Bindu was packing her bags. Tomorrow, she would be leaving India for the official tour of New York City prior to her taking a new job at the company's head quarters. Mr. Jaitley, her current boss had recommended her to Mr. Edwards. Mr. Edwards was the CEO of the company she worked for. Mr. Jaitley was his Managing Director of the company's Indian subsidiary. Bindu would be accompanying Mr. Edwards and his secretary to New York.
She had left work just after lunch so she could complete her packing. She was excited to be getting an opportunity to complete the company's current project. It was a project that could earn the company huge profits. If the project was successful, it would go a long way in helping erase some bitter memories she had of her life in India.
It had been a long hard journey she'd taken to get to this moment. As she packed, her thoughts carried her back in time. She remembered how happy she had been when she had finished first in her high school classes. She was very proud of the honors her hard work had brought her.
Most of the girls in the village where she had grown up were never lucky enough to attend high school, let along complete school wth honors. Most of the village girls were sent to school only until they passed out of the primary grades. Many of Bindu's classmate's parents felt that girls were only good for household work and raising babies. That was a common parental opinion in that time and place in rural India. An education for a girl was a waste of time and money. A girl was considered a liability to her family. They were a burden that would cost a dowry to get rid of.
Only the daughters of government officials and the few rich families in the village were fortunate enough to study beyond the primary grades. Some were even married as young teens before they entered their adulthood.
Bindu's parents were something of an exception to the rule. Her parents had sent all of their children to school. They highly praised her success in her studies and exams.
The school Bindu attended was the only school in their village. Initially, it had been just a primary school. It was later upgraded to accommodate the high school level as well. To continue their education at the university level, students had to move to the one of the larger cities where the colleges were located.
Unfortunately, for Bindu her grandmother had been insisting her father marry Bindu off to one of the better families in their village. The bright girl had just celebrated her 17th birthday and did not want to marry so young. She wasn't ready for that, yet. She wanted to go to university like her friend, Manju had done.
Bindu's father had listened to his mother and was reluctant to allow Bindu to leave the village. He wanted to marry her off at the earliest possible time. She was the eldest of the children in the family. If Bindu could be married early, he would then have more time to think of how to arrange the dowry for his younger daughter, Anara.
Bindu's father had a small cloth shop in the village. The farmland, which came to him from ancestral property, was leased out. He had saved some money, which he thought, would be enough of a dowry to marry Bindu off to some young man. He had little or no concern for Bindu's wishes.
Binu was the youngest member of the family and the only son. The father had thought of making Binu, a rich and powerful man. He had all his dreams wrapped around his only son. His daughters represented an obstacle to that plan.
Bindu's dream of going to university for a higher education had been dashed. After some protests, Bindu had accepted her parent's decision. She then began dreaming of her future husband and marriage. In fact, every girl throughout the world has fantasies of her dream boy and her wedding night.
Bindu's friends were wondering who would be the lucky man who would marry her. By any standard, she was a beautiful girl. She had long black hair that surrounded a lovely rounded face, almond shaped hazel eyes, and a slender light tan body. She drew attention wherever she went. Her D-cup breasts made certain she would not go unnoticed.
Her father had found what he thought was a good match for her. A boy named Mangat was selected to be the lucky one. His father owned huge tracts of property in the adjoining village. Most of it was dedicated to farming and other agriculture purposes. They were among the richest families in their village. Mangat's father had accepted Bindu's father's proposal of marriage the first time it was brought to him. He didn't even want much in the way of a dowry.
It was a proud moment for Bindu's family. Her father thought that his daughter would live a happy and prosperous life with Mangat.
Bindu was happy too. She didn't love Mangat, but he was a young, handsome, and strongly built man. Bindu thought she had found her dream boy. With time, she would learn to love him. Her heart was brimming over with happiness. Her friends and sister kept bantering with her all day. Bindu used to envision herself in a bride's clothes. Then her thoughts turned to what Mangat would do with her on their wedding night. One of her elder cousins had told her that husbands don't allow their brides to sleep on their first night or two. The new husbands tease and have sex with them the whole night and well into the next. Her cousin told Bindu that many brides were unable to walk the next few days because of the soreness from all the loving their new husbands demanded.
When told of her body's use on her wedding night, Bindu naively giggled. The thought of Mangat taking her virginity and using her all night excited and frightened her at the same time.
Her wedding day finally came. Bindu left her father's house with tears of joy.
She was warmly welcomed into her husband's home. The ladies of the house, after performing some traditional rituals over the young couple, took her to the wedding couple's room. Fresh roses were laid all over the bed, giving the room a pleasant fragrance.
For hours, she sat alone on the bed, waiting for Mangat. To keep her dignity, she continued wearing her bridal clothing. In addition to the wedding sari, she was wearing a gold wedding ring on her finger, and a long mangalsutra (necklace). In addition to the ring, the mangalsutra signified her marital status. It was made of gold and black beads with a twin-cupped pendant. The pendant signified a pair of breasts ready for a husbands touch. It also signified a woman's fertility. It hung low. The beads fell between her ample breasts. The pendent rested against her midriff. Her earlobes bore delicate earrings. She had a small bindi on her forehead and the traditional sindhoor. Her choli was nicely cut, and it scooped deep and wide enough to reveal a bit cleavage.
Just as she heard the noise of the opening of the bedroom door, her face became reddened with shyness. Her dreams were now going to be realized. This was the moment that every girl waits for. Along with her excitement, Bindu was suffering with the uncertainty that all young virgin brides feel.
But wait! What was that! Mangat came into the room with his manhood dangling from his trousers. He had been drinking heavily and could barely walk. His breath reeked. The odor from his mouth smelled of liquor and something Bindu could not identify. Bindu was terrified by Mangat's condition.
In spite of her fear, she somehow helped her husband undress and lie on the bed. He was deeply under the influence of whiskey.
"Kamoo ... Kamoo." Bindu heard these words slowly come from Mangat's lips. She was shocked to hear Kamoo's name from Mangat.
Kamoo was a local whore. She had caused much trouble in many local families. Many rich young men were her admirers. They were mad over her beauty. She hoped Mangat was not also among the victims of that vamp of a girl.
Again, the dreams Bindu had held so long, were shattered. Mangat was fast asleep on the bed with no consciousness of his new bride. Bindu could not do anything in this situation. She slept with tears in her eyes but with the hope that everything would be all right in few days. Her new husband had simply celebrated his marriage a little too much.
Unfortunately, her wedding night was just the beginning. Her doubts were turning to reality. Mangat came in late night after night. Night after night he drank heavily, and cried the name of Kamoo as he dozed off. What he earned during the day, he wasted at night on drinking, playing cards, and Kamoo. He gave little or no attention to the fact that his untouched bride was waiting for him at home.
Mangat never tried to understand Bindu's feelings or needs. In fact, he sometimes behaved cruelly toward his wife. He had not even consummated their vows and given her the status of his true wife. After more than six months they still hadn't had any sexual contact.
Sadly for her, Bindu's virginity was still intact.
She always tried to please her husband. She even went so far on a few nights to greet him by laying naked on their bed as an invitation to her husband to come to her. Except to tell her to move over, Mangat ignored his bride. In spite of it all, she took care of him. To her dismay, he was madly attracted to Kamoo.
Bindu could not complain of this to her in-laws. They wouldn't take her seriously. She didn't want to tell this to her parents either. She didn't want to become a debt to them again. Her father had to think about marrying off her younger sister. Bindu was enduring a life of suffering and neglect. What cannot be cured must be endured!
One night, Mangat came home after finishing his daily work and flopped on the bed. Bindu was already lying on the bed trying to sleep. She knew that Mangat didn't take dinner at home after he had been drinking.
Suddenly, she found some rough fingers on her blouse. Before she realized what was happening, those fingers cupped her exposed breasts. She was surprised at this behavior from Mangat. He hadn't shown the least interest in her until then.
"Oh dear, that's pretty nice." Mangat praised her with slurred speech.
Bindu's blouse was open enough to give Mangat full access of her ample tits. Still, she was lying on her side with her back to her husband. She sensed Mangat's lips on her bare back. He then untied the belt to her thin robe. He slipped his hand in, and Bindu felt his fingers on her neglected sex for the first time. She was shivering with excitement.
"Oh that's most pleasurable, Kamoo darling."
Bindu was stunned to hear Kamoo's name. She realized that Mangat, in his drunken semi-conscious state of mind, had imagined it was Kamoo with him on the bed instead of his wife, Bindu.
"You don't worry babe. I will throw Bindu out and will make you my wife. Then we can enjoy each other without fear." Mangat assured.
Bindu tears were flowing heavily from her eyes. Somehow, she kept her self-control.
Mangat soon passed out and was in deep sleep, again without accepting Bindu's offered virginity.
Bindu got up from the bed, dressed, and sat in a far corner of the room. She cried as the memories of her dreams came flooding back. The memory of all her dreams that had turned to ashes convinced her of what she had to do. She knew that she would never be happy with Mangat. Mangat had no intimacy and affection for her. She decided to leave his house.
But where would she go this late at night? Her parent's house was too far away for her to reach walking. Also, she didn't want to bring sadness and suffering to her parents.
Just then she remembered her school friend Manju. Manju was the daughter of a government officer and among the few lucky girls who had gone to a nearby city university after graduation from the village high school. Manju's parents had moved to the same village where Mangat's family lived. Bindu was confident that Manju would help her in this situation.
So, with her tears drying on her cheeks, Bindu packed her clothes and other valuable goods in a single bag. She slipped out of the house quietly. All were sleeping soundly in the house. None were aware of Bindu's departure.
Hiding herself from the leering eyes of passers-by, Bindu reached the house of Manju. Her mother opened the door and asked her to come inside. Manju was happy to see her friend. Manju told Bindu she lived in a girl's hostel in the city and had come to her mother's home for the holidays.
Manju's mother prepared tea for the girls and then went to sleep in her room. Bindu told her friend the sad story of her marriage. Manju felt sorry for her friend and assured her of help. Bindu told her friend, about her wish to go to the city to continue her studies. Manju asked her to stay with her that night. They would travel to the city in the morning.
The next morning, Bindu and Manju traveled to Raipur by bus. They made arrangements for Bindu's admission into the hostel and the school. Manju and Bindu both lived in the same room.
Bindu started working a part time job after her class time. She had no contact with her family or with Mangat's family for many months. Neither did they try to search for her.
Manju didn't say a word about Bindu whenever she visited her mother in the village where Mangat lived. Manju suggested her friend get a legal divorce from Mangat. She knew one lady lawyer in Raipur, a Mrs. Nirmala Rawat.
Mrs. Nirmala listened to the misery of Bindu and filed divorce papers in the local court.
Mangat didn't take more than a minute to sign the divorce papers. He made no apology for what he had done to Bindu. He was free now to marry Kamoo.
Bindu's parents were deeply hurt by this step their daughter had taken. Her father announced that they didn't want to have any kind of relationship with Bindu. For them, she had died.
Bindu soon became satisfied with her new life. She had some sorrow for the separation from her parents, but she finally accepted her fate.
Both Bindu and Manju were highly intelligent. They both completed their college studies with high merit. Both of them got jobs in the IT department of a New York City based multi-national corporation.
Almost two years passed as they settled in and advanced in their jobs. By then both of them had become well experienced in their work. Their manager in the company was very impressed by their efforts. He had no doubt that both of them would help a lot in the progress of the company's business. He recommended them to the higher officials in Mumbai for promotion.
Every year a couple of employees, who showed promise in their work, were transferred to Mumbai. The salary and facilities they obtained in Mumbai were much better than in Raipur.
Both girls were happy to go to Mumbai. It was their first trip to a large metropolitan city. Manju's parents had given her their permission. Bindu didn't need or want anyone to give their permission. Though they stayed close friends and co-workers, they lived in separate flats provided by the company. The work here was on a very large scale. Their colleagues were helpful to them in learning the new work at the Mumbai plant.
Mangesh was the one who helped them most. He came from Pune. He was an only son, and his parents had assisted him all through school. They had even arranged his job. Mangesh, Bindu and Manju were all assigned to the same work group. They shared their ideas with one another and all progressed well in the company.
Mangesh showed sympathy for what had happened in Bindu's life. Unlike Mangat, his father had taught him to respect others and help if he could. That's why he liked Bindu a little more than Manju. Bindu was also beginning to feel close to Mangesh. Knowing he came from a wealthy family, Bindu appreciated his benevolence and courtesy toward her.
One evening, Bindu and Mangesh were working late. Manju had left for her home village after lunch because her parents had called her home. Together, Bindu and Mangesh had to complete the work that Manju had left undone. When they went outside after finishing the job, they were met with bad weather. It was raining hard, and it did not look as if it would be stopping any time soon. The taxi's, which usually came every now and then, were all filled. The local bus operators had announced a strike and were not running. Bindu couldn't find a way to make it home in this heavy rain.
Mangesh, who had a motorbike, offered her a ride. He promised that he would drop her safely at her flat. Bindu accepted his offer.
Both Bindu and Mangesh were already drenched. They didn't have an umbrella. The rain had started getting heavier. It wasn't easy driving the bike in the heavy rain.
Mangesh stopped the bike at his apartment. It was much closer than Bindu's flat. Mangesh suggested that they wait there for the rain to stop. Then he would drop her at her apartment.
Bindu again accepted his offer. They went into his room, dripping on the floor as they stood by the door. Mangesh asked Bindu if she wanted to change into something dry in the adjoining room.
Mangesh went to his bathroom and changed his wet clothes. He then went to the kitchen to prepare some hot tea.
When he came out with tea, he saw Bindu drying her hair. She was looking more beautiful than ever. She had changed into clothes she carried in her backpack just in case of such an emergency. The thin material of her blouse gave an excellent view of the shape of her pert breasts.
Suddenly, there was a brilliant flash of lightening instantly followed by the roar of thunder in the darkening sky. The lights quickly dimmed and went out. Bindu got frightened. She ran to Mangesh and hugged him tightly.
Mangesh put his arms around the beautiful girl clinging to him and hugged her firmly. Slowly and gently he brought his lips to hers. He placed a kiss on her lips that had more passion than any she had ever experienced.
Bindu began to melt in Mangesh's arms. Her body was responding to him even though she did not want it to. She felt the beginnings of her body preparing for love.
Within a few seconds, the lights came back on. Bindu got hold of her emotions and pulled herself away from Mangesh. She realized what she had done and regretted it.
Mangesh saw it differently. To him it was his first chance to express his love for her. A bit hesitantly, he spoke to Bindu. "I have been looking for an opportunity to say this for a long time. Bindu, I love you. Will you marry me?"
Almost in shock at Mangesh's request, Bindu replied. "I don't think I am fit for you, Mangesh. You know my past. You can get someone better than me."
Mangesh sternly spoke again. "I don't have anything to do with your past. What happened with you could have happened to anyone. I have fallen completely for you. I really love you, Bindu."
Bindu knew her place and was still hesitant. "No Mangesh. This is not possible. What will people say about this? Will your parents accept a divorced girl into their family?"
Mangesh then said. "Yes Bindu, why not? I know my parents. They won't disapprove of my choice of such a beautiful girl to be my wife. All I want is your acceptance."
Bindu, deep in thought, said. "Mangesh, I need some time to decide."
Mangesh agreed. "I will wait for you and your decision, Bindu."
Mangesh then offered her the tea he had made. As they sipped the tea, the rain slowed.
Bindu put her empty cup down and said. "I think we should leave now. The weather has improved."
Mangesh reluctantly agreed. "Okay. Please wait outside. I'll get my bike out again."
Bindu couldn't sleep much that night. It wasn't easy for her to decide about Mangesh's proposal. She liked him too, but will this be right? She had been cheated by her fate once. She didn't have enough courage to face something like that again. But she had full faith in Mangesh. She knew that he would never be like Mangat. Finally she made her decision. She would accept Mangesh's proposal of marriage.
Next day, she came in the office in a happy mood. Bindu had decided to tell of her decision to her best friend, Manju. Manju would be very happy to know this.
Manju also came to the office in a jolly mood, that day. Before Bindu could say anything, Manju expressed the reason for her happiness.
Manju asked. "You know, I am very happy today?"
Bindu responded. "Your charming face tells everything. What's is it that has you so happy, dear? Won't you share your happiness with me?"
Manju continued. "Of course dear, you are my only friend. My mother called to discuss Mangesh. I had told her about him shortly after we started here. My parents have approved of Mangesh. Next month, they will visit Mangesh's home in Pune to talk to his parents about our marriage. Mangesh doesn't even know of this himself. I knew my parents would never disapprove of my choice, and Mangesh is a sincere and intelligent man."
Bindu was shocked. The smile on her face weakened, but she kept showing her happiness for Manju. After all, her friend knew nothing of Mangesh's proposal to her. Her wish to express her happiness to Manju was quashed. It was like her fate had once again cheated her. Bindu said. "You will be a perfect match for Mangesh.
She would not come between Mangesh and her best friend, Manju. With a broken heart, she would refuse Mangesh's proposal during lunch break. She decided to throw all she had into her work.
The ringing of her doorbell stirred Bindu out of her musings. She zipped her bag and went to see who was outside.
To her surprise, Mangat was standing at her door. She was shocked to see him. She blocked him and refused him entry. She didn't even like him any more. He was not welcome in her flat.
Mangat said. "I know I am your culprit. But won't you even ask me to come inside."
Bindu glared at Mangat and stepped aside to give him the way to enter her room.
Mangat sat on the couch, his head bowed.
With an assertive voice, Bindu asked. "For what you have come here? We have no relation now."
Mangat looked up and said. "I know that, Bindu. I have deep regret for what I have done to you. It was my fault that I left a wife like you waiting while I messed with that whore, Kamoo."
Bindu was standing silently in the corner, not looking towards Mangat.
Mangat continued. "I know I don't deserve forgiveness, but I am pleading for it. Trust me, I have left all the bad things behind. No more wine or gambling, and no more Kamoo. I don't know why it took me all these adverse things to see my faults. Now I have improved, Bindu. I am running the sugar mill in the village. I miss you a lot. If you accept, we can again start our new life."
Bindu stiffened her back. "No Mangat! How can I forget the sufferings I bore while living with you? You can not understand the feelings of a wife when her husband overlooks her and seeks his pleasures with another woman. Everything has finished now. I have no more feelings for you."
Mangat begged his ex-wife one more time. "I have come here with a hope, Bindu. Please reconsider your decision."
Bindu forcefully replied. "I think we should not discuss this anymore. Even if I forgive your wrongs, I will never consider living with you again. Now, get out!"
Mangat wanted to say something, but didn't speak. He had never had a woman put him in his place like that. He made his way out of Bindu's door and out of her life.
The next morning Bindu got up early. She had an early flight to New York with the company owner and his secretary. Mr. Edwards was a disciplined man. He sent a car to her home, so they would be sure to leave on time. It was going to be a long flight on the company's private jet.
When their flight finally reached JFK airport in New York City the sun was shining brightly. A little girl, who was accompanied by a servant of Mr. Edwards, met them. He was surprised to see his daughter at the airport. She came running to him and leapt up to him. He easily took her joyfully up into his arms and hugged and kissed her.
Mr. Edwards asked his daughter. "Julia, why have you come to the airport?"
The servant spoke up. "Sir, Julia insisted on seeing you at the airport."
Mr. Edwards smiled and said. "Honey, I would have come home soon."
Julia, in her sweetest voice, told him. "No Daddy! The last time when you went out to go to your office, you didn't come home. You went to the airport and flew far away. You've been gone so long."
Mr. Edwards hugged and kissed little Julia again and sat her down. "Okay Honey, then let's go home together."
Looking towards Bindu, Mr. Edwards said. "Miss Bindu, you must be very tired after such a long journey. You can take the rest the day off and come to the office tomorrow morning."
The company limo and its driver were also waiting for Mr. Edwards. He told his servant. "Mr. Brown, will you please take the company limo and see that Ms. Bindu gets safely to her apartment and my secretary gets home. I will see you at home later."
Mr. Edwards then had the company driver take him and his daughter home in his personal car. Mr. Brown and Julia had brought Mr. Edwards' personal car to the airport.
Meanwhile, Mr. Brown picked up their luggage from baggage claim and led Bindu to the company limo. He dropped Mr. Edwards' secretary at home and took a very nervous Bindu to her apartment.
The size of the stretched Lincoln was overwhelming to her at first. The young woman from a small village in India had never seen such a large car, and, after dropping the secretary off, she and Mr. Brown were the only passengers.
As they drove to Bindu's as yet unseen apartment, she asked Mr. Brown about Mr. Edwards and his family. "Mr. Edwards daughter seems very nice. The love between them is good to see. What is her name again, please?"
Mr. Brown freely answered her questions. "Mr. Edwards loves Julia very much. In fact she is his only close family since his wife past away a few years ago. His parents have retired and had moved to Florida. Now he is living just for Julia."
Bindu continued. "Oh, that is very sad. I didn't know about this earlier. How did his wife die?"
"Mrs. Edwards had breast cancer. Mr. Edwards took her everywhere for treatment. They went to surgeons, doctors, clinics, churches, temples, faith healers, and anyplace that offered a ray of hope. It was so sad." Mr. Brown bowed his head and softly added. "Who can resist the will of God?"
Bindu, taking a deep breath, added. "May God rest her soul."
A few minutes later they arrived at Bindu's new apartment. To her pleasant surprise, Mr. Brown carried her luggage as they rode the elevator up to her 10th floor apartment. "Good luck at your new job, Ms. Bindu. I am sure you will do well working here in New York. I must go now. Mr. Edwards is expecting me. Oh, do you know where the company offices are?"
"No, Sir. I have never been here before. Would you please tell me how to find them?"
Mr. Brown laughed and walked to the nearest window. He held out his hand to the shy girl who joined him to peer out the window. With a bit of a laugh, Mr. Brown said. "The offices are right there." He indicated a large building directly across the street from Bindu's apartment.
Bindu giggled and said. "Thank you, Mr. Brown. I think I will be able to find my way to work tomorrow morning." Mr. Brown then bowed at the waist, told the girl good-bye, and left her alone in her apartment.
Mr. Brown met and swapped cars with the company driver in the company garage. The limo stayed in the office garage, and Mr. Brown took Mr. Edwards' personal car and went to meet Mr. Edwards at his home. Mr. Brown was not only a company driver, but his main job was as a servant at the Edwards' home.
Bindu was left to unpack and explore her new home. She had been used to having only one room. Much of her life she had shared a room with family members and later, her friend Manju. Now she had an entire apartment to herself. Though it was small by American standards, the furnished apartment was huge to Bindu. She had a large kitchen with all the utensils she'd need, a separate bedroom, and a living room. She even had a TV, which was furnished by her employer. Her bathroom was nearly as large as the room she had shared with her younger sister. Bindu thought to herself. 'I think I will like living in New York.'
It didn't take much time for her to get involved with the staff in the New York office. In a week or so, Bindu was liked by everyone in the office for her politeness and devotion to her work. She had been appointed the leader of a group of co-workers responsible for a special project. As the deadline for her project neared, she worked late into the evening many times to complete it. When Mr. Edwards saw the project team was a little behind schedule and Bindu's dedication to her work, he asked if she would like to come to his house that night so that they could complete the project on time.
Bindu agreed, and Mr. Edwards sent Mr. Brown to pick her up after work. She was astounded when she saw Mr. Edwards home. It was a huge two story stone house. It sat on several acres of well-tended lawn that was dotted with oak and maple trees. The long curved drive was lined with perfectly trimmed shrubs. It wasn't until several days later that she saw the large and beautifully kept flower garden behind the house.
For the next several evenings, Mr. Brown picked her up after work and returned her to her apartment later that night. Bindu worked with Mr. Edwards in his home office. She felt privileged just to be in such a beautiful home.
One evening Mr. Edwards had been detained in a meeting at his office and wouldn't be home until much later. Bindu took a taxi and went to Mr. Edwards' house somewhat earlier than usual. When she arrived, Julia was fussing with the servant. She did not want to eat dinner without her father. Bindu had just begun working when she was disturbed by the noise made by Julia's protests. She came out of the office to investigate the disturbance.
Mr. Brown apologized to Bindu for the interruption. "I'm sorry Miss Bindu. Julia is having a fit. She doesn't want to eat without her father. She can sure be stubborn when she wants to be."
"Let me speak with her." Bindu replied. She had always been good with children. Mr. Brown nodded approval and Bindu approached her boss' child.
"No dear." Bindu cooed to the child. "Good children never cause trouble for anyone. Please, eat your dinner."
"No! I won't eat until Daddy comes home." The girl pouted.
"Do you want to please your father?"
"Yes." Julia nodded.
"Then please accept my request. Your father has some work to finish at the office. He might come home late, but he will be coming home tonight. So eat your dinner. You have to get ready for bed soon. You have to get up early to go to the school. Your daddy will be happy to see you have eaten and in bed when he comes in."
"You talk funny." The girl cocked her head as she spoke.
"Julia!" Mr. Brown admonished the young child.
Bindu looked at the servant. "It is alright, sir. To Julia, I probably do talk funny."
She then addressed Julia. "I do talk differently than most other people here in New York. Not funny, just different from everyone else. Well, maybe just a little bit funny." Bindu smiled broadly at the child.
Julia wrinkled up her nose then grinned at Bindu. "I will eat dinner, if you will eat with me, Ms. Bindu."
"Alright dear, as you wish. I too don't like eating by my self. I like to have someone to talk with while I eat." Bindu smiled at the little girl as the servant brought Bindu's dinner. Bindu and Julia chatted as they ate.
Julia had been calmed and began eating her dinner.
Bindu answered Julia's many questions about her accent and where she had come from. The servant brought the globe from Julia's room to the dinning room. Bindu pointed out the area in India where her home village was located.
"Wow! That is so far away. How did you get here?" Julia asked.
"Your father brought me here on his airplane to work for his company."
"Wow!" Julia was impressed by how Bindu had come to be in her home.
Because of business meetings, Mr. Edwards, frequently got home from his office late at night. Julia was beginning to warm to Bindu and liked to have dinner with her.
A few days later, Mr. Edwards suggested that Bindu might like to stay at his home until the project was complete. He took Bindu's hands in his and looked into her hazel eyes. "This is a big old house. We have several spare bedrooms, and you would not have to travel to and from your apartment or report to the office. Your job will be here in my home office. Julia would like to have you here," He hesitated briefly, smiled, then continued, " ... and so would I."
Bindu accepted the offer. Mr. Brown drove her to her apartment so she could retrieve the things she would need from there.
Julia enjoyed Bindu's company and Bindu would frequently help the child with her schoolwork. Sometimes, while waiting for Mr. Edwards, they played together after Julia finished her school work. Bindu was feeling a growing closeness to Julia. She seemed to feel that Julia had some relationship with her from a past life. Her affections for Mr. Edwards were growing too.
One night, when Julia had gone to bed, and Bindu was waiting for Mr. Edwards, the servant entered the office.
"Julia has become a very obedient girl since you have been here. Thank you, Ma'am."
"Julia is a sweet girl. Anyone who talks with her will feel close to her." Bindu responded.
"Unfortunately, Julia needs a mother."
"Yes! I remember you telling me Mrs. Edwards died from breast cancer."
"I still remember those miserable days. I've been working for this family since Phillip, er, Mr. Edwards, was a boy. I watched him become a man, and I watched him take over the business when his father retired. He has become quite successful. Then about four years ago when Simone died, he changed."
Mr. Brown nervously kicked at the carpet with his toe for moment before continuing. He realized he would be violating his employer's confidence in him if he discussed the family's private affairs with Bindu.
The servant then continued. "Julia was only two when her mother died. She doesn't even remember her mother's face, except from photographs.
Phillip was a broken man then. He loved his wife very much. Her death was a real jolt to him. I've never seen him so distraught in the 30 years I've known him. He used to spend long hours alone in his darkened office. Phillip was so depressed that he even stopped going to the company office. Life was meaningless to him. His friends advised him to find a nice girl, remarry, and start a new life. But he loved Simone so much that he would never even considered a second marriage."
The servant stared at the floor for several moments. "It took him six months to get out of his depression. In passing, I mentioned to him that maybe he should put his attention on his daughter and business to relieve his pain. Shortly there after, he began to focus on Julia and got back to looking after the business."
When the servant stared into Bindu's eyes, tears were perched on his eyelids ready to spill down his cheeks. He swallowed hard.
Bindu felt her heart was heavy with sadness at his tale. She opened her mouth to speak, but instead, she had to take a deep breath to calm her pounding heart.
At last she muttered. "Oh God, what a tragedy for Mr. Edwards."
The servant, knowing he had revealed far too much of a personal nature about his employer, took a deep breath. Slowly, he backed out of the office. Bindu was left with sadness in her heart for her employer and his young daughter.
Left alone in the home office, Bindu found herself staring at a framed photo of Mr. Edwards' first wife, Simone. Running her fingers over the glass that covered Simone's portrait, Bindu saw that Simone's face was very much like her own. Except for Bindu's long black hair and light tan skin, she and Simone looked a lot alike.
Bindu found it hard to believe such a beautiful woman had died so young. Bindu had tears in her eyes and felt so sorry for Mr. Edwards and Julia. She took comfort in the thought that perhaps God needed a few more good people in heaven.
Over the next few days, Bindu and Mr. Edwards were able to complete the project they had been working on. The project had been a proposal to a major company located on the American west coast. Mr. Edwards' company wanted to provide the materials and services to help their client company with a major expansion. The proposal contained all the specifications of the materials to be provided, services needed to complete the expansion, and the costs involved. A healthy profit for Mr. Edwards' company was also included. Everyone in the company seemed to be on pins and needles waiting for a response to their proposal, especially Mr. Edwards and Bindu.
Late one night, while Bindu was soundly sleeping, Mr. Edwards burst into her room yelling, "We got it, Bindu! We got it! We got the contract!"
Bindu sat up quickly and rubbed the sleep from her eyes. She glanced at the clock on the nightstand. It's red numbers glowing in the dark told her it was 12:45 AM. Mr. Edwards rushed to her bedside, fell to his knees, and hugged her upper body tightly to his.
"We got the contract, Bindu. I am so happy." Before she could say anything, Mr. Edwards kissed Bindu's lips.
Bindu was surprised at the sudden show of affection from Mr. Edwards. The passion she felt coming from him took her breath away. She returned his kiss.
The passion wasn't sudden for him. Phillip Edwards had been getting feelings of affection for Bindu for weeks. He had worked very hard to keep his feelings hidden. After all, she was his employee. The relief of getting the new contract had allowed him to let his feelings out. As their kiss lingered, his hands slowly slid down her back and cupped her butt. She froze but offered no resistance. He opened her nightgown's buttons. He slipped the nightgown off her shoulders and it fell to the bed. Bindu was naked before her boss.
Bindu made no objection, even though she was surprised and embarrassed. She moaned as her boss fondled her firm D-cup breasts. "Oh, Mr. Edwards." She cooed. Her body was responding to his attentions whether she wanted it to or not.
He again hugged her body to his and whispered in the ear. "My given name is Phillip. I think you should probably call me Phillip, Bindu." He then returned to fondling her luscious tits. He kissed her again and gently laid her back on her bed. He mistakenly took her lack of resistance as acceptance of his advances.
He slowly crawled onto her body and her legs parted almost automatically. He slid between them and moved up her body. Still, Bindu offered no resistance to her boss.