Before she could find a logical response, sameer instruct to camera roll up and action in the background.
"Places, everyone! Action!"
With those words, the two of them became Chandini and Prithvi (on screen one).
Shoot 201 : Inder and Riya were waiting in waiting room for the lawyer along with Chandini & Prithvi who were going to be their witness. Inder and Riya were chatting like a newly to be wed couple whereas Chandini & Prithvi were not on talking term due to a mis understanding created by Riya.
Damini immediately slipped into the role and looked at Prithvi from her eye lashes and ask him as Chandini: "Is it true you're going back to New Zeland after Inder's wedding?"
His black eyes narrowed. "Why do you ask?"
Chandini's whole body throbbed with pain. "Just answer me, dammit!" she cried in a hushed tone, her eyes filling with tears.
He put out a finger to catch a drop, then rubbed the moisture around with this thumb. "Tears. From you?, Chandini" he mocked. "I didn't think it was possible."
Chandini : "There's a lot you don't know about me."
Prithvi in lower tone : "Did you ever give me the chance for that?"
Chandini with more tears : "I'm giving it to you now."
Prithvi : "What do you mean?"
Riya understood the words before Chandini spell out them so she intrupt, avoiding Inder by her side : "Don't listen to her, Prithvi !"
Riya gave a dirty look to Chandini. "I heard her telling Inder that She love him, you know to break me, Prithvi. All this time she's been trying to get close to Inder. She spend last weekend with Inder,,, you know what I mean but still I forgive Inder because I truly love him"
Inder interuppt in between: . "That's not true Riya and you know it,". Chandini spent weekend with him but there was a reason that I cannot disclose now and I shared everything to you before proposing you and you said you love me too..so why suddenly you are being like this...
"Give me a break—" Riya fired back. "Think about it, Prithvi. That's why you've never been able to get to know Damini fully and that is thereason you could not contact her last weekend because she was with Inder"
Chandini : "You're wrong, Riya. The only reason I haven't contact Prithvi last week because I thought Roshini & Prithvi were in love with each other. I didn't want to push him with my feelings."
Riya : "Ooh. You really know how to play games Chandini, dont you?" Riya's furious gaze switched to Prithvi. "The only reason she's hitting on you now is so she can get her hands on your portion of the Company before you leave the country."
"There is no partnership, Riya," Prithvi declared with quiet temper. "Chandini gave it to me before she left the town last week that is the reason I wanted to contact her last weekend so that I can ask her the reason why she left the company share for me."
Prithvi avoiding Riya and Inder turn to Chandini and ask slowly : Chandini, may I ask why did you do that, why you left everything. Did you really wanted to be close with..(he hesitated for a while than added) Inder.
Chandini: "I wouldn't want it anyway!" Chandini cried. "Money means nothing without love, Prithvi. How can you stand there and accuse me of such lies? Inder's is a real friend of fine. He's always been in love with me but as friend. Don't you trust me that much, Prithvi."
She hesitated but added : Prithvi I left everything to you because I ..because I..Lo
Before she could say the words Riya intrupped very badly...
"Don't you trust me, Prithvi," Riya mimicked brutally. "Get out of this room, Chandini, you spoiled my wedding day!", she raised her hands to hit Chandini's face but before she could hit it, Prithvi gripped her out hand.
Prithvi : "I might have known you'd try to ruin my relationshipm with Damini," he said with cold fury. "But you will go that low, I could nt hv imagine Riya..!!"
He added after a pause.."I really thought Riya you love my friend and I know Inder would be a great husband but I am afraid my friend is not lucky. I came here to be witness of his special day but I had no idea that you will be playing with his heart to get win over me.
Inder could not bear all this hurt and giving a heart broken look, rushed out of the waiting room. "What's going on? The marriege lawer who just entered the room asked with confusion."
Riya gave a harsh look and she also left from the spot.
After she disappeared, Prithvi turned to Chandini who was shaking badly and he took Chandini in his arms. "Are you all right?"
"Yes." She struggled for breath. "Prithvi—you didn't believe her, did you?"
Prithvi : "What do you think?
Chandini : "She actually tried to kill me twice, you know. you saved me both times, we thought that attack was from ..."
Prithvi intruppt her by keeping his finger on her lips : Husss...Chandini...stop talking..I know everything now..& "Don't think about that now."
She can't touch you while I am here..you understood.
Chandini wanted to break the mood. She knew if he would continue looking her like this. She would start crying and will never let him go. So she change
the subject by saying : Prithvi, Lawyer is waiting there..I guess,,we should tell him not wedding here..
"LET him! Dammit" Prithvi fired back. "You were about to say something important before she tried to hit you."
Chandini with nervousness and avoiding his eyes: "There's no time to go into that now."
"Riya—just said that you spent weekend with Inder..I do trust you Chandini but I just wanted to know ,,Why,,Do you loved him.. Is it true? Tell me." He shook her gently.
She swallowed hard. "Yes!" she cried at long last. "But not him...I love you..Even though you're don't like me and I'm not Roshini.
We are very different in our lives but nothing matters to me. I know that you don't love me but I can't help my love for you, I tried to not
fell in love with you but I don't know when & how but I did fall in love with you.. and I can't live without you, Prithvi.
she stop to take a sharp breath and added slowly : Inder & Riya knows how I feel about you" I was depress last week after our argument over the
new contract and I gave up my share to you because I knew I could not bear your harsh behaviour.
she paused for a moment and look into his face that was not showing any emotion clearly.
Chandini continue : Inder wanted to make this day special so did I
She added with pauses and hessitation with little teary hiccupss...I...I ...wanted to ask ...marry.. u.She finished
A stillness and shocked in Prithvi's void : "You 're asking me to marry you?"
Chandini : "Yes." Her voice trembled.
Prithvi : "You're not joking."
Chandini : "No."
Prithvi while hiding his smile: "I didn't girls can do such things or should I say... Chandini..the joint MD of the company can do things like this."
Chandini with determination : "Girls can do everything..when a man can ask a girl to marry her. so a girl can ask a man to" so here I m doing the same thing."
Prithvi with serious note now : "that's right…you can do anything..Chandini..You do love me!" he cried.
Chandini : "Yes, I do.. In fact I took out a wedding license and it was Inder's idea actually...she added slowly..
All we have to do is sign it in front of the that damm lawyer after the procedure, and our marriage will be legal."
Prithvi with a huge smile and taking out a hand for license : "Let me see it."
She plucked it from the purse. He unrolled it and examined it, then lifted his head as if dazed & surprised.
Chandini asked slowly but with smile : "Will you marry me, Prithvi ?
Prithvi : "This is the real thing… All those times you told me you hated me and begged me to leave you alone, you were lying?"
Chandini : "Yes!"
He folded the certificate and put it in his pocket. "I want to hear you say those words to me. Look at me, love,and tell me you love me."
Don't get emotional Damini,,you are on screen now. Damini control her real emotion... Whatever you do, don't you dare cry now.She finally lifted her eyes to his. "I'm in love with you, Prithvi. I always have been, from the moment you came to me with the joint company proposal. But I knew Roshini was in love with you, too. But...
Prithvi : but ??
Chandini : "But. I didn't dare let you know how I really felt, because I felt you don't like me personally. Also, I didn't think you could be interested in someone like me who's such a boring life..as you mentioned me once..during our agrument..remember...
But the thought of living without you is unthinkable at this point." Damini's heart was on fire for real Prithvi now after noticing his face expression she asked slowly once again. "Will you marry me today? Right now?"
He flashed her the heart stopping smile for which he was famous. "That all depends. How long do you intend our marriage to last?"
Damini had been waiting for him to slip in a line that wasn't in the script. With that last question, he hadn't disappointed her. It was his way of having some fun with her for the last time.
"Forever," Chandini whispered fervently.
Prithvi : "Do you have any idea how long I've waited to hear those words?" His voice rang with raw emotion. "Here's my answer."
He pulled her into his arms and kissed her amazingly but on her lips first time for the camera or couse but it seems as if he really meant it.
But it was a stage kiss, pure and simple. Unfortunately his acting ability was so incredible, Damini almost forgot the scene was being taped.
Chandini : "I love you, Prithvi, but are we really getting married today?? now??
Prithvi : "If you want,,,yes, we will now..my love..."
Chandini : but Prithvi Roshini...She ..
Prithvi : "she what?" when she does not reply for a secodn ,,he captured her lips again than added : I don't love her..understood..not anyone except one girl in this world that is you.
Chandini whisper slowly when he eventually let her catch her breath.: "Than I think, We should not keep the lawyer waiting for long any more.he might be waiting for another couple and this is court waiting room remember."
"You're right.love" He slowly relinquished his hold. His eyes played over her in adoration. "After the wedding today now, we have got the rest of our
lives to be together, love. Come on. I can't wait to say anymore."
With her whole body throbbing from the hungry kiss he'd given her, Damini slipped her arm through his. Prithvi hold her hand tightly against his. They both entered the lawyer's room where they found Roshini and Inder along with two other friendds waiting for them to be their witness.
Chandini turning to Prithvi with amazement : You knew this.
Prithvi : Actually no..but if you would not have asked me to marry you...I planned to ask you on my knees because I love you too, my love..Damini knew her cheeks were on fire from the heat of her emotions. Since that last kiss they were spinning out of control. She studied the smiling faces of all the cast members who were dressed up for the occasion looking splendid.Every face was dear to her. As memories of three wonderful years flashed through her mind, she smiled back through the tears. Her momma would have loved this scene. She would have been sitting on the front row beaming at the two of them. She loved Prithvi's on screen character too much.
Prithvi gave her hand a little squeeze before she took her place at the left side of him to sign the marriage register. No doubt the hidden gesture was meant to congratulate her for improvising a line at the last second. May be he noticed her off screen emotions on her face.
He took his place next to Lawyer as per lawyer's instruction, and start the proceedure.
They exchanged their rings and at last Prithvi took vermillion and filled Chandini's soul with his love sign.
Damini felt a tear dropped from her eyes not to mention that was not written for this scene but she could not help it. Prithvi was looking into her eyes with love (of course on screen love..but Damini captured that moment forever in her heart)
Many times during an emotional scene, the cast members forgot they were acting. This was one of those moments. Damini could believe they were getting married for real.
For the next few minutes Damini listened the conversation between lawyer and other on screen member but without noticing or listening the words. "Signature?" Prithvi broke the silence.
Damini looked down to the register and managed a Chandini style smile.
He cleared his throat, as if he was having trouble keeping control on his emotions and said to the witness : "A few minutes ago, my love did me the great honor of asking me to marry her, and I said yes. She has made me the happiest man in the world."Cries of delight came from the background. Everyone looked at shoot area, but the only eyes she saw were those of
Prithvi, staring at her with burning intensity and love.
He was a magnificent actor all right, Damini thought.
His gaze finally turned to lawyer adding. "You know I am the luckiest man in this world because I got my love...With all your blessing and wishes, friends, I accept my love as my wife.
He slowly took out the marriage license from his pocket and showed to lawyer and to witness and sign afterwards."
Damini's pulse started to run away with her. Even though this was all scripted, more than anything in the world, part of her wished it were really happening.
Roshini smiled. "I can't think of anything romantice than this, I would really be please to be witness you both..Prithvi.
Your union with my friend will be forever, i know and I wish you both gud luck.
Inder : Sorry, whatever we did few mintues back, whatever happens in front of you..is not ..
Chandini Intruppted ...Don't please...Its Ok..and I m sorry because Ri...
Prithvi intrupped in between : "Please no more tears today. My heart is not strong enough to bear that love..
Lawyer with huge smile : " Signature please both of you here.
Prithvi hold her hand and signed the register with huge smile and same did she.
Slowly he turned to her and say slowly : I love you..now and forever.
She slowly looked into his eyes and replied me too..
He gripped her hands tighter.
Damini noticed few moments of hesitation in Prithvi's part but she could not figure out the point. He also forgot few times
few lines during this above shot.
The Lawyer smiled at them. "Now, you are legally marriad Mr. Prithvi. Congratulations both of you ..you are man and wife.
Lawyer left the room smiling. Roshini and Inder as well saying the wishes.
Prithvi took her in his arms first, as the script directed. The force of his embrace made her unbalanced, which made her clutch
his shirt tightly and her hair came on her face. Damini thought in her mind. His fault, he made her look a mess with loose hair.
Before she could say something as Chandini as per her scrip. He;d kissed her long and hard, he slid his one hand to balance her.
and murmured slowly "You're mine now, forever" , before kissing her hands.
The cameras stayed on them for few moments as Prithvi once again captured her lips for a kiss. Damini could hear the clapping and
congratulations sound in back ground, the scene must be a great hit. So this was her last scene. The end. End of " Love or mein"
End of Chandini's role for her.
The cameras stopped rolling.
"Great moment, guys and congratulations !!" Sameer declared. "I'm in tears, and that's never happened before, it was so good, & romantice.
After you get changed, come on back to the set. It's party time for Damini. One day I might forgive her for leaving us, but I'm not making
Damini pulled her hand from Prithvi's grasp and left the set before anyone could notice her hidden tears.
It didn't take long for Damini to change her bridal dress. Soon she was back in her jeans and T-shirt.
She returned everything to her wardrobe-assistant, including the ring Prithvi had put on her finger. One of the assistants in
Wardrobe would sweep the set for any props left around.
Damini asked with little smile to divert her mind : "You're coming down to the party, I hope?"
"Wouldn't miss it," Roshini declared who just join Damini in her changing room.
Roshini : "Thanks for the beautiful day, Damini. It was so cute, & congratulations.
Damini : ""That's sweet for you to say. You've made my day & I'm glad they got their best shot before I left. I just wish Sameer get "best director" award this year.
I'll never forget these days." After hugging her, Damini walked over to the dressing table to remove her makeup.
After every bit of makeup had been removed, she did little bit touch up for downstairs party and paste a forced smile to face her everyone.
Roshini had already left by the time Damini jumped up from the dressing table and hurried downstairs. When she entered the
party area, she noticed everyone were around a couple of banquet tables enjoying a catered lunch in a grandstyle. On another table were half a dozen bottles of champagne and glasses.
Teena & Rahul started clapping when they saw Damini. Pretty soon she was surrounded by cast and crew alike with more
hugs and best wishes for the future.
While she was filling her plate with dishes, she saw Prithvi walk in. Through little teary eye lashes she noticed he'd changed into a blue polo shirt and navy cargo pants, just the way
she likes him much. Damini purposely struck up a conversation to avoid looking at him. But she was feverishly aware of him working his way through the crowd, smiling and talking with everyone.
Sameer walked over to her with the mike. "It's time for speeches! Let's hear it from you, Damini."
For once Damini was center stage without a script. "This is scarier than acting." Her comment provoked laughter.
"Whoa… I knew this was going to be hard." Her throat had swelled.She could feel Prithvi's dark gaze.
Slowly she started :"I've had the time of my life with all of you. You've been like a family to me. When momma passed away, you were there to support me.
I couldn't have gotten through some of those difficult hours without you all."
Emotion got in the way. She waited for a minute to gather her composure. "Sameer, my friend thanks for your support n believe in me for this role.
"Even you knew acting is not for me but I;m so glad I was given the opportunity to work with the wonderful cast and crew and made friends like you all.
Thank you Roshini for treating me as you sister always. Love you"
Sameer & Roshini replied together : "You're welcome, darling. You're a natural. If you ever decide to come back, we'll always be here."
"Thank you. Thanks, everybody. Be assured that when I'm home, my TV set will be permanently turned on to "Love aur mein".
A lie. Damini had no intention of ever watching the soap again. It would be too painful, but the cast members didn't need to know it.
They all laughed and cheered.
Damini continued : "In fact I can't wait to learn what horrible scheme Sameer and Writers have in mind for the next Chandini"
The head writer nodded.
"Obviously you're not going to give out any secrets today." She continued with smile.
The head writer : "Sorry."
"That's all right. Now that I'm out of the team, I'll just have to be patient like our fans." She flicked her gaze to the
attractive man she wouldn't be seeing again.
"Prithvi, I couldn't leave without letting you know it has been a great time for me to be cast opposite you. I m the
target of every woman with a television set, I guess, u know they would be jelous surely"
All the women cheered loudly and the place went wild. There was more cheering and clapping and good-natured funning as everyone teased her and Prithvi.
Sameer Joined here on mike to tease her : "From now on the guys you date are going to have to pass the Prithvi Saxena test or they're out of the running,
you know he is your husband, you see."
Damini slapped him on his arm and smile.
There was an enigmatic smile on Prithvi's face as he approached her and grabbed the mike. "Like I will allow my wife to date someone else. He blinker on Damini.
Damini gave him a dramatic serious look.
Prithvi raised his hands on surrender and continue : Anyways, I will say that playing opposite Damini has been an unforgettable experience. One
I wouldn't have missed.
"Between her and Roshini, I was able to get my feet wet in this business without completely floundering." He turned
to Damini. "I'm going to miss you, Chandini."
A strange glint in his eye made her suddenly nervous.
"I hope I can be forgiven for doing something that hasn't been scripted. You guys are getting a preview of our off-
the-set honeymoon. After all, she is my wife now!" He added with a naughty smile and everyone cheered him up.
In front of everyone, he pulled her into his arms and gave her the kind of passionate kiss that was out of his on screen and of screen character.
It went on and on until there was thunderous applause around. Since he was so lost in that kiss it up, she decided to let herself go this once and really kiss him back.
No one would know this farewell kiss was for off screen Prithvi Saxena, not on screen character.
"So cute, Damini!" Roshini cheered her from backside. When it appeared Prithvi was enjoying her abandoned response and had no intention of ending it, Damini had to be
the one to break it off and Roshini's words brought her back to reality.
"Whew!" She turned a flushed, smiling countenance to the audience and fanned herself. "Pack up time now..!"
The cast roared with laughter.
At this point Sameer took over the mike. "Don't anyone leave until we raise our glasses to Damini in a toast."
To Damini's dismay, she'd left hers behind on the table. Maybe it was just as well. She would have choked on her champagne.
"To Damini. Health, happiness and a long life wherever your road takes you."
While the others clicked glasses and finished off their drinks, Prithvi made another surprise move by sipping his juice glass, then putting the glass to Damini's lips. She had no choice but to drink a little of it from the same
place on the glass where his lips had been. Her legs wobbled like jelly.
"Hey, Damini" A reporter called to her. "I need to talk to you for a minute."
For once she was thankful the show's publicist never gave up. "Coming!"
Without daring another glance at Prithvi, she handed back his glass to him and followed Reporter into the hall.
But once she'd moved past the doors, instead of stopping to chat, she kept on walking down the hall toward the front entrance of the building.
While she made her escape, Reporter had to run to keep up with her. "Mam, wait a moment, I need a small interview, please?"
"To be honest, I don't have time for an interview right now. I'm sorry." She wiped her eyes so he wouldn't see the tears.
"I know it's tough to leave. Just give me a few words while I walk you to your car."
She whipped out of the front door and kept up her fast pace clear across the parking lot.
"What will be your next career move, new show or bollywood ? I need a little information for the show's Web site. The word's going to leak out that you're no longer a cast member??.
Damini : "I'd rather not say, anything now."
Reporter :"What'll you do in next?"
Reporter : "What kind?"
Damini : "You will get information soon."
Reporter : "Who's the man in your life?"
She climbed in her car. "I don't have one. If you value your job, don't quote me wrong."
Reporter with smile : "Would I do that?"
Damini :"Yes. That's what you're paid to do. Go pick on Prithvi. Maybe you can find out the name of the secret woman in his life." .
Reporter's knw about his secret woman as he has commented many times himself during his interviews but not mention the same so she uses him to avoid questions on herself.
His brows lifted. "Oh, yeah? You know something we don't?"
"No. That?s your department. I'm out of here." Flashing him a bright smile, she shut the door, turned on the car.
Reporter shouted something to her but she kept on going. Right into another car.
"Oh, no!" she cried as she heard the clank of metal against metal. For once in her life she'd forgotten to look first.
In next moment, she jumped out of the car to see how much damage she'd done and ran straight into Prithvi's car. Prithvi waved her with his hands while coming towards her from party hall gate.
Damini to herself, What was he doing out here?
"I hit you?" She muttered with half smile.
His lips twitched. "Let's just say you caught the rear bumper of my car."
"I'm so sorry—" She tore her eyes from his and moved away from him to see how bad it was.
She couldn't find anything but a scrape mark on his fender, but the back left door of her car had a good-sized dent.
"It's my fault," she moaned. "For once I didn't look where I was going."
"It's both our faults," he muttered. "I wanted to block you off before you got away."
With those words Prithvi had her full attention. Her heart started to race. She turned toward him. "Why would you want to do that?"
He eyed her intently for a moment. "After you call your insurance company, I'll tell you. But first we need to get our vehicles out of the way. Why don't you park yours? Then I'll join you."
Without waiting for her response, he got in his car and moved it to the nearest parking space while Damini moved her car back where she had parked it before. In another minute he had climbed into her passenger seat.She had already pulled out the insurance card she carried in her wallet and had started to make the call. Soon she
was able to give out the details. "Yes. It was my fault. I forgot to look."
The man on the phone asked for her opinion of the damage to Prithvi's. Damini bit her lip before looking at him. "How much do you think it will cost to fix your car damage?"
"The scrape mark can be rubbed out. Don't worry about it."
"Here. Let me talk to them." He took her phone from her. "This is Prithvi Saxena. I'm the one who caused the accident, not Ms Damini. Send the bill to my insurance company."
Damini listened as Prithvi gave the man the particulars. After hanging up, he handed her back the phone. "Why don't I follow you to your car dealership? Then we'll talk."
She shook her head. "I don't want to put you out any more than I already have. These things take forever."
Prithvi : "Work's over for me today, you know that, rite?. And I have no plans. Are you in a big hurry to be someplace special?"
Damini : "I was."
Prithiv : "Then let me help you."
Damini with confusion : "Why would you do that?"
Prithvi : "Because you're not brave as Chandini as the front you put on for everyone today. You may not want to be an actress, but it still couldn't be easy to walk away from all the people you spent time with, only to go back to her empty house."
Damini looked at him with confusion n nervousness : "You're wrong that I am not brave as the character. But to be honest, you are right on second part, it was difficult for me to leave the people, I worked with...(after a pause she added) Well,,,I was going to take a long drive."
Prithvi with a smile : "Oh that's good, Then let's do it together."
"Why?" she asked him again because, so help her, she couldn't think, let alone speak when he was sitting in the intimate confines of the car with her.
"Would you believe me if I told you, „I'was also planning for a long drive??" he replied and started a song "Hum to chalne lage, Chalne lage hai yeh raste". Prithvi had a nice singing voice.
"No.I won't believe" She laughed to hide her chaotic emotions. " and to be honest, you are very bad singer."
"No, I m too gud and I know that..(he blinked than added) I'd rather spend the rest of the day with you."
"And..why?" she prompted him.
His mouth curved upward. "You know me well, don't you? Actually, I'd like your opinion about something. What do you say? It would be doing me a great favor."
She found herself staring at him. "Considering that I ran into your car and damanged it, you've put me in a position where I can hardly afford to turn you down."
His eyes flickered in satisfaction. "Good. I'll meet you at the dealership."
This time Damini looked before backing out. Only now did she notice that reporter had disappeared a long time ago.
By the time she reached the main road, Prithvi was right behind her.
She knew why he was doing this. He was the sort of man who didn't forget a kindness. Her momma had taken a special liking to Prithvi. In the early days, she'd invited him at home where dinned together and talked for hours like a family. The fact that he was a quick mixed up kind of guy, her mommaa really loved him as her son especially when he helped her momma during her hostpital days.
Damini had looked on with great interest and pleasure during those days. Now that momma had passed away, he felt it incumbent to be Damini's friend on this day of transition
from actress to ordinary business woman.It was his way of paying her momma back for those hours of motherhood or her love that had bonded the two of them.
But some time during that period, Damini had also grown attached to the charismatic man who'd treated her as he might treat a special girl,,,,his love..might be.
He showed her the greatest respect. It was a tribute to his professionalism that he was careful how he handled their love scenes. Off the set, he never touched her or made comments that could be misconstrued. Except for scenes shot on location at the beach in a party scene where he kissed her on screen first time, he'd never gone anywhere with her after the taping of a scene was over.
No question about it. Prithvi had always been the complete gentleman. Only today at the party had he acted out of character and kissed her in front of everyone. Nobody thought anything of it. But Damini still hadn't recovered. Was it any wonder she'd backed straight into him?
THE five-mile drive took a good long hours in the lunch-hour traffic. When Damini reached
at dealershop, Prithvi stopped his car in front of the door to wait for her.
The guy in charge came over to get her paperwork done. During the litany of questions, he kept glancing at her.
She nodded. "I'm surprised you recognized me without my makeup."
"I'd notice you anywhere, any time. We have a TV in the office. Most weekdays we watch the soaps. Love our mein is the favorite around here."
Damini with a proud smile : "The producer will be happy to hear it."
Dealer : "You're even better looking in person."
Damini :"Thank you."
Dealer :"Would you be willing to come inside and sign a couple of autographs for the guys? I'd consider it a personal favor." The male interest in his eyes almost blinded her.
"Sorry," sounded a deep, familiar voice with the fake smile that sounded irritated. "She has other plans for the rest of the day."
Prithvi had joined them. Without hesitation he opened the door and helped her out. "We're in a hurry. You know how it is." He hold her hand in friendly fashion.
"You're ..Prithvie for the same show!" The other man sounded dazed. He wasn't the only one in that condition.
"That's right. She'll call you later to find out when she can expect her car to be repaired. Let's go."
Prithvi put his arm around her shoulders and dragged her to his truck. "I couldn't resist," he confessed as he helped her into the passenger side. "If that guy's eyes had gotten any bigger, they would have fallen out."
The picture he'd painted made Damini giggled. "Except that he was even more excited to discover your identity.
You're as famous as any movie star with top billing."
"Don't joke ok... He was getting ready to make his big move on you. I bet it happens to you all the time," he said as he got in his side and backed the car around.
Damini : "Not as often as you think. From what I hear, you're the one who has the most trouble in that department."
Prithvi : "Where we're going, neither of us will have to worry about our privacy being invaded."
Damini : "I didn't know we could go to the moon."
A smile hovered at the corner of his sensuous mouth. "The destination I have in mind isn't quite that far away."
Damini : "If you mean the taxi stand, the closest one is about three blocks from here."
Prithvi : "I'll take you there later. For now let's just relax and enjoy this unexpected sunny day."
His suggestion sounded heavenly.
She fastened her seat belt. If she was dreaming, then so be it. "What did you do during the holidays?"
Prithvi made a U-turn out of the lot and headed for the street bordering the dealership. "I had a lot of unfinished projects around here." He flicked her a glance. "What did you do?"
Damini lied (she spent her time in her mansion watching their shows repeat telecast, reliving all their moments again and again): "I spent it with a friend."
"Friend...Anchal?" he asked once they'd merged with the traffic.
He had an amazing memory. She was Damini's childhood friend. They'd grown up together on the same
school. Now she was married.
Damini lied again : "Yes. We drove around looking for a rental home for her near her office ."
Prithvi : "What are you planning to do for the next week until you joined your business again?"
Sameer had asked her the same question but she has not replied him honestly but Prithvi she could share this so she replied slowly : "I am planning to visit and may be work as a volunteer in kids cancer hospital that was organized by momma."
Prithvi "Your momma was a remarkable woman, she did really a very noble work like that hospital and all and I am proud to say,,,, So are you doing the same thing."
"Thank you." His compliments were making her nervous. "Look, I know you're trying to pay my aunt back
by looking out for me today, but it really isnot necessary. I'll be twenty-four on my next birthday and am a big girl now."
"I've noticed," he inserted in a tone seems flirtious that sent a wild shiver of excitement through her body. "I waited a whole year for the kind of kiss you gave me at the party...big girl" and he winked his eye on her.
Her breath caught. "That was for fun."
prithvi added to irritate her but with a serious tone : "It felt like a lot more than that to me, and I ought to know better than any man…unless you've been seeing someone behind my back."
Damini : "What do you mean behind your back?"
Prithvi with a naughty smile :"Exactly what I said. Who's the man in your life who has opened you up and made you give more freely of yourself? I thought I knew everything about you."
She blinked. "There isn't another man."
Prithvi with a loud lauge that irritate her the most : "The guy at the dealership would never believe it."
"I don't care what he believes." She eyed Prithvi covertly. "I could ask you the same question. Who's your secret
Prithvi : "If you really want to know, I'll tell you about her later. How's that?"
"Is it serious between you two?" She could have shot herself for asking the question, but it was out now and she
couldn?t take it back.
Prithvi looker at her face and replied with a soft smile : "Very."
She clutched her hands together and stared blindly through the side window, away from him. "I see. Is she an