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Recap: Anjali comes back home, Rohan and Chirag decide to get married the same day. Anjali plays villain this time and Ridhhima writes her first love letter..
They stood there, holding each other in their arms for.. who knows how long. He didn't wanted to let go of her now, burying his face in the crook of her neck inhaling that sweet fragrance he felt like being in heaven.. His personal heaven... and for Ridhhima.. Well, it was pure bliss... As soon as he took her into that warm loving embrace the world disappeared into nothingness ,what remained was two hearts beating together...
And they would have stayed there like that if only DJ had not chosen the exact moment to play that loud music suddenly, disturbing their heavenly moment..
She smiled softly realizing where she was " Armaan.. you came all the way just to hug me " but didn't let go of him. She knew why he was here but wanted to hear it from him again. Everytime he said ' I love you ' it felt like he had sung a song exclusively for her and no other words were sweeter than these three..
He came back from his trance hearing her voice ,breaking the hug a little he looked into her eyes " nahi, but if you want me to do something more.. I won't mind it at all " he pulled her closer with that naughty glint in his eyes, tightening his hold " did I tell you that you are looking absolutely stunning today " he grinned
" Armaaann " she hit him lightly on his chest and hid herself in his chest blushing. He wrapped her in his arms resting his cheek on her head " Tumhe pata hai it's all because of you, you pulled me here " she looked up questioningly " you left something with Martin, for me " he said softly. She remembered now.
" sooo, you got it " she asked, playing with a button of his shirt not looking into his intense grey orbs
" yupp, my first love letter. And it was.." he paused making her look up at him. He smiled " the most beautiful thing I could've ever imagined. It's just perfect.. Every word you wrote on that paper is now imprinted here.. on my heart, for forever.." he smiled lovingly holding her hand which rested on his chest and kissed it softly " And I promise you.. I'll fulfill each and every dream of yours. We will have our very own fairytale.. Just the way you want.. We want, My princess.." he kissed her forehead, widening that beautiful smile on her face. For a moment she wondered what he'd say when he mentioned that letter.. fearing If he'd say that she went little overboard describing her feelings... but what he said just now brushed away all her apprehensions " I didn't knew my wifey loves me so much " he squeezed her in his embrace again " you know I read that letter and then re-read it and then re re-read it and then.."
" haan baba I got it.." she stopped him mid way grinning " you have no idea mister how much I love you.. You know main kabse yeh sab kehna chahti thi but.. Words ! Just couldn't find those perfect ones. So it kinda got delayed " she chuckled,rubbing her nose with his
" ohh I see.." he nodded grinning and then she sobered a little,looking deeply into his eyes " Armaan.. Thanks.. Thanks for coming in my life.. For being there.. for making it so beautiful... These words just can't match or describe what I feel for you.. you are my life Armaan, I can't live without you.. I love you so much.." she caressed his face " be by my side.. Always "
" I will.. Forever " his promise filled her heart with an unknown ecstatic feeling.. and then words were not required.. softly she placed her lips on his.. Giving the same promise, sealing it with a kiss.. Never to be broken
For a moment he was surprised, not expecting it. But then senses lost their control over him and heart raced freely. Holding her tightly he pulled her closer almost fusing together.. The kiss deepened with his lips claiming hers ,prodding them to open up and they lost themselves in that passionate moment. His hands trailed up to her bare back her fingers that ran into his hair pulling him closer, made him crazy.. Her heart felt as if it would explode any moment, his hand explored her waist and back.. And it did not stop there... He got hold of that dori that held the fabric on her soft milky skin, a pull and it came undone, she gasped a little but he did not let go of her. Loosening another knot he slipped the garment little lower baring her shoulder... Still dazed by the passionate kiss she couldn't recall when he broke it, probably it was when he realized that she was breathing again..
That was only for a short while, his lips trailed down to her shoulder blade, leaving a trail of wet kisses, nibbling gently on that delicate skin. She held his shoulders for support, the world was already spinning coz of that kiss and now his touch was igniting a fire... Her eyes closed with an unknown sensation when he moved a little ahead.. Now planting those fiery kisses on her chest... There was nothing that could stop him... Them, today. She cupped the back of head when he kissed near her cleavage, moving ahead with the silky mounds that lay hidden partly... His fingers worked automatically ,her heart thudded, she knew, to pull that last barrier away..
She shivered a little when he kissed the softness cupping it, but just as he was about to make a further move, someone shouted right outside the door.. He could recognize that impatient tone anywhere.. It was Anjali, the terrible timing sister-in-law ! He
groaned, while Ridhhima suddenly landed from her dreamland to reality.
today for the first time she was really mad at her sister " Armaan,
di.." she whispered, pulling herself together
" Kya dekh rahi hai Ridhhi. Kuch dhund rahi hai kya ? " Muskaan caught her wandering eyes
" K..kuch nahi bhabhi. Bas aise hi " and a gush of wind passed brushing her face, bringing a smile that widened by seconds, her heart increased its pace confirming that it was indeed the one she was waiting for...
He walked royally in the center with Atul ,Abhimanyu other friends alongside but none stood anywhere near his charm and magnetism... eyes turned to the direction he came from, and girls swooned with fluttering hearts at the sight. Those who saw them could not take their eyes off him. Atleast not Ridhhima...
He was no different, the guys now accompnied the grooms to the stage and his eyes scanned the place for her... soon he found her. Standing along with Muskaan, she made his heart skip a beat... He smiled blinking softly and a light blush rose to her cheeks. The gaze conveyed everything.. More than words can say..
" Ridhhi, I know you can't see anything beyond Armaan but sweety let's hurry up ,thodi daer main dulhano ko mandap main bhi laana hai " and Muskaan dragged, caught red handed, Ridhhima along to fetch the brides.
" Aditi, kya hua ? Where are you ? " Niki shook deep in thoughts Aditi, who was pondering so deeply that she didn't even notice Niki calling her " lo, yeh to abhi se sapno main kho gayi. Arre zara shaadi to ho jaane do phir saara time Chirag saamne hi hoga " Aditi smiled, but that smile did not reach her eyes and it was noticed immediately by very perceptive Niki " Aditi.. What happened sweetheart ? " she asked softly, diverting others attention too
Coming back to present, Aditi sat up straight, " k.. Kuch Niki... I'm okay "
" No, you are not " Aditi wasn't fully aware of Niki's power of persistance " cmmon spill it out. Right now. Or you're not going for the wedding " this threat really did the trick
Aditi delibrated for a moment, her eyes moved from Niki to Anjali to Ridhhima, Swati, Muskaan and Sapna.. All had the same questioning look... " cmmon Aditi, you know you can tell us anything. Is it about the wedding.." Sapna asked placing an arm around her shoulder. Aditi sighed, thanking god for giving her such understanding friends. " actually, yes. It's such a big day of my life and.. Noone's here.. Mom, dad.." her eyes got little moist thinking about them " I feel may be if we'd tried little more then probably.."
Anjali sat on her other side and took her hand in hers " Aditi I can understand what you must be going through but first of all take this thought out of your mind that you didn't tried enough." " yes " Sapna added " we've seen you and Chirag suffering, fighting with yourselves trying to make them understand and there's nothing else you could've done to change their minds. Don't worry ,they'll come around one day. I'm sure " she said cheering her up
" and do you think Chirag's parents would have supported you if they'd thought otherwise. Can't you see they simply adore you, even more than Chirag ! If you doubt now it would simply hurt their feelings sweety " Niki added, Aditi nodded through her moist eyes " just think about Chirag and your new life together " she carefully cleaned her eyes. Aditi felt better now
" but.. But still there's so much I don't know.. Haven't talked about. How am I going to manage everything ? What if I don't turn out to be good daughter-in-law and wife ? " there was a touch of panic in her voice
All the others smiled now, the married ones knew that fear very well " Aditii, sweetheart, like we just said all of them love you. And even if you give them black burnt chappati for dinner they'll take it as a new designer dish. So chill " Muskaan grinned with others, lightening up the atmosphere. " for now just think about time after wedding. Your sweettt night, your hoonneeyymoonn " Niki teased her making her blush badly
" ohho do you see ! Our bride is blushing " Sapna teased further
" giirrllss.." Aditi glared while others laughed ,but Aditi fell quiet again
" ohho, ab kya hua ? " Anjali asked but she knew the look " let me guess, its about that. Isn't it ? " Aditi didn't had to say anything
" Girls ,may I.." Swati stepped ahead and sat before her " Adi, I know how you feel and trust me I know it's scary.. Very scary. Isn't it girls " all nodded, but Ridhhima. It wasn't Aditi alone who was nervous about it " and thank god I was drunk " all giggled hearing that " you know what Adi, it's okay to be scared. It's natural. But I tell you one thing, it's one of the most beautiful experiences you're going to share with the one who you love.. Probably more than yourself. " Ridhhima could see the soft smiles on all the faces, she knew whom they were thinking of. " when two people come together and give themselvels to each other completely, they complete the circle and give meaning to the word, soulmate "
" yes, and if love bonds the people,marriage bring them together then their coming together make them truly each others. Soulmates." Anjali added " Probably that's why they say that no marriage is complete without it " Sapna added with a soft smile.
" and Adi, trust me when it blossoms " Swati smiled caressing her tummy " it just makes you feel the luckiest person on earth " Aditi could see that happiness in her eyes, and in Anjali's as well. Her fears, doubts dispelled in a minute. Everything was so clear and beautiful now.
" trust yourself Adi, trust your love. And when the time comes you'd know. Your heart will guide you through. Remember, Chirag loves you. He fought for you, waited for you. Would he have done that if he hadn't felt it wasn't worth it. You're the one for him Adi, and now is the time that you claim him completely " Muskaan said smiling softly " you love him, are going to share a beautiful relationship for the rest of your life so why worry or fear to be truly part of it.." Aditi nodded smiling truly now..
" Girls.. we make hell of a team." said Aditi, all smiled seeing her happy self again " Group hug ! " Niki called, and all of them huddled together happily.. The convo solved more than one's doubts today.
It was now time, and brides were escorted to the stage. The guests made bee-line to wish the couples and Ridhhima now looked for Armaan. She was really confused about everything at first ,they teach you theory at medical college but they skip the things like when, with who, why and how.. She shook her head smiling. It felt so light now, knowing what she had to do. Let the love take it's course, she isn't going to doubt it.. Armaan is her life, she trusts him completely and there's nothing that's going to stop her from claiming him completely as hers. Body and soul. thankfully the day was turning very fruitful. It was the last day that would keep them apart. She knew how much he had longed for her and she for him, it felt like every word spoken in the room was for her. Hadn't he waited for her, fought for her, loved her more than his life... Then why she hesitated to be a part of him when their hearts are already connected. She hit her head, how silly it sounded now, she couldn't live apart from him for a day and still tried to keep him away.. Scolding herself at her silliness she looked around for him. It had been too long and she badly wanted to hug him, feel him in her arms, listen to that heart that beated for her and to tell him that she loves him crazily.. That everything was absolutely fine now. Her smile widened at the thought. But where was he ??
And then she spotted him. Sitting with his gang. Notorious Rajat, now-not -so-threatening- Sammy and.. some girls... Lot of girls.
She was just preparing herself to blast on him with full force when a cheerful voice stopped her " hey partner ! Why are you standing alone huh ? " she turned and saw BP standing there all dressed up in navy blue armani, smart pair of glasses and a red scarf around his neck he looked dashing for his age group. But he wasn't alone, this time he was with two arm candies.. " uh nothing BP, aap kab aaye ? " she glanced at the girls, they looked like some kind of models wearing designer labels with Sunil Malik written all over, it seemed like they dropped right out of some fashion magazine. She sighed Armaan was right, their family was one of a kind
" oh haan, I forgot to introduce you with my friends. This is Sheena " he pointed to the lady at the right wearing bottle green gown and colgate smile " my yoga instructor and this beautiful here is Purnima ,my personal designer " she was no different, with silver dress that was sure to result in pneunomia later, she flashed her 32 pearls too. Ridhhima smiled at them politely masking her surprise " and ladies this beautiful girl here is my partner ,my daughter In law, Ridhhima " but Ridhhima was hardly interested in BP's arm candies her attention kept drifting to Armaan and the group of girls which seem to have grown. " so which one is better. Actually I couldn't decide which one to invite so I called them both " his voice brought her back, the girls were not there now " where are your friends BP ? " she didn't notice them leaving
" oh I just send them to fetch me something to eat and drink.." his manner so casual as if this was the only reason they were invited for
" you're looking dashing BP " she complimented with a big smile
" thank you sweetheart," BP threw back a laugh giving her a loving side hug " and I must tell you you're the reason many girls are suffering a third degree burn "
" how do you manage to find such pretty girls BP ? Aakhir plan kya hai hmm ? " she grinned
" Nah, don't worry. They aren't your badi maa material. But leave that. You tell me what made my sweet child frown "
She made a face again " there. See. Dekha apne ladle ko, see how's he sitting there all sugar and honey and.."
" and all the flies are ready to have a bite of him." BP completed her sentence, she nodded " well I'm not happy about it either. He's the reason I've lost half of my following "
" and he's definitely going to get something from me if he doesn't sudharofy himself.. Soon.. Right now. " she declared
" then what are we waiting for partner, let's attack ! " and both darted to the bee hive arm in arm.
Armaan's eyes widened when he saw Ridhhima marching along with BP with that dangerous sugary smile of hers. He knew he was gone. Sitting here with, he just noticed, too big a group of girls for her comfort and cracking jokes was really risking too much. Moreover Ridhhima and BP.. Together ! He needed to think of something. Fast. Unaware of the gravity of the situation , a beauty whose hand was resting on his shoulder, he quickly removed that, was smiling broadly with eyes glued on him. But things got worse when another girl in a fit of laughter of a recently cracked joke, suddenly planted a kiss on cheek ! Right in front of Ridhhima ! He took a sharp breath remembering all the daieties he could to save his life.
The volcano erupted somewhere in her mind. Did that bimbo just kissed him !! And see the shameless grin on his face. Armaan Malik you are so gone today.. With narrowed eyes she stood before him crossing her arms. He tried vainly to calm her down by flashing his dimples but, it wasn't working. Rahul saw his father and tried to sneak away but Armaan caught his arm right on time pulling him beside him.
He too grinned sheepishly " hehe hi Dad, Ridhhima.. You look very pretty today. Haina Armaan.." he elbowed his brother who was probably reciting Hanuman Chalisa
" y..yes bhai. You look very pretty BP " he blurted, Rajat burst out laughing along with grinning girls but one stare from BP and he forgot everything.
" thank you son, but I think handsome is the word for me and you need to find out a better word to praise for your wife " there were few dissapointed looks on that declaration. She was his wife ! The news was no less than dropping of an atom bomb on some hearts.
" h..haan BP wo bas .. Slip of tongue " he stuttered, seeing that glare
Suddenly it changed to a smile, not a good sign, he recalled " Armaan, can you please come with me. I have something very important to tell you " and without waiting for his reply she pulled him out from that crowd.
" he's gone man " Rajat whispered to Sammy, she shook her head agreeing
Furious with that shameless act she pulled him along without bothering about anyone. Finding an isolated room she dragged him in and closed the door behind. " Ridhhima.. What are you doing ? Koi dekhega to kya kahega ? " like he cared about that !, but stopped when he saw that I'm-not-amused look
" what were you doing out there huh ? " she shot
" what ? Main kya kar raha tha ?? " she huffed
" yeh " taking him to a wall mirror nearby she showed him his cheek branded with a bright lips mark
" oh yeh.. Yah maine thodi kiya.. Jo kiya usi ne kiya. Sach " he said innocently
She was still not amused " haan, wo to maine dekha hi. Aur yeh kya hai " she pointed to the open buttons of his sherwani " band karo inhhe abhi " and he quickly followed her order " mch, Armaan yeh kya hai ? "
" ab kya kiya maine ?? " he looked down
But now she was highly irritated " yeh buttons aise lagate hain sab galat.. Chhodo, tumhe kuchh nahi aata " slapping his hand she started doing them again
" kya yaar Ridhhima ab aisa kya kiya maine, ab agar koi khoobsurat ladki mujhe kiss karna chahe to main kya kar sakta hun. After all I'm Armaan Malik. I do have that kind of effect on women " he rattled on his self appraisal
Now she'd had enough, narrowing her eyes she pointed a finger at him " now listen to me Armaan Malik loud and clear. Agar tum puri shaadi main kisi bhi ladki ke aas paas bhi dikhayi diye.. Chup raho aur pehle meri baat suno " she quietened him before he could say anything " to.." she threatened him
" to..?? "
" to main Papa ko sab kuch bata dungi aur mumma ke paas rehne chali jaungi." she kept pushing him back with that threatening finger till he hot the wall " And forget everything about that rule book of yours, phir baithe rehna " she smiled inwardly, satisfied with his change of expressions and her threats. She turned around to get out, not in a mood to carry out her original plans.
But that wasn't going to be easy. As soon as she turned to go he grabbed her wrist pulling her and she crashed on his chest with his arms holding her tightly " Ridhhima.." he nuzzled her neck, surprising her. He paused, planting soft kisses on her neck, she gasped as his hands moved sensuously on her waist, her anger melting away.. " Ridhhima.." he said huskily looking deep into her eyes " h..haan.." she could barely manage
" Ridhhima tum.." " haan main.." " tum.. Tum ek baar action replay karogi plz. Specially wo jab when you scrunched up your nose and threatened me. I swear you looked like cutest phoolan devi "
And with that she came to reality with a thud " huuhh, tumhe main phoolan devi lagti hun !! That's it bahut ho gaya. Just forget it. Saara mood kharab kar diya. I was a fool, kya kya soch rahi thi main aur tum bas.." she freed herself and made her way to the door, but then turned and saw that he was still there ,grinning standing there with arms crossed across his chest. It infuriated her even further. She stomped her feet frustrated " ab baat mat karna mujse samjhe "
Now he could not stop his laugh and before she could get out stopped her, pinning her to the door " hey princess, achha baba I am sorry. I promise ab kisi bhi ladki se two arms ke distance par rahunga okay. Ab to khush " she still made a face looking away. He grinned, she looked so cute " cmmom sweetheart.. I promise " he whispered kissing her forehead ,her anger melted somewhat " bas ek ladki ki permission de do " her heart stopped her eyes looked into his to see if he was joking but couldn't make out if he was.." sorry i should've told you earlier.. want to meet her ? " then without waiting for her reply he took her to the mirror nearby, standing behind her he encircled her waist resting his chin on her shoulder " ab isse to baat kar sakta hun naa. Bas she's the only one I want.. I ever want.." he kissed her shoulder making her smile once again
Turning in his arms she now cupped his face rubbing off that lip mark on his cheek " to kyun pareshan karte ho mujhe itna hmm. I was looking for you to talk to you aur you were busy with that bevy of girls " he grinned, kissing her palm
" you need not to worry about them. BP will take care of all of them. Hasn't he come with his yoga instructor and designer " they both grinned at that " but sweetheart be assured of one thing " he kissed her cheek " Nobody has ever made me feel like the way you make me feel... and that is such a crazy feeling. It feels like I just want to grab you and be in your arms forever and forever and never let go... I want to kiss you and never stop - just keep going " she blushed badly hearing it " and noone.. Absolutely noone. can even come closer to the place you have in my heart.. My life. Okay " he planted a soft kiss on her nose. She nodded smiling and hugged him tightly, she was just helplessly crazily in love with him and it was about time that he knew " achha tell me what you wanted to talk about " he asked af if reading her thoughts, And now that he actually came to the original reason ,she fell quiet. Why did he had to stand so closely and kiss her right before. Now all she'd thought on how she'd come to the topic was lost.
" wo.. Actually.." he waited " actually.. I wanted to tell you something "
" yes.. I'm listening "
" well.. Wo actually.. You were right, I can't remain away from my smart dashing husband " she said it in one go, and exhaled, relieved.
" thank you sweetheart. Wo toh I can see " he pulled her even closer
" Armaaann, " she hit his arm lightly " tum samajh nahi rahe. I just said that you were right. And I want something "
" What ? " he asked confused
" You " She sighed " I want you " he could never win in dumb sharads. And then his eyes widened as her words sank in.
" huhh.. Wait a minute plz. " putting a finger in his ear he shook it, Ridhhima rolled her eyes, he was such a nautanki at times " did I hear you right.. did you just said that you're okay if we... take the next step ?? "
" of course." she pulled his hand down
" But what happened ?!.. Just two days back you said that you needed time and now... You needed just two days !, See I'm not in any kind of a hurry Ridhhima. I don't want you to rush into something getting influenced with the atmosphere.." she placed her palm on his mouth stopping him.
" Armaan... I'm not getting influenced with the atmosphere for god's sake !." she sighed " I just told you what I feel Armaan, direct dil se " she caressed his face " I really am ready Armaan, something happened.. Something solved everything.." saying softly, he could see it in her eyes. She was actually his Ridhhima and when it got registered his heart skipped a beat. Ridhhima saw understanding dawning on him and decided to tease him a little " but, if you don't want to then... I didn't knew Armaan Mallik could have cold feet "
He pulled her squeezing her tightly in his arms, a naughty smirk on his face " don't challenge me darling.. You have no idea how hot things could get.." She blushed badly, why did she had to tease him now he isn't going to leave her " but seriously " he said soberly " I don't want to rush you in any manner.. I can wait, really. Remember what you said.." Ridhhima knew he was being protective of her like always. But she was sure of everything now and all that was left was to make him sure of her sureity..
" I know I said that and I know it is still there, a little, and you know it isn't going to go and it's good in a way but then to make it go away, I have to.. we have to, we must. And the best thing, I want it " she said suddenly excited confusing him further with her rambling
" You are confusing me ! what did I miss ?? " he grinned
She sighed, there was no other way.. and pulling him by his sherwani placed her lips on his kissing him deeply. His eyes widened with sudden ambush, and then, as usual, he lost himself.. tightening his hold, he kissed her back.. The kiss was unlike anything they shared before. He could feel that she wasn't holding back and that added to the passion... his hands roamed freely exploring her, sending shivers down her body and this time there were no inhibitations.. Her fingers played with his silky hair as his lips trailed down showering kisses all over her face moving down to her neck and his hands explored her softness..she really drove him crazy, on the other hand Ridhhima couldn't control herself. Swati was right, let the love take it's course.. Lost in the moment of passion her fingers moved on, opening up the buttons of his sherwani feeling that firm chest, that beating heart.. she placed her lips on his chest planting kisses all over... A groan erupted in his throat, pulling her up a little he looked deeply into her eyes and then.. claimed her lips into yet another passionate kiss..
But before things could go any further loud voices outside the room brought them back.. Thankful for the diversion, they broke apart, She was crimson with the heat that rose to her face. breaking the hug she turned away straightening up her clothes, lest someone barged in, gaining her control in the process. Armaan smiled broadly, not a speck of doubt left about anything now. feeling in control again, she looked up at him masking her embarrassment " Any confusions now Mr. Malik ? "
He smiled at her question " huh, itna kuch hone ke baad, not at all Mrs. Malik.. You are a tough bargainer " she blushed even more, if possible, and started doing up his buttons which she opened up
" Ridhhima, you are opening my buttons.. tumhe sharam nahi aati kya ?? " he teased her, grinning but this time she knew his plans well
" Of course not. tumhare saath reh reh kar main bhi besharam ho gayi hun " she quipped closing the final button " Good, now. Then let's get done with this wedding business.." and before he could, or she could, lose themself again, she rushed out giving a quick peck on his nose with a naughty wink, leaving him dazed and amazed..
The evening proceeded and before they knew it was time for pheras.. Armaan gathered around with others to the mandap that was beautifully decorated with lights and flowers.. With only family and some close friends and relatives left, the place felt quiet and suddenly filled with happy seriousness.. It was time for the final step, to tie bride and groom in that bond of matrimony for forever.
Armaan's eyes searched for Ridhhima and soon found her escorting the brides to the mandap, she now had changed into a beautiful golden saree and looked no less than a bride herself. A lopsided smile crept on his face recalling how she had to push him out when he caught her in the room, again, where she went to change.. Though not before he got his mango flavoured reward. He grinned to himself. the brides were now sitting next to grooms and Armaan sat up waving a hand trying to grab her attention without shouting. The place next to him was empty and before anyone else butted in he wanted her to join him.
But before she could see him Padma called her, he sighed falling back he'd to wait now. He started looking around till she was back and found Niki in some urgent conversation with Muskaan Sapna and some others, he knew thay must be planning for the famous shoe theft, and if Abhi ,Rajat and gang thought that they could win from brigade led by Muski and Niki, then they needed a reality check. And a brain testing too. Turning to other side he saw BP sitting on the thick matressess, that were spread all around mandap ,like a king on throne.. A boy was pressing his arms and other just fetched him a steaming cup of coffee... Armaan knew why. BP was instant hit among boys.. They looked upto him like he was male God Venus and would bless them with something that will give them power to attract girls like magnet. Just like he does. Well, he thought, if not a blessing BP could surely teach them a thing or two, even he learnt few things from him.
But all this could not divert him from his initial plan. He wanted Ridhhima to sit beside him and he just wasn't going to hear any excuse. God heard his prayers, she now came along with Anjali walking slow baby steps with her.
Making Anjali sit comfortably her eyes fell on Armaan who was trying to grab her attention. He quickly gestured her to come and sit next to him. Ridhhima knew he wanted to be with her. So did she , but.. She gestured towards Anjali and others through eyes but he just made a face and shook his head stubbornly. Ridhhima looked around, the girls would tease her to no end if she just walked away from there. She pleaded, he glared. She requested, he threatened. She begged through her eyes but he turned his face away crossing his arms. She waited for him to turn and look at her again but he didn't. She exhaled a helpless sigh, she would rather be with him than anywhere but gang would not let her. Just her luck, there sat before her great Armaan Sullen Malik and next to her sat the infamous girl gang. What to do ?? She was so stuck.
Soon something changed her mind.
Armaan was scowling, promising himself that he won't talk to her even if she comes. Though he knew it would hardly work but still... While he was busy with himself he didn't notice that a beautiful girl came and sat by his side, though she wasn't so near yet he could see that she had something going on in her mind. The way she was smiling at him and did that pallu of her slipped or was made to slip... The night was not so warm yet she was brave enough to wear as little as anyone could manage in a saree. He was just wondering when the lady gave him a warm, too warm, smile..
Ridhhima turned green when her eyes fell on him. Was he again busy with some bimbo ?! Her mouth fell open when she saw that she was slowly creeping closer to him, her eyes narrowed as she zeroed on her target, that lady was seriously going to miss her hair and eyes and all her teeth coz she was about to claw them out.
Armaan watched Ridhhima's change of expression when the lady sat by his side, he first thought to shoo her away but when he saw Ridhhima's face he changed his mind. This opportunity must be availed.. he decided to take advantage of it. And it worked ! He could see Ridhhima was totally jealous, he knew she could not bear anyone near him. Especially bimbos like this one. He did a victory dance in his heart and started an animated talk with her.
Though he was talking to that bimbo yet he kept stealing glances at her, Ridhhima caught his eyes and warned him through her eyes but he made a sullen face and turned away. Ridhhima knew he was deliberately doing it but she was helpess right then. On the other hand Armaan was merely pretending to be interested in whatever the girl was talking about, his mind was somewhere else. He wasn't happy with Muski and Anjy at all, and with Ridhhima as well, couldn't she'd thought of some excuse. But then he knew both the villains were quiet tough. initially he was excited with his plan to make Ridhhima jealous and come to him but it didn't seem to be working well, did she gave him that mystery smile of hers. Not good sign. It definitely meant his plan was going down to drains, sighing, he consoled his heart remembering the time they spent together. A smile made its way when he recalled how she took him by surprise declaring that she wanted to take next step. Wifey was full of surprises. The girl on the other hand took his smile as a positive sign from him and slipped little closer.
Ridhhima who was watching everything, giggled seeing the shocked look when the girl slipped closer to him, the way he looked at her explaining from a distance that he was not involved in any manner, also pleading for his rescue.
She exhaled, it was probably punism,ent enough for him now it was time for the rescue of hubby dearest, to hell with everything else, she can't see that handsome face robbed of that million dollar smile and it had been so long. She wanted him, missing him already. He is hers, that bi**h was already lucky enough to sit next to him. But not any more. " bhabhi main abhi aayi " she told Muskaan
" kahan jaa rahi hai Ridhhi ? Dekh don't you try to join the other party. Boys are our dushman party today, aur abhi to hamein jute churane hain so no fraternising with the enemy " she warned, and would have said more but then Maria came there with wailing Angel who was probably hungry and demanded mommy right now. Muskaan held her and went away to calm her down, Niki and Anjali were busy with each other and Sapna was nowhere in sight. Grabbing the opportunity she dashed to him. Armaan's eyes lit up seeing her, it didn't matter if she had that scary stern smile on her face, he knew it wasn't for him and he was now saved. " Excuse me. That's my place and MY husband " and then squeezing herself between that girl and Armaan she pushed her as far as possible from him. Armaan hid his laugh in the fake cough enjoying the scene and possessive wifey. The girl ultimately got the message and left quickly. Or was that because of that super scary blood chilling glare Ridhhima gave her. Neway, it didn't matter as long as she was with him.
Now that the intrusion was dealt with, she turned to him " don't try to act smart and try anything like that again "
" but it worked " he replied happily
" fine then, call her back. I'll leave and you two can carry on with your work " she retorted, getting up to leave
Armaan chuckled and pulled her back " sweetheart whatever 'work' I am going to do is just going to be with you " she turned red at his cheeky line and that naughty wink.
Sitting at the back, little away from others they had a perfect view of the mandap, Ridhhima leaned on him resting her head on his shoulder. The priests started chanting holy verses and bride and groom got up to take the pheras, the final step to join them in the bond of matrimony for life and beyond. Armaan held her hand entwining his fingers with hers, their eyes met and the priests started reciting the seven vows of matrimony. Holding each others hand they recited all the promises that the priest chanted, promising themselves to each other for eternity... Once again.
There was a third wedding indeed, of which only two people knew... And that was more than enough...
The hours slipped by and before they knew it was time for the toughest time- Bidaii. The brides would now leave to their respective homes with their husbands for the other ceremonies from where they'd leave for their honeymoon. The fact that brides weren't going much far didn?t make any difference to anybody and they cried buckets, including Moms, Dads, girls and... Atul.
Rohan tried his best to calm Swati thinking about the baby and finally succeded when he presented her favourite chocolate bars by some magic trick. Bringing smile not only on her face but also on others. Her parents were of course very happy to see that she made an excellent choice. On the other hand Aditi felt luckiest person on earth , she now had not one but two set of parents and an amazing person to share her life with.. What else she could wish for. Life was perfect now.
Armaan sat on the swing in a corner of the huge garden. The place was almost completely hidden by tall bushes giving them much needed privacy. The place was almost deserted ,the guests had left, couples left with parents and those who stayed back were either too tired to roam about or were already dead to the world. He smiled caressing her head that rested on his chest locking her in his embrace. She was still teary after that bidaii and that was the reason he pulled her here to calm her down., knowing well how sensitive she was to such emotional stuff. This bidaii brought back the memories of the time of her own bidaii and she cried even more. He kept consoling her whispering soothing loving words, wrapping her in love filled embrace. She was better now, after all she was in her personal heaven how can she not be. But all that goodbye stuff made her sad. They were silent for a moment when he suddenly spoke up almost startling her
" Yaar Ridhhima, this is the last wedding you're going to attend.."
She suddenly stopped crying and looked at him sniffing " why ?? "
" Coz they make you cry.. And I can't bear tears in my princess' eyes " sniffing she hugged him smiling " plus you look scary with all that kajal flowing down.."
She hit him lightly wiping off her tears ,now laughing a little " No, it doesn't. I use water proof makeup " She explained
" Thank God for that invention, agar mere upar black black lag jaata to main kisi ko muh dikhane layak nahi rehta " she laughed out again, hugging him close. How can she be sad when he was there with her.. She would be thankful to god for him till her last breath.
She smiled closing her eyes, it all felt so perfect.. " oh my god ,Ridhhima ! " he sat up suddenly breaking her chain of thoughts again
" kya hua ? " she asked breaking the hug
" Ridhhima I don't know how we can miss it . I mean of all the people around, it was us ! " he looked as if they missed something big, she wondered what, the weddings went on just perfectly.
" lekin bolo to aakhir hua kya ? " trying to make out what he was talking about
" And you.. No, it's my fault. Totally mine " he rambled on
" Armaan can you pls. speak in a language which I understand " he wasn't making any sense
" Ridhhima they are going to go on honeymoon ! Rohan and Chirag.." he finally said
" So ?? All married people go, isme itna ghabrane waali baat kya hai.. Ya phir baat kuch aur hai..." still confused
" Hai naa. What about us ?! " he said
" What 'what about us' Armaan ? Look now you are scaring me, and confusing me kuch bologe bhi ki baat kya hai ? "
" Ridhhima you are just impossible ! And you say that I don't understand things ! " he sighed seeing a big ? On her face " Ridhhima, we didn't go for our honeymoon ! " he said finally
" Kya ?! Bas yeh baat thi ! "
His mouth fell open " Bas ! You call it bas !?? It's our honeymoon' I'm talking of. The one on which we were supposed to go wayyy back and you.. You say like it's nothing !!." he got up frowning. Here he was talking about something so important and she's just acting like she's heard of the term for the first time !
but before he could take a step away she grabbed his hand stopping him. Wrapping her arms around his neck she pecked his nose " you know you are one of a kind. Just a minute ago you were debating on my makeup and see suddenly you are all worked up on honeymoon ! Pata hai tumne mujhe daraa hi diya tha " she kissed his cheek lightly " I know that it's long delayed but.."
" but I know one thing.. it'll be the bestest time of our life. We're going to go someplace where there would be noone.. Just you and me and.. Lots of love.." he completed her sentence making her blush. holding her in his arms he kissed her forehead.. Eyes.. his lips trailed down to her cheeks... Very near to her lips.. He whispered softly " let's go home and then decide where okay.." she nodded totally pink now, heart thudding with that touch..." cmmon grab your stuff ,let's go home "
He freed her from his hold, gaining back control over herself she made way to grab her bag but then stopped midway " and mister, you better think of somewhere nice. I want that honeymoon. Understood." She left him with a wink. Finally things started sinking in, the weddings were over. They were going home.. And she agreed to take next step and the honeymoon ! The day couldn't start at a better note. And then he grinned widely " yes ! yes ! yes ! I'm going to go on a honeymoon ! Yippee." he jumped shouting, But then stopped " cmmon Armaan think somewhere nice...it should be bestest "
He was still thinking about various places when he saw her rushing to him, that was quick ! Hardly five minutes. He smiled, she was really eager now. She came to abrupt halt panting heavily " Ar.. Armaan, cmmon, hurry up.. Di, her water broke ! "
" what ?!! "
They rushed Anjy to the hospital, thankfully it was nothing like hospital infact it looked like some kind of golf resort. It was a great relief and she really praised her sister and Atul for choosing such a place for the birth, Armaan would have been very uncomfortable in any other place. This suddenly reminded her of what she had to do next.. And soon. But for now their attention was fixed on Anjy. They waited anxiously but not for long in less then two hours of reaching the place they heard the music of baby's wailing. Everybody jumped with joy seeing the little baby girl.. Except Atul, coz he was holding the baby and that was the second time in the same day when everybody saw him crying... Padma and Atul's mom were like Santa before christmas gifting everybody with something or the other.. The grandpa's were showering money. This was indeed one baby crazy family.. Thankfully Anjali didn't faced too much complications though she was required to stay for a while till doctors found her and the baby fit enough to leave.
In all the festivities Armaan almost forgot everything else and now that the initial craziness cooled down a bit everybody was busy cooing over the baby in the incubator. Tired after long sleepless night he slipped off to the waiting room nearby. Thankfully it was deserted, he crashed on the couch nearby holding his gift from Padma- first time granny-gupta. He smiled wondering if they would behave the same way when it would be Ridhhima's turn.. And an image played before his eyes.. His dreams were slowly coming true.. Exhaling a deep contented sigh he closed his eyes ,resting his head back.
His eyes opened up with the sound of the soft click and a smile spread on his face seeing his angel before him." Armaan tum yahaan ho and I was looking for you everywhere " her eyes then fell on the gift he got, it was a beautiful bracelet , she wondered why he wasn't wearing it " kya hua tumhe apna gift pasand nahi aaya " she asked
" Nahi, it's nice.. but "
" But ?? "
" Actually, I was expecting something else and not from ma.." he explained
" Something else ?? And if not from ma, then whom ? "
" Well..." he got up " from you "
" From me ? what ? "
" I want something.. and, it's not one but two things..." He stepped forward looking into her eyes her heart beat rose and words came out into whisper... He kept stepping ahead and she back... till she hit the wall and by then she was all crimson.. " First I want my good morning kiss from my lovely wife... I missed her terribly " with that, without further warning his lips covered hers making her gasp but soon she forgot herself in that magical kiss... Her arms went around his neck pulling him close, he lost himself feeling her fingers playing with his hair and he deepened the kiss.. her head swam, intoxicated by his sensuous touch on her bare skin, he explored her waist moving up to her back making her forget to breathe.. After a good satisfying kiss they broke apart not leaving an inchs space between them... She held his shoulders for she feared her knees would give away...
He nuzzled her neck planting soft kisses.." Armaan.." Trying hard to control herself... " You got your wish, hato.. let me go, kisi ne dekh liya to kya sochega..." Though she wanted the opposite of what she said...
" No.. this was my first gift what about the other..." he said huskily still kissing her all over making it hard for her to breathe...
" K..kya chahiye ? " It was useless to ask she somewhat knew
He kissed her ear whispering " you.." And then kissed her cheek his hand grabbed hold of her waist moving sensuosly again and she feared if she didn't stop him, she would soon have no control over herself...
" Ar.. Armaan we are at the hospital... Koi aa jayega... Atleast wait till we go home..."
This controlled him somewhat, he again whispered into her ear.. " Hmm, but... Tonight will be ours, just you and me... And I will bear noone coming between us, they've played enough of villain.." She smiled at his complain of course she couldn't wait either, though just the thought made her heart beat frantically but she wanted it... She wanted to be in his arms, to be loved by him.. to love him and to be part of him... Truly...
They all sat together, laughing happy with the new addition in the family who promoted them all to new positions. Ridhhima knew that she'll be targeted next and she wasn't wrong Padma and Atul's mom in fact did asked her indirectly when she was going to announce the good news. well she would if they let her spend some time with her husband , she thought. The couples dropped in to see the new bundle of joy before leaving for their honeymoon, thankfully giving the needed divertion. It was evening now and Armaan badly wanted to go home, so did she.. " so Ridhhi, have you brought any clothes with you " Anjali asked " can you stay with me tonight ? "
Ridhhima looked surprised at her sister and then at Armaan. The parents went back home and she didn't knew if they would be back tonight or not and Atul was already asleep in the guest room. Ridhhima knew that her sister would be feeling scared to be left alone but.. What about Armaan.. He needed her too. And this time she decided it will be him on her priority list, Anjali had Atul with her and she'd ask her mom to come soon. But before she could say anything Armaan spoke up " Don't worry Anjy, she can stay here I'll ask Maria to bring sometjing to change for her."
Ridhhima looked at him, not happy with what he said. She didn't wanted to stay, she wanted to be with him. But Armaan saw her dilemma in her eyes and knew it was tough for her to choose but what he didn't knew was that she'd already chosen and it was him.. Above all.
But it seemed he misunderstood her momentary silence, she was just taken by surprise by Anjy's question amd then by his answer. Why did he had to be such a gentleman always !.. Armaan then took leave from both of them ,leaving for home, much against his wishes.. Alone. He couldn't understand the look she gave him, he did that for her, Anjali is her sister and she obviously wanted someone by her side and apparantly she trusted Ridhhima a lot and who wouldn't, wasnt he too so dependent on her.. He sighed consoling himself, just a day more then.. Just 24 hours... 1440 Minutes... he exhaled, it didn't seemed such a short period now.
On the other hand Ridhhima felt restless. She knew he'd done this for her sake but she wasn't happy about it. Then something struck her ,smiling to herself she grabbed her phone and rushed out of the room.
Armaan walked to the parking lot with slow steps suddenly going back home didn't seem to be such a good idea but... With a look at the way back, he got into the car and turned on the key...
He'd hardly gone few meters when he saw Ridhhima rushing towards him " Armaann.. Armaan.." She came running calling him..
He came out of the car quickly, " Ridhhima ! Kya hua ? are you okay ? " he asked worried
Taking few deep breaths she tried catching her breath. Her quick call to Padma solved everything, she was enroute to be with Anjali " I'm fine. You just.. forgot.. something "
" Forgot something ?? " He checked his pockets to see what was missing, but everything was there, he looked back, confused " what ? "
" Mch, Me ,Silly ! " and before he could utter a word ,she wrapped him in a tight loving hug " let's go home Armaan " she said softly
Slowly everything sank in. Smiling he enveloped her in his embrace, whispering back softly " yes.. Let's go home."
And it was time indeed... to start with their new life.. Happily and willingly...
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