Viren watched Nivi walk out onto the back porch empty handed and sighed as she sat down looking like she had no intention of going anywhere with him; he should have known, she never did what he said! He gestured to her but she shook her head a tiny bit and looked down; Viren narrowed his eyes and looked at the two Dadi's and Dadaji who were sitting on the veranda and decided it was time for action... 'Nivi! I told you to bring your work stuff with you...!' He said suddenly and made an upset face as he went and hugged Dadi from behind, 'Dadi, aap ki pothi ko mujh pe bilkul barosa nahi hai!'
Nivi looked confused but Viren ignored her and when Dadi asked what he meant he told her how he'd told Nivi he'd take her to the perfect spot where she could work on her design assignment in peace but she hadn't believed him and refused to go. Nivi frowned at him as he spun his story convincingly but Viren kept the innocent hurt look on his face. 'Nivi, tu ne hi toh kaha tha ke office ka bohth kaam poora karna hai; toh tu chali jaa thi kyu nahi Viren ke saath?' Viren tried not to smile as Nivi began to look a little annoyed, 'Lekin Dadi, woh sab toh baad mein ho jayega; ghar ka bhi kaam baaki hai...'
Viren narrowed his eyes again as Nivi made excuses but then grinned as Dadaji cut her off, 'Nivedita, tumhe kya hum yahaan kaam karne ke liye laaye the? In sab ke liye kitne log hai!' Viren stepped forward, 'Bilkul right Dadaji! Maine bhi yahi kaha tha, lekin yeh Moti toh sun thi hi nahi!' He laughed as Nivi glared at him and stood up, 'Dadi! Mujhe iss ke saath kahi nahi jaana!'
Nivi couldn't believe Viren; he'd only told her to meet him here but she hadn't brought her work because she'd known he was up to something and now here he was, enjoying himself while Dadi and Dadaji told her off! She told Dadi she didn't want to go anywhere with Viren and expected someone to say something to him for calling her Moti but instead everyone just laughed along with him!
She rolled her eyes as Viren gave her a smug smirk from behind Dadi; ever since he'd saved her from Sameer, Dadi had said nothing but nice things about him, not that she'd ever had anything bad to say but now it was like he could do no wrong and Viren was taking full advantage! She made a face as Dadi let Viren off.
'Nivi tu bi naa, Viren toh bas mazaak kar raha tha; tu jaa ab, office ka kaam bhi toh zaroori hai...' Dadaji agreed with Dadi and Viren nodded seriously as Nivi shook her head in amazement; somehow Viren had got them all to actually tell her to go with him and she wasn't even sure where or why! 'Lekin Dadi...!' Dadi raised her eyebrows and Nivi stopped and sighed, knowing when to give up, 'Teek hai, main abhi aayi.' Viren gave her a big smile and she tried to frown at him as she left to get her things, feeling annoyed that despite everything, she still just wanted to smile back!
Viren was waiting for Nivi on the lawn and was getting impatient when his eyes fell on Siddarth and Divya sitting opposite each other at a round picnic table in the shade, away from everyone else. He looked down at the book in his hand and a mischievous smile spread across his face. He made his face serious and walked straight over to the two of them and pulled out a chair in between them and sat down noisily. He opened his book and pretended to read, ignoring the sudden silence. 'Err Viren...'
Viren looked up innocently at Sid's words. 'Haan Siddarth?' Sid gestured over to Divya who looked down shyly and Viren pretended he had no clue why as he said, 'Oh don't mind me, you both carry on...' He smiled into his book as Divya sighed. 'Actually Viren, we wanted...' But Sid never got to finish. 'Viren...what are you doing?' It was Nivi and she had her work things with her this time. 'Nothing, just reading my book while I waited for you...' He held it up and smiled at her and Nivi shook her head, not fooled for a second, 'Tum bhi naa Viren! Don't you think we should leave them alone...?' He shook his head, 'No it's fine really...' he winked at her and Nivi couldn't help laughing at his cheekiness.
'That's it, I'm moving you!' Viren widened his eyes and raised an eyebrow, 'You're 'moving' me?! What does that mean...?' She suddenly poked him in the shoulder through the navy blue tee he was wearing and he jumped a little, 'Oww Moti!' but she kept poking him till he stood up and then he started to laugh as she slowly moved him away from Sid and Divya, who waved as they went. 'Oww! Ok you can stop now, I was just messing around!' She stopped when they were out of earshot of the other two and Viren rubbed his shoulder as he carried on, 'And it's your fault, I got bored of waiting!'
Nivi shook her head, 'I was only 5 minutes...' She sighed, 'And what was all that before? Mujhe daat suna ne ki kya zaroorat thi?!' She frowned as Viren shrugged, 'You weren't moving and you know, all's fair in love... aur bachpan mein maine kitni daat kaayi Moti, all because of you, this was nothing!' Nivi rolled her eyes as they walked further away from the house towards what looked like gardens; Viren had everything backwards! 'Because of me?! Everything we got told off for was always your idea Viren... Who's idea was it to see if we could get the ball through the window when it wasn't even open?!' She shook her head and laughed as Viren made a face but didn't deny it.
They argued back and forth, laughing as they tried to out-do each other with childhood stories as they walked and Nivi didn't realise when they'd ended up at a little stone gazebo which had ivy and flowers growing all over it. It looked old and hidden away but when she looked closer, Nivi saw it was pretty well kept and there was a round table and chairs in the middle. It looked like a peaceful place and the view of the trees was amazing from here; she set down all her supplies on the table and looked around as Viren waited.
'Is all this part of the grounds Viren?! Its beautiful...' Viren smiled and nodded as he looked around, 'Yep, I used to come here whenever I needed to hide...' he laughed as he realised what he'd said, 'I mean, when I needed to think!' Nivi laughed too, 'Right...I imagine you needed to 'think' a lot hai naa?' She shook her head, he'd always loved creating mischief and he hadn't changed at all. 'Did you really bring me here so I could work Viren...?' She looked doubtful and Viren acted surprised, 'Of course! Unless you had something else in mind...?'
Nivi sat down quickly before Viren could get any ideas, 'Nahi toh, I'm going to start on some designs; you sit over there and read your book!' She pointed to the furthest chair from her and Viren made a face, 'Tumse itni door Moti?!' Nivi laughed as he pulled the chair so it was right next to her and sat down, smiling happily. 'Fine but I have to work...' Viren nodded and gestured for her to carry on as he opened his book and Nivi started to work, wondering how long Viren would actually be able to sit still.
Edited by anjaani07 - 19 August 2011 at 3:38pm