A few days had passed since Maan had come to live with Geet and co.
He kept a sharp eye on her, not letting it waiver for even a moment.
He had found out that Meera was getting married to Yash, so that ruled out one problem, but the other problem was still extant, Rahul.
He did not like the intimacy they shared, Rahul was with Geet almost all the time.
It was after the Mehendi ceremony when Maan finally got the chance to catch Geet alone.
She had headed to the terrace to check on the flowers that had been delivered for the wedding the next day.
She was standing over the the huge container that held the orchids when she felt a tug on her elbow, and found herself pulled into Maan's embrace.
"We need to talk"
"There's nothing to talk about"
There's a lot to talk about, and you know that.
So quit running away from me cuz running away won't solve the problem, we need to find a solution to it."
"Let me go Maan!!!"
Maan now held her even tighter.
His arms locked around her tiny waist, his chest pressing against hers, his nose almost touching hers.
Geet definitely did not like this closeness. And to make matters worse, she was feeling light headed.
She hadn't been feeling too well lately.
And then to Maan's horror Geet suddenly went limp in his arms.
"There's a good news.
You're pregnant!!", said the doctor.
Geet froze in horror as the words fell on her incomprehending ears.
Maan simply gaped at the doctor.
The others had not been informed since they had gone to bed much before Geet had fainted.
After sounding certain instructions regarding diets, check ups and excersice, the doctor left.
Maan continued to stare at Geet in confusion.
Then he saw a tear drop down her left cheek, as she slowly raised her eyes to look into his.
And it was this moment that Maan knew!!
He knew that what he had thought had happened in France really had happened, and that this baby was going to be the balm on the wounds that they had both suffered, that he had inflicted on Geet, and would finally bring them together.
Geet couldn't believe that this had actually happened.
The more she tried to forget her past the tighter it grabbed onto her.
And now she was eternally connected to the man she both loved and hated the most in this world through another human being, a soul, that right at this moment lay inside her peacefully.
She looked up to meet his eyes, and saw realization and understanding reflecting like a glass sheen there.
There was no way out.
This man could read her like an open book, and he had read the truth reflected through her eyes.
Only if he had read her right then...
But there was no point in lying anymore, he knew!
Maan was about to say something when Geet said
"We'll talk about this after the wedding!
And no one's to know before that!"
And with that said, she pulled up her bed covers and slid into pretend sleep.
Maan knew that this was his dissmissal, and left without another word, switching the lights off after giving Geet an affectionate look.
The wedding was over, and Meera was currently seated in Yash's room, in the middle of his bed.
The entire room was lit with exquisite aroma candles, and poutpourri and fresh flowers had submerged it in a nerve tickling scent.
The bed was covered with rose petals, and a curtain of orchids surrounded it.
Yash on the other hand was trying to get into his room, but Rahul and Geet wouldn't have any of it.
"$5000/-, or else, no Meera tonight!!", Rahul smirked.
"Come on man!!!
I've already spent so much on this wedding!!
And your job doesn't pay all that well!!
And quit acting like cheapos you two!! What do you want money for?? You're already parteners in such a successful firm!!"
"This whining is not gonna get you anywhere!
And we don't mind gaurding this door for the rest of the night!!
Plus, a litte extra cash never hurt any one! Right Rahul", Geet winked at him.
How am I supposed to pay that kind of amount in cash??"
"Well that's your problem, cuz we are not going to trust you with a cheque!!
Who knows when you might call the bank and stall the payment!!"
"WHAT THE HELL!!"
screamed Meera as she opened the door angrily.
She was wearing a robe.
"You're such a makhi-choos Yash!!"
and saying this she shoved a roll of money into Rahul's hands and pulled Yash into the room by his collar, shutting the door with a bang on their faces and then locking it.
Then she pushed Yash on the bed, and came to sat on top of him.
With that done, she slowly pulled at the knot holding her robe and let the robe fell onto the sides.
Yash's mouth dropped open at the sight before him.
Meera was wearing a red net teddy with a very deep neck, and reaching her upper thighs.
Below this transparent piece of red cloth she wore black lace bare essentials, and her legs were covered with red net stockings.
Yash gulped down the saliva in his throat, as he knew that this woman was going to be the death of him tonight...
"I know it's my baby Geet!
So don't you dare deny it!!"
Geet simply ignored Maan as she continued to clean the kitchen.
Maan pulled Geet and seated her on the counter top.
She still refused to look at him.
"We're getting married!"
Geet's head shot up at this.
"You'd have to be completely insane to think that I'd let you into my life after what you did!
Whatever we had Maan..."
"We still have it!
And you'd have to be completely insane to think that I'd let you take my children away from me!"
"Roshni is not..."
"Don't you dare Geet!
She is mine! So don't you dare say anything against that!"
"That's why you told me to go and get her aborted on the day of our wedding!!"
Maan looked down in shame.
He had said that.
He knew it'd take a lot to make amends and heal the wounds he had given her, but he'd do it!
"I know I've made mistakes.
But I'm not going to make any more!!
And letting you go again this time would be bigger than the one I made 3 yrs ago!"
Rahul, Yash and Meera had learnt the truth.
And though they all hated Maan to the core, they knew he was repenting, and Geet was hurting.
Whatever may have happened, the truth was that they could be happy only with each other.
"Carrying venom in your heart for the rest of your life will only destroy you Geet!
You both need each other.
And you still love him!
You always did and you always will!!"
"Do it for the sake of your children.
They need a father!
What are you going to do? Raise two children on your own?"
At this Rahul marched upto Geet, and holding her hands in his bent down on one knee.
He couldn't see her hurting thus!!
"Will you marry me Geet?"
Everyone looked at him in shock.
"I know we're just friends. But I'd love to spend the rest of my life with you, if you'd agree.
You don't have to marry Maan if you don't want to.
Roshni is very very close to my heart, so will this child be!
I'll try my best to make a good father, and the children will never feel deprived under my care.
I'll take care of you, in sickness and in health, and will shower on you all the love of a good friend"
Geet couldn't believe this!
This was her best buddy ready to make the world's biggest sacrifice for her!
She knew he loved Pari, but had never followed it through cuz he was always looking after her and Roshni!
And here he was, ready to spend the rest of his life on grounds of friendship.
Father children who weren't his own!
Knowing well that he could never get anything from her!
She smiled at him through her tears.
She pulled him to his feet, and hugged him tight.
She knew if she refused to get married and decide to take care of both the children on her own her friends would continue to be plagued by their worry for her.
Rahul would never be able to focus on his life, and Meera and Yash too would never be free from her tensions.
She's always be a burden to them, and they wouldn't even let her be on her own.
She had to do this!
Breaking out of the hug she looked up into his face tenderly, and kissed him on the forehead.
Blessed to have you in my life!
All of you!!
But this won't be necessary!
I'm marrying Maan."
Here's Part 37.
Edited by mirnalini - 30 May 2011 at 4:25am