Ufff Allah miyan ! It was totally kiddish lakin armaan hai akhir kuch bhi kar sakta hai but it was quite fun i like it when armaan called riddhima mrs malik .
AR & RaMusk arrive in Kasauli.
Riddhima remembers the last time she was here and Armaan consoles her.
Bi's Cafe, as everyone fondly called it, was just as quaint and peaceful as Armaan remembered. This place had been his safe haven when he'd been in Kasauli. He'd spend almost his entire day at the cafe, working or studying, only going home to sleep. The first time he'd stumbled upon it, early in the morning, all blurry eyed from the all nighter he'd pulled the previous night to complete a project, Bi had been there to welcome him. He'd never left after that. In her, he'd found a mom, someone he hadn't had all his life till then, despite having a mother. She'd been there for him when no one else had, not even Nikki. Suffice to say, he was extremely grateful to Bi for all she'd done for him, and would always be.
"Yeh jagah bilkul nahi badli," Rahul commented, bringing Armaan out of his memories.
"Bilkul nahi," Armaan agreed. "Ab bhi ghar jaisa lagta hai."
Rahul nodded fondly and ruffled Armaan's hair. "Tera toh ghar hi tha na?" He asked. Rahul had seen Armaan around the cafe at all sorts of odd hours enough times to understand that Armaan spent every possible minute there. It had confused him before, because why would Armaan Mallik, the coolest dude of college, spend his time at a hole in wall cafe when he could be out partying? But, as he got to know Armaan during their internship, he realized how incorrectly he'd judged Armaan and that the Armaan he had known in college wasn't who Armaan was for real, at all.
"Ghar hi hai, aaj bhi," Armaan answered. Rahul smiled.
"Chalein?" Armaan asked the ladies, who nodded.
"Okay then," he said, holding out both his arms for each of them to take one. "Shall we?"
Riddhima & Muskaan giggled but latched on to him, while Rahul shook his head at their antics.
"Tu kabhi nahi badlega," he commented dryly.
"Jo badal gaya woh Armaan nahi," came the cheeky reply.
Rahul threw his hands in the air and walked inside the cafe, muttering something about being stuck with these idiots for the rest of his life. The trio laughed and followed him in.
Just as Armaan & Rahul had expected, the place was packed, mostly with college kids. Soft music was playing in the background, excited chatter filling the air and overpowering it.
Paying no heed to what was going on around them, they made their way to the counter. A young woman was working it, someone who neither Armaan nor Rahul had seen before.
"Hey," Armaan greeted her. "Bi hai kya?" He asked.
The girl looked up at the sound of his voice and was momentarily taken aback to see not one, but two extremely good looking guys standing in front of her. She blushed crazily, a dopey smile on her face as she looked at both of them dreamily.
"Uhm," Rahul cleared his throat. "Excuse me," he said. Looking at the name tag, he added, "Natasha. Bi hai kya?"
"Umm... kya?" Natasha asked, still dazed.
"B se Bi! Hai kya?" Riddhima asked, annoyed. She didn't like the way this girl was blushing at the mere sight of Armaan & Rahul. The boys, well versed with Riddhima's moods by now, chuckled at her annoyance, but shut right up when Muskaan glared at them.
"Bi... um... haan. Haina," Natasha replied.
"Good! Unhe bulaane ki zehmat utha sakti ho? Ya bas yahaan khade hoke aankhen faadkar humein ghoorti rahogi?" Muskaan asked.
"Bula... bulati hu," Natasha mumbled. She scurried away quickly, intimidated by Muskaan and her abrasiveness.
Riddhima and Muskaan chuckled at this and high fived while the boys just shared a look of fond annoyance.
"K se kaun hai? Kya c se chaahte ho? Woh bhi iss w se waqt?" Bi asked, coming outside to the counter, not even bothering to check who was looking for her.
"A se apni, p se pyaari si, b se Bi se, m se milna chaahte hain? T se theek haina?" Armaan asked cutely, grinning wide.
"A se Ammy? Tu? Aur... Saath mein R se Rahul aur R se Riddhima ko bhi laaya hai?" She replied, shocked at the pleasant surprise. "Oh! Aur M se Muskaan bhi hai!"
Muskaan smiled, relieved. "Mujhe toh laga ki aap mujhe b se bhool gaye, Bi!" she exclaimed.
"Tujhe k se kaise bhool sakti hu? P se Patiala Express!" Bi laughed.
Armaan and Riddhima bent to touch her feet when she was close enough.
"Arre, r se rehne do. Itni bhi b se boodhi nahi hu m se main!" Bi said, pulling them back up.
"Kisme kaha aap boodhi hai? Aap toh j se jawan hai! S se sola saal se ek din zyada nahi dikhti!" Armaan joked.
Bi shook her head and pulled the two of them into a hug.
"Hum bhi hain!" Rahul whined. Wordlessly, Bi opened her arms wider and both Rahul and Muskaan joined in on the hug.
"Bi... Maine aapko bohot, bohot, bohot miss kiya!" Rahul declared.
"Aur maine t se tujhe," Bi replied.
"Kya baat hai, Bi? Aap toh pehle se bhi zyada beautiful ho gayi ho!" Riddhima commented, kissing her cheek.
"Haan, Bi! Raaz kya hai?" Muskaan egged Riddhima on.
"Chalo! Aisa k se kuch nahi hai. Main toh h se hamesha se hi a se aisi thi! T se tum dono ne ab n se notice kiya!" Bi teased.
"Ab saari baatein yahaan khade rehke hi karoge kya?" Armaan asked. "Chalo! Chalke baithte hain."
"Yeh tune bilkul t se theek kaha, A se Ammy!" Bi agreed. She guided them to a corner booth.
"T se tum log yahaan b se baitho. Main k se khana bhijwati hu,"she said.
"Bi!" Riddhima scolded. "Aap kahin nahi jaayengi. Abhi humaare saath baithiye."
"Arre par..." Bi tried to protest.
"Nahi, Bi!" Armaan joined in. "Basket sahi keh rahi hai. Aap baithiye."
"Aur cafe?" Bi asked him.
"Toh... yeh dono mushtando ko hum kyu laaye hai, Bi?" Muskaan retorted. "Yeh dono dekh lenge. Waise bhi, inko experience bhi haina."
Rahul made a face, but when he saw Muskaan glaring at him, he said, "Haan... haan, Bi! Hum kar lenge! Aap kyu itni tension le rahe ho?"
"Waise bhi," he added slyly, "jab Armaan counter pe hota toh cafe hamesha bhara - bhara hi rehta hai."
It was true. Back in college, whenever Armaan used to work the counter, the cafe used to brim with people, all of them just wanting a glimpse, a short conversation with him. Many girls, and guys, used to flock the cafe just to ogle Armaan and his taut muscles in those half sleeve and cut sleeve tee shirts as he punched numbers into the calculator, or wrote out invoices.
"What?" Riddhima asked.
"Haan, Riddhu!" Rahul told her. "Jab hum college mein the, aur yahaan Bi ki help karte the, jis din bhi Armaan counter pe baithta tha, bheed itni zyada hoti thi ki kya batau!"
Armaan stomped on Rahul's foot to get him to stop talking. This boy would create huge troubles for him if he didn't shut up right away.
"Owww!" Rahul screamed. "Kya?" he asked Armaan.
"Rahul! Tu kya bekaar ki baatein lekar baith gaya! Chal. Dekhte hain in logon ko kya madad chahiye!" Armaan announced. Not giving Rahul a chance to respond, Armaan got up from his seat and started to walk towards the kitchen, but was interrupted by Riddhima.
"Ruko!" She exclaimed.
"Shit!" Armaan muttered under his breath before turning to her.
"Kya hua, Basket?" He asked innocently. A little too innocently.
Riddhima smiled at his efforts to get off the hook, but she wasn't mad. Not at all. She knew what kind of a person he'd been back in college. So, it didn't surprise her, this little piece of information that Rahul jad just provided. But, it was cute to see Armaan's reaction to the whole thing, thinking she'd get upset. He really was so cute.
"Baby," Riddhima said, her voice saccharine sweet. "Jo main baat thi, woh toh ki nahi! Bas aise hi idhar udhar ki baatein karke time waste kar diya!"
"Ohhh!" Armaan exclaimed. Of course! How could he have forgotten? They were here because him & Riddhima needed Bi's blessings.
"Haan. Idhar aao!" she instructed him.
"Yeh m se main baat k se kya hai?" Bi asked. "Jo t se tum mujhe b se batana yahaan tak a se aaye?"
Riddhima looked at Armaan, who was already sporting a huge grin, expectantly. She wanted him to be the one to break the news to Bi. Because of course, she was his Bi. Riddhima would always love and adore Bi as if she was her own mother, just like Mom (aka Ananya), but this was something that Armaan should be the one telling Bi about.
"Bi, woh..." Armaan started. To everyone's surprise, he was blushing.
"Arre! Itna s se sharma kyu raha hai? J se jaldi bata ki b se baat kya hai!" Bi told him.
"Bata raha hu, Bi!" Armaan whined. "Aap mujhe 2 minute bolne ka mauka toh do!"
"Haan! Chal. D se diya. B se bol ab!" Bi told him.
"Bi, woh..." Armaan started again, scratching the back of his neck as he gave her a sheepish, yet goofy, smile.
"Bi kya? Uske aage bhi k se kuch bolega?" Bi asked.
Armaan blushed and looked at the floor as if it was the most interesting thing he'd ever seen in his life.
"Tu r se rehne de!" Bi scolded. She turned to Riddhima and said, "T se tu bol! K se kya hua?"
"B... bi... bi... woh... woh..." Riddhima stuttered and turned to Armaan. "Tu... Tum... Tum bolo na!"
"Nahi!" Armaan replied. "Tum bolo!"
"C se chup!" Bi interrupted their bickering. "Aur t se tum dono bhi b se bilkul chup!" she added, looking at Rahul & Muskaan who had been laughing heartily at Armaan & Riddhima's predicament.
Turning her attention back to the couple of the hour, Bi said, "Yeh kya l se laga rakha hai? T se tum dono mein se k se koi toh kuch b se bolo! A se aakhir baat kya hai?"
Armaan & Riddhima both blushed and looked down.
"D se dono, s se sharma toh a se aise rahe hain jaise dono ki s se shaadi ho," she commented.
Her words were met with gasps by both Armaan & Riddhima, who blushed even deeper, while Muskaan lost control and started laughing again.
"Bilkul sahi kaha, Bi!" Rahul exclaimed, smirking.
"K se kya?" Bi asked, confused.
"Bi," Rahul said, "Armaan aur Riddhima ki ab bohot jald shaadi hone wali hai. Isliye hum sab yahaan aaye hain. Taaki yeh dono apni nayi zindagi, aapka aashirwaad leke shuru karein."
"Tu s se sach bol raha haina, R se Rahul?" Bi questioned, her eyes brimming with tears.
"B se bilkul sach! P se pakka promise!" Rahul replied.
"A se Armaan? R se Riddhima?" She turned to them.
"Bi... Woh... Woh..." Riddhima tried to say something, but blushed and kept quiet, unable to finish her sentence.
"Bi... Rahul theek keh raha hai," Armaan finally admitted. "Main aur Riddhima... hum dono shaadi karne wale hain."
A delirious and disbelieving laugh escaped Bi at Armaan's proclamation and she slapped her hands on her mouth to stifle her gasp while her tears finally fell.
"Mere bachche!" she exclaimed, pulling both Armaan & Riddhima into a tight hug.
Rahul & Muskaan joined in the hug, too, all of them so very ecstatic over the news.
After the proclamation, Bi had 10000 things to ask Riddhima, so taking their cue, Armaan & Rahul left to help around the cafe. Rahim Chacha was all too happy to put the boys to work.
"Tu k se khush haina?" Bi asked Riddhima, when they were finally alone. Muskaan had gone to attend a phone call.
"Bohot khush," Riddhima replied, blushing bright red.
"Tujhe pata hai? A se Ammy tujhse b se bohot zyada p se pyaar karta hai!" Bi told Riddhima, as if it was something she didn't know already.
"Jaanti hu, Bi," Riddhima replied. "Armaan... woh... Woh mujhse bohot pyaar karta hai. Aur mujhe pata hai ki woh mujhe bohot khush rakhega."
"Aur t se tu bhi usse b se bohot k se khush rakhegi," Bi said. "Woh k se kisi aur ke saath, kabhi k se khush nahi r se rehta. U se uski saari khushi toh t se tujhse hi hai. H se hamesha se."
Riddhima nodded in agreement as tears fell from her eyes. She really was lucky to have found someone like Armaan, who loved and respected her so much. Not everyone in the world was so lucky.
"Arre! Itni k se khushi ka m se mauka hai. Aur tu r se ro rahi hai? P se pagli!" Bi teased, wiping her tears.
Riddhima giggled and wiped her tears completely before remembering that Muskaan had been gone for quite some time. "Arre! Yeh Muskaan kahaan reh gayi? Itna time ho gaya hai usse gaye!"
"A se aa jaayegi. Tu itna p se pareshaan mat ho!" Bi pacified her. Just then, Muskaan came back.
"Lo! A se aa gayi, M se Muskaan," Bi exclaimed happily on seeing her. Muskaan smiled and sat next to Riddhima.
"Kya hua? Phone pe bohot time lag gaya," Riddhima questioned. "All good?
"Haan... haan. Woh bas... woh... um... woh Yuvi ko ek patient ke baare mein kuch poochna tha," Muskaan replied.
"Oh," Riddhima replied. "Okay."
"Ladies!" Armaan & Rahul greeted, coming back with a tray assorted with all sorts of food.
"Yeh sab kya hai?" Riddhima asked.
"Aaj... humne socha ki... tum teeno ko apne haath ka bana khana khilaye!" Armaan replied.
"Sachchi, Hero?" Muskaan questioned, excited.
"Of course, Muski! Main tujhe jhooth bolunga kya?" Armaan retorted.
"Tu nahi... lekin iss... Kaankhajure pe mujhe bilkul bharosa nahi hai!" Muskaan exclaimed.
Rahul looked scandalized. "Tu... tu har baat pe mujhe kyu sunaati hai?"
"Sunau nahi toh aur kya karu? Piddi, gadhe, idiot. Tu itna bada useless insaan haina!" Muskaan cribbed.
"Toh tu jaise koi hoor ki pari hai? Jhalli kahin ki. Tuchchon ki leader!" Rahul exclaimed.
They were about to start pulling each other's hair soon, so Armaan and Riddhima pulled them apart.
"Tum dono kabhi toh break le liya karo, yaar!" Armaan scolded. "Ek din nahi ladoge toh marr nahi jaaoge!"
"Lekin main..." Muskaan tried to explain.
"Chup!" Armaan reprimanded her.
"Armaan main..." Rahul started, but was stopped by Armaan.
"Ekdum chup!" He instructed Rahul.
Both, Rahul & Muskaan, sat quietly after that.
"Good! Chalo khaate hain," Armaan announced. He served everyone.
"Waah! K se khana toh tum d se dono ne b se bohot achcha banaya hai!" Bi complimented.
"Haan!" Muskaan agreed. "Bohot tasty bana hai!"
Armaan & Rahul both beamed at the praise and turned to Riddhima.
"Basket, kaisa laga?" Armaan asked.
"Haan, Riddhu! Batana! Achcha haina?" Rahul pressed.
"Haan, batao na!" Armaan repeated.
"Pch. Riddhu! Tu kuch bolegi?" Rahul asked, miffed.
"Tum dono usse bolne doge toh bolegi na!" Muskaan screeched. Armaan & Rahul bit their tongue and gave her a sheepish smile.
"Haan... haan. Theek haina. Ab hum kuch nahi bolenge," Armaan said. Then, he turned his anticipatory gaze to Riddhima.
Riddhima looked at both the boys and smiled. They were so eager.
"Um... achcha... achcha hai. Really good!" She told them.
Armaan & Rahul whooped and hi5ed each other. All 3 of them had loved their food.
After that little interaction, everyone turned their attention to eating.
Armaan whispered to Riddhima, "Sach mein achcha haina?"
"Armaan," Riddhima whispered back, shaking her head fondly. "Bohot achcha hai. Tumhe pata toh hai... mujhe tumhaare haath ka khana bohot pasand hai."
"Hmmm," Armaan hummed. "Matlab tumhe khana bohot pasand aaya."
"Haan, baba," Riddhima replied. "Bohot pasand aaya."
"Toh mera reward?" Armaan asked.
"Kya reward?" Riddhima wondered.
"Arre! Itna achcha khana khilaya... Toh reward toh bannta hai," Armaan insisted.
"Theek hai, baba!" Riddhima agred, exasperated. "Kya chahiye?"
Armaan looked around and saw that everyone had their heads buried in their plates. Personal experience told him that they would not care even if someone dropped dead the next instant as they all practically inhaled the food in.
Seeing that his coast was clear, he bent his face, shoving his cheek close to Riddhima indicating that he wanted a kiss.
"Armaan!" Riddhima scolded. "Paagal ho gaye ho kya? Koi dekh lega."
"Koi nahi dekhega. Woh sab khaane mein busy hai," Armaan replied.
"No!" Riddhima told him and turned her attention back to her plate.
"Please!" Armaan gave her the puppy dog eyes that melted her every time. "Chotu si. Please!"
He took a hold of her hand and pressed a quick kiss to it. "Dekho!" he demonstrated. "Kisi ko pata nahi chala. Please!"
"Fine!" Riddhima agreed. She quickly turned her face towards him and pecked his cheek, immediately taking a bite of her food lest someone see.
Armaan smiled at her and resumed eating as well. Both of them missed the smirks that were passed between the other trio at the table, who chose to remain silent so as to not embarrass Riddhima.
After a hearty meal and more hugs and kisses, Armaan, Riddhima, Rahul, and Muskaan left for the night, promising Bi that they'd be at the cafe first thing the next morning to spend more time with her.
As Bi saw the quartet walk away, laughing and joking, she sent up a quick prayer wishing for their lifelong happiness before turning in for the night herself.
Bi and her kiddos are all so cute! I had so much fun writing this one!
More Kasauli action in the next chapter, so stay tuned! :D
Waise, ab maybe shayad update 15 March ke baad hi aaye kyuki I have a test on 10 that is super important aur phir 13 March ko mom dad ki 25th anniversary hai toh bohot guests aane wale hain. Main pakka nahi bol rahi, but chances hai ki ab dono stories uske baad hi update ho. I'll try for an update in the middle, but agar nahi hua, toh 2 hafte baad milenge! :D
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