“I never wanted anyone to tie me down.. Its my life and I will decide what to do and what not to… I want to see myself at the top… I have a lot to do in my life rather than get married and be an obedient wife… I WILL do what I wish.. and no one dare stop me..”
He looked at nisha angrily… who was totally in shock hearing out everything. She had never in her dreams expected that Geet would turn out like this!! She felt ashamed… she felt she had not done good enough to bring up Geet…she saw maan look at her…hurt and pained and she just dipped her head.
“glad that you spat it out in front of everyone… Now I can proudly say..Its Over!”, he looked at her in disgust, held his mom and walked away. He just couldn’t believe she thot it all a game!! He was defeated…and more than that he was mad at himself to have let himself vulnerable. Avantika was still in shock… she couldn’t even believe what just happened! She suddenly hated Geet like anything… breaking her son’s heart who had been in love with her madly. She sat quiet throughout the drive and kept on thinking how maan used to tell her about the girl he loved… how happy he was..and what she found in Geet was completely opposite from what she had thought of. She hated her like anything…and wished she never crossed maan’s path ever again.
Silence prevailed in handa mansion for sometime as Geet took a deep breath in, controlling her rage. This was all so messed up. She sighed and turned to leave when she heard nisha’ voice, “what was all that Geet?”
She stopped, rolling her eyes and turned back to face nisha, “now what Chachi? I guess I was very clear with what I want..”
Nisha was disgusted at her thoughts… especially about her father when she had been so close to him. still…geet confessed everything from her own mouth..and that look on maan’s face..she just couldn’t bear it. he loved her so much and what did Geet give him in return???
“how can you even think to break maan’s heart like this? He loved you so much… forget maan…what about bhaisahab??”
“Chachi… please.. i told you it was over with maan… why didn’t you even ask me once before fixing this crap? Who gave you the permission…”
“I don’t need anyone’s permission to decide what to do what not to…’, nisha warned her…getting really angry at her words, “today I feel ashamed of myself… can’t believe its me who raised you up…your mom would have been so heartbroken…”
Geet twisted her lips, getting irritated, “yeah right…then who told you to do so much for me.. for god’s sake Chachi… you are not even my mom…”
And she stopped feeling that sharp sting on her cheeks. She looked up with her red yes only to see tears in nisha’s eyes as she had slapped him.
“I can’t believe what you have become… you broke maan’s trust..his heart…when he loved you so much… you broke all my expectations.. your dad’s expectations…and today you just…”, she wasn’t even able to complete the sentence. She breathed in sharply and turned away, “since you have spoken so much… I guess its better you learn things yourself…can’t believe you are the daughter of Mohinder and Jasmeet Handa!!”
Nisha walked away leaving her alone with that pain still lingering on her cheek. Geet stood there all alone in the empty house, fuming…whats wrong with everyone? Why were they not trying to understand what she wanted in life? she just hated every damn thing and she could just care less. She went back to her room and saw her face in the mirror. She took the comb and started coming her hair…it was the first time nisha ever raised her hand on her…she hated it. her ego was hurt big time…she combed her hair harder, breaking a few strands of hair… why don’t people understand?? Whats wrong with them? she changed into her night suit and fell on her bed…looking blankly at the ceiling.
He turned to face the ceiling…with her words still echoing in his ears. tears stung his eyes… he felt broken today… only she had the power to make him feel so helpless in front of his own heart. he hit his chest reminding himself to stop being the maan’ and face the reality. He closed his eyes for a while, calming himself…his trust was broken so badly..that he’d never be able to trust anyone with his heart again perhaps.
She blinked a couple of times thinking so many things…about her dad, nisha, Ana… and her mom. Lots of memories flashed in her mind but she didn;t want to think of them. she covered her head with the duvet and slept off giving a full stop to all that crap going on in her mind.
Morning was very different for both of them. he was calm and quiet and seemed reserved. Avantika kissed his forehead as she served him breakfast but didn’t speak about that girl who broke his heart. maan preferred to say nothing.
Geet descended down the stairs, talking to Sasha on phone and saw nisha and Ana already on the breakfast table. She smiled and joined them, “good morning everyone…”
Nisha just took her plate and walked to her room. Geet expected that… but even Ana?? She didn’t expect that. she rolled her eyes, “ohh great now I have to bear all this drama.. god why me??”
Sasha came in and saw her having her breakfast all alone. She found it strange because handa mansion breakfast table busteld with people. She greeted Geet who was looking into her planner.
“umm..shasha.. have breakfast with me.. sit..”, she spoke munching her toast.
“ah thank you ma’am but..”
She stopped seeing that glare from Geet, “why do I have to remind you the obvious thing again and again that I don’t like to repeat things??”
“ahh am sorry…”, Sasha sat right in front of Geet while the maid served her breakfast. She wondered where others went but dare not ask her. Geet seemed to be back in her old form. The entire hall was silent except the occasional clanking of spoons and plates when Geet spoke up, “so when do we have to leave for New York?”
“umm.. on the 22nd…exactly two days from today.”
“umm…”, she finished her food and went to the couch, getting her purse, “get the car out…” and she walked out in attitude. Sasha sighed and looked at her incomplete breakfast plate…it was done for! But she somehow guessed Geet was not in a very god mood. She had been quite focussed after her dad’s death and she had been working really hard. She left her food midway and rushed out.
Two days passed quickly and Geet knocked the door.
“yeah come in…”, came nisha’s voice.
Geet went in and saw her sit curled up in one corner of bed and read a book. Nisha turned to see who it was and immediately looked into her book realizing it was Geet. she was really hurt with the way things had turned out…she was wrong about this girl. she loved none but herself and she left her alone for that. they haven’t spoken a word after that night and Geet didn;t evn ask for her. that hurt the most…she wasn’t speaking to Ana as well. and she wondered why she was here today.
Geet sat beside her on the bed and called her out softly, “Chachi…i will leave for New York today…”
Silence prevailed and nisha didn’t even look up at her and kept herself focused in the book. Geet sighed knowing nisha was mad at her and tried again, “Chachi… am leaving today..”
Nisha looked up this time hearing her louder voice and just plainly asked, “so??”
Geet was surprised to see nisha not reacting at all…usually she used to get very worried if Geet went abroad for anything…especially alone.
“wo..i just wanted to inform…”
Nisha cut her in between, “I am not your mom Geet..you don’t have to worry. Have a safe trip.”
Thats it!!! but it hit Geet. this was not nisha..not the one she knew. She sighed and left her alone knowing it would take sometime before her anger melts and went to check on Ana who was rushing to her college.
She stopped and turned back to see Geet smiling at her.
“am leaving for New York… tujhe kuch chahiye??”
[am leaving for New York …you want something?]
Ana looked down, very hurt with the way her di had become, “umm no thank you. Am not in need of anything yet… bye..”
She turned to leave when Geet spat out, “whats wrong with you all? Why are you guys behaving like this? Come on…its past already…”
Ana turned to look at Geet with tearful eyes, “whatever you did to dad was wrong di… and worse what you did to maan…”, and she just ran out. Geet stood there for a while… and sighed.. why do even people take such stupid things to heart? she rolled her eyes and walked out, carrying her luggage wondering how can people over react to such an extent!! Sasha was traveling with her and probably she knew Geet a little too well…she knew she wasn’t seeing maan anymore..reasons still unknown but yes she knew Geet and her temper. As they drove towards the airport shasha dared to ask question seeing Geet a little lost, “ma’am…is everything fine?”
Geet looked at Sasha quizzically, “tum jaan kar kya karogi sahsa?”
[what will you do knowing it?]
Sasha rolled her eyes and looked out, “am sorry I was just a little curious..”
“curiosity is dangerous Sasha… concentrate on what you are supposed to.”
Sasha sighed…no wonder this girl doesn’t have friends… as in real friends. She was very well aware of jazz, rahul, arjun… and everyone in her friend’s circle but she knew Geet was never close to anyone. She wondered if something happened with maan but she dare not ask her. Geet will not even think twice before chopping her off.
It was just a one day work for Geet in new York…she was supposed to get back home a day later. But things were strange…nisha never called…nor did Ana!! Usually nisha’s get so worried about small small things related to her… but there was nothing. Geet did try to call her but she remained unavailable. It was just evening when Geet decided to take a walk around the city. Her meeting was done and flight was the next day. She was anyways getting bored. She just changed into her casuals and walked out. Sasha saw her going out and followed quietly. She had observed Geet a little quiet these days and remembered Mohinder handa always asking her to take care of his child…she’d do her best..at least for that man. She followed her quietly, keeping a safe distance. She was surprised when Geet didn’t take a car..nor a taxi. She just walked slowly. Sasha was confirmed there was definitely something wrong. She took a step when her cell beeped with nisha ma’am flashing on it. now that was really a confirmation..there was definitely something wrong or else nisha would never call her.
She answered the call only to hear a worried nisha, “shasha… Geet theek tho hain na?”
[Sasha… is Geet okay?]
Sasha smiled and saw Geet stand by the edge of a small bridge and look at the sunset.
“yes maa’m…she is fine… but may I ask if everything is fine?”
Nisha sighed, “I really don’t know Sasha… just be with her.. and take care of yourself too.”
Sasha was touched…she had always received a family love’ from this family.
“yes ma’am I will…”
“but don’t tell her I called okay… just don’t…”
Sasha looked at Geet once again who was lost looking somewhere, “umm rest assured. I won’t tell her…”
Maan sat in the conference hall, thinking something when he heard a knock and a female figure stepped in. He was too lost to even think about it.
“maan…”, he heard her seductive voice and realized it was the same client with whom he had just finished the meeting.
He noticed her take off her shrug and place it on the chair beside. She was wearing an off shoulder top, revealing her bosom and a short skirt. She came and stood right in front of him and smiled, “if you don’t mind.. I’d like to take you out on a dinner…”
He arched his brows looking at her while she winked with that sexy smile of hers. He sighed as he got off his chair and walked towards her. everyone knew what kind of a person maan khurana was…he got what he desired…and girls were just ready to throw themselves at his feet. He inched closer while she just willingly gave in. He held her by her waist and pulled her close while his other hand caressed her cheeks softly. She closed her eyes feeling that touch, “shall I take it a yes?”
He smirked, wondering how people get fooled so easily..in fact he had been the victim of the same recently.
“you are beautiful..”, he whispered in her ears while she smiled, blushing. His fringer ran down her neck, “I would so much love to go if it was only a dinner sweetheart… but you see I don’t give a damn to those bi**** who throw themselves at my feet…”
And the next moment she felt herself being pushed away. She was shocked and looked at him quizzically. He could just give a damn. He held his coat and walked out. He stopped by the door and spat out, “don’t forget to dress up before you leave this place…and better not show me your face if you are more interested in dinners and stuffs…”
She was embarrassed… this was really an insult. She muttered curses as she pulled on her shrug and walked out. He was really a smarty…but he was indeed irresistible.
He kept himself aloof…trying to focus on work..in fact he over worked just so that he never thought of her..it still hurt and it was painful. . and he didn’t even know how many days had gone by. He just let himself lose and went to the disc.
She landed in delhi and was so glad to get back home… but this time there was no one to greet her. nisha kept aloof and so did Ana. They had never expected Geet to be this heartless. She went to Ana’s room and saw her reading a book. She smiled and plonked herself beside her, “so..hows college?”
Ana looked at her from the corner of her eyes and then got back into her book, “its going fine di…”
Geet rolled her eyes…madam at least spoke something better rather than accusing her.
“umm.. and how are you liking your subjects?? Did you get any boyfriend yet??”
Ana looked at her only to see a naughty smile adoring her lips. She sighed… yes she was upset with Geet… and she still is… but there is a part of her who wanted her sister so badly. She kept the book away and rolled flat on her bed and sighed, “no di… theres no one..”
Geet smiled and rolled flat beside her, “anyone who you like?? Spit it out Ana…”
Ana sighed looking at her sister… does she even realise she had broken someone’s heart and is not even bothered a bit about hurting someone? She just wanted to change the topic, “di…lets go to the disc tonight…”
Geet was delighted…finally something good to take her mind off from so many things that had happened in these days, “fine… we’ll go tonight..”
Nisha watched them for a while and went back to her room. She wondered where Geet was heading towards… so insensitive to her surroundings??
Geet and Ana enjoyed the music when in the dark hall when they bumped into arjun and jazz who had come out for a date. Jazz was glad to see Geet and Ana and all decided to settle together. Geet didn’t even spare a look at arjun who seemed to watch her closely. The settled together with their respective drinks when jazz pulled them for a dance.
“no jazz am tired after the journey… I will sit and enjoy ..you guys carry on..”
Jazz pulled Ana and arjun but arjun got a call and stayed back. He watched jazz give him a flying kiss and vanished into the crowd with Ana. He talked a bit and then his attention went towards Geet who seemed to play with her drink. He slipped a little closer towards her and traced his finger on the rim of her glass, “you seem worried sweetheart…”
She looked up at him angrily hearing those disgusting words from her mouth, “mind your own business arjun..”
He smirked looking at her reaction. She shook her head and got off the chair to get to the bar when he held her hand, “how come maan isn’t with you…i swear he’d have killed me for touching you…”
Geet breathed in sharply as she warned, “let go of me arjun…”
She seethed in anger as she felt him inch closer to her, still holding her hand, “come on Geet… you think I don’t know anything? I know you used him to get out of the mess that you had been in…”
She twisted her hand, “let go of me…”
“not until we are even for that slap… you remember sweetie?”
She was so mad…she hated this guy. She just gathered all her courage and pushed him away..but he was far from letting her go. He clutched her hair tightly and pulled her close, making her wince in pain. His face inched dangerously closer to her while his eyes burned with rage and lust, “I don’t forgive and forget…remember that…”
She struggled to let go when he left her. she looked around only to see jazz coming towards them. she glared at him angrily…but he just winked at her and walked to her. she was disgusted… she hated it and just walked out.
He watched her with arjun… he knew arjun would never think twice before hurting her… but he held himself back. He was drunk… but his heart didn’t seem to be at ease. It took him every ounce of his self control to just stop himself from killing that arjun for even touching her… but that pain was unbearable. The glass in his hand shattered into pieces while his fingers bled. He watched Ana follow Geet quietly and took a deep breath in. As much as he hated…he couldn’t stop himself from following them quietly just to see if she was okay. He watched them get into the car and drive away and sighed. He got back to the disc and fell on the couch… hating himself for still loving her…caring for her…and getting himself burned in that fire of love and hate.
next: lonliness knocks