Riddhima turned from left to right. Finally, she sat up on her bed, looked at Anjali and Shilpa. Both were sleeping peacefully. She was unable to sleep.
She realised she was missing Armaan. She picked up her mobile to see the time.
23 messages recieved ARMAAN MALLIK
I love you
I know you are missing me
A smile escaped her face. " Paagal hai pura, par mujhe itna satata hai.. But mai usse baat nahi karungi " She put her phone under the pillow and lied down on the bed, hoping to get some sleep.
" Basket please reply to my message, phone to uthana nahi hai. I know you very well. Itna bhi kya gussa ab ?"
Armaan started flipping through the channels to pass the time. " Its just 1.30.. and Basket ke bina mera mann hi nahi lag raha hai. Kya karu ab ? Idea ! "
She sat up again, unable to sleep at all. She decided she will go and have something to eat. She went to kitchen very very quietly, hoping not to wake up her sisters.
"Uh, ab kya khau ? Armaan hota to, chocolates, toffees, cakes , icecreams, sab kuch le aata. Aha, kela, chal Riddhima issi se kaam chalana hoga tujhe ."She took a bite of the banana when she heard the window
creek. She got scared but did not panic.
She turned and looked at the window which was open !" Arrey ? Maa bhi naa, zarur band karna bhul gayi hongi, mai abhi band kar deti hun."
She bolted it, noticing a shadow behind her in the moonlight coming from it. " Kaun h.." Before she could complete her sentence, she felt a hand pressed against her lips and pinned her against the kitchen wall.
" Sssssssh.." He let go of her mouth.
" Armaan? Tum ? Tum yahaan, itni raat ko ?"
"Chup Basket, kitna bolti ho, sab uth jayenge !"
"Tum mujhe chodo..haan, two steps back, haan, wahi se baat karo."
She turned angrily towards other side. " Ab bolo, yahaan kya karne aaye ho ?"
" Tum mujhe miss kar rahi thi naa ?"
" Nahi ? but mai to kar raha tha. aur tumne to mere messages ka bhi reply nahi kiya Basket. Mai bohot sad hun.."
" Mera mood nahi tha Armaan, ab jao yahaan se."
" Nahi, tum bolo pehle ki tumne mujhe maaf kiya."
" Nahi kiya, ab jao !"
"nahi kiya ? Theek hai. M not going. mai yaheen baith raha hun, aur tab tak nahi jaunga jab tak tum mujhe maaf nahi karti ! "
He sat on the kitchen table. suddenly, he bruised his hand with something." Aaaaah !"Riddhima got worried and,
" Armaan ? tum theek to ho ? Ruko mai light on karti hun."
" Pehle bolo mujhe maaf kiya "
"Haan kiya, ab tum chup karo. "
She opened the light. To their horror, they were surrounded by Padma, Shilpa and Anjie.
Shilpa- to yeh ho raha hai kitchen mien, kyun Armaan ?
Anjali- Ridzy tu bhi ? Mujhe to laga tha tu isse naaraz hai, heheh
P- arrey tum dono inki taang keechna band karo, Armaan, ab tu aa hi gaya hai to yaheen ruk ja, kahi mat jaa
Ridzy- but maa ?
Armaan- sure mom, mujhe kya problem ho sakti hai ? Haina Basket ?
R- umm, haan right. Accha mujhe neend aa rahi hai, mai sone ja rahi hun
Padma- Riddhima beta, Armaan ko uska bedroom to dikha do, ab hum log kya dikahye, tum hi dikha do
Anjali- haan haan Ridzy, aur chahe to wahi ruk jaana
Both Shilpa nad Anjali giggled, and Padma hit them playfully on their backs.
**********Armaan and Riddhima walked awkwardly down the corridor leading to Armaan's room. Finally, Riddhima spoke up.
" Armaan tum bhi naa, yaha kyun aaye ho ?"
"Basket mujhe bilkul neend nahi aa rahi thi, ab to tumhe raat ko dekhkar sone ki aadat ho gayi hai mujhe. Marte dum tak tumhara chehra dekhkar sona chahta hun."
She swiftly covered his mouth with her soft, fragrant hands. " Ssssh Armaan, aisa mat kaho."
He took her hand into his and and kissed it. " Basket, i am so sorry. I have never been a good husband." He sadly put his head down and a tear dropped off his eye. Riddhima gently pulled his head up and kissed him on the cheek, drinking the drop of tear.
" Armaan, tum duniya ke best husband ho, tum ho to mujhe aur kuch nahi chahiye, I love you Armaan. Bas, I want that tum humesha mere saath rahna. Mujhe akela mat chodna Armaan please. "
" Basket Mallik, I promise you, ki jab tak hum zinda hai, hume ek dusre se koi alag nahi kar sakta. "
" thanks Armaan, accha tumhara room aa gaya, sleep well, mai kal milti hun tumse."
" Arrey Basket, tum kaha jaa rahi ho ? Yahi raho na, mujhe neend nahi aa rahi."
Riddhima sat down near Armaan's bed, and placed her hand on his forehead. " Bache ho tum, ab so jao." She caressed his head.
After some time, he fell asleep. She kissed him goodnight on his forehead and went away.
On the breakfast table, Armaan and Riddhima were treated as some prince and princess.
" Arrey Padma mom, bas kariye, kitna khilayengi aap ?"
P- arrey Armaan chup kar, kitna patla ho gaya hai, Riddhima, tu isko khuch khane ke liye deti bhi hai ki nahi ?
Shilpa- Riddhima juice pee le. and Shilpa, kitchen se fruits le ana please, Riddhima ke liye.
Armaan- uff, ho gaya mera, accha mom, mai chalta hun, mujhe hospital mien kaam hai.
Riddhima - umm, haan mm, jaane deejie usko, mai usse gate tak..
Anjie & Shilpa ( in chorus) - Drop karke aati hun.. hahahah
riddhima - ya right. huh.
At the entrance,
" Yaar Basket, jaane ka mood nahi hai, mujhe yaha tumhare saath romance karna hai." He came close to her face and looked into her eyes. She turned her face to the other side and,
" Armaan, tum jao abhi and haan.. dhyan rakhna apna. Aur haan, tumne bahar ka khana nahi khana ok ?"
" Uff, meri maa theek hai, I know. Ab meri bye bye kiss ? " He brought his cheeks and Riddhima pecked.
" Pagle, now go ."
There, she stood, watching her hubby go to his work. It felt good, to be a housewife, for a day.