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“Why did you call me so urgently?” Neel asked. He looked tensed.
“I found these in Anika’s medical file. I think her friend was trying to let me know something.” I said as searched through my phone.
Neel looked at me puzzled. “You and Anika are together again.”
I nodded. Where the hell were the pictures? Did I accidently delete them? I checked in my trash and saw there was only one image. I opened it and saw that it was a note.
Dear Shivaay Singh Oberoi,
It is not nice to snoop through the medical files of other people. So stay out.
So she had deleted. I threw the phone. Need looked up. He was so used to it that his expression did not change.
“She found out, didn’t she?” He smirked.
I looked up at him. How did he know?
He smiled. “Don’t think, how I know. She is my boss. I have heard about her way of finding things.”
His boss? “What?”
He nodded. “Yup. She owns the Pearl Hospital. It is part of the Rana Hospital group. She bought it about a month back. I would say that for a young woman just started her bachelors, she sure knows how to a spot a diamond mine.”
I nodded. Pearl was something I had been considering procuring.
“Anyways, be vary of your wife.”
I nodded and thanked him.
As I drove home, I was hit by a sense of doom. Now to face the Pinky tornado trying to attack Anika.
As I walked into the house, I saw Prinku and Priya huddled on the couch watching the tv.
“Hi Bhaiya, your food is on the table.” Prinku said.
I nodded then I remembered Anika.
“What about Anika?” I asked.
Priya was watching the tv. “Mama took it.”
What! Mom took it. I rushed to my room. I saw Anika sleeping on the bed. She was tucked under the blanket. There was a night light on casting a blue glow in the room.
I walked to her side and watched her sleep. She had a small smile on her face and she looked calm.
Suddenly, my phone vibrated in my hand. I looked at the screen. It was a call from Mallika.
I quickly walked out of the room.
“Hello Mallika.” I said.
“It is not Mallika. It is Siddarth Vikram Rana and WHERE THE HELL IS ANIKA?” He shouted that despite keeping the phone a mile away, it seemed like he was shouting into my ear.
“She is sleeping.” I replied.
I heard some murmuring in the background.
“Hello Shivaay. Mallika here. Sorry about Sid. She already slept?”
I heard some more grumbling in the background. Then I heard Mallika sigh.
“No, usually here, she sleeps later.” What? Then why did she sleep fast? Did mom say anything?
I walked back into the room and walked to Anika’s side.
“Anika!” I called and shook her.
She quickly got up. She looked worried. “What happened?”
“Did Ma say anything to you?” She looked at me like I had grown an extra head.
“Mad fellow.” She grumbled and turned to the other side. “Leave me alone. Let me sleep.” She whined.
I shook her again. Then I felt a pillow slap me.
“If you dare to irritate me again. I will kill you.” She screamed.
Okay. She was a real grouch now.
I walked to Om’s room. I was about to enter when I remembered that Om had a wife now. When I knocked. Rudra opened the door. He scowled when he saw me.
“How can I help you?” He asked.
“Rudra!” I said.
He looked indifferently. “It is Rudra Singh Oberoi.”
It hurt me when he said that. But I knew I deserved it.
“Rudra! Who is there?” Om called.
Rudra gave me a glance and closed the door.
Rudra was lying down on my bed looking at some files.
“It was Shivaay right?” I asked.
Rudra ignored my question.
“He is an even bigger dumbbell Oberoi than you. Forgive him right?”
Rudra looked up. “I love Bhaiya. But I don’t think I can ever forgive him. He left me to fight the wolves. He knew I knew nothing about business. O, even you struggled. Thankfully, Anika di asked her brothers to help me and not attack me. That is why today the Oberoi enterprises is still standing. Do you even know at how many meetings Dev Bhaiya just stepped down from fighting a tender because Anika di looked at him? That is what siblings are. The Rana siblings are feared you know? They talk to each other without even uttering a word. Meetings can be conducted with just minutes and no one else in the room, will even know.”
Rudra looked down at the files sadly. I knew he felt super jealous of the Ranas. We used to be like that, a very long time. Our secrets had got in between us. We had promised. Yet all of us broke it.
“Rudra, he made a mistake. We should forgive him.” I advised him. He got up from the bed gathering his files.
“No! I will send Ishana Bhabhi here.” He grouchily left.
He may have become Rudra Singh Oberoi outside but inside he was still the baby Oberoi of the family. I felt a bit guilty that I could not help him with the business but I just could not bear going into the office.
Ishana walked in. She looked a bit annoyed. “Why are there so many people in your house? I had to hide behind pillars and all to hide from them. I was almost caught by that Pinky.”
I looked up at her. “Chotima….” I corrected.
“Yours not mine. She hurt my best friend.” She scowled.
Oops looks like she was in thunderstorm mode.
“Jaanu, you know that the Oberois are like that.” I got up and hugged her. She pushed my hands and went to the bed and took a pillow and blanket. She shoved it into my hand and dragged me outside the room.
“Go sleep with the Oberois that you justify.” She then slammed the door shut.
So because of my family, I was in the doghouse.
I walked to the library near the pool to lie down when I saw Shivaay on the phone.
“Neel, I need you to find out. Check the files…….don’t worry if you get caught, I will get you a new job………I need to know what Anika is hiding…..yes, I know….you are a doctor……can’t you do this for your best friend…….okay call me when you get the info.”
What was Shivaay trying to find out?
“Mr. Shivaay….get up.” Someone was calling me. I opened my eyes to look into 2 huge doe-like eyes glaring down at me.
“I am hungry. I need breakfast.” She grumbled as she brushed her hair.
I quickly looked at my phone.
“And Mr. Shivaay, you should really not ask my doctors to sneak into medical files. Dr. Neel is too important for Pearl that is why I am keeping him.” She said.
How does she get to know things so fast?
Then there was a knock on the door.
“Bhabhi, Mama is calling you for Breakfast.” Priya shouted from outside.
Anika walked to the door. “Get up fast. Don’t you have a meeting with the Ranas today?”
What meeting? And since when did Ma care about Anika?
I have to find out and there was only one way.
“Anika?” I called.
I saw her back stiffen and she paused. “Hmmmm.”
“I want to take you out for dinner today.” I saw her fidgeting with the end of her shawl. I had my fingers crossed.
Finally, she nodded. “Okay.”
Today, I would beg her for forgiveness.
I looked up to see her still standing at the door. “Get up Mr. Oberoi……you have a meeting in 1/2 an hour.”
What? She was coming? I had told her to rest.
“Anika, you need rest.”
She turned around to glare at me. “Mr. Oberoi, I survived 6 months without your help, I am sure I can still look after my kids alone.” With that she walked out of the room.
I guess that was end of the discussion.
Breakfast had been uneventful. The Senior Oberois had not come downstairs. Prinku was sleeping. Priya, Om and Ishana had left early to get some legal paperwork done for Priya. So the table was occupied by me, Soumya and Rudra. I watched Rudra eat silently. Dumbell Oberoi had certainly grown up over the past few months. He looked rather……aged.
“Good morning. Ani.” A voice boomed. I turned around to see Mallika Bhabhi and Siddarth Bhaiya walk in.
I got up slowly and walked to them.
“Adi?” I inquired.
“Dev took Adi and Ayu to the hospital.” Mallika replied.
“Aur aap? Yahan?”
Siddarth scowled. “Shivaay called and scheduled the meeting here.”
What? In the mansion?
“Great that you guys came.” Shivaay said as he walked into the room. “Rudra, let us go to the Study.”
Shivaay did not even glance across the table to see Rudra’s glare. He picked up a piece of bread and walked off.
Mallika came and sat next to me.
“How are my nieces or nephews?”
I smiled and nodded. “Bhabhi, they are fine.”
She helped me to the room. I saw that there were only 4 seats. Rudra was reading something. Shivaay’s laptop was in front of one of the chairs.
“Please take a seat.” Shivaay told Bhabhi and Bhaiya.
Once they were seated, we realised that there was no seat for me.
Rudra looked up. “Oh Di….you don’t have a seat.” He got up.
“No Rudra, sit. Anika, you can sit here.”
He pointed at a sofa. My laptop had been arranged neatly on it. There were a few papers and pens as well.
Mallika shot me a smile.
“No, I can sit on a chair.” I retorted.
Shivaay smiled. “I know you can, Mrs. Oberoi but I would like to make children’s mother comfortable.”
I felt like pulling my heart and throwing a tantrum. “No!”
Shivaay looked as though he had been expecting that. “I am sorry Mr. Rana about my children’s mother.”
Did he just apologise to my brother for my behaviour? And did that stupid Bhabhi of mine just throw me a cheshire cat grin.
“I am not your wife and I am here as a Rana and I can surely fight my own battles.” I retorted.
Shivaay smirked. “Well, Mrs. Oberoi….if you want the meeting to continue, you better sit on the sofa. I am told that you and Mallika have a committee meeting to attend.”
“It is Miss. Rana.” I hissed as I sat down on the sofa. “I only sat on the sofa because I am tired and there are no gentlemen here to get me a chair.”
Shivaay was looking at the papers. “I did not ask for an explanation.”
It was so sweet to see Shivaay try to please my stubborn sister-in-law. The meeting was short. It was supposed to be a joint venture in taking over a company in France.
“So Siddarth, we will have to go to Nice next week then. Mr. Louvre would like to meet us.” Shivaay said.
Siddarth nodded. “Yes one Oberoi and One Rana. I was thinking maybe Dev from the Ranas.”
Shivaay nodded. “And Rudra can you…”
Rudra looked at me. I glared at him. “I am sorry Sir but I can’t make it. Soumya has some exams and she needs me around for it.”
Shivaay glanced at Anika, who was reading something in a paper. “Then I guess I will have to go.”
Anika put the paper down horrified. “Bhaiya, I will go instead of Dev.”
Rudra glanced at me.
“No Ani. You are 6 months pregnant.” He retorted.
I pressed my heel on his foot.
“Sid, even I travelled with Mom and Dad to Australia when I was pregnant with Adi.”
Anika stood up. “See even Bhabhi went.” Sid glared at me.
I just grinned at him.
Anika sat down again. “So done, Shivaay and I will go to Nice day after tomorrow.”
Shivaay held her arm. “We will have to see. I will call your doctor and find out whether you can travel.”
I saw Anika’s eyes go wide. “I can. I asked her last week as I wanted to visit Sahil at his boarding school.” What was she hiding? Should I stop her?
“And anyhow we can take a doctor with us. I am sure Neel would not mind. We can also take his wife Nia. They just got married.”
Shivaay smiled. “So basically we are sponsoring them a work honeymoon.”
She gave a cheeky smile.
Well, I guess if two doctors are going, it should be fine.
“Mallika didi, Anika D…Bhabhi, the car is here for us to go.” Soumya rushed into the room.
I felt like refusing, I hated going for the meetings. It was just a place for the rich family females to gloat.
“See you in the evening.” Shivaay said to Anika.
She ignored him and walked out.
As I walked out of the room, Sid squeezed my hand while Shivaay sent me a glance.
The two men of my sister-in-law’s life had entrusted her emotions in my hands. I prayed to Pinky aunty’s devi mata to help me against the professional witches that would try to tear Anika down.