Sunday, 26 May 2019

Part 6 : Love Me always

Armaan felt his palms full of sweat as he touched the handle of the door to Shanshank's cabin…….why was he feeling so nervous……..hadnt he thought about this each hour since past two days……..but still …..trying to ease his mind he freed himself from all such thoughts and went in…….

 Shanshank looked up at him expectantly as he entered the cabin…….



"Aahh Armaan……..Beta I was just waiting for u my boy……come in…….have a seat……." Shanshank welcomed with a huge smile………



Armaan smiled at this pompous show put up by Shanshank………he exactly knew why he was being pampered……





Smiling he moved forward………taking a seat in front of him….



'Uncle I have arrived at my decision……"



As he looked over at Shanshank leaning forward looking at him carefully and intensly Armaan's thoughts flew back to the last two days…….



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As he lay on the bed that nite…….he cud not not think of anything else but Shanshank's words……..





"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………."



He is rite thought Armaan………punching the pillow……..who ever hard I work…….to own a hospital like sanjeevni……….it will be when I become 100 years old………and here I have this brilliant opportunity at my feet……but at what price……marry Riddhima……



He cloed his eyes as he took her name……..as her face flashed in front of his eyes……..he found himself looking at at those two beautiful emreld eyes……her soft smooth skin…….he felt like touching and feeling it with his skin……..caressing those lips with his fingers …….closing his eyes he saw her face looming even more closer to his……….unknowlingly his hands reached up to touch it……….



Startled by his actions he woke up………"OMG Armaan what the hell is wrong with you………your thinking about that Riddhima………each thoughts of yours is occupied by her……..Stop it Armaan Mallik……….Get a grip……..she is of no importance to you ………or is she…….?"



"Ofcourse she is" A small voice spoke inside his head…….."Riddhima is of great use to you…….Armaan……..she is the only way you can achieve your goals so soon………she is of great use to you…….."



But then why am feeling so guilty as I think of using her……..thought Armaan…….so many women have come and gone……..but none have ever affected me like this…….Riddhima hasn't spoken to me after that incident……..why am I feeling so bad about it……..why do I always want to talk to her………why does my heart yearn to see her smile……a smile form on her beautiful lips…..ruffling his fingers through his hair……..he looked up at the ceiling confused………he had never felt this way before……….



Armaan your strongly attracted to her………yes he thought…….i am attracted to her………like I have been attracted to so many other ……she is the new one on the list…….but I cant distract myself this time…….she has to be ignored………yes I will ignore her…….if I make  her feel special from my side then I will land up in a nice soup………noi cannot allow any woman rule my heart……..i will never ever allow that tohappen…….



Hitting the bed yet again…….he sighed…….Yes………I know exactly what to do now……and Riddhima Gupta can in no way make me feel guilty about it he muttered annoyingly……



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"Ahem-Ahem"



Armaan looked over at Shanshank tapping his fingers on the desk…….waiting for him to say something rather impatiently……..blinking his eyes to get himself out of his thought land he looked over at Shanshank……well it was time for action Armaan……he thought…….it will change your life forever…….



"Sir I have arrived at my decision…….." Armaan said slowly…….



Shanshanl looked over at him carefully………I hope this boy doesn't disappoint me…….he cant make my master plan a flop……..no I think I have hit the nail rite on the head…….



"Yes Beta…….feel free to say whatever u want…….afterall I am father too" Shanshank looked over at Armaan smiling smugly……



Armaan smiled back equally gleefully before answering……..



"Uncle………I am ready to marry your daughter Riddhima……"



Shanshank immediately got up and went over to embrace him……..Ahh finally a ray of golden sun……..finally he would see his plan going successfully before him…….



Pulling himself out of the embrace……..Armaan smiled at Shanshank's act and chose his words carefully……..



"But uncle I have a few conditions first……."



Shanshank frowned over at him………signaling him to continue……



"Firstly……..after getting married Riddhima will have to come and stay with me……..i mean I will not shift to your house as a son-in-law………she will come with me………so …….."





Shanshank looked at him frowning………he wanted to keep them both in front of his eyes……..but anyways as long as things were going according to the plan……….such small compromises cud be entertained……



"Fine………she will come with u ……..anything else?" he asked sarcastically……..



Armaan smiled noting his tone………well here he was going to compromise in such a big way………then sasurji I will definitely make u compromise in some ways too………what did u think u will also keep me in your house as ur puppy dog……………no sasurji………I am now playing this game my way………your daughter will come with me were ever I want………as my wife…….. Armaan felt a shiver go down his spine as he thought of Riddhima being with him always……..



"Next uncle…….once we get married……..i want the papers to be transferred to my name……..bcoz that is the prime reason for this marriage as u have only made me see"



Shanshank leaned forward quickly on his chair………nohe cant put Sanjeevni only on Armaan's name……..he wud ditch everything and take the entire control………



"Armaan……..the papers will be signed at the time of marriage itself……..but u will own Sanjeevni along with Riddhima………u cannot take any decision without her consent……."



Nice move Sasurji……..u got scared that I will leave u and ur Riddhima rite?.......dont worry as long as I hav Sanjeevni………for myself…….whether with Riddhima or not I don't mind……



"That's ok Uncle…..and when is the marriage? Next month? And has Riddhima agreed.? I hope she hasn't been literally forced into all this?"



Armaan added feeling a tinge of guilt as his thoughts flew to Riddhima thinking about her condition…….



"Riddhima will give me her answer today at lunch…….but I assure u it will be positive……..and she doesn't have to know that we have arranged this marriage for Sanjeevni or that u Armaan is marrying her only for Sanjeevni…….I have told her that it was her mother's last wish to see her married to u………and I am getting her married to u so soon bcoz I will transfer sanjeevni to her name soon…….and then if she gets married later then it mite give arise to legal problems……..so she has been made to believe that u both are completing my wife's last wish……and I have also added that u quite  like her and are keen to marry her………so that she doesn't give u any problems…….."



Shanshank smiled over at Armaan……..as he proudly displayed his political skills……….Armaan smiled back half heartedly………he felt extremely bad …….he didn't know why…….



"Don't worry Uncle Riddhima will never ever come to know the truth……."



"Good Armaan…….i knew I could trust u…….and u both will get married tomorrow……..i have already arranged for a lawyer…….."



Armaan looked at him stunned………Tomorrow……..OMG……..so soon……NEVER……



"Uncle it cannot be so soon……..I mean Riddhima hasn't even said yes…….i haven't even told Rahul yet…….just tomorrow……..uncle why do we need to make such haste…….?" A shocked Armaan asked…….



"Armaan…….." Sighed Shanshank……….before coolly continuing…….."I need to give my answer to the trustees in two days……only if u get married tomorrow then can I present them my answer along with the papers……Riddhima……..i told u not to worry about her…….she is bound to say yes…….and mind u neither Anjali nor Rahul will be told about this till u both are legally married…….."



"But Uncle……"



"No arguments Armaan……I have agreed to all u conditions…….u should have no more issues…….be ready outside the court tomorrow morning at 10 sharp…….I have arranged everything with the lawyer…….once u get married then we will tell everyone……."



"But Sir he is my brother" revolted Armaan furiously………not tell Rahul the fact that he was going to get married the very next day……..being the younger one of the two…….he was getting married before……..at such a short notice………to girl he  barely knew ………Armaan found it hard to digest this……..



"I know he is your elder brother………So is Anjali……… Riddhima's elder sister……but I don't want any more delays in this……..informing them will definitely increase the complications I can assure u that……." Replied Shanshank coolly…….



"Tomorrow morning once u both sigh the marriage papers we can inform them……..now Armaan…….please relax……..be there at court tomorrow sharp at 10……Good day to u "



Armaan left the cabin in a frivolous state of mind………he coudnt believe he was getting married……..he gloated about the fact that he would soon be having Sanjeevni in his lap……..but at the same time and unexplained feeling of guilt crept into heart……..thinking about Riddhima…….as he closed the cabin door behind him……he decided to ignore this feeling……for how long could he ignore it he was unsure of………



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Waiting outside the courtroom……..dressed in a stiff suit…..he didn't know what to think……..here he was getting married without telling his one and one family member………his brother……..and that too it was more of a contract rather than marriage………he was signing a contract………Armaan didn't realize why beads of sweat formed on his forehead……..wiping them he looked over as a black Mercedes stopped……..in front of him……..



Opening the door taking a deep breath while looking at her father……..expressionless as ever …………Riddhima got down…..adjusting her red saree she looked to her left to see him standing there……overcome with anxiety and nervousness …….her feet stopped there itself……….



Hearing her father calling her she moved forward………



Seeing her …….he skipped a heartbeat………she looked breathtakingly beautiful……..her entire look was so mesmerizing………her hair loosely falling on her shoulders……as strands of it gently landed on her face…….he found himself wanting to remove those strands as they were obstructing his view……..



Shaking himself from what he was thinking Armaan walked along with them inside……..



Sitting beside her ………..he glanced at her sitting motionless…….her eyes down……..



The lawyer moved forward…….."Put ur signatures here…….."



As he saw her trembling hands holding the pen……..signing……



"U both are now officially husband and wife"




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Jia

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