Serendipity-Chapter 25- By Diyaa

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Chapter 25

The dinner table had been set. While everyone was getting ready to sit for dinner Anika wanted to be excused for some time.
“Saahil looks exhausted and he has already eaten so much. I’ll get him to sleep, then I’ll eat. All of you please start.” she said as she took Saahil with her.

“I’ll do that. You stay here.” Shivaay interrupted her. But Anika was adamant.
“Please Shivaay. You tuck him in every night. Let me do it today. Please.”

Shivaay saw the pleading in her voice and the immense sadness in her eyes. He realized, she needed this time for herself.

“OK. I’ll just take him up the stairs. You can do the rest.” he said and they left.

Rudra came back after having dropped off Saahil’s friends and went to the dining room. He looked around for a place to sit. There was an empty chair next to Aashi and also next to Soumya. Rudra went and sat next to Soumya. Aashi who was sitting directly opposite where Soumya was, looked at the two and a slightly worried look clouded her eyes. “These two are still not fine.” she thought to herself.

As Shivaay took Saahil upstairs,he looked at Anika looking very somber.

“What’s going on? Will you tell me or have you decided not to “nag” me and rather let me get acidity by seeing you so tensed?”

Anika jerked her head up at his question and a smile escaped her lips. “I am ashamed of myself Shivaay and I am thinking how to get over it.”

By the time they were at the top of the stairs and Shivaay tried to set Saahil on his feet, they realized that he had nodded off. He had been excited all day, hadn’t taken a nap in the afternoon, and had played to the hilt in the evening. His body it seems had given up and he was fast asleep.

“You can’t carry him when he is like this. Let me help you put him to bed.”

“But downstairs everyone is at the dinner table. You should be there. Otherwise it will look like both of us avoided dinner together.”

Shivaay shifted Saahil in his arms so that his head rested on Shivaay’s other shoulder now. He continued to walk towards Saahil’s room with Anika by his side.

“Looks like one dose of Om’s lecture was not enough. I’ll send him upstairs again to pound some sense into you.”

Anika looked almost frightened. “No. I promised him that I’ll focus on what’s “more right” and not worry too much about public opinion. He will come and take another class of mine. You help me put Saahil to bed.”

Shivaay laughed silently. ” You are actually scared of him! It’s so amazing to see you like this.”

Anika shot him a glance of mock anger.
“I am not scared of him. I just trust his opinion a lot”

They had reached Saahil’s room. Together they took him to the restroom and cleaned his face and his grubby hands much to his irritation. They managed to brush his teeth while he kept his eyes closed the entire time, defiantly asleep. They could not help laughing at how funny he looked doing that. Together they managed to change him into his night clothes and finally tucked him into bed. As Anika got up to go out Shivaay pulled her back down on the floor where he was sitting next to the bed.

“Just a couple minutes of peace before we go back downstairs. Please?”

Anika saw the pleading in his eyes and melted. “OK.Just a couple minutes. ”

Shivaay pulled her towards himself as she sat down and together they sat and looked at the bed for a couple of seconds. Suddenly Shivaay felt a drop on his hand where it was around her waist. He leaned forward to peep from behind her back to see her face and found it wet.

“OK! If you are that hungry, let’s go!”

Anika gave a short laugh. “Shut up Shivaay. I am so sorry I hurt you. I just wasn’t looking at how much love you have for Saahil and how much Dadi was trying to do for him. I just became obsessed with looking good in the eyes of my in-laws. I ignored Saahil’s interests. If Dadi had not taken the matter into her hands, I would have done so much wrong with him. How could I of all people do it to my Saahil, Shivaay? What has happened to me?” she sobbed silently.

Shivaay made her turn and wiped her cheeks. ” Nothing has happened to you. You are just a human being trying to balance the various new roles that have come into your life. And your family’s job is to help you. So Dadi did what was best. Om helped you see what was right. And I am here to love you eternally and be right behind you to support you. Like, literally!!” He laughed.

Anika laughed with him through her tears.

“I love you so much.” She said as she hugged him tightly.

“I have been simmering since this morning. Now you are about to make me boil off. Let’s get dinner so that we can go to our room before I am completely burnt.”

Anika pulled back laughing and they got up to leave the room. Anika kissed Saahil’s forehead before Shivaay held her hand and led her out of the room.

Once dinner was over some gathered in the living room to chat casually while Aashi hung around with Soumya, Anika and Priyanka in the dining area. Being around a normal family with regular family activities was a new experience for her and it filled her with a deep sense of deprivation as well as longing. She felt like she was in a dream like state watching this enchanting world of casual and comfortable domesticity. ” It feels so secure and… settled.” she thought to herself.

“Aashi di,” Priyanka interrupted her thoughts. “When will you come again? Will you wait for another party or occasion? You meet Om bhaiya for work but what about the rest of us? ”

Aishani felt her heart melt at Priyanka’s innocent face and her not so innocent question. Aashi sighed thinking about what she thought was going on within Priyanka’s mind. ” I promise Priyanka. I will not wait for an invitation this time. I’ll just come. I cannot stay long without meeting you guys now. Besides, I have told Shivaay Bhaiya that my workload will decrease next week onward and I can start working on making Anika Bhabhi’s study inside his study. So I’ll be around.”

Priyanka nodded, a faint smile on her lips.

By the the time they got to the living area, there were just Om, Shikhar, and Shivaay sitting there.

“Everyone else retired for the evening.” Shivaay informed.

“We should get going too.” Aishani said looking at Shikhar.

“No. I hardly got to talk to him this evening. Sit for some time. It’s Saturday.”
Om interjected looking at her.

“I agree Aashi.” Shikhar agreed. “We were so busy with other stuff that I haven’t talked to him. What’s the hurry? It’s not even that late.”

Aishani looked helplessly at Anika who laughed. “Let them talk. We can talk too.”
As they went to sit Soumya noticed a pair of glasses. “Aren’t these Dadi’s?” she asked.

“Oh! Dadi left them behind.” Shivaay said.”Soumya, can you go, give them to her. She might need it.”

Soumya took the glasses and left. As she entered Dadi’s room she saw Rudra sitting next to her on the bed. They were deep into conversation and didn’t notice her.

“I am so proud of you beta. How well you organized and handled Saahil’s party. And you have become so mature. Deciding to join your brother’s in the office, and asking me to call Ranjana …I always knew my Rudra was the best.”

“Dadi, you say the same to O, bhaiya, and Prinku.”

Dadi laughed heartily. “Because each one of my grandchildren is best. Much better than my children. Which is why I love my daughter- in-laws so much. It was their extra goodness that they gave me such good grandchildren.”

“Dadi, O told me all about why you called the media. I promise Dadi, Saahil will never feel like an outsider here. We will love him so much. ”

Dadi patted his cheek. “I have no worry there. I have full confidence in all three of you. Now go rest. You look exhausted.”

Rudra nodded and got up to leave. As he turned toward the door, he saw Soumya standing there, tears rolling down her cheeks. She slowly walked forward and handed Dadi her glasses with trembling hands. “Dadi, you forgot these in the hall. Shivaay Bhaiya asked me to give them back to you.”

Dadi took the glasses from Soumya and looked at Rudra. He just looked at her and walked out of the room.

“Soumya, beta he did not let me tell you because he did not want discussion about what he did to overshadow your moment of happiness.Don’t be upset.”

Soumya wiped her tears. “Dadi, I am not so conceited or ungrateful that I’ll be angry for this. You take rest.”

Dadi nodded smiling and looked on as Soumya left the room.

Instinct told Soumya that he had not gone back to the living area, but to his room to be alone. She rushed in that direction.

As Rudra was about to reach his room he heard Soumya call him out. He turned around to see her rushing toward him.

“Rudra! Please wait. I need to speak with you.”

Rudra waited for her at his doorstep looking at her tensed face. Once she reached him they looked at each other quietly for a few moments.

“Can we go inside?” She asked anxiously.

Rudra opened the door to his room and she followed him inside.

“Can we sit?” she asked again.

Rudra walked over to a couch and quietly sat there.

Soumya sat down next to him.

“Thanks for asking Dadi to call my Aai. I really appreciate it and can see that you are trying hard to make up for what happened.”

“I wasn’t trying to make up for what happened.” Rudra said in a calm voice. “You are my friend. I care about you. I saw you upset looking at your Aai’s picture. That very day Dadi had asked me if I wanted to suggest calling anyone for Saahil’s party. I thought about you missing her and thought why not call your Aai too. As it is, considering your relationship with O and Bhaiya, your Aai should have been invited. So I asked Dadi. It’s that simple. But if you still want to thank me, then you are welcome.”

Soumya looked stunned at Rudra. How had he changed so much? Or was he always this emotional , sensitive, childlike guy who hid behind his goofiness and pranks. She realized that he hadn’t been spoilt by the love and care of his brothers. Rather, he had been sheltered and had an innocence in spite of his flashy demeanor. ” Rudra, I am sorry for all the rudeness I have directed at you in the past few days. You are right. It was one instance of bad judgment and not a certificate of your character. You are a duffer who sometimes does not know when to say what but I have never known a guy as nice as you except Om bhaiya. I trust you. I know you would never hurt me. And I will give serious thought to withdrawing my transfer application.”

Rudra was completely shocked as he turned to look at her.

“You are right. I came here to build my future so I could support my Aai. And I am letting such nonsense affect me and I am ignoring all the support I am lucky to have from you and your family. My family. I insult Om bhaiya’s love for me every time I exclude myself from this family. I know you will help me work toward my goals. And I know that we will both be successful. You have valued our friendship much more than I have. I will try to be a better friend here on. Will you forgive me and go back to being a duffer? And I am ready to go back to being Sumo.” she said tearfully.

Rudra was unable to speak. He did not have the guts to tell her that he had moved beyond friendship, for the fear of scaring her again. He realized that he had really grown up and that there was no looking back now. Finally he managed to gather up enough courage to speak.

“I will always be your friend and will support you in all you do.”

Soumya gave him a radiant smile that made her face glow even more.”Goodnight duffer. See you tomorrow morning then.”

Rudra smiled at her. “Goodnight Soumya.” he said and watched her leave his room. Then he held his head with both hands and closed his eyes trying to calm down his overactive brain.

In the living room Aishani saw the tired faces of Shivaay and Anika. Then she looked at Om and Shikhar chattering away like kids. Priyanka sat by her side quietly. “Oh God! These two are so clueless.” she thought looking at her brother and Om.

“Bhaiya, I really think we should get going now. It’s been an eventful evening. Everyone needs to rest.”

Shivaay smiled at Aishani. “This girl is really very wise.” he thought gratefully.

“Om, I think Aashi is right. I’ll see you at the gallery next week. We will talk then.”

Finally Aashi and Shikhar got up to leave. They bid goodbye to Shivaay and Anika in the hall.

Shikhar walked up to Priyanka. “I had a great time talking to you Priyanka. We’ll catch up again some time soon.” he said smiling at her.

She nodded at him and he realized that she was not anxious or nervous at all. Instead her face held a strange new charm. Unable to decipher the look, Shikhar turned around to leave.

As they walked outside on the driveway illuminated mildly by garden lamps, Om held Aashi’s hand . She was taken aback at his act in presence of Shikhar who was walking on her other side.

“I’ll see Shikhar on Monday at the gallery. When can I see you again?” he asked simply.

“I’ll have some designs ready by Tuesday or Wednesday. If you want you can look at them although they will make more sense once we have access to the gallery again.” she said glancing nervously at Shikhar who was deep into his own thoughts completely oblivious to them.

“OK. I’ll see you on Tuesday then if not before. I’ll call you to set the time and place, unless I drop by unannounced.”

“OK.” Aashi squeaked hoping he would stop now as she tried to tug her hand free from his. He refused to let go.

She gave him an incredulous look but he looked straight ahead ignoring her. Once near their car, Shikhar said bye to Om and went around to the driver’s seat.

Aashi jerked her hand one more time and he let her go.

“Goodnight Aashi” he said opening the car-door for her.

“Good night.” she said forcing herself to get into the car wishing he was still holding her hand and realizing how conflicted her thinking was. As they drove away, it suddenly dawned on her, what Shivaay had said to her. “Oh!!” she thought. “Now I get it. I AM a complete goner!”

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42 Comments
  1. Amazing… just superb…. love the way how u show Anika’s realisation…rumya convo was too awesome….

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Lilly. Glad my efforts got the results I intended. I wanted to show Anika’s
      human struggle and victory through her family’s help. Thanks so much for commenting ☺

  2. Samm

    oh yes, you are, aashi! πŸ˜€
    such a nice episode. rumya stole the show this time, but shivika weren’t far behind on making my heart melt. πŸ™‚ dadi really is the binding force in the family! πŸ™‚ aashi’s last part was cute too. πŸ™‚

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Samm? I am glad that I managed to portray the couple’s satisfactorily. ShivIka’s bond is special and I wanted to portray that. Also I tried to give a glimpse of them as parents. ?

  3. Awesome…. Loved it….?

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks as ever Bhavana ?

  4. Nita D

    Lovely episode Diyaa….U know what happened today? I was listening to music while reading this chapter n somewhere in the middle Raabta(Siyaah Raatein) started playing. The song still continued till my reaching the end of chapter. N I realised the song was perfect for om n aashi. Especially that line ‘khamkha si zindagi mein jeene ki wajah leke’

    Well abt the episode…..it was lovely as always….shivaay understand anika so well….I think I was right in giving him bedt husband title the other day. N nice to see rumya getting back to normal. Both these scenes r written beautifully! N what to say abt om n aashi, u anyway write those parts beautifully. N finally, nice to see prinku n shikar’s story also developing slowly…..

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Nita. Yeah, Shivaay really has become the best. He is used to nurturing his brothers and is using that nature of his completely in Anika’s case now. Om is special to me so my most idealistic feelings come out when I write about him? And I love Rudra. So I couldn’t keep him so sad any longer ?

      That’s really amazing that Siyaah Raatein came on while you were reading this. Each line of that song is as if tailor made for Om and Aashi
      Roothi hui khwaahisho me thodi si sulah Leke, aaya tu khaamoshiyo me baato ki jirah Leke, sadiyo se tarse the jaisi zindagi ke liye, Teri sohbat me duaayein hai usi ke liye and then Om’s perspective in Guzartaa sa lamhaa ek daaman bhar gayaa, Roshan sitaara mila, taqdeer ko jaise koi ishaara mila. ?Wrote almost the entire song. Love it so much. Thanks again for commenting.

      1. Nita D

        Ya agree. I just wrote 1line cause I thought my comment had already become too long.

        Well have u heard the Hasi ban gaye from movie Humari Adhuri Kahaani. I love it. Especially the female version.

    2. Diyaa

      I haven’t heard that song. Will listen to it. Thanks!

  5. simply amazing yar pls updte soon

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Masha. Will update soon.?

  6. Chinni19

    nice update dii

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Chinni ☺

  7. Superbbbbbb dear can’t wait for next update…

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Nikita?Will update soon.

  8. Simmering shivay….. ???????? I think shivay was simmering for 3 episodes….. Take care of him, anika…. Fulfilled episode. Shivika scene, rumya patch up, om aashi… Dadi… Waiting for the next best episode…. Bye ? diya

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Katz?Yeah, he’s simmered enough. I am glad you found this episode fulfilling. Take care. Byeee ?

  9. Thanx diyaa for fulfilling my wish ………and like always ur this episode is also amezing

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Aastha for reading and appreciating ☺

  10. Shubhadra

    Loved it!! Loved the way Shivika tucked Saahil to bed… Their bits of intimacy.. I always knew the straightforward Om would have a cracker of a love story…!!Washington is a complete goner.. You found a better soulmate for prinku than IB CVs themselves!!???????

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Shubhadra?Yeah, I thought Prinku needed someone who would understand her soft nature but get her out of her shell without intimidating her. Intimidation makes me nervous and lash out. ? So glad you liked this update and really happy to see your comment ?

  11. Suchitrasai

    The best part is Soumya knowing the truth and realising her mistake. Rudra controlling his emotions Soumya being sorry to him was best. shivaay and anika’s understanding and the way shivaay consoled anika when she was sorry to him. Aashi not wanting to go. Priyanka not being nervous around shikar. Rudra really being a matured boy as dadi said. Overall it’s just perfect. Loved it❀

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Suchitra. I love it how you sum up the chapter. I am really glad you liked the update ?

  12. Hey wat is the actual meaning of am complete goner”????I need more shikar and prinku scenes yaar …awesome episode Didi…

    1. Diyaa

      Hi Anshika? Thanks for commenting. A goner is one whose case is hopeless, beyond any hope of recovery. So Om and Aashi are completely in love and there is no hope of their recovery from it in Shivaay’s opinion.?? I’ll try to put more Shikhar Prinku scenes but you will only like it if it’s developed properly and makes sense. So I am thinking hard how to do that?? Thanks again for reading.

  13. Awesome…..Superb….
    waiting fr d nxt…

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Shivika ?

  14. Oh my god. You nailed this one..It was really an emotional scene when she said “my sahil”..and she is so lucky to have so understanding husband and family ..love the bond that they share …Shivaay has the perfect mix of humour and wisdom a guy should have ..just knows how to enlighten the mood of Anika..especially that “simmering”, “one dose of Om’s lecture”, “right behind you”, and the list goes on..and god, the way they care for the kid..making him brush his teeth …seriously I cried I dunno why..
    Coming to rumya…you found an awesome way out girl. I was thinking really hard that what would you do but that glasses wala scene was a well drafted piece ..Rudra surprises me daily ..really he has gone far ahead and no turning back to friendship now..
    You’ve sorted out everything like so well..and Om-ashi just make the cutest couple ever..when she was trying to get her hand off ?? poor baby girl..
    And finally priyanka …she’s really improving and becoming good at it yar..Newly found love ..clever enough to ask the ‘not so innocent’ question !!! And …our aashi sighed ..Ohh..
    Waiting for the next..post soon. ..

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Mansi? Thankful I could pull this one off…Phew…Never sure while writing whether these situations will be liked. I have new found appreciation for actual show writers.? Yeah between the three brothers, they will create an impossible standard so I should start putting a disclaimer that all qualities are fictional and imaginary and do not exist in a real human male?. Kindly do not try to find in real life?? My humor will be my ruin. Thanks for reading and commenting as always.

  15. Hello Diyaa ?? To start off with.. tht was a reallly realllly realllly realllly reallly cute episode. And as always i loved the Om and Aashi scence the most! The way Om secretly held her hand and how she wanted him to hold it again after he left it (her confusion) was simply ? adorable! And the last line ? when she the meaining if Shivaays words drawned on her and it finnnnallly struck her why she was a complete goner was just perfect! πŸ™‚

    WElll… i feel ashamed of myself for not being able to recall but idk y i just dont remember what rudra did tht hurt soumya and made her want to shift back. Could you please help me recall the scene?

    Waitinggggggg for the next! πŸ™‚

    Awestruck!

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Awestruck. I am thankful the scenes I wrote had the effect I meant them to have. About Rumya, Rudra had crossed the line of decency in one of their arguments and insulted Soumya very badly. That is why, she decided to leave the house. I think it was chapter 9 or 10. Thanks again.?

  16. Khushilovesroumya

    It was amazing as always.The word choices you make are amazing.Like my vocabulary is just basically basic English even after living in USA for so long.loved it diya ??????????????

    1. Diyaa

      Hey Khushi. That’s very kind of you. Thanks so much. Glad that I could write something that had a feel good entertainment value. Appreciate it ?

  17. diyaa…
    nice update…
    today i have only simply one comment…it is…
    i want a friend like rudra,who can be a boyfriend like om, who can be a husband like shivaay…
    keep updating…
    Thank you

    1. Diyaa

      Whoa!! What a cool sum up of my three main characters. That’s really perfect. I always saw the three as three aspects of one complete personality, body, mind, and soul. You wrote another astute way of looking at it. You have a gift my friend! Thanks for commenting ?

      1. Diyaa..
        Thank you dear…
        Y no update today yaar…
        Now i really hate sunday..no IB..no DBO..no Serendipity…
        update soon…i am severely addicted to this…i need a atleast a small dose of it….

    2. Diyaa

      Hey Eva. I had to take a break to think about the story. Plus Saturday got too busy. But I think the next update will soon be ready for posting. Thanks for checking .?

  18. Ria

    Heya!
    This update though ❀ Well, I can’t just help, but keep admiring the three, oops, four couples represented. The story seems to be taking a positive turn now and yup, I know, you’re going to end it soon, but all good things need to come to an end.

    Now, about the update:
    β€’ About Om and Aashi, I don’t have words to describe their relationship. It’s so mature and sweet. The way everything is so sorted out between them and plus, Aashi’s bipolar conflicts are something I really adore and I always look forward to it. ❀

    β€’ About Rudra and Soumya,
    I’m so happy that their relationship has finally taken a positive turn. The fact that Soumya had been trying to ignore Rudra was really hurtful. I was really sad over it, but now that Soumya and Rudra have sorted out things in between is really commendable! Plus, the mature Rudra is ❀

    β€’ Now, now, About Shivaay and Anika, that is, ShivIka?
    Omg! Their bond is absolutely the best! There’s no comparison to it. I mean the way Shivaay understands everything despite her not telling anything is so sweet. And and then, comes the way where Shivaay consoles Anika and soothes her telling that it’s all okay and being a human it’s okay that she made mistakes. They’re so adorable. I love ShivIka?

    All in all, the update was incredible yet again. I’m looking forward to the next update. Hope we get to read it soon. ?

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Ria. I love how you deal with each couple at a time and write your observations about them. Really motivating for me. Each couple has gone through their own set of conflicts to reach an understanding. The idea being, a relationship must be tested and tried to figure out whether it will last and also to
      give each a better appreciation of the
      other. If it doesn’t stand the test of conflict,
      it wasn’t meant to be. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Will update soon.

  19. Gayathri.visu

    Marvellous!!! Shivika, they are very good husband and wife..now they became very good parents – I loved it di!!
    Coming to Rumya, I m glad that sowmya knows the truth. I thought because of Aai, Sumo withdrawl her transfer application. But di u make her withdrawl it her ownself …. And our Om-Aashi, I m happy that she is understood Shivaay’s words!! Yippeee….Prinku-Shikhar’s story is developing slowly…..

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Gayathri. In the story, when Soumya listens to Rudra’s reasons for calling her Aai and what he told her earlier about pursuing her education, she feels that she needs to rethink her decision to leave. Yes it was because of her interaction and understanding with Rudra and not because of her Aai. Prinku Shikhar story is difficult as she is very young, he is mature, there is no reason for them to interact as yet on a regular basis. I am trying to figure out what to do with them. ?thanks so much for commenting.

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