Tuesday, 24 September 2019

part 28& 29 : The Suprise (ARff)

part 28

As the ceremonies proceeded, Shashank n Padma grew more teary eyed. People cheered the three couples as they took their vows one by one n were pronounced as husband and wife.

Riddhima came out of her day dream when Padma pulled her forward gently to take her vows. Half unsure of what was happening, n still under d spell of Armaan's short n uncertain visit she looked around.

Their was no Armaan stopping her marriage. Their was no Armaan declaring his love for her in front of anyone.Everythng was the same. She was getting married. As realization struck her again a tear formed in her eye n rolled down her cheek dieing on her lips.



He watched her silently as he noticed her going into a vaccum dreaming abt sumthing. He knew she was thinking abt him. He saw d tear trickle down her face n wanted to reach out but knew he cdn't. he noticed her eyes search for him but He cdn't make his presence known to her. If he did everythng wld be ruined. All tht he had done only to see her happpy would go in vain. He quietly held himself back as the ceremonies got over.

As all three couples were pronounced husband and wife and the bidaai approached everyone got teary eyed. Anjali muskaan n Riddhima cried thr hearts out as they hugged each other n thr parents. The three dolls of gupta mansion were to now face lives on thr own n it somewhat scared thm tht thr parents wldnt be alwayz wid thm. As Shashank n Padma blessed the girls wid love joy n happiness, the grooms quietly watched making silent promises to themselves to not let tearz form in thr brides eyez ever again.

They all sat in the car n departed for the hotel where rooms whr booked for them as a gift by Padma n Shashank. Three maids escorted the brides to thr respective rooms as the men were held back to cmplete d formalities.
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Anjali sat at the edge of the bed, nervous but happy. It was a long time love tht they had now gven a proper name. She knew d first time she had met Atul tht with time she was going to fall for him....thr cdnt be anyone more caring n loving than him.....but being The Anjali....she had shown him attitude bt still he stuck to her..n eventually thr love blossomed....

Atul entered the room n d very moment understd tht she was nervous....he opened d fridge took out a bottle of cold water n approached her....she sat wid her head bowed ..

"Anjali...have some water...u will feel good."

She looked up amused at him. she took a sip n handed him back d bottle. As his hand touched herz...she shivered whch Atul noticed...He took hold of her hand n kissed it gently as she grew red.....

"I love u Anjali." ...he said warmly. She hugged him tightly in answer and he hugged her back.

It was the beggining of a new journey but not the ending of any.
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Muskaan waited anxiously for Rahul but the moment he entered the room her anxiousness changed to shyness and she sat quietly, in the centre of d bed...he approached her smiling.....thr love had been tested wid time and they had cut thru it, stronger than bfore. It looked wierd when he saw Muskaan, 'the chatter box' quite. His grin widened as he sat in front of her n lifted her face.

Her eyes still bowed, she did'nt meet his gaze.She loooked like his angel who had jus landed from paradise.

"You look beautiful Muskaan." he whispered and she looked up in his eyes. They both lost the world in each otherz eyes as there was no place for anythng except thr love.
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Riddhima stood at the open window gazing at the stars. It was a beautiful night. but she din notice tht. What was she to tell Vivek? She wasn't nervous. She was hell scared. It shocked her too how she cld stand calmy here when her insidez where forming tightng knots.

She glanced at the gardens below. From 12th floor it all looked tiny n pretty. But what caught her attention was a figure standing near the fountain. She cld bet her life tht it was Armaan, who was actually gazing back up at her.

Just then a knock sounded at d door. Giving one glance back, she went to open d door, scard than ever. To her relief it was sum1 from d staff.

" Maam, sum1 has send dis present for u....he said it was urgent...sorry 2 disturb u"

"Who someone? " she asked takng the red envelope half knowing d answer.

"we dunu....he said u wld undstd"

"Ok thank u..."

She closed d door n opened the envelope. It was d back side of a picture and d writing confirmed it to b Armaan.

"I will alwayz love u"
"Happy Married life"

She overturned d picture and literally gasped. It was Armaan holding her hands kissing thm when he had entered her room thru d balcony.

It was the perfect picture. Both lost in each other.

She ran back to the window. But the figure near d fountain had disappeared. She stood thr staring at d picture.

She heard the door open n thn close n she knew it was her husband. She din turn back nor did she hide d photo. She had to b honest wid him.Without waiting for a word from him she started.

"I am sorry, but i need time n space in dis relatinship, i hope u understand, i wsnt prepared for dis marriage, infact to be honest wid u...my parents too r unaware of dis...bt i love someone else."...she said dis while d c***ches in her stomach got tighter n waited for a response now tht she had reveald d truth.

He din speak a word. He approached her from back n saw her sensing it n tigntening her fists. inspite of himself, he smiled.

She sensed him approachng n got scared. would he force her for anythng?

He came very close to her but she din move an inch. Something made her stand thr. He stood bhind her very close to her n streched both his hands touching herz.

The touch shocked her as her hands automatically relaxed and he entwined n interlocked her fingerz wid him. Her heart, mind n his touch were creating havoc inside her. But before she caught hold of any thought, she felt his warm breath on her neck n his lips near her ear.

"Are you sure Mrs. Armaan Mallik?" was all he whispered passionately in her ear.

Was this another day dream???
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Part 29

She heard the door open n thn close n she knew it was her husband. She din turn back nor did she hide d photo. She had to b honest wid him.Without waiting for a word from him she started.

"I am sorry, but i need time n space in dis relatinship, i hope u understand, i wsnt prepared for dis marriage, infact to be honest wid u...my parents too r unaware of dis...bt i love someone else."...she said dis while d clutches in her stomach got tighter n waited for a response now tht she had reveald d truth.

He din speak a word. He approached her from back n saw her sensing it n tigntening her fists. inspite of himself, he smiled.

She sensed him approachng n got scared. would he force her for anythng?

He came very close to her but she din move an inch. Something made her stand thr. He stood bhind her very close to her n streched both his hands touching herz.

The touch shocked her as her hands automatically relaxed and he entwined n interlocked her fingerz wid him. Her heart, mind n his touch were creating havoc inside her. But before she caught hold of any thought, she felt his warm breath on her neck n his lips near her ear.

"Are you sure Mrs. Armaan Mallik?" was all he whispered passionately in her ear.

Her shock lasted for 10 seconds bt she could still feel his breath. Every cell in her body relieved d tension. Bt how? Was this a dream??

She turned abruptly n looked at him gazing at her.She gazed back at him trying to decipher how true all this was. She pulled him close n instantly kissed him on the lips.

He was a little taken aback but as she kissed him he realised tht it was a confirmation for her tht it was reality. He pulled her even closer wrapping his arms around her waist n kissed her back with fervor.

A gentle kiss of confirmation turned out to be a kiss of desire. A desire to hold n never let go. I desire to feel each other every moment n be together. A desire to never part.

He  gently let her go. She looked at him. Her eyez not questioning but only wanting to see d love in his tht she thought had gone.

"Riddhima..."he started to speak feeling tht it was time she was told everything. The look in her eyez made him feel guilty deep inside. But she stopped him by putting a finger on his lips.

"Ssshhh..i dun want to know how Armaan..all i wanto know is u love me...tht ur my husband.....all i want is to feel ur love every second now...just tell me this true...just tht much.."

He gazed in her eyes seeing how important it was for her to know tht he loved her.

"I love u more than my life Riddhima"..he whispered n pulled her closer. He bent his head down n moving near her lips he whispered " and you are my wife...Mrs. Riddhima Armaan Mallik".

He kissed her dis time not assuring anythng thru it but only making her feel his love.
But for her it was an assurance n she kissed him back as they both felt each other n thr love. 
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 The morning sunshine disturbed his peaceful slumber. As he opened his eyes he realized he had never slept so peacefully before. He looked at her face, glowing. She was still asleep half smiling. He cuddled her closer as he smiled and thought about it all over again.

The call, thn his ignorance, thn the marriage proposal. He recalled everything.
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 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.

"Hey Buddy....i thought it would take atleast a day before dad checkd d files...what happnd?? Is he disappointed wid us?? Is all fine??"

"Relax Armaan...Dad n uncle r still doing d cheking....n as far i can read...it will be positive....Thrz sumthng else i wanna talk abt"

"What is it Rahul...u sound different."

"Well uncle aunty have fixed ur marriage."

"What?? Are you nuts?? Look Rahul if dis is some kinda joke...thn i dun like it."

"I am serious Armaan. And its a good thing they did it"

"What the hell are...."

"Wait Armaan let me complete.Your marriage has been fixed with Riddhima. Riddhima Shashank Gupta"

"..................."

"Armaan?? hello...r u thr??"

"Ya...hold it...u serious??"

"Ofcourse Armaan...me n Muskaan confirmed it all.its her....bt we din tell any1 abt u 2 here....."

"Why not??"

"Errr....Muskaan has some other plans Armaan...."

"What other plans??"

"Tht she will tell you..hang on"

He handed d phone to Muskaan.

"Hey Armaan...i am good..n i knw u n ridzy r also good...so dun waste time in formalities.....come to d point...i dun want u to tell Ridzy anythng abt it.....nothing...infact u will bhave rude wid her...u will ignore her...anyway u will b bak here tomorrow...so jus stay away from her...after she comes here we all will gve her a surprise.....n I dun want any arguments on it....u juzt have to promise me u will ignore her...understood.??"...She took  a deep breath as her chatter ended.

But Armaan's breath was stuck.

"Are you insane Muskaan?? at no cost will i  ignore her.."

"You have to understud...u better do it....i din gve u choices....and if u dun do tht thn..........thn i will not marry Rahul...thts it..."

"But muskaan..."

"I told you she has different plans" came Rahul's voice.

"But rahul...how.."

"Please Armaan....jus once..plz....u no she will murder me if u dun do it...n anyway...its jus a matter of 2 days...plz.."

"Fine....i promise to try my best...."

"Thanks Buddy" he disconnected d call n frowned at Muskaan who in turn smiled at him n gave him a kiss on d cheek n ran away from thr...

And thus started d whole thing. He ignored her only to pain himself seeing her sad. As per the plan it was to be revealed to her on the day of their return from the cruise tht her marriage was fixed to Armaan.

But now tht it had started he wanted to hold it a lil longer. He wanted to fulfil her wish of bcoming Mrs. Armaan Mallik in a very special way. And so the gang sat together deciding how.

 Anjali had liked Armaan from day one, when he had set the conference wid Riddhima. And when her dad fixed Riddhima's marriage with the only son of Mallik family, she was upset coz she had thought of Armaan for Riddhima. But all her worries were put to rest as Atul told her tht very night tht the Groom was none other than Armaan himself.

It was decided tht they would hide it from Riddhima for as long as possible. They all agreed tht since Riddhima loved surprises, this was a special way for her. But Anjali was difficult to convince coz she wanted to talk to Riddhima abt it. On Muskaan's insistence she finally agreed.

The hardest part was convincng the elderz on the surprise. But Anjali, Muskaan n Rahul handled it n they finally agreed when they saw a few snaps of them both together on the cruise from whch it could be made out tht they did love each other.

But still Shashank kept the condition tht he would ask Riddhima to meet d groom, n if she agreed thn d would have to drop thr plan n Armaan would have to meet her. The gang agreed to his cndition as Anjali n Muskaan were dead sure tht Riddhima would never meet d guy. After all it was her dads choice n she trusted him. As far her agreeing for d marriage was concerned, d din worry abt it coz d knew she would never break Shashank's wordz.

But Armaan had made it a point tht at no point they would lie to her in anything. They all promised they wdnt. He used a temporary brown die and gell to get his photo which was not shown to Riddhima clearly.

But he had been hell furious when Anjali had lied n said the grooms name to be some Vivek Oberoi, who d din know even existed  or not. But later he called up n apologised.

And so the plan succeeded. In the end every one was happy n most of all Riddhima.

He looked at her again as she smiled in her sleep n he too smiled n closed his eyez drifting off to sleep again.

Whe he woke up again it was due to some tapping sound. He opened his eyes blinking thm to d light. She was not by his side. He sat up n found her sitting on the couch opposite to the bed, her hair wet from the shower, wearing  a red saree, staring at him, an expression of fury on her face n tapping her heeled sandals on the floor.

His heart skipped beating.

Hell was definately going to break now. Was it not??
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 Amreen

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