Friday, 20 September 2019

part 21 & 22 : The Suprise (ARff)

part 21

"But Rahul...its just two days more.....y cant u stay for jus two days??"..Muskaan tried again to get him change his decision.

"I really cant Musk....orderz r orderz..n since its important for me to go..i have to catch the flight back home"..he replied glumly

"Hez right Muskaan..." Armaan said takng a seat beside rahul as Riddhima plopped on to one beside Muskaan.

"Its k Muski.....jus two dayz na...thn we ourselvz will b back home...cheer up"



But muskaan din cheer up. Rahul was leavng after sumtime when they would dock to catch a flight back home as either he or Armaan was needed in office. But she din want him to go.

"Ok..i have an idea." said Armaan almost jumping up.

"What??" the rest three asked in unision.

"Buddy y dun u take Muskaan wid u...she can even give Atul a surprise n meet ur parents too...how abt it.??"

He got three different reactions. Rahul furrowed his burrows thinking, Muskaan brightened up analysing the possibility n Riddhima slit her eyez towardz him trying to read his mischevious point. He smiled mischeviously at her. Once Rahul n muskaan were gone..she wdnt have any refuge...her eyez widened in shock as she undstd his trick.

"Is it ok with u Muskaan? would u like to come with me?" Rahul asked her carefully.

"I think i will..." she replied shortly.

Before Riddhima could open her mouth in protest Armaan jumped in.

" Right thn...its settled...i will book u also right away..." saying so he got up n took a shocked Riddhima wid him to make the necessary calls.

"Armaan...y r u snding Muskaan away?"..she asked as he started dialing numberz.

"Riddhima...they need time away from us...alone n away..."..he replied concentratng on the cell.

"Really?? or is it d other way round?"

"Ahaan...u have grown smart honey..."he smiled mischeviously."Helloo...this is Armaan Mallik. I want to book a seat...................."he gave the details to d travel agent n got the seats cnfirmed. After disconnecting the call he turned to her nly to see a huge frown on her face.

He smiled genuinely at her n thn pulled her cheeks into a smile. She gave in to his gesture n hugged him.

"Lord Riddhima!! ur so unpredictable...jus now u were frowning at me....but i know..my charms r too infectious to avoid."

She din reply but smiled to herself n snuggled deeper into him. He wrapped her in his armz kissing her hair n whispering " i love u honey"

"Hmmmm i know..."she replied .." I love u too"

"We will have the best time these two days......"he told her as he thought nly abt the time they wld spend together.

" I hope so" she replied still hugging him.

What she din know was tht all hope never come true. Not alwaz.
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Part 22

The two days ironically turned worst of her life. Dayz she never imagined she would face. Dayz when she never felt any more lonely. Dayz she cried her eyez out.

She cdn't undstd what had gone wrong and where. Why he had turned away from her widout as much as a word. they had so happily spend day after bidding Muskaan n Rahul bye. everything was so perfect until he excused himself for two mins the next day from the breakfast table to attend a call. And then those two mins had trned mre th two hrz. Tired of waiting she finally confronted him . And he had bluntly replied tht he was busy n since thn it was the same. No sweet wordz, no gesturez. Just "I am Busy".

She stood on the deck recollecting memories tht brought tearz to her eyez, unaware tht he was watchng her from the corner.

He stood thr watching her.

"Was it right what he was doing?" he questioned himself.

Yes he thought. Though it hurt her , he knew in the end she would be happy. And in a couple of hrz they would be back home n thn she wnt even b lonely.

Standing thr they both individually recollected the last cheerful breakfast they had together.
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"Its not funny Armaan...u keep me awake the whole night chit chatting nonsense...n thn u dun let me sleep in the mrning..n now ur teasng me tht i got dark circles....hmph.."

"Ok baba...chill...i was kidding...but u do look sweet n beautiful this way too. " He bent forward on the table n kissed her eyez. "See..now they r gone."

"She blushed lightly but bfore she could retort back his cell began buzzing n he fished it from his pockets. Once out he glanced at caller n frowned. He wasn't expecting this call. Atleast not so soon.

"I will jus be back"..he told her as she lazily munched her breakfast n left from thr. She watched him walk away unaware of how far he actually would be going, waiting thr for him to "Be Back"

But he din. n he might never. She undstd tht much. Maybe it was good he din say it in wordz. It would hurt her too much. N she could alwaz have a hope of everthng gettng bak to nrmal.

But why? Why was he doing ths? She was unable to answer tht. She looked at the waves again n thought about how this trip had changed her life byond imaginatin. how her life had nly revolvd arnd her family. How she had met Armaan. How she had eventually fallen for him n now how she was eventually losing him.

For the first time she had dared 2 include sum1 in her life bynd her family n Muskaan. But now it was all over. Everythng was over. She was relieved she would be back with her family in sumtim. Back among ppl who actually loved her.

Her eyes filled up again thnkng of every moment she spent on the cruise. Thinkng of thr confession night whr her titanic dream had come true. Would she b able move on? Would she b able 2 forget everythng?

The tearz stung her.As she stood on the deck watchng the port get nearer n wavez lashing, she felt no ease. The sea, her best comforter, now felt like her worst enemy. She hated it all. She hated Muskaan for bringing her on ths trip. She hated her family for allowing her. She hated her dee for making her dad agree. She hated her life.

She could hate every1 n everythng. But she coudn't hate the real reason. She could hate the world. But she could not hate him. She could not n would not hate Armaan Mallik.

He watched silently as she underwent the whole turmoil. He had the urge to step out n hug her n comfort her. But he din. He reminded himself tht she would be eventually happy. A little pain was bearable to every1.

But tht lil pain was nt bearable to him as he saw it cross her face. He wanted to tell her everythng right away but he knew he cdn't. He had already made his promises. And Armaan Mallik never broke his promises.He quickly unboarded the cruise as soon as it docked and left for home.

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Anjali, Atul n Muskaan were at the port 2 receive her. They hugged n She fought the urge 2 not cry out. She searched the crowd for him to atleast wish a silent goodbye. When she din find she finally asked Muskaan indirectly.

"Rahul din cum?" she asked keeping the anxiousness out of her voice.

"He did." she relied. " he left jus now wid Armaan. They had sum urgent work.

She fought again to keep bak the tearz. He din find it necessary to even meet her maybe for the last time. She left for home as they all chatted abt sumthng but she followed them absent mindedly.

She met her parents happily. Genuinely happy. She felt good to b back among thm. After the 2 lonely days she felt in paradise now.

She slumped into her bed at night trying to sleep but cdn't. After sumtime she was joined by Muskaan. Rest all were at the hospital.

Finally her tearz rolled down in 4rnt of Muskaan. But to her disaappoinment, Muskaan wasn't angry at Armaan. She jus consoled her saying tht Love at times was painful n time would heal everythng.

She felt relieved finally speakng abt it 2 sum1. Yes time was the best healer. And her woundz too would be healed. Soon.

Yet again what she din know was tht certain woundz din need healing.

Certain wounds never get the Time to heal. Certain were not allowed to heal.

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