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Betrayal (episode 3)

Posted: July 20, 2016 by Aarzoo in Fiction, Novelette
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Betrayal

Thiya was driving through these roads after years. Though she was tired by the five-hour long drive, the memories of her childhood and her parents made her fresh. Even after being there after ten long years, she remembered each and every part of the town. Town was transforming into a city now. Before visiting Mr Roy, she headed towards her home. She wanted to spend some time with her parents before surprising her uncle.

*A few months ago*

After switching off the phone Zahir was thinking about his encounter with Thee.
‘I never thought I would ever see her again. It has been more than a year, I have been looking for her. But, why was she looking at me like she was a stranger? She was pretending to not know me or what?’ He spoke to himself. Zahir ran out to find her and get answers to his new questions.

The scene at the parking shocked him.Thiya was fighting a group of five men. They might have tried to do don’t know what. The scene was just like an action movie scene. Like the hero fighting the few goons all at once. He helped her fight the goons. She didn’t realize until when she accidentally hit him while beating the last goon.
“What are you doing here? ” She asked kicking that goon away.
“Getting beaten by you for helping you fight the
goons” he said filled with sarcasm.
“Very funny”
“Yeah. it is. Anyways, who were they?”
“Goons, trying to take advantage of an alone girl at a lonely place! who else. Thanks for showing up.”
“Pleasure is all mine.”
“Hey, I hit you so bad, it is bleeding. Wait.” She opened her purse and removed the cotton and a cream to wipe the blood.
“Hey, I am fine. It doesn’t hurt. Let me drop you home first.” He said while she was preparing the cotton.
“Nothing is fine if too much of blood is flowing. Let me first clean it to see whether it is a deep cut or not. I just hope it is not.” She made him sit on the bench there. “Okay, it might burn a bit. But, you will be fine.” “I am fine Thee.” She started wiping and cleaned the wound. ” And .. here you go. Done.” She said while sticking the band aide.
“Thank you.” She just smiled at him in a reply.
“Are you a doctor or something? ”
“Well, I am no doctor. I just have a lot of experience of cleansing wounds of my own like this.”
“That is why your purse has the first aide box rather than the make up box! ”
She just nodded
“I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. Now, let me drop you home.”
“Come, let’s walk.” They were walking in awkward silence.
‘I don’t know why Mr Roy asked me to protect her from his anticipated attacks. I mean, she is a good fighter!’ Zahir thought.
“So, Kalarippayattu ha? I must say, you are a very good fighter” He asked to initiate the conversation.
“Yeah. How do you know it? Very few know about it” She was surprised.
“Don’t get me wrong Thee… Don’t you remember the Kalari School days? The time we spent together there ?”
“Which School? I have heard this name for the first time.”

*Present*

When Zahir asked her about the Kalari school days, Thiya felt like she was close to the answers of a big list of questions on her mind during the last year. The three years which she had forgotten completely, what she did during the time, how she knows this martial art, who all did she meet during that time and most importantly the person behind tatoo of ‘Z’ in half heart on her left wrist! She had met with an accident more than a year ago. because of the brain injury, she had no memory of a few years before it. Thanks to Mr Roy, that he was there with her during all the time. And Zahir some what returning to tell her the stories of the time they had spent together, it felt like a zigzaw puzzle almost solved. But then, someone telling Zahir to get revenge of his parent’s death from her, his mysterious locations made her more confused about Zahir.

With all these thoughts, she reached her home. She saw, that she wasn’t the only person visitng her parents that day. She went inside to see who is there. It wasn’t too dark inside. She went to the temple and lighted the lamp in front of her parent’s photo. With the lighting of lamp, someone switched on the lights of the room.

It was Zahir. He was more than happy to see her there.  He squeezed Thiya in a warm tight hug. Confused, Thiya hugged him, smiling and blushing.
“Wish you a very Happy Birthday Thee. I knew you’d atleast remember your last birthday and our deal to your spend every birthday here.”

 

 

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Betrayal (Episode 2)

Posted: June 10, 2016 by Aarzoo in Fiction, Novelette
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“So, you can tell me what is bothering the beautiful lady”
“It is none of your business handsome.” She was rude and blunt to him to show how disinterested she was.
Thiya prepared to leave. As she turned her back to him, he pulled her towards him and hid her in his embrace. She at first struggled to get herself out of the warm and comfort filled embrace, but then his hold was more strong. He started to pat her back, to soothe her. She stopped struggling to feel the comfort. She felt like she knew this embrace. She felt like this man is someone she knew since ages. She felt better now. With this soothing thoughts, she could see flashes of how people she loved, left her, used her, abandoned her. With these flashes with a sudden jerk she pushed him. With this sudden attack he was taken aback. Confused that what happened to her suddenly!
“Don’t ever show me your face again” was all she could say at his face. She left the disc with water filled eyes which never flowed.

After she left, his phone rang. He got irritated on seeing the caller’s name.
“I am close. Don’t call me every freaking hour now” he spoke angrily and switched of the phone without listening to a single word.

Thiya now was now hacking his email account to know with who else he was interacting. Unexpectedly it  was a few second’s game.
She was checking his emails. He has received mails recently from only one email address other than her’s. It was named as Anuj Sharma. She had heard this name. She noted this name on her note pad and started reading the mails. The contents of the mails shocked her. They had all information about her. Like, who she was, where she lives, who is her friend and how rich she is. No one other than one of her parents’ good friends, Mr Roy knew who she actually is. After her parents’ death in an accident Mr Roy had sent her away from the city and didn’t let anyone know where she was and took care of the business empire behind. She was told that it was for safety reasons. This means that this man knew her parents too.

Something caught her eye in the mail
‘Zahir, go get her. Take your revenge. Of your parents’ death.’

She had to find out who this Anuj Sharma is. Who were Zahir’s parents. Why is he relating their death to her? She could get there answers from Mr Roy.

“Wait. Revenge? Is Zahir here for some revenge?
If at all it was revenge, he never harmed me, nor did he even try to take advantage of me!
Why do I have a feeling that Zahir is someone I know already?” She spoke to herself.

She prepared to leave for Kerala. That’s where Zahir was and Mr Roy too.

Betrayal (Episode One)

Posted: June 1, 2016 by Aarzoo in Fiction, Novelette
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Her computer system was her life. Almost every day she fell asleep working on her laptop. Not working actually, learning. Learning new lessons of computer language and hacking, different software and their use.
She came up with a new technique of finding out the location from where the email came from. Though she already new one, she was experimenting another technique where one can find exact location if the sender has sent the mail through series of locations to confuse. For experimenting, she used Zahir’s mail. And when she read the result, she was shocked. Not only shocked but confused, angry, annoyed and had too many questions in her mind.

Few months ago

“I don’t care. All I know is that you are coming. Thiya, please come… this would be last time I would be spending time with all of us together.”

Her friend Tanu, just closed Thiya’s laptop and pulled her out of her room.

“Okay. I am coming now. Stop pulling me like a culprit now.”

After a few minutes, they were at a club. Thiya thanked for the day being a weekday for very few people were there. They were waiting for their other friends to come.
Tanu caught a guy looking at Thiya. She thought of throwing a challenge on her.

“Thee, seeing that man?…” pointing to the guy she said “he has been staring at you since we are here, go and hit on him” she completed winking at her.

Thiya understood her wink. She was challenging her. And Thiya was in no mood to accept the challenge. So, she just continued to drink.

“Where are the others? Don’t tell me you never called them all!” she was getting irritated and Tanu could see it all on her face.

“God, Thee you are so… yeah. I invited no one else.” she gave in.

“We could have beer on our terrace too yar… let’s go now, I am feeling suffocated”

Before could Tanu say anything, that handsome guy came to them.

“Mind me buying beer for the beautiful ladies here?” he asked.

“Thank you Mr. Let-me-buy-you-a-drink, but we are leaving…” facing towards Tanu, “Lets g…” she didn’t find Tanu there.

“Your friend left you alone. Want me to drop you back ?”
She cursed Tanu for doing such stupidity.

“No, thanks. I can go by myself.”

“That’s rude.”
“I know”

“Btw, why are your tears not coming out of your eyes?”
“Because they aren’t tears!”
He rubbed his finger near her eye to take the drop of the water from her eye.

“This is a tear. C’mon Thee, you can count on a stranger for the story behind this” she became a bit acceptive.

“It is Thiya. Only my friend can call me Thee.”

“I am Zahir. Pleased to meet you Thiya.”

Present

Thiya was in mixed feelings. She didn’t believe what the screen showed. But then, her technique had no way to show a different location.

‘He told me he was in Delhi for some work. And the location shows somewhere in Kerala’

She changed a few commands and tried again. It showed the same location. She then checked all the emails he sent her. They were all from different places all over India. While during all the time, he claimed to be in Indore.

She then checked the locations with the old technique and they all showed Indore!

She now felt glad that she never told him about her working with the hacker’s team. Now, all she wanted to know is who is he if he is not what he claims to be and why is he playing this love game with her.

 

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Yash and Niyati were on their journey to their dream life. A life which they always used to discuss, which they always used to think about. Yes, some elements will be missing though in the real life. Which dream comes 100% true!

Both lost in some thoughts, sitting by the windows in the train, the noise of the other train passing by disturbed their thoughts. Niyati checked her phone, it was 4.45 am. Almost five hours since they left home. She was imagining the scene at her home in the morning, when she would be found missing. It was very scary for her. On the other hand, Yash was thinking the same too. He didn’t want to leave his parents, but then he also wanted his happiness. He had made up his mind that, after they get married he would console his parents and get them to Shimoga. Shimoga, where Yash and Niyati will start a new chapter of their lives.

Now that their thoughts were disturbed Yash went and sat next to Niyati and hugged her. And whispered in her ears,
“No matter what Niyati, I will always be there with you. And all will be fine. What ever we deserve, we will get it.” Niyati, spoke nothing just nodded and sat like that, in his arms. Like every girl, she felt secured and safe in her soul mate’s arms. Soon, the train arrived at Shimoga’s station. This place was like heaven. The peace in the air itself was more than enough for anyone to forget the worries. Yash had been here many times before. He was in love with the city. And was sure Niyati too would like it. He got down the train and helped her to get down.
Their friend Nirav was waiting for them at the station. Yash and Nirav hugged each other. Nirav felt like he was seeing Yash after a long time. Last few weeks were very long for them. Nirav hugged Niyati too. He welcomed them to their new hometown.
“Welcome to Shimoga. Hope the journey was fine.”
“Yes. The journey was good. Thanks buddy.” And Yash hugged him again. Nirav pulled Niyati in their bromance for a group hug, like they usually had. Nirav removed his phone and clicked a pic of their faces from below. Thanks to the flash on the front camera too for the good shot.

Nirav, Yash and Niyati were best friends since High School. They were in the same field untill Masters. Three of them chose different fields for masters. Living in the same locality helped them to keep their bomd stronger. Yash and Niyati confessed their love for each other after their masters. And it was Nirav who made them realised that ‘they were in love’.

Nirav drove them to ‘their flat’. For now they three would be sharing it. Nirav just opened the door, and the home was very peaceful in the dark. That peace was disturbed by the light Yash switched on. Yash showed Niyati her room. Kept her bags in the cupboard and said, “Take rest for a some two hours. We will go to the registrar around 10.30 am. So be ready by nine. So that we can have our breakfast and go. Take care.” He kissed on her forehead and closed the door behind him.

Niyati thought it was all happening very fast. By noon, Niyati and Yash will be married. When once they had lost hope about their marraige.

Yes. A lost hope gave them strength. And now they are here.

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He wished he could lock those tears of his sister back there. He wished he could protect her the way she did him. He promised to himself, ‘No matter what Di, I will never leave you alone.’

They started walking towards the auditorium and were talking about how they had fun in the part of the campus. How they used bunk a few class and have fun here. Though the fun part was of Kabir and Sneha’s part was her badminton game. She never missed a chance to play badminton at college. And she was the Badminton captain of the college. And to keep up with the pace, she always practised the game when ever got a free lecture or mass bunked a lecture. She never missed her college days, but always missed the time she spent on the badminton court of the college. Again she got lost in the games she played there.

“Di. Di, I am talking to you Di. Are you listening?” Kabir was wondering what she was thinking about. He saw the name on the file. It was some hospital’s file. And it read as Patient : Sneha. He was wondering what is that Sneha not telling him. What is she hiding from him. He thought if possible he will talk to her about it while returning or will sneak into her room and search the file and find out what is the matter. Till then he decided to not to think about it.
“Di, come and meet my teachers first. Listen all good about me and ignore all the bad. :D”
“I will love to listen complaints about you. Tired of listening that same thing. Your brother is a very nice boy. etc etc. Didn’t do any mischief during last two years ?”
“Di… “ Kabir knew his sister’s sarcasm. And loved it.
“Okay. Come.”
After getting into the auditorium, Kabir and Sneha were busy meeting the teachers and listening all good they could speak about Kabir. And every teacher had one complaint too. They said Kabir is very mischievous. And we let him do the mischief because his mischief makes the class lively and less boring. And Sneha was wondering what cool teachers. In her time, on doing some mischief she was punished to stay out of the class many times. It was like school at the college. Then she met her teachers and took a seat in the centre, right first seat from the aisle. And she was looking at the pre-programme mess the students and teachers were going through. Just then a young girl looked like a student there and a man were climbing down the stair of the auditorium. He too with the girl spoke to the teachers like she did a few minutes ago. He seemed like that girl’s brother, didn’t look like a father or friend. She for time being just got curious who was he, handsome, good sense of dressing, good perfume and best thing, beautiful voice. She knew not many guardians of classmates of Kabir, but she wanted to know him. She couldn’t figure out why, but she wanted to. He finished his talk with the teachers and started climbing the stairs. He saw Sneha and asked her,

“Hey young lady, can I sit with you this evening?”
“Yeah sure. I am already bored sitting alone!”
“Oh… So don’t like your company ? is it ?”
“Not exactly. Right now I don’t want to be alone.” Sneha didn’t know why she is saying this to him. Whose name also she do not know. He sat next to her. No one spoke. There was an awkward silence. She couldn’t bear this silence and so she asked
“Want to see our campus ?”
“Sure” And He stood up first, Sneha waited for him to get into the stairs, and then she got up. She had to hold his arm to avoid to lose her balance. His firm arm didn’t allow her to lose her balance. They walked out of the auditorium and she first took him to the chapel. he removes his shoes outside the chapel. She says –
“We can wear our shoes inside the chapel.”
“If I would enter a temple which I daily do, I would remove my shoes outside. This too is a temple for me.”
“Yes. That’s true.” Sneha walks in with her sandals on and he without his shoes.
Sneha kneels in front of Jesus the way she always did. She always used to come here, even before joining the college when at school. She just felt in peace when she spoke to Jesus kneeling there. And that peace she never got at any other church in town. May be the peace is in the place. Whatever it was she always felt relieved there.
“I come here very often. Even before I joined the college. I first had come here with my classmate. Then very often I come here. Especially after my mom dad’s death, I came here to cry. No one except him saw me crying since then. I usually try locking up my tears in my eyes and they would flow out once I reach here.”
“I see how special this place is for you. I wonder if I have such place, where I can cry!”
“You will have one. If not somewhere else, this chapel is the best. No one will see you crying here. It’s my experience. ;)”
“Haha. Yes. I can see that.”
“Come, I show you the badminton court where hot girls usually play badminton and cool boys watch them playing.”
“There would be no players now though. Did you have someone who would never miss to watch you play badminton?”
“Watch me ? All boys of my class would wait for my turn to come up. “
“No wonder.”
“I had no friends at school or college. Just classmates. Maybe because I couldn’t trust anyone.”
“We have to risk our trust to have a great friend. If we have chosen a wrong person, we will learn a lesson or else will have great people in our life.”
“And I took damn long time to understand it.”
“Well. Better late than never.”
“And this time, I am very late.”
“Means?”
“Ignore that. Come, I will show you our library. I have read many books here.”
“It is hard for me to ignore. Any ways, I would love to see a library. I have never seen one.”
“What? you haven’t seen a library ? I am surprised ? Is it because you don’t like to read books?”
“Yes. What is so shocking about it? No. In fact I love reading books. But library and me don’t go together.”
“It is strange.” They walk to the library in the building just opposite the badminton court and near the chapel. Sneha was not sure why she was opening her heart to this stranger whose name also she do not know. She doesn’t even know who he is, what he does. All she knows about him is he is trustworthy, he is a well mannered man, he is adorable. She wanted to know more about him. She thought she would know more as fast as she could.
“I don’t even know you and I am opening my heart to you. I find this strange.”
“This is not strange mam. We are strangers. And strangers are the only people who you don’t want to impress. You are yourself with them. And yes. This do not happen with all the strangers you meet. The tuning you share with them makes you feel like someone whom you can share you heart with.”
“Is this all experience talks or just knowledge and philosophy?”
“Till now it was all philosophy. Just experienced it all.”
“So, Mr…” Sneha didn’t know how to ask him his name and what he does. And he understood what Sneha wanted to ask.
“I am Varun. I am a Chartered accountant. I work with a MNC here.” He puts forward his hand to shake hands with her. Sneha puts forward her hand too.
“Hi Varun. I am Sneha. I work as a interior designer with a architecture firm.”
“Pleasure to meet you.”
“Pleasure to meet you too.”
“Btw, we will miss our sibling’s programme inside. We must go.”
“Varun, I don’t want to go inside.”
“All cool Sneha?” With in a few hours they met it was like they knew each other for years. And Varun was worried for her. He wanted to borrow her pain and never return them to her.
“Varun. I just want to sit here. In open. Not alone.”

“Okay. Come. We’ll sit on the stairs there.” She agreed. They sit on the stairs on the playground there. They sat for almost an hour and they spoke nothing. Varun started worrying more. Because the way she asked him to stay with her. He badly wanted to know what was bothering her.
“I am dying.”
“What ?” Varun was shocked when Sneha said this. It was like He had found someone who could be his life partner and she is talking about her death. May be in near future. He was more devastated than shocked. He didn’t know why he felt more broken than shocked. Why Sneha became so important. Why her death news is hurting him. So many whys. He kept them all aside. And just hugged her. She buried her face in his firm chest. He let her cry. And patted her back. Held her head. Held her firm. Sneha kept her hands on his shoulders. She didn’t know what to do. She looked up, at him. He kissed on her fore head. And asked her to explain what she said.
“I am suffering from Ovarian Cancer, which is very rare for my age.”
“Final stage ?”
“Yes. I have only a few months. And I am worried for Kabir. What will happen to Kabir after me.” Before could Varun say anything, they heard a voice calling for her. It was Kabir.
“Di.”
“Kabir…” Sneha wished he didn’t hear their conversation.

cute-li“Di, where are you ? We are getting late.”
Kabir was searching for Sneha. He came to her room to check if she was there or not.
“Di… Di, we are…” Just then he saw a file unknown to him on her table. He just bent to look at it Sneha came in.
“Yaa Kabir, tell.”
“Di, how long ?”
Kabir was tired of waiting for his sister to finish her work so that they could leave for the Graduation ceremony of his college for he completing Junior College.
“And what is this file. It doesn’t looks like your office file.”
“I am almost done. We’ll leave in five minutes.
Yeah. This is someone else’s file. One of my client forgot this on my table.”
“Okay. I am ready. I’ll grab the keys. Di, can I drive today ?”
“No. It is a busy day today, and cannot trust the traffic.”
“Di please,…”
“Do one thing, drive in the return. It will be late, and roads too would be empty.”
“Okay. Cool.”
These teenagers. Want to learn everything as soon as they come across anything new.
“Di, I don’t want to be late on my last day. I am the college captain yar. Come soon. And I don’t to get late by getting stuck at this silly traffic. Di.”
“I am almost done Kabir. Only two minutes. Go grab the keys and wear your shoes. I will come in two minutes.”And Sneha came out holding a bundle of folders and kept it on the table near the main door.
“Di, you look gorgeous.”
“Shut up Kabir. Lets go now.”
Sneha was shutting the door and Kabir was talking to her about the function that evening.
“Di, I want you to meet Mahi today. She is a lovely person. I like her.”
“I know she is fab. You like her. Why don’t you say her?”
“Di, how come you know that I like her ?”
“I am your Di. You have grown up in my hands and in my care. I know it even before you know that you like her.”
“Di…” Kabir hugged her and said “ I love you Di.”

Don’t know what happened, her eyes got wet and her tears fell on Kabir’s shirt. He felt it too. He let her cry. And didn’t ask anything about it. He thought he will ask after returning from the college.
“We’ll leave Di?”
“Yeah.”
On the way, no one spoke anything. Kabir was excited about the evening and worried about Sneha’s tears and Sneha was busy thinking about something.

She got nostalgic about her college days too. Her world of fantasies, where for her love was in the air. This fantasy was short lived Just after finishing her 12th boards exams, their parents met with a fatal accident. They were broken. She had big career options in front of her and this big loss, she couldn’t bear it. She didn’t have such friends who could be a shoulder to cry on. And Kabir, five years younger to Sneha, didn’t even know how to react. All Sneha and Kabir had was them and their parent’s big sum of insurance money. Their distant relatives gathered and decided that the ‘kids’ will live with the younger brother of their father as he do not have any children and will take care of them as his own kids. Sneha didn’t want to leave their home, but had to. So, they shifted to their uncle’s home. Uncle’s behaviour was warm and nice, and Aunty loved them like her own children. But after a few months, suddenly they started behaving weirdly. They started looking for prospective grooms for Sneha. She wasn’t bothered. for she thought, she will refuse to the guy and stay away from marriage as far as she can. But the uncle and aunty played with her, and got her married somehow. And Kabir, he never complained about their so bad behaviour with him. Sneha stood for herself and her younger brother. Filed a divorce. Meanwhile during the procedures, she got to know the evil motive of her uncle of grabbing all the money from them and made her case strong. And soon within a year after their parents’ death, they returned to their home. Sneha and Kabir, started living at their own home, where they grew up with their parents. They could feel their parent’s presence in every corner of the house. They could feel safe and secure there. Now, after that incident they didn’t allow anyone to interfere in their lives except for them. Sneha had made up her mind that whatever happens, Kabir will be her first priority. She completed her studies working on part time along with studies. Though money was never a problem for them, she didn’t wanted to waste a single rupee. She took care of Kabir like a mother, loved him like an elder sister and was a best friend of him. And now, after five years, she was working hard and gave him best education in town. He is the smartest kid of his age. Very talented dancer and solves any Shakuntala Devi quiz in short time. Though Sneha worked hard for this. She taught him how to think out of the box, she taught him to dance while expressing his feelings, She taught him to get up as soon as he falls. And he learnt a lot else from her. He learnt to not to complain about what he doesn’t have, he learnt to stand the trouble he may face. He was young boy and still he was so very matured. Sneha loved this part of Kabir very much.

They reached the college and Sneha didn’t move.
“Di, where are you lost ?”
“uh?”
“We have reached. What happened Di ? All good na?”
“Yes.. All good.”
“I know you are missing mom dad now. I too badly wished they could see me taking the ‘Student of the year’ trophy.”
“They are proud of us.”
“Yes they are. Come lets go.
Btw, What will you do for two hours before the program starts?”
“Kabir, I have studied here only. Will sit in the chapel of our college, meet old sisters in the convent and walk and revisit my collegel days.”
“Really Di? I don’t think you will revisit the college days! Meet the sisters and come and sit in the auditorium. Grab the best seat you want. And enjoy watching we kids doing fun of nothing.”

Kabir knew, that his sister if let alone for more than an hour will start thinking about what happened during last three years. He didn’t want her to think about it anymore. He wished he could help her. He wished he could lock those tears of his sister back there. He wished he could protect her the way she did him. He promised to himself, ‘No matter what Di, I will never leave you alone.’

Love, By Chance??? (Episode 4)

Posted: February 13, 2015 by Aarzoo in Novelette

“Good night, Drive safe.”

“I will.”

Saying it, Vineet got into the car, started the headlights of the car. Shreya was still standing there. The flash of lights fell on her face. She looked beautiful. He was staring at her and lost in his world. And She was enjoying his stare. The flush on her face gave a wide smile to Vineet. He started to drive. She waved a bye and started to walk towards home. Thinking about the last few moments they spent.

 

“I have finished my dinner. I thought you’d take more long. :P”

“Oh Mom…” She couldn’t say anything more. “Come, atleast sit with me. It feels too awkward to eat alone…” And they both went towards the dining room. She talked about her day, mom spoke about her’s. Lots of conversations happened. Topic moved from day to politics, corruption to weather, current affairs to bullion and sensex. And after sometime talks, Mrs Shah asked,

“You like him? “

Shreya was at first shocked. She had not expected her mom to ask this. Although their relation was very beautiful. Her mom knew exactly how Shreya is feeling. And Shreya too knew how her mom was feeling. They were there for each other to fight their loneliness. They were more friends than a mother-daughter. When they were with each other, they never needed anyone else. They understood each other’s many unsaid words. Her mom understood this too. And saw nothing bad in Vineet and thought that he was perfect for her daughter. And now she was waiting for her daughter’s answer.

“Shreya.. beta, I am waiting for you to say something.”

“Mom.. I do like him. I like being with him. But before it is too late, I want to say you something. I will tell you all after completing this dinner.”

“I Love you beta. If he too likes you, then you both look great together.” Mom patted on Shreya’s blushing cheek. After the dinner, Shreya checked her phone there was a text from an unknown number.

 

“We hadn’t planned, that you will forget your phone there and I will come to your home to meet your mom! “

 

Reading it, she realized that she hadn’t saved Vineet’s number yet. She saved his number first and replied

“We had not planned that your designer would go on an unexpected leave either.”

 

On the other hand, Vineet, as he started driving towards his home, he was thinking about Shreya. He badly wanted her besides him in the car when he is driving then. He was missing her very badly. He started loving her. Loving her voice, her simplicity, her relation with her mom and the way she trusted him.

Source : rcinet.ca

“I will never break your trust Shreya” He said. And reached his home. His house was at sixth floor of a luxurious building. The glass of the lift was so clear, that he could see his blushing face on it very clearly. The lift came and he got in and the lift took him to the sixth floor. Just as he opened the door with the duplicate key he had, he saw his dad waiting for him in the drawing room.

“How was your blind date?”

“It was not blind dad. But it was great!” Vineet sat next to his father and said the whole story of the evening. His father could see the blush on his face. And understood that his son is in Love!

“You love her. Right? “

“Yes Dad. I love her. And I feel the completeness with her. It feels like life will be difficult without her.”

His dad hugged him. Vineet hugged him tighter. “I Love you, Dad”

“Love you too, beta.

I would Love to see Shreya as my Daughter-in-law, if she loves you too.”

 

Vineet, actually had assumed his dad’s words. The tuning they both shared was so nice that they almost knew what they would say next. This father son duo was very unique. The father allowed the son to do what he wanted and Vineet would do what his father wanted. The last time his father got angry on him was a few years ago, when he had returned home drunk. And that was the first and last time he drank alcohol. His father wanted him to join his business and Vineet wanted to start a designing hub. So, Vineet joined dad’s business and along with it, he was working for his hub. His father agreed to his condition that if his design’s hub goes well he will go ahead with his hub and dad can take retirement when ever he wants to. Today, the design hub and dad’s business both goes hand in hand together very well. As Vineet had assumed his father’s words before but had not thought he would say it now itself.

 

“Dad, are you sure?  I mean I don’t know “

“Beta, you are happy with her. What else matters? If she too is happy, nothing must matter.”

“I love you dad”

He hugged his father. And meanwhile texted to Shreya

 

“We didn’t plan that you will forget your phone and I will come to your home to meet your mom.”

 

“Come beta, lets have our dinner now.”

“Yes Dad. I’ll get the plates.”

While placing the plates, his phone’s msg tone rang and he understood that it would be Shreya’s reply.

 

He thought he will check it after the dinner. They had their dinner. They do not speak a word while having their food. This silence was very heavy today for Vineet. They finished their dinner and dad went down in the garden to take a walk. Vineet, took his phone and came to the terrace garden of his home and sat on the chair. And instead of reading Shreya’s reply, he slipped in his flashback. A few months ago.

Love, By Chance??? (Episode3)

Posted: February 9, 2015 by Aarzoo in Novelette

Those few minutes went very long for them. It took only a few minutes for Vineet to reach Shreya’s home. Her house was not very far from his. Only a few minutes drive he thought. As her house got closer, his heartbeats got louder. He never felt like this before. Feeling of happiness and fear together. Listening to the beautiful songs on the radio, he reached quite soon. He parked his car near the gate and walked in.
What a beautiful house!  He said to himself. He saw Shreya waiting on the balcony. She saw him coming and showed him the way to stairs. The stairs were exactly below the balcony. With small plants and creelers both the side. Before the stairs, there was a small garden sort of land. Where there were many beautiful plants and flowers. He wished he could come here again again.

After finishing the call, Shreya was standing on the balcony only. Waiting for him. With every car passing by the road her heart felt a bit heavier. When she saw Vineet parking his car, she gave a wide smile. She after showing him the way, went towards the door and saw, that her mom has already opened the door.

Vineet got a warm welcome from Mrs Shah.
“Hi aunty”
“Hello beta”
He didn’t knew what to speak nor did Shreya knew. So
“Shreya, here’s your phone.”
“Thank you. For taking it along.”
“You’re welcome.”
“Btw, to be frank Vineet, Shreya didn’t forget her phone there. She left it.! ”
Vineet was surprised to hear it from her mom.
“What? ”
“Yeah. You heard it right.”
“I had to leave it. You were so busy in your mind that you didn’t ask me for my number at least nor could I.” All three had a big laugh.
“We were just having our dinner. We will not mind if you join us!”
“I would love to join you, aunty. But I am getting late. Will join you some other time. May I take your leave now?”
“Okay beta. Make sure you join us soon.”
“I will.”
“Shreya, I am waiting for you at the table, drop him till the gate.”
Shreya couldn’t say anything. She loved her mom for this. Her mom knew her so well that she knew what Shreya wanted before her knowing herself. She just nodded.
“Come Vineet”
“Yeah”

They walked through the door and climbed down the stairs. They were silent. Vineet broke the silence then.
“Hey, congratulation for 200 likes on your recent post. Am sorry, I didn’t mean to check your phone. But while checking on the map, I read the notification”
“Thank you. Its alright. You don’t need to be sorry for that.”
“So, you write too.”
“Yeah. Since small I write. Whenever I get free time from my work I write.”
“That’s nice.”
Again an awkward silence.
“Shreya,”  Vineet said.
“I like you. I know it is too fast to say. But since the evening I’ve met you, it is only you on my mind.”
Shreya was listening to him. She was glad he said it. Or else she was tired of rehearsing the lines!
“Vineet, I was waiting for you to say it. I like you. Even you are playing with my mind since evening. I couldn’t tell you. So I left my phone there.:P ”
Vineet took her hands in his. Pulled her closer to him. An unexpected move by Vineet, made Shreya to almost fall on him. He held her to support her. Her right hand was on his shoulder. He caught her other hand. Kept his head on her’s. And said.
“I will make sure that I hurt you in no way.”
“I trust you for that.”

He cupped her face in his hands. And kissed on her forehead. She closed her eyes and felt like heaven on earth. She hugged him and he wrapped his arms around her and hugged her more tightly. She felt safe there. They were enjoying this and Vineet’s phone rang and disturbed their hug. Before he could receive he missed the call. He now had to go. So he prepared to leave. While leaving he said,
“I gave me a missed call from your phone. Do save it. Bbye. Good night.”
“Good night. Drive safe.”

Love, By chance??? (Episode 2)

Posted: February 6, 2015 by Aarzoo in Novelette

“Shreya, please stay”
Vineet said to himself.
“You said anything?” Shreya asked. She hoped, he say yes. And asks her to stay.
“No, nothing.”
He said it. But his heart screamed. I said Stay. She was hoping for him to say something. And he was busy playing with words.
“Okay then. Bye. And do tell me, if you need to make any changes in the design.”
She said about the design, for she wanted him to ask her for her number atleast.
“Yeah sure. Bbye.”
He searched a lot for words. But all he found was Bbye!
Shreya was walking very slowly towards the door of the cafe. She said to herself,
“Vineet, atleast tell me, I forgot my phone! ”
And left the cafe to go to home.

He hoped that Shreya would listen to his screams. But, the screams of heart aren’t audible to anyone until they are spoken through mouth. Vineet understood this now. With Shreya going far from him, he wanted her more. Now that Shreya had left, he was preparing to leave. While getting up he saw that Shreya had forgotten her mobile phone on the table. He looked for her at the door and around, she was gone.

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At once he felt very happy that he could talk to her for a few more minutes at least and then suddenly realised that she was gone already.
He took her phone and came out of the cafe and saw if she was there anywhere around. He didn’t find her anywhere. And now he started thinking about how to give Shreya her phone back. He saw her phone and thanked god for there was no security lock to open it. And then saw the recent contacted list. He found that she last spoke to her mom. And now he was thinking what to do. After some thoughts and rehearsals, he called on her mom’s number from Shreya’s phone.

“Hello beta, How long more?  I am waiting for you for dinner. Feeling damn hungry! ”
“I am sorry Aunty, but this is not Shreya. I am Vineet. Actually, Shreya and me were on a meeting this evening. And while leaving, she forgot her phone here. I had called you to ask you your address so that I could come to your place to give her phone”
“I don’t believe this.”
“I can understand your situation Aunty. Not an issue. You can wait for Shreya to return and ask her to call.! ”
“If anything goes wrong with my daughter, I will not leave you..! ”
Hold me first to leave me!  He said in his mind.
“Don’t worry Aunty, she will be fine. Just ask her to call on her phone when she returns! ”
Without saying anything, her mom hung up.
And Vineet got into his car. Thinking about Shreya, he made himself comfortable. Turned on the radio. And tuned into his favourite radio station.  With the romantic song being played on the radio, he desired for her more. Waited for her call.

On the other hand, Shreya hoped that he see her phone atleast on the table while leaving. Thinking about him, she put on her helmet. And started to drive. His thoughts made her blush and smile. She was feeling happy after a very long time. She had found someone who could make her blush. And thinking about, she never realized when the fifteen minutes journey to home ended. And when she reached home to her surprise her mom was waiting for her on the balcony. And soon she assumed that Vineet might have called. She climbed the stairs trying to hide the blush and smile she had on her face.
“Glad to see you safe beta.”
Her mom said to her as she hugged her mom when she opened the door.
“Oh Mrs. Shah, what can happen to me. I am fine” She said kissing her mom’s cheek.
“Yeah. Nothing can happen to you. So,  how was day? ”
They sat on the dining table directly.”Day was good as usual. Found a client to one of my designs in the cafe, with out any hichkich.”
“Sounds nice. By the way, is that client Vineet behind your blush and so cute smile? ”
Shreya was surprised to hear it.
“Mom, how come you..”
“I am your Mom beta, ” she didn’t allow her  to complete.
“I am sure, you had left your phone and not forgotten at the cafe! ”
“Oh mom.”
“Call him, I too want to see who made my daughter blush.”
“You are the best Mamma in the world”
“You are the best daughter in the world too”
Shreya got up and took her mom’s phone to call Vineet.
When Shreya’s phone rang, Vineet was wandering around on the streets of the city. He saw Mom’s photo flashing on screen and recieved the call.
“Hello”
“Hey, thanks for taking my phone.”
“My pleasure ma’am. Now how can I return it to you?  Do I come to your place? ”
“Sure! ”
“Okay then. Is your home saved on the google map? ”
“Yeah. It is. Saved as home.”
“Okay. See you in few minutes”
These few minutes were like few year for both of them.

Love, By chance??? (Episode1)

Posted: February 3, 2015 by Aarzoo in Novelette

It was a beautiful evening. The birds flying home. Sun returning to its horizon. The end of the day was going to begin.
Just then Vineet entered the Chocolate Room cafe. All tables were full. And he didn’t want to wait for them to get empty. Just then he saw a beautiful girl in rimless glasses, alone occupying a table of four, working on something on her laptop. He went towards her and asked.

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” Hello Young lady, If you don’t mind could I share your table with you?  All the tables are full with couples and am damn hungry. Please say yes. I wouldn’t bother you.! ”
That young girl, Shreya, thought for a while, looked around in the cafe, and nodded a yes. Vineet was relieved and said,
“Thank you soo much. I will not disturb you further.”
“You’re welcome. It doesn’t matter.”
Just then, the waiter came.
“One Chocolate sandwich and a cold coffee with less sugar. And what about you miss…”
Shreya heard his order and was surprised. She also wanted to order the same. Chocolate sandwich was the special dish of the cafe, so that’s understood, what surprised her was cold coffee with less sugar!
“Make it two”
She said to the waiter. The waiter noted the order and left.

“Am Shreya.”
“I am Vineet”
“Why cold coffee with less sugar? ”
“Because, since when I was small, I make sure that my sugar intake is under level.!  I hate to even think of me having diabetes!
Btw, why you too?
“Am sure you’ll laugh at it. But, I too take less sugar for the same reason ”
“Ohh.. is it. That’s surprising.! ”
“Yeah… I too was surprised!
Okay, am in the middle of my design. So, please don’t bother me. ”
“Ohhkie Ma’am. 🙂 ”
And she started working on her laptop. Vineet was watching at her and her expressions. When she was confused about some colour, or when she was frustrated or when the effect came out well, all these expressions on her face were so pure and innocent. And he started imagining a conversation with her. Just then the waiter came to disturb his imagination. Placed the dishes and went. Vineet resumed his imagination. After a while he saw that Shreya hasn’t eaten a piece of sandwich yet. He waved his hand to remind her that her sandwich has arrived already.
“Thanks.”
“You’re welcome”

Just then his phone rang and answered it. He didn’t feel it necessary to leave the table and answer the call for he presumed that the call will get over in a few seconds.

“Yaa Taruni, what’s it?

What?? He can’t do this..!
He didn’t turn up the whole day and you are telling me now! I have a meeting tomorrow morning with the client. And have to show him his logo and brochure of his company.

Okay. Will do something about it. Thank you. ”

And he hung up.
With a frown he resumed his sandwich.
Shreya, overheard his conversation and presumed that he works with or owns a designing firm. Where his designer is on un-informed leave. And was supposed to submit the design of his client’s logo and etc by today evening. But the designer didn’t turn up!
She asked him
“What went wrong? ”
Vineet said his whole story and found that her assumption was right. He owns the designing firm. And somehow didn’t wanted to delay his meting with his clients the next day.
“I have an idea, If you don’t mind Vineet ”
“If that is going to help me, why would I mind? ”
“Okay.. I have a few designs ready. If you like them, paste your client’s matter and take it.! ”
” Designs ready.. means?  I didn’t exactly get you! ”
“I am a self employed graphic designer. So during my free time I create some designs assuming the company name and its work. If any of my ready designs suits your client’s job, you can have it.”
“Ohh. but I can’t take it like that.! ”
“I will not give you like that even!:P First have a look. Then you decide! ”
“Okayy”
And then they were checking out the designs she was showing. They were all beautiful. One would love them at a glance. He thought. And liked a design which suited with his client’s work and name.
“This design goes very well with my client’s work and name. And I loved it.”
“Okayy then. Give me your email id. I will mail it to you.”
“Hey wait, what should I give you in return of this beautiful design? ”
She thought for a while and
” I want fifty thousand rupees for this design I made during my training period! ”
Vineet got shocked and coughed.
Shreya said with laughing..
“Arrree.. I was joking. I had made this during my traing period. So I don’t want anything for this.”
“I can’t take it for nothing in turn”
The waiter came and asked if they wanted anything else. They asked for the bill.
“Okay, if nothing else, let me pay you this treat.! Please… I want this design and can’t take it like that only! ”
“Okay as you wish. Give me your id. I am getting late.”
“vineet@iddesigns.com”
“Okay. Sending ”
Shreya started packing up. The waiter came with the bill. Vineet paid and the waiter went. Suddenly Shreya was in a hurry. Might be she must have forgotten the time and suddenly was reminded about it, he thought.
She got up.
“So Vineet, it was nice meeting you. Thanks for making my this evening better.”
“My pleasure. It was nice meeting you too Shreya. Hope we’ll meet again.”
“Sure. Bye”
She took her backpack laptop bag on her shoulders and left. Vineet said to himself
“Shreya, please stay.”
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