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Chapter 6 - A Fake Scheme #1

*Prathap Pov*

“It’s been a week already. Why is everyone still coming here just to meet me and ask about Anny?” I asked my manager while he passed the list our chef made for the next week.

“Because the articles are still passing around about this news and the restaurant is the main topic because they clicked the pictures of this place clearly along with both of you.” He explained while I sighed rubbing my forehead.

“I didn’t know she is this popular.” I mumbled and he frowned hearing those words.

“The commercials she worked on are very popular and the new project she is going to join is not a small one. I am also a fan of hers and still feeling disappointed that she is no longer single along with others.” He sighed while I rolled my eyes at his dramatic words.

“Deepak! I am not joking here. It is really a serious issue and you are worried whether she is still single or not.” I pointed out and he ignored my words while taking out his phone and passed it to me.

“My friends are messaging me to ask about Anny. She is really popular among youngsters and you should expect this to continue.” He stated before waving his hand to leave me alone.

However, when he opened the door to my cabin we both heard a commotion from the seating area even though there is a corridor separating the seating area and my cabin.

I stood up as he even passed a confused look before we both rushed through the corridor only to stop near the first table we reached after reaching the area.

“What is going on there?” I asked frowning when I found everyone standing as a crowd with their backs to us and to my shock they are my staff only and I can clearly hear my chef’s tone among others.

They all slowly parted and the person they revealed is none other than the person about whose popularity I am just realizing slowly.

“What are… what are you guys doing?” I changed the question from asking her about what she is doing here to the others when she shook her head reminding me.

I heard she is supposed to leave India by this time but she is right now standing here and that too at my restaurant.

“Surprise!” she mumbled waving her hand awkwardly while looking at me with a pleading look.

“Wow! What a surprise! Let’s go to my cabin.” I mumbled ignoring the questions and she immediately rushed towards me with apologetic looks towards the others.

I gestured her to walk forward and calmly followed her behind without saying a word until we reached my cabin and I closed the door behind me.

“What are you doing here?” I asked the moment I locked the door.

“Let me sit for a bit. I didn’t know that they all know me and will ask for autographs.” She mumbled shifting to sit on my chair while I just stood there.

“And I am here because I was asked to come here by your friend.” She added and I took out my phone to call Vikranth while she closed her eyes after leaning on the chair.

I waited for him to lift the call but he actually cut it making me frown. I called him again but he cut it again.

“What is he playing at? Why does Vikranth want to meet you here? He told me clearly that I will not meet you ever again.” I said raising my voice and she slowly opened her eyes.

“Why are you throwing a tantrum now? It’s not Mr. Vikranth who asked me to come here but your other friend.” She replied while I glared at her choice of words.

However, I ignored that realizing she is talking about Shrishti and I opened her contact to call her but stopped myself.

After that day I didn’t contact her again and even ignored her calls by messaging I am busy as I still can’t forget her views about me.

“I need to be at the airport in the evening and I already informed her that. But she requested me to be here as she wants to talk to me. I heard even Mr. Vikranth and Kanika will be here.” She continued when I didn’t say anything.

“What does she want to talk to you about?” I asked and she shrugged before closing her eyes again.

She continued to stay in the position even after hearing a knock on the door and I opened it thinking it’s either Vikranth or Shrishti but it turned out to be my chef who is supposed to be busy at the kitchen but he is here holding a glass of water in his hands and a tray in the other hand.

“What are you doing here?” why am I asking everyone that question today.

“Ms. Anny! Here are some appetizers before lunch. I am preparing special dishes I know which are your favorites.” He ignored my question while passing me to reach the table and she sat straight.

“Thank you!” she mumbled smiling at him sweetly while I rolled my eyes.

They don’t know how rough she can be with words and actions but here she is showing a completely different angle of hers as if she is the sweetest person as she continued to praise him about the decoration and even described how tasty the appetizers are.

“And please don’t increase your work for my sake. I am fine with anything.” She added when he stood up to leave.

“I am a huge fan of yours when I saw your commercial for the GH home appliances a few months back. We use the same ones that were showed in those commercials and I actually made everyone here to know you and they are also your fans as we even watched that web series together during weekends.” He smiled and I stared at him.

“I give you free time during weekends to watch web series? And this is why you insisted on buying those things from GH but told me it’s because I need to support my family?” I asked staring at him in shock.

“What is your name?” she asked taking a plain paper from my table after showing it to me.

“Bhargav!” he replied and she smiled before passing her autograph by adding the words ‘Thank you!’

“I hope I can do better works and doesn’t lose you as my fan.” She mumbled and he smiled brightly while they both just ignored my words.

“Go back to the kitchen.” I ordered him while stepping closer to the table and he rolled his eyes at me before leaving the cabin.

“He is really sweet and his cooking is amazing.” She mumbled taking the last bite and I sighed sitting on the chair opposite hers.

e me and maybe more than you

s place while I am the one who gives them sala

g.” I mumbled and she paused hearin

shing at all as a respect towards the person who made it three years back and I a

aid smiling and she smiled back but we had to

the door while smiling at us b

ve our lunch before going out.” She sa

I chose the corner table which is away from others but the outsid

et’s wait for others.” She mumbled che

nd his wife stepping out of the car but waited there until

ime and cut the call.” Vikranth said sitting d

it was Shrishti.” I replied and he nodded before

y towards you.” She said looking at An

id some harsh words and I hope you can

told you too.” She said glancing

ard from Deepak that the customers are still not increasing after last we

s incident and I had to ignore them. So, now even th

e second floor part of the re

ain like before this incident.”

settled.” He assured me while I felt someone patti

osity is filled, they no longer think about this and with the dishes you serve would

at do I like about you and all those questions for which I don’t h

the internet. After giving those answers, just send them to me so that I don’t give diff

ed and she realized we don’t contact each ot

ve each other contacts, right?” Shrishti asked and sta

emergency? One year is not a short amount of time that will pass if you

at Anitha with a huge smile and she returned it

red him and he rolled h

an attitude towards me.” I mumbled frowning

ng his name and he cleared his

ule until evening. Why is that?

ew event and as Anny will be leaving today itself, I thought of having this get together. Are you both

them and I sighed thinking why do

hird-wheeling for both couples.” She smiled looking at me and I no

p on my legs?” she asked l

talk about that in public or anywhere else. Just think of them as a real couple and f

n my mind.” She mumbled while l

he was a kid as she is a girl, she is everyone’s favorite. Sh

he doing with her words so that she need not apologize like this later. At leas

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where he thinks about work? Look at him already checking up on the shops.” I point

t me and I turned to find Anitha using shades while trying to no

hought them to be and I found them talking but

ranth looking at the screens and the snacks p

ting involved with GH’s theatre.” I mum

see the development. I even read the reports about th

cosmetics three years back. Now, just a year back you started the entertainment too by making your work to increase at such a huge level. Why are you working s

in my business along with yours.” S

d and GH is no way involved in that.” Vik

will take it lightly just because you both are

y watch a movie with you guys after so many years in a theatre.” She said smiling be

here?” I can hea

ted her invitation

mediately turned around to stare at them in shock while Vikranth and Sh

at me before looking away and I turned to walk properly still

er again but she completely ignored me. I cleared

uestion? I shook my head not k

n’t but even she knew.” She said

?” she asked changing the top

ck forgetting her pro

them.” She replied smiling and I

wkward before turning to look at the screen

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ise she would have missed her flight.” Shrishti commented as we both are standin

bought earlier at the mall but passed them to me when a few peopl

after listening to their words. Should I

nishes soon, I will return within a month. We will b

ou deserve so much better. I don’t want you to get hurt.” I opened my mouth feeling unfair aft

her woman in someone’s life. Don’t

worry about such matters in your life too.” She added to V

ring my throat and they both turned to look at me but didn’t eve

bled taking the box fro

What another woman? When did she become that? Is it just because I li