Recap: Manik and Nandini rush to the police station and Manik makes sure the culprit who hit the little kid was arrested. He gains a lot of respect in Nandini’s heart for himself.
Next day, Manik reaches college sharp at 8.00 am as instructed by Nandini the other day. Even while going home after the police station drama, she had reminded Manik 10 times about the time at which he needed to reach college the next day. She badly wanted Manik and Navya to participate in musicana for several reasons. Navya was her friend and she wished to help her, Manik had a beautiful voice she wanted the world to hear and lastly Manik had a beautiful heart which Nandini could not resist but fall for.
Manik had been waiting near the college entrance when a bike rushed in and got parked in the parking. Two people on the bike had their black helmets on. When they got down and removed their helmets, Manik was shocked to see the long hair flowing out of the helmet and extending to their waists. One of the girls who had been riding on the back turned around swinging her hair in the wind towards Manik and he was mesmerized on seeing Nandini ! She was wearing white shorts with a dark blue top and a black leather jacket on top of it. The other girl riding the bike was Mukti who was in her skinny tight black denims and a white top with a black shrug to go with it. Both of them leave their helmets on the bike and move towards Manik who had been staring with his mouth wide open.
Even as they reach him, Manik does not move and both Nandini and Mukti start laughing that suddenly distracts Manik and he comes to his senses. He feels embarrassed at having been caught by them.
Nandini: (still giggling) come lets go. Music room.
All three of them head towards the music room and wait for the others to arrive. After some time, Cabir, Navya and Dhruv arrive.
Mukti: where’s Aliya ?! Dhruv was she alright last night when you dropped her home ?
Dhruv: (hesitatingly) ye-ah !
He then starts thinking about last night when he had been driving to Aliya’s home and she was sitting beside him in a drunken state ! She had been murmuring something in that unconscious state,
Aliya: stop it now Dhruv ! Can’t you see it hurts !
Dhruv suddenly looks at Aliya who had again fainted after saying that. He is left confused as he does not understand what the matter was ? He parks the car outside Aliya’s house and takes her towards the main door in his arms. On reaching the door he makes her stand with the support of a pillar and takes the keys from her purse. He then again lifts her up in his arms and carries her to her bedroom upstairs. He carefully places her on the bed and covers her with a blanket. Just when he starts moving, Aliya grabs his hand and forcefully pulls him towards her which makes him fall on her, their lips brushing. He immediately withdrew his lips away but Aliya again pulled him closer and took his lips into a deep and passionate kiss. All the while Dhruv trying to let go of her but Aliya constantly grabbing him closer and kissing his lips hard ! After few minutes of intense lip lock Aliya lets go of him, looks at him with a smile and then falls asleep. Dhruv quickly moves out and drives home.
Back in the music room,
He again starts sweating on the thought of him kissing someone other than Nandini. He feels he had cheated on her. Cabir notices his worry, realises something hot had happened last night due to the sweat on Dhruv’s forehead and says,
Cabir: What’s the matter bro ? Where are you lost ?
Dhruv: (looking up to Cabir) Huh ? Nothing. I’m fine.
Aliya had been waiting outside the music room, hesitating to enter because of what she had done last night. She did not understand why did she behave that way. She was never ready to accept the fact that she loved Dhruv and therefore was feeling confused and embarrassed at her action from last night. She then takes a deep breath and decides to enter the music room and try and avoid eye contact with Dhruv. As soon as she enters, Mukti, Navya and Nandini rush towards her and start questioning her whether she was alright ?
Cabir: Oh girls ! Stop it ! Let her breath ! Aliya, are you alright now ?
Aliya looks up at Cabir and finds Dhruv standing beside him staring at Aliya in anger. She quickly looks away and says,
Aliya: Ye-ah ! I’m okay. So, what’s the plan ? Nandini, why did you call us all so early ?
Nandini: Okay so, here’s the thing. We have to conduct an audition.
Mukti: What audition ?
All the others look at her questioningly,
Nandini: Navya, you have so much talent hidden inside you but since you don’t have a band, you aren’t able to participate in musicana. None of us like the fact. On the other side, our new friend Manik also does not have a band and is unable to participate. Now, I thought why not team them up ?
Cabir: But Nandini they would still need atleast one more band member.
Nandini: That is an after thought. First, both of you tell me, would you mind working together ?
Both Navya and Manik look at each other and then Navya turns to look at Cabir who nods his head in agreement. Both Navya and Manik then agree to Nandini’s plan.
Nandini: Great then we need a third band member. And for that, we conduct auditions. But the auditions should be completed soon as the registrations for musicana close by 4.30 pm. So, let’s get started.
All of them head in different directions for making separate arrangements. Nandini is going towards the library when she comes across Harshad.
Harshad: Hey ! How are you ?
Nandini: (making a “not interested” face) How does it matter to you ?
Harshad: just like that. You might not be considering me your friend but I do. And friends do ask each other if they are alright.
Nandini: Oh really. But as you got it right, I don’t consider you my friend and therefore I don’t need to answer your question.
Harshad: C’mon Nandini ! What have I done that you hate me so much ? I just tried to be friends with you.
Nandini: No, you tried to bribe me to be your friend.
Harshad: (acting apologetic) Okay I agree I made a huge mistake. But was that mistake that big that you cannot forgive me at all ? Please give me one chance. I’ll prove it to you that I can be a good friend. I won’t ever disappoint you.
Nandini keeps thinking for some time and then leaves without answering. Harshad lets out a smirk after her and leaves.
1 hour later, there are numerous students flooding into the music room for auditions being conducted by Fab 5.
Precap: Auditions start and complete. Would Fab 5 succeed in looking for an efficient third band member for Manik and Navya ? If yes, who would it be ?
Tomorrow: Pani ff. Parth and Niti at Niti’s place. Interference from the others. PaNi trying to hide their friendship.
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Credit to: Medhavi