Nandini is crying in agony touching her face with him, thinking that she lost him. She is devastated.
Mike reached into the forest with his men. He became horrified as he saw Nandini weeping, hugging Manik. He rushed to them. He sat down and held Manik’s wrist to check his pulses. He sighed with relief because Manik is alive.
“Nandini, he’s alive. He has just become unconscious.” He tried to make her understand but she isn’t listening to him. So he held her hand and placed it over Manik’s heart. She got her breath back as soon as she heard his soothing heartbeat. She closed her eyes and sighed with profound relief.
She opened her eyes and stared at Manik with a relieved smile and teary eyes.
“Why you all standing like this? Take him to hospital.” She ordered his men curtly.
Two men hurriedly picked up Manik and headed to their private ambulance. Nandini is walking with them, holding Manik’s hand and staring at his face, anxious. She settled down inside the ambulance, Doctor and a nurse are already present there. They hastily placed the oxygen mask on his face and started operating Manik. Mike is also sitting beside her.
He placed his hand over her shoulder and she stared at him with her sorrowful eyes. “He’ll be fine, Nandini.” He reassured her, squeezing her shoulder.
“He has to be fine.” She said, moving her eyes back to Manik and cried silently.
When the Ambulance entered the mansion, she asked Mike. “Why we are not going to the hospital?”
“We have our private hospital.” He told her.
She freaked out. “Are you fucking crazy? He got shot, how can you take him home? We need experts and proper medical facilities.”
“Nandini, we have experts there, don’t worry and we can’t take him to hospital, there will be more risk to his life.” He explained her and she nodded.
They hurriedly shifted Manik from the Ambulance to the Medical room of their mansion.
“You stay out.” The doctor denied Nandini from coming inside and she frowned at him.
“Get out of my way.” She barked at him.
“No, we have some protocols.” The doctor again denied and she scowled at him.
Before Nandini could again shout at Doctor, Mike said, “Doctor, let her come.”
“Okay.” She hurried into the medical room and sat beside Manik on the stool, holding his hand. Tears are constantly trickling down her cheeks.
The doctor is taking out the bullet from his stomach and closing her eyes she recalled how he came in front of her to protect her, a fresh tear coursed down her face.
“He will gain his consciousness back within a day. Don’t worry, he will be fine.” The doctor told her after treating Manik, she just slightly nodded her head.
Doctor and Nurses went out of the room, leaving Nandini alone with him. She stared at him, her eyes filled with immense love. She leaned down and placed a soft kiss on his forehead, caressing his hair. Then she placed her head on his heart to hear his soothing heartbeat. As she heard his heartbeat, she smiled blissfully and felt so peaceful.
After a few hours, Mike stepped into the medical room. Nandini is still sitting on the stool, placing her head on his chest and clasping his hand firmly, entangling her fingers with his fingers.
“Nandini, I’m with him. You go and sleep for some time.” Mike said to her, placing his hand on his shoulder.
She raised her head from Manik’s chest and looked at Manik. “No, I’m better here.” She replied to him and again placed her head on his chest to hear his heartbeat. Mike is just shocked to see her love for his boss.
“At least eat something.” He said, she nodded.
“No, I’m not hungry.” She answered him without raising her head from Manik’s chest and kept her eyes closed.
Mike didn’t persuade her because he knows she is stubborn and she won’t listen to him.
A day passed and Nandini hasn’t left unconscious Manik for even a single second in these twenty fours hours. She kept sitting beside him, holding his hand, listening to his heartbeat, gazing at his face and sometimes kissing his face and hands. She didn’t even eat anything, just drank a glass of juice, that also when Mike forced her.
She is looking weak now, her hair is tied up in a messy bun. She is still in an untidy black lacy bra and fitted lower.
“Manik, just wake up, please. I can’t take this pain anymore. I don’t know what’s happening with me. I’m feeling like, a part of me is breaking into pieces. Just wake up, Manik. I need you.” She said, gazing at him dejectedly. She badly wants to see him fine. She can’t wait any more. Her ears are craving to hear his voice.
Then as she placed her head on his chest, he gained his consciousness back. He weakly opened his eyes and a small smile touched his face as he saw the beautiful face of his girl.
“Na-Nandini,” as he whispered, she instantly raised her head to look at him. Her eyes twinkled and a broad smile flashed on her face. They both are gazing at each other, smiling contentedly.
“You’re looking so weak.” He said, gently stroking her cheek with his thumb, his eyes filled with concerns. She closed her eyes to feel his touch, her lips are drawn up to a beatific smile. A lone tear of happiness escaped out of her eyes which directly fell on his hand.
“Why this tear?” He asked her in a whispering tone.
She suddenly hugged him tightly and he’s taken aback. He slowly raised his hands and wrapped them around her. For some time, they both got lost in each other warm arms. They are feeling so snug and contented in each other arms like always.
They slowly broke the hug. “I’m sorry, Manik. Be-because of me all this happened. I shouldn’t have left the mansion like this.” She apologised, her eyes glinted with guilt. She continued, “I’m sorry,”
“Sh…” he lovingly placed his finger on her lips and she became quite instantly. She gazed at him silently, getting lost in his intense eyes. He is gazing at her intensely, his eyes are filled with immense love. There is pin-drop silence, they can only hear each other heartbeat in this silence.
She broke the silence and suddenly asked in a serious tone, “What is this, Manik?”
He narrowed his brows confusedly. “What?” He asked, bemused.
“What is in between us?” Their intense gaze is fixed at each other face.
“I don’t know, but whatever it is, It’s very strong and it makes me feel alive. It’s incredible and I’m glad to feel such a strong connection with you. It feels tremendous to feel alive again. You gave a reason for my existence. Now I have a purpose to live every day, to breathe every day and that purpose is you. I want to live now, with you and protect you all my life. I know you can take care of yourself but still, I want to keep you safe forever with me.” He answered her truly what he feels for her.
“But it’s dangerous.” She said and for the first, he saw fear in her black eyes which shocked him.
He looked at her incredulously. “When did you start getting afraid of danger?” He asked her in a complete disbelief tone.
She stared at him unblinkingly for a few seconds and then dashed out of the room before he could stop her. She has understood what is between them, it is love but she is thinking that this love is making them weak and putting their lives in danger. She isn’t afraid for herself but she is scared for him.
“I thought that it was just physical attraction, I never thought that there would be love between us.” She murmured to herself disbelievingly after coming to her room.