Bharti pulled the trigger and shot.Armaan has clasped his ears shut and after some time,he could still feel his heart racing.She tapped on his shoulders,which shuddered even then,much to her amusement.However,she hid her thoughts within,stifling them for the matter wasn't meant to be taken lightly.She needed to ingrain this into his head.
Bharti:Ab bhi darr lag raha hai tumhe?(looked at him coldly)
Armaan:Yeh kiski gun hai?
Bharti:Haath matt lagaana..Gaurav ki gun hai..
Armaan:Tumne chori ki?
Bharti:Bohat saal pehle yeh mujhe Mayank ne diya tha Radhika ke maut ke waqt par..Jab hamla hua tha tab...Tab se isse ache se rak rahi thi..Aaj acha mauka tha lekin tum...Tum mere aas paas matt badakhna..Samjhe?? (Turned around but Armaan stopped her)
Armaan:Yeh jagah abhi khatre se khaali nahin hai...Mere saath chalo!!! (Drove with Bharti in his car)I still can't believe i had married you once!!A trained shooter with no hesitation..(Bharti couldn't stop laughing)What's so funny??
Bharti:Our marriage..Your infatuation which lingered and had overwhelmed you so much that you couldn't think straight..In fact,till now...
Armaan:Itz not some bloody infatuation, alright??If it were,i wouldn't have agreed to a contract marriage where my primary intention was revenge..In fact,i... (paused to think)
Bharti:You fell in love when you met me the first time you met me,alright?Face it..That was like what?5 to 6 years plus back??Armaan,if your intention was revenge,why didn't you nullify the marriage once your misunderstandings were cleared?Clearly you didn't wanna let me go.It is that simple.Look,i don't want to steer both of us back to our past.What i want is for you to focus on what's ahead for you.Don't look back to see where i am because i am never supposed to be a part of you.
Armaan:Get out!!Bharti,get out.You are safe from here on. (Bharti shook her head and got out)Mayank and i did each other a favour,that's all.Don't take me so seriously.I have much greater plans than to keep saving you from the grave you are digging for yourself!! (Sped off from there)
Bharti headed off to meet Payal at Breekz Cafe,a place she hadn't gone in a long while.Payal was filled with lots of buzzing questions and she wanted all the answers.
Bharti:Heyy.. (hugged Payal for a long while and both of them sat at a table at the innermost corner where it was quite discreet and quiet)Wow,not much business as before..I have been MIA for long,haven't i??
Payal:Armaan told me stuff..Shocking stuff that i didn't know before...and you had left from my apartment overhearing Bhaskar's accusations..Bharti,what were the things that you wanted to tell me so badly that you couldn't when i asked you before??You kept asking me to wait at the right time...
Bharti:This is the right time for you to know everything,Payal..(Gesticulated Payal to open the small bag in front of her and Bharti watched her)
Payal:Your every truth that i need to know is in this?(Bharti nodded;Payal unzipped the black bag slowly and her eyes almost popped out of fear and zipped the bag back and jerked backwards)OMG!!!OMG a gun???Ok ok calm down... (inhaled and exhaled deeply as Bharti covered her mouth)Let go...This is your's?You have a license to this?You're not gonna kill,i mean you are not gonna use it...Of course you are not...What am i even thinking?Armaan was just trying to figure your whereabouts by provoking me with his stupid questions..
Bharti:I have already used this gun today but he had to come in the way...I found Gaurav and had my correct aim but Armaan had to come there...I could have finished the chapter of Radhi's killer tdy...Payal,i have known Radhi before you...In fact,our friendship was quite a coincidence,at one of my dad's social parties..Remember?? (Payal nodded in agreement)I was heading to get away from his party when i had bumped into you..You seemed quite lost and sought my help..
Payal:Bhaskar was at the hospital and i needed to get there..His mom was very critical..You drove me there...
Bharti:Sure but sadly she passed away...It was the second close encounter of death i had,right after Radhika..You introduced me to Bhaskar but Payal,our friendship started on a sad note of condolences when we met again for Bhaskar's mum's funeral..You two felt more in love with my dad's parties than my friendship,which Radhika treasured the most!!
Payal:It was only after you left me at the hospital that it occured to me and Bhaskar that you were the daughter of a multi billionaire.
Bharti:You had motive at the start itself. .Not bad!!
Payal:Only to help Bhaskar climb up the ladder of success...to gain him his first break..I'm sorry..
Bharti:I don't care Payal..
Payal:But the friendship was genuine from our side and i am serious about it!!
Bharti:Sure it was,Payal..It still is...But perhaps not for long from my end.For starters,i have shown you one of the skeletons from my hidden closet...
Payal:I don't even get it.How do you even know about Gaurav after so long,since Radhika's death?You had gone to London,if i am not wrong..after Excel College,you had gone missing..till i got an unexpected call one night, years back...
Bharti:It was my gut instinct.The gut just brings you to places,haunting you back with black flashes of nightmares,making you ponder over white spots you had probably overlooked while mourning in grief.I had lost touch with Mayank once and Gaurav as well but my fate had brought me back...To where i should be and this time,I'm prepared to face it!!
Payal:Now what,Bharti?Where is Gaurav?
Bharti:He's on the loose...Payal,there is an envelope in the bag.Take it out gently without touching the gun. (Payal did as instructed)This is for you and Bhaskar and i want it kept confidential.Let's move from here.(Bharti hid her small bag inside her large tote bag and went with Payal to the radio station)
Armaan was in the lift,dazzled by how Bharti titled his love as infatuation.He recalled all that has happened between him and her.Armaan looked at his reflection,his eyes reddened with an unimaginable temper.He looked to meeting Bharti at the workplace and enquired from colleagues and Jenny.No one saw her yet.He decided to wait.He can't let go of the alleged accusations so easily.After all he knew the depth,the intimacy he felt in his marriage though deemed as an improper one,probably inspired by traditions Bharti could have grown in.He knew she would come to see Mahi as he had talked to her an hour back.
Bharti finally turned up in the evening,an hour before work ended.Armaan saw her entering and promptly opened his glass door.As she walked,he pulled her inwards.She fixated her eyes on her wrist.She heard a thud as the door closed,wondering what Armaan was upto.
Armaan:Oops,did that hurt?
Bharti:What do you want?
Armaan:No sense of regret in your eyes after all these months,Bharti...You're going to kill him,knowing of your dearest friend associating him with Trends and what?Your uni mate is also in touch with him...I mean,how exactly are you planning to kill him??
Bharti:You held me up here for this?Come on Armaan,this is none of your business!!!You afraid to move on?
Armaan:I like the way you wanna cover up the feelings of attraction you still have for me,or what should i say,infatuation maybe???For some moments you got me there but you're so wrong,having preconceived,false ideas of my one-sided love for you. (Sighed deeply as he smiled)These are mere words of a foolish lover,Bharti but don't underestimate him..For this very same guy will do anything to stop you from your major plot!! (Bharti recollected of her scheme which she thought of when she went to Payal's radio station and now she decided to fix the date to set everything on stage)
Bharti:(leaned closer to Armaan's ear)Whatever,Armaan!! (Left from there to meet Mahi)
Armaan felt a sudden urge to follow her,so badly and knock herself out but there was no point in doing so.He now realized that he wanted to break the mysterious image of Bharti so hard and let down all her walls in front of everyone,even if it were to prick him adversely.He would do it.
Mahi:Bharti,what took you so long??Where were you?
Bharti:Here i am,Mahi...I am so sorry that you had to bear such a grave loss.
Mahi:Bharti,i don't understand what you're...
Bharti:You tried to take your life with pills,didn't you??You had fabricated an excuse,that of trying to patch Sonu and Pushpak up,didn't you?? (Mahi stood tensed)I know everything,Mahi!!
Mahi:What do you suggest you know,Bharti??
Bharti:Sanjee and i had found out about someone whom Alisha had been dating..Someone whom you knew..Now,do i have to spell his name out to you???(Mahi turned away,not being able to believe it)Don't you know that Alisha had been dating Vedant Raiz for some time for now??? (Mahi clasped her ears shut and Bharti stood before her face,seeing her tears;Bharti took her hands away)Alisha hadn't known anything but now she does..and I promise you that he'll pay for everything that he did to you!!!
Mahi:Bharti,wait...How did you know???
Bharti:Sanjee did tell me about how she had doubts about Ved for some time and I too had doubts but i wasn't clear.His name sounded so familiar but i hadn't seen him before till the double date Alisha planned for me.Without your knowledge,i had once entered your home.Sorry but yeah,I did with Mayank.
Bharti:He doesn't know anything so chill...Anyways i have other sources too and clearly this guy had not been in town till recently...Sonu had him arrested,right??After your divorce and all?(Mahi nodded)Everything will be taken care of,before i settle my personal scores...
Bharti:Nothing dear... (patted her face and left from there,leaving her confused)
Both of them didn't realize that Pushpak had overheard them.