Mahi was in her thoughts.Just then,it sparked her and before Mayank even reacted,Mahi interrupted his chain of thoughts.
Mahi:Dekha Bharti??Tum nahin jaante Bharti,pehle Mayank mujhe propose kiya tha???
Mahi:Haan..Uss waqt main toh sach much,bilkul tumhaari tarha chauk gayi thi aur foran naa keh diya tha...Par mujhe yeh nahin pata tha ki Mayank gusse mein aakar tumhe propose kardega aur woh bhi MU ke staff ke saamne..Aur ab main samjhi kyun Mayank mujh par gussa kar raha tha jab maine ek seedhi si sawaal poocha tha usse...
Bharti:Tum Mahi se pyaar karte ho aur yeh baat tumne mujhe bataaya tak nahin Mayu??In fact,Nihi ko doubt ho rahi thi ki tum dono ke beech kuch hain aur woh yeh tak soch rahi thi ki tumhaari mysterious girlfrend aur koi nahin hain bhal ke Mahi hain par tabhi tumne mujhe propose kiya tha!!!(held her forehead,trying to digest whatever she just got to learn and turned away from Mahi and Mayank)
Mahi smiled winsomely at Mayank and raised her eyebrows at him.Upon seeing Bharti turning,she stopped smiling.
Bharti:Mayank,this is utterly disappointing indeed!!!But you know what??I just..I'm leaving!!!
Mahi:Bharti,ek minute!!!I'm really...
Mayank:(made up his mind that he'll not let go of Mahi so easily)In fact,i'm sorry Bharti that i let my anger come in the way of my love...I just had to tell you earlier at least that i'm very much in love with Mahi!!!(Mahi was flabbergasted at this sudden twist and looked at Mayank)In fact,Mahi had the slightest idea about how i might have taken her rejection at that time..I was rash then and i wanted to get even..And i had proposed to you!!
Mahi:Mayankkk!!!!!(at this point,she just wished she could strangle right there in front of Bharti but she had to stop herself;Mayank's subtle smile literally killed the calmness in her)
Bharti:You two just literally used me in your love story??I just can't believe this!!!
Mayank:Bharti,please...Yeh baat sirf humaare beech honi chaahiye aur kisi aur ko bata nahin chalna chaahiye,please!!!
Bharti:Mayank,you know what??I just need to be alone right now and as far as your ring is concerned,i'll return it to you tomorrow itself since i don't have it with me right now!!(left from there)
Mahi:Bhh...Bharti!!!Damn it!!!(looked at Mayank who was smiling victoriously)You...Idiot!!!Sab tumhaare kaaran ho rahaa hai!!!(grabbed his collar)Tum..Tumne yeh sab kyun kiya??
Mayank:Oh really??Kya yeh sab maine shuru kiya tha,hhmm??(shoved her hand aside and adjusted his shirt collar)Tumne shuru kiya tha aur maine thoda spices daal diya tha...Aur kuch nahin!!!
Sonali:Heyylo Mahi...How's things??(Mahi closed her lips grimly and glared at Sonali)What??
Mahi:Sonu..Kahaa margayi thi tum??
Sonali:Ok,what did i miss??
Mayank:Quite a drama,kyun Mahi??
Mahi:You just shut up,alright??Tumhe beech mein bolne ki koi zaroorat nahin hain....
Sonali:Arre kya hua tha??
Mahi:Bharti yahaa pe aa gayi thi aur usne kuch aur hi matlab nikaal diya hai sab iske bak bak ke kaaran...
Sonali:Kya samajh gayi thi??
Mahi:Ki main aur Mayank..
Sonali:(kept waiting for Mahi to finish her sentence)Ki kya,Mahi??
Mayank:Mujhse poocho..Main bataa tha hoon..Zyaada sharmaao matt,Mahi!!
Mahi:I swear i'm so gonna kill you!!
Mayank:Ki main aur Mahi ek doosre bohat pyaar karte hain..
Sonali:(coughed out)Ky..Kya???(Mahi told her everything in complete detail)Oh teri!!!Ab??(turned to Mayank)Arre tum kuch aur excuse nahin soch sakte the??
Mayank:Arre??Ab saari galti mera hai??Ek se badkhar ek ho tum dono..
Sonali:Dekho Mayank,tumne badh badhaaya tha..(imitated Mayank)Main,Mahi,pyaar...What do you expect Bharti to think??Arre,tum yeh soch sakte the na ki tum ek workaholic ho aur tum Bharti se break up karne waale the...
Mahi:Sonu,yeh thodi na Bharti se break up karne waala tha...
Mahi:Woh break up toh nahin karne waala tha...Aur jab Bharti ne mujhe ek raasta dikhaaye uski galti assumtion ke kaaran,main thodi ghumaaya tha lekin iss sadoo ne..Arre,isne sab kuch bighaad diya tha...Aur baat bata nahin kahaa pohanch gayi..
Sonali:Arre par ab toh inn dono ke break up ho gaya hain na??
Sonali:Kya hain??Waise bhi,tum Armaan aur Bharti ke beech aa rahe the aur yehi behthar hoga agar tum door hi raho...
Mayank:Bharti Armaan se pyaar nahin karti...Aur naa woh kabhi karegi!!
Mahi:Dekho,tum apna hadd matt paar karna,samjhe??Aur jahaa tak main aur Sonu...Arre main aur Sonu toh kya,Jiya bhi hain aur hum teeno milkar Bharti aur Armaan ko milaa kar hi rahenge!!Aur tum kuch bhi nahin karpaaoge!!
Mayank:I really admire your confidence par zyaada udhne ki koshish matt karna..Kya paa,ki sab tumhe neeche giraa hi de..
Mahi:Sonu,main isse jaan se maardungi!!!(looked at Mayank)Agar maine tumse nahin badla nahin liya,toh meri naam yaad rakhna!!
Sonali:Arre,kya kar rahe ho Mahi??(parted Mahi from Mayank and brought her away;Mahi turned and looked at Mayank one last time before leaving from there angrily)
Mahi:Arrgghh!!!Can you believe him??Arre,mujhe ab yehi doubt hain ki kahin iss sadoo ke waje se ab tak Bharti aur Armaan ek doosre se baat nahin kar rahe hain...
Sonali:Gosh,mujhe tumhe yahaa bejni hi nahin chaahiye tha..Crap!!!
Mahi:Par kam se kam Bharti aur Mayank ka break up toh ho gaya!!Par..Armaan aur Bharti??
Sonali:Jiya ke paas chalte hain...Woh abhi bhi Nirvana Hall mein hi hogi!!Chal....
Mahi tapped on Jiya's shoulder and as Jiya turned,she hung up the call.
Jiya:I've been dialling Payal's number but i guess she's busy...How's things with Mayank and yourself??
Sonali:Let's just say things didn't exactly turn out the way we could wish for...
Sonali:Keep it to yourself until it's official..(Sonali told Jiya everything,shocking her to the core)What about here??Where's Armaan??Bharti's here as well,right??
Jiya:Nope,she just stormed away from here after having an awful conversation with Armaan,something which i'd rather wish i wasn't here to listen to...
Jiya:(nodded)There's definitely something going on between Armaan and Shreya for sure...Bharti didn't give Armaan a chance to explain and she just wants to be left alone and she made it clear to him that she doesn't need anyone in her life!!Arghh,this is really annoying yaar...
Sonali:Relax Jiya,we'll think of something..Meanwhile,let's check with Veera if everything is done for the day...(Mahi and Jiya nodded and followed suit)
Armaan simply slammed his cabin door as he recalled what Bharti had lashed out at him.It just seemed to him that according to what Bharti had said,he had neglected Bharti instead and that he had forgotten about her.It just came to his realization that Bharti was angry with him because of last night.Armaan sat on his chair,recollecting the confession of Shreya's feelings for him and how Bharti heard it all and pretended as though it didn't affect her at all.
On one hand,Bharti wants me to stay away from her life for she doesn't want anyone in her life...And on the other hand,Payal's letter almost gave me a ray of hope,no matter how small it may be,that i ought to give my feelings another chance...Now,why should i even bother when all Bharti feels for me is hatred and only hatred???She can never possibly love me..She hadn't said it to me but i could really feel that she was extremely mad because of me...She doesn't care an inch about what happens in my life but why is it that i can't say the same about her??I can't stay away from her cuz I still....LOVE her!!Why does love hurt so much???Why,God???
Just then,he heard a knock on his cabin door.As he turned,he realized it was Raj and stood up,rubbing his eyes as though nothing had happened.
Armaan:Come in Raj...
Raj:Heyy,how did it go today??At Nirvana??
Armaan:Yeah,it was good..
Raj:Did i come at the wrong time or something??
Raj:Dude,i know i had been busy that i couldn't catch up with you or Jiya much..Is everything ok between you and ..(Armaan interrupted him and didn't let him finish)
Armaan:Do you mean me and Bharti??Well,everyone's literally asking so why don't you do your part too,Raj??(got frustrated)Everything's just awesome!!We're not talking to each other...She's mad at me for some reason which i myself am unaware of and she's not ready to forgive me at all!!What else do you want to know??Do you also want to know that Shreya confessed her feelings for me??She confessed last night when i went for dinner with her..What else do you want to know,Raj??If things don't get any worse,let me tell you that Bharti vented out her anger on me today at Nirvana Hall,that she doesn't need anyone in her life..Yeahh,she doesn't need anyone!!(paused for a while as Raj noticed him clench his fist and bang it on the table)What do you want,Deepak???
Armaan:(took a look at them)Tumhe dang se ek kaam nahin karna aata,Deepak??What the hell is this???Yeh photographs hain,huh??Jiya se kaha tha maine ki main uske saath nahin aa sakta lekin nahin..Usse toh apni manmaani karni hai..Ab khade khade mere mu kya dekh rahe ho??
Raj:Deepak,just go..Now!!(Deepak left from there)Dude,relax!!Har insan se galti ho jaata hai,dude...Don't worry,i'll edit these photographs for you!!
Armaan:Let it be,Raj!!I'll manage them...
Raj:Yaar,tum itne hyper kyun ho rahe ho??
Armaan:I'm not being hyper,Raj!!
Raj:Yes you are,dude!!You are affected by Bharti,aren't you??(Armaan looked at Raj and promptly looked down,almost wanting to break down but he held himself strongly)
Armaan:Does it matter,in any way Raj??Does it matter at all??You know what,just like what she has said,let it be...Let..it..Be!!
Raj:So what have you said to Shreya??
Armaan:I haven't said anything but i will have to,sooner or later..Bharti's attached to Mayank and i don't know..I just don't want to think about anything right now..
Raj:Dude,i'll just leave you alone,k??
Armaan:Dude,just one thing...Please don't tell Jiya or anyone anything about what i've just told you...
Raj:No worries!!I won't open my mouth on this matter,k??Take care...(Armaan nodded and Raj left)Gosh,i just feel so bad for him literally!!From what Jiya had told me,Bharti should have forgiven him by now!!God knows what else is wrong this time round!!(headed to the reception to meet Jenny and just then he saw Payal)Mrs Bhaskar...(Payal turned around)
Payal:Hi Raj..And it's Payal,hhmm??
Raj:I know,i just tried to be different!!Mrs Bhaskar surely sounds...
Raj:Oh-kay...What's wrong with whoever i meet today??Waise,what brings you here??
Payal:Actually i just wanted to know where Bharti is..She forgot her mobile and i just came to give it to her just in case she might be late in returning home tonight...
Raj:Well,as far as i'm concerned,she's actually done for the day and she's already left after the conference from Nirvana Hall...She's not here,Payal..
Payal:Where could she have gone to,then???
Raj:Wait,let me just try Mahi's number..Surely she'll know!!(dialled Mahi's number and waited for her to pick up)Heyy Mahi,Raj bol raha hoon..Bharti hai kya wahaa pe??
Mahi:Bharti toh nahin hai..Woh Mu mein hogi na??
Raj:Yaar,main MU mein hi hoon...Payal yahaa aa gayi thi Bharti ki mobile dene ke liye par Bharti toh yahaa pe hain hi nahin...
Mahi:Raj,woh yahaa se kabse jaa chuki hain yaar..Mujhe,Sonu aur Jiya ko yeh lagi thi ki woh MU mein hain..
Raj:Acha,chill..I'll talk to you later..Bye!!(hung up)Sorry Payal,she has no idea neither does Sonali or Jiya..
Payal:Never mind...Thanks anyways!!Ermm,Armaan ghar chalaa gaya hai kya??
Raj:Nahin,woh apne cabin mein hain..Par..
Payal:Main usse milkar chali jaaongi..Thanks Raj!!(left to meet Armaan)
Raj:Anytime..I just hope ke Armaan Payal par naa chillaaye!!
Niharika:WHAT??Nahiinn..Aisa har ghiz nahin ho sakta!!!
Niharika:Arre,aise kaise??I mean,jab bhi main marriage ke baat ko ched thi hoon,tab toh hamesha Mayu taal deta hain aur woh toh obvious reason deta hain,ki woh ab tak Radhika se pyaar karta hain...Nahin nahin!!
Bharti:Uffo,main keh rahi hoon na Nihi!!Tumhe mujh par barosa nahin hai kya??In fact,agar aaj maine unn dono ko agar nahin dekha na,toh mujhe pata hi nahin chalti ki waqay mein Mayank aur Mahi ek doosre se...
Niharika:Are you serious???I just can't digest it at all!!!
Bharti:Arre,main keh rahi hoon na..So,now you don't have to worry at all but...Wait,are you ok with Mayank's love??
Niharika:Bharti,i'm just more than happy to see him settled in his life...I'm always supportive of him..(smiled winsomely at Bharti and hugged her for giving her this great news)
Bharti:Now,let's wait till Mayank gets back...He'll surely be surprised!!!(Niharika nodded)
~Men's Universe:Armaan's cabin~
Payal had let Naina go and play with Raj in the studio while she headed to Armaan's cabin.Upon reaching there,she noticed a melancholy transcending on his face as his eyes simply glared into the spaces while his right hand kept simultaneously shuffling the photographs repeatedly.Payal knocked on his cabin door,bringing him back to his senses.Armaan noticed Payal and instantly turned away,wiping his tear away subtly,oblivious to the fact that Payal was watching him.He invited Payal inside and kept the photographs aside in a folder.
Armaan:Payal,hii..(Payal just watched him for some time before responding to him)It's a pleasant surprise to see..
Payal:Are you sure that you're surprised to see me here?
Armaan:Yeahh i am..(both of them looked intently at each other)You came alone?Where's Naina?
Payal:With Raj in the studio..So,have you read my letter?
Armaan:Yeahh i did,last night..
Payal:What have you decided?Have you thought about what i've written in the letter??(Armaan thought about Payal's letter and what Bharti had told him today;Payal was perplexed upon noticing the random changes in his facial expressions,arching her eyebrows)Ok,what the heck are you trying to tell me,hhmm??
Armaan:Just a doubt Payal...Does Bhaskar even know that you've written a letter to me??
Payal:Ohh ok...If you think you're gonna attain success by diverting the topic,then you're so wrong!!And don't utter Bhaskar's name in front of me,alright?
Armaan:Is everything ok,Payal?Wait...Are you annoyed at him for not having called you these days,hhmm??
Payal:I'm not annoyed at anyone at the moment..But you're surely on the verge of doing so,when all i'm here for is to talk about you and Bharti..What have you decided?
Armaan:Forget it Payal..
Armaan:I know and i truly appreciate the fact that you're trying so hard for me and Bharti to sorta get back together but it's just not gonna work Payal..Not after today!!
Payal:Whyever so,Armaan?You love Bharti and she just have to realize it,that's all..
Armaan:That's not all Payal!!We have gone and chosen our separate paths..Bharti loves Mayank and i've..(got interrupted)
Payal:(held Armaan's elbows)No,you've not!!Why don't you just get it Armaan??Why don't you get the fact that your love for Bharti is veritable and genuine??I know your depth of love for her,that you would even lay down your life for hr,so why at this crucial pase are you giving up on your love??Why are you bent on complicating your life???
Armaan:(closed his eyes and a tear instantly fell on Payal's arm)Just stop it,Payal...Just STOP!!!!(Payal almost froze as she watched him gradually open his eyes filled with immense pain)