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Ayush Sharma

Drama Romance Fantasy


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Ayush Sharma

Drama Romance Fantasy


MR & MISS

MR & MISS

83 mins 515 83 mins 515

It's was raining outside, everyone was running to take shelter under any roof. Roads started getting traffic jams. the mesmerizing smell of sand was amusing…corner tea stall owners were taking advantage of rain as everyone wants tea while it's raining, regardless of where they are…


Looking at the sky, the sun is about to go down even after the cloud you can feel the sun setting down turning the sky from orange to reddish. Birds are singing together like they all are happy for some reason. The weather is turning from messy to romantic giving a hint that something great is about to happen at any moment.


Yet on the other side, everyone is getting out of their office, rushing towards the metro station to reach home fast and enjoy the weather with their loved ones. But for Him, it was all messy and irritating, for him rain is nothing but mud and a perfect way to get everything messed up.


He was rushing to reach the station. And when he was running to catch the train on the platform struggling his way to get to the door, his eyes noticed something. Something different something on which his eyes got stuck for a while, he felt like the whole world was just paused for him at that moment, everything felt still. what he saw was beyond his imagination and anything he can ever dream of.


His eyes got stuck on her, from her black bindi with kajal in the eyes perfectly applied to complimenting her looks, with the red lipstick matching her red suit with golden border lace, with black stilettoes. Even from a distance, he can see that she was not having any makeup yet her smile with a dimple on her right cheek made his world stop.


As he got Pushed into the metro by the crowd, seeing that she is getting in the same Metro, he tried to look for her inside the metro to just have one more glance of her, to be sure that he was not dreaming, to assure his heart that what he saw was not an illusion. But the crowd in the metro was not making this any easy on him.


He would have stayed where he was stuck in the corner pushed at the pole… but today he couldn't stay there. Today he had amazing energy inside him to see her again, he tried to make his way towards the entry door he saw her getting in. He was moving ahead making way pushing one person at a time, struggling his ways. He had a fear of losing the chance to see her again as every few minutes metro have a stop. If he didn't get it through, she might step out and he won't be able to see her again.


But as he kept getting closer to her, he found out he had the last obstacle to pass to reach near her somehow, to see the girl who got his heart go crazy and restless. As he was wet due to rain he got so far arguing-fighting with everyone.


Even after getting so far the mission still had one last level.


Which was getting into the female crowd, making it impossible for him.


And somewhere he knew he had to dive into that crowd to make his chances higher to see her if she is still in there somehow.


He tried to jump on his place to check if he can get a glimpse of her but he had no luck.


Finally, he tried to move ahead towards the ladies, thinking in his head like she was a princess to be protected by an army.


But no matter how hard he tried he got pushed back by the ladies …He stopped and looked at them, those oversized ladies working at govt banks and departments and housewives covering the young girls like protecting a diamond from getting robbed.


And that's when he knew he's losing his chances to see her again…so he made his last resort out of hope while deep down he had a fear that he will not get to see her now…as 4 stations were already crossed…He calmed his mind by saying she is still in here…He reached to the glass window of the metro to see every passenger getting out of the metro…in the slightest hope of getting a glimpse of her.


Station by station were passing and yet he didn't have any luck by now.


As 3 stations already crossed yet there was no sign of her and now just the last 2 stops left, among which the last one is his stop. He started to lose hope as at the second last stop door was opening and he didn't see her and just when the last wave got out of the metro he saw her from the back walking away adjusting her dupatta… He saw her walking away from him each step his heart is screaming just one-word


 "Palat"……" Palat"……… "Palat"!!!And then her pursed slipped off her shoulder while adjusting the dupatta on the floor…..his eyes got wide open got his full attention and his heartbeat went up as this was his chance to see her face again….and when things were about to happen, finally the metro started catching up its speed by each passing second, and just when he was about to lose the sight of her the feeling of not being able to see her even after coming so close to seeing her again was killing him…..but then.


***


Just Another day, the sun is shining high in the sky. Everyone is busy with their work in the office.


He was sitting on the couch along with the other 3 candidates for the interview who had applied for the same position he applied for and in front of him was the glass walls of the room where the interview was going on.


He sat there waiting for his turn quietly. Looking at all the corners of the office as far as his eyes can see noticing how on one side of the floor everyone is working on the computer as a robot with no smile and joy for the work in their working area and on the other side of the room people were sitting, enjoying their coffee breaks with their colleagues, Gossiping and laughing on random jokes and back bitching about the manager.


Looking at them he started imagining how he would look and adjust in this environment and who will be his friends and what fun they will do.


But he came to reality when he looked in front of him where the interview was going on looking at the faces of the interviewer and the candidate. He could sense that it's not going to be easy and each passing second was making him nervous and anxious.


While waiting for his turn he kept thinking how if today again his interview didn't go well he had to go back home with no good news to share at home where everyone is hoping for him to have a job so that he can also support them with the expenses.


As the time was passing one after other candidates were going in and coming out with mixed expressions, not sure of themselves whether they got it or not but relieved from the stress of the interview.


He looked at the watch to check the time and calculated how much more time will it take and will he be able to get to the same metro from which he traveled yesterday so that he can see her again and maybe talk to her.


He was imagining him to be sitting next to her and trying to say something…


Mr. Rohan….. Mr. Rohan…. Excuse me Mr. Rohan ….!!!(He comes back to his senses.)

He - Ye..yes!!


HR - It's your turn, Mr.Rohan


He - Yeah OK.


HR - Best of Luck Mr. Rohan


He - Thanks That's all I need today.


He went inside for the interview.


After 30 mins of an intense round of interviews, he came out with relief and was hoping that he has a chance this time.


While he was walking towards the elevator his cell started ringing.


HE took out his cell to check, it was from his Sister.


HE picked up


HE - Hello!


Sister - Bhai, Where are you?


He - At my interview, why.


Sister - No I just called you to ask how was the interview?


He - It went pretty well let's see what happens.


Sister - So will you get this one? Dad is really worried about you.


He - I know, They said they will give me a call. But that's what everyone says but never calls back. Let's see what happens.


Sister - Cool I really wish you get this one. By the way, mom heard our conversation as she is sitting next to me, and am sure she will inform dad too so be prepared he might call you.


He - Yeah OK. Thanks


He disconnected the call as the elevator came.As he was stepping inside the elevator his heartbeats stopped for a moment. His eyes got stuck. He felt numb for a second.


As she was standing there right in front of him.


The only thought that came into his mind was am I dreaming look at her.


Oh boy look at her she looks even more beautiful in a White salwar suit with red bandhani chunari, Small black Bindi at the center. Perfectly applied kajal and matching earnings. her hair was open she was smelling fresh and the aura around her was so calm.


It took him a while to get back his consciousness.


He wanted to say something but at that moment it felt like his lips were sealed.


He was unable to find any single word to say….with a constant battle between his mind and heart whether to say something or just enjoy her presence without any interruption.


As he finally made his mind to say something his cell started ringing.

***

It was a lazy Monday morning for him as he had no interview lined up for today.

As he was enjoying his morning sleep while everyone in the house was doing their daily routine.


His father was ready and sitting at the table for the breakfast.

His sister was getting ready for college, while his mom was doing her regular work…


(Beep...beep...!!! His phone rang)He got some notifications on his phone.

He stretched his arms to reach his phone on the side table…. While he was checking his phone he heard his mother.


Mother - Rohan….Rohan…. would you please wake up for once on time…..I am tired of telling you.


Father - He's hopeless.

Good for nothing, it's been 6 months he is jobless, and still, he doesn't have any shame….stays home the whole day sleeping and playing video games.


Mother - Please don't start again in the morning.

It will ruin everyone's mood…I will talk to him.


Father - It's your fault only he became so careless.

Cause he knows you will always protect him.


He came out of his room listening to the whole conversation. Holding a smile on his face he went and sat next to his dad.


Father - Look how shameless he became. Even smiling now.

Don't you understand I am worried for you?

It's been 6 months you are jobless don't you feel you should get a job now.

I am tired of explaining this, it's enough, and from now onwards am not gonna give you a single penny.


Rohan - Will you please keep calm and listen to me?


Mother - Rohan why do you give so much stress to your father, you know he had a heart problem. It's time for you to take care of everything but even at this age, he has to manage everything.


Rohan - But Mom..!!!


Father - Leave it, he won't understand, I don't know what sins I have done that I get to be his father. I am getting late for office will talk in the evening.


Mother went after him to see off.Rohan - Mom tell him I got the job.


Mother - (with the expression of happiness on her face) What!! why didn't you tell him by yourself till now?


Rohan - Did he even bother to let me speak for once? Anyways I have to leave for documentation, you inform him.


He went to his room to get ready thinking about everything his father said and thinks about him.


Sister - Well Congratulations to you Big brother. Now you're the senior manager haaa!!!!


Rohan - Thanks (Trying to smile)


Sister - No no no I won't let you get away with just Thanks.

I need a treat.


Rohan - Then wait for 30 days. I don't have any money. Didn't you hear Gabbar just cut me off? Suddenly I became a burden to him.


Sister - Hey come on he's the dad you know how he is. It's not the first time he did so.


Rohan - yeah right with me it's not his first time, I should have become habitual of this by now.


Sister - He loves you more than any of us and that's why he's always concerned about you. I know he's always hard on you but that's his way of saying he wants you to be strong and independent.


Rohan - And since when did you become so smart to know all this?


Sister - Since forever!! Anyway, what's your plan for today?


Rohan - I have to go and visit the office for documentation maybe 2 - 3 hours it will take then I am free.


Sister - Great then pick me from the college will go out to celebrate.


Rohan - Ok. now go I have to get ready else I will get late.


Sister - Yeah ok bye. All the best.


Rohan - Thanks. Bye.


(While he was on the way for the office all he could think of is her.)


What was she doing there? Does she work in the same company or the same building? will I get to see her again today?


How someone can be so beautiful?


As he reached the office, he went to reception and informed about the purpose to visit.


Rohan - Hey, I am here for the documentation.


Reception - What's your name?


Rohan - Rohan Sharma


Reception - Ok. yeah, you just visit the 4th cabin from the right. Our HR Department.


Rohan - Ok Thanks.


As he was walking towards the HR department he could see everyone working on their desk from different departments through the glass walls.


He looked at the 4th cabin.

And it said - HR - Miss. Naina Sharma.He read the name and knocked on the door.


And then he heard a voice - "Yes who? come in".He opened the door and looked at Naina.


And his heart started beating faster, he could feel the blood flow into his veins, everything around him felt like stopping for a moment…….


***


He read the name and knocked on the door.


And then he heard a voice - "Yes who? come in".

He opened the door and looked at Miss Naina.


And his heart started beating faster, he could feel the blood flow into his veins everything around him felt like stopping for a moment…


Miss Naina - Yes, what you want?


Miss Naina looked at him a guy with a mild beard combed hair, tucked blue shirt and pants, well dressed and groomed. With innocence and a smile on his face, he was frozen looking at her…


She knew he was looking at her but she didn't feel awkward, the way he was looking at her was making her feel special and comfortable like he is talking through his eyes and complimenting her…


But she got back to reality quickly 


Miss Naina - Hello Mr. What do you want?


Mr. Rohan - sorry….sorry, am Rohan I was asked to visit the fourth cabin from the right…and then I came here it was you and just you…


Miss Naina - Excuse me?


Mr. Rohan - I am here for documentation. For the role of a senior manager. 


( he said quickly to change the topic and not to make the situation more awkward than it already is)


Miss Naina - oh, yeah come in sit.


Mr. Rohan - Thanks (still looking at her face like a child looks at the ice cream he really wants at the shop)


Miss Naina - Did you bring all the documents you were asked for? 

( She asked the question looking in another direction and doing some other work as she knew he is looking at her…..like a baby.)


Mr. Rohan - Yes, I did.


Miss Naina looked at the documents. While looking at him in the reflection on the glass of her table, how stupidly he was trying to control his smile.

She wanted to scold him for staring at her but she kinda felt he is cute and couldn't resist looking at him by herself.


Miss Naina - ok, leave these documents. You will get the appointment letter once the verification is complete. 


Mr. Rohan - yeah ok cool…. cool!!!


Miss Naina - Is there anything else you wanna ask?


Mr. Rohan - No nothing all good. 



Mr. Rohan - umm actually I would like to know when can I join and the timings and week off.


(He knew he had to keep the conversation going else he will lose the third chance of talking to her and God knows if he ever gonna get a chance again)


Miss Naina started explaining to him all the details.

Knowing that he already knows all this information as she did already mailed him everything in the morning herself.


On the other side of the table Rohan was enjoying the view his eyes had…..enjoy every moment he could, looking at her from how she blinks, her eyes to how her lips are moving while speaking, how she is using her hands to express everything she is saying and how one layer of hairs coming on her face, he just had the urge of leaning forward and tuck her hair behind her ears.


He was lost in admiring her in his own thoughts when 


Mr. Rohan… Mr. Rohan ??

Are you listening? Mr. Rohan? Mr. Rohan ??

Mr. Rohan - Yes yes …I got it Thanks


Miss Naina -. What were you thinking?


Mr. Rohan - no nothing, I was just thinking of my sister, I had to pick her after college so.


Miss Naina - Yeah sure, carry on we are done here. You can join us from Tomorrow. 


Congratulations!!.Mr. Rohan - Thank You

 ( he smiled and turned back to open the door )


Miss Naina -. Hey Rohan!!


Mr. Rohan - Yes Ma'am!!


Miss Naina - Yes, I was saying you are a senior manager,

Try to be attentive more to work and not to other distractions.

( After saying this she looked down at her laptop and smiled )


Mr. Rohan - yeah ok…Thanks for giving me a chance I will not disappoint you, ma'am.


Miss Naina - What? 

( She said making a weird face)


Mr. Rohan - No no not like that.

I mean I won't disappoint you in a Manager role.



( He knew he messed up there, his legs were shaking at the moment thinking this might be the time he will get fired even before joining.

Making a sorry and scared face he looked at Naina…which she couldn't resist believing)


Miss Naina - Focus Mr.Rohan Focus on your duties…..now leave your sister is waiting for you.


Mr. Rohan - Yeah, Thanks again.


He leaves the cabin smiling stupidly, and thinking about what just happened in there.

As he reached the elevator he came to realize he won't be working on the same floor as her….it might be his last chance to talk to her…


After he left the cabin Naina's cell started ringing…

she picked up the call 


"Hey Baby!!"

"Yes Yes Don't worry, I will be leaving the office early today, will meet you at Coffee Shop near that Temple."

"Yeah ok will see you there then. Ba-bye Love."


While she was talking on the call.


He turned back and rushed open her cabin door without knocking…


Where Naina was leaned back in her chair smiling talking on the call…


(She Disconnected the Calls)


As the door got opened she quickly sat straight and got serious and said what now???


Mr. Rohan - Actually I was asking can I get your no.?


Miss Naina - And why exactly? (raising her eyebrows)


Mr. Rohan - Am new and you're my assigned HR, so if In case I need to ask something or inform anything I can talk to you.


Miss Naina - Mr. Rohan you can always revert back to the mail ID you got on your offer letter.

And while in the office you can dial my Extension -

109. (This time she shared the info with a firm voice.)


Mr. Rohan - oh ok, well I was not aware of that.


( He turned around started walking to the elevator thinking about what he just did)


After getting out of the office he took his phone and called his sister.


Mr. Rohan - Hey where are you.?


Sister - in the lecture, you coming right?


Mr. Rohan - Yeah I am coming, Where are we meeting? I need to tell you something.


Sister - Meet me at the coffee shop near Temple.


Mr. Rohan - Cool, see you then. Bye.


***

Weather is melting down as the sun is moving its course changing the sky from bright and shiny blue to reddish-yellow making beautiful scenery.

Sitting in the cafe, Naina Could resist looking at the beautiful view and took out her phone to make snap for her daily streaks with a smile on her face.

It took just a while that she switched to the front camera and started trying new lenses.


Piyush - And you started again, I went to the counter to collect the order and you are back to selfies.


Naina - Excuse me!!! I was actually making the snap of this view, look how beautiful it looks.

One of the best things about this cafe. This View.


Piyush - Yeah Whatever!!!


Naina - How Rude! Anyways How was your day?


Piyush - It's better nothing new struggling to find a solution.


Naina - What happened now? Did Something happen again at home?


Piyush - No nothing specific just the same issue, things get a Lil tensed sometimes.


Naina - Don't worry. Things are getting better as time is passing, soon everything will be normal.


Piyush - I don't know. How am I gonna get things back on track?

I don't have any job, Huge debt on my head, Dad's health issues.

And Sometimes it gets harder to manage all this.


Naina - You are handling it really well just don't lose hope.

Soon you will get the job too and don't forget am always with you, you not alone.


(she stretched her hands to hold his hand and kissed his fingers while looking at him.)


Piyush - Honestly right now having you is the only good thing in my life.

I wouldn't have made this so far without you.


(he leaned forward to put his other hand on hers looked into her eyes with comfort )


Piyush - "I Love You Naina"


Naina - "I Love You too Piyush"

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Rohan - "I LOVE HER YAAR"


( Rohan sitting in another corner of the cafe talking to his sister)


Sakshi - Is she really so good? I don't believe you


Rohan - Of course you will say that because you haven't seen Naina yet.

But to be honest I guess she is out of my league. 

(he said and made cute losing down his shoulder in reaction.)


Sakshi - Look at you, Behaving like a teen again. (Laughed)


Rohan - I don't understand whenever she is in front of me I run out of words. It's like I just become blank.

All I want is the time to stop and just look at her and admire her.


Sakshi - Why are you being so childish. Just approach her.


Rohan - Didn't you just hear what I said.


Sakshi - Yes I heard.

ok so what you think, what you will do now?

or are you just gonna admire her whole life. (She Laughed)


Rohan - I don't know. She is my HR. I can't approach her like that what if she took it otherwise.


Sakshi - True, you might lose your new job and then dad will kill you. I am gonna enjoy the moment tho. (she raised her eyebrows in a funny way).


Rohan - Seriously!!!!


Rohan - Anyways for now am just gonna wait for the right time. Maybe I will get the chance to talk to her outside the office.


Sakshi - What if she has a Boyfriend?


Rohan sat in silence for a while. Giving her a death stare.


Sakshi - What!! So you are thinking that there won't be even the slightest possibility that she is not single?


Rohan - There is no harm in being positive(he winked)


Sakshi - All the Best. (She raised the thumb)


Rohan - Well for now I am really excited about my job. Finally, I will be working again. I am gonna get involved with that for a while now.


Sakshi - That sounds good. All the best.


Sakshi - So you won't try to approach her?


Rohan - I guess not in the office at least.


Sakshi - cool. Maybe you can catch her in the lift again and have a casual conversation something like that.


Rohan - I can try that, Nice idea. Let's see what happens tomorrow…

***

Later that night after meeting Piyush at the cafe…

Naina was having dinner with her family where her father (who was an ex-army man) was sitting in the opposite corner to her giving a glance to her while talking to his elder brother about his performance at school as he got fewer marks this time.

She looked at her mother while listening to their conversation to asked her why is his father in a bad mood today.

But before she could find out any reason…


Father - What's up with you?


Naina - Nothing all good.


Father - then what took you so long to get back home today? weren't you supposed to reach 7?


Naina - I got stuck with work.


Father - Stuck at work or with that same guy i asked you to stay away with?


Naina - I told you I was at work and can we please not have that conversation again?


Mother - Naina!!! that's not the way to speak to your father. (she said in a firm voice giving angry look to her)


Father - So now you will tell me what should we have to talk about or not?

I don't understand why you are involved with that guy, that fellow is not even serious about his career. Can't you see that?


Naina - He is trying things are not going well right now but he will come along soon.

Give him a chance dad, please.


Father - On what grounds you want me to believe him? He quit his job to start his own startup when his family really needed his support. The one who is not standing with his family when needed, how can I trust him with my daughter?!


Naina - He is doing everything he can to support his family.


Father (interrupting her in middle) - Yeah that's why he quit his job.

Isn't his father also having some health issues?


Father - Look I am not against his idea to follow his passion and do a startup but it's not the right time.


Naina - There is no right or wrong time to follow passion dad.

Yes, I agree but he needs to have some secured job but if he thinks he can pull it out then I believe in him.

And dad you trusted me when I told you that I don't want to work in any govt job. I wanted to do an MBA. Can you please trust him for some time? he is a nice guy and he cares for me.


Father - Caring for you is not enough as he can't take care of you without a secure future. Sooner or later you have to get married and that's not the kind of guy I will let you marry to.


Naina - Am not having this marriage conversation now. I need time as I just started my job. Am not ready at least for one more year. 


Father - Naina you do know that your grandmother is not doing well. 

And she wants to see your wedding before..


Naina - dad, please.


Mother - Naina all we want is a good future for you. We are not your enemy.

Your happiness matters to us. Your father never stopped you from making your own decisions but he has a point this time.


Naina - What do you want me to say? Seems like you guys have already made up your mind.


Father - Look, for you, I am willing to give him a chance. But I want to talk to him first. If he can show me he has a secure and stable future I have no problem but if not then I don't want to hear any excuse from your side. 


Naina - Just give him a chance, we will not disappoint you. I will ask him to meet you on Sunday.


Father - I hope for the same.

And why Sunday call him tomorrow I wanna meet him alone.


Naina - What!!! why alone? 


Father - Cause I wanna know him not you. and if you are there you will just keep poking your nose to back him up.


Naina - Dad please let me be there too.


Father - No and no more discussion on this. 

( He got up and walked out of the room)


Naina went to her room and dialed Piyush's number…


Ringing….Ringing….. Ringing


Disconnected


Beep…Beep…

***

Naina went to her room and dialed Piyush's number…


Ringing…Ringing….. Ringing


Disconnected


Beep…Beep…


Naina looked at the text



"Can't talk right now. What's up?"-Piyush



"Pick up the call it's important"-Naina



"Don't you understand am busy here, I gave you your time. Now please let me enjoy it with my friends. Will call you back later."- Piyush



A teardrop fell on the screen while she was reading the message.(This was not the first time when he isn't available when she wanted him around.It's been 4 years since they are together they had a really good time and came along this long journey with the promise to stay together.But later Naina started feeling like it's just her in the relationship. Piyush isn't around most of the time.Either he is busy or emotional.)"Dad wants to meet you tomorrow, to talk about your future."- Naina



"Sorry to disturb you, but please be there tomorrow."- Naina


She kept her phone aside and went to bed thinking about their relationship, thinking about what all her father said today about Piyush.


She didn't want to feel that way, but Piyush's reaction made her feel and overthink the situation.

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 She woke up in the morning with unread messages on her phone.



"But I can't meet him right now. Sorry"- Piyush


After reading this she dialed his phone immediately.

But it was switched off.


It felt heartbroken with such a rude response.

She didn't expect him to say this.

After having a huge argument last night with her father taking a stand for Piyush and now if she will tell him that he is not coming.

He will not gonna let this go easily.


Thinking about all these issues she went to get ready to leave for office.

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 Rohan was sitting in his office working on his computer. Thinking about Naina.

He was creating fictional imaginations in his mind.

Like how can he impress her and start the conversation in the lift?

How can he catch her in the canteen and join her for lunch?

While lost in his thoughts his phone beeped.

He stretched his arm to check his phone with a constant thought in his mind.

Naina…. Naina…. Naina….where are you naina….


And then his eyes got the glimpse of what he was waiting for…


MISS NAINA



He looked at her and lost in his thoughts admiring her looks and sense of fashion, the way she carries herself. She was wearing a white flower printed top and navy blue jeans with black shoes and black earrings.

But his eyes got stuck and his smile faded off when he noticed something is off with Naina today.

She isn't smiling today. Her face didn't have that charm which she always had on her face.


She seems worried to him and seeing her tense made him feel concerned, he wanted to go talk to her.


He put his phone down without looking at the msg and when he was about to get up a thought pop up in his head

" But what will I say to her? Miss Naina, I was looking at you, and seems you are worried, all ok?"


Mr. Rohan - no-no that's not the right…I need to think something else. Before he could figure it out she went inside the lift and left. He felt frustrated and punched his own fist in disappointment. And started to think about what could possibly the reason. He checked his phone where he had a msg from his sister."Hey, Bhai!! How's Bhabhi? Any luck?- Sakshi



Something is wrong she is looking tense to me today.- Rohan


I miss her smiling face. What should I do?- Rohan


"Did you try talking to her ?"- Sakshi


"No, what should I say hey why are you tensed today?" "What If am overthinking maybe it could be just office workload"- Rohan



"Maybe. But then why are you stressing it out. Take a chill pill she is not your Girlfriend. Just a crush LoL."- Sakshi


"Are you done? Or is there anything you wanna say?"- Rohan


"Am done but I don't know about mom"- Sakshi


" Now what happened to her?"- Rohan


" I heard she was talking to aunty asking for any good match for you" So I thought let me check who gets the girl first you or mom... **Multiple Laughing Emoji**"- Sakshi


"What the hell!! I need to talk to her once am back. remind me."- Rohan


"Gotta Go I have a meeting"-Rohan

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 When he was packing up to leave for the day he looked outside the window it was raining.


Thank God I drove the car today.

Rohan went inside the lift recalling the last time when it was raining and how he saw Naina for the first time.


As he stepped out of the lift in the lobby he saw Naina standing there trying to stop a taxi.


And this time without wasting any moment he went to Naina.


Mr. Rohan - Naina!


Miss Naina (didn't hear anything but reacted) - what?


Mr. Rohan - Miss Naina what are you doing outside in the rain?


Miss Naina - Mr. Rohan can't you see am trying to find a taxi, due to rain all cabs are either busy or charging high.


Mr. Rohan - shall I drop you? It's on the way to my place…


Miss Naina - Do you know where I live?


Mr. Rohan - No I mean if it's on the way I can drop you. I have a car.


Miss Naina - No thanks I will manage. You go.


Mr. Rohan - I can drop you don't worry I won't bore you. It's getting late and i don't think the rain is going to stop anytime soon.


Naina wanted to say yes but she didn't feel right thing to do as she didn't know Rohan that much.Mr. Rohan - If you are worried you can sit in the back seat. I won't disturb you. But let me drop you else you will get stuck here.

And any which way you have to go home with a stranger whether it's a cab or me…

But with me at least you know my name. (He smiled gently)


Miss Naina - ok let's go.


They went towards the parking …..


***


They went towards the parking …..While walking towards the car Rohan was walking few steps ahead of Nainataping his chest tell his mind and heart to cool down and relax.And then just a thought popped up in his mind -"Idiot why are you running ahead slow down and make her comfortable "He looked behind from the corner f his eyes without moving his head to see how Naina is rubbing his arms to warm her hands and walking behind Rohan

looking at the ground and lost in her thoughts.


Rohan stopped where he was to let Naina reach near him and to his surprise, Naina didn't notice Rohan had stopped and she went past him.


Rohan waited for her to noticed that she left him behind, started to walk as slowly as he could behind her.



"ahem" "ahem" (Rohan coughed to get her attention).Naina turned back and looked at Rohan for a second time.


Mr. Rohan - Where is your car, Ma'am?


Miss Naina - What! my car?


Miss Naina - I thought you had a car.


Mr. Rohan - Oh yeah right. hmm(he hummed)


Mr. Rohan - No you were leading the path so I thought you I am coming with you.


Miss Naina - (tapped her head) ahh!! sorry, actually I got lost in my thoughts.


Miss Naina - So does that mean I have to follow you?


Mr. Rohan - How about walking side by side? (he said this with an instant regret if she takes it the wrong way).


Miss Naina - (she didn't react) Okay.


(as they reached the car Naina went to back the back seat of the car.)


Mr. Rohan - Seriously? back seat? Okay, I agree I am a stranger but that's was hypothetical.


Miss Naina - (she smiled) Fine I will sit in front. But please drive slowly and carefully am not comfortable with high speed.


Mr. Rohan - Ok promise. (smile in his head thinking why the hell in the world I will rush today, this ride is gonna be our longest ride.)


Mr. Rohan - So where are we heading to? I mean your address?


Miss Naina - I will tell you it's on the way to your place, you drive.


Mr. Rohan - So you do know something about me then I guess.


Miss Naina - Don't feel that you are special or something. I had your documents and it's near to my place so it caught my attention nothing else.


Mr. Rohan - yeah why would I be special for you (he murmured).


(Naina ignored)(Rohan took the car on the road driving as slow as possible so that Naina didn't feel weird and took the long route hope she wouldn't notice.)


Naina checked her phone again to see if her msg got delivered to Piyush as she is trying his call but it's switched off since the morning.


Rohan observed that she is worried about something and he thought this 

could be the best time to ask her.


Mr. Rohan - You wanna call someone? You can use my phone.


Miss Naina - No, I have my phone. why would need yours?


Mr. Rohan - no I thought maybe you are having network issues as you failed someone and then you disconnected with frustration.


Miss Naina - oh. No actually the other no. is switched off so.


Mr. Rohan - Oh ok.


(they sat quietly for a while)


Mr. Rohan - If you don't mind can I ask you something?


Miss Naina - yes,


Mr. Rohan - Please don't get angry but I am observing from the morning that your Lil off today.

It's not like I was looking at you but when you came to the floor today I was looking outside so I saw you.


Miss Naina - And why do you think that am Lil off today? (she said raising her one eyebrow and looking into Rohan's eyes.


Mr. Rohan - I don't know if you will believe me or not but that's my superpower I kinda know when someone around me is not ok.


(Naina turned towards him and made a hand gesture as she was asking "WHAT")Mr. Rohan - Look it's like whenever I see someone they carry vibes around them happy/sad/excitement/joy.


Miss Naina - Ohh! so what kinda vibes do you get when you see me. Although why you see me is another question.


Mr. Rohan - Positive/Happiness/Joyful.


Mr. Rohan - Like you just don't smile with your lips, when you smile with your eyes, cheeks, lips altogether.

Anyone who looks at you can't ignore you and will smile automatically.

Just like a kid when you see them smiling you smile back no matter what. 


Miss Naina - IMPRESSIVE!!!


Mr. Rohan - So? 

If you're done with Q&A may I know what's the issue?


Miss Naina - no it's nothing just casual issues at home.


Mr. Rohan - I can understand.

Don't worry things will be fine.


Miss Naina - yeah hope so


Mr. Rohan - and just a request don't lose your natural smile. Maybe someone is waiting to see your smile every day.


Miss Naina - Are you flirting with me Mr.?

(While staring at him in a funny way)


Mr. Rohan - No no not at all.

And will you please stop scaring me?


Miss Naina - what do you mean?


Mr. Rohan - nothing just ignore.


Miss Naina - Say it (she said in a commanding way)


Mr. Rohan - exactly this! stop scaring me.

Am a human being ( he said making a cute innocent face).


Miss Naina - ok fine. I won't say anything.


They sat quietly for a few minutes and then Rohan made few jokes trying to make Naina comfortable and cheer up her mood.


Miss Naina - Will you please stop telling these stupid PJs. (She said this while controlling her smile.)


Mr. Rohan - Come on I can see you smiling don't act like you are not enjoying.( He laughed)


Miss Naina - ok fine I agree the last one was good.


Miss Naina - ok now stops take the right turn and drop me at the corner.


Mr. Rohan - Yeah sure.


(I parked the car at the spot.)


Miss Naina - Well I never thought I would say this but this was a nice ride.

Thanks for the lift.


Mr. Rohan - Pleasure is all mine. 


(Naina walked out of the car)


Mr. Rohan - "Naina" 


Miss Naina - yes

(turned and leaned at the window)


Mr. Rohan - I know something is bothering you and I know am not a friend of you or anything. But at least share it if someone you are comfortable with. 

Don't keep things inside it won't help.


Mr. Rohan - And if not then you know sometimes sharing things with a stranger is good too. ( He said and winked with a cute smile)


Naina smiled thought for a second and said


Miss Naina - Thanks for the ride and I know you were trying to cheer me up all the way and you even took the long way for that. 

But making these efforts means a lot. thanks. (She kept for a while)


Naina - And yes consider yourself my Friend from today. (She winked and smile acted the same way he did a few minutes back)


Rohan - (smiled) Goodnight.


Naina - Goodnight

See you tomorrow.

(Smiled)

***

After getting out of the car, she moving towards her home Naina tried Piyush's no. again.


Piyush - Hello


Naina - Where the hell are you?

(she said in a frustrated voice)


Piyush - Sorry my phone was not working. Am at home.

(Answered in a casual way)


Naina - You were supposed to meet my dad today.


Piyush - No I wasn't. I told you already.


Naina - But why? Why didn't you wanna meet him?


Piyush - You know am not comfortable around him and all he would have said was I should do a job and all shit. My dad is enough for giving me all that lecture.


Naina - Mind your words it's my dad your talking about.


Piyush - Oh sorry but please don't force me to meet him now. I already have lots of things to take care of.


Naina - Your job is not the only thing he wanted to talk to you about.


Piyush - What else it could be then?


Naina - About us.


Piyush - Naina I told you last time also am not ready for this right now.


Naina - But Piyush wants me to get married because of some reason.


Piyush - What reasons Naina?

Don't you know about my priorities?

My startup is my priority and right now I don't want any diversion.


Naina - Am I not one of your priorities too?

Am not asking you to quit your dream.

But you can do that afterward also.

And I can take care of the family with my job.


Piyush - Wait, why would you support my family?


Naina - I mean till you get stable I can back you up.


Piyush - Look Naina I don't have any problem with you doing a job or anything.

But I don't want to be the guy who takes money from his wife.


(Before Naina could speak he said again)


Piyush - I might be having some Issues but am capable enough to support my family.


Naina - Piyush you're taking it in the wrong way.

And after marriage, your family is my family too.

Why are you making this look like a favor?


Piyush - Naina is not in a mood to argue or anything.

And am also not ready to get married anytime soon at least not till my startup gets stable.


Naina - so what am I supposed to tell my family?

Do you even know what I am going through at home?


Piyush - Deal with your issues just like am dealing with mine.

Look if you wanna marry me you have to wait else do whatever you and your parents want.

I can't take this shit anymore.



Before Naina could say anything he disconnected the call.


She went inside the home wiping her tears as the call got disconnected.


Everyone was sitting in the hall watching tv silently.


Her dad looked at her and he immediately noticed her tears as her eyes were red and face became full.


Her mother came out of the kitchen drying her hands with a towel looking at everyone to ask them for dinner.


Mother - Naina get freshen up will have dinner then.


Naina - am not hungry you guys eat.


She quickly went to her room and locked it.


Mother - Naina …beta what happened?


Father - Let her go…if she doesn't wanna eat let it be.


Mother - But what happened to her suddenly, she never skips dinner.

Let me check if she is ok.

(She said being concern)


Father - I told you to leave her alone. (Said in commanding voice)


Naina was sitting on her bed scrolling through her phone and seeing the old conversations with Piyush and their photos.


Feelings that she couldn't describe and share with anyone.


On one side she had a family who wanted her to get married and she couldn't say no to them as her father never asked for anything from her, he always supported her in her life, and for the first time, he wants her to trust him.


And the other hand it's Piyush whom she loves and wants to spend her life till a few minutes back.

But now after the call, she wasn't sure what to do.


(Knocking on the door…)Father - Naina ….Naina …


Open the door.


Naina kept quiet


Father - Naina please open the door. I won't say anything but just let me sit with you.


Naina wiped her tears and cleared her face.(She opened the door and looked at her father who was standing there with a glass of water in his hand.)


They said nothing to each other and sat on the bed in silence.


Naina didn't have any words to say and a drop of tear fell from her eyes.


Father - Naina my child what happened to you?

I haven't seen you crying like this since school.


He put his hand on her head…Naina said nothing and just hugged him and cried for few minutes. Her father didn't say anything, just hugged her back and kissed her head…

Father - Am here for you everything will be fine.

Calm down.


Naina - Am sorry dad.


Father - For what bacha?

Just calm down first then will talk.


He took the glass of water and asked her to drink it.

While he wiped her tears.

Naina put the glass on the table looked at her dad.


Naina - Dad I talked to Piyush today… And he said…


(She told him everything that happened)


Naina - Dad I don't know what to do.


Father - Look I told you he is not the guy whom you can rely on when it comes to responsibility.

I don't have anything new to tell you about him.


Father - Look I know you kids think we parents don't know anything, all we do is just stop you and hold you back.

As a parent, the only thing we want is the happiness of our child. Whatever we do there is only one reason to protect you from getting hurt.

But still you kids do what you want and then you don't give it a thought how we as parents when we see our child suffering.


Naina - Dad…..


(He interrupted)Father - You walked in from that door today with tears in your eyes.

No matter what I have to go through but I never ever imagined seeing tears in my daughter's eyes.

You mean a whole world to me.

Now you tell me how can I trust someone who gave tears to my daughter?

Someone comes into your life for few years and you treat him as a most important person…

But your parents who are there for you since you're born become your enemies.

No parent can be an enemy to their child.

Now things are clearly in front of you.

There is no pressure on you to make your mind and let me know what you want to do now.

Whatever you will decide am with you.



He kissed her forehead. Wished her good night and left. Naina layed down thinking what his dad said and slowly she fell asleep thinking what to do now…

***

Sitting in his office looking out of his building and admiring the beautiful climate cold winds bringing joy.


Rohan was waiting for that single text for which every other employee is also waiting, that day of the month which brings a smile to everyone's face.

It was a Payday.


Rohan was not just excited about getting the income after a long time, but today was also the day when he made his mind that he will ask Naina for a coffee as it's a weekend holiday and it's been over a month.


He was making his plans for the weekends in his mind -



"Friday Payday day, thenEvening Coffee with Naina to celebrate Payday, thenSaturday Shopping with sister and momSaturday night dinner at a restaurant with family.Sunday Lazy Day"Beep...Beep...(Interrupted his thoughts, he checked his phone)


"Yes…Finally," he said in a loud voice.Everyone looked at him and laughed all together as everyone wanted to say the same thing at that moment.(He scratched the back of his head in embarrassment and sat on his chair, thinking when and how should he ask Naina out. and when he was thinking all this )



Knock...KnockRohan - Yes, Come in.


Keshav (Colleague) - Hey Dude, All good?


Rohan - Yes all good, Sorry about that noise earlier. (they both laughed )


Keshav - So what's your plan for lunch?


Rohan - I bought my Box. what about you?


Keshav - Seriously?


Malini (office friend ) walked into the office.


Malini - I heard someone said party here(she smiled wickedly)


Keshav - Yeah dude, come on don't be a miser now.


Rohan - Am not a miser…

(before he could have said anything his eyes caught Naina coming on the floor and his words disappeared as he saw she was walking towards his cabin only.)


Keshav - Then let's have some pizzas today for lunch your treat.


Naina - What up guys?


Malini - Hey Sweety(she leaned forward to hugged her)


Keshav - Nothing much your recruit is giving us a Pizza treat on his first payday.


Rohan smiled in shyness and looked at Naina.


Naina - oh really? then I wanna have one too. (she said and winked at Malini and looked at Rohan from the corner of her eyes).


Rohan - Ok cool if you guys are forcing me so much then let's order pizza today. But you only have to give order am not good with that.


Keshav - Gotchya, let me get my phone.


Malini - hey wait I will tell you where to order there is a new place

(she went behind Keshav and left the room leaving Naina and Rohan alone in the room)


Rohan - Hey Cu….( he wanted to say cutie but he eats his words halfway.)


Naina - Hi, all good?

You got mingled around really quick. Good.


Rohan - Yeah that's kinda my thing. Am good with people.


Naina - I can see that.


Naina - Oh shit I forgot I came to meet Malini for some work.

catch you at lunch.

(she turned around to walk out of the room)


Rohan - Naina !!


Naina - Yes Rohan?


Rohan - Can I ask you something?


Naina - Don't tell me you want to discuss the deductions from the salary?



Rohan gave him a surprised look and they both smiled.

Rohan - No it's not about that. Actually?


Naina - yes?


Rohan - I wanted to ask you if we can go out


(her phone started ringing and her expression changed and she walked out of the cabin without saying anything leaving Rohan's word halfway through.)


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Malini - What happened?


Naina - Nothing (voice was not clear).


Malini - cool.

By the way, what's with you and Rohan?


Naina - What


Malini - I can see some spark.


Naina - with Rohan? ( She raised her eyebrows)

Not at all.


Malini - You don't see it or you're ignoring it purposely?


Naina - He is sweet but…


Malini - just sweet?

Have you seen him when you're around? he looks so cute.


Naina turned around to see RohanNaina - yeah I mean he is cute and sweet.

But.


Malini - What but? just cause of Piyush?

I thought you guys already broke up.

If not then he is not worthy of you Naina.


Naina - Yes we broke up but there was a reason behind that.

But now you know my family wants me to get married.


Malini - True but he is really a nice guy.


Naina - actually he asked me out today.


Malini - what and what did you say?


Naina - I got a call and I rushed out.

I don't know what to say.


Malini - but what's wrong with that?

Come on he deserves a date at least.


Naina - I don't know. I don't wanna give him any hopes.


Malini - at least say something to him.

He must be feeling bad you disappeared like that.

Poor guy.


Naina - Am feeling bad too. But we won't understand.

You know how boys are they start imagining and expecting things.


Naina - I wish we had met soon.


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 Keshav - What happened why do you look like someone stole your kidney?


Rohan - I would be glad if that would have happened.


Keshav - why all ok?


Rohan - I messed up.


Keshav - how?


Rohan - I asker her out and..


Keshav - Bravo that's great why you so upset.?

Did she say no?


Rohan - She just left and said nothing.


Keshav - what you mean just she left?


Rohan - after I asked her she got a call and left.


Keshav - relax. might be some important call. That doesn't mean you messed up.


Rohan - what should I do now?


Keshav - Chill you will get your chance again.

After the pizza party, I will take Malini out with me leaving you two behind.

Try again then she will say yes.


Keshav - She is a nice girl and everyone can see the spark between you too.

Everything will be fine.


Rohan - hope so.


Keshav - Pizza is here. Let me go call them and let's have a party…


***

Malini - at least say something to him.

He must be feeling bad, you disappeared like that.

Poor guy.


Naina - Am feel bad too. But he won't understand.

You know how boys are, they start imagining and expecting things.


Naina - I wish we had met soon.


Keshav - Hello Ladies

 The pizza is getting cold, are you guys coming or you want us to get it finished?


Malini - don't you dare to eat my Pizza. Come on Naina let's go before he eats everything.


Naina - Hell yeah.


(Keshav left the room Malini walked behind him and Naina followed her.)


Rohan was waiting for them as he already made the table.


Keshav - I am back with the girls.


Malini - And we are back with an idiot.

(everyone laughed while Keshav gave her a look)


Rohan - thank god I am starving here.


Naina - Me too.

(she looked at Rohan and Smiled)


They all sat and started eating While talking to each other.

Rohan sat in front of Naina so that he can look at her all the time.

He couldn't resist and kept making jokes to make her smile.


While Keshav and Malini tried to pull his legs bitching about the management and gossiping about other employees.


But Naina was not enjoying the conversation instead she was busy thinking about Rohan and what Malini said earlier.


She looked at Rohan- young average tall guy with, Fair face with a mild beard with sharp cuts, in black shirt tucked nicely in his blue jeans.And not to forget his cute smile which always melted her in front of him.

She didn't look at him directly but she knew he is looking at her, smiling like an idiot.

Malini - Naina … Naina!!


Naina - Yeah I am listening.


Malini whispered thinking about him?


Naina - No I was thinking about the pending work I have.Too much workload these days.


Keshav (to Rohan) - so are you going to ask her again?


Rohan - I have a plan.


Keshav - Shoot!!


Rohan - I will ask everyone here for a coffee after office you will say no and convenience Malini for the same. but not before Naina.

once she says yes then you guys back off.


Keshav - What are you a teen?


Rohan - Do you have a better plan?


Keshav - No. Ok, fine let me Inform, Malini.


Keshav texted Malini and explained everything.


Rohan waited for everyone and for the right moment and when everyone was done with the lunch….


Naina - It was nice having lunch like this today, we should have this more often.


Keshav - Then Miss HR you need to make our payday come more than once a month.


(everyone laughed )


Rohan - Hey let's go for a coffee after office.


Keshav and Malini kept quiet for a while as per the plan but Naina too said nothing.


Malini - Sounds good.

(to break the silence she jumped in)


Keshav - Yeah but I got some work to take care of.

You guys carry on I will join you later if I get free.


Malini - Perfect, Now we Two girls have this cute guy for us.

(before Naina could have said something Malini said again.)


Malini - I and Naina will catch you in the lobby then after office.


(Naina gave a staring look to Malini and smiled at Rohan.)


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 Naina - Why did you do that?


Malini - Did what?


Naina - Don't act like you don't know what I am talking about.


Malini - Oh that. Yeah, cause it will be fun, plus Rohan deserves one.


Naina gave her a confused look.


Malini - He gave a Pizza party just to have lunch with you.


Naina - What non-sense. he said you guys have already planned it.


Malini - You're a bigger idiot than him I guess.

He would have easily denied the fact or asked for contro.

But when he looked at you walking in, he agreed within a second.


Naina - You mean he gave that party just for me?


Malini - Exactly, so what's the harm to have a coffee, you know that much tho, He doesn't have any bad intentions.


Naina - ok fine.


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 (After office in the lobby)Rohan was standing there in the lobby scrolling through his phone waiting for Naina.


Naina came out through the elevator turned around to find Rohan and Malini.

She saw Rohan standing at a distance, he walked towards her.


Naina - Hi


Rohan - Oh Hey, Where is Malini?


Naina - She is a bitch she Ditched at the last moment.


Rohan - So she is not coming or what?

(He felt like he hit a lottery today.)


Naina - She said she will join us directly there as she got some last meeting commitments to complete.


Rohan - Oh! so that means it's just You and Me.


Naina - Yeah. So you still wanna go or should we postpone?

As it's just me and those two are not coming.


Rohan - Cause that was the plan(he whispered to himself)


Naina - What did you say?


Rohan - Nothing I was just cursing them and I guess we need to settle down with each other now.


Naina - Yeah. Hey, you got your car today?


Rohan - Yes. Do you want a lift?


Naina - No I was thinking if we can take away and enjoy the ride.


Rohan - Great.


***

Rohan took coffee for two and sat inside the car

Where Naina was already sitting there looking at the kids playing on the streets.


Rohan - Here, stop smiling and take this.


Naina - Thanks.


Rohan started the car and took on the road. Smiling and driving slowly while sipping his coffee.


Naina - Why are you smiling like an idiot?


Rohan - Because you are drinking like a kid.

(and he laughed)


Naina looked into the side mirror she had a coffee layer over her lips and at the tip of her nose, she wiped it with a tissue.

Looked up at Rohan embarrassedly smiling.


Naina - Oh come on stop smiling as if this never happened with you.


Rohan smiled for a second and looked in front of him.


Rohan - By the way no it never happened with me. (he laughed )


Naina - Huh! whatever.

(she turned her face and started looking outside the window.)


Rohan - Ok am sorry, didn't mean to upset you.

(he held his ear and tried to make a cute face which made Naina burst into laughter.)


Naina - Lolz !! Yeah ok now drive properly, road ahead is bumpy and I don't wanna spill the coffee over my favorite dress.


Rohan - Yeah neither do I, My favorite too.


Naina - What???


Rohan - Seat leather covers are my favorite and new too.


Naina - Oh seats!!


Rohan - Yeah. Why what you thought?


Naina - No I thought you meant my dress is your favorite too.


Rohan - why would you think I will say that?


Naina - I don't know I just misheard I guess.


Rohan - By the way yeah this one is a nice dress.


Naina - So that's why you stare at me all the time?


(Naina caught Rohan off guard he didn't expect her to ask or say something like this.)


Rohan - Wha…what??! I don't stare at you.


Naina - Really?


Rohan - Yeah I don't stare at you, I might have looked at you once or twice but that's because…

(and we went quiet for a while)


Naina - because what? say


Rohan - Nothing and he turned the FM on and looked away at the road.


(Naina turned the volume down,

Rohan said nothing and continued to drive as nothing happened)


Naina - I asked you something, Mr.Rohan?


Rohan - I can't say it. But am sorry if I made you uncomfortable.


Naina - What you mean you can't say it?


(Rohan was scared and nervous about what to say, sweating under a fully-functioning air condition,

He knew he haven't done any crime but knowing that she knew he stares at her certainly felt to him that he is a criminal under the interrogation of police.

where either can he tell everything nor can he hide it anymore.)


Rohan - Yes I was because you were looking good today and you can't blame me for doing that when you are the one who looked so beautiful.

(he said the whole line with his eyes closed and in one take without even taking a pause, so fast that it took Naina a few seconds to understand what actually he said.)


(Naina tapped his shoulder and laughed at him)


Naina - Look at you scared like hell, I wonder what would have happened if I would have taken this prank a little longer. (she laughed continuously)


Rohan - What the Fuc@ #@!!!

How could you do such a prank?


(Rohan made an angry face just like how a kid gets angry when you take their candy away from them, but he felt relieved and took some air in to calm his unstable heartbeats.)


Naina - Relax ok, and am sorry but it was funny.


Rohan - No it was not, you scared the shit out of me.


Naina - ok baba I said na am sorry.


They sat quietly for a while enjoying the song on the radio playing in the background.


Naina stared at Rohan till he reacted


Rohan - Now who is staring at whom?


Naina - Actually I wanted to ask you something.


Rohan - What?


Naina - are you scared of everyone or its just me?


Rohan - Honestly am not scared of anyone, not even of you.


Naina - Really, should I remind you what happened a few minutes earlier?


Rohan - I remember but that's not because am afraid of what you will do.


Naina - You were scared like hell, accept that ok.


Rohan - Ok yes I am a bit scared of you.


Naina - But why?


Rohan - Can you really blame me? Do you even notice how formal and firm voice of command you use with me?


Naina -Yeah that was when we were not friends But now we are friends for the last few weeks, still?


Rohan - Yes I am, and I don't know why and I can't even express but when you're around my heart beats so fast that it might pop out anytime.


Naina - Oh come on now that's too much.


Rohan - You don't believe me? ok, give me your hand… come on give me your hand.


Rohan took Naina's hand and placed it over his heart, which automatically started beating fast as soon as he held her hand.


(Naina looked into Rohan's eyes thinking how innocent he is and a pure heart person with no darkness within.

She knew they could have made a perfect couple where Rohan had everything his father ever wanted responsible, kind, family man, well settled, and mature. Why didn't you come earlier stupid?)


Rohan - Naina…. Naina??


***

(Naina looked into Rohan's eyes thinking how innocently he is a pure heart person with no darkness within.

She knew they could have made a perfect couple where Rohan had everything her father ever wanted. responsible, kind, family man, well settled and mature. Why didn't you come earlier stupid?)


Rohan - Naina… Naina??


Naina - OMG!! hahaha


Rohan - Yeah exactly, that much am sacred.


Naina - You're Stupid then. No need to be sacred am not gonna eat you up… or am I? (She said while making a funny weird face).


**Laughter**


Rohan - You seem to be in a good mood today comparing to the last time.


Naina - Yeah was just having a bad day last time.


Rohan - Hope everything is fine now.


Naina - It's complicated Rohan.


Rohan - Can I help you somehow?


Naina kept quiet for a while thinking whether to tell him or not when her phone flashed a new message.


"Can we talk?"- Piyush


Naina ignored the message but her expressions changed which Rohan noticed.


Rohan - hey it's ok if you don't wanna share but don't get upset again thinking about that.


Naina - Yeah am ok. And Rohan..


Rohan - Yeah say


Naina - If it's ok with you can we stop somewhere as I don't wanna go home early today and we are almost there.


Rohan - Yeah sure as you say(as his happiness went unmeasured at the moment.)


Naina - Thanks but if you are not ok with it then just drop me here and you can go home, you must be having other plans.


Rohan - Do hell with my plans extra time with you is worth everything. (shit did I say that out so loud, oh god please don't make it a mess please let it go this time.)


To his surprise, Naina didn't notice what he said as she was texting someone on her phone.



"Can't talk Busy in a Meeting"-Naina


Rohan- So where do you wish to go now?


Naina - Somewhere peaceful. You know any place nearby?


Rohan - Yes, There is one place let's go there.



He turned the car and headed towards the place, After 10 mins they reached the location.

Naina - What place is this?

(as she stepped out of the car she saw a small and old temple of Lord Shiva Attached to a park where few Old people were sitting and few children were playing in the playground area, Behind the temple, it's all trees, the sound of birds creping was louder than any other voice as the place was far from the busy highway.)


Rohan - It's an ancient temple of my Lord Shiva.

And the best part is to its right there is an Orphanage and to its left, there's an old age home. So you can see 2 generations in one place. one that just came and yet to live their whole life and second ones are those who have the knowledge and experience of the world.


Naina - Rohan it's a beautiful place, Why didn't I know about this before it's so close to my house.


Rohan - Because this is an old place and hardly anyone knows about this.


Naina - It certainly looks so, look at their face, feels like they will fall sooner or later.


Rohan - True because no one cares about those who are abandoned by everyone.


Naina - Hmm.


Next 10 mins they spent their time visiting the temple and looking around they sat on the stairs of the temple.


Naina was scrolling through her phone on random apps when


Rohan - Very disappointed with you.


Naina - What?!


Rohan - You asked me to take you to the place where you can find some peace and now when you're here you are keeping your mind busy with random things.


Naina smiled embarrassingly and kept her phone aside.


Naina - Ok Ok sorry. see i6 kept it inside.


Rohan - Good.


Naina - Look at those kids enjoying life like there is nothing to be worried about, the world is full of happiness and games.


Rohan - Yes true.


Naina - And those old people there sitting and talking with each other without any worries.


Rohan - Because those Kids don't worry about what's coming ahead, they just live in the current moment.

And just like them, these old people have seen everything in life and that's why they know there is no need to be stressed just live in the moment.


Naina - Wow, you explained such a big thing in just a few lines.

Am impressed.


Rohan - Really, That's all it takes to impress you?


Naina - ahem ahem Mr. Rohan am a very simple girl, I also believe in the concept of finding happiness in small things.


Rohan - That's good.


Naina stood up to go play with the kids.


Rohan went behind and they spent the time playing with kids and sitting with old people talking and making them laugh when Naina's phone started ringing.


Naina looked at the screen and Rohan noticed that her expressions changed.

One moment she was so happy and enjoying like a kid and now she is all black and white.


She went to the other side to pick the call.

Rohan went behind her but Naina raised her hand and asked him to wait.

Rohan turned back and went to play with the kids which he left mid-way while keeping an eye on Naina and her expressions.


Naina - Rohan


Rohan - yeah


Naina - I need to go.


Rohan - yeah sure, come I will drop you.


Naina - ok


Rohan and Naina went to the car and Rohan drove the car to her place as Naina stepped out of the car.


Rohan - Naina, all ok?


Naina - hmm.


Rohan - ok. Take care.


Naina - You too and thanks for today it was a nice evening. Goodnight


Rohan - Goodnight


And he to moved towards his house thinking what must have happened…..

***

After spending a great weekend with family and a beautiful day with Naina,

Rohan came to the office on Monday morning all charged up and in the hope of getting close to Naina more and more.


Keshav - Why are you smiling like an idiot on Monday morning.

(Keshav looked up at Rohan with his eyes all sleepy and tired)


Rohan - Wow!! what did the hell happen to you?


Keshav - I had a blast last night and now my head is spinning.


Keshav - I need some coffee.


Rohan - Sure let me get you one.


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 (Rohan was sitting in his office waiting for Naina to show up on the floor, as he didn't have any update from her side after the last meeting they had met).


Keshav - Hey What's up?

(Keshav entered the room)


Rohan - nothing just checking these never-ending reports.

You say how are you doing?


Keshav - yeah it was fun, you should have come along.


Rohan - You know I planned it all with family.


Keshav - True. So I heard about you and Naina hanging out together.


Rohan - it was good, no actually it was really awesome… Had a great time.


Keshav - look at you dude you're blushing like a girl.


Rohan - Shut up am not.


Keshav - so now what? when are you going to tell her?


Rohan - we just met twice don't you think it would be too fast.?


Keshav - we are living in the 21st century anything can happen at any moment, you're waiting for the right time what if it's already too late?


Rohan - you are right but I don't know what she thinks of me.


Keshav - Just do one thing. next time you guys are out tell her.


Rohan - what if she reacts differently?


Keshav - as far as I know, she is not the kind of girl who will overreact or take any massive action against you.


Rohan - I hope so.


Keshav - Look she feels comfortable with you that's why she went out with you twice.

Regardless of the reason.


Rohan - you have a point. Will ask her next time I meet her for sure.


Keshav - That's great.


Rohan - By the way have you seen her today.

It's been a whole day I haven't seen her since morning.


Keshav - Nope, maybe she is busy with some work.


Rohan - yeah, but if you see Malini does ask her


Keshav - wait let me call Malini right away why wait.


Rohan - Hey you are on good terms with Malini right?


Keshav - Yeah I guess so.


Rohan - so can you ask her if by any chance she knows what Naina thinks of me.


Keshav - ok let me call her here.


Rohan - dude doesn't talk to her in front of me. It will be awkward.


Keshav - Relax, will call her to check where Naina is and to have some chit chat, as I am in no mood to work today.

(He winked and both laughed)


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 (Keshav texted Malini to come into Rohan's cabin and Keshav and Rohan started to discuss some of their office issues)


Malini - Hey boys, what's going on?


Keshav - it's Monday, and am still on my hangover.


Malini - expected.


Rohan - well am fresh and just doing random work.

You say.


Malini - that's like a boy.

Am just roaming around lazy Monday you know.

(She laughed as Keshav and Malini hi-fi on this.)


Malini - by the way what do you need me for?


Rohan - me? no no Keshav wants to ask you something.

( He said while fumbling)


(Keshav looked at Malini and they both smiled )


Keshav - it's nothing big just asking.


( Before he could complete someone knocked on the door. Everyone turned around)


Peon - Rohan sir


Rohan - Yes


Peon - MD sir asked you to come.


(Rohan excused Keshav and Malini and went out)


Malini - yeah what were you saying (as he sat next to him)


Keshav - actually we wanted to know where is Naina today as he was waiting for her since morning.


Malini - Oh Naina ( and she went quiet )


Keshav - So do you know any updates?


Malini - she didn't come to the office today, she went out of the station with her family….

(Before she could finish)


Keshav - oh so Miss. Naina is absent today.


Keshav - by the way now that Rohan is not here let me ask you this one question too.


Malini - yeah say.


Keshav - You know Rohan has feelings for Naina, So do you have any info on what she feels or thinks about Rohan or anything.


Malini - Keshav before answering this question I guess you should know one thing about Naina.


Keshav - What? Don't tell me she has a boyfriend?


Malini - No… I mean she had a boyfriend but not now.


Keshav - perfect then Rohan has a chance.


Malini - but there is a bigger issue than that.


Keshav - what now?


Malini - her parents are looking for a suitable guy for her already, they want her to get married to the men they choose. (…)


(While Malini was talking Keshav eyes got fixed on the window, reflection of Rohan standing on the door listening to Malini)


Malini - And the reason she went out of the station today is to meet one of the guys her parents shortlisted for her…

***


Keshav turned Malini to let her see Rohan is listening.

Malini - Shit!!!


Before Keshav and Malini could have reacted to the situation the next thing they knew was that Rohan left towards the elevator in rush.


Malini - What the hell are you waiting for? go behind him!


Keshav - yeah.


Keshav Ran behind Rohan and Malini Followed her but by the time they reached the elevator, the door closed.

Keshav Checked the display, it went downstairs. He took the stairs to catch him there.

Keshav jumped a few steps to reach 8 floors down before or at least at the same time with Rohan.


As he reached there he went to the elevator but it was empty.


Malini - Did you catch him?


Keshav - Do you see him with me?


Malini - Shit!


Malini - Did you try calling him?


Keshav - Yes I tried it's not answered


They went upstairs again in Rohan's cabin thinking what to do.


Malini - What the hell, how can he leave like this?


Keshav - Seriously? after hearing all that anyone would want to be alone.

Let's wait for some time.


Malini - Yeah, hope he comes back soon as it's about to start raining.

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 Malini - Hey any update on Rohan?


Keshav - No, now even his phone is not reachable.


Malini - This is not fair man. How can he leave us in so much stress?

If he had to go he could have told us that he needs some time.


Keshav - I don't know what's going on in his head I just wish he is fine.


Malini - Naina is calling me and is not answering her calls.


Keshav - why


Malini - Am so stressed I might spill out what mess is going on and I don't want her to get stressed.


Malini - She already has lots of issues going on… let's not add one anymore.


Keshav - yeah but sooner or later you have to attend the call.


(Malini sat next to Keshav covering her face with her palm)


Malini - Oh god please help.


Keshav - Relax ok.

And talk to Naina, she must be calling just casually.


Malini - Yeah maybe.

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 Naina - Hello


Malini - Hey what's up to how was your day?


Naina - It was good and hectic due to traveling.


Malini - Oh so you came back?


Naina - on the way, reached the airport, going home.

So much traffic due to heavy rain.


Malini - Yeah here also it started raining.

By the way, how's the guy?


Naina - Oh please you don't start now, my parents are already eating my head for my views on him.


Malini - ok I will keep shut then.


Naina - Thanks. And Listen


Malini - Yeah


Naina - Is Rohan there.


Malini - Why what happened?


Naina - Nothing happened it's just that my phone was off and I had 3 missed calls from him when I turned it on.


Malini - What !!! Did he call you?


Naina - Yeah. Generally, he never calls. Can you check with him if you can find out why he called?


(Malini looked at Keshav who was unaware of another side of the conversation)


Naina - Hello Malini, you there?

Hello


Malini - Yeah yes am here (she fumbled)


Naina - Is everything ok?


Naina - Why am I getting a feeling like something happened there today?


Malini - Naina actually Rohan is not in the office.


Naina - What? Where is he? He never leaves the office early. All ok? Is he fine? Say something.


Malini - I don't know.


Naina - Malini tells me what happened.


Malini - not just something but a lot happened Naina. I didn't want to give you any stress…


Naina - Tell me now what happened (Naina interrupted Malini in between.)


Malini - Actually we were in Rohan's cabin talking and when he went out for some work I and Keshav got into a conversation where I was telling Keshav why you are not in the office today and I didn't realize he was standing behind and he heard everything.


(Naina said nothing )


Malini - Naina? Naina you listening? Hello?


Naina - Shit yaar. Where is he now?


Malini - we don't know he is not answering the calls.


Naina - how can you let him leave the office alone?


Malini - we tried to catch him but he just disappeared after getting into the elevator.


Naina- what do you mean by he disappeared?

How can you guys be so careless?

Damnit.


Naina disconnected the call to call Rohan.

But it was not reachable.

Sitting in the back seat of the car with her family all stressed and worried about Rohan.


Mother - What happened?


Naina - Nothing


Mother - Then why are you looking stressed.


Naina - nothing just some office issues.


Dad - Stop stressing yourself there are lots of things you have to be worried about right now.


Naina didn't say anything and kept thinking about Rohan. Where would he be, why is his phone off?

What should I do now.? How would I face him tomorrow? What will I say? How will he react?


She was so busy thinking about all this she didn't realize they reached home.


Mother - Naina…Naina…

(Her mother poked her shoulder)


Naina - yeah


Mother - come out we reached. Let's get in quick else you will get wet.


Naina came out of the car and as she started to walk towards her apartment she sensed someone standing across the street in the rain.


(She took two steps ahead when her mind struck)IS THAT ROHAN?

***

Naina turned around to have a better look again and as she stepped forward she can see it clearly it was Rohan standing there all wet in the rain shivering from cold. His eyes were red she could feel that he had been crying all this time.

Standing there in the rain she could still see the tears rolling out his eyes.


She went straight to him and without thinking about anything punched him in the chest with anger.


Naina - What the hell were you thinking running out of the office all of a sudden.

do you even care about anyone? everyone is worried about you. where the hell was you since afternoon.


Rohan - (…)


Naina - Will you say something or just gonna stand there like an idiot.


Rohan - (…)


Naina - Don't make me any angrier than I already am.


Rohan fell down to his knees in front of Naina.Rohan - Why didn't you tell me earlier Naina?


Naina - Told you what Rohan? and please get up don't do all this. (she looked at him).


Rohan - That you are getting married.


Naina - Why should I tell you?


Rohan looked up with tears in his eyes and a shaking voice due to cold.Rohan - Because I…


Naina - Say


Rohan - Is there any point now?


Naina - Point for what? (please get up Rohan I don't want anyone to see any of this outside my house.)


Rohan - Naina


Naina - Yes Rohan.


Rohan - I Love you Naina, I love you since the day I have seen you, every second every moment I have admired we have spent together.

All I ever wished was to have a life with you.


Naina came to her knees and looked into his eyes wiped his tearsNaina - I already know you love me.


Rohan looked at her with a shocked reaction.Naina - Yes Rohan I knew it for a long time.


Rohan - then why are you getting married. Because you don't feel anything for me?


Naina - What I feel for you doesn't matter as it's too late.


Rohan - If it's about your parents I will talk to them.


Naina - Rohan please hold yourself and go home, I don't want to go against my parents I have done a mistake once now I can't disappoint them.


Rohan leaned forward and hugged her tightly with all the energy he had left inside of him.Naina - Rohan please don't behave like this. I wish you had said it earlier. Deep down I have been waiting for you to say something since the day you have seen me for the first time in the office. I knew since the day you had something for me.


Rohan - Naina I loved you even before we first met in the office.


Naina - Pulled her self back, her hands were on Rohan's shoulders


Naina - What, we never met before that. Did we?


Rohan - For you now but I have loved you since the day I have seen you at the metro station.

In Red Suit. That was the first time I saw you.

Second time on the day of the interview in the elevator you were wearing your favorite white suit.


And everything changed after that.


(A tear rolled out of her eye, Rohan stretched his hands to wipe it off.)


Naina - Rohan I don't have any words to say.

And am sorry I can't give you what you expected from me.

I wish you had come earlier.


Rohan looked into her eyes without saying anything.


Naina - Rohan please go home and forget me.

(She stood up and moved towards her house wiping her tears, as Rohan's eyes followed her till she closed the door.)

(Rohan cried sitting there for few minutes before he stood up and left for his home)

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As he entered his house his parents were having a serious discussion,

After seeing him entering her mother turned towards him to say


Mother - Rohan come beta sit we were discussing your marriage proposals we are getting these days and (….)

(She paused as soon as she noticed Rohan's condition all wet and red eyes, she immediately felt something has happened)


Mother - (…) Rohan are you ok beta.


Rohan - Do whatever you want to do mom. I will marry anyone you want me to.


(He said this and rushed towards his room and closed the door)


Mother - What happened to him. Please go and check.


Sakshi - Mom let me go and talk to Bhaiya….


***

Rohan - Hurry up dude lift is open let's catch it.


Rohan and Keshav walked towards the lift to catch.



Keshav entered the lift looked at Rohan.

Keshav - Get in what are you waiting for we are getting late.


Rohan - I will take the stairs you go.


Rohan turned back towards the stairs, leaving Keshav behind confused why he didn't get in. Keshav turned around to look at everyone's reaction, and he saw Naina standing behind him.


Keshav - Oh hi.


Naina - Hi

(she passed a smile and went back to scrolling her phone to avoid the awkwardness)

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 Malini - Hey, how are you?


Naina - Am good.


Malini - Are you sure? You don't seem good to me.


Naina - You know everything then why are you asking?


Malini - Still in bad mood?


Naina - He is acting weird now.


Malini - What did that idiot did now?


Nalini- He is avoiding me.


Malini - Avoiding as in?


Naina - Frist in the lift he didn't get in cause I was in it. and then on the floor, I went for some work he was coming in my direction but after seeing me he turned away.


Malini - Damn that's so rude. you must be feeling worse.


Naina - Can't even explain.


Malini - and how are you holding up from your end?

Did you try talking to him?


Naina - I texted him yesterday, he didn't even saw my message.


Malini - let me go and talk to him.


Naina - No leave. there is o point in clearing the situation. if he doesn't wanna talk then fine I also don't want to get into his way.

Just wanna know if he is ok?


Malini - Don't worry I have asked Keshav to be around him.

He is going through a tough time.


Naina - I know and that's what killing me inside cause he is in pain.


Malini - It's not just that he is in the meeting with MD.


Naina - What meeting?


Malini - Yesterday MD gave him some Important work to be don't by EOD but he left early.


Naina - Shit, he is a very rude guy.


Malini - Exactly, just hope he won't fire him.

ok, I leave now will talk to you at lunch. take care.

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 Keshav - Yeah what happened? Saw your message.


Malini - Nothing specific just those two.


Keshav - Well everyone in the office can sense something happened between these two.


Malini - WHat are we going to do about this?


Keshav - WHat can we do now? it will pass in some time.


Malini - What if it doesn't? They are our friends we should do something.


Keshav - Yeah I know but what can we do?

On one hand, it's Rohan who loves Naina but didn't have the guts to tell her till the last moment.

On another hand it's Naina who is never sure what to do, he likes Rohan but can accept because of family, she can't tell the family she likes Rohan cause of her previous issues.


Malini - Hmmmm


Keshav - It's a mess created by them, give them some time to realize everything. Right now non of them will understand that they have to take a stand for their feelings else they will ruin it.


Malini - Can't we do anything? Let's talk to them individually and see if we can make them sit together and talk till they find out some solution.


Keshav - Whom are you kidding with me or you?


Malini - Meaning?


Keshav - Naina won't go against her family at any cost.

Rohan didn't have the guts to tell Naina does she think he can talk to her family.


Malini - Aaah it's so frustrating. Ok just go to Rohan and see what's going on in his head.

Till then I will found out what we can do with Naina.


Keshav - Sure. Will talk to them in the evening after office.


Malini - Done.


(Malini and Keshav went back to their work the whole day without disturbing anyone of them.)

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 At the end of the day, Naina was waiting for Malini in the corridor.


Malini - It was too hectic a day today.

(Malini, Keshav along with Rohan in the lift)


Rohan - yeah had a lot of work, still pending, will work at night.


Keshav - Really I didn't have so much work…quite normal.


Malini - yeah because you don't even care about work. I wonder how you surviving in the company.


Keshav and Malini laughed while Rohan just passed a smile.


As they walked out of the lift Rohan's eyes caught Naina standing at a distance waiting for Malini.


Rohan - You guys carry on I will catch you later I guess I forgot some files in the cabin.


Keshav - Dude come on, don't act like this.


Malini - Rohan no need to walk out like this, you don't want to talk to her fine…I will walk with her alone, Keshav will come with you.


Malini walked towards Naina, Naina looked at Rohan and she could feel the pain and anger Rohan had in his eyes. It's hard to say whether his pain is high or the anger.


Malini - Come let's go.


Naina - Yeah, is he ok?


Malini - Not that good.



Few steps behind them

Keshav - how long will this go on dude?


Rohan - what?


Keshav - Things between You and Naina. it's getting difficult for us to be around. we are friends but we can't be together at once.


Rohan - Then don't stay around, you are free to go.

(took out his phone and started scrolling)


Keshav - What the hell dude, that was rude.


Rohan - (…)


Keshav - why are you so mad at me, What have I done? none of us have done anything. All I am trying is to work things out.

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Malini - Naina I know it's hard but still isn't there anything you can do?


Naina - Listen


Malini - No you listen to me I know you did some mistakes in the past and your dad won't listen to you but at least tell him about him.


Naina - Yeah


Malini - Then tell them and he is not like Piyush, he is a good guy, just like your father wants.


Naina - I will(…)


Malini - but when will you tell them to look at him he is becoming so rude and arrogant, I haven't seen him like that ever.

I can't see him like that.


(Naina Shook Malini's shoulder to calm her down .)


Naina - Will you please let me speak for a minute. I have got news to tell you.


Malini - What news?


Naina - That guy my dad shortlisted, They turned the wedding proposal off due to some reason. I wanted to tell this to Rohan so that we can talk to my parents but he is not even getting anywhere around me.

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  Keshav kept telling Rohan things he should do now Rohan shouted back at him while crossing Naina and Malini

Rohan - Will you please stop irritating me, am done with all this ok. My parents have finalized someone for me and going to marry that girl only now.

Leave me alone.

***

Keshav - What the hell, you can't be serious?


Rohan - Yes you heard it right. Am getting married.

anyways sorry for my rude behavior, not in the right state of mind, please excuse me.


(Rohan left towards the parking, leaving everyone behind with an expression of shock with the whole new information)


Malini - What happened to him now?


Naini - He is still angry with me, isn't he?


Keshav - Actually(…)


Malini - So let's go and make him happy.


Keshav - You kidding didn't you hear or see his reaction.


Malini - Doesn't matter with the latest update we have it will bring a smile to his face for sure.


Keshav - well I don't think so.


Malini - Oh shut up, you know nothing.

So Naina are you going to tell him or should I?


Naina - You can do the honor.

(Naina said smiling widely)


Malini - Naina's wedding got canceled.

(and she screamed in excitement. putting her hands in the air towards Keshav for hi-fi but Keshav didn't have the same amount of energy.)


Malini - What the hell dude, I just gave you the best news and you are acting dull?


Naina - Keshav all ok?


Keshav - I have to tell you guys something.


Malini - Whatever it is say it, don't create more suspense.


Keshav - ok, Rohan is getting married.


Malini - What???? what's up with him now?


Keshav - Well that's all I know so far.


(they both looked at Naina as she had said nothing on this till now.)


Malini saw the tear rolling out of the corner of her eyes but before she could have said something Naina wiped her tear and walked away.

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 Keshav - I can't Believe in just a less than 24-hour situation has been changed completely.


Malini - I don't understand how can Rohan be so changed all of sudden.


Keshav - I am done assuming now.


Malini - Does he at least know Naina's wedding is called off.?


Keshav - I guess no. At least as far as I know.


Malini - If you didn't tell him that means for sure he doesn't know.


Malini - you should tell him.


Keshav - I am not going to talk to him after how he talked last night with me.


Malini - Someone has to tell him.


Keshav - And what's the point of that?


Malini - Stupid his parents are not as strict as Naina's, He might be able to convince them to cancel the engagement.


Keshav - You got a point. But still, I won't talk to him. You are welcome to go ahead.


Malini - If that's what you want then fine I will tell him am not afraid of anyone.


Keshav - Great.


Malini - By the way where is he today. haven't seen him around.


Keshav - Wait is that his sister?


Malini - Where?

(she turned around to have a look at her)


Keshav - Yes that's Sakshi.


Malini - Do you know her?


Keshav - yes I do, saw her once on a video call with Rohan.


Malini - But what's she doing here?


Keshav - How would I know, look she is coming our way.


Sakshi - Hey Keshav Bhaiya!!


Keshav - Hi Sakshi, how are you?


Sakshi - am good, hi you must be Malini di. I saw your pic with Bhaiya.


Malini - Bingo sweety.


Sakshi - Where is he, I wanna take him to shop for his engagement.


Keshav - He is in a meeting will be getting free anytime now.


Sakshi - Great. so I have some time to look around for a while. he never lets me visit the office.


Malini - (she laughed) yeah sure you can.


Sakshi - Ok By the way where is Naina di, I want to meet her too.


(Malini and Keshav looked at each other kept quiet for a while thinking what to say knowing Rohan.)


Keshav - She is on the 4th floor.


Sakshi - Cool I will meet her and then go downstairs, you tell him that I am waiting for him.


Malini - Sure sweety.


Sakshi - and yes I am sure Bhai had already invited you but I want to say please do come, will have lots of fun.


Keshav - Yeah sure.

(as Sakshi left to meet Naina they both looked at each other in surprise as Rohan didn't invite them yet and everything is happening so fast.)


Keshav - Wait is she going to Naina so that she can invite her too?


Malini - Shit she will be so crushed.


Keshav - What are we going to do now?


Malini - I have an idea.


Keshav - probably now will be the best time to say it.


Malini - We can't tell Rohan but we can ask Sakshi to talk to Rohan. She seems to be a nice girl.


Keshav - Well she is a nice girl tho I remember Rohan told me he shares most of the things with her.


Malini - Do you think he must have told her about Naina? If yes then I don't think she will ask or invite Naina. will she?


Keshav - Well there is only one way to find that out. just go and talk to her.


(Malini went towards the elevator to catch Sakshi.)

***


As Sakshi was about to reach Naina's cabin Malini catches her and stops her.

Malini - Hey Sakshi Stop. (she exclaimed, which bought everyone's attention around.)


Sakshi Looked at Malini with surprise.


Sakshi - What happened?


Malini - Sorry to act this way. But there is something you should know, and it's kinda Important at the moment.


Sakshi - Oh ok what's that?


Malini - Not here let's go to Canteen will explain everything.


Sakshi - Ok.


(As Malini saw Naina getting out of her cabin from the glass door.)


Malini - Would you mind Going to the canteen? will be there in a minute.


Sakshi - Sure. (she left towards the canteen)


Naina - Hey Malini, what you doing here?


Malini - Nothing much you say? How are you?


Naina - I don't know how to answer that question.


Malini - I can understand. By the way, where are you heading to? Leaving early today?


Naina - Yeah, going home, dad has planned another meeting with someone.

I am really getting tired of all this. am just gonna say yes to whoever it is today, and end this once and for all.


Malini - Don't be stupid, you can't do that.


Naina - Let's see, anyway wish me luck. See ya.


(Naina left as Malini was standing behind with one more shocking news, after grasping it she went towards the canteen without wasting any moment.)

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 Sakshi - So what do you want to tell me?


Malini - It's About Rohan.


Sakshi - What about him?


Malini - Do you know anything about Naina and Him?


Sakshi - Yes I know.


Malini - So he did tell you everything.


Sakshi - Everything like what?


(Malini tells Sakshi everything so far to make her understand the situation and get her on the same page).


Sakshi - that's, why he wants to get married so quickly, I didn't know so much is happening around, he just told me once that he likes Naina di but that's it.


Malini - oh, but now he is getting engaged.


Sakshi - Yeah but the same goes for Naina and she is also going to see someone, that's the only reason Bhai lost hope and went another direction to avoid getting more hurt in the process, I guess.


Malini - But there's still hope left if we can try to talk to him.


Sakshi - Hope for what?


Malini - Look Sakshi, the thing is Rohan is not at all listening to us, he just gets mad when we take her name as of now, but there might be a chance he will talk to you about her.


Sakshi - ok I will try to talk to him.


Rohan - Hey there you are, I have been looking for you all around. Let's go.


Sakshi - Hi hey Bhai, I was just waiting for you, Malini Di accompanied me.


Rohan - That's nice. now shall we go?


Sakshi - yeah sure. Bye Di and thanks for the treat. (and she winked at her)


(Malini stepped ahead as soon as Rohan went few steps ahead of Sakshi and whispered in her ears)


Malini - And Sakshi there is something you should know that might help, Naina hasn't finalized anyone. the window is still open.

She is going to see someone again tonight.

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 (While driving back home after shopping)


Sakshi - Bhai can I ask you something?


Rohan - Since when did you have to ask for my permission?


Sakshi - This is something important so I thought I should ask first.


Rohan - Ok go ahead.


Sakshi - Why are you doing this wedding in a rush?


Rohan - What you mean by rush, mom was already behind my back, eventually, I had to so I said yes that's it.


Sakshi - Really is that all?


Rohan - Yeah, but why are you asking all this you yourself were so excited till morning?


Sakshi - Nothing happened.


Sakshi - what about the girl you liked so much, That HR, Metro girl.?



Rohan Gave her a serious look.

Rohan - nothing happened to her, well we both know she was out of my league anyway.


Sakshi - are you sure Bhai?


Rohan - Yeah, and all this crap Malini must have filled in your head. Don't let it get into your head.


Sakshi - Well she just told me the truth you were hiding inside. I should have understood this earlier when you came home that day all upset. But you lied to me that it's just some work issue. I thought you promised me that you will never hide things from me.


Rohan - What do you want me to say then, Haan?


Sakshi - The truth.


Rohan - what truth you wanna hear, the truth that Naina can't be mine? The truth that she is soon going to get married to someone else? The Truth is she loved someone else, and now she is getting married to someone that her parents will select for her.


Sakshi - Did you at least tell her? Did you try?


Rohan - Do you really think I would have given up so easily? I went to talk to her, I told her everything, and she just told me to leave right away. I can't force her to love me if she doesn't.


Sakshi - How can you be so sure that she doesn't?


Rohan - She would have tried at least or told me if she does.


Sakshi - Then you should have tried again. She asked you to leave and you gave up that's not what I expect from my brother.

I thought you are much better than that, you are saying how should you know if she hasn't told you yet. But what you did after that doesn't seem to be a nice thing either, tell me didn't she come to you after that conversation?


Rohan - Yes she did text and call sometimes.

 (he said in a lowering voice with a disappointment with himself).


Sakshi - Then how else you expect someone to tell you? You haven't been anything good to her either, or with your friends when all they were trying was to help you. But you went so cold with everyone, Did you even know what's happening around you?


Rohan - What do you mean?


Sakshi - She wanted to tell you what she feels about you the day you went out with just a disclaimer that you are getting engaged, She was standing there just to tell you that the guy her family looked for her has turned down and she wanted to share that information with you so that you can plan something and make it work out.


Rohan - What the hell, why didn't anyone tell me about that earlier?


(In the excitement Rohan didn't notice anything and he broke the signal and went straight.)


Sakshi - How can they if you won't let them talk?


Rohan - I should go talk to Naina.


Sakshi - She is going to meet another guy today with her family.



Before Rohan could have said anything he saw the traffic police come in front of their car to stop them. As they came out of the car, Rohan just handed the documents and some money to Sakshi and asked her to let the car get pulled and go home directly.

Sakshi - but Where are the hell are you going?


Rohan - To do something I should have done in the first place. Correct my mistake.


Rohan - Sakshi, go home and be safe (he screamed as he kept running).



Sakshi Laughed out loud while the traffic police still trying to figure out what is going on.***

Rohan ran as fast as he could to reach Naina's place hoping that he could still reach and stop her from going out. All he could think of was how stupid and stubborn he was that he didn't understand what's going on around him.

How I can be so rude to her, she tried to talk to me so many times and all I did was pushed her away every time.


But today I will make it work out no matter what. Even if I had to beg her parents.

As he reached her place he stood outside her door and took a deep breath before knocking on the door and when he was about to knock on the door he noticed the door is locked from outside.


He felt broken all of a sudden everything went falling apart for him once again. He couldn't think of anything else at the moment but just NAINA, he wanted to talk to her, he wanted to hold her hands and hug too but she was not there.



He reached to his pocket for his phone and dialed her no. She disconnected his call.


"Can't talk right now, is it important?"- Naina



"I need to talk to you pick up the call please".- Rohan



"I can't am in the car with my parents, all ok?"-Naina



"I am outside your place, I can't lose you again. Please tell me where are you I will come for you right away."-Rohan



"Go home Rohan it's too late, will talk tomorrow. Take care"- Naina


Before he could have texted back his phone went off. Losing his mind with the pain inside he started walking towards his home.


Feeling guilty for not listening to Naina when he had a chance and acting like an idiot.

Rohan reached around his home as he observed a car standing out of his place, thinking it might be the family of the girl he is getting engaged to.


He knocked on the door with no happiness and guilt in his mind.

Thinking how is he going to face everyone inside.


Sakshi opened the door with no reaction on her face and looking at Rohan


Sakshi - Any update?


Rohan said nothing just looked down and started to walk towards his room.


Sakshi - Bhai where are you going now?


Rohan - ahh in my room.


Sakshi - You do know people are waiting for you in the hall.


Rohan - Is it necessary? am not in the mood to meet anyone.


Sakshi - Yes it is necessary, you are getting engaged with her.


Rohan - but am not in the right state of mind please at least you should understand.


(Before Rohan could have said anything he heard his father's voice)


Father - Sakshi who is that? Is that Rohan? send him here.


Rohan - Coming Dad!


(Rohan went inside to his father and meet everyone but as he reached there he saw his father and mother were sitting with 2 other people and a teenager with them. With surprise, he looked at his mother asking who are they.)


Father - Why are you so surprised? You don't know them?


Rohan - Sorry, but no I don't remember.


Unknown Man - Well that's really bad then. You came in front of my house and don't even know me?


Rohan - but I didn't.


Father - Rohan they are here to talk to you. On something really important matter.



Rohan - With me? What is it, Dad?


Father - Rohan I am gonna ask you one Question answer me honestly.


Rohan - ok


Father - You know you are getting engaged with someone. And that too with your own decision right?


Rohan - (…)


Father - Rohan answers my question.


Rohan - Yes Dad.


Father - Do you really want to?


Rohan - Dad…


Father - Do you know who they are?


Rohan - No dad


Father - He is the Father of the Girl you went to see the day you came back home Crying.


Rohan - Naina

(Rohan said her name with the intensity of unable to understand the situation, confused and lost)


Naina's father - Yes Naina… You love my daughter, don't you?


Rohan - (….)


Naina's father - Then why are you destroying another girl's life.


Rohan - Sorry sir.


Naina's father - I didn't come here to hear your sorry.

Am here to ask you if you still love my daughter?

Will you marry her?


Rohan looked at Naina's father with his eyes wide open in the reaction of shock to what he had just said, thinking in his mind"What is this happening?"

"Is this for real?'

"Is this a dream?"

Naina's Father - Tell me Rohan, and if not then I guess there is no point for me staying here.


Rohan's Father - Answer him, Rohan.


Rohan - Yes dad, I love Naina.

(Rohan fell on his knees on his father feet )


Rohan - Am sorry dad.


Rohan's father - Why are you saying sorry son. You should have told me this before. Don't you trust me?


Rohan - I trust you, dad.


Rohan's Father - Then why didn't you tell me? I would have talked to him directly. why so many complications?


Rohan - Cause I am an idiot dad. I was scared, broken, and lost all hope, at that time.


Rohan's Father - Lost hope even before trying, this is not what I expect from my son.

I never saw you losing hope, even in the past few years when you lost your job, I might have been angry with you for not trying but I never lost hope in you, I always knew you are capable enough to do something in life.


Rohan looked up in his dad's eyes with tears in his eyes.


Rohan's Father - No stop crying and tell me why didn't you tell me or your mom.


Rohan - I thought I lost her!!!


Naina's Father - Indeed you did lose her if I haven't seen you that dad outside my house crying for my daughter.


I didn't say anything then because I didn't know anything about you. But then I did some background check on you and found out you are the son of my good old friend.


Rohan - You guys are friends?


Rohan's Father - Yes we are old friends, I received a call from him this morning and we decided to meet.


Rohan - But Naina told me you are out to see someone again, and she will never marry anyone against her parent's will.


Rohan's father - Then why didn't you come to me, to let the parents do something for you.


Naina's Father - I don't understand you kids these days, either you will fight for something bad we want you to stay away with, or you will just sacrifice everything.


Rohan's Father - You will only understand why we do what we do for our kids when you will become the parent.

If he wouldn't have had called me you would have regretted your whole life.


Rohan - I am really sorry dad.


(he looked at his dad's feet hugged him.)


Naina's Father - So you still wanna marry my Daughter young man?


Rohan looked at everyone in the room before answering the question his father nodded his head to give him approval, his mother wiped her tears and smiled, Sakshi winked at him with excitement.


Rohan - Yes sir I will, but where is she?


Sakshi - She is in your room.


Rohan - Can I see her dad?


Naina's Father - Go ahead, son.



Rohan ran towards his room


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