"What the hell is going on here with you two?" A voice came from the direction of the door. Mukti? Holy shit! My eyes widened in shock.
Manik's grip on my waist immediately loosened and I got up hastily.
"Why do you always have to interrupt us?" He said in an annoying tone. What the hell? I shot daggers at him with my eyes. What the hell was he speaking? Interrupt us? Good she came!
Woosh! I sighed in relief. If she hadn't come, I don't know, what we could have done. But also, I was feeling very embarrassed as she saw us in such a vulnerable position. My cheeks were getting red.
Shaking my head mentally, to get away from these thoughts, I ran towards Mukti and hugged her tightly.
"Thank god, you came." I said in content. "You don't know what he was trying to do." I said to her, scared, breaking the hug and looking at Manik from the corner of my eyes.
She narrowed her eyes, confusingly.
"Oh come on! Nandini, tell her you liked it too." He said seductively coming towards to me. I gulped in fear. I glanced at Mukti as if telling her to do something. She nodded and suddenly came between us.
"Manik, can't you leave her alone? What the hell is wrong with you? Why do you always scare the poor girl? And what did I tell you to do?" She said in a displeased tone. He looked disappointed.
"Hell! She is not a poor girl. You don't f**king know her. Did you watch her damn mouth? Huh! And sis, did you forget that I am your f**king brother?! Why are you taking her side? I was just going to tell her but you came in between." He whined like a five year old child.
What were they talking about? What was he going to tell me?
She just rolled her eyes. "First, mind your language. Can't you listen to me once? I gave you one task, still you couldn't do it properly." What task was she talking about?
He was about to open his mouth but she interrupted him again.
"No! Don't speak. Will you please stop troubling her and leave from here?" She said looking at me with pitied eyes and I glanced her back making an innocent face.
"Fine! I will go! I don't know what has gotten into your mind?! Go, eat each other's brain." He said and shot me a 'you can't get away from this' or 'I will see you soon' type of glare.
"Women these days..." He muttered to himself which was heard by us and left from here and Mukti rolled her eyes at this. I thanked her again.
"Where were you? I was waiting for you for almost two hours! You know, two freaking hours!" I asked her the moment he left from here.
"Oh, I am really very sorry. I just got busy with some work. But I heard that Dhruv showed you the house..." She said.
"Yeah. I met Dhruv on my way. He showed me everything. He's so adorable, you know unlike Manik." I snorted.
"I know, he is sweet and adorable. He's like a brother to me." She smiled innocently. She was so pure hearted. Something was different about her. She was not like other girls.
"Hey, are you even listening to me?" She shook me.
"Huh...yeah, yeah. I am sorry. I spaced out on you. What were you telling? And what was Manik going to tell me?" I asked her, curiously.
"I was telling you that, we are having a family dinner after a long time. So, you should get ready, coz you are invited. You can wear my dress if you don't mind. I guess, it will fit you." She said dumping a beautiful summer dress on my hands. A family dinner? With the Mafia? Oh god!
"I had sent Manik for this purpose only. But see, what was he doing." She laughed at her brother's antics, followed by me.
Oh, so this was the task. Then why did he apologised to me? She looked like she was very annoyed by his brother.
I noticed that she was also wearing a simple blue dress, perfect for a family dinner. She was looking very ethereal and pretty as well as skinny.
"Go, change. I am waiting for you." She said, before I could protest, pushing me into the bathroom.
I quickly stripped myself and changed into the dress. It was a little loose on me as she was skinnier than me. I opened my hair band and let my hair fall on both my shoulders. I applied some Kohl on my eyes and some lip color on my lips which were kept on the dresser.
I came out of the bathroom, only to see Mukti sitting on the bed, waiting for me.
As soon as she looked at me, her mouth wide opened.
"What?" I asked her, hesitantly. Was I not looking good? Should I go and change?
"No, no. You look amazing!" She said throwing her hands up in the air. Oh, so I said that loud. But Seriously? Amazing?
"Oh, thank you and same to you!" I said and she smiled.
"Come on, let's go now. We are getting late." She said pulling my hand and I nodded at her.
We were walking through the corridor, when anxiety hit me hard like waves of an ocean. I was feeling very nervous.
I started sweating, I don't know why. Who were going to be present there? How I was going to face them? So many questions were popping into my mind.
"Hey, don't worry. It will go good." Mukti tried to comfort me.
We started walking again that is when, something or I guess someone bumped onto my legs from behind, making me stumble a little forward.
I turned around and looked down to see a cute boy around six-seven years old, laughing.
"I am sorry Miss. I didn't see you." He said to me, with a sweet voice.
"Abhay, there you are! Why did you run from me?" Dhruv said puffing, literally running towards the boy, Abhay picking him up in his arms, before he could escape.
When I saw Abhay, a smile appeared across my lips. He was giggling and laughing. He looked so innocent.
"Hi, guys!" Dhruv greeted us and we smiled at him.
"Hey, boy! You ready?" Mukti asked Abhay squeezing his cheeks, which I guarantee he didn't like at all as he pouted.
"Mukti di, don't do that please. It's annoying." He whined and we all laughed at him.
"Nandini, meet my baby brother, Abhay," Mukti said to me and then looked at Abhay "and Abhay, meet Nandini, my friend."
Oh, Abhay was Manik's and Mukti's sibling. He did have the eye color same as Manik.
"Hey, baby!" I cooed him, ruffling his hair.
"I am not a baby anymore. I am a grown up man, Miss!" He said to me, pouting and I mouthed him a sorry.
"You guys are looking beautiful!" Dhruv said winking at us.
"You are no less." I said to him while blushing. He was wearing a black suit.
"So, are we ready for the dinner?" He said to Abhay and he grinned widely.
"Okay, let's go now. We don't want to be late. Manik must be waiting." Mukti said. Oh, God! Why didn't I realised that, Manik will also be present there. How will I face him? Jeez, please save me.
We reached the dining hall. It was spacious and splendid. A large chandelier was hanging in the center of the hall. The walls were grey in color. The hall was very well furnished.
I saw a middle-aged couple sitting there. Abhay pulled away from Dhruv's grip and ran, quickly sitting beside them. Manik was nowhere to be seen. Good!
The couple and Abhay were sitting at one side and Mukti, Dhruv and me sat on the opposite side of the table with Dhruv sitting in the middle. Manik was still not here. Where would he be? Ugghh! Nandini, why are you so desperate to meet him?
"Nandini, this is Roshni aunty and Sumit uncle." Mukti introduced us.
"Hello, guys." I said softly. I was feeling so awkward as it was a family dinner. And family? No! I was not even their friend.
"You don't need to feel uncomfortable, child. We are all family. No one is going to hurt you." Roshni Aunty said and I gave her a slight smile.
Roshi aunty and Sumit uncle looked so endearing. It seemed they were very happy with each other.
"You are so beautiful, Miss Nandini." Abhay said.
"And I agree with him." Said Dhruv, laughing and I rolled my eyes.
"By the way, uncle, where is brother? He is late, again. Where does this boy disappear?" Mukti said, annoyed.
"I don't know, must be busy with his work." Sumit Uncle replied.
"Oh, what will I do with this guy? Come on, man. This is a family dinner! Can't he spare his work for sometime?" Mukti said, sounding more pissed.
"Don't worry, Mukti. He must be coming." Dhruv said putting a hand on Mukti's shoulder.
Soon, we started our dinner. The food was amazing and extremely delicious. We were laughing at Abhay's cute antics when we heard someone clear his voice.
"Manik bhai!" Abhay shouted in excitement. Why, God? Why?
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