Manyata was standing with her back resting on the door. She couldn't believe what had happened, she just had to shut Udayveer out so that she could get a hold on herself. Manyata was breathing heavily, she sank down to sit on the floor. Manyata sat holding her knees with her hands. Udayveer was messing up with her head, she needed to keep distance from him, a big distance! Manyata heard a knock on the door. Manyata was startled. Manyata stood up in a flash. Manyata hesitated to open the door as her hand rested on the door. What if it was Uday, thought Manyata. She didn't want to face him right now, after she accused him of things he was clearly not guilty of and she was no where near to accepting what had happened between them. She vehemently wished that it was someone else. "Manyata", she heard a concerned female voice. "Manyata, Hum Unnati", said Unnati. "Unnati", Manyata said relieved. Manyata immediately wiped her face with her handkerchief and then opened the door. Unnati came in. Manyata immediately said, "Thank God, Unnati, ki tum aa gayi, warna shayyad mujhe poori raat yaahaan bandh rehna padta". "Thank You humara nahi Dada ka karna chahiye, unhone hi humein kaha ki tumhe humaari maddad ki zaroorat hai, par humne jitna bhi poochha Dada ne bataya hi nahi ki baat kya hai", said Unnati. Manyata was stunned on learning the truth, she had been the meanest towards him and all he did in return was to help her out where any normal person would have never even bothered to look back at her. "Manyata!", said Unnati to snap Manyata out of her thoughts. "Shayyad servant ne J k liye jo kapde bheje thhe tumhe galati se de diye. I am sorry", apologized Unnati. Manyata immediately said, "Tum maafi kyun maang rahi ho? Galati toh servant ki thhi aur waise aisi chhoti moti galatiyaan toh hoti hi rehti hai". "Tumne humein call kyun nahi kiya", asked Unnati. "Woh mera mobile paani mein gir gaya thha", said Manyata."Anyways, cute lag rahi ho", complimented Unnati with a smile. "Unnati, tum bhi naa...", said Manyata embarassed. "Seriously, Dada tumhe dekhte toh dekhte hi reh jaate", said Unnati teasing Manyata. Manyata immediately got flashbacks of how Udayveer was looking at her. Unnati noticed that Manyata was lost in her thoughts. Unnati slowly went near Manyata and whispered in her ears teasingly, "Ya phir lagta hai ki Dada tumhe dekh chuke hain". Manyata snapped out of her thoughts and looked here and there as she became uncomfortable thinking about the flashbacks. Unnati laughed and said, "Sorry, Manyata! Hum toh bas mazaak kr rahe thhe. Chalo ab, derr ho rahi hai, hum tumhe ghar drop kr dete hain". "Aise?", said Manyata pulling the dress upwards. "Woh Boutique bandh ho chuka hai, warna hum dusra dress tumhaare liye mangwaa lete. Hey!", exclaimed Unnati as she saw Uday's blazer on the bed. Manyata was confused as Unnati picked up Uday's blazer. Unnati said, "Tum yeh pehenlo", and handed the blazer to Manyata. Manyata warily took the blazer. "Yeh Uday ko lautana thha", said Manyata. Unnati joked, "Come on, Manyata! Tum Dada ki hone waali patni ho, unse zyaada haq tumhaara hai iss blazer par". Manyata looked at Unnati surprised by the reference Unnati made. Unnati said, "Aur waise bhi Dada jaa chuke hain, toh aaj toh nahi lauta sakti". Manyata was surprised that Uday had left without Unnati, that meant that Uday must have been very angered by what Manyata had done. "Pehen lo", said Unnati snapping Manyata out of her thoughts Manyata smiled feebly at Unnati and put the blazer on. "Great! Chalo", said Unnati with a smile. Manyata followed Unnati towards her car. The journey back was quiet as Manyata seemed to be lost in thoughts and Unnati decided that it was best to leave Manyata alone. Manyata was thinking that if Uday was angered then why did he help her out, was he planning his revenge. Manyata was more scared thinking that how would she face Uday if he confronted her with facts.On the other hand, she was thankful that he chose to give her space atleast today but from when did Kindness and Uday went hand-in-hand? Uday defended her pride not once but twice today when all she did was try to hurt his pride. Uday always took pride in being the badass but in current scenario Manyata felt that she looked like the bigger badass. Her trail of thoughts came to a stop as the car pulled in at the Palace. Manyata looked at Unnati who gave a warm smile to her. Manyata said, "Sorry, Unnati". Unnati was confused and asked, "Kis liye?". "Aaj jo kucch bhi hua, maine kabhi nahi socha...", Manyata paused as Unnati cut in, "Agar tum shaam waali baat maang rahi ho toh bhool jao kyunki honestly hum bhi bhool chuke hain, Manyata. Aur waise bhi sabse badi baat yeh hai ki tumne apni galati sudhaari". Manyata smiled at Unnati appreciating how easily Unnati swept her own disappointment and hurt under the carpet and genuinely forgave her. Manyata continued "Lekin phir bhi...", Unnati cut in and said, "Agar uss baat k liye tum phir se maafi maangogi toh samajh toh hum gussa ho jaayenge" and smiled at Manyata. Manyata smiled back and wished Unnati good night. Manyata stepped out of the car and Unnati left. Manyata walked into the palace with a limp. The lights were dim. Everyone had gone to sleep as both Komal and Brijraj were out and would only return early morning the next day and Jai couldn't care less as she had her own miseries to attend to. Manyata started walking up the stairs while having the flashabcks of Uday carrying her to her bedroom. Manyata entered her room and switched on the lights. Manyata looked at the blazer that she was wearing and she had the flashback of Uday wrapping the blazer around her with concern in his touch and eyes. Manyata didn't want to think about him so she immediately removed the blazer, crushed it with her hands and chucked it into her wadrobe. Manyata turned back agitated only to see her reflection on the mirror. Manyata immediately had flashbacks of how Uday looked at her when she saw him through the mirror and then what had transpired between them. Manyata was shaken up and she sat down the bed and had flashbacks of how baffled and hurt Uday looked when she accused him of exercising force on her and she threw him out of the room. Manyata said to herself, "Bohot bura laga hoga usse". Manyata changed her expressions to being annoyed and defended herself, "Toh kya hua? Zyaada se zyaada woh mujhse nafrat karega aur yeh shaadi tod dega, aur yehi toh chahiye mujhe". Manyata sighed and then pouted, "Koi fayeda nahi, mujhe ab bhi buraa lag raha hai". Manyata tried to switch on her mobile to see if it would work or not. The mobile was switched on. Manyata's cell phone began to ring. Manyata was in no mood to talk so she glanced at the phone. The screen flashed "Akash Verma".
Manyata was surprised to see the name. Manyata received the call and said, "Akash?". A female voice replied, "Oh ho! Badi bechaini ho rahi hai Manyata! Agar itni bechaini thhi toh apne Akash ko choddh k kyun gayyi?". "Chikki", said Manyata irritated. "Aarey itna gussa kyunki humne tujhe Akash se baat krne nahi di!", said Chikki and looked at Akash teasingly. Akash smiled and blushed. Manyata was not in a mood to tolerate all this and she said, "Koi zaroori baat hai toh bata de, waise bhi bohot raat ho chuki hai". "Hayye Hayye, ek dum se rajkumariyon waale nakhre shuru kr diye, tune. Galati teri hai, kabse phone laga rahe hain, switch off aa raha hai. Ab tujhse baat krne k liye appointment leni padegi kya", said Chikki. Manyata was irritated by Chikki's inability to gauge her mood. Akash took the phone from Chikki and said, "Sorry, Manyata. Chikki ko toh tum jaanti hi ho naa". "Akash, koi zaroori baat hai kya?", asked Manyata. Akash didn't like the cold receive as he expected Manyata to receive him warmly as he thought that distance would have made Manyata miss him. "Chicago waale show k baare mein baat krne k liye call kiya thha", said Akash in an irritated tone. Manyata hit her head, how could she forget all that! "I am sorry! Mere dimaag se hi nikal gaya", said Manyata. "Dimaag se sirf show nikal gaya yaa phir yaa yaahaan k log bhi nikal gayye", said Akash sarcastically. "I hope show accha gaya. Accha gaya hai na?", asked Manyata ignoring what Akash said as she was much more occupied over the worry whether her replacement did the job or not. Akash replied, "Sponsors bohot gussa hain. Show ko itna accha response nahi milaa hai. Audience, Sponsors, Media aur Critics ne kaha hai ki unn logon k saath dhoka hua hai kyunki unhone ne socha thha ki unhe Dancing Star Manyata dekhne ko milengi par uski jagah unhe sirf dhokha hi milaa. Sab pucch rahe hain ki apne ace dancer ko show se drop krke humne kaise soch liya ki hum ek hit show de sakte hain. Sab log explanation maang rahe hain". Manyata closed her eyes for a moment in disappointment and then said, "Main har ek sponsor se aur organizers se maafi maangungi. Aur unka nuksaan bhardungi, jitna bhi meri wajah se unhe jhelna pada". Akash replied in a stern voice, "Rajkumari Manyata, humein aapki daryaadilli ki koi zarooorat nahi hai. Humein apni star dancer Manyata ki zaroorat hai". "I am sorry, par main wahaan toh nahi aa sakti", said Manyata. Akash said, "Agla show Mumbai mein hone waala hai, Manyata". Manyata was shocked. "Haan, sab kucch sahi krna ka yeh ek mauka mil raha hai tumhe, Manyata! Infact hum sab Mumbai mein hain", said Akash. Manyata recovered from the shock with hopes lighting up her face. She could actually perform. "Kal subah humaare chawl k paas aajana, toh phir saath chal k sponsors se baat karenge, kyunki unhe yakeen dilaana bohot zaroori hai ki tum perform karogi", said Akash. "Main pohonch jaungi", said Manyata. Akash smiled that Manyata agreed. Manyata said, "Main rakhti hoon" and disconnected the call before Akash could say something. "Yeh saath chalne waali baat kaahaan se aayi? Tumne toh sponsors se pehle hi baat kr li thhi", remarked Sohni. Chikki teased, "Arrey Sohni, itne dino baad Akash ko mauka mil raha hai apni Manyata se milne ka, woh thodi naa aise mauka jaaane dega". Akash blushed and walked away. Sohni and Chikki followed him and asked, "Toh yeh date hai na". Akash looked back, smiled and said, "Haan. Isiliye tum dono mein se koi allowed nahi hai". "Accha? Kum se kum tum dono ki shaadi mein toh allowed honge", said Sohni teasing Akash as Akash walked away from there.
Next Morning, Manyata got ready wearing a salwar kameez. As Manyata was walking on the corridor leading to the stairs, she stopped as she saw some ladies dressed in traditional Rajasthani lehengas entering the palace carrying big thaals. Brijraj and Komal who were sitting in the hall were surprised and they got up from their seats and asked Komal asked the ladies, "Yeh sab kya ho raha hai". "Hum batate hain", everyone heard a voice. Manyata knew who it was and froze where she was standing. Uday entered with a smirk on his face. Uday took blessings from both Komal and Brijraj saying, "Khambha Ghaani". "Khush rahiye", blessed both Komal and Brijraj still confused. Uday looked up at Manyata with a vengeful smirked. Manyata went numb anticipating what would succeed that smirk! "Yeh sab kya hai, Beta", asked Komal. "Aunty Komal, pehle aap yeh bataiye khushiyaan kabhi bataa k aati hain kya", asked Uday with a smile. Komal looked at Brijraj confused. Manyata was also confused. "Nahi", replied Komal smiling in confusion. "Toh bas aisa hi kucch samajh lijiye", said Uday. "Hum kucch samjhne nahi, Beta", said Brijraj. Uday smirked and replied, "Aaj subah humaare ghar Raj Purohit ji aaye hue thhe, toh Dad ne unhe humaari aur Manyata ki kundli milaney k liye kaha aur unhone roke k liye aaj ka din sabse shubh bataya". Manyata gripped the pillar in shock. Brijraj and Komal were in shock. Uday immediately added, "Humein pata hai, aap logon ko bohot bada jhatka laga hoga. Actually Dad aur humein bhi sab kucch ek din mein krna atpata laga, lekin Raj Purohit ji ne kaha ki aaj se zyaada shubh muhurat ho hi nahi sakti isiliye Dad ne faisla liya ki roka aaj hi ho jaaye toh dono pariwaaron k liye accha hoga". Komal said, "Par aadhe din mein yeh sab? Roke mein toh kitne saare kaam hote hain, aur phir sabko invite krna hai aur woh bhi itni short notice par". Brijraj said, "Beta, its practically impossible!". Uday let out a sigh and said, "Pehle aap dono baithiye". Uday made both Brijraj and Komal sit down. Manyata began praying vehemently that her parents do not agree. Uday glanced up and saw Manyata beseeching, this fired him up even more. Uday smiled at both, kneeled down and said, "Uncle Brij, Aunty Komal, aap logon ne hi toh kaha thha khushiyaan kabhi bataa k nahi aati hain. Aur yeh sab toh hum isiliye kr rahe hain taaki humaare aur Manyata k rishtey mein kabhi koi mushkil naa aaye kyunki yeh rishtaa sirf hum dono ka nahi hai lekin do riyaasaton ka hain. Aur waise bhi hum toh ek hi pariwaar hain, milke kya ek roke ka intezaam nahi kr sakte?". Brijraj and Komal looked at each other with a smile. Both smiled back at Uday. Komal said, "Aap ki baat koi naa maane aisa toh ho hi nahi sakta". Uday smiled and got up throwing a winning glance at Manyata who looked at him distraught. Komal said, "Chaliye, bohot saare kaam krne hain". "Aap chintaa mat kijiye saare shahi pariwaaron ko Chhoti ne invite kr liya hai, aap bas aapke koi aur guests hon toh Chhoti ko bata dijiyega", said Uday. Komal said, "Tumhe daamaad k roop mein paa k humaare toh bhaag khul gayye, Beta". Brijraj said, "Aap ne humesha iss ghar k bete hone ka farz nibhaaya hai. I am proud of you, Beta". Uday smiled at them. Manyata walked back to her room in despair and frustration. Manyata sat on her bed and covered her mouth with her hands and said to herself, "Roka? Roka? Yahaan tu Jai aur Uday k rishta jodne ki firaaq mein hain aur wahaan Papa aur Maa roke k liye maan gayye!". Manyata just couldn't let it happen, she was going to be bethroted to the guy she wanted out of her life ASAP! "Hi Princess!", Manyata heard a voice, no prizes for guessing, it was Uday! Manyata immediately got up the bed and turned her back towards Uday. Uday shook his head and kept a thaal that he was carrying and kept it on one side of her bed and made himself comfortable on the other side of the bed. Manyata turned towards the bed and got mad seeing Uday resting on her bed with a smirk on his face. "Kis janam ka badla nikaal rahe ho mujhse", asked Manyata. Uday opened his eyes and replied, "Baaki janmo ka toh mujhe yaad nahi isiliye sirf isi janam ka". Manyata removed the cloth covering the thaal. There were jewelleries and a beautiful and lavish lehenga for Manyata. Manyata got irritated and walked to Uday's side and yelled at him, "Tumhare liye yeh sirf ek khel hai na? Pata bhi hai Roke ka matlab kya hota hai? Haan-Nahi-Toh!". Uday got up from the bed in a jiffy and he glared at Manyata. Manyata was a bit taken aback by his sudden change of expressions. Uday went closer to Manyata and said, "Roke ka matlab humein acchi tarah se pata hai. Tumhi ne humse kaha thha hum tumhare kucch nahi lagte". Manyata immediately had flashbacks of last night
"Kis haq se tumne chhuan mujhe? Koi nahi lagte tum mere? Got it?", said Manyata pointing her fingers at Uday. Uday was hurt and asked, "Koi nahi?". "Koi nahi! Kabhi nahi socha thha ki tum itna neeche gir sakte ho, ki kisi ladki k saath zabardasti...", Manyata couldn't complete as Uday cut in appalled her Manyata's accusations, "Zabardasti????". "Haan! Ab niklo yaahaan se, tumhaari shakal bhi nahi dekhna chahti main", said Manyata .
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Manyata looked down clearly feeling guilty. Uday continued, "Aur iss roke ke baad hum tumhare kya lagte hain, iska jawaab poori duniya degi". Manyata looked at Uday hurt. Uday grabbed Manyata's waist and pulled her closeer. Uday said, "Kya kaha thha tumne..", and feigned remembering and said, "Tum soch bhi nahi sakti ki hum kitna gir sakte hain. Sacch, tumhe andazaa bhi nahi ki hum kitna gir sakte hain, that I promise". Manyata looked at Uday shocked. Uday held Manyata's cheek by the other hand and brought his face perilessly close to hers. Manyata did not say anything or move. She was staring directly at Uday's eyes as if she knew that Uday would never cross his limits. Uday was surprised by her response and asked remaining in the same proximity, "Kya baat hai? Aaj tumhe kucch bhi nahi kehna? Humaare character ya phir humaare badtameezi k baare main? Haan?". Manyata looked down choosing to remain silent. Uday let go off her and said, "Tumne kaha thha naa ki humne zabardasti krne ki koshish ki thhi, you know what, Manyata? Aaj se zabardasti kya hoti hai, yeh hum tumhe batayenge". Manyata looked at Uday shocked. "Iss khel ko tumne hi yaahaan tak le aayi ho, ab dekho isse hum kaahaan tak pohonchate hain, Manyata. Uday 1- Manyata 1", said Uday and left the room. Manyata was left disturbed. She knew that her yesterday's behavior had led to Uday becoming more fierce and adamant. Manyata's cell phone rang. Manyata picked it up not bothering to notice who called. Akash said from the other side, "Manyata, you are late!". "Meeting kaahaan hai", asked Manyata. Akash said, "Aarey tumhe uski kyun chinta hai, saath chalenge naa. Waise bhi meeting chaar baje hai, main soch raha thha ki hum sab milke kahin bahaar ghumne chalte ". Manyata said, "I am sorry, par mujhe kucch derr k liye akele rehna chahti hoon" and disconnected the call. Akash felt odd that Manyata talked to him so coldly.
Uday reached the hall of his palace where Unnati was busy inviting everyone over the phone. Uday smiled and relaxed on the couch beside Unnati and closed his eyes. Unnati ended her call and looked at her brother. Unnati asked, 'whats wrong, Dada?". "Kucch nahi Chhoti", replied Uday not opening his eyes. Unnati sighed and asked, "Aap exactly kar kya rahe hain, Dada". "Bas thoda saa relax kr rahe hain, aur kya", replied Uday taking deep breath and still not opening his eyes. "Enough, Dada! Aap jaante hain hum kiski baat kr rahe hain. Achanak aap aaye, kal raat ko hi Raj Purohitji se Roke k liye sabse nazdik waali mahurat nikalwaayi, aur ab jaake kucch aur Manyata k pariwaar ko jald se jald Roka krne k liye raazi krwaaya. Aisi bhi kya baat ho gayyi hai, Dada? Manyata kahin bhaagi toh nahi jaa rahi. I mean aap dono ko ek doosre ko samajhne k liye, jaanne k liye waqt dena chahiye naaki sab kucch jaldbazi mein krni chahiye", said Unnati. Uday opened his eyes and replied coldly, "Yeh saari baatein shaadi k baad bhi ho sakti hain, hum jo bhi kr rahe hain bohot soch samajh kr rahe hain". "I just hope, Dada. Aur humein laga thha ki aap ek sacche jeevan saathi ko dhund rahe hain lekin lagta hai that you just want to get over with this marriage stuff", said Unnati. "Come on, chhoti! Tum humein kabse jaanti ho, ab hum ek jhatke mein toh nahi badal sakte!", said Uday with a smirk. Unnati said, "I just hope aap inn sab k baare mein serious hain". "Don't worry Unnati! Hum zindagi mein iss se zyaada serious kisi baat ko le kr nahi hue", said Uday with an evil smirk. Unnati just shook her head in response and continued with her phonecalls.
Manyata was in her room when Jai entered. Jai looked at the lehenga and jewelleries longingly. Manyata snapped out of her thoughts and noticed Jai. Manyata felt really guilty for coming between Jai and her dreams. "Yeh sab humara ho sakta thha", remarked Jai. Manyata said, "Sab kucch khatam nahi hua hai, Jai. Itni jaldi haar nahi maanugi. shaadi ab bhi bohot durr hai". "Sirf shaadi hi kyun Roka bhi bohot durr hai", said Jai. Manyata was shocked at Jai's words and asked, "Kya matlab?". Jai said, "Aaj humne aap se kucch bhi nahi maanga, frankly sab kucch toh hai humaare paas. Sorry, thha". "Aisa mat bol, Jai", said Manyata trying to console Jai. "Humein aapse kabhi kucch nahi chahiye lekin kum se kum jo humaara hai woh humse mat cheeniye", said Jai with tears filling up her eyes. Manyata said, "Mera yakeen kr Jai, main poori koshish kr rahi hoon lekin har baar waqt mere khilaaf chala jaata hai Main toh khud chahti hoon ki tujhe tera pyaar miley". Jai said, "Agar aap se kucch bhi nahi ho raha toh aap bas ek ehsaan kr dijiye mujh par". "Bol Naa, Jai", urged Manyata. "Aaj Roke pr mat aana", said Jai. Manyata stood there shell shocked. "Yeh kaisi baatein kr rahi hai tu? Waahaan sab honge, Papa ki kitni beizzati hogi", said Manyata. "Beizzati nahi hogi", said Jai. Manyata was stunned by Jai's reply. "Unki aur dono pariwaaron ki izzat bachaane k liye, hum aapki jagah lenge", said Jai. Manyata thought that it was a fool-proof idea but somehow it pinched Manyata that she would be deceiving everyone. "Main yeh kaise kar sakti hoon, Jai. Main Papa se kya kahungi? Kaise nazrein milaungi?", asked Manyata worried. Jai replied, "Uski chintaa mat karo, koi accha baahaana bana lena ki tum kisi badi accident yaa phir musibat mein phas gayyi thhi aur tumhara phone bandh pad gaya thha. AUr phir ek baar humara Roka ho jaaye toh usse waapas toda nahi jaa sakta". Manyata was still not convinced, "Par kya aisa dhoka krna sahi hai?". Jai replied, "Oh please, Jeeji! Aap ka rishta bhi toh dhoke se karaya gayya thha. Aur sochiye iske baad aap waapas apne sapno k peeche jaa sakti hain aur humein aapna pyaar mil jaayega. Iss se accha mauka aur ho hi nahi sakta, Jeeji!". Manyata still couldn't bring herself to agree to Jai's plan. Jai urged, "Jeeji, zyaada sochiye mat! Aapko yeh humaare liye krna hi hoga". "Theek hai", said Manyata with a guilty face and a stern voice.