Monday, 4 May 2020

Part 41: Armaan aur Riddhima ka safar

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.

 They walked around the park until they came to the pond, Sid asked her to take a seat on the bench and she followed his instructions but stayed quiet and looked out onto the water. He sat beside her quietly for sometime then gave her the opportunity to speak whatever was on her mind.



 Riddhima and the others stayed seated chatting away with Naina and Dhruv; they joked around and played pranks on each other, Muskaan and Rahul also enjoyed their company. Half an hour later Muskaan noticed Nikita and Sid walking back to them, she watched them closely to see Nikita smiling and chatting away; she smiled widely and nudged Riddhima who looked on with interest. As they neared the gang Dhruv noticed them and stood up.

Dhruv: That's not fair Bhai...where's mine? – making a face

Sid: Your what? – curious

Dhruv: ICE Cream... – pointing to the one in his hand

Rahul: Oh c'mon Sid...Niki...that's not fair...how can you guys have ice cream and not get any for me and Dhruv? – teasing

Dhruv: Yeah...I want! – sulking

Sid: Sorry dudes...we only brought for ourselves...and the ice cream van drove away...

Naina: Bad luck Dhruv... – laughing

Dhruv: That's not fair...Riddhi ...– turning to her with a sad face – ...I want ice cream...

Ridz: Hmm... – thinking – ...what should we do now? – looking at him as he was very upset

Dhruv turned away from Sid and Nikita sulking, but he quickly smiled as he saw an ice lolly in front of him, he turned to see Nikita standing there with a big smile holding it out to him.

Niki: Here...we brought this for you... – handing it to him

Dhruv: Thank You... – jumping up and hugging her

Niki: You're welcome... - settling down next to him

He looked around to see everyone else had ice lollies which Sid was handing out; they all enjoyed it then some time later decided to head home. As they reached home Dhruv filled in the others about the fun he had being with Riddhima's friends. Later on that evening Shashank took them all out for dinner at an Indian restaurant. They came home late that night and watched a family movie till even later into the night and before heading off to bed they made plans of going to the seaside the next day.



That morning the house was quite busy with everyone moving around here and there getting ready all excited. While having breakfast they all chatted about what they had done the last time the spent the day at the seaside and how much fun it was

Dhruv: I like to go on the rides...Riddhi I'm not scared I like to go on the roller coaster...

Ba: What is this Riddhi? – to Dhruv – ...Didi bol...

Naina: I told him...

Dhruv: But Ba...Riddhi said it was okay...right? – turning to her

Ridz: Ba...koi baat nahi...bacha hain...

Dhruv: I'm not a baby! – making a face and she ruffled his hair

Keerti: Riddhima...you're spoiling him... – smiling

Shubhankar: - walking into the kitchen – Everyone ready? – looking excited

Dhruv: Yes Dad...let's go... – getting up

Shubhankar: - sitting down – Woah! Calm down big boy... – putting him to sit on his lap - ...let's see if everyone else is ready...

Dhruv: Come on everyone...Hurry Up...I can't wait...

At the same time Shashank and Sid walked into the kitchen together. Padma and Riddhima were getting everything ready with Keerti while the others sat around the kitchen table all ready to go.

Shashank: We have some bad news... – seriously to everyone

Naina: What's wrong Bade Papa?

Sid: We can't go...

Dhruv: WHAT? BUT WHY?? – jumping up to his feet

Shashank: The seaside is closed...

Dhruv: WHY? That's not fair...they can't close the seaside...I want to go...but why?

Shashank: Because... – turning to Sid

Sid: Because they said that Dhruv Gupta is coming that's why... – laughed out loud and everyone joined in

Dhruv realised the joke was on him and chased Sid out of the kitchen into the living room and back making everyone laugh at them, Sid ran and hid behind Keerti.

Padma: Okay chalo...Dhruv...go on you should be the first to sit in the car...

Dhruv: Yes...let's go...chalo Riddhi... – holding her hand and walking her out of the kitchen

Shubhankar: Why are you only taking Riddhima?

Dhruv: I want to sit with Riddhi... – dragging her out of the front door and towards the car

Riddhima stood there waiting for the others to come out and settle in the car, looking around the estate she saw Vivik standing on the pavement, he crossed the road and came towards her, she straightened up looking tense as everyone was walking out of the house. He neared her and she looked around nervously.

Vivik: Hey...

Ridz: - whispering – What do you want...?

Vivik: Just wanted to ask where your boyfriend is...haven't seen him around recently...

Ridz: That's none of your business...go away...

Vivik was moving closer and Riddhima had become scared now but suddenly the car door opened.

Dhruv: Come on Riddhi... – popping his head out

Riddhima jumped into the car and ignored Vivik, Shashank walked towards the car and Vivik greeted him before walking away, Riddhima breathed a sigh of relief and everyone else settled down in the cars. Two hours later they had reached the seaside and made their way down to the water front. They enjoyed the water for sometime then had lunch; the weather was perfect and everything just seemed right. Later on in the afternoon they made their way towards the rides, the four of them had a great time in most of the rides, roller coasters, water rides, bumper cars and all sorts. When they were almost worn out they brought sweets, candy floss and ice cream before making their way back to the water front where their parents were relaxing. It was late in the evening when they made their way back to their cars and back home.

During the ride back home Dhruv talked continuously about each and everything he did and how much fun it was, the most he had ever had and being with Riddhima was double the fun. By the time they had reached home he was exhausted and had laid his head on her shoulder and was nodding off to sleep but they woke him up and took him into the living room but his sleep had vanished and he carried on talking. They had dinner an hour later and slowly the young ones went up to Riddhima's room where they could relax and the elders stayed downstairs and chatted away.

Up in Riddhima's room Sid flumped down on the bean bag, his usual spot, and Naina lay on the rug with a few cushions and on the sofa Riddhima was sat there while Dhruv lay in her lap fast asleep within a few minutes; she caressed his hair and watched his angelic face. They were all silent just thinking of the great day they had when Sid started up the conversation.

Sid: Now that he's asleep we can talk...

Ridz: That's not very nice Sid...you guys are so mean to him...

Naina: C'mon Ridz...you see us being mean to him but you don't see how he takes away all the limelight...I mean...I don't mind obviously he's our baby brother...we just like to tease him... – smiling

Sid: Yeah...but I mean...now your boyfriend is asleep we can chat properly...because he never leaves your side...

Ridz: Huh? I'm not sure what you're getting at... – confused

Sid: Do you have a boyfriend?

Riddhima suddenly shut up and the smile from her face was washed away. There was a sudden rush of emotions in her; she felt hurt, sad, annoyance then anger thinking about how it had been three full days since she hadn't heard from Armaan, he did not even call her once to find out how she was but also sad for not thinking about him. She had told herself to forget about it and just have fun and she did, being with her family she had almost forgotten all about him, she had a great time today and not once did she think about him, she felt terrible but also hatred for him for not calling.

Naina: Ridz... – nudging her - ...are you okay?

Ridz: Huh? – coming back to reality – ...Yeah...I'm fine...

Sid: What are you thinking about?

Ridz: Nothing... – shaking that thought out of her mind

Naina: Then tell us...do you have a boyfriend?

Ridz: Hmm...I do and I don't... – her expression changing within a split second from a smile to a frown

Sid: What is that suppose to mean? – confused

Ridz: I do have a boyfriend...but by the looks of it I don't think I'll have one by the end of the week...

Naina: What? – confused smile – ...Why don't you tell us the full story? Like who is he?

Sid: Yeah...that makes more sense... – laughing

Ridz: His name is Armaan...he's dii's devar...

Naina: Dii?

Sid: Devar?

Ridz: Anjali Dii...my older sister...she got married almost two years back...she has a brother-in-law...when they first came to this city they moved in near by...I met him at school before we became family...we HATED each other...there was a time when we just wanted to have a physical fight...that's how serious it was...

Sid: Woah! That serious huh?

Naina: But why?

Ridz: Well first he took first place in all our classes...taking my place which really annoyed me...then he took over all my friends...they all loved him and were ready to take his side rather than mine during Dii and Jiju's wedding time...it was horrible...then my family also loved him...it was a pain having to see him everyday...

Naina: Then...how did you guys fall in love?

Ridz: - smiling shyly – During the wedding time...all the masti and that...it just...happened! – looking from one to the other - ...But we never said anything to each other...we just stopped fighting and became friends...he was there for me when I went through a difficult time...then he was just on my mind twenty four seven...

Naina: Aww...that's so sweet...

Sid: So who confessed first?

Ridz: Actually you guys won't believe how I found out... – giggling

Sid: Go on... - eagerly

Ridz: Once I decided to spend a day at dii's house...I went there...but they were not home and I stayed with aunty, then she had to go out and I went up to use Armaan's laptop...his room was a tip...! – exaggerating making them laugh - ...and me being miss neat freak decided to clean up...then I found some photos of me under his pillow...

Naina: What? – shocked

Ridz: Yeah...then he came home...but we couldn't speak so that night dii asked him to give me a lift home...and I got it out of him...he confessed and I was really happy to hear that he also had the same feelings which I had...

Sid: So did you tell him that you liked him...

Ridz: No...

Naina: Why?

Ridz: I went home and he called me and then I told him...

Sid: Why didn't you tell him before...

Ridz: Because I know he wouldn't let me go...so I told him over the phone...then the next day we told the others they were so shocked...but got over it quickly...

Sid: Okay...so where is he now?

Ridz: - frowning – He's gone back home...they've all gone...

Sid: So that's why you're angry at him? – rolling his eyes - ...You girls...you get annoyed at the slightest things...

Ridz: That's not why I'm angry at him...

Naina: Then...what's wrong?

Ridz: I've been trying to call him for so long...he's not answering my calls...he's like...forgotten me... – sadly – ...he hasn't called me either...we haven't spoken for three full days...sometimes I think I'm stupid for thinking that he has forgotten me but...sometimes I just think...that he has a past there...what if...

Sid: C'mon Ridz...having a past there doesn't mean he's forgotten you...it's probably just...

He was cut off as someone knocked on the door, they all looked up to see Padma pop her head around the door.

Padma: Tum log abhi soye nahi?

Ridz: Mama...we're just talking...

Padma: Have you seen the time?

Sid: - looking down at his phone – It's two am... – getting up - ...we didn't even notice...

Padma: Chalo...so jao...

Ridz: Ji mama...

Naina: Sid take Dhruv...

Ridz: He was exhausted today...

Sid picked him up in his arms and carried him out of the room towards their room. The girls got ready for bed and quickly went to sleep; after talking about Armaan again her mind was filled with odd thoughts and once again she had the dream of him surrounded by a group of girls having a great time and did not even think of her name more further her.



They woke up quite late the next day, having breakfast at eleven in the morning. Riddhima had offered to cook today, she sent everyone out of the kitchen letting them relax while she got down to work. Padma decided to take them out shopping while Riddhima stayed at home, Dhruv wanted to stay back but Riddhima told him to go as she had a surprise for him, he decided to go and said he would be back soon.

They came back two and a half hours later; Riddhima had finished cooking and had set the table ready for them to eat. Everything was immaculately presented on the dining table and as they stepped into the house they were greeted by a delicious smell of warm food.

Keerti: Yum...something smells delicious... – walking into the kitchen

Ba: Sach main...mujhe bohot bhook lagi hain...

Ridz: Kahna tiyaar hain...

Naina: What did you make? – to Riddhima

Ridz: Come and see...

They dropped their shopping bags in the hallway and walked through to the dining room to see the table set with food.

Sid: Wow that looks delicious...

Dhruv: Where's my surprise? – to Riddhima

Ridz: It's still cooking...sorry... – crouching down next to him and holding her ears - ...but I promise you...by the time you eat up your lunch it will be finished...

Dhruv: Sure?

Ridz: Yes...

At the same time Shashank and Shubhankar came home and they had lunch together as a family. They all praised her food over and over and there were no leftovers. They were so full they all settled down in the living room still praising the food, Riddhima and Naina allowed the others to leave the kitchen while they tidied up and Dhruv loved the food so much he had forgotten about his surprise and sat with the others. When the girls joined them in the living room they were chatting away.

Sid: If we haven't got any plans for the day can I suggest something...

Shashank: What have you got on your mind?

Sid: If you guys don't mind...can we watch Anji dii's wedding video...

Ba: Haan Shashank...Sid sahi keh raha hain...

Padma: Kyon nahi...Riddhima go and bring the CD...

Ridz: Ji mama... – getting up sneaking a glance at Sid knowing why he was asking to watch it and he grinned

Riddhima ran upstairs and into her room, she found the CDs and the photo album, as she took it out of her drawer a few photos fell out onto the floor, she crouched down to pick them up, as she turned it over she saw Armaan's dimpled smile and tears instantly sprung to her eyes, she missed him so much and she wish she could see him again, as much as she was angry with him but she just wanted to be with him. She straightened up and fitted the photos back in their place before taking it downstairs.

Sid: You took your time... – grinning

Ridz: Sorry...

She placed the CD in the DVD player and everyone got comfortable, Dhruv stood up and walked around to sit next to her, making everyone smile. They watched the video with Shashank and Padma pointing out their guests and Naina and Sid keeping an eye on Riddhima and Armaan. They all enjoyed watching it and when it came to an end Riddhima put on the second CD of her first fashion show. They were all very surprised that Riddhima and her friends had put together the show and also modelled. They were all really pleased to see her creativity and Naina was also quite amazed asking Riddhima to help her put with her projects as she was going to do Textiles for the next two years. They were disturbed when Riddhima's phone rung, she got up to grab the phone but Dhruv ran towards it and cancelled the call telling her she can call back later that they had to watch the video together.

When the video had come to an end it was late in the afternoon and Riddhima and Padma went into the kitchen to grab some snacks. They came back a few moments later with things to eat and drink. Riddhima had made a cake especially for Dhruv shocking him and he was really happy.

Dhruv: Riddhi? – in shock - ...This is for me? – wide eyed

Ridz: Yep...this is your surprise...

Dhruv: - kissed her cheek – I love you...

Everyone looked at him in shock and laughed at his actions as Riddhima blushed.

Padma: I've found me second damad... – laughing

Keerti: And my bahu...

Ridz: Mama...chachi! – in shock

They carried on watching the second Fashion Show DVD and this time even more surprised at the organisation of the show and how it was done. They praised Riddhima for her hard work and ambitions really proud of her.

Naina: Seriously Ridz...that was awesome...I wish I was there to see it...

Sid: Yeah me too...I don't have any interest in this sort of thing but that was one amazing show you guys put together...

Ridz: Thanks...

They carried on going through photos of Anjali and Riddhima's childhood and other photos until dinner time. While they were eating Shubhankar received a phone call, he left the dining table and they carried on eating. He came back a few moments later and they all looked at him.

Ba: Kya huwa?

Shubhankar: Ba...woh...

Keerti: Sab theek hain na?

Shubhankar: Actually not really...

Shashank: What's wrong?

Shubhankar: Urgent meeting at the office tomorrow...I need to go back...

Dhruv: Oh no...

Shubhankar: Oh yes...we need to go back tonight...

Padma: Tonight? Why don't you stay the night and go early tomorrow morning?

Keerti: Haan Bhabi's right...

Shubhankar: Theek hain...we'll go back tomorrow morning...

Shashank: But you can all stay...Shubhankar you go for your meeting and come back then you can all go together...

Dhruv: Yes dad...that's a better idea...

Shubhankar: I can't do that...this meeting is urgent...I don't think I'll be able to come back for some time...

Dhruv: Can I stay here please?

Keerti: You don't stay a night away from your dad what are you going to do here?

Sid: He only wants to stay because of Riddhima... – they all laugh

Dhruv: Then Riddhi can come with us right? – begging - ... Please...

Ba: Haan Gudia...tum hamare saath ao...

Ridz: - looking around at everyone – Main?

Keerti: Why not...you haven't even seen our home...you should come...

Sid: Yeah...come and stay for a week at least...I'll give you a lift back...

Naina: C'mon Ridz...

Ridz: But...

Dhruv: Don't you want to come?

Keerti: Dhruv...first you need to ask her mum and dad...

Dhruv: - turning to Padma and whispering in her ear so that everyone could hear – Please say yes Badi Ma...please...

Padma: - laughing – Theek hain...Riddhima...what do you say?

Ridz: - turning to Shashank – Papa?

Shashank: Of course you should go... – with a smile

Ridz: Okay...I'll come... – all smiles

There was a loud cheer around the table and they all chatted away excitedly about taking Riddhima with them...

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