Saturday, 25 May 2019

Part 5 : Love Me always

Armaan looked over at Shanshank bewildered……….bringing up his fingers to clean his ears he thought he had heard him wrong……….thinking of doing something better than cleaning his ears he put his hand down absolutely stunned…………thinking…….

 This old man has now lost it……..is he alrite………I mean he is asking me to marry his daughter whom I barely know……..ok she's very beautiful…………her smile goes up to her eyes………her eyes………closing his eyes to compose himself………he shook his head………Armaan wer r u going……….from the old man to his daughter……….get a grip……….ur loosing it too ………controlling his laughter …….he looked back at Shanshank looking at him……….

 "See Armaan………I knew ur father very well………I respected him………..his caliber ……….everything………he was a great doctor and a very kind human soul………but alas he allowed his heart to rule over his mind………….but lets not discuss it here…………I see a lot of ur father in both of u ………..Rahul and u ……….let me be frank……….i wanted Anjali and Rahul to unite………..they r very well suited for each other………but fate had other plans……….as Atul and Muskaan came into the picture………




Armaan did not miss the frown on his face as he took their names………..he did not like it…………Muskaan was like his younger sister……….This old man is fit to be a politician he thought………..be careful armaan………..he  thought to himself………..



Shanshank continued………..



"So u see Beta……….i wud love to see an alliance between Riddhima and u ………..its my wish to see u both together………"



Armaan smirked……….this game isn't working on me dear uncle……….i am too smart for u he thought………..what game are u playing sasurji………he muttered with sarcasm……….well two can play the game ………..Armaan thought………..



Choosing his words carefully………..Armaan cautiously put his his knight forward as if he were playing chess………..lets see who does chec nd mate he thought……..



"Sir"



"Call me uncle……..Beta"

Smiling smugly he collected himself……….wow sasurji another sixer……….Uncle………..hahaha as u wish………



"Errm………uncle………I understand u want Riddhima and me to be united……..but we barely know each other………and uncle I don't think I am ready for marriage yet………"



Bingo lets see what u answer sasurji………I know u have a game in mind……….i will definitely leech it out……….armaan muttered to himself………..



Ohh so Armaan ur now playing with me……….thought Shanshank…………well I will open my cards then……….i know ur expecting me to press u more……….but I will play this differently………once I open my cards u will not say no ……….that I am sure……….



"And Uncle……….i am sure even Riddhima is not ready………What is the hurry…………we can see this later uncle………..rite now I just want to concentrate on my career……….."



Deciding to open up now Shanshank took a deep breath………



"Beta listen to me very ………carefully………wat ever I tell u now  should not go out of this room………"



Smiling smugly Armaan nodded his head………..finally I got u on trach Uncleeeeeeeeee…………lets see wat u have going on in ur head



"Armaan beta……..i have to submit my will……….giving the name of the next heir……….of Sanjeevni……..it was true wat I told u ………..i wanted Anjali to marry Rahul………so that I could pass it to them……..Anjali has all the makings of being the next dean……….so does Rahul……….but now…………I cannot bear Atul and Muskaan being associated to be very frank………..Anjali and Rahul let me down………I want Sanjeevni to be in our family…………but not at the cost of allowing Atul and muskaan interfering……..



"But uncle y do u hate them so much?"



"I have not finished with my talking yet………." Shanshank gave him a stern look………



"Sorry uncle" mumbled Armaan……….gritting his teeth within…….



"Yes so…….what I mean is Riddhima is my last hope……….much as I didn't want this………."



Armaan looked at him confused…….



"Riddhima……..is too tender hearted……….u must have noticed……….she cannot lead alone…………she needs a strong backup………and she is very innocent……….i don't want her to supposedly fall in love with a fool tomorrow who will ruin her life as well as everything else……….there are other reasons too……….but u don't need to know them……….the trustees want my answer……….now……….so Armaan beta I want Riddhima to get married to u ………then u both can be heirs………u will support her well……….."



Armaan  looked stunned at this ………OMG………this old man cud give all the political parties a run for their money………..great planning………u don't like Atul and Muskaan………so u want me to be tied to ur daughter…………so where is my gain……thought Armaan…….



"Uncle………wat will I gain………..i don't even know Riddhima well………and…….at this stage marriage…………"



"Armaan………as far I know u ………u think with ur head and not heart………..ur strong –willed………and very ambitious……..just like me………..u will never go ur father's way…….i know………ok……..lets put this more clear………atleast I can trust u ………..if u accept my proposal……then u will be the next head of sanjeevni………..Riddhima herself will want u to be become………I am sure…….imagine………to come to this position it would take u years of hard work………and u alone have this brilliant opportunity……….rite at ur feet……..waiting for u to pick it up………."



Armaan sighed……….this was too good to let go off……….controlling that Riddhima wont be a problem at all…………but still he needed to think…….



"Uncle I need time to think"



"Sure Armaan think it over……..i give u two days……….as I need to give my answer to the trustees……..hope u will accept my proposal……….and one more thing……….please do not tell anyone specially RIddhima whatever I told u …………even about the proposal……..Good day to u "



As Armaan left the cabin……….Shanshank sighed………..now it was time to tackle Riddhima………

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Sitting on the dinning table………..Deshpande looked over at Shanshank waiting for RIddhima to arrive………



"Shanshank…….think again……….u r playing with two lives……..Riddhima will suffer……….wat if armaan turns his back……..on her after becoming the dean……….poor girl wont be able to take it……."



"He cannot do that……..as Riddhima will jointly own Sanjeevni with him………if he leaves her……..he will be thrown out automatically……….he will not dare play such a fool………from wat I know Armaan"



Despande sighed………….Shanshank was playing a dangerous game……..



Riddhima enterd the dinning room to see her father seated ……she wondered nervously………what was happening…………had she committed another mistake………….or was she at fault……….she knew Shanshank would never call her unless it was something important……….besides that he would hardly talk to her…………she thought……..



Sitting on the chair with sweaty palm………she looked over at him nervously……..



Glancing at her Shanshank knew she was an easy bait……….getting her to say yes……….wasnt going to be very difficult……….



"Riddhima Beta……….i have called u to discuss something very important………about ur future………



Seeing her shift her weight nervously……..he decided to attack straight to the point………



"Beta it was ur mother's last wish……..to see her daughters married to Mallik uncle's sons………Rahul and Armaan………we both wanted that union……….but as fate had it Anjali and Rahul choose other lives………..so now left are u and armaan………..i want u and armaan to settle down together…………Armaan is a very responsible and mature guy……….i am sure u will be happy with him………..



Riddhima felt the earth move as she heard him……..Marry Armaan………she barely knows him……….how can spend her life with him…….



"But papa………I don't ………."



"No buts Beta……..dont u want to complete ur mother's last unfulfilled wish……."



Bingo emotional blackmail always works thought Shashank……..



"Yes papa……..pls give me some time to think………."



Replied Riddhima nearly in tears……..



"Beta u can have time………two days……….i want a positive reply from u ………." He looked at her sternly…….



"Papa just two days………..u want me to decide the fate of my entire life in two days!"



"Yes Beta………u see I am going to make u thenext dean of sanjeevni………so if u get married after that a lot of legal problems can arise………."

Lied Shanshank……..he added more a bit more gently………



"Beta I would have not chosen Armaan if he weren't good enough………u can trust ur father rite?"



"Yes Papa…….but I need some time………."



"Alrite dear………I told u na……….i give u two days…….think well…….."



He looked at her leaving the table nearly in tears…….



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Shanshanl looked over at Armaan standing in front of him………



Two days had flown away and the time had come………



"Uncle I have come with my answer……..



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Jia

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