Love Finds Its Way

Riya and Pratik are all set to get married. Where Riya is head over heels in love with Pratik, Pratik on the other side still hasnt got over his past relationship. What will happen when Pratik's ex-girlfriend comes back??

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10. Doubts

Parking my car quickly, I ran off towards the garden gate. It was so dimly lit, I could barely see anything there.

I removed my phone from my jeans pocket and dialled Riya's number. Just then, I felt someone tap my shoulder, making me turn to their direction.

"Riya! What happened baby? Why did you call me like this?"

She didnt even smile when she saw me. This is so not her! Something's terribly wrong.

I put my hands on her shoulders "This is killing me Riya. Please tell me whats wrong? Did I do something that hurt you?"

She looked here and there nervously,as if battling what to say in her mind. I shook her again, cupping her face "Speak up Riya. Your silence is seriously killing me now."

"Tamanna had called me." She said in a low tone.

My heart cracked hearing the words that just escaped her mouth. Tamanna had called her. That means, she definitely must've said something that could ruin our relationship. My jaws clenched on hearing that.

"W..what did she say?"

She looked up at me, straight in the eye. "That dosent matter Pratik. What matters now is what you want?"

"Me?..Err.. As in?"

I could clearly see the tears brimming in her eyes, while she batted her eyelids really fast to hold them back.

"You still love her, don't you?"

"What?! Thats not true Riya. I love you and not her." I wrapped my arms around her strongly, holding her tight to let her know what she meant to me. I secretly wondered, where the hell did Tamanna get all the numbers from.

She remained in my embrace for sometime, but standing still as a stone. Her hands were on my waist, but not wrapped around me like always. I sighed and broke the hug finally, holding her at arm's length.

"I don't know how to prove this to you Riya. It's YOU who matters the most to me, it's YOU who's there in my heart, it's YOU who I love. Tamanna, is a closed chapter in my life. And I dont ever want to go through it again."

"If that's true, you would've told me that she's back. But you didnt!" This can't be true! Is she really doubting me? This is so not like my Riya.

I cupped her face gently, putting a strand of her loose hair behind her ear. "I didnt tell you because she just dosen't matter to me baby. I dont care if she's there or not. You are my life, my angel. Dont ruin your mood, thinking about a girl who dosent matter to either of us." I said, resting my forehead on hers.

She grabbed my hand, moving away.

This was frustrating me now. "Are you doubting me Riya?"

"Its not about the doubt Pratik. I.. I just want you to sort out your feelings honestly. We still have time till we're not married. I just.. just want you to..."

This was enough. I straight went and grabbed her elbows, turning her towards me "What do think you're doing Riya? Is this going to do any good for us?"

Her face went pale from shock and terror. Shock at my tone and terror, maybe at my choice of words. My face softened as I saw her like that.

"You're hurting me." She said trying to free herself from my grip.

Sure I was, but even she was hurting me by the way she behaved. Didnt she have even this much trust for me? "Dont you trust me?" I asked painfully, loosening the grip on her elbows.

She burried her face in her palms, looking towards the sky.
"You're getting this totally wrong. I dont mean that."

"I saw what you meant. I dont think I need to hear anything more."
I said turning my back towards her and walking away. Deeply hurt, by what happened just now.

"Pratik wait!" She came running behind me. "At least listen to me." She pleaded.

I felt my eyes burn with emotions, "Riya. I seriously dont have anymore explainations to give you. I've never kept any secrets from you, told you each and everything about me. And yoy still dont trust me. It hurts me to know that you know."

She was saying something but I stopped her angrily "Enough. I'm really not in a mood to listen to anything now." 
I quickly got into the car and drove off.

My vision was getting blurred with all the emotions gathering up my eyes. Just one thought kept constantly running through my mind How could she do that? I never expected her to react like this.

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I was pacing back and forth in my bedroom, fuming by what just happened.

I heard my phone buzz and quickly received it, not seeing who had called.

"Hello."

"Pratik. Please don't disconnect the phone. Listen to me please" Riya's voice came from the other end. I could say she had cried after I left.

I closed my eyes shut, fighting the strong urge of disconnecting the phone. If I was hurt, so must be she. How do I make her explain what she means to me.

"Are you there?" She asked.

"Hmmm."

She sighed. "Pratik. There's no way that I'm doubting you or something. And that's really not what I meant. I.. I just couldnt put it proper words."

She paused for sometime,then continued "I just want you to be happy. It really dosent matter to me what Tamanna said or what anyone else has got to say. What matters is you and your happiness."

"I am really happy with you Riya. Why are you complicating things so much!"

"Tell me one thing honestly, are you really happy with me, or you're saying this because you're angry with Tamanna?"

"W..What do you mean?"

"Pratik. I really, genuinely love you from the bottom of my heart. And the day we'll get married will be the happiest day in my life. But Pratik, I want even you to feel the same. I want you to marry me for the right reasons. I dont want that after our marriage, you realize your feelings for Tamanna and think that you made a mistake by marrying me. That would really spoil all our lives right?"

Her question shook me from inside. What was I supposed to say now. I didnt say anything, still dumbstriken by her words.

She continued "This is exactly what I meant when I said I want you to sort out your feelings. Just think about this once, for my sake, please? Is it that you really dont love Tamanna now or has your anger masked your love for her."

Her voice cracked with emotions "Pratik, I just wish you marry the right person, for only one reason - Love. Because if you marry for any other reason, that just wouldnt be fair... I.. I love you very much sweetheart and your happiness means the world to me. I just want you to be happy, either way. The girl who'll be your bride will be the luckiest girl in the world! I can only hope its me." She chuckled bitterly, but her question had left a deep mark on me.

While laying on my bed, I kept thinking what I really wanted. Do I really love Riya, or is it just attraction and attachment for how she makes me feel? 
Is Tamanna really out of my heart? Or, as Riya put it, my love for her is masked by my anger on her. 

Is Riya just a compromise?

Can you ever forget your first love? Will I ever be able to forget Tamanna, and all my sweet memories with her?

What am I doing? What am I suppossed to do? What do I really feel?

After tossing on the bed the whole night, I finally sorted out all my feelings and knew exactly what I wanted. I was feeling so happy and grateful that Riya asked me to do this. I'll be thankful to her all my life. She helped me recognise my inner true feelings, which I was over-looking till now. I hadn't felt so happy and relieved, in a long long time.

I took my phone from the table, and merrily dialled her number "I want to meet you today, Tamanna."

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We're finally reaching towards the end of LOVE FINDS ITS WAY. Just maybe 1-2 chapters more.

I'm already sad that this book is going to end now :(
But I guess there's no point in pushing this further. I'll let this remain a short and sweet story.

I know this A/N made you sad, but still, for my sake, please Vote & Comment.

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