Thursday, 19 December 2019

Last Part : Mr. & Mrs. Mallik

Armaan watched Riddhima as she ransacked through the files of patients in the library. It was 7.30 in the night. His shift was over an hour ago but he waited for Riddhima to get done with hers. As she was on leave for the past one week owing to their wedding, she had few pending cases and with the help of Muskaan, who offered to help her with few cases, she sorted them out. Now she was to update the history of one of her patients and she was searching for the file in haste to get it done as she knew Armaan would be waiting for her.

As he watched her slightly irritated face, he couldn't help but smile. That was the same look he had seen on her face when he held her in his arms for the first time they met at the vegetable market. They had come a long way since then. True as it might say, he couldn't even stand her back then, though he found her amusing which he would never confess, and now he could stand being away from her. May be it was their destiny. With what one can call the craziest events, they came together.



Then his mind drifted off to the events that morning. He could see that she was slightly restless. Something was bugging her, he was positive about that. But he didn't understand why she was keeping it to herself. May be she was missing Raji or Ananya or Anjali. As he was drowned in his thoughts, he felt someone tapping on his shoulder.

"Shall we go home?" there she stood infront of him with that slight smile on her lips. As a reflex his lips curled into a smile. Suddenly overwhelmed, he hugged her tightly once before pecking her cheek, leaving her frowning slightly.

Riddhima was surprised at his sudden hug and she looked around whether they were spotted by anyone in the hospital, though blushing to herself. When she heard him say something, she looked up at him.

"I love you." He said.

She smiled yet again, shaking her head at her crazy husband. She entwined her fingers with his and pulled him towards the exit. True, she was feeling slightly disoriented since morning. And this little gesture of him warmed her heart easily.

While driving, he found her quite, thinking about something. He didn't like this side of her. And so the demons in him stepped in. He jerked the bike slightly smiling which not only broke her train of thoughts but also freaked her out.

"Armaan!!" she screeched "I am going to kill you if I fall off the bike." She caught hold of his waist tightly but only after smacking his back. Boom!! Mrs. Mallik is back; he chuckled and was back in his mood, to irritate her. He increased the speed of the bike, laughing, while she yelled at him and with in no time, they were back at their home.

As he unlocked the lock of their flat, Riddhima gasped at the sight as she entered in the kitchen. It was messy and as it is as they left it in the previous night. She completely forgot of the fact that Raji wasn't with them to take care of the chores. The empty plated and dishes of the previous dinner lay in the washbasin waiting to be cleaned and she had to prepare dinner. As she turned around, she found Armaan scratching his head leaning against the kitchen door.

"Actually I forgot something." He said and she frowned. "Raji asked me to give the house keys to Kamala aunty in the beside flat so that the maid would come and clean the house."

"Perfect!" she quipped as she removed the stole from her neck and threw it on the couch and settled beside it.

"I am sorry Basket. But no problem. I'll help you with the cleaning. Together we can do it no time. I'll place an order for Pizza today. Don't bother with preparing dinner." He said making a puppy face as he sat beside her.

She couldn't help her heart from melting at his earnest words to please her. She moved closer to him and snuggled into his chest wrapping her arm around his waist. He pulled her closer and ran his palm on her back while she relaxed in his arms. Closing their eyes, they sat in silence listening to their even breaths.

He opened his eyes when he felt her lips on his chest. He realized she had managed to open few of his shirt's buttons. And he knew something was bothering her as it was unusual of her. But he thought to bring it on when they retire to bed. The next moment he grinned as a thought peeped into his brain.

"Basket, no need to seduce me into helping you with the cleaning. I already offered to help you." He said tightening his hold on her.

She moved back at once listening to his words. "I am not seducing you." She sneered at him when she found him grinning shamelessly. His dimples deepened when he noticed the blush creeping to her cheeks. She got up from his lap and moved towards the bedroom.

When he entered the bedroom after placing an order for pizza, he found her back towards him, struggling with the half opened zip at the back of her kurta. And that was more than enough for his heart to skip a beat. He moved to her and removed her hands from the zip. She gasped when she felt his fingers brushing against her back. Sliding the zip down her back, he kissed her nape lingering his lips a little while on her skin while she shivered at his touch.

"What's wrong Riddhima?" she opened her eyes dazed at the abrupt question. He turned her around in his arms and looked straight into her eyes. She was slightly confused at his words. "I know something is bothering you Riddhima. What is it?" he asked again.

She stared at him surprised that he had noticed. Ofcouse why wouldn't he? It was as if she was an open book to him. As she opened her mouth to say something, he interrupted her.

"Basket, I can identify if you lie. So don't bother with telling that everything is fine." He said pulling her closer gently with his arms around her waist. As she searched for words to explain it to him, he spoke again. "Did I hurt you last night? Were you in pain?" That was the only reason he could cite at the moment owing to her remark in the morning.

Her eyes widened at his question. Why was he thinking on those lines? That was the most blissful moment of her life where she felt she was the most beautiful woman on the earth, making love with her man. "No Armaan. I was not hurt. Not the least." She replied immediately.

"Then what is it Basket? You were not yourself from morning." He said.

"That's nothing Armaan. I was just being stupid." She replied playing with the buttons on his shirt.

"Oh, I like to be stupid too. Tell na Basket, what happened?" he prodded.

She looked into his eyes and could tell that he was worried. "Armaan, it's just that I am scared."

"Scared? Why are you scared Riddhima? I am with you." he asked surprised, trying to understand her. When she looked away, he made her face him.

"I am scared of loosing you, your love, and everyone's love. I have never been this happy before in my life. I am scared of loosing this happiness." She said looking into his eyes, hoping her words would make some sense.

But he understood her words. She was just as apprehensive as he was about their future. Sometimes, he would think on that, but he knew they were just the insecurities that were bothering them. "Don't worry Basket, you can't get rid of me that easily. I am never gonna leave you and so are the others." He replied pulling her into a hug.

"I don't know Armaan. It just appears as a dream that would vanish when I open my eyes." She mumbled into his chest loud enough for him to listen.

"Oh there is one way to make you believe that it's not a dream." He replied with a naughty grin. And before she could read the glint in his eyes, he covered her lips with his and kissed her crazy. When she over the initial state of shock at the abruptness, she kissed him back, trying to imbibe in her, his presence in her life. Slowly she ran her hands around his nape, pulling him closer while he lifted up her a bit to get her to his level.

She felt dizzy when he deepened the kiss entering her. Involuntarily her mind drifted off to the first time he had kissed her. That was a huge surprise to her, may be him too as he appeared equally befuddled when they parted. And then followed the crazy chase at the home with her aiming things at him and him trying to pacify her. And that expression of his when she threw a book at his face was priceless. He was positively mortified at the size of that book.

He drew back panting, when he felt her smiling. He looked down at her enthralled by her sight. With her eyes closed shut, lips parted and her breath shallow with that sly smile on her lips, it was something that he would always preserve securely in his heart.

"Why are you smiling?" he asked in a hoarse voice. She opened her eyes and soon enough realized that she had been smiling amidst the kiss.

She shook her head slightly. "I remembered our first kiss in the restroom. And the way I ran behind you chasing when you were back." She replied giggling now.

He thought about that moment. He missed her so much that he didn't realized what he had been doing. But then something caught his attention and he grinned. "Yeah but Basket, did you know how the dean allowed me to return back a day before the valedictory of the conference?" he asked.

When she shook her head negatively, he whispered. "He thought you were pregnant, when I told him that I want to get back to my wife." He laughed out loudly remembering the moment.

She gaped at him for a moment. "Armaan!!You-" she scowled and the next moment gasped again as she felt his palms caressing her bare back, lingering around the hook of her inner. She closed her eyes as her body tingled all over with pleasure when he traced the length of her spine gingerly. But when he leaned in again to capture her lips, she jumped back at the sudden ring of the door bell. Pushing him back, she ran into the bathroom while he cursed the intruder.

He swallowed his curses when he found the pizza delivery boy at the door. He paid him the bill, thanked him and put the pizza boxes on the kitchen counter. "Basket, Pizza is ready." He shouted for her and went to another bathroom to take a quick shower.

When he came out dressed in his vest and shorts, he found her talking to someone over the phone. He went to kitchen and took out two plates and brought them to the dining table with the pizza. He brought the plates to the couch and sat there waiting for her.

"Armaan, we have duty tomorrow at 11 am." She told him happily.

"Oh okay! Why?" he asked surprised.

"There is a conference at Sanjeevani for new interns. So Dr.Keerthi asked us to report by 11." She said and noticed him flipping through the channels. "Shall I put a CD?" she asked him.

"Okay!" he nodded and added "But come fast. I am starving." He glanced at the pizza waiting while she smiled. "Since we are free tomorrow morning, we'll do the cleaning tomorrow." He said after a moment to which she nodded.

She took out a CD of the movie 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' and settled beside him. They relaxed on the couch and ate leisurely while watching the movie.
When the movie was completed, she turned to her side to find him staring at her intently. He leaned closer to her while she leaned back on the couch, her heart racing madly. He kissed at the corner of her lips deeply and when she was about to part her lips, he moved back.

"There is sauce at the corner of your lips." He told her when she frowned at him disappointed. Licking his lips that held the sauce, he remarked. "Yummy!!!" But when her frown deepened not so pleased with his antics, he laughed softly before covering her lips with him again. He smiled against her lips when she kissed him eagerly, pulling him closer.

Dazed in his love, she didn't realize when they had reached their bed until she was laid down without breaking the contact between their lips. She clung to him desperately as he moved over her. She found herself drifting in and out of her senses as he kissed like never before. And she hardly remembered when they got rid of their clothes.

He lost his mind in passion when she responded back wildly matching his desire. Parting from her lips, he dived down to her bosom, nibbling gently, before moving further down to her navel. She fisted his hair in her palms, pressing him further closer to her body. He felt her ribs with his lips leaving her panting for breath in his gentle fondle. When he came up again and kissed her full on mouth, she caressed his ribs and back. And just when her mind went foggy, he entered her and soon were in rhythm with each other. They reached the pinnacle of love and came down together trembling and shuddering.

When he opened his eyes a while later, he found himself sprawled over her with his face rested below her throat. He tried to back away and sleep beside her to let her sleep comfortably but she whined sleepily not so pleased with him moving away. Smiling contently, he lay back on the bed and pulled her over him. She snuggled into his chest happily immediately wrapping his arm around his waist.

He sighed in content and watched her sleep. Thinking about her, about him, about them, he recalled his life with her. Of all the things he was sure of one thing. He couldn't live without her. He caressed her hair for sometime before he fell asleep, to meet her in their beautiful dreams of the blissful future waiting for them.

[Boyzone: I Love The Way You Love Me]

I like the feel of your name on my lips
And I like the sound of your sweet gentle kiss
The way that your fingers run through my hair
And how your scent lingers even when you're not here

And I like the way your eyes dance when you laugh
And how you enjoy your two-hour bath
And how you've convinced me to dance in the rain
With everyone watching like we were insane

But I love the way you love me
Strong and wild, slow and easy
Heart and soul so completely
I love the way you love me

And I like the sound of old R 'n' B
And you roll your eyes when I'm sloppily off key
And I like the innocent way that you cry
At sappy old movies you've seen thousands of times

And I could list a million things
I love to like about you
But they could all come down to one reason
I could never live without you

Starting as mere strangers, they joined each other involuntarily in the journey, beautiful journey of life. They may not be perfect individually, with a usual share of defects. But they were perfect together. From being miserably craving for love in their lives to being desperately and happy in love with each other, they came a long way. They  have learnt what love is, what life is. Someone truly said 'Love makes life beautiful.'

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Luv u all,

Sushmita

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