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Heart-Break Of My House-Mate
"Hey Ashutosh, Nice party man" One of my friends said while patting my back. Smiling broadly, I turned around to see him and with a proud voice replied "Thanx yar...Enjoy yourself!!" He left to meet some of his friends and after instructing some of the waiters, I was back on the little dance floor of my apartment and girls surround me, not to mention leaving there boyfriends. But do I care. That's me. Ashutosh Mathur. In girl's word, most desirable guy of my college, a party person, a great friend but Never. Just Never A Boyfriend. That word sounds cheap. I have seen my friends making fun of these words, getting on with girls and girls getting on with boys, spend some time, dates, kisses, money and then found themselves in eachother's EX list. For me, I would rather be a best-friend than boy-friend.
"Ashutosh" Mahindra, the Geek of my college approached me wearing his striped shirt with trousers. His gelled hairs and those fat glasses were destroying him. God, He is a nice man but he surly need some fashion classes and I will love to help him. He is such a sweet and soft heart person and that's why, I invited him to my party even though he just joined few days back.
"Yes Mahindra" I replied him with a smile as he smiled back and stammering asked. "Nidhi kahan hai...Kahin dikh nahin rahi?" and just hearing that boiled me up. This guy, who's name i just wrote in my good books was aiming to get out from it and is just wishing to get into the black list. But controlling my anger, I faked a hard smile and took hold of his shoulder, leading him away from the dance floor.
"Kyun bay...Nidhi se tujhe kia kaam hai?" I chewed my words as i said that in the most politest way possible but Mahindra got my point and looked scared.
"Wo, Nidhi nay notes dayne thay meray...Bus issi liye poocha" The anger washed away and i pat his back.
"Good Good...Aise he Nidhi ki madad karte rehne...OK" and nodding his head he walked away. Sighing, I looked around the room and found Nidhi standing in a corner, patting her mobile in the palm of her other hand, looking anxious.
"Kyun G...Kahan reh gaye apke Mr.Boyfriend...Siddhart Bhaiya!!!!!" Saying that in the most sarcastic tone, I smirked looking at her. How can i forget how she. Nidhi Verma, my house-mate, my fighting partner and now my best-friend was on a fight with me for a week just cause I haven't invited her boyfriend Siddhart on this party. With Me. Over That Jerk. Idiot. And black-mailed me that she will even not attend this party If i don't invite him knowing perfectly how unable I am to hold a party without her support, I had to do that. As this is the party in the success of our college win in basket-ball championship and I, being the captain, have to throw this.
"Wo aa raha hai...He is on his way...Tum jao na, Apni unh titliyon k saath mazay urao" Nidhi irritated by my tone, replied in the same way. "Itna bhi ehsaas nahin k thori dair apni so called best-friend ko company hi day doon" She mumbled but i heard that and laughed. Awww...My sweetie. That's why i love her soo much...OH Did i just told you I love her...SH** SHI*, that was a secret of mine and my heart.
But before I could say anything, her phone buzzed and she received it immediately. "kahan ho tum??? Kia...Phir...OH..." and seeing her fallen face i just knew the story. "Ok, you take care...Ya...Main baad main call karti hoon" and with a crest-fallen look she looked at me.
"Sid ki car kharab ho gaye hai...and he don't think he can make it tonight" And no matter how angry i felt on that bas**** Sid, I tried to hold that expression for Nidhi and pulled her in a side hug rubbing her arm with my hand. Sid is just like this. He is fooling Nidhi. I know that from 1st day but after my initial tries to show Nidhi, the real face of that man, and bearing up with her fights, I started ignoring them. But am still on alert to help Nidhi whenever needed and I know and truly confident, that soon, she will need my support.
"Don't feel bad yar...Main hoon na yahan...and agar meri party may meri hi best-friend udaas nazar aye gi tau baqi log chahay jitne bhi khush hoon, mujhe tau bored hi lagain gay na" I tried to cheer her up. "And from now, Main tumhare saath hoon...And I will not let my friend feel left out...Ok" and making her look up at me, I slowly poked her face to make her smile and she hit my chest with her soft hand, defeatingly. "Ok...lets rock this party" and saying so we went off to receive our guests.
The party was going on in full swing. It was around 12am and no one's seems like ready to take a leave. So that means, it was a success and a huge credit was on Nidhi's part as she was one who arranged the catering and decided the menu, called DJ...and choose right sort of songs. We both just finished dancing on a song. When I was about to grab her hand for another song, her phone buzzed once again. She showed me the screen of her mobile, where "POOJA" was flashing, and saying she would be back in few minutes, went off to a corner. Pooja was one of her girlfriends whom I like as a person. She was a sweet and kind heart person.
My eyes were throughout fixed on her face as she pushed back her hairs away from her face and was looking confused. Soon she cut the call and looked back at me. Seeing me looking at herself, she made a sign for me to come to her with her hand. Excusing, I reached to her quickly as she looking tensed.
"Kia howa Nidhi?" I was concerned about her.
"Ashutosh...Pooja nay mujhe sea-side restaurant pe bulaya hai..."
"Abhi??" I was shocked hearing that.
"Yeah...patah nahin kia baat hai...but she sounded tensed..." She said blabbering to herself
"But its not safe to go out at this time...main bhi chalta hoon tumhare saath" And i turned around to get my car keys from my room but her hand comes around my arm and she made me turn around to face her
"Nahi Ashutosh...hum dono nahin ja sakte...someone has to be here to look at this party...you can't disappoint your friends like this" She tried to make me understand
"OK...But call pooja...usay kaho..jo bhi baat hai subah kar lay...tum abhi nahin ja sakti" Commanding her, I looked at her sternly. Just then her cell buzzed again and Pooja was again on line.
Nidhi picked that up the next instant and started. "Pooja, main tumhain hi call karne wali thi...Can't we talk in the morning about this?" She asked in breath
"Umm...Ok, I am on my way" And giving me an apologetic look, she cut the call.
"So, tumhain jana hai" Being angry, I looked away...
"Please Ashutosh...naraz na ho...you know agar delay kar sakti tau main kabhi iss waqt janay ka nahin kehti...but pooja said its really important" And hearing her pleading look, i melted. Turning around, I took hold of her shoulders...rubbing them to ease away the tension
"OK, Jao...but you are calling me just when you reach there and got to know what all that stupid important thing is...Promise?"
"Promise" she said with a smile...and give me a kiss on my cheek. I was still lost in the trance of feeling her lips against my cheek, when she moved away, and grabbing her car keys, left the party.
No need to say, that i barely enjoyed the party after that...My lips were curved into a smile to show off but my mind was constantly busy to think what it must be that Pooja called Nidhi this late. It was around 1:15. An hour since Nidhi left and beach was just an half-an hour drive away from our apartment. I keep peeking at my mobile after every few seconds in order to not miss Nidhi's call but nothing flashed. Not message, not a call. Not taking it anymore, I get on a corner and tried to call Nidhi but she didn't pick it up and after few tries, it was switched off. Thankfully, I had Pooja number with me so i called her and she picked that up after four bells.
"Pooja...Kia howa...Nidhi kahan hai??? And tumne usay itni raat main kyun bulaya" I was loosing my control now. The music was loud, but that couldn't stop me to hear Nidhi's crying voice at the background on the line.
"Ashutosh...Please jaldi yahan aa jao...I can't control Nidhi alone" and just hearing that was enough for me to cut the call, and announcing in the speakers that the party is off. Though it was about to end in few minutes already, many friends have took leave but few were still here. It seems to be rude at my part to end this party so abruptly but i can't think of anything now. All that matters to me is that Nidhi is crying and she need her best-friend there.
"Ashutosh...kia how...aise achanak party..." But seeing my angry gaze, Preet one of my basket-ball mate stopped in between.
"I am sorry for the party...But meri abhi kahin or zaroorat hai" And he just pat my back trying to comfort me.
"I can understand...or waise bhi hum thori dair main nikalne walay hi thay"
"Umm...Preet...can you drop me at beach side now" It was the last thought on my mind to ask help from someone, but i perfectly know how much Nidhi love her Honda Eon , her father gifted her, and she is not gonna be in state to drive that back home. And if i just leave that on the beach for tonight, i probably have to manofy her double in the morning along with comforting her. She wouldn't leave a chance to tell me how inhuman i was to leave her darling car alone on a beach for a whole night for the rest of her life. Preet agreed and after biding bye to my friends, i locked the apartment and left to the beech with Preet, not knowing exactly what i should expect.
The whole half hour from my apartment to the beach was full of restlessness at my side. Reaching near beach, I asked Preet to drop me just outside and sternly stopped him when he offered to help me with anything. I really don't want anyone to see Nidhi in this situation. Seeing Preet leaving, I rushed towards the sea-side restaurant but spotted Pooja a little away in a parking lot. She was looking anxious while Amit was supporting her. Reaching her, I quickly asked is a breathless tone
"Nidhi kahan hai?" Pooja looked at me and then pointed out towards the other side of the car...
I took few steps half-heartedly and finally saw her in totally different look than the one she left the party. She was sitting on the ground, leaning her back on the car. Her knees were curled up and her hands were around them. Her head down and still her sobs were shaking her body. Getting down on my knees, i put forward my hand to hold her shoulder. "Nidhi" Hearing my voice, her head shoot up and she looked at me through those tears filled eyes that made my heart bleed. Big fat tears were tracing her cheeks making there way to her perfectly shaped chin. Her lips were trembling as she took my name "Ashutosh" in her lumped fill tone and next instant hugged me tightly, throwing her hands around my neck and started crying out badly. My hands instantly reached her back to rub it upside down, trying to sooth her but she was constantly crying.
"Ashutosh...Sid...S..I...dd" she tried to say but couldn't.
"SShhh...SShhh Nidhi...Calm down" Her grasp on the back of my shirt got tighter as she cried and I let her. Pooja and Amit, her boyfriend were looking down at us. I looked up at Pooja for an explanation
"Sid cheated on her for that Nisha" Pooja said in the shortest possible way. A pain ran through my body as my intuition came true. It has to be knowing the kind of playboy Sid was...but its just 2 months that she started dating him...I never thought that Sid will try to cheat on Nidhi even after knowing that I was just looking for a chance to get at him after what he had done to one of my group-mates by kissing her infront of whole college just for a bet 3 years back in our junior year. Nidhi wasn't a part of my college then.
"Ashutosh" Nidhi again took my name and break the hug. My attention was back on her now. Her disoriented hairs were getting wet by her tears. I moved them away and cupped her face.
"Nidhi...Kuch nahin howa...Main hoon na tumhare saath...bus abh rona bandh karo..." I wiped her tears with my thumb as she was still hiccuping.
"Nidhi..." I took her name in a gentle tone.
"You trust me na baby" She shook her head without thinking about it for a second. I felt so proud at that moment.
"No rona dhona now...We will go home now...you will take your bath and then we will talk...OK" She just looked at me with hallow eyes...I helped her get up from the ground and made her sit in the car. Turning back, I looked at Pooja and Amit who were standing a few feet away now.
"Pooja...I dont know k mujhe is waqt tumse kia kehna chahiye"
"No Ashutosh...First i want to say sorry...mujhe Nidhi ko itni raat main aise akele nahin bulana chahiye tha...but I couldn't help it...Seeing Sid here on the main entrance waiting for someone...i thought Nidhi bhi yahan ho gi...but jab main Sid se milli and usse Nidhi ka poocha...he lied that she is on her way while I perfectly knew that Nidhi was busy at your party...Mujhe shak howa and we took a table a few feet away from the entrance so we can keep an eye on Sid but he couldn't see us and soon, we saw Nisha entering and Sid welcoming her with a hug..." Pooja stopped while constantly playing with her fingers.
"Mujhe hamesha lagta tha k tum jan bojh k Nidhi and Sid ka break-up karna chahte ho...knowing that Sid is the famous guy of college beside you...and that you feel something for Nidhi" My eyes narrowed at this statement.
"Pooja...I willn't get too low k apni khusiyon k liye main apne friends ko dukh doon" I almost barked and she bit her lower lip.
"Now I perfectly know that...Sorry to doubt you..." Amit was rubbing her arm, trying to encourage her... I took a sigh and calmed myself own.
"I am sorry too...And I am thankful to you k tumne sahi waqt pe Nidhi ko Sid se bacha liya..." I was truly thankful to her...
"No problem...As a friend, mera farz tha" and she gave a small smile...I smiled back too...Shaking hand with Amit, I bid bye to them.
"Take care of Nidhi" Pooja said..
"I will" and will till my last breath.
Getting back into the car, I sigh and turn to look at Nidhi who was sitting, leaning her head back with the seat and an unknown expression was covering her face. Unknown, as if It was of relief or anger, I couldn't identify...I was feeling too sick of Sid for making Nidhi go through this...
"Nidhi...tum theek ho?" I asked her a few moments later.
She nodded after a few seconds and hold her head with one had. "Just a lil headache" she rubbed her forehead to her temple with her fingers. Headache, may be cause of crying. And I started the car.
We were on our way back home. The car was filled with silence, quite unusual than normal when I and Nidhi, both were up. And I again cursed Sid for bringing this moment in my life and that's when I got an idea. I turned my car from the next signal. Thank God, Nidhi wasn't much in her senses to realize my act and I stopped the car near a drug store.
"Nidhi, Main Panadol lay k ata hoon 2 minute main...Ghar pe nahin hain...OK" she nodded once again weakly and I got the pill for her with a mineral water bottle. But instead of Panadol, I gave her one of a sleeping pill as i know, if i hadn't, she would never have slept that night...and also it was necessary for my other plan too, that i have in mind.
Nidhi gulped down the medicine.
At the time we reached home, Nidhi was sleeping. Thanking God, I first parked her car in the allotted spot and getting out, took her up in my arms and press the button on the keys to put the security lock. After getting upto our 3rd floor through elevator, I somehow managed to get out door key from my back pocket and opened the door. Putting her on her bed, and covering her with the quilt...I gave her a last glance before and get out from the house.
My eyes were fixed on the target who was walking towards the entrance of the building in uneven steps. That was the best moment so I got out from my car, followed him with quick steps and small runs...and at was at his back in a few seconds. Blabbering something, he was about to take another step, when I pat his shoulder and as he turned around saying "Kaun hai??" My fist was on its way towards his eye in its full force and *POW*...The target for tonight was shouting as he fell on the road, and pretty happy with myself, I smirked and run back to my car.
Next morning, My phone alarm ring woke me up and stretching my arms out wide, I welcomed the day. Getting up, I quickly took a shower and brushed my teeth and get out to check on Nidhi. The lazy head was still engrossed in her slumber. Must be due to the sleeping pill as its always she, who woke me up. I bend down and shook her shoulder.
"Rise & Shine best friend" I shouted in her ears and as a reply, her hand quickly tried to cover her ears...but...Too late...
"Ashutosh..." she whinned... "jao yahan se..." she said still in her sleep as she covered her face with her coverlet
"Nahi" I pushed the coverlet away with a jerk. "Tab tak nahin jab tak k tum khari nahin hoti or jaldi se college janay k liye tayar nahin hoti" I was adamant.
Her hands again get down to push up the coverlet over herself as she said. "Mujhe college nahin jana hai...Tum jao"
"Nahi...Main tumhare baghair nahin janay wala...its final" I sat beside her, not letting her taking hold of her coverlet.
"Ashutosh" she said in a feeble way... "Tang maat karo na...Mujhe aj college nahin jana hai"
"Sub mera mazak uraian gay k dekho...Nidhi got dumped by Sid" Awww...My baby...she should know that i would never let anyone say a word to her.
"Nidhi...No one gonna say anything like this" I tried to assure her.
"Kyun...Kia Sid ko Nisha k saath dekh k ye obvious nahin hoga k hum abh saath nahin hain" She was now sitting in her bed, saying with tear filled eyes
"Nahin...balke tumhain Sid k saath nahin dekh k ye obvious hoga that you dumped him" My smile made her eyes narrowed
"Or woh kyun..." She asked with a questioning tone, but i know what those words actually meant.
"Cause best friend...ye maine...THE GREAT Ashutosh Mathur nay kaha hai" I raised up my collar with a proud look and raised my brows in a way asking, how that looks...and a few seconds later, as what i wished, she a laughter broke up. Not hearing anymore of her words, I practically pulled her up and pushed her into the bathroom after helping her with her dress for today.
She was all nervous when we entered the college but as my expectation, no one passed any comment on her. She was looking beautiful in her half-sleeved royal blue thigh length blouse that was having a plastic black belt on the waist with black leggings. A broad black bangle was shinning on her one wrist while her usual silver watch was placed on another. The specs were neatly holding her hairs back on her head and those silver stoned tops were making her look more graceful. The light make up was what adding charms to her beauty and I found myself once again, falling for this creation of God.
We reached near our group who was sitting on a sheltered bench in the huge playground of our college. We were a group of 5 girls and 4 boys and Pooja and Amit were too our group-mates. Pooja in a eye language asked me about Nidhi and i assured her that everything is under-control...I have already message my whole group in the morning about Nidhi and Sid break-up so no one was allowed to bring that topic up...but as per my plan B, the whole college now knew that Sid got dumped by Nidhi as he was cheating on her and all thanx to my group-mates. We took our position in the group. My eyes were constantly fixed on the main entrance of the college which was clearly visible from this place. I perfectly knew that Sid would come today. He had too as this is the last day to file our final project which thankfully I had submitted yesterday, perfectly knowing that after the party, I might wouldn't able to make to the college the next day, But Sid hasn't submitted yet, and if he wouldn't, his whole year will be wasted.
As per expectation, Sid's car entered and after parking that, he get out with Nisha from his car. Nisha was wearing blouse with jeans skirt and was showing off as much of her body as possible while Sid was wearing his usual jeans with skin fitted shirt. But for a change black specs were placed above his nose.
"Are woh raha Sid ...wo b Nisha k saath??" One of our group-mates said out wondering
"Abhi kal tau Nidhi nay usay dump kia...or itni jaldi Nisha bhi haath lag gaye us kay" One girl said
"Thats cause, only Nisha was the spared one...all other girls are taken" and we all laughed at that statement by Pooja
A few moments later, we saw Sid striking with Nisha
"Agar Sid ko dikh nahin raha tau ye chasma kyun laga k phir raha hai?" Amit commented...I looked at Nidhi who was now wondering this too along with others
"Nazrain milanay k kabil jo nahi raha abh...aik din main hero se zero ban gaya hai...cheater kahin ka" Smita said as once again everyone laughed but soon that laughter turned into fits of giggle when Sid strike with few fellows of college and he almost fell down. He saved himself but nothing could help him stop loosing those specs from his face and his black eye got visible to everyone.
Seeing him, most of the students were now laughing and feeling insulted, Sid quickly got the specs from the group and holding file in one hand and dragging Nisha with himself from another, he run away. All of my group-mates were laughing like hell when my gaze turned to Nidhi and saw her laughing too.
"How he got that black eye?" Rohit asked still laughing.
Leaning forward on my hands, I said with a grin "Do you expect Nidhi to leave you so easily if you cheat on her?" and the laughter died with my words and now everyone was looking at Nidhi with shocked expression while she looked in the same way at me.
"Nidhi...Mujhe nahin patah tha k tum itni violent bhi ho sakti ho" Smita said gulping down her saliva.
"Umm...main??" Nidhi tried to say something when I interrupted
"Tau or kia...mujh se poocho...kitne sitam jhelta hoon main har roz" I said with a playful look while knowing me just as well as herself, Nidhi get on a playful mood too and punched me in the side...
"Oww...dekho dekho" I said as she laughed and hugged me...
"Aww...Itna hans ke aur Inka pyar dekh k" and my head turned to glare at Pooja who started this line...and seeing my look, she quickly changed... "I mean dosti ka pyar dekh k...muje tau bohut bhook lag gaye hai...chalo canteen chalte hain...Aj tau breakfast bhi nahin kia" And all agreed and get up to go. I was about to move too when a hand hold mine and I turned around to see Nidhi, looking at me with tilted face
"Huh???" My aised brows asked my question
"Thank you Ashutosh" She said with a smile...And i knew, its not the time to fake anything anymore, i smiled brightly and pulled her up.
"Tumhare liye...Kuch bhi...Anything to get this smile on my best friend face" I poked her cheek and she smiled broadly. God!! i will do anything to keep that smile on her face
"But why you punched his eye?" She asked getting closer to me.
"For keeping bad eyes on you" I said straightly. She looked differently at me...like for the first time, i saw a glint, a shine in her eyes...
"Or agar us nay kabhi mujhe kiss ki hoti tau?" She asked next...and that told me that they have never kissed before...Being best friends, we shared almost everything...and her first kiss, would have been so special to her that she would have told me...but sometimes, for a girl, it looks unconvinient to tell her friend something like this specially if that best friend is a boy...I had my doubts, anxiousness to know...if Sid ever touched her that way... .But just this mare question, cleared all my thoughts...I pulled her even more closer by her waist as she was looking at me for an answer
"Than he would never have been able to look at himself in the mirror...Ever" I said and she smiled. We both keep looking at eachother till sometime but I averted my gaze, not wanting her to feel uncomfortable with me for a single second and removed my hands from around her waist.
"Ok...You owe me a mighty burger today...I lost so of my power over that punch last night and now I am low on energy" And she laughed and pulled me with herself to the cafeteria.
"To the punch...To the punch" we all friends raised our glasses and laughed out loud and toasted our soft-drinks.
(Very much boring OS but i wanna write a lil different from my usual style...forgive me if you don't like this...take care guys...
Do like and comment if I should write a 2nd part of this OS????
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