The return of Mr. Singhania.
Mr. Singhania came forward with mocking eyes and the same sternness’ of demeanor. Naira gulped hard.
“Dad.” She came forward, but he cut her off with a hand slash.
She moved back a step while the light in her eyes dimmed, looking at her father after a lot of months. Apparently he did not miss her. The smile which started to appear on her face disappeared instantly. He moved towards the counter and she waited for his acknowledgement of her.
“Seems like you’re happy.” Her father stated flatly.
“I am.” Naira answered honestly.
She was happy. Doing what she liked. Working for what she dreamed. She finally had the freedom of dancing whenever and wherever she wanted. There was nobody to stop her. Also karthik was there to ensure she was happy all the time.
“What have you been doing ?!!” He asked suddenly without actually looking at her.
“I’m working in a dance academy.” She said in a small voice.
Her father looked back at her superiorly through his glasses.
“Dance ?!!” He asked with a raised eyebrow.
She bit her lip for blurting it out. She started to sweat at the distaste and displeasure darkening his face. She felt like coming back to the place where she hid everything and kept a secret of whatever she did in her life.
In the company of Karthik, she had no filter. What came in her mind she blurted it out. Because he never minded nor did he restrict her from anything.
She jumped, feeling a hand slid over her back. Her head moved to the side and her eyes caught the one person she was desperately looking for. Her husband. Her Karthik.
The caught breath in her lungs got out of her lips and her shoulder sagged relieved. His body was warm and hard. Like the shield and armor for her. His eyes moved all over her face and his gaze narrowed while looking at her father. Karthik straightened but he did not let go off her waist. He smiled at her father and her father looked at him with a sneering smile.
“Son-in-law.” Her father bit out while his eyes fired up.
”Seeing you after a long time.” Her father stated distastefully.
“Mr. Singhania.” Karthik greeted back coolly while dismissing the relation between them.
It made her father straighten in anger. Naira stiffened and tried to move away. Karthik looked down at her smiling and she just stared at him.
“By the way, have you seen my wife ?!! Your daughter that is. Isn’t she shining and confident.” Karthik concluded while straightening her spine with his hand gliding her back. Her cheeks heated up. Her father smiled back at him patronizingly.
“Woman are better inside the closed doors. They stay at home looking pretty.” Her father said glibly.
Just like how a furniture should be, Naira thought. She couldn’t win her own father’s heart. Or change his opinion. He would be the last person to understand what she felt or what she thought.
Naira’s face burned and she flinched back and tried to move out of his arms and walk away but the stubborn hold of his arms around her made her stay put where she was. What the hell was he trying to do ?!! She needed to run.
“That’s the difference. I like my wife doing what she likes. Not staying back at home and looking pretty.” Karthik concluded while looking down at her.
Karthik walked forward, and tugged at Naira’s hand so that she follows him as well. She had least time to see her father’s reaction. She knew he was looking, murderously at both of them.
“One of these days, You got to have some courage to speak up to your father.” Karthik grunted angrily.
”What if I’m not there to support you or speak for you, always” Karthik started again exasperated and looking down at her stinging eyes.
The words remained hung in the air between them. What if he wasn’t there for her always ?!! She thought. He wouldn’t be. She was in love with him, but she didn’t knew if he felt the same for her or not. She accepted the fact just like the swift slash of pain it brought into her heart as he moved back.
Karthik walked away from her without giving her the assurance of his presence, but then she knew he was seriously pissed off right now. She sighed heavily and rubbed her arms suddenly feeling cold and empty. She walked towards the washroom to freshen up.
Karthik looked down at the whiskey glass in his hand blankly. Feeling a hand over his arm he suddenly pulled out of the numerous thoughts circling in his mind. He looked back to see the one person he never ever in his life wanted to see. His father In law. Mr. Singhania.
What does he want now, Karthik thought.
“ Well well, it seems like Naira has clawed her hooks deep into you. She shares everything with you, right ?!!” Mr. Singhania said in a sneer.
“What do you want to imply ?!!” Karthik asked, already bored with the conversation.
“Oh, there he is. My Ex- son in law.” Mr.Singhania said hastily and smugly while looking around the hall.
Karthik wasn’t interested but his eyes moved casually at the direction of Mr. Singhania’s gaze. He saw a tall man walk across the hall with a lot of women surrounding him. He knew who he was. He was just a young entrepreneur like Karthik. Infact Karthik had met him many times during the board meetings. They were not best of friends but neither were they strangers. The man was Rithvik Oberoi. Karthik’s only amiable competition in the business world.
Rithvik had an air of an entrepreneur. A strong willed businessman. It showed in the way he talked confidently and smiled surely. Like he knew the affect of his smile on the women. Just as Karthik was about to avert his gaze, he saw Rithvik walking away from the flock of women that had gathered around him.
Rithvik walked towards where Naira was standing. As their gazes met, Karthik could observe a knowing gaze and smile travel to both of Rithvik and Naira’s face. She knew Rithvik ?!!
As rithvik walked closer and closer to Naira, Karthik felt his heart stuttering. “My Ex son in law” Mr. Singhania’s Words came back to him like a cyclone. What was the equation between Naira and Rithvik ?!!
His unasked questions were answered when Rithvik went ahead and hugged Naira. Naira hugged him back without any hesitation with a smile on her face. Woah, She was never so comfortable with him being intimate with her, Karthik thought. As rithvik and Naira parted they started talking and laughing , which irritated the hell out of Karthik.
“They are childhood sweethearts, and had wanted to marry each other but then you forced yourself on my daughter which led to their separation. She must have told you about him, right ?!! They were inseperable until of course you came in between.” Mr. Singhania said in a ridiculously surprised and incredulous tone.
Karthik froze at his words. His eyes snapped back to the pair. Him and her. Suddenly it struck him. The accord. How Rithvik was seeing her and how she looked beside him closely laughing and smiling. The insides of his started to convulse.
That was the reason Naira never let him come close to her, thought Karthik. She always used to push him away when Karthik used to get intimate with her. She never loved him. She was with him because he had forced her into this marriage. All these thoughts were the only things that revolved around in Karthik’s mind.
Mr. Singhania looked back at him and smiled sadly.
“Poor you. Don’t get shocked. Maybe she did not tell you because she didn’t wanted you to feel jealous. I mean like, Who wouldn’t be jealous. Look at the,both of them. So perfect.” Mr. Singhania said further in a taunting tone and walked away.
Karthik looked up at where she stood, with Rithvik. The distance between them not measuring to steps but oceans apart.
He moved back while Naira looked around searching for him. His whole body vibrated with shame and humiliation. Why did he ever come to this party ?!! He wouldn’t have known any of this. Oh, how it hurt him now. It was making it hard to breath for him.
He took deep breaths. It shouldn’t matter to him. She shouldn’t matter to him.
Just as Naira circled around the aisle, she was pulled back by a strong pair of banded hands. A squeak escaped her lips and she was about to scream but a familiar voice travelled into her right ear.
“Took you long enough. Was Rithvik so interesting to have such a long conversation with ?!!” He murmured into her ear.
Naira flinched back. She tried to move forward towards him.
“We are going home.” Karthik said hastily and turned around.
He caught her hand and pulled her as he moved out of the hall and towards where their car was parked.
Precap : The Fallout !!
So this was a long update. Hope you all liked it !!
Well not only love but sometimes jealousy makes you blind as well. Karthik is infuriated to a large extent and thus he can not see clearly what’s right and what’s wrong.
Also Rithvik is back !! I soo love this name that’s why I tried to include him in this FF as well. But he won’t have a long part to play. He is just a special appearance !!
The next Chapter will be the start of the Seperation track. Don’t worry as it would last for about two Chapters and then Kaira would meet again to solve their issues and differences.
Many of you have asked me to update my ishaqbaaz FF. Will post next Chapter tomorrow or else on Monday for sure.
Do comment. Keep smiling. Keep watching Yrkkh !!