All I'm gonna say is, Enjoy!"Crap...I
forgot the bag in the car", Viren replied. He'd totally forgotten about
the surprise they'd planned out for his saali. They hadn't done much,
but considering the time limit they were under..."Gift?",
Manvi repeated...exactly when had they been planning this since? Had
her sister always known she'd run away and get married?
you could really call it a gift...", Jeevika said frowning - she'd
always wanted to give her sister the best and here..."You remember all
those fancy saari's and shalwars we bought at my wedding that had to be
either still properly fitted or sewed? And the tailor mixed up our
measurements and made them all yours instead? You tried them on and they
all looked really pretty on you, so even though you told me to get them
fixed for myself...I kept them thinking that one day I'd convince you
to take them. Please, Mannu...its the least we could do! Besides, you
know you look completely awesome in them! Please Mannu...", she pleaded.
"Come on Manvi, don't I have even that much of a right? You kept this", Jeevika indicated at Virat,"a secret so I at least get to give you anything I want and you can't stop me!"
This...Virat thought. Oh well, at least she was still acknowledging his presence.
Di", Manvi agreed, seeing her sister happy,"Just tell me what you want
me to wear for the wedding from those clothes and I will...I haven't got
that great choice so...", She broke off at the horrified look on
"What did I say?"
makes you think you're wearing anything from that - no matter how
pretty it is - for your wedding day? You're lucky I'm not more angry
about you not telling me. Lucky that Viren decided to open his mouth
about the truth an hour before shops closed. I managed to get the
perfect lehenga for you!", Jeevika exclaimed, her face lit up like a kid
Manvi's mouth opened in an O.
"Di, you seriously didn't have to.."
if you protest even a little bit more, I'll actually get mad. First,
you didn't tell me...though you told your jiju. Second, you go out with
my devar. And third, you dare to protest now that I can actually do
something for you two? It's not fair", Jeevika pouted accusingly,
crossing her arms and turning away.
Devar...Virat thought. He'd definitely made progress, especially if he'd managed to impress his bhabi.
Manvi stopped her quickly.
"Sorry, Di! Real sorry? Sachi sorry? Please forgive your lil sister?", Manvi pleaded, holding her ears.
Jeevika smiled. She could never be angry with Manvi for long.
let's go get the gift. Devarji, would you be so kind so as to give my
sister company for the next 10...no say..20 mins?", Jeevika asked.
Virat was confused...what? Why would she...?
"Make me proud, lil brother", Viren said while winking at him, glancing meaningfully at the band on his finger on the way out.
Virat grinned, understanding what his brother meant. Definitely will, he promised silently to himself, beginning to get nervous.
Manvi watched the exchange in confusion and was just about to ask when Jeevika spoke to her from the doorway, "Oh... and Manvi...He's a keeper."
the words were barely out of her mouth, but Jeevika and Viren had
already closed the door behind them. Her Di's words rang in her ears as
she looked at Virat. He's a keeper.
turned off the light in the room, hearing the fading footsteps of his
bhai, bhabhi and uncle while his uncle muttered a quick "Good Luck" from
the window going with his Bhai and Bhabhi to give them some privacy.
They waited in silence for a couple moments, each wanting the other to speak first. Virat
then took the candle she'd given up on lighting hours ago from the
window ledge. She'd been talking to him on the phone then, when Beeji
had called her. The candle had frustrated her to no end and the empty
matchbox lying next to it was evidence of that.
chuckled in the silence, reminiscing about how she was ranting about it
just a couple hours ago. He rummaged in his pocket for a lighter,
flicked it and then watched as it came to life, the flame flickering in
the darkness as he held it near the candle, slowly and furiously then
licking the wax stick, bathing the room in a warm glow. He walked
towards her bed, putting the candle on the bedside table.
sat on the bed then, not knowing where this was headed. After all, it
wasn't like this was the first time Virat was in her room - at night and
alone yes...but still. It was Virat and she could always be herself
around him. Virat sat next to her and Manvi saw mischief twinkling in
his eyes. What was he up to now? Before she could say anything though, Virat started to speak.
noticed you weren't all that surprised when I woke you up a little bit
earlier. In fact, you didn't even ask me why I was here...whereas you
asked bhai and bhabhi that. In contrast, I received quite a warm
welcome. Expecting me?"
felt herself go red in the darkness as she thought about the hug. How
could she have expected that he wouldn't catch that? She couldn't
confess she'd been dreaming that he'd come to get her...
Javed Miyan, if you're going to blush so much then we won't need to
look for an actress to play the role of Anarkali", Virat teased,"If I
have to say the truth though...you think I could get a welcome like
never gonna change, are you? Mr. CHEP!" Calling her Saleem Javed. Then
asking for...Who did he think he was? Manvi thought, falling into
their nok-jhok routine easier than ever now.
looked at Manvi's face. Her face was filled with that familiar smile
and her eyes had that twinkle he loved seeing. Mission Successful.
Rahul, Roka and all bad thoughts were out of the window. Not that it
needed mentioning, but they were alone, he thought grinning. She was
still speaking, but Virat just tuned her out as he lied down on the bed,
gazing at her in the faint light of the flickering flame. She was
exquisite, not to mention probably the only one that could keep up with
It's now or never, he thought, as he looked at the metal band on
his finger. He wished he could have gotten her a proper ring...but
looks like destiny had something else in mind. It might have looked like just any other band, but for him, it was priceless. Manvi knew this and maybe this was part of the reason why it felt so right. It was the
only precious memory of his father that belonged to him and as he
slipped it off and held it tightly in his palm, he had a feeling that what he
was about to do, was as right as things get. He
was giving her a piece of him, which no one else in the world could
possibly even dream to equal. He took a deep breath then as he got off
the bed and stood on one knee in front of her.
"Just who do you think you..."
didn't finish though, as Virat's sudden change in position threw her
off. He was near the bottom of her bed, on one knee, gazing at her
intently now. He looked up through his eyelashes at her and she could
see his eyes darkening, brimming with passion. Whatever it was that she
was saying, she no longer remembered.
"Mannu", he began, his voice was soft, yet husky at the same time.
Her mind flicked back to the exchange she'd seen take place between the three of them. Wait...was Virat going to...? He's a Keeper, her sister's words reverberated in her head. She'd barely finished her thought when he took her hand in his.
love you. I always have and I always will. You're the only one that's
ever touched my heart and yours is the only impression engraved on it.
Manvi, for the rest of eternity, will you be mine?...Forever mine?"
"Forever Yours?", Manvi asked, dazed by what was happening. Her thoughts were an incoherent mess.
Virat nodded. "Will you marry me?", his eyes were still burning into her, like they could see deep inside her soul.
For a moment, Virat was nervous. What if she said no?
"Yes!", Manvi exclaimed. Her eyes were bright and excited with the smile he'd been dying to see.
slipped the metal band on to her left hand. He pulled her up against
him, hugging her tightly, absolutely euphoric. She was standing, a head
shorter than him as he placed his forehead against hers, admiring the
ring that sat perfectly on her finger. Both grinning like absolute
idiots who'd found the greatest treasure in the world.
Manvi's breathing hitched audibly as she realized just how close
they were. She started turning away, when he slid his arm around her
waist, hugging her from the back.
"Virat...", Manvi began in protest.
"Shhh..", he cut her off.
At this moment, he didn't want to think rationally..so he let emotions take control.
put his head between her neck and shoulder, gently kissing her soft
skin. She shivered at the sensation that his touch created. Her senses
were in complete chaos.
Sudden quiet applause had them jumping apart though, as the smirking faces of his Bhai, bhabhi and uncle came into view.
Way to ruin the perfect moment, Virat thought, frowning at his older brother.
"Couldn't you wait another 2 mins?", he asked, frustrated. Seriously.
So, how was it? I'm not all that great at romantic...haven't delved much into that so this was my first time trying to actually get it right...did it come off alright? Thanx
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P.P.S Part 5 coming up...any ideas?
Edited by butterfly_16 - 13 November 2011 at 8:31am