HEELS UNDER MY FLATS!?
CHAPTER – 9
The night was falling and so were our relationships. Welcome to the house of mysteries and suspense. Please take your seat, there’s still more scenes you need to know. Please sit down, and relax. I know it’s hard to do that, but I’m getting to the point guys.
I do not know what you guys would have done, if you were me, but I did follow my heart and went near the door of the room, while Athi held a helpless gaze at me. Considering her situation as well, I moved back to the bed, only after knowing that he was surrounded by all the others, who were making him feel better, making both, my heart and my brain win.
“It’s high-time Athi. Speak up. What is it?” I said, looking at Athi who sat opposite to me in a chair, with the look of a story-teller.
“First, I’ll explain what happened in this room before you came. I did not know that Aadarsh was still in this room, so I just rushed inside this room to cry out, while you guys were busying tackling your mom. Just when I placed myself on the bed and was crying my heart out, with a pillow in my mouth, I heard someone inside the bathroom and to my shock, it was Aadarsh who came out of it. He saw my face soaked in black tears (it was my Kajal). He came to comfort me and…” we were interrupted by Aaron and Niranj, who did come inside to take those bottles to start their party.
“Hey, what’s wrong?! Why are we sensing some lost love in this room?” they asked.
“Guys, we are having a little ‘girl’s time’ here. If you don’t mind, could you guys just step out and continue depleting your health?” I said with a stern face to which they parted and I turned around to see Athi, who did continue the story.
“And I told him that he was the reason behind my tears, to which he went sad, silent and you popped in, that’s when I knew he was crying.”
I gave her a look that made her think that I was convinced with that story and so started to dig deep into those ancient books of her life or in short, to her flashback.
“Aadarsh and I know each other because of you. We haven’t talked that much, apart from common topics about you. But recently, Aadarsh and I got close, like real close. One day, I was so heartbroken about my ex-boyfriend and about all of our memories, when Aadarsh rang me up at 2.00 am to make me connect a conference call, because he wanted to tell you something very important. And so I tried to your phone, which you never answered, so Aadarsh was very disappointed and just when he was about to cut the call, I gave him comfort which made the conversation going. Once he felt good, he asked me about my low tone and after few questions, I was forced to spill everything. After knowing I was in a very bad state, Aadarsh spent his entire night for me and convinced me that I’m not alone. This brought a spark in me and ever since, I have been feeling differently towards him.” she said and looked at me for my reaction but I was deeply glued to her story than to her expectations and so she resumed again.
“Two days back, he called me again to ask for another conference call, but this time, I faked that you did not pick up, like before, so as to spend another night with him, talking. Which eventually happened too. Just when the night was about to fall, I said that he meant so much to me and that I wanted him to be with me, till the rest of my life. After I said that, he went silent, he did not speak a word, he just said, “Tell Shreya I want to speak her.” and cut the call. That infuriated me and I was also confused about what to do next, because I was expecting a positive response as I felt that Aadarsh was falling for me too. But I was wrong. Terribly wrong that I wanted to drown in my own guilt when he told me today that, he loves you! For a moment, I lost my good human qualities and became an animal who got infuriated when its prey was taken away. I was really jealous and angry with you, or more with myself for doing this to you and to him and for spoiling a great friendship. This was why I was shouting at you and him and why I wanted to cry and be alone, which brought me back with Aadarsh, the person who started all these and here I am, with you now. WHAT A LOOP! GOD, I’M SO SORRY SHREYA.” she finally finished her speech which produced a void that I had to fill and the first thing I asked was, “Define ‘recently’ Athi. How recently have you and Aadarsh been close?”
She looked pale and kind of shocked at my unexpected question. “Uhh… around 3-4 months.” she said.
“Mmm…” I said and sat silently.
“Say something Shreya. Please. Your silence is very threatening and hurting.” She said with a guilty and a sad face.
“You never felt like telling me all this? It’s been MONTHS! Great, atleast you told me now. Thank you and Bye.” I said and left the room.
I went to the living room where all the others were there, including Athi who followed me out. The boys were all quite wasted by that point and Ashwathi was still angry with Sulochana and Nirnaj, therefore, was standing at a distance from them with Marlon. Nrithya was standing near me, while Anuksha and Aaron stood opposite to me while Aadarsh was on the sofa. Athi came to catch my hand as I was glimpsing at the setting of the house and she started to speak.
“Shreya I’m sorry. I just did not know how to tell you this, that’s why I took some time to let you know about all this. I’m sorry.” Athi said to me.
“Oh please, you were okay with proposing my ‘all-time-love’ but you found it uncomfortable to let me know that you guys got close? I’m sorry, am I the only one missing some pieces here?” I said to Athi whose expression had turned sober now.
“Me too.” all the others said, except Athi and Aadarsh.
“Guys what’s happening?” asked Nrithya
“Please ask Athi, she will tell you!” I said and turned the other way, as I did not even want to see her face. While others looked at Athi for an explanation, she started to cry and I lost my patience.
“Come on Shreya. Don’t be so hard on Athi, if it’s her personal thing, let her keep it. Why are you so worried about not knowing it? You did in fact advise me on that topic just a few minutes before, remember? Calm down all of you.” said Ashwathi as she was consoling Athi.
I was looking at Aadarsh, who sat on that sofa, with his head down and did not even say anything, while he should have.
“What is it Shreya, you tell us then.” said Sulochana.
“It’s none of my business Sulochana. It is Athi’s PERSONAL MATTER. We are just some third-person who has no rights to know anything, even if it involves a strong betrayal.” I said.
Athi started to cry even more and Aadarsh started shivering too. Yet, the audiences were not satisfied, they needed more information and kept asking me what happened and so after a very long day of tensions and turmoil’s, I finally opened up.
“Guys, that’s enough. Stop shouting and crying. I don’t see where all of this is going. I wish I did not know any of your personal stories which has everything to do with my life and mostly with all of us. I thought, we were all best friends who have each other’s back, but only now I understood that we are not even ready to show our true faces to our friends, which is very hurting. We have all been through so many things and still continue to do so. Through all those miles, we need a friend to accompany us, guide us, console us and to even feed us, but why is that we don’t need them when it comes to relationships and love? Why? In terms of acting matured, we’ve only been acting childish, resulting too many losses. Tonight, I got to know one of the biggest secrets from my best friend and you know what happened? I lost a friend and she lost her 2 best friends…” I said these and looked at Athi who was looking at me with water eyes.
“So guys, stay in your own shells, that’s better than coming out in the sun to get roasted, which sounds more like suicide to me. This house is not full of friends but of enemies. Nobody here wants to be with the others. I still do not get how we are still a gang? I don’t think I can ever make it to the trip with all of you guys!” I said.
“Why, what is wrong? Who are enemies here?” asked Aaron.
“Bro, let’s take a census. Ashwathi is mad on Sulochana and Niranj, who wanted to have their relationship as a secret one for some time. Athi is angry and jealous of me and Aadarsh while Aadarsh does not even want to talk with any of us. Anuksha has no idea what’s going on and Nrithya is as blank as Anuksha too. Now, where is unity? Isn’t unity the base for a gang? I don’t quite see that here. It’s better we all take a break from all of this mess. If not all of you, I need some rest. So bye.” I said.
“Bye?” asked Anuksha.
“Yes. I’m going home as the first thing tomorrow morning. God, I have to face my mom, but, it’s okay, she’s far better than such best friends, who find me as a competition.” I said looking at Athi, who finally broke out of Ashwathi’s embrace and said, “Shreya sorry. I know there’s never an apology to what I did, but there should be some way that I can seek some forgiveness for my sins?”
“Oh, don’t even think about it Athi. You’ve done enough and I’ve heard enough, it’s better we take some time off, first. However, you still love Aadarsh, don’t you?” I asked her to which she stood still and before I could argue any further, I heard the sweetest words in the harshest timings.
“Shreya, I love you!” said Aadarsh , who was now standing in front of me with that same old, suit and the pale, sad face.
My friends were so excited with this and the atmosphere got boosted up all of a sudden but I was not getting glued to that celebration and I said, “But do I still love you Aadarsh?”
This brought back the melancholic face on Aadarsh again, while others took Athi inside a room so as to prepare to sleep, with the same grudges though. It was just Aadarsh and I in the living room and the night was fading, well if that was to be a romantic situation, we would have at least kissed, but it was a scene of tangled connections and melting emotions. And we stood there in silence, staring at each other, until we found some answers.
Any decision taken in a confused and unsettled situation will lead to big implications and therefore, let’s wait till next week, to know what really happens after this, to all these friends. Will they still make it to the trip as a whole? Come back next Friday and get to know this story’s finale.