If you were afraid of warmth…..
You should have know I was fire !!
“Does it hurt ?!!” He asked as he kissed my bruise.
“No. Not anymore.” I replied to him.
That pain was nothing compared to the time I felt when I was away from him. It hurt like a thousand knives stabbing me at a time. It would be a colossal lie if I say I had no feelings for Karthik. I was insanely in love with this man and every gesture of his towards me was making me fall harder.
He smiled. “Good. Yeah. We were doing what ?!! Eggs. Scrambled eggs !! Lets cook.” He beamed dragging me back to the kitchen.
I prepared the scrambled eggs while he made some coffee. We ate in silence with him cracking some really lame jokes in between. Once we were done I carried the plates back to the kitchen.
“Naira, Naksh wants to know if you are free tonight ?!!” Karthik shouted from the hall.
“uh. Yes. Why ?!!” I asked and took a seat beside him. He was busy typing something on his phone.
“Its him. He’s going out with Keerti for dinner. He was asking whether we want to join ?!!” He said. Keerti was bhai’s girlfriend. They had been going out for quite a while now. Both of them were pretty much serious about each other and I guess soon I would have to call her bhabi !!
I hesitated “I don’t think I should come. But you should go.” I said.
He gave me a dirty look. “I m not interested in becoming the third wheel in between them.” He sighed and continued. “I was actually thinking it might cheer you up, you know. But its okay. I know no matter how much I try to cheer you up you will always do what you want.” He said faking a depressed tone.
“Karthik…..” I trailed off trying to give back a valid reason for staying back. He raised his brows and looked at me.
“What ?!! I m just kidding. But on a serious note I think you should join us. Don’t sulk here on this sofa watching your silly Cockroaches with an ice cream.” He said, offending me.
“That’s Oggy and the cockroaches.Just for your info its one of the funniest cartoon.” I objected in a high pitched voice. He raised his hands in defence.
“Alright kiddo… Just think about it. I would be really happy if you come. But no pressure whatsoever.” He said. I sighed and gave it a thought for a while. It wasn’t such a bad idea either. I desperately needed to stop thinking about that Rithvik. Also I had talked with keerti on phone or face timed with her. We had never meet in person. I needed to see what bhai’s choice was like ?!!
“Okay. I will come. You are right. I have to get my mind off that Rithvik ” I said. His lips curved into a smile and he got up stretching his arms.
“Great. I ll take off now. I have got a few errands to run before going home.” He said. I really didnt want him to leave,yet I hid my frown and got up too.
“Okay” I said. He looked at me for a couple of seconds and then finally wrapped his arms around me. Oh how much I was longing for that. I held him back.
“You will be okay Naira. I ll stop by to pick you up by seven, okay ?!! Be ready and wear something nice.” He said stroking my hair. I nodded and pulled back.
“Yes I ll see you later.” I said. He smiled and took off with one last wave at me……..
“Naira. 7:30 !!” Karthik yelled from downstairs.
“I m coming baba. Have some patience.” I said hurrying down the stairs. He stood at the door, arms crossed staring at the wall clock. My footsteps alerted him as he looked in my direction. The moment I saw him I could think of only one word —Handsome.
“Are we too late ?!!” I asked, worried.
He chuckled. “No we are supposed to meet at eight. I just informed you in advance so that you could take your own time to get ready.” He said. I playfully hit his arms.
We waved bye to mumma and papa and walked towards karthik’s car. Bhai was going to pick up Keerti directly from Krishna and meet us at the hotel.
Karthik parked his car in the lot. Before I could get down I was surprised to see him rushed to my side for opening the door for me.
“Allow me miss.” He said putting his hand out for me to grab on. I got out with a tinge of blush and a laugh.His smile could light my life even in the darkest days. We proceeded inside.
We walked in to be greeted by Bhai and a girl I assumed, was Keerti.She was beautiful with fair complexion and long black curls.
“Meet Keerti” Bhai said bringing the girl forward.
“Hi Naira. Its so nice to meet you. I have heard a lot about you from the source here.” She said pointing her thumb at Bhai and pulling me to a hug.
“All good things I hope.” I said. She nodded.
“Well its so good to see you two together. You both make an awesome couple !! When Naksh told me that you guys are coming I was really glad. Its like a double date now.” She said.
I was awestruck at the words couple and date. Was that a date ?!! I most certainly didn’t think so. Bhai shot a glare at Keerti who seemed to understand the situation now. Karthik stood back there silently. It was awkward.
“uh ho no !!. We are just friends. Nothing more.” I said trying to lighten the mood.
“She’s I m not.” I heard Karthik saying from the back. I rolled my eyes and we made our way to the table. We sat in a corner away from the people. I sat next to Keerti while Karthik and Bhai took the couch in front of us.
“I m planning to get drunk. What about you guys ?!!” Keerti asked.Bhai and I looked at Karthik and burst into fits of laughter. I remembered his condition from the night before. I knew this guy wasn’t going to touch alcohol ever again.
“Want a drink mate ?!!” bhai asked.
“Shut up you both !!” Karthik said trying to hold back his laughter but couldn’t.
Keerti called out the waiter.Once the waiter brought the food and the drinks we started hogging on it. The evening wasn’t as depressing as I thought it would be. Time passed pretty quickly. I found Keerti to be much like me.Their company made me forget Rithvik for those three hours.
“Wait here. I ll get the car.” Karthik said to me before disappearing in the lot. He was supposed to drop me home since the love birds needed some time alone.I was left alone there with Keerti. She kept on stealing glances at me every once in a while. I politely smiled at her. I could feel the discomfort and awkwardness between us which was surprisingly not there five minutes ago.
“Naira, can I ask you something ?!!” Keerti spoke up suddenly. I nodded.
“How did you get hurt ?!!” She asked. I know she was referring to the ugly bruise on my face that I had tried to hide with multiple layers of foundation but that hadn’t helped.
“uh.um my.ex-boyfriend did that.” I replied.
“I m sorry to ask you that question so suddenly. Its just that it reminds me so much of myself.” She smiled.
“How ?!!” I asked curiously.
“I have had an abusive boyfriend too.” She said. I didn’t expect that.
“Who?!! I mean I m sorry to ask. But what happened ?!!” I was very much anxious now.
“Well we dated for three years. At first I thought it was a perfect relationship. An ideal one. But one night he came drunk. I wasn’t happy about it and we got into a fight. And for the first time in that night he hit me. When I threatened to leave him he came begging at my doorstep. I loved him. I couldn’t let him go. So I forgave him. Bur our fights increased with time. He started getting possessive. Everytime he came drunk and used to hit me.” She said.
I was shocked. How could someone do such a cruel thing to her ?!!
“How did you get out of it ?!!” I asked.
“I met Naksh when I was dating my ex. I had gone for lunch at krishna and we became friends. We became very close during just one month. He understood me. Sometimes I would just go to him and cry my heart out. But he never complained. He just held me. Showed me the right path. That’s when I realized that my relationship wasn’t an ideal one. He didn’t deserve forgiveness. One day I found courage to go upto him and confront him about everything. I broke up with him that day. He tried to claim his rights over me like I was his property. But I slapped him.” She said.
Somehow that joyed me. I was relieved, somehow Keerti had stood up for herself.
“You did ?!!” I was amused.
She beamed. “Yes I did. He deserved it. I wasn’t going to be quiet about it, was I ?!! So the point, is are you satisfied with the way your relationship has ended ?!!” She asked.
“What do you mean ?!!” I asked.
“Did you teach that douche a lesson ?!!” She asked. I chuckled.
“I didn’t. But Karthik did, by punching him on the face.” I said.
“Oh lord. He must really love you to do that.” She said. Before I could give my say on that she added. “But that’s the problem with us girls. We let the boys stand up for us. I m not against Karthik here. All I m saying is it should have been you punching him instead of Karthik.You get me, right ?!!” She said.
I thought about it. She was right. She was definitely 100% right.Now I understood why bhai wanted us to meet. He had seen my bruise in the morning itself. He didn’t ask me then but this was his way of loving me. I just loved my bhai !! I was snapped out by the loud honking of the car.Karthik was in the car and he halted in front of us.
“Where are you lost ?!! C’mon in ?!” He said. I nodded.
“Think about it Naira. Stand up for yourself and get out of this misery. I ll see you soon.” Keerti gave me the warmest smile and gave me one last hug. After that I hopped into the car and Karthik started driving.
“Karthik ?!! Can you pull me over at Rithvik’s place ?!!” I asked. He hit the brakes abruptly giving me a jerk.
“What ?!! Why ?!! I thought it was over.” He said.
“Its not over yet. There’s some unfinished business.” I said.
“What unfinished business ?!!” He demanded. I sighed.
“Never mind. Can you please drop me there ?!! You can go home ahead if you want. I have to talk to him.” I said. He rolled his eyes and looked out of window. He was angry.
“Naira why are you doing this ?!! Its over, okay ?!! That guy, he isn’t coming back. But going back to him would be like inviting trouble.” He said.
“No its not. He wont hurt me.” I said.
“And I won’t buy that.” He argued.
“Please Karthik.” I requested him.
He sighed and shook his head. He looked stressed out. “Fine. But I m not allowing you to walk in that hell alone.” He gave in. He was stubborn so I agreed to whatever he said.
“God knows why I love you so much.” He muttered under his breath, clearly thinking I hadn’t heard. But I had. I just didnt let him know. I smiled mentally. He took a sharp turn around the corner and drove to Rithvik’s house.We got out of the car and headed to his doorsteps.
“Just stay four feet back please.” I said stopping him at the stairs. He looked at me unsure. “I ll be okay.” I assured. He sighed and gestured me to go on. I went ahead and rang the doorbell. Rithvik opened up immediately.
“Naira ?!!” He was confused as he held an ice pack to his bruised eye. He looked past me at Karthik and his body stiffened. “What is he doing here ?!!” He asked.
“You don’t need to know that.” I stated.
He shrugged. “Fair enough. Then tell me why are you here ?!! Are you here to apologise ?!! Beg me to take you back ?!! ” He asked with extreme bitterness in his voice. He started rambling all sort of rants about me. I could feel the anger boiling up inside me. I couldn’t take it anymore.
“Rithvik ?!!” I called out as gently as I could. He shut up. That’s when my palm made contact with his face, slapping him across. I felt relief wash over me. While he was shocked.
“Baby. I m so sorry for doing that. . . I didn’t intent to do that . .” I begged, reminding him of how he had done the same thing in the morning. Ofcourse I wasn’t begging him in real. “Isn’t this what you exactly spoke to me ?!!” I spat. He was short of words as he dumbly stood at the door.
“Now you know that, this is how I felt last night. You called me a sl*t for not dancing with you ?!! Well I guess you are nothing but a bl**dy cheap womanizer. And I m not your puppet anymore.” I said. I turned around to see an awestruck Karthik. He couldn’t believe what he had just seen. I turned back to see Rithvik again and without thinking even for once,slapped him across his face. . .once again.
“What was that for ?!!” He asked still taken aback. There wasn’t any anger in his voice.
“I don’t know. I just dont like your face.” I shrugged and walked away followed by Karthik leaving a very confused and bewildered Rithvik behind.
“What the hell was that ?!!” Karthik asked once we were outside his car.
“Revenge.” I replied. He chuckled and leaned back on the bonnet probably trying to sink it all in.
“Heck. I just don’t believe you slapped him.” He was laughing inwardly. So was I. It was one crazy night.
“I did. He deserved it.” I said. Finally we burst into fits of laughter. Rithvik ’s face didn’t leave our minds even for once.
“That was so hilarious. For those five minutes there I felt the old Naira is back. The feisty and sassy one. Good job dude !!” He said poking my sides.
Thus, that night I was free from a great problem named Rithvik. Also I had found a new friend Keerti.
Precap : Naira talking about going back to london. Karthik getting angry. A big fight in the jungle. A big kiss in the rain. A night full of love and passion !!
How was the revenge guys ?!!
Firstly I want to say sorry as I had told you peeps that I would reveal the reason of their break up in 10th Chapter. But I wanted to show a phase in their life where they would fall weak and then due to the fear of loosing Karthik, naira would reveal the reason !! So I promise I will reveal the reason in 11th Chapter. Its a pinky promise !!
The next Chapter will be completely packed with kaira and emotions. How weak can they make each other ?!! What happens when they can’t let go off each other ?!! In order to know the answers, the next Chapter is on its way !!
Also peeps do watch todays Yrkkh as Kaira would be reliving their swiss khuda jaane dream. Its going to be amazing.
Bubye peeps. Do comment. Keep smiling. Keep watching Yrkkh.