There was a knock on the door at around 1 pm. Madhu opened it to find Dr. Karan at the doorsteps. He smiled at her but at the same time asked,
“Why did you open the door? You are not keeping well. Isn’t there anyone else with you?”
Correspondingly Madhu smiled and took him inside by hand.
“First get inside. I am really pleased to see you here.”
Even though Madhu was surprised to see a doctor who was treating her daughter, personally coming to visit her. Not to mention the bond Karan had developed in a few meetings had definitely touched her.
He was seated
on the sofa with care and affection. But Dr. Karan immediately kept the backside of his palm on her forehead to check her temperature.
“Let me check you properly”, he said. He made her sit comfortably and as he was about to open his briefcase, Madhu said,
“I am much better now doctor. I had taken paracetamol and it helped a lot.”
“Just for my satisfaction”, he said with courtesy.
He checked her temperature and pulse rate to find it normal and steady.
“I am sure Samiksha nagged you to come here amidst your busy schedule.”
“Not at all. I have come on my own inclination And why? Can I not come to meet you?”
“Of course you can. I am happy in fact. Tell me would you have lunch now or a bit later?”
“Lunch? Um . . . no actually I have taken a small break for coming here. Will have to go back to the hospital.”
Undoubtedly she was a bit astounded to see his concern.
“That is not possible. You have to have eat a little maybe, for me.”
seeing the selfless care Madhu bestowed upon him.
Over the quick lunch, they chatted and talked carefreely.
“The food is super tasty.”
“Samiksha likes this dish a lot so have sent the same in her tiffin. Karan, may I ask you something?”
“Call me Karan. It sounds warm”, he said with his charming smile.
“Of course. Will keep that in mind.”
“Furthermore you can directly ask me whatever you want. No formality with me at all.”
“Surely I will
keep even that in mind.”
“When will Samiksha get discharged?”
“Soon. In fact her walking sessions will start tomorrow. And within four to five days she will be in front of your eyes. You miss her a lot right?”
“Indeed. This house eats me up when she is not around. She is the heart of my home and the soul of my being.”
“I know that. I hope she feels the same about you?”
“Why do you doubt it?”
“Um, no doubt Samiksha is sweet and caring, but she is not yet matured enough to understand the struggles, the harsh realities and facts of life. She is very naive I will say.”
“Certainly true. But don’t doubt the depth of her affection for me. She loves me more than I do.”
“I hope so. As she completes her college, and faces outside world, she will learn about the truths of life.”
“Yes of course. She aspires to become a footballer, alongside whatever she choses her full time career as.”
Karan was not surprised
as he had witnessed her passion for the same.
“I will leave now and certainly I am going to come again to relish your handmade food.”
Madhu was more than happy to hear it.
“Of course, after Samiksha is discharged, and whenever you wish.”
“Take care of yourself too. You spend yourself so much for others that nothing is left for you.”
“Caring for family is a but natural feeling.”
“Yes but not at the cost of your health.”
“And . . . I am there.”
These four words of Karan won Madhu forever. She blessed him from the bottom of her heart. She knew he was not a man to make false promises.
of Samiksha began and the nurse aided her throughout the same. Being concerned with sports, her body was already resilient and she was willing to do the exercises heartily.
A warm pair of eyes were present often to witness the sessions.
No need to mention she felt cosy and safe under the gaze of those eyes.
They were walking on the lobby just outside the hospital. It was covered with green synthetic grass cover.
“May I take over? I hope my patient is co operating”, Karan asked the nurse slowly taking Samiksha’s hand from hers.
The nurse left and Samiksha pulled her hand from his.
“I refuse to co operate. There are some demands and only then will you receive the whole hearted coaction.”
“Lets hear those.”
“Hmm. Then I have not received any token of care since the last time in my ward”, Samiksha raised her eyebrows and said.
“And also you have been extremely busy these days so as to notice my new friend.”
Karan’s mind wandered over the possibilities of this newly discovered ‘friend’. He looked around and spoke,
“Is he or she visible?”
“But of course its ‘he’ as I am a girl and is very much around.”
“I think you have forgotten the repercussions of fooling around with me. Should I remind you again?”
Samiksha’s cheeks turned red with blush at the mention of their brief but heated moment in the ward.
They were strolling around the path when Karan took her hand and slipped her carefully to a corner, which was somewhat in the inner side of the lobby. The area was free from monitoring cameras.
He kept his hands to the the either sides of hers and gave her a yearning look. It was enough to melt the insides of Samiksha and surrender to him then and there.
He cupped her face
with his palms and kissed her forehead. Slipping his hand slightly under her upper shirt, he kissed her deep, with longing. Samiksha was lost in his wet and fiery kiss and wrapped her arms around his neck. It was the declaration of her desire equally heated to his.
The lovers kissed each other for a moment and he broke off the kiss, panting and relishing the softness of her lips.
“Lets get you in. Or you will catch cold, my delicate princess.”
“I am not delicate. Rather rough and . . . aggressive”, Samiksha replied with a tease in her voice.
“I would like to see that side of yours”, Karan winked.
“But for now, let us get you in.”
Karan carefully guided her
through the lobby. As they neared the entrance door of her ward he asked,
“Now that your first demand is satisfied, may I see your new friend?”
A puppy faced Samiksha pointed at the newly errupted pimple on her face and grinned.
Karan laughed out loud. Samiksha winked at him closing the door behind her.
Karan was totally in love with this free spirited lovely angel, his child woman.
Days passed and the moment of Samiksha’s discharge from hospital arrived. Her foot was still in plaster though. Madhu and Jolly were present to take Samiksha back home. Karan duly helped them to complete all formalities. Before departure Madhu kept her hand on Karan’s.
“God bless you always for what you are doing. The staff here was so helpful and kind. And what should I say about you. Thank you for everything. What I am taking from here is an additional member to my family, that is you.”
The words overwhelmed Karan and he stole a glance at Samiksha who was quiet.
The two hadn’t got a chance to talk much as they were surrounded by someone or the other.
“Take care Samiksha.
Do not let your emotions overpower you and do something you will regret. Please be careful with your foot.”
Samiksha’s eyes were filled with water making her too vulnerable to say anything that moment.
Jolly noticed her friend’s condition and spoke,
“She is going to miss this place Dr. Karan and everything about here. Don’t worry Sami, this hospital is here and so is your doctor. We can meet anytime.”
The words ‘your doctor‘ managed to bring a smile on Samiksha’s lips. Karan too smiled at the mention. Madhu was currently unaware of the beautiful transformation Karan and Samiksha’s relation had undergone. Jolly winked at him and they left.