I shook my head to clear my thoughts and wiped away the tears that had unknowingly escaped my eyes. I walked into the bathroom and splashed water in my face before wiping my face with a towel. I walked into the walk-in closet which was so spacious but I only had very few dresses so most of the shelves in the closet were empty. I searched my closet for a dress and finally, decided to wear a black anarkali suit that had a touch of golden embroidery work on it (dress on top). I paired it with a long black earing and I applied some makeup on my face.
The anarkali was full-sleeved and it covered my entire body except for my neck and face so I don't need to reapply makeup on my hands. I decided to let my hair down. I applied sindoor and took out my golden heels from the closet which was initially bought for Deliha but it didn't fit her and was given to me. I don't like heels. I usually wear sandals but this golden heel perfectly matches with this dress. I sat on the bed and was about to slip the heel on my feet when someone knocked on the door. I placed the heel down and walked to the door. I opened it and in front of me stood my husband.
He just stood there looking at me for a moment before he came out of the trance that he was in.
"Pack a bag of necessities that will be needed for two days. We will be staying there. " He said.
"Ok-ay." I stuttered out. I don't know why he makes me nervous but he does which causes me to stutter in front of him. He probably thinks that I am weak and can't even talk properly. He walked away without saying anything and I closed the door and let out a breath.
I took my small black bag and packed a few things I need like my toiletries, makeup, and my pajamas and spare dresses. I wore my heels and then walked out of my room. Iyaan was talking on the phone and I slowly walked down the stairs. Iyaan turned around and looked at me still talking on the phone.
"Okay. I will be there on Monday morning." He said before ending the call. He walked out without giving me a second glance and I followed him like a lost puppy. He got into the driver seat of the black range rover that was parked in front of the house. I entered the car and silently sat in the passenger seat. The car ride was silent with Iyaan's eyes was glued on the road and I was looking at the people and the cars that passed through the door.
Going out was something that rarely happened in my uncle's house. Of course, my aunt, uncle, and cousins went out all the time but I was taken out only when there is some public gathering. Within 30 minutes, Iyaan stopped in front of a beautiful mansion. Iyaan parked the car next to a white BMW.
He got out of the car and so did I. About 5 cars were already parked in front of the house. The thought of meeting new people made me a nervous wreck. It increased as I realized that I am going to officially meet Iyaan's relatives. What if they don't like me? What if they think I am a gold digger like Iyaan? Will Roopitha aunty and Adith uncle also hate me?
"Remember what I told? Act like we are in love. " Iyaan said. I nodded my head obediently. He held out his hand and I placed my skinny hand in his. We walked towards the house with our hands intertwined and rang the doorbell. Iyla opened the door with a huge smile on her face.
"Bhabhi." Iyla exclaimed and hugged me. I encircled my arms around her and hugged her back with a smile.
"Hi." I softly said.
"You do remember you have a brother, right ?" Iyaan asked his sister. Iyla pulled away from the hug and looked at him.
"Yeah, unfortunately." She said. He narrowed his eyes at her and walked inside the house. Iyla pulled me inside the house.
"Amaira dear, how are you?" Roopitha aunty asked as she walked towards me. She embraced me in a warm motherly hug.
"I am fine, aunty. How are you?" I asked. She pulled away and gave me a disapproving look. What did I do? Did I do something bad? What if she thinks that I am not a perfect wife for him now?
"I do not approve you calling me aunty anymore. You can start calling me mom because I consider you as my own daughter, got that young lady?" She asked sternly. My eyes filled with tears at her words. I nodded with a small smile.
"Yes, mom." I said. Mom's eyes filled with tears and she pulled me into a gentle hug.
"Hey, Iyaan." I heard Adith uncle say. Roopitha au... Ehh... Mom and I pulled away from the hug and turned in the direction of the voice.
"Thank God! I am acknowledged by at least one person." Iyaan said hugging Adith uncle. Adith uncle pulled away from the hug when his eyes met mine. I smiled at him and he immediately walked towards me.
"Little peanut, I missed you." Adith uncle said as he engulfed me into a warm hug.
"I missed you too." I whispered against his chest as I am way shorter than him and I only reach till his chest.
"Seriously? You guys don't want me, now?" Iyaan asked looking at both Adith uncle and mom.
"Is my sweet boy jealous?" Mom asked teasingly. Iyla pinched his cheeks and awed. Iyaan slapped his hands away and glared at her.
"Momma loves you, baby boy." Mom said kissing Iyaan's cheek.
"Did they arrive?" An old man around 85 years asked coming into the living room followed by three people. A woman around mom's age and a man who looked slightly older than Adith uncle and next to them stood a man who seems to around 25 years old. and I have seen them during the marriage but didn't get a chance to talk to them.
"Grandpa."Iyaan said. The old man, who is Iyaan's grandfather, smiled seeing him.
" My child, how are you? "His grandfather asked.
"I am fine, grandpa, and I missed you. "Iyaan said hugging his grandfather.
"Where is your wife? "His grandfather asked pulling away from the hug.
"She is here, papa." Mom said. Mom gave me gently push and I walked towards Iyaan's grandfather.
"Hello." I said shyly. His grandfather looked at me and smiled before pulling me into a hug. Does everyone in this family love hugs?
"I have waited so long for this day. Finally, it happened." Iyaan's grandfather said.
"Did they come? Let me see her." I excited voice said and a woman maybe a year or two older than me came waddling into the living room with a wide smile on her face. She looked beautiful wearing a long baby blue dress.
"Ameya, calm down. Don't walk too fast." The man who stood beside the old couple said. She glared at him before looking at me with a wide smile.
"Hi, I am Ameya. I am Iyaan's cousin." She said excitedly.
"Hi." I said and smiled at her.
"She is so cute!!! " She exclaimed before hugging me. I hugged her back carefully, keeping a safe distance from her baby bump as I don't want to hurt her baby.
"Okay, that's enough, you are suffocating her." Again the same man said.
"Oh! I am sorry. I was just excited. I didn't hurt you, did I? I am so sorry if I did. I didn't mean to hurt you. It's just I was so excited to have another friend...."Somewhere between her rambling, she started crying. I didn't know what to do, I was dumbstruck by her behavior. One minute, she was excited and the next second she is crying. What did I do?
"Ameya, look at me. "The same man who I think is her husband said to her slightly lifting her chin.
" You didn't hurt. She is completely fine. Look at her. "He said and she looked at me with teary eyes. I smiled at her softly.
"I am sorry for overreacting. It's all because of these pregnancy hormones. " Ameya said glaring at her husband.
"What did I do?" He asked looking at her nervously.
"You made me pregnant and because of you I am behaving like a crazy woman." She said.
"Okay, kids, that's enough." The man who looked slightly older than Adith uncle.
"Okay, now, Amaira, this is my brother Adithya and his wife Lekha and Ameya is their daughter and this is Harsha, Ameya's husband." Adith uncle said. I smiled and gave them a small wave. They smiled at me in return.
"How about we talk further while having lunch?" Adith uncle said.
"Yes, food. Let's go!" Ameya exclaimed dragging Harsha with her. Everyone including me laughed at her cute behavior. We all walked into the dining room. The dining table was filled with different kinds of food.
We all sat down and started serving ourselves. Mom was serving Adith uncle who was looking at her like he is her whole world. His eyes held nothing but love for her. It made me think whether Iyaan will ever look at me like that. Even though his words and actions hurt me, I still feel worried about him. He is my husband after all.
A warm feeling spread through me when I realized that I am a part of this loving family.
I felt like I belong here.
What kind of author will I be if I won't give my awesome readers their Diwali gift?
So here it is.
I wish that the gleam of auspicious diyas and the holy chants fill your life with happiness and prosperity forever! Happy Diwali!. May the festival of lights fill your home with happiness and brighten.
This chapter was the introduction and stuff part but the next chapter is going to be about super fun stuff like Iyaan's childhood embarrassing stories and those childhood pictures. Roopa is going to share it all with our Amaira. Ready for the next chapter?
Anyway, what do you think of this chapter? A lot of amazing things are going to happen, guys. I can't wait. It's the 19th chapter including the prologue and they haven't even kissed yet. Damn!!! They are too slow.
Hope you liked this chapter. If you did, don't forget to like and comment.
See you soon.