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Part 31

Jai was searching for Vennela since it was already night. It was Arjuna Manasa’s engagement in 2 days. Last 2 weeks have been crazy with all the shopping and getting things done. More than that, for Jai it was Vennela who has been driving him crazy. She kept throwing up, nothing stayed in her stomach making him miserable to see her that way. But past week her morning sickness had mellowed down and something else was going on with her which made him see grey everywhere.

“Vennela!”

He called for her after not finding her in the kitchen.

“Athaiyaaa!!!”

He called for her mother.

“Enti Jai?”

She asked smiling.

“Where is Vennela?”

Lakshmi frowned.

“Last I saw, she was in kitchen..”

“Akkada ledu”

“Did you check in the mezzanine terrace?”

Jai looked at her for a moment, and then ran to the terrace and found her standing near the Parapet. Jai sighed in relief.

“Vennela! I have been searching for you.”

Saying he turned her to face him, only for her to hug him tight and wail loudly. Never once in his life he wanted to see this of her. The last time he saw her crying this bad was when his father asked him to leave the village after disowning him.

So why was she crying now?

“Vennla? What happened?”

But she only cried more. Caressing her back, he slowly lifted her face of his chest and made her look at him. Wiping her tears, he held her face.

“Emayindi Vennela? Why are you..”

“Amma nannu thittindi Bava. Amma scolded me.”

It took sometime for Jai to process this. Then he did the one thing he shouldn’t have. He chuckled which made Vennela angry.

“You are laughing!”

Jai immediately controlled himself and looked at her.

“You were crying for that?”

“Bava!”

She said in a warning tone. Jai looked at her and smiled.

“When is Athaiyya not scolding you?”

“She is always scolding!”

“Then? What did you do?”

“I climbed on the kitchen slab to get Bellam”

Jai chuckled.

“Vennela.. She is worried for you ra.. So only she scolded you. You should be careful kada?”

“But I am careful.  And I want Bellam!”

Jai wiped her tears.

“Athaiyya said right.. Jaggery is not good for you now ani..”

“Avunu.. But I want to..”

“I know Vennela. If you want, ask me.. I will get you.. But not at the cost of your health okay?”

Jai smiled. His wife, could be a child at times.

“Okay.”

“Good. Never cry like that again. Nuvu ala.. I can’t see”

Vennela just smiled and hugged him tight.

“Bava sorry”

“Cha.. sorry enti.. Now come on! You got to take your medicines and sleep.”

“Bava! Nidra ravadam ledu”

“You will in some time. Pada”

Both went to their room. Jai gave her to vitamins which she swallowed pouting. Chuckling Jai settled beside her and pulled her onto him and caressed her hair.

“Vennela..”

“Hmm?”

“Are you happy?”

“About what?”

“Everything.. Marriage, then me postponing family, business, now the baby..”

Vennela looked up and pulled his mustache.

“Ahh! Vennela”

“Bava.. I am so happy.. You don’t have to second guess at all.”

“I have to..”

“What?”

“First I thought I can manage two kids.. But today.. I think I need help.. Where can I get a nanny for you? Manasa paapam. Can’t handle you. Arjun and you.. Are worst when together. Athiayya cannot manage.. AAAAHHH”

He stopped feeling a very bad bite on his cheek.

“Enduku korikavu?”

“Don’t patronize me! Else I will bite on your other cheek too! Now tap me. I feel sleepy”

Jai chuckled and tapped and caressed her hair as she happily slept off with her head on his chest.

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Part 30

 

“JAI!”

Vennela frowned not taking her head out from her husband’s heart. But Jai pulled apart.

“Nana is calling Vennela”

“I know. Seetha Pinni would have told him.”

“I dont think so. His tone is tensed.”

“Alaga? You never care for my tone!”

She said frowning at him pulling apart making Jai chuckle.

“Your tone is always admonishing.. Or purring.. So I don’t think I need to care for it much.”

She smacked him making him chuckle.

“Come on Vennela. Nana pilistunnaru. Let us go before he makes a ruckus.”

Vennela agreed and both moved out.

“Jai! What was Seetha saying about? What was in the report?”

“Adi.. Nana..”

Jai stuttered not knowing how to open the news. Jai looked at Vennela who slightly  moved behind him hiding herself.

“Seriously? You hide now? You are shy? NOW?”

He muttered to her. She just gave him a push making him groan. Hearing a snicker he looked up and saw Arjun standing there leaning on a wall. Beside him stood Manasa who was leaning on him.

Jai saw expectant faces of his Athaiyyas and confused face of his Father, Mavaiyyas, Babayi and Manasa’s family who had come to fix the date for Arjun Manasa Marriage.

“JAI! VENNELA?”

Deva’s urged.

“Nana..”

“What was Seetha talking about? Last time you went to her, you spoke about a surgery.. Now she says something.. Telling me to ask you. And you are standing there.. Ears pink.. Nose red.. And Vennela hides behind you.. WHAT IS THE MATTER? WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER!”

“And here I thought Vennela was Sreenu Pedanana’s and Lakshmi Pedamma’s daughter.”

“She is my daughter. Don’t doubt that. But she fancies Bava more.”

Srinivasalu and Lakshmi glared at Arjun.

“Oh come on Athaiyya! Can’t you see?”

Manasa giggled as Arjun tried hiding his smile.

“What?”

Lakshmi frowned. By this moment, Jai went close to Deva and whispered something in his ears. Deva smiled and looked at Jai who stood looking down like a shy bride. Then he looked at Vennela who smiled. Deva’s eyes welled.

“This is real right? Not some dream?”

Jai shook his head.

“No”

Said Vennela feebly. Next moment, Jai was engulfed by deva in his arms.

“I am so happy. I think you are too..?”

“I am Nana. I am!”

Jai said as both men smiled. Lakshmi’s face slowly took on the glow as she saw her daughter’s face.

“Vennu?”

Vennela looked up and nodded her head. Lalli and Lakshmi were so happy that they surrounded her in a moment while the men still stood dumb.

“Bava? What is happening?”

At that moment, Naagulu came with the response.

“What else will happen that could make a married couple happy? Bad wife’s leaving and Good wife’s pregnancy. What say Thammudu?”

He asked Jai.

“Nalla Nagulu bava! When did you become so smart?”

“If only you knew Vennu!”

“Yeah! If only I knew!”

“I would be standing in his place now right?”

He asked pointing to Jai.

“May be”

Said Vennela forgetting her new found shyness.

“Hello! I am your husband.”

“Poor husband”

Said Arjun irritating him further.

“Manasa! For once take my word. Leave him this moment and marry a guy of your family’s choice!”

“Rei bava! You have a family now.. Why try breaking mine even before I can have one?”

“Better stay quiet then!”

“Mean!”

Jai just shrugged.

“Stop you both! Today is day of celebrations. Actually From today. 2 weeks later, comes the day when I join this family completely. So stop bickering like school kids. Athaiyya, get sweets!”

“Ahh! The voice of wisdom. The only one after mine”

Deva said pulling the legs of the kids. Aditya looked happy seeing his brother letting go everything and joking around. It has taken him 26 years to see him like this.

“Bava!”

Vennela protested as she was hoisted in the air and taken to their room among all the chuckles and giggles and snickerings. It was late and after all the works, it was too late and Vennela was not taking the name of resting.

“You need rest!”

“I am pregnant! Not ill!”

“Whatever!”

And he got a smack as he placed her on the bed.

“Smack me, kick me, bite me. I don’t care. You are doing what Doctor said.”

“Which I am doing. I am enjoying.”

“And resting!”

Vennela grunted. Her husband was stubborn as mule. He settled beside her after changing. Vennela took the gap to change herself in the room while he took the bathroom.

Both settled on the bed and Jai made her lie on him with her head nestled on his heart. He kept caressing her smiling.

“Bava?”

“Enti Vennela?”

“In span of few days.. Things just happened..”

“It sure did.”

“So..”

“So?”

“How are you feeling about it?”

“About what?”

“The happening?”

“Oh! Its good that Arjun and Manasa found each other.. Can’t wait for the marriage.”

He said. Growling Vennela gave him a strong smack and turned placing her head on the pillow.

Jai chucked and tried putting his arm around her which she swatted. He placed his head on the crook of her neck which she tried shrugging off. But  couldn’t. Grunting she closed her eyes as she felt his breath on her ear. She frowned.

“Remember I want a girl first!”

Before she could say anything, he turned her and pulled her in to his arms and shut her effectively.