THis is specially for Modernfamily/Sudhi
Hope she loves it as much as I loved writing it. IT WAS A HOOT
Seeing the boarding pass stubs should have made her happy and peaceful but instead II found herself being antsy and fidgety and restless, all day Wednesday, she would even think about it on her
way home Tuesday, look at it once at the Mehrauli intersection, Set: 2A it said... she wondered what time he left, Lufthansa always had a 2 AM
departure from Delhi, so he left on Sat night? after she left in a huff? sulking?, did he get home, get his stuff and leave?
"Oh THATS where Sree's proposal rejection must have been cooked up"
"All key meetings must happen out of Paris?"
She went home, changed on Tuesday night and headed to bed, curled up and looked at her texts
Amma asked if she was "ok" she nodded
"What are u looking at Kanna?' Amma asked curiously putting away ironed clothes
"Oh! just memes ma" she said
She left the phone on her chest and shut her eyes...
" he left Sunday at 2 AM, he got there Sunday evening? Night?"
"Did he go to work Monday?"
"Ofcourse he did, he got a full reclining bed on the plane dude must have slept comfortably OR READ
"What will u have for dinner?"
She got up "Amma I will make pasta"
She went to the kitchen and began the prep...
Amma and Appa watched sun TV...she cooked, served cleaned up, even rearranged Amma's china cupboard until 11:49 PM
Amma wondered whats going on, when Akka called she whispered
"Innikki adisayama kitchenlaye irukka, so strange, she is in the kitchen today and wont leave"
Akka laughed "Ayyo Ma paavam she must be bored... she is getting the hang of the project maybe"
Amma nodded happily
"She is cooking, so its a good sign"
"Ayyo Ma, not everything is about pleasing the husband, when did u become so conservative?"
"Well I have to because, this girl is as rebellious as can be, she says she wants to live in Gurgaon alone, unmarried"
Akka felt sad... "Hmm" "Dont worry ma, she will get over it"
"Get over WHAT?" amma asked startled
"Ayyo nothing ma... she will get over... ermmm... u know... get over the exhaustion she feels?" NOW AKKA WAS LYING TOO
II WAS CONTAGIOUS, and they fed us lies that EBOLA WAS CONTAGIOUS
Amma told Akka about the next two grooms, Akka listened with bare minimum interest
When II went to bed Tuesday night, it was after midnight... she gave up sleep to clean the kitchen?
U bet she did...
Wed was as restless and cagey as Tuesday afternoon
She went up on some pretext to the 20th saw Mrs Sagar, CHATTED WITH HER
Well... she chats with the press waala, so Mrs Sagar is no stranger
"He comes back Sunday" Mrs Sagar said unsuspectingly
She returned, she dressed drab, in a orange kurti and blue jeans... met Mr Ranjan in the elevator
He was SO HAPPY, he invited her for coffee and they went down to the Perk on 5th
Hea sked her about the wedding... she told him "WE BOTH needed more time"
Matlab... jhoot mein to Ph D le li hai ab tak II ne
Mr Ranjan smiled and said "U are an asset to KMPG u will be a joy to whichever man marries you
He didnt think it was a big deal at all
She returned to her desk moved her appointments around, cancelled her team meeting...
Walked around the stairwell
And went home at 4, Baldev was happy she wont overwork atleast one day...
She got home, made herself chai, Amma Appa both werent home...
Appa got home at 7, Amma at 6:30 ish, because of her book thing
Scrolled her texts and looked at all of Rakshasan's, and hit the green phone symbol...
The number moved to the dial pad
She let go and lay back eyes closed...
She could feel her heart banging in her chest like Shravu pounding the stairs a million times in an hour...
She reached for her iPad and went to google Translator.., chose French
And lay back again...
WHAT WORK THING CAN I TELL HIM?
WHAT? JUST WHAT
She paced her room...
Can I talk about Shravu?
Ofcourse not, I already told him he should back off and leave Shravu alone
AYYO... WHY DID U DO THAT FOR?
U HAVE NO REASON TO CALL HIM NOW
PLUS IVE ALREADY USED SHRAVU AND GOTTEN MYSELF KISSED SENSELESS OVER MINION
"I met ur Dad in the elevator and he bought me coffee?"
JUST ASK HIM HOW HE IS DOING?'
REALLY? AFTER FIGHTING OVER WEDDING DATES? REALLY?
JERK! WHY DID HE GO?
Her phone rang she picked it up without looking
"Did you want me to return sooner than Sunday?" HE ASKED She shut her mouth to stifle the scream "NO!!!" she said gasping "So later than Sunday works?" he asked "NO, I MEAN YES... NO, SURE... YES..SUNDAY IS FINE" She said shaking like a leaf
Pulled the covers over her... and lay down
They both registered the shock of heaing each others' voice and just digested that for a bit
"I did not check on you" she lied frantic "Mrs Sagar said u did" he said AYYYO... II...NOBODY AROUND YOU... NOT ONE PERSON AROUND YOU HAS TAKEN THE OATH OF SECRECY
"I" she began BUT THE LIES BIN WAS EMPTY
Dino 100 poi sonna epdi irukkum stock? If u use 100 a day kidhar se hoga manufacture? "Did u go up looking for me after seeing my text II?" he asked "NO THAT WAS BEFORE" He let her savor her lie and do a happy dance "She said u went at 3, I texted u at Noon IST" he said KADAVULE... THIS MAN WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME "Your voice sounds different..like your singing voice. Husky and deep" he said softly "Your silences sound the same" she said in awe "I wanted to tell" "Not about work II" he ordered
It was like Morse code, a pause after every exchange
"Mrs Sagar said u stood outside my shut door" he said ...amused?
"You left your lights on" she said "I know, I think Mrs Sagar knows that too" "Not funny" "I like to keep it locked when I am not around" "I broke in actually" she said.. flirtatiously "What did u find?" he asked, half smile?
"Books.. she cooked up titles
"How to get more bang for your IT buck"
"How to keep the Solutions Provider on a leash"
HE LAUGHED... IT SOUNDED HUSKY AND MUFFLED "U missed a couple though" "Oh?" "Red Flags in IT Projects:Tall, Iyer and Attractive" " How nose ring stone indicate moods" "You must have loaned those out didnt see em" husky, breathless "I brought them with me I think
"Do U keep ur door locked?"
"Mrs Sagar tends to mess things up"
"She seems orderly" "I dont want to talk about her"
"Are u home?" he asked
"In bed" "What are you wearing?" he asked That would be a violation of the solution provider's privacy" she gasped between words "So is breaking into the client's office" "Just a Tweety bird nightshirt" "JUST?" (nothing else?) "also a charm bracelet' "Which wrist?" "Left"
"How is the weather?" she asked
"2C" he said
"Is the central heating good?"
"They ask for voluntary savings"
"France has a bigger public sector than India" sniggered (MOST things owned by Govt)
"More socialist but more tourists"
"I wish we had the Eiffel" she said dismissively "And the accent" "You love the accent?" "Of the French" (NOT YOURS... OFCOURSE YOURS... WHO AM I KIDDING) "Do u like the food?" he asked "I hate the baguette" "We could find you something you like" "I can be hard to please" "I never got that impression"
"Where is your... umm.. office?" ( I AM NOT GOING TO ASK WHERE U LIVE)
"Avenue Montaigne in the 8th Arrondissement is where I live"
She bit her lower lip at the bluff being caught
"Do u work from home?" (I asked for office but u gave me your home location" tone)
He smiled his half smile
"Do u go to the Eiffel a lot?"
WITH WHO? SHE WANTED TO ASK
"Mostly alone" he said as if he heard "I shud ask what you are wearing?" "Sweats and the JCrew hoodie"
"Mine?" she blurted THE ONE HE LOANED TO U, YOU IDIOT
"I think" he said
She shifted in bed drawing her legs up
"Do u have anklets on?" he asked "I do" she said "So u lied?" (u have three things on?) "I guess"
She shut her eys and layback in bed
Arm over her forehead... shaking like a leaf
"Why are u home so early?"
BECAUSE I MISSED U LIKE HELL? RAKSHASAN... U HAVE MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO EAT BREATHE SLEEP WORK
"I am working Paris hours, this is my lunch time" "what did u eat?"
SHE FORGOT TO EAT... HER LUNCH WAS IN THE CAR
"Whats the most delicious French thing?" (YA THATS WHAT I ATE) "Its in Paris actually" he said (HIMSELF?)
"Are u jet lagged?"
"U dont sleep much?"
"What do u do?"
IDIOT SAM ALREADY TOLD AKKA HE READS... NANNA MAATIKKA POREY
SAHI HAI WALK INTO THE TRAP... II
"I dont want to know" she cut him off "I meant depends on which book I want to read" he finished "And yes, I would stay up to make love also"
She felt physically choked at that... just knocked her air off the lungs
"I would just take care of it during the day, and sleep at night" she said sounding smug, as if it was like folding the luandry or something " I could do both" he said
THERE WAS NO WINNING
THERE WAS NO WINNING WHAT SO EVER
He let her get some oxygen.. LOTS OF IT
"What did u sing at the Pongal thing?"
She listed the songs, and just mentioned a couple of nuanced tunes..
"How many were there?"
"All for you?"
"EVERY body and mind"
"I shud go" she said
"Where?" he asked
HANG UP WHAT ELSE WHERE ELSE WIL I GO?
"Oh just to check if u locked your floor at Malcha Marg" she smiled
"If u promise to go at 2 AM, I can show u how to check"
HE WOULD FLY BACK FOR THAT? JUST FOR THAT?
"Paris is on my bucket list" she said thoughtfully, with a faraway look
"U could go next time" WITH ME
"I dont trust you" she said
He probably smiled at the honesty
"I will charge you fairly"
"I will Google first"
"I could help you" (since I AM AN EXPERT)
"That sounds dangerous" she said tormented
"What should I bring?" he asked
YOURSELF... YOURSELF.. JUST YOU
"A French lover" she said casually "Just one??" he asked LIKE HE CONTROLLED THE WORLD SUPPLY "For now.. yes.. Thanks" she said bravely
Edited by Nisha0604 - 6 years ago