Nandini was climbing the stairs when Mukti called her from behind.
Mukti - Choti ruk...
Nandini stopped and turned back.
Mukti - Kahan jaa rahi ho itni jaldi me.
Nandini - Wo mai ... kahin nahin.
Mukti - Acha leave it. Mujhe tumse baat karni thi.
Nandini looked at her watch and said- Haan bolo na...
Mukti - Sorry wo mai subah tumhe lene nahi aayi hostel. But don't worry hum log Shaam ko sath me jayenge.
Nandini - Ok.
Again she looked at the watch.
Mukti - Kya hua. Baar baar tum time kyu dekh rahi ho. Kahi jaana hai kya?
Nandini - Haan woh...
Mukti - Baad me chale Jana. Pehle canteen chali mere sath.
Saying this Mukti held Nandini's hand and was going to the canteen.
Nandini was getting restless as Manik had asked her to come to the terrace in 5 min. And she was getting late.
Nandini - Mukti tum jao. Mujhe library me kuch urgent kaam hai mai wo complete karke aati hu.
Saying this Nandini rushed from there without giving Mukti a chance to stop her.
Nandini reached the terrace and found Manik pacing from end end to another end.
Nandini looked at the watch and found that she was 15 min late.
Nandini - MANIK...
Manik turned towards her and said- Oh welcome... welcome... Miss Murthy... Milgaya time apko... itni jaldi kyon aayi ho. Aur bhi Kuch kaam hoga wo bhi karke aati .
Nandini - Manik I am sorry wo raaste me Dhruv aur Mukti milgaye the isliye late hogaya.
Manik held Nandini's arms tightly and said- Haan to jao na unhi ke paas . Yahan kyu aayi ho.
Nandini - Manik I m sorry. Gussa kyu ho rahe ho.
Manik - Gussa me nahi aau to aur kya karu. Kisi ko meri fikar nahi hai. Meri to koi importancehi nahi hai kisi ki life me. Sab ko apni padi hai.
Nandini- Manik aisa nahi hai. Tum galat samajh rahe ho.
Manik- Nahi nahi. Aisa hi hai. Tum bhi baki logo ki tarah ho. Why will you care for me . My feelings.
Nandini - Manik kya bol rahe ho tum. I care for you. I genuinely do... Please aisa mat bolo.
Manik - Really...
Nandini - Haan Manik.
That was it for Manik.
He hugged Nandini immediately and started to cry.
Nandini was taken aback with this sudden hug. But she thought that consoling Manik must be her top priority.
So she chucked all the awkwardness and kept patting Manik's back.
Nandini had never thought that Manik who always acted cool and was ever happy had a vulnerable side to him.
Nandini - Manik please chup hojao. Stop crying...
Manik felt relaxed in Nandini's arms.
All his worries got washed away with the soothing words of Nandini.
After few minutes Manik came back in his senses and broke the hug.
Manik - Nandini I am sorry. Mujhe tum Par aise chillana nahi chahiye tha. But...
Nandini - Manik it's Ok. Hum friends hai right... so itna haq to banta hai tumhara mujhpe.
Manik smiled hearing this.
Nandini - Manik you want to share anything with me.
Manik avoiding eye contact- Ha... nahi . Nahi to.
Nandini - Manik it's Ok. Agar tum share nahi karna chahte to its Ok. I won't force you.
Saying this she turned towards back to go .
Manik held her hand and said- Nandini aisa nahi hai. I want to share with you but pata nahi kaise kahu.
Nandini - Manik I can understand. Tumhe kabhi bhi lage ki you want to share something with me remember I am always there for you.
Manik nodded in a yes.
Nandini - So Manik mai jau.
Manik - Kahan?
Nandini - Quiz competition ki preparation karni hai. Don't forget we have just one day left for the competition.
Manik - But what about dance practice.
Nandini - wo to almost hochuki hai. But dance ke chakkar me Maine quiz ke liye to kuch bhi prepations nahi ki.
Manik didn't want Nandini to go. But on Nandini's insistence he let her go.
Nandini went to Dhruv who was sitting in the library.
Nandini - Dhruv...
Dhruv saw Nandini and his face lit up.
Dhruv - Nandini tum...
Nandini - Sorry Dhruv us time mujhe Kuch urgent kaam tha isiliye mai chali gayi. I hope tumhe bura nahi laga hoga.
Dhruv - Arey nahi. Tumhari baat ka mai kabhi bura nahi maan sakta.
Dhruv said it very slowly. Nandini couldn't hear him.
Nandini - Huhhh... Tumne Kuch kaha. Maine suna nahi.
Dhruv - Nahi Maine Kuch nahi kaha.
Nandini - Ok to lets start our prepations.
Dhruv - Ok.
Both of them continued their prepations for 4 hours taking short breaks in between.
Dhruv kept stealing glances of Nandini while explaining her the important points.
After they were thoroughly satisfied that they had covered all the topics, they left the library.
Nandini and Dhruv were walking in the corridor when she got a message from Manik that he is waiting for her outside the college.
Nandini smiled seeing the message but then she remembered that Mukti had said that she will be dropping Nandini to hostel.
Nandini was in a dilemma whom to say yes and whom to say no.
Nandini's thoughts were broken by Dhruv.
Dhruv - Nandini... kaha kho gayi.
Nandini - Nahi. Dhruv meri ek help karoge.
Dhruv - Haan bolo na.
Nandini - Please tum Mukti se keh dena ki tum Mujhe hostel drop kar rahe ho.
Dhruv- But ...
Nandini - Please ek help kardo. Please please please...
Dhruv said Ok hearing her pleas.
Dhruv - Haan kyu nahi. Chalo.
Both of them went to the parking lot where Mukti was waiting for Nandini.
Mukti - Chal choti der ho rahi hai.
Nandini - Mukti actually mai Dhruv ke sath jaarahi hu.
Mukti - But kyu.
Nandini - Wo actually mujhe Dhruv ki book return karni hai Jo mai hostel me bhool gayi.
Mukti knew that Dhruv was a nice guy and she could trust him .
Mukti - Ok. Hostel pahuch ke mujhe call kardena.
Nandini - Haan sure.
Mukti - Theek hai fir mai nikalti hu.
Saying this she went away.
Nandini heaved a sigh of relief .
Dhruv - Nandini tumne jhoot kyu bola.
Nandini bit her tongue.
Nandini - Dhruv wo actually mujhe Mukti ko trouble nahi karna tha. Isliye Maine jhoot mooth ka bahana bana diya.
Dhruv - Ok. Mai Tumhe hostel drop kardu...
Nandini - Dhruv wo actually mera koi wait kar raha hai . Mai usi ke sath chali jaaungi. Thanks for asking.
Dhruv got disappointed hearing a no from Nandini.
Nandini - Bye Dhruv hum kal milte hai. Kal competition hai na.
Dhruv - Ok. Bye.
With this he went away.
Nandini then walked out of the college and went to a distance and found Manik's car parked at the side of the road.
Manik stood there leaning to he car
Nandini went to Manik and tapped his shoulder from behind.
Manik turned towards her and said-
Nandini... You are again late.
Nandini held her ears and said- SORRY. Wo actually Dh...
Nandini stopped thinking that Manik will again get angry hearing Mukti and Dhruv's name.
Manik - Yes go ahead. Bolo Ab kya bahana hai.
Nandini - Sorry na Manik. Fir kabhi nahi hoga aisa.
Yaha aane ke liye kitne bahane banakar aayi hu aur tum aisi baatein kar rahe ho.
Nandini said all this faking sadness.
Manik melted seeing Nandini's sad face.
Manik - Acha Ok. Leave it. Let's go now.
Nandini didn't move an inch.
Manik came infront of Nandini and said- Nandini Comeon yaar Chalo na. Ab tum kya chahti ho. Tumhe manane ke liye kya karna hoga.
Nandini - Mujhe maana bahut hi aasan hai.
Manik - Acha.
Nandini - Haan. Agar Mujhe maana hai to mere liye cook karna hoga. Koi bhi dish chalegi.
Manik - Omg. Ye to bahut difficult kaam hai. Agar tum kabhi mujhse naraaz hojao aur mujhe maana pade to mai toh cook nahi karne wala tumhare liye. Bhool jao.
Nandini - MANIK...
Manik - Nandini... Ab chalein.
Nandini - Haan Chalo.
Both of them sat in the car and drove away.
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