Thursday, 7 May 2020

Part 44 : Armaan aur Riddhima ka safar

Rahul: No Ridz... – cutting her off - ...if this is how you all are now then what will happen when you're put in one hall together...Muskaan wanted this to be special...but I don't think it will be like that if this carries on...

Muskaan looked sadly at all of them then rushed out of the room, Rahul looked at them angrily before walking out after her...



Riddhima was left looking at the closed door; she closed her eyes and sighed feeling very horrible and responsible for Muskaan's sadness.



Ridz: - thinking – I can't believe I'm being so childish...this is so wrong...I can't let out Armaan's anger on anyone and I definitely can't let my best friends' special day be messed up because of me...I can't be that selfish...I won't let that happen...no way... – sighing she turned to the others - ...guys...I think we need to put our problems behind us...for their sake...this is their big day...and we need to make it special for them...

Abhi: You're right Ridz...we can't spoil it for them...it's not right...

Niki: Let's forget about our problems for a day...and make this perfect for them...

Armaan: Okay...

Ridz: I'll go and see if she's okay...after all I started it...I'm feeling really horrible for hurting my best friends... – sadly

Abhi: C'mon Ridz...it's not just your fault...we were all arguing...

Nikita and Armaan nodded; Riddhima was still angry at Armaan and Abhi at Nikita but they all realised they were wrong in their own ways and knew it was best to make it up to their friends.

Ridz: I'll be back... – walking out

She closed the door behind her and walked down the hallway to find her friends and when she neared the stairs she saw Muskaan sitting on the last step with her hands covering her face and Rahul was crouched in front of her trying to console her. He looked up as he felt someone's presence to see Riddhima looking very sorry, he stood up and Riddhima took his place in front of Muskaan and placed her hand on Muskaan's knee making her look up.

Ridz: Muski... – slowly - ...I'm very, very sorry for being such an idiot...I didn't want to ruin this for you...and I won't...I know I was being very stupid and childish in there...even I don't know what had happened to me...but I'm sorry...and I promise you...none of us will spoil it for you...this is your moment and no one has the right to mess it up...I won't and I won't let anyone else mess it up...okay?

Muskaan: - slowly – Okay...

Ridz: And whatever you want will happen...you want that the four of us decorate the hall...then it will happen...we'll work together on this to make it special...just for you two...because you guys deserve all the happiness...

Muskaan: Thanks Ridzi...

Ridz: - wiping the tears from Muskaan's cheek – Now cheer up...and let's go in...

Rahul: Come on... – holding his hand out to Muskaan which she took and stood up

Ridz: - hugging both of them together – You two are just too cute...

Muskaan blushed and Rahul smiled watching her, they went back to the room and Riddhima let the couple in and as they entered they were met with friendly smiles.

Armaan/Abhi/Niki: Sorry Muski... – all holding their ears

Muskaan: - laughing – It's okay guys...

Rahul: You guys should stay like that...you look good...

Abhi threw a cushion at him and he caught it. They settled down and Muskaan went through her plans for the hall, Riddhima chipped in as she thought of ideas which would be nice. They were all very excited as they talked about decorations for the hall, guests, caterers, rings, rituals, dresses and all the rest of it. It was past four when they had finished going through the details and Riddhima had asked to see Muskaan's outfit. They kicked the boys out of the room before taking the dress out and spreading it out onto the bed to have a good look.

Ridz: WOW...Muski this is soo beautiful...you're going to look like a princess... – turning to her and giving her a hug - ...I'm so excited...

Muskaan: Thanks... – smiling widely - ...Niki's dress is slightly different but the same colours...mine is gold with green designs and hers is fully green with gold designs...

Niki: Ridz...why don't you buy the same as mine?

Muskaan: Yeah...that's a good idea...

Ridz: Why not... – smiling - ...that's a great idea...but I need to get mine now...I can't believe I left it so last minute... – making a face

Niki: Yeah...that's not like you... – teasing

Muskaan: Come...let's go and buy it now...

They left the room once they had put the dress away and tidied up and made their way downstairs to where the boys were watching a football match on television with Muskaan's brother.

Muskaan: Don't you have any work to do?

Yuvi: How much do you expect me to do... – looking up at her - ...all week I've been running around going here and there doing this and that...at least give me a minutes break... – turning to Rahul - ...thanks for taking her a way...

Ridz: Yuvi...that's mean... – smiling as everyone else laughed

Muskaan: Not that fast...I'm still here for another year... – sticking her tongue out at him

Yuvi: Oh no...I was hoping you would go within two days... – moaning making everyone laugh

Niki: C'mon guys...we're going shopping...

Abhi: More shopping? – moaning

Muskaan: Yeah...Ridz need to get her dress...

Abhi: You guys go ahead...I'd rather stay here...

Rahul: C'mon I'll come with you... – getting up

Niki: Armaan... – pleading sweetly - ...we need a driver...

Armaan: When are you guys going to learn... – getting up, then thinking – ...Ridz hasn't brought her dress yet...it's one day before the engagement...this is not like her...

Rahul: I've started taking lessons...

Armaan: - smiling – About time...

They walked out saying bye to Muskaan's family and Abhi. They got into the car; the three girls in the back seat and Rahul in the front, they made their way to Southall. They got there in twenty minutes and headed straight for the shop, as they knew what they were going for it was quick and easy. They looked at a few dresses but decided to settle for the same as Nikita's, Riddhima loved it right away and decided to try it on. She went towards the fitting room with the girls behind her but something had caught their eye which made them stop and have a look. Riddhima had changed into the outfit and stepped out of the cubical to show the girls.

Ridz: What do you guys think? – fixing the thread at the back

She looked up to see only Armaan standing there; she dropped her arms quickly and looked around nervously as he watched her. He stood there in shock to see such a beauty, she looked stunning in an emerald green and gold A-line dress, her hair was a slight mess and her dupatta had fallen from her shoulder. They both bent down together to pick it up and Armaan looked at her as both their hands touched on the dupatta.

Armaan: Riddhima... – slowly

Ridz: - picking up the dupatta and standing up – I said we were not going to ruin their special day...but that doesn't mean that everything is normal between us... – not meeting his eyes

Armaan: But at least tell me what the problem is... – pleading

Ridz: I have nothing to say to you... – turning away

Armaan: C'mon Riddhima...this is not fair...if I've done something wrong then tell me...I've already apologised for doubting you...I don't even know why you are angry with me...

Ridz: - turning around fuming – Oh of course...Mr. Armaan Malik has no idea what is wrong... – sarcastically - ...you can't fool me Armaan... – walking away angrily

Armaan: - walking behind her – Riddhima... – apologetically

Riddhima neared the girls and plastered a smile on her face.

Ridz: What do you think girls? – posing

Niki: WOW!

Muskaan: You look great...and the fitting is perfect...

Ridz: Sure? – looking at her waist

Niki: It's perfect...everything fits you just right... – smiling

Ridz: Thanks...okay...I'll just go and get changed...

Armaan watched as she turned and walked away completely ignoring him; he sighed wondering what was up with her when he felt a hand on his shoulder making him turn.

Rahul: What's up?

Armaan: Nothing... – forcing a smile

Rahul: C'mon Armaan...who are you lying to...since you've come back I can see something is wrong between you and Ridz...you're not talking...and when you do it always ends in an argument...she's not even looking at you...what's happened?

Armaan: I don't know man...when I came back I saw her hugging some guy...and I became jealous...I was rude to her the moment I saw her...but then I found it that it was her cousin...

Rahul: Sid?

Armaan: You know him? – curiously

Rahul: Yeah...they came down for a few days when you went back home...Ridz brought them down to the park...Sid, Naina and Dhruv...they were really nice...Abhi and Niki had a serious argument that day...and Niki and Sid spent some time together...he cheered her up and made her feel better...since then Muskaan and Ridz think there's something going on between the two...

Armaan: What? Niki and Si... – he stopped suddenly as he saw Riddhima walk out of the fitting room and was coming in their direction

Rahul turned to see Riddhima and they changed the topic; Muskaan and Nikita joined them a second later. The girls decided to buy matching jewellery and accessories for Riddhima's outfit. They went off to buy it while the guys tagged a long but had dropped the subject as Armaan did not want Riddhima to know he was talking about her which would make their problems worst. When all the shopping was done Muskaan and Nikita decided that they would eat out before going home. They made their way to McDonalds, grabbed their food and settled down in one of the booths. Even though everything was normal everyone sensed the tension between Armaan and Riddhima, it was extremely obvious, Armaan kept sneaking glances at Riddhima who ignored him completely. Nikita, Muskaan and Rahul kept the conversation going and the couple would join in here and there but would never agree or disagree with each other. When they had finished eating they left the restaurant and made their way back to the car, Rahul and Armaan walked up ahead while the girls stayed behind.

Muskaan:- while walking she turned to Riddhima – Ridz...we can see something is wrong between you two and I don't want to force you to tell me what is happening...but I just want to say two things...

Ridz: - looked at her – Kya?

Muskaan: Firstly...we are always here for you and if anytime you need to share...you can tell us...you know that right?

Ridz: I know...and I'm very happy to know I have friends like you two...

Muskaan: And secondly...I haven't got the right to tell you what is right and wrong...it's totally your discussion but...I don't like to see you two apart like this...and I know you both are also paining being apart...so I'm just asking you to sort your problems out and be together again...

Niki: Ridz...Muskaan is right...we're always here whenever you need to say anything...because like they say...problem shared is problem solved...and even I hate seeing you guys apart...

Ridz: You guys are really sweet...and I know I can speak to you whenever I want...but this problem has really gone quite far...and I don't know if it will be sorted...

They had reached the car and Muskaan and Nikita looked at her with worried expressions.

Rahul: You girls walk so slow... – putting his arm around Muskaan's shoulder - ...Ridz...can I please sit in the back with my darling fianc...

Ridz: Uh...woh Rah...

Niki: - cutting her off – Rahul...she's not your fianc till exactly twenty four hours from now... – settling down in the back seat

Muskaan followed her in the car and Rahul joined them, leaving Riddhima no choice but to sit in the front seat with Armaan; she was annoyed but didn't want to upset Rahul or Muskaan and silently sat in the front seat. In the back seat the three of them smiled silently as Armaan drove off. He gave Nikita a lift home first then Muskaan and finally Rahul who gave Armaan a thumbs up sign through the mirror before saying bye and getting out of the car. He drove off once again with just the two of them left in the car, Riddhima carried on looking out of the window.

Armaan stopped the car in their usual spot by the park; Riddhima closed her eyes tight as her heart beat raced and she hated being in this situation. Armaan turned to face her but she did not turn, he sat there watching her for five minutes before he started talking.

Armaan: Riddhima...please let's talk and sort this out...I hate it when we don't speak...I can't stand this...I want to talk to you...I want to hold you...I want to kiss you...I just want my Riddhima back... – pleading to her silently - ...I'm really, really very sorry Riddhima...please forgive me...

Ridz: - still looking out of the window - ...Take me home...

Armaan: - stretching his hand out to touch hers – Riddhima...please forgive me...

Ridz: - snatching her hand away angrily turning to him - ...I can't...and I won't...what you did has hurt me so much...and the worst bit is...you don't even know what you did... – close to tears

Armaan: Then tell me...please tell me what is bothering you...what have I done wrong? – desperately

Ridz: I have nothing to say to you...just take me home...

Armaan: Please Riddhima...just tell me...

Ridz: Will you take me home or shall I go on my own... – turning away she tried to open the door but he stopped her

Armaan: Please Riddhima I'm sorry... – moving her hand away from the door - ...I'll take you home...

Without another word he started up the car and drove her home. The moment the car stopped Riddhima took her bag and jumped out of the car without looking or saying anything to him, she walked into her house without turning back. Armaan dropped his head down onto the steering wheel giving up; a moment later he thought it was better to just go home and clear his mind. Riddhima met her parents for two minutes before making an excuse that she was very tired and was going to bed. Once in her room, she sighed against the door replaying the moment she had in the car with Armaan. She went to the washroom and came out five minutes later dressed in her night suit, she sat up in bed thinking of all the moments she had spent with Armaan today.

Ridz: - thinking - ...Does he really not have a clue...being away for two weeks...did not call me for ten days...no contact what so ever...celebrated his birthday...had so much fun...who knows with which girl...and coming back he wants to think that I should be fine with that...that there's no problem at all...he doesn't know what the problem is...and by coming back everything should be normal...I don't believe this...I've had enough...I'm sorry Armaan... – a single tear fell from her eyes on to her cheek



The next day Riddhima woke up early thinking of how she was going to face Armaan again today. She yawned and got out of bed making her way to the washroom; after having a shower she got dressed and once she was ready she tidied her room before going downstairs, she had her breakfast and decided she would go straight to Muskaan's place.

Riddhima went back upstairs to gather her stuff as she was supposed to be getting dressed at Muskaan's place before going to the hall. She collected her outfit, jewellery, accessories, shoes and other stuff that she would need; walking towards her cupboard she took out her design scrap book with all her ideas and flipped through it, she had thought of some ideas and called Rahul filling him in with things which would be needed giving him time to prepare it for later in the evening. She placed the book into her bag and picked it up and walked out of her room with her phone in her hand. Saying bye to Padma she left the house giving Nikita a call.

Ten minutes later she reached Muskaan's place at the same time as Nikita. They stood on the doorstep waiting patiently for someone to open the door, not making them wait too long it was opened by a little boy, Riddhima and Nikita smiled at him as he ran away, they walked in to a very crowded house, all of Muskaan's close relatives had arrived the night before, there was a lot of rushing around here and there as they said hi to Yuvi before making their way upstairs to Muskaan's room.

Ridz: - knocking on the door – Muskaan?

Muskaan: - from inside – Come In...

Riddhima opened the door and they both walked in to a very messy room but unlike the rest of the house it was empty. Muskaan was sat at the edge of the bed painting her toenails.

Niki: Hey Muskaan...

Muskaan: Hey girls...

Ridz: - placing her bag down in the corner and taking her dress out – You ready?

Muskaan: Yep... – smiling widely

Niki: Here...let me help you... – taking the nail polish from her - ...wow your mehendi looks really good...

Ridz: When did you get it done?

Muskaan: Last night...when I got back some of my cousins had arrived and they decided to do mehendi...so I got mine done...

Ridz: It's beautiful...

Niki: - painting her toenails - ...So what needs to be done?

Muskaan: Hmm...you guys don't have to do much...the rest of them will have it done...you guys just need to get the hall done...but that's after two...so just sit back and relax...

Ridz: That's cool...so who's doing your makeup and hair?

Muskaan: My cousin...she's a professional...she'll be here in an hour or so...

Ridz: Okay...that's sorted...

They settled down and pampered themselves until it was time for lunch. Once they had eaten the girls thought that they should go down to the hall and get started, it was not far from Muskaan's place and they decided to walk. They got there within ten minutes, Armaan and Abhi were already there and were clearing up all the extra things which was in the way. They both looked up as the girls walked in.

Armaan: Hi... – to both girls

Niki: Hey... – to Armaan

Ridz: Let's get started... – taking her book out of her bag - ...here's the idea... – flipping through the pages to the one she wanted - ...this is how the stage should be... – pointing to the diagram and the words written on the sides - ...I've asked Rahul to get everything we need...he should've bought everything already...

Abhi: Yeah...he's brought all the stuff already...it's on the stage...

Ridz: Cool...then let's start... – walking away from them to the stage

The other three looked over the idea and decided what they were going to do before moving away. Armaan and Abhi placed the chairs on the stage and Riddhima instructed them on how to set it out and Nikita got started on the drapes around the hall. They were well into their jobs, each working silently giving each other instructions every ten to fifteen minutes.

Abhi: - searching through the pile of decorations – Have any of you seen the pack of balloons?

Ridz: - turning away from her work – It should be there...

Abhi: It's not...I've just looked through everything...

Armaan: Call Rahul and ask him if he bought any...or maybe it's been left somewhere...

Abhi: Yeah...I'll do that... – he picked up his phone and rang Rahul

Ridz: And ask him about the floral decorations...I don't see any here...

The other three carried on with their work as he spoke on the phone with Rahul.

Abhi: - putting the phone down – He forgot to buy them...I've got to go for it...

Ridz: And the flowers?

Abhi: He said it's at his place...if one of us can come and get it...

Niki: I'll go...I've done the drapes and I need to wait for the balloons...so I might as well go...

Armaan: That's fine...

Abhi left the hall saying he was going to get the balloons while Nikita tidied up around the hall so that the place would look a bit neat before leaving. Armaan was working on the lighting while Riddhima carried on fixing up the backdrop of the stage with some drapes for another ten minutes. She folded the material neatly so the folds were perfect and tried to staple them up but it kept slipping from her hands and messing up, she tried three times patiently until the fourth time it slipped and she groaned loudly very annoyed. Armaan looked up to see her running her hands through her hair looking very angrily at the material; he stood up and walked towards her.

Armaan: Let me help you... – picking up the material from the floor

Ridz: I don't need your help... – taking it from his hand

Armaan: Ridz...it will be easier when two people do it together...

Ridz: You don't need to tell me what to do...I can do it on my own... – turning away

Armaan: - holding her arm gently – Riddhima...let me help you...

Ridz: Don't touch me... – getting out of his grip

Armaan: - making her face him – Riddhima...we really need to sort this out...

Ridz: I told you...I have nothing to say to you...I don't want to talk to you...

Armaan: But I want to know why you are being like this...please tell me what the problem is...I'm sorry...how many times do I have to say it...you want me to beg on my knees I will...but just tell me what the problem is...

Ridz: You really haven't got a clue what's wrong... – tears forming in her eyes as she look into his - ...I don't believe this...I just don't... – tears falling from her eyes onto her cheeks - ...so much has happened and you still don't know...why am I being like this...what is the reason...you really don't know why? – sobbing

Armaan: I'm sorry Riddhima...please tell me...

Ridz: No Armaan...I'm sorry... – tearfully - ...I'm really sorry...I've had enough...I don't think we can be together any more...

Armaan's hands dropped to his side as he heard her last sentence, he watched as she turned and ran down the stage and through the hall to the exit. She ran past Abhi and Nikita who had walked back into the hall, they stood there in shock as they had witnessed the last few sentences between Armaan and Riddhima...

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