Monday, 22 October 2018

part 8 : You Will Forever Be My Always (AR SS)

The next few days were definitely not the best days for Ridhima, something or the other kept reminding her of the fact that she had totally forgotten her existence...To be honest more than anything or anyone reminding her she herself wouldn't let that thought get out of her head making her feel even more low about herself. Many a times Armaan had found her lost in thought or looking low and even tried asking her about it but she would always leave the topic untouched by giving some or the other excuse.
It was a Friday evening and Rahul and Muskaan were supposed to come over for dinner as they were really missing Arima and also because it had really been a while since the four of them had met and chilled together.

Rahul and Muskaan were just about to come and so Ridhima was in the kitchen checking over all the last minute arrangements as she had decided to personally cook for the night. She was just stirring something on the stove when she suddenly felt two strong yet gentle arms creep around her waist startling her for a micro second but soon relaxed on sensing the touch. "Armaan...Kya kar Rahe Ho chodo... said Ridhima while looking around to make sure that no maid was around. "Mhmm...No he refused straight out and simply tightened his hold around her waist. "Armaan she reprimanded trying hard not to let his touch affect her. "Ridhima... he replied in the same tone making her turn her head towards him and glare at him to which he just kissed the tip of her nose which instantly wiped of the fake glare that she tried to maintain. "Armaan chodo...Dekho abhi koi masti nahi haan she said warning him and turning towards the gas again. "Hmm...Koi masti nahi he replied in his dusky voice as he nuzzled his nose in her hair and inhaled the fragrance of her shampoo. "Armaan...Chodoo she said again wiggling under his hold to make him let go. "Shh...Stop struggling jaan you know it's not going to help and don't worry Main kuch nahi karunga I know ki hum kitchen main hai...I just want to hold you close to myself so stop whining and continue with whatever it is that you were doing he said holding her firm in his arms and hearing him she herself stopped moving around and just let him do what he wanted while she carried on with her work. Now that he had specially assured her that he won't do anything that will probably embarrass her later she had absolutely no objection with him being around. Also because she too had missed him the whole day as they both had been extremely busy in their respective works to even speak to each other so she couldn't even deny the fact that it actually felt good to be in his arms. Armaan felt her relax completely under his hold and smiled widely knowing that she was now comfortable. Placing a light kiss on her temple he rested his head on her shoulder as he still had his arms draped around her waist. "Aru kaha hai? Did you change her clothes? asked Ridhima after a few minutes of standing silently in the same position. "Hmm she is in the hall...Apne us naye teddy ke sath khel rahi hai and don't worry I have got her changed he replied closing his eyes for a few seconds as he still had his head rested against her shoulder. "Bohot busy tha na aaj? she asked lightly tilting her head and cupping his cheek in her palm to which he just hmmed leaning towards the soft touch of her palm making her smile. Patting his cheek lightly she turned her attention towards her work letting him relax for a little time...It was not till the bell rang that they actually moved apart "It must be Rahul and Muskaan, tum chalo ill just switch off the gas and come said Ridhima checking on her dish one last time while Armaan just nodded and placing one last kiss on her hair he moved out to greet his friends and was soon joined by Ridhima as well. After chilling for a while and playing around with Arima, Ridhima asked all of them to move towards the dining table as the dinner had been served. "Oye Rahul ke bache...Meri beti ko mere hi khilaf bhadkate hue tujhe sharam nahai ati scolded Armaan fakely as Rahul tried bribing and luring Arima to leave Armaan and come to him by telling her how he was more fun than Armaan. "Bilkul Nahi... replied Rahul shamelessly as he once again got back on the task of trying to get Arima to come to him. Actually as it was nearly her bedtime and with all the masti she had been doing all along the little munchkin was now really tired and cranky and refused to go to anyone except Armaan or Ridhima but Rahul was no less he tried every way possible and eventually only stopped when Arima whined really loudly and Muskaan yelled at him for troubling her. "Arey Rahul...Kya hua Aru apne so called favorite chachu ke pass nahi arahi? Armaan asked teasingly to which Rahul just gave him a sarcastic smile and pouted lightly looking at Arima making Armaan chuckle even more but being the nice friend that he was he somehow convinced Arima to give Rahul a kiss which brought a smile on everyone's face...They all had the dinner made by Ridhima and polished everything off specially the mouthwatering chocolate cake that she had baked. After dinner Aru was put to bed while the four (AR and RM) of them continued chatting about anything and everything when out of nowhere Armaan started feeling a little uneasy. He tried to ignore it and just continued to reply with whatever was being spoken off but with time his restlessness just grew and soon this was noticed by all of them. "Armaan...Kya hua? Tum...tumhe itne paseena kyu arahe Hai? " Asked Ridhima immediately coming closer towards him and rubbing his back as by then he had started coughing rather vigorously. "Pa..Pat...Pata na... "he tried saying something but was not able to form a single sentence as he had turned bright red and found it almost difficult to also breathe making Ridhima really worried. "Ar...Armaan tum...Tum theek...Paani...Tum thoda pani piyo...yeh lo she said and tried giving him some water but he couldn't even take in a sip and ended up spitting it all out, making everyone panic. "I think he is getting an allergic reaction...lekin armaan ko to surf walnuts se allergy hai. asked Muskan as she spotted some red rashes forming on his skin. "I think Muskaan is right Armaan ki aise halat sirf wall nuts khane se hi hoti Hai...Ridhima do you know if he has by any chance had walnuts in any form asked Rahul hurriedly while rubbing Arman's back who was still struggling to breath. Hearing them Ridhima was shocked beyond words and stood still in her place, on getting no response a panicky Muskaan turned towards Ridhima and asked Ridhima again "Ridzy Rahul Kuch puch raha Hai...Kya Armaan ne walnuts khaye hai? A teary Ridhima finally looked up and nodded her head slowly...Ca...Cake Main...crush...crushed walnuts the she said chocking on her own words. "WHAT? Both Muskan and Rahul said in union. "I...I did not...Maine janke nahi...Ar...Armaan I swear I...I did not know she said looking towards Armaan with a stream of tears flowing down her cheeks. Armaan even in that state held on to her hand and squeezed it lightly trying to tell her that he knew she was innocent and hearing her even Rahul and Muskaan softened understanding her situation. "It's okay Ridhima we know tumne jaan ke nahi kiya... For now we need to focus on Armaan. You please go and get his pump fast we cannot waste more time Said Rahul seeing how Armaan's condition was worsening by the second. "Pu...Pump Kaha...I...I...Don't know...Pata na...nahi kaha...Ar...Armaan ki halat...Ra...Rahul pls kuc...Kuch Karo...It's my Fa..fault she fumbled in a state of Panic as she felt really scared seeing Armaan's condition and to worsen it was the fact that she knew that she was the one responsible for it. Rahul realized that she obviously wouldn't know where the pump was since she clearly had no clue about his allergy in the first place and also he knew she was feeling really guilty so he tried his best to remain calm even though Deep down he himself was getting scared seeing his best friend suffer so much. "Ridhima relax sab theek Ho jayega okay ? don't panic...Ek baar Jake Armaan ke laptop bag main check Karo...He always carries a spare pump with himself so just go and see if there is one there instructed Rahul as he continued to pat Armaan's back while Muskaan kept a check that he was not getting unconscious. Ridhima nodded and instantly ran to do as told and thankfully enough Rahul was right as she did find a pump in his bag and so getting it she rushed back to the living room and gave the pump to Muskaan who immediately made Armaan inhale two puffs. After a few minutes Armaan's breathing started to normalise and his coughing had stopped as well "Pa...Paani he asked for water as he felt his throat dry up from all the coughing and panting. "Haa...Just a second...here said Muskaan filling up a glass from the jug kept on the center table and handling the glass to him. "Ab theek lag raha Hai? Do you want to go to the hospital for a checkup once? Asked Rahul taking the empty glass from Armaan and seeing him leaning his head on the back rest of the sofa with closed eyes. "Uhuh...I am okay... said Armaan slowly opening his eyes. "Thanx Guys...Aaj Tum long nahi hote to... Said Armaan looking towards Rahul and Muskaan but he was cut midway by Rahul "Chal Oye bada Aya thank you Bolne wala...Phir se suna Hai na to Yahi pitayi kar dunga Teri. "Pehle baar is Rahul ke bache ne Kuch sahi bola hai aur Tu hero khabardar agar Phir se thank you bola to added Muskaan with her trademark angry look making Armaan chuckle lightly and show them both the peace sign. "Oye Ridzi Tu waha Kyu khadi hai...Yaha aa na don't worry ab Armaan Theek Hai and dekhna subha tak to push-ups bhi chalu kar lega said Muskaan calling Ridhima who standing a little away from the trio. That's when Armaan looked up at her for the first time since he gained back his senses; she stood silently near the edge the L-shape couch with her head bowed down. "Ridhima... he called her softly making her slowly look up only to find her eyes blood red and lips quivering. "Ridh... Armaan tried saying something but was instantly cut by Ridhima's chocked voice...Me...Meri vajah se... "Nahi Ridhima it's not your... Armaan once again tried saying something "it is...my fault...sab Meri vajah se... she cried and not being able to hold herself any longer simply ran away from there feeling utterly ashamed of herself. " Ridhima listen to me...Ridh...RIDHIMA... Armaan went on shouting her name trying his best to stop her and hear him out but she did not turn back once and just headed back to the room. "Woh aise khud ko kaise blame kar sakti hai when it's not her fault at all...Jo bhi hua it was just an accident Said Armaan in a helpless tone. "we know that Armaan lekin Ridhima abhi Bohot dari hui hai. Usne pehle kabhi tumhe is halat Main nahi dekha hai and ab yeh jankar ki anjane Main hi sahi lekin Galti use hui hai she is feeling extremely guilty. Tu tension mat le...Go to her and talk to her Tu use samjayega to I am sure she will understand...hmm? Explained Rahul while Armaan Just nodded getting his point but still her guilty face that kept flashing in front of him made him feel restless. "Chal ab hum chalte hai...it's pretty late and I think tujhe bhi ab Ridhima me pass jana chahiye...Kuch bhi hoga to call karna and take care of yourself said Rahul to which Armaan again Just nodded making both RM sigh knowing that nothing would ease him till he himself spoke to Ridhima and so patting his shoulder lightly both Rahul and Muskaan left hoping for things to settle down and as soon as they left Armaan got up and went towards their room to have a look at Ridhima and explain to her that she is not at fault.
He entered his room to find it covered in pin-drop silence which the lights dimmed. He looked towards Arima's crib and found her sound asleep which he was really thankful for at the moment. He looked around to see the door of the balcony slightly open and sighed knowing that Ridhima was in there. Checking on Arima one last time he slowly made his way towards the balcony and as he entered the sight that met his eyes practically broke his heart into a million pieces. Ridhima was seated on the far end of the balcony floor with her knees pulled up till her chest, her blood shot eyes telling him just how much she had been crying and if that was not enough a stubborn tear that had just rolled down her face confirmed it. Gulping the lump that formed in his throat he walked towards her and quietly sat down with beside her and though she was well aware of his every move yet she chose to stay mum and keep her head facing the opposite direction. "Ridhima... he called her with after a few seconds of silence and there was something in his voice, probably the undying love that forced her to look at him. Without saying a word he just opened his arms wide inviting her in for a hug while she just looked at him with her tear filled eyes for a few seconds but when he blinked his eyes in assurance she could no longer hold herself and crashed herself in his arms as he tightly ensconced her in his embrace. "I am so..sorry...sor...sorry... she cried fisting his shirt tightly in her palms. "Shhh...bass...it's not your fault bacha... "it is my fault...sa...Sab Kuch Meri vajah se hua...Tum...tumhe kitni...kitni takleef...it's...it's all my faul...fault said a crying Ridhima cutting his words in between as she covered her face with her palms and cried hysterically while he still had his arms around her. His heart ached feeling her body shake because of her hysterical sobs but he knew he had to be strong right now. He had to make her understand that she was not at fault...Shhh...listen...look at me...look at me sweetheart...dekho meri taraf he said gently piercing her hand away from her face and making her look up at him. "Ridhima aaj jo bhi hua, us mein tumhari galti nahi thi, it wasn't your fault jaan he said in the softest of voices as he very lovingly rubbed her tears off her face "Ridhima aaj jo bhi hua tumse who anjane main hua baby you did not intentionally add those walnuts. You didn't know that I am allergic to them and... "I didn't remember... she corrected him looking at him straight in the eye. "I don't remember anything...kuch...kuch bhi yaad nahi mujhe she said in a defeated tone turning her face away as another lone tear slipped off her eye. "Ridh... "mujhe Kuch yaad Kyu nahi araha Armaan? Main...main kitni koshish kar rahi hoon, doctors ki sari baat man rahi hoon, medicines time Pe le rahi hoon...sab...sab kar rahi hoon...lekin Phir bhi mujhe...mujhe Kuch yaad hi nahi ata Armaan...Kuch bhi nahi she said chocking on her own words as another sob escaped from her mouth. "Heyyy...Shhh...aise nahi rote baby... he said while taking her in a tight embrace as he lovingly caressed her head to calm her down. His own eyes had turned misty seeing how broken she was. "Shh...bass...bass chup Ho jao. Dekho Ridhima this is just temporary bacha, doctor ne Kaha hai na ki you can get your memory back, hmm? Tum...Tum Bilkul tension mat lo dekhna Bohot jald tumhari yaadash wapas aja... "KAB AYEGI? Kab Armaan? Kab? ...it's been more than two months aur mujhe Kuch bhi nahi...Kuch bhi yaad nahi hai... she yelled moving out of his arms and clutching his collar tightly in her fists cutting his words in between and pouring out her frustrations. "It kills me Armaan...it's kills me jab Main apni hi beti ke basic health details ya for that matter koi bhi details nahi janti...Mera dil tut ta hai jab mujhe humare life ke itne Important events, humare moments, humare shadi yaad nahi ati... she said with her voice flattering towards the end and a set of fresh tears rolled down from her already red eyes. "Aur Aaj...aaj Meri isi memory loss ke vajah se tumhari... tumhari halat itni kharab Ho gayi and I absolutely hate myself for it Armaan...I hate myself she cried as her grip on his collar loosened and her hands slowly slid down resting themselves on her lap. "Ridhima bacha Aaj jo hua its not your fault... he tried his best to reason with her but she once again cut him in between "it is my fault Armaan...Aur chahe Tum kitna bhi mana Karo sach Yahi hai ki it is my fault and I can never forgive myself for it...Never she said chocking on her words. His own eyes stung with tears as he saw her so hurt and feeling so low about herself. He always knew that her memory loss had upset her but to what extent it did so he found out today. "Ridhima...Dekho listen to me, aise upset nahi hote bacha...Just give it some time Tum dekhna sab theek Ho jayega...Tumhe sab yaad ajayega jaan I promise you. He said somehow getting a grip on his emotions as he lovingly cupped her face in his warm palms and gently wiped off tears...You're right sab theek Ho jayega... she said making him smile a little thinking that she finally understood his point. "Agar Tum Meri Ek baat Mano to. She said looking up at him with slight hesitation in her eyes. "Kaisi baat? He asked softly as he lightly brushed off the tears from her chin keeping his gaze fixed with hers. "Kaisi baat Ridhima...? He asked again in the softest of tones after a few seconds as she sat silently saying nothing and he could see that she was mentally contemplating if she should tell him whatever that she intended do. She heard his gentle voice and knew it was now or never and so taking a deep breath she decided to finally talk to him "Armaan...woh...Tum...Tum pls pehle Meri baat sunlena aur...aur Phir react karna... she said while stammering really afraid of his reaction. On the other hand Armaan was really surprised seeing her so nervous and so just nodded his head with a slight frown now really confused as to where the conversation was heading. "Armaan...tumhe yaad Kuch time pehle Mama ne ghar main Pooja Rakhvai thi? " she asked keeping her eyes fixed on her lap. He thought for a second and then remembered "Hmm...yaad hai He said probing her to go ahead. "Armaan waha woh...Woh Mehta Aunty ne jo Kaha... she paused for a moment and slowly looked up to see him looking a little confused probably because he hadn't yet understood what she was trying to say. "Woh unhone jo...Jo hypnosis treatment suggest Kiya Tha... she said once again averting her gaze away from him. "What about it? He asked in a slightly bitter tone as he remembered how that lady had the audacity to bring up such a topic and more so of how she tried to convince them. She looked up at him and gulped seeing his lips formed in a hard line but somehow continued anyway "Ar...Armaan main Main Soch rahi thi...Ki...ki shayad mujhe bhi Ek baar...Ek baar hypnosis try karna chahiye "WHAT??? He screamed making her flinch in her place hearing his sudden loud tone. "Are you out of your mind...janti bhi Ho kya bakwas kar rahi ho..do you even realize... he went on and on in a really angry tone but stopped when he saw her sat with eyes casted down looking really scared of his anger and that's something he did not like, after all she was going through a bad phase and probably just the helplessness made her think in that direction. So he somehow tried to control himself and rubbing his forehead a little to calm his anger he moved an inch closer and very gently took her hand in his. "Ridhima, jaan listen to me...Dekho I know your upset over the fact that you haven't gained your memory back but baby this is no solution. This might just end up complicating the matter further... he said as calmly as possibly hoping that she would understand his point. "Lekin...lekin yeh bhi to Ho sakta hai na that it completely solves the problem she replied slowly looking at him while he just sighed hearing her, God this was going to be difficult he thought. "Ridhima Tum...Tum samaj Kyu nahi rahi Ho...These kind of treatments can have severe side effects baby...They are not safe he explained her trying his best to not lose his cool but she seemed really adamant on this one "Armaan Aisa nahi hai...Mehta aunty ke friend ne bhi to karvaya hai na and...and so many people go for it... "TO HELL WITH ALL OF THEM... he yelled cutting her in between and making her her flinch hard in her place. He shut his eyes tightly to calm himself down, the last thing he wanted right now after whatever had happened was to get mad at her but her stubbornness was definitely getting the better of him. "Ridhima...Dekho Tum abhi Bohot upset Ho and it's been a really long day as well I think you should get some rest hum is bare main kal baat karenge okay? " he said trying his best to just smoothen the matter for now at least. "NAHI! Hum abhi baat karenge...Why don't you understand Armaan. This is the only way out...Main...Main nahi jee sakti aise Armaan. I just can't...Everyday...every damn day I wake up thinking that maybe today I remember something...anything...but that never happens...it just doesn't happen and that very fact kills me... "she yelled feeling really frustrated, her own voice chocking towards the end while she looked at him with her tear filled eyes. He knew how she felt, he himself felt miserable seeing her so helpless but that did not mean that he would just let her do anything silly...It was end of the day her life at stake and so if being safe meant having to feel this pain then that be it. "Ridhima...Dekho I understand...Main Samajta hoon Tum Pe kya beet rahi hai pa.. "Tum nahi samajte Armaan...Tum samaj Hi nahi sakte ki mujh par kya beet rahi hai...Agar samajte to is tarah Bina koshish kiye mujhe aise suffer nahi Karne dete Tum... she said cutting him in between and looking at him straight in the eye. He didn't say anything for a minute and just stared back at her his eyes showing the hurt her words had given him but she made no attempt to take them back and that just added to his hurt. "You know what? You're right...Main Kuch nahi samajta...After all you're the only one who suffered right? Do you even know how it feels when the person you love is right beside you and yet you can't call them yours. Do you know how helpless it feels to see your own daughter cry for her mother and not being able to do anything for her...But of course Main to Kuch nahi samajta right? "he scoffed looking at her with his bloodshot eyes. "Anyway...Tumhe jo sochna hai, jaise sochna hai Vaise Soch sakti ho... he said now getting up to leave "Lekin Meri Ek baat kaan khol kar sunlo I AM NOT GOING TO LET YOU GO FOR THIS TREATMENT NO MATTER WHAT! Phir chahe tum chiko, chilao, ro...Ya Phir mujhse nafrat hi Kyu na karlo he said turning back and looking at her one last time with his dark, stern eyes before storming out from the balcony and the room as well.

Hum bewafa hargiz na the
Par hum wafa kar naa sake
Humko mili uski sazaa
Hum jo khata kar naa sake
Hum bewafa hargiz na the
Par hum wafa kar naa sake

She saw him walk out and felt her heart sink. She knew that it was probably wrong on her part to accuse him of letting her suffer, she knew that wasn't something he could ever do but how was she to explain to him how helpless she felt. "Kaise samjhaun tumhe Armaan...kaise samjhaun how bad I feel when I am not able to remember you, remember my daughter. Main janti hoon Tum kahoge ki we can start a fresh but main apne life ki itni achi aur Important memories khoke nahi jee sakti...Nahi jee sakti Main she thought as she pulled her knees close to her chest and cried her heart out. On the other hand a furious and really hurt Armqan was walking towards the terrace with her accusation of him letting her suffer playing like a broken tape recorder in his mind.

Kitni akeli thi woh rahen hum jinpe
Ab tak akele chalte rahen
Tujhse bichhad ke bhi o bekhabar
Tere hi gham mein jalte rahen

Reaching the terrace he barged in banging the door loudly behind him and went and stood near the railing with continuous tears rolling down his already red eyes. He thought about everything that happened since the time she met with an accident, how difficult it had been for him to not reveal her true identity to her, how difficult it had been to have her so close to him and yet so far and now just when things had started to get better this had to happen. He banged his hand hard on the railing feeling extremely frustrated at how things had turned out for them. He remembered how he stormed out from the balcony; the painful look in her eyes when he said he didn't care whether she cried or yelled pierced his heart as well. But he had no choice; he couldn't possibly allow her to go for something that could have really bad side effects. He knew she wouldn't let go of this very easily and would remain adamant but he was just as determined to not her do something as silly and for that he was willing to go to any length.

Tune kiya jo shiwa
Hum woh gila kar naa sake
Hum bewafa hargiz na the
Par hum wafa kar naa sake

The night grew darker and the darkness seemed to have mirrored their state of mind. While on one hand the exhaustion and mental stress took a toll over Ridhima's body making her fall asleep in the same position in the balcony floor itself and on the other hand Armaan sat wide awake on the terrace floor leaning his back against the railing simply lost in thought. He knew how difficult it was for her to not be able to remember anything but he was there right...Willing to fight for her "Main janta hoon Tum Pe kya guzar rahi hai Ridhima...I know is not easy to have forgotten your entire existence. Main janta hoon tumhe kitni takleef hoti Hai when you are not able to remember anything...I know everything Ridhima and that's why I am trying so hard, so bloody hard to find some way...Just some way to help you out, to help you regain your memory...Kash ki Tum mujhe Kuch Waqt de pati...kash Tum apne armaan par thoda bharosa rak pati...I could never ever leave you alone to suffer Ridhima..Never he thought to himself as another lone tear slipped out of his eyes as he once again remembered how she cried helplessly in front of him to allow her to go in for the treatment and when he bluntly refused how she accused him of letting her suffer just like that.

Tumne jo dekha suna sach tha magar
Kitna tha sach yeh kisko pataa
Jaane tumhe maine koi dhokha diya
Jaane tumhe koi dhokha hua

The Sun started to rise making Armaan squirm a little feelings its intense rays. He opened his eyes slowly and looking around realized that he had fallen asleep in the terrace itself. For a second he was confused finding himself there but then he remembered all that happened the previous night and sighed. Shutting his eyes he covered his face with his palms, how he wished to just be able to shut his eyes from this day but alas that was not possible and so after a few seconds he got up and made his way towards their room. With a million thoughts running in his mind he quietly entered the room only to find it still engulfed in darkness thanks to the curtains that were still drawn together. He looked towards the bed where he found Ridhima sleeping very uncomfortably in a sitting position and Arima sleeping peacefully right beside her. He saw the balcony door open and guessed that she might have come in pretty late and possibly only because Arima must have woken up. He very slowly walked towards the duo stood right beside Ridhima. He saw Arima sleep while sucking her thumb and smiled lightly at this little angel who was probably the only one who could make him smile in such a situation. He then looked towards Ridhima and even amidst the darkness he could see the dried tear stains on her face telling him just how rotten a night it was for her and even though upset with her atrocious demand yet he couldn't help but feel bad for her. Gulping the lump that had formed in his throat he pulled up the comforter to cover her up as he was pretty sure that she was probably cold as ice by then and the Goosebumps on her bare arms just confirmed his point further. He was just going to caress her hair but then last night's flashes came in front of him, the way she accused him and even though he knew the reason he couldn't help the hurt that those words caused him and so he immediately withdrew his hand back. Giving a last look to both of them he went towards his closet and talking his clothes he went to the other room to freshen up because he was pretty sure Ridhima hadn't slept well and angry or not he couldn't deny the fact that she needed to rest specially with her ongoing medication and so not wanting to disturb her he decided to take a shower in the other bathroom itself.

Is pyaar mein sach jhooth kaa
Tum faisla kar naa sake
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Armaan who was sat on the living room couch randomly flipping through channels though his mind was far off them saw Maria (their maid) come back from their room holding the tray of lunch that he had sent for Ridhima. "Sir...Ma'am has said that she is not hungry...Unhone davai lene se bhi mana kar diya she said coming and standing in front of Armaan who sighed seeing all the food untouched. She had done the same thing with her breakfast as well and he very well knew the reason. "Uhmm it's okay aap yeh mujhe dedijie I'll make her have it...Thank You said Armaan politely taking the tray from her and dismissing her to go and do her other work. As Maria left he first glanced up towards their bedroom and then towards the tray full of food, God why was this girl was so stubborn he thought before finally making his way up to the room. Entering in he found Arima taking her afternoon nap in her crib while Ridhima stood near the wardrobe arranging God knows what. Hearing the knob turn she too looked back and found him standing holding the tray in his hands. They both looked at each other for a moment as if and thereafter she simply turned her face away getting back to her earlier task. "Why did you send the food back? He asked in spite of already knowing the answer. As expected she chose to ignore him and did not bother replying to his question and so placing the tray on the small table kept in the room he walked towards her and simply held her from her shoulder making her stop whatever that she was doing and turn around to face him. "I am asking you something...answer me! Tumne khana wapas Kyu bheja? " he asked her again with his eyes boring into hers. "Mujhe Bhook nahi hai... she said and tried to get away but he held her firmly in place. "Really ? Aisa kya khaya hai tumhe subha se ki tumhe bhook nahi hai? He asked her again not giving her any chance to escape. "Dekho Ridhima I very well know what you are doing and I am warning you to stop all this. Yeh sab Karne se Main tumhari woh vahiyat baat nahi mane wala...So you better stop this drama and have your food right now...Tumhe Davai bhi leni hai... "Aur kya hoga ussein? Davai lene ka koi Matlab bhi hona chaiye na...Jis Davai se mujhe koi fayda hi nahi Ho raha us davai ko lekar kya karu Main said Ridhima cutting his words and looking back at him with the same intensity as he did. "Ridhima Dekho..Yeh Faltu ki Batein karna chodo aur chup-chap Akar khanna khao he said pulling her towards the table but she somehow managed to get out from his hold. "Main khana nahi khaungi Armaan...Jab Tum Meri Ek itni se baat nahi man sakte to Main tumhari baat Kyu Manu? She replied being stubborn as always. He rubbed his chin to calm himself down as he could feel his temper raising with every second passing by. "Ridhima...I am really not in my best mood today so I suggest don't get on my nerves. Yeh faltu ki zid chodo and come and have your lunch he said trying his best to keep his tone as low as possible. "Main khana nahi khaungi Armaan...Kal tumne mujhe apna decision sunaya aur Aaj Main tumhe apna suna rahi hoon. Jab tak Tum Meri baat nahi mante Main bhi khanna nahi khaungi she said with finality in her tone making him groan inwardly. God this woman really knew how to get the worse out of him. "Ridhi... he was just about to say something when they heard Arima's cry. Which made Ridhima instantly moved towards her crib to pick her up, while Armaan stood where he was thinking what to do. He knew Ridhima was determined but he couldn't let her go like that. She had to have her meals and her medicines as well, it was but something that she could stop as per her wish but at the same time he couldn't even agree to her demand, especially not when he knew what consequences it could have on her health. "Ale my baby aap uth gaye...Kya hua ha? Bhooki lagi hai na Meri baby ko...Chalo hum abhi apke tummy ko fill karenge hmm? Don't cry Shona bass shhh Ridhima cooed taking a crying Arima in her arms and soothing her. Armaan just key looking at the duo still trying to think of a way to break through her stubbornness and suddenly an idea hit him. He knew this was probably not the right thing to do and he hated himself for even thinking in that direction but he had no choice, she was just not ready to listen to him and so he was left with no other choice but to do this. Closing his eyes for a split second he taking a deep breath he walked towards Arima's crib where Ridhima stood holding a whiny Arima in her arms. "Ek minute Ridhima...Just give her to me...Ajao bacha...Shh basss He said taking Arima from her arms in spite of the little baby struggling to not go. "Armaan Kya kar Rahe ho...She is hungry lau mujhe do, I need to feed her... said Ridhima keeping her eyes fixed on the crying bundle in his arms. "Really? And how exactly do you plan to do that? He asked making her turn towards him with a surprised expression. "Matlab? What do you mean? She asked confused at his random cum sudden question. "Main puch raha hoon ki Tum Arima ko feed kaise Karne wali ho? Abhi Abhi tumne Kaha hai ki Tum Kuch nahi khaogi right? "Armaan how is that related to this? " she asked cutting him in between really annoyed at his sudden behavior. "Let me finish jaan...Jaha tak Main janta hoon to breast feed a child it is necessary that the mother is well nourished herself and I don't think ke Bina khaye it is possible for you to nourish yourself to Arima ko feed dene ka to Sawal hi nahi uthta right? He asked in his low yet intense voice while she looked at him completely shocked. "Armaan...Tum Kya...Just give her to me, use bhook Lagi hai said a very restless Ridhima trying very hard to take a crying Arima from his arms. "I mean what I said Ridhima...Agar tumhe Yahi karna apni zid nahi chodni then be it ...lekin remember one thing in that case you better forget about feeding Arima, because main to yeh kisi keemat par nahi Hone dunga... "Replied Armaan looking at her with a look that could make even the coldest of hearts shiver with fear.

Hum bewafa hargiz na the
Par hum wafa kar naa sake
Humko mili uski sazaa
Hum jo khata kar naa sake
Hum bewafa hargiz na the
Par hum wafa kar naa sake

-To Be Continued-

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