Chapter Four


Jay walks towards Shirya and Hitesh who were working on the laptop. “Guys, don’t you feel hungry? I think it’s almost the lunch time.”  “Oh yes! Now speaking of food, even I feel hungry. Should go and we eat?”Hitesh moves his wrist to check on the time.

The trio walk towards the cafeteria. Shriya orders a plate of puri bhaji while Hitesh and Jay open up their tiffins. “Uhmm Jay why it feels that you’ve got something yummy in lunch today?” Hitesh sniffs around in air jokingly. “Yes, even I am smelling something delicious.” Shriya pops in sitting down with her order.

“Uh well Pari made my favourite Palak Paneer for me.” Jay opens up the foil wrap around the rotis. “Who’s pari?” Shriya enquired as there was a puzzled expression on her face. “She’s is Friend who acts like his mom.” Hitesh mocks and tries to dip roti in Palak Paneer. “Ya, wait till she knows what you said about her.” Jay hits Hitesh’s hand. Shriya keeps looking at the duo who are mocking each other while she keeps waiting for her answer.

“Parnika is my best friend and neighbour. I call her pari, it was her on the phone a while back. She wanted to know if I liked her surprise?” Jay pushes the tiffin towards Shriya offering her to taste. “She’s really great at cooking. At times it’s even better than mom’s even though she learnt this from mom.” Shriya takes a bite as Hitesh keeps gawking at his friend who had just denied sharing his lunch with him. “Mmmm, This is really good.” Shriya mumbles with her mouth full.

“Told ya! Anyway if you are free someday we can hangout together. I’d introduce you. She seemed curious about you as well.” Hitesh silently dived down into his lunch and kept staring at both of them as he felt being ignored.

“Really? I’d like to see her as well.” Shriya gets up and moves as she’s done with her lunch.

Hitesh and Jay walk towards the parking lot after finishing their first day at work. For the first day it wasn’t quite tedious. “Hey, when’s Khushi coming back?” Hitesh inserts key in his bike as Jay stands by. “I don’t know, she’s done with her diploma now but she wanted to stay there and work a bit there to get some experience.” Khushi had moved to london to study fashion designing which had been her dream unlike Jay who wanted to follow their parent’s footsteps. Khushi was the bold one out of the siblings and had decided to do her course from one of the best in the world at that time. It didn’t take her long to get accepted into the institute as soon as she finished her high school. Her grades were good enough to get her into the course and as Jay here was struggling with his careers, she headed out to make her own.

“What’s up with you two?” Jay had caught the glance of momentary sad expression on his friend’s face which he changed quickly. What's he hiding? “Hey, is everything okay?” Jay places hand on Hitesh shoulder who’s now on his bike thinking about something. “Hmm? Uh, no. It’s nothing, Just wanted to know how’s she? It’s been a long time seeing her.” Hitesh tries to hide but he had no idea that Jay had already sensed something wrong. “You are sure? I don’t think so, your expressions say something else.” Hitesh waves his hand, “Ah, it’s nothing. I am just tired. I need some nice and cozy sleep.” Hitesh fake yawns and rides his bike out.  Jay looks at him going for a while and then moves towards his car.

“How was your day?” Parnika chimes in as Jay opens the door and hangs the car keys on the keyholder on the wall by side. “It was amazing and tiry at the same time. For first it was great to see Hitesh back again. I thought he selected the offer to move to Canada with that company of his. But idiot decided to leave that and work with me. Isn’t he the best buddy one can have?” Jay sits by Parnika who switches off the tv. “Let’s dine together. I was waiting for you. I have made Gajar halwa for you.” Parnika places the remote and walks into the kitchen. “ I don’t wanna jinx it but is today something special? Everything has been awesome the whole day. Don’t bother to answer, hehe. I’ll go and change.” Jay heads upstairs to his room.

Parnika had planned a candle light dinner for Jay. She wanted to tell him something that she’s been waiting to tell him since a very long time. She had talked to Ma and Pa on the call today and they both were very happy to know it. They wanted to see how Jay reacts to it. It was all planned and set. Now, it was the just the waiting for that moment making Parnika nervous and anxious. She was worried if he’d flip out or be happy? They’d been together for a long time now and she wanted to take it a step further. But is He ready for it? The thought constantly kept her bugging until she saw Jay walk down the stairs happily.

She for once just wanted that smile to last on his face forever. Before she could speak, Jay started serving their plates. “I can’t wait anymore. This looks so delicious!” Parnika chuckles as Jay serves items one by one on the plates. “What?! You can’t blame me, I’m a die hard foodie.” Jay winks at Parnika whose eyes go wide for an instance and later has a smile on face knowing the playful nature of Jay. “By the way, you know Pari, today along with Hitesh I met someone else as well.” Jay narrates the instance at office where she’d called to check if he’d his food on time.

“Who’s Shriya? I didn’t know you had any female friends as well?” Parnika wanted to tell him something else but she didn’t want to break his excitement about sharing his day. It was normal for Jay to share his day every night with her when they dined together or afterwards while sleeping on their open terrace whilst gazing at the night full of twinkling stars. For her it meant something else but for Jay, he never realised the hidden meaning. It was just having someone to share all his secrets with his best friend. It was something that he wanted to cherish for life.


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