Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Part 7 :Betrayal (AR)

  The A-rival


Recap: Armaan has a daydream about him and Riddhima.  On the saying of Muskaan, Armaan and Riddhima feed each other and Armaan deliberately bites her finger while having the bite.  The girls and boys bicker over the topic of going for shopping and the girls get upset, but the boys pacify them and they all go for shopping.  During the shopping, Armaan makes Riddhima wear the set he chose and Riddhima gets angry, but calms down when Sapna gets angry.  Armaan and Riddhima have an intimate moment together, but then Riddhima goes away.  After they both leave the mall, a girl laughs and says that she'll take Armaan away.

" KYA? " The gang yelled together in unison.  Everyone in the gang, except for Riddhima, had gathered together in Amit's room.  Armaan had told them about his moment with Riddhima yesterday, and they were shocked.

" Lekin tu usske paas gaya hi kyun? " asked Rahul.


" Toh kya karta?  Usse aise dekh ke toh koi bhi ladka pagal ho jaye ga.  Aur Rahul.  Tu toh aise bol raha hain, jaise tu kabhi Muski ke saath romance hi nahin karta. " said Armaan.

" Ey tu baat ko ghuma matt ha!  Muski ke saath toh meri shaadi huyi hain.  Main jab chahe usske saath romance karo, uss mein tera kya jaata hain saale kameene! " Rahul defended himself and Muskaan blushed.

" Toh maine kya Riddhima ko pakad ke rakha hain?  Meri bhi toh woh legally wife hain.  Aur tu romance ki baat karta hain saale, tere se toh zyaada romantic hoon main! "

" Yaar kuch toh sharam karo tum dono!  Hum yahaan Amy aur Ridzi ki problem solve karne aaye hain, aur tum saale apni love life khol ke bethe ho?  Humme koi shok nahin hain sunne ka ke kaun zyaada romantic hain! " Amit cut their argument and they said sorry to each other.

" Amy.  Iss mein koi buraayi nahin hain ki tum Ridzi ke paas gaye.  Woh toh tumhara haq hain.  Lekin yeh sahi mauka nahin hain.  Usse toh pehle se hi yehi lagta hain ki tumne usse cheat kiya hain.  Aur agar iss waqt par tum usske paas jaoge, toh usse toh yeh hi lage ga na ki tum yeh sab usske jism ke liye kar rahe ho.  Tum samajh rahe ho na, ki main kya keh rahi hoon. " Sapna explained to Armaan, and he nodded.

" Aur Amy.  Yahaan sabse badi problem toh yeh hain, ki tum humme yeh nahin bata rahe ho ki sach kya hain.  Jab tak humme poora sach nahin pata chalta, hum kaise tumhari help kar sakte hain? " said Anjali.

" Main jaanta hoon Anji lekin' " Armaan stood up and walked to the window.

" Lekin kya Armaan? " asked Anjali.

" Agar poora sach mujhe pata hota, toh kya main tum logo ko nahin bata ta? "

" Matlab? " the gang said in unison.

" Guys, jo sach hain, main usska sirf ek hissa jaanta hoon.  Baaki sab toh main khud pata lagaane ki koshish kar raha hoon. "

" Aur tu kitna jaanta hain?  Dekh Amy.  Tu humme jitna batayega, hum teri aur bhi madat kar sakenge.  Please.  Tujhe jitna pata hain, humme bata de. " Muskaan went up to him, and placed her hand on his shoulder.  Armaan looked at her, and she nodded to assure him.  Armaan closed his eyes for a few moments.  After gathering all his courage, he opened his mouth to speak.

" Muski uss din- " Armaan spoke up, but was then interrupted by the servant.

" Saab.  Khana tayaar hain. " Armaan closed his eyes again, and turned to the servant.

" Theek hain, aap chaliye hum aate hain. " Armaan smiled at him.

" Ji saab. " The servant left and the gang followed him out.

At the Dinner Table'

Everyone started to walk towards their normal seats.  Armaan and Riddhima, too, were walking towards the seat when they came right in front of each other.  Riddhima looked at him, and then looked away as she recalled yesterday's incident, and sat down.  Armaan did the same.  They had not talked after they came back from the mall.  The worst part was that, Riddhima had slept in Anjali's room, as she was in no mood of talking to him.  Even in the morning, she stayed busy with others in order to prevent any talk with him.

" Aunty, aaj dinner mein kya hain? " asked Muskaan.

" Aaj tum logo ki favorite dish hain.  Palak paneer. "

" Wow!  Thank you so much aunty! " Muskaan said happily, and Padma smiled.  They started to serve the food.  They were happily eating it and were chit-chatting with each other.

Suddenly, the door bell rang.

" Main dekhti hoon. " Riddhima said, and she left to answer the door bell.  She opened the door and was shocked out of her witts.  A huge smile came upon her face and she screamed loudly in excitement.

" Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! " Everyone almost choked on their food and then they ran to the door.

Riddhima came out of the shock, and hugged the person tightly in excitement.

" Aaaaaaaah!  Vivek! " Vivek picked her up and swirled her around.

" You idiot!  Niche utaaro mujhe! "  Vivek put her down, and both kept laughing.

" You idiot!  Itne dino se phone kyun nahin kiya?  Kahaan the tum?  Huh? "  Riddhima asked with her hands on her hips.

" Arre chill Ridz!  Mujhe actually kaam ki vajaah se abroad jaana pada.  Bas, issi liye phone nahin kar paya. " Vivek explained himself.

" Yeh kaisa reason hain?  Phone number toh than a tumhare paas.  Toh kya vahaan se phone nahin kar sakte the? "

" Arre meri maa, tumne toh tumhara phone number bhi change kar liya tha.  Toh phir main kaise baat karta.  Uppar se tumhara address bhi badal gaya, toh mail ka toh savaal hi paida nahin hota. " Riddhima bit her tongue at the realization.

" Sorry. " She mumbled a quick sorry and then realized that everyone in the house were right behind.  She turned around with a wide smile.

" Mamma, Papa, yeh Vivek hain.  Mera sabse achha dost.  Main isse college time se jaanti hoon. "  Riddhima introduced Vivek to everyone.

" Namaste Uncle.  Namaste Aunty. " He joined his hands.

" Namaste beta. " Shashank and Padma said with a smile.

" Tch.  Tum yahaan bahar kya khade ho?  Andar aao na! " Riddhima said.

" Umm.  Nahin Ridz.  Woh actually mujhe pata chala, ki abhi kuch hi dino mein AJ aur Anji ki shaadi hain, toh main yahaan chala aaya.  Aur waise bhi, mera samaan mere hotel pohonch chukka hain. " Vivek explained himself.

" Hotel?  Itna bada ghar hone ke bavajudh, tum hotel mein rahoge?  Koi zaroorat nahin hain.  Tum apna saare samaan lekar yahaan aa jao. " Riddhima insisted.

" Lekin Ridz- " Vivek tried to protest, but Riddhima cut him off.

" Koi lekin vekin nahin.  Tum yahaan reh rahe ho, toh bas reh rahe ho.  Okay? " Riddhima pointed her index finger at him.

" Okay meri maa.  Main apna saara samaan le kar yahaan aa raha hoon. " Vivek joined his hands, and bowed, while Riddhima laughed.

" Oye kameene.  Saale Riddhima se kya chipak raha hain?  Humme bhool gaya kya? " said Armaan.

" Hey Amy! " Vivek went and hugged Armaan and Armaan hugged him back.

" Saale itne dino se kahaan tha?  College ke baad toh kabhi dikha hi nahin. "

" Arre yaar main actually US gaya tha.  Ek bohat hi achha job offer mila tha.  Issi liye nahin dikha.  Aur tu?  Finally Ridz se shaadi kar hi li.  College mein toh majnu ki tarah usske pichhe bhaagta tha.  Yaad hain Ridz?  Kaise tujhe manaane ke liye red roses le kar bhaagta tha?  Oh my God!  That was hilarious! " Vivek laughed at the memory.  Armaan looked at Riddhima, and Riddhima at Armaan.  Both had a short eye lock, and then Riddhima broke her gaze away.

Vivek kinda sensed the tension between them, and decided to lighten up the mood.  He turned his face to the other side, only to find Rahul Muskaan there beside him.

" Rahul!  Muski!  Kaise ho tum dono yaar? " He went and hugged them.

" Hum toh ek dum first class hain.  Tu bata? " said Muskaan.

" Tuonu ki lagda hain? "

" Ek dum changa! " Muskaan grinned.

" Oye Rahul!  Mere ko tujhse na badi jalan ho rahi hain ji. " Vivek turned towards Rahul.

" Kyun? "

" Kyunki tune meri Muski ke saath shaadi kar li.  Yaar ek baat kahun Muski? "

" Kaho. "

" Agar yeh Rahul tujhe bohat tang kar raha ho na, toh mujhe bata.  I'm still single you know. " Vivek went close to Muskaan and said that in her ear.  Rahul's eyes widen up at that and ran to hit Vivek.

" Saale kameene!  Tu meri Muskaan par line mar raha hain! " He took off his shoes, and ran after Vivek.

" Ruk tu saale aaj toh teri chutney na bana di toh mera naam Rahul Garewal nahin! "

" Muski!  Mujhe tere pagal husband se baccha! " He ran around and hid behind Muskaan.

" Oye kaan khujure!  Kya kar raha hain?  Maare ga kya? " Muskaan shouted at Rahul.

" Oye tu mujhpe kyun chila rahi hain?  Dekha nahin kaise line maar raha tha tujh par? "

" Kam se kam taarif toh kar raha tha.  Tera jaise kanjoos nahin hain woh! "

" Kanjoos? " Rahul asked mortified at Muskaan's comment.

" Aur nahin toh kya?  Tu kabhi bhi meri taarif nahin karta. "

" Yaar tum dono ka phirse shuru ho gaya? " asked Sapna.

" Sapz! " Vivek ran to Sapna and hugged her very tight.  Amit's eyes almost popped out of his sockets when he saw Vivek hugging Sapna.

' Yeh saala kameena.  Abhi aaya aur meri Sapna se chipak raha hain?  Saala chipku!  Iss ki himmat kaise huyi Sapna ko haat lagaane ki?  Aur Sapna?  Yeh kyun usse hug kar rahi hain? ' Amit thought to himself.  Being able to take it no more, Amit went and separated the two.  Sapna looked at Amit questioningly.

" Abe kya kar raha hain? "

" Um.  Tu mujhse toh mila hi nahin.  Mujhe hug nahin karega?  Apne sabse achhe dost ko bhul gaya? "

" Oye aisi toh koi baat nahin hain.  Aaja! " Amit and Vivek hugged each other.

' Yeh toh Sapz par poora latu ho gaya hain.  Pata nahin Sapz se kab kahega apne dil ki baat?  Lagta hain iss ki help karni hi paedgi! ' Vivek thought to himself.  The two broke apart.

" Guys, mujhe toh bohat bhook lagi hain.  Khana kha lein? " asked Vivek.

" Khana toh kab ka ready hain! " said Anjali. Vivek looked back and saw her and Atul standing beside each other

" AJ!  Anji! " Vivek hugged them too.

" Wow AJ!  Finally tum dono ki shaadi hone jaa rahi hain!  I'm so happy for you! "

" Thanks yaar! "

" Achha chalo hum khana kha lete hain. "  Everyone went to the table and sat down in their seats.  Riddhima called Vivek to sit beside her.

" Hey Vivek!  Yahaan betho na! " He came and sat down.  Riddhima started to serve him and they kept on chatting.

Armaan, on the other hand, was totally forgotten.  He was barely eating anything.  He was pretty much set on fire when he saw Riddhima clinging onto Vivek.  Only he had known how much control it took, NOT to beat the hell out of Vivek.  And now, he was even more angry as Riddhima was feeding Vivek.

' Mujhe toh kabhi itne pyaar se khana nahin khilaya.  Aur yeh Vivek ka bacha.  Naa nahin keh sakta?  Dood peeta hua baccha hain kya?  Jo Riddhima isse khana khila rahi hain?  Huh!  Pati ko kam, aur dost ka zyaada khyal rakh rahi hain.  He bhagwaan!  Tu mere saath hi aisa kyun karta hain!  Koi aur nahin mila tha kya!  Saala!  Mann toh kar raha hain ki iss Vivek ko maar daloon.  Lekin kaise maarun?  Chaku?  Nahin, nahin.  Chaku liya, toh pata nahin kya karoonga.  Poison?  Nahin.  Yeh Riddhima toh jaan jayegi ki maine hi diya hain.  Gun?  Haan!  Yeh theek rahega! ' Armaan thought to himself, and unknowingly, was making weird faces, which was seen by Rahul.

" Kya soch rahe ho Armaan? " asked Rahul.

" Kuch nahin. " And Armaan went back to eating.  The dinner finished off really quickly, and everyone went into their rooms.

In Riddhima's room, Riddhima was taking out her night clothes, from her wardrobe, and Armaan entered the room.  Riddhima looked at him, and then back at her clothes.  Armaan came, and stood behind her, though kept a sweet distance.

" Riddhima. " Riddhima went past him, in the bathroom, even before Armaan could say another word.  Armaan sighed and looked up at the ceiling, as if asking for help.  Armaan waited until Riddhima came out of the bathroom, and then he went into the bathroom to change.  Riddhima started to set up the bed and sat down on the bed.  She tied her hair in a low ponytail and was about to go to sleep when Armaan came out of the bathroom in his night clothes.  He went a little close to Riddhima and Riddhima started to get uncomfortable.

" Riddhima.  Kal jo kuch bhi hua, uss ke liye I'm sorry. " Riddhima looked at him in surprise.

" Main jaanta hoon, ki mujhe iss tarah tumhare paas nahin aana chahiye tha.  Aur main uss ke liye bohat sorry hoon. " He said, not meeting Riddhima's eyes, which screamed 'Shock' and 'Surprise'.  He went around and took his pillow and went to the couch beside the window, and slept there with his back facing Riddhima.

On the other hand, Riddhima was in the state of shock at what just happened.

' Armaan ne mujhse sorry kyun kaha?  Usski toh koi galti thi hi nahin.  Galti toh meri thi.  Agar maine usse roka hota, toh yeh shaayad nahin hua hota.  Main bhi kal ke incident ki utni hi zimidaar hoon, jitna ki Armaan.  I'm equally responsible for it.  Toh phir woh iss tarah se sorry kyun bol raha hain?  Aur woh couch par kyun so gaya?  Usse toh couch par bilkul bhi neend nahin aati. ' Riddhima thought to herself.  She was amazed at the fact that Armaan said sorry for what had happened.  She was pretty worried about the fact that Armaan was sleeping on the couch as she knew that Armaan couldn't sleep there, but she closed her eyes for a second, and then dimmed the lights.

Though Armaan had fallen asleep, sleep was miles away from Riddhima's eyes.  When she thought about it, Riddhima was just astonished at the fact that her life had changed in just a matter of few days.  She remembered every moment she had spent with Armaan.  From their first meeting in the club, to their marriage.  She remembered every second, every emotion, everything.  She closed her eyes and a lone tear escaped her eye at the memories.

She suddenly heard something shiver.  She opened her eyes and looked over at the couch.  Armaan was slightly shivering as he was cold.  Riddhima suddenly realized that it was cold in the room, and immediately increased the temperature.  She got up and ran to the cupboard and got a warm, comfortable blanket and went towards Armaan.  She spread the blanket across Armaan, and tucked him in, making sure that he won't be cold.

She started to go when she heard Armaan murmur something in his sleep.

" Riddhima' I' love'you.  I'm' I'm sorry.   Please trust me.  Maine tumhara' vishwaas nahin toda.  I love you.  I love you Riddhima.  I love you." Armaan kept murmuring 'I love you' and Riddhima looked at him.  Armaan was constantly creasing his forehead, as if thinking hard about something.  Riddhima went to him and sat down beside him.  She soothed him by kissing him on his forehead.  She ran her fingers through his hair.

" I love you too Armaan.  I love you too.  Lekin tumhari uss ek galti ki vajaah se, main chah kar bhi tumhe pyaar nahin kar sakti.  Why did you that Armaan?  Why? " Riddhima asked a sleeping Armaan.  But got no answers in return.  Giving up, she went back to her bed, and fell asleep in no time.
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" Tum Gupta Mansion kab pohanch rahi ho? " A male voice asked over the phone.

" Kal. " A female voice answered.

" Good. "

" Vahaan ka status? "

" Abhi bhi woh hi.  Armaan is trying, but no use. "

" Very good. "

" Main phone rakhta hoon, bye. "

" Hmm. " And they cut the phone.

" Mr. Armaan Mallik.  Main aa rahi hoon.  Tumhe apna banaane.  Apne Armaan ko, Riddhima Gupta se choora ne. " She said Riddhima's name in a very harsh tone, and then laughed to herself.

What truth is Armaan talking about?  Which part of the truth does Armaan know?  Who are the two people?  Why does that girl want to snatch Armaan away from Riddhima?  Keep reading to find out'


Medha

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