Thanks you friend for all the appreciation..love you all for that. Here is chapter 5 & 6 …please do let me know if you liked it.
Radhika woke up and checked the time it was 9:30 AM, she got up with a jerk and quickly freshened up. She missed how Sam would always put an alarm for her or put an ice cube in Radhika’s clothes when she refused to budge. Radhika came to dining room and found it empty she searched for Vicky but the house was empty, finally she asked Daisy…who handed Radhika a note left by Vicky for her. Radhika read the note and smiled;
You are one lazy bone…change your habit. Don’t sulk in that room…get the article ready and yes I bought you a new sim. The ID is protected so even if you call any one they won’t get your no.
See you on Friday evening.
Radhika knew Vicky bought her the sim so that she can hear the voice of all her loved ones without revealing her no. or location. She thought about it but decided not to make the call…she wasn’t sure about her heart. She had her breakfast, pulled out a diary and pen and started.
Neil was getting ready for office; today Jia Diamonds executives were visiting Bird Song , he switched on his laptop to go about the ppt again …he saw the presentation noted some points and said to himself; ’’Only you can think of something like that Chashni.’’ Neil entered the office but instead of going to his cabin he knocked on Arjun’s cabin door. Arjun smiled and greeted Neil, Neil said; ‘’you should sleep properly Arjun!’’. Arjun was little surprised and replied that he will try…Neil asked Arjun to come for the presentation, he turned to leave but was stopped by Arjun; ‘’Neil , can we sit and talk over the coffee after this presentation?” Neil smiled and looked at Arjun…”Yes we should …I think I missed a good guy talk for a while.’’
Sam was in her cabin already busy with her work when Samrat entered Sam gave him a smile and went about her work. Samrat asked; ’’Sammy what are your thoughts about today’s presentation?’’ Sam without looking up replied;’’ Don’t worry Pa we will get this account.’’ ‘’Are you sure’’; asked Samrat . Sam looked up and replied;’’ Yes, I am 200% sure and once you see the presentation you will know.” Samrat admired the calmness in Sam yet he hated it a little, she smiled but it dint reach her eyes. He walked towards Piyali’s cabin and sat opposite to her, Piyali looked at Samrat and said; ‘’Why can’t we put up a note in all leading newspapers and request Radhika to come back?’’ Samrat replied; ‘’ Radhika left not because she was angry on her friends, she left because she fell in love with Arjun, which according to Radhika was wrong.’’ Piyali continued; ‘’but all of them are going through so much of pain…I don’t know what to do?’’ Samrat replied; ‘’They will find her, U know these four kids are actually connected to each other by heart, these 3 are trying to fill the gap created in their lives due to Radhika’s absence ; but the day they get together Radhika won’t be able to hide anymore. ’’Piyali still not convinced again asked; ‘’what if they don’t get together?’’ Samrat smiled; ‘’they will for sure I know that. By the way could you speak to Radhika’s family?’’ Piyali answered; ‘’Yes I did…now I understand why Radhika is so selfless.’’
Sam started the presentation, it wasn’t about why diamonds are precious or why they are female’s best friend. But it was about the most precious person in your life who deserves the second most precious thing on the planet i.e. diamonds, it wasn’t about a husband trying to get an apology for forgetting the anniversary or to get his work done by gifting a diamond but about the feelings, the bond and the trust. As the lights were switched on, a complete silence covered the room, Rishab the head of Jia marketing team started; ’’Brilliant…I don’t have words to describe your idea. You deserve a big round of applause’’ Sam interrupted; ‘’It’s not my idea…it belongs to the most talented mind of Bird Song…she is not here, that’s why I presented this on her behalf.’’ Rishab smiled; ‘’ Good for you that she is not here… or I would have stolen her from Bird Song.’’ Rishab suddenly got 3 angry glares and a calm reply from Neil who was holding onto Arjun’s fist under the table; ‘’ She is family Rishab…no one can steal her.” Rishab smiled and replied; ‘’Everything has a price.’’ ‘’She is priceless’’ retorted Sam. Piyali understanding the situation took over; ‘’let us finish the formalities Rishab’’; Rishab nodded but before leaving the room he looked at Sam and said; ’’She must really be priceless Samaira I never saw so many people being so protective about one person. Would like to meet her someday’’. Samrat smiled thinking, what he wanted to do was unknowingly done by Rishab.
Neil, Arjun and Sam were left in the boardroom; Sam tried to calm herself down. She couldn’t even handle the idea of anyone stealing Radhika again when she still was struggling to find her. Arjun could not think of anything beyond one thought that Radhika belonged to him and Neil just wanted his chirpy Chashni back. Neil broke the silence; ‘’what does he think of himself…Chashni is not an apple which he will steal from us.’’ Sam looked at Neil with a weird expression; she said ‘’Neil …Apple..? You seriously deserve the name IDIOT …in bold.’’ Arjun suddenly started laughing at Sam’s bickering which was again the 10th wonder of the universe for Neil and Sam…when he composed himself all the three had a group hug …and said unanimously …time to find Radhika. Samrat who watching this from outside thought; ‘’Radhika beta, it’s time for you to come home.’’
Radhika finished her article…she had chosen friendship. She poured her out on the paper she was quite satisfied with her job, she kept the diary inside and went to the kitchen to have lunch. She suddenly felt very lonely…she had never been so quite all her life. She tried starting a conversation with Daisy…but the old lady gave her a flat stare at each sentence. Radhika with little determination thought; ‘’If I can make Arjun Sir talk…then you cannot be that difficult.’’ Finally bored she called Vicky he answered immediately; Radhika started; ‘’Vicky I am bored’’; he replied ‘’finish your article Radhika’’ ; ‘’done’’ came an immediate response . Vicky closed his laptop and said; ‘’let’s talk then…tell me something about Samaira’’ Radhika was immediately filled with affection and happiness; Vicky could somehow hear that in Radhika’s voice. He smiled as Radhika started and went on and on and on for more than an hour. Vicky tried interrupting a couple of times…but then he thought it’s ok ….if this makes her happy, so be it. After finishing his call with Radhika…he thought ; ‘’You love them so much…but before you go back, I will test their love for you.’’
Neil was waiting for Arjun in the cafeteria, as Arjun joined him & they ordered coffee and sat opposite to each other they discussed work for some time and then went silent. Neil after a pause began; ‘’Arjun I have been Sam’s friend for more than a decade …yet they way she misses Radhika …I bet she would have never done that for me’’. Arjun smiled and replied ;’’ what you feel for Sam is pure love… you are ready to do anything that makes Sam happy without thinking about the consequences …like you knew I was not right for Sam…yet you went along for her happiness. But Radhika… she always did what was right for Sam…without caring about anyone’s anger…even if it was Sam. This is what is bothering Sam Neil, please be with her…she needs you.’’ Neil replied;’’ I will try…but yes I am mad at her for not trusting Chashni …when she should have.’’ Arjun took a deep breath and said; ‘’the same Chashni will beat you to death …if she gets to know you left Sam alone…when she herself requested you to be with her.” Neil could not help but smile at Arjun’s reply.
Sam saw Neil and Arjun together chatting happily over the coffee she felt good that both of them had started bonding…but suddenly she felt irritated…as she longed for her best friend and her antics.
It was Friday, Vicky was ready to leave when is phone vibrated he saw the name on the screen and rubbed his forehead. He was accepting this call but felt bad about lying again …he took a deep breath and answered the call; “Hi Ankush! How are you?’’ ‘’My younger sister just vanished from our lives ,how should I be?’’ ; replied Ankush. Vicky after a pause; ‘’Ankush…Radhika is a responsible girl…she will come back…please give her some time.’’ Ankush Shot;’’I cannot sit idle waiting for Radhika to take a decision…she is my sister it’s my responsibility to find her. But I don’t understand … how can you be so calm regarding Radhika…after all its Radhika your Gudiya…What are you hiding?’’ Vicky without losing his calm replied; ‘’I am calm because I was aware of what she was up to that day…she had updated me that she would expose Nandini… but the pain she had to go through to prove herself has broken her completely Ankush…I know her she will come back… please give her time’’ .Ankush asked;’’ Why couldn’t she tell me all this?’’ By now Vicky was impatient but without raising his voice he replied; “Because you didn’t trust her enough.’’ Ankush smiled and said; ’’I know I should have stood by her… I made a mistake… But I know one thing … you know something which we don’t… whatever it is … just let me know if hear anything from her. Bye Vicky’’. ’’ Bye Ankush’’; Vicky kept the phone in his pocket and left for Pune to spend the weekend with Radhika.
Sam was going through Radhika’s diary when Neil and Arjun entered her cabin. Sam asked them to sit and then started;’’ Chashni had planned to expose Nandini di we all know that…but she had planned to go back to Rishikesh after that….then why she dint reach there? Neil replied; ‘’Sam.. uncle and Ankush both were not happy with Radhika’s decision to marry like this…they were very angry that time … may be Radhika to save herself from more rejection made the decision to leave without informing .’’ Sam said; ‘’She left that party with a guy… there is someone whom she trusts so much which we are not aware of.’’ Left with a guy…that thought made Arjun cringe a bit…day by day he was becoming over possessive about Radhika, he controlled himself and asked; ‘’Sam is there anything else in this diary?’’ . Sam replied; ’’other than Radhika’s experiences some poems…it has a list of her contacts.’’ Neil suddenly turned towards Arjun …they both understood each other. Neil looked as Sam and spoke; ’’leave this diary with me for a day.’’ ‘’No and Why?’’; Sam shot immediately. Arjun saw another fight coming up and intervened; ‘’ let us just take a copy of all the contacts Neil, we just need that.” Neil nodded and glared at Sam and said; ‘’Can I have the copy of just her contacts Ma’m?’’ Sam agreed and said; ’’I will myself make a copy and give it you.’’ As she left the cabin to get the copy; Neil turned to Arjun and said; “I am seriously scared for you…once Radhika is back …Samrinder Singh will jeopardize your married life.’’ Arjun smiled and replied; ‘’I know you will be there to save me.’’ Both laughed and gave each other a hi-fi and waited for Sam to be back.
Vicky was on his way to Pune and was feeling bad about hiding the truth from Ankush and rest of the family…but like Radhika even he was bitten by the bug of doing the things right way and he knew what he was doing was right for Radhika and her future…right now she was broken, lost…first she needs to find herself rest will fall in place on its own. Vicky was Dilip’s sister’s son…he used to visit Rishikesh during his summer vacation…he loved everything about the place the natural surroundings simplicity…his maternal family two loving sisters and a friend cum brother in Ankush . Vicky was 12 when he lost his mom in a fatal accident..he could not handle it …he created a thick wall around him which no one could break , doctors suggested his father to give Vicky a proper family environment. So his Dad decided to send him to Rishikesh from Mumbai. Gradually he started opening up …but it was Radhika who broke all the walls with her innocence and love. She was 8 then she would bring him food when he refused to come out of the room. One day Radhika found him sitting in corner and crying she bought all her chocolates and toys and gave it to Vicky…she even pushed an older guy in the school who troubled him, Vicky literally had to carry Radhika out of the school to control her. As time passed Vicky left for his higher studies…he became Vikram Agnihotri a known name in publication industry ..but he was Vicky for his family …specially Radhika…he was never the big bossy brother for Ridhima and Radhika like Ankush…he had his own way with them. He loved how Radhika simplified most complex things…she would talk nonsense for hours and it would be a stress buster for him. When Radhika shifted to Mumbai she wanted to be all independent and refused to stay in his house he respected her decision. He had to go to US for few months but when he came back Radhika had already married Arjun…! He got shot fuse hearing that but Radhika calmed him down and now she was broken and lost… he said to himself; ‘’ you proved yourself to your friends and husband…now it’s their turn . They will reach you the day I am able to trust them.’’ Vicky was pulled out of his thoughts by the sound of his mobile..he checked the screen smiled and answered; “I will be there in an hour my dear.’’
Arjun came to drop Neil home as his bike broke down, Neil dragged him inside and Prerna asked him to stay for dinner. Arjun was little restless as everyone accepted and forgave him so easily while he was still regretting his actions. Neil opened the list of contacts and said, ‘’ So we need check will all of them about Chashni.’’ Arjun in doubtful voice replied; ‘’what is the guarantee that , who so ever has Radhika will give away her whereabouts easily.’’ Neil thought for some time and said; ’’I think we should speak to Ankush first.’’ Arjun was about to dial Ankush when Ankush’s name flashed on his mobile, Arjun took the call on speaker and Neil started ‘’Ankush we have few names from Radhika’s diary I think we can reach her through this and…’’; before he could complete Ankush interrupted ; ‘’I think I know where choti is…I am not 100% sure but if I am right…it is going to be difficult even to get a glimpse of her’’ . Arjun little worried asked; ‘’Ankush , what the hell that means?” Ankush replied; ‘’let this be between 3 of us right now…I am coming to Mumbai next week and then we will talk.’’ This call made Arjun restless…he thought ‘no one can stop him from reaching Radhika… not even Radhika herself…she belonged to him…not just for this life but for eternity and he will fight for what rightfully was his.’ Neil rubbed his face feeling exhausted …thinking about human nature ‘when we have someone good we don’t value them and when we lose them we go crazy and run after them’. He was worried what will he tell Sam tomorrow …he saw a hope in her eyes and above all who the hell this person was …who so ever he was …they have to find Chashni and bring her back.
Radhika who was completely lost in her own world could not even imagine the storm building up due to her absence…which in turn would lead to a clash between the most beloved people of her life. As she heard the door bell she ran like a child to the hall and found her Brother, friend or biggest support standing in the hall with his arms open, she ran like a child and hugged him tight. Vicky embraced Radhika protectively thinking that he has to prepare himself …he knew Ankush will come back to him…he wasn’t convinced today but whatever it takes…this time it was about his Gudiya and who so ever will try hurting her this time will face Vikram Agnihotri the man who was known as the most difficult to convince or bend by his peers and competitors.
Sam was restless, she couldn’t sleep thinking what news will Neil and Arjun have about Chashni through those contacts. She left her room and went to the study…she started reading Radhika’s diary again… she cannot depend on those contacts alone …she should do something herself to find her friend…’’friend’’ ….she thought …’’no Chashni is just not my friend…she is my soul sister; she is a part of my heart …I broke your heart and I am ready for your punishment….but just come back please.’’ Radhika was looking at her and Sam’s picture and was smiling thinking about all the moments they shared together…she thought ; ‘’Sam I wish we could spend some more time together..why this all had to happen…I know you will never hurt me on purpose…why life has to be so complicated.’’ Radhika covered herself and closed her eyes pushing herself to sleep, which was becoming difficult day by day.
Arjun stayed back at Neil place…as Neil didn’t allow him to leave for the night. They discussed about their life and love…Neil told Arjun how his world only revolved around his Mom and Sam, how he and Sam become best buddies and how she slowly became his universe. Arjun told Neil; that he never had anybody other than Nandini …he was ready to burn the world for her happiness and then Radhika came along … like a sunshine and turned his life upside down and how he tried his level best not to get affected by her innocence but she countered his wrong by her right with such fearlessness and softness that he lost his heart to her. Neil asked; ‘’Arjun what if Radhika decides not to come back?’’ Arjun without looking at Neil replied; ‘’That’s not an option for me Neil, she is my lifeline. Without her I am nothing …I won’t survive without her.’’ Neil squeezed Arjun shoulder and said; ‘’then she has to come back…for you, Sam and me. We won’t give up…who so ever has her….we will find her.’’
Vicky watched sleeping Radhika and thought; ‘’I want your happiness, I know it’s with Arjun…but I won’t make it easy for both of you so that both of you realise the real worth of a relationship and moreover I need to make sure that he will keep you happy.
Next Part: Arjun’s meeting with Vicky…Neil proposing Sam
Credit to: Gauri