Friday, 8 May 2020

part 45 : Arman aur Riddhima ka safar,

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; not sure of what to do they stood there, turning to each other realising how serious this was. They turned to look at Armaan who had given up and flopped onto the chair, they walked towards him knowing that he needed some support.



Riddhima ran out of the hall and into the foyer where she bumped into Rahul who had just walked in, she hugged him tight as she cried uncontrollably.

Rahul: Ridzi? – looking down at her – ...Kya huwa...why are you crying...

Riddhima held onto him still crying, he consoled her and as she had seemed a little calm he walked her to the bench and brought her some water. When she had got her breath back and looked slightly better he decided to question her.

Rahul: Riddhima...what's wrong? – looking closely at her - ...Why are you crying like this...did someone say something to you?

Ridz: Kuch nahi... – wiping her tears away

Rahul: Riddhima...you know you can talk to me...I know something must've happened between you and Armaan...but I'm also your best friend...please tell me what's wrong...if you keep it all in you're just making it worst for yourself...please tell me...

Riddhima looked up at him and he nodded asking her to speak up.

Ridz: Woh...Ar-Armaan...

She spilled out all of her feelings to him which ended with her in tears again; he consoled her again giving her sometime to be emotional and let it all out.

Rahul: - once she had calmed down he spoke up – Ridz...you know very well that every relationship goes through a rough period...there's not one couple who lives peacefully without an argument...it's not normal for a couple not to argue...

Riddhima wiped her tears and nodded.

Rahul: Don't you remember when me and Muskaan had that massive argument right after we spoke to our parents and we thought we had made a mistake...but then thanks to you guys it was sorted and look now...we're both so happy and ready for this engagement... – she nodded again and he carried on - ...I know what has happened between you and Armaan has hurt you a lot...and I understand why...even for me this would be a big problem...but don't ruin it by ending this relationship...

Ridz: Then what should I do...? - through tears – He has no idea...

Rahul: Ridz...then why don't you give him a chance...let him explain what had happened...why he did not call you...I know a million and one questions occurred in your mind...but at least give him one opportunity to clear it all before you make any decision which will end your relationship...because I know how much you two love each other...not only me...but all four of us...and I can be one hundred percent sure that none of us wants to see you two separate...so give him one chance...please...?

Ridz: - thinking for sometime then she nodded – Okay... - slowly

Once Riddhima had calmed down completely they decided to go back into the hall and finish up the work, but as they entered everything was finished and the place looked beautiful.

Rahul: WOW guys...this place looks amazing...

Abhi/Niki: Thanks...

Armaan watched as Riddhima ignored him and looked around the hall at their work, she seemed pleased but there was not even a slight smile on her face.

Niki: Well...our work is done here...we should get going...c'mon Ridz...we need to get ready...

Riddhima nodded and they said bye before going; they made their way back to Muskaan's place and Nikita checked if Riddhima was okay. When they got there Muskaan was having her makeup done and her hair was done nicely.

Muskaan: Hey girls...is the hall done?

Niki: Yep...it's finished...

Muskaan: That's great...you should start to get ready...my bhabi will do your hair if you want...

Niki: Ridz...why don't you start first...

Ridz: No Niki it's okay...you first...

Niki: C'mon Ridz...you get yours done...

Nikita forced Riddhima to do her hair while she got her stuff together and started doing her makeup. An hour later all the girls were almost ready just doing their final touches; Muskaan had become a little nervous and Riddhima sat with her trying to calm her down.

Ridz: Muskaan...don't worry...everything will be fine...it's just your engagement...you're not leaving home right now...

Muskaan: I know Ridz...but I feel as if something is going to go wrong...

Ridz: Don't think like that...everything will be perfect...you just think of your Rahul...and everything will go smoothly...you don't worry about anything else...leave it all to us...okay...?

Muskaan: - nodded slowly – Okay...

Niki: - walked into the room – Ready?

Muskaan nodded and Riddhima smiled slowly.

Niki: Look at you two... – shaking her head with a smile - ...looks like you both are being forced onto a roller coaster which you are dreading... – laughing

They both smiled at her and Riddhima stood up.

Niki: Come on guys...cheer up...Muskaan it's your engagement not your bidaai...if Rahul sees you now...he will be so worried...

Ridz: She's right Muski...c'mon cheer up and let's go...

Muskaan stood up and had a last look at herself; fixing her jewellery properly before walking out of the room. The first person they saw was Yuvi who was shocked to his sister in this get up.

Yuvi: Woah! – doing a double take - ...What happened to you...you actually look good...

Muskaan: Shut up...

Yuvi: C'mon I'm just kidding...you're looking very nice... – giving her a side hug

Muskaan: - moving away slightly – Be carefully...you'll mess up my hair... – joking

Yuvi: When I'm being mean you don't like it...when I'm being nice you don't like it...you girls...so hard to please... – making a face

Muskaan: That's us... – smiling

Yuvi: - laughing – Go on...you're getting late...

They walked down stairs with everyone watching and praised her for her beauty. Muskaan met her parents and grandparents before leaving the house and settling down in the car, Riddhima sat in the back with her while Nikita sat in the front and Yuvi drove them to the hall within five minutes. As they got out Rahul's family was already there but he wasn't, they welcomed her in happily and she walked towards the stage while the guests watched on. Riddhima and Nikita sat either side of her while they waited for Rahul to arrive.

Muskaan: WOW you guys did a great job...this place looks amazing...better than I expected... – smiling at Riddhima and Nikita

Ridz: Just for you...

Not making her wait any longer Rahul arrived with Armaan and Abhi either side of him, he smiled widely as his eyes stayed on Muskaan not noticing the guests around him, it was like he was in a trance as he made his way towards the stage where his soon to be fianc was sitting. Nikita whispered something in Muskaan's ear making her smile shyly; Nikita got up and allowed Rahul to sit next to Muskaan and Armaan on his other side. As they were already seated in order the photographer snapped away at his camera; Rahul and Muskaan in the middle, Armaan and Riddhima on either side of them and Abhi and Nikita standing behind them, they posed for photos until both their parents came onto the stage for them to exchange their rings. The four friends stood behind while they placed the rings on each other's fingers looking at each other happily.

The photographer clicked away at his camera some more as the rituals took place; and the rest of the family came on in groups to take photos with the pair. The gang came off of the stage to give time to the family members. They joined their families who were once again pleased with the way they had decorated the hall.

Shashank: You guys really are very good... – to Armaan - ...I think I have a job for you...

Armaan: What? – a bit shocked – ...Sorry...mera matlab...I...

Shashank: Calm down Armaan...no need to fumble...what I meant to say is...why don't you join us at Khushi Events...you really have some potential...

Armaan: Uncle...that's really nice of you...but it's not just me...I mean...this was Riddhima's idea...and we all did it together...

Shashank: Hmm...I know...but I'm offering you a job...what do you think?

Armaan: - looked around at everyone not sure what to say – I...umm...woh I...

Atul: Calm down Armaan... – laughing at him - ...I've never seen you stuck for words...

Vikram: That's true...

Shashank: I'll tell you what...think about it...wait for your results to come through...then let us know...

Vikram: Hmm...that sounds good...what do you think Armaan...

Armaan: Thanks uncle...that's a good idea...I'll think about it and get back to you...

Shashank: That's what I wanted to hear... – smiling

On the other side the ladies were praising Riddhima.

Anji: You look really nice Ridzi...

Nandani: Very beautiful...

Ridz: Thanks...I only bought it yesterday...

Anji: Yesterday? – surprised - ...That's very late...

Ridz: I know...I didn't realise when I got back that the engagement was in two days...but at least I got it right away...

Padma: Yeah...if not it would've been a disaster...

They talked for a while longer until Muskaan's cousins came over and took Armaan and Riddhima away to the middle of the hall where Abhi and Nikita were standing.

Armaan: What's wrong?

Muskaan's Cousin: C'mon we want some naach gaana...

Abhi: C'mon then...let's start...

One of her cousins shouted over the noise to the DJ to hit a beat and suddenly the hall was filled with music. Riddhima walked around the group to stand next to Abhi automatically making Nikita to be Armaan's partner. The song that was played was Laung da lashkara from the film Patiala House.

Abhi: Laung da lashkara oh baby tera jaan se pyaara…Oh baby ainwe chamka dil saada…Ke dikh gaya pyaar yeh patial vi… – dancing in front of Riddhima

Armaan: Ho jab se dil haara…Oh badla main saara da saara…Oh baby jiven gabru dil dara…Oh baby tera yaar yeh patial vi… – dancing in front of Nikita

All her cousins: Hun lor hai lor hai lor hai patial vi…

Armaan: Patiala peg laga ke nachunga nachunga…Patiala dhol baja ke keh dunga keh dunga…Heere meri zulfein teri…Mere haathon ki yeh lakeerein bunti hain… – moving to Riddhima

Abhi: Laungda lashkara oh baby tera jaan se pyaara…Oh baby ainwe chamka dil saada…Ke dikh tera pyaar yeh patial vi… – moving to Nikita

Armaan/Abhi: Jab se dil haara…Oh badla main saara da saara…Oh baby jiven gabru dil dara…Oh baby tera yaar yeh patial vi…

Ridz: - dancing her way towards Abhi - Oye hoye patiala peg laga ke kehnda ae kehnda ae…Kalle milo ta chup yeh rehnda ae yeh rehnda ae…

Niki: - dancing her way to Armaan - Channa mere chaddo pare…Misri si meethi gud si baatein rehndi teri…

Armaan/Abhi: Laungda lashkara oh baby tera…Oh baby ainwe…Ke dekh tera pyaar yeh patial vi…

All: Got the feeling now that makes me wanna move…If you feel the same then you should do it too…Patiala, patiala, Patiala…

All: - dance while singing - Saada ta dil patiala, we do it so patiala…Let's party for a while, we always dance with style…You know what to do with your hands…Get em up, Mr. Beer and Whiskey man…Get em up, jump to the jump, jam to the jam…Get em up, I know you understand…Get em up, gal wind up and bust up the party…Man a man you look so hotty speak'em up n get them naughty…Do not disturb yo when I'm talking…

Ridz: Laung da lashkara…

Armaan: Oh baby tera…

Niki: Jaan se pyaara...

Abhi: Oh baby ainwe…

Ridz/Niki: Chamka dil saada...

Armaan/Abhi: Ke dikh gaya pyaar yeh patial vi…

All four: Ho jab se dil haara…Oh badla main saara da saara…Oh baby jiven gabru dil dara…Oh baby tera yaar yeh patial vi…

All: - all the guests joined in on the dance floor – Got the feeling now that makes me wanna move…If you feel the same then you should do it too…Laungda lashkara...Oh baby tera…Oh baby ainwe…Ke dekh tera pyaar yeh patial vi…Patiala…Patiala…Patiala…

With all the guests on the dance floor it was crowded when Riddhima felt someone grab hold of her hand; she was dragged through the crowd and through the fire exit doors to a small room. She looked around angrily to see Armaan standing there.

Ridz: What do you think you're doing? – looking madly at him - …How dare you? – pulling her hand out of his grip

Armaan: I'm sorry for taking you away like this but…I can't stand this anymore…until we don't clear up this problem I'm not letting you go from here…

Ridz: You can't stop me… - turning around to walk away but again he grabbed her hand and held her steady – …let go of me…

Armaan: Not until you tell me what the problem is and we don't solve it… - turning her to face him - …I can't stand being away from you…ever since I came back you've been angry with me…and I don't like it…I want to know why you're ignoring me…what have I done wrong…Riddhima I want to talk to you…I want to be with you…please… - pleading

Ridz: - furious by his words – You can't stand being away from me? – shouting – …You don't like me ignoring you…you want to talk to me…you want to be with me…right… - close to tears - …then WHY…why did you stay away from me? Why did you ignore me? Why did you not talk to me?

Armaan: Kya matlab? – confused

Ridz: You still haven't got any idea what the problem is? – in disbelief – You stayed away from me for two weeks… - tears running down her cheeks - …you cut my calls…you didn't call me back…you were having such a great time without me…who knows which girl you was with every day…that time you didn't think about me? – crying uncontrollably - …Then why all of a sudden the moment you come back you think everything should be perfect between us…there shouldn't be a problem…I should be okay with whatever you do…and pretend that everything is just perfect…? – finished ranting – …Is that the way it should be Armaan… - slowly giving up

Armaan let go of her and she sank down on to the bench beside the wall; Armaan watched as she held onto the bench, her knuckles turning white and tears pouring down her cheek. He watched her in this condition for a few minutes as her words replayed in his mind, he felt terrible. He slowly walked towards the bench and sat down next to her; a moment later he placed his hand over hers making her turn towards him, they looked into each other's eyes.

Armaan: Riddhima…I'm so sorry…I should've tried better…but… - not sure where to start - …you won't believe me when I say that I had lost my phone…you'll think that I'm just making an excuse…but this is the truth…on the fourth day when we got there I was out with my friends and had lost my phone…I searched everywhere but I couldn't find it…mum told me it was useless buying a new one from here and I should just wait till I get back home…I knew you would be worried and I did try…I really tried to get in touch with you…once again you're going to think I'm making an excuse but honestly I don't know your number by mind…because all I do is press your name and it dials…but I did try…I called from Bhai's phone two times but you had cut the call…by then I guessed you were angry…I didn't even try to use bhabi's phone because I know that you don't want anyone to find out about us…seriously Riddhima….I'm really sorry…this is not just an excuse…it is my fault I had lost my phone but I did email you…I tried everything…but it looks like you didn't get it…I'm really, really very sorry Riddhima… - bowing his head in front of her - …Riddhima…please forgive me…I can't stay away from you any longer…

Riddhima listened to him quietly, she didn't want to believe him but there was some truth in his words, she did remember a few times when she thought he might have called but Dhruv had her phone and she had forgotten to see who had called her. She was touched by Armaan's concern; there she was thinking that he was having the time of his life when really he was thinking about her all along. She felt like an idiot; she held his hand and he looked up. They looked into each other's eyes, Riddhima saw his eyes was filled with tears, this was the first time she had seen this side of him and her heart pained.

Ridz: Armaan… - slowly

Armaan: Please…please forgive me Riddhima… - pleading

Ridz: - nodding - …I forgive you…but…I'm sorry… - tears rolling down her cheeks

Armaan: Kyon?

Ridz: I've put you through so much in these two days…I was really mean to you…and I doub…

Armaan: - cutting her off - Sshhh…that was nothing…what I put you through for two weeks…I got the same in return…so it's even… - with a small smile

Riddhima smiled as she saw his dimple, she was paining to see this for two weeks. They looked at each other through watery eyes, slowly Armaan held out his arm inviting her for a hug which she accepted happily with tears of joy. They stayed in embrace for some time until Riddhima whispered "sorry" once again against his chest making him look down at her. She moved away slightly and looked down ashamed at herself.

Ridz: Armaan…I'm really very sorry…I doubted you…I thought you was having such a great time in those two weeks…I thought you had found another girl…and forgotten me…when really you was worried about how I felt…I'm really, really sorry… - tears welling up in her eyes again

Armaan: - wiping the tears away from her face – C'mon Riddhima…it was just the situation that made you think like that…I don't blame you for anything…it was my fault…but leave that all now…you've cried too much and I hate to see your tears…you know that na… - she nodded - …so stop….and let's forget everything…we're going to go out there and have fun…okay?

Ridz: - nodding and wiping her tears – Okay… - smiling

Armaan: That's better…

Armaan took out a tissue from his pocket and dried her eyes fully trying not to mess up her makeup, she was touched to see this action of his, searching in her purse she pulled out a mirror and took one look at her face which looked like it had when she had left Muskaan's house, she smiled and hugged him, he kissed her on her forehead and told her to go back to the hall. She followed his instructions and he joined her a few minutes later.

When they had arrived back into the hall buffet dinner had started but most of the guests were still on the dance floor, Nikita was back on stage with Muskaan and Rahul while Abhi was still dancing on the floor with Atul and Anjali and some others. Riddhima went back onto stage and sat on the other side of Rahul while Armaan joined Abhi. On the stage they had all noticed Riddhima's big smile and understood that they had sorted out their problems, Rahul was extremely happy to see her happy again.

Rahul: I told you na…give him a chance…I'm glad to know you took my advice because I hate to see you two arguing… - whispered to her

Ridz: Thanks Rahul…

Rahul: C'mon don't be silly…why are you thanking me for something so small?

Ridz: You guys really are the best…I don't know what I would do without you all…

Rahul: That's what we're here for…being there for you in thick and thin…and we always will be…now go…have fun and enjoy yourself…

Ridz: Nahi… - shaking her head

Rahul: Kyon? – confused

Ridz: How can we enjoy ourselves when you two are sitting here being bored? - to Muskaan and Rahul - …You two have to come and dance with us…

Niki: Definitely… - helping Muskaan up

Ridz: Right…c'mon… - linking her arm into Rahul's and walking them to the dance floor

They danced on the song Gal Meethi Meethi Bol from Aisha and Rola Pe Gaya from Patiala House. Then the couple was brought back on stage to cut the cake and share gifts. A while later, the guests had began to leave, the gang's parents had left after some time and only Muskaan's family members were left and her friends. They had more fun and masti before they realised it was quite late, Muskaan and Rahul said bye to each other before their families separated them taking them home, Armaan gave Abhi and Nikita a lift home and Riddhima was the only one left in the car. They stayed quiet for some time until Armaan had spoke up while driving.

Armaan: Are you okay? – looking over at her

Ridz: Yeah…I'm fine…just got a bit of a headache…it's been a long day…

Armaan: Hmm…I wish we could spend more time together…but it's quite late…I've missed you so much…

Ridz: - smiling slightly – Missed you too…

Armaan: - driving into the estate and stopping outside her house - …Tomorrow we're going to spend the whole day together…just me and you…

Ridz: Kaise? – raising her eyebrow

Armaan: Wait and watch…be ready…I'm going to pick you up tomorrow…

Ridz: But…

Armaan: - cutting her off – No buts right now…it's getting quite late… - smiling – …you need some sleep…I'll see you tomorrow…

Ridz: Fine… - making a face - …bye…

Armaan: Riddhima… - as she turned to get out of the car

Ridz: Hmm… - turning around to face him

Armaan: I love you… - sweetly with his dimpled smile

Ridz: - smiling widely – I love you too…bye…

Riddhima got out of the car and walked towards her house carefully in her heels; she looked back at him one more time before going into the house. He drove off, his mind full of thoughts of how they were going to spend the next day….

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