Thursday, 8 March 2018

Part 4 : YOU INSIDE ME (AR)

Ridzi was a dead meat…she had never like crowded places…but she had got used to it the moment she became the salesgirl at the shopping mall…but, this was different…this is Arashi's show…and she had been dreaming on that boy on the stage called Armaan Malik…and he certainly had no idea about him ruining her nights, disturbing her with a sad, romantic, heart-broken dreams…
"Oh, they are having some games on the stage!!! I hope my number will be call out," said Muski suddenly, breaking all Ridzi thoughts on her dream and Armaan…Muski crossed her fingers and she closed her eyes tightly, praying Arashi will call out her number…Ridz sighed…it will never be that easy right, to meet the idol???

Suddenly, Ridz heard Arashi boys yelling…


"Number 87!!!" and the crowd applauded and joining Arashi to call out the number, urging it owner to come on stage…Muski pulled Ridzi to look at her…Ridzi blinked…losing her thought…what is happening??? Muski took her hand, and pulled out her ticket…there, on it…clearly written…87… Ridzi mouth fell opened widely…it can't be…

"Go!!! Quick!!! Now!!! It's your number!!!" urged Muski…she began pushing her to walk to the stage… Ridzi thought was telling her to stop walking but her feet didn't obeyed it…they kept on walking…some of Ridzi thoughts told her it is a good time to talk to Armaan about her dream…and some told her wouldn't it be awkward for her to tell him about the dream??? He must think that she is one of the obsessed fans whose ambition is to marry him…but, she kept on walking until she reached the stage…

There, stood Armaan Malik…real and solid…compared with the dream, he look more skinny and good looking...he held out his hand… Ridzi hesitated…can she hold them??? Again, her hands didn't obeyed her thoughts not to hold it…she watched with wide eyes as her hands went to hold Armaan's…then, she looked up at him…and he looked back at her…their eyes glued to each others…no one is willing to give up first…somehow, his expressions shocked Ridzi …he looked, well…surprised to see her there…did he felt what she felt??? A burning sensation that had nothing to do with the heat around them??? Ridzi had just realized the crowd had been quiet…

She took a deep breath and said slowly…

"Hi, my name is Ridhima Gupta,"…Armaan gulped…she saw it clearly…they were standing just a few inches apart from each others…in fact, too close their body were almost touching…realizing it, Ridzi let go of his hand…she walked to the center of the stage…then, she stood in front of the others members…bowing, she said hello to them all…

"This miss is the lucky one then!!!" announced  Rahul and Aiba…then, they continued their games…picking out numbers and calling their owners to come on the stage… Ridzi peeked at Armaan…he had been back with his group…but he no longer seems to be enjoying the show…he had gone very white…as Ridzi was checking him out, he turned to glance at her… Ridzi tried to smile but she felt that her face had become hardened…not even a muscle can be stretch…Armaan looked away quickly when he realized that Ridzi had been looking at him too…

The games continued…Armaan tried to keep his expressions as though he really enjoyed the game while his mind keep wishing the show will ended soon…the lucky fans had been taken behind the stage for some briefing on tonight event that is having dinner with Arashi…Armaan wondered what that Ridzi was doing now…was she think like him too??? Anxious to meet him like he felt anxious to meet her??? At last, the show ended…Arashi walked back straight to their dressing room…Armaaan no longer able to stop himself from asking where is the girl so he asked one of the crew to bring her into their dressing room at once…the crew looked at him questioningly but he told him to ask him no question…he obeyed him and headed to find the girl named Ridhima Gupta just now…

"What are you doing huh??? Love at the first sight???" asked Atul…he pulled out his sweaty shirt and put on a singlet…Armaan ignored him…he too changed his sweaty shirt into a sleeveless shirt and a Bermuda short…then he asked Ohno…

"Where did you keep the drawing of the girl I had been dreaming???"…Ohno pointed to his bag and Jun went to it looking for Ohno's drawing block…the others just watched him curiously…then, r ahulgave a start…

"Wait a minute!!! The first girl just now have a long black hair…and big beautiful eyes…," he said with excitement…the others eyes grew wider…they all had turned to stare at Armaan now for confirmation…Armaan nodded impatiently…he flipped open the block looking for the painting of that girl…and then he found it…there, the girl was looking at him…exactly at that same time, there was a knocked on the door…

Aiba got up and opened it… Ridzi walked inside the room…her eyes fell on Atul's face…cute…she thought dully…then, she remembered she ought to introduce herself…

"O…well, hello…my name is…" but before she finished her words Armaan had cut her impatiently…

"ridhima Gupta, yeah, I know it,"

 said Armaan, staring at her…he folded his arms and continued to search her face, comparing every tiny details with the dying girl he had been dreaming Armaan stared back at him…what a rude old brat!!! She thought furiously…how come she was in love him inside that dream huh???

"Yeah, but only you knew my name…there others don't know yet," she said the moment she realized how awkward the situation is…

"Now they knew too, isn't it???" replied Armaan…but he didn't continue his words…he simply looked at her making Ridzi's face reddened every minute the time passed by them…

"I think we ought to introduce ourselves properly too," said Atul suddenly breaking the tension between Armaan and Ridzi… Ridzi looked at him…how sweet!!! But I knew you all too…she said inside her head…

"Oh, don't bother with it…I knew you all already…I'm your lucky fans right???" she answered him, smiling for the first time since she had entered the room…Armaan pulled her closed to him the moment he saw that smile…he didn't feel like sharing her with the others yet…but Ridzi froze under his touch…and Armaan let go at once…

"Sorry but…I…I…" Armaan tried to explain but he lost for words…

Ridzi took control of the situation…if she didn't say it to Armaan, the mystery of her dream will never be revealed right??? So, she took a deep breath and began her stories…

"To be honest, I am not a fan of Arashi…I only be here today to accompany my friend, Muskaan…she is one of you guys die-hard fans…" she said, laughing a nervous laugh…Rahul and Aiba exchanged looks…never once in their idol life ever a girl admitted she is not their fans… Ridzi must be a different kind of girl then…

"But…I need to see you Mr Malik …because…well…my first idea is just to watch you from far away only…who knew that I was so lucky to finally able to meet you up-close like this," she continued her stories, ignoring the looks on Rahuland Aiba faces…

"Armaan…" said Jun, interrupting her… Ridzi stared at him…did she heard him right???

"What??? Pardon???" she said, trying to confirm what she had just heard…

"Call me Armaan…no formality here,"Armaan ordered her…that is so so …Mao thought…giving order and people had to obey it…but somehow, she felt more comfortable to call him that way…Armaan…Armaan…she called him repeatedly inside her head…

"Why do you want to see me???" Armaan asked her, breaking all her thought of calling him Armaan repeatedly just now… Ridzi was worried…can she tell him the truth?? About her dreams???

"Well, it's a bit weird…but trust me, I'm just curious with the situation…that's all…you see, I had been dreaming about a dying girl who lived with her husband-to-be but they were separated before they had been able to get marry because she died the day after they engaged…the girl looked exactly like me…but the weirdest part is the man looked…" Ridzi told Armaan about her dreams and again she was interrupted by Armaan…

"The man looked exactly like me," Armaan finished her stories… Ridzi stared at him with wide eyes…how does he knew that??? Did he know how to read mind???

"How…How…" Ridzi struggled to find a correct word to describe Armaan's reaction just now…Armaan kept himself shut…

"Because he had the same dreams as you too…for months…the moment he turned 20 years old…not just that, he recognized you at once the moment you came on stage just now," explained rahul without waiting for Armaan to say it himself… Ridzi 's mouth fell open…what in the name of heaven is been going on here???

"Don't you have any idea why you two had this dreams???" asked Ohno suddenly…he had stood up to stare out of the window… Ridzi shook her head…frustrated with the situation…if she was clueless, she bet Jun would be too armaan cleared his throat… Ridzi  looked up at him…

"How did you realize it was me??? If you had only realized it earlier, it wouldn't take you months to find me isn't it???" he asked Ridzi … Ridzi told him about this morning event when she had looked closely at their poster inside the magazine Muskaan had brought…Armaan nodded his head while rahul, Aiba, Atul and Ohno looking at both of them confusingly…

"What???" asked Armaan…he had just realized his fellow bandmates had been staring at them with amused expressions on their faces…

"I think you two look cute together," said Ohno, smiling widely…Atul nodded and he hugged Ohno…Ohno kissed him on the cheek… Ridzi looked with her eyes wide open…curiousity…

"It seems like you two had known each others for years, both of your expressions, body languages, chemistry were somehow…matches…" commented rahul, rubbing his hair…

"Not just that, you two recognized each other at once the moment you two met just now…no doubt at all that either of you might be mistaken in looking for the persons inside your dreams…" said Aiba, thoughtfully… Ridzi and Armaan looked into each others…did they really responded like that???

"Arashi, get ready now…your van will be waiting at the parking lot after 30 minutes to go to the hotel for dinner with fans," said a crew when he poked his head inside the room…he stared at Ridzi …

"You shouldn't be here Miss…you are supposed to wait for your van outside…they will take you soon I think," he said to Ridzi after bowing to all of Arashi members…

Ridzi nodded…she turned to leave but Armaan stopped her…he said to the crew…

"She is with us…tell the others don't wait for her," Armaan ordered him…he bowed and moved out of the room… Ridzi looked at Armaan…what now???

"Wait outside will you??? We need to have a bath and change clothes," again Armaan ordered her… Ridzi walked to the door and left the room…

Outside, Ridzi felt a bit cooler than being inside the room…Armaan presence somehow was making her warm…

Heaven

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