Sonali got amused as she stood in between,observing Mayank on her left and Mahi on her right.Soon,it reached the first floor.Sonali realized that she had forgotten her car keys,and suggested to Mahi to go upstairs and get them for her.
Mahi:Arre,mere gaadi mein bhi toh chal sakte hain na??
Sonali:Uffo,tum samaj nahin rahe ho..Saare files mere car mein hain...Please yaar!!
Mahi:Ok fine!!(the lift doors closed while Sonali waited)
Jiya:Armaan,kya hai?Ghoor kyun rahe ho?
Armaan:Come on Jiya...Stop it for now!!What's going on?I know that you're hiding something from me..
Jiya:(was clipping the photographs she just developed)Armaan,do you mind answering the call for me?(Armaan saw Bharti's name and wondered if he ought to pick it up)Ab kya hua?Armaan,phone uthaao na..(Armaan reluctantly picked up)
Bharti:Jiya,Bharti here...Gosh,how long have i been trying your number?IN fact,i need to meet you and talk to you urgently...(Armaan fell lost in her voice and when Jiya was done,she snapped at him)Hello????
Jiya:(took the phone from Armaan and heard Bharti's voice)Bharti,hii...What's up??
Bharti:Weren't you listening to me??
Jiya:(looked at Armaan and covered her mobile)What was she saying?
Armaan:She wants to meet you urgently..
Jiya:(took her hands off)Sure,just swing by MU in the evening,k?Right now,i'm quite busy,Bharti..I'll be done by around 5:30 or 6 pm,so come around then..Ok??Bye..!!(hung up before Bharti could say anything)Armu,you could have spoken a word at least..
Armaan:She would have hung up instantly..Anywayzz,why does she want to meet you urgently??
Jiya:No clue!!But you're going nowhee when she comes...
Jiya:(rolled her eyes)As if,Armaan!!!
The lift was heading to the second floor,opening the doors unnecessarily in an ascending order as it headed to the third,fourth and fifth floor.All of a sudden,the lift got stuck after the doors closed.Mahi jerked a lil and looked around.The dim lights started flickering,adding to the much irritation that could fill up the threshold in Mahi's soul.Eventually,the lights went off and the lift stopped moving.She looked at Mayank who felt her suspicious eyes.
Mayank:Heyy,i didn't do anything!!(looked at the generator which managed to direct light between them)
Mahi:I'm not even talking to you!!Damn it!!(pressed the "Emergency Bell" button several times)
Mayank:(murmured to himself)This is the perfect chance to talk to her..Here she can't walk away and i surely need to win her trust at any cost!!
Mahi:(shuddered)Please,for God's sake,don't start talking to your deceased girlfriend now..It's just creepy!!
Mayank:What the...(paused before continuing)Did you even hear me mention Radhika's name??
Mahi:Oh well,i've heard you talking to her on some occasions,hence i'm free to assume that in this situation as well!!!
Mayank:(inhaled deeply before continuing further)Mahi,i came to Men's Universe for a reason..And what's with you not wanting to listen to me,huh??
Mahi:Who the hell do you think you are that i ought to listen to you??
Mayank:Just tell me why you're mad at me..(Mahi glared at him)Ok,if this is anything related to Niharika's suggestion...
Mahi:Wow...Someone's got brains!!(clenched her fists and banged it on the wall)
Mayank:Heyy,i had no clue of it whatsover,ok?
Mahi:Yeah,liek i'm gonna believe you..Look,i just don't wanna listen to any of your crap,get it?
Mayank:You've got to!!!
Mahi:No,i don't!!(took out her iPOD and plugged in to listen to the mp3 songs)
Mahi's attitude simply aggravated Mayank to the core.It seemed to him as though she was passing strong vibes to him that he's the root reaon for all the problems in her life.Mayank attempted to control his anger at Mahi but then he didn't care either and instantly snatched the iPOD of Mahi's and hurled it across the floor.Mahi stood,drenched in anger as her earphones got smashed along with her iPOD which was no longer stood.She knelt down to take a closer look at it before she stood up and gave Mayank a death ray.
Mahi:Just how dare you??
Mayank:If you had bothered listening to me earlier,none of this would happened...
Mahi:And what the hell makes you think that i'm going to listen to you now??
Mayank:I've destroyed your iPOD and apparently ad you can't run from here without hearing me out..
Mahi:Let me warn you,Mayank..You've got to pay HUGE and i mean it!!
Mayank:I guess i already am by being romantically linked to you..
Mahi:Argghh,will you stop it??I can't stan a second with you,get that??(continued pressig the emergency bell)Damn!!Why isn't this working??
Mayank:It's not as if i'm enjoying this recently acquired status,alright?I've seriously told you not o swing by my place but you just had to come,pay no heed to a single word of mine!!
Mahi:Cuz i have trust issues with you!!I will never trust you,especially after whatever i've gone through with you before..
Mayank:I was going to break us up but apparently that couldn't work..But as far as the suggestion was concerned,i know nothing,i swear!!(Mahi ignored him and started jumping;Mayank was annoyed to the core by her antics)What the heck are you doing??
Mahi:FYI,we're stuck in the lift...Jumping can help..
Mayank:Seriously,are you out of your mind??Where did you get this idiotic idea from??(Mahi stopped jumping and glared at him before resuming her jump)
Suddenly, Mayank was shaken up from where he stood and he simply couldn't believe it.
Mahi:OMG!!OMG,did you see that Mayank??(held his forearm)
Mayank:Yeahh...OMG!!(noticed Mahi having held onto his forearm)Mahi,you're right...
Mahi:Wohi toh main...(paused as she realized having held him)I'm..(instantly withdrew her hand)Sorry...Ok,ermm..
Mayank:Niharika's suggestion was a total shoker for me too,Mahi..I'm..
Mahi:As I count,jump with me,you get it?
Mayank:Ok,th lift moved..Ok,erm...
Mahi:1...2...3..Jump!!(the lift didn't move this time round)
Mayank:(got amused)What happened,Mahi?
Mahi:Don't you laugh at me..It worked twice..
Mayank:(held Mahi's wrist,pulling her close)Listen to me for once and then you can carry on with your jumping jacks or other antics you have up your sleeve..
Mahi:Let go of my hand,Mayank..(saw a reflection of Mayank's adamant nature in his eyes)I said,let go!!
Mayank:Nahinn!!Jab tak tum meri poori baat nahin sunn leti,tab tak nahin!!!Mujhe Niharika ki prastaav ke baarein mein kuch bhi nahin pata,samjhi??In fact,main khud parishaan tha poore weekend par aur aaj bhi ki mujhe yaad tak nahin ki mere appointments shaam ko hain..Mere hi galti thi ki maine woh situation theekh tarha se handle nahin kiya a..I'm just so sorry!!Lekin aaj main tumse vaada karta hoon ke jald se jald main humaari break-up karwaaunga..Mere paas ek idea hain...
Mahi:Mere haath chodo Mayank...Main sunn rahi hoon..(Mayank let go of her hand)
Mayank:Main Nihu ko bol dunga ki hum ab alag ho chuke hain...
Mahi:Kis reason ke thor par?
Mayank:Reason..Ermm,yehi ki hum dono workaholis hain aur hum apne sapnon ke saath compromise nahin karna chahthi..Aur humaare sapne hi humaare priority hain iss waqt,yeh rishtha nahin...So??What do you think??
Mahi:(broke into a smile)Not bad;finally ek acha sa plan sunn rahi hoon..Lekin mujhe Raj ke saath discuss karni padegi kyunki maine hi usse keh diya tha ki jab usne raita fehla diya ain,woh khud saaf karega Niharika se baat karke..
Mayank:Main Niharika ka bhai hoon..Main khd solve karunga..Tumhe itna sa bhi barosa nahin hain mujh par??
Mahi:Tum vishwaas ke baarein mein baat kar rahe ho?You've got the audacity to ask me that when you've let Ash resume working in Trends and accused Shreya of spreading the rumour of our so-called romantic relationship??Puhhlease!!!
Mayank:FYI,it's none of your business to why exactly i've re-hired Ash to work for me as my secretary,alright??I can see that Shreya is still naive but what about you?Looks liek even after having worked in this industry for 4 years,you don't know that you've got to be much closer and in touch with your rivals than your friends..(Mahi was extremely surprised as she glanced at Mayank)What do you think?That i don't know that Shreya's innocent in this matter??But that's for her to figure out on her own..(Soon,both fell silent with occasional glancing at each other going on,not knowing what to say but wait for the lift to resume functioning which only took place a few hours later)Finallyy..The lift door's open!!!Thanks to your jumping antic!!It sure means one thing...
Mahi:Miracles can happen if we work together??
Mayank:Wrong..We are on our different destinations always,and it's time to part!!(Mayank left,leaving Mahi in thoughts)
Mahi:Totally...What the heck was i thinking???
Mahi kept fidgeting to herself as she rummaged through Sonali's desktop,flipping through her files as she searched for her car keys,"Where the hell did she put her car keys now??Maybe i should just call her up and ask where she had kept it.."
As she took out her mobile and unlocked the keypad,she widened her eyes in shock as it was 5 pm already,which basically meant that she had spent a whole deal of 3 hours with Mayank.However,what surprised her was the fact that Sonali didn't call her at all.
Sonali:Finally,Ms Mahi Talwar..(Mahi turned around)You managed to get out of the lift..
Mahi:Where the heck were you?
Sonali:Excuse me??I should be asking you that..!!!
Mahi:If you haven't heard from me,why didn't you call me???
Sonali:I didn't bother at all!!
Sonali:In your repeated attempts to ignore Mayank,i forgot my car keys but what had to be coincidentally frustrating anf maddening was the fact that none amongst the 3 of us saw the signboard...
Sonali:You haven't noticed??(Mahi simply blinked her eyes in ignorance)Just outside the lift we had entered,there's a signboard stating,"Under maintenance..Enter at your own risk!!"
Sonali:Only when i reached the first floor and saw some technicians that is,after youtwo left for upstairs,did I realize about the signboard..And it wasn't a surprise that those technicians went to eat their lunch..I took the stairs instead,got my car keys and conducted our two meetings..
Mahi:And i had to spend the last 3 hours with Mayank..Argghh!!What the hell..
Sonali:Waise,the way he waited to talk to you,to get your attention at any cost,was somehow romantic na??(Mahi glared at her before hitting her elbow real hard with her files)What did he wanted to say anywayzz??
Mahi:That he knew nothing about the announcement and he's got a plan for the break-up!!
Sonali:Yeah right..(paused as she saw Mahi's silence and grew stunned)Really??Like what??What...What...What's the plan??(just then,Mahi's mobile rang)Don't take it..
Mahi:It's important,Sonu..Excuse me!!(went outside)
Sonali:Hmm,as far as the dinner was concerned,Mayank must have obviously come up with some stupid sa plan..(paused)But what could have garnered Mahi's support??
Mahi:(got back)Something wrong with you,that you're talking to yourself??
Sonali:Tell me the plan,quick..
Mahi:Not now..Gotta head home cuz i had forgotten an important file and the client's expected to be here anytime soon..Please cover up for me,k??Please??
Sonali:(got annoyed,folded her hands)Really Mahi??(Mahi nodded and headed out)Oh yes,don't forget to take the lift!!(Mahi turned around,cross with Sonali's sarcasm but she was rather amused by Sonali's childishness for her not revealing Mayank's plan)
Mahi:(hit her head as she thought)Gosh,not the lift again..Get down the stairs!!(walked down the stairs)
Bharti stood outside and gently opened the doors,voicing out to Jiya in the darkness.
Jiya:(switched on one of the lights)Heyy,come on in..I'm done with my work and was waiting for ya..Is everything ok?
Bharti:Everything's fine Jiya..But what the hell's brewing between you and my best friend,Payal??Why is she mad at you??
Jiya:(clipped the developed photographs,turning away from Bharti)How am i supposed to know,Bharti?You could have asked her yourself..
Bharti:So,you wouldn't tell me the part of your story??You wouldn't want to jutify for whatever that happened in London between you and Bhaskar,huh??(Jiya turned to her in shock)
Jiya:Me and Bhaskar??What..What exactly are you trying to say??
Bharti:What Payal told m and what she had overheard you and Bhaskar talk to each other..
Jiya:Bharti,i really don't get what you..(pondered about what Bharti was fuming about)Payal had not been talking to me on several occasions and this has really baffled me..
Bharti:Oh really,Jiya??You expect me to believe that there's no smoke without fire??
Bharti:Oh,don't you seem tensed,Jiya??What are you hiding from me about Bhaskar??
Jiya:What did Payal tell you?
Bharti:So you wouldn't admit about your crime in meddling and coming in between Payal and Bhaskar,right??(Armaan overheard their conversation as the studio door was slightly ajar)
Jiya:Yeahh,i wou..(paused)WHAT???W...Wh...What??Bharti,why would i do that??
Bharti:Aww,Ms Jiya Mishra is so innocent,yeah??Don't you dare lie to me,Jiya..Tell me what exactly happened in London between you two..
Jiya:For God's sake Bharti,nothing happened..But i just don't understand why you're asking me such questions....
Bharti:Cuz Payal heard you saying that if Bhaskar weren't married,then you would have..You're having an affair with Bhakar,aren't you??Where's Bhaskar??I tried contacting him but neither is his mobile reachable nor is h at home..Where did he disappear to??
Jiya:Look Bharti,i really don't know..And don't you blindly accuse me of having an affair with him,alright?I did admit to him,while unwinding up at a bar,that i had a huge crush on him in the earlier days when i joined Men's Universe but then at that point of time,i had no idea he was married..Plus i began to hate them as i got to know of his arrogance towards Armaan,me and Raj and our line of work..And perhaps i was quite drunk to have blurted it out to him but he just jokingly pulled my leg,saying that he would have fallen for me if he hadn't been married either..Later,when we headed to our different rooms,he just consoled me that someone'll enter my life real soon and i just gotta be a lil more patient..(Bharti looked skeptical)
Bharti:I don't know if there's an inch of truth in what you've just said..But you had a huge crush on him and you didn't bother informing me at least???
Jiya:Bharti,this is just preposterous...Why shuld i make a mockery of my crushed hopes then??Besides that,i am so happy for both Bhaskar and Payal..Please Bharti..(held Bharti's wrist)Trust me!!
Bharti:(took her hand from her wrist)You were there at Rohan's wedding,right??Payal had been disturbed way before..(took a few steps behind and away from Jiya)And it's all because of you???(Tears began forming at the edge of Bharti's eyelids)You've got no idea how much she means to me!!And if anything were to happen..Do you even know that she's thinking of divorcing Bhaskar????
Bharti:Just shut up,Jiya..(fidgeted)I've got very lil time to sort this out before this situation takes a turn for the worst..(turned to leave but just then,she bumped into Armaan and dropped his photographs)I'm..(looked at him and recollected the note she wrote to him as she knelt progressively with Armaan to pick up the photographs;she passed them to Armaan after having gotten up)I'm sorry!!(tried to leave and did so but Armaan pulled her towards him)
Armaan:Bharti,Jiya aise kabhi nahin kar sakthi...Main usse achi tarha se jaanta hoon..
Bharti:Woh jaanti hain ki Bhaskar kahaa hain..Par woh toh yeh baat chupaa rahi hain..
Armaan:Main maanta hoon ki woh kuch chupaa rahi hain kyunki usne mujhe bhi nahin bataaya par iska matlab yeh nahin hain ke uske aur Bhaskar ke beech kuch..
Bharti:Mere haath chodo,Armaan..
Armaan:Nahin..Bharti,tumhe mujhpar itna bhi barosa nahin hain??
Bharti:Jaise tumhe Jiya ko lekar ina fikr hain,usse kahin zyaada mujhe apni sabse kareebi dost,Payal aur Bhaskar ki shaadi ki fikr hain,,Aur agar Jiya ke waje se kuch bhi hua na Armaan,yaad rakhna ki main usse meri ek aisa chehra dikhaaungi jo usne pehle kahin dekhi hi naa ho..e right
Armaan:Tum Payal ki itni fkr karti ho na??Woh tumhaari sabse kareebi hin na??Par ab main yeh jaanna chahtha hoon ki main kya hoon tumhaare liye..
Bharti:Goa mein woh chitti padhkartumhe samajh mein nahin aaya ki hum dono ke beech ab pehle ke tarha dosti nahin reh paayega,huh??Tum...(took his hand turned away)Humaare beech ab kuch bhi nahin hain...(her pupils moved to the left and the right repetitively,in an attempt not to ry and left from there)
Armaan:Damn it!!Yeh Bhaskar gaya toh aakhir gayaa kahaa???