Monday, April 18, 2011

Cuz Baby Tonight-Chapter 11

Anjali wondered where Rahul was after the dance he had completely disappeared.She couldn’t help but feel worried and insecure.There was something in Rahul’s eye that disturbed her,troubled her but yet she didn’t know what that was or the reason behind it.

The gate opened and she saw some of Rahul’s friends from Australia entering the lounge.She suddenly felt very nervous she had never met them she had just seen their pictures on Facebook.She wished Rahul was there with her as she knew for that they didn’t know that Rahul was getting married to her.

One of Rahul friend’s-Where’s Rahul?
Kanika-Hey..i think he is over there in the corner
Another friend of Rahul’s-What’s he doing there?
Kanika-I think Trisha is there
Rahul’s friend-No wonder he is there(All of his friends start laughing)
Rahul’s friend-I wonder what the bride and groom are doing all alone in the corner
Anjali could feel her cheeks redden with embarrassment and humiliation.
Kanika-Uh guys,Rahul’s bride is Anjali(pointing to her) not Trisha
There was an uncomfortable and awkward moment of silence .Rahul’s friends were looking at each other bewildered that Rahul and Trisha were not getting married
Rahul’s friend(Rohan)-Oh we are so sorry Anjali when we heard that Rahul was getting married to uh..Trisha
Anjali(with a forced smile)-Its absolutely fine.Don’t worry.Hi I am Anjali

Rahul and Trisha entered the scene.Rahul’s expression almost frantic and Trisha’s eye were red from all the crying.As soon as she saw their old friends from Australia her lips turned into a genuine smile
Trisha-Well Well Well..look what the wind blew in
Rohan-Look Look Look..what the cat dragged in
Trisha-Rohan and company
Rohan-Trisha Modi
Trisha laughed and  hearing her laugh Rahul’s frown turned into a smile.
Trisha gave a side-hug to Rohan .
It almost felt like a reunion to Rahul.Rahul,Trisha and Rohan and company(which included Sid,Naman,Jesse and Arjun).
Rahul –Everybody this is Anjali and Anjali this is everybody.
Rohan rolling his eyes-Hi I am Rohan,this is Sid,Naman,Jesse and Arjun(pointing to each one of them)
Trisha-It was so good to meet you all after so long but I need to go
Rohan-Aww Trish we just came you cant leave
Arjun-Yup.Trish-Pish you cant leave
Trisha-Firstly,Arjun stop calling me Trish-Pish or Trishy-Pishy .Secondly,grow up and thirdly,I really need to go
Trisha-Good bye guys
Anjali could feel Rahul tense beside her.She looked up at him and saw his jaw muscles clenched his hands stretched out as if to stop Trisha .His eyes and face contorted with pain
Rohan knew why Trisha was leaving it was so obvious she loved Rahul-Ok then By(He was interrupted by a frantically waving Kanika who as usual had some plan up her sleeve)Trish you cant go.You are my date for tonight and  you cant just ditch me
Trisha-Since when I am your date?
Rohan-Since now
Anjali felt a surge of irritation towards Trisha.she didn’t want to but she couldn’t help it.If she wants to go then why doesn’t she go?
Kanika-Bro since you are the “Man” tonight why don’t you start the Karaoke?
He climbed up the stage.The DJ gave a thumbs up sign to Kanika.
Dj-Sing the song that comes on the screen and dance with the person who you relate the song with.
Rahul read the name of the song on the screen and ofcourse it reminded him of Trisha .

Anjali looked at him, her cheeks red with anticipation . Her hands were already stretched out  as she was sure that Rahul will asks her for a dance. To her utmost shock Rahul didn’t even look in her direction . He just walked towards Trisha . Anjali’s heart broke . It was like Trisha had some unexplainable hold on Rahul . She saw the surprise and embarrassment on Trisha’s face . She remembered Rohan’s words  Oh we are so sorry Anjali when we heard that Rahul was getting married to uh..Trisha
Was some thing going on between Rahul and Trisha but Rahul was not a person who would cheat on his partner . But then, boys are boys . Or maybe they had some thing in the past and it looked like their flame was still burning . When Rahul and Trisha looked at each other even strangers can feel the love . She felt unwanted in her own party . She didn’t want to create a scene so she chose not to interrupt Rahul and Trisha . A lump formed in her throat as she remembered the song lyrics . The song spoke of regret . Regret of leaving the partner . Could Rahul possibly be regretting the fact that he left Trisha ?
She didn’t even know if Rahul and Trisha shared  some thing .
Rohan-You are going to hell . I hope you know that Kanu
Kanika groaned “ I know I know .I am a horrible person for hurting Anjali but I just cant stand and watch 3 lives getting ruined . You and me perfectly know that Anjali and Rahul will never be happy together”
Rohan-Can’t you atleast think of a better method
Kanika(biting her lips )-Unfortunately I can’t.
Kanika( this time her tone was soft )-Are you I mean when are you going back to Australia ?
Rohan turned towards her ,resting his elbows on the bar-I don’t think I am
Her heart erupted with joy-Really you are not ?( she realized that she was practically screaming with joy. She changed her tone to a casual one) Oh I mean you are not . Why any special reason ?
Rohan smiled at her obvious euphoria . Her smile tugging the strings of his heart –Yes I have a very special reason ( he leaned in and whispered in her ears) the reason is you.
Kanika –What?
Rohan-I am not leaving because you are here
Kanika blushed –Hmm
Rohan-I tell you I am leaving Australia for you and you say hmm . Great,  absolutely great Kanika. Aren’t you the greatest conversationalist in the world . Hmph and she calls herself an English graduate ( he muttered under his breathe )
Kanika-What did you say ?(she looked at him suspiciously but he just shook his head )I don’t know what to say(a strange mix of confusion and happiness lines her voice)You already know how I feel about you( she said shyly Rohan gave a smug yet soft smile) .  Now shut up let me look at RaTri . They look gorgeous together,don’t they ?
Rohan-Yes they do just like us .
Kanika smiled at him and put her arms around his wait  leaning her head on his chest as she looked at her brother and the love of his life dance to the song which defined their situation . This was her perfect moment .  She glanced at Anjali  who was struggling to hold back her tears.

 (The song Begins)
This time, This place
Misused, Mistakes
Too long, Too late
Who was I to make you wait
Just one chance
Just one breath
Just in case there’s just one left
Cause you know,
you know, you know

Trisha looked at him completely bewildered as he walked past Anjali,towards her . She took a step back . “May I ?” he asked softly and even though she didn’t want to she held his outstretched arm . Inspite oh herself she felt a blush on her cheeks when after years Rahul held her wait as they danced . The lyrics of the song made her look at Rahul as he sang the song with a meaningful look in his eye.

That I love you
I have loved you all along
And I miss you
Been far away for far too long
I keep dreaming you’ll be with me
and you’ll never go
Stop breathing if
I don’t see you anymore
On my knees, I’ll ask
She glanced around and saw Kanika and Rohan talking to each other . She smiled finally the two of them are together . Rahul looked at Anjali’s horrified face as guilt punched him where it hurt the most. Oh my god what am I doing ?What is wrong with me ?How could I have over looked Anjie ?.

Last chance for one last dance
Cause with you, I’d withstand
All of hell to hold your hand
I’d give it all
I’d give for us
Give anything but I won’t give up
Cause you know,
you know, you know

That I love you
I have loved you all along
And I miss you
Been far away for far too long
I keep dreaming you’ll be with me
and you’ll never go
Stop breathing if
I don’t see you anymore
So far awaY(2)
Been far away for far too long
So far away(2)
Been far away for far too long
But you know, you know, you know

I wanted
I wanted you to stay
˜Cause I needed
I need to hear you say
That I love you
I have loved you all along
And I forgive you
For being away for far too long
So keep breathing
Rahul and Trisha both knew why Rahul thought of Trisha when the song played . Flashes of the night when Trisha had waited for Rahul to return to the apartment played infront of their eyes. She had waited and waited but he hadn’t returned to stop her from leaving . Rahul had always regretted not stopping her .He wanted her to stay with him forever. As the song progressed they forgot about the watching crowd,both of them lost in the song and the memories that the song awakened.

˜Cause I am not leaving
Hold on to me and
never let me go

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