Asad on the other hand was very surprised by her reaction. “Ajeeb Larki hai, Pehle mujhe muskurane Kai liye kehti hai aur phir khud hi pata nahi kis cheez se darke bhag gayi!” With that Asad to came to his bedroom. He tucked himself into the covers but couldn’t go to sleep. He lay there for a few hours and then started thinking about Zoya’s reaction earlier. He didn’t know what is for, but it was fear that had made her run from there like that. He was getting up to go outside again when he heard her scream! He ran to her room and Ammi and Najma were taking care of her. She was pale as a paper and her forehead was sweating as she had just seen a ghost and he recognized the expression because it matched the one he had seen when she ran from the backyard! Something was totally up, he could tell. He would have to ask her somehow without seeming too obvious, just then he was pulled out of his thoughts when he heard her say, “Phupi I’m fine, sirf ek bura khawab tha!” Yes something is defiantly up, he’s just going to have to ask her and deal with everything else later, he was once again pulled out of his thoughts, but this time it was Ammi and Najma leaving. He quickly glanced over to her and walked towards his room when something clicked. He could make coffee for her like she did when she came to comfort him in time of his need.
He walked over to the kitchen but then he remembered than she never liked her coffee black n bitter the way it tasted perfect to him, so he walked back to his room and searched how to make “milky coffee” and watched a few videos and went back to make the coffee! It was so hard work and what’s the point of coffee if your going to dilute it down! He jus couldn’t understand it! But none the less he made coffee and took it over to where he knew she will be. “Wait, what? I don’t know where she is and where she goes when she’s sad, I just saw her walking by the room so I’m just assuming that she went to the bench by my room. Nothing more!” He thought to himself! He did find her there! She was sitting with her eyes closed, tears falling down her cheeks, and looking defeated. Something happened to his stomach like it fell or something but he couldn’t understand why felt like this. He didn’t know why it matter so much to him to know what was bothering her, he looked at her once again and he didn’t like what he saw there. He didn’t like this Zoya that was defeated and scared, he wanted his old Zoya back! He wanted her to tease him, laugh, make sarcastic comments, do all the nautanki in the world, and make up that bad Shyari on the spot. He knew that he had a soft corner for Zoya, they started out on the wrong foot but he had grown fond of her, even tough he would never admit it to anyone! She was beautiful, smart, and full of life! He was sometimes jealous of her life being so easy. She hadn’t noticed him coming and he was just lost in his thoughts….again! He really needed to get a grip on his thoughts! He needs to resort his life which has been literally shaken once the day Zoya had came into his life.
Cutting of his thoughts, he cleared his throat and she slowly opened her eyes but didn’t look his way, so he offered the coffee and told her, “jitne mushkil aap ke liye meri black n bitter coffee banani hai, usse kahi Zadda mushkil aap ki yeh milky coffee banani thi!” She didn’t respond but just took the cup from his hand, something big was bothering her otherwise she would have defiantly made a sarcastic remark back to him, and even though he usually hated when she did that, hr actually wanted her to do that right now! When she didn’t move any further he said, “Miss Farooqui, muskurana koi buri baat nahi hai! Bhalahi muskurana se musibaat door nahi hoti, Lakin us ko face karne ki himat to aajati hai!” She pouted her lip really cutely and said, “Mr. Khan, aap meri lines mujhyi par use kar rahe ho!” So he said, “iss me ek addition hai, ki dil ki baat kissi se share karne se dukh or daar dono door ho jaate Hain!” He held his breath hoping that she will tell him what it was, and finally she opened up.”
She told him everything. How she had these nightmares since she was a little kid and how she was super scared and how she had lost her Ammi when she was little but had never been to her mother’s grave because she didn’t know where her mother was buried. He was curious why she didn’t talk about her father, and asked her something that he immediately regretted asking, “aur aap ke Abu?” Her eyes swelled up with tears and he was about to say sorry when she said, “mein Bachpan se akali hu, Mr. Khan! Mujhe apne Abu ka naam tak nahi patta, bus sirf do Saal Pehle itna patta laga ki wo India, I mean yah in Bhopal mein Hain! Aur zinda Hain, aur main stupid sirf kuch letters aur photographs lakke unhe dhoond rahi hoon, bine yei Jaane ki jab mein unse miloongi to kya boh mujhe accept bhi karenga ya nahi!” She started sobbing and he couldn’t control anymore so he warped an arm around her and she softly slid into him and cried, she cried a lot! He felt really sorry for all the time he talked bad to her, in truth she was much more stronger than him. She was trying to search a father who abandoned her and her mother when she was little who just disappeared into thin air and at least he was lucky enough that he knew his father, and at least had his Ammi, Najma, and Ayaan and his other too sisters, but she was all alone.
A few minutes later he noticed that she had fallen asleep on his shoulder and his eyes were all swollen from crying so much. She felt so right in his arms. He didn’t want to let her go, he wanted to keep her safe there with him. He placed a soft kiss into her hair and then mentally kicked himself for doing so. “I need to control myself, or it’ll go far!” He said out loud! He picked her up in his arms, she was very light and he just loved the way she snuggled into him like she belonged there every time he picked her up. Smiling to himself, he went to her room and tucked her in her covers, but she wouldn’t let go of him, her arms were still snaked around his neck and all of a sudden she started crying in her sleep, “please don’t leave me Ammi! Ammi! Ammi! Ammi aag! Ammi batchao aag!” His eyes became tear filled as she woke up once again, and he started to rub her hands and soothing her forehead. “It’s okay, it’s okay, Zoya! I’m here, don’t worry, nothing will happen to you! I’ll keep you safe!” She hugged him once again and started crying! “Asad, I’m so scared.”
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