It was one of those unfortunate nights when hell opened its gate and allowed its devil to sabotage humanity. Devil struck hard and left him bleeding, blood oozing out from his wrists, in the bathroom, beside her.
This time devil chose its favourite residence to wreck havoc. Situated on the thirteenth floor of a standalone building, the apartment was inhabited by a young couple married for last three years – blessed with magnificent form and rotten hearts. Perpetual bickering infested their home – a home that meets the description of hell in Paradise Lost –
“A dungeon horrible, on all sides round
As one great furnace flamed…
A fiery deluge, fed with ever-burning sulphur unconsumed”.
That night was no different. A tense atmosphere prevailed
“Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
and rest can never dwell,…”
Resentment had been brewing within. Consumed by hatred, they occupied separate rooms and appeared a specter of their relationship. Their fuming had turned the surrounding air hot. Perched on the mantel, he was enjoying the premonition of the impending calamity that was about to strike.
Late evening, both of them had returned from work. Wife sat in the drawing room soaking her feet in warm water to relieve her of swollen ankles. Husband came out of the bedroom and went to the kitchen to prepare something for dinner. A stiff broke out and once again they maligned and slandered each other’s self-respect, love, faith, fellow feeling and smashed the sapling of accord that had begun to germinate after a very long time.
Soon the house lay drenched in tears. Cries of pain rustled through it. The last string of humanity had snapped. The husband jumped out of the kitchen with a knife in his hand. Pointing it at his wife, he threatened to kill himself. Without any second thought he slit his wrist. Blood oozed out! Like a maniac, he shoved his bleeding hand into her face.
She sat unnerved at the sight. Stoned by the turn of events, only steaming tears rolled down her cheeks. Slayed at heart, she rose on quivering feet and took out first aid box for him. He denied, she pleaded; the devil smiled. The coaxing continued to which he finally yielded. It was more of a realisation than love which came to his rescue.
Satan has very aptly said about the mind being the seat of heaven or hell –
“The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, or a Hell of Heaven.”
He survived but their relationship died.