“Mukti , I came here for our friendship. I don’t want to lose you guys. You all are best gift from god to me. I want to make you understand my situation and the rest will be your decision. Just listen to me and then take the decision.” Manik tried for the last time to explain Mukti. He paused before continuing further and waited for Mukti’s response.
She nodded her head. He sighed and continued.
“From the day one, I have felt a strong connection with Nandini. This was wrong for me too because she is Shivansh’s wife. I tried hard to keep myself away from her. But the more I ran away from her , the more I came close to her. You must have seen my condition. I was going crazy. Every day , something was dying in me when I was keeping myself away from Nandini. I blamed myself, I called myself wrong, I ran , I pushed her away and forced her to hate me but at the end , I realised that nobody is living happily. Mukti , you know , I can still leave Nandini for Shivansh. He is still most important for me. Nobody can take his place. But , Nandini will not able to keep him happy because she loves me , not him. I can’t force her to love Shivansh. I want both Shivansh’s and Nandini’s happiness. I can’t see them in pain. From outside our love will be wrong for everybody but for me , it is not because we love each other truly. This love has only given us pain and sufferings but still we are not ready to forget our love. We are ready to go through more pain for our love. Mukti , I don’t care what others think about me. I just only want my friends to understand me.” Manik was trying to explain Mukti in best way. He really wanted them to understand him because he didn’t want to lose them.
Mukti was standing silent and Manik was waiting for her reply.
“Please , say something.” Manik asked Mukti to say something after few minutes of silence.
“I am understanding you , Manik but I still doubt Nandini.” Mukti took a deep breath and spoke breaking the silence. Manik closed his eyes dejectedly. It was hurting him because his friend was still doubting his star.
“But for you , I will talk to her and try to clear the things. I want some answers from her.” Manik sighed with relief after knowing that at least she was ready to clear her doubt.
“Mukti , I want to tell you something about Nandini. I didn’t want to take that thing in between all this but I think You should know before talking to Nandini.” Manik spoke making her confused.
“What ?” She asked instantly.
“Mukti , Nandini mind is little disturbed.” He paused for few seconds to gather courage to tell Mukti about the worst incident of his life.
“Somebody sent goons to rape her.” Manik told Mukti and he felt a sharp pain in his heart remembering about her condition. Mukti was shocked to know this.
“But why ? Is she fine ?”Mukti freaked out and then Manik told her everything. He even told her that because of this incident only , he accepted his love in front of Nandini and Before that he was pushing her away.
Mukti was shocked and this changed her P.O.V. Before she was thinking that Nandini has tried to trap Manik in her love. But after listening all this , her P.O.V got changed. She was feeling bad for Nandini and feeling guilty for blaming her.
“Nandini has gone through a lot pain in these few days. She was completely broken. I have handled her very difficultly. She is not in a condition to take more pain now. Somewhere I am also the reason of her pain. It’s really hurt to see tears in her eyes.” Manik was crying now in front of Mukti. He was trying to be strong till now but couldn’t able to control himself more in front of Mukti thinking about the pain which Nandini had gone through.
“Manik , stop blaming yourself. It was god’s wish. You know, whatever god does, he does for something good only. I think , this all was necessary to make you realise that how much you love Nandini.” Mukti said putting hand on Manik’s shoulder while he was just crying in pain.
“If I had realised earlier that how much I love her then She wouldn’t have to gone through this pain. I want to see her completely fine. She is still in pain and scared. Mukti, I want the old Nandini back.” Manik cried hugging Mukti like a small baby. She was constantly rubbing his back. She let him cry and take his pain out.
“Manik , relax. Nandini will be fine. This type of incidents have profound effect on girls. With time she will be fine. You will make her fine , I’m sure.” Mukti broke the hug and explained her putting hand on his shoulders. Like always, Mukti was consoling Manik and supporting him like a true friend.
“Come..” she took her to bed holding his hand and made him sit down. She went to bring the water from the table while Manik wiped his tears with his palms and composed himself. She gave him the water. He thanked her for supporting him through his eyes while taking the water. He was feeling much better.
He gave her the glass and she went to keep it on the table.
“Thanx Mukti for understanding me.” She came to her and he thanked her verbally while standing up from bed.
“Are you crazy , Manik ? Now you will say thank you to me. If in future if you will say thank you to me , I will give you a tight slap.” Mukti warned him showing her hand to him.
“Oh , I got scared.” Manik acted to get scared moving away from her. Both chuckled together.
“But seriously Mukti , I didn’t think that you would understand me so soon.“ he hugged her again happily.
“In fact , I am guilty that I misunderstood you and Nandini earlier. I will apologise from her and talk to her. She is really a sweetest girl I ever met but still I doubted her.” Mukti said getting disappointed from herself.
“No need to feel guilty , Mukti. You reaction was not wrong. In fact, I am so happy to see that in all this, you trusted me and gave me a chance to explain myself. I am glad to have a friend like you.” Manik said holding her hands. Both passed a small smile to each other.
“And don’t worry , I will talk to Cabir. You just take care of Nandini. She needs you.” She said squeezing his hand slightly. Manik nodded his head in response having small smile on his face. He was so relieved to get a support from his one friend. Her support made him more strong and hopeful that Shivansh would also understand him.
“But what about Shivansh ? Have you thought something ? I mean , how you will tell him ?” Mukti asked coming to the point.
“Tomorrow, he is coming back. I will tell him everything. I know, he will be hurt. But I can’t hide this truth from him anymore. The rest will be his decision and I will accept it wholeheartedly. I only want his happiness and I just hope , in future, he will get a girl who will love him. The love , which he deserves.“ Manik said turning toward another side.
“Everything will be fine , Manik. Shivansh will understand you.” Mukti said putting her hand on his shoulder from behind. Manik turned around and passed a small smile.
“I shall leave now. Nandini is alone at home.” Manik said and Mukti nodded his head.
“I will come at night.” She said and Manik walked out from the room giving her a small smile.
Cabir was standing outside of the room only and he was glaring Manik. Manik looked at him pleadingly. He wanted him to listen to him for once.
“Cabir..” Manik tried to talk to him but Cabir stopped him by showing his hand to him.
“Cabir , I will make you understand everything.” Mukti said coming outside.
“I have already heard everything.” He said and punched Manik making everybody shock. Mukti palmed her mouth and widened her eyes in a shock.
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