Life of a child & Child's life
He moved her gently, she woke anyway... burying her face in the pillow, but held his hand... when he extricated his hand, woke completely
"Ennachu da?" she asked sleepy
"Shhh" he leaned over and kissed her on her cheek, she turned her face offering her lips... as a bribe,
gentle strokes, she lifted her head wrapping her arms around his neck pulling him down on her...
Moving softly underneath... he stiffened, "Hey" he muttered, she gave him finger kangi, left first, right parting later,
using her nail tips, hsi every pore tingled as he savored her touch with eyes closed
"No" she said going back to sleep wrapping him like a blanket...
"even if we quit talking to each other (seeing each other?) you must let me do this every night, coz I HAVE TO" she chuckled softly in a sleep drugged voice
Her fingers on the back of his head/neck rubbing gently, sifting through the thick locks, she turned and lay him down climbing over him,
kissing him again, his hair whipping up her body's hunger.. her thumb tracing his side burn by his right ear, it rasped liek sand paper, his 5 0 clock shadow quickly turning into a 1 AM "growth"
She freed her right hand from the tangle of silky locks and let it wander down his waist... he smiled a half smile...
he held it on his hip bone half heartedly, there werent too many occasions when his wife seduced him
"I am going to be back" he promised, he shut his eyes killing his stimulation...their hearts fluttering in unison... slowly relaxing to a steady beat
She unlocked her arms... he gently pulled the covers over her as she shivered, lowered the AC, and found his tee and cargos.. went down, and found Ranjan on the swing
His finger kangi intact... he looked to Ranjan like he hadnt begun sleeping yet
"What is going on in Patna do u know?" Ranjan asked in panic, getting off the swing, stumbling on
first step, R&B instinctively reached out with a hand, Ranjan's head was bent so he didnt notice, he steadied himself on the brass figurine rope.. still a bit unsteady
"We met three and u have an update" R&B said softly
"Was Jha better of the three or Chaubey?" Ranjan asked
"Who was the better crook you mean?" R&B asked, leaning on the patio door, hands in pockets, feet crossed...
"Waha Harish is saying Samar must close, usko khatra hai" Ranjan tried to appear calm, and failed
"Whattt?" R&B asked baffled, anger mixed with disbelief
"I hear they are using him?" Ranjan couldnt believe it himself when he saw the look on his son's face
"Extortion?" R&B asked incredulously
Ranjan nodded weakly
"How did u know?" R&B was patient
"Harish... Chachu ne call kiya ghanta pehle" Ranjan said
"I mean WHO?" R&B stressed "WHO is demanding the ransom?"
"He said Samar feels we must close on one deal if he can return home" Ranjan said
R&B couldnt believe his sharp as a laser Dad had such poor cognitive ability, the men stood staring at each other wordlessly...
R&B replayed everything that transpired in the three days they were together, there was no way in HELL Samar was the victim
"Are you going to?" R&B asked
"No No... I am not going to Patna" Ranjan said
"No I mean are you going to seal the deal?" he asked
"Bache ki life ka sawaal hai, I should have used my agent" Ranjan mumbled hoping his son would endorse his wisdom
R&B wondered too while in Bihar, WHY he chose to send them directly to deal with such criminals, Ranjan usually had a guy in
Sotheby's India or another reputable such company
"WHY DIDNT YOU?" R&B wanted to ask but didnt
"Harish said it will be a good 101 for Samar in getting his feet wet in the business" Ranjan mumbled pacing the patio
R&B shook his head, rubbed his eyes, he was baffled Ranjan wasnt seeing it
"Harish gave him the idea, offered his son, and now was calling him at midnight to report his son's life was in danger"
"You should go to bed" R&B said firmly
Ranjan turned stopping mid way through the mumbling... "Kya puttar?"
"U shud go to bed its really late" R&B said calmly
"Harish may call" Ranjan worried, tangling and untangling his fingers in desperation...
"He'll (Samar) survive" R&B said bluntly with a heavy dose of sarcasm... Ranjan smoothed his hair...
accidentally kicked his whiskey glass under the swing in confusion and stumbled inside
R&B watched him go, saw Ranjan's phone on the swing... left it there... whether he left it because he didnt want to appear caring by returning it to the man that brought him into the world
Left it there so if Harish called Ranjan would have to answer it, he wanted Ranjan to have a good night's sleep afterall?
Only R&B knew... just like the 99% other things buried inside him, this would be too...
He shut the sliding glass doors, hit the alarm, shut out the lounge lights and went up...
He checked the bed, she was sleeping on her side.. hand under her cheek she opened her eyes almost as if she knew something was going on...
She smiled joyously... "va Toongu kanna" she muttered softly (come sleep my love) eyes crinkling in confusion
"Is Akka OK?" she sat up panicking
"sshhh she is..." she is" he reassured softly
She slumped back in bed... shutting her eyes
He half smiled... and went out to the bedroom balcony, one foot up, on the raised periphery concrete he set his phone on the rail,
rotated it and stared out at the Ridge... dark and mysterious with thick undergrowth...
There was no traffic this time of night, only Delhi Police PCR Gypsies every now and then...
"Come to bed!!! da" she ordered, wrapped in the top sheet, he turned, and looked at the warm bundle in blue stripes
He turned and walked in, shut the door, she leaned on the wall looking at him curiously... with big soulful eyes
paused by her picked her up and took her to bed... wrapped the blanket over them after stripping her sheet off, so he could feel her body against his
"Good idea" he muttered huskily cuddling her... gently rocking... his lips on her head
agreeing to her suggestion a good five minutes after she spoke standing by the balcony door
Ranjan would sleep well too, his phone forgotten by accident... it would ring multiple times on the swing...