Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Part 11 : Armaan aur Riddhima ka safar

The wedding day had finally arrived and lots of last minute preparations were taking place. Everyone had woken up early and was moving around the house. Shashank was out in the garden keeping an eye on the Khushi Events team; his employees; who were doing up last minute preparations in the tent; Vivik was also around helping here and there. All the aunties and neighbours were in the kitchen and living room going through last minute stuff.

Anjali and Riddhima were upstairs in their room away from all the rush; Riddhima was in the bathroom and Anjali was moving around doing her last minute packing. She had done most of it a week ago when Riddhima wasn't around, so that she won't be hurt but some packing was still left to do. She threw whatever was in her hand into the bag on her bed and went to her cupboard. She took out her wedding dress which was designed by Riddhima, took it out of the plastic casing and spread it out at the bottom of her bed. At the same time Riddhima had come out of the bathroom and was rushing around taking her clothes out of her cupboard.



Ridz: Itna sara kham abhi bhi baki hain dii…aur aap waha apne dress dekh rahi hain…

Anji: Ridz…it's so beautiful… - admiring the outfit

Riddhima stopped what she was doing, walked over to Anjali and also admired the dress. It was a red straight cut skirt with full silver embroidery, sequins, beads and studs, the blouse also had the same designs on it as the skirt did but not as full, only around the neck and bottom of the blouse, the middle had only silver embroidery. The dupatta was fully embroidered and it all looked very beautiful. Both the ladies stood their admiring the outfit for a while then Anjali went behind Riddhima, hugged her around the middle and rested her chin on Riddhima's shoulder.

Anji: Thank you Ridzi…

Ridz: Dii…aap mujhe thanks kyon keh rahi ho?

Anji: For everything…

There was a little silence then Riddhima's tears began.

Ridz: Dii…you won't forget me will you? - sadly

Anji: Kya? – looking at her in shock - …Main tumhe kaise bhool sakti…pagal hogaye hain kya? Tum toh hamesha mere saath hogi…mere yaadon main aur mere saath…

Ridz: Par…

Anji: Par war kuch nahi…ab chalo…we need to get ready…baad main role na… – smiling at her little sister

Ridz: Okay dii… - smiling - …lagta hain aap bohot jaldi main hain…apne saajan ke liye tayar hona hain…haina… - moves away quickly before Anjali can hit her

KNOCK KNOCK

Anji: Come in…

They both looked at the door to see Sapna and Shilpa, another friend of Anjali's. Shilpa was a beautician and was here to do Anjali and Riddhima's hair and makeup.

Anji: Hi… - she hugs both of them

Sapna: Hey Anji…excited?

Anji: More like nervous…

Shilpa: Don't worry you'll be fine…exam dene nahi ja rahi hain…

Ridz: Didi…this is worst than an exam…dii couldn't sleep all night…she was so nervous…

Sapna: Aur aaj raat bhi nahi so payegi… – teasing and Anjali hit her on the arm

Anji: C'mon let's start… - looks at Shilpa who begins to take out her makeup kit

The girls all got ready quickly, cracking jokes in between and teasing Anjali. Then after a while Muskaan and Nikita arrived all dressed and ready to help to get Anjali ready. Riddhima, Muskaan and Nikita went downstairs after a while to help around; they were setting up the conservatory with flowers and decorations and also setting a trap for the boys.

Muskaan: Yeh zaroori hai kya? – looks at Riddhima and Nikita – …Agar yahan koi aur bet jaaye to?

Niki: No one else is going to sit here…everyone's going to be outside…

Muskaan: But…

Ridz: Musk? – stopping and turning to her - …Tum hamare saath hain yah nahi? – Muskaan nods – …Toh todhi dher ke liye bhool jao ke Rahul tumhara boyfriend hain…aur todha masti karo…

Muskaan: Okay fine…let's just hope no one else sits here…

The three girls smiled wickedly at each other and finished off their job before they went into the kitchen to help set the mithai tray.

Around half twelve the barat arrived; they were seated outside in the tent. Atul looked very handsome in a white and silver sherwani and a red turban and Armaan looked hot in a jet black sherwani with light silver embroidery on the front and an elegant large design on the back, white churidhar and a silver dupatta around his shoulders. They sat next to each other on the platform stage waiting eagerly for the girls to come down. Rahul and Abhi sat with the crowd also waiting for the girls.

Not making them wait for too long Anjali was bought down the stairs by Riddhima and Padma; Nikita, Muskaan, Sapna and Shilpa followed. All the girls looked very stunning and all heads turned when Anjali walked out into the garden and walked down the red carpet towards Atul. She was looking very beautiful in her red outfit, her makeup done immaculately and her jewellery sparkling from all directions. Atul couldn't take his eyes off of her as she came closer and closer to him. As she sat next to him, her eyes lowered in shyness Atul couldn't find any words to describe how she was looking so he smiled at her and just said hi.

In the mean time, for the very first time, Armaan was actually speechless. His thoughts were…"wow, amazing, am I dreaming?" but even by thinking these words he couldn't bring them to his lips; he was actually dumbfounded. He stared at this angel like she was the only one around. She was wearing an ivory brocade trumpet skirt with a deep turquoise brocade corset/choli which had silver coloured embroidery and beads. Her two toned white and turquoise dupatta was twisted around her wrist and fell behind her back. She had very light silver necklace on and her silver jumka/earrings were jumping slightly by her neck as she walked and laughed and smiled and talked. Her hair was slightly curled and where bouncing around as she moved. Armaan couldn't stop looking at her and was jumped out of his dreams as many people had started to talk all at once.

Muskaan and Nikita went to sit next to the boys; Armaan who was still staring at Riddhima, also moved towards the gang. Riddhima made sure that Anjali was comfortable, had a little chat with Atul before walking towards the gang. Rahul was still admiring Muskaan while Abhi was finding it hard to believe that Nikita can actually look good once in a while.

Ridz: Hi guys…

Abhi: Hi Ridz…you look really beautiful… – smiles at Riddhima

Ridz: Thanks…you guys are looking good too… - looking at all three guys

While they were in their conversation Armaan had still not found his voice and continued looking at her. After a while when the rituals had been completed lunch was served and everyone's attention was on the delicious food. Riddhima made sure no one saw her as she slowly sneaked Atul's shoes away; she took them upstairs into her room and hid them in her cupboard. One person amongst the guest had noticed her absences; after all, his eyes were on her all day. He looked around for her downstairs but wasn't able to see her anywhere so he decided to go upstairs and look for her. It was all quiet upstairs as he looked into each room, when he came to the end of the corridor he heard someone in a silent conversation, he took a quick look around before he placed his ears closer to the door tried to figure out who it was…

?1: Please let me go…

?2: Just a minute…just listen to what I have to say…

?1: Not now…we'll speak later…ouch!

?2: I'm sorry…I just want to say that…you're looking soo sexy today…

?1: I need to go…

Armaan decided to walk in as he thought that this conversation wasn't going anywhere and whoever was inside didn't feel right. He walked in to find Riddhima in Vivik's arms very close to him and looking very uncomfortable. They both looked at the door and Riddhima moved away from Vivik.

Vivik: What are you doing here? - furious

Armaan: - also angry but ignores Vivik – …Aunty tumhe dhoond rahi hain... – slowly to Riddhima

Without saying anything Riddhima walked out the room silently in her mind thanking Armaan for coming at the right time. Armaan looked at her while she walked past him then looked at Vivik who was very angry at Armaan for intruding. Armaan also left the room; in his minding he wanted to turn around and punch Vivik in his face.

Downstairs, Atul and Anjali were sitting down having their lunch; Atul was feeding Anjali very sweetly. On the same table were Armaan and Riddhima who are both sneaking looks at each other while eating. The gang sat close by enjoying their food and having lots of fun. After lunch there were songs and dances which everyone enjoyed lots. The whole family took part, from bride and groom to elders and little kids, all the guests, workers to waiters and of course the whole gang. After the dance the gang had come inside to relax as they were all worn out. They walked into the conservatory chatting excitedly and Nikita silently winked at Riddhima. They both quickly sat down on one chair together and Muskaan on another. This left a two seater sofa empty for the boys to squash on; but they decided not to sit, instead Armaan and Abhi sat on the window ledge of the conservatory and Rahul remained standing by the door.

Ridz: Why are you guys standing up…sit down…

Armaan smiled at her noticing her concern.

Abhi: It's okay…I'm really hot…I need the air… – looking through the window

Riddhima hinted to Muskaan to say something because she knew that if Nikita or she said anything the boys would catch on. Muskaan nodded and looked at Rahul.

Muskaan: Guys beto na…we left space so that you guys can sit…and you're not even sitting… – smiles sweetly at Rahul

Rahul: Okay…come guys let's sit…

Armaan: Okay fine…

All three boys sat at once on the sofa and there was a loud rude noise. Other guests who were standing around just looked at them in shock and moved away whispering and giggling. The girls started laughing madly at them as they quickly got up and looked at the sofa that they had just sat on with a bemused expression on their faces. They looked at the girls who couldn't stop laughing.

Abhi: I don't believe this… - fully embarassed

Armaan: How could you guys do this? - shocked

Rahul: This is soo embarrassing! Muskaan?

Muskaan stopped laughing and looked at him guiltily. Riddhima, who was still laughing, went towards the sofa and picked up the throw over to reveal three whoopee cushions.

Armaan: We'll get you for this… – as the three girls run around them and outside

Riddhima ran straight to Atul and Anjali, still laughing, while Armaan chased her.

Anji: What are you guys doing?

Armaan: Bhabi…isne…main chorunga nahi tumhe… – to Riddhima

Ridz: Catch me first dumbo… - sticks her tongue out at him

Atul: Guys stop it…

They both calmed down; Riddhima stood on Anjali's side and Armaan on Atul's side.

Atul: Armaan…mere jute kahan hain?

Armaan: Mujhe kya pata? - confused

Atul: Go and find them... – ordering him

Armaan: Why should I? Where am I going to find it…itne sare log hain yahan pe…

Atul: Okay… - looks at Riddhima – …whoever finds it and brings it to me will get a prize…

Ridz: I'll find it… - smiling widly

Armaan: Not before me you won't…

And they began to squabble while going inside; on the way they meet up with the other four. The boys started to look around the rooms while the girls went straight upstairs into Riddhima's room. Armaan noticed that the girls were missing and went to find them. As he walked up the stairs he saw the girls coming downstairs with the shoes in Riddhima's hand. The girls were giggling and chatting away when Armaan quickly ran up to Riddhima and snatched them out of her hands and ran into her room. She ran after him leaving Muskaan and Nikita to handle Rahul and Abhi who were just about to come up the stairs. Armaan and Riddhima were running around the room; Armaan teased Riddhima because he had the shoes.

Ridz: Give it to me…I had them first... - angrily

Armaan: You mean…you hid them… - teasing

Ridz: Just give them to me…

Armaan: Never! - runs out of the room

Riddhima had given up and sat down on her bed a little upset; she closed her eyes and felt really angry that she had lost this one. After a few moments she decided that she would go downstairs; she opened her eyes; right in front of her eyes was the shoes. They were being nicely presented to her in someone's hands; she looked up and saw Armaan smiling down at her, she wondered if this was some kind of joke and she just looked at him.

Armaan: Take it… - sweetly

Ridz: Kya kiya tumne iske saath? - suspiciously

Armaan: – laughs – …Kuch nahi…just take them… – still presenting them nicely in his hands - …I'm not as bad as you think I am...

Ridz: - looks down with a little guilt in heart, then looks up again - …Kyon? Don't you want the prize?

Armaan kneeled down onto one knee and held out the shoes to her. He was very close to her and once again that feeling came back to Riddhima; her face softened and she felt as if her heart was melting at his sweet actions.

Armaan: Take it…

Ridz: Kyon?

Armaan: Kyon ki…I can't see you cry… - whispers

Riddhima was touched by this comment and slowly took the shoes from his hands. They both stood up and looked at each other and they became lost in the moment; Armaan broke the silence after a while.

Armaan: Waise bhi…tum baad main toh rone wali hai na…so if I make you cry now…you won't have any tears left for later… - moves back as Riddhima goes to hit him, he winks and leaves the room

Unknown to both of them this cute scene had been witnessed by someone who stood just outside of the room who also had his eyes on Riddhima all day. He smashed his hand on the wall and walked away angrily.

Riddhima was left standing there amazed; she had never seen this side of Armaan before. It was like he was actually human after all; she smiled at that thought and stopped to think about all the moments they had today. She had noticed him staring at her many times and she wondered why; she did think he looked quite nice today and his behaviour towards her was very weird. She thought back to when he had walked through the door when she was with Vivik and how she was very happy to see him there; but she was pulled out of her thoughts as Anjali and the other girls had come into the room. It was almost time for Anjali to leave; Riddhima, who didn't want this time to come so quick had made an excuse and went downstairs to give Atul his shoes.

As she slipped the shoes onto Atul's feet she smiled with watery eyes she could sense Armaan smiling at her once again; she looked at him and he had given her thumbs up sign. She had taken her prize money and gave it to the girls who would look after it for now and she went back upstairs to Anjali. When she walked in Shilpa was touching up Anjali's make up and Sapna had gathered Anjali's bag and belongings together. Riddhima walked over to Anjali and just looked at her through the mirror. Shilpa moved away to give them some time and went to help Sapna. Anjali's eyes are all watery as she looked at Riddhima; she touched Riddhima's hands which were on her shoulder.

Ridz: Dii… - teary voice – …if you cry…I won't come to meet you tomorrow…

Anjali started to cry immediately and both hugged; it was a very touching moment. After a while they both grabbed hold of themselves and Anjali wiped the tears from Riddhima's cheek. They hugged each other and talked quietly, making promises and giving advice to each other. After a while they both smiled and stood up, at the same time Padma and Shashank both came in together. Both hugged Anjali one at a time and tried to console each other; after lots of tears from Padma and Anjali it was time to go down. Shilpa had touched up Anjali's makeup one more time and they all walked down the stairs. As they walked outside Riddhima noticed Atul and Armaan standing together looking both concerned and happy at once. Anjali gave a quick hug to her friends and a long hug to Shashank and Padma once more; then Anjali and Riddhima hugged for a very long time. Nandani and Padma came to both girls to comfort them.

Nandani: Riddhima beta…jab bhi apni dii se milne ka maan kare…toh ajao…tum bhi toh hamare beti jaisi hain…

Riddhima and Anjali both controlled themselves and Riddhima wiped away the tears from Anjali's cheeks.

Ridz: Ab rona baand karo warna make up karab ho jayegi… - both smile

Riddhima walked Anjali to where Atul was standing and placed Anjali's hand into Atul's.

Ridz: Please look after my dii…

Atul: Don't worry…I'll take good care of her...

Armaan was once again unable to look anywhere else but at Riddhima. She looked soo beautiful with all the lights shining on her, but for some reason he felt really hurt watching her cry like this. The Malik family left and so did the guests; the gang hung around for a while just to be there for Riddhima then they also left.

Riddhima went to her room and sat at the edge of her bed; she wiped away a tear and remembered something that Anjali had said to her.

Ridz: No more tears Riddhima…dii ke liye… - she smiles and gets ready for bed...

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