Koel, a young girl, about twenty years old lived in Chandergarh, a small village in Bihar. Her father, Lallan was the head of the village, with a population of about two hundred people. They were adi vaasis ( ancient tribals). Koel was the only daughter of Lallan. He felt that there is no one fit to be his daughter’s groom. Koel’s mother died when she was only four years old. Lallan cared for her, both as a father as well as a mother. Lallan was so much attached to her that not even in his dreams he did not think of separation from her.
It was a cloudy night. A helicopter, driven by Lt. Subodh Dasgupta met with an accident. It crashed in the panchayat office of Chandergarh. The whole night Lt. Dasgupta struggled to come out from the debris, but could not succeed due to injury in his back. He did not know when he drifted into deep slumber. It was raining,when he became conscious. A group of people had surrounded the helicopter. He tried to decipher what language they were speaking, but could not understand. He had splitting headache and again he slept. When he became conscious, he was under a roof. There was a sound of many people but he did not know the language. Suddenly Koel entered and diplomatically asked all of them to leave the room. She sat near the stranger and said,''Open your mouth, and drink this milk ''. She kept his head on her lap and and fed him with a wooden spoon. Subodh obeyed her like a baby and opened his mouth. He tried to get up, but Koel signalled him to keep lying down. In a sign language he asked her how long he had been there. She showed four fingers. They conversed in sign language for a long time and did not realise how time flew away. Her father entered . She got up and stood by the side of her father. Lallan knew some words of Hindi and English and they could manage to understand each other. In the last four months he had seen signs of attraction for Subodh in the eyes of Koel. He asked Subodh about his family.Subodh told him that he was brought up in an orphanage. He had no knowledge about his parents or any other relatives.
The stranger won the hearts of the father and daughter. The father got the two love birds married and declared him as his successor. He was no more a stranger for them.
Written for Prompt 7 set the challenge Sunday# 1