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Chapter 2
Words Count: 1175    |    Released on:25/06/2021

Three months later

Rishi's pov,

My work in Paris was finally completed and after two days I am returning to India.

I was in my study to complete the process of handing over the work to my most trusted aid.

When I was 22 my father was diagnosed with hypertension. After that I took over my father's business. He is now in his 50's and enjoying his life with my mother and my little sister. My work was almost done when my mother called. Now she is doing her next job, my marriage.

"Hello mom. My work is done and I am going to sleep." I explained as usual

"I know how much you sleep."

I was silent.

She sighed and said, "Rishi, your father and I found a girl for you. She is beautiful. She is the relative of your father's friend. I hope you will try this time. Look if you don't like her, we will not force you but my son we want you to be happy so please meet her atleast once for us. The decision will definitely be only yours."

"Alright mom"

"What!" My mom screamed deafening my ears.

"What did you just say?" My mom excitingly asked me like a child as if she was getting a candy.

"I will meet her. And now don't scream otherwise I will change my decision."

"Ohh..oh..ohk...waiting for you my son...come quickly" I hunged up the phone and smiled.

My mom sometimes behaves like a child. I walked in my room and sat on bed remembering those memories.

I was 8 when my biological mother passed away...yes she is my stepmother. I was 10 when my father remarried to my mom. I was angry at that time as how could my father give my mother's place to someone else.

From then on our relationship furthered away. I hated my stepmother...I mean my mom at that time. I also used to think like other people in society that a stepmother can never be a mother. She would definitely do something to strangle me. But she didn't. On the contrary, she used her own means to win my heart. I thought she is doing this to trap me or to mislead my father. With the passing time, I didn't saw anything unusual but I was on alert.

When I was 12, my world took a different turn.

Once I came early at home on weekend. I was usually used to spend time away from home. I heard some arguments between my mother and father.

"Why did you this? There was no need damn it." My father angrily said and threw the vase.

I had never seen my father like this angry. What happened to him.

"There was a need Aniruddh. I don't want him to live in fear that his stepmother one day will strangle him or hurt him."

I was shocked. I was somewhat sure that they are talking about me.

"But that doesn't mean what you did is a solution" my father once again shouted.

My mom let him sit on the bed and she crouched down on floor and held his hands. She then softly said, "Aniruddh, I know you don't want me to do it but please listen to me once."

My father looked at her but didn't said anything.

She wiped her tears and slowly explained, " Rishi is just a 12 year old child Aniruddh. He have the reason to hate me. I took his mother's place. No child would want that. But I want to be his mother and it is the only way to make him secure that I will not do anything to him.

He is just a child. This period will change him completely. He needs care, love and sense of security. That is what I could provide him. If he didn't have fear that his siblings would fight with him, he will feel relieved. May be one day he will accept me."

"And for that you steriled yourself" my father said with tears in his eyes.

I was hell shocked outside their room. I don't know how to react.

"Don't you want to give birth to your own child?" My father asked her and I also waited for answer.

"I just want Rishi to be my child Aniruddh."

She sighed and stood up, "you know Aniruddh that I also have a stepmother who is actually scheming and vicious. I was in terror all those years when she planned against me and made me lose my value in my father's eyes."

She wiped her tears and continued, "She made me believe that a stepmother can never be a mother. I don't get the love, pampering, care, security in my own home. I have experiend all those things that is bothering him."

She walked towards window and continued, "my half siblings made my life a living hell. I lost my childhood and adulthood in struggling. I don't want this for Rishi. When I look at him I find myself in him. Those eyes of hatred, filled with insecurity. He becomes conscious infront of me as if I would hurt him. I can understand him very well becoz I have experiend the same. And that's why I don't want him to lose his childhood. According to society, stepmother is a curse for any child.

Society is prejudiced towards stepmothers. I know this very well and that's why I don't want Rishi to feel that he is cursed. I just want him to grow healthy and happy and I will do anything that I could."

I found myself in tears standing outside the door. I don't know what should I do.

My father then hugged her. Both were in tears.

Then she said, "Promise me Aniruddh, you won't tell this to Rishi."

My father was about to say when he spotted me at the door. He then said, "promise, I won't tell him" looking at me.

I ran back to my room and locked the door. I sat on the bed in tears. And that time I realized my mother never hurt me. She never did anything that could harm me. She never ill treated me. On the contrary, I had shouted on her many times.

After a while, there was a knock on my door. I washed my face and went to open it. My father was standing there.

He sighed and just said, "don't let her know that you knew" I nodded and he rubbed my head and left.

From then on I treated my mom with respect. I listened her many times. She was more than happy to observe such change in me.

I also changed slowly as to not let her get suspicious. But there was an unknown knot between us. I never called her 'mom'. I called her 'aunt'. I know she expected me to call her mom but I couldn't. I couldn't give my mother's place to her.

But a sudden incident changed our strange relationship into the most beautiful one.


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1 Chapter 1 The cook2 Chapter 2 Stepmother 3 Chapter 3 Stepmother can also be a mother 4 Chapter 4 A girl for him5 Chapter 5 Gold digger6 Chapter 6 Gamble with life7 Chapter 7 Engagement fixed8 Chapter 8 Engagement day9 Chapter 9 Living together10 Chapter 10 Robber11 Chapter 11 Devil12 Chapter 12 Cricket13 Chapter 13 Provoking him to play14 Chapter 14 Let's have a talk miss Robber15 Chapter 15 Threaten her16 Chapter 16 Mother's indifference 17 Chapter 17 Searching file18 Chapter 18 Give and take19 Chapter 19 Job20 Chapter 20 Mom is angry21 Chapter 21 Difference between personal life and professional life22 Chapter 22 Driving like a tortoise23 Chapter 23 Angel seems to be hurdle24 Chapter 24 The girl in trouble 25 Chapter 25 Angel planned a ghost story26 Chapter 26 Mr. Dinosaur 27 Chapter 27 Rishi taught her a lesson28 Chapter 28 Talking to a lizard29 Chapter 29 No more a scared girl30 Chapter 30 Angel- as a cook31 Chapter 31 Oscar winning acting 32 Chapter 32 A racer33 Chapter 33 Her fear of cats34 Chapter 34 Hyperpyrexia 35 Chapter 35 Mysterious singer is exposed36 Chapter 36 Misunderstandings 37 Chapter 37 It's Nisha 38 Chapter 38 A new business39 Chapter 39 Contract40 Chapter 40 Her past came face to face41 Chapter 41 Arrogant dinosaur and stupid idiot42 Chapter 42 A locker key43 Chapter 43 Diana44 Chapter 44 Rishi is scary45 Chapter 45 Feel free to ask me for help46 Chapter 46 He must be alive47 Chapter 47 Am I responsible 48 Chapter 48 The truth49 Chapter 49 Her change50 Chapter 50 Getting married 51 Chapter 51 Another argument52 Chapter 52 Inexplicable emotions 53 Chapter 53 Fire54 Chapter 54 Saree challenge 55 Chapter 55 London56 Chapter 56 Have you kidnapped their families 57 Chapter 57 Craziness on its peak58 Chapter 58 The horrible past59 Chapter 59 He wasn't guilty60 Chapter 60 Immaterial love61 Chapter 61 An angry young man62 Chapter 62 Kidnapping63 Chapter 63 The wedding is over64 Chapter 64 An arranged marriage or a planned one65 Chapter 65 I won't tolerate anything about her66 Chapter 66 Something is fishy67 Chapter 67 I will never trust you again 68 Chapter 68 Misunderstandings 69 Chapter 69 Who owned the SS GEMINI in Paris70 Chapter 70 I am sorry71 Chapter 71 Is there something special about her 72 Chapter 72 Controlling freak73 Chapter 73 Don't know swimming 74 Chapter 74 A night in the cave75 Chapter 75 You are and will always be my wife76 Chapter 76 Shorty77 Chapter 77 Hidden rule78 Chapter 78 George79 Chapter 79 The anger I never seen before80 Chapter 80 Jealousy on both sides 81 Chapter 81 She is angry82 Chapter 82 Tit for tat83 Chapter 83 It's suffocating 84 Chapter 84 Revelation of his worst nightmare85 Chapter 85 A sense of loss86 Chapter 86 Mutual feelings 87 Chapter 87 Mosquito spray88 Chapter 88 We are different 89 Chapter 89 The ring90 Chapter 90 The present- A Star91 Chapter 91 Initial move92 Chapter 92 Trekking93 Chapter 93 Motive behind marriage94 Chapter 94 Hacking-An interesting job