How Ana just wished to watch them like that forever and ever!! They looked so cute together!! Sasha and raj left for office while maan came to the breakfast table with a plate of hot pancakes!!
Ana looked at him naughtily, “woah..The MSK cooking for us? How come we got so lucky??”
Maan smiled and ruffled her hair, “it happens once in a life time darling..”, and he just laughed it off.
Ana was so awestruck with him..he was indeed charming and chivalric and who knew she might just lose her heart to him!!!
So many nights passed since then… and so many things happened! One restless soul always slept in the anticipation of meeting him the next day while the other soul slept only to dream of him. It was probably around a month or so… and things were surely changing faster. Maan seemed to spend every little time he got with Geet…who was more than happy to have him with her. Sasha was happy to se changes in maan and Geet’s relationship while her own relation seemed to make her life brighter.
Ana turned in her bed, changing sides when her eyes fell on Geet, sleeping beside her, with a sweet smile adoring her lips. Ana smiled..she had been so happy for her sister…but then her own feelings had been quite tumultuous all this while. she stated at a smiling Geet and recalled the evening which had made Geet so happy.
Maan had come wearing his suit…looking absolutely dashing. Geet was so happy to see him at her place. Upon asking, he informed that he’d be leaving for a party..geet just couldn’t have stopped staring at him.. and Ana.. uff her heart couldn’t have been happier! She never interacted too directly..but then she had become good friends with maan and raj over the month. It had actually become a ritual for maan to drop Geet at her dance class and Ana at her college. She had been just too addicted to this daily routine.. so many things seemed to have been forgotten.
Ana smiled, thinking of maan… he was indeed a charmer! She looked at the ceiling…trying to sleep…so that she could wake up to see his face in the morning. It didn’t matter if he came to see Geet only… it didn’t matter he never thought differently about her but then she was happy that he could make it every day! That seemed enough.
For Geet, things were completely different. her day started with maan…her day ended with him. either he was in his office or he was with her. he seemed to have made his space in her life. he had taken her out for a walk or even an ice cream countless number of times… and it felt special because it was all for her…only her! she had never in her life felt so happy..and somewhere in this, her quest for their story’ seemed to have been lost somewhere for she was living in a dream world right now. his care, his love…his smile..everything seemed to affect her and she could do nothing but get into the flow, forgetting everything else.
The next morning, Geet was getting ready when the doorbell rang. A smile crept on her lips… it must be maan! It was time already. She quickly pulled on her jacket combed her hair while Ana rushed to open the door. And there he stood…the man who had taken away her sleep… clad in formals, with his utterly sexy smile adoring his lips.
“good morning…”, he greeted her so sweetly.
Ana eyed him naughtily, “how come you are here so early? Didn’t sleep last night or what?”
Maan fake a cry, “what can I do when you two girls eat my head off the whole day…”
He ruffled her hair lovingly and walked in! This was what Ana and maan shared now! they would taunt each other for stupidest of things and then laugh it off. It was more of close friends types! When Geet got mad, Ana would help him woo her back and of course there was seldom a chance when the reverse happened!
Maan sat on the couch when Ana commented, “am sure breakfast tho aap yahin khane wale hain… I am going to make spicy oats…”
[am sure you are going to have your breakfast here..i am going to make spicy oats..]
Maan gave her a serious look, “oats will be fine with me..but please zeher thoda kum daalna..”
[oats will be fine with me…but please add less poison!]
And the next moment he burst out laughing seeing that expression on Ana’s face!!
“maan…grrr I hate you sooo much..”, Ana screamed and threw a cushion at him.
“ohh my… easy tiger.. don’t wake that chudail in you…”, he pinched her further.
“you are so dead…”, Ana threw another cushion at him angrily. Maan laughed and threw back another at her…and then suddenly the whole living area became a battle field!!
Geet stood by the stairs, adoring the cute best people of her life, fighting like kids. When she knew they were being too much, she stood in between and shouted, “okay..war over..please stop. We are getting late..”
The three had their breakfast together, with maan and Geet stealing glances at each other. Ana was super happy…her day was made! The three headed out and Ana took her usual seat at the back, leaving the duo to themselves.
They had just gone a little further when Geet exclaimed, “maan… aaj ice cream khane chalein…please…”
[maan..shall we go for an ice cream please..]
Ana was not listening to them. she was lost in her thought when it struck her…she had forgotten to tell them about some fest in college that she had participated and wanted them to attend it and also a little help in her subject from maan.
“di… maan…i want to..”
She was cut in between by maan, “Geet…this is the third time in this week already..”
Ana stopped, smiled and tried again…she had to submit her assignment the next day, “okay…ice cream can wait..now listen…”
“please..please…please…pretty please… “
“no ways Geet… not this week anymore…”
“guys… are you listening?”, Ana tried again but then they seemed to be so lost in their own world to even listen to anything. This was not the first time it was happening… but she had never taken them to heart! but then… when your feelings grow stronger..your power to feel emotions enhances ten times. Pain is more painful…happiness is more happy…she felt bad! When they are together, they see no one else!
She sat in the car while maan went to drop Geet. Stella greeted them and extended her hand for a shake. Geet gave her a stern look and held maan’s right hand tightly, pretending to have not noticed anything. Maan got that… he had been noticing her quite a lot..she never liked him speaking to Stella a lot. He sook his head and cut short his conversation with Stella.
Once Stella was gone, he squeezed her hand tightly, gaining her attention and looked at her meaningfully.
“jaan… were you by any chance jealous of Stella?”
The color on her face faded… she was not jealous because she never knew what it meant but then she hated Stella for even laying her eyes on her maan!
“who said I was jealous… I was not..”, she pretended to be all fine. He laughed at her effort to not show her vulnerability and brought her hand close to his lips and pressed a soft kiss on the back of her palm. She stilled…feeling that feather light touch of his lips on her skin… almost burning that part. Her eyes widened in surprise and shock…rendering her completely speechless! This was the first time he had ever been so open like this… her heart skipped millions of beats while he enjoyed her reaction.
He waited for her to speak something or even fight back..like how she used to get back to him for everything he did… but this was not Geet handa he was dealing with! He left smiling, leaving her still in a sweet shock!! He went back to Ana waiting for her. they drove silently for a while when maan spoke up, “so..you were saying something Ana?”
She was mad at both of them for not listening to her but then he did!! My goodness, he did! A wide smile adored her lips..out of all, he didn’t miss her!! she felt her chest swell up in happiness.
They spoke about her subjects and what she needed help in…maan explained in such expertise, she couldn’t help but feel her heart flutter. She so didn’t want to get of the car and go away from him but then her friends were waiting for her. she half heartedly said him a bye and rushed off. Off late, maan had been the gossip in her friends circle and that everyone knew she had been a nut case now.
“hey you should say him Ana… so what if he is your sister’s boyfriend.. anyways your sister doesn’t remember anything at all…”, one of her friends commented and burst out laughing.
Ana was so mad at him for making such a statement, “dare you speak a word against my sister!! I told you she is like this because of an accident and I don’t see anything funny about it… better behave yourself… else I will not think twice before I kill you…”
“hey hey we are sorry okay.. just kiddin’… why don’t you introduce her to us? She will feel better if she meets people..”, he winked at his friends unnoticed by Ana.
Ana just shot them a glare and walked off. They were such moronic people… she hated them! she got into her class and tried to take her mind off those crap opening her book.
Geet was so excited to have been able to come with maan for an ice cream. She was completely unaware of the developing feelings of Ana towards maan. She was living in a dream world now…with no sense of reality. She still had jitters all over post that kiss… facing him made her flush but then she couldn’t help but be with him all the time.
Maan made her sit in the car while he went out to attend a call from office. She licked her mint with chocolate chip waiting for him. maan spoke to some client about his work when he felt someone watching him. he immediately looked around but found no one. He sighed and continued with his call. Once done, he got to the car and drove back to drop her. he stole glances at her…she was too busy to even notice ice cream dripping down from the corner of her lips. She was messy… he smiled to himself! The messy Geet Handa!
They stopped in front of her house and her hands were totally sticky and messy! He looked at her.. she looked so damn cute! A piece of chocolate still stuck to the corner of her lips and she was finding it difficult to open the door with her messy hands. He just couldn’t have enough of her. how he wished she’d at least remembered something about them..so that he wouldn’t have to hold back! His pupil dilated as his throat hurt with that lump forming in it!! he had her so close..that day, she was lying in the pool of blood and he was just beside her but couldn’t even reach her! he wanted to hold her close to his heart once and cry his heart out…she was in so much pain and the result of that is right in front of him!!
She felt his piercing gaze at him and looked at him, looking so lost.
“maan…kya hua?”, she asked cutely.
He knew he cant just go ahead and express himself openly to her… in fact he had no one to open up. He wanted to turn away from her but deep down, that spark still remain alive in them. he held himself back, still not averting his eyes from her until he couldn’t. He leaned forward and pressed his lips on the corner of her lips.
She felt she’d faint right there!!! her heart beats echoed in her ears..what was he doing? Her eyes widened in shock…unable to understand what should she do! Before she could even react, that sensation was gone. She looked at him bewildered and he just looked away to the other side, unable to answer those questioning eyes.
“it was the chocolate…”, he managed to mumble, “you should get back home..”
Geet was equally stunned with his sudden change of mood..he seemed a little lost somewhere. She somehow managed to open the door and rush in!! The moment she was gone, he hit his hand on the steering, cursing himself to have scared her like this.
Ana stood at her balcony, secretly wishing maan to come out and wave Geet a bye so that she could get a glimpse of him. but sadly, he didn’t tonight!! She sadly watched his car move away and got back to bed. Geet joined her sometime later but this time, none of them spoke!! Geet was too disturbed..and so was Ana!!! With feelings, come the desire to own! Ana was probably transitioning to that phase and she never realized what was happening with her.
Maan woke up a little late the next morning. He got ready and walked down to dining hall. Avantika sat with the news paper, furious! He kissed her cheeks, “good morning mom…”
Avantika glared at him, “can you tell me what exactly are you doing?”
“what did I do now?”
Avantika threw the news paper at him. he grabbed it and checked the first page which shocked the hell out of him.
“MSK hiding his love life… could it be the future Mrs MSK?”
The head lines and the reports screamed out all the possibilities of who could it be the girl and why was she kept hidden!! There was a picture of maan’s car right in front of the locality where Geet stayed!! Goodness… there was a picture of him with Geet but then thankfully her face was not visible. He had held her close by her waist!!
“what is going on maan? I see you too busy these days…”
He was too shocked to realize anything… how come he had forgotten all about the media?!! Shit… he had actually forgotten about them!! he got continuous calls from office as he rushed, speaking to adi! He had completely forgotten about media getting involved…he had actually never even expected the media to stalk him!
The moment he reached his office, media crowded him clicking pictures and whatever they could ask! For a moment he had forgotten he was the MSK!! Adi came rushing and his body guards helped him get in without much hassle! He get to his cabin and closed the blinds! He sat on his chair, trying to get a grip on things! he had been going out with Geet quite frequently now… but in all that he had made sure she was not out in the public for long. But then…media getting to know..and then the locality of Geet… he was getting worried! He closed his eyes and then suddenly remembered he had felt someone looking at him the previous night in the ice cream parlour! Could it be that he was stalked??!!!
The morning at Geet’s place was too stressful. Sahsa was worried sick… things were falling apart so quickly..things that had been kept buried for more than a year now was resurfacing. Geet wont be able to handle this knowing how much pressure she would be in! And the picture of their locality was scaring the hell out of her. Raj and Ana tried to calm her down but she was too worried.
“I don’t know how am I going to deal with this! I had old maan sir not to get too much involved.. and Chachi.. gosh she will be so upset…”
“Sasha.. please don’t worry.. they haven’t seen Geet’s face I guess.. we will come over it..”, raj tried to console her but Sasha was nowhere to understand. Ana went to check on Geet who was sleep, unaware of anything going on around. She tucked her properly in the spread and went back to Sasha who was trying to call maan!
The news was everywhere by now, spreading like a wild fire that a girl had been spotted with msk… and no one knew who she was! The world knew about MSK and GH link up and break up so who could this new girl be!
Maan rushed to Geet’s place only to meet with a nervous Sasha. The reports had taken rounds of their locality trying to search for that girl! everything seemed to crumble down..one year of hard work seemed to just go into the drain. After much discussions, finally maan had to decide the toughest, “Sasha.. don’t let Geet go out of the house whatsoever… I can manage the media but we have to keep Geet away from all this..i will try to be less in contact for the time being… I just hope this news doesn’t reach India!”
Geet woke up to her own sweet rhythm of heart and smiled thinking about him. he would be here to pick her up for the day! she got ready taking all her sweet time and came down to meet Sasha and Ana getting ready to leave.
“hey..where are you going? Wait..i have to go too Ana..”
Ana and Sasha looked at each other and sighed. Sasha stepped ahead and spoke out, “your dance classes have been terminated and from now on you are going to stay back at home..”
“what?/ but wh..why? where is maan? Ana… whats wrong?”, she was too shocked to hear Sasha’s verdict all of a sudden. Sasha did’t want to tell her anything of media or anything. She was anyways stressed out…nisha would be so mad now.
“Geet..jitna kaha jaye..utna kiya karo..you are not going anywhere..and maan is not coming here anymore.”
[Geet..do how much is told… you are not going anywhere..]
The thought that she might not be able to meet maan almost killed her right there. Sasha had never been this strict. She ran up the stairs and the first thing she did was to call maan. She was so scared of this sudden change. She waited for him to take the call but then he didn’t take the call!
She was surprised..he might be busy, she guessed. She called him again…she knew he will be able to handle Sasha for her! and this time he disconnected the call! She was all the mre surprised. She had no idea what was going on and suddenly everyone seemed to alienate her. she tried again and again and he kept on disconnecting her call. She was so shocked..he never missed her calls she knew. How much ever busy he was, he always took her call…and suddenly everything seemed like breaking down. She rushed down to ask Sasha what was going on but then stopped short seeing her angry about something.
Sasha looked at Geet and then at Ana. Ana looked down and quietly went out.
“Geet…listen to me carefully.. we are going out. DO NOT…i say DO NOT open the door for any body… whatever reason they may say, until and unless you are sure it is us, don’t open the door for anyone…”
Geet was so confused, “but why? What happened?”
Sasha sighed, “do as I tell you…its not safe outside… “
“but Sasha tell me…”
“shh… don’t open the door..not even for maan you get me?”
Geet looked down while Sasha went out. She was so confused and shocked at the turn of events. she rushed to her room and tried to call maan again and again but he never took the call. She was so upset at the end…what was wrong with everyone? Why were they suddenly avoiding her?? she called maan once again with tearful eyes…and this time, he disconnected the call!! That was the end of her patience..she threw away her phone angrily and fell on the bed, crying! why was he out of all people avoiding her? she cried not because she was upset..she cried for an unknown reason that brewed up in her heart…like a certain helplessness she had felt long ago…too helpless and too pitiable!! She cried for something painful..something similar she had felt before..sometime in the past but she couldn’t remember a thing! And she cried until she fell asleep!!!