My friend Nammy says she finds my work good ... umm I don't know .. you tell me.
Next day as Nikki arrived at the hospital , the gang was gathered at the reception busy in animated discussion , they were discussing having dinner together at a restaurant . They got busy in arguing about the venue and time till they were interrupted by Abhi's supersonic boom " much as I hate to disturb this beautiful gathering of long lost friends ….. " This was enough to scatter the happy bunch, as they ran for their duties.
Party .. dinner together , the whole gang after such a long time …. the thought of the fun they would have was enough to make Nikki go through her routine without complaining. In the afternoon she was informed that she was needed to work with Dr. Modi in the evening , the thought that she would miss her party brought about a sullen mood …… Can he smell her happiness , that he knows when to destroy it. "Nikki you are coming to the party in the evening right ? " Armaan asked her in the corridor " Armaaan ….", she wailed , " that Modi is asking me work with him in the evening " Nikki you can't miss the dinner….." " main kya karoon Armaan , I'll try to get the work done fast ………. or better ! I'll pretend to be ill and ask for leave or steal the cord of his computer ……….. I did that once and then there was this chooha and … and then I fell in his arms ……. and ….. and ………..umm…. I'll think of something ok .. gotta go ".
Abhi and Nikki sat working in his cabin , Nikki was restless and he knew the reason behind it , yet she had not protested or complained , she had not even mentioned she had a party to attend . Even if she had , he would never allow such unprofessional behaviour. . But he did admire her. This girl had come a long way from the day she had come in late and neglected her duties to her patient because she had gone to visit Armaan , today she didn't want to go to the party as she wanted to work on the presentation he had been right in choosing her ….. for the project of course ! A faint smile escaped his lips as her uneasiness became more obvious, the clash of emotions in her mind , the young girl in her wanting to be with her friends and the professional in her wanting to be true to her work .
"Nikki this presentation is not that urgent, you can leave now … for your party….. "
She sat staring at him astonished, so he knew about her party and he was allowing her to leave early? Since when had he become so nice ?. And what about the presentation ….
" … and we can work on this presentation tomorrow morning .. say seven ?"
" but ….but what about you? you need to sleep too" , she asked her tone incredulous. She was worried about him having to come early because of the presentation , she was concerned about him ? He couldn't believe it , it had been ages since anyone had shown concern for him. Everyone over here had just hated him for the decisions he had to take. He smiled a sad smile .. " It's ok and I'm used to it, now let's go I'll drop you.
Nikki couldn't understand the mix of emotions she was feeling , she was happy as she was going to meet her friends but she felt like she was missing something , like there was something that needed to be done … but what? she couldn't fathom . She looked at Abhi hoping to find an answer there , but he looked ahead and quietly drove on . As they reached the club , she got down and thanked him and again the awkwardness surrounded her … maybe she should do something , say something .. but what …. But there was no chance of finding out now , as he drove away acknowledging her thanks with a little nod and a smile.
The gang was exhilarated to find that she had actually come " but Nikki you said you most likely won't be coming " Atul asked .
" hey how did you get here .. you didn't even get your car today " Armaan said coming up to her excited. "Dr Modi droped me …"
" Why didn't you called him in … " Riddhima asked her.
The gang looked at Riddhima shocked and Armaan exclaimed " Riddhima ! you wanted him to come and spoil our mood……"
" Oh cmon guys , he was at my roka and he was just fine , we all had a lot of fun , " Riddhima stuck to her stand on the matter.
The gang had no answer to that and started looking in different directions and started their own discussions. Call Dr Modi to the party , how did Riddhima make it sound so easy ? and even make every one agree ?
Next day Nikki entered the hospital with a spring in her step , she knocked and enterd Abhi's cabin . Abhi sat there with his hands in the hands of Ms Universe , her entry made them look up and Abhi stated " Dr. Nikkita , Shelly is here for a few days to get all paperwork in order ………….."
There was a hidden comradeship here that she could sense, they were comfortable with each other and knew each other from before she was sure, but to what extent ? and why did it bother her so much ?
Nikki sat with Srijana explaining the project to her, she showed her file showing past Sanjeevni records also the file with quotations for operation machines and other quotations. Srijana was smart, sweet girl , a bit arrogant but looking at her Nikki found reason for her to be : she was pretty, slim, tall , her clothes were expensive and stylish , Nikki felt uncouth in front of her , she was classy : so much like Modi they were a perfect match…… this thought somehow didn't please her much. Many times Nikki was tempted to ask her about Abhi but stopped herself , why did she care if they knew each other . As the evening drew to a close Abhi walked in , he took in Nikki and Shelly working together and his eyes rested on Nikki . " Monty is it time to go .." Monty !, why was she calling Abhi , Monty? " Yes we should leave, now" Abhi said in his smooth deep voice , he was giving Shelly his undivided attention , Nikki kept on staring at Abhi and an unknown feeling played inside her , she felt uncomfortable all of a sudden . Abhi's eyes fell on Nikki " umm we will drop you too Nikki" "Ya Nikki come along "Shelly seconded him. Much as she hated the very thought of being anywhere near this pair she had no option left but to agree and she gave a small nod in reply. As they sat in the car Shelly broke the silence " Where are we going Olive or QBA ". NiKki's eyes opened wide 'how rude of her to plan their outing in front of a third person' , she was feeling left out . These two looked dressed enough , they would just walk into a club and be welcomed with open arms , if she had to go she'd look frumpy in her work clothes , but who was asking her out !
Abhi was woken up early in the morning at 6:30 by the ringing of his cell "Nikki kya hua is everything all right ? …" Why did he sound tired ? did they keep partying till late ?
" umm Dr Modi mujhe poochna tha ke Diagnostic instruments ki list kaun final karega "
" wha … , kaunse patient ka diagnose ? " Abhi asked still trying to wake up from his slumber .
" diagnose nahi diagnostic equipment ki list ….. uska kya karna hai .."
" oh u mean project main ……….. Nikki what the hell , aaj ke din bhe subha subha .. don't you know aaj Sunday hai and you are calling me so early to …"
"oops sorry Dr Modi , but aaj Sunday hai to maine socha ke I'll work on the project ….. Hello ? Hello ? … hain phone kaat diya …. I just wanted to finish the project fast …"
"stupid girl …… she and her silly pranks and here he had been thinking that she had actually matured ….. ridiculous"