to the first time they met in canteen:
"aur nahi tho kya, jahan jati hoon wahi
pahoch jaate hain ... are u alright?"
fumes, but calms down before speaking softly: "I could say the same for you, u are always there where I am, I was in
the train before you came and sat across me, I had my tea and was already
taking a seat when u walked with your tray here. So should I ask you - Why are you following me?"
is at a loss of words... and just stares at him as if she saw a rare species of
animal across the table ... those deep brown eyes were sparkling, looking
right into her - hers were spitting fire and his were calm, at peace, just holding
then Srini, their manager walks over, "Hey!
You guys, hows it going?"
looks up with a half smile, "going on
turns towards Khanak, "So how do you find
the client location? Pressure?"
just gives him a nod and says "Good so
far, not much pressure as of now."
"Shaan, about that other project we need
to finalize and submit a contract proactively, so that the engagement can be
started ASAP, the offshore manager would need a formal contract to get the team
"Let me talk to Pete, and see what all
needs to be added there as a start."
"yeah, do that and let me know the
progress by end of day. Vaise Natasha kaha hain, najar nahi aa rahi hain"
looking at Shaan.
"She got late but should be in by now"
surprised that he asked Shaan.
has a questioning look, says "Kyu, tere
sath tere gaadi mein nahi aayi who" to Shaan.
glances at her, has an all-serious kind of look and then his eyes go back to Srini.
Khanak answers, "nahi, she go up late,
but was in by 9:30 or so for her call"
is an awkward silence around.
taps his hands on his legs, "I better get
going, have a meeting at 11" walks off towards the door.
also gets up from his seat, picks up the tray of remaining food, dumps the
contents into the waste-bin, moving towards the door. That reminds her that she
needs to pick her tray and throw all the contents. She follows his path.
they climb the stairs, he a couple of stairs ahead and she's following. He
looks behind and has a small smile, "Why
are you following me now?"
is flabbergasted by the question, "Excuse
turns around and says, "you are following
me from the canteen..."
"Of course not! I am going back to my
seat." almost offended and not understanding that he is kidding around
bursts out laughing, "You are something"
just hurries ahead and walks out of the stairway into the office area.
calls out to her while walking by, "Chal
picks the lunchbox that Natasha had packed the earlier night and walked behind Lalit
and his other gang members. She was so immersed in the thought process that she
does not notice that Shaan is walking by her side. They enter the canteen just
behind Lalit and sit on opposite each other, with Shaan on one side and Khanak
on one side of Lalit.
is sitting next to Khanak, says "Hi"
to Shaan and Lalit individually. That's the time Khanak notices that Shaan is
sitting right across her. After the morning fiasco, she really did not want to
see him, worst having her lunch with him sitting across.
whole table is full with everybody of their company sitting together, Khanak
for a few seconds has a smile on her face, remembering the office in India with
her friends and colleagues, and they used to have the most awesome 45 mins
break in the cafeteria, over fantastic India food served in the canteen. All with
sidey comments, puns thrown and full-fledged leg pulling of the bakra of the
has opened her dabba and says "kya hain
dabbe mein?" When he gets no response, he looks up at her.
Shaan is also now
looking at her. For any person looking in her direction would have thought she
was looking at Shaan and smiling away. He was amused by her behavior.
and Natasha smile and loudly clear their throats, which grabs Khanak's
attention and she looks around at both of them, questioning look on her face.
"Where were you lost?"
says solemnly, her smile washed away "Mumbai ki yaad aa gayi!"
"Oh! Haan yaar, shuru shuru main bhi apne
Mumbai ke dost miss karta tha, jab tak idhar ke dost nahi ban gaye, kya boltay
nods with a smile and murmurs "yep!"
starts to eat, asking "What have you got
passes the lunchbox to Lalit, he smiles instantly, "hey French toast! Sahi!"
of the 6 slices brought, 2 are already gone. Lalit offers her, she declines
politely and digs into her own lunch.
lunch box goes around and comes back to him with 2 slices remaining. Shaan
smiles and starts eating the same.
Lalit pats on his shoulder and says, "ye le, mera thoda rice and sabji."
starts eating rice from Lalits plate, while the rest of the 'dabbas' are passed
over towards Shaan n Lalit.
is astonished with the kind of sharing that is going on and a warm smile creeps
back onto her face.
Khanak starts thinking that this place is not so bad, she is again looking
straight, staring at Shaan sitting opposite her.
Shaan gives her a warm smile, his eyes filled with warmth. Eyes she could
not resist from staring into.
Will try to complete the FF and not leave it hanging.
Coming up: more flashbacks on how
they interacted and befriended
Edited by dishbhan - 16 September 2011 at 9:22pm