Posted: 19 November 2012 at 3:15pm
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hurries around the tiny apartment as she gets everything together and
the kids were still sleeping. The elder one has to get to school on time
and the little one has to get to the babysitter, so she herself can go
out and look for a job.
"Karan! Sneha! Get up!" Riddhima yells as she gathers their
belongings together. "We are getting late!" She shakes them up while
passing the queen sized bed on which all three of them sleept on.
"Mama, five more minutes," Karan said in a sleepy voice.
"No five more minutes! I already let the two of sleep for ten
more minutes. If you don't get up in the next five minutes, I'll make
sure none of you get ice cream!" She warns.
"We never get ice
cream because you can't afford it!" Karan says, sitting up. Riddhima's
face softens up after hearing Karan's words.
"Go get ready," she said in a stern voice. Karan gets out of the bed and walks to the bathroom.
sits down on the edge of the bed and sighs. Tears start forming in her
eyes when she feels two tiny hands on her back. Riddhima turns her head
and sees the little one. She smiles and puts her in lap.
"Did you sleep well Sneha?" The little girl nods and leans her head against Riddhima's chest.
looks down at her and strokes her hair. They have been in this
condition for the past two years. She hasn't found a job and is barely
able to pay for the rent for their small apartment. She is not even able
to pay Sneha's babysitter, but Sneha's babysitter is so understanding
that she doesn't ask for any money. In fact, both of them have become
great friends over time. She is always there to help out Riddhima and
Riddhima locks the door and they walk towards the stairs which
led down towards the parking lot. Sneha's babysitter lives on the floor
underneath them, so Riddhima walks to her apartment with Sneha in her
arms and Karan walking beside her. Riddhima knocks on the door waiting
for the door to open up. The door opens and reveals a woman in her mid
twenties standing there in her night clothes with her long hair open.
"Hey Nikki," Riddhima greets.
"Hey!" Nikki gives Riddhima a hug. "You want to come in?"
we are already getting late. I'm here to drop Sneha off." Nikki nods,
understanding and puts her arms out for Sneha to come to her. Sneha
turns her head away and hugs Riddhima tighter by wrapping her arms
around her neck.
"Sneha, Mama has to go. Please be a good girl. I'll try to come back
early," Riddhima tries to persuade Sneha on leaving her and going to
Nikki. Sneha usually goes to Nikki easily, but today she is a bit
clingy. Riddhima looks at Nikki. "I don't think she is feeling well. She
was a bit warm last night."
"Don't worry Riddhima. I always go by your instructions whenever she is sick. She'll be perfectly fine," Nikki assures her.
"I know Nikki, but I don't want her to bother you much. You know how she gets when she is sick."
do and I am use to it Riddhima. Don't worry about her, okay? I'll call
you if I need you." Riddhima nods. "Sneha, baby come on. Look I bought
new toys for you." Hearing the word toys, Sneha looks at Nikki. Nikki
smiles at her and holds her arms out. Sneha goes to Nikki.
"Okay, well we are going to go now. We are already late."
Riddhima kisses Sneha and gives Nikki a hug. "Thank you so much!"
Riddhima has a bit of ashamed look on her face. She didn't like Nikki
taking care of Sneha without getting earning any money. Riddhima takes
Karan's hand and they walk away.
"Riddhima!" Nikki yells out. Riddhima stops and looks at her.
"Stop thanking me. I want to do this for you." Riddhima smiles at her
and walks down the steps along with Karan.
Riddhima unlocks their old car and buckles Karan up in the back
seat. The drive to Karan's school was silent. Riddhima kept on glancing
in the rear view mirror to make sure that Karan is okay because usually
he is talkative during the car ride. Riddhima parks the car outside of
Karan's school and gets out. She helps Karan out and he starts walking
away. Riddhima frowns seeing Karan walk away without a kiss goodbye.
"Karan," Riddhima calls out. Karan stops and looks back at Riddhima.
"No hug or kiss?" Riddhima bends down and opens her arms. Karan runs to
Riddhima hugs her. Riddhima feels her eyes stinging with tears. She
knows why Karan is upset with her sometimes. Riddhima pulls back and
cups Karan's face with both hands. "Everything will be okay? I promise."
"When?" Karan asks sniffling. Riddhima wipes his tears away.
"Soon," Riddhima whispers. "I love you."
"I love you too." Karan hugs Riddhima again.
give me a big smile." Riddhima looks at Karan. Karan gives a big and
genuine smile. "That's my boy." Riddhima kisses his cheek. "Now go."
Karan runs away.
Riddhima gets back in her car and starts driving around finding
grocery stores and cafes. She has applied for all positions in all of
the stores in the city she lives, but no one called her for an interview
let alone hiring her. Now she is outside, in another city looking for
stores to work at. Riddhima couldn't have a normal job because she had
the responsibility to take care of Karan and Sneha. She had to stop
studying to make their life easier and sacrifice hers, and she doesn't
regret it. Their smiles and their happiness is all that matters to her.
Riddhima spots a nice decent cafe and decides to check it out.
Riddhima walks inside and sees a few people sitting around and
chatting. Some were on their phones or their laptops along with have a
little snack and drink. Riddhima walks to the counter and waits for a
worker to come.
"Hello ma'am what would you like to have?" the young female worker asks.
"Actually, are you guys hiring?" Riddhima asks.
"Not that I know of," the girl replies. Riddhima nods.
"Can I get a job application?" Riddhima requests.
"Yeah sure. You can also apply online too."
like the paper." The girl nods and walks away. Riddhima couldn't apply
for anything online because she doesn't have internet access. She can't
pay for another pay bill and she's already paying many bills already.
"Here you go ma'am." The girl hands Riddhima the paper.
"Thank you." Riddhima takes it and walks outside.
me!" Riddhima turns her head to the side to see a young, tall, and slim
lady walking towards her. "Hi, I am Anjali! Have you tried modeling or
thought about modeling?"
"No, I haven't."
"Well, I work for Mike Smith. Have you heard of him?"
"The photographer who only does photo shoots of big celebrities."
that's him. He is doing a photo shoot with Armaan Mallik and you
probably know how big of a star he is." Riddhima nods. "Mike wants to do
a photo shoot with Armaan along with a new model. He wants to try
something different. Would you like to try?" Riddhima looks hesitant at
Anjali. "He told me that he'll pay a new model from a thousand to about
five thousand depending how you do." Riddhima looks at Anjali with wide
"Thousand to five thousand?" Riddhima asks to make sure she heard right.
"Yes," said Anjali.
"I guess I can try," Riddhima said.
great! Can I get a picture of you and your number?" Riddhima nods.
Anjali gets her camera ready and Riddhima smiles. "Thanks and your
number." Riddhima gives Anjali her phone number. Luckily, Riddhima was
able to afford a cell phone. "We'll get back to you in about a day or
two and here's my card." Riddhima nods and takes the card. "It was nice
"Same here." Riddhima smiles at her and walks away. Riddhima looks
in the direction where Anjali went off and sees her talking to another
girl. There could be less chances that she gets picked.
Riddhima feels her heart thudding. She has never even thought
of modeling and here she is offered to be a model. Maybe this can help
her financially. It also means that if she gets to be a model then there
will be a lot of the people behind the scene. Riddhima always gets
nervous in front of small and big crowds. Riddhima puts the negative
thoughts away from her mind. "If I get it, I have to do it. It's for
Karan and Sneha."
Nikki opens the door and is surprised to find Riddhima standing
there. Riddhima comes to pick up Sneha after picking up Karan from
"Riddhima? What are you doing here so early?"
"I was at least an hour away so I decided to come back early to be back here to pick up Karan."
"Oh, come in." Riddhima walks in and Sneha runs to Riddhima.
"Mama!" Riddhima picks up Sneha.
"Hi baby!" Riddhima kisses Sneha's cheek.
Nini got me toys!" Sneha said in her baby voice, pointing to a pile of
toys. Since Sneha couldn't say Nikki, so she calls her Nini. Riddhima
looks at Nikki. "She said I can have them."
"Don't you dare say anything! I bought these for Sneha and only for Sneha."
you shouldn't have done this," said Riddhima. Riddhima hates it when
people spend money on her or the kids when she can't repay them back.
"Riddhima, I have told you a million times that I want to do this,
not because I have to." Riddhima looks down because her eyes had started
watering. "Sit down." Riddhima sits down with Sneha on her lap. "You
were the only one there when me and Abhi ran away and came here.
Remember, I was so miserable that even Abhi couldn't help me. You came
and changed me. This is the least I can do for you."
"But Nikki, you and Abhi need the money."
"Well, I got some great news." Riddhima looks at Nikki questionably. "Abhi is now a manager in the company he works in."
"Really?! That's great!" Riddhima hugs Nikki.
Riddhima remembers her meeting with Anjali and ponders if she
should tell Nikki about it. "Sneha, go play with your toys then we'll go
pick up Karan, okay?" Sneha kisses Riddhima's cheek and slides down
from her lap to her new toys. Riddhima looks at Nikki. "I have to tell
"What is it?"
"I had gone to pick up an application from a cafe and when I
came out a girl named Anjali came up to me and started asking me about
modeling. She offered me a photo shoot which Mike Smith is doing."
"Mike Smith? He only works with big celebrities."
"Apparently, he wants to do something different and work with a
new model and a big star. Anjali told me that he will give from a
thousand to five thousand depending on how well I do, but I am not sure
if I will get it since there are also other girls."
"Just stay positive like you told me," Nikki said. "Who's the celebrity?"
"Armaan Mallik," Riddhima said in a low voice.
"What?!" Nikki yells. Sneha looks at them with her eyes started to glisten with tears and a pout.
you are about to make Sneha cry!" Riddhima runs to Sneha and picks her
up. Sneha starts crying and buries her face in Riddhima's neck. "It's
okay. Shh." Riddhima pats her back.
"I'm so sorry Sneha." Nikki kisses Sneha's wet cheeks. "I
promise I won't do it again. Will you forgive me?" Sneha nods. "Can I
get a kiss?" Nikki forwards her cheek and Sneha pecks it. Riddhima lets
Sneha down and she walks away.
"Coming to Armaan Mallik. He is the hottest and sexiest guy and celebrity in the whole world."
"I know." Riddhima looks down.
"And you have a crush on him."
you don't! He's a celebrity, every girl has a crush on him so don't be
pointing fingers at me." Riddhima remarks. "Don't get too excited. I
haven't even been called."
"How long is it going to take?"
"She told me about a day or two."
"Really? I would expect it to take longer."
she has to give offers in a few days to other girls and then they pick
out from the girls she offered, and then the photo shoot on a certain
day" Riddhima says her thoughts.
"Probably, but this is so exciting! Imagine you and Armaan Mallik on the cover of Vogue." Nikki squeals.
"Nikki stop it!"
"Oh come on, you know that you are feeling happy too," says Nikki.
am doing this just for Karan and Sneha," replies Riddhima. "Nothing
else." Riddhima can't take her attention away from Karan and Sneha. They
are her first priority and will always be.
"Okay, fine. Do you know what kind of photo shoot it is?" Nikki questions.
"What do you mean?"
is it just switching into different designer clothes or like on the
beach or...passionate," Nikki said the past part with a teasing smirk.
Riddhima's heart starts racing again. She never thought of that. How can
she be close to Armaan Mallik when she is scared to be in front of
crowds? She hasn't even gotten the call, so she needs to stop assuming
"I don't know...she didn't tell...maybe if I get the call then she'll tell."
"Riddhima, you are definitely going to get it. I have told you
so many times to try for modeling." Riddhima sighs. It's true, Nikki has
told her to go for modeling, but Riddhima is not comfortable in posing
in front of people. "You have the perfect model body."
"Alright, I'll stop. If anything happens, you better call me first. Understood?" Riddhima smiles and nods.
course! Who else will I share this news with?" Riddhima laughs a bit.
"I have to go pick up Karan." Riddhima said, after looking at the clock
on the wall. "Come on Sneha, time to go!"
"What about my toys?" Sneha asks, walking over to Riddhima.
"We'll get them tomorrow. Right now we have to go pick up Karan." Riddhima picks her up. "Bye Nikki."
"Bye Nini!" Sneha yells as Riddhima walks away.
runs to Riddhima when he sees her standing by the car. Riddhima smiles
seeing Karan running up to her. He did this everyday.
"Hey baby!" Riddhima kisses his head. "How was your day?"
"It was okay."
"Okay? You didn't like school today?"
kindergarten. You do nothing." Karan said with a frown. Riddhima laughs
at his expression as she buckles Karan in the backseat along with Sneha
who is in her car seat.
"Mama, did anything happen?" Karan looks up at Riddhima with
expectant eyes. Riddhima looks at him for a few seconds then looks away.
She can't tell the kids that she got an offer for modeling, otherwise
they'll expect things from her when she herself isn't sure if she can
get it. "Mama? Did anything happen?"
"Karan, I told you that you don't have worry about it. I have to
make sure that everything is fine, not you. You live your life as a kid,
"Alright, then don't say to me that I don't care about
anything." Riddhima laughs and kisses his head. Karan is only five and
is already so mature for his age. Riddhima gets in the driver's seat and
starts to drive back home.
"Guess what?" Sneha said to Karan.
"Nini got me toys," Sneha said, showing her baby teeth.
Karan said with a frown. From his point of view, he feels that Sneha
gets everything and he doesn't get anything, but he never complains in
front of Riddhima. Riddhima glances back in the rear view mirror. "What
did she get you?"
"Stuffed animals!" Sneha squeals. Sneha loves stuffed animals.
Riddhima smiles at excited Sneha. Her life would be incomplete without
the both of them. They are her life, if she lost them then she would
die. A couple of times, she has been so close on losing them, but
doesn't know how every time she got to keep them.
"Mama, you know what happened today?" Karan said.
"What happened?" Riddhima said.
kid slipped and fell on his butt! You had to be there. The teacher was
trying not to laugh but she did." Karan laughs out loud. Sneha wasn't
paying attention, but on hearing laughter she starts laughing to.
Riddhima smiles at her kids and goes to the kitchen to get dinner ready.
Riddhima opens the refrigerator to find it almost empty. Her smile
faltered. All there was less than half milk gallon and few vegetables.
What is she suppose to make with that? She doesn't have enough money to
take them out for dinner. There was a knock on the door and Riddhima
"Surprise!" Nikki and Abhi said.
"What are two doing here?" Riddhima asks.
we thought to bring some food to celebrate about me becoming a
manager." Abhi said. Riddhima smiles gratefully at them. They came at
the perfect time. It's like they know when she is in trouble. "Where are
"Inside," said Riddhima. Abhi walks in.
"Abhi uncle!" Karan yells and jumps on him.
"Wow, relax." Abhi puts him down.
"Thank you for coming," Riddhima said with moist eyes.
"What happened?" Nikki becomes worried.
"I was just about to start making dinner, but there is nothing in the fridge." Tears fall from Riddhima's eyes. Nikki hugs her.
it's okay." Riddhima cries on Nikki's shoulder. Nikki stands there,
holding her best friend to be her support. Riddhima pulls back and wipes
"Don't be. I'm always here for you and so is
Abhi. Now smile otherwise Karan and Sneha will ask why their mom isn't
smiling." Riddhima smiles.
"Lets go in." Riddhima and Nikki see Karan and Abhi wrestling while Sneha is busy with her new toys.
"How about we leave them and go get dinner set up?" Nikki suggests.
Riddhima laughs, "Good idea!" They walk in the kitchen.
"Did she call?"
"Nikki, it has not even been a day."
"What? I thought they would love you so much that they won't even think about looking at another girl."
"Shut up!" Riddhma shakes her head. "Did you tell Abhi?"
"No, do you want me to?"
"No, not yet at least. It's going to be just between you and me right now."
"I won't tell anyone, I promise."
"Stop thanking me! Gosh!" Riddhima laughs and hugs her.
"Nikki, I love you so much!"
"I love you too babes!" Nikki hugs her back.
"No!!" Abhi yells.
"No!!" Karan and Sneha copy him. Riddhima and Nikki look at them weirdly.
"What happened?" Riddhima asks.
"Nikki, I never knew you were...you know..."
"What are you talking about Abhi?" Nikki looks at him confused.
"You know..." Nikki just gives him a blank look. He leans his face closer to hers.
"That you like girls and guys." He whispers to her.
"Abhi!" Nikki screams and hits his shoulder. Abhi bursts out laughing.
"You should've seen your face!" Riddhima looks at them strangely and shakes her head.
"They have officially gone crazy," Riddhima said, looking down at Karan and Sneha. The both of them laugh.
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