Chapter 6: Newfoundland
Geet came and kneeled
beside him near the couch and caressed his face. Maan smiled at her touch and
snuggled closer to her hands. She thought he was awake but soon found he was
sound asleep and was probably dreaming something pleasant. Although his large
stature seemed to misfit on the couch, he seemed comfortable laying on it with
his legs dangling near the arm rest and his hands lay on his chest in a crisscrossed
manner. He looked cute and innocent and the early morning rays enhanced his
sinfully handsome face. She couldn't help but smile at him and combed through
his hair softly. She inched closer to her face and gave a slight peck on his
cheeks. He stirred with her kiss and mumbled something incorrigible knotting
his eyebrows. She didn't want to disturb him and therefore decided to leave.
She got up and turned to leave when she felt a tug. She looked back to see him
holding her back and his eyes pleading her not to leave.
"Mujhe chod ke mat jao
jaan," he pleaded his voice reflecting his despair.
Caught in her act red
handed, she looked down embarrassed while her toes drew designs on the floor. Maan
turned towards her, switched his grip from left hand to right hand, and upheld
his head with his left hand. She tried to wiggle her hands off his grip causing
him to tighten it more. She looked at him with her beautiful almond shaped
hazel eyes, begging him to leave her. Her cheeks hinted a tint of red hue with
his touch and words struck in her throat.
"Accha batao yahan
kyun aayi," he asked his eyes glinting mischief. Encouraged by her blushing he
probed further, "since you have come this close, why are you trying to leave
me?" he asked pain washing his face. "I l'" he began but before he could say anything she managed
to wriggle out of his grip and ran away. "Geet!" he called, his hands
outstretched. He tried to get up and run after her but he couldn't. He tried
once again but he felt a tight pinch on his cheeks.
Maan jerked his eyes
open to find a familiar figure staring back at him in shock. He blinked a few
times to get a grip on what just happened. He held him cheeks in pain and
looked at her, "Tum kab aayi?" he asked puzzled.
"Bujji* mujha pata nahi
tha ki tum mujhse itna pyaar karoge," she said sniffing. "Agar pata hota toh I
would have certainly married you," she said innocently.
"Sweety bakwas mat kar
yaar," he said getting up and sitting on the couch properly.
"Main bakwas kar rahi
hoon," she pouted, "abhi tum bata raha tha ki main tumhe chod ke mat javoon you
were almost about to confess too," Anushka said teasing him.
"Oh please yaar, main
aur tumse, khair chod, actually I am really angry on you," he said crossing his
"Uffo Bujji I just
couldn't help it. The trip was uncalled for, dad had called me urgently so I
couldn't refuse," she said helplessly.
"Haan haan, your trip
was more important than my marriage huh? Couldn't you make up an excuse to
come?" he said accusingly, "Vaise toh you are really good in making up
bahanas," he teased.
"You know me better
than that. You know never in this world I would miss your wedding. The Maan
Singh Khurana shaadi kar raha hai aur use miss karoon. Na baba na," she said
widening her eyes and shaking her head.
"By the way kahan hai
tumhari voh?" she said nudging Maan on the shoulder.
Maan simply smiled at
her teasing and antics. His best friend, Anushka Gopi Reddy, was finally back
after the weeklong trip to France where she had to attend to some business
issues. He remembered the first meeting back in high school at chuckled at the
mere thought of it.
Maan had walked into
the classroom on the first day of class, as it was new school and new
surrounding. He went and silently sat in the first bench when the teacher
entered the classroom holding a few books and her glasses hanging on her nose.
She scanned the classroom and went and placed the books and looked at him
sternly. He gulped down his saliva and looked nervously back at her. She
cleared her throat, "Good morning students, today I am going to take the lesson
on love," she stated seriously. All the students stared in astonishment at her.
"Kya?" she asked irritated. All the students shook their heads in denial
immediately. "So," she said leaning on the edge of the table, "you," she
pointed at Maan.
"Ji main?" he
stammered, standing up.
"Yes man," she said
eyeing him. "So tell me about love."
"Voh, sssorry ma'am
mujhe nahi pata," he said shrugging his shoulders.
"Kya yaar, chalo
chaddo, how would boys know about pyaar vyaar, ab yeh batao what is it that
takes to make a good relationship in bed."
Maan's jaws literally
dropped to the floor and his eyes popped out and people around his sniggered.
She walked near him seductively and wiped out beads of sweat forming on his
forehead. "Arre mera baccha, why are you sweating profusely?" she asked with
concern. Just then another teacher walked into the classroom. The current
teacher saw her come in and bit her tongue and hit her head.
"Ms Anushka Reddy!"
the male teacher shouted. Anushka smiled sheepishly at Maan and slowly walked
near the door. "How dare you trick your new senior, haven't you been taught to
respect your elders," he asked sternly. Anushka rolled her eyes listening to
the age-old lecture and shrugged her shoulders.
"Thanks a lot guys,
aaj ka bakhra episode ho gaya," she said smiling naughtily and winked at Maan.
He couldn't believe his ears on the first day of his class he was made a fool
of himself, that too by a junior. Although he wanted to punish her badly for
her egregious act, he kept quiet waiting for the correct time to strike back.
Later during the day,
Maan went to meet his little cousin brother studying in the same school and
found that same girl sitting and arguing with his cousin brother, Arjun, near
the basketball court. He strode angrily to her stood near her with his hands on
his hips and knotting his eyebrows.
Arjun looked at him with surprise and was about to hug his big brother,
when Anushka hid behind him. He was confused with her behavior and looked at
Maan for answers. His brother simply breathed fire and stood fuming at her.
Anushka explained that she had made a fool of him in the morning and that's why
he was fuming with anger. Arjun couldn't believe his ears; he scolded her for
her act and had asked her to apologize to his big brother. She did so
immediately fearing Arjun's real anger and promised never to repeat it. Maan
was satisfied with her apology and later he came to know that she was in fact
his little brother's best friend and known as the daring dhairyalakshmi of the
school, for her daredevil nature. He soon found she was really pure and sweet
but her mischievous acts, bubbly personality, and charming presence
overshadowed it. She hailed from a business background and like the Khuranas,
Reddys were a big name in Hyderabad, known for heading chain of hotels around
the globe. She was the only daughter pampered to the core, yet she was always
down to earth. She was never afraid to stand up for anyone's rights once she
made up her mind she would support it no matter what. Since that day, they had
shared the best and worst things in life.
Of the three
muskateers, Maan was the quietest of all. While Arjun and Anushka bickered for
every silly thing they could think about, they were always incomplete without
the other. Anushka always had the upper hand for Maan had always supported her
over his own brother. She always addressed Maan as Bujji, a name she had kept
for his sweet nature and never allowed anyone else to address him that way for
he was her Bujji and nobody else's. On the other hand Maan addressed her as
Sweety, a pet name he came up for her. His thoughts about her were finally
broken when she nudged him again.
"Arre sharma kyun rahe
ho?" she said, "jaldi batao I need to meet her."
"Voh, she is upstairs
sleeping in her room."
And you are here sleeping, why did she give you this couch punishment?" she
asked cocking her eyebrows. "Probably you would have given her a lecture about
some nonsense killing her romantic mood, haina?" she smirked. "Uff Mr. Khurana
how many times have I taught you the art of keeping your woman happy, phir bhi
yeh halaat?" she sighed shaking her head.
"Chup kar badmash!" he
said lightly hitting her head. He then went on to relate the events after
marriage neatly hiding the part where she had asked for divorce. Anushka
couldn't believe her ears and felt bad for Geet and then again teased Maan
endlessly for he couldn't get to complete the ahem rituals of marriage.
Geet awoke with the
sound of a new voice from downstairs. It was a lady's voice but it didn't quite
sound like Daadima's. She rubbed her eyes open and walked out of her room,
still half asleep. She blinked her eyes open to see the person better standing
next to Maan and talking animatedly to him. She wondered who could be visiting
Maan this early in the morning and strained her neck to get a better vision of
her. Geet could only see a tall, slender figure, with medium length long
straight hair that was waving up and down with each turn of her head. Maan
seemed to be enjoying her company as well and something unpleasant stirred
inside her at the sight. She quickly brushed it off and decided to explore the
new entry's details later. Right now she needed to shower so that she could go
to her college and see if she could re-enroll herself to finish off her last
Anushka and Maan were catching up on the things they missed. "Koi baat nahi I
am here right, main sab kuch teekh kar doongi," Anushka said.
"Haan, your presence
is the thing that scares me as of now," Maan joked.
"Acchaji?" she retorted
with her hands on her hips. "Hm! Gadha kya jaane adrak ka svaad," she smirked.
"Accha main gadha
"Haan, koi shak?"
"Only another gadha
can identify a gadha," he sniggered.
"Oi po ra (go!)" she
said nonchalantly. "Anyways mera nalayak dost kaisa hai?"
"He is fine. He called
3 days ago to wish me and that's the latest I heard from him," he said.
"That idiot also
didn't get time to attend your wedding?" she said widening her eyes.
"Actually Arjun had
some urgent patch up work to be done, so I had to send him to Canada branch. He
should be here by this weekend."
Geet walked down in
her simple baby yellow chudidhar, her curly long hair held with a clip, and her
eyes adorned with khol. Maan saw her walk down and was lost in her innocent
beauty and stared at her walk down the stairs. Anushka saw her descend down and
was pleasantly surprised by her angelic beauty. She thought that this girl was
aptly fit for her best friend.
"Good morning Maan,"
she said smiling splendidly. Maan, mesmerized in her beauty, failed to respond
back to her. Anushka realized he was gaping at his wife and dug her elbows into
Maan's chest causing Maan to wince in pain. She gestured him to stop drooling
and prompted her to reply back to her.
"Huh? Oh sorry, good
morning Geet," he said grinning sheepishly. He then looked at Anushka, "Aur yeh
mera sabse khaas dost, Anushka Gopi Reddy," he said side hugging her. Anushka
smiled at Geet and extended her hand for a handshake. Geet was taken aback by
the small gesture shown by Maan. She knew it was too soon to conclude anything
about the new girl Maan introduced as his special friend but something stopped
her from extending her hand. She couldn't name the thing that stopped her from
instantly liking the girl in front of her.
"Um?" Anushka said
"Huh?" Geet said coming out of her self-thoughts. "I'm
sorry," she said quickly. "Hello, I am Mrs. M'" she paused alarmed at her almost introduction.
She mentally chided herself for letting her thoughts run haywire. This new
place was creating new kind of emotions that she had locked herself away from. She
made a mental note to keep herself in check before continuing to engage in a
conversation with Anushka while Maan went to take a shower and get himself
shorry my dear peeps for the late update like i said i really wanted the WK update done so that i dont forget it now i am back to writing WK (the present encounter scene hopefully ) this weekend seems busy for i couldnt celebrate my bday yest so i hv planned to go out with my friends for this whole weekend so prob i'll start writing today but i cannot promise an update until monday or tues... anyways enjoy this update until i come up with the next as i hv finally made this an ff, it would only be fair to give a proper charac intro so check out the intro on the first page. n i am now officially changed the name from SS to FF. thnx a lot guys this started out as an OS went to become a SS n now a FF. i am really touched! LOVE YA ALL!
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Edited by Maaneet_09 - 18 July 2011 at 8:09pm