Silken Shadow Part 1

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Silken Shadow  
 

Yeh Kyaa Jagah Hai Dosto, Yeh Kaun Saa Dayaar Hai 
Had-E-Nigah Tak Jaha N Gubar Hi Gubar Hai 

 

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“What is this place friends, where everything seems dusty and stale?”

 

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Let me take you the place of the same. Close down your eyes and see a world, through my eyes-sight. Let me take you far away from today. Very far away. Many decades away.

 

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Lucknow, A city was known for the fortune and richness of people dwelling here. City of Nawabs and Barons and stories of their known profusion used to chant by every mouths. In the city, air used to sing songs of prosperity and ceremony. On the roads in place of motors and bikes, there used to run stagecoaches. Few cars had been seen which could be assorting of modern folk. In place of tall buildings, there was enormous Mansions and Havelis could be seen, exhibiting the richness of their majestic owners.

 

In the centre of this city, there was situated a seceded world, where morning had been welcomed by twittering of birds’ and nights, by the sound of Anklets and music of Mandolin and sung songs by maidens. When town used to sleep in deep silence, here life bloomed. Everywhere sound of songs and chiming of anklets could be heard and songs to woo wealthy men. Where day used to be shining through sunshine and in night, thousands of candles decorated and brightened the area, and darkness would turn into dawn. But not the duskiness of fate of hundreds lives here, would be vanished through this lights. But yes, silent sobs of courtesans could have been concealed, by the loud sound of tabors and Zithers.

 

This place was blemished in society but was the most famous though. Houses here were shone always, presenting the culture of era and affluence. Though, people here had been prevented, apart from civilization, yet they were a part of high society. At the same silken place, there was located, a house of shadow, which was the shelter of two women. The house which had not been lightened since ages. It seemed, it had been kept untouched by the boasting of pleasure and courting. And there lives a girl, whose eyes looks up to the sky for not to pray for her freedom, but to see the dreams of faith.

 

 

~~ The Beginning ~~

 

 

‘Geetali, O Geetali, where are you?”

 

Rano, in her age of forty, she called a name. Holding a dimmed lantern in her hand, she inquired for her daughter.

 

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Crushing an ink-pen between her teeth, she hummed few lines under her breath. Her one leg was dangling down from bridge of stone, she was drawing lines on water surface below with her foot-thumb. Few papers were rested over her folded knee and resting her back against the wall behind she bent down and wrote few more lines, which had come in her mind. Shining light coming out from lantern was moving due to slight breeze of dark evening. Over her head, sky was becoming cloudy. Anytime rain could have started.

 

Avoiding the alarm of clouds, she was enjoying the charisma of nature. Suddenly, a thunder sounded. She looked up at sky and smiled. “I don’t fear you” she shouted threw a stone up and laughed. Sky replied with louder thunder. “You want me not to complete my poem? But I will not leave it incomplete, I will stay here and you can’t frighten me any longer” She said showing her artificial anger. Sky discussed with clouds and they stared drizzling down over her head. She smiled more widely. Cold water, she loved the feel. But then the lamp stared blowing off and she remembered for her papers. “Not so fair. I hate you” She stood up stomping her feet. She collected papers and the lamp and started running up to stairs when suddenly,

 

“Geet I have been calling you from hours. Why didn’t you replied me? Come upstairs Beta, Khan Sahib’ has already come”

 

Rano shouted standing 15-20 steps up from Geet. Her holding lantern was the only source of light which could give Geet sight of steps. But she didn’t need to know the path. It was her favourite place. Many steps down from her home, sitting and spending time on the edge of a small pond, where in daytime, lotus could be seen in full bloom. 

 

“Is he come?” she rushed in double speed leaping two steps at once. “I am sorry Maa, I forgot the track of time. But it was not my fault you know. That stupid clouds were fighting with me” She spoke while adjusting the veil over her head properly. She straighten her dress and picked few books from the table in her room. 

 

It’s your everyday excuse Geet. Now come up in hurry, he is waiting for you from hours, while I am going to prepare dinner before lantern goes off”

 

Geet stopped. She came near her mother, “Maa how many times I should tell you. Why can’t we afford electricity? Everyone has, then why can’t we have?”

 

“Geet, don’t compare us with them! They sell their daughters honour and respect for this electricity, which I can’t do!” Rano shouted proudly. Her breath was filled with hatred imagining about the lives she had in neighbours. Geet knew. She understands and she cupped Rano’s face dearly. “I’m sorry Maa. I’d forgot. I’ll not ask you again” She smiled. She left the room, picking up the pen from desk. 

 
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So this is my new story. A very different from what I have been written before. I have tried to see a different shade of Maaneet bond and penned it down. I hope you’ll like it too. 

 

Yours, Mona Smile

Secretly Smitten Part 134

When Maan stepped inside the room, Yash surprised by his sudden presence, though he was amused and happy together. Maan comes and found Yash sitting behind desk as usually. He comes and stops at another side facing him. He was fuddling with words to start the convo. Geet in hurry sent him and he was not ready to face the old man. It afraid Maan that really, he was needed a subject to talk with his own Grandfather. It shouldn’t look normal. The same situation yash was handling. He was surprised to see Maan, at this time and he wanted to share something? “That’s strange!” but at the same time, it brought pleasure in his heart that his child himself has come to have a talk with him. He wanted to smile, but felt this emotion far away from his harsh turned personality. Seemed he had forgotten to express the pleasure.

 

“So you want to tell me something. What’s that?” Yash said.

 

“Yes Grandpa. I have something I think, you should know”

 

“Really?… he has come to share his secret with me?” That’s truly a miracle! Yash heart pounded a leap above from chest with the feel. His eagerness increased.

 

“Actually Grandpa.. “

 

At the same time, Geet knocked the door and walks inside and their talk interrupted. Both men looked her with surprised. Maan amazed to see her there, and that also, with Kheer. “She must have something running in her mind” he was sure. He glared her secretly and Geet smirked with same secrecy. She walked to him.

 

“Maan Maa has made Kheer for everyone. Yesterday no one could have had it properly, so she prepared today again” She kept the bowl before him on table. Maan was confused but she had already turned to yash walking there. Maan feared, again Yash will shout on her. He curled his fist to control the upcoming anger. But Geet was faster to manage the situation. She speaks before Yash could open his mouth. 

 

“I know dadaji you don’t like this. But please, I’m just keeping it here. You don’t need to have it. Actually Baba says that if two people sit together, serving food to one only is not a good manner. Please, let me leave the plate here” She smiled.

 

At the moment, yash was so happy to say harsh words to anyone. He kept silent. “Thank you Dadaji” she happily said. She turned to Maan and found him looking her in amusement. She winked and left the room before laughter would have left her mouth witnessing Maan’s awed face. She then came to SD and requested her to call on Maan’s phone and tell him, someone is looking for him at door.

 

“But why Geet?” SD asked in surprised.

 

“Please Dadima, for me. I have to win a bet from Maan. Just call him outside and keep him engaged for some times. Please Dadima” She requested innocently. SD smiled. She understood Geet was up to something and she had no reason to feel suspicious. She called Maan and said, someone has come looking for him. It was second time he had got shock. “Who can be here, looking for me?” He looked yash who was waiting for him to share the secret. “Excuse me Grandpa, It seems someone has come. I be back in some time” He left. Yash couldn’t stop him. His face dimmed. Suddenly he saw the bowl was still keeping there and it was full of his favourite dish. How much he wanted to taste it since last night. His throat choked. He wanted to touch the spoon but pulled hand back holding heart-wish back.

 

When Maan became vanish from everyone’s eyes, Geet came to Alka and said, she has served Kheer to everyone. Scared Alka asked about yash reaction on this, Geet smiled.

 

“He didn’t shout”

 

“Really? Are you really telling truth?” Alka was surprised. Geet nodded. “Of course Maa. Anyways Maa, don’t you feel bored sitting here alone? Let’s go outside, in garden” She held Alka’s hand and started bringing her out.

 

“No Beta, I’m fine here”

 

“You should come Maa. You’ll feel happy”

 

“But..”

 

“Please maa” She made face. Alka couldn’t refuse her request. They came outside. Geet intentionally brought her near yash room, where a window opened outside. Geet stopped next to window.

 

“By the way Maa, Kheer was Maan’s father’s favourite no? Maan told me”

 

Alka nodded. “Yes beta”

 

“You know, what my Baba says” Geet spoke in loud voice so it could easily be heard by yash.

 

“What?”

 

“Baba says that if our loved one leave us and go to God, and if we eat his favourites, it straightway reaches to the person in heaven. And it satisfied his soul. I know, this Kheer, which Papa loved most, if we would eat, specially Dadaji because he is a father, the sweetness of this taste will surely reach to Papa”

 

“Really Geet?” Alka shouted. Tears welled down from her eyes. “But Papa will never eat it. I wish he would”  

 

“Ohh Maa I forgot something!” Suddenly Geet screamed in hurry. “Come, we’ll return here later. I have to show you something” She dragged Alka inside..

 

“But what?” Poor Alka was confused with her strange behaviour.

 

“Come Maa don’t ask. I need to show you something, just come with me” Geet dragged her far. “Maa, you sit here, I’m just coming in five minutes” Geet left Alka in her room and herself, went to see Yash. She peeped through window. She smiled when found inside, Yash was relishing the Kheer from bowl. Her plan was worked. She prayed God and ask for His forgiveness that she lied, but then, it was for goodness. She knew, she will be forgiven. Happily she came back to Alka and said,

 

“Maa, I am feeling slight pain in stomach. Please, can you bring back bowls from Dadaji’s room? Maan is not there. Food will be getting cold”

 

Alka agreed. She went to his room. She found yash was as usually engrossed in his work. She kept full bowl in tray and started looking for another one. She was wondering where did Geet had kept it. Then suddenly she found a half-emptied bowl at the corner of table, hidden behind rack of files. She looked at yash in awe. A white drop was dangling from the corner of his moustache. She understood the situation. Silently she came out of room and she was very happy about what she had seen.

 

 

Secretly Smitten Part 133

The next morning Mohan and Jagan thought to leave back to Delhi. They were not sure if they should keep Geet along with them but when Alka and SD comforted that they will take care of her, Mohan didn’t feel like to think second time. But he do wants to talk with Yash, for once before leaving her daughter alone there. Though he knew, she would have everyone to have support but still, a father heart was not convinced that he was to leave his child alone in a family whose head doesn’t like her.

 

“Savitri Deviji, I want to meet Yash Sir, for once before leaving. I want to say him thanks that he saved my child’s life. Please” He requested when SD refused his wish saying it was not necessary. But in heart she was scared thinking Yash’s reaction. Seemed understanding her fear Mohan said, “I understand what fear you have Savitri Ji, but believe me, my regard is much higher for him against his any harsh words he can say to me. Whatever happened or happening is not hidden from me. But still I’ve no complain or fear, otherwise I wouldn’t have been given my daughter in this home. And I also have trust on my Geet. But without obligation leaving would not be any favourable. Please, let me meet him once”

 

SD couldn’t deny. She went to Yash and told about about Mohan. Yash called him inside.

 

Mohan was not sure where to start, what to say, how to express his regard. He was feeling like standing before a huge mountain, where his eyes were not able to reach to the highest of front. “Yash Sir, thank you for doing this much for my daughter. You saved her life and I cannot forget this debt of you in my lifetime” He said. He paused for some time, waiting for any response back. But when didn’t get any, he furthered. “Today, I’m going back to Delhi. I am leaving my child in your shelter keeping faith that in your shadow, she will be safe. Since today, when I’ll not be with her, she will have you only replacing me and I hope, you’ll also consider her your daughter. Please forgive her fault if any, she does mistakenly”. Mohan again waited for his reply but Yash was silent. “That’s only I wanted to say. I should leave now” Upset Mohan thought to leave.

 

“Do you really think Mohan that I will do it?”

 

Mohan steps paused. He turned to Yash who was still looking in a file, sitting on chair behind huge desk. Mohan smiled, “you’ve done much more of it Sir and also doing what couldn’t have been done by me” 

 

Yash looked him. Somewhere he’d not understood the meaning of these words. But when studied Mohans’ face, he found there satisfaction. Perhaps knowing the expression of questioning eyes, Mohan himself answered. “You’ve gifted her an unblemished life Sir, which had been ruined by her own society. Hadn’t been you to give me job in Delhi, she wouldn’t have been able to see today’s happiness. She was no one to you. If you had wanted, would’ve left us in that village with her bad luck. But you thought for us, even though you wanted to keep Maan away from us, but, this can be considered as a father weakness. Sir, when today I said you have replaced my place in her life, it’s not wrong. You are her father. Or if I call you her God Father, this will not be wrong. I’m leaving my alone child with you, knowing that, you’ll protect her from all upcoming ill-fortune, the same you’ve been doing. This time you can mark me being selfish, but for Geet, I can do anything, the same you’re doing everything for your Maan” His throat choked. “I think, i should leave now. namaste” He greeted and left the room before yash could know. After some times, he left.  Maan went to drop them airport.

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When few hours passed, Geet came to find Maan if he was back. She wanted to remind him about their last night talk. “Dadima is Maan back? I am trying his phone but he’s not taking?”

 

“Yes Beta, he is back. But right now where could be found, have no idea. I’ve not seen him from hours”

 

“He is back? Why didn’t he meet me?” Geet gritted her teeth thinking he is running away from the promise she had taken. “I’ll not leave him” She went in his room to see, if he was there but the place was empty. “Where is he?” She turned to leave when two arms grabbed her from waist and rested chin on her shoulder. She got startle. “Maan! You scared me”

 

“Really?” He whispered in her ears.

 

“Yes you did. Now leave me” she tried to remove his hold. “By the way, where were you? You know how much times I called for you? Why didn’t you meet me after coming back? And how was Baba. Was the departure on right time?”

 

“Yes madam, plane was on time and Papa was also fine. You don’t need to worry about him. By the way, there is another person also, who always wait for your attention toward him. But you, don’t even care for him”

 

“Really? And who’s it?”

 

“Me” Maan tightened his arms around her shoulder, caressing his cheek over hers.

 

“And when did I ignored you?” She smiled enjoying his closeness.

 

“Every time”

 

She turned to look him in awe. “How can you blame me Maan? When did I ignored you tell me?” she asked in anger. Maan smiled. He pulled her closer showering his teasing gaze over her, “Why? Don’t you always keep thinking about this family? You have worry about whats’ Grandpa’s favourites, but you never asked what I love to eat?”

 

“No Maan, it’s not true” She became serious. She cupped his face “I just wanted to make everything fine in this family. That’s why I always care for Dadaji but never thought to ignore you. I swear. Don’t take me wrong, I was just.. “

 

Suddenly Maan started laughing out loud. He twirled holding his stomach which was paining due to laugh. Confused Geet stopped speaking and started looking him. “Why are you laughing?”

 

“Oh Geet.. you really thought I was angry on you? ” He moved to her still controlling over his laugh. “You really stupid Geet. I was just joking. Do you really think I can complain over your care for my family? How can I?”

 

“So you was making fun of me?” she was on verge of cry.

 

“Oh my sweet Angel. Now don’t start crying okay” He took her in arms and caressed her face. “I was just joking, hm” he wiped her eyes and cupped her face smiling. She also smiled. “It’s okay” Suddenly she started dragging him out. “Now come with me”

 

“Geet.. where are you taking me?”

 

“Why? Did you forget you had promised me, you’ll talk to dadaji” She stopped.

 

“I do remember Angel, but this time?”

 

“What time? Do you need any appointment?”

 

“No But.. What will I say him why did I come?”

 

“Maan! You don’t need for reason to talk to your own grandfather. Just go and he himself will start talking you. Now stop making excuse and follow me”

 

She dragged him downstairs and knocked the door.

 

“Who’s it?” yash asked. Geet runs away leaving Maan there.. 

 

“It’s me, Maan grandpa. I want to tell you something” He walks inside.

 

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Geet went to alka who was in kitchen. “Maa, will you make Kheer for me. Yesterday I loved what you made, really. I am feeling like eating more”

 

Alka smiled. She prepared Kheer for her. Geet served it in two bowls and kept in a tray.

 

“Where are you going Geet?”

 

“To give it to Dadaji” she said but Alka was shocked. She stopped her. “Geet you know he doesn’t like it”

 

“Yes I know Maa and also know the reason behind his hatred. Maa, you don’t worry, but I want to make everything okay here. Just give me a chance, please”

 

“Let her go Alka” They heard SD voice who had heard their convo. She was happy that someone from them at least has courage to face yash and she had hope also, Geet can do really miracle. Her faith had grown  when she had seen Geet forcing Maan to go to Yash room.

 

“I know, I have hope that you can bring back happiness in this house Beta. You’re really an Angel. My Maan’s Angel. God bless you”

 

Geet was very happy to find support. Her strength had doubled. Happily she walked toward yash’s room holding tray. 

Secretly Smitten part 132

Atmosphere turned silent with an unexpected presence. Four pair of hands stopped in their ways up to mouth and every couple of eyes had only one target to look upon.

 

“What is happening here?” Yash heavy voice shouted filling no visible emotions in it. He had successfully hid the child sentiment toward the pleasure, he had felt a minute before. “Why, you all are shouting, like this. What happened?”

 

“I’m sorry papa. We were just..” Alka tried to response up but words stopped uncompleted in nervousness.

 

Then Yash furthered, “You all know very well, I don’t have habit hearing the unwanted noises, in my house” He threw a glare to all. All heads were down. He turned to leave.

 

Maan glimpsed Geet. She was having puffy face with the failure of her plan. He smirked targeting her. Showing up that she had failed. Geet twisted her lips in return. She wanted to do something. Defeat couldn’t have been won when the success was needed the most at the time.

 

“Dadaji, wait!” Suddenly she spoke up. She pushed chair back and stood up with holding a plate in hand, she rushed to Yash. “Dadaji please come. Please have dinner with us. This Kheer” She showed the little plate, “Maa has made this especially for you” She looked him with hope. Yash stared her then to the plate. The colour of his face dimmed, but later, he smirked. Patiently he said, “Thanks girl, but the single member of this family knows very well, I hate this dish. But I cannot say, it’s your fault girl, that you know nothing about us. Have your dinner” He touched her shoulder, with giving no feel to her sad face, he left the room.

 

Geet knew what he wanted to show to her. She knew the hidden meaning of his words and so were others. Specially Maan. His blood boiled. He wanted to support Geet but SD held his hand. She stopped him interfering between. After Yash leaving the lightness of moment was also gone. No one felt like resuming their foods. Maan left the place in temper. Alka started binning the left foods and SD retired in her room. Geet helped Alka.

 

“Geet beta, don’t take Papa’s words anyways. You know, he needs time to accept you in family. He’d also taken a long to accept me. So don’t lose your heart Beta” Alka tried to console her, but Geet smiled. She said she is fine and knows very well, it wouldn’t going to be any easy, to win yash’s heart. But, she will survive without any complain.

 

“But I’m scared for Maan. I fear that the little respect he had gotten for Papa, will be lost”

 

“You don’t worry Maa. I’ll manage him. You go and take some rest. I m here with him. You don’t worry, I’ll take care of Maan”

 

Alka dearly touched her cheek. “Thank you Beta” and she left.

 

Geet went to find Maan. Where is he?” she thought. He was not in his room, nor in the study. Geet was desperately looking for him, when found him in backyard. She breathed in relief. Taking slow steps she walks near. He was looking upset laying on bench under the star filled sky. She had never seen him smoking. She knew, he smokes whenever feels upset. Geet heart pained understanding that everything was happening due to her. She wanted to lighten this moment.

 

“It’s good! I knew it Maan I knew it!” She started complaining fiddling her Dupatta corner. Maan looked her confused. “What happened Geet?” he sat up. Geet stomped and sat next to him. “I knew Maan, you’ll be celebrating my failure. That’s why you’re enjoying here, alone with your cigarette. You must be laughing on me, I know” she made cry face.

 

“You really think so Geet” Maan said. He was still feeling miserable, that how could Yash talk to Geet with those harsh words. And he could do, nothing.

 

“Yes I think same Maan. I know people smoke whenever feels happy and celebrating”

 

Maan smiled. . “So you really think that I’m smoking because I’m happy?”

 

“Yes of course, otherwise what can be the reason? Anyways you was taunting me that I can’t win the bet” she expressed shock. “Babaji, what will you do now to me?” She wanted to cry.

 

“It’s not right Angel” Maan pulled her near at once. “It’s not right. You know nothing” He touched her cheek but Geet was still complaining. “I know everything Maan. I have seen in movies. There happens same. When hero wants to celebrate he drinks and smokes. I know now you must be thinking about making fun of me”

 

“Geet! How can I make fun of you, what are you saying?” He clutched her hairs and jerked her closer in frustration. “You’re guessing wrong Angel. I can’t even think about it, believe me”

 

“Really?” she sobbed.

 

Maan nodded. He smiled looking at a small fresh tear wanted to roll down from her cheek. He drunk it.

 

“Then why was this cigarette Maan?”

 

Maan thought for a moment. He dropped cigarette on ground then said, when he feels upset, he uses it. It’s a habit.

 

“See.. see I was right” Geet again started complaining. She pushed him back.

 

 “Now what happened?”

 

“What happened? Maan now I came to know, Dadaji was right. I know nothing about this family. Babaji I don’t even know entirely about you Maan and it’s your fault. You never told me about your family. You even dint tell me that Dadaji hates Kheer and you..”

 

“Kheer is Grandpa’s favourite Geet”

 

She started looking him stunned. “he lied me?”

 

Maan shook head in no. “He liked it when Dad was alive. Dad used to like Kheer very much or you can say, without it he didn’t take his dinner and so was Grandpa. But when Dad passed away, Grandpa also started hating the dish”

 

“Because, it makes him remember about your father?” Geet spoke slowly. Now she understood everything. She cupped Maan face. “Maan will you do one thing, what I’ll tell you”

 

“Do you need to ask me Geet” He caressed her hold. He kissed her palm, “I will always do what you’ll want from me”

 

She smiled. With thudding heart she said, “Maan, I want you to tell Dadaji everything, about your father’s murder”

 

Maan looked her, tried to study her eyes. “Did he say you anything?”

 

“No Maan. He didn’t. But Maan, I have seen him alone. He needs his son, needs you. Maan please don’t deny. You should tell him everything, it’s his right to know about him. And if you tells him, he will feel good. Please say yes Maan, for me”

 

He couldn’t reject her wish. He also knew, she was anyways saying correct. He smiled.

 

“But on one condition I’ll be agreed on your request”

 

“What condition?”

 

“You’ll kiss me” he held her chin. Geet was happy that he was agreed. She couldn’t ask for more nor had any wish to refuse his demand. She wanted the same. Getting closer she garlanded arms around his neck. She kept her lips on his mouth and Maan turned the touch in deep kiss. 

Secretly Smitten Part 131

 

 

 

Maan woken up after long hours. He felt fresh. As like he had not been sleeping from long period. His mind felt burden free and it was amazing whatever he was feeling right now. He looked for Geet. Maan remembered how forcefully she had made him agreed for this rest. “But where is she?” he thought when didn’t find her in room and then, suddenly recalled her challenge. “She is really stupid! Did she went for dinner herself?” Thinking he rushed out of bed. He went in washroom and sprinkled cold water on face to make him look fresh and as turned to get towel, it was itself, presented there.

 

“Geet?, where were you?” He took towel from her and patted face. Geet was smiling, like something was running in her mind. Maan raised eyebrows. He knew, she was up to something. “What?” he asked.

 

“Nothing” Casually she said and turned to leave. He followed.

 

“Geet I know something is cooking in your mind. Tell me what’s this?”

 

“Why should I?, and by the way, Mama had come to call you for dinner”

 

“And you? Did you take your food and medicines?” and then he noticed she was walking out of room, and undoubtedly making him follow her too! “Where are you going?”

 

But she didn’t replied.

 

“Geet doctors have restricted you to walk, why you don’t listen me?”

 

“Oh please Maan, stop shouting on me. And I’m not going alone. See, you’re with me!” She smirked. She started moving downward. Downstairs, Alka and SD was presented. They smiled when saw Geet and started serving food in plates.

 

“Why everyone is smiling looking Geet?” Maan suspicion increased. “What is she going to do?” he worried. But though he couldn’t fight with her before all, he just gave his care to Geet and they reached.

 

“Come Geet, sit here” Alka said.

 

“First you sit mama and Dadima, then I will” Geet politely said. After everyone was getting seated on their seats, Maan came to have his seat foolishly looking at all and specially toward Geet, when he found her already looking him and she was smiling. That madden his brain to think something on work, but failed.

 

“Geet Beta, when you had said that Maan wants a family dinner, I was so worried for you. I mean, how he given you permission to come down and have dinner with us. But when I saw he himself was bringing you down, my worry vanished beta. And really, I’m feeling very happy to have food with family after a long time. And Beta, your father and Chachu have already taken their food. They were tired so went to rest earlier”

 

“Thank you Mama” Geet said. She watched Maan and knew with his expression that he wanted to blast on her. She controlled her laughter somehow.

 

“Why you are not eating Beta?” SD asked when found Geet had not yet touched the food.

 

“Actually dadima, I am waiting for the eldest member of this family”

 

Alka then looked SD knowing what did she meant. She even knew that after Maan leaving house Yash had not taken food with them, on same dining table. She coughed. “Actually beta., Papa likes to eat alone. You start your food, he will not come”

 

Maan looked Geet and smirked. He knew, she will not be winner because Yash can never come. Geet puffed. “Mean Maan lied me that they always take meal together?” she thought but she couldn’t move back now. And she found this way beneficial to bring family members closer, if she could be able to bring Yash here. She started thinking. She watched the lights of Yash room was on. “he isn’t slept now” this was the big relax for her.

 

“Geet, have your food beta, he will not come” SD said when still Geet hadn’t started. Now she had no option but to begin and here, Maan was enjoying her frustration. She burned in anger. “I can’t lose” she was desperate to do something. Something that could force Yash to come out of room. Then her gaze felt on a steel plate. She smirked. Secretly she pushed plate and it dropped down making loud irritating sound. Everyone startled looking at her.

 

“I’m sorry. It was mistake..” she spoke innocently but her eyes were on Yash’s room door which yet, was closed. She was failed. Maan shows her thumb down and chuckled. He resumed mumbling his bread.

 

“Now what to do” she was crazily thinking for such plan which could work.  “Um, Dadima, is here any rule of silence?”

 

“Why did you ask?” surprised SD asked.

 

“I mean why all are so quite? You know when I was at home we would have been blabbering all the time, and laughing. I don’t like to be silent of mouth all the times”

 

Alka smiled. After a long period she had found such a person who could speak and laugh, the same she had been before Rajveer death. And she always had to miss this nature of her in herself. “Who stopped you Beta. You are free to talk” She said.

 

“And what about laugh? I have never seen anyone here laughing. You know Mama in my collage everyone used to run away when I laughed”

 

“Why?” Trio asked together.

 

“That I can’t tell you, instead let me show you”

 

All gazes stuck on her. Geet cleared her throat and she stared laughing a weird laugh so loud, so heartily and so openly that forced everyone to laugh with her. The silent atmosphere changed into laughter one and that was heard by yash. He had never heard the sound of laugh in long time, even had forgotten how it feels when one laughs heartily. “But why all are laughing?” He thought. He then tried to ignore this strange feeling to mingle with all but couldn’t. he stood up keeping file on desk. He walked and stopped on door and the sight pleased him. His family was laughing and chatting and getting dinner together. He so much had missed this charm of life. His steps automatically started moving toward them when suddenly Alka eyes fell on him. She stops laughing. And followed by everyone when they all found him there unexpectedly. Four pairs of eyes were staring him with millions of question and he had no intellectual reply. 

 

Secretly Smitten part 130

 

Already disappointed Maan didn’t want to disturb Geet. He slowly took his steps and went to get fresh and then walked in small balcony attached with the room. Before the huge field was shining in golden due to dusking sun and he watched the nature’s transformation of colours with full attention. Little did he feel the beauty and freshness of breeze but his mind was consumed over the failure he had tasted.

 

He was lost in thoughts, when suddenly felt as if someone was stepping toward him. Before he could turn and see, two hands wrapped him from back and rested her soft face on his spine. He felt soft stroke of her skin against his strained nerves and they became calm. He liked the warm wave was going through his hard skin and it warmed his heart.

 

“Why did you have to move? Why don’t you listen what doctors said Geet?”  He said but in controlled calmness in voice, not to startle her. He looked her sideways.

 

“It’s only two steps Maan, and now don’t start again!” She puffed. She was very much enjoying the place her cheek had gotten to sleep and she smiled. “Why didn’t you woken me up when you came?” She looked him lovingly but surprised to find him exhausted. There was loss of charm on his face which she always loved. She cupped his face, “What happened? Why are you looking so tired?” Then she paused for a second and furthered, “Look I’m fine. You really don’t need to worry for me”

 

He smiled, nearing her in arms, “I know you’re fine”

 

“Then why this tension Maan?” Suddenly she remembered the question Yash had asked. She connected both matters together “Are you thinking about Dadaji?” She said, while guessing the reason. Then she herself answered, as if consoling him. “He is very nice person. I have talked him today”

 

“You met him?” Maan worried. He watched her face for answer but Geet smiled, calmly she said that she had gone to his room, but didn’t told what convo they had shared. But she did tell that how Yash helped her when she had gained pain in stomach and how he had become worried. Maan was surprised hearing it, though after his convo with yash, he was sure, somewhere yash has accepted Geet in family. But still, he had fear for Geet. She was weak and couldn’t tolerate if has to face Yash’s anger. “What did he told you?” Maan asked.

 

Geet started thinking what should reply. She could tell the truth but that would add increase his tension. She lied, “Um, he was asking about my health”

 

“Really?”

 

“Haan. And he also advised me for not to ignore my medicines and take good diet. Maan, I liked him”

 

He was looking her as if trying to imagine this scenario but nothing came in his mind.

 

“You not believing me, right?” she looked him  suspiciously. “You think I’m lying?” She showed her big eyes.

 

He shook head. More than believing on her statement he enjoyed her expression of getting him in faith. He played with her. “No Geet, how can I even think you can lie to me. But still.. “

 

“What still. I really had met him and talked. You can ask him?”

 

“Okay  my dear Angel I believe you”

 

“No you don’t. do you?” She was getting irritated with his secret teasing.

 

“I believe you Geet, and I also believe that you would’ve taken lunch with him” He smirked. That tempered Geet. She pushed him in anger and kept both hands on her waist. “So you think I can’t. right?”

 

“No Geet, why are you angering sweetheart” he tried to comfort her but Geet had taken his taunt as challenge. “No you think same Maan. Okay! Fine! I’ll show you taking dinner with him and that too, with family, on same dining table.

 

“But that’s not big deal. We anyways take dinner together” He said innocently.

 

Geet thought for a while and added that she will make Yash eat the dish, he doesn’t like”  

 

Now this worried Maan. “Geet, leave it. I was just teasing you. You nothing need to do. You’ll stay here and take rest on bed”

 

“That I’ll do it, but after dinner”

 

“why are you being stubborn. I said I believe you now leave this stupidity” Maan tried enough to make her leave this obstinacy but Geet was adamant.

 

“You don’t think much. I’ll do it and show you that I was not wrong. Now come here and take some rest” she dragged him inside. She forced him to lay on bed and patted his head. “I know you’ve not been sleeping properly. So sleep now for some time” Maan was watching her only. She was the only sight which could’ve calmed him. She covered his eyes with her hand, “You can stare me later. Now have only to sleep”. Maan removed her hand from eyes and kissed. He kept head on her lap and closed eyes. She was right, he needed rest and in no time, he slept.

 

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After Geet leaving, Yash had gotten a call from police and police informed him about Maan’s arrival. He also said that how Maan had become mad hearing about the release but he didn’t tell him who did his bail. After talking with police Yash dialled a number and asked about the man he had done bail for and ordered to keep him in good condition but not much good that he started enjoying being alived. So when he will be needed, he could be in condition to reply his grandson’s question. 

 

Secretly Smitten Part 129

 

“Ji?”  Shocked Geet looked Yash thinking what did he just asked? She was not sure she heard him correct.

 

“I think you didn’t hear me right Girl or are you trying to escape?”

 

“I can’t getting what are you asking.. ” She timidly said. She wanted to run away from his harsh question. She hadn’t expected it. Yash was watching her right way, as if was searching his answer in her. He repeated the question.

 

Geet was silent. She was thinking what should reply! She didn’t know the whole truth nor did she want to spit the thing Maan had kept hidden from all. Without his permission she couldn’t tell the secret. But she didn’t want to lie with Yash too, who she guessed, had been restless due to torture of same question. She hoped Maan would’ve been told him himself but she didn’t want to interfere within the grandfather and son matter. She looked down.

 

“So, you know something, don’t you?” Yash was curious what she was hiding and why! “You don’t want to tell me?” he was furious. Geet knew he was getting angry but her mouth was sealed. “I’m sorry, but the faith Maan had on me, I can’t break it” she spoke, timidly. Then she stare in his eyes gathering her entire courage, “If Maan tells you himself, wouldn’t you feel better… Dadaji” She called him for the first time and it felt sweat to his ears, but Yash ignored the heartily satisfaction had come for a second.

 

“You can go” He stated out harshly. He felt like betrayed, standing before the weak girl who knew the most intense secret of his family because Maan had chosen to tell her, but not him. Unsuccessfulness pained his heart. He turned face from Geet. She was hurt. She was in guilt for not telling him whatever matter she knew, but she was glad, she took good decision. She started leaving the room but suddenly, the wound started hurting her due to being in standing position for longer. She groan in pain and hold wall for support.

 

“What happened?” Yash rushed to her. He held her and helped. “Are you okay?” He asked and surprised Geet could see the care in his eyes. She had gotten her answer. He was not that bad person from heart. She was right. “Relax Girl, I’m calling someone. Don’t move yourself”. He was going to call anyone when saw SD and Alka both were coming, running to them. Yash left Geet.

 

 They had heard her groan. “What happened Geet? Are you fine beta?” SD asked worrying. Till then yash had been returned into his pervious mask of anger. “Why did you all let her come out of room when doctors have strictly advised not to let het move a bit from bed” He scolded. Till the time nurses also had appeared and with their help, they all made Geet walk to her room. In all this occurrence SD and Alka forgot the thing that what was Geet doing in YAsh room, but Geet selected better for not to say a word herself. Indeed she was happy after this meet.

 

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Maan wanted to remove his frustration on someone or something. He didn’t want to go back home in this weird mental condition due to failure he had and he drove off far away from city. Where was he going to he didn’t know but wanted to run away from all problems, which had been following him. He started sweating due to heat he had been suffering inside. The extreme anger was suffocating. He wanted to grab fresh air and so ceased the car like a shot. He came out and had an eager urge to scream. To run like a mad man. He pushed hairs in desperation and his mind had been blocked to think rational, when suddenly, his phone sounded. He startled. Keeping annoyance under control he saw, it was from home. He didn’t want to pick up but then Geet thought forced his heart and he talked.

 

“Maan beta, where are you?” It was Alka. “Beta Geet was asking for you”

 

He said he is coming back and will be there in sometimes. Geet name was a word he could never have avoid to. He hopped in car and started the engine. He was crossing the main market area when car had to stuck in traffic. He was looking straight and waiting for the red light turning off when suddenly he saw, Nitya at roadside. She was purchasing groceries. Though Maan surprised to see her there, at outskirt but then not giving much attention he drove off after turning light into green.

 

As he stepped in home, he had decided to talk Geet tonight. Not much he could handle this secrecy, not more!

 

“Maan Beta,, where did you have gone?” SD asked breaking the randomly thoughts running in his mind and he looked her. “Look at your face Maan, what you had been doing? You looking so much tired?”

 

“Nothing Dadima” He tried to smile. Anyways he wanted to see Geet first, “How is Geet Dadima?”

 

“She is in her room” And SD told the entire situation that how she had again pain in stomach. Maan worried. He rushed to see her. The thought that he would ask about the attack had been vanished from mind. He just wanted to see Geet fine and well.  He would find out about the culprit himself. He could not take chance with her health. Thinking the entire matter he stepped in room and found her sleeping.