Friday, 27 February 2015

Part 56: We Belong Together

The Morning seemed to be unusually quick, Before they knew the day started...... It was 6am by now, Armaan woke up, He saw Riddhima sleeping calmly on the couch, her head on his shoulder, holding him tight she slept, Armaan looked at the time before him and it showed 6am, Armaan slowly put Riddhima's head on the couch and stood up, Riddhima moved a little in her sleep, feeling the warmth no more... Armaan made Riddhima lie on the couch properly.... He felt Riddhima shiver a little....
Riddhima turned again, being disturbed, her face frowned for some seconds.... Armaan caressed Riddhima's forehead lightly, he could see the frown vanishing from her face, Armaan smiled at her and whispered a soft " Good Morning Jaan" to a sleepy Riddhima........ Kissing her forehead gently, he smiled at her adorable face, Standing up he walked outside the ward....... Armaan stopped in his trace when he saw the other 2 couple sleeping peacefully........ Atul and Ajali had slept on the couch, while Rahul and Muskaan had slept on the bench, gnuggled up close....... Armaan smiled at them and woke all the 4...... He asked the rest four of them to go back home, when Anjali and Atul along with Rahul and Muskaan went back to their respective houses, since they had to report to the duties at 9am......Armaan walked towards his locker room, he washed his face then, Opened his locker door, Armaan smiled widely.....

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Dr.Shashank along with Padma walked in to Sanjeevani simultaneously, Padma had already prepared breakfast and she brought it for them all,... They looked fresh, smilingly they procedded towards the ward and stopped in the trace when they saw something before them, there legs couldn't move forward watching the scene before them...

Here, Armaan was seen covering Riddhima with a shawl, He seemed to have a small smile playing aroung his lips when he was covering Riddhima with the shawl, tukking Riddhima completely, he smiled watching her.......Riddhima grabbed the shawl closer to herself which widened Armaan's dimpled smile.... Armaan couldn't stop himself from going near Riddhima, He bent down and kissed her cheeks as softly as ever, without disturbing her....... Armaan walked towards Nani, checking her throughly he had a pleased smile playing on his lips, he sat on the chair beside the bed, watching both Nani and Riddhima simultaneously...... 

Padma looked at Armaan in 'Aweee' when he was tucking Riddhima, Padma eyes welled up watching the love Armaan had for Riddhima, she could see through his eyes what Riddhima meant to him, Riddhima herself was the universe to Armaan, Padma felt blessed to have Armaan who would take care of her darling daughter whether or not she would be there in their lives in future, all she knew was as long as Armaan was with Riddhima, her daughter would be fine, That thought brought a deep satisfaction on Padma's face, smilingly she looked forward... 

For Shashank, it was as if the world was shaking him very hard to make him realise the love Armaan and Riddhima shared.... He was already guilty with his own behaviours from the last couple of days, The previous night Shashank couldn't even shut his eyes, All he could do was rethink about Armaan, Riddhima and The Mallik's.... Shashank had kept no stone unturned to create an immaginary world of his own, A world, where Armaan was at fault even when he wasn't even involved in... Looking at the sight before him, he was as if the guilt was creeping up to him all over again, as thought the imaginary world he had created was falling apart, Right now Shashank wasn't comfortable to face Armaan because of what he did... He tried to ignore that person, the only way he could do was leave that place immediately..... wating for not even a second more, Shashank walked to his cabin..... Padma turned around when she saw him walking firecely, she wondered what happened to him, Padma somehow knew that her husband was finally realising his mistakes, she was more than happy with the new turnoils.... He needed time to compose himself and she gave him all the time he needed...... Smilingly she walked inside.

Padma: Armaan ? she called out for Armaan who was sitting on the chair

Armaan: Good Morning Aunty.. He spoke standing up

Padma: Armaan ma kaisi hai ?? She asked standing infront of him.

Armaan: Ji aunty, Nani is recovering quick, woh bahooth jaldhi thik hojayengi...... He smiled

Padma: i know beta, hum sab unhiki thik hone ka intezaar kar rahe hai.... 

Armaan: Ji, aunty....

Padma: Armaan, tum jakar fresh hokar ajao, main breakfast layi hu, tum aur Riddhima dono kha lena...

Armaan: Ji aunty, main bas abhi aya, woh Nani ki file lekar ata hu ... he smiled at her smilingly, Armaan took several steps to the door..

Riddhima opened her sleepy eyes hearing Padma and Armaan's talk, Opening her eyes she whispered a quick "Armaan" which obviously stopped Armaan's feet... Padma and Armaan looked at Riddhima direction together.... Riddhima sat on the couch and her eyes fell on the shawl that covered her, Riddhima smiled instantly knowing it was her Armaan who might have done it.... Armaan's smile happily watching Riddhima smile, he knew why she was smiling...... Padma smiled at the duo and broke the ice.....

Padma: Good Morning Riddhima, Padma spoke sitting beside Riddhima...

Riddhima: Good Morning Mom, she spoke happily hugging her mother sideways...

Padma: lagta hai, meri beti ki nind puri hogayi hai, akhir Armaan ne tumhara dhyaan rakha... kyu Armaan..... she teased both, Armaan who looked embarassed while Riddhima blushed thinking about the same.... Padma laughed watching their flushed faces...

Armaan: Aunty....he spoke gently.

Padma: Acha ab tum dono fresh hojao, main breakfast layi hu, aur isse pehele ki yeh thandi hojaye, finish it.... Padma added...

Armaan: Aunty main bas Nani ka file lekar aya,... He spoke walking out... 

Padma: Riddhima, chalo get fresh, break karni hai na........

Riddhima: Ji, mom, main bas abhi ayi..... Riddhima said running out of the ward.

Soon, Armaan and Riddhima were back and the breakfast was fun with Padma's presence..... The trio, talked about anything and everything.....Padma's eyes twinkled happiness when she saw Armaan and Riddhima together, the smiles they passed each other every minute, the love they shared was unconditional...... Padma couldn't get enought of it....... She prayed silently to god, requesting god to keep them together always, to keep them happy and content in their life, to never seperate them.......

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Shashank walked to and fro in his cabin, He was in a problem himself.... Shashank recalled the day when Armaan and Riddhima had confessed their love to them on the engagement day, They had requested the elders to listen and accept them and their love, but what did he do, he went to an extent to order her daughter, No No it wasn't just ordering, he was blackmailing her own daugther to marry Vivek, just because Vikas had wanted that... with all the flow of the night, he had gone overboards, he knew Riddhima loved her father more than anyone else,but since he had made her to choose she choose Armaan, half heartly..... He had lost his precious daughter with his own ego, Armaan was partly responsible for it.....Thinking about Armaan, he remembered how Nani was being taken care of by the very same person, The same Mallik's family stood there supporting them like a family itself......... Shashank was long time confused.......Maybe ke his heart had realised his mistake but the mind still refused........

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The morning passed quickly, everyone were back to their respective duties, Armaan as usual took care of Nani, It was noon by now and Nani finally started to regain her senses, Both the Mallik's and Gupta's surrounded the bed waiting for Nani to interact with them... starting from Dr.Keethi to Dr.Shashank to all the interns stood waiting for her....... Slowly, she opened her eyes, bringing wide smiles on everyone's face..... Nani looked at everyone present there from left to right.... Everyone smiled at her warmly...

Padma: Ma, aap thik toh hai na..... she spoke

Shashank: Ma, apko pain toh nahi horaha na...... He joined in... Nani smiled at both her kids 

Nani: Main bilkul thik hu...... she spoke smiling at all of them...

Anjali: Nani, pata hai apne kitna dara diya tha, Riddhima blurred tears twinkling her eyes holding her Nani's hands,

Riddhima: Ha Nani, agli baar aap hamein ayese nahi darayenge, promise..... she spoke sitting on the bed, pouting like a kid...

Nani: Promise beta... She spoke holding both the girl's hands....

Billy: Hello mataji,.. Billy spoke while he kept a buoque of roses on the table beside.... Nani looked at him and smiled back.

Smeeta: hamein khushi hai ki aap bilkul thik hogaye....... She spoke Happily.... Nani nodded her head smiling

Dr.Keerthi: Ab aap aram kariye, aap ko rest ki zarrorat hai....... She concluded stopping the Gupta's frome talking more...

The Mallik's smiled at the Gupta, they had never really seen the Gupta's with each other...... so when they watched them all..... They smiled at the love they had on each other..... Circumstances had indeed created a rift between Riddhima and the Gupta's but the love they had on each other could overcome it maybe not now but definetly someday......... Nani was responding positively, she had no complications after the surgery, There surgery was fruitfull........ Everyone sighted happily knowing that Nani was out of danger.....!!but she still had to stay in the hospital, till she recovered fully...

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It had been 15 days since Nani was hospitalised.....Days passed the same way it was the previos days.... Nani was shifted to wellness ward and was recovering well all thanks to Armaan who took extra care of Nani.... Armaan was given the full responsibility of Nani and he gladly accepted it.......Armaan kept changing Nani's medicines and dosages accordingly, he stayed in her ward almost 20 hours a day...... Riddhima had supported him fully with this, she had done her duties along with his duties sometimes, when she found him to be too tired to work, She stayed up with Armaan in the hospitals all day and night, even when he had asked her to go back home and sleep but all she told him was she would want to be with him..... Armaan and Riddhima together took care of Nani, each other and their families, hardly getting time for themselves but they never complained, ...... The Mallik's and The Gupta's got along really well, They all laughed and craked jokes happily with each other's company.......except for shashank who avoided to join them, or he would just not talk to any of them...... Shashank all these days was unsually silent since he did get to see both the families bonding, Shashank had observed all these day how Armaan took care of Nani.......How Riddhima supported him throughout and how both took care of each other, whether it was lunch, where they would feed each other, or the night stay in the hospital, where they fell asleep in each other's arms.... His anger was no more but he couldn't compose himself to ask him sorry, he had to prepare himself for an apology....... Days passed in a rush, as if everything was going in a blur..... Nani was discharged on the 15th day, in the evening as she was more better, The Mallik's had greeted Nani before she was taken to the Gupta's house....... That night Armaan and Riddhima finally had gone home to sleep peacefully at the Mallik's..... Indeed the sleep was as peacefull as never before......They could finally breath fresh air, and get back to their normal lives...


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Next day, 

The interns stood at the receptionist, as usual waiting for Dr.Keerthi.... 

Dr. Keerthi: Good Morning Interns...... she spoke 

All: Morning Mam.....

Dr. Keerthi: Dr. Atul General ward

Atul: Yes mam

Dr. Keerthi: Dr.Anjali pathlab

Anjali: Yeah mam

Dr. Keerthi: Dr. Rahul cancer ward

Rahul: Yes mam

Dr. Keerthi: Dr.Muskaan children wards

Muskaan: Yes mam

Dr. Keerthi: Dr. Abhimayu and Dr. Nikita, aap dono ko aaj sanjeevani ke conference attend karni hai, in 1 hour... She spoke

Both: Yes mam...

Dr. Keerthi: Dr. Armaan and Dr. Riddhima aap dono ko kal Lunavala jana hoga, Sanjeevani ki nayi camp waha start hone wali hai and i want my best interns to be there..... Dr.Keerthi spoke sternly....... Armaan and Riddhima looked at each other and smiled happily they really did needed a change and this was it......

Armaan: Yes mam

Riddhima: yes Dr.Keerthi...

Dr. Keerthi: Now get back to your respective works...... Now...... She replied sternly... The interns disperssed quickly.... when Armaan and Riddhima were about to leave

Dr. Keerthi: Dr.Armaan and Dr.Riddhima........ She spoke stopping both of them..... both turned and looked at her

Dr. Keerthi: I am proud of you two, Aaap dono ne jistarah se apne duties, apne families sab ko sambhala hai ek saath milke,.... i think you both deserve this little little outing..... Do utilise your time wisely......... She spoke smiling while Armaan and Riddhima's jaw dropped hearing her...... Both smiled widely hearing her..... Armaan and Riddhima nodded their heads agreeing......

Dr. Keerthi: But ek baat main kehna chahti hu, pehele apne apne kaam kariye, fir relax yourselves..... She smiled at them and walked away...... Armaan walked towards Riddhima and they shared at her once more.......

Armaan: Riddhima.......Yeh Dr. Keerthi hi thi na........ he asked still confused.........his face was completely suprised

Riddhima: Yeah...... mujhe bhi yakeen nahi horaha hai.......... Both looked at each other and laughed out happily.... 

Riddhima: Acha Armaan mujhe thodi kaam hai main thodi der main milti hu........Turning back Riddhima started walking towards the locker room..... Armaan looked at Riddhima who was busy walking towards the locker room...... Armaan frowned and ran after her.......

Armaan: Riddhima, Stop yar, one second..... he ran behind her,

Riddhima: No, Armaan we ll meet in sometime? Armaan?. she said walking while Armaan pulled her inside the fire exit. He pinned her to the wall. 

Riddhima: Armaan, Kya kar rahe ho, Leave me. Riddhima pleaded to deaf ears.

Armaan: Riddhima, what yaar, I missed you so much, itne din ek dusre ke liye time hi nahi mila, do u realise it... aaj free hai and tum ho ki, sirf duty duty? Huh? Armaan pouted angrily. 

Riddhima smiled looking at Armaan who was pouting so lovingly. Riddhima frowned while Armaan looked straight into her eyes and took a step forward. Riddhima took a step back, Armaan took a step ahead, and Riddhima stepped back but realized that she was trapped by the wall behind her. Seemingly unaware of her discomfort, Armaan took another step forward..... He placed one hand on the wall just behind her back and raised the other to her face, placing his knuckles on her cheek.

Riddhima: Armaan?. She whispered to him feeling his touch after so many days

Armaan: Riddhima......... he said and silenced her by keeping his finger on her lips.

Riddhima wanted to protest, but she had really missed his touch and his hot breaths on her for so long..... Armaan smiled deeply as he held her still..... he smiled at the effect he had on her.... He knew as much as he wanted this moment for 2 weeks... Riddhima wanted it too......... but they just couldn't get time all these days..... Riddhima closed her eyes as he took hold of her waist and smiled as he saw Riddhima close her eyes and thought that she had never looked more beautiful. Her eyes tightly closed, her lips shivered, she looked adorable.....

He placed his finger softly on her lips allowing it to linger, tracing it from her cheeks to his soft lips..... Riddhima felt herself shiver as she felt his slight touch on her lips. The sweet sensation that the touch of his lips initiated was replaced by a sting causing her to shudder as she realized it...... Riddhima hugged Armaan, feeling his stroung arms around him....... he hugged her back, in his embrace.... 

Feeling her arms around his waist and her head on his shoulder, he smiled. he gently stroked her back. Feeling Goosebumps rising slightly on her skin, Armaan came out of the hug to see her face and kissed her forehead, Riddhima had a shy smile playing on her lips. 

Armaan: I love you Riddhima. He whispered against her lips, and as an affirmative and Riddhima looked up at Armaan. When Armaan brushed his lips lightly with her in a feather light kiss. As Riddhima stood dazed she whispered against his lips "I love you too"... Armaan bend down to capure Riddhima's lips,..... they really had waited long to feel each other........... They didn't wanted this moment to end... Armaan's lips was an inch away from hers,...... Riddhima anticipated for the kiss too.... she wanted her soft lips to be passionately kissed by Armaan.....

*Beep Beep*

Armaan and Riddhima had to put an end to their beautifull moment when Armaan's cell rang....... Armaan looked angry with the called while Riddhima giggled looking at his face which cursed the called a millionth time to disturb their lovely moment.......Armaan hung up the call and held Riddhima by her shoulder when his cell phone rang again...... And as swiftly she pushed him a little and ran out of the fire exit. Before Armaan could do anything....... Armaan's smile became wider and he was soon grinning....... then he heard his cell ring all over again........

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Armaan stood in the fire escape, the doors were open, his left hand on his front pocket....... Armaan looked angry, he was trying to say someone over the phone, rather explain him but the person wasn't listening to him....... Enough was enought Armaan was getting angrier by every second...... why can't people just listen to him he thought,.............

Shashank happened to pass by the same corridor, he didn't know Armaan was inside, Shashank passed throught the fire escape when he heard Armaan shouting loudly....

Armaan: Kaha na main, yeh mere akhri decision hai, main aur kuch nahi sununga........ He blasted over the phone...

Shashank looked curious, He heard the voice and recognised it as Armaan's. Armaan wasn't the one who would get angry, He had never seen him angry except the day when Armaan and Riddhima had confessed their love on Riddhima's engagement day......... Armaan who seemed to be silent and calm was shouting on someone, curiosity took over him and he stood there listening to his one sidded conversation.....

Armaan: Nahi, mujhe usse koi farak nahi padta..... ........ No Andy, yehi mera last decision hai..... Look Andy, main janta hu...... this might be not the correct choice, but i want to do it and i don't find any problem here........Andy this is a right decison, tum jante ho na ki valentine's day par kya hua...... I don't want to deal with such incidents anymore.....Main officially yeh declare karna chahta hu ki Riddhima meri girlfriend hai, aur i don't get it how will it affect my singing career ?...... Noooo Andy thats wrong, Riddhima se main shaadi karna chahta hu, i love her man....... Main yeh Riddhima ke liye yeh karna chahta hu, Main hamare liye karna chahta hu...... and agar isse se mera career ko kuch damage hoga toh i really don't care....... U get that I really don't care....... All i care is my family and Riddhima...... keh dena unhe ki main official statement karke hi rahunga unhe jo karna hai karle...... aur agar fir bhi wo na maane....... toh main khud hi yeh contract cancel karunga........ Main nahi chahta ki media hamein hamesha spy karte rahe, man we do have our own life......To stop at all these rumours...... i have to put an end by declaring about our relationship officially, I love Riddhima way more than anything else in the world......and thats my last decision...... Armaan spoke and cut the call frustrated........ whispering a loud "Dammit".

Shashank had tears in his eyes when he heard that.....

Deepak

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