Monday, 20 April 2020

Part 19 : Armaan aur Riddhima ka safar

It was the last day of the Christmas holidays, which had gone by really fast, and the gang had gathered in the park all dressed up with coats, hats, gloves scarves…you name it. It was freezing! It had snowed heavily the night before and there was at least five inches of snow covering their local area. The boys planned to go to the park to play in the snow; it was nine am and the park was completely empty when the girls walked through the park gates blowing on their gloves to keep themselves warm.

Ridz: I c-can't believe I got out of my b-bed so early…on the l-last day of the holidaysss…just to come and r-run around in the park…!

Niki: I know…what was I thinking…its free-eezing! These boys are crazzy!


Muskaan: C'mon guys…it'll be fun…we'll get ourselves nice and warm once we get started…

Ridz: Where are the guys?...T-they said they'll meet us here… - just as she said that a snowball hit the back of her head

Before they knew it all three girls were pelted with snowballs from all directions, they turned around to see the boys standing there with lots of snowballs in their hands throwing one after the next at them…

Rahul: We're here… – chucking another snowball at the girls

All three girls came out of their shock and started throwing snowballs back at the boys.

Muskaan: I'll get you… - throwing a snowball which hits Rahul right in the face – …haha…

Rahul: MUSKAAN!!! – appalled by this attack from his girlfriend, picks up some snow and runs after her

Riddhima and Nikita gather lots of snow and threw it at Armaan and Abhi who were standing right in front of them. Armaan threw a snowball playfully at Riddhima…

Ridz: Armaan!!!

Armaan: Riddhima… – smiling picks up snow and puts it behind his back, grinning as he walks up to Riddhima

Ridz: Armaan…

Armaan: Kya!

Ridz: What do you think you're doing? – walking backward as he walks towards her

Armaan: Having fun… - still walking towards her

Ridz: Armaan…don't even think about it… - points a finger at him, then turns and runs

Armaan ran after her and caught her before she went any further, he rubbed the snow in her face, then he stopped and looked at her, her face was full of anger, very red, her hat had fallen off and her hair was a mess. He stood there very still and quiet… then they both burst out laughing and hugged each other. They walked back to the gang, arms around each other and smiling widely. They reached the others and they, once again started to throw snow at each other. A ball of snow hit Nikita on the side of her head just as she was going to throw one at Armaan…

Abhi: Gotch ya! – laughing at her state

Niki: YOU! – about to throw herself onto Abhi but falls flat on her face

This made Abhi fall over with laughter and everyone started to laugh at them. Abhi pulled at Armaan's leg and he fell pulling Riddhima down with him as he went and Muskaan also fell on to her as she was holding onto Riddhima when she fell. The all laughed at each other on the floor and Rahul stood there thinking…

Rahul: What a bunch of idiots! – looking at them in this state

As he was the only one standing the rest of the gang, who were still on the floor, threw snow at him and a minute later Abhi pulled him down and stuffed snow down the back of his coat. The others threw more snow on him until he struggled away begging for mercy. Muskaan stood up and told the others to stop.

Muskaan: Guys…stop… - still laughing – …that's enough!

She walked in front of Rahul and the others stood up in a line behind her with snow in their hands behind their backs. Muskaan stood in front of Rahul to defend him.

Armaan: Okay…okay…

Ridz: We're very sorry… - smiling

Niki: Very…very sorry…

Abhi: Yep…very sorry…for this...ready guys?…

All: Ready… - shouted

And they all threw snowballs at Rahul and Muskaan. After a long time they lay on the floor, laughing and are very, very tired. They sat up and look around at each other's state…red in the face, messy hair and snow dangling from their coats and gloves. The park had become a bit more crowded with children and families as the gang got together and made a snowman. They finished making it and stood back all admiring their work, then they took photos; Armaan hugged Riddhima from the back as Abhi took a photo on Armaan's phone.

Rahul had his arm around Muskaan's shoulder and Nikita stood there watching them with a big smile. Then they all went to their own homes and relaxed for the last day with their families before going back to school the next day.



It was the first day of school and Armaan had been given the responsibility by Shashank and Padma to give Riddhima a lift to school every day, which made him very happy. They both sat in the car and waved bye to Padma as they drove off...

Armaan: So madam...aaj se main tumhara personal driver ban gaya…

Ridz: I didn't ask you to be my driver...you don't have to...

Armaan: I'm not complaining… - cute smile

Riddhima smiled and looked out of the window; she put her hand behind her neck and twisted it from left to right, shutting her eyes tightly.

Armaan: Kya huwa… - concerned

Ridz: I'm paining all over...I haven't run around like that in ages...all my muscles are seized and I can't move!

Armaan: Massage chahiye? – saying this very sweetly he puts one hand around her neck

Ridz: Armaan...you're driving... - moving his hand - …concentrate on the road…

Armaan: Jab tum saamne hoti hain...I can't concentrate on anything else...

Ridz: Armaan... - stern but sweet

Armaan: Okay...okay...par kal bohot maza aya...

Ridz: Yeah I have to admit...it was a lot of fun...I haven't seen that much snow since I was five!

Armaan: I wasn't talking about the snow... - smiles - …I was talking about us...

Ridz: Tum bhi na Armaan... - smiles shyly and looks out the window

Armaan: So cute...

Ridz: Did you say something?

Armaan: Did you hear something?

Ridz: Umm...nahi…

Armaan smiled at her sweetness and carried on driving; they arrived at school and met up with the rest of the gang. They sat together in registration going over the events of the past two weeks and how enjoyable it was. Then they went to their first lesson, IT, they waited outside of the classroom until the teacher came. When he finally showed up he told them all that there was some good news and let them into the room. They settled down quickly waiting to hear what the news was...

Teach: It's time for your first exam!

Abhi: EXAMS!!!

Niki: Already?

Armaan: That's the good news?... It's more like bad news…

Teach: Let me finish… - looks around at everyone and they become silent – …yes…your exam will be on the 1st of February…and until your exam you'll all be putting your coursework on hold and doing practice papers…

Muskaan: I'd rather do coursework any day…exams freak me out!

Armaan: I'm not ready for this! – putting his head down on the table

Teach: That's why you have a month to revise and practice, if you fail this practice then we'll have to have after school lessons and extra lessons during your free periods……let's get started… – hands out question papers – …you may begin…and no talking!

Everyone started to moan as they flick through their papers and turn on their computers. The teacher silences them once more and sits at the other end of the room; it's a small room with ten computers and each of them sat as far as possible away from the teacher. They began their work but five minutes later they log on to ebuddy chat, like they usually do in IT lessons and started writing messages to each other. They were all in one conversation box…

Armaan: This sucks…

Abhi: Tell me bout it…

Muskaan: I h8 xams…

Niki: Uugh! I'm gonna pull his hair out! Not tht he has much anyway!

Rahul: Wasteman! :{

Muskaan: I dn't even know how 2 start this!

Armaan: I haven't even looked at da ?'s…

Ridz: Guys…c'mon I think we should start…

Abhi: Goody 2 shoes…

Armaan: Jaan…give me da answers plzzz…

Ridz: No way!...I'm not cheating…

Muskaan: C'mon Ridz…please plzzz…

Ridz: Guys…I'm not cheating…

Rahul: You don't need 2 cheat…u know everything already…

Niki: Yeah…just help us…plz…pretty please with a cherry on the top J

All: Plzzz plzzz plzzz…

Ridz: K…only 1…

But she ended up giving all the answers. They left the classroom silently and as they turned the corner they all started talking suddenly about the lesson…

Rahul: Ridz you're the best! Thank you so much…

Muskaan: Seriously Ridz thanks…if you weren't there we would all have to go to extra lessons…

Ridz: I can't believe I just did that…don't think I'm going to help you guys again… - looking around sternly at the gang as they smiled widely at her

Niki: Don't worry next time we'll do it ourselves…

Abhi: Yeah…its just because this one was completely unexpected that we didn't know what to do…thanks again…

Ridz: This better be the last time…

Armaan: Don't worry jaan…agli baar nahi hoga… - hugs her quickly

The gang walked to the library together as the next lesson was a free period and they had decided that they would use it to study for exams and not mess around like they usually do. They sat around the table together, Muskaan, Rahul and Nikita were going through their notes, Abhi started to read through the course book for business which he had never looked at before and Armaan and Riddhima were reading through their Romeo and Juliet scene. After a while everyone's voices started to get noisy as they read their notes out loud and the librarian came over to tell them to be quiet.

Muskaan: Sorry ma'am…we just got a bit carried away…

The librarian walked away and they whispered to each other…       

Rahul: I can't concentrate…

Abhi: I don't even know what I'm meant to be reading… - throwing the book down

Ridz: I've read this scene over at least twenty times…its so annoying…

At the same time one of her classmates walk up to the table to give them some news.

CM: Its good you just read over it so many times…

Ridz: Huh? – confused – Why?

CM: Because you both have to go and perform the scene now…!

Armaan: What? What do you mean…perform?

CM: Yeah…perform and get marked…you're lucky you got the last scene…the people who had the first scene had to perform as soon as they walked into the school…c'mon the teacher and examiner are waiting for you guys in Room 31…you're performance is in half an hour…

Ridz: What? But…how's this possible?

Armaan: We better go…if the examiner is already there…c'mon… – packing his stuff in his bag

CM: All the best guys…

Armaan: Thanks dude …

The boy goes away and Armaan, Riddhima and the gang get up.

Rahul: We'll come and see you guys perform…don't worry you'll be fine… – looking at Riddhima's expression

Armaan: Yeah…don't think about it too much…we've already practiced and you just went over the scene loads of times…

Ridz: But Armaan…the examiner…I don't think I can do this…

Armaan: You can…I know you can!

They go to the room where the examiner and teacher were waiting. The gang settled down quickly while the teacher gave Armaan and Riddhima a few minutes to prepare themselves while the other pair was finishing their act.

Ridz: Armaan…can't we ask for an extension…I'm not ready…

Armaan:  – holds her hand – …You can do this…just keep eye contact with me and remember the lines…

Ridz: Armaan…

Armaan: Sshhh… - holds his finger up to her lips – …close your eyes… - she does as she's told – …take a deep breath… – she breaths in and out – …let's do this together…

She opened her eyes and sees Armaan smiling at her; she smiled back and walked onto stage ready to begin…

…They performed perfectly and the scene ended with Riddhima (Juliet) stabbing herself with a sword and falling onto Armaan's (Romeo's) dead body lying next to her. The gang and teachers all gave them a standing ovation and congratulated them.

Teach: Outstanding… – clapping and coming onto the stage – …absolutely amazing performance…

Examiner: Congratulations to the both of you…very well done…

Armaan/Ridz: Thank you… – anxious and excited all at once

Teach: Well… - building up the tension – …A*…both of you…

They can hardly believe their ears; Armaan turned around and hugged Riddhima tightly and she hugged him back just as much; then Riddhima pulled away embarrassed.

Ridz: Thank you so much…

Teach: Well done…let's hope you both do just as well in your written exams to get full marks…

They left the room and the gang ran onto the stage hugging and congratulating them.

Niki: Congratulations guys!!! – hugging Riddhima

Abhi: That was wicked yaar… – hitting Armaan on the back – …you guys were like professionals!

Armaan: I know…I know… – pulling at his collar and smiling at Riddhima

They calmed down after a while and left the room in pairs; Armaan had his arms around Riddhima who was very happy at the grade that she had got for her performance…she stopped at the door with Armaan…

Ridz: Thanks…my Romeo… – bending her head to look at him

Armaan: Anytime…my Juliet… – kisses her cheek

They smiled at each other and walked out of the room...

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