Posted: 17 November 2006 at 7:09pm
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thanx for all the lovely remarks and i'm posting a longer part as a treat! hope you enjoy it too...
RECAP: Oh how she craved to be in his embrace again...it was as if all
her pain would go away if Shiv would take her into his arms once again.
"STOP IT!" she told herself. "You will live. You have endured a lot
of pain before and you didn't flinch then why be afraid to bear this
with a smile? She wiped her tears and promised herself that she would
not let him realize her feelings for him. She would not let him affect
her. The room phone rang startling her out of her thoughts. She reached
for it and picked up the receiver and said, "Hello?" "Gauri! How are
you beta? And how's Shiv? Do you know how worried we were? Are you both
alright? You're not hurt are you? Everyone here is so worried about you
two," Gauri smiled at her mother-in-law's concern. "Everything is fine
Badi-Ma. I'm much better now…" "Much better…why? What happened?" Gauri
remembered Ipshita's words and realized the family didn't know about
her getting shot so she tries to manage by saying, "Nothing Badi-Ma. I
was just very exhausted and…very scared." Now that I've had rest, I'm
better. Don't worry everything's fine." Nikhila was relieved to hear
her daughter-in-law's voice again but she also knew that the rest of
the family (of course not including Palak and Maya) wanted to talk to
her so she said to Gauri, "Beta, I'm putting you on the speakerphone so
everyone can talk to you…just hold on a second." Gauri smiled and
waited and she too felt that she would be much more comfortable if she
also put herself on the speakerphone. She wouldn't have to tire her arm
and back. She turned her speakerphone on and at once heard everyone's
concerned voices, "How are you Gauri?" asked Dadi, Dada, Baba,
Mashi-Ma, and Kaya. "I'm ok, how are you all?" And Dadi said, "You are
worried about us? Beta, forget about us and tell us how you two are."
Gauri was trying to adjust her pillows while talking to the family
and as soon as she had gotten comfortable she saw Shiv staring at her
from the bathroom door, clad in a towel. She immediately closed her
eyes and pulled her blanket over her head with her left hand. Shiv gave
her a very irritated look because she did this every time he came out
from the bathroom. He failed to understand what her problem was. Did he
not look good after a shower or what? Usually, girls went nuts when he
was fully clothed, just imagine what would happen if they saw him like
this. He was thinking this when he looked down at himself again and
then it struck him. What am I thinking? Do I want Gauri to go nuts over
me? Oh god…what's wrong with me! And why does she do this every time?
It annoys me so much…why can't she see me in a towel? Is she seriously
this shy? Oh! Shy huh…hmm…cute, very cute. He smiled at the thought of
her getting shy because of him. And then smacked himself on the
forehead as soon as he realized what he was just thinking.
While this was going on the family was still trying to ask Gauri
how she was and since she was under the covers, having lost sense of
all else, she didn't reply. The family was confused by hearing no
response from her. Finally Dadi asked in a higher tone, "Gauri beta?
Are you still there?" Upon hearing Dadi's voice Gauri emerged from
under the covers and slowly peaked around the room. She heaved a sigh
of relief not finding Shiv in the room. He had gone back into the
bathroom after grabbing his clothes that he had left on the sofa.
"Yes, Dadi. I'm here. What were you saying?" Shiv comes out in red
pjs and an undershirt and heads towards Gauri. He goes and sits besides
Gauri and says, "I'm here too you know, not just your daughter-in-law.
I didn't know that you cared more for Gauri than me," he said
teasingly. The family laughed, relieved to know that the two of them
indeed were fine. They had to be fine considering Shiv's mood. Nikhila
already had tears in her eyes but when she heard Shiv's voice she
couldn't control them. Dadi said to Shiv, "do you know how much your
mother has cried for you?" And Shiv immediately says, "Ma, I am ok.
Please don't worry about me and I promise to see you in two days." "Two
days? Why not today? I can't wait that long to see you and until I see
you two with my own eyes I'll not be convinced that you are both ok."
Both Gauri & Shiv looked at each other and Shiv continued, "Ma,
we're both ok and we can't come home any sooner because we need to take
care of some formalities with the police and can't leave till that's
over. But I promise to be with you in two days." "Fine, but no more
than two days…got it? I don't want my daughter-in-law to feel lonely
and I know that she needs lots of love & care right now. After all
that has happened it takes a while to overcome the shock. And don't you
leave her alone for even a moment, you get that?" commanded Nikhila and
Dadi said, "Gauri make sure that he's here with you in two days and no
later. It's your responsibility to bring a son to his restless mother."
"Ji," said Gauri and they ended their conversation.
Edited by ladoos - 17 November 2006 at 7:13pm
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