The Chant

Live-in friendship – Part 4

“Hey, keep visiting Reetha when I’m not here. Even Kira might not be home over the weekends. Reetha might feel lonely.”, Maya was telling Kranthi. Maya was getting ready to go to the airport. Her long pending summer vacation was due now.
Reetha was planning for a quick visit to nearby tourist attractions as her friend was visiting her after many years. She invited Kranthi also. Kranthi’s lame excuses annoyed Reetha. She went ahead without Kranthi.
The very next day after Reetha was back, Kranthi planned to go the same place with Jiger. She enquired Reetha about those places before leaving for the trip.
Reetha spoke to Kranthi causally. But she was very disturbed with Kranthi’s behavior. She realized Kranthi’s intention behind her excuses to avoid the trip with her. Talking to Maya made her feel better. They both were not happy with Kranthi’s behavior. Slowly Maya’s anger conquered Reetha too. She was waiting for Maya to come back from vacation. Maya was even more angry with Kranthi after talking to Reetha.
Jiger was in deep thoughts about his future. His conversation with his mom last night didn’t go well. As usual his marriage topic was trending in his house. He wanted to take it slow. But with Kranthi around he felt his love life will be in trouble. He couldn’t ask her to move out. He still felt the need for Kranthi for his casual lust. Also he liked Alice coming home. He enjoyed partying with her. She was a good company.
His phone vibration disturbed him. It was a message from Zarna. She had asked him out for a movie. He felt it’s right time to accept it. She belonged to his caste. Making it easier for him. He replied to her, conveying his positive response for the movie date.
This was a good start he felt.
Kranthi one the other hand was ditching all her female friends for Jiger. She was known to be loyal to boys. Her friendship with girls was always limited as she could never share true friendship with them. All her female friends ignored her friendship except Alice. As Alice had ditched lot of people for money and her needs, no one was ready to be friend with her. But for Kranthi, she was attracted by Alice’s style and posh attitude. She always wanted to be with posh friends and being friendly with Alice gave her entry for friendship with lot of luxury guys.

To be continued……

Link to previous parts,

Live-in friendship – Part 3

Live-in friendship – Part 2

Live-in friendship

Happy New Year

Live-in friendship – Part 2

 

She felt uncomfortable. “Did I ask him at a wrong time?” Her thoughts were trying to land but she let them fly.

Reetha and Maya as usual were the last ones to hear her grumbling, but first few to really respond to her emotions. They knew it wasn’t going to work out. But they didn’t know, the questionable relationship was not just friendship. They felt it will be alright soon.

He was waiting to see her. Hiding his emotions and intentions. He didn’t knew what he wanted. He wanted to give it a try. Her brilliance, interest and taste attracted him. He wanted to know more about her. He didn’t want to take it forward. He didn’t want to approach her. He was scared if he had made the right decision. He just let it happen.

Alice, her bestie had come to meet them. They decide to chill with a drink but ended up getting drunk. Alice was drunk and he helped her settle in the bed. Holding her by her waist he slowly walked with Alice. She was watching him helping Alice. She was drunk, but her conscience was behind him.

After helping Alice settle in her bed, he came and sat near her. Putting his arm around her, he offered her a smoke. They both smoked together. Their usual relaxation after a drink. She removed his arm from her shoulder and ran towards the patio. He quickly grabbed her hand. She pushed him off.

He walked behind her. Hugged her tightly. “What’s wrong with you?”, he asked. “Do you like to date Alice?”, she asked.
Without thinking he said, “Why not? I think we both have common likings.”
She didn’t expect the answer. She felt insecure. Jealousy was burning inside. “You cheated me. You said no to me and you wanna date my friend. I can’t accept it.”

He was taken aback. He never thought she was still holding to her love. “Just chill. I just casually said it. We are all friends.”, he said.

“I feel you are going away from me. I can’t take it. I don’t want her coming in between us. I know this is bull shit, but I can’t stop thinking about it.”

To be continued………

To read previous part, please refer below link.

Part 1