Posted: 14 May 2011 at 2:45pm | IP Logged
Muskaan tried to cheer her up. "Hey so back with lover boy Armaan huh?"
Riddhima smiled casually.
Since they were exhausted from all the traveling they decided to call it early night and start afresh the next day.
The moment they entered the suite Riddhima crashed on to the bed and dozed off. The other three freshened up and sat on the other bed chatting.
Anjali : "Nikki.. how is Sid..?"
Nikki : "Actually we dunno where he is.. i mean he said he is gonna take a break and left home. He would call once in a while but send photographs regularly. Abhi said he could be in New Zealand."
Muskaan : "So what happened actually... i mean didn't they like renew their marriage a month ago...?"
Anjali : "I really dunno.. she was really happy on their 2nd wedding time.. Infact i haven't seen her this happy since 'that day' (shoot out).
Muskaan : "Hey you guys.. do you have his picture or something..? I really wanna see him"
Anjali and Nikki shook their to say No.
Anjali : "Wait a minute!! There could be a possibility Riddhima might have it!"
Muskaan : "Yeah right! Babe! She just broke her marriage with him! Why would she carry his pic? You might find Armaan's though!"
Meanwhile Anjali was already inspecting Riddhima's bag : "Aaahaaa! There it is!! i told you!!" She smirked taking out the photograph from Riddhima's handbag. "There are 2 actually" "and ONE MORE!" "Woaahh!!" i cant believe she did that!!
"Did what!" asked Nikki and Muski together.
"I mean i have seen this video once.. Dad actually set up cameras in hospital to see how everyone is doing there duty! AND Sid and Ridz here caught romancing red-handed!! Though dad was mad in the beginning he got the cd of the video home to show mom how happy the two are now!! And this photo is definitely from that video! I cant believe Ridz actually took all the pain to extract this photo from the video!!
Nikki : "Are you serious... i mean... the photos.. she really has them with her.. but..?"
Anjali : "i didn't know guys.. i just guessed it..(that Ridz might have Sid's photo) it might sound weird but i think... i just think... you know... there is a slight possibility that... somewhere down.. she has feelings for Sid.. which i am sure she is not aware of"
Nikki and Muskaan kept staring at Anjali so that she will continue what she is saying
Anjali then said whatever happened in the hospital when they almost lost Riddhima.
Muskaan : "So your discovery is based on this??"
ANjali : "i mean yeah... out of all people she took Sid's name! Why is that!? And besides i have seen how happy she was at the wedding! i mean the way she looked at Sid.. there definitely was something.."
Nikki : "And you are saying Riddhima is a fool to know all this and still dump Sid for Armaan!?"
Anjali : "That's what's confusing me!" she paused and continued "i really got to find out what happened after the wedding.."
Meanwhile Muskaan grabbed the photographs from Anjali.
"my my! he is a hottie! no actually cutie! BOTH!! hmmm..." said Muskaan staring at the photo.
Nikki: "Oye soon to be married woman! Have some shame! You are ogling at someone else's husband"
"ex husband" Anjali corrected.
"that means he is single" Muskaan winked
"But not yet ready to mingle" said Nikki
"And how are you so sure?" Muskaan teased.
"Because HE IS MY BROTHER! And i know him"
"Brother?" quiestioned Anjali
"Duhh! Abhi's brother remember?"
"Ohh yeaaah!" said Muskaan and Anjali simultaneously.
"Jeez check out this pic (from vdo)!! They look so much in love and sooo cute together!!" Muskaan handed over the photo to Nikki..
"even in the wedding pic..." nikki sighed.
They suddenly became silent when they saw Riddhima shuffling on the bed.
Once they made sure she was still fast asleep, they started chatting again.
"I have an idea!!" exclaimed Muskaan
Anjali and Nikki looked at her in confusion.
"husshhh! just see" said Muskaan as she got up from the bed and walked towards Riddhima.
The two followed her quietly.
Muskaan bent on her knee next to the bed and started sliding her finger tip on Riddhima's ear lobe.
Riddhima shuffled again scratching her ear. Muskaan did the same again. Riddhima pouted and said while scratching her ear "stop it sid..."
Muskaan's mouth turned to "O" when she heard that! So did Nikki's. Anjali stood there smiling with an "i told you so" look.
Nikki walked to the balcony. She waved at the two asking them to join her.
"What the hell is she doing! Man she has screwed it up big time!" said Nikki slightly annoyed!
"I know! And i myself fell for what she said and helped Armaan to win her back" Anjali said guiltly.
"Now what next!" Muskaan asked.
"Do you think we should tell Sid?" Anjali enquired
"NOO! NOO! I don't wanna give him any false hope. And first and foremost Ridz has to clear this mess!" said Nikki
Muskaan : "So what's our role"?
Anjali : "We cant push her... she has to realize it by her own.. so i guess we have nothing much to do but wait and see what happens..."
Nikki : "Or we can find out what really happened between them and you know may be help her clear her mind and make a full and final decision"
"hmm i like that" said Anjali and Muskaan nodded along.
After a long pause Anjali said "okay babes! I am really exhausted. I'm gonna crash"
"Me too" Muskaan added and Nikki followed them.
Couple of days passed by.The girls were having a great time in the beach. They didn't confront Riddhima about what he thought about Sid, but they waited for a right time to ask her. There was a buzz in the beach as New Year was nearing. People were still in Christmas hangover and it was already New Years eve. The four girls New Year bash started on the morning of New Years eve. By evening everyone was in full swing. The three girls saw that Riddhima was quite low and to pep her up they started mixing vodka in her orange juice. It worked! She was back in high spirits in no time! She started to loosen up after around 5 rounds. The girls felt it was the best time to get the truth out of her. They knew she will not keep anything inside when she is high. So girls started talking about Sid intentionally to warm her up.
Anjali : "Nikki, so is Sid in Houston, how is he doing"?
Riddhima glared at Anjali when she heard what she said.
Nikki : "Actually we don't know where he is. He wouldn't tell us. But he does call and send greetings regularly."
Anjali : "hmmm..."
Muskaan : "You know he is quite dashing! Is he still single?
Nikki : Hahaha yes Muskii.. it will take SOME TIME for him to be "not single" again." Nikki continued after a pause. "It's not this first time that someone has left him"
Riddhima who was clearly feeling discomfort with all the talking that was going on suddenly lifted her head to glance Nikki as she thought what Nikki meant by "not the first time"
Nikki who as though could see through Riddhima, said : "Actually Abhi told me this story. I mean the 'details of it'. There was this girl called Tamanna who joined for internship with Sid. A very sweet girl. So our Sid apparently had a thing for her and did all this stuffs to woo her. But at the end she left to Canada to marry the guy whom her parents chose for her. Sid could have stopped her but he didn't. She even said she would stay if Sid would marry her but he backed off. He was so petrified by that word, that really makes me wonder how he agreed to marry Riddhima.. He must have really loved you.."
Riddhima was taken aback by all the info she just got. Now they didn't have to mix anything in her drink. She started gulping vodka shots after shots. The girls saw that Riddhima was almost on the verge of an emotional outbreak and they quickly changed the topic.
Muskaan : "Happy times, Happy times!!"
Anjali : "finally everything is slowly coming into place, so lets forget the past and move on what say girls"
Nikki : "yes definitely! Must say Armaan is one lucky guy! See how he got you back despite of the fact that nobody even thought he would have a chance anymore"
The girls giggled, but Riddhima was still pouting.
Muskaan :"Oki Ridzy tell us how you both met AGAIN"
Riddhima's lips twitched as she remembered those time. "Actually it all started when we were separated from each other... no no.. even before that i hated it when he started seeing girls for marriage! Anyway... i realized i actually started missing him a lot when we were away..." she sighed.
Nikki : "And how did you propose!!?"
Riddhima : "I didn't propose, he proposed!!... it was really sweet"
she laid back on the chair and stared at the night sky remembering the scene.
"in the fire escape... he held my hand close to his heart... i could feel the rhythm of his heartbeat and i thought even my heart was beating in the same rhythm... it was as though we were connected..."
she was blushing now
"he proposed me with the most beautiful ring... and he wrapped me in is arms.. i felt so comfortable and secured there... and i'm missing it badly now..." her blush faded.
Muskaan : "awww that is so sweet! Armaan is such a romantic person i tell you...?"
Riddhima : "Armaan..?"
Muskaan : "yeah!"
Nikki : "Don't tell me you were talking about Sid...!"
Riddhima : "but i was talking about Sid...!" she pouted again.
Anjali : "Good god!! Please give her some sense! Common now i'll go mad if she open her mouth again!! Lets hit the dance floor girls!!"
And the four were dancing through the night.
It was almost mid night when Riddhima slipped from the dance floor to go to the washroom. On her way back to the dance floor the lights were turned off suddenly for the New Year countdown. She had consumed a lot of alcohol and was already feeling dizzy. And when the lights were turned off, she tripped and fell heavily on someone, the impact was such that they both fell on the ground. Riddhima landed safe on his body as the man beneath her let a cry of sort. "oww" and the countdown started as the two struggled to get up. 10... 9... 8... 7... 6... 5... 4... 3... 2...1... "HAAAPPPYYY NEWWW YEAAARRR" everyone screamed and the lights were turned on. Riddhima had lifted her head slightly to see the fireworks in the sky, so did the man who lay beneath her. They shifted their head simultaneously so that they could see each other but was equally taken aback when their lips almost brushed. It was 12.00 and all the couples present there were kissing as the two lay on the floor, breathing heavily lost in each other.
To be continue...