Sunday, 31 May 2020

Last part : Arman aur Riddhima ka safar

The rest of the gang calmed them down then turned their attention towards the two love birds to see Armaan had snuck away while they were playing and was now feeding Riddhima piece of laddo very lovingly and she could not stop looking into his eyes.

Muskaan: Kuch toh karna parega...this is too much... – whispered to Naina

Naina: He took advantage of the game and snuck away to her...

Niki: I know...we need to make a plan to keep them apart...

Muskaan: Let's think of something...quickly...

Tannu: Leave it to me...

Early on the Sangeet morning Riddhima woke up to bright warm sunshine; she sat up in bed and stretched her arms out then remembered that she had mehendi on them; she brought them down and looked down at the dark colour as bits had peeled off. She brought it up to her face and smelled it then moved it back and looked closely at Armaan's name which was hidden in a way which only she could notice and she smiled as she saw the colour was almost black and she remembered what the aunties had said to tease her that night.



Aunty: The darker the colour...the more he loves you...

She smiled and hid her face in her hands becoming shy all of a sudden. After some time she got out of bed and fixed up the room then made her way downstairs; as she entered the living room she saw Ba and Naina working away on some handmade decorations which Ba insisted was a must. She smiled as she went over and hugged Ba saying good morning and they praised her dark mehendi then Riddhima got up as she couldn't take any more teasing as she was already blushing crimson. She noticed some neighbours sitting in the conservatory working away on something with Keerti then she went into the kitchen which for some reason was slightly empty apart from Padma. Riddhima was about to say good morning but she noticed someone walk in from the other side and was making their way to Padma; she stopped at a side and watched them.

Padma: Umm...hi...kaisi ho?

Aunty: Main theek hoon...aur tum...?

Padma: I'm fine... – edgy

Aunty: Bohot tayari chal rahe hain...

Padma: Woh...I'm very sorry...so much has happened...and things just didn't turn out the way we planned...I'm really sorry... – turning to the other person - ...I'm very sorry Vivik beta...after what happened with Riddhima we had to turn down your rishta...for some reason she was very stressed out and her health was suffering...we had gone through with your relationship without asking her opinion...but after talking to her we found out she didn't want to marry... – cutting off not knowing how to finish her sentence

Before anyone else could say something all their heads turned to the kitchen door where someone spoke up shocking them all.

Armaan: Iski koi zarorat nahi hain aunty...you don't need to apologise to him... – seriously

Armaan and Anjali had just walked in with Tannu who quickly excused herself and past Riddhima saying a quick hi and going into the living room. Padma turned to Armaan with a raised eye brow wondering what he was talking about and why he was so serious.

Padma: Armaan...beta tum yeh kya keh rahe ho...after all that happened I should apologise...

Anji: Nahi mama... – cutting her off - ...Armaan theek keh raha hain...you have no reason to apologise to him...he doesn't deserve it...because he's the cause of all the problems...

Armaan: And you don't need to feel ashamed for anything...

Aunty: What are you all saying... – confused - ...why are you all so angry with Vivik?

Padma: Haan...mein bhi jaan na chahti hoon...what's the problem?

Anjali and Armaan shared a look then both turned back to face them but before any of them could say anything Riddhima built up the courage after witnessing the entire conversation and decided to speak up.

Ridz: Mein batati hoon... – walking further into the kitchen

Padma: Riddhima?

Ridz: Mama...this might be a shock to you...but this is the truth...and it's time everyone knew about it...

Aunty: What are you saying Riddhima?

Ridz: - to both of them - ...Vivik has liked me ever since we moved into this estate...but I had only thought of him as a friend...once we had finished school he thought we were a couple... – seriously mainly to Padma - ...and he assumed I had the same feelings...when he found out that I was in love with Armaan he tried everything possible to separate us...

Aunty: Riddhima...do you know what you're saying? – in disbelief

Ridz: Aunty...I've already said that this will come to a shock to you...but this is not all of it...

Aunty: What is left to be said...?

Vivik: Mum she's talking rubbish that's all... – angrily

Ridz: - to Vivik – ...There's no point in lying now...it's time everyone knew the truth...and no matter how much you try to deny it or threaten me...I don't care...it's really about time that everyone knew about your wrong doings...

Vivik: Mum let's go from here... – walking away

Armaan: - stopping him in the door way - ...She's not finished yet...

Anjali looked over at Armaan wondering what he was talking about; Vivik was rooted to the spot as he knew what was coming next but he could not escape. Padma and Vivik's mum both looked very confused and urged Riddhima to carry on and finish what needed to be revealed.

Ridz: Mama...two years ago when you and papa went to visit Ba in Yorkshire...and I stayed home alone... – turning to Vivik's mum - ...that night I had dinner at your house... – Vivik's mum nodded her head - ...that very same day...Armaan had an accident in school...he had a fight with four hooded guys...he was badly injured and was taken to hospital...

Anji: Woh sab... – cutting in - ...Vivik ne...? – shocked an unable to end her sentence

Ridz: Yes dii...it was Vivik who put Armaan in that condition...

Anjali, Padma and Vivik's mum turned to him in utter disbelief; his mum sunk down in the closest chair and tears sprung to her eyes while Padma and Anjali stood there in shock but Riddhima carried on.

Ridz: He was responsible for Armaan's condition...but at the time Armaan made everyone promise not to say who had done it...and he got away with it... – looking at Padma - ...we couldn't do anything about it... – now turning to Vivik's mum - ...when you came to our house with a proposal I was ready to refuse right there and then before this matter could go any further but...he threatened me saying that he would reveal mine and Armaan's relationship and our family ties would be broken...he had scared me and I had to accept as I could not ruin my sister's family life and the close bond we share with them...I'm sorry for that as I had no choice...and it was because of him...

Vivik's mum sobbed silently in the chair while Padma had slowly got over the shock and was comforting her; Anjali was still in shock as she realised what Riddhima had been through at the time of Armaan's accident and how rude she had been with her sister and she suddenly felt really horrible.

Ridz: Now you all know the truth behind his innocent face...and I'm sorry that it had to come out like this...but I could not let him go around threatening me anymore...I've had enough...and I want to move on in life without this little secret lingering at the back of my head for the rest of my life...

Vivik: What rubbish Riddhima...this is all lies... – going to his mum - ...this is not the truth...she's lying...

Aunty: - pushing him away - ...I don't even want to see your face...go away from here... – crying

Vivik: Mum...? – shocked - ...You believe her lies...

Aunty: I don't want to hear anything...get lost...

Vivik got up and walked out of the house slamming the front door behind him. Padma consoled her and Riddhima apologised again but she told her it was okay and in return she apologised for her son's behaviour. Anjali also apologised yet again for her behaviour during the time of Armaan's accident and Riddhima told her to forget it all now; Armaan lightened up the atmosphere with a few jokes and before they knew it they were all in smiles again.



The entire day passed with hard work as there were last minute preparations to be done and the girls came over that evening to help Riddhima get dressed for her Sangeet ceremony which everyone was very excited about. It took the girls two and a half hours to get dressed and once they had made their way downstairs they were rushed to the front door and out into the car as they were running late and they had to make their way to the Malik House where the function was taking place.

They arrived and were seated on the patio outside; Riddhima was surprised at the beautiful outdoor decorations they had in the garden; she looked around noticing all the little detail and was very happy. Nandani came out to see her and praised her for her beauty; she wore an elegant emerald sari which hugged her figure magnificently; her hair was done up very nicely and her makeup was perfect. Suddenly all heads turned to see Armaan walking into the garden and making his way to the patio where Riddhima was sitting with a huge smile on his face and Riddhima looked down shyly; he was yet again blown away by her beauty and was very surprised to see her in a sari. Before he could make it to her Muskaan and Naina sat down next to Riddhima leaving no space for Armaan to sit.

Armaan: Excuse me... – looking at the girls

Naina: You're excused... – they all laughed

Armaan: That's my seat...

Muskaan: - looking at the chair - ...I don't see your name on it... – turning back to him

Armaan: Very funny girls...let me sit...

Niki: There are lots of chairs all over the garden Armaan...you can sit on any of them...

Armaan: Oh come on...I want to sit next to Riddhima...

Tannu: - putting her hand on his shoulder from behind - ...But I'm afraid you can't...for today you can make do with that seat... – pointing out to a chair opposite Riddhima

Armaan: This is not fair...

Tannu: All is fair in love and war...if you want to sit...go ahead...if not...you can stand...

Tannu walked around him and sat with the girls while Armaan sulked; he looked over at Riddhima who wore a sorry look then made his way to the other chair and the guys followed settling down quickly.

Muskaan: So...what's the plan for today's function... – to the guys

Tannu: Well actually...as it is...I'm from the boys' side...so I've planned for today's function...but I'm playing from the girls' side so the judges will be Anjali bhabi and Atul bhaiya...

Dhruv: That's not fair...

Tannu: It is...I don't know anything that's going to happen...I've explained everything to bhaiya and bhabi and they're setting it up...

Naina: It's fair enough...okay...

Rahul: So where are they...let's get started... – eagerly - ...we'll be winning this one as well...

Muskaan: We'll see about that...don't be too over confident...

At the same time Atul and Anjali walked out onto the patio; Anjali hugged Riddhima and praised her beauty while Atul set out a box and a bowl in between the boys and the girls to which they all looked around curiously.

Abhi: What's all this about...

Sid: Its Tannu's idea...must be something complicated...

Atul: Looks like you guys really are eager... – turning to Anjali - ...shall we begin?

Anji: Yep... – standing in the middle of both teams with a smile - ...okay then...we'll start by telling you how we're going to play this game...and the rules...

Atul: First of all...we will pick out a name from this bowl... – pointing to a see through glass bowl which had chits - ...the person's name which comes out will come up and choose a prop/outfit from the box... – pointing to it - ...and once you choose something you can't change...

Anji: The other team will then pick out a chit from this bowl... – pointing to the second see through bowl - ...which will be a song...using your prop and the song that the other team has chosen for you...you have to dance and lip-sync for thirty seconds to one minute without stopping...

Atul: The winner will be the one who uses the prop throughout the entire performance...lip-sync the entire song...and entertain all the guests here in this garden... – turning to Anjali then back to the teams - ...so...are you ready?

All: READY!!!

Anji: Then let's begin... – walking over to the first bowl - ...and the first person to perform this evening is... – picking out a chit - ...Dhruv...

The boys clapped as Dhruv stood up and walked over to the box of props, without looking he moved his hand around in it and picked out a turban; the girls laughed as he put it on his head and it was slightly big. Naina went over to the second bowl and picked out a chit and read the name of the song; Atul played the music and Dhruv walked into the middle of the dance floor and began lip-sync trying to keep the turban on his head.

Dhruv: Chak de…hai re dulhaniya bole na, ik vari ghungta khole na…amritsar se amerika hil gaya…dulha mil gaya, dulha mil gaya mil gaya… - dancing while trying to balance the turban on his head - …dil diyan gallan saari, kahan gaye vaari vaari…jo lut gaye dil o jack & jill da ho gaya ik rasta… - pointing from Armaan to Riddhima - …jack de paas ferrari, jill bhi akhiyan kajrari…punjaban ve parande vich kyun na pher jack phasda… - trying to act out the words while dancing - …dil ka milan hua, dono ka lagan hua…baj gaye dhol aur tashe…tedhi kujh seedi thodi rab ne bana di jodi, ishqa de vekho ji tamashe…jo naina ladge, to sooli chad gaye… - pointing to Armaan and singing - …haye haye lut gaye saste mein dil gaya…dulha mil gaya dulha mil gaya mil gaya…

Everyone applauded as he came to an end and took off his turban and bowing down to the audience. The guys clapped him on his back as he came and sat back down with them with a big smile and they turned back to Anjali and Atul.

Anji: That was really cute Dhruv…you did really well…

Atul: Well done...and now...the next performer for the night is... – picking a chit out of the bowl - ...Nikita...

Nikita was shocked as she did not expect to perform so soon but she got up and walked over to the box slowly; she looked at Abhi who gave her a thumbs up to boost her confidence and she smiled then picked out her prop; a flared skirt and a hand held fan.

Atul: And from the boys...who's going to pick a song for Niki...

Sid: Go on Abhi...

Abhi got up and went over to the bowl and picked out a chit and handed it to Atul who started up the song as Nikita got into her outfit with the help from the girls; she looked a bit nervous but the girls cheered her on while the guys didn't help but soon the music came on and she walked into the middle of the dance floor.

Niki: Hey darling, aankhon se aankhein chaar karne do…Darling aankhon se aankhein chaar karne do…Roko na roko na mujhko pyaar karne do… Bekaif hai bahara, bechain jaane yaara…Bulbulon ko abhi intezaar karne do…Darling aankhon se aankhein chaar karne do… - waving the fan and dancing with the long skirt - …Darling, public mein sansani ek baar karne do…Darling aankhon se aankhein chaar karne do…Roko na roko na mujhko pyaar karne do…Bekaif hai bahara, bechain jaane yaara…Bulbulon ko abhi intezaar karne do…Darling aankhon se aankhein chaar karne do… - ending dramatically

Everyone stood up and applauded for her as she had lost herself in this act and was fully in character. The girls went to her and gave her a hug while all the guests carried on applauding but the boys pulled faces and booed her but she stuck her tongue out at them and went back to her team.

Atul: That was AMAZING… - clapping for her again and then getting back to the game - …and the next person to perform is… - looking over at Anjali who had just picked out a chit

Anji: Rahul…come on up…

Rahul got up confidently and walked over to the box taking out his prop; but he was surprised when there were two dupattas tided together, a male and females' but Atul just shrugged his shoulder. He placed it around his neck and waited to hear his song as Muskaan picked out a chit and gave it to Atul and the music started up.

Rahul: - in a male's voice with the men's dupatta – …Ishq karke tujhse deewaana betaab huva, barbaad huva…bhool gaya apna bhi naam jab naam tera ise yaad huva… - everyone laughed as his voice turned into a female voice with the ladies dupatta and danced - …yeh hai jo majnu inhe kya main samjhaau… kya thikaana hai inaka ki ho jaaye kab laapata…inki muhabbat resham ka jaal hai…deewaanagi bhi inki ik chaal hai… - he was almost on the verge of giving up as he yet again changed to a male but was not putting any effort into it - …ho billo raani…ho billo raani…kaho toh abhi jaan de du…ishq karke tujhse deewaana betaab huva, barbaad huva…bhool gaya apna bhi naam jab naam tera ise yaad huva…oh billo raani kaho toh abhi jaan de du… - taking off the dupatta and throwing it back in the box as everyone laughed

Anji: Okay Rahul…that was… - couldn't find the word so she moved on with a little laugh - …and the next performer is… - turning to Atul who took out the next chit

Atul: - reading - …Our dulhan…Riddhima… - going to get her

Girls: Go on Ridzi… - cheering her on

Riddhima searched the box but took out a huge pile of fabric and looked at it doubtfully then at Atul and Anjali.

Anji: It's okay Ridzi…you're already wearing a sari…I don't think you need to get into that…

Atul: And you're the dulhan…so we'll let you off…you can perform in your own outfit…

Rahul: That's not fair…

Armaan: It's fair okay… - to Rahul

Everyone laughed as they knew he gave in for Riddhima; he looked over at her and winked while she blushed. He got up and went over to the bowl and picked out a chit giving it to Atul who started the music.

Ridz: My desi girl…My desi girl…Girl girl girl… - dancing fully and singing - …Jahan jahan bhi jau main…Saari nazrein toh peche peche aaye…Ruku zara mein jo yahan…Thandi thandi saari saanse tham jaye…Sabki nigahon ne hai kaha…Ke khwaabon mein hai dekhi meri jaisi girl…Meri jaisi girl… - having a good time and singing away - …Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl…Ain't nobody like a desi girl…Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl…Sab ko soni lagthi desi girl… - her eyes fall on to Armaan and she becomes shy and just dances but forgets to lip-sync - …Who's the hottest girl in the world?...My desi girl…My desi girl…Thumka lagaike she'll rock your world…My desi girl…My desi girl…

Abhi: - the moment the music stopped - ...She didn't complete the entire song...and that was less than thirty seconds... – standing up

Sid: Yeah...she should be disqualified...

Armaan: Shut up you two...it was perfect right bhai...

Atul: Right...it was perfect...well done Ridzi...

Rahul: This really is not fair...

Tannu: Oh guys...just get over it...who's next bhabi...

Anji: And the next performer is... – reading the chit - ...Abhi...

Abhi got up reassuring his team mates that they were going to win; he picked out a hat from the box while Nikita picked out a chit and handed it to Atul who started up the music.

Abhi: Kudiyon ka nasha pyare…Nasha sabse nasheela hai…Jise dekhon yahan woh…Husan ki barish mein geela hai…Ishak ke namm pe karte…sabhi ab raas leela hai… - falling right into the role - …Main karoon toh saala…Character dheela hai…Ho…Main karoon toh saala…Character dheela hai… - dancing in front of the girls - …Kisika haath thaam ke… - holding out his hand to Nikita and dancing with her - …Karein kyun waade naam ke…Ha love you forever koi…Fool fool fool fool kehta hai… - then dancing with Naina - …Kise hai love se matlab…Yeh yovan santreela hai…Fark padta hai kya baahon mein…Munni hai ya sheela hai… - dancing with both Naina and Nikita - …Ishak ke namm pe karte…sabhi ab raas leela hai… - then dancing only with Nikita - …Main karoon toh saala…Character dheela hai…Ho…Main karoon toh saala…Character dheela hai… - kissing her cheek

Nikita became shy and went back to the girls while Abhi smiled at her then went back to celebrate with the guys.

Anji: Not bad Abhi… - surprised at his act

Atul: And moving on…our sixth performer of the evening is… - reading the chit - …Armaan…come on bro…

Armaan smiled in Riddhima's direction before going to the box to pick out his prop; shades. He looked at it and smiled but in his mind he wondered what on earth he would use this prop for when Riddhima got up and chose a chit for his song. She avoided Armaan's eyes as she was blushing madly but handed the chit over to Atul and walked away quickly; as the music started up Armaan smiled and put the shades on as he made his way to the middle of the dance floor.

Armaan: Baby I can see the sun rising in your eyes… - walking over to Riddhima - …Baby every time I think of you…You make me smile… - holding out his hand to her - …Baby I'll be your every dream...You should know…Baby I'll never ever wanna…Let you go… - she took it and stood up as he walked her to the middle of the dance floor - …Baby…Zindagi ki neendo ki…Subah ishq hai…Badi khoobsurat si…Sazza ishq hai… - dancing with her -…Humko pyar hua…Puri hui dua…Humko pyar hua…Puri hui dua…

Ridz: - smiling and dancing along with him - …Baby…Zindagi ki neendo ki…Subah ishq hai…Badi khoobsurat si…Sazza ishq hai…Humko pyar hua…Puri hui dua…Humko pyar hua…Puri hui dua…

Armaan: - dancing close to her - …Chal chale kahin…Udake hum chalein kahin…Aasman ishq hai…Khwahishon sa khula hai…Tujhko choo gaya…Ik ehshaas unchooa…Jaise koi nasha…Aasman mein ghula hai…Pyar hua...Humko pyar hua…Puri hui dua…Humko pyar hua…Puri hui dua…

As the song came to an end they were standing very close; a little too close for the girls liking and they all rushed to Riddhima and gave her a hug separating the love birds and taking Riddhima back to her seat. Armaan was left with his hands dropped to a side and Riddhima kept looking down blushing madly.

Atul: WOW…amazing performance guys…that was a long three minute performance…I think the winner of the evening…but… - making a face - …we still have others to perform…so let's move on…and the next performer is… - reading the chit - …Muskaan…

Muskaan stood up and took out her prop from the box; Umrao Jaan hat. She placed it on her head thinking of a classical song which may come on but Rahul picked a chit and handed it to Atul who played the next song. Listening to the tune Muskaan smiled and thought of exactly what she had to do. She stood in the middle and started lip-syncing.

Muskaan: - looking closely at Armaan - …I Tell All, Listen…No Touching No Touching…Only Seeing Only Seeing Understand…No Touching Only Seeing…Okay... – then she started dancing - …Zara Nazrein Mila Umrao Jaan…Zara Paas Toh Aa Umrao Jaan…Zara Nazrein Mila Umrao Jaan…Zara Paas Toh Aa Umrao Jaan…Tujhe Dekha Toh Jaage Armaan… - she brought Armaan and Riddhima in the middle and stood in between them - …No Touching, No Touching…Only Seeing, Only Seeing…No Kissing, No Kissing…Only Seeing, Only Seeing…

Everyone laughed as she came to an end and before Armaan could get any closer Muskaan took Riddhima and went back to the girls. Atul called out Naina's name and she came up to pick out her prop but was very surprised when she picked out an entire outfit and everyone forced her to get changed into it. She went inside to get dressed and came back a few minutes later; Dhruv had chosen her song already and the moment she walked out onto the patio Atul turned on the music and she started dancing.

Naina: Ho na juda khat mein toh lakhon gira doon…Saare arsh wale dharti pe la doon…Mein hoon husan mujhse bach ke rehna…Main hi muqaddar bana doon, mita doon…Main do dhari talwaar yaar… - dancing like an item girl - …Ho baatien hai meri hathiyar…Hayye naino se karti hoon shikaar…Main do dhari talwaar yaar…Main do dhari talwaar yaar…Ha…Chahat badi meri mehengi padegi…Naagin nazariya yaara jab jab ladegi…Jee na sakoge to mar na sakoge…Banke zehar yun mohabbat chadhegi… - having a great time - …Ho rehne de tu yeh iqraar…Naino se karti hoon shikaar…Main do dhari talwaar yaar…Main do dhari talwaar yaar…Oho Main do dhari talwaar yaar… Oho Main do dhari talwaar yaar… - giving a great finish

Everyone stood up and applauded her; very surprised at her act and they all praised her a lot; she became shy and went inside to change back into her clothes while the performances carried on. Anjali called out Sid's name and he went to the box to pick out his prop; taking it out slowly he looked down at it curiously.

Sid: Churiya? – looking weirdly at it then at the boys - ...What do I do with these?

Atul: Improvise... – laughing - ...you can't change it...

Tannu: One step closer to being a girl... – laughing out loud

Anji: Oh go on... – to Sid – ...it'll be okay...

Tannu: My turn to choose... – getting up happily she walked over and picked out a chit and handed it to Atul

Sid: - putting on the bangles - ...Gal mithi mithi bol…Ras kaano main tu ghol…Bajne de taashe dhol…Masti main tu bhi dol…Mann ke naina tu khol…Chahat ke moti roll…Dil hota hai anmol…Ye daulat se na tol… - dancing with the use of the bangles - …Aa soni teinnu chend ki main chudi pehnawa…Mennu karde ishara to main doli le aawa… - everyone was laughing away - …Gal mithi mithi bol… - the song did not come to an end but Sid quickly took off the bangles and put it back in the box giving up

Tannu: What happened…can't take it any longer? – laughing – …Do you accept that you've lost…

Sid: Never… - going back to the guys

Atul: And for the final performance of the night…Tannu…

Sid chose a chit and handed it to Atul ignoring Tannu who was still laughing; she chose her prop from the box; a jacket and bling; she put them on and got onto the dance floor as Atul started the music.

Tannu: Hey yo, I'm telling you so let's go… - right into her role - …Feel it in the tempo…We not care about them, we just super like Nintendo…We gonna buzz it off, feel the music in your bones…DJ play that tune give me something new…We're gonna party all night long… - dancing - …Biba meri biba jo aayi hai cham se, biba…Biba meri dhadkan khan khan khanke…biba… Don't worry about a thing…Just let the music play…Just feel it in your soul…We're burning up the floor…Rola pe gaya, rola pe gaya…Dil se gaya rola pe gaya…Rola pe gaya, rola pe gaya…Dil se gaya, rola pe gaya…

The song carried on and the girls knew that they had the higher points; they all got up and joined Tannu on the dance floor.

Girls: Mehndi ni mehndi…Tere hatthan vich phul bann khildi… - going over to Riddhima and singing next to her - …Mehndi badeyan naseeba naal mildi…Te gaadha rang je chadhya ho gayi balle balle oye oye oye oye…Mehndi ni mehndi… Mehndi ni mehndi…

The song came to an end everyone found themselves on the dance floor. After some time they all settled down again and turned to Atul and Anjali who were about to tell them the name of the winners. They were all eager and the girls held each other's hands while the guys sat there nervously.

Anji: And the winners of tonight's challenge have danced very well…they've lip-synced very well and completed the song within thirty seconds to one minute…

Atul: And the winners are…the…GIRLSSS!!! – cheering for them

Abhi: I don't believe this…this is cheating…

Niki: Believe it…because we are the winners…

Sid: I think… - slowly - …I'm going to… - holding onto his head - …fa… - falling down onto Armaan

Tannu: What happened…in the shock of losing he's gone unconscious… - laughing

Rahul: Sid…are you okay…? – trying to wake him up

Naina: Nautanki…he can't stand the failure…and the churiya was the last string… - laughing madly

Tannu: - calling to someone close by - …Aunty Ji…have you got some karela juice…he'll be fine after having that…

Sid: - sitting up quickly – I'm fine…

Muskaan: Tannu…you're funny… - laughing

Anji: So the winners are the girls…congrats…

The rest of the evening went on with more fun and games; dinner was served and there were a few more performances. The girls kept Armaan and Riddhima apart throughout the party making sure they did not spend a moment with each other which slowly annoyed Armaan as everything he tried kept failing. After some time the guests began to leave and Riddhima and the girls also decided to head off home as tomorrow was the big day and they all needed their beauty sleep. Even till the last second before leaving Armaan did not have a second to speak to Riddhima and the girls knew they're plan had worked and they felt victorious.

Riddhima got home and went straight up to her room with Naina; both got ready for bed quickly; within seconds Naina was asleep as she had had a long day but as much as Riddhima twisted and tossed her body she just could not sleep. She was nervous for the next day but also one other thing was bothering her; her wedding dress had not arrived as yet but before she could think about that she thought of Armaan and her phone vibrated against the bedside table and she picked it up quickly so that it won't disturb Naina. She looked down at it to see Armaan had texted her and she smiled.

Armaan: Hey jaan…thinking of me…?

Ridz: - typing – …Tumhe kaise pata… - thinking for a second then deleted it and re-typed - …Nahi toh…mein sone ki koshish kar rahi hoon…. – send

Armaan: Jhoot…pehle jo message type kiya tha who nahi bheja aur yeh jhoota message kardiya tumne…tum mujhe kitna miss kar rahi ho main tumhare chehra par dikh raha hoon…

Ridz: - outloud – Kya…Armaan? – looking around

Riddhima noticed a figure standing outside on her balcony and she rushed out of bed to see if it was Armaan; she opened the door and he pulled her into a big hug but she was still in shock and she moved back.

Ridz: Armaan...what are you doing here…it's so late…how did you get up here… - whispering

Armaan: I couldn't wait any longer…I had to see you…and your body guards wouldn't let me meet you at all today…so I had to come here…

Ridz: But Armaan…if anyone finds out that you're not at home…or if someone sees you here…then…

Armaan: - cutting her off - …Shusshhh…Riddhima… - quieting her down - …come with me… - holding her hand and walking her to the bench, sitting down and bringing her down with him - …I just want to be with you…I don't care about anyone right now…all I want to know is that I'm with you…that's it…

Riddhima rested her head on his shoulder and he put his arm around her bringing her close. She felt touched that he had gone through so much just to be with her at this time of the night a few hours before their wedding.

Ridz: Armaan…I can't believe this is happening…I mean…three and a half long years after…we're getting married…

Armaan: Me too…but I'm not thinking about tomorrow…I'm thinking about after marriage…just me and you…no one will be able to keep us apart…you'll be with me twenty four seven…we'll be living together…then we'll have our kids… - looking at her blush - …let me tell you from now…I want seven kids…

Ridz: WHAT?? – shocked

Armaan: Yes seven…you heard right…

Ridz: No way Armaan…just two…

Armaan: Fine…as you wish…two… - sweetly - ...okay?

Ridz: But Armaan…promise me one thing…you'll keep our room tidy at all times…

Armaan: - about to argue but shuts his mouth quickly and nodded - …Okay…I promise…but you also promise me that you'll make me delicious food everyday…

Ridz: So you've already made me a cook… - looking closely at him but then smiled - …yes…promise…

Armaan: I love you Riddhima…

Ridz: Love you too Armaan… - hugging him close

Armaan: And from tomorrow…you'll officially be…Mrs. Riddhima Armaan Malik…

Ridz: - blushing after hearing her new name - …Haan…very soon…

Armaan: I can't wait any longer for tomorrow to come…when you'll be mine…

They shared a cosy time then Riddhima told him to leave as she worried that someone would find out that he was not at home or he was there with her on the balcony. He kissed her forehead and held her tight for a while then she watched him climb down the pipe and leave from the back garden; she smiled and went back into her room trying to get some sleep as tomorrow was going to be a big day.

 The next morning Riddhima woke up at six o clock in a panic; suddenly the thought hit her that her wedding was taking place in less than six hours and her outfit had not been delivered to her house yet. She jumped out of the bed and started pacing the room thinking of what to do; Naina woke up after some time and wondered what was going on.

Naina: What's wrong Ridz? – sleepily

Ridz: My dress hasn't arrived yet…what am I going to do… - pacing around her room tensed

Naina: What??? – sitting up quickly in bed

Ridz: I don't believe this… - running her fingers through her hair

Riddhima walked out of the room and went down stairs into the living room where she noticed Padma was already in the kitchen and she rushed to her.

Padma: Arre Riddhima beta…you're up very early…

Ridz: Mama… - worried - …my dress hasn't arrived yet… - rambling on hurriedly - …I don't know what I'm going to do…everyone else's dress which I designed arrived two weeks before their wedding…and I gave my design in a long time ago…and I can't believe they're doing this to me…how is this possible… - close to tears - …what's going to happen now…

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