Hi everyone, sorry for the delay in updating the next part. Life has become way too busy and I feel that I have no control over it any more. Anyways, this update is shorter than my usual. Down with flu and feeling way too groggy to write anymore. So, pls bear with me. The next update with be the 100th part of this story and I will make up for everything in that...promise
With a protest, Prachi pulled her duvet up
and tried to bury deeper into it. She smiled hearing his soft muttering, "Sleepyhead".
She stretched her arms and opened one eye to look at her husband, "Coffee…….",
she murmured sleepily.
Milind caressed her pink cheeks, "Anything
else, my princess", he asked softly.
stretched again, "Breakfast", she opened her arms wide for him. Her arms closed
around him as he rubbed his nose against hers, "Lazybones", he chided her and
she giggled. "I am ravenously hungry", she pouted.
bit her lips, "Devour me", he said huskily.
Prachi blushed, "What else did we do all
night?" she asked shyly and hid her face in his shoulder when he chuckled.
my……aren't I a happy man! I hope to keep up your appetite", he nuzzled her
neck, making her squirm. "Now go and freshen up. Breakfast is getting cold", he
Prachi's eyes widened in surprise, "Wow! You
really brought me breakfast in bed. Oh god, I am so spoilt …….and you are the
most wonderful husband in the whole wide world", she declared happily and
rolled off the bed. She blushed seeing his heated eyes glued to her thighs
displayed below the shirt she was wearing and hurriedly tugged it lower. "I
couldn't find anything else this morning", she almost whispered.
mine right?" asked Milind and she nodded. "Then I want it back……now", he lunged
for her and with a scream, she rushed into the bathroom and shut the door on
you dare change into anything else, Prachi and I mean it", he threatened after
giving up when Prachi didn't open the door.
The terrace garden was bathed in the
mid-morning sunlight, the temperature outside holding on to the last leg of
summer. Stretched out on the lounger, Milind sighed contently, his eyes soft
and loving on his wife. Happily drinking her coffee, she had indeed done
justice to the simple but filling breakfast he had put together. She had really
been ravenously hungry. He grinned with satisfaction. As she readjusted her
position leaning comfortably against his chest, her bare leg trailed over his,
drawing an immediate response inside him. She had listened to him and was still
wearing only his shirt. His sudden intake of breathe alerting her, she looked
up at him and blushed at his gaze, pulling the thin throw coyly over her
exposed legs. He chuckled and undid a button on her shirt. Slapping his hand
away, she glared at him.
more, Milind", she said warningly.
raised his eyebrows arrogantly, "For how long, baby?" he asked.
blushed and leaned closer to him, "Untill we are back in bed", she whispered.
he bit her lips, "Oh man, my wife is insatiable and I am loving it", he said
making her blush even more. He nuzzled her neck, "I will gladly take up that
offer. Shall we get back in bed?", he drawled naughtily.
him again, "We are not in Tahiti, you know", she said softly and bit her lip
when he laughed.
"Our honeymoon is a never-ending affair,
sweetheart. It doesn't have to be Tahiti. All we need is a bed and absolute
privacy and a phone that's turned off", he teased. Prachi giggled, hitting him
with her fist.
"Shouldn't we check if Vicky had called? He must be meeting Pooja later
today", she said and reached over him to pick up his phone. Turning it on, she
smiled seeing Vicky's text. "See, I was right. He has reached home and is going
to meet Pooja later. Milind, I can't wait for their engagement. I am now the bahu
of this family. I am going to show off so much. And I am going to tell Pooja
everything she needs to know about our family", she giggled happily and Milind
can also warn Pooja that this house of full of Ogres", he winked at her.
looked at him naughtily. "I don't know about the others. But my husband is
definitely one…..with an appetite to match", she whispered.
gave a growl and she shrieked when he pretended to bite.
"Mi..lind, stop it now. Let's go out.
You will never behave otherwise", she glared at him.
Milind shrugged, "If that's what you want.
Where shall we go?" he asked.
about a temple? There isn't even a puja room in this place. Every home should
have one", she complained.
looked at her surprised, "Seriously, Prachi. Only you can think of going to a
temple on our romantic weekend. And this place was my bachelor's pad. Making it
a home is your job. You set up a puja room here like you did in Chennai. You
only have two options, darling. We either go back to bed or go for some biking.
I didn't get to show you my new motorbike that Dad gifted me for my last
birthday", he said.
smiled, "Biking sounds fun. We will do it later this afternoon. But first let's
go to a temple. I can't tell you what I had been going through since many days.
Now I have my sanity back. Is there a better place to go apart from a temple?"
she asked softly.
it that way, he couldn't argue with her. With a smile, he pulled her on his
lap, "Alright, temple it is then. But first, give me what I want", he said
huskily. He held her fists as she tried to hit him, "Aren't you the sole representative
of a traditional god fearing Indian wife? Every holy book you would have read
should have taught you that fulfilling your husband's wishes is your first and
foremost priority", he said naughtily.
Eyes flashing at his naughtiness, Prachi
traced his lips, "The holy books also compare husbands to Gods", she said
grinned, "Wow, even better, what do they call? Yeah, pati parmeshwar, right?",
hid her smile, "My pati parmeshwar is way too demanding. How many wishes of his
can I fulfill?" she asked softly.
groaned, "Oh, every one of them, baby…….every little one", he said huskily, his
fingers deftly undoing the remaining buttons of her shirt. Prachi drew a shuddering
breathe in and her half-hearted attempts to stop him failed when he buried his
face in her sweetness.
smiled as she disconnected the phone. Stretched out under the warm sun in their
garden, with an open picnic basket, Anand raised his eyebrow, "Looks like all
in well in our Son's world. Your smile says it all", he teased.
Shweta laughed, "Yes, he sounds normal,… funny
and naughty. Can you believe that he is taking Prachi to a temple? Only she can
make him do that", she said in wonder.
chuckled, "Wives, what power they have! How can a mere man fight against it?
It's much easier to give in. I am glad that my son is learning fast", he said
and Shweta hit him. Pulling her closer to him, he put his arm around her, "Now
that you don't have to worry about Milind any longer, do you think you can
shower your attention on the poor husband of yours?" he teased again.
Laughing, Shweta rested her head on his shoulder,
"You have my complete attention, darling. I am all yours for the rest of the
day", she promised.
placed a hand over his heart, "Oh my, how sweet that sounds and I promise to
make full use of it", he drawled and Shweta ruffled his hair.
I was just thinking if it is really necessary for Milind and Prachi to go back
to India now", she said suddenly and Anand sat up, picking up her mood. "I
mean, Prachi has changed into distance education and she can always go back for
exams. If Vicky finalises a date for his engagement, we have to be there
anyway. We have expanded our business ventures again, Anand. Even if you won't
say anything, I know how much pressure you are going to be under when Milind
leaves. We need him here and you know that too", she said softly.
"I don't disagree, my love. Even Milind keeps
postponing his return though he never said anything. But I had promised Inderji
months ago that Prachi will go back to India for sometime. She is expecting
that too. It would be unfair to change things now. Let her complete her studies
and it will give her time to settle down as well. But I can't afford Milind to
stay away longer than a year. I really do need him here and I must say he is
just brilliant. You don't know how many time I have sat that the meetings
feeling utterly proud", he smiled and traced her cheek. "Also, Inderji had
called twice last week asking if we have decided when Prachi would return", he
frowned, "Just tell him that she will return when she has to", she snapped.
raised his eyebrows, "Ouch, that was harsh", he said surprised.
mentioned it so many times, Anand and I am getting tired of it", she said
smiled, "Come on, Shweta, he is missing his daughter. Won't you do the same
thing if Milind was away? I know he has annoyed you a few times but don't
harbour any hard feelings towards him", he said softly.
nodded. May be she was indeed reacting a bit too strongly. Whenever Milind was
away from home, she would be impatient for him to come home. Why should it be
any different for Prachi's father? She smiled at her husband, "You are right,
Anand. I would be signing that business deal in a couple of days and things
will start to fall into places soon. We will discuss with both Milind and
Prachi and decide on the date of their return", she said. Smiling with
approval, Anand kissed her forehead.
brushed her hair, lost in thoughts. The cool evening breeze was pleasant
through the open windows. What a day it had been! He had given in to her demand
and took her to the temple, she had gone on the bike ride with him. It was a
exhilarating experience and her thoughts had gone right back to Ooty. But she
hadn't enjoyed having to wear a protective riding gear and helmet. That only
took the fun off the whole thing but Milind had insisted as it was the law. She
made a face. They had stopped at a country pub and had dinner. Milind had
laughed when Prachi complained about the bland English food. They would spend
another day in here, she thought happily. The absolute privacy and the place
that she had felt close to in her heart even before she set her foot on, only
fuelled her love and passion. She felt extremely close to her husband both in
body and in mind and she relished the feeling. No riches in the world could
match it. Lost in faraway thoughts, she didn't see him come in and shrieked
when he lifted her into his arms.
feel bare without you in them", he whispered in her eyes and smiling, she put
her arms around his neck.
"Will it be like this when we get back to
Chennai, just us?" she asked huskily.
her on the bed and pulled her closer, "Between my work and your studies, we
will try and snatch some time for romance", he said.
she rested her head on his chest, his fingers immediately playing with her
hair. "Milind, I am going to be very busy when we go back to India. Will I be
able to manage everything?" she asked, suddenly serious.
smiled, "Ofcourse, baby. We will manage everything together. I am sure your
parents will also help you along the way", he reasoned.
nodded, "That's true. But Papa is more concerned about my studies. I think he
knows how much of a distraction you are for me", she said shyly.
laughed softly, "I will try to behave, darling but no promises though. Inder
Uncle is so used to worrying about you that my assurances are going to be of no
effect", he said a bit dryly.
over to face him, Prachi traced his stubble, "Milind, can I ask you something?"
She hesitated when he nodded, "You call my mother as Mama….but you still call
my Papa as Uncle. Why is that?" she asked slowly.
remained silent for several seconds and gave a small smile, "Your mama and I
got along very well from the beginning, Prachi. We have a mutual respect for
each other and she never judged me or treated me unfairly. She treats me like a
Son and to call her Mama seemed natural. But your Papa and I are on a
completely different wavelength. Sometimes, I am still Mr. Mishra for him and
he is Mr. Shah to me", he said.
Worried now, Prachi searched his eyes, "I know
you both didn't start off very well but Milind, he is my father. At least for
my sake, can you not take the first step?", she asked.
Milind's fingers tightened in her hair
and he held her eyes, "Do you really think I haven't tried? You have no idea
how much and how many times I have held myself back just for you, Prachi. It
takes two people to form a relationship. I have given it all I could. Now it's
his turn", he said with finality in his voice.
Prachi's eyes filled with tears. The look in her eyes tugged at his heart. Sighing,
he brushed a tear from the corner of her eyes, "I didn't mean to hurt you, Prachi",
he said huskily. When she stayed silent, he said, "Alright, what do you want me
to do?" he asked defeatedly.
hugged him, her wet eyelashes brushing against his neck, "Whatever you do, just
remember that he is my father and I love him very much. I won't ask you for
anything else, Milind", she said softly.
His arms held her closer but a sudden weight
settled around her heart. She knew how difficult her father had been when he
visited London. She understood how Milind felt but at the same time couldn't
help wish that things were better between the two most important men in her
life. Feeling his feather light kisses, she relaxed slightly. Her Husband would
do anything for her happiness and so would her father. Shouldn't that be enough
to bring them closer? Oh, she hoped! Oh, how she hoped!