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Part 32 The pressmeet (By Maahiak) (Thanked: 83 times)

I am back guys, and I will try my best to be regular. I don't know what I have written so do tell me your views.





It was time for the press meet and Arshi entered together and the media was capturing the elegant couple and was all ready to dig about the ‘secret person’ in ASR’s life.


Arnav: Please be seated everyone. As everyone settled the reporters started to fire questions at them.


Reporter1: Is she the special person your father wanted to introduce to the media?


Reporter2: Who is she to you?


Reporter3: Is she your girlfriend?


Arnav: Wait, wait. I am here to answer all your question if it isn’t too much personal, but ask one by one. And for now, yes she is the person Dad mentioned, and no she was my GF but not now


Reporter2: If you two broke up why is she still with you?


Reporter4: Yes and why are you introducing her to us now?


Arnav: Excuse me when did I say we broke up? Will you guys let me finish my sentence and I think I had asked you to ask one by one.


Repoter1: Sorry, but what are you trying to say actually? Because you said ‘was’


Arnav: Yeah, I am coming to that. Khushi was my GF but not now because now she is my better half, my wife.


Reporter5: What? Wife? Arnav: Yes, that is what I said.


Reporter2: But how is this possible? Because your impending marriage with Ms. Jha was not a secret?


Arnav: Really? But I wasn’t aware of that.


Reporter2: But ASR, it was the latest rumor of the town and some of your relatives and neighbors too confirmed that the talks about your marriage with your BIL’s sister were going on in your house.


Arnav: Come on, that’s why we term them as ‘rumors’.


Reporter2: But then why didn’t you ever comment on it or denied it? Because it hadn’t just started yesterday, we are hearing it from almost a year now.


Arnav: I didn’t find it necessary as I was committed much before that, exactly saying almost 9 years now.


Reporter2: But then why wasn’t she seen anywhere with you?


Arnav: Yeah you are right you hadn’t seen her here but I guess you guys hadn’t done a hard work because we used to attend every event together in London as she was in London to complete her medicine at Harvard.


Reporter2: Harvard? Isn’t it were your sister doing medicine now?


Arnav: Yes, and not doing but done because both my wife and sister are doctors recently.


Reporter1: So Mrs. Raizada was your sister’s classmate?


Arnav: Not just classmates, they are besties.


Reporter2: Just asking out of curiosity was it the attraction towards the rich hot brother of best friend that lead to the marriage?


Arnav: Good story, but sorry to burst your bubble because we didn’t met through Lavanya and the marriage wasn’t the outcome of some mere attraction, like I sad earlier we are in a relation from the time she joined as my junior and was in love obviously. And after some years we were sure about us and got married, that’s it.


Reporter3: Junior? But she studied in medical school right?


Arnav: Oh about that, my biwi here is a double graduate; she was my junior in fashion school but joined medicine because that is what she was interested in.


Reporter2: Means Mrs. ASR hate fashion designing when her husband is the fashion king?


Khushi: Excuse me where did that came from? Becoming a doctor was my passion doesn’t mean I hate any other job. It is true that when I can do something to bring someone back to life gives me immense happiness more than anything, but I love designing and that’s why it was my second option.


Arnav: Yes and for your information she graduated both course with flying colors.


Reporter1: Our intension wasn’t to offend you ma’am or sir. So how much time it is to your marriage?


Khushi: Almost three years.


Reporter3: Three years? But then why kept it as a secret? And now this sudden interest in introducing her?


Arnav: Yeah it is right I hadn’t announced it publically, but it was never a secret, my close friends and family were surely aware about it and like I said she wasn’t staying here and now we are planning to stay here I don’t want anybody to have any fake ideas about our relation. And yeah world should know who Mrs. ASR is right?


Reporter2: So Mrs. Raizada, you know ASR from sometime now and you are aware about the news about his alleged relation with different models, colleagues and even with Ms. Jha for the fact. So what do you feel about it? Did you at least once felt it may be true, you know what I meant?


Arnav very well know how topics like this may affect Khushi and thus was about to blast on the reporter but Khushi held his hand under table. He was surprised and looked at her; she just blinked her eyes assuring him and faced the press confidently.


Khushi: About such news yes, the only thing a felt is anxious about the people who talk these rubbish because one thing I can never predict is that what he will do when he is angry especially if it will hurt me. And about it being true (With a smile) being unfaithful towards our relation is the thing Arnav can’t even dream if that is what you meant. And about knowing Arnav, it is not from sometime like you mentioned, like he said we are in a relation from nine years and I know who ‘Arnav’ is inside the ‘ASR’ you guys are aware about.


Reporter3: So that means you guys were in a relationship from college days, so didn’t your parents oppose such affair and all?


Khushi: (Laughing) how much Indians they were, we lived in London and these all were common there. Also both our parents were fast forward, and I guess they were sure about Arnav-Khushi much before us.


Arnav and Khushi shared a small laugh and others looked at them curiously.


Arnav: Oh about that, Papa and Mamma that is Kabir Kumar Khurana and Gayathri Kabir Khurana was Dad’s and Mom’s best friends respectively. And that made us childhood buddies as we were neighbors.


Reporter1: Meaning Mrs. ASR was your childhood sweetheart.


Arnav: (Sharing a laugh with Khushi) Not exactly though, as kids we liked to irritate each other but we were always together and yeah after we shifted to India only I realized how sweet those fights were.


Reporter4: So you are saying your love story started from childhood?


Arnav: Well not exactly, even though we used to fight she always had that special part in my life and I used to feel so lonely when we parted. Yeah then I knew somewhere, I had some feelings for her but yeah realized it was love during our college days.


Reporter6: So how was it to meet each other after a long separation?


Khushi: I must say it was something and I still remember his reaction when he realized it was me as Kiran, my sister called me Kiya because I was nicknamed like that by himself.


Arnav: It was one hell of meeting I must say because it was really an accidental meeting in a jogging park and that too through the prankster Kiran was something. But when later on when I realized it was Kiya all along I don’t know what and all I had done in happiness.


Reporter1: Ma’am don’t get me wrong but how is ASR at home? And as a husband? Because as far as we heard from you there is a different person inside this ASR.


Khushi: That’s true and yeah he acts like that only with the people who are close to himself. “I am very close to few people, but they mean everything to me” is what his policy is. So at home back there he is a normal person not the arrogant beast you are talking about. He is the understanding son for Dad, buddy-bro for Lavanya and Kiran best buddy for Nikhil etc. And as a husband (Looking back at Arnav who was looking at her curiously to hear her reply) I can call myself lucky because it is not every day we can see a husband cooking for you, scolding you for being careless, treating you like a father when you are ill, supporting you in every second of life, considering your family as his own and understanding you more than yourself. If these all are the requirements for the good husband then I will say Arnav is the best husband in the world.


Reporter4: So ASR now your turn, what about Ma’am?


Arnav: (Smilingly) All I can say is she is the missing part of my life and as I have her now I can’t even imagine my life without her. Yeah it may sound cheesy and impractical but then I will say ‘Love is being impractical’ because hadn’t we heard about love winning over medical science? So that’s it I guess.


Reporter7: One last question ASR, what are your future plans? And what about ma’am?


Arnav: Future plans? Hm, we are going to start our works for the winter collection soon and Khushi is going to join Dad and Lavanya in RH (Raizada Hospitals).


Reporter1: Thank you sir, thank you Ma’am for your lovely time.


Arshi: Thank you guys. Arshi walked out and again entered the hall in which Mr. and Mrs. ASR was still the topic.


(I know threre where more chances for them to put finger on Khushi's character but I hope you guys remember that Anjali or Chachi hadn't heard Arshi's love story, whatever thay had said were the things they had assumed themselves)


Arnav indicated Aman to come over as soon as they were out and said Khushi to join the gang. She know he was upto something


Khushi: Arnav, what’s the matter?


Arnav: Nothing serious babes, you just join them. Me and Aman have to meet someone.


Khushi left and Aman came there


Arnav: Aman the one in red shirt and the one have specs. I forgot to tell them something.


Aman: Sure Arnie let me get them.


Then Aman and Arnav had a little talk with them and all left for home. Everybody directly hit to bed as they were hell tired.



Next morning


Today only Arnav and Ravi were going for jogging as the ‘kids’ planned some competition in the gym. Arnav was coming out from the kitchen getting the protein shake but the scene he saw in the living room made him smirk.


Anjali and Chachi were frantically going over all the newspapers but what they saw wasn’t what they had expected. Anjali wondered why her bribing hadn’t worked and switched on the TV but the result was same she became very frustrated and threw the remote on the couch after switching off the TV and stomped away to her room. Chachi too followed her Anju and gone to her room in ground floor.


Ravi who was coming down fortunately or unfortunately came face to face with his cousin, the so called first love of his. And thinking about her being his love he felt pity towards himself. He had expected to meet her here but what he didn’t expect was the abortive look on Anjali’s face. He wondered what could have happened but shrugged it off thinking it to be one of her mood swings. Anjali who saw him glared at him and he would have ashes if looks could kill because Anjali Manohar Jha was boiling in rage.


He too glared back at her and descended the steps as fast as possible and once again came face to face with another cousin of his, his brother from another mother Arnav. And from the looks on Arnav’s face it was clear that whatever the matter which pissed of Anjali exactly was done by her one and only brother Arnav Singh Raizada. Ravi too smirked and quoted


Ravi: I guess it is Mr. ASR is behind the pissed off mood of Raizada princess?


Arnav: Princess my foot, she is the devil bro. Don’t tell me you still haven’t gotten over her.


Ravi: Do I look mad to you? I asked out of curiosity man because it is not every day we can see thee great Anjali Singh Raizada oops, the great Anjali Manohar Jha failing in something.


Arnav: Sometimes my so called sister thinks that I am ASR just like that.


Now they were outside and started to run. Hearing this Ravi laughed out


Ravi: So what’s the matter?


Arnav: She bribed the reporters


Ravi: What? Arnav narrated how he found out this.


FLASHBACK


Arnav was about to go to get Khushi for the press meet when he saw Anjali and Mami talking and handling over something to two men who he guessed as the media people. He shrugged it off considering it to be the reward of praising Anjali.


Ravi: So she is frustrated because they haven’t mentioned about her?


Arnav: No Big B, I too thought she was asking for that and left the matter but I realized For what exactly was it during the interview.


FLSAHBACK


Arnav was observing the two guys with gawk eyes and it wasn’t difficult for him to guess what exactly they were doing. So after the press meet he and Aman met them. ASR approached them just like a tiger treating his prey and stated in a no nonsense tone


Arnav: If you guys are thinking that you can outsmart ASR, then you don’t know me at all.


Reporter2: (Sweating) ASR, what are you saying? We don’t get it.


Arnav: Really? So what were you trying to do exactly? It is very easy to defame someone if you have the power right? So what about you two losing it?


Reporter3: ASR, we are saying truth, we weren’t defaming Mrs. ASR.


Arnav: (Smirking) When did I took Khushi’s name? So it is true, that is what you were exactly trying to do, right? To defame Khushi? So now bear the consequences.


Reporter2: ASR, we are sorry, we were blind for money. Please don’t make us jobless we have our families depending on us.


Reporter3: Yes ASR please forgive us, we won’t repeat it?


Arnav: (Roaring) Repeat? If you repeat it then you won’t be alive for a next time. Got that?


Reporter2: Sir please if needed we will apologize to Mrs. Raizada.


Arnav: No, no need for that. But yeah if you write one word, and I meant it one word offending me or my wife you will see the worst of me. And remember that nobody is lucky to see it twice.


Reporter3: No, sir we will not write a single word other than you told us. Please, please forgive us.


Arnav: Good, and yeah make sure your colleagues are informed too.


Reporter2: Sure sir.


Reporter3: Thank you so much sir.


Arnav: (Nodded) and don’t forget what I said. The two of them nodded their head fearing for their life and he and Aman walked out and joined others.


Ravi: That was hilarious buddy. I can’t wait to share it with others.


Arnav just smiled and asked something Ravi hadn’t expected


Arnav: Big B, what is your opinion about Tania?


Ravi: Ta…Tania? Why? Arnav: Hey, nothing.


Rishi seemed very much comfortable with her, I was wondering if something going on between them? Like, a secret relation?


Said Arnav gauging his every reaction and inwardly smiling at the pale look on Ravi’s face.


Ravi: What! Rishi and Tania no way. Are you mad Arnie?


Arnav: Why are you getting hyper Big B? Is there anything I am not aware about? I asked like that because they were very comfortable with each other.


Ravi: No Arnie, being comfortable doesn’t mean they are in a relation; they can be just friends too.


Arnav: But what I told is also a chance right?


Ravi: Rubbish, what has gotten into you? He maybe is treating her just like I see Sheetal.


Arnav: Oh yeah, I was coming to that only. So what is it between you two? You two were putting the dance floor on fire.


Ravi: Hey don’t put your guttural mind there, she is just like a sister to me. And most importantly haven’t I told you how smitten he was by Sheetal?


Arnav: That is what we guessed, but it can be wrong too right? he may be seeing her like a sister just like you did.


Ravi looked at him unsurely and Arnav patted his back for not laughing at his face. And mentally told sorry brother, I had promised Nani and Rudy.


Arnav: (More to himself) I guess I should ask him about it. If it will happen it will be very nice right? As Tania seems perfect for our family. And who knows may be he need somebody’s help, just like I had asked for you. It will be a nice experience right? To play a cupid. I have to tell Khushi about it.


Every words Arnav was saying was pure torture for him to even imagine and he decided to express his heart before it is too late, which he had kept guarded until then. As he very well can imagine what will happen if others too joined Arnav-Khushi in this cupid play. Then he will have to see Tania becoming his Bhabhi. That thought itself was terrifying and he shouted


Ravi: NOOOOOOOO


Arnav: What happened Big B? Any problem?


Ravi: No, nothing.


Arnav: Shall we go in then?


He asked as they were before RM. Ravi nodded his head absentmindedly making plans in his head and Arnav eagerly entered in his room to tell this to Khushi but she was sound asleep. He shook his head at her and was about to close the door when Kiran came there. And as he listened to Kiran about her conversation with Tania he was sure that ‘Tanish’ was set. He shared what happened with Kiran too and bid her bye, then slowly started towards the bed to wake up his sleepy baby to share the good news.




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Part 33 A conversation with Shyam (By Maahiak) (Thanked: 74 times)

I hope at least some of you got to know why I was late in updating after the last update of 'ArHan'. Anyway, tell me how was it, eagerly waiting for your comments. And I am trying guys I am really trying to be regular but real life never according to our preferences.



Arnav shared the news with Khushi and she too was very happy that finally, Ravi will express his true feelings.

Khushi: But Arnav don’t you think we have to do something in Rishi’s case now as the jealous factor won’t work anymore

Arnav: You are right but Rishi is not like Big B, he won’t fall into our plans like this

Khushi: Hm Big B is easy because he is exactly like you in character that you guys won’t think before act

Arnav: And Rishi will ponder a thousand times before doing something. So what can we do? Let us ask the love guru

Khushi: Wait, I don’t think that is good. It will be better if we deal with it more seriously

Arnav: So what are you suggesting?

Khushi: Arnav I think we need elder’s help in this because both me and Tania are independent women and took the decisions for ourselves but that is not the case for Sheetal, she will never go against the family.

Arnav: I know but Nani asked her to go with them, they will get to know each other better so what is the problem?

Khushi: And that’s why I am saying you are dumb

Arnav: What the!

Khushi: Don’t what the me, I am sure Arnav she won’t go without elder’s permission and do you think Anjali will allow for that?

Arnav: Then?

Khushi: I think we should talk with someone else

Arnav: Who is in your mind?

Khushi: I think Shyam Jiju is the best option

Arnav: Are you crazy? And why did you think he will agree to our plan? After all, he is Sheetal’s brother

Khushi: Then what about Sheetal? Arnav don’t compare everybody with the same scale. Maybe he values true love

Arnav:  And that’s why he left Di (Priyanka)

Khushi: We don’t know the reason behind all that, so let us not talk about it and concentrate on the problem we have now. Tell me will you come with me

Arnav: Yes, but now?

Khushi: Of course now come

Shyam was in the back lawn reading a file when Arnav and Khushi got there and Khushi cleared her throat to grab his attention. That instantly made Shyam look up and he was really surprised seeing them there

Shyam: You guys here?

Khushi nudged him to speak

Arnav: Uh, Jiju, she…no I mean we wanted to talk to you

Shyam: Any problem guys?

Khushi: Uh Shyam Jiju

Shyam: Just Jiju is fine Khushi

Khushi: Ok, firstly we wanted to say sorry

Shyam: If it is related to Sheetal then you don’t have to feel guilty at all because Arnav time and again told that he won’t marry Sheetal ever. It was others who kept dreaming about something which is never going to happen. At least I should have understood that Arnav is not a person who keeps money above everything and that might not be the reason why he kept refusing. (Looking at Arnav)  But I will say you too were a reason for me to hope for the marriage to happen

 

Arnav: Me?

Shyam: Arnav don’t take me wrong, even though you don’t love Sheetal I knew you will respect the relationship with her if ever you have married her. Don’t look at me like that you are still looking after Anjali after whatever she did so I can interpret that much but now I don’t have any grudges against you two. And will you believe me if I say that in fact, I am very happy that your true love won because everybody isn’t lucky like you

Khushi: Why we won’t believe you? Anyway leave that all, let bygones be bygones

Shyam: I too was thinking that we should forget everything and move on.

Arnav: That is really cool and the matter we wanted to discuss with you is


Before he could complete they all heard Kiran’s weeping voice calling him ‘Arnie’ but it didn’t make Arnav worried instead he sighed as he knew the reason was again a fight with Rudy. He just murmured

Arnav: Oh no! Not again

Khushi: Unfortunately yes. Jiju I think we can discuss this later

Arnav: No, Khush you just continue I will come after clearing it

Khushi: But

Arnav: It’s ok, you talk to Jiju anyway it is better if you do that. I am sorry I know I promised to be with you but

Khushi: No, its fine you go and (Whispering) I will try my best to make it right for Sheesh

Arnav: I trust you with that, I will just check and come ok

Khushi: Yes you go otherwise she will start her physical assault on Rudy

Arnav: Hey don’t just blame her, I am sure it will be him who started it

After Arnav gone

Khushi: (Sighed) This girl! And he is all set out to spoil her.

Shyam: (Chuckling) Hey, he is just pampering her.

Khushi: Now you too don’t support him Jiju.

Shyam: (Raising his hands) Ok no comments then. (Looking fondly at a complaining Kiran and consoling Kiran) Khushi can I tell you something he will make the best father

Khushi: I know, but I am afraid what will happen if it’s a girl

Shyam:  What?

Khushi: See how he is pampering her and cant you imagine what will happen if he has a daughter?(Winking at a stupefied Shyam) Just Kidding

Shyam: (Smiling a little) Ok! But Khushi what do you wanted to talk to me this urgently

Khushi: It is about Sheetal

Shyam: What about her

Khushi: I hope Nani had asked you to send her with them and you agreed. But then you said you are not sure about that after the Oberoi brothers have come, is it because you still have grudges against them, Especially towards Big B?

Shyam: Never Khushi never. In fact, I am indebted towards them for whatever they did for Priya

Khushi felt sorry for him and Priyanka but chose to ignore the topic as she knows it is not a right time to discuss that in fact, she has to concentrate on Sheesh

Khushi: Ok so what’s the matter?

Shyam: I am afraid Khushi because I saw what and all you guys tried to do at the party to bring Tania and Ravish together. I am happy for them but I am afraid I am afraid will all this hurt Sheetal, it is not I don’t trust you guys but

Khushi: It’s ok Jiju, I can understand you. But do you think Rishi is like that?

Shyam: Huh?

Khushi: I think you are that much smart Jiju, to know that we were actually trying to bring them close together

Shyam: What you guys were intentionally doing that? Khushi please understand she will never come between you two, please don’t do that to her. Because she will be shattered if something wrong happens

Arnav After finishing his talks with Kiran was dumbfounded to hear that so was Khushi but unlike her, he instantly asked

Arnav: Is that what you think of us Jiju? That we will try to do something like this because we are afraid Sheetal will come between us?


Shyam: No, no I never thought that it is just that as a brother I want my sister to be happy, but I know I am a failure because I don't understand what she wants ever!


Khushi: Hey don't say that you are the best brother but what if she is happy with Rishi

Arnav: I don’t know how you will take this but we think Rishi likes Sheetal

Shyam: I understood that much from his looks yesterday but I don’t know anything about him so it is obvious that I will worry

Khushi: I can understand your worry but I can assure you Rishi is not a person who hit on every girl he sees, in fact, it is the first time I am seeing him behaving like this.

Shyam: Sheetal too seems to different around him, I mean she was never comfortable around Arnav like this.


Khushi: Then what is the problem in trying? And don’t worry Oberoi brothers will give their lives to protect their loved ones

Shyam: Who knows that better than me?

Before anyone could say anything they all heard

Manav: Then I think you should think positive and let Sheetal do whatever she wants and let me tell you she is already having an unbreakable bond with Mamma, Ravi, and Tania. And she will be more than happy to be with them


Shyam: Papa you

Manav: I heard you guys and I think you should give it a chance maybe you will see your sister happier there.

Shyam: If it is about Sheetal’s happiness I am ready to do anything

Khushi: Wow Jiju you are the best

Saying this she hugged him startling him and making both Arnav and Manav chuckle at her craziness. And later Shyam too smiled at her. Khushi breaking the hug told him excitedly

Khushi: And now you are a part of our plan I have to say something to you

Shyam: What?

Khushi: Big B is finally going to propose Tania

Shyam: Really?

Khushi just nodded but all got startled as they heard a loud voice


Kiran: What are you guys discussing about without me?

Arnav: Elders talk

Kiran just pouted at that but smiled at Shyam when he caressed her head affectionately

Manav: And you know what GF he agreed to help us in uniting Sheesh

Kiran: (Jumped on him making him stumbled backward) Wow, you don’t know how happy you made me Shyam

Arnav and Manav shook their head and Arnav mouthed to a perplexed Shyam making him chuckle

Arnav: ‘Genes’

Khushi: Kiddu, don’t call his name on the face. Call him Bhai or Jiju

Kiran: I think I will go with Jiju

Shyam just nodded but Arnav interpreted

Arnav: What the! I am your Jiju

Kiran: (Smirking at him) and you think I am going to call you that? You are always ‘Arnie’ for me

Arnav pouted but side hugged her kissing her hair and whispered

Arnav: And you know what? I too love it when you call me like that

Kiran: See I knew it. By the way

Saying this she just looked around only to squeal in happiness seeing Tania and Ravi walking towards them with hand in hand

Arnav: What happened crazy?

Kiran: Look there, wow, just wow finally Ravi Bhaiyya did it.

And others too smiled in glee seeing the blushing look on Tania. And then there wasn’t any going back as 'Tanish' were getting teased and teased. Khushi took out her mobile and messaged Rudy to come to the garden with all others and all were glowing with happiness hearing finally Ravi decided to move on and Nani was already planning their marriage making even Ravi to blush.

But there was someone who wasn’t happy about all these; yes none other than the heavy headed Mrs. Anjali Manohar Jha who had heard Rudy squealing to Nani about ‘Tanish’ and smirked planning something.

After a long series of teasing and flushing, everybody retired to their room but Anjali just blocked Ravi making him frown. But she just smirked as she saw Tania halting in her tracks and watching them curiously

Ravi: (In an angry voice) Move from my way, Mrs. Jha.

Anjali: Not until I am completing my talk with you

Ravi: Now what do you want Mrs. Jha?

Anjali: (In a soft voice) Arrey why are you calling me like that? Call me Anjali no, in fact, it was Anjie right.

Ravi: (Frowning at the sweetness) I prefer Mrs. Jha, and finish what you want to say fast


Anjali: Oh Ravi you still care for me right?

Ravi: And what made you think so?

Anjali:  Arrey isn’t it obvious? Even after whatever I did you are ready to hear me out

Ravi: Look Mrs. Jha I don’t know whatever you are thinking but yeah I am not going to entertain you. So move from my way

Anjali: (Holding his hand with a satisfied smirk seeing the stupefied Tania) wait Ravi and don’t try to act because I know you like when we are close to each other.

Ravi: (With gritted teeth at the creepy words) leave my hand

Anjali: Why? Is that because you are going to marry?

Ravi: Oh you got to know that? Good and I hope you would know why I am ignoring you.

Anjali: But how can you marry her when you love me?

Ravi: Who said I love you?

Anjali: Oh it is known by everyone that Ravish Singh Oberoi is madly in love with me. In fact, you even tried to end your life to get me right?

Ravi: (Roaring) Stop it, stop this right now Mrs. Jha. Yes it is true that me Ravish Singh Oberoi used to love you madly

Both of them heard a sound of weeping and turned around to see Tania crying covering her mouth and Ravish Singh Oberoi broke then and there seeing his love like that. He wanted to go and hug her to himself and explain everything but as he saw Anjali smirking so spat harshly

Ravi: You did it purposely right? To hurt her.

Anjali: Of course otherwise why will I come close to you, Mr. Oberoi?


Ravi: Good, it is good that you don’t want to come near me because your presence really irks me. So stay away from me and my fiancé.

Anjali: Oh don’t say like that anymore, I don’t think she will want to marry you after whatever she saw.

Ravi realized Tania wasn’t there anymore and shouted

Ravi: If anything, I meant it anything happen to her, you will see the worst of me. And yeah hear this loud and clear ‘I hate myself for even falling for a woman like you’.

Saying this he ran towards Tania’s room and even though his sentence hurt her ego she smiled because she was sure that no woman will be happy after whatever she witnessed.

In the Living room

Akash was going out and Payal rushed down towards him.

Payal: Akashji, my tablets are over. Will you bring some?

Akash: Which one?

And the answer she said really shocked Khushi who was going towards the kitchen to get some water and she rushed towards Lavanya who have completed the specialization in gynecology integrated with her graduation. (I had heard that there are schemes in which one can complete both graduation and masters but I am not sure if there is an option like this in medicine at Harvard.)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Part 34 The past (By Maahiak) (Thanked: 133 times)

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Khushi rushed towards Balcony as the youngsters were playing silly games as they were using the time as Oberoi’s will be leaving this weekend and elders were relaxing. She was panting when she reached there and all looked at her with the sound


Kiran: Hey run slowly we are not playing your part


All laughed at that but one look at her face everybody knew it was something serious


Arnav: Babes is there any problem?


Manav: Yes Kiya you look worried


Shalini: What happened beta you have gone to have water right?


Khushi: Nothing I just wanted to talk to Lavz


Lavanya: (With raised eyebrow) what’s wrong?


Khushi: Nothing to worry Annie called and asked some doubt regarding a medicine


Lavanya and Arnav frowned hearing it because there wasn’t anybody with that name at all but one look at her and they can say she was very much tensed about something so they played along.


Lavanya: Is it? I think I have kept my phone in silent, come we will talk to her.


Saying this she pulled her to the pool side


Lavanya: Now tell me what is the matter?


Khushi: Lavz Rasmin is a contraceptive pill right?


Lavanya: Yes, but why are you asking this? You are against using pills.


Khushi: And Sprintec? That can cause imbalances in hormone right? (To herself) But why will she take those?


(I am nowhere related to medicines and i only have the knowledge Google providing me, so bear with me if I am wrong)


Lavanya: Yes but why are you asking about those medicines?


Khushi: Lavz you had told me Payal and the whole family is longing for a child right? Then why will she have Rasmin and Sprintec?


Lavanya: What?


Khushi: Yes, I just heard she asking Akash to bring those


Lavanya: But Kiya, they are trying for a kid for years now, and that is the only fault mamma finds in her. Then why will she take those? And most importantly how will she know about those?


Khushi: That is why I too got confused. But wait who is her gynecologist? Does she go to Raizada hospitals?


Lavanya: Yes in fact both of them are taking treatment for years now, but I don’t know who treats her.


Khushi: We have to find out who it is, because he/she will surely have known about those medicines. So we have to find out why the person is doing this? That too to the Raizadas itself.


Lavanya: Yes, I think you are right. Even if they don’t even acknowledge there are doctors in the family it is our duty as a doctor. But I am afraid what will be Chachu’s reaction if he gets to know this.


Khushi: No Lavz, don’t tell him now. We will tell others after finding the truth.


Arnav: What truth you guys are talking about? And what are you two trying to hide?


Both of them turned back and saw Arnav there


Khushi: What are you doing here? I told right about our friend


Arnav: Cut the **** yaar, you don’t have a friend named ‘Annie’


Khushi: Why do you have to know everything about me?


Arnav: Of course I have to after all you are my better half. Leave that and tell me what is the problem?


Khushi: Nothing Arnav, we were just


Lavanya: Kiya let him know. Only he can help us now.


Khushi: (Nodding understandingly) Arnav I heard Payal telling Akash to bring some medicines


Arnav: Okay


Lavanya: And as per the names it is some birth control pills and can even cause infertility.


Arnav: What? Then why the hell is he taking treatment if she is taking those pills? But then he so badly wanted to have kids.


Khushi: That is why we too are confused. May be somebody tricked them.


Lavanya: And we doubt the gynecologist. Because he/she should be aware of this


Arnav: But why to interfere in their lives guys?


Khushi: Maybe as family we shouldn’t but as a doctor we have to make sure it is not any doctor’s fault.

And if it is I am not going to leave the person.


Lavanya: Yes bro especially when they are working in Raizada hospitals.


Arnav: I guess you guys are right; Raizada hospital is the result of Dad’s hard work and I won’t allow anybody to insult that. So let us do one thing I too will accompany you guys.


Khushi: Ok then let us act like nothing had happened for now.


Arnav: You guys go, (Showing his phone) let me finish the business call


Khushi: Oh that is how you came here; ok then come Lavz let us go


And they joined others smartly avoiding the topic of discussion.



Anjali smirked and walked away and Ravi ran towards Tania’s room. He touched the door and was relieved to see it open but when he entered the room the scene inside was enough to break his heart. There his love was sitting in the bed hugging her knees and resting her knees upon them. No doubt she was crying continuously, he slowly walked to her and sat on the bed but she didn’t looked up at him


Ravi: Tani


She just turned around to avoid seeing him


Ravi: Tani please look at me


Still she didn’t turn so he put his fingers on her face and made her look at him and the pain he saw in them killed him more as he was the reason for that. Because when she once asked him before whether he had any girlfriends in past. Then he had told her that he liked a girl but as she wasn’t interested he left the idea and then as he got busy in the business he never had time for all that. At that time he wasn’t ready to enclose the dark past to her but he should have told her at least after they confessed each other. Because now she would have misunderstood him, of course she will after she had saw him with Anjali, who happened to be his first love in a situation like that. But his thought process broke when he heard that


Tania: So it was Anjali? And you just liked her? How could you lie to me Ravi? Now I understood how important I am to you, that’s why I had to knew this from others.


Ravi: Tani, please don’t talk like that. You are important


Tania: That’s why you hid an important matter like this?


Ravi: Please believe me dear, I don’t have feelings for her anymore, now I love you only you. I know I should have told you it was Anjali but in that moment I did not wanted to hurt you when you were so much happy.


Tania: Where did that came from? Oh so you think I am crying because you loved a girl before me or the girl you loved was your ****y cousin and seeing you with her were that hurt me? No Ravi emotions like love can never be controlled what hurt me the most is you didn’t considered me worth enough to disclose such an important matter. It is true we confessed only today but for me you weren’t just my boss, I considered you as a friend and I thought you did too. That’s why I told you everything about me which I hadn’t done to anybody else before. But you…you didn’t find it important to say to me that you were on the edge of losing your life, even when you know what you mean to me. (Sighing) It is ok Ravi, maybe I had expected too much.


She wiped her tears and faked a smile but was stunned to see him in tears when looked up.


Ravi: (Hugging her tight) Sorry, sorry if I made you feel like that. But please never say that you are not important. You are the most important person in my life and you are right I shouldn’t have hid all these from you. And you were always been a friend to me but when you asked me did I ever loved any other girl that day, I was afraid, afraid to lose you. Yes, I loved you even then also I was never comfortable to talk about it.


Tania: Then leave it Ravi; I don’t want to hear about it. But promise me you will never think about ending your life


Ravi: (Kissing her forehead) you know when I think I can’t love you more than I do now you will again do something that make me fall more for you. But I want to tell you about it from the time you told me you feel proud of yourself because the great Ravish Singh Oberoi fell for you only I wanted to tell you. But I wasn’t sure how you will take it, especially with Anjali around.


Tania: It’s ok leave it.


Ravi: I insist so that I can feel free because I never had talked it openly to anybody.


Tania: Tell me if it will make you feel better. But I can’t believe she rejected you and more than that drive you to death and still no regrets. Is she really Manav uncle’s daughter and Arnav’s sister? Was she in love with Shyam then too?


Ravi: (Chuckling) you will be amazed if you hear her capabilities and about Shyam I don’t know do she really love him now too. But more than Manav uncle or Arnie what I can’t believe is she is Bua’s daughter. I hadn’t told you about her right?  Hm about her I haven’t saw a more wonderful lady than her inside out, always thinking about other’s happiness, helping poor without thinking about money. You know she was even ready to leave Manav uncle so that Raizadas will be happy as they don’t understand people by their personality all they can see is cast, society etc.


Tania: Raizadas didn’t like her just because she was Christian? (Seeing him nodding) Then how did they got married?


Ravi: Uncle made her understand that he can’t live without her and then Kiya’s parents Kabir uncle and Gayu Aunty helped them and all of them shifted to abroad. And during vacations either they will come here or we will go there and I and Anjali were best friends, we used to call each other daily, sending cards etc. But everything changed after Arnie and Rishi was born, while I was on cloud nine getting a brother she felt left out. No it wasn’t Uncle or Bua’s fault it is all Raizada’s doings, they filled her mind against the three of them. She used to complaint to me and I tried my level best to change her opinion but what can I do when these people was hell bent on breaking a family. It was simple they wanted Uncle to divorce Bua and marry their relative’s daughter and they used Anjali as a pawn. But even then our relationship was always strong; even though she won’t obey me she asked my opinion on every matter. Bua used to tell she wanted her Ravi to be her SIL and that engraved in my heart, but Arnie used to tell me that her behavior changed drastically after Bua’s death. I took it as the after effect of that but she was changing, day by day she became ruder and all. But she was always sweet towards me and with growing years we fell in love or that is what I thought. And you know the irony everything was a pretense, pretense to take revenge from Oberoi’s who were actually her mother’s family.


Tania: What?


Ravi: Can’t believe? But that was how it, Anjali started to hate her own mother after she started to live here with Raizadas. Arnie used to tell me that she seemed to be serious about the person with her marriage got fixed, but the crazy lover inside me chose to ignore it as she wanted to keep our relation with ourselves until she talk with her family. But sadly that all was a pretense but I didn’t knew it then her engagement got fixed, she called me and cried so much. But as I was abroad then she told me to come with my family to take her with me before marriage. Again Arnie told me she was very happy in the wedding preparations going on and again I chose my love over my brother. I told everyone that we were in love from long and her family fixed her marriage against her will and knowing Raizadas everybody was with me. We reached here late and the scene here broke me, she was happily getting married to Shyam while the other was expressionless. And the person who was immediately with me even before any other person was Arnav. He told me to go to farm house because he couldn’t see me so broken seeing that as he knew I loved her and also he didn’t want us to get insulted but the broken trust and heart was so much in pain that I really wanted to know why she did all this. And when I asked her I got to know what my Anjie had turned into, in front of the whole guests she made my love a mockery, spat on my family name and told me it was all a revenge, the last faith in my love too broken there. Uncle told Arnie to take us out; we went to his pent house. During the entire journey I could hear mom and Dadz crying, Dad and my brothers seeing me with painful eyes and all my thoughts were this was all happening because of me. I…I found it too much to bear I couldn’t even look at mirror due to guilt and I …I chose the best way to end it all.


Tears were continuously flowing from his eyes as he opened after that incident for the first time but when he finished he felt a soft body hugging him and looked down to see Tania hugging him in a tight grip. He hugged her back relishing her warmth and after sometime he again started to speak


Ravi: But I was immediately hospitalized so could save my life and when I was admitted in hospital there was a commotion going on. When Rishi and Arnie enquired got to know it was a rape case and nobody was with the girl and her mother was crying for help. They both were more than ready to help the girl and took her and her mother so helped her whole heartedly.


Tania: Who is that girl? Do I know her?


Ravi: Of course you know her. It was Priyanka Sharma or better Priyanka Singh Oberoi now.


Tania: Di?


Ravi: Yes.


Tania: But what happened to her? Who? Why?


Ravi: (Sighing sadly) do you know why Arnav hate Anjali so much?


Tania: Maybe because what she did to you, because I had seen what you mean to him. Or maybe as she was against her mother because Kiya had told me what she means to Arnav.


Ravi: Partly, but it was another thing which made him loath his sister and we all understood it wasn’t

Shyam who was manipulating her but it was the other way around.


Tania: (Hugging his arm) Ravi?


Ravi: After we both discharged and we both weren’t healthy to travel back went to pent house as. That night aunty thanked us and asked us can she leave as she can’t pay all this back and don’t want to burden us more. But Dadz and Mom scolded her for saying that and asked her to think as their family. That night Aunty broken in front of us seeing our care when her own family disowned her. She told us how her daughter was in love with her childhood friend who too loved her deeply, how happy they were almost planning their marriage, how another evil lady came in their lives who was obsessed with the guy asked him to leave her, got engaged to him lying that he had destroyed her, how he tried to break the engagement knowing the truth, how the mad girl send people to hurt them, her daughter got raped and how her husband died witnessing all, how everybody blamed them for what happened with Prinku etc, etc. At last Arnie asked who the hell that lady was as he wanted to kill her with bare hands we were also not less. But the answer shocked us again all it was none other than the “Anjali Singh Raizada”. And Arnav wanted to keep her away from Anjali so she become our sister and after almost one year Aunty too left us and she officially became Priyanka Singh Oberoi.


Tania: (Horrified and with tears) just to get him she did that with a woman being a woman herself?


Ravi: (Wiping her tears) what to do, some people don’t know even the h of humanity. Now don’t cry over them ok? But Tani you know what now thinking about all that I am happy all that happened.


Tania: What?


Ravi: Yes, that’s why I got you right.


Tania: (Blushing) Ravi


Ravi: Oh my god you know to blush too, now that is news.


Tania feeling flushed altogether hid herself in his chest and hit him on his back for teasing her and he just chuckled heartily after years and was feeling released. He sighed and looked up and thanked god for sending this crazy girl in his life.



In Payash room


Akash entered the room after the meeting and the scene was again the same which broke him knowing he can’t do anything about it. Payal was again sitting in front of Devi mayya and he knew as always she will be praying for a baby. He looked at the idol and wondered how she can turn her back to her hard core devotee like this. He walked to her and sat beside her and touched her shoulder


Payal: (Wiping her tears and turned around) Akashji when did you came? Wait I will bring your tea.


Akash: (Holding her hand) Payalji don’t shut me out. I knew you were again praying for a baby.


Payal: No Akashji I was just


Akash: (Hugging her) Please Payalji, don’t hide.


And she finally broke down with heavy sobs.


Payal: Why God is being this cruel to us Akashji


Akash: Please don’t cry, God will surely hear our prayers. One day we will have our baby.


Payal: I am waiting for that day.


Akash: (Thinking) Me too.





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Lavanya was sitting on the dining table waiting for Arnav and her thoughts drifted to the events of last month

Ravi and Tania had got engaged in Delhi itself as everybody was there only and Priyanka too came to attend that. It was very difficult for Priyanka and Shyam to meet each other after the circumstances they had parted ways, but with the constant support and involvement of others the childhood best buddies had cleared the misunderstandings between them and were back to being friends. As soon as Oberoies along with Sheetal left for Mumbai leaving Rudy here Lavanya and Khushi had joined the hospital. Later Lavanya, Khushi, and Arnav confronted the doctor regarding Payal’s matter and their suspicion was right, the tablets Payal taking were pills which can cause infertility . They were ready to sue the doctor but she revealed her helplessness as she was blackmailed into. Even though Khushi and Lavanya lashed at her for forgetting her oath and doing the unbearable they couldn’t avoid the situation of the widow lady because the threat was that they will harm her dumb daughter who is her only family. So Arnav Singh Raizada warned her and like anyone she too knows what ASR’s threat means. She also revealed that she hadn’t seen the caller in person and only through calls and messages from a private call or direct notes at her office, home or vehicle but she told that she doubts an unknown man who she had seen in many suspicious situations. Arnav immediately asked her why to bend through such a threat which was not even in person or why she didn’t inform police.


Then she revealed that the first time she denied them her daughter was kidnapped and gave her back only after she agreed to it. Understanding her helplessness Arnav asked her not to worry and he will be sending security persons to ensure their safety. Arnav decided to take Rahul’s help to search for the person and decide to leave the room but Khushi had understood that there is more to it from the expression of the doctor. Later she informed them another shocking truth that is Mrs. Anjali Manohar Jha had twice gone for abortion stating that her husband hates kids and if he gets to know this he will kill her. The doctor got suspicious about it so revealed it to them. Earlier they would have assumed Anjali's words to be true, but now they know Shyam and so all this were utter bull****, but what they couldn’t understand was why she will do this. But it wasn’t difficult to understand that these both cases had some connection.


Ensuring the doctor about her and her kid’s safety the trio walked out, Arnav was about to dial Rahul’s number but Khushi’s low ‘Dad’ caught his attention. Looking up from the phone he understood he had heard everything as Manav was in tears. And Arnav knew he was shattered just like he was on the day Mom died, so they all immediately took him to Lavanya’s cabin which was nearby. Later Khushi explained everything to him in a much calmer way as he was insisting to know everything. Later he had suggested that they should talk to Shyam regarding this to know the truth and they decided to keep it with themselves till they get proofs. So Arnav had contacted Rahul and briefed him everything and by the end of the discussion with him, Arnav’s resolve about Anjali being behind all these got cemented considering the situation.


And then one day as per Manav’s insist Khushi had talked to Shyam regarding the matter and from his expressions itself it was clear that he had no idea about it. And then Shyam revealed a truth which shook the foundation of her that is he had never touched Anjali since he still can’t forget Priyanka or simply they hadn’t consumed their marriage. Manav on learning that just hugged Arnav and cried asking ‘Arnie how did our Anjie could stoop this low?’ that day they all saw a broken father. Khushi had briefed Shyam about the situation excluding Payal’s issues and asked him to keep quiet until the right time. And the event which followed proved Arnav’s doubt about Anjali being the culprit when Khushi slipped down the stairs and sprained her leg the very next day. But he was glad it was only a sprain and was waiting for proofs.


Then there came talks regarding Lavanya’s marriage with Pawan and that day DR realized from where did ASR get his anger. That day Arnav saw his father expressing every grief, every frustration, and anger which he had kept inside him for years. That day everyone except Manohar, Manorama and Nani was shocked to learn that Manav and Manohar had a younger sister Manisha who had committed suicide. Manav told the DR that he will never let anything like that to Lavanya and he isn't helpless anymore like in the past which cost him his baby sister. He had clearly explained to them that Lavanya will marry the person she loves, not according anybody’s opinion and if they are planning to do stunts like emotional blackmailing or threatening he won’t hesitate to take legal help.


Then Manorama, Anjali, and Payal started to explain the qualities of Pawan, Arnav too didn’t try to hold back and mocked them asking what quality he does have to marry his sister who is a Harvard graduate and a respected doctor. Manorama tried to argue saying it should be decided by Lavanya and her parents not by him, and for that one sentence Manorama is still suffering. Lavanya had lashed at her for talking like that about Arnav saying he has right on her more than anybody else and don’t forget that she is an adult. From that day she hadn’t spoken a single word to her mother completely ignoring her. The final blow was Akash and Manohar too agreeing with them, one in the grief of letting his sister die and afraid of a repetition and other trying to win his little sister’s heart. In all these Madhumathy had to keep quiet fearing for Payal’s life. Dadi who was repenting for her silence for a long time which took her daughter’s life had announced that they won’t be going with the proposal as Lavanya wasn’t interested and even Anjali couldn’t changer her decision.

That night Manav had explained the youngsters about his cute sister and her tragic story. Manisha was in love with their neighbor Arvind but her grandparents had refused that outright as he wasn’t rich. Later without hearing her or Manav’s protest, they married her off to a rich businessman. In the first day after her marriage when she came home, she cried her heart out in Manav’s arms explaining how her husband had raped her in the name of first night. But their Dadi scolded her saying it is a husband’s right and nobody hadn’t said anything against her except Manav which of course fell on deaf ears. Then after one month of her marriage, the news greeted them was her suicide, she had left a note for Manav which broke him further. She had thanked him for all his support till then and explained she no longer feel like a women but like a piece of meat getting physically assaulted by her husband daily. The final nail in the coffin was her husband’s friends raping her thereby killing her unborn and her husband enjoying the scene. She had asked him to never let go of Arpita and ended her note praying to God to never give her fate to anybody else.

Everybody was crying as he finished the past and Akash promised himself that he will never let that happen to his sister and to protect her always, not that she needed him as she had Arnav but still, he will be with her whenever she needs him.


Then after a long silence from both end, everything was back to normal with Rahul collecting proofs against Anjali but they realized she was clever than they had expected as it was almost impossible to get any proofs. With growing days Kiran got attached to the men of the house as they were very fond of her constant blabbering. Visible changes in Akash towards Arnav and Lavanya too was unavoidable. Then everybody got busy with Karvachauth preparations and DR ladies were for a series of surprises, they had expected Khushi to never fast, or Arnav to not agree with her considering the facts that he doesn’t believe in these rituals. But their expectations broke when they entered the kitchen that day for Sargi.


Her thought process got broken as someone patted her head and she saw Arnav standing there

 

It was midnight Arnav parked his SUV and walked with slow steps deliberately as he just hated to imagine the scene there, he knows he is being a coward but he just doesn’t know to handle the situation but nevertheless got down. As expected Lavanya was dosing on the dining table while Rudy and Nikhil were shuffling through channels uninterestingly. Hearing him coming they both looked up with eyes mirroring his pain he tried to smile at them but failed miserably. He walked over to Lavanya and patted her head and she jerked awake and looked at him with puffy eyes clearly indicating that she was crying.


Lavanya: Bro, you came. Come sit I will serve your dinner.


Arnav: No Lavz, I am not hungry.


Lavanya: No Bro that will not work anymore. Why can’t you understand you have to eat to care for others, don’t forget you are diabetic. And now don’t argue with me it is Kiya’s strict instruction.


Arnav sighed and sat down as he knows she won’t leave him now. He started to have it but felt difficult to swallow as his thoughts were going back there again. He started to talk to avoid that


Arnav: You guys had food?


Lavanya: (Sleepily) Hm


Arnav: (Sighing) You go and sleep Lavz


Lavanya: (Shaking her head) No, no I am fine. You tell me what you were saying.


Arnav: have you guys eaten?


Lavanya just nodded and he knew they too would have swallowed it just like him.


Lavanya: Chachu will come a day after tomorrow. It is safe to fly now.


Arnav just nodded and was on his fifth morsel they all heard the cry. His eyes filled with tears, he kept the spoon down and ran up the stairs taking two steps at a time. Others too followed him and Akash who was watching all this from upstairs too had tears in his eyes as he can’t imagine the terror the innocent girl going through. He walked towards the room and Shyam too came there. Arnav halted at the door of his room and saw Kiran crying hysterically in Khushi’s lap throwing her hands and legs and Khushi trying to calm her


Kiran: Leave me…leave me you ****, leave me alone


Khushi: Kiddu, baby calm down. You are safe, nothing had happened to you


Kiran: No leave me…leave me, Arnie please save me. Arnieee…Kiyaaa Nikkk Lavzzz somebody please save me


Khushi: Baby calm down, you will hurt your head like this. You…


She couldn’t continue as she had choked on that and gulped looking up and her eye clashed with Arnav’s seeking strength. He came out of his trance and ran towards them. He sat beside Khushi and tried to hold her hands and legs but she was struggling to save herself just like that night. By now everybody watching the scene was crying and Arnav desperately tried to calm her


Arnav: Kiddu, Bacha I am here, your Arnie is here. Nothing had happened to you


Kiran: No, no, no leave me alone, please I am begging you. Don’t come near me rascal, don’t you dare


Arnav: Bacha, please open your eyes, see nothing had happened to you


Khushi: Yes open your eyes baby. Nothing had happened to you


But she wasn't listening to them so Arnav helped Khushi to make her sit and hugged her tightly she was hitting him badly for sometime before she slowly lost her strength murmuring weakly to leave her. Khushi handed him a glass of water and he made her drink it slowly, after that he placed her head on his chest and rocked her. He sighed seeing her snuggling to him like a baby. After some time he felt her even breath and he placed her on the bed. All left for their own rooms not to disturb her. Khushi sat there stroking her hair and Arnav went to freshen up.


He came out and saw Khushi sleeping in a sitting position leaning on the headboard and Kiran sniggling in her lap. He shook his head and straightened both of them and tucked them inside the blanket, instantly Kiran had snuggled to Khushi’s chest like a baby. Then he closed the doors and curtains and got inside the covers hugging both of them from the back. Khushi put her head on his shoulder and he kept his head above that. He tightened his hold on them feeling their steady breath but sleep was far away from him, it is like this from past three days that is from the day of Karvachauth, from the day his Bacha almost got molested. He sighed his mind going to that day


His still remember their baffled look when in the morning the ladies entered in the kitchen to make Sargi. Khushi and Lavanya were sitting at the kitchen table chatting  nineteen to dozen while Arnav and Manav were in aprons busy completing the dishes and placing them on the table before the ladies. Then they removed their aprons and joined the ladies,


Manav picked the Kheer and fed it to Khushi and instantly Arnav opened his mouth


Manav: What? Are you my DIL?


Arnav: What the! You will only feed your DIL and not son. As soon as I remember this was prepared for those who keep fast.


Khushi: But you denied eating it last year.


Arnav: And I had suffered enough for that hey don’t look at me like that ok? Last year I hadn’t had dinner on the previous night and hadn’t even had this in the morning. Only I know how I had held up until that stupid moon comes out, I don't want a repeat telecast of last year.


He pouted at the end making the other three chuckle and Payal, Anjali and Manorama jealous, as all their husbands were sleeping selling the horse and here Arnav was keeping fast for Khushi. Having watched enough Anjali cleared her throat, everybody looked up at her and immediately the laughter died seeing them. Lavanya kept munching her fruits ready for another questionnaire session and as expected Dadi asked as she started working on the dishes


Dadi: Manav, What are you guys doing here?


Manav: Maa! Well, I was preparing Khushi’s Sargi. Even though her MIL is not here I and my son is here fit and fine, and I guess it is our duty to fulfill that part, as I can’t expect anybody else to do that.


That was like an indirect slap to Dadi as she understood it was directed towards her because she hadn’t completely accepted Khushi even though she was behaving civilly with her. So she kept mum not having anything to say


Manav: (Turning to others) Anyway you guys finish it and go to bed I have to start packing as I will be leaving around noon, the flight is at two.


Khushi: No need for that Dad, your luggage is packed and placed in the cupboard. You go and catch some sleep.


Manav: (Side hugging and kissing her hair) Thank you beta and you know what this is why I was jealous of Kabir for having a daughter like you, (Sighing) but now see he gave you to me leaving me all alone to take up the responsibilities.


Khushi: Dad how can you say that you are alone? We all are there for you.


Manav just smiled at her. Anjali and Manorama were fuming seeing the father-daughter love while others including Payal and Dadi were smiling at that. And Anjali so wanted to wipe off that smile and Arnav and Lavanya grinned seeing her expressions.


Khushi: And Dad is it necessary for you to go? I mean you could have sent someone else


Manav: Kiya, you know why I am going today.


Arnav: But Dad


Manav: No Arnav, I can’t help it I am missing her terribly and I have to meet her (grave) today at any cost. Also, the conference will be much productive. Don’t worry it is just one week, I will be back before you guys miss me.


Arnav: You are stubborn you know that.


Manav: Agar Baap kiska hoon? (Whose father am I?) Anyway let me catch some sleep now.


Saying it Manav left from there and the trio too followed his suit avoiding any conversation with others. Manav left at noon, Arnav even though was fasting kept teasing Khushi and Lavanya(who was secretly fasting) with food along with Kiran making them sulk. Soon moon came out and everybody including guests broke their fast at terrace while Nikhil was breaking Lavanya’s fast at poolside. Rudy was busy recording everything on camera as it was new for him, and in all these nobody noticed Kiran was missing.


Throughout the Puja, Arnav kept teasing Khushi and finally when she broke his fast by feeding him and ate the remaining herself he told Kiran


Arnav: What were you saying it is me who can’t control hunger (Pinching Khushi’s nose making her pout) we understood who is hungrier now, right Kiddu?


He turned around to high-five with Kiran only to frown as she wasn’t there. He looked around to check whether she was with Shyam, Akash or Chachu but she wasn’t anywhere on the terrace. Sensing his silence Khushi looked up and found him tensed


Khushi: What happened Arnav? Where is Kiddu?


Arnav: That is what I was wondering, where is she? Wasn’t she here sometime before, fighting with Rudy.


Khushi: Maybe she is in the poolside with others, see Rudy too isn’t here. 


Arnav: Let us go there then


They both smiled at the guests who greeted them and walked towards the poolside through the stairs. Reaching there they saw Rudy mercilessly teasing them but Kiran was nowhere to be seen. Which tensed them further and Arnav immediately inquired


Arnav: Rudy where is Kiddu? She was with you right?


Rudy: No Arnie I came alone, she might be on the terrace.


Arnav and Khushi shared a look and Nikhil sensed something wrong


Nikhil: Arnav? What happened?


Arnav: (In a tensed voice) she isn’t there Nik. Everybody is on the terrace so there is no chance she will go downstairs


Lavanya: Maybe something came up, come let us check


Rudy: She was with Shyam Jiju last I had seen her.


Khushi: Then come let us go and ask him


She started towards the terrace


Arnav: Khushi, they would have been moved to lawn. You go ask Jiju I will check the terrace one more time. Nik, Lavz, Rudy please check in the rooms.


Everybody ran in search of her, going down Khushi immediately spotted Shyam engrossed in a talk with the neighbor but seeing her tensed form he asked her


Shyam: Is there any problem Khushi?


Khushi: Jiju, have you seen Kiddu?


Shyam: Kiddu? Yes, she was with me before the puja started, and then she told me she was going to poolside. And yeah she hadn’t taken the poolside stairs was saying there she won’t get the net connection as she wanted to post the photos.


But Khushi’s eyes welled up as she can spot her no where


Shyam: Hey why are you crying? She will be there only.


Khushi: She isn’t there Jiju I can’t spot her anywhere


Soon Lavanya, Rudy, and Nikhil too joined them but she wasn’t there in any rooms. Hearing the commotion Akash, Chachu, Payal and Dadi all got tensed and started to look for her while Nikhil and Shyam left to the security room to check the CCTV footage. Arnav came running hoping she will be there but one look at Khushi’s eyes he got frightened. Soon Arnav got Nikhil’s call stating she was in the corridor which led to back lawn before some time.


All ran towards thee and searched every nook and corner in between Manorama taunting her for making others tensed but Dadi shut her up with one glare. She was nowhere in the visibility and it increased terror with every minute. When they had reached near the storeroom he heard muffled cries and sooner heard her crying for help to save her. The anguish in her voice terrorized them but they hoped it was just she had got stuck there and Arnav along with Akash had broken the door and there she was lying on the floor crying frantically for help. It didn’t take much time to understand what had happened seeing her state but he hoped nothing had happened to her. In the tension nobody noticed someone escaping through the other door. Arnav instantly took Khushi’s shawl and wrapped Kiran and picked her, one look down at her and he was shattered seeing the anguish there.


Tears filled his eyes once again going through the terrific memories filling him with self-disgust, not being able to protect her properly. He remembered Kabir’s words on death bed “Arnie, I am trusting you with them, please take care of my girls” and what he had done? He failed both of them first Khushi and now Kiran on the verge of happening the forbidden.


Feeling Khushi cupping his cheeks he opened his eyes and realized what had woke her, his tears. She pressed herself more into him silently expressing her support and he tightened his hold, praying the Almighty to help him if he is there. He just hoped somebody was there to guide him, With Manav held up there due to bad weather he doesn’t know whom to rely on. And as on cue, his mobile beeped with Big B flashing on it, he sighed reading it “I am coming tomorrow, we will make everything alright”. He hoped like always his mentor; his savior can help them out of this.

 

 

 

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It was morning and Arnav slowly blinked his eyes open and tried to get up only to realize he was holding Khushi around her waist and she was hugging his arms. He frowned as he couldn’t find Kiran on the bed and tried to free himself as he was going insane with the possibilities but startled as he heard

Kiran: Finally! You know what Arnie I think you are really gone upon Kiya

Arnav: Huh!

Hearing her voice he turned around to find Kiran sitting in the recliner playing with her phone ready in her jogging attire. He detangled himself without disturbing Khushi

Arnav: But I, I mean you

Kiran: What I, you? Go and change Arnie, you had promised me you will take me to jogging from today


He groaned inwardly as this is what he can’t understand her cool behavior but even then done what she told so as to make her happy. That day she had hit her head and she was in the hospital under observation for two days. Even though Arnav wanted to bring her home Khushi insisted she stays there knowing well that she won’t rest if brought home. But there too she was acting all cool as if nothing had happened, yes she will be having nightmares in sleep but it was like she doesn’t remember that at all the next day. Doubting whether she actually memorize it or not he insisted to act along with her least she had to go through those painful memories and thus Khushi had to emotionally blackmail her to get her sleep in their room. But sometimes he really thinks Kiran is doing it purposely, avoiding the incident


But what he can’t understand is why she is acting like this even with him as it was always him for her even before her own sister and she was a person who always talks it out without any compulsion, unlike Khushi. And as he thinks along that direction it is worrying him and now he really can’t understand what to do to relieve her from those horrible nightmares without hurting her. He definitely needed someone to guide him in this complicated situation and his hope is as always his BB( Big B). Not wanting to make it difficult for her he schooled his expressions while coming out and saw Kiran was impatiently waiting for him. Indicating her to walk out he walked towards the nightstand and took out the post-it note and wrote Khushi a quick message where they were going least she worried not seeing Kiran. Turning around he saw Khushi shivering due to cold and covered her with the duvet. She was looking pale with the stress she was in but surprisingly she was strong than him in this matter and seeing her handling Kiran very maturely nobody can say she was the same person who is still affected by those panic attacks. Kissing her forehead he walked out and saw Kiran who was laughing and talking animatedly to HP in the living room and that instantly warmed his heart. Choosing not to spoil her mood he decided to put his anxiety in the backseat for now and told in a cool voice


Arnav: Chal Kiddu


Kiran: Yeah (Turning to HP) Ok, so I will show you how many likes you got when I get back. Then only

you will believe me.


HP just smiled at her and she jogged towards Arnav


Kiran: What are you looking at? Come let us go.


Arnav: Hmm. What likes you were talking about?


Kiran: Oh Arnie you won’t believe it, I had taken his photo the day he wore the new Kurta and posted it. And you see now it has become one of the most liked photos I had posted in Insta.


Arnav: Looks like he is going to give you a competition


Kiran: (Shrugging her shoulders) Hey, hey nobody can give me competition. (Winking) But yeah maybe he will exceed the count of that Rowdy.


Both turned around hearing a ‘what the!’ and saw Nikhil and Rudy too were ready for the jog.


Kiran: Oye copycat that is Arnie’s dialogue.


Rudy: Is he got a patent on that.


And there they go again. Nikhil and Arnav followed them and Arnav chuckled forgetting everything for a second


Arnav: What I don’t understand is that how I become the reason for their bickering time again and again


Nikhil: (In a surprised voice) Arnav? How? I mean why you are


And his mask slipped hearing it and all the pain came back


Arnav: (Taking a deep breath) Nik, please I am buying time until BB comes. Don’t tempt me, I don’t know


Nikhil saw the agony in his eyes and his own eyes welled up


Nikhil: But she, why she is acting like this? I mean how can she? Kiya was almost withdrawn when


But stopped realizing how sensitive was the topic to him


Nikhil: No, no forget it; let us do what she wants


Arnav: Nik, I know what you are implying at and that worries me too but I really don’t know how to approach her. BB always know how to handle sensitive situations well, during that time also it was him who gave me the confidence and I thought


Nikhil: Let him come, Arnie and you try to talk with her. Don’t worry you know you can always count on me I will manage the office along with Akash.


Arnav: Thanks Bro


Nikhil: No Arnav it should be me saying thanks to you for always being there for my sisters. And you know what Arnie Kiddu is lucky to have you not as her brother in law but as a friend, as a brother, as a father and much more.


Arnav: Why are you talking as if I am some angel she is so lucky to have a brother like you too Nik, a brother who left his own parents for his sisters. I know it is not easy and you have always


Nikhil: (Chuckling) I guess it is better if we stop our praising each other section.


Arnav: (Smirking) I guess so too.


Their conversation got broke hearing Kiran laughing out loud and they looked ahead to see Rudy on the ground and again looked at each other and jogged to them and pulled him up.


Arnav: What happened?


Kiran: Didn’t you see that Arnie, he thought he can always win the race. See today not only I won the race but also he fell down.


She was again laughing like hell that she was in tears due to that and thus she failed to notice the raised eyebrows of her brothers at Rudy who was all lost and smiling looking at her.

Arnav and Nikhil really smiled happily hearing her genuine laughter after three long days and that too due to Rudy. But even then it wasn’t a surprise to them as they know that even though they always fight with each other they care for each other a lot. So they knew Rudy was doing all this purposely and as expected rest of the running was filled with their bickering and silly fights.


They got back home after almost one and half hour and walked to their respective rooms not noticing Khushi who was sitting on the swing in the front garden lost in her thoughts. Arnav entered the room but couldn’t spot Khushi and started to search for her, she wasn’t in the poolside or in the balcony. He was about to go and search for her when he spotted her in the swing. He was facing her back so he couldn’t clearly tell what was happening with her but she was in a relaxing posture. So he decided to leave her alone for some time deducing maybe she is gathering her thoughts and left to take the shower.


During the shower he heard her phone ringing and going off four-five times and wondered why she left it here. As the number of calls increased he speeded up his shower. He came out and got dressed quickly and again it rang, he rushed towards it and realized it was the call from the hospital. He took the call and the person on the other side spoke hurriedly


Person: Ma’am, ma’am please don’t cut the call, I know what situation you are in and how difficult it is for you. But it is really important, I would have managed if it was possible but it is the case of a life moreover her parents are being adamant that only you should handle the operation. Please try to understand Ma’am that she needed to be operated as soon as possible


Arnav: (Clearing his throat) Excuse me may I know who is speaking?


Person: ASR? ASR it is Niraj, Niraj Saxena


Arnav: The junior doctor?


Niraj: Yes ASR


Arnav: What were you saying, Dr. Saxena?


Niraj: ASR actually


Arnav: Yes tell me


Niraj: The matter is there is a sudden change in her schedule and an operation is planned at ten today.

It is a complicated case and we were in great dilemma without a suitable donor and her condition was worsening. But yesterday night surprisingly I had a call from the city hospital that there is a person with matching organ. The patient, she is a kid of merely ten years and her parents agreed for the transplant only upon Doc’s words. I tried to convince them realizing but they are being adamant that only she should attend it. I called her some time ago but she refused outright without even listening to the whole matter and then not taking my calls. I don’t know what to do anymore it is the matter of a life but she isn’t ready to even know who the patient. I understand her POV ASR but


Arnav: (gulping the lump) what operation it is Dr?


Niraj: It is heart transplantation; I don’t know did you know this that heart can’t be stored more than six hours. I don’t know what


Arnav: Let me talk to her Dr, don’t worry you guys prepare for the operation. She will be there.


Niraj: That would be good, thank you so much ASR


Arnav: No need for all that, it is a matter of a life like you said and please talk to the kid's parents and assure them Khushi will be there.


Niraj: Sure, bye.


Arnav: Yeah, bye.


Arnav walked out furious at her acting like this. Nikhil and Rudy weren’t down yet; Lavanya was gulping down the breakfast avoiding Chachi’s comments and Anjali’s smirks and Dadi was still in the Mandir. Shyam was reading the Hindi newspaper for Kiran, Akash was translating it and Mama watching them with a smile. He couldn’t help but smile at that he still can’t believe how the males of his family got attached to Kiran. Without disturbing them he walked out and saw Khushi in the same position as before. He walked to her and touched her shoulder


Khushi: Huh?


Arnav: Why are you doing this?


Khushi: What? And why are you angry, leave that when you are not. But when did you come? You are all ready; you told me you aren’t going to the office today and we will go with Kiddu to some park. So I got my schedule too according to that and here you


Arnav: Really? Is your schedule all clear?


Khushi: Yes why are you looking at me like that? I don’t understand?


Arnav: You don’t understand or you don’t want to understand? (Shaking his head) My Kiya was never this cruel


Khushi: (Shocked) What?


Arnav: What else do you expect me to say? How can you act so unprofessional?


Khushi: Really? You want me to be professional then what the hell are you doing? You are skipping work today, why? No, you don't have to tell me but then how can you expect me to be any different?


Arnav: Yes I agree I am skipping my work, (almost shouting) but it isn’t costing one’s life damn it.


Khushi: Don’t create a scene Arnav I am not going to the hospital for just one day that won’t kill anybody. (Seeing his expression) Arnav? What happened? Tell me


Arnav: Did you let Dr. Saxena speak?


Khushi: I, I


Arnav: What I, I? Kiya I understand you are worried and you are right, I too am. But that does not give you any right to play with someone’s life


Khushi: Arnav tell me what the matter is. What did Dr. Saxena say?


Arnav: (Sighing) he was saying that he got a call from city hospital that there is a suitable donor for the transplantation


Khushi: What? Sana got donor thank god. The operation has to happen today itself, heart can’t be


Arnav: I know Dr. Saxena told me, it is scheduled at ten and you are going to attend it. Now go get ready


Khushi: But Arnav how can I go today, last two days it was ok as she too was there. But today, don’t worry I will talk to someone else


Arnav: It will not possible Kiya, her parents are adamant that only you should do it


Khushi: But Arnav how will you manage alone, I want to be with you.


Arnav: (Sighing and taking her hands in his) I understand but we can’t ignore the situation of  that kid


Khushi: I know so you are saying that I should go


Arnav nodded at her


Khushi: (Not fully satisfied) Hm. (Leaning on his chest) Even then I am so happy for Sana Arnav, we were very afraid whether she will get a donor or not. But yeah I am little bit afraid


Arnav: (Gathering her in his arms) Hey don’t think like that, you will be successful.


Khushi: Hm. Arnav can I tell you something


Arnav: From when did you need my permission? Tell me what the matter is.


Khushi: Arnav I think we should consult a psychiatrist.


Arnav: (Breaking the hug) No Kiya, I already told you that is not necessary.


Khushi: Arnav try to understand, this is what you did then too. But then the panic attacks started and later we had to consult one at last.


Arnav: (Sighing) I know Baby but you were matured, you were ready for that. But she, she is a kid, she may think something else


Khushi: But her behavior Arnav, why she is acting like nothing had happened?


Arnav: Maybe she don’t remember at all


Khushi: But we have to make sure of that, otherwise it might turn into something else if she bottled up all these


Arnav: But


‘Kiya is saying right Arnie’ they both recognized the voice and yes they were right it was indeed Rishi who said that.


Arnav: Rishi?


Ravi: Yes Arnie Rishi and Kiya are saying right. She needs a psychiatrist and doesn’t worry Rishi is here right.


Khushi: Yes, that’s a good idea. She won’t even think anything else. She can talk openly if it is Rishi


Arnav: But


Khushi looked at Ravi with a pleading look. He instantly said


Ravi: No buts and ifs, first you come with me. We will have breakfast and then we all will go somewhere on the pretext of outing


Arnav: Kiya has to attend an operation


Khushi: I still think I will talk to her parents so that somebody else can attend it


Arnav: You can’t back off, you had promised me. And yeah I had promised Dr. Saxena that you will be there. Now no more excuses go get ready


Rishi: Kiya, you go. We will manage here. Don’t worry.


Khushi sighed as she knows she can’t win the argument.



At evening


It was a long operation and Khushi walked out completing it. She was exhausted but tensed as well thinking what would have happened after the talk. She walked to her cabin ready to call Arnav and opened it, but what she didn’t expect was the tear-stained Akash and Payal sitting there in the couch.



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Part 37 You are 'my pride' (By Maahiak) (Thanked: 116 times)

I know I am late, no in fact very very late so I can understand even f you guys are frustrated. But I hope the long update will do some repair. Enjoy reading and tell me how was it.


At Rahul’s home

After breakfast, Rahul called Kiran on her phone and asked her to come over as he was feeling lonely. But she is not ASR’s Sali just like that, to believe the rubbish Rahul told. But then Rahul told her he couldn’t spend much time with all of them as he was very busy in his cases these days and as he is on leave today he will be able to use up some time with all of them. He then went ahead saying Naina’s parents are coming and he wants her help in arranging a welcome party for them as she will have some spectacular ideas. And can K3 back off when someone praising her, this nicely? So she literally dragged Arnav and the Oberoi trio with her who was interested in workout suddenly. She has an idea that it might be their plan to cheer her up and was expecting something there.

But on reaching here she was confused seeing Ravi and Rudy running to the gym, making her jaw drop. Yes, its right that she told them they can do it here but… ok she can understand Rudy, he always does crazy things, but Ravi? Sighing she turned to Rahul as she came over to help him after all, but again was amused as he said he has something very urgent to discuss with Arnav and pulled him to the study. And that left her and Rishi

Kiran: Now aren’t you too going somewhere?

Rishi: Huh!

Kiran: Oh come on Bro, do you think I am that dumb

that I can’t understand that you all are doing this deliberately, Nah it is K3 after all.

Rishi: Mm yeah, how could I forget that?

Kiran: So what is it for? To cheer me up? But then why did everybody left?

Rishi: Cheer up? Hm sort of

Kiran: So why are you here then?

Rishi: Means? Don't you like my company?

Kiran: When did I say that? Yeah, it is right that I don’t get the meaning of your poems, but you know I enjoy them as well as your company a lot.

Rishi: Really?

Kiran: Of course! Any doubt?

Rishi: Okay then, come with me.

Kiran: Where?

Rishi: Arrey won’t you come with me even if I don’t tell you the destination?

Kiran shook her head positively

Rishi: Then what are you waiting for? Come

Saying it he pulled her hand and Kiran was sure that anytime now they all will jump in front of her saying ‘surprise’. She was looking back, again and again, to catch them red-handed but even when they reached terrace nothing of that sort happened. She frowned getting really confused and stopped in her tracks. Seeing her not moving and looking at the terrace door Rishi called out

Rishi: Kiddu here, hey who are you searching for?

Kiran: (Shaking her head) searching? No one, I was just. Anyway, leave it, so why we are here?

Rishi: Come here yaar, I thought I will show you the actual Delhi, which you can’t see around RM

Kiran: Actual Delhi?

Rishi: See yourself

Being inquisitive she too joined him on the balcony and yes she understood what he meant. RM was situated in a lonely area where only such mansions existed but here she can see the different type of people from rich to poor, from lazy to busy silent to noisy, after all, Rahul’s apartment was situated in one of the busy parts of the Delhi. Suddenly Rishi called her and she came out from her thinking zone

Rishi: Kiddu, look down there, what you can see there?

Kiran: What is this Bro, now don’t tease me like Rudy, I know they are vagrant ladies

Rishi: (Completely ignoring her first line) Yes you are right they beg for their livelihood. But have you ever thought what might be their mental condition when they will have to beg in front of someone?

Kiran: Hm…anybody in that situation will be dishonored as most of the people look at them with only disgust. So it might be a great hamper on their self-respect

Rishi smiled at the understanding this young girl posses and said with a nod

Rishi: Yes, you are right in fact they might be feeling humiliated. But still, they are doing it, why?

Kiran: What type of question is this bro? Of course, they need money and as you can see them, they are extremely weak to do any work

Rishi: Money? Why do they need money?

Kiran: Of course they need food, dress, accessories etc

Rishi: But still can you see them having any of that appropriately? I mean many times I have even see them taking the food to home rather than eating it even if they are hell hungry. So why they are facing all this disgrace if they can’t even have proper food?

Kiran: Taking food to home? Maybe to give their children and yeah the money too for them only. And for your next question you yourself said they will be hell humiliated so maybe to save their children from facing that. Yeah, that might be the reason; yes they are using the money for their children. Hey now, why are you smiling?

Rishi: (Shaking his head) No I got what I wanted. Ok now another question, do you know John Adler?

Kiran: Of course who don’t know him; he is one of the richest people in the world (Entirely my imagination)

Rishi: Yes, you are right. You know I have heard a story about him, I think it was when his daughter was around two-three years. Just like most of the kids chocolate cake was baby Adler’s favorite, so Mrs. Adler or the Nanny used to make it for her. But one day Mrs. Adler was out of town for a conference and top to it the Nanny too was on leave. Mr. Adler had another deal but he canceled it as he was adamant that he won’t leave his daughter with the maids. The baby, as usual, demanded the cake and as she couldn’t spot her Mommy or Nanny she asked her father to make it for her. And you know the most astonishing fact; he made it for her, even when he preferred hungriness rather than self-cooking. You know I still don’t understand why he had to do that? I mean he is filthy rich, just a phone call then food will be there from the best restaurant or even better world’s best cook will come for him.

Kiran: Arrey how can he do that? His daughter wanted the cake made by him

Rishi: Oh come on Kiddu, she was just a kid. She wouldn’t even know who had cooked it

Kiran: Yes Bro you are right, she was just a toddler. But why he did that, it might be because of two reasons one, waiting for someone else will waste more time and second he would have thought that can’t he even do that for her? And what if she got to know it later? Eventually, it will hurt his daughter only.

Rishi: (smilingly) yep, again the correct answer. Now can you tell me why did I tell you these two stories?

Kiran: Hm (Thinking deeply for some time) maybe you were trying to show me that parents, in spite of their financial status, can’t see their children hurt. And that they will face anything, literally anything if it is for their children

Rishi: (Smiling broadly) absolutely, so now my next question

Kiran: Why have you turned into a questionnaire suddenly and how much more will you ask?

Rishi: Just two more. So my next question is Kiddu have you ever, and I mean it ever felt that your life would have been better if your parents were here. I mean just imagine Gayu aunty wasn’t bedridden at all and was here with you then you would have been a got a better childhood right? I mean she will do all the little-little things for you hm…like cooking your favorite food, bathing you, teaching you, playing with you etc. Similarly just imagine Kabir uncle was here then you would have got the best teenage days because he will teach you to ride a bike, he will take you to the sports club, will help you if you are stuck somewhere in studies and

Kiran: STOP IT…just stop it, Bro. I don’t know what has gotten into you. Yes, I would have been the happiest child if both my parents were alive today, but not because of what you had said. If they were alive today I would have just got my full family with me and that’s it. Other than that whatever you had told, you and I we both know it is utter nonsense. Kiya and Arnie, both of them were always there for me whenever I needed my parents. And …and Bro why are you talking like this?

Rishi: So you are telling me that you consider Arnie and Kiya equal to your parents?

Kiran: No Bro, no I don’t consider them equal to my parents

Rishi looked at her shocked as he wasn’t expecting that

Kiran: You heard it right Bro, I don’t consider them equal to my parents, because for me they two comes before anything or anybody, even before my parents. And you know why? The things you are told me earlier that Mamma-Papa will do for me if they were alive, yes they would have done all that. Every parent does, but you out of all people very well know I wasn’t deprived of any of those things. You know Kiya was just eleven years old when I was born, but she…she…I don’t know even Mamma would have looked after me like she did. Yes, Papa was the elder one, but he…he was shattered with the situations that he couldn’t handle the office, me and Mamma single-handedly. But my sister, she took my responsibility on herself, so that Papa can concentrate on office and Mamma. And the things she had done for me, you know Arnie calls her sleepy head, but that sleepyhead was the one who used to stay awake whole night for her baby sister. You know for her, her board exams were nothing before my bedtime stories, me eating food was more important even if she had to go to school on an empty stomach. The list will never end Bro and Arnie…what can I say about him? Kiya was at least my blood sister but him? He was always at my side, sometimes even going against my own sister, who does that? You know for him my basketball training was more significant than his visit to India, my parent's meeting was more important than his international conferences. They two have always kept me above anything else that sometimes I doubt even my parents wouldn’t have done all these and…and you are asking me do I consider them equal to my parents? I don’t know what had gotten into you suddenly that you are speaking like this, but yeah hear it for once and all, (In a low but dangerous voice and pointing her forefinger at him) ‘for me Arnie and Kiya matter the most, even more than my parents’, understand?

Rishi who was initially shocked relaxed later on and then was rejoiced hearing her explanation and told in a calm voice

Rishi: Yes, understood. So now my last question then

why are you behaving like this?

Kiran who was high on emotion and breathing hard couldn’t understand what he was talking about, and looked at him with a questioning face as if asking ‘behaving like what?’

Rishi: Why are you behaving like you don’t remember what had happened some days back? You are the one who told me that Arnie and Kiya treat you like their daughter. And it was again you who told me that parents can never stand their children getting hurt. So are you trying to tell me that seeing you shutting off yourself like this wouldn’t hurt them? (Seeing her looking at him shocked) why are you shocked? Tell me what the hell was you trying to prove by this behaviour of yours? That we all will believe that you don’t remember that incident when you are terribly affected by it at night. (Seeing her not uttering anything) Now, why are you silent? Speak up damn it

Kiran: B…Bro I…I

Rishi: What I, I? Wait let me show you something, look at there

She looked at the entrance of the terrace and was shocked to see Rahul, Ravi, and Rudy holding Arnav in a death grip so that he wouldn’t move. All their eyes were wet of course, but Arnav was looking at her with so much vulnerability which she has never seen in eyes before. She gulped seeing it and was about to go to them but stopped hearing Rishi speaking again

Rishi: Just look at his condition, do you know why they have held him like that? Because if they even lose an inch he will punch me, square on the face for making you cry. He will forget that it was Kiya who wanted you to open up rather than bottling up everything inside. He will even forget the fact that I am his brother and I am doing this for your good only. (Seeing her looking at him) And Kiddu you were right he had again fought against Kiya realizing that it would hurt you even if it is for once. But seeing what your indifference is doing to him Kiya contacted us saying to do something immediately. You know I and Big B had to plead with him to let me speak to you so that you and us, everyone will be relieved. But again he amazed me; do you know what he told me? That he was ready to bear all the pain if that is at the cost of your happiness

A sob escaped her realizing how much her one simple act had affected them. And that’s it, Arnav Singh Raizada had freed himself and was beside them in seconds, and as expected he marched towards Rishi punched him right in his jaw and then held his collar

Arnav: Stop it, just stop it damn it can’t you see she is crying. (Shaking him) You, you had promised me that you won’t hurt her and this, is this how your ‘just speak’ is? What is your problem Mr. Rishabh Singh Oberoi? It’s ok if she doesn’t want to tell anything, but don’t you dare to hurt her anymore. What do you think of yourself that…

But he stopped dead in his tracks as a soft body hugged him from the back and he could feel his shirt getting wet

Kiran: Ar…Arnie…

He instantly turned around and hugged her tight to himself

Arnav: Shh…shh…its ok, stop crying, I am here, ok? Don’t cry bacha, you don’t have to tell anything to anybody and don’t worry nobody will scold you anymore. Shh…please stop crying…Kiddu; you know I can’t stand your tears

Kiran: A…Arnie I…I just…I never intended to cause you any pain. I just…

Arnav: No princess, it will hurt me more if you are crying because of me. So you don’t have to tell anything if that is hurting you this much. No, in fact, you forget all these and come with me

Saying this he turned around but looked back feeling a tug on his hand and was confused to see a new resolve on her face

Kiran: What if I am saying that I want to let it all out…I, I am tired, Arnie. I…I can’t act anymore, I can’t put this act of indifference anymore

Arnav: Bacha? You…you sure?

In reply, she just nodded her head and Arnav saw the little innocent face he had met at the park all those years ago and he just pulled her into his arms. And that’s it the dam broke loose and she started to cry uncontrollably reciting that nightmare. She told him everything, the fear, the anxiety, the helplessness she felt then, wrenching the heart of the five men present there. They all were in tears when she was finished, and it is true that if the person responsible for all this was here they would have fought with each other to kill him. All the time Arnav was patting her slowly in a comforting way and after sometime felt her calming down and he asked slowly

Arnav: Kiddu…

Kiran: Mm

Arnav: Bacha, will you tell me one thing? Why…I mean why you had to act that you don’t remember anything? I mean you could have told me all this before, then why?

Kiran: I…I wanted to be your strength, not weakness

Arnav: What? Where did that even come from?

Kiran: Th…that day I was going to the living room when I heard someone talk from that, that room. I never meant to eavesdrop, but hearing my name I stopped there. I couldn’t understand their whole talk but I could tacit that it was due to them that Kiya fell. And then they…they were telling that they chose the wrong person to hurt because it was me who can make you more worried and that it was me not Kiya who was your weakness. I…I never wanted to be your weakness Arnie, in fact, I wanted to be your strength, so I thought I will act more strong and…(Again a sob escaped her)

Arnav: Hey, hey now don’t start again and listen to me, yes it is right I get worried about you very easily, maybe even more than Kiya because she, she had seen the actual world, and its bitterness. But you…you,, my little kid, haven’t, so it makes me more worked up if it is about you. But that doesn’t make you my weakness, okay? No, you never are my weakness, in fact, you are my pride, did you hear that my PRIDE. So don’t you ever, ever think it in the other way okay? And yeah I promise you (With gritted teeth) I will hunt down the persons responsible for all this and will punish them, punish them so much that they will even forget who they are. But yeah you don’t have to think about all these you, you just stay happy, rest all will be taken care of, okay.

Kiran just nodded agreeing with him

Arnav: Okay now leave this face and give me that beautiful smile

And she did, she smiled her thousand watt smile with that twinkle in her eyes which was missing all these days and unknowingly it lit up a smile on the every other face present there. Arnav couldn’t help but kiss her forehead and whisper ‘I love you’ and he got the reply instantly ‘me too Arnie…I love you …’even before she could take a breath she was lifted up in the air who shouted ‘We too love you a lot Kiddu’. And she couldn’t help the happy squeal left her and Arnav smiled contently after days.

Finally, they put her down and Kiran immediately turned to Rishi and kissed him exactly where Arnav had punched

Kiran: I am sorry Bro, but I think that will heal it.

That caught Arnav’s attention and he too came beside them

Arnav: (Looking at him awkwardly) Rishi I…I

Rishi: Oh come on Arnie, now are you going to apologize to me? You and I both know what made you do it, so no need for this guilt, okay? In fact, if you want I can give it back to you

Saying this Rishi winked at him and smilingly they both shared a brotherly hug making Kiran smile at them and that’s when she heard

Rahul: But you know Kiddu you have to give the credit to me. Arrey, you came here because of me only

Ravi: Excuse me! The biggest credit goes to me because the plan was mine

Rudy: But you know what Big B? It was me, who told Kiya to call you guys, so the whole credit goes to? (Pointing himself) Yes, yes to me only. (Turning to Kiran) And its okay Keer no need for any thank you

Kiran: Who was going to thank you anyway?

Rudy: You…you can’t do that to me

Kiran: Excuse me!

Rudy: No, you are not excused

Here they go again.

Rahul: Guys, guys don’t start now, and Kiddu now come on. (Seeing her quizzical look) Arrey did you forgot the purpose I called you here?

Kiran: Oh yeah come, I have some wonderful ideas

And then they all got busy planning for the party and at evening Arnav started to the hospital to pick up Khushi and Lavanya so that they can go directly go to Rahul’s home for the sleepover they had planned. Rahul had already texted Aman to come with Sruthy and Nikhil.

At hospital

Arnav got Lavanya’s text that she will come on her own as she had some work and pick up Khushi only. So he walked towards Khushi’s cabin acknowledging the people he knows as he got to know that she is there from the reception

At Khushi’s cabin

As soon as Khushi walked in Akash and Payal looked at her with hurtful eyes. She was tensed thinking whether they got to know about Anjali, so words came out from her mouth immediately

Khushi: You guys here? What happened? Did anybody…

She was cut off by Akash and she was least expecting what she heard next

Akash: (Angry and emotional voice) How can you do this to us Khushiji? And top of it acting as if you don’t know anything.

Khushi was really confused as she couldn’t understand what he was referring to, so she looked at Payal but she too looked at her with reproachful eyes

Payal: Yes Khushiji, how could you do this to us? You yourself are a woman, then how could you do this to me

Khushi: Look Akash, Payal I really don’t know what you are referring to, but I can say one thing that I hadn’t done anything for which you have to behave like this with me

Akash: Cut it Khushiji, no need for this façade anymore, we got to know your true colors. And I have to say Maa and Anju were right about you. But I can’t still digest that a woman can stoop this low

Payal: Yes Khushiji I have never expected this from you. I know initially I acted rude towards you but then you yourself cleared everything or that is what I thought. But this, (In a choking voice) I can’t believe you still have this much animosity towards us

Khushi: (In a shocked voice) Payal? What are you saying? What animosity? I always wanted the best for you guys

Akash: Yeah right, that’s why you have a problem with us being parents

Khushi: Akash! What the hell are you saying? What problem I will have if you guys become parents

Payal: That is what we too want to know, what enmity you have towards us?

Khushi: Enmity? You guys have clearly misunderstood me; I will never wish something like this for somebody, definitely not for Arnav’s brother

Akash: Is it? So can you please explain to me why Dr: Khan was assuring Lavanya that she had stopped giving the medicines to Payalji on your word? The medicines which she prescribed so that chances for Payalji getting conceived will increase. (That is what the doctor told them earlier)

Khushi gasped in shock hearing the accusation but she can empathize their situation. So she thought she will clear the air but Akash cut her off

Akash: No, no need to make any story, we had heard it with our own ears. (Sighing) But what I can’t still believe is Lavanya; my own sister helped you in this.

Payal: Why did you do this Khushiji? Why you wanted us to be childless?

Akash: Was it for money? If that is the case you should have told me. I would have given my whole wealth if we can become parents

Tears instantly filled Khushi’s eyes, hearing them. She couldn’t believe that they thought she will do something like this for money

Akash: (Seeing her tears) Why are you crying now? Oh, I see, now you are feeling guilty and that’s why the tears right. I wish I could put you behind bars for playing such a nasty game, but I know I can’t do that.  Because even if you forget relations you are my younger brother’s wife and I don’t want to spoil the family image for a greedy woman like you. And also Chachu has a high place in their heart for you and I just don’t want to hurt him by saying all this.

Khushi: Akash, you are saying that I…I had done all this?

Akash: Yes, sab tumhari galti hain, it’s all your mistake. And you know what I pity Arnav that he had fallen for a girl like y…

Arnav: AND THAT’S ENOUGH AKASH

All looked at the door to see the fire-breathing ASR who was red in anger.

Khushi looked at him startled as she knows what will come next and it will only destroy the situation more, so she instantly ran towards him and held his shoulders to calm down. But even when she was in front of him he was looking ahead of her, no, in fact, staring at Akash. She turned his face towards her and whispered

Khushi: Arnav…please don’t shout. We can speak calmly too right?

Arnav: (Coming out of her hold and shouted) Calmly? You, you are asking me to be calm. Kis mitti se bani hui ho tum? (From what you are made of?) They were calling you a gold digger and you are asking me to calm down? Oh yeah what else can be expected from saints like you? I told you, I told you right that let them be on their own, that we don’t have to interfere in others life

Khushi: Others life? Arnav how many times I have told you that they are not others. How much ever you deny Akash is your brother and how much spoilt your relation with him be his kid will be your niece or nephew. And what do you mean by this ‘not interfere’? So what should have I done? Should I have just sat down and watched the injustice happening (Pointing at Payash) to them?

Akash: Oh please you two, now stop this drama. And Arnav I can’t believe this, you too knew everything but still you…

Arnav wasn’t surprised hearing him but Khushi couldn’t help but gasp

Arnav: (To Khushi) see this was the people you were trying to protect; you wanted to ensure got justice. Even before hearing the whole thing he decided, he decided that I would do that to him. Let me tell you one thing Khush, these people na, they will never understand you or me nor they will understand our true intentions. For them Arnav is always wrong, so stop being altruistic. (Turning to Akash) And you, what did you tell? This was all her mistake, right? Yes it was her mistake to get tensed hearing the name of the medicine rather than shrugging it off, it was her mistake that she got confirmed it with Lavanya that they are the medicines which can cause not only abortion but can cause permanent aridity, it was her mistake that she took the pain to get me agree to help you guys, and again it was her mistake that she fell off the stairs and hurt herself when the people who are responsible for all this got the vibe that we are trying to hunt them.

Akash and Payal were stunned into silence hearing them and only could stare in shock at both of them hearing all these. They were ashamed of themselves to even look into their eyes and wanted to ask for forgiveness more than anything. In fact, Akash even opened his mouth but Arnav stopped him with his hand

Arnav: No, please, I got it and yeah I am agreeing with you on this, in fact for the first time that I am wrong. No, in fact, I was a fool to go behind all these. And now thinking about it, digging out the truth from the doctor, ensuring her family’s security, investigating under Rahul’s private agency so that nobody would get a vibe of it and not stepping back from it even after my wife got hurt (Shaking his head) and what did I get? (Pointing at them)This? Then I am fed up of trying guys, trying to prove that even if you don’t care about me I consider all of you as my family, that if somebody is trying to hurt you, they are trying to hurt my people. But no, you won’t understand, so I have nothing more to say to you. Yes, I will do what I can for saving this hospital’s name, but other than that don’t expect anything from me.

Khushi: Arnav but…

Arnav: You are still thinking about them? No, please stop this Khush, even if you don’t mind I can’t stand my wife getting humiliated anymore for no fault of hers. And no we are not going to have any discussion on this anymore, you got me?

Khushi knew hurt he was and that he was actually reminding all this to his noble heart, which will again act in reflex whenever they are in danger, rather than her. So she just nodded her head and he pulled her with him and left the place, not even giving Akash or Payal a chance to apologize. Soon Akash and Payal too came out of the cabin ashamed of themselves, only to come face to face with a tear strained and disappointed Lavanya.

 






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