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Chapter 2

CHAPTER – 2


She sat still, like a maiden in deep meditation! Her back faced him and her long locks fell to the ground, brushing the grass ever so tenderly! A little girl with two tiny pigtails on either side of her head popped in his head and he stood still, behind her.

The moment felt so profound for him and all the memories came back, making him laugh at the thought that she had vowed never to show her face to him when he came back!
A breeze rushed past her, making her shiver a bit. And then she heard it!

“Jasmine.”

The time has not come true,
the words have not been rightly set;
only there is the agony
of wishing in my heart…

She stilled, hearing that masculine voice behind her and her world seemed to shatter! He called her Jasmine, oh so sweet jasmine, has the time already come? Was it the time to meet him? Did she have words to say? An overwhelming a feeling settled deep within her, his voice was so mesmerising and she blamed the years that remained like a vast ocean between them!

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“Jasmine, stop!”, he screamed behind her, running. But she was in no position to hear anything. she was angry, upset and heartbroken! He would be going away and her badi maa and bade papa had broken this horrible news to her. she couldn’t have stayed there and listen to all their plans. So she did what she felt was the best thing to do”run away!

She had run with all her might but before she could have crossed the khurana gates, he had caught hold of her wrists and pulled her close to him.

“let go.”, she shut her eyes and screamed at him. he realized she was in a desperate fight with her tears but she has to understand and he had to go!

“listen to me geet…”, he commanded, as usual. A tall and lean boy he seemed, of fifteen, but his hold screamed his strength. And knowing that she would fail miserably, she had tried to get away.

“I don’t want to listen…
“, she sobbed, prying off his hands that held hers.

“I will be going away in a few days. Everything is set.”
, he just spat out.
Surprised, her eyes snapped open! What did he mean by a few days’? like he read her questions!

“in three days!”

Her heart broke into millions of pieces all over again! why was she told so late?

“why??”, her lips trembled, “I am the last person to know this, right?”, and the first sob left her aching throat!

He knew she would cry and that was why he didn’t want to tell her.

“why Maan?”
, she questioned, “am I not important to you?”

He sighed and left her hand, making her fall back with a jerk, and looked straight into her eyes, “No…” and he added the last bit, “jasmine!”

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He watched her rising up, with his abated breath, she had surely grown tall and her hairs longer! She seemed like a soft petal floating with the breeze and he waited for her to face him and end the waiting of ages! But she stood still and a silence hung between them, occasionally broken by the rustling of the dry leaves.

“Geet…”,
he called out softly, “why didn’t you come to the mansion?”, he tried his best to break that awkward silence! May be the parting was a sweet sorrow but the years had been cruel perhaps.

“would it have helped if i were there?”
, she finally spoke, trying hard to calm her erratic heart,

He didn’t know how to answer that. Ten years had changed them perhaps because this felt awkward. She had stopped emailing him a long time back when he was busy traveling.

“Everyone is looking for you.”, he somehow got control of his emotions. Her voice sounded so soft yet complaining then he wondered what would happen to him if he saw her face!

“everyone is!” she smiled, “were you not?

And she caught him there! how would he tell her that he had been dying to see her, tell her how much he had missed her and wanted her to see him what he has become! But he was Maan Singh Khurana of course and giving up was not in his blood.

“No…” he spoke rudely and then added that last bit, “Jasmine!”

She smiled a bit, “well then, you must be tired. Take rest Maan.”

He watched her leaving and how desperately he wanted to see her but her long thick locks wouldn’t allow and the breeze dropped. She slowly took steps away from him, fighting her heart and then she stopped, feeling his masculine hand hold hers, behind!

“won’t you see me geet?”
, he asked, holding her soft hand tight, like always.

 “Yes, I will!”, came her soft reply.

“then turn around and let me see you.” He commanded, again like always. But he had forgotten perhaps that those years had changed her too.

“No…” she spoke gently, “Maan. Good night!”

Her hand slowly and agonizingly slipped out of his as she walked inside the house, leaving him restless. She was still mad and she wouldn’t show her face! That was her welcome! This was his homecoming!

He walked back to his mansion, reeling over her words- she would see him yet she wouldn’t show her face! stupid it seemed to him and stubborn she was! He wondered how she would see him when she wouldn’t come in front of him at all!

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-click-

The camera shutter snapped and the kids squealed in joy. It was Naina’s fifth birthday and the two families had opted for a small birthday party at the handa’s. They had all posed for a photograph wherein Dev, the obedient khurana elder, stood straight, facing the camera and beside him stood the baby naina, trying to lick away the chocolate cream smeared on her hands. Behind her stood geet, grinning ear to ear, trying to shove in a huge piece of the cake into his mouth as he eyed her angrily.

“You are irritating.”, he rolled his eyes and walked away, after gulping down the gigantic piece of cake she had stuffed in his mouth.

She laughed till her fill and followed him saying sorry for he seemed mad at her.

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I have not seen his face,
nor have I listened to his voice;
only I have heard his gentle footsteps
from the road before my house…

A smile played on her lips as she kept away the photo album away. She turned off the lights and stood in the balcony, feeling the cool breeze, thinking of the way he had held her hand some time back. Oh jasmine, oh sweet jasmine, what does your heart long for? The soft white curtains danced, making her aware of the activities going on around! She gasped and quickly hid behind those long white translucent curtains.

He watched her room, dark and devoid of life. Standing bare-chested in his balcony, he was sure he would be able to see her, for their balconies faced each other, despite being several meters away! He was sure to see any movement at her side, but darkness veiled it all. Running his fingers through his hair, he sighed, cursing his luck.

She gently peeked her head out, only to see his alluring self glittering in the moonlight. His tones manly body almost made breathing impossible for her. his face shone brighter than the moon perhaps and she remained stunned! On countless number of stars she had wished upon, to see him once and now that when her wish had come true, she had forgotten her mere existence.

Time was slow yet time was painfully fast. He walked away unable to find any sign of her and she realized her body needed air to survive. She saw him, after eons and then her heart refused to go away. But she had to and there was no other option.

But the lamp has not been lit
and I cannot ask him into my house;
I live in the hope of meeting with him;
but this meeting is not yet.


“Maan bhai…welcome back home!”
, Naina almost jumped over him as he made his way into the Handa house for breakfast. Rano hugged him and pressed a kiss over his forehead, “my son is back.”

She led him towards the table where she had prepared a whole lot of his favourites and fed him with her own loving hands. But his eyes looked for certain someone who had refused to show her face to him. does she not realize how painful this wait had been? Naina kept speaking and papaji asked him of his years abroad but he was not into anything. she had stirred up a storm within his heart just with that small rendezvous!

“Rano ma, where is geet?”, he finally asked.

Rano rolled her eyes, “she is on a small trip with her colleagues.”

“a trip?”

“yes, she went early this morning. I asked her to stay back now that you are back but jhalli never listened to me.”

Naina chirped in, “and when I asked her if she didn’t want to catch up with you, she said- Maan can wait!”, mimicking her sister.

Maan can wait! What was his jasmine thinking? Only he knew how painful the wait was yet she was firm on her stand!

“when will she be back?”
this was the limit. She was running away and he wouldn’t let her.

“she will be home tomorrow evening!”

Ten years, six months and seven days he had waited! And he had to wait another day. If she was stubborn then he was no less. He had to end this game right here and he knew this time he would catch hold of her!

He had been standing in his balcony, sipping his coffee when some movements in her room caught his attention. She was back perhaps. It was way past dinner and he was working on his laptop when he had decided to take a coffee break! A sly smile crossed his face as he waited for her to come to the balcony.

She had been unable to concentrate on her work for she had been spaced out all through the trip. As she combed her hair, she walked towards her balcony to feel the beauty of the night. The comb slipped down her hand when the curtains danced once again to the winds, whispering her of the activities, yet again! she quickly turned away and hid behind the curtains. Unable to hold her erratic heartbeats, she ran down to the backyard so that she would calm her nerves.

She took a deep breath knowing it was tough. But she had a promise to keep and she wouldn’t back out. A few moments later when she felt she was cam enough, she took a step back and then another until she hit someone behind her!

“ahhh…”
, she gasped and two strong arms went round her waist to steady her.

“jasmine…”

she felt limp in his arms as millions of sensations coursed through her body and then she did the biggest mistake”she covered her face with her hands! But that proved fatal. When your eyes are closed, other senses take over and when they do, sensations hit with double the force. She could feel each of his touches very distinctively, over her belly, across her wait, her back touching his front and his warm breaths near her ears!

“Maan…”,
she somehow managed to whisper his name, “let go…”, for she had no choice but to get away from this feeling.

Her breathless speech couldn’t deter him.

“show yourself to me jasmine..”
, he whispered in her ears, making her tremble in his arms.

“No I wouldn’t…”, she managed to whisper out.

“are you still mad at me? To an extent that you wouldn’t even look at my face?”, her scent was mesmerising.

“I have seen you already…”
, she smiled, still hiding her face.

“then show yourself geet…”, he commanded, for the unfairness had made him angry.

She shook her head, “I cannot be forced.” and gasped when his hold went tighter round her waist. This was so new to her yet it felt all so right. But the she couldn’t feel him around her. the loss of his warmth had a chilling effect on her and she realized he was not near her anymore. She turned around looking for him and found him stand a few steps away from her, his back facing her.

Her eyes took in the beauty that he was… dressed in black vest and trousers, his hair ruffled, he faced away from her!

“fine then! I will see you only when you wish it!”
, he spat and walked away.

She didn’t know why she had tears in her eyes or what she was feeling but the emotion was strong, way too strong for her to handle and her heart went heavy like hundreds of mountains weighing it down.

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end of another chapter, still nervous!Disapprove
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~With You~

hi guys,
remember me?? **waves**Big smile

I know I have been absconding since ages but I couldn’t help it. I needed a break and I still am on a break. Just that this thing has refused to let go of me!!LOL
I am still busy, so I would say- this isn’t a come back! Ouch

P.S
I will be traveling to Pune next week and will be busy with my final semester. so please have patience if I do not update at the pace I used to back then!

It feels so great to be writing again!Embarrassed
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Chapter-1

 


Dark clouds loomed, hiding the sun that had parched the earth and a wind howled and it brought a message for her. her lips curled with a smile as something warm brewed up in her stomach. Before even getting the official news, she somewhere had that premonition coming.
There was laughter and celebration all over the mansion, that was not very far from her own, and she could feel the enthusiasm in the air. She blinked, looking at the sky, sitting by her window. It was going to rain perhaps. She pressed her lips tighter and waited.

“he is coming back… mom, dad did you hear…he is coming back!”

Rano laughed seeing her daughter run into the house, squealing in joy. He was coming home, after ten years. He was fifteen when he was sent abroad for studies and now he was coming back. She held her frantic daughter in her arms.
“Calm down Naina…”

“NO mom…I can’t. He is coming back and I can’t wait to see him. let me go and break the news to Geet di.”

She jumped and laughed and rushed to her elder sister’s room, which was dark. The only light that illuminated the room was that of the dark evening, which perhaps lighted only the area around the window. Even the ac was turned off. the cold winds danced round the room, rejoicing the news to be broken. And she sat there, the dark silhouette by the window, looking out.

“di… he is coming back…he will be back with all of us, after ten whole years. I can’t wait to see him and i can’t even sit in peace.”

She jumped and ran away dancing but that dark silhouette sat still. Dark locks let down, that almost reached the floor. Naina’s voice drowned in the huge house and a soft smile escaped her lips.

“ten years… 3 months and 5 days!”

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“please don’t go!” she cried.

He laughed at her, “stop crying okay. Its not that I won’t come back Geet!”

She wiped her tears with the back of her hands”parting was such a sorrow!

“are you not even sad that you are leaving me behind and going away?”, she had asked, sobbing.

He tapped her forehead with his palm, “am happy that I will be coming back to you. Now stop crying Jasmine.”

She hated him for being so strong. Here she was crying her eyes out and he was taking things so lightly!

“I hate you… I know you would forget me once you settle there.”

He rolled his eyes, like always, not giving a damn, “stop this drama Geet. I will be back soon okay! You are irritating. And you look ugly when you cry.”

She snorted and she was hurt by his indifference. Wouldn’t he remember her? he was going so far and they wouldn’t be able to see each other for a long time now. Did she not mean to him anything anymore? The thought hurt. Gathering all her courage and pulling reigns on her tears she had uttered those horrible words, “fine. If you really don’t care, I would do the same too. I wouldn’t show you my face when you come back!”

He just left her then and didn’t even turn back to look at her, not even once. He knew she was crying but he didn’t turn back. He ran his hand through his hair and sighed”parting was such a sweet sorrow.

 

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The entire Khurana mansion was decorated like a palace and not even the backyard was spared. Dadima took utmost care to set up the arti thaal when a jumping Nisha came screaming, “dadimaaa…” and hugged her tightly.

Dadima smiled, “careful now child. You seem happy!”

“yes dadima… after all he is coming back. Where is Dev bhai?”

“ohh he has gone to pick up his brother. Where is geet?”

Nisha made a face, “god knows what is going in di’s head. She was all excited to come but at the last moment she backed out, saying she had a terrible head ache.

“nisha… where are others?”

She beamed seeing avantika and ran to hug her, “badi ma..mom dad are on their way!”

“you guys live in the next mansion yet you take so much time… god bless us!”,  Avantika teased.

“kya badi ma… mom dad are late. Not me.”

“acha baba koi na… chalo help me set up the table.”

She closed the door and sighed. She didn’t know what she felt but she could definitely not go the mansion. They have been family friends since decades and his parents were her badi ma and papa yet she just couldn’t go there. she went to her backyard which harboured a small garden and sat on the bench. The moon shone bright and the leaves  of the huge mango tree rustled. Last evening’s rains had brought forth a lively earth it seemed.

“ten years, three months and six days!”

His eyes searched for that one person whom he had missed for so long. Everyone was happy seeing him. his older brother had gone to pick him up from the airport, his father, mother, dadima, choti ma, papa, nisha everyone were there yet there was one person he wished to see and she was the only one absconding. They had hugged him, kissed him, told him how much they had missed him all these years and yet his heart yearned for that one person who had told him that she wouldn’t show her face to him. Geez… was she still mad?

“Nisha…where is geet?”, his older brother finally asked.

Nisha rolled her eyes, “don’t talk about her Dev Bhai, she refused to come here.”

Before anyone could ask anything, he stood up and walked out of the mansion. Rano smiled”her daughter was stubborn…just too stubborn. Everyone knew they were the best of friends, inseparable and so they let them be. no questions asked and no answers sought. They knew he would get her back!

 

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“Now, get out of the class geet.”

“bu…but..ma’am…I didn’t do it!”, her lips trembled and she’d cry the next minute. She didn’t make any noise neither did she throw the chocolate wrapper in the class, though she was caught eating one in between.

“Now, stop looking at my face and stand outside.”, her teacher glared and she gulped hard.

She turned to her right to see him sitting by the window looking out. Did he even care? Ohh how she wished he did something and saved her from this embarrassment but he didn’t even look at her. as seconds ticked by, her tiny heart wished with all its might”he just had to look at her and she’d be able to convince him that she wasn’t the culprit.

And he did turn to look at her. their eyes met and she hoped he understood her plight. But what hurt the most was the cold look in his chocolate brown orbs. Like he never cared! He just looked at her coldly and turned away with indifference. Tears stung her eyes and she walked out, hanging her head low. He was such a jerk!

The board marking std 6th hung by the wall as she stood below it, beside her class, looking down, making invisible circles on the floor with her dirty shoes. He was so mean! And he didn’t even help her even a bit.

There was thunder, she jumped and the next moment it started raining. The rains splattered on her and tears  spilled. She looked down and closed her eyes, cursing her luck. She felt someone approaching her but she couldn’t look up. She was too upset. But she realized the footsteps stopped beside her and a hand pat her head.
“you are irritating you know!”, a cold voice sent chills down her spine.

She knew very well to whom it belonged and she looked up, still teary but with ecstasy. He stood right beside her, one foot resting on the wall. He looked out to the sky, totally uncaring and totally detached.

“you…you…here?”, she asked with her broken voice.

He didn’t even look at her yet replied casually, “yeah, teacher kicked me out too.”
She knew him well! Too very well. Teacher didn’t kick him out deliberately. He himself did something to get out of the class. Her tears vanished somewhere and her teeth were in full bloom. She wasn’t sad anymore… !

 

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She wasn’t sad anymore after he left because she knew he’d always be with her. but now that he was back, her heart thudded so loud and she looked up at the smiling sky to soothe herself.

“nothing has changed?”
, she smiled to herself.

He looked around the entire house and there was no sign of her. he felt nostalgic seeing things as they were but there was this excitement building up. She had been true to her words”she had not shown her face! he had waited ten whole years for this day, counting on his fingers as time flew by and then he ended up in the back yard!

There!

She sat still, like a maiden in deep meditation! Her back faced him and her long locks fell to the ground, brushing the grass ever so tenderly! A little girl with two tiny pigtails on either side of her head popped in his head and he stood still, behind her.

The moment felt so profound for him and all the memories came back, making him laugh at the thought that she had vowed never to show her face to him when he came back!

A breeze rushed past her, making her shiver a bit. And then she heard it!

“Jasmine.”

 

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honest feedback guys, am nervous now!Ermm
 
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