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?”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Said Vennela forgetting her new found shyness.
“Hello! I am your 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!”
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.
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!”
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.”
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.
“In span of few days.. Things just happened..”
“It sure did.”
“How are you feeling about it?”
“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.