'Nivi?!' Viren wasn't sure of what he was seeing as he got back to his room and saw Nivi standing in the middle of it. She was dressed in a dark blue churidar and he would have thought he was imagining her but she was holding his hoodie and looking at him a little self consciously as he walked into the room and continued to stare at her in shock, unable to help himself. He couldn't believe she was actually here in his room and his mind tried to figure out why as his fingers itched to touch her face.
He remembered their last conversation suddenly and jammed his hands into his pockets, trying to stay calm even though his heart was beating a mile a minute, 'Tum yahaan? Kya...?' he shook his head and cleared his throat, trying to remember how to speak in a full sentence, 'I mean what are you doing here?!' He wanted to hug her so badly but he didn't know why she was here yet and he didn't want to get his hopes up so he waited for her to respond. Nivi smiled then and his heart skipped a beat as he watched her, 'What, you can climb in through my bedroom window - in the middle of the night - but I can't come into yours through the front door?!'
Viren blinked as she raised an eyebrow and then laughed a little at his expression, she sounded so normal it confused him; he remembered her tear streaked face as he'd left her on the roof and he shook his head as a hundred questions ran through his mind at once. 'But Nivi, how are you here?! And what about everyone else... and after the other night... and you never even called all these days!' Viren couldn't seem to stop and his eyes widened even more as Nivi stepped forward and put her fingers on his lips, 'Shh Viren, itne sawaal?! Just listen for once please?' He nodded and stared into her eyes, finally daring to hope as she smiled at him.
Nivi felt her heart flutter at the half hopeful, still uncertain look in Viren's eyes. He looked tense as well as tired and Nivi felt bad as she wondered how he must have gotten through these last few days; she'd felt an even bigger stab of guilt when he'd said she hadn't called him. She didn't want to make him suffer anymore so she took a deep breath and said some of what she'd come to say, 'I thought about everything Viren: you, me, Papa, the other proposal... and then I realised there wasn't really anything to think about! Because I love you Viren Sood... aur tumhe itni asaani se main kaise jaane doongi?!'
Viren was staring at her with his mouth open and somewhere inside Nivi there was a sense of pleasure at the fact that she'd managed to shock him speechless for once! 'I'm sorry I didn't call or anything but I...' the rest of what she'd been about to say got drowned out as Viren suddenly moved and pulled her into the tightest hug of her life and after a few seconds of surprise she hugged him back and smiled into his shoulder. She curled her fingers into his hair happily and felt a sense of peace come over her as Viren let out a long breath and hid his face in her hair.
After a few long seconds Viren pulled away a little and moved some of her hair back from her face and Nivi shivered as he stroked her cheek slowly, 'Sorry, I just had to do that first...you can carry on talking now if you want.' Nivi's arms were still around his neck and she tried to focus on what else she'd come to say but it was hard to concentrate with Viren running his fingers through her hair. She tried to pull away but Viren held her close, 'Don't go anywhere Nivi, I missed you so much... mujhe abhi bhi yakeen nahi ho raha ke tum yahaan ho.' He ran a hand down her arm lightly and Nivi shivered again before pulling away from him. She let him keep hold of her hand and curled her fingers around his as she spoke.
'I'm really here Viren, but I can't stay long, they'll all be back from the pooja soon! Divya Di took them and...' Viren watched Nivi's face barely listening to what she was saying; his mind was spinning and his heart felt light; he'd been so worried he'd done the wrong thing by leaving her alone all this time but somehow she'd picked him over everything else. Suddenly his brain registered what she'd just said and he cut her off mid-sentence, 'What do you mean, they're all out?!' Nivi nodded distractedly, 'Haan Viren, didn't you know?! But they'll be back soon I'm sure and Di said...' Nivi stopped in her tracks as she saw the slow smile spreading across Viren's face and she took an automatic step back as he stepped forward, 'So you're saying there's no-one at home and you're here in my bedroom...alone?!'
Nivi felt a flutter of something in her stomach at Viren's soft words and at the look in his eyes and she tried to keep her voice steady as she replied; she hadn't thought about it till now because she'd been too busy thinking about what she'd say to him but suddenly she realised it was late in the evening and the house was silent except for them. 'Toh kya hua? We've been alone before...and it's just a room...' she shrugged and acted like it didn't make her feel nervous but she couldn't help her eyes from flicking over to the huge bed on their right and then went bright red when Viren raised his eyebrows, not fooled for a second.
Viren tried not to laugh at Nivi's flustered expression; he'd missed teasing her and he figured he deserved some fun after the days of waiting. 'Really Moti? It doesn't bother you at all...?' He took another step towards her as Nivi shook her head silently and then he held back another laugh as her legs touched the sofa and her eyes went huge as she realised there was nowhere else to go. He closed the gap with a few steps and rested his arms on her shoulders while she stared up at him.
'Viren...' Nivi blinked as Viren put his fingers over her lips and smiled cheekily, 'We'll have plenty of time to talk Nivi...' He stared into her eyes and Nivi felt like she was falling as he moved his fingers into her hair and closed the remaining space between them, running light kisses down the side of her face. She knew vaguely that there was still something she needed to tell him but her brain had turned to mush and all she could think of was Viren; her arms had wound themselves around his neck without her even realising and she tried to catch her breath and keep her head as he moved his lips closer to hers.
Just as Viren was about to kiss her, he felt Nivi move her face away at the last minute, 'Wait Viren, there was something else...Dadi!' Nivi's voice was breathless and Viren's brain registered the name through a haze and he lifted his head, blinking in confusion, 'Dadi?! Iss waqt tumhe Dadi yaad aa gayi?!' He frowned and shook his head in disbelief and Nivi had to put both hands on his chest as he tried to move closer again, 'Viren, Dadi ko humare baare mein sab kuch pata tha! That's what I wanted to tell you...'
Edited by anjaani07 - 04 October 2011 at 7:13am