Karan Jotwani plays Aryaman
Ruhanika Dhawan plays Meher and she is six years old
Harshaali Malhotra plays Muskaan and she is four years old
Jannat Zubair Rahmani plays Pankti and she is thirteen years old
I walked out of Ms. Mittal’s cabin and I saw him! Aryaman! The reason for everything had gone wrong in my life! The reason why I stopped believing in love. I went up to him and he was equally shocked to see me. He opened his mouth to say something but before he could, I punched him on the cheek.
I screamed, “How could you?”
Aryaman howled in pain, “Meine kuch nahi kiya. Sachh mein!”
I hit him in the stomach and threatened him to tell me the truth, a truth I had failed to come to terms with.
Aryaman restrained me with all the strength he had and persuaded me to allow him to talk. I was shocked to hear his side of the story. I had never given Naina a chance to explain and actually, I had never trusted her!
Tears welled up in my eyes and started rolling down my cheeks. I felt the weight of the whole world on my shoulders, Naina had gone through so much in six years and I hadn’t even turned back and ensured that she was fine. I didn’t deserve her. She was an angel, someone who had changed my life and I had destroyed hers in a couple of minutes! I didn’t deserve her love!
I fell to my knees, clutching my head in despair and I felt Aryaman patting my shoulder but I didn’t care. How could I have committed such a huge mistake? How could I have broken a relation of eight years in eight days? Love is trust, I never trusted her. I will apologize to Naina but I won’t go back into her life. She deserves someone better than me, much better. Someone who trusts her and loves her not a loser like me!
I heard the doorbell ring and rushed to the door. I was shocked to see Karan at the door. His eyes were red and puffy and I figured out that he had been crying. I melted and almost took a step forward to support him, console him and hug him, assuring him that he was safe in my embrace but then I stopped myself in time. He was Karan, the person who had hurt me so much, the person who had not trusted me, the person who had abandoned Meher and me!
Kunal Jiju walked up to me, “Who is it, Cheeku?” I saw Karan look down not wanting to face Jiju.
Jiju took one look at Karan and dragged him outside shouting, “How dare you come back? How dare you think that you can just walk back into Cheeku’s life like that? Do you know how much she has gone through?”
I saw Karan falling to his knees and begging Jeeju for something that I couldn’t hear. Finally, Jeeju and Karan walked to me. Karan couldn’t meet my eyes.
He kneeled down in front of me and said, “Naina, I know that I’ve hurted you a lot in these six years. I didn’t trust you and that was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made. You were always there for me, supporting me at every step, but what did I do? I betrayed you! I promised to never let tears come in your eyes and then I let you suffer alone! Naina, I know that sorry will never be enough for all the pain I’ve caused but I just want to let you know that I’m truly sorry. I am not worth your forgiveness and I definitely don’t deserve you. I just want you to know that I can do anything for your forgiveness! I will not come back into your life because you deserve someone much better than me.”
I took a step back and shouted, “How dare you, Karan? How could you do this to me? Do you even realize how much I sacrificed for you? You went on business trips, did I ever question you? NO! How could you break my trust? How could you think that I would..! You don’t even realize what Meher and I suffered because of you! Get one thing straight, Mr Karan Singh Chauhan, I hate you! I will never ever forgive you!”
Jiju came in front of me, “Sun liya? I’m with my Saali in this decision. It will be better if you get out of here before I kick you out.”
Karan looked at me helplessly and I looked away. Finally, he walked away.
I had seen my brother after six years and this was how I behaved with him! I didn’t regret it! Naina was my baby sister and only Topper and I knew what she had been going through in the past six years, taunts, scoldings, abuses. Karan had broken her!
I walked inside with Naina. Meher and Muskaan ran to us.
Muskaan hugged Naina, “Maasi! What was that uncle doing here?”
Naina wiped her tears quickly and picked up Muskaan, he..he was our neighbour many years ago. He just came to say hi!”
Meher ran to me, “Mausa ji, tell me the truth. Why was he here? Do we know him? Why was he crying? Is he okay?”
I looked at Naina, we didn’t have answers to these questions! Naina convinced Meher and Muskaan to play with her and they left.
So, this was their first confrontation! Please do tell me how this was, I’ve made it as long as I could..