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Chapter - 12
Suddenly, she heard someone behind her and before she could turn, she
heard the door knob click. She realized that whoever it was, was walking
very slowly and creepily in her direction. She knew it was very dark,
and the person couldn't see her, and concluded that he was guessing her
position because of her movements. She stopped moving, and stood very
still, covering her mouth with her hands, so as to silent her breath.
But the person kept on walking, and right in her direction. Panic arose
in her, and she was about to turn away, when she felt a force on her
shoulders, that pushed her back. She stumbled because of the sudden
attack, but the person's hands on her shoulders steadied her, as the
wall to which she had crashed, backed her body. He let out a low angry
growl, and something in her heaved a sigh of relief as she calmed down.
It was Armaan holding on to her, but the gravity of the situation made
"Armaan...", she started to speak, but he silenced her
by putting a hand on her mouth. In doing this, he pushed her more into
the wall, his one hand on her mouth, and the other on the wall, his hard
body pressed hers, as she was unable to move at all. Her breathing got
rapid and heavy, colliding his hand on her mouth, when he gestured her
to be quiet. He suddenly raised his eyes to look into her wide ones, and
despite the pitch black of the room, Riddhima was lost in the blue of
his eyes. He looked at her with an intensity that seared through her
soul. It bit her on the insides, as she looked into his orbs, clueless
of what was going on in his mind, because she couldn't see his
expressions in the dark. Bringing his face dangerously close to hers, so
that his lips almost touched tha hand he'd placed on her mouth, he
"Miss Riddhima Malhotra! Tum samajhti kya ho apne aap
ko? You really think men find you irresistible and hot, huh? And why is
that, because you have that certain ability that shall appeal them,
right? You say all this, and want me to believe it? Do you have any idea
ki tum kitni bakwaas kar rahi thi...",
Armaan felt a kick on his
knee, and his grip on her loosened as he experienced the sudden pain.
In the flash of a second, Riddhima pushed and turned him such that he
backed the wall now, and she held the collar of his shirt that was open
from the top till midway. She used all her force to keep him there, and
Armaan had to give it to her, for so much power.
Mallik", she emphasized on every word, as if spitting venom, the poison
of words that he saw in her eyes, "Tum khudko kya samajhte ho? Jo chahe
karoge, jo mann kiya bologe? Meri life mein itna interest lene ki
zarurat nahi hai tumhe! Hum sirf do professionals saath kaam kar rahe
hain, that's it, nothing more. Main kya kar sakti hoon, aur kya nahi, is
se tumhara koi matlab nahi hai, as long as i am being true towards your
case. Aur rahi baat mere sach ya jhooth bolne ki, tumhe kyun farak
padta hai, when i clearly don't feel the need to explain it to you ki
main bakwaas nahi kar rahi thi. What men find in me, and what not..."
lost the last ounce of control that he carried as he pushed her against
the wall, pinning her hands with his. He looked at her with his eyes
that burned with rage. Riddhima glared at him with equal anger, but it
was her attempt to cover up the fear that had crept in, after seeing him
look so ferocious. He was very angry about something, and she was
unable to decipher the reason for it.
"Really? Tum sach hie bol
rahi ho, then you won't mind giving me the proof, will you? You won't
have a problem, agar main khud tumhare skills ko test karna chahu, haina
Riddhima?", her eyes widened at this, as Armaan's lips curved a little.
He brought his face close to hers, as she struggled in his hold. She
turned her face to other side, instead of directly looking at him, while
he closed the distance between them. From the corner of her eye, she
saw his face approach hers, and she tightly shut her eyes.
neared her, and saw her eyes closed. The fear in her heart reflected on
her face. A flash of hurt crossed his face, as he saw what he was doing
to her. But she had forced him to take this step, which wasn't like him
at all. He was not a person to react so harshly towards anything, but
somehow, Riddhima did manage to wake up the worst side of him. He paused
for a while when their faces touched, almost. He moved his eyes over
her face, and saw her forehead wet. The water droplets flowed down her
face, and passing through her neckline, went deeper as he immediately
averted his gaze back to her face. He saw another droplet followed by
the few others on her cheek, and when he looked a little above, it hit
him that she was crying. His heart stopped beating, when he imagined her
pain, and immediately, he wiped her tear with his nose, that travelled
from below, to the upper part of her face. As soon as he touched her, he
heard her gasp, and she clenched her fists in response. Only one side
of her face was available to him, as she had turned away. He started
nuzzling her face, first with his nose, then as he rubbed his cheek
against hers, very slowly and sensuously. His hands that held her wrist,
moved up to open her balled fists, and he felt her give in, as he
entwined their fingers. He felt her body relax under his, and exerting a
little pressure on her nose, he managed to turn her face towards
himself. It was as if she'd surrendered herself completely to him, as he
felt her face under his. He felt her hold on his hands tighten, as she
squeezed his fingers. He planted ever so light kisses on her face, and
in the crook of her neck. She shivered at his touch, and that excited
him. The effect that he had on her, gave him an unknown pleasure, and he
couldn't control himself anymore. Moving back his face, he stopped
right in front of her, such that their breaths intermingled. Her cool
breath caused a knot in his stomach, and he lessened the distance
between their lips, slowly and steadily, savouring each moment. He knew
she could feel his actions, his movement, that he was about to claim her
lips, and her silent agreement was all he needed. He gave her enough
time, to push him away, but she did none, and he moved on and on. Barely
had their lips touched, that Armaan was shirked to reality by the loud
beeping of his cell phone. Riddhima's eyes snapped open, as he backed
off to see the reason his cell had struck the hammer, cursing it beneath
his breath. The cell displayed a chain of words, and fell silent. He
shut it, pocketed the little monster, and looked up, only to see
Riddhima look at him with her eyes glued to him, and a blank expression
on her face.
"Riddhima...", he tried to speak, but her silent
gaze slit through him, as he felt choked out of words. She spoke nothing
at all, and the lack of expression on her face didn't help, as he was
unable to fathom what was she feeling right now. She had the cold walls
drawn around her eyes, such that he was unable to understand anything.
Was she hurt, was she angry, or was it guilt, his mind flooded with
questions? But he knew now was not the time he could wait for an answer.
He had an important task at hand, and for that, he needed to rush up.
Grabbing Riddhima's hand, he sped out of the room, as the numb Riddhima
followed him down the stairs, through the whole building. Armaan dashed
in his cabin to pick his coat, and still clutching Riddhima's hand, he
flew out of the office. No one except the receptionist, and the guard
noticed them, as it was lunch time, and they also seemed to ignore it.
Armaan rushed towards his car, and settling Riddhima in the passenger
seat, he sat behind the driving wheel and took off. He looked at
Riddhima a few times, and wanted to say something, but her state of
meditation shut him down.
Riddhima was lost in a world of her
own, pondering over what had happened. She'd entered the dark room, only
to be enveloped by the creepiness in the air. But what had happened
there, she was still unable to comprehend. She was unsure, if the images
that ran past her mind, were real, or illusionary. The way Armaan had
touched her, had created a pit in her heart. It thumped and crashed
against her ribcage, trying to escape the torment it was experiencing.
The knotted feeling clutched her in its claws. The way his eyes stared
into her own struck a chord in her. Despite the fear that he created in
her, a part of her, a very tiny one, accepted the dominance that he
exerted on her. He was controlling her, and she was unable to regret
that fact. The feeling of someone ruling her, was new to her, and
surprisingly she seemed to like it. Perhaps had it been someone else,
she would have countered him, but this was Armaan, and she just couldn't
go against him, mentally, or physically. Her body responded to his
touch on its own accord. As soon as his face touched hers, she felt like
a missile released. With eons of feelings playing inside her, her body
burning with desire, she let Armaan take over her, as she enjoyed the
pleasure of pain. He set her body to the fire of passion, as he nuzzled
her. She relished his gentle caress on her face, and when it all became
too much for her to handle, when it became difficult for her to stand on
her knees that had become wobbly, she held on to him for her dear life,
as she let her body rest on his. Each kiss that he planted on her, left
a mark, on her soul. And when he couldn't control anymore, Riddhima
felt his intention before he'd formed it. She knew what he was about to
do, and was waiting just for her approval. But she didn't know how she
could do that, she didn't want to open her eyes, lest he disappeared,
lest she woke up only to realize that the whole of it was mere beautiful
dream. She didn't want to face the reality, if it could be so harsh.
After a few seconds of waiting, she felt Armaan come closer to her, as
she felt his breath increase on her face. She realized he'd understood
her silence. He was also heaving badly, similar to her, maybe it was a
part of the situation they were in. She felt his every move, every inch
he came closer to her, the record of every nano second. Finally, his
lips touched hers, and she felt the lightning in her body strike all
chords at once. His lips had brushed hers ever so lightly, and in that
fraction of a second, she'd felt 1000 watt electricity pass through her.
But her moment was restricted to that second only, as immediately, a
shrill beeping smashed them back to reality. She opened her eyes, only
to see Armaan withdraw from her, and attend to his cell. Riddhima looked
at him in apprehension, whether he would get back to her, but the
forlorn look in his eyes, told her all. She pulled the walls back,
letting them fall on her eyes, before he could look at her and
comprehend any of her emotions. But in doing this, she actually felt the
walls grow around her, as she underwent the pain without letting him
know any of it. She recalled everything that had happened, lost in her
own world, as she didn't realize the fact that Armaan was pulling her in
some direction. All of what she could understand, was the fact that she
had almost kissed Armaan, and it was something that shouldn't have
happened. She would have to put it all behind her, and move on, very
soon. She couldn't fall for the enemy, and Armaan was no less than an
enemy for her. Bringing herself back to the reality, Riddhima gazed
around to find herself in a car, and Armaan was driving. Realization
"Hum kahan ja rahe hain?", she asked suddenly, and
saw Armaan look at her as an immediate reaction. He studied her face,
that showed nothing but she question she'd just voiced.
kahin kaam se ja rahe hain...", she was about to speak, but he cut her
off, "Nahi! Poochhne ka koi fayeda nahi hai, i won't spill any beans
until we reach the place", he gave her his naughty grin, but seeing her
lack of reaction, he continued, "Bas hamare wahan pohunchne ki wait
karlo, i promise you won't regret it", he said in a calmer tone.
Something in his eyes didn't let Riddhima argue, as she crossed her
arms, and looked out of the window. After a few minutes of
contemplation, he finally mustered the courage to speak.
"Riddhima, wo jo office mein hua..."
don't wanna talk about it", her shrill voice cut off even before he
could form a sentence. Armaan observed that she hadn't even bothered to
look at him while she replied, while the cold edge to her tone wasn't
missed by him either. But he desperately needed answers to his question.
mere ek sawaal ka jawaab de do, i promise not to disturb you again",
when she didn't say anything, he continued, "Back there, why didn't you
protest to anything?", Riddhima's face flung in his direction
immediately, as her eyes searched his face to check if she'd heard
"You heard me right! I know i did start... er... whatever
happened, but you... you also were a part of it, why didn't you protest
against me, why didn't you scream or shout, least of all, you could've
said something", he asked. Riddhima, who'd been looking at him in the
face until now, lowered her eyes. Armaan mentally patted himself for
"I'll answer you, but before that you tell me, why
did all of it happen?", she raised her eyes again to look at him, as
she continued in that soft icy cold voice of hers, "Aaj aisa kya ho gaya
Mallik, jo hamare beech itna sab ho gaya. We had kept our distance,
right? To phir ye sudden happening kaise?", her eyes bore into him, as
he guiltily turned his face away from her. He couldn't tell her the
reason, that what had led to all of it, could he? He realized Riddhima
had started looking out of the window, thinking to herself. To save him
from any other grief, they reached the place where he'd intended to.
Riddhima was so lost in her thoughts, that she didn't realize the car
"Malhotra, hum pohunch gaye", Armaan brought her out
of her thoughts, as she looked at him confusion all over her face. Just
then, her eyes fell behind him, and through the window of the car, she
saw lots of kids coming out of the school, correction, Leo's school. She
immediately glanced at her watch, and realized that Leo's school had
just ended for the day. She immediately rushed out of the car, and went
to stand next to the gate, gazing crazily at all the kids to find Leo.
She waited for long, as Armaan mirrored her act. After a while, when
most of the kids had gone, those who were left came out in small
numbers. Amongst them, her eyes fell on the slinky silhouette of Leo,
who had his head downcast, and was taking short slow strides, as if it
were a pain to walk. Riddhima shook her head, and shouted at her highest
That seemed to catch not only Leo's, but
the attention of many others as well. Leo looked up, and spotted her, as
he ran and flung his arms around her sitting on her knees, with that
bright smile on his face. A tear escaped her eye, as she wiped it to
avoid being noticed, but Armaan was quick to spot it. Finally Leo broke
out of the hug.
"Riddhu, apun ko laga tha tu nahi aayegi. Tu kya,
kisi ko bhi yaad nahi hoga, ki apun ki chhutti ho gayi hai", he told
her. Riddhima's face hung in guilt.
"Leo! Sach bataoon to main
kaam mein itna ulajh gayi thi, ki mujhe yaad hie nahi raha tha. Wo to
Armaan mujhe yahaan...", she turned to look at Armaan, and suddenly
stopped talking, as realization struck her. Armaan had brought her here,
when she hadn't even remembered anything about picking up Leo from
school. He not only brought her, but he'd even made an effort to get to
know about Leo, and that touched her. She looked at him with her eyes
full of gratitude, but there clouded a confusion as well. Why did he
make an effort for Leo? Her list was just increasing day by day. Why did
Armaan care about her personal life? Why was he so bent on avoiding her
gaze today morning while driving? And the biggest one amongst them, why
did he make an advance towards her today? What was it that she saw in
his eyes, but is unable to fathom anything?
Armaan had read her
gratitude, along with the confusion in her eyes. He didn't know why was
that, but he knew her confusion was related to him, and he was in no
mood to answer her. So, acting smartly, he diverted his gaze towards
"So Leo, i'm sure tumhe bhookh lagi hogi. Chalo chalke kahin lunch karte hai", he bent a little.
"Par ghar pe khaana bana hoga?", Leo asked, looking with unsure eyes towards Riddhima.
baat nahi, main Bi ko call kar deti hu. Waise bhi aaj tumhara school ka
pehla din tha, it calls for a celebration you know. Batao kahan
chalega?", Riddhima told him, getting up.
"Uhm, apun sochne
batata hai?", he asked, to which Riddhima nodded, as they started
walking towards the car. Armaan settled Leo first of all in the back
seat. Riddhima opened hers of the passenger seat, when Armaan who was
also at that side, blocked her with his hand.
"Maine tumse ek sawaal kiya tha, uska jawaab to de do", he said in a low voice. Riddhima felt his gaze scrutinize her.
"Maine bhi ek sawaal ka jawaab maana hai, pehle mujhe apna answer chahiye", she replied with her fiery tone.
Tum log lad kyun rahe ho, apun ke pass ek solution hai", they both were
momentarily shocked and Armaan immediately moved away, when they heard
Leo who had his face hanging out of the window.
"Dekho, tum dono mein competition hoga, jo haaro, useh doosre ke sawaal ka answer dena hoga. Theek hai?", he asked.
came Armaan's immediate reply, as he looked at a little hesitant
Riddhima. Seeing the challenge in Armaan's eyes, she also murmured a
soft 'ok', as they both settled.
"Theek hai fir, hum log lunch karne payenge Mc Donald's", Leo gave his smile.
Leo, Mc D's pe fast food milega, proper lunch nahi hoga na, aur mujhe
bohut bhookh lagi hai, subah se kuch nahi khaya?", Riddhima gave Armaan a
quick glance, and avoided his when he looked at her. He knew she was
referring to him, because he'd ordered Rishi to make sure she has
something after regular intervals. He lips curved at her concern.
baat nai Leo, hum Mc Donalds mein khayenge. Bohut din ho gayye wahaan
khaye, waise bhi i love Mc D's. I am sure meri bhookh wahin jaake shaant
hogi", he grinned at her, who turned her face in embarrassment.
apun theek se nahi mila tujhse. Hi! I am Leo, Leo Malhotra", Leo put
forward his hand, and Riddhima turned to him immediately.
Leo, ye tumne school mein seekha, kitne cute lagte ho bolte huye", Leo
blushed at the compliment, and Riddhima planted a small kiss on his
face. Armaan took Leo's hand.
"Hey! I am Armaan Mallik, tumhari
Anjali ka bada bhai, aur tumhari Riddhu ka...", he glanced towards
Riddhima, who looked at him with a hint of fear as to what would he
reply, "Riddhu ka client, is waqt wo mere liye ek case pe kaam kar rahi
hai", Riddhima sighed in relief.
"Waise Leo, main bhi bolte huye
cute lagta hoon na", Armaan asked, as an afterthought. Riddhima's
expressions horrified as she realized what he meant.
to sahi hai", saying this, Leo moved forward and kissing Armaan on his
cheek, sat back again. Armaan was speechless, while Riddhima stiffled
"Riddhu meri behen hai, mujhe hie kiss karegi na,
tumhe to nai kar sakti. To uski jagah apun ne tujhe kiss kar dia. Waise
agar phir bhi tujhe kuch aur chahiye, to is bar raksha bandhan pe aa
jana, Riddhu apun ke saath saath tujhe bhi rakhi baandh ke, kiss kar
degi", Leo mused.
"Nai nai Leo, i am fine", Armaan vigorously
shook his head. Riddhima saw Armaan make hilarious expressions, and
turned her face away to laugh her heart out. After that, Armaan drove
the car in silence, as the three left the vicinity, unaware of a pair of
eyes that observed them.
Throughout the drive, Armaan didn't
speak anything, which wasn't missed by Riddhima. She was talking to Leo
about his first day in school., who replied to every question very
enthusiastically. Then, she played her card, and asked Leo if he'd made
any friends. When Leo didn't reply, she looked back, only to find him
blush furiously. She raised her eyebrows, and he reluctantly told her
about Toasty, who was the only person, who had become his friend.
Riddhima giggled, but from next to her, she heard the high laughter of
Armaan. He looked at Leo through the mirror, at her and the road
"Areh Leo! Sharmane ki koi baat nahi hai, tu to
dude hai dude, bilkul meri tarah. Jaanta hai mere school ke first day
pe, jab main play school mein tha, to wahaan ki ladkiyaan mujhpe itni
fida ho gayi, ki chhutti time unke parents mujhe apna phone number likha
ke gayye they", he glowed.
Riddhima rolled her eyes, but smiled.
After this, started a series of stories about Armaan's school, where he
was the innocent victim stuck between a pile of girls. Leo imported
every word of his with deliberate attention, while Riddhima couldn't
stop but roll her eyes.
Finally, they reached the venue, and
while Riddhima looked for a table to settle down, Leo asked her choice,
and ran off to Armaan, who'd already gone to get their order. When they
returned after a few minutes, Armaan saw Riddhima happily talking away
with a guy who was sitting with her. His fists curled on their own, and
his teeth gritted, when he saw how the guy was touching her hand every
now and then. As the two of them approached the table, they placed the
food, and sat down. It was a rectangular table, where Leo took the seat
next to Riddhima, and Armaan chose to sit right opposite her. Leo told
her about what all they had brought and who liked what.
Ye le tera khana, tujhe to mirchi wala khana pasand hai na? Apun bi,
tere jaisa hai, same to same. Lekin ye Armaan hai na, sabse feeka wala
khana laya hai, kehta ye mirchi nahi khata. Bolo, mirchi ke bina khane
mein koi swaad hota hai...", Leo rambled off. Riddhima lifted her gaze
to look at Armaan, who had silently begun to peel the wrappers off his
food and eating it. She kept looking at him, but for some reason, he'd
decided to focus on eating. She wondered why was he behaving so weirdly,
and was brought out of her thoughts when Leo pulled her arm.
woh ladka jo abhi yahaan par baitha tha, woh kaun tha?", Leo asked, and
Armaan immediately looked at her apprehensively, which didn't go
unnoticed by Riddhima. From the corner of her eyes, she saw his
reaction, as she answered.
"Wo mera ek purana client tha, Raman.
Ek murder ka case tha, and is bechare pe bhi shak tha. Par end mein ye
begunah nikla, to bas mujhse mila to yuhi baat karne laga", she replied.
She saw Armaan make weird faces as if thinking something to himself.
Tu na bohut bholi hai, wo aadmi apun ko shakal se hie theek nahi lag
raha tha. Tujhe uski neeyat mein ghotala nahi dikha kya?", Leo raised
his voice a bit, and Armaan involuntarily let out the words, "Aur nahi
to kya?", but embarrassedly looked down at his food again when the two
pair of eyes looked at him in surprise. Riddhima laughed silently at the
streak of protectiveness she saw in both the men. She understood Leo's
brotherly love, but Armaan, he left her confused.
"Areh Leo, tu
bhi na, kuch bhi sochta hai. Wo ladka Raman, us se mujhe koi khatra nahi
hai, kyunki wo na... uhmm actually wo gay hai", while Leo looked at her
confused, Armaan spluttered his food and started coughing badly.
Riddhima immediately got up, and handing him a glass of water, she
rubbed his back. Armaan calmed down, but seeing the worried expression
on her face, he smiled inwardly.
"Riddhu, wo gay hai, is se kya
hota hai?", Leo was not going to let her go. Riddhima felt awkward,
while Armaan sniggered, looking at how she would come out of this.
dekho Leo! Wo jo ladka hai na, ya koi bhi aur ladka, wo gay hai, isliye
ladkiyon...haan ladkiyon ko unse koi khatra nai hota... kyunki wo gay
hai... aur wo gay isliye hai, kyunki... kyunki ladkiyon ko us se koi
khatra nahi hai. Haan, yehi baat hai, yeh dono reason ek doosre se jude
huye hain, samjhe?", she heaved a sigh of relief, and glared at Armaan
who was still smirking at her. Leo was in his own world of making
"Yaani ki, gay ladkon se ladkiyon ko koi khatra
nahi hota, aur kyunki unse koi khatra nahi hai, isliye wo gay hain.
Matlab wo log achhe hote hain. Agar dekha jaye, to Armaan achha bhi hai,
aur us se tujhe koi khatra bhi nai hai", he was speaking softly, but
screamed out suddenly, "HAAN! Iska matlab ye hua ki Armaan bhi gay hai,
haina Riddhu!", Leo looked at Riddhima with his eyes twinkling.
was Riddhima's chance to splutter her food, while Armaan looked
horrified at the two of them. Riddhima burst out laughing, and too young
to understand anything, Leo copied her. When Riddhima's eyes started
watering, she somehow calmed down, and say Armaan glaring at her. He
pointed with eyes to Leo, and she nodded, still recovering from her
"Wo Leo... baat darasal ye hai... ki Armaan na...
Armaan... actually ye Armaan hai na...", she couldn't control her laugh,
and Armaan gave her one of his dirtiest glare.
"Leo! Tumhari ye
Riddhu hai na, iseh mujhse bohut khatra hai, bohut zada. Agar yakeen
nahi aata, to poochho is se, aaj jo kuch hua, kya uske baad ye mere
saath safe hai?", Armaan looked at Riddhima intently, who had stopped
laughing, and was burning under his strong gaze. Colour had started
creeping on her neck and ears, as she recalled the event he was
mentioning, thankfully he broke his gaze and turned to Leo.
conclusion ye hai ki main gay nahi hoon, samjha? Aur hamara khana khatam
ho gaya, ab bata to de ki woh competition kya hai?", Armaan asked Leo,
who immediately jumped at this.
"Areh haan! Main to bhool hie
gaya tha. Dekho, ab hum khana kha chuke hain na, ab competition yeh hai
ki tum dono ke saamne aur khana aayega. Jo sabse pehle useh khatam
karega, wo hoga winner", he told. Riddhima who had managed to compose
herself by now, spoke up.
"Lekin Leo, khane ka competition tha to pehle batana tha na. Humne itna kuch kha liya, ki ab pet mein jagah hie nai hai"
pyaari Riddhu! Sara din apne dimaag ko itna istamaal karti hai tu, ki
ab bechara kuch zada hie garam ho gaya lagta hai", Armaan giggled, as
Riddhima glared at him, "Tum dono ka pet bhara hai, tabhi to is
competition ka fayeda hoga na. Agar pehle competition kara dia hota, to
tum dono bhukkado ki tarah sab kuch saaf kar gaye hote, samjhi?",
Riddhima nodded, as they waited for more food. Armaan went and brought
more food, but unfortunately for Riddhima, she had a feeling she would
puke just at the sight of more food. She cursed Leo, for choosing a
competition where Armaan could easily win, as guys always had a big
appetite. No matter how much they eat, they're always hungry. And
looking at Armaan and his muscular body, she feared he could finish this
snack in a few seconds, and then would come the moment she was
dreading. How could she tell him why she'd readily given into that kiss?
competition began, where both of them were supposed to finish off two
burgers and three packets of French fries. To her surprise, Riddhima
easily managed to keep up with Armaan. She thought maybe he was
deliberately eating slow, but his constant focus on his food told
otherwise. She went back to eating her food, but she saw that in one of
the packets of the French fries, the quantity had reduced to half. She
was shocked as she hadn't touched French fries as yet, but thinking that
the packet had less quantity than others, thanking her stars, she bit
into her burger. But after a while, the other two packets of French
fries were also half empty. She paused for a second, and saw Leo pick up
a handful of fries in his hand and gulp them. When he saw Riddhima
looking at him, he winked at her, giving a cheesy grin. She looked up to
see Armaan, something in his eyes told her that he knew about Leo's
plan. Her doubts confirmed when he looked at Leo, and gave a small
smile. She just shook her head, and went back to her food. Finally, she
managed to finish it all, along with Leo obviously, and Armaan also
stopped eating right away. Riddhima was declared the winner, and Armaan
went to pay away the cheque, closely followed by her.
"Mallik! Bill main bhi share karungi", to which, Armaan refused blatantly, and again and again. Finally she had to give in.
"Theek hai, but i can't keep a favour", she asked.
worry Malhotra, main apne paise wasool karna jaanta hoon. You owe me
one, right? So, place aur time main decide karuga, and you shall pay for
the dinner, ok?", he grinned at her.
"Dinner?", she asked, but
looking at his determined face, she gave in to avoid any arguments.
After that, Riddhima decided to drop Leo home, and go back to ME, to
continue with her work. They did so, and as soon as Armaan reached his
office, he got busy with the files. Rishi and Riddhima sat in front of
him working, as their laughter on Rishi's silly jokes rang in his ears
constantly. Finally Riddhima let Rishi go, when she realized it was a
little past his work time. Ignoring his requests to help her, she shooed
him off, and sat working silently. Armaan saw her work in peace, and
finally manages to put some attention into the files, like he'd been
pretending since so long. He finished work sooner than he'd expected,
realizing that proper attention was all that the files had required. He
stretched his arms, and felt a sudden pull in his shoulders, rubbing
them to ease the pain. More than half of the staff had left for home,
and those who hadn't, were in the process of doing so.
Credit - POOJA (kweetrockstar)