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  • tortoise 1d

    #TheBestManSeries - for all parts.
    #NaNoWrMo - National Novel Writing Month

    And with this, I'm bringing an end to the story. This has been really a long one and it consumed a lot of me. I hope i come up with another story (not a love story this time, i hope!). Till then, let's hibernate. Tortoise is too exhausted!

    Special thanks to @pink_berry @blurryface__14 you guys kept me motivated all the while, consistently. Thank you for your overwhelming love to the story.
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    Dressed in an elegant blocked pattern gray colored designer saree, Kritika walked downstairs alongside Abhinav, who matched his outfit with hers. The couple received blessings from the elderly, and gifts from friends, and relatives. Mr. Mehra was busy with the lunch arrangement, and guiding the staff to work perfectly, as a daughter's father is expected to. Her eyes were busy searching for Aditya, who hasn't arrived yet. She felt uncomfortable, and alone. Abhinav held her hand, and whispered to her ears, "He'll be here in a minute, don't worry, love. You're looking sizzling hot. I wonder why can't i take you off to our bedroom right now!"
    She blushed on his words, and gripped onto his hand. Her body relaxed, and she began enjoying her event.

    "Excuse me, guys! Hello. Everyone! Let's raise a toast to my beautiful, gorgeous, and perfectionist wife, Kritika. She has been a lifelong support in all my endeavours, and it's almost impossible to imagine my life without her. She's moody, clumsy, and hard to move, at times, and her brain amuses me often. But even after spending so much time with her, even today, i feel like it's not enough. I want more, i want her even today, and I'll be wanting her all my life. It's her, or none. I don't want anyone. Look at her blush, oh come on darling, don't hide your face, i love you!"

    As Abhinav ended his speech, Aditya clapped immediately, drawing her attention to him. She raised her eyebrows in question, and he made a gesture running his hand onto his heart telling her, how gorgeous she was looking right now! Her eyes were in sparkles! How much appreciation is enough appreciation for women, is still a big question, because they feel quite insecure about their presence. Compared to men, who can be wearing the same shirt, and pants, and walking on confidently even with their bulky stomach popping around. To have men who know how to remove your insecurities is a luxury. Words repeated often, boost your confidence, and words said by loved ones leave a long lasting impact. Aditya's praise give wings to Kritika. She took the mic from Abhinav, for it was her time to speak!

    "Contrasting to what all of you might be expecting, I'm here to ask you raise a toast, for my best friend, the Best Man, of my life, Aditya! Hey, come on, Adi, don't turn away. You know it's for you! It has to be for you. You gave a new direction to my thinking, and you were the only reason, i and abhinav are standing together happily! People like you are rare, and it might be possible whatever happened, happened because it was destined, and you planned nothing. May be we're destined to meet, and uplift each other as best friends are expected to, but you let me vent myself out. You hear me non judgementally, and even pushed me closer to what my heart desired for. I can't thank you enough, for everything you do for me, because you love me so much. Even if you don't speak out loud, i know how much special I'm to you! And it makes me feel super happy, that I'm cherished so badly by you. If you know, you know, right!"

    As she ended her speech, tears rolled down her eyes, and Abhinav handed her, his handkerchief. She wiped her tears, and hugged Abhinav.
    "I feel so light now baby, i love you so much, Abhi."
    "I love you the most, kitten. He deserved all of it."

    Aditya felt numb to her words, not because they weren't true, but because all his life he was abandoned time and again. No one has stood by his side for long, and forever was only a word, that held no meaning. He remembered, how at her wedding, she had whispered in his ears, "it isn't over yet, i still am your boss, and you're going to prioritise me all your life, i don't care, who comes next, or not. You're my and my best friend".

    Giving a dedicated speech, had happened only when one of the client was happy to make profits with the Srivastava Group. All this was new to him. 28 long years of surviving, and not an ounce of true love, had made his heart rock hard, which only Kritika's love melted away. He pointed Mr. Mehra to his car, and asked for something. Mr. Mehra brought a huge wrapped gift, rectangular shaped, along with a bouquet of Cosmos, and he handed it over to the couple. Abhinav couldn't hold his excitement and unwrapped the gift, while Kritika was busy with keeping the Cosmos in a beautiful vase that was in the corner of the hall.

    It was the same painting, Getko made for Aditya, that was reframed into an antique wooden brass lining. He had asked, Getko to add a few more details, since he has seen Kritika a little more closely, and it looked amazing now. Abhinav felt joyous, and cheered, "Wow! It's so enchanting! Kritika, come here, see! How majestic this is. We can hang it in our bedroom!"
    "May be, in the hall, that'd be better."
    "I see. Absolutely, in the hall. But we make love there too? You forgot?"
    "Shut up! Everyone's listening, Abhi."
    "So what! You're mine! And I'm yours."


    "Excuse me, Abhinav. She's mine too. Let me take her for a dance now. I'm dying to have a closure with her!"
    "Same here. Abhi doesn't even know how to dance, so we can do that, Adi!"


    "You guys are sick. You stay away from her, Aditya. It's my reception, I'll dance with her. And you, little cat, come here. We're dancing, even if i don't know how to. You've always made me dance according to your moods, so help me here as well."

    "If you guys plan for a kid, make sure to name the boy Aditya! I deserve that much!"
    "And what if, Kritika deliver a girl, Aditya?"
    That made both of the guys wondering, only when Kritika spoke chuckingly, "We'll call her Aditika! Right, Aditya!"

    And they all laughed out loud. Abhinav and Kritika danced merrily with each other, and Aditya switched the song to a romantic one. Kritika leaned towards Abhi, and kissed him onto his lips. He kissed her back, and his hands moved on her back, while her hands rubbed his chest.
    "I can't take it anymore."
    "Then, carry me to our bedroom!"
    "Ah! I love you the most, kitten!"

    ~©tortoise

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    The Best Man

    Part - 30

    How much appreciation is enough appreciation for women, is still a big question, because they feel quite insecure about their presence.

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  • tortoise 2d

    #TheBestManSeries - for all parts.
    #NaNoWrMo - National Novel Writing Month
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    "So what did you tell Aditya?"
    "And why do you need to know that, Abhi?"
    "Because there ain't any secrets between best friends!"
    "But you're my husband!"
    "Does that mean we're not best friends anymore?"
    "You want to be friend-zoned again?"
    "Hahaha! I don't mean that. I mean we can be best friends too."
    "In that case, you would had to walk beside me in the church, instead of standing in front of me!"
    "What do you mean?"
    "The best man, or what you call, A bridesman is a close male relative and/or friend of the bride, one who walks down the aisle in the bridal ceremony in the traditional place of a bridesmaid. It is a position of the highest level of honor in male friendship. So tell me how can you walk beside me, and stand opposite to me, at the same time, Abhi?"

    He chuckled. He had been her best friend since 11 years, and to take that honour away felt weird. But he also acknowledged in that moment, what he wanted from their relationship was more than just friends. He wanted to have babies with her, and may be grandchildren too. He didn't want to just visit places with her, he wanted to build homes with her. And she was always the one, he found out of his reach, yet she was his. Now. He sighed relief. The fear he was facing since past three days, that was actually kept suppressed since two years, was finally gone. She loves him, and he loves her too. It was more than okay, if she wants to live their new beginnings as couples. That also meant, Aditya was not going anywhere from the picture, and most likely she'd keep in touch with him. This last thought made him jealous, and he kissed her passionately.

    "You know, he gifted us this car and our honeymoon as well."
    "Really! I thought this car is rented, and our honeymoon! Damn? You already planned it. I'm so excited for it!"
    "It?"
    "Yeah. I mean excited to discover a new place. Ofcourse."
    "Hahaha! I see. He gifted us this protection kit too. I guess, then, it'd be useless right now. Shall i disca.."
    "Oh shut up. We need it more than anything else, unless you've other plans!"
    "No babies till one year!"
    "One year is less, but i guess i can manage my desires."
    "Sure! We'll see that. Another thing, after our trip, I've organised a reception party as well, at our hometown! So don't forget about it."
    "Damn! That's surprisingly good idea. Will Aditya join us too?"
    "The host doesn't need to join a party!"
    "He's such a good friend."
    "The best!"

    ....
    ....
    ....

    "Good to see you guys back! I hope the trip went smooth!"
    "All thanks to you, Adi, and your staff, that gave us a VIP feel!"
    "Yes, sir.. i mean, Aditya.. sir.. i mean.."
    "It's okay Abhinav. I already befriended you! Seems like you're not comfortable with my friendship."
    "Oh no, nothing like that, Aditya!"
    "It's okay na, Adi. I'm your friend. Let him be your employee only. You're mine only. I don't want to share my best friend with anyone!"

    Aditya smiled at Kritika! All he wanted to say, in that moment, was he was also hers. But he knew Abhinav would feel awkward, if not jealous! His eyes followed her, and his heartbeat raised as her hand grasped his. She walked beside him, and they all went to the hometown party that was waiting for them.

    ~©tortoise

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    The Best Man

    Part - 29

    All he wanted to say, in that moment, was he was also hers.

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  • tortoise 3d

    #TheBestManSeries - for all parts.
    #NaNoWrMo - National Novel Writing Month
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    As Abhinav saw Kritika walking inside the Church, along with Aditya, his heart melted instantly. And as he realised she was walking towards him, he felt his blood boiling. What was the point of suffering for the last three days, and what was the use of making those divorce papers? But he thought about the legal papers he saw with Kritika. Were they marriage papers for them? Who knew! In a moment of rage, that's been kept suppressed all these years, he went closer to her, and slapped her. Silence prevailed the hall, and in the next moment, he hugged her tightly. Tears were gushing through his eyes, and he spoke in a teary voice,
    "Why do you always do things that kill me from inside, Kitten! Who gave you the right to hurt me this badly? All these years, I've lived to love you and even when i knew you don't love me back, i accepted it my destiny. You were mine, even if you weren't loving me. The mere thought of you with any other guy crumples me from inside. You may call me possessive, or may be obsessively possessive. I won't mind it, but i, .. but i.."

    His voice broke in the middle. Tears filled his throat, and Kritika wiped his face, like a mother does. She was about to cry too, when Aditya said, "Mind the liner. He's natural beauty, you'd need a make up kit again. You want it?"

    She smiled on his stupid remark, and Abhinav hugged her again.
    "I'm sorry for the slap, Kritika. I was so scared of losing you, that i couldn't take your surprise in a good sense. I never meant it. You can slap me back, and we're equal then."

    She rose her hand, in a gesture about to slap him, and instead pulled his cheeks, hard. He wasn't prepared for this gesture, specially after 3 years. Earlier it was Kritika's habit to do this to annoy him.
    "Stop it. We aren't kids anymore, kitten!"
    "Are you both sure about it? Specially Abhinav you? Remember what you told me, when i ask you guys for some good news?"

    Abhinav blushed. So did Kritika. And the wedding ceremony began as planned. Mr. Mehra stood alongside Aditya, behind Kritika, and near to her mother. That was her side of family. Abhinav's parents stood behind him. They exchanged rings, and garlands, as insisted by their parents, and completed their marriage. As Abhinav was about to turn, Kritika pressed her lips onto his, and gave him a quick kiss, exclaiming, "that's how it's done in movies!" And everyone giggled.

    Mr. Mehra came forward and shower his blessings onto the newly married couple. Then he handed a big purple wrapped gift to Kritika.
    "There's no need for this, kaka."
    "When I'm roleplaying your dad, let's not argue about the gift."
    "Hahaha. The wedding ceremony is over. And the play came to an end. So now we're back to being clients. Right?"
    "Wrong. Once roleplayed as father, you can't deny being my daughter. It's been a lifelong desire of this old man, to be lucky enough to feel what's its like to be a daughter's dad. Please don't take away this privilege from me!"
    "Aww, thank you for adopting me! I hope you don't regret the decision, later."

    Later they hugged, and everyone shower the newly wed their blessings. Aditya was standing in the corner, with his eyes stuck over Kritika. As Abhinav was taking her out of the hall, Kritika turned back to Aditya, and rushed towards him. She whispered something into his ear, and hugged her sidewise. He passed an ear to ear long smile, as Abhinav and Kritika went inside their beautifully decorated wedding car.

    ~©tortoise

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    The Best Man

    Part - 28

    It's been a lifelong desire of this old man, to be lucky enough to feel what's its like to be a daughter's dad. Please don't take away this privilege from me!

    ©tortoise

  • tortoise 4d

    #TheBestManSeries - for all parts.
    #NaNoWrMo - National Novel Writing Month
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    *Where are you? Be there in 15 minutes.*

    Kritika sent the text, and got busy with her family members, and friends. She had invited everyone from her office, and few of Abhinav's close friends too. She knew, it will make him feel good.

    *Will be there in 5 minutes. Just to tell you, he didn't ask dozens of questions. To our surprise, he didn't ask even one. As i asked him to join me for meeting with a client in church, he thought for a while, and agreed immediately. I don't know what's running in his head. But your script failed here, Kritika.*

    She didn't give any heed to other part of the message. She was too nervous as they were coming soon. She instructed everyone what to do as per the plan, and went inside a small room inside the church.

    The door of the car opened, and Abhinav face lightened up. That was the same Church, Kritika used to dream marrying in. His face fell down again, realising it wasn't him. He looked up to Aditya, dressed appropriately to the occasion with the tie and brooch. It was his coat that felt little tight, and inappropriate fit to his muscular body. As they moved forward, Aditya stopped Abhinav just before the entrance, and removed his coat, to offer it to Abhinav.

    "What? Why?"
    "Come on, Abhinav. Your shirt is too bland for the meeting. Clients already know me, they don't need to see me well dressed. But your first impression should be good. You better take this tie with it as well. Wait, let me help."

    Abhinav felt awkward, but Aditya's hand moved swiftly. He didn't give Abhinav any time to question him. After he was done, he took out his comb, and asked him to redo his hair. Abhinav obeyed, for he was already sad about his future, only when Aditya whispered, "Buckle up man, your life's gonna change from today. All the best, for only you deserve the best!"

    Before Abhinav could understand anything, Mrs. Anjali Dua hugged him. She has always loved him like her own son, and it had been long since they met.
    "Hey, maa. I didn't know you were here too. I missed you."
    "I missed you too, Abhi. You're looking so handsome. Not a day older than 21."
    "All because of Kritika's love and car.."

    He suddenly felt the void. Does she know what's gonna happen today? Has Kritika told everyone about marrying Aditya? Moreover, are they happy with her decision? Ofcourse, they must be. Just like he was. In the end, they all love her happiness more than theirs. He hugged her again. As they both made an entry inside, he saw his parents too and his friends with gifts in their hands. His best friend, Vishal came to hug him, and whispered, "Just look at our single ass, you rascal. Have some pity over your friends, who haven't married even once, and you lucky ass, planning for your second official honeymoon?"

    Abhinav gasped at his statement, and then he began noticing the decorations inside the Church. The crimson blue shade, which was his favourite, covered the walls, with the contrasting shade of beige in between. He checked his coat again, it wasn't right for Aditya, it was never meant for him in the first place. As soon as he understood, what was it all about, his dad held his hand, and took him to the hall area, where the Father was ready with his marriage oath ceremony. He felt numb for a while.

    Everyone was waiting for the bride to enter, and when she didn't enter even after slight drumming that was a signal according to her plan only, Aditya panicked, and reached at the entrance where she was asked to enter from. As soon as she saw Aditya, her face glowed. Dressed in a beautiful white gown, as a traditional dress for typical Christian wedding, she was looking like a princess, with lacy long gloves covering her hands till her elbow, and her light pink colored jewellery. Aditya saw her first time without any sindoor and Mangalsutra, and was swept away in a moment. He completely forgot about the plans, and went near her.

    "How am i looking?"
    "Shall i sit on my right knee or left?"
    "Haha! Shut up Aditya. Come, give me your hand. Everyone is waiting for my entry. I already feel nervous. Take me to the hall."
    "In my arms?"
    "Adi?"
    "I'm not gonna do it. If i come close, i might lose control."
    "That was a good compliment. But you know, the bride enters with her best man beside her?"
    "So?"
    "So, walk beside me, idiot."
    "Am i your best man?"

    She smiled at him, and locked her hand with his, at the elbow, and they both walked inside the Church.

    ~©tortoise

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    The Best Man

    Part - 27

    Aditya saw her first time without any sindoor and Mangalsutra, and was swept away in a moment.

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  • tortoise 5d

    #TheBestManSeries - for all parts.
    #NaNoWrMo - National Novel Writing Month
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    "Abhi is getting secretive day by day, Adi. I'm worried about him."
    "So talk to him, instead of hanging out with me, all the time."
    "We're upto something, i have to be with you."
    "Then stop overthinking, he loves you. I know it. Though it's true his energy has been on downside since yesterday."
    "He didn't even kiss me back, this morning. I don't know what had i did wrong?"
    "You should stop being with me, Kritika. It's killing him inside."
    "But i want to be with you, why are you making it so.."
    "You can't have two persons at a time, Kritika. Why don't you understand this!"
    "Why are you yelling, Aditya?"
    "Because i don't want you to lose Abhinav. Stop doing whatever this shit is. I am better alone. I don't need your company or your sympathy. I'll manage myself, like I've been doing. You need someone. So better go with him. He's the right man for you. He has always been there for you."

    Kritika listened up patiently. She understood that Aditya was upset. She secretly enjoyed this. It's always good to see people losing their calm just to make sure that you're safe and protected. She move forward and hugged him tightly. He resisted her, and stepped back. She felt sad, and was about to leave, when he held her by hand, and took her in his arms.

    "I'm just worried about you, Kritika."
    "I know, Adi. I'm fine. I'll be fine. You know why?"
    "Because you've me! You'll always have me."
    "Perfect."

    Abhinav asked for an early leave that day. His eyes look sad, that's why, Aditya tried to ask him what's running in his head. He resisted answering anything, and later said, "I know I'm not fine, but once i do this, I'll be fine, knowing my Kitten is safe and happy!" That line made Aditya ponder, deeply. What's he gonna do. He immediately made a call to Mr. Mehra and asked to keep an eye on him.

    ....
    ....
    ....

    Both, Kritika and Abhinav, entered late to their home. She was excited like hell, and he, the total opposite. She went straight to her room, and asked Abhinav to sleep in his room, for tonight. He agreed without any questioning. She was way too happy, to even think about him. Everything was happening as per her plan, and Aditya was taking her orders, like she was the king of his empire. It felt royal, coz it was. Her room lights were lit for most part of the night, and occasional giggles could be heard, if you stood closely to the door, like Abhinav.

    *Don't sign on any document, Abhinav brings to the table, without reading it properly.*
    Kritika was confused after reading this text from Aditya. She thought what was this about. Still she texted him back, *okay. I'll be leaving in an hour. Make sure everything is going according to our plan.*

    Within 15 minutes, another message beeped, *I'm very scared, thinking about Abhinav. Let's not do this to him.*
    Kritika was busy with her work, and found this texting hard. She texted him annoyingly, *Stop thinking about him, instead, think about me. You'll feel excited, Adi!*

    Abhinav knocked her door, and asked if she was coming down for breakfast. She couldn't come, so she denied. He told her that he wanted to get a document signed by her. She was suddenly reminded of Aditya's text, and asked him that she'd do that later in the evening. Abhinav sighed and left for the office. She finally took a sigh of relief!

    ....
    ....
    ....

    "Is everything ready?"
    "Believe me, Kritu, you're looking so pretty."
    "Thank you, Maa. It's a pleasure to see you after months. Your saree suits you."
    "I wish your dad was here."
    "Ohho, Mrs. Anjali. Let's not talk about our grief today. Our children are happy after so long. Moreover, Mr. Kapoor is like her dad too. And he's here right beside her. We are all a family, right Kritika?"
    "Always have been, Mum!"

    ~©tortoise

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    The Best Man

    Part - 26

    It's always good to see people losing their calm just to make sure that you're safe and protected.

    ©tortoise

  • tortoise 1w

    #TheBestManSeries - for all parts.
    #NaNoWrMo - National Novel Writing Month
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    Amidst the giggling and chatter, Abhinav knocked on the door, when Kritika made gestures to tell him to wait outside for a while. It created anger within him. He was a human after all, and the sudden change in her behaviour was driving him crazy. He waited for the namesake, and knocked the door again. Without waiting for her answer, he entered inside, only when Kritika suddenly disconnected the call, and hid papers under blanket.

    "What are you doing here, Abhinav?"
    "Oh, so we're back to Abhinav?"
    "Offo, Abhi. I mean, I asked you to wait."
    "Why? You're my wife, and i can come to our room whenever i want."
    "Ofcourse, but i was on call."
    "So? Who asked you to disconnect it? See, your phone is buzzing again. You can talk in front of me."

    Kritika checked her phone, and she passed a smile before disconnecting it again.

    "No. I can't talk infront of you. It's personal."
    "What's personal between husband and wife? And by the way who are you talking to?"
    "It is personal. And who'd i be talking to? It's Aditya only."

    Abhinav's blood boiled on hearing his name again. Aditya, Aditya, Aditya. He was tired of him. He was tired of telling himself that his wife loves him. He wanted answers tonight. He held Kritika by her arm, and looked into her eyes.

    "What happened, Abhi?"
    "You tell me that!"

    She read his facial expressions, and in a minute realised his jealousy. She kept the phone away, and drove him inside the blanket, only when a paper was revealed with a notary stamp, and Abhinav noticed it to be some legal document. She brushed it inside suddenly.

    "It's no.. nothing.. it's nothing Abhi. I guess, we.. i guess we should sleep in our bedroom. You go, I'll come in a while."
    "Okay. Goodnight."

    Abhinav left suddenly, and his suddenness was shocking to her. She knew, once Abhinav loses his anger to calmness, it means he has given up on a situation. But what was the situation here? The secret was anyway going to be off in three days. So she doesn't thought much. It was anyway good that he's feeling this way, already. It'd be helpful specially when the secret would buzz off, and the reality would be less shocking than expected!

    She took those documents and kept them in an almirah. After locking it off, she kept the key in her small wallet. She then shut the door, and went to their bedroom. To her disbelief, Abhinav has slept already. She sighed, and went near to cuddle with him as she sleep. He brushed her aside, and turned his face towards the wall, showing his back to her. She knew how to deal with this Abhi. She put one leg onto his waist, and her one hand onto his chest, spooning him from outside. She was the bigger spoon tonight and she loved it. Abhinav resisted her initially, but as soon as he found her asleep, he twisted back to her and fondled her with his overwhelming love.

    ...
    ...
    ...

    "You're insane, Kritika. I don't think Abhinav will be happy from this. He loves you so dearly, we shouldn't do this to him. I'd not pick your late night calls from today."
    "What, Aditya? Don't be bossy. It's me who's in-charge. You don't need to te.."

    He moved closer in a rush, and held her by her waist. His fingers unrolled her messy bun, and with other hand, he stroked her cheek bones. She felt weak, and was about to hid her face in his chest, when he spoke,
    "So, who's the in-charge now, Mrs. Kapoor?"

    She blushed away. It was always easy for him to seduce her into a moment. Though she tried hard to not fall prey to him, Aditya always has a charm to woo her. She pushed him hard, and made him fall onto the chair behind him. Then she put her right foot onto his left leg, without removing her heel, and bend over him for a surprise, and spoke,
    "You tell now?"

    And they both chuckled on their stupid romantic moves. He grabbed her and made her sit on his lap, when she hugged her from one side.

    "Why are you so good to me, Aditya!"
    "Trust me, i want to be bad to you. I've heard women love bad guys."
    "Haha. Women love good guys only. But they should know how to love us, badly!"
    "Ah! This way!"
    "Ofcourse."
    "So, Abhinav loves you badly?"
    "Desperately!"

    ~©tortoise

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    The Best Man

    Part - 25

    Women love good guys only. But they should know how to love us, badly!

    ©tortoise

  • tortoise 1w

    #TheBestManSeries - for all parts.
    #NaNoWrMo - National Novel Writing Month
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    Abhinav noticed Kritika hustling around, on calls and messages. He felt weird, though that was the kind of Kritika, he met during their school days. He was happy to get her back. When you know you're loved, every place feels like home. He was finally at home, after about 2 years. He relaxed like there was no tomorrow.

    "Kitten, come, let's cuddle. What you doin'?"
    "You sleep, Abhi. I'm busy, it'd take me an hour or so!"
    "Busy? At this time? With? Some client or the.."
    "With Aditya. Who else?"

    He felt a lump in his throat. He knew there was some kind of tuning, between them, but Aditya had never spoken about it to Abhinav, and so had Kritika. This time she spoke straightforwardly. He felt happy about it, but he wanted to know the reason.

    "I see. Has your work not over on his rooftop?"
    "Huh?"
    "You're not listening, Kritika."
    "I told you, I'm busy, wait."

    She threw her phone on blanket, and jumped onto his lap. He rolled her into his arms, and she gave him a goodnight kiss. He didn't want to let her go, so he pushed her beneath herself.

    "Offo, Abhi. We're not on our honeymoon."
    "So we need to go to a new place, to make love?"
    "There are some rules.."
    "And we should fulfill them even when we're married for two years?"
    "We've just begun, Abhi. That marriage wasn't a relationship, it was merely a bond. It means nothing to me, since i know it has only felt like a cage. I did it for my dad's happiness."

    Abhinav's arm loosened on the thought of it. And she slipped away, got her phone, and ran to his room. For now, his room was converted to late night meeting room, and her room was their bedroom. He knew how hard it has always been for Kritika to adapt to new things.

    "Don't keep texting for long. Okay?"
    "Tell Aditya to shut up first. He talks a lot."
    "Hmm.. (i .. wish if i could do so)"
    "Did you say something?"
    "Nothing. Goodnight kitten. Come soon!"

    It was kind of a routine observation for Abhinav, to see her texting and calling people, and laughing while discussing her things. And everytime he'd casually ask, the name would be, "Aditya". He felt jealous initially, but when the things didn't stop, even after a week, he realised may be Kritika has something in her heart for Aditya. But everytime he went closer to her, she'd shower all her love onto him. He felt confused, and he found it was better to stay near her, rather than overthink alone, about his fears.

    "You look happier these days, Master."
    "She's crazy, Mr. Mehra."
    "And you're involving me too in your crazy plans?"
    "That's her wish. What can i say?"
    "It's hard to believe that you've given your controller to her. I mean, people usually do this with their partners."
    "She's my partner in crime."
    "Haha! Indeed. She is. I've never thought that Mrs. Kapoor will be so childish. She's perfect with you."
    "I know, and nowadays she feels it too. I'm worried about Abhinav, i hope he didn't feel cheated in the end."
    "I guess, he'd have guessed it by now. I've seen him checking on you many times. He's feeling jealous these days."
    "If i were him, i too would have felt it. Kritika can make anyone feel so."
    "So what's my role?"
    "That's not yet revealed!"
    "What?"
    "You see. Even you're under her control."
    "She's a better master, master!"

    ~©tortoise

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    Part - 24

    When you know you're loved, every place feels like home.

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    #NaNoWrMo - National Novel Writing Month
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    "That's not how it's done, twist it to the left once, and then to the right."
    "I see. Let me tr... Yay! It's done. I've never driven such a royal car. What if i damage this car?"
    "And how'd you do it?"
    "By smashing it to side road, or to a vehicle probably?"
    "That's not damage, but yeah, i got your point."
    "So?"
    "So what?"
    "You don't care about your cars, like other guys?"
    "Ofcourse i do. And let me tell you I've never trusted anyone by far now, to let them take the driver's seat."
    "That means i am special, even after you know my love for Abhi?"
    "You're special. And you'll always be. Even and if doesn't matter."
    "That's great, then. I can drive freely now. I was scared."
    "And i was occupied, to have forgotten about one important thing!"
    "What's that, Aditya?"
    "That you are looking amazing in this saree. This yellow saree, took away your few years. Gosh, are you even 18 to drive this car!"
    "Hahaha! I thought someone's craze went down, and that's why you forgot to praise."
    "That's quite a difficult task, but may be, once i begin seeing you daily, thrice, my craze might go down, a little?"
    "Uff! You're so adorable! Why don't you have a girlfriend?"
    "So that i can have a chance to date you!"
    "That was quite direct, Mr. Srivastava."
    "That's why you're blushing?"
    "Possibly."

    As they reached the cafe, and Aditya went to place an order, she grabbed his phone to click some selfies. Since the phone was locked, she tried several passwords. And then she was reminded of the one, he told her earlier, as a joke. She pressed, S R I V 2 8 A D I T I K A and, boom, it got unlocked. She blushed and hugged the phone, only when he came to snatch it away.

    "Excuse me, that's mine."
    "I was taking it for a click only."
    "I meant the hug."
    "Huh?"
    "Yeah, you should be hugging me, rather than my phone silly!"
    "What if i am the kind of woman, who seduces rich guys, into fake love to drive in a Jaguar, to eat in a fancy restaurant and work for better packages, so as to take my business to a greater height?"
    "Hmm, and what if i am the kind of man, who overly appreciates married women, to disrupt their happy married lives and to push them to the loneliness that I've reached to?"

    Kritika felt a lump in her throat. She wished to go to him and hug him tight to tell him, that he's not alone, and he's got her, even though as a client. But she knew her limits, and instead passed a faint smile to the obvious sarcasm he tried to do a moment earlier.

    "Tastes bitter, no?"
    "What?"
    "Your own medicine?"
    "Haha! Ofcourse. We both are good at defining our evil sides. Right?"
    "Indeed."
    "Aditya?"
    "I'm fine, Kritika."

    She kept looking at him, in the hope he'd look upto her eyes, but he kept his gaze low and stayed busy with the food. She tried to calm the air, and began conversation, for what she wanted him to join. He listened patiently, and as her plan unveiled in front of him, a loud gasp came out of his mouth.

    "Holy moly! Are you serious!"
    "What do you think? Isn't it some good plan?"
    "Bullshit plan. Who does this?"
    "We'll do this."
    "You've gone crazy, Kritika. What would your family think of you! And more importantly, what about Abhinav?"
    "I've talked to my maa, and his parents too. They were unwilling initially, but they understood that I'm doing this for everyone's good. And Abhi! He loves me, more than anything else, he'd understand it."
    "Phew! What more to say!"
    "Come on, just say yes, Aditya! Or you want me to lie in your feet and beg?"
    "That'd be equally good, but okay, but remember it was all your plan. Don't blame me after this."
    "All my plan? That means you're not willing. I thought it's about us, but seems like yo.."
    "Stop acting, Kritika. It's crazy, but if that's what makes you happy, I'd do it hundred times. And I'd take the blame too."
    "Now that's like my Adi!"
    "Ahem ahem, already Adi?"
    "I meant Aditya."
    "Adi sounds equally good."
    "How about Aditika?"

    And he blushed realising his password was still the same. And more importantly, she remembered it well.

    ~©tortoise

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    Part - 23

    She kept looking at him, in the hope he'd look upto her eyes, but he kept his gaze low and stayed busy with the food.

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    As he began to move, Kritika clutched him tight. It's been 3 warm days, for anyone to get addicted. But Abhinav had taken leave for that many days, so when he woke up on the fourth day, Kritika resisted.

    "I've to go, baby."
    "Where?"
    "To office."
    "Why? Aditya won't mind your absence. He's sweet."

    As she babbled through her sleep, Abhinav kissed on her forehead, and tucked her well inside the blanket.

    "I know he's sweet, and that's why i think i should be going. We shouldn't take advantage of sweet people, right?"
    "Umm, yeah. No point in arguing. You've already left the bed, and me."
    "You're so adorable right now. Believe me, if it were to me, I'd never have left this bed."

    He got himself ready, and was about to sit on dining, when Kritika entered too. She had also got ready, wearing a bright yellow saree with broad red border, and contrast jewellery. The adorable kid, Abhinav left in the bed, had turned to a gorgeous lady who still has the power to take his breath away.

    "I never knew my Kitten has plans for today as well."
    "What would i do alone at home? So, i thought.."
    "So you thought to go to your office?"
    "Kind of. First I'll go there, but then, I've other plans."
    "Like?"
    "Stop questioning, Abhi. Some things need to be kept as secret."
    "Even with our better halves?"
    "Specially with our better halves!"

    And that statement brought a laugh on Kritika's face, but a sense of doubt on Abhinav's face. The constant thought of Aditya made him tremble. He was ready to let go of Kritika, till she had revealed her love to him. But now, after all the clearance, and specially after spending such good time with her, so closely, he can't let go of her. He was possessive earlier too, now his possession had turned to obsession. The more he gets of Kritika, the more he wants. He shut off all his overthinking, as he got up, and went to her seat to kiss her on lips. It was abrupt, but worth the doubts, he was having. She kissed him back. And they both went off their ways.

    "Hey, Abhinav. Good to see you back! We all missed you."
    "Thank you so much sir. Yesterday, i saw, there were so many headlines about our company on various channels of television."
    "Is that why, you're glowing? Or there's something else?"

    Abhinav felt a spark in his eyes, he knew he was happy. For both the reasons, yet he wanted to tell Aditya, that Kritika has finally accepted him and she belonged to him.

    "Ofcourse, I'm happy about the news. Though this is more about my wife."
    "Indeed! I see. Kritika had really changed my rooftop for the best. She's a talented woman. You're a lucky husband, Abhinav."
    "That i truly am! Her love has kept me alive all these years. Sometimes i wonder, where would i be without her?"
    "Haha! You both are quite romantic. Tell me, when both of you are going to give your boss a good news?"

    This thought made him blush. He wanted a child too. But they hadn't been close since marriage. Past three days have been their closest, and he had felt so many times that Kritika was willing to make love to him. That thought bring a smile on his face.

    "Someone is dreaming already!"
    "Come on, boss! Stop teasing your employee like this. We are both kids only!"
    "I see the kid in you getting excited on the thought of making kid?"
    "You! Sir!"

    They both laughed out loud, and Abhinav left Aditya's cabin. To deal with Abhinav felt easy than he thought. He thought he might feel jealous, but to his astonishment, Aditya felt relieved knowing Kritika was loved by his husband. He looked up the portrait, and felt a twisting pain in his chest. He wanted to have her, in front of him, right now. But he also knew, if she was there, it would be impossible for him to stop himself from hugging her.

    "May i come in, sir?"

    The voice felt familiar, and his heart pounded when he acknowledged whose it was. He immediately stood up, and tried to hide the portrait. It fell off his hand, and the glass broke. He went nervous, and spoke, "A little busy, please wait for a while." He then, picked up all the pieces, and put them to the bin. The portrait was made on a big chart paper, which he folded in a long cylinderical shape, and secured with a rubber tie. He, then, opened up his cupboard and was about to keep it inside, when the door opened, and Kritika was standing there, smiling.

    "What's that, Aditya?"
    "Huh? Nothing, nothing. What are you talking about?"
    "Are you free, by the way?"
    "No madam, I'm exclusively busy."
    "My mistake, that i asked for your time. Okay, let's try again. You're coming with me, in your car, that I'll drive, down to the Golden cuisine cafe, where I'd like to discuss few things. Fine?"
    "Haha! As if i have a choice. By the way, is Abhinav also joining us?"

    She rushed to him, and put her hand on his mouth. He looked astonished and unable to respond. Only when she whispered, "it's a secret, stupid. I've not told him, I'm here. So you better keep your mouth shut. Also, Mr. Mehra has seen me here, and few of your staff members. Make sure, they don't tell Abhi."
    She waited for him to speak, but he pointed at his mouth which was still under her cover.
    "Oops sorry. Yea speak now!"
    "You are crazy!"
    "People go crazy in love. It's normal."
    "Sure. So we're already planning for a secret affair?"

    She blushed on his flirtatious tone. And he made a call, to make up for the arrangements. He was excited to spend time with her, even if he knew it was extremely hard to sit beside her, without getting close.

    ~©tortoise

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    Part - 22

    He looked up the portrait, and felt a twisting pain in his chest. He wanted to have her, in front of him, right now.

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  • tortoise 1w

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    It has been three days, when Abhinav hadn't attended the office. Somewhere deep down, Aditya knew the reason, for it was quite visible in Kritika's eyes, the day she bid him good-bye. And these 72 hours, Aditya has worked off really hard. He met with at least 3 clients daily, and followed the presentation details even late at night, and sometimes till early morning. The staff co-operated with him, without any question, because when the boss works hard, the team works harder. It was Mr. Mehra who didn't like this approach. Though these three days have added a lot to their profits, so he couldn't argue or even oppose Aditya. At the end of third day, when it was nearly upto 1 at night, and Aditya walked past him, he followed him.

    "Hey, Mr. Mehra, why are you up this late?"
    "How can a servant leave, when the master is working, Sir?"
    "Enough of your formalities, Mr. Mehra. How many times shou.."
    "Why are you hustling this much? Is there any big project in near future which I'm not aware of?"
    "Nothing like that, Mr. Mehra. Isn't it good to work hard, even when you've no deadlines? That's how we bloom?"
    "At what cost, sir?"

    Aditya remained silent knowing what he's trying to mean. He hadn't slept since three days, but he couldn't tell Mr. Mehra, that even if he wasn't working hard, he'd still be not taking care of his health. Kritika was the much needed storm of his life. And she has cleared up a lot of his mess, yet after a storm has passed, it takes time to go with the routine. He knew he'll manage things again, and better this time, but he also knew it would take time. And he has learnt from her, when things aren't well at personal level, we should work hard to get things better at professional level. Kritika had done brilliantly on professional front in last two years. He looked upto her, as his idol.

    "I know, master, it's hard. But your body needs relaxation too. Since, Mr. Kapoor will be back tomorrow, you can take a day or two off to chill."
    "Abhinav won't stay here for long, Mr. Mehra. We have to work hard these two three months, make profits as much as we can, and do whatever w.."
    "Two three months? Not here for long? What all of this means? Has he applied for resignation?"
    "No."
    "Exactly! Why would someone leave this company, right sir? You've offered him such a good package, what more an employee expects?"

    Aditya knew the reason, but he kept it to himself. He doesn't want to trouble Mr. Mehra. As they both sat in the car, Aditya felt a little cold. He adjusted the temperature, and thought what it would feel like if he was there in Kritika's arms. He remembered her passionate tight hug, and that warmth covered him all over. A faint smile blossomed on his face, and he switched off the heater.

    "To be honest, Sir, i somehow feel jealous of Kritika."
    "Huh? What? Why!"
    "Since she has came into your life, you've begun keeping secrets. Earlier you used to tell me all that ran into your mind, if not heart, even if a little late."
    "Haha, nothing like that, kaka. You're still my favourite human!"
    "I'm glad you've not married her, otherwise, where would i have gone to?"
    "You're exaggerating the situation, Mr. Mehra. And there's nothing like secret, I just want to make major profits, from the parties i don't feel good connection. From the parties, i, to be honest, is scared of, because i think they can cheat us."
    "Exactly sir. You've taken a good amount of risk, past these days, and i was wondering where did you get all this courage from?"

    "It's not courage, it's a good luck charm she has brought with herself. Till the time, she is here, i want to do everything i am scared of, because i know it all will work positively. Once she's gone, i know, I'll have to play appropriately. It's not like, without her Srivastava company wasn't doing good, but the market rise since last three months, has been astonishingly well and some of us can believe it to be because of raised economy, but i want to believe it differently. Abhinav's presence of mind has helped in marketing sector, adding to our incomes. Our rivals thought we'll perish after our manager resigned, and two clients deny to deal with us. But they didn't see what our fortune has in its basket."

    "It's amazing, sir. Seems like those in love always have a different perspective to general public."
    "Isn't it the same with you, Mr. Mehra. That's why you still wear the same old watch, your wife once gifted you?"
    "You're right sir. We all believe in things, that might not make any sense to others, but makes total sense to ourselves."

    Aditya passed a smile, and began humming a mild tune, when Mr. Mehra intervened again.
    "What did you mean, when you said, earlier, about two three months, Sir?"
    "You, kaka!"
    "Come on, baba. Tell me. Is it confirm, that Mr. Kapoor will leave soon?"
    "I don't know, honestly. But i know one thing, that Kritika loves Abhinav, and she has finally realised it. She moved to this city, because it was unbearable to live at the same place, her father passed away, and she was married to a man, she considered her best friend only. She wanted an escape from the reality. But i guess, now she has accepted the truth wholeheartedly, and she would like to go back. If that happens, Abhinav will leave too."
    "Hmm. I see."

    There was a complete silence, somehow, it all made sense. Mr. Mehra didn't ask more, because he always knew his limits. He felt sad for his master, because he always wanted him with Kritika. It was true, she has changed his life for the good. Until now, Mr. Mehra always lived in stress, thinking how would his master live, if something happened to him. After Kritika's encounter, and the growing love in Aditya's eyes for her, made him believe that she will be there for him. He could die in peace, but now the story was different. He felt the old stress returning. He sighed.

    "It's not that sad, Mr. Mehra. Once you meet her again, you'll realise how much she has changed. And Abhinav is the only right man for her."
    "He might be the right man, sir. But you were the Best Man for her."

    Aditya squeezed his hand, he knew Mr. Mehra was right. If Kritika could be his, he'd never let her go to any man. Even the thought of her being in someone else's arms made him revolting. But he knew, she loves Abhinav, not him. He wondered if she could love him instead, and divorce Abhinav. They could spend their entire lives dancing, and making love to each other. What a paradise it would be.

    "But, sir, you've that portrait of hers, in your office. That's not going anywhere, so what's the hurry?"
    "Haha! Your memory must be awarded, Mr. Mehra. Ofcourse, we've that portrait. But that will also be discarded away soon."
    "Discarded? As in?"
    "As in, nothing, Mr. Mehra. Enjoy the ride, and don't think much. Getko's art is amazing, yet the portrait shows one side only, I'm bored of it."
    "Bored? You can ask for a better portrait since now you've seen every side of Mrs. Kapoor."
    "That's why, Mr. Mehra, that's why. I've seen so many sides of her, that it can't be depicted on sheets of paper, that can't be captured on our cameras. I've felt all her sides, and that feeling is more than enough for surviving this life."
    "I've always prayed that you enjoy the life, you're building for yourself, but seems like you want to survive only."
    "Prayers don't work well, all the time, Mr. Mehra. We don't get what we ask for."
    "No sir. Prayers do wo.."
    "Did i ask for my parent's untimely demise? Did i ask for a working childhood? Did i ask for early maturity? Did i ask to be used by my girlfriend? Tell me kaka, what have i done so bad, that every person i loved, left me broken? Did i ask for it?"

    A tear slipped down his cheek, and he pressed the button to automatically open his side window. Wild air rushed onto his face, and he recalled how Kritika broke likewise into his arms. He felt weak, he wanted her arms now. He felt used again. Previously, he was used financially, this time he felt used emotionally. His heart ached for her, but his soul was as calm as the moonlight falling onto his face.

    ~©tortoise

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    The Best Man

    Part - 21

    We all believe in things, that might not make any sense to others, but makes total sense to ourselves.

    ©tortoise