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SEASON FINALE


LAST PART 11

Geet smiled, “beta ho ya beti… koi fark nahi hain. jo bhi hoga, humare liye babaji ka aashirwaad hi hoga…”
[son or daughter..it doesn’t matter. Whoever it is, its a blessing for us.]

Tayiji sat beside her and cupped her face, “kyun aise bolti hai… beta hi hoga..nai?”, she said lovingly, making geet lose her smile.
[why do you say like this.. it will be a son only…right?]

“bahut sahi kaha aapne…”
[you said absolutely correct.]

Geet was startled to see dadima at the door, smiling. She was worried now, what if dadima heard all that tayiji had spoken? But it was needless to worry because dadima had heard and now she sat beside geet and pressed a kiss on her forehead and looked at tayiji, “ladkiyan ho tho chinta lagi rehti hain… par aapki baatein sunne ke baad hum chahte hain ki hume beti hi ho…”

[if there are girls in the house, there will be lot of things in mind but after hearing you, we wish we get a daughter only.]

Tayiji flustered, seeing dadima talk so sweetly, giving her subtle warning to just not poke her nose into this matter.

han tayiji.. dadima sahi keh rahi hain. “, geet found courage in dadima to speak up,
“mere pariwaar ko agar koi pareshaani nahin tho aapko bhi nahi honi chahiye..”

[yes tayiji, dadima is right. If my family doesn’t have any problem, then you shouldn’t have any problem too.]

Tayiji was tongue tied. She dare not open her mouth in front of savitri devi now for she knew what this lady was capable of. She just walked out, quietly, leaving rajji with geet.
Time passed real quick and geet was so happy to see her parents, showering all their love on her. they had a wonderful lunch time and sat in the hall, having their desserts when rano gave away the gifts that she had brought for geet and everyone in the family.
It was time to leave and geet was teary. She’d be moving to London in the next few days so she wasn’t sure if she’d be coming back anytime soon. She hugged papaji when tayiji seemed a bit worried.

“puttar… ghar ka pehla baccha hain.. tu itni dur akele.. hum soch rahe they kit u agar humare saath rehti..maa ke paas rehna acha rahega…”
, she spoke what she and rano had decided on their way to Delhi.

[puttar… its the first child in the family. And you’ll be staying so far from us. So we were thinking if you stayed with us… being with mother will be very helpful…]

“thank you tayiji… par meine rano maa se baar kar li hain, “
, Maan intervened, with his cold attitude. He still hadn’t forgiven tayiji or Brij for what they had done.
[thank you tayiji but i have talked to rano ma.]

“unko koi problem nahi hain geet ke jaane se kyunki wo janti hain geet ke liye kya sahi hain aur kya nahi..”

[she doesn’t have any problem with geet’s departure because she knew what is right for her and what is not.]

Tayiji glanced at rano who seemed so proud and happy and just walked out, taking whatever dignity she was left with. Geet, though felt a bit sad, but she knew it served her well. She told rano how Sona bua took Simmi with her to her home in Bangalore to help her build up her life and rano couldn’t help but bless her child for being so brave. It takes a lot of courage to stand against so many people and take the right step. She
kissed geet as they left, “rote nahi baccha… hum phone karenge..khush raho dono..”

She blessed the couple and her family left after a long day. Geet was already feeling tired. They all settled on the couch, resting and chit chatting when geet whispered something into annie’s ears which made her giggle. Maan noticed that, “what’s going on?”

Annie laughed, knowing Maan would say no, “bhai..she wants to eat golgappe..”

Maan shot a glare at geet, “no outside food for you.. remember?”

Geet twisted her lips and looked away. She had fever a few weeks back for eating chaat from outside and since then Maan had banned outside food for her. dadima smiled, “stop being so strict on her…we will make golgappe for her at home only.”

Ahh! The pampering! She actually felt like a queen. Within an hour, she was relishing the savoury golgappe with that spicy sour water while Maan just watched her, smiling. The three ladies of his house were gorging on the golgappe like they had been hungry since ages!!! Cute!

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“Maan… mein theek tho lag rahi hun na?”
, she asked him the nth time, unsure, still standing in front of the mirror.

He rolled his eyes and put on his cuffs, “han pumpkin..you look absolutely gorgeous.. stop worrying now.”

He looked up to see her stand in front of the mirror, clad in a lose long blue evening gown, with her hair tied up in a bun, still skeptical. He sighed and hugged her from behind, “itna mat socho… you look more beautiful than ever.”

“do you think my tummy looks too big?”
, she asked innocently.

It was 6th month of her pregnancy and they had been back in London. Annie and dadima had accompanied them. But right now, his pumpkin was too worried.

“pregnant women’s tummies are obviously big na jaan… its alright. Stop thinking. Come on, we’re getting late.”

She still didn’t look convinced. They were to attend a party with Michelle and Ryan, who had over the years, become good family friends with the Khuranas. She made a face and Maan pressed a kiss on her cheeks, “you look cute pumpkin… and big tummy means healthy baby!”

She felt like laughing at his silly logic. She knew he was trying to cheer her up and she did smile, pressing a peck on his lips, “love you…”

He couldn’t be happier. Dadima put a kala teeka behind her ears as they headed out for the dinner party.

“Ohh my God…geet…”, Michelle squealed seeing geet and hugged her, being careful of her tummy. Michelle and Geet had become really good friends. Michelle caressed her tummy, “Ohh dear… we have a tiny pumpkin on the way…”

Geet frowned as everyone around laughed. And Maan did too. Michelle and Ryan still called her pumpkin and geet had settled with that..well she had to! There was no way out.

She talked to a few of her friends when her eyes fell on Maan who was happily talking to a lady.. precisely, the same lady she had seen him with on TV and the same lady that she had seen in the restaurant with Maan. She frowned..what the hell was she doing here?

Maan finished talking and got to geet, hugging her sideways, “you having fun darling?”

She twisted her lips, “she was the same girl whom you had an affair with, right?”

He rolled his eyes…she still hadn’t gotten over that incident, “come on pumpkin…you can’t be serious!”

“no am not serious… go hug her!, she taunted.

He looked at her incredulously, “geet… I told you right she was a client and that thing you saw in TV, I had been to meet her in her hotel for she was to fly back in the next few hours. Media cooks up shit..”

“yeah i know… but what is she doing here?
“, geet sneered.

“her dad apparently knows Ryan so..come on You know I love you right!”

She smiled resting her head on his shoulder, “yeah… I know.”

The evening went quite awesome for everyone and as everyone settled for dinner, Ryan raised his glass for a toast, “for Pumpkin and Junior Pumpkin..”

Maan, Michelle and few other close friends burst out laughing while those who didn’t understand, looked confused. Geet felt like hiding somewhere. This was so embarrassing! She didn’t speak to anyone till they got home and the moment she saw
dadima, she hugged her, “dadima see how he teases me every time…”

Dadima caressed her and glared at Maan, “Maan..what is this? Why do you trouble her all the time?”

“dadima…meine iss baar kuch nahi kiya… whatever happened was all for Michelle and Ryan..”, he spoke innocently.

“We don’t trust you… your wife is pregnant and you are hell bent on troubling her. have some shame!”

He rolled his eyes and made a face at geet, “aur jhooth bolo. And i get to hear all the taunts! Nautanki!”

He went back to their room, knowing geet wouldn’t be coming back anytime sooner for she had to fill in even the minutest details of the party to Dadima and Annie!

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Geet sat in the living room, adorned with simple yet elegant jeweleries, with a red dupatta on her head. Maan sat beside her as people surrounded them to bless her on her special day- the baby shower. She smiled like she had never before and the glow on her face just said it all. their relatives had flown to London from India just to bless her and she could ask for nothing. Though she missed her family but Rano had sent her gifts with their blessings. Annie was busy handling the guests while Sona bua loaded her with gifts. Upon asking about Simmi, she told that Simmi was now a teacher in a school and doing absolutely amazing in her life.

She and Maan were busy talking to the guests when her eyes fell on a certain somebody, standing right in front of her with a smile on his lips. She couldn’t be happier.

She got up, actually Sona bua helped her stand as she took cute baby steps towards him and hugged him, “Ohh Aryan am so glad that you are here…”

Aryan smiled and hugged her back, “My my..you are quite a beauty to behold geet… pregnancy has done wonders on you!”

She laughed but her darling hubby hated the mere sight of the guy.  His eyes shot daggers at the man who openly flirted with his wife. He didn’ t even understand why the hell was he invited in the first place! Ohh wait.. his pumpkin was the one! He sighed and walked to geet, unable to bear that sight.

Meanwhile Annie had joined Aryan and Geet in their chit chat and they teased him of his marriage!
“Aryan.. chalo find a nice girl and get married!!”

He laughed, “yeah…i Know right. And today you look so beautiful that I could actually marry you.”

Geet laughed and so did annie.
“oops.. you’re late Aryan… I am 7 months pregnant already.”

He knelt down in front of her, “doesn’t matter. Am ready to marry you even when you are 7th months pregnant.. come on..its a good offer. Apne pati ko chodo.. get married to me!”

The trio burst out laughing, unknown to the fact that a certain somebody stood behind geet, fuming in rage. How dare he!! That guy proposed his pumpkin and now when she was pregnant, he was proposing her again!! unable to take that, he stood by geet and pressed geet closer to him possessively, “glad you could come Mr Sharma… it seems my wife is having quite a gala time with you..”

Aryan shook his hands with Maan and smiled, “pleasure is all mine Mr. Khurana…”

“ahh..do you mind If I borrow geet for a while? Why don’t you enjoy dinner? Annie please see Mr Sharma is well settled!”

And the next moment, he frisked her away from the crowd, making her wonder if he was still jealous of Aryan.

The moment they were a bit away from the crowd he pulled her close, “tum uss Aryan se dur raho samjhi..”

And then her doubts were cleared and she burst out laughing.

“you are laughing? Damn that guy…I hate him!”


“ohh Maan… you are jealous!! That too Aryan se?”

He made a face and looked away. She cupped his face and made him face her, “Maan… You think Aryan doesn’t know how much I love you? Or I love you any less?”, and she took his hand and place it on her baby bump, “ It always takes two Mr Khurana…”, and she winked.

He leaned forward and kissed her tight, catching her off guard. Her eyes widened in surprise, more than that she was scared if someone saw them like this…she’d die of embarrassment.

He broke the kiss and smiled, “I know..but I still don’t like that guy.”

“Grow up Maan. You are going to become a father!”

“that doesn’t mean I start liking that guy!”
, he snapped and hugged her close. Geet sighed…this man was incorrigible and she knew there’s nothing she could do about it. so she just left all thoughts behind and hugged him back, basking in the warmth of his love and his cute jealousy.
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EPILOGUE

3 Years Later

“no no… mamma No miki…”, tiny Aarushi Khurana ran around while Geet ran after her with a glass of Milk. She was going to be three soon but she was so naughty that she gave geet headaches.

“Nishi…please beta… mumma is tired..
.”, geet sighed. She called her daughter Nishi out of love and so did Maan. It was 6 in the evening and she had been running after her for the past one hour. Nishi wasn’t a very innocent kid…she was naughty, as geet said, just like her father, always up on her toes and geet had tough times to hold her still even for simplest of things.

And finally she caught hold of her daughter who was jumping over the couch, “Nishi.. you are a good girl right.. finish this..”

Nishi frowned…she was one enthusiastic kid who wouldn’t rest even for a minute. Getting her to sleep was one herculean task for geet and with her condition now, she was getting tired very quickly.

Nishi looked at geet and frowned, “no mamma… nishi no miki..”, she shook her head vigorously, snapping geet’s patience and she lost it, “stop all this and finish your milk else you are going to be punished!”

Nishi glared at her and then pushed her hand away that held the milk, spilling it all over the floor, “No bad pumpkeekin… nishi no talk to fat pumpeekin… nishi go to papa…”

She had learned pumpkin from Maan and  she just could never get it right so it became Pumpeekin for her. and when she was angry or upset, she used pumpkin for geet.

Geet glared at her and held her hands, “is this the way to behave?”, she reprimanded, “Nishi is a bad girl and mumma isn’t going to speak to her ever…”

The maid servant quickly cleaned the floor and asked geet if she’d get another glass to which geet refused, “No. No more milk for Nishi..she is a bad girl. You go finish your work.”

Poor little nishi’s heart broke with her mother’s anger. She knew geet somehow made her drink milk, no matter what and this time she wouldn’t even try. Geet just left her hands and fell on the couch, tired. And seeing her mother give up, she started crying. She ran to geet, hid her face in her lap and wailed out, feeling so heartbroken.

Geet was so tired after all that running, especially during the third month of pregnancy and with Nishi around, it was a bit difficult for her daughter was too energetic. She softened seeing her baby cry her eyes out just because her mother wouldn’t speak to her. she lifted her plump self up in her arms and embraced her, “ohh mela baby… its okay…Nishi is mamma’s angel..”

But she cried louder, making geet smile. she hid her face in her mother’s bosom and just cried. Geet caressed her, cajoled her and kissed her telling her stories and that she wasn’t mad and that Nishi was a good girl. It took her half an hour until she stopped crying and slept off in her arms. Geet reclined on the couch, with Nishi sleeping on her and looked at the wall in front, that had dadima’s portrait hung. She had had a peaceful death after Nishi’s birth and geet missed her. Dadima was her support…her strength and everything she could have asked her.

Even today, dadima’s memories made her teary. Annie was back in India and she was finally engaged to Aryan, almost a year back. She’d be back the next week for the marriage preparations would kick off. she didn’t realize when she slept off, holding Nishi in her arms.

She felt his breath over her lips and smiled in her sleep, knowing he was back. She slowly opened her eyes to see his smiling face as he leaned over and pecked her lips softly, taking sleepy Nishi in his arms.

“what has she been upto today?”, he rocked her in his arms and kissed her forehead.
Geet rubbed her eyes and stood up,You need to do something about her Maan. Naak mein dum kar rakha hain isne..”

He went to their room and placed his darling daughter in her cot and made geet sit on the bed, “She is a kid pumpkin… she’d be alright when she grows up..”

Geet rolled her eyes, “han… kid! Aur sikhao usko Pumpkin…like father like daughter! Too difficult to handle. Can you believe she called me a fat pumpkin today!!”

He laughed and leaned down and kissed her tummy, “how’s the other one coping up?”

Geet fell on the bed and he lied down beside her, taking her in his arms.
“I hope for a boy now… totally calm and not a shaitaan like Nishi..”

He laughed and kissed her cheek, “I hope its a girl again..”

she yawned, “then i will go mad am sure.”

He laughed, “Mein hun na… I will take careof my crazy pumpkin. By the way when is Annie coming back?”

“she’d be here next week… can’t believe she is getting married!”, she sighed.

He frowned, “i don’t understand why do I only end up with Aryan the jerk?”

She giggled and waked his arms, “stop bad mouthing him..he is going to be your brother-in law now!”

“yeah right. The women of my house love him more than they love me.”

She raised her head and pressed a kiss on his cheek, “After all he is Annie’s Hubby…he should be pampered you know.”, she teased.

He rolled over and came atop her, “acha? What about me pumpkin? I am being ignored here!”, he complained.

“don’t worry.. mein hoon aapko sambhalne ke liye…”, she winked.

“you better do that… “, and he lowered his mouth to hers, capturing her into a never ending kiss.

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Rano helped geet sit and hold the baby boy in her arms. She’d been a bit weak in the last few months and Rano had been in London for her. Maan and Nishi waited outside to see the baby.

Nishi was dangling on her father’s shoulders, “dadda…”

“hmm beta?”, he handed her another bar of chocolate.

“did  baby come?“, she asked in her cutie voice.

“Yep..and Nishi and dadda are going to see him in a while..“, he smiled.

“but dadda Nishi won’t give choci to baby… baby naughty… he kicked mumma..”

Maan laughed recalling the time when Nishi had first felt her baby brother kick in geet’s tummy and since then she’d been mad at him. she was actually waiting for the baby to come out so that she could teach him a lesson for hurting her mamma..!

She sat by geet, with her eyes widened, looking at the baby in geet’s arms, so pink and so tiny that actually scared her.

Maan held her hand and made her touch the baby’s feet, “princess… say hi to your brother..”

Nishi was so scared that she actually withdrew her hand and hid in Maan’s arms, making everyone laugh.

“Surprise Surprise…”
Annie entered wth Aryan and rushed to hug geet. It had been just three months to her marriage but she had stayed with geet till Rano had arrived. Maan hugged annie and shook hands with Aryan, still not sure about whether he liked him or not.

Annie took a closer look at the baby and turned to geet, “hope he is not as naughty as Nishi. You need rest geet..”, she winked, making geet giggle.

“I miss dadima today…”
, geet spoke after a long silence that made everyone look at her. she was emotional and got Annie emotional too. Maan went beside and hugged her,

“Pumpkin…she is always with us darling…and am sure wherever she is, she must be jumping in joy.”

She nodded and wiped her tears. Maan pressed a kiss on her temple, “I love you mera pumpkin…”

She smiled through her tears while Annie took pictures of the cute family together. And the next moment, Nishi was running after her to get the camera that had caught her attention.

Aryan congratulated Maan and Geet and they stayed there the whole time, talking and taking care of geet. It was in the evening when they took geet home. Rano had cleaned the entire house and Annie helped in making dinner.

Geet was asleep with the baby beside her and Nishi beside the baby. He entered and smiled seeing the trio sleep, after a long day… how cute they all seemed and how happily they slept”His pumpkin and two little munchkins!

He laughed at his own thought and kissed each one softly, not waking them up and lied down beside Nishi, watching his three cute angels.

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THE END!

Thank you everyone for supporting me in this new journey of Maan and his Pumpkin.
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PART 10

@ALL: this time, everyone guessed correctly!WinkLOL

PART 10

Annie saw geet’s changing expressions and then was surprised to see her getting teary.
“hey..hey…geet what happened? Is everything alright?”

A sob escaped her lips and she gestured Annie to look behind her. Annie, though confused, followed geet’s direction and turned back to see Maan, walking out of the place with a beautiful young girl, visibly happy. She sighed and turned back to geet to inform her about the lady but geet was already sobbing badly.

“geet… she is someone from Bhai’s office. You needn’t worry.”

But geet just kept looking at Maan and the lady, talking. They stopped by the door and she shook hands with him while Maan returned the favour by a hug. The lady hugged him back and he just escorted her out.

In the next moment, the whole restaurant was gaping at the woman who was crying her eyes out, “see what he did to me… wahhh…”

Annie felt embarrassed at the way people were staring at them. She quickly caressed geet’s back, “sshh..geet its alright. She is just an office acquaintance. Stop crying…”

“bu…but you saw him right…he…”,
she couldn’t even continue and cried, actually wailing loudly. Annie rolled her eyes”Hormones! She tried to make geet understand but she would hear none. She cried and cried like some cranky baby and Annie had to drag her to the car, to get back home.

Dadima, Sona bua and Simmi sat in geet’s room, consoling her but she wasn’t even in a mood to stop. Dadima wiped her tears, “na mera baccha.. aise nahi rote. Maan told you right it was due to some official work… stop crying.”

“no..sob..dadima… see what he did? He lied to me.. and…and..”, she couldn’t even speak as she cried and cried and cried for hours together, making everyone go crazy with her mood swings.

Sona bua hugged her, “geet..beta when he comes, you can get angry on him. now stop crying.. baby pe asar padega na..”

She wiped her eyes and nose with the tissue paper from the tissue box that annie had placed beside her and sobbed, “bua ji.. meri zindagi barbaad ho gayi… he does not love me anymore…”

And she wailed louder, making everyone sigh. It was already one hour since she was back and she wasn’t stopping. She was breathless due to all that crying. She’d stop then and when she felt better, she’d start crying her eyes out, all over again.
“okay..Geet… stop crying. I’ll call bhai and ask him to come here right now. Then you can talk to him okay…”

Dadima rolled her eyes- that was over dramatic of geet but she couldn’t stop doting on her beloved daughter. She kissed her, tried to console her and even bought her a big bucket of ice cream to cheer her up and finally geet decided to cease all her water works.

“dadima…mein pregnant hun na.. he doesn’t find me attractive now. He thinks am ugly…”, geet sobbed, trying hard to control herself from crying again, seeing everyone had a headache by now, “..and…and he..doesn’t have time for me… am ruined dadima…”, she spoke ever so innocently in the most heart breaking tone ever.
And she was back again to her crying self, shocking everyone there. none knew whether to laugh at such a condition. Its just 2 months and geet is like this. God save Maan from her in the upcoming months. It made them wonder who seeded such crappy stuffs in her head.

Sona bua was very sympathetic to geet. She place geet’s head in her lap and caressed her head, “na mera baby… aaj tho i will take care of Maan. You take rest okay. I will speak to him.”

Tears again rolled down her cheeks, “bua ji…he doesn’t love me anymore.”

“no baby..don’t you worry. I will take his class today. tu rest kar puttar… eat your ice cream. Watch tv..just relax. We all are there na..”

Simmi dragged annie out at that moment and they burst out laughing. Overdramatic couple! They couldn’t dare to laugh in front of geet knowing she was very cranky. It was a herculean task to calm her down and she had quietened a bit now.

“Annie… Maan ji ka aaj kya hoga?”, Simmi spoke between her laughter.

“aaj bhai ki band bajne wali hain…”, Annie giggled and hi-fived her.

Dadima and sona bua finally calmed geet..not exactly calm but she sat on the couch, eating her huge bucket of ice cream and watched tv, which distracted her for a while now and walked out.

They sat in the hall, resting after such a tedious work. Nakul served them nimbu paani to rejuvenate them. It was 8:30pm when Maan entered, seemingly happy, tapping away something on his phone. He saw everyone slumped on couch and went and sat with them.

“whats up with all of you? Sab itne tired lag rahe ho? Annie how was your shopping with geet?”

The moment they heard him, they sat up, shooting glares at him. at first he couldn’t understand why they were looking at him with such maliciousness when bua ji spoke up, “khottay… its all because of you!”

He was shocked, “ab meine kya kiya?”

Annie gave him an accusing glare, “with whom did you go on a date with, Bhai? I didn’t expect this from you..”

“you disappointed us son..”
, dadima spoke dejectedly.

He couldn’t understand a word, “what are you all talking about? What date?”

“that… that girl in the restaurant you were hugging?”, annie snapped!

“she is the client you fool…i had a meeting with her…”
, he spoke exasperated. His family was crazy! They could assume anything!

“fine! Then go explain that to geet. She’d been crying her eyes out for the past one hour now.”, Bua ji taunted.

“what? geet’s been crying?”

“son…you are in a big trouble right now. But i want her back to normal in the next five minutes else you are going to pay for it..”

He rolled his eyes, “fine. I will talk to her.”

As he walked into their room, annie sighed, “rest in peace! Geet’s pregnancy is gonna screw him big time.”

He entered their room to hear voiced from the tv echoing all around. The lights were dimmed and he guessed wifey darling must be watching tv. His tiredness was gone as he walked in to see what she was upto.

“geet…”, he called her gently, reading the couch but was shocked to see her state. She was seated on the couch, with pillows all around her, eating her ice cream, slowly and her eyes, tearful, stuck to the tv. She was sobbing as she watched some crappy saas-bahu drama on tv. He looked at the tv where one pretty lady, bathing in every kind of jewelleries possible was crying and another fat lady talking shit. He rushed to her and cupped her face, “geet…are you alright? Why are you crying?”

But geet was so engrossed in the serial that she heard him none. Rather she pushed him aside for he was blocking her view and continued sobbing and licking her ice cream, which had melted to almost watery consistency.

He rolled his eyes and switched off the tv and turned on all the lights and got back to her. she glanced at him angrily.

“geet… what happened pumpkin?”,
he knelt in front of her and pressed a kiss on her cheeks. Her mouth was smeared with ice cream. He got the towel and wiped her mouth and her tears, “annie said you were upset about something. tell me jaan…”

And that reminded her of the stab she felt in the restaurant (not reallyLOL!). she kept the bucket on the table and glared at him, with her teary eyes and pushed away his hands, surprising him.

“pumpkin..are you okay?”

“where were you?”, she snapped.

“in a meeting..i told you right!”, he spoke, lovingly.

“which place?”, she bit out.

“in a restaurant…”, he was amused to see her tone.

“with whom?”, she spit out rudely.

i was with Ms Rathode pumpkin… what is wrong with you?”, he rolled his eyes.

“it was a meeting na.. then why did you have to meet her outside the office?”

Maan was so surprised to see her angry at this, “geet…what is wrong with you?”

And her lips trembled, “you…you go meet girls behind my back and tell me something is wrong with me?”

Ohh boy, she was about to cry now. He knew annie and geet had seen him in a restaurant but then obviously they wouldn’t assume things when he was so much into his pumpkin.

“no geet… i was in a meeting with her…
“, he tried to keep his voice as loving as possible, realizing she was almost in tears.

She sniffed, “then why did you hug her? “

He sighed, “it was a friendly gesture baby..”

She felt so upset with him, “don’t lie. She was extending her hand for a shake but you…you hugged her.. “

“yeah I did..but..” he stopped, realizing accepting that thing was a wrong move for she burst out crying, actually wailing.

“no…geet… actually she had called me for the settlement for the legal case na..

“but you hugged her…wo bhi sabke saamne…”, she hid her face in her palms and cried louder, “You don’t love me anymore…”

“no baba… you are taking it all wrong. She decided to take back the case..so i was just saying her thank you..

“you don’t say thank you by hugging any lady in front of your wife…
“, and she cried harder.

He tried to hold her but she didn’t let him. he sighed, “geet… i didn’t know you were there otherwise…”, he tried to reason.

But she just cut him off, “ohh I see…so otherwise you’d have hugged her. you’d hug any girl behind my back…”

“no…”

But he was rendered silent as she cried louder and walked to sit on the bed, “sob… babaji… meri zindagi barbaad ho gayi…”

He followed her, “no baby… I’d never hug any woman..you know there is no one in my life except you…”

“then why did you hug her?”

Speechless!!

He didn’t know what to say. He ended up from where he had started off. Anything he tried to reason, she’d counteract and now she was wailing like a kid, cribbing to her babaji.

He sighed… pregnancy was taking a toll on him, instead of hers. He tried to hug her but she kept fighting his hands, “shooo..shoo.. don’t touch me. Mujhe pregnant kar diya and now dumping me…you ruined my life…” and she kept crying and crying. He tried to reason but she’d hear none. He tried to hold her forcibly but she wasn’t even letting him close.

“geet…stop this! I love you darling.. please..”
, he tried to hold her firmly  now but she kept moving her hands frantically and vigorously. Her eyes were shut tight and she wasn’t even looking at him.

He was having a headache now. He sat close to her, “pumpkin..listen to me…”
“no no… mein nahi sunungi… aap mujhse pyaar nahi karte kyunki I look ugly now.. I know.. “

“NO baby… its not like that.. I love you..”

he kept on trying to hold her while she kept on fighting, with her eyes shut and crying and cribbing. And then he was about to say something when one swing of her hand, landed on his cheek, with a *slap* sound, making both of them stunned!

The room went completely silent with the sound and geet opened her eyes and wiped off the tears, only to see him place his hand on his cheek, with an incredulous look on his face. and then it struck her as a lightening and she gasped in horror, her mouth hung wide and her hands covering her mouth.

He shot her a glare and stood up, “what the hell is wrong with you woman?”

She felt guilty for slapping him. it was a shock for her too. She actually slapped Maan who had never ever dared to raise his voice on her. before  she could say anything, he stormed out of the room, leaving her all alone.

It took her some time to realize what happened and she rushed after him, “Maan… wait… that was not intentional.”

But he kept on walking towards the backyard that had the pool. She ran after him, calling out and the people in the hall had a good view now. Bua ji and annie were about to follow them but dadima stopped, telling them to let them be and solve their own problems.

He took off his shirt and pants and vest. He was just in his shorts and jumped into the pool, with no expressions on his face. geet ran towards the pool and stood by the edge, “Maan… am sorry…”

He didn’t reply, rather kept swimming till the middle of the pool and just relaxed. She stood by the edge, calling out to him, scared that he might be upset with the whole thing.

And when he didn’t even listen, she sat by the nearby reclining chair and started crying.
Maan…am so sorry…please don’t be mad at me na…”, she couldn’t help feeling bad.

He watched her cry and call out to him and sighed, “am not coming out of the pool until you stop crying.”

She cried for she herself didn’t know when she’d stop and he just floated lazily in the pool, waiting for her to stop.

“Maan…“, she stopped, after a while.

“hmmm…”, he answered lazily.

“i can’t stop crying…”, she finally confessed and cried for not able to stop crying.

“try and stop geet else am not coming out.”, he spoke coldly.

“umm… am trying..”
, she squeaked.

It took her good ten minutes to finally get a grip on her hormones and stifle her cries to hiccups. He swam back and came out of the pool, wore his robe and went to her.

She was still sobbing and her throat was dry, crying. He made her drink some water, “its alright pumpkin…”, he smiled and pressed a sweet kiss on her cheeks, “now smile.”

She pouted, “am sorry…”, and hugged him tightly, feeling much better now. He scooped her up in his arms and carried her to their room. Everyone in the hall, saw them but pretended to ignore, realizing geet was calmer now and that anything they’d do might set her off again.

He asked nakul to get their dinner in their rooms and he fed her lovingly, telling her about his meeting and that he was totally free now, all for her. whatever matter had kept him busy was settled now and that they’d enjoy their holidays without a worry.

Late night, geet kept tossing and turning in the bed, unable to sleep which woke Maan up. He pulled her close to him, “what is wrong?”

“hmmm… I can’t sleep.”

“what would it take to bring sleep to you?”, he spoke lazily.

“umm… I want you Maan…”,
she spoke up her mind, unknowingly and then gasped and then blushed deep.

“oh..i love this idea a lot darling..”, he laughed at her innocent, making her twist her lips.

She didn’t even know what happened next or who initiated things but one thing just morphed into another and another. She sighed in pleasure when he took in her full mound into his mouth, giving it a tight suckle, making her moan. He lifted her thigh and slipped between her, making himself comfortable as his lips went back to kiss her violently. She was totally aroused, receptive and sensitive to his touches. He looked deep into her eyes to see her so happy and content. Kissing her softly, he squeezed her soft mounds, pleasing her whilst her hands roamed all over his bare body that stuck to hers, skin to skin!

She was like hot molten lava under him. as she rubbed herself against him, her skin tasted of fire and he burned within. Unable to hold himself back, he positioned himself well, and softly slid into her, making her sigh in pleasure. She was deliciously wet and welcoming and so warm.

None knew how much time flew by but she felt happy and content. she didn’t even realize when she slept off in their course of love making. He smiled and pressed a kiss on her forehead and pulled the duvet on them, holding her close.

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2 Months later,

He watched her sleep but she seemed restless. Her family would be visiting her today before they left for London a week later but she seemed worried, not today but for the past few days. It was just the beginning of her second trimester but her morning sickness was still there. he had taken her to the doctor quite a few times and she was healthy and so was the foetus but he wondered why she had quietened a bit. She stayed with dadima and annie all the time, who were also going to London with them till the baby comes, her every wish was their command but something just worried her, he knew it.

He recalled he had taken her out to make her feel better, for she stayed in the house all the time, and they had been to the babies’ section in the mall to buy some toys and stuff. He had noticed her..she was happy there but then something just happened and she ended up buying few stuffs for boys, like mittens and all. he initially thought she was hoping for a boy but that blank look on her face just left him restless. He didn’t probe much thinking it might just stress her. his reverie was broken when he saw her stir in her sleep, more like writhe in pain. he wondered if she had a nightmare and immediately rushed to her side, taking her in his arms and soothing her forehead.

She saw her mother, smiling at her, her papaji rejoicing at the news of becoming a grandfather and then rajji jumping around. She had smiled recalling the moment when rano had called KM, to ask about her health. Tayii had snatched away the phone, telling her to take care and sharing her gyaan. She could still hear the voices in her head.

“hume tho bhai ladka hi chahiye… maa papa ka naam roshan karega..saath saath papa ki zimmedariyan bhi sambhalega…”
[we need a son… he will make his parents proud… and share his father’s responsibilities too..]

She wanted to say so many things but she had stopped, seeing people around her. she had ignored that too for that was what the mentality of people was but it so happened that tayiji, though unintentional, had rubbed it on the wrong side. Being sensitive that she was, it had remained at the back of her head.

“aaj kal zamana kaisa ho gaya geet…tu tho jaanti hain..beti ya beta ho koi gal ni par beti ho tho zyada chinta lagi rehti hain…humara pind tho dekha hi hain na tune”
[you see how the society is these days geet… it doesn’t matter if its a boy or girl but if theres a girl in the house, there will be a lot of pressure.. you have seen how our  village is right?]

She felt like crying, unable to breath and then she just woke up, feeling nauseated. It was 9 in the morning and she had been waking up late these days. She looked around and realized it was just a dream.

“its alright pumpkin…am here..”, his voice came as a soothing balm to her aching heart.

she looked at him, overwhelmed, and just hugged him tightly, fearing what the future held.

He kissed her forehead, “geet…tell me what bothers you darling…?”

She felt nicer in her embrace and that was the only thing in this world that made her forget everything around. She shook her head, “I had a nightmare…”

“Is it scary?”
, he asked lovingly.

“it was…but now it isn’t.”, she mumbled into his chest where her head rested.

“now come on…freshen up. Rano maa and papaji are coming right…”

She nodded and walked slowly to the washroom. He watched her slowly make her way round, with that small bulge of her tummy. His pumpkin was pregnant… the thought almost made him laugh. Pregnant Pumpkin…sounded so funny. She eyed him like what made him laugh but he just shook his head.

The moment she washed her face, she felt like puking and that she did. She hadn’t eaten much last night but this was the limit. She threw up anything and everything that was in her stomach, feeling weak. He rushed to her, hearing her retch and held her from falling.
She smiled weakly, seeing him all worried, “baby already troubling me so much Maan… am sure it’s going to be a naughty one.

How he wished he could smile but seeing her like this he couldn’t. He helped her clean up and frowned, “its called morning sickness right… its going to be 10am now and its not morning.”

She laughed hearing him crib so cutely, “just because its name is morning sickness, doesn’t mean it has to happen only in the morning. Hahaha it can happen any time Maan..”

He scowled as he helped her change, “then they should change that bloody name. It gives wrong impressions to people.”

She couldn’t help but laugh. He was so cute that she couldn’t stop pulling his cheeks. She dressed up in a comfortable saree and in the next half an hour, her room was flocking with rajji, tayiji and rano, showering their blessing and love. Maan was in the hall with dadima, talking to papaji and darji while the ladies wanted to see geet. They hugged her and told her how to take care when Rano went back to dadima, to give her the gifts she had brought.

Rajji plonked herself beside geet, “achha geet didi…ye batao..beta chahiye ya beti?
[geet didi..tell us you want a son or a daughter?]

Geet smiled, “beta ho ya beti… koi fark nahi hain. jo bhi hoga, humare liye babaji ka aashirwaad hi hoga…
[son or daughter..it doesn’t matter. Whoever it is, its a blessing for us.]

Tayiji sat beside her and cupped her face, “kyun aise bolti hai… beta hi hoga..nai?”, she said lovingly, making geet lose her smile.
[why do you say like this.. it will be a son only…right?]

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