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Chapter 1 & 2 - page 1
Chapter 3 - page 2
Chapter 4 - Epilogue - page 4
"Prashant, can we please leave."
But it was too late. They had already seen each other.
"Yash Scindiya, when last did I see you?"
"It's been a while, Prashant. How are you doing?"
"Good and you?"
"You remember Aarti. We are married now. And this our angel Palak. Good thing she looks like her mother don't you think?" Prashant laughed.
She nodded her head, not meeting his eyes.
"Your daughter is very beautiful. What are you doing in Mumbai?"
"We here on a little vacation. You are so lucky to have the beach so close. You can come any time."
"Yes. Pankaj's kids love it."
"And you. Are you married yet, Yash?"
"Congratulations. We must catch up before we leave."
"Do you have my number." he took out his wallet and handed him a business card. "Here call me and we can arrange something.
"Nice seeing you again."
Yash looked after them, thinking how different things could have been. If only ... It seemed to him that she was even more beautiful now. And even after years she couldn't even look at him.
Yash and Prashant had finally managed to get together for drinks. They were chatting about their old college friends and reminiscing. Then Yash said,
"Prashant, why do I get the feeling you didn't call me just for a catch up session."
"You're right. I wanted to talk to you about Aarti"
"You want to talk to me about your wife" he wondered if he knew.
"Yes, I am worried about her."
"So why do you want to talk to me about that?" he was very confused now.
"I am dying Yash. I have been diagnosed with cancer and I don't have much time left. This is why we came on this last vacation."
"Prashant..." Yash was a loss for words.
"Don't worry about me. I have made peace with it. I just worry about Aarti and Palak. I'm not working now and she gave up her job to look after me. At least for these few days I have been well but most times, I need care and soon I will need full time care. She does everything for me and for Palak. There is no one to help her. So when I saw you a few days ago I knew what I had to do."
"I'm still not sure how I fit into this?'
"Yash, I don't want Aarti to suffer. I don't want her to be alone and not being able to make ends meet. I want to ask you to be there for her and Palak."
"Why me? Why not your family."
"My parents did not approve of the marriage so they won't help her and her parents also won't help her."
"Prashant, I am so confused."
"Yash, Palak is 3 years old. We have only been married for just over 2 years." He took a piece of paper out of his pocket and gave it to Yash.
"What is this?"
It was the results of a paternity test showing that Prashant was not the father of Palak.
"Why are showing me this Prashant."
"You do the math Yash. She told me she was pregnant and I offered to marry her. I've always loved her. So for me there was no sacrifice. But she suffered. Our parents treated her very badly and actually still do."
Yash held his hand to his forehead as the realisation set in.
"She told me she had an abortion. Why would she lie about that?" Yash asked.
"I don't know. She has never told me who Palak's father was, but I always knew it was you."
"Why didn't you come to me then?"
"I told you I loved Aarti and I wanted to marry her. Even though she was pregnant and in love with you."
"What now Prashant?"
"She mustn't know that we are having this conversation. And I want you to try and stay away while I am still alive, but when I die, please just see that my girls are seen to financially. I am not in a position to do that for them. I want you to bring them here to Mumbai and let them make a home for them here. Bhopal will have to many sad memories for her."
"Of course, Prashant."
"I have to go. She worries if I stay out to long."
"I will take you back."
"No thanks. Oh I almost forgot. Take this." he gave him 2 flash drives.
"What on it?"
"Its pictures and video clips of our beautiful girls, from the time Palak was born till now and the other you need to give to give to Aarti when I'm gone."
Yash was sitting at the kitchen table looking at the pictures when Pankaj came past.
"Yash, that looks like the lady and the little girl we saw at the beach. Who are they?"
"The little girl is my daughter, bhayia and Aarti is the love of my life. I broke her heart and she married someone else. Another man raised my child." He realised soon after seeing them again that he was still in love with her. he met with Prashant only to find out more about her. He thought he hated her at one stage. Wnen she told him about the abortion but when he saw again at the beach he realised that he never did.
"You heard right. She is my child. And I never even knew she existed till today. And it's all my fault."
"Now I am totally confused. Please start from the beginning."
Flashback 4 years ago
Yash noticed the beautiful girl that came in with Prashant earlier. There were two girls with him, younger than the crowd that were there. The one was dancing and enjoying herself. The other was shy and followed Prashant all over. Finally she was standing alone and he went over.
"Would you like to dance?"
She shook her head.
"Come on. This is a party. I promise I will behave myself."
"Ok" she said softly.
It was his luck that the music turned to slow song as they started to dance so he could hold her as close as she felt comfortable.
"What your name?'
"Well just because you asked me so nicely I will tell you my name. It's Yash" she giggled.
"I've never seen you here before."
"I am visiting Prashant. We are neighbours and his sister is my best friend. So we have come to Mumbai to spend some time with him."
"I see. How long are you staying?"
They danced together for a while and then he led her outside for fresh air.
"How old are you Aarti?"
"Have you ever been kissed?"
"No" he could see even in the dim light that she blushed.
"I would like to be the first one to kiss you. Will you let me?"
She nodded, still looking away. He turned her face to him with her hand and he kissed her softly. He lips were as soft and delicious as he imagined them to be. Then he started to insert his tongue, exploring her mouth. She didn't respond at first but soon she followed his lead. But he had to stop. She wasn't ready for what he wanted. He took her inside and after taking her number, fully intending to spend part of those 2 weeks with her.
Prashant was an IT technician and was always on standby. So Mansi and Aarti used those times to do what they wanted to do without there chaperone. Mansi also had a love interest so they went their separate ways.
He took her out and she came out of her shell systematically. But he didn't plan for what had happened that night. He had taken his families beach house. They ordered in and then went for a walk on the beach. They were walking hand in hand ankle deep in the water, when a big wave came suddenly and wet them completely. They didn't normally keep clothes at the beach house but he had left a few things with his last visit. He checked to see if Bhabhi left anything but there was nothing. He gave her a t-shirt to wear and put her clothes in the tumble dryer. They both went to take separate showers. Not that the thought to join did not cross his mind.
But when she came out of the shower, just wearing his t-shirt and her hair still wet, it was the end of him. He put on a dry pair of jeans and had not yet put on his shirt and the way she looked at him, it was clear that she also felt the same. They walked towards each other and started kissing each other passionately. The t-shirt was quickly discarded and he was consuming her breasts. He lifted her and she wrapped her legs around him and he walked with her to his room. He put her down on the bed and he lay on top of her. Kissing her, moving down her neck, her arms, nibbling her ears and her breasts. Then when he reached her moist centre, she gasped before he even touched her. He rubbed her a few times and inserted his fingers stimulating her. Then he pleasured her with his mouth till she trembled in ultimate bliss.
Only then did her remove his pants. He was fully erect in anticipation of her. She looked at him with so much passion that he couldn't contain himself. He entered her with a big thrust, knowing the pain she would experience. She merely whimpered.
"I can stop if you want me to, if it's too painful." he said looking at her intently and wiping the strands of hair from her face.
She lifted her head and kissed him as consent. Her moved slowly moved inside her until her he could see the pain eased, then progressively he increased the speed and the depth of his thrusts. He had to hold himself back as the amazement and passion on her face drove him wild. Finally she wrapped her legs around him as she was reaching her climax and he let go at the same time.
He moved off of her.
"Aarti, please believe me, I didn't plan that. I'm sorry. We didn't even use protection."
She started to cry.
"I'm sorry, honey. I won't do it again."
"Was I that terrible?"
"No, honey you were incredible but what we did was not safe. Don't cry."
"Ok" she said through her tears.
"I will see how far your clothes are and I will take you back to Prashant's place."
They saw each other twice more before she left for Bhopal. They didn't make love again.
They were in contact after she left but he was not really interest in a permanent relationship.
2 months later she was back in Mumbai and they met up back at the beach house. She was so happy to see him, she hugged and kissed him. He knew he would have to let her down gently. But before he had a chance she broke the news.
"Yash, I'm pregnant. We are having a baby."
"No, I can't do this. I can't be a father. Are you sure about his Aarti?"
"You can't keep it. You have to give it up for adoption or something. I am not ready to settle down. I have to go." he left her alone at their beach house. It was late when he came back. He'd expected her to be gone. He had Ishita with him. She was always available when he needed her and he had a little too much to drink. They came in the door and had already started kissing and discarding clothes when the lights went on. The pain on her face sobered him immediately. She left without saying anything and he didn't follow.
He called a cab for Ishita and sat there on the balcony. Thinking about the events of the day. Then the realisation that he was going to be a father set in. She was having his baby. Something had change, suddenly he knew what it was. He loved her, he wanted her and their child. But he hurt her so badly. He had to make amends, had to get her back, he had to apologise. He tried to call her repeatedly but she ignored is calls. Finally he flew to Bhopal to see her.
He waited for a time when he saw everyone else leave the house and he went to knock on the door. She was shocked to see him. She let him in.
"Aarti, I'm sorry. I shouldn't have re-acted in the way I did. I'm so sorry. It was all just such a shock. Please will you marry me. I will send my parents with a proposal soon."
"It's not needed anymore Yash"
"What do you mean?"
"There is no more baby"
"Nothing happened. I had an abortion."
"What. You had an abortion, without even telling me. You killed my baby."
"No Yash, I removed an unwanted foetus from my body. That's all. Now you are free of obligation."
"You b***h! You are heartless."
"You made me so. No please leave." her face was expressionless. Gone was the loving innocent girl that he met almost 3 months back. At that moment he could have strangled her, he hated her. It was better for him to leave, else he might have done something he could've regretted.
End of flashback
Pankaj was shocked at this revelation.
"So now what happens Yash? Are you going to bring her home?"
"Not yet, I have to first honour a dying man's wish.
Edited by B-onesie - 07 May 2016 at 1:31pm
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