“Anika we need to talk”, Shivaay said as he pulled her aside away from the other workers.
“You wanted me to get married to, Tia, right” Shivaay’s voice was now low and a bit uncertain.
“What do you want from me?” Anika said raising her right eyebrow while folding her arms.
“Do you trust me” he said as he took her by the hand and escorted her out of the room.
“More than I trust myself”, Anika thought.
“Just forget about me” Anika said as she turned around to go back inside.
“Anika, me forgetting you is never going to happen and you forgetting me I won’t let that happen”, Shivaay said as he pulled her towards him.
“Shivaay, where are we going? You know it’s your wedding in two hours”, Anika moaned as he pulled her along.
“Well Anika, this uncomfortable situation has forced me to seriously reflect on my life”, Shivaay said as he opened his car door.
He was willing to risk his own suffering for a shot at her affection.
“Shivaay, always remember in some corner of the world there is a person who is happy … because you are happy” Anika said as she fought back her tears.
“Don’t ask me to come inside … I won’t be able to say no to you, Shivaay” she confessed.
“Tell me why are you all of a sudden fazed by me, a girl you’ve barely known for a couple of weeks!” she rudely replied.
“It’s not within our control to fall in love, but to go far away from that love that we can do” the look on Anika’s face said everything and nothing at the same time.
“I’m sorry, I said a bit too much in anger”, Anika whispered as she saw that Shivaay was hurt by what she just said.
“It’s all right”, he said softly.
“Just answer me one question, do you love me?” Shivaay spoke in quiet tones and his voice seem to echo in Anika’s ears.
She shook her head gesturing NO but her heart shouted, YES more than life itself.
“I don’t want to be someone’s trophy, I want to be someone’s desire”, Shivaay answered.
Anika fiddled with her bracelet and said “I have learned to live without love, you should too.”
“But why don’t we give love a chance”, he replied.
He was willing to agree with anything she had to say, but he wasn’t going to accept that the fact that she didn’t love him.
“I would be a lying if l were to tell you that I have never seen a girl more beautiful than you and when you gesture when you talk my heart skips a beat but I didn’t say anything like that” he said walking towards her.
“Stop it,Shivaay!”She said holding up her palms in a gesture to stop him.
Anika wanted to walk away but she couldn’t bring herself to give up as she was afraid of losing him.
She was feeling all sorts of new things because of this new newfound s*xual desires which changed her perceptive on life and helped her recognize the loss of innocence that came with it
Once she tasted his lips she was addicted and wanted more.
Yes, she hated to admit it but he brought on feeling beyond her understanding which exceeded that “butterflies in stomach” sensation.
Each time he said her name he disillusion her with his whispering promises of love.
He wanted to be with her, with someone who can satisfy his every need both physically but most importantly spiritually.
What he said made her realise that even though the unknown future frightens her that she knew that she’ll miss him when her work was done.
He has changed her in some way and she too realised that she was not the same girl she was when she started working here.
“Well Mr Shivaay Singh Oberio, thank you very much!” Anika’s was voice thick with conviction, as she turned away from him.
“Thanks for what?” He inquired.
“For the opportunity to work for you, you’ve given me a lifetime of memories and relationships that I will cherish forever!” Anika said.
“I think I was destined to meet you”, Shivaay stated.
“Do you believe in fate?” He asked.
“You probably don’t” Shivaay thought.
“I didn’t until recently” she admitted as she hurried inside leaving him behind.
Rudra rushed over to Om to tell him of this tantalizing tit-bit of information, but he was on the phone with what sounded like Ridhima making another excuse why she couldn’t attend yet another function. .
Rudra was bursting with excitement and the moment Om ended the call he said out of breath, “Om, you won’t believe what I just saw”.
“Well you know, the thing we have been noticing with Shivaay and Anika, all the casual brushing of their hands when they walk together and the “accidental” hand holding incidents.”
“Yes”, Om said as he lifted his shoulder in a half shrug unsure of where the conversation was heading.
“There is something going on with them for sure, you know that look that Shivaay gets when he is passionate about someone.”
“I told you I didn’t see when he looks at Tia; well he is giving Anika that looks.” Rudra cheerfully said.
In walked Shivaay in the middle of Rudra’s story.
“Shivaay, what’s wrong?” Om asked as he could see something was wrong.
“I don’t think you’re ready for marriage”, he answered.
“You’re not ready or that you don’t want to marry Tia?”
Shivaay stared back at the two brothers in utter disbelief starting.
“Brother if you think you can keep something so important from us you are mistaken”, Rudra with a grin on his face.
“What now Shivaay, you are getting married in less than two hours”, Om said stressing the fact.
“I tried to achieve the impossible?” Shivaay said as his shoulders dropped and he looked at the floor out of disappointment.
“Anika?” Om asked.
I have a theory about girls. The more you run after them, the more they will run away from you but if you run away from them they will run after you to find out the reason for their confusion.
“Shut up! Rudra”,Oma and Shivaay said simultaneously.