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.