Cold Steel – Part 3

Jaibala/ February 16, 2015/ Short Stories/ 17 comments

This is part 3 and the concluding part of the series. The Previous parts can be found here:

Part 1

Part 2

Kavay was surprised  by how everything had turned out. It had been five months since Kaizeen had begun taking the pills and there was no improvement in her condition. In fact if anything, her paranoia had gotten worse. She saw Anahita and Zar everywhere.  With her attempt to cut herself last week, the doctors had finally given up and had given Kavay a very clear message , “She is not going to get better. And with her having harmed herself, now it is better that you move her to the facility,” they had said

Kavay reasoned that he did not want to send his wife there, but he couldn’t ignore the fact that Kaizeen had tried to kill herself. He remembered her words that day as she lied bleeding in his arms. She said “It is better to die than live in constant turmoil. I regret that day Kavay and did not mean it. I swear to God I did right by you, but not them.” That is when Kavay decided Kaizeen needed to get to the facility.


The Doctor had said to allow time for her to settle, so he did not travel with her even though he wished. His life had felt complete the moment she had walked into it. As they took her away, Kaizeen looked at Kavay once. As their eyes met, she saw a satisfied grin appear on his face, no sadness in Kavay’s eyes at all. That is when Kaizeen realised he had known all along. She wasn’t targeting him or hiding anything from him, he was playing her from the moment they had met. “Farzan is the one who made me do this”, Kaizeen screamed as she ran back toward Kavay. “I was not alone; Farzan was the one who planned it.” Kavay smiled again, she was repeating the words on a loop and the doctor and nurses had heard what Kaizeen had said. Kavay had gotten what he needed, a reason to confront Farzan. He smiled as he looked at the picture in his hand, Anahita and Zar, “This is going to end today”, he thought. Finally he had proof of what happened to his sister and nephew. Kavay broke down like a child as they carried Kaizeen away. The legal system would take care of the rest.


Kavay walked into Farzan’s hospital room. The five months since he had come back to Mumbai for good he had been to visit his brother-in-law every day. The doctor’s had told him, that Farzan was getting better. He was awake when Kavay walked in. They smiled at each other. Farzan had yet to figure out what happened that day. Everything had gone according to plan until he fell unconscious. He wondered who was behind it, and he came to only one conclusion, it had to be Kaizeen. She was the only one who knew what he was up to and the only one who would benefit from his being in the hospital. Farzan was so glad that Kavay came to his rescue. Farzan knew he had to confess, “The guilt has trapped Me,” he thought, “bound me to everything including this hospital bed”. He had to tell the truth, he had to set himself free of what he had done. Kavay saw Farzan staring at him, he smiled but there was no familiarity in that smile.

“Kavay, I need to tell you something,” he began, “I don’t deserve this, all the attention and care you have been giving me. I was the one behind everything. I put a lawyer in factory, Kaizeen, up to this. I planned the death of Anahita and Zar.”

Kavay listened quietly as Farzan told the tale of his betrayal of Anahita, and Kaizeen’s betrayal of him. Kavay had Kaizeens’ confession and now he had Farzan. This would ensure that they would be put away for a long time.


Once he was taken away, Kavay took a deep breath. He had been waiting for this day. He had planned it meticulously when his father had given everything to Anahita. Their father thought that Kavay did not deserve or respect his inheritance, but Anahit did not want it. That had angered Kavay, he was broken that day, left alone. He wanted what was his, at any cost. It was easy to put ideas in Farzan’s fickle head. Homi uncle played his part well. But Farzan had not trusted anyone including Homi Uncle with his plans, Kavay had not known about Kaizeen. When Homi uncle called up to tell him of the accident, he quickly had asked the doctor to administer something to incapacitate Farzan. Kavay wanted to be in control of the situation, and he had an inkling that Farzan had something to do with the accident.When he went to meet Farzan he heard him blabbering Kaizeen’s name and Kavay’s head had put the two together when she began showing a sudden interest in Farzan’s condition and health. Marrying Kaizeen had been his master stroke, it was easier to keep a close eye on her, and Farzan was being given a special therapy at the hospital under Kavay’s orders.


All Kavay had to do now was to wait, and he did patiently for two years for the plans to unravel. When he saw nothing happening he became a little impatient and had to give a little push to Kaizeen by moving back to Mumbai. After coming to Mumbai he just had to ensure that Anahita and Zar never left her thoughts and eventually she succumbed to her guilt. Farzan’s, guilty conscience was his bonus and he took advantage to get what was his. Kavay had ensured in the last two years to make Farzan’s business his. Today he was the sole owner of two of the largest steel businesses in the country. He worked hard to get what was his, and had been brutal when he needed to be. The best part was that he got away with the worst, and did not even have to get his hands dirty. Kavay smiled as he thought “Anahita was so right, Steel makes the heart so cold.”

About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at


  1. I’m glad I read all 3 parts in one go!!
    That was very nicely done Jai! Nice to see your stories again 🙂

    1. I was waiting for your comment Pix, eager to know what you think of the story. Happy that you approve 🙂

  2. I really enjoyed this piece Jaibala. You have a talent for storytelling! 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for reading. Glad you loved this story 🙂

  3. This was really well done! I went back and read all the parts and the thread hung together so well till the end. So everyone was a perpetrator! What a twist! Well done, Jaibala 🙂

    1. Shailaja that coming from you means so much. And yes its never black and white, just shades of grey 🙂

  4. What a master storyteller you are Jaibala: well done! 🙂 <3

  5. I missed the other two parts , going to read them now…From what I read here , I know I missed a lot! 🙂

    1. Nabanita thank ypu for reading 🙂

  6. What a story spinner you are my lady. Good one here. Asking for more! 🙂

    1. Arpu thanks really. I just try. The rest is upto the readers 🙂

  7. Oh wow 😀 Now that was some ending to this series. You take the reader one way, but end it another 🙂 Nicely done 😉

    1. Well I am super happy that it worked out well like how it was planned in my head. 🙂

    2. Vins. So glad you liked it. 🙂

  8. Ooh! Smart Kavay, eh? Well played, Mr. K!
    And nicely done, Jaibala. Welcome back to the world of fiction.

    1. Well its Good to be back 🙂 so excited and Glad you loved the story 🙂

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