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“I am your favourite writer Pretty Angel.” She told him. He stood up , staring at her with wide open eyes and mouth. He wasn’t expecting her to be his favourite writer. Nandini chuckled , seeing his reaction.
“What’s going on ?” Shivansh words caught both of their attention . They looked at him. He was walking toward them , having a small smile on his face.
“Manik your face is telling to me that like you got a shock.” Shivansh stood beside Manik. He said and laughed , putting his hand on Manik’s shoulder.
“Shivansh , Manik is shocked to know that I am his favourite writer.” Nandini stood up and said , walking toward Shivansh. Manik’s eyes popped out when Nandini revealed his secret in front of his best friend.
“What ? Manik when did you start reading novels ? You never told me about this.” Shivansh looked at Manik shockingly and asked while Manik was finding words to make him understand. Nandini bit her lower lip , realising that she told Manik’s secret to Shivansh.
“Shivansh.. you met Manik after two years. Things and choices change with the time. May be Manik started reading novels with in these two months.” Nandini explained Shivansh on the behalf of Manik because she was guilty for revealing his secret.
“Right Manik ?” She asked , looking at Manik. He looked at her and she raised her eyebrows. He nodded his head and she smiled.
“Yeh.. Shivansh. It’s true that I get fond of reading novels in these two years and I never got any chance to tell you about this.” Manik further explained to Shivansh and he got convinced also.
“Okay but I hope from now you won’t keep any secret between us.” Shivansh said putting his hand on his shoulder. Manik nodded his head slightly and thought about the feelings which was developing inside him for Nandini and he could never share this with him.
“Nandini , I am going to get fresh. Bring my dinner in my room only.” He said to Nandini , she nodded her head.
“Manik I wanted to talk to you but I am so exhausted today. We will catch up the things tomorrow.” Saying this , he walked upstairs.
“I am really sorry Manik.” When Manik was seeing Shivansh going upstairs , Nandini words caught his attention which made him to look at her angelic face.
“I couldn’t able to keep your secret safe with me. I am such a big idiot.” When Nandini was apologising from him , he was busy admiring her beautiful and innocent face forgetting about the whole world.
“Please forgive me.” She again apologised and he came on the earth back.
“It’s Okay , Nan.. Nandini. Don’t feel sorry.” He shook his head , trying to come out from the magic spell done by Nandini on him and then he said. But it wasn’t easy for him to take her out from his head because she was attracting toward him like two magnets attract towards each other.
“Really you are not angry with me ?” She asked to confirm and he nodded his head in no in response. She smiled broadly, knowing this. As she smiled, Manik’s heart skipped beating for a moment. Never in his life , he found anybody smile so beautiful. In her smile , he found something more beautiful than his favourite stars. Her smile was making him fall in love with her. Her smile was giving peace to his heart and soul.
“Thank god. I thought you would get angry from me for not keeping your secret safe with me because I promised you. You know I lied to you. The truth is that I am very bad at keeping secrets. In fact I am worst at keeping secret.” She laughed on herself, saying this. Until now Manik came to know that she was a chatterbox. He wanted to go because it was getting so difficult for him to control himself from not getting lost in her but her talks weren’t getting over.
“I think , I should leave now. I am too tired.” Nandini opened her mouth to speak something but Manik said , cutting her words. She immediately closed her mouth and nodded her head meekly. Her cuteness brought a warm smile on his smile. He walked from there last time glancing at her.
“Oh god , What is happening to me ? This is so wrong.” Manik said to himself after closing the door of his room.
“And I just can’t believe that Nandini is the only girl whom I was trying to find from the day I read her novels.” He said , holding his head with his hands. He was going crazy.
“She is my favourite writer , Pretty angel. I never thought that I would meet her like this. I can’t even express in front of her that what I feel about her writing that I completely fell in love with her novel. Her writing is mesmerising.” He said disappointedly, sitting down on the bed because he couldn’t do anything because of his unknown feeling.
“With her writing, she is also mesmerising me .” Her heart said to him and he got up in a shock.
“What you are thinking Manik ? This is so wrong.” He scolded himself.
“From now , I will completely avoid her. Yes this is better to avoid her.” He went to washroom, saying this to himself. He was having no idea that it was just the starting of his attraction. The more he will try to run away from her , the more he will come close to her.
Last night Manik slept after taking sleeping pills because he didn’t find any other option. He was getting ready for the office. He was in black coat suit with white shirt. He was setting his tie , standing in front of mirror, having serious look on his face. He was angry from himself. He was getting irritated and frustrated with his feelings because those feelings were wrong. He walked out from the room last time glancing at himself in the mirror. He walked few steps in the corridor and stopped in front of Nandini and Shivansh’s room which was adjacent to his room. The door of their room was slight opened. He took a step to walk away but couldn’t stop himself from peeking inside. And he did a big mistake by doing this.
His breath got stuck in his throat and his heart stopped beating for a moment when eyes saw the girl who was making him crazy from the time he saw her. She was coming out of bathroom, drying her wet hair with the towel. She was looking stunning in light pink saree which she was wearing. Manik was staring her like he used to stare star in nights. Each and everything about her was attracting him. Her morning look made him more crazy. Her wet hair and the water droplets on her neck , everything was taking his breath away from him. She stood in front of mirror , facing her back to him. She was wearing the backless blouse and he couldn’t stop himself from staring her milky white back. She was still drying her hair with the towel , standing in front of mirror and humming a song. He loved way she let her long , black and wet hair fall on her back. She was having no idea somebody was staring her and going crazy, seeing her each and every move. For the first time he felt like to touch her and feel her.
The reality hit his mind when Shivansh stood behind her. He wrapped his hands around her waist and nuzzled her wet hair. Manik felt some kind of pain in his heart , seeing Nandini with someone else. Shivansh was having complete right on Nandini because she was his wife but still he felt hurt. He was feeling guilty too for staring his best friend wife like this. He immediately ran from there and slammed the door , walking inside his room.
He was breathing heavily because he was going crazy. It was getting more difficult for him to resist her with each passing minute. He was not understanding that what the hell was happening to him. He didn’t want to feel like this for Nandini but he didn’t know why he couldn’t control. He never felt like this for any other girl before. She was the first girl who was attracting him toward herself like this. He never felt so weak and helpless before. He never found so much peace in anybody’s smile before , the peace which her smile had given to him last night.
“Why.. Why her only ?” He shouted , asking this question from the god that why only she attracted him, why not any other girl. He punched on the wall while shouting again the same words. His knuckles started bleeding because of the punch. He shut his tightly because of the pain and few tears fell down from his eyes. He was feeling helpless with this unknown feeling. He wanted this to get stop. He wished that he would have a remote for his feeling. So that he could stop his feeling by pressing the stop button.
Manik was walking out of the mansion as fast as possible so that nobody could see him or stop him.
“Manik.” Shivansh called him from behind , walking down stairs when his eyes fell on him. Manik closed his eyes and fisted his hands , listening his voice. He wanted to run away but he turned around unwillingly , plastering a fake smile on his face.
“What did you think that you could go without having breakfast.” Shivansh asked , walking toward him. Manik looked at him and Shivansh raised his eyebrows.
“I am sorry Shivansh but I am already getting late for a meeting. I have to leave.” Manik immediately gave an excuse to leave the house.
“You know one beautiful girl has said that we should never leave the house with the empty stomach. I mean my nandini says this.” Shivansh laugh , saying this. Manik felt a sharp pain in his heart when Shivansh called Nandini as his Nandini. But still he forced a smile on his face.
“Wow Shivansh , I am impressed. ” Nandini said , walking there and clapping her hands. Like always Manik heart started beating rapidly because of Nandini’s presence. Her voice was becoming like a melodious song for him which he wanted to hear all day and night. But that song was also forbidden for him like she was forbidden to him.
“Tell me one think , when did you start taking my words so seriously ?” She crossed her arms around her chest and asked angrily, raising her eyebrows. Shivansh made a cute pout while Manik was trying to not look at her.
“Manik you know , your friend Shivansh who was explaining you that we should not leave the house with empty stomach. He himself most of the time leave the house without taking breakfast.” Nandini when took his name , Manik instantly looked at her and his heart skipped a beat , listening his name from her mouth. Nandini said all this , looking at Manik and at last he glared at Shivansh.
“I am sorry jaan.” Shivansh apologised, holding his ear cutely.
“Promise you , from the next time this won’t happen again.” He took her hand in his hands and said. She smiled in response , nodding her head. Manik was standing there , looking down. Many things were going in his mind at that time and all those things were making him crazy.
“Now you both follow me to the Dining table without any buts.” She said sternly, showing his forefinger to them. Then she turned around and started walking toward diningtable.
“Chal aja..( Come on)” Shivansh said , patting Manik’s back and ran behind Nandini. Manik left with no other option rather than following them.
Manik and Shivansh settled down at the dining table while Nandini was serving them breakfast and one maid was arranging the breakfast on table. Nandini served Manik one Aloo Pratha and when she was about to put the curd in his bowl , he showed his hand to her and they had a eye lock of two second where they for the first time looked into each other eyes. After serving Shivansh, she sat down beside him and on the other side of him , Manik was sitting. Manik started eating without, looking at Nandini and thankfully she wasn’t sitting in front of him or else it would get more difficult for him to stop himself from not looking at her beautiful face.
“Nandini.. the coffee is not so sweet. Will you taste ?” Shivansh asked , forwarding the mug of coffee in front Nandini. She took it with the confused expression and taste it.
“Now give it to me. You taste it , now it became sweet.” Before Nandini could say something, he said , taking the glass from Nandini’s hand.
“So cheesy Shivansh.” Nandini said , shaking her head in a disbelief.
“Really.. you made it sweet by tasting it. Before this the coffee was tasteless for me .” He said after taking a sip of coffee. Nandini again shook her head. Manik was just trying to concentrate on his tasty pratha and trying to avoid their talks.
“Manik why are you so silent ? Isn’t the food tasty ?” Shivansh asked , looking at Manik. Manik nodded his head in no , looking at him immediately.
“These Prathas are yummy. Say thank you to Rashmi.” Manik said , making Shivansh and Nandini looked at him confusingly.
“Manik my wife name is Nandini not Rashmi. What are you saying ?” Shivansh asked , having confused expression on his face. Then both heard Nandini’s loud laughs which caught their attention. They both stared at her , having confused looks on their face.
“Actually Shivansh last night Rashmi cooked dinner so i think Manik though that breakfast is also cooked by her only.” Nandini said , solving the confusion.
“Right Manik ?”Nandini asked , looking Manik. He nodded his head in yes , looking at her. Shivansh made O shape mouth , understanding Manik’s words now. Now Manik understood that why he was finding Pratha so tasty because they were made by Nandini.
“Manik , today my beautiful wife cooked the food from her beautiful hands , not that Ras.. or whatever her name is.” Shivansh said , holding Nandini’s hand and kissed her knuckle, leaning down. Nandini smiled in response, looking at him.
For the first time , Manik was getting jealous from Shivansh and he was feeling guilty too. He was hurt , he was jealous , he was angry and more than all of this he was guilty. Shivansh was his best friend and he was getting jealous from his best friend because he had Nandini , the girl who was making him crazy , helpless and weak. He was feeling like she was doing some kind of magic on his heart , on his mind and on his soul. He wasn’t able to look beyond her. From her smile to she taking his name , everything was driving him crazy. He knew that this was wrong but still he was not able to stop his heart from attracting toward Nandini.
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