SUB-CHAPTER 3.3 : LEARNING THE ROPES
Manyata nervously touched Uday's scar. Does it hurt? Slightly. But it's been 5 weeks already. I'm sure that in a couple days time - the little pain that's there; will fade away. I hope so. Princess - don't look so worried. At least the scar is not on my cute face, he said with a wink. Hmmm - otherwise ; we'd be getting divorced right now , she replied sarcastically.
You mean to tell me - u married me for my good looks? Of-course! Who could refuse that gorgeous face, dreamy eyes, perfect nose, high cheek bones and kissable lips? Oh do go on , Princess , he smirked. That perfectly sculpted body, sexy wash-board abs, bulging biceps , not to mention that big , fat ... ,she stopped abruptly. Uday's eyes widened in shock. There was a moment of silence. Manyata quickly turned to leave the room. Uday's voice stopped her. Big , fat ... WHAT? Big, fat ego of yours, she stuck out her tongue to him & ran off, giggling.
Uday wasn't allowed to go to work just yet. He was under strict orders from his dear wife. Princess - U know how much I love you bossing me around, but seriously; I'm starting to feel like a hen-pecked husband now. Manyata didn't respond. I'm just going to the hotel - to check how things are. U have a phone - USE IT! ,she answered in a stern tone. Manyata - I have to know if the hotel business is making a profit or running at a loss. I need to oversee the building of our new hotel, also I have to arrange a meeting with Maharaj Vivek Anand Singh to discuss our project in Jaipur. Not to mention all the stuff that's going on in Jaigarh - which needs my attention.
The word "Jaigarh" sent a chill down Manyata's spine. Uday - you're not going to Jaigarh ... NOT WHILE HE"S STILL OUT THERE. Uday understood her fear. He cupped her face & started to console her. Princess - nothing can happen to me. If I survived such a major ordeal - I CAN SURVIVE ANYTHING!
Uday - u remember when u first brought me from th chawl to the mahel. Hmmm. Every minute of the day - u used to be behind me. Uday smiled remembering those days. I used to think that u had no work to do. I thought u were a rich, spoilt brat; who was living off his father's wealth. Really Princess - u thought, I was a good-for-nothing Prince, he asked with dissappointment. Uday - u were more at the Devgarh mahel than at your own home. What else was I supposed to think? And then? Then, I found out about all your businesses & how u managed everything without having to go to the office.
Your point is? My point is - u don't have to go anywhere. U can control all your businesses from home just as u used to do then. Your manager, Mr Jain; can handle everything at the hotel. Everything else can wait and if it can't ... then Uncleji can manage that.
Princess - I feel like 1 of those husbands in the soaps on TV. U know , the one's that just stand there while the wives do all the talking. Manyata giggled. Uday - i'm not telling u what to do. Exactly! YOU'RE TELLING ME WHAT NOT TO DO!!! ... & that is just as bad. He made a pitiful face & left the room. Awww ... poor baby! , she teased.
Of-course Manyata knew exactly how to pacify Uday. She knocked on the door of the study. He didn't answer. She opened the door & entered. He looked at her for a split second - then opened a book & buried his head inside that. Manyata smiled at his antics. She locked the door. When he heard the key turn, Uday looked at manyata, then; yet again, he lowered his head into the book. Uday! There was no response. Uday! Again - no response. She came close to him. Pulled the book from his hand & sat on his lap. She put her hands around his neck. Uday - naraaz ho? He tried to remove her hands but she held on firmly. Yuvraajji, U know U can't stay angry with me forever. If you don't mind Manyata - I was busy reading when u interrupted. The book was very interesting - I'M SURE. Hmmm. Really? ... but it was upside down , & she started laughing. Uday was not amused. Manyata tried to touch his face - but he backed away.
She pretended to get angry & got off his lap. She straightened her dress. Fine! U carry on with whatever. I'm going. I thought I'll spend some time with my husband ... fulfil his fantasy - wear that short, tight nurses uniform & do a nice strip-tease for him. But since he's not interested ... Just then, she felt her husband's arms curl around her waist. U know Princess - I WASN'T REALLY MAD WITH U. She smirked.
They shared a romantic kiss. Now - about that STRIP-TEASE? She playfull punched his chest. Maybe 1 day. Then ,in the mean time? In the mean time , we can ... ,she started unbuttoning his shirt, & removed it from his body. She began to kiss him seductively on his neck and chest, but stopped when she noticed his scar.
Princess - u are gonna have to start getting used to seeing that. Yeah - but it's gonna take a while. Their romantic mood was ruined. Both sat on the 3 seater couch in the study. She pushed Uday into a "lieing" position & slept over him with her head on his bare chest. She lightly rubbed her fingers over the scar. Princess. Hmmm. Having this scar is not such a bad thing. Manyata raised her head and gave him a confused look. He continued : 1 day when I'm lost somewhere - I have no idea of who I am ... then u can identify me with this mark. Uday - don't be stupid. Arre - stupid kyun? U know that scar on your back ... well, that's how I knew who u were.
Manyata raised her hand and touched her own scar. Are u talking about this? Yeah. I had given u that scar when I hit u with my toy-sword when we were kids. UdayVeer Singh - u mean to tell me; that right from our childhood - U MARKED ME AS YOURS!!! It was an accident & we both cried a lot ... but it became a blessing when it helped me recognise u at the club. How did u see it at the club? Ummm ... remember when I was ... ( a long pause ) ... when u were "man-handling" me , ... when I was "misbehaving" with u, he corrected.
What I don't understand is : Why were u interfering with me when u were out on a date with Jai? First of all Princess - I wasn't out on a date with Jai. Secondly - u intrigued me when we met at the beach, that's why when I saw u at the club - I just had to get to know u better. U didn't want to know me better ... u only wanted to get ME TO BED WITH U! Uday smirked. You're right Princess, & guess what : I EVENTUALLY DID!!!
She frowned at him and shook her head. Uday - that day we met at the beach; why were u so angry? He wrapped his arms even more tighter around her. That day Uncle Brij asked me to marry Jai. Thank God we found u when we did! Manyata became sad suddenly. Uday - if I didn't come back, then u would've married Jai & then she would've been here in my place & then she wouldn't have had a nervous breakdown & she wouldn't have been in the asylum.
Princess - enough with this "would've" & "wouldn't have" game. If Jai & i got married ... she might have been happy, but I ... I WOULD BE EITHER HAVING AN AFFAIR OR I WOULD BE IN THE ASYLUM. Manyata gave a tiny smile. Uday - I'm glad WE got married. So am I , Princess. He kissed the top of her head.
Uday - do u think I'm selfish? Now where is THAT COMING FROM? Jai is in the institute ; not once have I phoned to enquire about her health, about whether her treatmennt is working or not. I feel sorry for her ... but that's it! That's the only thing I feel towards her. Princess - Jai has always been a bi*** to u ; from the time u entered our lives - she's been nothing but nasty to u. You'll never developed any kind of sisterly-bond, that's why u feel the way u do ... IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE SELFISH!
Upon Manyata's insistence ... the next few days ; uday spent "teaching" his wife. He filled her in on how to handle the hotel business, how to conduct meetings, how to pitch an idea, how to master the fine-print in paperwork & finally how to manage a riyasat. Princess - 1 day DS will officially hand over responsibility of Devgarh to u, & then Dad will hand down Jaigarh to us. There will be times when u will have to take care of things ON YOUR OWN - U need to know exactly what to do. She nodded & listened carefully to every word he said.
Satisfied with her new found knowledge ... Manyata asked for 1 more thing. Uday - please teach me how to drive. He stared at her for a moment, then burst out laughing. Princess - why do you want to learn that? If u need to go anywhere ... I WILL TAKE U , or if I'm not available - the driver will take u. That's what he's employed for. Manyata continued pleading until Uday finally agreed.
It was the early hours of the morning. Uday was fast asleep. Manyata wasn't. She nudged him: Uday - are u sleeping? I was - BUT IF YOU'RE IN THE MOOD ... I WILL HAPPILY WAKE UP FOR U! , he said with his eyes still closed. Halkat! , she mumbled. He smiled. She shook him until he got into a sitting position on the bed. What's the matter Princess? He glanced at the clock. Why did u wake me up at 3 in the morning?
Take me driving! , she blurted excitedly. U want to learn driving? Hmmm. NOW??? Yes Uday! It's the best time. Nobody will see us & there'll be very less cars on the road right now. Fine - get ready. Manyata kept her nightie on and just added a long skirt to cover her legs & a jacket for the top. Uday was sleeping in track-pants & a Tee-shirt. He didn't bother changing. He grabbed his cell , the car-keys & a revolver ; which he tucked at the back of his pants. He saw manyata looking at him. It's for our protection, Princess ... since we won't be taking the bodyguards along , he explained. Manyata smiled : I know Uday, anyway; if there were to be a shootout tonight - I'd rather have YOU HOLDING THE GUN.
Princess - driving is simple. You just have to know your A-B-C. Matlab? "A" is accelerator , "B" is brake & "C" is clutch. First u sit in the driver's seat, adjust it to your height then adjust the mirrors - they will help u view all sides of the road. Since it's night & dark - switch on your lights. Use your left foot for the clutch. Your right foot alternates between the brakes & accelerator. With your left hand ; u change gears on the gear-lever. Each time u change gears - u have to press the clutch. Everytime u brake ... u press the clutch. GOT IT? YEP! Clutch is most important.
Uday shook his head. He knew that this was gonna be a long "night". Manyata sat in the driver's seat, turned the key, put the lever into 1st gear & "drove". Unfortunately, she kept looking down for the pedals & when she had to change gears. She completely ignored "looking at the road". Uday was soon losing patience & started yelling at her to "watch the road". It was as though there were too many things to do and Manyata found herself concentrating more on what to do below, than what to look out for - above! It was only a matter of time before Manyata was gonna knock something - & then she did. She hit a light-pole with the corner of the car. The accident would've been much worse - it was Uday that turned the steering-wheel in time and both got saved ; SO DID THE CAR.
What the hell is wrong with u ,Manyata? ,screamed Uday. After me telling u a hundred times to concentrate on the road ... you're more interested in what's happening at the bottom. Manyata began tearing. Halkat , veda - stop yelling at me. Uday soon calmed down after seeing Manyata sobbing. I'm sorry Princess - I shouldn't have shouted at u. Come! Let's try again. No Uday - I don't think I'll ever be able to do it. Princess - after just 1 try ... YOU'RE GIVING UP! She nodded pathetically. Manyata - Rajwada's don't quit so easily. After some thought : Ummm ... yaeh - I think I have an idea.
Both got off their seats. Uday got into the driver's seat. He gestured for her to get on his lap. That's your idea? Yep! And u think this will work? Yep! How in the world am I gonna learn like that? Princess - just sit on my lap ... then , you'll see. She got on his lap but continued protesting. Nobody teaches driving like this! Yeah well Princess - YOUR HUSBAND IS GIVING U SPECIAL TUITION. She was still not convinced.
Okay Princess - remove your shoes and put your feet over mine. Turn the key. She did as she was told. He held her left hand in his left, & did the same with the right. Princess - the only thing u do now is ... keep your eyes on the road. The tactic seemed to work. Uday's feet controlled the pedals & since Manyata's feet were over his, she became used to the positions of the pedals. He guided her left hand in changing gears & everything was finally falling into place. Manyata soon began driving on her own. Uday had removed his hands & legs from Manyata & she didn't even realise that the car was now COMPLETELY IN HER CONTROL.
With his limbs now free - it was only a matter of time, before uday got up to some mischief. He encircled his arms around her waist and squeezed her. Uday - what are u doing? Nothing Princess - u had slipped off my lap a bit ; I was just pulling u back into position. He started nibbling on her ear-lobe & biting on her neck. She shrugged her shoulders to move him off. It didn't work. He moved his hands inside her jacket & steadily moved up to her breasts & began to knead them. Uday - stop it! Do u want me to meet another accident? Of-course not Princess - that's why ... U JUST FOCUS ON DRIVING. Manyata could now feel something hard agaist her bottom. Uday - that better be your gun I feel against my behind. He leaned in towards her ear & whispered : So, IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE CALLING IT NOW? Manyata pulled off, on the side of a desserted road. I think I can manage on my own now. Thank U for the lesson. Now - if you don't mind; can we get off "THIS POSITION". Uday pulled at a lever at the side of the seat. The back of the seat fell backwards & both of them ended up in a "lieing" position. Uday immediately started removing Manyata's clothes. Uday - kya kar rahe ho ? Koi dekhlega! Princess didn't u notice ; I picked the car with the dark, tinted windows. Nobody from outside can see us. Manveer soon got busy.
A few days later , a lawyer; Mr Khurana, came to see Uday. He brought some papers for Uday. Yuvraajsa' - this is your new will. Everything is as per your wishes. After your demise - all your assets will go to your wife, Yuvraani Manyata. I just need your signature. Uday signed the document and bid him farewell. He didn't want Manyata to know about it ... but, she overheard everything. Tears streamed down her face as she ran upstairs.
Uday followed her to the balcony of their bedroom. He back-hugged her. Why Uday? Princess - I'm just securing your future. If something does happen to me ... I WANT MY WIFE & CHILD TO BE FINANCIALLY SECURED. There's no child Uday. I'm not pregnant. I had my ... Oh! And anyway - I don't want your money , I WANT U! ... I WANT U TO ALWAYS BE WITH ME. He cupped her face : I'll be here for as long as I can. He carried her to bed, kissed away her tears & began making love to her.
Miles away, through a pair of binoculars; someone was AGAIN watching the couple. He grabbed his crotch and pulled at it. Don't worry Moniya ... IT WON'T BE LONG NOW!
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Edited by ...navina... - 17 November 2012 at 10:18am