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Chapter 7

  • Janaki's POV
  • When did Vidhu start to have secrets? What is she hiding from me?
  • My emotional side of the brain tells me to confront her. But my Detective side tells me to observe her without her knowledge till I get full details.
  • What shall I do? I decided to dig into the details without her knowledge. From tomorrow onwards detective Janu must be in full alerts. I silently smiled. My full suspicion is on that jerk, Ajay.
  • Yes, I am calling him a jerk because he is soooooooo mean and arrogant. Once I tried to ask him a doubt in cost accounting as my friends suggested he is great at the subject. But that jerk ignored me with an irritating comment 'I am already busy this month girl! You may try me later. Better luck next time!' I felt annoyed as he winked at me before driving away.
  • My most of my seniors were very nice and always clear our doubts. How dare he think me so cheap. And he called me 'Girl'. What does he think about me? How the hell can he judge me? My day spoiled as I didn't get time to react at him. I should have given him a piece of mind. I prayed that whole day to God to do teach him a lesson on my behalf. Argh! I don't want Vidhu to have a relationship with that playboy. Tomorrow morning, the first thing is to check their Facebook accounts for any clues.
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  • (Sunday)
  • I woke up at 6 AM and saw Vidhu sleeping with the mobile in her hand. I sighed and put her mobile in charge. Then I finished my morning routine and yoga. Usually, we ladies do yoga together but at the leave days Vidhu gives off to yoga too. Especially today is Sunday, Vidhu will not be up till 11 AM.
  • This is time for Detective Janu to start her job! Haha...! I brought coffee from the canteen and kept Vidhu's coffee in a flask. I have 40 minutes to get breakfast. I opened my Facebook account on the laptop. My intuition never fails. For the past 3 weeks, all the post shared by Vidhu is liked or loved by Ajay and he is the first one to do comment all her posts. I checked Ajay's timeline and found the same thing done by Vidhu. And same like and comment things done on Instagram.
  • I called my classmate and got Ajay's contact number to access WhatsApp. He kept his picture as his profile photo. Eww! I checked his last WhatsApp status. He uploaded the second half of a famous Tamil movie song. Wait! I checked Vidhu's status. She updated the first half part of that romantic song and Ajay updated the remaining part of the song. Wow! I would have felt how cute it is, if not that jerk and my culprit cousin!
  • This is something more than I imagined. I must dig more info about Ajay. Most of the ladies in our class are a great fan of that jerk. He never pays attention to those ladies. But it may be his strategy to attract women. I don't know how I missed these things all these weeks. They never spoke to each other in person. Now I doubt myself. Maybe I didn't notice them being together. Better late than never!
  • I don't want any heartbreak for my friend. We do have some childhood crushes. But she never hides things from me. I do respect her privacy. But if she is serious about this relationship, then I must make sure it doesn't affect her studies and most importantly our family should not get affected. I decided what to do next.
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  • (Monday)
  • We both have classes in the morning. And final students do attend morning class and then they will go to their office to do articleship.
  • Recently Vidhu stays in class in break time and I will get breakfast from opposite the shop for us. Today I asked my classmate to do the favour and I hide behind a gang of ladies in the hall outside our classroom. Final classes are held on the first floor and our classes are on the second floor.
  • Within a few minutes, I noticed Vidhu coming out with her focus on the mobile screen and typing something in jet speed. I silently followed her. She went to the parking area and I saw Ajay sitting in his bike and smiling at her. Without getting caught into Ajay's sight, I quickly went near one dazzling green and black Yamaha FZ bike parked behind a pillar and positioned myself to look them at the mirror of this beauty(bike). They exactly spoke to each other for 10 minutes (Usual time taken by me to get breakfast). Vidhu rushed to the class and also Ajay drove his bike to the entrance.
  • I sighed. This is not at all good. I was fully sunken in my own thoughts and absentmindedly I am caressing the stunning beauty in front of me. I heard somebody clearing his throat and turned around. Akash is standing there smiling at me. Yes! The same Akash working with Prabhu mama's office. He couldn't pass in the first attempt. So he finished the master degree in business administration and now continued classes to complete this course.
  • I starred at him with wide eyes being caught at the parking area caressing someone's bike. OMG! What if he thinks that I am in a relationship and waiting for my lovebird? If he tells mama, I am sure that he will parcel me to Kancheepuram. Our family is not against love but strictly against it if we do that before finishing studies.
  • He must have sensed something from my horrified look.
  • "Are you waiting for someone?" he asked sweetly with a mischievous smile.
  • I could sense danger.. Ahhh... Vidhu! You are dead! Me and my stupid detective mind. I must have stayed in my class. He cleared his throat again to get my attention. Oh god! Think Janu think!
  • "Hello s.sir.. I came here for.. (cleared my throat) just for time-pass... Hmm.. I like FZ bikes. Uh that's why admiring in this beauty... Uh hmm... Nothing else.." Awkwardly somehow finished my sentence.
  • "Oh... Okay... I thought you are waiting for your boyfriend. Don't worry.. I won't tell Prabhu... Its..."
  • I interrupted before he finishes
  • "What? Boyfriend? No way!” Do you want my parents to kill me? I shake my head at that thought.
  • "Parent can't kill you for having a boyfriend. That's natural Janaki"
  • Wait! Have I said it aloud? Damn! This day can't get any worse.
  • "I didn't mean it. I don't want any distraction till finishing my studies that's all sir"
  • "Nice policy! Okay Janaki. I am getting late to office. We will see later."
  • "Okay sir bye"
  • I turned immediately to let out the breath that caught in my lungs and sat on the bike thanking God mentally. Again I heard Akash sir clearing his throat. I got irritated. Haven't he gone yet! What the hell he wants? I turned towards him seeing him hesitating to tell something.
  • I furrowed my eyebrows and shake my head like what.
  • Seeing the irritation in my face, he looked amused. He smiled and finally spoke.
  • "Mam! If you permit me, can I take my bike?”
  • He told the whole sentence with a serious expression on his face and pointed out the beauty I am sitting.
  • OMG. This beauty belongs to him. I hit my forehead to stop him from seeing me blushing. And I moved few steps signalling him to take his bike muttering sorry. He went to take his bike and I started moving towards my class. He drove past me and stopped near the entrance and caught me looking at him, then waved me bye with a handsome smile on his face. My hands automatically waved him bye. And I ran to my class.
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  • The class already started. I sat in my seat silently which is obviously next to Vidhu.
  • She glared at me and silently whisper yelled
  • "Where the hell you went? Jenny bought breakfast and told you asked her to get. It's almost 40 minutes since you went."
  • I know what to tell. I sighed sadly.
  • "I was with Janani mam clearing some doubts from last class. That's why I asked for Jenny's help. And it took more time than I expected ma"
  • She nodded her head understandingly. 
  • I know this will work. Because she used to stand beside me for more than 1 hour to clear my doubts with Janani mam.
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  • It's been 4 days since I started spying Vidhu and my fortune let me caught by Akash TWO more times. I have to develop my detective skills. But those moments were awkwardly cuteee. I secretly enquired about Ajay among some of Seniors who used to clarify my doubts. The net result is not bad. The combined opinion is that he used to be a player while he studying CA - Inter. But recently his activities changed and he is avoiding ladies company and spending most of his time with his mobile. And also he is not going with his regular friends after final classes. These are all good signs for Ajay's sincerity. I am seeing Vidhu spending more time on studies to balance with her new distraction.
  • I sighed at the thought of me oblivious about where these all leading!
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  • (Friday)
  • Finally, the day has come. Today we are going to our hometown. Our classes will be over by 12.30 PM. Prabhu mama will come to pick up me and Vidhu by 1.30 PM. We packed our things by yesterday itself. So we are ready to go.
  • From the morning, we are very excited and happy because we are going HOMEEE. And especially we have to make arrangements for the wedding anniversary of Athai and Mama (Aunt and uncle) and there is most awaited Prabhu mama's alliance meeting. At the end of class, they have announced a test on Direct tax subject which is to be conducted after class on Monday. So we have to take some books and notes to our home. Argh!
  • After chatting with some of my classmates, we rushed to our hostel. We got it all ready. I am wearing white pant with a white T-shirt and a pink shirt and left it unbuttoned. I am satisfied with my look and sat on my bed.
  • I could see Vidhu is kind of uncomfortable and restlessly looking at her phone every 10 seconds. I think she is waiting for the call from Ajay. She may hesitate to call him because of my presence. I stood up and let out a sigh. she raised her eyebrows in confusion.
  • "Vidhu, I will remind our warden about our leave. Stay here. I will be back"
  • "But we already informed her last week Janu."
  • "Yes. Let me remind her once again and I am over excited about our visit Vidhu. I will wait at the entrance and will be back when Prabhu mama comes"
  • "Hmm okay. Shall we pack lunch from the hostel or ask him to stop somewhere?"
  • "Mama is coming directly from his office Vidhu. So we will have lunch together at some hotel. No worries. You relax. I will be back ma"
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  • I went to see the hostel warden. She is a very nice lady but also strict at the same time. I informed her that we will be going home for 2 days and will be back on Monday. Then I bought some lollipops from the nearby shop to kill the time because it’s just 1.10 PM. I have 20 more boring minutes. I love bikes, so now I am counting the bikes crossing me in my mind.
  • Suddenly a black Pulsar NS-160 bike caught my attention. Whoever driving that bike stopped at the grocery shop which is very opposite to my hostel. Wow! He is very lucky to get that cutie. I turned my head towards that lucky guy. I gasped. He is devilishly VERY handsome. He is wearing black ripped jeans with a black vest and a light blue shirt left unbuttoned and his sleeves were folded nicely which shows a generous amount of his well maintained muscular body. I am totally checking out him. But I don't mind and put my second lollipop into my mouth.
  • He casually turned to my side. Maybe he sensed me staring at him like a baby looking at big chocolate. I looked into his mesmerizing black eyes. His hair is not combed perfectly but it suits him more perfectly. He broke the staring contest by giving me a heart-stopping smile. Before I could react, some idiotic fellow came in front of me blocking the view of my treat. I irritated and slightly moved his head with my left hand to looked past his shoulders to get the view of that handsome guy. But he got into his bike and gave me a look before flying in his bike. I sighed and removed my hand now fully returning to my conscious that I touching someone. I stepped back and looked at the man in front of me.
  • I got to see my extremely annoyed mama looking at me with a deathly glare.
  • Oops!