"I am sorry sir but your mother is here to meet you" Nakul said.
Abhay sighed. He knew he shouldn't be loosing his cool every other second but he blamed this behaviour on Piya. She had taken a large portion of his normal sane self with her not that vampires were ever exactly sane.
"Tell her I am coming" Abhay replied curtly "And I hope you have got my bags ready" he eyed Nakul sternly.
"All ready as per your instruction sir…I cross checked the list you gave me thrice" came Nakul's prompt reply.
"Good….tell Shankar to be ready at 5.…I will leave then" Abhay said while walking past Nakul.
"Mom" Abhay called while coming in. He placed a peck on Haseena Raichand's cheek before sitting across from her.
"Why do you always have to scare the poor servants Abhay…they are doing all your biddings" Haseena reprimanded her son.
"Mom quit the advice, you know I am not about to change" Abhay replied, bored.
"No the truth is you won't change back….back to the smiling, jovial Abhay that you were around Piya" Haseena chose to reply bluntly. She was riding on the guilt wave ever since Abhay's plunge into this dark brooding nature. After all it was for her that Abhay took up the mad cap venture to bring down the Dobrials - hurting many innocents in the process. Haseena never wanted such a life for her sons. At least Siddarth had a proper life.
"Where is he now?" Abhay asked stiffly as soon as Siddarth's thought crossed Haseena's mind. Abhay was well aware of Siddarth's involvement in Piya's disappearance and that of the Dobrials. But unfortunately for him his brother was too smart to outsmart. This had Abhay on an edge whenever Sid's name was mentioned. His brother had eluded all his efforts to reach him.
"He is at Dubai" Haseena answered much to Abhay's surprise.
"Either your son is extremely stupid or he is up to something….why else would he decide to show up now after 5 years….that too at Dubai where he most probably knows I will be coming" Abhay mused.
"We are vampires son….we have our very own strange ways….and this is Siddarth we are speaking about, you do know your brother better than me" Haseena stood up with a smile "I am leaving….hope you will have a good journey Abhay" she hugged Abhay.
"Bye Mom…..will call you when I reach there" Abhay said, escorting her out.
Abhay turned to face his hall.
What are you up to big brother.
"Mom are you sure you will be okay?" Ridz asked, looking over a blue top at her mother.
"Ridsi please don't make me change my mind…..you have always wanted to do this right? And finally you are getting the chance….so take it….I hate to see you away from me even if it is just for a few days…..but then I am glad that you are with Sid….so relax I will be fine" Piya explained for the hundredth time to her daughter "By the way it is supposed to be the other way around I am suppose to worry about you"
"Sharing the duty Momsi….let me do the worrying for a while" Ridsi said making a serious face making Piya laugh..
"And we are done…..all your best clothes, shoes, accessories all set" Piya said zipping up Riddhima's suitcase.
"I really wish you could be there Mom" Ridzi took Piya's hand and kissed it while looking her in the eye.
"I will be fine baby (Piya shows all possible love she can through her baby brown eyes)…..besides I promised Birdie that I will help her with the renovating their house and it's best done when Sid is away in your aunts opinion…else he will drive her crazy with his incessant complaints"
"Translation they love each other to death" Ridzi said, sharing a laugh with her mother.
"Mom do you miss him?" Ridzi asked abruptly, taking Piya by surprise.
"Miss who Ridz?" Piya countered knowing full well who her daughter was speaking about.
"The one who left you all alone with me" Ridzi said, trying to bite back the dislike she felt every time she thought of her father.
"He didn't leave me all alone Ridz….you said it he gave me you…..my most precious possession" Piya fondly ran a hand through Riddhima's hair.
"Sorry for asking…it's just that….leave it" Ridz said facing away from Piya.
Piya turned Ridz to face her.
"Is something there that I should know Ridz" she asked.
"Nothing Mom….it's just that when we spoke of Birdie and Sid, I was reminded that I have a father as well" Riddhima replied straight faced.
Unable to find any words Piya just hugged her daughter
And soon I will meet him Ridsi thought while hugging her mother tight.
In the deserts of Dubai…..
Sid gazed at the vast expanse of sand before him while waiting for the two people that destiny had decided to bring together.
He gazed into the tent the meeting organizers had set up. The few ladies in there where ogling at him and Siddarth smirked thinking of his wife. It would have been fun to see her burn up. He had never expected to have a family much less a wife. But he was gald he had one. Being in a family and being able to love was indeed a great feeling.
And family reminds me off my brother who is supposed to be here he thought.
"Mr. Raichand will be here in a few minutes Mr. Raichand" Linda, the personal assistant of the MD of Lukewill company, informed Siddarth.
"Thank you Linda….and also please say my thanks to your boss for organizing this desert safari for us" Sid said "Do I detect an ulterior motive?" he asked raising one eye brow.
"None at all Mr. Raichand…..our Boss actually likes to spoil his guests…..this desert safari is a part of that….and also to show you some good time in Dubai before you fly off" she explained "The young lady seems to be enjoying…..she isn't back yet"
"She is kind off adventurous" Siddarth explained looking to the left where Riddhima had gone off in a Hummer few minutes ago.
He messaged her to get back soon.
Just then a Land Cruiser came to halt in front of them bringing with it a tall, handsome blue eyed man who soon got the ladies attention.
"Mr. Abhay Raichand?" Linda asked frowning.
"That would be me" Abhay replied smiling and straightening his plain white shirt.
"Welcome Mr. Raichand….I hope you had a comfortable journey" Linda said cordially.
"Thank you I did….and thank you for this little retreat" Abhay replied while eyeing Siddarth.
"Mr. Raichand meet" Linda began the introduction
"Hello brother" Abhay interjected her.
"You both know each other?" Linda was surprised. The fact that they both shared the same surnames had caught her attention but she had never guessed that they would know each other.
"Yes we do….we are family after all" Abhay said with a stiff smile.
"Oh!….Um….I think you should come into the tent….we can go on the safari after a drink" Linda excused herself understanding the awkwardness of the moment.
"So we meet after long" Abhay crossed his hands and looked at Siddarth.
"Destiny's games brother" Siddarth replied raising his glass of wine.
"When did vampires start believing in destiny?" Abhay asked
"Destiny exists Abhay…believe it or not…and it has strange ways" Sid said, his eyes twinkling.
The roar of a powerful engine diverted their attention. A black hummer came sailing over the sand and landed neatly a few yards away from Abhay and Siddarth.
The door opened and a slender frame stepped out of the drivers seat, dressed in shorts and white slips with a scarf hanging from her neck. Shutting the door she threw back her long curls to reveal a stunningly beautiful face, eyes hidden by Vogue.
"That was so much fun" she said in an attractive voice walking towards Siddarth while eyeing Abhay.
"I can see that…you nearly killed that poor guy" Sid said with a smirk. As soon as Ridz had stopped her car her guide had jumped down from it and rushed into the tent.
"Not my fault he is a chicken" Ridzi replied rolling her eyes 'What's the point in driving a Hummer if you can't use it's full potential"
Siddarth shook his head smiling. There was no use talking about safety to his niece.
"Ridzi meet" Sid began
"Mr. Abhay Raichand….the famous entrepreneur who always gets his way" Riddhima said not taking her eyes off Abhay. She had seen his face so many times in her mothers memory but even then seeing him in flesh was a little unnerving. More so because she knew that he would never love her.
"Forgive me Mr. Raichand…talk of the business town" she said after a pause.
"It's all right Miss.." Abhay extended his hand.
"Riddhima" Ridzi said "Riddhima Raichand"