Chapter 7: Do Actions Speak Louder?
Talking to Anushka,
Geet found her very sweet and vivacious. She couldn't stop laughing at the
first meeting incident of Maan and Anushka. Her remaining few doubts about her
character vanished with Anushka's talk. Geet mentally slapped herself for
judging her. She in fact, admired the strong bond she shared with her husband. While
Anushka was talking about her days in college with the college's two most
eligible bachelors, Geet was silently listening to her.
"Tumhe pata hai Geet,"
Anushka said. "Being the best friend of Maan, all the girls used to beg me,
bribe me, and do all sorts of things so that I would be impressed and set them
up with him," she said rolling her eyes. "Aur ek tha mera bechara dost Maan,
who even refused to give one look at them. Juggling between these two, my own
love life was wasted away," she said dramatically.
Geet giggled at her
animated gestures. Just then Maan came back from his shower and went to the
kitchen to whip up some breakfast for his two most beautiful ladies talking in
the hall. He wore his apron before rummaging through the fridge to find some
eggs and milk. He finely chopeed onions and peppers and sauteed them a little
bit. Prepared scrambled eggs and added those veggies along with some chedder
cheese. On the side he toasted a few slices of wheat bread and prepared chai
for Anushka, horlicks for Geet, and black coffee for himself. He set everything
on the tray and walked towards the hall.
"Hot piping breakfast
tayyar hai," he announced proudly.
"Oh thank god Bujji, I
was starving. Hmm, smells good," Anushka said wafting the aroma of eggs along
"Of course it would
smell good, cook kaun hai," he said pulling his collar up.
tumhare wife ke saamne impress karne keliye koshish kar rahe ho," she said
holding her hands on her hip.
Maan looked hopeful at
Geet, trying to read her expression on her face. But her face did not give out
much. She seemed to neatly conceal her feelings. He smiled at her weakly hoping
she wouldn't give away too much of their platonic relationship. He wanted to
keep her requests under wraps for he feared Daadima's and Anushka's worry. He
didn't want to crush their hopes and feelings of starting a new life, a new
family, with the love of his life. He had never seen himself as a family man
with wife and children. His parent's divorce had deferred him from even
thinking about marrying. He had led a very principled and controlled life. His
Daadima, Anushka, and his little brother, Arjun, made up his family and he had
planned to spend the rest of his life, making their happiness, his. All of them
had persuaded him to marry but he had quietly refused. No amount of pleading,
scolding, crying had changed his stand on marriage. Thus, everyone had lost his
or her hopes of seeing Maan married, praying for a miracle. And the miracle had
happened in the form of Geet. She had come into his life like an angel, erasing
all his fears and worries. When he had voiced to marry her, Daadima didn't hesitate
to give her assent fearing he would change his decision given a chance. And
thus, the marriage had taken place in a hurry after he came to know about her
'decision' through her father. He now wished, he should have himself talked to
her so that he would have prevented the situation he was in right now. Although
he wouldn't have agreed to part away from her even if he would have talked to
her. She was his first love his only love, she would have been worth fighting
for. But now the circumstances had changed completely. He certainly wouldn't
force her into this relationship he had tied her into. He would let her go and
live away his life in her memories she left behind.
Geet looked at Maan,
who seemed to be lost in deep thought. She had noticed a certain spark in his
eyes and his face lit up when she walked down the stairs. His face had carried
a certain glow but she couldn't name the cause of it. She concluded Anushka's
presence would be the cause of it and shrugged her thoughts out. But when Anushka
had teased him, his eyes looked expectantly at her as though he wanted to prove
his emotions towards her. She was no expert at reading anyone's eyes, but
looking at his she was forced to change her opinion about it. She could
certainly see a clear set of caring in fact admiring emotions as though he
wanted to reach out to her and envelope her in his love. 'Wait a minute, love?'
She gasped mentally. When did she become an expert in the subject of pyaar,
ishq, aur, mohabbat? It couldn't be love. He hardly knew her for a day or two.
Love was something that came with time, interaction, and certainly with a lot
of responsibilities. What her mother felt for her was love, a love that she was
born into and grew with time. Yet her heart betrayed her train of thoughts when
she thought back at those moments when she stared deeply into those rich
chocolaty eyes. Her head spun at the reeling thoughts and she hurriedly pushed
away the rushing thoughts for the time being. She had asked for a divorce and
he had consented to give it to her. The matter ended there; provoking it
further would just lead her into a quagmire of emotions and thoughts she
wouldn't be able to name or handle. Once the things were settled and her
divorce goes through she would quietly walk away from his life and prevent
Geet looked at
Anushka, her hands on her hips, waiting for a response. "Voh impress karne ki
koi zaroorat nahi, kyunki main already impress ho chuka hoon," she grinned shrugging
her shoulders. "Kyun Maan?" she winked.
Maan stood agape at
her comment not comprehending what she said few seconds ago. 'Did I even hear
it right?' he thought. She had declared he impressed her! He pinched himself
hard and hissed at the sharp pain while rubbing his arms. Geet saw him stand
like a statue, with his eyes bulging out in surprise. She knotted her eyebrows
at his reaction and waved her hand in front of him. Seeing no response from
him, she pointed her index finger and poked him, bringing him back to his
senses. He still stood dazed at her statement as she gestured what with her
hands. He mechanically shook his head like a robot.
Anushka saw these two
and decided to give them some time alone. "Alright my dear prem panchiyon, I'm
off! Catch ya later guys gotta run!" she said picking her bag in a hurry and
heading towards the door. "Uff I forgot, " she said hitting her head and ran
back to embrace Maan. "Sorry Bujji forgot to say bye to you," she said hugging
Maan tightly and gave a slight peck on his cheeks. Geet's jaw dropped at Anushka's
action and her eyes widened to a shock. She could understand they were close
friends, but kissing? She questioned herself, not voicing her opinion. Anushka
ran out the door, once again bidding bye to both of them. But Geet seemed to
least care to even say bye back. She involuntarily stomped towards Maan and
hurriedly wiped away the area on Maan's cheek where Anushka's lips had touched.
Geet's touch felt
soothing yet electrifying on Maan; he instantly closed his eyes for a few
seconds, savoring the moment, the soft and smooth silkiness of her skin against
his. He wondered at the turn of events and Geet's series of reactions towards
him. It was something uncalled for, but it wasn't certainly unwelcomed. He
concluded he was dreaming and if so, wanted to permanently never wake up from
it. He eyed her with million questions in his eyes, hoping somewhere in her
heart there was a very tiny place for him. His intense gaze on her brought her
back to her senses. She herself couldn't fathom her act and abruptly pulled her
hand away from his cheeks and looked down, fearing to meet his eyes.
"Voh, umm, actually
vahan kuch bread crumbs the," she blurted, covering up her act. Maan's head
shot up at her confession. He wondered whether he really did have breadcrumbs
on his cheeks, causing her to wipe them of. She seemed pretty confident in her
answer. He tried to read her eyes for an answer and saw she looked directly
into his eyes when she said that. He chided himself for his irrational thinking
and cleared his throat to get a grip of himself. He shook off the thoughts that
clouded his mind smiled back nervously at her.
"So what are your
plans for today?" he asked quickly, trying to change the subject.
"Oh haan Maan, I wanted
to ask you if you could let me re-register myself in the previous college I was
studying to finish my doctorate," she asked hesitantly.
"Of course Geet, do
you want me to accompany you?"
"It would be nice,"
"Sure, give me a few
minutes, mein Daadima ko bataakar aata hoon," he said miming two minutes with
Maan rushed to tell Daadima of the plans and
changed into a pair of formal black pants along with navy blue shirt. He chose
to drive instead of a driver and they reached the All India Institute of
Medical Sciences after an hour long and hectic drive. Geet along with him
walked to the dean's office to talk to him so that she was back on track with
first of all shorry for the late update but WK ff has been taking up my time n my work schedule is also killing me. so squeezing in the updates as and when possible... hope u like this update.
please note: since this has turned into a ff i have decided that the first part shall be the prolougue n the rest are chapters. i need this change for its very important. many people are wondering what happened in the future from where it started. well since this has become a ff i cannot offord to have such a huge flashback so i decided that first chapter shall be a prolougue (kinda peek into the future and the current updates are happening in the current present tense. i want to shape the story in such a way that i want to show the journey of geet's and maan's characterization n if i try to go back and forth it would ruin it... so hope u guys like it as well as understand it
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Edited by Maaneet_09 - 18 July 2011 at 8:21pm