Next day in school, all were excited for one week training programme in Khurana Constructions, the largest construction firm in India. It could be a dream of all to keep their step on the entrance of this building but, never could be true but today, they have chance to live their dream. They were very nervous and excited in enthusiasm. All were there before Geet as she, was to come with Maan. They were admiring the modish interior with wide eyes and somewhere, started to dream, working here in future. Though everyone knew Maan was not to a man to ogle for but, few girls secretly decided to give it a try. They knew very well that Geet has already made special place in his life but they took this casually, thinking maybe they can allure him better than her. Rest were enjoying their lucky chance gazing around. All were sitting, waiting in lounge area when heard, Maan is coming. They were shocked to see the whole office which was filled with giggles and noises became grave silent, a pin drop quite. Their heartbeats became fast in anticipation.
With few minutes of wait, they saw him coming. The huge attitude and firm personality was oozing with his every move. His one glimpse was enough to feel nervousness and dither all over and here he was present before them. They were in territory of his and this made them thrilled intensely. They rose from couch and greeted him when, they saw Geet, walking beside him, with same zeal but with soft and slow steps. Geet was feeling odd somewhere with everyone wide-eye stares. Geet felt strange expressions for her, from them. Though she already was ready to get unusual behaviours from them as she had to get in school but, today, she found it total different. What, could not understand but it was not as pricking as was in school. It was soft, smiling and wanting. Well, she brushed off her thoughts and followed Maan, to cabin. Although she wanted to be with her group but Maan was not ready to give her any empty space in her life now. He was afraid she would be hurt again and so, was very- very careful. Maan called Adi and instructed him manage trainees. All trainees were very excited to think they will be get chance to see Maan again but, whole day spent with no glimpse of him. He was helping Geet in her assignment but she, was fuming in anger, for not given permission to be with her friends. She was making faces, cribbing but Maan was very adamant, not to leave her sight for a second. she went frustrated.
“Maan, why did you arrange this all when I’m not even allowed to attend it!’’ She yelled closing book on table. He did not reply, pretended not to hear her. “Maan!’’ “Maaannnn!!!’’ her shout was going loud, he closed his ears but did not reply. “
“Thik hai, then I’m going’’ she stood up in jerk and turned to leave. “Geet, listen’’ Maan rushed to her, held her arm, pulled toward him. She did her face away, did not look him. He smiled on her baby anger. He lifted her face holding chin and made her look him. “Geet look at me’’ he said huskily. Geet felt shiver run all of inside with his intimacy but did not look. He forcefully made her face him, smirked. His smile made her boiling mad. “Ek toh aap mujhe jaane nahi dete, aur fir muskura bhi rahe ho’’
“You know what Geet, you look beautiful when you show your anger”
“Really !, then be ready Mr. Maan Singh Khurana to see my anger everyday because now I’m not going to melt anymore’’ She hits his feet with her shoes and run out closing door with loud thud.
“Geet, I won’t leave you!!!’’ He shouted holding his one leg and limping with other.
Geet went and sat with others. She was very happy and enjoying everything. She didn’t notice but started to get special attention. Being close to MK and now, almost owning KC, gave her respect and despise both. Few tried to be thoroughly friendly with her. Few made her a way to reach to Maan. “Geet, why don’t you tell Maan Sir to train us. He will never deny you’’
“Please Geet, it will be great chance for us if he would instruct us himself. Please only you can make him agree Geet. Please ‘’
Geet though did not want to talk him as she was very angry but agreed, thinking it will be really good for them. She nodded. Now she had to convince Maan who she knew, will not agree at any cost.
She peeped in Maan cabin, saw, he was busy. “Should go or not!’’ she was confused. She was fiddling her Dupatta, walking back and fro, self-talking and did not see, someone was watching her, folding his arm across chest. Maan was staring her for fairly five minutes and when could not bear more “Good Geet, good going’’ He said, making her stop on place. She frowned “Matlab?’’
“I meant that it’s good for you. You know, walking exercise n all. I wanted to say you since long but what to do, could not say as you would been upset na. But now I’m happy that you noticed you’ve gained weight’’ He smirked coming back inside, being followed by boiling Geet.
“What- what did you say? I’m gaining weight ha! Did you ever see yourself in mirror! Ah!! How overweight you’re! You know what Maan, you should go for exercise, that too twice in a day. Then somehow will be make some differences in your weighty body’’ She mocked, snatching file from his hand.
“Geet, this is called muscles you know. And listen, I’m more than perfect that all girls can die for my one glimpse’’ He said proudly
“Really! Maan you should na go for mental check-up. Now I’m really worrying for you’’ She said making sympathy face, touched his forehead. “Meri maaniye Maan, take some days rest. Then only you can be normal else I’m really afraid for you. Chaliye Maan, let’s go, sit here.. On chair. I bring water for you. Poor you!’’
Her act made him irritated. “Shut up! And what did you say, I need to see doctor Ha!’’ He started moving to her. “Now you will see who I’m Geet, and Now, you will see what effect, I leave on girls’’ He came dangerously close to her. She shivered with his closeness and skipped several beats of heart. He smirked seeing his effect on her, did not move or say further. Let her shower in his nearness, vicinity. She was melting inside, looked down, and when could not bear more, closed her eyes.
“Geet’’ he whispered, in her ear. Her heart was to explode any second. Her racing palpitation was revealing her vulnerable condition. “Am I affecting you?’’ His warm breath fell on her face. “Bolo Geet’’ She was not in sense, forgot where she was, what was doing or what should do. She clutched his shirt, supported her melted leg for standing. The heat of their proximity gave them unknown bordering, which they could not escape from. They had lost completely, far – far from there, from anyone, from everyone, from themselves and were relishing the new flavour of love. Inside their closed eyes, a new life was growing up, playing in joy, in freedom. They dreamed their future, with each-other, in their Loveland.
The ring of phone brought them back in sense. Both opened their eyes, to witness each-other faces, mere an inch away. Maan didn’t move. He was staring her, her glowing face which had his reflection all over, not visible but he, could see clearly. He smiled “Did I affect you Geet!’’ she looked him, his eyes. It had wish, longing, desire which was waiting for her. She looked down, smiled, didn’t reply knowing he knows her answer.
“I knew’’ Maan said smrking.
“Yahi, that no one can resist Maan Singh Khurana’’
“Really! Per asa kuch nahi hai. I’m not being affected, not at all’’ She pushed him back, came to near table, turned from him, wanted to hide her flushed face.
“Sach me! Then Okay, I will show you how my presence can charm any girl here. How about your friends geet? Just wait and watch sweetheart’’ “Now come , why you’re standing there like statue. We have to go training room. After all, there only I can show my skill, right!’’ he gave his signature lopsided smile, making her annoyed furiously. She did not notice, unknowingly she had made him ready for training.