Will You? R&B?
When II went to bed it was 12:42 AM, Sree wouldnt BUDGE... had to be thrown out almost...
Natesan Mama and Mami left at 11:20 ish... Sree hung out with a half asleep Bala and II, II eventially changed into an old salwar kameez AFTER the Natesans left
Thatha & Paatti V's in laws, went to bed when Natesans did
Vandu was asleep also... with her nausea and everything and Shravu's bus would be here at 7:07 AM... Sree wanted to know EVERYTHING about her, now that R&B was out of the way... II kept looking at her texts hoping he would send her a provoking one... but NONE came... He hadnt even seen he once before he left... like he didnt care? they never said good byes but they exchanged one look
Tonite she didnt get any, she went off to put Shravu to bed, and he was gone...
KOVAMO? WHY? Angry? "U must come to the Bay Area" Sree invited Bala Bala worked for a Bank, there was no way he could get away from his parents and life in Delhi...
as if he was II's husband already he was displaying signs of "oneness"
Bala thought it was harmless
II yawned a few times yet Bala didnt get the hint...
II got up at 12:30 "I have to be at work at 9 Sorry, what time is your flight?", she asked
"Oh! 9... since airport is not too far I will leave at 7, I stay up all nite skyping sometimes or watching movies" he said
NOT READING HE DOESNT READ... HE WATCHES MOVIES, HE DOESNT WALK AROUND WITH A DOG EARED BOOK,
HIS CAR'S BACK SEAT DOESNT HAVE A HANDFUL OF BOOKS STREWN HE STAYS UP TO TALK, R&B WOULD ONLY STAY UP TO READ... HE WONT EVEN TALK DURING THE DAY AYYYO.. WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO"
Akka woke when she hit the sack, to offer her more rajais.. blankets..
II turned up the heater and snuggled...
"R&B is such a good guy di" Akka mumbled in sleep drugged voice "Hmmm" said II softly "CMU? Didnt u apply there? or was it Cornell?" Akka asked "I did at both... but didnt get it" II said sadly "Paathukko evlav padichirkan, so QUIET yet so educated, Bala says he knows unbelievable things about the computers" Akka gushed "I DO TOO, ATHIM NEVER ASKS ME" II cried
"Ayyo I know kanna.. but u know... he" Akka began
"He is just more impressive ille, so tall and handsome, and wealthy... ur sister is just a brat" II almost in tears Her hegemony at home was fast disappearing... behind the over confident smug bratty accountant lurked a insecure vulnerable girl that was needy and craved to be loved
Despite being an extrovert she lacked the self confidence to go out "and meet men", thats not something she ever did coolly, being an Iyer didnt help either
Finding similar things in Subbu helped her get over the initial discomfort, the friendship evolved into a romantic liaison...
his being an Iyer HELPED a lot, she could introduce him with confidence... and wasnt afraid of Appa's principles...
"What did u think of Sree" Akka asked waking up from a nap...
"Hmm?" she saked
"Sree... the Bay Area start up guy... he is as tall as u, kinda balding at the temples" Akka giggled "Porum not funny... I know who u are talking about avlav daddi nenacheya? am I so dumb?" II bristled "Ofcourse not" Akka said meaningfully "Hes OK, I mean hes NICE... very NICE..." II said, SOUNDED INCOMPLETE
"Nice?" Akka asked
"amaa, very very nice... thoughtful, friendly, kind... did u notice how he helped grab the tray
when it almost fell when Shravu ran into me? Rakshasan was just staring at me like I was some ET" II ranted "Does he turn you on Ishita? Akka asked directly
She closed her eyes TIGHT... and held her breath... as her heart vibrated rapidly...
Akka nudged her "Asleep already?"
I WISH I WISH... AYYO... PLEASE DONT ASK ME THAT...THE ANSWER IS A BIG FAT NO... I DONT QUIVER WHEN HE APPROACHES ME,
I DONT SHAKE LIKE A LEAF I DONT FEEL WEAK WHEN HE BENDS DOWN AND LISTENS DEEPLY I KNOW EXACTLY WHICH EAR BUD WOULD COME OFF FIRST...
I HELD HIS WALLET FOR 24 HOURS? 22 HOURS... HE ASKED ME TO TUCK IT IN...
HE RUBS HIS FOREHEAD ON MY BODY TO PUSH HIS HAIR OFF IT HE IS TOO LAZY TO DO IT WITH HIS HAND, UNTIL HE PUSHES IT ALL AWAY HE JUST KEEPS RUBBING IT
"Ummm... no" she said huskily
"Do u feel ur heart race?" Akka asked "Enn kekare?" II argued, why do want to know "If it does then there is sexual chemistry, if not, then no... doesnt mean it wont happen ..
in the next 3 weeks or 3 months, but usually it happens on the first day u meet" Akka spoke scientifically
"Hmm" said II as if she didnt know
"No then? for Sree?" Akka asked.. "Appa enna solluva? What will Appa say?" II jumped at the thought of rejecting him ELATED... "No I meant u dont feel anything for him today correct?" Akka PLAYED..
"Oh! ya Amaa" II shut eye eyes tight and bit her lip
AYYYO, U JUMPED UP TO SAY NO. AKKA WAS ONLY ASKING ABOUT FEELING PHYSICAL ATTRACTION "I think he is attracted to you" Akka said "WHO?' said II She was WALTZING INTO Akka's EVERY TRAP TONITE "Who na? Ofcourse, R&B... Sorry I meant Sree" Akka said and smiled II choked at R&B... she shut her mouth with her hand... And then let her breath out when she said Sree "Oh?' she asked.. "Didnt u feel it?'Akka asked
"Ummm no... why edavadu HINT kuduthana, did he hint?' II asked dazed
Akka turned towards her, II was looking at the still ceiling fan... Akka raised her head on her elbow... and looked at her
"Enna di one guy wanders over to meet his SUITOR'S PREGNANT SISTER AT 10, AND RECEIVES THE WINDFALL OF seeing the girl herself for 3 hours, he didnt give u a hint?" Akka demanded "In a room full of people u wanted me to notice Sree's reaction?" II asked... aloof.. "He kept throwing hints at u kanna, did u notice how he attempted to sit by you three times? he held the falling cookie plate, he handed u his phone when he wanted to make room for Bala to sit?" Akka offered gently AYYYO I DIDNT EVEN NOTICE SREE'S ANTICS I WAS LOOKING AT WHAT R&B WAS DOING... I WAS LOOKING WHERE HIS EYES WERE LOOKING,
I KNOW EXACTLY HOW MANY SIPS HE TOOK TO FINISH THE FROTHY BOURNVITA I KNOW I CRUSHED ON PRASHANT AT YOUR WEDDING
THIS IS LIKE THAT TEEN CRUSH TIMES A MILLION
I KNOW HOW MANY TIMES HE LOOKED AT ME WHILE LOOKING AT SHRAVU'S ENCYCLOPEDIA
"Apdiya?" II blurted to Akka
Her eyes were open staring at the fan
"Ayyoyo u didnt even see him do all that?" Akka asked II quickly corrected course and did her fave thing, LIE... "Chumma sonnen, I was kidding, I saw, he is niiice I told u Ka" "Has any other man turned you on recently?" Akka asked
She turned to Akka, Akka's eyes were closed...
She turned RIGID IN SHOCK
"Why?' she croaked, safe Akka' couldnt SEE her "I mean if Sree doesnt turn u on, I was wondering" Akka said casually, eyes closed...
"Ummm... I dont know" II said equally casually... "A couple guys in Treasury I told u about"
"OH ADUVAAA over a year ago?" Akka blew it off "I mean NOW" Akka asked
"Now? Oh... nah" said II
"NOT EVEN R&B?" Akka asked
"Mmm... mmm" II muttered... biting her lower lip EYES CLOSED, her eyes crinkling to hold herself back
Akka was a TWO FEET AWAY STARING DOWN AT HER. The street light from the window outside shining FULLY ON II's face "Oh? Hes so cute tho" Akka said
II let go of her lip and smiled a full smile... letting herself BREATHE... a long, achy...yearning...eyes closed... dreamy
"Not to me" II lied..
Akka lay back and smiled at the ceiling fan... "Yes to YOU he will always be Rakshasan" "Toongu kanna, Good nite I have to wake up at 5"
Vandita Balachandran would apply for half day off go home take a longish nap, ask mother in law to take care of Shravu
"Oru friend a paaka poren" "Go see a friend" she said
Took a cab, because Bala will kill her if she took a bus, got off punched the elevator button
She had spoken on the phone in the morning... she was very very excited
At 5 PM on Jan 27th she entered his office
He would hug her and offer chai, Mrs Sagar would bring a TRAY of food since she was pregnant
"Will you marry my sister? Will you? R&B?" Vandita asked R&B