CHAPTER TWELVE cont…
Anami moisten her lips and looked at her parents who were smiling their heads off instead of trying to find a way to help her.
“I think we should leave the kids to handle this themselves, “the queen said looking at the others.
“Yes I think that’s a good idea. Come everyone let’s leave even you too Maya, “the king held her arm and dragged her with them.
“Okay you guys should take your hands off me,”she gave them a cold glare and they slowly let her hands go. “Now the simple question is are you guys out of your minds? What was that all about? ”
They smiled and bent closer to her. “Anami, what we feel for you is pure, true and you can’t change it no matter what you do. ”
She sighed and folded her arms. “How can you guys fall in love with the same girl! What do you expect me to do huh? ”
“Remember I told you to find where the arrow is pointing at? “Vidyut asked her.
“Yes I do. ”
“Then this is the right time to apply that method Anami, “Amit smiled at her. “Two guys and only one has to be your perfect guy. ”
She glanced at them one at a time.
***Amit is nice, calm and handsome. He is down to earth and I know he won’t ever force anything on me. He will make a good husband.***
She looked at Vidyut.
***Then its him. Wild, crazy and handsome too. Very handsome to be precise. He is nice but a bit stressful and yeah he will make me do things I won’t want to do. He has the power to manipulate me and make me do what he wants and I somehow like that. Will he make a good husband? Of course he will Anami! You know him better than Amit, you know what he likes and what he doesn’t like but the main question is does he know you too? ***
“Sit down, “Amit snapped her out of her thoughts. She nodded and sat down looking at them.
“We are not going to force you to take a decision now. You have all the time you in this world to make your decision Anami. We’re gentleman we would never force ourselves on a lady, “Vidyut said with a smile, an intimidating smile. “That’s why we have decided to give you all the liberty you need, we want to be flexible with you. ”
“Elaborate more. ”
“Anami, we will spend time with you and when you feel like you have come to a conclusion you will choose between us. And whoever you choose the other one will be happy with it and will stay back, “Amit said. “The day you choose your Mr. Right guy you will press the stop button from one of us. ”
“And where do I press? ”
“Everything started with a kiss Anami so its simple, the day you choose your man you will press our lips as a way of indicating that you don’t want to continue with him anymore. Is that fair? ”
She snorted and chuckled. “You guys are trying to kill me or what? As if pressing the button will be easy. ”
“We never said it was going to be easy Anami. ”
“If you knew this is going to be tough decision then why did you on earth initiate it! I’m not going to do this, “she raised her hands in defeat and turned to leave.
“You have a date with me tomorrow so be ready at 18 in the evening, “Amit smiled at her and she gasped looking at him.
“You’re serious about this? ”
“Yes we are, “they replied in choruse.
***Anami you are screwed. ***
“You mean the guys wants you to choose between them? “Kusum asked her.
“Yes, I have to make a choice and I am scared Kusum. What if I choose and later regret my decision? ”
“Anami, you know that you can’t get married to both of them so choose who your heart is beating for. ”
“And what if my heart is beating for the two of them. ”
“Anami, the other feeling is infatuation
while the other is love and how you are going to differentiate between this two feelings is your call. Remember you can only fall in love with one person and you will want that person to care about you even when you have many people caring for you. You will only want to be with him and when you close your eyes you will only see him. You won’t understand this now,wait for some time and you will understand me, “she said.
“Thank you Kusum, I will keep that in mind. ”
“Good, “she let out a small laugh. “So who is your first date? ”
“Amit, “she replied.
“The quiet one, the down to earth dude? He is handsome to be honest and he looks innocent.This is not going to be easy. If his competitor was Akash I won’t have minded but Vidyut God forgive me but that guy is smoking hot! ”
“Okay stop, “she said.
“Oh my god are you getting jealous. Hey, I am there to take him away I am just complimenting him. ”
“Whatever, “she rolled her eyes. “And I am getting jealous, why would I get jealous? “she lied. Of course she was feeling that sting of jealous on her chest as Kusum was going on talking about him.
“Liar! Liar pants on fire! Of course you were jealous. Don’t worry I won’t fly over there to take him. He is all yours to enjoy. ”
“Kusum be quiet you like to talk nonsense, “she smiled blushing.
“You must be blushing right now ain’t you? I can smell it. ”
Someone knocked on the door and she looked at see a bodyguard.
“The chosen one the prince has asked me to come and call you. He is waiting for you, “he bowed.
“Go on Amit is eagerly waiting for you, “Kusum said in a teasing manner.
“The day I catch you I will teach a good lesson.”
“Til that day come let me tease you more. Go on your date now and don’t forget to update me tonight okay? ”
“No I am not going to do that. ”
“Hey but I_____”
She disconnected the call and smiled following the guard. She found Amit waiting for her in the parking lot.
“To be blown away of course, “she smiled. He opened the door for her and she got it then he went over to his side and they drove awa
“Good evening your highness it’s a pleasure to have you in my restaurant, “the manager said and bowed.
“Please don’t embarrass me like that. You’re elder to me and it doesn’t look nice when you bow down to a child like me. And tonight I am not the prince address me with my name I will not be offended, “he said with a smile. Anami too smiled looking at him, she has never seen anyone who has such high status so humble and gentle. He was a prince and didn’t brag about it. How many are there are like him? Only a few and rare to find.
He turned and looked at her. “Order anything you like to taste, “he said.
“anything to taste? Now that’s funny, “she looked at the menu. “For a starter I would like lentil soup, course meal I will take the pasta salad and dessert I will have gulum jammu,”she said and looked at the waiter.
“I will have the same as well, “Amit said.
“Why are we the only ones here tonight? “she asked looking around.
Amit smirked and held her hands. “Because I wanted to make tonight special for you. This is my restaurant and I bought it foe the night. I wanted tonight to be just you and I with no disturbance. ”
She returned the smile and put her other hand on his. “Thank you Amit, thank you so much. This is so nice and beautiful, “she said with a croaky voice. “No one has ever made me feel so special til this date so thank you, “she wiped a tear.
“You have seen nothing yet so save for tears for later okay, “he wiped her tears with his thumb. “You’re very special to me and I can do anything for your happiness. ”
“I know, “she nodded.
Their food came and they ate it. After that he took her for a long drive, they talked about so many things, childhood memories to the present time.
When she got home her heart was content.
“I had a nice time, “she turned and looked at him.
“I am glad you did. We could do this everyday you know just to make you happy. ”
She laughed nodding.
“Good night, “he unfolded his arms and wrapped his hands around her neck and kissed the crown of her head. She smiled as his soft lips pressed against her forehead. He gave her a warm hug after that and left to his room.
“Kusum is going to be ecstatic the moment I tell her what happened tonight, “she took out her phone and dialed her number. She closed the door of her room and jumped onto the bed.
“Hello, yes tell me everything, “Kusum said.
“Girl, this was so amazing. You won’t_______”
Normally the roaster and the sun rays wakes one up in the morning but this time it was different. None of the mentioned woke her up. She was still fast asleep with an eye pad on her eyes when she felt something ticklish moving up and down her face. She thought it was a fly at first but when it happened for the tenth time she was forced to take off the eye pad and slowly blinked her eyes to see his beautiful handsome face looking down at her.
“Good morning, “he smiled and bent down kissing her forehead. “For you, “he presented a rose to her. A white rose which is her favorite.
“How did you know? “she looked at him perplexed.
“I know a whole lot of things about you, things you never thought I would notice, “he replied.
“Things like what? ”
“Like your favorite color and your hobbies. ”
“What’s my favorite color then? ”
He smiled and replied. “Pink. ”
She gasped. “But you never showed me a sign that you care about me. You were always looking away for example the day I fell on the horse you didn’t tend to me. How did you notice that my favorite color is pink? ”
“Like I said I know a whole lot of things about you. ”
“Like what? ”
“Everyone thinks your favorite hobby is reading novels and all those books. Well let’s say it used to be your hobby but it’s not. You like drawing and painting now. ”
Her eyes widened.
“But you don’t have the art to do so, “he tucked the strings of her hair behind her ear. “Wake up I have something to show you, “he stuck out his hand.
“Is this a dream? If it is then I don’t want to wake up from it God, “she closed her eyes praying.
He chortled and gently pressed his lips on hers. “I will be waiting for you, “he whispered in her ear and pulled away from her and walked out of her room. Anami opened her eyes and jumped up with smiles on her face. She rushed over to the bathroom and took a shower. She wore sky blue track top with a hoddy and blue sweat pants with white sneakers. She found him in the garden wearing the same outfit as hers like an idiot she smiled and cleared her throat. He turned around.
“So what’s the plan of the day? “she asked rubbing her hands together.
“I don’t have a plan. I do my things listening to my heart, “he pointed at hers. “And you should try to do the same. Those who think with the head normally make hastily decisions, “he smiled.
“So where is your heart leading you? ”
He took her hand and led her to the car. He took her to a very famous river in Rajasthan and took out a small pot from the back seats.
“What’s that? “she asked.
“You will know soon, “he took her hand and walked closer to the river. “First I want to let you into my life so that you are able to settle and adapt to my life. Anami, I know that you want to know everything about me, that’s your wish isn’t it? “he glanced at her then back at the waters.
“Yeah, I do want to know something’s about you but I dont want to force you or something.It’s okay if you don’t feel like telling me, I hold no grudge about it. ”
“I know you don’t but the truth doesn’t change Anami. It hurts whenever you have to hear about me from other people right? ”
“Yeah a little, “she bit her lower lip remembering what Maya told her. No she can’t break into tears now, she took a deep breath to hold her tears.
“Don’t try to hold back Anami, it hurts so let it out, “he smiled and looked at her. “Tears are not a sign of weakness but of strength that you can still hold on. I cry sometimes if I am in pain, “he said.
“No it’s okay I will be fine, “she forced a smile.
“This pot contains my mother’s ashes, “he said looking at it. “The day we cremated her body I vowed to immense her ashes only after exerting revenge against my father and mother. I kept them with me all this years waiting for a moment of revenge but it never came. Then you came and showed me the right path and now I don’t find the pint if keeping the ashes with me when there’s no need to revenge anymore. Thank you for bringing light in my dark and lonely life Anami, “he smiled at her. “I brought you here so that we can immense the ashes together, “he said.
She looked at him shocked. “Why me? Vidyut she was your mother not mine. ”
“Yes she was but I am sure she will be happy wherever she is to know that the girl who gave her son a new ray of hope also care and loves her. I have a feeling she will be happy if we do this together. This is the last piece of my mother that I have and I want to do this with you and no one else. I never thought of doing this with anyone because I thought they didn’t deserve it but with you it’s different. You’re not everyone, you’re my love, my true love who can make me do things I never imagined I could do in my right senses. ”
Her tears found their way out of her eyes and threw her hands around his waist and laid her head on his chest.
“Thank you, “she smiled.
After long minutes of hugging they both opened the lid of the pot and bent down and immensed the ashes in the river, then lit up a lamp and let it float in the water.
“I love you mom and I will forever love you, “he faintly smiled and blinked his tears away. “I love you. ”
“And I love you too, “Anami added. He stood up.
“Can I take you somewhere? ”
He started walking along the river til the reached a boat.
“You know how to paddle? “she asked him as they got in the boat .
“I had to learn as Ihad to go to this place every single day, “he smile as he picked the paddles.
“I will help you and I insist, “she took the other paddle and together the went over to the other side of the river.
“Close your eyes and take my hand, “he told her.
She nodded and closed her eyes and gave him her hand. They walked for a couple of minutes then stopped. He removed his hands from her eyes.
“Open your eyes, “he instructed and she slowly blinked and opened them.
“Wow! This is beautiful! “she exclaimed looking at the big fig tree surrounded with beautiful flowers and a nice green grass. The butterflies and birds on the trees made it look like paradise.
“It’s like fairyland, “she said and spun around giggling. “It’s so breathtaking, “she sat down next to a flower and held the beautiful blue butterfly on her palm and played with it.
“My mom told me that she and dad planted this tree together as a sign of their love. They nurtured it and loved the seedling. They said that if the tree grows to be big then it means their love for each other will never fade away and their children will also come here with the loves of their life and bear witness to their true love. Now loom the tree has grown so big and it keeps growing and I want us to be just like them Anami. ”
“The flowers? ”
He looked at each one of them and smiled. “When I was growing up mom would come here every single day to plant a new type of flower and I helped her. We planted this flowers with so much love and because of that love they are still fresh, alive and growing. She used to say when one does something with love then that thing is opt to last forever. This tree and this flowers are a symbol of that. Other than just planting flowers we buried something here and she told me that the day I find my true love I should bring her here and dig down the treasure and give her everything inside it. Anami, I know you haven’t chosen the one you want to be with yet but I want you to know that it doesn’t matter who you will choose to me you will always be my first true love. ”
“Does Maya know about this place? ”
“No, I never brought her here. It didn’t feel right and it never occurred to let her know a this place but yes she knew there was a very special place I always go to every day. You’re my first and the last, “he walked over to a bed of roses. “Because I will be giving you the treasure my mom preserved for her daughter in law, “he dogged the ground and took out a small box and handed it to her. She took it and inhaled the amazing and old scent from it. She opened it and gasped looking at the beautiful diamond necklace and a ring inside.
“Those are the ancestral jewelries of the Rajasthan kings and queens. The Vikramaditya Nalaka jewelries. Dad gave them to my mother and she treasured them for my love. Today I am giving them to you to save them for your future daughter in law, “he smiled and took out the necklace and helped her wear it.
“This is________, “she paused. “I don’t know what to say Vidyut, “she smiled and tears of joy came out of her eyes holding the necklace.
“Hey, I am just pouring my heart to you. I didn’t mean to make you cry I am sorry. ”
“Let me cry because I am so happy Vidyut, so very happy, “she hugged him and he firmly hugged her back caressing her. She pulled away and looked into his gaze, she smiled raising herself with her toes and kissed him. He smiled and kissed her back.
“I love Anami, “he said cupping her face. “I love you so much. ”
She licked her lips. “I know that. After what happened I will dumb not to notice that, “she rubbed her nose against his and kissed it.
“Hey mentor! “a small voice called and they turned to see who it was. The little girl came running over to them.
“Preeti you! “Anami said.
“Sister Anami you here? What are you doing here? ”
“Just touring around what about you? ”
“You know each other? “Vidyut looked at them confused.
“Yes she’s the little girl I met met at the temple with Amit. She was with her friends, “she looked back at Preeti. “Where are the others? ”
“Can’t come to practice because they have lot of school work to do, “she smiled. “Sister Anami how do you know my mentor and where is brother Amit? ”
“Mentor? He is your mentor? The guy you told me teaches you how to sing? He is the one? ”
Preeti nodded with a smile.
“What a coincidence, “she giggled. “I never thought you would do something so noble Vidyut. Teaching the orphans kids music and giving them love they have missed as children, that’s the best thing ever. ”
“There’s still a lot to discover about me. So Preeti shall we start with our rehearsal? ”
“Yes mentor! “she squeaked with happiness and took out her guitar and sat crossed legged next to him. Anami watched as they practiced. She has never seen this other side of him, the calm, gentle and loving soul of his. She could pick he loved children from the way he was looking and caring for Preeti. If he can love a child that’s not his then what about his. A picture played in her head, picturing herself and him with their little junior in the same place playing and laughing around. She smiled to herself the moment the dream vanished.
***Is the arrow pointing at him? ***
She asked herself and went closer to him. Her heart skipped a beat and started beating faster like it was running marathons. She gasped and held her chest and stepped a bit away from him and the beating went back to normal. She came closer again and it started beating again.
“What are you doing? “he asked and turned his face to look at her. Her eyes widened and her heart exploded. They were not inches away from each other, one more step they will lock lips with each other. She swallowed a big lump of saliva on her throat and opened her eyes wide like a person.
To be continued
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