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" Thanks adi... Its very thoughtful yaar..." He hugged his friend...
Wow rajat i love it !!! It's fantastic and you know main aisi hi watch
chahta tha... thanks man it's great..." he hugged him too
any key ... He was confused and then looked at muski who looked at him
expectantly smiling broadly... " To kaisa laga it's nice naa...??? "
Armaan was confused bit disappointed but didn't said anything...
" Yeah man it looks awesome.." Said atul who no longer looked at armaan as a threat to his love..
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was surprised where did he came from he was a really cute baby with a
balloon tied on his wrist with sorry written on it seeing her he smiled
and flapped his arms ridhhimas heart melted completely at the sight she
picked up the baby.
" and where did you
came from ? " patting the dog she picked up the letter keeping the baby
back in the rocker... She sat on the nearby bench and unfolding the
letter started reading it
house, mansion, with huge lawns and garden with gravel paths... It was
simply beautiful... ridhhima loved and praised all of it... They kept on
moving reliving their childhood memories...
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Taming the wild
Precap: guptas come to malik mansion... armaan ridhhima relive their childhood, shashank and padma tell about ridhhimas decision... armaan assures them that he will turn ridhhimas no into yes yes by anjy's wedding... he presents a gift to her as a symbol of their friendship...
The next morning 8 o'clock the door bell of the Gupta house chimed out...
" Itni subah kaun hai.. ? " wondering padma went to open the door... And was surprised to see the person on the door..." Armaan ?! Beta tum ?? Itni subah yahaan..? " She was too surprised to give any other reaction...
" Good morning maa..." He hugged her and kissed her cheek lightly " aap to mujhe dekh kar aise hairaan ho rahi hain jaise pehli baar dekha ho... Aur ab main andar aaun yaa yahin khada rakhna hai... Mana mausam achha hai magar thodi thand hai naa..."
Padma came out of her surprise mode.. And hitting her forhead she smiled " arre main bhi kitni budhhu hun... Aao naa beta andar aao... Main bata nahi sakti ki tumhe dekh kar mujhe kitna achha lag raha hai.."
" Yaa i know saari ladkiyan mujhe dekhkar yahi kehti hain..." Bowing his head and fluttering his eyes he tried to make a cute face...
Padma laughed at his antics... " Chal badmash... Chal ab sach sach bata itni subah yahaan kya kar raha hai hmm.."
" arre yeh kya baat hoti hai... Ek beta apni maa se milne nahi aa sakta kya... Mujhe aapki yaad aa rahi thi to... To main chala aaya bas... Aapko gud morning kehne..." But his eyes kept looking here and there
Padma noticed it and instantly knew his reason of arrival.. " Achha maa se milne aaya hai.."
" Haan bilkul.."
" Theek hai fir main khadi to hun yahaan chalo hum chal kar dhaer saari baatein karenge aur haan aaj tum na mere sath shopping par bhi chalna... Theek hai "
" What..!? Shopping...? Umm theek hai Magar wo... Wo.. anjy bhi chalegi naa sath.. After all shaadi to uski hai naa..."
" Hey bhagwaan armaan ! " She pulled his ear... " Aww aouch..." " Beta kya aapne mujhe budhhu samjha hua hai..." " Nahi maa wo..." " Achha mujhe pata nahi chalega ki aap yahaan kisse milne aaye ho... Hmm maa ki yaad aa rahi thi...? "
" Arre maa kaan to chodo mujhe to is waqt pure khandaan ki yaad aa rahi hai..." Padma could not control her laugh hearing it and let go of his ear...
" Pagla..." Armaan grinned sheepishly " ab main kya karu mere paas ab sirf 19 din hain aapki beti ko manane ke liye and i don't believe in wasting time you see... "
Padma laughed at his explanation " haan haan samajh gayi... ridhhima apne kamre main hogi ja jaa kar mil le usse..."
" Ohh maa thank you... you are the greatest..." He hugged her " haan ek baat to kehna main bhul hi gaya..." He quickly said something to her and she agreed smiling then he ran off to meet riddhima
" Aur sun.. Jaldi aana main breakfast laga deti hun..."
" Ookkaayy..." He shouted back climbing the flight of stairs quickly and in just few seconds he stood before ridhhima's room... he gently knocked it...
" andar aa jao kaka..." Came the reply
Armaan grinned hearing the answer and opening the door went in he was amazed to see the scene before him ridhhima was dressed in a beautiful pink suit her hair open and the room smelled of a beautiful fragrance... He just stood there without saying anything she was busy looking for something her back towards him
" Kaka wo coffee table par rakh do aur plz anjali di ko awaaz dena pata nahi wo uthi hain ya nahi kitna kaam pada hai..." She continued to look for something in her cupboard and spoke without turning back " kaka dhobi kapde nahi laaya use remind karwa dena... Aur driver se bolna ki tayar rahe hum 10 baje niklenge... Maa se kehna ki hamare liye lunch naa banaye hum bahar se hi kuch kha lenge... "
" ji madam aur koi hukum..." He said finally with a big grin on his face
Ridhhima turned abruptly and was surprised to see armaan standing there... " Armaan..?! Tum ? Yahaan...? Itni saubah..? "
" Oh god kya yeh tum logo ka fixed dialogue hai... Abhi neeche main same inhi sawaalon ka jawaab de kar aa raha hun..." He came and sat on her bed half lying... " Waise yeh tumne pehna kya hai..? " Wrinkling his nose a bit..
Ridhhima looked at her outfit and then back at armaan confused... " Kyun..? Isme kya kharaabi hai ? "
" Kuch nahi theek hai... Magar agar kisi ne tumhe chheda ya kuch kaha to mujhe mat kehna ki maine warn nahi kiya tha.."
She looked at him puzzled.. " Chheda..? Mujhe koi kyun chhedega.. Armaan tum paagal ho.."
" Ohh ho madam.." He stood up and started to walk towards her ridhhima was surprised at his act and she took a step back but armaan didn't stop he kept looking at her not breaking the eyelock.. He came very close to her... And ridhhima stood rooted at her spot he bent down a little and whispered in her ear... " Ridhhima.. Agar logo ne tumhe dekh kar kaha ki..."
" Ki...?? " She asked
" Ki... Bhai saab is bhutni ko kahan se laaye kya bhoot din main bhi nikalte hain...? " He jerked his head up and burst out laughing seeing the angry ,shocked ,surprised expression on her face... Ridhhima opened her mouth thinking hard to say something to the mad man who was rolling with laughter on her bed... When she could find no counter she picked up a pillow and hit him flat on his head... Armaan stopped laughing instantly and looked at her slyly ...
" Huuhahaha ridhhima you called for it and you are so gone you messed up my hair... My HAIR.!! " He picked up the other pillow and hit her head...
" Aaaggghhh armaan i'm going to kill you " and that was it... World war seemed nothing in front of their pillow war... Not just pillows but some books, soft toys, pencils, pens from the stand and the stand itself... Everything flew from one side of the bed to the other... It looked like two soldiers were fighting across the border...
" Haha bhutni..." Armaan laughed looking at her messed up hair only to get a cushion flat at his face... It was now ridhhimas turn to laugh at him
" Hahahaha bandar jangli...!! "
" Aaaggghhh i won't leave you jangli billi..."
" What ! Tumne mujhe jangli billi kaha.. You donkey monkey baboon.." And she came over to his side quiet angry
" Oh my god armaan tu to gayaa.." And before he could think of anything to save himself from her fury he was showered with repeated blows of pillow...
" Main jangli billi... *Hit* Hit* Main bhutni...*hit * hit* "
" Ridhhima... ridhhi... main... mazaak... kar rahaa tha yaar... I was just kidding " he just covered his head with his hands to save himself...
" Nahi nahi aur bolo... Log darr jayenge naa mujhe dekh kar... Abhi batati hun kisko dekh kar log darenge..." Again *hit *hit*...
" Riiddhimaaa..." She stopped instantly hearing the voice...she slowly turned clutching the pillow in her hands... " Oohoo you are gone ridhhi..."
Shashank looked at ridhhima totally shocked to see his normally calm poised and gentle daughter totally behaving in a wild manner.. Armaan when saw shashank crawled on his all fours and stood behind him hiding himself and whispered
" Uncle mujhe apni beti se bachao..." Only to get another hit by the coushion which came flying by from god knows where...
Later at the breakfast table all the guptas along with armaan assembled and they just could not stop laughing...
" Oh my god it was so funny dad... Ridhhi ne kya maara hai armaan ko bechare ki haalat dekhi aapne..? "
" Yeah main to hairaan tha ki kya yeh ladki meri hi shant pyaari ridhhima hai..."
" Daaadd " ridhhima now had had enough..
" What dad ridhhima mujh bechare se puchho... Achha hua maa jo uncle time par aa gaye warna yeh jangli billi... Iska to aaj pura plan tha mujhe breakfast main khane kaa..." He instantly got a slap on his shoulder from her..
" Moom dekho naa yeh sab milkar kaise mera mazaak uda rahe hai.. Aur aap armaan ko kuch kyun nahi kehte yeh bhi to mujhe kitna irrritate kar raha tha..."
" Ohhho ab bas bhi karo... Kitna pareshaan karoge meri bachhi ko..." Padma sided with ridhhima
" Waise ridhhima you should have been more careful... Armaan abhi abhi hospital se aaya hai and he still have a leg injury.. Kahin hasi khel main lag jaati to..."
As shashank said this though not very seriously ridhhima realised that she indeed reacted too much he was afterall just kidding and obviously didnt meant those things... But then thought it wasnt totally her fault he provoked her why he has to irritate her so much... Rest of the breakfast went by normally but armaan noticed that she wasnt talking much now...
He was just thinking when his cell rang up ,he excused himself and went to attend the call... When he came back after ten minutes he saw that shashank and anjali were not there and padma and ridhhima were clearing up the table..
" Aa gaye beta ho gayi baat..."
" Haan uncle aur anjy kahaan gaye..? "
" Shashank to tayaar hone gaye hain unhe sanjeevani jaana hai aur anjali bhi ready hone gayi hai humein bhi shopping ke liye jaana hai..."
" Oh i see maa ab main bhi chalta hun mujhe bhi office jaana hai itne din ho gaye... sabne bahut aish kar li meri absence main..." He said smiling...
" Theek hai... Magar main to soch rahi thi tum bhi hamare sath chalte.."
" Maa aaj nahi magar i promise main ek din time nikaal kar jaroor chalunga..." He hugged her lightly and then she heard her servant call for something " ridhhi beta armaan ko zara bahar tak chhod aao... "
" Ji mom..." As she walked towards the door with armaan she was quiet thinking something armaan sensed it but decided to give her some time so she can speak when she feels like it and then after a moment or two she spoke up
He turned " haan.."
" Armaan wo.. Aaj ke liye i'm sorry... It was really stupid of me... Mujhe aise behave nahi karna chahiye tha.. Dad was right i should have been careful tumhe lag sakti thi..."
" Ridhhima shh shh..." He kept a finger on her lips and she immediately fell quiet... Armaan smiled and removing his finger said gently
" Dont be sorry ridhhima.. I really enjoyed our little fight... Mujhe to aise laga jaise main apne bachpan main wapas laut aaya hun... I enjoyed every moment of it... So don't be sorry... Aur rahi baat mujhe lagne ki to i'm absolutely fine... Well not fine but perfect..." She chuckled hearing it...
" Magar...tumne jo mujhe donkey monkey aur wo kya tha... Haan... Baboon kaha naa that really hurt me.." Making a serious face..
" Armaan wo uske liye bhi i'm so sorry wo mere muh se nikal gaya...i didn't mean to..."
" Aise nahi ridhhima... Is baat ke liye to tumhe punishment milegi... You have to make it up to me if you are genuinely sorry..."
" Yes of course armaan... Whatever you say..." She said earnestly... looking at her asking for his forgiveness so sweetly armaan felt a strong urge to hold her tightly in his arms... To kiss her.. And never let her go... And tell her how much he love her ,but he controlled himself with great efforts... Her innocence made her irresistable and the way she looked at him her eyes pleading for his forgiveness... It just made him crazy and he fell in love with her all over again...
" Umm theek hai to tumhari punishment yeh hai ki tum aaj mere sath ek party main chalogi..."
" Party main..?? Magar armaan..."
" Agar magar kuch nahi... If you want me to forgive you than you have to do whatever i say..."
" Magar armaan mom dad mujhe unse puchna padega... aur main to wahaan kisi ko bhi nahi jaanti "
" Uncle aunty ki fikar tum mat karo wo mana nahi karenge.. Tum bas aaj raat ko 8 baje tayar rehna hum party main chalenge... Aur rahi baat jaanne ki to kya tum mujhe nahi jaanti..." When ridhhima still looked confused and unconvinced he applied his never failing formula -the cute puppy face... " Ohh ridhhima plz. Chalo naa warna main wahaan bore ho jaunga... Plz plz plz.. Puppy plz.."
Ridhhima could not help and laughed out... " Achha baba achha.. Theek hai main chalungi... Ab khush "
" Bahut... In the mean time they walked towards his car... Achha ridhhima ek auur baat... Just ek minute..." He opened his car door took out a packet and gave it to her... " Plz. wear this tonight... Ab naa mat kehna aur koi bahana mat banana this for you.. Aur Uncle aunty ko waise main bata chuka hun..."
She was surprised narrowing her eyes she said... " Tumhe pata tha ki i would ask you to forgive me... Hain naa... Bada vishwaas tha ki main party main jaane ke liye maan jaungi kyun..."
" Of course..!! "
" Aur agar main naa keh deti tooo.."
" Ha.. Ho hi nahi sakta... No girl can say no to armaan malik... Aur agar tum keh deti to main koi aur trick apnata.."
" Ohhh i see... Waise tum niki ko kyun nahi le jaate..."
" Niki ko..!! naa wo yahaan nahi hai wo bangalore gayi hui hai... Ab plz koi aur baat nahi tum yeh pehen rahi ho... Aur hum shaam ko party main jaa rahe hain bas..."
" Okay okay... Happy ! "
" Yes very..." He sat in his car and started the engine... he turned the car and stopped it right next to her.. He looked deeply into her eyes.. " Waise ridhhima.. you look beautiful in pink... It suits you..." Saying this he smiled at her and putting shades on his eyes he drove away smiling... And ridhhima watched him go then she too smiled and shaking her head went inside... "Paagal.." Armaan kept seeing her in the rear view mirror till she went inside... Smiling to himself he sighed and looked at his watch..
" Ab yeh 8 kab bajenge...! "
Everyone was happy to see him at the office after such a long time... And he too welcomed the change and got busy in his regular meeting discussion inspection ordering session it was now 2:20 when he got a call from his secretary...
" Yes kavita what is it..? I told you not to disturb me..." He said bit irritated
" But sir there is an important call for you..."
" Kavita i can't take any calls right now... I'm busy ."
" But sir..."
" Ohhoo if its soo important than divert it to dad's office he will take care of it..."
" But sir.. Sir ne hi kaha hai ki aap yeh call khud attend karein... Its from some ms.gupta..."
Armaans head which was buried in files jerked up hearing the name.. " Oh god kavita... pehle nahi bata sakti thi tum... Connect me to the line.."
" Yes sir " and she immediately connected the line..
" Hello "
" Armaann main kab se tumhara number try kar rahi hun tum apna phone kyun nahi uthate...? Tumhari wajah se mujhe uncle ko disturb karna pada..."
He hit his forehead when he saw 5 missed calls all from ridhhima... " I'm so sorry ridhhima wo main meeting main tha aur apna phone silent par rakh kar bhul gayaa..."
" As usual... Koi dhang ka kaam nahi hota tumse... Achha maine yeh puchne ke liye phone kiya tha ki tumne khana kha liya.. "
" Khaana..? Itni jaldi..." And finally during the whole day it was the first time he looked at the watch 2:27...
" Armaan itni jaldi kahaan lunch time hai... Wait a minute... That means tumne nahi khaya hai naa... Armaan this is the height of negligence tum itne bade ho gaye ho magar tumhe har baar kya yaad dilaana padega.. Just 5 days.. just 5 days tumhe medicines leni hai jisme se sirf do din reh gaye hain aur mujhe daily tumhe yaad dilana padta hai... Am i your nanny...? "
" Nahi ridhhima wo..." gulping bit scared
" Shut up armaan... Pata nahi tum itna bada business kaise sambhalte ho.. Apna khayal to tumse rakha nahi jaata.. Mujhe pata tha tum aisa hi kuch karoge.. Rahul bhaiyya was right you are a workaholic " She was shouting angrily and armaan put the receiver little away from his ear but he could still hear her shouting angrily at him..
" Ridhhima... Ridhhima... I'm sorry yaar main bas abhi lunch karne hi waala tha... Bas wo ek important meet.."
" Don't give me those silly excuses armaan. main 20 minute baad tumhe call karungi and by that time you should finish with your lunch..." And she banged the phone without waiting for his reply
" Pheeww armaan abhi yeh haal hai to shaadi ke baad tera kya hoga beta..." keeping the phone on his chest he leaned back on his chair grinning at the thought of ridhhima scoldiing him for not having food on time like a concerned and loving wife... He then sat up straight and dialled a number..
" Kavita... Order my lunch plz. And quick..."
As promised ridhhima called but this time armaan was ready he did whatever he was asked or rather ordered to do... With a promise of meeting her in the evening to pick her up they ended their conversation...
The day passed and armaan was now standing outside ridhhima's house ready to pick her... And boy dashing amazing hot sexy all fell short of describing how he looked...
" Huh... Armaan this is it..." checking himself once again he and taking the bouquet of flowers in his hands he pressed the door bell...
Padma opened the door
" Armaan... Aa gaye beta..."
" Yes beautiful..." hugging her lightly " aur yeh aapke liye..." Giving her the flowers...
" aww its beautiful beta... Thank you so much..." She patted his cheek lovingly... " Tum baitho naa main abhi ridhhima ko bula kar aati hun.."
He walked over to the mantleplace and was admiring the family photographs
" Hi armaan.."
He turned and was stunned to see a gorgeous ridhhima standing before him the saree he gave her draped so perfectly that it showed her perfect curves.. her slender waist slightly visible she wore bangles that made a sweet tinkeling sound when she moved her hand to her hair which were open her eyes lined with kohl added to their beauty her lips... Those luscious lips... everything was just perfect about her...
He came over to her with confident steps looking straight into her eyes with a small smile... He stopped standing very close to her
" Am i dead angel ? Cause this must be heaven and If not then tell me are you okay because heaven is a long fall from here..." Saying this he gave his million dollar dimple smile... Ridhhima at first was too surprised at his way of complimenting and then she saw that twinkle in his eye and knew that he was kidding she smiled at him... " You look stunning today..." He added
" Thank you very much... you and your cheesy pick up lines !!! Ab chalein.." She said with mock attitude and started towards the door... He chuckled and bid goodbye to padma on the way out...
He like a perfect gentleman opened the car door for her and then came to drive... He didn't brought the driver as he wanted to be alone with her... Moreover he preferred to drive himself... ridhhima was adjusting her saree when
" yeh tumhare liye..." Presenting her a bouquet of beautiful orchids and a box of chocolates...
Ridhhima smiled broadly seeing them " oh armaan.. These are beautiful..! and i love chocolates !! Thank you so much "
" You're welcome beautiful..."
As he drove he kept stealing glances at her for first few minutes there was complete silence ridhhima seemed busy in some kind of thoughts admiring the flowers... Armaan then decided to break the silence...
" Ehem.. Ridhhima that's not fair..." He said making a face..
" Kya ? "
" Maine tumhe itne saare compliments diye tumhe beautiful kaha angel kaha aur tumne ,Tumne mujhe ek bhi compliment nahi diya... How mean of you..." He made a face as if he was hurt...
Ridhhima looked at his face and wanted to laugh out loudly but she controlled her urge and said wrinkling her nose...
" Ohh i c to tumhe compliment chahiye... welll let me see..." She slightly turn to his direction and looked at him as if scrutinising him.." ummm.. hmm theek hai... Tum bhi theek thaak lag rahe ho..." sitting straight again
Armaan's jaw dropped... " Theek thak that's it..!! As in just.. OK !! "
" Haan aur kya sunna tha tumhe ki tum bahut handsome dashing aur smart lag rahe ho... Aur bahut saari ladkiyan tumhe dekh kar behosh hone waali hain... "
" Well agar saari nahi to thodi to..."
" Well jab thodi di to keh rahe the ki aur chahiye "
" Ridhhhiimaa..." But he could think of nothing to say to her and just sat pouting... Seeing him act like a total baby ridhhima could no longer control her laugh...
" Hahaha oh my god armaan you are such a baby... I was just kidding... Of course tum aaj bahut handsome lag rahe ho... Main to bas tumhari taang khinch rahi thi..." Hearing this he gave a broad smile..
" Really "
" Ya really... Muskaan was right tumhe sach main attention disorder hai " She chuckled again... And finally laughing teasing cracking jokes they reached the hotel...
Armaan gave her his arm to hold and kept a hand over hers to assure her as she looked bit nervous not being much of a party person she had never been to parties like this before and had no idea what was inside... Armaan could sense her uneasiness
" Ridhhima andar kaafi log honge and i know that you hardly know anyone but its okay.. Main hun naa i will never leave you alone..." Looking into her eyes all so seriously and for a moment ridhhima felt that there was more to these words but before she could think more about it he smiled again reassuringly and started to walk in with her...
they walked in ,arm in arm every eye turn to their direction ridhhima felt little uneasy as she saw that people were staring at them.. Some girls were scowling some stared some looked admiringly and it was not the females only men as well had eyes on them...
" armaan is everything okay ? " she asked with a plastered smile on her face " yeh log hamein aise ghuur kyun rahe hain..? "
Armaan smiled softly and replied " everything is fine ridhhima... Men are looking at you coz of very obvious reason that you look just ravishing and breathtakingly beautiful and girls well they are staring coz you have come with me.. they are just jealous " he said in a matter- of- fact voice " don't worry tumhe jald hi iski aadat ho jayegi " and lead her to the host and hostess she was still little confused about what he had said but just rolled her eyes and shrugged it off... He talks in a really puzzing manner sometimes..
They were warmly welcomed by the host and hostess mr. And mrs. Paul... A lovely lively couple
All through the party Armaan did'nt let her alone even for a minute... they were just talking to someone when the DJ announced the dance
" Hey all you lovely couples just hold your loved one and come here on the floor for the bollywood round...!! "
Armaan looked at ridhhima who was talking to the couple they were standing with...
" ridhhima.." she turned to look at him " may i.." extending the hand which she took smilingly...
The song started ( aaja mahi from tasveer )
I dont want to waste your time,and tell u how im lonely But i cant help to stop myself, because u r my one and only I'm trying to get close to you,dnt no what i can do with You mat think im faking it up and u may not believe it
They came to dance floor and armaan held her hand with his and other went around her waist... a genuine smile playing on his lips...
Tere bina tere bina mushkil hai mera jeena tere bina tere binaJaaun to jaun kahaan
He looked into her eyes as they rocked together slowly
Dhuundu tujhe main darbadar tanha hai dil ka safar Baharon nazaroo sitaroo main dekha Saba main fiza main tujhko hi paaya Baharo nazaroo sitaro main dekha dehkha tujhe raat bhar
He swirls and again holds her not breaking the eye lock...
Aaja mahi 2 aaja ab to aaja 2
They continue to move together slowly hand in hand and as the music continues she thinks of herself and vivek dancing together
Mujhe mere ran ki kasam,yu naa marr jau sanam Faasle kab honge kam'thamne lagi hai dhadkan
Armaan looks at her intently and she could not meet his gaze and lowered her eyes
Sadiyon se bhi kuch kam nahi lamha jo hai mukasar Baharo nazaro sitaro mein dekha Saba main fiza main tujhko hi paaya Baharo nazaro sitaro main dekha dekha tujhe raat bhar
He again moves swiftly and ridhhima comes back from her dreamland and see armaan before her his hold gets tight around her waist
Jaage saari raat main tere intezar main Aaja mahi aaja mahi aaja ab to aa jaa hoo aaja mahi aaja mahi aaja ab to aaja...
The song was about to get over and he held her through his captivating eyes trying to convey what his heart felt for her... And by the look at ridhhimas face he was getting success...
Armaan danced with such closeness that ridhhima for the first time felt that the dance was just not a friendly dance... his gaze... his hold... the way he behaved was somewhat different but before she could decide anything music stopped and he moved away from her clapping along with others... ridhhima felt bit uneasy
" armaan i'm tired..." he blinked assuringly " chalo " he took her to their table as they walked the small distance she looked at him and saw the same warm eyes, same warm smile and same confidence... She got little confused " kya armaan ka yeh behaviour mujhe hi alag lag raha hai..? am i imagining or taking things too seriously... What happened at the dance floor..." Her thoughts trailed off..
She was so busy in her thoughts that didn't knew when they reached the table armaan pulled out a chair fir her and made her sit comfertably...
" Armaan my boy mr.thakur is here he wants to have a word with you... Young lady hope you don't mind if i borrow him for a while.."
" Not at all mr.paul...he's all yours " he laughed out loud hearing her reply and Ridhhima joined him
" ridhhima main bas abhi aaya " he said and went away with mr.paul
ridhhima shrugged off her thoughts as music started again she busied herself watching couples dancing with each other holding their loved one in their arms she smiled involuntarily thinking about herself and vivek when her dream was inturrupted...
" May i have the pleasure of dancing with the lady..."
Ridhhima was bit hesitant to dance with a stranger but he requests again very politely..
" Plz. just one dance... A pretty lady like you shouldn't be sitting here all alone..." he said with a soft smile playing on his lips
Ridhhima found him gentleman enough and smiling got up to dance taking his hand...
" so i have the pleasure of dancing with beautiful..." He looked at her questioningly moving slowly with the soft music
" ridhhima.. Ridhhima gupta "
" Hi ms.idhhima i'm abhimanyu.. Abhimanyu modi.. It's a pleasure meeting you.."
" Same here and plz you can call me ridhhima.."
" Only if you call me abhimanyu.." He said smiling
She smiled " ya of course abhimanyu "
" That's more like it ridhhima... So whom have you come with...? actually main thoda late aaya tha maine aapko aate dekha nahi.. are you here with ajeet gupta of gupta textiles..?? "
She smiled " oh no i have nothing to do with business world i am a doctor..."
" Wow that's great.. Beauty with brains...waise aaj aapki bahut zarurat padegi..." She looked at him bit puzzled... " itni sundar ladki ko dekh kar kitne saare ladke to saans lena hi bhul gaye aur i'm sure kaafi saari ladkiyon ko 3rd degree burn hua hai..."
Ridhhima laughed out hearing this... " Oh abhimanyu that was really a novell way of complimenting someone thankyou very much..." He too grinned and they continued to dance..
" Main soch hi raha tha ki maine kabhi aapko kisi party main dekha nahi... Kya aap parties main jaati hain..? "
" Nahi not much.. its rare, aur is tarah ki party main to aaj pehli baar aayi hun actually i have came with a friend Uski girlfriend yahaan nahi hai and he said that he isn't going alone so i agreed to come with him..."
" Oh how lucky your friend is to have a friend like you... Waise what's his name... Whose he..? "
" oh he's armaan.. Armaan malik.."
" What..?! "
" Do you know him...? "
" Well who wouldn't.. he is popular for his skills in not just business.. Atleast lady circle main to nahi that worlds biggest flirt... I wonder aap jaise seedhi aur samajhdaar ladki uski dost kaise ho sakti hai.."
Ridhhima was shocked to hear his words... " Well i don't know about that but as far as i know he is in love and loves his girlfriend very much... And he is a gem of a person "
" Ya a likely story... Jise usne pata nahi kitni ladkiyon ko sunaya hoga..
Wonder who it is this time kuch suna to tha... Nita... vinita..." Trying to think the name
" It's nikita..." Abhimanyu jerked his face towards her... " And abhimanyu mujhe nahi pata aapne kya suna hai magar aap mere saamne mere hi dost ki burayi kar rahe hai... Plz. Don't... Armaan jaisa bhi hai mera dost hai aur main uske baare main kisi tarah ki koi aisi waisi baat nahi sunna chahti..." Her face stern
Abhimanyu smiled at her... " I'm sorry ridhhima that was really thoughtless of me... Mujhe sach main dusro se suni sunayi baaton par vishwaas nahi karna chahiye tha... I apologise... Please "
" It's okay..." She gave him a small formal smile she didnt like him much now... In the meantime armaan returned to the table and was surprised not to find ridhhima there he looked here and there and then his eyes fall upon the dance floor... His blood started to boil and temper rose...
He went to the floor and tapped abhimanyus shoulder... Who turned and saw him standing face to face the way the facial expressions of both the men changed left ridhhima with no doubt that there was somethimg wrong with these two... she remembered abhimanyu criticising armaan a moment ago..
" Oh the great mr.malik is here..." He gave a sarcastic smile... " Finally got time from your bevy of girls..."
a muscle in armaans jaw tightened and holding ridhhimas hand he pulled away from the dance floor and started to move towards their table... Without saying a word
" hey armaan ! Bhag rahe ho.. Aaj kuch bologe nahi.. Waise tum kabse aisi parties main aane lage... Not exactly your type of party no one is dancing in scanty clothes here..."
Armaan turned and took a step towards him still holding ridhhima's hand... He again stood face to face and then suddenly said with a smile..
" Ridhhima tum inse mili yeh hain mr.abhimanyu modi... Or should i say the over inflated ego modi... tumhe pata hai he is a big businessman abhi haal hi main inhone 350 crores ka project haasil kiya hai... Bataya inhone..."
Ridhhima just shook her head in a no one thing was clear they didn't like each other at all
" Oh he is soo modest bhul gaye honge... tumhe pata hai jab humari company ko ' 100 billion' " stressing upon it " ka contract mila tha naa usi din inhe bhi wo contract mila tha... mere birthday waale din Hai naa mr.modi.. I hope aapko return girft achha laga hoga... What a great businessman he is..."
Abhimanyu looked daggers at armaan.. Who just smirked at him " and yes mr.modi how's your friend mr.khanna... You know ridhhima mr.modi ke contracting world main bahut saare 'dost' hain.."
" Armaan..! " Modi said in an angry tone.. " tum kehna kya chahte ho.."
" Don't shout abhimanyu tumhe kya laga ki tum kuch bhi karoge aur kisi ko pata nahi chalega... Just remember abhimanyu..." Keeping a finger on his chest... " The day you come openly against me.. I will crush you... You very well know you can't stand before armaan malik without your tricks and 'friends' well don't forget abhimanyu i am always one up from you..."
Abhimnayu took a step towards armaan and so did armaan both men were looking into each others eyes and seemed ready to kill each other
" Armaan " ridhhima pleaded as she saw that situation might get out of hand... armaan continued staring at abhimanyu " armaan plz.."
Armaan turned slightly to look at her and then put a hand over her's assuringly... " It's your lucky day mr.abhimanyu modi.."
" I will see you anytime mr.armaan malik..." Abhimanyu replied with equal hatered...
" Hey boys..." mr.paul came there happily... " It seems that you both know each other..."
" Very well.." Abhimanyu replied looking at armaan with same fury
" Ahh good good... Now gentlemen lets get going the dinner is served... You wouldn't want to keep this pretty young lady hungry after that tiring dancing..."
Armaan looked at mr.paul with much calmer expression " of course not mr.paul " and with a last look at abhimanyu walked off with ridhhima and so did abhimanyu both sat at different tables but kept glancing at each other...
" So armaan my boy if i may take the liberty to ask you something..."
" Oh not at all mr.paul " putting down the wine glass
" When is the wedding...?
" Wedding..? " He asked perplexed Thinking 'how the hell he knew'
" Yes when you two are getting married..? " Asked mrs.paul Ridhhima almost choked on her food..
" Oh mrs.paul we are not seeing each other..." She explained " we are just good friends... And we are not getting married... Right armaan " she looked at him for confermation
Mrs.paul looked disappointed.. " Oh thats sad.. I guess you two should think about it.. You will make an awesome couple..." And then she added with a warm smile " i have experience of life honey... My eyes never betray me It seems you are a couple made in heaven..."
" Oh really mrs.paul... Then ridhhima i think we should really think about it..." He said looking straight into her eyes with a small smiling... his grey eyes saying something which made ridhhima uneasy and she shifted her gaze to mrs.paul
" but you know mrs.paul that's really nice of you to say such thing... but don't you think you have inflated her ego enough for a night... Soon she is going to think that she is a queen and start giving airs... Heck why would she remember a commoner such as me as her friend " armaan said half laughing half serious lightening the atmosphere
" Armaaann ! When did i give you airs.." Ridhhima looked at him bewildered but also breathed in as she realised that he was again kidding
" Well not till now coz you are still what you say an ugly duckling... And me ! marry you...?? Aaggh !! " he made a face and got a light slap on his hand from mrs.paul as well as ridhhima who were sitting on his either side on the table of four
" Aww ladies..! I was just kidding.. Mrs.paul she keeps beating me would you consider me if i ask you "
" Ohh armaan you are such a sweatheart but sorry dear you are little late i'm already taken.." locking her arm with her husbands looking at him with all the love in the world
" Hey young man she is taken.. Be careful "
Armaan made a cute pouting face " huhh just my luck... Why are all the good ladies already taken..."
everybody laughed out seeing his face... Rest of the dinner went uneventfully they chatted laughed and finally bid the hosts goodbye..
In the car ridhhima was again quiet thinking about the evening
" Kya soch rahe ho..?? "
" Kuch nahi bas... Ridhhima.. abhimanyu kya baat kar raha tha tumse...? "
" Well kuch khaas nahi... Bas tumhari 'tarif' kar raha tha..." pausing for a moment she spoke again.. " Armaan i'm sorry.. I had no idea that he was your rival ,he was so polite and gentlemanly..."
armaan looked at her " oooh polite and gentleman..! so you are teaming with my enemy..." Grinning lightly " Its okay ridhhima hota hai... You don't have to say sorry main jaanta hun usko main bas isliye puch raha tha ki kahin usne tumse koi badtamizi to nahi ki..."
she ruffles his hair " armaan tum bhi naa bas.. You are so sweet..."
" i know " gives a shy smile and she laughed out
" Waise Mr and mrs paul are really sweet..."
" Hmm.. They are.. wo london se hi hamare bahut achhe family friends rahe hain..."
" wo dono kitna pyaar karte hain ek dusre se... Unki baaton se unki aankon se saaf zaahir ho raha tha ki itne saalon baad bhi unka pyaar waisa ka waisa hi hai... How lucky naa " she looked at him
" Haan to kya hua.. I know you will be lucky too... I promise " he said in a serious tone
Ridhhima just looked at him surprised... " Ohho ab aise kya dekh rahi ho... Main uncle aunty se keh dunga ki tumhe barso ka pyaar chahiye to tumhare liye ek budhha dhund dein... Ek sath barso ka pyaar mil jaayega waise 70 ka chahiye ya 80 ka.."
Ridhhima's mouth fell open with surprise " armaaann... You are so bad " And she started hitting his shoulder...
" Arre arre ridhhima main mazaak kar raha tha yaar... Ab to marnaa chhodo uncle aunty ne dekha to kya sochenge mere baare main ki tum mujhe kyun peet rahi ho..."
It was then ridhhima realised that they have already reached home.. And stooped hitting him ,he saw that she was still bit annoyed
" Arre yaar ridhhima... Main mazaak kar raha tha yaar... Waise sach kahun to tumhare liye to koi aisa aayega jo puri duniya main sabse alag ho handsome smart dashing rich... Aur jo tumse bahut bahut pyaar karta ho... Ab to theek hai naa " he said in a more serious tone
Ridhhima turned towards him and laughed softly " armaan tum bhi naa bas..." Stepping out of the car she walked towards the door
" Haan bhai ab uncle aunty se keh kar N.A.S.A ko contact karna padega..
" N.A.S.A ko.. Kyun...?? "
" Bhai tumhe jaisa ladka chahiye wo is planet ka to lagta nahi.. dusre planets par dhundna padega.."
But this time hearing it ridhhima burst out laughing... " Armaan tum aur tumhare jokes.. Kabhi serious bhi hue ho.. hardam mazaak sujhta hai tumhe.."
" Nahi ridhhima.." He climbed a step and was now standing face to face " hardam nahi.." he took her hand ,with all the sincerety in his eyes ,and kissed it lightly... " Thankyou ridhhima i had a wonderful time tonight... Thanks mere sath chalne ke liye..." Ridhhima pulled her hand away she didn't knew what to say.. she was so not expecting this... " Goodnight ridhhima..."
Armaan turned and walked towards his car smiling to himself he opened the door and was about to sit
" Waise ridhhima..." she turned
" You are looking really beautiful today just like a queen..." He gave a smile and drove off leaving ridhhima standing there bit surprised ,bit confused...
ridhhima lay on her bed thinking about the time at the party... Armaans behaviour, the way he danced, his reply to mrs.paul she just could not shug off the thoughts.. She sat up on her bed...
" Ridhhima yeh tu kya soch rahi hai.. Armaan loves nikita.. And you know that.. He knows that..." But the other voice said.. "But wo jo party main hua aur.. Bahar..." She kept debating with herself... " May be abhimanyu is right he is a flirt... Hospital main nahi dekha... But he is your friend ridhhima... Uggghhh i'm going to go mad... Fine " she spoke out to herself " ridhhima enough of thinking about armaan from now on keep a bit of distance from him... He is a friend fine.. But he cannot flirt.. That's it " reaching to a decision she fell on her bed and covering her face went to sleep
He finally dropped on his bed smiling to himself ruffling his hair trying to feel her touch again.. Reliving the time spent with her in the party.. clutching his long pillow he drifted off to his ridhhima land coz it was just ridhhima he was dreaming about... day and night...
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needed him to be pointed out he knew everybody else in the picture...
anjali, chirag, sapna ,ridhhima... The only unknown person was vivek...
He looked at him...
Taming the wild
The day was decided and everybody was joyous as only few days were left for the engagement ... Kuch uske liye khush the to kuch sirf isliye khush the ki itne bade industrialist khandaan ke sath unki rishtedaari hone waali thi... Kisi ne bhi uski udaas aankhein nahi dekhi... Koi uske dil ka dard nahi jaan paaya...
" Ridhhi kahan khoi hui hai beta main kabse aawaaz de rahi hun.. "
" k..kuch nahi mom bas aise hi kuch soch rahi thi "
" achha ab jyada socho mat aur jaldi se tayaar ho jao Muskaan Rahul Armaan sab abhi aate hi honge " she kissed her forehead lovingly and went out, she sighed she didn't wanted to go anywhere with that Armaan but she had no choice...
Muskaan ne hi phone kiya aur kaha ki wo uske liye kuch dresses aur jewellery lena chahte hai... She knew Muskaan to bas bahana hai yeh idea to Armaan ka hai, aur mom...mom iske liye kabhi mana nahi karengi after all unke pyaare 'bete' ne jo kaha hai... How angry she was uski maa usse jyada us Armaan ki sunti hai... agar usne akele jaane ke liye kaha hota to wo kabhi nahi jaati magar Armaan ne Muskaan ko bhi bulaa liya... That clever bas***d...
Wo bhala peeche kahan rehne waali thi usne phone karke Sapna ko bula liya wo ek minute bhi Armaan ke sath akele nahi rehna chahti thi aur wo jaanti thi ki Armaan aisa koi mauka jaroor dhundega... Lekin is baar wo tayar thi...
Finally they were there Muskaan hugged her lovingly and both Rahul and Armaan stood behind chatting with Padma and Shashank she knew Armaan was looking at her but she resolutely didn't look at him... She wanted him to know that she hated him...
They all took leave and went off Rahul was driving and Muskaan sat beside him Ridhhima was left with no choice but to sit with Armaan.. Sapna deliberately made her sit in the center and everytime the car turned Ridhhima would slide little bit towards Armaan who it seemed was enjoying it thoroughly...
During one such bumpy road she unknowingly held his hand to stop herself from falling here and there and Armaan held her by shoulder, firmly holding her hand with his... When she looked up she saw him looking at her smiling softly... And if she hadn't known the devil side of him she would have sworn that the look in his eyes was full of love.. She wondered how this demon can have such an angelic face...
' Isi bholi surat ka to wo fayeda utha raha hai...' She freed herself quickly from his hold and glared at Sapna who was deliberately pushing her more towards Armaan's side though there was plenty of space in that BMW SUV for all to sit comfortably... Sapna blinked at Armaan smilingly who mouthed thank you grinning shamelessly knowing perfectly well that she hated it...
During the whole journey Muskaan kept talking to her non stop she wondered how they could not see the devil in him... For them he was an angel... And obviously Armaan cared a lot for them too but then of course they were family they were blind to his faults if they could find any that is... She sighed it was going to be a looong day...
They all went to a big jewellery shop and Muski bought her some fantastic jewellery and Ridhhima admitted that she had a fine taste even not being much of a jewellery person she just loved some necklaces Muski bought for her but hated it when she caught Armaan staring at her... for others it was love but for her it was uuggghhh... She really loved Muskaan who was obviously very excited for the coming engagement of her darling little devar... And Rahul oh what a loving husband he was... She smiled at his concern when after every few minutes he kept ordering to either bring some juice water or snack for her he made Muski sit with her legs resting on stool... one such time Ridhhima could not control her laugh when Muski's patience ran out as Rahul tried to make her drink third glass of juice !
She spoke through her clenched teeth lovingly smiling sarcastically at him " Rahul.. Mere pyare khotte... Kankhajure... tune mujhe kya registan ka uunt (camel) samjha hai jo har paanch minute baad mujhe ek glass pakda deta hai.. " Rahul gulped he knew his wifes moodswings " ab agar tune mujhe kuch bhi peene ke liye diya naa to main tujhe usi se nilha ( bath ) dungi samjha "
After that Rahul didn't dare to give her anything... Later they went for some dress shopping Muskaan and Rahul fought a lot and bought a lot she kept on saying that it was enough but nobody cared for her no... She sighed thinking " dusre ki naa sunna to khandaani aadat lagti hai " though she loved their love and affection ,they treated her like a family already and she felt that at times they even forgot Armaan for her but she was sad from heart...
Armaan too enthusiastically chose some sarees and suits for her... She was made to try out hundreds of dresses and she felt as if she was a dummy rather than Ridhhima ,for a moment she forgot everything and was swept away in their enthusiasm almost enjoying... laughing... joking.. but soon came back to reality when she heard Armaan saying...
" tum par to sab kuch achha lag raha hai.. sab le lete hain "
Though they all were really beautiful dresses ,she mentally made a note not to wear any of those which were chosen by him... They were about to leave when Armaan grabbed her hand
" ek minute Ridhhima " Ridhhima quickly checked whether Muski and all were there or not she saw Sapna and Muski with Rahul at some distance
" mera hath chhodo Armaan " stressing each and every word trying to free herself from his grip, she spoke slowly so that others could not hear what she said... Armaan smiled at her flashing his dimples.. Ridhhima till now had avoided him very cleverly neither she sat with him nor talked till she could avoid... He knew that she hated him the most at the moment but he was not deterred by it...
" pehle tum meri baat suno " she didn't said anything just looked at his face with anger " main sirf tumhe ek dress dikhana chahta tha jo maine tumhare liye li hai... Tum ise pehen kar bahut khoobsurat lagogi " he let go of her hand and gave her a packet
" agar tumhe lagta hai ki main tumhari li hui koi bhi cheez pehnungi to bhul jao... Main yahaan tumhare sath sirf majboori main aayi hun... Warna main tumhari shakal tak dekhna nahi chahti "
He came close to her and whispered in her ear " waise jaan ab iski aadat daal lo kyunki yeh shakal to ab tumhe zindagi bhar dekhni hai " he smiled at her seeing her angry face " kya maine tumhe kabhi bataya ki tum gusse main aur bhi jyada khoobsurat lagti ho "
Ridhhima fumed in anger but couldn't think of anything to say...
" ehem ehem Laila Majnu agar aap logo ka romance khatam ho gaya ho to chalein " Sapna smiled at both of them
Ridhhima opened her mouth to say something but Armaan cut her in between " of course my hone waali saali sahiba ji aapka hukum sar aankhon par "
Sapna laughed and Armaan moved away giving his arm to Sapna to hold which she accepted smilingly adding to Ridhhimas fury... He was flirting with her friend too that jerk ! And Sapna... Kash usko Armaan ka sach pata hota... Finally they finished their shopping.
" Armaan tu Sapna ,Ridhhima ko ghar drop kar dena driver dusri car le aaya hai.. Muski bhi thak gayi hai main usko le kar ghar ja raha hun.. You guys enjoy "
" okay bro see you later bye Muski " Rahul and Muski hugged Ridhhima lightly and went away
" huuh so ladies kuch kha liya jaaye it's lunch time already "
" no thank you tum bas hamein ghar drop kar do... Mujhe ghar jaana hai "
Sapna was bit surprised at Ridhhima's curt tone " cmmon Ridhhi kuch kha le yaar aunty keh rahi thi ki tune subah kuch khaya bhi nahi "
" what ? Ridhhima yeh kya tumne subah se kuch nahi khaya.. How can you be so careless agar tumhari tabiyat kharaab ho gayi to " Armaan said in a bit worried tone
" main itni nazuk nahi hun aur tumhe meri tabiyat ki fikar karne ki koi zarurat nahi hai "
Sapna was again taken by surprise at her way of speaking to Armaan " cmmon Ridhhi ek to wo tere liye pareshaan ho raha hai aur tu hai ki... "
" Sapna plz i'm not at all hungry " she wanted to go away from him as soon as possible
" no Ridhhima no excuses tum lunch kiye bina nahi ja rahi ho " he said firmly and holding her hand led her to a restaurant Sapna followed smiling shaking her head... Armaans concern for Ridhhima washed away her momentary doubt that something was wrong she followed the two to a fancy restaurant...
All through the lunch Armaan did most of the talking he cracked some silly jokes which God only knows why, Sapna found funny ! and he kept on persuading Ridhhima to eat... She on the other hand was again furious as Armaan sat with her, too close for her comfort... She could smell his expensive perfume and that nice cologne... She shook herself mentally how can she find anything nice about him and came back to reality every minute she kept reminding herself... it's for Vivek it's for Vivek...
Riddhima remained quiet most of the time and merely answered in mono syllables when required Sapna found it bit odd but didn't said anything thinking that it might be some lovers fight... She too gets angry with Amit sometime for no particular reason just to get his attention... she was mentally debating when Armaan spoke up...
" Sapna why don't you order some coffee main abhi thodi daer main aata hun... Just a business client.. Ridhhima i'll be back soon " he got up pointing to a person but Ridhhima didn't even bother to look at him let alone give a reply...
as soon as Armaan was out Sapna asked Ridhhima " haan to Ridhhima kya baat hai ? Tera mood itna kharaab kyun hai ? Tu Armaan se aise rudely baat kyun kar rahi hai ? Tumhari koi ladai hui hai kya ? " she noticed that something was bothering her " are you okay..."
Ridhhima couldn't say anything for a while as she debated with herself whether to say or not but then she could not control herself and all the pent up emotions came out in the form of tears she broke down before Sapna who immediately came to her side and hugged her
" Ridhhima kya hua ? Bol naa kya hua ? "
" Sapna main shaadi karne waali hun but i don't love Armaan "
Sapna sighed bit relieved " silly tune to mujhe daraa hi diya tha bas itni si baat ke liye tu pareshaan ho rahi hai... Dekh..he is a nice guy and tum log to already friends ho log to taraste hain aise life partner ke liye jo unka dost bhi ho and i''m sure wo tujhse bahut pyaar karta hai he is certainly very happy.."
Ridhhima burnt with anger " of course wo to khush hoga hi after all yeh sab usi ka to kiya hua hai "
" What ?! " Sapna was confused for a moment
" i love Vivek Sapna... Main Vivek se pyaar karti hun Armaan se nahi ,wo mujhse jabardasti shaadi kar raha hai "
Sapna was shocked Ridhhima cried again in her arms... she then told Sapna everything how she told him the truth but he turned back on his words and even threatened to destroy Vivek's life and career... Sapna was dumbstruck hearing it... she recalled that day in hospital when Ridhhima was looking sad and she took her with her she was about to tell her something when they were interrupted by fighting Atul and Anjy and the conversation was left in between... now she understood what it was that Ridhhima wanted to tell her that day she felt bad that why didn't she noticed it before even after being such a good friend...
she too hated Armaan at that moment and boiled with anger how wrong she thought of him and unknowingly she was torturing Ridhhima too... she hugged Ridhhima and made her calm down a bit... Just then Armaan came there
" sorry to keep you waiting but wo.. " he saw Sapna staring at him her expressions hard he looked at Ridhhima who wiped her tears dry and in an instant knew that she had told everything to Sapna
" i don't believe it Armaan tum aisa kaise kar sakte ho,. Tum do do zindagi barbaad kar rahe ho aur tumhe kya lagta hai aise zabardasti shaadi kerke tum khush reh paoge "
He said nothing for a while " main achhi tarah se jaanta hun main kya kar raha hun.. Ridhhima ko khush rakhne ki zimmedari meri hai aur main apni zimmedari nibhana achhi tarah se jaanta hun "
" aur Vivek? Uska kya ? Uski kya galti hai Armaan tum jaante ho ki main usse pyaar karti hun " Ridhhima spoke up
" hum iss baare main baat kar chuke hain Ridhhima aur yeh hamare beech ki baat hai main kisi aur ke saamne iss baare main baat nahi karna chahta "
" baat karni hogi.. Vivek mera bhi dost hai "
" oh really ! " he just give a lopsided grin and then making a serious face spoke up again " Sapna you are a good friend magar meri ek baat maano aur is maamle main kuch naa bolo to hi achha hoga "
" tum aisa nahi kar sakte Armaan "
" try me. aur agar tumne kuch bhi karne ki koshish kari to trust me ms. Sapna you too are going to pay... Don't try to mess with me "
Ridhhima was even more angry and disgusted with him and so was Sapna... " maine tumse aisa kabhi expect nahi kiya tha "
" well Sapna just answer one thing agar tumse koi Amit ko cheenne ki koshish karta to tum kya karti "
Sapna fell quiet for a moment even the thought of Amit being away from her scared her " main jo bhi karti magar tumhari tarah girti nahi.. Tum jo kar rahe ho it's downright evil "
Armaan gave a sarcastic laugh " theek hai phir main evil hi sahi.. you are the saint which i'm certainly not.. Jab tak main zinda hun main Ridhhima ko kisi aur ki hone nahi dunga... That's for sure... And a final warning to you... stay away from my matters otherwise you too are going to land in a big trouble "
Ridhhima had had enough now she shouted angrily " Armaan tum meri friend ki insult kar rahe ho " but it hardly disturbed Armaan
" sorry meri aisi koi intention nahi thi magar main kisi aur ko apne private matters main dakhal dene ki ijazat nahi de sakta.. i think hamein chalna chahiye sapna ko bhi jaana hoga " and he got up grabbing Ridhhimas arm walked away from there leaving a shocked and surprised Sapna behind...
He drove the car in complete silence even Ridhhima didn't utter a word throughout the journey too angry to say anything the car came to halt with a jerk in Gupta house driveway Ridhhima unfasten the seatbelt and was about to get off
" Ridhhima i'm sorry... mera matlab Sapna ko kisi tarah se pareshan karne ka nahi tha.. Main just thoda..." He sighed Ridhhima looked at him her face still hard
" mujhe tumhari kisi baat par vishwaas nahi hai Armaan..."
" Plz. Ridhhima trust me main tumhe sirf khush dekhna chahta hun..." his voice soft...
" Tum jaante ho meri khushi kisme hai de sakte ho wo mujhe ? " he says nothing just looks ahead
" i knew it Armaan you are one selfish person.." She got out of the car and slammed the car door shut... Armaan sighed and hit the steering wheel with his hand...
" it's going to be tough man... Very tough " with a last look at her entering the house, he drove back home...
He was really disturbed with what happened today and thought how he is going to manage after the wedding... He wanted to keep her happy make her realise how much he loved her but how ?? He was devil for her now and it is going to be a hell of a task for him to make her like him let alone make her fall in love with him... He sighed he wanted to share his anxieties ,worries with someone and ease the burden on his heart... He could not tell anyone at home and unknowingly his fingers dialled Niki's number...
Niki's heartbeat rose when she saw his name flashing, she still has not mustered enough courage to tell him that she is engaged... She took deep breaths to calm her ruffled nerves ,with trembling hands and heart she picked up the phone...
" Hey niki..."
" Hi armaan "
" Yaar where are you... Itne din ho gaye, Bangalore kya gayi mujhe bhul gayi..? " A lump formed in her throat " aisa ho sakta hai kabhi.. Ki main apne best friend ko bhul jaun..."
" Niki yaar come back soon i need you here... Kitni saari baatein hain jo karni hai.. Aur kitna kuch ho gaya pichle dino main... There is soo much i want to tell you..."
" Silly ab bhi mera dimag khaoge kya.. Ab ja kar Ridhhima ko pareshan karo naa..."
He gave a small laugh " nahi Niki i need you..."
She could sense something in his voice... " Armaan kya hua ? Sab theek hai naa ? "
" H..haan sab theek hai... Tum bas jaldi se waapas aa jao phir mil kar dher saari baatein karenge..." Before Niki could ask anything he shouted out excitedly... " Hey Niki jaldi se tv on kar.."
" T.V ?! "
" Haan haan jaldi... I will show you my cheif rival, may be you've seen him. Jaldi switch to CNN..." Niki did as was told and saw some kind of business political confrence going on then she saw Armaan sitting there..
" Kiya..? "
" Haan.. Magar "
" Can you see me..? "
" How do i look..? "
She chuckled a little " handsome as ever..."
" Thank you sweetheart ,ab wo navy blue suit main wo arrogant bandar dikh raha hai.." Her eyes widened when she saw Abhi..
" well meet my arch rival Abhimanyu Modi..." Niki could not utter a word she didn't knew what to say... " Achha chhodo use. Baat yeh hai Niki i need you yaar bahut si baatein hai jo karni hain... Niki kitna kuch ho gaya teri absence main. Kitni saari baat hain jo mujhe batani hai. I need you here yaar. I miss you. Tum bas jaldi se wapas aa jao... tujhse better meri baat abhi koi nahi samajh paayega..."
" Jaanti hun... Aur yeh bhi jaanti hun ki koi baat hai jo tumhe pareshaan kar rahi hai " she spoke trying to put herself together
" Dekha isliye main kehta hun ki you are my best friend tum mere kehne se pehle si sab samajh jaati ho...tum kaise jaan jaati ho sab, huuuh i just love you yaar... Jaldi waapas aa jao.."
A lone tear rolled down her eyes she got to hear what she was dying for " i love you too Armaan i'm coming back... soon " and as the conversation ended she sighed wondering could things go more complicated...
She wondered how she is going to face him and tell him that she is engaged to be married and that too with his arch rival...
Ridhhima had cried incessantly kal uski sagai hai Armaan ke sath... All her efforts to stop this were fruitless, aisa lagta tha jaise armaan ne sab par koi jaadu kar diya ho jise dekho wohi Armaan ke naam ki mala japta nazar aata hai...
She remembered the past few days it was sad but she could say nothing she had to plaster a fake smile for everybodys sake... For Vivek's sake... Padma and shashank were ecstatic and so was everybody...
she was bit relieved as Sapna was there with her to give her support and a shoulder to cry on... How shocked she was to know the evil Armaan behind the masked sweet one... She sighed again but even Sapna was helpless Vivek's life and future was at stake Armaan was a very clever man he had really left her with no option... He didn't even hesitate to threaten Sapna.. she herself stopped Sapna who offered to tell Padma and Shashank the truth about Armaan... it was her fight and she will fight it face it herself... Alone...
She turned and remembered the past few days... It was absolutely true that it takes just a moment for life to take a U turn and you never know when everything has changed... She sighed and closed her eyes to rest her heavily muddled mind... Agar Vivek ne use nahi kaha hota to shayad wo yeh sagai kabhi nahi karti... Chahe phir kuch bhi hota...
" Ridhhima i know... Armaan ne mujhe bahut tight situation main phasa diya hai and uski kaafi pahunch hai yahaan.. duniya main paison ke liye kaam karne waalon ki kami nahi hai..."
" Jaanti ho inka kehna hai Ki maine us aadmi ko jaan kar maara hai zehar ka injectiom dekar... Mera saara career barbaad ho jayega... Aur saari umar jail... kehte hain ki main us aadmi ke terrorist group se mila hua hun... Aur sabooton ko mitane ke liye maine uska khoon kar diya.. Maine kisi ko nahi maara ridhhima.. Magar tum ghabrao mat main Lawyers se baat kar raha hun... Itno asaani se haar nahi manunga... Rahi Armaan ki baat to ho sakta hai ki wo tumhare parents ko kuch ka kuch bataye aur is waqt he has upper hand... Abhi hamare paas ek hi raasta hai..."
" Kya ? "
" Ki Tum abhi usse engaement kar lo..."
" What are you saying Vivek?! Tum jaante ho tum kya keh rahe ho...? "
" Ridhhima abhi aur koi chaara nahi hai hamare paas... Aur main keh raha hun naa tumse engaement hi to hai... It will give us some time...ek baar usko vishwaas ho jaaye ki sab uske plan se ho raha hai to wo shant ho jaayga... Aur kaun sa shaadi ho rahi hai tum ghabrao mat main aisa kuch nahi hone dunga... Aur Armaan se baat mat karna wo bahut chalaak hai agar use pata laga ki i'm talking to lawyers and some other sources too to ho sakta hai wo koi aur chaal chale... i have found out a way Ridhhima.. tum ghabrao mat.. "
Ridhhima came back to present... She had agreed to do the engagement as per Vivek's advice... but cursed Armaan with every possible bad word she could find...
She had cried so much that now no tears came to her eyes but she was determined to fight ,she can't give up now... Not now when Vivek's life and future was at stake... Ridhhima plastered a fake smile for everyone pretending to be happy...
Finally the day of engagement was here everybody was full of happiness but nobody could surpass the joy which Armaan felt in his heart... Today Ridhhima will be officially his.. Partly...
He just could not stop the smile on his face... This made
him an easy target of Muski's leg pulling... They reached the
beautifully decorated hall in a five star hotel.. All the guests were
in awe seeing the handsome groom and beautiful bride-to- be and
Armaan's heart swelled with pride and love... He just could not take
his eyes off her (well till muski elbowed him)... She looked like a
beautiful elegant queen...
They were made to sit together and everybody was laughing enjoying around them... Virendra and BP were so happy and content to have Ridhhima as the daughter in law.. They patted her head and kissed it lovingly...
" yo partner ready to join the Malik gang.." BP jested to which Ridhhima just gave a big smile... His joy was clear on his face and she didn't wish to give him any clue how she felt ,she really respected and love Virendra and BP a lot...
" chalo bhai mahurat ka time ho gaya... ring kahan hai " Rahul called in
Muskaan handed Armaan the ring and seeing it Ridhhima's eyes widened with surprise it was the same ring which she had choosen that day in the shop while shopping for Anjy ,the slight difference was that the diamonds were bigger now... Armaan noticed it and gave her a meaningful smile...
Before she could think of anything else Padma handed her a ring too which she put in Armaan's finger and as she did that everybody clapped and hooted with joy... Virendra hugged Shashank and Anjali Padma and Sapna hugged Ridhhima.. Many near and dear ones came and congratulated her and Armaan...
During all this the music started and the guests went to dance floor... Atul and Anjali danced together hugging each other close smiling laughing... Saying sweet nothings in each others ear... Ridhhima looked at them longingly how she wished she could be happy like them but...
" Arre jija ji aap yahaan kyun baiithe hain chaliye naa dance floor par aaj to aapke paas pura mauka hai.." Ridhhima's cousin came in gigling pulling Armaan with his arm
" hayyee saali ji neki aur puch puch.. Chaliye naa aapke sath dance karna to hamari khushnaseebi hogi "
" haayee so sweet magar aap abhi hamari Ridhhima di ke sath hi dance kariye... Main to aapko soch kar bataungi "
Ridhhima glared at her cousin, last thing she wanted was to dance with Armaan... She knew she would not be able to refuse in front of both the families..." khushi se " he looked at Ridhhima and extended his hand ,she looked at him their eyes met as if fire met water... Ridhhima was unwilling and Armaan was determined... When she kept looking at him Armaan bent a little and took her hand in his holding it firmly yet gently.. Padma too asked her to go unaware of the termoil in her heart..
They both went to the dance floor looking majestic... As if the king and queen were entering the court..Armaan held her by her waist and they both started to rock gently at the charming slow music...
" Ridhhima... Main tumhe kuch kehna chahta tha.." She looked up at him with expressionless face ,Armaan smiled at her unaffected by her anger " Tum aaj bahut khoobsurat lag rahi ho.. Main kabse kehna chahta tha magar mauka nahi mil paaya " he whispered it into her ear she tried to get away from him keep some distance but he held her firmly
" pls. Ridhhima meri baat to suno.. Why don't you give me a chance i will prove you to be a best husband you can ever find... I will be even better than vivek.. "
" tum kabhi Vivek nahi ban sakte " she answered back angrily
" main Vivek banna bhi nahi chahta.. He's a looser "
" don't you ever dare call him that.. Wo tumse lakh guna achha hai.. At least usne tumhari tarah chaal to nahi chali... Dosti ke naam par dhoka to nahi diya.."
Armaan laughed lightly " main jaanta hun ki mera tarika thoda alag hai.. Magar intentions galat nahi hai ,baat yeh hai ki main jo chahta hun wo pa kar rehta hun.. I'm just used to of winning.. That's it "
" magar main koi khilona ya koi trophy nahi hun Armaan jise tumne jeet liya main bhi ek insaan hun jiski feelings hain emotions hain.. Aur abhi hamari shaadi nahi hui hai..itna khush hone ki koi jarurat nahi hai.."
He suddenly tighten his hold on her waist making her gasp a little " kya tum mujhe challenge kar rahi ho Ridhhima.. oh i just love challenges sweetheart.. I accept it.. ek din tum Vivek ko chhod kar mere paas aaogi... i promise..." Ridhhima looked into his eyes and she didn't knew why but looking into his cold grey eyes a strange fear crept in her heart... She felt as if Vivek was slipping away from her hands.. She suddenly jerked herself away from him... Thankfully noone noticed and she ran outside... Armaan stood there watching her go and a small smile crept on his face..
" you made an impact man " he said to herself.. Ridhhima walked out panting lightly the cool breeze helping her in calming down her ruffled nerves... But she sought assurance and quickly called Vivek he must be informed too...
" Haan Vivek main bol rahi hu... Haan main kisi tarah bahar aayi hun.. Abhi andar party chal rahi... Haan jaisa tumne kaha tha sab waisa hi kiya i'm now engaged to Armaan Malik.. Vivek tum kab aaoge... Main yahaan is musibat main fasti ja rahi hun...main Armaan se shaadi nahi karna chahti... Plz vivek..."
" Ridhhima meri baat samajhne ki koshish karo... main jald se jald aane ki koshish karunga magar mujhe thoda waqt do maine tumhe bataya tha naa, meri majburi hai Ridhhima... I know Ridhhima tum ghabrao mat main tumhe kisi aur ki hone nahi dunga..."
Suddenly someone snatched away the phone from Ridhhima she turned and saw that it was Armaan " Vivek..." He was definitely taken aback hearing his strong voice, he was not expecting that Armaan would be there... " it's me Armaan.. Armaan Malik aur mujhe ghuma fira kar baat karna nahi aata isliye seedhe aur saaf shabdo main keh raha hun... Ridhhima ka khayal bhi apne dimaag se nikaal do she is MY fiancee and wife to be... aur haan agar aienda usse baat karne ki koshish bhi ki to main wahin aa kar tumhari taange tod dunga... Aur wo to sirf trailor hoga.. Aage tum khud samajhdar ho.. Samjhe..." he roared angrily
Ridhhima was utterly shocked hearing this .. This was totally new Armaan for her... he disconnected the phone and came to Ridhhima smiling as if nothing happened a sec. ago... Ridhhima was furious..
" Armaan tumhari himmat kaise hui Vivek se aise baat karne ki... Tum apne aap ko samajhte kya ho? Tum.."
" Hey guys tum log yahaan ho?? " It was Anjy...
" Hi Anjy hum bas andar hi aa rahe the wo Ridhhima ke friend ka phone aa gaya tha to bas usi se baat ho rahi thi.."
" Achha kiska ?? "
" Umm kya naam tha Ridhhima ? " he keept a hand on her shoulder and pulled her closer.. " Oh haan Vivek.."
" Oh Vivek ! itne din ho gaye usse baat nahi hui Ridzy tune use shaadi main bulaya hai ki nahi..." Ridhhima was feeling uneasy in his grip but Armaan didn't let go of her and kept on grinning...
" Di chaliye main aapke sath chalti hun.."
" Oh come on Ridhhima i'm sure Anjy won't mind after all ab to hamari engagement bhi ho gayi hai " he smiled at Anjy " right Anjy..."
" Yeah whatever... Ab tum log apna romance khatam karke thoda jaldi aao mum dad khaane par wait ker rahe hain..." She shook her head and went away smiling
" nahi di... Dii wo.." But Anjy just went away...
" kya yaar Ridhhima tumse jyada samajhdar to tumhari behan hai..."
" Huuh " she freed herself from his grip... " Duur raho mujhse Armaan Malik..." And went inside fuming with anger... Armaan just stood there grinning at her...
"Kab tak bhagogi Ridhhima..." And he too started to walk towards the hall.. Smiling to himself...
" Rain rain hard it came
Cabinet was open in it came
Bathed computer's hard disk
Everything went plain
Crying badly for days i was
Paid 5000 tough to part
All for u people and this 30th part..."
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Precap : Armaan Ridhhima go for shopping.. Armaan threatens Sapna to stay away from his matters... Ridhhima and Vivek hatch a plan to cancel the wedding...Armaan and ridhhima get engaged
Niki returned back to Delhi... confused dazed... Totally clueless what future held for her... She still could not muster up enough courage to tell Armaan what happened... She was too much in pain with the fact that he didn't love her... And how stupid she was that she assumed everything without even bothering to know whether the feeling was mutual or not...
She stood by the mirror lost in her thoughts ,deciding the dress to wear for the evening, she was going out with Abhimanyu as he had asked her out ... With the permission of her parents ,who obviously had no objections...
Sighing she drops the dress and herself on the bed legs dangling hands spread aside ,her thoughts were interrupted with the ring of her cell phone... Without bothering to look at the name she picked it up
" Hey niki " spoke the voice without waiting for her hello
" Kaun ?? Armaan ?? "
" Yup the one and only, waise badi hairani ki baat hai tumhe mera naam yaad hai ? "
Thousand thoughts flooded her mind words chocked in her throat and eyes became moist
" tumhe main bhul sakti hun kabhi ? "
" to phir Delhi aa gayi aur bataya bhi nahi..."
" main bas tumhe call karne hi waali thi " she lied trying to overcome her guilt of not calling him for days
" Haan haan pata hai.. achha aunty yeh kya keh rahi thi ki koi bahut badi baat batani hai...?? Kya hua ?? "
" Mummy ne ?? Kya bataya mummy ne ?? " Her heartbeat rose
" Offoh dumbo agar wo mujhe bata deti to main puchta kya ?? I think you got a big contract... haan i know you got that partnership you were after.. Kyun hai naa ?! "
" Partnership..?! haan kuch waisa hi..."
" Waisa hi ?! Matlab ?? "
" K..kuch nahi "
" Achha chal leave it... Tell me hum mil kab rahe hain.." Then he added in somewhat softer tone.. " Bahut saari baatein karni hain... I missed you so much... aur Niki ki bachhi you missed my engagement too... Ab to milna padega aur wo bhi aaj hi warna... warna main naraaz ho jaunga..."
" Armaan... Armaan main.. Main abhi tumse nahi mil sakti..."
" Kyun ?? "
" Main.. wo.. Armaan meri tabiyat theek nahi hai... mere sar main dard hai..."
" Kya yaar Niki.. I wanted to meet you so badly..."
" Hum.. Hum phir kabhi mil lenge plz. Armaan..."
" Niki kahin tum mujhe avoid to nahi kar rahi naa..? "
Niki was speechless for a moment " Armaan.. Main.."
" cmmon it's Okay... Just kidding.. Dekh iss baar jaane deta hun.. But hum kal mil rahe hain... You decide the place hum lunch par chalte hain.. No excuses ! "
It was getting hard for Niki to control herself anymore...
" Armaan.. Armaan theek hai ab main rakhti hun.. Mere... Mere sar main dard hai... Bye..."
Armaan was surprised at her behavior but decided to give her some time thinking may be she was feeling really unwell...
Niki now lay on the bed no more crying, she had cried so much that the tear stock it seemed had ran out... There was a knock at the door and her mother walked in
" Niki kya kar rahe ho beta ? "
" Kuch nahi mumma bas aise hi "
" Achha Abhi ka phone aaya tha keh raha tha wo 8 baje aayega dinner par le jaane ke liye to tum tayar rehna " her smiled and kissing her head lovingly went away
Niki dressed up simply in a beautiful dress that ended just below her knees she wore minimum jewellery and yet looked very beautiful...
" hello aunty kaisi hai aap ? "
" main theek hun beta " her mother welcomed him lovingly " Niki bas aati hi hogi..." Abhi chatted with her parents and in the mean while Niki came down...
" lo Niki aa gayi.. Aao beta abhi kabse tumhara wait kar raha hai " her father said
Abhi turned and was stunned to see such beauty before him, he smiled seeing her he could see the pain and efforts she was making to look normal 'she is missing that bloody Armaan...' " chalein " he smiled and presented her a bouquet of flowers which she took smilingly...
Taking leave from parents they started off for the restaurant... she was bit happy and surprised that everything was according to her liking and for first time in days she felt bit relaxed Abhimanyu did small talk throughout the evening mainly trying to know about her and telling about him too she could see that he was trying to cheer her up and in her heart she felt grateful to him for being so understanding...
They were halfway through dinner when Abhi spoke up...
" Niki.. Tum is rishte se khush to ho naa ? "
Niki was bit taken aback with this sudden question.. She paused for a moment then thinking something spoke up " haan Abhi main khush hun.. Tum aise kyun puch rahe ho ? "
She was conscious of his gaze now
" kyunki tum pehle jaise hasti muskurati nahi... Kya iski wajah Armaan hai ? " she didn't reply ,he continued " sach kahun to main hairan ho gaya tha yeh jaan kar ki tumne is rishte ki liye haan keh di hai.. "
" tumne yeh rishta kyun bheja abhi ? " she cut him in between now it was his turn to be surprised he was expecting this question but not at this moment...but he was ready she continued " yeh jaante hue bhi ki main Armaan ko chahti hun "
He sighed and put his hand over her holding it firmly yet gently " Niki sach kahun to main tumhe usi din se pasand karne laga tha jab hum pehli baar takraye the... Phir hamari kismat hamein baar baar milati rahi aur jab tum party main aayi to mere dil ne kaha ki yeh ishara hai ki we are meant to be together... Main jaanta tha ki tum Armaan ko chahti ho magar main bina koshish kiye haar nahi maanna chahta tha isliye main mom dad ko tumhare ghar bheja... Aur Niki jaisa tumne kaha ki tum Armaan ko chahti ho magar main tumse pyaar karta hun Niki... Magar.. ! " he paused and she gave him questioning look
" Magar " she asked
" magar tumne is rishte ke liye haan kyun kaha.. Agar tum chahti to tum iske liye manaa bhi kar sakti thi.. "
She thought for a moment and said " haan kar sakti thi... Magar wo kehte hai naa ki pyaar usse karo jo tumse pyaar kare, shayad tumhara pyaar mere pyaar se kahin jyaada tha jo mujhe kheench laaya..aur phir mom dad bhi tumhe bahut pasand karte hain.. Mere liye unki khushi sabse jyaada mayene rakhti hai.. "
" magar Armaan ? "
" Armaan mera past tha Abhi wo abhi bhi mera dost hai aur isse jyada main filhaal kuch nahi kehna chahti.. Lekin itna zarur kahungi ki main apna rishta puri imandari ke sath nibhaungi.. Armaan hamare beech kabhi nahi aayega.. "
Abhi smirked inwardly though he was bit confused still he thought to drop the topic for now, he so wished to see Armaan's face right now seeing Niki with him... rest of the dinner went uneventfully and they came out to go back... They were in the reception area when Abhimanyu excused himself to attend a call...
" Niki ?! " she turned to see who it was and her eyes widened when she saw him there " Niki tum yahaan ? "
" Armaan tum.. Tum yahaan kya kar rahe ho ? " she was worried now
" main yahaan kuch doston ke sath aaya tha tum yahaan kiske sath aayi ho ? Tumhari to tabiyat theek nahi thi naa " she could sense certain edge in his voice
" main wo.. Wo main..." she fumbled for words
" Abhimanyu Modi ke sath aayi ho hai naa " her eyes widened ,so he had seen her with him... This was not how she wanted him to come to know of it... They were arch rivals
she lowered her eyes not knowing what to say...
" Niki tumhe is baat ka zara bhi andaaza hai ki wo kis tarah ka aadmi hai.. Niki wo tumhara fayeda utha sakta hai... Keep away from him... Chalo mere sath koi zarurat nahi hai uske sath kahin jaane ki " he held her hand and started to walk away
" Armaan... Armaan ruko plz. main tumhare sath nahi jaa sakti " he stopped at his tracks and turned to look at her
" What ? Why ?? "
" Armaan plz main tumhe baad main sab kuch nata dungi par plz abhi tum jao " she pleaded worried how they will react seeing each other
" kyun Niki ?? Why are ypu doing this ? Tumhe ho kya gaya hai ? Pehle jab maine tumhe bulaya to tumne bahana bana diya... Itne dino se koi baat nahi ki why are you avoiding me ?? aur aaj.. Aaj tum Modi ke sath... Tum jaanti ho na he is my rival..." he was getting angry by every minute... A pair off eyes watched them...
" Armaan plz. Wo itna bhi bura nahi hai "
" oh to ab tum usko mujhse jyaada jaanti ho... That's great.. Main kuch sunna nahi chahta tum uske sath nahi ja sakti bas " he again pulled her by her hand
" Armaan plz chhodo mujhe yeh meri life hai aur main apne decisions khud le sakti hun " she pulled her hand away " wo sirf mujhe mere ghar drop kar raha hai "
" achha to ab tum itni samajhdar ho gayi... Chup chap chalo.."
" ek minute Mr.Armaan Malik leave her right now " it was Abhimanyu
" you stay out of it Modi " both men walked towards each other ready to kill... Niki was scared seeing it
" Armaan - Abhi plz. Stop it "
" ek minute Niki Mr.Malik ko kuch galatfehmi hai wo duur karni hai "
" galatfehmi mujhe nahi tumhe hai.. Niki tumharae sath nahi jayegi.. chalo Niki " he didn't break the eye contact with Modi, Niki didn't move " Niki ?! " he was surprised
" Niki nahi jayegi " Abhi said smiling arrogantly
" Niki ? " Armaan called again
" Armaan plz tum jao yahaan se main tumhare sath nahi ja sakti "
" magar kyun Niki ? Why ?? Cmmon speak up ! Ab yeh Modi tumhare liye mujhse jyada jaruri ho gaya ? Kyun Niki why are yoi doing this ? " he shook her by her shoulders
She could no longer keep quiet and yelled out " because i'm engaged to him.. Shaadi hone waali hai meri abhi ke sath " Armaan stood there speechless... shocked...
" what ?! No... This can't be true... Tum... Tum aur yeh... Kyun Niki ?? Why ?!! Kab ? Kaise ?? "
" main... " she could not speak anything tears rolled down her cheeks
" aisi kya majburi thi Niki... Cmmon Niki tumne mujhe yeh pehle kyun nahi bataya.. bolo Niki "
Niki gathered herself while Modi just stood and watched their confrontation " mere paas tumhare is kyun ka koi jawaab nahi hai.. Aur maine kisi majburi main iss shaadi ke liye haan nahi kaha yeh meri apni marzi Hai kyunki main Abhi se pyaar karti hun tumse nahi samjhe " both Abhi and Armaan were surprised to hear her, Armaan stood rooted staring at her face..
" what ?! " he whispered out " you have betrayed me Niki... You have betrayed our relationship..." but seeing her determined face he backed off " oh so you have decided.. Fine Ms. Nikita Malhotra agar tumhara yahi faisla hai to mera faisla bhi sun lo... Main aaj abhi tumse saare rishte todta hun... Just forget ki tumhari zindagi main Armaan naam ka koi inssan bhi tha " he turned and started moving
" Armaan plz. " Niki rushed and grabbed his arm
" no Ms.Nikita you have made yourself very clear.." he shrugged off her arm " gudbye nayi zindagi bahut bahut mubarak ho " and giving a last look to both of them he left... Niki stood there watching him go rooted at the spot tears flowing freely, throat choaked Abhimanyu came up to her and put a hand on her shoulder..
" ghar chalo Niki " then without knowing she turned and hugged him ,now crying freely in his arms she lost Armaan forever today... he patted her back but said nothing...
Abhimanyu came home with Niki
" aa gaye aap log beta " Niki's mother welcomed them
" hello aunty hello uncle.. Uncle wo actually main aapse kuch baat karna chahta tha.."
" haan beta bolo "
" uncle main chahta hun ki yeh shaadi jald se jald ho jaye by next week.. Har haal main " everybody was surprised hearing it
" beta itni jaldi... Magar achanak yeh faisla "
" nahi uncle achanak nahi maine iss baare main bahut soch samajh kar faisla liya hai... Aur Niki ko bhi is faisle se koi aitraaz nahi hai.."
They looked at her she just stood there with her head bowed they understood " well theek hai agar tum dono ka yahi faisla hai to bhala hamein kya aitraz ho sakta hai.. Jo shaadi ek hafte baad honi thi wo ek hafte pehle ho jayegi bas " they smiled at them " main kal hi aa kar aapke papa se baat kar leta hun "
" thanks uncle main ab chalta hun.. Kaafi daer ho gayi hai.."
Niki came out to see him off and as he was about to sit in the car she asked " Abhi.. hamari to aisi koi baat nahi hui thi... Tum shaadi ke liye itni jaldi kyunn kar rahe ho ? "
He came close to her and held her hand softly " wo isliye kyunki aaj jo hua main chahta hun ki tum use bhul jao... Main nahi chahta ki tum Armaan ko yaad karo ya use yaad karke aansoo bahao... Main wohi Niki chahta hun jo hasti thi muskurati thi... I want the same bubbly cheery Niki back... Itna to de sakti ho mujhe " he looked at her Niki gave a teary smile to him and nodded " that's like my good girl.. Now no more crying go and take rest... Goodnight "
As he drove off he laughed out happily.. " ohhh Abhi you are too good man.. Too good... aadha jhatka to de diya hai Armaan ko ab pura tab ho jayega jab main Niki se shaadi kar lunga aur phir... Hahaha Armaan Malik tum bahut pachtaoge ,i'm gonna hit you where it will hurt the most " his face hardened
The next day Armaan called Niki he couldn't sleep all night... He knew something was wrong... Abhimanyu was a very calculative person wo aise hi Niki se shaadi nahi kar raha koi na koi wajah to jarur hai... He must protect Niki from him... He must talk her out of it
" Niki kyun kiya tumne aisa itni badi baat ho gayi aur tumne mujhe ek hint tak nahi di.. Kya main itna paraya ho gaya Niki ? "
" Armaan tum paraye nahi ho you will always be my... Best friend.. Jab yeh hua... The engagement... Tab main nahi jaanti thi ki yeh wohi Abhimanyu hai "
" magar ab to jaanti naa, i know kal tumne jhoot bola tha you don't love him naa... Plz bolo Niki ?! "
" Armaan plz... Ab kuch nahi ho sakta... Sab tumhari tarah nahi hote Armaan jinhe wo chaahe unhe wo mil jaaye.. Aur pyaar ka kya hai wo to shaadi ke baad bhi ho sakta hai naa "
" cmmon Niki how can you say that i know tum kisi se pyaar karti ho... Just tell me his name uncle aunty ki tum fikar mat karo main unhe manaa lunga... You just tell me his name i will take care of the rest "
" aisa nahi ho sakta Armaan.. In sabka koi fayeda nahi hai meri majboori samjho Armaan "
" aisi kya majboori hai Niki ! That you have to marry this man... Tum apna pyaar bhul gayi " his temper rising
" main kuch nahi bhuli Armaan magar shayaad jo mere liye pyaar tha wo uske liye kabhi tha hi nahi he doesn't love me , usne kabhi mujhse pyaar nahi kiya wo meri galatfehmi thi "
" Niki how can you give up so soon aur iska matlab yeh to nahi ki tum kisi se bhi shaadi kar lo "
" Armaan main is baare main aur baat nahi karna chahti kuch dino main meri shaadi hai aur Abhi itna bura nahi hai jitna tum sochte ho ,yeh jaante hue bhi ki main kisi aur ko chahti hun wo mujse utna hi pyaar karta hai.. Aur ab main puraani baatein bhul kar nayee shuruat karna chahti hun... I hope tum mere sabse achhe dost hone ke naate is faisle main mera sath doge "
Armaan went quiet for a while " agar tumhara yahi faisla hai Niki to I guess ki tumhe apni nayee shuruat apne dost ke bina hi karni padegi...goodbye Niki " he disconnected the phone a tear rolled down his eye which he wiped off immediately face hardening...
" maine faisla kar liya hai Niki I won't cry and i will forget you "
Two three days passed by and no one could say looking at his face that he lost a dear friend he was excellent when it comes to hiding his pain... No matter how he felt inside he never let anyone know about it he was his normal self the same old chirpy Armaan
As the engagement was done and Armaan was on seventh heaven one major hurdle was crossed... He felt much more confident that the trouble named Vivek could be taken care of easily... He had sworn that he will not get effected with Niki and Abhimanyu's incident... She had made her choice clear... And he cares a damn about her now... Time will teach her a lesson.. He has other matters of his own to take care of...
He shook his head diverting his thoughts and started whistling while getting dressed... After all it was his first official date with Ridhhima after the engagement... He winked at himself in the mirror...
" you look dashing man.." and ran downstairs, " bye guys.. " waving hurriedly to Muskaan and his father sitting in the hall...
" oye ruk main bhi aa rahi hun.." said Muski getting up with Maria's help
" what ?! Excuse me Muski but you know naa main kahan aur kiske sath jaa raha hun ? "
" haan haan pata hai , mujhe Ridhhima se kuch kaam hai stupid tailor ne kuch gadbad kar di hai... Pehle hum mall jayenge phir tu uske sath chale jaana Rahul mujhe pick kar lega "
" but Muskiii... Yaar " he whined
" Armaaan " Virendra glared at him " do as she says, usko pareshan mat karo "
He sighed and whispered " all right but yeh sirf mere nephew ya neice ke liye.. okay "
" awww shoo shweet " she pulled his cheeks
" Muskkkiii " rubbing his cheek they started off to Gupta house...
He quietly came and stood behind Padma who was busy setting flowers in the vase.. He held her by her shoulders and shook her suddenly
" boo ! "
" aaahh " and seeing her scared he laughed out loud hugging her
" ohh my kya yaar ma.. Bas itne se darr gaye.. "
" Armaan badmash " she hit him on his shoulder feeling relieved after knowing who it was " aise karta hai kya koi ,abhi mujhe heart attack aa jata " Muski joined her in hitting him
" heey aww ouch ... Ladiess.. Bas yaar "
" aunty bas pucho mat yeh hai hi thoda paagal " Padma hugged Muski lovingly
" yaar ek to maara aur upar se.. Main to itna khush khush aa raha tha aapse milne aur aap bas.. " making a face
" mujhe achhi tarah se pata hai kaun kisse ' khushi khushi ' milne aaya hai " Padma teased him and he grinned sheepishly knowing very well that she was right...
They took leave and drove off to the mall Armaan kept looking at Ridhhima who was sitting next to her... Ridhhima was on the other hand trying to act as much normal as she can diverting her mind from Armaan's gaze.. She could make out from the smile on his face that he was really happy... Finally they reached the boutique..
He pulled Muski aside " Muski agar dus minute se jyada lagaye naa to main bhai ko bol dunga ki you threw away your iron tablets.."
Muski opened her mouth in surprise " khotte tu mujhe blackmail kar kar raha hai ? "
" good yaar Muski... Kitni jaldi baat samajh aa gayi "
" dekh lungi main tujhe.. Mera bhi time aayega bachhu "
" haan haan dekh lenge.. Ab jaldi jao aur bahut jaldi wapas aao " Muski huffed and stomped on his feet making him dance on one leg.. He stood outside as he flatly refused to go to ladies tailoring section...
Ridhhima came out after trying her dresses when she bumped into someone..
" oh i'm sorry "
" it's ok " and then she saw who it was
" Niki !? Tum ? "
" h..hi Ridhhima.. "
" Niki kahan thi tum ? Main tumse kabse milna chahti thi "
" haan bolo naa.. Wo actually main yahaan nahi thi... I was in Banglore kal hi aayi hun.. Tum sunao.. How's everything ? " Niki tried to smile which didn't actually reach her eyes and Ridhhima knew why...
" Niki tum jaanti ho tumhari absence main kya hua hai ? Kya Armaan ne tumhe kuch bataya nahi ? "
" haan Ridhhima main jaanti hun... Oh how silly of me.. " she came forward and hugged Ridhhima " congratulations ! "
Ridhhima broke the hug and looked at her somewhat surprised.. " Niki you are congratulating me.. Are you okay with it ! Niki tum Armaan se pyaar karti ho naa ?! "
Niki was bit surprised hearing it from her she never told her then how come she knew it... " Ridhhima tumhe.. Tumse.. "
" main sab jaanti hun Niki.. Niki agar tum chaho to ab bhi..."
" Nahi nahi Ridhhima ! what are you saying.. ab kuch nahi ho sakta.. Aur aisa sochna bhi mat..."
" Lekin Niki tum Armaan se pyaar kerti ho agar tum logon ki koi ladayi hui hai to tum use solve karo usko samjhao... Kahin jaldbaazi main koi galat faisla.. "
" Nahi Ridhhima aisa kuch nahi hua bas wo.. Ab main tumhe kaise samjhaun " she sighed and spoke again " Armaan ne hamesha apne mann ki suni hai Ridhhima uske faisle itni asaani se badalte nahi.."
" Magar Niki tum apne pyaar ko aise hi kaise jaane dogi..? You have to fight.." she tried desperately to make her understand hoping against hope
" Mera pyaar.. Huh.. Nahi Ridhhima yeh meri galatfehmi thi... sach kahun to maine hamesha se hi Ammy ko chaaha hai... Pehle ek achhe dost ki tarah aur baad main shayad main hi iss dosti ko pyaar samajh baithi yeh meri hi galat fehmi thi... darasal hum itna ek dusre ke sath rahe ki kabhi yeh khayal hi nahi aaya ki hum alag bhi ho sakte hain.. Lekin Ridhhima Ammy ne mujhe kabhi ek achhe dost se jyada kuch samjha hi nahi... ek bahut achha dost... Maine hamesha yeh chaha ki main uski aankon main apne liye wo pyaar dekhun jo maine tumhareliye dekha hai...
Magar... Magar yeh ho nahi sakta... Usne mujhse kabhi pyaar kiya hi nahi..." a tear trickled down which she wiped off quickly " Main apni nayee zindagi ki shuruat karne jaa rahi hun.. Aur main yahi chahungi ki tum bhi apni nayee zindagi ki shiruat karo.. bina kisi darr ya shak ke... Armaan aur main sirf achhe dost the " She smiled at her...
" dost the ?! "
" haan kuch aisa hua ki shayad ab hamari dosti bhi nahi rahi.. Magar agar kabhi usko ya tumhe jarurat hui to main hamesha tumhare sath ek dost ki tarah khadi milungi... filhal to wo mujhse thoda naraz hai "
" magar hua kya Niki ? "
" tum yeh Armaan se puch lena ,i'm sure wo tumse kuch nahi chhupayega.. main chalti hun.. Mujhe kahin jaruri kaam se jaana hai.. magar ek baat kehna chahungi Armaan tumse bahut pyaar karta hai Ridhhima wo tumhe apne sar aankon par bitha kar rakhega... Aise bahut kam log hain jo uske itne kareeb aa paaye hain... wo un logon main se hai jo agar kisi ko chahte hain to uske liye kisi bhi hadd tak ja sakte hain.. Kuch bhi kar sakte hain " She sighed and pat her hand lovingly with a smile..
" Kya tum Armaan se nahi milogi ? "
" N..nahi Yeh sahi waqt nahi hai "
Ridhhima could sense that she was not comfertable and she sympathised with her in her heart but she could do nothing... For her.. Or for herself... For that matter...
Ridhhima's only hope of getting out of this marriage died off and her anger grew even more as she thought that Armaan broke off with Niki to marry her, her hatred grew even more... And she cursed him for destroying three lives...
" Ridhhima tum aur kitni daer..." Armaan came in calling her and saw Niki standing with Ridhhima,his jaw tightened ,quietly he walked towards them not breaking the eyelock with Niki who's eyes welled with tears almost pleading but Armaan's face hardened as if saying
' you know the condition.. It's either me or Modi '
He came near Ridhhima who was looking at both of them she could sense the tension between the two ,he held her hand firmly
" chalo hamein daer ho rahi hai " ignoring Niki he pulled Ridhhima out from there and she could barely utter a word... all she could see before leaving the room was teary eyed Niki standing there rooted.. speechless...
Armaan took her to a five star restaurant and there she got a royal welcome a beautiful bouquet of exotic flowers... A row of waiters for their service and a table with a magnificient view that she never belived could be there in a city like Delhi... She could see the importance Armaan got from the staff there a line of waiters stood there at some distance elegantly just to wait upon them... All he did was raise a finger and they came rushing ,the food was excellent music beautiful and everything was out of the world... just perfect romantic evening for the two lovers but the thing that was lacking and they could not provide was love...
" do you like it " he whispered in her ear... she looked at him he was smiling ,like a perfect gentleman he drew out tha chair for her and Ridhhima sat down... He bent down again " comfertable sweetheart ? " Ridhhima glared at him but he just smiled and took the chair opposite her
" tum aaj bahut sundar lag rahi ho " Ridhhima didn't reply the soft romantic music was playing " shall we dance ? "
" mujhe koi dance nahi karna " she said angrily
" okay no problem... Waise kaisi chal rahi hain shaadi ki tayarriyan ? Mujhse to aur intezaar nahi ho raha.. I'm dying for the day to come jab tum hamesha ke liye apne ghar aa jaogi "
" jyada khayali pulao mat pakao Armaan abhi bhi bahut kuch ho sakta hai waqt badalte daer nahi lagti "
" oh really ! " he chuckled and sipped his wine " waise you can taste it it's not poison you know.. " indicating her glass of wine
" i don't drink "
" ohh I see waise Ridhhima tumne kabhi apne baare main jyada bataya nahi... Chalo aaj sirf tumhari baatein karenge bolo sab kuch... main tumhare baare main jaanna chahta hun.. After all hamein apni saari zindagi sath bitani hai ek dusre ki pasand napasnd to pata honi chahiye naa "
" mujhe tumhe apni koi pasand napasnd nahi batani aur na hi tumhari koi pasand na pasand jaane ki ichha hai "
He laughed softly " okay meri Durgeshwari as you wish.. Just don't kill me "
" oh i really wish i could " Armaan laughed out hearing it
" oh you are funny Ridhhima .. Hamari khoob jamegi "
She cursed him under her breath and Armaan kept on talking to her asking questions telling about his experinces... people he knew... though she hardly gave reply to most of them, she could see that he seemed little subdued but didn't bothered to ask he didn't even gave cutting remarks about Vivek and her which was bit of a relief then out of the blue he asked her
" achha Ridhhima ek bahut zaruri baat to main puchhna bhul hi gaya tum honeymoon par kahan jaana chahti ho ? " he gave her a naughty smile
she glared at him " aise khwaab dekhna chhod do Armaan jo pure naa ho,.."
" mujhe apne khawaabon ko hakikat main badalna aata hai..."
they looked at each other one with love other with hatered
" kuch sapne kabhi pure nahi hote..."
" main apna koi sapna adhura nahi chhodta..." Their argument was interuppted when waiter came with the food... Ridhhima ate minimum and denied wine... Armaan for the rest of the evening kept indulging her in small talk... Not bringing up the topic of marriage or the honeymoon again...
" what happened with Niki...?? Tumne use chhod kyun diya "
he was not willing to talk about it but said " Kya Niki ne tumhe kuch nahi bataya... we had conflict of views... Use jo chahiye wo main use nahi de sakta aur jo main chahta hun uske liye wo tayar nahi..."
" haan usne bhi kuch aisa hi kaha... jiske sath wo rehna chahti hai wo uske liye tayar nahi aur.."
" Haan theek kaha usne jo wo chahti hai wo main use nahi de sakta aur jo main chahta hun uske liye wo tayar nahi..."
" Tum sirf apne baare main hi sochte ho naa Armaan.."
" Nahi main sirf apno ke baare main sochta hun..."
Ridhhima fell quiet hearing this they kept looking at each other each trying to understand the other, but Ridhhima could not make out anything from his face and his eyes.. His eyes seem to peirce straight into her heart she felt as if she could not hide anything from them... she felt weak and quickly broke the eyelock to compose herself...
" to tum chahte ho ki wo shaadi ke baad bhi tumse rishta rakhe..."
" Isme burayi hi kya hai..?? Main nahi chahta ki wo shaadi kare wo bhi tab jab main iss baat ke tayar nahi "
Ridhhima thinks that he is talking about extra marital
affiair and Niki had denied it... And to save her so called marriage
was telling lie that Armaan was just her best friend... she was
despising Armaan more and more...
" tum uski zindagi bhi apne hisaab se chalaana chahte ho.. Dusron ki khushiyan tumhare liye koi maayne nahi rakhti naa ,You are disgusting Armaan ab wo tumhare saamne nahi hai to tum use bhul jaoge ? You are being unfaitful to her "
" main nahi bhulunga to waqt bhulwa dega... You will see.. Aur rahi baat faithful hone ki to saamne hona hi faithful hone ki nishaani nahi hai... Vivek bhi to tumhare saamne nahi hai tum kaise keh sakti ho ki he is faithful to you ? "
" Main Vivek ko jaanti hun wo aisa kabhi nahi karega he loves me... Wo tumhare jaisa nahi hai... I trust him..."
He gave a small sarcastic laugh... " Well ab tumhe iski jarurat nahi padegi... You are not going to see him any more..."
Ridhhima was both shocked and angry to hear it..
" We will see Mr.Armaan Malik..."
" Oh yes you will.." He looked straight into her eyes... It was like the practical version of if looks could kill
she recalled her encounter with Niki ,her words echoed in her mind ' wo tumse bahut pyaar karta hai 'she thought ' Tum nahi jaanti Niki ki yeh pyar sirf ek dikhawa hai... Yeh shaadi uske liye sirf ek khel hai uski ego ka sawaal hai aur main uski trophy... jise usne ghar par baaki sab cheezon ki tarah saja kar rakhna hai... Yeh shaadi nahi hai balki ek khel hai jisme agar kuch mayene rakhta hai to sirf har jeet.. Aur is baar main haar gayi.. Magar yeh khel abhi khatam nahi hua hai main tumko hara kar hi dum lungi tum mujhse shaadi kar ke mujh par apna adhikar nahi jama sakta... Main aisa kabhi nahi hone dungi... Main sirf aur sirf Vivek se pyaar karti hun... Aur usi ki ho kar rahungi...' her face hardened with determination...
In the car on the way back home... He was quiet and serious for most of the way and even she didn't try to talk and break the silence suddenly he spoke up
" Ridhhima... kya tum mujhe , hamare naye rishte ko ek mauka nahi de sakti main waada karta hun main tumhe itna khush rakhunga ki tum baaki sab bhul jaogi..." he spoke with all the sincerity in his voice
" Main tumhe koi mauka nahi dena chahti Armaan aur na hi kisi ko bhulna chahti hun..."
He kept on driving eyes fixed on the road... " Wo toh main jaanta hun.. Aur aisa nahi hai ki mujhe kuch pata nahi main yahaan hote hue bhi sabki khabar rakhta hun.."
Ridhhima looked at him worried.. ' Kya ise Vivek ke plan ke baare main pata hai..?? Nahi aise kaise ho sakta hai.. uske baare main to sirf mujhe ya Sapna ko pata hai...' She was deliberating in her mind when the car came to halt...
He went out and opened the door for her.. She got out still trying to figure out what he had said... Without saying or looking at him she started to walk towards the door...
" Waise Ridhhima.." She stopped and turned... " Tumhare liye ek surprise hai..." She looked at him questioningly... " Don't worry tum sun kar uchhal padogi..." She was still confused.. " Ab jao na maa tumhe sab bata dengi..." He winked at her and giving his dimpled smile drove away... Leaving her standing there confused she entered the house with beating heart wondering what's going to come up next...
She entered the house and saw her parents sitting in the hall waiting for her...
" arre Ridhhima aa gaye beta... How was the evening ? " Padma asked her lovingly " aur Armaan wo nahi aaya ? "
It really irritated her , her mother was now more concerened about him.. She plastered a fake smile " nahi maa usko kuch kaam tha isliye wo chala gaya..."
" oh koi baat nahi achha tumhe ek baat batani thi.."
" Kya ? " her heartbeat rose thinking about his so called surprise
" wo aaj bhai saab ka phone aaya tha wo keh rahe the ki pandit ji se unki baat hui thi aur unhone kaha hai ki kuch graho ki dasha ki wajah se shaadi ki date change karni pad rahi hai.."
Ridhhima felt relieved hearing it the postponement will buy Vivek some more time.. Shashank continued
" haan wo kya hai naa.." he looked at Padma ,Ridhhima thought that they were thinking that she will be disappointed with the postponement but she was glad about it she asked
" kya papa ? "
To her surprise they smiled " wo kya hai ki pandit ji ne kaha hai ki shaadi thodi jaldi karni hogi... Aur isliye shaadi next month nahi... isi mahine hogi !! " and both of them hugged her happily she was on the other hand left stunned...
" so this was the bloody surprise he was talking about " she thought miserably...
Precap : Armaan and Niki confrontation... Armaan breaks all ties with Niki... Goes on a date with Ridhhima and gives her a surprise.. No shock... Wedding is preponed...
Ridhhima stood there rooted whereas Padma and Shashank were obviously excited their second daughter is going to get married soon...
" Oh Ridhhi i'm so happy beta..." this was all she could gather of her parents conversation she somehow managed to come back to her room and her senses... She was completely dumbstruck... she fell on her bed and cried her heart out...
Both the families started the preparation of wedding at war scale... Ridhhima was bit glad as it didn't gave her time enough to feel sad... Armaan called her everyday but she hardly talked to him... Sometimes when some one was around she talked to him just for the courtesy sake...
On one such occasion when she banged the phone he sighed
" main jaanta hun Ridhhima tum kaisa mehsoos kar rahi ho magar ek baar shaadi ho jaane do sab theek ho jaayega... I promise " He kissed the phone and went back to his work
while he was working on his laptop Rahul came in all dressed up...
" Armaan yeh kya ? tu abhi tak yahin baitha hai chal tayar ho chalna nahi hai kya ??
" chalna hai ? Kahan ?? "
" kya baat kar raha hai tujhe pata nahi aaj Niki ki shaadi hai.. Papa ne bataya nahi ? "
" haan bataya hoga mujhe yaad nahi.. " he said carelessly eyes still glued to the screen
" to ab chal uth naa "
" main nahi ja raha bhai aap chale jao.. "
" Armaaan pagal ho gaya hai kya ?? Tune suna nahi ? Aaj Niki ki shaadi hai Niki ki !! "
" jaanta hun bhai... Magar main nahi jaa raha.. Aur Niki ko pata hai ki main nahi aaunga.." Rahul looked puzzled and was about to ask something " plz bhai ab aur kuch mat kehna main nahi jaa raha... Plz don't force me "
Seeing his resolute face Rahul gave up sighing... Making a mental note to ask him later he turned to go
" bhai ek minute " he got up and went to his walk in wardrobe he came back few moments later with a small square box wrapped " yeh.. Niki ko de dena... aur.. Aur... " he went quiet as if contemplating whether to say it or not " bas aur kuch nahi.. " saying this he went back to his work
Rahul looked at him standing there for a moment but then shaking his head he moved out
Finally the day of Armaan and Ridhhima's wedding came near media went berserk to catch a glimpse of the lucky girl who stole the heart of most eligible bachelor of the country everyday the Malik spokesperson was flooded with requests of an interview or a glimpse of the place where the marriage was suppose to take place... The security was too tight and everything was taken care of to the core...
A big resort was completely booked both bride and groom
side were present there as all the ceremonies were to be done there
itself... Rahul Muskaan handled everything not to forget Rajat and
Aditya were there too for their help... The girl cousins were super
excited to meet the hot handsome friends ,and cousins of their jiju and
so was the boys they found it a perfect ground for meeting their dream girl.. Rajat was quiet popular among them...
aunties, massi ji's chachi ji's, mami ji's all were looking and trying their best to look best and to hide their real age... Each and everything was made available to the guests in the resort the best hotels were booked after all it was Malik's wedding... The wedding of the millennium... apart from these Anjy was basking in the glory being the bride's sister and that too newly wed she was looking stunning but of course Ridhhima stole the show she was looking outstanding amongst all... Even though she was sad from inside their was a glow on her face, which gave her a magical charm... Padma did few rituals to guard off the evil eye from her darling daughter... Twice a day... since all the guests arrived ,she was one hell of a concerned mother...
It was just two days left for the wedding it was sangeet ceremony today
Armaan came in the room with Rajat and Aditya all chirpy " bhai bhai.."
" haan kya hua ? "
" hua nahi hona hai " Rajat said
" kya hona hai ?? Kuch bologe bhi " Rahul asked again
" dance bhai dance !! "
" kyun ab tum log dance bhi karoge shaadi main kar lena aur usse pehle bhi bahut function hai "
" ohho bhai hamare yahaan nahi unke yahaan " Armaan said
" unke yahaan ?? " Rahul asked still confused
" haan bhaiyaa Ridhhima bhabhi ke yahaan... Aaj to sangeet ceremony hai naaa "
" ohh i see to tum itna kyun uchhal rahe ho wo ladkiyon ka function hota hai boys are not allowed there "
" achha bhai yeh kya baat hoti hai jab apni shaadi thi to mujhe to bada kheench kar le gaye the Muski ko dekhne ab meri shaadi main sharafat soojh rahi hai " Armaan pouted
" arre jhute main kab le gaya tha ? "
" bulaun phir Muski ko... Puuch lena ki gaye the ki nahi ? "
" achha baba theek hai le gaya tha khush ab tum mujhse kya chahte ho ?? "
All three smiled giving a devil smile " hamein bhi function dekhna hai "
" whaaat ??!! Pagal ho gaye ho kya tum sab ? Function dekhna hai " he mimicked them " saalon itni chapplein padengi naa ki apni body ke function bhul jaoge "
Just then Muski came out of the washroom " kya hua kyun chilla raha hai mere bachhe par ?? "
" Muskaan yeh bachha nahi shaitaan hai shaitaan... Sun le apne laadle ki demand ,janaab ko Ridhhima ke yahaan ladkiyon ka sangeet function dekhna hai "
" haan to kya hua dikha de naa " Armaan and others eyes lit up whereas Rahul looked shocked
" kya ??! "
" haan aur khotte tu apna time bhul gaya tab to bada hero ban kar pahunch gaya tha ab kya saari hawaa nikal gayi... Chotte bhai ke liye itna nahi kar sakta...huh... " he still looked reluctant " theek hai agar tu nahi kar sakta to main kar deti hun " Muski knew this trick would never fail
" nahiii... nahi iski koi zarurat nahi hai tu bas baith aur aaraam kar main dekhta hun main kya kar sakta hun..."
" yeeeaaahhh " all of the boys jumped and ran with wide open arms, Rahul opened his arm expecting a hug from them but they all walked right past him and hugged Muski instead
" saale matlabi " he mumbled but couldn't help his smile seeing all of them hugging Muski
They all secretly went to girls side ducking from parents and relatives and saw Ridhhima sitting in the center hands and legs covered with mehndi smiling enjoying the dance being performed by her cousins even Anjy was there and they got a company as even Atul joined them in their plan
all the girls were singing and dancing but Armaans eyes were fixed on Ridhhima
Somehow even Ridhhima too felt something as if someone is watching her and then she saw Armaan standing behind a pillar gazing at her unblinkingly... none spoke but their eyes conveyed everything
As the song on which the girls were dancing ended she again looked at the place where Armaan was standing but could not find him anywhere she sighed relieved thinking that he had gone and again got busy with others...
As the mehndi got completed she was taken back to the room for some rest tomorrow was going to be the big day and she won't get any time to rest...Ridhhima sat in the room looking at her mehndi she could see the tiny Armaan written on her palm she didn't cry... She was just too tired she had decided not to cry any more... But even after trying her best she wondered where the water in her eyes came from... She remembered her conversation with Vivek few days back...
" Ridhhima tum iss shaadi se manaa kar do tum Armaan se shaadi nahi kar sakti "
" theek hai main tayar hun Vivek main to engagement bhi nahi karna chahti thi magar tumhare kehne par maine wo bhi kari ab main yeh shaadi nahi karna chahti hum mil kar dad ko sab sach bata dete hain..."
" Kya baat kar rahi ho Ridhhima tum sab kuch jaanti ho phir bhi aisa keh rahi ho... Tum jaanti ho mera abhi wahaan aana kitna mushkil hai magar tum fikar mat karo tumhari shaadi se pehle hi main wahaan hounga..."
" jaldi aana Vivek main tumhare sath ke bina koi baat nahi kar paungi... apni zindagi ka itna bada faisla main tumhare bina akele kaise le sakti hun... Main papa se hamare baare main kya kahungi jab tum hi mere sath nahi honge..."
" Ridhhimaa... Tum fikar mat karo ab Armaan hamara kuch bigaad nahi paayega... sab theek ho jayega... just remember one thing i love you..."
and on that day she slept peacefully after so many days it was just the day before he gave her the shock of preponed wedding... She tried to contact him but he was sent to a disaster area which was hit by a terrible snow storm and the contact there was impossible they had no idea when the storm will subside and the team will be back atleast a weak was minimum... A week !! Agar shaadi postpone nahi hui hoti to phir bhi ek umeed thi uske aane ki magar ab..??
She cried so much that day... He didn't even knew that the wedding was preponed by a week... she was trapped... She was helpless... Nature played villian this time... She sighed coming back to present with Anjy's voice
" Ridhhi thodi daer rest ker le... warna kal thak jaayegi sweety..." Anjy came near and kissed her cheek lovingly... " I'm going to miss you... Pata hi nahi chala kab meri chhoti si Ridhhi itni badi ho gayi ki ab wo apne sasural ja rahi hai..."
Ridhhima could hold her tears no longer she immediately hugged her and sobbed " oh di i'm going to miss you... I'm.. I'm..." She could say no more both sisters kept hugging each other in that moment of happy sadness...
Armaan was getting restless to meet Ridhhima after seeing her mehndi filled hands he wanted to look at them more closely and being Armaan he always found one reason or other to have a sneak peak at the bride's side... Sometimes for seeing Padma sometimes Shashank sometime Anjy or sometimes Atul... there was no dearth of people who could help him... Now as he saw ridhhima leaving he guessed she might be going to her room and secretly tried to sneak in but to his horror as he came out of his hiding he saw the gang of his salis
" Ohoo busted..."
" Jijjuu..!! Aap yahaan kya kar rahe ho..?? " One of them asked
He looked for support but Rahul Rajat Atul and Aditya seem to have vanish in thin air...
" Main wo.. Wo main..." He fumbled looking for some
" haan actually wo main bas apne room main jaa raha tha to hua yeh ki.. Ki haan nayee jagah hai naa to main raasta bhul gaya..." He grinned but seeing none of the salis joining him he knew that his reason was not accepted..
" Kya jiju koi to nayaa bahana banate pichle teen dino main aap 30 baar raasta bhule ho... Aur har baar aap Ridhhima di ke room ke aage hi kyun milte ho..? "
Armaan could find no answer so he gave up... " Achha achha theek hai...magar to kya hua wo meri hone waali wife hai... Meri sagai hui uske sath officially shaadi kar raha hun.. To kya main usse milne bhi nahi aa sakta... Aur main to bas yeh dekhne aaya tha ki sab theek hi ki nahi..." Now all the three saalis stood with arms folded looking at him narrowly...
He sighed " hey bhagwaan itni chalu saali kisi ko mat dena... Achha bolo kya chahiye tumhe... Mujhe Ridhhima se milna hai..."
All the faces lit up with mention of bribe and as a punishment they agrred that he not only had to part with money but had to buy them all loads of dresses... He sighed holding his ears never to mess with the salis again..!!
" Arre sali sahiba ab to mujhe mila do jiske liye itne rishwat deni padi hai..."
" Ohhh to tumhe Ridhhima se milna hai..." Suddenly Anjy came there with a stern face and folded hands seeing her stern face Armaan immediately nodded in a no...
Ridhhima came out of the shower she was alone in the room as Anjy went to meet Atul ,she was bit tired full of anxiety for the next day she sat in front of the mirror and sighed she started taking off her ear rings when her eyes fell on the mirror and she saw him...
Armaan stood there with his arms folded leaning on the wall smiling looking at her ,she turned and saw that it was indeed real she wasn't dreaming...
" Armaan ?! Tum.. Tum yahaan kya kar rahe ho ? " She got up surprised
Seeing that she had noticed him His smile broadened saying nothing he just walked towards her... Ridhhima too stood up bit shocked and scared to be alone with him in a room and as he moved closer his intense gaze made her even more uneasy.. she didn't knew what to do...
He came and stopped very close to her... He brought his face forward so close to her that now his lips were inches away from her ear... Her heartbeat rose and she put her hands on his chest trying to stop him from coming any closer turning her face away, but Armaan held her hands firmly and whispered in her ear...
" Tumhare bina mera mann nahi lag raha tha... Ab kal pura din tum mujhe mil nahi paogi aur main tumhari mehndi ka rang dekhna chahta tha... isliye main tumse milne chala aaya..."
Ridhhima looked at him surprised ,he now stood straight still holding her hands near his heart she was about to say something when he said...
" Shhh Anjy hamein sun ya phir dekh rahi hogi try to show some love for your would be hubby... Usko rishwat de kar aaya hun... So smile..."
Ridhhima was conscious now... Though she could not see Anjy but could hear some gigles from outside she didn't wanted her to know about how the things were between her and Armaan... He was still looking at her intently...
" Ridhhima..." He put a finger under her chin and held her face up " tumse alag rehna ab mushkil hota ja raha hai..." He looked at her hands her mehndi was deep red brown colour " tumhe pata hai Muski ne kaha ki agar dulhan ki mehndi ka rang bahut gehra ho to uska pati usse bahut pyaar karta hai..." they both looked at eachother... " Tumhe pata hai naa..." He slowly raised her hands and bending his head a little he kissed both her palms... " Tum iss duniya ki sabse khoobsurat dulhan lagogi... Nahi... Iss duniya ki sabse khoobsurat dulhan ho..." Ridhhima kept looking at him she didn't tried to free herself her heartbeat was still erratic...
" Main pata nahi kabse tumhara apni zindagi main aane ka intezaar kar raha tha, Ab ja kar mera intezar khatam hoga... Aaj tumse ek waada karta hun abse tumhare saare dukh mere aur meri saari khushiyan tumhari... Main tumhare chehre par hamesha muskurahat rakhunga... Waada raha.. Bas ab kal ka din aur... Phir hum ek honge hamesha ke liye..."
Ridhhima stood speechless she was surprised seeing this Armaan... He smiled again at her surprised face and then left her hands he took her dupatta and very lovingly covered her head with it they kept looking at each other Armaan trying to convey all his love through his eyes and then he bend forward and gently kissed her forehead she gasped she wasn't expecting this...
He then gently let go of her face wich he held in his palms and started walking backwards smiling not moving his eyes from her... Ridhhima too kept looking at him stunned... And then with a wink he opened the door
" Kal milte hain... " and saying this he went out...
Ridhhima then turned and looked at herself in the mirror thinking what happened just a moment before.. And her hand automatically moved where he had kissed her ,her forehead her palms... And she was full of anger... With one swipe of her hand she threw away the things kept on the table and rubbed her forehead frantically trying to erase the imprint of his lips from there...
" This is never going to happen Armaan... Bhale hamari shaadi ho jaaye magar hum kabhi ek nahi ho sakte... Kabhi nahi..."
The morning came and with it came the most awaited day of Armaan's life... Today it was the Wedding...
The rituals started from the morning itself first with the haldi rasam... Ridhhima sat in the center of a big room surrounded with family and friends... Padma ,Anjy Sapna along with other relatives and cousins all were there... As Sapna placed some haldi on her cheeks they looked at each other and in just one look so much was conveyed Sapna knew what she was going through but still she platered a fake smile just for her sake she kept a hand over hers and gave her a small hug ridhhima smiled at her friends concern
" don't worry Ridhhi sab theek ho jayega... Apni nayee zindagi ki shuruat naye dhang se muskurate hue kar..." Ridhhima just nodded and gave a small smile...
On the other hand there was kind of riot going on in Armaan's haldi he was bathed in haldi and looked like a yellow monkey... Muski did the honours first being the darling bhabhi she was given priority in everything... Everybody teased him a lot and he wanted to crack the neck of Rajat Aditya and not to forget all those who were laughing at him and teasing him... And ladies they were all cooing over him like ' hayyyeee kinna sona lag raha hai...!! Kinnaa pyaara lag raha hai...!! The massi ji's and chachi ji's ufff !!
Muski had tied a thread around his neck to ward off the evil eye.. And did the nazar utaro abhiyaan thrice a day...!
It was now evening and time to announce their arrival at bride's... He wore an elegant sherwani and looked just out of the world... Just yummy... !! Muski put little kajal in his eyes and tied sehra ,he was all smile infact he was getting restless , BP ,Virendra ,Rahul the men of the household were all ready now and as they were ready to go there was a loud bang and all of armaans gang started dancing... even Muski shook legs but just little... Virendra and BP also could not contain their happiness and danced on the beats of the dhol... circling money and showering it...
On the other hand at Ridhhima's side...
Riddhima started dressing it was finallythe time where the countdown began for her to leave her parents her home her dear ones behind... it was -the wedding day... she was surrounded with her cousins Anjy Sapna and looked stunning in her wedding dress ,she had long before decided that she won't cry any more remembering Vivek she decided that she would do something else rather...
She was sitting in room all dressed up being teased by her cousins she plastered a small smile for show... when suddenly everyone squealed with delight hearing loud bangs of firecrackers and guns though she was expectimg it but her heart beat both stopped and ran erratically at the same time when she heard anjy shout...
" Baraat aa gayi...!! " She clenched her palms holding them together trying frantically to control her emotions...
Armaan entered the hall after being welcomed by Padma and a lot of teasing by salis he sat on a beautifully decorated stage looking majestic like a prince but something was amiss... He was waiting eagerly for his princess... Ridhhima
After meeting and tolerating some guests getting loads of pictures clicked he head a nice welcome music being played , there was a ripple of excitement among the guests and in his heart long before he had seen Ridhhima told him that she was coming...
Ridhima sat in a beautiful palki which looked like a peacock.. And was being carried by her brothers (cousins)... her head bowed down cheeks red and she looked stunningly beautiful infact Armaan fell short of all the adjectives to describe how she looked and he felt... His breath got stuck in his throat and it wasn't untill he got an elbow from Rahul that he stopped staring her...
She came and stood beside him he tried frantically to give attention to others but his heart kept on asking him to have one more look at her... He just couldn't keep his eyes off her...
Time kind of flew away and next he knew was that she stood before him as it was the time to exchange garlands... The varmala... Armaan's heart was doing somersaults and he was counting every moment till he can call Ridhhima to be formally his in each and every worldly sense...
After some teasing they exchanged the garlands and the hall erupted with cheers
As the time passed it was now time for pheras... Ridhhima came and sat next to Armaan... He was again knocked out at seeing such a beauty before his eyes... He looked at her not even blinking her hands full of beautiful chuda... Bangles... Her beautiful lehnga which added to her beauty, his chest swelled with pride and he felt being the luckiest person on the earth today... The cold added to the redness of her cheeks and she looked like a doll...
As pandit started the rituals he asked Shashank to give Ridhhima's hand in Armaan's hand.. As she kept her palms over his he covered hers with his other hand holding them gently yet firmly... Ridhhima looked at him feeling his touch, she had a perplexed look at her face whereas Armaan looked so relaxed and assured ,he gave a small smile and a gentle squeeze as if trying to convey that everything was okay he was there now... For her... Forever...
They got up for the pheras and in that auspicious time under the shade of stars with a beautiful silvery wintery moon Armaan and Ridhhima completed there pheras... Finally getting united in a bond of eternity of love and togetherness... Tears dropped freely from Padma and Shashank's eyes and to console them came forward BP and Virendra... Muski assured them that she will take care of her as her little sister and the teary part was then over everybody showered flower petals over the couple... The newly weds took blessings of all the elders who wished them best for their coming life...
now came another tough part for Armaan who was getting restless to take Ridhhima home... His SHOES were stolen by his dear salis... They flatly refused his request to give the shoes and demanded cash 21000/- Rs. Armaan's eyes lit up at their demand he quickly took out a wad of notes and gave them to the gang of saalis who were surprised at such quick action... He said he didn't wanted to see such beautiful faces sad... But those who knew him well gigled as they were aware of his restlessness... Salis on the other hand gladly brought his shoes back...
Everything was just great and now it was the time for bidai.. Shashank came to Armaan where he was standing with his friends talking
" Armaan beta tumse kuch baat karni thi .."
" Haan haan papa.. Guys just a moment please.." His friends left " haan papa kahiye naa "
" Armaan " he gets a bit serious " Armaan meri dono betiyaan meri jaan hain.. Magar Ridhhima hamesha mere dil ke jyada kareeb rahi hai.. Wo bahut bholi hai Armaan aur thodi nadaan bhi tum uska khayaal rakhna agar wo koi galti bhi kare to usko pyaar se samjha dena.. Wo chhoti chhoti baaton ko dil se laga leti hai uska gussa to bas do minute ka hota hai.. Wo dil ki bahut saaf hai beta tum uska khayaal rakhna..." Shashank looked at Armaan and folded his hands " apni jaan tumhe saup raha hun uski hifazat karna..."
Armaan cameup to him " papa aap yeh kya kar rahe hain plz. " He held his folded hands in his " Ridhhima ab meri zimmedari hai aur aapko yaad nahi maine aapse waada kiya tha uski aankh main ek aansun nahi aane dunga uski khushi mere liye sabse jaruri hai aur hamesha rahegi... Aapne to Ridhhima ke roop main meri life ki sabse badi khushi mujhe di hai main apna waada har haal main nibhaunga.." He held his hands firmly looking firmly in his eyes as if trying to convey that he meant each and every word he spoke.. Shashank nodded and hugged him tears fell from his eyes.. But he was happy too he was sure that his darling daughter is going to be happy but little did he knew what future had in store for her...
She sat in the car hugging everyone crying badly... It was the toughest part even the men were crying... Ridhhima sobbed as she hugged Padma Shashank Anjy... She was the sarling of the house and as she sat in the car no one could control the emotions and had tears flowing down their eyes freely... The whole journey to the house was made in silence Armaan tried to hold her hand but she drew it back he didn't say anything but simply took out his hankercheif and gave it to her... Ridhhima at first hesitated but then seeing that she needed it as she just could not hold her tears she took it Armaan smiled at this and sighed
" shhh bas Ridhhima ab ro mat... Dekho ghar aane hi waala hai... And don't worry hum kahin duur thodi jaa rahe hain tum jab chaho mummy papa se milne aa jaana..."
Ridhhima kept looking down but she somehow controlled herself... The fleet of cars entered Malik mansion at about 5:30 and Muskaan was ready at the door to welcome the bride and groom.. She did the aarti of the couple and Ridhhima entered the house pushing the vessal full of rice with her toe... Making red imprints of her feet as she stepped inside...
After a while of resting and jesting it was time for some fun a big deep plate was brought which was full of milky water both Armaan and Ridhhima sat opposite and Muski instructed them to find the ring which she was going to put in the plate... As the ring was sropped the game began
Armaan's eyes were glues to Ridhhima rather than on plate and his concentration was more on holding her fingers rather than the ring as a result out of three attempts he could find the ring only once... The girls side cheered whereas boys side started making excuses that they deliberately lost so that they don't feel bad... But in this whole riot the two who were completely quiet were Armaan and Ridhhima... He kept looking at her intently and she felt really uneasy shy and embarressed first among so many strange people and then of his intense gaze which she was well aware of...
it took all most two hours for the rituals.. Ridhhima's eyes were getting heavy with sleep she was damn tired and emotionally drained Armaan saw this and called muski aside...
" Muski "
" haan kya hua ? "
" Muski Ridhhima ko room main le jao and make her rest for a while wo kitni thaki hui lag rahi hai.. "
" kya baat hai... abhi se itni fikar, aage kya haal hoga... " she gigled
" Muski yaar taang mat kheench "
" achha baba achha waise main bas usko le kar ja hi rahi thi... Waise bhi abhi rest kar liya to kar liya warna baad main tooo... " she looked at him meaningfully
And it was now Armaans turn to feel embarressed " Muuusskiii !! " she just gigled and ruffling his hair went away...
Armaan too went off to take a nap only few family members and friends remained at home and they all retired to their rooms for rest... Meanwhile Armaan saw the oppertunity and went to check on Ridhhima it was almost four hours since he saw her the clock striked 10 and he quietly opened the door of the room where Ridhhima was sleeping he stopped in his tracks seeing her angelic face calm deep in slumber... He smiled and quietly came and sat beside her looking at her intently... Admiring her beauty...
He put away a strand of hair that fell on her face and again admired her... He sighed and just could not control himself he bent down and lightly kissed her head... The touch was magical he could not part with her and rested his lips a moment too long... Ridhhima on the other hand felt something warm and opened her eyes to her horror she saw armaan sitting too close to her and obviously she thought was trying to kiss her... She got up quickly
" tum.. Tum yahaan kya kar rahe ho ?? " He didn't answer her question and said simply...
" Good morning princess... Main just tumhe dekhne aaya tha ki you are comfertable or not... And tum aise pyaar se so rahi thi ki main reh nahi paaya so i just gave you a small good morning kiss... Waise tumhe itni jaldi uthne ki koi zaraurat nahi hai... tum bahut thak gayi ho thoda aur rest kar lo..."
" What you.. You kissed me ?! "
" Oh cmmon yaar.. It was a light peck.. a good morning kiss... Waise dekha jaaye to maine tumhe good morning wish kiya... And you should wish me too..." Naughtily... " And i prefer the way i wished you..." He started coming closer " sooo..."
Ridhhima shifted back a little bit scared of his advances...
" Main koi wish nahi karni waali aisa bhul kar bhi mat sochna main..."
She was about to say something more when Muski entered
" arre khotte tu phir aa gaya.. Wo kahin bhaagi nahi jaa rahi samjha use thoda rest to karne de... Chal jaa... Aur jaa kar so ja thodi der... Shaam ko waise bhi party hai bahut logon ne aana hai..."
" Okay okay... Kabab main haddi..." He looked at Ridhhima and winked to her surprise she fumed in anger and her cheeks got red but Muski thought she was blushing and teased even more...
" Kya yaar yeh Muski wrong timing meri gud morning kiss bhi reh gayi... Neway i will have it later " he whispered in such a manner that it was only audible to Riddhima who glared at him again but went out quickly giving a quick side hug to Muski..
The time passed away quickly and before she knew it was time for the party... Their Reception and like all the Malik events it was too on a grand scale... She was getting ready when she heard a knock on the door a lady opened the door and saw him standing out...
" Ohh to raha nahi gaya apni Ridhhima ke bina huh..." Muski smiled " achha jaldi se neeche aa jaana sab mehmaan lagbhag aa hi chuke hain..." Saying so she went out leaving both of them alone...
Armaan was again left stunned seeing her for a moment he felt speechless but then gathered himself and said
" wo actually main tumhe kuch dene aaya tha.. " He extended a box towards her
" yeh tumhara wedding present "
Ridhhima opened it and saw a beautiful diamond necklace in it, she kept on looking at it for a while and said
" Armaan.. Mujhe yeh nahi chahiye "
Armaan got alarmed " yeh nahi chahiye ??! Then tum bolo tumhe kya chahiye , you name it Ridhhima i will get you whatever you want except... you know what..."
She looked at him she felt more confident now " main jaanti hun... main tumse sirf waada chahti hun... Itna to de sakte ho naa...? "
" Waada ?? "
" Haan "
" tum bol kar to dekho aakhri saans tak apna waada nibhaunga..."
she paused for a moment " ab jab hamaari shaadi ho hi chuki hai to main chahti hun ki tum Vivek ko kisi tarah se blakmail na karo..."
" Is he worth so much pain and worry Ridhhima ?? " He made a face and Ridhhima glared at him angrily " Anyway tumne pehli baar mujhse kuch maanga hai main tumhe manaa nahi karunga..."
" Aur ek aur baat mujhse yeh umeed mat karna ki hamara rishta ek pati patni ka hoga... Mera pyaar ab bhi Vivek hi hai..."
" You are still adamant... I admire your loyalty Ridhhima main hairaan hun ki Vivek jaise duffer main tumne kya dekha... I guess uski kismat achhi thi... but i promise main tumhara view change kar dunga, ek din tum Vivek ko bhul jaogi..."
" Aisa kabhi nahi hoga "
He laughed a little... " This is Armaan Malik you are talking to Ridhhima.. Koshish to bahut ki iss shaadi ko rokne ki magar hua kya..dekho aaj tum yahaan ho.. is ghar main.. mere saamne mujhse shaadi karke.. I never give up Ridhhima..."
" neither do i Armaan Malik... I will fight for my love.. Ek din main tumhari wo haalat kar dungi ki tum khud mujhse alag hona chahoge..."
" Aur main aise haalat kar dunga ki tum mujhse duur ja hi nahi paogi.. And you want to fight ! Okay fighter 'tumhare' pyaar ki kadar karte hue main tumhe ek mauka jarur dunga apne 'pyaar' ko paane ke liye tum jo karna chahti ho karo... Main tumhe rokunga nahi... Magar ek baat yaad rakhna mere pariwaar ki izzat par kisi tarah ka daag nahi aana chahiye..."
Ridhhima's eyes lit up at this challenge and oppertunity " khair iss baat ke liye tum befikar raho iss parivaar ki izzat ka khayal hai mujhe, duniya ki nazron main is parivaar ki bahu hun magar tumhari patni nahi..."
he smiled " aur main bhi waada karta hun ki agar main tumhara iraada nahi badal paaya to main tumhe iss rishte main baandh kar nahi rakhunga... And that's Armaan Maliks promise.." There was complete silence for a moment, they looked at each other Armaan witn a confident smile on his face and Ridhhima with determination to get herself out of this relationship..
" Then let the game begin "
" Yes let the game begin..." she said
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