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Manik was just about to gulp down another glass of scotch, but his hand stopped in the midway as suddenly his heartbeat accelerated. He immediately understood that the girl whom he loved, she was around him. He put the glass back and tried to compose himself by clenching his fist and shutting his eyes. He had been yearning to see her from more than a month. That’s why he couldn’t stop himself from turning around and look at her.
His heart stopped beating as his eyes fell over her. She was stepping into the party hall with Shivansh. She was looking breathtakingly gorgeous in that black saree. In the whole party, only this girl had the power to accelerate the heartbeat of the world-famous business tycoon, The Manik Malhotra. Tears welled up in his eyes as he looked at her face which had become pale. She had a small smile on her face, through which she was trying to hide her all pain. She could hide her pain from the whole world behind her smile and makeup but not from Manik. He could read her eyes which were only filled with pain.
The way Manik had felt her presence without even looking at her, in the same Nandini also felt his presence. Her eyes were searching for him in the whole party desperately. Shivansh’s business partners were coming with their wives and meeting them. She was just passing them smile while her desperate eyes were searching for him. She was feeling like her heart would be exploded. Finally, her eyes stopped over him. As she looked at him, he turned his face and looked on the other side. She was seeing him after so many days. She was gazing at him without caring about anything. She felt like she got his breath back after seeing him. She wanted to freeze the moment here and wanted to keep gazing at him like this. She was happy to see him fine and at that moment also, she didn’t forget to say thank you to god for making him fit and fine.
“Manik.” As Shivansh shouted, waving his hand at Manik, Nandini came back on the earth and Manik looked at him instantly and smiled. Now Nandini was looking everywhere except Manik.
“Let’s go,” as Shivansh placed his hand on her back and Manik looked away instantly. Manik used to feel hurt when Shivansh used to touch Nandini in front of his eyes. He had no right on her but still, he couldn’t control himself from getting jealous. Jealousy is the part of love only. If there is love then jealousy will be also there.
“Shivansh, I need to use the washroom. You go and I will join you both later on.” Nandini gave an excuse because she was not ready to face Manik at that time. She needed a few minutes to compose herself. Shivansh nodded at her and removed his hand from her bareback. He left to meet Manik and she went to use the washroom.
“How are you Manik?” Shivansh asked hugging him. He hugged him back, having a smile on his face.
“You can see yourself how I am,” Manik spoke happily after breaking the hug. Shivansh was happy to see him fit and fine, but he knew, Manik was broken from inside.
“Let’s have some drink,” Manik patted his back. He just nodded his head giving him faint smile.
“I just can’t face, Manik. I can’t control my feelings in front of him anymore. I don’t want him to know, that what I feel for him. I don’t want to increase the complications. I have to leave the party venue as soon as possible. Yes, this is right.” Nandini was crying standing in front of a huge mirror. Luckily nobody was in the washroom at that time. She turned to walk wiping her tears but stopped listening to her mind.
“When you will learn to face your problems? Running from your problems is not the solution. Face them and come out them with the flying colours. You have to face Manik.” Her mind encouraged her to face Manik.
“I have to face him.” She murmured these words three times to encourage herself. Then she stepped out of the washroom after taking a deep breath.
She reached in the hall, her eyes were finding Manik and Shivansh. First, she looked at the bar counter but they were not there. She found them standing in the corner of the hall. They were talking to each other like nobody was there at the party except them. Nandini used to get some kind of peace seeing their strong bond of friendship. She sauntered over them and stood behind them.
“Hi, Manik.” She was trying to be normal and happy. Manik froze on his place as he heard his name from her mouth. Her voice was so pleasant and gave some kind of peace to his soul. He turned around to face her and found her smiling at them.
“I am completely fine,” Manik answered and she just smiled in response.
“So when are you joining back to your office ?” She asked, raising her eyebrows. Manik was shocked to see her behaving so normal with him.
“He has already joined the office, Nandini. Work is very important for Manik.” Shivansh answered to Nandini’s question, holding Manik from his shoulder. She made O mouth.
Shivansh looked at the door and smiled finding a girl entering into the party hall. She was wearing a black hot dress with blank heals. Her brown hair was open falling on her back. She was looking gorgeous. All men were drooling at her.
“Nandini, can we dance together tonight? Look all the couples are dancing.” As Shivansh suddenly asked from Nandini, holding her hand, she looked at him in shock because he had never asked her to dance with him like this.
“Let’s go.” He pulled her closer to himself. She nodded her head confusingly. Manik was also confused, seeing Shivansh’s behaviour.
“Tanya is already here, Manik. Don’t forget to join us on the dance floor with Tanya. All the best.” Shivansh whispered in Manik’s ear and Nandini was looking at them confusingly. Then he left with Nandini winking at him.
“Shivansh what’s going on ?” Nandini asked from Shivansh raising her eyebrows when they reached on the dance floor.
“Dance…” He yanked her to himself by grabbing her waist. Nandini was looking at him shockingly and her hands were on his chest. Their proximity was making her feel uncomfortable.
“I want Manik to spend some time with Tanya.”Shivansh held her one hand and they moved their leg to and fro with the rhythm of the music. He told her making her looked at him confusingly.
“Tanya… who is Tanya?” Nandini asked bemusedly.
“Tanya was our classmate. Manik was her crush. Tanya is my friend too. In short, I am trying to do their setting.” He twirled Nandini, holding her hand. She felt a stabbing pain in her chest. She couldn’t see Manik with another girl. Shivansh was dancing holding her hands from behind while Nandini’s eyes were finding Manik restlessly. Tears brimmed in her eyes as she saw him talking to Tanya.
“Nandini, I just come.” Shivansh went to attend the important call, leaving Nandini alone. She stood in the corner of the party hall. She was staring at Manik and Tanya, having tears in her eyes. Her heart was crying seeing them. She was trying to compose herself but couldn’t.
“Nandini…” she immediately wiped off her eyes as she heard Shivansh’s voice from behind. She turned around to look at him after composing herself.
“I have to leave for Pune in few hours, so I am going back home. You be here.” Shivansh told her, holding her from her shoulders.
“And tell Manik also after he gets free,” Shivansh spoke, grinning at Manik. Nandini didn’t look at them.
“Actually I don’t want to disturb them.” He looked at Nandini and she just nodded her head.
“Now bye Nandini and take care of yourself.” He kissed her forehead after cupping her face. He left from there last time glancing at Manik.
Nandini burned in jealousy as she looked at Manik and Tanya. Tanya was laughing putting her one hand on Manik’s chest. Their closeness was hurting her. She couldn’t control her emotions and her eyes became moist. She rushed from there.
“Tanya, I just come.” As Manik saw her running somewhere, he went behind her after excusing himself.
Nandini dashed into one room and started crying in agony leaning against the wall. The room was dark and cold. Manik was listening to her sobs, standing outside of the door. He closed his eyes dejectedly, feeling intense pain in his heart.
“Why are you doing this with me, God? What is my mistake? Marrying the man of my parents’ choice, was that my mistake? I also want to be happy in my life. I am just tired of pretending that I am happy with my husband. I want the freedom to love. I want to be happy. I love, Manik and my heart burns when I see him with… with another girl. I don’t know why I love him. I just only know one thing that I really love him. Please, God, show me the right path, I am just… tired of everything.” She was complaining to god while crying badly. Manik couldn’t see her in this condition and he walked inside.
“Nandini…” he switched on the light. The switchboard was just beside the door. Listening to Manik’s voice, she immediately wiped off her tears with her hands and composed herself by taking a deep breath.
“What are you doing here and where is Shivansh?” Manik asked, strolling towards her and his gaze was fixed at her moist eyes which were clearly telling him that how much pain she was hiding in her those beautiful eyes.
“I… I was feeling suffocation in the party, therefore, I came here.” She lied to him and also told him about Shivansh. Manik just nodded his head. He was about to speak something but the sound of closing of the door startled them. Both rushed toward the door after giving each other shocking look.
Nandini stumbled on the box and just about to fall but Manik caught her in his muscular arms on right time. She hid her face in his chest, clutching the collar of his coat tightly. She got scared a lot. He was just gazing at her without even blinking his eyes. His one hand was at her bareback and other was at her waist. He was safely holding her in his warm arms. Nandini calmed down immediately in his arms where she felt secure and safe. His touch was giving peace to her heart and soul. She wanted him to store her in his arms forever.
She gazed at him with her eyes filled with pain and love. Nandini was looking deeply into his eyes and trying to read them. She was trying to know what the truth he was hiding in his eyes and behind his smile. Few strands of hair which were coming in her eyes, he tucked them behind her ear, gazing at her beautiful face and she closed her eyes in response. He got completely lost in her forgetting about everything. Both of their hearts were thumping because of their proximity. Nandini was shivering badly in his arms because of the temperature of the room.
Manik made her stand straight and asked from her concernedly, “Nandini are you okay ?” She remained silent.
“You are shivering.” He whispered, narrowing his brows in confusion as he held her shoulders.
“Why there is so cold here ?” He asked from himself looking around and he came to know they were in the cold storage room. In the corners of the room, vegetables were kept in the boxes.
“Oh shit. We need to get out of here immediately. This is a cold storage room.” As he freaked out, she also looked around.
“Now what… what we will do.. ?” She asked getting afraid because she was already shivering.
“You wear this.” Manik pulled out his coat and helped her in wearing the coat. Nandini tried to stop him but he didn’t listen to her. Nandini felt good to be in his coat. She felt like he was hugging her, and she could smell his fragrance from his coat, a smile touched her face.
As he moved his eyes at her, she instantly hid her smile.
“Don’t worry, we will be out from here soon.” He assured her, cupping her face and blinked his eyes. She nodded at him slightly in response. She was falling in love with him more and more.
“Damn it, the network is not coming,” Manik shrieked in anger as he saw that there was no service written on his phone’s screen. Nandini’s breath got stuck in her throat after listening to this. She stared at Manik with her eyes filled with fear.
“Somebody please help us. We are stuck inside.” Nandini went toward the door. She started banging the door and yelling for help while Manik was trying to catch the network of the phone by going at every corner of the room.
Both were standing at the opposite side. “What we will do now ?” Nandini uttered, staring at Manik and her voice was filled with fear. Manik was looking at her helplessly, having no rescue plan in his mind.
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