"It's Aarti" Veer added.
Sameer was shocked "what?" then he smiled.
Sameer walked into the bathroom but he couldn't find anyone.
"Veer, I think you are actually falling for her" Sameer nodded his head
Veer was shocked and checked the bathroom again. To his surprise she wasn't there.
"Who was it Veer?" Sameer asked again
Veer was still thinking when Sameer pat on his shoulder "or you handled him alone and don't want to tell us"
Veer gave a straight smile "yes, I dealt with him"
Sameer carelessly flung his shirt and went to bed.
In the meantime Arjun, Nakul and Uday went off to sleep as well.
Veer wasn't convinced, he could never dream Aarti. He sauntered around the whole room then checked the bathroom again. Finally his eyes fell on the window.
He quickly walked out of the room. He slowly walked at the back of the hostel, only to find Aarti sitting against the fall sobbing.
"Aarti" he whispered
Aarti wiped her tears and smiled at him "yes Veer"
"How did you..." then he looked at the window and the pipe.
He saw mud all over her skin, and tears floating her eyes. Her hair was messy.
He stepped closer and wiped her tears then placed the loose strings of hair at the back of her ear just to see her face clearly. She smiled a little.
He saw her shoulders with mud. Slowly his hands reached hers and he could see the bruise on her hands. "Aarti, what is this?"
She immediately pulled her hands away "nothing..." she looked elsewhere.
Veer held her hand and asked her to come with him
"I can't walk... my ankle's hurting" she said softly
He did not say anything, came closer and lifted her in his arms and took her out of the hostel.
Aarti was surprised, that was something unexpected from Veer.
She always faced his rude side but this was the first time he lifted her in his arms. She felt safe. Her hands automatically reached towards his shoulders. He lifted her so easily. Slowly he took her outside the boy's hostel.
"Veer" she said after gazing at him for a while
"Hmm" he said
"I am sorry" she said softly
This time he looked at her. Her eyes were moist and for the first time she looked serious. He quietly made her sit on the ground. He took off her shoes and socks to see her ankle. He could see the bruise. "Ouch" she cried in pain.
He slowly touched the bruise "don't worry, you will be fine" he said
"Now try walking a little, I can't enter girl's hostel at this time" he whispered.
Aarti was still in pain. Tears started from her beautiful eyes. She did not say anything but Veer couldn't see her crying anymore.
"Ok, I will drop out at the gate and tell the watchman to help you" he stated
"But then I will be in trouble" she murmured
He heard and stopped there "fine then I have no other option then to take you inside the college
He took her to the gymnasium hall and looked for the first aid kit. In the meantime Aarti kept on gazing at Veer. She forgot all her pain and bruise when she saw him caring for her.
After digging around for a while he did found a first aid box. Then quickly undid to find the cotton and a spray.
"Just tell me where it hurts" he said and started applying on her hands first. Then on her ankle, then elbows.
Aarti continuously watched him applying the medicine. She smiled a little while he was carefully pressing the cotton against her skin.
"Ok all done" he said and looked at her. She was smiling this time.
"You are too much Aarti" this time he had a little smile on his lips.
And that was the first time ever Aarti saw him smiling. "You can smile!!!"
She said aloud and laughed.
Both started giggling.
After some time
Aarti cleaned all the mud on her skin with a wet cloth. "Veer can I ask something"
"Why don't you smile often, you look more handsome when you smile" she said
"I don't find any reason to smile" he retorted back.
Aarti tried to get up
"Wait, what are you doing?" he asked inquisitively
"I will jump one more time from the window" she said
"Why?" he said with a glare
"So that you can smile again" she said with a giggle.
Veer smiled again "you are absolutely mad"
"Yes I am" she said "but only for you" she supposed
She was sitting against the wall, while Veer was sitting next to her
Veer looked seriously at her this time... Soon the curve on both their lips turned straight.
Aarti came little closer "why are you sitting faraway"
"Is this far?" he asked
"I think even an inch is far" she thought
"Really" he responded back
"Yes" she came closer.
This time her shoulders were touching his and both were looking into each other's eyes. She wanted to die for him a million times if he smiled at her.
"You girls don't have brains to think?" he probed
She smiled and glanced around "Men can only think. Women have a way of understanding without thinking. Woman was created out of God's own fancy. Man, He had to hammer into shape"
Veer smiled but she continued "Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you've never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more.
You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can't wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement.
They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are.
The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn't exist at all.
A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day's work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there's no need for continuous conversation, but you find you're quite content in just having them nearby.
Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon.
You open your heart knowing that there's a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible.
You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that's so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile.
Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life."
Veer looked at her while she completed and a small tear came down her eyes, his hands reached to wipe that small tear and she closed her eyes. He whispered in her ear "how can you fall for anyone so easily?"
She did not open her eyes "There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment." She whispered back in his ears
He gazed at the beautiful face in the moonlight falling from a small window that almost covered her face. Her milky skin shined, he came closer to her ears again and moved the black strings on the side "Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own... How can I risk your happiness, how can I put your life in danger?"
She opened her eyes and turned to look at the handsome man who seemed curious of her reply, she was as calm as a dove "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage, there is no question of danger" she said softly in his ears.
Before he could look up and ask something she entangled her arms around his shoulder "I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul." She whispered and buried her face between his neck and shoulder.
He took a deep breath and tightly hold her in his arms.