Jai was about to move to get Vennela the bowl of Payasam when Arjun already arrived with a bowl which Vennela took smiling.
“Still have the habit of drinking the payasam from the bowl like Bakasura?”
Arjun asked smiling. Vennela giggled. Jai glared. With every passing moment this Arjun was proving to be a pain. He gotta know who this clown was.
But then he saw Vennela enjoying her Payasam. Jai found her so cute at that moment. She was like a kid given candy enjoying her payasam. His wife did not want anything big. She enjoyed and cherished small small things, like this payasam, the chikki, raw mangoes and him. He thought with a smile.
His eyes went to her lips where he found a rice flake stuck with a drop of milk of payasam and his thoughts went crazy. He saw her stealing glancing at him and his thoughts went more crazy. Vennela saw this and smirked secretly and eyed Manasa who stifled her giggle.
Jai had had enough. He bent down and wiped away the naughty drop of payasam not minding the spectators. And his fingers did not forget to brush the corner of her lips making her shiver.
“Once we are home..”
He promised and her face caught a pink hue making Jai smirk. At that moment, he heard others clearing their throat and moved away embarrassed.
And his embarrassment turned into irritation. He turned to see Poorna and Manasa raising their eye brows. And he saw Arjun staring at them.
“Payasam was stuck to her lip”
He explained as he sat beside her. He could see Manasa nodding her head.
“Memu em adagaledappa”
He heard Naagireddy garu comment and his wife giggle.
“Manasa, where are your parents?”
He asked as he remembered Manasa’s paralysed father and a very devoted mother. Every face there changed including Arjun’s.
“They have gone for Nana’s treatment to London Jai.”
“How is he?”
Vennela asked as she remembered the particular incident where Manasa’s father lost sense of most of his body. Manasa smiled
“He is fine Vennela! He is getting better.”
Jai smiled thinking about Manasa’s father curing.
“Manasa! A little more payasam”
“Bava! I want more Payasam”
Both asked at same time and laughed out at their glutton self. Jai served her the Payasam. And Manasa served Arjun and also Jai.
“Manasa! You have magic in your hands girl. The Payasam is so tasty”
Arjun said as he licked the last drop from his bowl. Vennela nodded her head.
“True! Otherwise, satisfying this Ghatotkachudu in matter of food is really difficult.”
Manasa giggled and nodded blushing which went unnoticed by Jai who was so busy looking at Vennela. Naagireddy garu’s wife, who saw this nudged poorna who in turn nudged Arjun. He smirked.
“Vennela! You remember? When we used to hide behind bushes and..”
Jai coughed and looked at Arjun and Vennela.
“Hide behind bushes?”
He asked scandalised. Vennela smiled.
She said adding ghee to his fire. Manasa saw that Jai is at saturation point.
“Enough of talks han Arjun! And enough of Payasam”
“Avunappa! Lets have dinner.”
“Mavaiyya! Meeru cheppinde aalasyam! I have been holding myself!”
“I have been wondering about the same! Nuvu ela Aageva ani”
“Aan! I am shutting up!”
Jai smiled. The dinner was served. And when Manasa was about to serve Vennela with Thotakura pappu, Jai became alert. She hated that.
“Manasa, don’t even take that bowl to Vennela’s side! She hates it”
He heard Arjun say. He was about to say something when he felt Vennela’s hand on his thigh. His eyes widened. He turned to look at Vennela who was very busily eating. He gulped.
“Bava! Pass me the vempudu”
She said stretching her hand across him. His thoughts went crazy as he got her the bowl. She smiled at him and went about eating. Then she turned to him frowning.
“Why aren’t you eating?”
That’s when he remembered that he had a morsel of food near his mouth which he never took in. SHaking his head he started eating.
“Arey Vennela! When you eat his share too, what will he do papam?”
And Jai glared at Arjun. Manasa hit Arjun’s shoulder saying SHH!
“Endappa Arjun! Nuvu matram takuventi? You are no less”
“Avunu Takuventi? Anni ekuve! Poduvununchi, anni ekuve”
Pratap ate silently on Naagireddy garu’s warning.
“Pratap garu, for that height only I have many fans you know? OW! Manasa”
Vennela Giggled as she saw Manasa giving a hit behind Arjun’s head. Jai who was busy answering Naagireddy’s wife saw this too and smiled.
This way, with little smiles and little teasing and little jealous, the dinner got over.
Jai went over to Naagireddy garu and took his blessings along with Vennela.
“You will have to return here again Jai”
Jai turned to see Manasa coming there with her pedamma who had so many gifts.
Vennela asked embarrassed as Naagireddy garu’s wife gave them gifts.
“All these are tradition Ammayi!”
Vennela looked at Jai who smiled his usual way. Vennela took the elderly couple’s blessings. Vennela went with Manasa and Jai with Poorna.
“Manasa! You love Arjun?”
Vennela came straight to the point. Manasa who knew Vennela from the way Jai described her, was not surprised.
“Good! He is really nice guy! Arjun chala manchodu”
“Yeah he is! He is a doctor now by the way”
“Doesnt surprise me”
She narrated how Arjun always wanted to become a doctor. Manasa smiled knowing a little more about her man.
“And! Be careful! He is a thindiramudu!”
“I know! I still don’t understand how he can eat so much and stay that way”
“Its all in wife’s hands you know”
Vennela winked and both girls giggled.
“Jai! This Pratap garu is doing too much”
“What did he do?”
“Arey he is coming in between me and Moulika!”
“She is his maradalu Poorna. He is protective”
“Do something Jai! Convince him to get us married!”
“Poorna! Enjoy this time man! After Manasa’s marriage you can settle down”
“Not very far”
Poorna mumbled and Jai widened his eyes. Arjun who came there at the moment wanted to slap his brother in law!