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(Nandini’s POV) For a break, I moved in with Sujatha Chachi and decided to decline Shefs’s offer and go somewhere countryside to work. Navya was having the time of her life, while she looked off-colour for the first five months of her pregnancy. Staying at home, after all that insistence by everyone for more than two months now, she was happy to have someone to talk to. Around the beginning of February second week, I started feeling sick. I couldn’t eat anything and felt tired and nauseous. One day, having lunch was the test of my limit.
(Navya) “Are you okay, Nandini?” When we were having lunch. It left like I could puke just by looking at the Pineapples.
(Nandini) “I don’t know. Eggs make me so nauseous. I don’t know why. Am I getting allergic to it?” Don’t food allergies become known when young? Do they start in when one is twenty seven?
(Navya) “How long have you had this problem?”
(Nandini) “Started around last week. Why do you ask?”
(Navya) “Did you visit a doctor?”
(Nandini) “Navya, I am a doctor. As a doctor, I really don’t know why. I am not able to pinpoint any reason to my sickness.” I looked away from the table. I just couldn’t take it
(Navya) “Nandini, I know it is not possible and that you are a sincere person. Please forgive me for asking this, please, but are you pregnant?” I was about to blow off the roof when I looked at her concerned face. She looked very worried. I tried to laugh about,
(Nandini) “What are you talking about” No, she is right. The symptoms are correct. I didn’t keep track of my cramps; come to think of it, when was the last time I had it?
(Nandini in disbelief) “Impossible! How? It Is Not Possible!” Impossible!
(Navya)“Nandini, calm down!”
(Nandini) “How Can I Calm Down! I Am Pregnant, Navya. Its Not Possible! I Haven’t Slept With Any….. Manik!” The one night that I don’t remember was with him. He was the only one. Not possible! Why would he?
(Nandini) “Annual party night…………, I was drunk and I don’t know what happened. I woke up in his room………. changed……. It has to be him, it just has to be……………” I sank down on the chair, shocked. Why? Why would he? Didn’t he hate me? Or does he hate me that much? Why? Confusion, doubt, anxiety, everything came together. I couldn’t understand why he would? Tears filled my eyes.
(Navya) “Nandini, calm down, are you sure it is Manik?”
(Nandini) “Why wouldn’t I be? I may look playful but I am scared of touch! I wouldn’t even let anyone stand close to me other than family. There Is No Way I Could Have Slept With Anyone!”
(Navya) “I understand. For God sake! Calm down, Nandini! I fully understand your anxiety but Manik isn’t”
(Nandini) “Then You Think I Am Lying? I am telling you, the only night where I don’t know what I did was when I woke up in his room! Does he hate me that much that he wants me to see how much more miserable I can get; what I would be when I break down!” I could only cry.
(Navya) “Nandini, calm down. Get up. Come with me. We will talk to him and get things cleared up.” I was frozen. I couldn’t think right. To meet him now, I would really break down.
(Nandini) “No! I cannot meet him now! I just can’t. Give me sometime. Please. I am not ready to meet him. Please.” What am I going to do? I don’t want to live with him when he hates me this much. “Navya, if I go, what will I ask? If he hates me this much….., No, I don’t want anything from him”
(Navya) “So, you are going to sit and take this from him? Well, I Am NOT! I Am Going Whether You Are Coming Or Not.”
(Nandini) “Navya, don’t! It is not good for you” This is wrong. She is seven months pregnant. She cannot get tensed like this.
(Navya) “What Is Not Good For Me! That a*s How Dare He Do This? I will mince meat him. You just wait here. He will come begging to you.” She left shouting. I need to think of
something fast. I need to get out of here. I cannot see him.
(Manik’s POV) It has been almost more than a month since I saw her. I wonder how she is, what she is doing.
“Sir?” This isn’t what I should be thinking right now. I should get to work. Things that I want will happen soon enough.
(Manik) “I’m sorry. Please continue. You were saying…………” Suddenly, we heard a racket outside. I could hear my secretaries shout.
“Mam! You can’t go in there without an appointment. Mam! Please stop.” The door opened wide forcefully. I half expected Nandini but I didn’t expect Navya to turn up. I looked at my executive personnel. I heard Nandini was staying with Navya. I calmly instructed my employees.
(Manik to others) “We will continue this after lunch, if not tomorrow. You can leave. Please close the door as you leave.” Anyone can see she was angry, mad, more precisely enraged. She didn’t say anything at all, except glower at me. I wanted to bind Nandini to me and what I wanted happened.
(Manik) “What brings you here, Navya? You are not supposed to be angry when you are pregnant.” She walked up straight to me.
(Navya) “You bl**dy Egotistic person How Dare You!” She struck me hard at my face. “I Never Thought That You Would Do This! All this time I thought you were proud, conceited and authoritative man; but not once as a man without morals. If I had known, I would have never even faced you, gotten to know you. How Could You Ruin A Person’s Life So
Easily? Did You Think For One Moment What Would Happen To Nandini?” True, I didn’t think of her but she wanted to get away from me. I didn’t know any other way. She would never accept an actual relationship with me.
(Manik) “You would never understand, Navya.”
(Navya) “What Would I Not Understand? That Nandini Is Having A Child Of Which She Had No Knowledge Of! You drugged her!”
(Manik) “I didn’t. She was drunk.”
(Navya) “So, Does That Mean It Gives You The Right To Take Advantage Of Her!” No, It Doesn’t But What Could I Have Done!
(Manik) “I LOVE HER, NAVYA!” I shouted. I didn’t realise I said it aloud. Navya looked astounded. Who wouldn’t be? I sat down feeling miserable. “I love her. When I heard that she was quitting from the project, I didn’t know what to do. The fact that I may never see her again, terrified me. I thought I would be fine without her but I just couldn’t imagine my life without her. I couldn’t imagine her with some other guy.”
(Navya) “You should have told her that!”
(Manik) “I did. I mean I was about to. But I couldn’t. She treated me like an enemy. At first, she was a source of entertainment for me, so naive and ignorant to the worldly deceit. But as I got along with her, I realised, it was not that she wasn’t aware, she just cared to ignore them. Somewhere along the line, I fell in love with her. I couldn’t control my emotions in front of her. I tried to separate from her as much as I could but…… I just couldn’t. I had to see her at least once. She didn’t want a relationship. What was I supposed to do? Do you even know the misery I have been through the past few months? I had to tie her to me somehow.”
(Navya) “You idiot!” Navya didn’t say anything. She just cried. I wish I could. I know what I did was not right, but I didn’t have a choice. Nandini wouldn’t even look at me.
(Manik) “Come with me right now. Tell her what you told me.” Navya dragged me with her. I didn’t resist. We got into her car and went straight to her house.
(Navya) “Where is Nandini, Bargeman?” He looked restless.
(Butler) “Mrs. Navya! I was just about to call you. Ms. Nandini just left with her bags packed. I was surprised. She said she was clearing out. I wanted her to wait till I confirmed with you but she was gone by the time I came back.” She saw her phone. It was in silent and missed calls over and over again from about an half hour ago.
(Navya) “I need to contact, Cabir.” Her hands trembled.
(Manik) “Please don’t him that she is pregnant.”
(Navya) “You!!! You……… SHUT UP! You Are The Source Of It! Why shouldn’t I tell? She is pregnant, For Lord’s Sake! And now, she has taken off not telling where! I am scared for her!”
(Manik) “She won’t do anything wrong.” It felt like I was assuring myself. I hope that she wouldn’t. For the first time, I felt scared like I was going to die. “It would be terrible for her if it was known that she is pregnant. Let us get her first. I will take the responsibility for whatever happens later.” She hesitated.
(Navya) “Cabir, its me. Nandini ran away from home. No, I Am Not Joking! She Ran Away! I don’t know why! Don’t ask me! Please find her. Please.” While she was talking, I started making phone calls.
(Manik) “You first sit down. What car did she take?” I made her sit on the sofa. The butler answered.
(Butler) “She took the Porsche.”
(Manik) “The number?” I took it down and asked a friend in the police to track the car immediately. “Navya, calm down.”
(Navya) “Get Lost! Don’t Come In Front Of Me Ever Again!”
(Manik) “Navya! Calm down!”
(Navya) “I SAID GET LOST! GET LOST BEFORE I KICK YOU OUT!”I didn’t know what to do.
(Manik’s POV) The butler urged me to go outside the room. The butler came behind me. I took down the details I wanted from him and left. From outside, I could see Navya sitting worried. I didn’t mean for this to happen. I thought that she would come to me, if she got pregnant and that I could finally have her, marry her. I am really an idiot to believe in such a thing. I should have been open about my feelings. Mom said that pride will kill the love but I never believed it. Now, my stupid pride has lost her. If she took her car, it would be easier to catch her. I have made enough mistakes. This time, I don’t care about pride or anything. I will be open about my feelings. Even if she hates me, I am not going to let go of her once I see her. I will make her understand. Please, let nothing have happened to her. But it was like she disappeared. She couldn’t be found. Navya didn’t tell anyone why she ran away. Nandini’s family were searching for her like mad, hiring detectives, any means to find her.
I got an initial report that she had drawn considerable money as cash from her account and sold her car to a dealer. She got a car that didn’t have a GPS. The car she got was very common that could be found anywhere. Three days later, I got the engagement ring by post, nothing else, no note, no letter. It was posted from here. With that, the leads were dead. No police report was filed fearing what she may do if she came to know. For weeks, I couldn’t concentrate. The detectives I hired were searching for her. How could no one find out where she is? Two months later, one day, during a meeting I got a call that they found her. I applied for unconditional leave and started to the place that day itself. I didn’t even care to tell Navya. I am going to meet Nandini. That was all I could think of.