Jab Lurve Hua

Jab Lurve Hua

Monday, February 25, 2013

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 269~



Armaan realized that Sudha wasn't at from her Post-It she had left on the refrigerator. He went for a quick shower and laid down on the sofa.He closed his eyes.

Out of nowhere,he found himself to be following a shadow into the dark.He kept following the shadow which ran away and away from him.He too ceased chasing and watched it but a pile of fog surrounded him,distracting him.He moved back and tried to move away from the fog.By then,he only caught a glimpse of the fading shadow.It vanished into thin air.

Armaan woke up.He blinked in disbelief at what he had just dreamt of.It had made no sense to him at all,neither did the events in his life.The least he had expected was his dreams to make some sense. Just then,Sudha came out of her room,and he wondered how long he was lying down on the sofa that he didn't realize his mum's back.

Armaan:Maa?Aap kab laute the?
Sudha:Jab tu sofe par so raha tha..Bas aadha ghanta pehle..Tum theekh toh ho?
Armaan:Haan,kyun?
Sudha:Nahin,tum itne jaldi uth gaya tha,iss liye..Aaja,Maa ke saath coffee pee le..
Armaan:Maa,you're the best!!Bas ek sapna dekha tha aur uth gaya tha..
Sudha:Shreya ka sapna dekhna bhi shuru kar diya tumne,hhm??
Armaan:Maa!!
Sudha:Kya?Armu,is mein koi buraayi nahin hain,hm?
Armaan:Maa,main Shreya ka sapna kyun dekhunga??Aisa kuch bhi nahin hain..
Sudha:Toh phir kaisa hain,Armu??
Armaan:Maa, mujhe aap se kuch baat..(just then, her mobile rang)
Sudha:Ek minute Armu..(picked up the call)Hi...Yes, this is Dr Sudha speaking...But, she's got no guardian, Lisa...Oh God, follow up on her, quick and get back to me asap!!(hung up)
Armaan:Kya hua Maa?
Sudha:This country's just unbelievably filled with disgusting people..!!
Armaan:Maa??
Sudha:I'm actually assisting my colleague,a paediatrician.. There's this baby, just about 8 months old and she's recuperating from an accident in which her parents passed away. And it's been a week since some couple had been coming over, claiming to be her guardian.. My colleague, Lisa and i made that mistake once with another kid once and in a similar case, which happened recently. It turned out to be a case of child trafficking. This time round, i just want no mistakes in this case, for i've been supervising and taking care of the baby for some time..Anyways. you don't worry about anything..So..
Armaan:(drank coffee)So??
Sudha:Tell me, how was your trip in London?
Armaan:It was great uniting Bhaskar and Payal..It almostt reached the extent where Payal had signed the divorce papers and Bhaskar was on the verge of giving up..But thank God. frdpiyr how old and obsolete Raj's idea sounded, it worked wonders at the right time, Maa...It was practically as if i was watching a movie..
Sudha:Lollz, so the whole credit should go to Raj, then..
Armaan:Not all, but mostly..You should give me the credit too,Maa!!
Sudha:Hayy Armnu, you're too cute!!Anyways, how's Bharti?
Armaan:She's...fine!!
Sudha:Fine?Matlab?
Armaan:Matlab theekh hain aur kya,Maa?
Sudha:Bas theekh thaakh?Yeh kya baat huyi?
Armaan:Maa,woh sab chodo na... Aap mujhe yeh bataao ki aapne aisa kaunsa surprise lan kiya hain?
Sudha:(thought)Lagta hain ki kuch hua hain aur Armu mujhe nahin bataana chahtha hain!!Bharti se baat karni hogi!!
Armaan:Maa, aapko kya hua?
Sudha:Kuch nahin,ek zaroori kaam yaad aa gaya...Excuse me!!
Armaan:Maaa!!!!This is so not fair!!
~Mahi's place~
Sonali:Yaar, yeh salad mere favourite khaana kabse ban gayi,huh?
Mahi:Maine kab kaha ki salad tumhaari favourite khaana hain?
Sonali:Yaar,toh phir table mein kya kar rahi thi?
Mahi:Uffo, kya hain Sonu?
Sonali:Kuch nahin yaar..It's the stress that's talking.
Mahi:Even i'm stressed yaar..
Sonali:Jhooti kahi ki!!Tum toh poora din Bharti ke saath thi na..
Mahi:Haan, par mujhe kuch ghadbad lag rahi hain..
Sonali:Tujhe bhi?
Mahi:Haan yaar..Ek minute...Mujhe bhi,matlab?Tumhe bhi lagta hain ke Bharti mein kuch  badlaav hain?
Sonali:Huh?Main...Main toh bas tumhaare saath de rahi thi..Tum aage bol..(bit her tongue)
Mahi:Bata nahin yaar par raat ko jab mai uske ghar mein usse baat kar rahi thi, toh woh ajeeb sa lagaa..I mean, woh toh badle ke baarein mein baat kar rahi thi, you know...
Sonali:Kya??Humaari dost, Bharti aur badle jaisi baatein?
Mahi:Haan yaar, issi liye toh keh rahi hoon ki kuch toh baat zaroor hain..
Sonali:Acha?Hmm, that's really weird..Well, i really pity the guy who deserves Bharti's wrath..I guess she'll never leave him alone!!(Mahi thought of Ved and Alisha and distracted herself, asking about MU projects in the pipeline)
~The Next Day~
Bharti was officially welcomed to her new cabin by the staff of Trends, who were sucking up to her indirectly.Mayank smiled at Bharti who just looked at him blankly. Eveyone soon dispersed except for Shreya and Ishaan and Mayank introduced Bharti to Ishaan and Shreya.
Mayank:Bharti, this is Shreya and..
Bharti:Yes Mayank, i know her...And you must be Ishaan; i've heard quite a bit about you from Mayank..
Ishaan:You did?
Bharti:Yes,of course..I'll be looking forward to working with you both..
Mayank:Well Bharti,if i'm not around, you can always trust them and delegate your work or tasks to them..
Bharti:Sure!!
Mayank:Ok,the two of you can go now...Thanks!!(both Shreua and Ishaan left)
Bharti:Wow,the cabin is awesome,Mayank..
Mayank:Your very own personalized cabin, Bharti...So, shall we get started?This is your first project..All the best!!Once you're done, pass me the articles on my cabin,alrite??Any help, i'm just a call away!!
Bharti:Yes boss...Good day!!(winked at Mayank who smiled and left)
~Lunch Time~
Bharti was getting her food at the cafe when she noticed Ishaan looking at Shreya and Armaan. She got her food and headed to sit near Ishaan.
Bharti:Hii..Do you mind i join you?
Ishaan:Not at all..In fact, it'll be my pleasure and i guess i'll get more people around my desk, wanting to know more about you..
Bharti:What?You seriously got to stop that..I've had some guyz who were trying so hard, to hit on me successfully just now,which reminded me of my college days..So, erm how long have you been working here?
Ishaan:About a year plus..
Bharti:Is it very hard tp not have a love life at work?
Ishaan:What?Who said so??
Bharti:Nah, i was just asking..
Ishaan:Isn't office politics enough to keep us gng at work that you wanna add another mess to the list of our troubles??
Bharti:Lollz,true that, Ishaan!!Are you close to Shreya?
Ishaan:No, i'm just a colleague..Just a colleague!!(Bharti noticed his look at Shreya once again)
Bharti:And now you've got a new colleague in me,hmm?(Ishaan smiled and looked at her)
Ishaan:Sure!!
Bharti:Great then!!I'll see you later, got a meeting with Mayank..(left)
Shreya:Bharti!!!(Bharti had thought of escaping but Shreya called her and she stopped; she turned around and saw Armaan and looked away)
Bharti closed her eyes, feeling caught red-handed while trying to escape.
"Mayank is waiting for me and i'd rather rush...But if i were to go without talking to Shreya, she'll make a fuss for no reason..I've got to pretend as though nothing nothing happened between me and Armaan so that she wouldn't even figure a thing and be with Armaan happily."
She smiled and turned around.
Bharti:Hi Shreya..Hi Armaan..
Armaan:Hii...(smiled in confusion and pondered)What the heck?Did she just say Hi to me?
Shreya:You seem to be in a rush..
Bharti:Yeahh,lots of meetings..And right now,i'm going to meet Mayank..
Shreya:Ok,ok,i won't take long..I''ve got some news for you..(spoe softly)I'll soon be getting engaged to Armaan!!!Can you believe it???
Bharti:OMG!!!!(looked around and softened her tone; Armaan looked at Shreya in total confusion)This is incredible news, Shreya!!!!(retended to be all so surprised but Armaan was far more shocked at Bharti's reaction)I'm so,so,so thrilled for you two lovebirds...Mom must be so happy that you finally agreed to her wish, Armaan...So,congratzz for you've made the right choice!!(Armaan remembered the exact words which she had uttered to him before she departed from the airport and both of looked at each other subtly before Bharti hugged Shreya)
Shreya:Aww Bharti, this is so sweet of you..Now, i know why Armaan looks up to you as a dear friend...You're so supportive of him that i want to pull his ears of even thinking of avenging you...
Bharti:(withdrew from the hug)The past is past..Life doesn't stay still, Shreya...(looked at Armaan while saying) We just gotta move on!!(snapped out)Shreya,i'll get going fast...You two lovebirds carry on!!(left from there)
Shreya:Isn't she the sweetest?
Armaan:She is...(thought) She knew about the engagement plan all along?And thatz why she said i finally made the right decision to move ahead in my life...Maa's desire to see me engaged is getting fulfilled now..And she just called me a lovebird..But,but....She talked to me!!OMG!!(smiled)Shreya,i''ve just recalled some important work; i'll talk to you soon...Bye!!
Shreya:Ok,bye...We must be very happy by the engagement surprise...He took it well, so that basically means that i can fix a date quickly quickly with Maa..OMG!!(jumped a lil in excitement before heading back to work)
Bharti was heading to the conference room from the lift lobby with her pile of papers but just then, Gaurav came out of the lift and bumped into her, dropping all of her papers. Initially he apologized but  Bharti had asked him to pick up all the papers, without not looking at his face. Just as she was about to go, he said something which made her stop. She recognized that irksome voice and turned around.
Gaurav:Is this a bizarre universe which keeps us bumping into each other?(headed towards her gradually)
Bharti:(rolled her eyes)Wow,another guy added to the list of idiots who've been trying to hit on me..What are you...Stalking me,huh?
Gaurav:Hayye Bharti..I would die to stalk you but don't degrade me to be in a list..Main toh tumhaari sacha aashiq hoon..
Bharti:Don't you dare touch me!!
Gaurav:Forgotten our dance at Goa,hmm?
Bharti:What dance,huh?Mind you, i had even bothered that day to get my mind off someone..
Gaurav:Really???You're seeing someone,hmm??
Bharti:Shut up!!Why am i even wasting my time with you?
Gaurav:(Bharti started walking away)Cuz a moment with me is never wasted..Damn,she's hot!!But what is she doing in Mayank's office??(headed to see Mayank)
Bharti stopped by Ishaan's desk to get the book which had the compilations of ads, articles and photographs of the aqua shoot of models. Just as she entered the conference room and headed to talk to Mayank, she was flabbergasted to see Gaurav.
Bharti:Tum?(Gaurav simply smiled)Tum yahaa bhi mere peecha karke aa gaya?you...You're just unbelievable!!
Mayank:Bharti??Tum Gaurav ke jaante ho??
Bharti:Achi tarha se...Isko toh main..
Mayank:Just excuse us,Gaurav...(held Bharti's elbow and went to a corner)What's wrong,Bharti?
Bharti:Arre Mayank,main kya bataao...Yeh wohi hain jiske saath Alisha ne mujhe blind date lekar gayi thi..Aur Goa mein bhi mila tha kyunki yeh Anji ki door ki cousin nikla aur yeh Alisha ki mentor bhi hain MWorld mein...
Mayank:Ermm,mere saath aao...(Bharti was totally blank)Gaurav, meet my new Assistant Chief Editor,Ms Bharti Kapoor...
Bharti:(felt irked)Tum yeh introduction kyun kar rahe ho?
Mayank:Aur Bharti, yeh hain Gaurav...Humaari Trends ek chief shareholder hain aur MWorld mein ek creditor hain...(murmured))Koi mentor nahin hain....
Bharti:Par Alisha ne toh kaha tha...
Gaurav:If i may interrupt, i've helped Alisha on a lot of occasions so she sees me as a mentor but by profession, i'm a lawyer,,,And Mayank's a business associate of mine...Lots of links with you, don't you think?
Mayank:(murmured)He's the one handling Raj's case by the way...
Bharti:What?
Gaurav:You heard it, right,Bharti...I had no idea Raj Malhotra is your friend till Mayank told me about it!!His hearing is in 2 days' time!!
Bharti:I don't believe this!!Mayank, this is the book for you to edit and confirm..I'll be in my cabin, i so need to cool off...(Mayank nodded and Bharti left from there)
Mayank:I had no idea she's so mad at you....
Gaurav:Well, that's my fault in a way...I tried exuding my charm on her just now...I've got to to admit that she's such a great dancer too...
Mayank:You did not just hit on her in my office,did you?Oh freaking God,Gaurav!!She's not your type!!!
Gaurav:Sure she is...Trust my instincts on that!!
Mayank:Oh God...(Gaurav left from there)I guess i'll be on the receiving end of the ugly mess!!!
~Men's Universe~
Jiya:Hey Armaan...Over here!!(called Armaan over to have lunch with her, Raj,Sonu and Mahi)Managed to tell Shreya everything?
Raj:No?(Armaan looked at him)Jiya, i think i know him better than you, hah!!Guyz,hand it!!
Sonali:Damnn!!(each of them handed over Rs 500 only)
Armaan:What the hell,Raj?Betting on my misery???
Raj:I think it's better than nothing at least...See, i made Rs 1500 more today..
Armaan:And you gurlz,take it back right now!!
Raj:Heyy that wasn't fair yaar....(held onto each note but sadly gave the notes back)Mr Money Saviour, do one thing then..Tell us what stopped you..
Armaan:She did!!And Bharti,as well...
Jiya:What??(Armaan told them everythig that took place)
Raj:Haha,lovebirds...Are you a bird,Armaan??(Jiya hit his elbow)
Jiya:This is getting worse day by day...
Sonali:You're getting engaged,Armaan?
Armaan:Trust me, even i had the slightest inkling of Maa's plan till just now...Bharti knew it earlier and Raj, this is the reason why she even congratulated me earlier on the Heathrow Airport..
Mahi:You two weren't on talking terms as well,right?
Armaan:Precisely,Mahi!!!And all of a sudden,she's talking to me!!
Jiya:Ok, now don't get too excited..Maybe she talked to you because she didn't want Shreya to know anything about you two not being on talking terms..
Sonali:But i don't think she's the type to care about such stuff...I mean, she's the carefree type..
Armaan:Dude, what do you think?
Raj:Why are you asking me??It's your life;you decide,you figure it out, lovebird!!
Armaan:Weren't you the one who asked me what happened in the first place,huh?
Jiya:Ok,will you two just stop?Goodness!!Any plans,guyz?
Mahi:Seriously, do you think Sonu and i should help?I mean, we are not even close to her and, there's a lotta stuff going on for both of us..
Sonali:Really??(looked at Mahi)
Mahi:Yes Sonu, a lot of stuff has been piling up..So just excuse both of us,hmm?
Jiya:Why do i feel that you two are ditching on us when Armaan needs your help at the most critical moment right now?
Mahi:Ohh pshh,that's your illusion talking, Jiya and nothing else!!
Sonali:Actually Mahi's right..I didn't realize the time..Both of us need to head for an important conference right away..
Jiya:Ok fine, but you two are going to be part of our plans,got it?
Mahi:Ok,ok sure..Bye!!
Sonali:Bye,bye..Chalo!!
Jiya:Something's just so weird with both of them..
Raj:Ditto!!
~Bharti's cabin~
Gaurav:Seriously, itz definitely destiny that brought me before you,Bharti..
Bharti:Don't try too hard to hit on me or else you'll run out of those cheesy lines for other dozens of girls..
Gaurav:Oh come on,you can't ignore me for life,Bharti...Can't we just get along?
Bharti:I don't want to say anything because you're Mayank's biz associate and Anji's cousin...
Gaurav:And i'm your friend's lawyer too..
Bharti:Seriously, you've carved for yourself a perfect profession where you might run out of cases but never out of lines..
Gaurav:Whoa,you're seriously mad..Is it at me or is it a form of anger that you contracted becauseof someone else and now you've got me to vent it on?
Bharti:Juz shut your friggin' mouth for i'm only tolerating you for Raj..This is his career we;re talking about here..(Gaurav looked at her intently)He had done so much for Nidhi and Niyati annd he's been so involved in this project, yet he's being sued!!Before this, what if Niyati had died?Will they sue him then as well??Atrocious~~(exhaled deeply)Dare mess with him,his life or his career and i'll show you what i'm made up of!!!
Gaurav:(leaned forward)I would truly love to see that but not by losing this case;but by winning it...You're going out with me on a date once i win this case for you..It's a deal!!(winked at Bharti who was totally fuming at his attitude towards her)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 268~


Bharti was totally shocked to see Gyaan there.She had no idea that he would be interviewed as well.Now,Bharti as thinking twice,if she ought to take up the job,since apparently she assu es that there could be some allies of his that helped him to become shortlisted and now it all comes down to both of them.

Bharti:What are you doing here?
Gyaan:Well,i was told to wait after my interview..
Bharti:Interview??What are you doing out of jail?
Gyaan:Hmm i guess i'm just so lucky for Ash and Vinita..But i can't believe that you too missed me..
Bharti:Shut up!!
Gyaan:Alright...All the best for your next interview cuz my job is almost fixed here...It's going to be the best one i would have gotten,my entire life..
Bharti:Well,if you think you're gonna get the job..(thought to herself)Why should i burst the balloons now?It's still quite early..Let me lead him on...
Gyaan:What??Feeling inferior already??
Bharti:I guess you're right..All the best in your future at Trends!!I'm not really sure if I stand a chance here or not..You must be knowing a lot of people here,right,just like how you knew several before you landed a job at Men's Universe,hmm??(smirked as Gyaan got all so tensed up and rather defensive all of a sudden)Kya hua,Gyaan??(just then,Maria came and invited both of them inside;she soon left and both Gyaan and Bharti looked at each other before facing the panel)

~Mahi's place~

Mahi opened the refrigerator only to realize that there's nothing much she could eat.She changed her clothes and decided to go out and eat.Just as she locked her home,she came across a small bouquet and a Post-It note.She took the bouquet with her and hailed an auto,directing the driver to head to Trends.She knew instantly that the note could have only been written by Mayank himself.

~Trends~

Maria was about to go to the conference room when Mahi came by,asking for Mayank.She hesitated but eventually told her that he was busy with an interview in the conference room.All eyes were focused on Mahi who had her eyes fixed on Mayank who was completely blank and confused by her appearance in the conference room and that too with a bouquet of flowers.Only after a while did it hit his head that it was the sam bouquet of flowers which he had kept by her doorstep.

Mayank:Excuse me,ladies and gentlemen..(advanced towards Mahi)Hii,are you ok?
Mahi:Who the hell do you think you are to send me these flowers??(Mayank looked shocked and grabbed her elbow before leading her out of the conference room and to his cabin,closing the door)
Mayank:How did you figre it was me?
Mahi:Wow,someone agrees that he's the one who sent me the flowers...Your stupid Post-It gave it away..Who do you think you are,by the way??Just how dare you judge me??
Mayank:Judge you??First of all,i don't even know you at all so where does that question of me judging you come up?I wanted you to feel better and that was my only intention of sending you the bouquet..
Mahi:By calling me a coward??(pulled the Post-It and put it in front of his eyes before crushing it)I don't need your judgment nor do I have to prove myself to you,get that?Just mind your own business!!
Mayank:I had written that you're an independent and bold gil..You can ignore that part and just pu your emphasis on the "coward" part??If you didn't have to prove yourself,then why are you here,Mahi??
Mahi:(looked intenty into his eyes as she paused to think)To throw these flowers in your face for they mean nothing to me!!Just to make things clear,i may have fallen weak for a moment,but i'm never a coward!!
Mayank:How can anyone grow weak all ofa sudden unless something drastic must have happened..
Mahi:Why are you questioning since it's strictly none of your business,huh?Why do you even care,Mr Mayank Sharma??(turned to go off)
Mayank:Cuz we're almost in the same boat and we could relate to each other??Both of us had lost our loves..(Mahi stopped and turned to look at him)I care because i don't want to see someone whom i know in yet another similar situation!!
Mahi:Stop lying!!!You don't know what it's like to be in that split second...Have you wondered??Have you imagined...Seeing Radhika hug someone else right before you,losing her before your very own eyes??I fell weak and tried taking my life but i failed!!
Mayank:Don't you ever utter Radhika's name from your mouth,get it?And as a matter of fact,she has never cheated on me before,nor will she ever do that!!She's here with me,so don't you ever compare her to anyone else!!!I felt apologetic for my behaviour for not accepting your friendship but you know what?It's fine by me,for i don;t need anyone who only cares about her problems alone..FYI,there are several people out there who are having far worse problems than you and yet they're living bravely,fighting against all odds!!!I won't bother you again...(left his cabin and headed to the conference room)Sorry,i was late...So Gyaan and Bharti,it was an agreed decision from all of us that Trends is going to hire Ms Bharti Kapoor,based on her credentials and her testimonials from Men's Universe..I welcome Bharti to be part of the family of Trends for a month and after which her temporary contract can be renewed,as necessary.Gyaan,we gave you a chance to be interviewed by us,despite knowing the fact that you're an ex-convict.That shouldn't deter you from looking for jobs elsewhere,so on behalf of Trends,i wish you all the very best!!(Mahi had witnessed everything from outside and was shocked to see Gyaan)

Mahi hid from there and came out only after Gyaan had left.

Bharti:Mahiiii!!!(hugged Mahi;withdrew from her hug and smiled)OMG,i've got big news yaar..
Mahi:Really?What??
Bharti:I'm...(Mayank came out after the other interviewers left)With effect from tomorrow,i'm assistant to the Chief Editor of Trends,Mr Mayank Sharma..Can you believe it??(Mahi smiled weakly)What's wrong babe??Aren't you happy for me?(Mahi wiped her tears)
Mahi:Of course i am..These are just tears of happiness..I missed you so much,Bharti!!(hugged her tightly)
Bharti:Arre,kya hua tujhe,huh??(Bharti sensed something was troubling Mahi and her doubts further confimed when Mayank simply walked away)
Mahi:(wiped her tears and withdrew from her hug)When did you come back?How was your interview??What was Gyaan doing inside??Erm,are you free now???
Bharti:Relax,Mahi..Come,let's go and grab some lunch first...We can catch up along the way..Chal!!
Mahi:Erm,ek minute Bharti..Main bas abhi aayi!!(attended Sonali's call)Haan,bolo Sonu..
Sonali:Kahaa ho tum?
Mahi:Trends mein aur main ek khaas dost ke saath lunch karne jaa rahi hoon..
Sonali:Khaas dost?Kahin yeh Mayank toh nahin hain??
Mahi:Shut up,Sonu!!That'll never ever happen,even in your wildest dreams!!I'm here to throw the flowers he sent me at home..And how come you're not mad at me?
Sonali:Ohhh i still am,pretty much!!But don't you know us?No matter what,we can't stay mad at each other for long..So,he really sent you flowers???O-M-G yaar!!
Mahi:Shut up,will you?
Sonali:Arre yaar,why did you throw it in his face?At least you can give it to me na..
Mahi:Sonali,you creep me out at times,do you know that??
Bharti:Mahi,chale??(Mahi nodded)
Sonali:Oh freak..Mahi,am i hearing Bharti's voice??
Mahi:Yes,you are..
Sonali:Where are you both headed to?
Mahi:Have not decided as of yet..
Sonali:Wish i could join you guyz..Damn the meeting!!Mahi,you better come back to work tomorrow..Raj is also not here as well so i'm handling his bit too..
Mahi:What?He's still not at work??Is it because of his case?
Sonali:Yeahh...
Mahi:Ok,i'll ttyl,k?Come home for dinner,crash at my place as alwayzz!!
Sonali:Alritezz..Send my love to Bharti and tell her i'll catch up with her soon..
Bharti:I hear you Sonu...(Mahi had already set her mobile to loudspeaker mode while Bharti drove Mahi's Ferrari)Will meet ya soon,k?Lurve ya loadzz!!Now,get back to work!!
Sonali:Oh ok..AJ's coming!!Bye,bye!!(Mahi and Bharti bursted out laughing after Sonu hung up)

~Men's Universe~

Vinita:Isse tum chai kehte ho Narain,huh??
Narain:Main doosra le aata hoon...
Vinita:Koi zaroorat nahin hain..Waise bhi mera dimaag pak gayi hain!!(headed to the washroom)Oh God!!Saari mehnat bekaar ho chuka hain,sab iss duffer Gyaan ke waje se..Arggh!!(Sonali overheard Vinita's monologue as she hid her legs in the cubicle)Hello,Ash?Are you freakin' serious about this?
Ash:Yes,sadly this is the truth!!
Vinita:Damn it,damnn it!!Where did she come from,all of a sudden??I mean,couldn't she have gotten a new job elsewhere??She had to come back from London and attend the interview,prepared...I went through all the trouble and so did you but at last,Bharti gets the job??She didn't even possess the  experience for an Assistant Chief Editor..(Sonali covered her mouth and gasped in excitement;much as she wanted to do a lil jig,she controlled herself)
Ash:Vini,relax..She's got the upper hand because of Mayank sir..But my team and i will make her work life a living hell and she won't stay here for long!!
Vinita:I can't relax,Ash!!(Sonu was shocked)I wanted Gyaan to have the job so that secrets remain secrets..Bharti shouldn't be part of Trends for long,so do the needful..At any cost,you hear me??
Ash:Of course,Vini...This is extremely easy for me so just trust me,ok?
Vinita:Argh,now i've gotta control Gyaan and persuade him to work hand in hand with me..Anyways,i'll talk to you later since i need to get back to work..Bye!!
Ash:Haan me too,,Ok,bye!!(hung up)
Sonali:(slowly got out after hearing Vinita's footsteps fading away and the slamming of the door)Phew!!Thank God i didn't get caught..But..But Bharti's got a job in Trends??WOW!!!(her smile faded)Ash can be a huge problem for her there!!Should i tell Bharti?Oh wait,maybe i can talk to Mayank and get Ash out of the job for good!!Hah,way to go,Sonu!!!Arre,meri meeting!!(headed out of the washroom)

~Evening~

Bharti:Mahi,thank you so much for helping me with the cleaning..The house can be so much in a mess!!
Mahi:(smiled)Haha,having kids can be so fun,right?Messing up the whole house and all..
Bharti:And exhausting as well,yaar!!Don't you think?I mean, Naina isn't my own blood but both of us have gotten so close to each other that we can't part from each other..Only because of Payal's and Bhaskar's incessant begging did i let Naina spend time with them..Seriously i tell you i'm missing Naina so much already!!
Mahi:Aww...Bharti,i know it's your life and i shouldn't really ask..
Bharti:What,Mahi?
Mahi:There's really no chance of you...Ermm...Getting married?
Bharti:Lollz Mahi,you were hesitating to ask me this?Yeahh,it's my life and i can see very much clearly that marriage is not on my cards!!Naina is my life and she makes me complete...I don't need any guy to do the honours of complicating my life in any way...
Mahi:Not even if there is a Mr Lovable??
Bharti:(smiled as she thought)What are you implying?
Mahi:Nothing in particular,Bharti..I mean,if someone crosses your path,wouldn't you reconsider your options?
Bharti:I don't think so..(offered Mahi a glass of juice)What about you?
Mahi:What about me,Bharti?
Bharti:Would you consider giving marriage a second chance?Would you give Mr Lovable a chance to enter your life?
Mahi:(hesitated)Bharti??
Bharti:Wait...What,Mahi?Don't tell me that you're still in love with your ex-husband;that you haven't moved on yet??
Mahi:Bharti,it's nothing like that..
Bharti:You went through a rough patch in your life,Mahi...You're willing to forgive the guy who abused you and stripped you of motherhood?(Mahi looked intently at her)I'm so..so sorry,Mahi!!I don't know much but..
Mahi:You're right,Bharti...It's been 4 years since my divorce and yet i can't forget him because i loved him way too much..I lived with him for 2.5 years yet i couldn't imagine that i would get divorced one day...I still love him,Bharti!!I really do,but i don't know if i'll be able to forgive him for my abortion but as a wife,i might...I just might,Bharti!!Tell me,what would you do if you were in my shoes??
Bharti:(wiped Mahi's tears)I would never ever forgive him in my life!!Mahi,i would take revenge against him,one step at a time till i destroy him completely..Perhaps,till there is no more remains of him!!Revenge will be my ultimate goal in my life..(Mahi saw the sudden rage in Bharti's eyes as they turned crimson)
Mahi:Bharti??(shook Bharti)Are you ok??
Bharti:Yeah,i juz told you what i might do if i were in your shes..(exhaled deeply)
Mahi:Bharti,i don't think i'm capable of revenge..Anyways,i better get going since itz quite late...(Bharti opened the door)
Bharti:Mahi,you never know what you're capable of..It's great to see that you're healed to a large extent even after so much has happened to you..Anyways yeahh,we'll catch up often,k??Take care!!
Mahi:Bharti,someone told me that revenge is never an option for there are others who care about you...
Bharti:True Mahi,but what if there's no one who cares???(smiled at her)Our discussion can go on to deep lengths so you better get going!!Gd nitezz..
Mahi:Nitezz!!(Bharti closed her home door and soon,Mahi headed home in confusion about Bharti)

~Airport~

Jiya:(on her mobile)Dude,where the heck are you?
Raj:On my way..What time is the plane landing??
Jiya:10 minutes' time..
Raj:Kk,on my way...
Jiya:Waise,you managed to talk to Shreya?
Raj:No yaar,was busy prepping for the hearing...Been kept busy by Garav..Any hopes with Sudha aunty?
Jiya:She's only returning today from Bangalore,from a seminar..No hopes,either!!
Raj:Bechara Armaan,ab toh hum sab ko saath mein hi kuch karna hoga!!
Jiya:Hmm ok,we'll meet up and talk..Jaldi karo!!
Raj:Ok,bye!!(hung up)

~Mahi's place~

Sonali was thinking of the conversation se had overheard in the washroom whilst on the other hand,Mahi thought about her discussion which she just had with Bharti.Feeling so lost,she dropped the glass bowl of salad on the floor,breaking each other's thoughts and silence.

Sonali:Arre Mahi,tum theekh ho?
Mahi:Ermm yeah,i am..So sorry about that!!
Sonali:Come,i'll help you with it...(helped Mahi clean up)
Mahi:How was work?
Sonali:Stressful without you yaar...
Mahi:Fine,i'll definitely come tmr,k?But i've got great news for you yaar..In fact,let me call Raj too...Hold on,k??(Sonu nodded)
Sonali:(wondered)Kahin Bharti ki naukri ke baarein mein toh...(Mahi dialled Raj and Jiya to a conference call)
Mahi:Hey guyzz,Mahi and Sonu here...Kahaa ho tum log?
Raj:Hey babe,ab tum kaisi ho?Hum dono bas Armaan ko receive karke ghar ke liye nikal rahe the...
Sonali:Welcome back Armaan...Sunny missed you badly,by the way!!
Armaan:Very funny,Sonu!!Howz Mahi??Jiya ne sab dhindhora peet liya hain..(Jiya hit Armaan mildly)
Mahi:Hmm,doing great too..But i wanted to give you guyzz some fab news!!
Sonali:Which she hasn't told me as well..
Jiya:Acha,toh phir jaldi sunaao Mahi..
Mahi:Pehle bolne toh do...Bharti's back!!
Jiya:Wow,that's cool but how come she didn't call any of us??Has she forgotten us already??
Mahi:Not at all..In fact,there is a greater news than this!!She's landed a job at Trends,as an Assistant to the Chief Editor!!
Raj:OMG!!!!
Jiya:OMG!!Serious??Matlab,aise hi??
Mahi:She got interviewed today and Trends hired her...So,she'll be working with Mayank from now on..Isn't that just awesome??
Sonali:(thought)Mera shaq sahi nikla...Yeh Mahi aur baaki sab toh bohat khush ho rahi hain Bharti ke job ko lekar sivaayi main..Mujhe jald se jald Mayank se baat karni hogi!!
Jiya:This is such wonderful news,isn't it Armaan??(Raj stopped as he reached Armaan's place)

Both of them saw Armaan taking his suitcase and heading back inside without a word.

Raj:(drove off)Yes Mahi..This is incredible;a perfect opportunity for Bharti's career!!
Mahi:Is he ok,guyzz??(Everyone fell silent,thinking of Armaan)