Aditi smiled at both men blushing, then looking at Vishal after that turning back to give an interrogative look at Anand. By then the waiter came with a tray of champagne and served Vishal and Anand and enquired what will Aditi take? Both the director and manager said, “Give her a glass of champagne to sip like all others no doubt!” Aditi again looked at Vishal with questions in her eyes when Vishal nodded in sigh of giving green light to her to take a glass of champagne. And they clinked glasses with each other loudly saying “Cheers.”
Anand was trying his best to be in Aditi’s company but she was soon in between the company of the few women, or she was approached by others for a chat. So Anand had to stay at a distant but he did not leave Aditi for a single second out of view. He was more than her husband than Vishal. Vishal was not paying heed of what Aditi was doing rather he was keeping an eye on Anand.
Once Aditi was approached by the manager while Anand was getting nervous as he could not hear what they talked and he could not dare go closer to the manager of the company. He found Aditi laughing and gesturing like she was being seduced by the manager and Anand boiled in rage seeing that. After that the manager went to talk to the director and pointed his finger towards Aditi saying something as the director immediately then looked at Aditi who was smiling with him.
Anand looked at Vishal who was at that time sitting on a sofa and talking with other friends drinking uncontrollably. He murmured clenching his teeth, “What a damn husband he is, as if he brought his wife here for the other men to appreciate!”
Anand noticed the director and manager not leaving Aditi out of view at all. Their eyes were fixed on all her movements. And queerly enough he found Aditi also looking at them very often as if they were talking with their eyes. That flamed Anand and he went to sit close to her and started a conversation meanwhile keeping an eye on the manager and director.
Anand bent towards Aditi’s ear and said,
“Seems we will have a nice opportunity tonight, look Vishal is almost drunk, by the time we reach home he will be half dead and we will be free what say sweetheart?”
Aditi just smiled, managed her ‘pallu’ over her shoulder and glanced at the manager and director with a dim smile and pretended not hearing what Anand just said. That made Anand angry and he stood up saying, “Let’s go in the garden please” Aditi then answered with a smile looking around, “Its cold outside, I won’t be able to bear it there, it’s much better here, isn’t it?” Anand clenched his teeth and mumbled a few words and walked toward the waiter for another glass.
Finally the party was over and Anand was restless to take Aditi back home. He was very much disturbed seeing her giving all attention to the manager and Director. He watched their gestures too well and he knew that they were talking of her and something must be cooking up in their minds.
Vishal pretended to be all drunk when he was not, and blabbered to Anand, “You leave me home, I cannot walk, carry me to the car please, I want to sleep, put me on the back seat please.”
When Anand was taking to the car to, Aditi was saying goodbye to the boss and the manager of the company and they both surrounded her by holding her hand, kissing it and flirting around with her in a way.
Finally Aditi reached the car and had to sit at the front seat near Anand as Vishal occupied the back seat pretending to be slept. He thought to night he will be lucky to see things from nearer or rather will be able to hear their talks clearly.
Anand started driving. Reaching a certain distance, far away from known faces he touched Aditi’s pallu and tried to pull it. She whispered,
“What! Shhh he is here! Don’t you dare!”
Anand answered: “He is asleep and drunk, even if he hears us now he won’t remember anything the next day, you don’t worry!”
Aditi: “No! Not now! Leave my ‘pallu’
By then one hand of Anand had started fondling her boob while driving at the same time. Aditi was looking at the back seat despite the night she could see his silhouette lying on the back seat and Vishal was giving small snoring sounds like he was asleep. But his eyes were half open and he was watching almost all, at least the parts his eyes could see. Since it was dark Aditi could not see his eyes.