This is the 16th Part of the story by our team “Tandem Tensome”. Read the previous chapters here : Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5 , Part 6 , Part 7 , Part 8 , Part 9 , Part 10 , Part 11 , Part 12 , Part 13 , Part 14 , Part 15
Team Members :-
Dr. Raksha Bhat, Aditi Pathak, Sajal Kumar Aggarwal, Nandini Garg, Sammya Brata, Rathina Sankari, Swathi Shenoy, Swati Mittal, Sathya Narayanan, and Oeendree Mukherjee
Chapter 16. Expect the Unexpected
Jennifer did not expect Cyrus of all people, shocked at his arrival she avoided looking into his eyes. A hundred things ran in her mind.
”Freak!!! What is he doing here!?!” she thought.
Cyrus pulled a chair at the dining table and sat down, constantly looking at Jennifer. A hundred and more things ran in his mind too. While he, Shekhar and Mr. Ahuja were at a conversation and the usual male banter, Roohi looked at all of them and said ” It’s the first time we are having so many people at home for dinner, what say Papa?”
Everyone laughed while Mr. Ahuja looked at Roohi with an odd smile. There was his little girl. He knew his pup brought him closer to whatever he wanted.
“Why don’t you guys play with me and my new pup?’ Roohi said with all the eagerness she could gather looking at Cyrus and Jennifer.
“They must be tired Roohi, they are here after work, don’t trouble them…” Shekhar remarked.
“Ah! Yes! Roohi, I will have to rush home after dinner, I have an important work you see” Jennifer said mentally thanking Shekhar more than her stars, spending time with Cyrus ever again was the last thing on her mind right now.
“IMPORTANT?” Cyrus thought to himself.
Shekhar noticed that Jeniffer did not seem to be the girl he first met at the railway station in Kochi, she was so full of life back then and now there was something that made her uncomfortable here at the dining table “Rather someone?!?” he thought.
Are you Okay?” asked Shekhar giving her a glass of water.
“Yeah I’m Okay…all fine…all fine!” she replied. Cyrus looked at the two all the while, gobbling up the food he remarked” If this is how you cook, your wife must be really lucky Shekhar!”
“Cyrus is right, you can as well open a restaurant Shekhar, if you need someone to take care of Roohi I am always around for help?” Mr. Ahuja said looking at Roohi with the same old gaze.
Shekhar smiled saying “I am happy as a freelance writer, I can take care of my little angel right now. What more do I need, spending time with my daughter is the most I ask for!”
Cyrus tried his best to talk to Jennifer, every time he did that she would turn to Roohi to divert her attention. “Here is one tough girl!” he said looking at Jennifer and Roohi.
“Yes of course, that’s my daughter!” said Shekhar fondly patting Roohi’s head and pulling her pony tail. While Roohi giggled, Jennifer for the first time looked at Cyrus that evening and gave him a killer stare that kind of summed up what she had for him.
Shekhar’s phone rang.
“Where are you?” said Tara from the other end.
“Having dinner at home, few guests today!” said Shekhar and snapped.
Tara kept the phone and thought “Guests? Who? At home?”
Life was really going round the bend for her right now, or was it for everyone?
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