“Congratulations! You have been selected for the final round.” A guy came out of the auditorium and told this good news to Akriti.
Akriti’s jaw dropped. She took a minute or so to digest the fact and when she did, the first thing which came in her mind was to call the love of her life, Shrey. The man behind her upcoming success and the one who inspired her to chase her dreams.
As she called him, he took no time to pick up the call. He was waiting for the call impatiently in his office.
“Hello.” She said in a low voice.
“Hey! What happened? Did you get selected?” Shrey questioned her anxiously.
A complete silence followed and there came no reply from Akriti’s side.
“Speak up. I am getting impatient with every passing second.” He added and then Akriti burst into a huge laughter.
“Arey, don’t get impatient stupid. I got selected for the final round.” Her eyes twinkled, happiness could be felt around her.
“I knew you would make it up to. I am damn happy. I love you.” His voice was enough to tell anyone that how much excited he was hearing the news.
“They are calling me for the final round, I love you too.” She said and disconnected the call.
Shrey kept his phone on the table and waited for her call. He was elated and contended for Akriti’s success and in no time he went back through the memory lane. He remembered how she struggled hard to come at this point and how the world was against her to become an actress, even her family was not supporting her to follow her dream.
She had to leave her home to be with his love- Shrey and follow her dream. She had no guilt for doing this because her family never supported her and never loved her. It was only Shrey who had faith in her dreams, who loved her from all his heart. For a girl, no man can love her as much as her father, but Akriti hardly missed her family because Shrey cared for her like her daughter, loved her like she was the only thing in the world he wanted.
Shrey was looking at his mobile phone and lost in his thoughts. He remembered the day when he saw Akriti for the first time, an innocent girl with beautiful brown eyes, rosy lips and dark black shiny hair. She made him a victim of love at first sight and it’s been four years of their relationship but she still made him fall for her a little more everyday by wearing heartwarming smile on her glossy lips.
Shrey came to his senses when his phone started ringing, it was Akriti on the other side.
“Shrey, My Love! I’ve been selected, our dream has come true baby. I will be the lead actress for a TV serial Shrey.” She said at once and her happiness could be felt by her voice, she was on cloud nine.
Suddenly there was complete silence, Shrey did not say anything.
“Baby! Speak up, I know you are happier than me for my success. I’m here just because of you but I want to hear from you.” Akriti insisted him to say something.
“I love you Akriti! Being someone’s beloved is easy but being his pride is achievement. You’re my pride, was always and will always be. I had no doubt that you’d be here one day but you have proved it to the world too. Congratulations my love!” He unfurled his feelings.
“I wish I could hug you right now, I’m feeling alone here Shrey” Her excitement disappeared suddenly.
“Baby you’re not at all alone. I’m always with you. And I’ll be in Mumbai by tomorrow evening to celebrate these special moments. I’ll do my best to shift there as soon as possible as I can’t leave you alone there for too long.” Shrey tried to make her feel that she was not alone.
“How can you love me so much Shrey?” She said.
“You are meant to be loved stupid.” Shrey laughed.
Soon after that he got a transfer to Mumbai and they both settled down in a live-in relationship. Life was good having each other on their side. They used to spend an ample amount of time with each other which was enough to make them happy. Sometimes, she would take an off from the shoot and sometimes Shrey would drop by to give her a surprise.
But the smooth going love is only expressed in fairy tales. The real life love is always away from everyone’s imagination. Shrey couldn’t foresee the storm which was soon going to surround his life. A new male lead joined Akriti’s serial, little did Shrey know, Akriti was getting attracted to the charm he was reflecting through his face. Manik, dark complexioned, 5’10” in height, dimple on his right cheek and well-built body. In short, he was the perfect example of tall, dark and handsome personality. He was making Akriti go gaga over him.
After the day, Manik started the shoot and made Akriti weak in her knees, her behavior towards Shrey became uncanny. Though Shrey always misunderstood it with her work pressure. So he stopped asking her questions which he thought would annoy her and make her lose her mind. He started giving her own personal space.
It was Sunday morning and Shrey was in no mood to continue his office work. He was hell bored at home. Akriti left early morning for the shoot and he was already missing her. Shrey being extra ordinarily romantic, planned a dinner date for her in the evening and soon left to surprise her. When he reached there, what he saw made him miserable. Akriti was busy laughing on Manik’s stupid jokes while the shoot was packed up. She never took so long to come home.
“Hey baby.” Shrey went to Akriti and side hugged her.
He could make out from her eyes that she wasn’t pleased to see him there. Half-heartedly she introduced both of them and soon left from there with Shrey. When they reached the venue, her eyes didn’t shine seeing the best date on the terrace of the restaurant. Instead she asked something which stunned Shrey.
“Why did you come to the shoot?”
“What kind of question is this Akriti? You never asked this when I used to come before Manik entered the serial.”
“Don’t drag him in between.” She raised her voice.
“Oh! Yes, I would. Since the day he has come in your life, you have almost forgot me. I never say anything that doesn’t mean I don’t understand anything. You don’t like spending time with me and you don’t like asking me you questions. When was the last time we have spent time together? It feels like ages Akriti.” He lost his temper finally.
And without saying anything further, Akriti went from there. Shrey didn’t stop him either.
Was it all over between the two? Did fame change Akriti completely? Did Manik was to take Shrey’s place in Akriti’s life?
All the answers are in the next part. Stay tuned. Happy reading.
Story by Ashwani Shakya and Samridhi Garg.