Geet was pretty sure that shed definitely come up with some or the other plan but she didnt realize what she expected to be a cake walk, would turn into one of the biggest complications she had ever experienced. With the country battling recession and rupees dipping lower, it was getting tough to invest in market. Companies and withdrawing from investing in liquid funds and going international with dollar soaring sky high was a tough challenge. If she wanted to save the resort, she had to find a way to get the cash flowing in… and none of the investors seemed to be interested in risking themselves in something that yielded nothing.
It was almost the end of a week and she was getting more and more entangled in the web with no way out. Whatever way she tried, seemed to have blocked her way someway or the other. The protests and disappointment were getting stronger while their counterpart left no stone unturned to squeeze them into the crisis. Geet could realize the extent to which Arjun had knowledge about their working around the globe. He had chosen time and scenario perfectly. Investors had started withdrawing their partnership from the handas owing to the crisis getting bigger each day… while the gossip spread around that Geet handa was incapable of handling crisis efficiently and that she should step Down from The post of the director. seven days were probably the turning point in everyones lives. Geet started to come back home late at night… Arjuns company was not leaving a single chance to grab those broken pieces from Geet… Market had other rivals too.
It was probably around 2 In the afternoon when maan called. She had been too held up to even breathe. She was getting into a lot of pressure from every direction…and she didnt even have time to think on anything else. Yes, she missed him at times but she just didnt get time. But his call was a breather. She kept her files away for the first time in those seven days and took the call.
Sasha was right beside… Geet had hardly taken any calls for the past few days and here she was taking initiative.. umm that was curious and hothot??
kahan ho tum? Are you alright?
[where are you?]
am stuck maan… keeping too busy!
Maan? Sasha wondered who maan was..for Geet usually stayed away from guys. But then something struck her… maan as in Maan Singh Khurana? She had met him during the conference and she was pretty sure there were together. even she had got the news of them being together in Goa!
will be right in your office in 10 minutes…
am busy maan..
I dont think...
She sighed, fine… am here in my cabin.
She disconnected the call and fell back on her chair. She was tried… she has to speak to arjun. If he was playing games then he has to know what he has gotten himself into. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath in. Shed no ways let that resort slip away… they had a lot of memories in them.
“hey hey…wake up sleepy head… dont slack off during office hours babe…”
She heard his voice getting closer and closer. Was it already 10 minutes? She opened her eyes to see him right in front of her. Sasha had excused herself to her cabin which was right beside Geets. Her eyes widened in surprised when she saw him there.
He leaned over Geet, who was seated on her chair, put his arms on the arm rest and pressed a longing kiss on her lips. His eyes fell on the specs she had worn and pulled them out, “tum ek hi week mein chashmish ban gayi? I loved the improvement sweety…,” and he pressed another sweet peck on her lips before sitting on the table.
[you became a chashmish just in one week?]
Sasha blinked a couple of times seeing them so close. Embarrassed, she just closed the blinds and sat there, trying to get a grip on herself, “he really is a charmer!!!”
“no… I just wear it occasionally…give it back maan…”
He held the glasses higher while she stood up, trying to get a hold of them.
goodness sweetheart… you have become so thin!!! Whats wrong with my tiger these days?
She eyed him quizzically wondering if he was actually worried or being sarcastic. She stood in front of him, crossing her arms across her chest, tum hi guess karlo…
[you guess it…]
He jumped down the table and kept the glasses properly on the desk. He wrapped his arms round her waist and pulled her closer, what is it Geet? you seem too tensed…
She looked up to him, hearing that seriousness in his tone. She wanted to tell him everything… and let him help her like he did while in Paris or every time else.. she knew his capabilities and she knew he will be able to help her out but then she stopped. It was her responsibility to make everything right and make her company trust her potential, she took a deep breath in, just too much work… so how come you are here suddenly?
umm.. you know you can talk to me about it tiger… I have come to take you out for lunch...
lunch?? How can I go…
shhh…, he kept his finger on her lips, silencing her, suddenly reminding her of that passionate night in his farmhouse. Seeing after so many days suddenly made her crave for his touch with so much force… she didnt know why it was happening but she loved it.
just shut your lovely mouth for once and come with me…
The office was surprised to see MSK in their premises and barge right into the directors cabin… they were shocked beyond limits to see them walking out together, with his hands holding her close round her waist. But both could just give a damn. The aura that surrounded them was too strong.. anyone would feel intimidated. They got into his car and drove to their destination. He stopped in front of one of his favourite 7 star hotels and walked her in. He had reserved the table in the exclusive lounge at the corner most side. It was a dimly lit room, giving the feel of a royal palace with its interior intricately designed. Geet was a little surprised seeing everyone smile at her. maan led to his preferred table and pulled out the chair for her. she loved the whole decor… actually everything. They sat there talking here and there when he called the waiter and whispered something to him. he smiled and walked away. Geet looked at him curiously.
what?, he asked, catching her gaze.
can you please explain.. ye sab chal kya raha hain?
[whats all these going on?]
relax Geet… youll get to know it in a few seconds..
She looked around to see people busy in their business… there was one table where a few ladies sat, talking and having their food… and suddenly everyones attention went towards the entrance. Geet looked at them curiously and them at maan who had a wide smile on his face.
turn back sweets…
She turned back only to see a three-tier chocolate cake standing right in front of her, with beautiful decorations of vanilla crme and one beautifully designed candle on the top. He leaned closer and pecked her cheek, happy birthday Geet…
It was then she realized it was her birthday… she had completely forgotten about it due to work. Her eyes widened in surprise while a smile crept on her lips. She could never forget their dinner date in Paris two years back… gosh it was already two years to it. she recalled nisha calling her to eat sweet before leaving for office but she had been too tensed to notice anything. She just turned 24 today. She felt so pampered… he remembered it.
you..remember my birthday?
how could I when I had stolen your first kiss that day in Paris…, he replied shamelessly.
She just loved that sweet surprise. She cut the cake without wasting a single moment and fed the first piece to herself. He wasnt even surprised… but he felt happy seeing that satisfaction on her face. The waiter served them cake slices on their plates.
serve the rest to everyone present in this hall…
right away sir…
he took some cream on his finger and smeared it right on the tip of her nose.
hey… what was that for?
my birthday gift Geet…, and laughed.
The waiter served cake to everyone present there. he served the cake to the group of ladies present there while they just couldnt stop sighing seeing the love. nisha was awed by it too. She was here with one of her friends and she was touched by the gesture.
can you tell me where they are sitting.. we must wish them too...
yes maam.. its the lady’s birthday sitting over there…, he pointed towards the corner table. Nisha looked towards the direction pointed and was surprised to see Geet with maan… she could very well remember his face. They were talking while the waiter poured champagne for them. she felt actually nice knowing very well that it might be maans plan. Though Geet never spoke anything about it, she could see slight changes in Geet.. she smiled and excused herself. She walked towards them slowly.. observing them… actually him!!!
Geet was enjoying her cake when she heard someone wish her, happy birthday beta…
thank… and she stopped seeing nisha in front of her, Chachi aap yahan?
Nisha smiled, yep… am glad that you are celebrating your birthday beta…
She turned to maan who was just a mute spectator of the event. She extended her hand to him, hey… you must be maan right? am Nisha… Geets Chachi..
Maan smiled as he shook hands with her.. he was awed by her grace. She, in no way, looked like Geets Chachi.. she rather looked like her sister. He offered her to sit while Geet excused herself to clean her cheeks that maan had smeared with cream. A few minutes went in silence, maan not knowing what to speak right at this moment whem nisha broke the silence, so, how do you manage my parkati?
He smiled hearing that naughty question, I tell you aunty… she is a tigress, hard to tame…
Nisha laughed and kind of liked his nature, call me Chachi beta… dont be so formal…
They talked here and there when nisha popped in a question, do you like her maan? Please be honest…
Maan looked at her worried face… he had realized nisha was a very warm person who loved Geet dearly. He held her hands and spoke gently, I love her Chachi…I love her a lot…
Nisha was surprised but then she sighed in relief.. at least someone loved Geet even after knowing her nature, you know her nature right… she wont even think twice before giving into her own will… she will be very cold at times… and rude but trust me… meri beti dil ki buri nahin hain…bas uska pyaar jatane ka tareeka alag hain
[my daughter is not bad at heart…but she has a different way of expressing it…]
Maan understood her unsaid words, Chachi…please dont worry… I will never leave her alone… I will do anything to keep her safe…trust me..
That was the confirmation that nisha had always wanted. She smiled and blessed maan. Geet just returned wiping her face. Nisha winked at Geet and whispered into her ears before leaving, youve got to tell me everything tonight…
Geet didnt even understand… tell her what? She ignored it and got back to her world. She probably had a very relaxing time with her hotshot…but something was amiss. She thought for a while… but then something was really amiss. They walked back to their car and she looked at him carefully. He pretended not to notice and drove her back to her office. This was really something that was bugging her. she was to get back into that suffocating place once again and maan was definitely not getting what she was trying to hint at. They entered the lift and pressed the button for the 15th floor.
Geet stood beside him, waiting for the door to close. One the doors closed, she felt him tug her hard on her arms and smack his lips right on hers. She smiled, immediately pulling him closer, kissing him back fiercely. Her tongue darted out to enter him while he just let her lead. His hands slid back to her back, cupping her bottom…she couldnt resist but moan a bit and instinctively wrap her one leg around his waist. He pushed her on to the wall and kissed her hard and long. The hidden passion was too volatile… a fire that didnt even take seconds to ignite… a drug that didnt even take time to show its effect.
umhh…, she writhed in discomfort when he left her all of a sudden, leaving her longing for more. She slowly opened her eyes to see him smirking at her condition. She twisted her lips and brought him close to her again, clutching him by his collar, trying to reach for his lips. He moved his head back and smiled, I’d love to kiss you again sweetheart but I dont want people to see us like this when the lift stops at the next floor…
He pecked her lips again and straightened himself. She corrected her dress and her smudged lipstick. The doors opened and she walked out to her cabin. She went a few steps ahead and found him missing. She turned back only to see him stand in the lift and smile at her.
maan…, she tried to call while the doors closed on her, making him invisible. She sighed… but she felt something… a weird feeling brewing up in her. what was that? something very restless… she slowly walked towards her cabin, still not able to get the images of the doors closing on his smiling face, out of her mind. she was distracted by Sasha, calling her to check on some stuffs.
She checked on the stock market… and so many things here and there but nothing seemed to give her relief. She was slowly realizing how deeply had arjun studied everything before making such a move. She fell back on her chair.. she didnt even seem to know why arjun was hell bent on troubling her. this was just getting tougher each day. The resort was in a mess… and other stuffs going haywire. She finally decided to go home after Sasha insisted. She sighed and looked out of the window as Sasha drove her back towards the mansion. She asked her to stop in front of a cafe so that she could grab something to drink. They both entered the place while Geet got a coke for herself. She gave her card for the payment.
The cashier swiped it and returned it back to her, sorry maam… this card is temporarily blocked..
She sighed realizing all her cards had been blocked. She just hated whatever was going on. Sasha was right beside her.
its okay maam.. Ill pay.., she took out some money.
That was a hit on her ego. She was definitely not going to let that happen and make her indebted to Sasha.
no stop… I will do it..
She fished her bag and found some cash. She paid with it and got herself a cigar with some more money. They walked out with the cigar between her lips. Sasha was quiet knowing Geet was in a very foul mood when she insisted on driving. Sasha kept quiet at the moment and let her do as she wished and sat on the passengers seat. Geet took to the steering with one hand while the other rested on the open window pane, with the burning cigar between her fingers. She didnt even bother putting on her seat belt and drove madly towards the handa mansion.
Sahsa didnt bother asking her or telling her anything. She just let her do whatever she wanted. Geet puffed in her cigar in between… lost amidst so many thoughts and sped faster.
Maan sat in his office, looking into some documents when he heard a knock at his door. He looked up to see Arjun walking in with a smile. He actually hated that smile…but then he just kept his calm.
hey maan… yaar tu kahan rehta hain aaj kal..aur Goa se waapis kyun chala aaya achanak?
[hey maan… where had you been all these days and why did you come back from goa so suddenly?]
Maan ignored him taking his liberty to just barge in and sit without his permission. He kept the file away and looked at him coldly, I got some urgent work… so I had to leave on a short notice.
Arjun smirked as he played with the paper weight, urgent kaam tha ya Geet ke bagair dil nahi laga?
[was it that urgent or you missed Geet?]
its nothing as such Arjun…, maan tried to change the topic, so how come you are here?
come on dude… dont change the topic… everyone saw both of you together…must say, your choices are great… she is too hot…
He felt like punching this moron right away. He banged his hand on the table, if you really dont have anything sensible to talk about, please leave…
thats interesting…why do I feel that you are in love with her dude?
I have got some work arjun.. I dont wanna talk about stupid things…just leave
He tried to maintain his composure just for old times sake… or else he wouldnt even think twice before killing him.
hey hey chill..am leaving. But dont make her your weakness buddy… you might have to pay heavily…
He walked away leaving a fuming maan. He wanted to beat the hell out of this guy. He wondered how a jerk like him could even become his friend? He had seem that smirk on arjuns face…after Geet, he had probably never touched a single woman. No one had ever made him feel differently… and that was achieved by Geet. he just knew from that very moment that she was the one. He could just kill anyone to have her safe and sound, with arjun NOT being any exception.
Geet walked in to the dark hall, still playing with that cigar. It was around 11:30 at night and mansion was just too silent. She blew out the smoke arrogantly when nisha pulled it away and threw it, what is this Geet? you’re smoking?
Nisha was waiting for Geet when she had seen her with that cigar. She was shocked to see her like that.
Chachi… for gods sake can you just leave me alone?, she bit out coldly and walked into her room. Nisha followed and stopped her, holding her hand, no… I wont leave you alone. Do you realize what you are getting yourself into? Aur… aur ye kya haal bana rakha hain apna?
[and what have you done to yourself?]
Geet was in no mood to listen to anything. She ignored her words and went to get her change of clothes. Nisha pulled her in a jerk to face her, Geet… listen.. I know you are stressed out and under a lot of pressure… but beta… can you just for once step out of this mess… you can hand over the resort to arjun for a while and later deal it back…kya zarurat hain itni raat bahar rehne ki… aur itna stress lene ki? Why cant you just take a simple route for once?
[why do you need to stay out so late at night… and taking so much stress? ]
I am not selling it Chachi.. and I will come out of this mess.. dont worry..
But nisha was nowhere near letting her go. She held her hands firmly, how can I not care when I hear so many things being spoken about you? So many accusations and you are just keeping quiet like this? Geet… I will tell you honestly today…the world which you are in is very very dirty. I know you are strong… but we are women beta… there are so many limitations on us… and those people will never think even once before shattering you into pieces…
Chachi… I wont break… and I will not let them go away easily…
That spark in her eyes were dangerous… nisha didnt know how to make her understand. She wanted Geet to have a normal life like any other girl of her age… and not get into such stuffs but Geet had been entangled so badly in the mess.
Geet…I want you to live a normal life beta...
this is my life Chachi… please dont stop me..
She didnt even wait for nisha to say something else. She went into her washroom and shut the door with a bang, letting nisha know her verdict. Ana was just outside Geets room when she heard the argument. She went in and saw a tearful nisha.
maa… please dont stop di. Let her do what she wants… she will come out of this...
Nisha wiped her tears, I know even you want to join Geet…mind you Ana dare not think on those lines. I dont want my daughters to suffer..
Nisha walked away, not wanting to have another argument with Ana. She so much wanted Geet to step down from this mess… at least for a while. things were getting complicated and Geet was not even ready to negotiate.
The next day was not welcoming for Geet either. She was not even ready to talk to her dad, thanks to her sky high ego and her will to prove herself. She was getting too irritated…for the first time, failing to do something. Mohinder kept a tab on her but he didnt want to get in unless Geet realized where she lacked. He knew the scenario was getting worse…but his health wasnt permitting him to even move out of the bed. He just wished everything became normal and Geet was out of this mess real real soon. his failure to save his daughter from being the victim was making a mockery of his fatherhood.
Geet threw away the file…unable to take it any longer. She had to meet that arjun to clear things up and try to find a solution to save her company. She dialled his number and he picked it up in just one ring.
hey Geet… how have you been?, he sounded sarcastic. Geet took in a deep breath and tried to gulp down her anger, I want to meet you…today!
I am busy baby… I have got meetings lined up..you have to wait.., he tried to play with her.
I want to meet you today itself Arjun!
She heard him laugh and reply back, fine then… meet me around 9pm in my office.
Geet disconnected the call and looked at the time.. it was going to be 5pm. This bas**** actually tried to mess up with her. shed make sure he tasted dirt.
next: so.. how many nights with maan?