Friday, 1 May 2020

Part 37 : Armaan aur Riddhima ka safar

The next day the gang had made a plan to chill in Hyde Park that afternoon. They lazed around in the sun, listening to music and eating ice cream as they chatted away about the events of the past few days and the graduation ceremony last night. It was a beautiful day and they were all very happy that this summer actually seemed like it was going to be a great one.

Rahul: I'm just glad that school's finally over...

Armaan: I'm with you man...seven long years later...finally freedom...

Muskaan: You guys actually think it's over...life is just getting started...

Abhi: For once I'm actually going to agree with Muskaan on that one...my dad's already forcing me to look for a job...can you believe it...? ' they laughed - ...I'm serious...but I've told him...I've just been through seven long years of secondary school...without any mischief the least I deserve is a break...

Ridz: And what did he say?


Abhi: My mum chipped in as well telling him that I should be given a break before getting serious with a job so he agreed and goes that I can have as much fun as I want for these six weeks until my results come through...then I've got to get serious...

Muskaan: That's fair enough...

Abhi: Not really...I just wish I could have more freedom...but nope...I've got s a strict Gabar in my house... - they all laughed at him as he described his father - ...but seriously guys...let's make some plans to go somewhere...make the most of this holiday before we get stuck in work...what say? ' looking around at each of them

Rahul: That's not a bad idea actually...I think you're right Abhi...but where should we go?

Ridz: What do you mean... ' confused - ...like local or abroad?

Armaan: Abroad would be so cool...just the six of us... ' looking excited

Niki: Sorry to burst your bubble Armaan but I don't think our parents would let us go abroad like that...being strict Indians... ' then a bit seriously - ...not my parents anyway...

Muskaan: Yeah Niki is right...my parents wouldn't allow me either...

Riddhima shook her head agreeing with them and they all became silent thinking of ideas of where to go until Armaan had a light bulb moment and clicked his fingers. They all turned to him waiting for him to spill his idea.

Armaan: I think you guys might have a chance...well Ridz anyway...

Niki/Muskaan: That's not fair Armaan... ' making a face and chucking something at him

Armaan: I'm joking... ' laughing and shielding himself - ...listen...what if we get Bhai and Bhabi to come with us...then you girls can come right?

They all looked excitedly at each other but Nikita was a little uncertain but they all told her to ask her parents and just try, she wouldn't lose anything.

Abhi: Why are you guys begging her...we can enjoy without her anyway...

Ridz: Shut up Abhi...leave her alone... ' then turning to Nikita - ...Niki I'll ask Dii and Jiju to ask your parents...and if you can't come then we'll just change the plan okay?

Niki: You guys really don't need to do that...it's okay if I can't come you guys can go without me really...it's okay...

Rahul: Niki don't be silly...we'll change the plan don't worry...but at least give it a try...

Niki: Thanks guys... ' smiling

Muskaan: Okay...so where should we go?

Armaan: Paris...

Ridz: Dubai...

Rahul: Spain...

Abhi: America... ' they all give him a weird look - ...what?

Niki: Barbados...

Muskaan: Malaysia...

Armaan: Wow...that's some great ideas...but we can only go one place...and I think Barbados sounds great...what do you guys think?

Ridz: I think so too...

They all agreed, even Abhi as he knew his idea was out of the question, they decided that they would speak to Atul and Anjali first, once they had agreed they would talk to their parents and look at ticket prices.



That evening the Maliks' were having dinner at the Guptas' place and Riddhima and Armaan had persuaded Atul and Anjali to come with them. After a lot of persuasion they agreed and Armaan and Riddhima had begged their parents to let them go; they agreed once they knew that Atul and Anjali would be going with them then they called their friends to tell them to ask their parents except for Nikita. They had decided that they would let Atul and Anjali persuade her parents.



The next day Riddhima went to Nikita's house with Atul and Anjali to speak to her parents. Nikita was the only child and her parents always were very protective of her; they were not strict because they knew she was with good company, Muskaan and Riddhima had been to her house many times and were quiet close to her parents so they allowed her to go out and about with them whenever she asked but Nikita was sure they would not allow her to go abroad.

Nikita waited eagerly in the kitchen for Riddhima and the others to turn up praying that her parents would agree and allow her to go. Suddenly the doorbell rang and her mum opened the door, she was very pleased to see Riddhima, Anjali and Atul.  She let them in the house and took them into the living room where Nikita's dad was, they greeted each other before settling down. Nikita's mum went into the kitchen to get her and they came back a few moments later; Riddhima gave her a thumbs up sign telling her it will be okay.

Niki's Dad: It's really nice to see you all...

Anji: Thanks Uncle...actually we came to ask for your permission...

Niki's Mum: Permission...? ' confused ' ...Kis liye?

Atul: We had made a plan to go out for sometime...these kids have finished their exams and we thought this is a good time to have a holiday...

Anji: We thought we would take them all Barbados for a week...

Nikita's mum and dad shared a look but stayed quiet; Nikita silently prayed hoping that they would allow her to go.

Atul: We...me and Anjali are going with them for the week and we'll be staying together...it would be nice if Nikita could come with us...

Once again they looked at each other then at Nikita who was now sweating with nervousness.

Niki's Dad: Nikita...what do you say? ' looking closely at her - ...Would you like to go?

Niki: If you think it's right then I will go Papa...

Niki's Mum: Kya tum jaana chahti ho?

Niki: ... ' slowly - ...Ji mama...

Niki's Dad: Theek hain... ' turning to Atul and Anjali - ...I'm trusting you to take care of my daughter for this one week...I hope...

Atul: Uncle aap bilkul fikar mat ki jiye...she'll be with us for the entire week and we'll take good care of her...

They went through the details while Riddhima and Nikita left the room and hugged excitedly; they gave the others a call telling them the good news. They immediately booked the tickets and started to pack for their holiday, they were all extremely excited for the next four days to come quickly when they'll be going to the airport to begin their holiday.



They settled down in their seats on the plane, Rahul and Muskaan sat together by the window, in front of them were Atul and Anjali. The other four sat in the middle, Abhi and Nikita on either side of Armaan and Riddhima. They all chatted away eagerly apart from one person; Riddhima; she was sat awfully quiet between Armaan and Nikita.

Niki: What's wrong Ridz?

Ridz: No-nothing...

Armaan: You're scared of flying right? ' turning to see her ghostly face

Riddhima nodded; Armaan and Nikita smiled at her, each holding her hand as the plane took off. Nine hours later they landed in Barbados, the minute they stepped out of the plane they were hit by the heat and realised that Britain's heat wave was nothing compared to this. All excited they grabbed their luggage and left the airport making their way to their hotel which they had pre-booked.

They waited in the reception of The Crane Hotel and were given complimentary drinks while Atul and Armaan sorted out the rooms at the desk. Finally they got into their rooms, the three guys shared a room, Atul and Anjali was in one and the girls had the third room. Riddhima dropped onto the bed; she was so tired after the long journey, but Muskaan and Nikita walked around checking out each and every feature; the living room, the kitchen, bedroom, washroom, bathroom with a Jacuzzi, and the view from the balcony before settling down on the bed next to Riddhima.

  Muskaan: This is going to be one awesome holiday!

Niki: - sitting up ' Yes...I still can't believe I'm here with you guys...I didn't know mum and dad would actually let me come...

Ridz: Niks...ab yeh sab choro...you're here now...so stop thinking about it and just enjoy this time...

Muskaan: Ridz is right Niki...come on...cheer up...

Placing their suitcases in the cupboards they decided to sit out on the balcony taking in the beautiful view of the beach. Half an hour later there was a knock on the door and in came the guys. They looked around the room saying that theirs was better before seeing the view of the resort; their mouths were left hanging open.

Armaan: WOAH!!!

Abhi: We've got to...

Rahul: Hit that beach...like NOW!

The three of them turned to go back into the room and head downstairs when Riddhima stopped them.

Ridz: Guys...calm down...we're here for a week...no rush...

Muskaan: Yeah...it's not running away...

Rahul: We know that...it just looks so good...we've got to be in there...

Ridz: Well at least let dii and jiju know that you're going...

Armaan: Ridz...we're not kids...and we only called them along so that we would get permission...

Atul: Oh really... ' standing by the door

They all turned to see Atul and Anjali standing there.

Anji: What was that Armaan?

Armaan: - biting his tongue ' I meant to say...you guys can enjoy your honeymoon...we won't disturb you...

Atul: Very smart... ' walking towards him and pulling his ear while he winced in pain and everyone laughed

Anji: Anyways... ' sitting down on the bed - ...where are you guys planning to go?

Abhi: Down to the beach...have you seen it? ' eagerly

Niki: Haan dii...come and have a look... ' taking her out onto the balcony

Anji: WOW that really is beautiful...come let's go...

They all went downstairs; the guys headed straight for the water while the girls walked around the resort before settling onto the sand watching the guys mess around. They enjoyed themselves until it was sunset before going up to rest in their rooms. Half an hour later they were out of their wet clothes and into clean dry ones; they made their way back downstairs to the Carriage House poolside restaurant where they had dinner. That night they retired to their rooms early as they were all very tired and were yawning away.



The next day they all woke up extremely early because of the time difference. Anjali walked into the girls' room to see that they were all wide awake; they were chatting away excitedly as they looked through the brochure. She walked in excitedly and told them to get dressed then rushed them downstairs and out of the hotel to the beach, it was still quite dark and the girls wondered what was up. As they reached the beach they asked her what was going on and she began to explain but was disrupted as they boys came down the beach towards them.

Armaan: Will someone tell us what is going on? - sleepily

Muskaan: Yes please... ' looking confused - ...why did you guys bring us down here so early?

Abhi: Whatever it is you're lucky I was awake... ' yawning widely

Atul: Guys...sorry that we dragged you all down here but we wanted to show you something...

Ridz: Kya Jiju?

Atul: - pointing out into the sea ' We called you all down here to show you the sunrise...

They all went silent as they settled down in a line sitting in couples looking out at the horizon to witness a beautiful sunrise. Anjali clicked away on her camera taking in the amazing view; fifteen minutes later the sun was finally up and they all came back to their senses, sometime later they went into the water, swimming around and enjoying the coolness of the early morning. A few hours later they came out and relaxed on the sand, sunbathing, making sandcastles and taking photos. The sun was quite warm by now and they decided to go in and freshen up. Later on they had breakfast and planned out their week deciding on where they would go and what they would see.

Niki: There's so much to do...but I don't think we can do it all in six days...

Anji: We made a list of a few places that we think sound interesting...and I think we might be able to go everywhere...

Muskaan: Woah dii...you're really organised...

Anji: It wasn't me...actually it was him... ' pointing to Atul - ...he's the one that's organised and I bet he's already thinking of what we're going to do for the rest of the day... ' turning to Atul

Atul: Right... ' smiling brightly - ...we'll stay here exploring the resort for the morning...there's lots to do here... - turning to the girls ' ...there's a spa here... - they all looked around excitedly but he carried on - ...then after lunch we'll have a safari tour to the wildlife reserve...then enjoy the night life...

Rahul: That sounds good...then let's get started...

They explored the resort till lunch and as planned Atul had hired a tour guide which took them on a Safari Tour then to the Barbados Wild Life Reserve where they saw lots of roaming animals, insects and beautiful fish. They spent the entire afternoon there then made their way back to the hotel by six. Resting for some time they decided to have dinner at a restaurant in town where they enjoyed the night lights, food and club before going back to the hotel late and straight to bed.



On the third day Atul had arranged for them to have adventurous morning and shopping in the afternoon; they had breakfast early that morning and got ready to enjoy their day ahead of them. They scrambled into a ZR van, which they all thought was a roller coaster ride by the time they jumped out of it at the end of their journey. They were now in the capital of the island and decided to go for their first adventure on the Deep Water Harbour for the Atlantis Submarine trip. The girls and Rahul browsed through the souvenir shop while Atul, Armaan and Abhi brought the tickets. They joined them a few moments later and then they got on the boat which took them out to sea, soon after they were transferred onto the actual submarine which took them 150feet under the water where they saw a shipwreck, the coral reefs, many schools of fish and a massive turtle. One hour later they were brought back to shore and they chatted away talking about what a great experience it was.



They then had a helicopter ride around the island; Riddhima and Nikita backed out of this one as they were extremely scared and the others decided not to force them. When the ride was over they choose to explore the capital, which for the girls meant shopping. They had a quick lunch in KFC then hit the shops for the rest of the afternoon until it was closing time. Walking down the broad walk near the Harbour they clicked loads of photos for memory of this awesome holiday. Once again they found themselves in a ZR van towards the west coast where they were going to have dinner in Chaffette Restaurant.





Before ordering their dinner they sat on the beach taking in the beautiful sunset which the couples found really romantic but it was a shame as Armaan and Riddhima could not be together. They had decided that they would try to stay apart because they did not want Atul or Anjali to get a single hint. In one way it was good as they had to keep Abhi and Nikita separate but at time like this they wished they could sit together; holding hands and watching the sunset but they couldn't. It was now dark and they all sat outside having the best pizza in the world; they all agreed that it was the best pizza they had ever tasted. They retired back to their hotel late that night and instantly feel asleep in their beds as they were really tired.



Day four was quite relaxed compared to the previous; they slept in till ten, had breakfast then hit the beach as they had missed out the day before. Atul and Anjali had left the gang alone on the beach saying that they were going to be around the resort but the gang knew that they had sneaked away into their room. Riddhima lay on the sand enjoying the sun and hoping that she would get a nice tan while the others swam around in the water. A moment later she was splashed with a bucket of water which startled her making her sit up in shock to see Armaan grinning at her.

Ridz: Arrrmmmaaannn!!! ' angrily

Armaan: Sorry... ' holding his ears and sitting down next to her

Ridz: Why did you do that?

Armaan: I haven't teased you in a while so I thought this was the best opportunity... ' winking at her

Ridz: I hate you... ' fuming

Armaan: But I love you... ' sweetly

Ridz: - expression changing ' Tum bhi na...I can't even stay angry at you...

Armaan: I know... ' grinning he watched her silently

Ridz: So?

Armaan: You're looking beautiful...

Ridz: Thank you... ' smiling widely

Armaan: You should've gone in the helicopter ride...it was amazing!

Ridz: You know I'm scared of that stuff...

Armaan: It was not that bad...

Ridz: Really...imagine me and Niki alone in one of those? ' making a face ' ...No Way!

Armaan: C'mon...you and Niki wouldn't have gone on your own...it would've been me and you and Abhi and Nikita...

Ridz: If we stay together for even one minute without arguing Dii and Jiju will know...

Armaan: They won't...

Ridz: Okay whatever...forget that now...

Armaan: Fine...let's have some fun now...Bhai and Bhabi are having their fun...let's have ours...

Riddhima looked at him in shock as he said that but he picked her up in his arms and carried her into the water. They enjoyed themselves so much until they realised the sun was getting quite hot; it was now after twelve and Atul and Anjali had finally come to get them. They freshened up and had lunch before going on a drive around the island stopping to see the beautiful sights from Farley Hill, Bathsheba and Bath before the driver took them to Sheraton Mall to end their day with some shopping. That night they had dinner at the hotel's Zen Restaurant.



The next morning they spent on the beach like the day before, soaking up the sun and playing volley ball; four on four. Armaan, Rahul, Anjali and Nikita on one team and on the second team were Riddhima, Muskaan, Abhi and Atul. After playing for over an hour the second team had won; Riddhima and Abhi kept chanting away that they had won all the way up to their rooms and even through lunch. It was slightly getting annoying when they had got into the van ready to go to Animal Flower Cave when Anjali told them to stop. Armaan made faces at Riddhima teasing her that she had got told off by Anjali; they were both being very childish.

Half an hour later they scrambled out of the van to a cliff top. They took in the view of the crashing waves down below and the heavy winds which reminded them of England apart from there was actually sunshine and it was still quite warm. Atul; like usual went to buy the tickets for the Cave; while the others looked around the stalls which were selling beaded necklaces, bracelets, shells and other accessories and ornaments.







Atul: C'mon guys let's go... ' walking towards them

Ridz: Jiju... ' looking a bit frightened - ...are you sure this is safe?

Armaan: Are you scared again? ' teasing her

Rahul: Armaan...stop now... ' then to Riddhima - ...don't worry Ridz...it's safe...

They walked over to the entrance which was a small gate which had a chain on it and down below was a steep stairway leading down to a dark cave; they stepped down slowly watching each step as they went lower.

Anji: Everyone stay together...it's quite dark here...

Atul: Here...I've got torches... ' handing down four torches to the guys

They walked in a line through the cave looking at the magnificent flowers and plants on the ground and watching their step avoiding puddles. Slowly they spread out in groups looking around the cave; there was a massive hole in the wall of the cave looking out onto the sea where the waves were crashing.


Riddhima neared the edged looking out onto the sea when suddenly she felt a hard hand on the top of her arm, she was about to scream when another hand went over her mouth and she was pulled away...



Well guys...hope u liked the surprise...most of these pictures are my personal pics...hope u liked them...and for those readers who are not too sure about Barbados...it's an island in the Caribbean, West Indies...where I'm from...and it's a beautiful place...

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