Sorry friends I could not update PaNi ff yesterday as I had too much work in office and then I fell sick in the evening. Sorry…Hope you guys understand…
Recap: formation of the thunder 3 band with Manik, Navya and Soha.
After enough jamming till late evening, the fab 5 and the thunder 3, although rivals now for Musicana, sit together for some relaxing time. Mukti had already left for some important work as she said to the others. She had obviously gone to see Abhimanyu. Dhruv and Aliya had been trying but still could not see eye to eye.
Manik: okay guys I’ll take your leave. I need to go somewhere.
Nandini: no wait ! You need to drop me home. Actually chachi wanted to meet you. Yesterday you left from the door itself so she said I should bring you home some other day.
Manik: okay come.
Manik and Nandini leave together , Cabir and Navya leave together and Soha also leaves so Dhruv and Aliya are left alone. Aliya gets up and starts moving when Dhruv grabs her hand from behind and stops her. Aliya immediately gets nervous and tries to remove her hand from his hold but Dhruv would just not let go.
Dhruv: I need to talk to you.
Aliya starts sweating, her heart beats increasing and her legs feeling weak. She turns around to face him, with her head bent low, not looking at him, in his eyes.
Dhruv: (bringing her closer) Come. Sit.
Aliya takes a seat beside him still bending her head low.
Dhruv: (angrily) Do you realize what you did last night ? Why Aliya ? How could you do that ?
Manik and Nandini reach his bike in the parking when Nandini asks,
Nandini: So, am I disturbing your plan ?
Manik: Plan ?
Nandini: You said you had to go somewhere.
Manik: Yeah ! I was just going to see that kid in the hospital. I can go after I drop you. It’s alright.
Nandini: Why is it alright ? I’ll come along with you. Do you mind ?
Manik: Not at all.
They drive off towards the hospital. On the way,
Nandini: You did not answer my question from last night.
Manik: What ?
Nandini: Why do you wear these glasses with 0 power. I told you you look much better without them.
Manik: Maybe I don’t want to look much better.
Nandini: What ? Why ?
Manik: (laughing) Just kidding.
Back in the music room,
Dhruv: I understand it must have been difficult for you but is this really the way ? I mean you know it and everyone except Nandini knows how much I love her.
Aliya looks up at him with tears flowing out of her eyes. Dhruv still does not pay heed to those tears and continues angrily.
Dhruv: I know, after Aryaman, things would have definitely been difficult for you. You might have needed someone close, but did you really want that close person as me ? Your friend who loves another one of your friend ?
Aliya feels broken at that. She keeps crying and staring into his eyes as if asking, “how could you say that?” His allegation on her about her physical needs that might have led to what happened was really painful. She kept staring at him for some more time and then left the room crying. Dhruv was so angry, he completely neglected her tears and moved out of the room to follow her.
Manik and Nandini reach the hospital and Manik asks her to go inside while he would park the bike and join her.
Nandini enquires the room number at the reception and heads towards the room.
Mukti is following a stretcher, crying like a baby, holding Abhi’s hand. Abhi is taken into the ICU and Mukti is asked to wait outside. Manik is moving towards the kid’s room when he clashes with Mukti from behind. He turns around to find her crying, all wet in tears, on seeing him she looses control and simply bear hugs him and starts crying. Manik places his hands around her shoulders,
Manik: what is the matter Mukti ? Why are you crying like this ?
He makes her stand away and asks looking into her eyes,
Manik: I know you come here often to meet your boyfriend. You never told anyone about him right ? What’s the matter now ?
Mukti: he, he’s been taken inside (points towards the ICU) he…he immediately started breathing heavily. Don’t know what happened to him ?!
Just then the doctor comes out and informs that he had a temporary disorder and that he was fine now. Mukti immediately rushed inside the ICU to meet him. The doctor stays back to talk to Manik,
Doctor: are you his relative ?
Manik: not really. Umm friend.. Tell me is everything alright ?
Doctor: actually there’s nobody with him except Mukti. And she is really sensitive about him so we are usually not able to tell her the correct information.
Manik: you can tell me doctor.
Just then his phone rings and he checks it to be Nandini.
Manik: (picking up the phone) hello !
Nandini: (on the other side) where are you ? I’ve Ben waiting for you here. It’s room number 302. Come fast.
Manik: yeah I’m coming in 5 minutes.
Nandini: 5 minutes ? What’s going on Manik ?
Manik: I’ll tell you when I see you. Just wait there for me.
Nandini: okay. Come soon.
Manik: (to the doctor) yeah doc ? Tell me what’s wrong ?
The doctor then describes Abhimanyu’s worsening condition and that the doctor is becoming helpless day by day.
Manik: (after listening to the whole situation) doctor, just do me a favor. Please don’t let Mukti find this out.
Doctor: don’t worry.
Manik: thank you. And, umm, are there any minute chances of saving him ?
Doctor: I’m sorry to say but I’m afraid there aren’t any. Maybe 0.5% if there’s some extraordinary treatment done for which he does not have enough cash and also even such treatments aren’t always successful.
Manik: okay. Now you please don’t worry about the cash. I’ll arrange for that. But please do whatever you can.
Doctor: sure. But you might want to hurry up. He does not have too much time. 2 weeks that’s it ! And his condition would go on deteriorating.
Manik: don’t worry. Just make sure Mukti does not find out.
He then rushed towards the kid’s room where Nandini had been waiting for him. They stay there for some time when all the while Manik had been tensed about Abhi’s condition and Mukti’s concern for him.
Dhruv follows Aliya to the parking lot and stops her when she was about to get inside the car. He grabs her hand and pulls her towards him.
Dhruv: (still boiling with anger) You can’t get away with this. Answer me damn it !! Why did you do that ?? You know I feel so devilish !! I feel like I cheated on Nandini last night. I feel like I can’t show her my face ever again. I…I love her so much….
Aliya: (interrupting him) Good for you..If you love her so much, good for you..But Dhruv if you can’t understand others’ feelings, don’t ever expect others to understand yours !
She gets into the car, tears still escaping her eyes, and drives off leaving Dhruv wondering what she meant.
While on their way to Nandini’s place, Manik is engrossed thinking about Abhi and Mukti and is not paying attention to Nandini at all. Nandini finds it strange but does not ask him anything as she feels she does not have that right as yet to enter into his personal space. On reaching Nandini’s place, he stops the bike and breaks the silence,
Manik: Listen, please tell your chachi I’ll come and see her some other day. I really need to go right now. It’s important.
Nandini simply nods her head in agreement and Manik leaves.
Precap: Manik talking to Mukti about Abhi and try and help Abhi with the treatment. Aliya crying her heart out all alone when Cabir to lend her a shoulder to cry on.
Monday: Pani ff. Jungle and cliff sequence, offscreen story.
I know friends, today’s episode was a bit heavy and not really joyful ! but it is a part of the story…but do leave in your feedbacks to let me know whether you liked the sad track as well..as it is possible that some other tracks after this as well might be such…so if many of you dislike it, i will try to change it and add something cheerful….but trust me this is required for the story….