part, where Shanak realize how important they are becoming for each other...
is for Vandu who pesters me all the time for the update, the only soul who runs
behind me with her gaali's and then also I don't give the update on time. And also
to Neha, who has somehow has now teamed up with Vandu to be behind me for an update.
Worst they keep asking for updates when I am reading other FF and comment in some
other thread. I have to then do a disappearing act from that thread for some
time, till they have not moved onto another topic.
if this is not as per your expectations dears'
Part 9: They Talk
April 2010 - Flashback contd.
"You are right, we need time to think.
This is a big decision. I'm sorry I went over-board, I will remain in my limits
now. No advances ok?"
is just glaring at him.
Shaan: "Will that help Khanak?"
Suddenly she moves towards the door and is out of
walks back to her desk, sits with her eyes glued to laptop, can see his legs as
he enters slowly and walks to his desk, does not look up. Her mind is having
all the different thoughts.
knows he's been there for her in the past 7 months like no one else. He had
been her support for office work, her homesickness, her chauffer for groceries,
her companion for idiotic romantic movies, had provided a friendly shoulder to
cry on... He had stood by her at every moment from the time she landed till 3
days back, when she shunned him out of her life.
"Why God? Why did you do this to me? Why
did you get him in my life? There is no future for us together, he does not
even want me in his life, seems like I'm just a timepass for him! Did you hear
what he said, Pehle hum ek dusre ko samajh tho le ... matlab abhi tak who mujhe
samajh nahi paya... uff!"
up at the screen and sees his mesg 'Khanak, We need to talk. Can you leave with
me at 4?'
looks up and sees him watching her. She types 'No, I have lots of work, will be
staying up late in office'
then she can see that Srini has walked upto him and she quickly gets back to
her work as well, not that she is able to concentrate on the detailed report
sent by the offshore team, seems like nothing is working, neither her project code nor her brains!
10 page report is lying in front of her, most of the status showing as red with
some green lights in a couple of pages.
passed by after some time asking about lunch. She just shook her head and
carried on with her work. She was totally unaware that Shaan had also not gone
for lunch. As everyone in the room (mostly Indians from her and other competitor
company) carried on for lunch, soon Khanak and Shaan were the only one left in
knew she had not left for lunch as yet. He walked over to her desk after some time,
and softly says"Chalo Khanak, khana khane
"I've a lot of work to finish, and am not
"What the hell is wrong with you? Mera
gussa khane par kyu nikal rahi ho?"
"Oh pls, apne aapko itni importance mat
do. Mujhe kaam khatam karna hain."
moves around her desk and comed closer from behind, looking at her screen "you need some help? Main kuch karke doon
kya? Testing chal rahi hain na? any issues? I can help '"
retorts "Koi jaroorat nahi hain, jitni
help ki hain utni kafi hain!"
soon as he has reached the back of her chair, she knows she needs to get up and
go before she starts communicating with him about work or anything else. She is
thinking "koi future nahi hain yahan, he
is just playing with you. Get yourself out ... NOW"
she tries to get up, pushing her chair behind. The wheel goes crashing into
Shaan's foot who lets out a loud "Ouch!!" absolutely clueless that she
is going to get up suddenly.
turns around shocked at the shout. Seeing him in pain she panicks "Are you alright? Jorse lagi kya chair?"
angry sitting down on the chair beside "ye
kya tarika hain Khanak, aise suddenly uthta hain kya koi, don't tell me you did
not know I was behind"
realizes that he is fine, so just starts to walk away from the desk. Shaan
holds her hand "Khanak kya baat hain? Ab
tumhe mujhse baat bhi nahi karni hain. All the friendship we developed is all
gone now? I don't think I did any mistake, are you hurt because I asked for
stands there silently, Shaan continues "See
this is all new for me too, I was not prepared for this to happen either. I
don't know what's ahead as of now, all I know is I want to be with you. I like
the time I spend with you. It's fun. I don't want to keep feeling miserable
being away from you. Please... I know you too are not happy with what you are
doing ... then why?"
realizes that some people are entering the office, he leaves her hand and gets
up "Chalo Khanak, khana khakar aate hain, we need to finish this talk NOW" his
eyes and his face are explicitly saying let's get out of here before people
turns, picks her purse and walks behind him. They sit in his car and he drives
to the nearest Indian restaurant. Almost all the crowd was gone, as it was past
parks the car in the car parking, but does not get down.
turns to go away, but he quickly grabs her hand and pulls her back in the seat.
"At least talk to me, what's going on in
your mind. I told you my side, I want to know your side. I know your parents
won't approve but what about you? Are you not interested in our friendship
"I don't think we can just go back to
being friends Shaan"
again tries to leave the car. He tightens the hold and pulls her slightly so
she does not go further away.
"I know, but we cannot stay without
talking to each other, at least I can't!"
looks up into his eyes and sees desperation. She turns around on the seat beside
him; faces him, her hand still in his hand "Shaan,
hum kya kar rahe hain? Sirf sath rehkar khushi milti hain karke sath mein waqt
bitaa rahe hain? Aur aage kya? Wapas India jakar sab kuch bhool jayenge?"
"bhool kyu jayenge, wahan bhi sath hi
"kis rishtey se? dost? Kya hum sach mein
sirf dost hain?"
looking into her jet black eyes: "nahi
meeting his gaze "nahi tho kya hai"
"Sab sochtey hain ki tum meri Girlfriend
looks around at the parking lot where most people from their office are going
back to their respective cars"Yahi sab ' sare
office ke dost"
"That's what worries me Shaan, don't you
see?? People are saying things about me which I don't like ... There is nothing
concrete in our relationship, you just said so a couple of hours back... and
people are saying things about me and you. I don't like it. I am not that kind
Shaan: "They don't say anything bad about you
Khanak, just that we are together, that's it."
"Together what do you mean together?
"We are going out with each other, we
like each other"
"Ok, so I like you, don't you like me?"
"Shaan hum ek dusre ko bolne se pehle samajhne
se pehle log kuch aur hi samajhne lage hain. There is something wrong we are
doing. It bothers me."
"why does it bother you what other say?
We just need to sort out what we feel Khanak"
"I'm not sure what I feel too. I don't
know ... I ..."
"You what Khanak?"
"Nothing, let's go have something to eat"
turns around and places her hand on the door knob to turn it, realizes he has
not left her hand yet, looks at the hand he is holding.
"You were not hungry sometime back,
remember? Why are you so confused?" slight smile on his face
angry, glares at him and looks ahead "I'm
not confused. You confuse me!"
"Ab maine kya kiya"
"You don't know what you do. 3 din se so
nahi paayi hoon, tumhari wajah se"
snaps back "aur mujhe bhi sone nahi diya"
looks at him, meeting his eyes again "ye
kya ho raha hain humein Shaan"
not leaving her gaze "Shayad isi ko pyar
looks away "Pyar..."
both realize what has been said and their hold tightens on the others hand.