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2. The Match Makers
Arjun was back from Amritsar, where he had gone to attend his friend's wedding. It was night and he was snuggled up with his wife in bed.
"I'm sorry Arjun, I know we planned a quiet dinner together, but today I didn't feel like leaving bhai."
She told him what she had seen the night before, abt witnessing maan's pain even after so many years.
Arjun listened to her without interruption and then was silent for a bit more. Annie knew he was not fallen asleep from the movement of his hands on her hair. She wondered what he was thinking about so seriously.
"What is it that draws you to a person? Say there are people who remarry, so what is it that attract them to the second partner?"
Annie shifted her position to look at Arjun.
"Why r you asking these questions? I noticed you watching Maan bhai during the dinner. You know how cross he becomes whenever some one asks him to consider remarriage. As it is you r considered family only after Meeti's birth. If you think now it is your turn to match-maker , I will advise you drop the idea."
Arjun linked his hands behind his head and looked at her as he asked,"Tell me Anwesha, if I die, will you feel attracted to someone who looks like me?"
Annie's eyes blazed with anger and panic.
"What has got into you? I don't want to answer your stupid questions! I'm going to sleep."
She turned away from him. From her sniffles he understood she was crying. He tried to turn her back to face him but she resisted.
"I am sorry Anwesha. I didn't mean to hurt you."
She turned towards him and said, "How can you ask me to consider your death so calmly? I never want to think about a life without you. I never want to go thru' what Maan bhai is going thru' now!"
"Okay baba, look at me...please," he added when she did not. HE crossed his hands and held his ears as a gesture of his remorse. After comforting her with a hug, he was back with the question.
"Anwesha, if Maan finds someone who looks like Geet, will he be able to find love again?"
Now that got her interested and she caught his roaming hand.
"What?" he asked with a bit of smile in his voice.
"You tell me what! Where did you find someone who looks like Geet?in Amritsar?"
"I'm feeling so sleepy, the journey was so tiring. Apart from that I had to do my husbandly duties too. Now let me sleep."
He turned to his left side and switched off the bedside lamp. Annie reached over in a flash and switched it on. She forcibly tugged his shoulder to turn him on his back.
"Don't play games with me. Tell me."
Arjun had been to Amritsar to attend his friend's marriage. There he saw a woman who resembled Geet so much that one could accidently mistake Simran for Geet.to prove his point Arjun showed her the photo of Simran he had taken in his mobile phone. Annie was amazed at the resemblence.
"Who is she, were you able to find out?"
"She was introduced to me by Jai. He told me that she was his soon-to-be bhabhi. The person standing next to her with his arms around her shoulders is Jai's brother Jeet."
"Oh! That is not good. Will you mind if your friend lose his would-be sister-in-law?"
Arjun chuckled at her confidence. "You seem so sure that Maan is going to take her away, though it takes two to fall in love and the consent of the girl to marry!"
"Nothing can stand in the way of my bhai's success if he wills it! You've seen him with Geet. How can any girl whoever she is resist falling in love with him?"
"Don't forget Maan has to see her first to impress her!she is in Amritser and he in Delhi. How do you make them meet?"
"Now that is what I call a real problem.ever since Geet was lost to him in Amritsar, he hates the place. But I will find a way around it."
"Let me know tomorrow, until then goodnight nd happy thinking!", he said as he snuggled under the blanket.
Morning came and Annie was still thinking! Finally it was Arjun who came up with a plan. He thought that they wud shift to Amritsar with the intention of opening a branch of their office there. Maan who was very attached to Meeti wudn't miss her birthday, which came up about a month later. That wud also give Annie time to befriend Simran. The birthday party wud become the perfect occasion for Maan to meet Simran.
"Perfect," Annie said as they thought the plan thru. "Thank you for doing this, Arjun."
"Annie, you r my wife and I want you to be always happy. Then spreading the business to Amritsar is a smart move. Finally, I want to make amends for what my sister did to this family."
Thus the plan was set into motion...
Sorry friends, for springing AA on you!! But I thought it necessary to take the story forward'..
Hope you will be with me this time tooto page 3
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