The sun shone, its rays hitting its light on Ruhi’s face. She opened her eyes to see the light coming through the sheer curtains. Randeep had bought those sheer ones with floral print, just for her.
She looked at the man lying next to her, his arm on her protectively. Even in his sleep, he couldn’t let go of her, it seemed. She kissed him and he stirred and smiled in his sleep and settled down again.
She looked around the house lying there in his arms. Randeep had bought it for her shortly after the divorce.
So much had happened since that day when she thought she had lost him in the crash.
She remembered his exit from the company he had heralded for more than a decade. The company he had built, nurtured, taken to its peak and then quit for her. The company where they had met.
The chairman had organised the best farewell for his best man and had even outsourced some of their content creation to Randeep’s new firm. It was a great start for him and even before the first month was over, Randeep’s plate was full with a number of projects, thanks to his excellent track record as a kickass media professional.
Her divorce had come through parallely, her ex husband finally out of her life for good.
Randeep and Nimmi had held a press meet soon after and though she was nervous as hell, it went thru peacefully. There were no ugly stories except for a mention here and there about Randeep having already found a soulmate. But nothing ugly.
Ruhi remembered how Randeep had been extra protective about her around that time. He used to scan all newspapers, all news online to see if anything nasty had been written so that he could take care of it. In fact he didn’t allow her to touch any newspaper till he had seen it first.
She had argued with him that she wasn’t a small child and he had argued back that he didn’t want her to get upset. He was very firm about it and finally she had to give in. After all it was his love for her that he was being so stubborn. Secretly she thanked God for him, each moment, every day.
She looked at him now. Her hand reached his face and caressed his cheek. She leaned over and kissed him. He kissed her back in his sleep. She kissed him on his forehead as she sat up in bed.
She looked around the house. He had found it as soon as her divorce had come thru.
‘Ru… once Nimmi shifts to Dubai, we both have decided to sell the existing home. I want to start my new life with you in a new place. I want go make new memories with you, not take you to a house which already has memories of the past.’ He had said over coffee to her.
‘I can live anywhere Dee, as long as it carries your breath and your smell. The house is not important.’, she said softly clasping his hand.
‘I know. The new home may not be as big as my old one but it still will be nice and warm and full of love’, it can be our meeting place for some time, I can come after office here to meet you everyday and once all the curiosity around us dies, we can shift in together,’ he had promised her.
But when she had stepped into it a month later, it was not at all small as Randeep had described.
She remembered the morning he had reached her home and told her to get ready quickly as he had a surprise for her. She hadn’t argued as she knew Randeep very well now.
He drove quickly and there was an unusual excitement in his eyes. He had even shut her eyes with his hands as he opened the door with his keys.
When he removed his hand to let her see, she couldn’t but exclaim. On the nameplate was written Ru & Dee and she felt so happy just looking at it.
And just as she was ready to step in, he had stopped her and picked her into his arms. She laughingly asked him to put her down, she could walk and he had said, I promise to take you inside the house like everyday of my life.
Tears had renedered her eyes misty and he had to kiss her to distract her from getting too emotional.
As he showed her around, he noticed the floral prints he had chosen for the curtains and the cushions. He had remembered that she loved them.
There were flowers everywhere. The kitchen an open kitchen, So I can see you always, he said. And there was a coffee maker with organic coconut oil next to it. And as he settled her on the kitchen counter, he had made her the most wonderful cup of coffee. Between sips of coffee and slurpy kisses, the kitchen was inaugarated. And then he asked her to open the refrigerator and there was Honey Melt Icecream, her favourite. God! He had thought of everything.
They had then walked hand in hand to the bedroom and she loved the poster bed which had sheer curtains on all sides like a princess bed and fairy lights all around. She had clapped her hands in glee and then he took her to a drawer and opened it and she was pleasantly surprised. It had over hundred of shades of nail paint and he said, So I can apply one colour everyday to your lovely feet before I make love to you every night. And she had rushed into his arms and they almost forgot there was more to explore in the new home.
But the sight of the lovely balcony caught her attention and she got drawn towards it as he followed her. He too wanted her to see it and se gasped when she saw what it led to.
As she entered the balcony, she saw that it had a full view of the beach and the sea. And it was the same beach and the same spot where they had first met and had dinner after their hug that night.
This is because you love the sea and so we never forget where our journey towards each other began, he said softly into her ear as he held her with his hands.
'You like it?' He asked and she nodded. She loved it so much that she had no words. She knew Randeep must have gone to great lengths to get this house for her. It was a three bedroom house and it was more than enough for both of them. But what made it special was the thought he had put into it while selecting it that made it even more special.
She walked dreamily around the house soaking everything in, looking at everything now for the second time and he loved the happiness on her face. And once she was done touring it on her own, she came to the balcony where he stood waiting for her.
'And now for the most special thing', He said.
'There is more?' She asked surprised. And he nodded and from his trousers pocket he got out a small case in which were diamond earrings in the shape of a flower. They were exquisite and shone like little drops of sunlight.
She asked him what these were for.
'Because it was with these that it all began, don’t you remember? You brought me on my knees the first day you walked into my office. Had these not fallen from your ear, I would have never fallen in love with my destiny Ru'.
She laughed as he urged her to put them on and as luck would have it, she dropped one on the floor. They had ended up laughing with Randeep having to search for the elusive thing as it slid under the sofa and then once he found it, it had ended into a passionate lovemaking, their first in the new house.
And that was how the new home was inaugarated.
Ruhi smiled at the memory. It had been almost four months since then and they had started living together a month back. She looked at the sleeping Randeep and her trail of thought was broken by her phone ringing.
It was Nimmi calling to check on them and Ruhi filled her in with everything. They had finally broken the ice between them and Ruhi found it easy and non stressful to talk to her now. Nimmi was doing well and getting married soon. The call was to remind them to book their tickets to Dubai. Randeep was going to give Nimmi away and Nimmi asked Ruhi to threaten him that if he didn’t turn up, she would come and pull him by the collar and drag him to Dubai. The visual made Ruhi laugh. They finally finished their chat and Ruhi returned to her bed.
And then she settled herself under Randeep,s arms and whispered, 'Shall we make love before I leave for office Dee? Or would you rather sleep?'
And he whispered back, 'You know the answer Ru. Now you are damned', as he opened his sleepy eyes and pounced on her.
And their home giggled with laughter and love.
…..not to be continued… The END