Something wasn't right, it was quite clear from the dull luster
of her eyes, the fake smiles she was throwing at him that faded before reaching
her eyes, the grim line of her lips she let appear when she thought he wasn't
looking. She may try to keep her inner self hidden but he faced no real problem
in reading her.
From last night he could see she was troubled. He felt
her restrains when he had loved her. How she had flinched by his first touch
instead of getting intoxicated like she always does. She had looked at him with
something he couldn't understand. Her hazel eyes had a hurricane of emotions
which she was trapping n controlling.
He had asked if she was alright but she didn't reveal
anything. Theirs was a peculiar relationship. Every time with her he felt like
walking on egg shells. He couldn't pry much with the fear that she would
After so much difficulty they had come to this settlement
where she had for the time being given up the idea of leaving. But still, every
evening when he left office to go home, the fear bothered him if she was there
or not. And whenever she wasn't there with him, he couldn't help contemplating
the idea of her already leaving him.
Maan ran a hand throw his hairs while he talked on the
phone looking at her from across the cabin. She was sitting on the couch in a
red-purple dress that hugged her body like second skin, her long legs revealed
n strappy high heels wrapped on her feet. Oblivious to his gaze, she was busy
reading a file.
What was he supposed to do? He wanted say so much; give
her everything in return of taking her everything. But she wasn't opening the
gates. A million miles stood between them, separating them, even when they were
together in the closest way.
He was also afraid how she would react if he confessed
everything. What if she wasn't ready or didn't feel the way he did? He didn't
want to lose her at any cost n if that meant living life, curbing himself every
second, he had no issues. He could take it if that kept her stringed to him.
He walked towards her. The meeting will start in a few minutes. Sitting beside her, he
stroked her cheek with his knuckles. She closed her eyes leaning into the
With the 'SO' her lips formed a kissing 'O' n not able to take the distance more he bent forward capturing her luscious lips into his. She responded in kind wrapping her hands around his
neck n raking her nails over the small hairs at his nape. Their lips melted
against each other and she felt the familiar ache building.
He parted to bring her closer n then went for it again.
She moaned as their lips met with double the force n his tongue entered her
mouth. It caressed her insides sensuously. With tongues inserted in each
other's mouth n lips gliding ravenously together, the phrase 'eating each other
faces' seemed to be invented for them only. They didn't care though. It was the
sole way they felt the connection with her insecurities n his fears.
panted her voice hoarse. Planting little kisses along his jaw she continued. The meeting.
Yes, the meeting.
She made him forget his work, she was a wonder woman. How can I go there with this? He said pointing towards the bulge in
Geet smirked. What
bathrooms are for?
Maan rolled his eyes n went into the washroom. His cabin
was at the end of the corridor n thank god there was a washroom attached to it.
He came out after 5 minutes n found her again immersed into the file. Shall we go? He asked.
I want to complete
this file Maan. Do you think it would be fine if I stayed back?
No. He wanted her to come. Yes. He gave her a forced smile n started leaving but stopped. Is there something you are hiding from me?
She looked at him startled her heart beating fast. No. The word was said with conviction
like she had no idea what he was talking about.
Hmm. He said n
She could swear for a moment if felt like he knew. But
then there was no reason for him pretending. She held her head into her hands.
It was bad, all this lying n hiding. That's why she didn't go with him. To stay
in his vicinity n continuously picked by guilt n nerve was something she had no
experience in dealing with. She f**ked with her own life but never did that to
anybody else, at least not beyond a little physical harm, which was always done
for her own safety.
Still there was hope. She didn't hear from Dev after last
night. He could have changed his mind, she was-as every men put it-good for
only one thing. Spying on others was not one her fortes.
Just then her cell rang n the screen displayed an unknown
number. After staring it for several second she picked it up, her heart racing
in anticipation, there were not many who knew about this new number. Maan had
got her new cell n sim so it was likely that this was bad news. I thought you won't pick up.
His creepy voice was one in a million. I wish I hadn't.
witty of you! He praised sarcastically. Where are you?
And where is Maan?
She paused just for a second. In his cabin.
You think I am a
fool? I know he is in a meeting, what the meeting is for?
How did he know that Maan was in a meeting? The..y are discussing the project report of
the caf chain.
Yes, the Deluxe
Caf Chain. Am I right?
Okay good. And
remember, never lie to me again. He hung up n she stared at her lumia. She
did it. There was never a hope for her. Why was she even expecting?
When Maan entered the cabin after the meeting, Geet was
sitting on the chair in front of his desk. Her head was rested back n eyes were
closed. He walked to her n smoothened the worry lines on her forehead with his
thumb. She opened her eyes. How was the
Umm Maan, can I go
home I am not feeling good.
happened? The worry on his face made her feel all the more pathetic.
Nothing much, just
headache. She stood up. I will be
waiting for you. Plastering a kiss on his cheek she strolled out of the
Maan sank into his chair. At least she said home.
She sat into the car n her cell buzzed again. Relieved
that neither it was Maan nor some unknown number she picked it up.
Hey Princess wass
up? A smile spread across her face.
You have no idea.
Ooh!! Is it that
bad? Well I can help you relieve some of the tension. You have yet to discover
my talents. He joked in his ever flirty voice even not having the slightest
idea of her worries. How about lunch
Don't you think
it's a little late for lunch? Geet asked it was already 3:30.
No worries. If not
lunch then how about me buying you a burger?
She didn't like denying again n again. Shaan was sweet n
she liked his company n considering she wanted to take her mind off the awful
things, she finally agreed. Shaan was as expected super happy n he told her the
location of restaurant they had to meet.
She came back home by 7 in the evening. The whole
meeting-with-Shaan thing was more fun than she had expected. He was a chilled
out guy n apart from light flirting he didn't suggested anything else. She knew
what he wanted, it was obviously not friendship he was behind but he was cool
about it. He didn't push, not even mentioned something along 'those' lines n
she felt relaxed after the outing. Maan was too deep to understand n sometimes
he scared her, she definitely needed a break.
She opened her room door, the night had already fallen n
she went to open the lights but her bedside lamp flicked on. His face
illuminated in the dim light. Then he switched it off then on again off.
Eventually she switched the main lights but he stayed on the bed immobile. His
face had an unreadable expression. The clouds were building outside n a rumble
I think it's going
to rain again. She broke the silence n kept her purse on the table. She
walked closer to the bed n picked the glass from side table.
Just as she was about to drink from it, he pulled her by
the free hand on the bed. The glass fell down on the floor n water spilled
What is wrong with
you? She shouted angrily looking at the broken glass pieces.
What is wrong with
me? He asked incredulous. What is
wrong with you? Where the hell were you? Why you didn't tell me anything?
It's not my fault
if you came home early. And I am not your dog that I would have to take your
permission before going everywhere. A look of hurt passed over his face n
she filched back when he tried to shield his emotions.
It hurt so damn much. He had come home early because he
thought she was sick. He had canceled an important appointment to come n take
care of her n here she was accusing him for coming before time. It was his
house he could come any damn time he wanted. Don't you dare accuse me back. His rage was practically oozing out.
I thought you were sick n have been
waiting for you here since last 40 minutes. It may be not much to you but each second
was hell for me when I know that you had left in the afternoon to come home. I
What you thought
huh? That I left? For god's sake Maan. I am not staying here to leave like that,
if I wanted I would have done it long back n didn't you see everything in my
room was in place. I won't go before telling you.
She didn't say she would never leave n that only
infuriated him more. Where were you?
I had gone out Shaan.
She didn't want to lie because she was already hiding so
much but just as the words came out of her mouth she regretted them because the
look on Maan's face wasn't at all pretty. You
went out with him? His eyes burned with something lethal n he held her hand
harshly, digging his nails into the skin. Am
I not enough for you that you are trapping another man?
Okay that hit the wrong spot. Listen Mr. Maan Singh Khurana. I may be a s**t but I don't trap men, not in a way you are assuming me to. I
work n eat bread out of it. You have no right to judge me or direct me. To me
you are nothing but just a customer and so remember I am not your personal
property. By now her eyes stung with the unshed tears yet she looked into
Just a customer?
He repeated in a low voice. Even after all the efforts she thought of him as a
customer. I hate when people lie or hide
things. Her stomach twisted with an ugly knot. You could have at least told me that you were going out with him.
Perhaps I' I wouldn't have been this mad. He tried to explain his voice
broke a bit n no more he looked angry, in fact he looked vulnerable. Did she
say too much? He left her hand n stood up without meeting her eyes because then
she would know how broken he felt. I am
going into the garden for a walk. He strolled out of the door n she gazed
towards the window, it had already started raining.
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