Jab Lurve Hua

Jab Lurve Hua

Monday, November 28, 2011

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 235~

The doorbell rang.Sudha excitedly opened the door,only to realize it was Jiya.She raised her eyebrows but Sudha simply shook her head.Armaan was still not at home and the guests were getting ready to go off.Sudha apologized to them profusely for having wasted nearly 2 hours of their time but they just left politely,despite feeling humilated.Jiya locked the door and Sudha simply rested her head on the dining table whilst Jiya helped her wash the new set of glasses which Sudha had especially gotten out from the cabinet and served them juices.Sudha heard the tap running and stopped Jiya.

Sudha:Uff Jiya,kya kar rahe ho tum?

Jiya:Aunty,it's nothing..I'm done!!Chaliye...(brought her to the balcony)

Sudha:Now where did he disappear to..after saying that he'll be back soon?

Jiya:Aunty,i've been trying his mobile but it is being said that he's either unreachable or hs network is inaccessible..Agar kuch zaroori kaam hota toh,toh woh mujhe zaroor bataa deta..

Sudha:I get it!!Usse shaq hua hoga ki yeh guests hain kaun..Aur iss liye woh ghar nahin aana chahtha..

Jiya:Aunty,aisi baat toh bilkul bhi nahin hogi..In fact,kya Armaan ne aaj tak aapse koi bhi baat chupaaya hai??

Sudha:Uski contract marriage ka sach..

Jiya:(murmured to herself)Damn it!!

Sudha:Jiya,kya main kuch galat ka rahi hoon,hhmm??Usse aage badhna hi hoga apne zindagi mein..In fact,kuch din pehle toh usne pee kar ghar aagaya tha..Yeh sab nahin chalega!!

Jiya:Aunty,aapke baat bilkul sahi hain lekin shayad Armaan ko thoda waqt ki zaroorat hoga shaayad..

Sudha:Kitna waqt,Jiya??Maa hoon main uska;main kuch nahin kehti par mujhe bohat zyaada bura lagta hai jab meri Armu iss tarha..

Jiya:Aunty,aap please udhaas matt hona..Main aapko iss tarha nahin dekh sakti!!

Sudha:Jiya,why don't you talk to him about this??

Jiya:(was totally taken aback by Sudha's suggestion)Main???

Sudha:He listens to you and he'll surely...

Jiya:Actually Aunty,maine toh usse hamesha Bharti ke baarein mein baat karke..I mean,mujhe ek pal laga tha ki woh Bharti se ab abhi pyaar karta hai par usne mujhse saaf saaf kah tha ki woh uski shaadi ke baarein mein kuch bhi nahin sunnaa chahtha hai..Tab se maine kuch kaha bhi nahin!!

Sudha:Jiya,meri khaatir,please!!Waise bhi,tum toh hamesha haar nahin maan the ho na??Mainbhi baat karungi lekin meri hausla badhaa do,please??

Jiya:Aunty,i'll be more than happy if Armaan gets settled in his life too...(thought to herself)Though i just wish it was with Bharti but sadly she's in love with Mayank,surprisingly!!

Sudha:Main iss liye thodi si pressurize kar rahi hoon kyunki Bharti bhi shayad jald se Mayank se..Aaj hi meri uski mulaakat huyi thi..

Jiya:Acha??Kya keh rahi thi woh??

Sudha:Bas maine usse ghar par nyota diya tha Mayank ke saath aane ke liye...Actually woh shaadi ke baarein mein abhi tak socha nahin hain..

Jiya:Acha acha..Aunty,so aapne Bharti ko kab invite kiya hain??

Sudha:Kyun??

Jiya:Bas ainvayi..

Sudha:I didn't exactly specify the date..I just told her to come asap,that's all..

Jiya:Leh..

Sudha:Kya??

Jiya:Kuch nahin..Actually Aunty,Friday Bharti ki aakhri din hai Men's Universe mein..

Sudha:Really??

Jiya:Aap itne excited kyun ho??Hum sab yeh soch kar bohat upset hain..

Sudha:Nahin,at least ab toh usse ek chutti mil sakti hai aur apne studies par zyaada focus kar paayegi warna hamesha idhar se udhar aur udhar na jaane kahaa bhaag thi rehti hain..

Jiya:Woh bhi hain...

Sudha:(smiled)In fact,tumhe bata hai,jab bhi main usse dekh thi hoon toh mujhe aisa lagta hai jaise main apne aap ko dekh rahi hoon,shayad bees saal pehle..Usse shayad andaaza tak nahin hain par uss mein ek bohat achi maa banne ki kaabiliyyat toh hain,bhale woh kisi se kuch bhi naa kahein..(Jiya smiled,feeling the truth in Sudha's words)

MEANWHILE...

The lorry driver just stopped driving all of a sudden.Armaan had closed his eyes,feeling pretty much tired.However,Bharti saw the driver and asked him for something to drink for she was feeling extremely thirsty.She was quite glad that the rains had stopped.Armaan opened his eyes and noticed Bharti drinking from a bottle.

Armaan:Bharti,yeh tum kya pee rahe ho??

Bharti:Tumse matlab??

Armaan:Tumhe yeh kaha se mila hai??

Bharti:Mujhe bohat pyaas lag rahi thi aur yeh ache driver ne mujhe yeh bottle di hain..Tumhe koi problem hai??

Armaan:Bharti,bas..Woh bottle wapas kar do!!

Bharti:I'm not done drinking...(gulped down but Armaan went closer towards her and took the bottle from her,passing it instantly to the driver;just then,he noticed Bharti glaring at him)What the hell is your s problem,Armaan??Can't you even let me drink??

Armaan:Uss bottle mein...(saw the lorry driver watching them)Erm bhai saab,aap chalenge,please??(The lorry driver started driving)Uss bottle mein kuch bhi ho sakta hain...Woh zaroori nahin hai ke uss bottle mein bas paani ho..

Bharti:Dekho,maine pehle bhi kaha hai;meri fikr karna chod do!!(felt chilly from the sudden strong winds as the lorry driver accelerated)

Armaan sat beside Bharti but both of them turned away from each other. After some time,he secretly turned to look at Bharti who had actually fallen asleep.He took the liberty and mildly laid her head on his shoulder.Upon seeing her shiver,Armaan shook his head and gently wore his shoulder on her while she fell in a deep sleep.Eventually the driver halted at the main road and Armaan tried to wake Bharti up but she was in such a deep sleep that she had lil clue that Armaan had carried her down the lorry.

The lorry driver had driven off,much in vain.Armaan had spotted an empty bench and let Bharti rest there while he checked out the garage in front of him which was about to be closed.He tried to convince one of the workers to repair his bike as soon as possible while he kept glancing at the bench where Bharti was seated and sleeping.When the worker asked if Armaan was willing to pay extra,he was paying lil attention to the amount the worker was asking.Instead,he instantly agreed and went to Bharti when he saw some guys on a bike looking in her direction.Upon seeing Armaan having seated next to Bharti,the guys rode off.

After a long wait,Armaan's bike was ready and he gradually made Bharti stand and eventually got her seated on his bike.With the help of the worker,he started the bike and paid more than what the worker had expected and Armaan rode off.Bharti unconsciously placed her hands around Armaan' tummy,which only made him smile.Armaan rode off,heading to Bharti's place.Armaan had kicked open the gates mildly and parked his bike inside.

He gradually took Bharti's hands off him before getting off the bike and instantly carried her in his arms.He almost jerked as he saw Payal having opened the door.She stood by the door and watched Armaan who was avoiding her gaze and he had quickly headed to her room to lay Bharti on her bed.As he turned,he stopped himself and turned to face Bharti whose hair had fallen in front of her face.Armaan leand close to her face and gently placed her moist hair strands away from her face behind her ear.He didn't feel like leaving her at all but he heard Payal clearing her throat,closing his eyes in embarassment.He quickly stood up and looked at Payal.

He tried to walk away but Payal stopped him from moving forward and just looked intently into his eyes.

Armaan:(felt irritated by Payal)What??

Payal:(got amused)Ermm,did i come at the wrong time??

Armaan:What do you mean??

Payal:Ohoho,now you're so innocent that you don't even understand what i'm trying to say...I'm perfectly alright if you do wanna romance her a bit more,you see...

Armaan:Payal,jaisa tu soch rahi hain,waisa kuch bhi nahin hain,ok??I wasn't...

Payal:Toh phir kaisa hain,Armaan??Do enlighten me..(Armaan arched his eyebrow and Payal simply smiled winsomely)

Armaan:I wasn't romancing Bharti in any way..I was just placing her hair strands behind so that she sleeps comfortably,hhmm??

Payal:Oh really??Trust me,she's a deep sleeper and when she sleeps in that state,she doesn't really care if her hair falls before her..Cuz she's not aware of it,hhmm??(Armaan looked at Bharti and Payal couldn't stop noticing the love in his eyes for Bharti)Tere pyaar mein aise jeeya hum..(Armaan looked at Payal instantly upon hearing her sing)Bas ek pal,Armaan..

Armaan:Mujhe bhi pata hai ki yeh gaana bas ek pal hain,hhmm??Ab yeh gaana gaane ki kya zaroorat hai??

Payal:(sighed deeply)Main kuch bhi kahi bhi aur kabhi bhi gaa sakti hoon...Uff Armaan,ab bas bhi karo na!!!Apna pyaar ka izhaar tum kab karoge yaar??

Armaan:Dekho,main Bharti se pyaar...(Payal was nodding her head and expecting Armaan to complete his sentence but he just paused)

Payal:Bol do Armaan ki tumhe Bharti se pyaar...

Armaan:Nahin hain,theekh hai??

Payal:Arre!!(Armaan walked out of the room and Payal rushed to him,stopping him)Ok,ok...Pehle tum mujhe yeh bataao ki tum Bharti se kahaa par mila tha aur aaj raat kya hua tha??Full details over a mug of coffee??

Armaan:Payal,i'm seriously late aur Maa mujhe maar daalegi!!

Payal:Chill Armaan!!Itna late toh tum ho hi chuke ho toh thoda aur hi sahi..Come on!!

Armaan:Payal,you're just impossible!!

Payal:So toh hoon..You've gotta ait since i'm already boiling the water...

Armaan:Fine!!

Payal:Actually you can get started..I'm waiting!!

Armaan:Woh main aur Shreya dinner ke liye mil rahe the aaj raat Oasis Restaurant mein..Mujhe sach much nahin pata tha ki Shreya ne Bharti ko bhi bulaaya tha..Phir zoro se baarish ho raha tha aur mujhe laga ki Bharti ko kahaa auto mil sakti hain iss waqt aur main usse dhoondh the nikla tha..Shreya pehle hi gayi thi kyunki usse Mayank ka call aa gayi thi kuch zaroori kaam ke liye..(narrated the rest of the incidents which followed,leaving out Shreya's confession while he sipped the coffee made by Payal)

Payal:Aaj raat ki coffee kuch zyaada hi tasty hain na??(Armaan didn't respond)Acha,actually tum mujhe phone kar sakte the na??I mean,you didn't have to take so much of effort to bring Bharti back,you know??Par tumne Bharti ka maar bhi khaaya,uske baad woh lorry driver ke ghatiya niyyat se bachaaye..Phir woh ladke jo bike par the..You know seriously,you needn't but you did!!(raised her eyebrows)Kyun??

Armaan:Payal,yeh sab maine insaaniyat ke naate..

Payal:(murmured)Pyaar ko insaaniyat ka naam de raha hai...

Armaan:Kuch kahaa tumne??

Payal:Haan,kaha tha...Armaan,it's so clear that you still love her deeply,why don't you admit it dude??Look,you can't just give up on your love like that,ok??

Armaan:Payal,why are you doing this??Why are you bent on making me think twice about my decision??

Payal:Because your decision is wrong,Armaan!!

Armaan:Thanks for rubbing salt to my wounds...Waise bhi Bharti bhi yehi keh thi hain..Usne abhi tak mujhe maaf bhi nahin kiya..

Payal:Armaan,in this case,i'll only side with her for i see her every single day going through her life..She practically runs!!When one chore's done,she proceeds to the next and then the next..Her studies,internship,social life,Naina and not forgetting the list of troubles that somehow accompany her wherever she goes...She's got no choice but she simply moves speedily so how can you expect her to remember what she possibly did the day before or even the week before??

Armaan:Payal,yehi meri galti hai...I just thought of me and i didn't bother to see it from her perspective!!Main toh bas usse yeh ehsaas dilaana chahtha tha ki mujhe kitna takleef hua tha jab Bharti ne mujhe neglect kiya tha..

Payal:Kyun hua tha tumhe takleef Armaan??Bharti ke kitne saare dost hai aur tumhaara bhi hoga shayad...Tumhe bura kyun laga Armaan??Just think about it!!Yeh zaroori nahin hain ki Bharti tumhe har cheez mein shaamil kare..(paused for a while)Yaa phir tum yeh chahthe ho ki..

Armaan:Payal,mere zyaada dost nahin hain,theekh hai??Aur jinhe main jaan tha hoon,Bharti uss mein se sab se khaas hain...

Payal:Toh tum Bharti ko zyaada ehmiyat dete ho??Par tum yeh kyun chahthe ho ki woh bhi tumhe...

Armaan:Kyunki main...

Payal:Armaan,you love her and you hate to see that she doesn't reciprocate or harbour the emotion of love in her heart..

Armaan:Payal please!!Main..I'm confused!!

Payal:Par kyun Armaan??

Armaan:Yeh tum mujhse pooch rahe ho??Jab tumhe khud yeh bata hogi ki Bharti aur Mayank ek doosre mein interested hain aur iss liye Mayank ne Bharti ko propose bhi kiya hai...

Payal:(kept mum as she thought to herself)Damn you,Bharti!!!If you hadn't made me promise,i could have easily told Armaan that there is nothing going on between you and Mayank!!Argghh!!

Armaan:Kya hua Payal?Chup kyun ho??I'm confused..Maa mere liye doosri shaadi ke liye pressure de rahi hain aur main aage badhna chahtha hoon par nahin kar paa rahaa hoon..I just don't know!!Mujhe sochne ke liye waqt chaahiye aur mujhe khud bata nahin hain ke Bharti ke internship ke baad,kya main usse mil paaonga ya bhi nahin...

Payal:Cheer up,dude!!Waise,a girl can't stay mad for long at someone who makes her laugh...She'll come around,soon!!

Armaan:Mujhe chalna chaahiye Payal..Bohat raat ho chuka hain!!

Payal:Tum yahaa kyun nahin ruk jaate??I mean it's pretty late..

Armaan:Mujhe marwaane ka iraada hai kya??Aur upar se,agar Bharti ne mujhe subah dekh liya toh bata nahin ki maafi ka chance hoga bhi ya nahin...(Payal got amused)Iss liye,jaa raha hoon..

Payal:Arre,ek minute..I need to give you something,which i intended to talk to you about since our meeting at the mandir..Just hold on!!

Armaan:Yeah,sure..(Payal went to her room and came back after some time)Yeh kya hai??

Payal:Apne kamre mein jaa kar aaraam se kholna...Good night!!

Armaan:(smiled)Nitezz!!(turned to go but he turned around to Payal)Woh Bharti ki kapde badal dena Payal warna woh bhimaar padh sakti hai...(Payal just watched him)What??

Payal:Seriously Armaan??(Armaan knew where Payal was steering the conversation to)

Armaan:Nitezz Payal!!(waved to her and rode off on his bike)

Armaan eventually reached home and noticed Jiya's sandals and wondered if the guest his mum invited was Jiya after all. He placed the keys in the keyhole and turned it in the clockwise direction,unlocking the door and noticed Sudha and Jiya chattering away.

Armaan:Maa,i'm home..(both Sudha and Jiya stopped talking)Maa,you could have easily told me that Jiya was supposedly our guest for the night for dinner..I would have come much more later..(Jiya glared at him)

Sudha:Where the hell have you been,Armu??

Jiya:(murmured to Sudha)Maine kaha tha na Aunty ki Armaan ko sach much aapke mehmaan ke baarein mein kuch bhi bata nahin hain..

Sudha:Sshh Jiya!!Armaan,answer me!!

Armaan:Actually main humaare dinner plans ke baarein mein bhool gaya tha Bharti ko chodne ki chakkar mein..

Jiya:Did you just say Bharti?

Sudha:Bharti inn sab mein kahaa se beech mein aa gayi,Armaan?

Armaan:Woh actually Maa,main Shreya se milne Oasis Restaurant gaya tha aur tabhi maine Bharti ko bhi wahaa dekh liya tha..Shreya jaldi nikal gayi thi aur maine socha ki main hi Bharti ko ghar drop kardunga..

Sudha:Oh really?Par mujhe toh yeh laga tha ki tumhe Bharti ki ab koi fikr nahin hain phir tum yeh..

Armaan:Maa,woh aapki beti hain na aur raat bhi bohat ho chuka tha..Insaaniyat ke naate maine uski madat ki hai,that's all..

Sudha:Bharti beech mein aa gayi aur issi liye main tumhe maaf kar rahi hoon warna tumhe toh main..

Jiya:Aunty,jaane deejiye na..

Sudha:Theekh hai Jiya,tumhe agar kuch chaahiye bas le lena..Main apne study mein hoon,hhmm??

Jiya:Okiezz Aunty..(saw Sudha closing her room door)Tu chal mere saath Armaan!!Now what's going on between you and Shreya,hhmm??Uss Trends ki success bash mein bhi dekha tha maine..Chal kya rahaa hai tum dono ke beech mein?

Armaan:Kuch zyaada khaas nahin hain,Jiya..

Jiya:Kahin yeh pyaar vyaar toh nahin hain na?

Armaan:Maine kuch socha nahin hain ab tak..Filhaal tum ghar jaao,mujhe zorro ki neend aa raha hain..

Jiya:What the.....hell,Armaan?

Armaan:Good night Jiya..(shut his room door and Jiya said Bye to Sudha before leaving)

Jiya:(while driving back home)Kuch toh zaroor hai aur tumhaare kareebi dost hone ki naate main woh jaan kar hi rahungi,Armaan!!!

Raj was getting all comfortable lying down on his sofa,watching some classics while rocking Nidhi to sleep when he heard his doorbell ring.He stopped rocking and opened the door with a half-hearted smile,welcoming Jiya but she was just in her own world,coming from Armaan's place.

Raj:Ahem,excuse me..(sat beside Jiya on his sofa as she rocked Nidhi)Tum ek bachelor ke ghar mein iss waqt kya karne aaye ho?

Jiya:Main kuch bhi karoo,tumhe kya?

Raj:Great!!!Yeh ghar mera hai,hhmm?Agar mujhe problem nahin hoga toh aur kisse hoga??Aur woh bhi iss time par,akeli??Tum toh koi bhi mauka nahin chodoge na Uncle ke saamne mere naak katwaane ki??

Jiya:(wasn't even listening to his taunts)Ab kaise pata lagaaongi ke aakhir Armaan aur Shreya ke beech mein chal kya rahi hai??

Raj:(glared at Jiya upon hearing Armaan's name and murmured to himself)I don't believe this!!Yeh mere ghar mein Armaan ke shikaayat lekar aayi hai..Ab poori raat mujhe uske amazing kissa sunna padega..Yeh raat toh gaya haath se..(shook his head as he went to the kitchen to get some refreshments and chips for himself and Jiya)

Armaan unwrapped the envelope and saw a beautifully folded letter written by Payal.He smiled and unfolded the letter instantly to read it.Just then,he received a call from Mahi.

Armaan:Hey Mahi,you're still awake??

Mahi:(yawned)Sorry yaar,itni raat gaye tumhe disturb kar rahi hoon..I hope i didn't wake you up..

Armaan:You didn't Mahi..

Mahi:You sound....Happy,Armaan!!

Armaan:I do??

Mahi:Yeahh..which has been quite some time,actually...Everything's great with you??(Armaan recalled how he had cleared the air between him and Bharti and his bike ride to Bharti's place tonight)Hello??You there???

Armaan:Erm yeahh Mahi,everything's great!!What have you called for,by the way??

Mahi:I heard you're going to Goa this Thursday or something?

Armaan:I'm definitely going to Goa but not on Thursday..I'm going with Jiya on Saturday instead..

Mahi:Serious??That's amazing yaar Armaan!!

Armaan:Now you sound happy..And do tell me what's so wonderful about it??Jiya and I practically went nutzz when Amarjeet sir kept delaying our final date to Goa for the exclusive shoot for the upcoming newsletter issue...

Mahi:Hhhmm i heard from Jiya too..Don't worry about it,sab theekh hogi..Waise,ermm..(paused for a while)

Armaan:Mahi,agar tum kuch poochna chahthe ho,toh pooch lo..

Mahi:Mujhe poochna nahin chaahiye par phir bhi..Please,tum yeh matt samajh na ki main tumhaare personal matters mein intervene kar rahi hoon..

Armaan:Mahi,just shoot!!

Mahi:Bharti ne humaare doosri fashion show mein ghadbadh ki aur phir bhi tumne saari responsibility apne sarr par le liya..Kyun??

Armaan:Mahi,yeh kaisa sawaal hain yaar??Bharti humaari colleague hai aur agar tum mere jagah par hoti,toh tumbhi yehi karti na??Kyun??

Mahi:(shook her head and thought)Yeh Armaan toh mujhse hi assurance maang raha hain..Yeh aisa nahin maanega!!(smiled and continued conversing)Of course!!Main bhi yehi karti par tum toh usse baat nahin karte ho na,phir bhi tumne madat ki?Yaa phir tum dono ke beech sabkuch theekh ho chuka hai?

Armaan:Aisa kuch bhi nahin hai Mi..We're not on talking terms but i've decided to isolate my personal life from my professional life..

Mahi:Ohh..(shook her head in frustration)

Armaan:Mahi,main tumhe kal milta hoon,hhmm??Nitezz..

Mahi:Yeah sure,nitezz to you too..(both of them hung up)He's just simply impossible..If he's totally adamant,Sonu and i might have to work at Bharti instead..Par woh kya kam ziddi hai Armaan se??

Payal,meanwhile got a night gown for Bharti and somehow managed to get Bharti undressed gradually.Eventually,she switched off the lights in Bharti's room and just then,she heard the telephone ring and wondered if it could be Armaan,after having had read her letter.

Payal:Hi Armaan..Tum itni jaldi chitthi bhi padh li?

Bhaskar:Payal,Bhaskar bol raha hoon,kaunsi chitti ke baarein mein baat kar rahe the tum??(Payal's excitement subsided instantly)I didn't expect you to pick up,since you've been ignoring my calls lately..(Payal's irritation just started elevating)What's wrong jaan??Is everything ok??At least say something Payal..

Payal:Try asking the question to yourself!!(hung up)I just can't believe him!!How can he act so coolly with me after what he's been doing with Jiya??What---Does he even think that he can simply slip it out and just feign ignorance??As though nothing had happened??Damn him!!!Why should i spoil my mood,thinking about him----Payal,let's think about Bharti and Armaan!!

Armaan had switched his mobile to silent mode,"Now there will be no disturbance as i read Payal's letter". He unfolded Payal's letter and began reading.

" Hey Armaan,

I hope you didn't find it hard to unfold the letter..In fact,Bharti and I used to think of several different ways of folding our handwritten letters before sticking to this style..Shocked to hear that Bharti loves writing letters??Don't be for this initiated during our childhood days and mind you,we still do write letters to this date and that was how Bhaskar got to know about my feelings...How i wish that didn't happen though...Anywayzz,just be assured that i've modified this letter 5 minutes back for some parts of the letter..

I know you must have gone mad at me the other day for trying to coax you to come at the mandir to make you and Bharti come face to face but obviously she grew even madder..And now there's just 5 more days to her internship to be completed.Just think about it Armaan,do you really want things to grow distant between you two,just as how it's going?You may be right to say that you might prolly not meet her again..But seriously, don't you want to or long to meet her??You say that you're not in love with her any longer but how do you expect me to believe you when all i could see right now is your heart brimming with love and an outpour of passion from your eyes?Think about what you've been doing for her,saving her job and her reputation,which means a lot to you...You're giving this the title of humanity??Are you fooling me or yourself,Armaan??

Look Armaan,i know her since forever..Very adamant,vivacious girl indeed and whether she says it out loud or not,she is alone in her life despite the numerous friends she's surrounded by..She thinks she needs no one in her life,dedicating her life to Naina at the moment,which only makes her proud..Somehow she's been running away from commitment,change and even marriage,resisting them for years but no matter how many times i've asked her,she doesn't bother answering..Instead,she seeks interest in divulging in another topic,engrossing me into it as well..That's how she is..(Armaan smiled and shook his head)

When it comes to you,she's different..She feels that you are a very special friend of her's since the day both of you got bound into a contract marriage..She had least expected you to say Yes to the contract marriage but more than that,she's ever grateful to you for sharing your mum with her..Bharti's all praises for Sudha aunty,Armaan and she remembers her much often these days..That's also a small minor reason why i would love to see you both together but more importantly,she doesn't realize that you're in love with her..Do something real bold that will make her catch her breath and sweep her off her feet,Armaan..Ohh right,why would you do that??

To tell you frankly,if you're thinking of the right moment,it will never come in your life!!Yeah yeah you can start with the self-denial,hhmm?Armaan,it's pretty apparent that you;re crazy about her,so why don't you just admit it?At least in front of me??I still recall your promise to me that you'll wait for her your entire life..Now you're reaking your promise,dude!!

Fine,i'm not going to pakaao your brains any longer but i'm just going to leave you with some questions..Close your eyes(no cheating) and think of someone apart from Sudha aunty who makes you ecstatic and charged with energy?Who makes you forget all yur worries with a smile?Someone whom you love to fight with and then apologize to make it up to??

That's all from Peppy Payal..Ciao!!"

Armaan closed his eyes anhis blank mind began painting pictures of his time spent with Bharti.His trip to Goa,the bike rides,his fights with Bharti,how he sought help from both Raj and Jiya to make it up to her,the days working in Men's Universe and eventually Mayank's proposal and the Trends success bash.He instantly opened his eyes and folded the letter,neatly folding it and keeping it in his wardrobe,before lying down to sleep.

Jiya:Do you really think something's going on between Armaan and Shreya?

Raj:Mujhe kaise pata hoga Jiya??Jaake usse poochna..

Jiya:He's not answering..In fact,he just told me that he's extremely sleepy and he's going to doze off,asking me to leave..(Raj almost choked,suppressing his laughter)He just avoided the topic and asked me to leave..(Raj bursted out laughing)Rajj!!!!

Raj:Haha..Jiya,tumhaare pyaare dost ne bhi tumhe..Ghar se nikaal diya??Dekha,woh bhi ab tumhe jhel nahin paa raha han..(Jiya hit his elbow)

Jiya:Very funny,Raj..Tum mujh par hass rahe ho??

Raj:Aur nahin toh kya??Gosh,this is just amazing,Jiya!!

Jiya:You know what?Main jaa rahi hoon..Bye!!Tumse baat karna toh ek dum bekhaar hai..(stood up from the sofa and turned to go)

Raj:(stopped Jiya after she had opened the door and having stood by the doorstep)Uff Jiya,apne doosre dost se bhi gussa ho kar jaa rahe ho,hhmm??

Jiya:Haan!!Aur waise bhi,tumhe kya farqh padhtha hai?

Raj:Acha??Haan,waise you're right!!Mujhe zara sa...itna sa bhi farqh nahin padhtha..Sirf Armaan ko hi farqh padhtha hai!!Khush??(just then his mobile rang)Ab seedhi tarha andar aa rahi ho ke nahin?

Jiya:Only if you help me figure!!So??

Raj:Argghh,madat karungga..Ab theekh hai,meri maa??Ab andar chal..(shook his head while Jiya locked the door and jumped in excitement)Haan hello...

Khushi:Raj..(whispered)Main Khushi,Hotel Rhine se bol rahi hoon..

Raj:Khushi??(gestured to Jiya to mute the TV)Haan par tum Hotel Rhine mein kya kar rahe ho??

Khushi:Main thodi thaak jhaak kar rahi thi..Gyaan ssi hotel mein aaya tha aaj raat kisi se milne ke liye..

Raj:Gosh Khushi,you should have called me or Bharti up at least...

Khushi:I tried Bharti's number but the network was inaccessible..But guess what?He came to meet someone who was disguised in a black cloak..God knows why but since i had placed a micro chip in Gyaan's shirt,i could hear the fact that Gyaan had apparently asked this dude to keep Niyati at his place but this dude is flying overseas tonight itself..

Raj:WHAT??

Khushi:I couldn't get his name but i did try to investigate about Gyaan...You wouldn't believe it but when i showed Gyaan's and Vinita's pic,the one which you gave me..The receptionist told me that he did come here several times with Vinita and another guy as well as with Niyati...

Raj:That other guy has undoubtedly got to be Raichura and no one else!!(Jiya was shocked to hear Raichura's name and switched off the TV)Gyaan must have prolly come with Niyati way before he got arrested..

Khushi:I've asked the receptionist to keep it between me and her and to inform me if she saw any of them coming to Hotel Rhine and i'm staying here for the night..

Raj:This is indeed a start,Khushi..We both can't let Gyaan escape this time round!!

Khushi:Ok Raj,i'll talk to you later..My mobile charge is almost gone,hhmm??

Raj:Thanks a lot yaar..Take care,bye!!(hung up)

Jiya:Ok,i'm waiting to know of the deal amongst you,Gyaan,Raichura and Khushi...Spill it!!

Raj:Kyun??Tumhe apne dost ke problem ke baarein mein baat nahin kari hai?

Jiya:Woh toh iske baad bh ho sakti hain na..

Raj:Tu kabhi nahin sudhregi na?

Jiya:Main kyun sudhroo jab tum khud ek number ke chichore ho??Bolo bolo..

Raj:Fine!!(told her of the advancements in Khushi's invstigations at Hotel Rhine)

Jiya:Yeh wohi ladki hain na jo Trends mein kaam karti hai?

Raj:(nodded)In fact,she kinda helped us a great deal for our second fashion show which almost turned into a scandal..

Jiya:Iss Khushi ne??(Raj looked elsewhere,avoiding Jiya's gaze and she hit him real hard)Yaar,tum aise kaie kar sakte ho yaar?

Raj:Nothing to worry,Jiya for i've warned the designer that if he's gonna expose us,we'll expose his involvement in certain scandals too and that could tarnish his work reputation..The situation's stable at the moment..

Jiya:Not for long,Raj..So this was what Mahi and Sonu were referring to!!Anywayzz,so what are you going to do about Gyaan?

Raj:You're keepig this to yourself,get it??(Jiya nodded repeatedly)Pakka?

Jiya:You can trust me for ure,yaar..

Raj:Gyaan aur Vinita par khaas nazar rakhna padega...Khaas kar Vini par!!I've got some inside info about Trends offering a temporary editorial assistant position and Gyaan's already applied for it..

Jiya:Are you serious??

Raj:Khushi told me about it and the chances of him getting it is high due to his trusted informers and friends of Vini's who's expecting him to get it..

Jiya:I don't think so Raj..He's got a criminal record so why would Mayank think of hiring him?

Raj:I don't know but their plan is that if Gyaan works there,Vini could get Gyaan's chief associate editorial position in MU..

Jiya:Ohh i see..Such long-term planning?Raj,what if we ruin his possibility of getting hired by Trends or staying in MU?

Raj:That's a solid plan,Jiya!!Currently,all i can think of is Niyati's whereabouts and i want her safe and sound..Khushi's only here to find out about Niyati and once she knows her whereabouts,she would fly back with Niyati and...(paused a while)..Nidhi!!

Jiya:(rubbed his left palm)Niyati will be fine,Raj!!

Raj:I just hope so...(both Raj and Jiya automatically inclined their heads towards each other)

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 234~

Mayank:When can we meet??I need to talk to you about us by the way...

Bharti:Hhmm alright..

Mayank:What alright,Bharti??Where are you lost??

Bharti:Huh,what?I'm fine,Mayu!!

Mayank:When can we meet??

Bharti:We'll meet tomorrow,hhmm??

Mayank:Ok,take care!!Nitezz!!(just hung up)

Bharti:Armaan's in love with Shreya??

Bharti just turned away and headed to the washroom to freshen up.She noticed that there was no one in the washroom and untied her hair as she had flashes of Armaan kissing Shreya's cheeks and holding her hand a few seconds back.She looked at herself in the mirror and adjusted her hair but stopped herself instantly.

What do you think you're doing.Bharti??And why do you even care if Armaan were to be in love with Shreya or not??It's his life and whatever he does with it,why should you even bother??He's just no one..No one at all!!Right..So why am I so disturbed by him?He didn't even bother to tell me about Shreya,that he loves her..Bharti,why are you even expecting such things from him when there's no relation between you and Armaan??The friendship's broken for good and you don't have to care about him..Remember how he had insulted you and Mayank on the night of the success bash..Did he even bother to say sorry??No!!So why bother about what he does in his life??

Bharti,you've got much better things to do than get some guy's thoughts stuck to your head..Exactly!!I've got to just go and gobble up my dinner and make some excuse and leave asap so that i can go and cuddle my dear Naina...(smiled and caressed her cheek,leaving the washroom)

Shreya:Where have you been,Bharti??

Bharti:(smiled)Well,i thought i should leave you alone...(felt uncomfortable as she felt that Armaan's eyes were fixed on her's but she was determined not to look in his direction)I'm really excited for you,Shreya!!

Shreya:Really,Bharti??

Bharti:Yeahh..(ate in a hurried manner,almost burning her mouth as she was attempting to gobble up the hot plate of seafood)

Shreya:Bharti,are you seriously in a rush??(Bharti nodded)Oh crap,Mayank sir's call..Just hold on!!Excuse me...(went to a corner to talk to Mayank)

Armaan:Bharti..(pretended not to hear him and kept eating hurriedly)Bharti...(noticed that Bharti was feeling slightly uncomfortable but he had no clue of the reason behind her behaviour)Bharti,i need to talk to you..(got irritated as Bharti was not even paying heed to anything)Bharti!!(mellowed his voice a lil)Are you even listening to me???

Shreya:Damn it..Armaan,actually i need to go to Trends asap as Mayank sir needs me right now at this hour for an important errand to be run...

Armaan:At this hour??

Shreya:Yeahh,i'm realy sorry that i gotta go off first...Bharti,i just want to thank you so much for coming for the dinner today..It really means a lot to me!!

Bharti:Anytime,Shreya and i'm ever so happy for you!!(hugged Shreya)

Shreya:(withdrew from the hug)Okiez,i better get going...Bharti,Armaan will drop you home since it must be pretty late for you,na??You will,right Armaan??

Armaan:Yeahh i will...

Shreya:Ok,bye guyzz...(left from there)

Armaan just watched Bharti eat and wondered if he had ever seen her eat so quickly before.Armaan held Bharti's left hand,causing Bharti to stop eating abruptly.Bharti was pretty much irked by Armaan's touch this time round and she closed her eyes,moving his hand away forcefully. Consequently,she took some currency notes and placed it on the tabletop,leaving from there instantly without even uttering anything to him.

Armaan instantly paid the bill to the waiter without even waiting for the receipt or the change.He rushed to see where Bharti was but he just couldn't spot her anywhere.Just then,it began drizzling.He wondered where Bharti was and he assumed that Bharti couldn't have gone far as she surely didn't drive to the restaurant.While he searched for her,the rains gradually got heavier and he decided to head back and get his bike and search for her instead.

Armaan stopped wearing his helmet,thinking about how Bharti must be all by herself waiting for an auto somewhere along the deserted road. He wore his helmet and started his bike.In the middle of the roads,his bike stopped abruptly after he had ridden for a distance of a few metres.He took off his helmet and started to push his bike while getting wet and worrying for Bharti for she was still nowhere to be found.Nevertheless,he kept walking in the heavy rains.

On the other hand,Sudha kept looking at the clock and she tried her optimum to entertain her guests with the excuse of an emergency work that Armaan has had all of a sudden and how he had to rush off to work,but guaranteeing them that he's on his way home.However,she truly had no idea where her son had disappeared to.She excused herself and tried to call Jiya and Raj up.

Jiya:Aunty,Armaan toh yahaa nahin hain..

Sudha:Did he by any chance tell you where he was heading to??

Jiya:Aunty,relax..Woh bas kahin gaya hoa aur waise bhi,it's still early na??

Sudha:Jiya,you don't get it...I've got guests at my place..And he's still not here!!

Jiya:Aunty,Armaan ka wahaa hona zaroori hai kya??I mean...

Sudha:Jiya,i've told Armaan to come home for dinner and he agreed..In fact, the guests are here to see him...

Jiya:See him?What for??

Sudha:Woh Armaan ko dekhna chahthe hain..unki ladki ke liye..

Jiya:Ladki ke liye??(widened her eyes)Kis liye,Aunty??

Sudha:Tumhe kya lagta hai??

Jiya:Proposal???

Sudha:Exactly par tumhaari yeh dost..Bata nahin ki woh kahaa pe hain!!

Jiya:Aunty,main bas wohi aa rahi hoon,hhmm??

Sudha:Haan,yeh theekh rahegi..Jaldi aa jaao!!(hung up)

Jiya:(hung up)Armaaann!!You're so screwed up!!(tried dialling Armaan's number but he didn't pick up since he apparently didn't hear it ringing in the midst of the heavy rains)

Armaan just stopped pushing his bike and placed his helmet properly on the seat.Just as he was about to cross the road,he noticed a car just speeding its way,diverting the pool of rainwater on the windscreen entirely on his shirt,drenching him even further.As he looked towards the direction of the car,he shook his head and tried to look closely.He saw a girl and as he crossed the road,he went closer and recognized Bharti from the dress she wore for dinner.Just as he tapped on her shoulder,Bharti turned around and hit him on the head real hard with a log in her hand.

Apparently she had not recognized him instantly for she was pretty much pissed with some goons who had been following her ever since she had stepped out of the restaurant.

"Ek ladki ko akeli kya dekh liya tum log toh uska faayda uthaane chale aathe ho...Kam se kam ab tumhaare akal thikaane pe toh aayega!!(stopped to think)Arre,yeh toh ek banda hai..Baaki dono kahaa chale gaye??Kya baat hai Bharti,yeh dande se log darr bhi jaate hain..(bent down to take a look and widened her eyes in disbelief,dropping the log instantly)Armaan???Oh crap,yeh kahaa se aa gaya??(gulped down her breath in an instant and shook Armaan but he wasn't responding)Oh crap!!Oh crap,yeh maine kya kar diya??Armaaannn!!!!!!Bharti,how stupid can you be??Tum...Arrggghh!!!(stopped talking and looked at Armaan affectionately)Bhale humaare dosti tooth chuke ho Armaan,how can i just stop not worrying,especially after what i've done now??

Armaan lay on the floor and Bharti caressed his wet hair.Her fingers fiddled down to feel Armaan's cheek and she couldn't help but smile.She leaned forward a lil but got startled when she saw Armaan gradually opening his eyes,blinking them repeatedly.Armaan realized Bharti having touched his cheek and as he looked at her palm,Bharti quickly withdrew her hand,feeling really awkward and instantly stood up.Armaan extended his hand,hoping that she would help him and she pulled him up.

Armaan:Thanks!!(Bharti rolled her eyes and took the log before turning to go off but Armaan held her wrist,stopping her)Bharti,i need to talk to you!!

Bharti:(her back was facing him)I don't have anything to talk to you about...Let go of my hand right away!!

Armaan:Look,mujhe bata nahin ki tumhaari problem kya hai..Tumhe itna gussa kyun hai ki tumne mere sarr phodne koshish ki...

Bharti:Oh just shut up!!!(took Armaan's hand away from her's)Look,mujhe nahin bata tha ki tum mera peecha karr rahe the,ok??Kuch gunda pade the mere peeche aur maine socha tha ki woh log the aur issi kaaran maine tumhe dande se marr diya tha..Lekin agar mujhe..(smiled)Agar mujhe pehle se hi bata hoti ki tum the,toh main aur zorr se zaroor maar thi!!

Armaan:(got irritated by her sarcasm)Dekho,main aur bardaasht nahin kar sakta Bharti...Main tumse..

Bharti:Tum dekho!!Mr Armaan Sinha,aapne toh saari dosti hi thod di hain na..So let it be!!(Bharti started to walk off)

Armaan:I can't just let things be,Bharti!!!(Bharti stopped walking)I'm sorry!!

Bharti:Wh..(blinked her eyes)What???(came closer to Armaan)Pardon me..

Armaan:I said i'm sorry!!I shouldn't have put the entire blame on you for ruining the model's dress and moreover,i shouldn't have put you in the tight spot for getting another dress for the fashion show!!

Bharti:You're sorry for that??Right..!!

Armaan:Why are you reacting like that,Bharti??

Bharti:You know what?Just forget it!!Why are you being even sorry when there is just nothing between us??Just forget it!!(turned away)

Armaan:Bharti,stop!!I'm trying to eradicate the distance between us but you're just trying to increase it even further...

Bharti:Why shouldn't I,Armaan??Give me one good reason...

Armaan:Bharti,i said i'm sorry..

Bharti:Armaan,i can hardly trust you anymore...In one moment,you just blame me entirely for almost ruining your fashion show and then,the next day when i try to speak up in front of Amarjeet sir,i just don't fathom what went into you that you accepted the entire blame on yourself!!What the hell is going on??You simply are not just making things hard for yourself,but for me as well!!!Sometimes,you just vent all your frustration and anger on me and the next day,you just come up to me to apologize???

Armaan:I'm really very sorry!!And i'm..

Bharti:Why am i even talking to you??

Armaan:Bharti,please..

Bharti:Armaan,i just don't want to hear anything at all..Let me be!!

Armaan:Bharti,please!!

Bharti:Ok,then tell me what did I do that you just broke off our friendship??What had happened this time round??At least, this time i approached our problem in a different way,expressing my thoughts on our friendship..I had dedicated the song,from the bottom of my heart for you but...But i still get no response on what wrong I had done that i deserved to be deserted..I apologized despite not knowing what i had done..You know what Armaan??If you can't answer this,i really wouldn't want to waste my time talking to you in this rains!!

Armaan:You still can't remember a thing,Bharti??How you kept neglecting me??

Bharti:WHAT??(shook her head)Now when did I neglect you Armaan??

Armaan:Wow,talk about your memory...Don't you remember how you had asked Mayank to fetch Naina when i was sitting right in front of you??

Bharti:(shook her head,not being able to believe what Armaan had just said)Look,i seriously can't even recall when that happened and even if it did,so??Armaan,i can't believe that you can be so petty about this...You might have been busy or else i would have asked...Mayank was free and he offered to help!!This is such a trivial matter and you just broke our friendship just like that??

Armaan:You call this a trivial matter,Bharti??This is never a trivial matter Bharti for it really made me feel as if i'm no longer part of your life anymore...It made me feel that you have chucked me out of your life and i felt that if that was the case,so be it..You've moved on and right now it's my time to move on as well..

Bharti:You could have told me, Armaan...You could have openly talked to me about this..Why didn't you??

Armaan:Not everything needs to be told,Bharti!!!I had expected you to respect my emotions but you've just...

Bharti:You can't blame me for this,Armaan..Do you even realize how i live my life??It's not at all easy for me for i've got to ensure that all the work in MU as an intern is done and in between i ought to take out time for my university projects as well..Now that my internship is ending,i am on the lookout for other jobs so as to support myself and Naina..All in all,more and more troubles just keep propping up from nowhere and i've got to take care of everything on my own..I don't whine about my troubles to everyone but that doesn't mean that my life is a complete bed of roses either!!!So how do you expect me to remember what has happened for the day or the week before??(paused for a while before continuing)You know what?Just let it be...I'm sorry for hitting your head with this log...(threw the log away) and if i had known that you were supposed to be here with Shreya for dinner,i wouldn't have appeared in the first place!!She called me and that was why i was here...(shook her head)Bye!!

Armaan just couldn't believe what he had done.He felt awful for taking wrong decisions in a rash manner and that too for matters pertaining to him and Bharti.He watched Bharti walking on her own while rubbing her hands repetitively.He instantly took off his jacket and crossed the road,resuming to push his bike while catching up with Bharti to walk beside her.

Bharti:What do you want??

Armaan:Bharti,you can take my jacket..You're feeling cold,aren't you??

Bharti:(turned to face him and Armaan stopped pushing his bike)What the hell is wrong with every single guy??Just because i'm rubbing my palms,that doesn't mean that i'm seeking your attention to give me your jacket..Alright??

Armaan:Ok,fine..Relax!!I can drop you home if you want!!

Bharti:I'm fine,alright??Just let me be!!

Armaan:Look,i really don't think any auto is about to come this way and it's quite late already...

Bharti:You know what??I don't care if i'm going to walk all the way back home but i'm not coming with you!!

Armaan:Bharti,i said i'm sorry yaar..What will it take for my apology to be accepted??

Bharti:Just stop following me..Just let me be!!

Armaan:Bh...Bharti!!!(Bharti walked faster in the rains)

Much to her luck,she noticed a lorry passing by and upon seeing her in the middle of the road,the lorry driver stopped and accepted her plea to drop her by the main roads.Armaan too pleaded before the driver to drop him by the main roads as well since his bike had been stalled.The driver was reluctant to do so but after some thinking,he agreed to let Armaan join them.

Armaan offered to help Bharti to get onto the back of the lorry but she refused his help and got onto it after a few attempts.The lorry driver started to drive;Armaan and Bharti were seated diagonally across each other. Bharti was feeling extremely cold and Armaan just couldn't understand the extent of her adamant nature. He didn't mind getting drenched but he felt worried that she might fall sick.Bharti realized that Armaan was watching her and she turned away from him.He wished he could do something to set things right.Just then,he realized about the dinner plan and his mum's guests arriving home for dinner,slapping his forhead for having forgotten about it and simultaneously feeling the astounding pain in his head,where he got hit by Bharti's log.

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 233~

Armaan kept pacing up and down,not knowing what to do.He just couldn't take the unsettling matter just stressing him out to the core.For a moment,he just felt like tearing himself apart and throwing every thing across the floor.Armaan looked at himself in the mirror and turned away for he couldn't even face himself for what he had done.He felt as if he had misbehaved with Shreya but he wasn't certain of anything.It just killed him for he realized one thing--That if he had misbehaved with Shreya,not only did he lose his friendship with her but he had just lost respect and trust in himself,for haivng lost control over his temptation.While thinking about the night,he thought about his feelings for Bharti which kept resurfacing,no matter how much he tried to forget her,especally last night.

Just then,his mobile rang.Armaan wiped his tear and checked his mobile.He was shocked to see that it was Shreya who was calling him.He wondered what he ought to even say and kept thinking.Soon,Shreya hung up and called his home.Armaan realized it was Shreya and he just tried to avoid her calls.Shreya wondered whether he was at home or not but nevertheless she left a message for him.

Hey Armaan,i don't know if you're at home or not..I tried your mobile as well but heyy,listen...You were so drunk last night and i had dropped you home last night;i hope your mum didn't chide you or anything for i think it must be your first time,na??But i wanted to actually talk to you about last night..I was thinking if you could meet me for dinner tomorrow..Please don't say No for i really need to sort things out with you asap and i bet you want to,as well..Please do come,hhmm??Now i get it...If you're thinking of avoiding my calls because of last night,then dude seriously chill...In fact,it was really hilarious the way you behaved last night..Well,maybe it was to me for i've never seen this side to you!!Please yaar,aa jaao dinner ke liye,hhmm??Ciao!!(End of Voice-Mail)

 

Ww..What??That's it??Shreya seemed so normal..So jovial,cheeky and herself!!!If something were to have happened last night,then surely she wouldn't have ounded so cheery...(heaved a deep sigh of relief)That means nothing happened between me and Shreya??Whoa,that's a total relief!!But what was that which i remembered then??Thank God that she called or else i wouldn't know what had actually happened..I'll surely meet her for dinner tomorrow!!

 

~Next Day~

~Amore Saloon~

Sush:Hey,i'm done for the day..Can help me take over the rest of the customers for the day?

Niharika:Where are you off to,hhmm?

Sush:Nowhere,just shopping...Unlike you!!

Niharika:What did i do yaar??

Sush:Rehne do..Waise bhi,tum toh aaj kal bohat khoyi khoyi se rehti ho..Kahin pyaar ka chakkar toh nahin hain na??

Niharika:Are you nutzz or something,Sush??

Sush:Mujhe kya pata??(just then Raj dropped by and Niharika was shocked but she instantly pretended as though she didn't see him and excused herself)What's with her??

Niharika:(thought to herself)Ab yeh yaha pe kya karne aaya hai??Kal raat na jaane maine kitni baar phone kiya tha par usse toh koi farqh nahin padhtha...Theekh hai,ab main bhi dikhaati hoon ki mujhe bhi koi farqh nahin...No,Nihar,wait!!!Yehi toh chahtha hai woh...Right!!Woh toh bas yeh dekhna chahtha hai ki main kuch aisa react karoo ki usse yeh ehsaas ho jaaye ki mujhe bhi farqh padhtha hai..I'll deal with you in a different way,Mr Raj Malhotra!!(smiled winsomely at her plan and went to talk to Sush before she left)

Sush:Kahaa margayi thi tum??

Niharika:Yaar,actually i needed a favour from you..Ab jab tum shopping ke liye nikal hi rahe ho,toh please mere liye kuch cheezein le aaoge??

Sush:Hhmm alright..(as she turned,she noticed Raj and wondered what he was doing here after quite a long gap;she looked at Niharika who got busy with another customer and went off after giving Raj a glare)

Raj:(shook his head and thought to himself)She's surely ignoring me for what I did the day before yesterday..Nevertheless,i'm going to talk to her at any cost now and no one's gonna interrupt!!!

Niharika:(felt Raj coming near her and she busied herself with the customer)So,would you like a new haircut??Erm,why don't you check some of the latest trends we've researched and tried on some..(was talking to a teenager who was flipping through the magazine and feeding information to her)

Raj:Heyy...

Niharika:Ohh hii Raj..(smiled widely,as though nothing had happened)Actually,do you mind waiting just for a while,as i have to attend to my customer,hhmm??(appeared as blank which really confused Raj who expected to react somehow)

Raj:Yeahh sure..(sat on a chair and browsed through some magazines while he waited for Niharika but he didn't realize that he was looking at the magazine upside down)

Niharika simply went about her work. Once in a while,she would glance at Raj and smiled to herself at her lil sweet victory of confusing Raj to the core,and then continued styling the teenager's hair.After an hour or so,she was done and as she went to the cash register to return the remaining cash,Raj heard the teenager praising Niharika for adding the new touch to her hair,which she is ever so proud of and before the teenager left,Niharika gave her a few complimentary vouchers.Upon receiving them,the teenager promised Niharika to bring in more of her friends to her saloon and she left.

Niharika:I had no idea of the hidden talent of your's in reading magazines upside down...Interesting!!

Raj:(just noticed what Niharika said and kept the magazine away)Now,are you free??

Niharika:Actually yeahh...Well,you seem like you just can't wait to talk to me...Just thinking about it makes me feel really on top..(smiled while Raj glared at her and almost rolled his eyes)So,what is it that you wanted to talk to me so badly about??

Raj:Ok,listen i've got no idea of what's running in your mind but i was mad,alright??

Niharika:What for??

Raj:What do you mean by what for??You simply shoved me away..

Niharika:Aha cuz i felt that Bharti needed me more than you for she had least expected whatever that happened on the success party night..And i'm still surprised at Mayank's surprises..But you were mad..Why exactly??

Raj:Look,ok you called at night and i was mad so i didn't pick up your calls...You've got all the right to be mad at me now...

Niharika:What exactly for??I'm not mad at you and who am I to you again??I mean,in what way are you giving me the permission to be mad at you??I'm no one and let me be this way,please!!Hey,let's just make this very clear that neither am i someone to you nor you are to me,yeahh??

Raj:What??What are you saying??

Niharika:Just what i have said to you...You've got anything else,Raj??

Raj:(was about to say something when a call interrupted him and he excused himself)Kya hai Jiya??

Jiya:Oye,iss tarha phone uthaa the ho kya??

Raj:Uffo,kuch zaroori kaam hai kya??

Jiya:Tum itne badakh kyun rahe ho,hhmm??

Raj:(inhaled deeply,so as to calm himself down)Ab theekh hai??

Jiya:Much better...

Raj:Bol kya hai..

Jiya:Hehe,bas aise hi..Bore ho rahi thi toh socha ki tumse kuch baatein shaatein karoo...Kya kar rahe ho??

Raj:Seriously Jiya??

Jiya:What??I'm bored!!Upar se,tum toh jaante ho na ki aaj Sunday hain...Maine socha ki tumhaare ghar aaoo par mujhe bata hai ki tum zaroor Nidhi ko lekar kahin ghoom rahe honge...

Raj:Nidhi so rahi thi aur maine nani ke paas usse chod aaya tha..

Jiya:Toh tum ghar par ya Nani ke ghar par nahin ho??

Raj:Nahin,main baahar hoon..(he didn't realize that Bharti just went inside the saloon to talk to Niharika)Acha,aur kuch??

Jiya:Kuch hua hai kya???I mean,tum itne irritated kyun lag rahe ho??

Raj:Jiya,i'm fine,ok??(as he turned to look at Niharika,he was shocked to see Bharti and wondered when Bharti had come,murmuring to himself)Pehle yeh Jiya aur ab Bharti...Yeh Bharti ab kahaa se aa gayi??

Jiya:Tumne kuch kahaa Raj??

Raj:Kuch nahin meri Jiya..Phone rakh,main tumhe baad mein call karunga!!Bye!!(hung up)

Jiya:Arre!!!(got irritated and hung up)

Niharika:Haan mere kaam toh ho chuki hain..In fact...(saw Raj standing before her)Ohh hi Raj,tum ab tak yehi pe ho??

Bharti:Oh hi Raj..(smiled)

Raj:Nihar,i'm not done with you!!

Niharika:But i thought we were and that was before you attended your call,remember??

Raj:I'm not done with you as of yet!!

Niharika:I'm really sorry Raj for i'm in a rush..Got a few appointments to go to..

Raj:With Bharti??

Niharika:Yeahh,with Bharti!!

Raj:Wow,amazing!!Bharti,you are still not done with your urgent talk since the Trends success bash,hhmm??

Bharti:Raj,woh main...(hesitated and looked at Niharika and wondered what was going on)

Raj:You know what??Just forget it!!!(left from there)

Bharti:Ohh-kay!!What's going on??

Niharika:We'll talk along the way..Come!!!Right now,let's quickly head to Shaadi Plus,we're already running late...

Bharti:Hhmm chalo!!

~Grand Hyatt Hotel~

Sonali:Whoa Mahi,a luch treat is surely amazing yaar..Par..

Mahi:Just as an icing after our patch up!!

Sonali:In that case,i'm cool with it...(smiled)

Mahi:Waise,where's Jiya by the way??She's supposed to join us!!

Jiya:Talk of me,the angel and i'm here!!!Awesome restaurant choice,hun!!

Mahi:Thanks and it's my treat,alright??So order whatever you want!!

Jiya:You seem pretty excited,Mahi..Everything's cool??

Mahi:(smiled widely)Actually Jiya i wanted to discuss something with you guyzz...

Jiya:Spill it..

Mahi:Bharti's internship is gonna end this coming Friday...That's just 5 days!!

Jiya:Oh crap!!Yeahh...

Sonali:Talk about Bharti yaar and i can only recall Armaan's face...

Jiya:Why??

Sonali:Weren't you there at the Trends bash,Jiya??Ahh,you arrived a lil later na...

Jiya:Again..Why??

Sonali:Your best friend was totally smitten by Bharti that night,just admiring her from a distance and when i just "excited" him a lil by asking him to admit how he felt,he was outrightly complimenting her,of how sexy she looked...I mean seriously,he was really trying hard to hide his emotions in every possible way but lil did he realize that his strong felt emotions were written all over his face!!(the three of them just smiled widely)

Jiya:Sonu par kya kare??She's in love with Mayank now..(Sonali looked at Mahi and gestured her to tell Jiya but Mahi was in a dilemma)Yeh kya ishaara baazi chal rahi hai tum dono ke beech mein??

Mahi:Jiya,our lunch...Let's get started first!!!(heaved a sigh of relief)

~Shaadi Plus~

Bharti:Seriously i really think we should pull out Mayank's name from this..

Niharika:Actually,i'm contemplating the same..Just look at their choices Bharti...When both of us are not even liking them,how can we expect Mayank to even consider the choices??I mean,we are no one to judge these girls but at least we need to consider Mayank's tastes as well...

Bharti:Nihi,we can't rush into these things...

Niharika:I am just beginning to realize it Bharti..(placed her right palm on her chin with her fingers pointing downwards)

Bharti:(rubbed Niharika's shoulder)Hunn,i'm here na??I take responsibility for marrying off your brother,i promise you...Filhaal,humein doctor ke paas bhi toh jaana hain na??Don't worry so much yaar,please???(Niharika smiled weakly and nodded)

Niharika:Hold on..Let me just withdraw Mayank's name in that case...We'll find a girl for Mayank in our ways instead of paying people to find her..

Bharti:That's like my angel,Nihi!!(hugged Niharika,placing her arm around Niharika's shoulder)

~Grand Hyatt Hotel~

Jiya:So what's going on?

Mahi:What??

Jiya:Mahi!!

Sonali:Jiya,actually woh...What the...

Jiya:What??

Mahi:What,Sonu??(looked in the direction to which Sonu pointed)What the..(turned to face Sonu and Jiya)Arrgghh!!!

Jiya:Hey,relax!!

Mahi:What the hell yaar...Why is it that everywhere i go,he has to be there as well??

Jiya:Mahi,it's just sheer coincidence and it just keeps happening with you..Anyways,just forget him na...We were talking about something,remember??

Mahi:You know what Jiya??Mayank and Bharti..They're...(Sonali shook her head,gesturing Mahi not to utter anything as of yet)

Jiya:Yeahh,what about them??What do you think about them??Sorry to interrupt Mahi but i seriously find it really suspicious...More than Mayank and Bharti,i really wonder what's truly going on between Armaan and Shreya...

Sonali:Oh yeahh,what the hell was the kiss all about??

Mahi:He might have been too drunk??

Jiya:And i wonder how Sudha aunty must be taking it...Armaan's never been drunk!!

Sonali:Oh gosh!!That does sound bad for Armaan!!But didn't you guyzz realize that both Armaan and Bharti are still not on talking terms??

~Fortis Hospital~

Bharti:Nihi,tum jaa kar baitho,main bas yeh form bhr ke registration complete karti hoon,hhmm??(Niharika nodded)Haan Payal..(answered her mobile while filling up the form)Naina ko kya ho gaya??

Payal:Arre,kuch khaas nahin..Actually woh toh zidd pakad kar baith gayi thi ki usse park jaana tha bicycle ride karne ke liye..

Bharti:Aur??

Payal:Seekh bhi gayi..

Bharti:Arre wah!!Aur tum ho ke mujhe darraa rahe ho?

Payal:Actually woh ghir gayi thi kahin baar..

Bharti:Kya?Kab?Kaise??Tumhe dekhna chaahiye tha na Payal..Meri phool si bachi,kahaa hai woh??

Payal:So rahi hain..Tumhari princess agar nahin ghiregi toh phir kaise seekhegi yaar??(heard no response)Dekh,chinta matt kar..Zyaada chot nahin aayi hain,hhmm?Aur main hoon na yahaa pe..Acha sunn,kab tak lautoge??

Bharti:Bata nahin..I'll let you know,hhmm?Chal,i'll talk to you later,bye!!(both of them hung up and Bharti and Niharika were both instructed to head to the cardiology department and asked to wait)

~Grand Hyatt Hotel~

Jiya:Don't mind me asking you guyzz..You know how i had been away and basically...

Sonali:Jiya,what??

Jiya:Is everything ok with Raj?I called him an hour back but he just sounded so irritated..I had not been in touch with him for days because of my London trip..

Mahi:Raj is..He's alright,Jiya!!Lately he's been mad at me; i've been mad at him,Sonu and even myself...On top of that,the fashion shows had been so hectic,taking a toll on our energy levels...Seriously,that could be it!!In fact,you should be excited yaar..

Jiya:Why??

Sonali:Cuz finally we think that he's quite serious about Niharika..Hadn't it been a long while since he's been serious??

Jiya:(smiled)Yeahh..I just wish that one girl would just turn his world upside down and love him,never letting him go..Maybe Niharika's the one!!

Sonali:Sadly,that guy over there could be an obstacle in their love sotry!!(Mahi turned bck after noticing the designer,whom Raj had blackmailed,talking to Mayank)What is it,Mahi?

Mahi:The designer!!Raj had blackmailed him..

Jiya:What for?

Mahi:He was gonna sue us for the second fashion show ,where Armaan had taken responsibility for burning the dress...Remember??

Jiya:You mean Armaan got the dress from Trends?(Sonali shook her head and elaborated everything to Jiya)

Mahi:Can you believe that Vinita was involved in several fashion scandals,that we were not even aware of??

Jiya:Actually it's kinda typical of Gyaan and Vinita,don't you two think so??

Mahi:It now seems that the situation is under control but i'm just worried!!

Jiya:(thought to herself)That basically means that Armaan took responsibility just to ensure that Bharti's name isn't tarnished in any way..That is fathomable but what the heck is going on between him and Shreya???

Sonali:What are you thinking about,Jiya??

Jiya:Nothing,just about Bharti's internship!!5 more days and she'll n longer be part of Men's Universe!!We've got to make these 5 days memorable for her,hhmm??

Sonali:And we'll get to meet her after that,na??(Mahi and Jiya looked at Sonali blankly)What,guyzz??She's just been around us so much;we can't just let her fade in or memories...Just the thought of her leaving saddens me...

Mahi:We've got to have gatherings and catch up with her..I've never thought that i would have grown so attached to her too..

Jiya:Yeahh,so we're gonna come up with plans and we'll work them out!!But before her internship gets over,we need to resolve the differences between Armaan and Bharti....Deal???(Mahi and Sonali nodded eagerly in agreement)

~Fortis Hospital~

Bharti:Uffo Nihi,bohat intezaar kar diya hai..Kab aayenge tumhaari yeh doctor??

Niharika:Rounds par gayi hogi Bharti..

Bharti:Kya tumhe hamesha itni dher tak intezaar karna padhthi hai??

Niharika:Kabhi kabhi but she's a damn good doc;she explains everything well...

Bharti:How long have you been seeing her??

Niharika:For the past six months..

Bharti:And Mayank's not aware of anything??(Niharika shook her head)Don't worry dear,sab theekh hogi,hhmm??

Niharika:I'm not worried Bharti..I'm just..

Bharti:Did i come at the wrong time today at your saloon??I mean,Raj wanted to talk to you the other day too and i just...

Niharika:Actually you came at the right time..

Bharti:What do you mean??

Niharika:(turned to look at Bharti with her welled up eyes)I've not been scared till now Bharti..I just feel that sometimes i just couldn't stop myself,like the night when Mayank was missing and Raj had come over to my place..I just lost it and hugged him without even thinking about anything!!And today,i told him that he meant nothing to me!!

Bharti:(gasped in shock)Wh..what??Nihi...!!!

Niharika: I'm feeling really scared right now and am trying to distant myself from him in every possible way..(Bharti widened her eyes in disbelief)I feel that he's in love with me but i don't know for sure...But no matter what,i want to eradicate even an inch of probability of love sprouting in his mind..

Bharti:(wiped Niharika's tears and hugged her)Ok,bas karo..I had no idea,Nihi that you really..(withdrew from the hug and Niharika wiped her tears entirely and smiled weakly)Now Raj will be thinking that i'm coming in between you and him;no wonder he was pissed with me today!!

Niharika:Promise me that you wouldn't say a word to him or anyone about this!!(Bharti nodded and promised her)

Just then,a clinical nurse called for Niharika.Bharti was told to sit outside while Niharika get her tests done inside.Bharti gestured to Niharika not to worry and Niharika went inside while Bharti just pondered about Raj and Niharika.Upon feeling her mobile vibrating,she picked it up,without looking at the caller.

Bharti:Haan Payal..

Shreya:Heyy,it's me Shreya..

Bharti:Oops.heyy!!(adjusted her seating position)I didn't see who it was and i thought it was Payal..Anywayzz how are you??

Shreya:(smiled)I'm good Bharti...In fact,i wanted to meet you..

Bharti:Regarding??

Shreya:It's been some time since we've met na??I mean,apart from the Trends success bash and even then,i couldn't talk to you much..So,is it ok if you could meet up for dinner,hhmm??

Bharti:Shreya,it's real nice of you to invite me but i'm not sure...I will need to be back to my Naina quickly...

Shreya:It won't take long,Bharti...In fact,tonight i'm about to make a very important decision in my life and i will want you to be there..

Bharti:But why do you need me,Shreya??

Shreya:Because you've been there for me whenever i'm in a dilemma..Please Bharti,don't turn me down!!

Bharti:Ok,ok fine..Where do you wanna meet up??

Shreya:Oasis Restaurant,heard of the place??

Bharti:Yeah i think so..Yeah,the poolside restaurant,right??

Shreya:Yeah but since it's quite booked for the night,i've managed to get reservations inside,so there will be no poolside view for us..

Bharti:That doesn't matter Shreya...I'll try to be there by 8 pm,is that alright??

Shreya:Sure,it'll be perfect..So i'll see you later,hhmm??Bye!!

Bharti:Bye!!(hung up)I just hope everything's going alright for Nihi...(interlocked her fingers in a praying position and closed her eyes while she waited for the nurse to come out)

~After a few hours~

Raj went to his grandmum's place to fetch Nidhi.He was surprised to see Jiya playing with and cuddling Nidhi while chatting with his grandmum.

Raj:Nani,yeh kaun aa gayi hai aapko parishaan karne ke liye??

Jiya:Nani,aapke pote se kehde na ki Nidhi ro rahi thi aur agar main yahaa par nahin hoti,toh bata nahin ki kya ho jaata..

Raj:Nani,main aa raha tha na toh aapne isse kyun takleef di??

Nani:Uffo,bas karo tum dono...Raj,Jiya bas abhi abhi aayi hai..

Jiya:Nani!!Aap bhi na...

Nani:Baitho Raj..Main bas khaana lagaa thi hoon...

Raj:Nahin Nani,maine khaa liya hain..Aap mere liye kuch peene ke liye kuch peene ke liye le aayiye..(caressed Nidhi's hair and kissed her forehead and settled on the sofa,laying his head on the sofa)

Jiya:Tum theekh ho Raj??

Raj:Haan Jiya,main theekh hoon..Aur kitne baar poochoge tum??

Jiya:Yaar..(paused as Raj's Nani had come with the juices for both of them)

Nani:Raj,kal jab tum aaoge toh please meri yeh medicines lekar aana,hhmm??

Raj:Haan Nani,zaroor lekar aaonga..Aap bas mujhe aapke prescriptions dena..Ab koi problem nahin hain na??

Nani:Nahin Raj..Ab zyaada behthar hain!!(smiled)

Jiya:Waise Nani,aapko nahin lagta ki aapko Raj ke saath rehna chaahiye??

Nani:Nahin Jiya..Raj ko aksar bohat raat tak kaam karna padhtha hain na,iss liye maine bhi socha hai ke behthar hain ke main yahaa pe rahoo..Aur waise bhi,yahaa bohat saare yaadein juda hain iss ghar se..

Jiya:(smiled)Hhmm yeh bhi sahi hain,Nani!!

Raj:Acha Nani,aap so jaayiye,main Jiya ko drop karke ghar jaaonga,hhmm??Main bas washroom ho kar aata hoon...(went to the washroom)

Nani:Jiya beta,sunn..Meri ek kaam karoge??

Jiya:Boliye Nani..

Nani:Zara mere Raj ka khayal rakhna..Bata nahin mera jee bohat ghabraa raha hain..

Jiya:Kyun Nani??

Nani:Raj mujhe kuch bataa tha nahin par uske chehre se bohat zyaada thakaan aur tension main mehsoos kar sakti hoon..Zara uss par dhyaan dena,hhmm??Main zyaada sawaal bhi nahin karna chahtha kyunki usse bura lagta hai..

Jiya:Main jaanti hoon Nani..Aap befikr rahiye,hhmm??(hugged Nani and Raj carried Nidhi;soon both Raj and Jiya left)

~Fortis Hospital~

Bharti:Is everything ok??

Niharika:Bas Dr Anjali aa jaaye aur reports dikhaade..Uske baad hum jaa sakte hain,hhmm??

Bharti:Main zara washroom ho kar aati hoon,hhmm??(Niharika nodded)

Just as she opened the door and got out,she was stunned to see Mom while looking for the directions to the washroom.She instantly went back to Dr Anjali's room where Niharika was waiting for her and quckly shut the door.

Niharika:Kya hua??Tum itni jaldi washroom ho kar aa gayi??

Bharti:Arre Nihi,woh sab chod...Mom,i mean Armaan ki mom yahaa pe hai...

Niharika:Kya baat kar rahe ho??

Bharti:Mom yahaa kaise..(got lost in her thoughts)

Just then,Bharti got startled as she saw Mom and stood up instantly.

Niharika:Hi Dr Anjali...(looked at Bharti who stood up and nudged Bharti to sit down,murmuring to her)What,Bharti??

Bharti:(whispered back)Armaan's mom standing next to your Dr Anjali..(looked at Sudha)Hi Mom..Aap yahaa??

Sudha:Wohi main tumse bhi poocha chahthi hoon,Bharti...What a pleasant surprise!!This is..

Bharti:Niharika,Mayank's sister..

Sudha:Ohh hi Niharika..Nice to meet you dear..Anjali,who were you actually talking about??

Anjali:Niharika,she is my senior's colleague..She was interested to know more about your case and hence i had invited her..Do you have any objections if i were to share your case history with her??(Niharika hesitated as she looked at Bharti who was equally shocked)

Niharika:Erm,actually Dr Anjali..

Anjali:Look,i totally understand the extreme level of privacy you've wanted and i just wish to discuss this with Dr Sudha before thinking of the treatment options,that's all...

Niharika:Hi Dr Sudha..I've not told a single detail of my health complications to my brother or anyone in that matter except for Bharti,who only came to know about it a few weeks back..

Sudha:Don't worry hun;this will just be between us,that's it!!But if you still have doubts,i would not want your doctor to disclose anything,hhmm??

Niharika:I've got no objections,Dr Sudha..If i can be treated,i'll be the most happiest girl..(hugged Bharti who smiled and looked at Sudha who was browsing through the case history of Niharika's cardio reports)

MEANWHILE...

Jiya:Raj,you know how much i hate to ask??

Raj:Excuse me??You--you hate to ask,hhmm??

Jiya:Ok fine yaar...I'm fed up of asking you so many times,yaar..Ab bol bhi do...

Raj:Tum kabhi bhi poochthe poochthe thak nahin jaate ho??Ek number ki zidd khor ho tum!!

Jiya:Kuch bhi ho,ab bol..

Raj:I'm fine Jiya...I will be fine!!

Jiya:Hah--got you!!You wil b fine,which basically means that you are not..What's the matter??

Raj:(murmured to himself)Aise hi phas the ho tum Raj!!

Jiya:Raj...!!

Raj:What??

Jiya:What's the matter with you since afternoon??

Raj:Jiya yaar,i'm just..

Jiya:Niharika ne kuch??

Raj:I tried talking to her but..

Jiya:You seem so forlorn..Why??According to Mahi and Sonu,you two seem to be progressing...

Raj:There's no progression of any sort...How can there be any if you or Bharti keep interfering??

Jiya:What??What the hell did I do??

Raj:First it was Bharti on the night of the success bash of Trends..Then it was your call today and after i hung up,it was Bharti again..All in all,i just couldn't talk out to Niharika but..Nihar just all of a sudden told me that i meant nothing to her..

Jiya:What??(got amused)For the first time indeed,a girl said that you meant nothing to her,hhmm??

Raj:Laugh for all you want,Jiya!!

Jiya:Ohh,so this was why you were so friggin' irritated..I'm sorry dude,but how am I supposed to know??But why all of a sudden??

Raj:You know during our second fashion show when Mahi was missing,Mayank was missing as well,right??I had gone to Mayank's place and that's when i got to know that he was missing as well and Niharika just instantly hugged me,making me feel important for her...As if she couldn't do without me and now she's telling me that i'm no one for her and mean nothing!!I just couldn't understand her..I feel so used!!!

Jiya:(bursted out laughing)I know i shouldn't say it right now but i just can't resist myself...No hard feelings but weren't you like her??I mean,you used to fancy girls too and flirt with them till you lose the thrill??Now,when you're on the receiving end,you're feeling crap??But yeahh,you've got a point as to why all of a sudden Niharika is behaving weirdly...You want me to talk to her for ya??

Raj:No wayzz Jiya..That will only worsen things!!I'll sort it out on my own..I guess!!

Jiya:Waise i had a lavish lunch at Grand Hyatt with Mahi and Sonu..And we were planning on giving a memorable farewell week for Bharti since her internship ends this Friday!!Kya hua??Don't tell me you're mad at Bharti for not letting you talk to Niharika,hhmm??

Raj:It's not that yaar...

Jiya:Look Raj,now she's in love with Mayank and Niharika deserves to spend more time with her..

Raj:(thought to himself)Now how do i tell Jiya that there's nothing going on between Bharti and Mayank??That both of them are doing this for some other reason instead of love..Right now,i just don't wish to tell Jiya anything at all for she'll just intervene and complicate stuff!!

Jiya:Kahaa khoye ho??

Raj:Kahin nahin..!!You're right,Jiya..Bharti surely has the right to spend more time with Niharika..I'll surely meet her some other time since i've got all the time of my life..

Jiya:Finally,someone's in love,kyun??

Raj:She's different!!

Jiya:Ahhh,surely she is but what are you going to do about the major obstacle??

Raj:Obstacle??

Jiya:Mr Mayank Sharma??

Raj:Raaste se hathaaa dete hain,kyun??

Jiya:Arre!!!

Raj:Mazak kar raha hoon yaar..Woh bhi kuch soche lenge!!(dropped Jiya home and went back home,thinking of what Jiya had said and tried to console his heart to accept Jiya's advice)

~Fortis Hospital~

Niharika had to rush home since Mayank was going to be home soon.She rushed home with her reports and medications to be continued while Sudha drove Bharti to Oasis Restaurant.

Sudha:Bharti,tum mujhe ek baat sach sach bataaoge??

Bharti:Haan Mom poochiye..

Sudha:Tum Mayank se pyaar karte ho??

Bharti:Ha---haan Mom..Yeh kaunsi sawaal hai??

Sudha:Shaadi karne ki iraada hai??

Bharti:Mom,maine kuch socha nahin hai iske baarein mein..

Sudha:Hhmm,i see..

Bharti:Mom,aapse ek request hain..Please aap Niharika ke baarein mein kisi se bhi kuch matt kehna..

Sudha:It's part of my professional and medical ethics,Bharti..Don't worry!!Here you go..Have a great dinner!!

Bharti:Why don't you join me,Mom??

Sudha:I'd love to but i've got some guests coming so i gotta rush back home..But you drop by with Mayank soon,hhmm??By then,i'll surely let you know about Niharika but don't you worry..We'll come up with something,hhmm??

Bharti:Sure,pakka!!Thanks Mom!!

Sudha:Lurve you..Bye!!

Bharti:Bye!!(waved at Sudha and went inside the restaurant while murmuring to herself)Uff,i am super late..Jab bhi kuch dher pehle aane ki koshish karti hoon,kuch na kuch aahi jaati hain...(looked around for Shreya and saw a waving hand,heading towards Shreya)Heyy,i'm really sorry for coming late...

Shreya:Hhmm sorry but i kinda ordered for you already...

Bharti:Oh you did??Great then...!!(smiled widely)Waise bhi mujhe zorro se bhookh lag rahi hain..Waise tum mujhe kuch bataane waali thi..

Shreya:Yeahh,woh..(heard her mobile ring)I'm sorry,just give me a moment..Good evening Mayank sir..(Bharti shook her head,knowing what a super workaholic Mayank can be)Sir,could i call you back in 10 minutes' time??Haan,haan ok..(hung up)It's your fiance;i can say that,can't I??

Bharti:No Shreya, you can't for whatever that happened on the success bash was just a gift from Mayank,that's it!!You're taking it the wrong way,as though your Mayank sir and i are engaged..

Shreya:Hhmm,but suely it will soon happen,na??

Bharti:(thought to herself)Ek din main apna hi khoon kardoongi..Yeh ladki toh shaadi ke peeche hi padhi hain!!

Shreya:(snapped at Bharti)Hey Bharti,kahaa khoyi ho??I'm sure Mayank sir ki khayaalon mein na??(Bharti couldn't stop smiling with an inch of sarcasm added to it)

Bharti:Unbelievable Shreya..How did you figure??(Shreya didn't even recognize the sarcasm in Bharti's tone)Acha woh sab chod..Come to your matter!!

Shreya:Bharti,tonight i'm about to confess my feelings for someone...

Bharti:You're in love..WoW!!!!(felt ecstatic for Shreya but at the same time tried not to express what she usually felt about lovers,that she tend to discourage the extent of their love)Who's the lucky guy??

Shreya:I really thought about it and ever since the Trends bash,i've made up my mind!!

Bharti:Whoa!!He was at the Trends bash too??

Shreya:In fact,he's coming to meet me for dinner right now..

Bharti:WHAT??So what am i doing here??

Shreya:I just wanted you to be here when i'm..

Bharti:No Shreya..This is your personal matter..In fact,you should say it to him first!!

Shreya:I'm saying it to him Bharti..It's just that i want you to be there for whenever i had been in a dilemma or a problem,you had helped me and supported me...That's why i wanted you to be here!!

Bharti:If i had known this earlier,i wouldn't be here Shreya..

Shreya:Please Bharti??

Bharti:Alright,so is your guy on his way??Cuz i need to rush back home..

Shreya:Yeahh he's on his way!!Great,the food's here too!!

Bharti:Alright,let me just go and wash my hands and my face as well,hhmm??(Shreya nodded)

Shreya:I'll check where he is as well too...

Bharti:Cool,will be right back!!

Bharti had left to the washroom.Meanwhile,Armaan had parked his bike at Oasis Restaurant and entered. Shreya was about to call him but she saw him and waved to him.

Armaan:Heyy..

Shreya:What took you so long??

Armaan:Erm traffic jam??

Shreya:Yeah right..Shut up Armaan!!(mildly hit him)Ok..(took a deep breath)About what happened at the Trends bash,you were drunk and you kinda kissed my cheeks..

Armaan:I'm so sorry..I couldn't recall anything much,you see..

Shreya:I didn't mind it at all Armaan..In fact,it just cleared everything for me!!I had no idea that you would really adore me..

Armaan:Of course i do,Shreya...(didn't bother to read between the lines and interpret Shreya's true meaning)

Shreya:That i wanted to tell you something since some time...I was mildly confused if i should tell you but someone did tell me that i ought to confide my feelings..

Armaan:Feelings??

Shreya:Yeahh..(Bharti headed out of the washroom and just then,she felt as if she noticed Armaan but she received a call from Mayank)

Bharti:Yes Mayank..

Mayank:Kahaa ho tum??Mujhe tumse kuch zaroori baat...

Bharti:Just call me a bit later,hhmm??(walked towards the table where Shreya was seated to confirm her doubt)

Shreya:I love you Armaan...(Armaan didn't listen to any of her words as he noticed Bharti standing behind Shreya)

Bharti:Sh..Shreya,heyy!!

Shreya:Bharti,hi...Come,sit!!

Bharti:(noticed Shreya having held Armaan's hand,interlocking her fingers in his)I..I think i'll come back in a while;sorry for disturbing!!

Shreya:No,just come and sit,Bharti!!Armaan just arrived..

Armaan:Shreya,what were you saying??(tried to avoid looking at Bharti)

Shreya:Armaan,i..(smiled)I love you!!(Bharti dialled Mayank's number)

Bharti:Excuse me Shreya..Haan Mayank,bol!!(as she went away and talked to Mayank,she gradually turned around and took a distant glance at Armaan who held Shreya's hand in return and smiled,looking in her eyes,after he realized that Bharti was looking at him from a distance)