"Why is she meeting me and that too today?" I asked for the millionth time.
"What do you mean 'Why'? She is going to be your mother-in-law by tomorrow, and she should have already met you. So now she wants to meet you what's wrong is there in that?" Divya asked, looking at me like I am crazy.
"What if she doesn't like me?" I asked her nervously.
"There is a person who doesn't like you? Well, that's news to me." She replied sarcastically.
"Our boss doesn't like me." I pointed out.
"I am asking about the person and not about some alien." She said rolling her eyes.
I laughed at her because she so hates our boss. We just dislike her, but she is on the verge of killing our boss. And the reason is the boss's nephew. Because of the boss, he left her last month, and she just got heartbroken.
"You will find some awesome man so just don't worry. He is not worth it if he left you just for his aunt." I said smiling at her.
"He immediately returned the next day." She mumbled.
"What? Then why did you not tell me?" I asked her not to hurt at all because I am used to everyone hiding something from me.
"I thought you would pressure me to accept him back, but I don't want to. Though he returned after one day doesn't mean that he will not leave again." She replied guiltily.
"I will never pressure in guy problems, and you too shouldn't. But where is he now?" I asked her confused.
"She kicked him out and he went back to his parent's house as he even has a job there. But he is calling me every day asking me to forgive him." She replied mumbling.
The way she is talking about him tells me that she is going to be with him and that too soon. Well, he should have learned the lesson and shouldn't hurt her again.
"Ok! Let's just put my sad story aside, and I have some good news." She said excitedly.
"What is it?" I asked her excited too. Well, who is not excited about the good news?
"My cousin is coming tomorrow, so she may attend your wedding or at least the reception." She replied.
"Wow! So I finally get to see her. But I hope her friends too will come to my wedding. They too talk to me so nicely." I said smiling.
"I don't know about them, but I hope so too. My cousin kind of adores you even though you guys never met each other. The same way your groom's Mom too will adore you once she meets you." Saying this she dragged me towards the living room, and at the same time, we heard the doorbell ringing.
I opened the door to find a lady of my Mom's age, and another thing is she is not smiling at me. I gulped and opened the door and said, "Come in Aunty."
"Is it ok if we sit in the garden?" She asked not entering inside.
I panicked but nodded and we both went near the small bench we placed in our garden. We both sat calmly and didn't utter even a single word.
"So you want to get married that too at this age itself?" She asked with a blank expression.
"I... I didn't think I will until a few days back. But my family thinks this is the best proposal for me, and Suhas is also a good guy. So I think this is a good idea." I replied stuttering a little.
Great! I just hope she will not think of me as some crazy girl.
She looked at me confused, but didn't say anything and asked, "What do you know about my son?"
"Just basic information and the main thing that he loves his Mom so much." I replied smiling.
After a few minutes, she shook her head and said, "You shouldn't be happy about that. Didn't you hear a son who loves his Mom that much will never put his wife before her?"
"People are here to talk only. But I feel that if he can love and respect his Mom that much, then how much will he do to his wife." I replied smiling.
For some time she just looked at me and then placed her hand on my head saying, "I will be going now."
"Please come inside for some time. I didn't even offer anything to you." I said nervously.
"It's ok! I will meet you tomorrow at the wedding." She said and left.
When I went inside Divya rushed towards me and asked, "What happened?"
"She said she will meet me tomorrow at the wedding." I replied.
"Oh my god! She just approved you." she said, shouting in happiness.
"Yeah! She seems like a wonderful person." I said smiling.
"You think even our boss as a wonderful person." Divya said snorting.
I laughed and turned to see Jiju standing there with a completely blank expression. I went near him and said, "Don't feel sad, Jiju. I want you to be happy tomorrow at my wedding. You are like my big brother you see."
"Navvu! I need to tell...." He started saying, but Di came and said, "That he will miss you so much."
"I know that Jiju, I will also miss you." I said and went back inside my room and saw my Mehandi, which is very beautifully designed.
"He should be the one that searches his name in there and not you." Divya said entering my room.
"I didn't buy any gift to give him if he finds it." I said frowning.
"Just give him your first kiss. He will be happy with that." She said teasingly.
I blushed and threw a pillow at her head. She looked at me shocked, and that's how we started a pillow fight.
Tomorrow I am going to be married, and today I am playing pillow fight. I am so terrified!
"So Mom, did you meet them?" I asked her immediately when she returned from Kavya's house.
"You are getting married tomorrow Suhas. You should have asked me whether I met Navya or not and not about her family." She replied frowning.
"Ok! Did you meet Navya and her family?" I asked her again.
"Why do you care about that family? Just think only about Navya, who is going to be your wife." She said suddenly angry at me.
That's because I don't think about her. I only want that family to get crushed and nothing else. Of course, I didn't say that out loud.
"I met only Navya and she respects you." Mom added.
"What?" I asked, shocked.
"She respects you so much, and she is... how shall I put it. She is a very sweet girl, unlike her whole family." She replied smiling.
"But her mother also must be sweet right because she didn't do anything?" I asked her confused.
"No! Her mother is also the same as her father and sister. After you left I went to their house and met her to ask that they accept the proposal. But she said she will never step out of her husband's word and will not do anything. Then she asked me to just leave and at that time I swore that I will not enter that house again." She replied with anger.
"I am sorry Mom. I didn't know all this. But now because of me, you had to step in there." I said, feeling this is all a big mistake.
"I didn't! I asked her to sit in the garden, and we talked there. She didn't even question me. Why am I not coming inside, and anyone would have definitely done that." She said confused.
"Hmm..." that's all I said, because yeah normally she should have questioned my mom, but she didn't.
The next day, we reached the temple in my car. We don't have any relatives, and they are dead for us the day they left us alone.
I have few friends, but not very close ones, so they didn't come as they are not that much interested. Maybe because I never went to their functions and don't talk to them until they meet me.
"So you are the one that's going to be my Jiju then?" We both heard a voice when we reached inside.
"Who are you?" I asked her confused.
"I am Divya. Navya's best friend and you look handsome like she said." She replied grinning.
She didn't even care that my Mom is standing beside me, and then she moved when she got a call.
"Yeah! They reached, and you should be here in a few minutes." She said hanging up.
"Come on! They will be here in a few minutes." She said and went inside.
We both followed her, and I am immediately seated in front of the Sacred Fire. After a few minutes, I looked up to see Navya in her bridal wear walking towards me along with her family.
She put her head down, but I can see her smiling. Isn't she upset that we are getting married here and some wedding hall?
She sat beside me, and our marriage procedure started. I stared at her family to see everyone have a kind of normal face, except one who is glaring at me.
If they say that he is a real family to her and not the remaining, then I would have easily believed them.
"Hey, Kavya! Will you give this letter to Navya?" We both heard our class topper asking us when we are in the final year and Navya in the first year.
Kavya took the letter and tore it into pieces when he left. I looked at her in shock.
"Why did you do that?" I asked her confused.
"If I didn't, then my Dad would have done that. You don't know Suhas my Dad is overprotective of Navya and so am I. I don't think she is ready for all these complications." She replied.
"But isn't she that should decide that not you guys." I said, feeling a little bad for Navya that she couldn't decide by herself.
"We know what is best for her." That's all I heard.
Thinking that I stopped myself from snorting. Overprotective my foot! That was just a façade they wore in the name of molding her life as they wish.
At least now, they will feel guilty for their whole lives that their daughter is in this position just because of their decision.
I will steal her away from them completely, and they will not know a thing about her like anything.
Now as we completed the pheras, I took the Mangalasutra to tie it around her neck. That's when I saw her face looking at me smiling. Seeing her smile just made me feel something else inside.
I already saw her smiling, but why am I feeling like this now and that too after tieing it. I shook my head to clear everything and then put the vermilion on her forehead.
After that, we went near them for blessings. I watched her father and smirked while taking the blessings with the victory glint.
Rajeev suddenly hugged me and whispered, "If you hurt her, then I will skin you alive."
Then he left me and hugged Navya said, "Navvu! I wish only happiness and nothing else in your life."
"Jiju! Don't worry, I will be happy." She said smiling, and her family smiled back.
That smile will be stolen from those faces, and it is my promise. I went near my Mom, and she hugged both of us surprised me.
"Navya! They are in the reception hall." Divya said excitedly.
"Really? I am really excited more than you." Navya said and immediately scratched her head when she saw that we all looked at them.
"Let's just go to the reception hall." Divya said, and we all left the temple.
Navya came in my car along with my Mom. I looked to my side to see my Wife looking outside the window.
Wife! I never thought that my wife would be her. Because all these years I thought, it would be Kavya and no one else.
Igot married and that too to Navya. Will my plan really work?