Hey Ariya Pankhas, I'm back with another OS.. I know, its only last night that I posted one.. But well, came up this one, just a few hours back.. And had to share it with you guys..
And well, this one is going to be in 2 parts.. Hence, I've named it as a SS! The next part will be posted tomorrow.. Hope you like it..
Riya walked into the gates housing the ETF Headquarters,
having paid off the cabbie. She glanced at the wall clock in the lobby, right
above the receptionist's desk, 9:08! You're
8 minutes late! Better hury up.. You don't want to face their wrath, first
thing in the morning!
She took a few steps briskly and bumped into a peon, "Good
morning Madamji.. Aapki order abhi upar bhijvata hoon.. Kuch aur chahiye aapko?
Teen regular coffee, ek black coffee aur ek cutting chai!" She nodded her head
and flashed one of her dimpled smiles.
She lifted her foot to place it back on the floor, but
stumbled! Well, donning a saree wasn't the wisest thing she had done this
morning! She entered the elevator and wasn't surprised to have people, staring
at her, top to toe; some confused, some in awe of her beauty, and a majority of
them, especially the male species, scared to even lift their eyes!
Stifling her chuckle, she reached the conference room on the
3rd floor. She knocked twice, and after hearing no response from the
other end, slowly peeped in and finally put her foot forward. The sight that
greeted her, made her sigh with relief!
She saw Chottu bent over Shree's chair,
while he was animatedly pointing towards something on his latest tablet;
Rathore Sir sat in a chair facing the window, reading his morning news. That
meant, they didn't have a case today..
But where was He? She turned her wrist
and glanced at the watch, He was late!
In the last 2 years, that she had worked with him, he had
never been late..
Leave alone being late, he would usually be the first one to
reach the office or the crime scene, which often irritated Rathore Sir in the
She looked up at the door, Where was he? It had been nearly a day
and a half since she'd last seen him. He had insisted on going for an
undercover operation 2 days back.
Rathore had tried his best to persuade him
against it, but there was nothing that could change his resolve, once he had
made up his mind.. One 'Samjhe-Ya-Samjhaun?', from him would leave everyone
They heard a knock on the door and all heads turned back.
The old peon walked in with their favorite beverage, Chottu and Shree resumed
their apparently interesting conversation, while Rathore nodded picked up his
coffee and walked back to his seat and sank his head into the newspaper once
Riya was getting restless now, where was he? Hope he was alright.. They
hadn't received a single call from him, ever since he had left that night. They
had strict instructions to not contact him. He had said, he would send them a
message, via his sources.
She cleared her throat, "Rathore Sir, woh
Arjun.. Arjun Sir ki koi khabar?"
Rathore's head shot up and he shook his head, What was with this man!
He kept the
newspaper aside and walked over to her. "Riya! Haan, woh Arjun ke informer ne raat
mein call kiya tha.. The mission has been successful. He has single-handedly
managed to bust the criminal and is on his way back from Nagpur.. Lekin tum?"
She shut her eyes and sighed.. ACP Arjun Rawte was going to
be the death of her!
Why did he always have to live his life on an edge? Why
did he always have to prove to people that he was simply the best! Don't we
know that already?!
Rathore had tried his best to drill some sense into his
head, by smooth talking, coaxing and even threatening him with a transfer, as the
last option.. But nothing seemed to work. He wouldn't give up his reckless
attitude, for anything in the world!
Riya glanced back the clock, an hour had
passed since she had reached office..
Rathore saw her calm down and walked back to his seat.
had just picked up her cup of coffee and was about to take a first sip, when
the heavy wooden door swung open and there stood the super-cop in all his
Riya sprang to her feet, and so did the rest of the team. He
walked in, looking fresh.. Maybe he'd just showered. His crease-free dark grey
shirt, the aviators tucked into his shirt pocket, his gelled wet hair, the
light stubble on his cheek and that playful smirk on his face, made him
Her gaze moved to his right arm and her eyes popped out,
there was a white bandage wrapped around his upper arm. It looked freshly
dressed.. She looked up at his face, only to find him disinterested in her
He walked up to Rathore, and handed over a file.
"Case ke saare details hain.. Maine paper-work bhi raat mein
complete kar diya hai.. Tumhare signatures ho jaayein, toh lauta dena.. Aur
haan, main abhi Department se hi laut raha hoon.. Unko ek copy bhijva di hai!"
He picked up the glass of tea, and took a sip. He looked up
and licked his lip, and found them still staring at him with their eyes popping
out. He followed her gaze, and found it end on his arm.
He shook his head, "Aise kya ghoor rahe ho sabke sab, haan? Meri chehre par kuch likha hai ya phir do dinon mein meri shakal kuch zyada interesting ho gayi hai?
Chotti si chot hai.. Uss kaminey ne chaku se vaar kar diya tha, bas ghaav
hai.. Kuch dinon mein bhar jayega.."
'Chotti si chot.. chaku se vaar.. ghaav..', his words
resonated in her ears, she turned her face away and re-occupied her seat. She
grabbed her black coffee and gulped it down hurriedly, the hot liquid slightly
burning her throat.
Arjun saw her do that and glared at her, and she.. she glared back!
If you can be
stubborn, I can be worse.. And well, I have a uterus, so I get the license to be
Chottu, Shree and Rathore were thouroughly amused by the
silent war brewing between Arjun and Riya. This had become an everyday occurrence
these days, much to their entertainment;
Arjun rubbing off Riya the wrong way
and receiving sharp glares in return, only to shoot her a 'i-care-a-damn' look,
which infuriated her further.
They crossed their arms, exchanged quizzical
looks and waited for the action to begin. Coz one thing, they were sure of,
Riya was soon going to explode!
They were anxiously waiting to hear her yell at him, when
the unexpected happened. Arjun walked up to her, to his own doom!
She looked up at him,
he sat on top of the conference table and turned her chair, so that now, she
was facing him. He studied her carefully.. So,
saree haan? Not bad..That too a red one, his favourite colour? Her wavy black hair, pinned up with a few loose strands grazing her face, the tiny red bindi on her forehead.. Interesting!
saw her frown her brows. Do it now!!
He handed over a file to her, she ignored it completely and
looked away. He held her palm and thrust it forcefully into her hand. She raised
an eyebrow and looked at him quizzically. And saw his facial features change
and now, they held the 'no-nonsense look', often associated him ACP Arjun
She wondered what had happened!
Riya flipped through the sheets of paper in her hand and jerked
backwards. She stumbled and stood up, the chair having drifted to a corner of
the room with the sheer force. She looked up at him, mortified, fumbling for
words.. "Yeh.. Yeh.. Kyun?"
The rest of the team had also gathered around the couple
now, realising that something had gone horribly wrong.
Arjun took the file from her, and placed it back on the
table. He turned his back to her and faced Rathore, "Her new transfer orders.
Riya is to be moved back to the research desk!"
They were all shocked beyond measure and looked up to find
Riya, glaring at him.
He followed their gaze and his eyes met hers.. He knew
she had been hurt.. But he had to do this.. He expected her to understand him,
like she had always done; without him having to say a single word or having to
explain himself.. He looked up at her
once more, expectedly, but maybe today he had crossed the line. He knew he had.. But he was doing this for her.. For them!
She lunged forward and waved the file in his face, "Aap mujhe wapas research desk pe bhejna kyun chahte hain SIR?"
His head snapped up, hearing SIR.. He took a step forward
and extended his arm to hold her shoulder, but her reflexes being quick as
always, she stepped back.
He could see her trembling with rage and the feisty Riya
Mukherjee making her way back, "Aap ko yeh haq kisne diya, ACP Arjun?"
Rathore stepped in, "Rawte, yeh sab kya hai? Aur yeh
transfer orders, tum Department inhi ke liye gaye the? Answer me damnit!"
Arjun looked Rathore in the eye and slightly nodded his head,
"Yes Sir! Ab bass aapke signatures baaki hain. ETF ka chief investigation
officer hone ke naate, maine inpar signatures kar diyein hain.."
Riya stared at him, tears now threatening to fall from them.
He cursed himself for doing that to her..
Riya walked up to Rathore, "Sir.. Sir aap inpe signature
nahi karenge, right? You won't accept these, will you?"
And before Rathore could answer her, the man himself spoke
up again, "He will Riya!", he held Rathore's arm, "Can I have a word with you?"
and they walked out of the room, leaving behind a bewildered Riya and an
equally confused Shree and Chottu..
She slumped in her seat, Why
is he doing this? Why doesn't he want me to work with him? Does he still think
I'm weak? That I won't be able to handle the pressure? Agreed, I had an
accident at work few months back, but its a part of our lives.. Doesn't he
endanger his life every single day, without even thinking twice? Why this
She was brought out of her reverie, when Rathore walked in
followed by Arjun. He handed over the file to Riya. "Riya, maine inpar
signature kar diyein hain.. Tum kal se apni purani job mein wapas jaaogi.. Aur
haan, there's a good news, main aur Rawte dono, Department mein tumhari promotion
ke liye appeal karnewalein hain.. We want you back as our Research Specialist!
We want you to head the Research and Analysis Department!"
She looked up at him, through moist eyelashes, "I'll sign
them and bring them over tomorrow Sir! And well, thank you for everything!",
with that she grabbed her bag and pushed the door open.
Her saree pallu got
stuck in the door knob and before she could lay her hands on it, she felt him hold on to it!
Riya turned around on her heel, and snatched it from him,
boring a hole into the fabric.. She sprinted down the stairs and out of the
office, never looking back even once..
Arjun looked at her retreating back and shut the door.
Rathore glared at him, while he smirked!
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Edited by mohabbatgirl - 06 January 2013 at 2:37pm