Ragini was still quite heartbroken from the text, but she managed to compose herself once she reached home and replied -“This is not twilight Lakshya ! You are in no way Bella and we are not Jacob and Edward okay ? Make a choice ! Just choose Swara ! Let our friendship remain the way it is !” Lakshya’s reply annoyed her -“But I can’t do that yaar ! I want you too !” Ragini had lost it by now, she just replied-“Do whatever the hell you want to ,okay ? Whatever it is I don’t care ! Because I am in a relationship with Karan now !!” Yup ! That’s right Karan proposed to Ragini when she was crying. Ragini didn’t say yes, but she didn’t say no either. She actually just gave him a nervous smile. So, basically they are supposed to be in a relationship, but they are actually not.
As long as Aditi lives, she won’t let Ragini do such stupid things. She basically had to push Karan away from Ragini. Because, Karan was being too ‘chipku’. He’s not wrong in his place, according to him, she is his girlfriend. He even blew tons of flying kisses to her in tuition. Ragini and Lakshya decided to forget the conversation they had, for the sake of their friendship. Ragini told Lakshya about stuff Karan did. Lakshya was actually visibly jealous, but he just teased her. Lakshya would literally blow kisses to Ragini during class trying to embarrass her. Little did he know that she was blushing every time he did that . Ragini was still insecure because of Swara ,but she simply blamed herself. It was on Ragini’s birthday, that all her insecurities vanished. Swara, Piya and Tara bought her a cake and planned a whole surprise in class. Aditya bought her a watch and he threatened her to take it. Aditya was the one who was there for her and he basically knew everything about the Karan stunt. Infact, one thing that she hadn’t told Lakshya was that, Aditya would pick her up from tuition, to avoid any more such encounters with Karan and she was eternally grateful. Lakshya had been really annoyed when Aditya had gifted her a watch and Ragini had accepted it with a broad smile on her face. He was possessive about her, as her best friend at the very least. Ragini looked over at Lakshya as her eyes shone, with expectations for a really nice gift. But she got nothing. She had been really disheartened. She had expected him to atleast cook something for her, but he hadn’t done that either. But she just smiled at him.
Swara had written Ragini a letter in which she told Ragini that Lakshya and she would make a wonderful couple and they should try things out. Ragini’s insecurities vanished immediately and she felt guilty because she was jealous of her best friend.The whole day, she just thought about Lakshya. She kept wondering if he would even wish her. Yes, he hadn’t even wished her. The whole day passed by and he didn’t send her even a single message wishing her. It was just their normal texting. Ragini thought that Lakshya just treated her that way because he was her meanie,hater(Yes,those were her pet names for him , his pet names for her were saandh,paglu- not pagli but paglu and whenever Ragini hold him hater, he would often call her lover). But then when Swara’s birthday came along,what a big deal he had made out of it which was actually a holiday. He bought her a keychain , a really beautiful one which had a scroll inside that read-Shona. The thing is Lakshya often said that he would call his girlfriend, the girl he loved shona. So, when he gifted Swara that pendant, only Ragini knew what he meant and it broke her heart. Aditi protected her as always, because Aditi’s gift to Ragini on her birthday had been a realisation. She made Ragini realise her feelings. She compared Lakshya and Karan, and made Ragini realise that the reason she didn’t want to be with Karan though she liked him a little, was that she was in love with Lakshya. Ragini had mentally thanked Karan. Because if it was not for him – and ofcourse Aditi she would have never realised how she felt about Lakshya. But she kept her feelings hidden from Lakshya, Swara and everyone else.
Swara on the other hand, who had a ‘crush’ on Manav, had decided to propose to him. Lakshya and Swara drifted apart during this span of time. Ragini always tried to be the peacemaker but nothing worked out. Supposedly, Swara had proposed to Manav and he had rejected her. Ragini was unable to console her. During the time that Lakshya and Swara had drifted apart, Lakshya and Ragini had many special moments and almost confessed to each other. Both of them had a flirting WAR going on- which was basically flirting with the person you suspect may like you, while trying not to get caught falling for that person like crazy. Ragini even told Swara about all this,in an attempt to console and comfort her. But when nothing worked out, Ragini thought that maybe if Lakshya and Swara would talk to each other, things would be back to normal. So, she gave Lakshya Swara’s no., because Swara was finally given a phone.
Ragini didn’t notice the change in Lakshya’s behaviour at first. After a couple weeks, she started to notice all the changes she had initially ignored. Lakshya would reply instantly when Ragini sent him a message. But now, she got the reply either the next day or so late that she saw it only when she checked her phone the next day. And sometimes the replies were so short that Ragini felt disheartened. Their preboard examinations had started by now. It was before the first preboard exam on a Sunday, when Swara texted Ragini.
S- I have something important to tell you Ragu
R-Sure Shoru, Bol na ! Ur fine ?
S- Never been better……. actually me and Lakshya were texting all night and …. basically we had lot of deep talks
R- Okay ! Toh Bol !! Kya hua ?( R( in her mind)- why am I having a bad feeling about this ….. why do I feel like ……)
S- Nahi actually it’s something you have been telling me all along
R- What is it !! Bol na ! (Ragini was almost about to type – ” Don’t tell me you guys finally realised that you both are in love with each other” her heart ached when she even typed it half way)
S- Nahi re ! Lucky will tell you !!
R-Ugghh !! Itna suspense fine …
And as if instantly Ragini received a message from Lucky who claimed that he couldn’t live without texting her even for a few hours, but actually hadn’t texted her for almost 4 days.
He sent her screenshots of his convo with Swara and said- ” I think Shona would have already given u a briefing !! Thoughts ?”
As Ragini went through the images that Lakshya sent, she knew what was coming . Why did her intuition have to be right ? She kept reading the last screenshot again and again and kept looking at it for long , there were a few tears that fell on her phone and she failed to notice all of it until her phone vibrated in her hand. It was obviously Lakshya . She didn’t reply , but she wiped her tears and her phone and read the screenshot one last time.
S- I can’t believe both of us are up this late and crying…. but I’m happy we are friends again ! Best friends !
L- I need to tell you something Shona !! Don’t get angry okay
S- Bol Lucky !!
L- I love you Shona …. a lot
S- Me tooo ….. I love you a lot Lakshya ….. I didn’t tell you before but I loved you from the time we became friends itself …
L – What ? Why didn’t you tell me ….. I’m sooo happy Shona !! Now we are officially boyfriend and girlfriend
S- Yessss …. I’m sooo happy Lakshya
Ragini smiled sadly and looked at Lakshya’s message – ” Oy …. Kuch Bol na ….. I hope it’s not weird that ur best friends are dating ?”