Chapter Twenty Six: The Nocturnal Tryst.
Her heart revolved when she discovered her visitor who had just walked in...err...jumped in through the window of her hostel room...
She screamed as that was the only sane thing remaining to do under the Human Shock Act, propounded by Geet Handa herself! She was given full liberty to squeal for good two seconds after which Maan pressed his palms on her lips...She slipped & fell back on the bed with Maan over her...
Her eyes locked with his intriguing ones. Her heart pounded feeling the heat radiated from his eyes as well his untamed breaths...He slowly uncovered her mouth, the feel of her rosy soft lips was retained by his palm. Her chest heaved up & down against his torso to support her rigorous breaths & that made him lose his senses some more. She felt his fingers crossing with hers & she was glued to the bed...He leaned more towards her & she closed her eyes may be in anticipation of something. Her dazed mind wasn't able to fathom whether this was a dream or reality until she felt his nose slightly caressing hers. His lips neared hers & she held on to her breaths...
"Why are you always so shocked whenever you see me Geet?!!"
His hostile voice made her shriek. Her shivering lips couldn't decide whether to reply or not...
Their trance broke when there came a knock on the door!
"Hey! Are you okay? I heard you squeal!"
A feminine voice enquired from outside! Maan released Geet seeing the tremor in her brown hazels & she at once sprang off from the bed! And he hopefully regained himself!
"Yeah Yeah Yeah! I'm fine fine fine!" Geet replied back hurriedly producing a normal voice, "I-I just realized I had left the window open but n-now it's too late..."
The last words died away in her breathlessness. The voice seemed to satisfactorily retreat & Geet was just about to heave a sigh of relief but one look at Maan & her heart suffered from yet another calamity.
He kept on gazing at her intently caring a damn about the fact that he was on the verge of getting discovered in a girl's room at night!
With the greatest difficulty, Geet turned her eyes away from him & marched towards her desk with her wobbling feet, her back was faced to him. Her cheeks flushed realizing in what position' they were in a few seconds ago...
"Y-Yeh kya hua? Kaise hua? Ab sochkar kya fhayada Geet!!!! What had to happen has happened & now there is no point in repenting...!!!!! M-Maan yahan kya kar rahein hain???? I-I did not cordially invite him here...Agar yeh baat sab ko pata chal gayi toh?????????!!!!!!"
She panicked with her self talks & gulped her saliva in fear! Maan did not co-operate to reduce her plight!
"A-Aap yahan...aap yahan kyun aaye ho aur woh bhi...woh bhi itni...itni raat ko...?" she asked in a choked voice.
From the past ten minutes, his presence actively disrupted the peace inside her. Her senses came & went as per their wish, her mind was partly blank, her dazed eyes urged her to keep looking at him & her heart followed an abnormal route. He always affects her in a way that she loses her self-control..
"You said you didn't have any room-mate."
His dense calm voice made her shriek...Her heart beated rapidly as she heard him approaching her from behind. His heated breaths lashed over her shoulders making her squirm a bit. Ultimately not able to take the torments any more, she abruptly turned around to face him but that was her biggest mistake. His gaze was aggressive & hostile. Maan took steps towards her as she moved backwards...
"T-T-Toh kya hua if I don't have a roommate haan? T-That doesn't mean this room is your public property ki jab mann kiya, muh uthakar chale aaye!.This is a girls hostel...a girls hostel means a hostel only for girls and...and for no other human gender, samjhe aap o-or shall I-I speak more I---"
He caged her between the wall & him & she couldn't blabber further. His hot breaths landed on her face & there was hardly any distance between them AGAIN...To make matters worse, her head rested against the switchboard making the room turn dark by doing away with the only bedside lamp which was illuminating the entire room...Oh! Wait a minute! The blue moonlight proudly walked in giving them the needed visibility for their eyes to lock intensely...
"I don't like girls who blabber without a fullstop."
His voice was rough & passionate making her bite her lips!
Even though she was breathing heavily, but she didn't mind his utter closeness. Maan found it tough to keep a check on himself. Her beauty & innocence seemed to have an alcoholic effect on him. He inched his hand closer to her face to tuck away the strands of her hair away. She closed her eyes tightly. Her breaths were shallow. His touches invoked various sensations within her that she was unaware of. Her veins knotted with every movement of his fingers... Geet squirmed when she felt his sensual fingers trailing from her temple to behind her ears..
"I have come to take you for dinner."
His sonorous voice made Geet jerk her eyes open only to meet his firm ones. She knew he was not asking her but still she decided to try her luck!
"I-I-I can't come...Woh my curfew time is 10:30 pm a-and it's 10:29 pm now so---"
"Take a sweater/shawl as I'm not going to lend you my coat."
Did he even hear what I had just said?, Geet wondered. She looked at him wide eyed...
"But But But my curfew time---"
"I will deliver you back here at 11:30."
His voice aired finality. There was no scope for further arguing/debating!
Next, Geet found herself sitting in the car besides him & he was driving the car. There were no bodyguards with him. Maan didn't want anyone to encroach his private time with her.
Geet was constantly gaping at him to digest the calmness with which Maan drove the car as if sneaking her out of the hostel & that too after the curfew time was as easy as scribbling on a paper!
"Kya hua aaj? Why are you so quiet? No filing complaints against me to your Babaji?" he asked with a slight taunt.
"What's the use because Babaji always takes your side! Meri toh koi sunta hi nahi na, naahi Babaji aur naahi aap!!" she whined.
While they were still on the way, panic took over Geet once again as her eyes fell on the time.
"It's 10:42 now & my curfew time is 10:30...If anyone gets a slight hint that I are not in your room then!! First, complain will go to Dadima...then...then it will travel aaalll the way to Chandigarh...then...then Daarji, Mamma, Papa will blast at me one by one...I will be for sure dead...!!!"
Geet was terrified by the thought. She was just going on blabbering & Maan got so irritated that he stopped the car abruptly & leaned towards her with hostility! Geet shrieked!
"If you continue talking to yourself instead of me then I will make sure you spend this entire night with me & I know you will be "okay" with it."
His deep voice made her heart shudder violently while he resumed driving!
They reached a five-star restaurant. Maan got out of the car & opened the car door for her. But Geet showed no signs of heading out.
"I am serious Maan! Mujhe yeh sab thik nahi lag raha...I don't want to get caught so please drop me back to hostel..."
"Hurry up. We even have to decide the menu for our dinner."
Geet looked at him shocked. Maan was unperturbed...
The next second he literally pulled her out of the car but made sure she landed in his protective arms. Her hands rested on his shoulders & her hazel eyes met his determined & husky ones. Her breaths trembled when they met his heated ones...
"Maan you can't---"
She couldn't complete as Maan held her hand possessively & they walked inside...
They were seated opposite each other in a large & beautiful hall which Maan had entirely booked for him & her... He gazed at her limitlessly but Geet chose to look away from him! Maan stretched his hand slowly across the table to meet with hers but she suddenly got up from her seat remembering something which made her panic!
"Maan! Emergency! I need to go shopping right now!!!!!" she put a firm fist on the table!
"Yeah sure! 11 pm is an excellent time for shopping." He snapped sarcastically. After all, he did not get to hold her hand!
"I need a new pair of western formals tomorrow urgently, pehle wala mein apple juice gir gaya!. " she sighed.
"Malls are just about to shut."
"No! Aisa nahi ho sakta! We have to hurry up!" she said dramatically.
"But what about our dinner?" he protested.
"Phir kabhi. Ab chaliye!!!" she clutched his wrist & tugged him along with her.
" Babaji!! Please Please Please! One mall should defo be open! I have full faith in you!!"
She was blabbering sitting next to Maan while he regretfully drove the car. His eye-brows had notched up & his face was puffing in anger at having missed a date with Geet.
"Dekhiya, baat ko samajne ki koshish ki jiye! As of now, mujhe informal dinner ki nahi, formal dress ki zarurat hai!"
Geet's eyes illuminated with happiness spotting a mall still open! Maan was purposely taking a lot of time to get off the car hoping that the mall would close & Geet would then think of having atleast candy with him!
" Maan! You are such a slow coach!"
She once again held her hand & dragged him quickly inside the mall. Okay Okay! He liked that!
The mall was just about to shut but the manager agreed to keep it open for some more time for Maan Singh Khurana & his girlfriend.
Geet quickly selected a pair of blue shirt & trousers. They were just about to move out when Geet noticed a new collection of shoes which dazzled her. She particularly loved high heels & was trying every sandal to see which matched best with her feet which made Maan impatient!
"Make sure the heels that you choose don't make you taller than me!" he snapped, irritated!
"If you are insecure, then even you can wear heel shoes." She said engrossed in admiring a silver shoe.
"Excuse me???" he revolted.
"S-Sorry! Wrong gender!"
"I am paying my bill." Geet announced seeing him remove his wallet.
"No." he refused firmly.
"Listen! I brought girly stuff for me, not for you! So let me pay the bill!!!!!!" she said taking out her credit card.
But Maan was fast. And Geet got so angry when he paid the bill!
"I am not talking to you!!!" she snorted.
"What a relief!" he taunted!
They were in the car when Geet saw a fast food stall.
"Stop Stop Stop! Stop the car!! Maan!! I want to eat...I mean lets eat paani puri ! My treat!!" she looked at him with childish excitement!
"No! You did not even have ice-cream with me so no water puri for you. And it's bad for health."
"Yeah Yeah! Mr Maan HealthCare Khurana Ltd!" she mumbled under her breath, frowning.
"My pleasure Geet!" he smiled tauntingly.
When he escorted her out of the car, she realized that he was fooling with her & she frowned even more! They sat opposite each on a table in that eatery .Maan kept staring at her while she relished the fast food!
His trance broke when he saw tears rolling down her eyes. Yeah! The paani puri was a way too spicy for her that her tongue protested! Unknowingly, she grabbed Maan's glass of water instead of hers & drank it in one go!
"Aree Geet! Woh mera jhoota tha!" he exclaimed, startled!
"Toh kya hua haan? Can't I drink water from your glass?"
Her abrupt reply shocked both of them. He just stared at her digesting what she just said. Geet, not knowing how to correct herself, diverted her eyes from him.
Geet didn't know why she spoke those words! The words were just at the tip of her tongue so she voiced them. And here once again she was gazing at Maan while they resumed their way back to her hostel.
There was a grave doubt in her mind. Unknown feelings surged in her heart & she didn't know how to handle them because they were so new, so different yet so strong to her. They made her feel so good, so joyful, so blissful yet so risky that she couldn't comprehend whether these feelings were temporary or they would stay life long in her heart. But one thing she knew for sure that these feelings were for him...for Maan..
They both got out of the car as they reached the hostel. Geet was so nervous & confused that she just wanted to run off but Maan conveniently pinned her to the car & leaned towards her huskily. She was so dazed that she just kept looking at him.
"You must have gained some kilos after gauging that junk food!" he remarked mischievously!
"I think I had boycotted you some days ago!" she replied, frowning!
But the way he looked at her made her blank yet again. Her nervous face glowed in the moonlight & he stared at her with such intensity that she shivered when a cool night breeze blew past them. Maan leaned even more closer...& her heart thundered...!
Maan's phone rang at that moment bringing them back from the trace. Geet, realizing what was to happen, grew completely flustered that she ran inside the hostel gates & didn't stop until she reached her room.
She was breathing heavily as she ran to the window to watch his car retreating away..