Friday, 28 June 2019

Chapter 3 : Numb

"Good Morning Nurse!"

Frustrated. Annoyed. Angry. These weren't strong enough words to describe how I was feeling! It was finally the 4th day and I was ready to kill someone; mainly my new doctor. I still couldn't fathom where they had found this person or for that matter made them a doctor.

4 days! It's been 4 days and I am still dealing with this...this...*******! I hate him! I want Armaan back! Why did they have to give me this guy! He's like so ******* creepy! And I hate the way he calls me Sweetie! I'm not his sweetie! God if I have to deal with Dr. Ben Cooper for one more day I swear I'm going to kill him! I know your all thinking what is wrong with me right? Well it's not my fault. It's Armaans. He made me fall in love with him. I know that sounds crazy but how do you explain someone thinking about someone else non stop for 4 days straight! Yeah that's what I thought. See you have no answer either. Now you understand why I'm going insane! Oh great here he comes again!

"Good Morning Sweetie! How are you feeling today?"

How am I feeling? I feel like punching you in the face!

"Well I'm just going to check your breathing and heartbeat now and see if there is any improvement."

Oh no you will not! Don't touch me! Someone save me! Oh dear lord! How cold is his stethoscope? Did you put that in the freezer or something? Armaan's stethoscope was always warm.

"Now I'm going to check your eyes. And I must say that you have beautiful eyes."

Oh so you think my eyes are beautiful huh? Well you're not going to see anything in there for you! Ewww his eyes are looking into mine! Why do I have to look at this thing! Someone please remove it! It's not pleasant! Omg! Did he just do what I think he did? Ewww what a gross old ********* man! How dare you! Wait until Armaan comes! I'm going to tell him and he will beat you up!

"Well everything seems to be in order. You're doing great! I'll leave a note for your regular doctor and he can follow up with you when he comes later today."

WHAT! He's coming LATER! EEE! YAAAYYY! OMG! OMG! OMG! I CAN'T WAIT! YESSS!!!!!!!!! ARMAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Okay Riddhima. I'm going now. It was a pleasure to meet you! I hope to see you again outside of this hospital."

Yeah yeah whatever! Goodbye!


 Good get up and leave. He's going...He's going...He's gone! Freeedddooommm!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you god for getting rid of him! Now please make Armaan come NOW! I want to tell him how much I missed him. I want to tell him that I love him. God I hate waiting. I wish I could speed up time.

Rahul stood outside the gate waiting as the announcement had finally been made. How he had reached on time only he knew. He couldn't believe how much traffic there was that to on a Sunday. He had even left his house early trying to avoid the traffic but it seemed as if destiny had other plans.

Now where is this guy? If he doesn't come soon not only will Muski yell at me but he'll be late to drop by the hospital. After all he was the one who said I want to see Riddhima before going home! Come on Armaan! Hurry up! Oh wait! I think I see him!

"Yo Dude! Welcome back man!"

"Thanks. Missed ya."

"How was the flight?"

"Flight was good. Now can we please go."

"Okay. Okay. We can go. I know how much you want to see RIDDHIMA!"

"Shut up and MOVE!"

Closing the car door behind him Amraan walked towards the door of the hospital. Rahul had just dropped him off and had told him to go see Riddhima before he came back to pick him up. Armaan had been grateful for having a friend like Rahul at times but today he was glad he was gone. Rahul had spent the entire car ride not only informing him about what had been going on while he was away. But he had drilled him to no end about Riddhima. He had kept asking question after question and Armaan some how controlling the will to punch him in the face answered his questions the best he could. He knew Rahul meant well it was just that he wasn't in the mood to be interrogated. He just wanted to go and see Riddhima in peace. He had spent 4 day's away from her and had done nothing but worry. He had felt scared at times thinking that something was going to happen which made him call Muski or Rahul when he got the chance to make sure that everything was fine. He didn't want to go through another scare like he had before After all he had after a lot of thinking over what Rahul had said and the moment's that he had spent with Riddhima figured out that he had developed feelings towards her. He didn't know if it was love or not but he knew he felt something. Finally reaching her room's door he placed his hand on the door knob and turning it to the right he opened the door and walked in not knowing what to expect.


Inteha ho gayi intezaar ki...aayi na kuch khabar mere yaar ki...yeh hamein hai yakeen bewafaa woh nahin phir wajah kya hui intezaar ki... Sorry it's just that I can't seem to stop singing that song.  Ever since Dr.Cooper had left I had been waiting impatiently for the door to open and Armaan would come walking through it. And so to keep myself busy I started singing songs and that last one has been stuck in my head for I don't know how long. You what's strange though I have never done such a thing in my life before. I mean I have never felt such a deep connection to one person in such a short period of time. I guess after what I have been through I deserve this. I deserve to be around people who care. Yeah that's it. I am getting a new lease of life. Well I'm ready for it. Anyways back to where I was. Where is he! Okay that's it. I'm going to count to 10 and if he's not here I'm going him! Yeah that will work. Okay so..1...2...3...4...5...6...7...8...oh my god I'm almost at 10! ...9...and...10! Omg! Omg! Omg! The DOOR IS OPENING!!!!!!

"So I heard that a certain Fruit Loop was missing me."

EEE! HE'S BACK!!!!!!! Hayeee..Wait? How did he know I was missing him? Can he hear me? Omg! Can he read minds?

"You know I have to say I missed you too."

Aww he missed me!

"So tell me how the past 4 days were? I hope you weren't troubled too much?"

The past 4 days! Where do I start? First of all... the doctor I had you need to beat him up! I hated him! He kept hitting on me! He gave me the creeps! He kept touching me! And his stethoscope was cold! And the worst part was he kept calling me Sweetie! I wanted to punch him in the face! Other then that I was fine. I missed you a lot and ...I love you! Now don't ever leave me!

"Wow you had a really interesting 4 days. Lucky you. I was stuck in conference after conference listing to people talk. I still don't know how I got through all that. But it's good to be back."

I'm glad your back!

"Alright Fruit Loop. I got to go. Rahul's probably waiting for me. I told him to come pick me up. I still have to go home. I came straight from the airport. So I'll see you later. Okay. Take care of yourself. Bye."

I will. Bye. I love you.

Aww I hate when he leaves.  I really wanted him to stay longer. But I guess I can't do anything. But that was really sweet of him. Coming all the way from the airport just to see me. No one ever did that before. But then again no one was ever there. And why would they? It's been a month since I have been in this hospital and no one came to see me. And they call themselves my loved ones! Yeah right! I hope I never see them again! Okay...why is the door opening again? Is it Armaan again? Oh please let it be him! Oh...No...No...No... What are THEY doing here?

Closing the door behind him he walked into his house after Rahul had dropped him off. He was glad that he had been able to see Riddhima. He had seen the look in her eyes when he had walked in and could tell that she was really happy. It was like she had been waiting for him the whole time. He loved the way her eyes had danced around when he had asked her how her 4 days without him had been. She really was one of kind.


"Hello Riddhima."

Don't you say hi to me! Get out of here NOW!

"So. You're alive huh? What a shame!"

I know. What a shame! I'm alive. I ruined all your plans.

"You know what. It's okay. Live. But remember one thing. This is not the end. Well be back."

Yeah Yeah whatever! GO TO HELL!


If it was possible I had gone even more numb. I couldn't believe what had just happened. Why had they come? What did they want now?


"No Muski! I wasn't hitting on that girl!"

It was late in the afternoon and Rahul had just walked in after dropping Armaan home. He had been so busy the last few days not only with his own patients but with keeping an eye on Riddhima as well. He had promised Armaan before he had left that he would take extra care of Riddhima and make sure that she was trouble free. After all his best friend had developed feelings for her and he knew that if he didn't keep his end of the bargain then he would not only fail as a friend but he wouldn't be able to look himself in the mirror. Rahul was the kind of person who took relationships seriously. If someone meant a lot to him he would always be there for that person. But there were times like right now where he wished he could run away. Now it wasn't that he didn't love Muskaan he really did. It was just that he hated it when she would begin her interrogation. It didn't matter what he did, she would always find something or the other to question him on. And today was another one of those days. She had caught him talking to a girl who had asked him for help.

"Yes I swear to god I didn't hit on her!...Yes. Okay. I will. I love you too. Bye."

Women I tell you! They have to doubt everything! I mean I know she means well but she really needs to clam down. Not again! Another phone call! It better not be Muski again!


"Yo dude!"

"Oh it's you! I thought you were Muski."

"Muski? Why?"

"No reason. Anyway what's up?"

"Oh I just wanted to let you know that I'm at your front door and I was wondering if you would open it?"

"WHAT? You're at my FRONT door?"

"Um yeah! So would you be a darling and open it!"

"Okay! Hold on!"

Hanging up the phone once again Rahul walked out of his room and towards the door to let his best friend in.


Armaan stood outside Rahul's house waiting for him to open the door. After he had been dropped off by Rahul he had taken a small nap and then decided to sit outside on his balcony to get some fresh air. He had wanted to take some time to think about what he truly felt towards Riddhima. He was still in the dark about what he was feeling. He still didn't understand if what he was feeling was love or just plain attraction. And so after thinking for what felt like eons he had decided to talk it out with Rahul once again hoping that this time he would get a clearer answer.

"Finally man! Been waiting for like 10 minutes. Where were you?"

"Sorry dude. I was on the phone with Muski and I guess I didn't hear the door bell."

"Oh. She giving you trouble again?"

"What else is new? She thinks some chick was hitting on me. When in reality she was asking me for help."

"Oh wow! Really? Man Muski is really something."

"Yeah she is but I love her."

"That you do."

"Anyways what brings you here?"



"Yes. Riddhima. I need help!"

"Again!? Didn't we just talk about this?"

"Yes we did. But I just want to really talk it out once and for all. I really want to figure out what I feel."

"Do we have to?"


"Urghhh fine!"

"Man you're such a baby!"

"I am not!"

"Yes you are! Now shut up and sit!"

"Dude! This is MY HOUSE!"

"You think I care?"



"I hate you!"

Shaking his head in defeat Rahul sat down opposite his best friend ready to hear him out... again.


July 17th 2011

Today I am over the moon! I can't even explain how I feel right now. It's like I have been given a new lease on life. I don't know how or when this happened but...I Armaan Mallik is in Love! Yes you read that right! I'm in LOVE! I love Riddhima! I know that it sounds crazy. I mean I have only known her for a few days but I just can't brush this connection that I have towards her. I spent the whole afternoon and part of my evening talking to Rahul and in the end the only conclusion that felt right was the fact that I love her. Now I'm aware that I don't know anything about her and that I could be taking a risk with this whole love thing but I don't want to think that way. I want to think positive. I want to believe that she is meant to be with me. I just hope that I don't end up falling flat on my face. I don't want to lose her.



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