Karthik pushed Naira into the changing room and got in.
“What are you doing ?!!” Naira spluttered as he roughly pushed her to the wall.
Karthik put his right hand over her mouth and her eyes widened when he almost lifted her off the floor while holding his other hand around her waist.
“You don’t embarrass me like that. Ever.” He threatened her.
She tried to talk but his hand almost smothered her breathing. He glared down at her. She nodded her head immediately in fear. He stared into her eyes while narrowing his gaze. He slid his gaze all over her flushed face. His hand around her waist went soft.
“Were you jealous ?!!” He asked.
Her face burnt a little more. She moved her head in a vigorous negative. His left eye brow raised at that.
“Really ?!!” He asked amusedly.
She moved her head again in a vehement negative. A half smile covered his lips. His hand on her mouth slackened but his fingers over her lips lingered burning into her skin. He tilted his head to the side.
“Alright then, I’ll get the number of the woman. She looks real nice. I bet she will be free for dinner tonight.” He said in a lazy drawl, while smiling affably at her.
He turned around to leave. She caught his hand immediately. He froze and turned a little while looking down at her hand. His eyes came back to hers all keen and intense. His face creased into a warm shade. He pulled at her hand and she went crashing into his chest.
“What ?!!” He asked while steadying her.
His hands wound around her waist tightly. She looked up while his breath fell over forehead heatedly. She somehow found her voice from somewhere. Her own voice sounded foreign now to her ears. It was weak and soft nothing at all like how she sounded normally.
“If you go there…then…then” She tried to find something to threaten him with.
”Then, I’ll stop talking to you.” She concluded firmly.
Both of his eyebrows raised at that.
“Oh, no, we don’t want that, do we.” He murmured.
”How am I going to find an entertainment if you stop talking suddenly.” He murmured again and chuckled lightly.
Her eyes narrowed and she beat her left wrist over his chest but he caught her hand in a firm grip and leaned down looking deep into her eyes.
“No, really, I like you getting overly possessive for me.” He smiled intimately and moved closer to her. He kissed her on her cheeks and she propelled out of his arms.
Her heart raced and her face reddened. She looked anywhere but at his face.
“Uh, we are getting late. We should get going now.” She said hastily in a very affected tone.
She finally looked up into his face to see him watching her grimly. Well, he didn’t look happy suddenly.
“Yeah, let’s.” He murmured and she turned around, his hand went over the low of her back and her heart started racing again.
He called for his car from his mobile. He sent Swayam to pick up the punctured car and our luggage and took hold of the car he had brought. The next step was to immediately hit the road. Thankfully, they had on clean clothes now.
They did get in the car but he stayed silent and calm. It was unnerving. He ignored her again but his face spoke of being completely in a deep thought. What was he thinking ?!!
“Alright. That’s it. The silence is getting to me. What’s wrong now ?!!” She let out worriedly.
“What do you want me to say ?!!” He counter asked in a quiet voice.
“Anything other than ignoring me.” She said equally quietly.
He finally looked back at her.
” Why wouldn’t you let me touch you ?!!” He asked her bluntly.
“That’s. That’s not….true..” She replied stutteringly while looking away from his incessant penetrating eyes.
“Then what is it ?!!” He asked her still quietly and patiently.
She hesitated. There were a lot of things that came up to say but he wasn’t someone she would share those with. Except pushing his decision on her he wouldn’t listen to her. He made all the decisions from the start. What was the point to talk. It would be so embarrassing if she said otherwise than what the contract says. To work this relationship. And even more humiliating would be if he laughed it off or walked away in stiff silence. That was a big no. It was the matter of her pride.
“It’s nothing.” She said finally after a second more of thinking.
Then there fell a strained silence. She dared not glance at him again. She sighed and closed her eyes.
She couldn’t decipher their relationship anyway. Were they husband and wife ?!! Were they friends ?!! Were they anything at all. It was quite strange. Feels like two strangers were forced to live together and they are finding ways to get rid of each others company or run away from each other.
The mansion in Delhi was the same, surrounded by thick forest just like the one in Udaipur. He drove along slowly and they reached the porch. He stopped the car but before she could open her mouth he got out without a word. She scowled at his cold attitude. What the hell was up with him ?!!
She was tired and way more drained out to reason with him. She only needed a nice warm bath and equally warm bed now. She could sleep for days. She got out of the car and glanced around. It was cold out here and she rubbed her arms.
She saw him taking out their luggage from the back of the car. She took the holder of her suitcase and tilted her chin up in the air proudly. She silently walked away,with him watching her all the way. She didn’t care neither, she had the energy to contradict him.
She walked stiffly along feeling his gaze burn her back. She didn’t turn to see but her senses told that he was watching her like a hawk watches it’s prey stealthily.
She walked down the corridors and after cursing and muttering a lot of not good things she finally found the bedroom. She took out her shoes and groaned pressing her soles. They ached a lot. She was bone tired and every where it was just so sore. Groaning still she sought through her luggage and took out a towel, night clothes and her bathing foam.
She stared surprised at the bath tub. She opened a tap and instantly warm water started filling the tub. After it was filled half through she poured her strawberry bathing foam. She took a deep breath as the affective smell started permeating around instantly.
The warm bath made her feel human again. She settled on the bed quietly but her mind was a little unsettled. She felt drained but sleep seem to allude her anyway.
What was her importance here ?!! Why was she here anyway ?!! Why had she tagged along with him when she knew it was all just camouflage. Nothing was real. She had been a trade in the deal between two rivals in the business.
She could easily have walked out but dammit now that she signed the papers it wasn’t an easy thought anymore. Each time she thought about this fake marriage her mind winced. They made a mock of the wedding vows. It was so stupid how she fell for his words. That she could have her freedom after the land was under his possession.
She sighed. At least she had her own independence. She wasn’t living off him. She never used the various credit cards he gave her. She had money of her own from her dance workshops that she had conducted all this while.
So, the point was, what was she doing here ?!! She didn’t understand the purpose of living a life which wasn’t a reality but just a contract. She flinched thinking about it. With these swirling thoughts continuing for another half an hour and finally somehow she spiraled into a deep slumber.
Precap : Life in Delhi.
So we have Naira’s thoughts in this Chapter. She doesn’t let him get too intimate with her as she fears that he would leave her when he gets the land.
While Karthik wants to love her but then he doesn’t know if she feels the same way for her.
Also peeps I have already mentioned in the first Chapter itself that this isn’t entirely my original work. Also I have even mentioned it in many Chapters. Its an adaptation of two novels. So those who commented on the previous Chapter that its a copied peice, I have already stated the same.
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