Geet stopped doing whatever was doing. She looked him, stunned, confused. She did not believe what heard. “ I dint get Maanji ”
Maan took album from her hand and put it on floor. He took her hands , in him. Looked in her eyes “ Geet, never say you don’t have any memory of your family. From now, you have. You have memories of my past, memories of my childhood, of whatever I lived in, is yours now Geet. You would live with my life, with my memories. When you would cry, think about this moment, in which we are together, spending now. Whenever you feel lone, about your family, you would think about this house, this Mansion, hmm ! ”
There was silence. Geet was overwhelming with Maan’s warm behavior. It was happening with her, which, she could never imagine. But she was not willing to take this much, from her Owner. It was not right.
“ Why Maanji ! Why you are doing all this for me ?” she questioned
“ you dont trust me Geet, haina ! ” Maan questioned her back
“No Maanji, don’t think like this please. But you are doing this much, I mean I am a very simple , poor girl, I am alone Maanji. I have nothing for which you would do anything. I cant give you anything in back . Its not right taking everything what you are providing me, being a mere maid ” she closed her eyes. A drop passed from her cheek, hung on chin edge.
“ This is what, you think of yourself Geet, Ever have you known what I think, feel about you?”
Geet saw him with her wistful eyes, waiting for his next set of words. Her heartbeats were stopped, making all silent, want not for missing any single word, what he was going to say.
“Geet You know when you had come here, in this Big mansion how I had been living ? How I was like dead, far from any happiness. How any single smile had been feared, from touching me, my dark shadow? How I used to work for no reason. How I used to spend my years not expecting for any change in my life. I had no reason, no expectation for any thing. I was living because my parents wanted me to be alive, till my breaths would not leave my body. But when you came, i became alive. I saw my reflection, my loneliness in you but your were happy, you were laughing with full zeal unlike me. I was amazed how it was possible. I had my house and this richness and you had nothing, yet, you were happier than me. I wanted to know and I saw, I got to know you were happy with your smallest things with you, with no complain with anyone. You had made your own world, your own family around you, alone. And then I understood Geet, you were more lucky than me. Yes, indeed I am richer than you, I have everything what any one could wish for, yet, I am poorer than you Geet. And therefore, I am giving this, part of my life, to you. And want a promise from you that you will teach me to live. Living with full of happiness and smile, like you lives Geet. Tell me Geet, will you give me this gift?’ Gift of aliveness ! Gift of our togetherness, for ever . Bolo Geet ! ” Maan was eagerly waiting for her reply. It was like their time had stopped and he was waiting for his next birth, impatiently
Geet was in ecstasy. Maan words made her speechless. She was not able to give reply. What to say ! It was so difficult saying a word, she dint realize yet. But she knew, Maan was expecting from her and she was too, wanting to answer him, her approval And she did. She nodded her head, she accepted whatever he demanded, requested. She never knew argue with her emotions. Her thoughts were so transparent, so pure which never needed any dispute. She did not know what their relation would be called from now. What had changed there, around them, between them, But she was happy, she was giving something to Her MaanJi. Something, what he longed, carved for, from her. She was happy that she had something, which would make Her Owner, her possessor happy and delight, So, she nodded her head, smiling. The drop which was stopped on her chin, witnessing all happening before and fell on ground, followed by more some…
Maan was over the Moon. He did not know what happened. Why his heart started dancing in full madness. He looked her moving her head up and down. It was a simple move but, his life had seemed changed, with this one move. She accepted, her being with him. She accepted what he desired, without thinking a second. She trusted him this much , he dint know. His eyes smiled. His lips glowed, shined with joy. Everything became fresh, clean, bright. He was not sure what move should take next. He raised his arms to cover it around her. He wanted to take her, in his arm. Wanted to be sure, it was not dream and she, would not vanish, but stopped hearing a cough from out of room.
Geet exhaled, heavy breaths which was struggling in her throat, with Maan move. She looked down, calming her heart. Nakul, knocked door and came inside, felt something was different, there. He had a plate in hand. Maan looked confused when Nakul kept in on floor. Both Maan and Geet surprised to see, it was same food, which made by Maan. Both were not sure why Nakul brought it here but when Nakul insisted them to taste. it tasted good.
“Nakul how you did this?” Maan was surprised.
“ Nothing much Maan Sir. Just put some spices which Geet had made and some salt too, which you had forgotten ” Nakul bit his lip, looked down. Maan smiled, along with Geet, who was just laughing, her heart out.