“Manik..” Nandini exclaimed. She was surprised to see Manik on the doorstep of Art gallery again. He walked toward her , smiling like a fool.
“Hi.. Nandini” he said , waving his hand and smiled showing his teeth. She smiled back , waving her hand. She was happy to see him but confused also that why he again came back.
“Actually Nandini , when I left you here. After sometime Mom called me up. She want to take us for the jewellery shopping.” He told her the reason of coming back. She opened her mouth, making 0 shape.
But the truth was something else. He had lied to her.
Flashback (Few Minutes Ago)
Manik was going back home after dropping Nandini at Art gallery. He already started to miss her. He wanted to spend more time with her. He smiled happily when he got an idea to spend more time with her.
“Mom. I am free. So why not go for jewellery shopping today?” He said , calling his mother.
“That’s great. What about Nandini ? Is she free?” Neyonika asked about Nandini.
“Don’t worry about her. I will pick her up.” Saying this He cut the call , having smile on his face. For the first time , Manik Malhotra was making such childish plan.
Manan were on the way to jewellery shop. Manik heart was not happy after lying to her. It was a small lie but still he was not happy. She was there with him but he was still not happy. He suddenly stopped the car. She looked toward him confusingly.
“Nandini , i lied to you.” He said in low voice , looking at her.
“About what ?” Nandini asked shockingly.
“Mom didn’t call me for shopping. I called mom and asked her to come for shopping. As I wanted to spend more time with you. And I find only this way to meet you. I am sorry.” Innocently , he told her everything and also apologised . Nandini was unbelievably looking at her.
Next moment, she started laughing loudly. Manik looked at her confusingly. But her laughs made him happy.
“You are so cute.” She said controlling her laughs. Manik was still confused that why she was laughing and saying him cute.
“I just can’t believe. The Rockstar Manik Malhotra made a childish plan and after that like a innocent child , he told the truth also. So cute.” She said , pulling his both the cheeks. He smiled, listening her words. He was happy to see that she was getting frank with him. He was also happy because she was laughing.
“You are taking out every hidden quality of me. First i beat someone for the first time for you . Now I made a childish plan for the first time just for you. What are you doing to me , Nandini?” He asked , coming little close to her. She silently stared him. He got lost in her black deep eyes.
“I think , we should go. Your Mom will be waiting for us.” She said to change the topic and looked on the other side. Manik moved away , coming on the earth back. He started the Car engine. He looked at her and found her looking outside of the window. He immediately turned his face toward the road as he knew that he would get lost in her angelic beauty.
Manan walked inside the jewellery shop and found Neyonika , Zoya and Muskan , they were already sitting there. They walked toward them. Nandini greeted them by saying ‘hello’. Muskan was smiling happily , seeing them. She made Nandini sit beside her. She was sitting in the middle of her mom and Chachi. Neyonika was sitting on the other side of Zoya and Manik was sitting on the other side of Nandini.
“Show some beautiful and Unique design of rings for our daughter in law.” Neyonika asked the salesman . He started showing them the design. Nandini was passing the smile to everyone after every few minutes. Manik was more busy in looking her than the seeing the rings.
“Mumma , Musu lit (like) this for helself (herself)” she said pointing her finger toward a ring.
“Musu , these rings are for big girls like your Chachi and your mommy.” Zoya explained Muskan. She made a sad pout because she also wanted the ring.
“Nandini , do you like any ring ?” Zoya asked politely, looking at her. She nodded her head positively , looking at her. She pointed her finger toward the ring. Everybody looked toward the ring. It was the most simple ring. It was having just one small diamond. Manik was happy again. He knew , if there would be other girl on Nandini’s place , she would surely choose the most expensive ring. But his Nandini was different. For her , money didn’t matter. He was happy to find a perfect girl for himself.
“I know , it’s really simple. As I like light and simple things more.” She said , looking at Zoya first, then moved her eyes toward Neyonika nervously. She was nervous that they would like her choice or not.
“It’s beautiful. It is perfect.” Manik spoke before anybody could say something. Nandini looked toward him. She smiled lightly and he smiled back in response.
“Yeh , it is beautiful. Your and mine choices are same , Nandini. I also like simple and light jewellery.” Zoya said and chuckled. Nandini gave her smile. She was happy that everyone liked her choice.
Then the salesman started showing them Necklaces . Neyonika asked Zoya to choose a necklace for herself also. Muskan was sitting silently, wrapping her arms around her chest angrily. She was upset as her Mother didn’t make her buy the ring.
“Nandini. I like this for you.” Manik said , pointing toward the necklace. Nandini also liked that one. She smiled , looking at the necklace when their choice met.
“I also like this.” She said , looking at Neyonika . Like ring , that Necklace was also simple and very light weight. Neyonika smiled , nodding her head. She smiled back in response.
“It will be more better , Nandini. If you will try it.” Zoya said , taking out the necklace. Then She handed over the necklace to Nandini. Nandini struggled with her long hair while trying the necklace. Seeing this , Zoya asked Manik to help Nandini. Manik got up and went behind her to help her. He started putting her all hair on one side. Nandini felt shivered ran down her spine when his cold hands touched her bare back. She tried to sit normally. He was locking the necklace. Nandini was trying to be not get lost in his touch and close her eyes. His touch always made her crazy and also increased her desire. The desire to feel his hands all over her body. His only one touch was having power to make her every cell of body alive. She sighed when he removed his hands. But felt unhappy also because she wanted to feel his touch more.
“It’s amazing.” Neyonika and Zoya said together. They both laughed looking at each other. Nandini smiled , seeing them. ‘The relation of every mother should like this only.’ She thought, looking at them.
“Your beauty is increasing the beauty of this necklace even more. Like it made for you only.” Manik said in low voice , standing behind her. Nandini smiled , looking down after listening to his compliment.
Then they purchased the bangles and rest of the jewelleries. Zoya purchased bangles for Muskan when Neyonika and Manik insisted her. Muskan was super happy to get the bangles. Then they left for home. Manik was going to drop Nandini at Art gallery again. It started raining again. Manik felt happy, listening the voice of rain. He opened the window, he felt so good when the cool breeze touched his skin. He loved the atmosphere.
He turned to look at Nandini and seeing her , his smile faded away. She was not looking fine. As She was sweating in the cool weather and her breathing became irregular. He concentrated on the road and remembered that in morning she had told him that she hated Rain. ‘May be this happening because of the rain ?’ He thought and few lines appeared on his forehead , which was sign of tension.
“Are you okay , Nandini ?” He asked worriedly, looking at her. She wiped the sweat from her shaky hand and looked at him. Her condition mad him crazy. It clearly said that she didn’t only hate rain. She used to scare from the rain.
“Ju..st.. take.. me home.” her voice shivered when she spoke , looking at him. Her shivering voice made him more worried.
“Don’t worry, i am with you.” He said , holding her hand which was shaking. He squeezed her hand to assure that he was with her. She felt little better when his hand held her hand. Her hands stopped shaking. She looked toward him , having pain in her eyes. He tried to look into her eyes that what she had stored in them.
He left her hand to drive the car faster. When his hand left her hand , her hands again started shaking . She started breathing heavily, holding her head. It was the Anxiety attack. He looked at her and felt pain in his heart, seeing her condition which was becoming worst. There was the massive traffic on the road because of the rain. Manik was regretting and blaming himself for all this. As he was the only one , who had planned to go for shopping with her.
“I need to do something now.” He thought because it would take more than an hour to reach back home. That’s why he decided to do something that time only. He couldn’t able to see her in that condition more. The more her condition was becoming worst , the more his heart was breaking.
“Nandini ,relax.” He stopped the car. He said ,turning toward her side. He was about to touch her hand but before he could, she jerked his hand away. Manik became shocked. He was looking at her shockingly.
“Don’t touch me. I hate you.” She said moving away from him. She wasn’t looking at him. He again tried to hold her hand and she again jerked his hands.
“I said.. don’t touch me.” She shouted loudly and tried to unlock the door. Manik became hell shocked, seeing her condition. He was not understanding that what he should do. He had never handled anybody in this type of condition. He became worried. He wanted to calm her down.
“I hate you , leave me..” Nandini screamed loudly when Manik held her arms tightly and pulled her toward himself. She was still not looking at him. He took her his arms. She was screaming to leave her and trying to push him away. But he was holding her more and more tightly in his arms.
“It’s me.. Manik , Nandini. Relax, calm down. Everything is fine. No one will hurt you. You are safe. I am with you. ” he said and while his one hand was constantly rubbing her back and his other hand was constantly caressing her hair. He was trying to calm her down with his soothing words. He did what , his heart said him to do that time. With in few minutes, she stopped pushing him away. She felt peace and safe in his arms. Only these few words , she needed to listen at that moment. She needed assurance that somebody was there with her. Manik hugged her more tightly when he felt her hands wrapped around him. He felt happy to get successful in calming down his angel. His hands never stopped caressing her head and back. Nandini was getting better and better in his arms. Earlier Whenever she used to get anxiety attack, nobody was there to assure her that they are their for her. She even never felt so safe in anybody’s arms , before. She just wanted to remain in his arms forever and ever. His arms were giving her peace, the peace which she was trying to find from years.
Manik was happy to control her anxiety attacks. But a questions was still eating his mind that why she scared of rain so much.