Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Part 19 : The Green Blue Hues (AR ff)

They had stayed the night in a hotel, and Riddhima gave Misha strict orders to rest as she went out looking for an apartment. She had become an adult, the leader of the family, from a mere teenager in the matter of one night. The whole day she searched for apartments and jobs, and when nothing came her way, she walked to the basket ball court, and sitting there, let her guard down for the first time and started sobbing hysterically. He came again, as usual, and this time she was so heartbroken that as soon as he arrived, she threw herself into his arms and cried her heart out, while he just patted her back, holding her close for long.

She had parted from him, and he had lightly smiled down at her. That night, they had made formal introductions for the first time. Riddhima was surprised to hear herself again telling him al the events of last night. He had been shocked to hell, and before she could do anything, he held her hand and made her sit in his car, and before she knew, they were standing outside the hotel they were staying in.


Riddhima still remembered his words…..

Riddhima: Armaan, what are you doing here…at the hotel…?? Why did u bring me back??

Armaan: Riddhima…you can not stay here…your mother is pregnant, your brother is a young kid….and you are a mere teenager too…you cant afford this place…

Riddhima had looked hurt at this…

Armaan; I don't mean to hurt you…but this isn't the place to be for your mother right now…she needs proper care…

Riddhima; then where the hell should I go?? (looked at him angrily) I don't have one single place to take them to…I have been on my feet since the past 24 hours trying to find us a place, and then u come and tell me facts about my life…who the hell do you think you are??

Armaan sighed and put his hands on her shoulders

Armaan: calm down..okay?? Just relax…here…this is my number…(giving him his card)….you go inside and just go to sleep…tomorrow, we will meet up and do something, okay??

Riddhima looked at him unbelievingly

Riddhima: why are you doing this much for me….you hardly know me and…

Armaan; Riddhima…(with a slight smile) right now, I know you better than anyone else…..perhaps, even more than you do…

Riddhima looked at him, surprised

Armaan: and trust me, I am no more a stranger…you can rely on me, I am your friend…!!

Riddhima got tears in her eyes…even those who had been her closest friends had let her down today, and this stranger was ready to do so much for her.

Riddhima; thank you…!! This means a lot…seriously…thanks…!!

Armaan: (smiled) any time…now go, and wait…(turned around in his car and took out a bag with packets of food in it) this is for you and them…..go, eat it up and hit the bunk…I will see you tomorrow ok??

Riddhima just took the bag, nodded and went inside the hotel in a daze as he drove off. How could anyone be just so nice to anyone? She was surprised!!
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Riddhima woke up with a start as the light rays enlightened her room. She was a little disillusioned, as she couldn't figure out when she had fallen asleep amidst the story telling sessions and deciding who would sleep where. She had been so lost in thinking over her past that she had no idea when she had finally dozed off.

As she turned from her position of sleeping at the corner of the bed, she was baffled to find Armaan's face within a few inches of hers. She backed out at once, had she been a little closer her lips would have touched his cheek. She looked at him sleeping peacefully, upside down on his stomach like always, with one of his arm over her waist and his legs splayed over hers. Smiling slightly, she looked over Armaan to see Rhea cuddle up to him, her both tiny hands lying on his chest and her head lying on his other outstretched arm. Beside Rhea lay Ryan, curled into a ball with his hands clasped under his chin.

The whole sight was so adorable that she couldn't move for a second; they actually looked like one happy family. The cute little kids, the disheveled sleepy wife, the perfect husband. Wait, did I just say husband, Riddhima thought. She looked at Armaan and pursed her lips…No, she couldn't even afford to think that way, he was her best friend and that's it. Nothing more.

With that determination in her head, she clambered out of the bed and stretched herself, yawning loudly. Feeling her leave the bed, Armaan opened one eye to see her stretching her arms above her head, standing on her toes and yawning with her mouth open. He smirked at this adorable sight, and opened both his eyes, sitting up straight, leaning against the bed post.

Armaan: Good Morning, sleeping beauty….

Riddhima turned to look at him and rolled her eyes…

Riddhima: yeah…and so the dead man waking up from his beauty sleep talks….

Armaan smirked a little, playing with Rhea's hair, who slightly stirred and with a shudder, woke up. Her huge, rounded eyes focused up at Armaan who smiled and picked her up in his arms.

Armaan: awwwww…my princess woke up!! Good molning pwincess….(tickling her slightly)

Rhea laughed and put her tiny arms around his neck, as Riddhima walked over to the other side of the bed to wake up Ryan. Ruffling his hair slightly, she shook him.

Riddhima: Ryan…come on, wake up baby boy….time to get up…

Ryan turned in his sleep and laid his head in her lap, snuggling in to her stomach.

Rhea: please lemme sleeeeeeeeeeeeepppppppp….

Armaan: nope….nothing doing….come on…get up!!! (punching his stomach slightly)

Ryan: (waking up and looking at him angrily) owwwww….Armaan!!! that hurt…Di, tell him to…

He stopped in his tracks as he saw Riddhima glaring down at him…

Riddhima: what did we decide about not calling him Armaan, huh??

Ryan blushed with embarrassment and looked down. Armaan saw this exchange and slightly smiled..

Armaan: aww, come on Ragz…he is a kid…he will learn…and I am okay with Armaan, seriously…(standing up, still holding Rhea)

Riddhima: no Armaan….he needs to learn how to respect people…that's what Ma would have wanted….

Riddhima looks at him meaningfully and Armaan, after a second's thought, nods and sighs. Then, he hands over Rhea to Riddhima and goes over to Ryan…

Armaan: come on now…let's go…

Giving him a piggy ride on his back, and Riddhima holding Rhea in her arms…they all walk over to the bathroom.

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Riddhima, Armaan, Rhea and Ryan were standing in a row in front of the mirror, brushing their teeth and talking to each other. While Ryan and Rhea were busy in deciding who brushes their teeth first, Armaan looked over at Riddhima and winked.

Armaan: so…are we happy people now??

Riddhima looked at him, confused….

Riddhima: what??

Armaan: you know…the kids are here, everything's sorted out…so do we finally move from the i-am-sick-of-my-life people's group to the happy people's group?

Riddhima: Ha-ha!! Very funny….(Armaan smirked) NOT!!

Rhea: yaayyyy!! Um done….

Riddhima and Armaan looked over at them and frowned…

Armaan: wat, princess??

Rhea: I blushed faster than Bhai…(in her baby-ish voice)

Armaan laughed and picked her up in his arms, and giving a peck on her cheek, smiled…

Armaan: yes princess…blushing is a family problem, isn't it? Your di blushes too, like anything…(looks at Riddhima with meaningful eyes) and looks prettier than ever when she does…

Riddhima stopped and turned around to look at him….her cheeks aflame…Armaan winked at her, and pointing at her cheek, he moves out of the bathroom with Rhea in his arms. Riddhima stands rooted to the spot,….*had he just complimented her?? If yes, then why was it feeling so different…he had always told her how pretty she was…but this….*

She smacked her head and then washing her mouth for a last time, walks out with Ryan…

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Armaan was sitting on his bed, working on his laptop while Riddhima brushed Rhea's hair and Ryan played with his football.

Riddhima: there….we are done…!!! (looks at Rhea and kisses her cheek) my beautiful baby….

Armaan: (not looking up from the laptop) do not even try, she's all mine…

Riddhima turns to look at him and rolls his eyes…

Riddhima: right!! And you are….???

Armaan: I am the guy who picks her up and drops her off to day care everyday, who was the first one to change her diaper ever, who has made her eat the disgusting broth that u make, on whom she has puked the most since she was born, and who used to wake up in the night to make her go back to sleep…so yeah, that makes her my baby…(wiggles his eyebrows)

Riddhima made a face at him while Rhea jumped down from her lap and started playing with Ryan.

Riddhima: rigggghhhttt…..and by the way, the broth was the only thing I knew how to make…and yeah, the puke part…you were the one who wouldn't let go of her for a minute when she was a baby…so, not my fault…

Armaan: ahaaan…?? Have we forgotten the part where Lady Diana ala Riddhima Gupta wouldn't get out of her beauty sleep when this beautiful baby here used to scream at the top of her voice…?? (putting a pen to his mouth)

Riddhima picked up a cushion and threw it at him..

Riddhima: shut up!! I had done all that when Ryan was born….Rhea's your baby…Ryan's mine..!! (ruffling Ryan's hair)

Ryan: Di…(looks at her, irritated) do NOT play with my hair…

Riddhima looked at him, a bit surprised as Armaan snickers…

Ryan: oh btw…I need to ask u guys something…

Armaan: yep dude…spill…(picking Rhea and pulling her into his lap)

Ryan: why are we all sleeping together…??

Armaan and Riddhima share a confused look…then both concentrate on looking at Ryan…

Riddhima: what?? What do u mean..??

Ryan: I mean..ok, I get the part where either Bhai or u used to sleep with us in London…but why are you both…(points at them) sleeping together…??

Armaan and Riddhima now look at each other, horrified. They would have to explain everything to him, and they didn't know how much they could tell him. Before either of them could say anything, Ryan gasped and put a hand to his mouth.

Ryan: oh my GOD!!!

Armaan: what…??

Ryan: ewwwww…you guys are doing the seed thing…!!

Riddhima: the SEED thing…what's that…??

Ryan: you know…the thing in which Bhai puts something in you…and then you have a baby…it's called…ummm..mating yeah…Ms. Sally told us in school…(in a matter of fact thing)

Riddhima wished at that moment that the Earth split open and would eat her up. She couldn't have been more mortified ever, and the look of utmost glee on Armaan's face further made her blush with humiliation. A second later, Armaan burst out into laughter, rolling on the bed, holding his stomach while Riddhima stood there still horrified and Ryan looked at them confused.

Ryan: why are you laughing…??

Armaan: oh…ohh…(holding his stomach) the…the seed thing….hahahahahahahhahaa…

Riddhima: SHUT UP ARMAAN!!! (glaring at him)…

Ryan: what…he didn't know about the seed thing…?? (looks at Riddhima questioningly)

Riddhima: ignore him..he's a nutcase…! (throws a dirty glare at Armaan who finally stopped laughing)

Ryan: So…you guys ARE doing the seed thing right…that's why you are sleeping together…so are you guys now mommy and daddy??

Armaan: whaaaaaattt?? (incuriously)

Ryan: you know…are you guys married…like mommy and daddies are…so they can do the seed thing and have babies…are you gonna have a baby…??

Riddhima shook her head in embarrassment as Armaan finally got a grip over himself and grabbing hold of Ryan, he gently made him sit beside her and put an arm around him.

Armaan: ummm…Ryan…dude, we…meaning, me n your Di…she ummm…we guys are married…(Riddhima looks at him shocked, Armaan nods reassuringly at her)…and ummm…no, we are not going to have babies….

Ryan: oh…okay then….(as if it didn't matter the least to him, he picked up the ball again and walked to the door)…just don't do the love things in bed when I am there…okay??

And saying that, he walked out of the room while Riddhima squirmed with embarrassment. This had to go down as one of the most embarrassing conversations in her entire life. Armaan, who himself felt quiet flushed after the whole, quite humiliating conversation, walked over to her, gave her a small smile and tweaked her nose.

Armaan: cheer up…he is just a kid…

Riddhima: trust me, after the things he said…he is so not a kid…

Armaan laughed and lightly pulled her hair…

Armaan: so you wanna try…?? (winks at her)

Riddhima turned to look at him…

Riddhima: the love things…??

Both look at each other up and down…and say: NAHHH!! at the same time….then laugh and Riddhima walks out of the room while Armaan gets back to Rhea and his laptop….

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kiran

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