Joined: 06 January 2009
Taming the wild
Recap:- Armaan Ridhhima's reception party, their eventful first night and cancellation of honeymoon...
Ridhhima was walking around the house when she came across a room ,she remembered immediately that it was the same room for which Armaan scolded that servant when she came first time to this house... She went near the door and turned the knob... But it didn't open... She tried pushing it
" It's locked..."
she turned back " oh Maria it's you.. Aapne to mujhe dara hi diya tha..." She smiled " magar yeh band kyun hai...? kiska room hai yeh ? "
" Armaan baba ka..."
" Armaan ka ?! "
" Haan jab wo chhote the "
" Oh to yeh band kyun kiya hua hai...? Plz kholiye na ise mujhe dekhna hai "
" Sorry beta magar main ise khol nahi sakti i don't have the keys... yeh bas hafte main ek baar hi khulta hai safai ke liye and that too only Martin opens it kisi aur ko isme jaana bilkul manaa hai.. yahaan tak ki bade sir bhi nahi jaate "
" But why ? Kisliye ?? "
" Armaan ki wajah se.." it was Muskaan, Maria seeing her excused herself and went away " hum yeh room band hi rakhte hain... Armaan ne tumhe bataya hi hoga..." She was stumped they had hardly talked about anything... most of the time it was just fighting or arguments...
" H..haan kuch kahaa to tha.." She lied
" Kuch baatein hain Ridhhi jo naa hi ki jaayein to achha hai..."
" Armaan kya ab yahaan kabhi nahi aata ? "
" Nahi... Ab nahi aur tum bhi usse is baare main baat mat karna... wo bahut pareshaan ho jaata hai " she nodded she wanted to ask more ' aakhir ek room hi to hai, aisa kya hai isme ?? ' But couldn't... " Achha chalo chal kar ice cream khate hain mera bada mann kar raha hai... What's your favourite flavour..? I think baby loves tangy minty pineapple jaise hi wo mere saamne aata hai iski uchhal kuud shuru ho jaati hain..." Muski kept on talking caressing her tummy lovingly ,with a last look at the door Ridhhima went away with her but she could not concentrate fully on what Muskaan was saying ,the room ,it's connection with Armaan intrigued her...
She was still about it while having ice cream ' Cmmon Ridhhima leave it after all Yeh Armaan ki problem hai use kya pareshan karta hai, kya nahi usse tujhe kya..? Jyada sochegi to khud paagal ho jaayegi ' She shrugged off the idea and started enjoying her ice cream with Muski..
it was evening and Armaan came back with a big smile on his face... Ridhhima and Muskaan were sitting together and chatting
" Hi Muski " he gave her a quick side hug and went to Ridhhima
" Hi sweetheart " and gave her a nice hug rocking from side to side " ohh i missed you so much..." Ridhhima was taken aback with his sudden hug she tried to pull away feeling highly embarrassed and angry but seeing that he won't leave her easily she gave him a nice pinch on his arm
" Ouucch " he let go of her immediately
Muski smiled at them " khotte kuch to sharam kar "
" whaatt !? apni hi biwi ke gale mil raha hun kisi aur ki thodi na hai "
Muskaan just rolled her eyes " iska to bas koi kuch nahi kar sakta ,tum dono baat karo main abhi aati hun " as soon as she was out of sight Ridhhima pushed him away
" How dare you ? Tum paagal ho gaye ho kya ?? Duur raho mujhse itni si baat tumhe samajh nahi aati.. "
" But i really missed you " he said innocently making a cute face " aur tumne ek baar bhi mujhe call nahi kiya "
" Kya ?! iski bhi zarurat thi tumne kya kam phone kiye saara din ? "
" Lekin 5th call ke baad tumne mera phone uthaya hi nahi "
" Haan kyunki mujhe uski zarurat nahi lagi..aur ghar main tumhari bakwaas baatein sunne ke alawa bhi bahut kaam hote hain " She said annoyed
" What kaam ? tum kaam kyun kar rahi thi ?! itne saare naukar kis liye hain.. Tum bas baith kar meri baat suno aur apni baat kaho" she glared at him " Ohh Chalo koi baat nahi agar tumhara mann hai tooo.. Tum thoda sa kaam kar sakti ho "
She was really not in a mood to talk to him, she walked away towards kitchen and to her surprise he followed
" Armaan tum yahaan kya kar rahe ho ? "
" Kuch nahi bas aise hi tumhe company dene aaya hun "
" Uski..." She stopped as she saw Muski and Maria coming " Armaaan " she said sweetly and he almost choked on his glass of water
" H..Haan "
" Armaan dekho tum abhi office se aaye ho ,thak gaye honge naa.. Ek kaam karo tum jaa kar fresh ho jao main jaldi se tumhare liye khana laga deti hun... Theek hai "
Armaan looked at her dumbstruck ' was this the same angry Ridhhima ' but he didn't wanted to risk the good mood " h..haan okay, main bas abhi gaya aur abhi aaya " She smiled at him
" Ehem ehem kya ho raha tha yahaan ?? Hmm "
" Kuch nahi bhabhi wo bas main Armaan ko keh rahi thi ki wo fresh ho kar aa jaaye tab tak khana lag jaayega "
Muski smiled " theek hai theek hai maine kuch kaha kya.."
Armaan who didn't saw Muski coming ran away to his room and came back in 5 minutes
" Hey Riddhima main aa gaya "
" To main kya karun " she was alone now
" Arre ab kya hua tumhe abhi to itne pyaar se baat kar rahi thi "
" Kisi khushfehmi main mat rehna Muski bhabhi aa gayi thi isliye mujhe natak karna padaa samjhe "
" Huuhhh aur maine socha ki... Neway achha suno tumhe ek bada funny joke sunata hun "
" What ?! Mujhe nahi sunna koi joke woke... Tum jao yahaan se " she moved away to another counter but Armaan followed her there too
" Arre suno to bada achha hai.. Latest ! "
" Mchh maine kaha naa.."
" Arre ab kya hua ? Kya bahut achha hai ? "
" Mera joke ,sunna hai ? "
" Joke ek joke suna raha hai " Ridhhima mumbled
" Kuch kaha tumne ?! "
" Nahi nahi tum sunao.."
" Ek ladki coke pi rahi thi... Uski coke ke saath ek makhi uske muh main chali gayi aur jab wo bahar aayi to us makhi ne us ladki ko ' maa ' kaha kyun ?? " both the ladies looked at each other unable to decide what was joke like in it they shrugged
" Pata nahi ?? "
" Kyun ?! "
He looked at both of them excitedly " well kyunki wo uski ' kokh ' se nikli thi... Got it.. Got it Huh.. ' Coke.. Kokh ' hahahaha " and he rolled in laughter whereas ladies looked at each other confused and then they too burst out laughing
" Funny tha naa ? hahaha... ouch heyyy yeh kisliye ? " he asked messaging his shoulders as he was slapped by both the ladies
" Khotte yeh joke tha ya joke ka murder... itna ghatiya joke kahan se mila tujhe ? "
" ghatiya ??! Magar abhi to tum log hans rahe the...? " he asked surprised
" khotte hum joke par nahi tujh par hans rahe the " hitting his head lightly ,Ridhhima looked at his face as he himself laughed more than them..
" Tum... Tum... Huh " he stomped his feet and went out and both ladies laughed again
At the dining table Muskaan narrated his act of trying to be funny to all and they all laughed even more... Armaan had had enough now...
" Bas bahut ho gaya..." Everybody went silent " maana ki aap logon ko joke achha nahi laga to kya hua..." He looked at each one of them " aap sabne mera mazaak bana diya all i wanted was to make you happy " looking at Ridhhima and then Muski
" Bas yaar hum to sirf mazaak kar rahe the..." BP tried to cool him down
"Nahi koi bas nahi.. ab aap sabko iski sazaa milegi..." He looked at their serious faces " ab aapko ek poem sunni padegi jo maine khud likhi hai..."
" What ???" " what ?? " " Kya ? " " Huhh ?! " They all looked at him surprised.. He sat back and got ready smiling
Aap meri zindagi main kuch is tarah aaye...
Aap meri zindagi main kuch is tarah aaye..." He looked at all of them especially at Ridhhima
" yeh poem hai ? " virendra asked but as he glared at his father he went quiet and put some food in his mouth
" aap meri zindagi main kuch is tarah se aaye... Jis tarah hare hare maidaan mein... Koi bhais ghus jaaye..."
As the line finished Rahul who was drinking water splurted it out ... Through his nose... BP roared laughing... Virendra almost choked on his food... Muski clutched her stomach laughing Muski laugh and Ridhhima well even she could control her laugh and giggled covering her mouth with her hand not looking at him...
Armaan now was contented seeing everybody's reaction but the one for which he did all this was hiding herself from him but he knew that she too found it funny... And that was atleast a start for him... He got what he wanted... Her smile...
Armaan Ridhhima were in their room he was going through some files, his stood with his back towards her ,she at first hesitated for a moment to speak but then curiosity got hold of her
" Armaan "
" hmm " not turning back
" wo jo corner waala room hai... Tumhara bachban waala... Wo band kyun rehta hai ? "
Armaan froze hearing it he slowly closed his file but did not look at her " wo.. Wo mere bachpan ka room hai Ridhhima aur ab.. Ab main uske layak to hun nahi... Isliye... Raat kaafi ho gayi hai aur tumhe bhi kal Sanjeevani jaana hai so jao " he quickly went away to next room " aur Ridhhima ek request hai... Tum us room ki taraf mat jaana "
" Magar ? " but he closed the door leaving her surprised and even more confused...
" idiot.. bhaad main jao.. Huh "
On the other hand Armaan rested his head on the door standing in complete darkness thinking ' tumhe kya bataun Ridhhima... Kuch hai wahan... Kya... Agar jaanta to tumhe jarur batata... Tum usse duur raho Ridhhima us bure saaye se..."
Ridhhima woke up ,now as usual, with loud noise of sneezes
" ohhh Armaaan ! Armaan " she shouted
He came to her immediately " huh haan Ridhhima kya hua ? Are you okay ?? Sab theek hai naa ? " he tried to check her forehead but before he could touch she shrugged his hand away...
" nahi kuch theek nahi hai.. Kya tum yeh subah subah cheenkna band nahi kar sakte ?! Roz subah alarm clock ki tarah tumhari naak zor zor se bajni shuru ho jaati hai aur ek do nahi 10-10 ek sath ! " she looked at him angrily
He made a puppy face " ab main kya karun mujhe cheenkh aati hai to ,main jaan kar thodi naa karta hun... A..aa..aaanchhiii " he sneezed again loudly then looked at her sheepishly " sorry "
" aaaggghhh just leave... No, let 'me' leave tum yahaan ruko aur jitna cheenkna hai cheenko " she got up to go to bathroom mumbling ' saari neend kharaab kar di ' and slammed the door shut Armaan stood there scratching his head yawning loudly smiling least effected by her shouting
She got ready quickly wearing a light decent saree as usual looking stunning without much efforts Armaan came from behind and smiled to himself seeing her ,Ridhhima on the other hand was busy keeping something in her purse...
" Waise tum patients ko treat karne ja rahi ho ya unko maarne "
She turned to look at him " kya ?! "
" Aur kya itni sundar doctor ko dekh kar kahin unke dil ki dhadkan ruk gayi to..."
" Huh ! Jyada baatein mat banao mera kaam sirf unko treat karna hai jo mujhe achhe se aata hai main tumhari tarah nahi jo kisi insaan ko theek karne ka bharosa de kar use jeete ji maar dein..." She turned away her face again
Armaan's smile faltered for a moment he knew what she meant but he gathered himself " Kya yaar Ridhhima tum subah sabah wo bhi apne kaam ke pehle din itna rukha sukha sa muh bana kar jaogi... Kabhi to hans kar baat kar liya karo..."
" Tumne hasne ke saare mauke to mujhse chheen liye ab kis baat par khush hu main..?? "
He still did not mind her tone " arre aise kaise tum mujh par yeh ilzaam lagaa sakti ho tum bhul gayi after all maine hi to papa se tumhare Sanjeevani join karne ki baat ki thi ? "
" Theek hai to kya karun naachu ? Aur mere liye tumne itni takleef uthayi uske liye bahut bahut dhanyawaad " she said folding her hands
Armaan just smiled and came towards her all serious now ,she looked at him doubtfully he stood close to her
" Ridhhima aaj tumhara pehla din hai as resident doctor aur main nahi chahta ki tum aise naraaz ho kar ya gusse main jao, plz smile after all tumhara sapna pura hone jaa raha hai and i'm sure you are going to be the worlds best doctor, tumhari ek muskurahat hi sabke dard duur kar degi... And your touch... it's magical tumhare hath lagate hi saari bimaariyaan kooson duur bhaag jayengi..."
Ridhhima just stood there listening him saying nothing... Armaan then took out something from behind his back smiling lightly
" Yeh tumhare liye, best of luck.." He gave her a pink rose bud wrapped in a red ribbon with a small all the best card attached to it... Ridhhima looked at the bud and to his surprise took it with a wide smile, he felt very happy that she accepted the rose
" thank you Ridhhima ,I mean I know thank you to mujhe milna chahiye after all rose maine diya hai magar sach kahun to mujhe lag raha tha ki kahin tum ise accept na karo.." He smiled
" Well well well itni jaldi bhi kya hai Armaan ,aur sach kahun iss bar tum sahi the " she again smiled at his confused face ,a sarcastic smile she went near the table and then facing him crushed the rose mecilessly tearing away the card into two she threw them in the dustbin... " Thanks but no thanks Mr.Malik mujhe khaas kar tumhari wishes ki koi zarurat nahi hai " saying so she went out of the room leaving him standing there stunned...
He slowly walked towards the crushed rose, bending down he picked up the rose and the card which she had torn and went to the walk in closet... He parted the line of coats hanging there and a small keyhole appeared he turned a small key into it, opening it... He again looked at the crushed rose and torn card ,it was as if his heart was torn into two he took out a diary from that locker and placed the rose between the pages closing it slowly he kept staring at it for a moment and sighed thinking something for few minutes he just stood there and then closing the locker again came out picking up his coat from the bed...
Everybody was at the breakfast table
"good morning papa " touching Virendra's feet giving a side hug to BP " hey Muski bhabhi... good morning bhaiyya " she hugged her lightly wishing everyone turn by turn
" so Ridhhi all set for the first day " Rahul asked happily " all the best "
" thank you bhaiyya I'm so excited " by the time Armaan too came to the table smiling as if nothing happened a moment ago...
" waise beta meri Shashank se baat ho gayi thi is baare main I'm sure wo to uchhal raha hoga itne din baad tumse milne ke liye " Virendra smiled at her " maine driver ko bol diya hai he will be at your service all day okay "
" koi baat nahi dad Ridhhima ko hospital aaj main chhod kar aaunga "
" what ?! " she blurted softly and all others looked surprised too
" Armaan are you sure ? " BP asked him looking seriously
" yeah ofcourse BP bas chhod kar hi to aana hai, aur Ridhhima bhi chah rahi thi ki main hi use drop karke aaun " he said casually and smiled looking at her sipping the juice ,Ridhhima looked daggers at him
" well if you are okay with it..."
" of course dad.. Ab chalte hain we don't want to be late on the first day " he got up to go followed by reluctant Ridhhima, everyone wished her luck and elders bless her ,they both left.
" cmmon Ridhhima smile it's your first day... Aur ab tum roz apne dad se mil sakti ho... your dream is getting fulfilled... Ab aise muh banaa kar jaogi to achha thodi na lagega " he smiled at her scowling face... 'She looks so cute when she's angry' he thought
" tumhe kya zarurat thi aane ki kya subah mera mood kharaab karke chain nahi mila jo ab saath aa gaye "
" arre aise kaise nahi aata afterall i'm your husband yaar i just can't leave my wife to go alone that too on her first day tumhari dekhbhaal meri zimmedaari hai..."
She scoffed " yeah right "
" Aur rahi baat kharaab mood ki to wo abhi theek kar deta hun suno.. Latest "
She looked at him horrified " ooh no plz. not another of your lame jokes "
" arre yeh bahut achha hai.. Sach main... ek baar Santa ne kaha yaar main apni girlfriend ko koi gift dena chahta hun... Banta ne kaha theek hai gold ki ring dede Santa ne kaha nahi yaar main koi badi cheez dena chahta hun.. to Banta bola theek hai MRF tyre dede.." and as soon as he finished it he himself roared with laughter
She hit her head with her palm " ohh nooo "
after some time he stopped the car and she looked at him puzzled " kya hua gaadi kyun rok di ? "
" Tumhe yahaan se khud jaana hoga " he said not looking at the hospital gate
" Armaan this is the main gate at least leave me till inside "
" No.." He said quickly still not looking at her ,his smile gone, his hands held the steering wheel firmly " main tumhe yahin tak chhod sakta hun mujhe .. mujhe office jaana hai tumhari car peeche khadi hai go and sit in it.." He suddenly got restless " ab jao tumhe daer nahi ho rahi " he almost shouted she was surprised just few minutes ago he was talking so lovingly cracking stupid jokes talking acting all caring husband and suddenly he is all cranky she huffed and got off banging the door shut... And went to the other car
Armaan quickly started the car and drove off as if someone was after his life
" Huh idiot stupid hypocrite "
She sat in the other car which dropped her in ,she was surprised when two guards followed her inside...
" arre aap log mere sath kyun aa rahe hain ? "
" ma'am aapki security ki duty hamari hai "
" magar ?! " just then her cell started to ring ,it was Armaan unwillingly she picked up the phone " Armaan yeh kya drama hai yeh guards yahaan kyun hain ? why are they following me ? " she whispered angrily
" arre yaar they are for your security wo tumhare sath hi rahenge jab tak tum baahar ho ,and they are there on my orders to agar tum unko kahogi bhi jaane ke liye to wo nahi jaayenge, samjha karo it's necessary "
" but..but "
" byee ,all the best " and he disconnected the phone
" aarrggghhh idiot.. stupid.. donkey ab isi drame ki kami reh gayi thi huh "
Everywhere she went everyone congratulated her and she plastered on her best smile replying politely ,everybody awed as how much Armaan loved her seeing the two security guards ,She smiled politely and went to meet Shashank
" Papa "
" Ridhhima ! " he hugged her lovingly " Kaise ho beta ?? "
" Main theek hun papa... i miss you papa "
" we miss you too beta a lot..." still hugging her eyes little moist " Ridhhi beta aap khush to ho naa ? "
" Haan papa main .. Bahut khush hun " she breaks the hug gently smiling fighting her tears and as they start chatting she tells something about everybody except... Armaan
" Aur Armaan?? Wo aapka khayaal to ralhta hai naa beta ? "
She was stumped for a moment but quickly recovered and again plastered a fake smile " haan papa bahut uska bas chale to wo har pal mere sath hi rahe abhi wo hi mujhe hospital drop karke gayaa hai aur yeh jo bahar aap do guards dekh rahe hain naa yeh bhi usi ka order hai... Jaise koi mujhe yahaan se utha ke le jayega "
Shashank was convinced,he chuckled " Armaan bhi naa... hmm theek hai beta now aap jao it's almost time, magar aaj hum dono lunch saath karenge okay "
She nodded and went out to her cabin she turned as she heard someone calling
" Riddhima ! "
" Sapna ! " she hugged her immediately
" kaisi hai ? "
" theek hi hun.."
" dekh jaise hi free hogi give me a call bahut si baatein karni hai "
" haan mujhe bhi " Ridhhima hugged her again and they both went to their respective duties... Their first day as resident doctors...
Later in the day they sat together sipping their coffee
" hmm aur Armaan... Wo kaisa hai..? "
" Armaan ! kya kahun main ? he is so unpredictable Sapna abhi hans raha hai agle hi pal irritate ho jata hai abhi khush hai abhi suddenly serious, bure bure joke maar kar hasaane ki koshish karta hai aur sumne waale se jyaada khud hansta hai... Abhi itna chilla raha tha ki main hospital drop karke aaunga aur andar tak bhi nahi aaya hospital ke main gate se hi chhod gaya... Log subah uth kar ubaasi lete hain yeh zor zor se cheekein marta hai... Apne kapde tak select nahi kar paata aur tie bandhni nahi aati... Khaane main itne nakhre aaj yeh khana hai kal wo nahi khana Uff aur kya kya kahun saara din ho jaayega..."
Sapna smiled a little " teri Vivek se baat hui..? "
" Nahi pichle 20 din kaise beet gaye pata hi nahi chala, kabhi yahaan kabhi wahaan aur Armaan jaise 24 ghante saaye ki tarah sath rehta hai.. Aaj ja kar main Vivek se baat kar paungi magar samajh nahi aa raha ki kya kahungi, Armaan ne to meri saari life hi badal daali... Magar main yeh mauka hath se nahi jaane dena chahti main jo ho sakega karungi aur Armaan se jeet kar rahungi usne yeh mauka de kar bahut badi galti ki hai..."
" Aur kya usne koi koshish nahi ki... I mean after all you people are married now..."
She remembered the first night when he tried to ' wish ' her goodnight
" nahi wo actually..." But their conversation was interrupted as there was an announcement calling Sapna for an emergency... And she left
whole day long the guards followed her everywhere others were awed that her in-laws took such good care of her to which she only smiled but was rather annoyed in her heart... after a really busy first day finally she got some time for herself... She sighed seeing the guards through the glass door of her room ,who remained with her throughout the day
She quickly dialled a number
" hello may i talk to Dr.Vivek please "
" sorry ma'am but Dr.Vivek no longer work here, he has been transfered " the lady informed
" what ?! Where ?! When ?! "
" well i don't know the details maam but probably a week ago and i don't know where "
Ridhhima was shocked to hear it ,the phone slipped from her hand and she sat still feeling numb... She was in the car heading back home when driver stopped it suddenly
" kya hua ? "
" madam sir.. " she saw Armaan's car parked right in front of them, he again did not enter the hospital premises ,she was angry but didn't wanted to create a scene moreover she wanted some answers...
" hey Doc.. So how was the first day huh " he welcomed her cheerfully opening the door for her
" just be quiet Armaan aur ghar chalo " he could see that she was glum and didn't provoke her
" as you say madam " the journey to home was a silent one
As soon as they were in the room Ridhhima yelled out at him " tumne mujhse jhuut bola Armaan "
"what ?! Jhut ? Kaisa jhut ?! " he was confused for a moment
" tumne waada kiya tha ki tum Vivek ko kisi tarah blackmail nahi karoge phir bhi tumhari wajah se.."
" ek minue ek minute... Maine apna waada puri imaandari se nibhaya hai aur Vivek se to meri baat tak nahi hui to..."
" jhut.. Bilkul jhut bol rahe ho tum ,fir achanak uska transfer kaise ho gaya "
" main jhut nahi bol raha Ridhhima agar mujhe jhut bolna hi hota to bahut si baaton ke baare main bol sakta tha maine jo bhi kiya hai sab tumhe bata kar kiya hai mujhe jhut bolne ki koi zarurat hi nahi hai... Aur agar uska transfer ho gaya hai to isme mera koi hath nahi hai "
" I don't trust you Armaan tum bahut hi chaalak aur dhokebaaz insaan ho "
" oh cmmon Ridhhima ! Isme meri koi galti nahi hai, ho sakta hai wo bechara aashiq apne tute dil ko jodne kahin chala gaya ho... Aur achha hi hai agar wo hamari zindagi se duur rahe.."
" Tum apni baat karo Armaan.. hamari nahi, aur kisi bhuul main mat rehna kyunki main Vivek ko har haal main dhund kar rahungi.."
" Huh okayyy princess maine to tumhe chhut de hi rakhi hai.. Try your best ! "
Ridhhima stared at him burning with anger and went to bathroom slamming the door shut
Armaan smiled seeing her expressions ,he took out his phone and coolly dialed a number
" Haan kaam ho gaya ?... Theek hai kahan par ?.. hmm usko kisi tarah is baat ki khabar nahi honi chahiye... Good " he cut the call and looked at the glass door smiling slyly " I'm way ahead in this game sweetheart... way ahead "
Taming the wild
Recap: Armaan tries his hand at telling jokes, Ridhhima get to know about 'closed doors' , her rude behaviour towards Armaan and the shock about Vivek...
He slept all curled up like a ball clutching his long pillow, he turned sleepily stretching his hand to pick up his phone... His eyes flashed open as soon as he saw the time..
" Ohh shit ! " throwing away his pillow he got off the bed ,as soon as he put his feet on the floor he started with it... Ridhhima rolled her eyes when the sound of loud sneezes reached her
" lo uth gaye maharaj " sighing she shook her head and went to take a bath
Armaan came out of the room almost running headed to the bathroom but it was locked he started beating the door
" Ridhhimaaa ! Ridhhima Ridhhiiimaaa !! "
" aaggghhh kya hai ?! Main naha rahi hun " she shouted back annoyed
" Ridhhima niklo jaldi... Meri meeting hai "
" to main kya karu ?! Dusre bathroom main jao naa "
" lekin mera shaving kit wagerah sab yahaan hai "
" to wait karo, "
" Ridhhima main late ho jaunga, plzz nikllooo jaldi "
" Armaan mujhe pareshaan mat karo agar itni hi jaldi ho rahi thi to pehle kyun nahi uthe "
" main raat ko kaam kar raha tha "
" to main kya karu ?! " but he didn't slow down he kept on beating the door
" Ridhhimaa plllzzz " she was really annoyed now... While wearing her robe her eyes fell on something ,a sly smile came to her face... she came out, her hair wet little water dripping from them, he was left speechless for a moment seeing her and that too smiling...
" all yours " he didn't moved just stood gaping at her " ab jao bhi ab daer nahi ho rahi ?! "
" h..haan thanks " he ran in having another look at her as soon as he was in he shook his head " focus Armaan focus, meeting ! meeting ! "
Ridhhima tiptoed back to the bathroom door and grinning widely placed her ear on the door counting " three... two.. and "
" aaahhh rrriiiddhhhiiimaaa " she burst out laughing actually she interchanged the hot and cold connection, as he turned the knob of hot water, out of it came the chilly cold one ! ,that too in the month of January... Ridhhima laughed heartily calling him through the door
" so Mr. Malik how's the water temperature..." And went out laughing...
" Ridhhima main.." he peeped outside shaking with chattering teeth but she was nowhere " theek hai Mrs.Malik be ready next time " he smiled and again went in...
" aanchhii... Sniff... Sniff... aaan.. Aaanchi "
" arre kya hua beta why are you sneezing so much ? " Muskaan asked bit concerned
" sniff... Sniff... Yeh mujhse nahi sniff apni iss pyaari Ridhhima se puchho " Ridhhima bit her tongue
" Ridhhima se ?! Magar.."
" wo kya hua na bhabhi ki..."
" ek minute ek minute main batata hun... Hua yeh ki aapki is bholi bhali Ridhhima ji ne aaj paani ka connection change kar diya... Hot ki jagah cold aur cold ki jagah hot... Jaise hi maine nahane ke liye shower on kiya, yeh soch kar ki aha nice warm water mere upar direct Antarctica ki thandi baraf giri.. Aanchhi! "
" Ridhhimmaa ! " Muskaan looked at her surprised
" Ridhhima kya yeh sach hai ?! " BP asked in a strict tone
" BP wo... Wo bas aise hi... mazaak main..." she felt very nervous and bit scared too
" aur Armaan chillaya bhi hoga ? "
" chillaya ?! Meri to jaan hi nikal gayi " Armaan added
She nodded hesitatingly " sorry BP wo.."
" well you should be sorry..." he said angrily, everybody in a moment became serious " Aienda agar aisi koi bhi harkat ki aur mujhe pata 'nahi' chala to achha nahi hoga..." everybody looked at BP unbeliveingly " damn ! Tumhari wajah se itna achha scene miss ho gaya ! " for a moment they all looked at him surprised and then slowly huge smile crept on their faces which soon turned into a hearty laugh... The most surprised of all was Armaan who by now had stopped sneezing and looked at BP utterly surprised with wide open mouth...
" huuumph meri to koi value hi nahi reh gayi hai ab " throwing the napkin on the table but in his heart he enjoyed the scene with Ridhhima ,Muski, Rahul, Virendra all together ,genuine smile on their faces... He blinked softly capturing the moment in his heart and mind... Forever...
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" Good morning Sir.."
" Good morning.." " Hey Shweta how are you ? "
" Fine sir..."
" Well not just fine..." Then his eyes fell on a lady coming from the opposite side ,he whispered " perfect...! " He walked upto her... " Hey gorgeous... You look exquisite today "
" Are you flirting with me mister ? " She asked bit stern but Armaan was not deterred
" Who said anything about flirting ,I'm in love with you "
" Then i should inform you that I'm married "
" Ohh thanks for telling... So where do you want to go ? " He asked again
The lady now smiled and said " in your cabin..." patting his cheek she moved to go to his cabin... Armaan smiling broadly followed.. Everyone in the office smiled seeing them ,they knew what was going on...
" I don't like your tie..." She said as Armaan closed the door
" Hmmph cmmon now what's wrong with this..." He looked at himself in the mirror confused ,it was bit loose ,he did that himself but otherwise it was fine Martin tied it like every other day... No one else said anything
" Come here " she said sternly and Armaan just followed like a meek child
" Now this is much better " straightening his tie... She smiled and kissed his forehead " how are you sunny ? Shaadi ke baad ab dekha hai "
He smiled at her " I'm fine " and hugged her lovingly " but are you sure you are married... And don't want a divorce... I'm still available you see..."
" Hahaha well you see at the age of 54 spending 34 yrs. with my old man.. I'm pretty sure about it..."
" Ohhh again a beautiful lady gone.. But it's okay i will try to live "
" Hahaha Armaan you are such a darling " Armaan grinned as they both sat opposite each other " and what about Ridhhima ? how's she ? "
" She..she's fine " he smiled fakely
" Things are not going too well huh "
He was bit surprised hearing it his feelings coming to his face straightaway " don't look so surprised Armaan ,maine tumhe bachpan se dekha hai itna to jaanti hun tumhe..."
He sighed " well yeah you are right, not soo good actually she is..." He paused for a moment " bit distant..."
She smiled " naturally ,i can understand that... magar Armaan yeh tumhe samajhna padega ,wo apna sab kuch chhod kar ek naye ghar aayi hai, naye log ,har ek ki alag soch, ek alag expect-o-meter yahan tak ki tumhara bhi aur usko sab par khara utarna hai, She must be nervous.. give her some time sunny ,she is a very understanding girl aur jahaan tak maine use pehchana hai she is quiet strong willed too... She will soon manage everything... And of course she is married to a charmer who loves her a lot,who can resist him huuh.."
Armaan smiled how correctly she has understood her... Ridhhima is indeed a very strong person, to fight for your faith ,for your love was indeed no easy task khaas kar jab opponent Armaan Malik ho...
" Hey sunny main chalti hun Mr.George aur aapke papa ke sath meeting hai..." She got up smiling
" Mrs.George " he called
" How did you come to.. I mean aapko.."
" kaise pata chala ki kuch gadbad hai.." He nodded " well because i still don't like your tie... And don't worry this little talk will remain just between us.." Saying so she went out smiling leaving Armaan confused...
" thanks... Meri tie...?! " He again looked into the mirror it was all right hanging bit loose tucked well inside the collar, he just could not understand how she made that out just by his tie... He sighed... Mrs.George was one of their board members ,a motherly figure for him and very close friend of BP infact he knew that BP has crush on her... He smiled at the thought and went back to his work...
As he was about to leave the office his cell phone rang up, he smiled looking at the name of the caller " hey beautiful " he had a brief talk with the caller " haan i know don't worry hum aa jayenge... Bye "
As usual he picked her up from the hospital gate...
" Armaan tum roz roz yeh drama kyun create karte ho ? Jab car hai driver hai to tum mujhe lene kyun aate ho main khud bhi to aa sakti hun "
" cmmon yaar Ridhhima maine kaha naa it's my duty to look after you "
" aur yeh jo tumne chaar chaar hatte katte mushtande mere peeche laga rakhe hai... Har jagah mere saath lage rehte hain... I'm fed up of them.. Maine kaha naa i don't need them.."
" cmmon yaar i told you naa they are necessary..." she would have said more but then saw that he was not going on the familiar way
" yeh tum kahan le jaa rahe ho ghar ka raasta us taraf hai naa "
" haan jaanta hun, hum ghar nahi airport jaa rahe hain " he looked at her she went quiet " Ridhhima tumne mujhe bataya kyun nahi ki aaj Anjy aur Atul London jaa rahe hain ? " she remained quiet " kya hua Ridhhima ? Kuch pareshaani hai kya ? Tum Anjy ko see off bhi nahi karne jaana chahti ? " he said softly
" haan nahi jaana mujhe... Ek ek karke sab jaa rahe hain... Mujhe chhod kar " saying so she looked outside the window hiding her tears from him ,Armaan now understood her reason for not telling him, had Padma not asked him to bring her before Anjy left he would never have come to know about it... He didn't said anything as they reached the airport... They found Atul Anjali at the terminal... Atul's parents had already left for London few days before to set up everything...
" hey Ridhhi ! tu aa gayi main kabse tera wait kar rahi thi... Tu mujhse milne nahi aa rahi thi, You know naa i'm leaving " and that was it Ridhhima could no longer hold her tears and she wept hugging Anjy tightly
" diii... I'll miss you di "
Now even Anjy had tears in her eyes she hugged him tight and then controlled herself a bit " Ridhhi cmmon ab jyada jhut mat bol ab Armaan ke aage tujhe meri yaad kahan se aayegi.." she tried to lighten up the mood
" hey Ridhhima ro mat yaar i promise main tumhari behan ka achhe se khayal rakhunga aur hum India aate jaate rahenge naa..." Atul tried to console the teary duo " ab plz Anjy ko jyada rulao mat main uski aankho main aansoo nahi dekh sakta "
" aur naa hi main Ridhhima ki aankhon main.." Armaan came forward to them smiling a bit , " Hey princess it's okay... Now stop crying yeh to raha London... See main pilot ko bol deta hun he will be ready ,hum har weekend par Anjy se milne jaayenge okay..."
Ridhhima looked at him ,her eyes met his for a moment but this time there was no hatered in them, but the moment was interrupted by the announcement to board the flight , Padma and Shashank were really happy to see such loving and caring husbands of their daughters...
As everybody waved goodbye to Atul and Anjy, Armaan came and stood beside her placing an arm around her shoulder ,she was so sad that for a moment she forgot everything and leaned on him resting her head on his chest sobbing lightly... Armaan had a small smile on his face, for once, she didn't shrugged him away... he patted her gently ,none spoke, she just watched Anjy going away... It was after some time that she realised that there was an arm that enveloped her strongly... Her senses shouted red alert as the familiar masculine scent reached her... She turned her head up and their eyes met... he gave her an assuring smile sqeezimg her shoulders a bit...
" It's okay Ridhhima Anjy khush hai... woh tumhe is tarah rote hue aur dukhi to nahi dekhna chahegi naa... Atul use bahut khush rakhega don't worry, aur hum chalenge naa usse milne tum udaas kyun ho rahi ho..."
Ridhhima kept looking at him for a moment she really felt relieved that someone was there... But then suddenly the announcement for some flight brought her back to her senses and she quickly freed herself from his hold, wiping her tears...
" Main..main theek hun... Tumhe pareshan hone ki koi zarurat nahi hai..." she didn't looked into his eyes but knew he was looking at her with his usual intense gaze, he didn't said anything and thankfully was distracted by his ringing cell phone, she looked at him as he talked on his phone little away from her, sometimes it was really hard to understand him...
" Ridhhima.. Ridhhima " he called but there was no reply then he saw her standing outside in the balcony gazing at the pale winter moon blankly " Ridhhima andar chalo tumhe thand lag jaayegi " he was about to turn and go away but saw that she just stood there probably she was so deep in thought that she didn't heard him ,he came out too and stood behind her... He extended his hand to put on her shoulder but then hesitating pulled it back... Instead he stood by her side casually resting his hands on the railing...
" tumhe pata hai Ridhhima aaj Mrs.George aayi thi office mein " she came out of her thought mode as she heard his voice but still said nothing " tum jaanti ho naa unhe... Jo reception par mili thi...Arre BP ki friend..." He tried to make her remember " pata hai wo bahut achhi hain bilkul Padma mom jaise magar pata nahi kyun unko kabhi meri 'tie' pasand nahi aati... Main hamesha Martin se kehta hun ki achhi si bandh de phir bhi " still no reply he continued his rambling " Us din bhi..."
" Shut up Armaan ! just shut up ! mujhe koi interest nahi hai tumhari tie ya Mrs.George main mujhe tumhari koi bakwaas nahi sunni... Just...just leave me alone..." she ran back inside... he stood there watching her go...
He came in after a while and saw her lying on the bed eyes closed.. He knew she wasn't asleep... he quietly kept a headache pill and a glass of water on the bedside table ,dimming the lights he went to the other room quietly...
Ridhhima opened her eyes as she heard the door being shut she sighed and her eyes fall on the pill and the glass of water ,it surprised her that how come he know that she had a headache.. Probably from too much of crying and worrying she made herself sit comfertably and took the pill... keeping the glass down her eyes went to the other room... the lights were still switched on he would be probably working late... Again... Sighing she turned off the light and went back to sleep... She was damn tired today
The next day was Saturday, weekend... since morning Armaan was following her everywhere
" Ridhhima Ridhhima achha just ek baat just the last one... batao do aur do panch kaise hote hain..??
She glared at him saying through gritted teeth " mujhe-nahi-pata- Armaan "
" it's simple... galti se ! " and burst out laughing Ridhhima was ready to strangle him
It was the limit now he was cracking stupid jokes pulling her leg teasing her since morning, sometime she just retorted back and at times it was quiet hard for her to control her laughter, but now he was almost torturing her with his pj's ,as a revenge, she went to Muski, they both ganged up and started pulling his leg...
Now this got too much for him to handle.. They didnt even let him open his mouth ! he pouted and sat there like an angry baby... finding no one to side him,he called Rahul
" bhai come here.. yeh dono meri taang kheench rahi hain " Rahul hearing his complain which he did in very serious manner burst out laughing, Armaan kept the phone away from his ear Rahul was laughing so loud he heard someone else laughing too and saw BP and Virendra hiding their gigle...
" Huh dhokebaazo ! " he slammed the phone down and saw both the ladies gigling " huh " he turned his face with attitude and walked away ,he saw Martin standing there with a straight face but the tray he was holding was shaking
" Why are your hands shaking Martin ? "
" Sir it would be impolite if i laugh outright at you so i'm trying to control my laughter all my energy is being used to keep my face straight so my hands are shaking..."
He pursed his lips and took away the tray from him " now laugh as much as you want. cmmon, go on.. cmmon " he said crossing his arms and to his surprise Martin burst out laughing and not only that he was joined by Maria too... And as he turned he saw two servents who were dusting, too gigling
" Aaggghhh dekh lunga tum sabko " and stomping his feet he turned to walk away but then he saw a small wicker basket which had some flowers he picked it up and with a huge smile placed it over Martins head ,Martin stopped laughing immediately he looked so funny with flowers hanging from everyside partially covering his face like a veil, Armaan burst out laughing pointing at him
" Hahahaha garden man... Should i water some plants..." he picked up the water sprayer and sprayed water on Martin's face " hahahaha water the plants !! "
Martin wiped his face with his clean crisp white hanky basket still on his head... " Thank you sir you lightened my workload... So thoughtful of you..."
Armaan went away laughing hard ,everyone else too rolled in laughter it was one of those days when Ridhhima joined in happily forgetting everything... Especially Vivek... Armaan turned and became more sober... He laughed softly looking back where he came from...
" Thanks Ridhhima ,main koshish karunga ki yeh hansi hamesha tumhare honto par bani rahe..."
It was now evening ,Ridhhima and Armaan were walking in the garden along with Muski and Rahul the two love birds were walking hand in hand ,Armaan held Ridhhima's hand and walked with interwined fingers ,Ridhhima hated it she glared at him but Armaan just smiled at her...
" Hey Muski ek joke.." Muskaan smiled at him all excited ,actually if there was anyone who was really enjoying Armaan's jokes ,it was Muskaan , he continued " Santa ne doctor se kaha " Doctor, aapko taanke lagane aate hain ?. Doctor bola : Haan aate hain, kahan lagane hai ? Santa bola : Yeh lo meri chappal main laga do. "
They all laughed though Ridhhima found it stupid she still laughed he cracked two three jokes more...
" Yaar Armaan tu itne ghatiya jokes kahan se laata hai..."
" Kyun yeh funny nahi hain...?! Ridhhima finds them funny aur maine jisko bhi office main sunaya hai wo sab to bada hanste hain " he said innocently
" Yeah right just tell me one thing unme se kaun tujhe kahega ki yeh joke bekaar tha, sabko apni naukri pyaari hai "
" nahi aisa nahi hai... Hai na Muski ? "
Muski pinched Rahul telling him not to break his heart " arre yaar mere kehne ka matlab tha ki saare jokes funny nahi hote naa "
" Ohh to aisa bolo naa abse main saare funny funny jokes launga "
Rahul groaned " kya kuch kaha bhai ? "
" N..nahi bas aise hi.."
Ridhhima was also fed up of his tell a-joke mania... Though she agreed inwardly that some were really funny but she didn't dare laugh before him ,if they were alone in front of others she was politely nice with him
His cell phone rang up and he picked it up without letting go of her hand, Rahul and Muski walked little ahead ' Hey bhagwaan yeh mera haath kyun nahi chhod raha ' she tried to free herself but he held it firmly interwining her fingers holding it near his chest... He kept on talking least effected with her efforts of freeing herself
Ridhhima was really annoyed and her anger started to soar.. Seeing that Rahul Muski were at some distance she decided to execute her plan, she suddenly put her leg before him and Armaan unaware of it tripped and fell on the gravel path ,in the process let go of her hand, he scraped his elbow badly and blood started to ooze out
" Ridhhima !! " He shouted angrily he knew she did that knowingly, hearing him shout Rahul Muskaan turned back, seeing them coming Ridhhima quickly bent down to make him stand like a good wife
" Armaan ohh jyada choot to nahi lagi ,kahan dhyaan rehta hai tumhara... Dekh kar nahi chal sakte the dekho kitna khoon beh raha hai "
" main theek hun " he got up avoiding to look at his scraped elbow
" Armaan kya hua ?! " Rahul and Muskaan asked concerned
" Kuch nahi bhai bas wo paer mud gaya tha " he looked at Ridhhima meaningfully bit angry " main ise saaf karke aata hun..." he walked away from there..
" Ridhhima just go with him... And plz chot jaldi saaf kar dena. Don't let the blood flow.."
" Ji bhaiyya " for a moment even Ridhhima felt guilty she didn't mean to hurt him so much ' magar main kya karu wo kaam hi aise karta hai kyun pakda hua tha usne mera hath...' 'Magar ridhhima dekh to kitni lag gayi usko...' ' To kya hua jaisa karega waisa bharega bhi..huh mujhe koi hamdardi nahi hai uske sath...' a debate continued in her mind thinking all this she went to the room
Armaan sat there with his eyes closed ,scary flashes came before his eyes as he tried to clean up his wound, he heard a distant shriek and the pain seem to run all over his body not only in his elbow... He saw someone running people talking and someone looking at him his eyes flashed open as he heard someones foot steps
Ridhhima was bit surprised seeing beads of sweat on his forehead it wasn't that hot in the room rather it was pleasently cozy... But she didn't bothered about it ,she saw him sitting on the bed with first aid box next to him and a cotton with antiseptic in his hand... But he was merely staring at it.. She came and sat before him saying nothing...
" Ridhhima tumne mujhe giraya kyun ? "
" Kyun ,tumhe nahi pata, seedhe tarike se to tumhe koi baat samjh nahi aati to mujhe teedha raasta apnana pada..."
He remained quiet, she snached away the cotton bud from his hand
" Tum yahaan kisliye aayi ho ? mere liye ?? "
" Sirf isliye kyunki Rahul bhaiyya ne kaha hai warna tumhe kuch bhi ho mujhe koi farak nahi padta samjhe " saying so she immediately put the cotton on his elbow and he yelled out in pain
" Aaahhh Ridhhiiimaaa ssshhh pllzz it hurts !! "
She smiled sarcastically " achha yeh dard tumhe itna lag raha hai aur jo tum dusro ko dard dete ho unka kya jiske liye wo ro bhi nahi sakte "
" Maine kabhi kisi ko dard nahi dena chaha " he looked at her
" Huh ! yeh jhoot tum usko bolna Armaan jo tumhe jaanta naa ho..apni khushi ke liye dusro ko dard dena to tumhari aadat hai " she applied more antiseptic and cleaned the wound as roughly as possible
" Aaahhh Ridhhhiimaaa plz aaraam se aaahhh " but she hardly listened she as if found a vent to her anger, his cries brought her relief ,but Armaan though he kept shouting never tried to pull away his hand.. He clutched the bedsheet tightly...
Suddenly she realised what she was doing, feeling bit guilty she stopped cleaning the wound ,then as she tried to put the medicine he winced
" main sirf dawai laga rahi hun " he exhaled deeply, he got a small cut near his elbow from where the blood was oozing out but what surprised her was that not even for once he looked at it, she bandaged his hand and got up
" mamuli si chot hai ek do din main theek ho jaayegi, neeche aa jao bhaiyya ne bulaya hai " saying so she walked out
As she was coming down she saw Martin opening a door... Not any door... But Armaan's childhood room... She immediately got curious and quickly went there...
Ridhhima entered the room and looked around ,it was beautiful loaded with toys, heaven for any child... a bit old fashioned tv still sat by a corner... a side full of books another with toys... A line of cupboards probably for clothes... And on the wall there were family pictures... then she saw ,probably for the first time... pictures of Naina... Arrmaan's mom... Curiously there were pictures of eveyone in the house even BP's deceased wife... Vibha... But not Naina's... She was just going through the pictures hanging on the wall... she immediately recognised cute adorable Armaan with Naina, Virendra, BP ,Rahul , in some with Muski too and few pics with someone she had never met... Nor seen... As far as she remembered... But they looked familiar she was wondering trying to recall the people in the pictures...
Martin was picking up some stuff he forgot in the room while cleaning when he felt someone behind him , he turned and to his surprise he saw Ridhhima standing there looking around... Martin quickly came up to her..
" Madam please excuse me for saying so but i cannot allow anyone to come in this room... Not until i get orders..."
" but Martin what's so important in this room ? "
" I don't know madam probably some bad memories... The past was..."
" Ridhhima ! " came a loud roar she turned and saw Armaan and he really looked angry... As soon as she turned to see him he gave a killing look at Martin...
" I forgot my keys here sir while cleaning and..." but Armaan raised his hand ,not looking at him indicating him to keep quiet
" i'll talk to you later Martin "
Martin immediately ran out pleading Ridhhima to come out too with his eyes, giving a quick look at the pictures on the wall she came out...
Armaan who was not looking in the room turned and grabbed her hand as he turned he closed his eyes shuddering a bit looking at the room which Martin was now locking up Ridhhima was surprised to see his reaction but didn't say anything... He took her to a secluded corner..
" Just one thing... Sirf ek baat kahi thi maine tumse maanne ke liye kya tumhe samjh nahi aata... Do-not-go-to-that-room !! samjhi ! " He roared.. Ridhhima was scared seeing him so.. He was about to say something more when he saw her scared face and stopped immediately he held his forehead with his fingers breathing deeply trying to calm himself... and spoke up more gently...
" Plz Ridhhima its not a good place... plz don't go to that room... Not till i tell you... I request you..."
Ridhhima genuinely felt bad for a moment... Seeing him softened she breathed in... But Armaan went away from there leaving her there.. He went to the washroom, splashing water on his face still breathing heavily.. As he closed his eyes some flashes came before his eyes... he opened his eyes immediately scared of them and then moved out... moving to a drawer he took out two pills and swallowed them... within few moments he felt somewhat calm..
The rest of the day went usual ,for a moment she was drawn by Armaan's thoughts his unpredictable behaviour... his strange behaviour... The way he closed his eyes as if he didn't wanted to see even a glimpse of that room... Why ? But then she repreminded herself for thinking about him and went back to the case file she had brought with her...
she was going through it when she heard something... she looked up from her file but there was no one, she went back to her file again thinking that probably it was her imagination Then she heard it again as if someone was whimpering... She got bit scared and closing her file sat up straight...
" kaun hai ? kaun hai ?! Armaan is that you...?! Armaan agar yeh tumhara koi behuda mazaak hai to dekh lena..." noone answered but the voice contiued and now a bit louder She tried to locate the source and came near the glass door of the other room and found that the sound was coming from the next room...
She opened the door hesitating first and saw that Armaan was fidgeting in his sleep his laptop open by his side his face frowing and sweating... She knew immediately that he was seeing a nightmare..
" noo...plzz... L..leave... Nahiii..." He kept twisting his head clutching the sheet tightly...
" God huh..." She pursed her lips and went away coming back with a glass full of water...
He got up immediately panting " huh huh.. K..kya hua..?? "
" Wake up ! and for god's sake yahaan koi aur bhi hai jisko kaam karna hai... Can't you keep your volume low ?! " She kept the glass down and turned to go away angrily...
" Ridhhima " he called ,she turned expecting him to shout
" Kya hai ?? " exasperated
" Thank you..."
" Huh " to her surprise he was not at all angry that she splashed water on his face and was rather thanking her ! She looked at his face for a moment in disbelief... His face totally unreadable... She threw her hands in air lightly rolling her eyes... " stupid " she mumbled coming back to the bed... he scared her for a moment " itna important case... saara mood kharaab kar diya..". Switching off the light she went off to sleep..
Armaan on the other hand just sat there covering his face with his palms trying to steady his erratic heartbeat... He looked at the watch.. 12:45, he must have dozed off while working... sighing.. wiping away his wet face he lied down again trying to get some sleep...
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Taming the wild
Recap: Ridhhima plays a prank on Armaan, Anjy leaves for London with Atul and Armaan's nightmares
It was Sunday and Armaan as his weekend surprise announced that they were supposed to go to a small party, more of a small get together of friends like at Rajat's place... Ridhhima was reluctant to go but had no choice... As usual...
" hey Armaan ! My man how are you dude ? " he shook hands rather shook their fists " oh bhabhi hi kaisi hain aap ? So nice of you to come... Yeh to shaadi ke baad lagta hai hamein bhuul hi gaya " Ridhhima smiled politely
" achha to party par mera bhuut aaya hai huh " both of them got busy unlike Ridhhima's thoughts the people were nice and she could see that Armaan was quiet popular among all... He was like the star of the show... And the way some women were eying him ' huuuh for gods sake he is married you dumb bimbos ! ' she sighed thinking but then it hardly matters for some dumb beauties... She was even more surprised when she saw him chatting to them merrily ,smiling laughing... Now that was enough, she must save those girls from him... He must be trying to flirt with them telling some far fetched tales about his marriage, plastering a fake smile she went up to him...
" Armaan... Tum mujhe apni friends se nahi milwaoge ? " she blinked at him smiling at his surprised face
" H..huh..haan kyun nahi.. Yeh hai.. Umm umm yes Tanvi... Yeh hai Pooja... Yeh hai Akriti... And girls my wife Ridhhima..." she could see the disappointment clear on their faces one of them even had the guts to make a slight face at her but Riddhima in return gave a sarcastic smile to her..
Ridhhima didn't just stop here she placed her hand around Armaan's and said in her most sugary voice " oh how nice to meet you all.. you know Armaan ne mujhe bataya aap logon ke baare main ,infact you know he said that ki agar uski koi behen hoti to wo aap teeno jaisi hi hoti..." Rajat who was standing nearby spat out all his drink and Armaan on the other hand almost choked on his... Ridhhima gave a sarcastic smile to all of them... The girls within a second got the message and disappeared scowling...
" My my bhabhi aap to... Wah wah... Now i'm sure if anyone can tame this lion it's you... Main to aapka fan ho gaya hun..."
" Saale tune party badal li..." Armaan faked anger, though in his heart he was pleasantly surprised and immensely happy to see her getting possessive over him...
" Haan badal li... Chal ja ab kahin mujhe bhabhi se kuch advice leni hai..." He took her to other side chatting and Ridhhima went with him smilingly
Armaans' chest swelled double it's size with pride Ridhhima had won over everyone, while she knew that no matter where she went his eyes were following her, she tried to ignore him... Armaan felt so happy when she came to him, he was delighted seeing her getting all possessive for him... Probably she too has started to feel something for him...
The party went on and so did some small party games but Armaan Ridhhima didn't took part in them... Just then Rajat came in the hall announcing loudly...
" Guys ..ladies and gentlemen.. Plz. attention everybody... Let's play another game... I have a bowl full of chits here... all the couples plz. come in here..." People gathered around including amused Armaan and hesitant Ridhhima... " Yes so the game is that each chit has some written instructions in it and you have to follow them... the rules are simple follow instructions or get better punishment..." Everybody felt excited... " So let's start...! "
the game started... Some couples had the chits where they were asked to propose their partner but lady will be the man and man will pose as lady... another couple had a tough task where the man was asked to take three rounds of the hall... With his partner in his arms... Another was asked five rapid fire questions who so ever answered less then four would loose and had agree to his or her partner's wishes no matter what... Ridhhima now started enjoying the drama... In a group game men were asked to drape saree around them like their wives... Armaan was terrible he draped the saree like a towel around his waist and as he placed pallu on his shoulder Ridhhima turned her face to control her laughter... The game went on...
" Now now let's come to you Mr.Malik let's see what you get..." Rajat came to them with a broad grin...
Armaan grinned back and picked up a chit... " Kiss thy partner in 5 minutes heaven !? Yeh kya hai...?! "
" Ohhh wo hoo " Rajat shouted with few others... " You my friend have hit the jackpot ! You get to spend full 5 minutes in a special heavenly room with your partner ! once you get in, the door will open only when you kiss your partner..." He indicated to a room which had two hearts drawn on it along with cupid... " just give a knock when you are done or better we will knock it for you if you loose the track of time " he winked
Everybody started cheering Armaan looked at Ridhhima and she looked at him... He was smiling whereas Ridhhima was shocked
' he would kiss her ! And that too alone in a room !? Hell she won't allow him to kiss her at any cost ! Anywhere ! ' She was wondering, thinking to herself, people were still cheering coaxing him to go ahead ' oh god ab main kya karun ?! '
Armaan smiled at her ,hesitating a bit first but then he looked at her, gently taking her hand he moved to the room ,she was horrified ' is he really about to kiss her ?!...'
Her mind worked frantically the sound of the door being closed made her realize that they were in the room now... She decided that she will ask him firmly to remain at a distance like always, she turned quickly ready to announce her decision but bumped into something... Or someone...
To her surprise she saw Armaan standing very close to her... He was standing right behind her when she turned... she stumbled on her feet and was about to fall when she held the lapels of jacket ,Armaan could not manage the sudden pull and they both landed on the floor with Ridhhima on the floor and Armaan on top of her...
Her hair ,all landed on her face covering it partially, her eyes closed, though Armaan held her safely decreasing the burden of the impact ,his hands were still around her one on her back another on her waist... He was stunned once again to see her so close to him in his arms... Cheeks slightly red probably due to cold, an annoyed expression on her face trying to remove hair from her face without using her hands... Hehe... Which were still holding his jacket and were now kind of locked...
He didn't knew what came over him and as his hands were under her he gently rubbed his cheek with hers, breathing in her beautiful fragrance... Clearing away the hair which were disturbing her... Her eyes flashed open and met his intense ones'... neither of them blinked, none spoke, it seemed as if the time just stopped and all they could hear were their hearts, beating together rhythmically... He saw a strand of hair on her forehead and smiling lightly he blew air on it,making it fall back ,Ridhhima closed her eyes... She was lost... Lost in him... Her mind was blank she opened her eyes and kept staring at him as if looking for the first time... Those eyes... They captivated her... Held her... And didn't let any other thought cross her mind...
Armaan looked back at her as she opened her eyes and turned a bit to free his hands, very well aware of the impact he was having on her,he gently made her stand holding her with both hands and eyes...They stood facing each other ,her hands still on his chest as he held her by her waist Ridhhimas' heart beat so fast as if it would burst, his masculine fragrance ,his touch on her bare waist his soft yet firm hold, she fitted so well in his arms..
He tried to move back a little when he saw that some of her hair had got entangled in his shirt buttons her eyes closed automatically as he came even closer to free her hair embracing her lightly, nuzzling her hair... she almost forgot herself in him her hands went on his back holding him gently Armaan smiled blinking softly...
Everything just stopped for a while he looked into her eyes his grey eyes piercing through hers , Ridhhima kept looking at him but then suddenly their trance was broken with a knock at the door...
" guys only a minute is left ! "
Her eyes flashed open bringing her back to reality ,it was as if she suddenly remembered something ,coming back to her senses she realized that in whose arms she was in... She immediately pushed him away, bit too rudely...
" don't you dare...! " She looked horrified ,surprised and angry, probably more with herself than on him...
" Ridhhima ! Ridhhi... Kya hua ?? " she didn't answered him and just went out of the room out of the hall into the garden
Her mind racing frantically and so was her heart ' Why Ridhhima why..?? How can you do that you were about to betray Vivek ! ' she repreminded herself...
Armaan was stunned everybody was looking at him as he came out of the room Rajat came to him placing his hand on his shoulder
" Armaan sab theek to hai naa bhabhi..."
" h.haan everything is fine she was just bit unwell... Excuse me " he ran after her calling
" Ridhhima ! Ridhhima ! stop ! " he grabbed her arm " aakhir baat kya hai ? kya hua tum aise kyun aa gayi ? "
" Leave my hand Armaan ! Kyun aate ho tum mere karib ?? Duur raho mujhse ,I hate you Armaan..! I hate you ! "
He just stood there seeing her angry face.. She freed her hand from his already loose hold and ran back to where the car was parked, he quietly followed her, his momentary happiness that she might have started to feel something for him was now crushed...
They came back home, utter silence between the two... She lay on the bed eyes wide open sleep miles away, Armaan was no different his mind kept on replaying those moments in the party where he felt something... Something which was true and genuine but that picture soon got disturbed as he thought about her behaviour moments later... He sighed...
" Kya hoga ? Kya sab aise hi chalta rahega ? Kab tak ? Should i let her go ? Cmmon Armaan how can you even think about it you have to try harder to make everything work you can't give up..." thinking debating with himself he didn't knew when he drifted off to sleep...
The next day everything seem to be more or less back on the track... He woke up sneezing, she woke up yelling... Though he could see that she was trying to keep as much distance from him as possible,moreover he was surprised to see her all ready and dressed up to go...
" Ridhhima aaj tum itni jaldi tayar ho gayi... Achha ruko main bhi jaldi se ready ho kar aata hun..."
" it's okay tumhe pareshan hone ki koi zarurat nahi hai... Main chali jaungi waise bhi mujhe aaj jaldi jaana hai..." she said without looking at him gathering her files, she went to the door
" ek minute Ridhhima ! " she stopped suddenly hand still on the door knob " tumhe koi jaldi nahi jaana ,tum mujhse bhaag rahi ho,Hai naa " she turned slightly not meeting his gaze properly " Ridhhima trust me kal wahaan us room main aisa kuch nahi hota jisme tumhari marzi nahi hoti " she turned and looked at him for a moment, he stood there in his vest and pajamas... Looking directly into her eyes... She still said nothing and moved out closing the door behind
She reached hospital way before her reporting time his words echoing in her mind ' tum mujhse bhaag rahi ho ' yes probably she was, she didn't knew why but she was scared of something what ? She didn't knew but it happened everytime he was near... She sighed closing the file she was merely staring at, wishing to be with herself, alone for a moment... She managed to keep him from dropping her today but these guards ! They followed her EVERYWHERE... Not letting her go out of their sight even for a moment... it was terribly annoying when someone keep walking behind you, keep on asking and informing that ' ma'am it's break time, it's time to pack up... Ma'am sir had said this, ma'am sir has said that ', they were completely Armaan's puppets she had a feeling that they go through her schedule for the day before her... She sighed it felt as if she was caged... Not free to do anything according to her wishes...
She was lost in her thoughts when a nurse came in to inform her that a surgery was lined up for her that day,
" theek hai aap chaliye main aati hun " that was welcome diversion ,not many patients were lined up for that day, probably she would take half day and go somewhere... Shopping ! how she loved it especially with Anjy, always worked as a stress buster... Her only vice... Even if they didn't purchased anything just roaming about cleared her mind... Yes she would do that... Deciding this she walked towards the O.T...
As she was about to enter she saw someone coming in too right behind her.. It was none other than her poker faced bodyguards
" excuse me ! What do you think you are doing ?! "
" ma'am we are coming in with you " one of them said plainly
" Coming in with me ! Are you out of your mind ?! Can't you see it's a operation theater and what do you think can happen to me in there ? "
" we don't know maam but we have strict orders from sir not to leave you alone and take care of your security "
" i don't think that is.." she continued without looking back
" Dr.Ridhhima Malik " she stopped immediately and turned to see Shashank standing there, even after almost a month she still hadn't got used to of the surname Malik " kya ho raha hai yahaan ? "
She sighed angrily and took Shashank to a corner " dad main Armaan ka bhurta bana dungi " he looked at her surprised
" huh... magar Ridhhima hua kya beta ? " she narrated everything to him that how these guards wanted to come inside the OT coz Armaan has given them orders... And listening this ,to her great surprise ,he started laughing... " papa aap hans rahe ho ? "
" ohh Ridhhima ,yeh Armaan bhi naa .. Achha tum jao main inse baat karta hun " she gave one look at both the guards who stood there with no expressions on their faces at all ,she didn't knew what he said to them but they certainly didn't came in during the operation
Everything went fine it was a small surgery, while coming back to her room her eyes fell on the fire escape door ,and all the past memories came rushing back to her... Past days went by her like a flash everything seemed to remind her of him, tears welled up in her eyes thinking what happened yesterday, she felt terribly guilty... She ran away from there and stopped only when she reached her room, closing the door she crashed on her chair wiping off the tears ,closing her eyes, she rested her head on the table...
" Oh hello Mrs Malik.." she got up and saw... Vivek !!
" Vivek ! Tum yahaan !? Tum aa gaye !? Magar tum aise kyun bol rahe ho ? "she felt sad at his address
" Aur kaise bolun Ridhhima ab to tumhari shaadi ho chuki hai you are Mrs.Malik now " she went quiet for a moment emotions choking her voice
" Magar Vivek main aur kya karti ? "
" Haan tab tum kuch kar nahi sakti thi aur ab kuch ho nahi sakta..."
" Haan Ridhhima main sahi keh raha hun bolo kya hoga ab... Tum jaanti ho Ridhhima main ab bhi tumse bahut pyaar karta hun... Kya tum mujhe chahti ho Ridhhima...? "
" Haan Vivek..main.."
" To chhod do Armaan ko aur laut aao mere paas... Main ab bhi tumhara intezaar kar raha hun... Bolo chhod sakti ho Armaan ko..."
" Soch lo Ridhhima aur jab faisla kar lo to..." he turned and started to move away
" Vivek... Vivek !! " she called again and again but he didn't wait with a smile on his face he faded away she woke up with a jerk realising that it was dream... But how real it felt as if he was right here... her cell phone rang again... She saw that it was Armaan he was now interrupting his dreams too ,she threw away her phone in frustration... And tears of helplessness rolled out of her eyes...
She roamed about in the mall looking at some shops randomly, as Shashank called her for something she asked for half day leave which was readily granted... she came out of the hospital it really felt suffocating today... The guards still trailed behind her... she remembered that she talked to Virendra too about this guard drama but he too just laughed and said that he agrees with Armaan none went out without protection she even said that she didn't saw any before to which he replied that they were there before too but they kept themselves invisible...! Huh she sighed why not now...
Thinking about all this she walked on ,It was then she came across something and her eyes lit up seeing it... With a smile on her face probably the first one during the whole day she went in... After about half an hour she came out smiling contented...
" huuh that was nice... Now i need to shop for some clothes " she went into a showroom and selected some dresses only to see her guards following her to the trial room too...!
" just stay where you are... This is a ladies section and don't you dare say anything about what your sir has ordered you understand ! " seeing her furious face guards stopped right there...
Ridhhima went in... After almost half an hour when she didn't came out the guards went in and saw that all the cubicles were empty ,they immediately contacted others three other guards scattered themselves, looking for her all around but it was a huge mall with 10 floors ! They looked everywhere but could not locate her...
" sir.. Sir we cannot find maam..."
" what ?! " Armaan stood up from his chair stunned to hear the news
" sir she went in to change and didn't came back we went in to see and there was noone there "
" what the hell were you doing ?! " he yelled " didn't i told you not let her go out of your sight even for a moment ! " he yelled on the phone again " where are you ? "
" sir in seventh heaven mall " Armaan ran put of his room grabbing his jacket, leaving his surprised executives there...
His cell phone rang again " did you find her... I'm coming in ten minutes "
He reached the mall in ten minutes driving at neck breaking speed... He rushed inside, a small army of mall securiry guards and policemen escorted him to the manager's room, his own guards followed him
He rushed inside and threw open the door... He breathed in a sigh of relief, closing his eyes for a moment as he saw ridhhima sitting on a chair holding a cup probably talking to the manager... As she stood up seeing him ,he rushed to her and took her into a tight embrace... Ridhhima was taken aback at such a sudden reaction she felt embarrassed too...
" Armaan its okay i'm fine " she said knowing that everybody was around then whispered in his ear angrily " Armaan let me go ,sab dekh rahe hain ! "
He loosened his hold and looked at her holding her by her shoulders " are you okay ? Kya hua tha kahan chali gayi thi tum ? " she wondered at his concern
' dramebaaz kahin kaa ' she thought then said smilingly " kuch nahi hua Armaan main shop main hi thi actually wahaan do doors the in logon ko pata nahi tha aur main dusri taraf se chali gayi mujhe laga they will come as usual "
" and aapke guards bahaar dekh rahe the but jab dubaara shop par gaye to madam wahin shopping kar rahi thi " manager said smiling " don't worry Mr Malik we have very tight security here nothing can go wrong hamne cc tv par madam ko dekh liya tha "
Armaan breathed in thanking the manager and officers he took her home, driving himself, he didn't uttered a single word ,not even for scolding... she could see his tense face and for the first time she felt guilty of doing such a silly thing as they got home everybody asked her what happened he explained everything to them and went tp his room giving her a stern look she had a feeling that he knew she was lying, infact she deliberately went out of the other room... she already knew about the two exit doors... The truth was she wanted to get rid of the guards...
She came back to the room and saw him gulping a glass of water she could see that he was kind of panting... As he heard the door being closed he turned to face her
" you did that on purpose hai naa ! were you out of your mind...?! Kya soch kar kiya tumne aisa huh ! "
" Armaan main "
" not a word Ridhhima ! not a word... tumhara chehra dekh kar main ek pal main jaan gayaa tha ki yeh galti guards ki nahi hai balki tumne khud jaan kar yeh kiya hai... Tumhe iss baat ka zara bhi andaza hai ki hum saki kya haalat thi... Muskaan ki tabiyat tumhare baare main soch soch kharab ho gayi aur wo bhi aise waqt main ! " he blasted off on her angrily he stepped towards her and held her by shoulders ,she was scared seeing him so " aur ab meri baat kaan khol kar achhi tarah se sun lo Ridhhima agar tumne dubara aisi koi koshish kari i will never let you step outside the house again... Ever... and this is not an empty threat..." releasing her shoulders with a jerk he went to another room slamming the door shut...
Ridhhima went downstairs with a heavy heart and almost teary, nobody has ever scolded her like this ever... Virendra sees her coming down with a long face
" Ridhhima beta yahaan aao " she went to him wiping her eyes, he made her sit next to him lovingly " kya hua beta Armaan ne kuch kaha kya ? chillaya aap par huh " she nodded innocently, Virendra patted her head lovingly and said " beta he means well humari life hi kuch aisi hai.. hum jis position par hain wahan jalne waale ki aur dushmano ki koi kami nahi hoti hamein apna khayal rakhna padta hai Armaan ne bahut kuch khoya hai beta wo jinse pyaar karta hai unke liye kuch jyada ho posessive ho jaata hai tum uski baat ka bura mat maanna wo to kabhi kabhi mujhe bhi daant deta hai, Naina ke jaane baad wo kaafi dara rehta hai..." she then thought she never asked how she died and was about to ask when his phone rang " excuse me beta.."
As he went away Ridhhima made a mental note to ask about it and then shrugging off what happened with Armaan cursing him for scolding her she went to the kitchen and made a lovely cake for Muskaan as she craved for sweets and took it to her...
Muski welcomed her and almost attacks the cake then when she sees her face she asks " kya hua ? kya Armaan ne jyada daanta ? " She nodded quiet innocently... " Aww come here " she hugged her lovingly " Armaan ko main daantungi theek hai..." She nods again smiling at her concern she was so mused and touched that she was ready to scold her darling devar for her sake Muski continued " waise Ridhhima Armaan ke kehne ka tarika shayad galat tha magar wo sach main tumhari bahut fikar karta hai main jaanti hun Rahul ne bataya jab guards ne bataya ki tum mil nahi rahi ho wo bahut ghabra gaya tha usne puri city ki police ko alert karwa diya tha " Ridhhima was surprised that he went to such an extent...
" Kya ?! " she broke the hug looking surprised
" haan usne bataya nahi ? Wo bahut kam logon ko apne kareeb aane deta hai Ridhhima aur jinse pyaar karta hai unke liye bahut caring hai aur bahut possessive bhi..." ' Tell me ' she thought " actually chhoti ma.. Naina aunty ke sath jo hadsa hua uske baad..." She went quiet probably reliving some memories she sighed " that was the most terrible time we faced..." She again trailed off...
" magar Armaan ne mujhse iske baare main kabhi baat nahi ki..."
" Usne hamse bhi kabhi is baare main baat nahi ki magar main jaanti hun choti maa ki maut ka usko gehra sadma laga hai... Wo bas kuch kehta nahi... Aur aaj jab tum nahi mili to shayad wo beeti baatein uske saamne aa gayi hongi aur ghabra kar usne itna jyada react kiya.." She then smiled at her " achha chalo chhodo ab tum yahaan ho safe and sound aur Armaan se main baat kar lungi ki wo tumhe kuch na kahe okay... Ab hum cake khaate hain waaoo ! it's yummy " Ridhhima came back to present enjoying the cake with Muski and giving the details of what she purchased...
She switched off the lights ready to go to sleep today was quiet an eventful day... She saw his figure through the glass door... Pacing up and down in the room... a hand on his waist, holding a file or something in the other... She didn't pay any attention to him it was his usual way... The workaholic idiot... She lied down and closed her eyes she had something very nice to dream about... Everything didn't went fruitless...
Taming the wild
Trial and Error
Recap : Armaan Ridhhima share a moment of closeness, Ridhhima gets mad at guards who follow her everywhere and tries to escape... Which fails...
The next day started as usual... Ridhhima was giving loads of instructions to Muski who wasn't feeling much well since yesterday... As the day of delivery came nearer she was getting more and more restless and Ridhhima was genuinely concerned about her... Though everything was normal, yet the excitement in the house was palpable though it was still about a month for the baby to come yet the moment Muski shouted or said anything... Though there wasn't much difference in her shouting and saying anything normally... Everybody jumped off from where ever they were... Rahul even got a smacking from her when she ate something spicy and shouted for water but Rahul came out running with the packed bag wearing her slippers.. in his jeans... Only... By now Ridhhima knew one thing... Malik family was truly one of it's kind... And she loved them all... Well except one
Everybody settled for the breakfast Armaan too came and sat down saying nothing... Everybody went quiet for a while seeing him in a serious mood... Another thing Ridhhima came to know was that everybody.. i.e; Everybody... was scared of his anger... Ridhhima went up to him to give him a paratha but he raised his hand in no... Still saying nothing... She backed off and thought...
' nahi khana to naa khaye mein kyun pareshaan hun huh '
BP cleared his throat and took the initiative of starting the conversation... " Armaan yaar kya hua ? Tu aaj itna sadaa hua muh bana kar kyun baitha hai ? Ab ho jaata hai usne jaan kar thodi na kiya tha "
Armaan stopped midway from taking a bite of his toast and raised his eyes towards Ridhhima giving a meaningful look to her " main kal ke baare main koi baat nahi karna chahta is it clear..." she was surprised to hear his tone " anyway... Main ek aur baat batana chahta tha mujhe chaar paanch din ke liye Mumbai jaana hai ek bahut important deal ke liye... Main kal subah hi nikal jaunga... Ridhhima hurry up I'm getting late... Bye Muski " saying so he got up and went out...
" huuuhhh " everybody breathed in
" Kya hua ? Don't tell me aap sabko Armaan se darr lagta hai !? " she asked amused
" nahi Armaan se nahi uske gusse se " Rahul explained " magar don't worry wo theek hai, jab wo sach main naraaz hota hai naa to bass... Magar this bye means that he will be okay in sometime " he smiled at her
" Koi baat nahi Ridhhi tujhe bhi dheere dheere sab pata chal jayega ab thoda sa maska laga dena, zara pyaar se mana legi na to do minute main pighal jayega...achha ab jaa jaldi warna phir na bhadak jaaye "
Ridhhima smiled this would be a golden opportunity.. no Armaan for whole five days ! Heaven !! She hugged her lovingly and ran out...
On the other way Armaan was surprised to see a small smile on her face unlike the usual scowl or annoyed expression... She didn't even once shouted at him for driving slow... Which he did purposely to get more time with her... Surprised and confused at her behaviour they reached the hospital, she was getting down when he stopped her
" Ridhhima.." she turned " ho sakta hai aaj mujhe office main thodi der ho jaaye ,main shayad aaj pick karne nahi aa paunga, but i will call and let you know "
" koi baat nahi Armaan it's okay main chali jaungi you take your time " saying so she got off, but Armaan's jaw dropped hearing her answer he kept staring at her as her car entered the hospital gate...
" yeh Ridhhima hi thi naa..?! koi gussa nahi ?!.. koi jhagda nahi ?!.. Itne araam se baat karna ?! Ho sakta hai main jaa raha hun islliye jhagadna nahi chahti ho... Must be your lucky day Armaan " he smiled to himself and drove off...
" hey Ridhhima..! " Sapna came smiling to her.." kya hua aaj badi khush lag rahi hai...?! Mujhe to lagaa kal ke baad Armaan shayad tujhe ghar se hi nikalne nahi dega..ab kuch bolegi bhi ki hua kya ?! "
" arre yaar bolne ka mauka to de milte hi sawaalon ki toup daag di.. Chal sab batati hun " she took her to her cabin and told her everything about yesterday
" aur tujhe kya lagta hai agar use pata chal gaya to... tune conference ke baare main ghar main bata diya ? "
" nahi abhi nahi... Kal subah Armaan jaa raha hai uske jaane ke baad main Virendra papa se baat karungi ki pehle to main jaana nahi chahti thi magar ab lagta hai ki jaana chahiye.. Wo bahut achhe hain main jaanti hun wo mujhe kabhi manaa nahi karenge "
" aur agar unhone kaha ki Armaan se puchho to ? "
" to uska bhi tarika maine soch liya hai usko yeh to bataungi ki confrence hai magar yeh nahi ki kahaan hai wo chaar paanch din baad aayega aur hum teen din main bas ho gaya kaam.. Agar wo log vivek ke baare main phone par nahi bataa sakte to saamne to bata sakte hai naa aur main usse mil kar rahungi "
" Ridhhima tere dimaag main aise plan kabse aane lage ?! "
" jabse mera paala Armaan se padaa hai... It's a war Sapna.. a war and i don't want to loose " Sapna kept looking at her face for a moment, she was about to say something but then sighed and smiled a bit holding her hand
" jo bhi karna soch samajh kar karna... Kahin aisa naa ho ki jo nahi hai wo to hai hi nahi aur jo hai wo bhi naa ho "
" huh..." she got bit confused at what she said " Anyway maine soch liya hai it's final conference ke liye tayri bhi kar li hai ,ab bas Armaan ke jaane ka intezaar hai tu bas tayaar rehna.. Ek baar America pahuch jaayen phir kisko kya pata lagta hai "
Armaan stood outside the gates of Sanjeevani, as usual, trying ridhhimas number again and again but she wasn't picking up the phone
" mch.. Cmmon Ridhhima pick up the phone yaar " but she didn't, he cut the call thinking what to do, for once he even decided to go in and stepped out of the car but an ambulance passed right in front of him, its sirens blaring, his courage left him and he dropped the idea...
" ab kya karu...?! " he was informed by the guards that she was in the cafeteria then why isnt she picking up the phone " of course Armaan itna 'pyaar' jo karti hai tujhse... Lekin batana to padega naa ki main kal nahi aaj shaam ko hi jaa raha hun..." he again thought for a while " haan yahi karta hun " he quickly dialled another number.
Ridhhima was busy talking when Shahank came there
" Dr.Ridhhima " he called her aside
" y.yes sir "
" it's okay beta... Aur kya hua tumhara phone kyun nahi mil raha ?? bechara Armaan kabse try kar raha hai..."
" papa wo... Shayad network problem hoga "
" koi baat nahi beta tum use abhi call karo wo wait kar raha hai "
" koi baat nahi papa main kar lungi abhi "
" nahi nahi you call him just now i have strict orders ki milte hi sabse pehle apne saamne call karwaun " he chuckled probably remembering how he was 'ordered' by an extra worrying husband
" hello Armaan " Shashank left leaving her to talk alone
" hello princess ! Kahan thi tum ?? Kabse call raha hun ? "
" just cut the crap Armaan and stop calling me princess for god's sake ! "
" offoh achha princess nahi tooo.. Hitler chalega... Tumhari personality ko kaafi suit karta hai "
" aarrrgghh Armaan stop it ! Jaldi batao kya kaam tha ? "
" theek hai hitler bhadakti kyun ho maine yeh batane ke liye phone kiya tha ki main kal subah ki jagah aaj shaam ko hi jaa raha hun aur main aaj tumhe pick karne nahi aa paunga, tum dhyaan se ghar chali jaana okay "
" bass itni si baat ke liye itna bada hungama ! Waise tum ja rahe ho to main yeh batana chahti thi ki mujhe bhi ek confrence ke liye jaana hai "
" Haan haan theek hai to jao naa warna mere bina tum ghar par bore ho jaogi "
" Oh plz yeh tumhari galatfehmi hai tumhare bina mere din kitne aaraam se guzrenge "
He chuckled " oh Ridhhima you are so funny dekhna tum reh hi nahi paogi mere aur mere jokes ke bina " she rolled her eyes " achha main chalta hun daer ho rahi hai pilot bechara wait kar raha hoga Riddhima ek aur baat bas chaar paanch din ki baat hai ,i hope ki tum uss din ki tarah koi silly harkat nahi karogi... Take care and ya... don't underestimate me... bye.." with a final subtle warning he cut the call
" Thank god ! Gaya ! Don't underestimate me huh " She Mimicked him " don't underestimate me too " she shouted back at the phone
By the time she reached home Armaan had already left she told Virendra about the conference of doctors in America also that she and Sapna would be representing Sanjeevani with other doctors to which ,as expected, Virendra didn't object... she even convinced him to go without the guards...
" Ridhhima beta saari tayari ho gayi ? " BP asked
" Ji BP kal subah 5 baje ki flight hai aur Jo jo Muski bhabhi ne instruction diye wo sab maine kar liya " she smiled at Muski who beamed at her...
" Maine tumhe numbers de hi diye hain agar zara bhi problem ho to just call any of them ,or us ghatiya se hotel main mat rehna wahan Park Plaza main booking karwa di hai tum aur Sapna wahin rukna okay..." Virendra added
" Papa aap bekaar hi pareshaan ho rahe hain, do din ki to baat hai... Aur pehla wala hotel bhi bura nahi tha... Pata hai it was a four star " she was amused to see that they worried even more than Padma...
" Yeah but not five or seven " Rahul said pointing his fork
" I agree... Hamare ghar ke beti kisi aisi waisi jagah nahi rukegi... Aur agar Armaan ko pata chala to wo to hamara jeena muskil kar dega ki hamne tumhara khayaal nahi rakha " BP said grinning
BP's words suddenly striked her... But she said nothing and finishing off the dinner everybody retired to their rooms...
Ridhhima lay on her bed and remembered how she went to Lonavala for a workshop and confrence as an intern... With Vivek...
" Vivek chalo naa koi dusra hotel dekhte hain yahaan kitna ganda sa hai aur AC bhi nahi hai..."
" Rajkumari ji... Paise bachana seekho aur thodi garmi sehne ki aadat daalo mere paas koi paise ka paed nahi hai..."
" Magar papa ne tumhe kaha hai naa ki dhang ki jagah par rehna aur bill kaun sa tum pay kar rahe ho..."
" Haan Ridhhima tum to yahi kahogi naa tumhe to aish-o-araam ki zindagi ki aadat hai... Magar main ek mamuli insaan hun tumhe meri choice kahaan pasand aayegi... Tumhare liye to yeh three star bhi kam hai "
Ridhhima was really hurt that day she didn't meant to offend him, she knew that he was very conscious and touchy about his middleclass status... but that hotel was really not worth it... There were coackroaches clearly seen and the rooms had damp smell she felt suffocated there...
she gave in to his decision but could not even sleep from the fear of cockroaches and even caught cold but still they stayed there for three horrible days... She met other hospital interns who were staying at much better place but then she thought he was right if you can save money why not save it... But what shocked her was the bill it was as if they stayed in a five star hotel !
She was again surprised when he bragged about the place they stayed in before Shashank presenting the bill... probably not to show that he was spoilt like others.. how different people are...
She sighed BP's words brought back some memories, she came
back to present looking at the other door which was dark no figure
roamed to and fro today... She didn't knew what came in to her she got
up and moved to the other room opening the door slowly... switching on
the lights she saw it was same as before.. Neat, nice and clean... A
tie lay there at a corner of the bed... Few files by the bedside table
and then she saw a pillow.. In fact an unusual one it was long and
circular about 3/4 th her height... She had seen circular pillows
before but none such long... she went to the bed and picked it up it
was neither too soft neither too hard but felt as if had been used
much... She kept the pillow back and giving a last look to the room
came back to bed.. Tomorrow was a very important day... She was going
to take a major step... She would scearch for Vivek...
She remembered how the day she tried to get rid of guards she got the idea, Shashank had told her that day about the confrence in America ,she decided that she would go to America but then from there leave for Canada and meet Vivek... Decide what is to be done further... But before that she needed so many answeres from him... He hadn't even once contacted her... Maybe because of Armaan... Still... Thinking about all this anxious, anticipating about tomorrow she fell asleep...
Throughout his journey Ridhhima's face kept coming before him, there was something which disturbed him... Something was not right... But what ?! may be he was thinking too much... sighing he picked up his file checking it for few moments he picked up his phone and dialled a number
" Hello yeah it's me... I want to know something... By today " he gave the details and cut the call getting busy with his file again...
Later in the night
He was sitting in his room busy with files when his cell phone rang up seeing the name of the caller he immediately picked it up " yes... oh I see... Achha theek hai thank you..." cutting the call he quickly dialled another number " I want to return back to Delhi... now... at any rate... Make arrangements..." With a firm face he cut the call... He looked at the watch it showed 1:25... He must reach back... Quickly... He stood up keeping the files aside... He had more pressing matters to deal with...
Ridhhima was all set to leave for airport, giving a quick look at the watch she stuffed few things in her handbag and rushed out... She was waiting in the hall for others as Virendra and BP told her that they will come along to the airport... Armaan stood outside the gate panting lightly, shivering badly dripping wet soaked completely as it was raining that morning... his car broke down and he could find no other mean at that point of time, he was not ready to wait... He walked back home... taking lift from a biker milkman who dropped him halfway and rest he walked back... He walked in and saw her standing there ready with the bags...
She felt bit uneasy something was there but didn't knew what... she turned abruptly when a sudden gush of air touched her making her shiver lightly... she was stunned to see him standing at the door... water dripping from his hair... clothes totally drenched...
" Hello Ridhhima... surprised huh..."
" Armaan ! " she whispered utterly shocked to see him...
" yes it's me Armaan... Going somewhere.. Hmm ? " she shivered a little as his eyes pierced her they both stood there staring at each other...
" arre Ridhhima beta mausam ki wajah se flight teen ghante ke liye delay ho gayi... Armaaan !! " Virendra who earlier hadn't seen Armaan was surprised to see him atanding there " Armaan tum yahaan ? Aise ?! Magar tum to deal ke liye.."
" papa kuch emergency aa gayi thi isliye waapas aana pada koi baat nahi..e.ek baar y..yahan sab s.solve ho jaaye t.to main deal bhi d..dekh lunga " he looked at her with his cold hard eyes meaningfully, she shrunk within a little 'kahin Armaan ko sab pata to nahi chal gaya ?'
" tum bheeg kaise gaye ? Kitna kaanp raha hai.. Ridhhima beta isko jaldi se room main le jao warna aise to bimaar pad jaayege main Maria ko bolta hun kuch garam le ker aayegi "
Ridhhima who was till now standing rooted, speechless turned her gaze from his face and they moved to their room quietly... as soon as they were in the room grabbing her arm he made her face him
" ek minute Ridhhima tumhe kya laga m..mujhe p..pata nahi lagega..." His hands were chilled, lips slightly blue and quivered due to cold but his grip was firm she was bit scared now..
" Leave me Armaan... Let me go..."
" Not without m..me sweetheart.. tum hospital main ro rahi thi naa.. You were crying for that bas***d "
" how dare you say anything like that..." she roared , but he looked at her as if deciding something
" Main jaanta hun tum confrence k..ke bahane se Vivek ke paas jaana chahti ho.. Ab t..tum.. T..ticket cancel..kar..karwa rahi ho ..ya m..main phone karun... Canada.."
Ridhhima knew immediately what he meant and he gave her the phone but kept staring at her in cold gaze even while shivering badly.. She called the travel operator and cancelled the tickets informing Sapna as well ,as soon as she was done he snatched away the phone
" Thank you very much aur haan..." He paused to control his shivering " aage se mere bina international trip mat banana..." And went to the bathroom with one last meaningful look... Ridhhima was greatly disappointed but was helpless
Armaan came out sneezing and shivering... Ridhhima sat there at the corner of the bed speechless ,lost thinking what happened few moments ago... He saw her but before could say anything there was a knock at the door
" Armaan.. How are you now beta ? "
" it's okay dad i'm fine "
" theek hai chalo phir breakfast ke liye aa jao "
" of course dad..."
Everybody sat together for an early morning breakfast
" Waise papa ek baat thi jo hum aapko batana chahte the..." Ridhhima looked at him thinking 'now what ?!'
" Ridhhima ne kuch decide kiya hai.." he paused and everybody looked at him and Ridhhima " Ridhhima keh rahi thi ki confrence ke baad jab tak baby nahi aa jata she won't go to hospiital aur wo Muski ke saath rahegi... she will take leave and stay at home " Ridhhima was taken by surprise.. She was shocked
Virendra said " is it really so beta ? " she was about to speak something when he said again
" yes pa actually she was really worried for Muski and she said that she will stay at home with Muski to take care of her..." BP was really happy
" oh Ridhhi tum kitni samajhdar ho beta... I'm so proud of you ki tumne apno ke baare main itna socha " Muski too hugged her
" ohhh Ridhhi so sweett of you..." Virendra smiled and blessed her
" thanks Ridhhima ab mujhe apni absence main Muskaan ki itni chinta nahi rahegi "
Ridhhima could say nothing she just smiled politely " it's okay bhaiyya main hu naa after all Mujhe bhi Muski bhabhi ki fikar hai " but she burned with anger from inside though she was concered about Muski but was angry that Armaan had made the decision on his own without even bothering to ask her... She would have ,she hate to admit it, but have agreed to it...
" aaa...aaan.. Aanchiii " Armaan sneezed loudly
" Armaan kya hua ? " Virendra placed his hand on his forehead
" Armaan you have fever beta Ridhhima dekho to " reluctantly Ridhhima checked him he was indeed feverish
" haan papa fever hai shayad baarish sur thand ki wajah se... Main abhi dawai de deti hun "
" now Armaan be a good boy chalo jao and take rest aur Ridhhima beta jab tumhe chalna ho to bata dena i will be waiting in my room " Armaan looked at Ridhhima who looked back at him ,she knew what she had to do
" papa... Main confrence ke liye nahi jaa rahi "
" kya ?! Magar beta achanak ?! "
She fumbled for words " wo papa wo... Armaan ki tabiyat theek nahi hai isliye.. Main "
Virendra smiled " it's okay beta as you wish, waise agar tum saath rahogi to at least iss par koi nazar rakhne waala to hoga "
" it's okay papa i'm fine main bas abhi thodi daer main office hi jaane waala hun ek important deal crack karni hai "
" khabardaar agar office ka naam bhi liya to chup chap jao and take rest... Ridhhima just be strict with him warna yeh phir office na bhaag jaaye " BP said
" ji BP "
They went into the room
" Armaan tumhari himmat kaise hui meri marzi jaane bina yeh decision lene ki.. Tum hote kaun ho yeh decide karne waale ki main hospital jaun ya naa jaun..muskaan bhabhi ki fikar mujhe bhi hai magar tumne yeh faisla kaele kaise le liya... tum mujh par apni marzi nahi thoop sakte " she burst out on him
Armaan came very near to her with serious face " tum ro rahi thi naa hospital main... Remembering that bloody vivek.. Huuh... To main har us jagah se tumhe duur rakhna chahta hun jo tumhe Vivek ki yaad dilati hai... Main nahi chahta ki tum use yaad bhi karo I want you to remember me.. only me Armaan... Understand..."
saying this he went for the other room she just stood there watching him go... Unable to do anything... He closed the door and rested his head on it "tum samjahti kyun nahi ho Ridhhima yeh sab maine tumhare liye hi kiya hai main tumhari aankhon main aanso nahi dekhna chahta... Kisi bhi wajah se magar kya karu jab bhi kuch achha larne ki sochta hun kuch gadbad ho jaati hai aur tum aur duur ho jaati ho damn... You must try harder Armaan..." he sighed and lying on the bed drifted off to sleep
" Welcome Home "
Recap : Armaan doesn't let Ridhhima go for the conference and Ridhhima doesn't let Armaan go to sign an important deal... She takes the responsibility of the charitable projects and meets a divorce lawyer...
Everything was still... There was pin drop silence in the house... Not a leaf stirred... Suddenly... a woman shrieked... A man ran out of the room and thumped on another door...
" Ridhhhiimmaa... Armaaann " Ridhhima's eyes flashed open and saw Armaan running towards the door, opening the door he saw a bewildered Rahul standing there
" oh my God "
" oh my God " Armaan repeated
" oh my god.. BABY !! " Rahul said
" BABY ! Ab kya karein ? "
" yes ab kya karein baby is coming "
" oh stop it you two..." she quickly came there " bhaiyya Armaan jaldi se ready ho jayiye hospital jaana padega, i think it's time " saying so she rushed out to see Muskaan, when she reached there she saw that she was indeed right it was time to welcome the youngest member of the family
She smiled " ready bhabhi.. Try to relax and don't forget deep breaths " Muskaan nodded though bit terrified
" Rahul.. Rahul kahan hai ? " she asked as the contraction subsided
" hey Muskaan main yahin hun... Chal chalte hain... Don't worry main hu naa ,sab theek hai... Just think about the baby " he was there even before she could finish the sentence pacifying her... Quiet calm holding her hand supporting her ,at that moment she realised their love for each other... holding her hand he slowly made her stand
" bhaiyya sab ready hai, maine Dr.Shivani ko phone kar diya hai she will be ready "
" what !? Sirf ek doctor.. What about others ? "
" bhaiyya Dr.Chopra, Dr.Ashima Dr.Nivedita ko bhi call kar diya hai wo sab wahin milenge..."
" unhe bol diya naa ki wo pahunch jaye time se ? "
" haan bhaiyaa aur agar wo time par nahi pahunche to main unka jeena mushkil kar dunga "
Ridhhima was surprised to hear it " oh please can you both stop it ! And Armaan stop threatening doctors I'm sure they know their responsibilities "
" aaahhh " Muskaan shrieked again and this time Armaan shrieked too
" khotte tu kyun chilla raha hai ? tu bhi pregnant hai kya ? " Muskaan shouted
" mera haath !! " as the contraction subsided she saw that she had pressed his hand so hard that he shouted out too... Ridhhima was fed up now, she asked him to move and held Muskaan herself ,by this time they were joined by BP, Virendra ,Maria and Martin...
As they came out she saw cars ready to take them to hospital with bags packed, she was surprised she herself had forgotten all about it, she quickly sat beside Muskaan Rahul along with them... The cars made their way to the hospital...
Muskaan was immediately taken to labour room,Ridhhima found all the doctors lined up waiting for them
" hello doctors I'm Ridhhima Malik ,it's so nice ki aap log itni jaldi aa gaye "
" oh no problem Mrs.Malik.. We knew that we can get the call anytime now... Moreover we by now are used to of getting daily 'reminders' by your husband..." Dr.Chopra an elderly lady said smiling
she knew what she was implying " I know doctor he acts really silly at times but he's really concerned "
" oh I can understand, first child in the family... Don't worry everything is going to be fine.. By the way i can't see him ? Where's he ? "
" he.." she looked around but couldn't see him there BP and Virendra were talking to other doctors.. Rahul and Maria were with Muskaan, Martin stood there with BP but Armaan was nowhere seen... " he must be here somewhere "
" don't worry i was just curious to meet him ,the one who has threatened us for the past whole month..." she chuckled
" what ? You never met him ?! "
" no we just talked on phone he never came here... i wonder what he's going to do when he himself will become a father " a nurse then came to call her " excuse me it's time now i will be back soon with the good news " smiling she left
Ridhhima for a moment was shocked when the doctor said about her getting pregnant... She shuddered at the thought.. She and Armaan never !... Shaking her head she called Martin aside " Martin.. Where's Armaan ? "
" ma'am sir is at home "
" he's at home ?! Why ? He didn't came along with you ? " she left him and went to Virendra " papa Armaan kahan hai ? Wo kyun nahi aaya ? "
" beta you know naa he is not... Comfortable here... Aur hum sab to hain yahaan.. Wo baad mein aa jayega... Tum baitho main coffee mangwata hun " he went away Ridhhima sat there in the exclusive family room, thinking about Armaan's absence, doctors words and waiting anxiously for the most awaited news...
About an hour later Rahul came out jumping " daaad chachajiii main daad ban gaya... It's a girl !! " he jumped with joy and hugged everyone Ridhhima forgot all about Armaan and shared their happiness... Virendra and BP were ecstatic with joy... A nurse came out with the baby... BP and Virendra took out bundle of notes and circling over the baby gave it to Martin to be distributed among the poor and hospital staff... And cooed over the baby...
The baby was beautiful with black hair pink cheeks and milky white skin... She was really an angel... She saw a tear in Rahul's eyes and kept a hand on his shoulder...
" oh first time papa naa..." wiping it off " But i tell you Ridhhima yeh ehsaas hi kuch alag hai..." he kissed baby's tiny hand who slept peacefully in papa's arms ,she smiled at him in an understanding way " hey chalo Muskaan se mil kar aate hain "
Muskaan was double with happiness ,it felt like a festival season in the hospital... There were some reporters too who came there to get the first hand report...later when she came back home she found him ready...
" hey Ridhhima how's the baby ? " he came up to her quickly ,excited
" Ab kya bataun itni sundar hai ki basss, pink cheeks ekdum red lips... Itne chotte chotte se hath hain aur pyari si smile aankhein to bilkul Rahul bhaiyya jaisi hai.." she smiled broadly remembering the baby all animosity forgotten in the moment of happiness, Armaan jumped happily hearing it...
" ohh Ridhhima i can't wait to see her "
" theek hai to ruko abhi to 8 baje hain 9 baje tak chalenge Muskaan bhabhi aur bhaiyya ke liye khana bhi le chalenge "
" lekin main to office ja raha hun "
" what ?! Tum Muskaan bhabhi aur baby se milne nahi jaa rahe the ? "
" nahi.. I don't like going to hospitals " he turned away
" oh pls. Armaan koi tumhe wahaan pakad kar kha nahi jayega.. Stop acting like a jerk... Wo tumhari bhabhi hai... Tumhari sabse achhi dost... Aur wo jo naya mehmaan aaya hai wo tumhari bhi kuch lagti hai, waise to tum bade bechain ho rahe the uske liye aur ab kya hua ? Rahul bhaiyya kya sochenge ?! "
" bhai kuch nahi sochega.. they know... Mujhe office jaana hai.. Jab wo ghar aayenge tab mil lunga " he didn't look at her
" what ?! tum unke ghar aane ka wait kar rahe ho ?! oh i see to wo sab care wo sab chinta karna sab ek dikhawa tha... Tumhe abhi bhi office jaane ki padi hai.. You are such a hypocrite "
" i do care about them " he said firmly now facing her
" wo to dikh hi raha hai huh ab jao i'm sure koi bahut important file tumhara intezaar kar rahi hogi " he went away grabbing his coat without another word, giving her a harsh look, their momentary truce over...
She was surprised that really neither Muskaan nor Rahul said anything about Armaan not coming to see the baby... Though he called about hundred times a day sometime just to hear baby's wailing... It was after three days that Muskaan was allowed to go home... Perfectly fine mother and baby...
Rahul, BP and Ridhhima went to bring them back home... And they were happily surprised to see the house completely changed... It was beautifully decorated with flowers right from the entrance... There were dholwalas and the path to the house was full of golden petals... Balloons... Ribbons... Welcome boards... And what not...
Muskaan was overwhelmed with joy ,as she stepped out of the car she saw five pandits chanting verses showering petals at the the mother and baby... She saw Virendra who stood there beaming happily... Now Ridhhima understood who did it... One of the pandit came forward and welcomed them putting a tilak on baby's and Muskaan's forehead blessing the child, mother and father...
As they all came in she saw Armaan rushing down skipping three four stairs at a time...
" Armaan be careful ! " Ridhhima shouted but he was Armaan... He came to a skidding halt next to Muskaan...
" baaabbbyyy... Ohh my she is beautiful ,god Muski yeh to puri bhai ki copy hai, you were right Ridhhima iski aankein bilkul bhai jaisi hai..."
" by the way main bhi hun yahaan " Muskaan said
" oh haan hi Muskaan " saying so he again got busy with the baby in her arms Muski gaped at him with surprise " Hii Angel... I'm your chachu... Hii " he waved at the baby who looked at him with her big eyes
" thank God tune bata diya warna wo bechari yahi sochti ki yeh bandar kaun hai " Muskaan chuckled and others laughed
" ha ha very funny... Achha chalo tumhe kuch dikhata hun " he took them all to a room... " now this is my Angel's paradise... Welcome home Angel " smiling broadly he opened a room which had a huge red ribbon on it's door... As they all entered it they were stunned to see the beautiful room.. A beautiful little crib with toys hanging over it.. A corner full of toys stuffed, automatic, robots, even a big T.V on the other side there was a big comfortable looking rocking chair near the window, cupboards full of baby clothes and every possible thing a baby would require... the ceiling looked like the sky with sun moon and stars
" the stars actually blink at night " he said happily
" Armaan football ?! " Muskaan asked puzzled seeing a football with toys
" arre girls can play football main sikhaunga naa "
" aur yeh cycle ?! " Rahul asked surprised
" haan wo mujhe achhi lagi to main le aaya " he said innocently
" Armaan ise chalane ke liye kam se kam baby ko 5 saal ka hona hoga "
" koi baat nahi main ek saal waali bhi le aaunga " they all laughed again... Muskaan came forward and kissed his forehead
" thank you beta " her eyes moist " it's..it's beautiful " he didn't said anything just gave her a side hug
" hey anything for you and Angel " everyone was touched to see their love... And Ridhhima was again left confused what should she think of him...
" achha pandit ji bachhe ke naamkaran ki rasam ka din bhi bata dijiye " Virendra asked
The head pandit consulted the books " yajmaan agle hafte shukrawaar (friday) 10 din baad ka mahurat nikla hai.. Akshar hai 'A' " saying so the group left and with that started the third world war... Everybody was fighting over a name for the baby which they liked the best... Well... surprisingly except Armaan... He just enjoyed their arguments... Laughing... Sometimes acting as referee...
The day of naamkaran ceremony was getting closer and still no one could settle on one name, everybody wanted that the name selected by them should be kept... She sat looking intently at the computer screen ,he came quietly from behind coming very close to her ,she was still oblivious that he was there.. He saw that she was looking for the sites of baby names then smiling naughtily he shouted loudly
" HIII RIDHHIIMAA " she jumped on her chair scared to death and seeing her bewildered face he laughed out loud " hahahaha oh my God ! look at your face haha "
" Armaaannn i will kill you... You moron... You idiot..." and she ran behind him with a pen stand in her hand, he ran for his life still laughing hard...
" ohh to Hitler ko bhi darr lagta hai.. Tch..tch..tch " flaring her anger even more ,she ran behind him as he ran out to the hall...
" arre arre kya kar rahe ho tum dono...?? " Muskaan who was now in the center of the two maniacs, shouted out...
" bhabhi dekho naa, main net se achhe achhe naam dhund rahi thi aur isne mujhe pichhe se aa kar daraa diya " she complained
" Oh tum dono bhi naa.. Waise Ridhhima tumhe dhundne ki koi zarurat nahi hai naam to i think papa ne dhund liya hai aur chachaji ne aur Rahul ne ab ek baby ke kitne naam rakhoge ?? "
" No way naam main rakhungi achha sa... Damdaar ! "
" To kya Gabbarni rakhogi ya Dara singhni ! damdaar ! hahaha " they both laughed out and she pouted
The days went by in a blurr and it was finally the day of the ceremony. A grand party was organized after the ceremony and loads of important people were invited...
" hey beautiful how are you ? " he whispered in her ear from behind
" ohh Armaan ! Badmaash " Padma hugged him lovingly
" Armaaan kaise ho ? " Shashank and Padma who were invited for the naamkaran ceremony came there to bless the newest member of Malik family
" mumma papa ! " Ridhhima came there happily seeing Padma and Shashank
" lo aa gayi hitler mera matlab hai aapki beti " she hugged them lovingly
" kaisi ho beta ? "
" arre yeh to aap mujh bechare se puchho... Ekdum hitler hai aapki beti.." she looked at him with open mouth " Pata hai ma abhi thode din pehle isne mujhe itni kadwi kadwi dawai khilayi aur mujhe kuch bhi kaam karne nahi diya " Armaan complained to Padma
" Ridhhima ?! "
" mumma Armaan ko bukhaar tha isliye and by the way i'm a doctor mujhe bhi pata hai kaun si dawai deni hai "
" nahi maa she's a hitler aur yeh meri sharafat ka fayeda uthati hai " eying her meaningfully but then the talk diverted as others joined them and it was the time to start the ceremony...
The pandits sat there in the hall only with family and Padma Shashank chanting holy verses and then he stopped...
" yajmaan bachhi ka naam kya socha hai aapne ? "
" Aarya " BP said
" Anushka " Virendra shouted
" Aarohi " came Ridhhima's voice
Three names together ! poor Pandit looked at Rahul and Muskaan's face who just grinned raising their shoulders as if apologising for not even settling on a name...
" Yajmaan inme se kaun sa naam rakhna hai ? "
" mera waala " said BP
" mere waala " said virendra
" no way papa mere waala "
Padma and Shashank laughed out seeing their daughter fighting with both her father in laws... But they were really happy to see that she truly felt like home here... On the other hand the argument continued and poor pandit looked at the group of crazy people before them... It was ten minutes and they were still unsure about the name
Seeing the fight coming to no end Armaan spoke up " kya main kuch suggest karu ?? "
" haan yeh teen kam the jo ek aur aa gaya maidaan main ! " Rahul exclaimed and Muski elbowed him
" sun to le.. Haan beta tu bata iski mat sun " eying Rahul angrily
" Angira... The brightest star of the great bear constellation " everybody was surprised, they wondered at his choice that he found such a beautiful and uncommon name... Muskaan nodded smiling...
" Angira... Bahut sundar naam hai " she looked at others and she knew with the smile on everyones faces that they too approve ,from that day baby was Angira... Angel for him...
It was evening and the party started ,everybody was enjoying themselves but Ridhhima was looking for Armaan... Not by choice... Virendra asked her to look for him... She looked everywhere and as she was passing a deserted corridor she heard some voices... She stopped to check and found Armaan standing with a lady, his back toward her... More of a model sort... A brunette... wearing a dress that was way too uncomfertable for her to watch let alone wear...
" Yeah you are absolutely right Armaan in budhe logon ki wajah se hum log phas jaate hain pehle shaadi karo.. Phir itne se bhi tasalli nahi hoti ki bachha chahiye phir bachhe ki musibat lo... Lekin isse nikalne ka aur tarika bhi to nahi hai... Isliye to main keh rahi hun tumne theek kiya shaadi karke ab jaldi se ek bachha wachha ho jayega to tum bhi phir free ho sakoge... biwi bachhe ke sath aur tum..."
" oh Pam tum bhi naa.."
They gigled, Ridhhima was red with anger she called him loudly " Armaan.. Armaaann..."
He turned quickly " Ridhhima... Kya hua ? "
" Papa bula rahe hain " she saw Pam standing unperturbed with a glass of wine in her hand and a lopsided smile on her face
" Tum chalo main abhi aata hun.. By the way tum Pam se mili ? " Ridhhima again looked at Pam she was still watching her as if sizing her... She scorned at her and went away angrily without a word
" She dosn't look too happy "
" Oh don't mind her.. she has her mood swings..." He grinned and walked away to meet Virendra... He was busy talking to a group when Rahul tapped on his shoulder
" ek minute tumse kuch baat karni thi "
" haan bhai "
Ridhhima saw Rahul talking to Armaan in a sort of angry manner ,she could not make out what they were talking about but saw that Armaan was trying to say something but Rahul didn't let him talk... He looked angry and Armaan looked irritated.. She was interrupted by a group of ladies and when she looked back they were no more there... She was just wondering when someone grabbed her arm
" mujhe tumse kuch baat karni hai.. Abhi " grabbing her arm he took her to a deserted corridor " tumne bhai se kya kaha ?? "
" Maine ?? Maine kya kaha?? "
" Jyada bholi mat bano bhai was yelling at me ki i was flirting with Pam.."
" Ohh i see... Isliye itna naraaz ho rahe kyunki bhaiyaa ne tumhe daanta ?! "
" Haan aur wo bhi tumhari wajah se jabki meri koi galti nahi thi.."
" Oh plz Armaan bevkoof to tum kisi aur ko banana.. Main khud dekh rahi thi ki she was all over you and you were enjoying it...agar bhaiyya ne tumhe daanta to isme galat kya tha you 'were' flirting with her ,right ?? "
" To... Kya galat tha ? baat hi to kar raha tha aur agar meri biwi hi meri taraf dhyaan nahi deti to main kya karun ? Do you expect ki main aise hi chup chap baitha hua intezaar karta rahun..."
Ridhhima was surprised " oh now i see what you mean... You are disgusting Armaan tum bhi unhi aadmiyon main se ho jo aurat se sirf ek cheez ki umeed rakhte hain.. Sirf apne entertainment ka pakage samjhte hain..."
" Ridhhima ! " He shouted
" Khair mujhe isse koi farak nahi padta ki tum kiske sath kisliye kya kar rahe the ya kar rahe ho... Aur haan tumhari information ke liye bata dun maine Rahul bhaiyya se kuch nahi kaha tumhari harkatein hi kuch aisi hain ki wo chhup nahi sakti " before he could say anything Martin came calling them both and she went away immediately without even looking at him, leaving him furious..
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Taming The Wild
Before The Storm
Recap : The baby arrives home ,fight over name for the baby which Armaan wins... In the party he flirts with Pam and gets scolding from Rahul...
The party got over and he returned back to the room... He was at the door when he saw that she was talking to someone on the phone happily...
" yes that would be perfect... Isme to kuch bhi jhut nahi hai... Yes okay.. I'll see you soon "
" kahan jaana hai ? " her smiled vanished as she heard his voice ,she kept the receiver down and stood up ,facing him...
" tumse matlab ? Kya ab main apni marzi se kahin jaa bhi nahi sakti ? " standing before the mirror she started taking off her ear rings, Armaan gave a small smile shaking his head ,loosening his tie...he stood by her side arms folded leaning on the wall... She looked at him questionably...
" Waise dekha jaaye to it's a nice plan... quiet high success rate... To ab aage kya socha hai ? " she stopped undoing her earring " yahi ki yeh bata kar ki tumhara husband ek 'unfaithful flirt' hai tum mujhse chutkara pa logi...? " He smiled at her shocked face he came close to her almost whispering " I'm not going to divorce you Ridhhima... itni aasani se chutkara nahi milega tumhe.. waise yeh idea tumhara tha ya... Mr.Prajapat ka...?? " Ridhhima was utterly shocked to hear the lawyer's name... She cursed him for betraying her trust and Sapna for recommending him ,she wondered if Armaan knew him too...
" Princess us bechare lawyer ko gaali mat do..." he said smiling ,this habit of his irritated her it was as if he could read her mind, he continued " usne mujhe kuch nahi bataya but you see... your husband is a very resourceful person... Waise tumhari jaankari ke liye bata dun ki 'Pam' was flirting with 'me' naa ki main uske saath... To agli baar agar meri daant padwaani ho to koi aur jyada achha bahana dhundna okay..." grinning he moved towards the other room leaving her puzzled " Aur haan apne 'visiting cards' zara dhyaan se rakha karo " he winked and left her standing there shocked... She could see his outline from the glass door ,shaking.. Obviously he enjoyed his 'victory'...
" you are so going to regret it Armaan " she thought over it and came to the conclusion that he probably had seen the card when she forgot it outside but didn't let her know that he had seen it... " aarrgghh stupid ! idiot ! " cursing herself for carelessness she dropped on the bed... " lekin agar wo jaanta tha ki main lawyer ke paas jaa rahi hun ,aur yeh bhi ki kisliye ja rahi hun.. Phir bhi usne mujhe roka nahi... Kyun ?? Aakhir kyun karta hai Armaan aisa... Rokta bhi nahi aur jaane bhi nahi deta " thinking about all this she didn't knew when she fell asleep...
Having a baby in the house brought about a change in everyone and a surprising change that came was not in Rahul or Muskaan but in Armaan... it was almost 15-20 days since the baby came home and since then he didn't held the baby... Not even once... He was little distant with her... And almost panicking looked for excuses when someone offered him to hold her... He was avoiding Angel... But sometimes acted so protective that he didn't let any outsider hold her... So much so that Muskaan and Rahul didn't gave the baby to anyone while he was around... At first Muskaan shook it off thinking she is just overreacting but when she observed she found that she was indeed right... Especially after that day...
He was climbing the stairs ,looking tired probably from a hectic day " Hey baby look chachu..." Maria smiled seeing Armaan coming, she rocked Angel in the corridor...
" Hiii Angel...hellooo mera baby kaisa hai ?! " standing at some distance he waved at baby happily
" Look she knows you..." Armaan smiled at the smiling baby... " Want to hold her ? "
" Umm no.." his smile vanished " Keep her away from me.." Maria was taken aback with this sudden change.. " I.. I mean.. I'm busy... Mujhe kuch kaam hai... Tum khila lo..." Saying so he rushed to his room ..
He didn't knew that Muskaan also witnessed the scene... she was surprised at his behaviour... ' Kya yeh wohi Armaan hai jo baby ke liye itna excited tha.. Ab to uski taraf dekhta bhi nahi hai... Why ?? ' she watched him entering his room but didn't said anything...
She saw that he enjoyed being around Angel but always found excuses not to hold the baby... On the other hand he realized that others were getting bit suspicious but didn't wish to talk to anyone about it, he started staying away from Angel... He looked at the baby longingly, rushed to call someone whenever he heard her cry but never once himself try to pacify her... And fiercely opposed to giving the baby to any outsider.. So much that no outsider held her except Maria or Martin...
Rahul and Muskaan were both quiet surprised at his behaviour but remained quiet... Even when once Rahul heard him complaining..
" kya yaar main itne saare boys toys le aaya... Sab waste ! "
Rahul raised his eyebrows ' so he was hoping for a boy... And that's why stays away from Angel..?! Nahi nahi.. aisa kaise ho sakta hai wo to itna khush tha Angel ke aane par... Magar... ' he tried to shrug the thought away...
But the situation seem to go from bad to worse, once he was passing through Rahul Muskaan's room he heard a loud wail and went inside... Angel was on the bed crying... He was totally confused what to do..
" Ohh shh shh quiet baby quiet oh God yeh ro kyun rahi hai ? Anngel babbbyy " he tried shaking some toys before her but no result... She wailed even louder... " Oh god ab kya karu ? Muskiii ! Maria ! Ridhhimaaa !! God kahan chale gaye sab ?!, Lagta hai uthana hi padega..." He bent down a bit resting his knee on the bed " umm aise ?? Shit..! " he tried picking her by putting hands under her head but she turned and he quickly dropped the idea.. " Nahi aise nahi.. aise theek rahega " he thought of picking her up by.. you know... like little grown up kids... Hands under her arms
He was still deciding when Maria came running... " Ohh no no baby why my sweet baby is crying ? "
" Oh thank god Maria you came ! "
" Armaan baba why didn't you pick her up " Angel's wails instantly subsided as Maria picked her up rocking gently...
" Pick her up ! I was trying .. But she won't let me.. She was crying so much making me nervous, and it was getting on my nerves..." Just then Muskaan came in...
" Oh really Armaan ! to tu jaa aur araam kar Angel ko main sambhaal lungi she will NOT get on to your NERVES..." probably she heard him, she took Angel from Maria obviously not very happy...
" Muski... Main ..mera matlab tha ki..." he tried to explain
" Koi baat nahi Armaan you go and rest..." Saying so she went to Angel's room leaving him there... He looked at Maria and then slowly picking up his coat went out... As he turned he saw Muski rocking Angel in her arms smiling playfully talking in babyish language... He gave a longing look and went on his way...
The things with Ridhhima were no better but at least he was mentally prepared for them... At dinner came another surprise for him...
" papa main soch rahi thi ki hamein apne charitable organizations jaa kar Angel ke ghar aane ki khushi share karni chahiye... I'm sure sab log hamari angel ko bahut duayein denge "
" haan beta khayal to bahut achha hai magar abhi to main rahul aur aapke BP kaam ke silsile main thoda busy hain hamara jaana to ho nahi paayega and i don't think ki muskaan can go out either... Aur aap to wahaan kisi ko theek se jaante bhi nahi "
" uski to koi problem nahi honi chahiye papa I'm sure Armaan mere sath jarur chalenge..."
" Armaan ?! I'm not sure beta if he will go "
" main puchti hun papa I'm sure wo is baat ke liye kabhi mana nahi karega "
" theek hai puch lo agar wo jaata hai to.. "
" kya puchhna hai ? " he said while settling down for dinner
" wo main papa se keh rahi thi ki angel ke aane ki khushi hamein baaki sabse bhi share karni chahiye to main hamare charitable trusts jaana chahti thi..."
" haan to theek hai yeh to achhi baat hai after all ab yeh sab tumne hi sambhalna hai Muski to abhi busy hai "
" wohi to.. Papa keh rahe the ki baaki sab busy hain to main soch rahi thi agar tum mere saath chalo to..."
" charitable trusts ? Yeah why not.. sure main chalta hun no problem " Ridhhima smiled at him broadly
" oh thank you Armaan " he was pleased to see her so happy, whereas Virendra looked bit doubtful
" are you sure beta... Will you be comfortable ? I mean Kaafi time ho gaya hai tumhe gaye hue..."
" yeah papa no problem I'm sure... Aur thodi daer ki to baat hai... Why are you so worried.."
" nahi bas aise hi pucch raha tha " he felt bit relieved ,probably things are changing... Hopefully for better, he smiled at both his son and daughter-in-law...
They both got ready for the visit to their charitable organizations...
" hey to tayar ho tum dono.."
" haan ji bhaiyya, muskaan bhabhi ne wahan ke incharge se baat kar li hai, they will be waiting for us "
" chalo theek hai main chacha ji ke sath aaj dupahar ko South Africa ke liye nikal jaunga.. Armaan tum aur papa yahaan manage kar lena ok "
" no prob. Bhai "
They both sat in the car, Ridhhima just hoped that he doesn't notice.. And probably time was on her side he opened his laptop and got busy with some work... Sometime his workaholic ways were boon..
" Ridhhima i hope you won't mind mujhe kuch presentations check karni thi.. Just let me know jab hum pahunch jaayein.." saying so he went back to his work with his i pod earplugs stuffed in his ears... She couldn't have asked for anything better...
" yes ma'am " the driver turned, she quickly told him something and sat back with a small smile... She looked at him to which he raised his eyebrows asking if there was something ,she just nodded and he went back to his work...
About half an hour later the car entered a beautiful building... It wasn't too big just four storied but looked spacious and unlike other buildings had a calm look... The path was surrounded with trees and a circular garden with a beautiful fountain in the center...
The car came to halt ,she could see some people standing with garlands to welcome them...
" Armaan.. Armaan " she shook him a bit " hum pahuch gaye "
He took off the earplugs and closed the laptop, then... He looked around...Bit confused...
" Ridhhima... Yeh.. Where are we ? This is not our old age home... Or orphanage..."
" i know, yeh hamara charitable hospital hai... Aayush " his eyes opened wide with horror... " ab chalo sab wait kar rahe hain "
" Ridhhima magar.. Magar " but she was already out and the administrator came forward to welcome them... He gulped and slowly came out, he was not left with any choice...
" welcome sir.. We are delighted to have you here... Aap itne saalon main pehli baar aaye hain..." Armaan shook hands with him... His heart beat racing and suddenly the weather felt very hot... A drop of sweat rolled down the collar... Ridhhima on the other hand was all nice and polite... Totally unaffected ,she saw through the corner of her eye ,he looked at her... his eyes as if pleading her to go back... But she remained adamant
" sir yahaan par hai hamara general ward aur wahaan us taraf OPD... Hamare paas best facilities hain aur as per our ruled garib logon ka free ilaaj kiya jaata hai.." the incharge there kept on speaking but Armaan's mind was somewhere else... He forced a smile on his face... Flashes came before his eyes... People were running.. A bloody hand... Masked men... He closed his eyes shaking his head... He needed some fresh air, outside...
He took her aside " Ridhhima.. Plz. Yahaan se chalo.. Mera dam ghut raha hai yahaan... I.. I'm not comfortable here plz chalo yahaan se.."
" Armaan plz. Hum abhi to aaye haon itni jaldi kaise jaa sakte hain abhi to maine theek se hospital dekha bhi nahi hai.."
" magar tumne pehle kyun nahi bataya ki hum yahaan aa rahe hain, Muski ne tumhe bataya nahi ki i dont come here..." he felt frustrated and helpless
" to kya hua agar yahaan aa gaye to koi tumhe yahaan kha nahi jayega.. So stop acting so weirdly.. Mujhe yahaan aana tha isliye main aa gayi "
" theek hai phir tum ruko main jaa raha hun " he said firmly
" Armaan plz yahaan scene create mat karo.. Log kya sochenge ?! " he rubbed his forehead in frustration " achha ek kaam karo tum childrens ward to jaa sakte ho naa..." he still looked doubtful " tum bas wahaan ka inspection kar lo..phir hum chalte hain... Main bas abhi aati hun " leaving him standing there she went to the administrator
" excuse me..." he saw her talking to him ,the man directing her to two corridors prabably children's ward... Children he could handle but what about those screams that now echoed in his mind... Those flashes... They were scary... He loosened his tie... Now panting lightly...
She came to him.." wo left waala corridor children ward waala hai... Main burns ward main jaa rahi hun.. Maine bola hai ki we will be leaving bit early, cheque de diya hai.. Ab to khush... Jao ab main yahin milungi " he nodded and walked away a man along with him guiding him earnestly... Eager to please... Ridhhima saw him walking away and a sly smile came to her lips... She too then walked away with other peole chatting animatedly...
" yahaan yeh sab log dhake hue kyun hain " he walked by a ward where people lay with a kind of wooden semi circle covering over them... Revealing only their faces..
" sir wo.. " the man's explaination was cut short when a loud scream was head... Armaan froze there... He saw some nurses and ward boys rushing towards them with a streacher...
A woman lay on it she screamed with agony... Her skin as if was peeling off... The nerves visible and a blood soaked hand dangling loosely... They rushed past them... And as they were passing the lady's hand slightly touched the mans suit and she yelled out in agony...
Armaan staggered on his spot his breath as if just stopped there... Someone was throttling him... He could not breathe... And suddenly loud screams erupted from every corner... His legs felt rubbery ,they could not support him...
" sir.. Sir are you okay..?? "
" ye.. Ye kya..? " he could not even speak more
" sir it's a burns ward... Wo aurat shayad bahut jyada jal gayi hai isliye.. "
" burns ward.?! lekin.. lekin mujhe to children's ward "
" sir maam ne kaha ki aap yahaan ka round lenge aur maan children ward ka isliye.."
Armaan could stay there no more the smell, the screams, the blood.. it was killing him... He could not bear it a second longer... He rushed out
' Ridhhima ne.. Ridhhima ne jaan kar mujhe yahaan bheja ! ' the words of that man kept echoing in his mind.. ' nahi Ridhhima aisa nahi kar sakti ' he rushed to the other side and saw her chatting smilingly to some people probably kids parents...
" Ridhhima chalo yahaan se.. " he grabbed her arm and pulled her away
" Armaaann.. Magar.. Armaan kya kar rahe ho ?! "
" we need to leave right now " he ordered and holding her firmly rushed back to the car
" sir.. Maam is everything okay ? " a frightened administrator rushed to them
" yes Mr. Kapur.. Everything is fine.. We just... We just need to leave urgently..." with that quick explaination he made her sit in the car and ordered to be out of that place as soon as possible... He hid his face in his palms... Panting... Sweating... The screams, the flashes now erupted before his eyes ,he had no control over them... He was helpless... Ridhhima just watched him...
" anything wrong Armaan ? " she asked in a cool calm voice, he looked at her, her eyes said everything.. she didn't felt anything for him, she didn't felt sorry ,she was mocking him... He played a complete fool in front of her , freaking out like this
After that visit he couldn't sleep for three nights in a row everytime he tried to sleep that face came before his eyes that scream that could freeze the blood of the listener, haunted him.. He could not eat.. nor liked to talk to anyone... loud voices irritated him and he was reluctant to meet anyone... Almost shutting himself... The trouble was that even being all by himself didn't brought any peace... Ridhhima saw the changes in him and was curious too but was too proud and least bothered to ask... Until that night...
She was sleeping, when bright light from other room fell on her eyes disturbing her sleep... Opening sleepy eyes she saw him pacing up and down in the room...
" Armaan tumhe sona nahi hai kya lights off karo mujhe neend aa rahi hai..."
He looked at her with bloodshot eyes..
" Neend ! of course.. You are the lucky one here... You can sleep..." he shouted out coming towards her.. Ridhhhima was taken aback and was bit scared too.. Sleep suddenly vanished
" Armaan kya ho gaya hai tumhe...? "
" Kyun Ridhhima kyun kiya tumne aisa tumne jaan bujh kar mujhe wahaan bheja... jaan kar wo sab kiya jisse mujhe takleef ho hai naa ?! " he now grabbed her by her shoulders...
" Armaan chhodo mujhe... You are hurting me..." She shrug away his hands " haan maine jaan kar kiya ab tumhe pata laga ki takleef kya hoti hai... Dard kya hota hai... unse duur hone ka jinhe aap sabse jyada chahte hain..." He looked at him with fire in her eyes...
" Takleef..! Dard..!?. Tumne dard kabhi jhela hai Ridhhima... Kabhi asli takleef dekhi hai...?? Nahi.. bilkul nahi.. Jise tum takleef samajhti ho wo to kuch bhi nahi hai... Aur tum mujhe apno se duur hone ka dard mat batao... Tum iss layak nahi ho ki abhi kisi ka gam ya dard samjh pao.."
" Agar tum apni baat kar rahe ho Armaan to main naa hi tumhara dard jaanna chahti hun aur naa hi gam... Mujhe bas tumse chutkara chahiye... Samjhe "
" To tum bhi yeh jaan lo ki mujhse chutkara paana itna
aasan nahi hai.. This is not going to get over here Ridhhima... It has
just begun... Lagta hai mujhe duusra hi tarika apnana padega tumhe
samjhane kaa... Now just be prepared Mrs.Ridhhima Armaan Malik..." he
walked away to the other room slamming the sliding door shut
Taming The Wild
Recap: Armaan finds out about Prajapat... He gets
extremely conscious about holding the baby... Rahul and Muskaan were
very surprised at his behaviour and unhappy too... Ridhhima tricks
Armaan to visit their charitable hospital and he faces worse time for
days after it...
Two days passed since the outburst he was mostly quiet with serious expressions on his face as if pondering over some grave matter all the time... inspite of all this he kept up the show of being a happy husband in front of others... and others... As usual they had no clue of what went behind the closed doors between two of them... On the other hand Armaan's behaviour towards Angira created some distance between him and Rahul and Muskaan... Moreover, they were too busy with their new happiness to devote any time to anything else...
" oh it's okay yaar trust me... It's okay I'll handle everything " she spoke smilingly while talking on phone, Armaan who was nearby listening her conversation, sniggered... She saw it.. " Sapna main tujhse thodi daer main baat karti hun " she cut the call " ab kya problem hai tumhe ?? "
" kuch nahi.. Kya tumhari dost ko pata hai ki tum kitni vishwaas layak ho ? "
She looked at him with narrowed eyes she knew immediately what he meant " oh plz. " she threw her hands in air sarcastically " at least I'm more trustworthy than you tum to kisi ke bhi vishwaas layak nahi ho "
He snapped his file close and stood up, it was time for confrontation " Main vishwaas layak nahi hun... ? Aur jo tumne kiya kya uske baad tum par main vishwaas kar paunga ?? tum aur wo tumhara Vivek..." he walked up to her and held her hand angrily..
" Armaan leave my hand..." Small tears started forming in her eyes... He saw them and realised that his hold must be hurting her,he relaxed it a bit but didn't let it go... " Tum aur tumhara Vivek ek jaise hi ho... Jhute aur dhokebaaz.."
" What !? Vivek ? Kya kehna chahte ho tum...?? " She looked at him confused, questions swarming in her eyes ,he let go of her hand with a jerk...
" Armaan... Tumne Vivek ke sath kuch...? " He could see anger replaced with fear in her eyes.. It irritated him further
" Mujhe is baat ka zara bhi andaza nahi tha Ridhhima ki tumhara dimaag itni planning bhi kar sakta hai... Kya tumne uske saath reh kar sirf dhoka dena hi seekha hai ?? "
" Armaan ! Vivek ke baare main kuch mat kaho... Wo kabhi kisi ko dhoka nahi de sakta.. Wo tumhari tarah nahi hai, aur wo mujhse bahut pyaar karta hai..."
" Achha ! Agar itna hi pyaar karta hai to ek baar bhi aaya yahaan ?? Kya tumhari baat hui kabhi usse shaadi ke baad ? " She was speechless " main batata hun what he is... he is a spineless worm... Agar itna hi pyaar karta itni hi himmat hoti to shaadi ke din wahaan hota aur meri aankon main aankhen daal kar kehta ki wo tumse pyaar karta hai..." Ridhhima was speechless he touched a most hurting part of her heart tears formed in her eyes... Armaan on the other hand was all pent up fuming with anger he would have continued but seeing her tears he just stopped midway... " Kash tumhe insaan ki pahchaan aati Ridhhima magar yeh mat sochna ki it's over here what you did was really mean... aur tumhe is baat ka ehsaas main karwa ke rahunga ki asli dard ka ehsaas kya hota hai..." with a sharp look he went away... Leaving her ,tears flowing freely from her eyes now...
" Nahi Vivek mujhe kabhi dhoka nahi de sakta... Kabhi nahi... Wo.. Wo mujhse pyaar karta hai... Usi ke liye to main sabse.. Apne aapse lad rahi hun..." He heard her and clutching the door knob hesitated for a moment but then with a sudden firmness on his face moved out...
The next day as Armaan went to the office she excused herself saying that it was her friend's birthday and she has to attend a small get together but will be back soon, instead she went to meet Prajapat...
He sipped his coffee slowly thinking about something gravely ,Ridhhima on the other hand watched a spot on the table ,somewhat lost ,she was startled when he suddenly spoke up
" Can you plz elaborate on his reaction at the time you went to the hospital till after coming back back from there..." she sighed but told him everything that happened there and a bit after coming back.. He thought for a while and then giving a small smile spoke up " i think we can have a firm second excuse in case our infidelity reason doesn't works..." She looked at him bit surprised and confused...
back at home Virendra entered the house rather grumpily... He looked annoyed and angry over something, Muskaan saw him and was surprised because he was back quiet early from the party he went to...
" arre chacha ji aap itni jaldi aa gaye ? Aapki to grandpa party thi naa...? " Muskaan asked
He huffed " bas puchho mat beta, saara mood kharaab ho gaya, sab us kamine Chaddha ki wajah se.."
" Chaddha ? Wohi aapka sabse pyaara dushman " she chuckled a little remembering the person but hid her smile
" haan wahi, party dene wale ko to koi problem nahi thi magar use aur uske chamcho ko yeh pareshaani ho rahi thi ki main wahaan kaise... Pata hai usne kya kaha ' ki technically you are not a grandpa yet and borrowed grandchildren are not done...! ' I tell you i felt like strangling him... What does he mean by ' borrowed ' grandchild !? Kya mere bhai ki poti meri poti nahi hai ? Kya main kisi aur ka bachha utha kar laaya hun ?! "
" ohh i see.. Koi baat nahi chacha ji aapko us Chadda ki baat ka bura maanne ki koi zarurat nahi hai Angira aapki bhi poti hai aur is baat ko koi jhutla nahi sakta..." She smiled at him assuringly
" jaanta hun beta magar fir bhi gussa aa jaata hai actually wo tabse jyada irritated hai jabse maine uski beti ka rishta manaa kiya hai Armaan ke liye tabse wo aur jyada jalne laga hai "
" achaa yeh kab hua ? " she asked surprised at the information
" tabhi jab Armaan hospital main tha accident ki wajah se... Wahan hamne Ridhhima ko pehle hi pasand kar liya tha aur main kehta hun Muskaan beta ki hamari kismat achhi thi ki hamein Ridhhima mil gayi uski beti to uff pucho mat " he shook his head probably remembering that girl
" sach kaha aapne chacha ji Ridhhima bahut achhi hai warna ladkiyan ghar baad main aati hain aur jhagde pehle shuru ho jaate hain " little they were aware that Ridhhima was listening to their conversation they didn't notice that she was there... Ridhhima felt heartfelt affection for both of them, she just stood there lost in her thoughts and their conversation... " achha ab aap mood mat kharab kariye us chadda ke peeche wo to ek number ka jalokda hai huh " Muskaan made a face in her patented Muski style cursing Chaddha
" Absolutely true..." Armaan came there but Muskaan's smile faltered seeing him he came there and extended a hand to caress Angel's head but Muskaan took her from Maria's arms.. He drew back his hand...
" Main isko le jaati hun bhuk lag rahi hogi..." ignoring Armaan she went away with Maria... Armaan backed off ,he knew she was upset with him... But this was not the time for explanation.. He turned back to Virendra who still looked bit angry..
" Ohho kya papa aap bhi naa us Chadhha ki baat ka bura maan rahe ho aap jaante ho na wo aapse kabse jalta hai.. Shayad college time se.."
When Virendra still looked unconvinced " mujhe to tab tak chain nahi milega jab tak main 'apna' poti pota use nahi dikha deta phir main use achha sabak sikhaunga "
he smiled... " Daad.. Aapko apne pota poti chahiye naa to wo bhi aa jayenge... I promise you papa you will get what you want... ab to muskurayiye..." he tried to calm him down
" Really... Do you promise me ? " he asked apprehensively
" Of course dad aap bhi naa " he chuckled at his fathers childishness
" Oh thank you beta i will be waiting eagerly for that day..." He gave a big smile and would have said more but his secretary called him for an important call.. Ridhhima witnessed the scene, she stood there pondering on his promise to his father... just how he was planning to fulfill it ?? Is he... No no it's almost three months to their marriage and till now he had never crossed his limits except few mild incidents which she had shrugged off as his way of annoying her... But what if he...??
She was just wondering about this when " Oh to madam aa gayee.." Her thoughts were broken by a familiar voice she turned and saw Armaan sitting on the couch with Virendra..
" Ridhhima beta aa gaye.. Kahan chali gayi thi ? "
" Wo papa main... Apni ek friend se milne gayi thi.. Uska birthday tha aaj " She lied, her eyes met Armaan's who was looking at her intently, Ridhhima felt uncomfertable at his gaze there was something in those eyes, she always felt as if they had some kind of x-ray in them which can see right into her heart and mind he somehow always came to know what she was thinking and feeling it was so annoying at times..
" Ridhhima ja kar fresh ho jao aaj shaam ko ek party main jaana hai.."
" Party ? Magar.."
" Haan beta hamare ek bahot imp. Client hain unhone party throw ki hai main to jaa nahi paunga Muskaan keh rahi thi ki use apni massi se milne jaana hai Angira ko le kar to soch raha tha main unke sath hi chala jaun ,Rahul aur bhaisaab bhi nahi hain isliye tum Armaan ke sath chali jaana... Okay " He got up and patting her head lovingly went to his room...
Ridhhima watched him go... " Yeh papa bhi kis musibat main daal gaye ab iske sath party jao..."
" Kya hua ?? " She was startled to hear his voice so
close, as she tried to move back ,lost her balance and was about to
fall when two strong arms held her by her waist tightly.. her eyes shut
expecting the fall.. Which never came... She felt a strong muscular
smell hit her nostrils her heartbeat raced for no apparant reason her
thoughts were broken by equally strong voice " tum aanken khol sakti
ho.." She opened her eyes slowly and to her surprise his face was just
inches away from her an amused smile playing on his lips for a moment
Ridhhima forgot everything.. " Tumhe kya laga main tumhe aise hi chot
pahuchne dunga ? " she kept looking at those mesmerising grey eyes he
always used them to his advantage.., shaking herself mentally breaking
his hypnotic gaze, she tried to move but could not get free of his
strong grip instead it became even stronger.. to her horror he came
even closer she turned her face away and closed her eyes a kind of
current ran through her body as he nuzzled her hair...
" Kahan gayi thi Ridhhima ?, main tumhe kitna miss kar raha tha.."
" Armaan leave me.. I said just leave me.." His being so close to her created havoc she was scared of his advances especially after hearing his talk with Virendra, Armaan on the other hand remained unperturbed ,his smile widened in a sarcastic way as he moved away from her.. As soon as she freed herself she ran to the room ,away from him ,his piercing gaze, his hold, his touch... His... everything...
He met her in the room she again was talking on phone... And he could easily make it that it was that lawyer Prajapat, he boiled with anger and shouted out...
" Ridhhima.. Ridhhima "
" Kya hai ? " she replied back in same tone
" Mujhe tumse baat karni hai "
" par mujhe tumhari koi baat nahi sunni.." keeping the phone down she moved towards the closet..
" Sunni padegi.. Bas bahut ho chuka bahut seh liya maine tumhara natak... Mere kuch naa kehne ka bahut fayeda utha liya tumne... Ab samay aa gaya hai ki kuch baatein bilkul saaf ho jaayein..."
She jerked off his hand... " Haan ek baat to bilkul saaf hai ki main tumhare saath bilkul nahi rehna chahti.." She turned to go but he held her arm and pulled her to face him
" Achha... Kyun Ridhhima aisa kya kiya hai maine ?.. Huh... Kya nahi kiya tumhari khushi ke liye jo tumne chaha wo diya hai... Kya kabhi ek pati hone ka adhikaar jamaya hai tum par ?? "
" leave me Armaan... Aur yeh tum bhi jaante ho ki yeh adhikaar tumne zabardasti haasil kiya hai meri marzi se nahi..."
He let go off her arm with a jerk and came very close to her face " maine tumhe pehle bhi kaha tha Ridhhima ki tum mujhe chahe jitna bhi dard do mere parivaar ko kisi tarah ki sharmindagi nahi honi chahiye aur agar tumne Prajapat ki baaton main aa kar koi aisa waisa kadam uthaya to yaad rakhna mujhe apne pati hone ka adhikaar jamana aata hai..."
" Tum mujhe dhamki de rahe ho..? "
" Samjha raha hun.. Ise lightly mat lena abhi tumne Armaan Malik ka sirf achha waala roop dekha hai... Mere liye mere apno ki khushi sabse badhkar hai samjhi..." He left the room with a warning look at her..
Ridhhima glared back and slumped into the bed after he was gone... Though she tried to be brave ,she was scared of him... His anger... What if he really did what he said..??... No he can't do that... He was just threatning...
But then the words echoed in her mind... " don't worry papa you will get what you want " she gulped... It was not the time to rub Armaan on the wrong side but she had to be watchful he had already threatend her after that hospital visit that he will teach her a lesson what if he...
She shuddered at the thought... But nonetheless got ready to go for the party...
They both entered the party hall Armaan saw her sullen face and whispered " yahaan aise muh latka kar mat raho.. smile... Aur haan tumhe kuch batana bhul gaya aaj raat tayar rehna aaj tumhe..."
" Hii Ridhhima.. Hey Armaan " he was cut short by an enthusiastic greeting from Aditi
" Hey Aditi.." He hugged her lightly " tum yahan ?! mujhe nahi pata tha ki tum aa rahi ho..."
" Wo actually mera kuch fix nahi tha mujhe nahi pata tha tum aa rahe ho ki nahi main akeli bore ho jaati magar fir wo.."
" Hey Ridhhima what a surprise.." Chirag came there smiling... " Hey Armaan how are you guys ? " he shook hands with Armaan smiling warmly...
" ab pata chala ki tum bore naa hone kaa samaan sath laayi ho " Aditi blushed and hit his arm lightly ,Chirag unaware of this small talk continued
" Aur tum... Maana ki ab tum 'pati waali' ho gayi ho magar kya hamari yaad nahi aati ? ,hospital aana kya chhod diya tum to hamein bhuul hi gayi hmm.."
Ridhhima forced a smile but Armaan replied before her " bhai wo to hai aisa tall ,handsome , dashing husband jiska ho usko dusro ke liye fursat hi kahan hogi... Hai naa Ridhhima ?! " He looked at her and winked ,Aditi and Chirag gigled... Ridhhima though was angry yet tried to smile controlling her temper...
As the party continued Ridhhima felt terribly bore there thankfully she had Aditi and Chirag to give her company but when Aditi left to look for Chirag who went with Armaan, as she felt hungry ,she asked Ridhhima to look for Armaan to have dinner together...
She started looking and found him standing at the bar with another man, she didn't recognise him, his face partly visible... probably his friend ,his back was towards her , she was about to call him when a young girl came up to him giving a big smile she couldn't hear what she said but they both got up and left... She instinctively follwed them... She was bit caught up with few guests but quickly excusing herself she found them in a secluded corner... She hid herself behind a decorative tree
" I'm not a s**t Armaan Malik !! I liked you... And i thought you had some respect for others feelings " the lady was obviously angry, throwing a dirty look at him she went away.. Ridhhima was stunned to hear it...
Then another man whom she could not see properly came to him there " so what happened ?? " a hint of curious amusement in his voice
But this time she was disturbed by her viberating cell she saw that it was Aditi probably looking for her she decided to let the phone ring..
" You see jab ghar main biwi hai to bahar kyun jaana..." he said with a shameless grin... " After all i'm married yaar..."
" of course and you said that you have a surprise planned for someone tonight.." his tone had a hint of naughtiness...
" Yes... A big one..." Even when she could not see his face she could sense the bitterness in his tone they both went back to bar... She followed them... But she had to take care that she was hidden they were again enjoying themselves when she heard Armaan talking
" ...of course shaadi karlo phir to aish hi aish hai... Bahar jaane ka mann naa ho to biwi aur agar jao bhi to kisi ko koi shak nahi... Phir bas ek bachha wachha in budhe logon ke liye.. jinka to shauk hota hai bachhe khilane ka... Ghar waale bhi khush.. Hai naa " the other man definitely agreed and they toasted their glasses...
Ridhhima was furious and for a moment was surprised at what she had heard... They continued further but it was really hard to hear them properly with loud music around... But what she heard next infuriated her even more...
" Oh yes i have slept with many but none were good enough to keep me tied... Or to give my father a grandchild..." the man laughed again... Toasting their glasses...
" Aur jab ghar par ek biwi ho to fikar Aur bachhe wachhe ho jayein to ghar waalon ka bhi muh band, phir kya hai biwi bachho main mast and you are a free man..." the other man gave a small laugh..
She felt a hand on her shoulder and turned abruptly " arre Ridhhima tum ?! Armaan ko dhund rahi thi kya ? "
" Oh.. Ridhhima tum...?! " Armaan turned slowly keeping his glass on the table... " Tum kab aayi..?? " she saw that he was alone the other man was nowhere in sight but she was too furious right now to bother about anyone else
" Tabhi jab tum kuch khaas baat kar rahe the apne 'dost' se..."
" hey Ridhhima... Sweetheart i was missing you..." smiling and ignoring her tone and comment he tried to hug her but she backed off.." ohh cmmon yaar don't be shy " he leaned forward and whispered in her ear " you are going to be verry happy tonight " he winked and Ridhhima went red with anger... embarresment... She turned and walked away from him... Armaan went after her...
" Hey Ridhhima kahan jaa rahi ho ?? " He grabbed her wrist... " Running away from me huh ?? " He looked at her ,she was scared of him now..
" Leave my hand Armaan " ,they both glared at each other... Neither of them blinking... " maine tumhari saari baatein sun li hain... aur mujhe tumhare ghatiya plan ke baare main bhi pata chal gaya hai "
" plan ?! What plan ?? " then suddenly it striked him what she must be talking about " Ridhhima tum galat samajh rahi ho, wo... "
" Main bilkul theek samajh rahi hun Armaan hairaani hoti hai soch kar ki tum itna ghatiya bhi soch sakte ho..."
" Bas that's enough tum har baar apne aap bina kuch jaane sune kaise faisle le sakti ho ? Khair ,chalo yahaan se..." he gritted his teeth ,anger again burning inside him.. Why she had to be so stubborn, why can't she listen...
" Kyun sachhai bardasht nahi hui ? Ab tumhari ghatiya soch sabke saamne na aajaaye " she said sarcastically
" Ghatiya wo hota hai jo tumne us din mere sath kiya... Aur Ghatiya kya hota hai ye main aaj tumhe bata kar rahunga bas bahut ho chuka bahut seh liya maine..." his anger resurfaced remembering that day all politeness and niceties forgotton, he was about to leave with her when Aditi came there
" hey you guys ! Tum yahaan ho main kabse tum dono ko dhumd rahi hun.. Bechara Chiraag tumhe har jagah dhund raha hai... Ab chalo bhi mere paet main chuhe kuud rahe hain..."
" Aditi wo.."
" offoh saari baatein ab table par karna bhuke paet to mujse kuch suna nahi jaata " she grabbed both of them by arms and walked towards dining area...
They were very quiet during dinner both controlling themselves as they were not alone, but none forgot the others behaviour and words it was just the people around them calmed them down a bit... Just a bit... They were joined at dinner by the son of the host Soham , a handsome and very well behaved young man and Ridhhima could not help but compare Armaan and him...
Seeing the silence on the table Aditi decided to initiate some conversation ,she targetted Chirag " waise Chiraag mauka achha hai why don't you choose someone for yourself... Hmm... Maine suna hai you are single " she secretly winked at him... Chirag blushed at her comment
" haha it looks like Chirag is bit shy kyun Chirag ? " Aditi smiled at soham, but somehow she could feel that Chirag didn't like him, probably jealous cauae Soham was paying special attention to her... " bhai maine to apne liye ladki pasand kar li hai... And she is just amazing " he sipped his wine smiling
" of course Soham ko girls department main kabhi problem hui hi nahi... Kyun Soham ? " said Armaan
" well it's good then warna log ladkiyon ko paane ke liye, unke saath sone ke liye kya kya nahi karte" suddenly everybody looked at her somewhat confused that where the conversation was heading " achha banne ka naatak unke aas paas ke logon ko impress karna... Maksad sirf ek... ladki ko pana..." She said delibrately looking at Armaan " Armaan ko hi dekh lo bas ladki dikhni chahiye he can get along with anyone... kuch ladkiyan Armaan par flat aur kuch par Armaan.. Right Armaan "
Aditi seeing the situation getting tense she didn't knew why but tried to divert it
" actually Ridhhima..."
but Ridhhima didn't stop " afterall what men want, only one thing..." She looked at Armaan with hatred in her eyes she was disgusted with what she heard " Do pegs ke baad sabki sachhai baahar aa jati hai... Aur Armaan apna record kyun kharaab karega, who can resist the charm of great Armaan Malik.." She mocked at him recalling his words
Armaan burned with anger she was humiliating him in front of their friends she was portraying him as some sex starved phycho... He tightened his jaw and stood up abruptly throwing his napkin on the table
" excuse me but hum yahaan nahi ruk sakte.. Chalo Ridhhima.."
" I'm not going.."
" oh yes you are we are leaving " he grabbed her by her upper arm and made her stand others stood up too but before they could say anythimg he just pulled her gripping her arm firmly he dragged her to the car Ridhhima tried to free herself but in vain , she was sullen throughout the ride back gripping the seat tightly as he drove like maniacs fuming in anger... as they got home he pulled her out roughly...
" Leave me you psycho !! " he dragged her to their room... No one was at home... Rahul was in South Africa with BP ,Muskaan and Angira were at Muskaan's massi with Virendra and servants were probably asleep...
" Tumhe lagta hai ki all i want is sex.. Main jo bhi karta hun uska maksad sirf ladkiyon.. Taumhare sath sona hai ?! Then let me show you what it is " he slammed the door of the room shut and locked it.. he turned to her and holding her roughly pinned her to the wall... He did took some alcohol but she didn't knew he was so high... " Tum sochti ho ki main sirf tumhare sath sone ke liye yeh sab kar raha hun... tumne Sapna se yeh kaha tha na ki maine tumhare sath zabardasti karne ki koshish ki... To Ridhhima aaj main tumhe batata hun ki zabardasti kya hoti hai..." he Grabed her by arms Ridhhima cried out shouting
" Armaan ! Armaan ! leave me..." Armaan in high temper snapped away her saree... tore away her blouse Ridhhima cried out bitterly... But was helpless before his strength his nails scratched her arm... He grabbed her face and brought it close to his to kiss rather crush them and then... for the first time saw her terrified tearful face closely... she was quivering... He stopped abruptly... Ridhhime was still crying his hand held by hers in order to get herself free she stared back bit surprised at his sudden stillness... Still terrified tear stricken but a defiant fire in her eyes.. His hold loosened around her face he turned back taking few steps away from her...
" kyun kya hua ? Ruk kyun gaye ??Main hamesha se tumhare
baare main sahi thi Armaan tum sirf ek matlabi aur khudgarz insaan ho
jise apni khushi ke aage kuch nahi dikhta... You are a monster who has
no respect of anyone feelings ,tum sirf dikhate ho ki tumhe fikar hai
magar asliyat main main sirf tumhari jeeti hui ek trophy hun ,tum yahi
chahte ho naa to ruk kyun gaye... Aao aur pure kar lo apne armaan... Lo
noch lo mujhe... Mera mann to tum pehle hi maar chuke ho, mera pyaar
cheen chuke ho... Ab is sharir ka main kya karungi lo aao aur kar lo
apni ichha puri..."
Armaan's jaw tightened and he came towards her with strong determined steps... coming very close to her he held her by her shoulders tightly and brought her even closer to him with a jerk.. she didn't flinch just closed her eyes, tears streaming down expecting him to pounce upon her...To drag her to bed anytime... Armaan then bent down... she closed her eyes expecting her terrifing thoughts to turn into reality, Expecting the worse to happen... she inhaled deeply his strong muscular fragrance again hitting her nostrils, she felt his tight hold on her hand...
Armaan just stood there holding her looking at her tear sricken fear stricken pale face... His own face quiet expressionless... Then he pulled her saari pallu ... Ridhhima inhaled deeply... she felt something soft rubbing against her skin...
Expeting the worse to happen she opened her eyes and to her surprise saw Armaan covering her with the saree he just pulled away... she could not believe it... Armaan didn't look at her face covering her shoulders draping the saree around he went to the adjoining room and slowly closed the door...
Surprised yet broken and emotionally drained... She fell down on the floor and cried her eyes out... She didn't know whether she fell asleep crying or fainted...
She slept fitfully... Turning from side to side terrifying ,confusing dreams haunted her... She saw Vivek but more closer she went farther he moved she ran even faster and held his shoulder but when he turned it was not Vivek but Armaan... Her surprise broke her dream eyes still close she felt some light and with lot of effort opened them... They were bit swollen her head throbbed painfully and as she tried to move it started to spin badly... She at first could not make out why was it so... But then slowly the nights events came back to her and she opened her eyes wide and sat up... She wondered how she came to sleep on bed coz last thing she remembered was she was lying on the floor after that major... Thing... She felt too weak and rested her head on the back of the bed... Thinking what should she do now... Where life would take her now... And she seriously was considering telling the truth to both her parents and Virendra pa as well... But... There was a major but...
Thinking about it all made her head spin even morw badly... A sound made her open her eyes yet again... It was a lady with a smiling face ...
' Kaun hai yeh... ?? Yahan kya kar rahi hai ? pehle to kabhi nahi dekha...??? ' She asked her...
" Aap?? "
" Well Mrs.Malik i'm Dr.Vinita aapke husband ne bataya ki aapki tabiyat theek nahi hai..."
She could not make out what to speak... " My husband...?! "
" Yeah wo neeche hain dusre doctors ke sath... He must love you a lot... He called a whole team of doctors.." Ridhhima thought ' love my foot !! ' The doctor kept examining her... " Well it's just fever.. Nothing major but you are too weak... Little rest with diet and medicines and of course lots of love from your husband would get you going in no time..."
' Exactly doc. even i want to go... Away from here...' She thought...
" Maine medicines likh di hain take them on time..."
" I will take that..." The sound made both of them look who it was... Armaan stood right behind the doctor...
" Here you go Mr.Malik don't worry she will be just fine... You know Mrs.Malik aap ki haalat dekh kar to aapke husband aise dare hue the jaise koi bahut badi baat ho gayi ho "
" Aapke liye naa sahi doctor mere liye thi..." He spoke up with utmost sincerity doctor smiled hearing this " main chalti hun...take care "
' Huh... What a brilliant actor he is... Ab pyaar ka natak kar raha hai...' Armaan looked at Ridhhima and was about to say something when she turned her face away and closed her eyes " i don't want to see your face Armaan Malik..."
" magar Ridhhima... "
" just go away Mr.Malik " seeing fresh tears rolling from the corner of her eyes he just sighed and went out quietly...
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Taming The Wild
Recap : Armaan apologises to Ridhhima for his behaviour, the misunderstanding about the lady clears and Ridhhima feels guilty, he gifts her a puppy as a token of their friendship and is asked to resume her duties at Sanjeevani...
Finally the eventful day passed and they came back... She was still wondering whether it all happened or was it a dream which she saw with open eyes... She sighed and looked at Armaan who was driving sitting along with Virendra, Muskaan was sitting next to her gently patting Angira to sleep except for the soft murmurs from Armaan and Virendra ,discussing work, there was complete silence in the car... She could see that his face was much relaxed... The worried look was gone now... She kept on stroking Leo in her lap who slept as peacefully there as Angira in Muskaan's... She sighed again only time will tell whether this 'friendship' will last or not...
And what about Vivek ? the question still hung there he never said a word about him ,maybe she should bring the topic up soon. He was right at some points, there were still many questions which needed to be answered... But she was sure of one thing... Vivek loved her... He said so... He wouldn't have left her like this without a valid reason... And of course the main reason was her 'marriage' with Armaan...
Finally they were back home wishing goodnight to each other everyone retired to their rooms...
She lay on the bed half sitting Leo by her side trying to chew a ball ,then suddenly he lost interest and came up to her trying to climb to her lap... She smiled at his cuteness and gently placed him on her stomach stroking him, he made a cooing sound and closed his eyes making himself comfortable... Her eyes went to the adjoining room whose door was half open ,she could make out from the faint glow that he must be working on his laptop... He worked too much... There were days when she wondered if he ever slept at all... Then her mind went to the night it all happened ,his care ,concern ,worry... No matter how much she tried she could point out no reason that it was fake... And now his efforts to be nice and friendly... To renew their friendship.. She sighed, they hadn't talk much after coming back, both didn't knew what to say and he went to the other room wishing her goodnight, her mind was flooded with various thoughts, she kept stroking Leo ,it was 2 in the morning when she finally fell asleep, in the meanwhile she decided she would clear out few things with him ,now that the time is more favorable, as soon as possible...
She woke up in the morning with the same beautiful smell of her favourite flowers and some soft noises, she stretched herself with a smile on her face, suddenly something struck her mind and her eyes open wide.. The door of the other room was open and he wasn't there, she looked at the watch it was 9:30, she groaned, she overslept, he must have already left for work... Sighing she got off the bed with her new follower right behind her... She would talk when he returns...
" hey Ridhhi " Muskaan came in cradling Angel in her arms
" ji bhabhi..Hey Angel ! How's my princess today ? Come to chachi beta " she almost ran to Muskaan seeing her, the baby always brought a smile on her face, the now two month old baby waved her hands enthusiastically seeing the lovely familiar face and shouted loudly...
" waah ! Yeh shayad duniya ka pehla bachha hoga jo chachi ko dekh kar maa ko bhul jaata hai " she chuckled seeing contented smiling Angel in Ridhhima's arms, as if she knew what her mom was saying...
She chuckled too " bhai wo to hai ,coz she knows that chachi loves Angel vveerryy much, just like mumma... Everybody loves our Angel.. Isn't it.. Hai naa " she tickled the baby lightly who made loud happy noise, but Muskaan's smile faded a little...
" sab nahi..." she looked at the baby bit lost,Ridhhima jerked her head up, confused, trying to understand what she meant but Muskaan was immediately back to her Muskaan mode..." tum dono ke chakkar main mein asli baat to bhul hi gayi.. Chal jaldi mandir jaana hai " Ridhhima forgot all about her momentary confusion
" mandir ?! "
" haan Angira aur tere liye ek chooti si puja rakhwayi hai "
" magar bhabhi..."
" arre kya agar magar ?! Panditji se kehkar teri nazar utarwaungi,kitni bimaar ho gayi thi meri phool si devrani, ab sab to yahi kahenge naa ki main badi khaduus hun apni behen jaisi devrani ka khayal nahi rakhti " Ridhhima chuckled again at her expressions and hugged her lovingly,she truly loved her " aur " Muskaan broke the hug with a naughty sparkle in her eyes " panditji se kahungi ki tujhe aashirwaad dein taaki jaldi se Angira ke saath khelne waala koi bhai-behen aa jaaye "
" bhhaabhii " she went red with embarrassment and groaned inwardly ,not her too ! poor Muskaan had no idea what went between her and Armaan... This wish was next to impossible !
" haahaa ab chal bhi ya yahin khadi sharmaati rahegi... Dekh kaise tamatar ki tarah laal ho gayi hai " saying so she pulled her out with her
The journey to the temple was a short one,Muskaan was a good entertainer she was always full of loads of information about everyone and everything. The way she went on with the things time just flew away with the most chirpy talkative Malik... Ridhhima now found it more easy to pay attention to her talks ,enjoy them as well ,now that her head was clear of the most of the tension,the day seemed bright and promising...
" Ridhhi tu chal main jara puja ka kuch samaan le kar aati hun " she nodded and went to panditji with Angira in her arms
" aao beta aao " panditji welcome her, he recognised her
" namaste panditji " she touched the old man's feet and he blessed her
" aur yeh Angira hai naa ? " he asked smilingly
" ji " now she remembered why the man looked familiar, he was the same pandit who came on the day when Angira was brought home and for her naamkaran ceremony too...
tumhare pati bhi aaye hain ? "
" nahi wo office gaye hain "
" haan haan.. Magar sach hai bachhe ke aane ki khushi to sabko hoti hai magar maine itna khush shayad hi pehle kisi ko dekha ho.. Wo to bas ! Haha " he laughed remembering something " takriban roz mujhe yaad dilaya jaata tha ki ghar par nayee khushi aane waali hai... Aur bola tha ki main bhagwaan se keh dun ki use kisi bhi buri nazar se bacha kar rakhe " he laughed again " kya shandar tayari ki thi bachhe ke swagat ki aur kya naam dhundha hai waah ! " the pandit was all praise for Armaan, but Ridhhima was surprised hearing it
" to pandit ji aapke paas Armaan aaye the ? Papa nahi ? " all this while she was under the impression that, that day the arrangements were done by Virendra...
" nahi beta tumhare parivaar ko to main barso se jaanta hun, Armaan ne hi sab tayyariyan karwayi thi wohi to aaya tha mere paas aur main wahin tha jab wo sab logon ko daant raha tha haha, bahut pyaar karta hai wo apni bhatiji se " he caressed Angel's head ,Ridhhima was again taken by surprise, he has again surprised her today but then she was really touched by his love and concern for little Angel, he really loved her very much... Soon she was joined by Muskaan and they sat down for the puja...
It was evening now and Muskaan left her to feed Angel and put her to sleep ,she was so lost in her thoughts that she didn't notice when he came and stood next to her...
" kya soch rahi ho ? " he asked softly
She was startled " A.Armaan.. Tum kab aaye ? " she stood up straight
" bas abhi jab tum apne khayalo main khoyi hui thi.. " he smiled softly " kya soch rahi thi itni gehrayi se ? "
She sighed " hamare baare main "
His smile faded he became more serious now " hamare baare main? kya ? "
" yahi ki ek pyaar hai jo mujhe mil nahi raha aur ek shaadi hai jise main nibha nahi sakti... Kya karu main Armaan ? kya karu main ? kya pehchaan hai meri ? kis disha main ja rahi hai meri zindagi... Kya saari zindagi hum aise hi rahenge...?! Is tarah ek jhoote dikhawe waale rishte main..." she never raised her voice just spoke gently looking at him
He said nothing kept looking ahead blankly,she could make out nothing from his blank face... She sighed and joined him in staring at garden blankly... Moments passed...
" Armaan.." she tried again
" excuse me sir " they both turned
" yes Martin ? "
" sir Malik has called you to his room immediately "
" fine tell him I'm coming " he looked at her for a fleeting moment " main.. Papa se mil kar aata hun " and left, there discussion left in between ,fruitless... She sighed of course there will be a time...she wanted to bring the topic of Vivek but something or the other kept coming in between... he seemed to know what she wanted to talk about but it looked as if the time was not right.. yet...
The time passed by with usual nothings... they had small talk with each other but still there was a kind of an unseen wall between the two that neither of them knew how to scale... She wanted to talk again but he looked so tired that she dismissed the idea putting it for later maybe tomorrow,when he would be in a better mood to understand... Thinking of it she went to sleep after all from tomorrow she was going to resume her duties at Sanjeevani...
She woke up with a start, someone was shouting faintly... She switched on the bedside lamp and saw that the voice was coming from the other room, she quickly got up, little scared... She could hear faint words
"... No...plz... Mat karo.. leave her "
She went to the other room and switched on the light and saw Armaan twisting his head side to side it seemed he was having a nightmare... She quickly went near him called out...
" Armaan..." He didn't listen... She was bit hesitant at first but seeing his state she decided to wake him up she bent down next to him and shook him calling out his name..
" Armaan... Armaaann utho... Armaan.. Armaan dekho main hun Ridhhima.." She now shook him little more to wake him up, finally, opening his eyes he sat up straight panting as if he had run a long distance... he looked around bit surprised to see himself there, then he looked at Ridhhima...
she looked at him... He seemed really scared... It wasn't the first time she had seen him waking up in the middle of the night but never in this state and normally she saw him sitting with his laptop working for hours or just pacing up and down in the room... He had even sometimes woken up shouting but she hadn't bothered herself to check on him... She never got up to see what troubled him... Or why he was awake... Except today and she was surprised to see his condition beads of sweat were clear on his forehead even when the air conditioning was on... And he looked terrorised...
" Armaan tum theek ho ?? " She couldn't help asking, feeling something that surprised herself... She felt an urge to calm him down even hug him and say everything is fine... She shook her head ' are you mad Ridhhima ?! yeh kya soch rahi hai..'
" H.haan main theek hun ..bas... Bas ek bura sapna tha..." His throat felt dry... He gulped covering his face with his palms sighing deeply trying to control his erratic heartbeat... It was the same terrorising dream again.. But ' damn !! Mujhe yaad kyun nahi maine kya dekha...' It irritated him like hell... Seeing the same dream again and again but remembering nothing but the same tit-bits
Ridhhima quickly brought a glass of water... " Armaan lo paani pi lo..."
he took the glass without looking at her, gulping it down as if he was thirsty for quite some time...
" Thanks..." He muttered putting the glass down on the table...
" Armaan are.. are you okay...??? " She felt concerned even she didn't knew why but today it really worried her to see him like this...
" Yeah I'm okay tum jaa kar so jao..." he got up abruptly... And stood near the table his back towards her
" Magar Armaan..." she hesitated
" Ridhhima maine kaha naa ja kar so jao... Tumhe pareshan hone ki koi jarurat nahi hai..." He said it in a loud voice almost shouting at her crossly... This was quite surprising for Ridhhima it was the first time he had shouted on her... Except that day... normally it was her who did all the shouting...
He started rummaging one of the desk drawers... Looking for something... Then he found it... taking out two pills from it he gulped them down drinking water directly from the jug nearby... he breathed deeply still trying to control his heartbeat... Ridhhima stood rooted on the spot too surprised to say anything... But when he didn't turned she decided to go back to bed...
" Ridhhima..." She stopped and turned to look at him.. He now faced her... " I'm sorry main tum par chillana nahi chahta tha..." his eyes apologetic
" Hmm koi baat nahi..." Then her eyes fell upon the bottle one look at it and she knew that those were sleeping pills... " Armaan tum sleeping pills lete ho ?? "
" No.. not regularly... Just when it gets pretty tough..." His voice trailed off and he turned... his back facing her again... " Tum so jao bahut raat ho rahi hai..."
" Hmm..." She switched off the lights and turned to go back to bed
Armaan didn't go back to sleep he went out of the room... closing the glass door behind him... Ridhhima could see him pacing up and down in the balcony with hands on his sides... Head upwards...
There was so much she didn't knew about him... She wondered what could it be that disturbs him so much... Almost everyday...she was a doctor herself and haven't seen anyone with so frequent nightmare problem... ' Armaan should consult someone... Stop it Riddhima ! ' came another voice.. ' Agar use bure sapne aate hain to tu kyun pareshan ho rahi hai...? wo koi chhota bachha to hai nahi aur Tere liye to wo hi ek bura sapna hai jise tu roz khuli aankhon se dekhti hai...' ' Magar itne frequent nightmares aam baat nahi hai... Kuch gadbad jaroor hai... And we are friends now hai naa ' said the other voice contradicting the first one.. She shook her head... ' Stop it Ridhhima warna tu pagal ho jayegi.. So jaa...' She rested her head on the pillow.. Then her eyes fell on the wall where she saw his shadow pacing up and down... again her mind started wandering... Thinking about him she fell asleep ... when... she had no idea..
She woke up earlier than usual, she was going to rejoin Sanjeevani, the thought brought a smile on her face. The idea had worked perfectly ,now she would have time to devote to both her home and work... She looked at Armaan's room it was still dark ,probably he was still sleeping, the night came before her eyes his terrified face... But she shook her head and moved towards the bathroom to freshen up...
After about quarter of an hour when she again stepped into yhe room fully dressed, she found Armaan standing there talking to Martin ,a towel still around his neck and droplets of water still falling from his head as if he forgot to dry his hair... Seeing her Martin excused himself and went away
" hey Ridhhima.. Good morning " he smiled his million dollar smile
She looked at his face for a moment, not exactly sure what she was trying to find... Probably some remains of the yesterday's nightmare... But she found nothing, all she could see was a bright morning face with a dimpled smile..
" good morning " she replied with a polite smile
" umm.. Wo tumhari coffee tumhara wait kar rahi hai " he pointed at a steaming cup on the table, there was a brief pause neither knew what to say " main.. Ehem.. Main change karke aata hun " he went to the wardrobe and she exhaled ,picking up the cup she inhaled the beautiful aroma
" aaahhh wonderful ! " and she sipped her coffee leisurly mentally making a note to thank and compliment Martin for making such a wonderful coffee
Later they all sat at the breakfast table...
" so partner.. Starting again huh " BP who was now back from the business trip said enthusiastically
" yes BP i'm so excited, itne din baad fir se..." she smiled, their chit chat continued thoughout the breakfast
" Ridhhima.. Chalo nahi to tum late ho jaogi " she looked up and saw him ready to leave with his coat over his arm, she sighed ,the old routine was back ,not that she despised him that much now but she wasn't really comfortable... But then she thought it would be a good oppertunity to talk about Vivek with him... Not wishing to dampen her happy mood she decided just to go along ,what harm could 30-40 minute journey do anyway...
Bidding goodbyes she came out and stood where he was, he opened the car door like a gentleman for her, she shifted to the other side making space for him,the door closed... But what was that ?! He was still standing outside !
" Armaan tum.. ? " she asked
He bent over to the window " haan mujhe laga ki it would be better, waise bhi mera jaane ka koi fixed time to hai nahi..." she felt that this was not exctly true " waise bhi driver hai, guards hain you will be fine ,here.. You forgot your cell phone and.. Have a good day " he stood up giving some instructions to the guards... The guards ! How cpuld she forget them... The ever present shadows...,guess somethings never change ,the car moved out of the driveway, she was bit disappointed as she was hoping to resume the conversation left in between... But... Maybe later
She stepped out and moved inside without bothering about anything else much... Everyone was happy to see her back again... Sapna and Chiraag were ecstatic... And no wonder here... Chiraag asked for Armaan ,how was he and all... Much to the dislike of Sapna but she tried to control herself... Though she did ask how she manged to make him agree to let her join again... She just smiled at it...
" it wasn't so bad actually... We had a kind of... Truce now " Sapna's mouth fell open hearing this
" truce ! you have lot of explaination to do gal... You better meet me first thing in the lunch break okay " she nodded almost laughing at her surprised face.. Sapna gave her a quick hug and moved on for her rounds, sighing she smiled to herself, she was lucky to have such considrate friends
" by the way Ridhhima " she stopped " where are your guards ? "
" guards ? Huh " she looked around and saw that they were not there with her, following as usual... Then her eyes fell on one of them who stood at the far end almost invisibleShe called him and he seemed to jump there...
" why are you hiding there ? "
" we are not hiding madam " the guard looked indignant at the idea " we are there on orders "
" orders ? What orders ? Whose orders ?? "
" sir's orders madam... Armaan sir's ,he said not to follow you all around and disturb you so we will keep a distant watch from now on we will be right here just invisible " he explained as if she was a small child...
" oh.. Okay.. Thanks " another surprise... Why was he being so nice and considerate... But then she thought it's a good sign maybe he meant when he said he will be a true friend... For now she thanked him inwardly for getting this embarressing guard thing off her back...
The time just seemed to fly by today... Shashank was specially in a good mood today, when she asked why he was beaming he said he had a very good news for her.. But he said probably her mother or Anjali would like to tell her... If she hadn't been busy with an emergency case she would have coaxed out the information out of her father... She hated suspense... But her work made her forget everything
" hey Ridhhima " she turned and saw Chiraag coming towards her a polite smile on his face
" hey Chiraag "
" kahan jaa rahi ho ? "
" bas cafeteria tak... Socha coffee pi lun.. Aur tum ? "
" main bhi wahin jaa raha tha come let's have a cup together "
They sat in the not so crowded cafeteria sipping coffee, Chiraag looked lost but not in a disappointing way it was as if he was at peace with something..
" kya soch rahe ho Chiraag ? "
" kuch nahi bas... Ridhhima.. you are really lucky ki tumhe Armaan jaisa jeevan saathi mila hai " she was totally surprised, she had no clue where Armaan came in from suddenly, her surprised look would have explained her confusion
" huuh tumhe nahi pata ? "
" about what ? "
" i owe my love to him Ridhhima "
" Aditi ?! " she asked surprised, and he nodded ,Ridhhima knew it was love at first sight for Chiraag and Aditi and it was definitely some soul mate thing between the two.. " kya hua ? Is everything all right "
" well now it is..." she waited for him to elaborate " well you know us din jab hum us party main mile the.. Soham ki paty main " he said the name as if he had something bitter in his mouth
" haan to ? " how could she forget that day... Night
" well... " he inhaled deeply " Aditi ke parents ne... Ya yeh kahein Soham ke parents ne Aditi ko pasand kar liya tha apni bahu ke liye " Ridhhima remembered the time when Soham said he had selected a girl
" but she loves you Chiraag and you love her "
" but Soham is way well off than me Ridhhima " he said as matter of fact
" oh cmmon Chiraag this isn't all about money "
" no it isn't but i thought so and i was an idiot... Thank god Armaan made me realise what was i losing and to whom "
" Armaan ?! Chirag can you speak in a language that i understand ! " he chuckled at her impatience
" well baat yeh thi ki maine Aditi ke parents ko Soham ke parents se baat karte hue suna and Soham se to tum mili ho.. He is such a 'handsome educated' boy that too from a 'well to do' family... Har beti ke maa baap ke sapno ka damaad, he smirked Ridhhima too recalled Soham from that day ,she too found him a smart and lovable boy " huuuh hua yeh ki maine dekha ki Soham har tarah mujhse better hai aur... Aur wo Aditi ko pasand bhi karta hai wo bhi kaafi pehle se.. maine tabhi soch liya tha ki i will forget all about her.. "
" no way ! "
" just listen... Armaan then found me all broken ,he gave me a shoulder to lean on and i told him everything "
" anndd ?? "
" it so happened ki hamare pyaare Soham ji itne seedhe hain nahi jitne dikhte hain " she was again confused " basically he is the worst i have ever seen ,rotten... He wanted to get married just for his parents sake, Soham is a kind of man who uses woman and throw them away he was looking for a girl jo biwi bankar uski zaruratein puri karti rahe aur uske maa baap ko pota poti de de taaki wo baahar bina kisi rok tok ke ayyashi kar saake... yeh uski life ki philosophy hai aur yahi uska aim... Armaan ne mujhe Soham ke baare main bataya ki wo kaisa hai magar main maanne ke liye tayar hi nahi tha guess i suffered from complex phir usne khud Soham ke muh se saari baatein nikalwaayi... Usne khudko uski so called philosophy ka follower bataya bas phir kya tha usne saari baatein ugal di... Yaad hai jab tum mujhe mili thi bar ke paas main tab chup kar unki hi baatein sun raha tha "
Ridhhima was stunned, that was Soham that day ! Not Armaan... all the words of Armaan that day came before her... She felt terribly guilty of thinking soo wrong about him, it was not Armaan who thought that way it was Soham ! And he was helping Chiraag to see though him and she blamed him for thinking that way... Tears of remorse formed in her eyes... But she hid them from Chiraag
" agar Armaan nahi hota to shayad main kabhi dekh hi nahi paata ki main kitna galat tha aur apna pyaar kho baithta... Agar Aditi ke saath aisa kuch bhi hota to.." he shuddered " main zindagi bhar Armaan ka shukraguzaar rahunga ki usne mujhe meri zindagi ki sabse badi bhul karne se bacha liya.. apna pyaar khona duniya main jeete ji mar jaane ke barabar hai Ridhhima..."
Ridhhima was now lost... She felt so tiny , so petty now... She had always thought that she was right but she misjudged him... Ofcourse uske baad jo hua wo kaafi kuch uski hi galti thi, she wronged him... She felt terrible... Criaag left her after some time as there was an announcement for him... she moved absentmindedly in the corridors
" Ridhhhimaa " she stopped and saw her mother coming towards her enthusiastically, a smile came on her face and she hugged her tightly
" ohh Riddhii i'm soo happy.." Padma was bubbling with energy and happiness... Just like Shashank in the morning
" mom kya baat hai ? Aap itma khush dikh rahe ho ? " she smiled with her mother swept away with her enthusiasm
" baat hi kuch aisi hai.. Chalo tumhare papa ke cabin main chalte hain "
Padma took her to Shashanks room but he wasn't there
" moom kuch bolo bhi "
" welll.. Ridhhima... Baat yeh hai ki.. We. Are. Going. To. Have. A. Baby in the family..." Padma clapped her hands with excitement
" what ???! " she jumped up with surprise " mom.. W..What should i say.. It's..It's wonderful news.. But..but mom isn't it too... Late "
" late ?! Oh cmmon Ridhhima what are you talking about ! i was dying to hear this news "
" mom i mean... Of course i would love my brother or sister but..." she was little embarressed thinking about her mother getting pregnent at this age...
" wait a minute... Brother or sister ! " she looked at her horrified " Ridhhima you silly ! I was talking about Anjali and Atul... THEY are going to have a baby... Weren't you listening when i said baby in the family ! " Ridhhima was mortified now... She thought...
" huuhh thank god ! Its not you it would have been highly embarressing... You are sure about this naa "
" Rriiidhhhiimaaa " her mother ran in that room threatning to beat her highly embarressed at what she had thought... She ran around laughing and then they both crashed on the sofa laughing so hard that their eyes started watering... That was a wonderful news indeed... She called Anjali immidiately and chatted for long...
Padma went away and the day dragged on the happiness of the Anjali's news seem to wear off and more she went around in the hospital more she remembered about Vivek... It was after months that she was near to his memories again it was as if he was fading away and she was terrified at the thought.. That she might forget him and never see him again... What is she going to say to him when he comes back... That she didnt fought for him... The thoughts made her gloomy and depressed the day which seemed promising now seemed bleak and dark she gathered her things and walked out to her car... Tears threatened to fall from her eyes any time now... She chatted with Sapna and that refreshed the past memories even more...
Chiraag's words echoed in her mind 'apna pyaar khona duniya mein jeete ji mar jaane ke barabar hai Ridhhima'
she could contain herself no more and sobbed remembering Vivek... Where she had come... What is she going to do... She walked quickly to the parking lot thankfully it was dark and noone would notice her crying, she wanted to hug someone and cry her eyes out, she felt terribly lonely and lost
she kept walking absent mindedly when someone grabbed her wrist, she gasped and looked at the person.to her great surprise she saw that it was Armaan ,he must be waiting there to pick her up... She didn't knew what came into her unknowingly she rushed to him and hugged him crying... he was totally surprised at her reaction and was worried too...
he stood there speechless for a moment then wrapped his arms around her and spoke softly " Ridhhima... Ridhhima kya hua ? Are you okay ? Kuch to bolo Ridhhima " But she kept sobbing
" kisi ne tumse kuch kaha ? " she shook her head " koi ladayi ya baat hui ? " she shook her head again...he fell silent then and waited till she calmed down a bit... It was then she realised that she was engulfed in a pair of strong arms she almost forgot why she was crying at the first place his embrace was so assuring... so comferting and warm it sheltered her from the cold outside and pain inside... Suddenly realising where she was she freed herself quickly, mortified, she was acting real jerk today.. first Padma now him...
" i..i'm sorry " she didn't met his gaze, she knew his x-ray eyes must be searching her face,but he said nothing
" it's okay... Chalo ghar chalte hain " she quietly sat in his car, the journey back home was made in complete silence
She stood outside in the balcony gazing at the dusky sky ,he brought her a cup of her favourite coffee and a glass of juice for himself...
" huuh.. Kya soch rahi ho ? " he gave her the cup
" kuch nahi... "
" to aaj kya hua tha ? " Fresh tears welled up in her eyes, he sighed again " it's okay tumhe kuch bolne ki jarurat nahi hai... Chalo mere saath "
" kahan ? " she looked at him abruptly
" trust me " holding her hand he took her inside making her sit on the bed.. He brought the phone in front of her.. He quickly dialled a number and turned on the speaker
" hello John Hopkins Hospital " a heavy voice spoke out
" Yes i want to talk to Dr. Vivek i'm calling from India " her eyes opened wide at the name
" Sir he had left the hospital long back " the lady must have known him
" But how can he leave his internship in between.." Ridhhima spoke up surprised
" Probably you don't know but his internship completed about three-four months ago and he was now a doctor... But suddenly he resigned and went away "
" Do you have any idea where ?? "
" Sorry sir we don't know... Even his friends here have no idea where he has gone... He didn't left any numbers or address to contact at..."
Ridhhima was so shocked and surprised, Armaan kept a hand over hers
" Thank you " he cut the call
" teen mahine pehle ?? Yaani jab hamari shaadi hui tab vivek ki internship khatam ho chuki thi..?? Usne mujhse jhoot kyun bola?? Armaan kya tum yeh baat jaante the "
" nahi.. Jab meri usse baat hui tab mujhe nahi pata tha ki uski internship khatam hone waali hai.. Ya ho chuki hai mere sources.. Ne yahi bataya ki he's an intern... Aur shaadi ke baad jaisa maine tumne waada kiya tha maine kisi ko bhi use pareshan karne se mana kar diya... Uske baad aaj tak meri usse koi baat nahi hui aur naa hi mulakat... Kya tumhari... "
She shook her head she was totally shocked... If had resigned why hadn't he come back... Why hadn't he contacted... Probably he's still scared of Armaan
" Don't worry Ridhhima , i think he is scared of me " as if he heard her thoughts " but hey i promise you.. As a friend.. I will find him for you..." she looked at him in total disbelief...
" trust me... ek baar wo mil jaayega to sab baatein clear ho jayengi.."
A bright ray of hope touched her ,she was still unable to think any wrong about him, something must have happened " Magar Armaan ab hum Vivek ko kaise dhundenge..?? "
" Don't worry Ridhhima i have my sources... i promise main usko dhund kar rahunga aur tumhe usse jarur milwaunga..." He smiled at her assuringly... " Magar usse pehle tumhe mujhse ek waada karna hoga.."
" Waada ?! "
" Haan waada..." he bent down before her ,now she sat on the bed and he by her side on folded knees " Tum ab kabhi rougi nahi... Chahe kuch bhi ho and you will be happy... Promise ? "
She smiled tearfully and nodded... " That's like a good girl ab chalo chal kar ice cream khaate hain... A new flavour cocoa butter berry..."
" Armaan ice-cream ab ? "
" dekho plz mana mat karna... Agar tum chalogi to shayad Martin mujhe kitchen main aane de please, and you promised you will be happy now "
She wiped her tears and nodded he smiled and grabbing her hand took her downstairs to the kitchen... From the corner of his eyes he kept watching her... She was lost in the thoughts thinking deeply about what she came to know just now... He sighed inwardly... It's going to be hard ... Very hard... For both...
The next few days passed and she kind of became more normal... Somehow she trusted that Armaan was not lying to her and she will see Vivek again... She was dying to know where he was, and why he didn't came back to her ? And why he never contacted her... Sometimes it filled her with rage and sometime with disappointment... But Armaan was always by her side assuring her that he had set his men all over to look for him but she has to be patient he could be anywhere in this big world... She understood and tried to keep her promise by not crying and be cheerful as much as she can... Though there were times when awkward silence surrounded them... Armaan still hesitated to call Vivek by name and called 'work abroad still in progress' whenever she asked from him, now she had stopped asking about him on his request that day...
" Ridhhima please don't doubt me for a moment... As soon as i find anything about him i will inform you first " she could see the sincerity in his words and trusting him she stopped asking him though he himself kept her updated... Time to time...
She woke up as usual in the morning and saw him coming in from balcony outside, scratching his head yawning broadly..
" goood morning "
" good morning...aaj tum jaldi uth gaye ? " she smiled a little, he stood there eyes half shut, nose little red, hair ruffled... He looked like a big baby just out of bed
" haan wo aaj thoda jaldi jaana hai..magar aaj to tumhe hospital nahi jaana naa tum jaldi kyun uth gayi ? "
" aise hi i like getting up early...Armaan " he stopped on his way to the room and turned
" hmm "
" Armaan tum ab subah subah chhenkte nahi ? " a smile came up to his lips
" Nahi.. actually i do.. it's something I can't control " he said smiling sheepishly
" Magar maine tumhe itne dino se chhekte suna nahi "
" Wo actually mujhe pata hai tumhari neend kharab hoti hai mere zor zor se cheekne se isliye main bahar chhekta hun ya fir bathroom main jahan tumhe awaaz naa aaye aur tumhari neend kharab naa ho..."
She was totally taken by surprise and kept looking at his face ,just then his phone started ringing and he went away excusing himself, His words echoed in her mind ' taaki tumhari neend kharab na ho...' this man was full of surprises but she really marvelled at his thoughtfulness
He sat in the office thinking about her... Though things seemed to have improved yet he could sense the hesitation in her behaviour but then he thought about what she had been through and decided that he must be patient... He was at his best behaviour and as casual as possible but still there was that unseen wall between them, she still felt uneasy and cautious whenever they were alone together.This behaviour thoigh unconscious hurt him he wanted to see her real smile, real laughter ... Real her... He remembered when they used to fight earlier there used to be a sparkle in her eyes whenever he cracked those silly jokes and she found it hard to control her laughter no matter how she tried he knew when she was laughing but now when they are 'friends' there is peace but no sparkle...
then suddenly an idea clicked his mind.. Yes he will do that... It had always worked.. It will bring his real Ridhhima back... He quickly opened a drawer and took out a book grinning to himself...
" be ready for the assault Mrs.Malik, i'm coming "
He came back from office early that day but found the room empty ,Maria was putting on the new bed sheets...
" Maria.. Where's Ridhhima ? "
" she's in the garden baba... Should i tell her that you are back "
" no it's okay i will see her myself " quickly changing into more comfertable clothes he reached the garden and found her sitting under his favourite tree in the grass with Leo playing by her side, she was engrossed in a book absentmindedly stroking him...
" good evening princess " his voice startled her, she sat up abruptly
A flash of fear passed her face, he was disturbed to see it
" i'm sorry.. I surprised you "
" n..no it's okay... Tum kab aaye ? " he could see her body getting tense ,she sat up more alertly setting her dupatta well which was already in it's place but still... He felt a pang of guilt in his heart... He was right the memory of that night was clear in her mind still ... He sighed...
" Ridhhima.." She turned to face his soft voice " kya tumhe ab bhi mujhse darr lagta hai..? "
she looked at his face again for a moment then looked away " nahi Armaan " she exaled
" To phir tumhare chehre par yeh pareshaani si kyun rehti hai..? Yeh tanaav kyun aa jaata hai...? Maine tumhe dekha hai kaapte hue... Kyun Ridhhima..?? Kya ab bhi tumhare mann main mere us din ki harkat.. "
" Nahi Armaan.. A..aisi koi baat.. " but he cut her in mid sentence
" then don't ever be afraid of me Ridhhima... I'm your friend,trust me.." He smiled at her reassuringly ,she sighed looking in those mesmerising grey eyes... a battle started again heart said 'trust him' and mind said 'be careful still...' shaking her head she smiled a little..
" Of course... And mujhe tumse darr nahi lagta..."
" Really oh i see... Well mujhe to tumse bahut darr lagta hai.. Pata nahi kab Ridhhima se Ri-dim-ba ban jao.. Aur mujhe kachha kha jao..."
Ittook her a moment to grasp what he had said and then her mouth opened in surprise.. He was comparing her to a mythological lady demon Hidimba !
" Armaan ! Tum.. Tumne mujhe HIDIMBA kaha ?! "
" Oh no yaar it's actually RI-DIM-BA not silly HI-DIM-BA..." he laughed out loudly seeing her even more surprised angry face... She picked up a stick nearby and ran behind him...
" Armaan you silly.. idiot.. Main tumhe rakshasni lagti hun... You just wait ,main tumhe sach main kha jaungi..." he ran for his life
" hey ! Ridimba.. Oh no ! no ! i mean Ridhhima... Cool down.. Oh man ! Ab to sach main rakshasni lag rahi ho "
" really you just wait...i'll show you.. now why are you running " she yelled behind him " ab main tumhe sach main Ridimba ban kar dikhati hun "
What a scene it was Armaan ran ahead yelling bachao bachao with Ridhhima behind holding a stick and little Leo behind her holding his chew stick, clearly on her side... That day the cracks were visible in the icy glass wall which seperated the two... A real laughter was heard after days... Months... Everything was actually turning normal... ____________________________________________________
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Recap:- Armaan tries to be Ridhhima's best friend , some misunderstandings clear... Anjali expecting a baby... Armaan promises to bring Vivek back and finds a new name for Ridhhima- Ridimba !
Ridhhima came into the kitchen feeling light, she felt herself again after days.. No more to run away from someone, no more fights... Well not the bitter ones atleast- she won't admit to him but Ridimba was really funny, her patients would certainly be questioning her sanity when she was laughing to herself thinking about it- She was back to Sanjeevani and there was hope... Hope for future...
The friendship indeed brought some positive changes, little Leo followed her to the kitchen, placing his milk bowl before him she sat on the high chair near the kitchen counter
" Martin "
" yes maam "
" can I have a cup of Martin special coffee please "
" well certainly madam " the butler, polite as ever, got to work
" madam " he presented her a cup of steaming coffee, thanking him she took a sip... then another and another, but something was wrong...
" umm Martin..."
" yes madam " he looked up from where he chopped the vegetables
" Martin have you changed something in the coffee ? "
" no madam, nothing.. It's the same like i make everyday " she was now confused " is anything wrong madam ? "
" no.." bit unsure
" should I add some more sugar ? "
" no, sugar is fine.. But.. Umm.. It feels like something's missing, did you change the coffee brand or forgot to put something ? "
" not at all ! " he was shocked at the idea that someone was pointing a shortcoming in his preparations
" but it feels something is missing, it's not like you make it every morning "
An expression of understanding with a mild surprise spread on his face " but madam, it's not me who makes coffee for you every morning "
" it's not you ?? " he shook his head " then ? "
" it's Armaan sir who makes it " he spoke as if he was giving her the secret of the universe
" Armaan ?! "
" well yes, i thought you knew, that's the only time he is allowed in the kitchen.. for more than two minutes " he said chopping the vegetables with a self important air, then he stopped and looked at her curiously, an amused questioning look in his eyes, she felt terribly stupid now under his gaze.
' what would he think of me now ? What a wonderful wife I am! Great ! ' she kept wondering to herself and Martin resumed his chopping with a smile on his face
" oh umm, well you see he did mention it passingly but umm.. I didn't took him seriously... You know na how he is, Armaan and kitchen ! Huh ! " she grinned rolling her eyes
" of course madam ,that's why I don't allow him here " he said in a matter-of-fact voice ,she breathed in as she saw that he bought her theory . Somehow she managed to divert him but she felt that he wasn't fully convinced and enjoyed her ignorant state, his small smile gave it all away... She was ready to beat Armaan black and blue today,it was because of him that she appeared like a fool before Martin, she went back to the room ready to attack him
" Armaan.. Armmaann "
" kya hua ? Kyun chilla rahi ho ? Main behra nahi hun " he didn't look up from his file
" Armaan tumne mujhe bataya kyun nahi ki roz subah coffee tum banate ho " she stood by his side, he froze for a moment but quickly gathered himself
" big deal Ridhhima ,isme itna chillane waali kya baat hai " again busy with his file
She was really irritated now, she wanted to scold him but there he sat with file before his eyes feet up on the reclining couch... Not even bothering to look up at her
" big deal hai... You know i was there aur Martin.. Usne coffee nahi banayi, tumne banayi... Aur wo achhi thi ! Aur " he was confused now as she blabbered on
" Ek minute, ek minute, tumhari problem kya hai Ridim..."
She glared at him with narrowed eyes and he quickly changed " Riidi..maa.. Ridhhima.. Ki coffee tasty hai ya Martin nahi banata main banata hun ya phir ki tumhe pata nahi tha...?? "
" Aisi baat nahi hai... Well, i think the last option " She was at loss of words now and thought what a silly reason she was shouting at him for... " Tum.. Tum mujhe pehle nahi bata sakte the ki roz coffee tum banate ho, i felt so silly before Martin thanking him and all aur wo kya soch raha hoga ki mujhe itna bhi nahi pata ki my husband makes coffee for me every morning..." She paced up and down talking rapidly " yeh sab..." she stopped and saw him smiling softly at her " now what are you smiling at ? Zarur yeh soch kar hansi aa rahi hogi ki what a fool I made of myself..." she crossed her arms
" No... Actually you are right " he sat up closing his file.. Facing her, smiling softly " mujhe bata dena chahiye tha ki I'm making coffee for my wife everyday, guess I'm just a forgetful husband..." Though he didn't stress on the words husband or wife she suddenly felt conscious ,but he seemed to be totally at ease smiling like an angel..
" It's.. It's okay..." suddenly breathless.. The way he looked ! but she looked away unable to meet his gaze and gathered herself " magar tumne mujhe bataya kyun nahi ? "
" actually mujhe laga shayad tumhe achha na lage ki main coffee banata hun... Remember, tum mera laaya hua kuch leti nahi thi " little serious a sadness crossed his eyes .he looked away
She remembered now " but.. Wo.. Wo baat purani hai... lekin tum to coffee peete nahi phir ? " she asked
He looked up again " haan, magar tum to peeti ho naa, ek coffee hi to hai jo mujhe banani aati hai, peeta nahi to kya hua " he said very innocently, totally Armaan now
" huuh very intelligent, ab tumhe is baat ki punishment milegi " she glared at him
" kya ? Coffee banane ke liye punishment ! "
She rolled her eyes " no silly ! For not telling me ,samjhe "
" oh ok, batao kya karna hai ? " he gulped in anticipation
" tumhari punishment yeh hai ki..." he waited " ki abse tum din main 'do' baar mere liye coffee banaoge " and then she smiled
He gave a wide smile flashing his dimples " well any time my princess " they both giggled " waise yeh punishment mujhse jyada Martin ke liye hogi " he chuckled thinking something
" Martin ke liye ?! Kyun ? "
" well.. Wo kya hai naa ki he thinks that I'm 'hazardous' to his dear kitchen " he grinned " that area is out of bounds for me "
" i can't blame him ,you 'are' quiet disastrous ! remember jab tumne ek baar mujhe kitchen main help karne ki koshish kari thi " he raised his eyebrows in surprise and then they both burst out laughing remembering that scene before their marriage...
" saab aap dono ko bade saab neeche bula rahe hain " a servant came calling
" theek hai tum chalo hum aa rahe hain.." the servant went away " Chalein Ridimba !! "
" Armaaann main marungi " she threatened but he ran away laughing before she could hit him
" Armaan, Ridhhima aao beta tumhara hi wait kar rahe the ,kya hua Ridhhima beta gusse main kyun ho ? " Virendra asked as he saw angry Ridhhima
" papa yeh Armaan ko samjha lijiye aap, baar baar mujhe Ridimba keh kar chidata rehta hai " she pouted
" what ! Ridimba ?! " she nodded as he put an arm around her shoulder but Rahul laughed out loudly hearing it and hi fived Armaan
" Ridimba ! Hehe, wow Armaan very innovative.. aaow ! Dad ! " he got a slap on his shoulder from BP ,both of them quietened when they saw Virendra ,BP and Ridhhima glaring at them
" chup khotte de puttar ! " BP scolded Rahul " aur tu " pointing at Armaan " khabardar agar meri partner ka mazak udaya to samjha " Armaan just nodded still shaking, he along with Rahul was having hard time controlling their laughter
" sorry BP, sorry Rid.." she glared " Ri-dhi-ma, fine now ? Achha dad aapne kisliye bulaya tha ? "
" haan wo main yeh keh raha tha ki ek charitable function hai jo oswal fabrics ke Mr.Oswal ne organise kiya hai , saari proceedings charity ke liye jayengi "
" well that's very thoughtful dad " Ridhhima was happy to hear it
" haan aur Mr.Clive Baggins hai naa, hamari Australian company ke V.P wo bhi aa rahe hain annual report le kar, to main soch raha tha ki tum dono Manali chale jao "
" Manali ! " they both spoke together
" haan bhai isme itna hairaan hone ki kya baat hai ? Shaadi ke baad tum dono kahin bahar gaye nahi,jab tak tumhara kahin aur ka plan nahi banta tab tak yahin ho aao... Jab dekho dono kaam main hi lage rehte ho... Wahan jao ghumo ek dusre ko thoda time do.. Aur decide karo ki kahan jaoge "
The topic was taking another turn and he knew she will not be comfortable with the idea ,hardly few days have passed and he required more time to build the lost trust
" papa main keh raha tha ki... Teen char din ki to baat hai ,main hi chala jaata hun, main to kaam main busy rahunga Ridhhima akeli bore ho jayegi aur " he stole a glance at her and could see that he was right Ridhhima was indeed thinking in the same lines " aur Ridhhima ka hospital bhi to hai , ya phir aap BP ke sath kyun nahi chale jaate "
" no excuses Armaan, tumne sirf annual report leni hai, discussion yahan hoga board members ke saamne, aur wo couples function hai.. Tumhe kya bhaisaab aur main couple lagte hain ?! " Rahul snorted but went quiet as Virendra glared at him " tum aur Ridhhima jaa rahe ho bas, Shashank se main baat kar lunga okay... Hamesha apna mat socha karo Ridhhima ka bhi thoda dhyaan rakho "
" nahi papa aisi baat nahi hai "
" Ridhhima tumhe iski side lene ki koi zarurat nahi hai, main achhi tarah se jaanta hun ye kaam ke aage sab bhul jaata hai "
They had no choice but to agree... He brought her favourite coffee and placed it before her
" thanks " she looked bit lost
" anytime..umm.. Ridhhima "
" hmm "
" i'm sorry, tumhe jaana pad raha hai... Agar tum nahi jaana chahti to it's okay main papa se keh deta hun... Koi bahana bana dunga "
She exhaled " nahi Armaan it's okay, main isliye pareshan nahi hun "
" to phir.?? "
" it's just... that place..." she trailed off then shugging smiled at him " it's okay Armaan 2-4 din ki toh baat hai "
" will you be fine... With me ? " he asked still bit unsure
" of course.. After all i'm Ridimba, I can tackle a monster like you " he was surprised to hear it from her she giggled " aur phir tum nahi hoge to mujhe coffee kaun bana kar pilayega... I'm quiet addicted to it now " he grinned now eyes brightened
" yes of course..! And don't worry i will take care of you " she smiled at his enthusiasm and soon the day to leave arrived nearer
It was the day before they had to leave, Armaan decided they will go by car he liked driving ,going by the road enjoying the scenery, Ridhhima rushed here and there instructing servants to pack properly Armaan again was busy with his work, when Muski entered
" Ridhhi "
" ji bhabhi "
" packing ho gayi ? "
" bas hone waali hai bhabhi "
" dekh kuch warmers bhi rakh lena wahan thand ho jaati hai especially raat ko.. And don't be careless " she said the last sentence bit loudly, Ridhhima felt strange she was looking at her but as if that was not directed to her,
" haan bhabhi maine Armaan ke liye rakh liye hain bas apne rakh rahi hun wo to main bhul hi gayi thi "
" yeh decide karne main itna time lagta hai kya, agar main yaad nahi dilati to.."
She chuckled at her concern and sweetly hugged her " ohho bhabhi aap ho naa dhyaan rakhne ke liye "
" wo to hai, chotte careless ho to kya hua bado ko to apna farz nibhana padta hai naa " she gave a cursory glance at Armaan's direction and went away, she felt Muski's behaviour bit strange, any other time Armaan and Muskaan would have created a riot and now... He sat on the couch with nose buried in the file, not a single comment about anything... And Muski..well she really behaved strange sometimes, she couldn't point out what was amiss but it felt that as if she wasn't talking to her even when she was...
Finally the packing got over and she decided to go to bed early as they had to leave early in the morning
" Armaan "
" haan " now busy with laptop
" sona nahi hai kya ? Kal jaldi uthna bhi hai " she picked up the alarm clock
" don't bother about that alarm main utha dunga subah "
" pakka "
" yupp "
" okay fine then goodnight "
And as soon as she hit the pillow she was dead to the world, Armaan was as good as his words, he did wake her up on time ,or it will be better if we say his 'sneezes' wake her up on time
" Ohh Armaan tum nahi sudhroge " she woke up with a smile, it didn't irritate her anymore, his sneezes... Though she wondered why he sneezed so much. Soon they were ready. She found him standing by his black BMW SUV waiting for her... She quickly bid goodbye to Muski and Rahul and sat beside him in the car...
As they crossed Delhi she became more silent, not that she was talking much earlier but now it was too quiet ,she looked busy with her thoughts, sometimes she looked pleased and smiled to herself sometimes a flash of pain crossed her face... He kept asking her if she needed anything or she was fine to which she replied politely ,he decided not to push her and give her own time... He would ask her when they reach Manali... The journey was twelve hour long by road they could have gone easily by air but he preferred a road journey driving all by himself...
After a while she looked into the CD rack and found one to her liking, the soft music filled the silent atmosphere of the car , it was warm and cozy and the faint light from dials in the dash board was the only source of light inside but even through this faint light she could see the smile on his face, he was... happy, but for what ? She shook her head smiling , it was really hard to understand him sometimes...
' thank you god for this lovely morning kitne mahino baad yeh mauka aaya hai, Ridhhima aur main akele yess !! I must utilize this time to the fullest, don't forget the plan Armaan , but main aur Ridhhima eksath.. Akele... Ek hotel mein...waaooo..." his smile broadened as his heart summersaulted with this thought...
" Armaan kya hua ? Itna muskura kyun rahe ho ? " he was caught off guard
" huh wo, main... Wo... Ummm... Kuch nahi... Mausam achha hai naa aaj " he fumbled
" Armaan abhi subah ke 4 baj rahe hain, suraj bhi nahi nikla hai aur tum mausam ki baat kar rahe ho ?! " she raised her eyebrows " sach sach batao kya soch rahe the ? "
" umm...' kuch soch Armaan kuch soch' " um tum gussa to nahi hogi ?? "
" nahi ,bolo " she waited, turning a little to face him
" nahi tum gussa ho jaogi " now he was enjoying teasing her
" nahi Armaan main naraaz nahi houngi ,batao "
" nahii.. Tum gussa ho jaogi " he laughed inwardly as he saw his plan working, she was getting irritated... And bang ! He was right coz she burst out next moment
" Armaaann agar tumne mujhe bataya nahi to... Too "
" to "
" to main papa ko phone karke tumhari shikayat kar dungi aur wapas chali jaungi "
A flash of fear passed through his face, but he controlled himself quickly " ohho dhamki ! " he laughed out " achha baba batata hun ,wo actually ek khayal aa gaya tha "
" khayal ? Kaisa khayal ?? "
" yahi ki agar doctors movie banate to uska naam kya rakhte "
" aur tumhare hisaab se wo kya rakhte ? " she looked at him suspiciously
" well how about ' hum dawai de chuke sanam' " she raised her eyebrow " kyun pasand nahi aaya , koi baat nahi aur bhi hain how about ' kyun hota hai bukhaar ' " he looked at him but could not decide as it was dark " yeh bhi nahi !! achha how about ' kabhi khansi kabhi jukaam ' and ' kal patient ho naa ho ' " now she burst out laughing
" Armaan!!! " she laughed loudly " tumhare dimaag main aise khayal aate kahan se hain ?? "
" totally original ideas hain madam " and he continued with his silly ideas and jokes all the way... Now that the awkward moment had passed, the journey was even more fun...
He kept stealing glances at her as she slept, as the air became cold she shivered a little ,he quickly turned on the car heat and stopped at the roadside... Wrapping her in the shawl he admired his sleeping beauty with eyes full of love . Colour rose to her cheeks as the warmth filled the car, she smiled a little in her sleep, a strand of hair fell on her face which he ,hesitatingly first then, very carefully, pulled back... He could have sat there admiring her for eternity.. If that stupid truck hadn't passed them blaring it's horn and breaking his beautiful thoughts... Idiot !
Atlast they reached the hotel, it was not until they had reached the hotel that the thought struck her..
' they were going to share a room !! '
Till now they had stayed seperately even after being in one room but here... Everybody knew him... The grand welcome they had at the reception hall and manager who thought of him no less than a king ! Oh god what is she going to do !'
She was wondering when he came to her smiling
" chalein " she just nodded, trying to put a brave smile on her scared face , but where was he going...? They were going 'out' of the hotel !
" Armaan hum kahan jaa rahe hain ? Hum to us hotel main rukne waale the naa ?! "
" haan magar I changed my mind, i wanted some peace and privacy " he winked at her and her heart sank ' what is it all about ? I thought we were friends and is he going to... No no... That can't be ! '
A war went on in her mind and she kept walking along his side rather he pulled her.. her hand was already fastened in his... They followed the bell boy who took them to a cottage...
It was beautiful, right next to an apple garden and behind it she could see the huge beautiful mountains... They went inside which was equally beautiful blend of modernism and countryside... She could see the beautiful view from the sitting area as well... If her mind hadn't been troubled she would have appriciated it more but right now sirens were blaring and red 'Danger' sign glowed whenever she looked at him... Especially when smiling...
" so, did you like it..? " all she could manage was a nod " good ! Chalo tumhe 'bedroom' dikhata hun " he winked and pulled her by her hand, her heart stopped then and there... He took her to a room
" to kaisa laga tumhe tumhara room ? Mere waale se to jyada achha hai " she jerked her head to face him, he stood leaning by the door arms folded across his chest... Though his tone was complaining yet there was a smile on his face
" tumhare waale se ?! "
" haan" he came in " actually pehle hotel main hi rukna tha magar you see wahan do seperate rooms nahi le sakte the.. People would have doubted , isliye maine cottage book karwa diya tha " the colour came back to her face and it was quiet noticable , her sigh of relief confirmed his doubts " ek minute.. If i'm not wrong ,tumhe laga ki... Main aur tum... Waise I don't mind ,agar tum chaho tooo " she could see the naughty glint in his eyes
" Armaaannn , no thanks and go away.." she pushed him out smiling now
" hey hey... Sham ko tayar ho jaana party hai okay "
" okay, now go ,i'm tired " and she closed the door smiling, mocking irritation ,he giggled and went to his room
" Ridhhimaaa.. jaldi karo warna hum sabse late
pahunchenge.." He roamed about in the room impatiently, turning the
pages of some magazines frowning " kitna time lagati hain yeh ladkiyan
tayar hone main "
" chalo, i'm ready " she came out of the room adjusting her earring, and stood by his side... All he could manage this time was to keep his jaw from touching the floor... She looked stunning in that golden see through saree , even when she wore minimal of make up she looked absolutely stunning... Her hair were left open and he had to fight his urge to run his fingers through them... Not to forget, to wrap her in his arms forget all about party and kiss those luscious lips to his heartfill...
He closed his eyes to gain some control over his heart and feelings
" kya hua ? " he opened them when he heard her voice... soft, clear and musical as ringing of the bells
" k..kuch nahi wo.. Bas aankh main kuch gir gaya tha " he lied
" kya gir gaya ? Main dekhun ? "
" nahi... Nahi it's okay ab nikal gaya " he was more controlled now " waise ehem.. Tum ... Tum aaj bahut sundar lag rahi ho " he smiled but was bit unsure if he had said the right thing
To his relief ,she smiled back " thanks , waise tum bhi kuch bure nahi lag rahe " she chuckled
" oh thank you so much madame..to chalein ? " he gave her his arm to hold, she hesitated for a short moment but then took it and they both walked out...
The weather outside was pleasent and the way to dance hall was illuminated with lights which looked like golden fruits on trees ,simply majestic... They moved inside the hall ,the music filled the air... They were heartily welcomed by Mr.Oswal, it seemed all the eyes were on them the lady circle immediately started gossip ,she could see that... But he seemed totally unaffected by the impact he had on others...
They were escorted to their table
" oh my god ! Is this true ?! is this gorgeous hunk Armaan Malik ! " the lady stood up and quickly took Armaan in a rib crushing hug
He grinned at Ridhhima apologetically, embarressed too, the lady who looked reluctant to let go of him totally ignored her...
" Pam.. Pammm.. " he tried to loosen her grip around his neck, and Ridhhima felt pity for him, being gorgeous can have it's own disadvantages, she hid her mouth to cover her grin... " Parminder !! "
That worked like magic " Armaan don't call me that ! Not in public please " she looked around to check if anyone has heard that name
" oh cmmon 'Parminder' is a nice name " Ridhhima could see that he was in revenge mode now for almost strangling him... Before pam could speak again he spoke up with the same lopsided dimpled smile " well did you meet my wife.. Ridhhima Malik " Pam's smile faltered seeing her, the hint of pride in his voice was quiet noticable, Ridhhima could see the fake smile she put on while reluctantly shaking her hand
" so this is the lucky girl, the theif.." Armaan raised an eyebrow " who stole you from us " she smiled broadly now completing her sentence, Ridhhima returned her smile.. She could smell something burning... badly... Now when she looked at her she recognised her ,she was one of the models she had seen on banners, magazines and T.V... She could make out that she wasn't happy seeing her and was aware of her head to toe scrutenizing ,as if trying to rate her according to her standards.. After a while she gave a smug smile and Ridhhima knew that she found her not at all... 'according to her standard' . She grinned inwardly not the least bothered Pam wasn't according to her standards either... The only thing that bothered her was that she had to sit next to her for the whole evening knowing she would be cursing her every minute... And Armaan ! How cleverly he had made an escape from her making her sit in between him and Pam... The only consolation was that other guests on the table were very nice people and she decided to ignore Pam...
Armaan found an excuse when he saw Mr.Baggin's and left to meet him .The drinks arrived and Pam quickly picked up two glasses of champagne offering one to her
" here Ridhhima have a drink "
" oh, thank you but i don't drink. I will prefer something non alcoholic "
" oh cmmon Ridhhima it's not an alcoholic drink "
" no thanks, but really i don't drink " she again denied politely
Pam ,it seemed was hell bent on making her drink and Ridhhima was losing her patience " Ridhhima darling aisi parties main to yeh aam baat hai "
" hoga magar mujhe pasand nahi " she said as politely as she could manage
" but it's fashion ! "
" lekin yeh mere sanskar hain " Pam went quiet with this answer ,she seemed shocked at the idea that someone can deny champagne ! And sanskar ! What the hell was that !
" then how will you give company to someone like Armaan Malik " she looked at Armaan who stood by the bar talking to Mr.Baggins, she didn't miss the sarcasm in her tone
" Armaan mujhe achhi tarah jaante hain, and i'm sure ki wo mujhe aisa kuch bhi karne ke liye nahi kahenge jiske liye mera dil naa maane, itna bharosa hai mujhe un par" she looked directly into her eyes accepting her challenge... Pam kept the glass down ,shrugging her shoulders and within minutes gulped down the contents of both the glasses...
Her answer silenced Pam for the evening ,she seemed to search for the words to counter attack her but probably her mind was too filled with champagne to think straight...
The music changed and many couples started dancing, she sat there admiring them as they roamed gracefully with their loved ones in their arms. She smiled seeing some elderly couple waltzing around, when a hand came before her..
" may I have the pleasure to dance with the lady " she smiled ,it could only be him. She looked up almost giving her hand in his but she stopped midway ,it wasn't him... The man before her smiled politely and repeated his request, her eyes quickly searched the room for 'him' . She must have looked bit reluctant
" cmmon Ridhhima don't tell me ki tum apne husband ke alawa kisi aur ke sath dance nahi karogi.. " Pam chuckled, she could again feel the sarcasm in her laugh.. She knew she was eying Armaan since the time they stepped in the room...
she opened her mouth to say something when another voice stopped her " actually it's the other way round, 'I' don't like to dance with anyone else..." she felt so relieved seeing him that had they not been here then probably she would have hugged him, she was fed up of Pam and her vain efforts to make her feel that she was worthless and not at all suitable for someone like Armaan -especially Armaan, they both smiled broadly at each other, much to the envy of Pam, who by now was all green... With jealousy
Before Pam could say anything else he took her to the dance floor...
" thank god ,tum aa gaye, wo to mujhe aise ghuur ghuur kar dekh rahi thi jaise maine koi paap kar diya ho..." she chuckled " You know hum jabse aaye hain uski aankhein tum parse hati nahi hain " she laughed again
" aur meri tumse... " he whispered
" huh ,kya ? Kuch kaha tumne ? "
" well of course wo tumhe ghuregi after all you have stolen the most handsome ,charming, dashing, awesome man.."
" bass bass.. Kuch jyada nahi ho raha "
" arre i'm telling the truth " he raised his eyebrow ,with a very innocent face and she could not help but laugh at it...
" Ladies and gentlemen " the host came forward " now we will start with a little game of soul- mate" there was a murmer of excitement... " The ladies please make a line here and gentlemen another here..." After two rows of men and women were ready facing each other the host continued... " Now we will see how well you know your partner the ladies have to find out their husband just by touching the face.. And who so ever wins will get a soul-mate prize..." There was an applause from people and excitement flew..
One by one the ladies were called and men were asked to come randomly... noone was sucessful and then it was Ridhhima's turn ,to his surprise she looked confident she smiled at him and he smiled back broadly. She was called and a blindfold was put over her eyes
" so Mrs.Malik ready ? "
" yes " then one by one she went from one man to another.. Rejecting each... Armaan's heart beat rose as she approached him, a wide smile on his face... rejecting five men she came to him... Her hands touched his face and ...his heart almost stopped at her soft touch ,her fingers traced his face trying to explore him, he fought hard with himself ,his feelings...
" this is it, here is my husband " he was startled when she suddenly spoke up... She took off the blindfold and their eyes met... He forgot to blink and stood rooted ,she beamed when she saw that she was indeed right... And all others broke into loud applause
" indeed ! Wonderful Mrs.Malik... You have found your soulmate, ladies and gentlemen a perfect couple " he announced and presented her a gift, he smiled at her clapping with others, still savouring her touch on his face... He was really disappointed when she moved her hands away ,he wanted to keep them there, hold them forever...
The party got over, thankfully the rest of the time passed nicely as Pam left early... they walked back to their cottage side by side, he relived the moments of the party again and again in his mind... It was when she shuddered ,he found that she was shivering a little, the night got cold moreover she forgot to bring any wrap, he quickly took off his jacket and she was surprised when a warm jacket engulfed her
" Armaan ? "
" it's okay Ridhhima, doctors bhi insaan hote hain, aur main nahi chahta ki ghar jaake mujhe daant pade ki maine tumhara khayal nahi rakha " he grinned
" thanks "
" no problem... Umm Ridhhima ek baat puchun ? "
" haan, bolo naa "
" tumne mujhe pehchana kaise ? Baaki to koi bhi nahi pehchaan paaya "
" well ,actually wo kya hai naa ki maine thodi si cheating kari" she grinned sheepishly
" cheating ?! Tumne ? Kaise ? " he was highly surprised
" well use cheating bhi nahi keh sakte, it was you... well pehle mujhe bhi nahi pata tha ki main kaise pehchanungi ,sab fail ho rahe the, phir jab tumne smile kiya naa to ek dumse mere dimaag main idea aaya "
" kya ?? Bolo naa " he asked impatiently
" well wahan jitne bhi log the maine sabko gaur se dekha... Aur un sab main se sirf ek tum hi the jiske dimples hain " she grinned " phir jab main tumhare paas aayi to maine tumhare gaal chhuye aur mujhe pata chal gaya ki tum ho baaki sabke gaal to flat the " she said with a touch of disapproval then grinned again
He looked at her for a moment with disbelief and then burst out laughing " ohhh Ridhhima , tum.. You are very clever , a perfect observer, pati par nazar rakhne waali perfect wife "
" well, thank you " she upheld her chin and joined in his laughter, the word wife was not so disturbing now, probably she was getting used to of it...
The night went by and they decided to go to an apple garden nearby the next day, it was a beautiful place... they sat down under a beautiful apple tree chatting...Ridhhima was quiet for a while... Lost somewhere, but not exactly sad..
" Ridhhima "
" haan "
" kya soch rahi ho ? "
" kuch nahi bas aise hi "
" oh cmmon i know tum kuch to soch rahi ho ,i can tell from your face "
" huhh..well actually kuch purani baatein yaad aa gayi thi "
" kaun si baatein ? "
" main yahaan aa chuki hun ek baar ,well isi tarah ek garden main.. Main aur Vivek... Hum sab... Hum Sanjeevani se ek trip ke liye aaye the... " she trailed off
" Ridhhima, tumne kabhi Vivek ke baare main bataya nahi.. Tumhari usse mulakat kahan hui, kaise usne tumhe... Tumhe.. You know "
" Propose kiya " she completed it for him, as he had difficulty saying it
" haan wahi.. "
She smiled a little " Vivek se meri mulakat Sanjeevani main hi hui thi... hamne saath saath hi join kiya tha, magar shuru shuru main mujhe wo theek nahi lagta tha.. You know thoda arrogant sa.. matlabi.." She chuckled " magar dheere dheere usne sabke saath mix hona shuru kiya.. Aur wo bhi pata hai kiske kehne par.." He shook his head " papa ke kehne par.. Wo to aate hi unka favourite ban gaya tha... Kaam main hi laga rehta tha... Phir hum dost bane... Actually pehle hum logon ne bhi uski taraf jyada dhyaan nahi diya tha Anjy di Atul aur main hamara to pehle se hi group tha Sapna aur Chiraag bhi isme mil gaye magar wo hi thoda alag rehta tha... lekin phir dheere dheere hamne jaana ki wo dil ka bura nahi hai... Aur wo hamara dost ban gaya "
" Phir to zabardast change aaya usme koi kaam ho koi pareshaani ho to sab Vivek ke paas hi jaate the he was our modern guru ji..."
" Phir usne tumhe... propose.. kab kiya ? "
She chuckled again... " Uski bhi alag hi kahaani hai actually usne propose karne main ek saal lagaa diya.." He looked surprised " haan sach.. actually pehle jab nayee nayee the tab in baaton ki taraf dhyaan nahi diya mujhe infact hum sabko lagta tha ki wo aur Sapna.." she laughed lightly " magar jab usne announce kiya ki she is already in love tab ham samjhe ki baat kya hai actually Sapna ke parents thode conservative hain naa to wo uski help kar raha tha unko milwane main uske mom dad ko lagta tha ki wo Amit ka cousin hai aur wo usse kafi impress the isliye.. Sweet naa..." Armaan didn't said anything " phir ek mauka tab bhi aaya jab mujhe lagaa ki wo Anjy di ki taraf divert ho raha hai yeh feeling sabko thi magar asli surprise to mujhe tab hua jab usne mujhe propose kiya.. Wo bhi pata hai kahan ?? Fire escape main..." She laughed again looking at his surprised expression... " Haan... Sach... Main rounds ke liye jaa rahi thi aur achanak usne mujhe fire escape main kheench liya... Main pehle bahut hairaan thi ki kya hua magar yeh to kuch bhi nahi tha jo usne mujhse baad main kahaa.."
" And you said.. yes..."
" Well... Maine kabhi is baare main socha nahi tha magar sab use itna pasand karte the... Sanjeevani ka best intern ,papa aur saare patients ka favourite... He was a wonderful friend too... To bass..."
He looked at her for a moment... " Bas yahi wajah thi.? "
She was bit confused.. " Haan aur kya ?? Kya kuch aur bhi hona chahiye tha...?? "
He smiled a little " nahi I think yeh kaafi hai... Isse jyada kuch hona bhi nahi chahiye tha..."
She was puzzled " matlab ?? "
He got up dusting his pants... " Matlab ki ab daer ho rahi hai hamein andar chalna chahiye..." He gave her his hand to get up ... And she... Still bit confused held it and stood up...
After walking for a while in silence she spoke up " Armaan tum kabhi kabhi bahut ajeeb baatein karte ho.."
" Oh finally you knew it earthling... You know actually i'm from planet Armaania " He made a V sign seperating two fingers on each side " but don't leak out my secret okay otherwise i'll have to kidnap and take you away " she burst out laughing, he joined in
" ohh Armaan tum bhi naa... Tum bas hamesha hasaate rahaa karo..."
" Yes i will..." He became little serious " i like your smile and your laughter..." she again was left speechless... He smiled his usual warming way... She kept looking at him for a moment, he always said something which left her confused whether he is joking or serious or is there any other meaning to his words " Ehem.. I know i'm very handsome magar aise mat dekho mujhe.. Mujhe sharam aati hai.." He hid his face in his palms then again looked at her through his fingers... she burst out laughing again...
" Armaan tum bhi naa "
"I know ,i'm great.."
" yes... In a way you are.." this time she meant it , he grinned and both smiling laughing, chatting, arguing pulling legs moved into the hotel...
The time flew by and then it was time to return, she was glad that she came here,it was really rejuvnating... And not at all like what she had worried about... He had made everything so easy and simple,there was nothing to worry about anything infact she enjoyed his company... Somewhere in her heart she wanted to stay here more.. But... Maybe they will come again...
Sitting by his side she looked at the sweet little cottage once again for the last time and smiled... There was nothing to regret ,she was rather leaving with a happy mood and light mind...
They drove along, it was a chilly day, it had rained during night making weather quite cold but it was beautiful, he kept stealing glances at her her rosy cheeks adding to her beauty, everytime he looked at her it almost knocked off his breath... He had to struggle hard to control his feelings to touch her to wrap his arms around her and never let her go... It became even harder since that day she had touched his face... One of the fondest memories of this trip...
he was lost in his thoughts smiling inwardly when they were stopped by a policeman before them...
" kya hua officer ?? "
" ji baarish ki wajah se aage land slide ho gaya hai isliye raaste band hain.."
" kitna time lagega ? "
" dekhiye cranes neeche se bulayi hain kam se kam 12 ghante to lag hi jaayenge.."
" 12 ghante ! " she exclaimed
" ji wo bhi pakka nahi hai behtar yahi hoga ki aap kahin aaj raat ruk jaayein pahadi raasta hai raat ko jaana theek nahi hoga " saying so the officer went away
" ab kya karein ? " she asked
" i think he's right, koi hotel dekh kar stay kar lete hain kal subah chal lenge "
They scearched for a hotel, but it seemed that many others were doing the same, nearly all the hotel rooms were occupied and it became unbearably cold... She sat in the car wrapping the shawl tightly around her waiting for him to return going back to a three hour journey to their cottage didn't seem like a good idea then and now they didn't had time...
she was just wondering when he came in running...
" chalo jaldi got a room " he took her inside the room... Compared to the cozyness of the cottage it was nothing, not even a fireplace.. But still warmer than staying outside
She breathed in " huh.. Thank god ! Tumhara room kaun sa hai ? "
" well actually Ridhhima ek hi room mil paaya, rest all are taken " she stiffened a little, till today they haven't shared such a close space as a room... Her face must have given away her doubts as he spoke quickly
" it's okay Ridhhima tum aaram karo ,main bahar car main wait kar lunga " he turned to go out
She hesitated for a moment trying to make a quick decision " Armaan ruko.." he stopped " paagal ho gaye ho kya ! Baahar ka mausam dekha hai do minute main tumhari kulfi jam jaayegi... Tum yahin ruk jao okay... "
" but Ridhhima " he was unsure if she really meant it ,both of them- in a room- whole night !
" it's okay Armaan... ek raat ki to baat hai " though she wasn't really sure herself but to send him out to wait in the car in such a cold would be just... cruel !
He agreed " Fine.. Main tumhare liye kuch chai coffee aur extra blankets le aata hun, tab tak tum rest kar lo " he moved out
As he moved out she saw that they will have to share a bed ! there were no couches and no extra beddings ! reluctantly she sat on the bed ,her heart pounding this was the first time they were truly 'alone', she wondered if she did the right thing making him stay here...
Armaan came back after a while with a coffee mug ,glass of milk and a blanket... She sat on the bed with a blanket already around her but still she shivered...
" feeling cold ? " she nodded rubbing her hands, he took another blanket on the bed and wrapped it around her... " tum yeh dono le lo i'll be fine with one " she worried a bit as he came closer but he went back quickly she sighed with relief still bit unsure, again an awkward silence engulfed them as they sipped the coffee and milk, each lost in their own thoughts... The two blankets brought her some relief and soon her eyes got heavy ,unable to keep them open she fell asleep...
She woke up with a red glow coming from a creek in the curtains, she got up streaching herself ,yawning... It was then her eyes fell on him...
He sat in the farthest corner of the bed opposite her ,trying to keep himself as far from her as possible even in sleep , arms around his chest sniffing in between, it was then she noticed that he was sleeping without any blanket !! She looked around and found that she was wrapped with three ! Blankets... He gave away his own too ,even when he was not comfertable her heart melted at this realisation. She felt a surge of great gratitute and respect for him ,for she now knew that she has nothing to fear from him now as he would never ever cross his limits... He was truly trying to emend himself...
She quietly got up and put the blankets over him his frown slowly subsided as some of her warmth reached him ,she felt relieved and bad both, it was because of her that he had to stay uncomfortable whole night ' yeh Armaan bhi naa ' but then she smiled and went to freshen up
She was about to come out when she heard a loud sneeze, and that was the signal that he was awake now . Smiling to herself she came out but by then he had already sneezed ten times
" good morning Mr. Superman " she smiled
" huh ! *aanchhiin* " he sneezed and looked around as if checking if she was addressing him " tumne mujhse kuch kaha ? "
" of course Armaan ! kya yahaan hamare alawa koi aur hai ? Aur kya zarurat thi raat ko blanket mujhe dene ki ? Ab haal dekha hai apna thand lag gayi to ? "
" it's okay Ridhhima *sneeze*, kal raat ko tumhe *sneeze* kaafi thand lag rahi thi isliye.. Aur yeh to meri normal sneezes hain... You know..*sneeze*... Naa *sniff sniff* "
" haan haan dikh raha hai, ab jaldi se fresh ho jao main tab tak kuch chai coffee laati hun "
Fortunately the way was cleared by now and they set off... She could see that his sneezees did not subside as usual ,his nose was red and he shivered even in the cozyness of the car... It was getting difficult for him to drive, nose red, eyes watery he definitely had caught cold
" Armaan " he looked at her sniffing " zara wahan us hotel par rokna " she pointed to a road side hotel cum dhaba
" wahan ? Kyun ?! Aanchhi !! "
" ohho roko naa "
" magar kyun ?? "
" kyunki mujhe bhuuk lag rahi hai ! " annoyed and exasperated ' ek kaam kaha nahi ki interrogation shuru '
" magar.. Aaannchhii !! Sorry.. Sniff*sniff.. Magar it doesn't even look proper, koi aur dhang ka hotel dekh lete hain "
" Armaan maine kaha naa roko.. Mujhe yahin khana hai "
He protested seeing the hotel it wasn't so bad actually but it wasn't a place either where he would ever like to step in. He tried to persude her to look for another place but his pleas drowned in his sneezes and her stern glare...
She was actually left with no choice ,at the rate by which he was sneezing she worried that he will end up having pneumonia.. She kept a watch for a decent place to stop at.. But it was still too early for any hotel to start their business, then she found this hotel which seemed ready to welcome customers. She asked him to stop but no ! Mr.Armaan-the-high-nose-Malik refused to go there, she had no other choice but to threaten him and that got her the desired results. Scowling, sneezing , sniffing, mumbling complaints, he reluctantly followed her... Rather she dragged him by arm...
The manager or the owner couldn't have asked for a better start of the day ,his smile reached ear to ear as he saw the size of their car and knew immediately that the customer is the one with bottomless purse...
" welcome sir ji, madam ji.. " he ran to them calling the waiter, a young boy clad an a wollen cap and about three sweaters ,all in technicolour ,came running... Armaan made a face looking around and the waiter and the over excited owner, recuctant to touch anything " kya sewa kar sakta hun aapki ? "
The boy promptly 'cleaned' the table with a almost black cloth " Armaan baitho " he shook his head vigoursly ,just like a stubborn kid " Arrrmaannn " she pushed him to a couch nearby forcefully " hilna mat yahaan se ! " she ordered ,much to his dislike , then she turned to the owner who had a stupid grin on his face, he looked a intimidated.. Probably thinking that she was short temepered the way she ordered Armaan !!
" aapke paas heater hai ? " he nodded " use yahan lagayiye " she ordered, Armaan was simply amazed to see her authoratative mode, he had never imagined that his mild and sweet Ridhhima can be so intimidating, he really pitied the man ,but what could he do even he didn't dare to go against her !
A blower was instantly brought and switched on.. The warmth brought him much needed relief from shivering seeing him comfortable enough she turned to the manager again
" aapki kitchen kahan hai ? " the man promptly pointed to a door at the far end " Armaan main abhi aayi okay "
" magar tum ja kaha rahi ho ? Leaving me here ! "
She rolled her eyes, he was just impossible sometimes " bas abhi aa rahi hun tum bas yahaan baitho aur hilna mat okay " like he had any choice ! He nodded ,nose covered with hankercheif " aap aayiye mere saath " ordering the man who followed her meekly.. Now who in his right mind would dare go against Ridimba !!
He sat there much comfortable he rested his head at the backrest closing his eyes, it was now he realised that he was hungry too ' but eat here ! Made by this filthy people ! No way !! '
It was a while since she had gone and he began wondering where she was when the kitchen door opened and she came there with the same boy waiter following her with a tray in his hand , obviously carrying food and something to drink, probably coffee for her... Directing the boy to keep everything on the table she sat opposite him and quickly put the hot steaming parantha and potato curry with his favourite pickle before him
" Ridhhima tum kahan gayi thi ? Aur yeh kya hai ? Main kuch nahi kahunga yahan se " he said stubborny ,he sat there defiantly crossing his arms across his chest, refusing to eat anything...
" Huh ! What a baby he is ! ,but she knew to make him agree for something forcefully was just impossible, she knew him that much from past days... She need to adopt another measure.. She smiled softly at him
" Armaan pleeasse, kha lo naa ,dekho maine khud apne haath se tumhare liye banaya hai... And don't worry about anything, everything is new.. Sach "
He looked at her with narrowed eyes, questioningly " tumne yeh khud banaya hai ? " She nodded smiling broadly now " sach ? "
" kasam se " she placed the plate before him with a hot paratha and pickle smilingly
He was amazed " tumne yeh khud banaya ? Mere liye ?? " she nodded smiling broadly now " kyun ?? " still surprised... happily
" wo isliye Mr.Malik kyunki jis tarah aap apni naak chadha rahe the yahan ghusne ke liye, to us bechare cook ke hath ka khana to tum sunghte bhi nahi " she chuckled
" haan wo to hai... Magar phir bhi yeh kitna... Kitna... Tacky hai "
" stop being such a snob Armaan aur isse pehle ki yeh thanda ho jaaye you better eat it fast "
He took a bite and knew instantly that it was indeed made by her, he could recognise the taste anywhere... He smiled now both happy and surprised to know that she did all this for him... But then again stopped after a bite
" ab kya hua ?? " exasperated
" yeh bahut garam hai ,mujhse itna garam nahi khaya jayega " he made a cutest face ever ! Now who can get angry on that !!
" huuhh tum bhi naa ! Lao idhar do " she took his plate and cut the parantha into few peices so that it gets cool enough for him to eat " ab theek hai ?! " he shook his head and began eating again happily, she kept an eye on him to see he eats properly and poured him a cup of tea
" yeh kya hai ? "
" doodh "
" to yeh brown kyun hai ? " he demanded
" ohho yeh doodh hi hai bas isme thodi si chai patti milayi hai "
" Ridhhima tumhe pata hai naa main chai coffee nahi peeta , main nahi piyunga "
" Armaan ! Yeh chai nahi hai sirf chai patti milayi hai doodh main "
" by the way use hi chai kehte hain "
now she'd had enough for a day she spoke in a stern voice " Mr. Armaan Malik you better drink it I don't care whether you like it or not maine kaha naa peena hai to peena hai and eat something before you fall sick... And no excuses okay " he dare not to say anything else and followed her orders meekly... As if it was magical his sneezes subsided immediately and he felt lot better...
Paying the owner generously they started again. The rest
of the journey was fun... She made him rest on the way and drove
herself as he was uncomfortable the whole night- after again a small
fight, she directed the blower in his direction and smiled seeing him
AFinally they reached home happy rejuvnated. They found Maria walking Angel around ,as soon as she saw them she spread her arms towards Armaan...
" Hey my princess.. How are you ? Ohh i missed you shhoo much " she kissed her lovingly " Armaan she wants to come to you.." Ridhhima smiled playing with her, taking her in her arms, He hesitated for a moment
" Ridhhima are you sure.. I mean wo cold.."
" it's okay Armaan ab to nahi hai naa "
He still delibrated then deciding something he extended his hands towards her... just as he was about to take her Muskaan came there..
" Hey Ridhhi tum log aa gaye..?? " She hugged Ridhhima lovingly.. " Hey Armaan " somewhat dryly
" Hey Muski..."
" Angel ko main le leti hun.. Waise bhi uske doodh ka time ho gaya hai... Royegi to it will get on your nerves..." Throwing a glance she took Angel from Maria... Ridhhima was totally taken by surprise by the touch of harshness in Muski's voice... And Armaan, he withdrew immediately and just stood there like a criminal
" Yeah It's okay..." he walked back to the room...
" Ridhhi tu jaa aur fresh ho jaa aur thoda aaraam kar le ,thak gayi hogi.." she ignored him
" Ji bhabhi..." Was all she could manage this was the first time she felt that there was something wrong with Armaan and Muskaan.. ' But what ? Maybe i should ask Armaan... Zarur dono main phir kisi baat ko le kar jhagda hua hoga... Yeh dono pata nahi kab bade honge ' wondering about it she went to the room
The next day being the Sunday, she sat on the couch busy with a case file when a loud yell distracted her
" Ridhhiimaa " she frowned, she was sitting so comfertably, he yelled again getting no response from her " Ridddimmbaaa "
" huh ! " she snapped the file shut but still didn't got up " bahut ho gaya ! Armaan kya hai kyun chilla rahe ho ? Main busy hun aur agar tumne ek baar aur mujhe us naam se bulaya na to main tumhara bhurta bana dungi samjhe ! "
" uhoh, don't take chances Armaan, magar iska kya karu ? " he looked at something that was kept on his bed, he cleared his throat and called again " Ridhhima tumhara kuch samaan yahan pada hai use le jao... Please "
" Armaan don't disturb me , aur mera koi samaan wahaan nahi hai ,I took all my things away " irritated she went back to her file
" nahi, abhi bhi hai "
" nahi hai "
" hai "
" maine kaha naa nahi-hai "
" aur maine kaha naa ki hai "
" Aagghhh ! Tum kaise keh sakte ho ki wo mera hai..." totally irritated now
" kyunki wo.. Wo.. I can't... No I 'don't' wear that..." he widened his eyes ,she snapped her file shut and walked towards him with angry steps
" What ?? " she stood before him with hands on sides
" That Lacy lacy thing "
" Armaannn " she glared, he huffed
" theek hai main hi laata hun fir baad main mat kehna ki maine kaha nahi tha..." he went inside and within seconds returned holding out that thing which widened her eyes, he held it at an arms distance... It was her BRA !!
She opened her mouth ,rather wished to sink in the earth ,terribly embarressed... Mortified ,quickly snatching it she hid it and ran away from there, not even having the courage to look at him...
" you're welcome " he shouted behind her ' idiot ' was the only thing he could hear
Grinning he came back to his bed and fell down on his face on the bed groaning " ohh Armaan mannn ,control yaar ,control ! "
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Taming The Wild
I Love You My Angel
Recap:- Ridhhima finds out about the 'real' coffee maker... Both go for a trip to Manali, Armaan spends some quality time with her... Get stuck due to landslide and finally Ridhhima notice that something's wrong between Armaan and Muskaan...
Mumbling to herself angrily , embarrassed.. mortified she walked into the wardrobe
" samajhta kya hai apne aap ko ? zara bhi sharam nahi hai.. Aise karte hain kya kisi ladki ke sath !? Idiot , bevkoof ! " she kept mumbling ,stuffing her 'thing' away with other 'things'... As she turned to go she saw his coat lying on the floor under his massive coat line
" mujhe to itna kaha aur apne kapde dekhe hain ? Theek se rakhe bhi nahi jaate " she walked up there but another worry now engulfed her how is she going to face him now... She noticed that she now-a-days has become an expert on how to create most embarrassing moments, sighing she decided that there was no way out he won't leave such an opportunity to laugh at her...
As she drew out the hanger her eyes fell on something... It was the same locker she found that day.. But today it was 'with' key...
' He must have forgotten to take the keys ' she thought... Curiously she opened the locker... A light automatically turned-on inside making it easier to look...
The locker wasn't crowded there were some files , few wads of cash of different currencies.. A black Velvet box ,which she was sure was a jewellery box
' Armaan ke paas jewellery box ?! Jaroor koi keemti cheez hogi..'
She didn't take it out, she found a CD with proposal written on it , thinking it must be about business she kept that back, then she saw that at the far back a photo frame was kept- face down, little away from other things... But before she could see it another thing caught her eyes... It was a diary, infact two, She picked up one ,she knew it was his diary as she had seen it in his hands many times...hesitating for a moment she picked it... Her all-so-proper brain warning her that it's not good to read others diary without their permission... But curiosity got better of her...
Opening the first page she started reading...
' To all the shitheads who are currently reading this now it means that you have been successful in obtaining the key to my locker. But before you f**k my privacy take a moment and think, what will you get from it ? What are you trying to do ? Is it something worth risking my friendship and trust for ? ' Ridhhima suddenly felt very conscious and bad she was about to shut it and keep it back when she saw the next line
' Now that you have it in your hands I don't think you will think on these points, but if you do then it will be a very nice thing to do and after reading if you put my diary back to where it was, I would be very thankful to you...' She giggled and the decision of keeping it back was just forgotten
' I started writing for myself because there are things that I can't talk to anyone about.. And even if I do ,I know I would not be true to myself in doing so...' She read on ' the reason I don't want anyone to read it is simple ' because I don't want anyone to read it ' . This is exclusively for me I don't want anyone to read my private thoughts and poke fun at them...' She read on debating whether to read on or not...
' However, if you are still going to read it, then take into account the following points and proceed on your own risk...'
" Well I think I'll take the risk..." She giggled and continued
1. Don't get caught while reading it, that may be the last moment of your life.
2. If you try to disclose the details to anyone else, you'll be listening to your voice the last time because then your tongue will be ripped and rolled around your throat
3. If you try to poke fun at me with indirect jibes, you'll be hit at a special place that would hamper your right to be a parent in this lifetime..'
she rolled her eyes " Armaan tumse aisi hi umeed ki ja sakti hai..." She continued
4. If you don't get caught and are smart enough to save your ass. Take note that you will die in the pool of your vomit and your stinky soul will burn in hell till eternity
Her mouth opened with shock, disgust, surprise amusement all mixed..." eww disgusting ! "
That's all I have to say and DON'T TAKE IT AS A JOKE because everything written here is true...
She covered her mouth to stop from laughing out aloud... The beginning was really something so Armaan like... Shaking from laughter she turned the page
' if you are still alive then you must be really lucky... and if you are wondering about the warning then let me tell you that it is necessary this 'David the peeking diary Tom' never leaves the opportunity to read my diary.. Maine isko hindi sikha kar bahut badi musibat mol le li ' she chuckled... This David must be his friend , the date confirmed her thoughts, it was dated way back when he wasn't in India...
She went ahead few pages and started reading again...
" Teen din ho gaye aaj hospital main ab jaa kar kuch likhne ki haalat ban paayi hai... Lekin isse achha to shayad kuch ho hi nahi sakta tha main to bekar hi darr raha tha... Ab main sach main believe karne laga hun... It's all for the best.. Hehe... It's heaven... Har jagah itni khoobsurti bikhri hui hai ki basss... sab ek se badkar ek..."
She raised her eyebrows reading it, she remembered how he used to flirt with every beautiful girl in the hospital... She continued
" magar un sabse alag ek... Ridhhima... Koi itna simple ho kar bhi sabse jyada sundar kaise ho sakta hai..." this really took her by surprise " Magar hai puri Hitler... Jab dekho daanti rehti hai... Itne saalo main kisi ki himmat nahi hui mujhse unchi aawaaz main baat karne ki aur yeh madam itne saalo ki saari kasar puri kar rahi hain...'
" you deserved it " she said to herself and continued reading
" Roz daanti hai... Roz kadwi kadwi dawai de deti hai khane ke liye aur main jab tak kha naa lun sar par hi khadi rehti hai ki main kahin unhe feik na dun... (Which was my initial plan does she has a sixth sense or what...) Kaam nahi karne deti... kuch dhang ka khana khane ke liye to main taras gaya hun...Pata nahi kaun se janam ka badla le rahi hai mujhse... Aur jab gusse main ungli utha kar warning deti hai to puri gabbar lagti hai..." Ridhhima looked up with slight anger...
" Main hitler hun... Gabbar lagti hun... Mr. Malik you are so dead today... Huh..." She then opened up the diary again and saw that leaving few lines there was something written ,as if an afterthought...
' The cutest gabbar there can ever be...' And this brought a smile on her face all anger forgotton ...
" ohh Armaan , ab tumse koi gussa bhi nahi ho sakta..."
" really ! you are not angry with me ? "
She startled at the sudden voice and the diary fell down from her hands.. Armaan saw what fell down and his smile vanished, he came there quickly and picked up the diary before she could
" Ridhhima ! This is my diary ! tum meri diary padh rahi thi ?! " she fumbled for words " kya tumhe kisi ne sikhaya nahi ki kisi aur ki cheezein unki permission ke bina nahi leni chahiye !? " he was really angry. Ridhhima felt really bad ,she knew she did wrong but why he has to yell like that " kya padha tumne ? " he roared " main kuch puch raha hun Ridhhima "
She trembled a little " k..kuch nahi bas jab tum hospital main the tab.. Mujhe gabbar keh rahe the "
" aur ?! " he inquired angrily
" aur bas tumhari warning.. Bas aur kuch nahi.. Phir tum aa gaye " tears started welling up in her eyes " I.. I'm sorry Armaan, mujhe tumse puche bina locker nahi kholna chahiye tha " He looked at her again and ran his fingers in his hair , trying to calm himself " main jaanti hun mujhe koi haq nahi banta aise bina puchhe..."
He looked at her again and knew that his harshness has hurt her, he held her by her shoulders and looked directly into her eyes
" No Ridhhima ! Listen to me, haq banta hai, yeh tumhara bhi ghar hai, yahan ki har cheez par tumhara adhikar hai samjhi. kabhi bhi aisa mat sochna ki tumhara haq nahi hai agar tumhara haq nahi hai to kisi ka bhi nahi hai " he stressed his words trying to convey that he meant it ,he loosened his grip realising what he was doing ,sighing looking in those scared confused eyes he spoke again, more softly
" look.. I'm sorry... magar kuch baatein hain Ridhhima jo main kisi se share nahi karta aur shayad kar bhi nahi paunga... Tumse bhi nahi... Please, I hope you can understand... I'm sorry... but that's personal... Very personal "
She could see that he was really feeling bad for shouting at her " of course Armaan, I can understand but I'm still sorry "
" me too " and he gave a small smile, with that the tensed atmosphere cooled a bit " thanks for understanding " he breathed in, keeping the diary back he locked the locker and went away with the key apologizing again for his crazy behaviour... Leaving her surprised and confused
She too let it go ,this was one of the 'mysterious Armaan days' though she wondered what was written in those diaries that scared him so much' that was soo personal... The day passed and the topic was never brought up again ,the good thing that happened because of this was ' the lacy thing ' was not brought up either... But that didn't spare her from his PJ's !!
It was a lovely evening Rahul and Armaan were strolling in the garden with Angel in her pram... She enjoyed the new surroundings while both men discussed business, it was then Rahul's cell started ringing... The shrill voice must have scared the little angel coz she started rolling in her pram
" Armaan Angel ko dekh zara, it's an important call " Rahul went little away to talk, while Armaan sat before Angel trying to pacify her
" hey Angel, what happened beta ?? Meri princess darr gayi.." but the child was in no mood for the babyish talk, she started crying.. " heyy kya hua baby.. Why are you crying ?? " Armaan now panicked what to do " bhai , bhai !! " he called Rahul " she's crying , yahan aao "
Rahul on the other hand was on an important call ,he covered the phone with his hand " Armaan this is important.. Pick her up ,she just need some patting "
Now he was scared even more, he looked at his hands and rubbed them quickly on his trousers " god ! Ab kya karun... Aise.. Nahi aise " he debated with himself on how to hold the baby " god maine to kabhi baby uthaya bhi nahi aur..." then he looked at the baby " shh shh chup baby look here " he tried to divert her to some squeky toys but to no avail the wailing grew louder " ohh baby why you have to be so delicate " he looked at Rahul again for help but he just signalled him to pick her up... Scowling... He nodded scared and with beating heart picked her up but then was again lost..
" ab kya karun ?! " the baby was held in mid air in his hands at an arms distance !! The baby added to his trouble by wailing in the loudest pitch ever !
Seeing this Rahul could wait no longer he quickly end his call and rushed there..
He took Angel from him " it's okay baby papa is here... Don't cry baby.. Mera bachha.." he pacified the baby who went bit quiet after being in familiar arms, he then turned to Armaan who seemed too relieved " Armaan aise uthate hai kya bachhe ko...?? " He patted the baby gently, but was visibly angry
" Bhai I was trying but she won't stop aur.. and she's a girl not a boy ki.."
" she's a baby Armaan.. And so what if it's a girl ! mujhe nahi pata tha ki you were so stuck up ! I love my baby aur agar tumhe ladkiyon se itni hi problem hai to fine, just stay away from her, Muskaan theek hee keh rahi thi you have changed.. have your own kid probably then you will understand.."
" Bhai.. bhai aap galat samajh rahe ho bhai main.." but Rahul was gone ,he never felt so helpless... What should he do to make them understand...
He came back to the room ,Ridhhima was sitting there on the couch feet resting on the table busy reading a case file.. She looked at his sad and troubled face..
" Haan... Kya hua ? "
" Ridhhima... Ridhhima I love Angel you know naa.." She looked at him confused " phir wo bhai..."
" Rahul bhaiyya ?! Kya Rahul bhaiyya Armaan..? " He opened his mouth to say something then looked at the door, no words came out of his mouth Ridhhima kept watching him expecting him to say something thousand emotions crossed his face but no words came out of his mouth ,he just looked at her and sighed heavily..
" Kuch nahi.." Ridhhima was surprised at his behaviour she knew something was wrong... But what ??... He turned to go to the other room
" Armaan wait " she came upto him " Armaan sach sach batao kya hua ? " she waited for him to speak
" Ridhhima actually wo..." he met her expectant gaze.. He sighed she could see that he was debating whether to tell her or not... What was it that was troubling him so much and that has created a kind of rift between one of the most loving relationship she had seen... " Wo aaj.."
" Maam.. Muskaan madam is calling you for tea.." Martin announced
" Okay Martin I'm coming " for once she was truly irritated with Martin for interrupting, he was about to say something " haan to tum kya keh rahe the ? " Trying to resume where they left..
" Kuch nahi... Koi baat nahi hai Ridhhima tum bas aise hi pareshan hoti rehti ho..." Suddenly he was his usual self but she could swear that just a moment ago, before they were interrupted by Martin, he was seriously trying to say something
She knew it was useless now the moment was gone... He won't budge now.. He gave a small smile which she knew was fake and went to the room
She just stood there trying to understand what happened just now " Magar main jaan kar rahungi Mr.Malik ki aakhir baat kya hai..." with this resolve to herself she went down to meet Muskaan... She couldn't bring up the topic then as Virendra and BP were there too.. She decided that she will ask her later privately
That night she again woke up with his groaning sound, this time it didn't scared her ,she knew he was having nightmare again... She went to the room and woke him up gently... He was startled to see himself in the room again...
" No Armaan ! " She took away the bottle from his hand
" Lekin Ridhhima main sounga kaise ? Aise mujhe neend nahi aayegi.. I need them please " He pleaded
" Nahi Armaan no pills.. Yeh solution nahi hai, aur sirf isliye ki you had a nightmare you can't have these all the time "
" I told you before ,don't take them all the time except when required.. Like now " He tried to reason
" Nahi Armaan.. " she was still not willing " here.. take your pillow and lie down " she gave him his favourite long pillow which was lying down on the floor.. probably it fell off .He wasn't much convinced but couldn't argue either, taking the pillow he snuggled upto it " better ? " she asked
" No " he said flatly, not happy for not giving him the pills
She sighed and sat by his bedside on the floor " Armaan trust me ,i'm a doctor and your friend ,you don't need these.. Just apni aankehin band karo aur sone ki koshish karo ,trust me neend aa jayegi... Apni dost ki itni baat to maan sakte ho naa " She said softly trying to calm him
He couldn't say no to that " Aur agar nahi aayi to ?? What if I see nightmare again ?? Main aise akele nahi so sakta..."
" Kuch nahi hoga Armaan just close your eyes, achha theek hai ,jab tak tumhe neend nahi aa jaati main yahin hun.. Ab to koi problem nahi hogi naa..." He opened his mouth to say something but then closed it and shook his head " good ab aankehin band karo "
He was reluctant to close them coz he wanted to see her more and was unsure about the nightmares too but the assurance that she was there with him was enough to bring all peace he wanted... Finally the tiredness ,both mental and physical, took over and he slept again clutching his pillow...
She checked if he was sleeping well and found that he was soundly asleep, she looked at the bottle in her hand it was a new one, that meant that he had already consumed the first... With the frequency of his nightmates it was no surprise.. But she decided that she must not let him make it a habit.. He could get addicted to it, if he's not already
' Fine Armaan from now on i'll regulate your pill dose.. And these nightmares... They have to be taken care of as well..' she looked at him now sleeping peacefully, covering him with blanket properly she came back to bed...
' So many things to take care of... But first let Sapna's wedding get over then...' switching off the lights she too went to sleep mind still working on him... now that she thought about it she found a pattern ,whenever he was sad ,angry or worried about something he was bound to have a nightmare that day...
' so that means if I just check on his mood his nightmares can be controlled.. Great ! You are brilliant Ridhhima ' she smiled and closed her eyes relieved at finding the answer...
The next day was Sapna's wedding and as usual he was bowled over by her beauty...
" ehem.. Ridhhima "
" haan " she looked at him in the mirror busy brushing her hair
" tum kyun bechari Sapna ki shaadi barbaad karna chahti ho "
" what ?! " she turned to face him " main sapna ki shaadi !? "
" well of course.. Agar tum itna saara makeup laga kar sundar ban kar jaogi to us bechari ko koi dekhega hi nahi.. Aur Amit agar usne Sapna se shaadi ke liye mana kar diya to... No ! no !... Aow " a hair brush hit him straight on his stomach
" got your answer.. Tumhe to theek se compliment dena bhi nahi aata, pata nahi tumhari girlfriends kaise jhelti thi tumhe " she got up picking her purse mumbling, when suddenly he held her arm and pulled her... She crashed on his chest... He held her by her waist... She was totally surprised... He looked directly into her eyes and spoke in his husky sensuous voice
" aapko suraj kahun magar usme aag hai, aapko chaand kahun magar usme daag hai," he bent forward " aapko geet kahun par uska to raag hai.. " his cheek brushed her's and lips milimeters away from her ear, her heartneat rose as his masculine scent reached her and unknowingly her hold tightened on his shoulder ,he moved back looking into her eyes again there was a momentary pause their eyes locked... then... he smiled, his naughty smile " aapko bandariya kahun par kambakht usme bhi dimaag hai " and he burst into laughter... It took a moment for Ridhhima first to control her erratic heartbeat and then not to kill him
" Armaaannn , main tumhe chhodungi nahi..." she ran behind him her purse raised ,ready to hit him and with other she held her saree... They ran into the corridor
" arree arre Ridhhi araam se kya kar rahi hai " Muskaan stopped her
" bhabhi dekh lo Armaan ko mujhe bandariya keh raha hai.. Kya main bandariya lag rahi hun ? "
Muskaan looked at Armaan " tu bhi naa Ridhhi kiski baaton main aa rahi hai.. Iski to aadat ho gayi hai dusro ka dil dukhane ki " she still looked at him, Ridhhima looked at Muskaan then at Armaan his smile gone now ,something was wrong,
" Ridhhima main neeche car main wait kar raha hun.. Jaldi aana.." with a glance at Muskaan he went away
" bhabhi.. "
" kuch nahi, wo bas bolta rehta hai.. You are looking verryy beautiful today " and she put a small kajal mark " kahinn nazar na lag jaaye "
" ohhh bhabhi, love you " she hugged her lovingly " achha main chalti hun warna phir koi nayee baat le kar mera mazaak udayega "
In the car he was quiet ,not even doing his favourite work of teasing her " Armaan are you okay ? "
" h..haan kyun ? Mujhe kya hua ? "
" nahi abhi to ghar par itna bol rahe the aur ab itne chup ho "
" nahi bas kuch soch raha tha "
" kya ? "
" aise hi kuch office ka matter tha "
" lo I think we're there " he pointed ahead to the big wedding place, she knew he wasn't telling the truth ,he wasn't thinking about some office work it was definitely about Muskaan... But what...
She got out of the car ,he came to her side and gave her his arm to hold... She took it smilingly not wishing to dampen his mood further, she knew patience was the key...
" Ridhhima " she looked at him " I wasn't lying when I said you will look better then Sapna... Tum sach main bahut sundar lag rahi ho "
Suddenly she felt conscious of his gaze, his husky voice raised her heartbeat ,an involuntary blush rose to her cheeks
" th..thanks " she looked away and he smiled this was all she could manage, soon she was surrounded by her other friends and even Sapna waved at her from the stage.. She was really loved by all...
It was time to meet bride and groom, they sat together at the big dining table . Sapna met Ridhhima warmly and Armaan formally.. He could see that she hadn't forgotton what he'd said to her before their marriage...
" Sapna.. Tum abhi tak naraaz ho mujhse.. Look i'm sorry what I said to you earlier, kya tum mujhe maaf nahi kar sakti.. Kya main Ridhhima jaise tumhara dost nahi ban sakta "
" look Mr. Armaan Malik mujhe aapse dosti karne ka koi shauq nahi hai.. The only reason i'm tolerating you is Ridhhima... For some wierd reason she looks happy.. And as long as she is happy i'm fine... Don't think ki uska saath dene ke liye koi nahi hai samjhe " Amit held her hand to calm her down and looked apologetically at him
To her surprise instead of gettimg angry or annoyed he smiled " it's okay Amit ,and Sapna i'm really happy to see that Ridhhima has such good friend as you, aur rahi saath ki baat to main bhi Ridhhima ka saath hi dena chahta hun... Zindagi bhar ke liye... Tumhari tarah mere liye bhi uski khushi hi sabse zyada mayne rakhti hai, tumhari soch se kahin zyada..."
She was now at loss of words " well.. Fine... I'll see , magar agar tumne kabhi bhi use pareshan kiya to..."
" to tum apna belan le kar kabhi bhi mujhe marne aa sakti ho "
Amit burst into laughter hearing this " don't underestimate her man, she can hit really hard " and even Sapna could not stop her smile and glare at him..
" Armaan tumne khana khaya ? " Ridhhima came there with a baby in her hand
" nahi.. Arre yeh kiska bachha utha laayi ? ab tum shaadi main bachhe bhi churane lagi Ridhhima " she glared at him and Amit almost choked on the glass of water
" Armaan !! Yeh Sapna ki bhabhi ka beta hai, wo zara change karne gayi hain isliye ise mujhe pakda gayi... Ek kaam karo tum do minute ise lo main tumhare liye khana le kar aati hun "
" what ?! Main ?? Baby ko ?? No no ! Ise tum hi pakdo khana main khud le lunga "
" Armaan don't worry he won't spoil your clothes usne diaper pehna hai " Sapna chuckled seeing him scared of holding a baby
" no Ridhhima wo baat nahi hai mujhe.. Mujhe baby lena nahi aata "
" god Armaan ,you are just impossible ! Kya tumne kabhi Angira ko nahi liya " he was stumped ,but looked at her with puppy eyes pleading " theek hai, mat lo, main abhi aati hun " she went away again and came back with a plate of food minus baby
Sapna just looked at her as she sat beside her giving him the plate... And instructions...
" Ridhhima ? "
" haan kya hua ?? Kuch chahiye ? "
" nahi, magar.. Tu theek to hai naa ? Tu aur Armaan.. What about Vivek ?? "
" don't worry Sapna , main kuch nahi bhuli bas ab fark yeh hai ki ab main aur Armaan dost ban gaye hain "
" dost ?! Haan wo to dikh raha hai, jaise tu apni dosti nibha rahi hai "
" Sapnaa tu bhi naa... Bahut kuch badal gaya hai Sapna sab bataungi... Armaan itna bhi bura nahi hai " she looked at him busy talking to Amit, doubtful " trust me main khush hun... And thanks to you too mera saath dene ke liye "
She hugged her lovingly " hey that's what friends are for... As long as you are happy " she again looked at her and then at Armaan, Ridhhima could see doubts and questions in her eyes she kept her hand in hers
" trust me, I am.." she turned and her eyes widened seeing Armaan " Armaan ! Leave that ice cream right now ! Abhi zukaam theek hua hai naa , phir tabiyat kharaab karni hai kya ?!!" he pouted but kept the cup back... Amit laughed
" zyada hasne ki zarurat nahi hai, teri bhi yahi haalat hone waali hai " Sapna blushed smilingly at his comment , and again looked at both Ridhhima and Armaan... Rest of the night just flew away and they started for home tired but happy...
She chatted happily about everything wedding, Sapna, Amit , friends ,the cute baby she met " Ridhhima... Anjy ka baby kab aayega ? "
" well in about 7 months , i'm dying to hold the baby in my arms " she said longingly
" Ridhhima how can you hold babies so easily... They are so.. so.. Delicate and breakable and catch everything so easily "
" yeh tumse kisne kaha ? "
" wo.. office main maine suna tha kisi ko baat karte hue ki usne apne baby ko thoda sa zor se pakad liya aur baby ka hath fracture ho gaya " he shivered a little at the thought
" to phir usne baby lo theek se nahi liya hoga ,mana ki babies delicate hote hain magar agar theek se liya jaaye to it's no harm... Babies love attention.. Jaise tumhe pasand hai " she chuckled
He smiled " magar... Phir babies kab tak itne.. Strong ho jaate hain ki unhe.. You know, lage nahi "
She, mildly surprised and amused at his question answered " well.. babies to delicate hote hi hain, magar I think about 1 saal ka bachha physically aur internally itna strong ho jaata hai ki wo chhote mote jhatke jhel sake... Kyun ? tum kyun puch rahe ho ? "
" n..nahi bas aise hi " and he looked ahead ' god 9 months more ! ' he thought and diverted the conversation... Soon it was forgotton...
Muskaan was in the kitchen when Armaan entered
" Martin i'm hungry " he rummaged the fridge
" Martin tell him that dinner will be ready in 10 minutes so he should stop raiding the fridge " she didn't look at him ,Martin surprised looked at her then at him, Armaan said nothing he got the message and without another word he went out, Martin went back to his work, unexpected behaviour was Malik trademark... But this was witnessed by Ridhhima who was surprised that now thay have stopped talking to each other directly too... She came up to Muskaan, who was unaware of her presence...
" bhabhi "
" haan Ridhhi "
" Bhabhi aakhir baat kya hai ? Kya aapko kuch problem hai Armaan se ?? batayiye naa akhir baat kya hui hai aap dono ab pehle jaise nahi hain " Muskaan stopped stirring and ordered Martin to look after the dish now she faced her
" Problem mujhe nahi Ridhhi Armaan ko hai " she went to kitchen counter at other end
" Armaan ko ?! " she followed her
" Haan aur mujhse nahi, Angira se " both sat down on the chairs
" Angira se ? Armaan ko ?! Aap kya baat kar rahe ho bhabhi mujhe samajh nahi aa raha Armaan loves Angel "
" Ha loves Angel ! He doesn't even like her I suppose... Aur kaun si maa yeh dekh kar khush hogi ki koi uske bachhe ko dekh kar khush nahi hai "
" Aap kya keh raho bhabhi " she was shocked hearing it
" Main theek keh rahi hun Ridhhi, Armaan dislike Angel "
" Nahi bhabhi bilkul nahi ! " the one thing she was absolutely sure was this " aapko koi galatfehmi hui hai "
" Achha ! galatfehmi ? mujhe ?!theek hai, to bata last time tune kab uski goud main Angel ko dekha ?... " Ridhhima went quiet " Nahi yaad ? wo isliye Ridhhi kyun ki usne aaj tak Angel ko kabhi goud main uthaya hi nahi... Wo usse aise duur bhagta hai jaise wo koi virus ho.." Ridhhima was lost in her thoughts, Muskaan was indeed right she had really never seen him holding Angel...
" Mujhe to yakeen hi nahi hota ki yeh wohi Armaan hai jise baby ke aane ki itni excitement thi, jisne uske aane par itna kuch kiya tha..." She trailed off sadly " Armaan badal gaya hai Ridhhi he's not same... Aur mujhe is baat ko le kar aur bhi jyada gussa hai ki wo kuch bolta bhi to nahi ki aakhir use Angira se pareshani kya hai ?? Itna ulta seedha bol deti hun magar ek baar bhi nahi bolta ki Muski aisa kyun bol rahi hai mujhe ?? bas chup chap sunta rahega... Aise main kya kahun main usse ?? " Muski had tears in her eyes now.. Ridhhima knew that it hurt mukaan too to say such things to him, but she knew he wasn't the one who could share his feelings with anyone so easily... Her mind was working frantically and after a few moments of silence her face relaxed with a knowing determined look... But right now it will ne useless to make her understand she has to 'show' her
The next day she went to Muskaan
" bhabhi.. Bhabhi chalo naa zara mere sath , mujhe samajh hi nahi aa raha main Sapna ki reception par kya pehnu... Plz zara chalo naa help me plzzz.."
" Ridhhiii tu bhi naa... Chal " she asked Maria who was changing Angels clothes, to bring her along, both the ladies went to the wardrobe room
Armaan came back from office and immediately went for a quick shower in the mean time Maria too came with Angel and placed her securely in the center of the bed,unaware that armaan is back both the ladies remained busy in their selection... Armaan came out of the shower and saw Maria
" oh thank god baba you are here, keep an eye on Angel i've to rush to kitchen.. Okay Muskaan madam will be here shortly " leaving him there with Angel she went out quickly
Armaan looked at Angel who was busy chewing her toes and then his worried face broke into a happy smile... he settled down beside her... Angel too looked at him and gave a big smile which multiplied his joy thousand times... he gave his finger to her which she held immediately squeaking with delight... Ridhhima and Muski came out hearing her squeals, Muskaan was about to say something when Ridhhima stopped her.. Armaan does'nt come to know that they were watching...
" Heyyy baby how are you sweetheart ?? U know me na main aapka chachu... Aap yahan akele kya kar rahe ho baby.." Tickling her tummy lightly the baby smiled feeling ticklish
" Waise aapko pata hai main kabse aapka wait kar raha tha lekin koi aapko akele chhodta hi nahi ,itne din ho gaye aapko aaye hue aur hamari kabhi theek se baat hi nahi ho paayi..." baby gurgled as if agreeing... " You know jab aap aise smile karte ho naa to bahut sweet se Angel lagte ho... Now it's just between you and me " he came closer to her face " we are a team now ok give me hi five "
He gives his finger and baby holds it quickly... " Yeeeyy now partner if you have any problem just come to me, chachu ke paas sab baaton ka solution hai... Agar mumma ganda sa baby food khilaye, papa besuri awaz mein aapke liye gaana gaye then just give a shout chachu will be there in no time..." He snapped his fingers smiling at her Angel gave a big smile in return waving her arms and kicking her legs as if she understood everything...
" Hey Angu aap jaldi se bade ho jao fir hum dono basketball khelenge aur cricket bhi aur haan agar koi ladka aapko pareshaan kare naa just tell me I will break his legs..."a smile came to Muskis face hearing it ,Angel turned her head away and the smile disappeared from his face... " Angel beta aap bhi chachu se naraz hain... Papa mumma jaise...?? "
Muski's smile faltered, sadness swept across her face " Beta you know naa chachu loves you a lot.. But.. But chachu is a fool ! Aapke chachu ko babies ko handle karna nahi aata..." Muski was surprised to hear it... " Baby I know it's silly isliye maine kisi ko kaha nahi and mumma papa think that chachu badal gaye " he said as if saying more to himself rather than Angel he again looked at her " but you know naa baby aisa nahi hai... Aap itne delicate ho baby agar.. Agar chachu ne aapko gira diya... Aapko lag gayi to... Kahin chachu se aapko koi infection lag gaya to... Bahar kitne germs hote hai naa..." He looked horrified at the idea.. " Sorry baby but your chachu is one big scared fool he don't want his Angel to get hurt in anyway... Aur agar chachu ki wajah se aapko kuch ho gaya to chachu apne aapko kabhi maaf nahi kar paayenge beta.." He said very seriously...
Muski swallowed a lump that formed in her throat and her eyes got moist hearing it... Armaan now smiled and said " Aap jab thode bade ho jaoge naa to chachu aapko goud main utha kar khoob ghumenge... Just 9 more months " Muski had tears in her eyes now... All her anger melted away she cursed herself for misunderstanding him... And Ridhhima too was surprised yet happy to see this side of him, she knew that he was just scared that he might hurt Angel and that's why acted so silly and never held her... " Baby you know naa chachu loves his Angel very much... Chachu baby ke liye kabse wait kar rahe the... Aap to iss ghar main itni badi khushi ban kar aaye ho... And you know hum aapke liye itne saare toys laaye hain aur hum dono mil kar khelenge hai naa... Aur papa ko nahi bulayenge papa ko games nahi aate wo hamesha haar jaate hain aur mumma.. agar wo haar gayi to wo meri hi pitayi kar dengi... Waise chachi ko bula lete magar wo busy hongi naa.." Angel now smiled and gurgled, a teary laugh escaped from Muski lips Ridhhima too smiled and kept a hand over her shoulder hugging her...
" Aur dono daadu to office jayenge... To bacha kaun hum dono i tell you beta we will make the best uncle neice team hai naa, hai naa " he shook his head smiling broadly seeing that he got all the attention from baby kuhu smiled " yeah give me another hi five.." He gave her his finger and kuhu waving her little hands held it immediately " yeaaahhh " he then slightly kiss her little hand... " Chachu Love u a lot baby but you know main jyada girly tous nahi laaya mujhe pata hi nahi tha ki aapko kya pasand aayega..to aap mere saath chalna aur jo pasand aaye na aap wo le lena okay.. Aur ek mumma papa hain jo sochte hain ki i'm not happy coz it's a girl how silly ! " he hit his forehead " Me ?! hate girls ?! never ! I swear I loved all my girlfriend's very much, but plz apni chachi ko yeh mat batana.. this is our secret " Muski elbowed Ridhhima who narrowed her eyebrows " but 'you' stay away from boys ... Okay.." Muski and Ridhhima chuckled... He then kissed first on his finger then placed that finger on her forehead... Seeing this tears now flowed freely from Muski's eyes Ridhhima squeezed her shoulder telling her not to Suddenly his cell started to ring...
" opps chachu ka phone aaya hai baby.. Magar aap kahin jaana mat okay.. Ha like you can " he gigled then keeping pillows on both the sides to stop her from rolling over he got up
" main abhi aaya baby... Don't run away okay " And he went to take his cell ringing in the other room... After a while when he came out he saw Muski and Ridhhima sitting and chatting while Angel played on the bed... He was bit disappointed as he wanted to play some more with Angel...
" Hey Muski.. hi Ridhhima..."
" Aa gaya khotte... Kuch piyega ? " He was surprised to hear the same old Muski...
" Main.. Wo..." he was really surprised
" Ab bol bhi.. juice mangwa du...? "
" H..haan " Ridhhima picked up the phone and asked Martin to bring a glass of juice and some fruits for him... He was glad that Muski was again talking to him nicely in the same old manner ,how or what had brought the change that was a mystery to him..he wondered..
Suddenly she looked at the watch and got up " Rahul bhi aane waala hoga, ridhhima tu thodi daer Angel ko dekh main abhi aati hun mujhe kuch kaam hai " eyeing meaningfully she went away
As soon as she was out Ridhhima too stood up
" hey tum kahan ja rahi ho ? "
" main Angel ka diaper lene ja rahi hun abhi aayi, lo tum zara pakdo ise " before he could say anything she placed Angel in his arms and went away
" magar.. Magar " he panicked, frightened
As soon as Ridhhima comes oit she gives thumbs up to Muski who was already waiting for her.. Muski hugged her...
" thanks Ridhhi.. Agar aaj tu nahi hoti to shayad main Armaan ko galat hi samjhti rehti.. Kitni galat thi main, kitni buri hun main, mere mann main aisa khayal aaya bhi kaise ??.." tears flowed down her eyes again..
" bhabhi.. It's okay ab to sab theek hai naa.. Cmmon ab royiye nahi " she hugged her..
" agar tu nahi hoti Ridhhi to main apne stupid reasons ki wajah se usko galat hi samjhti rehti, aur Rahul... mujhe use bhi batana hoga.. Meri bevkoofi dono bhaiyo main daraar paida kar deti Ridhhi " she shivered at the horrible thought
" aisa kabhi hoga hi nahi bhabhi, main jaanti hun Rahul bhaiyya aur aap Armaan ko apne bachhe jaise hi pyaar karte ho " she wiped her tears " ab bas haimein Armaan ka yeh darr kam karna hoga... Usko roz thoda time Angel ke saath spend karne ko dena hoga.. Taaki uske mann se yeh darr nikal jaaye ki uski wajah se Angel ko koi nuksaan ho sakta hai " Muskaan now nodded wiping her tears and smiling a little ,giving a thumbs up
on the other hand in the room baby started moving her arms and legs... and already scared Armaan panicked
" oh my god ! oh my god ! baby Angel don't move baby
,chachu is clumsy baby... Hey bhagwaan... Muskaaan... Ridhhhiiimmaa "
he shouted but hearing the loud voice the baby stopped moving
immediately, her lip curled signalling a loud wail on it's way, he saw
" oh god .. Don't cry baby my Angel.. Plz plz okay baby chachu won't shout okay... Quiet... Shhh shhh my baby... " he brought her close to his chest and rocked her gently the baby enjoyed the gentle rocking and was quiet again, he kept looking at the baby too terrified that he might cause some harm to the her, breath held ,heart pounding...he dare not move from his place lest it would disturb the baby who now gave a big yawn and closed her eyes... A fairy ready to visit fairies in her dreamland...
Armaan saw the little fairy in his arms, who surely found his lap a very comfertable place and slept soundly, all fears left him... He was mesmerised seeing the little angel and rocked her slowly.. He smiled seeing her as the baby smiled in her sleep
" sweet dreams, my Angel " and hesitating for a moment he bent down and gently kissed her forehead
later muskaan told everything to Rahul who was surprised too, and felt utterly foolish and guilty to think so wrong about his brother.. He too felt grateful to Ridhhima for clearing the doubts and agrred that his fears should be wiped out...slowly everything starts coming back to normal everyday his fear decreased ,he was given time to spend with Angel.. First with one pretext or other but then his fear all vanished away...
Now as soon as he used to come Angel would spread her arms to him and he smiling broadly would jump up to her... So much so that sometimes there was a fight between Rahul and him that who will hold her first... and Ridhhima.. Well.. She was happy too... Immensely.. seeing him happy...smiling... Sleeping without nightmares again...
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Recap :- Ridhhima finds Armaan's diary but get caught... Armaan apologizes to Sapna on her wedding day and Armaan - Angel problem gets solved
He came back from office and slumped into the couch tired...
" Hey Armaan, tired huh ? " she asked smilingly
" Very... Yeh kuch log bhi naa.." He frowned
" kyun kya hua ? Troublesome day ? "
" Haan wo.." He stopped wondering for a moment whether to tell her or not.. She sensed it
" Hey agar business secret hai to koi baat nahi... I can understand.." She knew it was quiet difficult for him to share his feelings, the way he yelled when she found his diary ! She smiled and turned to go
" Nahi ,aisi baat nahi hai ,actually wo..." She stopped and turned.. " it's not a secret, it's just some boring stuff " he smiled lightly, she waited for him to speak further " Wo aaj ek company ke representatives aaye the, unka material inferior quality ka tha aur phir bhi wo hamare upar pressure daal rahe the ki hum unse hi material lein kyunki hamein jo ek govt. Contract mila hai na 'usme to sab chalta hai ' huh.." He frowned... " Wo bevkoof itna bhi nahi samjhte ki naam to hamari company ka kharab hoga naa.." She nodded understandingly " phir mujhe unhe dusri bhasha main samjhana pada... Saara dimaag khaali kar gaye.. Huuuhhh " he sighed but now there was a smile on his face " pehle bada gussa aa raha tha un par magar ab sochta hun to funny lagta hai jis tarah se wo zid pakad kar baithe the " he gigled ,with her joining him...
" Great ! Chalo sab theek hai na.. Warna jis tarah se muh bana kar aa rahe the mujhe laga pata nahi kya ho gaya, even I hate such cheaters magar Kabhi kabhi hota hai... aise log mil jaate hain, mere kuch patients ke baare main sunoge to hans hans kar paet pakad loge aur kuch ke sath to baal nochne ke haalaat ho jaate hain " she rolled her eyes chuckling
" Achha ! Batao naa kya hua ? " he turned to her excitedly
" Really ! You want to hear that ?? " unsure
" Of course ! Tum believe nahi karogi magar office main bhi bahut kuch hota rehta hai, but first you..."
And they started... On and on and on, laughing, nodding,
giving hi 5's, understanding... Wondering about each others work and
world... that was the beginning of their new understanding... Ridhhima
was left surprised at the amount of information he shared with her, she
began to look at him with a newer perspective , new understanding...
Then it started off he would come everyday and all she had to do was ask ' how was your day Armaan ? ' and he would pour everything out as if just waiting for her to ask.. They would laugh ,discuss, argue and of course fight over various matters.. But she was glad that he trusted her enough now to share his feelings with her and she did the same... Poured everything out to him from work to... Vivek.. Though the latter was done occasionally, neither had forgotton him... But he was still unreachable... Lost... He made sure that the topic didn't leave her sad or depressed and she was thankful to him for that... It was an unspoken understanding between the two ,he would not hide anything (except something) about him and she won't be sad about it...
One evening both the ladies were watching T.V ,laughing enjoying themselves when Armaan jumped in...
" Hey kya dekh rahe ho ? "
" Hasya kavi sammelan. it's so funny " she passed the bucket of popcorn to him gigling
He too watched the show and after a moment declared loudly " ha ! isme kaun si badi baat hai, isse achhi shayeri to main kar sakta hun "
" Shayeri aur tum !? " Ridhhima asked surprised
" Of course ! Tumhe yakin nahi aata to namuna dikhaun ? " both the ladies looked at each other doubtfully, he cleared his throat ready to prove himself
" dekho abhi dikhata hun Arz kiya hai...
Yun ghuur ghuur ke kya dekhti ho
Yun ghhur ghuur ke kya dekhti ho
Maar he dalogi kya... "
both raised their eyebrows at unusual beginning but listened nevertheless
" yun ghuur ghuur kar kya dekhti ho maar he daalogi kya...
Dil dena hai to do...
Dil dena hai to do
uska achaar dalogi kya ??
Wah wah wah " he praised himself " kyun kaisa laga ? " They looked at him totally surprised but then could not control and burst out rolling in laughter...
" Oh god Armaan " clutching her stomach Muskaan asked him " yeh kahan se seekha ?? "
He gigled " actually main aate hue FM sun raha tha to usme suna tha " he confessed... They all rolled laughing
" ohh god Armaan tum... tumhare yahaan cheed (hole) tha kya ? " Ridhhima pointed at his head
" Haan tha magar ab bhar gaya par andar jo tha naa wo sab baech diya after all paapi paet ka sawaal tha " he patted his tummy making a pitiful face
She asked again trying hard to make a serious face " ohh I see Kuch chhoda bhi ya sab baech diya ? "
" Nahi kidney wagerah nahi bechi kyunki daaru waaru peeni hoti hai naa.." he replied in a mock serious tone
" Haha stupid peene ke liye kidney nahi liver chahiye...itna to mujhe bhi pata hai " Muski hit his head lightly
" Ohho Muski dimaag to bech diya naa ab kaise pata chalega ki kidney chahiye ya liver..." his innocent reply made them roll in laughter even more...
They came back in their room still laughing ,gigling, Armaan as per his mood he cracked another joke and they hi 5ed
" ouch ! " he became conscious immediately
" what happened ?? " checking her hand...
" Arre kuch nahi aaj kitchen main kaam karte hue thoda jal gaya bas..." He saw a spot which was now reddish brown
" Ridhhiimaa ! tum... tum ise thoda sa burn kehti ho ! yeh baaki sab kahan mar gaye the ? Yeh naukar kisliye rakhe hain ?? tumhe kaam karne ki kya zarurat thi...? Tumne is par kuch lagaya kyun nahi...?? " He showered her with thousand of questions... " Martin.. Martttiiinnn " he yelled ,the butler came quickly calm as usual
" yes sir..."
" Martin what were you doing ? See she has burnt her hand where were you all...?? " Martin looked at Ridhhima who sat with a hand on her forehead shaking it she looked up at Martin signaling him to be patient rolling a finger near her head smiling...
Martin raised his eyebrows and said solemnly... " I'm sorry about that madam and I fully agree with you.." Armaan looked at Martin then turned to look at Ridhhima who quickly put her hand down.. " In case you have finished your session, then can I leave sir... my kitchen awaits me "
" Yes Martin thank you... You know how cranky he gets when noone laughs at his jokes..."
" Of course madam I have been subjected to this torture for quiet some time now..." saying so he left ,Armaan looked at her with open mouth..
" I get cranky!! I'm crazy!! Huh.." He pouted
" arre baba main to mazaak kar rahi thi ab isme bechare Martin ki kya galti hai jo tum use dant rahe the..."
" Hai, galti hai.. Usne tumhe kitchen main ghusne hi kyun diya.."
" What do u mean ? main kitchen main nahi ja sakti..?! " She narrowed her eyes..
" I mean.. ja sakti ho magar apne hath paer jalane ke liye nahi.." he gulped
" Armaan galti meri thi main hi phone par baat karne main busy thi aur " he got up and left without a word.. " Armaan... Arm.. Hey bhagwaan ek number ka nautanki hai yeh bhi..." Then came a voice from outside
" wahin rehna jab tak main naa aaun.. Hilna mat " she chuckled... He came back with the first aid box, sitting down beside her started applying ointment on her burn.. blowing on it in between.. she just kept looking at him remembering how she once burned her hand... more than this ,while she was in the lab with Vivek...
" Aaahh ! oh ouch ouch ! aaah... oh god... Vivekkk " she jumped clutching her hand
" Ridz ! Ridz dikhao kya hua..? " He looked at her hand
" ohhh Vivek jal gaya.." she winced as it stung ,crying
He took her to the water tap and turned it on keeping her hand under it " Ridhhima tum bahut laparwah ho kya dekh kar kaam nahi kar sakti thi... burner band kar dena chahiye tha naa.. Aur " he closed the tap and looked at her hand " aur yeh kya bas itne se burn ke liye tum itna kuud rahi thi... Ridhhima bachhe tumse jyada brave hote hain.."
" magar.. Magar it's burning " she whined
" Ohh Ridz stop being a sissy... Just put an ointment on it and chalo rounds par bhi jaana hai we're already late..." he looked at the watch and walked away telling her to hurry... She just stood there holding her burned hand with other... That day his words hurt her a lot...
" Agar pyaar se keh deta to kya ho jaata ointment khud bhi to laga sakta tha naa.." she wiped a tear and came out... But soon everything was forgotton by evening when he came with his lovely smile, cute band aid and apologised with a hug and love u... But still at that moment his inconsideration pinched her...
" Dard ho raha hai kya..?? " Armaan asked
" huh ?? " coming back to present
" maine puchha dard to nahi ho raha ??? " She shook her head smiling
" good aur ab jab tak yeh theek nahi ho jaata tum kuch kaam nahi karogi hospital se leave le lo aur agar tum nahi logi to Shashank dad se main baat kar lunga.."
She just laughed at this... Just then his cell started ringing ,he stood up to pick it up... Ridhhima on the other hand remained seated there looking at him... Talking on the phone ,checking something on the laptop... suddenly he looked up, their eyes met and he winked at her with a naughty smile.. That smile was infectious she too found herself smiling back... shaking her head, chuckling a little.. she looked at her burned hand ,it didn't hurt her anymore.. Not the slightest..she looked at him who was so much more worried for her than herself.. her heart felt something... nice... Very nice...
But if she thought that this was it then she was Wrong... Very wrong... Later at the dining table he kept asking about her hand. whether she is able to eat properly or not much to her embarressment as Muski and others smiled at her, to which he was oblivious... Finally it was Rahul who assured him that they will call an 'ambulance' as soon as she tells them to do so as she is a 'doctor' herself... That quietend him for the evening... But later when she thought about it she could not help but smile at his innocent fear and worries...
There was no relief for her the next day when she got ready to go to hospital... It really took some efforts on her part to make him understand that it was really not that big an injury... Still he tried his level best to make her stop and not let her go to hospital but... In vain... He sccumbed to her threatning glare...
That day he called her hundred times till she was ready to beat him black and blue...
" Armaaan agar tumne mujhe ek baar aur phone kiya naa to main tumse kabhi baat nahi karungi samjhe ! " she threatened
" magar.." he gulped " main to bas tumhare hath ke baare main puuch raha tha "
" to pichhli 50 calls kya tumne apna haal batane ke liye kari thi ? " she asked angrily
" nahi wo bas.. Wo..."
" fine ! I'm fine it's nothing, samjhe. Bas ab no more calls okay..."
" ek shart par " he smiled
" ab kya hai ?! " she sighed
" tum aaj shaam ko mere saath movie dekhne chalogi "
" movie ?! Armaan magar... "
" koi agar magar nahi agar tum nahi chali to main tumhe aise hi pareshaan karta rahunga ,ab jaldi bolo haan ya haan " She chuckled lightly shaking her head it was really impossible to say no to him...
" theek hai baba chalungi.. Ab khush ? Magar ab shaam se pehle no more calls "
" aye aye madam... See you at 5 bye "she was about to disconnect when he spoke again " aur haan ek baat to kehna bhuul hi gaya "
" kya ? "
" apna khyaal rakhna... Bye " he disconnected shouting yahoo to himself, on the other hand she was left speechless ,she just looked at the phone, her eyes fell on the small burn on her hand and she smiled at it...
Time seemed to fly away, before she knew it was five... She found him standing outside the Sanjeevani gates as usual, leaning by his car arms folded across his chest... Tie little loose ,air blowing his hair spraying them on his forehead... He looked relaxed and nothing short of a greek god... He gave a big smile seeing her... Which she returned with equal enthusiasm
" hey Ridimba, how's your hand ? Kitne logon ki shamat aayi aaj ?? "
" Armaaann " she gave a good punch on his arm
" aaooww.. God ! Kya khati ho tum ? Agar tuut gaya to drive kaun karega huh " rubbing his arm
" hah ! no problem mujhe drive karna aata hai " she sat down in the car smiling, he followed chuckling
Then there was another small fight as they discussed which movie to watch...
" Armaan Sherlock Holmes ! "
" mera naam Armaan Malik hai naa ki ' Armaan Sherlock Holmes... Kahin tumhari memory defective to nahi ho gayi ? " this got him another hit on the arm
" main movie ki baat kar rahi thi "
" no way ! No detective thing for you, you already are nosy enough " this followed another punch on his arm " aaj kya hath todne ka irada hai Ridimba !? "
" Armmmaaann aarrggghh " she was ready to strangle him for calling her that in public ,it went on for half an hour and finally it was neutral choice- Avatar...
The fighter didn't relax in the hall too he kept on teasing her, eating from her bucket of popcorn, finishing his cold drink and then snatching away hers... And sometimes covering her eyes with his hand just before a nice scene... Other people must have thanked their stars as they were in the private lounge section and were only one there... Finally the movie ended and they came out..
" hey movie achhi thi naa " he chuckled
" haan shayad magar tumne dekhne di ho tab naa.. Main to abse tumhare saath kabhi movie dekhne nahi aaungi " she pouted
" haha.. we'll see Ridimba " he mocked, she opened her mouth to say something angrily but then dropped the idea, it was useless " achha tum ruko main car le kar aata hun " he left her at the enterance of the underground parking...
It was almost 10 minutes since he'd gone ,she felt restless,, why was he taking so long... Feeling silly to stand there like idiots she decided to go in and check herself...
She walked in the huge parking lot but did not knew where to look for him or where has he parked the car...
" ab kahan dhundu ? " she was wondering about it when she heard a laughter... Two men came out of parked car side and noticed her standing in the middle... The way they looked at her left her with no doubt about what was going on in their mind... She turned ,her heart pounding... The men looked here and there and found the lot completely deserted and at some spots... dark...They started following her...
" hello madam, koi help kar dein hum aapki " one said cheaply
" no thanks ,I can manage " she turned away from there walking awy from them quickly... But they seem to sense that she was alone " Armaan where are you " she prayed frantically that he would come but he was nowhere in sight in the huge lot...
She was wondering, scared when one of the man came and tapped on her shoulder... She jumped and took quick steps back but the man held her wrist tightly...
" aapne bataya nahi madam, kya sewa karein aapki " he looked at her from head to toe scanning her, his lust overflowing from his eyes, she felt naked even in her clothes..
" mera haath chhodo ! " she roared ,trying to free her hand.. By this time other man had joined him...
" pehle thodi madad to karne dijiye ,achha apni nahi to hamari kar jaayiye " she dug her nails into man's hand and he let go off her hand..." haye yeh to jangli billi hai "
She stepped back trying to look for an escape.. And then she heard a honking sound right behind her... The goons covered their eyes from the lights of the car...
The engine died out and he came out... Life came back to her,it felt as if she was breathing air after being hours under water... She could not thank god enough... Thank him enough for being there... She ran up to him, hugging him... He wrapped his arms around her securely...
" it's okay... Someone parked wrongly " he whispered, and hid her behind him... she didn't uttered a word ,the goons just watched him.. eyeing him narrowly... Measuring their competition. He took her to the car ,the goons stepped forward ,she clutched his hand but he immediately raised his hand signalling them to stop, glaring at them... They stopped... waiting...
" lock the door " saying so he walked back to them
" Armaan tum.." she was worried but he was gone, standing there right infront of them ,both looked as if they were ready to pounce on each other any moment... But to their surprise he broke into a smile !
" bhai saab dekho maarna mat.." the goons looked smug that he was scared of them " nahi nahi, isliye nahi isliye nahi ki main darr gaya ," they frowned their arrogant smile faltering " main aapse nahi wo jo gaadi main baithi hai naa usse darta hun " they looked confused " dekhiye main batata hun.. Ab agar aap log aage aaye to main aapko rokunga ,ab aap log itne hatte katte ho to aise thodi na manoge to mujhe aapki pitayi karni padegi " the goons looked at each other ,thinking that he's all crazy.. Whereas Armaan continued...
" ab aap log to do ho aur main akela ,ho sakta hai mujhe bhi thodi bahut lag jaaye.. Halaki aisa hoga nahi " he added quickly
she on the other hand was worried sick " yeh Armaan pagal ho gaya hai kya ? kya baat karne main laga hua unke saath.. Oh god plz help him " she took out her cell phone " damn !! Zara sa basement main aate hi signal gayab ho jaate hain satyanash ho in cell phone companies ka " she was annoyed and cursed heartily
" aur bhai saab in case mujhe lag gayi to andar jo baithi hai naa wo puri jallad hai ,aadha mujhe lecture suna kar maar dalegi aur aadha injection aur zehar jaisi dawaiyan de kar aur mujhe dono se bahut dar lagta hai... Isliye plz aap bhi jaayiye, Aur hamein bhi jaane dijiye.. Yahi mere liye aur aapki taango ke liye achha hoga "
" hamari taangon ke liye ?? " one of them asked
" haan kyunki agar tumme se koi bhi aage badha to main unhe tod dunga naa " he said innocently
This infuriated the second goon and he moved forward ready to punch him " hamein dhamki deta hai saale " even before he could reach him Armaan punched him so hard that he fell on the ground groaning... the other one was not far behind
" Arrmaaannn " she shouted horrified as the goon took out a sharp knife ready to hit him, but he turned immediately and held his wrist with apparently no effort at all... He looked at the man with fire in his eyes... She held out her head out of the window worried and then their was a clear sound of a crack.. the man lay on the ground shouting with pain clutching his hand...
Ridhhima watched with breath held ,heart pounding, he looked at the other man whose courage seemed to desert him completely ,his legs were jammed unable to move... Armaan moved to him with murderous look in his eyes...
" plz. Plz.. Mujhe maaf kar do , maine kuch nahi kiya.. Wo.. Wo to meri behen jaisi hain.. Bhagwaan ke liye hamein jaane do " he fell on his knees before him
" utha isko aur dafa ho jao yahan se " he said through his gritted teeth.. The man with broken wrist stood up somehow ,his friend supported him and both ran away without even daring to look back.. He kept on watching them running away and when was sure that they were gone turned to look at her...her face drained.. ashen ,he walked back to the car ,coolly taking his seat, fastening the seat belt...
She kept looking at him unbeliveingly " Armaan what was that ?! Tum kya karne ki koshish kar rahe the ?? Tum apne aapko hero samajhte ho ?? Agar tumhe kuch ho jaata to ?! Wo gunde the Armaan ! " she blurted worried
" cmmon Ridhhima ,kuch hua to nahi.. Himmat to dekho unki mana karne ke baad bhi aage aaye ja rahe the, how dare they touch you.. How dare they challenge me ! " he was still angry
" Armaan tum security ko call nahi kar sakte the ? "
" nahi Ridhhima unhe sabak sekhana zaruri tha, tumhe kya lagta hai wo aise hi maanne waale the ? "
" magar... "
" nahi Ridhhima ,tum meri zimmedari ho, tumhari hifazat meri zimmedari hai.. Maine tumhare papa se.. Padma mom se waada kiya tha ki tumhe ek kharonch bhi nahi aane dunga.. Aur main yeh kabhi bardasht nahi karunga ki tumhe koi takleef pahuchane ki koshish kare.. Phir chahe wo koi bhi ho " he looked into her eyes.. Ridhhima was speechless seeing the fire in his eyes, at that moment his face betrayed his emotions... ' What got into him...'
He saw that she was scared and worried... He sighed and brought a little smile on his face
" waise bhi agar tumhe lagta hai ki wo meri wajah se bhaag gaye to you are wrong ,unhe to tumne bhaga diya " she looked at him puzzled now " tum itni zor se cheekhi ki wo darr gaye ki yeh to kisi insaan ki awaaz ho hi nahi sakti.. And ofcourse they were right.. Ridimba tooo..." he chuckled. She opened her mouth surprised, he was joking ,teasing her even at a situation like this
" tumhe mazak sujh raha hai.. Meri to jaan hi nikal gayi thi " she exaled " Armaan tum bhi naa bas "
" Armaan tum bhi naa nahi Ridhhima.. Armaan he." suddenly he was all serious again that intensity that always put her off balance was back again, she was dumbfounded at his sudden wave of possessiveness in his eyes " mere hote hue koi takleef tumhe chhu jaaye, aisa main kabhi hone nahi dunga "
She was blank ,totally lost.. What could she say to that.. but one thing she came to know today... She was safest with him in the whole world... It already felt like it...
" heyy " he broke her trance " are you okay ? " she nodded with a small smile and a glad heart " perfect... Forget everything, sab theek hai okay... Chalo ek ice-cream ho jaaye phir dinner par chalte hain " he suggested and she accepted smiling broadly... Rest of the evening was quiet enjoyable as he was back to his antics he brought 5 different ice-creams and gave her none
" oh tumhe bhi khani thi ?? " he asked looking up from his plate to her surprised face
" nahi, i'll watch you eating, it's such a lovely thing to do " she said sarcastically
" ohh plz. Aise mat dekho mujhe... Mujhe sharam aati hai " he looked down pretending to be all shy fluttering his eyes
" Armaann " throwing a napkin on his face, she was about to get up when a waiter brought a plateful of her favourite... Which surprised her even more...
" tumhe kya laga main bhuul gaya.. It will be always you first " he spoke softly, smiling.. Leaving her touched ,confused ,happy ,surprised all together...
They came back home laughing ,teasing, pulling each others leg... leaving the troublesome event behind forgetting everything about it...
The incident was not discussed again... But was not not forgotton either... Later she retired for the night bidding goodnight he went to the other room when Muskaan barged in...
" Ridhhi.. Oo Ridhhi " she came in calling
She sat up " bhabhi, main yahin hun "
" oh thank god ,mujhe laga kahin tum so naa gaye ho , yeh file Rahul ne kaha tha Armaan ko dene ke liye ,main to bhuul hi gayi agar dekh leta to meri to shamat hi aa jaati " she grinned " Armaan kahan hai ? Bathroom main ? " Ridhhima was stumpped she didn't thought about this.. What will she say if she see him sleeping seperately in another room !
" bhabhi wo.. Wo bhabhi..." she fumbled, muski's eyes fell on the door of the other room which was partly open and saw Armaan sitting on the bed going through a file... She looked at Ridhhima confused and she understood immediately " bhabhi maine hi Armaan ko kaha hai alag sone ke liye "
" tune ?? Kyun ? " she became serious and shouted " Armaaan.. Armaan ! " he immediately came out confused at the noise " tum dono ne jhagda kia hai kya ? " she eyed both of them, he looked at her stumpped
Ridhhima tried to handle the situation " nahi bhabhi koi jhagda nahi hua ,wo actually.. Yeh naa mujhe bahut pareshan karta hai ,baar baar chidata rehta hai isliye maine isko bed se ban kar diya " he sighed relieved but only for a nano second as a tight slap landed on his arm..
" aaoow , yeh kya Muski yaar ?! "
" khotte ! Kyun pareshan kar rakha hai use ? "
" achha ! aur wo jo mujhe pareshan karti hai wo kuch nahi ?! "
" huh ! Maine ?! Maine kab pareshan kiya tumhe ?? Roz to cheenkh cheenkh (sneeze) kar meri neend kharaab kar dete ho, ajeeb ajeeb se naam rakhte ho aur mere upar hi ilzaam laga rahe ho.. Wah wah ! "
" Ridimba, ek to.. "
" dekha bhabhi dekha ,phir Ridimba kaha mujhe " muski ,who was sidelined now ,just looked from him to her making useless effoerts to restore peace..
" aaarrgghh CHUPP..BILKUL CHUP !! " they both fell silent and stood like cute babies about to be scolded " Armaan tu kyun pareshan karta rehta hai usko huh ? "
" aise hi.. Mazaa aata hai " he grinned shamelessly ,winking at her
Muski narrowed her eyes ,frowning " oh to mazaa aata hai to ab maze lo.. Ab ja kar akela so phir pata chal jayega ,you deserve it.." she turned to Ridhhima " aur Ridhhi yeh kuch bhi kare tu pighalna mat, ek din akela soyega na to saari akal theekane aa jayegi "
He opened his mouth in surprise " huh ! Dekh lunga tum dono ko " he turned with attitude and walked back to the room, but then stopped midway and came back,,taking the file from Muski's hand he walked back but was about to trip on his own feet, the ladies gigled but he quickly went to the room and closed the door..
Muski went away gigling and he came out... both of them breathed in
" huh ! Thank god tumne sambhal liya, warna aaj to.."
" hmm magar aage se dhyan rakhna hoga " he nodded
that day it was somehow managed... But it was easier said than done... Muskaan seemed to be very gifted when it came to make an entry at most inappropriate, unsuspecting time...
Two three days later she again came there.. At night...
" Armaan.. Ridhhi... " she came in calling with Angel in her arms
" oho ! Muski bhabhi ! " she almost jumped out of her skin, cursing herself for not closing the door " ab kya karun ?? Kya kahun ?? Armaan ko aaj hi jaldi sona tha.. Shit ! "
" hey Ridhhi.. kya kar rahi hai ? "
" kuch nahi bhabhi bas ek case file padh rahi thi... Aap yahan..? " she prayed that she doesn't notice Armaan's absence...but... She did..
" Ridhhi... Tum abhi tak alag alag so rahe ho ?? " she asked seriously surprised
" n..nahi bhabhi.. Wo actually mujhe kaam tha aur.. Aur Armaan ko neend aa rahi thi ,usko light se problem hoti isliye maine kaha ki wo wahan so jaaye.. Aaj "she looked at her checking if she fell for it or not...
Muski kept looking at her face as if scanning her.. Ridhhima felt that today they will be busted...
" hmm magar isse pehle to Armaan ko kabhi light se problem nahi hui " Apparently she was not that much convinced..
" ohho bhabhi ! Aap bhi na bas.. Aise hi aaj mood nahi hoga.. Aap bhi bekar pareshan hote rehte ho " she took Angel from her arms, but Muskaan kept looking at her trying to see if that was true.. She could find no signs to point out but her heart was not convinced
That small pebble started the avalanche... Muski now became sure that something was wrong with them... She started her 3rd degree to get everything out.. She kept keen eye on their behaviour and even cornered her asking her directly if there was something wrong... And even embarressing things like were they 'together'... Everything she did ,everywhere she went- With Armaan- Muski's eyes kept glued on them... No matter how much she tried she was ever present...
After one such session she came back.. Muski stopped her... Again.. Trying to be casual but she knew she was trying to find a loophole and she didn't knew if she would be able to hold on for long... it was getting difficult everyday... She almost slipped once..
Tossing the mail on the table after coming from hospital she went to take a quick shower and change.. The cold water helped her to calm down... coming back she rested her head on the couch closing her eyes
She was just getting comfertable when the phone rang up , unwilling to pick it up she turned on the speaker.. Eyes still close " hello "
" hello, Dr.Ridhhima " the voice said
" yes "
" this is Suresh Prajapat here, your lawyer " her eyes flashed open ,suddenly she remembered something... A chill went through her ,she could not even bring herself to pick up the receiver... She wondered why she felt so strange.. So scared... " what happened ? Aap aayi nahi itne dino se.. I left messages on your cell " she remembered that she just didn't bothered with them...
" h..haan wo main thoda busy thi " she quickly gathered herself..
" well Ridhhima ji agar aap agar apne divorce ko le kar wakai serious hain to aapko itna linient nahi hona chahiye... Matters like these otherwise can take years " he explained " anyway I have found an excellent ground for your divorce yeh hamara raasta bahut aasaan kar dega "
" um.. Mr.Prajapat mujhe aapse isi baare main kuch baat karne thi " she remembered something ,a thought which she was pondering upon ,seriously for a long time...
" well yes ,main jaanta hun.. dekhiye hum simple court main yeh to nahi keh sakte naa ki he married you because your boyfriend couldn't make it on time.. Upar se you want it to ba a hush hush affair " she felt her anger surfacing
" haan magar.."
" dekhiye this is the best valid reason I've come up with, aapne bataya tha naa that he suffers from nightmare problem ,aur jitni frequency main aapne bataya ki aapke husband ko aate hain that's uncommon... I consulted a pshycatrist who can prove that something is wrong with him ,he's mentally unstable and it would be risky for you to stay with him " she was silent feeling angry on how he had twisted her simple words..
The lawyer didn't stop here " mental instability is very strong reason " she could feel the hint of victory in his voice, the cunningness, it infuriated her
Another thing she was unaware of was that Armaan was in the other room the whole time... He came in earlier than his usual time and went to the room to freshen up while she was still changing...
She felt terrible and wanted the lawyer to shut up " i've already sent you the papers ,aapko ab tak mil gaye honge " her eyes fell on the mail ,she could make out a brown manila envelope addressed to her... She quickly opened it and saw that it was indeed those papers " haha i tell you Dr. Ridhhima the case is in our hands and i'll make sure that you get ' good ' alimony... That malik can do nothing we can prove it that how it tortures you mentally.. Frightens you " she had had enough ,more the lawyer spoke more her resolve got stronger... The bloody money sucker leech just went on and on gloating about his skills in court...
" that's enough Mr.Prajapat ! " she shouted out " mujhe aapse isi baare main baat larni thi " she crushed the papers in her hand " aap aisa kuch nahi karenge... I don't want you to make that excuse " Armaan who was silently listening to the conversation was pained to know that she thought that way about him, but he jerked up when he heard her stopping the lawyer " agar main divorce lungi to wo Armaan ki marzi se hoga " there was finality in her voice, the lawyer went quiet and Armaan he was dumbstruck, too stunned to even react...
" magar aap jaanti hain isse kya hoga ? Wo iske liye kabhi tayar nahi hoga "
" 'honge' Mr.Prajapat, honge zara tameez se naam lijiye ,aur agar wo is baat ke liye tayyar nahi honge to main divorce nahi lungi , I hope this makes everything clear.. Aur haan ab hum tabhi milenge jab mujhe aapki legal services ki zarurat hogi.. Thank you very much and goodbye "
A stunned Prajapat went quiet for a moment hearing her " goodbye... Mrs.Malik " Ridhhima disconnected the phone rather angrily, Armaan was just wondering to come out or not when she got up and angrily tore away the papers throwing them in the dustbin " huh " huffing angrily she went out...
She was rather quiet the whole time ,Armaan knew the reason but decided not to say anything till she is ready to speak so... In his heart he was really happy for what she said... His heart saw a ray of hope . His eyes then fell on Muski who was eying him rather curiously
" Armaan tune phir Ridhhi ko pareshaan kiya hai kya ?? "
" huh , maine ? " Ridhhima groaned in side ,'there she goes again'
" nahi bhabhi Armaan ne kuch nahi kiya "
" Ridhhi tu ise bachane ki koshish mat kar "
" nahi bhabhi Armaan ne sach main kuch nahi kiya, main bas wo hospital ki koi baat soch rahi thi " she defended him ,lying partly.. Rahul elbowed Armaan coaxing him to answer ,he just looked from Ridhhima to Muski to Rahul helplessly
" bhai sach main maine kuch nahi kiya maine to Ridimba bhi nahi kaha " he explained quickly
For the moment everything went quiet and normal, and they both escaped back to their room...
" oh god ,yeh Muski ko kya hua hai ? Aur yeh bhai ?! " he shook his head cocking his brows, confused, he saw that she was again bit serious " Ridhhima kya hua ? "
She waited for a moment and looked into his eyes sighing " Armaan mujhe tumse kuch baat karni thi " he waited for her to speak " wo actually I want you to do something "
" haan bolo "
" I want you to sleep with me " she blurted it out
" whatt ??! "
" haan ,I can't bear it anymore...ab ek yahi tarika hai ,bolo is it fine by you ?? "
" main.. Wo.. Magar.." he fumbled for words never in his dreams he thought she would say something like this " are you sure Ridhhima ?! Yeh.. Ab main kya kahun ? " he scratched his forehead
" of course i'm sure ,i can't bear Muski's third degree anymore "
" what 'Muski's 3rd degree ?!' but isme Muski kahan se aa gayi.?? Abhi to main aur tum.. Tum aur main.. Ek saath..." he was confused
" what are you saying Armaan what tum aur main ?? " then it dawned on her what he thouht of her words " noo ! Not that way you pervert !! But just sleep on same bed ! Samjhe " hitting him on his arm
" aoow ! heyyy it was your idea ! " he rubbed his arm
" Armaan I can't handle Muski's 3rd degree interrogation anymore wo roz mujhse aise sawaal puchti hain jaise main koi terrorist hun and Mister you are next, i'm sure Rahul bhaiyya ab tumhe pakdenge... So iska ek hi tarika hai that we 'share one bed' samjhe " clarifying what she meant
" oh I see.. Thanks Muski " he chuckled while she glared " okay fine ,but on a serious note Ridhhima ,you don't have to do this .Agar tumhara dil is baat ke liye tayaar nahi hai to koi baat nahi i'm sure we can find a way " he said keeping a hand on her shoulder, she looked at him and knew that he meant it, she wavered for a moment but then Muski's questioning look came before her eyes and it was all decided..
" nahi Armaan maine bahut socha hai iss baare main.. Aur mujhe lagta hai ki yahi theek rahega ,muski bhabhi ko chain nahi milega jab tak wo hamein saath naa dekh lein "
" Ridhhima " " haan "
" kahin yeh sab Prajapat ki wajah se to nahi hai " he asked seriously,she jerked her head
" what ?? "
" haan wo.. Actually aaj maine tumhari aur Prajapat ki baat sun li thi.. Main room main hi tha " she was shocked looking into his eyes ,she could see the pain in them
" nahi Armaan ! " she said immediately keeping a hand over his " itna vishwaas hai tumpar ,aur Prajapat.. He won't bother us anymore yeh hamara faisla hai Armaan ise hum dono saath apni marzi se lenge.. Ek dusre par kichad uchhal kar nahi balki apni samajhdaari se " she assured him " Moreover, I.. I think I trust you that much now..." she said with a smile
his heart summersaulted with happiness ,yet he said " Dekh lo Ridhhima.. Tum mere sath ek bed par... Darr to nahi lagega " he asked with a faint smile
" Nahi.. I think i can manage... tum par itna vishwaas to kar sakti hun... You have earned it aur mujhe apne sabse achhe dost ke sath ek bed share karne main koi problem nahi hogi " he felt so glad, so happy as if he had acheived something big... He nodded flashing his dimples... " thank you .. Thank you Armaan " in that state of great relief she hugged him ,knocking off his breath, but even before he could wrap his arms around her she broke apart " tumhe pata nahi ,tumne mujhe kitni badi pareshani se bacha liya " and he swept away in her happiness...
Later that night he stood there next to the bed when she was busy with a case file, clutching his favourite long pillow under his arm
" ehem.. Ehem " she looked up confused and then remembered why he was there..
" oh haan " she picked up the files lying by " lo aa jao " but he still stood there, she looked questioningly " kya hua ? Sona nahi hai kya ? Muski bahbhi aa gayi to unhe samjhana mushkil ho jayega "
" haan par wo actually.. I sleep on the right side " he expalined sheepishly
" what ?! " he nodded cutely " agar main aise nahi sou naa to mujhe theek se neend nahi aati " she shook her head mumbling ' what a baby ! ' and shifted to the other side ,he jumped in happily giving a broad smile...
" aur yeh pillow to yahan bhi hain phor wahan se kyun le aaye ? "
" nahi this is my favourite pillow.. I need to hug something nahi to mujhe neend nahi aati " he explained lying down pulling the covers, facing her... She raised her eyebrows in surprise but shaking her head went back to her file... " good night Ridimba " he chuckled closing his eyes... Ridhhima was about to say something but then seeing his cute smile abandoned the idea.. She will fight tomorrow
As expected Muski came in to check upon them and was happy to see them together again.. She sat down by her side on an easy chair for some chat... That moment Ridhhima felt glad for her decision.. Muski's doubts were cleared...
" hey Ridhhi, kya kar rahi hai ? " Muski's booming voice broke the quietness of the room
" ssshhh.. Araam se bhabhi.. Abhi soya hai " pointing at Armaan
" ohhh i see " she gigled, but the noise disturbed him and he stirred frowning.. Muski saw this and signalled her to pat him gently...
Ridhhima was left with no choice she, bit hesitatingly ,patted his head, his frown subsided immediately..
" he loves that.. Thoda sar par aise hi halke se hath ferte rehna, aaraam milega usko " she then Muski started her gossip session which Ridhhima enjoyed equally... After a while when Muski left she turned and saw that her hand was still there, caressing his soft silky hair... She pulled it back immediately ,he frowned a little in his sleep, she thought of patting him but he turned side and was quiet again... Saving her from further self embarressment...
She was conscious of sharing a bed with a man for the first time... Not any man but Armaan.. Her husband, she saw him sleeping clutching a corner of his pillow his blanket slipping halfway down on the floor...
She chuckled seeing the big baby and covered him properly again.. She knew... Her heart told her.. That her fears about him were baseless, she could not help but admire his cuteness, angelic smile and of course his concern for her... Smiling to herself she went off to sleep... Another problem they had solved... Together..._____________________________________________
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Recap:- Ridhhima burns her hand and Armaan takes care of her... They go for movie where Armaan fight goons... Ridhhima waves goodbye to lawyer Prajapat and finally thanks to Muski they start sleeping together... Sharing bed you perverts..!!
He stood before the mirror scrunching his nose, forehead wrinkled... After a while he gave up...
" Martin !! Maarttiinn ! " he yelled
" kya hua Armaan ? kyun chilla rahe ho ? " she came there running
" mch ! Yeh Martin kahan reh gaya main kabse bula raha hun, yeh dekho kaisi tie bandhi hai... Ab main office ke liye late ho gaya to " he was irritated
She smiled " bass itni si baat ke liye itna chilla rahe the ! Tum bhi na bas, lao main bandh deti hun " she stepped ahead
" tumhe aati hai ? " she stared at him
" theek hai to khud hi bandh lo " she turned to go, but it was a mere threat she knew he can't tie the knot and smiled to herself secretly...
" arree ruko, main to mazaak kar raha tha " she turned and looked at him head tilted and arms crossed across her chest
" ohh to tum mazaak kar rahe the " he nodded " par main to nahi kar rahi thi " she teased
" Ridhhiimmaa pleeaasee " he begged, she laughed seeing him so
" theek hai baba ,aati hun " she came up to him " mch ! Yeh kya kiya Armaan aadhi tie collar ke bahar aadhi andar " she straightened his collar and her fingers brushed through his neck... Goosebumps erupted on every part of his body... Her arms were around him slightly bent over him as if hugging... He had no idea what she was saying.. he was lost in her sweet fragrance... her soft touch... He longed to wrap her in his arms ,hug her tightly... Kiss her senseless...
She on the other hand was engrossed in tying the knot unaware what havoc she was creating... And mammoth efforts it was taking on his part to control himself... it was only when she moved a little away he gained some control... " Yeh dekho kya kiya hai tumne tie ka ,aise koi kheenchta hai kya.." she looked at him as he was absolutely mum... Just looking at her... Their eyes met and for a moment everything just stopped... He broke the trance first
" ehem ,mujhe nahi aati tie bandhni... Maine seekhi thi magar.. Wo main bhuul gaya " she rolled her eyes and corrected his collar ,coming near again on her toes looking behind his neck to correct the collar... he held back his breath...
She smiled making him face the mirror " lo ho gaya.. Happy " looking at himself he smiled broadly... " perfect.. Thanks "
" you're welcome Mr.Malik " she laughed lightly shaking her head ,he kept watching her as she went away...
In the office he kept on looking at his tie touching it, running his hand over it to feel her touch.. Everytime he thought of her touch a big smile came over his face... His staff could see that today he was unusually happy.. And found it strange when they saw him smiling to himself caressing his tie...
" hey handsome ! " he came to present with a cheery voice, looking up and saw Mrs.George standing there.." someone is lost huh, main kabse knock kar rahi thi "
He looked apologetic " oh wo main I'm sorry Mrs.George.. Main thoda busy tha.. Maine suna nahi " she looked at his table it was clean...
" yeah I can see... Kitna kaam hai naa " Armaan looked around to find something to support his excuse but found none... " hahaha it's okay ,I can see my position is lost " he looked at her, puzzled " the moment you called me 'Mrs.George' instead of 'beautiful' ,I guess I really have become old "
" yes... no... I mean you are still beautiful " he protested but his thoughts were muddled and his tongue slipped..
" really ,to tum usko ko kya kahoge jiske baare main tum abhi soch soch kar itna khush ho rahe the " he opened his mouth like a fish and seeing his dilemma she could not help but laugh " it's okay sonny... I'm really glad to see you soo happy... Didn't I told you everything will be fine " he smiled ,at least something was fine if not everything " well, I gotta go, just came to see you " she got up and moved to the door but stopped and looked at him " by the way... I like your tie " giving a wink ,she went away leaving him happy and confused ,he looked at his tie ,then at the door... Unable to understand what she liked about it today. He shrugged and went back to dreaming about Ridhhima and his lovely morning...
It was Sunday and they all sat out enjoying the lovely afternoon near the pool
" yaar mera to swimming ka mann kar raha hai... Oye Muskaan chal "
Muskaan looked up from her drink " Rahul ke bachhe agar tujhe lagta hai ki main tere saath swimming karungi to.."
" too " he stood before her hands on his side as if threatening her
" to bhuul jaa " she was not the least affected
" cmmon yaar Muskaan chal naa " Armaan laughed seeing him turning from threatening to begging mode " tu itna kyun hans raha hai ?! "
" bhai agar aapko swimming karni hai to karo naa Muski ko kyun pareshaan kar rahe ho " Rahul threw a magazine at him which he dodged laughing... Ridhhima looked at them confused, as in why were they laughing... Muski saw her and explained...
" mchh.. Ridhhi wo kya hai naa ki is khotte ko akele paani main jaane se darr lagta hai... Swimming aati hai tab bhi " she giggled, Rahul stared at her frowning for leaking out his secret, Ridhhima hid her smile with her hand..
" ohh I see... But bhabhi this is not fair, aapko bhaiyya ka dil aise nahi todna chahiye, agar wo aapke saath swimming jaana chahte hain to jayiye naa " making a serious face
" hey thanks Ridhhi " they hi 5ed " chalo koi to hai meri side, yeh to kisi kaam ka nahi hai.. Ab agar mere paas aaya naa ki 'bhai yeh kar do' ya 'wo kar do' tab bataunga saale "
" hey no prob. Muski main tere saath hun " they hi-fived too apparently forming a team ,Rahul frowned and looked at Muskaan... She could read in his eyes what he wanted but was unsure before Armaan and Ridhhima... Rahul pleaded through his eyes... And she gave up... He was pioneer at making her do whatever he wanted... Just by making that cute angry face !
" fine... Actually Armaan main bhi soch rahi thi ki idea itna bura bhi nahi hai... Mazaa aayega..."
" yaayy " Rahul jumped ,Ridhhima shook her head smiling she had seen them talking through eyes " Magar... Main tumhare saath nahi jaungi "
" to phir ? " all excitement vanished
" main Ridhhima ke saath jaungi " she declared
" what !? " " what ?! " " what ?! " there were three 'what's', Rahul bit disappointed, Armaan surprised and Ridhhima... Shocked
" haan isme itna hairaani waali baat kya hai... Riddhi tujhe swimming aati hai naa " she turned to her
" haan bhabhi.. magar itne achhe se nahi bas thodi si.." she was bit scared... What was going on in her mind now...
" no problem Armaan sambhal lega use aati hai... Chal let's change " she grabbed her hand and got up...
" par bhabhi..." but Muski just dragged her turning a deaf ear to her protests ,pleas ,excuses... She was too surprised with the sudden turn that she didn't knew what to say... Muskaan on the other hand gave her a costume... Seeing which she was horrified... " bhabhi main yeh..?? "
" oh cmmon Ridhhi ab pool main to you can't go with your jeans on.. I'm sure Armaan ki to chutti ho jayegi tujhe aise dekh kar " she nudged her winking
" usi ka to darr hai " she mumbled.. Totally lost what to do ,but when it comes to Muski there is no escape, trembling she wore the swimsuit..Muski was already out before her...waiting..
" woohhoo.. Gawd Ridhhi you look sexyyy ! " Muski whistled and Ridhhima turned red " cmmon Ridhhi yahan yeh haal hai to bahar kya hoga " laughing Muski pulled her out before she could run back..
Both the men were already in the pool playing with the ball when Armaan saw Muski and Ridhhima coming... The way his mouth fell open it must have surely touched the pool floor...
Rahul came next to him ,Armaan was still looking at her like a fool ,Rahul saw what he was looking at " Bhai muh to band kar le ,teri hi biwi hai " Armaan closed his mouth immediately, Rahul grinned and swam towards Muski giving a thumbs up to Ridhhima. He gave her his hand to help her inside the pool which she gladly accepted as there were no steps...
Ridhhima stood there unsure what to do she was extremely conscious standing there before him in a swimsuit, the way he looked at her... left her even more conscious and she felt hugely shy... Armaan smiled seeing her and with a smooth flow swam up to her...
Getting near her he extended his hand to her.. She stood there hesitating... shy... red... He smiled and kept looking at her... " cmmon Ridhhima ,kya tumhe mujhse sharam aa rahi hai ? " he asked naughtily " trust me I won't eat you " he winked grinning ,hand still extended... She saw Rahul and Muskaan who were already lost in their own world...
Not knowing what else to do she hesitatingly gave him her hand... Shivering a little as she stepped inside the pool ,the water at the first touch felt cold but after a moment it felt ok.. it was a warm April afternoon and water felt nice... Armaan held her by her waist securely, she came inside the pool but... The pool was deeper than she thought her feet couldn't find the floor... She got scared and held him tightly by his shoulders... Armaan wrapped his arms around her waist holding her tightly...
" don't worry maine tumhe pakda hua hai " she was scared of both... Deep water and... Him... The way he held her ,his arms around her waist holding tightly and the way he looked at her... She tried to move away from him but again the fear of water gripped her and she held him wrapping her arms around his neck... Faces inches away, bodies clinging to each other...
" Armaan please mujhe chhodna mat.. Mujhe darr lag raha
hai " then she realised that she was clinging on to him, she immediately
let go of him but as she was no expert in swimming, she went down in
water but he held her ,she wrapped her arms again around his neck
He chuckled " tumhe paani se darr lag raha hai Ridhhima ya
mujhse ? " She jerked her head up to look at him something she was
avoiding.. She opened her mouth without a clue what to say they were
neck deep in water and she was clinging on to him for her dear life.. "
don't worry i will never leave you.." she kept looking at him unsure
what he meant " yahan paani gehra hai thoda us taraf chalte hain "
saying so he swept her away with him... Literally.. Smiling, to the
shallow side... She didn't knew when her feet touched the floor... She
was busy looking at him " yahan paani jyada gehra nahi hai.. Tum aaram
se khadi ho sakti ho " putting her down making sure she stood on her
She came out of her thoughts quickly drawing back her hands ...freeing herself from his grip... She felt shy even to look at him she knew he was eying her with his amused dimple grin... Armaan on the other hand was enjoying this thoroughly... She looked damn sexy... Her wet hair and those tiny droplets of water which flowed down from her face to the deep valley below her neck... He wanted to suck them away... To touch her skin ,feel it's smoothness in his fingers but he somehow controlled himself... Looking away... otherwise he would definitely had done something with the potential of jeopardizing whatever he had gained...
Things were not much different the other side but at different level... It was the first time she saw him shirtless so close almost naked ! she had seen him in his vest but never this way... her fingers touched his firmly built muscular body and she was all wonder... That broad chest ,those angelic features ,those muscles... No wonder girls are ready to do anything for him.. He was every girls dream man... loving.. caring... handsome... funny... Understanding... Intelligent... rich... everything anyone would die for... Kill for...
Their trance was broken by Muski's voice " oye Romeo Juliet ! Ab aise hi khade reh kar ek dusre ko ghurte rahoge kya ?! " it was then she realised that she was staring at him she immediately looked away to Muski..
" n..nahi bhabhi wo udhar paani gehra tha to wo Armaan mujhe yahan le aaye " she explained
" theek hai, theek hai maine kuch kaha kya " she gigled seeing them Rahul was not far behind...
" Muskii stop pulling her leg.. Chal let's play ball " Muski agreed and went to pair up with Rahul ,he came and stood next to her " hey don't be embarrassed... Remember we are friends " she looked at him.. He blinked smiling.. assuring her and all her shyness vanished.. she felt more comfortable and how 2 hours flew by she had no idea..
They splashed water at each other ,pulled legs under water.. Played ball ... Girls vs boys... Pair vs pair... And cheated as much as they could.. She never imagined it would be so much fun...
It was Angel who called Muski out and Ridhhima followed... A reluctant Armaan watched her go... His heart almost stopped beating when he saw her in that sexy swimsuit " damn !! what a sexy figure she has ! "...
He shook his head, he would be having lot of trouble sleeping today... With her thoughts in his mind and she sleeping right next to her... Yet so far away...
" man, it would be tough ! " he mumbled and splashed in the pool again... Ladies came out after changing all fresh and dry and saw that both men were still in the pool...
" Rahul ,Armaan bahaar aao... Bimaar hona hai kya ? " Muski yelled ,she again stared at him in wonder as he came out of the pool wearing his swimming shorts.. Water dripping from his body... She inhaled seeing the Greek god reincarnation before her eyes !.. He looked at her and found her checking him out.. He winked.. She was caught ,feeling embarressed she immediately looked away.. He chuckled... Shaking his head he wrapped a towel around his waist, she breathed in.. mentally scolding herself for ogling at him like that...
" sir your call from Mr.Walia " Martin presented him the phone
" hello Mr.Walia.." he got busy with his business talk whereas on the other hand Rahul was busy with Angel and Muskaan dried his hair lovingly.. The family was lost in their own world, she smiled seeing the beautiful scene before her eyes
A sound of loud sneeze brought her to present ,it was Armaan who sniffed but was still talking on phone " Ridhhi..Ridhhi kahan kho gayi thi ? Yeh le " she threw a towel at her " isse Armaan ka sar ponch de nahi to yeh aaj zarur bimar pad jayega... Isko to kisi bhi mausam main zukhaam ho sakta hai " she signalled Armaan who was still on the phone ,to come to her and again got busy with Rahul he looked at her and found her in a dilemma... Muski left her in another situation... She stood there with the towel in her hand...
He took the towel from her and covered the phone with his palm " don't worry main kar lunga " he smiled and placed the towel around his neck going back to his call... She stood there waiting for him enjoying the evening sun and breeze... When there was another Sneeze.. and another... And another ! She saw that he was still busy with his call shivering in the wind, hair still wet... She sighed, he was so careless no wonder he was sneezing... She went up to him and stood before him... He looked up raising his eyebrows... She didn't said anything but just took the towel which he hung around his neck and started drying his hair...
He was stunned... He didn't knew what Mr.Walia was saying all he could hear was the beep of the disconnected call but he didn't put the phone down.. He closed his eyes... He was in heaven... he really won't be able to sleep tonight... He wanted to wrap his hands around her waist and pull her closer but instead he just gripped the phone harder in oreder to control himself.
The day went by but everytime she came before him he could not help but think about her in that sexy swimsuit... She often caught him staring at her and she became conscious, she was no fool that she could not make out what might be going on in his mind... He was a man after all... she felt bit conscious after today how will she manage to share the same bed with him.. What if... But then her logical mind worked in his favour...
" cmmon Ridhhima you think too much you have seen him, he won't break your trust give him some credit.. And tu bhi to use ghuur ghuur kar dekh rahi thi..." said brain on Armaan's side
" Main... Nahi nahi main kahan dekh rahi thi..." said the other side
" Yes you were..."
" no wasn't..."
" yes ,you were ! "
Her mind kept on arguing with herself, when she finally got frustrated she got up from the table and looked at him... Armaan was busy playing with Angel, she could have sworn that just a moment before he was looking at her... But shrugging it as her overreacting brain working overtime she went to the bedroom... Armaan followed soon after..
" what a day ! " he stretched himself ,she could see his flexing bisceps... " waise Ridhhima ek baat kahun " she looked at him,he came toward her closer.. Closer ... So close that there was hardly an arm's distance between them " Tum doctor kaise ban gayi, tumhe to model hona chahiye tha... mujhe nahi pata tha ki swimsuit tumhe itna 'suit' karta hai.. " he whispered softly... Seeing her shocked face he gave a big smile and winking went to change...
Ridhhima gulped he was indeed thinking about that swimsuit.. No ' her ' in suimsuit... She groaned ,her heart raced.. She tried to control herself " it's okay Ridhhima it was just a compliment tujhe to pata hai naa how he is... " said mind one " to itni paas aa kar dena zaruri tha ?! " mind two contradicted " ohhh " she groaned helplessly
she quickly went to bed and pretended to sleep before he came out ,he came out after a short while and saw her sleeping ... Rather pretending to be asleep ,he chuckled softly and quietly went to his side... Her back was towards him.. Though she lay with her eyes close she knew exactly what he was doing... He switched off the light and for few moments there was absolute silence... Just as she was about to relax a bit...
" Ridhhima " he spoke softly she realised that he was bent over her his lips quiet near her ear.. she trembled a little clutching a corner of her pillow " Good night..." and with that he moved back again... She was surprised and waited for a moment for him to say something more... Do something more... but there was complete silence...
" Armaan..." She called to check whether he actually wished her good night or she imagined it
" Haan.." the answer came from some distance
" Kuch nahi.. Goodnight " none turned ,sighing deeply he smiled to himself hugging his pillow tightly he closed his eyes... To dream about her... If he could manage to sleep at all that is...
The next day he sent Martin away saying, to the utter shock of butler, that he doesn't know how to tie the knot properly . She tried to control the situation,she knew that Martin is extremely conscious and impeccable when it comes to his work.
" it's okay Martin, he's not the best judge of it but you still make the world's best brownies i have ever tasted " he looked smug at the statement
" thank you madam, atleast you are sensitive enough towards others feelings " he looked at him meaningfully " i'll bake some brownies for you madam, special cinnamon one " holding his head up with an attitude he went out...
" huh ! Ab yeh bhi tumhari party main ?! " he said amused as he watched him go " mere liye to kabhi 'spl' brownies nahi banayi " he complained faking anger
" that's because you don't deserve it " she turned to him and did the favourite activity of the day- tied his tie...
As he went away to office, she decided to go to Muskaan and see if she required any help . She and Rahul along with Angira were foing on a business cum vacation trip to Holland...
" bhabhi kya kar rahe ho ? Tayari ho gayi ? "
" haan wo to ho gayi magar main Angira ki baby book dhund rahi hun pata nahi kahan rakh di..." she said looking around and Ridhhima too joined in the search company, after few minuted Muskaan jumped up " arre haan yaad aaya jab main suitcases nikalnwane gayi thi tab shayd store room main hi bhuul aayi.. Abhi laati hun " she looked relived now that she remembered it but then came a loud wail " lo baj gaya siren "
Ridhhima gigled " koi baat nahi bhabhi aap usko dekho book main le aati hun "
she went to the storeroom but for a storeroom it was quiet clean and systematic ,though there were places where fine layer of dust was clear ,at one corner lay some old newspapers neatly piled... Some discarded furniture and many boxes probably full of many other unused things... She looked around to see where the book was and then found it on a pile of books...
She picked it up ,then she saw that it was not pile of books but a pile of 3-4 albums .dusting it off she picked up one and turned it's pages smiling at what she saw .she found something else too and out of curiosity she opened a big box over which the albums were kept she found it full of framed pictures
A curious smile crept on her lips and it got even wider as she picked one photo after another ,getting glimpses of Armaan's childhood, right from where he is in his mom, Naina's, lap as few days old baby to the one which she found cutest . He stood before a big cake mouth covered with cake cream ,Naina and Virendra kissing him either side while rest of the family, some she knew some she didn't, standing in a semi circle clapping... A wonderful moment captured forever... She wondered why all these pictures were kept in the storeroom . It was then when she saw little Rahul she recalled why she was there ,quickly picking up the baby book few albums and that picture she came out ... Gigling to herself imagineing his face when he'll these pics..
As she waved Rahul and Muskaan goodbye ,she waited for him to return planning to go through the albums together ,there were many people she didn't knew in them... She looked at the clock it showed 6 o'clock ,he'll be back any minute now...
She was out in the balcony when he came in smiling broadly " Ridhhima pata hai aaj kya hua... wo aaj Mrs. George..aayi...thi.." He stopped midway seeing the picture on the bedside table...
She came from behind smiling " hey Armaan ! aa gaye tum..." She saw him starimg at the picture... " Tumhari birthday ki photograph.. Pata hai kahan thi yeh storeroom main, achhi hai naa kitne cute lag rahe ho ,yeh.."
" Kaun laaya ise yahan ? " He cut her mid sentence angrily
" Armaan yeh " this was not what she expected
" Ridhhima main tumse kuch puuch raha hun. kaun laaya ise yahaan ? " She was surprised at his sudden outburst gettting no reply from her he went to the door " Martiinn.. Martiinnn come her right now...! "
" Armaan kya hua... Yeh photo main laayi hun..."
" Tum ?! "
" Haan yeh aaj mujhe kuch purani albums ke sath mili to main le aayi, Naina mom ki ek bhi photo nahi hai yahaan to maine socha.."
" Kyun ? kyun laayi tum ise yahaan ?! kya jarurat thi ?! kisne kaha tumhe yeh sab karne ko...?? Kya tumse shanti se raha nahi jaata...?? Kya sab cheezein chhedna zaruri hai ? " he kept yelling at her,Martin came in meanwhile
" Martin take this away " he didn't even look at the picture ,his back towards it ,the butler's brows shot up when he saw the picture there composing himself quickly back to his poker face again ,he quickly picked up the picture " i'm sorry sir " he looked at Ridhhima who was wondering what she had done to cause this " it was unintentional " saying so he quickly went out with the picture...
Armaan was totally not himself after that ,he without any word, went to have a bath... She just didn't knew what she had done... The dinner was a quiet affair as well ,as BP was again out on a business trip and Rahul and Muskaan on a vacation... He didn't ate much and was very quiet . It was very unusual for him to act so... No jokes , no teasing, no details about the day... No enquiries... Nothing at all ,he ate half heartedly that too after being forced by her and Virendra... After a while when she came back to the room she found him already asleep... She exaled, she wanted to talk about what happened in the evening but... Maybe tomorrow morning...
Ridhhima woke up with the restless movements. She quickly switched on the lights and saw him groaning.. Twisting his head from side to side.. his blanket and pillow thrown on the floor.. beads of sweat clear on his forehead.. his face was twisted as if he was in great pain..
" Nooo.. Nahi.. plzz.."
She was alarmed and quickly sat up " Armaan.. Armaaann utho.." She shook him gently, he shivered... " Armaaann " she shook him vigorously now
" nooo " he sat up shouting,panting...
" Armaan kya hua ? Armaan ?! "she kept a hand on his shoulder he was breathing shortly... "kuch to bolo kya hua ?? Koi bura sapna dekha ? "
He sat there holding his head ,eyes shut tightly, he didn't uttered a word .she quickly fetched a glass of water... " Armaan yeh lo paani pi lo.."
He gulped the water " Ridhhima.." He was still breathing shortly
" Haan Armaan.. It's okay sab theek hai ,tumne shayad koi bura sapna dekha tha bas..." She tried to calm him down...but his condition was even worse this time.. She could see the tear marks by his eyes... He wiped his face trying to calm down hiding his face in his palms
" Ridhhima.. give me the pills.." She looked at him
" Armaan it's okay it was just a nightmare.. Tum dubara sone ki koshish karo..."
" Nahi.. I want the pills " he was adamant
She looked at him her face determined " No Armaan ,no pills tumhe unki koi zarurat nahi hai.."
" No ! What the bloody hell you know.. I WANT THE PILLS RIGHT NOW " he shouted out holding her firmly by her shoulders...
But she was firm " nahi Armaan, I won't give them.. Sirf ek nightmare ki wajah se to bilkul nahi " He jerked her back and got up he started rummaging the drawers himself ,she looked stunned at what he was doing
" Armaan stop that ! Wapas aao.. Armaan don't be ridiculous ! "
" I'm not ridiculous it's you.." He felt angry when he couldn't find them " it's all because of you..." He ran his fingers in his hair, frustrated, where to look.. he looked at her angrily... She came up to him knowing that he was scared
" Armaan it's okay " she tried to keep a hand on his shoulder but he moved away
" mere paas mat aana..." She was surprised...
" Armaan main.."
" Don't talk to me.. Go away..." He shouted at her.. She was stunned to see him like this... He then himself walked out in the balcony slamming the door... She wanted to go to him but seeing how angry he was, could not muster up the courage... She sat on the bed waiting for him to return after calming down a bit, she could see him pacing up and down... Kicking the chairs angrily... She was herself bit scared ,she had never seen him like this before... He had woken up many times shouting, scared... but never behaved so roughly... Never so angry... She didn't know when she fell asleep waiting for him... It was the bright morning light that woke her up..
As she open her eyes she saw him all ready closing his briefcase ready to go... She looked by her side there was no coffee... She knew immediately that he was still angry
" Armaan tum tayaar bhi ho gaye ? " He didn't said anything " Armaan good morning.." He looked at her and the way he looked told her everything... She was still not forgiven' without another word he walked out sullen
Ridhhima felt very guilty... When she came down Maria informed her that he didn't even had breakfast... She did felt bad for him but knew what she did was the right thing...
She kept wondering what made him soo upset... She wondered if seeing Naina's photo brought all the sad memories back.. But what about Nainait has been such a long time and yet they had hardly ever talked about her.. " Ab kisse puchhun.. Papa se.. Nahi Naina mom ke baare main aise puchhungi to unhe dukh hoga... BP bhi nahi hain... Mchh ! yeh Muski bhabhi ko bhi abhi jaana tha..."
" Ridhhima beta , juice aapke liye.. Maria kept the glass in front of her "
" Maria ! " she stopped her, why didn't she thought of it before.. She smiled " aap ruko thodi daer mere paas I'm feeling lonely today... Koi bhi nahi hai ghar par..."
Maria smiled motherly " ofcourse beta..." She sat at the other corner of the steps facing her
" Umm Maria aap yahan Armaan ki dekhbhaal ke liye aayi thi naa...? "
She smiled " haan 11 saal ka tha Armaan jab main aayi... 16 saal ho gaye mujhe is parivaar ke saath.."
" To kuch batayiye naa... Kaisa tha wo bachpan main..." she asked curiously
" Armaan... Huuhh Armaan sabse alag tha, jab main aayi tab Naina ji ko guzre kuch hi time hua tha. Shuru shuru main wo bilkul chup rehta tha, ghar ke logon ke alawa shayad hi kisi se baat karta tha, mere paas to aata hi nahi tha... Lekin phir wo to har ajnabi se darta tha... Lekin dheere dheere sab theek hota gaya... Usne kabhi mujhe is ghar ka naukar nahi samjha balki ek parivaar ke sadasya ki tarah izzat aur pyar diya hai... Raat ko jab wo darta tha to mere paas hi aa kar sota tha... Lekin shaitan bhi kuch kam nahi tha" she chuckled " jaise jaise Naina ji ki maut ka sadma kuch kam hota gaya uska bachpan wapas aata gaya... Ek se badh kar ek shaitani... Racing ka to itna shauk hai ki bas puchho mat... Kabhi Virendra sir bike ke liye manaa kar dete the to car shuru ho jaati thi.. Aur Rahul aur Mukaan hamesha uski side lene ke liye khade rehte the... Kisi ki himmat nahi thi ki koi use kuch keh de "
They chuckled.. " Aur bahane banane main to number one ya to phir wo homework karna ho ya kuch jo pasand nahi... Vibha madam to kabhi kabhi pareshan ho jaati thi..."
Ridhhima kept listening... " Lekin Maria.. Naina mom ki maut kaise hui ?? "
Maria became serious ,sighing heavily she spoke up looking at nothing in front... " Sahi sahi to mujhe bhi nahi pata main unki maut ke kareeb ek saal baad aayi thi.. magar jahaan tak main jaanti hun wo ek bahut bhayak hadsa tha... Us baare main koi baat nahi karta... Magar us haadse ne agar kisi ko sabse jyada takleef di, to wo di Armaan ko... Ek bachhe ke liye apni maa ko khona sabse badi takleef hoti hai... "
" Magar Maria ghar main Naina mom ki ek bhi tasveer kyun nahi hai ? " she now remembered that she indeed had not seen her picture anywhere...
" hamein bola gaya tha unhe hatane ko "
" what ?! Kyun ?! kisne ? "
She looked disturbed... Probably she'd thought about it too " bade saab... Virendra sir, ke order se "
" what ?? Papa ne kaha mom ki photo hataane ko ?? "
" Haan, shayad wo us bhayanak haadse ko yaad nahi karna chahte aur hamein to khaas order diye gaye hain ki unki koi tasveer Armaan ke saamne na laayi jaye, baba ka room bhi hum uski absence main hi saaf karwate hain... Shayad koi bahut buri yaad hai wahan..."
Ridhhima fell quiet she remembered when she went in that room how angry he got and flinched when he got the glimpse of it... How he pleaded not to go there again ' kuch hai wahan... Ek bura saaya... Plz I request you wahan mat jaana ' " Maria Armaan.."
" Maria.. Maria ! " Martin's sharp voice stopped her in between , he appeared a moment later " oh here you are... Madam I need to borrow her there is some work in the kitchen... Armaan sir get quiet restless if lunch is served late.." He looked at Maria " hurry up Maria "
" but I... "
" Now Maria, i'm sure madam can excuse you " Martin glared she could not understand the reason behind Martin acting strangely..
" Beta main zara chal kar khane ki tayyari dekh lun baba ko lunch bhejna hai..." Leaving Ridhhima lost in her thoughts ,even more puzzled Maria went away... She could have asked Martin but she knew it would be useless, the butler was so loyal so secretive that he won't spill a single bean...
" Magar koi beta apni maa ki tasveer dekhne se bhi kaise manaa kar sakta hai ?? " His manners ,his worries, anger and reluctance confused her even more... She decided to wait for Muskaan and got up to move in, she was passing by when he heard angry whispers
" Why were you saying even.."
" God's sake Martin ,she's the daughter of the house she has the right to know..."
" She has the right to know but we don't have the right to tell... What if she goes poking her nose and it disturb Armaan sir again..."
" Nothing will happen "
" How can you say ! I was there, I saw him.. his condition... You don't mess around... If she wants to know let her ask sir if they haven't told her then we don't have the right to say anything... It's their family matter we should not step in between..."
" Okay fine ! now stop yelling and being so grumpy..." Both moved out she quickly hid herself and they never noticed her...
" I have to ask Armaan aakhir baat kya hai..."
She went into the kitchen " Martin i'll take Armaan's lunch today " and went away to get ready... She knew if she wanted some answers she had to get him back to normal again...
He was really surprised seeing her there, unannounced...
" Ridhhima tum ?! "
" haan main, tum bade laparwah ho gaye ho Armaan ,aaj breakfast kyun nahi kiya ? " she tried to be normal, he was still not in a very happy mood but he was still not angry on her for coming there " ab aise hi dekhte rahoge ya aa kar kuch khaoge bhi, mujhe to badi bhuuk lag rahi hai... Maine socha ab aa rahi hun to tumhare saath hi lunch kar lun.. Aao naa " he kept his file down and came for the lunch... Even after a lot of coaxing he ate minimum...
" Armaan bas itna hi "
" haan i'm not particularly hungry..." she sighed, feeling that things will not get normal otherwise...
" Armaan " he looked up from his file " i'm sorry for yesterday... I didn't wanted to hurt you... Trust me Armaan aisi har mamuli baat ke liye tumhe un pills ko lene ki zarurat nahi hai "
" it's okay Ridhhima ,i know you meant well "... She could see that his anger was faltering a bit... She wanted to talk to him ,to ask many things but she could see he was not in a mood... in the meanwhile he got a call that some representatives were here to meet him and he asked to send them after a while ..
" Ridhhima kuch log aaye hain mujhe unse milna hai ,main shaam ko milta hun "
" theek hai " she sighed inwardly, this was difficult he won,t budge... she felt disappointed she was about to leave
" Ridhhima..." She turned " Never do that again... Plz..." She would have said more but he spoke again " dhayan se jaana.." And hid himself behind the file.. That was cue enough for her that he wanted her to leave... sighing again she went out giving him a glance of which he took no notice...
At evening he came back home but was all quiet... He sat in the room with her but spoke nothing... She tried many times to start a conversation but he didn't speak anything but monosyllables... she was fed up now... She was not used to of so quiet Armaan... Moreover she didn't knew what she had done to make him so angry he won't listen to her... one thing she knew, he was angry because she hadn't given him the pills... She exaled and throwing the file by her side got up angrily ...
He raised his eyes to see what she was doing... She went to wardrobe room and came back after a moment... Slamming the bottle of pills on the bedside table she stood there arms folded across her chest
" Lo, le lo apni pills aur kha lo jitni khaani hai... Aur plz ab to yeh muh latka kar mat baitho..." He looked at the pills and then at her angry face... He slowly closed the file and sighed now facing her he took her hand...
" Ridhhima baitho "
She was surprised but was adament too " What ! i'm fine ! "
" Plz Ridhhima..." he pleaded softly
She looked at his pleading face and sat down rather angrily... " Ridhhima I'm sorry..." She still look away, a small smile came on his lips... " Plz Ridhhima, at least look at me... Plz.."
She turned her face... " Main jaanta hun ki I have acted like a jerk but plz try to understand it's very difficult for me... Main nahi jaanta why but those dreams always leave me drained... frustrated... Plz I hope you understand... "
" but Armaan wo tumhari mom ki tasveer thi "
" Ridhhima plz main mom ke baare main koi baat nahi larna chahta " he again became serious
" Kyun Armaan, she was your mom kya tum unhe bhul gaye don't u love her ?! "
" No, no, no ! it's not that...of course I love her ,she was my mom but try to understand she died Ridhhima... she died... it's just everytime I try to recall her I get frightening nightmares... They scare me Ridhhima... Everytime ... Those screams..." he shut his eyes trying to wave away those memories...
" Armaan agar aisa hai why don't we consult someone.." she looked concerned
" No ! I don't want to consult anyone... I'm fine " he sighed and picked up the bottle... Looking at it for a while he placed it in her hand " main jaanta tum mujhse jyada jaanti ho magar plz it would help me sometime... main bhi inka gulam nahi banna chata magar tumse pehle mujhe koi rokne waala nahi tha naa... Isliye shayad jyada gussa aa gaya... Adat nahi hai naa.." He smiled but she could see that he looked tired and emotionally drained...
" it's okay Armaan tum so jao ,kal bhi theek se nahi soye thak gaye honge naa " he nodded smiling after a long time " and trust me I will make sure that there will be no more nightmares " she smiled Taking away his files
A day or two passed and he became almost normal... Ridhhima dropped the idea of probing him any further about the topic of Naina's death... She was taking the albums back one on another when one of them slipped and fell down.. She bent down to pick it up but before she could a hand picked it up.. She raised her head and saw it was Armaan.. She stood up holding the albums...
" Armaan tum.. Wo main bas inhe waapas hi rakhne jaa rahi thi..." She hesitated seeing him.. fearing.. She didn't knew what.. Another outbreak. He looked at the album with expressionless face
" Achha, magar main to soch raha tha ki tumhe apne doston se milwaunga..." He held up the album and to her relief smiled...
He sighed " Ridhhima look..." he sighed " i'm sorry... I have acted like a real jerk... I know you meant well but... I just can't help being so sometimes ,sorry... Pls.." he made a cute puppy face and she forgot to be angry on him... Apology was instantly accepted and anger... Where did it go... His smile was bewitching she made a mental note not to let him make such a cute face and say sorry next time they fight...
She smiled " it's okay, but you better behave yourself next time mister " she warned faking anger
" yes maam " he saluted in marine fashion and they both gigled... He grabbed the albums in one hand her hand with another and took her to the couch... Sitting side by side, he opened first album...
" hey look Martin ! "
" why he look so sullen ? " she asked
" sullen ?! This is his happy face ! " and they laughed out... They moved on from one pic to another... One album to next...
" yeh to jab main college main tha tab ki hai " he picked it running his hand over it feeling nostalgic ,smiling to himself... Probably remembering his days at college...
" Armaan is this Abhimanyu Modi ? " she pointed a small face in the background
" yeah, ise kaise bhul sakta hun... Abhimanyu Modi... Yeh mere saath hi tha college main aur hamesha mere saath shart lagata rehta tha... Always tried to beat me... Kabhi exams, kabhi races... Jab India aaya tab yeh bhi aaya aur hum yahaan mile ,yaad hai jab main hospital main tha " she nodded " wo isi ki wajah se tha kabhi seedhe seedhe to hara nahi paaya to usne wo kiya jo use aata hai... Cheating " he smiled sarcastically
She turned the page " hey Armaan Niki ! " she squeled but his smile vanished " kya hua ? " he said nothing " Armaan Niki kahaan hai ? " she saw how his expressions changed... " wo shaadi par bhi nahi dikhi aur itna waqt ho gaya you never even mentioned her... Where is she Armaan ?? "
" pata nahi "
" pata nahi ? Cmmon Armaan aisa kaise ho sakta hai she was your best friend hai naa "
He stood up looking out of the window " yes we 'were' best friends "
" to.. kahan hai wo ? "
" Apne 'husband' ke saath... Probably too happy to remember any of her old friends... Mrs. Nikita MODI " he looked at the photograph in her lap... Ridhhima's eyebrows shot up hearing what he said...
A sweet bunglow welcomed the first rays of the sun... The kitchen bustled with the morning activity of preparing breakfast...
" kanahiya.. Yeh baahar table par rakh aao saahan abhi aane hi waale honge.. Rani jao maaji ko bula lao bolo ki breakfast tayyar hai " she went around in the kitchen swiftly managing things, orfering servants...
" bulane ki koi zarurat nahi hai main yahi hun " niki turned and saw her mother in law standing there " good morning beta, tumne phir sab akele kar liya ? " she said hugging her lovingly
" good morning mumma... Aur maine kaha hai naa aapse ki aapko is baare main pareshaan hone ki koi zarurat nahi hai " she smiled at her ,she was indeed her mother than a mother in law... Sometimes she felt that she loved her even more than her son... It was no secret that she wanted another child a girl but some complications couldn't let her wish fulfilled.. Untill she came here after marriage... Niki found a mother and she found a daughter...
" wo janab uthe ki nahi ? " she asked smiling
" Abhi ko uthane ki zarurat nahi padti ,wo to subah subah 6 baje hi gym main ghuss jaate hain bas abhi aate hi honge "
They all sat down for breakfast
" good morning mom...dad.." he sat down smiling politely to Niki who smiled back and started serving...
" Abhi "
" yes dad " niki sat opposite him
" beta main kuch soch raha tha.. Infact ek faisla liya hai "
" kis baare main dad ? " he asked putting a spoonful of poha in his mouth
" main chahta hun ki tum.. Humsab.. Waapas Delhi shift ho jaayein "
He stopped eating at once jerking his head up...he looked at her...niki was equally surprisedby the sudden decision..Abhi gathered himself...
" magar dad ,yeh achanak shift hone ka faisla..." he looked at his mother who was not the least surprised which meant she knew about it...
" bas aise hi.. Ab dekho naa hamara main office wahan hai aur hum yahan.. Kitna up down karna padta hai... Time waste hota hai... Bangalore bura nahi hai magar Delhi to apni hi hai "
" aur Niki ka to socho ,wo kitna miss karti hogi apne mom dad ko " Niki felt a surge of affection on her mother in law ,she was so understanding and loving... She kept a hand on hers..
" no mumma aap aisa bilkul mat sochiye, aap hai naa ,i don't miss them that much " Suman ,abhi's mother, smiled and hugged her sideways
" awww thank you beta you are so sweet... Lekin ab dekho naa hamare saare rishtedaar wahin hai business wahin hai aur hum yahan .. Bhai mujhe to bada boring lagta hai... Aur tumhare dost ?.. Don't you miss them huh.." Niki looked at Abhi who looked back but she couldn't make out what he was thinking...
" wo to theek hai papa magar main permanent shift hone ke baare main kuch nahi keh sakta " he again looked at her " pata nahi mujhe wahan suit karega ya nahi "
" that's ridiculous ! Of course tumhe suit karega kya tum wahan pale badhe nahi ho... To phir ?!.. Tum ek kaam karo tum Niki ko le kar Delhi chale jao hum bhi kuch din main wahan aa jayenge... And that's final enough of this place.."
" but dad " he tried to reason
" no but's Abhi, it's decided we are going back.. Apna ghar apne log chhod kar bahar rehna kahan ki samajhdaari hai ,meri Malhotra sahab se baat ho gayi hai aur wo bhi is faisle se bahut khush hain " he declared, his mother shook her head at her adament husband smiling..
Abhi knew his father won't budge.. He looked at Niki who was lost in her thoughts...
" back..back to Delhi.. itne mahino baad...Mom,Dad..kitne dino ke baad unse milna hoga.. Aur... Armaan..."
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