As Maan picked up the mobile he saw it was Vicky’s mobile. He opened the notification and saw that it was from his colg informing that the final exams were starting in 2 weeks. Maan decided to give the phone to Vicky and also tell him to concentrate on his studies and not worry about office, he could manage it now.

As he entered a small smile adored his face. He saw Vicky sprawled on the bed on his back while a file lied half on his chest and half on the bed. Maan shook his head when he saw that Vicky hadnt even changed his clothes after coming back and then went and removedhis shoes, placed his legs properly n saw the files and closed them and placed them on the side table. He then loosened the belt and few buttons of the shirt and tucked in the blanket. He sat beside Vicky and caressed his hairs. Vicky soon snuggled into Maan’s lap and fell into deep sleep.

Maan didnt know when he dozed off with Vicky’s head on his lap. The next morning Shilpa came to check on Vicky and smiled seeing her both brothers sleeping like this. She went and shook Maan awake. After a few mins Maan opened his eyes slightly and blinked to adjust to the light and then rubbed his eyes to clear the sleep. He looked at Vicky who was still sleeping but now he was hugging his waist. He slowly unwrapped Vicky’s hands and placed his head on the pillow and stretched his legs which ahd become stiff and numb after sitting the whole night.

Shilpa with fake anger and a pouting face, “Not fair bhai… Aapne Vicky ko aapki godi main sone diya lekin mujhe nahi… Haan ab kyu doge ab toh meri shaadi hogi ab toh main parayi hogai na…” (Not fair bro… U let Vicky sleep on ur lap but not me… Ya why will u let me now after all Im married now and now Im a stranger so only…)and turned away.

Maan got up and turned Shilpa towards him and said, “Aisa kabhi ho sakta hai ke main meri Shilpa ko paraya manu??? Aur tu kyu ro rahi hai meri godh main sone ke liye??? Bachpan main toh tu Vicky ko dhakel ke so jaati thi toh ab ek baar Vicky sogaya toh kya huva??? Aur waise bhi ab toh meri Shilpu ke bacho ka time hai meri godhi main sone ka…” (Can it ever happen that I consider my Shilpa as a stranger??? And why are u crying to sleep in my lap??? When we were small u used to push Vicky away to sleep in my lap so now Vicky slept for once so what happened??? And anyways now it is time for my Shilpu’s kids to sleep in my lap…) and winked at her.

Shilpa turned a bit red at his last words and said, “Nahi Bhai abhi uske liye time hai. Abhi toh mujhse hi aapko kaam chalana padega… Aur haan aaj raat main aapke godh main sone wali hu bas…” (No Bro there is still time for that. Right now u will have to make work with me only… N today night Im sleeping on ur lap thats final…)

Maan smiled widely at his sister and said with a teasing tone, “Toh phir Armaan kya karega raat ko… Akele???” (Then what will Armaan do at night… Alone???)

Shilpa wacked his arms and said, “Bhaiii… Armaan Kasauli ja raha hai meeting ke liye toh aaj main akeli hu toh aap chinta mat kijye” (Bro… Armaan is going to Kasauli for meeting so Im alone tonight so u dont worry) and then showing her tongue continued, “Aur aap mujhse bach ke nahi ja sakte…” (And u cant run away from me…) and gave a cheeky smile.

Maan smiled at her and pinched her nose and then turned to Vicky and looked back at Shilpa and with a wide grin said, “Chal uthate hai isiliye…” (Come lets wake him up…)

Shilpa smiled widely and went the bed and sat next to Vicky while Maan sat on the other side. She then signalled with her fingers… 1…2…3…and then both began tickling him. Vicky was very sensitive and hence woke up at once and his laughter echoed in the room. After sometime all the three dropped on the bed breathlessly. Maan remembered the time when Geet was there and they all used to tickle her. As soon as he remembered her all the happiness that he felt with his siblings evaporated. Vicky who had noticed the change of expressions said, “Geet ke baare main soch rahe the na Bhai???” (Thinking about Geet right Bro???)

Maan nodded and all the three fell silent. Shilpa wished she could tell Maan the reason why Geet left while Vicky wished he could tell them that he knew where Geet was while Maan just wished Geet would come back.

Shilpa after few mins got up and then all the three went to finish their morning works. After Maan finished feeding Dadi breakfast, he was coming out when he heard Armaan screaming. He rushed down to see Shilpa had slipped the last few steps of the staircase and hurt herself. She was bleeding a bit from her forehead. Armaan picked her up and placed her on the sofa while Maan rushed down and called for a doctor. Vicky went into the nearby room to get the first aid box. Armaan wiped the blood and then bandaged it. By the doctor came and checked for other injuries. Shilpa had broken her ankle and so she was told to not put pressure on her ankle for at least a week. 

After the doctor left, Armaan took her to their room to rest. Maan and Vicky checked on her and then Maan remembered about Armaan’s meeting. He thought of sending Vicky but then remembered his exams and decided to go himself. He called Armaan and said, “Armaan tumhari Kasauli ki flight kitne baje ki hai???” (Armaan what time is ur flight to Kasauli???)

Armaan, “Shaam ke 4 baje” (Evening 4’o clock)

Maan, “Theek hai main Adi se keh ke woh mere naam karwa deta hu. Tum yaha Shilpa ke saath raho usse tumhari zaroorat hai aur Vicky ki exams anne wali hai toh usse waha bhejna theek nahi hoga. Isiliye main khud chala jaata hu” (Ok I’ll tell Adi and get it changed to my name. U stay here with Shilpa she needs u and Vicky’s exams are nearing so we cant send him. So I’ll go there myself)

Armaan, “Lekin Maan tumhe abhi bhi doctor ne office jaane ke liye haan nahi kaha…” (But Maan doctor hasnt allowed u to go to office yet…)

Maan, “Its ok Armaan waha sirf meeting hi toh attend karni hai utna toh main handle kar sakta hu. Tum bas Shilpa ka dhyan rakhna. Office main Adi ko bol dunga handle karne ke liye. 2 din main kuch ho nahi jayega.” (Its ok Armaan there I just have to go for a meeting and I can handle that much at least. U just take care of Shilpa. I’ll tell Adi to handle office. Nothing will happen in 2 days)

Armaan sighed and said, “Theek hai lekin tum waha koi zyada stress nahi loge aur agar maine sunna toh main next flight pakad ke aunga aur tumhe mere saath wapas keech ke launga.” (Okay fine but u wont stress urself much and if I hear u did Im catching the next flight there and dragging u back with me)

Maan smiled and said, “Yes boss” and went to his room to pack. He then went to Dadi’s room and told her about Shilpa’s accident. As soon as she heard that a tear rolled out of her eyes and she said, “Maan… Shilpa…

Maan’s happiness knew no bounds when he finally heard his Dadi tell a word after a long time. He immediately hugged her and assured her that Shilpa was fine but Dadi’s eyes showed her restlessness and so he helped her to walk to Shilpa’s room.

Dadi sat next to Shilpa who was sleeping and caressed her face and a tear again slid from her eye. She wiped that and kissed Shilpa’s bandage. She then turned to Maan and said, “Nakul se kahiye ke Shilpa ke liye juice bheje” (Tell Nakul to get juice for Shilpa)

Maan nodded and told Nakul to get juice for Dadi as well as for Shilpa. He then told Dadi to drink the juice but when she tried to protest his one glare was enough for her to stop protesting. She then finished her juice and woke Shilpa and helped her sit and made her drink the juice. She sat there with Shilpa and talked for sometime. Maan then informed both about his trip which earned him a glare from both. He promised to take care of himself and not stress but the both wouldnt let him go and finally he had to make baby faces and blackmail them with the company’s name. He smiled at the way he convinced them and it again reminded him of Geet who would use all these tactics to get her way.

He didnt know why he was remembering Geet a lot that day. He soon left for the airport. As he was waiting for security check, he called Gaurav and Vidya and let them know about his trip and Shilpa’s accident as they werent at home. They had to go to hospital for Kanchi’s monthly check up. After chatting for sometime he cut the call.

He soon boarded the flight. He then began reading the project file to utilize the time. After 1 n half hour he landed at Kasauli airport. After getting his luggage he went out to see a car waiting for him.

He reached the hotel and checked in. The meeting was scheduled for the next morning so he was free the evening. He decided to roam around a bit and relax. He got a route map of the town and took the hotel’s car to the nearby shopping street. He then sent back the car and walked around. As he walked he noticed that the atmosphere here was totally different from anywhere he had seen. The people here were more friendly. Everyone knew almost everyone and the way they talked, behaved was really cultured yet filled with warmth. The people never had to hide their true feelings of happiness or joy as in cities where people had to have a strong front or else they would be crushed by others.

As he was walking he heard few bangles tingling. Though he had heard many few mins back but this sound attracted his attention. As he turned towards the direction he saw a lady with her back to him. She was struggling to carry one of her bags. As he was looking he didnt realize when he started walking towards the lady. As he was a few meters away the lady turned and his breath left his lungs and he whispered,

 “Geet

It was like even his whisper could be heard by her and she looked up to see Maan standing a few meters away from her in shock. As she was trying to realize if this was a dream or reality she heard a scream and then she was suddenly pulled. She didnt realize what happened but the pull scared her and her breadth left her lungs. As she tried to regain her breath she closed her eyes. A familiar scent hit her nose and she realized that it was the same scent which Maan used. She snapped open her eyes and looked up to see a pair of black eyes stare back at her in worry.

Music

 

Hum Tere Bin Ab Reh Nahi Sakte
Tere Bina Kya Wajood Mera
Hum Tere Bin Ab Reh Nahi Sakte
Tere Bina Kya Wajood Mera
Tujhse Juda Agar Ho Jaenge
To Khud Se Hi Ho Jaenge Juda

As she looked into the eyes she slowly tried to pull out of his hold. As she successed she took a fell steps back but as she took a step back Maan took a step ahead. As Geet tried to turn away he held her hand.

Kyuki Tum Hi Ho
Ab Tum Hi Ho
Zindagi Ab Tum Hi Ho
Chain Bhi Mera Dard Bhi
Meri Aashiqui Ab Tum Hi Ho

He pulled her back and turned her. As she looked into his eyes she saw pain in them. Tears welled up in her eyes looking at it and a few slid down as well. Maan thought that it was due to his hold and loosened it n wiped her tears and noded in no.

Geet then realized that they were in middle of street and turned away from Maan and took her bags and started walking away. Maan hurried to her and pulled the bags away from her and took her hand in his and began pulling her towards his hotel. 

Music

At first Geet didnt protest but as soon as they were away from the crowd she tried to pull her hand away. Maan turned to her and said, “Geet chup chap chalo warna tumhe utha ke chalunga lekin tumhe phir se dur nahi jane dene wala main.” (Geet quietly come with me or else I’ll carry u but I wont let u go away from me)

Tera Mera Rishta Hai Kaisa
Ek Pal Dur Gawara Nahi
Tere Liye Her Roz Hai Jeete
Tujko Diya Mera Waqt Sabhi
Koi Lamha Mera Na Ho Tere Bina
Her Sans Pe Naam Tera

As Geet was about to say something he gave the bags to her and then picked her up in a min. Geet shrieked when Maan picked her up and tried to hit him but the bags didnt allow much and when she tried to tell him to put her down he glared at her and shut her up.

They soon reached the hotel and Maan put her on her feet and took the bags in one hand while held her hand in the other afraid that if he left her she would just seize the chance and again run away. 

Kyuki Tum Hi Ho
Ab Tum Hi Ho
Zindagi Ab Tum Hi Ho
Chain Bhi Mera Dard Bhi
Meri Aashiqui Ab Tum Hi Ho

As they reached the room he put the bags away on the table and then went and switched on the heater as the temp was getting cold. He then turned and got water for Geet who was still standing at the place he left her. As he looked at her lost he felt pained to do this but if he left her to go today he knew he would never be able to get her back.

Kyuki Tum Hi Ho
Ab Tum Hi Ho
Meri Aashiqui Ab Tum Hi Ho

Tum Hi Ho
Tum Hi Ho O Ooo Oo

He pulled Geet into his arms and hugged her tightly. He just needed to hold her to assure himself that she was her for real. As he held her he felt her stiffen and then after a few mins loosen herself.

Music

Tere Liye Hi Jiya Mein
Khud Ko Jo Yun De Diya Hai
Teri Wafa Ne Mujhko Sambhala
Sare Ghumo Ko Dil Se Nikala

Tere Saath Mera Hai Nasseeb Juda
Tujhe Pa Ke Adhura Na Raha

Hmmm

After standing there for what seemed an eternity he slowly pulled out of the hug. As he saw Geet’s eyes all he saw was pain. He searched for the love he had seen in the hospital but it seemed to have vanished. As he kept staring, Geet couldnt bear the intense gaze and looked down while her cheeks reddened a bit. Maan smiled seeing it and it was the just needed assurance that she still loved him. He smiled and cupped her face and made her look at him and tried to convey with his eyes his feelings for her.

Kyuki Tum Hi Ho
Ab Tum Hi Ho
Meri Aashiqui Ab Tum Hi Ho
Chain Bhi Mera Dard Bhi
Meri Aashiqui Ab Tum Hi Ho

Geet kept looking at his eyes which shone with love. She was trying to understand if he really loved her or not??? As she was lost in these thoughts, Maan smiled as her thoughts where expressed by her eyes… the pain had gone away while there was a questioning look along with hope.

Kyuki Tum Hi Ho
Ab Tum Hi Ho
Meri Aashiqui Ab Tum Hi Ho
Chain Bhi Mera Dard Bhi
Meri Aashiqui Ab Tum Hi Ho

Maan pulled her face closer and kissed her forehead and joined their forehead together. He closed his eyes as he tried to calm his breathing which had fastened as Geet came close to him. He smiled thinking of her effect on him and then opened his eyes and whispered,

I Love You Geet.

Precap – None Tongue

Love,
Hinal
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