picked up her phone as soon as she entered her room. She had to call Arpita and
find out the truth about Yash Scindhia. His mood was as unpredictable as the
weather. At one moment he'd be really mean, but then at another one, he'd be
sweet. It was something that was eating up her insides. Her curiosity was really
getting to her.
quickly dialed Arpita's number. "C'mon Arpita, pick up," she told herself anxiously.
a few rings, she breathed a sigh of relief.
out more like a surprised question. Aarti couldn't blame Arpita, because they didn't
talk that often nowadays.
Arpita," Aarti said casually.
listen. I have an exam that I need to study for. Can I call you later? I'm not
really talking to anyone. You know how much I want to be a doctor Aarti,"
Arpita said on the other end. "I don't want to be mean, but please try and
gave a resigned sigh, getting where Arpita was coming from. She didn't want to
stand in the way of her dreams.
good luck, bye," she told her friend before hanging up.
was she going to do now? She thought grumpily. How was she going to figure out
why Yash Scindhia behaved like this, with her,
with a girl he didn't even know? And
what the hell did he have against Prashant? She wanted to get to the bottom of
this, she really did. But Arpita was the only one who could possibly provide
her with the information she sought.
there was Prateek. Of course. Prateek
was her friend, but he was also Yash's brother. Maybe she could learn a thing
or two about Yash from him. She made a mental note to talk to Prateek at the
party... that was if he wasn't too
busy with Paridhi.
exhaled noisily and tucked herself in bed for an early night. She tossed and
turned in bed, coming up with different possibilities until sleep finally
dawned on her.
next day flew by. Prashant stayed at home studying for his exams, and Aarti
stayed in her room, working on her artwork. She was almost finished the background
of the painting she had been working on the whole day. She stood back and admired
her painting. It was a dark blue background with little yellow balls in the air, in the form of stars. It gave off a melancholic vibe.
phone started to ring.
looked at it and smiled to herself when she saw Prashant's name.
thought someone had to study?" she asked him playfully as soon as she answered.
taking a break babes," he replied. "So tell me, are you ready for the party
looked at the time. It was already six.
Prashant, I haven't even thought about it. I was too busy with my painting...
maybe I shouldn't go?"
Aarti, go! I don't want you to miss out on something
fun because of me."
what will I do at Paridhi's party? I mean Pari will be busy with Prateek, and
the only other person I'll know there is Mansi, but God knows which boy she'd
ditch me for."
Prashant laugh on the other end, causing her to scrunch her eyebrows in
she whined, "It isn't funny."
trust me, Mansi will make time for you if you ask her."
sighed, "Why do you want me to go so badly?"
want to see how hot you look in that blue dress," he told her innocently. "Make
sure to take lots of pictures."
she gave in, "I'll go. But if I die of boredom, I won't spare you."
hung up the phone and went to get ready.
observed herself in the mirror once she was done. She was wearing a strapless
blue satin dress which was tight until her breastbone, then flowed down to her
knees. It showed quite a lot of cleavage.
Prashant would have loved my dress if he
came, Aarti thought bitterly as she lined her eyes with kajjal, applied
blush to her cheeks and bright red lipstick to her lips.
soon as she entered the club, music blasted in the background. Woh Ajnabee was currently playing.
Frustrated already, she searched around for Paridhi. She had to let her know that
she decided to appear to her ungodly party.
Paridhi slurred, as soon as she found her.
could tell she had drank quite a bit by the way Paridhi was walking and
my gosh Paridhi, be careful," she said, "Why did you need to drink so much?"
it's the end of the term, hehehee," she giggled and gave her a tight hug.
hugged her back, not happy with Paridhi's decision.
my hockey stick thug!" Prateek laughed, suddenly appearing out of nowhere and
pulling Paridhi off her, only to attack her with a hug himself. His face was
flushed. It seemed like he had gotten drunk too.
looked at both of them and shook her head, clearly unhappy with their decisions.
of you? Really?" she said in disagreement.
looked away from them and spotted a familiar face on the dance floor, grooving
to the song with... Mansi?
Scindhia was dancing to Woh Ajnabee with Mansi, her best girlfriend Mansi. It didn't seem like Mansi knew much about
his personality. She had to tell her about Yash before he insulted her too.
she ignored Paridhi and Prateek and stomped onto the floor before grabbing
Mansi's arm, and pulling her to the side.
she said, sounding disgusted. "Out of all the guys you could dance with here,
you choose Yash Scindhia?"
you jealous?" Mansi asked instantly, raising her eyebrow.
slapped her forehead. "No Mansi, you don't understand, he's a very rude person.
You don't know the kinds of things he said to me... and if he was really faithful
to Arpita then he wouldn't be here, grinding
with other girls."
looked at her with amusement. "Really? Him and Arpita aren't together Aarti...
and that wasn't grinding," she
Mansi, they are! They're just secret about it," Aarti told her, feeling a part
of her get hopeful. Except, she wasn't sure what she was hopeful about exactly.
rolled her eyes, "No Aarti. They're best friends, Arpita likes him, and he
likes her too. They aren't serious and they certainly aren't official!"
looked at Mansi with shock.
that doesn't make sense. If he really did like her that much then he wouldn't be
here dancing with other girls," she said matter-of-factly.
why don't you understand? This is a guy you're talking about. A committed guy would
grind with other girls, and here you're expecting an uncommitted, hot, single
guy to stay in the sidelines at a club party?"
groaned. Why did she even care?
can't you still choose someone else to dance with? He said mean things to me
about Prashant. He told me that no boy would ever want me. He really hurt me
mouth dropped open.
"Yash Scindhia said that to you?" she
asked, sounding like she heard the most shocking news of her life.
frowned and nodded her head. "Yes."
way Aarti! He would never. This guy is so shy when it comes to girls, and that's
why he hasn't asked Arpita out yet."
was passing by them serving drinks. Mansi quickly picked up a glass from their
platter and handed it to Aarti.
Aarti, you need this badly right now. Loosen up," she advised her friend.
took the glass from Mansi and held on to it so tightly that her fists turned
you have him all wrong! Prashant had a hard time believing it too. I don't know
what magic he's done on you guys, but don't fall for his act. He's the opposite
of shy. He said that Prashant sent me to spy on Arpita for him... how could he
say that about Prashant?"
Aarti took a deep breath and drank the contents of the glass at once.
Aarti, I refuse to believe it. And if he said that about Prashant, then maybe
he was being serious? I mean... I don't exactly trust Prashant either Aarti and
you know it," Mansi said, sullenly.
Mansi, don't bring up your faith in Prashant. I trust Prashant, he's my best
friend. And you have no reason not to trust him... you know he's a nice guy!"
tinge of darkness passed through Mansi's features for a moment, then it disappeared
as quickly as it came.
it Aarti. He's a nice guy right now, but he just seems edgy to me... anyways, I'll
introduce you to the nice Yash, come with me!" she changed the topic and
grabbed her wrist, pulling her back towards the centre of the floor where Yash
was dancing with another girl.
Shy? This was shy? Dancing with girls in the open was considered shy? What was Mansi thinking for calling
this guy shy?
grabbed Yash's hand and put it in Aarti's.
Aarti exclaimed, her eyes widening in shock. "I'm not dancing with him."
moved closer to her and held onto her hand tightly. "Oh yeah?" he murmured into
her ear, almost challenging her.
breath hitched, and she could feel a blissful sensation ripple through her
body. Maybe it was the effects of the alcohol? She turned around to face him
and leaned even closer to him, feeling her heart speed up. Under normal
circumstances, she wouldn't have even dared to get this close to anyone that wasn't
Prashant, especially not the great Yash Scindhia. But today was not a normal
day, and the circumstances certainly weren't normal.
that a challenge?" she whispered, somewhat flirtatiously.
wrapped his arms around her waist and held her so close to him that there was
no space remaining between their bodies. Aarti had her hands around his neck...
his neck was warm. She nearly giggled at the thought of it.
then Prateek came out of nowhere and pulled Yash away from Aarti. She pouted
slightly and looked at the two of them.
she said, with a slight slur to her speech.
She wasn't that drunk... right? What did she drink
anyways? She knew what she was doing;
she was just a bit bolder tonight.
"I uh, need to talk to
Yash bhaiyya," Prateek said, smiling at Aarti.
Aarti looked at Yash's
facial expression. He looked just as disappointed as she was. Aarti nodded and
backed off, bumping into Mansi again.
"How was it?" her best
today," she whispered, feeling her cheeks burn.
"Mhm," Mansi said,
winking at her. "Is anything going to go down tonight?"
"Mansi," Aarti started to remonstrate, "I have a boyfriend, not even
that, a fiance, and you know that too! How can you say that about me and
"Aarti, you haven't seen
better so you're clinging onto Prashant," she sighed. "But you won't understand
that. I hope when you do, it won't be too late."
Aarti glared at Mansi.
"Mansi, stay away from
my love life," she said rudely, "I know exactly how much I love Prashant."
"There are better
options out there," Mansi continued, shifting her gaze to Yash.
Aarti just continued to
glare at Mansi.
"You don't know Yash
Scindhia at all Mansi... you called him shy.
If he was so shy, then he wouldn't exactly be dancing in the middle of the
dance floor with girls."
Mansi chuckled, "So you
expected him to dance with guys?"
Aarti's pursed her
"Okay, seriously, it's
the alcohol Aarti. Yash had alcohol. What has it done to you? You're bolder
right? Same with Yash, his alcohol made him bolder too. You know what Aarti? I
say drink another glass to fully loosen up."
She just shook her
head. This girl was out of her mind!
Aarti turned to look at
what Yash and Prateek were doing. Yash
handed Prateek his wallet. Aarti raised her eyebrow wondering what Prateek
wanted... was it money? But everything was on the house today.
was about to shrug her shoulders and turn back around when she saw it. Prateek
took out something with a grey wrapper. Aarti nearly gasped... a condom? He got
a condom from Yash? Why was Yash carrying a condom anyways? Did he and Arpita already...
do it? She never thought Arpita was the kind to have sex before marriage. She
remembered in seventh grade when they had both vowed to keep their sanctity
until marriage. Aarti had kept her promise.
She turned to Mansi.
you see that?" she said with a victorious expression on her face, glad at the
chance to prove Mansi wrong. "He carries condoms in his wallet!"
gave her an "Are you serious" look.
Mansi giggled, "All guys do at this age. Why should Yash be any different?
Check Prashant's wallet, I bet you a hundred bucks he does too."
frowned. Prashant wouldn't carry a condom in his wallet would he? He knew that
Aarti was against sex before marriage... so why would he?
has no reason to," Aarti stubbornly told Mansi. "Not everyone has sex."
matter whether you have sex or not Aarti. Guys usually carry condoms around
with them. It's a guy thing... I'm very surprised that you don't know this,"
Mansi said patiently.
before Aarti could counter argue Mansi, Yash made his way back to them.
"Aartiji," he said politely, "Let's go
beamed at her, while Aarti scowled at her in return.
was about to turn to Yash and say no, when he gently held on to her waist and
ushered her towards the exit. She felt her heart start to beat faster once
again, and felt enthralled by his touch. Oh God... what was happening to her?
Why did her legs feel like lead all of a sudden?
they left the club, Yash lead Aarti to his car and opened the door to the passenger side for her.
shook herself back to reality.
What the hell Yash!" she yelled, shocked at herself that she'd waited so long
to deny him. "I'm not going anywhere with you. I don't even know you and... and after everything you've
told me yesterday, you expect me to get in the car with you? God knows where
you'll take me."
slowly reached for hand.
me," he whispered, squeezing her hand. "Just trust me."
the alcohol or was it her own heart that wasn't letting her say no? She trusted
him from the bottom of her heart, she truly did. She felt the same sense of
security that she felt last night with him... he wasn't going to hurt her, and
that she was sure about. But did it make sense?
giving it further thought, she got into the passenger seat.