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Author's note: The intial idea for this fiction was actually Mera Saaya (1966) I saw it at my Nani's place two weeks back . The storyline is completly different from Mera Saaya. However the part that intruged me is what comes over a man when the one he loves is not well? Also whenever I see something sad sometimes I like to a happier verison when I write something inspired by it.
" I meant I don't want you falling in there. We can't have you getting a concussion. Our mothers will think I don't take care of you. Besides then I will have to keep you awake the whole night," he stammered.
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He reached over and ran his fingers through her wet locks and brushed aside the hair from her face. She looked down at her feet and then back into his eyes. His stare was intense. She felt as if he could stare right through her.
He snapped out of it realizing she was ill and he needed to be taking care of her and just letting her stand here with wet hair and hungry. He picked her up and sat her down in front of her vanity. He plugged in her hair dryer and placed it on the vanity. She started to comb her hair and then dry it. He stood there watching her for a moment before deciding to go downstairs and get some dinner for her. The servants had left for the night and packed all the food and placed it in the fridge. Prithvi warmed up a plate and then returned upstairs to his wife.
He paused as she turned from the vanity and towards him.
"How do you feel now?," he inquired.
She smiled brightly.
"Better. Ooh you brought food. Kya bana tha aaj?"
" Aloo palak aur dal. Come we'll eat together," he whispered.
He fed her the first bite and she obliged. She felt really good inside because they were doing something romantic and sweet together. She reached over and held the next bite in her hand. He looked at her surprised.
" Hey if you can feed me and take care of me, why can't I do the same?," she inquired.
He smiled and opened his mouth. They ate just simply enjoying each other's company. For now everything was beautiful.
When Prithvi got up to take the dishes down, Damini insisted on coming with him.
" I want to go on a ride with Tufan! I am getting restless staying here, just in this room!" she exclaimed.
Prithvi rolled his eyes.
" Damini you are not well. It's late you should rest," he insisted.
She rolled her eyes and clenched her fists in anger.
" Gosh the same line! Every time there is romance in the air or time to have fun you keep telling me I need to rest!," she exclaimed.
He put the plate aside and grabbed her by the shoulders.
"Damini relax! I only say that because I love you," he declared.
She stepped back and looked into his eyes.
"What did you say?," she inquired. She was stunned beyond belief. Had he finally admitted what he felt for her?
"Look I can't let you ride Tufaan alone. I'll come with you ok?," he stated.
"Good. Let's go downstairs now," she stated.
As they headed downstairs she thought to herself," I'll make sure he says it again."
As he placed the plate in the sink and started to clean up with her waiting nearby, he thought," I do love her but will she ever be to express it as well?"
They headed outside to the stables. He gently patted Tufaan as he put on his saddle. She huffed as she came over to sit on the horse. He got on behind her. Their hands touched as he placed his over hers on the reins. They rode for a half hour around the property. He got off first, then helped her get off of Tufaan. Prithvi took off the saddle and then led Tufaan back inside the stables.
" So Mrs. Saxena are you happy now?," he inquired.
She blushed slightly. It was growing cold in the night air. He came over and wrapped her dupatta around her shoulders. He then wrapped his arms around her.
" Ab bikul theek hai," she whispered.
He smiled and then led her back inside the house.
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They arrived back in their room. Prithvi was about to go freshen up when Damini grabbed his hand.
He turned back to look at her curiously.
"Kya hua. Tum theek toh ho?," he inquired.
" Dance with me," she whispered.
He looked at her astonished.
" Damini you really should rest now. We can dance tomorrow," he stated.
She turned and put on the song Jaaniye. He stiffened a bit as she started to dance around him and grabbed his hand again. He twirled her around slightly. She keep coming back towards him and then she went back to dancing around the room.
" Damini the others will wake up. We should let them sleep even if you can't," he stated as he headed towards the stero to turn it off.
She stepped in front of him again.
"Just dance with me once Prithvi, then I promise I will go rest," she pleaded.
He smiled slightly. They danced slowly and he was gentle with her When the song ended she turned it off. She came back towards him and kissed his cheek.
" I love you too, Prithvi."
His insides filled with warmth and he held her closely by her waist. He pulled back a few moment later and then leaned over and kissed her forehead.
" Tonight we have started anew. I promise you Damini I'll do my best to keep you safe and never hurt you again," he promised.
They both turned teary eyed with relief.
" Ek aur barr bolo na Prithvi," she insisted.
" Those three words," she hissed.
" I love you Damini."
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The sunlight shone from the window. Damini was sleeping with her head on Prithvi's chest and her arm around his neck. He had one arm wrapped around her and other flat on the bed. He awakened and smiled brightly at her. He took her hand from around his neck and kissed it. He then leaned over and brushed her hair behind her ear. He frowned sensing she was quivering a bit. He checked her forehead. She was a bit warm. Then she started mumbling something in her sleep.
" Please leave me and Prithvi alone! Nahin Prithvi tuhme kuch nahin hoga!
She grabbed for his hand in her dream like state. She got a hold of it and felt relieved as she opened her eyes. She looked into his concerned eyes.
" Did you have a bad dream Damini?," he inquired.
She nodded. She sat up as he went to get some water.
He handed her some water and sat beside her as she drank it.
" Do you want to talk about it?," he inquired.
"It was just a stupid dream. Inder is in jail and you are here with me. I got nothing to worry about," she stammered.
There was a knock at the door. He indicated he would answer it.
It was Ila.
" Ab kaisi hai Damini? The doctor called a few minutes ago," she stated.
" She is much better now. Why don't you come and see for yourself? I think she might have a slight temperature," he stated.
Ila entered the room and sat beside her daughter.
" How are you now beta?," she inquired.
" I am fine now now Mom. Just do me one favor could you just make sure the police still have Inder in custody? If they don't answer you then I will go there myself," she stated.
" There is no reason for you to go anywhere. I am sure he is in heavy duty custody. Anyway where did such thoughts come from Damini?," she inquired.
" She had a bad dream," Prithvi stated.
" It just a dream beta, relax," she assured Damini.
" Yes Damini you should concentrate on gaining your strength back. Besides I know with my influence you can shoot any target that comes your way," he stated.
She glared at him as her mother laughed.
" Listen Mr. Saxena, I was a good shot before I met you!," she declared.
"I will take your leave," Ila muttered, knowing once Damini started arguing it would take awhile for her to relax again.
Damini took the opportunity to get up from the bed and start hitting Prithvi with the pillows.
" You always have time to make jokes but no time to be a romantic! You know I am a better shot than you!," she declared.
He began to move here and there to avoid her throws. Suddenly she almost lost her footing, he reached out to steady her.
" I think you need to rest for another day before you can get enough energy to hit me," he quipped.
She tolled her eyes and then punched him playfully on his chest before hugging him. Unknown to them Roshni had peer into the room through the door that was open crack and she smiled seeing Damini in Prithvi's arms.
" Thank-you God!," Roshni said silently.
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Damini had napped for a bit while Prithvi got ready for the day. When she awakened he wasn't in the room.
" He probably is taking care of something at the office. I will be sure to call him later and make sure I have the meal ready for him before he arrives. He has changed for the better. Now I need to show him my appreciation and be good wife to him," she thought to herself.
Damini got ready and headed downstairs. Roshni was just about to leave for college.
" Good morning Di! Ab aap kaisi hain?," she inquired.
Damini smiled knowingly.
" You called Prithvi yesterday didn't you?," she inquired.
Roshni smiled bashfully.
" Yes Di, I may have overreacted when I found you sick yesterday," she admitted.
Damini rolled her eyes.
" Thank-you Roshni. You have done a great thing. I love you my sweet sister," she declared as she pinched her cheek and then ushered her off to college.
Damini then continued on her way to the kitchen. She spotted Ramu Kaka there with Madu the housekeeper.
" Madam why did you come here? You should have asked for us and we would be at your service?," Ramu Kaka inquired.
" Nahin aisi koi baath nahin. I wanted to make something nice for your Sir," she stated.
Madu and Ramu Kaka exchanged appalled glances.
" Lekin madam aap kitchen mein kam karengi?," Madu chirruped.
" Kyun nahin? I am capable if you two can help me. If I succeed then I will be able to give you both some days off next week for that wedding you mentioned to me last month," she quipped.
They exchanged glances. They could both use the break and wanted to visit their village.
" Theek hai madam. Please tell us what you would like to make," Ramu Kaka stated.
Damini smiled to herself.
" First get me a recipe book. You two can help me, but I need an idea what foods look good. Sir ko sub kuch pasand aana chaiye hai," she declared. ( Your sir must like everything)
The servants got to work looking for and gathering items she would need. There weren't many recipe books around. She decided she would shop for some after she visited the office the next day.
Ila Gujral was startled to discover that her oldest daughter was cooking in the kitchen. She rushed into the kitchen and was surprised to see Damini cooking like it was a natural habit of hers. She was delegating to her servants.
She was a bit tense and her mother entered to calm her down.
" Wow today my daughter is taking control of the kitchen! I am so proud of you Damini beta," she stated.
Damini smiled slightly.
" Mama I really hope Prithvi will like the food," she stammered as she wiped the aata from her face.
Ila reached over and wiped a spot off of Damini's cheek.
" He will if he doesn't you can always make him sleep on the couch tonight. You are strong and confident. I know you can do anything you put your mind to," her mother assured her.
" Thanks Mama. I really hope you are right," she quipped.
Later that day Damini took a break from cooking and took Avani to the park and some shopping. Avani and Sameer were adjusting better now and Mrs. Saxena doted on her as well.
A thought occurred to Avani as they sat in the park taking in the surroundings.
" Damini I was thinking Maaji wants us all to live together but we can't leave Mom here all alone. However why don't you talk to Prithvi Jeeju to at least consider us all having a cozy home in Manali? We can all go back there for a break every now and then with our families. Mom will not be left alone for too long either and Maaji will get to know you better," she stated.
" It's a great idea Avani. I think we should wait for your baby to born first. Then if Prithvi agrees we can go renovate the house there and make plans for us all to gather there."
" It will be nice for us all to be together in one home every now and then,."
A few minutes later, they returned to Saxena house where Mrs. Saxena was waiting for them.
" Damini beta it's good you take Avani out. Soon it will be too risky for her to go out before the birth of the baby," she stated.
" Jeej Maaji. I want her to be happy and I am glad to know Sameer aur aap iska kitna khayal rakte hain," she replied.
Damini was restless. She wanted to hurry home and finish dinner before Prithvi came. However she also wanted to talk to her mother-in-law about it.
Sameer arrived home suddenly.
" Hi Bhabhi, aap kaisi hain. I heard you were unwell yesterday," he quipped.
" What are you talking about? Damini Di seems fine. She was even in the kitchen first time today for Jeeju," she exclaimed.
Mrs. Saxena exchanged a puzzled glance.
" Damini it's great you wanted to cook for Prithvi today but if you were unwell..," she trailed off.
Damini quickly got up from the couch.
" Please Sameer don't tell anything to Prithvi! I am fine now. Avani don't worry. We had fun today right? You will vouch for me right?," she inquired.
Avani slowly got up looking concerned.
" Di I may be pregnant but you don't need to hide anything from me. Please tell me from now on if you aren't well. I can't believe Jeeju didn't tell us," she said wringing her hands.
Sameer went over to Avani to calm her down.
Mrs. Saxena walked over to her older daughter-in-law.
" Beta I just want to express to you that Prithvi may not always express it but he does love you. I think it's great you are trying to cook for him but please don't overwork yourself. He can't see you in any trouble. He has not said anything but I saw it in him when things were not well between you both. My blessings are always with you. Take care of yourself," she stated.
" I understand Maaji. Prithvi really took care of me yesterday. I'll make sure nothing comes between us. I will give him the love he deserves that I promise you," she declared.
Her mother-in-law blessed her and asked for her to wait for Sameer to drop her back.
" Nahin Maaji. I drove here. I should leave so I can get home before Prithvi does," she stated.
Sameer tried to stop her but Damini slipped out before he could make her wait for him.
" I really hope Bhaiya doesn't kill me for letting Bhabhi go like this," he muttered to himself.
Upon returning back home, Damini was relieved to see that Prithvi had not returned home yet
She told her mother to warn her of his return. She headed to the kitchen to finish up. She told the servants to warm up the food when Prithvi arrived and headed back upstairs to change and then pretend to be resting.
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Luckily for Sameer, Prithvi had a very busy day and was blissfully still not aware of Damini's surprise. Varun called up Roshni and warned her to not say anything to Prithvi about Damini's activities that day. It had probably been her that told Sameer that Damini had not been well the previous day.
Prithvi came in relieved that his day was over and that he could finally check on Damini. The servants saw him coming and started to warm up the food Damini had made.
Ila had her lady's club meeting an hour before and had already eaten. She dialed Damini's cell to awaken her. Damini whispered a quick thanks and jumped into bed and covered herself with the blanket. She heard his footsteps approaching.
Damini looks up as she feels a hand on her shoulder.
" Damini have you eaten yet?," he inquired.
" Nahin, I was waiting for you," she said trying not to blush.
He looked her firmly.
" Abhi chalo mere saath. You should be eating on time!," he snapped.
She sat up in the bed.
"Prithvi I just wanted to wait for you. I wanted to share a nice moment with you like last night," she mumbled.
" I am sorry Damini. Chalo saath mein kaate hain," he said offering her his hand.
She smiled and got up letting the blanket drop. He gazed at what she was wearing and realized she had probably not really been resting.
" Ahem, yeh kapre?"
Damini turned her gaze and looked away for a second.
" Damini look at me."
She turned to face him again.
" Bauth sundar lagri ho," he whispered.
" Thanks," she said as she took his hand and they headed downstairs.
Prithvi pushed out the chair for her and made sure she was settled before sitting down next to her. He was about to give her the first bite, but she moved his hand back towards his mouth.
" Damini don't be a child, You have to eat now," he insisted.
" Nahin pehle tum," she insisted.
" Accha theek hain. But you better..," he trailed off.
She assured him that she would eat the next one. She watched as he chewed and swallowed. He smiled. She brightened inside.
" Ab tum," he said.
She willingly accepted the next bite and was elated when the food was actually pretty decent.
Later as they were finishing, Prithvi inquired," The food today had a great taste. Did your mother hire a new cook or make this food herself?"
Damini looked towards the kitchen and saw Madu and Ramu Kaka ready to walk out.
" Maybe Madu or Ramu Kaka had a new recipe," she pondered aloud.
Prithvi glanced at her hands and noticed her ring was missing.
" Damini tumari ring kahan gayi?," he inquired suspiously.
" Oh who aata lagra tha..," she trailed off as realization dawned on her that her secret was now in the open.
She turned slowly to meet Prithvi's eyes.
He had a stern expression on his face.
" I'll just go look for it. Abhi aayi," she said getting up.
He grabbed her wrist and she turned back to meet his eyes again.
" The food was good, but next time you aren't well..," he trailed off.
" Thanks Prithvi but I just wanted to..,"
He shushed her.
" Let's go find your ring so I can put it back on you," he stated.
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Author's note: One reader asked why Damini was sick. She wasn't taking care of herself properly after the truth came out. Everyone else healed more quickly than she did. Now it's two months later, Avani has given birth to a daughter.
Avani and Sameer had brought their baby born two months ago. Damini and Prithvi have plans to go to Manali in the coming weeks. One fine day they decided to take their new niece Sanjana out for a walk in her carriage. Damini was playing with her when an older couple stopped to comment on Sanjana.
" She's such a cute baby. Both you and your husband are really lucky," the lady commented.
" Yes what is her name, she is such a beautiful child," the man inquired.
" Sanjana, lekin yeh meri..,"
Prithvi came to stand beside her and the carriage.
" Aapki beti bauth cute hai," the couple said before wishing the younger couple good luck and going on their way.
Damini turned to Prithvi who was smiling to himself.
" Why didn't you help me correct them? Sanjana humari beti nahin hai," she exclaimed.
He smiled back at her.
" Jaanta hoon. Lekin ek din humara koi bacha hoga na?," he inquirid.
Damini blushed and started to push the carriage up ahead. He quickly got up with her and they headed back together.
Later that night over dinner the whole family had a laugh over the incident.
" You know Bhaiya after you and Damini Bhabhi have a child, we should sent him or her with Varun and Roshni out someplace," Sameer exclaimed.
Avani smiled as she rocked Sanjana in her arms. Damini and Prithvi exchanged blushes. Roshni was lost in dreamland and Varun didn't know where to look. Both mothers smiled for two reasons. They were eager for Prithvi and Damini to have a child and they also wanted Varun and Roshni to settle down in the coming time.
Later when everyone had gone to get ready for bed, Damini remained in the kitchen thinking about the conversation. She thought about the park incident how the older couple thought Sanjana was theirs. She recalled how Prithvi had liked her cooking the first time she had cooked for him. How he had lovingly placed the ring on her finger. It was like he was really promising her this time that he would fulfill all of his marriage vows. She wanted to have a child with him someday, but was it the right time? She needed to see what he wanted. Then she would tell him she wanted a child but perhaps after the house was ready. She wanted to assist him in the reconstruction. She couldn't do as much if she was expecting a child.
( Imagine Tu Hi Mera Dost Hai in the background)
The water started to overflow in the pot that she was supposed to be washing and her clothes ended up being drenched.
" I hope no one sees me before I get changed. They will have a ball looking me now," she thought to herself.
She quickly cleaned up and headed up to the bedroom. When she got to the room, Prithvi was at his desk looking at some files and then typing something on the computer. He seemed lost in thought. She hoped not to sneeze. She didn't want him noticing her now, Besides he seemed to be lost in his work now and she didn't want to disturb him now. Nearby the window rattled open. She groaned inwardly. Whenever she wanted to make a quiet appearance something always ruined it. She didn't look in his direction, but went over to the window to close it.
The wind rattled furiously as Damini struggled to close it. She was suddenly surprised to find a firm chest on her back and hands over her own on the shutters. They closed the window together and Prithvi stepped back to look at her in the eyes.
" Your clothes are wet. Go change and then I have some important things to discuss with you," he stated firmly.
Damini nodded. For a moment she thought he would surely scold her for walking around in wet clothes. She turned away and got some clothes and went into the washroom to change. She emerged in a lavender nightgown. Prithvi looked at her mesmerized. He snapped out of it realizing they really needed to talk as well.
" Damini we need to talk about the plans for our trip to Manali and I wanted to discuss another project that we should focus on after that is finalized.
Damini frowned. What project was such as important as Manali that they had to discuss it now?
"Lekin Prithvi yeh doorsa project kaunsa hai? I mean I thought we kept most business deals out of our time at home," she said puzzled.
" Come sit here," he said.
She approached him and he pulled her to sit on his lap.
" Prithvi muhje choro na!," she exclaimed.
" Come on Damini, this project is very important. We'll have a new place to call home soon. We can't leave Mumbai and your mother but we can bring some fun whenever we go to Manali. You know it is always fun to have a houseful of people. I am thinking we should add at least two of own in this project. This way neither one will be alone and we will have priceless profits," Prithvi stated as he leaned in closer.
" Prithvi yeh kya do log kaise itne profits leker ayenge. Do they have experience?," she inquired.
" If not two, should we pray for a cricket team?," he chuckled.
Realization hit her, and she jumped off his lap.
" Prithvi! There is no way I would be able to give birth that many times!," she exclaimed.
He grabbed her again and hugged her from behind. She tried to squirm away.
" Phir theek hai, ek ladki aur ek ladka. Yeh to theek ra gaya na?," he inquired.
Damini smiled to herself. Prithvi turned her to face him. He took her hands in his.
" When you are ready Damini, I want to see that glow on your face. You know a mother-to be is when a woman's beauty increases with her expecting joy," he declared.
" When we go to Manali we'll go to the mandir there and we will ask that bhagwanji blesses us with healthy children," she stated.
Prithvi's joy knew no bounds and he quickly embraced Damini with all his might. When they pulled back, Damini had a light bulb strike her.
" Why don't we repeat our marriage vows there as well? Besides we never went on a honeymoon. It's always work and housework for us. I know sometimes you try but..," she trailed off.
Prithvi wrapped his arms around her again.
" When we are in Manali we'll romance like newlyweds and we shall also get the house fixed up," he promised.
" I love that idea Prithvi! I think I should make a list of things we need to purchase. You can go back to your work now. I'll probably sleep soon," she commented.
Prithvi groaned inwardly. He had wanted to be romantic and maybe dance with her but she was already off doing her own thing. Anyway when they went to Manali it would be a different story. It would be just him and her. He had not mentioned that the location of the house made cell phone reception and internet connection hard to come by.
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