Viren ran into the house with Nivi's laugh still ringing in his ears and saw that it was his mum who'd called him. 'Kaha tha tu?!' Viren sighed at his mum's overly anxious expression, 'Maa, main bahar swimming karne chala gaya tha...' he smiled as he remembered the drenching he'd gotten. Chanchal didn't laugh at the joke, she gave him a stern expression and hugged him saying she'd been worried, he'd only just come home after so long, she'd barely seen him all day...Viren stopped listening and just smiled as she let it all out in a worried rush.
After a few minutes he heard her mention something about a pooja tomorrow evening and he quickly tried to think of a way out of it. Before he could say anything though, Chanchal said 'Sab log waha honge Viren, aur tera koi bahana nahi chalega!' Viren made a face and said 'Teek hai Maa...lekin ab main jaoo?!' He left the hall quickly and went to his room thinking he loved his mum but she was always so bothered by what 'people' would think and it drove him mad.
Later as he was getting ready for bed, Viren suddenly remembered his flute. He thought back to where he'd had it last and decided he must have left it on the roof because he didn't remember it being in his hands when he was with Nivi. As he thought about Nivi Viren smiled automatically, remembering the way her eyes flashed with anger and the look of happy surprise on her face when she realised who he was. He was glad she remembered him, he didn't have many friends in Shimla and even though they'd only met again today he still considered her as one. The four of them had been close as kids, even though Nivi was a year or so younger than him and Divya and few more years younger than Siddarth.
As Viren got into bed, he tried to compare the Nivi he'd met today to the one he'd known. She'd always been so full of energy and used to want to join in with them even though she was younger; he'd always loved teasing her and she used to believe anything he told her so he would make up crazy stories and watch as her eyes got bigger and bigger in amazement. Today it had been just as much fun to annoy her as always but he found himself wanting to know more about who she was now; what made her smile, what made her laugh and what made her sad...and what she'd been doing all these years they hadn't been in touch. Viren closed his eyes and sleepily decided he would find all these things out about her and more. He remembered feeling the need to come home he was happy he'd listened to it as he fell asleep with a smile on his face.
In the Sharma house, Nivi put away the last of the dishes she'd just dried and went to her room, trying to make as less noise as possible since everyone was asleep. She started to get ready for bed when her eyes fell on the flute she'd left on her dresser. She picked it up and sat down on the bed and looked it over thinking it was beautiful and wondering if she'd get to hear Viren play it; she didn't know how long he was here for. The thought made her sad for some reason and she hoped they didn't lose touch again if and when he did leave.
Nivi hadn't thought about Viren for years; they'd all been so young and her the youngest so she was surprised to find she still had clear memories of their childhood even though she hadn't thought of them till now. They'd all been friends but although Nivi would never have admitted it then (and even more so now!) she'd always felt closer to Viren than Sid. He'd teased her the most out of anyone but he'd made her laugh and also cheered her up when she'd felt sad about her mum. She laughed quietly as she suddenly remembered a little Viren telling her she could have his mum if she wanted. She remembered him trying to teach her how to climb a tree and then shouting at her when she fell but then putting a plaster on her knee while she cried.
She shook her head clear of the memories as she put Viren's flute on the bedside table and got into bed thinking what a crazy day it had been. She was happy Viren had come home and it felt like they were still friends but she still had that odd feeling she'd had when she'd woken up in the morning, like everything was about to change. As she closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep, she realised that she no longer felt so anxious about it.
Edited by anjaani07 - 30 July 2011 at 4:50pm