Jai was still sleeping with Vennela nestled in his arms when he heard that. He frowned and felt Vennela mumbling and nestling more into him and his arms tightened around her. And they heard it again and Vennela scratched Jai’s neck in irritation making him hiss. Vennela mumbled into his neck.
“Mm.. Sorry.. Bava..”
“Vennela! Leave me. I will go and see who is hitting our door early in the morning!”
“Mmm.. Vaddu.. Bava.. Vellaku.. Dont go”
Jai rolled his eyes.
“Vennela! That thindi ramudu is outside!”
“He doesn’t have any other work.”
She snuggled more into him. He sighed.
“Rei Bava! Peddamma has sent Mint tea and almonds for Vennu.”
That got Jai’s attention. He caressed Vennela’s hair.
“Vennela.. Let go off me ma”
And that did the trick. Jai addressing her Ma always had that effect on her. She frowning moved away and laid her head on the pillow and curled up. Jai kissed her forehead and got down the bed. Wearing his open neck shirt, he opened the door to see Arjun standing there glaring at him. He thrust the flask and plate in Jai’s hand and pushed his specs on his nose.
“Seriously? Poddune 8 ayindi. And you had me shouting here like some 5 year old kid”
“Who asked you to?”
“Come on Bava! What else do you expect? Knock your door and leave them down here like some hotel?”
“You could have!”
“Rei rei! Peddamma gave me specific instruction that you would not even care for the knock.”
“Then why are you complaining”
Jai tried stifling his smile as he saw Arjun taking deep breath. He so liked riling him up.
“How is Vennu?”
Arjun asked calming himself. Jai sighed.
“Not today Arjun!”
“Did you check with a doctor?”
“We did. Doctor says its natural for some. It might cure or we might have to..”
Vennela called and Jai looked helplessly as Arjun who nodded understanding.
“Pedda Mavaiyya said that you would stay with Vennela today. So if it might be of any help.. Can Manasa see to the appointments in office?”
Jai was only thankful.
“If she is ok with it.”
“She boring herself at home ra Bava. Let her..”
Jai nodded and rushed in closing the door behind as Arjun went down. But soon he heard the door again and ran back frowning.
“Sorry Bava. Pedamma asked for the hot pad for refill”
“Its okay Arjun. I will take from the geyser here. Ask her not to worry. We will be down for breakfast soon”
Arjun just smiled and sauntered down. Jai smiled as he closed the door. It was so nice to see Arjun accepting their relation this soon. Well, he expected nothing less. He saw that Vennela had already gone into the washroom. After freshening himself, he poured the tea into their cups and waited as he heard the washroom door open. He frowned as he saw Vennela coming out frowning herself. She settled on the bed crossing her legs cupping her face looking ahead at nothing deep in thoughts.
He forwarded the tea cup to her startling her. Chuckling he settled beside her.
“Bava! I am feeling better!”
Jai was taken aback.
Vennela turned to him fully sipping the tea.
“I am feeling better actually.”
“It is good right?”
He said giving her the tea cup.
“What good? Not in all these years I felt like this. Something is wrong.”
Jai shook his head.
“You cease to make sense Vennela.”
Vennela pulled her hair keeping the cup aside.
“How to make you understand?”
“Should I call for a translator?”
Vennela glared at him and hit his head. He grunted.
“One day I am going to lose my sanity if you keep hitting like this Vennela.”
“I know you like this. So do not try to act as if you don’t. But Bava! I AM FEELING BETTER. I AM NOT HAVING MY USUAL CRAMPS”
“But I see your mood is still worse!”
Vennela scowled making him chuckle. He put an almond in her mouth.
“Vennela.. If you want we can go and check with doctor.”
“Hmm.. Maybe we should visit Seetha pinni”
Jai shook his head. This girl made everyone her relative. Including the ob gyn in the village.
“What have I been telling all this time?”
“Bava you know nothing. I am going to take shower.”
“Don’t test your new found energy Vennela”
“Sare le Bava!”
Chuckling Vennela went to bathroom taking her change of clothes. Meanwhile Jai took out his change and went into the guest bathroom next door.
Deva looked up from his paper to see Jai and Vennela descending the stairs and frowned.
“Vennela how are you feeling ra?”
“I am fine Mavaiyya.”
“Go and have breakfast!”
“Going Mavaiyya. Did you?”
“I just had ra. Nuvu vellu.”
Vennela went to the dining area leaving father and son in private.
“Leaving somewhere jai?”
“Yes. To Dr. Seetha’s clinic.”
“Emayindi Jai. Vennela..”
“She is fine. Just usual check up.”
Deva looked unconvinced. Jai smiled.
“She is really fine Nana. I know. Even I am shocked.”
Deva and Jai chuckled. But Deva grew serious.
“Panthulu ni rammannanu Jai. For looking into dates for Arjun and Manasa.”
“Whatever you decide should be fine. You should ask Arjun actually.”
“Of course of course.”
Deva smiled. Jai looked around smiling.
Smiling Jai went to dining area and sat on the chair beside which Vennela was standing. She had served him the dosa and was putting chutney when he looked around. When he found no one, slowly, he let his fingers caress her exposed waist making her gasp and glare at him.
He innocently looked at his plate and tore a piece of dosa and dunked it in the chutney. Putting a piece of Dosa in his mouth he looked up at her to see her glaring at him. He just smiled cutely and she sighed.
“Why are you like this?”
She was about to turn when he held her arm and pulled her making her sit on him. He made sure he was gentle. She glared at him again as her hands balanced on his chest. He brought a piece of dosa to her mouth and pressed to her lips. She narrowed her eyes at him while he just smiled. Opening her mouth she was about to take the dosa in when she felt his other arm on her waist. Glaring she bit his fingers making him wince. She grinned as she ate. Suddenly they heard someone clearing throat and Vennela got up and stood aside. Jai looked up to see Arjun grinning at them.
“You and your awful timing!”
Jai shook his head stuffing dosa into his mouth as Vennela sat beside and started eating her breakfast.
“My timing is all good only. Your placing is the problem.”
“Arjun! Did you eat?”
“Ledu Vennu. Just came after dropping chinna in school.”
Jai hit his head.
“Its okay ra bava. I will take care. You should take care of the menace beside you.”
He said as he settled on the other side of Jai. Glaring Vennela threw a spoon at him which he dodged laughing.
“You care for heard Arjun.”
Jai said as he got up and went to wash his hands. Vennela followed him and passed him the towel and went to wash her hands. Jai wiped his hands and passed the towel to her making Vennela raise her brow. He just chuckled shaking his head.
“This is not normal saree you wear at home for me to pull and wipe my hands”
“I am good”
“I know you better.”
Saying she threw the towel on him. Chuckling Jai followed her out where they saw Arjun being fed by their chinna atha, Lalli not minding his protests.
“Enti chaalu? You dont eat properly? Entha sannanga pulla la unnav. You look like stick!”
“Bhaga balisi gumadikaya ka unnadi veedu pullenti? He looks like pumpkin!”
Vennela said and got her ears twisted by Lalli.
“Dont make fun while eating”
“Ilage mepandi vaadini. Keep stuffing him. Padha bava lets go.”
Lalli asked. But Vennela already moved out. Jai shook his head.
“To meet Seetha pinni”
“Nothing. Just general”
“Rei Bava.. Nenu rana?”
“No.. Keep eating”
Jai said and went out. He saw Vennela standing near his bike. He frowned.
“No! Lets take this”
“I want some fresh air..”
Jai just smiled. Well who was he to say no when the piece of jaggery is falling itself into his mouth. Normally she would be very irritated these days. But she herself is paving path for him. So he just took it. It was a long way into the town.