Monday, 25 May 2020

part 67 & 68: Arman aur Riddhima ka safar

Nikita listened to his words silently and took it in but she was still angry with him; she struggled again and he loosened his grip as he knew he was hurting her.

Niki: Let me go Abhi…

Abhi: First tell me that you love me…

Niki: Never… - angrily - …I don't love you…

Abhi: Look into my eyes and say that…

Niki: - looking into his eyes – No I don't…

Abhi suddenly let go of her hand, taking the shoes she walked out of the cabin and met Muskaan's cousin a little way away and gave her the shoes which she ran to show Rahul who gave them their gift money. Nikita stood back a little with these thoughts on her mind; Abhi's words echoed in her mind but there was something else she didn't know; their entire conversation was overheard by Sid who stood just outside of the cabin while they were inside…



 Back on stage the gang stood happily all with smiles as Rahul and Muskaan's wedding ceremony had taken place. Some stood happily without any problems on their mind while some had thousands of questions flooding their thoughts but tried to keep them back and smile for the sake of their friends. Out of nowhere Armaan bounded on stage and made his way towards his friends with a huge smile.

Armaan: Well finally... – clapping Rahul on his back - ...congratulations guys... – giving Muskaan a side hug

Rahul: Thanks...but we should be the ones saying finally...we haven't seen you for the entire three days...where've you been?

Armaan: Of course I've been here...if not how would this all happen... – waving his hand out to the area

Muskaan: You're right Armaan... – smiling widely - ...everything is so great...I just can't believe it...it's more than I expected...thank you so much...

Armaan: Please Muskaan...don't thank me...just think of it as a wedding present...

Rahul: Thanks man...but there's one more thing you need to do...

Armaan: What's that? – looking at him curiously

Rahul: You've been putting this altogether you haven't had time to enjoy with us…so today's entertainment will be down to you...

Abhi: Definitely...Rahul is right...you haven't had any fun with us...now it's your turn...

Armaan: I would...but I have to go...lunch is going to be served now and I need to go and check on it...

Rahul: No you don't...they can mange without you for five minutes...so get on with it...we're waiting...

Armaan looked at Muskaan who was nodding her head; next to her were Naina and Nikita who were also agreeing. He looked around to see Abhi smirking and Sid waiting for him to start; Riddhima stood at the back unable to look at him but before he could say anything to her Abhi had pushed him off of the stage towards the dance floor and they all stood waiting for him to start. Riddhima walked off of the stage and Armaan watched her as the DJ played the music to the song Meri Ada Bhi from the movie Ready.

DJ: Picche, picche aunda meri chal ve na aayi…Picche, picche aunda meri chal ve na aayi…Cheerey waaleya vekhda aayi ve mera laung gawacha…Nigah maarda aayi ve mera laung gawacha…

Armaan: - walking around but looking only at Riddhima - …Ishq ne mere yeh kaisa kaam kar diya…Mera aashqon mein uncha naam kar diya… - turning to the stage and singing and dancing as he thought about Riddhima - …Oo ishq ne mere yeh kaisa kaam kar diya…Mera aashqon mein uncha naam kar diya…Mitt gaya woh jisko bhi hans ke salaam kar diya…

Sid/Abhi: - joining Armaan - …Dekho meri ada bhi aaj kya kar gayi…Dekho, meri ada bhi aaj kya kar gayi…Yahan jitne bhi dil hain, tabah kar gayi…Meri ada bhi aaj kya kar gayi…

Ridz: - dancing in front of the guys - …Pachtaaye ankhiyon ko tujhse jod ke…Akh mili chala mujko chhod ke…Iss dil ne dhokha de diya…

Naina/Niki: - joining Riddhima - …Arrey haan…Har pal apne hi intezar ka…Bhole bhaale tune mere dil ko pyaar ka…Rog yeh anokha de diya…

Sid/Abhi/Armaan: - now dancing in partners with the girls - …Oo husn se yahan karoon main chedkhaniya…Lagti hai sitam kyun meri meharbaniyan…Har zubaan par ab tak abhi yehi hain kahaniyan…Dekho meri ada bhi kya kar gayi…Yahan jitne bhi dil hain, tabah kar gayi…Meri adaa bhi aaj kya kar gayi…

Girls: - on stage for Muskaan to Rahul - …Tere peechay, peechay mera sabar kho gaya...Jaane kab kaise tera asar ho gaya…Tere sau, sau jadoo chal gaye…Arrey haan, tuhi jaane kaise main toh teri ho gayi…Tere raston mein meri neendh kho gayi…Tere baatein mujhko chhal gaye…

Rahul and boys: Ohh pal do pal ko main tera mahman ho gaya…Jo bhi tha tera mujpe kurbaan ho gaya…Chain ko gaya…dil ka bhi to nuksan ho gaya…Dekho meri ada bhi kya kar gayi...Yahan jitne bhi dil hain, tabah kar gayi…Meri adaa bhi aaj kya kar gayi…

DJ: Picche, picche aunda meri chal ve na aayi…Picche, picche aunda meri chal ve na aayi…Cheerey waaleya vekhda aayi ve mera laung gawacha…Nigah maarda aayi ve mera laung gawacha…

The song came to an end and they all enjoyed themselves in the middle of the dance floor then Armaan disappeared getting back to work as lunch was now being served. The newlyweds enjoyed lunch around a round table with their friends who kept teasing them and having loads of fun even though many of them had other thoughts on their mind. A while later other rituals took part before it was time for them to leave; Muskaan bade an emotional farewell to her friends and family before getting into the car with Rahul who supported and comforted her all the way home where more rituals took place and the gang joined them later.

It was quite late when the newlyweds headed off for their hotel suite which was booked as a wedding present from their friends and the rest headed home after a long tiring day. Riddhima sat in the living room with everyone that evening as they engaged in conversation about the events of the past three days and the other upcoming events.

Shashank: Everything was just perfect…after tomorrow we need to start with functions in this house…

Keerti: Yeah…there's so much to do…the engagement is only one week away…

Padma: Don't worry everything will happen…we'll start right after the reception tomorrow…

Riddhima looked over at Sid who sat on the floor in his own world, their eyes met and Sid got up immediately, he walked towards the stairs but stopped as his name was called.

Shubhankar: Where are you going…we're talking about your engagement now…

Sid: I know dad…but I'm very tired…I'm off to bed…

Sid walked up the stairs and Riddhima made an excuse and followed him; she reached the top just in time to see him about to walk into his room and she called out his name making him stop yet again.

Ridz: What's wrong Sid?

Sid: Please…I'm in no mood to talk right now…

Ridz: Sid… - sadly at his attitude - …you know you can tell me if anything is wrong…

Sid: Oh please Ridz… - annoyed - …you know what's wrong…don't pretend as if you have no clue…

Ridz: I don't understand…let's go in the room first… - she followed him into his room and settled down before she began to speak - …what's the matter?

Sid: Ridz please stop this act…you knew Abhi was coming back…and yet you still got us into this mess…got me…into this mess… - correcting himself

Ridz: But Sid…Niki is yours…whatever happened between Abhi and her was in the past…and it's all over now…

Sid: In your eyes it is…but not from mine…I'm not blind...I can see they still have feelings for each other and now I look like an idiot…thanks… - sarcastically

Ridz: - shocked at his outburst - …Sid…

Sid: Please Riddhima…can you leave…I'm really tired I need to sleep…and this is the last thing I want to be talking about right now anyway…please…

Riddhima stood up slowly unable to say anything; she walked out of the room and went into hers as her mind flooded with thoughts on this new problem. She freshened up and got into bed as her thoughts worked away and she fell asleep.



The next day Riddhima woke early and got dressed casually then made her way downstairs to have breakfast. As she entered the kitchen Padma gave her a message from Rahul's mum asking her to come over to help Muskaan get dressed for the reception. She had a quick breakfast then gathered her stuff and left the house quite late but no one was awake yet. She made it there just in time as Rahul's car pulled up outside their house; Riddhima changed her mood instantly and smiled widely as Muskaan jumped out of the car and gave her a big hug.

Muskaan: Hey Ridzi… - moving back with a huge smile on her face

Ridz: Hi Muskaan…hey Rahul…you guys are early…I thought you would be here at lunch or something… - winking at Muskaan who blushed

Rahul: Yeah…we we're thinking of something like that…but then Muskaan was in a rush so we thought we'd hurry so you guys won't have to wait for us… - he smiled and walked towards the house with the girls following him

Ridz: Oooh… - holding her arm around Muskaan's shoulder making her blush even more

They stood at the doorstep for a few seconds until Rahul's mum opened the door and welcomed them in warmly. She asked them about breakfast but they said they ate at the hotel before coming home so she led them upstairs to the couples' new room; then left them alone.

Ridz: Umm…guys…I think I should leave you two alone for a bit…so you can enjoy your new room… - then to Muskaan - …call me when you're ready…

Muskaan: - still blushing - …Please Ridz…come in…we'll get started…

Rahul: Yeah why not…we'll enjoy our room tonight… - winking at Muskaan who just could not stop blushing

Ridz: Too much detail… - making a face

Rahul: Nautanki… - ruffling her hair

They walked into the room and had a look around; it was beautiful and new; Muskaan and Rahul had designed it just the way they wanted and it looked great. Rahul left the girls alone for a bit and they chatted away excitedly but Muskaan felt a little emotional as she thought of her family but Riddhima cheered her up before they got started on getting ready. Muskaan's outfit and accessories were all here so they didn't need to worry; they called over Muskaan's cousin who was suppose to do her hair and makeup; she arrived a while later and got straight onto work. Muskaan carried on blushing as they both teased her continuously; especially when Rahul walked into the room.



Two hours later Riddhima and Muskaan were both ready and were looking amazing; they went downstairs and Muskaan felt the greatest welcome into her new home from her new family and relatives to which she forgot all her emotional worries about her family and just smiled as she looked forward to meeting them later. They then got into the car and made their way to the reception hall which was not far; as they reached they were welcomed as a couple by Rahul's extended family who settled them down at the front of the hall while many of the guests complimented them.

Riddhima spotted Armaan by chance and excused herself rushing towards him making sure she didn't lose sight of him. She called out his name several times but he didn't hear until she reached him and touched his shoulder making him turn.

Armaan: What's up?

Ridz: I've been calling you… - panting slightly - …I need your help…

Armaan: Not now Ridz I'm busy…

Ridz: Please Armaan just two minutes…everything is a mess…Sid is so angry and I think everything is going to go wrong…please help me fix this…only you can help me…

Armaan: Riddhima… - angrily - …like I said you made this mess now you clean it up…I haven't got time to waste on these tiny matters…I'm working here…I have a job to do…you sort your own problems out…if you created this problem it's your fault…don't think that I'm always going to be there to clear up your problems…I don't understand why you're meddling in other people's lives anyway…

Ridz: Armaan… - in shock at his tone of voice

Armaan: Excuse me…I have serious work to do… - barging past her

Riddhima stood there is disbelief as Armaan's words echoed through her mind yet again. She walked away slowly as tears formed in her eyes but she refused to let them drop as she made her way back to Muskaan. As she reached the stage she saw Nikita sitting there smiling away and talking with Muskaan but the moment she got there Nikita's smile disappeared and she looked away.

Ridz: Niki…can I talk to you for a second…

Niki: Ridz we'll talk later…

Muskaan: - looking at the two of them - …What's wrong girls?

Niki: Nothing Muskaan…just general…I'll just be back… - spotting someone in the crowd

Nikita walked off of the stage and made her way through the crowd to someone while Riddhima settled down next to Muskaan and put on an act of being happy again. There was more music and dancing from Rahul's family who were having a great time as well as the other guests. A while later the food was served and the fun started up just after as there was games carried out but Riddhima had other things on her mind; she walked Nikita to a side of the hall eager to clear all the problems.

Niki: Ridz…I said we'll talk later… - annoyed

Ridz: Please Niki…I really need to talk to you…

Niki: There's nothing left for you to say Ridz…everything is out in the open now… - angrily - …you knew Abhi was coming back…then why did you force me and Sid into this relationship…why were you trying to be cupid…

Ridz: It's not like that… - sadly

Niki: That's exactly what it is…the fact is that you knew he was back and you hid this from me…why?

Ridz: I didn't…

Niki: Ridz…I really don't want to talk about this right now… - turning away roughly

Nikita walked a little way but bumped into someone and was about to fall but luckily was held in time. She looked up to see Abhi staring down at her; they were so close and stayed like this for several seconds.

Abhi: - moving closer to whisper in her ear - …You're looking beautiful…

Nikita got up angrily and walked away from him. Riddhima witnessed the entire scene and turned away in shock and pain; she turned to see Sid standing a little away from her who had also witnessed the scene; he shook his head in disgrace and walked away leaving Riddhima feeling worst.

Riddhima was suddenly filled with emotional thoughts and made her way out of the hall with tears rolling down her cheeks uncontrollably. Her mind flooded with thoughts and many voices echoed through her as she rushed out of the building and kept running down the road until she got home; she let herself in and rested against the door crying her eyes out as the voices got louder and louder.

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Armaan: …and if you're feeling so guilty you should've of thought of this first before setting them up...you knew one day or the other Abhi was going to come back...then why did you mess up Sid's life by dragging him into it...

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Sid: Ridz please stop this act…you knew Abhi was coming back…and yet you still got us into this mess…got me…into this mess… - correcting himself

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Sid: In your eyes it is…but not from mine…I'm not blind...I can see they still have feelings for each other and now I look like an idiot…thanks… - sarcastically

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Armaan: Riddhima… - angrily - …like I said you made this mess now you clean it up…I haven't got time to waste on these tiny matters…I'm working here…I have a job to do…you sort your own problems out…if you created this problem it's your fault…don't think that I'm always going to be there to clear up your problems…I don't understand why you're meddling in other people's lives anyway…

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Niki: There's nothing left for you to say Ridz…everything is out in the open now… - angrily - …you knew Abhi was coming back…then why did you force me and Sid into this relationship…why were you trying to be cupid…

*

Niki: That's exactly what it is…the fact is that you knew he was back and you hid this from me…why?

Riddhima cried as their words flooded her mind and she felt awful; she had made this mess and had no idea how to fix it; either way someone was going to get hurt and it was all her fault. After sometime she calmed down and made her way upstairs to her room where she got changed into something comfortable and decided to think things through but there was absolutely no solution to this problem which made her feel terrible all over again.



After two hours she heard the front door open and close and lots of noise downstairs; she knew everyone was back and there was going to be a lot of questions. She prepared herself for it and went to the washroom to clear her face, she came back into the room and saw Dhruv and Naina had just walked in.

Naina: Why did you come home so early?

Ridz: Umm…I was not feeling well…so I…

Dhruv: Are you okay Riddhi? – sweetly

Ridz: - smiling for the first time - …I'm fine now…thanks…

Dhruv: Okay…

Naina: Come down…Niki's family are here…

Ridz: - thinking – What am I going to do…? – then to Naina - …I'm coming you guys go…

Dhruv: It's okay Riddhi…I'll wait for you…

Naina: I'm going to take this all off first… - taking off her jewellery

Ridz: Fine…

They freshened up before making their way downstairs; as they got into the living room everyone looked up then they settled down. Riddhima caught Nikita's eyes and motioned for her to come with her; they excused themselves and walked into the kitchen where Riddhima began talking right away.

Ridz: Niki please just listen to me just once…all I want to do is apologies…because this is all my fault and I'm going to take all the blame…Niki we're best friends…and I don't want any issue come in between our friendship…so please forgive me…

Niki: Ridz…

Ridz: Please Niki just let me finish…I'm feeling very guilty and I have every right to be guilty because I was stupid not to think clearly before messing around with your lives…I'm extremely sorry…and I want to say…this is your life and you can make every decision…if you want I will go out there right now and sort this out…I will take the blame…you don't have to worry…just forgive me please…

Niki: Ridzi…stop… - putting her hand on Riddhima's shoulder - …it's okay…I forgive you…I was just confused earlier…even I don't know what I was saying…you're really a great friend…you only cared about me that was why you thought of my future…and I'm very happy to know that I have a friend like you…so please…don't say sorry…it's okay… - giving her a hug

Ridz: - moving back with a smile - …Thanks Niki…

Niki: Come let's go back inside…

They walked back into the living room and settled down listening to the elders talking away.

Shubhankar: Well we've planned everything…once again the function will be organised by Khushi Events…

Niki's Dad: Yeah they're very good… - turning to Shashank - …I must say your team is great…you've hired great workers…

Shashank: Thanks…they're all very good but Armaan is working very hard…he's one of the best…I'm very proud of him…and I'm sure he'll manage this function just as good as he's done the others…

Ba: Once this engagement is out of the way then right away shaadi…kyun Keerti?

Keerti: Ji Ba… - to Nikita's mum - …we're all very excited for Niki to be our daughter-in-law…

Nikita's Mum: I'm hoping she'll be a great daughter-in-law… she's very hard working…but because she's been the only child I hope she'll be able to adjust into a big family…

Padma: Don't worry…Niki will be fine…right Niki…

But Nikita was also lost in her own thoughts and was jerked out of one as she heard her name being called from a distance.

Niki: J-Ji? – looking around

Keerti: Looks like someone's lost in their own world… - smiling

Padma: I think they're bored sitting here with us oldies…why don't you guys go into the conservatory and relax… - to Riddhima

Dhruv: Yes…I was waiting for someone to say that… - jumping up - …come let's go there…I'm so bored here…

Riddhima, Nikita and Naina followed Dhruv but Sid stayed seated until Shashank put a hand on his shoulder making him look up from his thoughts also.

Shashank: You have permission to go to… - smiling at him

They all laughed as he got up and walked away; he was about to go upstairs when Naina asked him to come and sit with them. He walked into the conservatory ignoring Riddhima and sitting next to Nikita; but Naina and Dhruv carried on generally involving Riddhima leaving the other two to talk amongst themselves.

Sid: Are you okay? – looking at Nikita

Niki: I'm fine…and you?

Sid: Managing… - seriously then smiled - …I'm cool…

Niki: - smiling sweetly at him - …Looks like you've got lots on your mind…

Sid: Hmm…not really… - lying

Niki: Sure?

Sid: Yep…what about you?

Niki: Well…our engagement is in less than a week…so just thinking about that…

Sid: Niki… - seriously - …like I said before…I'm not forcing you into anything…this is totally your decision…it's still early if you want to break this off…

Nikita was silent as his words echoed through her mind; she thought of how sweet this guy was, after everything that had happened and he still wanted her happiness. She was speechless and he gave her time to come to terms with her thoughts but she was still in shock. Minutes passed as they sat in silence and Sid thought he had got his answer until Padma came to the conservatory carrying drinks and snacks which broke their train of thoughts and they helped themselves to something. They were back to general conversation with Dhruv, Naina and Riddhima for a while until Sid asked her another question making her look up startled.

Sid: Niki…are you happy with this?

Nikita looked on at him not knowing what to say or do suddenly feeling goose bumps creep up her arms making her shiver. Before she could say anything Padma was back at the conservatory door letting her know that her parents were ready to go. Sid looked at her expression and blinked his eyes to her telling her that he understood then she left after saying bye to everyone.



A week later yet again the gang and guests had gathered in a hall to take part in Sid and Nikita's engagement ceremony; which was organised once again by Armaan and the Khushi Events crew. It was a small function just for the two families and their friends' families. Nikita looked great in a purple lengha which she carried off nicely and was getting a lot of compliments which she accepted with a sweet smile but two people in the entire hall noticed the confusion which filled her mind behind the smile. They watched her every move and she knew that they were looking at her which made her feel very uncomfortable.

Muskaan and Riddhima sat beside her teasing and having fun trying to make her enjoy herself. Naina came towards them with a huge smile and squashed herself between Riddhima and Nikita making them laugh at her excitement.

Naina: Come on girls…why is this party so boring…

Muskaan: We were waiting for you… - smiling

Naina: Now I'm here…but where are the guys?

Ridz: They should be around somewhere…find them and start your masti…

Naina: Fine…I'll go and look for Abhi and Rahul…and I'll send Sid over here…

Naina left the stage and went to find the guys while the girls talked to Nikita. A moment later Riddhima smiled widely as she spotted someone in the crowd; she was about to get up and walk towards them but Naina was back on stage with the guys and they started discussing what to do and Muskaan asked her to wait back. They started discussing if to have a challenge or just masti when everyone realised that Sid and Nikita were now silent and staring into each other's eyes; they all smiled silently when out of nowhere Abhi started singing the song Ishq Risk from the film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan making everyone turn to him.

Abhi: - to himself - Koi bole dariya hai...

Chorus: [Kaisa, kaisa hai ishq]

Abhi: Koi maane sehra hai…

Chorus: [Kaisa, kaisa hai ishq]

Abhi: - singing to Sid and Nikita - Koi sone sa tole re…Koi maati sa bole re…Koi bole ke chandi ka hai chhura…Hota aise ye mauke pe…Roka jaaye na roke se...Acha hota hai…Hota ye bura…

Rahul/Abhi: Kaisa ye ishq hai ai ai...Ajab sa risk hai…Kaisa ye ishq hai ai ai...Ajab sa risk hai...Ajab sa risk hai...

Chorus: Kaisa ye ishq hai…Kaisa ye ishq hai…Kaisa ye ishq hai…

Sid: - while everyone is dancing amongst themselves - Musqilon mein ye dale… - looking at Nikita but she keeps looking down - …Jo bhi chahe kara le…Badle ye dilo'n ke faisle…Mann ka mauji isqh to ji…Albeli si raho'n pe le chale…

Rahul: - to Muskaan - Koi peechhe na aage hai...Phir bhi jaane kyun bhaage hai...Mare ishq ka ishq ka dil mera…

Rahul/Abhi/Sid: Isqe uske ye hisse mein…Tere mere ye qisse mein…Maula seekhe bin seekhe bin de sikha…Kaisa ye ishq hai ai ai...Ajab sa risk hai...Kaisa ye ishq hai ai ai...Ajab sa risk hai...

Girls dance: Ga ga ga ga ga ma ga…Ga ga ga ga ga ma ga…Ga ga ga ga ga ma ga re sa re dha ni…

Riddhima dreaming Armaan is singing to her: Naina laage to jaage...Bina dori ya dhaage…Bandhte hain do naina khwaab se…Na ata ho na pata ho…Kore naino mein koi aa base…

All Boys: Iska uska na iska hai…Jaane kitna hai kiska hai...Kaisi bhaasa mein bhasa mein hai likha…Iske uske ye hisse mein…Tere mere ye qisse mein…Maula seekhe bin seekhe bin de sikha…

Everyone: Kaisa ye ishq hai ai ai...Ajab sa risk hai...Kaisa ye ishq hai ai ai...Ajab sa risk hai...

The song came to the end and everyone cheered; Sid and Nikita were taken back to the stage and the ring ceremony was to begin as both of their family members followed them up onto the stage. Everyone looked on happily but Abhi who lurked around in the corner. Keerti placed the ring into Sid's hand and told him to put it onto Nikita; he took it and looked at her but he saw something which wrenched his heart; even though she wore a small smile he could see behind it and he knew she was screaming just one person's name in her mind and it was not his.

Sid: I'm sorry Niki…

Everyone looked at him in shock even Nikita wondered what he was doing but Sid just stood there and shook his head slow to Nikita.

Sid: I'm really sorry Niki…I can't go ahead with this engagement…

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part 68 

Everyone looked on happily but Abhi who lurked around in the corner. Keerti placed the ring into Sid's hand and told him to put it onto Nikita; he took it and looked at her but he saw something which wrenched his heart; even though she wore a small smile he could see behind it and he knew she was screaming just one person's name in her mind and it was not his.

Sid: I'm sorry Niki…

Everyone looked at him in shock even Nikita wondered what he was doing but Sid just stood there and shook his head slow to Nikita.

Sid: I'm really sorry Niki…I can't go ahead with this engagement…



Niki's Mum: But Sid beta…kya huwa? – worried – …Are you angry at Niki for some reason…what happened?

Shubhankar: Sid…what are you doing? - confused

Sid: Please dad… - looking at him then at Nikita's mum - …just a minute…aunty… - then turning to Nikita - …mere aur Niki ke beech main aisa kuch nahi huwa…and Nikita is not to blame for this… - looking around at each person on the stage - …this is my decision…

Niki: - looking closely at him close to tears - …But why Sid? – her mind was full of questions - …Why are you breaking off this relationship?

Sid: I'm sorry Niki…but I can't ruin your life…

Niki: What do you mean by that…why would you even think that you would ruin my life?

Sid: Because I've come in between the two of you…and I know you can only be happy with him…by taking this relationship forward I'll be ruining your life as well as his…and I don't want to do that…

Niki: But Sid…I'm ready for this relationship…I want this…I will be happy with you… - tears forming in her eyes

Sid: I know you will Niki but…it won't be the same happiness that you will feel with him…because I'm just a friend…someone whose company you enjoy…someone who understands you…and someone who will always be there for you…but he'll keep you happy for the rest of your life…because you both love each other…

Niki: - tears now rolling down her cheeks - …Nahi…main use pyar nahi karti…Sid I want to go through with this please… - almost begging

Sid: You're just saying that to punish yourself…but the truth is that you'll be happier with him…

Niki: Please Sid… - crying

Niki's Dad: Sid beta…yeh sab kya ho raha hain…? – confused - …Who are you talking about? – then turning to Nikita - …Nikita who else is in your life?

Sid: Uncle please…like I said before Nikita is not to be blamed for anything that is happening…she's not at fault…

Niki's Dad: Then what is the truth…

Sid: Uncle…Nikita is in love with someone else…they both love each other but are unable to say anything because of problems which happened in the past…but today I'm going to sort it all out because I know that none of us will be able to live peacefully if I go ahead with this relationship…

Niki's Mum: But who is he?

Sid: - looking directly into Nikita's eyes - …Just give him one more chance…he's learnt his lesson and has come to terms with the truth… - Nikita gulped as tears rolled down her cheeks - …please…

Sid looked around the hall full of confused guests who were listening to his every word wondering what was going on. He spotted Abhi standing at the back and motioned for him to come forward as everyone turned to see who he was talking to. Abhi walked towards the stage; his eyes on Nikita and Sid while the crowd parted leading him towards them. The guests all started talking at once while their friends stood there silently wondering if Nikita would give him another chance.

Abhi made it to the stage and stood in front of Nikita who was still crying uncontrollably; Nikita's mum was in shock while her dad stood there silently watching his every move.

Niki's Mum: Ab-Abhi? – silently

Sid: Abhi…I'm moving out of your way because I want to see Niki's happiness…and I know only you can give her that…please prove me right…

Abhi: Thanks Sid…but now it's my turn… - turning to Nikita - …Niki…I'm very sorry…I know I've hurt you a lot…and one sorry isn't going to make it all better…I was wrong…right from the beginning…I didn't know that my love for you would turn so bitter…I was out for revenge…and when I finally got it I realised how much you meant to me…when I got to New York I was fine for a week…but then all I could think of was you and the state I had left you in…and I was paining…I thought I would come back and sort it out right away…I would take any punishment you gave me happily…but when I got here and saw that you were going to be someone else's…I realised that was my biggest punishment…and I was ready to take it on…I wanted you to be happy with Sid but not like this… - holding onto her hand - …if you were happy with Sid I wouldn't mind…but silently hurting yourself is not what I wanted…and now I know Sid also feels the same way about you…he also knows that you were paining inside…and I'm so happy that he's given me another chance…I hope you would also give me one more chance…

Niki: - hiccupped – Ab-Abhi…

Abhi: Please Niki… - going down on his knees still holding her hand - …Niki…please forgive me…please be mine…

Nikita blinked her eyes several times to get rid of the tears then looked around at everyone on the stage. Sid nodded his head telling her to go ahead with a smile; his parent were also smiling in her direction giving her a sense of confidence; then she looked at her parents; her mum was smiling with tears and her dad nodded his head slowly in her direction. Nikita looked down at him with tears in her eyes to see him mouth "I love you" to her which made her heart skipped a beat and she wore a watery smile while nodding her head slowly. Abhi stood up happily and pulled her into a comforting hug which he had wanted to do for a long time; then he suddenly realised where they were and how many people were watching them; he moved apart and looked down at her happily.

Abhi: I'm sorry… - to Nikita then turned around to her parents - …I'm sorry uncle aunty…maybe I should've done this a long time ago…I've messed up the whole party atmosphere… - then turning to Sid's parents - …once again…I'm really sorry… - they nodded with a smile then he turned to the guests - …please all of you forgive me for making a mess of the party…

Everyone started talking at once but Abhi saw the smiles on their faces which made him feel at ease; he turned around and walked towards Sid who stood at the edge of stage.

Abhi: I really don't have any words but…thanks…what you did today…I really have no words to describe…you really are a man with courage…and I understand why Niki became so fond of you…I owe you one…

Sid: Please yaar Abhi…what I did was for her happiness…and I hope you will keep her happy for the rest of her life…

Abhi: I will…promise…

Abhi and Sid walked over to where Nikita was sanding with her parents and Sid placed their hands into each other before walking off of the stage with a huge smile on his face. Riddhima, Rahul and Muskaan walked towards him and Rahul clapped him on his back; he smiled at him but turned to Riddhima which he noticed was very sad.

Sid: - putting his arm around her shoulder – What's wrong with you?

Ridz: - looking sideways at him – I'm so sorry Sid…I really had no right in messing with your life…it's because of me you had…

Sid: - cutting her off – Please Ridz…what you did was right…all you wanted was your friend's happiness and nothing is wrong with that…now look…everyone's happy…

Ridz: Are you? – slowly

Sid: Of course I am… - with a huge smile - …look over there and tell me what you see…

They both looked onto the stage to see Abhi and Nikita sitting together with huge smiles on their faces. Abhi took out a small box from his pocket and opened it to show Nikita a diamond ring to which she looked on in surprise and smiled widely.

Sid: Look how happy they are…that's all I wanted…don't worry about me…I had prepared myself for this the very first day I saw Abhi back at Muskaan and Rahul's mehendi…so I'm fine…and you should be too…

Ridz: - giving him a hug - …You really are the best friend anyone can have…

Sid: Thank you… - as she moved back

Ridz: Not everyone could do what you did today…

??: You're right Ridz…I'm really impressed…

They both turned to see a really pretty girl standing next to Riddhima with a smile on her face as she watched the two of them.

Ridz: - smiling – Sid this is Tannu…Armaan's best friend…and Tannu…Sid…my cousin…

Sid: Hi…nice to meet you… - holding out his hand

Tannu: Hi… - shaking his hand

Ridz: Excuse me… - walking away

Tannu: I really am very impressed with what you just did…you really have a huge heart to pull off something like that…

Sid: Thanks but…I just did what I thought was necessary…

Tannu: But in front of so many people…I would never have been able to do that…

Sid: And I hope you'll never have to…

Tannu: You're really a sweet guy…

Sid: Looks like it's my day for compliments… - smiling

Tannu: Seriously…

Sid: Let me warn you…if you already have a boyfriend you should stay away from me…because people easily fall in love with my charm…

Tannu: Oh really… - Sid shook his head to which she smiled - …then let me just inform you… - whispering - …I'm single…

Sid: Interesting… - cheekily

Tannu: - laughing she held out her hand – Friends…?

Sid: Of course… - shaking her hand

The engagement ceremony took place peacefully and was accepted by all. Abhi made sure he apologised to everyone he needed to, Nikita was consoled by all the guests and Sid was complimented by everyone and the wedding date was announced for two weeks later.



A few days had passed with the Gupta family getting over the small situation; Keerti and Ba were quite upset but Sid had tried his best to make them understand the situation and he promised that he would find a bride soon for them to accept as their daughter-in-law. Once things were back to normal Padma invited the Malik family over for dinner as it had been a while since they had a get together. That evening the ladies had spent a long time in the kitchen preparing lots of delicious food and snacks for their guests.

They arrived just after seven pm and everyone engaged in their own general conversations. Riddhima kept her eye out on Armaan who on the other hand stayed seated with the grownups conversing about business which made Riddhima wonder what was going on but her mind was diverted for a while by Dhruv; the girls were seated in the conservatory chatting away.

Dhruv: Anjali Didi…you didn't bring anything for me… - sadly

Anji: Oh no I forgot…

Dhruv: That's not fair…Riddhi always brings gifts for me…right Riddhi?

Ridz: Yes I do… - turning to Anjali - …dii you should have brought something for my Dhruv… - giving him a hug

Naina: Dhruv…you're being really spoilt… - to Anjali – …its okay Anjali Dii…he's just being a baby…

Tannu: And a very cute one… - ruffling his hair

Anji: - smiling – Don't worry Dhruv…I was just joking…your gift is in the kitchen…

Dhruv: What is it? – excitedly

Anji: Come… - getting up and holding out her hand for him to take - …I'll show you…

Dhruv: Yes… - cheering excitedly

The two of them walked out of the conservatory leaving Naina shouting behind them making Riddhima and Tannu laugh.

Naina: You guys are really spoiling him…and I'm the one who'll have to deal with it when we get back…

Ridz: Aww…he's just so sweet though…

Naina: Haan…you don't say anything at all okay…we all know he's your boyfriend…

Sometime later they have a delicious dinner filling themselves until they could hardly move then they youngsters went upstairs to chill in Riddhima's room, Tannu made sure she dragged Armaan and Sid upstairs with them and no one had to tell Dhruv as he lead them upstairs. They settled down around the comfy chairs and bean bags; Riddhima and Dhruv together, Tannu in between Sid and Armaan and Naina on the floor as they started chatting away.

Tannu: So…what's the plan?

Armaan: What plan?

Naina: Let's do something fun…

Dhruv: Let's play snakes and ladders… - jumping up excitedly

Sid: Shut up Dhruv…

Ridz: - ruffling Dhruv's hair as he was about to say something - …Dhruv…I'll play snakes and ladders with you tomorrow…

Dhruv: But I want to play now…

Naina: We're not playing that now…

Ridz: Dhruv… - calmly - …there's lots of us…we can't all play…so me and you will play tomorrow okay?

Dhruv: Okay…

Tannu: How about…Chinese Whispers?

Ridz: That sounds like fun… - excitedly

Armaan: How old are you guys…grow up…

Tannu: What's wrong with that?

Armaan: You guys go ahead and play baby games…I'm off… - getting up

Ridz: But Armaan…stay for a while…we won't play that okay? – seriously

Tannu: Fine…how about pass the pillow…?

Armaan: I'm going… - getting up again

Ridz: Armaan…what's the rush…why don't you decide a game then…

Armaan: I'm really not in the mood…

Ridz: Please… - pleading

Tannu watched them with a bit of concern as she realised that there was some tension between them but stayed quiet taking it all in and wondering what was up.

Sid: What about spin the bottle…

Tannu: That sounds great…

Naina: Yeah that's fine…what do you say Armaan?

Armaan: Fine… - sitting back down

They played spin the bottle for a while daring each other to do silly things and asking a few personal questions which everyone seemed to enjoy but Armaan who was very boring and not in the mood; everyone ignored him and carried on. The game went on for a very long time until it was time for the Malik's to go home; everyone left the room but Riddhima asked Armaan to stay back for a minute.

Armaan: What's up?

Ridz: Armaan…don't you think we need to spend some time together?

Armaan: Please Ridz…I've told you already…I'm really busy these days…I haven't got time to be messing around like before…

Ridz: But Armaan…what about us…doesn't our relationship mean anything to you any more…?

Armaan: What kind of question is that Ridz…you know I love you…but you also know how important my work is for me…I can't give it up…

Ridz: I'm not saying to give it up…I'm just saying…

Armaan: Please Ridz…I've had a long day…I wasn't even going to come tonight but mum and Tannu forced me…if not I have a whole new project that I could've worked on this evening…you know there's not much time left for Abhi and Niki's wedding and I need to get on with it…

Ridz: But…

Armaan: We'll talk about this later…bye…

Armaan ran down the stairs leaving Riddhima standing there speechless. She walked down slowly as his words replayed in her mind, she got to the bottom and saw that they were all ready to leave but Tannu walked towards her.

Tannu: Are you okay?

Ridz: Huh…? – looking around - …I'm…I'm fine…

Tannu: Okay listen…we'll meet up tomorrow…I need to go shopping at the mall…

Ridz: Fine… - with a small smile - …give me a call when you're ready…

Tannu: Cool…bye… - giving her a quick hug

Shashank and Padma saw their guests to the door while everyone else settled down to watch a movie but Riddhima's mind was far from it and within ten minutes she made an excuse saying she was going to bed and went upstairs while Armaan's words echoed through her mind as she fell asleep. She woke up panting and sweating two hours later as her dreams began to haunt her and she thought once again about staying away from Armaan for a while.



The next day Riddhima went over to the Malik house to pick up Tannu as they had made plans to go to the mall. They got there and started shopping instantly; Riddhima felt slightly better and at least had a smile on her face as they walked around and looked at clothes deciding of to try it on and the usual that girls' do in a mall. Once they had found a few outfits and bought them they walked down to the coffee shop where they bought themselves drinks then settled down.

Tannu: So tell me…what's up with you and Armaan?

Riddhima did a double take as this was the last thing she wanted to talk about right now; her nightmare flashed into her mind once again and she got instant goose bumps but yet she did not answer.

Tannu: Are you going to tell me or not…because I'm not blind…since I've got here I've notice a difference in your relationship…

Ridz: To be very honest Tannu…I have no idea what is going on between us…

Tannu: What do you mean?

Ridz: Well…since we got back from the country club where we spent two and half weeks alone he's come back and jumped straight into his work…

Tannu: Go on… - nodding her head

Ridz: I'm not saying anything is wrong with that…it's absolutely fine…I have no problems with that…because everyone is so impressed with his work…he organised the fashion show really well…then Muskaan and Rahul's four massive functions…and then he was working on Sid and Niki's engagement and now Abhi and Niki's wedding…

Tannu: So what exactly is the problem?

Ridz: The problem is that he's so much into it that I feel as though he's moving away from me…our relationship has been put on the side…and he doesn't care…but in actual fact he's changed so much in this two months…it's unbelievable…

Tannu: I agree… - nodding - …ever since I got here I can see a change in his behavior…he's never at home these days…and all he cares about is his work…even before I got here he had stopped calling me for a while and wasn't answering my calls…for a second I thought you guys were spending a lot of time together so he couldn't be bothered…but now I know that it's his work that's keeping him occupied…

Ridz: I just wish everything would go back to normal…but to make matters worse my nightmares are just not helping…

Tannu: Nightmares?

Ridz: Yeah…I've been having nightmares about this whole problem and I'm going mad!

Tannu: Don't worry…it's just a phase…I bet it'll past soon and everything will be fine again…just wait till most of his projects have been completed… - thinking for a second - …Niki and Abhi's wedding is the last for now right?

Ridz: Yeah I think…why?

Tannu: Right…after this project try to talk to him as he spares a moment then tell him all about your feelings…I'm sure he'll understand and he'll be back to normal very soon…

Ridz: Maybe you're right…

Tannu: You just don't worry yourself about this...it's not worth it…just chill… and enjoy the functions…be happy for your friends…then sort Armaan out later…

Ridz: - with a small smile - …Thanks yaar Tannu…after talking to you I feel much better…

Tannu: And that's why I asked you to come out today…because I noticed the tension between you two last night and I sensed that something was wrong…shopping was just an excuse… - looking at Riddhima's expression - …but at least you're feeling better now after you let all your worries out…right?

Ridz: - nodding her head with a smile - …Thanks…

Tannu: It's cool…

A while later Riddhima got a call from Nikita asking her to come around, they went home to drop their bags off and asked Naina to come along with them. They got there just in time as Muskaan and the girls had a great evening planning a small wedding function; making the next day a shopping spree in South Hall which was great fun.



Two weeks came around sooner than they thought and before they knew it Nikita and Abhi's wedding ceremony was taking place. Everyone was excited and had lots of fun even though it was a very small function with very few guests but it was one of the best functions where the gang had a great time. Surprisingly Armaan also took part in some of the fun and games but the distance between him and Riddhima was increasing by the minute. Their reception function was taking place that night and Rahul and Armaan were making the most of this time to tease Abhi reminding him of all the fun he use to make of them back in their school days.

Rahul: Armaan…do you remember what he use to say… - imitating Abhi – …This love stuff is so crap!... How could you guys fall for it?

Armaan: How can I forget…he kept saying it's never going to happen to him…and now… - turning to Abhi with a cheeky smile - …what happened Abhi?

Abhi: Shut up guys…

Rahul: But one thing's for sure…since he's got back from New York he's changed…

Armaan: Yeah…he thinks he's too good for us low class people…

Abhi: What are you two on about man… - annoyed - …enough rubbish and let me enjoy my day…

Armaan: Oh we will…don't worry… - cheekily he looked at Rahul who nodded

Abhi: What are you up to? - curiously

Armaan and Rahul walked off of the stage with big grins as they made their way to the DJ and the music started up. The girls; Riddhima, Naina, Muskaan and Tannu heard the tune and walked into the middle and started dancing.

Girls: Aya ladiye ni tera sehreyan wala vyavan aya…Aya ladiye ni tera sehreyan wala vyavan aya…Aya te sada rang laya ladiye ni tera sehreyan wala vyavan aya…Aya ladiye ni tera sehreyan wala vyavan aya…

Armaan: O o bole angrezi munda…O karda tezi munda... - imitating Abhi - …Lagata woh tie-shie…Hai very hi-fi…

Rahul: O bole village ko ganda…O badla hai yeh banda… - making fun of Abhi - …Hai bhoola woh desi tane…Te gaye English gane…

Both: Ata jata nusk nikaly…Kam dham ka na…Ata jata nusk nikaly…Kam dham ka na…Paar samundar jake usne itna hi jana… - dancing - Ke sajh dhaj ke tashan main rehna…Ke sajh dhaj ke tashan main rehna…Te ban than ke jashan main rehna…Ke sajh dhaj ke tashan main rehna…

Rahul: Ho assi an padosiyan de kundy-shundyy khol ke…Tip-top rehnda dekho, hello hi bol ke…

Armaan: O peepdiyon pe nache sunte bol na woh dhol ke…O disco seekha bhool gaya hai woh bhangra pana…

Boys and Sid: Paar samundar jake usne itna hi jana…Ke sajh dhaj ke tashan main rehna…Ke sajh dhaj ke tashan main rehna…Te ban than ke jashan main rehna…Ke sajh dhaj ke tashan main rehna…

Girls: - sitting next to Nikita - …Aya ladiye ni tera sehreyan wala vyavan aya…Aya ladiye ni tera sehreyan wala vyavan aya…Aya te sada rang laya ladiye ni tera sehreyan wala vyavan aya…

Sid: Haye sohniyan te mohniyan vi, gabru jawan vi…Haniyan ko mil jani, yenhi koi jan vi…

Armaan: Han sohniyan te mohniyan vi, gabru jawan vi…Haniyan ko mil jani, yenhi koi jan vi…O thodi khas ada hai apni, te vakhri hai shan vi…Shan vi, oye shan vi, oye…

Rahul: Ho pyar ka pecha apne aap hi apna pai jana…Pyar ka pecha apne aap hi apna pai jana…

Boys: Ke sajh dhaj ke tashan main rehna…Ke sajh dhaj ke tashan main rehna…Te ban than ke jashan main rehna…Ke sajh dhaj ke tashan main rehna…

Girls: - dancing in the middle - …Kik lik li di, pagg mere veer di…Dupatta mere bhai da, pind mo jamai da…Kik lik li di, pagg mere veer di…Dupatta mere bhai da, pind mo jamai da…


Everyone joined them in the middle and had great fun for the rest of the evening. Many couples were coming closer together enjoying the new feeling of companionship but in between all of this two people were moving further apart…

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