Posted: 05 December 2007 at 1:10am
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December 22, 10 A.M..
And I miss you
Like the Desert missed her Rain!
The Sharmas had hired a luxury van for a sightseeing trip the next day….Mishti, Kartik and Kripa went alongwith Dilip and Naina for a tour of the tourist spots nearby.
Kripa had to call Simone and cancel her dance class for that day….she called Angad too, he sounded disappointed but just said " Enjoy with ur family, Sweetheart!"
First they visited the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, built in 1605, and now declared a World Heritage Monument. The church houses the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa, who died while on a sea voyage to China on December 2,1552. The following year, while transferring his remains to Goa, in accordance with his wishes, it was found that the saint's body was as fresh as the day it was buried. This miraculous phenomenon continues to attract the devout of all lands and an Exposition or public viewing of his body every ten years attracts lakhs of pilgrims!
Kripa was missing Angad terribly! How she wished that Angad could have been there with her….her eyes searched unconsciously for Angad everywhere!
As she stepped out into the bright sun from the cool, dark interiors of the church, she suddenly saw Angad on his motorbike parked on the opposite side of the road…..he was wearing the same black jacket and sunglasses as he wore on the village trip!
At first she thought she was hallucinating because of her yearning for him, but then he waved his hand and blew a kiss towards her…..Kripa ran across the street…..her family was still inside the church, listening to the guide detailing the Church's history in a droning voice!
Kripa got up on the bike behind him and said: Chalo jaldi se!… Angad roared off to a secluded corner of the street and parked the bike behind some bushes…
.He turned around and pulled Kripa on his lap….." Main tumhey bahut miss kar raha tha" ….……Kripa said : " Main bhi" ….they kissed breathlessly!
Angad: Raat ko Morisco mein milogi na?
Kripa: Pata nahin Mishti aur Kartik ka kya plan hai (she sounded sad)
She hid her face in his neck, inhaling his comforting scent! Angad simply caressed her hair, back and arms gently! After a while she said: Ab mujhey wapas le chalo, Mama will be looking for me"
Angad dropped her off a few yards away from the Church steps and roared off!
Naina was outside looking for Kripa: Kahan chali gayi thi, Baby? Main tumhey kabsey dhoond rahi hoon!!
Kripa lied: Wo….Mama….main kuchh khareedna chahti thi so I was looking for some stores! Dilip urged them : Chalo chalo… ab bahut si jageh dekhney baaki hain
They just touched on the various beaches of Goa without getting down…..Dilip and Naina didn't want their shoes to get dirty!
The Sharmas lunched at a French restaurant, shopped for souvenirs and returned in the evening, exhausted….they rested for a while and then went for a late dinner at the Seashell Restaurant!
Kripa was very disappointed …….she had barely seen Angad all day!
At night, she stood on the terrace, expecting Angad to appear again….but he didn't!
She tried calling Angad but his mobile was out of range!
She tossed and turned in bed all night, crying silent tears at times, missing him so badly, she ached for his presence!
Next morning, she couldn't wait to go to dance class……..BUT Angad wasn't there either!! Simone told her that Angad's grandmother had been taken ill suddenly so he had to go to Anjuna to visit her at the hospital there! Kripa felt lost and dejected without him! The Goa sun seemed to dim in his absence!
Simone taught her cha-cha that morning…." You don't really need a dance partner for this one, so its okay ….just follow my steps!"
Kripa learned half-heartedly…….when Simone saw Kripa's heart wasn't in dancing that morning, she let her off early.
Kripa went to the parapet wall and looked out sadly towards the sea, feeling like a sailor's wife waiting for her husband's return! Tears started falling from her eyes without her being aware of it!
It was 2 o'clock in the afternoon and she still sat there, depressed and lonely…
Suddenly a pair of hands covered her eyes ….startled, she almost fell off the parapet, but a strong arm went around her, clasping her….
ANGADDD! She exclaimed loudly with delight!! Turning, she flung herself into his arms, burrowing into his broad chest, sobbing with happiness at his return!
Angad engulfed her in his embrace, gently calming her back as she cried her heart out!
Finally he sat down with her in his arms, wiping her tears: Kripa, please mat ro….
He lifted her chin and looked into her tear-puffed eyes, his own were tearful too…" Mainey bhi tumhey bahut miss kiya" …he gently wiped the tears from her eyes and hugged her tightly!
When Kripa was quiter, she asked him: Tumharey grandma kaisey hain ab?
Angad: Not too good! She has been paralyzed for last 5 years after a stroke…..kal phir se daura pada…… and there was a life-and death situation!
Kripa: Tumharey grandma ka naam kya hai?
Angad: Rosa …..My Aunt Marie ….Simone ki Mom…unkey paas granny rehti hai….mere Mom ke chaley jaaney ke baad se hi unki tabiyat din-ba-din bigadti gayi…..ab toh sirf saansein hi bachi hain!" he said sadly.
Kripa stroked his chest and hesitantly asked: Tumhari Mom?….
Angad: Haan, Angela….main jab dus saal ka tha, tab achanak ek din heart attack se unki……..she was only 38….she had a weak heart….kisiko pata nahin tha…..
As he spoke about his mother, Angad's eyes teared up, his voice got heavy….
Kripa softly said " I am sorry" and hugged him again!
They spent a few minutes in an emotional pause!
Then suddenly Angad said : Chalo. Lets go somewhere...
Angad: Main tumhey Baga beach le jaaoonga….tumharey paas swimsuit hai?
Kripa : Haan hai
Angad : to jaao change kar lo, main tumhey aadhey ghantey mein pick up karta hoon….hum bahar lunch kar lengey!
Kripa jumped up, revived with new life …..she ran back to her room and changed into her one-piece red swimsuit….it was decently cut but it clung seductively to her curves……when she saw herself in the mirror, she blushed, imagining Angad's eyes on her…..she grabbed a small kimono style robe and stuffed it into a beach bag, also taking towels and sunblock! Mishti was out with Kartik as usual so she just ran out after putting on a loose T-shirt and capris on top of her swimsuit!
Angad rode off with her on his bike……they stopped for lunch at a small seafood joint and then went on ahead to Baga beach, which was slightly further north of Calangute….a perfect strip of white sand, comparatively secluded and quiet!
At the beach, Kripa went to the changing room and took off her outerwear, she self-consciously wrapped the silk kimono around her and went out……Angad who was waiting for her looked at her quizzically, his eyebrows lifting at her shyness!
Kripa slowly took off her kimono, looking down with a red face…..she could feel his eyes on her…..running over her curves, loving what he saw!
She looked up to see that he had also changed into a pair of boxer swimming trunks…..his muscular chest bare and gleaming in the sun! Her breath caught in her throat at his male splendour …..like a Greek God of paintings, she thought!
Angad saw her staring at his body and smiled knowingly…..he couldn't stop looking at her perfect little body….so petite and so well-formed with delicious curves….her legs were long and graceful…….his pulse quickened!
Kripa's hands itched to put on her kimono again, but before she could do so, Angad pulled it away from her hands and said: " Lets go catch some waves"
He pulled her down to the water and into the waves, holding her hands and they both caught the waves, laughing and screaming as some big ones almost swept them off their feet! ---
They splashed around like two kids, throwing water at each other….Angad tried to catch her and drown her ….she ran away in mock fright….. and so they played in the roaring waves for more than half an hour! Finally exhausted, they plopped down on two blankets that Angad had brought with him! Kripa opened her sunblock and applied it to her arms and legs….Angad watched her graceful movements with fascinated adoration!
When she couldn't reach her back, he offered to apply it for her……she turned her back, slightly shy, but removed her wet hair and gave him the lotion! He gently rubbed the lotion on her bare shoulders and back, revealed by the halter-neck of the swimsuit! The touch of his hands on her bare skin made her shiver slightly and she closed her eyes, biting down on her lips to stop any sounds of pleasure!
Then he asked her to apply it on his back…..it was his turn now to bite on his lips as her soft hands rubbed the lotion on his muscular back! She felt the muscles on his back with some fascination…..he was so well-built….he must go to the Gym often, she thought with a naughty smile!
Then they lay down on the blankets and closed their eyes! After a few moments, she felt a shadow on her face…..she opened her eyes, Angad's face blocked the sunlight as it came down on hers and he kissed her gently on her lips, she kissed him back, entwining her arms around his neck……their lips gently brushed, rubbed, nibbled each other for some timeless moments……
Suddenly, they heard some people approaching….both rolled over into their own blankets…..pretending to be asleep on their stomachs!
It was a group of teenagers which passed them…….one of the girls giggled and said: Oh Boy… look at that ….he has a cute Butt!
A boy quipped back admiringly: Look at hers, hers is cuter…..
They passed the two on the beach-blankets and walked on towards the other side of the beach…..
As soon as they were out of range, Kripa and Angad both started laughing hysterically……they rolled around in laughter at the comments of the teenagers!
Kripa finally wiped off her laughter-streaming eyes and said: Lekin us ladki ne sach bola tha…u do have a cute butt!
Angad: Wo to hai (proudly) …..then he said wickedly…..but yours is definitely cuter! Dekhein to zara kiska zyada cute hai?
He pretended to look behind her and grab her…..she yelled, laughing, then sprang up and ran away…..he chased her to the water……she backed ….he advanced…….suddenly a huge wave came and pushed her right into his arms, she fell right on top of him and they both rolled together on the sand till the wave receded leaving them in each other's arms!
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