Part Forty Two (Read Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six | Part Seven | Part Eight | Part Nine | Part Ten | Part Eleven | Part Twelve | Part Thirteen | Part Fourteen | Part Fifteen | Part Sixteen | Part Seventeen | Part Eighteen | Part Nineteen | Part Twenty | Part Twenty One | Part Twenty Two | Part Twenty Three | Part Twenty Four | Part Twenty Five | Part Twenty Six | Part Twenty Seven | Part Twenty Eight | Part Twenty Nine | Part Thirty | Part Thirty One | Part Thirty Two | Part Thirty Three | Part Thirty Four | Part Thirty Five | Part Thirty Six | Part Thirty Seven | Part Thirty Eight | Part Thirty Nine | Part Forty and Part Forty One.)
Pallavi cleared her throat and both Mansi and Manish turned their heads towards her.
“Hey, how are you feeling?” Mansi asked.
“I am fine.” Pallavi replied.
“I’ve got some soup for you.” Manish said and got up to go to the kitchen.
Mansi looked at Pallavi and the expression on Pallavi’s face almost made her laugh out loud. When Manish was out of hearing distance Pallavi said to Mansi, “Why is this man bringing me soup?”
“He’s just trying to be a good neighbour.” Mansi said.
“The neighbour I did not know I had!” Pallavi said and then added after a while, “Oh wait, he is not my neighbour; he is my neighbour’s employee. Remind me again why he has to be extra nice to me?”
“Because you are sick.” Mansi said but she knew this was not the reply Pallavi was expecting. Pallavi wanted to hear what Mansi had been having trouble accepting it herself. Even though she repeatedly told herself that Manish was being good because that was his nature; there was a nagging thought at the back of her mind that he was doing all this for Mansi.
“Yes, that’s right.” Pallavi said as if reading Mansi’s mind. Mansi did not say anything. She did not have time to come up with any response. Manish entered the bedroom with a bowl of soup in a tray which he placed on the side-table and turned to look at Pallavi and Mansi.
“I think I will leave now. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.” Manish said and turned around to go.