Cheer leading & Fan girling
A help knocked on an inside door... she immediately sprung up from the swing...
He didnt complain... he knew she was upset...
He went to get the door "Sir aa gaye hain" he said
R&B had a "So?" kind of look
"Unhoney Maam ka poocha" he hesitated
"Oh! theek hai" he didnt express any feelings in front of the help
She looked for her phone... "Neeche hai kya?'... looking.. she found it on a random side table,
...the various black boxes under the TV showed 9:48
"Mujhe ghar jaana chahiye" she smiled faintly... She paused by the food tray, and opened the various bowl lids, and located the tiramisu
"2 min?" she asked innocently
He nodded, hands in pocket, leaning on the wall, one foot up... she served herself one, ate a half... and brought it to him "Will you finish this?"
"A good thing should not be wasted" she giggled
He leaned and reached for her lips nodding
"The dessert" she hissed
He kissed her fully... tasting and then swallowing her share.. she ate more from the plate... he reached again... "saari raat yahi khare rahen?' she asked
they realized something at that moment... she didnt belong in the house legally, and she wouldnt do anything illegal...
He reached for her fork and ate a bite...
"do u always eat dessert before dinner?' she asked
"Many times only dessert" he murmured
She set the plate on a table to her side "I can help clean up" "But aaj nahi" she said sheepishly
"Noted" he said
She went first, he leaned and checked his texts...
She returned "Vaa da" she called yanking his tee, he let that hand slide over his arm and grab his left hand
When they reached the ground floor the stairs lead across the dining area
she quickly let go of his hand, not before Ranjan saw...
"Kab aaye beta?'
"Ummm... 7? 8" she said speechless
She clung to R&B, without holding him...
Ranjan was a man she met at work for HOURS everyday... yet... "Ummm main ghar ja rahi thi, its good to see u Mr Ranjan" she said politely
"Dad nahi kahogi beta?" he asked
"Ummm... she looked at R&B
He had a "U can say whatever u feel like" look
"Dad" she said softly...
"Khaana khao beta" he invited, it smelled spicy and warm
"We ate, I ate, Italian oopar" she said
"Good. Nice. Aap khao beta" he invited his son
The father son put on a show in front of the young girl
"Its upstairs I have a call, will eat after. Thanks" he said
"Baithogey 10 minute?' he invited
She looked at R&B again
"Arey usko mat dekho.. woh kuch nahi kahega" Ranjan guffawed... "Woh khud baat nahi karta aapko kya mana karega beta?"
"Ummm" she smiled still standing pasted to her guy
"10 mins da?' she begged
He nodded carelessly, she sat on a couch on the side, he sat by her for moral support,
"Appa Amma kaise hain?'
"they are great"
"We cannot wait to have you come here, so raat ko 10 baje jaana nahi pade, aap mujhse baat karo aur bus go up the stairs, short trip" he laughed
"Yahan koi raat ko sota nahi, na yeh na main" he said waving his fork
Ranjan looked sad...
"When the kids were little we would crave for sleep" "Abhi jitna marzi let jao but neend nahi aati" he said
"Oh? Ummm... Appa and Amma also sleep less"
"Chalo hum oldies hain, yeh kyon nahi sota?" he quizzed his future DIL
"Kabhi bhi nahi?' she asked startled
"Woh tum usko poochho" Ranjan teased
She turned to R&B "Really?'
He pulled his left ear phone off "what?'
"U dont sleep at all?"
"I do" he said looking at his Dad...
Ranjan: Aap Friday ko aao, bring your nephew, I will ask Sam to bring the kids saari raat yaha rukna
"Is ghar mein?" she asked startled
"Haan isko Tan ke yaha bhej denge, waise yeh Sat nites poker khelta hai Mihir Tan ke saath oopar "
She felt warm and fuzzy all over... imagining him playing poker upstairs while she hung with Sam...
he would come get her on one pretext or the other, and she would never go back to Sam
She didnt want to go home tonight... for the first time in 27 years she wanted to stay, the only place outside of Madurai and Akka's...
"Aaj raat ko aap rukne waale bano main abhi Sam ko karta hoon phone
"No Sir nahi" she said
"Arey Dad kahan gaye" he teased
"Ummm...Dad" she said
"Aap aao ghar par fatafat to raunaq laute betaji" he said his words slurring as he choked "U can be incharge of fun"
II stared down at her phone
"Teeno mein sabse shaitan yeh hai" Ranjan said proudly
REALLY? NO... REALLY? I COULDNT TELL... I MEAN SUCH AN INNOCENT FACE AND SO QUIET AND GENTLE
"Iski behnen is se bhaagti hamesha, dono badi hai lekin dono darpok,
haan Manny ne thoda bahut iska phir bhi challenge liya, Sam to bechaari. Tum bahadur ho. Iski takkar ki ho tabhi" Ranjan gushed
She felt warm and jello like
She turned and gave him a sideways glance and was rewarded with a eyebrows lift.
"Good Grief" I WONT LAST UNTIL THE WEDDING...
I WILL GO UP IN FLAMES, LIKE A STICK OF MATCH RUBBING AGAINST THE SIDE OF THE BOX... I WILL JUST GO UP IN FLAMES
"Main jaaoon?" she asked politely
"Nahi" said Ranjan firmly smiling
She got up any way, gently clutching his left hand... "Polaam da va" she whispered
Ranjan pretended not to pay attention to the Tamil...
R&B got up.. "He has to give me a ride my things are in his car" she said
"Ofcourse he should beta" he said smiling
He stopped eating and walked to the door, she wore her strewn kolhapuris
"see Iyers have such rich traditions, him to bus mandir mein shoes utaarte hain" he shook his head sheepishly
She waved to Ranjan shyly and clung to R&B immediately
"I am afraid of you" she whispered as they walked to the car (because ur Dad says you are a prankster)
"Only now?' he asked softly
Her insides went for a free fall
AYYYO!! WHAT I SUSPECTED WAS RIGHT HE IS MEAN TRICKSTER
II, HE WILL BE THE CAUSE OF YOUR DESTRUCTION
The gates were open, it was beginning to drizzle just like every visit of hers...
for some reason... he screeched out of the driveway and sank into the street
"is that an Embassy?" she asked pointing to a red and black flag as he turned East out of the house towards Nyaya Marg, " Residence I think...Zambia?" he said
"Have u met the ambassador?' she asked chuckling
"A few times" he said softly, he was driving extra slow tho there was no one on the roads around Diplomatic area.
"They are regular people II" he said "Some grossly unqualified to do their jobs" bluntly
"how mean, agar main celebrity hoti to mere liye bhi yahi kehte na? Sam said I should be in the movies... u wouldnt think its a big deal" she acted offended
He smiled his half smile..
"So are u?" (trying for movies)
"Nooo!!" "Abhi to" (stopped, I AM OBSESSED WITH YOU HOW CAN I EVER?)
"Tch tch!" she heard
"I shud, tumhe meri fiqar to hai nahi, u wont even come see me... my only chance of seeing SRK yet I gave it up" (FOR YOU. PIG!!)
He looked at her and shook his head...
"Whattt? Dont gimme those looks...Haan u dont like him, mujhe maloom hai, koi baat nahi main akele dekh loongi uski movies.
I have a collage at home it has pictures from every movie of his" giggling
"Does he know u are going to be married now?" he asked silkily
"No but I will still invite him" she said like a teenager
"Ma loved Amitabh" he said "she watched and read everything about him"
"Did she collect pictures and make collages?" II deamnded
"Probably!" R&B said with a half smile now. He hadnt once entered the master bedroom @ Malcha Marg,
he hadnt packed her things in the Hong Kong apartment,
he hadnt gone through one of her possessions. He didnt have the courage... 4 years into it yet he did not
"Just for THAT i would have loved her" II declared.
"You would have liked her" he said softly.
He dropped her exactly at where did usually and got off and leaned, she turned to look one last time before
she got off the car, and thats it, he didnt help her, carry her bags.
Amma was on her laptop, she didnt ask where or why she returned later than usual, on a week night... just nodded, and got up
"Sapteya? kanna?" she asked (Did u eat )
"Avathleya?" (AT HIS HOUSE?)
She bent her head and nodded
Parents are SO PERCEPTIVE ... u dont have to say anything THEY JUST KNOW
"Avan vittaana ille driver oda vandeya?" (Did u return with a driver?)
"No no... he.. avane vittaan"
Amma let a nervous breath out... she knew II wouldnt do things to deliberately upset them,
she also knew II was struggling to contain her joy of being with him, she had gone off to be with him on a week night..
Amma knew a decision had to be made... and made soon
Edited by Nisha0604 - 7 years ago