Manyata speeded up to Jai's room. Jai looked like she was going to burn down everything. Manyata gulped and started, "Jai, tum galat samajh rahi ho". "Hum galat samajh rahe hain? Hum? Aur neeche Dad, Mom, baaki? Woh bhi galat hi samajh rahe hain?", yelled Jai. "Haan, sab ko galat femi hui hai", reasoned Manyata scared. Jai's nostrils flared with anger and she grabbed Manyata's arm and dragged her out of the room saying, "Galat femi hui hai, toh jao. Chalo, humaare saath sab ki galat femi durr krdo! Chalo!". Manyata freed her arm and reprimanded, "Jai! Yeh kya tareeka hai?". "Tareeka!", exclaimed Jai in anger. "Humaari zindagi daav pe lagi hai aur aapko tameez ki padi hai!", yelled Jai. Manyata said, "Shaant ho jaa, Jai! Papa aur Maa yeh sab suneinge toh kya sochenge?". "Kya sochengey matlab??? Yehi, ki hum iss rishtey se khush nahi hain aur naa kabhi ho saktey hain! Uday humaara hai aur kisi aur ka kabhi nahi ho sakta!", yelled Jai. "Main samajhti hoon", said Manyata trying to be sympathetic.Jai retorted with venom, "Accha, toh yeh sab jaan bujh k kr rahi ho? Waah! Humein pata nahi tha tumhe humse itni problems hain!". "Bas Jai", thundered Manyata. Jai was surprised to hear Manyata's raised tone. "Agar mujhe yeh sab krna hota toh main kabhi bhi tujhe Yuvrani bana ne k liye, Papa se nahi kehti. Mujh mein bohot saari galatiyaan dikh rahi hain naa, tujhe? Ek baar soch tere Yuvrani ban ne k baad bhi Uday ne tujhe pasand kyun nahi kiya?", asked Manyata. "Woh apne Dad ki zubaan rakh raha thha, lekin aap ko kya ho gaya? Aapne khushi khushi iss shaadi k liye haan kyun kehdiya?", asked Jai. Manyata composed herself and said, 'Wahi toh main kabse samjhaane ki koshish kr rahi hoon. Sab ko galat femi hui hai, mujhe laga Uday teri aur uski shaadi ki baat kr raha hai, aur isiliye maine shaadi k liye haan kaha". "Accha?", asked Jai sarcastically not believing Manyata. "Toh theek hai abhi jaake sabko bata dete hain ki sacch kya hai!", said Jai. "Aise kaise Jai? Humein kucch aur sochna padega, Papa ki zubaan ki koi izzat nahi reh jaayegi agar humne abhi jaake naa keh diya toh", said Manyata. Jai twisted her face in anger and said, "You know what, jab tum yeh sab theek kr dogi naa tabhi humein apna chehra dikhana", she closed the door on Manyata's face. Manyata closed her eyes and said, "Udayveer!" in anger.
Uday was enjoying a drink in his room watching something on Television. Giriraj entered the room, frustration all over his face. Uday is usually very alert but Uday couldn't realise his father had entered and was standing behind him. Giriraj was shocked at looked at the Television to see what had kept Uday engrossed. Giriraj saw a girl dancing on a stage, the girl seemed to be popular with the amount of applause she was getting. Giriraj looked closely to realise that it was Manyata! "Uday beta!", said Giriraj in anger. Uday was a bit taken aback as he hadn't realized that his father had been standing there. Uday gained his composure and said with a smile, "Dad! Aap kab aaye?". "Jab aap mantramugdh hoke baithe thhe", replied Giriraj sarcastically. Uday chuckled and said, "Aapka sense of humour bhi kamaal hai, Dad". Giriraj replied, "Aapse zyaada accha nahi, Beta! Aap ne jo humaara mazak aaj banaya, uske baad toh hum apna sense of humor bhool chuke hain". "Dad! Chill! Sab kucch plan k mutaabit hi jaa raha hai", said Uday with a smirk. "Plan thha Devgrah ki gaddi ko haasil krna, yaa aap apni dancing superstar k peeche bhool chuke hain", taunted Giriraj. Uday stood up with his hands in his pockets and said, "Hum bhoolein nahi hai, Dad!". Giriraj asked, "Toh kya zaroorat thhi, J ko Yuvrani bana ne ki agar tumhe Manyata se shaadi krni thhi?". Uday turned to face his Dada and gave a sly smile and said, "Woh kya hai na, Dad, humein bacchpan se hi challenges ki aadat rahi hai! Game aasan hoti hai toh usse muskil bana k hi jeetne mein mazaa aata hai! Jab cards khelte hain aur saamne waala accha khiladi naa ho, toh apne saare patte khol k hi jeetne mein koi baat hoti hai, isiliye toh hum rajwaade kehelate hain Dad". Giriraj rolled his eyes and said, "Aapki baat samajhte hain, Beta. Lekin yeh mat bhooliye ki khel jitne se zyaada zaroori aur kucch nahi hota chahe woh jaise bhi ho! Kahin aapka yeh overconfidence aapko jeeti hui baazi harwa naa de!". Uday smirked with intensity in his eyes and said, "Relax Dad! Hum jeetne k liye hi khelte hain". Giriraj asked, "Keh toh diyaa lekin Devgarh Riyaasat humaare paas waapas kaise aayegi?". Uday added with a smirk, "Aap hi ne kaha thha naa, Dad! Uncle Brij Manyata se bohot pyaar krte hain, ab bas uska fayeda uthane ka waqt aagaya hai". Giriraj nodded his head responding to Uday's plan.
Manyata was strolling across her room. She was restless. She wanted to do something as soon as possible. She couldn't stand the guy, he stirred up something in her, which she doesn't want to feel, not for him! Manyata picked up her phone and decided to convey everything to Unnati. Unnati is probably the only one who will get her out of this mess and that too quick. Manyata called Unnati. Uday was in his room when the servant came and gave Uday Unnati's mobile saying that Unnati had left it in the house and it has been ringing for a long time. Uday told him to keep it on the desk as he was working on some file. Uday said to himself disappointed, 'Itni badi hogayi hai lekin bahaar jaane waqt mobile kaise bhool sakti hai, agar koi muskil hogayi toh!". Uday's eyes fell on the name Manyata. Uday immediately kept his file aside and received the call. Before Uday could say anything, Manyata said, "Unnati, bas kucch mat bolo, aur sirf meri baat suno". Uday tried to suppress his smile. "Bohot bada syappa ho gaya hai, Unnati! Maine aaj shaadi k liye haan toh keh diyaa lekin sirf isiliye kyunki mujhe laga ki Udayveer, Jai aur apne rishtey ki baat kr raha hai! Main wahaan sabko kucch bhi nahi keh paayi, lekin agar aisa hi chalta raha toh bohot bada jhol ho jaayega, Jai sacch mein Tere Dada se bohot pyaar krti hai. Bas tum hi hai, jo meri maddad kr sakti ho, kisi bhi tarah apne Dada ko samjhao. Tum samajh rahi ho naa main kya kehh rahi hoon". Uday smirked and replied, "Haan-Nahi-Toh!". Manyata's mouth was half opened listening to Uday's voice. Uday laughed his heart out at Manyata's innocence. Manyata felt insulted to be fooled by him twice in one day. Uday chuckled and added, "Seriously Manyata, Unnati? I mean tumhe laga ki Chotti...", he couldn't complete as his laughs took over. "Tum apne behen ka phone bhi apne paas rakhte ho!", said Manyata appalled. "Chhoti apna phone ghar bhool gayyi hai. Abhi lagta hai ki accha hi hua, warna humein apna laughter ka dose kaise milta?", said Uday controlling his laugh. Manyata said, "Hasne waali kya baat hai?". "Tcch...Tcch! Tumhe kya lagta hai, Chhoti tumhaari maddad kr sakti hai? Chhoti humaari chhoti behen hai, aur aakhir mein hoga wahi jo hum chahenge. Humein sacch mein laga thha ki ab tum kucch aisa karogi jo humein soch ne pe majboor kr dega ki hum aage kya karein. But, Thank You humne apni zindagi mein iss se zyaada nahi hassa", said Uday. Manyata disconnected the call in frustration.Uday laughed and looked at the mobile with a smirk. Unnati entered Uday's room to see Uday smirking at her mobile. Unnati found it weird and asked, "Kya baat hai, Dada". Uday looked at Unnati with a smile. Unnati was a bit taken aback, Uday's smile was a genuine one, it was rare to find her brother truly smiling. Uday asked, "Ab tumhe kya ho gaya?". "Dada, aapko bohot saalon baad aise smile krte hue dekha hai! Aapko bohot suit krta hai", remarked Unnati softly. Uday realized that Unnati was telling the truth, he felt purely happy, nothing like the sadistic pleasure of winning a one-upmanship game or revenge game, but pure laughter, as pure as Manyata's innocence. Manyata, why was she ruling his mind? "Dada!", told Unnati to snap Uday out of his thoughts. Uday gathered himself and feigned anger, "Hum tumhe Chhoti bulaate hain, iska matlab yeh nahi tum ek dum chhote bacchon ki tarah harkatein karo! Apna mobile chhodh k bahaar kaise jaa sakti ho? Tumhe pata hai naa, humein kitni fiqr hoti hai tumhari". Unnati hugged her brother with a smile and said, "Kabhi kabhi aapki yeh pyaara side dekh kr bohot accha lagta hai". Uday shook his head, smiled and patted Unnati's head gently.
Next Day, Manyata went to Vijay's room and told him all the misinterpretations that led to her agreeing to the alliance. "Humara bhola bhai, Manyata! Hum bhi shocked ho gayye thhe sun k tumne shaadi k liye haan keh diya, jabki tumhe Jai bhai k baare mein pata thha", sighed Vijay. "Vijay Bhai, mujhe kucch samajh nahi aa raha hai. Main kya karoon? Jai k khateer aapko meri maddad krni padegi", said Manyata with puppy dog eyes. "Manyata Bhai, maddad toh kr denge lekin tumhe thodi acting krni padegi", said Vijay Bhai. "Haan, main acting bhi kr leti hoon", said Manyata innocently. "Aarey yahaan hum real life acting ki baat kar rahe hain, aur woh bhi Brij Mama k saamne", said Vijay Bhai. "Kaisi acting?", asked Manyata curiously. "Jo jo hum kehte hain, bas wahi kehna. Apne aap ko ek dum Nirupa Roy bana lo, aur tumhara kaam hundred percent ho jaayega", said Vijay totally in his elements. "Nirupa Roy? Wohi naa jo 80s mein hero ki dukhiyaari Maa banti thhi? Yeh aap kya keh rahe hain Vijay Bhai?", asked Manyata confused. Vijay smirked and said, "No, No,no! Tum samjhi nahi Manyata Bhai, woh aisi acting krti thhi ki agar log usse bahaar miltey bhi toh unhe dekh k rone lag jaate". Manyata was beyond confused and added, "I will try". Vijay held Manyata by her arms and said, "Try? Tum zaroor kr paaogi, hum glycerine mangwaate hain". Manyata was scared seeing Vijay's zeal.
After Vijay had revealed his plan and Manyata had agreed to it only to do good for Jai. Manyata walked to reading room where Brijraj was sitting. Manyata took a deep breath and said slowly, "I am sorry Papa! Aapko dukh pohoncha kr mujhe sabse zyaada taqleef hogi lekin yeh zaroori hai". Brijraj glanced at the door and saw Manyata standing trying to squeeze out a smile. Brijraj sensed something off and said, "Andar aao Beta". Manyata nervously walked in with some photographs in her hands. Brijraj noticed the photographs and asked Manyata what the matter was! Manyata spread the photos on the desk. Brijraj was shocked out of wits seeing the photographs. The photos showed Jai clinging onto Uday intimately while dancing and Uday also holding Jai. Manyata started, "Main toh soch bhi nahi sakti Uday se shaadi k baare mein yeh dekhne k baad! Yeh saare photos media ne uthaaye thhe jinko kucch paise de ke kharid liya thha Uday ne!". Brijraj was dumbfounded, he just could not believe his eyes. Manyata felt bad to see his father like this but it was all required for the greater good. Brijraj weakly mumbled, "Hum Uday ko jaante hain, woh aisa ladka bilkul nahi hai". "Kabhi aapne socha hai ki unn dono k beech mein pyaar jaisa kucch ho sakta hai? Dono itne saal ek saath rahe hain aur Uday ne naa jaane kitni baar Jai ko media se bachaya hai", said Manyata. "Lekin Uday ne khud aapse shaadi ki baat ki thhi", said Brijraj. Manyata said, "Kya aapne kabhi nahi socha ki Uday ne aisa sirf aapke saamne Uncle Giriraj kaa maan rakhne k liye kiya hoga? Aap toh kehte hain naa ki Uday dono pariwaaron ka maan rakhne k liye kisi bhi hadh tak jaa sakta hai, aur wohi ussne kiya apne pyaar ki bali chadhha ke". Brijraj was silenced, Manyata's words sounded so right, Uday was always J's saviour and that is the reason mainly he had thought of Jai's and Uday's marriage and the photos were definitely not lying. Manyata continued, "Hum Jai ki khushiyon ko kuchal kr apne sapni kaa mahal nahi bana sakte, Papa! Aise mat hone dijiye, Papa. Iss se badi naa insaafi Jai k saath ho hi nahi sakti". Brijraj was silent. Manyata held Brijraj's hand and asked, "Aap Uday, Jai aur mere saath aisi naa insaafi nahi hone denge naa?". Brijraj put his hands on Manyata's head taking a deep breath.
Brijraj had just finished a meeting with some clients in Uday Niwas. Brijraj was sitting and having a drink. Brijraj seemed distressed. Uday noticed Brijraj and smirked, this was the right time to strike. "Khambha Ghanni", wished Uday and touched Brijraj's feet. "Khush rahiye, Beta", said Brijraj and blessed him with a tensed face. "Meeting kaisi rahi?", asked Uday taking a seat. Brijraj said, "Bohot acchi, Beta". Uday nodded and said, "Uncle Brij, hum do din se dekh rahe hain, aap kucch pareshaan se lag rahe hain". Brijraj looked at Uday and said, "Pareshaan toh hain, Beta! Pareshaan toh hain". Uday took the chance and said, "Agar hum kucch kr sakte hain toh...". Brijraj looked at Uday with tension on his face. Brijraj took out an envelope from his pocket and placed it on the table. Uday was surprised because the events had turned the way he hadn't expected. Uday had thought that Brijraj would be distressed over the crown going to Jai but this was going somewhere else. Brijraj emptied the contents of the envelope to reveal the same pictures which Manyata had shown to him. Uday was shocked. Uday picked up the photos in dismay. Brijraj asked, "Humein sacch sacch bataiye Uday, yeh sab kya hai". Uday thought to himself that he had bought out the pictures then how did it reach Brijraj! Brijraj said, "Manyata ne humein yeh dikhaaye. Aur aaj tumhaari chuppi uss se sahi sabeet krti hai". "Kya kaha Manyata ne?", asked Uday with curiosity. "Yehi ki tumhare aur Jai k beech mein...", stopped Brijraj not able to say it. Uday could gauge what Brijraj wanted to say. Brijraj added, "Dekho, Uday, aap humaare Bete ki tarah hi hain. Hum nahi chahte ki aap Riyaasati faislon k dabaav mein aa k aap apne sapno ka gala ghot dein". Uday retorted bewildered, "Aap yeh kya keh, Uncle Brij? Humaare aur J k beech mein?". "Humein sacch bata dijiye, Udayveer!", said Brijraj. Uday replied bewildered, "Sacch? Uncle hona kya hai? Jai ne uss din zyaada pi rakhi thhi, hum bas unhein sambhaalne ki koshish kr rahe thhe aur dance bhi sirf isiliye kiya thha taaki sab k saamne Jai ko sharminda naa hona pade. Bas aur kucch nahi!". Brijraj was shocked at the revelations. Uday gauged that Brijraj believed him, a smile formed on his lips which he concealed and and added, "Humein toh pata nahi Manyata ko yeh milaa kaise, humne yeh baat dabaa di thhi taaki khamakha dono pariwaaron ki badnaami naa ho, aur aapko chhot naa pohonche iss se. Lekin shayad sabke baarein mein sochna hum par hi bhaari pad gayya". Uday held his forehead feigning frustration. Brijraj felt guilty for doubting Uday. Brijraj said, "Beta, humein maaf kr dijiye, humein inn tasveeron se zyaada aap pe bharosa rakhna chahiye thha". Uday gave a winning smirk and then concealed it with a cam and understanding face. "Uncle Brij, please aap maafi may maangiye! Humein toh bas iss baat ka afsoos hai ki hum Manyata ka vishwas nahi jeet paaye hain", said Uday faking disappointment. Brijraj said, "Beta, woh aapko itni acchi tarah se jaanti nahi hai, woh bohot bholi hai, isiliye woh thodi insecure hain! Hum unhe samjha denge, Beta, aap nischint rahiye". "Bholi, yeah right!", thought Uday to himself and said to Brijraj, "Please Uncle, aap humein mauka dijiye unse baat krna ka. Yeh saari insecuritirs saath waqt beeta k hi durr ki jaa sakti hai, isiliye hum chahte hain ki Manyata k saath zyaada se zyaada wat bitayein". Brijraj smiled, pride shining through his eyes and said, "Manyata k toh bhaag hi khul gayye aap jaisa jeevan saathi paa k". "Please, Uncle Brij! Ab aap humein sharmindaa mat kijiye", said Uday feigning humility. Brijraj nodded his head and took a sip of his drink. Uday took the chance and said, "Waise aap k mann mein yeh ek hi baat toh nahi thhi, I am sure koi aur baat bhi aapko pareshaan kr rahi hai". Brijraj put his drink down and said, "Ab aap se kya chhupana, Beta. Manyata k samjhaane pr hum Jai ko taaj toh de rahe hain par laakh manane par humaara mann nahi maan raha, I mean, Manyata ka haq hai uspar". Uday concealed his smirk and said, "Uncle Brij! Bacche toh humesha zidd krte hain lekin maa baap toh wahi krte hain jo unhein lagta hai unke bacchon k liye sahi hai. Manyata ne ek behen ka farz nibhaaya taaj ko Jai k naam krke par aap sirf ek pitaah hi nahi lekin ek Maharaj bhi hain, aap ko hi faisla krna hai ki taaj kiske paas jaayega aur woh bhi nispaksh(unbiased) ho kr". Brijraj said, "Jaante hain Uday, lekin Manyata toh jaise taaj lene k liye taiyyar hi nahi hain". "Toh hum samjhaayenge unhein. I am sure jab woh baaton ek rajwaade k nazariye se dekhen gi toh woh zaroor apna faisla badal dengi", said Uday. "I hope, Uday. I just hope!", said Brijraj. "Aap nischint rahiye Uncle Brij, Manyata ko samjhaane ki zimmedaari ab humaari, aakhir woh bhi humaari kucch lagti hain", said Uday with a smirk.
Manyata came out after freshening up in her washroom. Manyata wiped her face and threw the towel carelessly in the direction of her bed. Suddenly the towel was thrown back at Manyata and it landed on Manyata's face. Manyata put the towel aside in shock and turned towards her bed to see Uday lying comfortably on her bed, with a smirk which irritated her to the limit! Manyata's nostrils flared as she walked upto Uday and yelled, "Tumhaari himmat kaise hui yahaan aane ki". Uday smirked and replied, "Apni hone waali patni k room main aaye hain, tumhe koi problem hai". "Bakwaas bandh karo aur utho, niklo abhi k abhi humaare kamre se", yelled Manyata clicking her fingers at Uday. Uday lounged with the support of his arms on Manyata's bed and said with a teasing smirk, "Woah, attitude, haan? Jab tum humaare kamre mein aayi thhi, humne tumhaari kitni acchi tarah se khaatirdaari ki thhi, remember?". Manyata looked away in embarassment. Uday smirked enjoying it. Manyata gathered herself and said, "Tumse Papa ne baat nahi ki kya? Mera aur tumhara rishta khatam ho chuka hai". Uday faked as he struggled to remember "Jai aur humaare photo waali baat?". "Haan-Nahi-Toh!", said Manyata venomosly. Uday smirked and said, "Haan, ki naa aur maafi bhi maang li. Par yeh toh humaari udaarta thhi ki humne unse maafi maangne k liye mana kiya". "Kya???", asked Manyata is disbelief. Uday tilted his head and said, "Samjhi nahi? Samjhogi bhi kaise, itni durr jo khadi ho". Manyata twisted her face in confusion. Uday smirked in a mischeivious mood and suddenly grabbed Manyata's hand and pulled her in such force and Manyata fell landed on Uday on the bed. Uday held her tightly as Manyata struggled to free herself. Manyata said struggling to free herself, "Kya bakwaas kr rahe ho, Papa toh humaara rishta todne waale thhe. Chhodo!". Uday rolled sidewards to be on top of Manyata. "Ssshhh!", said Uday minimizing the distance between their faces thus silencing Manyata. Uday said in a husky voice, "Kabhi kabhi sun bhi liya karo. Tumhara plan toh bohot accha thha lekin ek baat humesha yaad rakhna tumne yeh sab jis school se sikhaa hai na, uska principal aaj tak humaare paas tuitions lene aata hai". Manyata was crestfallen hearing this. "Well played, Princess! Lekin humein haraane k liye yeh kaafi nahi hai", added Uday with a smirk. Uday moved to seal the little distance between them. Manyata vigorously pushed him back. Manyata sat up breathing heavily, trying to control her heartbeat which had beating uncontrollably fast but Uday pulled her to land on him once gain. Manyata said in anger, "Tumhe kya lagta hai? Tum jo chahoge, jaisa chahoge sab kar loge?". Uday was completely turned on by the fight Manyata was putting on. "Tumhaari man maaniya mujh pe nahi chalengi! Toh aadat daal lo, tumhare liye accha hoga", said Manyata. Manyata's voice had muted out for Uday, he looked at her with desire. Manyata could sense it and struggled to free herself. While struggling, Manyata's hair fell on Uday's face. The smell was intoxicating for Uday, he loosened his grip on Manyata immediately. Manyata got up immediately and said, "Ab se mujhse durr rehna samjhe, bohot duur!". Manyata turned and walked out of the room in anger trying to conceal how she was captivated for a moment. Uday got up from Manyata's bed and looked on as Manyata walked away his hand resting on the door. Uday bit his lips and said, "Dekhte hain tum kaise durr rehti ho humse". Jai this scene standing near the door of her room and said, "Dekhte hain, Uday! Tum humse kaise duur rehte ho".
Author's Note: Sry for the late update, was in knee-deep work plus, I experienced a blockade of ideas! Ok, so some of u r confused why Uday did what he did in the last chapter, I hope this chapter answers the question. And, Uday is not in love with Manyata till now, but is attracted towards her and so is Manyata but she would jump off a cliff before admitting it! Happy reading and thanks for all your precious comments!