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She closed her eyes tightly before turning back.
” what are you hiding from me?” Laksh’s playfull tone made her let out a heavy breath.
” nothing laksh” swara said while placing the photograph in the closet drawer but it didn’t fail to reach laksh’s eye.
” whose photo is that??… Bhai’s right!” Laksh said as if he already know and swara’s red face proved it.
” if you want more pics, I will give you from his album” he winked at her
” laksh” seriousness in her tone made him dumb.
” fine then..we are leaving swara. Ramu kaka is available. If you want anything, you can ask him” laksh assured her before leaving.
” who stay in this house apart from you” swara questioned once they sat for dinner.
” me , lucky and badepapa” sanskar said casually
” only three” swara raised her eyebrows.
Laksh attacked the food as if he was hungry since decade
” yeah. What’s there in it” sanskar shrugged his shoulders.
” I mean don’t you feel fear staying in this huge manison?” Swara gulped and then continued ” I found myself shivering when I made a visit of the house with ramu kaka this morning ”
Sanskar placed his spoon in the plate and turned to her.
” we are used swara.this MANISON was constructed during my grandfather’s period ”
” grandfather?? Don’t you feel afraid of ghosts?”
” ghosts” sanskar laughed “which ghost has guts to enter the Manison in Lakshya’s presence?” He teased.
Laksh dropped his spoon and glared at sanskar while sanskar tried hard to suppress his laughter.
” yes swara..bhai is right. No ghost will dare to enter in my presence because they are very well aware that laksh is always glued to sanskar who is a vampire.”
“But vampires suck human blood” swara got confused.
” but he is special and rare who sucks blood of ghosts” laksh sarcastiaclly answered. ” but ghosts dont have blood” swara murmurmed under her breath.
” grow up laksh. Use some common sense” sanskar’s teasing voice wondered swara to see this naughty shade of him.
Laksh understood how stupid he behaved. It’s not that he is incapable of answering but currently, he is hungry and hence the smart answers which were always on tip of his tongue didnt come out. He didn’t look up listening laughter’s of swara and sanskar. He really wanted to show how smart he is to swara because his brother already aware of him but nothing is getting into his mind and moreover he is not a person who would accept his mistake.
” I know but he is special vampire and the ghosts are unique.” He then turned to sanskar “regarding common sense, I have more than you” his face became red out of anger and embarrassment.
” then donate laksh. It is overflowing ” sanskar bursted out laughing but he knew how to handle his brother’s immature ness. Instead he always admired it.
” you both brothers are unbelievable ” swara stated once she stopped laughing and setting back.
After finishing her dinner, a nurse came to swara’s room to dress her wounds and later she slept.
Laksh stamped his foot looking at the crowd in shopping mall and cursed sanskar who had asked him to buy a suit for success party held that evening.
” which color will be good?” Laksh asked swara who was in video call.
” how would I know laksh? He is your brother ” she pouted but gave a genuine reason.
” but your to be husband ” laksh snorted.
” HM..then black” swara answered after thinking for a while
” have you ever seen his wardrobe? you will find a good collection of black in almost all shades ”
” my brother loves black ” laksh winked at her.
” fine then try some shades of pink with brown ” swara suggested.
After spending an hour, laksh finally purchased a suit in the exact color combination and ended the video call.
He sighed and turned to leave but something pulled the attention of his eyes. He saw a girl arguing with salesman at counter for some reason which he failed to listen as he was too busy in admiring her. Her skinny figure which looked fragile made him bat his lashes. The way she tucked her hair locks that fell on her face, the movement of her soft Rosy lips, the wiggling of her eyebrows, the way she was batting her eyelashes during argument, her fish shaped eyes, her long swan like neck didn’t let him to take off his eyes. The lemon yellow anarkali which perfectly fitted her body, added beauty to her glowing skin. The sound made by the bangles by her every move felt so divine to his ears.
He stepped out of the dream world and realised that he was practically drooling when his mobile rang. He received the call with out checking the number.
” hello” the person on the call wished him.
” hello” laksh replied huskily
” are you okay?” The person asked confused.
” hmm” laksh said still admiring her beauty in his memories.
” lucky” the person shouted which brought his senses back.
” bhai! I am on the way..will talk to you later” laksh immediately disconnected the call and looked up at cash counter only to learn that she left. His heart stinged but he brushed it off and reached maheswari Manison.
Swara opened her mouth looking at sanskar when she accidentally collided with him and saw him in the suit which laksh purchased. The dark brown silk coat and trousers matched his the brightness of his clean shaven face. The dusty pink color shirt inside his coat lit his face made his complexion more fair than he was. The messed up hair which fell on his made forehead arose a desire in her body to make it more messy. His eyes were as always cold, caring, and mysterious.
” you are looking ha..good” she fumbled.
” thanks” he said carelessely and walked past her.
” what happened?” Laksh asked swara seeing her dull.
” you bhai is weird. He doesn’t even respond for compliments. He is so dull” swara scrunched her nose while crossing her arms because it is becoming difficult for her to develop friendship with him.
Laksh smiled and pulled her cheeks.
” it is really fun to live with him. It’s just that he is a reserved guy. Once he gets loosen, you will see the best and unexpected side of his” laksh patted her back.
” yeah” she rolled her eyes ” he must feel free with me but no..he is not even trying to act friendly”
” it has been only two days my dear bhabhi..anyways with in a week, he will be your true friend. I promise you.” Laksh said placing his palm on hers.
“But how?” Swara asked biting her nails.
Laksh walked to the entrance and turned to her ” I have my ways” he winked before leaving.
Swara came into corridor when she heard Sankar’s voice around midnight. She saw laksh being carried by sanskar and it is clearly understood that laksh was drunk.
” any help? ” swara asked looking down
” sure” sanskar smiled.
Immediately she grabbed the free arm of laksh and snaked it over her shoulder. Then they entered to laksh’s room and finally placed him on his bed. She then saw sanskar removing laksh’s shoes and his blazer
” you really love your brother.. Right?” Swara asked once sanskar changed into night suit
” he is everything to me” sanskar said calmly.
” oh..ouch” swara screamed in pain that suddenly shoot up in her leg.
” what happened?” He asked her worried.
” it’s just..pain..ah” she tried to say while taking her leg into her hands but sanskar grabbed it
A bag of butterflies released in her stomach.
” it’s okay sanskar..I will manage” swara said trying to take her leg from his grip.
” swara” he warned and started massaging it
Swara smiled at him. Sanskar raised his head when he felt hot gaze of swara on him.
” what?” He asked raising his eyebrows.
” you are really a good person” he smiled ” but too reserved” she muttered under her breath.
” did you say anything?” Sanskar asked staring her.
” actually….will laksh drink everyday?” Swara tried to divert the topic but still it was the question she had in her mind.
” what made you ask that?” Sanskar asked casually massaging her leg.
” he smelled alcohol the day we were at farm house”
” yeah..he became an addict to alchol from three years. He was never like this before. Once I tried to ask the reason and he said that he drank only to reduce the pain but never explained anything further. So I have stopped asking him. I am here to take care of him and I will never let him ruin his life” he said in a deep , intense and calm voice which melt her heart.
She smiled at him and opened her mouth to say something but a call on sanskar’s mobile interrupted her. Sanskar’s eyes grew darker as he saw the name and immediately he left the room leaving swara alone.
She shrugged at his behaviour and shook her head in disgust for trying to read him.
Sanskar listened to the person on the call and then smriked.
” very good..now it’s time for you to payback kunal”