“Its illegal to look so divine madam”, Karan teased Samiksha when he woke up by her giggle.
“Is it legal to look so hot, Mr.”, she questioned him back.
“Hmm. Forget the legal illegal matters. I feel . . “
The knock on the door interrupted his sentence and Samiksha struggled to get up from the bed.
“Relax. I am opening the door. It must be room service.”
Karan quickly put on his clothes and opened the door.
“Sir, your coffee.”
“Thanks brother. Are the roads clear now? Is it safe to drive?”
“Yes sir. You can.”
“Thanks”, Karan smiled and closed the door.
and took the breakfast tray. They ate coffee with biscuits, and Karan started pulling her legs.
“Sami, let us not tell mom what happened last night ok.”
She was a bit surprised by his tone.
“Ok. We won’t.”
Seeing her tense, he quickly put the tray aside and hugged her tight. Samiksha’s eyes were already full of water.
“I am sorry baby. I was pulling your leg. We cannot tell her actually what and how happened right?”
And she knew his naughty side was in full swing.
“I knew it. You mean something else and you say something else.”
She started hitting him with the pillow. Karan tried to save himself but in vain. They giggled and laughed.
After some time,
Samiksha went to shower. Karan knocked on the door and asked, “Any help?”
“No.” She checked if the door is properly locked first, knowing his playful side.
They both were ready to leave and Karan caught her hand, pulling her in his arms.
She smiled and hugged his muscled chest clad with the finest shirt and suit.
“Not at all”, rubbing her thumb on his beard Samiksha replied.
“Lets move now.”
They arrived at Mrs. Valenti’s home.
“So glad to see you both back. I was woried Sami, but since Karan was with you, I was sure he would take care of you”, Karan’s mom said confidently.
Samiksha’s face was glowing with a different radiance.
“Did my son give you anything special or what? Any jewellery or any saree?”
She half smiled, and was embarrased to the core.
“A girl’s weakness is either jewellery or saree, if I am not mistaken?”
Samiksha was very bad in hiding her feelings and she looked at Karan, who was enjoying the moment.
“Mom, there is one more thing that a man can give to a woman, and its above the things you talked about.”
Samiksha’s heartbeats were audible in the hall now, as she did not know what Karan would speak next. Her heart was almost in her mouth.
And Samiksha looked at him with mixed feelings of trust, joy and assurance.
“Hmm. I missed out on this important one”, Karan’s mom said and went towards the kitchen.
He smiled at her and made her look at him by turning her towards himself.
“I told you, tests and trials will come. You can just look up, and find me. In front of you.”
They hugged and started preparing for the return trip to Mumbai.
Mrs. Valenti gave her a jewellery case and said, “This is for you.”
“No aunty. I mean . . “
“How dare you say no to your mom-in-law?”.
Samiksha hugged her and accepted the love with open arms.
“Next week I am visiting Mumbai. Need to meet your mom now.”
Samiksha and Karan smiled at each other.
Finally they came back and their routine life started once again.
When Samiksha informed her mom about Karan’s mother visiting them soon, Mrs. Samuel was very happy as she had already started liking Karan.
“Am happy for you my baby. Karan is a very understanding and caring man. You would not get such person in today’s world. I pray to God to bless you both always.”
She hugged Samiksha and they had a moment together.
Karan’s mom had planned to visit them and the day came. Mrs. Valenti and Karan arrived at Samiksha’s home. Mrs. Samuel had went to church and was about to return. Samiksha welcomed them and offered water to both.
Karan had all eyes for
her and she looked pretty as always.
“Mom will be coming in just sometime. Actually my father’s photo frame fell down from the shelf today morning. Mom will give it for repairing. Its on the way.”
“Relax Sami. Why are you becoming anxious? Come, sit here”, Karan offered her place next to him.
As she was about to sit, door bell rang.
“It must be mom.”
“Wait, let me open then”, Karan said merrily.
When he opened the door, he took the frame first from her hand, and then hugged her.
As she entered, she and Mrs.Valenti came face to face for the first time. They exchanged glances, which were not normal.
Karan and Samiksha did notice this and looked at each other.
“Karan, let us leave”, Mrs. Valenti persuaded him.
“Mom, what’s the matter?”, Karan was worried by the seriousness of the situation.
“Can you listen to me once? Please come.”
And she left from there.
Samiksha did not get time to react, as things happened in spur of seconds. She looked at her mom and back to Karan.
Quickly hugging her and Mrs. Samuel, he said, “Don’t worry ok. Let me see what is this matter. You dont get tensed baby”, he kissed her on forehead before finally leaving from there.
Rose Valenti was quiet
during the return to home. Karan asked her once and she replied, “We will talk at home.”
“Mom, please. I want to know what is all this? I . . .”
She gave a cold stare at him and sat on the chair.
When your father was posted here after our marriage, we stayed here for 5 years. You were 6 years old.
One day, I found a watch in his shirt pocket which I had never seen in my home before. When I questioned, he said a friend gave to him. Later his behaviour was different than usual and he used to come home late. I suspected something was wrong. On my repeated interrogation, he confessed he had fallen in love with someone. I was shocked to hear this and my world was shattered.
Her name was Maria. . . Maria Samuel”.
Karan got up from his chair and his heart skipped a beat.
“I was never demanding and assertive Karan. Only thing that troubled me was, inspite of me loving him so much, this happened. We talked many times about this matter and I finally accepted, he would never leave this woman.
I left home and shifted to Bangalore, as my brother was there. He helped me to raise you. Your father’s brother also was in Bangalore. I did not break relations with my in laws. He had set up a good business there. He also could not stop himself from helping us. Whenever Mervin and you met, things were not so rosy. Mervin was never comfortable with you. He tried to overpower you always. He was not like his father at all. But you were born to conquer this world. And you proved yourself. Then you came to Mumbai.
I was not much in favour of you coming here, but destiny is not in our hands. I did not hate Maria as such. But I could not forgive her. She deprived me of many things. Not only that Karan, she conceived your father’s child.”
Now, Karan was not in a position to think or understand anything. But he gathered all the courage, and asked.
“Where . .is that . . child . . .now? Who was . . I mean. . Was it a boy or girl?”
There was an awkward piercing silence in the room now.
Rose knew this would shake his world, but she answered,
“She was a girl, Karan. and you know her. She is Samiksha”.