Saturday, 27 July 2019

part 19 : look what you done to me(AR FF)

Robbi spluttered as armaan slumped against a chair, groaning. Selena dutifully patted his back as he stared wide-eyed at his older brother and his girlfriend...fiance? ridz blew a lock of hair out if her eyes, exasperated.

"I know" ridz moaned, dragging out the last word like it rolled itself in mud.

They had returned to the malik mansion after ridz had been cleared from the hospital. ridz's and armaan parents were downstairs, furiously debating over what kind of cake to buy and what kind of tablecloths to use at the wedding.

"What are we going to do? We're only 21! I don't care if I'm having your baby, I'm not marrying you until I finish my law degree!" she threw her hands up in the air in frustration.

armaan smirked.

"So you do want to marry me after all" he grinned oh-so- innocently.

ridz gaped, her face turning bright red. She began to stutter, her brain whirring for an answer that didn't embarrass herself.

"Well, you know, I mean- we're having a baby and I really, really like you and apparently, you really, really like me too so I just thought-"

Her babbling was cut off as armaan silenced her with his lips. robbie and Selena looked disgusted, before throwing pillows at the at them for making out in front of them.

"Get a room!"

armaan briefly pulled away from ridz's lips, glaring at robbie and darkly muttering-

"This is my room!"


"And then we'll have the grandparents' sitting on this table, our family friends on that table, your family friends on this table-" kirti cut off by the boisterous laughter of her son and daughter-in-law as they walked into the living room.

padma smiled fondly at her daughter. ridz was radiant, the swell of her stomach now obviously as she giggled at armaan s lame pick-up lines.

"Okay, okay, I've got another one!"

"I can't believe half of the girls at collge fell for them!"

"You must be Jamaican, because Jamaican me crazy!"

"…Oh my God, you're so lame!"

"Whatever! You laughed!"

"Only because of its lameness!"

"Children, children, what are you doing?" kirti indulgently smiled, folding her hands on her lap.

ridz elbowed armaan in the ribs, glaring pointedly. armaan sighed, before clearing his throat and flashing a winning smile. shubanker narrowed his eyes suspiciously.

"What do you want now, armaan?"

armaan looked hurt. He placed a hand over his heart dramatically.

"Dad! How could you think I have any other motive than to check on my favourite parents?!"

kirti scoffed.

"You don't have any other parents. Tell the truth, armaan malik " she warned.

armaan cringed at the use of his full name. ridz giggled. armaan threw her a dirty glare, before pouting at his parents.

"Why are we getting married?" he whined, blinking his adorable puppy-dog eyes.

padma laughed loudly, before smacking him upside the head. She glared at him.

"Of course you're getting married! I refuse to let my daughter have her child out of wedlock! What will people say about the guptas!" she reproached.

armaan nodded meekly, rubbing his head. ridz rolled her eyes, before plopping herself beside her mother.

"But Mum, we're only 21! We've barely finished college, and you want us to get married?" ridz pleaded.

shashank sighed, rubbing his temples with his fingertips.

"Why don't we let these two talk it out? I mean, it's ultimately their decision" he reasoned.

padma and kirti looked to retort, when shubankar cut them off smoothly.

"Yes, yes, why don't you two talk it out? We'll wait here in the living room" he hurriedly motioned ridz and armaan to get out of the room.

armaan mouthed a thank you to his quick-witted father as he steered ridz into their courtyard. She let out a sigh of relief as they plopped down on a wooden bench. armaan rubbed a hand over his face.

"What are we going to do? I know we were going to go down and tell our parents we didn't want to get married yet, but they're so excited! I don't want to disappoint them" ridz muttered.

armaan blew a lock of hair out his dark eyes.

"So what now? Get married to make our parents happy?"

ridz shrugged.

"It's not like we were going to stay single for long, seeing that everyone knows about my unplanned pregnancy and your loose pants" she replied, giggling.

armaan glared.

"Why does everyone keep saying that?" he pouted.

"Only because it's true" she stuck out her tongue.

armaan made a face, before groaning.

"So are we going to get married?" he asked.

ridz fidgeted, biting her lip.

"Well…I was kind of hoping to we'd in love first, you know" she answered quickly, blushing furiously.

armaan rolled his eyes.

"But we already are" he muttered quickly.

ridz raised an eyebrow, her ears straining to catch his last words.

"What did you say?"

armaan looked startled. He blinked, realising what he just said. He turned beet red, rubbing the back of his head.


ridz narrowed her eyes, folding her arms across her chest.

"Tell me!"


"Why not?"


"Tell me what you just said, armaan malik!"

"You can't tell me what to do! You're not my wife yet!"

"I'm close enough!"

"Just because you're having our baby doesn't mean you can boss me around!"

armaan blanched. He watched ridz's chest heave, her eyes shooting daggers at him. He groaned, knowing he had just lost their first official argument.

"I said we're already in love" he begrudgingly muttered.

ridz was silent, her dark eyes widening. A grin slowly made its ways across her pretty face.


armaan looked up nervously.

"I think that's the first time you've ever been right"


kirti glanced at the courtyard anxiously. shub placed a hand on her knee.

"Don't worry kirti. Those two have come a long way. They're not going to give up now. Just let them decide this time" he reasoned reassuringly.

kirti nodded. padma sighed. She only wanted the best for her daughter. But she also wanted her to be happy. shashank chuckled.

"She's . She'll make the right decision" he grinned as he thought about ridz.

padma was about to reply when ridz and armaan walked in, small smiles gracing their faces. She noticed their intertwined pinkies and fondly smiled. armaan and ridz looked at each other, as if they were the only ones that ever mattered.

Their parents almost looked away at the private, tender moment.

armaan stepped forward, biting back a grin. He winked at ridz, who was still getting the hang of breathing normally when he was flirting with her. They faced their parents as one.

"So where are we having the wedding?"


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