DAY 18- TUESDAY
"Wow, bhai, you are going to stay with me," Shree squealed, he would have Arjun to stay in his room, "I promise, I will not trouble you much. Riya di said no video games till you are fine."
"I am not disturbed by you at all," Arjun smiled as he laid on the bed. "Ouch," he said, his head hurt slightly.
"Arjun, are you alright?" She asked him, by his in gypsy.
"Yeah, just little smart now and then," he sighed.
"Do you want me to do the bandage again?" She asked worriedly.
"Hey no, I am fine, a glass of hot milk will help," Arjun dismissed her worry.
"Eww milk, I hate milk," Shree commented, he could not have plain simple milk.
"I hated too a lot. But mom used to trick me into having it and soon I used to run all around the house, only to have her pamper me," he laughed.
"I see you love getting pampered," Riya teased.
"It runs in my blood," he chuckled.
Riya was all smiles seeing him happy, she left the two of them and went to have his glass of milk.
"Riya, I am going to make lunch please make sure Arjun is fine." Her mother was stressed for Arjun, and wanted him to feel at home.
"Yes mom," Riya said and took the glass in the room. "A glass of milk for you Arjun,"
"Thank you, come sit," he invited her, to sit beside him.
"Where is Shree?" Riya asked, as she sat down on the other side of the bed.
"I think he has gone to take his book from Aliya's room, he has classes this afternoon?" he asked her.
"Yeah," Riya said gently pressing her lips, her lips twitched.
"Why are you not in Uni?" He creased his brows.
"I could not go to attend classes while you are sick at home," she shrugged.
"Nonsense, I want you to go at attend classes, otherwise our projects would not be completed," he berated her gently.
"Will go from tomorrow, promise," she assured him.
"Good girl." He said happily.
"Did you tell uncle aunty?" She asked him.
"I thought to but they will be hell worried." He thinned his lips. He had contemplated telling his parents but had ended up deciding against it, his pain was theirs and he didn't want to worry them when he was fine.
His parents were one of kind. His mother was the most jovial, he could confide anything to her, but a slight harm to him and she would take the house on her head. She could not handle it.
Once he had gone to a camp trip and he had got a slight bruise, he had casually mentioned to his mom and his parents had ended there to see if he was fine and his mother had pampered him like a new born baby. He was damn embarrassed but well he loved her a lot more than that.
His father was stern and strict to him, often scolded him for his bad ways of life but he was no less immune to him. His pain hurt his father and he saw it, he was not a fool. His father loved him a lot but it was always unexpressed and that didn't give him the courage to approach him.
Until, very recently, when because of Riya, he had talked to his father and poured out his heart. His father had expressed how he loved him and his little hurt smarted him.
A realization had dawned upon. Silent love could not be understood, if you love someone express it. We are human, with given capacity to express, we should use it, rather than play guess games. His father had always assumed his son knew he loved him. Arjun had always assumed that his father knew he respected him but it needed a little assurance in words from both sides.
Now they could have easy talks, even though, his father still scolded him and he found solace in that.
"I can understand," she smiled.
It just needed her to feel in his shoes. He was seven seas across from his parents and he feared worrying them. He was spoiled but nonetheless, he was nice, understanding man. Only, he stopped playing with women's feeling, he would be the ideal.
Now that she thought, since the last few days, he had not even flirted harmlessly with anyone... apart her. But that was alright since she knew his truth. It needed a lot more from his side for her to fall for his charms. And if he got all that, he would be the perfect one for her.
Arjun nodded with a smile. She understood him and that gave him relief. There were very few people that understood him and she did. She did understand him. It felt special.
"Do you want lunch in room or in the dining room?" She asked him.
"I would prefer with everyone downstairs," he said with a smile. He was tired of bed-rest.
"Then let's go," she told him.
She kept an eye on him as he stood up and made their way down. She didn't want him to have vertigo and fall down.
"You know I am fine," he said as he sat down, referring to her attention to him.
"Sure you are," she rolled her eyes, "You keep getting dizzy now and then."
"But.." He was interrupted.
"No ifs and buts, just eat and enjoy the attention. It is not everyday that Riya Gupta will shower you with it," she winked at him.
"Now that is so true," he laughed.
Aliya, Shree and her mother joined them for lunch. It was joyful moment and he felt refurnished. Aliya and Shree's banter, Aliya's picking up a slice from Shree's plate, Shree's anger, Riya playing the referee.
"Aliya is a kid at times," Riya chuckled. Aliya was 17 but still immature specially when at home around Shree.
Riya still wondered how her little sister had fallen in love with someone, not only that she had had her first kiss. She had been shocked but then she understood, it was her age, yet she had explained her. She could not stop anyone from doing anything but she could guide them and that was what she did.
"Were you not the same with Aliya?" He asked her, with a frown.
"No. I was 4 when she came in our family. I was protective toward her and felt jealous when other kids wanted to play with her. She is my doll," she admired her little sister.
"Still protective toward them?" He asked her.
She nodded, "I will never bear someone hurting them."
"Will you go and kick them?" he teased.
"No, I will send you to kick them," she laughed.
"Ha! responsibilities of becoming their brother," he sighed and simpered.
She could not help but be amazed how quickly he had become a part of her small little family and she didn't feel jealous. It was something in itself.
DAY 19- WEDNESDAY
Everyone expect Riya's mother, Padma, had gone to their classes. Arjun felt bored, even though Padma took care of him but he missed Riya, Shree and Aliya, who entertained him fully.
His mobile phone shrilled, he picked up quickly, knowing well, his mother must be calling at this time, "hello sweetheart, missing me?"
"Missing you a lot," she said with a smile. "Can't you come back soon?" she asked him, deciding to pour her feelings.
"You miss me that badly?" he teased her.
"More than you will know," she told him, "I feel restless when you are away."
"What will you do when your daughter-in-law will ask me to move away from you?"
"Make sure, you shift nearby, so that I can see you whenever I want." She was well aware today's generations preferred getting their own house rather than staying with parents. Something with independence, she mused.
"That means you will be 24 hours around me," he giggled.
"Exactly," she rolled her eyes.
An hour later, Arjun was playing games on his laptop when she entered.
"Hey Arjun," Riya gushed in. "You should avoid laptop," she took his laptop and put away, while he whined.
"Hi, I was getting bored."
"If so, I will bunk classes from tomorrow," she warned him.
"Alright, I will just do important work on laptop. How was the class?"
"Good, everyone was praising you. You have become a hero," she patted his shoulder.
"Wow, finally people recognized my talent." he smiled widely.
"Yup. Vishali and I have been working on the projects. We need more pictures for your project," she informed him.
"Not a worry, now I have the model 24 hours in front of me," he teased her.
"As if I would let you," she chided him.
"You won't refuse either,"
"Alright, you got me here, since I don't want to destroy our assignments," she agreed.
"Nice, then I will tell Raj to bring my camera when he will drop to see me."
A few hours later, Raj came, and they shared a high five along a hug, "How are you man?"
"I am better, how are you?"
"I am fine, enjoying life," Raj said with a smile.
"And enjoying the flat alone?" Arjun mocked.
"Exactly..." Raj said relaxing his bones.
Arjun threw a pillow at him, "Don't you dare touch my things,"
"Chill, I know you." Raj rolled his eyes. Arjun was really possessive about his things and unless allowed, no one had the permission to touch them. If they did, they can except a nice, hurting fight. "Here you first love," he handed him his Canon Pro camera. "Sometimes, I wonder, your wife will be more jealous of this camera than a woman," he joked.
"Not a chance, my wife will be my first and last love," he cleared Raj's misconception.
"Ah! Seems like someone has started to think about getting married," Raj pulled Arjun's leg.
Arjun was speechless as he heard that. He was a man and marriage talks were a big no to him. He had always rubbished them and here, not only he talked about it but had told he would love her more than his passion or anything.
"It should be the aftermath after the head injury," Raj winked at him.
"I guess so," not, it was a heart injury, Arjun corrected in his mind. It was his heart that was not listening his orders since the day he had met Riya.
DAY 19- THURSDAY
It was around 2AM, when Arjun's head started throbbing. He woke up Shree.
"What happened Bhai?"
"My head is hurting,"
"Wait let me call di," without wasting a second, he had rushed to Riya's room. "Di,"
"Why are you so worried Shree?" She said sleepily, but concern evident in her voice. It was not like her brother to wake her up in the mid of night. Arjun. Arjun was with Shree. Did something happen to Arjun. "Is Arjun fine?"
"No, di, he is feeling pain," Riya had sprang out of bed, her heart fluttering in fright.
Both of them entered in Shree's room quickly and Riya walked to him, "Are you alright Arjun?" she said inspecting his bandage.
"No, It is paining," he said with a growl.
"Let me bring pain killers," she rushed to the kitchen to fetch a glass of water and was at his side within a minute. She helped him have the medicine. "Shree sleep he is fine now."
Obeying his sister, he had laid down and slept within a few minutes, too tired from his classes and extra curricular activities. He was assured Arjun was in safe hands.
After a few minutes, the pain subsided. "It is better now," and he noticed her up and down in a cute pajama. "You wear pajama to sleep, I had expected some nice silk nighty?" he teased her. Or was it his heart's desire to see her in that. Well, she didn't look bad at all in the pajama, rather she looked adorable, that he felt like kissing her cheek... no, actually he felt like kissing her tantalizing rose petals.
"I prefer this," she shrugged her shoulders.
"Would you wear that after marriage?" He creased his brow. He would have to see her wear some mind numbing nighties once in a while.
"Arjun, that is for me to know and my husband to find out. It will remain a mystery for you," she winked at him.
Of course, they were not getting married, then why did he want that. He felt it was truly the head bump that was doing this. The question had seemed so natural.
"Sleep now Arjun," she put the blanket properly on him and left the room.
As she walked to her room, she let her cheek flushing. When he mentioned her nighty and about marriage, she had felt herself heating under his gaze. He was going something to her, she was unaware of.
Part B will be up with an hour or so...
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Edited by kashishk - 24 February 2015 at 12:46pm