TPR chap 53 – On the trail…
Helloooo Sheeloooooooooo Sundae Sunday yet again! You guys fed up? Buahhhaaaaaaaaaaa! The story moves forward all the issues that we had left behind start appearing again in their lives. Danger is Geet’s middle name much to Maan’s frustration ;)) Do comment love to read them ;)) All you ppls doing exams a big GOOD LUCK!!
“Bhugto!” She said sinking into a near by chair giggling helplessly.
“Githhhh!” he glared at her so hard, this was too much. “Does Auntyji think we are Santa and Banta’s age?” He growled. “Bunkbeds! Mishty stop laughing! Damn this mad house and damn this road!”
Wiping the tears of laughter rolling from her eyes Geet got up from the chair and went to the cupboards.
“What are you doing?” Hand on hips he growled surveying the scantily clad pin ups of Maalika and other many famous actresses on Santa and Banta’s wall, and Geet thought these two were harmless. She was really such an innocent.
Spying what she wanted in one of them, she pulled out a few sheets and held them out to him. His face changed and he smiled at her taking the sheets and helping her to lay them out on the floor.
“I don’t want to sleep in their bed either.” Geet smiled settling on the sheet on the floor, she held her hand up to him, “I would rather sleep in your arms.”
In an instant he was lost in her soft amber eyes that gazed at him with so much love. He sank down on the floor gathering her into his arms.
“Mishty!” His lips found hers, it seemed as if he had been waiting for ever to do this. He couldn’t wait to make love to her.
“GEET! MAAN!” Auntyji came crashing into the room.
They leapt apart, Geet hastily sitting up and Maan jumping up to see what the hell was going on.
“Err sorry!”Auntyji grinned, looking not in the least bit sorry. “Santa, Banta, you are so naughty!” She said to her boys who were right behind her looking very put out to find that Geet was not in one of their beds. “You were not supposed to put them in this room! How will they sleep in bunk beds!” She eyed their floor arrangement with a huge smile.
“Err… we are fine here.” Maan growled, glaring at the two boys.
“Yes, Auntyji we will be fine and its only a matter of a few hours, much better than the jail cell anyway.” Grinned Geet.
“OK, goodnight if there is anything you need please don’t hesitate to call me.” Auntyji said, “sorry for interrupting, make sure you lock the door Maan, you don’t want any interruptions do you?” She laughed as she walked out.
With a heartfelt sigh Maan locked and bolted the door behind her. He was not going to risk being caught out again by Auntyji and her paagal sons.
Lying down on the floor he gathered a grinning Geet once again in his arms, muttering fervently that he might strangle those two before they left for Delhi and Auntyji too for good measure. His night well and truly ruined he growled “Go to sleep Geet!”
“Yes Uncle!” Geet grinned, burying her face into his chest.
Squeezing her tightly he muttered a fierce growl. “Chup Bilkul Chup!”
Thankfully as soon as they had finished breakfast their car arrived which Adi had sent along with the news that the other car had been found abandoned near Delhi.
Maan wasted no time saying goodbyes. Practically dragging a laughing Geet away from the pagal khaana with bye Uncle, bye Uncle, ringing in his ears from Santa and Banta.
“I am never ever coming down this road again in a car!”
“Don’t worry I will come by bus Maan when I want to visit the children.”
“No you will not!”
“Maan! You just said you don’t ever want to come down this road.”
“But that doesn’t mean I would let you come here alone. God knows what fate would befall you. I will fly there if need be.” He said with a firm nod. “Yes next time we will fly to Rupnagar.”
Geet looked at him with incredulity. He was Maan Singh Khurana he could arrange anything if he set his mind to it, but fly? Babaji! But no point arguing with him on that point at the moment when he was in such a mood, she would tackle it when the time came.
Interrupting her words the mobile Adi had supplied rang and Maan answered it tersely.
“S..Sir I have arranged for you to meet up with Major Saab this afternoon. He has some very interesting information about Pandey as well.”
“Yes sir it seems the man that he has been after with that undercover operation is one of Pandey’s associates. And Major Saab told me yesterday that Pandey is hiding out in Delhi.”
“I knew it, Pandey would not go far. He is not so clever enough to establish himself elsewhere. He needs familiar surroundings. Hmmm so maybe Major Saab can also help us with catching Pandey and finding Ajeet.”
“Haan Sir! Adi replied. S..Sir…!” Adi hesitated.
“Err I have been ringing daadima but she is not picking up I am just a little worried.”
“Daadima?” He had spoken to her earlier but she hadn’t mentioned she was going out. “Adi we are nearly home. I will see to it. See you later at the office.”
“Daadima?” Geet asked. “Is she OK?”
“It seems she is not answering Adi’s calls.” His brow furrowed what was daadima up to now!
As they drove in they spied daadima’s car pull up right behind them.
“Daadima, where have you been? Are you OK?”
“Maan, Geet! I am fine stop worrying will you. I just went to see a friend of mine who is not well.”
She kissed Geet hugging her tightly. “You two always have trouble on that road, what happened this time?”
“Errr…its a long story Daadima.” Maan groaned. “It was all Geet’s fault!”
“Hawww! How was it my fault? I didn’t make the car vanish!”
Laughing daadima guided them into the house as they told her all about it.
“Well, it seems you had an eventful time.”
“Chalo I have to go to the office.”
“Err Maan I will come in a while.” Sensing daadima wanted to speak to her.
Nodding, he went off with urgency.
“Kuch baat hai? Daadima?”
“Haan beta. I went to the station again this morning but no luck, Ajeet wasn’t there and neither was Maan’s brother.”
“Daadima! You should have waited for us to come back. Maan will be livid if he finds out you went alone.”
“Geet I cant just sit around and wait for Maan to find him. Did you see what state Ajeet was in. he looked so thin and ill!”
But daadima Maan has found Major Saab and put him on the case. Now you will have no worry we will find Aj…” She hesitated what should she call him. Ajeet, father-in-law, father? “Err very quickly. Please daadima don’t try and find him on your own.”
“Ok beta.” Savitridevi relented. “Now tell me have you two patched up?”
“Yes daadima we have.” She couldn’t wait to be in his arms tonight, in their own bed in their house. “Daadima I had better go too. I have so much work pending at the office.”
“Ok Geet but promise me you will find Ajeet.”
“I promise we will find him.” For everyone’s sakes she thought, heading out to find the car had developed a puncture. Deciding she would take a taxi she head out.
“Maan! So good to see you son!” Major Saab slapped Maan’s back with excitement.
“Thank you for coming. Adi tells me that you are on Pandey’s trail too.” He expanded not wasting any time beating around the bush.
“Yes, he is leading me merry chase all around India and now back to Delhi. It seems this is his town he has many contacts here.”
“Yes.” Maan’s eyes darkened as he remembered Pandey’s old haveli tucked away in old Delhi and more to the fact how he had tried to harm Geet. He was determined now more then ever to have this threat behind bars.
“Now beta, tell me about your father.”
Maan’s face changed and his eyes darkened as he gritted out. “Father? Lets just call him Ajeet, Major Saab.”
Major Saab stared at Maan. It was quite obvious that there was a issue here. But he could wait, Maan would tell him in his own time if he needed to he knew Maan was a very private person. The only thing Major Saab knew for certain about when it came to Geet or his daadima, this young man would go to any lengths to protect them and this Ajeet who claimed to be his father had clearly set Maan’s alarm bells ringing.
“Ok give me all the details, err any communication, numbers, where you last saw him etc and I will get my top people onto it straight away.”
Ajeet was tired of starving him self. In an effort to look thin and ill so he could have the maximum desired effect on his mother he had been trying very hard. Anwar though was having none of it.
“You do it if you want,” he said tucking into a hearty meal of rice and chicken. “I am not starving myself for anyone. As it is,” He grumbled, “you have made me give up smoking and drinking! Isn’t it about time you got them to find us?”
“Yes yes,” Ajeet muttered. But where would it be best to be found. He couldn’t make it look as If was waiting to be found. Perhaps he would call again anonymously and give them a vague location only this time he would not run away. He watched Anwar wolf down his meal with relish, soon he too would eat fabulous meals and live in luxury again and he would vanish from horizon of all the low life that was after him.
Geet sat in a Taxi sweltering in the heat. The traffic was atrocious and the sweat ran down her neck in rivulets. “Geet tum haina ekdum AC ke luxury se used to ho gayee ho!” She chastised herself and then thought “Maan Singh Khuarana ke biwi hona kuch to perks hona chayee.” she grinned as she thought of what Pinky might say.
Spying a some cool bottled water on a stand she jumped out of the car.
“Didi!” The cabwala shouted, “Where are you going?”
“Just getting some water! Don’t worry!” she shouted back going to the stall. Looking at the traffic jam they weren’t going anywhere soon she thought as she paid for the bottle of water. As she looked up she spied one of the men who had kidnapped her before. Gasping with shock she stared at him making sure it was definitely him, it was one of the men from the café she was sure. What was his name? Shiva or maybe it was Shankar. Quickly she hid behind the stand watching him surreptitiously.
“Didi!” The cabwala shouted as he saw the traffic move an inch.
Geet groaned waving at the man to shut up. This was going to be the best clue she could get for Major Saab to find Pandey. She had to follow him. Running back to the cab she paid the man off quickly just as Shankar started to walk off after finishing his purchasing.
He was walking quite fast Geet followed him at a distance making sure he didn’t spot her. He went into a shop and she quickly took the opportunity to pull out her phone.
“Why aren’t you here already?” Maan growled.
“Geet! What are you up to?” Immediately his antenna was on full alert at the tone of her voice.
“Maan I am following one of Pandey’s men.”
“Shhhhh! Don’t shout! I was in a cab and I spotted him so I am following him.”
“GEET!” He bellowed into the phone why was she in a cab? He was going to strangle the driver and her as soon as he saw them. “Get out of there now. Leave him, don’t even think about following him any further!”
“But Maan we can find out where Pandey might be!”
Maan almost shook with fear. Why would she put herself in danger again. “Where are you?”
“I am in the….”
As she looked up the man came out of the shop and started to walk towards her.
Jumping into a open doorway Geet hid herself as the man passed her.
“Shhhhh!” She whispered into the phone.
“DAMN IT GEET!”
“Wait!” She whispered on the line. “Hold on…”
He shut his eyes in absolute frustration, he really was going to kill her with his bare hands for putting him through this. She had no idea of what could happen to her if she fell into Pandey’s hands again. Dear God! Unimaginable horrors raced through his head.
The man passed her and turned a corner, leaping out she followed him only to find herself in seriously crowded market, people milled about everywhere buy and selling fruits and vegetables.
“Oh no! I lost him!” she muttered several Punjabi curses, not bothering to listen to Maan’s bellowing from the phone.
“He is gone!” She almost wailed.
Massaging his temples with sheer frustration he started to walk out of the door. Major Saab was right next to him, he had completely forgotten in his agitated state that he had been there all along.
“Lets get to her and then you can it take from there.” Major Saab urged.
“Geet where are you?” He asked her calmly as possible whilst his whole being screamed and wished he could be there at her location within an heartbeat. He was certain if she spotted some other goonda she would be off again on his trail.
“Maan I am not far from KC offices near the highway. Er near Gopidas and Sons.” She said spying the board above a shop from across her.
“Wait there I am coming!”
“But Maan, I can just get a taxi to the office I have lost him anyway.” Glumly she looked around but saw no sign of him.
“NO! I am coming. Don’t you dare move even a muscle from there! And stay out of sight.” he muttered between clenched teeth terminating the call as they jumped into his car. It took them best part of thirty minutes to get there and that only because he drove as if the demons from hell were chasing him. Bringing the car to halt he jumped out not caring if he locked it or not or seeing if Major Saab was behind him or not.
In the searing heat she was standing in a doorway looking around. He had never seen such a beautiful sight. For a moment he just stood drinking her in as she put her phone to her ear and he heard his mobile ring.
“I could have been at the office by now!” she muttered into the phone. Why wasn’t he answering! A shadow fell across her and she saw him standing before her.
“Maan!” Grabbing his hand she pulled him to the corner where she had lost Shankar.
“Look he went that way.” But he wasn’t responding at all. She looked at his clenched jaw and blazing eyes and knew she was in a whole heap of trouble, Maan Singh Khurana type of trouble.
“I was not in any danger whatsoever .”she said defiantly sticking her chin in the air, spotting Major Saab she ran from Maan’s blazing taut fury straight to him.
“So good to see you Geet! And I see you are keeping him on his toes.” Major Saab grinned at her, thinking Maan had his work cut out for him with his extraordinary biwi.
“Tell me where you saw him and where he went I will get my men to scour the area.”
Quickly and efficiently she gave Major Saab the details.
“Thank you Geet this will be a great help. Maan, you two you go on, I will make some enquiries here and see myself home.” Major Saab said grinning at Maan’s seething fury.
Nodding he took hold of Geet’s hand and practically dragged her away from the place.
“Maan slow down!”
He didn’t bother to answer her as he practically lifted her into the car and drove towards home.
“I was very careful not to be seen. You needn’t get on your high horse about it. If you had spotted him I am sure you would have done the same.”
Glancing sideways he gave her quelling look.
“Its one rule for you and one for me.” she muttered glaring at his stiff unresponsive stance noticing the tick in his jaw. Silently fuming she sat back in the seat for once thankful for the AC, hoping that the cold freezing air would calm him down before they got home.
He watched her as she muttered and cursed under her breath. This time, he was going to get it into her thick head that she was not to put herself in danger like that ever again. This time he was going to make sure she understood even if he had to tie her to the bed until she agreed never to do it again!