Saturday, 23 February 2019

Part 11 : Perfect Imperfection...love..

As he opened his eyes slowly, a sharp pain shot across his head, which made him scrunch his eyes hard...with effort he opened them again, and realized, he was..AT ATUL'S HOME???exactly at that moment atul walked in with a cup of hard black coffee and a painkiller....handing over both to him and grining at armaan he said..."so ammy, leme guess....this must be the worst headache of ur life, considering that tray of shots was not the only thing u were drunk on!!!!" tha tablet literally got stuck in his throat and he choked hearing what atul had just said....he looked up in complete shock..."atul what are u " interrupting him atul said "ok no digressions i know u lawyers get paid for ur words.....straight to the point....u didnt think it worth to tell me about ridhima right until u were too drunk to keep it inside anymore????" now armaan almost fell off the bed, but not quite since atul held him with a stabalising hand still giving him a stern questioning look....for once he thought um playing your role ammy, the strict guy in charge here....armaan replied slowly, slightly stammering, and completely embaresed "ummm atul....r r ridzi...i mean ridhima... i mean i....its just that....well i never figured i loved her until after the exam today...."he said finally speaking an entire sentence....and then got completely shocked as atul pulled him into a back breaking hug...."OMG armaan, so u did not
just say stuf under the influence of alcohal....u really are in love...OMG OMG why r muskaan and rahul not here right now...to see the perfect professional hate guru so smitten by a woman...just a simple woman....hahahaha....god save that poor girl though...i hope she knows what trouble she is in for to have a guy like you fall for her....OMG OMG" he just could not stop laughing...meanwhile armaan was choking in the tight grasp and finally succeeding in pushing off atul he yelled "CHAMP!!! r u going to kill me with lack of oxygen before i even make a confession to her????" then seeing atul's face...trying so hard to not laugh, he burst out himself, and soon they were both rolling over with laughter, and at the end they hugged again..."um so happy for u ammy....finally...the cupid struck that almost dormant organ on the left side of ur body!!!"as they broke off armaan got into a solemn look....then as he looked up his eyes fell on the clock on the wall behind...8pm...."OMG atul what time did we get back and how many hours have i been knocked out????and where is my phone???ridhima must have called....."atul signalled for him to stop and said "u will be suprised to know that even with 16 shots inside u, uv been out for only 3 hours...her love has super effect i must say!!!!n no she did not call....there were no calls or messages on your cell.....was she supposed to????and before we get to any of that....tell me the whole story....n god help u if u miss any single detail this time fooling me around with that so called deal u put forth as a reason last time...." and so armaan explained to him, the whole sequence of events beginning from their very first meeting, blushing at several points, and at others just talking as if he were in a dream.... and finishing up at his realization after the exam today...."there now...u have it ....any idea why she might have disappeared from the scene just when i got both my head n heart in the right place????" asked armaan, hoping earnestly that atul would have some answer to console him..."well my best bet would be asuming she fled from the scene sensing the impending danger of bearing with a lover like u on her back "said atul cheekily, but seeing that the last thing armaan wanted right now were his mindles jokes he pulled on a serious look and said "ok....u said u tried calling and her cell was off....did u try calling her home phone????" hearing that armaan jumped out of the bed yelling...."OMG atul why did u not say that before....hell no....why did i not think of that before....her home phone of course...." saying this he finished dialling the number and heard the ring going...for like ages, and just as he was going to cut it he heard a voice saying "hello gupta residence.....may i know who is calling..." "hey is ridhima there????" "well yeh she just got back from the party like a moment ago with all her friends, i will give her the phone may i...."*cut*....maria looked into the phone wondering what was that all about....meanwile armaan had not waited for her to complete the sentence, cutting the call pulled atul off the bed and dragging him out said..."c'mon champ, we are going to the gupta mansion" in an excited voice....after 5minutes of being in the car armaan suddenly quipped up "hang on.....maria said party????ridhima was at a party with her friends????when she knew it was my last exam today???n she never bothered to even tell me, infact her phone was switched off all day....oh no wait...it had been busy before that all morning too...champ....who could she be talking to????and...."getting a bit angry now "how could she party out leaving me all worried like that....i mean i waited for her for an hour....and actually i would have waited even more had it not been for the gang....and she...WAS OUT PARTYING ALL THAT TIME" he was literally yelling by the end of his sentence....his initial peace and happiness at learning that she was at home was now replaced by a complete outburst at the truth of her whereabouts for the whole day...."calm down ammy....there must be a reason...why are u getting angry without even talking to her about it....we are going there now right????control urself until u hear the truth from her" atul reasoned with his furious friend....."o i see and what motive could maria have in lying to me????c'mon champ she was out partying and how she possibly have a good reason to back up that for her disappearence for the whole day...????" somehow, he had lost all sense to reason....he continued "thats why i never wanted to fall in love....o god why did i have to????see what happens????trouble from the moment u utter the word love...." atul looked at armaan...he looked completely out of wits in his anger....and at the same time helpless and cheated....."ammy all i am saying is what you heard from maria may not be the complete truth....you cut her call midway right..." armaan shot him a blazing look and said "well yeh of course what more was there to hear anyways...you know what champ....just turn the car back....um not going to go and see her and ask her how much fun she had with her friends...nah lets go out champ....we graduated today, u and i....lets go out get drunk and party man....c'mon" he said urging atul to take a turn but atul just brushed him off "no ammy....dont be insane....look....u have to give her a chance to explain....we are going thats it"...but armaan had made up his mind "atul man....listen to me...turn the car around.... i dont want to see her right now....lets go....ok wait...theres a new bar a block from here i know....lets go there...c'mon...." atul looked at armaan in anger and realized his resolve was final...he also figured that the way armaan was reacting right now, he might do or say something to ridhima which she did not deserve and then regrets later on would not help....somehow, his unbiased thinking told him there was more to the story than armaan knew...but since he was not ready to listen right now, atul decided to go with his plan...."alright we will go there....but u are not getting drunk again....for heavens sake armaan...16shots was enough for today....just some social drinking and we end at that...ok????" armaan just nodded without listening to a word of that...all he could remember were maria's words....ridhima...party....friends....he swore hard....why he asked himself....why did u ever think love could do u any good armaan????all he wanted was to get in there and drink over his anger right now....
"champ i will just be back....said armaan after they had barely been there for 10mins....and saying so armaan walked up to a gorgeous blonde, dressed in skimpy clothes and swinging her around with his arm around her waist guided her to the dance floor....if she can party so can i, he thought.....atul meanwile could see where this was going....oh please god, do something he thought....just then he heard a cell ring...he fumbled in his pockets only to realise it wasnt his....and then he saw beneath the stool armaan had been sitting on his cell buzzing with a flashing light....grabbing it he saw the caller name 'ridzi home' flashing...he picked up the call and before he could speak up he heard a voice "oh thank god armaan finally....i am so sorry honey...the battery of my cell went out since i was getting calls all day and i only just got back home and called u first thing after getting my friends out of the room....i mean...how was ur exam armaan???" atul spoke up "hello ridhima...i mean bhabhi...this is atul....dont know if you remember me but"...cutting him mid way she said "of course i know u atul....armaan talks about rahul n u all the time...but...where is he...n how come his phone is with u...." atul sighed...not wanting to tell her everything on the phone, and then suddenly he thought of course thats it...into the phone he said "bhabhi can u come here???i mean we are at the new german bar in town...heidelberg's cavern...armaan and i....can u come here and i will explain...and u can meet armaan here too whatsay????"sure atul i wil be there in 20mins its not too far from my house...see you then" putting the phone down, ridhima wondered why she had not liked the tone in which atul had invited her to the bar...he had sounded tense...if she got that right....but putting off that thought from her mind, she picked up the huge truffle cake she had bought for today...and smiled thinking that finally she would meet armaan and they would cut the cake together....she was dying to see his expressions when she gave him the suprise gift she had got for today....the day when he would finish his exams and also because...well today was special she thought to herself.....and smiled....strangely they had never talked about this she thought, in a month of being engaged....checking herself one last time, she thought she looked pretty, wearing a knee length halter neck dress and dangling hoops and slight heels...all in his favorite color, black....personally ridhima liked red, the color of love, but she figured armaan was not super fond of it....he had however mentioned sometime that black was his favorite and so she had bought a dress for this special day in the same....

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as the next song came on, armaan politely led the girl he had danced with for less than 20mins off the floor, and excusing himself...he swore again...dam man....wats with you...why can you not get her out of your head and enjoy.....she was doing that all day...but all you can do is see her face in every girl you dance with...how lame is that armaan....but somewhere beneath his anger, he felt a stabbing pain....how could she do this to him he thought????and why did it matter so much...because u love her u fool his innervoice replied....shaking his head he walked back.....atul meanwile was pleased to see this....having called ridhima here the last thing he had wanted was her seeing armaan with some cheap babe, trying to get cosy with him him on the dance floor...as he saw armaan approaching, the look on his face did not escape him...it was a mixture of anger, helplessness and...guilt....atul felt bad for his best buddy...but he knew somehow that once ridhima was here all would be fine...that less than one minute talk with her had somehow compelled atul to admire armaan's choice when he finally fell in love...she had sounded loving, gentle and concerned...he just knew without knowing her as a person that she was the one for him...."champ....can we just go back home????" he heard armaan say the moment he slumped into the stool next to atul...."yes we can....but give me 15minutes i just saw a friend...i will be right back" saying this atul walked out...he realized the two of them would need to talk one on one and his presence though wasnt likely to bother armaan might not be comfortable for ridhima...and he was sure she would be there in under 15minutes from then....

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She looked around her eyes searching for him in the crowded noisy place....o boy...for today atleast i wanted a nice quiet romantic spot just for me and him....what a contrast this is...anyways...where is armaan now...and then suddenly she saw him....his back actually but she knew it was him.....she smiled and decided to suprise him....went to a waiter gave him the cake, and pointing to the table armaan was on, asked him to bring it there in 5mins....then she walked towards him and closing his eyes from behind whispered in his ears "guess who???" giggling, BUT...????she was shocked as armaan roughly shook her hands off his eyes and swung her around hard to face him....looking at her, he just could not hold his anger anymore and said "how was the party ridhima???um sure you must have had awsome fun....and omg look at you....you look gorgeous darling..so which boyfriend took you out for a date...oh sorry...it might be private considering you had your cell switched off the whole time...i apologize...none of my business...."and saying that he shot her a blazing dirty look....ridhima on the other hand was just shocked beyond words....as the words registered in her mind, she felt tears stringing her eyes as she spoke almost in a hoarse whisper "what are u saying armaan?" he shot her another piercing look and said in a steely voice "oh i am sorry...did i get wrong information????were you not at a party all day???? "yes i was armaan but that was because... " "he cut her off..."no need to explain sweetheart, i dont want to know...its ur life do what you want...we are just getting married day after tomorrow not tied to each other...." hearing his last statement she just could not control her tears anymore and as she turned to leave she alomst banged into the waiter who had got the cake...without looking at him she walked out...while the suprised waiter put the cake in front of armaan and said, thats for you from ms gupta sir...saying so he walked off and just as armaan was going to throw the cake off the table in sheer anger, he was shocked by what it said...."TO THE NEW GRADUATE FROM THE BIRTHDAY GIRL".....

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