Thursday, 16 April 2020

Part 13 : Armaan aur Riddhima ka safar

It was the first day back at school and no one was really looking forward to it as they had so much fun during the half term that coming back to school seemed very boring to the gang. Riddhima decided to walk to school that day, she had lots on her mind, and when she did she preferred walking…just walking and letting the thoughts run and slide through her mind. Sometime she would smile at a thought or sometimes she would pull a puzzled look if she was confused which made passersby look at her weirdly. But today she wanted to walk to school with Muskaan, like the old times; before Anjali got her driving license Riddhima use to leave home early and walked to Muskaan's house so that the two best friends could walk to school together and have a nice discussion about the day before or an exciting event that was coming up.



Both girls walked up the long road to their school talking about the past week, how everyone looked, the games and pranks they played and the boys. While they were in a deep conversation about the boys a car pulled up next to them on the kerb; it was a very attractive black polo. The car window rolled down and Armaan was sitting there with Rahul in the passenger seat.

Armaan: Lift?

Muskaan: Wow Armaan…nice car!

Armaan: Thanks! Jump in…

Both girls got in; Riddhima not so keen on his driven but sat down anyway.

Rahul: Hey girls!!

Muskaan: Hi Rahul…

Ridz: Hi… - then to Armaan - …yo Mr. Akro who trusted you with a car?

Armaan: Haha….very funny…I passed on my first test…dad gifted me the car before we got here…but I wasn't sure if to drive to school before…but I hate public transport…

Muskaan: It's really nice…

Armaan: Thanks Muskaan…

Rahul: I need to start learning to drive man…

Ridz: You've been saying that for ages…

Rahul: Yeah I know…but I just don't find time….been so busy with school…

They had reached school and after Armaan had parked the car Rahul and Muskaan walked in front holding hands and Armaan and Riddhima were left to walk on their own at the back. They walked into the class and settled down waiting for the teacher and the other students to turn up; Abhi walked in all moody, sat down and laid his head onto the table.

Armaan: What happened to you?

Abhi: Nothing yaar… - very sleepy

Rahul: Yeah right…we can see that…

Abhi: Kya yaar…let me sleep! - annoyed

Muskaan: Sleep? Yahan?

Abhi: Guys please…I'm so use to sleeping till eleven…and now I have to wake up at seven…

Ridz: So…go to sleep early…

Abhi: Let me sleep please…

Muskaan: Go on…

They all laughed at him and carried on their conversation as Nikita turned up very hyper and happy.

Niki: Hi guys!!

Muskaan/Ridz: Hey Niki…

Armaan/Rahul: Hi…

Rahul received a text message on his phone and began to read out loud:

Chote to Bade: Yaar Bade, yeh batao…jab hum phatake phorte hain toh pehle lights kyon dekhte aur awaz baad main…

Bade: Kyon ke light travels faster than sound…

Chote: Galat…

Bade: Kya? Toh tum batao…

Chote: Kyon ke aankhe aage hain aur kaan piche hain isliye…haha…

Armaan: Haha that's a good one…

After a while their tutor walked in; he took the register and dismissed them all to their lessons. Rahul and Abhi went to their business lesson, Muskaan and Nikita went to their art lesson and Armaan and Riddhima went to their English lesson. They walked together but didn't say a word to each other; while they were waiting outside of their classroom waiting for their teacher to arrive Armaan saw his fan club, a group of younger students who thought he was very cute and had crushes on him.

Armaan: Oh sheez… - hides away behind Riddhima

Ridz: Kya? – looking at him, she doesn't see them – …what are you doing?

Armaan: Woh log yahan pe kya kar rahe hain… – nods his head in their direction

Riddhima looked over at the group of girls who were standing in the corner staring at Armaan and giggling. Riddhima smiled, she found it really cute that they had a crush on him as he got really annoyed with these girls, the minute he looked around there was always one of them there or sometimes the whole group.

Ridz: Aww…

Armaan: What's so aww about it?...It's really annoying…don't they have a life?

Ridz: It's really sweet…

Armaan: No it's not….

At the same time a class of students were following their teacher down the stairs, they walked past Armaan and Riddhima who were still in conversation about Armaan's fan club when suddenly someone put their hand on Riddhima's waist and kissed her cheek from the back. She turned quickly in shock to see who it was.

Vivik: Hi gorgeous... – not moving his hand – …lunch together?

Riddhima was still in shock and unable to say anything, her face wore a frightened look as this was the first time he had kissed her in public and suddenly when she was least expecting it. His hand was still on her waist and Armaan stepped up to him angrily, they looked at each other with Riddhima in between but suddenly Vivik's teacher came down the stairs towards him.

Teach: Vivik...we have a class! – angrily

Vivik let go of her, saying bye he walked down the stairs. At the same time a student came to the group of students waiting for their teacher to arrive and gave Armaan a paper; he opened the paper and read out loud…

Armaan: Your tutor is unable to attend lesson today, please carry on with presentation work in the library, work to be presented next lesson…

All the students were excited about the lesson being cancelled as they could relax.

Students: Great! Next lesson? I got lots of work to do…

Most of the students went to the library but some went upstairs to the common room to chill; Armaan was about to go upstairs as he couldn't be bothered to work so early in the morning. Riddhima wanted to forget what had just happened even though she was still in shock she turned to Armaan.

Ridz: Where are you going?

Armaan: Where does it look like? - pointing upwards - ...Upstairs…

Ridz: We have to go to the library and get this work done…we haven't done anything yet and we have to present it in the next lesson…

Armaan: So? You can go…I'm not stopping you…

Ridz: Excuse me? I think we were paired to do this work together…you need to help…

Armaan: If you want to work with me just say so…I'm ready whenever you are… - smiling

Ridz: Whatever…I'm just telling you to help because I don't want to be the one doing all the work and then you take all the credit…

Armaan: Okay…chalo…

They both went to the library; they sat in a little cubicle to themselves and started reading over the last scene of the play. They looked really cute together now that they were not fighting and secretly inside they were both smiling for some unknown reason. They were so caught up in their work that they didn't notice that they had worked through their lesson and also through a free lesson and break. They looked up as Riddhima's phone rang…

Ridz: Hello?

Niki: Hey Ridz…where are you?

Ridz: Library main…shouldn't you be in lesson?

Niki: Kya? Our lesson finished 10 minutes ago and we are upstairs…you're still working?

Ridz: Kya? It's break already?

Niki: Yeah…jaldi se uphar ajao…we're waiting for you…

Ridz: Okay…I'll be there soon…

She ended the call and looked at the time on her phone.

Ridz: Oh my gosh…we've been here for two hours?

Armaan: Well…time flies when you're having fun…

He winked at her and she made a face; they packed up their stuff and went upstairs to the rest of the gang. They all sat around chatting while Riddhima stayed quiet.

Muskaan: Kya huwa? – silently to her

Ridz: Kuch nahi...

Muskaan: You sure? Doesn't look like it... – waiting for Ridz to say something

Ridz: Muskaan...woh Vivik... – frightened

Muskaan: What happened?

Ridz: He held me this morning and kissed me... – sickening with tears forming in her eyes

Muskaan: What??? – angrily – How dare he??? – she looked at Riddhima who looked like she was going to burst into tears – …Ridz...come…let's go to the washroom...

They both got up; Riddhima turned her face away from the group while Muskaan said that they will be back. Armaan watched them as they went and Muskaan put her arm around Riddhima. They walked into the washroom where Riddhima leaned against the door and cried silently. Muskaan held her and let her cry for some time; she calmed down and wiped her tears then spoke slowly.

Ridz: Actually…I promised dii that I was gonna end it with Vivik but…mujhme hemat nahi hain…what shall I say…how should I say it?

Muskaan: Don't worry…sab theek ho jayega…try and build up your courage during the week and just speak to him on Friday…

Ridz: I can try…but...

Muskaan: But nothing…don't worry…its better that you get it over and done with…the quicker the better and then you won't have to put up with this torture any more... – she puts her hand on Riddhima's shoulder – …Ridz...we are all with you and we know you can do it...give yourself sometime to build up the courage and do it on Friday...

Ridz: Okay…Friday… - to herself – …will I be able to do it?

The rest of the day went smoothly; she hid herself from view so that she wouldn't have to spend lunch with him and left school early so that she wouldn't meet him at the end of the day. The gang went to the mall for a while, just chilling and cracking jokes...

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