Chupanke Ki Saaza
Neil asked a tired looking Bani.
how come you are still here?"
for you obviously!"
looked from her laptop screen, to find a grinning Neil. It was almost two weeks
since he joined the company and already, he was in good terms with everyone.
Topping that list was Bani herself, with whom he shared everything. At this
point, they were nothing less than two good friends. Atleast, that's what she
its 7pm!" Bani said, surprised. "Why would you wait this long for me?"
smiled, really touched. Ek mera pati hai,
she thought sarcastically. Who didn't
call me the whole day, and then there is you, who waited so long! Why is my
life so messed up?
you work too hard," Neil said, watching her study some files.
observe too much," she replied, absent-mindedly.
you know they opened a new Chinese restaurant down the street from here?"
Chinese food bahut pasand hai na?"
why not go today, once you are done?"
looked up at that comment. Did he ask me
out to dinner? She thought. "Like together...?"
was nervous at once and began fidgeting with his hands. "As friends… you know."
she said, laughing at his innocence. "I was just asking. No need to get so
let out a sigh of relief. While he particulary didn't harbour feelings for his
boss, what it was only two weeks since his appointment, but he definetly had a
soft corner for her.
quickly finished her work and packed up for the day.
you guys always work this late?" Neil asked, as Bani gave one last sweep of the
she replied, confused. "Who else is still here?"
Walia," Neil answered. "He is still in his cabin."
is still here?" she said. Of course,
she added to herself. He must still be
working on the new project. I swear, one of these days, he should just move
into his office. And Im pretty sure, he didn't even have dinner yet.
hua?" Neil asked, watching Bani deep in thought. "Why did you stop?"
Actually, Neil," she said, slowly. "I just remembered something to do. So, you
okay. I will wait for you and then we will go for dinner."
it will take a while."
baath nahi Bani!"
I will feel guilty. Please, tum jao!"
was utterly confused. "Abhi tak toh teek thi, phir kya hua?"
Urghh… why does
he ask so much questions? "Its urgent. We will go some other time."
teek hai. Good night!" he said, before leaving the cabin.
a sigh of relief, Bani took out her phone. "Hi," she said. "I want take-out for
* * *
stomach let out a growl. "Shut-up," he muttered, while he continued to read the
file at hand. "We have a long way to go tonight."
you don't," Bani replied, laughing. Who
talks to their stomach?
looked up surprised. "Tum abhi tak ghar nahi gayi?"
leave you here?"
placed the food she ordered on the table. "Dinner."
raised his eyebrow. "Bani Dixit mere liye khana lekar aayi hai?"
she replied, sitting down. "Kyunki tum apna khayal hi nahi rakthe ho."
refrained from smiling and greedily took a bite. It was delicious!
hai?" Bani asked, curious.
let out a sigh of relief. "Thank god. I was hoping you didn't mind Chinese food
kab samjoge," he answered. "Jo tumhe pasand ho, woh mujhe bhi pasand hoga."
grinned. He knows I like Chinese food!,
she thought happily.
Jai said, watching her eat. "Tumhara boyfriend kahan hai?"
would he be here with me?"
leaned back in his chair. "Because he never leaves you. You are the first one
he says hi to, he has breakfast with you, he has meetings with you, he has
lunch with you and everyday without a fail, offers to drive you home. So, aaj
tumhe yahan akele kaise rehne diya?"
you keep tabs on me?" she smirked, reminding him of a similar comment he made
about her a few days ago.
am just a good observer."
think you are just jealous."
raised his eyebrow. "Jealous of what? Neil?"
Bani replied, fully enjoying the moment. "Woh mera itna khayal joh raktha hai."
doesn't know how to take care of you."
picked up his fork and began eating, taking his time to answer. "You need
someone to take care of you, not the other way around."
Neil can take care of me! In fact he already does!"
don't need a puppy to keep running behind you."
very low," Bani retorted. "Neil doesn't run after me."
looked at Bani. "Look at me and tell me you believe that."
averted her eyes, causing Jai to grin in triumph. "Dekha… even you can't deny
what?" she said. "He is cute."
smiled, but didn't answer.
it," she pressed. "You are jealous of him."
he said, very calmly. "Im not."
composture troubled Bani. It was very obvious that he wasn't lying. "How are
you so confident?"
main tumhe jaantha hoon," he answered. "Neil is not your type."
mein kya kharabi hai?" Bani fired back. "He looks good, he earns good too. He
is super smart and more importantly, cares
for me. So, why is he not my type?"
he is not me."
overtook the room, as Bani stared at Jai, trying to understand the look on his
face. Was it confidence that she loved only him or arrogance that she can't
move on from him?
can move on you know," she said finally. "I can like him too."
my guest," Jai said with a smile. "But don't have too many hopes."
stood up, having finished her food. "So, let me get this straight. Tumhe koi
farak nahi padtha, if I go out with Neil."
shook his head.
she replied, making her way to the door. "Then it shouldn't bother you that he
asked me out to dinner tomorrow night."
didn't answer, causing Bani to stop in the doorway, with a smirk on her face. "Right?"
Jai kept his face blank and gave a curt nod.
I know, i know - its super short. But will definitely make the next update long and juicy!