3 days & 3 nights in Rathambor-chap4
Kalpi dragged Manisha into their villa with her straight to the bedroom. Opening the bags one by one she showed Manisha all the outfits.
“WOW!” Manisha shook her head in disbelief. “Are you sure? OMG OMG!” Tears flowed out of her eyes.
Raghav stood leaning against the door way watching on indulgently as Kalpi fished in the last bag and pulled and put a exquisite dark red sari against her to show Manisha.
His breath caught, dear God, his eyes darkened. He could just imagine her in that, in his arms, dancing and then coming back home, his fingers caressing the soft skin at her bare waist, a loud inarticulate sound escaped him as his imagination ran riot.
Turning, both the girls looked at him with questioning looks.
“Err you two carry on I will catch up with some work.” he muttered with haste as he felt his cheeks flood with colour. What was Kalpi doing to him, he was seriously behaving like an untried youth. Turning fast on his heel he grabbed his laptop and went out to the poolside in a bid to escape.
“Your husband is so dishy!” Manisha giggled, “and I think you had better keep this red sari and wear it for him, because as far as I could see from his expression he imagined you wearing and taking it off again!”
Kalpi blushed bright red. “No..no its nothing like that.” She muttered secretly pleased that she could cause such a reaction in him. She never realised that she had such power that it threw him.
After trying on two of the outfits Manisha chose a pale peach and a turquoise blue lengha. “Can I call Monty here? I want him to meet with you and your husband. And you must must come tonight to the Mehfil event.”
Kalpi nodded biting her lower lip with worry. Two things troubled her, first that they all thought they were married already and the other that Raghav had brought her here to spend quality time with her. Possibly he wouldn’t want to go to any such event where they would be surrounded by others. She thought she had better go and ask him whilst Manisha called her Monty.
He was sitting with his back to her typing away at his laptop. Shyly she stood behind him and slipped her arms around his neck.
Raghav smiled. This was the second spontaneous gesture on her behalf. It seemed his Kalpi was getting used to touching him without feeling scared that Kamla maa would jump out from behind a bush any moment. He bit his lower lip with a sigh. He couldn’t wait they were really married it would be such bliss to just take her in his arms and kiss her thoroughly.
“Ummm.” Raghav’s thoughts were going into overdrive.
“Manisha is insisting on us going to her Mehfil night tonight.”
His excited state just bombed. “Definitely not! Kalpi I am not sharing you with anyone as it is tomorrow is our last day.” His face darkened.
“Please do come sir!” Manisha said from behind Kalpi. Her Monty had arrived and he too extended an invitation.
“Please sir, you have saved our night! Manisha has been crying non stop since we couldn’t find her bag. I am ever so grateful to you and Kalpi here. And please I must pay for them.” Manisha nodded vigorously at that.
Raghav looked at the two young love birds, they looked so happy together, he didn’t have a heart to say no. He nodded his acquiescence at going.
Kalpi who and moved away from him as soon as Manisha and Monty had arrived smiled a megawatt smile at him.
Monty came up to Raghav and shook his hand, “thank you thank you so much sir. We will see you tonight.”
“We will see you tonight,” he said, “and please accept the clothes as a gift from me and my wife.” Raghav watched Kalpi’s face as said that. He knew she would be happy that he had gifted them but the husband part was still a little sticky.
“ Are you sure? No..no..they are all designer stuff, so exoensive!
Raghav just smiled. “We are happy to gift them to you, aren’t we darling?” He watched Kalpi blush and then glare.
“Thank you thank you sir!”Manisha hugged Kalpi and they both went off as they had so much preparation to do for the evening.
“Thank you! Thank you!” Kalpi launched herself into Raghavs arms as soon as they left.
“I will only go on one condition.” Now he had her exactly where he wanted her.
“Condition?” Kalpi looked up at him, “what condition, you didnt mention any conditions when you agreed?”
“A businessman doesn’t play all his cards straight away, Kalpi not when he knows what’s at stake.”
“But what condition?”
“That I will tell you tonight.”
“That’s not fair! How will I know I will agree to it if you don’t tell me now. And if I don’t like it then…..”
“Then we are not going! He said quite categorically.”
“Tell me now.” Kalpi pleaded with him, her eyes were full of worry at what his condition might be, now that he had turned super businessman.
“Hmm Ok Kalpi I will agree to come with you tonight if you let me kiss you in the evening later.”
“Oh bus…but you have already kissed me!” She blushed at remembered moments.
“No, I mean properly! Not some hasty brush across the cheeks or a peck on your lips. And you have to kiss me back.”
“Raghav!” Kalpi blushed and at the same time excitement flooded her.
His eyes were scorching. He was all man, suddenly Kalpi was thrown way out of her realm again. What he was saying was to go against everything that had been drummed into her from Kamla maa. But at the same time she wanted to let her self experience being in Raghav’s arms properly, uninhibited, wild and a little daring.
“I love you Kalpi, I just want to feel you in my arms properly tonight.” He gathered her close to him. “I cant wait to get married, I want to share everything with you my Kalpi.”
Mesmerised by the intensity in his eyes Kalpi whispered back,” and I too, want to share everything with you.”
“Then you you will let me kiss you?” His eyes were hopeful. At her hesitant shy nod he whirled her around with sheer excitement.
“Stop….. I am getting dizzy! Raghav Raghav!” Kalpi squealed with laughter.
“Ok Ok!” Grinning he slid her down his hard frame. “I love you Kalpi! Now go and do what women supposedly do before a big night out.”
Kalpi started at him totally puzzled. “What do they do?” She had no clue.
“You know.” he waved a hand in the air from encompassing her frame, “You know manicure, pedi, pampering, getting ther hair done.. etc etc.”
“Oh!” Kalpi had never had such luxuries in her life. “Its Ok Raghav, I don’t need any of those things. I can get ready myself.” Her face had clouded over with regret, perhaps she would never get used to sophisticated society that Raghav frequented in.
How could he have been so dense. Of-course she had never had access to such things. Well he could fix that straight away.
With a hard stare at her he went in and picked up the hotel phone and organised a special spa treatment in their suite for her.
As he put the phone down he saw the cloudy expression on her face. “Kalpi its not that I am embarrassed to go with you tonight, but I want you..no need you to be far away from me as possible in the next few hours. Just the thought of kissing you has driven me to the brink.” He said his voice deep and full of curbed frustration. “If you stay in front of me now I wont be able to stop myself from kissing you thoroughly right now and perhaps doing a lot more, then you will be really upset with me.”
“Oh indeed!” He growled. The doorbell rang as he stared at her his eyes almost incinerating her with their heat.
Kalpi smiled a womanly smile and ran to the door to let the spa ladies in.