(This starts as soon as they land in Maldives. So you can skip the first few paragraphs, it's going to be same as Arohi's POV)
My eye's fell on Arohi as she smiled while talking to the pilot, thanking them. I perched my wayfarers on and climbed out of the jet. My eyes still on Arohi, her beautiful laugh rang in my ears.
There was something that sparked whenever I saw her, maybe it was the feeling that I didn't get her that night at the club or that feeling was completely gone, and replaced by something brand new that I couldn't recognize. In a short span of 7 days, Arohi Gupta had done something to me and I couldn't point out as to what.
"So, where are we going form here?" I asked her as a young boy came and took away our stuff to load in one of the cars. "Tonight, we have dinner at the resort and sleep, because we have a huge day tomorrow" she gave me a huge smile and I instantly felt like fighting on a silly reason or I'd end up doing something stupid. Clearing my throat I walked ahead of Arohi and Kruti and helped them onto the speed boat.
"I'm going for a shower, the room service will be here in 20 minutes." I told Kruti as she entered after she called Arohi to join us for dinner. I guess she wanted to be alone, since I couldn't see her behind Kruti. "umm humm" Kruti replied absent mindedly, not looking up form her phone. I sighed, my baby sister was busy with her finance then.
Trying to relax the jumpy nerves, I took a long hot shower, just when I pulled on a pair of broad shorts I heard someone knock 2 times, Kruti hadn't heard it then. Leaving the shirt for later I went to get the door and just when I stepped into the living room I literally ran into someone. My arms instinctively went around her tiny waist. So she came here afterall. I smirked at her and she tried to hide the blush that was rushing to her cheeks. I could see the inner conflict in her eyes. I was myself debating on what to do when the person knocked again. Audibly sighing in exaggeration I steadied Arohi and winking at her I turned around to get the door.
To say dinner was an uncomfortable affair was an understatement. I could feel that Arohi was ignoring me and everytime she as much as looked at me a blush appeared on her face. I was finding it very hard to not tease her in front of kruti. I don't know what was happening between me and Arohi, if at all, I didn't want Kruti involving in this.
I laid on the bed after dinner thinking about the beautiful smile and fell asleep picturing her smiling at me with such affection. Yeah, something definitely sparked and I wanted to venture it. It was too soon to say even if it was there but I wanted to give it a go.
Saturday had been too long to handle. Even with 2 hours of workout everyday and playing Polo my entire life had not prepared me for this. Resort jumping to find the perfect venue had ended up with Kruti selecting the one we were currently staying in. The girls had walked to every corner of every resort we had stopped in and taken into account every single corner before they concluded the final result. I think I even saw the manager of one of the resorts counting minutes as to when we would leave.
Ofcourse with Arohi working and me planing a suicide if I had to bear that for another hour we didn't have a single chance to talk. I felt like throwing a tantrum at dinner when the girls were still enthusiastically talking about the wedding. Yeah, I was never getting married, EVER. Or I'd elope.
"So, what about tomorrow?" I asked Mayra tomorrows plans, I didn't need to be in them if they were just talking colors! "Well, we have the meeting with the management. We decide everything tomorrow. A-Z, since we come back only 3 days before the wedding. And that should be done before dinner. So.we can have a relaxed dinner and sleep in since we only leave at 10am on Monday because that's when the sea plane transportation starts." she explained and I winced. I wouldn't be able to get out of this one, I had to be there because we would need powerful negotiators to deal with them because we needed a lot of rooms in short span of time.
I couldn't wait to get out of the chair we were currently sitting in. It had been 6 hours of discussions and making all the arrangements. What was getting.me through this was the midnight swim I was going to take in the infinity pool in the villa. I sat through meetings that lasted 10 hours and I wouldn't crib one bit, I got what I wanted; but 3 hours of discussing colors was not my cup of tea.
Finally when the clock struck 5, everything was done and decided. Kruti and Arohi were all smiles as they left for the suite. "I'm going to skip the dinner out and order in. Raj is going to video call me" Kruti smiled in glee. I gave her a one arm hug and kissed the top of her head. "Bye Dada, bye Arohi" Kruti smiled at us and walked to the path leading. "So, where do you wana have dinner? My treat, since the awfully long meeting ended." I asked Mayra who stopped in her tracks and looked at me intently. "There is a open dance floor with a open barbecue tonight." her eyes winded in happiness and that made me smile. "Sure, let's go then" I said about to grab her hand when she looked at me like I had 3 heads.
"What?" I frowned at her. "I need to change" she said in a tone that said "Obviously you don't know anything."
"But you look pretty!" I counterd and she gave me the biggest stink eye I had ever seen. "Okay, meet you in 30 minutes?" I said automatically. "45" she said and walked away with a smirk on her face.
She was one feisty lady, and she was killing me. Deciding to get redress to look good with her, I headed to the villa and got changed.
I called my manager to check if everything was in order. Making a few more calls before heading out to meet Arohi, I locked my room before leaving.
"It's time you got here" she exclaimed standing on the path that connected all the villas at a distance. "You take more time to get ready then a girl!" she laughed at me teasing. "Hey now, don't tease the person who is providing food. Plus, I was working since I was here discussing colors I need to make sure the company paying for those colors is still standing" I teased her right back and tugged her in the direction the open dance floor was being held.
I had called the front desk and made us a reservation to get good table. "So what would you like to drink?" I asked her. "Well, I'd like something light. Don't wana be hungover for a flight. That could be disastrous" she laughed and then continued "Vodka and cran for me" she nodded her head.
"Okay, I'll be back with the drinks then" I smiled at her. The music was starting to pick up and people were getting up to dance. I looked around and waited for the drinks when I saw a guy approach the table. I urged the bar tender to get faster. I couldn't let that pervert talk to her. Grabbing the drinks and telling him to enter it to my suite I walked as fast as I could.
"You need something?" I asked form behind the guy in an icy cold voice. I saw Arohi look at me with a frown and got up "Arjun" she stressed on my name as she got up "This is Rishi, I was their wedding planner last year and they are here celebrating their 1st anniversary" she glared at me in a way that was telling me to behave. "Hi Rishi. Where is the mrs then?" I glared at him giving him a tight liped smile. I didn't know why I was jealous but thinking about that was the last thing on my mind now.
"Oh, she wanted to Change her footwear or something." he laughed and Arohi laughed with him. "So you to here to celebrate something special?" he asked eyeing Arohi. "Well,..." she started but I cut her off by placing an arm around her and smiled sweetly at Rishi. "Yes we are. You know how it is? First anniversary together and everything!" I took a leap forward and kissed the top of Arohi's head just when I felt a foot stamp my foot and I winced. I looked at Arohi to see her glaring at me. "You okay buddy?" Rishi asked me and I nodded at him assuring him. "So, I'll leave then. Leave you both to it" he said and I muttered "Finally" thankfully he didn't hear but I sensed Arohi did and she wasn't happy.
"What was that?" Arohi pulled away as soon as Rishi walked away. "What?" I tried playing the innocent card but I knew it wouldn't work! "Don't try that. Mr. Singhania, that ain't working with me!" she narrowed her eyes at me and I shrugged. "I just didn't want any guy to spoil our evening" I told her, hoping she would buy the lie. "You know what? I don't care anymore. I'm getting drunk tonight" and with that Arohi gulped down her vodka and reached for my bourbon gulping down that as well she glared at me before walking off to the dance floor.
She held my eyes with hers as she danced to an upbeat song. Moving her hips to the rhythm.
She had been serious when she said she was getting drunk. Drink after another, she was laughing and dancing and people were loving it to much to. I could feel my heart churn every time a guy approached her. Mostly people that came here were couples but there were some stray guys present. The only good thing was that she was turning them all down left and right. I stood there motionless with an empty glass of drink in my hand staring at her as she danced seductively.
3 songs,5 drinks later; She suddenly smiled at herself as the song changed. She winked at me and motioned me to come to her and just like a refelx my legs moved on their accord, walking towards her. I set the empty glass on one of the table and wound my arms around her waist.
"Do you know what you are doing to me?" I whispered in her ear and I felt her shiver. I smiled, she was just as affected as me. "No" she slurred and then continued "No...but you ...you...don't know what you do to me!" she stabbed a finger on my chest as we swayed to the song.
"You are the reason I got drunk and I came for dinner and didn't have any food till now. Do you know how important food is?" she looked at me with wide eyes, making it look like she had just discovered that there were people on mars and I couldn't help burst out laughing. "You are mean" she pouted and then pulled away before crossing her hands over her chest. She then walked away with all the grace. Seriously she was drunk but it didn't effect her walk one bit. Biting my lip I followed her.
Drunk Arohi was cute. Regular one was just umm...uptight. "I'm sorry?" I questioned her trying to hide my laughter. "Well you should be. Even after me telling you, there is no food here" she gestured to our table she was currently sitting on "I'll get right on it mam" I bowed down and went to the barbecue stand that was serving food.
When I came back with food I found Mayra looking at a glass with deep intent. "You okay?" I asked as I placed two trays full off freshly barbecued food on the table. She looked up and me and then at the food and licked her lips. "I love barbecue" she exclaimed and then grabbed some kebabs form there. I laughed and joined her in.
Looking around, I saw the ambiance was pretty good. The shack was set up on the beach, the tables were placed directly in view to the ocean and the dance floor was directly across. Being here for 45 minutes I hadn't had a single look around because all I could do was think of the pretty lady sitting right in front of me
She didn't even have to dress up all to grab my attention all these little things she did, the way she cared, the way she stood up to me, the why she was right now, not caring about the world and begin herself was enough to make me go nuts for her.
I smiled on the outside as she told some story of some wedding but inside I was panicking. This was all happening so fast, just one week and I was staring ti like her, I didn't do dating but I knew Mayra wasn't the kind you go casual with, it was either exclusive or nothing. I took deep breaths and looked at the face that was causing a havoc inside me and my nerves calmed immediately.
Yeah, I had just figured out that something that was going on between us, I like Arohi Gupta and I didn't know what to do about it!
As promised double treat :D I want comment for Both chapters separately! Drunk Arohi is quite fun don't you think?