Monday, 23 September 2019

part 26 & 27 : The Suprise (ARff)

part 26 

The morning was certainly an unusual one. The birds sang sweeter, the wind blew gently, n the air cdn't have smelled pleasanter. All was happy around. Everyone was happy. Every face showed the glow tht how special d day was. The day of the marriage of the daughters of Shashank n Padma gupta.

All arrangements done, n some last minute preparations still on the go the house was nthng short of a function hall itself. Everyone was busy wid sumthng or the other n alwaz had a smile on thr faces.

In between all the frenzy, Riddhima still lay asleep in her bed, rather peacefully a smile playing on her lips. A cute little smile tht made Anjali smile when she approached her sister to wake her up.

"Ridzy!! wake up...its 9 in the morning."

"Jus two mins dee...plz"


Anjali smiled. For the first time after returning from the cruise she had bhaved nrmally n wasn't behavng like as though in an isolated shell.

Anjali had seen Riddhima sad since the return from d cruise.  She hated Armaan for doing all this....but she also knew tht it was all for Riddhima's happiness.

Just then her cell buzzed n she piked it up. She din speak a word as the other person on d line kept talking and cut d call.

"Cmon ridzi...5 mins over..get up now..."

She woke up n sat on the bed frowning at her elder sister.

Anjali smiled again at her.

"Ahaan...thts nice....wen u wake up u frown....bt wen u were sleeping u were smiling ha....tell me wat did u dream?"

"Dream??" she thought for a secnd." No dee...i din dream anythng...srsly" she spoke truthfully.

"Hmmm...thn sumthng must have happnd yestrday tht made u smile in ur sleep too...cmon..spill up.."

She din reply. Was she really smiling? But why? She hadn't dreamt anythng.....n thn she remembrd d mesgs...cld it b tht..??

She discarded her thoughts as she saw Anjali frowning. She had half heard Anjali's one sided conversation n knew tht she was upset abt sumthng.

"What happened dee? Whoz call was it?'

"Oh...jus a friend nothing much.

She smiled weakly at Anjali n d both thn went down for breakfast .

After breakfast Muskaan anjali n she herself sat in her room talking as d werent allowed to do any work. Thts when Shashank n Padma came their..with moist eyes carrying the brides dresses.

They all had a family hug. They were each otherz strength. And it was dis strength tht was giving Riddhima d power to take such a big step of her life. She knew her family wld be happy n thts wat she wanted now.

They started getting ready in thr rooms respectively at arnd 6 in the evening. Riddhima shut everyone out of her room as she wanted peace for herself n cdnt tolerate a hundred hands getting her ready.

She dressed in her red bridal outfit wid only the jewellery tht she found necessary for herself n nothng heavy. She did her make up lightly n looked as pretty as ever. But thruout she only thought of how it wld have been if she had been dressing up for Armaan..rather thn sumone else.

She thought of her birthday wish. She thought of how he had promised to fullfill it. Her dream of becoming  Mrs. Armaan Mallik. She thought of every moment. She thought of the couple of kisses they had shared and how blissful they had been. she thought of how warm n safe she had felt wen his arms wld be arnd her hugging her. She thought of his deep blue eyez tht were filled with love for her.

"Armaan Mallik never breaks his promises'...thts wat he had said. Then how did he break every promise he had made to her? how cld he do it?

She sighed deeply as the tearz stung her eyes n thn inhaled deeply to hold them back. She sat in front of the dressing table, ready. Ready for her destiny to take its course. She cld hear the growing buzz from downstairs n knew tht the guests had arrived. She waited for the girls to come n collect her for her fate. She waited for a knock at her door.

A knock did come. But not at her room door. At her balcony door. She was first shocked at the sound cming from thr. She slowly moved towardz it, scared as to who it cld be. Her trembling  hands moved towardz the curtains and she pulled them aside only to find the love of her life looking at her through the glass pane.

"Armaan?"..she whispered to herself.

What was it tht fate actually held for her?
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part 27

She sat in front of the mirror staring at her own reflection. Still deciding whether what had happened was a dream or reality, an unreadable expression prevailed her face. She thought over and over again and what it all had meant.

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"Armaan?" she whispered to herself.

He slided the door n entered her room without as much as her consent. She was in such a shock tht she wasn't able to move a muscle. She stared at him wide eyed.

He din speak any wordz. He din know y he was doing this but still he was here in her room, seeing her as a bride. She looked prettier than ever. He moved towardz her as she stood thr in total shock.

Seeing him approach her, she moved backwards. And he kep moving forward until she closed in on d wall n thr was no escape. He moved closer eyeing her very carefully. His close proximity stole her breaths from her as she stared at him, asking a million questions wid silent eyes but not getting a single answer from him.

He took hold of her hands and gently kissed the back side of it looking at her all the time, drowning her in his eyes. His eyes told her how beautiful she looked and as the moon shone at them thru the glass panes, thr cdn't be another perfect couple n no other perfect scene where two lovers madly in love with each other where drowned in each otherz eyes, and oblivious to someone....oops..something watchng them.

Still staring in her eyez he spoke..

'I will love you alwaz."

a tear formed in her eye but disappeared as he bent down n kissed her eyes taking away the pain tht he had given her, making her forget tht she was to get married to sum1 in an hour n here she was in the arms of her love. He gently kissed her cheeks n as she closed her eyes, her lips waiting in anticipation, he slowly moved back from her. Every step he took away from her was difficult as he saw her eyes closed waiting for him, but he moved away, quietly n left the room.

She realised his absence d moment he left as her heart felt lonely again. She opened her eyes to her room, same as before but his fragrance filled in it.

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She realised sitting thr how she had come back to the very first day when she had seen him. When her hert and mind had been at war as to whether he was real or imagination. and today again she stood the same place deciding whether what happened was real or imagination. Her heart and mind were at war again only this time she knew her heart was wrong. Though what happened had been real, her hearts desire n wish were not real anymore. Thr was no way she cld bak off from the wedding. She cdn't ashame her parents lik tht.

'I will love u too...alwaz.." she whispered to herself, saying the wordz she hadnt been able to tell when he was thr.

"But why Armaan?? Why can't i hate you?? Why did u have to come now n say tht? n nthng more?? no explaination? nothing? what do i decipher from this visit of yourz??" She silently asked her own heart all these questions knowing tht answers were definately not her way.

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After about an hour thr was a knock again. This time on the door. The girlz had come to collect her. They pulled down her ghoongat and led her towardz the stairz and anjali n muskaan joined her at the top, looking as pretty as every bride shd. Thr was a charm n beauty on all thr faces and as the three brides slowly descended the stairz, people smiled and admired thr beauty. The Gupta daughters..(Muskaan included) were considered lucky, for themselvez, thr parents and everyone they met. they radiated an infectious charm tht could not with hold anyone away.

As they descended, beautiful as ever, Shashank n Padma held each otherz hand tightly, thr eyes moist, knowing tht after today they were gonna be each otherz only strength. Though they were extremely happy for thr three daughterz, they were sad tht d would be gone. But life din alwaz give us everythng.

The guests cheered as the brides approached thr grroms and stood beside them. All six covered, the brides in ghoongat and the grooms wid the sahra. Padma had made it particular tht no one gets to see the face of any groom or bride so as to save the couples from bad eyes. But she herself had cheked on each groom to make sure they were the correct ones. No replacement like a "K serial".

As the ceremonies were about to start a loud shout came from the entrance.

"Riddhima can't marry someone else....not when i sill love her"


Life was now really playing with her.....wasn't it??


Amreen

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