Monday, 27 April 2020

Part 30 & 31: Armaan aur Riddhima ka safar

part 30

Armaan gave a small but sad smile and accepted the flowers wishing he could just see her once.

Armaan: She's okay right?

Abhi: She's fine...she just can't bear to see you like this...don't worry about it...once you get out of here she won't be able to stay away from you... ' smiling

Armaan: - smiling he looks at the flowers and thinks ' I'll be out of here soon Riddhima...just for you...my eyes are paining to see you...I love you... ' sadly



 It was now the end of the week and Riddhima's condition had worsened; she had stopped crying but her mind was so caught up with thoughts of Armaan and the incident that she was not able to think about her everyday activities and routines properly. Riddhima had stopped having breakfast and lunch and use to sit up late at night just lost in her thoughts but Muskaan was there for her at every step making sure she ate a little and slept.

Nikita and Muskaan had made a plan to make Riddhima better and they decided to have a sleepover at Riddhima's place on Friday night; they thought it would be fun as her parents were not around and they had the house to themselves. They stayed up most of the night doing their nails and trying to be normal; after an hour Riddhima was slightly getting into the mood and had also started to do her nails and gossip with the girls.

Ridz: I bet you girls are really happy that Abhi broke up with Suman...

Niki: Tell me about it...her voice was really drilling into my head...

Muskaan: Yeah but we'll still see her around...

Niki: At least she won't be with us...I don't even know what Abhi saw in her anyway...she's so yuck! ' pretending to puke

Ridz: Niki! ' smiling for the very first time after a week ' That's mean...

Nikita and Muskaan noticed this but ignored it as they didn't want to make it obvious they carried on talking generally both sharing a secret smile.

Ridz: She was pretty...

Muskaan: Pretty is my foot...not her!  - they laugh

Niki: Thank God that chapter's closed...seriously... ' getting up after finishing Muskaan's nails ' ...you guys want something to drink?

Ridz: Yeah...I feel like having a hot chocolate...please...

Niki: Me too...Muski?

Muskaan: Nah I'm good thanks...

Nikita went downstairs and made two mugs of hot chocolate while the girls carried on chatting upstairs. When she came back they dimmed the lights, jumped into bed, sipped on their hot chocolate and turned on a movie. They slept after two am and woke up after eleven the next day; Muskaan and Nikita tiptoed out of bedroom and made their way downstairs leaving Riddhima snuggled up in bed still asleep. They walked into the kitchen before they spoke; Muskaan made two cups of tea then they sat down at the table.

Niki: I'm glad she's getting back to normal...I really feel for her...she's been through so much...

Muskaan: I know...at least she's still asleep...she hasn't slept properly all week...and if she did sleep she would wake up with a bad dream and shouting his name...today's the first day I can say she's actually slept well...

Niki: It will take time...I mean...to see someone get hurt so much and break through a glass and that too from such a high building...even I got nightmares on the first night...what must she have gone through...it was her boyfriend...

Muskaan: Yeah...I can imagine what's happening to her...poor thing...

Niki: But not for long...just until he gets out of hospital and back to normal she'll be fine...

Muskaan: I hope so...I hope this little incident don't change anything in their relationship...

Niki: What do you mean? ' sipping her tea

Muskaan: I mean...she doesn't even want to see him...

Niki: That's because he's in this condition...when he comes out everything should be okay right?

Muskaan: Yeah that as well...but she thinks this has all happened because of her... ' Nikita raised her eyes brow ' ...she thinks that because she left Vivik for Armaan that's why Vivik has done this to Armaan and if she stays away from Armaan Vivik won't trouble Armaan again...

Niki: But that's not true...she left Vivik before she even had feelings for Armaan...and there was never anything between the two anyway... ' she quickly shut up as they heard a noise from upstairs

A few moments later Riddhima had walked into the kitchen with a little sleepy smile.

Ridz: Good morning girls... ' sitting down at the table in between them

Niki: Hey Ridzi...had a good sleep?

Ridz: Yep... ' small smile ' ...thanks a lot... ' stretching her hands over the table to hold both their hands

Muskaan: Thanks kis liye?

Ridz: You guys have been with me all week...through this difficult time...I don't know how to thank you guys...

Niki: You don't need to thank us...we're your friends...

Muskaan: Yeah and that's what we're here for...

After breakfast they made their way back upstairs, they got dressed and tided up. Riddhima had told the girls that she was feeling much better and thanked them for their concern and help throughout the week. She told them it was okay for them to leave as she was fine; after a lot of persuading them they left telling her to get ready they would meet up with her later and go out. Riddhima had a long bath and got dressed feeling much better; she came out sometime later and got dressed then made her way downstairs to make some lunch.

She was searching through the cupboards when she heard the lock click on the front door and she turned to see her mum and dad walk into the house. Her heart felt a huge thump and all her emotions flooded back into her; she shut the cupboard door and ran to the front door giving her mum a big hug. Padma hugged her back in shock but smiled; Riddhima did not let go and they both realised something was wrong. Padma moved her back and looked at her to see tears rolling down her cheeks.

Padma: Riddhima! ' worried

Ridz: Mama...I've missed you so much! ' hugging her again

Padma consoled her and they walked into the living room leaving their luggage at the door wanting to know what was wrong. Shashank sat at the edge of the single chair while Riddhima sat at the end of the sofa with Padma next to her.

Shashank: Riddhima...what's wrong...I know you missed us...but we can see that something else is bothering you...what is it...? ' concerned

Ridz: Papa... ' through tears ' ...when you left everything went wrong...

Padma: Jaise... ' confused

Ridz: Mama...you both left and I went to school...we had a free lesson and was sitting upstairs in the common room... ' tears rolled down her cheek ' ...four masked men came into the room and started fighting... ' now in tears

Shashank: Riddhima calm down...slowly there's no rush... ' holding her shoulder as she cried

Ridz: - controlled herself ' They were fighting with Abhi, Rahul and Armaan...it was so serious...they had baseball bats and were fighting madly...one guy fought with Armaan and threw him onto the glass window...it broke and Armaan almost fell over the banister... ' now crying ' ...yeh sab mere aanko ke samne huwa aur...aur main kuch nahi kar paayi... ' hiccupping

Padma left the room to get water for Riddhima; she came back and handed it to her; she sipped it and calmed down while her parents shared shocked looks.

Padma: Phir kya huwa?

Ridz: I went to the hospital with him until Nandani Aunty and dii came then I left...that night I was alone at home and I missed you both so much... ' hugging Padma, then controlling herself ' ...after that Muskaan told me to stay at her place for the week...

Shashank: It's good that you stayed there...but so much happened and you didn't call us?

Padma: Haan...why didn't you call us?

Ridz: I know you went for some urgent work...I didn't want to disturb you...and so many people were here...

Shashank: Theek hain...that's all fine but...how's Armaan?

Riddhima became quiet; she didn't want to talk about Armaan's condition but she knew if she didn't speak up her parents would catch on.

Ridz: Woh...umm he's better now...

Shashank: Was he serious?

Ridz: He was serious for the first three days because he was in pain and his body was very weak... ' tears welled up in her eyes

Shashank: Let me call Vikram... ' he took out his phone and pressed on Vikram's number then waited for him to answer ' Hello...//Haan we just arrived now...and heard about Armaan...//But you should have called...//... - long silence - //Okay...//How is he now?...//That's great news...//Theek hain...we'll be there soon...//Yeah okay...bye...

Padma and Riddhima looked at him waiting for him to speak.

Shashank: Armaan's been discharged...he came home this morning...

Padma: That's good...

Riddhima breathed a sigh of relief, closing her eyes, she felt good to hear that he was home and better. Padma went into the kitchen after consoling Riddhima telling her it's all over and everything will be fine now. Shashank took their luggage upstairs while the ladies made lunch. Sometime later they ate and left to go to the Malik's place. On the way Riddhima text her friends telling them that Armaan had been discharged and she was going to meet him with her parents. She sat at the back of the car and looked out of the window thinking that she would have to face Armaan some time or the other; but before she could think further her phone beeped making her look down at it; there was a text from Muskaan: Hey Ridzi...I'm happy to hear about Armaan's discharge and that uncle and aunty are back...don't worry about meeting up today...we'll come round later to meet Armaan...c u then..tc bye xx

She came to the end of the text and smiled; she was happy that she had such great friends. Shashank parked the car and they got out; they made their way to the front door. Riddhima fiddled with the end of her dupatta as she waited behind her parents for someone to open the door. A moment later Vikram came to the door; he opened it with a warm smile; Riddhima felt good to see him look better after a week of seeing him in tension. He welcomed them in and they stood in the foyer.

Vikram: How was your trip?

Shashank: It was okay...everything is fine now...but you tell me...everyone is okay?

Vikram: Yes...everyone's fine...after a week of tension ' laughed it off

Shashank: You really should have called me...how did you manage with Armaan's situation and the office...I thought we were good friends not just business partners...at times like this we should have been here...

Vikram: Leave it now...we managed...it's all sorted now...forget it...come in... ' with a warm smile

Hearing voices in the foyer Nandani walked down the stairs to see them; Riddhima saw that she was smiling for the first time in the week and she did look better.

Nandani: Arre...aap log agaye? ' hugging Padma

Padma: How are you?

Nandani: I'm fine now...I don't know how this week passed but everything is okay now...Thank God...

Padma: That's good...

Nandani: Riddhima beta... ' moving towards her ' ...I'm sorry beta...

Ridz: Kis liye aunty?

Nandani: Sorry I could not take care of you while your mama and papa were not here...

Ridz: Aunty...it's okay...I'm happy to see that you are okay now...

Padma: Where's Armaan?

Vikram: He's upstairs...come... ' taking them upstairs

Riddhima was the last one to follow; she seemed extremely nervous; thinking of how she was going to face him as he was in this situation because of her. They entered Armaan's room to see Anjali and Atul were already there giving Armaan company. They stood up giving the others space to move around the bed where Armaan was. His arm was bandaged and his shoulder also had a massive plaster around the back. He was shirtless and slowly sat up; Nandani fixed his pillow and helped him to lean against it. Shashank and Padma stood near him and Riddhima stayed in the background.

Padma: Careful... ' as Armaan sat up squinting his eyes as he hurt his shoulder

Shashank: How are you feeling now?

Armaan: Much better... ' smiling ' ...I'm just happy that I'm out of the hospital...

Padma: You're taking your medicines right?

Armaan: Ji Aunty... ' smiling at her concern

Atul: Jhoot mat bhol Armaan...

Armaan: I'm not lying...you guys are forcing it down my throat... ' to Atul and Anjali who stood there smiling; happy to have their normal Armaan back

Anji: Talking of medicine I think it's time for another one... ' teasing

Armaan: That's not funny bhabs... ' seriously

They all laughed at him; Atul and Anjali left the room as it was a bit crowded. Vikram and Shashank sat on the small sofa talking about the incident and the school's investigation then they carried on talking about business. Riddhima sat at the end of his bed trying to stay out of sight while Padma and Nandani moved around Armaan making sure he was comfortable; had something to drink; made him lie down and his sling was fixed making him slightly annoyed. After about half an hour the men left and went downstairs. Anjali brought a plate of fruits for Armaan and Nandani helped him to sit up again. A few moments later Nandani, Padma and Anjali walked out of the room and Riddhima got up quickly and was about to follow them out but she felt a sudden pull on her neck. Riddhima closed her eyes and slowly turned to see Armaan holding the end of her dupatta; she looked down at his hand on her dupatta afraid to look at him.

Armaan: Where are you going...?

Riddhima stayed quiet; Armaan stood up and walked towards her; he stood three inches away from her and she could feel his breath on her neck making her close her eyes again; scared and nervous to turn towards him. With his left hand Armaan touched her shoulder making her turn around to face him.

Armaan: - tilting her head up to face him but her eyes were closed ' Look at me...

She refused to open her eyes and stayed still.

Armaan: Riddhima... ' sensuously

She opened her eyes slowly and looked into his eyes; tears welled up in her eyes to see him like this and the past images flashed into her mind once more.

Ridz: I'm sorry Armaan... ' crying ' ...I'm sorry...

Armaan: For what? ' shocked at her outburst

Ridz: Yeh sab mere wajah se huwa...yeh sab Vivik ne kiya...because of me...you're in this condition because of me... ' apologising through tears

Armaan: Hey...hey shush... ' making her look up again ' ...Riddhima shush...this is not your fault...how could you think that...listen to me... ' holding her cheek ' ...this is not your fault...okay... ' lovingly

Riddhima sobbed silently; Armaan put his left arm around her shoulder pulling her closer to him in an embrace and she allowed herself to hug him back. She placed both her arms around his waist and cried on his shoulder. Her hands moved around his bare back; her fingers touching the stitches on his upper back and the plaster.

Ridz: I'm sorry... ' silently near his ear

Armaan: - kissing her hair ' Shush...forget it... ' moving back slightly ' ...Riddhima... ' making her look up again ' ...look at me...I'm fine...nothing has happen to me...it's all over now... ' smiling ' ...I don't want to hear that word again...okay...?

She nodded and smiled a little as she saw his dimple dent his right cheek; it was still slightly bruised but all she wanted was to see his dimple. His smile widened when he saw her smile; he moved his hand from her shoulder to her waist and pulled her closer with strength making her gasp suddenly; she looked into his eyes which stared at her luscious lips; moving his head closer she closed her eyes as his lips brushed hers making her heart skip a beat and he closed all gaps between them; they stayed like this for a few seconds exploring each other in a new experience. Slowly Armaan moved away giving both of them a chance to take in some air before slowly kissing her again. He moved back, opening his eyes he watched her angelic face which wore a massive smile; she turned around, opening her eyes she ran towards the window and held onto the sill breathing heavily she smiled.

Armaan sat down on his bed and also smiled happily as he watched her standing there. A few moments later they heard voices coming down the hall and they controlled themselves; Riddhima leaned against the window frame and looked out onto the garden trying to be normal while Armaan leaned back against the head rest and ate his fruits which Anjali had brought earlier; Anjali walked in a moment later.

Anji: Armaan...do you need anything else?

Armaan: Nope...not at the moment...but I'm loving the attention... ' winking at Anjali

Anji: Armaan tu bhi na... ' rolling her eyes, she then walked to Riddhima who stood by the window and put her hand on her shoulder ' ...Ridzi...

Ridz: - turned around and once again tears welled up in her eyes as she looked at Anjali ' Hi dii...

Anji: Ridzi...I'm sorry... ' looking apologetically at her sister ' ...I'm really sorry...

Riddhima didn't say anything but hugged her sister tightly around her waist as tears rolled down her cheeks again; Anjali caressed her hair to calm her down and felt terrible. Armaan watched on in curiosity but stayed silent.

Anji: Ridzi...shush...I'm sorry...I shouldn't have shouted at you like that...I was worried as well...even I didn't know what I was doing...but I should've realised that you had seen the whole incident and you was in shock... ' holding Riddhima up ' ...I'm sorry I didn't speak to you all week...I'm really sorry...

Ridz: It's okay dii... ' Anjali wiped the tears from her cheek

Anji: I'm really very sorry... ' hugging her sister again

Ridz: Dii...it's okay really...let's forget it now... ' smiling slowly

At the same time the gang walked into the room; making Anjali and Riddhima turn around and Armaan; who had just witness their scene with curiosity; turned his attention from them to his friends with a big smile.

Armaan: Hey guys...

All: Hey Armaan...how are you feeling now...

Anjali hugged Riddhima once more then left the room leaving the friends to spend time with Armaan.

Armaan: I'm good...so happy I'm finally home...

Niki: You're looking better...

Rahul: Ridz...you should keep an eye on your friend...she's now checking out your guy...

Riddhima laughed through watery eyes as Nikita smacked Rahul on his arm then went to Riddhima and gave her a hug.

Niki: You okay right?

Ridz: I'm fine...thanks... ' wiping her cheeks

Abhi: Move out the way guys... ' moving past Rahul and Muskaan who stood by the bed

Muskaan: What? ' annoyed about being pushed away

Abhi: - taking out a pen ' I'm going to be the first...

They watched as he took Armaan's plastered arm and scribbled something on his cast taking up most of the space; then they each took turns to write something filling the room with laughter. Riddhima stayed in the background watching them with a smile on her face; she felt great to see everything was back to normal and Armaan was fine; he kept watching her and smiled wishing he could be alone with her. After everyone had a chance to write on his plaster they settled down and talked to Armaan filling him in with events of the week; all were especially happy to talk about the latest breakup between Abhi and Suman; he was shocked to hear about it and teased Abhi.

After an hour the gang decided to leave wishing Armaan a speedy recovery and hoped to see him soon. Riddhima and Armaan were once again alone in the room; stealing glances at each other and smiling widely. Armaan gestured her through eye contact to come closer, she came and he told her to write something on his cast as she was the only one left. She sat on the bed next to him; taking the pen she found a clear spot at the top of the cast, on the inside of his arm and wrote three simple letters; ILU.

Later that evening both families had dinner together and chatted away into the night until Shashank decided it was too late and they left saying bye and they would meet again soon. Armaan and Riddhima spoke through their eyes as she walked out of the house unwillingly; the both shared a secret smile before saying bye...
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part 31

It was the final week of the school term before the Christmas holidays and Riddhima found it to be tedious, she just wish she could see Friday afternoon soon when she could just forget about school and work for two weeks. She sat in the library in a single cubical on her own thinking of Armaan. It had been a week and a half since his incident and only five days since he had been discharged from the hospital. Nandani Aunty had made him stay at home telling him that he had not recovered properly and had no reason to go into school for the last week of term.

Riddhima sat there with her books and papers in front of her but her mind was far from it; she kept thinking about Armaan and the small interaction between them five days back; that was all she thought about since she left his house on Saturday night. It was her first ever kiss and she loved it; she blushed as she remembered how Armaan had tilted his head and brought his face close to her before she closed her eyes. She closed her eyes again taking in the moment but was disturbed as her phone vibrated on the desk making her jump out of her thoughts; she looked around in shock to see if anyone had caught her like she was doing something she shouldn't have been; then she smiled at her own thought before turning to her phone. She picked it up to see Armaan's name flashing on the screen; her smile widened and she answered it quickly;

Ridz: Hi Armaan, how are you...you okay...? – fast

Armaan: Woah...someone's eager... – smiling at her impatience

Riddhima caught hold of herself and bit her bottom lip thinking of her stupidity.

Armaan: It's okay... – making her blush

Ridz: Hey... – slowly

Armaan: Hayeee... – sighing – ...I love to hear you say that... – a few moments of silence - ...what were you doing...thinking of me...?

Ridz: Huh...no... – suddenly

Armaan: I know you were...you can't hide form me... – grinning – ...so...no lesson?

Ridz: As usual...Christmas time...she's marking course work...so she's left us to get on with our own work in the library...

Armaan: She's just lazy... – they laugh – ...what do you say...should I come down and give you some company?

Ridz: - as much as she wanted to say yes she didn't – Armaan...you can't come here in this condition...you haven't even recovered properly yet...

Armaan: Chill Ridz...I was just kidding...you sound like my mum... – laughing

Ridz: Armaan... – angrily with a smile on her face

Armaan: Listening...

Ridz: Chal bye...

Armaan: Already...? – sulking – ...Where are you off to?

Ridz: Armaan...I have work to do...

Armaan: Not like you were doing it anyway... – knowingly

Ridz: - silent – I was...

Armaan: I know what you were doing...

They both went silent for a bit remembering what had happened a couple of days back.

Ridz: I miss you... – slowly

Armaan: Miss you too jaan...

They talked for some time then Armaan had to hang up as Nandani had walked into his room. Riddhima carried on with her work for sometime then left to meet the others in the common room; she still got the shivers every time she walked in there but the others always changed her mind from her thoughts and kept her cheerful.



The rest of the week dragged on and before they could think any further the holidays had arrived and they spent their time with their families and also spent time together. The Guptas' and Maliks' spent all of the first week together; not doing anything in particular but just being together was enough for them; no matter where they stayed they use to get together and watch their favourite films on TV during the Christmas season. Shashank, Vikram and Atul would spend the day at the office together then come home to their other halves at the end of the day.

It was now Christmas Day and the Maliks' had come over to the Guptas' place early that morning. The men sat in the living room watching an old movie on television and sipping on their hot mugs of tea while the ladies were huddled in the kitchen getting lunch ready with Armaan hovering around.

Ridz: Why can't you just go and sit in the living room with the men...? – annoyed at him – ...Oh sorry I forgot you're not a man yet...

Armaan: I want to see if you can cook as much as you say you can...

Ridz: I can cook... – seriously

Armaan: I smell a burnt salad... – sniffing the air

Ridz: How can anyone manage to burn a salad you idiot...

Armaan: Exactly... – making her look like a fool

Nandani: Armaan...why are you always teasing her...

Armaan: She starts it...

Anji: Come on Armaan...don't you remember the first time she made dinner at home...you couldn't help but take a third serving of everything...and you praised it so much...

Armaan: Haan bhabs...that's because she had ordered it from the restaurant... – sticking his tongue out at her

Ridz: Shut up... – throwing a tea towel at him

Nandani: Armaan that's not fair you know she makes nice food...she made it in front of me that day...and it was delicious... – smiling in Riddhima's direction

Ridz: Thanks Aunty...at least someone appreciates it...

Nandani: Really Padma you've taught your daughters to cook delicious food...

Padma: They learnt very quickly...

All the ladies turn to Padma who was facing the other direction; Riddhima turned to stick her tongue out at Armaan but he blew her a kiss and winked making her blush. She turned around to hide her face at the same time as Atul had walked in the kitchen.

Atul: Why are you sitting here... – putting his hand on Armaan's shoulder

Armaan: Owww... – wincing in fake pain and holding onto his plastered arm

Nandani rushed to him to see if he was okay.

Atul: Ma...he's just messing around... – shaking his head at Armaan – ...nautanki sala...chal...

Atul pushed him out of the kitchen and into the living room leaving the girls laughing at him. Later that afternoon they all sat around the table enjoying their Christmas dinner; the rest of the day went smoothly with a nice movie and some fun games where everyone joined in and made the most of their free time.

The holidays passed on with more fun and soon it was New Years Eve; the gang had decided to meet up in central to watch the fireworks. They walked out of the tube station around nine o'clock that night and made their way amongst the public to a clear spot where they could have a perfect view. It was still early and not yet crowded; they stayed put in their place messing around and having fun and taking lots of pictures; they were all wrapped up warmly in their coats, hats, gloves and scarves. A few hours passed by as they chatted, took photos and waited for twelve o'clock to come; it was now eleven and the girls had started moaning that they were tired.

Ridz: How much longer do we have to wait...I'm freezzzinggg... – she trembled

Armaan: - putting his arm around her – Let me warm you up...

Abhi: You girls moan so much...I don't know why you even bother coming if you know it was going to be cold...

Niki: We're not moaning to you are we...why do you care?

Abhi kept quiet knowing that he was in the wrong and Nikita smiled as she had finally got him to shut up. Rahul and Muskaan were both wrapped in each other and lost in their own world to notice anything going on around them. The other four chatted away until it was almost countdown time; over head they heard a voice on the loud speaker letting them know there was five minutes to go. Muskaan and Rahul were brought back to reality and blushed madly.

Ridz: Welcome back... – teasing Muskaan

Muskaan: Ridzi... – shocked and blushing

Abhi: Why are you blushing so much Muskaan...it's almost three years for you guys and your making it seem like it's a week's relationship... – laughing

Rahul: It's good to keep it young Abhi...least we're not acting as an old married couple...

Armaan: - laughing – I can actually imagine you two as an old married couple...

They all laughed and agreed.

Niki: But it's cute...you guys are really made for each other...and I'm happy for you guys...

Ridz: Yeah...I agree with Niki...you guys are too cute...

A few minutes later they all got in position as the countdown had started; Riddhima and Muskaan stood in front with Armaan and Rahul behind them while Abhi and Nikita stood on either side of the couples. They looked over the river waiting for the fireworks to burst out of the London Eye on the other side; they counted down from ten to one shouting as loud as they could and watched as the colourful lights shot from the wheel lighting up the entire scene as the clock struck twelve.

Riddhima clicked away on her camera taking in the amazing view in front of her until she felt something cold on her neck. She stood transfixed and her hand automatically touched the cold diamond which was placed on her neck; she looked down at it to see a beautiful white gold necklace holding a tiny diamond pendant. She turned to see Armaan smiling at her; he moved closer and kissed her cheek gently.

Armaan: Happy New Year Jaan...

Ridz: - lost for words she hugged him – I love you...

Armaan: I love you too...

They turned and carried on watching the rest of the fireworks both feeling very warm inside on this cold night. Ten minutes later everything had gone quiet and they turned to look at each other with big smiles on their faces; everyone had enjoyed it and talked excitedly as they made their way back to the busy tube stations. They got home really late that night and slept till late the next day.

A few days later they were forced to wake up early and make their way to school on a frosty morning; Riddhima woke up and made her way downstairs after having a shower and packing her bag with her usual books. She had breakfast and sat at the table talking to her parents when the doorbell rang; they looked up in surprise as they were not expecting Armaan because his arm was still in plaster. Shashank got up and went to the door and came back a moment later with Armaan; Riddhima and Padma looked at him in surprise.

Padma: Armaan?  - shocked - ...Don't tell me you drove here in this condition...

Armaan: Good morning Aunty... – smiling – ...nahi...I didn't drive...Bhaiya's outside...he's going to give us a lift before going to work... – turning to Riddhima – ...you ready?

Ridz: Yeah... – putting on her coat and grabbing her bag

Padma: That's fine then...bye... – hugging Riddhima

Ridz: Bye Mama...bye Papa... – hugging him on her way out

Armaan and Riddhima walked out of the house and made their way to the car. Riddhima jumped in the back of the car and said hi to Atul before they drove off.

Atul: Hey Ridz...ready for school...

Ridz: No choice Jiju... - making a face

Armaan: Really? – surprised - ...Miss Riddhima Gupta is not looking forward to going to school... – in shock

Ridz: You won't be either...when we get there we'll be piled up with coursework deadlines...then you'll see who wished they were still at home...

Atul: I believe you...I use to hate coursework...

Armaan: Really bhai? – turning to face him - ...You use to be in school? – making him sound like an old man

Ridz/Atul: Shut up Armaan!

They got to school five minutes later, after saying bye to Atul they walked into the building hand in hand and walked towards their class with lots of people staring at them and whispering as they passed. Armaan's friends and classmates welcomed him back happily and were glad to see that he was fine again. They walked into the class and settled down next to Rahul and Muskaan who were excited that Armaan was back.

Rahul: It's great to see you back man...and I bet someone is even more excited... – smiling at Riddhima who blushed

Muskaan: - giving Riddhima a side hug – I'm happy that you're back for her...I can't see her in tears any more...

Ridz: Thanks Muski...

Armaan: I can't either... – looking at her

At the same time their tutor walked in and welcomed Armaan back whole heartedly telling him that he really was strong and he could beat back to the top. He started off by giving the students a lecture about handing in their UCAS forms which some people hadn't even thought about but Riddhima, she was one of the first to hand in her form before Armaan's incident, she prayed that she would get her place. Their tutor then took the register and as he got to the end Abhi and Nikita entered both had anger written on their faces as they barged past each other while walking into class.

Teach: You two are late... – annoyed – ...not a good start to the new year...

Niki/Abhi: Sorry sir...

Teach: Don't make this a habit... – ticking them off on the register he left dismissing the class

The gang walked towards them.

Rahul: What's wrong with you two now?

Abhi and Nikita started arguing again and the gang ignored them, they carried onto their lesson; IT, and as expected they were given their first coursework deadline. They worked for an hour, then as they became bored they moved on to ebuddy chat and chatted away which ended up with Abhi and Nikita fighting again. Then their teacher dismissed them for break; they walked out of the class chatting away about how boring the lesson was and wished they were back on holiday. They walked across the crowded courtyard making their way to the common room but as they got to the middle of the courtyard someone shouted out Armaan's name making them stop to see who it was. Armaan turned to see his fan club standing there; Minnie walked towards him with a bunch of flowers.

Minnie: Hey Armaan...welcome back...

Armaan and the gang smiled at her concern; he accepted the flowers.

Armaan: Hey Minnie...thanks... –smiling

Minnie: How are you feeling now?

Armaan: I'm fit... – he was cut off by one of her friends

Girl: You are fit... – then shied away behind Minnie

Ridz/Niki: Aww... – smiling widely

Armaan: I mean...I'm fit and fine now...don't worry...

Minnie: It's good to have you back...we missed you...

Armaan: Thanks...

Other students watched on and also welcomed him back as they crossed the courtyard and made their way to the lift for the common room. The six of them stepped in and was about to close the door but it was held open by someone; they turned to see Vivik standing there with a friend and Suman. They stepped in and looked around at who was in the lift.

Vivik: Look who's back... – sneering he put his arm around Suman

Abhi looked on in horror but then realised that he really didn't care who she was with as he was the one who had dumped her. Vivik's friend and Suman laughed as they watch Armaan's state.

Vivik: You actually have the guts to come back here?

Armaan: I ain't a wimp...

Riddhima faced was washed with fear as the guys were now squaring up to each other and the images of Armaan's incident flashed into her mind; she held onto Armaan's left arm to stop him from doing anything stupid. He looked at her and with his eyes he gestured that everything's okay.

Su: Looks like you are...hiding behind a girl – laughs

Abhi: You watch your mouth... – to Suman

Vivik: Don't talk to my girl like that... – pushing Abhi

Abhi: Your girl... – laughing - ...you mean my left over...

Suman looked on in shock as he said that and Vivik flared with anger; the lift door opened but no one moved.

Vivik: What do you mean?

Abhi: Oh...she didn't tell you that she was my girlfriend...like three weeks ago... – turning to Suman – ...you're just a leech...

Vivik was now really angry and he pushed Abhi really hard; Muskaan and Nikita had stepped out of the lift in time but Abhi had been pushed onto Armaan's arm; he winced in pain and stepped out of the lift; Riddhima was in shock and scared for Armaan. Rahul stepped forward and separated Vivik and Abhi giving Vivik a warning that if he does anything stupid they would not spare him and give him in for the last incident. Abhi swore loudly and walked out of the lift leaving Suman crying and Vivik swearing. The gang walked into the common room and settled Armaan into a chair.

Ridz: Armaan... – scared – ...are you okay?

Armaan: - holding onto his shoulder – I'm fine...don't worry... – smiling at Riddhima to show her that he was okay

Rahul: You sure Armaan... - concerned

Armaan: I'm okay guys...really...

Niki: Do you want anything?

Armaan: Just get me some water...

Nikita rushed to the water cooler and filled a glass; she brought it over and handed it to Armaan.

Abhi: I swear I'll kill him one of these days... - angrily

Muskaan: Abhi calm down...


A few moments later everyone settled down but Riddhima was still worried for Armaan; she kept looking at him to see if he showed any signs of pain. They looked each other in the eye and Armaan showed her that he was fine now; she calmed down and they went into the library to spend their free period before going off to their forth lesson...

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