Siya returns to her desk and sighs heavily. and her string of thoughts starts as soon as she opens her files to work.
‘what did I just do? I should not have mentioned that!’
‘But he was amused by my jealousy, I had to give him back something.’
‘Yes. Something. But not that.’
She holds her hair in her fist and says aloud, “Damn.”
She shuts her chain of thoughts and starts working.
The day ends and at night both’s thoughts wandering around their intimacy and closeness in the office. Also, the whole jealousy incident had left both in a question of why.
Next day Siya goes to Ryan’s cabin with the reports and plans to just keep it and come out of there with no contact and conversation. And even if they do have a conversation, to keep it short.
Siya had it all planned out and was working well, till..
Siya closes her eyes tightly to gain confidence, sighs and turns to face Ryan.
“Yesterday.. what you said..” Ryan hesitates when Siya takes the opportunity and says, “oh. What? I didn’t say anything.” And she leaves taking her steps in quick movement.
She leaves and thanks all the gods while Ryan is left in surprise with everything.
After lunch, Siya was going along from cafeteria to her desk when Ryan tries to grab the opportunity but before he could say anything, Tisha calls her and he leaves again.
At 5.30 Ryan figures he has to talk to her before the day ends and so calls on her intercom and calls her to bring some files.
Siya didn’t have a clue about it and figured all the files she didn’t know about are in Ryan’s cabin.
She knew Ryan didn’t know much about the stuff before he joined the office, so she knocked and entered the cabin after a ‘come in’ from the inside.
Ryan looks up at her and closes his laptop.
Siya figures he wants to talk again and so starts saying hurriedly, “I know you don’t how things were before you joined but I think you start learning about it. The file you asked for is here, in your cabin.”
She avoids eye contact and looks for a chair and climbs up so that she doesn’t have to look at him.
All she knew was she wanted some time to figure the intimacy they had and the answer to her why.
She starts fidgeting around the drawers on the top shelf when her balance slips and Ryan notices that and comes to the save.
He gives her support with his hand on her waist and her left hand on his shoulder.
They share a small eye lock before Ryan slowly holds her hand and brings her down.
Siya still avoids eye contact by looking down.
“There. In the first drawer from left in the bottom drawers. The file I asked is there.” Ryan says surprising Siya.
“Did you really think I wouldn’t know? It’s my office and my cabin. Ofcourse I know. I thought you might send file with someone else to avoid me if I asked you some other file. So i asked from the one that’s in my cabin. So that you would think what you did and come to my cabin yourself.” Ryan reveals.
“What? You.. You did that intentionally? Why?”
Siya asks surprised.
“Exactly. I have the same question. Why? Why are you behaving like this? And What did you mean with that handshake conversation?” Ryan asks all the questions in a breath.
“It’s nothing. Its all nothing.”
Siya walks to leave from her left but finds Ryan in the way.
“Nothing? You are still avoiding me. You are not even looking at me and it’s all nothing? What’s the matter?”
“I told you. There nothing ok. Just like that.”
Siya tries to leave from the right this time but finds Ryan in her way again.
“Really? Nothing? Okay. Let’s put it this way.” Ryan closes in by taking a step forward. Siya is surprised now and looks at him.
“Yes. Now you look at me.” Ryan takes a step forward again to which Siya takes a step back.
“You tell me all the answers to my questions or we are not going anywhere.”
“We’ll get locked in here. Nobody would know we are here.” Siya says even more surprised with this.
“Exactly.” And Ryan smirks.
“I have Tisha. She’ll know I am not there and she’ll call.”
“I’ll make you tell her that you left.” Siya says shocked.
“You can’t do that.”
“Oh I can!”
The whole time during the conversation Ryan keeps taking a step forward and Siya a step back and now she has nowhere to go as she is stuck between Ryan and the wall and unlike last time Ryan has already placed his hands on her sides so she can’t run.
“So the answers.”
Ryan says coming close.
“Ryan..” Siya says looking down.
As Ryan comes close to her and pulls her chin up so that she is looking at him now and says, “Better.”
He comes closer now so that they are not even an inch apart.
He goes to her ear and whispers, “answers” in a husky voice.
“Ryan.. please.” Siya says with her eyes closed.
Ryan comes back to look at her and feels the need, want and the intimacy. He gets all the answers he needed.
Ryan coughs and takes a step back. He knew now and he thinks of staying at a distance from her.
With that thought he takes two steps back again and says after clearing his throat, “I think, I think I will manage. You can leave.” He straightens his coat and sits on his seat and starts working on his laptop.
Siya straightens her hair and clothes and starts to leave. She stops at the door and looks back at him. She smiles to herself looking at Ryan, knowing that he understood everything and her trust on him increased ten folds in that precise moment knowing he knows his limits.
She turns back to the door and leaves.
Ryan looks at the door and keeps thinking about all the incidents till the peon comes to clean the table and lets him know that it’s time to go home.
That night both of them sleep late and have to run to the office next morning because they wake up late, both on an oath to stay at an arm’s distance atleast.
But soon they find out that both of them are waiting for the other to take a move to get closer.
As none does, both leave from the office that day disappointed.
The next day both of them are prepared with being at a safe distance and act normal and not to expect from the other to take a move to get closer. Siya was more at ease than Ryan.
When Ryan enters his cabin his day after an awkward some instance between them, he was angry at how things got this weird between them and throws the file in his hand on the table. The file hits the glass of water and it falls down and shatters into pieces.
Ryan sighs at the situation he is in and calls ManojJi to clean it up. He sits on his chair and gets to work. On saying a quick come in on the knock, Ryan, who was expecting ManojJi looks up from his laptop. It was Siya, looking as beautiful as ever. His thoughts linger at how beautiful she is even in normal day-to-day clothes.
Suddenly his hand has cramps and he gives a wail of pain. Siya quickly comes near him and asks what happened.
“Nothing” Ryan says quickly as she lifts her hand to touch his.
Siya drops her hand and turns to leave.
She hadn’t seen the shattered glass pieces yet and was about to step on it which Ryan notices and immediately is on her feet, holds her hand and sound her around.
She is in his arms again is what Siya thinks.
But it was okay for her. She was okay with it. She felt good in fact. Probably because she was so used to it now. And Ryan comes closer when they hear a knock and they come to their senses and leave their chain of thoughts.
After clearing his throat, Ryan says in his defense, “there are pieces of shattered glass there. You better watch your step.”
“Thanks. And I don’t need to watch my step, because I know you will there to protect me like you did right now. Thanks again.”
Their short eye lock gets broken when Manoj Ji knocks and they shift themselves at an acceptable distance as Ryan calls him in and Siya leaves when ManojJi starts cleaning the floor.
Two days pass of that incident and though Siya has fooled herself in believing that their intimacy was Ryan’s concern and their growing friendship and just a tinge of attraction, Ryan was wiser in figuring out that it wasn’t ‘Just Friendship’ they were Sharing. Ryan was still in confusion about the growing attraction and the need to be around her.
He was thinking about the same when his phone vibrates as the phone rings. As soon as he sees the name of the caller he smiles broad.
“Ryan?” Says the person on the other side.
“Mrs. Chhabariya.” Ryan says with a smile as he speaks.
“Don’t call me that.” Says Mrs. Chhabariya from the other side. “It’s been years since we know each other.” She said her voice giving away her smile. They talk for some time. After the call ends, Ryan has a thought and is confused.
At around the time to leave, Ryan calls Siya on her intercom, finally deciding what he wants.
He just says, “stay back after office.” And with her “okay” as an answer, he disconnects.
After office, he takes her to a coffee shop. Ryan had never felt so nervous before. But on Siya’s question as to why he had brought her there he gathers all the courage he had and asks, “will you be my partner in a party?”
Siya who had thought countless things in her head by now didn’t expect this coming. She was overthrown by the question and counter questions him with, “what party?” She asks in surprise.
“It’s Mr. And Mrs. Chhabariya’s 25th anniversary. They have invited me. It’s always a couple thing. And as always I need to take a partner with me. So? Can we go together? Will you come?” Ryan asks now anxious for her answer.
“Couple?!” Siya asks surprised clearly focused on that word leaving everything else.
“Hey. Listen. Friends are allowed. We’ll be going together as friends. And don’t worry about anything else. I’ll handle everything.”
“Oh. Okay.” She says after a thought.
“By the way, this Mr. And Mrs. Chhabariya. Are they the ones who are our permanent clients?”
“Yes.” Ryan testifies.
“So, When is the party?”
“Two days later. Sunday. 7 p.m.”
“Okay. I’ll be ready then.”
As soon as she agrees Ryan sees a girl in a sexy outfit, giving a walk that obviously gets her attention from all the guys.
Siya notices this and says, “Men” and rolls eyes at her.
“What? Guys love when girls seduce them. And that’s why they look at other girls. It’s only because their girls don’t do that.”
“Oh please. You guys look at such girls anyway. And we girls can be seductive and sexy whenever we want. We just don’t do such things in public like her.”
“Haha. Good one.” Ryan says faking a laugh and a smile and then says, “That’s not true. Only when they don’t get it from who they want, they look at these kinda girls. Now look at you. Can you be this seductive and sexy? Wear such outfits for your man? No.”
“What? Hello! I can be seductive and sexy if I want, it’s just that I don’t choose to be. And I don’t even need to wear such clothes.”
“Really? You think you can be seductive? What a dream you are living in!”
“You don’t believe me?!”
“Ofcourse not.” Ryan replies immediately. “I am sorry but you don’t have that quality.”
Siya is now angry. She had never been this angry before. But she didn’t even know why they were having this conversation in first place. But still manages to say, “You offended me.”
“What’s true, it’s true. You can never seduce a guy like me. Accept the facg” Ryan says shrugging.
“Oh. I can. Easily.” Siya says in a challenging tone putting her hands now on the table.
“Really? Okay. I’ll give you a chance to prove it. Try and Seduce me. And we’ll see.” Ryan says putting his hands on table as well.
“Okay. We’ll see.” Siya says confidently, now smirking as she stands up and takes her bag to leave. Ryan runs behind her and tells her that he’ll drop to which she agrees with her head still high.
The next day, Tisha is shocked when Siya comes out ready for the office unsure of the change in Siya. It was because the Siya she knew wouldn’t ever be dressed like that.
Siya saw that it was 9.55 a.m. and so started fidgeting around finding something.
As soon as Ryan enters and looks at Siya’s desk like he usually did, he sees a girl bent over Siya’s desk looking something. Her bottom in air and a just above knee length tight one-piece purple dress with cap sleeves and high stilettos. Her all straight hair covering the face. The sight definitely caught Ryan’s eyes.
But as soon as the girl turned around while Ryan was just near Siya’s desk, he couldn’t believe the face he saw. It was Siya. He didn’t believe his eyes. Siya had wore make up. Her eyes were given a touch with an eye liner which made them prettier. She had put a Red lipstick on her lips that drew his attention immediately on them. He didn’t expect that she could look so sexy. Yes. He always knew that she was beautiful. So much. But Sexy and this much. He definitely didn’t expect. He had to control himself from touching her immediately and so he ignored the smirk on her face and left for his cabin.
Siya had a big smirk on her face because the expression on Ryan’s clearly gave away that he didn’t expect that the sexy girl’s ass he was staring at was her.
All of this game of Ryan and Siya didn’t go unnoticed by Tisha. She knew by now that something was definitely going on.
Once Ryan was safely in his office, he finally breathes. It was as if he had stopped breathing from the time he saw her bent and her heart had skipped a beat when he saw it was Siya.
Soon there was a knock at the door which Ryan knew was obviously Siya. He straightens his tie and breathes heavily once again and opens his laptop and starts working before he says ‘come in.’
Siya comes in and puts down the files on her desk and smirks when she sees that he is trying his hardest to concentrate on work but is failing as he steals glances at her.
As she turns her hand ‘accidentally’ hits the files and the papers falls down. She bends to take the papers giving Ryan a little peak of the start of her milky white thighs. She gets up and adjusts her hair. She smirks again as he sees Ryan staring at her with his mouth in an O. He quickly looks up as he realises what he is doing. He clears his throat and gets to work. She leaves with a cat walk which sways her hips and Ryan stared at the closed door for some time. He was still in shock that Siya was looking so sexy. Everything that he said the previous day was worth it. But then a thought comes to his mind which boils his blood. The thought was that if he was gawking at her this way when she was his friend and they had this unknown connection, what about the guys outside his cabin in the office. They must be gawking at her too. And when she came to the office, the men on the way too must be looking at her perversely. He had to restrict himself from calling Siya immediately and showing her the taste of his anger.
He had to win this game of tease of Siya and so he controls himself.
The whole day he gets teased by Siya and even though Ryan tried to talk Siya out of this but Siya was too much into the game to understand this.
Next day the whole thing happened again.
At lunch time, he heard some men talking about her in the men’s room.
The first man says, “damn she is sexy.”
“Yeah man she is. I had never thought that this woman who was always covered from tip to toe had such a sexy body from inside.” The second man agrees.
“Damn she is a tease. I would do anything to have her.” The first man looks at Siya as if unraveling her clothes.
Ryan had heard enough to come out of the restroom. The men saw Ryan and stopped talking. They walked out quietly and as soon as they were out, Ryan banged his hand on the wall.
He calls Siya in his cabin. As Siya enters Ryan stands up and walks towards her. Siya has that winning smirk on her face.
“Siya, just stop it ok.” Ryan says seriously.
“Stop what?” Siya says feigning ignorance with a smirk.
“You know exactly what.”
“No. I don’t.” Says Siya still not giving up.
“Okay. What do you want?” Ryan asks seriously.
“Admit.” Siya says, now coming to the point.
“Fine. I admit. You are sexy. And you look sexy and be seductive whenever you want.” Ryan says to end this whole matter. Ryan though had admitted to himself long time back but saying it aloud did feel weird and he felt as if he was drawn more towards Siya in an intimate way. But he continues putting all the thoughts aside, “Happy?” He says pretending saying it to end the discussion which Siya obviously knew.
“Oh don’t pretend. I am not letting it go till you mean it.” She turns to leave when Ryan pulls her against the wall between his hands that were rested on the wall.
Siya starts breathing heavily when Ryan says, “Give it up Siya.” And he adds, “please.”
Siya is surprised with the request word.
But stays put on her words, “not till you mean what you say.”
“Fine.” Ryan gives up. He looks into her eyes and says, “You are sexy. So sexy. I always found you beautiful. But didn’t know that you were so sexy. You are looking so sexy that I can kiss you right now.” Ryan says in the flow. Siya takes a sharp intake of breath. He then realises what he said and then takes a step back like always and tries to mend things, “I meant…” And clears his throat, “I mean, you are sexy and seductive. Thats it.”
Siya is still in shock of what Ryan just said when Ryan says, “Look. Siya. You don’t know men. And it’s not just me who’s at the office. Just please. Don’t wear such dresses again in the office. Please.”
Siya had yet another shock with Ryan’s so many ‘please’. She was shocked that Ryan cared so much about her. She had seen the glances she got from the men of office but she was too involved in the bet to back out. Now with this concern from him, she realises, it mattered to him. She mattered to him. He cares for her.
With all these things sinking in she just manages to say, “Okay. I wont.”
Ryan sighs and takes a step back though he is already at an arm’s distance and says in his business self, “good. You can go now.”
Siya leaves deep in thoughts. As soon as Siya leaves he sinks into the chair and says to himself aloud, “what the fuck did I just do? Damn it! Why can’t I just stay away from her? And why did I have to say about the kiss? Infact why did i say that at all? Why did I even think about that? Why did I feel that?” He had so many questions and no answers.
He shuts his thoughts and gets back to work.
The next day passes by. For Ryan with his questions and for Siya with the confessions of Ryan. Siya gets ready for the evening thinking how she was going to face Ryan after yesterday where Ryan was been haunted by the same questions.
But when they see each other stunned by the other’s looks. Siya was wearing pink saree with silver white blouse that had shining work on it. The saree’s border had shining work on it too. The saree had simple work in it. But it was looking beautiful on her. She was looking sexy. But ofcourse Ryan wasn’t going to bring that up. She had wore heels which added to her beauty.
Ryan had wore a suit. White shirt, black coat and pants. He wore a Fossil’s silver metal belt watch. Siya swore to herself at this moment that if he wouldn’t have been a businessman he would have been a model.
They take steps towards each other with a smile all awkwardness forgotten.
Both of them say together, “Wow!” which brings a blush on Siya’s face as she looks down being shy. Her hair flicks fall on her cheek. Her hair had obviously been straightened just making her more beautiful. Ryan blushes too with a raise in his eye brow. He had never blushed before. With that realisation he stops blushing and says, “Shall we?” As he points towards his car and opens the car door for her. She gets inside and Ryan takes the driver’s seat. They leave for the party venue together.
“What?!” Siya asks almost jumping and hugs him in fear.
“Hahahaha.” Ryan laughs. “You are scared of it? Oh my god!” And he laughs a little more. Siya looks up from his chest still in his arms and then punches him in his chest and then moves back.
“Oh please. Everybody has a fear of something. Hey Ryan, just come this side. There’s a cat.”
“What?!” It was Ryan’s turn to jump and Siya’s turn to laugh.
“Very funny.” Ryan says faking a smile.
“Not so funny. Yes? Exactly.” Siya says still giggling.
Ryan starts to walk and Siya takes two quick steps to walk with Ryan.
She looks down thinking about asking the question which she has been thinking for a while.
“Hey I wanted to ask you something.” Siya says building up courage finally.
“Mrs. Chhabariya said your family and theirs are family friends. You didn’t tell me that?” Siya asks building up.
“I thought you’ll end up being shy and awkward because they are our family friends and that’s why I didn’t tell you.” Ryan admits and continues and says, “I am sorry. I should have told you the truth.”
“No. Its okay. You are right. I wouldn’t have.”
Siya says admitting too.
“What I wanted to ask you is, Mrs. Chhabariya said that, ” she pauses and continues, “you have never brought anyone in this party as your +1 before. Then why me this time?”
Siya asks, finally coming to the point.