— PART FIVE —
Trying to escape Sanskarâs grip, Swara struggles fiercely against his imposing posture in vain, he just doesnât let go of her. After closing the door behind him, he immediately pushes her to the wall immobilizing her in place with all his weight, his hand on her mouth stifling her cries, his other hand trying to trap her both hands pushing on his chest with all her forces.
His anger was drugging all his other senses but jealousy, teasing her about that boy who keeps being glued to her like a lost puppy was just the appearing top of the icebergâ¦ his beautiful wife is too innocent to be aware of the effect she has on men surrounding her, how many heads she makes turning by her natural charm and delightful spirit. But tonight, pretending doing just her work as a wedding planner, she has crossed another limit to help his familyâ¦
When he catches her hands forcefully freeing her mouth, she yells at him fuming with rage:
â- HOW DARE YOU!? LET GO OF Mâ¦â
â- SHUT UP! SWARAâ¦ JUST SHUT UP!!!â he warns her narrowing his eyes, her wrists were pinned on the wall at her head sides.
â- you want me to talk about professional matters, hai na? soâ¦ tell me miss wedding planner, offering a sensual dance on the brideâs sagai is in the program of Sawaragini wedding plannersâ affair? Tell meâ¦ how much does it cost? The money garland was enough or weâll have a supplement charge? ANSWER ME DAMN IT!!!â
â- Sansâ¦ karâ¦â, her voice was tremblingâ¦
â- ha, mai Sanskar hoâ¦ Â»
Haunted by the image of that man who proposed her money while she was dancing, heâs unconscious of how much heâs hurting her, freeing one of her hands, he immobilizes her pressing on her throat to express his harsh words:
â- Sanskar who almost killed your sister when she insulted your honorâ
Taking her other hand, he brings it to his temple pressing it and adds:
â- do you remember this mark?… you healed itâ¦â
Showing her hand in front of her face, he explains:
â- with this handâ¦â
Swara shocked eyes donât break contact with his almost mad look, he seems in trance when he continuous:
â- I had it when I fought with my brother defending your honorâ¦â
Dragging her gripped hand to his back, he presses it which makes him bump in her erasing distance between them, at inches from her lips he whispers:
â- I wasnât yet your husband, miss wedding planner!… â
Detailing her face, he bends over her lips adding:
â- And nowâ¦ now Mrs Swara Sanskar Maheshwariâ¦ now that your honor is MINEâ¦ you humiliate it for MY little sisterâ¦ how can you be so cruel!?â
He was so close, forcing her arm surrounding his waist, she hasnât been in his embrace since eternity and yet she can feel that alchemy between them finding its way in the middle of all that hater. Feeling his heart pounding against her chest, memories of their intimate moments submerge her as she closes her eyes, once upon timeâ¦ they used to be happyâ¦ today, all she can see in his eyes is that consuming anger!
She remembers his shock seeing her dancing, Gayathri-ji words, garland, the guy who accosted her with moneyâ¦ opening her eyes, tears filling her husbandâs eyes break her last defenses in front of him, she says with a trembling voice:
â- and mai Swara hoâ¦ cruel hai â¦ dishonored haiâ¦ tumhara wife nahiâ¦â
She burst out crying making him take off his hand abruptly, joining her hands under her chin, she prays him with a broken voice:
â- if there isâ¦ no relation betweenâ¦ between usâ¦â
Not bearing to see her tears, neither hearing that statement again, Sanskar turns his back to her.
â- â¦ humiliationâ¦ dishonorâ¦ mere haiâ¦ sirf mere haiâ¦ tumhara nahiâ¦â
She slides along the wall supporting her to the ground, takes her face in her hands and lets go of all the pain and sorrow sheâs hiding for months.
At this moment, Uttaraâs engagements functionâ¦ Gayathri-ji demandsâ¦ Maheshwariâs blaming looksâ¦ Lakshâ still missing situationâ¦ Raginiâs painâ¦ everything vanishes as she feels like falling endlessly in infinite darkness sheâs avoiding since that moment when Sanskar announced his decision to her.
Suddenly, she feels his hands on hers, taking them off her face. Then cuddling it, he prints a tender kiss on her maang at the point which should be filled with sindoor making her open her eyes surprised. Seeing him kneeling face to her makes her cry more trying to turn away from him, but he doesnât let go of her. Bending his face to her, he kisses the corner of her eyes one after the other brushing her tears away, her cheeks, her jaw, the corner of her salted tendered lipsâ¦ when he possesses them finally, passion bursts from nowhere between them and soon the world disappears around them â¦
— END OF FLASHBACK —
Blushing under Sanskarâs burning gaze, Swara turns away embarrassed. Her hand hugging tightly her mangal sutra.
Both of them were recalling what happened after thatâ¦ how Uttaraâs dowry issue brought them brutally to the reality and how they caused the engagementâs annulations.
Swara closes her eyes remembering how he defended her in front of Gayathri-ji then assuring to everyone that sheâs his wife, before assuring her sister that even when theyâll find Laksh, theyâll never be together againâ¦
Sanskar looks to her turning her back to himâ¦ againâ¦ he could almost hear her words when she refused her sisterâs concerned request about patching up. How he felt slapped again after what happenedâ¦
He smiles shaking his head in stupefaction about her stubbornness. Then putting his hands in his pants pockets, he goes to face her looking to her closed fist then to her face, her neck then her maang, he asks frowning:
â- kia hua princess?â¦ the Mahan Swara never breaks her promises, hai na?… Lakshâ is backâ¦ why is your mangal sutra in your hand?… and why have I to bear seeing your bare maang yet?â
As she keeps quite, he makes a step toward her looking straight into her eyes and adds:
â- I know youâre better in breaking relations Mrs Maheshwariâ¦ but now that I fulfill my part of promiseâ¦â
â- mangal sutra and sindoor are for married womanâ¦ if I promised to put them on when Lakshâ will be back, all you are promising for the last months is punishmentâ¦ soâ¦ Mr Maheshwariâ¦â
She lifts her hand and opens it showing him the chain of their sacred relationâ¦ both of them remembers the moment each other said that their relation is over, but they recalls the moment they got married tooâ¦ she asks him:
â- Iâm fulfilling my promise of accepting your decisionâ¦ Tell me Sanskar, what will you do?â
His smile widens taking the precious jewel from her palm, he seems about saying something, but stay silent then turns around her. She closes her eyes with apprehension feeling his eyes on her.
He passes his hands on her neck cuddling her sensible tenderly while taking her hair away to bare it, she stops breathing hearing him humming its perfume. After putting it aside on her shoulder, he finally spreads the sacred necklace a on her collar before knotting it making her shiver at his fingersâ contact.
He bends over her to whisper in her ear:
â- how can I punish a stranger womanâ¦ you have to be my wife again firstâ¦ princessâ.
TO BE CONTINUEDâ¦