Sunday, 19 April 2020

Part 18 : Armaan aur Riddhima ka safar

It was now the Christmas holidays and time for the gang to relax after a very long and tiring school term. They had decided that they were going to make the most of their holidays relaxing and spending time together promising not to ruin it by looking at books or school work. Riddhima had found this a little difficult, she still found time to read a book and design outfits and do some coursework but this didn't stop her from spending time with her favourite person…Armaan. This wasn't very hard as Shashank and Padma had now become very fond of Armaan and liked his company as he spent most of his time at the Gupta house. The gang had made plans to meet up at least for an hour each day, either at the mall or at someone's house; today Riddhima had invited them around to her house in the afternoon because she didn't feel like going out into the cold.

Riddhima was upstairs in her room sitting in her comfy armchair reading a book when someone opened the door. She hadn't noticed Armaan walk in, he looked at her curled up on the armchair and smiled, and he walked around her and hugged her from the back.



Ridz: Arrggh!! – she gets up and starts hitting Armaan with her book

Armaan: Ridz…stop…it's me… – he holds her hands up

She looked at him stunned and apologetically when she realised it was him.

Ridz: Armaan? You scared me!...Don't ever do that again! Par tum yahan…yahan kya kar rahe ho? – puts the book down and fixes her hair

Armaan: I'm sorry! Aaj ke baad khabi nahi karunga… - hugs her

Ridz: Kya kar rahe ho…mama ghar pe hain! – pushing him away

Armaan: That's where you're wrong… – hugs her again – …she just left, she told me to tell you that she's going next door and then shopping with someone…

Riddhima hugs him back, for a while they stay that way then he moved away, Armaan sat down on the armchair pulling Riddhima down with him. Just as they become comfortable wrapped in each other the doorbell rings.

Armaan: Oh man… – moans dropping his head on her shoulder

Ridz: Chalo…baki sab hoge… – smiling at his upset expression

Riddhima got up and they both went downstairs; she opened the door to see Rahul and Abhi standing there together and she lets them in.

Rahul: Hi Ridz…

Ridz: Hey… - letting them in

Abhi: Is anyone here yet…or just us?

Ridz: Armaan's here…

Rahul: Oh…so we turned up at the wrong moment…

Riddhima hits him on the shoulder as they walked into the living room together; Armaan was sitting down watching tv and looked up when they walked in the room.

Armaan: Hey guys…

Abhi: Hey Armaan…looks like we ruined your quality time with Ridz…

Ridz: Guys…please stop…

The boys made themselves comfortable and Armaan made Riddhima sit next to him putting his arm around her but she tries to get away.

Ridz: Armaan…choro mujhe…

Armaan: Kyon… - smiling slyly

Before she could say anything the doorbell rang once again, Riddhima gets up and goes to open it and the boys stay in the living room.

Rahul: Poor you…she's not as easy as she looks…

Armaan: I know…but I love her the way she is… - smiles looking at the door waiting for her to come back

Abhi: This love stuff is so crap! How could you guys fall for it?

Rahul: Just wait till you find the right person then we'll ask you the same question…

Abhi: Never gonna happen…

Armaan: We'll see…

At the same time the girls walked into the living room.

Muskaan: Hey guys!! – sits next to Rahul

Rahul: Hi babes!

Abhi: Hi…

Niki: So…what's the plan…what are we doing today?

Armaan: Shall we watch a film?

Rahul: Yeah might as well…

Muskaan: I know…the weather is so terrible I just feel like wrapping up in a blanket, sipping some warm coffee, watching a film and…

Rahul: And… - they look into each other's eyes and get lost

Niki: Okay…we get the idea… – which makes them turn away and look around

Ridz: You guys chose a film and I'll get the hot chocolate… - she gets up and is about to go into the kitchen – …the films are in the case in the drawer…sorry they're all old films...

Muskaan: Its okay we'll choose something...

Ridz: Okay...I'll just go and make some hot chocolate...

Armaan: I'll help you… - gets up and follows her into the kitchen

In the kitchen Riddhima was stretching to get the mugs from the cupboard as Armaan came behind her and puts one hand on her waist and the other on her stretched arm…

Ridz: Armaan…kya kar rahe ho?

Armaan buries his face in her hair and mumbles something against the back of her neck which tickles her and her arm twitches against a mug which drops. She closed her eyes knowing that it was going to smash but the crashing sound didn't come; she opened her eyes to see the mug was in Armaan's out stretched hand, she looked at him in awe.

Armaan: Main khabi kuch thoot ne nahi deta… - against her ear

She smiled and moved away from him getting the coco, milk and sugar together knocking down any and everything as she went. Armaan leaned against the long cupboard watching her as she moved around and smiled at her clumsiness. She made the hot chocolate and set them in the tray then went to Armaan and stood in front of him with her hands on her hips with the cutest smile…

Ridz: Hato…

Armaan: That's not very nice… - making a face

Ridz: Please move out of the way…

Armaan: Much better… - steps away and she opens the cupboard door

She takes out a packet of marshmallows, opens the packet and puts them into a massive bowl. Armaan comes close behind her, touching her arm by which she gets a shock, but he takes a marshmallow, throws it in his mouth, takes the bowl and walks back into the living room winking at her as he went. She smiled and followed him in with the tray of mugs.

Armaan: Guys what are we watching? – munching on more marshmallows

Rahul: Between Ghajini and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na…

Ridz: Jaane Tu…

Armaan: Ghajini…

Abhi: Yep Ghajini…

Girls: Jaane Tu…

Boys: Ghajini…

Muskaan: Ok…guys stop…

Rahul: Toss… - takes out a coin – …girls…heads or tails?

Niki: Heads…

Rahul tosses the coin and its tails…they settle for Ghajini and get comfortable with their partners, Nikita sat on her own on the armchair and Abhi on the floor, all sipping their hot chocolate and munching on marshmallows. They draw the curtains for extra effect and Riddhima snuggled closer to Armaan as the movie begins.

During the movie there's parts where the girls cringe, as it's a very violent film. Riddhima can't help but hide her face in Armaan's chest at times. They reach the middle of the film and there is a really interesting but gruesome part where a metal pole was smashed across the head of the lady and all the girls scream.

Niki: STOP! – she turns the tv off – …I can't watch this…

Abhi: Hey…I was watching that… - turning the tv back on – …that was really interesting!

Ridz: Please Abhi…let's not watch the rest of this… - crossing her arms and rubbing them – …I've got Goosebumps... – Armaan puts his arms around her

Muskaan: Yeh…I don't think I can watch the rest of this either…

Rahul: But I was enjoying that…it was so good…

Niki: What rubbish!

Abhi: You're rubbish…

Niki: Look who's speaking!

Armaan: Guys…guys…guys please… - stepping in between the two of them

At the same time the doorbell rang and Riddhima left the room to go and open the door. It was Atul and Anjali.

Ridz: Hi dii…hey jiju… - lets them in and hugs Anjali

Anji: Hi Ridzi…how are you?

Ridz: Main theek hoon…come in…jiju… - takes them through to the living room

Atul: Hey…what are you guys doing here?

Armaan: Hi bro…we were just watching a film…join us…

Atul: Sure…what are we watching?

Abhi: Ghajini…

Niki: No we're not…

Rahul: Bas…ab tum dono phir se shuru mat kar…we won't finish it…we'll watch Jaane Tu…

They agreed and settled down, this time all separately, apart from Atul and Anjali who snuggled up together on the single chair. After the film the gang left, Riddhima and Anjali tidy up the place while Atul and Armaan sit and talk generally. Then Padma returned home, they sat together and chatted for a while until Shashank came home, later Armaan, Atul and Anjali leave...

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