3 days & 3 nights in Rathambor- Ragna FF (EMA)
Helloooooooooooo Ok this was Asavri’s ff request…Bloomin heck I have written so much! I cant believe it and still not finished! Chalo lets see if you guys like this new FF. Do comment and tell me if I have the characters right nahi touuuuuuuuuuuu….Buahhahahahaha!
Throwing down his papers in disgust Raghav stood glaring at nothing in particular. Pacing his sitting room he muttered, “There has to be a way. Come on think Raghav! You are a top businessman why cant you even sort out some quality time with her? But that ‘society’ of hers wont let her do anything, No Raghav, cant do this No Raghav..cant do that…its all I am hearing!”
He sat down on the plush white leather his eyes focused, brain whirring. Slowly a glimmer of a smile began to form on his lips…his eyes lidded over..YES!!.….he was after all the boss! Pulling out his phone he stabbed at her number. “Oh yes Ms Kalpana Jhadav I have you now.” She answered on the third ring.
“Kalpana, pack a bag, we are going on a urgent business trip.” Raghav put on his best grumpy authoritative tone as he gazed out of the window on to the Mumbai scene.
He let that go, after all to get her to agree he would have to keep playing the big bad boss.
“Err ..where are we going? And what should I tell Aai?”
“Tell her Raghav Singhania needs his assistant to come with him on a business trip. Pack for three days. Err pack some leisure clothes too..you know jeans..T-shirts…clients will need us to entertain them too when there are no meetings.”
“THREE DAYS!” Her screech nearly blew his ears.
“Ms Jhadav it is not uncommon for assistants to accompany their bosses on business trips.”
“B..But Aai…three days? I …what will she say?”
“Is she there?” His tone was firm.
She looked around her aai, she was cooking something or another. “Yes.”
“Give the phone to her” it was a command.
“But Sir…” he could hear the fear in her voice.
He smiled at her hesitation as he heard her call kamla maa and tell her Raghavbaba wanted to speak to her.
“Raghav baba kuch kaam tha? Kalpi ne kuch galat kiya?” a blubbering Kamla mai as usual was very suspicious.
“Kamla maa..dekho some clients have arrived from abroad and are staying in Rathambor I have to have several meetings with them there. I need to take kalpana there with me as she has all the knowledge and information that I need. She will be with me for three days. Of-course I will take care of her, that goes without saying. She says she cant come without your permission. But as you know if Kalpana was working anywhere else this would be compulsory but I feel as I know you I should at least advise you of the plan.”
“But away? Raghav baba….” Kamla hesitated..”what will people say. Why aren’t you taking Pakhi instead?”
He frowned at that, why was she always pushing Pakhi at him. “Kamla maa…Kalpana is a very able assistant, in-fact much more than Pakhi and as I said any other company would expect this without any issues and you do want her to learn and grow don’t you.”
He grinned into the phone as he heard her sigh having sealed it with the last comment.
“Haan…haan…if you are sure Raghav baba….” she was giving in , he could feel it. He almost punched the air with joy.
Calming himself down he went back into business mode. “Bas tou Kalpana ko bolna pack kaar le, mein subah lene awwonga. And Kamla maa she will be quite safe with me.”
“Haan baba…I know that.” Kamla maa said in a small voice.
“Tou can I go?” Kalpana’s eyes were wide with excitement.
“Haan..” Kamla said “but Vithal will have the final say.” She looked at Kalpna’s huge smile and frowned.
“You are going there for work aren’t you?”
“Aai! Didn’t Raghav baba just speak to you?” Kalpana wondered at her mother. She added two plus two and came up with ten always!
“Haan..haan.. “ Kamla frowned as she washed her hands. She really didn’t like Kalpana going away..and wondered why Raghav baba didn’t take Pakhi baby with him instead. Pakhi she felt was much more able to cope with Raghav baba’s type of people, and of-course Pakhi loved him so it would have been better all round!
The next morning….
Bright an early he was there at the door, looking handsome in a dark grey suit. He glanced at Kamla maa and Vithaal his face set in business mode.
“Raghav baba you will be look after my princess wont you?” Vithaal asked him his face worried.
“I always look after what is precious to me…”..he saw Vithaal’s brow pleat at that..”err I mean precious to the company. Kalpana is a valuable asset to us.”
He saw her come out of the other room, she looked so adorable in a peach salwar, her hair was damp as if she had just come out of the shower not long ago. His fingers itched to run through it…
“Err Kalpana are you ready? We have to leave now, flight is at eleven!” His tone came out all gruff as he was having difficulty from letting his mind wander about having her in his arms and stealing that kiss that she had been so reluctant to give him. He could almost feel taste her.
She frowned at him..”er yes I am ready..aai..baba..I shall see you soon.”
“Phone kaarna when you get there! And keep in touch.” Kamla called after them. “Kaam ke liye jaate haina,” she said to all the chawl wallas who were hanging around.
“Aur Kalpana beta you don’t do anything you shouldn’t…”Kamla added softly in Kalpi’s ears. Getting a quelling look from Vithaal.
“Tu kya bolti hain? Kalpi can mange her self I trust her!”
“Please don’t worry, I will take special care of Kalapna.” Raghav grabbed her suitcase and ushered her out of the door and into his car before Kamla maa came up with more objections.
“Sir..where are we going again? Who are these clients? You didn’t mention them yesterday in the office?”
“Kalpana we have four days together, don’t bore me with all your questions straight away.” He stared at her shocked hurt face. OH this was going to be exquisite. He was going to ….his mind rioted with ideas…..without realising he started to whistle as he drove them to the airport.
Kalpna stared ahead..what was he whistling? Teri naina has diye? No this ghussaat man would never know such a romantic song! So unpredictable! Blowing hot and cold! She stared ahead with a scowl at nothing in particular. She had been so excited to go on this trip now she wasn’t sure.
They arrived at Vanyavilas Oberoi later on that evening. Kalpi’s eyes widened at the sheer opulence of the place.
“Raghav kaho mujhe! I knew you would love it.” Raghav couldn’t help grinning at her uninhibited pleasure. She was utterly different from the spoilt women who vied for his attentions.
“Who wouldn’t?” She stared into the vast reception opulent luxurious sofas were dotted here and there. Incredible flower displays adorned the many tables, exotic rugs littered the floor, whilst rich colourful tapestries hung on the walls. She went up to a painting of a Mogul hunting scene and stared in awe.
“Raghav Singhania, a believe a suite is booked for me.”
“Welcome sir! I hope you had a pleasant journey, may I offer you a cold towel?” the receptionist fawned on him, Kalpi glared at her simpering performance and slid herself right next to him.
Grinning as he saw her fuming with jealousy Raghav signed the customary forms.
An older man walked into the reception and looked at the papers where Raghav had just signed “Er Mr Singhania! I am the manager, I have to apologise to you in advance the suite you have booked with the two rooms had a minor flood yesterday so we have had to move you to a suite with just the one bedroom. I am afraid it is the one of the two special honeymoon suites but that’s all that is available at this time.
“Honeymoon suite!” They both said at the same time. Raghav frowned, he wanted her to have a comfortable time with him and not get the wrong idea. Once they were married…well that was a different matter.
“There must be some other rooms available!”
“No sir we have a wedding party coming this evening, all the rooms suites are all taken up. I do apologise to you and Mrs Singhania but I am sure you will love the honeymoon suite.”
Damn! He looked at her face, she looked quite perturbed. He didn’t want to clarify now that she was not quite his wife, not yet anyway, especially as they were staying in honeymoon suite otherwise the hotel people would look at her unnecessarily in a bad light, it wasn’t that he cared but the look on her face said it all.
“Kalpi I am so sorry about this, believe me. “
“Its a very big room you will have no complaints sir..please sir… “the manager begged.
“In the same room?” she hissed in his ear, her face paled and blushed making him bite his lip from trying not to laugh. She was such an innocent.
“Lets go and see at least.” Raghav said taking hold of her elbow. Any moment she was going to open her mouth and tell the manager that they are not married making the situation very awkward.
Following the bell boy they went further and further into the hotel. Kalpi forgot that she was annoyed and angry as she saw the countless small courtyards, fountains, lush vegetation. Beautiful paintings in the brightest of colours, mosaics in bright jewel like colours set in walls that were carved with exquisite care. Finally through a clearing they approached a small bungalow, the bell boy went up to the door and swiped the card.
“Welcome to your honeymoon suite!” He declared proudly.
He saw her hesitate, running his fingers down her arm he laced his fingers through hers and tugged her to the room after the bell boy who was chattering nineteen to a dozen about the various facilities. The room was sheer luxury, lush furnishings, bright colours and so much space Kalpi’s jaw dropped open. Looking around she thought this one room alone equated to three of the chawl flats. They followed the young man around looking at the ample amenities which included a private plunge pool over hung with vegetation that completely screened it from prying eyes. Raghav grinned and squeezed her hand as he saw her open mouthed wonder. As the young man moved back into the room Raghav stopped him, he dint want him to lead them into the bedroom. That would surely make her take flight.
“Myself Moti sir, I will also be your private butler. If you need anything please do press number nine on this phone.” He said waving at the hotel phone.
Raghav fished out a suitable note and slipped into the hand of the young man. “We can take it from here. Thanks.”
As soon as the man closed the door behind him, he pulled Kalpi tightly into his arms in an easy hold just starting down at her.
Surprised she stared up at him, “Sir?”
He pressed his fingers into the indent of her waist to chastise her “…mera naam bolo…”.his voice was husky and smooth as velvet.
“R..Raghav…” She blushed as his thumbs caressed her waist through her top. She could barely think. “err what time are we meeting the clients.”
“Hmmmm….” he couldn’t stop staring into her eyes. Deep, dark and obsidian he felt himself drowning in them.
“ The clients..?” It came out as a whisper. She couldn’t even think when he looked at her like that. His eyes adoring and warm, hooded lids, there was such an intensity about him she gave an involuntary shiver.
“Clients..?” he repeated parrot fashion. “What clients?” his lips sought the delicate skin of her ear.
Kalpi heard his words as if from a distance, slowly they permeated her brain. What clients? What did he mean? Did he not bring her here for a meeting? Suddenly her brain cleared and she pulled away from him.
“Raghav why exactly did you bring me here?”
He looked at her angled chin, she wasn’t going to give him an inch. But he too was at the end of his tether.
“Frankly speaking Kalpi I am fed up of all this no Raghav this and no Raghav that!”
“So?” She stared at him in wonder and more than a little anger. Why did he bring her all the way here, when there were no clients at all.
“I want to spend time with you! And you only. I need you Kalpi!”His hands sought the tops of her arms and he tugged her into him. “I cant bear us being apart. You are in my blood…I want to see you in front of me all the time..to be able to touch you when I want to…to be able to kiss you.”
“Raghav!” Her shocked expression told him all.
“Kalpi cant you see what you do to me? Perhaps I have become selfish living by myself all these years. When I want something I go after it.”
“But to bring me here, to lie to Aai and baba? To me……”
“What am I supposed to do then! You tell me?” Clear frustration showed on his face.
“Honeymoon suite?” Her eyes accused him.
“No, that wasn’t any of my doing. I booked another suite with two separate bedrooms. Kalpi mujhe paata hai…I love you! I wouldn’t want you to do anything that you are not ready for. Although it may kill me to keep my hands off you.” He saw her eyes darken..”but I love and respect you too much.”
“No buts. Listen, we will spend the next three days together at ease with other, like best friends. Look at this as trial run pre wedding. We will go sight seeing, we will eat, swim and relax. I will ask no more of you…I will sleep out here on the day bed you will have your privacy in the bedroom. I just want to spend time with you, is that a crime? And waha we are working or so restricted by family constraints.”
He drank in her expression as she mulled over what he was saying.
“Kalpi your eyes tell me you want to spend quality time with me too, say you will spend the next three days with me. That’s all I am asking.”
Kalpi stared up into his eyes, drawn by the love she saw reflected in there for her. The idea of spending time alone with him excited her beyond measure, a shy smile lit her face.
“Yes..I will spend the next three days with you.”