Raj:Thank you for this beautiful surprise,Nihar...I thought we were not going to tell anyone..
Niharika:Bharti and Khushi found out about it...I didn't say a word and i'm just so worried about Mayank for Bharti hides nothihng from him...
Raj:(placed her hair strands behind)She won't be planning two surprises in a row if she intended to tell Mayank everything about us..In fact, i had no clue that she would pull out these surprises in the presence of Mayank.She's really so brave!!
Niharika:Raj, isn't it late?
Raj:No Nihar, there's still about 20 minutes..We can still make it in time to your place..(Raj leaned forward)
Niharika:Shall we go then??(stood up from the bed)Come,let's go!!!(Raj missed his shot at kissing Niharika's cheek)Raj!!!
Raj:Uff yeh ladki bhi na...Aaa rahaa hoon!!!(took his car keys)Nihar....(stopped as he saw her spreading her arms, trying to grab hold of the strong breeze around her and before she knew, Raj stood before her and saw her eyes shut as she swirled;the breeze subsided and Raj noticed the cute irritated expression and as she opened her eyes,he smiled)
Niharika:Raj...You jst startled me..Come,give me your car keys;i wanna drive!!
Raj:(his smile faded)What?Nope...I'm not givng you my car keys..
Niharika:Oh really??(touched the button of his shirt,motioning her finger upwards,arousing a tingling sensation within Raj as she stopped and pulled him closer to her lips)What would happen if i were to kiss you right now?
Raj:Nice try,Nihar...You wouldn't even let me come close to you amd now you're saying...(Nihar kissed him in the middle of the road, surprising him)
She opened her right eye,winning Raj's confidence as he pulled her close, caressing the nape of her neck. She gently delved into his pocket and grabbed the keys,withdrawing her lip from his.She sat in the driver's seat,proclaiming her victory which Raj didn't see coming.He smild,hitting his head but rushed over a she called him to get inside.
Mayank:How come she got herself so drunk?
Mahi:I don't know..
Mayank:Is she disturbed because of her break-up?
Mahi:Will you jis shut up,focus and drive??
Mayank:(looked at her and thought)"I think i poked my nose in her best friend's affair and she might not have liked it!!(looked in front and drove)Mahi,i'm..
Mahi:Mayank,i'm sorry...(Mayank stopped the car)What happened??What made you stop the car??
Mayank:Mahi,we've reached our destination..(gestured to her,pointing in the direction of her home)Shall we help Sonali??(Mahi saw him get out of the car and she just pondered)
Mahi:"What the heck i wrong with hm tonight??
Mayank:Aren't you coming??(by the time she got back to her senses, Mayank had already stood,placing Sonali's arms over his shoulder and standing outside her gate;Mahi insantly rushed to him)
Mahi:You should have called me..
Mayank:Didn't you hear me ask,Mahi??Anyways,it's ok..Unlock your home door..(She did so)Which way??
Mahi:Towards the right side..(Mayank laid Sonali on Mahi's cozy king-sized bed and just as he was about to go,he heard Sonali mutter)
Sonali:(muttered)Bharti' plan totally workd tonight na, Mahi..For Raj and also for you...You finally danced with Mayank..Hmmm...(dozed off)
Mayank:Sonali,good night...(helped cover Sonali with a warm blanket and switched on the dim lights before he turned to go)
Mahi:(left the room door slightly ajar)Mayankk!!(Mayank stopped and looked at her)Ek minue ke liye rukhoge??
Mayank:Mahi,bohat raat ho chuka hain aur Niharika in tezaar kar rahi hogi..
Mahi:(thought to herself)Ab iss duffer ko kaise samjhaaoo ki woh Raj ke saath hain..Mujhe kisi bhi tarha isse rokna hoga, kam se kam Bharti ke aane se tak!!
Mayank:Main chalta hoon..
Mahi:Ek minute...Bharti ki phone aayi thi..Woh keh rahi thi ki woh yahaa aa rahi hain aur tumhe intezaar karna chaahiye..
Mayank:Bharti??Arre haan..Tumhaari gaadi lekin tum toh thak chuki ho na..Main nikalta hoon..Agar Bharti aa jaaye toh usse keh dena ki...(Mahi dragged him,holding his wrist and bringing him to her open kitchen)
On the other hand, Bharti drove,accelerating through the highway with not much vehicles passing by. She kept having flashes of Armaan's eyes having watched her's,as though he wanted to garner her attention. She only began to find it discernible after she had watched Mahi and Mayank dance.She saw how he looked into Shreya's eyes and danced with so much elegance and serenity,that for a second she wished,if only he would have lookd at her and understood her pain. Whether it was a stroke of coincidence or telepathy,she had no clue but just within a split second, he looked at Bharti with longing eyes accompanied by a gradual smile which soon dissipated upon seeing a glass of mocktail in her hand as Gaurav and Khushi invited her to dance.
"Sure he's happy with her...I was happy to see him with Shreya but why did he look at me in such a way??He's about to get engaged to his best friend and he's moving on,finally...All bonds are broken between us so what's bothering him so much??"
KK:You're bothering him...Who else has gotten the guts to do that?
Bharti:(abruptly pressed on the brake with much force,letting the car screech to a halt)Freak!!!What the.....KK??
Bharti:Where did you come from??(looked to her left and right)
KK:Do you want me to drive?
Bharti:No thank you!!!!I'm already suffering much,thanks to you...
KK:What wrong have i committed now?
Bharti:You almost ceased my heartbeat...
KK:Ohhh that!!It's kinda normal,i thought you'd have gotten used to it by now...But now, what made you think of Armaan??(Bharti stared at him)Oh,stop glaring..Don't you always call me a psychic or a mentalist,hmm??(smiled)
Bharti:Well,you're right..I was thinking about how happy he was tonight,dancing with Shreya and all..
KK:And yet a little piece of your heart wished that he would have asked you for a dance..(Bharti ignored him)Yet somehow you desire for him to have walked towards you..(Bharti began to fall into a trance as she visualized)Rightfully,chose you and held your wrist and bring you closer to him...
Bharti:(instantly raised both her palms to shut her ears for she no longer wanted to hear him)Bas,KK!!!Ab aur nahin...Ab aur nahin!!(closed her eyes)Bas chale jaaoo yahaa se..(exhaled rapidly for some time before she finally relaxed and opened her eyes and realized that KK has already disappeared)Iss KK ko toh main...(continued driving)Yeh Raj phone kyun nahin uthaa raha hain???
Raj:This is so not done,Nihar..
Niharika:Isn't this fun,driving on the remote highways at great speed...Itz exhilarating,unlike what Mayank lets me drive his Ferrari at..
Raj:You'll go to the extent of breaking the rules he set for you,hmm??
Niharika:Sure,if it really bothers him,haha...Waise main mazak kar rahi thi,k?Mayank meri jaan hain!!
Niharika:Tum...Woh actually na..
Raj:Tum ghabraa kyun rahi ho?
Niharika:Nahin toh..Chal meri saath..(stopped the car and proceeded to the cool springs nearby)
Raj:Arre sunn toh Nihar..Humein dher..(just gazed at her intently)"She's just so beautiful..Damn it!!Why does she have got to be Mayank's sister??(Niharika gestured to him to join her and after taking her beautiful photograph,Raj saw several missed calls from both Mahi and Bharti)Crap!!It's almost time.."(looked at Niharika)Nihar..(gestured to her to come back but she didn't)
Niharika:(giggled)Aa jaao Raj...
Raj:(without much of an option,he headed further)Nihar,it's late..I should get you back home now..Come!!(Niharika stopped Raj who looked at her)
Niharika:Mere kehne se bhi rukhoge nahin?(pulled him real close in such a way that he was gazing at her lips and she simoly watched him)Mujhe kuch aise doge taaki main zindagi bhar bhool na paao,hmm??
Raj:Nihar,bohat raat ho chuka hain..
Niharika:Main Mayank ki behen hoon,iss liye??
Raj:Nihar....(Niharika leaned in to kiss him but he couldn't,hence pushing her away)Yeh sahi nahin hain!!
Niharika:Haan shayad,Raj par agar meri wajood Mayank ki behen ki naa ho toh??
Raj:Chalo Nihar...(both of them went off from there,Niharika following suit behind Raj)
Raj kept taunting himself in his mind of his stupidity in distancing Niharika from him. He had never done that, even to any of the supermodels in his entire career. Provided his flmboyant personality and superfluous attitude, he would never have given up the opportunity at all!!He dropped off Niharika without bidding goodbye to her. Niharika felt offended by Raj and simply rushed back home,rubbing her moist eyes repeatedly before unlocking her home door.
Mahi:Sshh..Bas chup chaap baitho..Coffee banaa rahi hoon,tumhaare liye aur mere liye bhi..
Mayank:Mahi,iski koi zaroorat nahin hain..
Mahi:Sshh!!(Mayank grew confused at her gesture;just as he stood up,his mobile rang)
Mayank:(answered)Heyy...Kahaa ho tum??
Bharti:Mayu,tum ab tak Mahi ke saath ho?
Mayank:Haan,uske ghar aaya tha usse aur Sonali ko drop karne ke liye na..
Bharti:Mayu,i need you right now!!
Mayank:Bharti,sab theekh hain??(Mahi started to feel doubtful)Bharti???
Bharti:Mayu, Payal and Bhaskar took her to meet Mom..You know the tension between me and Armaan,right??I just don't want to face Mom alone...I can't bear this whole drama on me again..
Mayank:For God's sake Bharti,stop it!!!Come to Mahi's place right now and pick me up!!You don't have to go to Armaan's place at all,especially at this hour..Just come now!!(hung up and fidgeted)Ab yeh sab naya drama kya hain???
Mahi:Mayank...(placed the mug of coffee in front of him)Coffee..Sab theekh?
Mayank:(glanced quickly at her and took a sip of coffee)Haan..Bas Bharti ko aana hain aur phir hum dono yahaa se jaayenge..
Mahi:Mayank,mujhe tumse ek zaroori baat kehni...
Mayank:(interrupted)Mahi,suno...Aaj raat humaare beech jo kuch bhi hua tha,woh phir se kabhi nahin hoga..In fact,main toh Raj ke party sirf Bharti ko khush rakne ke liye aur usse vishwaas dene ke liye aaya tha..Yeh dilaasa dene ke liye ke main Radhika se aage badh chuka hoon par sach toh yehi hain ke aaj main Radhika ke saath naach raha tha,usse sataa rahaa tha aur jab Bharti ne seeti maarne shuru kar iya toh mujhe acha lagne lagaa tha par phir tumhaari chehraa saamne aa gayi..Lekin mere bartaav tumhaari orr jaise tha,waisa hi hain aur hameshaa aisa hi rahega, toh yeh coffee tum khud pee lena..
Mahi:Mayank,tumne toh meri mu ki baat cheen li hain..Main tumse yehi baat kehne waali thi..Woh dance phir kabhi nahin hogi kyunki maine bhi aaj mehsoos kiya jaise main sach much Vedant ke saath naach rahi thi..Kaash woh pal mujhe phir se dobara milti lekin maine yeh sab kuch Bharti ke kehne par kiya tha...Mujhe bhi koi shauk nahin hain aur naahi maine yeh sab dosti nibhaani ki koshish mein kar rahi thi..(turned to go but Mayank pulled her elbow but she slipped and fell in Mayank's arms;both of them gazed at each other)
~Tere mere beech mein kabhi koi baat ho koi
Jeet mein chippi'
Chippi kahin pe maat ho koi~
Just then, Bharti entered and saw both of them.
Mayank:(turned and saw Bharti,letting go of Mahi instantly)Bharti..Woh...Chale??(looked at Mahi who fell on the floor and he then realized that more coffee spilled on Mahi,upon which he offered to help her stand upright but she refused and stood up on her own)Bharti,chale??(ignored Mahi)
Bharti:Abhi nahin,Mahi..Gotta go!!Chalo,Mayu..(passed Mahi her car keys before leaving abruptly from there)
Mahi:Ab Bharti aur Armaan ke beech kya ho gaya hain??Iss sadoo ko toh main...Ouchh!!!Meri kamar...Iss sadoo ki coat??(quickly took it off her having realized it)Damn it,maine phir se...Kal subah main pehle iss coat ko dry wash ke liye bhejungi!!Argghhh...(went to refresh herself)
~Along the Way~
Mayank:Kisse phone laga rahe ho tum??(Bharti ignored him but Mayank kept persisting as he drove)Bharti???
Bharti:Hi Payal...Naina kya kar rahi hain??
Payal:Woh toh Bhaskar aur Sudha aunty ke saath...(realized what she just blabbered and slapped her lips instantly)Bharti...Woh actually n Naina ko bohat icha thi Armaan aur Sudha aunty se milne ke liye aur Bhaskar ka bukhaar bhi uthar gaya tha toh hum dono ne socha ki...
Bharti:Socha ki tum wahaa jaaog,mujhse bina pooche??Jaise main uski koi nahin hoon,hmm,kyun Payal??
Payal:Bharti,maine aisa kab kaha?
Bharti:Payal,tum wahaa par gayi...Ek baar bhi mere baarein mein nahin socha??
Payal:Bharti,maine Naina ki khaatir...(Bharti hung up and asked Mayank to stop driving)
Mayank:(got out,feeling confused)K...Kya hua,Bharti?
Bharti:Main gaadi chalaaongi...(Mayank was stunned but rushed inside when Bharti started the car)
Mayank:Bharti,aisa kya ho gaya ki tum...(paused as he was taken aback by the driving speed of Bharti's,swerving to th right)Kahaa jaa rahe ho tum iss tarha se??Koi museebat hain kya??
Bharti:Tumhe jaldi pata chalega,hmm??Sabr karo aur mera dimaag matt khaaoo!!
Mayank:Whoa..Ok chill!!(thought to himself)"Bata nahin isse ho kya gaya hain...Naina is at Armaan's home but why??And Bharti's mad at Payal..What for??And where the hell...Wait a sec,she's heading to Armaan's home??"(looked at Bharti)What are you up to,Bharti??I told you we don't have to go to Armaan's home now!!
Bharti:Don't tell me what i ought to do and what not...(stopped the car)
Mayank:Ok,you are seriously mad at Payal..But please relax..Don't do anything out of haste,Bharti!!
Bharti:If i don't do anything now,things will only worsen..My daughter's in that home and i need her to understnd certain things and that includes staying away from Armaan and Mom,as much as possible...Payal may not get it but i don't give a damn;my daughter needs to obey me and follow what i say..
Mayank:Ok now you have seriously gone crazy...What's..
Bharti:Don't ever talk to me like that,Mayank!!I am her mum and i know what i'm doing...
Bharti:I don't have time for this..(got out of the car)
Mayank:(followed suit)Bharti,rukh!!!(Bharti rang the doorbell and Sudha opened the door)
Sudha:OMG Bharti!!!You have finally come...I really hoped that you would come today...(hugged Bharti tightly)
Bharti was confused and tongue-tied.She glanced at Mayank who shook his head,warning her not to say anything.Bharti looked away and her eyes seemed determined as ever.