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"Meant To Be - Chapter 18"
There was an eerie kind of silence around the room. The only sound one could hear was the Thunder Rumbling outside.
And inside the room the only sound that could be heard was Aarti's painful, crying pleas " Don't hurt me Prashant, I'll do whatever you say, but please don't hurt me. NO PRASHANT NO..."
He moved away from top of Aarti and saw her. Finally saw how frightened, how terrified she was. Her eyes were shut tightly and fists clenched. She was pleading for her life. Pleading to Prashant?
Yash felt that he was stuck by the huge Thunderbolt Lightning. He couldn't believe what he was hearing.
He tried to touch Aarti " Aarti ? Aarti", but his voice was falling in deaf ears. Suddenly Aarti opened her eyes and looked at him for a second, which seemed like eternity to him as he saw terror in her eyes.
A terrified Aarti looked at him and all she could say was " You are like him. You are like him. You are like Prashant" and then with all her might she pushed him.
A startled Yash, who was not prepared for this push, fell down the bed. He then saw Aarti struggling to get up.
Aarti got up from the bed, tried to walk. But stumbled and sat down of the floor next to him. She brought up her knees, folded her hands around them, put her chin on her knees and sat there.
Yash got up and went to her and tried to shake her " Aarti what happened? Why are you so scared of Prashant? What did he do to you that you're so scared?"
But Aarti didn't said anything and sat there looking into oblivion.
Yash was now sacred to see a scared Aarti, who sat there shivering and shaking like a leaf. Yash covered her with the blanket.
He shook her again and tried to get a reaction from her " Aarti please say something. You are scaring me. Please Aarti tell me what happened.? What did he do you you? Please Aarti say something".
Still there was no reaction from her. With each passing second Yash's fear was increasing, so he got up and ran out of the room, without giving it a thought that he was only in his Jeans.
He ran to Gayatri's room and frantically knocked at her door " Ma please open the door."
Hearing Yash's frantic cry, Suraj and Gayatri opened the door and came out. Gayatri immediately sensed that something was wrong when she saw a shirtless Yash.
Yash" Ma please something had happened Aarti. Ma come with me I'm scared." And he ran back to his room, followed by Gayatri and Bauji. Hearing all the noise Prateek, Paridhi and Manu also came out of the room.
As they were approaching the room, Gayatri's heart started to beat faster. She was sacred to go inside as her instincts told her what she might see once she enters the room. So she turned around and told Suraj and Prateek to stay outside. They both were a little surprised, but stood outside on one side.
Manu and Paridhi entered. The moment Gayatri entered she was startled and took a step back. She clutched the door tightly when she saw Aarti sitting like that on the floor, shivering and shaking.
It was like a Deja Vu. Gayatri closed her eyes, as she saw Aarti siting like this Once Again.
She then went to her and hugged her. She then told Manu to bring Aarti's night suit robe. Manu and Paridhi stood there all confused and shocked. So Gayatri had to scream loudly at her.
Manu ran and brought Aarti's robe. She and Gayatri than helped Aarti to put that robe on. After that Gayatri shook Aarti. A startled Aarti looked at her for few seconds.
Aarti than suddenly hugged her and broke down. She was crying. Her cries and screams filled the whole room " Ma please help me. He'll hurt me. Ma Prashant will hurt me. Please help me Ma"
Gayatri's heart was breaking but she tried to control herself " Aarti no one will hurt you. Prashant is gone. He will never come back to hurt you. He will never hurt you, your Ma is here, beta. Your Ma will protect you from all evil"
Gayatri than looked at Yash who was standing there like a zombie. She than turned to Manu " Manu give me the phone, I've to call Aarti's Doctor Kiran and tell her to come immediately. And Paridhi you go and call Arpita. Go fast. They are the only ones who can calm her down."
After calling Dr. Kiran Gayatri hugged Aarti tightly who was still screaming and crying. Aarti clung to Gayatri like a small child, who was scared for her life.
Yash, who was still in a shocked state, trying to register what was happening, tried to move towards Aarti, as he couldn't see her in this state.
Aarti got more scared and screamed a " NO" and closed her eyes and hugged Gayatri more tightly.
Gayatri signaled Yash not to come forward and Yash obliged. Gayatri than told Manu to hold Aarti and sit with her. After Manu sat near Aarti, Gayatri got up, went into Yash's room and brought his shirt. She came back and grabbed his arm and took him out of the room.
Yash tried to stop her " Ma Aarti is in pain, I can't see her like this. Please let me go to her"
Gayatri ignored him and dragged him down in the living room. A confused Suraj and Prateek followed them. Ammaji and Paridhi also came in the living room.
Ammaji " What have these two done now? This Yash and Aarti, they can't let anyone live at peace at home. They..."
Before she could finish her sentence, Gayatri raised her hand signaling her to stop" Not today Amma, not today. It'll be for your own betterment if you stay quite today, or I swear I'll cross all limits today." And Ammaji shut up immediately.
Suraj " Gayatri what's going on? Why is Aarti screaming like this? And what has Yash done?"
Gayatri kept looking at Yash angrily, and threw his shirt on his face and ordered him to put it on.
After wearing his shirt, Yash tried to convince Gayatri again " Ma Aarti is devastated. She's in pain. Let me go to her"
Everyone stood their stunned when An angry Gayatri slapped him hard on his face " Now you are concerned about Aarti? Where was this concern when you tried to force yourself on her? Where was this concern when you kept insulting her in front of me, the whole family? Weren't you the one, who told her that no matter how highly drunk you are, you'll never force yourself on her? So what happened today? Where did your tall claim go? Answer me how could you stoop so low that you tried to RA... Your own wife?" Gayatri couldn't say the word, but everyone understood and stood their stunned.
Yash was still in a state of shock to say anything. Gayatri continued " I know that today you were angry for some reason. But is this the way to take out your anger? To physically attack an helpless woman? Is this the way to show your manhood, by trying to force yourself on your wife?"
Gayatri started hitting him on his chest with her fist " How could you stoop so low today Yash how could you?"
She was now crying " I was always so proud of you, that you were so different from others. So matured and so understanding. But today you turned into a devil. You tried to do the same thing that Prashant did to her. You are no less than Prashant. Oh God! Why didn't I died before I became a mother to such devils? Why didn't I died before they were born?"
In that instant Yash felt that he was stabbed a thousand times, again and again in the same place. What was he hearing? His whole mind and body had become numb.
He opened his mouth to say something, but words were not coming out. He tired to touch a crying Gayatri, but she shrugged his hands off saying " Yash please go away from here. Before I end up doing something that I'll regret go away from here" She screamed" Get out of here. I can't stand you now, just go"
And she literally pushed him to go from there. Yash in a confused and hurt and angry state went out the SM.
Few seconds later Aman came running in. He saw a distraught Gayatri sitting on the floor and crying.
And everyone standing there not knowing what was happening. Aman helped Gayatri get up from the floor.
Gayatri realized what she had done with Yash " OMG, what have I done? Instead of telling Yash everything I slapped him, accused him and told him to go away from here. Aman, go after Yash. He doesn't know the whole story. He's hurt and confused. He might end up hurting himself. Go after him and bring him home. Please Aman bring My Son, My Yash, back home"
Aman assured her " I know very well where Yash might have gone. Don't worry Ma. I'll bring him home safe and sound" and Aman ran after Yash.
Suraj came to Gayatri " Gayatri will you tell me what's going on? What did Prashant do to Aarti? What has happened till now and how come I don't know anything about it? Gayatri, will you tell me what's going on"
Just then they heard Aarti's scream once again.
Gayatri looked at her husband " Yes I'll tell you everything. Today you and the whole family will know the whole truth. But right now Aarti needs me and I've to be with her. First let my son, my Yash come back home than I'll tell you all everything. But right now I've to go to Aarti" and she went to a screaming Aarti.
SP sat down in a nearby chair, " What's going on in my house? How come I don't know anything about anything? My own wife's been hiding things from me and who knows for how long? Prateek do you know what Prashant did? What your Ma's been hiding from me?"
Prateek went to him and put his hand on bauji's shoulder " I'm sorry Bauji, I'm as much in the dark as you are"
Ammaji started her rambling " I told you this girl's a trouble for ..."
But before she could finish her sentence, SP reprimanded her " Amma not now. Please not now. My family's been going through a crises and I've no idea what's going on and for how long". Everyone present in that living room of SM that day had similar questions going on in their minds, or maybe more.
In the SM Gym...
On the back side of SM there was an huge Out-House. Beside that there was an Pool House, with a huge swimming pool in the middle, which was covered on the top and open on all sides. And attached to that, when he was a teenager, Yash had build a personal gym, in which he used to work out. Whenever he was stressed out he swam in the pool and worked out in the gym. When he was angry or frustrated on something, he used to take it out by boxing with a large punching bag.
Aman knew very well that he'll find Yash in his gym. And he was right. He saw Yash, in a dazed and angry, confused condition sitting on a bench in the gym. Aman knew what was going on at that moment in Yash's mind. So he stood on one corner, to let Yash ponder on what has happened.
Yash was sitting there in a dazed and confused condition. His mind was not ready to acknowledge or accept or process all that has happened and all that he's heard in the last one hour.
Words kept repeating in his mind, echoing in his ears " No Prashant no. Please don't hurt me... You are like Prashant... ...You tired to force yourself on your wife... ...You tried to do the same thing that Prashant did to her. You are no less than Prashant... You are like Prashant... No Prashant no..."
Yash thought " What could've Prashant done to her? Could he ... No he would never do this? No matter how bad Prashant was, he would never stoop so low, could he?"
Slowly he remembered Gayatri's words to him " How could you stoop so low, Yash? You tried to RA...Your own wife?"
Then it hit him " Even I tried to force myself on Aarti today, IF I could do this to her then why can't Prashant. Prashant could do anything to get what he wants. But why Aarti? What did Aarti ever do to him?"
Suddenly He remembered prashats words when he last met him in Mumbai " You took away Aarushi away from me, so I took away Aarti from you."
Now it all made sense to him. Prashant hated him so much that to punish Yash he abused Aarti...
The world started spinning for him. He got up tried to walk but couldn't take more than one step. He stumbled and fell down on the floor and broke down completely. Aman ran to him and put his hand on Yash's shoulder to support him.
Yash closed his eyes when he realized the truth. " OMG what have I done. The more I'm learning about the past the more I'm realizing that it's all my fault"
Aman tried to console him " No Yash it's not true and you also know that. You don't know the whole story. Even I don't know the whole story. All I know is that Aarti and Gayatri Ma have suffered a lot and they need you. They need all of us Yash. You can't break down now. Yash you'll have to be strong. Strong for Ma, for Palak. But most importantly for Aarti"
Yash looked at him " Aman, I'm responsible for this. Aarti had to suffer because of me. Because Prashant hated me so much that he took it out on her. To the extend that he ruined her life. And why? Just to take revenge from me. He ruined My Aarti's Life to make Me Suffer."
He got up angrily from the floor and went and started punching the bag aggressively ." How could he do this? How could he ruin an innocent girls life like this? How could he?"
He kept punching the bag till he got tired. Suddenly he was hit by millions of questions.
" When did he do this? Is this why Aarti had to marry him? And did Ma knew about it? If she knew about it, then why didn't she told me about it? Why did Ma let Aarti marry him?
Since when Ma knew about it and how did she find out? How come no one else knew what had happened before and after the wedding? How come Bauji and Prateek didn't found out anything? They lived in the same house? And what about Aman and Arpita? They must know something, or else why would Ma call Arpita to calm down Aarti? And how come Aman is already here? So that means he knows everything. Does he know who Aakash is?..."
He turned to Aman " Did you knew about it?" Aman nodded a yes, which shocked Yash to the core. " What do you know? How much do you know? Do you know who Aakash is and why does Aarti loves him so much? Did you knew that Aakash will be there in the party today and why was he there? Did you call him Aman? And if yes why didn't to tell me about it? Tell me Aman I want to know everything. Tell me before I loose my temper and end up doing something that you and I both will regret. Tell me Aman, tell me"
Aman " Yash to know everything you need to calm down first. You are hurt and angry, which I understand. But ..."
Yash said angrily " But what Aman? I want to know the truth. First tell me who is Aakash and does Aarti really loves him or loved him in the past. But Prashant forced her to marry him instead?"
Aman took a deep sigh and said " Yash it's true that Aakash and Aarti loves each other. But it's not what you are thinking. Aarti and Aakash share the same kind of love, the same kind of bonding, the same kind of relationship that you share with Manu. They are Cousins"
Yash was shocked to hear this " Cousins? Aakash is her cousin? How did you know about it? When did you find out and why didn't you told me about it before?"
Aman " Yes Yash they are cousins. And they share a deep bond and understanding. They mean the world to each other. And I found out about it after Aarti's accident. I tried to tell you, but..."
Yash angrily grabbed Aman's collar " You knew about it since so many months and you didn't feel it necessary to tell me about it? You also hide it from me"
Aman " Yash I know that you are hurt and angry. And whatever I Tell You right now, you won't believe me. But at that time you were so angry with Aarti that you were not ready to listen or hear anything about Aarti. The day you last met Prashant, in Mumbai, after he left, that day also I told you that Aakash might be her relative, though at that time I didn't knew anything about him, but I still told you to ask Aarti directly. I said that you can't trust Prashant. But you were so angry at that time that you were not ready to listen to anything and you blindly trusted Prashant. The same Prashant who admitted to you that he took away Aarti from you, just to take his revenge..."
Yash closed his eyes, as he remembered that day. He knew that Aman was right. He was so angry that he was not ready to listen to anything.
Yash then asked " Aman how much do you know and what else do you know?"
Aman " Yash I don't know much, but I know this much that Prashant had made Aarti's life a living hell, till the day he died. He made Aarti and Ma suffer so much."
Yash who was now furious, shouted at Aman " You knew and you didn't felt it necessary to tell me? You also kept me in the dark, just like Ma and Aarti. You all, who are so close to me, you all tried to hide something so big from me and have been lying to me since so long"
Yash wanted to clear one more thing, so he angrily asked " Aman when did you find out about what happened?"
Aman " I found out ..." Just then Prateek came running and Aman couldn't finish his sentence.
Prateek "Yash Bhaiya, Palak woke up and is crying uncontrollably. She's calling for you "
Yash was about to go when Aman tried to stop him "Yash wait, before going there, you need to calm down. You can't go in front of Palak like this. With so much anger and so much hurt"
Yash pushed him aside " Move aside Aman, my daughter needs me. I've to go to her" and he ran towards the house.
Palak, who was in Manu's arms, was crying very loudly and was looking so scared. Yash came running in. The moment she saw Yash, she started wiggling her arms and legs, till Manu put her down.
Yash knelt on the floor and opened his arms and a crying Palak went into his open arms. Yash picked her up and hugged her tightly " Don't worry Angel, your Papa is here now. You are safe with him" and he closed his tears filled eyes.
After a few minutes when Palak calmed down Aman said " Yash she indeed is an angel. She did what I couldn't do. She calmed you down. Now go to Aarti she also needs you. Arpita and Ma are with her, along with Dr. Kiran."
Yash took a deep sigh and went towards Aarti's room with Palak still in his arms, as she was not letting go of him.
He was scared to go inside. To face Ma and especially Aarti, after what he almost did to her, few hours back. But he remembered Aman's words, that he'll have to be strong for them and will have to face the consequences of his actions. That Ma and Aarti have been through so much and needed him as their protector.
He entered the room. Gayatri was sitting next to Aarti. Dr. Kiran was standing in a corner along with Arpita.
Dr. Kiran was saying " I've given her a sedative, which will make her fall asleep. But until she calms down the sedative won't work and she won't be able to sleep."
Aarti looked up and saw Yash. She flinched a little as she saw Yash walking towards her. Gayatri was about to stop him, when Dr. Kiran signaled her to allow Yash to go near her. And so Gayatri said yes. Aarti moved closer to Gayatri and held her arm tightly.
Yash took a few steps towards her, but after seeing Aarti's reaction he stopped in between. Palak, who was now half asleep in his arms, started making some noise.
Yash lovingly patted her back " Its ok Angel, you are safe in your Papa's arms. Nothing will happen to you." And Yash decided to take her out of the room.
He turned around and as he was about to leave the room, he heard a very faint whisper "Yash"
He immediately turned around and saw Aarti calling him towards her. He wanted to go and take her in his arms, but was scared to go near her.
Dr. Kiran " It's ok Yash, go ahead. She's calling you, cause she needs you right now."
So Yash went to her. Gayatri got up from the bed and Yash sat down, with Palak still on one side of his arm. Aarti moved closer to Yash, held his arm tightly and put her head on his shoulder.
Yash hesitantly put his other arm around her. Aarti, who was still crying, moved as close to him as possible. Yash had tears in his eyes.
With a chocked voice he tried to calm down Aarti " Don't cry Aarti. I'm here now. I won't leave your side. I won't leave you. I'll protect you from all evil. You and our angel, our Palak, are my life. I'll do everything in my power to keep you both safe and protected "
His soothing and assuring words finally worked their magic. Both Palak and Aarti went to sleep in his arms. When they were both sound asleep, Gayatri took Palak from him. She said that she'll put Palak to sleep in her room.
Yash gently laid Aarti on the bed and covered her with a blanket. He gently and lovingly moved his hand on her head and stroked her. Arpita came and sat beside Aarti.
Yash turned to Dr. Kiran and asked her " Doctor, I don't know the whole story about what happened with Aarti. But surely you do, I think you know everything about Aarti, that's why you are taking such a good care of her and are so concerned for her. And for that I'm very grateful to you. But I want to ask you. Why Aarti behaved like this? When I entered the room she was scared to even look at me. But the moment I was ready to leave the room, she herself called me towards her. Not only that, she hugged me and went to sleep in my arms. Why did she suddenly changed her mind?"
Dr. Kiran smiled " Yash when Aarti saw you taking care of Palak so lovingly, she knew that you'll protect Palak and her from all adversity. When she called you and hugged you, she saw you as a protector,whom she can trust. And that's why she went to sleep so peacefully in your arms, cause you yourself told her that you'll protect her and her daughter, your daughter"
Yash who was still confused asked " Then why did she got scared of me when I entered the room and was walking toward her?
Dr. Kiran took a deep sigh " Well Yash when you entered the room, she was reminded of what had happened earlier, with Prashant. That's why she got scared and hugged Gayatriji so tightly, cause that time she saw you as a Predator, as HER ATTACKER..."
Don't anyone DARE, forget to read the NEW PROMO AND COMMENT ON IT
I've highlighted all the questions that Yash asked. I know that you all want answers to those questions. Like I said last time, I've made a list of questions that I need to answer, to explain. It consists of more than 25 questions. The above are a small part of that list.
I'm not sure when I'll update next, cause I've to update "Becaue Of You (BOY)" also, which I haven't done in weeks and which some of you are eagerly waiting for. Plus I'm busy with something else also, which is a surprise.
In this chapter I've focused only on everyone's reaction. And mostly on Aarti's reaction and then Yash's reaction on finding out the truth, in this unimaginable way.
The next couple of chapters will cover Gayatri's side of the story/ truth. It'll be in the form of narrative with flashback, as I've to cover last two years. You'll get only some part of the truth, cause the rest of the truth/ story will be revealed by Aarti, who is sleeping right now due to those sedatives.
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Thanks and love you all...
Edited by lovely_nikki - 01 August 2013 at 11:12am