Tuesday, 17 September 2019

part 17& 18 : The Suprise (ARff)

Part 17

The bell rang for the third time and finally getting pissed that no one else was answering the door, Shashank got up to look for himself who it was. He was irritated to get disturbed from the book he was reading. As he approached the door so did Padma from the kitchen and Anjali from her room. He frowned at them declaring tht they were late and himself opened the door.
Anjali's jaw dropped open as she saw Atul standing at the door. Her heart began to race and her pulse began to sink. She inhaled deeply to ensure she wasn't in a dream. She knew by the look on his face y he was there and was shocked tht he had managed it so soon. She thought it would be atleast a month before he spoke to Shashank n Padma.



"Are Dr. Atul.....so glad to see u....pleasant surprise...plz come in" Atul stepped in as Shashank greeted him wid a hug. Shashank had alwaz admired the boy. Inspite of the ups n downs of his life Atul had managed to make a place for himself n prove himself. Shashank was proud of having him as a student n now as doctor at his hospital.

He wished Padma, took her blessings and they three moved towardz the living room as Anjali stood rooted to the spot.

"Anjali beta...get some refreshment ...Atul has come home for the first time......Anjali????"

"Haa??? ya...yeah papa...i will jus get it....." saying so she started towardz the kitchen but...

"One minute Anjali....Sir actually i wanted to talk to u something n it would be good if Anjali was present here....."

"Ofcourse ofcourse...but let her get some snacks for us...otherwise the talk will get boring ......"

"Yes Sir..."

"Anjali returned with a tray of snacks her hands literally shivering.

"Anjali are u sick??"

" no mom...i am fine..."

"Soo Atul...u had to talk something?"///shashank asked smiling as by now he was aware wat was coming. He was too glad about it.

"Err yes sir...err actually...." suddenly his couraged seemed to have drained out and he looked up at Anjali sitting on the opposite couch. She was blushing red and looking down.

Atul's strength came back. He knew he coudn't disappoint her. She was the only one on whom he could shower his love and in no way was he going to let her down.

"Sir .....if u wdn't mind.......i mean u know i dun have a family or anything behind my back.. ...so i understand tht u can have objections but sir....errr.......I.......I love Anjali n i wanto marry her..."

He looked down as though expecting Shashank to give him the verdict. Shashank smiled , looked at his daughter, who also was looking down n blushing. He knew she was happy about it. He looked at padma who nodded in approval.

"Hmmm....I wasn't expecting this from you Atul"...he said finally.

Atul din look up nor did Anjali. She curled her fingerz tensed.

"I understand sir that maybe i am not eligible for......"...He coudnt continue as shashank cut him short.

"Who r u to decide that???..well i am disheartened tht how did u say u dun have a family??? Aren't we ur family...i mean atleast me Padma n Riddhima.....as if Anjali cums in the line thn she comes in as a sister whch i am sure u both wdnn't be glad abt....would u??

They both looked up n saw Shashank n Padma smiling at them.

"Well if my smile isn't enough for answer then i would put it in wordz...i would be glad to have u as my daughterz life .....i know u will alwaz keep her happy coz u know what happiness ....i dunu ur background or ur family chain Atul...but tht doesn't matter ....my daughter will be happy wid u......n ur never alone...we as a family r alwaz wid u...so its a yes from my side...."

"Thank you sir"..was all Atul could manage to say.

"Are ab to papa boldo..."

"Jee papa"...they pulled into a hug as Anjali ran to her room.

"Anjali???" Atul called out as he enterd her room. After his detailed talk wid Shashank abt his further plans he took thr permission to meet Anjali n they allowed him.

"Hmmm???" she replied. She was standing near the window looking up at the moon.

Atul went up to her n said turning her towardz him....

"Dun let the moon look at u so long...what if it gets jealous?"

She hugged him tightly as he hugged her back.

"I love you Anjali"

"I love you too"
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Armaan sat quietly in his bed thinking about Muskaan. All that Riddhima had told them about Muskaan where ringing some bells in his mind. But he was unable to track them down. He knew he was missing some link somewhere. And he had a feeling that the missing link was the only way for Rahul and Muskaan to reconcile. He sighed looking at Rahul sitting on the couch looking as though he had lost the biggest battle of life.

"Buddy dun lose hope."

Rahul looked up n smiled weakly.

"She isn't ready to even see my face Armaan. She won't let me talk to her. I know i have hurt her but she isn't giving me a chance to explain."

"I know man...give her sometime. She needs to get over it"

"But Armaan whats my mistake if i am rich? U know y we both are here on this cruise project when we could have been anywhere else in the world enjoying a vacation. But i dun regret it any way. We wanted to prove our individuality. But she doesn't look at tht Armaan. She just looks at the fact i am rich. For heavens sake...even ur rich....does tht mean Riddhima leave u??

"No buddy...but Riddhima doesn't hate rich people in particular. But Muskaan has reasons. I dun think Riddhima will ever object tht i am rich. Or infact we r rich. Coz our dads r equal partners n so r we."

"What??"...They both turned around as they heard Riddhima's furious voice and saw her storming out of the room. Armaan looked at Rahul n he looked back wid a amused expression on his face.

"Ok man...we r in the same boat now"

Armaan slumped deeper into the bed. Now what??He silently prayed she was not as stubborn as Muskaan, for he knew if he would speak his thought out loud,he wouldn't live to even face Riddhima for Rahul would have murdered him right there.

"Ok...lets get our mission started then. Mission Reconcile"

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Riddhima jumped with joy reading her email. Finally Atul had done it. Anjali had mailed her everything and also said how happy mom n dad were. She was happy to know tht her dad hadn't objected on Atul not having a family. Anjali had send her every minute detail and she was simply out of the world wid joy. She hoped the same when Armaan would talk to them. Armaan. Her smile faded as she remebered he had lied to her. So he n Rahul were actually sons of buissness partnerz n not jus managerz here. No wonder they have controls even managers dun have. Rahul had a logic bhind not telling Muskaan. But what was Armaan's logic??

She frowned as she thought deeper abt it.

"You dun look good with tht frown honey"

She looked at the source of the voice n saw him smiling naughtily at her. Her heart skipped a beat but she neglected it n frowned deeper. He had lied to her. She reminded herself.

"What do you want?" She asked curtly.

"I want you.." He said coming closer.

She pushed him off n moved a lil away.

"I don't talk to liars."

"But let me explain.."

"Explain what?? Rahul had a reason ..but what abt u??? where u testing tht whetehr i fall for u or ur money?"

"No Riddhima.."..he said rather shocked. "Listen to me once baby."

"I dun want to...atleast not right now....coz i am happy....n i dun want u to spoil tht."

Saying so she left without signing out her account in the fury.

Armaan looked at her retreating and wondered what was she happy about tht could be more important than talking to him. He glanced at the laptop and saw her mails open. As a gentleman he would have simply signed out but as Armaan Mallik...his cheekiness jus din allow tht and he read the mail she was reading when he had disturbed her.

And he got it. All the bells ringed the same rhythm and he found his missing link.

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Part 18

"Riddhima...listen to me honey...its not like how your thinking about it."

"I dun care Armaan ...understud....n i already told u to leave me alone n not spoil my good mood."

She tried slamming her cabin door on his face but he refused to budge. Instead he moved in forcefully n shut the door behind him.

"What the hell do u think ur doing?? Storming yourself into my cabin at one in the morning""

"I will not leave till u hear me out...got it???"

"Look...i dun wanna hear u...understud..i wanna sleep right now...n i want u to get out of my cabin."

"ok..out of the three u get two....i won't speak right now....n u can sleep off...but i wont leave the cabin. I will wait till u get up."

"Do the hell u want."

She was least scared with his presence while she pretende to sleep. She knew him as a decent guy. She pulled the covers to her neck...turned on her back to him n closed her eyez. But sleep was definately not her way. Especially not when his musculine scent filled her cabin to such an extent.

He settled down on the couch quietly picking a magazine n glancing thru it. Instantly he thre it away again seeing tht it had nothing but feminine stuff. He glanced at her as she made all funny faces cursin ghim under her breath n pretending to be asleep.

Finally she gave up, sighed, n sat up on the bed.

"Ok tell me what...":

He smiled deeply flashing his dimples cheekily at her.

"Tht grin is not going to get u anywhere...got it...jus speak now till my mood is to hear u...other wise go talk to the rocks."

"Chill Miss gupta...chill...."

"Huh..."

He stood up and went and sat beside her on the bed. He took hold of her hand tenderly n was surprised to an extent that she din resist. Her eyes said that she was hurt but willing to forgive if he had a proper reason for it.

"Honey i din lie to you...i swear....but what i told u was half the truth....i never lie honey....its true tht me and Rahul are here only as managerz. But the other half is that our dads own the bussiness. But we din want to be called just heirs to the busiiness n property even if we rnt worth it. So we decided to test n prove ourselves... we took this cruise project to handle widout the assistance of our fathers....n we r being paid n treated like employees...we have to send them the daily reports...we have to follow everything as they want it...we in the true sense r managerz her en not the heirs.....though the crew here treat us tht way....our dads dun nor do we....we want the world to know tht we r aplicable enough to carry on our parebts bussiness....thts it."

Riddhima pondered on his wordz for sometime. It made sense n gave her a sense of pride...so her man(she blushe) wasn't jus a an arrogant rich guy...he was a humble swetet person who wanted to stand out without supports.

"But why did u not tell me....you could have said....coudnt you..??"

"I would have had i been sure tht i proved myself responsible...i still woudnt have told u all this but for the situation...we get to know our credits only after we report back at the office...n thn it depends whether our work is worth enough to hand us the bussiness...thts the only reason i din tell u sweetheart...otherwise thrz no stupid reason as u think....i am at ur service alwaz...rich or not...money is the last thng i thought of when i saw u.......u trust me right sweetheart??"

He picked her hand n kissed it gently. She smiled at his gesture n hugged him making him smile too.

"Please never again lie to me Armaan...and i trust you with my life...otherwise i would have been kicking you out of my cabin at this time of the night..."

"Oh really...thr isn't a chance of that sweetheart...u can't even make me budge"

"i know....your so strong...."..She moved her hand over his chest making him restless.

he closed his eyes wanting it to last but knew thr were other things to disscuss.

"Err...riddhima...today afternoon after u left ur laptop open...i just checked it out.."

"Thts bad of you to poke in otherz stuff Armaan...""

"I am sorry.....but i wanted to ask u something...."

"Yeah ask..." she said kissing him lightly on the chest.

He inhaled deeply denieing all the feelings tht were overcoming him and managed to speak.

"I read Anjali's mail."
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"Are you sure Armaan??"...Rahul asked again with an uncertainty in his voice.

"Yes buddy i am...ur not able to see as me coz ur all tenesed up...but trust me...thts it...once we get it right ....everything between u n muskaan is settled for good...trust me man."

"I do...but i dunu...i am scared we might her even more....what if our thinking provez wrong...why can't we openly talk about it...??"

"It won't be wrong man....i hae cross cheked....dun worry....n if we discuss it out openly ...the happiness of the whole moment will be ruined....dun u want to see the glow again on Muskaan's face??"

Rahul slumped deeper into the chair thinking about Muskaan smile. Yes he wanted to see her face glow again. And it would soon. But what if Armaan proved to be wrong. They would only hurt her more.

Armaan relaxed in his chair. He had finally got things on track. He knew what he was doing and was sure that was the only way to get Rahul back in Muskaan's good books. He looked at Rahul n smiled seeing his condition. He was suffering the same till yesterday with Riddhima but had finally managed to break the ice. His smile deepened as he thought again about it.

They had fallen asleep sitting arm in arm discussing thr plan. The morning sunshine had broken their peaceful slumber with Riddhima rather blushing and he smiling cheekily. He then came over to Rahul to disscuss it out but the latter seemed to be unsure about it.

"Chill buddy....i am telling u na...jus trust me...its gonna work....Muskaan will be back in ur arms once we dock at Singapore tomorrow morning."

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"You understud right??"..Riddhima confirmed for the third time as Anjali let out a sigh over the phone.

"Thats the third time ur asking me Ridzi. Yes I understud. Don't worry i will handle all. Everything will be according to how u guyz planned."

"Thanks di...I love you for this."

"Hmmm...who else do you love for this??"

"Dee!!!!.....ok i gotta go now....so tomorrow afternoon sharp 10 am at the Crowne Plaza....right??

"Right.....You will meet the guy right there..."

"ok...i will call u around soon then...bye"

"Bye..."

Riddhima cut the call n turned around to Armaan who was busy fiddling with her dupatta.

"Ok...its done...tomorrow sharp 10 at Crowne Plaza..."

He looked up at her his fingerz still twirled around her dupatta n placing it so on his cheek he let out a sigh.

"Hmmm...i jus hope it all works....its good for all of them..."

"Yeah i know....i hope Muskaan takes it nicely.....i jus want the two back together"

"Which two? Rahul n Muskaan or..."

"Both....so wat r ur plans for today?? its jus 10 in the morning...n we will dock thr only at !0 tonight."

"I know....what r ur plans?"

He was back to his naugtiness. He pulled her dupatta towardz himself.

"Stp it Armaan....i dun have any plans ...other than sleeping....coz the whole night i had a monkey in my cabin who din let me sleep."

"Monkey??? i am sure you need a eye test honey...u mistook a handsome hunk for a monkey??"

"Hah....look whoz talking???...Handsome hunk....ha ha ha"

"Ofcourse.....accept it ...u had a the most beautifull n peacefull sleep yesterday...i could see the calm on ur face.."

She fought every possible urge to smile n spoke rather brokenly..

"Ofcourse not....ur were wrong in deciphering my expressions."

He pulled her close.

"Is it so??" he asked as her breathing got heavier. "But i know how to show what i feel."

She looked up in his eyez n they both got lost.

"Guyz my life is hell here.......n u both r romancing???''

They both blushed and looked away as Rahul sat on the chair.

"She isn't even ready to see me...n u said to take her to the Crowne Plaza tomorrow...how do i do that??"

"Oh...thts a prob....how will we get her thr then??"..Armaan asked thoughtfully.

"Ridzi u can take her thr...i am sure she wont refuse you..."Rahul almost jumped in excitement but Armaan frowned.

"Oh no I dun think so...its suppose to be you....Riddhima can't take her..."He immediately objected on the idea.

"Of course she can....Muskaan will go with her there...then i can carry on....."

"NO Riddhima won't go"

"Yes she will"

"NO she won't"

"She will"

"She won't"

"Guyz....I am Riddhima...let me decide"

They both looked at her sheepishly. She looked at them n thr was hope in their eyez.

"Armaan...i think Muskaan will go only with me....Rahul is right"

He frowned deeply and looked away from her.

"Yes....see...shez with me"..Rahul exclaimed.

But there was no Armaan to hear his glee as he had already stalked away rather angry.Rahul turned around to see Riddhima with a rather helpless look as she thought over what to do now.

The Armaan Mallik was angry with her and she had to butter him now. A task she never had before as it was alwaz the other way round.

"Oh god!!! help me"" she silently prayed.


Amreen

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