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Expressions Unfettered -Chapter 6-By Diyaa

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Chapter 6

Anika came back from her restaurant in the afternoon. She usually wrapped up the peak lunch hours and handed over the reigns to her manager so that she could be home with Saahil and Anya for a while. Then she would go back for a few hours in the evening to let the staff and patrons see her presence. So far she had managed a work and home life balance with Shivaay’s immense support and due to Dadi, Jhanvi, and Pinky who together took care of Anya. “In another few months she will start preschool and that will help too.” Anika thought to herself .

Once home, Anika headed for Jhanvi’s room. Without any encouragement from Anika, Anya was automatically more drawn to Jhanvi whose calm and collected manner made her feel safe and secure. She loved Pinky immensely and was very attached to her but she had clear preference for Jhanvi that Pinky had accepted with good humor as she did not really have much choice.

“You’re back Anika?” Jhanvi asked as she looked up from her book and saw her enter her room.

“Yes badi ma. The traffic was not so bad so I got home early. Where is Anya? I’ll check on her before Saahil is back.”

Jhanvi laughed. “She is with her Mom. They are watching some Guru Maharaj’s preaching together. Seriously Anika, what did you eat and watch when you were expecting? Your daughter is such a drama queen. One minute she is sitting and listening to me read to her and another minute she wants to see Mom.” Jhanvi said with a big grin.

” She has so many options and so many people doting on her that she is spoilt rotten. But I think as she grows up…”

“Oh please!” Jhanvi said getting up. ” She is just over two. She listens to all important instructions. Eats when asked to eat, sleeps when asked to sleep, sits and listens quietly when I read to her, plays with everyone, and makes friends in a blink with every new person she meets. How can you call her spoilt! You are too much really.Lets go to Pinky’s room ” Jhanvi kept speaking as she walked out of the room.

Anika followed her thinking, ” Baap re. Never criticize a child in front of her grandparents. I did not know I would get such an earful from Badi ma.” Trying to make up she said aloud, ” I was just joking Badi ma. You know, how we call kids naughty lovingly.”

Jhanvi laughed. ” Okay. Then you are very naughty, lovingly!”

“And who is that Aanu.” Pinky asked.

” Mickey” Anya replied.

“And that?”

“Donald.”

“Hai! So Claver. Knows so many English names.” Pinky kissed Anya’s head

” We thought you both were watching some Guru maharaj’s pravachan.” Jhanvi asked as she entered Pinky’s room.

“Arrey, poor thing. She asked me so cutely with her innocent kanji eyes! How could I refuse. And I am learning so many English names from her. So smart!” Pinky said looking super impressed with her granddaughter as Anika shook her head laughing.

” Anya, let’s go see Daddy​. Then you can eat with bhaiya.”

Anya got very excited at the very mention of Saahil. She kissed Pinky on her cheek.” Byee Mom”

“Hai. I’ll be there when you eat but bye for twenty minutes.” Pinky laughed.

Anya got down from Pinky’s bed and toddled over to Anika and Jhanvi. ” Byee buddy Ma” she said smiling her widest smile.

“Byeee Aanu.” Jhanvi said giving her a flying kiss.

Anika picked her up and took her over to Shivaay’s study.

“Hayee Daddy.” Anya squealed at the sight of Shivaay.

“Hi pumpkin. How was your day with Badi Ma and Mom?” He said walking over to Anika and kissing her lightly on her lips. ” And how was your day Anya’s mamma?”

” My day was good and busy. I am skipping the evening visit today. I want to hear about Prinku’s boutique site from Om and Prinku and see what Aashi has to say. Plus, I think my evening visits on weekends are more critical. Weekdays , Mr. Mehra can manage.”

” Hmm.” Shivaay mumbled picking up Anya and nuzzling his face on top of her head. ” May be but don’t let your staff know that. Drop in randomly on a weekday here and there so that they know you may come in any time.”

“Saahil will be home soon. I’ll go and get lunch out for him. She will also eat a snack. Do you want something?” Anika asked looking at father and daughter making silly faces at each other.

” Hmm.” Shivaay said making a fish face that sent Anya in a hysterical laughter.

“I want you.” he said laughing.

Anya obviously thought that was a mad joke too and rolled with laughter in Shivaay’s arms making him laugh too.

Anika felt her face flush in spite of herself. “Come with her in 15 minutes and don’t let her go crazy. Or she will get overtired.”

“Good.” Shivaay said as he looked at Anika with a wicked grin. ” Then she will be snoring by late evening and the night will be ours.”

“Hey bhagwaan. Dono paagal hain.” Anika said going completely red in the face.” She will repeat in front of someone and land up embarrassing us.”

” What’s there to be embarrassed about?Everyone knows that a stork did not not drop her in a cloth bag at our house.”

“I am leaving. In the dining room in twenty minutes.” Anika said as she walked toward the door.

“Ok dear” Shivaay said mischievously

“Ok deeyar” Anya repeated.

When Om got to Priyanka’s boutique site, he found Shikhar and Priyanka already there, sitting at the doorstep of the small building, talking. For a few seconds Om looked at them from his driver’s seat. He had a strange feeling that he couldn’t put his finger on. The two noticed his arrival once he got out of the car.

“We got here just five minutes ago. The realtor called to say he was running late and would be here in another ten minutes.” Shikhar informed.

Om nodded. “It’s ok. We can wait and look around the property.”

“Good idea.” Shikhar said as they proceeded to walk around together and discussed the place.

An hour later, they had walked through the medium sized store having inspected it closely.

” The building looks solid. It will all be Aashi’s work I think. In my opinion, it will be functional and good to go in about a month. Refurnishing, painting, polishing, decor, all of that will not take more than a month. The set up will take another few weeks. In two months, the boutique should be ready for opening.” Shikhar said thoughtfully.

” That means, I better start working on my first collection right away. I already have a few but I need at least ten times more. Designing, stitching, trials, finishing…Oh God ! So much to do.” Priyanka said gasping a little.

” Hey! Relax. I am sure you can get it done and if not we can move up the opening date by a few months. ” Shikhar said soothingly.

“Shikhar is right Prinku. Everything will be done in its due time. And you are more than capable. Just relax.”

Priyanka nodded.

“Let’s get going then.” Om said. ” You are going back to office?” He asked Shikhar.

” Yes. I have to finish some work by this evening. I think Aashi will come to see the place on Friday. She told me.”

” Yes. She will come with you and Prinku. Friday night come home for dinner and stay back for the weekend. ” Om said as they walked toward their respective cars.

“I’ll come for dinner but why stay…” Shikhar asked puzzled as they reached Om’s car.

” We will chat at length and Aashi will be satisfied to have you around. She likes it when you stay back but never mentions it.” Om said as he pointed his keys to unlock the car.

“Ok. I’ll come and I’ll stay.” Shikhar said a little misty eyed. ” Bye Priyanka. See you on Friday.” he said with a soft look glazing his eyes.

Priyanka nodded at him. She gave a quick look to Om. Then as if coming to a decision she held her head high and said, “Bye Shikhar.”

Shikhar held his breath for a couple of seconds at the sound of his name from her. He had a feeling he was going down a roller coaster ride.

Om looked at Priyanka for a brief second as if trying to fit pieces of a puzzle. Then once Priyanka had sat down in her seat, he too got into his car and waved at Shikhar.

Shikhar looked on as they drove away. As he reached for the handle of his own car-door he realized that his palms were clammy with cold sweat.

Late that night, after a deep discussion about the boutique, everyone got up to go to their rooms. Shivaay and Om walked alongside Rudra who was constantly checking his phone.

“What do you keep checking?You were doing it during our conversation as well.” Om asked a little irritated.

“Wo O it’s night time here so…”

“So? What does that have anything to do with checking your phone constantly? Unless you have officially been accepted into the owl community.” Om replied with dry humor.

Aashi and Anika who were walking ahead alongside Priyanka, looked at each other as they heard Om.

“Ohho O. Leave poor Oody alone. He works hard all day and only gets this time to check messages. Right Oody?” Aashi asked in her best imitation of Anya , thus diverting the topic cleverly.

Rudra laughed looking at his younger bhabhi who always seemed to come to his rescue. ” Right Aachi.” he said smiling widely.

“She is sleeping right now otherwise she would have taken both of you to task right now.” Om said laughing as they walked upstairs.

“By the way,” Priyanka said with excitement, “Remember Soumya called Dadi yesterday to tell her about her new job here and that she will be back in a couple of months. I think she will be here for my boutique opening. I am so so happy. I miss her. Thank God she will be here for such a big day of my life.”

Om suddenly looked like a light bulb had switched on in his head. “You are right Prinku. I miss her too. We all miss her and thank God she’ll be back soon.” he said glancing swiftly at Rudra.

Each person left for their room one by one. As Rudra went ahead past Om’s room Om called out to him, “By the way, sorry Oody, you are right. It’s night here. Best time to check messages. Good night.” he said with a grin as Rudra walked on shaking his head.

“Let’s go peach,” Om said smiling at Aashi as they entered their room. “I am full but wouldn’t mind a bite of fruit before bed.”

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Thanks for reading Everyone. Hope enjoyed this chapter. I am anticipating Soumya’s entry in next chapter as I will move the story by a couple of months. So that might be interesting. Just in case there is a confusion, like kids sometimes do, Anya calls people by the name she hears them get called by. But sometimes for no apparent logic kids break their own rules so she calls her dad , daddy and Bua, booaa. Let me know if there is any other confusion. And, yes, please do comment if you can. You guys are the reason why my expressions are unfettered😊😋

47 Comments
  1. Amazing!

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Bhavana 🙂

  2. i like this balanced nature of yours
    i have been noticing ur keeping it light but i somewhat miss the intensity
    as for Om i found it silly of him not to notice the change in Prinku’s behaviour considerin he’s sensitive
    eagarly waiting for the next update

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Aashi. You are right, it would be silly if Om would not notice specially about Priyanka. He did notice the change when he saw them sitting there and when he heard her say his name. But he didn’t put two and two together. Also, I debated about how strongly should I make him react and came to the conclusion that Om would first ascertain things and since it is Priyanka and Shikhar he would handle the matter cautiously. Hope that makes his reaction slightly more acceptable. Thanks so much for the observation.🙂

  3. Hi diyaa …. nice episode yaar…. Waiting for the leap ….leap of faith….. Waiting for the next best episode….

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks as always Katz☺

  4. Nita D

    Awesome episode dear….I really love cutie pie Anya n her antics….saumya’s gonna be back soon….So raumya story will also progress…it seems om has got a hint about prikar….eagerly awaiting the next part…

    1. Nita D

      Plus the cover pic very cute…

    2. Diyaa

      Thanks Nita. Yes, Om knows something has changed. He will handle things carefully as it involves three people he loves deeply , one more than his life , that is Aashi. Working on the Rumya bit now. Many expectations from it so need to develop it carefully.🙏😀 Yeah, I thought it was time for a fresh cover pic.

  5. another thing i noted that Soumya’s side & feelings are not yet expressed
    i want to know how she feels about the marraige
    Rudra took a courageous decision to let go his love to achieve her dreams
    well i want them to unite again
    i want them to be together but i dont want Rudra to do the same mistake which he did three years back

    1. Diyaa

      Yes. I it’s not much written about as yet. I did give a little bit if her perspective in the first couple of chapters but I’ll write more about it in coming chapters. Thanks Aashi☺

  6. loved it to the core as always
    eagerly waiting for the next..

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Charitha ☺

  7. Awesome..Amazing cute and lovely episode…Anya is chow cute and adorable…want some more scenes of Anya with Shivaay…

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Charitha. Will update soon ☺

  8. Thedreamsoul

    Amazing , update soon

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Thedreamsoul. Really appreciate it ☺

  9. Superb epi dear….just awesome…. loved it…..

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Lilly☺

  10. its awesome….loved it…

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Charitha.🙂

  11. Ria

    Hey!
    Well, about this update, I can’t tell you what all I liked it because there’s too much to tell, or may be I can! Let’s see . . 🙄

    Back to my previous style, so here it goes about the couples:
    • Priyanka and Shikhar
    I love how their relationship is slowly taking a turn and I really fantasize it. Personally, I do believe, things shouldn’t be done in haste because many times or I guess most of the times, they don’t give a good outcome. So I’m really looking forward to this relationship which is slowly moulding.

    • Shivaay and Anika
    Firstly, Shivaay will still remain the same! 😂 I loved how Anika asked about food and he replied saying he wanted her and the next one, “Everyone knows that a stork did not not drop her in a cloth bag at our house.” 😂 I really adore your writing skills. Hats off! Mind me saying? They’re still ADORABLE. Damn! 😍

    • Anya
    My favourite of this sequel. Omg, she’s everyone’s favourite! I totally agree with Jhanvi! 😂 And Anika’s line there – Never complain to grandparents about their grandchildren. Absolutely true! I’m really loving this little girl, virtually though, but your writing makes it feel REAL! 😆

    • Om
    Geez, surely, I did notice how Om saw the difference in Priyanka, although late, but things hadn’t been that evident before, which is better! I liked how he’s​observing the changes although, they aren’t that noticeable, but his relationship with Priyanka is such that things would automatically come to his notice, at least in this fiction.

    • Rudra
    Loving the grown up version, after all! 😍

    • Om and Aashi
    Continue to be my FAVOURITE! 💕

    That’s all for it. It came out as a really long one, sorry if it bothers you! Would be looking forward to the next one. 😀

    Love,
    Ria

    1. Diyaa

      Hey Ria. I love your style😊 It is so interesting to read your analysis. How can it ever bother me? I am glad you liked all the interactions in this update. Now gearing up for Rumya. Really need to think hard and make it worthwhile. Fingers crossed. Thanks again dear. 🙂

  12. Awesome….
    Shivika r adorable…Naughty SSO…
    Priyanka & Shikhar progressing slowly…
    waiting fr d nxt… 🙂

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Shivika 🙂

  13. Amazing update.. loved it… Anya is so cute 😘😍😊 waiting for the next update…

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Ankita☺

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Alekhika☺

  14. Samm

    ok! i’m back! i had momentarily passed out after reading the last sentence by om, but i have recovered. 😀 kidding aside, i’m so happy that this chapter began with anika and shivaay. i loved pinku-shikhar’s little moment that om witnessed. so glad that she called him by name in front of om. it’s such a huge thing coming from her! 🙂 plus, i’m so excited for saumya’s return to the oberoi mansion. can’t wait for the mature version of rumya love story! rudy-aashi’s part was also sweet where she came to his rescue. honestly, i sometimes miss my own family a lot when i read your ff. but now, that i’m back home, it was such a lovely feeling, reading about such lovable characters as if they are coming alive in front of me! so, as always, post next soon diyaa. 🙂

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Samm. Yeah, nothing like family to give you a warm fuzzy feeling. I couldn’t resist giving a flash of the steamy Om😉 Yes, Prinku has worked hard on learning to speak out and speak up. Going to a professional school, internship, and therapy has helped. I wanted to show through this that challenges and inhibitions can be overcome. I am nervous about Rumya part. What if I can’t come up with good ideas🙄 But I started this FF bhagwaan bharose and aage bhi ooparwaala hi sambhaalegaa🙏😀 Waiting to read your update too.

  15. Ria highlighted most of my favourite points from the episode. I also absolutely love Aashi Rudra bonding. Current behavior and thinking of Dil bole characters particularly Om’s is not even 1% comparable to your realistic and charming Om. Looking forward to all new posts like always. Keep rocking with your writings as you do each and every time

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Sanjukta. Glad you liked it. I too like to see various kinds of bonding between the main characters. It makes them more real and endearing as in real life we land up developing such bonds. Thanks for the encouragement. Will update soon.🙂

  16. Neha-17

    The way you manage every couple diligently its perfect, well totally awesome. Great episode. I am loving Anya more and more each day. Plus, prinku is bit shy..so her story is developing at thepace it should. Shivika -awesome. You manage well and post the episode soon. Reading this episode even my expression are unfettered. Loved it.😊😘

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Neha. Glad you liked the update. The next one is under construction 😀 Let’s see how soon I can produce something satisfactory.Waiting for your next update too.🙂

  17. Again a lovely part….a light one after the heavy Prikhar part…Waiting for Rumya meet….BTW In the previous part someone had commented that you should write a book or a novel and I too think that…Believe me I’ll be really happy to read your book/novel…waiting eagerly for the next part…

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Tanz.That’s so nice of you. Maybe one day if my skills really get improved by writing regularly. I really appreciate your encouragement ☺

  18. Gayathri.visu

    Good morning di… Trust me di….When I read your ff my face shows that how can I feel!!! Today also I am smiling while reading ur ff…
    EXCELLENT di….!!
    I must say Anya is such a cute doll…. Shivika scenes are lovely!! Naughty Shivaay…. Little Prikhar scene….Om noticed the changes in Prinku but he dont bother about that… But I felt he is one who to know that what is actual reason behind Prinku’s confidence…?? Always beautiful Omaashi…. Finally Rumya’s story is gonna start!!
    Di… I want some Obros moment along with Prinku!!! Can you please add it??? Eagerly waiting for next part…..

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Gayathri 🙂

  19. That is a fabulous episode dear Diyaa. I loved it. Looking forward to Saumya’s entry.

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Fffan 🙂

  20. Jerry_36

    Loved it❤

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Jerry😊

  21. waiting fr d nxt update Diyaa di
    plz update soon

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Aashi☺

  22. Shubhadra

    I totally loved it…Anya is soooooo cute, you can actually see her in front of your eyes when you read it…..Rumya, Truth be told,your track should be the one CVs put in the show, seriously….I felt the emotions waft along when I read this…Wow!!!! This one’s a swinger and trust me Didi,the whole FF is going to be equally awesome!!!!😀😁😘😘

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Shubhadra!😁

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