(Recap: Krishna’s mehndi ceremony is in full swing when Sayyam and Yuvaan return home, injured. Yuvaan accuses Sayyam of foul play, while Krishna agrees, causing another fight between them, which in turn causes Suhani to have a flashback. Sayyam doesn’t show up for the rest of the event.)
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Sayyam walked through the halls of the Birla House, yawning with fatigue. He’d finished helping Yuvani with the last of the decorations for tomorrow. Yuvani had ruffled his hair before leaving, telling him she had to make sure Krishna’s bridal dress was ready. She’d also told him not to wear something good. ‘Not one of those checkered button-up shirts you always wear’ she had said.
He pushed the main door open, stepping into the biting cold, when he heard two voices. On instinct, he slunk back into the shadows, listening closely to the conversation. He peeked out from behind the corner and saw Yuvaan with a girl, whose back was turned to him. He looked closer; Yuvaan kissed the girl on the cheek, and she smiled, hugging him back.
“Yuvaan,” the girl whispered, tilting her head to the side, “You keep telling me that you love me, but your choices always prove otherwise.”
“Sweetheart, I only love you,” he smiled, clasping a chain around her neck. “Besides, Krishna is not my type. My parents are forcing me to marry her.” Yuvaan stepped away from her, adjusting the pendant, while she shook her head playfully.
The girl grabbed Yuvaan’s collar and subtly tugged him closer. Sayyam clenched his jaw. ‘Who was this girl? And why did her voice seemed familiar?’
“Yuvaan, you’ve always had to meet me secretly; you were with me before you picked up Krishna from the dorm, then you came to meet me near the card shop…tell me Yuvaan…do
you want to get married to me secretly too?” the girl started to complain.
“What if we do that?” Yuvaan asked hopefully.
“Get married secretly.”
The girl nodded slowly, understanding what Yuvaan was getting at. “Maybe…but what about that girl, Krishna?”
“She can handle herself,” Yuvaan stated desperately. Sayyam turned away in disgust, ‘Didn’t Yuvaan realize that Krishna and the whole Birla family would be humiliated if he disappeared, especially his mother, Suhani?’
“Ok,fine…I’ll be waiting for you though…tomorrow evening…you know where,” the girl stepped away from Yuvaan after hugging him. Yuvaan stood where he was a while longer,
quietly walking away after the girl had left.
Sayyam stepped out from behind the pillar, realizing that the next day, there would be no wedding. He wondered why he felt so relieved knowing that Yuvaan loved some other girl, but shook off the feeling. “I have to do something,” he said resolutely. “I won’t let anything happen to ma’s respect…”
Wow, lots of secrets getting revealed! I know this was an extremely short chapter, but believe me, the next ones are gonna be action packed! I promise, the romance will start soon. Just for fun: can anybody guess whom it was that Yuvaan just met? I’m pretty sure you all have a fairly good idea 😉
I’ll be posting next on Friday.
Until next time!
– Shreya <3