Friday, 13 March 2020

Chapter 3& 4 : Once Upon a time in Mumbai

Chapter 3

She couldn't emote she felt choked for emotions. Armaan saw it. He took a picture of the screenshot and then removed the gel off her stomach. She was just unable to move. It was as if the heavens were showering blessing upon her, upon the two of them. 'So much happiness in a moment,' she thought to herself. It was unable to control. He constantly kept repeating her name, "Riddhima Riddhima Riddhima" she finally heard it… n she saw his face. She tried to get up and sit straight… She knew he loved kids and was waiting for one of his own since a long time… but their work commitments had kept them busy and then that night it happened and this day today. She saw tears in his eyes. She started crying herself. She started crying and smiling at the same time ... and laughing and kept looking at him. "Armaan" she finally said it. He said, "Yes Riddhima … this is the happiest moment in our life." She laughed a little, he laughed a little and then they just let each other go into each other's arms and hugged each other tightly N then she said, "Armaan………… we are going to be parents soon". She cried, "and all this while we were planning for it and then this."

He broke the hug and looked at her, his arms still touching hers, "I know Riddhima" he cried, "all this while we were planning and this news today. I m the happiest man ever to be alive today." She smiled and wiped her tears but it seemed that there was no dearth of them at that moment. She kept looking into his eyes n then fell into his caressing arms again. "Thank you Armaan" she said. He said, "No Riddhima thank you. U don't know how happy I am." Riddhima said, "Mom dad will be so happy to hear it… we must tell them." Armaan said, "I know, even Billy n mom would be glad to know about it...we will tell them but tomorrow. Today you are all mine n I m all urs". Riddhima says, "not anymore." He's surprised, then he realizes, "and our baby between us Riddhima... I am so happy. I am going to take the day off and stay with you."

Riddhima says, "No Armaan you must not do that… go to work. Someone's life is depending on you. You must go". He stopped. Hugged her again and kissed her on the lips. "I will try to be home as early as possible and we will celebrate." She nodded a yes and then he said, "but before I go" he came close to her took her hand in his, kissed her hand and touched it on her stomach. She smiled and just kept looking at him. Then she kissed his hand, touched it to the baby and touched it on his lips n whispered, "love you." He whispered, "love you" n left with a heavy heart'.

He opened the door and left the cabin. She was still sitting on the patient's bed still touching her stomach with the hand he had kissed. Subra came in but Ridz was just too happy to notice…

She came to her and said, "Riddhima". This brought her out of the trance .She kept her hand on her stomach and signaled Subra to come closer to her. Her best friend the one she ever had… and the one who had given her such wonderful news in the best possible manner came closer. Riddhima held Subra's hand in her hand and made her touch her stomach."Subra" she said "I am going to be a mother (Subra smiled a yes). Subra he was the happiest I have ever seen him. (She smiled at her) Subra we are going to be parents soon. I still cannot believe it. Subra, we are finally going to be parents…. I saw it in his eyes. The way he just touched the baby, I felt his desire, the desire of playing with a child. Subra (there were tears in Ridzi's eyes) we are finally going to be parents."

Riddzi is about to thank her when Subra says, "don't Riddhima… thanks bolke paraya maat karna. Come let's sit there." She helps her get down the bed and they sit in the chairs. "I wanted to tell you yesterday about this news but then I consulted my husband and he suggested I should do this. I was apprehensive as to how would Armaan react but I knew that he always wanted to be father n it would be special for the both of you. So I called him up simultaneously after I called you and told him about it and told him to keep this a surprise. I must tell you ur man is a tough person. He knew about it since yesterday but he controlled all his emotions until today for this special moment between u too." Riddhima cried out... n hugged Subra, "thanks lakszz this was special for us and it was possible only because of u. I can't thank u enuf" she interrupts and says, "don't thank a friend… ever." Ridzi smiled. Subra said, "If u want to take an off ur most welcome... I will take ur patients."

Riddhima said "no I think I will work. Patients are important n besides I would never like to burden such a sweet friend like you"... they hug and then Ridz goes to work in her cabin.


Chapter 4

All the time her patients sensed that she was hppy and they were happy to see her happy n when anyone would ask her dr why are u so happy she would blush and tell them that my husband is happy today n hence I am '.

After work'..Laksz went Ridzzi because she wasnted her to be safe and said that from tomorrow don't drive I will come n pick u upnnn she laughed n besides Armaan wont let u drive'.

Riddhima said no subru really its ok'. I just turned pregnant n not 9 months hehe

Subru said I forgot to tell u u r two months pregnant so that means out of 9 2 gone.. so u hav to be careful I wil come an pic u up tommo'.. n if u do a zid I will make sure Armaan doesn't let u oout..

Riddhima just smiles at her sweet friend' and goess home'..with her'

They reach her house'n its all dark inside. Subru says take care ridz I will come n pick u up tomm n I m sure he must hv something plnned for u n she winks at her'

She smiels and winks back says bye to her and then turns to walk towards her house. But before going in she decided t check the garage'yes Armaan car ws here that means he was home.. so she decided to wait outside' cuz she knw he must have planned something in'.

She sat on the bench and just stared at the stars'. It was so serene to look at the starts all glittering away their light to the night' she looked at the moon that was surrounded by the stars' n then she felt it'.a movement in her stomach.. she was sure that it was soemthign else cuz the baby momvent was not to be observed this early during pregnancy' she sensed maybe it was just her anxiety the was showing up like that'.She touched her stomach and it reminded her of the morning. She closed her eyes'.and remembered everything'..he was watching her from behind but didn't want to disturb her emotions'. He waited patiently'.She remembered him toucheing her stomach' his eyes'.that cried'n the words that he said'I am the happiest man alive' it felt blessed'it brought a smile on her face'' n then she felt his hand touch hers on her stomach'.she didn't open her eyes but said Armaan'and then turned towards him'Hecame close to her'.smiled and came and sat next to her' she wanted to lay in his arms.. he knew it was cold so he brought a shawl for her' and out it on her'she loked at him and smiled'.his hand and hers were still together not wanting to let the baby stay away from their touch'.She gently and gradually slipped onto his lap her head resting on his lap and he caressed her head'.with the other hand''they stay there in that silence for a long time'It was as ifall their emotions had come out in the morning and now they felt content with each other'. About this new feeling' He just touched her stomach more closely. She breathed a heavy breadth and finally broke the silenece'Armaannnn'''

He was staring ahead not looking at anything but just in thoughts'he replied.. Riddhima' they took a long pause'she looked at him directly in his eyes and called his name again..Armaan'this time he was more attentive to her voice' He looked into his eyes caressed her face and said Yes Riddhima' She kept looking into his eyes and him into hers' Finally she spoke' " Are you happy?" She knew the answer but she wanted his assurance'.. he smiled moved a slick of hair on her face behind her ear'and said' Riddhima I have never in my life been more happier than this'he kissed her hand N said N my love for you grows stronger' he smiles cuz now I have to share it with our baby too N she blushes'.he kisses her hand'.and touches her stomach again.. she again breathed a heavy sigh'

Armaan''.she said, he replied.. hmmmm'. She continued'ur touch' does something to me very intimate'..n now it is doing it to my baby'. He moved his hand away' she pulled it back on her stomach.. no  no I mean I love ur touch and what it does to me' but now its doing the same thing to our baby'.n then she just cried.. Armaan.. she gets off from his lap  n holds both his hands in her'and asks him Armaan' promise me'..promise me that you will never leave me alone'saying this she hugs him' still holding on to his hands and just keeps on crying' she is unable to control her tears'.. Armaan lets her cry her heart out and then she wakes her from the hug'.touches her face and says Riddhima' meri aankhon main dekho'..( she is unable to look into his eyes because she is afraid to look into them)Riddhima( saying that helifts her face up )aankhe kholo(she finally opens her eyes'.. he looks into themmmshe looks into his'.they don't speak'.but she keeps looking into them.. its as if the eyes are speaking to her'.they are saying that I will never leave you alone'.Armaan speaks) main tumhe apni jaan se jyaada pyar karta hoon'..aaj tak maine tumhara saath kabhi nahin choda'..aage bhi nahin chodunga'..tum meri ho main tumhara hoon aur yeh jo ane wala hai yeh hamara ansh hai'..( he feels that she is still not assured) He says, "Riddhima tumhe mujhpe yakeen hai'(she nods and replies a soft yes)toh mere saath chalo'.(he holds her handwraps the shawl tightly around her.. and then walks her into their house''She walks in and sees how beautifully he had decorated the house for her. But he takes her away from all that near the mandir'. He asks her Riddhima tum diya chalu karooo'she looks at him and wonders but follows' she lights the diya does a prayer and then looks at Armaan'.He holds her hand and with her hand in his he bends down and touches her stomach' she wonders what is he doing'but waits for him to finish'.he then gets up n with her hand in his he puts it on the diya he brings the hand back onto her stomach,.on her head and near his heart'..then he prays along with her'.they do the namaskar to god and leave'..

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