Note: Thank you so much for commenting and liking on my previous episode. It is such a pleasure to carry on writing this story - it just builds up itself! :D Once again, I will only be PM'ing those who liked the first post. Thank you all for co-operating... :D
Quick clarification about this chapter: Aaliyah has disclosed everything to her family but not yet to Rishi and Meghna. Reason for this is... I liked Meghna's exuberant and Rishi's dreamy lover personality. I guess these two will make things interesting later on...
Freedom. That's what it felt like when Aaliyah sat with her four friends in a canteen chatting happily away. It had been five days since she had arrived back home and revealed everything to her family. Much to her dismay, everyone wanted to know about her little adventure and moreover on who she met. After every futile attempt to close the topic, she had disclosed everything to her family. But even after four days the topic hadn't been fully closed as her Aapa was determined to have a little 'chat' with Ranveer about not informing her family.
"Hey, Aaliyah. Where are you lost?" asked Rishi; flashing his hand in front of her face. "You haven't had your ice-cream yet? Look, it's already turned into a river!"
Glancing down at her cup of ice-cream, she realized that her favorite ice-cream no longer appealed to her anymore. Instead, she felt rather disgusted and wondered how someone could enjoy something with such a high amount of sugar.
"What's wrong, Aaliyah? You seem so... off," exclaimed Meghna touching her hand rather vigorously nearly hitting her damaged wrist which she had broken 3 months ago. "Since you've returned from London, you just seem so freaking serious!"
"What do you expect, Meghna?" interrupted Nargis placing her hand rather comfortably on Aaliyah's shoulder. "Every place is different and I'm sure if you spent 6 months in London, you would feel very weird coming back," she added directing the conversation at her.
"Oh me! I would be so glad! Aaliyah, you are really unbelievable, you know? How can you not click pictures of the handsome men there?" She sighed dreamily leaning on her hand.
Rishi chuckled at her. "You see Aaliyah? Some people just never change!"
"Yes, but unfortunately I am not one of them," she replied disappointingly drinking her water.
Ranveer concealed himself behind the draperies of the canteen watching and hearing everything they said - everything she said. He was rather shocked how she had hardly contributed to the conversation. Maybe this mission had changed her after all and her little impromptu ending suggested in favor.
But the bit that drove him crazy was Rishi's constant bickering and touching. It drove him mad to see him touch her on the arm, talk about how her hair was short or even say 'I missed you'.
And when he had finally hugged her and whispered an 'I love you', he had snapped. Striding angrily towards them, he had stood exactly behind her and with extreme patience had waited till the two separated ignoring the looks Nargis and Meghna throw at him.
He had briefly caught Meghna's whispering to Nargis. "He's hot! Does he know Aaliyah or Rishi? Man, forget Londoners - there's enough good looking men here in our India!" To which Nargis had rolled her eyes and had continued examining him.
"Rishi, what's wrong with you? I'm here now, aren't I?" she had complained pulling away and he had smiled. But then Rishi had noticed a man staring at him - more likely glaring.
"Aaliyah - you know this man?" he asked keeping his eyes fixed on the man's piercing glare. "Why is he glaring at me?"
To which Aaliyah had chuckled before turning around to stare at Rishi's mystery glaring man. And then she had met the same piercing eyes and had felt her breath hitch. He hadn't changed at all and she didn't expect him to. He still stood there confidently with his muscle bulging arms folded and his gaze was still piercing.
For him, he had seen her eyes had the usual shine back but it soon blurred as soon as her breath hitched. Her mouth was still open in shock and she had not shown any signs of greeting him.
Taking a step forward, he smiled at her lightly. "How're you doing, Aaliyah?"
"Oh, you know him, Aaliyah?" asked Rishi a little disappointed. His negative expression didn't go unnoticed and once again he earned a glare. "...Aaliyah, shouldn't we be going now? Remember, today we have to-"
"No. Not yet." Ranveer had interrupted having had enough. "Aaliyah, I wanted-"
"Oh, but of course you should join us! Don't you think so, Nargis?" rejoiced Meghna stepping forward in front of Aaliyah. "In fact, we should really head to the mall! There's this new-"
"Meghna," said Aaliyah, dangerously. "I don't think Ranveer would be joining us. And I-"
"Oh, your name's Ranveer! Awesome! It so matches your personality," Aaliyah sighed at being interrupted again but kept her eyes fixed on the man. She noticed he kept glancing her away but his confident posture never crumbled.
"Actually, I would like to join you," he contradicted glancing at Aaliyah as he said 'you'. Much to his annoyance, Meghna had squealed in his ear and had nearly taken hold of his arm before he had abundantly made it clear that he didn't like to be touched.
Now as they walked in the mall; Aaliyah, Nargis and Rishi had stuck together whereas Meghna had matched every step of Ranveer's with hers.
"Seriously, how do you know people like him? The dude creeps me out," commented Rishi nudging her arm lightly. He then looked around and noticed Ranveer's eyes fixed straight on them or moreover on Aaliyah.
"Why did she even invite him?" he grunted shaking his head disapprovingly. "He's looking at you, Aaliyah!"
Her breath hitched but she concealed it by pointing to a book shop. "Look, Rishi. Let's go there,"
Staring at her with a confused expression, he didn't realize when Ranveer had stepped in front of them. And then did Rishi notice how inferior he seemed compared to the broad and manly personality of him.
Sighing, Ranveer extended his hand towards Aaliyah but was cut of by Rishi barricading the way. "What do you think you are doing? Don't touch her!"
Sighing, Aaliyah pushed him out of the way. "Stop this nonsense, Rishi. What's wrong with you?"
"But Aaliyah, did you see-"
"Rishi, stop!" She silenced him and noticed everyone was waiting for her response. "I... have to go home. I'll see you all later." And with that she turned and stalked away making sure to not meet Ranveer's eyes. Something told her that this was not about her brother Aalif.
Note: Extreme apologies if this episode lacked of the romanticism. To be honest, I do not have a strong knowledge of love and well I am one of those quite nerdy people who find solace in books. Once again, sorry if this episode didn't live up to your expectations. PM's will shortly arrive, hopefully.
Edited by Joker - 11 April 2012 at 6:42am