As Nandini went backstage, she was shocked to see Manik on holding Soha's hand. She was standing far but was able to see their face. They were looking in each other's eyes. "Soha, I wanted to say you that I love you, from the day itself when I saw you and today I finally got the courage to confess my love, do you love me?" Manik closed his eyes, he was afraid of negative response.
"I love you too" with that Soha hugged him tightly.
On the other side, Nandini's heart broke in million pieces, tears started brimming down, as she looked up, her tears started flooding down very fast.
Manik and Soha came from the hug and Soha placed her lips on Manik's. Her arms were around his neck and and his arms were encircled around her bare waist. It was Manik's first ever kiss but he didn't like it, he doesn't know, he had always dreams of his first kiss and how it will be, but he wasn't feeling what he had always imagined, but then he thought dreams were not always reality.
Nandini wasn't able to bear all this. She left the place, crying hysterically. She couldn't believe she realized today her feeling for Manik and today itself she saw with her eyes Manik proposing someone else. Her heart pierced seeing Manik confessing, hugging them and kissing them.
"I lost my love before I could confess it, my love story finished before it could stared" seeing her in the state even the clouds started pouring, they were sad on seeing he like this. She reached home, completely drenched, she thanked god that her mom was not at home. She rushed to her room, thrown her bag on the floor, without turning on the lights she thrown herself on her bed and started sobbing badly.
"Why...go..*sniffed*...god...you...*sniffed*...did this...* sniffed*...to...to me" said Nandini chocking and sniffing. She has lost her love before she could get it. As she heard foot steps coming toward her room, she knew it was her mom, she quickly covered herself with her blanket, she wasn't in the state to show her face to her mom.
Padma entered in Nandini's room and saw the lights were of and Nandini was sleeping. She left without disturbing her, she thought that she must be tired. Entering in her room, she took out an envelope from her drawer, went in the balcony and took out the things from the envelope "I so wished we all lived together" tears licked down, she looked toward the sky "please god, please bring us together again." she too was crying by now and went to sleep.
Tonight in Murthy house, two women living in the same house were sad, were broken, but both didn't know about the other one, they didn't tell each other anything.
On the other side, half an hour back, Manik and Soha broke out from the kiss, they looked at each other with all the love, but Manik missed something, he didn't understand what? He just ignored thinking that maybe it happened the first time.
"Manik, I have to go, my parents must be waiting for me" she pecked on his lips.
"Wait Soha, I'll drop you" Manik offered
"No Manik, I have my car and don't worry, see you tomorrow." She hugged him with a smile, Manik hugged her back. And she left, she had seen Nandini leaving, and she was sure that Nandini was crying, it gave her immense pleasure.
Manik looked around but when he didn't find whom he was looking for he thought "Arre where is Nandu?" he looked his wristwatch, it was 11 PM "she must have left as it's too late, but usually she does wait for me" he frowned but then his frowned disappeared and a smile took place as he remembered his and Soha's confession and kiss.
He ruffled his hair and went back to his house. Where his parents were waiting. "Manik how come you are this much late, you have never been..." Mitisha was interrupted by Manik as he hugged her and then his dad.
"Mom, dad, I am really happy, I am in love"
Mitisha and Karan smiled and thank god that finally he had realized that he lovedNandini
"Mom, I am sure once you will meet her, you will also love her"
Listening Manik saying this, both Karan and Mitisha frowned and a strange fear appeared "What is her name?" Karan asked him, praying to god to have the answer they wanted but they were stunned listening the answer
"Soha" said Manik with a smile
Mitisha and Karan didn't knew how to react, they were shocked, numbed, they has always dreamed to have Nandini as their daughter-in-law, as their son's wife. They also knew that their son loves Nandini but he hadn't realized it and he was believing something that wasn't true.
"Mom, dad, I'll bring her home, so that you can meet her" Mitisha nodded at this
Then she gaining her sense said "Manik tum khana kha lo", her tone wasn't the usual one, she wasn't able to digest that her son actually believed he lovesomeone else. Manik was too happy to noticed the sadness on his parents face, he didn't notice the shocked face, he didn't notice the unusual tone of Mitisha. Mitisha and Karan went in their room.
"Karan, what is all this happening, they both love each other, I have seen it in their eyes"
"jaan, I too have seen it, I didn't expect Manik to come us and tell us that he loves someone else, I always had dreams of the day when Manik will come and tell us that he is in love with Nandini"
"I hope that day will come soon."
Manik finished eating and went to his room, he took his phone and dialed Nandini's room but then stopped as he thought she must be sleeping. Completely unaware of the fact that tonight was a sleepless night for Nandini.
Next day, Nandini woke up and sat on her bed. A tear streamed down 'everything has changed before it was Manik who made me wake up, he has gone so much far from me' more tears leaked out, she stood up and went in the bathroom.
She looked at her reflection in the mirror, her eyes were puffy red, she was looking vulnerable. She didn't how long she had been crying and fall asleep. She went under the shower and turned the knob on.
'Nandini you should be happy to see Manik happy, your happiness are in Manik's happiness. And if he is happy with Soha you too should be happy' she promised herself that she wouldn't cry, she would always be happy in Manik's happiness and would be always on his side, that's all she wanted.
She got ready and went down, she started doing her breakfast in her normal way. In no time Manik too had come. Nandini was happy to see him here. They did their breakfast and moved toward the car.
Sitting in the car, Manik started driving "Nandu, I am really happy, you know I have confessed my feelings to Soha and she too loved me"
"I know I was there when you confessed"
"But when I looked you weren't there"
"Actually I didn't want to disturb your private moment"
Even thought, Manik knew that it was their private moment but he felt bad as before nothing was private between them. He suddenly felt bad and nodded silently.
In no time they reached at college, coming out their car. They saw Soha on her usual place. Manik forgot about everything that came in his mind a while back, he was no more sad. He went to Soha and gave her a peck on her cheek "how are you?" asked Manik
"I am fine, how about you?" she asked him kissing on his lips.
"was okay till I met you and now I am more than fine" Both smiled
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqvCS0n0DRM Please do check it as it will be easier to feel it)
Nandini felt left out, she hadn't felt like this before, it was for the first time, she felt Manik giving someone else more importance than her. She felt bad seeing her love with someone else. 'Jaane tu mera kya hai; Jaane tu mera kya tha'
They all entered in the college. Nandini remembered before it used be her walking beside him 'Tu hi mera har pal; Tu hi har lamha tha'
In front of the classroom they stopped, and Manik told Nandini to go in the class, they'll join her in a while 'Jaane kaisi kasish hai; Jaane kaisi khalish hai' She nodded and went inside, seeing her love with someone else she felt hard to breath, she felt hurt, her eyes were a little bit moist, few tears streamed out but she quickly wiped them 'Kyun yeh saans thami hai; Ankhon mein kyun Nami hai'
She sat on her place an looked beside her, it was Manik's seat and then took hold of her locket gifted by Manik 'Hai dosti humko yakin tha; Dosti aur kuch bhi nahi tha' She looked behind and found the two kissing lost in their worlds. She was in pain, her heart was broken, her eyes started becoming watery once again but she controlled 'Hai yeh kaisa dard naya sa; Kyun dil lagta tuta tuta sa'
She remembered all the time, they spend together 'Hai jaana dil jaana; Kaise mene na jana; Ke pyaar yehi hai' She wondered, if he had any clue that she loved her 'Yeh Jaane tu ya jaane na'
Manik and Soha joined her. Nandini looked at Manik, he was having fun with Soha 'Jaana dil jaana; Kaise tune na jana; Ke pyaar yehi hai' A tear fall down and she quickly turned on the other side and wiped it 'haaan Jaane tu ya jaane na'
She was now sitting in the balcony of her room with a photo of them in her hands with tears in her eyes 'Jaane tu mera kya hai; Jaane tu mera kya tha;Tu hi mera har pal; Tu hi har lamha tha'
She remembered how he used to wake her up, he was the first person, she used to see in the morning and how they spend their all day together 'Hoti tujhse subah Har din ki; Teri dopher se shaam ki dhun thi' They spend they nights talking with each other and she slept with their beautiful moments 'Hoti thi raatein tere baaton mein khoye; Teri khayalon mein hi jaage aur soye'
She knew Manik was going far from her but she was happy that at least, they were still best friends and Manik spend time with her but less than before, she could never loose it 'Tu jo nahi to kya raha'
She slept dreaming about their moments 'Jaane tu mera kya hai ;Jaane tu mera kya tha; Tu hi mera har pal; Tu hi har lamha tha'
Whenever she saw them together, her heart ached, she are not able to breath properly, she gasped for breath, she felt hard to stop her tears 'Jaane kaisi kashish hai, jaane kaisi khalish hai, Kyu yeh saans thami hai, aankhon mein kyu nami hai.'
She saw Manik holding Soha by her waist and felt her heart twisting 'Hai jaana dil jaana; Kaise mene na jana; Ke pyaar yehi hai; Yeh Jaane tu ya jaane na'
Manik gave Nandini her lunch tray, she smiled. He smiled like usual 'Jaana dil jaana; Kaise tune na jana; Ke pyaar yehi hai; haaan Jaane tu ya jaane na'
Few weeks passed really quickly, Manik spend time with Soha but he spend also his time with Nandini. Like usually he picked and drop her at home, he went at Nandini's house and Nandini too went at his home. But often, Manik went out with Soha on dinner and so Nandini was left with his parents.
Mitisha and Karan had met Soha, they didn't like her a bit. Partly because they wanted Nandini as thei rdaughter in law and partly because, they didn't like her attitude. They wondered how their son believed he was in love with her. They knew he didn't love her, they tried to make him understand but he ignored that topic.
They also had noticed along Padma that Nandini was sad, they knew she loved him. They truly hoped, they realized it soon.
After their college, Manik and Nandini went at Manik's house as they had to do another project and their professor teamed them up which Soha didn't liked.
"So on what you want to do the project?" asked Manik
"well I was going through business channels and they were talks about 'Gupta's enterprises', they are producers of cotton and they also are involved in other activities, like the new juice products that came out...' She told him everything she knew about this enterprise.
"So done, we are going to do on it" said Manik, Nandini too nodded
They started doing their work, obviously they had done more researches and at the end their project were perfect.
After while "Nandini, I have to go now, Soha must be waiting for me" He quickly hugged her and left her alone once again. Tears started streaming. Her Manik had changed, he had never left her alone like this.
She suddenly jumped and wiped her tears feeling someone's hand on her shoulders.
...To be continued.
So here is the chapter 5 and 6.
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