Nivi took Dadaji's ashiwaad and said 'acha Dadaji ab chalti hoon, aap ka khayal rakna mere aane tak' Dadaji smiled and Yashodara said 'tum inki bilkul fikr mat karo Nivedita, itni dino mein tumne humaare liye itna kuch kardiya, ab kuch din araam kar le na Naintara ke dost ke yaha.' 'Ji Dadiji, koshish karoongi lekin chinta toh hogi naa...' Nivi's voice trailed off as she thought of Viren. Yashodara understood and said, 'Viren ki bhi fikr mat karna, hum uska khayal rakenge aur tumse toh uski baath ho chuki hogi toh chinta kis baath ki?' Nivi didn't mention that she hadn't spoken to Viren at all and that he hadn't even bothered to call her after her message...instead she nodded and saying bye left the room.
Next she went to find Vandana in the kitchen and said her goodbyes. Vandana asked if she had everything or needed anything before saying, 'Viren se nahi milee?' Nivi looked down and said 'nahi, woh toh is waqt soh raha hoga toh disturb nahi karna chahti...' Vandana frowned and said 'acha teek hai par usse phone zaroor kar le na baad mein. Kal raat kuch woh pareshaan lag raha tha jab maine bola ke tu ghar gayi hai. Tere jaane ke todi dher baad hi woh ghar aagaya tha. Mujhse aur kuch bola hi nahi aur chala gaya waha se...?! Bohth ajeeb tha.' Nivi felt an odd feeling in her chest at the mention of Viren being worried and she tried to ignore it saying 'teek hai chachiji lekin mujhe nahi lagtha ke woh mujse baat bhi karega' She felt tears in her eyes again and couldn't think why he was being silent with her when she'd thought things were starting to improve? She shook away the thought and said, 'dher ho rahi hai, dadi intezaar kar rahi hogi' and Vandana said she'd walk her out.
As they were walking and almost at the door, Nivi felt an odd pull behind her and before she could turn or do anything she heard Viren's voice shouting her name. Her heart stopped and she turned around, seeing Viren running down the stairs at full tilt and not stopping till he reached her. He was wearing yellow and white and his hair was still wet and sticking up in different directions. He looked to sweet that she felt all her anger and hurt melt away and all her thoughts disappeared as she just took pleasure in looking at him. She was still staring when she heard Vandana cough slightly and say, 'main tum dono ko akela chod deti hoon' and walk away quickly.
Viren tried to focus on what he needed to say but Nivi was just staring at him and she looked so amazing he couldn't think straight. He'd rushed to get here and now he was just speechless and tongue-tied after one look from her; he couldn't believe she was standing right there when just yesterday he'd thought she was gone forever! He looked at her and took in every detail of her face before she disappeared again. Her mouth was slightly open and she was breathing fast even though he was the one who'd just run all the way to her. He was still looking at her lips when he heard Vandana say something and remembered they weren't alone. He didn't hear what she said but at her words and as she left, he suddenly remembered why he'd come there and in a rush asked the most painful question first. 'Tum ghar kyu chali gayi Nivedita? Aur mujhe bataya bhi nahi?!' She was looking at him blankly so he said 'Nivedita, tum sun rahi ho main kya keh raha hoon?!' Nivi hadn't heard a word of what Viren said until he asked if she was listening. She was jolted out of her thoughts and without thinking said the first thing that came to her mind. 'Tumne tumhare baal nahi sukaye Viren, tumhe sardi ho jaayegi!' Viren's eyes widened and he was looking at her like she'd lost her mind! She tried to think what he'd asked when he interrupted impatiently with 'main kya pooch raha hoon aur tumhe mari baalo ki pari hai?!' This wasn't going at all the way Viren had thought and he was more confused than ever! Nivi seemed fine, she wasn't upset, maybe leaving hadn't been a hard decision for her he thought painfully.
She asked him to repeat the question so he did and it was harder asking the second time. He added, 'tumne mujhe batana zaroori nahi samja? Yah phir mujse door jaana itna asaan tha tumhare liye ke tumne palat ke bhi nahi dekha?' He said the last question quietly, looking down and feeling like he was dying inside. Nivi didn't know what was wrong with Viren, she'd told him where she was going after all, why was he saying these things? He hadn't bothered to call her and on top he was making her feel so bad! She felt annoyance but then the way he had said the last question made her heart stutter. 'Maine tumhe kaha toh tha Viren, tumne tumhara phone nahi check kiya? Maine Dadaji se pehle poocha bhi tha aur tumhe office se aane mein dheri ho rahi thi isliye maine intezaar nahi kiya...'
Viren couldn't understand what she was saying, he thought back to the messages on his phone and realised one must be from Nivi. And Dadaji knew too and he had let her leave?! Instead of clearing things up, he was getting more confused. 'Yeh bhi koi phone message mein bataane waali cheez hoti hai?!' he said, 'main kitna pareshaan ho gaya tha...agar tumhe laga ke tumhe yahaan se jaana chahiye toh hum is baare mein baat kar sakte the Nivedita.' He felt tears fill his eyes and couldn't stop himself from moving forward and taking her hands in his and saying intensely, 'main jaan tha hoon ke main kitna bhura hoon, aur mujse kitni galti hui hai, maine tumhe kitna dard diya hai...lekin Nivedita, tum mujhe un galtiyon ko sudaar ne ka moka bhi nahi do gi?' She tried to interrupt by saying 'Viren' but he cut her off looking slightly panicked 'Nivedita please, main vaada karta hoon ke main aaj se tumhe koi taqleef nahi doonga, bas tum please ghar waapas aajao!!' Viren was looking at her with so much intensity and hope that Nivi felt tears well up in her eyes at the depth of his emotions. She didn't know why he was saying these things and knew he'd somehow got his wires crossed but she didn't care because it made her heart sing hearing them!
Edited by anjaani07 - 13 March 2011 at 12:49pm