Sidharth was standing, holding the knob of Shehnaaz’s room. His mind tried a lot to stop him from meeting Shehnaaz. But he couldn’t control himself from seeing her for the last time and saying her goodbye. Deep inside he knew he loved her a lot and he couldn’t live without her. He needed her badly in his life. He wanted her to complete him. But he had to leave her because she belonged to somebody else. She was married to his best friend. Saying goodbye was difficult but he has to say goodbye to her forever.
He took a deep breath and after opening the door, he stepped inside. His heart was thumping. He found her sleeping on the bed in her wet clothes only. She was sleeping wearing her footwear also on the bed. Sidharth shook his head in disbelief, seeing her condition. He strode toward her and sat down on his knees in front of her. He was removing her footwear, gazing at her beautiful angelic face. He had a constant smile on his face and he was gazing at her, she was sleeping so adorably with open mouth.
After removing her footwear, he covered her with the comforter. He leaned over her and tucked her few hair strands behind her ear which were coming in her eyes and disturbing her slumber. Then he couldn’t stop himself from kissing her.
He caressed her face lovingly with his thumb and then he placed a soft kiss on her forehead. She smiled slightly in her sleep also when his lips touched her skin.
“Goodbye, Shehnaaz. Hope you get all the happiness of your life. Shivansh loves you and I hope you also love him the way he loves you always and forget me. I know, I am just an attraction. You love Shivansh only. You are happy with him. You both look perfect together.” He got up and spoke, looking at her. His soul and his heart were aching at the thought of never seeing her again. Few tears rolled down from his eyes. Wiping the tears with the back of his palm, he turned around to walk.
But he stopped as Shehnaaz held his hand. He heard her voice. She was murmuring something. He fought back with his tears and turned around to look at her. He leaned down and tried to hear what she was saying.
“Don’t go, please.” She was constantly saying this. He felt sharp in his heart, listening to her words. As he placed his free hand on her face and pressed his forehead against her, she instantly stopped murmuring. She calmed down with his touch. Sidharth again kissed her forehead and he was just about to kiss her lips but stood up straight in a shock as his eyes fell over a photo frame which was kept on the other side of the bed. It was Shivansh and Shehnaaz marriage photograph. He tried to control his sobs, pressing his lips and shutting his eyes. He wanted to be at the place of Shivansh. She wasn’t ready to leave his hand.
He forcefully took out his hand from her hand with the help of his other hand. He was crying sorrowfully. Her acts were making things more difficult for Sidharth. He wanted to stay with her forever.
He marched toward the door hastily, wiping his tears with the back of his palm and opening the door, he saw Shivansh. He was standing in front of his eyes.
“How is Shehnaaz ?” Shivansh asked concernedly and Sidharth could see how much he loved Shehnaaz.
“She is sleeping now. She is fine.” Sidharth sighed deeply and replied, putting his hand on his shoulder.
Shivansh hugged him and thanked him. “Thanx for taking care of her.” Sidharth felt more guilty because Shivansh trusted him so much and he was breaking his trust.
“Sidharth, why did you cut the phone suddenly? After that, your phone was coming switched off.” Shivansh asked confusingly.
“My phone got switched off. Nothing else.” He lied to him. He opened his mouth in O.
“I need to tell you something,” Sidharth said in low voice. Shivansh raised his eyebrows, asking in gesture what.
“I am leaving tomorrow morning for a business project.” He told him and Shivansh immediately asked that when he would come back. And Sidharth lied again that he would come back within a few weeks. The truth was that he was never going to come back. They wished each other good night and went to their respective rooms.
Sidharth was lying on the bed and couldn’t able to sleep. He was just changing his position. Shehnaaz’s confession and the words when she was asking him to kiss her was echoing in his ear. Sidharth was thinking that Why she loved him? Did she stop loving Shivansh? Why did she stop loving Shivansh? She was so happy with him. They were so happy with each other then what went wrong?
“I came in between them. It happened because of me.” Suddenly he yelled and sat on the bed, holding his head.
“She loves me then also she can’t be mine. Why things are so complicated? Why?” He yelled and threw the pillows on the floor in fury. He got up and took out a cigarette box and lighter from the drawer. He took out one cigarette from the box and put in his mouth and then burn the other end of it with lighter. He started smoking, standing in the balcony and gazing at the sky full of stars with his sorrowful eyes.
Shehnaaz woke up next morning holding her head. She was feeling like her head would get explode. She tried to remember about the last night but she only remembers that Sidharth had left with Mukti for dance and after that everything was black. She tried to remember but nothing came in her mind. She cried out in frustration.
“Good morning, wifey.” Shivansh stepped into the room with the glass of lime water. She gave him small smile. He kissed her forehead and then gave her the glass of limewater. She drank it in one go. He took the empty glass from her hand and put it on the table. He sat beside her and held her one hand.
“Shehnaaz, are you feeling better now ?” He asked concernedly and placed his other hand on her face. She just nodded her head and blinked her eyes, looking at him.
“I am sorry, I think I drunk too much last night. I don’t remember anything. Who dropped me at home? “she asked confusingly, looking at him.
“You should say sorry to Sidharth. He dropped you home last night. He handled the drunk you last night.” Shivansh told her and chuckled. Shehnaaz became worried after knowing this.
“I hope, I didn’t say something to Sidharth about my feelings. I need to talk to Sidharth to confirm it.” Shehnaaz wondered worriedly.
“Where are you going?” Shivansh asked, holding her arm and stopped her as she was about to step down from the bed.
“I am going to apologise from Sidharth and also I want to say thank you to him for handling me last night.” After answering him, she again tried to move out of the bed, but Shivansh stopped her again, holding her hand.
“Sidharth is not at home. He went on a business trip.” As Shivansh told her, her lips drew down in sadness because she couldn’t live without him. She had become habitual of seeing him every morning.
Then She immediately asked, “when will he come back?”
“In a few weeks,” Shivansh answered her making her sadder. She wondered, how she would spend a few weeks without him.
“Why I am getting sad? I should be happy. Now it will be easy for me to spend time with Shivansh.” Shehnaaz though in her mind, looking at Shivansh who was playing with her hands and kissing them. Shehnaaz admired him the way he loved her. She didn’t know why she couldn’t love him.
“Sweetheart, don’t drink too much. It is not good for your health. If something is there, you can share it with me. You know I am always there for you, right?” He tried to explain her lovingly after cupping her face. She smiled faintly and nodded her head in yes. He kissed her forehead and then kissed her eyelids. After caressing his nose with her, he pecked her lips. Shehnaaz encircled her hands around his neck and moved closer to his face to capture his lips herself because she wanted to forget Sidharth.
But before their lips could meet, Shivansh’s phone rang up. They pulled apart. After pecking her lips, Shivansh went to pick up his phone which was kept on the table.
“I am Sidharth’s friend. Who are are you ?” Shivansh spoke confusingly when from the other side somebody asked his relation with Sidharth. Shivansh was feeling like something was wrong. Shehnaaz was also gazing at him suspiciously.
His face became pale, listening to the next words and the phone slipped down from his hand. Shehnaaz hastily went to him after jumping out of the bed worriedly.
“Shivansh what happened? Who was on the phone?” Shehnaaz asked anxiously, shaking him but he didn’t reply. Shehnaaz picked up the phone. Her heart was pounding. She knew something was wrong.
“Hello.” Shehnaaz spoke after picking up the phone from the floor. Her hands were trembling and her heart was thumping with fright.
“Hello, mam, come fast to the Lifeline hospital. Sidharth Shukla has been admitted there few times minutes ago. He met with an accident on the Pune highway. His condition is very critical.” Shehnaaz’s heart skipped beating for a second, listening to the news. She got completely blank. She didn’t want to lose him at any cost.
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