Thanks for the likes and encouragement friends. Gave me some courage to move ahead with the story. here is the second part.
Anji came over looking for Nidhi. She was still in bed pondering over the events of last week. So much had happened
in such less time. From her getting almost engaged to Rohan to Dr. Ashutosh's car crash, his much believed death( how she still shudders
at the thought of it), then his miraculous discovery, how she was rock solid in her belief through all this. That her love,
her Dr. Ashutosh would never leave her alone in this world. And what did she give him in return? He came all the way to
Kerala searching for her, ready to take on Baba, Dadi Bua, the whole world for her, but it seemed as if all the energy
had been zapped from her. She turned so weak, her heart tore away when she had
to say she agrees to what her Baba wishes. It seemed like a Tsunami which blew away her confidence, her smiles, all her happy moments
and all she was left was scattered fragments of her unforgettable moments spent with Dr. Ashutosh. And she lacked the
strength to pick up the fragments. Feelings of deep guilt, remorse, pain burdened her heart. Will she be able to survive like this?
She made Ashutosh promise that they would not meet or talk again, but she wasn't sure if she would be able to breathe
without thinking of him. Thinking all this, she didn't realise when her tears fell on Anji's hands and she hugged her hard.
Anji took her hand, wiped her tears and said bravely " Nidhi, get ready, I have to go look at some materials for a dress
I am designing, and I got a flat tyre. Could you please drive me there or I'll be late." She looked at Nidhi's blank face expectantly.
Nidhi wasn't so sure she wanted to go anywhere, but the genuine look on Anji's face, made her move. In half an hour they were
on the road. Nidhi did not feel like having breakfast so she just got ready and got out of the house. Anji was observing
Nidhi carefully but did not say anything. She just kept talking casually about her dress design and how she was having
a hard time deciding fabrics for the same. But Nidhi seemed to be in a world of her own. "Nidhi, are you listening? Do you think
think Bharat Fabrics would have a better collection or should I check with Yuvti?" On getting no response from Nidhi, Anji changed
the subject, " They say love makes this world a better place to live in, but I am starting to feel, what I thought earlier
was true, love is just our mind's wandering, doesn't leave you with anything but thorns". Suddenly Nidhi slowed the car, looked
at Anji with moist eyes and said " Anji, not all are destined to find happiness in love, but once you are in love, its pain
is also precious, and stays close to the heart, it becomes the disease as well as the cure." Anji was listening intently
when outside the window, they could hear some noises, she told Nidhi to stop the car. They got down and saw there was a small
crowd, when they walked there, saw it was a bike accident. A man and his 6 yr old daughter were hit by a car and people
were blocking the car threatening the driver. The little girl was unconscious and her father was frantic seeing his daughter's
condition. Anji told Nidhi to look at the girl and get her to the hospital right away. Nidhi helped the father and daughter
in her car, and subconsciously drove her car to Kotnis general hospital. When she parked and got down, she realised
what she did and looked at Anji helplessly. Anji motioned her to help the patient and her father out and not to worry.
She called for the stretcher right away, and consoled the dad who was very scared, that his daughter would be fine, not
to worry, his daughter would be attended right away. Dr. Ranganath saw Nidhi and was happy, then saw the stretcher and
quickly assessed the situation.He said " Dr. Nidhi, don't worry, I will inform Dr. Ashutosh right away, he will look at the girl".
A tear dropped as Nidhi heard Dr. Ashutosh's name and she seemed unsure what to do. Before she could think Dr. Ranganath went
away. Dr. Ashutosh rushed out of his cabin right away, and on seeing Nidhi, he was rooted for a second with moist eyes, then
quickly took note of the situation and looked at the girl. After checking her, he found the little girl to be out of danger,
but ordered some tests and then talked to her dad. " Don't worry, she is just unconscious from the trauma, but we will have all the necessary tests
done and keep her under observation for a day, she will be fine". The father was somewhat assured. Ashutosh turned around to look for Nidhi
but she was nowhere to be found. Without thinking he rushed out and checked with the receptionist " Dr Nidhi?", "Sir she just
went out towards her car." Nidhi was about to open the car when she heard the deep voice that always made her heart
beat "Dr. Nidhi". She felt an unknown shiver down her body, and turned around, "yes Sir? ". Their eyes locked momentarily
and talked to each other. Ashutosh : " Why do I stop in your tracks knowing that you wish not to tread this path? How
do I choose a new path now when you were the one who showed me this way?", tears welled up in his eyes as he looked longingly.
Nidhi : "Unknowingly
my feet got me here, back to you, my heart is not in my control. I have decided to walk away from you, but my heart refuses
to listen, what do I do?" and she closed her tearful eyes, trying to look away. " Thanks for trusting me with this patient,
she is stable, I will inform you of the test results" Said Ashutosh and walked away. Nidhi waited till he was out of sight
and got into the car, feeling empty within.