“It’s done!” shouted Rohan holding a little device in his hands. The device looked like a bottle of perfume except for the fact that it had two buttons (one red and one green) instead of a spray. It took Rohan 3 years to build this tiny device! “Finally! I’ve made it.Now, I hope that it works!” Rohan seemed to be unsure. Just then, Aurnob burst into his room. “Rohan-“ before Aurnob could even start talking, Rohan pressed the green button of his device. Aurnob stopped. He didn’t move, talk or even blink.Rohan observed Aurnob intensely. A drop of sweat was falling over Aurnob’s face.It had stopped too!”My device worked!”Rohan almost jumped. He held Aurnob by his hand, dragged him and made him sit on a chair.The drop of sweat was now a little down. Rohan pressed the red button and everything was back to normal. Aurnob looked around him shockingly.
“How on earth I am on thus chair?” he looked at Rohan foe answer.
”Well, it’s a secret!” said Rohan trying to hide his device.
“What do you mean by secret? What is it Rohan?” Aurnob became impatient.
“Alright. I will tell you. But promise me that you won’t tell about this to anyone.”
“Have I ever told anyone our secrets? Come on Rohan!!”
“No. But this is something serious. So-“
“I promise, my friend.”
Slowly, Rohan brought out his device.
“A bottle sprays?” Aurnob seemed surprised.
Rohan laughed hard.
“Seriously! You think this is a bottle spray?” Rohan continued to laugh.
“Well, then, what is it?”
“It’s a time pauser.”
“Time pauser?? It pauses time??”
“Not exactly. It works according to the reference frame.”
“Can you please explain?”
“Actually, this device makes the person holding it faster than others. If I am holding it, I am the observer and my frame will go faster than your frame. That’s why I was able to stop you and make you sit on the chair. Your frame was going slower than mine. It works for about 3 km around the observer.”
“Oh my gosh! You just made a history! You will get Nobel for this, Rohan!”
“Don’t get too much excited yet! I have a lot of research to do. I will make a thesis paper.”
“Go ahead! I can’t believe this!”
After Aurnob left, Rohan returned to his research.
“I just hope he doesn’t split everything out of excitement!” sighed Rohan. “There are a lot of works left!
Rohan placed a camera on his table and started recording. Then, he pressed the green button and tried moving things. When he returned to the reality, he saw the recording. No change! Everything seemed perfectly normal.
“So, the camera captures everything normally. It doesn’t go slow when I start my device.” Rohan murmured holding his device, “You pause time. I will call you TAUSER!”
He wrote a few things on his paper and looked at the clock.
“It’s already 4pm! I promised Suzana to meet at 4:30!”
He hurriedly changed his clothes and went to meet Suzana.
He saw Suzana wearing a blue dress and standing under an apple tree. She had tied her long hair in a braid.
Rohan ran to her, ”Hey Suzana!”But Suzana looked at him and turned away. Rohan wondered what he had done. He was not late! He tried calling her once again. This time Suzana looked angrily at him and opened her mouth to say something. Just then Rohan pressed Tauser and she stopped. Rohan tried to remember what day it was. It was Suzana’s birthday!
Rohan again pressed Tauser and shouted, ”Happy Birthday Suzana!”
Suzana stopped and looked delighted.
“Off course! How can I forget?”
“Well, where’s my gift?”
“Your gift is, we will have dinner at a Chinese restaurant!”
“Really? That’s great! Thank you Rohan.”Suzana looked extremely happy. Rohan let out a small breath. That was close!
They started walking towards the park’s exit while talking. Rohan was careful not to mention about Tauser to Suzana. Suddenly, Rohan saw that a little boy about 3 years old was going to jump in the lake to get his ball and his mother was coming behind him screaming. But she was late. The kid jumped.
Without thinking further, Rohan pressed Tauser.The boy stopped halfway. Rohan ran to him and pulled him out of the lake. Then he again pressed Tauser. The kid’s mother came running. She was surprised as well as grateful. “I don’t know how to thank you!” she said to Rohan almost crying.
“You don’t have to mam.”
“How did you reach the kid? You were just beside me!” Suzana interrogated Rohan suspiciously.
“Well, I ran super-fast!” Rohan couldn’t find a better excuse. Suzana didn’t say anything but she was not quite convinced.
A few days passed by. Rohan remained very busy with his work. One day, Aurnob came to Rohan and said,”Rohan, Can I borrow your time pauser device for a day?’
“You mean Tauser? Why do you need that?”
“I want to make fun of some mean boys in my locality.”
‘But Aurnob, this is a serious invention. You can’t use it for fun!”
“I know. I will be careful. I will not let anything happen to it, I promise, No one will know. Please, Rohan!”
Rohan couldn’t refuse his best friend. “Alright, be careful.”
“I will be.”
Aurnob returned Tauser to Rohan the next day. That day, Rohan saw a very strange news on TV. There had been a robbery in the City Bank. About 5 crore money has been stolen. But the strange thing is, no one say any robbery! No robber entered the bank but the money is just gone!
The news seemed much strange to Rohan. But then he completely forgot about it until the evening.
In the evening, Rohan’s doorbell rang. He opened the door and became shocked to see police standing.
“Are you Mr.Rohan?” asked the police who seemed to be their senior.
“Yes.” Replied Rohan, still in shock.
“We have come to arrest you in the charge of City Bank robbery.”
‘Excuse me? What have I done?”
“We have come to know you have a device which can stop time.” Rohan was surprised as ever.
“Who told you that sir?”
“Your friend Aurnob.”
Rohan became speechless. Now the robbery seemed to make sense. Aurnob had done it with the help of Tauser!
The police had started to search his house. Very soon they found Tauser and his thesis paper.
“Mr.Rohan you have to come to the police station.”
“But sir, I have done nothing!”
“Whatever you have to say, say in the police station.”
The police took Rohan to the police station. He saw Aurnob there. The police locked him inside the jail. A few moments later, Aurnob came.
“Why, Aurnob? You did all this!”
“I am sorry Rohan. I couldn’t help it. I was broke. My mother is sick. I needed money.”
“But why did you frame me?”
“I had no choice but to use you as my cover, sorry friend.”
Aurnob walked away without giving Rohan a chance to say anything.
After that, a police came and took Rohan for interrogation. On the way, he saw Suzana standing in a corner, crying. Rohan wondered what they had told her. In the interrogation room, Rohan was given a chair to sit. Before him, was sitting a senior inspector.
“DO you know why you are here, Mr.Rohan?”
“Yes, sir.” Replied Rohan looking tired.
“Do you have anything to say about it?”
“Look, sir. I have done nothing. I am just getting framed.”
“What do you mean?”
Rohan told everything to the inspector, about Tauser and Aurnob.
“Do you have any proof?”
Rohan was taken aback. He didn’t have any proof.
“No sir. But-“
“Look Mr.Rohan. We can’t do anything without proof.”
Suddenly, Rohan got an idea.
“Sir, did the bank have CCTVs?”
“Sir, you should see the footages. My device doesn’t work in front of camera.”
“Are you sure?”
“Ok then. We will watch the CCTVs. But till then you will have to remain in our custody.”
Rohan was taken back to the jail where Suzana came to meet her.
“Rohan, is this true?”
“What do you think, Suzana?” Suzana seemed relieved.
“Why didn’t you tell me about that device?”
“I was going to surprise you!”
“Have you told them everything?’
“Yes. Don’t worry, I will be proven innocent soon.”
Rohan had to spend the night in the jail.
In the morning, an officer came to him. “You have been called to the interrogation room.”
Once again, Rohan went to the interrogation room and saw the same inspector.
“Mr.Rohan, we have got the CCTV footage. We want to play it in front of you.”
The inspector started the recording. At first, everything seemed normal. But then suddenly, they saw Aurnob entering the bank. He looked around and pressed Tauser. Then, he went inside the vaults and came out with the money. After that, he again pressed Tauser and came out acting like everything was normal.
“We are sorry Mr.Rohan. You got troubled for nothing. We will arrest Aurnob and make sure he gets highest punishments. You can go now, Mr.Rohan.” The inspector said to Rohan shaking hands.
“Thank you, sir.”
“”We thank you, Mr,Rohan. Also, you can take back your device.”
Rohan came out with Tauser and saw Suzana waiting for him.
“See, Suzana! I am proved innocent!”
Suzana smiled but didn’t reply.
They both went to the park walking. Rohan stopped in front of the lake and took out Tauser. With a twist, he broke it.
“What are you doing Rohan? You just destroyed your greatest invention. You could get Nobel!” shouted Suzana.
“No prize is greater than peace Suzana.”
Rohan took one last look at Tauser and threw it in the lake.
“The sunset loos beautiful, doesn’t it?”
Suzana didn’t reply.
“Let’s go home, Suzana.”