I'm glad at least someone likes it, phew, haha. Here's another update:
After lunch with Saagar, Rhia came straight home. Excitement ran through her as she opened her apartment door and let herself in. The light was very faded, and for a moment, she couldn't see.
Rhia: Ritesh? Ritesh are you home?
After adjusting the lights, she saw that the apartment was empty, and there was note attached the to the fridge. Upon drawing closer, she could see a message written in Ritesh's untidy handwriting.
Note: Went for interview. Will be back by afternoon. Love, Ritesh.
For the next few hours, she busied herself with her work, already envisioning the tour she would take with Saagar and the glory his company would achieve. Around 6:00 am, she heard the main door open and then close shut. She heard a zipper, and then shuffling of clothes as Ritesh took his jacket off and hung it onto the rack. He came around and kissed her on the cheek in greeting.
Rhia (kisses back but remains seated on the table): Hey there! How did it go?
Ritesh (excited): Very great actually! I think they may have an opening for me.
Rhia (getting up): Really? Sweetie that's great!
She went up and gave him a firm hug. After so long, everything was getting back in place. He drew and away and grinned.
Ritesh: Tell me about it. But there's a slight catch. They dont have an opening for me in this branch right here, but they may have one in New Delhi.
Rhia (confused): Wait...as in, not in Mumbai? Another city? Ritesh, how are we gonna...
Ritesh (cuts her off): I know I know! It sounds bad, but really jaan, think of it. Maybe moving to another city may not be such a bad idea after all.
Rhia: No, but what about my job?
Ritesh (after a pause): Oh...well, I mean. Sweetheart, dont take this the wrong way, but after I get a job, you wont even have to work.
Rhia (horrified): What? Ritesh, tell me you didnt say what I think you said...
Ritesh (seeing her response): Ahh, I'm sorry. I dunno why I said that, but...never mind. Forget about it. We'll work something out. Listen, I really need this job Rhia. You dont know how useless one feels in this situation (expression darkens) How utterly meaningless. (shakes his head) But anyways, I'm thinking that for the time being, I'll take it. And then, once I'm settled I'll request the company to somehow transfer me back to Mumbai.
Rhia: So wait, we'll be living separately?
Ritesh (holds her shoulders firmly): I know this sounds bad, but Rhia, its gonna work out, trust me. Just a few months at most, and then as soon as I'm solid at the spot, I'll ask to transfer, I promise.
Rhia (unsure): Ok...if you feel this is the only way, I guess we can try. Months Ritesh? How are we going to manage this?
Ritesh: Dont worry about it, we'll do just fine.
He pulled her close into a hug in reassurance and drew back only after he felt her relax. He was glad to see a small smile on her face when they parted.
Ritesh: That's my girl! Now tell me, how did your meeting with this business tycoon go?
Rhia (lightening up): Oh great! Amazing! Perfect! I think this is gonna get us quite a chunk of cash. (smiles) I'll be taking a tour with the CEO of SG Tech around the world fpr two weeks to help him make his company global.
He moved around and plopped down on the sofa and turned the television on while Rhia continued to type away on her laptop.
Ritesh (unconcerned): Great, that's great sweetie. Who was the guy again? Uhhh, Saagar, something right?
Rhia: Saagar Malhotra
Ritesh: Right right, I've heard about him. The guy's is quite the businessman. His name appears on the newspaper once in a while.
Rhia (matter of factly while typing): Oh yes, he's very impressive. I was actually very surprised by how young he was, and very good looking as well. Total charmer. You would think the guy would be a model or something. Kinda looks like Saif Ali Khan a little bit too.
Suddenly, Ritesh's full attention was focused on this subject. The T.V droned on in the background while he squinted at Rhia typing away.
Ritesh (concerned): Really? Hmm...maybe this tour isnt such a great idea Rhia.
Rhia (looking up at him): What, why?
Ritesh (trying to sound funny): I dunno, a charming guy with my beautiful wife for 2 whole weeks. I mean, men will be men sweetheart (laughs)
She laughed and walked towards him and joined him on the sofa. Cuddling up to him, she kissed his arm and spoke calmly.
Rhia: Since when did you become so insecure, huh?
Ritesh: Since my wife told me she would be touring the world for two weeks with a charming guy.
Rhia: Come on Ritesh, I've done this so many times before. Most of those other CEOs were men as well.
Ritesh: Yeah? But how many of them looked like Saif Ali Khan?
This time, his tone was serious, and Rhia sobered up instantly.
Rhia: Sweetheart, if it makes you feel any better, he's about 10 years older than me, divorced, and has two kids.
Ritesh: Really? (calming down) Well, yeah, I guess I overreacted. Haha, the jealousy beast catches up with me sometimes, especially since I dont get to spend enough time with you as it is. Sometimes I forget that I'm married.
She smiled and snuggled up to him. This was the first time Ritesh had been this insecure, and it intrigued her a little bit. They began to stare at the television screen for a few moments, and Rhia thought that the situation was under control. After a few moment, he spoke very softly.
Ritesh: Does he really look like Saif Ali Khan?
Rhia (laughs): Ritesh! What's wrong with you today?
Ritesh: No really, does he?
Rhia (after a pause): No. No he doesnt, I just exagerated.
She waited for him to ask more questions, and was relieved when he didnt. This new project was turning out to be very interesting already.