"Gopi bahu, it hurts so much to see you cry like this. You know don't you, I only want your happiness, but this is something you needed to find out" Kokila said wiping Gopi's tears.
"I know maaji but it hurts so much, I just, I just wish things could be different and right now I'm just so angry and I don't know, I just...she's my older sister and- "
"It's okay to feel like this Gopi, it's understandable. Now don't cry anymore, I need you to be strong okay? Can you do that for me?" Kokila asked.
"Ji Maaji" Gopi replied smiling a watery smile at her.
"Now come on, I'll get you some juice"
"Nahi Maaji, I'm fine"
"If you say so Gopi bahu" Kokila said looking at her doubtfully.
Ahem stared at the screen of his laptop but was still unable to concentrate on the work he was supposed to be doing. He couldn't get what Kinjal had said this morning out of his mind.
Kinjal had been the one to order the necklace. Not Gopi.
It was Kinjal's fault. Not Gopi's.
Yet it was Gopi who had borne the brunt of the punishment.
He clenched his eyes closed at that. Till this day it still disgusted him that he could raise his hand to a woman, to his wife, therefore he didn't think about it. Out of sight, out of mind.
He looked through the files on the table unable to find the one he needed and thought to himself that he must have left it at home. He sighed and glanced at the clock. Getting up he made his way to his Kaka's office.
"Something's definitely going on at home" Ahem paused outside his Kaka's office, hearing Jigar.
"Like what?" he heard his Kaka ask bemused.
"I don't know but no one would tell me anything and Kaki made up something about prices to cover it up" he said.
"Okay, but why couldn't she have been talking about prices, it would be perfectly understandable if she was"
"Yes but, you didn't see them, everyone looked so tense, Mum, Kaki even Kaka looked worried. Bhabhi had tears running down her face-"
"Why is that so out of the ordinary? When isn't she crying?" Ahem said interrupting whatever Jigar was about to say.
"Nahi bhai, I mean-"
"Jigar, I think that it's best if you left personal matters at home and while you're in this office you focus on business"
"Ahem's right Jigar, anyway what brings you here?" Kaka asked giving him his full attention.
"I've left a file I need at home and am going to pick it up. Is there anything you need me to get whilst I'm there?"
"Ahem bhai actually I need to go home as well, to drop something off so I'll come with you" Jigar said.
"Ji" Ahem replied "Meet me at my car"
5 minutes later Ahem and Jigar reached the car. Ahem glared at Jigar as he walked towards him carrying a bouquet of flowers.
"What are you doing with those?" Ahem questioned rudely. Knowing full well what he was doing with them.
"Bhai, I just...I haven't got anything for Rashi in a while so I'm just giving her these to..." he trailed off awkwardly.
"Just get in the car Jigar" Ahem said and they were off.
They got home soon enough to find everyone seated in the living room, well almost everyone. Gopi wasn't there but that was usual but Rashi was suspiciously missing and after inquiring they found out that Rashi's mother Urmila who had arrived was also suspiciously missing.
Jigar and Ahem walked up the stairs before going their separate ways to their rooms. Jigar after arriving at his room was disappointed to see that Rashi wasn't there. Smiling though he placed them on the dresser before turning to leave however something caught his eye. It was covered with something but he could easily distinguish the picture of a girl with a mans arm around her. He reached to try and see the picture more but his arm was grabbed by Rashi.
"Jigarji, aap?" Rashi questioned panic in her features. He smiled lovingly at her before giving her the flowers.
"Ji Rashi, I just wanted to gift you something. Do you like them?"
"Ji Jigarji" Rashi glanced towards the door.
"Is something wrong?" Jigar asked.
"Nahi, woh mein, I'm just happy to see you" Rashi lied, Jigar smiled, wrapping his arms around her waist glad to have a wife like her.
Rounding the corner to his room he could hear the sounds of someone crying. Irritated he assumed it was Gopi but then he heard someone's voice, a voice that greatly resembled Rashi's mum's voice. He listened for a second but couldn't make out much except for something about 'manhoos'
He pushed open the door to his room and was shocked to see
Edited by Traxy101 - 28 May 2011 at 2:10pm