The clock showed 2.30AM in the dim lit hostel room. A petite
figure lying in the bed tossed and turned trying to sleep. She sat up
frustrated as sleep was miles away from her that night. The Blue Eyes and Dimple Smile was flashing again and again in her heart whenever she closed her
eyes. For the millionth time that night, she remembered what happened in the
Riddhima and Muskaan entered the ice cream parlour talking
and laughing. Riddhima went and sat in the table there, while muskaan went to
place their order. She saw a little girl around 7 - 8 years old sitting in the
opposite table to her relishing her strawberry ice cream. The tip of her nose
and her lips were covered with the ice cream. The cute smile
on her lips made riddhima smile. The little girl looked around searching for
someone. "Pata nahi yeh boyfriend kahaan hai. He must be flirting with someone
there" she said wrinkling her nose looking around for someone. Her eyes stopped
at riddhima and they smiled at each other. The little girl's smile turned in to
anger as she saw the man behind riddhima. He came and sat beside the little
girl. Riddhima stared at him mesmerised as soon as her eyes landed on him. He
was wearing a fitting white t-shirt showing his perfect body and faded blue
jeans. His blue eyes had a spark in them and his dimples will make any girl go
weak in her knees. The little girl turned her face to the other side in anger
not looking at the man. He chuckled at her expressions. "Sorry girlfriend. I
got a call when I was waiting to place the order for your 10th
strawberry ice cream. I got late because of it. Sorry" he said cutely holding
his ears and pouting. Her anger melted. But she still pretended to be angry at him.
The guy saw her lips curving in to a little smile and then her putting up a
straight face again. He smiled seeing her cute expressions. "Your reason is not
valid. Apology is not accepted" she said in fake anger. He smiled and said,
"Then ok, I will eat this special vanilla ice cream which I ordered for you" he
said and stood up from the chair. The little girl held his arm stopping him.
Her face brightened as soon as she heard vanilla ice cream. "Hmm..its ok. I
accept your apology this time. But remember, I won't accept your apologies
again" she said. He smiled wide showing his dimples and tickled her making her
laugh. After relishing their icecreams smiling and laughing, both the little
girl and the man went from there.
All the while, riddhima's eyes were on him. She stared at
him awestruck. Muskaan who had come there with the ice cream, shook her friend
bringing her out of her trance. "Kya hua ridzi? Where are you lost?"
"huh..nothing muski" "Are you sure?" "Yeah" "ok" "here, your Chocolate ice
cream" muskaan placed the ice cream bowl in front of her and sat opposite to
her. Muskaan kept on talking as usual while riddhima was lost somewhere.
"What is he? Greek God? His blue eyes, those deep dimples, I
can stare at him for eternity. God! What is it in his eyes?" she thought lost
in the memories of the evening. The night passed sleepless for her as the
stranger's image in her heart and mind didn't let her sleep.
Days passed into weeks and months. It was four months since
she had seen that blue eyed and dimple smile stranger. Riddhima couldn't get
his image out of her heart and mind. Instead, those blue eyes and dimple smile started
invading her dreams. She craved to see him again. Wherever she goes, she looked
for him. She hoped to get at least a glimpse of him again. She was very
disappointed as she didn't see him even once after that. She was sure she was
attracted to the stranger.
Riddhima slumped on the bed beside muskaan. Muskaan sat up
immediately when she heard her friend sobbing. "What happened ridzi? Why are
you crying?" Riddhima hugged her and muskaan let her cry caressing her
back. After few minutes when her sobs
subsided, muskaan asked her again, "Kya hua ridzi?" "It's him again muski. I
can't get him out of my mind. I couldn't concentrate on anything. I don't know
what is happening to me. He is making me crazy. Why is he doing this to me? I
am so frustrated. I don't know what to do muski. I.." muskaan interrupted her
before she could continue. "You are in love ridzi" she said smiling. Riddhima
came out of the hug and stared at her friend. "I..WHAT? ARE YOU CRAZY? How can
i be in love with a stranger? I had seen him just once. I haven't even talked
to him. I don't even know his name. I don't know anything about him" "You have
fallen for him at the first sight my dear friend. Sometimes, love happens in a
second. Think of it, you will surely get your answers" muskaan said leaving
riddhima in deep thoughts.
"How can I fall in love with a stranger? That too at first
sight? Yes I am attracted to him. But that doesn't mean I love him. Muski has
gone mad. She is confusing me. No, I am not in love with him" she convinced
herself and tried to sleep.
Riddhima stood in front of the huge building which belonged
to "Desire Music", the number one music company in India. She was a struggling
musician. She has sung in the chorus group for some music composers and in some
stage programmes. She is a very talented singer who has every quality to be a
good musician. But her luck didn't favour her and she didn't get the chance to
show her talent to the world. She had sent her CD to "Desire Music" before six
months. After a round of voice tests and formalities, they had called her to
their office today. "If I get to sign with desire music today, years of my
struggle will be over. Please help me god" she prayed in her heart and entered
inside the big glass door taking a deep breath.
"Muskiii, I am sooo happy. I signed an album with
the Desire Music" riddhima squealed in joy and hugged her friend as soon as
muskaan entered their room. "Oh my god!!! Really ridzi? I am sooo happy for you.
Congrats" she hugged her back. They both stayed hugging each other for a minute. "Where is my treat?" "Get ready muski. We will go out for your treat"
muskaan nodded and went to freshen up. Riddhima closed her eyes and his image
flashed. "My struggle is finally over. I wish you were here with me. I want to
share my happiness with you. But.." she sighed with moist eyes. She took out
her clothes and waited for muskaan to come out.
Muskaan and Riddhima had a fun evening together. They went
to the restaurant for dinner and then to the beach. They went to the same ice cream
parlour where riddhima had seen him first. Muskaan noticed her friends glowing
face becoming dull when they were there and cheered her up.
Riddhima stood beside the window looking at the empty sky.
She didn't see any stars or the moon in the sky. It was empty just like her
life now. She struggled for almost four years. Every day
and night she dreamt of this day. She waited for this day for four years.
Finally when she signed the contract today, she didn't feel that happy as she
thought she will be. She felt emptiness in her. She wanted him beside her. She
wanted to hug him and tell him her dream is finally becoming true. A tear
rolled down her cheek. She wished it was his fingers which was wiping the tear.
"I don't know where you are in this big wide world. I wish you were here with
me. I guess muski is right. Maybe I fell for you in first sight. I don't know
what fate has in store for me. I hope we will meet soon" she said to herself
and stood there staring at the empty sky for sometime. Taking a deep breath and
mumbling a good night as if wishing him, she lied down in her bed. Tomorrow was
a big day for her, the sunrise will bring a light in her life changing it
Three months passed. Riddhima had finished recording four
songs for her album. One song is left and she will be recording it in a few
days. She discussed with the musicians about the song and they had gone out in
a break. She was keeping her things in her bag to go back to hostel when
she heard footsteps and turned towards the door.
Riddhima stood stunned seeing the man infront of her. It was
him, the blue eyed and dimple smile stranger. She didn't know what to do. She
felt so happy to see him that words stuck in her throat. He looked at her
staring at him with her green eyes. He walked towards her. Seeing her still
staring at him, he chuckled and clicked his fingers bringing her out of her
trance. She looked down embarrassed realizing she was staring at him. He smiled
and said, "So you are the new singer Riddhima Gupta" she nodded looking up at
him. "I am Armaan Mallik" he said. Her eyes widened in shock. "He is THE Armaan
Mallik. Desire Music's owner" she thought.
Armaan forwarded his hand. She looked at him and shook hands
with him. A shiver down their spines as their skin came in contact. "Nice to
meet you riddhima" he said smiling showing his dimples. Her heart skipped a
beat. "Same here ar..i mean sir" she said withdrawing her hand from his. "Don't
call me sir. Call me Armaan" he said smiling at her. His phone rang and he went
Riddhima went out of the studio in a daze. She went back to
hostel and sat in the bed still in shock. Muskaan looked at her and patted her
shoulder. "Kya hua?" she asked. "I saw him" "Who?" "The stranger" she said in a
low voice. "What???Really??? You talked to him?" muskaan asked and she nodded.
"What is his name?" "Armaan Mallik" "Whattt??? Armaan Mallik? As in the owner
of Desire Music?" muskaan asked shocked. Riddhima nodded looking down at her
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