It was Monday morning, a day after the engagement, that I received a call form Conrad, that they had a sudden problem in some of the room they were going to give us and we had to cut down 50 guest. I couldn't take it. They promised us. They even said they would return all the advance given to them, if we wanted to cancel.
Pacing around wasn't helping neither was sitting down. So I walked out and called an urgent meeting. "This is a disastor" Rosie murmured and I glared at her. "But you already know that!" she shrugged sheepishly. "Okay. We've been going back and froth for about 20 minutes and nothing is helping how about we book the Woldrof Astoria. I know we didn't suggest them this because they wanted the Conrad form Hilton hotels and not Astoria but we've had great relations with them and if they can like secluded it and we can rent the whole thing for 5 days, then we can even have sangeet in open air like Kruti wanted." Lily suggested and my eyes widened.
"That's a great idea. I could kiss you right now and you know what? I'll do it" and I kissed her cheek long and hard. "first of all, ewwe! And second of all. CALL! Now!" she shoved the office phone at me and I dialed them.
"Hello this is Arohi speaking form India. Can I talk to ..." and thirty minutes later I was successful in securing the entire island form 20th to 25th December. I had then rushed to call Kruti, Raj and their parents in for an urgency.
An hour later every one arrived but Kruti was looking distorted. "Calm and sit down. I need to speak. Arjun isn't here? Shall we start or wait?" I bit my lip as I questioned everyone and just then "Hi, missed me?" Arjun was standing at the door of the conference room leaning against the door jam. "Mr. Singhania. This isn't time to joke. Should you come in, we could start.!" I glared at him and he smiled in defeat.
"Okay. So the place we were booked for wedding called this morning. They had some problems with a section of the resort and they are keeping it closed for 3 months, that ment we needed to get 50 -60 less people. Now I didn't want that, so I have something else arranged."
I clicked on the projector and picture of island came up. "This is Woldrof Astoria Maldives. I've got them to rent us the whole island form 20th to 25th December! They are part of Hilton hotels so as a compensation the Conrad where we were booking before have agreed to accommodate the people from Astoria to Conrad. I'm sorry I couldn't get the original one, but I couldn't do anything else!" I prayed they would accept this arrangement. This was certainly better, because we could do all the programs without restrictions.
There was a killing silence in the room for a few moments and then Kruti squealed "I love this even more. We can have the outdoor sangeet now" she came upto me and hugged me tight. "I love this!" she whispered and all agreed.
"I almost cried when you said we couldn't get the resort. But the whole island awesome!" she was still hugging me and I hugged her back with satisfaction.
Sighing in relief, I looked at Arjun who was smiling as he looked at me. "You are the best, you know if it were anyone else, they would've asked us to slash those guests but I'm so glad Kruti decided it was going to be you!" her mom was in tears. "No aunty, its my duty to give you the full satisfaction!" I hugged her and then Raj too thanked me before leaving because he had to leave for his flight.
Once every left it was Kruti and Arjun who stayed back. "So, I have to go there for sight visit and sign some papers, dismiss the deal with the other resort and some paper work there too. I just got a mail saying all the guests have agreed because we gave them free upgrades!" I exclaimed happily. "Okay, so when you will be going, cause we have the 2nd lengha fittings!" she asked me chewing her nails. "Don't do that!" Arjun slapped her hand away and she glared at him. "Try being a bride and then tell me that!"she snapped back. "Oh, I'll elope. Don't worry!" he winked at her and looked directly at me.
Something inside me churned and I had to clear my throat to bring myself back to the present. "Okay, so we have fittings tomorrow, so I'll just leave after that and come back a day later so I can make it for the guest list making and allotments of the rooms. Just make sure everyone had RSVP'd so we know stuff." I told her and she nodded.
"Hey, I can come with you. We can take the jet again. That way I can give a family opinion on the locations and help you!" I knew Arjun was going to say this since the minute I told I was going alone and he was giving clarification because he didn't want to be suspicious but I knew that if we went together, the "Friendship" thing would be broken. Dismissing that thought I fixed him with a glare and he just smirked back.
"That would be great Dada, it would help Arohi too!" she exclaimed and Rosie gave me knowing smile. She and the knew what happened the past week and now were rooting for "Arjuhi" whatever that meant!
"That's not necessary actually..." I started but wasn't allowed to finish. "Nonsense. So it's fixed. Dada and you will go tomorrow after 2?" she looked at me for confirmation and I nodded reluctantly.
Oh, what a fun trip it was going to be, I mentally snapped at myself!
"Tomorrow, 3 o'clock at the color picker stores" Arjun whispered leaning into me on the way out when everyone had left leaving me and him inside, referring to the designers. I rolled my eyes at him and said "Friends, Mr. Singhania, friends" I shook.my head at him as he laughed whole heartedly and left before he could say anything else.
I found my self sitting in the luxurious in the seats once again, and wondered why was I doing this as Arjun came in and strapped himself in beside me. I looked at him with narrowed eyes, he should be siting across not beside, but then it was him and I didn't want to question him.
I sighed and took out my book and iPod, a back up plan I had made up yesterday night while packing. "So you'll ignore me?" he asked taking out a bud of the in-ears. I looked at him irritatedly and said "Yes. That's the plan!" as we took off. "Come on, don't be a spoilt sport. You are my plane buddy!" he bummed my shoulder with his.
Yes, I wasn't going to win, so I removed my in-ears with little extra force then needed and shoved them, my novel and iPod into my carryon and fake smiled at him. "Now what? We will do whatever you say!" I sassed him. What was he thinking. I just wanted some rest
"Hey, you started the friend thing, now you maintain it!" he gave me a fake stink eyes and I wanted to bang my head against the wall, he was going to make me regret the "Friendship" thing and I knew it!
As soon as we got settled, I was out and about to go meet the management. I needed this sorted first so I could.have mental peace. Arjun had walked with me to the conference hall where surprisingly the manager form other resort was also present. "We thought we'd make it easier for you!" one of the people said and I smiled at them. "Thank you so much for this!" I and Arjun sat down next to each other.
For the next 3-4 hours, I saw Arjun snap into business mode with me and I appeciated it. We shook hands after signing the deal and then we let ourselves out. "That was easy, now we don't have anything to do tomorrow!" Arjun frowned. Tomorrow we were going to go the old resort to cancel stuff but now that it was taken care of, it was true. We had nothing to do. "Was someone else going to use the jet? Or it's still on the tarmac? I questioned as the idea popped my mind. "Well, it's my jet. It on the tarmac!" and before u could say anything.He continued "We can go right now. I'll ask them to refuel if needed and do the checks!" he murmured as he pulled out his phone!
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