Tuesday, 9 January 2018

part 7 : Kuch pal (mini ss)


Walking in the den, he pulled of his coat and stethoscope. Sighing he made himself a cup of coffee then sitting down on one of the couches. Opening his eyes he didn't realise when he had dozed off, looking at his watch he had been asleep for around an hour; he turned his head to hear the radio playing.

We live and we learn to take
One step at a time
There's no need to rush
It's like learning to fly

Or falling in love
It's gonna happen and it's
Supposed to happen that we
Find the reasons why
One step at a time

You believe and you doubt
You're confused, you got it all figured out
Everything that you always wished for
Could be yours, should be yours, would be yours
If they only knew…



He listened closely, and right now that song struck him; we are all told once in our lives that no matter with what you do, take one step at a time; if it is going to happen it will, and if it's not meant to be then let it go. Turning back to the door a smile came on his face for the first time that day it all became clear, he knew what he had to do to fix that problem.



"mama…. Superman aaj kyun nahin aya?" Nisha asked with eyes filled of sadness, "mujhe bhi pata nahin hain ishu…" patting her daughters hair she let out a sigh, what was wrong with Armaan? What was troubling him so much? Looking out towards the corridor she thought she heard familiar voices, "ish… main abhi aati hoon….stay here…" nodding Nisha turned to back to the TV.



Seeing a young couple walking down the corridor holding hands, laughing with each other  a deep smile came upon her face, "Rahul! Muskaan!" turning around, they recognised who had called them, walking over to the both of them she hugged them, "how was the honeymoon?" "I never knew Rahul could be so romantic…" Muskaan replied winking, "ohhh…. Sounds like you guys had a blast…" said riddhima teasing Rahul who was blushing, hi-fiving each other Muskaan and riddhima laughed, "ridz… tum aaj kaam nahin kar rahi ho?" "actually woh…." As she explained the happenings of the last 3 weeks, not mentioning Armaan and what had happened between them.



Muskaan and Rahul had met Riddhima when she first moved to America; Anjali and Atul weren't at Seattle that time, they were the ones that made riddhima settled in; Nisha was just a baby then and they never asked her who the father was or where he was, maybe because they trusted her so much that they didn't need to know.



"hi… Nish…" her eyes became wider and a smile came upon her little face, Muskaan went and hugged her, "aww baby…. How are you feeling now?" "ok…" patting her hair, Rahul played around with her for a bit, while Muskaan asked all the other information with Riddhima.



Rushing in the room he called riddhima's name, seeing 2 strangers with her he halted in his spot, embarrassed he looked at the two "Hi…I'm Armaan…" he said putting his hand out to Muskaan, "hi Muskaan…" "Rahul…" shaking their hands he looked at riddhima, "I'm Nisha's doctor…" "Ridz we need to talk…. Urgently…" "umm… we'll leave.. nice meeting you Armaan… see you around…chal Muski…" walking out riddhima looked at him confused, "kya hua?" "bahar aye…princess I'll be back in 5 ok?"



Standing outside the room, Riddhima folded her arms waiting for Armaan; "this morning jab maine ghar gaya tha… toh… dad was there…." She looked at him mouth opened, had she heard right was MR MALIK back in town? "kya?" "haan ridz… I went inside the apartment then the bell rang so I went and he was standing there… Ridz kya karu? I don't want anything to do with that man…." "isliye… mera phone kat(cut) diya…." Covering her face with her hands she had no idea what to say, "haan…. Aur ab mujhe dinner ke liye invite kiya…" "Armaan… go…. And talk to him…." "ridz maine kitne baar kiya I don't want that man in our lives again…" putting her hand on his shoulders, she pulled him towards her "listen to me… Armaan for once and all you need to finish it… he's your dad…. He deserves to know everything!" "but what if he comes back to you and does it all over again?" "not if you tell him everything… and nothing is going to break us ok?" he looked at her with so much love, "are you sure?" "more than ever Armaan…. For us to start a new life… we need to fix our past mistakes…" nodding, he gave riddhima a quick peck on the forehead, "Armaan…. By the way…Nisha ki discharge aaj raat hogi… Chief ne papers tayyar ki hain…" saying thanks, he left with a sigh of relief with riddhima by his side, he could beat anything.



We live and we learn to take
One step at a time
There's no need to rush
It's like learning to fly
Or falling in love
It's gonna happen and it's
Supposed to happen that we
Find the reasons why
One step at a time



"so young girl… you ready to go home?" Nisha nodded at the big scary man in front of her, "thanks for everything Chief…" "anytime Dr Riddhima…I'll tell O'Malley to send you the papers…." Nodding she finished packing Nisha's bag but in the back of her mind Armaan was the only thing she kept thinking about.



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"so Armaan… bata mujhe hows everything here?" asked Abhay Malik, "fine dad…" Armaan only answered what he was asked, nothing more. Silently they ate until e once again Abhay broke the silence, "Armaan… please… act normal with me…" "normal? I am acting normal…." "Armaan! Then talk to me…. Properly…." "what do I say dad?" putting his cutlery down, using the serviette he wiped his face and leaned back on the chair, "don't tell me that your still hung up on the low-middle class girl..." "excuse me?" he replied back with anger starting to burn within, "oh c'mon Armaan… for the past 6 years you've been acting as like someone has died… move on with your life… she's not worth it…." Pointing at his father he couldn't keep it in anymore, "don't you dare say anything about Riddhima….." he too dropped his fork n knife and sat up properly looking at Armaan, " what relationship do you have with her? She left you… you deserve better…. What point is there in crying over spoilt milk?" " Dad please not here…." "Armaan…. You need to move on… she is nothing in your life… she is a no one…" "DAD!... she is something…. She is a part of me…" "stop with the B**** Sh** Armaan… she has NO relationship with you…" standing up, he through his serviette on the ground, "you wanna know what relationship I have with her? Do you?.... She's my WIFE!" those last 3 words hit Abhay like a bulldozer of rocks collapsing on his head, had he heard right? That low middle class girl Riddhima was his wife, "that's right Dad… and this is despite knowing what you did… I came to America to find Riddhima working at the same hospital and you know what she wasn't the only one, I have a daughter dad! A beautiful angel… and you made the both of us go through hell… so please dad… never ask me to be normal with you… because you broke that right when you told Riddhima to go away…" walking out of the restaurant he left a shocked Abhay sitting.



(new. song)

The buttons on my phone are worn thin
I don't think that I knew the chaos I was getting in.
But I've broken all my promises to you
I've broken all my promises to you.

Why do you do this to me?
Why do you do this so easily?
You make it hard to smile because
You make it hard to breathe
Why do you do this to me?



Armaan walked out to see the clouds pouring their hearts out, looking up he took let out a sigh, "sorry mum…" he whispered; looking back at the road in front of him he went and sat himself in the car, dialling riddhima's number he held his phone to his ear; "you home?" getting his answer he put the phone down and took a u-turn towards Riddhima's house.



Dripping wet from head to toe he rang the bell, to see Padma opening the door he looked at her with a faint smile; letting him in he went through to the living room, "beta chai? Coffee?" "kuch nahin aunty…." Walking towards him, she handed him a towel, "aunty nahin…. Ma…" he looked up and smiled giving her a hug he had tears forming on the rim's of his eyes.



"Armaan…." Riddhima walked down the stairs to see him sitting on the couch, "I'm going to sleep beta… night…" said padma as she looked back on the both of them while she walked up the stairs.



"did you tell him?" he nodded with tears in his eyes, "I hate him so much… but I feel like I have betrayed mum…" "c'mon Armaan… mujhe pata hain ke deep down tum tumhare papa se bahut pyaar karte ho… and you'll always forgive him of what he did…" she said as she sat down beside him, taking the towel from his hands she started drying his hair; "I just hope he doesn't come in our lives from now on… he brought all of this upon him self…." Riddhima was fed up, there was no way of making Armaan change his mind about the decision of hating his dad.



A phrasing that's a single tear,
Is harder than I ever feared
And you were left feeling so alone.
Because these days aren't easy
Like they have been once before
These days aren't easy anymore.

Why do you do this to me?
Why do you do this so easily?
You make it hard to smile because
You make it hard to breathe
Why do you do this to me?
To me, to me, to me.



"chal… change the topic…" he said back, it was after ages that he and riddhima just got to sit and talk, "tu bol…" "woh Rahul aur Muskaan?" "haan… Rahul hopsital main ek Orthopaedic surgeon hain aur Muskaan ek Gynaecologist hain… recently shaadi hui hain.. but I've known them forever and their like brother and sister to me…." "itne sare log the tumhari paas… why did u need me?" he said jokingly, she hit him playfully on the back,  " I always need you…." "Ridz ek baat poocho?" "hmm?" "hum Nisha ko kaise batayenge that im her father?" "aap mere dad hain?" hearing her voice they turned to the stairs to see Nisha standing there.

Sonia

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