There is a thing call "silent observation" and KD always took pride in excelling in it. His guard was always up, he could easily notice when someone was staring at him or if anyone was acting unusual around him. So, it wasn't very hard for him to notice those stolen glances she was throwing at him. For some minutes, he tried to block them and concentrate on the cone in his hand and enjoyed the cold wind hitting his face.
But there was always a limit.
"What?" He stopped and glanced at her. She wasn't expecting this so the surprise on her face was quite evident.
"What, what?" She stammered.
"Aise chup chup ke dekh ke kyun muskura rahi ho? Any problem?" He didn't say it in a joking way but his words made her look away. It was crystal clear that she was biting back a laughter.
"Aur ab hans rahi ho!" Girls, he could never figure them out.
"Main hans thori rahi hun." She said while looking away from him. Her struggle was getting bigger. "I'm just enjoying this windy and cloudy weather!"
"Tou ye windy aur cloudy weather mere chehre pe hai kya?" He was getting a little annoyed now. Secrets were something he was never too fond of.
"Oho Keshav! Kya ajeeb baatein kar rahe ho? Ice cream khao!" She tried to change the topic and licked her ice cream. But KD kept looking at her, seriously. She caught his serious expression and put away her ice cream.
"It's nothing..." She started and seemed to be at a loss of words. KD waited patiently. "It's just that...mujhe kafi ajeeb laga."
"Keshav, you really aren't that good with girls na?"
Her question was badly timed. What did that have to do anything with her suppressed laugh?
"Aur ye tum kaise keh sakti ho?"
"Kyunke tum mujhe abhi ek dhaabe pe lunch ke liye le gaye." With that said, the smile crept back on her lips.
"Tou? Wo ek kafi achi jaga hai! Aur wahan ka khana bhi acha hai!" KD had no idea what he did wrong. The place was owned by someone he knew from his childhood as he used to live in his chawl till he decided to move to the main city for better opportunities. Though his dhabba was small, it was quite a modest place. And the food was also very good in a very cheap price. He failed to know what his fault was.
"Uss jagah mein aisa kya galat tha?" He asked, challenging her. She stared at him and bit her lip to control her lip. But seeing him, the laugh escaped her lips and she started to laugh. And KD just stood there, in the middle of the wide pavement looking at the passing by people, confused, as Panchi kept on laughing. After a while, she regained her control. But when her eyes fell on KD's confused face, she started laughing again.
She rubbed the tears from her eyes and moved ahead of him, licking the ice cream. He just stared at her back. He could feel her chuckling a little.
"Uff...girls!" He just shook his head and followed her. But he didn't walk by her side and kept a one step distance behind her.
"Word of advice, next time kisi larki ko kisi road side dhaabe pe mat le ke jaana, no matter how much the food there is good."
She turned around and faced him. But she didn't stop walking. She had finished her ice cream and was now playing with the strap of her bag.
"Cuz acha nahin lagta...with boys it's a different thing but girls...I mean no offense but it's considered a gentlemanly thing agar girls ko kisi secure jagah pe leke jaen. And an open road side dhaaba...it's not good for impression."
"Impression? Hamare beech impression ki baat kahan se agayi? I thought I already impressed you."
The words escaped his lips before he could stop them. No, he wasn't meant to say that...
"I'm talking about girls in general!"
"And you aren't a general girl?"
Mistake over another.
"I'm different." She was avoiding eye contact. And he was about to make another mistake...deliberately. And he didn't care.
"That I know...tum jaisa dunya mein mujhe phir kabhi nahin milega."
She blinked in surprise and looked at him. The smile on his face was small and helpless.
"Frankly, mujhe tum jaisa aur koi chaiye hi nahin...it's just you."
She stopped. But she didn't turn around. She just stood there. He looked at the melting ice cream in his hand and finished it in one go. He could sense her looking at him blankly. He took his time in cleaning his hands before looking at her. The kind smile on his face was something he couldn't help...
"Chalen? It's going to rain soon..."
YES! I'm alive and so is this SS! Wow, ne? Anyway, I feel like finishing it so yeah...next chapter is the final one! So sorry for the delay if you waited...!
Edited by Mais - 09 November 2012 at 2:54pm