Friday, 19 July 2019

part 3 & 4: look what you done to me(AR FF)

ridz let out a small moan as she slowly opened her eyes. The sun momentarily blinded her vision. Where was she? What happened to her? Scrunching her nose, she tried to recall what had happened before she fainted. A gasp escaped from her lips as her memories rushing to her. Eating with muskaan and angie. A shooting pain in her stomach. Someone catching her before she fell. Her baby. She sat up immediately, panic rising. ridz began to scramble out of the hospital bed when something caught her eye.

Someone was sleeping on the chair beside her.

Armaan.



Her breath hitched. What was he doing here? All her worries began to wash away as she leant in to examine his face. He had grown even cuter, if that was possible. Wait, what? ridz shook away the thoughts. This was the guy who refused to take responsibility of his actions. But the more she stared at armaan 's sleeping form, the more she felt her heart tug.

armaan stirred in his sleep. He slowly blinked, only to find ridzs angelic face only inches away from his. His heart started to beat erratically. He swallowed as she looked away in embarrassment, a faint blush working its way onto her fair cheeks. armaan cleared his throat and flashed her a smile.

"Hey, you're awake"

ridz weakly nodded. Her head snapped up.

"Is my baby okay?" she whispered, almost afraid of the answer.

armaan was taken aback by the worry etched in her eyes. He didn't expect her to care so much about the baby. Something in his heart yearned to be a part of it all.

"Don't worry, he's fine" he croaked hoarsely.

ridz sighed in relief, before staring at armaan in incredulity. He stared back at her, confused.

"It's a boy?"

armaan blinked. She didn't know?

"You didn't know?"

ridz shook her head. A giggle escaped from between her lips.

"I'm having a boy!" she said excitedly, bouncing up and down on the bed.

armaan chuckled at her childishness. ridz grinned back. For that split second, nothing that had happened between them seemed to matter. They were just normal, excited soon-to-be parents. Someone rapped on the door, jolting ridz and armaan out of their giddiness. A kindly doctor walked in, smiling indulgently at the two. ridz turned her attention to the doctor, her dark eyes sparkling.

"Doctor! How's my baby?" she asked eagerly.

armaan could feel a grin tug at the corner of his lips. The doctor smiled and patted ridz's hand.

"Not to worry, dear. Your baby's fine and healthy. I'm sure your boyfriend has already told you you're having a boy!"

ridz snuck a glance at armaan when the doctor mentioned the word 'boyfriend'. He had an unreadable expression on his striking face, like he was deep in thought.

"Um, yeah"

 ridz muttered, playing with the hem of the blanket.
"Well, I just wanted to tell you that you can leave when you're feel better. You were dehydrated before, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids. You need to be taking a lot of rests. Pregnant women shouldn't be doing any heavy work, especially during the first trimester. I'm guessing that's where your boyfriend comes in handy" The doctor winked.

ridz nervously laughed. armaan sat motionless. Then, he did something that shocked both ridz and himself. Clasping his hand around ridz's, armaan beamed sincerely at her.

"Of course I'll be there. From start to end"

His piercing blue eyes made her heartbeat speed up. Was he really accepting her and the baby? ridz  tried to quash the hope that was rising, but failed miserably. She felt her heart skip a beat. The doctor smiled benignly, bidding ridz and armaan goodbye. ridz turned to look at armaan in amazement. He gave her a small smile.

"I mean it, ridz. I've been thinking, not a lot, but enough. It was my fault you got pregnant, so I'll take responsibility. I'll take care of you and the baby. Our baby-"

armaan was cut off as ridz's arms flung around him.

"Thank you" she breathed.

armaan removed her arms from around his neck. She stared at him in confusion. He sighed.

"But I need you to know, I'm not doing this for you. I'm doing this for the baby. No child deserves a broken home. I'm going to take the responsibility of being the father of your child. It was my fault, after all. This has nothing to do with liking you. I'm just here to support the baby. Got it?" he coldly finished.

ridz nodded numbly, her arms falling dejectedly to the sides. At least he's accepting the baby, she thought, a small smile playing on her lips. armaan immediately regretted his words as soon as the crestfallen expression flitted across her face, before steeling himself. He was doing the right thing, anyway. Wasn't this what she wanted, for him to take responsibility?

It wasn't as if he was in love with her or anything.

--

"So where do we go now?"

ridz looked at armaan expectantly. He scratched his head.

"I have no idea"

ridz blinked, before bursting out in laughter. armaan glared at her. She grinned.

"Well, how about you take me home now, seeing that college's over?" ridz suggested.

armaan nodded, leading ridz to his car. Sliding into his BMW, she wondered how she was going to explain this to muskaan and angie. They would be waiting for her at muskaans house, ready to bombard her with questions.

"So, where do you live?" he asked.

"Um, 24 King Street"

armaanlooked at her quizzically.

"Isn't that muskaans place?"

"Um, yeah. How do you know?"

"She throws pretty cool parties for a nerd"

"Hey! She's my friend, okay! You don't see me insulting atul or rahul

"Okay, okay. Don't get upset, it's not good for the baby"
"What would you know? You're not pregnant"

"Why you- hey, why are you staying at muskaan's place? I would've thought a girl like you wouldn't even leave your own house"

ridz glared at armaan fiercely, before sighing resignedly. She turned away from him and faced the window. armaan blinked. Was it something he said? ridz closed her eyes, tears burning the back of her throat.

"My parents kicked me out" she whispered.

armaan was shocked. The tears in ridz's eyes told him that she wasn't joking.

"Why?" he asked stupidly.

She turned to glare at him.

"What do you think?"

There was a moment of silence.

"I'm sorry" he murmured.

ridz closed her eyes, stifling the urge to scream at him. She had already been through enough pain because of him. ridz really didn't need reminding of what it did to her family.

"Just take me to muskaan's place"

armaan bit his lip. He didn't know he had caused such strife between ridz and her family. Guilt washed over him. It was all his fault. Okay armaan, you have nine months to make it up to her, he thought. Starting now.

"Do you want to go have something to eat first? You were out for a long time. The baby must be hungry" he flashed her a charming smile.

ridz raised an eyebrow. armaan, offering to buy her dinner?

"It's not a date! I just thought we bought needed to eat" armaan quickly added.

ridz smiled.

"And the baby?"

"And the baby"

ridz bit her lip. armaan found himself anticipating her answer. Finally she turned to him and said the words that, for some unknown reason, made his heart skip a beat.

"Okay then"

 ..............................................
part 4

armaan blinked.

He was in way out of his league.

Burly bikers hollered for service as pimply teenagers rushed around, frantically trying to please the orders of various customers. Grease clung to the air, the smell of French fries and oily plates of burgers wafting over to their table. armaan looked at a gleeful ridz. She grinned back at him. He shook his head in disbelief.

He was in a dingy old diner.

ridz had nearly laughed at the shocked expression on armaans face when she had dragged him from in front a fancy French restaurant to a small, bustling diner across the street. It had taken her a full ten minutes to convince him to eat there, and there was no way she was leaving now. Grabbing a fork, she offered it to armaan. He raised his eyebrows.

"Is it clean?" he whispered, inspecting the chopsticks skeptically.

ridz rolled her eyes. Stabbing into her chilli cheese fries, she waited until armaan opened his mouth to complain about the place again before shoving it into his mouth. armaan looked appropriately mortified with bits of cheese hanging out of his mouth.

"Chew" she commanded.

Inwardly grumbling,armaan began to chew. Pregnant women are so bossy, he thought grumpily as he bit down on the heavily laden chips. His bright blue eyes widened at the delicious taste ridzlooked smug.

"Good isn't it?"

armaan mumbled something about it being 'alright'. ridz laughed. armaan couldn't help but smile. Her joy was infectious. They shared a knowing look.ridz felt her skin tingle with excitement as she stared into armaan's eyes. Her stomach fluttered. armaan swallowed discreetly. He could hear his heart thumping in his ears. He slowly tilted his head towards ridz, and she the same. Their lips were centimetres when the chubby boss behind the counter loudly yelled to them,

"That'll be twenty dollars, you crazy ppl!"

armaan and ridz jolted apart like they had been electrocuted. ridz looked away, flushing with embarrassment. armaan coughed violently. Cue awkward silence. Finally, armaan spoke, his voice two octaves higher than it usually was.

"We should finish eating. I'll take you hom-I mean, to muskaan's place" he mumbled, stuffing his mouth with noodles.

ridz nodded, before inwardly groaning.

She couldn't wait to be interrogated by muskaan and angie--

"Oh. My. God"

"Do you think she's crazy?"

"Maybe it's the hormones. I mean, ridz wouldn't do that if she didn't have five extra kilos dragging her down, right?"

"Did you just call our godchild extra baggage?"

"I may have"

"angie!"

"What? I'm just saying, nearly kissing the guy that raped your virginity doesn't exactly counts as sane, you know"

"For the last time, I wasn't raped!"

ridz glared at her two best friends as they sprawled across muskaan's four-poster bed. Sometimes she really regretted telling her friends everything. angie grinned sheepishly. muskaan played with her hair.ridz groaned, flopping onto her back. angie quirked an eyebrow.

"So, are you saying that you were perfectly willing to get yourself knocked up by armaan malik playboy extraordinaire?"

ridz rolled her eyes exasperatedly.

"No, I'm just saying that we both had a little too much to drink and ended up doing something we both regretted. Didn't we go through this last month?" she retorted.

"He wasn't even talking to you last month! Now the playboy's taking responsibility! Major plot development, girl!" muskaan snapped her fingers sassily.

ridz  groaned. The girl had watched too many TV shows. angie giggled. Then, her hazel eyes twinkled.

"Hey ridz...when you said he leant in, what did you do?"

ridz  spluttered on her Coke. She played with the hem of the blanket as muskaan and angie waited, knowing smirks playing on their lips.

"Er… well, I kind of, maybe tilted my head a bit too" she mumbled incoherently, hoping they didn't hear.

Unfortunately for ridz, her best friends had superhuman hearing when they wanted to.

"WHAT?! OH MY GOD WHY DID YOU DO THAT? DON'T YOU REMEMBER WHAT HE DID TO YOU? YOU JUST CAN'T GO AROUND KISSING JACKASSES, RIDDIHMA GUPTA !" angie screeched.

ridz cringed at her friend's shrill rant. She looked expectantly at muskaan waiting for another shocked outburst. She looked deep in thought, cocking her head to the side as she stared at ridz

ridz knitted her brows together.
"What?"

"You really like him, don't you?"

ridz spluttered again, coughing violently.muskaan  dutifully patted her back, shaking her head. ridz looked away in embarrassment. angie stifled a giggle. ridz reddened.

"Um..." she stuttered.

angie  and muskaan looked at each other. ridz was always bad at lying.

"Girl, you got it bad"

--

atul and rahul blinked, before bursting into raucous laughter. armaan huffed at his friends, crossing his arms and rolling his eyes. Sometimes he regretted telling everything to his friends. atul raised an eyebrow.

"Drama queen much, armaan malik?"

rahul snickered, before a lightbulb went off in his head. A knowing smirk spread across his handsome face.

"Dude, you totally like her! As in like-like, not the I-wanna-get-in-your-pants like. Like you actually car-"

"I do not!" armaan almost yelled out, steam coming out of his ears.

atul chuckled at the nervous expression on his flushed face. The poor boy's finally fallen in love, he thought ruefully. After years of watching armaan  play with so many girls' hearts, he was actually kind of glad that a girl had caught armaan off guard for once. Even if it was a nobody like riddihma gupta

"Face it, you like her. What's more, she pregnant with your baby! You've got her hooked! Now go get her" he quipped, leaning back on the snug lounge.
armaan  rolled his eyes.

"For the last time guys, I don't like riddihma! I'm just there for the baby. No strings attached"

"No strings attached? You knocked her up! You've attached your strings a long time ago. The strings are like so stringy they're like, heaps of strings stringed together-" rahul ranted

"Enough with the strings! Just tell us the truth, do you like her or not?" atul interrupted.

armaan  bit his lip.

"Define like"

rahul smacked his hand on his forehead. atul shook his head.

"Dude, you are so into her"

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