Muskan was sitting on the bed and still crying for her soft toys. Zoya was showing her all the toys and convincing her to play with them but Muskan was throwing them away angrily saying “I want only bunty.”
“Here is your bunty , princess.” They both heard Adi’s voice and looked toward the door. They found him walking toward them holding the teddy bear. Muskan was looking at her toy surprisingly with open month and Zoya was looking at him confusingly.
“Daddy.. aap mela bunty le ae , you are best. (Daddy , you brought my bunty , you are best.)”She ran toward the edge of bed where Adi was standing. Adi gave the teddy to her and kissed her cheeks. Muskan started jumping on the bed joyfully hugging the teddy near to her chest. Adiya were smiling looking at their princess.
“How did you..” She asked when Adi walked toward her and sat down in front of her. She paused when Adi showed the order summary of that teddy bear on one online app.
“You found the same toy online.” She looked at him surprisingly. He was just smiling at her.
“It was difficult task but nothing remains difficult for me when it comes to you and our princess happiness. You were sounding so worried for Muskan on phone and I can’t see you both sad.” Adi whispered and Zoya was looking at him having broad smile on her face and her eyes were filled with so much love.
“You are best. I am so lucky to have you and I love you so much.” She hugged him tightly wrapping her arms around his neck. He hugged her back having smile on his face and kissed her head.Muskan frowned seeing her mumma and daddy who got lost in each other forgetting about her.
“Musu bhi hai yaha.. (Musu is also here.)” she tried to pull them apart holding their shoulders. Adiya broke the hug while laughing on their daughter’s antics. She was looking at them with angry pout. Adiya hugged her together and sandwiched her in between them.
“Manik , I want to talk to you.” Manik was about to open the door of her room but stopped hearing the voice of Zoya.
“Come inside then.” He spoke turning toward her but she nodded her head in no.
“Actually Manik I want to talk to you in private.” Manik nodded his head. Somewhere Manik got an idea that what she wanted to talk about. Zoya started walking toward her room and he followed her.
They stepped inside her room. Manik sat down on couch and she walked toward her after closing the door.
“Manik , I think you shouldn’t hide about that fake news from Nandini. You should tell her before she came to know from somewhere else. She deserves to know. She will understand you Manik.” She tried to convince him to tell Nandini about the fake news standing in front of him. Manik was listening her looking down.
“I know she will understand me but..” he stood up.
“she will get upset. You don’t know bhabhi after so many years , she is happy. I just can’t see her sad again.” He said sadly looking at her. Zoya put her hand on his shoulder.
“I can understand your concern Manik. But she is your wife, she has right to know everything. Manik I am putting myself at Nandini place then I am telling you what I feel. I never want my husband to hide anything from me and I don’t want him to solve all the problems alone. I want him to share with me everything. I am sure , Nandini also wants this from you , Manik.” Zoya tried to make him understand as a friend to him. She was showing him the right path.
“Bhabhi.. I have seen her in so much pain that now I just want to see her happy. I can’t bear sadness on her face. It hurts a lot.” He closed his eyes sadly and her crying face came in his mind.
“But I think , you are saying right , I should tell her.” He opened his eyes and spoke after taking a deep breath. Zoya smiled slightly in response because finally he understood her.
“I am glad you understand Manik. Now go and tell her.” Manik nodded his head in yes on her words.
“Thank you bhabhi for always showing me the right path.” Before walking out from the room , Manik thanked her wholeheartedly holding her hands. Zoya smiled at him and he walked out.
Manik walked inside his room to tell Nandini everything but god was planning something else.
His face colour got changed when he saw Nandini sitting on the edges of bed holding her phone in her hand and she was having tears in her eyes. Manik heart broke down seeing his angel in tears. This was the only reason that he didn’t want to tell her about the news to her. He couldn’t even see a single tear in her eyes.
“Na.. Nandini.” He called her in low voice and took few small steps toward her. She looked at him dishearteningly like her eyes were asking from him that why.. why did he do this with her.
He reached toward her and she stood up still looking at him with her moist eyes. He was looking down in guilt standing in front of her.
“I..” Manik looked at her and he was about to say something but he got stopped when she showed him her hand.
“Why did you do this Manik ? You have hurt me for the first time.” Manik was feeling guilty. He closed his eyes dejectedly. He never wanted to hurt her but he hurt her by hiding the truth from her.
“You thought, I won’t trust you after reading this news.” Manik nodded his head in no listening to her words. She was taking the things in wrong way.
“I can explain..” He spoke and moved his hands toward her to hold her face but before his hands could come in contact with her face , she moved away her face. Manik took away her hands looking at her sadly.
“I don’t want any explanation. I need some alone time.”
“No.. I am not going. You have to listen.” He spoke cubbing her face and pulled her face toward himself. Both looked into each other eyes deeply.
“Please.. leave me alone for sometime.” She begged from him to leave her alone but he nodded his head in no while his thumbs were wiping her tears.
“Okay fine , so I am leaving.” She spoke angrily while pushing him away. Manik was shocked seeing her anger.
“Nandini stop..” she walked out of the room and he ran behind her calling her.
“Please, listen to me for once Nandini.” He stopped her holding her hand and requested her to listen him.
“The news didn’t hurt me , Manik.” She turned around her face to look at him.
“You have hurt me by hiding it from me. By doing this , you showed me clearly that you don’t trust me.”he left her hand listening her words and she ran from there last time looking at him dishearteningly.
Few tears rolled down from his eyes to his cheeks. He was regretting badly for hiding the news from her. He didn’t thought that she would react like this. He was feeling guilty because she was hurt and crying because of him. He became the reason of her tears which he never wanted to become.