Sunday, 3 May 2020

Part 39 & 40: Armaan aur Riddhima ka safar

Part 39

It was now four days since the Malik family had gone back home and Riddhima was finding the place extremely boring without them around, especially without Armaan. She would laze around the house being bored; she had decided that she would make the most of this holiday but without him she couldn't bring herself round to do much. She would start her day with a bit of yoga then once she was fresh she would have her breakfast and begin cooking which she enjoyed. After lunch she would read a book or watch a bit of television and then in the evening she would browse the web looking for something interesting. After dinner she would sit with her mum and watch Indian television serials which she found boring at first but then something clicked and she was eager to watch on.



That was how she had spent the past three days but on the forth she decided to go out and meet up with her friends. She gave the girls a call and asked them to meet up in the Mall, Nikita was up for it immediately as she was also bored, Muskaan said she would come around as she had something urgent which she needed to share with them which made them both excited. Later that afternoon Riddhima left her house and got on the bus making her way to the Mall, Nikita reached there at the same time as her and they settled in their usual spot by the fountain and waited for Muskaan.

Niki: I'm so glad you called me today...seriously I was so bored I thought of giving you guys a ring...

Ridz: I know...I couldn't stand another moment at home...especially after last week...I wish I was back on the beach...we should've stayed longer... – making a face

Niki: I wish we did...there's nothing to do here... – then slowly changing the topic - ...did you only call Muskaan?

Ridz: Yeah...apparently Abhi has his cousins around so he's out and about...and I don't think Rahul will come...and Armaan... – slowly thinking and wishing he was here

Niki: - smiling – Have you heard from him?

Ridz: Yeah we chat once everyday...he sounds like he's having lots of fun... – sadly

Niki: Aww...don't worry about him...I bet he's also missing you loads...

Ridz: - sadly – I don't think so...I don't think he's even thinking about me...going back and meeting his old friends...having a blast...the last thing that will come to his mind is me...

Niki: - placing her hand on Riddhima's shoulder for comfort – Ridz...going back home doesn't mean he isn't missing you...he's just got lots of catching up to do with his friends...but I know for a fact he hasn't forgotten you...so don't think like that...

Ridz: I hope what you're saying is true...

Niki: Come on cheer up...

Ridz: I'd love to but...I miss him so much...everything just seems a bore without him...

Rahul: - walking towards them – That's not fair Ridzi...even our company is not that bad... – smiling

Rahul and Muskaan stood there with their arms linked onto each other. Rahul sat down next to Riddhima and put his arm around her shoulder and Muskaan sat next to Nikita.

Ridz: Rahul...I didn't mean it like that...I just mean...

Rahul: - cutting her off - ...Just chill Ridzi...I'm just messing...I know how much you miss your lover boy...

Muskaan: Cheer up Ridz...

Ridz: Thanks guys...

Niki: C'mon Ridz...that's what we're here for... – giving her a side hug

Ridz: Okay... – smiling fully then turning to Muskaan - ...so Muski what was the urgent news you had to give us?

Muskaan and Rahul shared a look with each other smiling widely leaving the other two feeling curious.

Niki: Will you two tell us what is going on? – nudging Muskaan bringing her back to reality

Rahul: Calm down girls... – smiling at their eagerness - ...go on Muskaan...

Muskaan: Well... – looking from Rahul to the girls - ...the day we came back and I went home with Rahul I was invited to his home for lunch and then the next day...Rahul and his parents came home to ask my parents... – could not carry on

Ridz: Go on...

Rahul: Long story short...we're getting engaged... – quickly

Riddhima and Nikita jumped up in excitement and hugged Muskaan, Nikita hi5 Rahul and Riddhima gave him a side hug.

Niki: Wow that really is great news...

Ridz: Congrats guys... – very happy

Muskaan: Thanks... – beaming

Rahul: That day me and my parents went over to Muskaan's house with a proposal and they were very happy...Muskaan said yes right away and immediately they started going through with dates...

Ridz: But...are you guys ready to get married? – looking from one to the next - ...I mean...you still have your education and work...

Rahul: Yeah I know...that's why we decided that for the moment we'll get engaged and maybe next year or the year after we'll get married...once I get settled in a good job and if Muskaan wants to carry on with her education she can...

Niki: That's awesome guys...I'm really happy for you both... – giving Muskaan a side hug

Muskaan: Thanks Niki...I was so shocked when they came...Rahul didn't even let me know...it was so unexpected...but I think mum and dad knew...because they stayed for lunch which mum had already prepared...

Ridz: That's sweet...so when is the engagement? – excitedly

Rahul: In two weeks...by that time all the preparations can be done...and Armaan and his family will be back by then...and you... – turning to Riddhima – ...you need to help me out...

Muskaan: Huh? Why? – just as confused as Riddhima

Rahul: - putting his arm around Riddhima's shoulder in a friendly gesture – Because...Riddhima is my oldest girl friend...and I need her help...

Riddhima stayed quiet as she slightly agreed with him while Nikita and Muskaan refused.

Muskaan: No way...she's my friend and she'll be on the girls' side...

Niki: Of course she will...

Rahul: - turning to Riddhima and ignoring the girls – So Ridz you'll help me with choosing my suit and decorations in the hall and...

Niki: - cutting him off – That's not fair Rahul...Ridz you're with us...

Muskaan moved Rahul's arm from around Riddhima's shoulder and Nikita pulled her towards them and they started discussing their plans when Rahul pulled her back to him.

Ridz: - stopped in the middle – Guys...calm down...we have two weeks to discuss what's happening so can we stop playing pass Riddhima now...

They all laughed and settled down; Rahul went to get drinks and ice cream while they calmed down and started talking excitedly about the upcoming event. An hour later they left the Mall, Rahul and Muskaan walked Riddhima and Nikita home.

Riddhima thanked them for lifting her mood and said bye before walking into her house. She closed the door behind her with a smile on her face then walked into the kitchen, it was empty and she looked around curiously, it was five o'clock and as usual her house was quiet. She walked into the living room to find her mum and dad sitting there in silence looking very anxious; she looked from one to the other as they turned towards her when she entered the room.

Padma: Riddhima beta...come and sit down...

Ridz: Kya huwa mama... – then turning to Shashank as she sat down – ...is everything okay papa?

Shashank: Everything is fine...

Ridz: Then why do you both look so serious...please tell me what is going on... – seriously

Padma looked at Shashank wanting him to start the conversation; he closed his eyes and took a deep breath before starting to talk.

Shashank: Riddhima...there's something we need to tell you...we should've told you this earlier but...we never got around to it...however this is the right time...

Ridz: What is it papa...

Shashank: I know this might have come to your mind many times but you've never asked...you know that you have family but you've never mentioned why we don't keep in touch...but today we want to tell you the entire truth of what happened...and why we never mentioned it before...

Ridz: Papa...its okay if you don't want to talk about it...

Shashank: Nahi Riddhima...you have the right to know...we have kept this from you all these years but it's time that you know...my Ba...your grandmother is still alive and I have a brother... – Riddhima listened in amazement – ...your uncle and aunt lives up north in Yorkshire...when you was a baby there was a family feud which made us separate and I promised myself not to ever mention my family...Anjali and your mama know but I had warned them never to even think about them that is why you never found out...at the time it meant a lot to me and I did not once contact them in these seventeen years and I had almost forgotten that I had a brother...

Ridz: But papa...suddenly like this...I mean...I understand why this was never mentioned but now?

Padma: Beta...we all had tried forgetting about this...but in November... – thinking – ...the same time as Armaan's accident we got a phone call from your chachu...Ba was not well...she was critical and in hospital...she asked to see us and we went immediately forgetting about the seventeen years of anger...we needed to be there for her...

Shashank: Meeting us again she recovered...we did not understand how badly this had affected her...my anger and your chachu's hatred had driven her to this state and we felt really horrible...we forgot everything when we saw our mother's smile...

Riddhima stayed quiet, she found this news very surprising and did not know how to react to it.

Shashank: Riddhima...we're sorry we could not tell you this earlier...we wanted to tell you as soon as we came back in November but then Armaan's accident and you was not in a good state...then your exams came in the way...we decided it was best to tell you once everything was out of the way and it would not affect your studies...

Ridz: Papa...that's okay...really...

Shashank: The reason we had refused to let you go with Vikram and Nandani was... – Riddhima looked up suddenly - ...is because...they are coming here for a few days...

Ridz: Kya? – shocked – ...I mean...I'm sorry... – controlled herself

Padma: Haan Riddhima...Ba, your chachu and chachi and your cousins are coming over from tomorrow...they'll be spending a few days with us...

Riddhima sat in shock taking in this news; this was the last thing she had expected to hear; it repeated in her mind several times until she realised her parents were laughing at her shocked expression.

Shashank: It won't be as bad as you think... – grinning

Ridz: It's not that papa... – fixing her expression - ...it's just a bit of a shock that's all... – smiling, then thinking silently - ...at least it's not what I was thinking earlier...this news is way better than mama and papa knowing about me and Armaan... – sighing

Padma: What are you thinking?

Ridz: - grinning – Nothing mama...just like that...

Padma: Don't worry...you'll only have to share your room with your cousin Naina...

Ridz: Naina...and who else is coming?

Padma: Ba, Shubhankar chachu and Keerti Chachi...

Shashank: And their kids...Sid who's the same age as you...Naina a year and a half younger and Dhruv...

Ridz: Nice...

Shashank and Padma filled her in with all she had missed out and about her new found family over dinner. They told her what they had gathered from when they had spent a week at their house in Yorkshire and she showed her interest by asking question after question wanting to know more about them.

They spoke till late in the night until Padma told her to go and rest as the next day they had to clean the entire house ready for their guests; she said goodnight and made her way upstairs to her room. While getting ready for bed she thought about her cousins who she would meet tomorrow and how they were going to be. She jumped into bed and cuddled her pillow thinking about sharing this news with Armaan. She grabbed her phone from the dresser and pressed Armaan's number then held the phone to her ear with a big grin.

A moment later it was washed away as he cut the call, she moved it away from her ear and looked at it with a curious expression before trying again but the second time it was also cut, she was now fuming.

Ridz: You know what Mister Akru Malik...if you don't want to talk to me that's fine...I don't care...go and have as much fun as you want to...when you want to talk to me...or come to me...don't bother...see if I care...I hate you... – looking angrily at his photo

She put the phone back on her dresser and turned on her left drifting off to sleep with a frown on her face. She thought of Armaan having a great time in a club surrounded by his old friends and other girls, cutting off her call and dancing close to others. The dream had got worst and she found herself sitting upright in bed sweating away; she turned to her bedside clock to see 3:50am. She frowned and tried to go back to sleep but the same dream haunted her until 8:00am when she jumped out of bed angrily. She had not slept properly all night and she walked around her room as her head throbbed; she decided to have a bath to cool down.

Half an hour later she walked out of the bathroom fully dressed, she dried her hair and put it in a neat ponytail then tidied up her room, making her bed, opening the curtains and the balcony door letting some fresh air in. Slowly her mind drifted back to her phone and Armaan, she walked towards the dresser and decided to try once more. She pressed Armaan's number and slowly moved the phone to her ear hoping she got an answer, the least she would do is have a go at him.

VM: The mobile number you are trying to call is unavailable at the moment...try again later...

She moved it away from her ear roughly, looking angrily at the phone she cancelled the call and banged the phone back onto the dresser.

Ridz: Right Armaan Malik...if you can have fun without me...then so will I...

Leaving her room she went downstairs and walked into an empty kitchen; it was quite early and her parents were still asleep. She made herself a cup of tea and sat at the breakfast table thinking about Armaan with a frown on her face, silently cursing him until she heard a noise from upstairs fifteen minutes later. She stopped frowning making up her mind not to think about Armaan anymore and just enjoy herself when Padma walked into the kitchen.

Padma: Riddhima? – yawning – ...You're up very early...

Ridz: Haan mama...I couldn't sleep...

Padma: Looks like you're very excited to meet your cousins...

Ridz: - smiled thinking – Hmm...let's see...at least that will take my mind off of that Chachundar...

Padma made her a proper breakfast and while she was eating Shashank joined them with a bright smile.

Shashank: Good morning...

Ridz: Morning papa...

Shashank: Looks like someone is eager to meet her cousins... – looking at Riddhima's smile

Ridz: Ji papa...I think I'll get to work right away... – getting up

Padma: Riddhima at least finish your breakfast...

Ridz: I've had enough mama... – moving away from the table

Padma: You've got a very bad habit of not finishing your food...

Ridz: - grinning like a mischievous child – Mama...I'll go start cleaning upstairs...

Padma: Theek hain...

Riddhima went upstairs to the guest room, as she entered the room she could see white sheets covering everything, this room was rarely used and Riddhima was ready for her favourite job, spring cleaning! She tied a hand kerchief over her mouth to avoid breathing in the dust and then got started, pulling the white sheets away filling the room with dust clouds. She opened the windows, dusted every surface in the room, changed the bed sheets, sprayed the room with fresh fragrance and Hoover the floor. Two hours later she took the hand kerchief away from her face and looked around at her handy work, the room actually looked lively unlike the dead and dusty place it was two hours ago.

Shashank walked into the room and got a shock.

Shashank: WOW!...What happened in here? – looking around

Ridz: It's clean...that's what... – smiling

Shashank: Good job... – clapping her on the back

Ridz: Thanks... – turning to him - ...hey what are those for? – pointing to the flowers in his hand

Shashank: Final touch... – handing them to her

Ridz: - placing them in a glass vase on the dresser next to the bed – Great!

Padma walked into the room with the same expression that Shashank had.

Padma: Wah Riddhima...this place looks beautiful...

Ridz: Thanks mama...I think Chachu and Chachi should have this room...what say? – turning to them

Padma: I think so too...

Ridz: Okay done...now you two stay here and admire it while I carry on... – moving past them like she was in a hurry - ...I have lots of work left to do...

Shashank: - laughing – What else is left?

Ridz: - turning in shock – Papa...this is only one room done...there's another three rooms to do...I'm going to the one next to yours...Ba will stay in there...

She rushed out leaving them looking after her with big smiles on their faces. They were happy that she had taken this news in a good way, just as they had expected. Padma went back downstairs to carry on cooking and Shashank had to go to work. Riddhima finished tidying Ba's room in an hour and half then Padma had called her down for lunch; the two ladies ate then Riddhima rushed back upstairs to finish up., She did the boys' room then finally her room which Naina was going to share with her. It was four o'clock when she had Hoover the entire house and flumped down in the conservatory; she was exhausted.

Padma: - walking towards her – Finish?

Ridz: Finally...

Padma: - laughing – Tu bhi na Ridzi...who told you to do so much...I told you to let me help...

Ridz: Nahi mama...you know I like spring cleaning...just a teeny bit tired...

Padma: I can see how tired you are...here have some water... – handing her a glass

Ridz: Thanks mama... – gulping away

Padma: Rest for sometime then go and freshen up...

Ridz: Theek hain mama...

She leaned back in the lounge chair stretching all her muscles and almost falling asleep in half an hour until Shashank had walked into the conservatory making her wake up.

Shashank: What happen Riddhima...had enough? - grinning

Ridz: - yawning – Just a bit tired papa...

Shashank: Go on...go and freshen up...they'll be here soon...

Ridz: - eyes snapped open – Huh? What time is it?

Shashank: It's six o'clock...

Ridz: What? – jumping up – ...It's so late...

She rushed upstairs and into the shower, quickly getting dressed she felt excited to meet her family. Fifteen minutes later she was ready and made her way out of the room at the same time the doorbell rung making her stop. This was the moment; she was going to meet a whole group of people she had never seen in her life but she was extremely close to. Her feet carried her automatically down the hall and down the stairs where she came face to face with a group of unfamiliar people...
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part 40

This was the moment; she was going to meet a whole group of people she had never seen in her life but she was extremely close to. Her feet carried her automatically down the hall and down the stairs where she came face to face with a group of unfamiliar people...

Shashank and Padma stood at the door inviting their guests in meeting them happily with big smiles on their faces. Shashank hugged Ba and welcomed them into his house whole heartedly. Riddhima watched from the stair way as Padma showed them through the kitchen to the living room and she followed.

Shashank: Come in...sit down... – pointing to the sofas

Padma: Betiye Ba...Keerti... – wide smile

Riddhima peaked in from the kitchen to see that they were all seated and chatted away about the long journey. She could see Ba sitting next to Shashank looking very fit for an old person, she was not in aid of a walking stick or needed support from anyone, Riddhima thought she looked like she was fifty when really she was seventy-five; she chatted away with her son happily and looked really excited to be here. In the double seater were Shubhankar Chachu and Keerti Chachi and a young boy in between them who looked around the room curiously. Riddhima was about to stick her head further into the room when Padma walked into the kitchen to find her.

Padma: Riddhima? – confused – ...Why are you standing here?

Ridz: Nothing mama... – straightening up

Padma: Scared?

Ridz: A little...

Padma: It's okay... – grabbing the tray of glasses – ...come...

They walked into the living room and Padma shared the glasses of water to everyone when Shashank noticed Riddhima.

Shashank: Riddhima...come... – turning to them - ...everyone...this is Riddhima...Ba...your Gudia... – smiling

Riddhima walked over to Ba who stood up and embraced her, Riddhima was extremely touched by the love she was receiving and hugged her back contentedly.

Ba: Itni bari ho gayi hain meri Gudia... – moving back – ...bohot pyaari lag rahi hain...come sit with me...

Riddhima sat next to her and looked around at everyone quietly.

Shubhankar: Bhabi...does she talk? – teasing making Padma and Shashank laugh

Padma: Talk? – laughing – ...Once you get her started she doesn't shut up... – then calming down - ...it's just that she's just recently found out...so it's still a surprise for her...

Keerti: Riddhima...don't worry...relax... – smiling

Ridz: Ji Chachi... – shyly

Ba: I'm so happy that we're all together...everything's cleared up...after seventeen long years I'm getting to see my family sitting together happily...that's all I wanted... – then to Shashank and Shubhankar - ...thank you beta...

Ridz: - looking up in surprise at her – Wow Ba...your English is very good... – surprised making everyone laugh

Ba: Of course...living with you these kids... – nodding her head towards the little boy - ...they taught me very well...

Shashank: Dhruv? – turning to the young boy - ...Why are you so quiet?

Shubhankar: - turning to Dhruv – I've never seen him so quiet...

They all turned to see the little boy staring wide eyed at Riddhima, he had been watching her ever since she stepped into the room. His brother and sister who were sitting opposite him giggled at his sight and Keerti put her hand on his shoulder to wake him up.

Dhruv: - Huh? – loudly looking up making everyone laugh

Keerti: What's wrong?

Dhruv: Nothing Mum...

Padma: Chalo...aap log bohot tak gaye hoge...I'll show you to your rooms...

Shubhankar: It's okay Bhabi...we're fine...

Padma: Theek hain...feel at home no formalities okay... – to Keerti and the kids then turning to Riddhima – ...Riddhima...show them around...

Riddhima stood up with Dhruv following her instantly, the other two also stood up and they walked towards the conservatory while the ladies stayed seated and the two brothers went out to bring in their luggage. Riddhima walked them into the conservatory and they settled down looking around awkwardly, all thinking of what to say to each other while Dhruv carried on staring at Riddhima.

Dhruv: - turning to face her he held out his hand – Hi I'm Dhruv...

Ridz: - shaking his hand – Hey Dhruv... – smiling

Naina: - holding out her hand - ...Hey I'm..

Ridz: - cutting her off – Naina...right?

Naina: - smiling cheerfully – Right...

Ridz: Sid... – turning to him

Sid: Yep...Riddhima...

Ridz: C'mon you guys can call me Ridz...all my friends do...

Dhruv: Can I call you Riddhi...

Naina: You should be calling her Didi...

Dhruv: NO! Riddhi...is that okay? – to Riddhima

Ridz: Yeah...that's fine... – smiling - ...come on...I'll show you around...

They got up and she took them upstairs; she showed the boys' their room and then they went into her room which they all liked, Dhruv liked the balcony and Sid mentioned that the garden was huge. They chilled on her sofa set and bean bag looking around the room getting to know each other better. Riddhima and Naina jelled instantly, Naina was happy that she finally had some female company and Riddhima watched on as they teased her and she was annoyed. Riddhima, Sid and Naina chatted away about school, hobbies and interests while Dhruv kept butting in and annoying his brother and sister. Sometime later they went back downstairs, Riddhima and Naina went into the kitchen with Padma and Keerti and once again Dhruv followed.

They chatted generally over dinner then spent the rest of the night catching up with events over the years; the young ones sat in the conservatory playing a board game which Dhruv insisted on. Riddhima found him very cute and adorable; he was ten years old and was the attention seeker of the family as he was the baby. They slept late that night, all excited about meeting a whole group of new people Riddhima had forgotten about the dream she had the night before and also about Armaan. Just as she closed her eyes his image popped into her head making her eyes snap back open. She thought of calling him but then remembering his voicemail this morning she decided against it and slept with a frown on her face.



The next day Riddhima and Naina woke up at the same time and spoke about life in general. Riddhima felt great to have some company as this holiday had seemed very boring and Naina felt really good to finally have some female company at home. When they were dressed they decided to play a prank on the guys; they snuck out of their room with tubes of toothpaste and into the boys' room silently. The signalled to each other, Naina pointed to Sid and Riddhima pointed to Dhruv. The slowly tiptoed around the room until they reached the boys beds, using the toothpaste they made funny expressions on the boys' faces, giggling silently they moved away and clicked photos on their phones then when they were done they tickled the bottom of their feet making them jump out of their sleep.

Sid/Dhruv: Aaarrrggghhh!!!!

Riddhima and Naina quickly sneaked out of the room while Sid and Dhruv looked around at each other and started laughing at their expressions then stopped.

Sid: What are you laughing at? – to Dhruv – ...Look at your face...

Dhruv: What's wrong with my face? – touching it – ...Oh no...it's on your face too...

Sid: - touching his face – What? I'm going to get them... – jumping out of his bed

Dhruv: Me too...

They stomped out of their room and towards Riddhima's room but when they entered the room was empty, looking around they couldn't see anyone and decided to go down and get them. As they reached the bottom and walked into the kitchen all the ladies were in there, they turned to see them and started laughing. Sid and Dhruv burnt in embarrassment but the girls wouldn't let them go.

Keerti: What happened to you two?

Padma: What's all this?

Naina: Badi Ma... – laughing – ...they don't know how to brush their teeth yet...

Ridz: Kya? Dhruv is still young but Sid? – looking shocked with laughter

Sid: We'll get you back for this... – to Naina and Riddhima then walked away

Dhruv walked towards Riddhima with the toothpaste tube, she looked at him sweetly to make him stop but he walked towards her then quickly spraying it on Naina he ran away from there leaving them all shocked and Naina shouting at him. They all calmed down and had their breakfast.

Ridz: Where's Papa and Chachu?

Padma: They've gone to the office...

Ridz: Okay...

Naina: So what are we doing today?

Padma: Riddhima why don't you show everyone around the place...

Ridz: Okay that's fine...

That morning Riddhima took them out around the area, to a few high street shops their local places then they came back by lunch. Once they had eaten they chilled in the garden messing around with water guns which Dhruv had brought along. They had great fun then finally when they were tired they rested on the deck chairs when Riddhima got a phone call from Muskaan.

Ridz: Hello?...//Hey Muski...what's up?...// Actually my cousins have come down for the week...//Yeah long story...// - smiling – ...Okay...//Yeah sure why not...//We'll be there...//Okay bye... – hanging up the phone

Dhruv: Who was that?

Ridz: A friend of mine...do you guys want to go down to the park?

Dhruv: Yes... – cheerfully

Sid: Okay...

They went to the park and walked up to the gang; they were all there and for the first time Riddhima felt a pang in her chest as she realised Armaan was not there and she missed him, it was now two and a half days since she had heard from him and she felt really weird, and this made her angry again that he had not called her but she decided not to let it bother her.

Ridz: Hey guys... – smiling - ...everyone meet my cousins...Sid, Naina and Dhruv... – putting her hand on his shoulder making him smile widely

Abhi: Hey... – holding his hand out to Sid

Sid: Hi... – shaking his hand and looking around at everyone

They settled down on the grass and chatted away introducing themselves. Sid kept looking over at Nikita who didn't seem in the mood at all. While Abhi tried to show off to catch Naina's attention but she ignored him completely as she chatted away with Muskaan. The guys decided to play football, Rahul and Sid against Abhi and Dhruv and the girls carried on talking.

Muskaan: So Naina...where are you guys from?

Naina: We're from Yorkshire...

Niki: Ridz you never told us you had family...

Ridz: - laughing – I never knew...

Muskaan: What?

Ridz: Yeah...that day...after meeting up with you guys at the Mall I went home and mama papa told me that we have family...something happened seventeen years back when I was a baby and they separated but...

Niki: But what?

Ridz: You guys remember Armaan's accident time mama and papa were not here...

Niki: Yeah and you stayed with Muskaan...

Ridz: Hmm...that time mama and papa went to Yorkshire...Ba was not well...and they sorted all their problems...

Naina: They came to my house...everything was sorted out then...but even we were as surprise to know that we had family when Badi Ma and Bade Papa came to our home...I can't tell you how shocked we were...but at least everything is solved and we came here...like I said to Ridz finally I have some female company...

They all laughed and carried on chatting while looking over at the guys. Abhi was showing off with the ball, it was more like the three guys against Abhi rather than two on two. They were having great fun kicking around the ball being immature and Dhruv enjoyed being with them, he suddenly grabbed the ball and ran away with it making the three other guys run after him, they chased him around the park until he came and sat next to the girls.

Dhruv: You guys are so slow... – when they caught up – ...Riddhi...your friends are really unfit...

Sid: - ruffling Dhruv's hair – And you're flash right... – dropping down on the grass next to Nikita breathing heavily

Rahul: You're quite good Dhruv...

Dhruv: Only good? – making a face which made the others laugh - ...I'm the best!

Ridz: - giving him a hug – You are the best...

Muskaan: And very cute...

Naina: He's a devil in disguise...he's just fooling you guys...

Abhi: Are you really? – turning to Dhruv – ...Hi5 dude... – holding up his hand to Dhruv

Dhruv: - giving him a Hi5 – Yes...

Niki: How old are you?

Dhruv: I'm ten and a half...

Sid: Ten...

Dhruv: And a half... – sticking his tongue out – ...I'm going to secondary next year... – boasting

Ridz: That's nice...

Naina: One year later...

Rahul: You guys always argue like this? – leaning his head in Muskaan's lap

Dhruv: They always tease me... – making a sad face

Ridz: Aww...that's not very nice guys...

Dhruv: Riddhi I think I'm going to stay here with you...I'm not going back with these two...

Sid: Good riddance...Ridz you can keep him...

Ridz: That's mean Sid...

Abhi: - getting up – C'mon guys...one more game...

Sid and Rahul stood up but Dhruv stayed with the girls saying that he didn't want to play; he imitated Rahul by lying in Riddhima's lap and loving the female company.

Niki: So how long are you guys staying here?

Naina: For a couple of days...

Muskaan: That's nice...we should meet up and do something tomorrow...what say Ridzi?

Ridz: Sorry Muski...sounds good but I think dad has already made plans of going out tomorrow...I'll find out and get back to you guys then we'll see...

Dhruv: I like hanging with you guys...for adults you guys are really cool...

Niki: What are you trying to say...adults are boring?

Muskaan: Let's get him... – teasing they all start to tickle him

Dhruv: No...stop...sorry...sorry... – laughing and squiggling around

Ridz: Okay... – laughing – ...okay stop guys...

They settled back down and carried on talking for a while longer as they watched the guys kick the ball around seriously, Abhi had taken off his shirt and once again started showing off as he knew the girls were watching them, he dribbled the ball while Rahul and Sid hovered around him trying to snatch it but was a bit slow, Rahul speeded up a bit and tackled Abhi at the same time as he was about to shoot, the ball went in the opposite direction, flying towards the girls it lowered to the ground and smacked onto Nikita's head making her wince in pain, tears sprung to her eyes immediately and she stood up. She stomped towards Abhi who was also walking towards the girls to get the ball.

Niki: Oi Modhi...Can You Not See What You're Doing? You Stupid Cow! – fuming

Abhi: It's not my fault your head is so big... – shouting

Niki: I don't know why you even try to show off when you're so bent...

Abhi: I'm not bent...you're the blind one...

Niki: You're blind...kicking it in the wrong direction...

Abhi: I wasn't kicking it in the wrong direction I was aiming for your big head! – squaring up to her

Niki: Get lost...

Abhi: I think you should...you know that you're not wanted here then why do you tag along like a leech...

Niki: - stuck for words – You...

Abhi: Exactly...you know my words are true...it hurts...but by now you should get the idea...you're so slow...

Everyone else stood around not bothering with them, each rolling their eyes as to say "here they go again" and the others watching on thinking what was the big idea but suddenly they realised this was going the wrong way when Abhi threw insult after insult at Nikita who stood there almost close to tears. Rahul and Riddhima ran towards them; Muskaan stayed back filling in the others who looked on very curiously.

Rahul: Abhi that's enough...

Abhi: No it's not enough Rahul... – spat out angrily - ...she starts it then ends up crying and you all blame it on me...I don't even know why she tags along... – to Nikita – ...loner...

Ridz: Abhi! Stop it... – putting her hand on Nikita's shoulder – ...leave her alone...you should've been careful...that ball could've hit any of us...

Abhi: It was an accident but she took it so seriously...

Niki: Why wouldn't I take it seriously... – on the verge of tears - ...that was so forceful...

Abhi: It was suppose to be...you idiot...

Rahul: Abhi calm down...and apologise...

Abhi: No Way! It was an accident...

Ridz: Just apologise and end this here...why are you making such a scene...

Abhi: Never!..It was not my fault...if she doesn't know the meaning of accident then she needs to go back to primary school... – spat angrily – ...I'm out of here man... – walking away in the opposite direction

Rahul: Abhi... – shouting after him

Abhi: No Rahul...I'm off...

He walked away leaving everyone watching him, Rahul went back to Muskaan and the others while Riddhima stayed with Nikita.

Ridz: Niki...forget about him...come and sit...

Niki: No Ridz...I don't feel like...I think I should go home...

Ridz: C'mon Niki...don't be silly...forget about what he said...come... – she dragged her back to the gang

They settled down and carried on chatting away, Nikita stayed quiet but Sid tried to cheer her up.

Sid: Hey... – making her look up with his whisper - ...you wanna go for a walk... – she shook her head to say no - ...c'mon you'll feel better...

Sid stood up and held his hand out to her, everyone watched on as Nikita took his hand and stood up.

Sid: We'll be back... – Riddhima nodded as to say thanks

They walked away leaving Riddhima and Muskaan smiling mysteriously at each other...
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