Jab Lurve Hua

Jab Lurve Hua

Thursday, September 19, 2013

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 276:Looming Pasts Amidst Motherhood

Niharika tripped and fell on Raj's bed whilst seeing him close to her. She didn't get a single chance to talk about herself in front of Raj. She couldn't entirely blame him for being extra romantic that night, which apparently Bharti had slyly prepared for her and Raj at the last minute, for she was partly at fault for her lack of boldness;a state of fear which she succumbed to,thinking of not wanting to ruin Raj's special night. Raj progressively approached her on his bed,touching her fingers gently.Niharika was planning on getting up but Raj held both of her palms and pulled her upwards, kissing her palms.

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??
KK:Hii...Continue driving...
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!!
Raj:Aur main??
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.

Mayank:Mahi??
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??
Mahi:Mayank,tumhaari coffee??
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.
Bharti:Mayank??
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)
Mahi:Bharti,coffee peeyoge?
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)
Bharti:Baahar niklo,Mayank..
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...
Mayank:No,you don't!!
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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 275:Love stories being created/Pushed to the Limits~

~Ritz Hotel~

Armaan and Shreya had no clue about Bharti's whereabouts. Jiya wondered why Raj was so concerned about Bharti after all.She didn't like how Raj was giving so much of preference to Bharti these days and it pissed her. She excused herself without saying anything.

Niharika entered the ballroom, searching for Raj through her eager eyes.However, she alnost hit her head, bumping into her very own brother.

Mayank : Hmm..Who were you looking for??
Niharika:What? No one, Mayu!! I was looking for you and Bharti..
Mayank:Well, you found me but I thought Bharti would be coming with you, hmm??
Niharika:Well I thought she'd be here with you..
Mayank:Crap, my mobile's dead..Give me your phone!!
Niharika:Oh hello.. (Mayank dialled Bharti's number)
Mayank:Sshh... (waited for Bharti to pick up) What's taking her so long?
Niharika:(silently prayed) Oh Lord, please don't let Bharti pick up the call.. (heard Mayank saying Hi) Damn it!!.
Bharti:Uffo Nihar..I'm coming!! Preparing a surprise for you and all..
Mayank:Bharti, itz Mayu!! Where the heck are you after having invited me, hmm??
Bharti:(murmured) Oh freak, I almost mentioned Raj..Ok, calm down...
Mayank:Bharti, you there??
Bharti:Oh hi Mayu, how come you have Nihar's mobile??
Mayank:Mobile batt's flat..Where are you??
Bharti:I'm...I'm..I'll be there in 10, k? (hung up) Phew!!
Mayank:What the hell..She just hung up?? (gave Niharika her mobile back) Wait, she mentioned some surprise for you..What's that??
Niharika:(hesitated) Well.. (gulped down the cocktail) How am I supposed to know when it's a surprise, hmm??
Mayank:You're right..
Niharika:What happened to your special blazer? (Mahi was nearby and she coincidentally heard their conversation as paused her conversation with soneone else) Hmm?? Oh hello, don't you remember how you wouldn't even let me touch blazer of your's only cuz Radhika bought it for you..I'm sure I didn't stain it so how could you be so careless now?? (Mahi felt even more guilty and walked away)
Mayank:Nihu, it eas by pure accident..Mahi spilled her cocktail on my blazer and she almost fell and hurt herself because of the shattered glass pieces of glass but I saved her in time..
Niharika:You what?? You saved her? Really??? How sweet, Mayu... (pinched his right cheek but withdrew instantly) Hold on a sec..You and Mahi often tend to pick a fight whenever you two see each other, so what happened today?
Mayank:Nothing..I don't wish to steal someone else's limelight tonight..
Niharika:How thoughtful can you be at times, Mayu??
Sonali:Hi Niharika..Itz been a while, come join me and Mahi. Let's dance!!

Bharti finally reached the ballroom, almost tripping as she adjusted her high heel platform pump shoes.Her eyes searched for Mayabk who was spotted by her, as about to have his cocktail but she took it and drank it up, mich to his surprise.

Mayank:(held her elbow) Where the heck were you?I've been waiting for you for so long..
Bharti:Now I'm here Mayu so just chill!!
Mayank:Bharti, were you crying? (felt her tear towards the end of her lower right eyelid and Bharti wiped it away)
Bharti:Mayi, it was the rains which kept me late..Waise how sexy do I look?
Mayank:(smiled) Now I realize wjy so many guys still flirt with you..But let me warn you, our bet isn't over, Bharti..
Bharti:Oh really??
Mayank:Sure!! Choose anyone from the crowd and I'll make her fall for me..Just like how Radhika did!!
Bharti:Excuse me?? You fell for Radhika, remember?? (hit his head and looked around for someone for Mayank)
Shreya:Hi Bharti..Raj was searching for you.
Bharti:Oh uhm..Hi Shreya.. (hesitated to greet Armaan but she did anyways) Hii Armaan.. (shifted her attention to Shreya) Shreya, you look real gorgeous tonight; I bet Armaan must have conplimented you throughout the way here..
Shreya:Not really, Bharti.. (blushed)
Bharti:You know him better than me, na..He can be such an introvert at times..
Shreya:Of course I know him better than you but he's so much more open, unlike college times.. (stroked Armaan's neck gently and Bharti felt uncomfortable and looked away)
Armaan:in fact, Mayank..(looked at Bharti and said) Shreya's the best thing that could have happened to me and I'm very excited. She inspires me a great deal!!
Shreya:Ahem so are you calling me your muse??
Armaan:No, you're such a sweetheart, Shreya.. (smiled at her and Mayank noticed Bharti)
Mayank:Well,I'm very happy for both of you and so is Bharti!! Right, Bharti??
Armaan:Sure for she's the very reason Shreya came into my life!! Oops I almost forgot, Bharti..
Mayank:What is it Armaan??
Armaan:Maa wanted to talk to Bharti urgently..So just give her a call when you can, Bharti..
Raj:There you are, Bharti..Come with me!!
Bharti:Excuse me, Mayank!! Raj, what the hell.. (Raj brought her away)
Raj:Where's my surprise and what took you so long??
Bharti:One of your surprise is already here and yes I was late.. (placed her arms around Raj's neck) That too while planning your second surprise..
Raj:Two surprises in a row?? Oh wow..What are they??
Bharti:Open your eyes and you'll know them pretty soon.. (Bharti withdrew her arms)
Khushi:Bharti, you're here at last..
Bharti:Why is everyone busy focusing on me tonight?? Itz Raj's big nite..Focus on him, not me..
Raj:Well, Khushi's focusing on you as she's trying to keep away from Gaurav..
Khushi:He set me up..Can you believe that?
Bharti:Of course..Raj is famous for such priceless moments..
Raj:Are Payal and Bhaskar coming??
Bharti:I so badly wanted to bring Naina with me but Bhaskar's down with a fever and thus Payal is looking after both of them..Bhaskar can be such a child when he's with Naina..Those two must be making a mess out of Payal's home.. (Raj and Khushi smiled)

Just then, the disco ligjts interrupted their conversation, highlighting all over the ballroom.It was an open invitation to dance for everyone.Raj seemed pretty excited and held Khushi's wrist, inviting her to go and dance with Gaurav. Bharti teased her, that she may never get such a chance again but assured her that she'll dance with him if he irked her.Khushi was stunned by her reaction, letting Gaurav lead the dance.Soon, everyone else joined the dance floor except for Mayank, Raj, Bharti on one end and Mahi, Sonali and Niharika on the other end.

Raj:Mayank, aren't you dancing?
Mayank:Well, Bharti's going to choose someone for me, right Bharti?
Bharti:Why should I? You had the confidence to charm girls, don't ya? But before you pick anyone, dance with me.Come on!! And Raj, look out for clues to your surprise!!
Mayank:Surprise?
Bharti:Nothing, Mayu..I had planned something for Raj tonight..
Mayank:Ok, so what about Nihu?? You had planned a surprise for her too, hmm??
Bharti:What surprise?
Mayank:You said over the phone.. (Bharti grew hesitsnt but soon, she diverted the topic)
Bharti:Uffo Mayu, just forget all of that and let's enjoy the music, hmm??
Mayank:I feel quite confident tonight, that I'm going to lead the race far ahead of you..
Bharti:Oh yeah?? (looked at Sonali, giving her a cue with her wink)
Mayank:Absolutely..
Bharti:(silently prayed)I couldn't be more happier for you if you win tonight.. (Mayank let her swirl and drop backwards with her arms wrapped around his neck bit he pulled her upwards abruptly) What??
Mayank:What? I was juz warming up..

Sonali:Come, let's dance, Mahi..It's our cue from Bharti..
Mahi:I'm not dancing, got it?? Especially not with that sadoo.. (Niharika heard them all along as she stood beside them)
Sonali:You spilled your cocktail on his shirt and he kept mum..He went went to the extent of saving you from hurting yourself just now, yet he was concerned about y9ur welfare and now you're. .
Mahi:What, Sonu?? Itz not as of I'm ungrateful to him..I just don't wanna dance..
Niharika:Mahi,i'm here by your side, listening to you and Sonali bickering aboit my brother..
Sonali:Niharika, we weren't bickering..We didn't intend to..
Mahi:Yes, Nihar..It's just..
Niharika:Chill!!I know he can be sich a pain in the ass at times but let me tell you something..He's got a real soft spot, which only his ex-girlfriend and Bharti truly knows..He can be easily misunderstood but I giess Radhija really brought out hos soft side back then before he reverted..In fact, he's the one who dances so effortlessly compared to me..
Sonali:No kidding?
Niharika:Not at all..
Mahi:Nihar, don't misunderstand me..It's juz that I..
Sonali:Don't listen to her, Nihar..She can ne such an idiot in these matters..She's got dome self-esteem and dancing issues..
Maho:Sonu!!!

Bharti:(looked at Sonali and felt agitated) I need to do something..
Mayank:What?
Bharti:Mayu, I meed to use the washroom..Pick someone else to dance..
Mayank:Heyy!! (Bharti left towards the loo) Gaurav's a lucky ass, getting everyone to dance with him.. (looked around)

Meanwhile, Bharti called Sonali and asked her to go and dance with Mayank and dicert his attention from Niharika. Sonali felt stuck between Niharika and Mahi.Just then, she saw Mayank striding towards them and she quickly hung up.She took the first step in asking Mayank to dance with her and he smiled, nodding in agreement.

Bharti let down her hair, looking at the mirror in the washroom.She recalled reading the first few pages of the diary entries of her's and Radhika's, shared in a series of books over the years.Seeing Mayank gelling so well made her feel happy upon her small achievement . However, she missed Radhika so much that her eues didn't think of controlling her streaming tears.Much more than feeling unwanted by Armaan, she missed her best friend for the latter was closest to her amongst her pals, the confidant she could ever have had in her life.With Rafhika around, she knew her secrets would be sealed within her bosom.Bharti turned on the tap and rinsed her fave, preoccupied with the thoughts of seeing someone else with Armaan.She walked out of the washroom after wiping herself w8th some facial tissues.

Mayank:I thought you would be busy mingling with Pushpak. .What made you stand and wait alone?
Sonali:Let me correct you for a start..I'm npt with Pushpak as I've moved on..And I wasn't alone..I was standing there with my best friend cum your nemesis..
Mayank:No, Mahi's not my nemesis..
Sonali:Is that so?? From the way you two react whenever you meet, it appears to everyone how much you two hate each other..
Mayank:There's nothing of the sort, Sonali..You seem nice, she seems strange..Anyways, don't mind me asking..Did you or Pushpak do something to break the bond that you two share deeply??
Sonali:If she's not your nemesis, then surprise me by asking her for a dance..
Mayank:Are you crazy? She would instantly run away from here..
Sonali:There's nothing impossible--Didn't you mention a fashion articls stating that as your theme for your previous issue? So why are you backing off? Are you scared??
Mayank:Scared of Mahi? No chance!!
Sonali:So why hesitate?
Mayank:Why are you so adamant on me dancing with your best friend?
Sonali:I want her to break out of her comfort zone..I want her to think that there are people whom she can dance with, who wouldn't judge her by her physical appearance. .Who would bring back the moments of joy in her life which is devoid of all tjat becaise of her ex-husband, Vedant..She deserves to be loved; she deserves to be happy once again in her life.. (Mayank looked at Sonali and at Mahi who stood alone) She..
Mayank:She'll be happy once again in her life, hmm?? Don't worry so much about her..Excuse me!!(got himself and Mahi a drink each) Hi..have this!!
Mahi:No thanks..Where is Sonali??
Mayank:She's dancing with Raj, I assume..Have this drink, I insist..

Mahi took the drink reluctantly, feeling extremely guilty for how she reacted for the night.She knew it was not right on her part but somehow she couldn't bring herself to apologize, under which both of them misunderstood each other in such a way that neither of them had become friends till now.

Mahi:Look, I..I didn't ruin your blazer on purpose.
Mayank:I know..You don't have to feel guilty about it at all..
Mahi:But this boazer is very special to you, isn't it??
Mayank:Sure it is..Letz talk about something else, hmm?? Uhm, would you care to dance with me??
Mahi:What..Me??
Mayank:I'm apparently talking to you, so yeah..
Mahi:I'm sorry..I can't..
Mayank:Ok.. (turned to go but after some time, he returned to the same spot, startling him)
Mahi:Yes?? (Mayank held her right wrist and pulled her mildly towards the dance floor)

Everyone was surprised to see both Mayank and Mahi dance.Mayank fell lost in Mahi's eyes which focused intently on him.Bharti smiled in delight and texted Raj that it's time for his first surprise.Raj slowly sneaked away upon Sonali's intrusion.Raj met Niharika who stood behind Bharti.

Raj:Bharti, how did you..You planned this with Khushi..And that too when Mayank's here...
Bharti:Don't worry about him..He's my concern, alright? I want your misunderstandings, all of them to be cleared and a new chapter to unfold in your love life, hmm?? Tonight, Nihar will spend time at Raj's place..Right, Raj???
Raj:No doubts about that..She's my responsibility and she'll be back before Mayank discovers anything..
Bharti:(Raj hugged Bharti) Uffo, get going now and spend an intimate night together.. (Raj withdrew from his hug) Ab jaao yahaa se..Gd nite guyzz.. (Bharti saw both of them having intertwined their fingers into each other's) How sweet!! Oh crap, Mayank!! He must be waiting.. (texted Raj the place of his second surprise and to let Niharika reach home in an hour's time)

On the other hand, Armaan was enjoying his dance with Shreya on the outside, who laid her head on his chest and had lost herself in the music.His eyes were searching for his friends. Jiya was dancing with Sonali while Raj was nowhere to be seen, as they enquired.He was extremely surprised to see Bharti standing alone and Mahi dancing with Mayank.For a moment, he wondered if he was dreaming.

Mayank:I didn't mean to pull you out but..I believe that we both need to start from some place..
Mahi:Excuse me?
Mayank:We share deep bouts of grievances in our lives, Mahi, something which don't intend to discuss with anyone for they are the only memories which have been keeping us alive..I didn't believe in coming tonight but I did it for Bharti's sake..This is not my comfort zone.. (swirled Mahi around and held her close, letting her sync her steps with his) But Bharti wanted ne to be present for her friend's victory bash..Tonight, I wish you could do the same for Raj's and Sonali's sake..For once, you deserve to be loved again, to find joy in your life again. It may be difficult and perhaps impossible but if you trust the process, it makes things a lil easier..Life doesn't become so complicated...(inhaled, letting go of Mahi)
Mahi:(let Mayank go a bit further but held his wrist in time to stop him) Stop.. (pulled him)
Mayank:Mahi??
Mahi:Letz dance, shall we?? (both of them broke into a smile, and danced to the upbeat song, Lat Lag Gaye, inviting the attention of several, as Mayank threw his coat at Bharti and let Mahi dance to her heart's content, holding her as she gently bent backwards)

Bharti was so thrilled to see her dear friend dancing away and gelling with Mahi, without any efforts from her side.She whistled for him.Armaan smiled widely upon seeing her spirited nature and the fact that she didn't take any drinks with her or else she was never without a drink in her hand at such parties. Just then, Gaurav bought her a drink and she smiled.Armaan looked away while Gaurav and Bharti conversed.He soon left to drop Khushi while she applauded for Mahi and Mayank at the end of their dance.Her eyes watched Armaan's, intently that she didn't even realize that Sonali was standing next to her.

Sonali:They look so perfect together na, Bharti? Armaan looks so happy..
Bharti:(sounded melancholic) Sure they do..Armaan's happy now, something which he might have been missing out on, for many years..
Sonali:But not perfect yaar..There's a missing puzzle..Somewhere....
Bharti:No Sonu..his life couldn't be anymore perfect than this, now that I'm gone from his life...
Sonali:(took another shot of tequila) No one's life is perfect..Bharti, look at mine for instance; shattered because of love..I tried to seek happiness from Pushpak's love, but alas..It took me so long to realize how wrong I was, thinking of him as my life..Happiness comes from within and it's a mistake to run back to the past!!I'm ever so glad that you've pushed Armaan to move on in his life.. (drank another glass of wine)
I'm sure Pushpak must be feeling so busted right now..Haha... (giggled)
Bharti:Sonu, are you ok??(saw her staggering)
Sonali:I'm totally fine, Bharti..Our plan totally rocked today..Didn't it??
Bharti:Oh damn sure, Sonu..In fact, did you see how both Mahi and Mayank danced? It was incredible  (turned to look at Sonali) Sonuu!!!!! (attracted Mahi's and Mayank's attention together with the rest and Bharti knelt down towards Sonali) Sonu!!! (shook her) Shuckz!! Someone, please help!!
Mayank:Bharti, relax..She's inebriated; I'll drop her home..
Mahi:You don't have to, I'll bring her.
Bharti:Mayu, drop Mahi and Sonu home.. (heaved a sigh of deep relief) Mahi, don't worry..I'll drive your Ferrari to your place, hmm??I'll be right behind Mayank, k? Come, let's hurry!! (Mahi wiped the concern off her face and hurried after giving Bharti her car keys)

Bharti saw Mayank and Mahi simultaneously hold Sonali outside, towards the exit of the ballroom to where he parked his car.It was already raining heavily.Bharti looked away from Armaan and rushed towards Mahi.She saw Mayank offering his blazer to Mahi and stopped.Mahi froze upon Mayank's gesture, getting drenched in the rains further.She looked around for Mahi's car.Having found it from a distance, she rushed to getting the car started, and dialled Raj's number to know about Niharika's whereabouts but he wasn't responding at all.She grew worried, confused yet again at Raj's imperfect timings and the relation brewing between Mahi and Mayank.

Cheers,
Jassie