Monday, 10 June 2019

Part 21 : Love Me Always

Armaan felt as if he had been given a tight slap on his face as he saw Riddhima running up the stairs sobbing. He looked over at Shanshank looking at him coldly with a blank expression.
'What did u tell her?' Armaan gritted.
'Now now'..Armaan you have just been asked to get out of my house and your still standing here? You don't me to show Riddhima how I am throwing you do you? Get out for now, we can have our little chit-chat later '.goodbyee Armaan'
Armaan felt hard controlling himself as he felt a huge surge to catch hold of Shanshank's neck. Feeling it more appropriate he quietly walked out making a mental note to get to Riddhima somehow.
I need to talk to her, what has happened? She just left me like this??? I mean, what the hell? Atleast a chance to explain. I am her husband for God's sake. Not her father's servant.
'Riddhimaaaaaa, honey atleast one chance to talk? You just threw me out??' he muttered feeling his anger ebbing away as the new feeling of loneliness and helplessness took over. As he dialed her number''hearing unreachable he clenched his jaws. After what we shared you just ditched me? Is this your faith in me. Riddhima how could you?

Feeling his eyes moist as he walked down towards his car'..driving past the quite streets he felt his guilt now gripping him. I should have told the truth honey. Right from the beginning. I am to be blamed now. What did that old guy tell her is what I want to know now.
Flipping open his cell he dialed her number the 15th time in a row. Hearing a ring finally going he heaved a sigh of relief.
'Come on darling pick up the phone'.i need to talk to you honey. Don't punish me like this'
Frowning as the call was cut suddenly he felt a lone tear roll down his cheek. She doesn't want even talk to me know? Is this the importance our love holds in her life? Wheeling his car to the side he stopped it looking straight ahead. The pain was getting unbearable now. I will talk to you somehow. I don't care if you don't want to even see my face but Riddhima you will have to listen to what I have to say. You are going no wer leaving me like this, I will just make you see sense now.
Saying so he took a U-turn making his back to her place. How will I face thatMr Shanshank? Armaan wondered. I will force my way he thought gritting his teeth. Honestly what a father, ruining his own daughter's life? Just playing these stupid games, he is actually playing with her life. But why????? Why is he playing this with his own blood?
 He disowns his elder daughter first and next he gets his younger daughter married suddenly to a stranger, and now when she is finally happy he asks her to divorce me? And Riddhima agreed? Oh Gosh I am going mad seriously!!
As he steered his way back he saw his cell screen flashing. Riddhima calling???? Bringing the car to a screeching halt he frantically picked it up.
'Hello Riddhima? Please listen to me once atleast sweetheart. Give me a chance to explain atleast. Its not what you are taking it to be'''.i can never'''
'Armaan I need to talk to you urgently. Come back please'.please Armaan come here now.'
Saying so she cut the call abruptly. Armaan looked at his cell surprised. She cut his call by just saying come back fast?? That's all I mean?? Ok she didn't sound annoyed now. Infact she was almost calling me pleadingly. HUH??
 Hearing the honking of vehicles behind him he realized he had stopped right on the middle of the road.
'Ya ya moving' He muttered as he drove back with a 100 thoughts going on in his crowded head. She calls him up and just utters 2 lines?? After flinging the divorce papers literally on his face she calls him 15 minutes later and just utters two lines?? Oh gosh am going crazy now. What is wrong with everyone out here?
He parked his civic a few gates away from the one he intended to go. What if Shanshank saw me again. He might not allow, or wait what if all this is his plan. He made her call me up? Naah Armaan your loosing it dude'.making Shanshank sound like some kidnapper keen to have his hands on you. As if he will have me dancing on his head Armaan thought. What am I thinking? Riddhima is the topic'..the main issue'..not her father'.well he doesn't behave like her father'.the way he treats her, here I go again on him. Armaan stop it!!
He cautiously entered through the main gate. Do I ring the bell?? Yea right and if Shanky opens the door he will definitely welcome me with a bunch of garlands''.'Welcome my dear Armaan welcome'
No then'..ahh window, truly bollywood style? Climb up along the pipe'..though I still wonder how can you climb up on those drainage pipes'.i mean'.oh well Riddhima is making me do all this so might as well try. No need to fear dude everyone has a first time!! Pipes ''here I come!!
As he went towards the backyard trying to gauge where her bedroom window might come'''What exactly are you upto?'
Armaan nearly jumped feeling a hand on his shoulder. Turning around he quickly spoke.
'well I am Armaan'.Armaan Mallik '.Riddhima's husband and'.'
Armaan stopped seeing the man standing in front of him smile.
'Ahh Armaan, was waiting for you. I am Mr Deshpande. Now if you are her husband why in the world are you sneaking up like this? Comeon through the main door. Or were you trying to climb up through the window?'
Armaan grinned sheepishly at him as he followed him to the main door. Then remembering suddenly'
'Well no I was sneaking up, but that Shanky'.i mean Mr Shanshank if he sees me'.i mean no no '.' Armaan bit his tongue not knowing how to explain seeing he hardly knew him.
'Yes I know, I understand everything. He is not here right now. Just left for an urgent meeting. That's why beta'.I mean Riddhima beta called you. Come along now.'
Armaan followed him confused'..Riddhima had actually told this MrDespande to escort him?? Can someone please explain what in the world is going on here?
As he came to a halt after climbing up he stopped. 'Riddhima's room is down there'.to your left.'
Saying so he left a bewildered Armaan in a total state of utter confusion. Standing outside her door he took a deep breath before knocking. Before even he could knock the door flung open.
'Armaannn' Armaan stood rooted to the spot as Riddhima flung her arms around him and hugged him tight. HUH?? She's hugging me? What about her divorce talk?  Awkwardly hugging her back as he lightly patted her head he spoke'
'Ridz? Sweetheart whats going on. Please atleast tell me. You just threw me out and didn't even pick up my call and I so wanted to talk to you'.'
Pulling back she looked at his eyes which were saying a million of things, he looked so hurt, confused and concerned. She hugged him again tearfully.
'Armaan am sorry I did that'.I didn't mean too I mean'''
'Riddhima sweetheart can we go inside and talk''I mean here at the doorway'.i don't mind but if your dad comes and'.'
Riddhima pulled back smiling as she moved aside allowing him to enter her room. Closing the door behind him she saw him looking around.
'Not bad Riddhima'.nice interiors sweetheart, but not as great as the one our room has there'in our house back in Mumbai' Armaan winked at her smiling as he picked up the photo frame from the bedside table showing a picture of theirs together. He had his arm around her and she held him close, her both arms wrapped around his waist smiling.
'Hmm so you keep your handsome husband's photograph beside your bed'.even when you came to stay over here just for a day and when he comes to meet you '.you throw him out?'
Armaan looked at her grinning '.he truly happy now as he saw her reactions. She didn't seem remotely annoyed with him. He wanted to just relax the atmosphere before they got down to serious business. Of what had actually conspired.
Riddhima looked at him tearfully as he came forward and took hold of her.
 'You broke me in a million of pieces today sweetheart. You could have atleast told me what was going on? Divorce??? You actually want a divorce'..Riddhima how could you??'
Holding him tight Riddhima felt tears in her eyes as she heard him say that'.'Armaan I can never ever'.'
'Riddhima that's exactly what was eating me'.how can you even think of it. Was my love for you so weak? I asked this question a hundred times to myself and '.ok tell me what has happened now? And what made you do all this?'
Riddhima led him to the bed indicating him to have a seat. As he sat down she slid down on the floor next to him placing her head on his lap.
'Riddhima?' Stroking her hair gently he softly asked 'Now tell me honey what's going on?'
Riddhima looked up at him and took hold of his hands.
'Honey you left home saying dad had called you and wanted to spend some time with you and''.'
'Yes Armaan he called me up'..suddenly'.even I was taken aback and then he said he really missed me'.he wanted to meet me and'.asked me to come home to meet him. I came over '
'Yes I was the one who dropped you off and then was supposed to pick you up but it was late so you asked to me to go straight home after the hospital ' will stay here for the night and morning you asked me to come and get you'.and then all this'.'
Armaan stopped unable to any further. The fact she had even spoken about a divorce pierced him like a thousand knives.
Looking up at his face Riddhima felt tears roll down her eyes. She had put him through all this'..
'Then what happened Ridz?'
'Well in the morning dad asked me to join me for breakfast'.when I went down he asked me about you. He asked me if you were coming me to pick up'.i said yes you were ' he'he said '.' Riddhima stopped unable to continue any further'.
'What did he say?'
'He gave this folder in my hands and said he is sorry for having ruined my life'.he said its all his fault. He asked me to forgive him and'..i cudnt understand a word of what he saying Armaan'.i asked to explain what he meant. He asked me to open the folder placing his hand on mine. I opened it and''''''
'Armaan it were those divorce papers'.u had signed them'.it had your signatures and seeing them'..'

'WHATTTTTTT??' 'Riddhima me and divorce papers?? Are you crazy??? And signed by me'never in my life''
He looked at her tearful face and slid down next to her'.placing and arm around her he cuddled her up as she hugged him tight.
'Armaan I saw them'.infact here they are with me'.i'll show you. And then when I asked him when did you give him'.he said the day before when you had a meeting with him. And you told him you wanted the entire property and everything now which is on my name transferred to yours. And since in the will all of sanjeevni is ours together'.my name first '.he said you wanted that too on your name '.and you anted to divide it with Rahul'.'
'I said I cant believe it'you saying this'.it wasn't making sense'.so he asked me to open the file and I saw those divorce papers and'..he said this is the truth'if I don't agree you will divorce me and take your share away'infact you had married me for all this and'''.he said I should just leave you'he will take care that you don't get a penny '.nd that you no longer wanted me'you fooled him and married me for all this'.'
Armaan pulled back feeling the earth move beneath his feet. Riddhima was told a down right lie? But why? And divorce?? Hmm so what I had feared is coming true thought Armaan grimly as he recollected his conversation with Shanshank from the meeting two days ago. Well he will think about it all later'.firstly he needed to console Riddhima. What she must have thought?
Cupping her face with his palm he looked deeply into her eyes and spoke
'Honey I love you'.i cant live without a minute and how can I even think about leaving you'.and'
'I know Armaan but that moment I felt completely shocked and then dad told me to tell you straight when you come to pick me up '.he said he wont allow me to come along with you'.Armaan I cant believe this'seeing the divorce papers i'..'
Armaan hugged her tighter as she cried out'pulling back he gently placed a kiss on his lips and hugged her again as he felt his eyes going moist. Why was her own dad playing these wicked games with her. With them? I have to find this out'Armaan thought grimly.
'Riddhima your dad is lying'.sorry if I sound rude but this is not true Riddhima'.and ''
'I know this Armaan'I knew it wasn't true'I knew there is much more to this'.i just reacted then the way he wanted me to'.and then as soon as he left I called you'I had to talk to you Armaan'.i trust you'our love cannot be so weak'not mine Armaan'.'
Kissing her forward Armaan nodded his head slightly.
'Riddhima I love you and the trust you place in me has just made my love for you reach new heights'ok first stop crying now'we will uncover this together ok'.stop crying honey'
Armaan looked at her sternly as he gently wiped away her tears'.she looked at him and smiled.
'You too stop crying Armaan'.look at yourself'.you look like a complete devdas' She giggled seeing him grin at her and spoke.
'Yea honey that's exactly what I had become thinking about all this'.really total devdas and just the drink was missing'.'
Armaan got up as she was about to hit him and looked at her seriously and spoke.
'Arre really you the way you flung the papers at me and then I was shown the door'.as I walked out I could just feel SRK singing in my ears''  Dramatically shaking his head and putting up a doleful voice he sang'
'Chan Se jo tute koi sapna
Jag suna suna lage
Jag suna suna lage
Koi rahe na jab apna
JAg suna suna lage
Jag suna suna lage
Jag suna suna
Hai to yeh kyun hota hai
Jab yeh dil rota hai
Roye sisak sisak ki hawayein
Jag suna lage
Chan Se jo tute koi sapna
JAg suna suna lage
Jag suna suna lage
Koi rahe na jab apna
JAg suna suna lage
Jag suna suna lage reeeeeeeee
Suna Lage Reee'
'Armaan what was this?? What are you upto?'
Armaan winked at her and continued'
'Then Riddhima you know as I walked upto my car and started the engine'driving down I could just feel Amir Khan's song flowing out straightaway from my heart!'
'Tanhaai, tanhaai
Dil ke raaste mein kaisi thokar maine khaayi

Toote khwaab saare, ek maayusi hai chhaayi

Har khushi so gayi, zindagi kho gayi

Tumko jo pyaar kiya maine to sazaa main paayi

Tanhaai, tanhaai, milo hai phaili hui tanhaai
Khwaab mein dekha tha ek aanchal
Maine apne haathon mein

Ab toote sapnon ke shisheChubte hai in aankhon meinKal koi tha yahin,

ab koi bhi nahinBanke naagin jaise hai saanson mein laheraayi

Tanhaai, tanhaai, palkon pe kitne aansu hai laayi

"Armaan stop it'.your literally screaming in my ears'.am sorry I turned you into a devdas but ''

'Arre Ridz you don't know after this when you cut my call'.My poor tender heart which was wrenched and broken '.i took out your picture and suddenly this song just came out'.My poor heart singing'just like Salman Khan. '

Tadap Tadapke Is Dil Se Aah Nikalti Rahi HaiMujhko Saza

Di Pyaar Ki Aisa Kya Gunaah KiyaTo Lut Gaye Haan Lut GayeTo Lut GayeHum Teri Mohabbat Mein

Tadap Tadapke Is Dil Se Aah Nikalti Rahi HaiMujhko Saza Di Pyaar Ki AisaKya Gunaah KiyaTo Lut Gaye Haan Lut GayeTo Lut Gaye Hum Teri

 Mohabbat Mein Tadap Tadapke

Is Dil Se Aah Nikalti Rahi HaiMujhko Saza Di Pyaar Ki Aisa Kya Gunaah

 KiyaTo Lut Gaye Haan Lut GayeTo Lut Gaye Hum Teri Mohabbat

Mein Tadap Tadapke Is Dil Se Aah Nikalti Rahi HaiMujhko Saza Di Pyaar Ki

Aisa Kya Gunaah KiyaTo Lut Gaye Haan Lut GayeTo Lut Gaye Hum TeriMohabbat Mein'

'Armaan STOP braying like a donkey will you??? My ears are aching now'.if I had known by putting up an act just then you will bray like a donkey then I rather sign those divorce papers' are such a nautanki really. ' Riddhima looked up at him mockingly '.giggling at the same time. 'Yup I knew my Khans will not disappoint me'they sang these songs and had happy endings will so why shud I be left behind'.i will also sing na'.all the three khans to be on the safe side and if you want I'll add Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapur  and'.' 'Armaan we are not making any bollywood movie'.with you as the main lead '..and if you continue to bray like this I am seriously thinking of signing those divorce papers.' 'Hawww really?? You find my expert singing likethat of a donkey?? And who was that blushing at the party when I sang the first time huh?? Was it Deepika padukone or bipasha basu or'.how I wish it was them though'  Armaan added with a dreamy look only to receivea smack on his shoulder. Grinning he suddenly hugged her as she hugged him back 'I love you Riddhima '.the trust you placed in me'.trust me I will never ever let you down. We will uncover all this together and,'..' 'I love you too Armaan'.' Armaan looked at her and unable to hold himself back any longer he kissed her. Feeling him kissing her passionately she responded with the same level of passion'.her hands around his neck tightly'as he pulled her closer still. Falling apart Armaan sat her on the bed '.putting his head on her lap he looked up at her'.holding her hand playing with her fingers'.. 'Armaan?' 'Hmmm''Now can you please tell me the complete truth? What happened at the meeting and what is the deal about our marriage about?'


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