Thursday, 5 March 2020

Last Part : I See You!

Shilpa felt the bed shift as armaan got out of bed but she did not open her eyes. It was their last day in rome, their second honeymoon on their first anniversary. She wasn't particularly sleepy but she dosed a little as her husband kept her up most of the night. She snuggled in a bit deeper prepared to slip into sleep when she felt armaan pulling the sheets back. She waited for his weight to settle back on the bed but instead she felt his hands turning her over before she could open her eyes he had her in his arms and walking across the room.

Shilpa's eyes popped open: Armaan! What are you doing?(she looked around and saw it was not even dawn)

Armaan flashed her a grin and continued to walk towards the terrace doors, her eyes widening shilpa grabbed with one hand the chair trying to stop armaan: Armaan in case you have forgotten we both are naked.



Armaan grinned wickedly: Shilpa its nearly impossible to forget you naked

Shilpa kept holding on to the chair: I'm not going out there naked.

Armaan jut grabbed the coverlet from the chair flung it over shilpa, covering her. He slid the door to the balcony open and walked out towards the stone balustrade. He placed shilpa on the balustrade  wrapping his arms around her he stared out the city spread out with its beautiful cathedrals and fountains.

Shilpa looked up at her husbands face: what are we doing here?

Armaan smiled at her: we are going back today so wanted to enjoy our last sunrise in rome. So(wrapping his arms around n pulling her close) by tomorrow evening we will be back home, and the madness will be waiting for us.

Shilpa sighed as she rested her head against his warm bare chest: I still cant believe all that has happened in the last year.

Shilpa thought back to the year starting with their wedding. Being married to Armaan was more than anything she had ever imagined. He was mad about her, it was where she was concerned the fine veneer of sophistication came off and all his possessiveness came out in form of raw emotion. He loved her totally unconditionally and showed it with every single touch.

She still remembered the time when armaan had cut her off, her heart thudded painfully in her chest at the remembered pain her arms tightening involuntarily around him holding him close.

Armaan sensing her disquiet smoothed her hair away from her face tilting her chin up to look into her eyes and asked: whats wrong?

Shilpa smiled but it did not reach her eyes: Nothing! Its just I was remembering the time when you cut me off. If things hadn't changed we wouldn't be here and my heart just could not bare my life without you.

Armaan shifted her so that he stood between her legs and made her look directly in his eyes.

Armaan: I was never going to let you go! I need you for breathing shilpa and I refuse to live without you. I need you! (he pressed his lips to her words not enough to convey his emotions)

Shilpa clutched him to her forgetting where they were, forgetting even her name. All she knew was Armaan, they broke apart breathing heavily as armaan pressed his lips against her neck.

Shilpa: I love You!

Armaan: I wish we didn't have to go back

Shilpa: you are the one who wants to go back

Armaan lifting his head: if we don't go back the media is going to start hounding us here

Shilpa sighed: I still don't understand what the fuss is all about

Armaan started to laugh, when shilpa frowned he laughed harder making shilpa push him away but armaan pulled her close: Trust you shilpa! You write the biggest best seller of the century and then you wonder what's the big deal.

Shilpa pouted a little: Its not all my fault!(her eyes lighting up with mischief) well personally I feel it's the hero who is the main attraction. I think all the women are in love with him.

When armaan started to blush shilpa started to laugh, this time Armaan frowned: Its all your fault

Shilpa grinned: what did I do?

Armaan: why did you have to write our story?

Shilpa turned serious: I wanted to tell the world the wonderful man that came into my life and changed my life.

Armaan pressed his lips to her forehead: I'm the luckiest man in the world to have found you.

Shilpa smiled: so we agree we both are lucky to have found each other and I want the world to know what wonderful man my husband is.

Armaan's eyes burned with intensity: I love you! (he pulled her closer again) I love you! (pressed his mouth to her in a passionate kiss, whispering against her lips) I love you.

Shilpa wrapped herself around armaan, losing herself in the kiss. Forgetting the world, under the brightening sky they made love.

It had hardly been a week since they had comeback from Italy and straight away they had been sucked into promotions and talk shows. Knowing the book was based on real life and that too of Shilpa and Armaan only made the sales increase. Invitations to talk shows were for both Armaan n Shilpa but Armaan refused making shilpa go alone.

On one of the shows the host asked shilpa: so why the title "I See You"

Shilpa smiled: that's the whole point, of seeing one another, understanding one another.

Host avidly: last question! Why isn't Mr. Malik coming to the show with you? The story is about you both.

Shilpa: My husband believes he isn't necessary for the promotion gambit.

Host: Any message for your husband, wherever he is?

Shilpa looked directly into the camera: I see you Armaan, just the way you see me!

Armaan sat in his office looking at the tv screen as his wife's voice managed to make him feel like a king just by saying those words.

Atul standing beside him: She must be done by now, are you going to go get her yourself or send the driver.

Armaan kept his gaze on the screen looking at shilpa's profile: I'll meet her at home. I want to surprise her with the news.

Shilpa reached home and asked the servants if Armaan was home, he wasn't, shilpa made her way to her bedroom. She slipped out of her heels and walked to her walk in closet, she unzipped her dress and was going to lean inside to get something comfortable when a  pair of masculine arms pulled her back.

Shilpa smiling: Armaan I'm trying to change clothes.

Armaan his voice rough: I'm not stopping you (but he pulled her back nestling her against his body as he nuzzled her neck)

Shilpa sighed in happiness turning her neck to give him better access, the dress slipped off one shoulder, neckline sagging. Shilpa arched her neck as armaan's mouth moved to her shoulder: Let me get this dress off!

Armaan: allow me! Turn around

Shilpa turned to face him, as armaan tugged the dress off shilpa's arms, freeing them, he let the dress slip down her body to pool at her feet. Dressed only in a slip shilpa bent down to retrieve the dress but armaan tugged her upward into his arms.

Shilpa: atleast let me pick the dress up (but made no move to pull out of his arms)

Armaan lowered his head and nuzzled at her chest inhaling her scent, clearly in the mood for something more he started licking the skin exposed by the neckline of the slip. When the room's landline phone rang both ignored it as the call was picked by the answering machine.

Muskaan to answering machine: Hey! If you get home before me stay put because I have the most amazing news to tell you. I'm coming right over so don't you dare go anywhere.

Shilpa who had been busy untucking armaan's shirt from his trousers groaned as armaan dropped his head on her shoulder in dismay.

Armaan: you better get dressed because I need to tell u something.

Shilpa: why don't you talk as I get dressed

Shilpa moved to the closet to get herself some clothes, Armaan spoke: your book is a phenomenal success

Shilpa glanced at him and smiled: our book

Armaan: well there have been offers! (when shilpa looked questioningly) movie deals!

Shilpa's eyes widened: movie? I don't know armaan

Armaan: it is good business! Taking it to the next level.

Shilpa doubtfully: Muskaan?

Armaan: she knows and that is what she is going to tell you. She has earned you a huge some of money.

Shilpa gasped: she's sold it! Already? But to whom?

Armaan looking directly at her: I bought the rights to turn the book into movie

Shilpa in surprise: You! But…

Armaan reached for her: did you honestly think I will let anyone take our story,

Shilpa looked at the face of the man she loved and realized how completely he loved her. He knew it would've hurt her to see someone else have the rights to the movie. Someone else making the call or have the power to make changes. So he did what came naturally to him, he took control and safeguarded her interest.

Shilpa shook her head: I don't believe this! Now you are going to go into film making.

Armaan: for you, anything!

Hearing the commotion from downstairs, he added: I believe muskaan is here, lets go hear her news.

Shilpa alongwith armaan went downstairs but to their surprise muskaan wasn't alone but the rest of the family was also there.

Muskaan taking one look of armaan frowned: you already told her! I should've known.

Everyone laughed looking at Muskaan's crestfallen expression. Rahul poking fun at armaan: so armaan when are we going to start casting. I'm looking forward to the auditions for the main lead.

Amidst laughter and family shilpa looked at her husband and felt her heart swell with love and happiness. She walked to armaan who immediately pulled her to him keeping his arm around her waist. Shilpa placed her hand on his cheek drawing his attention completely to her.

Shilpa: I have a gift for you.

Armaan's mouth turned up in a smile: whats the occasion?

Shilpa looked into his eyes: because I love you!

Armaan's eyes darkened in response to the emotion: I love you too.(then trying to lighten the mood) so where is it? Gift?

Shilpa not taking  her gaze off his face took his hands and placed it on her stomach: here?

For a second armaan was confused and then as comprehension dawned: You're sure! (shilpa managed a nod)

Armaan grinning like a idiot: you're pregnant! (turning to the family) Maa! Dad! We're having a baby!

Ananya eyes drenched with emotion walked to shilpa and hugged her: congratulation! I'm so happy for you ( shilpa hugged her in return to overcome with emotions to respond, pulling back Ananya smiled at her)

Billy also hugged her and spoke to armaan: you better take good care of her

Ananya laughing looked at her son's beaming face and spoke to shilpa: thank you, beta!

Shilpa her eyes shining brightly: for what?

Ananya pointing towards armaan: for making him so happy and for making him a father.

Shilpa looked at armaan and couldn't help but started to cry. Armaan took her in his arms and gently kissed her tears away which were soon replaced by new ones.

Armaan swept up shilpa in his arms and spoke over her head: I'll take care of her! (with that he took her up the stairs to their room)

Shilpa clung to him unwilling to let him go for a second, armaan looked into her eyes, his heart and mind in tandem:

Hum tere bin ab reh nahi sakte
Tere bina kya wajood mera (x2)

Armaan gently lowered shilpa to the bed making her lay down and sat down beside her. Shilpa, her eyes luminous with tears and emotions, stared at armaan who gently placed his hand on her stomach. Feelings emotions well up inside him, he realized he had everything he had ever dreamt of which made him scared of losing it


Tujhse juda gar ho jaayenge
Toh khud se hi ho jaayenge judaa

Shilpa sensing his fear gently propped up on her elbow and cupped his face in the palm of her hand. Armaan closed his eyes and cupped her hand and his heart said the words
Kyunki tum hi ho
Ab tum hi ho
Zindagi ab tum hi ho (he opened his eyes looking at her face he acknowledged his fears)
Chain bhi, mera dard bhi
Meri aashiqui ab tum hi ho

Later in the day when shilpa made her way to her studio armaan trailed after unwilling to let her out of his sight.
Tera mera rishta hai kaisa
Ik pal door gawara nahi

Shilpa looked at him quizzically and asked him: Don't you have some work?

Armaan showed her the file he had in his hand and then to shilpa's amazement walked over to the sofa and table in the corner. Shilpa looked at him in amazement as he opened the file and proceeded to read. Shilpa giving him a look turned to her paints and missed armaan's glance to make sure she was not picking anything heavy.
Tere liye har roz hai jeete
Tujh ko diya mera waqt sabhi
Koi lamha mera na ho tere bina
Har saans pe naam tera

When it was late enough armaan walked over and just scooped her out of the chair making shilpa squeal in surprise her hands covered with different specks of paints. He carried her to the dinning room where he ordered the servants to serve lunch. When he all but fed shilpa, shilpa closed her hand on his wrist smiling at him making him crazy that with smile. He leaned close and lightly kissed her on the mouth, shilpa lightly held him to her trying to ease his fear and to convey her love. When he finally pulled back his heart was in his eyes and no words were necessary:


Kyunki tum hi ho
Ab tum hi ho
Zindagi ab tum hi ho
Chain bhi, mera dard bhi
Meri aashiqui ab tum hi ho

Tumhi ho... Tumhi ho...

The next 9 months months went the same way but armaan's protectiveness of shilpa increased. He had pretty much shifted the office home for the last trimester of shilpa's pregnancy. Any meetings were conducted through webcam, all tours were either cancelled or shifted to Rahul to be taken care of. Shilpa argued with armaan: I'm pregnant not invalid that you need to be with me 24/7, go do your thing.

Armaan in response kissed her: I'm doing my thing (making shilpa shake her head )


Tere liye hi jiya main
Khud ko jo yun de diya hai
Teri wafa ne mujhko sambhala
Saare ghamon ko dil se nikala
Tere saath mera hai naseeb juda
Tujhe paake adhoora naa raha hmm..

So nine months to date shilpa went into labor at the hospital with the doctor and Mr. Armaan Malik in attendance. The doctors and nurses insisted that Armaan leave shilpa to them but armaan was admant. He was with shilpa through every pain and push, when shilpa after 12 hours of labor gave birth to a baby girl which was placed in his arms, armaan cried.

Shilpa felt the tears slide down her cheeks at the picture father daughter made. Armaan looked into shilpa's eyes and said: look what we did?

Shilpa with tears sliding down her cheeks: I love you!
Kyunki tum hi ho
Ab tum hi ho
Zindagi ab tum hi ho..
Chain bhi, mera dard bhi
Meri aashiqui ab tum hi ho (x2)

It was 3 months since the birth of Armaan's and Shilpa's daughter. 3 months of sleepless nights, midnights feed and diaper change. Shilpa loved it all, tired but loving it but what was most astonishing was armaan. He did the diaper change, walking to make the baby sleep and it was not wrong to say that the daughter was also in love with her daddy. It was his voice she fell asleep to when she was cranky. Armaan use to take her to his office at home when he had work to do and she use to fall asleep hearing him talk to his staff and clients.

Shilpa woke up early morning as the sun was trying to peak through the clouds, wearing only armaan's shirt she made her way to the nursery to check on her daughter. Finding her asleep she looked down at her for a couple of minutes and then made her way to her studio. Taking out the clay she kneaded it with water to bring it to the right consistency, plopping it to the axle she let her hands play with it. Her hands moved as her mind drifted to Armaan. She smiled to herself remembering her husbands ardent lovemaking. She dreamily thought of every touch and just before he lost all control he looked deep into her eyes and murmured 'I love you'. She sighed thinking how could she not be more in love with him. Every moment, every breath she took for him, wherever she looked she saw him. His best reminder was their daughter that they had created in love.


Meri baaton mein tera zikra sadaa
Meri yaad mein teri fikra sadaa
Main jo bhi hoon tum hi to ho
Mujhe tum se mili apni adaa

Shilpa smoothed the clay her mind completely filled with armaan that she was not surprised when he wrapped his arms around her from behind. Without a word shilpa leaned back in his bare chest as her hand were still occupied with clay. Armaan slid his hands down her arms covering her hands as they kneaded the clay.

Armaan: baby ok?

Shilpa turned her head and pecked him lightly on the lips: yes! I just couldn't sleep

Armaan: maybe I could do something about it (without waiting for a response he dropped one clay covered hand on shilpa's knee and slid them up her thigh.)

Shilpa sighed: Armaaan!

Armaan kissed her neck and lightly grazed her neck with his other hand, shilpa dropped her head back against his shoulder giving him better access. Armaan pushed the collar of the shirt she was wearing away and slipped his hand inside trailing the clay all over skin to cover her breast with his hand.

Shilpa managed to turn in his embrace dislodging armaan's hands and wrapped herself around him her mouth closed over his. Her hands roamed restlessly over his bare back as he stood only in his boxers. Clearly impatient armaan picked shilpa up making her wrap her legs around his waist, his hands on her thighs as he took her back to the bed.

Kyun ki tum hi ho, ab tum hi ho
Zindagi ab tum hi ho..
Chain bhi, mera dard bhi
Meri aashiqui ab tum hi ho

Making love with sun streaming through the windows armaan and shilpa kept eye contact, even to the very end when pleasure became too intense they looked into each other eyes and they're souls touched.
Tum hi ho, tum hi ho
Karz bhi, mera marz bhi..
Chain bhi, mera dard bhi
Meri aashiqui ab tum hi ho

Armaan lifted his head from her shoulder and looked at shilpa's face, flushed from their lovemaking eyes closed. Armaan his voice hoarse from passion: shilpa! Look at me

Shilpa opened her eyes: I see you armaan! All I see is you!

Amani

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