Riddhima walked gingerly inside the basketball court, clad in a peach colored churidaar, tucking her dupatta in nervousness, her heart hammered inside her chest seeing the crowd, she was always so scared in crowds but Muskan was always with her, but that’s the problem! Muskan isn’t with her, In fact she should thank God that she was snoring loudly when she left or else she would start with her questionnaire ‘kahan jaa rahi hai?’ ‘Akele?’ ‘Kab tak aaye gi?’ ‘Mein chalon teray saath?’ God! She was always so possessive of her.
She meekly took steps inside the court when she saw two girls running towards her.
“Umm…Hey! Tum Riddhima ho na?” One of them asked
“Umm…Haan” Riddhima answered nervously
“Hi! Mera naam Avni hai aur……….”
“Mera naam Roshni” they both introduce themselves to her while she smiled, confused
“Oh sorry! Yeh tou batana bhool hi gaye!” Avni said, “Hum Arman ke dost hain, uss ne ham se kaha tha ke jab tum aao tou hum tumhare saath hi rahein” Avni said
“Oh!” Riddhima realized they were Arman’s friends and smiled
“Us ne kaha tha ke tumhe crowds se dar lagta hai” Roshni informed
Riddhima was touched by his care; he cares for her so much! He knew she was scared of crowds so he sent his friends for her; she silently thanked God for sending Arman in her life.
“Mein Arman se mil sakti hun?” Riddhima asked hopefully
“Abhi?” Roshni asked uncertainly and Riddhima nodded
“Ok…wo abhi changing room mein hai” Avni said and they walked towards the changing room
Arman was tying his laces, sitting on the bench in the empty locker room. Suddenly he heard some voices of anklets and smirked, he knew she was here
“I knew you would come!” He said, surprising her, who stood at his back. How did he know she was here?
He tied a last knot and turned to face her, who stood there nervous of his stare; he went closer to her and removed the strand of hair form her face and she shivered, he smirked and kissed her cheek, she turned beetroot
“Arman!” A male voice broke their sweet moment; it was Vicky, the captain of the opposite team.
“New girlfriend? She’s nice!” he asked Arman, eyeing Riddhima from top to bottom while Arman moved away from her, getting angry at the tone he used while Riddhima felt bad
“Dude! Chill! Friend hai meri! And plz mind your language!” Arman said calmly to Vicky and he left
An awkward silence wrapped them up until Arman spoke up, “Sorry for that!”
“Koi baat nahi….In fact, thanks” Riddhima spoke and he smiled
“Wo…tumhe entrance pe Avni aur Roshni tou mil hi gaye honge”
“Haan” She smiled, “mujhe bohot accha laga ke tumne unhe meray liye bhej dia” She spoke honestly
He smiled. How can one be so innocent? He thought
“Arre yaar Arman! Jaldi aa!” A guy came inside and told him to come out quickly while they sighed
“Gotta go” He said
“Hmm” She replied and he started to go away when she held his hand, “Umm….Arman” and he turned
“Wo…..All the best!” he smiled
“Thanks shona!” And went out
Avni and Roshni stood outside the changing room, waiting for Riddhima, “Yaar Rosh!” Avni spoke
“Riddhima is a nice girl…..wonder Arman uss ke saath aisa kyun kar raha hai? I mean, just for a stupid bet?”
“You know Avni mein bhi ye hi soch rahi thi….she’s really sweet! Aur uss ne tou Arman ka kuch bhi nahi bigara tou phir……Aur upar se Arman bhi tou kissi ki nahi sun raha” Roshni replied
“You are right! Ek stupid si bet ke liye kissi ka dil torna……is not right!” Avni spoke
“Kaisi bet?” They heard Riddhima’s voice and turned to see her standing there, they were shocked. Did she hear everything?
“Kya hua?” riddhima asked, “Tum log kiss bet ki baat kar rahe thay?”
“uh…wo..wo….Kuch nahi…bas…..wo varun……..” Roshni stammered and saw varun talking to some random guy and an idea formed in her head, “Wo…Varun ne bet lagai thi ke Arman hi jeete ga” Avni sighed in relief, feeling proud of Roshni
“Chalien? Match shuru hone wala hai!” Avni asked and they nodded and moved towards the court.
They settled themselves on the seats and Riddhima’s eyes fell on Arman who was busy dribbling the ball. She kept looking at him ‘Ye mujhe kya ho raha hai? Mein ne pehle tou kabhi kissi ke kehne per kahin nahi gaye….tou phir aaj? Kahin mujhe Arman se pyaar…….nahi! Riddhu tu pagal ho gayi hai kya? Ye Muskan ke saath reh reh ke mera bhi Dimagh kharab ho gaya hai!’
The match started and the referee threw the ball up in the air, Arman jumped and pushed the ball towards varun, he caught it and dribbled the ball, he then threw it to Sameer and he threw it in the basket, they had done one basket! They cheered
The cheerleaders cheered Excel College, And Arman kept doing basket after basket. Riddhima looked at him and gave him thumbs up and he winked flirtingly at her in return, making her go red.
The match ended after sometime and the winning college was Excel College! All because of Arman! They audiences got up and cheered loudly, Riddhima smiled widely and saw everybody picking Arman up and cheering him. He deserved it! She felt really happy on his victory.
After sometime, Arman was occupied with girls and so Riddhima thought, ‘Ab tou wo busy rahe ga! I guess I should go, kal college mein mil ke usse Congracts keh dungi’
She started to go when Roshni and Avni came running up to her
“Riddhima, tum kahan jaa rahi ho?” Avni asked
“Mein ghar jaa rahi hun, ghar pe sab pareshaan ho rahe honge” Riddhima said
“Par tum Arman ko wish nahi karo gi?” Roshni asked
“Abhi tou mujhe nahi lagta main usse wish kar paungi” She said, pointing towards the crowd encircling Arman, “issi liye mein kal college mein usse wish kar dungi!” She said and they nodded
“Ok” Riddhima smiled and started to walk out of the court when Avni stopped her
“Riddhima” Avni called and she turned
“Umm…mein….tum ek bohot acchi larki ho Riddhima, kya tum humari dost bano gi?” Avni asked hopefully, forwarding her hand.
Riddhima was confused, “Avni…mein…tumhari dost?”
“Kyun?” Roshni spoke, “Agar tum Arman ki friend ho sakti ho tou kya tum humari friend nahi ban sakti?”
Riddhima was confused at first but then smiled and shook hands with them, they smiled
“Ab mein chalti hun”
“Ok” And Riddhima walked out of the court, glad to make two new friends
Riddhima walked down the deserted street in search for an auto, scared.
“Itni raat ho gayi hai, ghar pohanchungi tou Muskan ke sawaalon ke jawaab kaise dungi? Kya bolungi usse? Mtch! Aur koi auto bhi tou nahi mil raha”
Suddenly, a bike passed her, zooming in speed, almost knocking her off, Riddhima resumed her balance and saw the bike stop and the biker taking his helmet off, who turned out to be Arman. He smirked
“Arman! Tum? Tumhara tou match? Tum yahan? Aur aise koi bike chalate hai…pata hai, kissi ka accident ho sakta hai…….” She continued until Arman got fed up and kept his finger on her lips, and silenced her.
“Pehli baar tumhe itna baat karte hue suna hai” He said and she frowned
“And to answer your questions, Bike tez chalane ke liye sorry aur mera match khatam ho chucka hai, remember?” He said
“I know, lekin tumhare friends?” Riddhima asked
“Umm…good question! Lekin iss ka jawaab tumhe nahi mile ga!”
“Kyunki mein itna bara match jeeta hun, aur meri sab se special friend ne mujhe abhi tak wish nahi kia” Arman said, folding his arms across his chest like a cute baby and Riddhima turned guilty
“Sorry Arman! Wo…”
Riddhima pouted, “Arman actually tum itne logon se ghire hue thay, tou mein ne socha ke mein tumhe kal college mein wish kar dungi!...Sorry!”Riddhima said
“Accha theek hai…maaf kya!” Arman said and Riddhima smiled, “Ab chalo!”
“Arre mein jeet gaya hun...Tou let’s celebrate!” Arman said and Riddhima turned uncertain
“Umm…wo…Arman…mein….” Riddhima started to say
“Arman wo….ghar pe sab pareshaan ho rahe hoge” She said and Arman sighed
“Riddhima plz…..I know ke mein ne bohot saare matches jeete hain, but this victory was special, because you were a part of it. And I want to celebrate my victory with my most special friend, in fact, my best friend” Arman said which melted Riddhima’s innocent heart
She smiled, “let’s go!” And Arman smiled and helped her sit on the bike, as they zoomed off.
Arman zoomed his bike through the deserted streets, with Riddhima at his back; she was holding him by his shoulder, her eyes were closed due to the fright. Arman saw her eyes closed through the mirror and smiled, slowing the speed. She opened her eyes and smiled, as the breeze flirted with her hair. She closed her eyes, feeling the moment.
Suddenly, Arman stopped the bike, she opened her eyes and saw an ice cream parlor, and she smiled as Arman helped her off the bike
“You know yeh mera favorite ice cream parlor hai, I love it here! And I am sure you’ll love it too!” He said excitedly and she admired him in awe.
“Chalien?” He asked and she nodded and they moved inside
It was indeed lovely! The inside was really pretty and well maintained. She smiled, admiring it. They both placed their orders and took their ice creams and went outside.
“It’s yummy!” Riddhima praised, licking her chocolate ice cream
“I told you!” Arman said and they chuckled
Suddenly Arman stopped her and pointed towards her nose, which had a bit of ice cream on it, she frowned. Arman went near her and wiped it off her nose; they chuckled as they finished their ice creams.
“Chalien?” Arman asked
“Ab kahan?” Riddhima asked
“Mujhe tumhe ek bohot special jagah dikhani hai” Riddhima frowned but then smiled, she knew she trusted him. He smiled and helped her sit on the bike and they zoomed off.
After sometime, he stopped the bike in front of a beautiful garden and took his helmet off.
“Yeh ham kahan hain?” Riddhima asked, getting off the bike
“Ye meri favorite jagah hai, jab bhi mein kissi problem mein hota hun ya lonely feel karta hun tou time spent karne yahan aa jata hun, it feels really peaceful here!” He said
“Par ab se mein yahan akela nahi aaonga!” He said and she frowned, “Ab se tum meray saath aao gi!” She smiled widely
Hand in hands, they walked inside, Riddhima admired the inside, it was heavenly! She had never seen any place so beautiful. Arman looked at her smiling face and smiled.
“It’s beautiful!” Riddhima gasped, as she sat on the bench
Arman sat beside her, he head her praising it and moved near her ear and said, “Yes it is!” And kept his hand on her soft one.
She blushed hard, and got up from the bench and started to go when he held her hand and pulled her back, she breathed heavily. He kissed her cheek and said, “But not beautiful than you!” He whispered and she looked into his deep eyes and found herself lost in them. She gazed into his eyes, for what seemed like eternity.
Suddenly, it started to rain; Riddhima looked up at the sky and ran away seeking a shelter. She went under a shade, drying herself. But then she noticed Arman was missing, she looked here and there and saw him, arms spread wide, with his face towards the sky, eyes closed, enjoying rain to its fullest!
She smiled widely to see him like that.
“Shona!” Arman shouted, “Aao na!”
Riddhima shaked her head, but Arman was stubborn, he went to her and pulled her outside, Riddhima tried to free her hand but his grip was strong. But after some time, Riddhima herself started to enjoy herself. As the water droplets moved down her face, she twirled around, smiling widely. Riddhima couldn’t remember a time she was so happy because there were no such moments.
Her face fell at the thought, but then she pushed the thoughts aside and smiled. He stretched a hand towards her and she frowned, confused.
“Yahan?” Riddhima asked and Arman held her hand and pulled her so she crashed in his chest
“Yahan nahi tou aur kahan?”
He kept a hand on her waist and heard her gasp, which made him smile and held her tightly, entwining his fingers with her he twirled her around, delicately.
kuchh khaas hai kuchh paas hai, kuchh ajanabi ehsaas hai ( he pulled her towards him and looked at her intensely, she turned red and looked down)
kuchh duriyaan najdikiyaan, kuchh hans padi tanhaayiyaan ( he lifted her chin up but she had her eyes closed, breathing heavily. He pulled her closer)
Kya yeh khumaar hai, kya aitbaar hai (Riddhima looked at him, with confusion in his eyes, not knowing what to name the new feeling inside her)
Shaayad yeh pyaar hai, pyaar hai shaayad (She looked at him, as he held her close to him and kissed her cheek)
Kya yeh bahaar, kya intjaar hai (She flinched and closed her eyes, feeling her cheeks on fire)
Shaayad yeh pyaar hai, pyaar hai shaayad (He twirled her around and entwined her fingers with his, again)
kuchh saanz hai jaage se jo kal soye ( her heart was beating erratically, he kissed her forehead)
alfaaz hai chup se nashe mein khoye (they just held close to each other)
Nazar hi samjhaaye yeh guftgu saari (they gazed in each other’s eyes, as if eyes did the talking)
koyi aarju mein hai angadaayi pyaari (She felt the feeling inside her growing)
Kya yeh khumaar hai, kya aitbaar hai
Shaayad yeh pyaar hai, pyaar hai shaayad (Riddhima felt and unknown happiness in her heart, like she realized something)
na inkaar hai, na ikraar hai
Shaayad yeh pyaar hai, pyaar hai shaayad………. (She blushed hard)
Arman was driving his bike with Riddhima sitting behind him, her hands resting on his shoulders, she just couldn’t stop blushing. After their dance at the garden, she felt her heart swelling with happiness, felt her heart dancing with joy!
Suddenly, Arman stopped the bike, “Kya hua?” Riddhima asked
“Waise agar tumhe meray saath long drive pe jaana hai tou I don’t mind, par tumhara ghar aa gaya hai” Arman smirked and Riddhima looked up, “chalien?” Arman asked as Riddhima got off the bike
“Long drive pe?” Arman said winking
“Arman!” They chuckled
“Aaj ka din men kabhi nahi bhoolungi!” Riddhima said
“Mein bhi nahi!” Arman said
“Good night!” Riddhima said
“Good night! Kal college ke liye ready ho kar mera intezaar karna”
“Hum saath jaengay!” Arman said
“No par war! It’s final! We’ll go together!” He said, putting his helmet on, “Bye!” And zoomed off, leaving Riddhima smiling
Riddhima entered her room, all wet and blushing. What she didn’t see was Muskan standing in front of her with an extremely cross look on her face
Riddhima stopped dead in her tracks; she gulped to see how angry Muskan was. She knew that was her last day on earth
“Aa gayi waapas? Jahaan mujhe bataaye baghair gayi thi Wahaan thori der aur ruk jati!” Muskan said, sarcasm dripping from her words and Riddhima smiled sheepishly.
“Chup!” And Riddhima shut her mouth up, “Kahan thi tu? Subah se adhi pagal ho gayi hun! Phone pe phone kiye jaa rahi hun, madam phone band kar ke bethi hain! Have you even seen the time?” Muskan blasted
“Muski I am sorry…” She pouted, which immediately melted Muskan’s heart, but not so fast! She isn’t going to surrender soon!
“Tu thi kahan?”
“Wo actually Arman ne apne basketball match pe bulaya tha…tou Wahaan gayi thi” Riddhima said
“Kya?” Muskan had 12 struck on her face
“Muski are you okay?”
“Kahan se okay? Tu pehle tou mujhe bataye baghair gayi…wo bhi kahan! Uss bander ke basketball match mein” Muskan said, pitying herself, “Aur meri tou koi value hi nahi rahi!”
“Muski aisa nahi hai…”Riddhima hugged Muskan, “Tu meri behen hi nahi meri sab se acchi dost bhi hai!”
“Riddhu mein ne tumhe pehle bhi kaha hai Arman tumhare liye theek nahi hai!” Muskan said
“Mein sahi keh rahi hun”
“Hmm….” Riddhima said, “Hum iss ke baare mein kal baat karengay!” Riddhima said
“Ok fine!” Muskan said as she realized Riddhima wanted to drop the topic, “Tum jao jaa ke change kar lo!” Muskan said and Riddhima nodded and went in the washroom, after taking her night dress
Muskan thought, ‘Yeh Riddhu tou meri baat sun hi nahi rahi! Wo bander uss ko apne jaal mein phansaye jaa raha hai! Aur Riddhu itni bholi hai ke wo phasti jaa rahi hai! Ab mujhe hi kuch karna parega!’
Riddhima came outside; they wished each other ‘Good night’ and went to sleep.
Even though, in some hours, Muskan was snoring loudly but sleep was far away from Riddhima, she got up from the bed and went to the window. She gazed at the full moon for a long time and finally smiled
‘Yeh mujhe kya ho raha hai? Why is Arman affecting me so badly? Jab bhi wo meray paas aata hai, tou meray dil mein kuch hone lagta hai, jab bhi wo mujhe choota hai, tou mein kaanp uthi hun, Pata nahi meray saath kya ho raha hai?’ she closed her eyes, trying to focus
‘Kahin mujhe usse…..pyaar? Nahi...Nahi, mein usse 4-5 din pehle hi mili hun, aur pyaar? Already?’ yet she couldn’t deny the fact she was attracted to him from the time she saw him. She closed her eyes, remembering all the time, all the moments she spent with him.
She opened her eyes, which were teary by then. ‘Yes! I am in love! With him! I love him! Mujhe usse pyaar ho gaya hai, mein usse pyaar karti hun’ She whispered, her voice shaking, tears dropped down her eyes. ‘I love you Arman!’
She flopped herself on the bed, smiling widely. Now what she waited next was for the next day! Eagerly!
Riddhima woke up, stretching her arms in the air, smiling and blushing. She hugged herself as the wind blew, making her hair fly. She looked at Muskan who was sleeping peacefully, she sighed and got up. She opened her cupboard and got confused in what to wear. After a total 20 minutes, she took out a light pink colored churidaar with long sleeves and smiled at her choice; she took the dress and twirled around before going in the bathroom. She came out of the bathroom and saw Muskan still snoring.
“Muski utho!” Muskan groaned, “College ke liye der ho rahi hai!” Muskan kept a pillow on her face but Riddhima snatched it and pushed Muski in the bathroom.
“Arre! Arman ne tou mujhe kaha tha ke who mujhe pick karega! Oh God! Mein late ho jaongi!” She hurriedly brushed her hair, and putting on some kohl in her eyes, she applied some lip gloss, and then looked at herself in the mirror and blushed, suddenly, her cell beeped and she looked at the text
Waiting for you shona! Come fast :) – Arman
Oh! Arman was here! She glanced herself in the mirror once more, and when she was satisfied, she started to move down, but she remembered Muskan.
She wrote a note for her, knowing if she herself tells that she’s going with Arman, she will start with her long lectures and she didn’t have time for that, and leaving the note on the table she hurried downstairs
Arman was standing with his bike’s support, waiting for her when he saw her coming, clad in a light pink colored churidaar, with her books in her hand. She did look beautiful! He thought, and saw her coming close
“After you!” He winked, making her smile and blush at the same time. She was getting used to his flirty nature!
They settled on the bike and he zoomed off. He entered the college gates, leaving all the girls in awe! He stopped the bike and Riddhima got off.
“Shona, tum chalo, mein aata hun!” He said and she nodded and went inside. Arman parked his bike, and was about to go when he noticed something shining, he bent down and picked it up, realizing it was an anklet. He realized it was Riddhima’s anklet, smiled and went inside.
Riddhima was walking towards the library when she bumped into Rahul, “Oh sorry!” Riddhima said nervously
“It’s ok Riddhima!” Rahul spoke warmly and Riddhima smiled and started looking behind her, she looked behind where he was looking but saw no one there
“Kisi ko dhoond rahe ho?” She asked, in her usual, sweet voice
“Umm… wo Muskan nahi aayi?” He asked sheepishly and Riddhima smiled
“Actually, wo thori der mein aaye gi” She said and his face fell
“Bohot pyaar karte ho na usse?” Riddhima asked, shocking him. It was unexpected to him!
“Umm…. Wo…mein…”Rahul stammered
“Mein jaanti hun Rahul!” She spoke warmly
“Yeah! I love her; actually, it was love at first sight for me, but I don’t think she loves me!” Rahul said
“Tum aisa mat socho Rahul! I am sure she too harbors some feelings for you!” Riddhima spoke as if trying to comfort him, “I’ll talk to her!”
“NO!” rahul spoke, startling Riddhima, “Plz usse baat mat karna!” Riddhima sighed
“Don’t worry Rahul! I won’t say that you love her!” Riddhima spoke
“Ok” Rahul said, relieved, “Thanks Riddhima!” She smiled
“Ok…I guess ab mujhe chalna chahyie!” Riddhima said, “Mujhe library jaana hai!”
“Ok!” rahul said and they smiled at each other and she left.
“So…kya baat kar rahi thi tum meray bhai se?” Arman popped up, “Meri burai tou nahi kar rahi thi?”
“Koi burai hogi tou bataongi na” She said and he felt guilt rushing in his heart yet he ignored it immediately!
“Shona! Chalo canteen chalte hain!” Arman said
“Arman mujhe library jaana tha!”
“Arre! Wo tum kab nahi jaati! Chalo na!” And took her in the canteen, where they had a cup of coffee together. The bell rang and Riddhima left for her class when the others showed up.
“Hmm…full time action chal raha hai!” Sameer spoke
“Action nahi romance!” varun corrected while Arman rolled his eyes
“Shut up guys!” Maya spoke “Good job Ammy!” She complimented him flirtingly
“Sorry guys! Bet’s over” Arman spoke
“WHAT?” They shouted, everyone was shocked especially Maya
“Yes guys! Riddhima’s a nice girl; I can’t hurt her feelings”
Maya got furious, “Ammy! What’s wrong with you? Tum ek behenji ke liye back off kar rahe ho? Don’t you remember, kaise uske college ke pehle din uss ne tumhari insult k thi, she ignored you! Aur uss ki behen, don’t you remember that? Threatening you in front of the whole college? Come on Ammy!” Maya said, and anger rushed through his veins remembering how she and her sister insulted him
“I can never forget it!” He spoke with gritted teeth, trying to control the anger in him
Riddhima was facing Arman, lost in his eyes, he gently moved the hair from her shoulder and kissed the nape of her neck, she gasped. He kissed her earlobe and stroked her hair, pushing her to the wall, his grip on her waist tightened, making her moan.
Rajju di: Thanku didu I guess I’d better not worry about the dislikes, but still di, jab koi aap ki story ko dislike karta hai tou it’s natural ke writer janna chaahta hai where is h/she lacking? Even I was upset! :( But anyway, thanku :) ye lo mera cute sa smile :) happy? :D Hahaha :P take care….love u
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