Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments!This is more of a filler chapter....to kind of summarize what has happened in these six years,etc......
Taking a bite of her sandwich, she looked at the building before her contemplatively.
She mentally scoffed at how life loved to play around with her.
She had sworn a few years back that she wouldnt come back to Mumbai....ever.
But, a year later she had found herself back again.
And now, six years later, she knew she had made the right choice.
She could write it off to circumstances or career but she knew the real reason was him
Finishing her sandwich, she stood before the twin buildings of Sanjeevani.
One her past and the other her present.
She had never ventured into her past again.......there was nothing left there.
Finishing her sandwich, she walked in to the relatively newer building.
She had hardly taken a few steps when she was called from behind. "Dr.Shilpa.....here is your list of appointments for today."
She smiled........yes, she loved her present.
He strode down the corridor barely paying attention to anything except the file in his hand.
As always, he was oblivious to the glances being thrown his way....some curious, some wary but mostly appreciative.
The most sought after neurosurgeon of Mumbai, Siddhant Modi, was an enigma.
Reserved, serious and a complete workaholic....so different from the Siddhant Modi that had existed six years ago.It was hard to believe that this was the same person.
People were always curious about him but no matter how much anyone tried to, no one could decipher anything about him.
Emotions wasnt a word that could be associated with him.
One had to be really lucky to get him to talk about anything other than his work......those lucky ones included his friends and family who usually had a hard time themselves.
He turned right and headed towards his cabin where a group of interns was waiting for him.
As soon they spotted him, they immediately stopped talking and gave him his full attention.
His personality was such that it, involuntarily, demanded immediate respect and attention.
Looking up from his file ,he focused on the interns.
Shilpa watched him quietly standing in a corner making sure he couldnt see her.
She hid a smile behind her hand as she noticed how keenly the interns were listening to him as he briefed them about their duties.
They knew he never repeated himself.
She always enjoyed watching the faces of interns when Sid was around.Who knew he would turn out be the second and much more scarier version of Dr. Keerthi?
All of a sudden, he looked in her direction and caught her gaze.
Her eyes widened........he had caught her again.She could never hide from him.
A tiny smirk graced his lips....so small that anyone other than Shilpa couldnt have spotted it.
As the interns started leaving, he walked towards her little, not-so-helpful hiding place.
"And what is so funny?", he asked.
A small laugh escaped her.
"You........scaring the interns."
He raised his eyebrows.
"I wasnt scaring them."
"Yes....you were, Dr. Siddhant."
He walked into his cabin and she followed him.
Once the door was closed, he looked at her, all serious.
She held up her hand.
"No Sid....you dont have to say anything."
"But I need to", he turned away from her. "The way I behaved with you was not acceptable.What's worse is that you quietly tolerated it.Why..........why do you always
do that Shilpa?"
"Because you would have done the same for me, Sid." She moved around to face him.
"Sid I know what you go through........you can hide it from the world but never from me. The pain that you always carry with you......its bound to come out in one way or another."
He simply looked at her wondering how she could be so understanding.
"But you need to stop torturing yourself. You cant always live in this pain....you need to overcome it."
His eyes took on a hard intensity. "No....... No I cant. I need to remember it all the time so that I never let myself trust anyone again."
"You dont trust me either?", she asked.
His eyes softened a little. "You know that is not true."
She sighed and took hold of his hand."I know. If you trust me, then you also need to trust what I am telling you. You need to give life one more chance........yes its been cruel to you but it wont be like that forever.You need to let go of all this misery that resides within you.............you need to start believing again Sid.....please."
He didnt want to talk about this.......he knew she was right but she was asking him to do something which was impossible for him....to believe again.
His eyes fell on her hand holding his.
He frowned.........he had seen this sight many times and it was beginning to make curious.
He traced the fourth finger of her left hand.
"Where's your ring?"
She moved her hand away.
"Oh I.....I left it at home.......guess I forgot to wear it."
"Havent you been forgetting it a lot these days?"
She looked away from his scrutinizing eyes.
"You are happy with him, arent you?"
Just then her cell phone rang and saved her from the answering the question which had been troubling her since a few days now.
"Sid I have to take this......talk to you later."
She hurried out of his cabin missing the pensive look on his face.
Outside the door, Shilpa read the name flashing on the tiny blue screen.
It was her fiance.
Edited by sidsk - 06 February 2011 at 9:56pm