The phone rang incessantly, and he groaned.
“Who’s calling at this time of the night?” he wondered and scowled at the light emanating from the phone, debating whether to pick it up. Finally, he did so without even opening his eyes and grumbled into it, “Hello?”
His sleepy voice startled her, and dampened her enthusiasm a bit. He’s sleeping now? Getting rid of her thoughts, she excitedly chimed, “Happy Birthday Abhi!!!”
Her loud and cheerful voice rang in his ears and he made a face. Sleepily he mumbled, “Same to you…”
Nikki removed the phone from her ear and stared at the receiver confusedly. I wished him a happy birthday and he wished me the same? She shook her head and realised that he was still half-asleep.
“Abhi…” she spoke his name lovingly into the phone.
“Yes, Nikki…” pat came the reply, mimicking her tone sarcastically and sleepily.
“Happy birthday”, she stated, stifling laughter.
“Happy birthday!” she repeated loudly.
“Oh! Oh yeah…” he seemed awake now. “Yeah…uh…thanks”, he said sheepishly.
“You were sleeping?” she laughed, and heard him mumble a yes. “Honestly Abhi, you’re so stupid! Wishing me happy birthday as well!” her tinkling laughter sounded over the phone, and he smiled, his eyes drooping once again.
“Did you get me a present?” he asked, closing his eyes and smiling happily into his pillow.
“That’s a surprise!” she told him fondly.
“Do you mind if a sleep now?” he muttered softly and sarcastically, and she rolled her eyes at the other end.
“Yes…go back to your beauty sleep”, she chirped, laughing.“Goodnight.”
“Goodnight…I love you.”
She smiled. “I love you too.”
Nikki ran quickly into his office clutching the present she had bought for him. It was a nice sports watch, and she knew he would love it…he had loads of watches already, but she thought this would make for a nice gift.
Abhimanyu was poring over a file, feeling very contented today for a reason unknown to him. Suddenly he looked up to see Nikita enter his office in a whirlwind.
Her face was flushed slightly, and her long raven hair framed her face, which had a beautiful smile on it. He walked up to her and tucked a strand of hair behind her ears. He leaned closer and whispered seductively into her ear, “Where’s my present?”
A light blush crept up her cheeks and she smiled, handing him the gift wrapped box. “Happy birthday,” she wished him softly.
“Can I open it?” he asked, smiling at her and inching closer, and she nodded.
He undid the wrapping and opened the box to find a beautiful watch sitting on the cushion. He looked at her to see her gazing at him expectantly.
“Thanks!” he grinned at her, and she smiled at him adoringly and glowed happily when he pulled her in for a hug.
“You like it, na?” she questioned him softly. He bent his head, looking at her, intending to tell her exactly how much he loved it when a naughty idea popped into his mind.
Pretending to be a tad disappointed, he let go of her waist and leant against the table. “Yeah…it’s not bad,” he stated matter-of-factly, judging her expression, which changed to sadness.
“What do you mean it’s not bad? You…you don’t think it’s nice?” she asked him, looking worried.
“Well, you could have given something more innovative…” he pondered amusedly.
“Hmm…you think…you’ll come up with something!”
“You tell me…what do you want?”
“Nah…forget it, you won’t be able to give it!” he brushed her off and looked in the other direction.
“No! Tell me…what do you want? I’ll give it to you,” she stated.
He peeked at her from over his glasses. “Are you sure? Anything I want?” he challenged.
“Yes…anything you want!” she declared confidently.
He inched closer to her till they were almost touching, and she gasped at their close proximity. “Fine then…if you’re so sure…” his husky voice sounded in her ear, and sent shivers through her. She met his intense gaze unblinkingly, when he suddenly moved away and leaned against the table once more, confusing her.
“Okay…take off your shoes.”
“My…my shoes?” she looked at him bewildered. “What?”
“Just do it!” he ordered, and looked on as she stepped out of her four-inch heels, trying hard to hide his smile.
“Now?” she asked him, standing barefoot in front of him.
He got up and walked up to her, and she gazed up at him towering over her, and gulped. He slowly bent down to reach her ear and she shivered when his breath tickled her neck.
“Now…” he blew in her ear sensuously. “Kiss me”, he ordered and moved away.
She blushed to her roots when she heard his order, and glanced at him shyly, only to realise that his lips were too high for her to reach. He had straightened himself up, and was standing mere inches from her, but he looked…huge. Then her eyes fell on the teasing look on his face, and she felt very confused.
Suddenly, something struck her and she looked down at her feet, which were bare. She again looked up at his tall form, putting two and two together.
“Kiss you?” she whispered softly, wondering how she will reach his lips.
He came even closer, and she became more aware of how tiny she was in front of him. “Yes, kiss me Nikki”, he repeated, a smirk forming on his lips. “Let’s see how you do that without your shoes on”, he finished, and she gaped at him.
At her incredulous expression, Abhi’s control broke and he started laughing. Nikki glared at him furiously when she realised he was making fun of their obvious height difference.
“You!” she charged at him like an angry cat and started raining punches on him, as far as her hands would reach. He dodged a few hits, but when she seemed unstoppable, ran around the desk and she followed him. “Aaargh Modi I hate you!” she yelled and grabbed his shirt as he tried to run away to safety.
He stopped, and turned around to see her eyes blazing with anger and love…both directed at him. He put his arms on her waist and pulled her close. She struggled, but his hold just became stronger.
“I hate you!” she pouted, trying to get out of his grasp.
“Liar”, he admonished her lovingly and picked her up by the waist and she gasped.
“Abhi! Put me down!” she tried to struggle, but he bent slightly against the table, using it as support and made sure that she was settled against his body and held her strongly.
“Liar…you love me”, he told her softly, bringing his forehead to rest against hers.
“I hate you…” she whispered.
“No, you love me” he corrected her fondly and claimed her lips before she could contradict his statement again.
After they resurfaced for air, he put her down on the floor. “You love me”, he spoke, tracing her lips with his thumb.
“I love you…” she surrendered.
“I knew it!” he said triumphantly, and she gasped when he nuzzled his nose on her neck.
“You didn’t tell me…how did you like the gift?” her question came muffled from where her face was hidden in his hair.
He moved and opened the box containing the watch again. As she looked on, he took off the watch he was wearing and put on the one she’d gifted him with.
“I love it”, he told her, and she gave him a mock glare thinking of his earlier prank, which quickly melted into a shy, loving gaze under his passionate one.
“Nikki…” he pulled her closer. “Thank you…” he said softly, his voice husky.
“You’re welcome Abhi”, she replied, and he bent down to capture her lips for yet another kiss.