Recap: Manik reaches up to Nandini’s place to be with her in her bad time. Nandini feels much better after meeting Manik and again feels the same sheltered feeling with him.
The next morning, Nandini gets ready and asks chacha to again drop her college as she feels Mukti would be in the hospital and therefore won’t be able to pick her up. She comes out of the house along with chacha to find Mukti standing there on her bike with her helmet on. On seeing Nandini and chacha, she removes her helmet. Nandini comes towards her,
Nandini: Mukti ?! I thought you might be in the hospital.
Mukti: yup ! I was but Abhi, he forced me to go to college. He does not want me to miss college because of him.
Nandini: oh ! How is he now ?
Mukti: (hiding her tears and faking excitement) great ! Much much better…come lets go.. (To chacha) don’t bother chacha ji I will take her. You can go to office..
Chacha: okay..thank you beta…god bless you..
Nandini takes the back seat, puts on her helmet and they drive off. All the while Mukti had been controlling her tears.As they drive off, Nandini places her hand on Mukti’s shoulders which makes Mukti’s tears burst out. She tries to hide them from Nandini but they keep flowing. She increases the speed of the bike so that Nandini won’t notice her tears. She badly needed to cry her heart out in her friends’ arms but did not wish to fall weak in front of her. As they reached college, she tried to avoid looking eye to eye with Nandini so that she would not notice her teary eyes. She quickly excused herself to the washroom and Nandini moved towards the music room.
After some time, Manik entered along with Cabir, Dhruv, Navya and Aliya. He wanted all of them to be with Mukti while she was passing through a difficult phase of her life and therefore he convinced all of them to forget whatever fights they had and be with her together.
Manik: Listen guys, as I have already told you all, Abhi is critical and Mukti needs you all. She won’t be able to handle all of this by herself.
Nandini: Yes I think Manik is right. She might be pretending to be alright but she is not and I can see that. So, Cabir and Dhruv, whatever is the matter with the two of you, please keep it aside for a few days.
Cabir and Dhruv nod in agreement because whatever might be the problem between any of them, when it came to supporting one another, they would never step back !
After some time, Mukti came in to find all of them standing with their faces low and depressed. She knew they had all gathered to support her but she did not wish to see them sad. She quickly brought a big fake smile on her face and entered,
Mukti: (cheerfully) Hello guys !! Good morning !!
All of them look at her surprised and instantly realize she had been faking it. This made all of them more angry and Cabir spoke up,
Cabir: Stop it yar mukti ! You’ve lied to us before now don’t repeat it ! Don’t fake all of this ! We know you are not alright so better be yourself okay ? You can share your feelings with us ! We are one family god damn it !!
Mukti: But Cabir I’m not faking it. Yeah I am a bit sad about Abhi but don’t worry, he is going to be absolutely fine ! Very soon and then I’ll take you all along to meet him, not in the hospital but at his place. I’ve been there once. He has such a beautiful house.
Aliya: Mukti ! Wake up ! And be true with us please !
Navya: Yes Mukti, you don’t need to do all this. We would be there for you !
Just then Manik’s phone rings which attracts everyone’s attention,
Manik: (picking up the call) Hello ! Yes that’s me ! What ? Okay I’m coming right away !
He disconnects the call and is panicked and confused as to what to say to the 6 faces looking at him anxiously ! All he could manage to say was, “Abhimanyu….”. And all of them rush to leave for the hospital. First one to run was Mukti who does not wait for anyone and quickly takes her bike and rushes to the hospital. All the others follow in Dhruv and Cabir’s car.
Mukti and the others reach the hospital together and Mukti rushes towards the ICU where Abhi had been kept since the past few days. When she does not find him there, she breaks down near his bed ! Nandini, Navya and Aliya reach up to her and the boys inquire about his whereabouts to the nurse. The nurse informs that he had been very critical and therefore had been taken to the operation theater.
All of them rush towards the operation theater but are denied entry inside. Mukti had not stopped crying since Manik received the phone call in the college. All of them were really tensed on seeing her condition thinking if she was so weak right now, what would happen if something happened to Abhi ? She won’t be able to survive without him ! Nandini had been sitting beside Mukti on one bench outside the operation theater, Aliya and Navya had been sitting opposite to them and the boys had been pacing up and down the corridor near the OT. Mukti had still not stopped crying and Dhruv got a glass of water for her. He sat down beside her with Nandini on her other side.
Dhruv: Mukti, please have some water. Abhi will be alright. And once he sees you like this, he won’t like it. Please stop crying.
Mukti: Stop it Dhruv ! Stop giving me false expectations. I know it all ! I’ve known it all this while that I will have to lose him one day. And today, sitting her feels like I’m here just waiting for that confirmation that my fear has come true and it’s time to stay alone now !
Nandini: No Mukti ! You’re not alone ! We are with you ! And even Abhi is going to be with you very soon.
Hearing this, Manik moves away giving out a sigh as if feeling burdened of not having able to help Abhi and Mukti. Cabir notices him and goes to talk to him,
Cabir: What ? Is it really that bad ?
Manik simply nods his head.
Cabir: But the doctor said there is some hope with some operation right ?
Manik: I don’t know Cabir ! I wish I would have been able to do something ! I can’t see Mukti lose hope like this !
Cabir: None of us can ! But you really are an angel ! The way you have entered our lives and are changing it, is really commendable ! If it had not been for you, Mukti would still not have told us anything and be sitting here all alone. Now at least she has her friends.
Mukti excuses herself to go to the washroom. Nandini offers to accompany her but she denies. After Mukti leaves, Nandini breaks down as she could not see her friend in so much pain. Seeing her break down, Manik’s heart aches ! He feels so helpless as he was not able to do anything for anyone ! Dhruv goes near Nandini and places his arm around Nandini’s shoulder. She then hides her face in his chest and cries. The sight of Dhruv and Nandini being so close, makes Aliya boil with anger and she moves out ! Nobody notices her leaving. After some time, Mukti returns and all the others straighten themselves not wanting to show their tears in front of Mukti.
After some more time, the doctor comes out of the operation theater and goes straight to his cabin without saying anything to any of them. Mukti again starts crying as it sinks her heart low. Navya comes over to help Nandini control Mukti when Cabir suddenly notices Aliya was missing,
Cabir: Where’s Aliya ?
Everyone looks around but do not find her anywhere !
Cabir: I’ll go look for her.
Manik: Cabir she’ll be okay. Come let’s go talk to the doctor. Dhruv can look out for her. Please Dhruv go find her. Till then we’ll go talk to the doctor.
Cabir who was aware about the differences between Dhruv and Aliya did not approve of the plan but could not say anything further. He just indicated it to Dhruv through his eyes that he better keep his differences aside and look for her properly.
Manik and Cabir go to the doctor’s cabin,
Manik: Doctor, you didn’t say anything. How’s Abhimanyu ?
Doctor: The operation is still going on and we really can’t say anything.
Cabir: What do you mean by that doc ? You have to do something please !
Doctor: Who are you to Abhimanyu ?
Cabir: Sir, we are all Mukti’s friends. please please do anything but save his life. Please !
Doctor: See we really can’t say anything as of now ! Excuse me please.
Saying this the doctor leaves the cabin and goes back to the operation theater. Nandini and Navya ask Manik and Cabir through their eyes as to what the matter was and they reply with sad expressions. Navya had her head bent low and her face hidden in her hands. She did not have the courage to look up and face the reality.
Dhruv had searched the entire hospital but could not find Aliya anywhere. He tried calling her but she wasn’t picking up.
Aliya had gone to a bar and was drinking badly thinking about all those moments when Dhruv was so close with Nandini. Her anger wasn’t lowering and Dhruv calling her again and again was disturbing her more. She kept drinking till there were very less people left in the bar and the bar was about to close. At that she called back Dhruv. She was completely out of her senses and did not know herself what she had been doing. Dhruv picked up at the second ring,
Precap: Harshad to say something to Nandini about Manik. What is it that he would say ? Would Nandini believe him ? What would happen with Aliya and Dhruv ? Would Dhruv find Aliya ? Would Abhi survive for Mukti ? Stay tuned for the next part ! A special episode !
I know guys it is a sad phase but hope you are liking the track ! Please do share your views about the part and also your guesses on what might happen next ?
See you on Valentine’s !
Thank You !
So friends, Valentine’s Day is coming up and we need to make it special right ? When we had kyy, the Valentine’s Day did not turn out that well as Manan back then had been fighting over soha’s incident ! Remember ?
But this Valentine’s Day, I want to make it as special as possible… So as all of you might have noticed, my PaNi ff is nearing its 50th part and the manan ff is nearing its 25th part. And sadly it isn’t coming on the Valentine’s Day ! But I want to release both parts on the Valentine’s Day ! And for that I have come up with an idea.
Now tomorrow is Manan ff day so I will be updating the 24th part tomorrow and after that the 25th part would directly come up on 14th Feb, Valentines day ! Next week we will be celebrating PaNi week as everyday would be a PaNi update and accordingly the 50th part would again land up on 14th Feb Valentine’s Day ! Hope you all like the plan….
And and and….It’s not over yet….This Valentine’s Day, I have a small competition for all of you if anyone is interested….You can all make edits for both the ffs separately and I will choose one to be the cover of my stories….One for each would be selected and kept as the cover…I don’t know if many of you would be interested or not but it’s just that I want to have your involvement too in these stories as it’s not just mine but all of yours too !! Anyone interested may please text me individually….
Let us make this Valentine’s Day a special one !!
Lots of Love !!