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Taming The Wild- All parts till now (Page 3)

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Posted: 18 October 2011 at 3:42am | IP Logged
                            Taming The Wild

                           And We Meet Again

Recap :- Ridhhima gets a new job of tying the knot of Armaan's tie... Some sweet moments in the pool . Ridhhima finds some old pictures of Armaan and his mom which troubles him and Niki and Abhi return...

She sat on her seat... Happy ,sad anxious, everything was mixed, she couldn't concentrate on one thing... sitting next to her ,Abhimanyu was busy with his laptop... she was looking outside when he called

" Niki.. Niki seat belt..." She came out of her thoughts and realised that plane was about to take off... " Are you okay ? " he asked, she nodded smiling, he returned it and went back to his work.. She kept looking at him for a moment then shifted her gaze outside. Surprisingly she did not feel scared any more... dreaded anything... looking outside her mind went back...

Niki's Flashback

" to phir tumhe apni nayi zindagi ki shuruat apne dost ke bina hi karni padegi "

" Arm..." but all she could hear was the beep of disconnected line, tears rolled down her eyes, suddenly she felt all alone ,helpless and miserable. She didn't knew what to do, she not only had lost her love but also her best friend... She cried heartily that day... The days went by in a blur ,she recalled meeting with Abhimanyu once...

" kyun Abhi ? Why are you doing this ? Yeh jaante hue bhi ki i loved someone else aur shayad main iss shaadi ko puure dil se naa nibha paaun phir bhi tum mujhse shaadi karna chahte ho ? " she was surprised as she thought that after that meeting with Armaan he would deny marrying her but to her surprise he decided to prepond the marriage ...

" haan phir bhi... Dekho Niki bhale hi yeh shaadi hamare parents ne fix ki ho magar main jaanta hun ki tum ek achhi ladki ho, aur pyaar karna koi gunah nahi hai... Aur jaisa tumne kaha pyaar karti 'thi' 'ho' nahi... To kyun tum hamare is naye rishte ko ek mauka deti.. Main waada karta hun Niki tumhare dil se saari purani yaadein mita dunga ,tumhe kabhi kisi ki kami mehsoos nahi hogi "

That day she found her pillar to lean on but it wasn't much later that she realized that how strong he was and how much she had begun to rely on him... Coming back to present she looked at him, still busy with laptop, she smiled at him and went back to looking outside...

Abhimanyu was not unaware of her gaze... Infact he was all so aware whenever she was around, he wondered what kind of magnetic pull she had which always drew him close to her no matter what... He instinctively felt the urge to protect her, save her from any harm any sadness... she had become an indispensable part of life which he could not let go... He wondered when did that happen... he planned to do something else and it turned out to be something totally different...

Abhimanyu's flashback

she stood by the window deep in her thoughts , he softly closed the door after being teased much by family and friends... she stood by the window in the moonlight, he held his breath at the sight,she looked.. beautiful... stunning... delicate... fragile... he felt a surge of pride . " huh! Mr. Armaan Malik, main jeet gaya tumhari aankhon ke saamne se tumhare pyaar ko cheen gaya aur tum kuch nahi kar sake... aur Niki tum ?...hmm,, tumhara kya karna hai wo bhi sochna padega... may be later " an evil smile came to his lips... feeling elated at the biggest victory yet over Armaan and the handsome trophy he'd won ,he took confident steps towards her

" Niki " he stood close by,keeping a hand on her shoulder he made her turn ,he could feel her tremble a little at his touch... but his heart was determined to tell her something fair and square today what he felt for her- nothing . He will declare that it was all a fraud, she cheated him, he knew the man she loved -Armaan Malik- his enemy and he does not think that this relationship is going to work so she should not have any expectations from him as she was planted here not as his wife but as Armaan Malik's informer... the earlier she knows about it the better. he canceled the idea of postponing it... she would cry and all... beg.. but he wont listen and soon he would divorce her and be a free man again... his revenge complete.. " you are too good Abhi ' he mentally applauded himself

" abhi.. Abhii " she shook his hand lightly, he came out of his thoughts " kahan kho gaye the ? mumma aur papa ko bol diya tha na ki wo jaldi aa jaayein... mumma pata nahi apna dhyan rakhengi ki nahi aur papa to sabse pehle fridge par attack karenge.. hamein sath aana chahiye the " she worried

he smiled at her concern for his parents, no wonder they ave started loving her more than him " haan baba bol diya tha aur hum bas Delhi tak ja rahe hain Niki don't panic. wo koi bachhe to hain nahi .they can manage without you for few days " she frowned at him

" Abhi tum bas rehne do, tumhe unki kch fikar nahi hai " he just laughed a her

" achha baba dubara keh dunga... waise tumne kabhi apne mom dad ko itna miss kiya hai kabhi ? "  he went back to his work shaking his head,smiling. but today he mind was wandering off...

Flashback cont.

Niki turned and looked directly into his eyes, her eyes he felt the piercing through him but he could not take them away from her " my ! she 'is' beautiful !! " he forgot what he was about to say and kept staring at her, mind and heart racing in opposite direction...

" Niki main.." collecting himself he started again

" abhi main tumhe kuch batana chahti hun " he stopped and listened " main apni naye shuruat kisi jhooth ya tumse kuch chuppa kar karun ,aur isliye main tumhe sab sach bata dena chahti hun... aur agar sab jaanne ke baad tum iss rishte se alag hona chahoge to main tumhe is baat ke liye zimmedar nahi manungi " he was stunned to hear it ,here he was planning what not and she blurted it all away without a single tear. He admired her honesty and courage... his plan of taking control right from the beginning wasn't going as planned and this was something unexpected... she continued

" abhi tum yeh to jaante hi ho ki main kisi se pyaar karti thi " he kept listening " to main batana chahti hun ki wo kaun tha... uska naam Armaan hai ,Armaan Malik - tumhara sabse bada rival " it was not the name that surprised him so much as hearing the fact that she knew that he was his biggest rival, but ofcourse that day when he they both almost had a fight outside the hotel,the way they reacted must have given her the idea...

" magar ek sach aur bhi hai, jis saath ko main pyaar samajti thi wo to kabhi tha hi nahi,Armaan ne mijhe kabhi ek dost se jyada kuch samjha hi nahi aur main bhi paagal uski dosti ko pyaar samajh kar kya kya sochti rahi "

he was speechless now " you mean... Armaan aur tum... you didn't love each other ??!! "

" no, he definitely didn't. uska pyaar to hamesha se ridhhima thi  "

the words hit him hard, all this while he thought he was winning.he took away his most precious person of his life and now... the joke was on him... Armaan Malik won again... he married a heart broken one sided lover !! damn !!

all his happiness vanished away with her confession, he was utterly disappointed and that gave way to anger ' stupid girl !! couldn't she have blurted this earlier ! it would have saved him so much of trouble !! so much of drama !! ' he ran his finger through his hair in frustration, niki who saw this thought he was disappointed hearing the name " but.. trust me abhi, armaan was my past ab uska zikr bhi nahi hoga " she paused
" ab to hum dost bhi nahi rahe " his eyes shot up to her face " he broke away all ties with me jab use pata laga ki i'm marrying you " she didn't cried just sighed in resignation " sirf ek request hai abhi.. main hamara rishta puri imandari aur zimmedari se nibhana chahti hun kisi tute hue dil ke sath rote hue nahi just.. just give me some time,kuch waqt maang rahi hun khuud ko sambhalne ke liye.. main waada karti hun tumhe kabhi koi shikayat ka mauka nahi dungi "

" sweets sir " a smiling air hostess offered him a tray ,thanking her he picked up two " hey " he gave both to her.. though he knew that she didn't show but she felt uneasy during the plane takeoffs'.. she looked at the bright wrapping paper and smiling took both " thanks abhi "

he smiled " niki are you okay ? mera matlab tum khush to ho naa ? "

she was bit surprised at his question " of course abhi ,itne dino baad mom dad se milungi.. i'm sure mom to tumhe dekh kar khushi se uchhal padengi " it was opposite with both the families if niki was darling of his parents he was darling of her's

" haha ab wo to hai.. main hun hi aisa . ab jab mom mujhse jyada tumhari side leti hain tab to main kuch nahi kehta mujhe to lag raha ahi jaise someone is jealous mujhe to jalne ki smell bhi aa rahi hai " he sniffed air around her...

she hit him on his shoulder " achha i'm not jealous..."

" haan haan wo to dikh hi raha hai " he paused becoming serious " niki.. what about armaan "

the name jolted her .it was the first time since that night that his name was said aloud.. after that confession armaan malik's chapter was closed forever ,she never imagined to meet him again she knew he never forgave easily... both looked at each other

ridhhima was busy with some file in her cabin her back facing the door when someone suddenly covered her eyes from behind

" kaun ?? kaun hai ?? " she touched the fingers trying to recognise who it was...

" wah waah itni jaldi bhuul gayi ? "

a big surprised smile came on her face " sapnaa, you are back !!! "  both the girls squealed in delight hugging each other like teenagers " gosh i missed you kab aayi ? kaisi hai ? kaisa raha honey moon ? aur kya kya kiya huhh ?? " ridhhima elbowed her naughtily ,teasing

" batati hun batati hun ..thoda ruk to sahi " both crashed on the sofa nearby gigling broadly " honeymoon achha raha... bahut achha raha " and a big blush came up on her cheeks

" oye hoye sapna you are blushing.. aisa bhi kya kiya huh !! "

" ohho ridhhi tu to aise puuch rahi hai jaise tujhe nahi pata ki honeymoon par kya hota hai ? " though sapna said it jokingly but it was moment later

when she saw ridhhima's face taht she realised what she'd said " ridhhi i... i'm sorry wo mere matl;ab wo nahi tha " she said apologetically

  " it's oaky sapna i know tera matlab mera dil dukhanae ka nahi tha but it's okay.. i'm not hurt or anything " ridhhima smiled assuring sapna who felt better after seeing her smiling again ,they both looked at each other understandingly

" vivek ka kuch pata chala ? "

ridhhima shook her head " nahi.. abhi nahi lekin armaan ne kaha hai ki wo use dhuund kar rahega, aur main armaan ko jaanti hun wo apni taraf se puuri koshish kar raha hai.. wo apna waada jarur nibhayega "

sapna was surprised " magar ridhhi tu us par kuch jyada hi bharosa nahi kar rahi.. i mean he always wanted to win you aur ab wo achanak itna badal gaya ki khud tujhe vivek ke paas le jaane ki baat kar raha hai, yeh jaante hue bhi ki tum dono shaadi shuda ho aur dono parivaar iss baat ke liye kabhi tayaar nahi honge "

" haan kabhi kabhi sochti hun to daar lagta hai ki kya hoga magar pata nahi jab tak armaan hai saath mujhe pareshaan hone kli zarurat hi mehsoos nahi hoti... bas yahi lagta hai wo hai naa sab dekhne ke liye.. i trust him sapna usne mujhse waada kiya hai ki wo vivek ko dhuund kar layega... he knows ki i love vivek... aur hum pehle bhi to dost the maana ki beech main hamare rishte main thodi kadwahat aa gayi thi magar ab sab theek hai.. aur mera dil kehta hai ki aage bhi sab theek hi hoga "she smiled now " aur armaan ke hote hue mujhe kisi baat ki fikar karne ki zarurat hi nahi wo bahut badal gaya hai "

" lekin ridhhima agar wo ek baar badal sakta hai to dubara bhi to badal sakta hai " both looked at each other

" nahi sapna mera dil kehta ahi armaan mujhe klabhi dhoka nahi dega "

sapna kept a hand over hers " i hope so , achha aur suna kaisa chal raha hai ? ab armaan tujhe pareshaan to nahi karta ? "

" pareshaan ?? pareshaan nahi 'bahut' pareshaan karta hai" sapna raised her euebrows but ridhhima laughed out " relax !! aisa nahi jiasa tu soch rahi hai uski harkatein to bas puchho mat... pata hai use tie bandhni nahi aati 10 baar bata chuki hun har baar bhuul jaata hai ab t maine bolna hi chhod diya
hai khud hi bandh kar de deti hun " both gigled " raat ko sote hue pillow chahiye nahi to neend nahi aati " she skipped his nightmare part and continued " aur ab ek naya naam rakh diya hai mera Ridimba.. jab bhi pareshan karna ho to yahi bulata hai " sapna laughed out loud hearing it and they continued their chit chat    

There was a knock at the door

" come in " he said without looking up from his file, Sameer, his business adviser cum his informant of all that's going on in the business world, entered . The man must be in his mid thirties and there was nothing extraordinary about his appearance... A belly that had started to make it's appearance, a cleanshaven oval face with hazel eyes.. His common features were no match to the uncanny sense of business he had... Predicting opponents moves, making strategies were his speciality and Armaan handpicked him when no one laid an eye on him.. Owing to his average B-school result and blunt tongue... Another thing he admired in him was his die hard loyalty towards him and the company... Armaan's gift of judging people, their talent and his humane touch at dealing with them had made Sameer Purohit his die hard fan and loyal.. It was only Armaan who had forseen Axion falling in their lap ,snatched away right from under the nose of many other companies who had so called powerful political support, another reason for him to worship Armaan...

He was the only one who surpassed Sameer Purohit in thinking in most unusual way... Sameer declined his position in London and returned to Armaan to India who was more than glad to have him back... With the same position offered in London office... Sameer was a man of few words ,but then, they often understood each other without elaborate talks...

" have a seat Sameer ,so.." he shut the file " what's the news you wanted to tell me ? "

" well, itni khas nahi hai aur hai bhi " both men looked at each other " Abhimanyu Modi is back "

If the words had any impact he didn't show. He didn't react for a moment... It was not Abhimanyu that came to his mind first, it was Niki he thought of. He did not let his face betray his emotions.. getting up from his chair he moved towards the window..

" what's unusual, he keeps coming,Modi's ka head office bhi yahin hai, they have projects running "

" it doesn't look like the regular trip, Modi's are back here . It seems the decision was made by Modi senior... Waise bhi is baat ko aur taal bhi nahi sakte the... Bangalore se business maintain karna it's not that easy for them "

Armaan was quiet, thinking about something " so are we back in the same position ? "

" more or less, yes... They are competition but not that big a trouble... Just annoyance "

Armaan could not agree with him more, Modi was indeed an annoyance... " any chances of direct contact ? "

" none yet, magar aage nahi honge, yeh sochna bevkoofi hogi... Abhimanyu Modi is more, much more.. Ambitious, than his father aur ab to Malhotra backing bhi hai uske paas... He won't leave any chance to challenge us... Like he had done in the past "
He turned to look at him " let him try it... Like always i'll show him where he stands " anger, dislike clear in his tone

" we must be careful though... He must be thinking on the same lines " he said, Armaan looked out of the window again... His face hardend now

" i don't care... Neither i have, neither i will..." he said, more to himself than anyone else he came back home rather late.. ridhhima was waiting for him

" armaan aaj bahut daer kar di aane main "

he just sighed taking off his coat " haan aaj kaam kuch jyada tha " she was bit surprised as he was not his usual chirpy self, she thought may be he was tired... he came out after a while and taking a file sat by her side on the bed

" kya hua armaan kuch baat hui hai kya ? " he looked up at her " nahi .. nahi to bas aise hi office... kaam " he didnt look at her

" achha armaan yeh file kya bahut important hai.. kya kal iski koi presentation wagereh hai " he didnt knew why she was asking it

" nahi lekin ek baar padhni hai " she took his file away from his hand " ridhhma yeh kya kar rahi ho ? "

" kuch nahi yeh itni jaruru nahi hai to ise chhodo aur so jao ,shakal dekhi hai apni 12 baj rahe hain..." he tried to argue but she just glared at him keeping a finger on her lips asking him to be quiet " koi argument nahi armaan chup chaap leto aur aankh band karke so jao "

he mumbled 'hitler' but then obeying her order quietly pulled up the covers and clutching the pillow went off to sleep... it hardly took him 5 minutes to go blank she could see that he was tired but something said that there is more... she shrugged it off may be she's just imagining. and she was right he was back to normal the next day...

she was tying the knot and he stood there smiling to himself " armaan.. main tumhe kuch batana bhuul gayi " he looked at her " wo main mumma ke paas jaa rahi hun kuch dino ke liye

" whatt ?! kyun  ? kab ?? kisliye ?? " he showered her with questions

" arre itna pareshaan kyun ho rahe ho ,ek hafte ki to baat hai ,aur maine papa se pucha tha to unhone kaha ki chale jao.. itne mahine ho gaye mumma se mile hue "

" itne mahine ? liar ! abhi to hum gaye the dinner par aur usse pehle aur tum to roz papa se milti ho na hospital main phir "

she looked at him surprised " armaaan, hospital main hum as doctors milte hain aur kabhi kabhi to milna ho bhi nahi paata aur main roz papa se nahi milti " she straightened his collar and stepped back to check it, little she was aware that what great bomb she had launched on him... he didnt wanted her to go at all...

" magar ... magar main kaise rahunga ? " she looked at him puzzled " i mean meri tie kaun bandhega aur.. aur leo ko kaun dekhega.. aur muski  ki help kaun karega wo angira ke saath kaam kaise dekhengi " he tried to put all the reasons he could find...

" armaan kya ho gaya hai tumhe ? it's just a matter of a week ,aur aaj mujhe lene mat aana main papa ke sath seedhe hospital se ghar jaungi " she saw his frowning face which clearly showed his disapproval

" huuh.." he sighed resigned and saw that he had no choice " to tum sach main jaa rahi ho ?" she raised her eyebrows then pointed to a small bag " theek hai chalo ab drop to kar sakta hun naa ya papa hi aa rahe hain pick karne ke liye " she exaled he was so confusing at times ,that day he jumed with happiness when padma called them for dinner and now he's all cranky behaving like husbands reluctant to send their wives to her parents, she chuckled at the thought but stopped when she saw his scowling face...

he was quiet throughout the journey ,kept steeling glances when she wasn't aware.." ridhhima main kaise rahunga tumhare bina... mujhe to tumhari aadat hoti jaa rahi hai..." he stopped before the gates and she got down

" bye Armaan main tumhe call kar dungi ghar pahunch kar okay take care " she turned to go

" ridhhima " she stopped " tum thodi daer ruko, let me go first " she was surprised at this strange request ,he drove off but kept looking at her through the mirror " ab tumhe kya bataun ridhhimai main shayad tumhe kabhi jaate hue nahi dekh paaunga "
he kept turning and twisting on the bed.. staring at the clock which showed 1 o'clock... leo sat by his side.. nothing worked tonight.. he had finished all his work he brought from office watched TV without knowing what he's looking at... tried reading but even there he found ridhhima.. finally he gave up and scratched leo's ear who looked equally sad...

" yaar leo ek din main yeh haal hai to ek hafta kaise guzrega... huuh damn !! why she had to go kya padma mom yahan nahi aa sakti thi ? " leo made cooing noise as if agreeing to what he said.. somehow he slept forcing his eyes to close

Ridhhima streached herself smiling... she had slept late talking to padma to her heart fill but still felt like they had talked nothing... her eyes fell on the clock

" hey bhagwaan !! 8 baj gaye !! " instinctively her head moved to her side " Armaan utho.. " it was then she realised that the side was empty and she was not at home but at her home... her brain reminded her that it was her day off and armaan was not there... she hit herself and laughed at her silliness ,she got off the bed planning how to spend her day.. coming out after getting all fresh and ready she was about to go down for breakfast when her eyes fell on her cell phone she saw that it was just 8:40

" armaan uth gaya hoga.. aur cheenkein (sneezes) bhi maar chuka hoga " she laughed imagining him yelling at Martin for one thing or another it was a good thing that she had made all arrangements for him before coming... martin must be blessing her, she laughed again " call karu abhi... nahi to ghar par ek bhi cheez uski jagah par nahi milegi aur martin ganja ho chuka
hoga aur agar janab ka mood subah kharab ho gaya to sabki shamat aa jayegi "  she dialled the number and heard the bell ring..

she turned smiling when her eyes fell on a picture, it was the picture of the intern gang... her smile vanished when she saw him standing there, looking at her

" hey ridhhima,remember me ? i'm your love Vivek... bhuul to nahi gayi mujhe ? "

slowly she pulled the phone away, and walked towards the picture " nahi vivek main tumhe nahi bhuli.. main tumhe dhund kar rahungi...aur ab to armaan bhi hai mere saath " she raised her hand to touch the picture

" ridhhimaaa ,jaldi aao beta breakfast tayar hai " she stopped hearing padma's voice

" aayi mumma " and with a glance at the picture she ran downstairs . wishing and hugging both her parents she sat down for breakfast " mumma itna kuch koi aur bhi aa raha hai breakfast par ? "

" koi aur ?? nahi beta yeh to sab maine aapke liye banaya hai "  shashank laughed at ridhhimas surprised face " beta actually aapki mumma ko lag raha tha ki shayad apko wahan theek se khana nahi milta isliye itna sab bana diya . hai naa padma ? " both ridhhima and shashank laughed at her teaming up to tease padma

" shashank aap rehne dijiye aap maa nahi hai naa aap nahi samjhenge " she poured ridhhima coffee and filled her plate with food

" moom aap 4 din ka khana kya ek hi baar main khila doge " she exclaimed looking at her already filled plate and padma ready with more shashank laughed again and leaving mother and daughter to sort it out together went off to work

" mumma " she sipped her coffee " Armaan aaya tha kya ? "

" armaan ?? nahi to "

" to phir yeh coffee ?? yeh to waisi hi lag rahi hai kaisi armaan banata hai m.." she stopped realising what she was about to say

" ohh lagta hai armaan ne bataya nahi  " she still looked puzzled " tumhari baat nahi hui usse  " she shook her head on no " subah uska phone aaya tha jab tum nahane gayi hui thi, 3 baar coffee banwayi usne mujhse.. pata nahi use kaise pata chala ki wo coffee tumhe pasand nahi aayegi "

ridhhima gave a big smile hearing it she knew he could be quiet persistant " wo aisa hi hai mom, actually subah wo hi mere liye coffee banata hai naa isliye..."

" ohhh i see " padma teased " mummaaa " she rolled her eyes " hahaha it's okay muhje yeh dekh kar bahut khushi hui ki wo tumhara itna khayal rakhta hai... main bahut khush hun aapke liye, armaan aapse bahut pyaar karta hai " she kissed her head forehead lovingly " achha ab use phone to kar lo bechara kabse wait kar raha hoga " saying so she left her alone

 armaan looked at his cell phone and found something that made him both happy and disappointed " ridhhima ki missed call !! damn main kahan tha ? " he looked at the time and remembered that he was struggling with his tie, remembering her ,her soft touch..." armaan bevkoof tu sapno mainkhoya raha aur wo idhar phone karti rahi " he repreminded himself, he was straing at the phone when it suddenly started ringing .he jumped almost dropping the phone.. " h..hello " he quickly picked it up

" armaan "

He came out of his dreamy mode " haan ,main sun sun raha hun.. God morning "

She smiled " good morning and thanks for the coffee "

" thanks ? Wo to tumhe padma mom ka karna chahiye coffee to unhone banayi hai naa "

" magar instrictuons to tumhare the naa "

He lied down on the bed fully dressed legs dangling, her picture in his hand " to pasand aayi ? "

She looked around to see if padma was around ,she wasn't " umm kuch kuch tumhare jaisi thi magar i still prefer that one. Are you sure tum usme kuch milate nahi ho coz i'm getting quiet addicted to it "

" haan milata hun naa ,magar wo meri secret recipe hai bata nahi sakta " he grinned

" achha tum tayar ho gaye tie mil gayi thi naa main rakh kar aayi thi puri 6 "

" kya ?? Tum 6 din baad aaogi ? Ab bhi ! "

" ab bhi matlab ? Armaan maine bataya tha na main ek hafte ke liye jaa rahi hun " he scowled thinking why did his father allowed her to go " aur tumhe office nahi jaana 9 baj gaye hain "
" h..han bas jaa raha hun " he said in a low voice ,she was about to say goodbye and hang up when he spoke again " hey Ridimba " she rolled her eyes thinking here he goes again " jaldi aa jao naa.. We miss you " she smiled hearing it " aur leo's smell isn't actually a perfume you see "

She laughed hearing it " oh armaan tum nahi sudhroge,leo ko meri taraf se bahut saara pyaar dena aur kehna ki main bas 5-6 din main aa jaungi ab jao nahi to late ho jaoge aur haan breakfast karke jaana nahi to bhabhi gussa hongi . He readily agrred to whatever she said but was still unhappy with the fact that she will be away for 6 more days...

" leo " he looked up wagging his tail " lagta hai 6 din wait karna hi padega " leo made a sad noise and again rested his head over his paws. Armaan was unsure whether he was sad because she was away or he had to sleep with him coz since the day he'd come leo was always by ridhhima's side except during nights when he was taken to his room, the dog was her shadow

" oye leo ke bachhe ,she's my wife samjha " leo looked at him with mocking wary eyes as if saying " yeah yeah your wife, but she hugs me more than she hugs you Mr.Husband "

The day passed by somehow... She looked at the watch for the 10th time ,he's never so late... She started pacing up and down eyes kept on darting to the door. She stopped when she finally heard the car stopping at the porch...

Abhi entered talking to someone on the phone as soon as he saw her he gave a big smile... Seeing him back Niki felt immense relief ,ending the call he turned to her " hey Niki "

But Niki's relief soon gave way to anger, she was worried sick about him..." abhi time dekh hai 12 baj rahe hain , kahan the itni daer ? Upar se mera phone bhi nahi uthaya ,pata hai main kitna pareshan ho rahi thi "

He placed his hands on her shoulders " nikkiii relax...i'm sorry main tumhara phone nahi utha paaya main ek important call main thoda busy tha , tum kyun itni si baat par ghabra rahi ho ? " he explained trying to calm her... " aur maine tumhe bataya to tha ki aaj kuch kaam hai isliye thoda late ho jaunga tum bhuul gayi ? " this calmed her down a little " achha chalo ab jaldi se khana laga do mere paet main to chuhe kuud rahe hain "

" tum jaa kar fresh ho kar aao main tab tak khana laga deti hun "
They sat down for dinner talking laughing sharing the details of the day...

" niki... Kal ek party hai hamare kaafi purane associate hain Mr.Sharma unke yahan... Tum chalogi mere saath ? " he looked at her expectantly

" party ? kal ?! " he nodded,thinking that she might refuse making an excuse " of course abhi jarur chalungi " she surprised him ,he smiled broadly and they both resumed their chit chat...

She lay there on the bed pondering over her life in the past few months... Abhimanyu was really gem of a person more she came to lnow him more she started respecting him... Though in the beginning she found his behaviour rather cold and aloof but she thoight they didnt exactly had a very nice start and he too need some time after all how many marry the best friend of their arch enemy...

no matter how distant abhimanyu was earlier he was never rude to her, rather he was always and is still thoughtful about her, he saw to it that she never felt lonely or sad even though they shared the bed he never ever crossed his limits moreover she found another doting mother and father in his parents... She remembered how that particular incident chaged a lot
between them...

Abhi woke her up in the middle of the night and asked her to get ready as they have to leave immediately .she wondered what was it and asked him but he didnt said much except that it was important work and he wont go without her, she felt strange and wanted to ask more but he was already out to inform his parents. she was surprised when they boarded the flight to Delhi ,in all this confusion she was happy that she would meet her parents.

It was not until they landed and stopped before a hospital that he informed her that her father had had a stroke and was not well. That was a terrible time ,she felt angry on him shouted on him for not telling her earlier to which he simply replied that he didnt wanted to trouble her, she could have done nothing by worrying herself.. He never even got angry on her for yelling at him like that...

She was rather surprised when he hugged her and consoled her that everything will be fine, her father will be okay... His embrace had something... She broke down and cried in his arms and he kept holding her till she was steady enough to go and meet her mother who needed consolation as well

Her father had some blockage in his arteries and needed operation ,Abhimanyu was the pillar of strength in that tough time his parents were already there to support her mother... He not only arranged for the best doctors but also gave his blood. Whem doctor announced that the operation was successful she rushed to the room where he was resting and hugged him, she was swept away with relief and all the credit went to him.. it was moments or minutes later that she realised that he was hugging her his lips brushed her ear making her shiver, his hold on his waist was bit too tight for a casual hug.. He was holding on to her with his face buried in her hair...

It was the first time she truly felt something for him... From him...those few moments of closeness in that lonely room were most unforgettable, she felt the change within her... in him... Everytime she thought of that moment it felt as if an electric wave passed through her body raising goosebumps all over...

She turned and saw him sleeping by her side peacefully, smiling she extended her fingers to caress his hair ,touch his face but then hesitating drew them back... She kept admiring him everytime she saw him she felt butterflies in her stomach... She felt jealous when other women looked at him flirtingly and she blushed for no reason at all but merely at his gaze...

She wondered where did these feelings came from... They felt all new, she had never felt like this before... Everyday she admired him little more respected him little more and loved... Loved ??... Yes she got her answer what it was all about.. she loved him little more... Everyday...

It was not until they were coming back to Delhi that she remembered Armaan she had almost forgotton him... True she thought she loved him but then she 'thought' she loved him it wasn't intil abhi came into her life she realised what the feeling of being in love truly is...Her smile faded a little.. she wasn't sure if he felt the same way, he was kind of still distant, and she couldn't muster up enough courage to tell him what she felt... Probably she should give him some more time and she was ready to wait as long as it takes for him to realise it.. She smiled at her thoughts and carressing his face with her eyes fell asleep...

Abhimanyu woke up to the most beautiful sight... His beautiful wife sleeping next to him . He rested himself on his elbow and admired his sleeping beauty. He fought his desire to kiss those rosy cheeks and beautiful lips, he frowned when he thought how he thought of taking advantage of her.. To use her as a weapon against Armaan and had been aloof to her... The
thought made him sad . He first felt that there was somethimg more to this relationship when he shared that beautiful hug in that hospital room... He felt a current running down his body when he embraced her and he never wanted to let her go... He had seen how she had won over her parents and treated them like her own and now they had almost forgotton that they had
a son not a daughter... He chuckled softly remembering how they took her side everytime there was an argument... And their honeymoon.. It was the most beautiful time ,without sharing the physical intimacy they developed a beautiful understanding relationship and truly became each others best friends... Only he wondered when she would understand what
he actually felt for her ,sometime it was really a test of his self control... But he knew that she needed time to overcome from her past... Forgetting their first love and someone like Armaan was not so easy...

On the other hand Armaan stretched himself smiling, eyes still close, thinking as soon as he would open his eyes he would see the most beautiful sight... His princess by his side... He opened his eyes only to find a wet nose very close to his face and a big mouth with a sloppy tongue which soon licked his face wet...

" aaaggghhh !! LEOO !! Kutte ke bachhe " he got up wiping his face with his t-shirt " out.. OUT of my bed ! " leo barked, angry at being yelled at ,he turned wagging his tail which hit armaan straight on his face, but he was no less he took his revenge by peeing on his slippers !!

" LLLEEEOOO !! RRIIDDHHIIMAA !! " on the other hand ridhhima woke up with a start as if someone had shook her up... She looked around and finding noone she sgain went back to sleep covering her face...

The time seem to either walk very slowly or there was something wrong with the watch last time he saw it showed 1;10 and now it showed 1:13...

He looked at the phone on his table, though he was dying to talk to her everytime he picked up the phone his heart pounded loudly and he felt hot around his collar, he felt like a teenagaer who was calling his girlfriend for the first time ...

He sighed " do din main yeh hall hai Armaan... Agar wo mujhse duur chali gayi to... Nahi nahi " he sat up straight " main aisa kabhi nahi hone dunga wo kabhi mujhse duur nahi jaa sakti... Cmmon Armaan tu aisa soch bhi kaise sakta hai, ridhhima teri thi, teri hai aur teri hi rahegi.. Yes of course she's mine " he looked at the invitation on his table and smiling to himself
picked up the phone...

He smiled all the way to the party mentally praising himself... He had got an invitation for a party by their business associate Mr.Sharma and he found an excellent excuse to take ridhhima along... He just couldn't take off his eyes from his gorgeous wife... And if she suspected something she didn't say anything ,she just laughed when he told everything what happened in the morning and that he was seriously thinking to give away Leo... To which she threatened him not to even think of...

Finally they reached the party and were heartily welcomed by the host.. Ridhhima found some of her friends and excused herself from the men...

ridhhima was chatting to some ofher friends someone collided with her

" oh i'm sorry maine aapko dekha... nahi " the lady stopped in mid sentence

" niki !! tum ?? " ridhhima was surprised

" ridhhima ?!" a smile came up on the faces and they hugged each other

" kahan chali gayi thi tum niki? we missed you so much "

'we' niki thought but then breaking her line of thoughts she smiled at her " long story ridhhima "

riddhima took her little away " i'm all ears " boh looked at each other ,they had some catching up to do

on the other hand Mr.Sharma took armaan to a group " mr.mailk aap inhe to jaante hi honge abhi abhi laute hain bangalore se.. mr abhimanyu modi.." armaan's smile vanished away hearing the name ,he wasnt expecting him here...

" of course mr.sharma i know him " armaan narrowed his eyes,neither of the two extended hands to each other... mr.sharma,it seemed was aware of the famous malik modi rivalry but didn't believed it until now.. his smile vanished away seeing the hostile situation and cursed himself to call the
rival in the same party but then he couldn't leave either of them... he worried that there might be a sceane at his party... but breathed in when he saw Sameer, armaan's advisor stepping in... he excused himself as he was needed somewhere...

" so abhimanyu modi is back in town ,kyun himmat aa gayi wapas aane ki ? " armaan snickered .a flash of anger passed through abhimanyu

" himmat ki to baat mat karo armaan,you have no idae ki main kya kar sakta hun, main tumhe kabhi bhi hara sakta hun "

on the other hand ridhhima and niki continued their chat " niki don't go by his behaviour... wo gusse main kuch bol gaya hoga, he still remembers you misses you..."

" thanks riddhima..." she smiled " i can see why he choose you, you understand him so well... you are perfect for him..." She didnt answer that... But decided that she should bring two friends together again... on the other and the temprature grew both the sides

" Tum jeete hi kab mujhse.." armaan growled

" Nahi Armaan yeh tumhari galatfehmi hai main jeeta hun tumse... Maine Niki ko paaya hai Armaan aur tum use mujhse kabhi waapas nahi jeet sakte..." there was fierceness in his voice, a challenging pride... Both men looked at each other eye to eye ready to kill... it was sometime when both of them started looking for their husbands and found them in a  battling mode

" Abhi... Armaan ?? Kya hua ? " Niki quickly came there she could see what the situation could lead to... She held Abhimanyu's arm trying to calm him ,pull him away... This rather infuriated Armaan even more... ' the traitor '

Sameer came quickly and tried to calm Armaan " sir, please... We are at the party ,media ke log bhi hai... Bekaar hi scene khada denge sir... We can take this elsewhere..."

" Armaan kya kar rahe ho.. Stop it " Ridhhima held his arm, he composed himself ,but was still burning with anger..

" i'll see you Modi.. Tum bahut pachtaoge us din ko yaad karke jab tumne Armaan Malik ko challenge kiya "

" anytime Malik... I'll be ready " he kept a hand on Niki's shoulder, a muscle twitched in his jaw, a mad desire to punch him right on his face spread over him... Abhimanyu turned and went away with a scared and confused Niki...

He didn't spoke a word throughout the way back, she could see he was very angry ,sometimes looked sad but then again anger returned . She knew it was because what happened today at the party, seeing Niki - his best friend, though he won't admit right now but she knew, with his biggest rival must have infuriated him. Some ties are not so easily broken, though he
said that they are not friends any more yet his concern for her was proof enough that he could not just let her go, his inability to 'save' his friend from his enemy made him frustrated and extremely angry...

" Armaan " he didn't say anything " Armaan yeh tum kahan jaa rahe ho ? " he looked at her

" ghar ,aur kahan ? " confused and irritated

" Armaan tumne mujhe mom ke paas drop karna tha, bhul gaye ? " she said calmly

" oh haan.. Wo.. Main " he looked around to see that they were right outside their home " sorry mere dimag se hi nikal gaya "

She saw that he was really troubled. 'it won't be good to leave him like that ' she thought

" it's okay Armaan, chalo ghar hi chalte hain main mom ko phone kar dungi abhi bahut raat bhi ho gayi hai " he nodded agreeing, As soon as they reached home he rushed back to the room ,she followed

He took off his coat and tie and threw them rather angrily " Armaan tum.." but he raised his hand stopping her from saying anything further

" plz. Ridhhima main abhi koi baat nahi karna chahta... That bloody Modi.. Tum maa ko phone kar do ki tum yahan ho aur so jao.." before she could say anything he went to the other room and shut the door, she knew it would be another troublesome night but she was prepared for it, she took the phone to call Padma that she won't be coming back tonight...

the next day She saw him busy with someone on phone, quietly she kept the glass of milk down and waited for him to finish " yeah I want each and every detail about them.. Every project.. Every deal... Their future deals everything I want them on my table by today " he disconnected the call " I'll wipe you out Modi..."

' Wipe out Modi ! ' She whispered , if she thought that everything will be normal by morning then she'd just been prooved wrong... He looked like a lion who was rubbed on the wrong side... Whole night she didn't slept a wink waiting for his screams but that didn't happen... coz even he didn't slept a wink...

" Armaan yeh kya kar rahe ho ? Jaane do naa, kyun baat ko itna badha rahe ho ? " she tried to calm him

" baat main nahi badha raha Ridhhima baat usne badhayi hai, aur ab jab baat badh hi chuki hai to i'll teach him a lesson.. how dare he challenge me ! Ab main batata hun usko ki Armaan Malik kaun hai ? Bahut pachtayega wo..."

" Armaan tum bhul rahe ho Niki bhi ab Abhimanyu se judi hai Abhimanyu ko dukh de kar agar tim soch rahe ho ki wo khush rahegi to tum galat ho "

He went quiet for a while " mujhe kuch farak nahi padta, she'd already made a decision. Wo meri Niki nahi rahi ,usne mujhe meri dosti ko dhoka diya... She's a traitor... A Modi " he picked up his coat

" Armaan magar..." but he was already out, she sighed, this were going from bad to worse... She expected some trouble seeing Niki with Abhimanyu Modi but she didn't realise that it would be to such an extent...

Clearly Armaan was not of the types who could forgive easily... But what now ? He would not only crush Abhimanyu but also Niki in his anger... And she felt that he will be the saddest of all after it's all finished...

" ab main kya karun ? Kaise samjhaun Armaan ko ? " she pondered on her options... " haan, yahi theek rahega... Agar yeh dono apas main apni galatfehmi duur kar lein to sab theek ho jayega " she saw a ray of hope and quickly dialled up a number

" Martin, yes.. can you get me the number of Abhimanyu Modi's residence please.."

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                          Taming The Wild

                         My Friend My Enemy

Recap: Abhimanyu and Niki return ,Ridhhima goes to stay with her parents and it's a total disaster for Armaan who miss her terribly.. Armaan and Abhimanyu meet at a party and tussle starts again...


She quickly got off the car and walked towards the reception desk

" hi, I'm Ridhhima Malik I had a reservation.., "

" yes ma'am, your guest has been waiting for you " the receptionist smiled and asked a waiter to escort her to the table... She followed the man uncertain what the meeting would result in... But at least it would be a try...

" there ma'am " he showed her the table and she could make out from the figure that the person was already there.." thank you " she came up to the table and stood right in front " Niki.. "

Niki looked up and got up smiling " Ridhhima.. " both ladies hugged each other

" thanks for coming Niki.. Mujhe laga shayad tum nahi aa paogi "

" aisa ho hi nahi sakta Ridhhima ki tum bulao aur main naa aaun... Bas wo kal raat ke baad..." Ridhhima kept a hand over hers

" I'm sorry Niki mujhe is baat ka zara bhi andaza nahi tha ki.. " Niki smiled

" it's okay Ridhhima main Abhi aur Armaan dono ko jaanti hun, it was very much expected... Magar raat gayi baat gayi "

" nahi Niki, it's not over yet " both looked at each other, Niki could make out from her face that she was troubled

" kya hua Ridhhima ? Tumne mujhe yahan achanak kyun bulaya ? "

" it's about Armaan and Abhimanyu... " there was no surprise in her eyes ,just question ' what now ? ' " Armaan Abhimanyu se bahut naraz hai... Aur... Aur mujhe lagta hai wo Abhimanyu se itna naraz nahi hai jitna khud se ki wo tumhe usse shaadi karne se rok nahi paaya... Aur kuch tumse bhi.. He thinks you have betrayed him... his friendship " Niki looked sad and disturbed but didn't said anything " Niki.. Aisa kya ho gaya ki tumne Abhimanyu se shaadi kar li... You loved Armaan..." Niki looked up at her

" Ridhhima..." she was unsure what to say, to the wife of the man she once, so called- loved, Ridhhima kept a hand over hers

" it's okay Niki, tum mujhse keh sakti ho... Yeh mat sochna ki main tumhe kisi baat ke liye zimmedar manungi ya apna dushman samjhungi... We too are friends... Hai naa " Niki understood what she wanted to say, she was scared that Ridhhima might take her that she would be the other women in Armaan's life... She was glad that Ridhhima was understanding enough...

" Ridhhima tumhare jaisi dost paa kar mujhe behad khushi hogi " she said relieved...

" to phir mujhe batao Niki, ki aakhir hua kya ? Tum Armaan Abhimanyu dono se judi ho aur shayad ab hamein hi kuch karna hoga warna yeh dono apni dushmani ko aur badhate rahenge..." Niki nodded

She told her how she misunderstood that she's being engaged to Armaan and how he declared that he's going to marry Ridhhima "...mujhe engagement ke baad pata chala ki Armaan aur Abhimanyu rivals hain... Ek dusre ko dekhna tak pasand nahi karte... Magar tab tak bahut daer ho chuki thi... Main Armaan ko batane ki himmat nahi juta paayi aur phir uss din..." she narrated the incident when they met outside the hotel where she and Abhimanyu dined and Armaan came to know that she's marrying Abhimanyu... How he tried to dissuade her ,but she just could not say that she loved him and he didn't...

" magar yeh to koi wajah nahi hui naa shaadi ki Niki.. "

" Dil to tuut hi chuka tha.. To socha ki mera pyaar na sahi kisi aur ka to pura ho jaaye..."

" Aur isliye tumne Abhi se shaadi ke liye haan keh di..." Niki said nothing ,Ridhhima sighed she could perfectly understand her pain... she kept a hand over hers both ladies didn't had to speak to understand each other

" but mujhe apne faisle par koi afsos nahi hai balki jo hua achha hi hua ,Abhi bahut achhe hain Ridhhima, unke saath reh kar maine kabhi akelapan mehsoos nahi kiya. He has become my best ,most understanding friend ever... Aur Armaan ke liye shayad jo meri feelings thi, ab sochti hun to lagta hai ki kahin main apni hi feelings ko le kar confuse to nahi thi Kyunki mujhe jitna laga ki main Armaan ko miss karunki utna kiya nahi... Of course he's my friend but shayad wo duur reh kar jo tadap honi chahiye thi wo kahi missing thi aur is baat ne mujhe ehsaas dilaya ki main jaisa samajh rahi thi waisa hai nahi... And trust me yeh sach hai sirf tumhe kehne ke liye nahi...

Abhi se ek din duur reh kar mujhe bechaini ho jaati hai jo Armaan ke saath nahi thi hi nahi... I ...I Think I have fallen in love with my husband Ridhhima... 'He's' my first love " a smile crept on her lips.. And it infected Ridhhima too bringing a relief...

" Sameer take down all the points I want to clear everything today itself and move on ahead with other things " Sameer nodded, they walked to the conference room " Sameer.." Armaan stopped " isn't that Abhimanyu Modi's Manager ? " he pointed to a man chatting with someone

" yeah he is " Sameer looked at the man

" what's he doing here ? "

" don't know... Do you want to know ? "

" no.. We've better work to do then spy on Modi's manager " he looked at both the men for a while " but he looks like..." he stopped for a moment eying both narrowly, after a moment he shrugged and turned to Sameer again " Neway, just go and check if the delegates are here.." Sameer went away and with a glance in the direction of Abhimanyu's manager he followed Sameer...

The meeting was successful ,Armaan and Sameer came out after the meeting... Armaan looked here and there as if looking for something...

" umm.. Sameer.."

" yes sir "

" you go and call for the car.. I'll be back in a moment, forgot something.. "

" should I bring it ? What is it ? " Sameer offered

" No, It's okay . I'll get it myself " he rushed back inside from the lobby leaving Sameer

As soon as he was out of sight he turned and walked to a steward who pointed him to a direction...,taking quick steps he went to the suiet area... Coming to halt before a room, he opened the door... Two men stood up ,it was clear that they were scared for a moment...

" relax, it's me.."

" let's make it quick, what do you want from me..? " the man said ,he could see that he was scared but pretended to be brave, a bead of sweat that trailed down from his forehead, that too in an airconditioned room, betrayed his show of bravery. he smiled inwardly ,he had the desired effect...

" same thing you have to offer.." the man looked confused " only for double the price and exclusive services... That way we both'll be happy " he sat down on the couch spreading his Arms on either sides ,his feet on the table one over the other, both men were still standing confused ,gaping at him... He explained them what he wanted...

" that's impossible !... That would be cheating ,It can get me into trouble and even more than that..." he trailed off

He sniggered " you are in no less trouble already.." he eyed both the men narrowly " Ab yeh tumhare haath main hain ki tum kaun sa offer lete ho, warna..."

" tum mujhe blakmail kar rahe ho " first man roared

" abhi tak to nahi... Aur aage karunga bhi nahi ,agar tumne majboor nahi kiya to..." he gave a wicked smile, he knew he had made an impact... The men looked at each other, they were trapped and had no choice, the first man sighed and with that he knew he had won.. " good decision, get to work from tomorrow.." with those words he came out of the room quickly, into the lobby

Sameer came back and found Armaan waiting for him " where were you ? "

" just went to take a call, You took quiet long, did you get what you were looking for ? "

" yes, it was right there..." he waved his pen at him, it was the one which Aditya presented him on his birthday.. " let's go, there's lots to do.." he hurried to the car

He came back home whistling, Ridhhima could see that he was happy today and had a satisfied look on his face...

" kya baat hai Armaan, aaj bade khush lag rahe ho.. " she smiled wondering about his cause of happiness

" yess ,I'm very happy today " he loosened his tie " that Modi will soon learn some lesson.."

Ridhhima's smile vanished " Armaan tum phir..."

" please Ridhhima abhi nahi... Main abhi bahut khush hun, our new deal will floor Modi, don't spoil my mood talking about him.. And tell me one thing why do you always take his side huh... I thought you are 'my' friend..." he stood before her with hand on his waist... she could see he wasn't angry ,just mocking... Before she could give any reply he went to change laughing lightly, shaking his head...

" huuuh... Armaan tumse ziddi insaan maine aaj tak nahi dekha... Ab kya karun ? Pata nahi ab kaun si nayi musibat plan ki hai Abhimanyu ke liye..." she wondered what to do and quickly grabbed her phone " hello Niki... Yeah it's me... Hamein jaldi kuch karna padega, things are getting worse..." after a quick chat she put the phone down... maybe this could help...

He was busy going through a file when his phone rang up

" yes "

" sir there's someone to meet you "

" who ? And I didn't had any meeting lined up today "

" um she's on her way to your room sir "

" she ?? But.." the door opened and with that came a big surprise

" hello Mr. Malik, kya aapke paas mere liye thoda time hai ? " she smiled broadly seeing the surprised look at his face...

" Ridhhima ! "

His happiness knew no bounds, he kept stealing glances at her while she looked out of the car. Ridhhima gave him a big surprise ,coming to see him and then asking to go out for lunch ! With him ! Boy it was turning out to be a really goood day... He wondered whose face he saw first in the morning today... He grinned to himself when he remembered it was Ridhhima... He got up instantly cancelling everything lined up for the day... It would be just him and Ridhhima today... All his efforts seem to pay off now... He was further happily surprised when he came to know that she had already made the reservations and everything... For them...

" Ridhhima tumne sab kuch pehle hi kar rakha tha ? "

" haan, didn't wanted to waste time... feeling very hungry you see " she grinned, they were escorted to their table ,the place was very nice and calm with soft slow music at the back ground and people sitting and chatting in a low hum around... From the window they could see the pool side and lawns of the hotel he appreciated her mentally for her choice it really had a soothing effect... But it was her company that did the real magic to his heart...

" so should we order..? " he scanned the menu, when he didn't got the reply he looked up " Ridhhima ?? Main tumse kuch puuch raha hun... Kahan dekh rahi ho tum ? " he looked around

" um nahi... kuch nahi bas aise hi " she too picked up the menu card

" excuse me ,i think this table is reserved... " he turned hearing the voice only to get stunned... Ridhhima too looked up

" Niki ! What a surprise , tum yahan kaise ? Aao naa " she stood up hugging her lightly ,Niki looked at Armaan who had turned his face away without a word, staring at the menu card as if he didn't knew her... Never heard her...

" n..nahi Ridhhima it's okay wo actually main aaj apni friend ke sath lunch ke liye aayi thi..." she looked at Armaan who still refused to look at her " Mujhe bataya ki this is the table reserved "

" this table is reserved for us, aap jaa kar confirm kariye shayad koi galatfehmi hui hai " came the cold words from him

Before she could reply ,the manager came there " we're extreamely sorry madam kuch confusion ki wajah se aapko already reserved table dubara allot ho gayi "

" this is very careless on your part mister, but i'm sure aap inko " Armaan pointed at Niki " bata sakte hain ki we reserved it first, you can make arrangements for her ,i don't have time to waste in any arguments "

The manager apologised profusely for the mistake but told that the restaurant is full at the moment and she had to wait for at least half an hour... He offered her to wait in their executive lounge till the time but Ridhhima stepped in...

" no it's okay, she'll be joining us " Armaan glared at Ridhhima but she was firm and he mutely agreed... Niki sat down with them ,Armaan still pretended to be very interested in the menu card...

" so Niki " Ridhhima tried to start a conversation as Armaan clearly was in no mood " how's life ?... Tum to pehle se bhi zyada sundar lag rahi ho, saree suits you "

" but it suits you better " Armaan thought

" and how's.." Armaan's eyes shot up ,glaring at Ridhhima " work " she stressed on it ,conveying that she wasn't about to ask about Abhimanyu, he went back to menu. She shook her head... Niki looked at Armaan ,it was really hurting to see your once best friend acting like a total stranger to you...

" everything is fine " she forced a smile,

" umm ek kaam kyun nahi karte tum kuch order karo tab tak main zara fresh ho kar aati hun "

" but.. "

" main bas ladies room tak ja rahi hun Armaan, not running away somewhere.." he just sat back, frowning.. Not happy with the idea of sitting alone with Niki

he watched her go " itne naraaz ho mujhse Armaan ? " He looked at her but said nothing " kaise ho Armaan ? " she asked again softly

" why ? does it matter to you ? Why do you bother ? " he replied curtly

Niki kept a hand over his and said softly " I missed you too Armaan... I missed my best friend..."

He looked at her hand over his and slowly pulled it away " what friend ? Jise tumne itne mahino main ek baar bhi yaad karna jaruri nahi samjha... Aur tum mujhe apna sabse achha dost kehti ho ? "

She could clearly feel that he was still hurt and angry... But her initiative had melted him a bit.. She knew he couldn't remain angry with her for long ,he loved her- as a friend- too much to do so...

" oh Armaan ,I really did missed you " Ridhhima watched them from behind the pillar right next to where they sat " bas main thoda darti thi ki kahin tum aur naraz naa ho jao.."

" Kya tumne kabhi koshish kari yeh dekhne ki ,ki main naraz hota hun ya nahi... Tum sab kuch apne aap hi kyun soch leti ho ? "

" tumne bhi to kabhi koshish nahi ki " he shifted a little " kya tumhari dushmani hamari dosti se badi hai Armaan... Tumne to yeh jaanne ki koshish bhi nahi kari ki main hun kahan... Naraz to mujhe hona chahiye tumse, jab mujhe tumhari sabse jyada jarurat thi tab tum the hi nahi... Shaadi ke din main tumhara intezar karti rahi aur phir Rahul ne bataya ki tum nahi aa rahe to meri saari umeed hi tuut gayi... Mujhe laga ki ab hum kabhi nahi milenge "

He didn't speak for a while and kept staring blankly at the glass of water thinking about something " jaanta hun... pehle nahi keh paaya..." he looked up at her " tum apne wedding dress main bahut sundar lag rahi thi.. Us langoor ne zaroor kuch achhe karm kiye honge jo use tum mil gayi "

Niki was stunned and so was Ridhhima " Armaan.. Tum.. Tum aaye the ? "

" itna bhi bura nahi hun Niki " as their eyes met she saw the same old Armaan looking back at her ,and after what seemed like a long time he gave a small smile " kaisi ho Niki ? " with that simple question she felt her eyes welling up with tears

" heyyy no crying plz. " she chuckled at the panic in his voice, he still couldn't handle tears

" theek hun " she wiped her tears, two friends had made up after all

" Is he.. Are you... Okay ? " he fumbled for words and waited anxiously for her reply. She knew what he meant was that if she was happy ,she smiled at him feeling happy that he still cared enough

" haan Armaan main khush hun Abhi mera bahut khayal rakhte hain " he exaled scowling inwardly at the name, happy that she was happy, unhappy that she was happy with Abhimanyu Modi...

" well that's fine... Relief... But still if he's not taking good care of you i know a perfectly good lawyer " her eyebrows shot up " yeah trust me he's good... Ridhhima consults him all the time " he took a sip of water

Niki looked at him uncertain if he was joking or really serious, but then it's Armaan she was talking of so it must be the first case... Unable to control it any longer she laughed out ,he joined her grinning flashing his dimples and with that the ice was somewhat broken... Two friends were kind of back again together... Laughing... Smiling...

Ridhhima wiped her eyes... Emotions filled her heart seeing their pure friendship... But as she turned her eyes fell on someone and her smile froze... Abhimanyu Modi was marching straight to them... before she could manage to come upto them he was already there...

Armaan saw who was standing next to her and his smile got replaced with a murderous look, he stood up looking directly into his eyes... None blinked... Killing looks were exchanged...

Niki froze she didn't knew what to do " Abhi wo.." but he raised a finger and stopped her turning to Armaan

Ridhhima quickly stepped in for the damage control , Abhi''s visit was totally unexpected " sorry mujhe aane main thodi daer ho gayi.." she slipped her arm in his squeezing it gently, ready to hold him if things got out of control

" keep away from my wife Malik, warna..." he took a step

" Abhi please.." Niki held his hand

" warna kya Modi.."

" Armaan.." Ridhhima held his arm pulling him lightly, he turned and looked at her scared face.. Her eyes fell on Niki looked equally worried " i'll see you Modi..."

Maybe Abhimanyu was thinking on the same lines as he too retreated " any time Malik " with a final look at Armaan he held Niki's hand and walked away . Niki turned and looked at them helplessly..

" it's okay Ridhhima, don't worry " he felt that she was still holding his arm tightly, he gave a small smile trying to comfort her... Everytime they met Ridhhima wondered if they could behave in any more threatning manner... The lunch was no fun then and both came out after light snacks deciding to go home straight...

Niki worried as Abhimanyu didn't said a word for a while... He was definitely angry with her...

" Abhi i'm sorry... Wo galti se same table allot ho gayi thi..."

" agar same table allot ho bhi gayi thi Niki to tumhe Armaan ke saath wahan baithne ki kya jarurat thi " he was definitely very angry..

She shrunk seeing him soo angry " wo.. Ridhhima ne... I'm sorry... " her voice quivered as a lump raised in her throat choaking her words and two fat tears rolled down her cheeks...

Abhimanyu quickly stopped the car by the roadside and turned to her she was surprised ,worried that she has further infuriated him " Niki, aaj main tumhe ek baat saaf saaf keh dena chahta hun " he paused looking at her scared face " main kabhi bhi.. And i mean kabhi bhi..." she held her breath " tumhari aankhon main aansoon nahi dekhna chahta " she wondered if she'd heard him correctly ,he smiled sweetly at her and cupped her face in his palms wiping her tears with his thumbs " i'm sorry Niki, i acted like a jerk.. But plz... try to stay away from him... aur agar maine Armaan ki wajah se kabhi bhi tumhe dukhi dekha to... I'll see to it that he pays for it " his face hardened with those words

" Abhi.. Magar Armaan ne kuch nahi kaha... Wo to bas..." he kept a finger on her lips making her go quiet

" no more Armaan please " she shivered with his touch on her lips and they were lost in each others eyes... Abhimanyu broke the trance first, Seeing that she was okay he gave her a smile, which got broader seeing a blush creeping on her cheeks...

On the other hand Ridhhima was quiet while he drove, Niki's words still echoed in her mind... His words broke her chain of thoughts

" Kya hua Niki ke baare main soch rahi ho ?.. Yeh Niki bhi naa.. Bilkul pagal hai.. Kitna mana kiya tha maine magar phir bhi... Apne pyaar ko bhuul kar us ullu ke pathhe se shaadi kar li... Koi hansi mazaak thodi na hai, shaadi hai ! ,puri zindagi ka sawaal hai ,ek galat kadam aur... Aur dekha aaj " He hit the steering wheel in anger and frustration

" Haan lekin hum usko kaise judge kar sakte hain ki usne theek kiya ki nahi..." She gazed at him meaningfully

He took a moment before speaking " Haan..." He didn't look at her probably he understood what she meant... He didn't do anything different with her.. " waise Ridhhima... agar tum uski jagah hoti to kya karti ? " he looked into her eyes briefly

" Main...?? " she went quiet for a moment " Main bhi shayad wahi karti... Apne dukh ki wajah se dusre ki khushi nahi chhenti.. Kya uske paas aur koi chaara tha ?, us adhure pyaar ko yaad kar kar ke rone se achha to yahi tha ki naye sire se zindagi ki shurat ki jaaye "

" Aur isliye tum ek adhure mann se ek naye rishte main bandh jaati, sirf apne dukh ko bhulane ke liye.. Yeh to sirf samjhuta hota naa, kya yeh uske saath nainsaafi nahi hai jo tumhe sachhe dil se chahta hai ? " he looked at her briefly, She was quiet stunned... " aur kya tum us rishte ko sach main dil se apna paati...?? "

" Huuuhh... nahi, shayad nahi magar koshish to ki ja sakti hai naa..."

" Magar kuch baatein hamesha dil main reh jaati hain... hai naa "

" Tuute dil ko samjhana bahut mushkil hota hai Armaan, tum kabhi apne pyaar se juda nahi hue.. tum nahi samjhoge..."

" Chahe dusra uss layak ho ya nahi..." She looked at him confused trying to understand what he wanted to say

" Matlab ? "

" Kuch nahi..." ' nahi Ridhhima tum nahi samjhogi apne pyaar ke paas hote hue bhi uske saath naa hone ka dard.. Har pal use kho dene ka darr...' " He thought as he drove in silence both busy in their thoughts.. he stopped before the house

" Ridhhima..."

" hmm "

" Ridhhima... Wo tumse kuch keha tha.." She looked at him waiting, his eyes as if wanted to say thousand things.. When he didn't spoke for a while

" Bolo Armaan.."

" Huuuhhh ,aaj khana tum banogi plz.."

She smiled " bas itni si baat... Tum bhi naa..." She smiled " theek hai sab tumhari favourite cheezein banati hun, theek hai..." He nodded ,she got off the car and went in smiling he saw her going and then rest his head on the steering wheel sighing...

" Kya kahun Ridhhima...? kaise...?? don't want to loose you..."

He was in a meeting with Sameer in the office

" a great deal is coming up government giving out orders to private companies who can finish off the projects before Commenwealth Games... and being quiet profitable bahut saari companies iske liye compete karengi "

" anyone real challenge ? "

" none we can't handle... The biggest of all.. Abhimanyu Modi, will definitely compete for it..."

Armaan gave him a knowing look " but we'll win that isn't it, he isn't a trouble anymore " a wicked smile came to his lips... " Make sure Sameer that we do... Let's prepare heart attacks for Modi..."

Sameer smiled back " sure and after the information we have, we don't have much to do it's all done already " after discussing few more things Sameer left...

Armaan rest back in his chair " huh ! Tum mujhe kya dekhoge Abhimanyu Modi main tumhe dikhata hun ab..." he rolled a paperweight with a satisfied and triumphant feeling...

On the other hand something similar was going on...

" Mr.Khanna this contract is our chance to announce our comeback to everyone- to Maliks, baaki companies main se aisa koi nahi hai jisse hamein challenge ki umeed ho. Is ek contract ke baad baaki ke liye bhi hamare raaste asaan ho jayenge "

" don't worry sir hamare quotes aise honge ki unhe koi challenge hi nahi kar payega, right kapil ," khanna turned to the finance manager

" h..haan, of course " he sat up straight

" everything okay kapil ? You look little lost "

" yeah.. Everything's fine.. Just bit tired that's it... Don't worry we can.. We will get the deal " he shifted his gaze to khanna who gave him an appreciative nod...

Ridhhima came in and found him staring at the file blankly ,lost

" Armaan ?.. " he looked up at her " kya hua kis soch main dube ho ? "

" kuch nahi bas ek nayi deal ke baare main... I'm tired Ridhhima ,i want to sleep.. Good night " he kept his file away ,covering his face with the covers her went off to sleep... She found it bit odd, he was little lost since he'd come back from office she thought she'd talk to him after dinner but now he was fast asleep... Probably he is tired... She sighed

" chalo kal bata dungi..." and she too ca,e to her side

The next morning she was tying his tie with a smile...

" someone's very happy today.." he asked

" haan wo to hai, pata hai kyun ? " he shook his head " kyunki Anjali di aur jiju aa rahe hain " she announced happily

" really ! Anjy aa rahi hai ? " she nodded " wow that's great, it has been a long time.."

" haan wo mom dad ki anniversary hai naa isliye aur phir wo baad main travel nahi kar payengi to..."

" what ?! Mom dad ki anniversary ?! Ridimba tum bhi naa.. Pehle kyun nahi bataya ? "

" Armaaann " she glared at him for calling her Ridimba " main kal hi batane waali thi magar tum shayad thake hue the isliye jaldi so nahi gaye the.." she made him recall

" oh haan, but phir bhi.. Okay ek kaam karte hain... Let's throw a big party for them..."

She felt happy at his enthusiasm " it's okay Armaan wo sab ho gaya hai.. Mom dad pehle hi party plan kar rahe the... Subah ek puja hai aur shaam ko party... Di ke aane ki khushi main aur mom dad dono ke liye... Bas puja thodi jaldi hai to hamein subah jaldi jaana hoga.."

" bass.. No problem, Hum jaroor chalenge.." with that he waved her good bye...

Sameer and Armaan were in the middle of a debate... Sameer looked bit unhappy about something

" it's very unlike you.. I never imagined that you'll think of doing it... I just don't understand... Why ?? What's the need ?? we already have the contract in hand then why to do that ? "

" It's important for me Sameer " he said firmly he relaxed his tone a bit " I don't want to take any chances, this goes way beyond you can understand... Moreover, it will be a win win situation for me anyway "

" But how can..."

He raised a hand stopping him from saying anything further... " it's complicated Sameer.. May be you'll understand some day..."

Sameer gave up, it was useless arguing with him, he sometimes acted really strange, he'd always trusted his decision no matter how weird they sounded, but this time he really didn't wanted to act on what he'd asked him to do... May be something can be done, what he was doing was foolish... He sighed giving up

" thanks Sameer " he winked at him, Sameer rolled his eyes and thinking of something he came out of his room...

The few days went by in a jiffy and before she knew Anjali was here with Atul... She was heartily welcomed by her parents Ridhhima and Armaan... Dropping them off he went off to work promising to join them as soon as possible...

The glow of expecting mother was clear on Anjali's face and she narrated how she was allowed after loads of advices instructions and threats ! That if she didn't follow them she will be called back immediately... Atul agreed to it, he now had become even more loving caring and protective about her since he came to know that he'd be a father soon... All of them sat down together for the initial loong chat session discussing everything and before Ridhhima knew it was evening...

Armaan called her to inform that he would be bit late and she should come home with the driver and guards... Ridhhima though wanted to stay with Anjali knew that it won't be possible... she could sense the discomfort in his voice when she merely hinted to stay over... she gave up the idea knowing that if she did it he would spend a sleepless night and if he gets cranky, others would have no peace ! So for his and other's sake she promised to come tomorrow and went back home...

Abhimanyu was sleeping peacefully when the sound of his cellphone ringing woke him up, he woke up sleepily and took the call

" wake up Abhimanyu Modi "

" kaun ? " he sat up a little

" jaan pehchaan ka time nahi hai hamare paas... Ek kaam ki baat suno... Apni deal ki quotes change kar do "

" what ?! Who the hell are you ? " he looked at sleeping Niki beside him and got off the bed, he came out of the room to talk

" main jo koi bhi hun tumhare liye farishte se kam nahi hun ab meri baat dhyan se suno... Tumhari quotes leak ho chuki hain "

" what ? Wh.. kisne kiya yeh kaam ? Aur tumhe yeh kaise pata ? " he was shocked

" maine in sawaalon ka jawaab dene ke liye tumhe phone nahi kiya hai... Agar contract lena chahte ho to Apni quote 10 rs. Kam kar do "

" kya ?! Tum pagal ho gaye ho ? Main tumhari baat par vishwaas kyun karun ? "

" tumhare paas aur koi chaara nahi hai ,tumhare dushman behad chalaak aur taqatwar hain... aur tumhare paas samay bahut kam hai... Jitni jaldi ho sake yeh kaam kar lo aur haan... Ek baat ka dhyaan rakhna is baat ka kisi ko pata na chale tumhare sabse karibi ko bhi nahi.. Yeh kaam tum khud karna " And with these words the call got disconnected...

Abhimanyu was utterly shocked at what happened few minutes ago.. He tried to call back the number only to hear a message that the number didn't existed ,he gave up calling... He debated over the call all night ' what should he do..? should he just do as the caller has directed or not..?' He pondered over it all night and was busy with it even when he reached office...

He paced up and down in his cabin " Main aakhir uski baat par vishwaas kyun karun ? wo mera koi rival bhi ho sakta hai... Armaan ka koi plan..." He was thinking about it when his manager, Mr. Khanna came in...

" sir main aaj contract quotes submit karwane ja raha hun... Aap ek baar inhe check kar lijiye " he gave him the file, Abhimanyu looked at the file the words of caller echoed in his mind... He picked up his pen... His manager looked at him wondering what he's doing...

He looked at the quoted figure and put his signature " Mr. Khanna ,main bhi aapke saath chalta hun " Khanna looked at him, he never went for any submition or pre contract meeting before... But then he's the boss... As he wish...

" theek hai sir chaliye " he came forward to pick up the files..

Abhimanyu stopped him " aur inhe yahin rehne dijiye aap Shivani ( his secretary ) se kahiye ki wo driver ko ready hone ko kahe.." Khanna nodded and went out... he took up the file again...

When Abhimanyu reached the office of the contract head he found Sameer already there... for a moment both men look at each other, he would have loved to have someone like Sameer Purohit in his company. Sameer turned away his gaze and quickly rushed out...

Abhimanyu saw this " Mr. Khanna jaldi se jaa kar dehikye ki yeh Sameer kahan ja raha hai ,quick " khanna rushed out... moments later When he came back

" sir main uske peeche gaya magar wo jaldi se nikal gaya " Abhimanyu went quiet for a while " kya hua sir ? Sab theek to hai naa ? "

" y..yeah.. sab theek hai "

Ridhhima woke up Armaan bit early than his usual time and hurried to get ready.. The puja would start at seven and they had to be there on time and for that she had to manage the task of making him get ready on time...

Somehow after lot of reminding, requesting and finally resorting to threatning she made him got ready and reached her parents house...

" kya yaar Ridhhima itni jaldi to bhagwaan bhi nahi uthte honge ,aur yeh bhi koi puja ka time hai thoda baad main nahi rakhwa sakte the " he made a face at her, irritated at being woken up so early

She hit him on his arm " chup Armaan, sab tumhare jaise lazy nahi hote, ab chup chaap andar chalo sab wait kar rahe honge puja ki tayari bhi karni hai "

He followed her faking anger rubbing his arm where she'd hit him... He met all warmly and after wishing Shashank and Padma teased Padma heartily... And to everyone's surprise Atul joined his company... Ridhhima grinned ,she knew he had this dangerous abiliity to influence anyone...

As the clock striked 6 he sneaked into the kitchen... He'd woken up very early today and now his stomach was demanding something... Moreover those mouthwatering smell coming from various dishes, left him even more hungry...

He looked here and there and picked up a delicious looking laddoo, just as he was about to put it inside his mouth he stopped hearing his name...

" Aarrmaaan " he turned and saw a very surprised Ridhhima standing with her hands on her waist

" ohohh "

She came up to him " Armaan tum yahan kya kar rahe ho ? "

" wo.. main.. yeh dekhne aaya tha ki sab theek se tayar ho gaya hai ki nahi ? " he smiled foolishly

" Armaan don't try to fool me, yeh bhog ka prasad hai aur ise abhi nahi khana hai, samjhe ! Infact puja se pehle kuch nahi khana... Chalo niklo bahar kitchen se... Chalo " he pouted started to walk out

" Armaaann leave the ladoo " he made a face and reluctantly kept the ladoo back which he was trying to sneak out

" waise agar ek kaha lunga to kya ho jayega ,bhagwaan baaki sab main se kha lenge "

" god Armaan you are impossible ! " she knew he won't give up easily on them " dekho tumhe kasam hai agar tumne kuch khaya to, jab tak main naa kahun kuch nahi khana okay " poor him , he was left with no choice but to obey... To his relief puja started on time and all the couples sat down together...

Two hours passed and the puja was about to finish when he got a call

" Sir ,Sameer this side . Deal aaj 10 baje open honi hai ,you better come quick "

" yeah i'll be there in half an hour " he quickly took leave from all and rushed to the office...

He found Abhimanyu Modi already there with his manager, both stared at each other coldly . He sat down at the assigned table and waited for the result to be declared

Abhimanyu was worried... "Did i do the right thing ? Kya mujhe aisa karna chahiye tha ? Kahin maine koi galti to nahi kar di ? " he was too occupied to give any thought to Armaan who was eying him closely. Soon the wait got over as the officials came over

" ladies and gentleman, we thank you all for your interest and response to this contract... As you all know there will be in all, three contracts of which this is the first... The others will be soon open for your consideration as well... Now coming to the first one... the contract goes to.." there was palpable silence in the room " the contract goes to Mr. Armaan Malik of Malik group of companies " the room became alive with applause. Armaan got up to accept the deal and thew a look in Abhimanyu's direction, Who sat there as if paralysed with shock... Armaan smirked at him, what did he thought he had a chance before him.. No way Modi !

Abhimanyu never in his dreams realised that he could loose the contract the rates were perfect... and then the words of that mysterious caller echoed in his mind, he was furious and wanted nothing more than to punch that pompus Armaan Malik ,right on his face... It was all his doing... He knew it...

Armaan saw Abhimanyu staring at him, wearing a sly smile he came to Abhimanyu...

" so Mr.Abhimanyu Modi, better luck next time "

Abhimanyu's anger surged seeing his smile " lucky to tum rahe Armaan ki tumhe wo mil gaya jisne tumhe quotes batayi " Armaan's smile faltered a little but he quickly gathered himself,

" main tumhari tarah ghatiya game nahi khelta Abhimanyu, yeh contract mujhe apni mehnat se mila hai "

Abhimanyu scoffed at it " main tumhari 'imaandaari' achhi tarah se jaan gaya hun Armaan bas wo aadmi ek baar mujhe mil jaaye phir main tumhe batata hun.."

" jitni khushfehmi paalni hai, paal lo tumhare haath kuch nahi aane waala aur shayad tum bhul rahe ho ki tumhe Bangalore project kaise mila tha.. Isliye tum mujhe sahi galat mat batao " both men looked daggers at each other, he had still not forgiven him for cheating him on that.. soon Armaan was called to complete some formalities and he went away with a scornful glance at Abhimanyu and his managers, Mr. Khanna and Kapil

It took them almost all morning to complete the formalities ,Later as they drove back to their office Sameer spoke up...

" this is unusual ,i haven't seen anything like this before... Main pehle iss baat ko maanna nahi chahta tha magar ab... After all it turned out all fine "

Armaan who was very happy with the outcome said " I told you it's a win-win situation for us..." Sameer nodded ,another reason for him to add in his 'why-I-admire-Armaan Mailk' list... " now just one thing is left " Sameer looked at him now he could understand something what he was trying to do...

Armaan reached Shashank and Padma's house, which was beautifully decorated for the occassion, he sighed it had been a long day and he longed to see Ridhhima again ,wanted to share everything with her... The news of his new success... Since the day she'd come in his life he'd tasted nothing but victory, she was his lady luck... He smiled at the thought and walked in...

Padma welcomed him lovingly and told him that Ridhhima was bit busy with the guests, she would send her to him as soon as she finds her till then he should go and freshen up, she directed him to a room where he found his clothes all kept neatly on the bed... He smiled seeing it ,he knew it was only her who did all this... And then there was a rumbling sound from his stomach which made him even more aware of her absence... He quickly washed and changed, ready to go downstairs in the party...

He found her busy with some guests, a relief spread over him as he watched her smiling ,laughing.. She looked absolutely gorgeous in the saree and he felt his heart skipped a beat as she turned and their eyes met... She smiled at him softly and time seemed to freeze there... He could have stayed there watching her till forever but then Atul seemed to have some other, better plans... He caught him gazing at Ridhhima smiling foolishly and with that he found the oppertunity to get back to Armaan for all his teasing... He pulled him away from there and delibrately didn't let let him meet her... Enjoying his impatience thoughly, Armaan cursed every guest in his heart who delayed his meeting with her with their silly talks and enquiries...

" kyun beta jab meri baari thi ,tab to bada chidata tha huh, ab dekho kaise jal bim machhli ki tarah tadap raha hai... Ab pata chala " Atul whispered in his ear ,knowing perfectly well how impatient he was getting with every passing minute...

Armaan gave up ,he folded his hands " gurudev mujhe shama karein, main aage se aapko is baat ke liye to kabhi pareshan nahi karunga.. aap jitna chahein apni patni se romance kar sakte hai, kya ab main 'apni' dharampatni se mil sakta hun ? " he was fed up as one or the other person kept him surrounded leaving him with no time to talk to her privately , to his relief Atul forgave him benevolently... It was nine and he was dying of hunger he came to Ridhhima and took her to a corner...

" Ridhhima "

" arre Armaan tum aa gaye ? Fursat mil gayi tumhe ? "

" Main to kabka aa gaya tha.. aur tumhe fursat ho tab naa upar se yeh Atul aur yeh stupid guests..." he scowled at them and Ridhhima widened her eyes asking him to lower down his volume " Achha main yeh puch raha tha.." he continued but then someone called her

" offoh..., Armaan abhi nahi, abhi main thoda busy hun tum batao tumne khana kha liya ? "

" Thank god ! tumne puchha to sahi..."

" Matlab ?! " she wondered

" matlab main tumse yahi to puchne waala tha ki main ab khana kha lun ?? " Ridhhima was shocked to hear it..

" matlab.. Tumne kuch khaya nahi ?? "

" Lo tumne hi to mana kiya tha ki jab tak main naa kahun kuch khana nahi... Ab mujhse bhuk bardasht nahi ho rahi..."

" Armaaan tum paagal ho.. Tum.. Tumne subah se kuch khaya nahi ?! " he shook his head, She was shocked " tum aao mere saath " she held his hand and took him away from the crowd to a seperate room... " Yahaan betho main abhi aati hun.." She came out quickly and brought plate full of his favourite food..

" Wao finally..." relieved, He started eating immediately... She sat in front of him ,watching him eat... Her heart melted seeing him so...she repriminded herself for keeping him hungry the whole day..

" Armaan.."

" Hmm.."

" Tum aise kyun ho Armaan ?? " He looked up at her mouth still full with spoonful of rice confused he looked down at himself checking himself whether something was wrong.. Then raised his eyebrows asking " kaise??? " She chuckled seeing his innocent confusion... she took a tissue paper and wiped the gravy which was sticking near his mouth...

" Aise... Ek stupid si kasam ki wajah se saare din bhuke rahe..??"

" Ohh.." he smiled but then became serious " Tumhare liye wo chhoti baat hogi... mere liye nahi thi " he looked into her eyes but then quickly became himself again " Aur main to pehle se aisa hi tha tumne mujhe kabhi gaur se dekha nahi kya..? " He said lightheartedly and resumed his eating...

Ridhhima kept looking at him thinking " haan Armaan shayad tum theek keh rahe ho maine tumhe kabhi gaur se dekha hi nahi..."

On the other hand Abhimanyu was still pondering over the day's event... He hadn't told anyone about the caller or the deal... He was lost in his thoughts when the phone rang up...

" why didn't you do as i told you to ? " he knew it was him

" how could I ? I.. I didn't belive you "

The Caller laughed at it " well now do you...? "

" yes..." said Abhi, he had no reason not to..

" Good.. i'll come back when required..." came the reply

" But who are you...?? Aur tum meri madad kyun kar rahe ho..? " There was silence on the other end for a moment...

" Yeh tumhe batana zaruri nahi hai " with that the line went dead...

The party got over and the husbands were shown the door as the daughters and mother sat in their room to start a looong catch up and chat session... Shashank feeling tired retired after a long day took leave from his son-in-laws ,Atul and Armaan too, being tired after a long day bid eachother goodnight... Armaan went to his room but he was too tired .moreover, the place was new to him he could not make himself comfortable... he could not sleep even when he wanted to... After much tossing n turning he stood up irritated.. confused what to do ? his eyes were heavy with sleep but he just could not get comfertable.. Just then Padma passed by and saw him so restless... concerened she came in..

" Armaan, kya hua beta..? "

" huh, Kuch nahi mumma... bas neend nahi aa rahi... Ridhhima kahan hai..? Aap abhi tak soye nahi ?? " he tried to act normal

" Haan wo hum thodi baatein kar rahe the, Anjali itne dino baad aayi hai naa.."

" oh haan theek hai aap jao ,main bhi sone ki koshish karta hun..." Padma nodded and kissed his forehead wishing goodnight.. But as she turned she found him tossing and turning restlessly... Without another word to him she came back to her room and found Ridhhima and Anjali chatting...

" Ridhhi... beta ek baar ja kar Armaan ko dekh aa wo kuch pareshaan sa lag raha hai... Uski tabiyat to theek hai naa...? " Ridhhima was alarmed hearing it..

" Armaan ? kyun kya hua..?? "

" Pata nahi mujhe to kuch kaha nahi... Tu ek baar dekh aa bahut baichain sa lag raha tha.."

Ridhhima immediately got up and went to his room..she found him lying face down twisting his head from side to side...

" Armaan.." He turned and was soo relieved to see her.. " Kya hua ?? Sab theek hai naa..?? "

" Ridhhima agar rukna tha to bata deti naa.. ab dekho yahaan mera pillow bhi nahi hai.. ab main sounga kaise ? " he said irritatedly, Ridhhima knew he was getting cranky as he was feeling sleepy and could not sleep at a new place, she'd decided to stay over and he couldn't say no her sweet request... She sighed smiling a bit, she knew how to calm him down...

" bas itni si baat hai, tumne to dara hi diya tha... Ruko main abhi aati hun " She moved out and came back with three good stuffy, soft pillows. She placed them on the bed in a row... He was bit confused, as in, what she was doing...??

" Chalo leto..."

" Magar..."

" Kuch agar magar nahi chalo..." He did as told " ab karwat lo aur apna paer ( leg ) yahan is pillow par rakho " he turned and clutched a pllow near to his chest ... she smiled seeing him snuggling to the pillow... But then he looked up at her...

" Ridhhima..."

" hmm "

" tum yahaaan thodi daer ruk jaogi plz..." He pleaded " mujhe akele aise neend nahi aayegi..." She smiled again and sat by his side ,he now faced her as she sat down on the bed next to him

" bas ? ab theek hai.. Ab aaraam se aankhein band karo aur so jao..."

" Tum kahin jaogi to nahi naa... " she was surprised at his question sometimes he acted so scared and insecure for no reason

she gave him an assuring smile and said.." Main kahin nahi ja rahi Armaan, main yahin hun, tum aaraam se so jao..." He sighed snuggling to pillow relieved at her assurance and closed his eyes to sleep.. she picked up a magazine near by to read... it was fifteen minutes when she saw him not stirring at all ,he was sleeping peacefully.. She smiled and quietly got up... But as she tried to stand stright to go back to Padma she fell a pull...

She turned to see what it was.. she found her duppatta firmly clutched in his fist, she wondered when he did it... the sudden movement caused some disturbance and he stirred, frowning.. Ridhhima again sat by his side patting his back like a baby's ,he fell quiet again, frown subsiding... She kept patting him for some time... relieved seeing him quiet calm and sleeping peacefully...

Sudden thoughts flooded her mind... She didn't knew why ,but his uncomfort caused her uncomfort ,his pain caused her pain.. She wondered since when she had started finding his pleasures most important...and why she tried to bring comfert to him... She wondered why was she getting so affected by him ? his presence... Why his happiness was getting important to her ?... but she shrugged it off ,her logical mind started giving reasons...

" Cmmon Ridhhima he's just a friend aur duniya ko dikhane ke liye jo ek patni ko karna padta hai tum wahi to kar rahi ho..." but then another question flashed her

" Magar abhi kaun dekh raha hai...?? " There came no reply... as the clock striked 1 her thoughts got interrupted... She found him sleeping peacefully ,she carefully seperated her dupatta from his hand and covered him up properly.. again her thoughts trailed off...

" why did he clutched my dupatta ? the way it was tied around his hand it could not be accident.. was he scared that I will go away ?? But why ?? " She gave him one more look and switching on the night light went back to Padma... There were too many things about him she didn't knew still...

Edited by mansibharti - 30 December 2011 at 9:31am

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Recap : Ridhhima and Niki meet.. Armaan plans heart attacks for Abhimanyu.. Ridhhima and Niki try to cover the gaps between them.. Niki and Armaan reconcile.. Armaan wins a contract, Abhimanyu gets a call from a mystery man... Ridhhima starts questioning herself...


Ridhhima woke up and busied herself with household chores but try as she might she could not put away what happened yesterday night. She felt as if that was something which went little beyond the definition of friendship, that had put Ridhhima on her guard... she wondered if 'she' was crossing the line of friendship ?!... The thought scared her.. made her very uncomfortable... Was she giving wrong indications ? Was she doing something that made him think that there could be more...? And what the heck ! Why is she raising these questions at all !? Again the part of her brain which always came to Armaan's rescue intervened... " but Ridhhima you know him that much by now.. He often acts so ,why are you getting hyper about it ?? " She exhaled fed up with this pointless, going nowhere debate with herself...

One thing was clear though ,she could not let her heart raise such questions again... What if Vivek was not here and she's married, she and Armaan, both know the truth of their ' marriage '. Moreover she cannot betray Vivek, He must be waiting for her... She wanted so many answers from him... And had faith in him that he will not betray her... He loved her, she was sure of it ,there must be something preventing him to come back to her, he might be in need of help... The thought again made her restless. She looked at Armaan and found him busy doing his favourite work... Pulling leg of whosoever was available.. well, Shashank was an exception to that, but by the look of it, he too was enjoying this session... Armaan seem to remember nothing of yesterday night and clutching of her dupatta may be it 'was' an accident and she's overreacting...

She couldn't have been more wrong because Armaan clearly remembered every detail of her presence with him in the room... She was engrossed in the magazine when he took hold of her dupatta, he was feeling really restless and uncomfortable fearing that she might go away. He childishly tied her dupatta around his hand, thinking it would prevent her from going away, he never wanted her to leave him ... Her sweet fragrance did wonders to soothe his restlessness and when he fell asleep ,he had no idea... But when he recalled his act in the morning ,he felt that she might not take it so easily... He could see that she had again raised her defenses against him... he found her somewhat distant and knew that she would have found him sleeping holding her dupatta. He knew what to do, the best way to make her comfortable was to feign ignorance about the whole thing... if she feel that it was nothing to worry about ,she would be herself again... And he was right, the way she looked at him it was certain that she was looking for the clues if he had any idea what happened at night and was somewhat relaxed to see that she felt that he didn't knew (didn't show) if anything out of ordinary happened between them...

He found her falling for his act, he breathed in, making a mental note not to act in any foolish manner which could risk what he'd managed to build till now... He didn't wanted to loose her to that jerk... And yes, now that he remembers him, he must check out on him, see what he's doing ?... He hadn't given his weekly call to him but Armaan knew he can't be long after all the date was coming near...

He came out in the garden and Checked if he was alone, glancing at his watch which showed 11:35, He took out his cell phone and dialled a number... The phone rang twice before someone picked it up

" Hello " even with a twelve hour time difference the voice sounded as if the the person was wide awake...

" where are you ? " Armaan asked firmly

" like you don't know " came the sarcastic reply

" jitna pucha hai utna jawaab do "

" wahin jahan pehle tha " the sarcasm in the voice got replaced by a tone with a touch of loathing

" hmm " he was satisfied with the answer

" they're still after me ,I think we had a deal. You promised me something ,I've kept my side of bargain and you haven't fulfilled yours yet " now in even but angry tone

Armaan knew he was getting impatient " have you got what we settled on ? "

There was a pause for a moment " the first, yes. "

" And does anyone know apart from those who already know ? "

Another momentary pause " no "

" then you see I've kept my side till now. Your current status wouldn't have been possible had I decided to do something otherwise "

" but.."

" I'm not finished yet " Armaan said firmly the listener went quiet " just do as you are told to do. Until I say the work is done it's not done. You'll get a call sometime..." he checked his watch " tomorrow, he'll see to it that you get what you require "

He sighed resignedly " fine... Can I ask you something ? "

" make it quick "

" doesn't she ask about me ? I know Ridhhima well enough to be sure that she won't rest until she finds everything... Me "

This time Armaan went quiet " if everything goes well ,then she won't be bothered with anything "

He gave a small laugh " are you really so naive Armaan to believe that she would rest at whatever you've told her..."

" till now she does "

" How long are you planning it to delay ? you can't stop her forever... I know she still believes me, the meeting would be inevitable "

" That won't be necessary I think.."

" Really ? What are you planning to tell her ? I bet you have made me some kind of devil before her "

" to tell her ? not yet, but you are no less devil already and I have some principles ,unlike you "

He ignored the remark " once she comes to know what you did to me I'll be in good light again.." there was again the hint of triumph in the voice

" Are you sure about it ? " It was his turn to smile " I'm sure there are people there who will be interested to know more about you.."

" Why don't you let it be..." the irritation was back again

" Not until I think it's time..."

" but hadn't she asked about me ? "

" how many times will you ask ? " Armaan was not happy with his question, he didn't want to tell him that she hasn't forgotten him and neither let him forget " No, she's never mentioned you.." he lied

" Haha Mr. Armaan Malik you wouldn't have bothered yourself with me if she hadn't been after you. I too happen to know Ridhhima.. are you trying to say that she'd forgotten me.. Vivek, her love..."

" Bloody... Don't you dare take her name otherwise I'll see to it that you never see the light of the day " Armaan roared his patience was being tested

The effect was instant " Chill, chill man, your faithful here never let me forget it... But let me tell you she won't let it go... She's a stubborn girl and doesn't give up easily... Especially when it's about her love she blindly believes in... tumne theek nahi kiya Armaan she was supposed to be with me, here..."

" She was never yours and you were never hers ,otherwise you wouldn't have been in this situation... And don't push your luck I'm at my devilish best when I'm rubbed on the wrong side..." Vivek went quiet " get back to your work " and with that he cut the call...

Ridhhima had no idea what went on in the garden and Armaan had no intention of telling her that the man she was so badly looking for was just a call away from him... Today he would tell her that they'd found a lead but it will hit a dead end... the man he'd employed already know what to say, no matter when she called him... He felt bad for lying to her but he had no choice...

He was in his office, smiling to himself remembering the touch of her soft hand when she wiped the gravy off his face... when she sat by his side when he couldn't sleep... He sighed lying back on the chair, smiling broadly... They have come far ,hopefully if the progress continues then maybe he won't need to trouble that jerk at all... He was just thinking about it when there was a knock on the door ,coming out of his rosy world of thoughts he looked at the clock. He sat up, he had a meeting with some suppliers in an hour...

" come in " he called hurriedly

Sameer came in " I wanted to ask what should we do about the coming projects..? We can get them easily too.." coming to the point

Armaan got up taking off his coat from back of his chair " we'll follow the same course of action which was decided... But for now I've to go for a meeting . You carry on with the things ,just let me know the final stuff " and he left for the meeting

The lunch meeting was bit boring as he tried hard to concentrate but everytime found himself thinking about Ridhhima... Even the lunch didn't tasted good enough, he wanted something cooked by her, he was getting addicted to her cooking as well. The suppliers mistook his smile for a positive sign for a profitable deal... Somehow he gulped down the food and took notice of some important points of the deal but today he just wanted to go back home and be with Ridhhima. Little did he know that there was a surprise waiting for him right there.

Coming out of the restaurant he was bidding goodbye to the representatives when he heard a familiar voice...

" common yaar, you are looking fine ! " said an exasperated Abhimanyu

" no way Abhi ! I'm not going out like this ! Plz sweetheart, just two minutes " the lady said sweetly and Abhimanyu like all the men in the world couldn't say no to a request like that... The lady smiled broadly and giving a quick kiss on his cheek went away, probably to change

Armaan was shocked to see it, Abhimanyu had done exactly what he had expected but he should observe little more and not jump on conclusions... The lady by the look of it seem to belong to a good family, fair , had long black hair and was not unattractive all together... Okay she was on the beautiful side , BUT nowhere near Niki ! .

" Stop it Armaan ! you are again jumping to conclusions... Look first " his brain, which was shaken badly tried to reason out the logic behind Abhimanyu with another woman. He positioned himself so that he was out of Abhimanyu's sight but within earshot

Abhimanyu took out his cell phone " Hello, Niki... Haan actually aaj ek important meeting hai kuch clients ke saath to aaj main thoda late ho jaunga... Yeah okay bye " he smiled to himself

There was a tap on his shoulder and he turned to see that she was back ,changed now " wow you look gorgeous darling ! "

The girl smiled broadly at the compliment " thanks, waise what about Nikita ? "

" uski fikar mat karo, everything has been taken care of, she thinks I'm in a meeting with some clients " both grinned

" you're wicked "

" thank you, now let's go i can't wait I'm sooo hungry " and they both walked off arm in arm ,unaware that they were being watched

Armaan was disgusted , and was boiling with anger. Abhimanyu was just as he'd thought ,a scoundrel , a cheat... He was cheating on Niki his best friend ! .he won't leave him.

All through his way back the scene and Abhimanyu's words echoed in his mind making his blood boil everytime he thought about him and the girl who was clinging on to him... " bas***d ! "

He stormed into his cabin " Sameer come to my room . Now ! "

Sameer found him pacing up and down in the room " ohohh someone poked the lion... Man , who so ever you are ,you are gone, but may be he want to rush up with things. It's good that I brought the files along " with these thoughts Sameer knocked breaking his chain of thoughts " Sir, here's everything, just as planned... Should we get started with it...? "

Armaan sat down on his chair still fuming " yes.. But there is a slight change now, have a seat we've something to discuss " Sameer could not understand what is it this time but whatever it is ,going by the expressions on his face, was not a good news...

Abhimanyu stormed in the conference room and slammed few files on the table...

" what's the hell is going on Mr. Khanna, problem at site, problem at factory and that too when we have an important contract to bid for ! " he looked at the other managers, who shifted uneasily in their seats thanking god that they were not asked for directly. Abhimanyu slid a file towards him ,it was an emergency board meeting with head of each department . He then eyed Mr. Kapoor

" aur Mr.Kapoor kya aap yeh batayenge ki yeh Gurgaon factory main yeh achanak strike ki naubat kyun aa gayi ? " his even cold voice was even more threatening " and the workers ,how can they demand bonus ?! they were just given that and at present they are not even entitled to it ! "

Mr. Kapoor cleared his throat to speak. He looked at the line of board members sitting opposite him and other managers by his side but nobody intimidated him more than the figure sitting at the top chair of Chairman...

" we know sir and you're absolutely right about it. We have tried to reason it out to their leader but he's a stubborn man and says they were not given the just bonus " Abhimanyu sat down ,he knew that they had done so " the leader has threatened to take the matter to the court if the demand is not met " added Mr.kapoor

" but they don't stand a chance to win in court " An elderly board member interjected

" we know that sir and the thing is 'they' know it too " everybody looked at each other ,there was surprise on everyone's faces except Abhimanyu's who was thinking something . Mr.kapoor continued " when I talked to him ,he clearly said that even when they loose they won't stop... You'll see sir he said 'even when' not 'if'... "

" then what's the logic behind all this ? Can they even afford not coming to work ? " another board member quipped

Abhimanyu looked up at him " yes Mr.Mittal they can ,at least ' the leader ' can " all the eyes were now on Abhimanyu " there's a big reason behind all this, it's all planned... To hold us up for bidding for the next project . If this gets to the deciding committee that we have internal problems which we seem unable to handle and a huge work force ready to go on strike, the authority might not consider us for the bid even when we quote the lowest ,fearing that we might not be able to finish work in the assigned time period and that way we loose even before we bid " everybody seemed convinced of the explanation " and about being able to afford it... Well you just can when you have a billionaire backing you up " there was pin drop silence now " guess who'll be benefiting out of all this the most..."

Mr.Mittal whispered out " Armaan Malik.." all 6 board members and 7 department heads exchanged looks

" bingo ! But unfortunately it can't be traced back on him even when we know " someone shifted lightly on his seat glad that noone can hear his thumping heart or see the sweat trailing down his collar to his back

The meeting was concluded deciding the future course of action ,now only the board members remained in the room " gentlemen One thing i wanted to share only with you people... i think there's a leakage within our company " another ripple of shock passed through everyone

Niki had seen Abhimanyu troubled for quiet many days now, everytime she asked he just said that it's nothing but she knew that he was hiding something from her. He never looked so troubled before something was surely there and he wasn't telling her... He didn't even slept properly these days. She decided to confront him

" Abhi, mujhe tumse kuch baat karni hai "

" abhi nahi Niki, abhi main thoda busy hun " he didn't look up from his file

But today Niki wasn't going to listen to any excuse, she snatched away his file and sat before him " Nikiii ,kya kar rahi ho ?! "

" pehle tum meri baat ka jawab do, aakhir baat kya hai ? And plz yeh mat kehna ki kuch nahi hai. Main bevkoof nahi hun jo yeh nahi dekh sakti ki tum aajkal kuch jyada hi pareshaan ho... Kya mera itna bhi haq nahi hai Abhi ki main tumhari pareshaani share kar saku ? "

This was it, Abhi sighed, he was so happy that she was proclaiming his right on him... And anyway he trusted her more than anyone after all she was his love " huuuhh, it's Armaan "

" what ??! " she was shocked " Armaan ?? Matlab ? "

" Armaan has started troubling us, usne ek factory main strike karwa di hai... Site par bhi problems chal rahi hai... Pehla contract hum haar hi gaye the aur ab dusre main bhi yeh mushkil hai ki mil bhi paayega ki nahi even when we bid the lowest quotes... It is as if he want to wipe me out " Niki was stunned to hear it

" main yeh tumhe isliye nahi batana chahta tha kyunki main jaanta hun ki tum dono dost ho aur shayad yeh baat accept karne main tumhe dikkat hogi... Upar se main un logo ka pata nahi laga paa raha hun jo shayad hamari company main rehkar uske liye kaam kar rahe hain... It's chaos all over ! "

Niki was stunned to hear it ,she lnew Armaan and Abhi were rivals but Armaan would go to such an extent was unbelivable " Abhi are you sure it's Armaan... I mean koi uska naam le kar to.."

Abhi smirked " I knew tum yeh baat accept nahi kar paogi, after all wo 'Armaan' hai, he's flawless hai naa " his temper started rising more so because he could not bear her taking his side

Niki felt offended " nahi Abhi, aisa nahi hai main to bas isliye keh rahi thi ki kyunki sab jaante hai ki tum dono ki aapas main itni banti nahi hai aur kahin koi is baat ka fayeda to nahi utha raha "

" haan hamari nahi banti... I hate Armaan Malik " he shouted out and got up from the couch " aur iss baat ka ek hi insaan fayeda utha raha hai aur wo hai Armaan Malik... Tum jaa kar so jao Niki... I'll take care of everything, if he wants to play dirty then he'll get what he want " he said firmly

Whole night Niki couldn't sleep Abhimanyu's words kept on repeating in her mind like a tape set on loop... Now that she thought of it ,she found that Abhi couldn't be wrong Armaan was the only one she could find had the power, guts and resources to challenge Abhimanyu... And after her marriage the business rivalry had got a personal touch too... But what she couldn't understand was what happened to make the situation worse... There was nothing earlier...

She sat up and looked at Abhimanyu, Sleeping next to her, even in sleep she could see how troubled his face looked... She bent down and caressed his hair gently... He didn't stirred probably was deep in slumber... She then resolved that it's time that she put her foot down. She wanted to know why Armaan is doing this and if this is because she married Abhimanyu then it's high time that he knows what she think about it...

As soon as Abhimanyu went off to work she picked up the phone and dialled a number...

" haan main Niki bol rahi hun... Let's meet today... Yes that would be fine... Okay "

It was about ten minutes and none of them spoke. She'd called him to get things sort out... Armaan kept munching small bits of food and Niki watched him ,planning on how to start, but then decided to come straight to the point

" Tum yeh sab kyun kar rahe ho Armaan... Why ?? "

He had the inkling why she'd called him, that bas***d must have run to her to ask for help... Spineless maggot... He cursed Abhimanyu before answering her " It's for you Niki.. I told you to stay away from him, magar nahi... Tum itni ziddi ho ki kisi ki sunti hi kahan ho "

" Armaan seedhe seedhe bologe ki baat kya hai ? And for God's sake stop blaming Abhi for everything ! Main jaanti hun yeh sab gadbad tumhare alawa koi aur karwa hi nahi sakta "

" yes, you are right, yeh sab maine karwaya hai... And I have a very valid reson for it.. " he paused for a moment debating whether to tell her or not and then decided it's time that she should know " he's lying to you Niki, cheating on you.. usko sabak sikhana jaruri hai "

" Kya ? Cheating on me ?! Abhi ?? " she was totally taken by surprise but she knew one thing was for sure ,this was not true " he's not cheating on me..! You don't know him ,tum kuch nahi jaante uske baare main Armaan... Tumhe jarur kuch galatfehmi hui hai "

" ooh so now he's all goody goody angel and i'm a devil huh.. Wo kaisa hai mujhe achhi tarah se pata hai, and has he become more important to you than me. I'm your best friend, I care for you "

" main jaanti hun Armaan " she took a deep breath she had to calm herself down first " but for god's sake he's my husband ! And I trust him ! " she said with finality..he looked at her incredulous

" ohh then let me tell you something about the 'husband' of yours whom you 'trust' . i found that scoundral with a woman in the Park hotel..." Niki was rooted on the spot ,though she didn't believe it but somewhere felt scared that what if it's all true and Abhimanyu is really cheating on her " He lied to you when he said that he was going on a meeting with a client.. He was with that girl and was 'sooo hungry' I hope I don't have to explain what that means " he was now fuming

Niki sat still " yeh kab hua Armaan ? "

" last week.. Friday, I went there for lunch with some suppliers and ta da what do I see ,Abhimanyu Modi walking away arm in arm with this girl after lying to his wife ! " he slammed at the table

" did you say last friday ? "

" yes... Afternoon to be precise... The girl was of medium height black hair medium built, she looked fine and was clinging on to him " he made a face disgusted

Realization dawned on Niki and relief spread over, she smiled "Armaan.. I was right, Abhimanyu is not cheating on me "

" what ?! " he looked incredulous " you think i'm lying ? "

" no you're not , but neither am i or Abhimanyu.. I know that girl "

" you.. You know that girl ! " she nodded " well then it's good, catch them red handed and divorce that bloody liar "

" I'm not going to divorce him Armaan " she said coolly

" are you crazy Niki ! You know naa what you are saying... Your-husband-is -cheating-on-you.. Do you get it ! "

" cool down Armaan, he's not cheating on me..." she explained him then that girl happened to be his favourite of all cousins... And she's older to him and engaged, she came to meet her fiance who was staying in the hotel for just few hours before he flew off for some meeting abroad... She herself called Abhimanyu to pick her up from the hotel and decided to surprise her " and that was when you found them, so now do you understand that he's not cheating on me "

Armaan had no option but to believe her, it was exactly what happened between that girl and Abhimanyu " but still, I don't find him trust worthy enough "

She rolled her eyes ,he was just impossible but she has to make something clear to him ,Abhimanyu had suffered too much " look Armaan jis tarah tum mere sabse achhe dost ho, mere liye important ho waise hi Abhi bhi mere liye khaas hain.. Aur shayad usse bhi jyada, behtar yahi hoga ki tum is baat ko jitni jaldi ho sake accept kar lo.. Warna.."

" Warna..?! Warna kya Niki ? " he narrowed his eyes

" Warna shayad hum dost bhi nahi reh payenge..." she looked straight into his eyes " You will loose me forever..again..." she was tired of making him understand.. but then soften up a bit " Main ab Abhi se alag nahi hun Armaan, agar tum mujhe apna dost maante ho to tumhe Abhi ko bhi accept karna hoga " A muscle tightened in his jaw ,he kept looking at her trying to read if she meant what she'd said

" I don't believe it.. You have changed Niki and that too for that bl.." She glared at him angrily and he stopped himself.

" Armaan ,I love Abhi Armaan... T.." she was about to say 'tum' but stopped " apne so called pehle pyaar se alag hokar hi mujhe ehsaas hua ki main jise pyaar samajh rahi thi wo to pyaar tha hi nahi... Abhi kab mere liye sabse jaruri ban gaye mujhe pata hi nahi chala, ab wo mere liye sab kuch hai Armaan... Aur agar unhe kisi ne bhi koi bhi takleef dene ki koshish kari to use sabse pehle mera saamna karna hoga... Phir chahe wo koi koi bhi ho... Tum bhi Armaan..."

He kept looking at her... " Tum badal gayi ho Niki.. Bahut.."

She added softly " haan.. Shayad, but it's for good ,trust me . plz don't make me choose between the two people I love the most, please I beg you... Stop punishing him just because he married me... He's not a bad guy Armaan " she tried desperately

He didn't look at her just kept staring at the glass in his hand then suddenly said looking up at her... " Let's go Niki... Tumhe daer ho rahi hai..." He quickly called for the bill and got up to go...

" why does it happen to me...? Why all the stubborn blockheads are kept in my share to deal with...? " She sighed wondering, but one thing she was sure of... Abhi is her everything... " More than Armaan ? " Her heart asked... " Yes.. Yes he is..." Came the firm reply... And she was glad there was no hesitation...

" What are you smiling at..?? " He asked

" Kuch nahi, Something got even clearer today..." She got up too... As they were about to go seperately to their cars she stopped... " Armaan plz... I don't want to loose my best friend again..."

" Niki..." He came closer... " No matter how much I dislike your ' husband ' i'll always be your friend... But don't expect anything more ,some things just don't change... I'm glad that he's not cheating on you " Her car came in meanwhile and driver promptly opened the door for her... " Go home Niki ,it's getting late..." She sat inside feeling she's lost him again... And as the car drove by he stood there watching her go..

Abhimanyu frowned when the shrill voice of his phone disturbed his sleep which was already difficult to find these days... He sleepily looked for his phone...

" h..hello "

" it's amazing that you can still sleep "

He jumped up hearing the voice " kaun ? "

" wrong question , ask how ? "

Abhimanyu didn't wasted time " how ? "

" you learn fast Modi... tell the union leader to either go to the court or ask the workers to be back to work by tomorrow max day after "

" what if he goes to court that'll take a long time which we don't have "

" you can survive but they can't there's already discontentment in the team you'll have no problem he won't dare to go to the court he knows they don't stand a chance. Tell the workers that those who return to work, their pay will not be cut and if we win the case then workers on strike will be fired. Don't worry you can do that."

He took note of it " there's problem on site too, is that by Armaan Malik ? "

" i just give solutions not names, make arrangement for a temporary stay for children and one time food service for workers there will be no problem when workers love you and yes fire away the head of security he's difinitely not in your party ,selling off your material in black " Abhimanyu was shocked ,he didn't knew this." and yes coming to next project the quote is fine don't change it..."

" Magar sun...o " But the line went dead, " damn ! " He wanted to ask about the people who were cheating, working for Armaan... But now he'd to wait till he calls next and he didn't knew when that would be

To Abhimanyu's surprise each and every word of the caller turned out to be true. He caught the security head red handed, the workers were delighted by the news of one time food service and that leader well... As said he dare not go against Abhimanyu's wishes when he found that he was busted , as soon as the workers were back he was nowhere to be seen, thrown away from the post as well as the factory... Abhimanyu tasted some peace after a looong time...

when in peace one tend to forget to keep track of time and before he knew he was sitting for the declaration for the next project. Armaan was there too but behaved as if Abhimanyu didn't existed

" welcome ladies and gentlemen... I know you all are eager to know the result so here it is... The second of three projects goes to Mr..." he opened up an envelope and put on the glasses just like an academy award announcer about to announce the best actor award " Mr.Abhimanyu Modi of Modi group "

Though Abhimanyu was surprised because somewhere he was still doubtful.. he didn't let it come to his face, he instead placed it with a smile... to top it all off he saw Armaan glaring at him, he gave him a smile which was returned with a scowl... Abhimanyu went to the head to sign up the papers ,most of the people had left by the time he came back and found Armaan talking to Sameer who looked sullen for some reason..

" so Armaan surprised !? ,as you can see I won..."

" Don't be over confident Abhimanyu, aisi chooti moti jeet se tum agar yeh sochte ho ki Armaan Malik ko challenge kar sakte ho to yeh tumhari galatfehmi hai... Is baar you just got lucky, but let's see ki tumhara luck kab tak tumhara sath deta hai..." Armaan said coolly

Abhimanyu smiled hearing it " oh you'll see Armaan from now on it always will... You know why ? coz I have got a lucky charm with me, I married her..." He smirked and Amaan was almost ready to kill him but Sameer stopped him Armaan knew he was talking about Niki... It was still difficult for him to digest that he married his best friend, who god knows why, loved him ! Yuck ! the thought made him want to puke, who in the right mind can love Abhimanyu- egoistic-loudmouth- jealous- no brain- Modi !!... But he knew one person who did, she happen to be her best friend ! He gave an award winning scowl to Modi who returned it with a triumphant smile.

He drove back home but his mind was still busy with the thoughts of what happened today. Sameer was not happy at the loss of project though it was hardly a matter of great importance but Sameer was not used to of seeing Armaan loose to anyone. Armaan smiled at it, he was indeed most loyal and got upset on his behalf too... He had been trying to make him understand that this is a win win situation if he had won the contract then he would have got another deal and if he looses it then he get to keep a friend. He would have got into detail but Modi inturrupted them making him angry with his stupid remarks but in the end it turned out that it was all well... Sameer's words rang in his ears

" I hope you know that the way you handle business is not the only thing I admire about you " Armaan looked at him " it's also how you deal your relationships " he got off the car and then he bent down again " and don't let that get into your head. Be normal "

" be normal " Armaan chuckled remembering the words ,yes he's trying his best to be...

The time flew by and it was almost a week since that day of contract announcement . Armaan and Sameer were out for a dinner meeting with the director of their branch in Germany . The director had gone leaving the two and it was then Sameer saw some people settle down at a table not far from theirs... Because of the decor it was hard for those people to see them but Armaan and Sameer could see them easily...

" oh my.. Are they with who I think they are ?! " Sameer exclaimed

" you bet, do you know them ? " Armaan looked at the direction and his brows shot up seeing them

" yeah ,tried their luck with someone back in London and.."

" and ?? "

" got lucky... But here with these ?! Don't they get tired ?! " Surprise clear in his voice

" apparently they don't, you'll be surprised that they tried there luck with me too and hadn't it been for some lucky coincidence i would have greatly suffered ,but here, it's completely different..." he looked at the group of four again " well then, best of luck to them.. it's good that we don't have to do anything Abhimanyu Modi will meet his doom himself... let the things be, don't hint anything... Poor Modi he's going to learn in a hard way " he smirked looking back at them...

Sameer was again left surprised.. ' What is with this guy ! One day he goes right other day goes left ' he shook his head, he had long before stopped trying to figure out how his brain works...

Abhi was busy with a file when Niki gave him his phone, thanking her he took it

" yeah ,who's it ? "he asked as he couldn't recognize the number

" how can you forget me Mr.Modi..." after a while when the caller cut the call Abhimanyu was left sweating...

" bloody hell ! " this was all he could manage to whisper out...

Armaan sat down for the breakfast it was almost a fortnight since the declaration of the contract and he decided to move on with the bid for final contract... planning mentally what to do today he flicked the channels on T.V. He stopped at one of the news channel which showed Abhimanyu's face all over the screen...

He read out the 'breaking news' - ek bade fraud ka parda fash !. He stopped eating ,Ridhhima too looked at what had gripped his attention more than his favourite paranthas... She was surprised to see the matter and sat down, intently listening to the reporter

" Mr. Abhimanyu Modi ne khud is baare main filhaal kuch bhi kehne se manaa kar diya hai magar unke spokesperson ke anusaar unke manager Mr. Khanna Par kaafi samay se shak tha ki wo company ke naam par kuch farzi deal kar rahe hain... Aur ab jis international fraud gang ke saath unhe pakda gaya hai uska network London, Singapore,China aur Korea jaise desho main faila hua hai... Wahaan par bhi yeh log kaye businessmen ko bevkoof banaa kar, unki company ka apni company ke saath merger karwane ke naam par dhoka de chuke the...

Modi group of companies ke chairman ko jab is deal main kuch gadbad hone ka andesha hua to unhone iski chhanbeen shuru ki aur paaya ki unka apna business manager unhe dhoka dene ki firaq main tha... Unhone turant police aur secret angencies ko alert kar diya jinhone ek secret mission ke tehat in frauds ko kal raat giraftaar kar liya.."

" is giraftari se naa kewal kayi cases solve ho gaye, kayi desho main wanted dhokebaaz giraftar ho gaye balki Modi group of companies ko karodo ka nuksaan hone se bach gaya "

Armaan switched off the T.V and looked disappointed at the news " Damn ! ab saara kaam mujhe hi karna padega. Main to soch raha tha... iss Abhimanyu ki kismat achhi thi ki iss baar bach gaya... But then ,he still has to face me " saying so he again got busy in his breakfast

Riddhima didn't like what he said about Abhimanyu but decided to keep quiet ,she knew this stubborn bull well enough now... And anyway she was relieved that Abhimanyu and Niki were safe from such a big trouble... She decided to call her later and get to know everything, in the past few days she found that they'd got even closer than they were before,sharing everything.. Well almost everything. Niki had turned out to be a gem of a person and Abhimanyu wasn't so bad either but it would have been a lot better if husbands were not after each others throat.. Wondering about it all she got ready to go for an inspection to their charitable hospital with Muskaan...

Armaan stirred as he felt thirsty ,sleepily he woke up,eyes still close and walked up to the table it was still dark outside. There was a sound of door opening up quietly and he saw Ridhhima coming in...

" Good morning " she said smiling a bit ,surprised to see him awake

He looked at the watch " Ridhhima tum itni subah..!? kahin gayi thi kya ? " Rubbing his eye still feeling sleepy

" Haan wo.. Actually Muski bhabhi ne kaha tha aaj subah jaldi uthne ke liye.."

" Muski ne ? Kyun ?? " Bit confused he poured himself a glass of water

" Wo... Wo aaj karwa chauth hai naa isliye.." she didn't knew what else to say, His eyes opened wide when he heard it.. Slowly he turned keeping the glass down... " Unhone sargi khane ke liye bulaya tha..." She too now felt bit awkward as in how to explain him..

" It's okay Ridhhima main samajh sakta hun.. Achha hua tum chali gayi nahi to unhe bekar hi shak hota..." He turned to go back to go to sleep... " Waise Ridhhima tumhe yeh vrat rakhne ki koi zarurat nahi hai.. Just treat it as any other day..." He gave her a small smile

Ridhhima stood there unable to decide... She herself didn't wanted to keep this fast at first place and now even he'd asked her not to keep the fast... She should feel happy but she wasn't exactly happy, there are people whose excitement made her feel guilty... But how can she keep the fast she and Armaan were not husband and wife in real sense, She was rather confused... She sighed ,angry with her own confused thoughts... She looked at the watch it was just 4:20 she decided to sleep for some more time and went to bed... Armaan was already snoring lightly, she chuckled today she found out another of his secret. She made a mental note to take this up when he teases her next time... The snoring monkey...!

Inspite of the day being karwa chauth, Ridhhima decided to go to hospital... She could not muster courage to face Muskaan's enthusiasm of doing everything special for her first fast, which she decided she won't keep...

But if she thought that she would save herself from the fast thing by going to hospital then she was proved wrong the moment she stepped in... Everywhere there were ladies ,patients and dostors who looked as if they were trying to prove their love for their husbands by dressing up in various shades of red and whatever they thought would be suitable for going to a party rather than to a hospital... But she had to admit ,it did brought some cheer to the place... Ridhhima felt compared to some she was very modestly dressed ,it was hell lot of effort to dress up normal when your dear sister in law want you to dress up in all the expensive kind of stuff from dress to jewellery emotionally blackmailing you, making you look like a model rather than a doctor going for a surgery...

Only the horror of loosing something in the patient's stomach while operating kept Muskaan from overloading her, still she felt she was overly dressed for the place... She sighed ,this was least she could do to keep her happy ,little did Muskaan knew that she hadn't kept the fast... Armaan seemed least affected by it, he had asked her clearly not to punish herself...

She found Sapna gripped in the fever of the fast. It was her first time too and as if this was not enough Aditi gave a surprise visit though Ridhhima felt that she wasn't her chirpy self but didn't had time to find out. Sapna hugged Aditi as soon as she said that she too had kept the fast for Chirag... And chirag ,well he looked as if he's just won a trophy... He had hugged her lovingly ,she smiled at their pure love.. her thoughts again trailed to Vivek, he too would wrap her in a hug like that... She jumped up when she heard Aditi scream

" Aditiii ! Kya hua ? " Ridhhima asked

" Ridhhima tum abhi paani peene waali thi, tumhara fast toot jaata " Sapna looked at Ridhhima, and she understood

" ohho Aditi wo fast se behosh ho na ho teri cheekh sun kar jaroor ho jaati... Aur agar aap logo ka romance khatam ho gaya ho to duty par chalein ? " and with that she drove them away with her... Ridhhima smiled at Sapna, mutely thanking her...

She was alone and her lunch came as usual to her cabin, she was about to take a bite when suddenly Muskaan's excited happy face came before her eyes... BP's smile and Virendra's loving blessings this morning came before her ,even Rahul bhaiyya was advising her... She smiled to herself thinking about everything ,she sat up stirring a spoon absently... and Armaan... her hand stopped immediately again... Is this right ? They all love her so much, they trust her so much, would she be able to look them in their eyes knowing that whatever she's doing is a lie !... It's okay Ridhhima just think of it as a day of dieting...

She pushed the plate back and called for the wardboy to take away the food.. Another thing worried her now, same stupid thoughts. She wondered why she thought of Armaan and stopped and not of Vivek... Her thoughts trailed down to past. She had the oppertunity of keeping the fast before too but she didn't do it for Vivek... Even Aditi had kept it for Chirag and they aren't married...why..? Don't she love vivek?? She shook herself mentally, why was she troubling herself with unnecessary thoughts ? It was just becuase she didn't felt it necessary at that time and now it's a social obligation... A custom she had to go through... and it's was just to show the family anyway... She thanked god when a nurse came calling her for the surgery...

The day went by, due to her busy schedule she didn't realised that she hadn't taken anything since morning and surprisingly she didn't feel the pangs of hunger and thirst like others... She wondered if that was normal... But then shrugged it off ,there was nothing normal when Armaan was concerned... She was heartily welcomed when she went back home. She couldn't recognise the place at all, it was all decorated with flowers ,lights and a beautiful smell hung in the air... Was it flowers or perfume she didn't knew and didn't bothered...

Muskaan took her along and got her ready for the evening, Armaan didn't pick her up from hospital today as he had some work and she came early. As it was her first karwa chauth there was big arrangement done at home and Muskaan was bursting with excitement... Lots of people including her parents were invited.. This was not that worried her but the thing was that she had to go through all the coustoms before everyone and can't hide anything from anyone...

Armaan was bowled over when he saw her all dressed up in the beautiful saree. She looked like a new bride, he fell head over heels in love with her all over again, he just could not take his eyes away from her . Later when he could no longer get successful in talking to her privately since he'd come back from office he secretly pulled her to a corner when she went to kitchen for some work...

" Armaan ! Kya kar rahe ho ?? "

" shhh.." he looked here and there " wahan sab tumse chipke hue the isliye keh nahi paaya..."

" oh bas itni si baat... Bolo kya kehna hai ? Kuch chahiye tha kya ? "

He looked into her eyes... He wanted to say yes.. Yes, he wanted her to love him... To promise she'll be there, forever, by his side... To hug him and never let go... To kiss him and make every pore of his body feel alive.. He ran his fingers in his hair " bolo Armaan " she asked again when she got no reply

" wo.. Haan, actually main keh raha tha ki aaj tum bahut sundar lag rahi ho... Absolutely gorgeous " she was surprised and before she could understand he took out a small box and put a small black spot near her ear..

" Armaan yeh kya kar rahe ho ? "

" arre tumhe nazar se bacha raha hun... Bahar sab tumhe ghuur ghuur kar dekh rahe hain " he made a face, he didn't like it a single bit when other men stared at her, his thoughts were broken by her laugh

" aur tum yeh kaajal kahan se laaye ? "

" Muski ke room se, maine usko Angel ko lagate hue dekha tha to.. Maine socha..."

" oh Armaann you are soo sweet " she pulled his cheeks ,he flashed his dimpled smile, turning red for a change.. She became bit serious and looked at him " thank you Armaan " there eyes met and he wished that the moment would freeze forever, with both of them there together...

She came out of the eye lock when she heard Maria calling for her " Maria bula rahi hai " suddenly she found the closeness very awkward .she standing there with him dressed as a bride and... What the hell ! did he just put a black mark on her neck ! She could still feel his touch . Sirens started blaring and suddenly she was very conscious of the situation when she found him staring at her " main... Main chalti hun "

" Ridhhima " she stopped and turned " tumne vrat to nahi rakha tha naa... You look pale "

How can he know she never told him " n..nahi Armaan ,tumne hi to kaha tha " there was another call "okay gotta go " Armaan watched her walk away. He exhaled and stood resting by a pillar

" hayee i love her..."

Soon the moon was out and all the ladies performed the rituals... Ridhhima felt awkward but had little choice, she did what was expected of her, unaware of the eyes which had all the love of the world for her... and was glad that soon evrything was over... She felt as if someone was watching her but whenever she turned she found noone in particular, Armaan was as usual busy with other men and she just shrugged it off... Now she started to feel the pangs of hunger before she could put something to eat for herself Martin came calling for her

" maam Armaan sir had called you to the room immediately. He said it's an emergency " Ridhhima rushed to the room hearing it, worried if anything had happened. She went inside and found the sitting area empty, she went to the room and there to her surprise the table was set for two and Armaan stood by it's side with a sweet smile

" welcome madame, you table is reserved " he bowed and gave her his arm

" Armaan yeh ?! " she asked surprised

" you can't lie to me Ridhhima... Tumne subah se kuch nahi khaya naa." she bowed her head " kyun ? Maine mana kiya tha naa "

She looked up at him and to her annoyance she didn't remember any reason now, she had no answer to it ,he could see the confusion on her face and didn't press it further " anyway leave that ,mere paet main to chuhe kuud rahe hai... Let's attack " he pulled out a chair for her like a perfect gentleman and sat opposite her

" magar Armaan neeche sab hamara wait kar rahe honge "

" koi kuch nahi kahega, Muski sab sambhal legi. I've already told her aur tum baaki sabki fikar karna chhodo aur khana khao, kahin behosh ho gayi to main to tumhe utha bhi nahi paunga "

Her mouth fell open in surprise and she threw a napkin at him... That waved off all the awkwardness and they ate their dinner happily together... Laughing ,chatting and teasing... They had another fight when she told him that he snores which he vehemently denied... And the fight went on...

Ridhhima woke up sweating, for a change it was she who saw a nightmare. She turned and saw him sleeping on his stomach clutching his pillow . She breathed in running a hand over her face wiping off tiny bead of sweat .she thew off the covers and drank a glass of water... Everything was okay there was no fire... She took a deep breath... The dream was scary

she and Armaan were in a place ,somewhere with lots of grass.. she was laughing and running away from him and he followed her... But suddenly when she turned he wasn't there. She started looking for him and then there was a scream... He was calling her name ,there was fire all around him... She couldn't cross it, but tried anyway. She gave him her hand and then... she woke up... She didn't remembered if he held it or not... She breathed again " cmmon Ridhhima it was just a dream, go back to sleep.." She fell back again but this time had to wait a little before sleep visited her again.

She'd thought that the uneasiness would pass away by morning after all she'd seen the nightmare after a long time, and she was right everything seemed normal. She breathed in and hit her head for troubling herself for no reason at all.

She sat by his side on her way to Sanjeevani. For a weird reason the uneasiness was back. She looked at Armaan ,he was busy with his file...

" kya hua ? Kuch kehna hai kya ? " she was surprised she'd no idea he even noticed that she was looking at him. She shifted ,caught redhanded, she merely shook her head... She remembered what he said when she told him about the nightmare

Armaan laughed out " this is what happens when you remain hungry for silly reason..."

" it wasn't silly Armaan " she'd protested, her fast for a day had made so many people happy. Moreover, she just could not bring herself to lie. So ,for her sake rather than anything or anyone else ,she'd kept the fast and how can he say that it was for a silly reason, he didn't went through that non stop debate over it...

Maybe her feelings came to her face and his tone changed " okay, it wasn't silly. but don't worry. it's just a dream. I see nightmares all the time but do they effect me ? nahi naa.. then don't bother..." with that the talk was over and she too felt that she's streaching it. Though she wanted to say she'd seen him waking up from his nightmares ,twisting in sleep.. Only difference is he remembers nothing by the time he wakes up and she does...

A light jerk brought her back from her thoughts ,she got off the car ,he too got off and stood by the door. She started for her car but then stopped to look at him " Armaan... take care "

" don't worry I will " he gave her a thumbs up

She gave him a smile, she didn't know what made her say that " pata nahi Armaan magar kuch theek sa nahi lag raha " She sighed " may be I'm overreacting..." She thought

Armaan found himself smiling broadly. Her words " Armaan ,take care " rang in his mind. He was sooo happy ,her first words for him as typical words of advice from wifey... He grinned and just could not concentrate in the file anymore...

He was now at the new construction site... Checking out for the new development and to see how's everything was going on...

" sir, blasting shuru kar di hai ,ek hafte ke andar andar saara kaam ho jayega " the head engineer informed him

" good " he shouted back ,the place was noisy with big drills and blasts all happening together.. He consulted the blue prints again.. " blasting kis kis point par ho rahi hai ? "

" i'll just check " he called the other engineer " Raman blasting kis kis point par ho rahi hai ? " he repeated the question thrice ,frowning at the noise

" blast.. 5,27,33,9 aur 60 " he replied

" kyaaa ? last main kya tha ? 7 ? (Saat)" he asked in hindi seven

" haan haan 60 (saath) " he replied sixty in hindi

" okay, " he came back to Armaan and gives the number of sites where blasting was going on

" fine let's go to this last site " he pointed a mark in the site map " I think the blasting is done here , I want to check " and along with the head engineer he went for the inspection

Ridhhima was on her way back to her cabin when a nurse came calling..

" Dr.Ridhhima aapke liye phone hai... It's urgent "

" phone ? mere liye ? " she then remembered that she'd switched off her cell before going for the surgery, she quickly came to the reception " hello "

What she heard next left her stunned. She clutched the phone hard, trying to control herself... Her nightmare turned out to be true...

Seeing her ashen face the nurse asked worried " kya hua Dr.Ridhhima ? Sab theek to hai ?? "

" Armaan..." was all she could manage to utter...

Edited by mansibharti - 31 December 2011 at 1:34am

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Recap : Armaan calls Vivek, Abhimanyu is seen with a girl, by Armaan, which create some confusion. Armaan starts troubling Abhimanyu. Niki confronts Armaan. Abhimanyu gets call from mystery man again and problems get solved. Abhimanyu's manager gets arrested for fraud and Ridhhima's first karwa chauth... She gets a call later at hospital which leaves her stunned.


Ridhhima dropped the receiver and rushed out... Sameer informed her that blasting was going-on on the site and Armaan accidently went to the wrong spot due to some confusion and got into the blast, they took him to the nearby Max care hospital, though he said not to worry and come as soon as possible yet it was easier said than done...

She jumped into the car asking the driver to get to the hospital as fast as he can, her heart beating frantically. All sort of bad thoughts clouded her mind, she fought to wave them away, kept assuring herself that he would be fine... She was bit angry too ,why didn't she let him stay at home or stop him from going to the site. the nightmare now came true ,she shuddered recalling it, she should've listened to her heart... Her anger again diverted to him, Why he has to be so careless ? Didn't she told him to take care ,but does he listen !? Ever !

Lost in her thoughts, worrying like hell ,every second seemed to pass like an hour and though they reached the hospital in mere 25 minutes it felt like eternity... She tried calling Shashank on the way but was informed that he was in a surgery, she left the message. BP and Virendra were out of town and would not return until evening and Rahul's number was unreachable.worrying Muskaan seemed useless. She decided to call later. Sameer told her on phone that he was unconscious when they brought him to the hospital... Well that explained it, otherwise Armaan would rather wither in pain than step in the hospital. She remembered that he didn't came even when Angel was born and the tough time he gave her while he himself was in the hospital..

As the car turned into the porch of the hospital she jumped out of it even before it could come to complete stop. Sameer was right there, ready to escort her..

" Sameer, Armaan kahan hai ? " he asked hurriedly

" Chaliye maam, ab unhe hosh aa gaya hai " A wave of relief passed through her

" Is he okay now ? Jyada chot to nahi aayi ? " She kept asking as they hurried to his room

" doctors ne kaha hai ki chot jyada to nahi hai.. aur kuch test karne ke liye kaha hai magar..." He paused

" Magar kya ? " She stopped looking at him questioningly

" Maam sir ne koi bhi test karwane se manaa kar diya hai, infact wo kisi bhi doctor ko apne saamne tak nahi aane de rahe.."

" What ?! "

" Yes maam. yahan tak ki simple blood test bhi nahi, jo nurse test karne aayi thi us par chilla pade, Badi mushkil se hamne abhi unhe roka hai yeh keh kar ki aap yahaan aa rahi hain, warna wo to sirf yahan se jaane ki zid karke baithe hue the.."

" Ohh Armaaann " she groaned. She feared something like this would happen. Doctors here hardly knew anything about his fear of the place or needles.

Sameer stopped outside a room " this is the room ,I'm right here if you need anything.."

" Thanks Sameer " she quietly opened the door and went in, heart beating even more loudly now, but was much relieved seeing him. She thanked God closing her eyes momentarily. There he sat on a big reclining examining chair... A temporary bandage on the forehead which was soaked in blood, probably he hadn't seen it otherwise he would have freaked out. It was a miracle itself that he was still here.

He rested there with eyes closed, looking pale and drained out, pain fear, worry clear on his face. She quietly closed the door but the sound of doorknob probably woke him. He opened his eyes, a hopeful smile came to his face seeing her

" Ridhhima ! " He tried to get up " aah ! ouchh ! " He held his wrist, wincing with pain. She rushed to him

" Armaan !! Utho mat. Relax " Keeping a hand on his shoulder she made him lie back in half sitting position, being a doctor she knew that there was something wrong with the wrist. Deciding not to worry him further she took a deep breath and sat by his side.. " Are you okay ? "

He nodded " yeah " the relief of seeing her clearly showed on his face.

She smiled " waise Armaan, is this your site ? " trying to ease him up a bit...

But as she thought ,the situation was not so light " Ridhhima plz. Take me out of here, they're not letting me go " she could see the mad fear in his eyes, the extreme effort he was making not to show it... But she knew...

She kept a hand on his shoulder " hum ghar chalenge Armaan, magar pehle thodi bandage karni padegi, tumhe chot lagi hai naa " her eyes went to his forehead with a soaking bandage... As Sameer had told ,He hadn't let the doctors touch it...

The door opened " Mrs. Mallik..." she turned to look at the man who peeped in " can I have a word with you.. " it was the doctor ,she nodded

" Armaan, main abhi aayi " she got up but stopped as she felt a tug... turning she found her dupatta in Armaan's hand clutched tightly " Armaan ?! "

" don't leave me Ridhhima...plz " his voice was soft ,pleading... But the way he looked at her it felt the words carried more than just this situation... Or was it just her imagining things...

" Armaaann " she sat down beside him again... Kept a hand over his ,smiling reassuringly " cmmon Armaan, tum bhi naa bilkul bachhe ho... Main just doctor se baat karne ja rahi hun, I'm not running away somewhere ! he's nearly sixty by the look of it " she chuckled and it brought a small smile on his lips too...

" Tum aa jaogi naa.. ? What if you like him ? After all, he's a doctor.. And you prefer doctors " He tried to make it light but was really unable to hide his fear, uncertainty in his words and what was that in his last sentence... I prefer doctors ! 

" Don't worry.. I prefer someone of my age group too.. Bas do minute main aati hun.. Okay.." He nodded still terrified and reluctant to stay... to let her go... And clearly unable to voice out his worries... She squeezed his hand again and moved towards the door...

Closing the door quietly, she turned to the doctor " hello, I'm Dr.Das " he gave a warm smile

" hello doctor " she shook hands " I'm Ridhhima.. Ridhhima Mallik "

" I'm so glad Mrs.Mallik aap aa gayi, aapke husband behoshi main bas aapka hi naam liye jaa rahe the, aur hosh main aate hi sabse pehle unhone aapko hi puchha "

Unable to decide what to say she just nodded politely, she has something else to worry about right now " so, doctor. How's he ? Plz tell me everything, I'm a doctor too "

" that's a relief, you see Mrs.Mallik he's very fortunate that he escaped any kind of major injuries " she let out a sigh of relief " primal checkup main koi serious baat nahi aayi. Left hand ki wrist displace ho gayi thi, we fixed it while he was unconscious and..."

" and..? "

" and that was pretty much what we could manage .yahan se jaane ke alawa agar aapke husband ne kisi aur ka naam liya hai then that's to see you. Jabse hosh aaya hai kisi bhi doctor ko room main ghusne tak nahi diya hai " he wiped his forehead, it was obvious Armaan gave the old man a tough time

She didn't knew how to react, part of her was worried and another wanted to laugh out seeing old man's condition. No wonder he didn't enter the room. However, she controlled herself " actually doctor, he's not at all comfortable at places like this and he's even more uncomfortable with any doctors or nurses around " she explained

" and, you said you're a doctor ? " he raised an eyebrow

She smiled at his surprised face " long story "

" I'm sure it would be interesting as well, but for now, I'm more concerned about his head injury "

" I hope nothing's serious, you just said..." she asked anxiously. Nothing in her medical practice taught her how to deal when someone close to you is on the receiving end. Treating others was different but when it comes to your dear ones...

Doctor raised a hand calming her down " well as I said ,the hand part was already taken care of but still it needs to be put in cast for another 20 days atleast, what concerns me more is the injury on the head by the time we could take care of it he... Well, you can understand. He hasn't let us touch it and it's still bleeding, that might require some attention and here we need your help..." she knew doctor wasn't wrong, even she was worried about the same. She discussed for sometime with the doctor ,deciding what to do next...

" great, I'll get ready then " he left

" maam aap sir ke saath baithiye, I'm right here jab sir tayaar ho aap mujhe call kar lijiyega "

Nodding at Sameer, she turned and took a deep breath preparing herself for the huge task of making him agree to see the doctor. She came in putting a smile to make him more comfortable

" ab chalein ? " he asked, again trying to get up

She quickly came by his side gently pushing him back " Armaan ! kya tumhe koi flight pakadni hai ? " she sat on a chair by his side " abhi mujhe doctor ne bataya ki tumhare left hand ki wrist displace ho gayi hai aur tumne unhe cast bhi lagane nahi diya "

" nahi.. Wo... Main.. Unhone mujhe bataya hi nahi " he lied

She rolled her eyes knowing perfectly well that he was lieing " agar tum kisi ko andar aane do tab naa aur yeh chot kyun nahi dekhne di aur test bhi nahi karne diye..." he had no answer for it and avoided meeting her gaze " anyway maine doctor se keh diya hai wo abhi aa kar haath par plaster laga denge "

" then can we go ? " he asked hopefully

" tab.. Aur tab, agar tum pehle yeh sar waali chot dekhne do to " pointing at his head

" No way !! " he flatly refused

She knew it wasn't going to be easy " Armaan please ,atleast let them just see it " she pleaded

" No ,I don't want anyone. I just want to go from here. Just take me away from here Ridhhima... Main theek hun ,please " he begged

But she could not agree to his demands. He required some medical attention and she must make him ready for it, for nearly 20 minutes she kept requesting him to let the doctors attend him but he kept refusing saying he didn't believe them... He was all right.. After a long debate she was about to give up when something striked her...

" huhh, achha agar main dekhun to chalega ? Please " hoping frantically that he would agree " tab to koi problem nahi hogi naa ? " he looked at her and she knew he was debating over it some of his stubbornness was fading away as he felt weak and drained, every passing minute increased her worries ,she knew head injuries must be taken care of as soon as possible... Then to her relief came a nod of approval " great ! That's like a good boy "

Quickly getting on to her feet before he could change his mind ,she started taking off the bandage keeping it out of his sight lest he freaks out seeing the blood. The nearby area had started to turn blue and swell. He winced when she took off the bandage. A small gasp escaped from her mouth seeing the cut, it definitely required some stitching up... She could feel him getting restless and losing time would be unwise, she cleaned the wound gently but he cried out even at the slightest touch, she has to call Dr. Das. She took a deep breath, she has to do it...

Coming around she sat by his side " feeling okay ? " he gave a weak smile, she knew he was in pain but was trying to hide it

He raised his hand to touch his forehead but she held it in midway " kya hua ? " he asked

" Armaan ek baat ka sach sach jawaab doge " he nodded bit puzzled " do you trust me ? ,tum mujhe apna sabse achha dost kehte ho naa ,to kya apni is dost par itna vishwaas hai ki wo tumhe koi takleef nahi pahunchne degi " he nodded " to please meri 'ek' baat maan jao " he opened his mouth to say something he knew what she's going to say ,but she held his uninjured hand in hers " please Armaan mere liye.. Please manaa mat karna " she pleaded, holding his hand in both of hers and with that all his defenses crumbled. sighing he gave in

" okay "

" oh great !, trust me it will be over in no time tumhe kuch pata bhi nahi chalega I promise " she got up to call the doctor, relieved

" I can always trust you, but I don't trust him "

" don't worry I'm not going anywhere . Main yahin rahungi tumhare saath .I promise " she said softly assuring him.

Getting the clearance the doctor came in with a warm smile as big as Santa Clause's along with two nurses and another doctor " so, Mr.Mallik ,ready ? Don't worry it'll be over in few minutes "

He scowled at him, and turned to Ridhhima " I trust you " she was momentarily speechless, she squeezed his arm gently nodding. The other doctor and a nurse started working on his cast. Meanwhile Ridhhima told the doctor that she would stay with him, he didn't object to it ,he knew that if he wanted a smooth operation she should be near him. It was as if she was his soothing dose.

He spread a disinfected sheet over his forehead which covered his face leaving only the injured area exposed, Armaan gripped the side of the chair panicking for a moment but then he felt her hand on his shoulder and that brought immediate relief. He let out a small cry of pain as the doctor started cleaning the wound, he shut his eyes tightly wincing, holding her hand

" shh ,bas ho gaya Armaan, thodi dust thi wo clean kari hai... Don't crease the forehead.. Relax, forehead ko dheela chhodo " she tried to soothe him but he started turning his face away " Armaan please face this side " she was standing on his right as the cut was the left ,when he didn't turn his face she placed her hand on his face from under the sheet and gently turned it to her direction. He forgot everything for a moment, she didn't remove her hand from his face and cupped it softly ,the other hand was on his head caressing his hair. She was probably too worried to notice what she's doing. Armaan's face was just centimeteres away from her. They were so close that he could smell her sweet fragrance ,he held her hand tightly which cupped his face

He jerked his head lightly feeling a sharp pain. The doctor injected anesthetic to put on some some sticthes, but he could not move his head as it was securely held in her hands " shh.. Shh.. bas ho gaya, ab pakka kuch nahi hoga " she stroked his face under the sheet calming him down. He never felt such contradicting emotions before, he was scared yet he was not. He wanted to run away yet he wanted to stay here like this, he disliked getting injured but right now he was so happy about it. Damn ! These confusing emotions. On the other hand as the medicine started it's effect he beacme more calm ,Ridhhima kept talking to him .making small talk so that his mind gets diverted from what was going on and by the look of it her plan was working but he never for once loosened his hold on her hand...

11 stitches 1 cast 2 injections 2 hrs. And lot of drama later, particularly for injections for which she literally had to hold him, after begging requesting and threats didn't work, he was allowed to go but the doctor advised to let him get up own his own.

His head spin a little as he sat up, she supported him " feeling okay ? Dard to nahi ho raha ? "

He shook his head " paani.."

" paani.. Main abhi laati hun tum uthna mat okay " coming out of the room she waited as Sameer rushed to bring some water

" ah ! Mrs. Mallik, everything okay ? "

" yes Dr. Das, thank you so much. You were so patient with him "

" oh that's nothing it's my duty. That's what we are here for. " he smiled warmly " but... I agree there was another reason here, when you weren't here the way your husband reacted on finding where he was, quiet surprised me. Trust me in my 35 years of medical career I've seen many people who are not comfortable with the place, doctors or needles but the way he reacted was way... Different. My experince tells me that it's nothing ordinary, there might be some other reason ,some deeper cause " he stopped ,his fatherly smile was now replaced with the look that years of experience brought, Ridhhima knew that he was right at a point even she had felt so but never bothered much and now even the wise guy had pointed it out. She wondered if she should tell him about his nightmares..

" maam.. Paani " Sameer gave her a bottle and a glass,

" thanks Sameer " she again turned to the doctor " thank you again doctor ,I think you're right, but right now as you can see making him stay here any longer is quiet impossible ,even for me "

" I can understand, here's my card. I think I can recommend someone who can be of great help to you "

She took the card " thanks doctor ,I'll keep it in mind and give you a call "

In the car on their way back home he dozed off, but due to bumpy road he could not rest his head properly, shifting slightly to her side with eyes closed looking for perfect position he rested his head on her shoulder. Ridhhima was on phone with BP who told her that all of them were on their way too, it was then she felt his head on her shoulder... She knew he would feel drowsy due to medicines but wasn't expecting this. She hesitated for a moment feeling awkward, but a bump on road troubled him again and she immediately put her hand on his cheek supporting him. He seemed unaware of it, too drowsy and content with a soft 'pillow' to rest his head on... For the rest of the way back she sat like that, with her hand on his cheek and his head on her shoulder...

When they reached back home everyone along with Shashank, Padma , Rajat, Aditya were waiting for them. Virendra rushed to him, he was both angry and worried. Shashank stopped him from saying anything to him at that moment. They took him to the room where he immediately fell half- asleep, it was more due to medicines than anythong else. Padma sat by his side caressing his head and by the look on his face he liked it too, Shashank checked upon him again just to be sure

" well, ghabrane waali to koi baat nahi hai. Bas thodaa sa rest aur thodi dekhbhaal and he will be fit and fine again "

" rest !? Aur Armaan ? Uncle yeh word to iski dictionary main agar yeh khud dhundega to bhi nahi milega " Shashank smiled hearing Muskaan's remark

" well to usko tight rakhne ke liye hamare paas bhi ek raasta hai " BP said " kyun Ridhhima ? "

" absolutely BP ,don't worry main dekh lungi . Har baar Armaan ki zid nahi chalegi " she replied and everyone seemed pleased with it

When Shashank decided to take leave, Padma got up from his side... He shifted his head a little, probably irritated at the sudden stop of his head message... Padma saw it and called Ridhhima softly

" Ridhhi.. Ridhhi, yahan aana beta " Ridhhima came by her side " aap yahan Armaan ke saath baitho aur sar par halke haath ferte rahna, usko aaraam mil raha hai aise " Ridhhima could see the frown on his face. Padma planted a soft kiss on his forehead, then hugging Ridhhima lovingly she took leave... Everyone else too left the room leaving both of them alone

He twisted his head again, she found that the weight of plaster was probably digging into his ribs, disturbing him. She quickly picked up a pillow and gently placed it under his hand. He sighed in his sleep more comfortable now. She sat by his side looking at him, he looked pale, nothing like the Armaan she saw in the morning. A light frown was still there. Hesitating for a moment she started stroking his hair gently. The little frown which was left got vanished...

She smiled to herself seeing him at ease, there was definitely some blood loss but he'd flatly refused any transfusion. Well ,she'll take care of that part, she'll see to it that he takes healthy food to make up for the loss. Sitting by his side she remembered how everybody showered her with love and agreed when Muskaan said that he escaped anything fatal all due to fast that she'd kept for him...

She wondered if it was so but then her thought drifted to the nightmare, it was still so vivid, she'd never seen anything like that in her life. Was it some kind of premonition... An indication ? Was it what Muskaan had said ' a bond ' that went beyond any definition.. Something inexplicable between two people who love each other more than self ... Like husband and wife...

She shook her head " nahi ! ,hum to sirf dost hain, sirf bahut achhe dost.. Aur wo to sirf ek sapna tha "

Another voice spoke somewhere in her mind " yes it was just a dream.. Which almost came true " she had no answer to that...

Seeing that he was sound asleep she came out, thinking of freshing up a little with Martin's coffee and Muski's chat session. While passing through Virendra's room ,she thought of checking upon him as well.. He looked ashen seeing Armaan's condition...

" Papa..." she called softly

He turned quickly hiding something behind " Oh Ridhhima beta tum ? Mujhe laga ki..." he breathed in and kept the thing he was holding, back " Aao naar...Armaan ne jyada pareshan to nahi kiya..? Mujhe to umeed hi nahi thi ki wo hospital ke andar paer bhi rakhega ?? " he smiled

" Bas puchhiye mat papa kitni mushkil se maine bandage hone tak roka hai..." Her eyes fell on the frame, It was Naina's picture " papa.. aap naina mom ko yaad kar rahe the ? "

He smiled sadly... " Main bhula hi kab tha use.. Aaj Armaan ke accident ki baat suni to kuch purani baatein yaad aa gayi.." He went quiet " Us hospital ke haadse ke baad mujhe ummed nahi thi ki wo kabhi us jagah par paer bhi rakhega, but I'm so glad ki tum uske saath thi... Thanks beta.."

" Papa isme thanks ki koi baat hi nahi hai, magar papa aap kaun se haadse ki baat kar rahein aaj hua wo..." wondering if he was talking of his bike accident months ago, when she met him for the first time

" Nahi.. jo barso pehle hua, jisne usse uski sabse pyaari cheez chhen li aur us jagah ka darr hamesha ke liye uske mann main bitha diya..."

" Hospital se ?? " he nodded, questions flooded her mind again

" Papa ,aapse ek baat puchhun ? "

" Haan beta, kyun nahi ? "

" Papa pure ghar main Naina mom ki ek bhi tasveer nahi hai. Kyun papa ? Aap jab mom ko itna yaad karte hain phir..."

He looked at her ,pausing momentarily " Armaan ki wajah se..." She must have looked puzzled " tumhe Armaan ne Naina ke baare main kuch nahi bataya...? " he suddenly sounded as if he expected to hear something from her

She hesitated whether to say yes or no... If she says no that would definitely raise questions about their relationship and if she says yes she might never know the reason... She decided to take neutral path " Haan kuch kaha to tha magar jyada kuch nahi..."

He sighed " Mujhe samajh jaana chahiye tha ki wo iss baare main shayad hi kuch kahega...aur kahega bhi tab jab use khud kuch... Waise Kya kaha usne tumse ? "

She didn't had to think about it much she knew very little, all thanks to Martin for stopping Maria that day, and that was not something to forget " Bas itna hi ki ek hadse main Naina mom..."

" Haan.. aur kya usne tumhe yeh bataya ki tab wo bhi Naina ke saath hi tha ?, wo bahut hi bhayanak samay tha... Naina aur Armaan... Mujhe laga ki main dono ko kho dunga..."

" magar papa Naina mom ko hua kya tha ? "

" Naina aur Armaan, dono hospital main the... Naina was in quiet bad shape..." she could see the pain of past on his face " uss haadse ke baad hamne socha ki bura waqt guzar gaya, magar yeh kya pata tha ki abhi sabse bura waqt aana tha...wahan Naina par hamla hua..."

" what ?! " she didn't knew that

" haan, aur... Aur wo shuruat thi hamare sabse bure sapne ki... Maine Naina ko kho diya, Armaan ne apni maa ko..." he paused " Wo kehta nahi magar mujhe nahi lagta ki wo us sadme se abhi tak ubar paaya hai... Main itne saalon main wo din nahi bhula paaya aur Armaan.. wo to..."

" Wo to ? "

" Wo aur Naina..."

" Veeru !, arre yaar tum yahan ho aur main saare ghar main tumhe dhind aaya..." BP entered with his usual booming voice " Chalo zara ek baat clear karni hai Japan se Hamimoto ka call aaya hai... Sorry beta but it's imporatant "

" It's okay BP..." Virendra went away with Sunil... but looking at Naina's pic. that day she felt.. saw... that for some wounds even time didn't had any remedy... She decided now wasn't thr right time to push them for the past... deciding to give them their time she came out...

Two days passed since that terrible day. He was forbidden to leave the house till Ridhhima's approval ,knowing that there was no appeal against this order he agreed. But this was not just it, he have her tough time, let it be food or medicine, he tried his best to avoid both, most of the time it was Muskaan who stuffed it in his mouth or Ridhhima's stern glare which controlled him a bit. She wondered that if this is the situation in just two days ,it will take just another two to make her completely crazy !. But inspite of everything she tried not to be too hard on him, after coming back from hospital he had tough time sleeping with the nightmares . She had spent the whole first night sitting by his side comforting him ,two days later he was better... A little too better...

She was on phone with Padma when he came and stood by her side " Ridhhima.. Ridhhima " She looked at him asking what is it.. " mujhe ice-cream khani hai, tumhare liye laun kya ? "

She looked at him keeping the phone away " ice-cream ? Ab ? Koi ice-cream nahi khani itni raat ko. Kal phir chhinkoge, kal kha lena " saying so she went back to her call

" nahi, I want it now " he demanded

" no Armaan, kaha na abhi nahi. Ab zid mat karo ,don't be a baby "

Padma heard their argument " Ridhhi, agar uska man kar raha hai to khane de naa "

" nahi mumma aapko nahi pata.." seeing that Padma was on his side he shouted out" thanks beautiful ! "

" chup Armaan, aur mumma aap iski zyada side mat lo, aapko nahi pata saari mushkil meri ho jayegi " she glared at him " no ice cream ,jao ja kar rest karo ya kuch kaam kar lo and don't try to be clever ! main abhi Martin ko keh deti hun , no ice cream for you "

He pouted and made a cutest face ever " plleesshh " it took all her self control not to give in. She knew if she melt now he would wake up either having cold or cough or both and she didn't wanted either. The thought made gave her some resisting power and she turned her face away..

Seeing that it didn't work ,he huffed ,coming to his side of bed he lied down clearly showing that he was angry. Ridhhima tried to hide her grin from him " nautanki ".. By the time she finished her call and came to check upon him, he was already asleep. She checked his forehead to see if he was okay ,finding everything fine she too went to sleep.

In the middle of the night his eyes popped open, he turned his head around to see if she was sleeping. With a naughty grin on his face.. He tip-toed to the door and did a small victory dance when he was out... He ran to the kitchen ready to attack the refrigerator.

Opening the fridge ,he took out every flavour ice-cream kept there and with a table spoon sat down right there on the floor relishing all in the light of the fridge... He couldn't risk switching on the kitchen lights, that ' spy ' Martin could land from anywhere...

He took a big spoonful of ice-cream " hehehe, see Ridimba I'm eating ice-cream, come and stop mee " saying in a sing song manner he quickly gulped it down. After finishing about quarter of all 5 flavour buckets he felt contented. Now another challenge awaited him... Going back to the room just the way he came...

Peeping inside the room he found her still on the bed, he breathed in, again tip toe-ing inside he quietly came to his side. Ridhhima was still asleep. he was about to lie down when

* BURP * owww ! *

The Einstein gave out a big burp and while trying to cover it up forgot that the hand he is using is in solid plaster ! The hand straight away landed on his nose, calling for a bigger reaction..!

He quickly turned to see if she was awake and thanked god on finding her still asleep. Taking no further risks he quickly hid himself under covers and went off to sleep. Mission ice-cream was accomplished...

Ridhhima smiled, her eyes closed. She infact knew that he had sneaked out when she felt rustling of the sheets she saw him sneaking into the kitchen... At first she thought of stopping him but then decided otherwise she knew he won't give up until he had what he wanted, probably he needed a lesson. He is such a stubborn blockhead ! But then seeing him relishing the ice cream with all childlike innocence, she just could not bring herself to dampen his mood. Making a mental note to keep a cough and cold medicine ready for tomorrow she came back feigning sleep, smiling when he gave out that loud burp. Armaan never came to know anything.

As she'd predicted the next day he spent more than his usual time sneezing and developed a sore throat with cough. Coughing loudly he looked at her from the corner of his eye, fearing she might say something and was surprised when she didn't said a word, she was busy folding up some of her dresses. Inspite of trying super hard he could not control his coughing, he glanced at her direction and this time found her standing by his side with arms folded across her chest, glaring at him. He grinned sheepishly.

" hehe.. Wo.. * cough * cough * ehem * ehem * wo thoda gala.. dry sa ho gaya hai " she still didn't said a word just smiled sarcastically ,nodding. Then without a word she went out of the room. He breathed in relieved that she hadn't yelled at him... But if he thought he was safe then he was so... Wrong... Within two minutes she stood before him uncapping a bottle..

" yeh kya hai ?! " he made a face seeing it

" tumhari punishment "

" what !? "

" mch ! Cough syrup hai jo tum abhi bina koi behes (argument) kiye peene waale ho "

" haha.. And you think aisa hoga ? "

" bilkul "

" No way ! " he quickly got up from the couch and ran away from there

" Arrrmaaann " she shouted after him

" No Ridimba main yeh bilkul nahi lene waala "

" oh yes, you are ! Maine nahi kaha tha ki raat ko chhup chhup kar ice cream khao " he stopped on his tracks surprised,

" so she knew, clever ! " he thought

" but still you have to catch me first " he threw a cushion at her which straight away landed on her head. That was it ! With that started the cat mouse chase. She cleverly ran to the door locking it, barring him from running anywhere. Threats, challenges, pillows, cushions.. All landed everywhere in the room and within ten minutes it looked as if a tornado had passed from there.

After a good 15 minute running around the room he slowed down getting bit tired ,grabbing the opportunity she cornered him " bas ho gaya ? You loose. Ab chalo muh kholo "

" Nahi main yeh nahi piyunga yeh bahut kadwi hai.." he slumped on the couch, she sat before him on the table pouring a spoonful, making sure that he doesn't run away again

" Armaan, don't be a baby. Abhi yahi hai aur dawai koi khana nahi hai jo taste ke hisab se bane "

" To banni chahiye naa.. Main apne research scientists se kahunga wo ek meethi cough syrup banayenge "

" wo bachho ke liye hota hai, aur jab banegi tab ki tab dekhenge abhi tum chup chap muh kholo " bringing the spoon forward

" Nahi main yeh nahi piyunga "

" Kyyuun..?? " exasperated

" Kyunki mujhe yeh hak hai ki main decide karun ki main dawai lu ya naa lu..."

" Achha ! woh kaise ? "

" Kyunki cough mujhe hai patient main hun " he gave a wise reply

" To doctor main hun " she'd had enough now

" Achha to kya hua main.. Main pati hun " finding nothing else to present in his favour

" Achha ! Wow ! now look Mr. Armaan Mallik, yahaan doctor main hun aur upar se I'm your wife !, to mujhe double hak hai. Ab chup chap muh kholte ho ya nahi..." she threatened him

Armaan was happily surprised to hear those words, he looked at her frowning face " haan tumhe hak hai Ridhhima, pura hak hai " he thought as she brought the spoon near his mouth

" Kuch kaha tumne ? " He shook his head and opened his mouth quietly without any argument... she was surprised at the sudden surrender

As soon as the medicine went in ,He stuck his tongue out making a face " uuaaghh ,rat poison ! "

She laughed melting a little, the medicine was bitter, then she remembered she had a small chocolate with her which she brought for Angel, taking it out of her pocket she handed it to him

" yeh kya hai..? "

" your reward for being a good boy " looking delighted he took it.. Breaking it in two.. He gave her a peice...

" yeh kisliye...? "

" For being a wonderful doctor and.. best friend..." She smiled, sitting side by side they ate the chocolate cheering it like a toast...

They all sat together having family time..

" dad, main soch raha tha ki kal se office join kar lun, kaafi din ho gaye bahut saara kaam ruka pada hai "

Virendra kept his tea cup down " well ,yeh to Ridhhima par depend karta hai, agar use lagta hai ki tum office aa sakte ho to theek hai warna.."

Rahul laughed hearing it " welcome to married life bhai.. Ab tu bhi apni biwi ke rehmo karam par hai ,meri tarah "

Muskaan hit on his shoulder " dekha papa ,yeh keh to aise raha hai jaise main Hitler hun " all laughed at their banter

" arre nahi darling, main to use samjha raha tha ki biwi ki baat maanna seekh le wo hamesha sahi hoti hai.. Aur kahan tum, kahan Hitler ! " Muskaan seemed pleased with the answer. Rahul bent towards Ridhhima " bechara Hitler bhi iske saamne kuch nahi hai " Ridhhima hid her laugh in fake cough

" papa main dekh kar batati hun, hopefully ab tak sab theek ho jaana chahiye, plaster to abhi atleast ek week aur lega magar stitches khul jayenge to he can go " he smiled at her ,pleased to know

He rested his head back on the couch a coushion in his arms and to her surprise calm, waiting as she started getting ready to open up his stitches

" bas do minute hmm, pakka bilkul dard nahi hoga " she assured him

" ohho Ridhhima, stop worrying. You look more scared than him " said Rahul

Smiling Armaan turned his head up looking at her " it's okay Ridhhima, I know tum mujhe zara bhi dard nahi hone dogi " she gained her control back with his trusting words

Rahul whistled and got a slap on his arm from Muskaan " helloo, Romeo Juliet, agar vote of confidence pass ho gaya ho to kaam kar lein ? " Ridhhima suddenly felt conscious and tried to focus on the task ahead

It hardly took 15 minutes for her expert hands. She kept her promise ,he never felt a thing. He looked into the mirror, except a thin line no trace of that horrible day remained... Well except the plaster and that too will go away in few days... He was both happy and sad for it... He would miss her feeding him, calling to check upon him, scolding him when he delibrately missed food or medicine. He was getting so used to of her being around that he hated even the thought of being away from her... He enjoyed each and every moment spent with her, this craving never stopped infact it had grown even more...

Armaan's face flustered he was trying to button up his shirt but " damn ! these buttons ! " They were so small that he couldn't put them through the button hole with one hand in plaster...

A pair of hands suddenly took over, he looked up and saw Ridhhima undoing his wrong buttons and then putting them again...

" Sabse sab kaam nahi hote, mujhe bula nahi sakte the ? " not looking at him

" Nahi, wo maine socha..." he trailed off ,how can he explain her that everytime she touched him, no matter how light, he found himself on the verge of loosing himself...

" Haan haan tumne socha ki agar main button band kar dungi to tumhari superman ki image kharab ho jayegi hai naa.." He shook his head in yes and then quickly in no... She laughed " Armaan tum bhi naa.. Bass...lo ho gaya.. Tie kahan hai ? " He pointed to it " dekho don't take much stress okay... I'll bring the lunch and medicine and NO site " she added firmly , he grinned

" Okay governer... Aur kuch ? " She shook her head smiling " bye see you.."

" Bye " she said softly...

She felt relieved after days. It had been quiet a while since she'd worked tension free, especially after Armaan's accident. She decided to have quick cup of coffee with Sapna and Chirag catching up on things before leaving for Armaan's office. She has to keep an eye on him for few more days before she was absolutely sure...

Coming to the cafeteria she sat down at their favourite seat, soon Sapna and Chiraag came there chatting.

" don't worry chirag I'm sure we can do something, aur Armaan hai naa.."

" hey guys " Ridhhima greeted them and their chat session began

" so Ridhhima, ab Armaan kaisa hai ? " Chirag asked

" Armaan, much better.. "

" oh good, mujhe actually tumse kuch baat karni thi.. Itne dino se mauka hi nahi mil paaya "

" haan sach yeh Armaan ke chakkar main naa.. Kya kahun, wo abhi bhi utna hi workaholic hai.." Chirag looked at her quizzically, she continued " bahut laparwah hai, duniya bhar ki baatein yaad rehti hain magar khana khana bhul jaata hai. last time normal logo ki tarah kab soya tha mujhe yaad nahi.. Saara dhyaan mujhe rakhna padta hai.. aur kabhi kabhi to bilkul bachha ban jaata hai ,roz promise karke agle din se phir wohi sab shuru " she chuckled remembering the ice-cream incident but what she missed was Sapna's scanning eyes..

" hey, don't worry, ab to wo theek hai naa . That's more important " Ridhhima nodded " Achha tum kuch keh rahe the naa.." she asked Chirag

But before he could say anything his pager beeped " guys, you carry on, mujhe ek patient ko check karne jaana hai " he said getting up and soon went away

" Sapna.. Is it me ya phir aaj Chiraag kuch chup chup sa.. Pareshan sa lag raha hai "

" ohh ,so you noticed. "

" Kya matlab ?? "

" Matlab yeh ki shayad tum apni baaton main yeh bhul gayi ki wo tumse kuch baat karna chahta tha.."

" Haan maine suna magar beech main uski call aa gayi "

" Yes of course, agar tujhe Armaan ki baaton se fursat milti to shayad tu kuch aur dekhti aur sunti bhi..." Her pager beeped " oh ek baj gaya ! mujhe bhi ek patient ko check karne jaana hai..."

" Ek baj gaya ! God main bhi chalti hun Armaan ko lunch de kar aati hun... Papa aur BP ki to wo sunta hi nahi aur Rahul bhaiyya bhi office main nahi hain " Sapna watched her almost running out, wondering if she realised what was going on...

Armaan came back from office all tired... it had been a hectic week, due to the accident a lot of work piled up... He spent every night of the past week going through uncountable files, presentations, proposals, deals, reports. This was the work he brought home and not to forget the work at office as well. Often he came quiet late, sometimes he would find her waiting for him ,sometimes asleep and then he would sit by her side watching her innocent beauty forgetting all his tiredness. It went on for more than a week until she'd fought with him not to be such a workaholic... But by then the work was back on the track... Almost...

Today he came earlier than his usual late hours, but she could sense his tiredness from his eyes at the dinner too he didn't eat properly and kept shifting in his seat uncomfertably ,these things didn't go unnoticed by her... After dinner Ridhhima got busy in kitchen with Muskaan but when she came back she didn't find Armaan there..

" Arre Armaan kahan gaya main to dessert le kar aayi thi... Uski favourite ice-cream.."

" Beta usne kaha ki uska mann nahi hai shayad bahut thak gaya hai.. Isliye sone chala gaya.." BP said...

Ridhhima felt bit disappointed she wanted him to be around... But then concern took over... ' Is he okay...?' " Papa Main abhi aati hun.." She could not stay there for a minute... As she went to the room she found him lying on the bed on his stomach she called out " Armaan.." No reply... She called again... " Armaaan " .He stirred his head a bit and Ridhhima quickly went up and sat by his side, his face was on other side... " Armaan are you okay ? "

He turned his face to her smiling tiredly... " Hmmm..." She was still not convinced...

" Armaan sach batao kya hua...? "

" Kuch nahi Ridhhima, I'm fine just thoda backache hai... abhi thoda araam karunga to theek ho jayega..." Then he turned and tried to get up but shut his eyes due to pain, his back was really hurting as he could not rest properly for a whole week and then that couch, where he often fell asleep, was not exactly a comfortable bed to sleep...

" Armaan tum kahan ja rahe ho...? "

" Main bas thoda kaam tha socha aaj khatam hi kar duun ,tum so jao main wahaan room main chala jaata hun..." he kept a hand on his neck and rotated it not looking at her...

" Armaan tum yahin leto thodi der main kamar par pain reliever laga deti hun..."

" Nahi pain reliever nahi usse skin main irritation ho jaati hai aur jalta bhi hai..."

" to koi tablet de dun ? "

" No ! No tablet plz. I can't even bear the smell "

Ridhhima thought for a moment... " Achha theek hai main abhi aati hun tum yahaan se hilna mat, kaam itna bhi jaruri nahi hai, wo kal bhi ho sakta hai... Abhi aaram karo.."

He smiled lightly at the order " magar hua kya ? jaa kahaan rahi ho...? "

" Mchh, tum bas aaraam karo main abhi aati hun..."

He watched her go he then took off his t-shirt and threw it away carelessly again falling back, face hidden in the pillow... He was so tired that he kind of fell asleep within minutes... Ridhhima entered the room with a bowl in her hand and saw him lying on the bed.. She quietly went up to him and called softly

" Armaan.." He didn't stirred " Armaan so gaye kya ?? " Again no reply she kept the bowl at the bedside and was in a dilemma for a moment but then made up her mind. Sitting next to him she gently pulled up his vest. His back now bare... he stirred a little but then was silent again a frown was on his face, may be because of backache... She took some hot oil in her palms and rubbing them together started massaging it gently... She poured more oil and continue massaging him...

As she stroked his back his frown subsided and he sighed relieved the massage was doing it's magic..or was it the one who was doing it...

Ridhhima moved her oily hands on his firmly built back, sensations rose in her heart, feelings that were unknown or rather she'd kept hidden even from herself rose in her heart.. Thoughts.. desires... Filled her mind, increasing her heartbeat... She had always admired his muscular body but the touch was so... Sensuous, that she found herself thinking all that she considered forbidden... The day in the pool flashed in her mind ,how dangerously hot he looked and those swimming trunks multiplied his sex appeal thousand times. She had already kicked herself at ogling him like that that day... But she just couldn't resist at times.. Like now...

She jerked her head and tried to divert her mind else where.. He smiled eyes still closed the hands.. those soft fingers and the gentle pressure hmmm... It felt heveanly...

On the other hand seeing him relieved gave her immense satisfaction.. He slowly opened his eyes turning his face towards her... for a moment didn't knew what was going on... He closed his eyes again feeling veerry comfertable but after a moment or two his eyes flashed open... he jumped up..

" Ridhhima tum..?! Tum yeh kya kar rahi ho ?? " Ridhhima felt bit embarresed and shy momentarily

" wo... Main..." but soon overcame it " arre itne hairan kyun ho rahe ho.. Tumhari kamar main dard tha, pain reliever tumne lagwana nahi tha to maine socha goli se achha to yeh hi hai ki main garam tel se thodi si maalish kar dun.. Kyun tumhe aaram nahi mila ?? " Looking at him innocently..

" Nahi.. I mean haan.. Magar.. Tumhe yeh sab karne ki koi jarurat nahi hai Ridhhima.. I'm fine kal tak bilkul theek ho jayega..."

She sighed " Armaan cmmon.. Kya tumhe mujhse sharam aati hai..." Saying in a naughty tone...Armaan was totally surprised hearing it she'd hit him with the same words he used when they were in the pool, he looked at her with mouth open, seeing his expression she burst out laughing.. " Oh cmmon Armaan ek dost hone ke naate main itna to kar hi sakti hun naa.. And don't forget I'm a doctor too.." He still looked at her in wonder.. " Ab aise dekhne ki koi zarurat nahi hai chalo leto main thoda sa tael aur laga deti hun subah tak to tum bhul bhi chuke honge ki kamar dard hota kya hai.." she pushed him back gently...

" Magar Ridhhima.."

" Armaan ,shhh ,chup.. bilkul.. ab aankhein band karo and just relax..." He did as was ordered and as he felt her soft hands on his back again he felt immense relief and comfort under that heveanly touch.

He fought hard with himself to control his desire to grab her, wrap her in his arms and kiss her passionately... And do lot more... her touch was creating havoc in his heart and at the same time it felt so nice... fighting with himself ,groaning inside, he fell into the magic of the wonderful touch and in no time was asleep...

It was more than half an hour before she noticed that he was asleep, smiling she got up from there and went to the other room... she brought his long pillow which she placed under his arm... he immediately snuggled up to it, Ridhhima could not help but think how cute he looked she brought a hand forward to caress his hair, but then hesitating.. pulled it back she stood by his side, eyes still not moving from his face heart reluctant to go from there... But as he stirred a little she came out of her trance.. She then tucked him properly with the blanket. She had some work too, some patients file to go through...

Not wishing to disturb his sleep she switched off the light by his side and went to work on the couch but soon dozed off, Within 20 minutes on that couch she felt restless...

" Hey bhagwaan it's so uncomfortable to sleep here pata nahi Armaan yahan kaise so jaata tha... Tabhi uski kamar main itna dard hai..." she remembered how he would often fall asleep on the couch and she would wake him up at night asking him to sleep on bed... She again felt an unknown tug in her heart ,resting there on the couch she could not sleep a wink not because she was uncomfertable but because she could not take her mind off from Armaan's thoughts... She decided to change the place, seeing that he was sound asleep she went to the other room...

She glanced at the watch... it was 1 o'clock she got up to have a drink of water, she didn't knew why but she just could not concentrate on the file.. Determined to go to sleep after that... pouring herself a glass of water gulping it down she thought

" Zara Armaan ko ek baar dekh aaoun theek se soya hai ya nahi..." She went to the room and saw him all curled up due to cold clutching his pillow and blanket that was suppose to cover him was under him...! She shivered, the room ,it was almost freezing. Another thing she noticed was that he was never satisfied with the auto cooling option in the A.C.. He always fixed it at a temprature ,often to a freezing degree... she wondered what he is... He felt hot at night, almost freezes the room and then in the morning sneezes non stop just by getting on the floor barefoot... She exhaled and picking up the remote adjusted the temprature to a bearable degree.. Thankfully he was deep asleep and didn't even stirred..Ridhhima sighed shaking her head..

" Bhagwaan... yeh ladka bhi naa..dhang se sona bhi nahi aata..." She came up to him and saw that pulling the blanket from underneath him was not possible she went back and brought another blanket... This time tucking it properly so that it does not slips off and lands under him like the other... When she finished tucking she went back thinking to just quickly go through the file ,but this time she kept the door open enough to keep an eye on him...

This was a wise decision, after that she had to get up 10 times to tuck him up... Everytime he turned the blanket slipped off and then he shivered... But even when she had to get up ten times she wasn't irritated, her concern for him was of far greater importance than her comfort... The whole night went by like this, even when she came to sleep by his side she kept an eye on him making sure that he was okay...

Armaan got up with a big smile ,streaching himself.. all cheery and fresh . As he stepped down he was amazed that he didn't had his regular sneezing bout this time ,very happily he looked around to see where Ridhhima was, not finding her there he thought she might have gone for a jog and went to freshen up... Coming out, he still didn't find her, he called her out..

" Ridhhima.. Ridhhima... Rrriiiddhhiimaaa " she came in running

" Armaan ! Kya hua ? Are you okay ? Tum chilla kyun rahe the ?? " worried

" where were you ? Pata hai aaj to kamaal ho kya ! Aaj main ek baar bhi nahi chhinka (sneezed) ! " excited

She huffed " Armaan , tum yeh kehne ke liye itna chilla rahe the " he nodded smiling cutely ,she rolled her eyes trying to fake some anger but was clearly not able to do so. She turned to go away but he held her hand... Surprised, she turned around and saw him looking at her with deep smiling eyes

" hey ,thanks, for yesterday..." slowly he let go of her hand but held her captivated by his eyes... after an awkward moment not knowing what else to say she asked

" waise Armaan tum is couch par thede medhe kaise so jaate the ? Main to 20 minute main hi pareshan ho gayi, it's clearly not meant for sleeping "

" kya ?! Tum yahan soyi thi ? Are you nuts ! Kya tumhe bhi apni kamar main dard karna hai ? kya zarurat thi wahan some ki kya yeh bed chhota hai ?! " he showered her with questions

" Armaan relax. Just kaam karte karte aankh lag gayi thi " she shook her head ,smiling at his silly worry, but somewhere it felt nice that he cared enough

" wo jo kuch bhi ho, magar abse tum couch par nahi sougi okay "

" okay governer " she saluted at his order and both started giggling. Their session got inturrupted when a servant came to tell him that Rahul had called him.

" Armaan tum jao main bhi breakfast banane chalti hun "

He came back humming a song ,glancing at the watch he grabbed his towel and turning on the music to a loud level went in to have a bath...

As soon as he turned to the shower cubicle he freezed, forgetting even to inhale such was the sight before his eyes... She was in the shower... Naked...

His first reaction was to turn around and move out , but this he could only think  and not do. His feet refused to obey what mind said... He stood there admiring the marble structure before his eyes... She was humming along the tune of the song, washing her hair... oblivious of his presence, her back towards him... He saw the soap trailing down along her spine to the most perfect backside he'd ever come across... He could feel his heartbeat rising by second.. excitement growing within him... She was still unaware of his presence there ,humming, eyes tightly shut... That explained why she didn't reacted or he was alive... Was he really alive coz this felt like surreal...

He could not stop himself from having another glance at those perfect curves, he ached to caress those mounds, hold them in his hands and... And... Damn ! His mind ran haywire... he turned his face away, heart and mind fought a feirce battle... Heart wanted to reach out to her... make her his, the body shouted out his need and mind fought to be sensible... The feet got jammed and eyes refused to miss even a second of admiring the most beautiful thing ever... He stood there stiff as a board but there was another part of his body which was getting stiff... he knew it was wrong, his fists clentched as he fought for self control... Then the sense started to win... And when she reached out, to take shower handle probably ,he got a glimpse of her milky white ,firm breasts... With that dark puckered skin in the middle contrasting with the milky white...

Damn ! He turned his face away trying to come out of the enchantment... It would be wise to get out now otherwise he feared he would loose all self control .Quietly he started stepping back before she could sense his presence or he did something stupid...

He came out, closing the door again, leaning by the wall he panted as if he'd ran miles, heartbeat erratic... He closed his eyes but that was a bad idea... all he could see was her in the shower, the soap trailing down... Her curves.. The perfection from top to bottom... if she had this effect just by her back then if she'd have turned then he might have really lost all the self control. Banging his head on the wall he repreminded himself... " Armaan, Armaan stop it... Control yourself... Damn... It's soo hard..."

He came out of the room ,probably some fresh air can cool him down... Good idea...

She came out of the shower still in bath robe, thinking no one is there but same time Armaan entered the room ,after gaining back his control, he was stunned to see her fresh from the shower water dripping from her hair and a rosiness on her cheeks and for a moment the shower scene flashed before his eyes. All self control on the verge of going down to drain ,he knew it well.

He looked away from her " sorry wo.. Mujhe pata nahi tha " she too felt bit awkward and conscious but breathed in when he walked out of the room . while getting dressed her thoughts trailed down to him... how he has changed, was this the same Armaan who tried to kiss her the first night and then had almost forced himself later... Look at him now, how understanding he has become a most understanding friend... She smiled at the thought,she was touched by his thoughtfulness and caring nature. Dressing herself in a nice saree she came down for the breakfast..

He breathed deeply blinking softly admiring her... But with Martin clearing of throat came back... That day both were rather quiet on the way to work, both thinking about each other in silence, sitting together yet far away from each other yet together in thoughts ... .

Ridhhima chatted with Sapna after a long day, cathing up on each other. Sapna mostly did the listening part as Ridhhima talked animatedly about Armaan, Rahul... Armaan.. Muskaan, Angel... Armaan... BP, Virendra... Armaan... A faint smile came to her lips she hadn't seen her talking like that about anyone before. She looked more lively, confident... And happy... Armaan really have managed to charm her... But the thing was... Was she aware of it ? And Vivek..?!

" Sapna.. Sapnaa " she shook her lightly

" h..haan "

" kya hua ? Kahan kho gayi ? " Sapna still looked at her " ab aise kya dekh rahi hai ? " she asked

" Badlaav "

" Badlaav ?? matlab ?? "

She exhaled " matlab ki main dekh rahi hun ki kaise Waqt aur haalat insaan ko badal dete hain..." Ridhhima tried to make sense what she was saying " Aur yeh jaruri to nahi ki sab badlaav bure hi ho, shayad insaan ko waqt ke sath badal jaana chahiye, badlaav ko sweekar kar lena chahiye..."

" Sapna tu aakhir kehna kya chahti hai ?? "

" Main yeh keh rahi hun Ridhhima ki kuch baatein hamari aankhon ke saamne hote hue bhi hum dekh nahi paate..." She still looked puzzled " nahi samjhi ? Achha yeh bata teri shaadi ko kitna waqt ho gaya ? "

" chheh (6) mahine hone waale hain "

" aur Vivek ko gaye hue kitna time ho gaya...? " She asked again

" Dus mahine.." Ridhhima said softly after a moment, unable to decide what she wanted to prove

" Hum yahaan do ghante se baithe hain Ridhhima aur tune ek baar bhi Vivek ka naam nahi liya, Armaan ke alawa koi aur baat nahi kari... Uaki har takleef, har shararat bata di magar ek baar bhi yeh nahi kaha ki Vivek kahan hoga ? kaisa hoga...?, yeh batane ke liye ki Vivek ko gaye kitna time ho gaya, tujhe sochna pada.. Ek waqt tha Ridhhima jab tujhe Vivek ki chinta har waqt khaye jaati thi aur ab... Ab tujhe Armaan ke alawa kuch yaad nahi aata. Teri har baat Armaan se shuru ho kar Armaan par khatam ho jaati hai "

" Sapna ! yeh sach nahi hai, aur aakhir in sab baaton ka matlab kya hai ? " She asked bit irritated and angry but somewhere she knew what she meant, snd she was proved right the next moment

" Saaf shabdo kahun to baat yeh hai ki tu Vivek ko bhulti jaa rahi hai..." Ridhhima was shocked no words came out of her mouth.. " Armaan's not a bad guy Ridhhima " Sapna added softly

Horrified at the implication of her words " No way Sapna.." Finally she found her tongue " How can you say that ! I know Armaan's not a bad guy magar wo Vivek nahi hai, aur main.. Main Vivek ko nahi bhuli hun, no I haven't " she added more firmly and got up from the chair bit shaken

Sapna too got up and kept a hand over her shoulder " yes, you haven't. meri baat ka bura mat manna Ridhhi, shayad kabhi tujhe meri baat samajh aa jaye... Aaj nahi to kal "

Sapna started to walk away, " Sapna.." Ridhhima called her, she turned " since when you joined Armaan's camp ? Mujhe lagta tha ki you didn't like him ? "

She smiled a bit... " sirf waqt aur haalat ka farq hai RIdhhima, jaisa maine kaha yeh insaan ko badal dete hain aur yahi dono insaan ki pehchaan bhi karwate hain... Rahi meri baat to I just want to see you happy... Jaise tu ab hai, pehle se kahin jyada..."

Ridhhima stood there puzzled watching Sapna walk away... She was shaken by her words and was confused too.. At one hand she was accusing her of forgetting Vivek and at other she took Armaan's side.. What is it ?? Is she really forgetting Vivek ??

" Kya sach mein main badal gayi hun ?? Kya main Vivek ko dhoka de rahi hun ?? "

She remembered how she was getting more and more carefree around Armaan.. Yes, they have become friends, but then those accidental moments which caused those forbidden thoughts in her mind... And what was that what she felt yesterday while messaging his back ! ' Oh my God I was messaging his back !! ' The thought terrified her ,making her feel immensely guilty.. Probably she was crossing boundaries...even if unknowingly...

She fought to control her tears feeling angry on herself... Sapna was right she was indeed forgetting Vivek... She had hardly taken any pains to look for Vivek herself, how easily she believed Armaan that he will bring him back... had trusted him with everything...

" No Armaan won't lie to me.. And Vivek... I do love him ,I haven't forgotten him..." she walked through the corridor questioning herself... there came no reply which added to her frustration even further. Deep in her thoughts she bumped into someone

" I'm sorry "

" It's okay..." she looked at the person " Aditi !? Tum ? And.. Hey kya hua ? Tumhara chehra itna utra hua kyun hai ? And what's this ? have you been crying ?? " Aditi's eyes were red... She hugged Ridhhima and tears broke out again " hey, hey !it's okay.. cmmon chalo mere cabin main chalte hain... Come " she took her inside her own worries forgotton... " Tum Chirag se milne aayi thi ? " She handed her a glass of water ,Aditi nodded " main use yahin bula leti hun..." She rang the bell and called for the wardboy asking him to call Chirag

" Ab batao kya hua ? " She sat opposite her..

" mere mom dad ne.. Meri shaadi Soham se karne ka faisla kar liya hai " she sobbed

" what ?! "

She nodded " unhone to Chiraag se milne se bhi mana kar diya hai.. Aur bahut jald Soham ke parents ghar aane waale hain sagai ke liye.. Mujhe samajh nahi aa raha main kya karu ? "

She hugged Aditi " magar yeh sab hua kab ? Aur kya tumne uncle aunty ko Soham ke baare main bataya nahi ? "

" bataya ,magar usne apni baaton se mom dad ko pighla liya.. Main jaanti hun wo yeh sab apni zid ke liye kar raha hai ,wo bahut hi jhuta hai... I hate him " she had fire in her eyes " Chiraag mera pehla pyaar hai Ridhhima, usne mere liye kya kya nahi sahaa mere liye.. maa pa ke taane sahe, apne mum dad ko manaya... magar... sab bekaar. Mere mum dad nahi maane... main chaahe jiske saath bhi rahun mera dil to Chiraag ke saath hi rahega "

" Magar Aditi tumhari shaadi hone waali hai.. Ab.. Aur ho sakta hai Soham sahi main badal gaya ho tum " she wanted to say if she could directly talk to Soham about this but Aditi cut her in between thinking she was siding with Soham

" Tum nahi samjhogi Ridhhima tumhe to tumhara pyaar mil gayaa naa, tumhe meri takleef samajh nahi aayegi. Mera pyaari sirf aur sirf Chirag hai, koi aur uski jagah nahi le sakta.. Kabhi nahi ! "

" Nahi Aditi... Meri baat " she tried to explain

" Nahi Ridhhima, tum batao agar tum kisi aur ko chahti aur tumhari shaadi Armaan se zabardasti hui hoti to kya tum apna pehla pyaar bhul jaati.. Kya tum itni jaldi haar maan jaati...?? " Ridhhima was stunned

" Aditi ! " Chiraag's voice spread in the room ,he'd heard everything .Aditi realised that she might have said little too much. She looked at Ridhhima with teary eyes..

" I'm.. I'm sorry Ridhhima.."

She forced a weak smile. In the span of few minutes she was shaken from inside, badly, made to realise that she was indeed changed... And it scared her... Terribly... And now Aditi's words... unknowingly, she had hit her most sore spot... Aditi's situation was so alike her own but at least she had Chirag with her. Her thoughts drifted to Vivek, She had almost forgotton him, not even remembering him for days now... Where was that Ridhhima who was fighting for her love ? now that she think of it she hadn't even mentioned Vivek for past few weeks !... Has she given up...??

She looked at her now crying in Chirag's arms. She got up, no longer able to stand there.. She needed to get out of there, her heart felt heavy

She looked at Chirag consoling Aditi who was crying in his arms... He mouthed sorry, she waved it and gently patting his arm went out of the room... Giving them some time... Taking some time for herself...

She walked through the hospital corridors... wherever she looked she saw Vivek reproaching her for being unfaithful... For forgetting him... She could hear his accusations, she covered her ears to stop them... opening her eyes slowly she saw there was noone around...

Crying unable to hold herself feeling angry, guilty she ran to the car.. Unaware she bumped into someone again. She looked up and found Armaan standing before her ,questioning through his eyes. He must have come to pick her up.

Before he could ask her anything she broke down hugging him, he wrapped his arms around her worried..

" Ridhhima, Raidhhima kya hua ? Kuch bolo ? Tum theek to ho naa ? "

" Mujhe Vivek se milna hai Armaan... I haven't forgotton him... Main use cheat nahi karna chahti... Maine use dhoka nahi diya " still crying in his arms

His face became expressionless, seeing her cry like that wrenched his heart, though her words felt like a big blow but still he controled himself. Gently braking the hug, he wiped off her tears with his thumbs..

" Heyy ,bas itni si baat, pehle ek kaam karo, yeh itne keemti aansoo aise waste karna band karo " he wiped them away gently " aur you remember naa what I promised.. To hum bahut jald usse milenge " She looked up at him with surprise in tear filled eyes " sach ,main keh raha hun naa.. Trust me wo jahaan bhi hoga I will bring him to you... And that too very soon... Happy ?! " he gave a big understanding smile

She nodded with a weak smile and rested her head on his shoulder still sniffing... But was much calmer now..

" aur Ridhhima ek baat kahun kabhi bhi apne mann main yeh khayal mat laana ki tum kisi ko dhoka de rahi ho.. Tumse jyada sachha insaan maine aaj tak nahi dekha, Vivek ne jarur kuch achhe karm kiye honge jo use tum mili.. tumne uske liye jo kiya hai ,jo saha hai wo shayad hi koi aur karta... You are the best thing he could've ever ask for... So never ever blame yourself okay.." Ridhhima's heart lifted up hearing his words and after a while standing there in his arms, feeling secure she thought that he's indeed right. She broke the hug suddenly realising where she was

Armaan gave a friendly smile making sure that she doesn't feel awkward coz of the hug " better now ? Hmm " she nodded " good girl, chalo ghar chalte hain "

They were having dinner in silence unaware that BP and Virendra had their eyes fixed on them... Occasionnaly joined by Rahul and Muskaan all seem to talk secretly to each other...

BP dropped the spoon on the plate " That's it. " all of them looked at him " Armaan, Ridhhima " both looked at BP " mujhe tum dono se saaf saaf ek baat puchhni hai "

" ji BP.. Puchhiye " said Ridhhima, bit surprised hearing BP speaking in such a cold and formal tone for the first time

" kya tum dono ka jhagda hua hai ? " both looked at each other ,BP turned to Ridhhima " Ridhhima, kya Armaan ne phir se tumhari koi baat nahi maani ? " she looked at him then at BP shaking her head unable to understand what he was deriving at. " are you sure ? "

" BP baat kya hai ? " Armaan asked little confused

" main janta hun ki baat kya hai.. Ridhhima kya tum Armaan ko pasand nahi karti ? "

" what !? Nahi, BP wo.." he didn't let him finish

" Armaan kya tumhe Ridhhima pasand nahi ? Aren't you happy with this marriage ? " She was stunned

" BP...?? " Armaan asked shocked

He looked at both of them with penetrating eyes. Ridhhima's throat went dry 'kya BP ko sab pata hai.. Vivek ke baare main...' she looked at Armaan and knew he was thinking on the same line

" yeh sab Armaan ki wajah se hua hai aur ho raha hai, hai naa.. "

" Oh god he definitely know ' she thought " BP wo tab.. Baat yeh hui BP ki..." probably it was time to let everyone know...

BP raised a hand and stopped her from saying anything further " tumhe koi explaination dene ki ya iski side lene ki zarurat nahi hai, main sab jaanta hun "

" nahi BP wo... " she looked at Armaan for some help but he too looked stumpped

" bas bahut ho gaya ab main aur kuch nahi sununga... Tumhe to kuch fikar hai nahi to sab mujhe hi dekhna hoga naa.." She got bit scared she'd never seen BP angry.. She looked at Virendra who looked... Calm !

She was surprised, the usually jovial and fun loving BP was angry today and everyone was calm !... Virendra saw that she was troubled and signalled her to be patient and do as he said... though she was not so convinced as BP being angry meant that it was serious...

" Mujhe ek baat batao, Jab tum dono ek dusre ko itna pasand karte ho... Pyaar karte ho... to how can you be so dull...? " They still were clueless, seeing them clueless he sighed and said aloud " main tumhare honeymoon par jaane ki baat kar raha hun ! " now it dawned on them... Ridhhima breathed in..

" Ohhh " Armaan breathed in with relief " BP aapne to dara hi diya tha..! "

" Armaan tum baat ko taalo mat... Aur Ridhhima iska to main ek baar ko samajh sakta hun, the workaholic idiot..." Armaan opened his mouth but wasn't given a chance to speak " but you ?! log kya kahenge, ki hamne apne bete bahu ko kahin honeymoon par nahi bheja..."

" absolutely papa " Muskaan and Rahul agreed

Another surprise came when Armaan sided with them " well you're right BP, main.. Hum, aaj hi apni galti sudharenge and plan for a holiday " Ridhhima forced a smile on her surprised face, it was not the time or place to say or ask anything.

As soon as they were in the privacy of their room she asked " Armaan yeh sab...?? Honeymoon ?! "

He slowly came and stood before her " Tumhe Vivek se milna tha naa " looking into her eyes, his face unreadable " Pack your bags... it's time..." she looked at him... stunned... totally at loss of words...

Edited by mansibharti - 31 December 2011 at 6:03am

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                       Taming The Wild
                           No Regrets

Recap : Ridhhima looks after Armaan, the mystery of Naina's death rise again... Armaan steals from kitchen and gets punishment Ridhhima and Armaan both get tempted to each other... Sapna accuses her of forgetting Vivek and finally Armaan asks her to be ready as they would be leaving to meet Vivek.

They both sat together in plush leather chair of their private jet.
One of the perks of being a billionaire is that you don't have to go according to airline schedules, you can fly according to your wishes. The jet was scheduled to reach Australia... Where Armaan said Vivek had a friend from whom they can get to know about his exact whereabouts, the timing of the information seemed just perfect. Ridhhima looked out of the window at the endless expanse of white fluffy clouds, for a moment she had a childlike desire to touch them ,run on their soft surface and sitting there it already felt like she was floating... It felt heavenly.

She sighed remembering how happy everybody was at their quick decision of going for so called ' Honeymoon ' ,they were so happy that it seemed that it was their lifelong desire which was getting fulfilled. Muskaan went a step further.." khushi khushi jao aur jaldi se khushkhabri sunao "

she just cannot explain what she felt that time, the words mortified, embarrassed seemed no match to her feelings, especially when Armaan was within earshot. She wondered what it would be like when they would come to know the reason behind the trip, would they understand her... Love her as they do now... But most of all, will they ever forgive her. She was putting the reputation, trust and love of two families for the sake of her belief... For a man who said he loved her and then suddenly.. She lost him... Will it be too much to ask for, to put at stake ? She sighed, these questions never left her at peace... Thank God Armaan was there to divert her mind... She looked at him, busy reading a business magazine ,sipping his favourite orange juice...Yes, he was there... Always.

Armaan was not oblivious of her inner turmoil and many a times he felt like blurting everything out for her sake... just to bring her peace , but then would he be in peace ? He feared the worst and decided to let time decide the outcome...

Hesitating for a while he placed his hand over hers, Ridhhima turned and saw him smiling warmly " Ridhhima, can I ask you something ? Dogi mujhe ? Please " now who can say no to that please ,she nodded " promise me ki tum kabhi bhi udaas nahi hogi, apne aapko pareshan nahi karogi, chahe kuch bhi ho..."

She knew he had sensed her fears " lekin.. Armaan, pata nahi... Sab jaante hue bhi mann main ek ajeeb si ghabrahat , baichaini ho rahi hai " she looked at him with doubtful eyes.." pata nahi kya hoga.." she sighed and thought " Am I doing the right thing ? " His heart thumped but he smiled assuringly

" hey it's just that you're bit anxious to meet him after such a long time... But you see abhi to hamein us aadmi se milna hai jiske paas uska pataa hai.. Phir jaa kar hum... Tum, kahin Vivek se mil paogi aur wo to abhi kahin gaya hua hai he'll be back in two three days... And in the mean while.." he looked into her eyes deeply " promise me ki tum yeh din enjoy karogi, bina yeh soche ki kal kya hoga.. Bolo, will you do that..? For me... Please "

The smile returned on her face and she agreed " okay " she wondered what he is.. He's getting so happy just coz she said she will enjoy the holidays , she smiled at his enthusiasm... Totally carried away by it... Lost imagining places he'd started describing, making elaborate plans to visit each...

They entered their hotel suite..

It was beautiful.. Again he'd taken care of everything... The suite had two rooms, he told her, as there was no Muski to worry about she could sleep all by herself. She didn't knew if she liked it or not but on the first night, the bed seemed too big and... empty. It took her much more time to fall asleep, her brain unable to pinpoint any exact reason, blamed it on traveling, new place and excitement of meeting Vivek... well, atleast first two were lies, and she failed to realize the real reason... His absence...

Armaan too had a sleepless night but his worries ran much deeper... What will happen now ? What will she do ? He'd brought her here but was scared of the outcome of the meeting... Will she leave him ? What he'd do when she comes to know the truth ? Would she be able to remain same Ridhhima ? What if she... Sigh

Thousand questions swarmed his mind, he paced in the room ,unknowingly his legs carried him to her room which was separated by a door. He admired her sleeping. Taking a deep breath he promised himself he'd not let her worry for anything, as long as he can... The inevitable has to happen, but one thing he knew that she was a strong person and he'd be there by her side no matter what... He'd make every moment memorable... Full of happiness... No pain can touch her, ever.. as long he's there... His thoughts got interrupted with a faint buzz of his cell phone... Coming out he picked it up...

" hello, yeah it's me... Main aa gaya hun.."

" Is she with you ? "

" Hmm ,she's with me "

" Are you sure about this ? wo yeh sab jaan kar..."

" Jaanta hun ,magar shayad main wo nahi kar paaya jo socha tha. Main uske mann se Vivek ko nikaal nahi paaya... Aur ab shayad wohi hoga jiska darr tha "

" Maann.. Don't know what to say,just.. Just be there "

" I will ,always... Ab bas yeh dekhna hai aage kya hota hai "

" And Vivek ? Uska kya ? "

" He knows I'm coming "

" you're giving him time to prepare "

" I know, isliye main Ridhhima ko yahan laaya hun "

" I don't understand.."

" let me explain..." he told everything " so you see.. This is it. "

" you're right. Hope everything goes well. And don't worry everything's gonna be okay... Just have some faith man "

" it's the faith that has kept me going till now "

" I just wish I could be there "

" I'll see you soon "

" yes, definitely. After all I have to try my luck too "

Armaan chuckled " like you have a chance "

" hey ,don't underestimate my charms.. Remember what we decided that day.." Armaan smiled hearing it " Okay, gotta go now. Keep me informed "

" I will " with that he hung up. He took a deep breath, it all rest on the meeting then...

He opened his eyes, stretching and found her standing by the window, looking out.." hey ,good morning " she returned a weak smile, he wondered what happened " kya hua ? Everything okay ? "
" yeah everything's fine. Tum jaldi se fresh ho jao. I'll wait at the breakfast table " still confused at her coldness he went to freshen up, as she said she was there deep in thought ,stirring the tea ,lost.

" hey lost beauty, kya soch rahi ho ? " his voice brought her back, picking up a toast he started munching

" Armaan, mujhe tumse kuch baat karni hai " her tone was flat, seeing her quiet serious he kept the toast down

" kya baat hai Ridhhima ? "

" tumne mujhse jhuut kyun bola Armaan ? "

" maine ?? Jhuut ? "

" haan, tumne. Tum jaante the naa ki Vivek kahan hai, tumhe shuru se pata tha naa ki wo aana chahta tha magar tumne jaan kar use rok diya.. Aur ab bhi jhuut bola ki tum uska pataa nahi jaante..? Jhut mat bolna maine kal tumhari sab baatein sun li thi " he was stunned, words deserted him " kyun tum mujhse jhuut bolte rahe Armaan ? Ek taraf mera dukh samajhne ka naatak karte rahe aur dusri taraf mujhe dhoka dete rahe... Tum khud ko mera dost kehte rahe aur peeche usi dosti ko dhoka dete rahe ! "

He didn't knew what to say, how can he be so careless ! but now it would be useless to hide it any more " Ridhhima... maine yeh sab tumhare liye kiya.. Tumhari khushi ke liye "

" mere liye !? Meri khushi ke liye ?! Aur kitna jhuut bologe Armaan. Tum jaante ho ki meri khushi Vivek ke saath hai magar tumne na sirf ek insaan ka saara bhavishya daav par laga diya balki usse uski azadi ,uaka pyaar bhi cheen liya " she stood up banging her hands on the table

Meekly, heart beating, he too stood up.. " main tumhe sab sach batane hi waala tha Ridhhima, main tumhe koi dhoka nahi dena chahta tha.."

" bas Armaan ! " she raised a finger " ab main tumhare muh se ek shabd nahi sunna chahti. Meri Vivek se baat ho gayi hai, wo aaj.. abhi.. mujhe lene aa raha hai. Tum jaise jhute insaan ke saath mujhe koi rishta nahi rakhna.. Main jaa rahi hun, aur ho sake to aaj ke baad apni shakal mat dikhana mujhe "

Colour drained out from his face hearing her words " Ridhhima.. Ridhhima plz mujhe chhod kar mat jao.. Main ji nahi paunga tumhare bina... I love you Ridhhima, I love you "

" agar marte ho to mar jao, I damn care ! " he was stunned " Waise to tumhe sharam se hi mar jaana chahiye magar wo to ho nahi sakta tumme koi sharam baki rahi hi nahi " she turned away, he rushed after her, just then the door opened, his blood boiled seeing the person ,at the same time his heart sank ,she wasn't lieing

" Vivek !! " she rushed, instantly hugging him " plz Vivek mujhe yahan se le chalo, main is insaan ke saath ek pal nahi reh sakti "

" ghabrao mat Ridhhima ,ab yeh hamara kuch nahi bigaad sakta. Ab hum saath honge hamesha ke liye " she hugged him again, a wicked triumphant smile on his face. He felt like punching him but for what ? The love he would have fought for, was no longer there with him... " chalo chalte hain "

" Ridhhima please ruk jao.. " he called her again " kya tumhe meri zara bhi fikar nahi, trust me ,main tumse bahut pyaar karta hun. Please, mere liye ruk jao "

" forget it Armaan " he said curtly " tumhara khel khatam, Ridhhima ab meri hai " grabbing her bag ,an arm around her shoulder he walked out of the room...

" Ridhhima ! Ridhhimmaa please ruk jao.. Please " but she walked out, without a second look at him... Her eyes fixed on Vivek

" Ridhhhiimaa " he woke up calling. He looked around, confused for a moment that where he was, then it dawned on him... He just had a nightmare... Most horrible he could ever had.. Unlike others, he remembered this one... He hid his face in his palms and found that he was sweating... His heart raced, it was the most terrible thought ever... But then how true it had been.. He was a liar and what if she actually agrees to go away... How would he manage...??

His face became set... He wondered since when he became so dependent on someone.. He didn't like it at all, he has to be strong. He had always lived by his conditions, his rules and he's not going to let anyone change that... Anyone...

Ridhhima woke up and found that Armaan was not in his room, she looked for him everywhere but he was not in the room... She began to worry now... " Kahan chala gaya..? Bataya bhi nahi, ab kahan dekhu..? Kisse puchhun...? " She was just wondering when she heard the door opening, she came out rushing and saw Armaan coming in...

" Armmaaan kaha chale gaye the tum ? Aise bina bataye koi jaata hai kya ? main kitna pareshaan ho gayi thi... meri samajh nahi aa raha tha ki kaha jaun kisse puchhun.. Tum bol kar nahi ja sakte the... Kam se kam ek note hi likh jaate... Main kitni pareshaan ho gayi thi..."

Armaan who was quiet all the while spoke up with somewhat curt tone " Kyun Ridhhima, kyun pareshaan ho rahi thi tum mere liye...?? " Ridhhima was stumpped at the question " ab tum meri fikar karna chhod do, main koi bachha to nahi hun..."

She looked at him totally shocked.. giving her a fleeting glance he went to the bathroom. In moment she heard shower being turned on... She was puzzled at his behaviour... He was suddenly so irritated but it was clear that he didn't wanted to talk about it...

He cried out as he tried to pick up his bag from his injured hand, Hearing it Ridhhima came in quickly " Armaan ! abhi is haath par itna stress mat do.. Kahin phir se dard shuru ho gaya to tum dawai ke liye bhi 100 nakhre karoge, lao idhar dikhao " she started wrapping his wrist in crape bandage, though the plaster was gone yet it would take some time for the hand to be like before

He freed his hand, taking the bandage away from her " rehne do Ridhhima, tum kab tak dekhogi, Tumhare jaane ke baad to mujhe khud hi karna hoga naa. Achha hoga abhi aadat daal lun "

Ridhhima was shocked, she felt his words pinch somewhere in her heart, giving her a sinking feeling. She didn't liked it at all the way he took away the bandage and the way he spoke to her... She suddenly felt angry

" Armaan, jab tak main hun tab tak to.."

" Nahi Ridhhima , mujhe apna kaam khud karne do... Aur ab tumhe meri fikr zyada din nahi karni padegi " he started to move back to his room

" Armaan.." he stopped " kya Vivek ko milne ke baad bhi.. At least we can be friends "

He gave a weak smile " nahi Ridhhima, tumhari life main ya to main reh sakta hun ya Vivek " Riddhima stood rooted hearing him, for a moment they kept looking into each others eyes...

There was so much he wanted her to understand... To feel... She looked into those mesmerising grey eyes.. Peircing eyes which seem to go straight to her heart , their intensity... As if they wanted to say thousand things... It scared her... She was scared to read them... Scared that she might find something which went totally opposite to what she was doing... She looked away...

Armaan sensed the heaviness in the atmosphere " hey, Ridimba ! " he snapped his finger with a dimpled smile " get ready, I hope tum bhuli nahi ho hamne kuch plans banaye the... And girl be ready for some FUN " he grinned " I'll be here in two minutes okay ! " she nodded ,smiling briefly, feeling little relief that he was back to his normal self again... But then Armaan which she saw a moment ago... What .. Who was that ??

She sat there wondering what did she do wrong.. A voice told her that she can't have them both.. She had to choose one and the time to make that choice was coming near... The thought raised her heart beat she knew she was meant to go to Vivek but somewhere the thought left her... sad... Armaan ,he had become such a good friend... Such a part of her life that she was almost used to of seeing his face in the morning , his sneezes, his tantrums.. His silly jokes and loads of excuses for all the silly things he do... How he could so easily bring smile to her face.. Make all her worries disappear... She knew that she'll be happy with Vivek... But she's definitely going to miss him... Her best friend...

As they got ready for breakfast she found Armaan in his normal self laughing, pulling her leg... she was surprised at the sudden change but then thought to let it go shrugging off his morning behaviour as one of his mood swings... Ofcourse he wouldn't be happy with being dependent on anyone else, he was not used to of it, and of course she knew that he wouldn't say but his behaviour showed that he was trying to be brave... Now that she would go away... She promised herself that she'd be happy if that makes him happy... At least she can do this for her best friend...

I'll be alright, I'll be alright
I'll be alright                  
Tu hai toh tedi medi rahe  
Ulti pulti baatein
Sedhi lagthi hai
Tu hai toh joote moote vaade
Dushman ke irrade
Sache lagthe hai
Jo dil mein taare vaare de jagah
Woh tu hi hai, tu hi hai
Jo rothe rothe de hassa
Tu hi hai wahin

They came out sporting goggles and hi 5ed each other heading to a theme park, they attacked the rides... going on easy ones first he saw hot dog eating contest and ran to take part.. she encouraged him and clicked pics... he came out burping loudly and a trophy of a hot dog in his hand. she patted his back and he burped again ! she found a shooting stall and took up a gun, as soon as she shot she fell down on her bum... he ran to her and stood behind her as she shot all the balloons supporting her...
Jaane kyun (jaane kyun) dil janta hai
Tu hai toh, I'll be alright
(I'll be alright, I'll be alright)
Jaane kyun (jaane kyun) dil janta hai
(yeh, yeh ,yeh)  
Tu hai toh, I'll be alright
(I'll be alright, I'll be alright)

Saari duniya ek taraf hai
Ek taraf hai hum
Har khushi toh, dur bhage
Mil rahe hai gum
But when u smile for me
World seems all right
Yeh meri zindagi
Pal mein hi khil jaaye
Jaane kyun

He saw a big scary ride... he junped in excitement and pulled her ,she denied... he circles around her like a chicken... embarressing her she ran behind him to hit him but he ran away... but as soon as he sat on the ride she came and sat beside him praying to god with folded hands... he made a loud noise scaring her but she laughed anyway... hitting him. When they got off the ride, she bent down and hugged the earth he just rolled his eyes. Next they participated in a couple tug-of-war against a big scary looking couple.. they started, both pulling hard but then it seemed difficult to win from them, they both looked at each other she winked at him smiling and nodding at each other they let the rope go.. making the big ones fall on their bums... brushing their hands they go away from there, with attitude... hand on each others shoulders

Jaane kyun (jaane kyun) dil janta hai  
Tu hai toh, I'll be alright
(I'll be alright, I'll be alright)
Jaane kyun (jaane kyun) dil janta hai
(yeh, yeh ,yeh)
Tu hai toh, I'll be alright
(I'll be alright, I'll be alright)

Yeh yeh yeh
I'll be alright, I'll be alright
I'll be alright
Yeh yeh yeh
I'll be alright, I'll be alright) —- 2

Jo dil mein taare vaare de jaga
Woh tu hi hai, tu hi hai
Tu hi hai

She said she's thirsty... he grabs a water bottle and then something clicks in his mind , he grabs two big cold drink bottles too.. he gives her one challenging her to finish it in 3 minutes... she takes up the challenge and both start... to his surprise she beat him... he stopped at every restroom on their way.. thanks to hot dogs and cold drink challenge !!!.

Chote chote kuch palon ka
Dostana yeah
Jaane kyun ab lag raha hai
Jaana maana yeah
Coz when smile for me
World seems alright
Yeah sare pal yahin
Yun hi tham se jaaye
Jaane kyun (jaane kyun)

He becomes the part of the clown party along with her passing by putting up a nose ball trying to juggle but all the balls fall on his head... she rolls in laughter and he follows her threateningly they have fun on the beech and play volley ball beating the other team and splashing water on each other.. laughing totally carefree.. he looked at her and smiled warmly ,she was totally unaware lost in herself and enjoying the moment...
Jaane kyun (jaane kyun) dil janta hai
Tu hai toh, I'll be alright
(I'll be alright, I'll be alright)
Jaane kyun (jaane kyun) dil janta hai
(yeh, yeh ,yeh)
Tu hai toh, I'll be alright
(I'll be alright, I'll be alright)

It was night and they sat by the fire on the beach ... he brought her food as soon as she took up the plate she yelled out there was a lobster with moving antennas. he looking murdorous and he ran for his dear life she stopped when he stood there hiding behnd two cones of icecreams with three scoops each .. she stopped and took one smilingly he breathed in and then taking other too she straightaway thrust it on his nose making him look like a snowman and laughed heartily... he instead of getting angry took it off and licked it... smiling shamelessly . next they went to a movie where Ridhhima watched it with rapt attention and he sat beside her hiding his face behind popcorn bucket , she turns to him and shouts boo the buckets files up ion the air landing with all its content upside down on his head and she rolls downs in laughter...

Tu hai toh tedi medi rahe
Ulti pulti baatein
Sedhi lagthi hai
Tu hai toh joote moote vaade
Dushman ke irrade
Sache lagthe hai
Jo dil mein taare vaare de jagah
Woh tu hi hai, tu hi hai
Jo rothe rothe de hassa
Tu hi hai wahin

Jaane kyun (jaane kyun) dil janta hai
Tu hai toh, I'll be alright
(I'll be alright, I'll be alright)
Jaane kyun (jaane kyun) dil janta hai
(yeh, yeh ,yeh)
Tu hai toh, I'll be alright
(I'll be alright, I'll be alright)
Jaane kyun (jaane kyun) dil janta hai
(yeh, yeh ,yeh)
Tu hai toh, I'll be alright
(I'll be alright, I'll be alright)

they sat in the car watching the bright city lights.. happy and content... he looked at her admiring her beauty... watching her lost in her thoughts...she remembered her pasta eating contest and the challenging three leg race... she laughed to herself . she didn't had so much fun in ages... they came back in hotel tired and smiling at each other got into the elevator... remembering the fun they had all day...

It was late at night and after a quiet an enjoyble day both crashed on the couch tired..." Huhh aaj to thak gaye..." she said

" Yeah magar maza aa gaya aur us ride par to tumhara chehra dekhne waala tha.. Haha, it still makes me laugh..."

Slapping his arm lightly " Armannn bas bahut ho gaya, maine pehle hi kaha tha ki mujhe darr lagta hai aisi rides se..."

" To tum aayi kyun, maine to force nahi kiya tha..." making an innocent face

" Achha rehne do, mujhe sab achhi tarah se pata hai agar main nahi aati naa to tum mera aur mazaak udaate..." she made a face

" Oh cmmon Ridhhima main aisa kar sakta hun kya ??? " She looked at him with a scanning look folding her arms... " Okay, main aisa kar sakta hu... Ha ha but it was funny..." Ridhhima threw a pillow at him but he ducked and ran to his room laughing...Riddhima laughed, shaking her head ... " Pagal..."

Later in the night she was reading a book lying on the bed when there was a soft knock from Armaan's room " yeah... Armaan ?? " He came in... " Kya hua Armaan...?? " She kept her book down, he looked very tired and sleepy... Could barely keep his eyes open...

" Ridhhima mujhe wahan neend nahi aa rahi..."

" Neend nahi aa rahi ,kyun kya hua ??..." bit concerned

" Pata nahi..." slightly irritated and cranky... " main yahaan couch par so jaun?..." He asked waiting for her reply. Riddhima was surprised first

" yahaan..?? " He nodded... She thought about it wondering would she be comfortable like this ? Or she can ask him to sleep on bed here and she could go to his room but the words which came out surprised her..

" couch par kyun Armaan ,yahaan bed par so jao..." Armaan wondered if he'd heard properly ,he wasn't expecting this, even she was surprised... " Yeh mere dimaag main kahaan se aa gayaa..? " But then she shrugged it off... She can't back off now, beside there was nothing to worry about.

Armaan still looked at her with slight disbelief.. " Main...? Yahaan...? Bed par ? tumhaare sath ?? "

She smiled at his surprise " Haan, yahaan, bed par, mere sath... Ab itna vishwaas to hai tum par... Aur har baar tumhe yaad dilana padega kya ki we're friends ? Ghar par bhi aise hi sote hain naa, to itna hairan kyun ho rahe ho...? " He nodded ,a smile broke out on his face...

" Sach mein main aa jaun naa...??? " He wanted to confirm that whatever he has heard was true...

" Haan Armaan, sach main tum yahaan so sakte ho.."

" Theek hai " he quickly jumped on the bed... " Good night princess..."

She chuckled " Good night Armaan " snuggling to the pillow he almost immediately fell asleep...

Riddhima could not help but smile at his act... she picked up her book and continued to read, but now her mind was somewhere else. She was merely staring at the book... The whole day flashed before her eyes... How lively she felt, how he made her go to that big scary ride.. His stupid cold drink challenge.. And boy ! that hot dog race..! She laughed softly.. She had even got a picture of his with mouth full of hot dog both the cheeks swelled up and hands holding more hot dogs !

Everything kept running in her mind.. She felt like stopping time there. It was so much fun. But then she never felt bored or lonely with him there.. He was so much fun to be around... She glanced at him, his back was towards her ... Ridhhima couldn't help but smile ... Then again thought about her stupidities.. Wasn't she so excited about that three leg race.. And then that pasta eating contest, she became the pasta princess !!... She wondered from where she got the appetite to win that...

She smiled to herself and went back to her book... Just then Armaan changed side... he was stirring kind of uneasily .. As if looking for something about him... Still sleeping though... she didn't knew when it happened, coming near her he placed a hand on her waist and ... Holding her tightly snuggled up to her... she gasped, but before she could even react he was quiet and peaceful again holding her tightly...

Surprised, he called out " Armaan.. Arm.." She looked at his face, he frowned and suddenly she could not speak any further ... Something made her stop...

" stop it Riddhima, uski neend kharab ho jayegi and you know naa ek baar neend kharab ho gayi to wo theek se so bhi nahi payega..." A voice in her mind spoke out..." But..."

" What but...? " The other voice said again... her eyes fell on his side and saw that the pillow he was clutching to was nowhere maybe it had fallen off the bed when he changed side that's why he was uneasy... And he took ' her ' as his pillow !!! ...

She looked at his face ... The hair were untidily sprayed on his forehead... unable to hold herself ,hesitating first ,she gently pushed them back... her hand rested on his face as she admired him... He looked so cute while sleeping... She caressed his hair slightly... Armaan didn't even stirred... He was deep in slumber peaceful at finding his ' pillow ' again... His hot breath on her waist created a havoc in her heart and body, again she felt very conscious of his touch.

She suddenly got out of her thoughts... " Ridhhima yeh tu kya kar rahi hai...? Kya soch rahi hai Ridhhima...? Kahin tu..." It was that voice again... she drew back her hand immediately...

She saw that his blanket was pulled down ... She covered him properly, giving herself time to compose herself... A wise decision, now with a better grip over herself ,her focus went to

" Yeh Armaan bhi naa... Bilkul bachho ki tarah sota hai..." with some difficulty... Both mental and physical, freed herself of his grip, went to his side and picked up the pillow which had fallen down and placed it gently under his arm...

Coming to her side she looked at his contented face... She didn't knew why but seeing him with her sleeping quiet peacefully gave her immense satisfaction... Even though just a moment before she was left stunned.. She shivered a little remembering his strong hold on her waist... Her body felt a spark running through it.. Inspite of such dangerous.. Forbidden feelings arousing in her heart she lay beside him... both facing each other, she kept admiring him for she don't remember how long... Probably till her eyes felt too heavy to remain open... Thinking about the days events... smiling... she too fell asleep...

The next day was again a memorable one.. They visited all the beautiful places, had a quiet stroll on the beach and enjoyed the sunset... Talking about everything and nothing, walking together sometimes in complete silence, but that wasn't awkward, it rather felt nice.. To have someone by your side, to be understood without being spoken to, words seemed unnecessary disturbance in the moment of bliss. She felt at peace with herself and for him... well, it was heaven.. She was by her side, her smile which felt like a sunshine on a cold wintry day... That moment, nothing scared him, she was right there with him and he prayed it remained the same... Forever...

" Riddhhimmaa " he called impatiently it was full half an hour, her five minutes, since he was waiting for her to come out. They had decided to go for dinner to someplace nice " Ridhhima hamein dinner aaj hi karna hai, kal nahi.. Jaldi karo yaar, nahi to wo reservation cancel kar denge aur main kahin aur khana nahi kahunga " he threatend her

" offoh ! Armaan. Do minute ka chain nahi hai tumhe " she came out quickly, kind of jumping on one leg, bending over to put on the clasp of her delicate looking sandels. His breath stopped midway. She looked... well... gorgeous ! She wore a black dress which just stopped little below her knees, the cut of neck gave a faint hint of her cleavage, her slightly curly hair partly covered her face... She frowned, trying to put her shoe on properly.

He smiled, taking few steps he stopped just before her.. She looked up, still bent over her shoe. He soflty placed his hand over hers and just like magic put the clasp on, never breaking the eye-contact, his hands never left hers... She gasped as his fingers traced the length of her arm.. Standing there still looking deeply into her eyes he gently put her hair back, coming a step closer he cupped her face caressing those rosy cheeks with his thumbs..

Her heart beat frantically but could not utter a single word... He came even nearer... His face coming closer.. More close.. Their lips just a micrometer away... She closed her eyes knowing perfectly well what was going to happen next...

" Armaan ? Armaaannn " she shook him " ab bhook nahi lag rahi ? Yahaan aise khade khade kya soch rahe the ? " he looked at her surprised, then looked around, he was still standing right where he was... He kicked himself mentally... He has now started daydreaming ' excellent Armaan go on like this and soon you'll land up in crazy land ' he thought

" k..kuch nahi " getting control over himself " bas agar tum thodi aur daer se aati naa to main bas khade khade hi so jaata "

" yeah yeah whatever. Ab chalein ? " he smiled and gave her his arm. She held it and both were on the way...

" Ridhhima, tumne kuch decide kiya ? " he asked scanning the menu card " Ridhhima ? " he called again

" Haan Armaan main sun rahi hun "

" Tumhara dhyaan kahan hai..? "

" Wo actually, wahan dekho that couple.. They look so sweet together.. So in love... How they are holding hands and looking into each others eyes.." she cooed over the sight

" Uggghh.." he made a face " It's so filmy, gooey... You like that huh.."

She hit his hand " stop it. it's so romantic..." she sighed

" Ohh Ridimba in a romantic mood today.. Well if you want that I can do that.. Give me your hand " he smiled naughtily

She made a face at him " Armaan ! I wonder ki tumhari girlfriends tumhe jhelti kaise thi you are such a spoiler..."

" Hey don't doubt my want an example.. I can show you live.."

" No thank you very much, you've killed the moment.."

" I killed the moment ! There was no moment at all ! and don't go so mushy mushy over it.. The guy you're referring to, he's just waiting to get a kiss.."

" What ?? "

" Yupp, and going by their current status I would say he will get it in umm.. two minutes.. Three tops "

" What ? Noo ,I mean look at them he can't be possibly thinking about that.."

" trust me baby, you just wait and watch.." he winked and went back to menu card and as he had said just two minutes later the couple was indeed kissing, lost in each other. Her mouth fell open " See what I told you ,and it's 1 minute 52 seconds.." he didn't even look at their direction and smiled at her surprised face.. " Why are you surprised..? Didn't I told you "

" N..nahi kuch nahi just wasn't expecting " she tried to divert the talk

" Yes that's true, but why are you so surprised ? " he could sense that she was bit conscious " you find it odd ? " giving a crooked smile

" Umm.. ehem.." She sipped her drink avoiding to answer

" Don't tell me that you've never kissed..!? " she didn't replied but colour rose to her cheeks

" Noone ? Vivek ?? " he looked surprised but was dancing from inside, not because she hadn't kissed anyone but because she hadn't kissed Vivek... Yippee ! His heart summersaulted

She cleared her throat trying to gather some logical reason " To kya hua ,big deal !... I was not ready to go beyond certain boundaries and he respected it... He never complained.."

" Yeah like a guy ever will... But bet he would have loved to do that... How he can't ! after all.. I mean look at you !... Koi pagal hi hoga jo you know... Trust me. I'm a guy, I know " Ridhhima felt both nice in a weird sort of way and embaressed but didn't show it and sipped her drink

" Maine kaha naa.. It wasn't so important in our relationship.."

" Okay, if you say so... Waise, you guys.. how long were you together ? "

" Well, time doesn't matter "

" Yeah but still.. just for figure sakes..."

" About... Almost a year..."

He looked incredulous... " Can you plz define almost a year "

" Why are you so much after it..? "

" Well you see, I dated a girl and she was kind of crazy about this figures, dates and stuff... I think that just kind of rubbed on will you tell me..."

" Hum.. Well okay, 10 months to be precise.. Happy.! "

" What ?? " He almost chocked on his drink " Just.. just ten months ! You were together for just ten months ! "

" Haan to.. To isme itne hairaan hone waali baat kya hai ? "

" nothing I just.. Just thought the way you are.. You must be together for years "

" Actually sath to the magar saath nahi the.. hua yeh ki wo mujhse pyaar to pehle se karta tha magar kabhi kaha nahi aur maine kabhi dhyaan nahi diya ki wo mere baare main aisa sochta hai, we were all good friends you know... Aur jab usne apni feelings batayi to thode hi time ke baad uska selection internship programme ke liye ho gaya... Pehle to internship six months ki thi magar baad main wo six months ke liye aur extend ho gayi..." she explained

Armaan played with his spoon just listening to her eyes fixed on the plate, there was a moment of silence where past days came back to both of them but then she shrugged it off and said smiling

" Aur mister pyaar ke liye time nahi dekha jaata... Yeh to phir bhi 10 mahine the kabhi kabhi to bas ek mulakat hi kaafi hoti hai..."

" Yes, you are right... Bas ek mulakat.." He looked up ,their eyes met, he gave a small smile but she could not make out what he was thinking, his expressions unreadable " Khair chhodo hum to itna achha topic discuss kar rahe the... To batao are you ready now...? "

" Ready..?? Kisliye ?? "

" Arre kisliye nahi ,kiss- ke- liye... Ab milogi to use kiss nahi karogi ?? "

Ridhhima just looked at him he wasn't smiling she could not think of anything to say ,he kept looking at her for a moment and then burst out laughing. She looked at him her mouth fell open with surprise.. Bit relieved that he was kidding... Sometime she just didn't knew when he was serious and when he was joking

" Armaaan !! Tum.. Tum..." She fumbled for the appropriate word unable to think of anything

" Just look at your face ! Hahaha " she picked up the napkin and threw it at him but then joined him ,his laugh was so infectious...

The rest of the time went merrily, the food was wonderful but the place was bit uptight.." hey Ridhhima ,don't you think it's bit boring here "

" yeah.. Kind of " she whispered back

" Then what are we wauting for ? Chalo yahaan se ,I have an excellent place to go to.. Cmmon isse pehle ki main iss boriyat se behosh ho jaun let's get out of here " both of them were out in no time

He pulled her to their car " Arrrmaan ,hum ja kahan rahe hain ? " trying to keep up with him

" someplace fun..." making her sit in the car he came to his side " put on the seatbelt you're going to see some speed " and he was absolutely right, the way he drove took her breath away. Whole way she prayed to god for their safety and when he finally stop with that large satisfying grin after that exhilirating ride ,the first thing she did was thank god then took a deep breath and smacked his arm

" aaaoooww ! What was that for ? " Rubbing his arm

" you deserve it Mr.Mallik.. Aise koi drive karta hai kya ? Meri to jaan hi nikal gayi thi "

" heyy, main tumhe kuch hone thodi deta.." he said still rubbing his arm. She thought to say something but just dropped the idea. Stepping out of the car she saw that it was some kind of club.." where are we ? "

" At the best night club in Australia... Come " with the kind of people standing outside and the most burly people she'd ever seen in her life as guards or bouncers she was left with no doubt that it was indeed someplace nice and up-class. Entering was no difficulty at all, it seemed people knew him.the nod that guard gave him and he even wished her calling her maam confirmed her thoughts... She wondered was there any place where he didn't had sources...

The inside was all the more fascinating. The music though loud was energetic and soon she found herself tapping, smiling..and wanted to jump in the crowd and dance to her hearts fill

" let's have something to drink " he took her to the bar and ordered a shot for himself and a non-alcoholic drink for her

" Armaan what are you having ? "

" just a vodka shot "

" hey I want to try it " suddenly she felt excited, adreline rushed into her and suddenly she wanted to experiment.. Try..

" are you sure ? They aren't exactly orange juice " he was surprised at first but then went along

" i know and what do you think, I can't handle a little drink ? " she looked at him defiantly

" No no.. You can of course ,here let me show you how to take them " he demonstrated and was surprised when she took it with comparative ease.. " God bless me ! " he mumbled

Two drinks later ,All chirpy and sudden enthusiastic she turned to him " Armaan chalo let's dance "

" dance ?! "

" haan, dance . Mujhe dance karna hai "

" okayy " but it was rather her who took him to the floor pulling his hand. The D.J being an indian played a hindi song

Jogi nach le, rang raj de - (2)
lehraake balkhaake tu duniya bhulaake naach
dhun koyi gun gunaale gaale tu gaake naach
ranginiyon mein kho ja, pike pilaake naach
madbhare naino se tu naina milaake naach
(uff teri ada, i like the way you move
uff tera badan, i like to see you groove
uff teri najar, it says i wanna dance with you) - (2)

taking him to the dance floor obviously getting high. she turned to him and placing his hands on her waist started dancing. Armaan fely like he was in another world. with the beats increasing at every second so increased her wildness... his intoxication...
Sun le saaheba, tu hai ik nasha
hosh hai mera saara kho gaya
he kept looking at him .admiring him she looked even more desirable in that disco light. he couldn't believe that they were so near each other without any fear any worry
Hosh gawa deewaane hosh gawaake naach
paas tu aa deewaane paas tu aake naach
dil mein hai armaan jaane saare jagaake naach
tan mein badan mein jaise aag lagaake naach
(uff teri ada, i like the way you move
uff tera badan, i like to see you groove
uff teri najar, it says i wanna dance with you) - (2)

here she left him for a moment and went to the bar again.. gulping down a shot she came back to him before he could come to her ,pulling him to the floor again...
Dekhake bhi nahi ho yakin
itani kyun hai bata tu haseen
tere husn se jindagi haseen
tere husn ke aage koyi haseen na kuchh bhi nahi
aankhon mein mere saare sapane sajaake naach
mujhako tu dil mein rakh le, dil ko dhadkaake naach
pyaar agar hai mujhase pyaar jagaake naach
jaan-o-dil hai jo tere mujhape lutaake naach
(uff teri ada, i like the way you move
uff tera badan, i like to see you groove
uff teri najar, it says i wanna dance with you) - (2)

The time seemed to move in slow mo. everything else seemed to stop there was silence in such a rush... only they were here. she right there with him in his arms.. he breathed in really wondering can there anyone be as beautiful..? a beautiful girl passed by him glancing at him but his eyes saw no one but Ridhhima. she on the other hand was not unaware of the oull she felt her mind totally lost contril over her desires and she came really close to him ,moving sensuously in his arms, totally lost in his eyes...She kept coming in and out of her senses... never letting him go away from her once coming dangerously close with their faces inches away... she was all serious for a moment but then blinked softly and parted away... jumping with the sound of music... he shook his head smiling. this was totally new Ridhhima before him. He knew it was enough.. she needed to get out

He knew this would happen, the barman told him she'd had 6 shots !!. She was high, intoxicated and swayed on her feet. He thought it would be good if he take her out to get some fresh air..
They walked on the sidewalk, she was still humming the song and walked with her sandels in her hand quiet... Very happy.. He just grinned, smiled and kept by her side... She obviously was not good at handeling her drinks but seeing normally all calm poise and always correct Ridhhima in such tipsy state was so different.. She was so much more herself now... He kept by her side seeing to it that she doesn't get hurt.

" Armaan... See ssseeeaaa " she ran to the beach and straight away bumped into a policeman

" Excuse me madam, but are you drunk ? "

" Drunk ? Me ?? No, no, I never drink..." she swayed a little " now you motu muchhad.. Hat ja mere raaste se.. I want to go to the beach "

" What ? " he could not understand hindi " maam. Are you alone ? Do you have some i.D ? "

Armaan came running there " officer, officer.. It's okay, she's with me. Just little drunk ,first time you see..." officer still looked bit suspicious. Armaan took out his I.D and explained " Just dumped her boyfriend, he cheated on her..." Officer now looked bit cool and sympathetic

" I see. And who are you ? "

" Oh me ? I'm her husband..." The look at the officer's face was priceless and before he could ask anything more Ridhhima went ahead and he ran after her

" Ridhhima.. Ridhhima stop kahan ja rahi ho ? Chalo wapas chalte hain "

" nahi mujhe nahi jaana. Mujhe yahi rehna hai "

He sighed " okay. But thodi daer ke liye hi bas. Okay "

" okayyy " and she started walking again, drunk as she was she was she staggered and fell down on the sand

" Ridhhima " he came running " tum theek ho ? " worried

" I'm okay Armaan " she smiled dazed... He still was checking if she was hurt. She kept looking at him as he made her stand again " tumhe pata hai Armaan tum bahut achhe ho..."

He looked at her and smiled " Haan jaanta hun..."

" Nahi tum nahi jaante.. Tum itne achhe ho ki..." she stopped

He asked " ki..? "

" Ki .. Ki mujhe darr lagta hai Armaan ki main... Main Vivek..." though she was drunk yet something stopped her

He held her tightly in his storng grip as she swayed " Ki kahin tum Vivek ko na bhul jao..." They both looked at each other. She gazed into his eyes, her hands resting on his chest ,his hands around her waist " Main chahta hun ki tum use bhul jao Ridhhima... Hamesha ke liye.. Just remember me.. Us " he whispered

Whether she understood it or not he didn't knew but such was the intensity of his words that she felt stunned. Lost.. Blinking softly she rested her head on his chest. Armaan felt bilssful. If only time could freeze, he could stand there with her in his Arms.. Forever. There heart beating together, the sound of sea waves felt like music in the ears... It was the perfect moment...

Which was soon broken by an excited squeel " Armaaan look ! " at first he couldn't make out what she was trying to show , there were just few people there. Some couples strolling

" what ? "

" look at them " holding his face she pointed to a couple who were kissing " look they are kissing ! "

She was quiet loud and some people even turned to look at them ,he looked apologetically " Ridhhimaa, it's okay. Don't shout "

" Armaan mujhe bhi chahiye "

He was now getting bit exasperated " Ab kya chahiye Ridhhima ? "

" I want a kiss Armaan ! "

" whhaatt ?! "

" yes, I want a kiss " she said loudly, a couple passing by smiled at them

He griined at them " Ridhhima. You are drunk .let's go " he tried to pull her but she didn't budge and stood there pouting

He looked up in the sky, as if asking god why was he doing this to him. What he wouldn't do to get a kiss from her. Now she's asking for it ,herself and he couldn't give it or have it...

" great! sense of humour god ! " he turned to her and held her by her shoulders " Ridhhima, look I don't want you to do anything which you regret later " he smiled at her pouting face, can anyone look any cuter, any more desirable. He stood there looking at her

She slowly raised her hand from his chest to his face putting a finger on his lips making him go quiet and cupped his face in her palms. Her eyes fixed on his face, he closed his eyes at the soft touch... It was enchanting. She slowly stood up on tip-toe, his face still cupped in her palms and then her lips covered his in a soft gentle kiss...

He groaned, and wrapped her firmly in his strong arms, deepning the kiss. Her fingers ran through his hair making him go crazy. He forgot everything and kept on kissing her, tasting her.. Never wanting the moment to end... Intoxicated by her. Today she was his...and only his... Noone's going to come between them

It was a while before he realised what's going on, he broke away... looking at her intently but then felt it wasn't right, she was drunk. On the other hand ,it was her heart, beating frantically which told her that something just happened otherwise her mind was numb, filled with that sweet sensation, that tingling, which she felt that still lingered on her lips... She broke away from him but her head spin and held him again... That was literally an intoxicating kiss.. In every sense...

" See Armaan, I don't regret it " she whispered softly ,smiling, swaying on her feet. Armaan held her firmly and with one swift movement took her in his arms, Ridhhima never felt so secure before, she kept on looking at him and when she slept or rather passed out ,she didn't know...

Back in the room he made her sleep comfertably. She slept in his arms, never letting him go.. He looked at her face, her words echoing " Armaan, I don't regret it " caressing her hair he whispered softly " Neither do I Ridhhima, any of it " he planted a small kiss on her forehead.

It was early morning when he went back to his room, spending whole night with her sleeping in his arms, her hands around his waist head resting on his chest. He could have stayed like this till forever...

The next day she woke up with a throbbing head " ooohhh my head "

" here. Take these " he passed on the tablets and a glass of water

" thanks. What happened ? " still clutching her head

" you tried to experiment and be brave... Took 6 shots and gave me lot of trouble last night "

" last night ?? What happened last night ? " she looked worried

He smiled ,knowing perfectly well what she would feel if he told her exactly " nothing much... Well if you leave shouting at a police officer, threatning a bouncer, singing all the way back to the room in the loudest pitch and yes , the most disgusting part... Puking in the elevator... Rest was fine " she covered her mouth

" oh my god ! I-did-not-do-that " horrified

" oh you just-exactly-do-that. I had to pay all the people I met on the way to bear your singing "

She covered her face with the sheet and fell back " I'm never stepping out of the room again "

He pulled down the sheet " oh yes you are. It's hotel's owner's anniversary today and we've been invited... You have plenty of time to gear up and I know you're a brave girl so, stop hiding and go, do all your girly stuff "

She sighed, he was right. She can't hide here all through their stay " o.k " she said

" that's like a good girl, I'll just go run some errands.. " he got up to go

" Armaan " he stooped and turned " are.. Are you sure this is what happened ? I mean.. I mean.." she didn't knew how to ask, but she felt there was something more

He knew exactly what she meant but he wasn't going to tell her. It was their moment and may be if things went well ,he would tell her but... There was big but and if to cover first " yes Ridhhima, this is what happened. Trust me "

She looked relieved " okay " smiling now " I'll be up in few minutes then " he nodded and went away

She got dressed in a beautiful red saree and took his breath away... again... Arm in arm they went to the party it was beautifully decorated. they wee directed to their table. she was busy admiring the couples on the dance floor, little aware of the eyes watching her with all the love in the world...

" Hey Ridhhima, Are you ready ? " looking straight into her eyes

" Ready ? For what ? " unsure

" To go " he said softly, her heart again started beating loudly

" Now ? Am I going now ? " her mind started racing ' Is vivek here ? Does this means I have to leave ? Now ? ' she almost panic and Armaan was no help either. She could not make out anything from his face...

" Hey don't worry, main hun naa. It's just a dance anyway " he smiled

" ?? " she looked puzzled

" haan tumhe kya laga ? Main tumhe kahan jaane ke liye keh raha hun ? " she didn't knew what to say, she was just getting relaxed " and anyway I'm not letting you go anywhere " he got up extending his hand ,she just looked at his face. There he stood before her with his angelic smile and for a moment, she forgot everything troublesome. Hands in hand they moved to the dance floor with other couples ,already lost in each other...

" just relax. I'm here " he whispered in her ear, brushing away all her anxities. She smiled as the music started in the back ground...


Still feels like our first night together
 Feels like the first kiss
 It's gettin' better baby
 No one can better this
 Still holdin' on, you're still the one
 First time our eyes met - same feelin' I get
 Only feels much stronger - wanna love ya longer
 You still turn the fire on...
 So if you're feelin' lonely don't - you're the only one I ever want
 I only wanna make it good - so if I love ya a little more than I should

He remembered the first time he met her in the hospital... their first kiss after the wedding and the intoxicating one the day before... he smiled at her moving with the soft ballroom steps... as the singer said nothing can get better than this... he remembered the first time their eyes met, rather every time they met. he remembered the time when he saw her in the shower... that still turned the fire inside him... he looked at her and smiled softly, she returned it... he tighten the hold on her hand as if assuring her...
    Please forgive me - I know not what I do
    Please forgive me - I can't stop lovin' you
    Don't deny me - this pain I'm going through
    Please forgive me - if I need ya like I do
    Please believe me - every word I say is true
    Please forgive me - I can't stop lovin' you
He looked deeply into her eyes as if trying to convey what he felt.. as if the words were exactly what he fely... " mat jao Ridhhima " she jerked her head up " kuch kaha tumne ? " he shook his head...but kept looking into her eyes
    Still feels like our best times are together
    Feels like the first touch - still gettin' closer baby
    Can't get close enough
    Still holdin' on - still number one
    I remember the smell of your skin - I remember everything
    I remember all your moves - I remember you yeah
    I remember the nights - you know I still do
    So if you're feelin' lonely don't - you're the only one I ever want
    I only wanna make it good - so if I love ya a little more than I should

he Remembered the fun time they had together... how he felt when he first danced with her in Mr.Paul's party... he pulled her little more closer. she hesitated... he bent his head down on her shoulder his hot breath touched her nape sending a chill down her spine in that semidark room... he remebered the touch of her skin against his in that pool... he was not alone Ridhhima found herself being swept away with his touch... he remembered te nights when she sat by his side... when she rubbed his back... when she looked after him... when he saw her in the shower... "youre the only one i ever want " yes she's the only one I ever want he breathed deeply...
    Please forgive me - I know not what I do
    Please forgive me - I can't stop lovin' you
    Don't deny me this pain I'm going through
    Please forgive me - if I need ya like I do
    Oh believe me - every word I say is true
    Please forgive me - I can't stop lovin' you
he broke his hug and looked at her.. she look
ed bit sad, he knew what it was about .he shook his head asking her not to be... " trust me " he whispered... she looked back " i do " was what her wanted to say but no words came out...
   One thing I'm sure of - is the way we make love
    And one thing I depend on - is for us to stay strong
    With every word and every breath I'm prayin'
    That's why I'm sayin'
the intensity rose again in his eyes... he gripped her hard against his chest.. she found herself melting in his arms...every word cried out what he felt... " remain so Ridhhima... with me.. i cant stop either... " she hugged him... eyes closed lost in him...
    Please forgive me - I know not what I do
    Please forgive me - I can't stop lovin' you
    Don't deny me this pain I'm going through
    Please forgive me - if I need ya like I do
    Babe believe me - every word I say is true
    Please forgive me - if I can't stop lovin' you
    Never leave me - I don't know what I'd do
    Please forgive me - I can't stop lovin' you
    Can't stop lovin' you

suddenly her mind started reeling back.. the time they spend... the time of acident... their wedding... their meeting in hospital.. and then came Vivek.. her eyes flashed open and toi her horror she found herself in his arms... she broke away quickly... breathing shortly... horrified what was she doing ??? she ran from there stepping back... leaving him standing there... she stood by a pillar a hand on her heart... trying to put the beats back to normal...

The song came to an end and he realised that he might have given a too much glimpse of how he felt . he gently placed a hand on her shoulder making her jump " Ridhhima. Ridhhima listen...see I'm sorry.. I guess i just got carried away... Too much wine I think.. Plz don't get angry with me " the worry was clear on his face, he look apologetic

Ridhhima breathed out " It's okay Armaan... But.. I'm tired.. I want to go back " she just wanted to go back where she could gain some control over herself... And her racing heart

" okay " he didn't wanted to push her to anything

They came back to the room " tum.. So jao, it's pretty late. Good night " She nodded he turned the door knob to his room " Armaan, I hope tumhe yaad hai ki hum yahaan kyun aaye hain.."

He stopped on his track but didn't look at her " I never forgot it " he was about to move in when she called again

" Armaan, about... Today... It's okay. I know you didn't mean anything wrong " now he turned his face to her, their eyes met. He didn't spoke a word just kept gazing at her, her heart again ruffled at that intense look but before she could do or say anything he moved inside and closed the door.

Ridhhima sat down on her bed... Breathing deeply... Encounters like these always left her hyperventilating... That look he gave... What did he mean by that ? Was it actually wine which can be blamed for what happened at the dance ? She ran her fingers through her hair ,irritated at not getting any answers.

Little did she knew that all the answers were right there in front of her, it was she, who didn't wanted to look at them...

Later at night she lay on the bed sleep miles away from her eyes his words echoing in her mind " Are you ready...?? "

" Am I really ready ? " She thought " kya main tayar hun Vivek ke paas jaane ke liye... Sab chhod kar... Veeru papa ko chhod kar... BP, Muski bhabhi, Rahul bhaiyaa, Angel... Sab ko chhod kar..." Then somewhere a small voice came from within her heart... " Armaan ko chhod kar..." She got up with a jerk and shook her head hitting it lightly...

" Yeh tu kya soch rahi hai Ridhhima of course yeh to hona hi hai... Tu yeh soch ki tu uske paas ja rahi hai jo tujhe sabse jyaada pyaar karta hai... Jiske liye tune kya kya nahi kiya.. Sab kuch daav par laga diya... Ab bas us waqt ke baare main soch jab tu Vivek ke saamne hogi..."

She smiled lying down again closeing her eyes trying to think about the time with Vivek. Unaware, the moments spent with Armaan rolled by her eyes again... Bringing an involuntary smile on her face... His silly jokes his antics his silly questions... And even sillier answers she knew it was just to make her smile... her eyes felt heavy and she slipped into the land of nod thinking soon her wait was going to get over...

The fresh golden rays of morning sun filtered through the window. She streached herself,smiling ,for a moment she was confused ,then remembered where she was. She got up and was surprised when she saw him standing before her with a breakfast tray in his hands...

" good morning, princess " she smiled broadly

" Armaan.. Yeh ? "

" breakfast in bed for the princess, would you like to freshen up first ? " she nodded ,he came to her side and gave her his hand, which she accepted gladly going along...

" Thank you "

" be quick, I can't say how long I can wait... This look delicious "

She hit him on his hand " bhukkad " he grinned

At the breakfast, everything seemed normal, yesterday's incident felt like a silly thing to be bothered about..

" ab jaldi se tayar ho jao chalna hai "

" chalna hai ? kahan ? "

" arre ,tumhara favourite kaam karne "

" mera ?? " still puzzled

" oh god ! " he threw up his hands " what's wrong with you ? Wohi karne Ridhhima jo sab ladkiyan karti hain jiski wajah se duniya ki 99% companies chal rahi hain... Shopping ! "

She gave a big smile and got up with excitement " shopping !! waaoo , mujhe itni saari cheezein leni hain.. Muski bhabhi ke liye maine ek bahut sundar earrings dekhe the aur Angel ke liye toys lene hain aur papa ke liye..." she went on with her list for good five minutes before he stopped her

" Ridhhima yeh sab hum tabhi lenge naa jab tum tayar ho kar aaogi, ya yahan khade khade sirf plan banane hain ? "

" oh haan, main bas 10 minute main aayi. You just wait aaj main tumhare bahut saare paise khrach karwane waali hun "

He made a scared face " ooohh main to darr gaya " she stuck her tongue out at him and ran to get ready, while he laughed. As soon as she was out he picked up his phone

" yeah, I think it's time.. All set ?... Okay, i'll be there soon " he took a deep breath... Today is going to be ' The Day '

Edited by mansibharti - 31 December 2011 at 11:14am

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Recap : Armaan Ridhhima leave for Australia for their honeymoon, enjoy a lot. Some moments together... Ridhhima gets talli and kisses Armaan... They decide to go for shopping and Armaan gives a call to mysterious someone.


She quickly got ready and pushed him for a bath... She was surprised when he suddenly became all lazy and said wasn't in a mood for shopping rather wanted to go on a beach... But now her mind was all made up, she wanted shopping and nothing else...

She quickly brushed her hair and went to see if he was ready or not. Entering the room her mouth fell open ,wondering if he could create any more mess..

She hit her head seeing it's condition and started gathering up his clothes, all strewn on the bed, floor, couch... Where not !

" yeh Armaan bhi naa. Pata nahi kab bada hoga... Agar main naa dekhun to pata nahi kya hoga " she started folding up his clothes, mumbling to herself, but then slowed down as her words sank in.. " jab main chali jaungi tab... Agar Armaan ne phir pills lena shuru kar diya to ? " suddenly worried " aur wo to raat ko theek se balnket bhi nahi leta... Aur uski raat ko chuup chuup kar ice-cream khane ki aadat.." a smile crept on her lips remembering that night when he sneaked out for ice-cream. Slowly she sat down on the bed. Suddenly leaving became the most difficult task, she never imagined she would feel like this one day, that too for him... she turned to look around, she could feel his presence around her... His clothes.. All scattered about in the room... The shirt she was holding...His shoes.. smiling again when she saw one kept on the chair... And his diary... her head jerked up. His diary !

She got up immediately and went up to the table. There it was. The black leather diary with an AM on it... She hesitated, remembering clearly the last time she was caught with it, he nearly blew off his top... She turned to check, the shower was still on. Though she hesitated yet curiosity got better of her...

Opening a random page she started reading...

" Aaj Ridhhima ka Sanjeevani main pehla din tha, main use wish karne gaya magar usne rose crush kar daala aur card phaad diya, sach kahun to bilkul achha nahi lagaa main bahut saaf mann se use wish kiya tha... main jaanta hun wo ek bahut achha doctor banna chahti hai aur main bhagwaan se yahi dua karta hun ki uska har sapna pura ho magar shayad maine jo kiya uski yaad abhi tak taaza hai... Usne mujhe abhi maaf nahi kiya is rishte ko apnaya nahi..."

Ridhhima clearly remembered the day when this happened, she felt so ashamed of her rude behaviour... She took the rose which was kept there, dried and two pieces of the small card which she tore away that day...

" I'm sorry Armaan. I'm really sorry..." She whispered out, feeling immensely guilty. A sudden gush of air turned few pages. She saw that he had written something on the next page...

" Uski khushi ke liye maine keh to diya ki wo jo chahe kar sakti hai apne pyaar ko paane ke liye magar darta hun... Agar wo jeet gayi to kaise rok paunga main use...? Uski Iss koshish main kahin use hamesha ke liye kho naa baithu aur agar Ridhhima kahin sach main Vivek se mil baithi to..."

The page ended there

" Kahin main Vivek se mil baithi to ?! To kya ? Armaan ko itna darr kis baat ka hai ?? Mujhe khone ka darr ?? kya koi baat hai jo wo mujhse chuupa raha hai ? "

She turned few pages back

" Aaj main Rohan se mila Vivek ke baare main sab kuch bataya... maine kuch socha hai... Hope ki sab plan ke mutabik ho jaaye... Ridhhima ko agar pata chala to use bahut dhakka pahuchega... Magar shayad main iske alawa kuch kar bhi to nahi sakta... I don't want to loose her..."

Ridhhima's jaw tightened after reading it... She was confused too " Plan ??? Kaun sa plan ?? Kahin yeh Vivek ko phasane ke baare main to nahi hai ??? and who's Rohan ?? "

Questions swarmed her mind, but unfortunately the rest of the two three pages were blank... she would have read more but heard the knob turning. Quickly keeping the diary back she came to the bed side. He entered with the towel around his neck, water still dripping from hair... he looked hot ! standing there with his bare chest, his tattoos adding to his magnetic masculine personality... She stood there watching him, lost.

He found her staring at him, unblinkingly... she looked so beautiful, so tempting... Yesterday night rolled before his eyes... The magical kiss, her touch... He longed to feel it again... Feel her again... He stepped towards her. His eyes held hers. Her heart started beating rapidly... He came near... Very near, just few inches away...

" Ridhhima " he said in a husky voice. Her breath got stuck in her throat

" A..Armaan.." she could barely manage to whisper

" Ridhhima, aise mat dekho mujhe " he took a step ahead ,she took a step back " why do you keep testing me ? " she just kept looking at his face, he was looking into her eyes, deeply. There was nothing which could say he was kidding ,her mind started racing with her heart... She wanted to say something but all senses seemed to stop working, his masculine fragrance was creating havoc

Suddenly ,the twinkle in his eyes returned " agar tum aise hi yahan khade ho kar mujhe dekhti rahi to shopping kaun jayega..? Aakhir tumhari wajah se kitne logon ka aaj bhala hone waala hai " saying so he shook his head vigorously, making the tiny droplets of water fall on her face .

" Armmaaannn " she hit his arm and both laughed out. The awkward moment gone. She looked at him as he laughed with his head thrown back. How she longed to keep looking at him like this... Sapna was right, Armaan is not a bad guy... He's a perfect guy and if things would have been different then may be... May be...

She shivered at the thought, scared but now no longer tortured herself with checking herself all the time. She knew she had no control over these thoughts... but all she knew was that the time was now gone... She's now going to meet Vivek... She wondered why she said it in a rather sad voice...

Armaan within three hours of shopping was loaded with shopping bags, but carrying bags for her was least of his worries. He searched the area with anxious eyes, kept checking his cell from time to time while she moved from one shop to other.

" Armaan ! " she tugged his arm " aww what a cute toy, chalo mujhe wo Angel ke liye lena hai " pointing to a window of a toy shop

" Ridhhima, ab aur kitne toys lene hain uske liye ? agar wo roz ek se bhi khelegi to last waale tak aate aate uske bachho ke khelne ka number aa jayega "

She glared at him " Armaan Mallik. Inside the shop. Now ! " that was it, he sighed and she pulled him in the shop.

She next attacked a shop where she got busy looking at some shirts for him. He slipped away from her and was about to check his cell again when it started buzzing. With a beating heart he picked it up instantly.

" yeah "

" He's here. "

" Is he alone ? "

" No, he's got company. "

Ridhhima selected a shirt but when she turned to ask him to put it on,he wasn't there.

" mchh ! Ab yeh Armaan kahan gayab ho gaya ? " she started looking for him " Armaan ? Armaaann ? " she found him standing at some distance busy on phone " huh ! Armaan ,tum yahaan ho aur main tumhe wahan dhund rahi thi " he quickly cut off his call " dekho yeh kaisi hai ? The colour really suits you. Tumhe kaisi lagi ? "

" Tumhe pasand hai naa, to bas le lo " she rolled her eyes shaking her head and went away

Two minutes later he joined her again

" Ridhhima.. Ridhhima, chalo naa please, mujhe bhuuk lag rahi hai "

" kya ? Abhi ? " he nodded " Armaan abhi to thodi daer pehle hamne itna heavy breakfast kiya tha ! "

" ab itne saare bags uthate uthate wo sab digest ho gaya. Ab chalo naa pleeaasseee "

" Okay, Okay " giving in she followed. He took her to a nice restaurant there and asked for a table for two.

" hey ! Baggins ! Ridhhima tum jaa kar baitho main bas do minute main aaya "

She remembered that he was the director or something for one of the offices abroad but didn't bother herself with the details " magar...? "

" Plz. plz. bas do minute. Tum jaa kar baitho main bas abhi aaya " Ridhhima had no choice, before she could say a word he was gone.

" Ma'am..? " the waiter who was still there looked questioningly

" Yeah, plz show me the table " with a look at his direction, where she saw him talking to someone but couldn't see his face. If she had then she'd have known that it wasn't Baggins...

The seating was cubicle kind which gave privacy to diners from others, the waiter stopped at one and smiling turned to her...

" Here you are madam " Ridhhima was about to come when someone spoke up...

" Sorry, it's already taken. "

Ridhhima froze, hearing the voice. She hardly heard the waiter apologising and asking to come to another table. She waved off the waiter, who went away without another word.

" The voice ! Can it be ?! Here ?? " her heart started racing, questions swarmed her mind " after such a long time..." with a beating heart and unsure steps she came forward. A man was there, busy scanning the menu card. Everything stopped. She stood rooted at the small entrance of that cubicle.

Probably he felt someone's presence too, putting the card down he looked up. It was his turn to get stunned.

" Vivek..." she whispered...

" Ridhhima..."

Vivek stood up unsteadily, shock, surprise, bewilderment clear on his face. Her eyes never left his face, she wanted to make sure what she was seeing was real... She wasn't dreaming. Slowly she raised her hand to touch him but that hung in mid-air... And words... Where were they ??

Vivek who recovered of the shock first, stepped forward and hugged her instantly...

" Ridhhima ! Oh I can't believe it !it's.. it's you ?! Tum yahan ?? main.. Mujhe samajh nahi aa raha main kya kahun..." he broke the hug, looked at her lovingly, still holding her by her shoulders...

She was still quiet, only the wetness on her cheek made her realise that a tear had rolled down her eye...

" Ridhhima.. Tum yahan kaise ? Tumne aakhir mujhe dhund hi liya. Main to saari umeed hi kho chuka tha ki ab tumhe kabhi dekh bhi paunga ki nahi..."

She nodded smiling now " haan ,mujhe to zara bhi umeed nahi thi ki hum aise achanak mil jayenge " but it faded and pain returned " Tum kahan chale gaye the Vivek ? Kitna dhunda tumhe ? Tumne mujhe bataya kyun nahi ki tum kahan ho ? Tum aaye kyun nahi vivek ? Kahan the tum ab tak ? " she showered him with all the questions that were bothering her till now

" wo.. Main... Main kya karta Ridhhima. Armaan ne mere liye koi aur option hi nahi chhoda tha " suddenly he asked " tum akeli ho kya ? Armaan ? Wo kahan hai ? "

" Nahi main Armaan ke saath hi aayi hun. Infact wo hi mujhe yahan laaya hai, hum tumse hi milne jaa rahe the. Armaan ne kaha tha ki yahan tumhara koi dost hai jisse hamein tumhara pata mil sakta hai... "

Suddenly he became grave but quickly became normal again " oh I see. Chalo yahan se chalte hain "

" Magar.. Kahan ? "

" We need some quiet place to talk. Bahut saari baatein hain jo tumhe batani hain " he grabbed his coat

" Magar hum yahan bhi to baat kar sakte hai naa " she looked around and saw the place wasn't much crowded and the cubicles right next to them were empty

" Nahi. we need to go " he insisted

" Magar Armaan. Wo bas aata hi hoga "

" Koi baat nahi we'll give him a call. I need some time with you " but she was reluctant, her heart again felt torn between two. She looked at the passageway, hoping to see him but he was no where in sight

" Armaan kahan ho tum ? " she thought, but then made up her mind " Nahi Vivek, main tumhare saath chalungi zarur magar Armaan ko bataye bina nahi. Use bura lagega agar main aise hi chali gayi. Plz " she requested

He just looked at her, a confused look on his face, it was so unlike her she'd never said 'No' to him for anything before " Tum mujhse itne dino baad mil rahi ho aur tumhe yeh fikar ho rahi hai ki Armaan ko bura lagega agar tum mere saath chali gayi ?? "

" Nahi main yeh kehna chahti thi ki.." she couldn't complete her sentence. His phone started ringing

He snapped it open " hello... Yeah.. Uh-huh... Oh it's okay... Yeah I'll be fine... Yeah I'll see you later... I've got company here... Yeah fine... Bye " sighing he cut the call and turned to her " Are you sure you want to wait for him ? " he asked. She nodded " fine, let's sit then "

She kept looking at him and then at the passageway, suddenly there was silence between the two. Unlike few minutes before when she wanted to ask so much, tell much more. Now she felt confused where to start from...

Vivek broke the silence " kaisi ho Ridhhima ? "

" Theek hun..." she looked at him, he looked just the same but now he looked bit more... upgraded. Handsome as he was ,now he looked even better, probably it was the place. He always wanted to settle abroad... But the way it happened was beyond the imagination of both of them " tum kahaan the Vivek? Kya itne mahino main tumhe ek baar bhi yeh nahi laga ki koi tumhara intezaar kar raha hai.. Koi tumhare waade par vishwaas kiye baitha hai ,koi har pal yeh rah dekh raha hai ki tum kab aaoge... Kya tum bhul gaye ki tumne kisi se har haal main saath nibhane ka waada kiya hua hai... Bolo vivek... ek baar bhi nahi socha ki meri kya haalat ho rahi hogi.. Tum aane ka waada karke bhuul gaye..."

He kept a hand over hers " Main aana chahta tha Ridhhima, magar mujhe wahaan aane se Armaan ne roka. Tum jaanti ho na wo mujhe blackmail kar raha tha..."

" Haan, jaanti hun magar yeh bhi jaanti hun ki usne mujhse waada kiya tha ki wo tumhe pareshaan nahi karega, balki usne hi mujhe tumse milane ki koshish kari magar tum hospital chhod kar jaa chuke the "

He went quiet... " oh, to shayad yeh wajah thi achanak sabke meherbaan hone ki..." his comment confirmed that Armaan had kept his promise, she felt.. satisfied " Magar tum mera thoda intezaar bhi to kar sakti thi. Maine kaha tha ki don't marry him "

" Main to sagai ke liye bhi tayar nahi thi Vivek, magar tumhare, sirf tumhare kehne par ki tum jald hi aaoge maine haan kar di, aur phir haalaat kuch aise hue ki shaadi ki date prepond ho gayi. Kitni koshish kari maine tumse contact karne ki magar na tum pehle aaye naa tab, yahaan tak ki tum us din bhi nahi aaye jis din ka tumne waada kiya tha.. Kya kehti main maa papa se ki main shaadi ke liye kyun manaa kar rahi hun... Tum to the nahi mere saath.."

" Yahaan haalaat kuch aise ho gaye the ki..." he paused for a moment " Ek emergency ki wajah se mujhe jaana pada... Aur jab waapas aaya to bahut daer ho chuki thi... Tumhari shaadi ho chuki thi.. "

" magar tum jaante the ki iss shaadi ki wajah tum the... tumhara career, tumhari life sab kuch daav par tha... Agar main Armaan se shaadi nahi karti to kya tum nahi jaante ki kya ho sakta tha ? maine tumhari khaatir apni zindagi ka sabse bada kadam uthaya aur tumne ek baar bhi yeh jaanne ki koshish nahi kari ki Ridhhima kaisi hogi ? Kya tumne mujhe bhula diya ? Mera aaj tumhare saamne hona iss baat ka sabse bada saboot hai ki maine tumhe diya vaada nibhaya hai... Kaise bhi haalat ho hum ek dusre ko nahi bhulenge. Kya tum bhuul gaye ? " her eyes again got moist

" Nahi.. Mujhe sab yaad hai Ridhhima . Canada main jo hua uske baad maine wahan se chale jaana hi theek samjha aur yahan aa gaya... Bas yeh nahi jaanta tha ki tumhare paas wapas kaise aaun... Main kuch ban jaana chahta tha, itna ki tumhare papa ke saamne sar utha kar tumhara haath maang saku aur Armaan ne mujhse wo sab cheen lena chaha.. Mera career, meri life, aur tum " he clentched his fist

Pausing for a moment she spoke again " magar wo pehle ki baat thi Vivek. Maana ki usne yeh sab kiya magar jab tum Canada se chale gaye tab to mujhe contact kar sakte the. Main har pal tumhare liye pareshaan hoti rahi "

" Main.. Main darta tha Ridhhima ki kahin tumne aage badhne ka faisla naa kar liya ho... Main yeh bardasht nahi kar paata... I hate Armaan Malik "

Ridhhima felt a twitch in heart when he said that " agar aaj main tumhare saamne baithi hun to wo Armaan ki wajah se Vivek, wo bahut badal chuka hai. Ab haalaat pehle jaise nahi rahe, Armaan ab mera bahut achha dost hai "

He looked incredulous " dost ?! tum use nahi jaanti Ridhhima wo bahut chaalak insaan hai. Canada main usne mera jeena mushkil kar diya aur jaise hi un police officers ne mera peecha chhoda maine wahan se resign kar diya. Armaan ke kehne par hi wo aise mera pechha karte the jaise main koi criminal hun... Wo to mujhe terrorist declare karne ke liye tayar the, aur isliye maine wahan par kisi ko kuch nahi bataya ki main kahan hun, kahan gaya hun. " he sighed deeply and again took her hand in his " magar ab tum aa gayi ho ab sab theek ho jayega... Main bahut jald India aa kar tumhare papa se baat karunga. Ab koi Armaan mujhe tumse milne se ,baat karne se nahi rok sakta... Tum jaanti ho usne mujh par nazar rakhne ke liya har jagah jasoos lagwaye aur shayad tumhe nahi pata magar agar main tumhe call bhi karta to pata nahi mere saath kya hota... Main azaad ho kar bhi azaad nahi tha..." Ridhhima was shocked hearing this. She didn't knew Armaan went to such an extent... " wo aur uska dost.." again she saw a hint of fury in his eyes...

" Dost ?? Kaun sa dost ? Aditya ? Ya Rajat ?? " she started searching for his friends in her mind but didn't knew whom he was talking of there were so many...

He soften up quickly and sighed " jo hua so hua, kuch baatein hamare haath main nahi hoti. Magar achhi baat yeh hai ki ab hum saath hain aur koi Armaan hamare beech nahi aa sakta. Tum meri ho sirf meri, ab mere paas wo sab kuch hai jo main chahta tha. Position, power, paisa.. Ab tumhare papa mujhe kabhi manaa nahi kar sakte " the mad glint of victory was back in his eyes... She didn't knew why but it made her uncomfortable, she looked at the passageway again. Armaan was still nowhere in sight. She turned to him again when she felt a light squeeze of her hand " Ridhhima, tum Armaan ko divorce de do. "

The finality of his words shook her from inside " Divorce..? "

" Haan of course, ab main tumhe uske saath aur rehne nahi de sakta, main bahut jald India aa kar tumhare papa se tumhara haath maang lunga .maana ki unhe is baat se thodi takleef hogi magar yeh tumhari khushi ke liye hai Ridhhima. Aakhir unhe bhi to pata chale ki unka Armaan kaisa hai " she didn't like the sarcastic tone he used for Armaan.. What did he knew about him. He had been a gem of a person, unlike him he was always there for her... But then she thought it was obvious for him to feel so about him after all what he had been through... And divorce... Well that had to happen at some time... But... Something scared her... She just could not tell what caused her the uneasiness, probably it was the sudden turn of events. She should be happy, her love was here right in front of her eyes with a promise of being together... forever. Her eyes again went to the passageway... It was still empty.

" Ridhhima... Kahan kho gayi ? "

" Nahi kuch nahi, bas aise hi... kuch purani baatein yaad aa gayi thi... Kitni baatein hain jo tumse kehni hai ,sunni hain.. bas samajh nahi aa raha ki kahan se shuru karu "

" Ridhhima.. Ek baat puchhun.." she looked at him asking him to go on " tumhari shaadi ke baad... Armaan ne.. Kahin..."

She understood what he meant, for a moment that night when he almost forced himself on her flashed before her, but with that came the memory how he stopped himself, how he took care of her, how he was with her, for her, always. how he made her laugh and that brought a small smile on her lips.

The smile confused him " Ridhhima, kya hua tum muskura kyun rahi ho ? "

" Huh main ? nahi, nahi to.." checking herself " Aur Vivek, Armaan ne maana tumhare saath theek nahi kiya magar wo bura insaan nahi hai ,wo dil ka bahut saaf hai. Uske saath main utni hi hifazat se rahi jitna apne ghar main rehti. Usne kabhi bhi meri taraf galat nazro se nahi dekha.. Aur tum kabhi bhi is baare main koi galat khayal apne mann main mat laana " she said her last words with finality. The look in her eyes made him stop from asking anything further...

" ehem.." he cleared his throat, there was sudden hesitation " Ridhhima ab jab sab baatein saaf ho gayi hain aur hum mil bhi gaye hain... To.. To kuch baat hai jo mujhe..." he waited for him to continue

" Surprise !! Surprise !! " they both were startled at the sudden noise. Ridhhima found a lady standing there carying a balloon in her hand ,smiling broadly at them. Rather him. " here you are ! We found you "

" We.. ? " Ridhhima wondered and then she found that she was carrying a small baby stroller a cute little baby in it. She turned to look at Vivek and was surprised to find him ashen...

" You thought that I'd go away like that ! I was just trying to surprise you... Oh, and.." her attention now diverted to Ridhhima " you are...? "

Vivek got up quickly " um,Cathy, you remember I said I've got company.. Well, meet Ridhhima. She's from India "

" Ridima.." Cathy looked as if she was trying to remember something

" Vivek, yeh kaun hai ??.." unsure

" Ridhhima yeh.. yeh, Catherine hai... And Catherine she is Ridhhima.. Dr.Ridhhima from India my friend and ...and she was my collegue too.."

" Oh, that Ridima ! hi Ridima... I have heard a lot about you and your intern gang. It's a pleasure meeting you. plz sit down. it's indeed a pleasant surprise to meet you here, why don't you join us, if you don't have any other plans..." Catherine was all happy and excited

" I.. I don't think Cathy she can ,she has to leave early " again she was surprised ,just few moments ago he was sitting nicely and was in no rush and now he was saying that 'she's' in a hurry... To where ??

Ridhhima hardly heard what Cathy said, she was way too surprised when Vivek introduced her as friend and collegue and then suddenly said that she had to leave... She just looked at Vivek who wasn't looking at her at all and Cathy took her politeness as a yes and insisted her to stay...

" Oh by the way I forgot to introduce someone.. Ridima, meet our daughter Gabriel... say hi to Ridima pumpkin "

Everything stopped for a moment.. 'did she just said 'our daughter !?' . Vivek closed his eyes momentarily, but that was a blow for Ridhhima... She just looked at the lady, at the baby and Vivek...

It took her a while before she could utter a word " y..your daughter ? " she looked at Vivek with disbelief. Her eyes met his, he looked apologetic... The earth started spinning and stopped at the same time...

" So.. You two.. You both are married ?! "

Cathy who seemed oblivious of the reaction of both, busy fussing with the baby who kicked her legs enthusiastically, now turned to him " oh don't tell me Viv darling you haven't told her yet... Yes, we are married for the past 9 months " A look of disbelief and shock crossed Ridhhimas face, she looked at the baby and then at Catherine and then at Vivek, who seemed to have lost his tongue " And you must be wondering about Gabe here. Well this little angel was in such a hurry to come in daddy's arms that she came before time." she smiled and put an arm in Vivek's " she was just six and a half months old when she was born. I was so scared but Viv here did it all... I'm so lucky to have him as my life partner. He is the best one could ever dream of "

Ridhhima could see the love in Catherine's eyes for him, the way she looked at him ,talked of him and the baby... Well she was mostly after her mother except the dark hair and the same brownish eyes like him... She gulped ,suddenly her throat went dry... He was married. Not only that, he was now a father ! He was married for past 9 months... 9 months !!

She was too stunned to say anything ,her eyes kept moving from Vivek to Catherine to baby. It took all her self control to not to cry, or shake him and ask what's going on ?? Or to just walk away from there... She wondered if she could even stand up ,she could not even feel the land under her feet. Catherine kept saying something but she just waited for Vivek to look into her eyes, but that coward was looking everywhere but her...

Suddenly anger took place of surprise and she decided it's her turn now. Bracing herself she turned to Catherine with a brave smile " so Catherine, I know Vivek won't speak much, he's such a shy guy. He didn't even got time to tell me let alone invite to the wedding. You tell me, did you knew him from before ? How did you two meet ? " Vivek could feel the sting in her tone that was missed by Cathy

" Oh you see Ridima, our marriage was rather a hurried affair and that's why we didn't got enough time to call all our friends, it was just family and some very close friends. You see father was rather unwell and he was so scared that we had to rush with things but thank god that part is over now... When father saw this little angel he was all well again " she smiled

Vivek who looked even more uncomfortable fidgeted with his mobile when it suddenly started ringing, seeing the caller's name he excused himself and went a little away from them

" Hello "

" So, how's everything going ? " came the cool voice

" You cheat . You bas***d !. What are you doing here ? " he said gritting his teeth

" Oh just came for a vacation you see. And watch your mouth you're still not in a position to challenge me "

" Don't try to play innocent Armaan Mallik. Mere kaun se dost se milne aaye the tum yahaan ? You were supposed to bring Ridhhima to Canada not here ! I know what you are trying to play at. You are trying to make me a villian in her eyes "

" But aren't you that already ? " came the cool reply

" Shut up. You'll pay for this Armaan Mallik. You'll pay for this " he roared

" Save your breath Vivek. You wanted to tell her the truth. Didn't you ? Well here she is. Here or there what does it matter, Unless... You have staged something for her to show... Like those people who would convince her how you were right in marrying the poor girl in distress. How you became the saviour by marrying a girl who was pregnant and saving her father who was on the verge of committing suicide for the shame that would cause to a staunch catholic family... Is it so or would you like me to brush up your memory with more..."

" Shut up. I say just shut up. "

" Don't you dare raise your voice at me. You wanted to try. You knew my condition, you have to tell her the truth and don't forget you agreed. You wanted to tell her the truth, I'm giving you the oppertunity . Go . Do what we agreed upon. But remember it will be her decision that would be final... If you manage to convince her that is. Don't forget I've plenty of ways to the truth, just thank your stars that it's not me who is sitting there in front of you. Don't try to lie. Remember ,i'll be watching you " Vivek tried to locate him but could'nt " listening to your every word " frustrated Vivek disconnected the call, he ran his fingers through his hair in anger. He has to do some serious damage control, this wasn't how he thought everything to be...

Putting a calm face, taking a deep breath he came back to them " hey you are back. We were just talking about you " he looked nervously at Ridhhima and with just brief look knew that she was furious

" Really. What ? "

" Oh nothing much, Ridhhima was just telling me about your days back in India " his smile faltered hearing it

" And Catherine was telling about your little love story " he could feel the sarcasm " so Catherine please continue " she faked a smile

" Oh yeah " she smiled excitedly " so you see ours was love at first sight " blow on her heart, Catherine continued " I don't think you remember me, but during that exchange programme about a year back ,I came to India with my father, he's always on the lookout for the young talent for our hospitals you see, but I never got the chance to come to your hospital. But then, I was lucky that father invited him for dinner... That was when I met him for the first time and then he showed me around the city, it was the best time of my life "

Ridhhima remembered the days when he used to be absent from hospital, but he never told that he was escorting Catherine around. Anger started building up ,she felt cheated and like a fool. How easily she trusted him that he was in the meetings with that William Hopkins, Catherine's father and owner of John Hopkins... What a fool she was that she never questioned his absence ,his aloofness... She cursed herself how could she be so blind !

Catherine continued " sometimes I wonder if he's a magician or what, he charmed me at our very first meeting and then for the whole month of my stay in India we were together, it felt as if I knew him for ages. You know, it s hard to explain what I felt " she rested her head on his shoulder ,smiling at him with love in her eyes.

" No, it's not. I can understand what you mean... Sometimes you spend ages with a person yet you can't understand him and sometimes..." she couldn't continue, her throat again felt dry.

" Absolutely, I feel new everyday with him. You know what I like most about him, that he's a perfect husband, a wonderful father, a brilliant doctor and a wonderful human being. I haven't met anyone with such integrity and principles. He has them all. You know most of my suitors were inspired by the money I had rather than love, being a sole heiress can be difficult, but he ! He didn't even knew that I was a single child " she hugged his arm again " now Viv darling don't let that get into your head you are still coming for shopping with me." she turned to Ridhhima again " and with Gabe with us we are now a complete family " Ridhhima looked at the baby who was looking at her. It took the effort of every muscle for her to return something like a polite smile, she didn't knew what to say or do... Her hopes died today.

" I'm sure Catherine, people like him are 'really rare' " she looked directly into his eyes, making him uneasy

She came out of her thoughts when Catherine's cell started ringing...

" yes... Yes father... Yes he's with me and Gabe... Okay, yes I'll be there soon, bye " she cut the call " Viv, it was father, he's getting impatient. He wants to see Gabe. Now " she grinned and turned to Ridhhima " you see Ridhhima he was away and forgot to call me and to compensate it I asked him to join me shopping. I tried tricking him by saying that I can't come as a meeting has come up " she chuckled " I bet he was grateful that he had no shopping to do ,but my planning is all wasted now. Father is getting all impatient to meet this little one." She turned to Vivek " It's your lucky day darling but I won't let you off so easily " she winked at Ridhhima and got ready to leave

" Ridima it was really nice meeting you." she remembered something" Gosh, I'm such a chatterer. I forgot to ask about you. Are you here for work or for vacation ? "

Anger which was collecting for so long now threatened to surface and she felt this is the time " I.."

" She's here with her husband. They are on their honeymoon " Vivek knew what she would have said by the looks on her face and before she could say anything he blurted the first thing that came to his mind

" Oohhh congratulations, so newly married huh ! Where's your husband ? "

" He.. He met a business associate of his. He'll be here in a moment " she looked at Vivek ,with disgust.

" I wish I could meet him now. Lucky guy to get such a pretty wife "

" No, I think I'm the lucky one to get him " she looked at Catherine, knowing perfectly well that Vivek was now eying her

Catherine beamed " I'm sure you are. But plz do join us for dinner someday. Hope you are here for some time. We would love to meet your husband. Isn't it honey "

" Yeah.. Sure, don't worry I'll invite them personally. Now you run along or father will start worrying " Catherine got up and kissed Vivek on lips. Ridhhima just sat there, frozen, looking at both of them

" Say bye to daddy pumpkin " he bent down and kissed the baby lovingly. Catherine went away asking her again to visit them before leaving.

Vivek exhaled a deep breath and slowly sat down before her again.

" I can explain Ridhhima " he said softly

There were tears in Ridhhima's eyes... Words just didn't came out of her mouth...

" Vivek... Yeh.. kya yeh sach hai..." Vivek looked at her...

" I'm sorry Ridhhima... Main majboor tha... Main kya karta haalaat kuch aise the ki..."

" Kya majboori thi Vivek ?... Aisi bhi kya majboori thi ?...tumne mujhse jhooth bola.." Almost shouting now... " Main tumhare liye ... Main tumhere liye intezaar karti rahi aur tum ... Tumne yahaan shaadi kar li aur yeh bachha...?? "

" Ridhhima.. Ridhhima sweetheart believe me. Maine yeh sab tumhare liye kiya... Hamare liye kiya, main tumhe yahi batane waala tha magar yeh sach aise saamne aayega yeh main nahi jaanta tha. Yeh sab Armaan ki wajah se hua hai, he's trying to come between us " Ridhhima looked incredulous, he was blaming Armaan ! For getting married ?? What is he ??. She felt as if she's seeing him for the first time

" look plz let me explain " she didn't spoke a word, he exhaled again " yeh sach hai Ridhhima ki meri shaadi ho chuki hai, magar main ab bhi tumse pyaar karta hun "

" kya tum Catherine se Delhi main mile the ? " she asked

He paused for a moment " haan, main mila tha, aur yeh bhi sach hai ki main uske saath kuch din ghuma bhi tha magar wo sirf uske papa ke kehne par, yahaan tak ki tumhare papa ne bhi mujhe kaha ki mujhe Willam sir ki request ka dhyaan rakhna chahiye " a look of confusion crossed her face " wo sirf order tha jise main pura kar raha tha ,Catherine jab kuch jyada kareeb aane lagi to maine kaam ka bahana bana kar use taal diya "

" Magar tumne mujhe to yeh sab kuch nahi bataya "

" Main batana chahta tha magar phir socha ki tum yeh jaan kar kahin naraaz naa ho jao aur phir jab Catherine chali gayi to mujhe laga ki bekaar ki baat nikaal kar sirf pareshaani hi hogi " there was silence for a moment

" To tumhara selection Catherine ki meherbaani tha "

" Not at all, mera selection sirf meri kabiliyat par hua hai " he said firmly, but soften quickly " jab main Canada aaya to dekha ki Catherine apni hi duniya main mast thi, aur maine chain ki saans li ki wo mujhe pareshaan nahi karegi. Magar kismat ko kuch aur hi manzoor tha... Catherine, wo.. Wo pregnent ho gayi, maine use suicide karne ki koshish karne se roka... Uske papa ek Catholic hain aur wo abortion ke liye kabhi tayaar nahi hote, saari community main wo apne usuulon ke liye jaane jaate hain aise main unki jo badnaami hoti wo alag... Main jab Catherine ko ghar le kar gaya to wo us aadmi ka khoon karne ko tayar dikhe... Haalaat bahut kharab the, wo mere saamne tuut gaye aise main maine unhe sahara diya, wo mujhse pehle se impress the aur aise main apni izzat bachane ke liye unhone mere saamne ek proposal rakha... Ki main unki beti se shaadi kar lun.. aur agar yeh baat bahar jaati to unki badi badnaami ho sakti thi "

" Mere saamne koi chaara nahi tha, isi beech dusri buri khabar aayi ki tumhari shaadi Armaan se fix ho gayi hai... main apni pareshaani se tumhe pareshaan nahi karna chahta tha , mujhe laga ki main William ko samjha lunga magar wo apni zid par adaa hua tha uss par dusri musibat Armaan Mallik... Maine socha ki sagai karke hamein kuch time mil jaayega aur yahaan main Catherine ko shaadi karke kuch time main divorce de dunga, magar Armaan ne beech main taang adaa di usne mujhe ek terrorist group ke member declare karke meri zindagi barbaad karne ki dhamki di aur uske connections pata nahi kahan kahan tak hain, wo William se bhi jyada khatarnaak hai... Mujh par nazar rakhi jaane lagi, enquiry ke naam par kabhi bhi pareshaan kiya jaane laga... Mera passport cheen liya gaya... In sabke baavjood maine kisi tarah William ko family ko manaane ka bahana karke India jaane ki permission le li, usi ne mera passport mujhe dilwaya... Iss beech ek emergency ki wajah se mujhe jaana pada waapas aaya to tumhara message mila... India call kiya to pata chala ki tumhari shaadi ho gayi thi... Main uss din tuut gaya Ridhhima. Laga duniya khatam ho gayi.."

Tears rolled down her eyes memories of past came back to her " phir bhi main wapas aata magar ab Armaan mere peeche pad gaya tha, usne mujhe dhamki di ki agar maine tumhhe call kiya ya India aane ki koshish kari to wo mujhe barbaad kar dega... Main William aur Armaan ke beech phas gaya Ridhhima... aur phir achanak sab shaant ho gaya... maine mauka dekh Canada hospital se resign kar diya aur yahaan aa gaya un buri yaadon se duur..." he kept a hand over hers " ab sab theek hoga Ridhhima ab hum saath honge... Bas mujh par Vishwaas rakho "

Her heart wavered, she knew he wasn't wrong but... He was married now and that child...Taking a deep breath she spoke " main.. Main jaanti hun Vivek tumhe bahut kuch sehna padaa, magar bas ek call, ek letter.. Mujhe nahi to hamare group main se kisi aur ko kar sakte the.. Kyun tumne mujhe kuch nahi bataya "

" Main.. Main chahta tha magar.." he fumbled for words " jo ho gaya so ho gaya magar yeh to dekho in sabse ek baat achhi hui, aaj mere paas wo sab hai jo main chahta tha. William ke retire hone ke baad John Hopkins group of hospitals mere haath main honge, Catherine ko main talaak de dunga aur phir hum saath honge. Tumhare papa mujhe kabhi manaa nahi karenge, aakhir unhe bhi to apne Armaan ki sachhai pata chale " she din't like the tone which he used for Armaan

" Aur wo bachhi Vivek ? Uska kya ? Kya wo apne dad ke saath ke liye tarsegi ? " suddenly remembering the baby

" Oh cmmon Ridhhima " suddenly he was all old Vivek again, probably he saw a hope that she would agree " in logo ke culture main yeh aam baat hai.. Zaruri kya hai ki I retain my position at Hopkins, it's once in a life time opportunity I can't let William turning back on his words tum bas tab tak intezaar kar lo jaise hi main Hopkins ka head banta hun main Cathy ko talaak de dunga aur hum shaadi kar lenge " she was stunned ,she never knew he could be so calculative... So brute

" William's words ?? Kya kaha William ne Vivek " suddenly she found everything odd. He suddenly looked conscious " tell me the truth, tum kisi proposal ki baat kar rahe the naa pehle, jo William ne diya ,kya proposal diya tha William ne. Bolo Vivek ?? "

" okay " he gave up " William ne kaha ki wo mujhe next head banayega agar main uski beti se shaadi kar lun to. bas. "

" Bas ?? Aur tum maan gaye ? "

" To kya karta ? manaa kar deta ? This was the opportunity of a life time, agar main haan nahi karta to wo kisi aur ko zarur dhuund leta. Tum nahi samjhogi Ridhhima tum aakhir shuru se aish-o-araam main rahi ho. Tumhe kya pata struggle kya hoti hai "

His words stung her " Agar tumhe yaad ho Vivek to maine tumse pehle bhi kaha tha ki mujhe paise aur position se kuch pyaar nahi hai. Jab tak tum mere saath ho, agar hamein thode kam main bhi rehna pade to main reh lungi, kya itna kamzor samjha hai tumne mujhe ? "

" Tum reh leti Ridhhima magar main nahi... Mujhe yeh sab haasil karna tha. Aur maine kiya. "

" Kis keemat par Vivek... Dekho aaj hum kahan aa gaye. meri shaadi ho gayi aur jo umeed baaki thi wo tumhari shaadi ne tod di.. Kyun kiya tumne Vivek, kyun kiya yeh sab ? "

" Yeh sab tumhare liye kiya maine Ridhhima. Main tumhe wo sab dena chahta tha jo tumhe aaj tak mila hai aur usse kahin jyada.."

" Just explain me Vivek ki Catherine se shaadi karke use talaak de kar.. ek bachhe se uske baab ko duur karke tum mujhe aisa kaun sa sukh dene waale the...?? Kya tum dekh nahi sakte ki wo tumhe kitna pyaar karti hai ? Aur wo bachhi... Uska kya Vivek ?? " he didn't speak for a while

" I was hoping ki.. Catherine se talaak ke baad we'll keep Gabe with us.." Ridhhima went quiet

" Heyy Viv " a man came there slapping his shoulder " what are you doing here man ? " and his head turned towards Ridhhima " oh-my-god ! Is she.. Is she Ridima ? "

An expression of relief and unconfort both crossed Vivek's face

" y..yes Rob, this is Ridhhima. What are you doing here ? "

" Hey Ridima, have heard so much about you " he shook hands with a surprised Ridhhima " man ,he's waited so much for you "

" Rob.. Rob, I need to talk to her. I'll see you later "

" Yeah man, I can understand." he stood up " Ridima plz. Forgive him for Gabe, it was accidental. Bye. You guys carry on " Vivek clentched his fist, clearly annoyed at the inturruption. Rob went away as he came

" Rob mera dost hai. A very good but stupid friend. " his heart raced, had she understood anything from his words

" Vivek, ab aage kya ? " he breathed in, seeing that she wasn't alarmed " tum Cathy se kya kahoge ? "

" Kuch nahi bas yahi ki main use talaak dena chahta hun. I don't love her "

" Lekin tumne ab tak Cathy se talaak kyun nahi liya ? Ab ek bachhe ki zimmedari bhi tum par hai "

" Pehle kaise le leta Ridhhima. Kuch hi dino main William retire ho jayega and all of this would be mine ,phir main araam se tumhare papa se tumhara haath maang sakta hun. Aur us Armaan ko to main dekh lunga.." again anger started surfacing in her

" Ek minute Vivek kya tumhara maksad sirf Cathy ke papa ki position haasil karna tha ? Mujhe laga ki tum unki madad kar rahe ho "

" Madad ! Haan, unki aur apni bhi " she felt as if she was seeing him for the first time in her life. The madness and pride he had in his eyes... There was greed and cunningness ,where was the love which she longed to see.

" Magar tumhari shaadi ho chuki hai Vivek.."

" Yeh kya shaadi shaadi laga rakha hai Ridhhima " he shouted " maine bataya na ki yeh sab kyun hua. Aur tum mujhe keh rahi ho ki main nahi ruka tum bhi to mana kar sakti thi main aaj nahi to kal aa hi jaata. Magar tum ruki to nahi, Shaadi to tumne bhi kar hi li " there was sarcasm in his voice that hurt her deeply

" To tumhara kehne ka matlab hai ki tum achanak gayab ho jao aur main yahaan baith kar bas yeh dekhti rahu ki tum kab aaoge. Main mom dad se kya kehti Vivek. Kahan the tum ? kya shaadi main apne aap se karti..? Jo tum aaj mujhe bata rahe ho agar tumne mujhe pehle kaha hota to main har ek se lad leti magar yeh kadam kabhi nahi uthati, aur agar uthaya bhi to sirf tumhare liye.. Tumne mujhe sab bataya ki kis tarah Armaan tumhe blackmail kar raha hai magar tum yeh kehna bhuul gaye ki tum bhi shaadi kar chuke ho "

Suddenly a thing striked her,quick calculation made something very clear " Vivek. ek minute. Tumhe gaye hue 10 mahine ho gaye naa " he just looked at her in anticipation " tumhari beti, ek premature baby hai, jo kam se kam ab do mahine ki hogi. Hai naa " he didn't answer ,his heart started hammering " iska matlab... Iska matlab... Jab meri shaadi hui... jab meri sagai hui... Tumhari shaadi usse pehle ho chuki thi " the last part just a whisper

His heart stopped she'd figured out one thing, he cursed Armaan wholeheartedly. She looked into his eyes. He felt uneasy and loosened his tie " Ridhhima, baat kuch bhi nahi badli hai "

" Vivek just tell me. Meri sagai se pehle hi tumhari shaadi ho chuki thi ki nahi ?? Armaan ne.. Armaan ne tumhe jab blackmail kiya tab wo yeh nahi jaanta tha ki tumhari shaadi ho chuki hai aur tumne uska bahana banaya India naa aane ke liye " she was stunned

" Riddhima.. Ridhhima plz listen aisi baat.." he tried to hold her hand but she jerked it away

" Tumhare naa aane ki wajah Armaan nahi, yeh shaadi thi !? "

" Nahi Ridhhima mere naa aane ki wajah sirf Armaan tha main pehle waapas aa kar tumhe sab batana chahta tha magar usne mujhe aane se roka. Aur main yeh dekh raha hun ki tumhare aankhon par Armaan naam ki patti pad chuki hai, tumhe meri baat kyun samajh main aayegi "

She was taken aback at the sarcasm in his voice " apni galti ke liye Armaan ko doshi mat thehrao" she said angrily " Aur yeh shaadi ? Kya tumne kabhi bhi itni takleef karne ki koshish kari ki yeh jaan lo ki jisse tum yeh waada karke aaye ho ki tum waapas aaoge jo sabse lad kar apno ke khilaf jaa kar apne maa baap ki izzat daav par laga kar tumhara saath dene ko tayar hai uska kya hua yeh ek baar jaan lun..?! "

He said nothing... " Tum meri baat samajhne ki koshish karo Ridhhima yeh shaadi mujhe karni padi "

" Karni padi ?? Kya tumhare sar par kisi ne bandook rakhi thi...?? " he tried to say something " Armaan ka naam mat lena..." she said angrily

" Haan. ofcourse, magar shaadi to tumne bhi kar li naa Ridhhima " he fired

" Bas vivek bas... Ek shabd aur nahi ab main achhi tarah se jaan gayi hun ki tum kya ho..? Aaj agar hum yahan achanak nahi milte to shayad yeh sach mere saamne kabhi nahi aata... Main tumhe dhundne ke liye kya kya karti rahi aur tum ??.. Tum sirf ek jhooth ho Vivek. Mujhe nahi laga tha ki tum paise aur position ke liye itna gir jaoge. Main hi paagal thi jo tumhare is dhoke ko pyaar samajh baithi tumhe sirf paise aur position se pyaar hai... Aur mujhe khushi hai ki tumhara asli chehra mere saamne sahi waqt rehte aa gaya..." she was disillusioned now

" Pata hai Vivek hamari itne saalon ki mulakat ke baad aaj pehli baar mujhe yeh soch kar afsoos ho raha hai ki maine tum jaise insaan ko chaaha... Tum culture ki baat karte ho ? unke culture ka to pata nahi magar hamare culture main aaj bhi pati patni ke rishte ko pavitra mana jaana hai... Aur main yeh bardasht nahi kar paungi agar koi mujhe yeh kahe ki meri wajah se kisi ka hasta khelta ghar tuut gaya. Main dusri aurat nahi banna chahti Vivek "

" Ohh I see, ya phir yeh kyun nahi kehti Ridhhima ki tumhe Armaan pasand aa gaya hai.. Aakhir wo itne paise waala hai.. Aur tumhe to handsone bhi laga hoga to ab tumhe meri zarurat kya hai. I'm sure usne tumhari saari 'zaruratein' puri kar hi di hongi.." she gave him a scathing look " Agar main yahaan tha. to tum bhi to wahann... Us Armaan Mallik ke sath thi.., band kamre main kya hua hoga kisko pata hoga Ridhhima " she was disgusted at the implication of his words

No longer able to control her anger she shouted out " Vivek ! "

* S L A P *

" Ridhhima !! " he roared

" khabardaar ! Zabaan sambhaal kar baat karo.. Sab tumhare jaise gire hue nahi hote. Tum.. Tum itni ghatiya baat bhi soch sakte ho mujhe is baat ka zara bhi andaza nahi tha. Shayad main pehli andhi thi ki tumhara yeh roop mujhe dikhayo nahi diya... Tum ek bahut hi gire hue neech insaan ho jise sirf paise aur status ki bhuuk hai aur jo soirf dusro ka istemaal karna jaanta hai, agar Catherine ko yeh pata chalega ko use kaisa lagega Vivek " now he got scared ,would she blurt anything before her or William. No that would ruin everything.

" Ridhhima ! Bas bahut sun li maine tumhari bakwaas. Agar tumne Catherine se ek shabd bhi kaha to " threatning, He raised a hand to hold her but doubled up as he felt a strong punch on his face..

He turned and saw Armaan stood towering before him... " Don't you dare. Don't you dare touch my wife.Apni awaaz neechi rakho aur khabardaar agar ek kadam bhi Ridhhima ki taraf badhaya to "

" Tum ?? " shocked

" Haan main. ek baat kaan khool kar sun lo. Ainda agar Ridhhima ko phone karne ki ya milne ki koshish bhi kari to wo haal karunga ki agli saat pushte yaad rakhengi... Your game is over. Forget about her " Ridhhima stood stunned behind Armaan, speechless, and so was Vivek, who lay there on the seat holding his bleeding cheek.

Keeping a hand on her shoulder protectively he took her away from there, giving him a threatning glare...Vivek stood up and watched them going rooted at the spot looking at them like a total fool...

Ridhhima just followed him, she was numb, her eyes too watery to see anything. She was greatly humiliated today. Her so called love accused her of sleeping around, and see the irony ,it was he who landed up with a baby. She didn't knew what to say... What would she say.. What would she do ?? Is this what she was fearing ?? Is this why her heart had a troubled feeling ?? Was she really that blind to see what he was upto ? If he did this for Catherine's father's position and money can it be that he was merely pretending to be in love with her for her father's position and money ??

All these things kept rolling in her mind, she had no idea when she sat in the car and started off...

" Ridhhima... Ridhhima " Armaan shook her lightly " kya hua Ridhhima kuch to bolo ? Vivek... What happened ? " he hardly needed to ask anything, yet, he knew she needed to speak up to take it all out.

She exhaled deeply, no longer crying " Vivek is married Armaan, uski ek beti bhi hai. Ab wo bahut jald Jhon Hopkins ka owner banne wala hai aur uski life main... Nahi. Meri life main, ab uski koi jagah nahi hai " she spoke everything in a mechanical way. He knew she was deeply hurt but he won't let her feel low any longer, never will he leave her side. He was fearing something of this sort will happen and he was all prepared for it...

" Ridhhima.."

" Plz Armaan.. Just.. Just give me some time. I don't want to talk about anything right now " she turned her face away looking out of the window. He was worried ,she spoke in such a cold manner, he backed away ,though he kept stealing glances. He knew she was hurt, her trust was shattered today, she definitely needs some time to recover from it. And somewhere, he was to be blamed for her situation too. But did he had any choice... No. he didn't, neither today nor that day...


There was a knock at the door

" Room service... Your dinner sir " said the voice

Irritated he looked at the watch, it was nine.. He sighed he was not hungry at all.. He got up to say no to his dinner... He didn't wanted to do anything... No matter how hard he tried his thoughts trailed back to Ridhhima ,he wondered what he would do when he'll be back.. How will the parents react... How will he convince them ...

He dragged himself to the door somehow... And opened the door

" Thank you for coming. But plz take it back..." he was about to close the door without looking at the person when a hand stopped it

He looked up and saw a man stood there smiling " Rohan !! " surprised

" Thank you , Albert " passing him a note, the man went away happily " now stop looking at me like that, I'm not a naked girl "

Armaan smiled, he had not changed a bit. Rohan came in and stood before him " Rohan I'm not in a mood to go anywhere. The last place I want to go is a party "

" Who said about going to a party. With a friend like you, I can be sure that there would be no action tonight. We will go to some place where some serious work is done and some serious art loving people would be gracing the place of some new talent "

He was surprised, is he really going to go some place decent ??

" Now stop ogling and go and change. You stink ! "

Armaan rolled his eyes " You won't leave me right ? "

" How intelligent you have become in mere seconds, that's why I told you to stay with me. Hurry up we've to leave "

" Where ? Rohan I told you naa "

" Just shut up and change "

Half an hour later they were sitting in a bar: of a Strip Club

" Do you ever think of anything else. Is this your idea of a place where serious art lovers come ?? "

" Absolutely see what an art it is . Have you seen such beauty anywhere before ?? And by not counting me as an art critic you are challenging my testosterone level, my manhood and depriving so many ladies of love they would get only once in a life time ! But I can leave them for a friend who happened to forget me absolutely " Armaan went back to his beer,rolling his eyes

A lady was performing an exotic dance and Rohan was clearly enjoying it... His eyes never left her

" Wow ! check out that babe man she's smoking hot... Boy ,how she moving, umm umm... Oh my god did you see that ? Wow " his eyes widened as the dancer now took off her top and was now dancing topless.

Armaan didn't even look at her and just mumbled something, which didn't even reach his ears let alone ,totally engrossed, Rohan's...

Finally Rohan took a break from the dancer and turned to him " So.. How's everything back there...? How's Rahul and Muski... is she still at you with that jaan-e-mann thing...? "

Armaan smiled a little " Never misses the oppertunity..."

" When is the baby coming...? "

" In few months I guess... She is getting huge..."

" And Rahul..hows he ?? "

" Pretty excited "

" And you ?? "

" I'm also happy.." he said with an expressionless face and sipped on his beer..

Rohan slammed his glass down " Cmmon Ammy whom do you think you are kidding..! Cmmon tell me what is it ? Or should I say who is she ?? "

Armaan looked at him puzzled... " ? "

" Experience my love. Experience. " when Armaan still looked puzzled he sighed " Cmmon yaar itna to main tujhe jaanta hun... Pichle aadhe ghante se tu apne phone ko ghuur raha hai, cmmon now tell me "

" Huuuh, she loves someone else.." he said flatly

" What ?? "

He gave him the phone with the picture... " Mere adhure pyaar se milo.. this is Ridhhima..." His voice soft with a touch of longingness he gave a small smile and emptied his beer glass

" Vivek..?! "

His head suddenly jerked and he looked at Rohan with surprise and unbelievable expression on his face

" Vivek ? You know him ?! "

" Of course.. Isne John Hopkins ke Chairman ki beti se shaadi ki hai... Main khud dad ke sath inki shaadi main gayaa tha..."

" Whatt ?? He's married ?? "

" 1001 %. Why are you asking about him ? Wait a minute. Is it what I think it is ? "

" You bet " but this time, he said it with a renewed energy

Armaan told Rohan all about Vivek. How he was selected for an intern programme and how he met Ridhhima who's in love with Vivek, clueless, that he's married.

" Man ! this man is something. You know there is a buzz in grapevine that there is something else behind this wedding. He's suddenly promoted, not a thing done with new doc's and now he is married to William's daughter. The man is known for being a block- head when it comes to things like religion and stuff.."

" There must be something. I have to meet him to know the exact truth. Does he even loves Ridhhima, she'll be shocked to hear the news "

" No probs. I can arrange for it. He lives in Canada though "

" Let's leave for there... First thing tomorrow "

" We need some preparations too " discussing what to do they cheered emptying the contents

The door bell rang for the second time

" Coming.." he walked to the door wiping his hands with a towel and opened the door " yes ? "

" Mr. Vivek Dhawan ? "

" Yes, that's me. "

" I see that you don't remember me. Well, I came to your wedding " he still looked puzzled " of course you were busy that day. We have something important to discuss with you.. About something.. Rather about someone... in India "

Vivek now turned grave " About who ? "

" Why don't you sit comfortably first " Rohan entered the house and Armaan followed saying nothing. They came two days later to meet him not the next day as planned, collecting maximum information first about Vivek. Some was shocking.

" Mr.Vivek do you know Ridhhima Gupta ? "

He was shocked " R.. Ridhhima ?? How do you know her ? "

" Just answer what is asked Mr. Vivek and this will all go very smoothly " keeping a hand on his shoulder Rohan made him sit

" Who are you people ?? What do you want from me ?? "

" We'll come to that part later just answer me first. Do you love her ? "

" Who ? Ridhhima ? Why do you want to know that ? Who are you to poke your nose in my life ? " he said angrily

Armaan's patience ran out, he grabbed him by his collar and held him face to face " Now stop your bull shit and just answer what we are asking... If you want to live that is "

" Okay okay. Leave me. " he was scared at the sudden attack, seeing that he was out numbered decided to give in " y..yes I know Ridhhima. She was with me during my internship in Sanjeevani "

Rohan smiled " that's good now we are talking. Now Vivek there's something I don't understand. why did you marry Catherine ? "

" That's none of your business "

" Oh yes it's pretty much our business. And it would be in your best intrest if you cooperate with us. Why did you marry Catherine ? "

" Because I love her " and with that came a punch which landed straight on his face, Rohan stood up straight " that will brush up your memory "

" Who the f**k are you people ?! "

" Why are you fooling Ridhhima, When you have already married Catherine. Don't you know she loves you ? why did you betray her ? "

To their surprise ,he smiled. jerking away Armaan's hands he stood up " Now I see. You guys... You must be her guardians or something huh.Isn't it."

" Yes we are. And she's got the right to know that the jerk she loves is already married " said Rohan

" Hah ! Like she'll believe you " they were surprised " Ridhhima are among those who trust themselves more than anyone and the ones they love are gods for them. Whatever you say I'll deny and if you're trying to frame me up then I'm telling you, you won't get far. You don't know whom you're dealing with "

" Neither do you. Now listen and listen me clear Vivek. Leave Ridhhima alone. Tell her the truth that you're married. She's waiting for you there back in India unaware that what you're upto " Armaan said, trying to control his anger

" Why should I ? I do love her. And anyway that's enough of you too. Just get the hell out of my house ! "

" I think he needs the other dose " Rohan took out some papers and threw them at his face " the reports that show that the baby Catherine is carrying is your's and not of some random boyfriend you claimed took advantage of her " Vivek was stunned. How did they know ? Noone knew Catherine was expecting ? He quickly checked the papers, Armaan and Rohan took seats opposite him " there are some pics. too of you and Catherine in the hospital... At the hotel where you met and yes we can call the manager of the hotel where you frequently visited for you know what " Rohan smiled a non amused smile

Vivek was stunned to see it all " but.. But these means nothing. Now I am married to Cathy and this won't hurt me "

" Oh not to you but what about William ? How amused he would be to know that the son in law he worship, his saviour, was the one behind the scenes all the time, marrying his darling daughter for the money. Or rather we should call for Rob, he would vouch how diligently you planned all this "

Vivek was now ashen " what do you want from me ?? Why are you doing this ?? "

" Oh nothing we just want to hear the whole story from your mouth " Vivek looked at both of them and then at the watch, Cathy would be back soon .he needed to get then out soon " okay .okay. I'll tell you everything..."

And he blurted all out... He met Cathy during exchange programme in Sanjeevani and his calculative mind could see that she was an easy target, a ladder to his dreams and success he always wanted.. She was his key to the top. He floored William by his intelligence and charm and was sure that he had zeroed in on him for the selection. And he was right he called him for dinner ,that's where he met cathy and everything came to him. When she complained that she was getting bored and knew nothing about the city he volunteered and William agreed. That did not end there, Cathy was captivated by his charms and William never objected to their meetings, it was just after a week they landed up in Cathy's room, overpowered by emotions and got intimate with each other. The daughter was swept away from her feet and so was father... Just after a week they left he got the confirmation that he was selected for a six month long internship programme. Ridhhima knew nothing of it.

When he met Cathy again ,the fire rekindled and with no Ridhhima to make him feel guilty he felt even more free. They started meeting secretly and the only witness to their relationship was Rob who was a fellow intern, nice but stupid man. Their passionate love making had to result in something and one day Cathy announced that she was pregnant.

That was a big blow, he suggested to abort the baby but she would hear nothing of such sort. He was now in a fix the baby wasn't the part of the plan, he just wanted to get married to her get to a position and divorce her. He wanted to be back to Ridhhima but now that was not to be the case.

Two months passed by and they could decide nothing and meanwhile Cathy's mother came to know that she was Expecting. William was furious ,he was a staunch catholic and Aborting the child was the greatest sin for him. With a gun in his hands he asked for the name of the man responsible. Cathy didnt said a word , but now there was a big question on his family reputation and he was baffled at the present situation. Cathy tried to commit suicide and had he not stopped her she would have killed herself creating another mess for him, then he got an idea ,finding him as culprit William would have surely shot him. He took Rob into confidance and it was he who gave them the idea.

He found William at a bar getting drunk, he supported him and William blurted all out. Seeing the chance he offered himself to marry Cathy. William found his saviour but he was no fool, he clearly stated that if Cathy was to be hurt or if he ever try to Divorce her he will ruin his life forever. She was his only child and no matter what she did she will be his heart and soul. This was a major set back ,but he also offored him the position of next head of Hopkins and now he was torn between his future and love for Ridhhima. Here he decided that he would secure his future first and then see what happens. He agreed to marry Cathy. But still his plans remain the same, Ridhhima was his and he would get her. William promoted him shortening his internship but he informed back in India that his internship is extended for six more months...

" this is what happened " he looked at them

" so you married Cathy to get a step above in your career ?! " Armaan was disgusted

" Brilliant strategy man ! How come you become a doctor ? " Rohan punched his arm, Vivek looked at him confused, rubbing his arm.

" let Ridhhima go. Leave her alone " Armaan said

Vivek now wore a shameless smile and said " hey I can't do that. I plan to marry her.." Armaan felt like punching him again...

Controlling himself he said again " What would you gain out of it...?? What do you want ?? "

Vivek replied shamelessly " see Ridhhima is my love and she is all mine. I'm marrying Cathy merely for career prospects... And I was fool not to take care , but anyway the child is a blessing in disguise ,now I'll own this all and then after I divorce Cathy I'm going to marry Ridhhima "

Armaan could control himself nomore and grabbing him by collar punched him hard again " Come on Vivek, Don't try to fool me. Love is the last emotion you have for Ridhhima. Now tell me... Just quote your price, abhi to pyaar se puuch raha hunn warna yaad rakhna main tumhari pol us chairman aur uski beti ke saamne araam se khol sakta hun phir tumhari haalat aisi hogi ki tum naa ghar ke rahoge na ghat ke..."

Vivek understood that he was kind of caught, he wiped the blood from his lip and smiling shamelessly said " fine, ek baat puchhun main to Ridhhima ke pichhe kyun hun yeh to tumhe pata hai. Magar tum uske liye itna kyun pareshan ho...?? "

Armaan smiled slyly " because I'm going to marry her "

For a moment Vivek didn't reacted, then suddenly laughed out " Aur tumhe lagta hai she is going to marry you ! Ridhhima un logon main se hai jo hamesha wafadar rehte hain, apne stupid emotions se chipke hue, apni khwabon ki duniya main gum...wo tumse kabhi shaadi nahi karegi "

Armaan grabbed him by his collar and made him sit on the couch, spreading his arms around him said firmly... " now Mr.Vivek I have a very profitable business proposal for you... Which you should accept..."

That day he proposed to pay him five million if he does as he says otherwise he will not only loose his reputation, career here but his carreer in India as well and he will send him to jail with so many charges, and he didn't care what they are as long as they fetch him Life sentence or worse, that he will not be able to see the face of the world again... But if agrees he will get everything. Vivek, intimidated, delibrated over it. He reached the conclusion that he is little interested in marrying Ridhhima, for now, and going back to india, plus, the money offered was beyond his wildest dreams he agreed to the proposal. little did he knew that it was all being recorded. a plan by Armaan, just in case how handy it came later.. to make him tell all truth to Ridhhima or he would show her this...

And that was the begining of all . On reaching back to Germany he was all deternined to tell Ridhhima about this fraud guy but then something stopped him. He remembered his words, Ridhhima would be broken... And the way Vivek was insisting that he loved her...

" Nah ! He didn't loved her..." But what about Ridhhima ?? That day he decided he had to take some stern steps ,Ridhhima won't be happy with it but he would make her forget Vivek forever, she didn't need to know about all this..

How wrong he was, it was later that he realised how correct Vivek was about Ridhhima. She never left Vivek... Making her forget him would be toughest challenge he ever came across... Moreover Vivek tried to be clever. He tried to persuade Ridhhima not to marry him. It was then he had to resort to taking the stern steps against him. Rohan arranged a fake link up of Vivek with terrorists, it not only knocked the air out of him but also raised some brows, of William, seeing that he would be risking too much Vivek backed out. But before that he did the damage ,he had already called her and told her about his blackmailing... The day they were getting engaged, he caught her talking to him and had to threaten him right there in front of her..

Not a good thing when you're trying to make your place in someone's heart... The things went on and he forbid him from even calling her. Rohan kept the noose tight on him. He was never let to rest in peace but what surprised him was that he accepted the money they settled upon... It was to be paid in instalments... He would often call him up to keep him in check. He disliked when he would ask about Ridhhima but was helpless, Vivek was somewhat right about her.

The rest of the 5-6 days after that fateful meeting with Vivek at his home went in planning and then he came back to India declaring that he will marry Ridhhima... Something he always wanted but never dreamed he had to do that this way.. Had to fo through so much... Had to fight so much...

When he came here he called Vivek. In the past he said he repented what he did and wanted a chance to prove that he loved Ridhhima, that was a big blow to him. Here Ridhhima never forgot him but by the way he was going he was sure that there were some feelings which had started to develop for him but then suddenly she got all restless ,he could not bear to see tears in her eyes and decided it was time...

Not wishing to be a hurdle in the love of his love he decided to give Vivek a chance only on the condition that he tells her the truth about everything and if she wished to stay with him even then then he would gladly move out of their way.. Even support them in anything they want... Rohan who was his confidante was always there though he and Ridhhima never met personally yet he knew about this more than anyone else...

But vivek was a clever opponent he started creating his support group ,people that would vouch that he loved her. Stupid people like Rob who worshipped him and would do whatever he asked them to do... But Rohan was a step ahead, he kept Armaan all informed about him and that's how he was always a step ahead of Vivek. He was sure that Ridhhima would have come to know about everything when she tried to sneak to Canada but fortunately he got hold of it first. He didn't feared of loosing her to Vivek ,that he was sure that she won't go to him, but somewhere he was scared, what if she did ?? And he was more worried about how she would react to the knowledege that she was cheated upon, whatever the circumstances. Her faith would be completely shaken and she would be left broken.. And that he diidn't wanted... At all... He wanted to keep her away from any pain or worry, but as the time passed he became more and more sure that she won't let it go and then when it was no more possible to keep her away he brought her here. Knowing perfectly well that Vivek was here .

He staged the meeting, but informed Vivek too before coming. Calling him the night he declared that they would be leaving to meet Vivek...

" You are coming ? "

" Yes, I am. with Ridhhima "

" Are you mad ! What would she think of me ? "

" That's your problem "

" Magar..."

" Tum mujhse behes karne ki haalat main nahi ho... Jaisa main kehta hu waisa karo warna tum jaante ho main tumhe naa yaahaan ka chodunga na wahaan kaa aur phir tumhari haalat dhobi ke kutte jaise ho jayegi... Na ghar ka na ghaat ka..."

" Yeh to sarasar blackmailing hai.."

" Of course akhir tumhe baat samajh aa hi gayi... Wo kahawat to tumne suni hi hogi everything is fair in love and war.. And I want to win this war. ab jaisa kaha hai waisa hi karna samjhe " he disconnected the call ...

What he didn't told him was that he was bringing her to Australia not Canada, where his supportrs were... Rohan feared what the meeting would result in, he wasn't in the country. He had called Armaan the day they arrived, he took the call while he was busy admiring sleeping Ridhhima in her room.

The man, Rohan had kept to keep an eye on Vivek, kept him well informed. He informed Armaan where Vivek would go that day and when he found him going to the restaurant Armaan faked hunger and took Ridhhima to that restaurant. He said he saw Baggins but it was that detective who kept an eye on Vivek. He gave money to the waiter to delibrately take her to the same cubicle where Vivek was...

The element of surprise was most important when it comes to a cunnimg opponent in his own territory the best strategy is to take him by surprise and defenceless... And it had been a successful.. He was caught off guard and rest... Just followed...

A slight jerk brought him back from the land of thoughts, he turned to Ridhhima who sat still

" Ridhhima " he said softly, she turned around with stony eyes " hotel aa gaya Ridhhima " she looked around ,probably amazed at finding herself there. Without a word she got off the car and moved in. He sighed knowing perfectly well that she was really hurt today.

Vivek lay on his bed, Cathy by his side, deep asleep but his mind was somewhere else and sleep... Miles away... He glanced at Cathy and looked blankly at the ceiling. The past started sprouting on him, especially after what happened today.

Cathy was in so many ways like and unlike Ridhhima. Even she was in love wid someone before their marriage but when things didn't worked out as she had thought she decided to forget him and move on... So unlike Ridhhima, who even after her marriage kept the vows alive... She infact married Armaan for his sake... For the first time he felt something like guilt...

He remembered how everything was just a plan first and then he actually started to feel something for her. The way she acted, reacted, she wasn't too modern like the way she dressed, her conventional traditional beliefs, yet there was an aura about her, the confidence, the will, the stubborness, the loyalty for the loved ones... He admired all these qualities in her. Making her fall for him was yet another task, she was oblivious of his advances until he had to starightaway confess his 'love' in the fire escape, she took some time but he was successful. She accepted his love but still there was distance between the two. In their ten months of relationship as a couple- as secret couple- that was her request, they never even kissed. At first she was hesitant and he didnt force her but later when he wanted it he had to refrain. She now didn't wanted it at all. There were times when she amazed him with her simple gestures of selflessness and care and unconditional love, at times like these he forgot all about being selfish , about his aim. At a point he even decided to let it all go and just be Vivek, who's in love with Ridhhima but soon that changed when William landed at the steps of Sanjivani... From that day Ridhhima bacame secondary...

Sighing he changed side. Their marriage was planned and Cathy was a loving wife and a doting mother... yet something was amiss, he agree that he liked her but he didn't felt the same what he used to feel like when he was with Ridhhima... But that has gone now... She won't turn to him... He won't let him come back either...

Belonging to a middle classs family ,he had seen his parents sacrificing a lot, for his and his sister's sake. His education , sister's marriage and many other things never let them live their life freely. Even he felt the pangs when he saw his parents denying, sacrificing their desires for his sake. It hurt him terribly. When he got accepted for internship in Sanjivani he vowed the same day that he would be someone. He would not live the common life of his parents, he would get so much one day that he could get anything for them... For him. He would not suffer. Deeply impressed by Shashank Gupta he dream of becoming like him one day.

And then one day when Atul jokingly asked him to marry Ridhhima , something striked him. It was then he looked at her bit differently and then it changed everything, as if something clicked. He knew exactly what he wanted, Ridhhima could get him all. Only he had to stretch his hand.

He could lay there no further. Feeling restless he got up and unknowingly his legs took him to nursery. The sight of his little princess brought smile on his face, this little one had won everybody's heart. His parents , Cathy's parents and of course... his. It was true that his marriage was nothing but a kind of business deal which he had to keep with a smiling face but the best thing about it was this little bundle of joy. He remembered the first time he held her in his arms, how she held his finger and looked straight into his eyes, he cannot explain that feeling in words. Everything changed that day,it was as if she was silently asking for a promise- to be kept forever- that he won't leave her...

That was the day he felt torn between his two loves... Ridhhima and Gabriel. He discarded the thought of divorcing Cathy. He thought he would think something to have both Ridhhima and Gabe and everything was going well until today...

A gurgling noise broke his chain of thoughts. He gently picked her up,rocking her in his Arms.

" Don't worry pumpkin. Daddy is not going anywhere, he won't leave you for anything in this whole world. Daddy loves you very much sweetheart "

He kissed the baby lovingly on her forehead, promising himself that he will bring every happiness of the world to his angel, his life... No matter what it costs him. Even his love.

Edited by mansibharti - 31 December 2011 at 11:38am

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Recap: Ridhhima meets Vivek (not) accidentally. Many things get clear. Vivek thinks about her.

They reached back hotel but the silence in the room felt suffocating. He didn't say anything and neither did she. He knew she needed some time ,it was a big shock. Her faith was
shaken badly today...

She quietly went to her room and closed the door, without as much as a glance towards him... He sighed ,he would give her some time before saying anything... Even he need to prepare himself for her questions that he knew will come to her once she get over the initial shock.

It was dark now. Almost four hours passed by since she went in. He had called Rohan and told him what happened, he was rather happy that Vivek's truth was out and used pretty innovative adjectives to describe him ,but was also understanding towards Ridhhima. He was stuck up due to a legal matter his bank was involved in.

Armaan knew that he would have been there if there had been slightest possibility but then he was already greatly indebted to him for what he had done for him... and her till now... They had ended the call with his reminder that now that she is free of Vivek he would try his luck ,according to him he is better than a guy called Armaan who was no match to him when it comes to wooing the beautiful ladies !...

He had just rolled his eyes at his declaration. He knew that he hadn't said anything about his feelings for her yet but he was sure that she felt something too. Earlier the situation was such that he could say nothing in the matter and now... It will be too soon to say anything, she had been just through a traumatizing revelation and would not be ready to start on with a new relationship... But nevertheless he would definitely bring it up... Whenever he would find an opportunity to do so... And this time he won't delay it...

Glancing at the watch he picked up the phone. Few minutes later he knocked at the door of her room...

No answer

He knocked again, little louder this time " Ridhhima " he began to worry now, he should have checked upon her earlier. There was no answer again. He turned the door knob and found it was unlocked, stepping in quickly he found her standing near the window looking out at the beach, blankly.

" Ridhhima. Main kabse knock kar raha tha ,tumne jawaab kyun nahi diya ? " she neither turned nor said anything " Ridhhima, chalo khana kha lo. Tumne subah se kuch nahi khaya "

" Mujhe bhuuk nahi hai " came the answer

He was expecting this exhaling, he walked upto her " Ridhhima ,jhuut mat bolo. Chalo pehle kuch kha lo " he held her hand to take her to the table but she jerked it away.

" Maine kaha na Armaan mujhe nahi khana. Just leave me alone ! " she shouted out

But Armaan was in no mood to give up " Ridhhima bhuke reh kar tum kya kar logi? Kya aaj jo hua wo badal jayega ? Kya Vivek sab kuch chhod kar tumhare paas aa jayega ? Ya phir tum yeh soch rahi ho ki tum uske paas waapas chali jao ? " he held her by her shoulders " Vivek ab kabhi waapas nahi aayega Ridhhima. Aur yahi theek hoga ki wo jahan hai wahin rahe. He was never meant for you. Forget him. "

" Haan kitna asaan hai naa. Tumhe kya lagta hai tumne kaha aur ho gaya ? Tumhe kya pata ki mere dil par kya beet rahi hai, vishwaas to mera tuuta hai naa " she shouted back

Hearing it he calmed himself down " Ridhhima main jaanta hun tumhare vishwaas ko thes pahuchi hai magar kabhi kabhi insaan ko pehchanne main galti ho jaati hai. Vivek ne jo kiya

" Aur jo tumne kiya wo.. "

" Maine ?? " his heart thumped wondering if she knew that the meeting was staged by him and was not accidental

" Haan. Tumne. Kyun Armaan ? kyun kiya tumne aisa ? Tumhari zid ne aaj mujhe kahan laa kar khada kar diya... Naa main peeche ja sakti hun na aage.. Jisse pyaar kiya usne to bina kuch soche aage badhne ka faisla le liya aur main... jahan thi wahin khadi reh gayi..." tears streamed down her eyes, Armaan stepped ahead to support her but she stopped him..."
Nahi... Plz. Mere paas mat aana... Leave me alone..."

" Ridhhima..."

" Nahi Armaan aaj kuch nahi... Leave me alone... Jao ,chale jao..." she turned her face away from him

With a heavy and reluctant heart he went out. He was sure that at some point she would blame him for what happened and he was prepared for it too, it's only the matter of time that she would realize what she was saying.

Ridhhima stared at the semidarkness outside. The words she spoke echoed in her mind. She suddenly realized what she had said to him. How can she blame him, of course he wouldn't have known that Vivek was married otherwise he would have told her this in the first place and then he didn't had to even blackmail Vivek... But still if she wasn't married then probably
things would have been...

" But would they have been different Ridhhima ?? Would you have accepted a married and a father of a child Vivek ? Would your conscious have allowed to make him divorce his wife ,leave his child and come to you ? And what about his desire of acquiring a position and status which was the primary aim and the biggest reason of falling so-called in love with you ? "

These thoughts suddenly made her realize something she wasn't thinking about earlier. Her face became set.

Armaan did went out but all the time his ears stayed glued to her door, fearing the worst.. He wanted to go there hold her in his arms make her tears stop... To tell her Vivek is not worth it... But he also knew that she needed to clear everything... Get everything out of her system... At times he could hear her sniffing and after few more hours when he could stop himself no longer, he went to the room and found that she'd fallen asleep, crying.

His heart wrenched seeing her so and he was filled with anger for Vivek but knew that he was not worth it. The good thing was that he was out of her life... Their life...

He gently picked her in his arms and placed her on the bed... Wiping off the tear marks without waking her up. He sat there on the chair beside her bed, when he fell asleep looking at her ,he had no idea...

She walked to the quiet of the huge garden, She was hurt. Terribly hurt. Yet there she was, before him. again and there he was... Again...

" Why Vivek ? Why did you do this to me ? What wrong did I do ? I thought you loved me ? " her voice cracked with pain she felt in her heart

" Haan ,I thought the same for you. Magar tum badal gayi ho, tumhe meri feelings ki koi kadar nahi hai. Tum nadaan ho Ridhhima, tumhe un cheezon ki koi fikar nahi jo mere liye ehmiyat rakhti hain " with that he turned and started walking away from her. She stood there stunned ,rooted... He's leaving her... She must stop him...

" Vivek... Vivek plz ruk jao.. Noo "

" Ridhhima...Ridhhima, Wake up. Kya hua ? " she opened her eyes only to find Armaan before her, holding her by her shoulders ,looking worried.

Confused she got up and looked around, realizing that she was just dreaming... But still she could not control any longer... It had been two days since that fateful meeting and this wasn't the first time she was waking up with the terrible dream... It was just his retreating figure which she saw earlier, but today, it was something that really hurt...

Not able to contain herself any longer, tears streamed down her eyes...

" Ridhhima.. No. Plz " he said softly wiping her tears...

" He cheated on me Armaan. He cheated on me..." She sobbed " tumhe status or position ki koi parwah nahi hai wo isliye Ridhhima kyunki tum bachpan se usme rahi ho. Tumhe uski parwah naa ho lekin mujhe hai... Aur agar tumhe yeh lagta hai ki tum jaisi bevkoof ladki ki taraf koi dubara dekha bhi to yeh tumhari galatfehmi hai magar fir bhi maine tumhe chuna. Tumhe to khush hona chahiye tumhe kuch andaza bhi hai ki main kahan tak pahunch sakta hun, tumhare papa se bhi badh kar..agar wo kamina Armaan beech main nahi aata to... To sab kuch theek hota kuch hi dino main hum saath hote is sab ke sath..." he soften up " Abhi bhi kuch nahi bigda Ridhhima tum use divorce de do main kuch hi time main Catherine ko chhod dunga we will be together again "

she was shocked, terribly hurt and angry, more on herself than with him, that this is the man she fell in love with ! Even in the dream the words stung, she felt so low for herself.

" Use sirf position chahiye... Warna wo meri taraf dekhta bhi nahi..." His words echoed in her ears " I'm bad Armaan I'm very bad... Main shayad is layak hi nahi thi ki..." He held her firmly by her shoulders breaking the hug...

" Ridhhima ! Just look at me " he said firmly " Never-Ever say this again. Tum nahi Wo tumhare pyaar ke layak nahi tha, kabhi bhi..." He soften up " Can't you see ? usne tumhe kabhi sachha pyaar kiya hi nahi... Galat tum nahi, galat wo hai Ridhhima... Stop crying for him, he's not worth it... Trust me. You were the best thing that he could have wished for... Use is baat ka bilkul andaza nahi hai ki usne kya khoya hai... And you are better without him. okay... Trust me.. Will you.. Plz. " looking into his eyes with her tear filled ones, she just could manage a nod... He hugged her softly and she sobbed in his arms. Wrapped securely around her ,as if protecting her from any harm.. Any sadness...

" Huh dekh liya Ridhhima tumhara so called pyaar haan maine paise aur position ke liye Catherine se shaadi ki magar wo sab tumhare liye tha main tumhe bhi khush rakhna chahta tha, magar tum sirf ek bevkoof ladki ho jo sirf apne khyalo ki duniya main jeeti hai asli zindagi se ziska koi lena dena nahi hai... Aur ab to tumhari aankhon par Armaan naam ki patti bhi pad chuki hai..." remembering his words in her dream boiled her blood.. What did he think of her ? What a dumb she had been ! All along.

He sighed ,he has to do something. He can't see her like this anymore. She must realize that everything is not over yet, he's there for her.. And always will be... Then something striked him... Though he was planning for it in a much happier situation but that is the only chance he can rely upon to bring some cheer on her face... And he still had sometime for it.

As soon as she was asleep he slipped out of the room, most of it was already done but there were some changes he wanted to do now...

Ridhhima sleepily opened her eyes and saw that he wasn't there, a sense of loneliness filled her heart again but she felt too weak and drained to do anything. Closing her eyes again, she fell asleep.

It was 5 in the morning when he stepped in the room. Peeping inside he found everything very quiet. Entering the room with shoes in hand, he felt like a young college boy sneaking back into the house scared if his father finds out he'll be dead. He chuckled at the thought and quickly rushed to his room he must change before she sees him and yes, take some sleep he was very tired, now he understood what they went through back at home... After a quick shower he quietly went to her room and found her sleeping peacefully... He took a deep breath he hadn't left her for long, yet it felt so. he slowly sat down a chair by the fireplace and resting his feet on the footstool closed his eyes. He's not going to leave her alone now.

The bright rays of sun ,filtering through the window woke her up. She opened her eyes feeling bit lighter, she indeed was exhausted.. turning around as soon as she got off the bed she saw him, sleeping in the big armchair head dropping to a side. Her heart felt a tug seeing him so, he hadn't left her side since that day and in a way she was thankful but the gloom was still there in her heart.

Careless as usual, he had slept without covers, picking a pillow and covers she went up to him and slowly covered him placing the pillow by his side. He was obviously too sleepy to feel anything.

shifting a little he opened his eyes sleepily, and sat up quickly. He looked around but she wasn't there. He got up and then realised that he didnt slept with any covers.. Or a pillow. A smile came to his lips. But where was she ? He looked around everywhere but she wasn't there. He started worrying. Was she okay ? Why didn't she leave any note ? Or tell him ?

He ran out into the lobby where he bumped into the manager. Asking him he came to know that he had seen her going towards the beach side. Without wasting a second he ran out. His heart thumped with the thought that she might do something foolish. Coming to the beach he looked around for her. The place wasn't much crowded as it was still too early to swarm the beach. And then he found her.

She was sitting under a tree away from the crowded area ,looking at the sea. He breathed in with relief , putting up fake angry face he walked upto her. " Kisi ne ek baar mujhe bina bataye jaane par bahut badi daant lagayi thi "

Suddenly shaken out of thoughts she looked up " oh, Armaan. Wo tum so rahe the to.. Mera mann nahi kiya andar rehne ka to... I'm sorry mujhe bata kar aana chahiye tha "

The way she looked at him, apologetically, melted his heart " hey, it's okay. Main bas thoda darr gaya tha ki.. Anyway nice view. Hai naa " he sat by her side enjoying the morning scene

" hmm " and she was lost again, her thoughts were broken when a man came there and started spreading sheets before them ,placing breakfast, " Armaan, yeh ? "

" Maine mangwaya hai, tumhara to pata nahi magar mujhe to bahut bhuuk lagi hai, aur agar main bina khaye behosh ho gaya to tum to mujhe utha bhi nahi paogi aur yahin chhod kar chali jaogi "

She smiled half heartedly " Main logo ko chhod kar nahi jaati Armaan, log mujhe chhod kar chale jaate hain " He had no reply to these words.

The day went by uneventfully, he, after lot of requesting took her for an evening outing to some place crowded, so that she remained busy and has no time to think of anything else.

They came back quiet late loaded with bags, most of which was done on his insistance. It was late at night and seeing that she was asleep, he quietly entered the room, took off the phone wire from the socket and stealthily walked out of the room.

Ridhhima frowned in her sleep, their was loud noise disturbing her sleep but then slowly her frown changed into smile. It was music. Someone was playing violen no Voilens... And it sounded like... Like

" Happy birthday to you...
Happy birthday to you..
Happy birthday dear Ridhhima
Happy birthday to youuu "

Recognizing the voice she immediately sat up and was hugely surprised to see the room. It was totally decorated as if ready for the party ! And she was right. There were 5 people standing there playing voilens and right next to her bed stood Armaan, with a big smile on his face and a tray in his hand. For good two minutes she couldn't utter a word... Couldn't understand what was going on.. it was when her eyes fell on a banner on the opposite wall which said Happy Birthday in multicolours that she realised that it was indeed her birthday today ! In all the gloom she had forgotten all about this day

" Happy birthday princess " and with that came few other wishes too from the musicians

" Happy birthday princess "

" Gentlemen. not you ! " shocked that they followed his suit and called her princess " It's okay. Thank you very much " handing them over some notes he signalled them out " huuh ! " he turned to her

" Armaan yeh sab kya hai ? "

" Arre ! Mujhe pata tha tum bhuul jaogi, magar main apni best friend ka birthday kaise bhuul sakta hun ? So princess of the day ke liye special breakfast in bed " he placed a big tray before her " would you like to get fresh first princess ? "

She smiled feeling rather happy after too long, nodding energetically she got off the bed " Thanks Armaan. Main to bhuul... And then suddenly she remembered the reason for her
forgetfulness and her face fell

" Hey hey hey, no being sad on birthday. It's a strict no no. Okay cheer up. Abhi Muski Mom Dad sabke phone aane waale hain . Kitni mushkil se roka hai maine unhe ki tumhe sabse pehle main wish karunga. Tum jaldi se fresh ho kar aao and then get ready it's going to be a special day. Celebrations all day long "

" Magar Armaan mera koi celebrate karne ka mann nahi hai. Just let it be a normal day "

" No way ! Aur tumhara mann ho na ho mera mann to hai naa. Isliye chup chap bas wo karo jo main kehta hun " then quickly changing his tone he made a cute puppy face " tum mere liye itna bhi nahi kar sakti " he pouted even more

She rolled her eyes ,there was no escape from his emotional blackmailing " Okay. Fine . But nothing flashy "

" Yippeee ! Ab bas tum dekhti jao sab kuch tumhari pasand ka hoga. Promise "

Her spirits lifted with his excitement, she stepped down the bed to get more surprised... she was standing on the soft rose petals. She looked at him..

" Don't look at me like that. Princess' don't walk on bare floor " she really didn't knew what to do with him. Laugh . Cry. Thank..

This was not all. When she came out she found him standing with a dress in his hands and head bowed " Armaan . Yeh kya hai ? "

" Yeh aapki dress hai Princess. For the day. Aaj aap yeh pehen kar hamare saath baahar jaayengi "

" Yeh tumne kab li ? " she wondered

" Didn't I tell you that I am a magician as well " she rolled her eyes

" Yeah Yeah "

" Well then stop asking silly questions and lets eat breakfast . I'm dying of hunger "

He took her to the bed " okay, by the way Armaan thank you. And will you stop calling me Princess "

" No. it's your day. You are a princess and you shall be treated like one " he said animatedly

And with that she gave up, she knew he won't give up " okay fine but not in public at least "

" Ummm chalo that can be arranged. Now hurry up nahi to breakfast thanda ho jayega "

The breakfast not only looked beautiful but was highly delicious too. It had a small smily cake with a fairy candle on it, the brown bread was placed in such a manner that it looked like a chocolate cake and eggs like smiling sun with face made with sause. The coffee was excellent, totally his style, the fine chocolate sprinkled on it said happy b'day, there was a single orange rose bud in a glass. Her favourite, and it all brought a big smile on her face. For a moment all gloom was forgotton. It was her birthday today and she's not going to be sad.

After the breakfast, small cake cutting ceremony and answering all the calls from Virendra BP Rahul Muskaan her mom dad and everyone. He asked her to quickly get ready as they would go out and spend whole day enjoying themselves. Her spirits lifted up a great deal, he was so excited as if it was his birthday. Getting ready they walked down

" Ridhhima ek minute main abhi aaya "

" Lekin jaa kahan rahe ho ? "

" Wo mujhe usse kuch kaam hai " pointing to a man " main bass abhi aaya tum yahin rehna "

She looked at the direction he was pointing at and saw a man wearing the formals of hotel's managerial staff and before she could ask the reason he was gone.

She was waiting for him to finish off his talk and come back when she saw the manager Mr. Richards walking to her " Ah, Mrs. Mallik.. Good to see you again and many happy returns of the day "

" Thank you Mr. Ridchards but how.."

" How do I know ? Well your husband there didn't let me rest in peace until I gave in to his demands and to tell you the truth I am amazed at him, he made Morris agree to use his kitchen and believe me that is a big thing "

" Kitchen ?? But I don't understand "

" Well you see he wanted to make the breakfast for you himself and Morris Never, and when I say never it's for all, even the owner isn't allowed "

" For what ?? "

" To use his kitchen. But I was amazed the way he and your husband were bickering ! it was beyond my wildest imagination..."

" Oh Mr. Richardson, I'm sorry sometimes he gets all these wierd ideas "
" Oh no, it's fine by me I enjoyed it throughly. It's not everyday we find a match to Morrison. But have a word with Morrison he wanted to talk to you.. There he is. Let me introduce him to you. Good luck " he smiled amused at something " hey Morris ,come here. I want you to meet someone "

She saw a man coming towards them, he had medium height and a strict School Principal face with blue eyes, his light moustache did not cover his whole mouth and looked fit for his age. He wore chef's white uniform with 5 small golden stars on his breast pocket

Seeing his stern, non smiling face ,she was sure of one thing, he was not amused, and she had a clear idea with whom and why. She quickly prepared herself for another apology on his behalf.

" Morris I would like you to meet Mrs. Malik, Mrs. Malik James Morrison world's best chef. and now, plz excuse me I have some business to attend to. Happy birthday once again Mrs. Mallik "

Nodding to Richards she turned to Morrison " Mr. Morrison, Mr. Richards just told me.." he raised his hand stopping her

" First of all " he said with a stern face ,she gulped but then he broke into a smile " a very happy birthday to you, may god bless you with all the happiness in your life " She looked at him foolishly " hey I just look strict but I am not that bad. But don't tell anyone " he winked at her giving a warm smile

She breathed in and smiled back " still Mr. Morrison I apologise for the trouble he.."

" Hey not at all "

She smiled " Thanks Mr.Morrison "

" Ah, don't worry my dear, I enjoyed myself throughly.. He's a sweet lad and reminds me so much of someone just like him..."

" Really, who ? "

" My wife Julia. He's kind of like her. Full of fun, life, love... She too kept on doing things like this for me.. It was she who inspired me take up cooking and be a chef.." he said with longingness in his voice

" Is she a good cook herself..? "

" Cooking ?? And Julia ? Oh no, terrible is an understatement for her efforts in kitchen and mainly to save myself I learnt how to cook but then I realised it was her happiness that made me do it. she knew I love this more than anything... Had it not been her I would have grown fat old man sitting behind a desk in some crappy office surrounded by some cribbing yelling people for nothing, but here I am. doing all the yelling and bossing around and happy about it..." he beamed at her

She laughed " Your wife must be an amazing person... I wish I could meet her "

" But I think that will take long... quiet long..." he said

" Oh she's not here. Gone somewhere ? "

" Yeah, left me long ago... died five years back..."

" I'm, I'm sorry " feeling wrong footed

" It's okay. I have started living again and your lively husband reminded me of her and that's why inspite of a big mess he created in my kitchen, I allowed him..." he looked amused now. Ridhhima looked at him talking to that man

" Sweetheart," Morris said in a mellow voice " cherish the love you have keep it, hold it with both the hands. It's not something you can let go " He looked at Armaan " he loves you like crazy. I know, Julia was the same..." She could see the soft longing expression when he called Julia.. He smiled at her " Happy birthday dear. May god bless you both with hundreds of such celebrations together.."  she could see the fatherly love he had in his eyes " may you live long happily ever after..." he squeezed her hand lovingly 

" Thanks Mr. Morrison "

" Call me Morris "

" Thanks Morris.. And plz call me Ridhhima.."

" Sure dear " and with a warm smile he walked away. he had gone only few steps when he turned again " Ridima.."

She turned " yes Morris.."

" Plz don't ever allow him into the kitchen. for kitchen's and his safety.."

She laughed " don't worry Morris his entry is already banned in there " Morrison threw his head back laughing, and shaking his head went away.

She turned and saw Armaan and her heart started beating rapidly... She could feel something in his enthusiasm... she was no fool she could see now that Vivek wasn't in question he must be expecting something... Something more...

But she wasn't ready... No she wasn't ... She wasn't even sure if she could love anyone now and she didn't wanted to give anyone false hope... She must talk to him, they cannot live this lie anymore they have to think over it... Soon...

Soon his conversation was over and he back by her side. He took her to some really beautiful places. He again started his P.J attack and she had hard time controlling her laughter, in a way she was glad ,she felt alive again after days and didn't wanted to even think about the scumbag named Vivek. They went for para sailing and she screamed to her hearts fill in excitement, flying side by side she had a breath taking view of the ocean and land. Seeing her happy and smiling he felt immense relief and he promised himself that he won't let her feel low now.

Next they went to a flee market and bought some wierd stuff a dinosaur cap which she just could not leave and insisted that he got a picture in that. Avenging for his embarressment he made her get her picture with a monkey who had no teeth at all ! She was scared and was scowling at him when he immediately clicked her picture. He laughed for long looking at it.

" Stop it Armaan. Wo to maine bas isliye khinchwa li taaki us bechare buzurg monkey ko bura na lage "

" Really ! Buzurg monkey haha " he laughed hearing her reason, infact he had dared her to do it " Ohh you are sooo nice. Magar jo bhi reason ho picture badi sundar hai badi gehri dosti lagti hai " she opened her mouth in shock

" Main ja rahi hun "

" Arre kahan ja rahi ho ? Main to bas mazak kar raha tha "

She made a face at him " mujhe pyaas lagi hai "

" Theek hai tum ruko main abhi paani laata hun " and he quickly went back to bring water

Waiting for him something, or rather someone caught her eye. An old lady was selling something- fortune cookies ! It immediately caught her attention

" Come. Come my dear see what your future has in store for you. A fortune cookie just for 5 dollars. believe me. it does speaks the truth " the old lady said and then suddenly her voice dropped to mysterious whisper " I see that your mind is puzzled, troubled. Choose. Choose my dear. Pick one "

Overcome by her curiosity Ridhhima hesitating and bit scared picked up one from the lot and looked at it as if it was going to speak up any minute and tell her future. The cookie was as big as her palm.

" You need to bite on it, eat it. Carefully don't eat away the paper " the lady guided her

She took small bites, careful about the paper. In about 6-7 bites she found a tiny roll of paper, taking it out carefully she started reading


                 "    Open your eyes,
                   And don't you frown,
                   the thing you desire,
                   will be found around. "

She was wondering about these words when the lady spoke up again in her mysterious voice

" I see the clouds clearing, open your eyes ,see the light. Embrace it. Your life is going to change "

" It has already changed " she thought, but she stood there holding that tiny bit of paper in her hand as if spellbound by her.

" Ridhhima..Ridhhima " he quickly came by her side and looked at the lady suspiciously " tum yahan kya kar rahi ho ? "

She came to present as if a spell was broken and looked around " h..huh. Haan main... Wo bas main.. yeh " he saw a broken cookie in her hand and eyed the lady suspiciously again

" Chalo. Let's go " he held her hand , quickly handing over the money he pulled her away from there. " tum bhi naa Ridhhima aise hi kisi se koi cheez nahi lete, tumne khaya to nahi naa ? " she shook her head but hid the peice of paper " lao idhar do mujhe " he took the broken cookie and threw it away.

Finishing the trip to flee market, he made her sit in the car and drove on

" Armaan hum kahan jaa rahe hain ? "

" Ab itni daer ho gayi hai. Lunch nahi karna ? "

In few minutes he parked the car near a beach. She looked around but couldn't see a single person let alone a restaurant. Puzzled she looked at him but he looked as if it was abosolutely normal

" Armaan hum kahan jaa rahein hain ? " she asked again

" Duh ! Abhi to bataya Ridhhima, lunch karne "

" Magar yeh to beach hai Armaan, aur yahaan koi dikhayi bhi nahi de raha "

" Wo isliye Ridhhima kyunki yeh private beach hai "

" Magar.."

" Shhh chup. Tum bolti bahut ho. Ab chup chap mere saath aao " holding her hand he lead the way, confused, she followed..

And then she saw it . A beautiful canopied tent stood before her half under the trees, a table set for two looked welcoming. At some distance she could see some people ,their dress made it clear that they were the waiters. She was just observing when he spoke up

" ta da ! A special place, for special lunch, for special occasion and for the most special person "

She was amazed " Armaan, yeh sab mere liye kiya tumne ?? "

" Nahi. Apne liye. Mujhe tent main khana khane main bahut mazaa aata hai " she glared at him " ab aise mat dekho yeh silly question tumne puchha tha. Ab chalo bhi mujhe bhuuk lagi hai " and pulled her to the tent

She mentally appreciated his choice, the view was simply breathtaking and she noticed the man he was talking to in the hotel was also there. Now she understood everything. He went to discuss about this. She looked at him wondering how much trouble he went through to make the day special for her.

she was enjoying the lunch. The place, the food and ofcourse his jokes. Everything was goimg fine when he asked suddenly " Ridhhima.." she looked up " Are you okay ? "

" Yes Armaan. I am fine. Absolutely fine." He still looked at her raising his brows meaningfully " what ?? " she breathed out and kept the spoon back on the table.. " Tum pucchna kya chahte ho Armaan ? "

" Main kuch puchhna nahi chahta, bas sunna chahta hun jo tum keh nahi rahi. Cmmon get it out Ridhhima. All of it."

She became bit grave " Fine huuh ,Vivek is married. He was married way before when we even got engaged. He want both me and her daughter, imagine he has no worries for his wife, wo to just uske liye ek stepping stone hai, I feel pity for her aur sach kahun to I am happy ki main Vivek ke jaal main fasne se bach gayi. Imagine he cant bear me married and there he is expecting me to not only take him as married but also his child. I feel so disgusted "

He didn't said a word just listened " Armaan, ek baat puchhni thi tumse."

" Haan bolo.."

" Kya tum yeh baat jaante the ki Vivek ki shaadi ho chuki hai ? Tum to use you know..." She meant blackmail. He was now in a fix to tell her or not ? How would she react ?

" Ridhhima meri.. Meri saari baatein aur meeting , jo ki bahut kam hui ,usse akele aur bahar hi hui... Main bas usse tumse duur rakhna chahta tha. I couldnt bear any competition, jab tumne mana kiya ki you can't marry me to pehle to maine apne aapko samjha liya magar phir... Shayad meri ego apni haar bardasht nahi kar paayi. I'm sorry Ridhhima is sabke liye kahin na kahin main bhi zimmedar hun. magar main apni sabse achhi friend khona nahi chahta tha."

" Hmm, aur ek ki ego aur dusre ki selfishness mein main pis gayi..." with that she went quiet and resumed her eating. He had no idea why he didn't say that he knew Vivek was married and he didn't want to see her sad and broken and wanted to win her not get a secondary place in her heart as a replacement coz Vivek wasn't there and now that he was gone he still had a long way to go, too much to do...

but then suddenly dropping Vivek she started off about the day. He listened to her rambling smiling politely with pain in his heart and eyes. He knew she was hurt and was trying to hide it but said nothing, he waited for her to show her real pain. He was ready to give her his support. Himself.

Suddenly the clouds rumbled and it began to rain. Sitting under the tent they enjoyed the beautiful scene of rainfall

" Armaan, baarish !! Tumhe pata hai it's my favourite season " and before he can say anything she ran out and started bathing in rain. With eyes closed she felt the droplets of water on her face, spreading her hands by her side as if trying to embrace them.

Armaan watched her getting soaked in rain for some time and then quietly picked up an umbrella. Openong it, he slowly walked to her.

" Ridhhima " turning she saw him holding umbrella over her ,she smiled at him weakly " Kya tumhe mujhse bhi jhut bolne ki zarurat hai...? iss baarish main kisi aur se to tum apne aansoon chhupa sakti ho magar mujhse nahi "

She looked at him for a moment her lips quivered, smile faltered and then she hugged him burying her head in his chest crying her heart out. Armaan held her wrapping her in his arms, umbrella long forgotten. They both stood there, none spoke. She sobbed in his arms, he just held her being the pillar of her strength to lean on... Till she felt better...

Getting dressed in yet another dress gifted by him ,she came out. He had insisted on going for a 'special dinner' for the occasion.

" The birthday is not complete yet " he'd said

She wondered what more is left now. The breakfast, the shopping, the outing, the lunch.. She was amazed at his imaginative mind and was touched with all the trouble he went through to make the day special for her.

She looked at the watch ,it had been an hour since he left saying he'll be back soon. She knew he was upto something again ,her thoughts broke when he rushed inside

" Hey, ready ? " Dressed in a black dinner jacket and bow he looked dashing. She nodded, he gave her his arm " Then lets go your highness, something awaits us "

Smiling a little she took his arm and followed. they walked to the grand dining hall where maitre'd directed them to their table. She sat down, till now nothing unusual happened ,she breathed in as she was in no mood for flashy stuff... But she was wrong... Partly

Within minutes there came a trolly with wierdest cake she'd ever seen. A bottle of champagne and a group og musicians. She looked at him with surprise. This was not all soon there came Morris and Richardson

" I tried making it like normal one but wo thoda.. Hehe " he grinned sheepishly

" This is the disaster I was talking about " pointed Morrison " I offered to make it but he insisted on making it himself " she turned to him ,he smiled sheepishly ,raising his brows cutely

Grinning still, he signalled her to cut the cake, she picked the knife and bent down to blow off the candles, as she looked up their eyes met ,smiling she blew off the candles and the hall erupted with claps and wishes... Thanking all she turned to him

" Morris I can see what disaster he must have made in the kitchen and see the outcome ,he will be punished for it " his smile faded a little, picking up a small peice of cake " here. you are going to have the first bite, I don't want to risk myself to your cooking "

She raised the peice to his mouth, his eyes met hers, he looked unsure. Seeing it she whispered " Thanks Armaan. This is the best Birthday cake ever " and then she smiled, bringing back his, only it was much broader this time

He too put a peice in her mouth " hmm Armaan, it's delicious ! "

And she was telling the truth cause by the time they finished the five course dinner the cake was half gone...

He wiped the face and looked at her again, she raised her eyebrows " what ? Ab kya ? " expecting some other surprise

" You are forgetting one very important thing "

" Main ?? Kya ? "

He rolled his eyes " Ridhhiimaa, Gift ! You haven't got your gift "

She smiled ruefully " Jo kuch hua usse bada gift aur kya ho sakta hai "

" Hey Hey, you are doing it again. Maine kaha na no being sad today. Chalo close your eyes "

" Magar "

" Mchh ! kaha naa close your eyes and no cheating ! " Giving in she closed her eyes " Now you can open them "

Opening them she saw a square thin wrapped gift before her. Excited she opened it quickly and found a frame in it.

It was a collage of her pics, every one them were smiling at the top was her picture with her face smeared with pasta sauce and she was beaming, wearing the ' Pasta Princess ' crown. Under it was written ' My Princess.. Pasta Princess '. She remembered the day clearly, it brought a smile on her face. Her eyes now fell upon the left bottom corner where it was written in bold P.T.O.. She turned and saw it was their pics with wierd faces clicked in a Poloroid cubicle. Despite the sadness she was suffering ,she could not supress her laugh reliving the memories of those happy moments... in the centre she saw that there was a blank space...

He brought a camera out of nowhere and coming to her side bent down a little and clicked. He then pasted the instant photograph in the blank space and wrote underneath it

" Best friends forever "

Seeing it she truly smiled for the first time after days. though eyes welled up and emotions overwhelmed her yet she felt light... She wasn't alone... She looked up at him and nodded.. " Thanks Armaan this... This is the best gift ever..."

" Hai naa... Thank god tumhe pasand aaya mera to tumse chupa kar banate banate dam nikal gaya.. Chalo ab lao.."

" What ?? "

" What ? What, my return gift.. Itni mehnat ki hai mujhe bhi to kuch milna chahiye naa.."

" Magar Armaan mere paas to kuch nahi hai.. Main to apna birthday hi bhul gayi thi.."

" Liar, you have my gift.."

" No. sach main nahi hai. I'm sorry " she felt guilty

" No. you have it. I'm sure " his persistance confuseed her

" Achha theek hai to tum hi bata do kya hai ? kahan hai ? " she gave up

" Tumhare paas hai... Wo hai... Tumhari smile.. Tumhari hansi..." he said in a soft voice " Mujhe bas wohi chahiye Ridhhima.. Plz wo purani Ridhhima mujhe de do.. I miss her.."

She became grave again " Pata nahi Armaan wo Ridhhima kahan gayi.. Shayad kahi tuut kar kho gayi.."

" Heyyy tum apni baat karo meri Ridhhima naa hi itni kamjoor hai aur na hi itni bevkoof ki kahin kho jaaye. Maana ki kabhi kabhi Ridhhima se Ridimba ban jaati hai magar itni bhi buri nahi hai yaar..." he tried to lighten up her mood

Hearing his words a smile came on her lips " Yess, that's like it. Yahi to mujhe chahiye tha. Good. You keep this on okay... Always Princess " he added softly. She smiled throuh teary eyes, as the music changed he got up excitedly and bowing down extended a hand to her.

" Hey ! May I have the pleasure of a dance with the Princess " he extended his hand

She smiled shaking her head, but got up nevertheless. Some couples were already there on the dance floor moving on the soft beats of the music. It was a moment before he spoke up

" Ridhhima "

" Hmm "

" Look at them " he pointed to an elderly couple who was sancing in each others arm ,quiet in love " how happy they look.." he looked at her again " I want you to be happy like them... The world has not ended Ridhhima. Jo hua so hua, bhuul jao, let it go. Why don't you try to live again... Love again..."

She looked into his eyes with pain in hers " Ek pal main kisi ko bhuul janaa sab maaf kar dena mere liye yeh asaan nahi hai Armaan... Vivek ki baatein abhi tak chubhti hai mere kaano main.. Uska dhoka abhi tak dard deta mujhe . Gussa aata hai mujhe apne aap par ki maine kisi par itna vishwaas kiya ki use itna haq mil gaya ki wo mujhe dukh pahuncha sake... Aur us par tum keh rahe ho ki main phir se kisi ke saath... Tum aisa soch bhi kaise sakte ho ?? Mujhe kisi ki koi zarurat nahi hai... Dost kehte ho na mujhe tum apna to apni is dost par bas ek meherbaani karo mujhe phir se kisi ke saath jodne ki umeed ya koshish mat karna. Plz. "

He sighed " Ridhima.. Ridhhima look I am sorry that was really stupid and inconsiderate of me... I am sorry... Main bas tumhe khush dekhna chahta tha that's it.." He felt helpless, that was a wrong move, her wound was still fresh. He have to wait for a while to pour his heart out... " magar main phir bhi ek baar kahunga, don't loose faith... Give love a chance. Everyone is not alike "

She cooled down a bit " It's... you're right, but Love is out of my life now. Aur agar tum hamari dosti chahte ho to plz aisi koi koshish mat karna. Main theek hun, haan thodi naraz hun wo bhi apne aapse, haalat se kismat se.. Tum plz mujhe ek naye rishte ki shuruat karne ko keh kar meri pareshani mat badhao... I request you "

" It's okay Riddhima tumhe request karne ki koi zaraurat nahi hai dosti itna haq to deti hi hai... So did you forgive me for my stupidity...?? "

Becoming normal, trying to cool herself down she breathed in deeply and nodded... " Yes.. Yes, I think maine bhi kuch jyada keh diya..."

" It's okay main jaanta hun ladkiyon ka yeh birth defect hota hai... Wo kuch jyada hi bolti hain.."

Surprised she looked at him there was suddenly lightness in the atmosphere ,she felt more relaxed and give a faint smile... And with that he knew the situation was somewhat in control... Instead of going back to the room that night they walked on the beach side by side...

" Pata hai Armaan jab main Cathy se mili to usne kaha ki how lucky my husband is to get a wife like me ,magar pata hai maine usse kaha ki I'm the lucky one to get him " his ears shot up hearing it, he turned to look at her but she wasn't looking " pata hai kyun ? Kyunki agar hamari shaadi nahi hui hoti to shayad main Vivek ka sach jaan hi nahi paati aur... Waise kitni ajeeb baat hai naa ek shaadi se bachne ke liye dusri shaadi " she smiled sarcastically. He still didn't said anything ,they kept walking and there was silence again

" Armaan..." She broke the silence

" Hmm.."

" Maine soch liya hai.."

" Kya ? "

" Yahi ki main ab Vivek ke liye aur aansoo nahi bahaungi "

He stopped and looked at her. It was clear fullmoon night, he could see her pearly face and knew that she meant what she said. He got what he wanted ,he always knew that she was brave and though hurt she's not broken. He will not let her break anyway. He nodded, and they started walking again. Not holding hands like lovers but just being by each others side.. True friends forever...

Edited by mansibharti - 31 December 2011 at 11:55am

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