Shrift and something...
"I want to go see my parents" she announced to Dadu at dinner
He looked startled for a second
"My father" she said quietly
"Are you telling me?" he asked amused
She nodded and then shook her head
Mandira squirmed if she was going to be busted then now was it
"Are u missing him?"
"He does talk on the phone everyday" she informed
"I am thinking of going with her" Ashvin announced much to Trisha's astonishment
"I can take her" Sharanbir promised
"I am sure you can" Ashvin nodded derisively
"Can I come too?" Leela raised her hand
"What wud u do there?"
"What would YOU do?"
"Umm.. I will work remotely"
"Me too" leela said innocently
Trisha smiled softly
"Internet is not very... umm.. smooth"
"Thats fine... I can use my phone as a hotspot" he promised
Mandira couldnt believe how everything had changed
She was trying to protect her son from having to face Prakash inside his own apartment in Bangalore
Now her son was voluntairily headed there
"Leela and I are here, Dadu is here"
"I can see that too Mom... she misses her Dad"
"She knows how to go to Bangalore"
"I told him that" Trisha nodded harmlessly
"I know you feel that but you didnt tell me that today... you had no idea I was even going to go with you" he pointed
"Umm.. yes... but"
"Thats fine... I have no problem in going"
"Can I go too"
Ashvin nodded confused... "U might have to entertain yourself because she is going to be busy" Ashvin spoke for Trisha
"Not that busy, I can take you to some places"
"Yayyy" leela jumped
"Mere naal chal puttar" Sharanbir cooed
"No I want to stay in her house"
"To theek hai na"
"can he stay in your house Tri?" Leela volunteered Sharanbir
"The house is very small, only two rooms are there for sleeping"
"Phir to isko chhath mein sona padega" Sharanbir pointed with his fork at Ashvin
"Huge problem... I agree" Ashvin nodded
Trisha blushed gloriously
"I am going... I am going"
"Papaji aap ruk jao"
"Of course I will wait for Ms Shanbag" he said firmly
"even if I come after two months?" Trisha asked amused by his promise
"then I will have to come see you" he nodded
they wound up after dinner, Trisha did her role of assistant cleaning up the kitchen
Ashvin had cooked that evening, a biryani of sorts and some food was ordered for delivery
"U are really attached to her" Mandira tried to be polite as Sharan nursed a nightcap
"she is a good girl"
"Is she good for Ashvin or Rachit?" Mandira asked
"U want me to answer that?"
"i am hoping"
"I am not very close to Ashvin... he hates the sight of me"
Thats just his defense mechanism" "he loves you" she claimed
"I am here as Leela's guest, your guest... and to see Ms Shanbag"
"dont say that... its hurtful Papaji" Mandira teared up
"This young girl will not even be here if you... or he hadnt decided to bring her into this situation"
"Oh please dont punish him again" she panicked
"I hold nothing over him beta, dont u see... he doesnt care"
"He only shows ..."
"No he told me"
"there are many boys these days living with whoever he pleases... or she pleases to live with"
"So u are saying this is just a passing affair?"
"Umm.. I hope... I mean... I hope he figures it out" Mandira changed her statement
"Forcing an old man to trade his daughter for a new restaurant?" Sharanbir was unforgiving
Mandira hung her head
"I can never imagine you doing that for Leela" Sharanbir was distraught
"He recovered from it... we all do stupid things"
"He seems to have made a pattern of it" Sharanbir looked at Mandira piercingly
"He lost his friend and... he lost his Dad"
"And he goes off and does this after all that"
As the grandson strived to make amends the grandfather refused to look at him differently...
Mandira began to worry if by the time Sharanbir was willing to forgive her son, he would be too far along on his journey with Trisha
Which seemed like it...
if only she had gone to Trisha's room
"U can sleep on the floor?" she quizzed
"U think I cant?" he asked softly
She was leaning on the wallhe had cornered her near the shut door's hinge
"I have never seen u sleeping"
"On the floor or on the bed?"
"Bed I saw no... when u broke your arm" she waved
"Floor then?" he was hovering closer now
"Do u want to test me before we go?"
She laughed heartily
"Its not like its a umm.. u know..." she smiled
"Ashwinnn" she groaned
He wasnt backing off she was blushing wildly
It was a swift hungry kiss sizzling with passion, instead it was a slow luscious exploration so long she nearly gasped freeing herself
His hand was under her sequinned heart tee
"Its not lacy or something" she warned
"darn it" he whispered mock sadly, nipping her cleft