this mansion, it is huge as palace. We sure should collect some stories, besides playing music and cricket.
Listening those words, Ayush got scared and said “No, No, It is too big and I have heard ghost stories, which ofcourse are not true, but it is not a good idea”. Vinit s taking side of Sunny, said “There is no fun in doing something we used to do at our hometown. Let’s explore”. He caught Rachana’s hand and took her in the team without knowing her intentions. Within no time everyone was ready.
They took their weapons, which are torch, a bat for defense and cameras to record. They started with basement. It was small, spreaded with smell of dampness and home of rats. There was nothing interesting except bear face hanging on wall. They started climbing up and went to first floor. As they were using ground floor rooms, they had noticed nothing interesting. First floor was the mysterious one. The spiral staircase made it look scary. The photo frames of the fighter hanging in all the four walls with the pride on their face. To the left, was the balcony facing the lawn and village outside. To the right, was the courtroom. Outside the courtroom, there were two statues of the soldier guarding it. The chairs were laid on both side of the room and a throne like chair towards to the end of the room, which was placed on a platform showing its superiority. The dust had formed its layer on carpet, but made it worthless.
As all of them entered the room, they started role playing the characters as shown in daily soaps and movies. The chairs gave them authority to raise the voice and commands. They did not talk about taking over lands, but iphones and play stations. They started moving out of the room, Sunny took removed the spear from the hand of right hand side soldier and they heard the sound of stone moving. The sound freezed all of them and all the eyes stared each other. All the angry and scary face looked at Sunny and he dropped the spear. As they popped in the courtroom, they saw that the throne had moved with the platform and the darkness was seeking out. All of them went nearby and pointed their torch inside the black hole. They could see steps going downwards, which could lead to anything. Rachana jumped on the first staircase and without holding any fears shouted “We have a story and it is going to be epic”.
Ayush and Prerna were terrified and had not will to go in it. While Sunny was excited and Vinit was neutral, which was implying that he will go in. Ayush and Prerna decide not to stay up with few light. They slowly started walking down the stairs. Dragons and beasts were engraved on the sides of wall, while some stones had came out, some had palm prints on it. As the narrow path came to an end, to the other side was a closed room. On the adjacent side, the walls were decorated with weird masks of variety of colors. Only common thing it had was all of them had open mouth. In front of the eyes, they could see a chest box. The feeling of hunting down the treasure successfully could be reflected on their faces, even though it was not at all intended. Dhariya looked at Ayush and said “You are a son of a King”. Ayush with a wide smile said “I can not believe it. Is it true?”. All of the sprinted towards the chest and started wondering what could be in it. A chest always required a key to open it. They surely did not posses it. As they realised it, all the hopes went down.
But Sunny was thinking there would a key to open the chest hidden in this room itself. He said “If this room was hidden, then it is best to hide the keys of chest inside this room. Ofcourse, in a way only one person aware about it can find”. They spreaded out and started searching for keys at the entrance, below the chest, into broken walls and all the corners. Rachana, who is hooked with mysteries, did not forget the mask and started observing them. She shouted with excitement “Keys are hidden in masks. Definitely in old days, mask were used to decorate walls but also to hide secrets. We should try to remove all the mask”. She was trying to pull the mask from wall and it was not moving, which boosted the confidence and she said “I am damn sure, one of the mask will fall out and keys are behind it. Stop staring at me and start pulling.” All of them started pulling, but there was no success.
They tried all the mask except one which was out of reach of everyone on the top corner of right wall. Sunny climbed up on Vinit and they could easily reach the mask. Sunny could easily pull off the mask and there was a whole in the stone wall. Sunny removed the key and jumped off Vinit shoulder. He ran to the chest, called Ayush and said “Your highness, this belongs to you, please take the pain to open it up.”
Without hesitating, Ayush took the keys and opened up the chest. All they could see hundreds of gold coins. They all melted watching so much a wealth. Three of them picked it up and brought in the bedroom. As Ayush observed everyone had started dreaming about big things and how they can spend all of it. Ayush observed them and realised how all the gold coins can eat them and their family.
He was confused what to do. He wanted to express himself, but stating someone that you’re getting greedy was not right. But if not stopped right now, it would be late to do anything else afterwards. In decided and said “Stop guys. This does not belong to you. No wait. This wealth does not belong to us. Look at us. All of us has started dreaming of the things that we never wanted in our life. It is destroying us. If we take this to our home, same things will happen to our family. I don’t think so we should take it.” Sunny without thinking for a second said “We found it. It belongs to us. All of us”. Saying the word ‘ALL’ in high pitch. Without disagreeing Ayush said “I do not deny that we found it and it does belong to all of us. We just don’t need it”. There was silence in the room and everything was staring. There mind started thinking about what Ayush means to say. They all were convinced that Ayush was correct and looking inside in them, they felt the greediness. All of them in the same time said “What we should do?”. I have already thought of that said Ayush. Let’s go.
Ayush lead them and all of them went to the secret room and placed the chest where it was. Placed the mask where it was, but without keeping the keys where it was. They kept everything as it was and closed the door. Now let’s sleep and will do the remaining work tomorrow morning.
Next morning, everyone was awake and eager to know what Ayush has decided. They all had their breakfast and went outside. Ayush called Raju and asked for keymaker nearby. As they meet him, Ayush gave the chest original key and told him to make duplicate one. He instructed everyone “I will keep the new key with me. The original key will be hidden in the mansion itself. We are allowed to use the wealth only incase of emergency and to be more specific for health issues”.
(Prompt: You hand over a square silver key and ask to make a copy)