FF - The Desperate Kingdom Of Love

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Oct 1, 2013

Chapter 7 - Cant Stop This Thing We've Started? (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 26 times)

Chapter 7 – Cant Stop This Thing We’ve Started?

 

There comes a time in every Life, when one feels that things have taken a very different course altogether, a very different course from what had been planned.Every course, or direction we start towards, is like a road, a road which may have many bends, but then there will come a day, when you will clearly be able to forsee a stop, a stop which one must usually stop over.However there are times, when ot comes to the matters of the heart, when the heart simply just wats to ignore every stop that comes on its way, and continue on that ever mesmerizing and beautiful road of the maginificent emotions, stirred by Love. What do we do that day? Do we make a choice? Do we stop, along the stop, to pause or to think? Or do we admit honestly to ourselves, that sometimes it just isnt easy to put a pause to what you have started, simply because you may not want to,and that’s the day we will usually find telling our very own selves that – Can’t Stop this Thing, We’v Started?

 

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Three Days Later

 

Sunday – London – 10 AM

 

Arnav woke up, as his alarm on the phone rang again, and he picked up his phone sleepily to check the time, and the minute he registered it was 10 already, he woke up with the start, as he realized hed slept in late today, and then a smile curved on his lips as he recalled the time he had spent with Khushi last night, the dinner, and then how they had spent hours talking, and had seen a movie, and it had gotten pretty late, and shed slept on his shoulder, in the middle of the movie itself, and so he had picked her up in his arms, and taken her across to her room, and placed her on the bed.He was griining even more, as he recalled, how he had stayed a few minutes more, only to watch her sleep, for ofcourse it mesmerized him, totally, she looked so wonderful while she slept.He immediately asked himself that what had gotten into him, evener since things had gotten clear between the two of them , and her return on Wednesday, things between them had almost hit a acceleration button of some sort, when it came down to what he was feeling, because he could sense that this was different, and he had somewhat realized that he was falling for her, way faster and harder than he had thought, and he felt a rush of emotion just as her face crossed his mind, and he thought she would be awake , and so he quickly got up, freshened up, and made his way across.

 

He knocked on her door, which she opened in an instant,and flashed him that beuatifuls mile, that had started to grow on him and he walked in –

 

“Goodmorning Khushi….”

 

Khushi smiled , as she shut the door behind him – “ Goodmorning Arnav….”

 

“I hope you slept well , Khushi…”, he smirked, and he watched her blush as she said – “ Ofcourse I did, but im so sorry, I slept…” and she was stopped in her sentence as he had tugged on her hand and pulled her closer and she smiled and kissed him tenderly on the cheek and whispered softly – “ Thanks for putting me to bed, last night…”

 

Arnav grinned as she kissed him tenderly on the other cheek as well and he finally spoke – “ Seriously, I need to do something about you thanking me all the time,its high time you did…but on that note, I kind of didn’t mind carrying you in my arms, I liked it…” he winked, and she blushed furiously again, and finally got out between his arms, and walked upto the kitchenette and grinned – “ And I need to do something about…”

 

“Your blushing , maybe…?”

 

“I am not blushing…”

 

“You are..”

 

“I am not…”, khushi said to her defense, and he walked up next to her and flicked her nose tenderly and asked – “ then why is your nose red…?”

“It isnt…”

 

“It is…”

 

“No….Arnav…”

 

“Khushi, you know , you cant win…”

 

“Yeah , ohk fine, I admit, I need to do something about how I cant stop blushing with you around….”, and she started to heat the milk in the microwave.

 

“But you don’t need to do anything about it, Khushi, I like it…”

 

Khushi smiled as she took out the milk from the micro, and walked up to the table, and they poured themselves, some milk and cereal and they started to eat and she watched him out of the corner of her eye, and she said – “ So , finally, I have finished my dissertation , I have sent it in a n hour back to my tutor, to get his final comments, then ill just edit and check on the formatting, by tomm, and send it in for binding….”

 

Arnav immediately realized, that yesterday, was her last day at AR, because she had finished her work, and he felt the disappointment rising again, but he tried to hide it and he said – “ That’s great, Khushi…I am glad,I could help you…”

 

Khushi grinned – “ And I am glad, that I took your help,Arnav…also, I want you to see it too, you know all of my project, if you have the time ofcourse, I would really like to know, as to what do you think about it”

 

“Sure, Khushi, I would love too…”

 

“Great, I will email it to you….”, and she returned to her breakfast, as she felt the guilt rising again, right when she heard him ask –“ so , I haven’t told Zoya, anything yet…”

 

Khushi immediately answered him – “ I know, me too…although I want to, but I was think only a week is left until she returns….so…maybe…”

 

“Maybe, we could tell her face to face….i wouldn’t want to miss her expression, shed approve of my choice, don’t you think, Khushi?” he winked.

 

Khushi smiled – “ Yeah, just like she would of mine…” and then worry started to cloud her mind, and she picked up her empty bowl and took it to the sink, and she watched him come next to her with his, and he pulled her by the hand and took her to the sofa, and made her sit next to him , and he asked – “ whats the matter…?”

 

Khushi lied – “ Nothing…”

 

“do you know, you are a terrible Liar, Khushi, your face gives you away….whats bothering you…?”

 

Khushi looked at his sincere face, and she sighed – “ I don’t know, exactly, maybe ….this…I just don’t know..”and she put her face in her hands, because she felt frustrated with two things, she had no idea what this meant , and where was this heading , and more than that the truth about who she was, now making her feel extremely guilty.

 

Arnav took her hands off her face, and cupped her face tenderly and asked – “ you are worried, about us isnt it, about where this is headed…??”

 

Khushi looked at him in supride as to how did he guess, but she admitted the half truth – “ yeah…kind off….you know, I like you, and this means quite a lot to me already…”

 

Arnav held her hand – “ And I like you too, and as twisted it seems, it means quite a lot to me too Khushi, quite more than what I had imagined or thought off…”

 

“It does….??”

“Yes…”

 

Khushi sighed – “ Arnav, what if I say, there something else…tooo…”

 

The confused expression on her face, which he found extremely adorable, made him stop her midsentence as he cupped her face and leaned in closer – “something else…what is it…??”

Khushi felt herself getting goosebumps and she said – “ how am I supposed to talk, when you…”

 

“When I what…??”

 

“When you…” and she caught her breath…as she felt his breath on her lips.

 

“You don’t need to worry about anything, Khushi…” he whispered huskily and before she could say anything further , he kissed her, and pulled her in his arms, hoping that she would stop worrying, and just as he felt her go calm under his touch and she started to kiss him back, he pulled back for a instant and grinned – “ everything cant wait Khushi, all talking can, and I promise I will hear you out later, but not now…not when all I know is, that I cant stop this thing we’v started…” and he saw her smile shyly as she touched his cheek tenderly, and he immediately pushed her back into the couch, and he kissed her, and the passion that they felt for each other, spoke volumes, volumes about how they couldn’t stop, this thing they had started.

 

………………………………

 

 

Three Days Later – Sunday – Boston – 1 PM

 

Asad ate his lunch and he stole a glance at Zoya across, and he again felt his mind wander to the time he had been spending with her, and he was indeed sure that he could classify it as one of the best times of his life, because he ad been smiling in a way he probably never had in a long long time, and more importantly, he genuinely loved her company, and he had been right, with her around, there had never been a dull moment in his life, and he thought he very much liked the way things were going, and he remembered how his ammi had teased him about why was he spending so much time with Zoya, and he had diverted the topic not because he didn’t want to talk to her about it, because ofcourse he wanted to, but because he wanted to talk to Khushi about it first, and so he had thought of talking to his Ammi about it, once he was back in India, which wasn’t very far away, only a week was left, until they left for London and then home and right then he saw, Zoya texting so he stopped his trail of thought and he asked – “ who is it….?”

 

Zoya grinned – “ Oh just my sister, shes just returned a few days back from Singapore, she is asking me about my plans, as in how long do I plan to stay In London, after we leave from here….”

 

Asad – “ Ohk, so what do you think….?”

 

Zoya – “ Well, I told her maybe just a day or two for the final wind up , and then probably we should head home….i haven’t been home in a long long time, and all of a sudden I just miss everyone….” She added, trying to hide guilt in her voice, because the guilt was now starting to take its toll on her, and she wanted to tell Asad the truth as soon as possible, because ever since things had taken a different direction altogether, a direction she had probably never imagained it would, but it had, and she couldn’t lie to herself as much as she loved it, she knew it was scaring the hell out of her too, because she wanted to be the one to tell Asad, before he found out from anywhere else, and his anger unleashed, and moreover, she knew they had been spending so much time together, and were much more closer than she had thought, she knew, he deserved to know the truth, he didn’t deserve to be fed a lie, a lie which she didn’t know would lead her to a point, where she knew, that there was a lot to loose, and hell would break loose, if she didn’t set the matter’s right, and right then she heard him ask – “ Zoya, where are you lost…?”

 

“Nothing, I was just thinking….”

 

“About what…?”

 

“Nothing important..” she said, dodging his question and she said smilingly – “ allah miyaan whats wrong with you , Mr.Khan?”

Asad thought that there was something amiss but he smiled and let it go, probablys he was just missing her family and he asked – “ what now…?”

 

“You need a haircut, Mr.Khan…”

 

“I do…?”, asad asked, raking his hand through his hair.

 

“Yeah, although you still look gorgeous, but I prefer the other cut better…”

 

Asad grinned – “ Honestly, I do so too, but I was thinking it can wait, ill get one once im back…”

 

Zoya faked shock as she said – “ A week???? A week…im sure in your world, that’s like a month…”

 

“My world?”

 

“Oho, Asad, I mean in your world of hair growth…”, she grinned rolling her eyes – “ seriously, are you as smart as you think yourself to be…?”

 

Asad grinned – “ Oh that, I am” and he joined her as they finished eating  , and placed the dishes in the sink and he washed his hands and he looked at her for a second and he asked , taking hold of her hand– “ I am smart enough to know, something is bothering you, what is it, I guess you are just missing your family is it..?”

 

Zoya nodded, not knowing what else to say.

 

Asad smiled as he cupped her face tenderly – “ Its just a few more days…”

 

Zoya smiled – “ I know, I am fine…”

 

“Are you sure…?”

 

“Yes, I am…”

“Ohk, come, I want to show you something…” and he took her by the hand and made her sit on the sofa in front of his laptop and he opened one of the folders, and opened a document, and as soon as Zoya read what it said, she felt her eyes widen in shock as she said – “ An offer letter?”

 

Asad smiled – “ Yeah, you know since you kept dodging my work offer, I thought you wondered if I were joking about wanting you to work with me, but no, I am serious, so I asked my secretary to make you an offer letter, I really want you to join me, but ofcourse you can start , once youv had your time relaxing at home….”

 

Zoya immediately felt that guilt resurface as she read her name or rather not her name – Zoya farooqui, on the letterhead of Khan Constructions, and she contemplated about what to say next, when she heard him ask – “ Zoya….why are you frowing…?”

 

Ofcourse, her way gave her way, how could she forget, Asad Ahemed Khan had the power to read her like a open book, as easily as if it were a cakewalk, and she made a mental note to ask him how he did it anyway, as she composed herself and she said – “ Frowning, no…I was just thinking what to say…”

 

“ Say yes ofcourse, that’s mostly your only option…or maybe is it that you don’t want to work with me?”, he added, teasingly.

 

Zoya felt like wanting to yell on the top of her voice in that one moment, that no she couldn’t, and even he wouldn’t want to, if he knew she wasn’t any Zoya Farooqui, but Sing Raizada, but she didn’t and she said instead – “ Ofcourse, I want too, just that I don’t know if I want to work as soon as I am back….”

 

Asad smiled as he shut his laptop and cupped her face tenderly – “ ofcourse theres no rush, just let me know whenever you are ready alright….?”

 

Zoya smiled nervously – “ Yeah surely..”, she lied, when all she wanted to tell him , that she could never really be ready for that.

Asad saw the serious expression on her face and he immediately wanted to wipe it all away, and so he asked – “ so what was it you were saying about my hair being too long…?”

 

Zoya realized he was distracting her so she smiled as she tugged at his hair from the side, and then from the other side, and then upfront –

“ Yeah, it needs a cut….around here, here, and here…”

 

“Oh really…??”

 

“Yeah….”

 

“But I guess, your hands were telling a different story altogether, last night”, he teased.

 

Zoya felt herself blush furiously , as she remembered how she couldn’t get her hands off his hair, last night, in those countless moments when he kissed her, and she knew that he knew, his hair and the right side of the neck was a favourite place for her hands to be,in those heated passionate moments, and she said to her defense – “ well, that’s a different thing….Asad…”

 

“Whats different, Zoya? Its still me, with the same hair..” , he teased.

 

Zoya looked at him for an instant and she said – “ Asad?”

 

“Zoya”

 

“Asad”

 

“Zoya”

 

And that’s it, she immediately burst into a fit of giggles, and she couldn’t stop laughing, and seeing her laugh, even he started to laugh, because her laugh was ever contagious, and he spoke in between laughter – “ and that’s the look I like on you , Zoya, and you know that…”

 

Zoya realized in that one minute, that he had been distracting and teasing her only to make fer feel better, and she felt a rush of emotion within her for him and she said sincerely – “ Thanks, I feel better….”

 

“I am glad that you do…” and he kissed her forehead tenderly.

 

And right then an idea struck her mind , and she said mischeviosuly – “ You know , like I always say, there isnt anything which I cannot do, right…”

 

Asad looked at her in apprehension , not sure about what her mischevious mind was upto now, since he had spotted that naughtly glint in her eye and he asked – “ Yeah, so….”

 

“So how about, I give you a haircut, in my style…”

 

Asad immediately said – “whattttt? Have you lost it, no way….!!”

 

“Oh please, cmon , please, I promise I wont mess it up, you can tell me how you want it, and I promise that’s what I shall deliver…”

 

Asad grinned – “ So that’s something new about you iv found out, I didn’t know you were a part time – barber…”

 

“Yeeks.Asad, not barber , call me a stylist, will you please?”

 

And he couldn’t control his laugh as he pulled her closer – “ Ohk Miss Stylist, ill let you have your way, if you let me have mine first…” he whispered leaning in closer, and his hands pulled her by the waist, as he closed the remaining diatnce between their lips, before Zoya could say anything.

 

Zoya felt that she had taken the trip to the stars once again, as she broke apart a few heated minutes later, due to lack of oxygen and she whispered – “ did I ever tell you, I like the way you steal…”

 

“A kiss….?” 

 

“Yeah”, she whispered softly.

 

“So would you mind If I stole another one?”

 

“Why would I, ever…?” and she smiled, and leaned in forward, as she let him steal another kiss off her.

 

 

……………………….

 

A While Later – LONDON

 

Khushi sat in Arnav’s arms, and he played with her hands, and she felt her guilt emerging up once more, now that things were totally heading into a different direction altogether for her or rather them, she had this gut feeling which told her that she should tell Arnav , immediately, the truth, before he found out from anywhere else, but then everytime she would look at him, her resolve would melt within a second,as various scenarios about how he would react would cloud her mind, like it did in that very moment as so she said turning back to him – “ Arnav, I need to talk..i mean..i want to talk to you about something…”

 

Arnav looked at her and brushed her hair aside tenderly – “ yeah, what is it…tell me…?”

 

And she felt her gaze lock with his, and she immediately felt her heartbeat race – “ Remember what I said about me not being who you think I am…?”

 

Arnav rolled his eyes in disbelief as he couldn’t believe she had come up with this topic again and he could help but ask – “ Khushi, why? Just why do you keep bring this up, again and again…??”

 

Khushi – “ Because that’s exactly , what I want to talk to you about….??”

 

“About how I think who you are, but you are not…”

 

“yeah…that exactly….so…”

 

“so what….?”

“you aren’t making this any easier…please….”

 

“and you are making this totally difficult, coz I am tired of telling you that I know and think you to be exactly who you are…unless…ohk wait…why don’t you just answer me straight, so that we can end this once and for all…”

 

Khushi nodded.

 

“You aren’t a spy agent or something…?”

 

“No”

 

“Your name is Khushi”

 

“yes, but…”

 

“No buts…just answer me..yes or no…”

 

“Ohk…”

 

“So you are really a girl, and not some guy in disguise” he asked hiding his grin.

 

Khushi’s eyes widened in shock and surprise, and she couldn’t help but burst into laughter, as she said in between giggles– “ yes, I am very much a girl, I mean, I was born a girl…”

 

Arnav couldn’t help but stop his own laugh as he said – “ exactly, there, I have asked you about  the three worse case scenarios,now relax will you, Khushi..please…”

 

“But, there is something….”

 

“No there isnt, I know all I need, I know that you are a girl , who I like, and not just that a girl whom I like a lot, with whom , I would like to see and watch where this is headed…..”

 

“Arnav…..”

 

“Khushi…is it the time, that wev only got a week left…is that what is making you act this way…??””

 

“Yeah, that too…but…”

 

“Then I must tell you, there isnt anything to worry about, I am not going to forget you once I leave London, and nor will I let you forget me, we stay in the same country and in the same city, then whats there to worry…and moreover I wouldn’t mind you joining me at work too, at AR in the marketing department….”

 

“what…??? Arnav….no I couldn’t….”

 

“Ohk , we can discuss that later….”

 

Khushi felt her frustration rise, as she desperately just wanted to say it all outright, just when she felt him cup her face gently and he said –  “ Ohk fine…tell me what is it….?”

 

Khushi looked into his eyes and she felt her own resolve breaking in that moment as she lied – “ nothing, its just that, im just nervous, I don’t know…I mean…this is my first sort of a relationship, and…..”

 

“And….”

 

Khushi immediately hugged him as she whispered – “Im sorry, I don’t know whats gotten into me….”

 

Arnav felt a rush of various emotions through his being for her, as he understood what she must be feeling, she was ofcourse nervous, because she knew all about his affairs in the past, and she was so young and he knew she had this deep insecurity about how she felt she couldn’t be enough, and he immediately wanted to make her feel better, and take all her nervousness away and make her feel better and so he asked – “ what can I do , to make you feel better Khushi….?”

 

“Just hold me for a while…”

 

And so he did, he hugged her and they sat in silence for a while, where they could only listen to each others’s heartbeats and breaths, where until a few minutes later, Khushi finally realized something, that no matter what the truth was, the damage had already been done, the boundary she had laid in her heart had already been crossed, she had fallen in a way to hard for him , in a way that was irrovecable, and what she felt for him , was definetly something that she did not want to pause or stop and so she looked at him and said – “I guess you were right….”

 

Arnav looked at her confused – “ right about what…?”

 

“Right about what you said.Beacause all I know right now is, that I cant stop this thing we’v started too…and that’s coz I don’t want too”

 

“You cant and nor do you want too?”

 

“Yes…”

 

Arnav smiled – “ well that’s great, coz I cant and nor do I want to too…”

 

“So we really cant stop this thing wev started, right?”

 

“Yup, we really cant….” And he closed the remaining distance between their lips, to silence her with their kiss, and then he felt her hands go around his neck and in his hair, and he almost heard her moan his name, as he continued to kiss her, he felt a lot of different emotions stir up within him, he didn’t know, and he didn’t have the time to figure it out too, but all he knew that he was damm right, as he kissed her again and again- right that there was indeed no stop to the thing they’d started.Khushi Gupta had managed to make him feel something, he had never felt in a long long time, the feeling of not wanting to stop to think, or be logical or practical, the feeling of not wanting to stop the flow of emotions, that he felt.

 

 

………………………….

 

A While Later –  BOSTON

 

Asad looked at himself in the mirror and he couldn’t help but acknowledge the fact , that maybe letting Zoya have her way wasn’t a bad decision after all, she had trimmed his hair, just like he wanted to, and he saw her reflection in the mirror, as she waited in anticipation for his reaction and he turned at looked at her sternly and she said nervously – “ Omg, you don’t like it , do you….?”

 

Asad thought of teasing her futher as he said – “ Zoya, I told you, this wasn’t your cup of tea, you shouldn’t really try your hands on everything…now see its all messed up….”

 

Zoya looked at him nervously – “ It is…? From where, I did exactly what you told…” and she touched his hair from the sides, and Asad controlled the laugh as he saw the concentration on her face, the exact same concentration when she was at the job , and he held her hand and he grinned – “ exactly, you did exactly what I wanted, if you will do everything my way, you know probably you will mess up with my feelings, way more than what you want….”

 

Zoya sighed in relief and she asked – “ you love teasing me don’t you..?”

 

“Yeah, its entertaining, probably the only thing more entertaining than you…” he added smilinlgly.

 

“ yeah, but surely not more entertaining than watching you getting jealous…”, she teased, using her trump card.

 

Asad rolled his eyes and he said – “ hes on the Real estate course with you isnt it? The one that starts tomm?”

 

“Exactly…he is….”

 

“Damm you Nikhil”

 

Zoya kissed him on the cheek tenderly – “ see, that’s what I mean, I like that look on you…its highly entertaining…”

 

“Oh really?”

 

“Really” and right then her phone beeped, and she checked it to be an email from her brother, on the progress about the work on the project at AR in London, and she immediately shoved her phone back in her pocket, and she gauged Asad’s mood, he was in a fairly good mood in that moment, and the guilt ridin on her mind told her that this was the best time she could tell him and so she said – “ Asad, remember how this morning, I was a little tensed…?”

 

Asad looked at her confused – “ Yeah, what about that, I thought you were ohk, you said you were ohk…”

 

Zoya – “yeah, I am fine, but that wasn’t the only thing on my mind Asad, I want to talk to you about something….”

 

“About what…??”

 

“About us….”

 

“Yeah, go ahead, what about us…??”

 

“Look, its just that…..” and right then his phone rang and he excused himself saying it was a work call, and as she heard him talk about how badly he wanted Khan Designs to win this deal over AR, she felt like her insides churn, because this had gotten way too messed up, because a lot of both of their feelings were now involved in the picture, and she knew, probably the lie , she and Khushi had invented, had messed up too may things, but she couldn’t get herself to stop it, even though it seemed so logical and right then she saw him walk back to her and he asked – “ sorry, so what were you saying..?”

 

“Oh, nothing, its nothing important”, she lied, and she started to turn away, but he turned her around as he held her arms and asked – “ zoya, I know what this is about, you are worried about us, isnt it? You are worried, about where this is headed….?”

 

Zoya nodded silently , because that was also one of the things on her mind, it was the incomplete truth – “ Yeah…”

 

And he pulled her into a hug as he said – “ Then you got nothing to worry about, you trust me right, ill take care of everything…”

 

And she immediately felt her heartbreak as she realized that she could trust him, but he didn’t know, that she had been lying to him all along , and all of a sudden tears started to flow from her eyes and she sobbed silently against his chest, which ofcourse he felt and he made her look up and wiped her tears – “ Zoya, please….just trust me on this…im here alright….”

 

And she could help but ask – “ But what if you wont be…?”

 

“Huh? What do you mean, why wont I be? You know how I feel about you, about us, right…?”

 

“ Yeah, but what if you change your mind , if…”

 

“and why will I? is that what you think about me? I said I like you, and I like you a lot, I want this to happen, I want us to be us, and figure this thing between us out, together…” and she sensed the hurt in his voice and so she said immediately – “ No, no that’s not what I think Asad, its complicated, I don’t  know how to say this…or explain….”

 

“Then explain it to me Zoya, for I cannot see you so distressed….”

 

Zoya tried to get the right words to get out of her mouth, but she just couldn’t, and she immediately hugged him and she cursed her innerself for not having the guts yet to say out the truth to his face and so she said – “ Im sorry, im just being paranoid….” And she held him like that for a few more minutes, until his steady heartbeat calmed hers down, and she finally magaed to smile as she said – “Look all I know is, you mean a lot to me, and I m just scared of me messing up….”

 

Asad looked at her for a minute and he understood, she was just feeling a lil jittery, because this was all new to her too, just like it was to him and so he smiled, trying to make her feel better – “ well its not only you, im scared about messing up too…”

 

“You are…?”

 

“yeah”

 

“But why?”

 

“I don’t know, I just am…but I know one thing surely, that I don’t care about anything, but us…and maybe its time we both realize that even the fear of messing up, cant stop this….we cant stop this thing we’v started…Zoya, coz I don’t want to, and nor do I think I can…”

 

Zoya smiled and she leaned in forward and kissed him immediately, suprising both herself and him ,but she did what she exactly wanted to in that moment, and just when she felt his arms go around her waist, and he pulled her closer, whilst she pulled him even closer, as close as humanly possible, and he started to dominate the kiss in way that made her loose her mind, she realized as she broke apart and whispred breathlessly – 

“Asad, we really cant stop thing thing, we’v started?”

“We cant…” and he bent forward, and claimed her lips once more, and the emotions that stirred up within him , even surprised him , beacause somewhat, he knew, he was sure of what he had said.He couldn’t stop falling harder, or feeling for Zoya Farooqui, because it felt as if it were the most natural thing in the world, as if she were the reason why he hadn’t had any interest in women earlier, because probably he was meant to meet her, and now that he had , why would he for heavens sake ever put a stop to it.He wouldn’t, he couldn’t, and neither did he want to.

 

……………………………

 

Fate grinned as he said – “ I know, we don’t want you stop either…Its highly entertaining….dont you guys think…?”

 

Destiny smiled – “ Yeah, I know what you mean, it really is….love has its seed sown in already, but I wonder if they will come along to it, before….”

 

Love smiled – “ I know what you mean, I wonder too, if they will , before the hell breaks loose, although I have my doubts….”

 

Fate – “ Well than why don’t you do something about it, Love…?”

 

Love smiled – “ I know I can, but I wont, my job is to sow my seeds, and iv done it, and now its upto them as to how they deceide to come along…”

 

Hate rolled his eyes as he said – “ And that’s precisely what I don’t understand about you, you do the damage first, and then you just sit back and watch, whilst they suffer the drama you’v played out for them to feel…”

 

Love – “ Watch your tone Hate, you know I don’t appreciate it, however I do appreciate you agreeing to be silent for a whilst longer….”

Hate rolled his eyes – “ Whatever, it isnt for you, probably I am not as cruel as you all think me to be anyway, I am who I am, and I just do my job, the way I am meant to…”

 

Fate smiled – “ We know that, and cmon we are all friends here….and we understand, you have a role to play….”

 

Hate asked – “ Then will you tell me, what will you all do, when hell breaks loose, and you know it will…”

 

Love smiled – “ Patience, we will see to it when the time comes, just relax, will you?”

 

Hate said in sheer frustration – “ Realx? You want me to relax? Do you have any idea how much the three of you are infuriating me in this moment…the three of you totally frustrate me”

 

And the three friends. Love, Destiny and Fate smiled as they said in unision – “ Please tell us something we didn’t know, already…” which caused Hate to give up in frustration , as he sat back dejected, because he knew exactly where this was heading, and somehow his intelligent counterparts, didn’t seem as intelligent as they claimed to be.

 

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Oct 31, 2014

Important Note -30/10/2014- I'm back :-) (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 24 times)

hello everyoneee

Ok...honestly i have no idea whether anyone remembers me at all or my work...thanks to my vanishing for so so long...to be precise about 14 months from my last update...however it really was unavoidable...

I have been blessed with a little angel...my beautiful daughter is going to turn 6 months soon...so basically thats all where i have been keeping so so busyyy...bringing up my lil one...however i have really missed writing as well in this entire time...now i do have a little bit time to myself so i was wanting to continue my work...i have two FFs incomplete...but insted of updating both together...i was thinking of going one by one...

so I will resume OH Yes Thats LOve...first...and once I finish that wll continue with the Desperate Kingdom of LOve...however...i probably will be able to update twice a week...but the legth of my updates will not be as much as it was before...i hope you all will understand...thanks a ton to everyone...for all the support and love on my work in the past...

Also Please let me know about whether you guys want me to continue my work or not...

Thanks a ton everyoneee...

Waiting to get ur feedback on this...

Thanks once again

prachi

Feb 19, 2016

Chapter 8 - Every Picture Tells a Story - 19/02/2016 - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 20 times)


Hi everyone,


So I had left this story in between,back in 2013, due to some personal reasons, I wasn't getting much time to write.So i was surprised, when I received messages from few readers that they were still waiting for me to continue.Now that I have recovered from my writer's block, I am continuing my work, one by one.


Desperate Kingdom of Love, is very dear to me, and I just felt like starting to write on this plot, so here it is. I am posting Chapter 8, continuing it from where i left it.



Thank you to all my readers for supporting my work with your love and patience.



Hope you all enjoy reading.


Thanks


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Chapter 8 - Every Picture Tells A Story



Pictures.Or rather photographs, play a rather important part in our Lives.They capture a moment, a particular one, in the story of our lives, which each one depicting, the story of that very moment, of things used to be.Its a memory, which cannot change, its a memory, which can be powerful,however, the interpretations may differ to each one of us,and thats the catch,the picture might be the same, but it may hold different meanings for different people, and the catch is, if you look deep enough, you will understand, how something as simple as a picture, can really just stand silently in your face, speaking a thousand words to you.


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Love smiled as it looked at the picture, in front, and couldn’ help but control her laughter, which caused her friends, Fate and Destiny to look up at her,as she heard Fate ask - “ What’s up with the Laugh, Love??”


Love grinned as she handed the picture to Fate, and as she saw Fate smile, she said - “ You get it now, don't you??”


Destiny,took the photo out of Fate’s hands, exclaiming - “ Yeah right Love, when does Fate get anything in the first place, let me have a look…”, and the minute she did, she knew exactly why, Love was laughing.


Love and Destiny looked at Fate, who was still giving them, the confused, I don't know look, and Love finally explained - “You see, how in this picture, we have the three of us smiling and posing happily, and how you can spot,there at the background, my dear Hate, sitting and scowling at us, like he just always does….”


Fate looked at the picture again, and now understood, and couldn't help but control his smile, as he said - “ Well, now that just explains, he’s always like this,isnt he, always scowling at us, he really Hates us…”


Destiny smiled - “ I don’t know, about the Hate but I surely know one thing, he doesn't understand us at all…”


Love nodded - “And to that I agree, he isn't supposed to understand us anyway…”


They spotted Hate walking in, with a frown on his forehead, which caused Fate to break into giggles, as he pointed to the picture in his hand and said - “ I will give a million dollars , if  I can spot any other expression, on your face Hate…”


Hate scowled - “ Very Funny, give me that…”, and he snatched the picture to see what everyone was so amused about, and he rolled his eyes, and said - “Well, Its not funny, you see every picture tells a story, my intelligent friends, and this very picture, tells how much I have to suffer because of you three and your antics, for I am always left behind, with a  mess at my hands, and what do you expect me to do then, dance?? You always leave me with no option,I don’t just understand you all, I just hate you guys…grow up will you??”, and he walked out , stomping his feet.


Destiny smiled - “Look at him all stomping his feet , he doesn't realise, he is the child in here not us…”


Fate laughed.


Love finally interupted - “Ok enough guys, lets not make fun of him anymore, he may be a child at heart, but he is intelligent, see he just pointed to us, a very intelligent point…”


Fate - “And what is that?”


Love - “ That, every picture, tells a story, and we all know that indeed stands true now doesn't it?


Destiny and Fate nodded in agreement and they said  in unison - “ Oh yeah, every picture, indeed reflect a story , you can spot it if you look deeply enough, thats the key now isn't it? You got to look deep enough…”


Love smiled - “ Ofcourse,Deep enough, it is…”


……………


Three Days Later - Thursday


London - 9 am


Khushi knocked, at Arnav’s door, and she stole a glance at her watch ,as she waited him to open up, and she smiled, as she saw him open the door, he had still been sleeping, and she couldn't help but feel her heart skip a thousand beats,how could he look so handsome,like her very own prince charming, at precisely, every minute of his life,she brought a halt to her chain of thoughts, as she heard him - “ Khushi, hey, come in..”, and as he noticed, she was all ready, he asked yawning - “ why are you up and about so early today Khushi?”, as he pulled her into a hug.


Khushi hugged him, and felt his heartbeats soothe her’s as she stated - 

“ Look who is talking, sleepyhead, its you who is always ready early…”


Arnav smiled, as he took her hand and made her sit on the sofa - “And just who is responsible, for me sleeping in late today , Khushi…??”


Khushi grinned, and shot him a guilty look - “ Alright, I am sorry, I shouldn't have kept you up so late, with all my blabbering, and honestly, I know what i had to do to drag myself out of bed too, but I am running late already, I have to submit my dissertation in today…”, and just saying that out loud, made her feel weird and low, because only two days were left officially, until Arnav’s return, and thats the reason why she had been keen on spending every minute with him, because memories of him, were all she wanted to collect, because she was sure that one day, she would have only that to fall on, when her lie would see the daylight.


Arnav brushed his hand in his hair, and he noticed how Khushi was now just frowning, and obviously he couldn't bear it so, he cupped her face gently and rubbed her cheek gently - “ what’s up? you seem worried…and honestly, i was just teasing you, i didn't mind being up , you know I kind of enjoy listening to you, and you know it wasn’t just that, so I would be a fool to mind, Khushi”, he teased, hinting at their various kissing sessions last night.


Khushi blushed, and felt herself relax under his gentle touch, and she leaned in his hand , as it rubbed her cheek and she said - “ its nothing, i have the biggest submission, and i hope its good enough, anyways, did you get sometime, to go through it?? My work??”


Arnav smiled - “ Yes, i did go through the mail you sent me , its good Khushi , dont worry…now tell me the truth, the real reason…”


Khushi got up from the sofa - “ Its nothing, i need to go now…”and obviously she couldn't win, as he held her , instantly made her sit back as he asked - “ does it have anything to do with,my leaving day after, Khushi, I am sorry, its just that some work has come up so immediate that i had to cut short by two days, but, why are you so worried, I told you, I am not going to forget us , once I leave cmon Khushi you know how I feel about this….”


Khushi hugged him instantly - “Yeah, i know, its alright, Its just that, I will miss you Arnav, until…”


Arnav held her close - “ And i will miss you , until i see you back in India, you will come soon wont you?”


Khushi - “ I dont know, Arnav, lets see…” and she held him for a while.


Arnav felt her warmth in his arms, and he couldn't help but admit how it had grown on him so much, like it never had before, well it just felt weird without her around, like really empty, and that thought caused a kick in his gut, because he realised he would miss her way more than he had imagined, and so he gave up as he said cupping her face - “ will it make you feel any better, if I say, I will try to stay as on schedule, that would give us maybe two more days together??”


Khushi felt her heart jump up in happiness, as she looked into his eyes, and admitted -  “ Yes, that would, Arnav…”, and that look on her face was so sincere that it made his heart flip, and he pulled her in for a deep kiss, to which she happily obliged, and she broke away a few minutes later, as she whispered - “ thank you so much, now i will just be back soon, you aren't going to office today are you??”


Arnav smiled - “well i dont plan to, I have some work , which i will do from here itself, and we can go out once you are back…??”


He saw her smile, and she kissed his cheek tenderly - “ See you soon….”


He watched her walk to his door, and he heard himself ask - “ Yeh kya kar diya hai Khushi tumne mere saath??”


Khushi looked back from the door and  smiled - “ I dont know, maybe just exactly, what you have done to me Arnav….”


………………….


Three Days Later - Thursday


Boston  - 2 pm


Zoya walked out of her class, and she saw Nikhil walk up to her, and right then her phone rang, and she spotted Asad’s name on the phone, so she gestured Nikhil, and answered, and she said - “ Allah Miyaan, how is it that you just know exactly, when I get free?? Do you have some like a spy camera on me or what??”


She heard him laugh, on the other end as he said - “ Well, thats a funny idea, lets see I shall consider it, anyway for now, I am done with work, so I am here, out waiting for you…come soon…”


Zoya - “ that’s great Asad, now you are going to show me around aren't you?? we have only like three days left here…”


Asad - “ Yes Zoya, that is, if you come fast now, don't keep me waiting longer…”


Zoya - “Will be there in like a minute…”, and she hung up.


The minute, she hung up, she saw Nikhil, who had been looking at her with this grin on his face so she asked - “ what?? do i have something on my face??”


Nikhil smiled - “No, just hapiness, i would say…so this guy, Asad, looks like you guys are really into each other…”


Zoya grinned - “ yeah, you could say that, I really like him, you know…”, and they started walking out, and she  said honestly - “ intact I think i like him way more than i thought, i don’t know if thats good for me, what if I mess this up, Nikhil?what if I ruin everything??”


Nikhil shot her  a confused look -“ are you crazy Zoya?? why do you think that way?? i have seen the way he looks at you, he is into you, like really, and Zoya Singh Raizada, I have never seen you mess up anything, so why will you ever mess up with someone you really like, chill, just take it easy, you are the best….”


Zoya silently thought, yes thats exactly the probem, Nikhil, I am Zoya Singh Raizada not Zoya Farooqi,thats the biggest issue, but she couldn't say that aloud, so she just smiled - “Yes you are right, i should stop being so nervous, I will not mess this up…”


Nikhil patted her shoulder as they walked out the entrance to assure her - “ Look he's already waiting for you , now go…”, he said pointing towards Asad.


Zoya smiled - “ Thanks, you are one of the best friends, I could ever have…”


And with that, she ran as fast as she could ,towards Asad, grinned at him, as she entered the car, and bent forward to give him a small peck on his cheek - “ Hi there…”, and she saw him look at Nikhil through the window, as she heard him say  - “why doesn't he just give up on you??”


Zoya grinned - “ do you know, how cute you are when jealous, well i guess he has, thats good news isn't it?? he was just telling him, that it seems to him, how we are really into each other…”


Asad finally felt a smile on his face, because the minute he had spotted her in the same frame as Nikhil, the automatic green monster of jealousy had caused him to scowl, but this piece of information from Zoya, was definitely good news for his feelings - “ well, that is good news, he said that to you??”


Zoya grinned - “ well, didn't I just tell you he did…”


“So, what did you say?”


“Well, I said, whats true, that I really am into you, I really really like you Asad..”


“You told that to him??”


“Yes, I did, why wouldn't I…you know its the truth…don’t you??”


Asad bent forward and pecked her lips briefly , and smiled - “ Yes, I know, thats the truth, thats why i don't need to put any spy camera on you like you were suggesting, I trust you Zoya, you know that I do…”


Zoya felt a kick in her gut at the sound of the name of Trust, how could she ever get the strength to tell him the truth, that she had been lying about being Zoya Faroqui all along, but she stopped her chain of guilt, she only ad three more days here with Asad, she wasn't going to let her guilt ruin it, and so she smiled - “ yes, i know, now cmon lets go, I am hungry too…Asad…”


Asad grinned - “ well , that makes the two of us…but you see this car wont start…its got some issue…”, and he winked which she understood, so bent forward and gave him  brief kiss on his lips, which made him grin as he whispered - “ yes, now it will start….lets go”,and with that, he drove away.


….


London - 3 Pm


Khushi walked into Arnav’s apartment, which was open, and she wondered why it was, but she spotted him working on the kitchen table on his laptop, and she walked up and hugged him from behind - “ I am sorry, I am late, Riya just kept me a little busy, after, did i make you wait long…?”


Arnav turned around and hugged her by the waist - “well, no, I had some work, which I was just finishing, so its totally kool, so how does it feel, finishing what you had started??”


Khushi put her arms around his neck - “ well it does feel really good, so have you postponed your ticket yet??”


Arnav smiled - “ Yes, I did, just ten minutes back, although theres a lot of pressure on me for this one, but I guess I can push it further, dont worry, and I have…”


Khushi immediately felt bad for asking him to do so, because she knew work was well his first love, and so she said rubbing his cheek gently -“ I am sorry Arnav, you shouldn’t because of me , you are right , I have nothing to worry, I will probably be back by the end of month too, I shouldn't ask you to postpone work for me  , its not right, I know what it means to you, you been working so hard, like forever, I should understand, and you know what I do, you can go on Saturday, this morning i was just well, like being stupid…”


Arnav took her hand in his as he said - “ Don’t worry, Khushi, its sorted, and I want to be here with you for another two days, now I don't want you to talk about this…”


Khushi smiled - “ well ohk,…why dont you get ready, Ill wait here, did you eat??”


Arnav - “ not much, I am not hungry much…”

Khushi rolled her eyes , as she pushed him towards his room - “ go, just go and get ready, ill make you your sandwich and coffee, is that ok??”


Arnav smiled,and nodded, and walked away, and he couldn't help but, feel great.Khushi was amazing, having her around, was just like so different, it was like as if everything was so perfect, it felt something was changing inside him, he was ready for the the first time to fall for someone in the way he was falling for Khushi, ever since he had gotten to know her, it was like every step he was taking was towards her, and boy was it surprising,him, of course it was.Because of the things he had done, and was doing, he had never ever thought of postponing his work for anyone, specially the one he had, it was very important for Raizada Constructions, he had gotten to know from Aman, this morning, that Asad Ahemed Khan had finalised everthing in Boston, for his deal with Hammoth Constructions,and he knew he just had to do something to beat him at the next tender, he couldn't tolerate another defeat in a row, but right now  he had put everything to hold, for Khushi, for this one girl, who had managed to walk into his life, and change quite a bit about it.

And just as he felt the hot water relax him, her words rang in his ears , that , “I will probably be back by the end of this month…”. He felt weird, really weird, because that feeling that came along with the thought, that he would have to wait, for a month to see her, to hold her, to kiss her, feel her in his arms, made him feel sick.There was something about her, which made everything between them so different, than any of his flings in the past.He couldn't even compare it to anything he had ever felt before, or rather he had never felt anything ever with any of them emotionally, because with all his girls, in the past, it was just very casual, and physical, but never emotional.But with Khushi, everything was attached with a feeling along with it,which made it his very first, and it was taking him time to understand, but it was going to be almost three weeks, since he had met here, and he already felt completely drawn to her, he wanted to be with her all the time, hold her all the time.Just the way, she held on to him, hugged him, kissed him, touched his face, looked into his eyes, very bit of it, made his heart skip a beat, which was strange, because a hug, a simple kiss, had never meant so much to him, intact with all the girls he had slept with, nothing ever meant to him, it was just a physical need.But this feeling of his heart skipping a beat, everytime, she looked into his eyes, when they were close, everytime she pulled him closer, as she tried to reciprocate to his passionate kisses, her innocence, her beauty, made him fall for her even more, and so he knew, just as he got out of the shower and got ready, that with Khushi , everything was different, and he wanted to figure it out, where this was headed, and for that he definitely couldn't wait for a month to see her in India, he had never been a patient man, he knew, he just had to do something to get her by his side, earlier than she had planned.


……………..


Meanwhile -


Khushi plated, the sandwich and coffee, she made for Arnav, and she waited for him to come, just as a thought started to worry her, Arnav was extending his trip, what if he came face to face with her brother, she had no idea, when was he returning, but she remembered, that he had mentioned that he would come to London first, what if Arnav saw him, how would her react?? She knew, it was time to tell him the truth, two simple truth’s that had been ruling her mind and heart. First, being how she felt, she knew, she was in love with him,she just knew it, but how would she tell him that? what would he think? would he think her to be stupid? and naive? afterall, she wasn't his first girlfriend, whilst he was the first ever everything for her.She knew he liked her, but she didn't know, how deep it was for him? What if, it isn't as deep as it was for her??What if, he didn't feel what she did?? That scared her, but she wanted to still tell him how she felt, and then she would ask him for forgiveness, for lying to him, and explain him the circumstances, and just tell him the truth about everything. Her chain of thoughts, broke, as she heard his phone beep a several times, and she wouldn't have picked it up, if she hadn't seen what was flashing on the screen


Lavanya Kashyap has sent you a image.


She quikly picked up his phone, why was she messaging him, she knew everything between Arnav and her was over, but her curiosity got the better off her, and she quickly opened his whtsapp to see, and what she saw made her feel sick in her stomach.


Lavanya had just sent him pictures, from their old time together.


There were few of them hanging out together, at dinners, at celebrity functions, at office, at conferences.


And then there were few of them, which were intimate. There was a picture of when she was kissing him on his shoulder, his neck, and then there was one only of Arnav, and that just made her feel sick, it was one of him in a bed, which she guessed was Lavanyas bed, because she spotted Lavanyas picture on the wall in the background, an the quilt was halfway up, but his torso, was without any clothes at all, and it looked like, he had just woken up.It was a picture, that spoke, about a night Lavanya and Arnav had spent together.


She went back to every picture, and felt tears struck her eyes, as she realised that every picture, was just standing silently in her face, and telling her about what relationship’s meant for Arnav, to what level he liked his relationships to be, and it was everything she could never be.She couldn't be anything, that Lavanya was.


And here , she was thinking about telling him she loved him.He would have laughed, she was sure, he would have at her stupidity.And moreover, she wasn't even who he thought her to be.


And that is when she realised, that everything that had happened between them, would obviously have no meaning for Arnav, whilst she had fallen in love with him, she had ruined her heart, by falling for him,she really had caused a mess in her life, a big one, the one she didn't know, she should have just maintained distance from him,and the minute she felt her heart revolt at the thought, she felt angry at herself, for feeling for him, the way she did.


Right then , his phone beeped again -


Lavanya : Arnav, I miss you so much.Remember these pictures? Please tell me, why we broke up,lets talk about this, I am in London, I leave on Saturday.Can we meet up, today anytime?? How about dinner??


Khushi quickly wiped her tears, and kept his phone on the table,and picked up her bag to leave,right when she spotted him walk out his room, smilingly, but just as he saw her, the smile was off his face ,as he was by her side in a jiff, as he held her hand and asked worriedly - “ Khushi, whats wrong? where are you going?? why are you crying…??”, and wiped a tear out of her eye tenderly, and he asked again - “ will you please say something, something at all, whats wrong with you??”


Khushi took his hand off her face as she stammered - “ Nothing, I just need to go…”


“Go where?? didn't we have the day planned…??”, he asked now his worry growing on him.


Khushi looked at him straight in the eye,and the blank look in her eye , was one he didn't like as he heard her say - “ Looks like there would be  change in the plan, Arnav, have a nice day..”


Arnav shot her a confused look - “ what the hell do you mean?? with whom…??”


He saw a tear roll down her cheek as she said - “ With her, Lavanya, i am sorry, I just need to go…”, and with that she ran out of his reach, before he could figure out anything, and right then he heard his phone beep, and he opened it, and he immediately knew what was wrong.


He looked at the various pictures, Lavanya had just sent him, and her message, and he went through them again and again, and he was sure shot Khushi had seen them, and obviously it hadn't affected her in a good way, rather it had affected her rather badly.


The broken look her face, tortured him, but he knew she had misunderstood, why would he want to meet Lavanya,and these pictures, they really didn't mean a thing to him at all, Khushi knew it was over between him and lavanya, then why was she over reacting to this. Yes obviously, she must have been hurt, looking at these, but he needed her to understand, none of this meant a thing to him. He needed to find her, and he needed to explain.

And so he called her, but she cut his call, and he called her again and again, but she didn't take it.


He cursed his luck, and Lavanya even more, maybe he needed to give Khushi some time, and in the meantime, he had to get Lavanya to understand once and for all, that everything between them was over.


…………………..



Boston - 6 PM


Asad looked at Zoya working across the coffee table in his apartment, and he couldn’t help but admire, how adorable she looked whilst she was deeply engrossed in work, she was finishing her final report for her course tomorrow, and he was just idling away his time, because his work here in Boston, had been finished, and now he just needed to head back to India,and take things further, but he had chosen to spend the free time with Zoya here, before he headed to London,right then a thought struck him,and so he immediately grabbed his phone , and made a call to his secretary, gesturing to Zoya that he would be back in a minute, to which she just nodded.


He immediately asked his secretary to block two tickets, one for himself and the other for Zoya Farooqui, he would go to London with her, meet Khushi, and then tell her the news about him and Zoya , and then they could all head back to India together, and all of this seemed like the perfect plan. He hung up, and then stared at the image on his lock screen, Zoya had put up yesterday, and he couldn't help but smile, they did look really really good together, he was sure, His Ammi would approve of her, as well, once she spotted the happiness that was reflecting on his face.Zoya indeed made him really happy.He smiled at that very picture, and right then his phone rang, and he picked up the facetime call, of his ammi.


“Ammi, how is it you knew, i was just thinking of you…”


Dilshad smiled - “Is it Asad, i am a mother after all, and i just know, so what was it that you were thinking of .??”


Asad grinned - “ well its about how I would like you to meet someone…”


“Someone who , Asad?”


“Oh please Ammi, its Zoya, she is just working, give me ten minutes, I will probably call you back , or maybe just wait, let me see if she…”, and he leaned across his room, to look at Zoya, and she had just got up to get something from the fridge, so he walked out, gesturing his mom to keep silent.


Zoya was just getting herself some Coke, whilst she felt Asad’s hand on her shoulder, and she looked at him questioningly, as he pulled her close,and whispered in her ear slowly - “ Its Ammi, I want you to meet her…”


Zoya was suprised, and overwhelmed, she was going to see Dilshaad, his mom after really long, she had obviously spoken to her a few times accidentally from Khushi’s phone, but she had never come face to face with her, because she feared, what if she guessed who she was ? because mothers always had this intuition, and Dilshaad had been no less than a mom to her, in the good old times, infact she was the one who had kept her name in the first place, she tried to mask her emotions, and her turmoil, and put up the best smile she could , as Asad handed her the phone, and made her sit, on the stool, and he was standing right behind her, as she heard his mom - 


“Zoya, its so good to finally see you, i have heard so much about you from both Khushi, and Asad, and its great to finally see you, how are you??”


Zoya looked at Asad, and she knew he guessed she was nervous,so he quietly held her other hand, and gestured her to talk, so she finally cleared her throat - 


“Hi aunty, its good to finally see you too,how have you been? And I hope whatever you heard of me is all good…”, she said, trying to lighten up her emotions.


“Yes, all good Zoya,definetly, infact, thats the catch , my son who is standing right behind you, barely has anything good to say about anyone, but about you, he really does have a lot to say…”


“ Oh thats coz, he always pretends to be something he isn't , right aunty? Do you know, why does her put up this mask…?”


“Thats something I have always thought too Zoya, maybe now we could rile up against him…”, Dilshaad grinned.


Zoya grinned back - “ Maybe, we could…”


Asad watched the scene happily,and then he finally interrupted , leaning in as he spoke to his mom - “ all right ammi, thats enough, i give you two minutes to speak to Zoya, and you are already conspiring against me, i am hurt…”, he finished faking a hurt emotion.


He heard his mother - “ Very Funny Asad, anyway i need to go now, I will call later, nice meeting to Zoya ..”


“Same here , aunty…”


Asad quickly hung up, and looked back at Zoya, pulling her in his arms - “ I am sorry, did i catch you by surprise…its just that she called, and I don't know why , I just wanted her to meet you…gotta make some good use of technology…”


Zoya hugged him and admitted honestly - “ Yes, it was a suprise, but a surprise i really liked, she’s really nice you know, your ammi…”


Asad kissed her forehead briefly - “ well thank you,Zoya, and are you finished with your work?”


Zoya pulled back - “ Allah miyaan, Asad, my battery died, and i guess i left my charger at the library, could i just use your laptop, to submit, i have only 20 minutes left, and luckily I have my work in my mail…”


“Well ofcourse, you can, whats the need to ask, and also I wanted to tell you, I have booked our tickets to London, for Sunday, i hope thats ok..”


Zoya knew, he must have booked in the name of Zoya Farooqui, and obviously she couldn't travel in that name, because her documents were in her original name so she had to lie - “ You have?? But i already have my ticket for Sunday, and its confirmed, and i have already paid for it, so…”


“You have?? why didn't you tell me, Zoya??”


“I was going to, I just forgot, under all this work pressure , I am sorry…”


“Its ok, don't be, ill just cancel yours…”, and he kissed her cheek briefly, “ you can finish your work, meanwhile, I have a few calls to make…”


He turned around to leave, but Zoya caught his hand, and much to his surprise pulled him in for a kiss, they broke apart a few minutes later as she whispered - “ you are the best, you know that, dont you??”


Asad tugged her hair behind her ear tenderly as he grinned - “ I know that since forever Zoya,tell me something, I dont know…”


Zoya gave him a push to his room as she said - “ very funny, Khan now let me work…”


…..


Twenty Minutes Later


Zoya finished her submission, and was just about to shut down Asad’s laptop, when she spotted a folder which said  Family on his desktop, so she opened it , knowing it would be pictures of Khushi, him and his mom, and she was right, she smiled as she browsed through, and then she saw another folder which was titled , “ Family, Old..”, and out of sheer curosity, she opened it, and what she saw surprised her to the core, as she saw pictures, of his family and her’s from good old times, all there as a small collection.There were pictures, of their dad’s, their mom’s, pictures of her brother and Asad from the time they were best friends, there were so many  of them, and then there was a picture of all of them, a very much younger her, khushi and  little Najma,and the teenage Asad and Arnav. Tears welled up in her eyes, as memories started to refresh in her mind and heart, and along with that came a big question, why did Asad still have these pictures?? Did he miss these times?? Was there any hope that their families could reconcile?? Maybe, there was, and just as she realised, she felt a ray of hope, maybe Asad wouldn't react as badly to the truth,a she had thought. She quickly wiped her tears, as she spotted him walk out the room, and she concealed her emotions as she asked - “ Asad, look at you, its so different, these pictures…”


Asad shot her a confused look as he walked to her - “ what pictures??”, and his face hardened, as he saw what Zoya was talking about.


He immediately shut his laptop, taking her by suprise, as he heard her ask - “ that is Arnav Singh raizada right? in those pictures with you?”


Asad felt his rage rise, at the mention of that name, and he pulled his hand into a fist , as he answered trying to control his tone - “ Zoya , I told you, never mention that name in front of me, then why are you doing so..??”


Zoya got up and held his hand, and asked - “ I am, because, I just want to know, why do you have pictures of him, and what i figure is his family, when you so clearly say, you hate them?? Do you really do?? Khushi told me how your families were, is this a sign of hope, that maybe, everything can be fine between you guys and your families??”, she finished, desperately wanting him to say yes, but the minute she looked into his eyes, she only saw pure fury and rage,as he threw her hand away and spat out angrily , at a voice, which made her tremble, as he roared - “ Fine?? Are you mad, Zoya? Why are you probing in , into something I told you not to, keep out of it, damm you, just get out , please, just leave me alone…”


Zoya looked at him shocked and hurt - “ Asad, whats the matter, I just asked you a simple question, based on what I saw…please calm down..”, and she tried to hold his hand.


Asad knew, his anger had peaked , and so he just backed off, and stated - “ Zoya I want you just leave, now, please, before I say anything I shouldn’t…”


“But Asad…”


And thats when he couldn't control himself anymore, as he heard himself scream - “ Zoya Farooqui, get out of here, now…”, and she didn't move as she stood frozen to her ground, at his reaction, and so he just took her by the hand, and led her to the door, and said - “I just need to be alone, but since you aren't just letting this go, i will tell you why I keep those pictures, its because i look at them everyday, only to remind myself, that, Arnav Singh Raizada and his family is what, i want to destroy, and i will, one day, I will…”, and with that he shut the door on her face.


Zoya walked back in shock to her room, and as she closed the door, she slid against the door and tears flew down her eyes, what was she thinking, there was no hope in here at all.She had just ruined everything with her lie, she should have just kept distance, everything was really messed up, how was the truth going to surface, and what disaster would it bring along, she didn't know, and she feared it now, more than anything else.


…………….


Hate grinned, as he leaped out of seat - “ Its my turn now, isn't it…??”

Love looked at him patiently - “ well, not just yet, relax, you will have your role to play…”


Fate scowled at Hate - “ You are such a spoil- sport…we don't just set things up so that you can come and dance around and ruin things…”


Hate grinned , he loved annoying Fate - “ well, you just wait and watch, until my time comes….”

Destiny intervened worried , as she asked Love - “ Hate isn't going to let this go easily right, he is all super ready to turn things around…”


Love nodded - “ I know, but not just yet, I have some fixing to do here, before he strikes…”


Hate rolled his eyes - “ Thats why, I dont understand you, Love, why do you want to fix something, when you know , I am going to turn it around…thats why you annoy me…”


Love smiled - “ Why dont you just relax, and let me do my job, i will inform you, when its your turn, and like i said, there are somethings you will never have the power to comprehend,and I just  happen to be one of them…”


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P.s - Please let me know what you guys think...:) And next chapter should be up next week..:)









Feb 25, 2016

Chapter 9- I want to Make it Upto You -25/02/16 - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 16 times)

Chapter 9 - I want to Make it Up to You



There are times, when things get out of hand, when a certain scenario, does not go in accordance with what we had thought.There are times, we just let it be, because somehow it isn't of great importance.But then, there comes the time, when it comes to the matter of the heart, one cant wait to just fix ,what had gotten out of hand, because for obvious reasons, what can be more important that the feelings of our sweet little heart, atleast, in that very moment , nothing else matters, but that urge to really fix it all.Making it upto to someone, we love is something we all have done, at some point in our lives, for when it comes to the heart, we all are just, mere prisoners.



……………



London - 6 PM



Khushi stared at her whatsapp, which pinged for the third time, and she quickly wiped her tear, which was starting to fall down again.Ever since, she had seen those pictures on Arnav’s phone, something had just gone insane within her, and that’s why she had ran away from him, and the building, and taken solace in the cafe, she had been sitting in the corner off since three hours, listening to her favourite music, trying to calm her nerves down, figuring out the mess she had created for herself.And she had realised a few things, which had no undoing - first, that she was irrevocably in love with Arnav Singh Raizada, that even her mind ordered her to go back on this, and undo, her heart would just never ever listen, because somehow its every beat, just had his name written on it.Second, she had obviously been very jealous when those pictures had surfaced, obviously she had been aware of his various flings in the past, his crazy affairs with models etc, and of course what she had seen was just one girl, and a few pictures, there would be so many more of them, and she knew this from day one, she knew what she was dealing with, then why did it hurt so much, to see him with another woman, in the arms of another, imagining him kissing them, like he kissed her. It hurt so much, and the thought of the nights he must have spent with Lavanya and the rest, the thoughts, just brought fresh tears to her eyes,she didn't know how to make her heart deal with the jealousy and the insecurity.She knew she was highly insecure, first because of her own lie, and second because she didn't think she was as beautiful as those models, or even as glamorous as Lavanya, and what if one day, Arnav got bored of her, then what would she do??. And just that thought was enough to feel like a stab in her heart, because she knew, she would always still be in love with him, even if he wasn’t, or ever would be, even if he would hate her when the truth was out, she would just still love him, and that was something she couldn't change,she had built this mess for herself, and now she had no other option, than to live with it. She sipped her tea,and finally picked up her phone, to see her whatsapp, and like she had known it was Arnav, he had been messaging her, ever since she had taken his calls -



“Khushi, what the hell is this behaviour? Where the hell are you??”



She finally replied -



“I am sorry Arnav, I just need to be alone for a while.”



She didn't have to wait even a minute as his reply came -



“What does this mean Khushi? I am worried, we need to talk, ok you’v had three hours to yourself already, please will you just tell me where the hell  are you?”



She knew, she couldn't  not face him, but she wasn't ready yet, so she messaged - “ I am with riya, I will be back late”



Her phone beeped instantly -



“Ok fine, but pls tell me, why would you assume that I would meet Lavanya, you know its over between us…pls understand…”



Khushi finally got up from the cafe, as she quickly replied - “ I do, please, Arnav, i will see you later…”



And with that, she walked out, along with her emotional mess of a state.



…….



Arnav looked at Khushi’s message, and he kicked the table in front of him, in sheer anger and frustration, Khushi was being so childish here, as if running away from him was a option for her, he had no idea, why the hell was she so insecure, when it came to them.She knew he liked her, he really did, he knew she could see it in his eyes, then why just why was she being so unreasonable,here, and it was irritating him way too much, and he was losing his own temper, because he had never really cared for anyone like he did for Khushi, he didn't know what else to do or say to take her insecurities away. Maybe it had been difficult for her to see those pictures of him and Lavanya, and knowing her, he knew her mind would have raced at the speed of light to imagine various other scenario’s of proximity between him and his ex’s. But she knew, about all of it, then why. It was his past, he couldn't do anything about it.The only thing he could do was assure her that it really was all in the past, before he had met her,and it really was her fault, in the first place, if she had met him first, she wouldn't have to deal with all of this, because he would have been smitten with her anytime in his life, just like he was now. Even in the frustration, he felt a smile come to his face at the thought, and he calmed his nerves,and ordered himself to wait pateintly, until Khushi’s return, he knew he would set it right, he just needed to see her.

………..



9 PM - London



Arnav looked at his phone,impatiently, as he waited for his sister to reply, and just when she did with Riya’s no,he immediately dialled it, and waited for her to pick up, and just as she did , he spoke, getting straight to the point - “ Hi Riya, this is Arnav, I just wanted to speak to Khushi, her phone if off…could you just give the phone to her..”



And when he heard her reply, worry creeped in his mind as she said - “ I know Arnav,, I was trying to call her too, but like you said, her phone is off, and she isn't with me…”, and he hung up, before she could say anything else.



He immediately walked out his door, and took the stairs, because he couldn't wait for the lift,Khushi had lied to him, but more than that, just no one knew, where the hell she was,and thats what was more important in that moment.



He walked out the building, and was just thinking where to start looking for her, when his eyes spotted her walking towards the building, and just as the sight of her registered in his mind, his feet on his own accord, sprinted as fast he could, and he immediately pulled her into a hug, catching her by surprise, because well they were in the middle of the block, but he didn't care, all he cared about was that she was in front of him, finally, and so he just hugged her tight as he  said - “ Khushi, I was sick with worry….”



Khushi felt his arms around her, and in an instant, that made her feel so good, as if she belonged right there,something she had terribly missed, all day, being miserable and alone, and the feel of his arms, just did it, as she hugged him back and whispered - “ I am fine, sorry, I just needed some time off, I switched off my phone earlier…”



Arnav cupped her face tenderly - “ you ohk? where have you been? and i know you weren't with Riya…Khushi why are you doing this to us??”



Khushi looked into his eyes and answered honestly - “ I don't know, I wanted to be alone to figure things out…”




“And you have or haven’t, I don't care Khushi, we need to talk…”



She nodded, and just followed him silently, as he held her hand and made his way towards their building.



She looked at him, from the corner of the eye, as they entered the elevator, but before he could press the button, she did, and he looked at her in suprise, as he asked — “ why are we going to the terrace, Khushi?”



“ Because , I think we need to talk…”, she admitted. And a few seconds later, the elevator reached the  building’s terrace, and they both stepped, and khushi gestured him to just follow her.



……………….



Arnav followed Khushi silently, but what he saw, impressed him, the terrace was a huge one, and it had a small terrace garden on one side, a small water body on the other side, like a curtain, water just fell, in different colours, and a few sofa’s for outdoor seating, and a sunbed,the place was simple yet very nice, kind of reminded him of his very poolside back at home, which was his personal thinking zone,and so he just admired everything, and was just about to ask Khushi, why hadn't she shown him this ever before,but he saw her sit down on the sofa, and as she gestured him to sit, next to her, he just did, silently, and held her hand , and she didn't let go, which made him happy and so he finally spoke - “ Khushi, look, I am sorry about how you saw Lavanya’s messages, but you completely misunderstood, its over between us, and I called her to put that straight once and for all after you left, but what I don't understand is, that why did you run away like the way you did? You know all this don't you? Then, look  I just cant see you like this, will you please talk to me, tell me whats on your mind??”



Khushi looked at him, and the sincerity on his face, gave her the courage to finally speak as she asked - “ What did she say, then?”



“Who??Khushi??”



“lavanya..when you told her that its over…”



“Khushi, i want to talk about us, and you, why are you bringing Lavanya in here again…i told you i spoke to her and she understood, thats it..”, he stated, knowing, the frustration she was causing him, was clear in his voice.



Khushi got up from the sofa, and took a few slow steps,and Arnav was about to hold her back just when he heard her speak, softly - “ I can never forget, that day, when I first saw you, Arnav, when you saved me, I was scared, and shaken, but still, the way you held on to me, and asked me if i was ok, that look on your face,we were strangers then, i didn't know who you were,and i never thought i would see you again, but I did, and you turned out to be Arnav Singh Raizada, my best friends brother, whom I had always heard so much about from Zoya of course, I wanted to stay out of your way, but there was something about you that pulled me towards you, and it scared me, but it was like you were this magnet, I couldn't help but get pulled towards.Then, you left, and obviously I had no hopes of meeting you again, but you just wouldn't leave my mind, my system, I would google, you and your girlfriends, and see all your pictures, to just tell myself, that you are seeing other people, who are well glamrous, and popular, everything that I could never be,so it would be the best if I subsided this one sided liking for you. But then one day, everything changed, Zoya told me you would be here, and seeing you again, just , well messed up with me so much, for I didn't want to stay away from you, despite my insecurities, I wanted to be around you, and then, you know what has happened between us, look its important to me, for you are the first one, for me in every accord Arnav, you are the first one I ever liked, you are the first one I felt this pull for, you are the first , to ever kiss me,hug me, hold me, touch me,and I have my own insecurities regarding a few things,and seeing those pictures, with Lavanya, well they just brought all my insecurities to surface, and i just remembered how I can never be like her, or any of them from your past, and I, Just…i was jealous, i was insecure, and so I just..”, and she couldn't complete, as she had been pulled by Arnav, into his arms.



Arnav heard, every word that had left her mouth, and the honesty and the sincerity in her voice, made his heart skip several beats, as every word she said was getting inked in his brain, so she had really been into him since really long, and this thing between them scared her, and now since she had just admitted, how he was her first, for everything, it was only natural for her to be insecure , anyone would be, knowing his string of affairs,but hearing her just say everything so honestly, had a different affect on him, and it made him want to pull her in his arms, and so that’s what he did, and held her there for a while , and then cupped her face gently as he said - “ Khushi look into my eyes, will you please?”



And she did, and thats when he spoke, honestly - “ I am sorry, for I cannot change the past, it isn't in my hands, and I am sorry that its the reason for all your insecurities, but Lavanya or any of them , none of them matter to me Khushi, none of them ever mattered to me the way you do, and thats the truth,it really is, and you gotta trust me on this, Khushi, if you can, please just tell me, if theres anything that I can do that will make you feel secured, about us??Anything at all, for I will do it, Khushi, I care about you, you know I do, don't you??”



Khushi nodded - “ I know, you do, Arnav, and no theres nothing you can do, its something i need to deal with on my own, its just that..”



“Just what Khushi, that you feel you will never be like them? well heres some breaking news, i never want you to be, i like you, for who you are Khushi, just the way you are, all of you,I wouldn't want you to be anyone ever again, for thats not the Khushi, i want to be with….this…”, he said cupping her face and pulling her closer - “ this is the Khushi I want to be with, and thats all I know, for now….”, and before she could say anything, he instantly sealed her lips with a kiss, to show her that he really did mean everything he'd said.



Khushi welcomed his kiss, and felt her arms going around his neck, as he pulled her by the waist as close as he possibly could, and she felt herself loosing herself in his passionate embrace, as always, as she tried to kiss him back, pouring all her emotions, fear of loosing him into the kiss.He held her even closer, for he felt a zillion unsaid emotions taking over him,her honesty and her simplicity really did always bowl him over.He picked her up,as she she wrapped her legs around him, as they continued to kiss deeply, and he made her lie on the sunbed, as he continued to kiss her mindlessly, he had never felt the passion for anyone,like he was feeling in that moment for Khushi,and just as she whispered his name in between, just made him want her more, and as he felt her pull him closer, he trailed a line of kisses on her neck, and pulled her jacket aside to shower kisses on her shoulder, and then back to her neck,which he suckled on for for a while, driving her crazy, because she way she moaned his name in pleasure, drove him crazy too, and he knew he should stop, but something about the way she was touching him, kissing him, didn't make his heart want to stop.



And right then, her phone rang, bringing, both of them out of the heated scenario. Khushi immediately got up, feeling shy about what had happened, and she took her phone out of her pocket and the minute she saw her brothers name flashing on the screen, she gestured Arnav that she just had to take this call, and moved aside, towards the other side of the terrace.



Arnav watched her talk on the phone, from the back, and as much as he was disappointed for the break in their passion,he was glad too, because this was Khushi, with her everything was meant to be different,and thats why it felt so different.And that astonished him,and he was still busy with that chain of thought when he saw her walk back, and he gestured her to sit next to her, and he said - “ I’m sorry for…”, gesturing to how things had started to get a little out of hand.



Khushi blushed, as she realised what he was hinting at and she stated honestly, holding his hand - “ don’t be, there isn't a moment that I have spent with you, which i regret…Arnav…”



How could a simple sentence like that make his heart flip, but well it did, as he asked - “ who was it? on the phone??”



Khushi answered nervously - “ My brother, he was worried since my phone was off a long time, it never really is…so he was worried…”



“Hmmm, just like I was Khushi, don't ever do this to me, please??



Khushi - “ I won’t…”, and he spotted a frown on her face and he asked - “ now what??”


And Khushi admitted honestly - “ My brother, Arnav, i don't know if he will ever approve of you and me,seeing each other….”



Arnav looked at her questioningly - “but why??”



Khushi - “ I dont know, how to explain, Arnav, its complicated, lets just say he wont, i know he won’t…”



“So will you stop seeing me, if he asks you too, your brother??”, he asked, feeling actually scared to know her answer,beause he didn't like the way his emotions were reacting to that thought.



Khushi said honestly - “ I dont know about that yet, all i know is that I cant stop seeing you, ill deal with him when the time comes up…”



Arnav felt relief jolt up his being surprising him again,as he asked - “ you think so because of my affairs in the past??”



Khushi rolled her eyes, and punched him in his arms - “ yes, that could be a reason Arnav, since, well its a list that wouldn't go easy on any brother…”



Arnav nodded - “ well, I understand, but you see this all really is your fault Khushi”



Khushi looked at him confused - “ excuse me, how it my fault, Arnav?? “



Arnav winked - “ well it is, isn't it? you took so much time to walk into my life, if I would have met you earlier,I would be as smitten as I am today, and maybe, you wouldn't have to deal with any list of the past Khushi…”



Khushi looked at him in awe - “ You cant possibly mean what you just said Arnav…”



ARnav held her hand - “ well i do, Khushi…”



Khushi felt so overwhelmed with emotions , so she just hugged him , and then laced her fingers with his, and leaned her head on his shoulder as she said, a few minutes later - this place, i come here everytime i need some time to think, its peaceful, isn't it??”



Arnav nodded - “ Yes, it is, and thats something we have in common, i have a similar place, like i have this poolside back at home, its my my personal thinking zone too…why didn't you get me here earlier??”



“I dont know, maybe coz, I have so much peace with you around itself, i dont need to come here, just that today, was taxing for me emotionally, thats why I just got  you here…i thought it would be perfect place to talk….”, she said.



“You are right Khushi, and to be honest, its been difficult for me too, you know what until you came along, i never gave anyone the privilege to make me feel so many emotions, all at the same time, i kept that power to myself,but with you, i feel so much that i am in no control off, looks like i just handed that privilege to you…on that note Khushi, why did you lie to me that you were with Riya? i didn't like it, i know you wanted to be alone, but a lie is still a lie Khushi, please never lie to me again…”



Khushi felt her insides churn and she wanted to tell him the truth straightaway, but she stopped, as she thought she didn't want to ruin this moment and make this day more taxing than it already had been, she would tell him everything tomorrow,once and for all, and she would make him understand, she had to, she had no other option, now that she was deeply in love with him, and so she just nodded and asked - “ what about dinner? aren't you hungry??”



Arnav - “ nah, not yet, you??”



“Not much….”



“Then why dont you come here..”, he gestured, her to lie down next to her on the sunbed, and she did, and held her hand and kissed it tenderly - “ Have i made it upto yet, for all the turmoil, i caused you today?”



Khushi kissed his cheek and admitted - “ yes you have, and it wasn't you alone, it was a lot of me too….”, and she just let the moment calm her heartbeats.



Arnav didn't know, what made him feel more happy, that Khushi was finally with him,or the fact the way their fingers were laced together as they talked seemed so perfect, or was it just the way her head was on his shoulder, and her hand on his chest, that made him feel pure peace.He didn't know, what made him more happy, because he realised, that it was all about her, all about Khushi, that made him so happy,like he had never been, and so he just embraced the happiness he felt,as he hugged her and held her to himself.Her name suited her perfectly.Khushi.His Khushi, he really somehow liked the sound of that in his head.



…………………………..



Boston - 7 PM



Zoya walked out her shower, thanking the hot water for calming her nerves down,it had given her the time to think,and she knew she had a big mistake by questioning Asad about something he had warned her not to, but in her hopes she had,and for that she needed to apologize,and then give him a piece of her mind, for yelling at her the way he did.Just no one could get away with yelling at Zoya Singh Raizada, well for him Farooqi,and obviously she was annoyed at Asad for that,but maybe it was all really her mistake.



Like it really was her mistake, to initiate all this game of lies, with Khushi, but she couldn't help it now,because the deed was done,and now she had no other option but to invent a thousand other lies to cover up for her lie, but she would, cover it up until, Asad was ready to hear it, and at this very moment, that day seemed really far away, but until then, she knew she could do this.She could hide, the Singh Raizada part of her identity,she had successfully until now, and she would do the very same until later. This was one thing she was sure about.Now she want sure about what to do about the current situation, she wanted to talk to him, but her ego was stopping her big time, she couldn't just apologize, after all he yelled at her, but yes, the mistake was hers.Her thoughts jumbled between what to do, and what not to do, when finally for the first time ever, she put her ego aside, and decided to talk to him, they had little time left, and she didn't want to waste it fighting with him.



But she wanted to speak to Khushi and like she had been trying earlier, to her surprise her phone was off again, which was funny,because Khushi’s phone was never off, like never, she always kept a power bank with her, so battery running out was not the case, so she tried calling again and again, but her phone just came off,and before she could call her brother, to ask him what was up, as he had also asked her for Riya’s no before,he had messaged when she had been still in shock from Asad’s outburst, so she had just messaged him quickly, as she wasn't in the frame of mind to talk to him, so she thought of talking to him, but before she could Anjali di called,and she took few minutes to talk to her. 





……



Asad walked around his room,impatiently, as it had finally dawned on him 15 minutes ago, that in anger, he really had been insanely rude to Zoya.He felt like kicking himself for being so ruthless to her, after all she had just questioned him about what she saw, and his anger in that case got the better of him always, and he had taken it all out on her, well yes it had been her mistake to ask him something he had warned her not to, but he shouldn't have yelled at her the way he did, and he definitely shouldn't have asked her to leave, the way he did.He wanted to make it upto her, but he didn't know how to, and so he had been thinking what to do, but when his not so creative mind came up with nothing, he decided if it would be best to just go straight out talk to her, apologise, get her to forgive him, warn her not to the same thing ever again, and then maybe take her out somewhere, and finish off the day on a nice note.They didn't have much time alone here anyway, it wasn't the best time, to bring her in between his rivalry with the Raizada’s after all she had nothing to do with it.And so he needed to find out, where would he take her, and for that he immediately took out his phone, and Googled- Romantic things to do in Boston in the evening.

 And he found the best thing, he knew Zoya would love it . Gondola de Venezia. It wasn't very far too, and now he just needed to talk to her, before he took her out for a perfect evening, for being a royal jackass earlier. She was the girl that interested his heart, he definitely had to make it up to her.



And before that Khushi’s thought came to his mind, and her phone had been coming switched off, so he called again to check if she was ok, and luckily she picked up this time, and he was glad,that he got to speak to her.



He got ready quickly, took his keys, and the minute he opened his door, he saw Zoya right there, with her hand in the air, as if she were just about to knock his door.



Zoya saw him all ready to step out all ready to go somewhere, she felt her heart sink, here she was coming to apologise to him, and he didn't even care, and so she just turned around saying - “ sorry to disturb you Asad”, and she immediately felt herself being pulled back, as he took her by the hand, pulled her inside, shut the door, and pinned her to the wall, as he whispered - “ where do you think you are going Zoya..??”



Zoya glared at him, wanting to get out of his caged hands - “ let me go ok, and look who is talking, its not me, its you, who is all set to go somewhere…”



Asad held her chin by his hand - “well, i was coming to get you, so that I can apologise for being a jackass earlier, my anger got the better off me, Zoya and i shouldn't have yelled at you the way i did, and behaved the way i did, I am sorry, you don't deserve that, forgive me , please?”



Zoya looked at him, as she admitted honestly  - “ Its alright you know, just don't do it ever again like ever, you have no idea, this is the first time i have ever put my ego aside, for someone, and I was coming to talk to you, too Asad, maybe I just shouldn't have brought up the topic, you did warn me its sensitive, i shouldn't have…i am sorry too….”



Asad grinned as he brushed her cheek gently - “ Looks like we both got some making up to do to each other, come we are going out…”, he said pulling her by the arm.



Zoya looked at him surprised - “ what ?? where?? I am not even ready…”



“You are,you look perfect as always, now come on….”



Zoya followed him into the lift,as she looked at him and asked - “ atlas tell me where we are going, Asad…”



Asad grinned as he held her hand - “ Have some patience, will you….”



They reached the ground level and Asad was all set to step out, and he heard Zoya ask - “ you aren't driving??”



Asad looked  back and grinned pulling her out - “Well no, for a change, we are walking…now come fast will you??”



Zoya couldn't help but smile as she said - “ You amaze me so much, Asad Ahemed Khan, do you know that??”



Asad grinned - “ well its a good thing, dont you think? I promised my self, I would…”



“Would what??”



“Would Amaze you Zoya, i want you to fall for me,even more remember…”, he winked.



Like I haven't already, she just thought to herself silently, and followed him.



……………



Zoya walked with Asad, and she looked at their hands intertwined together, and she couldn't help but smile, that particular sight, made her heart go dancing all around.





They continued walking and right then Asad stopped , as he said - “ Zoya, will you wait right here, for 5 mins, i will be back, asap…”



Zoya just nodded, and watched him walk away, and she quickly took out her phone and checked if Khushi had called, but she hadn’t, so she made a mental note to check on her , and her brother, later.



A few minutes later - 



She spotted Asad walking her way with a packet in his hands and she asked him as strode upto o her quickly - “Asad, just tell me please what is this about…”



Asad grinned - “ well, Zoya, let yourself be surprised….just a few more minutes, and we would be there….”



Zoya nodded, and held his hand and just followed him, as if it were the most natural thing to do.



…………………….



Zoya pinched herself two times, rather three,as she registered in the sight of where she was.



Gandola De Venezia.



There were various gondola’s that the gondoliers were rowing slowly across the river Charles, as she could see couples cozing up, and she looked at Asad in awe, as he grinned at her expression and said - “ I have a few romantic bones too, Zoya, we are going on one…you like it??”



Zoya grinned - “ Like it i love it Asad…”



Asad - “ its just that I want to make it up to you, for being, a royal jackass earlier….”



Zoya just smiled as she laced her arm into his, and they made their way into one of the gondola’s.



……



Thirty Minutes Later



Zoya listened to the sweet sounds of Italian serenades, that the gondolier was playing, ever since they had stepped in, and she sipped the champagne, Asad had brought along, and didn't let go of his hand,even for a minute, and leaned her head back on his shoulder, as she listened to the splash of the water as the gondolier rowed, and enjoyed, how peaceful, she was feeling in that moment. She could live a thousand lies for this peace, for she knew she could only find this with this man, next to her, and she finally spoke, as he held her by the shoulder closer - “ Asad, if this is you making up, then probably i wouldn't mind you yelling at me again…its a wonderful surprise…”



Asad smiled and he kissed her forehead and said - “ well , i could just get you to more romantic dates often Zoya, for that I dont need to yell at you, you know I hated to do so,I never can think of hurting you Zoya, in any way whatsoever….”



Zoya immediately pecked his lips, taking him by suprise, and she said - “ lets not talk about any of  this Asad, please, I don't want to spoil your mood again….”



Asad smiled and tightened his hold on her hand as he whispered softly - “ no, I am really sorry Zoya, I shouldn't have, and I realised , you only brought this up, because i haven't told you the truth about why it bothers me so much, and you are a part of my life now, you should know…”



Zoya looked at him - “ know what?”, deep down knowing , already what he was hinting at, and she just held his hand, as she heard him whisper softly - “There was a time, our families, as in Raizada’s and us, were best of friends, our fathers were, our mother’s were, me and Arnav were too, we were in London together, he was like a brother to me,and khushi was best friends with his younger sister too, i dont remember her name”, and Zoya felt her heart cringe at that, but she didn't make any gesture, and just heard him continue - “ anyways, we were all one big family, our fathers were also business partners, there was this one big deal which was on the cards, it involved my fathers college friend as well,my father was keen on the deal, where as Arnav’s father wasnt,so they had a few differences about the same, no one else in the families except Arnav and me knew about this, so we came back especially to India, from london, to sort this out.They were both ready to let go of the deal too, when we explained them,and we thought everything was sorted, but that day, everything was ruined, as we received Kkusum aunty,that is Arnav’s mom call,me and Arnav were together, and I still remember Arnav panicking on hearing his mothers panicked voice, she just said come fast Arnav, farmhouse, thats all we heard, along with few gunshots, and then we drove as fast as we could, to the farmhouse.I still get goosebumps, Zoya, when I remember that day, we entered to see only blood everywhere, and i spotted Najma first, my younger sister, she lay dead in front of me, and soon I heard arnav scream, and i only could take Najma in my arms and walk in, as we saw both are fathers in a pool of dead, both had been shot, and each had a gun in his hand, and it was clear, and obvious as no one else was there, that it could have just been their guns, and Kkusum aunty lay fallen at the staircase.We quickly called the ambulance, and rushed everyone to the hospital, but our worst fear was true, we lost, both our dads and Najma that day and his mother is still in coma…”, Zoya felt tears come down her cheeks, listening to the gruesome details she already knew,but she wiped them silently ,and just listened as she said - “we tried to comprehend what would have happened that day, no one was there except for Kkusum aunty, and she lay in coma, and thats when we saw the Cctv footage, which Abbu had got installed in our farmhouse for security, and from it all, my worst fears come alive, and I saw, a gunshot leave uncles gun that killed Najma, my little najma,and then another that killed abbu, and before we could see further, the footage went blank, so it was only but obvious, that abbu must have fired to save himself, and the shot must have killed Arnav’s dad….that changed everything between us Zoya.Me and Arnav have been enemies since then, because i know, his father was the reason, my father and sister are dead, and  all the hate that i feel for uncle, automaticaly gets channelised for Arnav and the rest of the Raizada’s. I just cant stand the sight or mention of them,cause that reminds of the most horrific day of my life, the day i lost everything, most of my family, except ammi and Khushi,so me and Arnav just separated both the businesses, legally, didn't let the truth get to the media, portrayed it as an accident, because we couldn't let the truth out, it would ruin everything our dads had built,so we just separated everything that day, i know they blame us the Raizada’s but I can never forget it was his father who shot my little sister first,we haven't spoken ever since…so that friendship now the enemity, is a part of me Zoya, it will go down with me, and thats the reason i want to ruin him Zoya, his father ruined my family,”, he finished, with a sigh.



Zoya whispered softly - “ But why are you telling me all this now, Asad?”



Asad looked into her eyes softly - “ because its a part of me Zoya, and you should also know, why its so important for you to never bring up the Raizada’s ever again….”



Zoya gupled her emotions down as she whispered - “ yeah i understand….”



Right then they reached the station, which signalled that their ride was over, but Asad just signaled him to do another round as he whispered - “ Sorry, if i ruined your mood, with such a heavy story Zoya, but its the story of my Life….”



Zoya kept her finger on his lips, as she understood, he wanted to spend more time with her here, and so she just said - “ Shh, its alright, lets just be here for a while more…”, and she hugged his arm.



He kissed her hair tenderly and whispered softly - 

“ thank you Zoya, for listening me out, sharing this is making me so much more lighter….”



Zoya nudged her feelings aside as she whispered - “ I am glad it is….”



………………….



An hour later



Asad watched out of the corner of his eye,as Zoya bit into her subway, and he sipped on his coke, and she exclaimed - “ allah miyaan, thank god for this, just in time, I was soo hungry…”



“ I know, me too….”



“So asad, about tomorrow, need to wind up everything, don't we, our flights for Sunday right?”



“Yeah”, he said, eating his sandwich.



“Have you told Khushi?”



“Not yet, i spoke to her a while back, but didn't tell her yet, i will maybe tomorrow…”



“oh is it? thats good, coz i called her earlier today and her phone was off, but its good one of us spoke to her…”



Asad smiled - “ I like how you watch out for my sister, all the time….”



Zoya grinned - “ I have too… i love her…”



….



As they walked hand in hand, Zoya spoke - “ we should do this more often, Asad, you know ditch your wheels, I am kind of enjoying this walk…”



Asad grinned - “ I am getting used to holding your hand too Zoya, looks like i do not want to let it go…”



Zoya smiled - “ Then don’t….who asked you too…”

And  in that instant Asad stopped in his track and pulled her closer, and whispered - “ Well i dont plan to, Zoya….”



“ Thats a good thing, isn't it?”



“ Yes,it is…”, and he cupped her face, for the first time, giving a damm to the fact, that they were in the middle of the street and pulled her in for a deep kiss.



………….



Half an Hour Later -



Zoya grinned as she noticed, how Asad looked so cute, all engrossed in his laptop, and she asked sipping her coffee - “ i thought you said, your work was over, come here na , I want to watch a movie…”



Asad - “ give me two minutes, i just need to get this mail done, i need my assistant to work on this first thing tomorrow, theres a new deal,for Khan designs…”



Zoya nodded, and waited for him to join her, as she chose, a movie on Netflix, for them to watch.



Asad joined her a few minutes later, as he asked - “ So miss farooqui, what do you want us to do…”



“ Watch a movie, Asad…i have chosen one….”



Asad noticed the movie she had chosen - “ good choice Zoya, but id rather watch you instead, as you talk, it fascinates me you know, sometimes i do wonder, where do you get all this energy from…”



Zoya - “ are you making fun of me??”



“No why, would I? I am serious Zoya, your like my own personal light, you light up my world…”



Zoya looked at him - “ I do??”



Asad nodded, cupping her face as he pulled her closer, and touched his forehead to hers - you do Zoya,its like until you, there was a darkness in some part of my brain, the part ammi always talked about, but i never understood, because i thought that was how it was always meant to be, but you proved me wrong , because you came and lit something in me, and now i wouldn't change it for anything in the world Zoya…”



Zoya felt her emotions churn, as her stomach flipped, this look on his face, the sincerity in his eyes, was just making her fall deeper and deeper,and she knew she could never let him know the truth, because she couldn't risk what they had for anything, and she whispered , pulling him closer - “ i wouldn't change it for anything in the world too, Asad….”, and with that, she leaned in to receive his kiss.



Zoya broke apart, a few heated minutes later, only because of lack of oxygen, and she felt herself blush, as he was still looking at her intently and she asked - “ what is it??”



“ you look so beautiful, how do you manage to pull it off every single time of the day, even at wait let me check, 1 am…i told you id rather be watching you at any time of the day”



Zoya looked at her watch, and got up - “ what? its 1 am, I need to go, i have to get some sleep,i have to be there, at 8 tom…its the last day”

Zoya noticed the disappointed look on his face, and so she sat back next to him as she smiled - “ohk fine, wipe that look off your face, Asad…ill stay a while longer”



Asad grinned at his accomplishment, and faked a disappointed look as he said - “ not until you kiss me again, Zoya…”, and she smiled, and happily obliged, and just as she felt his lips dominate hers, and his hands caressed her back, she felt herself drowning in his passionate embrace.once again.



………………….



Fate grinned, as he heard Destiny speak - “ well, that was good to watch, wasn't it? they are adorable, i need to revisit, the reason why i have them caught in this web of the gruesome past…”



Fate - “ well its something only know, havent we asked you the same thing a million times already..but its ohk, its fun to watch the calm before the storm, you know sometimes, just sometimes i enjoy being sadistic…”



Hate smirked - “ Just sometimes? fate, look into the mirror, you do it all the time, thats why I am better than you, I am just who I am, no pretenecs involved….”



Love listened silently , and she said - “ hate, i can see why you are so excited,but shh for once, let me concentrate , i have some serious thinking at hand here….”



Hate smiled - “ think all you want Love, for all this making up to each other, you might just need truckloads of it, once I strike, and you know, its about time already…”



Fate scowled at Hate as he said - “ yeah, we know, dont push it to our faces, you havent been dancing around for nothing, go ahead and do whatever you want, create all the mess you want…I am sure Love will fix it, when the time comes, wont you…?”



Love nodded silently - “ Hmmm…”



Hate grinned - “ because well you know, i am just pretty darn good at my job…thats some fixing, I would love to watch, Love do…”



…………….



Mar 4, 2016

Chapter 10 - Flowers and Storms - 3/03/2016 - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 19 times)

Chapter 10 - Flowers and Storms



Relationships. I have always heard , that they need a lot of handling with care, and obviously you gotta nurture them,so that they can blossom and be like those evergreen beautiful flowers, that are meant to light up our lives.There are times,when relationships, are showered with flowers, signalling, pure bliss. And then there comes the times, when, the storms come,and shake up,rake up, almost everything. What happens, when a storm hits a relationship? Do we hold hands together, and walk and bear it nonetheless, powered by love? Yes we do, almost most of the times.But some storms, are just so strong, that they have the power to uproot the very root of emotions and love.What do we do, when such a storm hits? Are we strong enough to hold on, or do we just let it all wash away, just like that? The answer, can be very subjective ofcourse, for in love there really is no such thing as right or wrong.



……………………..



Friday - 7 am - London



Khushi felt herself struggle to open her eyes, but she did, and the minute, the surroundings registered, she realised , the reason, why it felt like she had , had the most peaceful sleep, because,she was in Arnav’s arms.they had stayed up late on the terrace, talking, and obviously none of them relaised, when they slept off,snugled into each other. Khushi got up slowly, so as to not wake him up, and she peeked at her phone, to check the time,it was 7 am, and right then it struck her that they hadn't eaten anything last night, and Arnav couldn't go without food for so long,because of his diabetes, and she realised, that she needed to get him to eat something,and have his medicines. She quickly got up, from the sunbed, to arrange for the same, but before, she walked away, she looked at his peaceful face, as he slept , he looked so calm, and serene, content,and she couldn't help but smile, as she felt her heart light up with love, for this man who lay in front of her as she whispered softly to herself - “ I don’t know when this happened,but i love you so much Arnav, i wish for that day, when I would gather the guts to tell you how I feel,to tell you how much I love you….”



And with that she walked out as fast as she could,towards her room.



A few Minutes Later - 



Arnav felt his eyes open, and he closed them again, because he was just having this really good dream,they were together,and he could hear her say, something about about how deeply she felt for him, how she wanted to tell him, that she was in love with him. He immediately opened his eyes at that thought, obviously it was a dream. It couldn't be true, firstly he was too crooked and complicated to love, and secondly, he wasn't a firm believer of that very emotion, anyway, he knew it existed for some, but he didn't ever think or imagine experiencing it. And obviously, it was too early to term what Khushi and he shared as Love, because well, he had no idea what this love was all about anyway.He just knew, one thing, that he liked Khushi way more than any girl he had ever liked, he cared for her, and she was important, thats all,but this surely wasn't Love. Could it be?? He felt, something beat super fast , and he realised it was his heart, and he instructed himself to calm down,and it amused him because somehow these self instructions had become more common ever since he had met Khushi, because it was only with her around, he could feel his heartbeat fasten like anything. And right then, a halt came to his chain of thoughts, as he realised, that Khushi wasn't around. Last night, had been wonderful, they had talked for hours, and he remembered, how she had fallen asleep, in his arms, on his shouder, and he had taken that time, to just watch her beautiful face, etching every bit in his memory, because time was nearing for him to leave,she was exquisite, and so beautiful.And he didn't know, when had he slept, watching her sleep. He couldn't help but wonder, where was she? Why didn't she wake him up, and just disappear? He just picked up his phone,and was about to call her, when he heard footsteps, and he got up halfway from the sunbed, and turned to see, who it was , and relief was what he felt, as he spotted Khushi, walking his way, with a tray in her hands.



Khushi smiled, as she saw him awake, and she realised from his expression, that he had been wondering where she was, so she said walking faster,placing the tray on the sunbed, sitting next to his feet - “ hey, goodmorning, you are up, i thought i would come wake u up now, sorry i didn't earlier, i just realised, you hadn't eaten last night,and you cant go without food for so long, so i just thought, I would…here pls have this first, so you can take your medicine”, and she handed him a banana, from the plate of fruits she had got, along with coffee for him, and bottle of water, and his medicine.



Arnav felt a zillion emotions in that very moment, just no one apart from his family, had ever cared for him, the way Khushi did,and he couldn't help but grin back, as he took the banana from her hand - “ thank you Khushi, and yes, i was wondering, where you were…”, and he quickly ate his banana,and then,picked up his medicine, and ate it, and he could notice, she was watching him silently, all the while, and he immediately picked up the orange from the plate, and started peeling it as he said - “ Khushi, I know, i look good all the time but you can quit staring, you know…”



KHushi blushed as she said to her defence - “ who said, i was looking at you? I was looking somewhere else, you just happened to be in the way….”, and before she knew it, he shoved a piece of orange in her mouth, as she heard him say - “ eat Khushi, I know you haven't eaten anything too…”

Khushi ate the pice of orange and smiled - “ well, thank you, Arnav…”, he gestured her to come sit next to him, and she happily obliged, as his arms went around her shoulder.



And they just sat their silently for a while,when she heard him say - “ Khushi, for whatever reason it maybe, i don't know, why i don't like the fact of not seeing you around me, when i expect to see you, like this morning, I was hoping to see you, as I woke up…”



Khushi smiled at that - “ but I was lucky, coz i saw you as I woke up, has anyone ever told you, how adorable you look while you sleep, its amazing to watch you sleep…”



“ Oh really, is it? but i am sure, its not as fascinating as it is, to watch you sleep, it took a lot to not kiss you while you slept and wake u up…”, Arnav said.



Khushi blushed furiously as she said - “ stop it, now will you,Arnav, please….”



Arnav grinned , he loved making her nervous - “ ok fine, on that note, i forgot to tell you something last night, Khushi, because we had more important things to discuss, theres a small party at AR tonight,and I want you to come with me, you will come wont you?”



Khushi smiled as she admitted - “ obviously i will , what makes you think, I wont, you know id even come to hell with you, if you asked…”



Arnav cupped her face and looked into her eyes as he asked - “ you would??”



Khushi looked back at him intently as she said - “ yes I would, but theres a clause, its gotta be with you, or else I have no interest in hell…”, and before she knew it, she was pulled in for a hug, and she clutched to his shirt, listening to his heartbeats, and she she was sure, her own beats, matched his.



………………………….



Boston - 11 am



Zoya walked out, the campus, feeling great, at finishing what she had come to, and like she had promised herself, she had aced in all her courses, and she couldn't be more excited, than she was in that moment.Everything was just perfect, in that very moment.She checked her watch, she had asked Asad, to pick her up at 1130, and she still had 30 minutes, and so she quickly, dialled Khushi, hoping she would pick up now, she really needed to talk to her, and she was glad as she heard Khushi’s voice on the other end - 



“Zoya, thank god, i was thinking of calling you too, i am so sorry, for we havent been able to talk….”



Zoya immediately got to the point - “ Khushi,its ok, but forst tell me is everything alright? why was your phone off yesterday, i know it never is, and then bhai also asked me for riyals no, what is it?? tell me, is everything ok??



“Yes, everything is ok, but i need to tell you something first….”



Zoya - “ ok then, hurry, tell me what is it??”



“I am in love with your brother, Zoya, what am i going to do now??”

Zoya let that sink in as she said - “ what?? are you serious?? oh my god, this is amazing, does bhai know? I am sure, bhai is”, and right then the lie came back to her and she asked - “ Khushi, now what?? listen, i know, what you must do, i have decided that I am not going to tell Asad about the truth, not now, not until he is ready to listen…why don't you just stop worrying too, you love him, do you know how he feels too?? cmon tell him….”



“ No he doesn't know, but i plan to tell him the truth, Zoya, I cant do this any longer, I cant do this to him, its killing me….”



“what truth? that you love him? or that you are Khushi Ahemed Khan?Khushi have you thought this out?? it would ruin everything , are you ready for that??”



She felt silence on the other end, then she heard Khushi’s serious tone - “ I don't know, if I am ready, but i will tell him who I am first, and then tell him how i feel, and then the ball is in his court Zoya, i am just scared….”



Zoya admitted honestly- “ thats very brave of you Khushi, i dont know if I have the guts to tell Asad, i mean things are going good, i dont know, if I am ready to ruin it yet, and moreover….”



“But how long can we keep this lie going anyway, its gotta end someday, right Zoya? Theres a party at AR today, i will tell him after, for sure, i have decided….but you dont worry ok, i will call you after”



Zoya frowned - “ are you mad? how can i not worry for you idiot, and bhai, i know….”, and thats when she spotted Asad, so she quickly said - “ ok khushi, i see Asad, i will talk to you later, ok, take care pls…whatever you decide i am with you….”



“And i am with you too, Zoya….”



…………



Zoya walked towards Asad, with worry on her mind,she was hell worried for Khushi and her brother,she knew Khushi, and she knew her brother,but Khushi said she was in love with him, what if her brother wasn’t? What if, seeing Khushi was like just seeing any of his girls of the past, she hadn't spoken to him, about how he felt, well because according to him, she didn't know, but obviously she knew about what was going on between the two from khushi, all undercover, so maybe this really was a big mess for Khushi, she was in love with her brother, and then she was Khushi Ahemed Khan, and now she was planning to tell her brother the truth, she just wanted some magic wand to just transfer her to London, so that she could be there for her best friend, but obviously there wasn't and she couldn't and the reason was standing right in front of her, so she quickly controlled her thoughts as she faked a smile - “ Asad….”



Asad watched Zoya mask her frown, and he held her by the waist, and walked her to the car, as he asked - “ all ok?? you seem worried for some reason…when you should be relaxed….”



Zoya nodded as she got in the car- “ No , I am fine,Asad, just you know last night, we were up so late, and now I am getting this headache…”, she said touching her temples.



Asad quickly opened the bottle of water and handed it to her - “ Here, have some Zoya, are you sure you dont need a medicine??”



Zoya nodded, rubbing her temples - Yes, ill be fine, don’t worry”



Asad - “ Dont worry, are you kidding me, you are my business Zoya, and you look sick, wait…”, and he bent forward and pressed the button to recline her seat, and he started to press her temples, gently as he whispered - “ let me please, just close your eyes, you'll be fine, i do this for ammi like all the time…”



Zoya felt his hands work like magic on her aching head, as she said, her eyes still closed - “ you do??”



“yeah when she gets her migraine, i am good with this trust me, ammi says so…”



Zoya gave him a half smile,as she genuinely started to feel his fingers wash her pain away, it was like he knew just which pressure points to tend, as she said - “well she's right about that…”



“shhh, just keep quiet Zoya…”



Zoya kept mum,she didn't want to mess with a worried Asad.



A few Minutes later - 



Zoya felt so much better, and so she finally opened her eyes, and held his hand, kissed it gently as she adjusted her seat back to its position  and smiled - “ you have some magic in your hands Asad, you really do, i feel so much better….come on lets go now….”



“ are you sure Zoya, i mean, if your not upto it, we can shop tomorrow….we still have time…”, said Asad still very worried for Zoya.



“ No way Asad, we will do as planned,cmon now, please start driving already, and you do know, shopping is good therapy anyway….”



Asad - “ Yeah, that i v heard, but that is if you are stressed about something, are you really? is there something else bothering you??”



“Asad, cmon, no there isn’t…”

“Are you sure, Zoya?



“yes, I am, allah miyan whats wrong with you…”



Asad smiled - “ ok fine, but on one condition, promise you will nap, until we reach the outlet…”



Zoya nodded - “ I am not going to win from you anyway, so theres no point, I will do as you command, my lord…”



Asad grinned, as he started the car - “ thats better….”



……………..



London - 5 PM



Khushi shut her laptop, as she spotted Arnav enter her room, and she smiled, as she gestured him to sit - “ hey, whats up, how was it, your meeting??”



Arnav took his blazer off, and flung it on her chair, as he sat -“ it was good, I'm sorry again, i know we planned on spending my remaining time together, but work, it just always come up..”



Khushi rubbed his arm lovingly as she said - “ oh cmon, its alright, and you were only gone two hours, so its ok…i understand….”



Arnav looked at her amused - “ how is it that you do this, all the time? understand me?? you are wonderful , Khushi….”



Khushi smiled - “am i? thanks but not more than you Arnav… you tired much??”



Arnav grinned - “ no, so what was up??”



“nothing much, was just skipping with my mother,she wants to know when ill be back…”



Arnav pulled her into his arms, hugging her by the waist - “ thats a million dollar question, khushi, i want to know so too, when do you plan to come back to India??”



Khushi admitted honestly - “ I don't know, Arnav…but don't worry, i will let you know….”



Arnav raised a eyebrow at her as he teased, faking hurt- “ obviously Khushi, or is it, that you plan to forget me as soon as, I leave”

Khushi immediately cupped his face as she said, surprising him, her voice full of emotion - “ shut up ok, never say that again, I can never forget you, Arnav, like never, you have no idea, how special you are to me…”, and she rubbed his cheek gently, and kissed him there tenderly.



Arnav felt so many emotions at that moment, that he didn't know what to do, because with Khushi all these feelings needed to be comprehended, and before he could do so, a thousand others emerged, and so he just held her hand - “ I was kidding….Khushi…”



“thats not a thing to kid about , Arnav….”



Arnav nodded and then he remembered, so he quickly walked out, and was back in a minute, with a packet in his hands and he handed it to khushi - “ this is for you….Khushi…”



Khushi asked surprised - “ what is it??”



“Its what, i want you to wear tonight, Khushi…”



Khushi was just opening her packet, when his phone rang, and he gestured that he had to take this call, and she nodded, and watched him walk out.



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5 PM - Boston



Asad watched Zoya, out of the corner of his eye, as he drove them back , after a good day out shopping for families, and an amazing brunch.And it indeed was true, he couldn't understand how she managed to do this to him, but she really did always just always manage to light up his world, and she didn't have to do anything much, just her killer smile was enough, or probably just the sight of her. He knew,he was falling for her, faster than he had imagined,deeper than he had thought, he would, because it was like Zoya was making him explore a world of emotions, he had no idea existed, before, and to top it all,there was this something about her, he could get out of his system, heart or mind, not that he wanted to,he couldn't help anything at all, but just to be stunned by this amazing beautiful woman in front of him ,causing his heart to feel things it had never felt before.They were about to leave soon , and then London was the next stop, he had to tell Khushi first, and then take whatever emotion this was forward wit Zoya,he knew he wanted to take things ahead and he would make it happen.It was right then, a thought came to his mind and he made a mental note to question Zoya about the same, as they reached their building, and he parked in the ba****t, and then walked out to help Zoya carry the shopping bags.



A few Minutes Later -



Zoya opened her room, and walked in as she placed the shopping bags on the sofa, and Asad followed the same, as he sat across her and she said - “ A good day wasn't it Asad? but exhausting…”



Asad smiled - “ yeah,like its ever possible to have a bad day with you around….Zoya…”



Zoya sat straight and grinned - “ allah miyaan, you gotta tell me how you do this, how do you know just exactly what to say, all the time…”



Asad grinned , as he walked to sit next to her- “ well, I can just say, I learn from the best, Zoya, and you are a good teacher…”,he finished, tucking a strained of hair behind her ear, making her blush.



She felt his hands rub her cheek gently as she heard him ask - “ i hope you aren't getting your headache again…?”



“No, Asad, I am fine…”



“ Ok, tell me is it worrying you? us leaving here??”



Zoya held his hand as she smiled - “ yes, and no to that Asad, not worried exactly, yes because i will miss you, i know we might not get as much time together as we do now, but no, because I know you, and myself too, i guess we will manage, work it out in the best way we can…right??”



Asad nodded - “ right, and and i am happy to hear that,but yes, I will miss you so much too, you know kinda used to having you around all the time…”



Zoya rested her head on his shoulder - “ yeah, i know what you mean….”



Asad kissed her side of the neck tenderly and he looked around as he asked teasing her - “ Zoya, just btw dont you think, you should have bought another piece of luggage, i mean, you will never get this all fit into the one you have already…”



Zoya - “ oh really, you think so, well you dont know Asad themed khan, this is Zoya you are talking about, I can fit it all in, trust me, i have this unique way of packing…”



Asad grinned - “ And id like to see you do it…and that reminds me, i have to start packing…”



“You do, already, but theres so much time left, oh wait, how can i forget, you are Khushi’s brother, you are going to be all detailed, well before time, like  all packed, usually 24 hours before…”



Asad nodded - “ well mostly, it is that way,until urgent plans, and lets guess, you are totally the last minute packer…”



Zoya grinned - “ Oh yes, I am, you see i have this allregy to a packed suitcase, i cant see it lying there all closed, like once its shut, I need to leave…so i just do mostly everything last minute, zip it all up, and good to go….”



Right then, Zoya remembered as she asked Asad - “ did you tell Khushi yet? about us reaching Monday??”



Asad smiled - “ Yeah i whtsapped her, a while back, while at lunch, i didn't get the chance to speak to her…”



“Hmmmm, good….”



Right then, they heard a thunder and Zoya asked aloud - “ wait a minute, was that a thunder??’



“yeah, i guess it will rain…wait, i will shut the window and the door…”, said Asad, walking towards the balcony door.



But before he knew it, Zoya was out at the speed of light as she looked at him excitedly - “ Its going to rain, it hasn't since i came here, me and Khushi love rains….”



Asad smiled - “ well, i know my sister does,she gets wet in the rains all the time, why is it its not a suprise, that you do too, since I dont…”



Zoya looked at him with her mouth open - “ how can you not…” and right then it started to pour, and she quickly pulled Asad by his hand out as she stated - “ looks like, you cant escape today…”



Asad saw the excited look on her face, and he didn't want to spoil it, coz it fascinated him, so he  just joined her, and stood silently, as he watched her open her arms, twirl around, enjoying getting drenched in the rain.



Just the sight of her, was stirring so many feelings inside him, she was probably looking like the rain goddess herself,so he just stood there admiring her,and right then he noticed her leg slip, amidst her twirls, and he immediately, caught her by the waist , just in time, as she said - “ well thank you Mr.Khan, what would I do without you…”, and his hands engulfed her by the waist, as he pulled her closer to himself, and she wrapped her arms around his neck, the water poring down on them , as he whispered - “ so this obviously isn't your first time drenching yourself in the rains??”



Zoya grinned - “ isn't it amazing,obviously not…”



Asdad pulled her closer - “ well, since its my first, and well, you know, I havent really enjoyed it as much, as I am now….its only fair if I…”



Zoya waited in anticipation, as his other hand, caressed her back,as she asked - “ If I..what…”, 

and he leaned in towards her, whispering to her lips - “ if I this Zoya…”, and he sealed her lips, with his.



Zoya had always felt a zillion things , overtime he kissed her , touched her, but right now, with the rain, and their proximity and the way their bodies were engulfed into each other, as he kissed her,she felt a jolt of electricity through every cell of her body, and before she could comprehend, her body was already responding to his touches, as she pulled his collar,with a hand still around his neck, pulling him closer, kissing him back, with as much passion, as she felt for him,and they broke apart a few heated minutes later, as she caught her breath and whispered against his lips - “ Asad, I….”



“shhh…”, and he started to kiss her again, and again, and she could only feel like she was losing herself, and right then, she realised, he had broken their kiss, and was disappointed by the loss, when she felt him trailing a line of kisses down her neck, and she only leaned back to give him more access,as the pleasure was just clouding her mind,and she felt him bite her ,and then soothing the bite with his tongue, and before she could control, she pulled him by the hair up, and kissed him, wanting to pour in every emotion she felt.



Asad felt her kiss him with so much passion,dominating him,and he didn't know, why he felt totally not in control, in that moment, he had always kept that control on his mind,but right now, he just couldn't think about anything else, other than how much he wanted her, in that moment,and so finally let passion take over, as he shoved her against the door,and started to kiss her everywhere, her neck, and then he tucked on her shirt, opening its buttnons,as he pulled it halfway down her shoulders,she was wearing a back tube top beneath, and the contrast of that black, against her milky white skin, drove him crazy,as he started to trail kisses everywhere, driving them both crazy.Zoya could feel that the passion between them was igniting to new levels, and she didn't really want him to stop, because she was loving every bit of it, right when, she felt a sneeze itch her, and as much as she wanted to stop it, she couldn’t, and so she just getured Asad to stop, and he looked at her disppointed,so she said - “ sorry, excuse…”, and she sneezed, and before she knew it,a chain of sneezes began.



Asad was disappointed at the loss of their moment, but watching her sneeze, was just so amusing, he couldn't help but laugh it out as he said - “ come, lets get you inside,and changed,you said, you do this all the time…”



Zoya sneezed as she looked at him horrified - “ what, I don’t, its only with you….”



Asad teased - “ shut up, I mean, getting drenched in the rain…”



Zoya sneezed as she blushed - “ oh please, yes I do, but i do get this bout of sneezes ,when i do so , for too long, and we….”



“Have been out here for quite sometime…”, he finished, as he got her inside, and shut the door to the balcony, and he said - “ now go change, before you catch a cold…”



Zoya nodded - “you too, i dont want you to get ill because of me….”



Asad grinned as he kissed her forehead - “ i won’t, and thank you, for i never knew, the rain could be so much fun…”



Zoya blushed furiously as she punched him on the shoulder lightly and said - “ shut up…”, and ran to her room to change, feeling completely embarrassed.



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London - 8 PM



Khushi adjusted the pleats on her saree, and then she just picked up her lip colour, to finish with the final touch, and then she looked back in her reflection, in the mirror.She was wearing a saree, a red one, Arnav wanted her to wear it to the party tonight, and the minute she had looked at it, had fallen in love with it.It was simple, elegant and exquisite.She couldn't help but smile,Arnav had great taste.And she wondered why would he want her to wear a saree,in the first place, and she made a mental note, to ask him, as she stepped out her room, and it was right then she spotted him walk in her studio, the door of which she now mostly kept open, and she smiled, and didn't know why he just stopped dead in his tracks.



Arnav walked into Khushi’s door, all ready, going she was ready, they were already running 30 mins late, thats when he spotted her, walk out her room.And one look at her, was enough to make him his stop in his track, as he could only stare at how gorgeous she looked,his imagination could never do any justice to this mesmerising woman in front of him,she looked exquisite, straight out of his dream, draped both in his favourite garment and colour.His gaze traveled upwards,and he was sure his heart skipped a million beats, as his mind registered her beautiful waist, and how delicately, the saree had been draped around it, showing off just a slight glimpse of her gorgeous stomach, which was enough to drive him crazy, and then he looked upwards and he was glad, about his decision,to ask her to wear this, and finally his gaze fell on her face, and their eyes locked, and he was sure his heart stopped beating, at that sight, of her looking at him nervously,she had some make up on,but he couldn't get his eyes off, her perfect red lips,she looked perfect, intact perfect was an understatement, and once again he looked at her, and their eyes locked.



Khushi knew she looked good, but the way he was looking at her, was as if he was x-raying every bit of her, and that suddenly made her feel very shy, and to break the awkwardness of what her body was feeling, she quickly walked upto him, and stated, straighting his tie - “ Arnav, i think we are late….we have a party to attend…you can stare later”



Arnav grinned, as he held her by the waist, and kissed her forehead - “ who said, i was, you just happened to be in my way, you know…and what was it you said about a party,do we really have one to attend…”, he asked rubbing her arm tenderly.



Khushi blushed - “ oh cmon, can we go,and pls tell me why did you ask me to wear a saree for a party at AR??”, and she laced her hand into his, and dragged him towards the door, and shut it behind her.

Arnav watched her out of the corner of his eye as they entered the elevator and he admitted - “ well, we are celebrating the success of our ethnic line here in London, thats why and secondly its my favourite garment , Khushi…”



“It is??”



“Why are you so shocked??”


Khushi smiled - “ well, honestly i didn't think it would be,i thought you’d prefer something more,foreward, i guess??”



Arnav immediately caged her in between his arms in the lift as he whispered in her ears- “ who says so, its just what you assumed, well theres something about a saree, which really is my personal favourite, its ****y in its own way,and the way you are looking tonight, Khushi, dressed in my favourite garment and colour, you managed to break every definition of ****y in my dictionary, Khushi, i have no words to tell you, how breathtakingly gorgeous,you look tonight….”



Khushi felt shivers starting to take over, and she was glad the elevator opened right then, and before she knew it, Arnav had held her hand,and was making her walk out , as she heard him - “ Stick by my side, tonight…”



Khushi - “ are you sure, at AR?? you know, no one knows…”



Arnav - “ I dont care anymore, Khushi…come lets go…”, and with that they both got into the car, his secretary had sent for them.



………..



Two Hours Later - 



Arnav sipped his wine, and he couldn't help but steal a glance at the dance floor, where Khushi was dancing, with some dude, from his office, and he couldn't help, but feel jealous, he didn't like the sight of her in the same frame with anybody else, but this client he was stuck with was really boring him to death, and all he wanted was to drag Khushi away.Things weren't going as planned, as he hadn't got much time to spend with her ever since they had entered, because clients, and executives were hovering around him, which had led Khushi to excuse herself, and now she was mixing up with the team, who had helped her with her dissertation, and he was just stuck.And not just that, he had noticed, every man, glance at her, in the way that made him want to kick them, but he couldn't really do anything, so the frustration was really getting to him.He finally decided to excuse himself, as he made his way to the dance floor, and it was right then he heard Khushi, say - “ I guess, i need to…”



“Change your partner, maybe??”, he chipped in, and took her hand by suprise, as he led her on the other side of the floor, and said - “ looks like someone was having fun, without me….”



Khushi grinned as she said - “ looks like someone is jealous…”, and right then she felt his hand wrapping itself, around her waist,as his fingers gently caressed her stomach, sending shivers down her spine and she looked at him ,as she managed to find her voice back - “ Arnav, you shouldn’t,I mean…”



“Mean what??”,he challenged, pulling her closer, holding her other hand,with his, as a slow song started to play, and he started to sway, whilst his fingers, continued to caress her stomach.

Khushi shivered under his touch, but she danced with him as she whispered - “ mean what id said, people dont know, about us, this will make them suspect, don't you think??”



Arnav admitted honestly - “ and like I care, Khushi??”



Khushi - “ yeah, but still…”



That made Arnav step back for a second, as he asked, now genuinely hurt - “ you dont want to be seen with me, Khushi??”



Khushi looked at him shocked as she tried to explain - “ no, arnav, you…”, but before she could say anything, he had stomped off the dance floor.



Khushi felt like kicking herself, for ruining a perfect moment, with her stupidity,and right then she spotted him going towards his cabin, and she quickly followed, and entered behind him,and shut the door, silencing the noise from the music as she finally spoke - “ Arnav, i am sorry, you misunderstood me, really, thats not what i meant….”



Arnav just sat on his couch, and asked - “ then why were you so worried??”



Khushi didn't know how to tell him the truth, that how there was a lot of media at his party , and he was always the spotlight, she couldn't risk being spotted that close to him, and what if the media wrote something, and her brother found out, before she could reveal the truth, and that was what worried her, as she stated, half honestly- “ I dont know, i know theres a lot of media around, and you always happen to be their favourite topic, even when in London,so i was maybe just shy, you know, this is all new for me….”



Arnav felt relief wash over him, as he heard her, and how could he be so stupid, to say something like that to her, ofcourse, the media, it scared her, and he just gestured her to come sit next to him, and she did and she held his hand,as she said - “ how could you even think, i wouldn't want to be seen with you, Arnav,this means a lot to me, and maybe one day…”



Arnav kissed her hand as he said - “ One day, you will stand beside me,for the world, when you are ready, isn't it?”

Khushi - “ yes, Arnav, are you alright??”



Arnav nodded - “ yeah, just pissed that the evening didn't go as planned, as i have this clients boring me to death, and you are surrounded by these stupid dudes, who just cant stop looking at you….”



Khushi got up from the sofa and stated , teasing him- “ whose fault is that? you asked me to wear this, didn't you??”



Arnav nodded, and the look of her teasing him,with that quirky smile on her face,did it, as he got up and walked towards her, and as usual, she stepped back, and before she knew it she hit the door, and he cupped her face, as he admitted honestly - “ yeah, but i wanted that for me, not for all these fools to look at….you are mine, Khushi, and i don't like the sight of other men, looking at you, the way they were….”



Khushi looked into his eyes,and she asked -“ what did you just say??look i want to talk”, why did she feel as if his mentioning, you are mine, had a deeper meaning attached to it, and she knew she should just tell him the truth.



Arnav rubbed her lips with his thumb as he said - “ you do know, red is my favourite colour, and on your lips, its driving me crazy, you have no idea, whats taking it for me, to not kiss you…”



Khushi felt his hands go back to her waist, as it started its earlier minsterations on her stomach,and now that they were alone, she felt his hands,nudge a slight bit of her saree aside, as his thumb started to play with her neval, driving her insane , as she heard herself stammer, not sure if the voice was hers - “ how am i supposed to talk, if you are going to touch me like that, Arnav…”



Arnav knew he was driving her insane, he could sense it with her heavy breaths,and heaving chest,but he didn't kiss her yet as he asked, still playing with her waist,gently - “ what do you want to talk about right now, Khushi? is there anything else on your mind??, and with that his hands, started to caress her bare back midriff.



Khushi felt every logic go out of her mind, as his touches ignited her passion as she said - “ well it was about us, but for now, i just wanted you to know,you could kiss me you know, the lip colour wont smudge, atleast, thats what the review says, its supposed to be kiss -proof”



Arnav saw the glint of passion in her eyes, and he was sure it matched his as he teased leaning in towards her, rubbing her lip with his thumb- “ talk to me about us later, Khushi, first let me test this…”, and with that he bent forward and kissed her, just like he had wanted to the minute he had seen her tonight.



Khushi kissed him back,and she felt her own hands go in his hair, as she pulled him closer, and his lips started to trail her neck, and before she knew it , he had turned her around, towards the wall, and he pushed her hair to one side, and started to kiss her at the back of her neck, which only made her moan his name, and she felt his hands, open the dori of her blouse on top, and the minute she felt his hands, unhook her blouse, and touch her bare back, she felt herself drown, it was like she was his prisoner,a happy one though.She felt his hands go up her bare back, and then slowly he circled her waist, and she looked back a little as she whispered - “ Arnav…”, and he trailed a line of kisses down, her spine, driving her mad, and before she knew it, he had her around, and her hands in reflex, had clutched to her blouse, which would have otherwise fallen, and she took a deep breath as she felt him kiss her navel, and her stomach, before he came back up, to finally claim her lips, once again.



Khushi clutched onto her blouse, with one hand, as she kissed him with all she had,and as they broke apart for a minute, she just hugged him,as if to tell him, that she was as affected as he was.



Arnav felt her hug him hard, and it clearly told him, how much it affected her, their passion, he wasn't the only one who was crazy about what they shared, this electric passion, that ignited, everytime, they touched,and as much as he didn't want to stop, his mind strongly signalled him to, as it told him too, he had already crossed his limits tonight, and obviously Khushi was deeply affected by his ministrations, that she wasn't really in a frame of mind, not that he was, but he knew, he just should stop, he knew she wouldn't be ready for this yet, she would regret it, and thats the last thing he wanted, and so he hugged her for a minute, and then pushed her backk to the wall, and turned her around slowly, and then he adjusted her blouse, and tied her hook first and then her dori, and kissed her there softly,as he whispered - “ Khushi, I'm sorry, I don't want you to regret anything ever between us….”



Khushi felt him set her hair as they were from behind, and she felt so much love for this man in that moment,she realised that now her saree was as perfectly adjusted as before, she quickly turned around and hugged him,and then kissed him on the side of his neck as she whispered - “ no wonder, I Lo…”, and she stopped before she blurted out the truth, about being in love with him.



But he had heard something, so he immediately asked - “ what, what were you just about to say??”



Khushi smiled as she kissed his cheek - “ No wonder, I like you so much Arnav….cmon lets get going, i want go home now, if thats ok with you, i want to talk to you, its important, its about us”



Arnav nodded, and smiled and they walked out his cabin and then, he guided her out of the other exit and followed ,still wondering, if she was about to say she loved him.Maybe thats what she wanted to talk to him about?? And he couldn't help but wonder, what would he say to her if she told him that?.He didn't know if this was love, and it was best to be honest with her,he would tell her he liked her a lot, and wanted to see where this was headed, but he didn't know if it was love.That would be the best thing to do,tell her the truth,this was khushi, the girl he genuinely cared about, and wanted to be with.His Khushi, the least he could do was give her honesty.



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9 pm - Boston



Zoya flipped the magazine’s pages, as she watched Asad pack,and she asked - “ Asad, so i know we have talked about this before, but I just wanted to know,like for real, why you haven't been in a relationship, before…its not like there weren't girls dying for you….”



Asad kept his shirts in his suitcase and he looked at her confused - “ why this question?? now Zoya??”



Zoya smiled- “ well, it’s just what came to my mind,never mind if you don't wish to answer, its not compulsory, you know…”



Asad smiled as he walked and sat next to her and held her hand - “ no it is, compulsory, you know, I am committed to you, i should answer you…”



“But it shouldn't be because you just should Asad…”



Asad - “ and it should be because I want to, and I will…”, and he saw her sit up, and he put his head in her lap, and took her hand as he said - “ like iv told you earlier, I hadn't met anyone like you, thats the main reason Zoya, and secondly, well, from when i was little, i watched my ma and abbu, and i always thought i want a relationship just like that, you know with someone, who will stand with me no matter what, through flowers and storms, no matter what came our way, someone who just stood with me, was there for me, and i never got that feeling with anyone,or for anyone Zoya, except you, I somehow, do feel you will be there for me, always, no matter what came our way, flowers or storms, its a relationship, it may not be all smooth all the time….”

Zoya felt tears well up, in her eyes, as she listened to him, and she bent forward and kissed his forehead - “ I promise, i will be with you always, Asad, come what may, even if one day, you ask me to get lost, I won’t ok, I promise….”



Asad grinned - “ you see thats why i chose you, but for the record, i will never ask you to get lost, and i promise to be with you too, no matter what…”



Zoya looked into his eyes - “ are you sure?? Asad?? what if i am a rose full of thorns….”



Asad sat up and cupped her face and admitted - “ well, than we shall have to pluck these thorns out, together…whatever may come, we will face it together….”



Zoya smiled and nodded - “ together it is….”, and he kissed her tenderly, on the side of her lips, as she said smilingly - “ ohk, resume your packing and let me read this magazine…”



Asad grinned - “ as you command, my lady….”



…………………

Midnight - London



Khushi walked into her apartment,now definetly sure of her decision.Arnav needed to know the truth asap,she had been feeling all awkward, because of what had transpired in his cabin, both physically and emotionally.She couldn't beleive,she had almost blurted that she loved him, and thats why she had been quiet on their way back in the car, and maybe he had understood, for he had just silently held her hand and then let her rest her head on his shoulder, and thats when it had hit her, that if she really did love him, she had to give him the truth now, before it would hurt him more.And so as hard as it seemed, with a rock on her heart, she decided she would tell him, who she was straight, and then the ball was in his court, to decide their fate.



Arnav followed her into her room, and sat on the couch, and watched a play of various expressions on her face, but before he could comprehend what it is, he heard himself ask - “ Khushi, you ok??”



Khushi - “ yeah, I am, just that, i need to talk to you, and i don't know….”



Arnav walked to her and rubbed her shoulder - “ where to start?? why dont you change first, get comfortable ok, i am right here….ill wait, ok?”



Khushi - “ are you sure? this is important, Arnav…”



“Not more important than your comfort, Khushi, relax, I am right here,ok….”



Khushi smiled - “ Thanks, give me 15 minutes ok….”.



Arnav nodded, and watched her go to her room.



He decided to watch some TV while he waited for her, he could use that distraction, he was nervous, what if Khushi really did tell him, it was love for her, would his answer hurt her?? Would it change the things in between them?? that was the last thing he wanted, he hadn't been happier.He was distracted, and as he was picking the remote from the table, he dropped her bag, which was lying there, and her books fell out. He immediately, started to put them back in, when his eyes fell on her dissertation, and he kept everything back, and took it and sat back on the sofa, he had gone through it a little on the mail, but now that it was in his hand, he decided to look at it in detail, he had time anyway.



He opened it and then flipped the front page, and started reading the contents,but then he came to the acknowledgemts, and he was happy to see, that she had mentioned his company’s help. And something right there caught his eye. Her Signature.

It didn't read Khushi Gupta, when it should.



It read - Khushi Ahemed Khan.



He rubbed his eyes, he had to be reading wrong,Khushi was Khushi Gupta.



He quickly flipped back to the front page , to check her name and thats what it read again -

Khushi Ahemed Khan.



Why would Khushi lie about her name to him??  Worry, fear and hurt clouded his mind, as he re read - Ahemed Khan.



He recalled all the times, Khushi said, he'd hate her, if he found out who she was.



“ you’d hate me Arnav…”

“ I am insecure, for some of my own reasons….”



“ My brother wouldn't approve of us seeing each other….”



No there had to be a mistake, he was just hallucinating.



He saw her laptop on the table, and he remembered spotting a family folder on her desktop earlier, so he quickly switched it on, an all the time this sinking feeling was ruling his stomach, it was making him sick, as his mind offered a truth, he didn't want to accept.



He quickly opened the folder, and clicked on the first thumbnail, and the the picture opened, and he came face to face with a picture of Khushi, hugging, Asad Ahemed Khan.



No it couldn't be, true



He switched to the next thumbnail,and saw a picture of Khushi and Asad, on either side, with Dilshaad in the middle.



The picture stared in his face, and just like that in that one moment, his world came to a standstill.



………………..



Hate grinned as he set his tie straight - “ Aha, finally the time I was waiting for, its my turn , peeps, its my day,, my day is finally here….”



Destiny looked at him and frowed - “ Sadistic pleasure, you just enjoy it way too much , hate….”



Fate intervened -  “ yeah right, and its still only ur turn, on one note, not on the other yet….”



Hate laughed - “ well it wont be too long until then too….”, and he noticed Love was frowning, and he knew why so he asked - “ Liked my twist, Love??”



Love looked at him - “ why did you do this? I had in control, she was going to tell him, maybe then…”



“maybe then, he wouldn't hate her as much he would now, isn't it Love?? wells you don't get to decide the rules of my game, Love, i do….and you aren't the only one who can surprise….”



Love sat back as she admitted, sadly - “ the only suprise, I havent liked in a long time, my friends….”



Destiny - “ It will be ok, dont worry much….”



Love - “ I don't know Destiny, its really upto him for now”



“Oh yes, it is…”, said Hate as he danced out the room



Fate watched him go, and he scowled - “ he didn't play fair and square, i can cross him, you know, I can, will you let me, Love??”



“Not yet, when the time is right….”, answered Love.



Destiny whispered - “Its always about that isn't it, timing….”



Fate admitted - “ oh yes, it always is….”

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Mar 10, 2016

Chapter 11 - The First Cut is the Deepest - 10/03/16 - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 18 times)

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Chapter 11 - The First Cut is the Deepest



We never usually forget our first’s.The first’s of mostly everything, as we grow up.And then obviously comes, the firsts of the heart, the first feel of the heartbeats go faster, the first kiss, the first touch, the first love,we never forget those,as the First’s usually have this special spot in our hearts. And then comes the first hurt, the first heartbreak,the first cut,we definitely can never forget those as well. Just like there are two sides of the coin,there are two sides here too, you dont usually forget your first love, just like you dont usually forget your first cut of the heart, because mostly its not really a thing which is promclaimed loudly, but it still stands true, that out of all the hurt,and the cuts, it really is the First Cut, which is the deepest.



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As much as it shocked him, he didn't know why his fingers were shaking, as he pressed the keys, and browsed through all the pictures on Khushi’s laptop, in her family folder, each picture, silently butchering his heart. He shut it down, with a slam, and stared back, at her dissertation, with her name staring to his face.



Khushi Ahemed Khan. She was no Khushi Gupta, the girl he had been with, that beautiful magnificent, mesmerising,girl, was Khushi Ahemed Khan. Asad Ahemed Khan’s baby sister,his arch enemy’s little sister.He felt so angry, in that moment, that he clutched his fist, and threw her disseration on the floor.



She had lied to him all along,she had lied to him since day one.



He felt cheated,he felt betrayed,something he had never felt, in the last ten years,because he had given just no one the power to hurt him, cheat him and betray him.He had only felt the same, on that fateful day, ten years ago, which had changed their lives,and he had promised himself that he would shut himself up, and never allow himself to feel what he had felt that day, when he had lost so much, the loss which had led to this rivalry, between him and Asad, and now, on this very day, his little sister, had walked into his life, and messed it all up.



He closed his eyes in pure rage, as his heart welled up with different emotions for her, and as it started replaying in his head, every moment he had spent with her. He had thought her to be different, someone whom he could trust, atlas he thought he could.She had been a beautiful change,in his Life.He controlled every emotion as he reminded himself,that she wasn't any of that, she was nothing but a lie.His mind won, as it questioned, everything Khushi had said, and done, really then everything was just a lie?? He couldn't believe what a fool he had been, to fall for her the way he had, he was a fool,and what if all this really was just a trap,by her, to get to him, for her brother.He wouldn't be surprised if it was, she could lie about her name, her identity, she could really just lie about anything.



Anger, rage, hurt,betrayal, was all he could feel,and he couldn't believe, that he was feeling all of it, at the hands of Asad Ahemed Khan’s sister.



A part of him wanted to get out of there, because now that his mind had won, and shut down every emotion, he had ever felt, for her, his anger was peaking, and he knew the best way out, was to just walk out of here, and just never see her face again, and thats what he had thought he would do,and he started to make his way out, but it was right then he heard her voice behind her - “ Arnav, sorry, did i keep you waiting long??”



And just her voice, hearing just her voice, refuelled the hurt,he had been feeling, and before he could control himself, and his rage, he had turned around,walked towards her at the speed of light and shoved her to the wall, holding her tightly by the arms as he said , sure that his anger was dripping in his voice - “ sorry, what , just what did you say??”



Khushi was shell shocked, as shed felt him push her into the wall, so hard, and she just looked at him frightened by the anger on his face as she said, her voice trembling - “ Arnav, whats wrong…did I do something??”, and she tried to touch his face.



He stopped her hand in mid air, and threw it away, and held her by the shoulder again, and pressed her arm - “Don’t you dare,touch me, Khushi, or wait,should I just say, don't you dare, Khushi Ahemed Khan…”

Khushi looked at  him shocked as she heard him call her by her name.How could he know, how did he know, she was just going to talk to him about this, tell him the truth, and her eyes scanned the room, and she saw her dissertation fallen on the ground , and she realised, he might have read her name, there.She closed her eyes, for a second, this was not, how she had planned for this to go, this was not he was supposed to find out.He was furious,infact the word furious, was a understatement.The damage had been done, but she still couldn't just give up, she had to explain.



She opened her eyes, and looked into his very angry, and hurt ones, and she already was hating herself for doing this to him, she should have known,if she hadn't been so blinded by her emotions,and right that minute she felt his hold on her tighten,as he continued to glare, at her, and she was sure, that piercing gaze,would kill her,and she spoke softly - “ Arnav, you are hurting me, please let me explain…”



Arnav ignored her plea, and tightened his grip, on her,as he pulled her arm , he knew he was hurting her, but he couldn't stop, because he was sure it wasn't even equal to the fraction of the hurt, he was feeling in that moment as he spat angrily - “ oh yeah, am i hurting you??”, he tightened his hold further, and watched her tremble in pain - “ am i hurting you enough,Khushi?and let you explain, let you explain what the hell dammit???? that you are nothing but a cunning,scheming liar, who has been lying to me, all along…”



Khushi felt a tear leave her eye, as she fought her pain and said - “Arnav, please, just listen….”



Arnav watched her for a second, feeling disgusted, by the hurt he was feeling as he finally let her arm go, and shoved her back into the wall - “ and what makes you think, I will listen to anything that you have to say, I am done here,with you and your lies, and don’t you dare Khushi Ahemed Khan, dont you ever try to show me that filth of your lying face to me ever again….”, and with that he made his way to the door.



Khushi ran as fast as she could and shut the door of her room,she couldn't let him leave, not without listening to her, and she stood against it and looked at him - “ please, Arnav, don't do this to us….please….”



Arnav looked at her in disbelief as he said - “ Us?? excuse me?? there is no us, Khushi….not anymore, and move aside and let me go”, he tried to shove her out of his away, but she stood strong in front of him as she said - “ you know how i feel about you, i was afraid, if you found out who i was, you would never look at me, let alone talk to me, i wanted to tell you the truth Arnav, i did, remember all those times id told you, that you would hate me, if you found out who i was, this was what I meant, please, don’t, look, I am sorry…..I shouldn't have….”



“Damm right, you shouldn't have, damm right, you are ,you should have stayed out of my way, out of my sight, out of my life, Khushi, you should have just stayed the hell away from me…”, he yelled,making her tremble further as he continued - “ and looks like you were right, and wrong, because I do hate you obviously, you are his sister, the man I despise,you are his family,your family destroyed my family Khushi, and you are wrong because obviously you could not imagine the disgust i feel for you right now, or the hate,for doing what you have done, I swear to God, I regret, ever meeting you, i am regretting every damm minute i have spent with your lying face, i am disgusted about whatever has happened…”



Khushi felt herself go numb, at his words and she looked at him, and she could only see raw rage on his face as she asked - “you are disgusted about….??, and before she could finish, she heard him yell back - “ yes, i am disgusted, that i ever touched, you , kissed you, I really am disgusted with myself,for falling for a liar….Khushi what the hell were you thinking??”



Khushi looked at him and admitted honestly - “ I wasn't thinking, i really wasn’t….”, and she wiped her tears.



Arnav watched her wipe her tears, and right then a thought came to his mind, and he felt even more betrayed as he heard himself ask her - “ Zoya?? she knows?? I cant believe she would do this to me…”, he stated in shock.



Khushi looked at the anger on his face, and the hurt, and she knew she needed to get all the wrath channelised only towards her so she said immediately - “ no, Arnav, she doesn't know, she doesn't know who I am, i have been hiding this from her too,she wouldn’t otherwise….”



“Otherwise be even your friend, I am sure….”, spat Arnav releived, that atlas his little sister, hadn't lied to him, and he looked at Khushi in disbeleif - “ what kind of a person are you Khushi?? you seriously, I mean you call her your best friend, and you been deceiving my sister all long, and you say you liked me, and you only been lying to my face all long, and I am sure, every word that has left your mouth, is nothing but a lie, i wouldn't be surprised if its your brothers scheme to get to me,you know using you as your tool,its downright trashy….”



Khushi controlled her tears as she jumped to her brothers and best friends defence - “ no ,Arnav, please, bhaijaan doesn't know a thing,about this,and neither does Zoya, its all my fault, its all mine….”



“So you haven't just been lying to Zoya and me, you are obviously hiding your association with me, from your family, too, for reasons i obviously know, I am sure Asad wouldn't be a happy brother, who are you Khushi?? you have cheated and betrayed everyone…whyyyyy just why couldn't you have kept yourself out of our lives, and now well i will not wait for you to do it, because I am throwing you out of mine…”, he yelled back at her, and “Zoya, needs to know this…and you better stay away from my sister….”



Khushi knew that anything she would say now, he wouldn't believe, but she couldn't let him speak to Zoya , so she said, pleading him - “ Arnav, no, please,not Zoya, don't talk to her, I will, I promise, she reaches here on Monday, I promise i will tell her the truth, and if she decides to throw me out of her life, ill respect it, please, don't do this to me, she is my best friend, don't take that away from me, please…..”



Arnav didn't know, what part of her tears,made him change his decision as he nodded - “ Zoya, will know, and she will do just what i did, and you have two days to tell her, or else I will….and now if you will excuse me….”



Khushi looked at him for a few seconds, trying to etch his face into her memory - “ I am sorry….Arnav, believe me, I am, i couldn't help what i felt….”

Arnav felt his anger rising again, he didn't know hat was making him angrier, the fact that he was so hurt, or the fact, that her tears were affecting him,, but he couldn't let any emotion surface as he stated - “beleive?? that word sounds like trash from your mouth, and I will not believe a single word you say, or you have ever said to me….and like i said before, stay out of my way,just stay away, God, how i regret ever meeting you Khushi….i wish i could go back in time, and undo your face ,your existence from my life,but its never too late, for i shall undo everything now”, and with that, he finally shoved her aside, and walked out her door, slamming it shut, and leaving Khushi to fall back against it ,as tears of heartbreak, finally started to breakout.



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Arnav slammed the door shut ,and walked in,and the fury, the rage, the hurt, all came back to him, he had never ever, in his whole life, felt so cheated.And he couldn't beleive, he was feeling once again, the very same thing, on the hands of someone named,Ahemed Khan. Khushi Ahemed Khan.



What a liar she was. He kicked the table in front of him in sheer anger, and frustration,as he started to regret opening up, and actually falling for her. He had never thought that a name could change everything, but he knew now, that it could.



Because Khushi’s reality had changed everything.He hated her, for everything now. He hated her, for making him feel things that he actually thought meant something, he hated her,for being who she was he hated the fact that she wasn't Khushi Gupta, like he had thought.And he knew deep down in his heart, he could feel the hate,for her being Asad’s sister, and before his heart could play its games further and stir any more emotions, he decided to shut it out, once and for all.



Khushi, just did not exist for him anymore.

And he just had to erase every moment spent with her, every memory, out of his head, and he knew he could,and he definetly would.



He knew, he needed to get out of here, and he quickly called Aman, and asked him to get the first flight booked back to India. He didn't want to even see her face again, but somehow as that thought started to stir up something inside, he picked up the vase from the table, and threw it in frustration.He would not be fooled again.And forgetting her would be easy, he instructed himself, to make it easy. He realised it was his sisters apartment, he was messing up, so he quickly bent down to pick up the pieces, and as disturbed as he was, he cut his hand,and its started to bleed,he quickly walked to the bathroom, and put his hand in cold water,and the minute he looked at his reflection in the mirror,he couldn't believe that he was looking at himself. His face was pained, in anguish,and he could see the hurt in his very own eyes, he had been betrayed by the one person he had truly cared about,and as much as he didn't wish to see her ever again, it still really hurt a lot.And that was a surprise to him, because no one had the power to hurt him,until now.And as he waved his face again and again, he wished for it all to have never happened to him.He really did.



He took a few minutes to compose himself, and just as he felt himself go numb, at his minds instructions, he quickly made his way to the room, and picked out his suitcase, he had to pack, since he had a very important flight to catch, a flight that would take him away from all this mess, that would take him away from Khushi Ahemed Khan.



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Khushi didn't know, how long she just lay there, at her very own doorstep, crying her heart out, she knew this would happen, she had been dreading this, and wasn't this the very reason why she had lied in the first place.But she had never imaged his wrath, to be this bad,she couldn't get the look on his face, out of her mind, his words,his anger.She quickly wiped her tears, and consoled herself, this wasn't really any of his fault, she had given him every reason to hate her, to throw her out of his life,just like he did,he didn't deserve a lie,he deserved the truth,and now that it was finally out, she deserved to bare its consequences.



She quickly walked up and switched her laptop on, and she spotted her family folder,open,and she figured he must have seen these ,because obviously her name on the paper wouldn't have made him believe,she quickly shut it down, and googled, the flight things out of London to India.If all she had gotten to know him,in the last few weeks, she was sure he would be catching the first flight out,and the minute she the flight to be of 6 am, she looked at her watch, it said 230 am, which meant he would be leaving in the next 30 minutes.She knew she needed to see him, for one last time,and tell him the complete truth, the one she had decided to,before things got so messed up,she knew,he wouldn't probably even listen, but she still had to get it out of her system, she had nothing more to loose, he already hated her,she had lost him,already.She was sure of her decision, and so she gathered all her guts,and started to walk out her door,and she paused, knowing him,in his wrath and fury an hatred for her , he would have hurt himself too,so she quickly picked up her first aid box along,and made her way out.



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Arnav walked out his bathroom, and looked at his watch, it was 235 am,his car would be here in the next fifteen minutes. He walked out his room, to make himself some coffee,because he very much needed the hit to keep him going, to let it all sink in,and it was right then he heard a knock on his door, and he wondered if his chauffeur from AR was already here, he quickly walked up to open the door,and the minute he registered the sight of her, anger started to boil again,as he spat out bitterly - “what the hell are you doing here, I thought I made myself pretty clear, I don't want to  see you ever again…”, and he almost shut the door back, but she immediately stopped it with her hand and she looked at him , and her voice almost a plead as she whispered - “ I know, I heard, just please, will you let me in….”



He looked back at her face,and from her eyes, he could make out, she had been crying.Great, thats was what he deserved,but he didn't know why, he just left the door open, and stepped back,and answered - “ what on earth do you want now, Khushi??”



Khushi took small steps in,and she reminded herself what she had come to do and she spotted his suitcase as she said - “ you are leaving??”



“I obviously am, i don't want to stay even for a minute longer,anywhere around you….”



Khushi flinched at that,but she refrained her expressions, and right then she spotted his hand and the cut on it and she whispered - “ I knew you would leave,just like I knew you would hurt yourself…..”



Arnav looked at her in disbelief - “ excuse me??”



And to his shock, she gave him a small smile, as if nothing had messed up between them,and she just walked upto him, held his hand,and made him sit on the sofa.And it was out of pure shock, of what she was doing, that he sat just frozen to the spot.He watched her quickly open the first aid box, she had brought along,and heard her speak, as she started to address his wound - “ I hurt you, Arnav, I know I did, and I really am sorry, but you got to know that Iv hurt myself too, I know I have lied about who I was….but….”,she paused,for a second,as she looked at his face, which was looking elsewhere,but at her,but she knew he was listening, she quickly started to bandage his cut as she continued - “ but, i cant watch you hurt yourself over what I have done, its my fault, not yours,you have every right to not want to see me ever again, and I promise to stay out of ur way, forever, since thats what you want,I promise I will never show you my face again…..”



“Then you should have started now,Khushi, why are you showing me your face now…”, he spat out angrily.



“Because, theres something else I need you to know too, all evening, infact everytime i wanted to talk about us, it was this, i wanted to tell you who I was, I was going to tonight, but you found out, before I could….it was killing me too, lying to you, but i couldn't help myself,i felt for you Arnav, i really did, would you please believe me that apart from my name, everything I have ever told you, was the truth, everything i told you about what I feel, was real….”



“And what makes you think I will believe you, you gotta be insane….”, he spat, as he watched her finish bandaging his hand, and he had no idea why he let her, and he was about to snatch his hand out, but she held on,as he looked at her in disbelief - “ i don't believe you, Khushi, now get out…..”



Khushi whispered sadly,as she held on to his hand, for one last time as she managed to speak - “ I know, you don’t,maybe one day you will,and for the hope of that one day, I need you to know, that I have lied to my brother, someone I deeply respect, I have lied to you, someone I deeply care for, only because i know the past is too bitter,but it isn't my fault, and nor do i regret feeling what i do,I have come here to face your wrath,knowing that you are leaving, and never want to see me again, only because I need you to know, that I love you, Arnav, i really do, and maybe one day that will be enough for you, maybe one day, me being Ahemed Khan, wouldn't matter…”, and with that she bent forward and kissed him on his cut over the bandage,as she whispered - “ I m sorry, I really am, for lying to you, but i am not sorry for being in love with you…I may be the worse to have happened to you, but you have been the best to have happened to me”



How could this girl do this.How did she still have the power to stir up emotions inside of him, and a part of him,did almost want to pull her in a hug, but he strictly controlled himself,and replayed the hate he felt for her in his head, for cheating him with her reality, and he immediately snatched his hand away and pushed her back,causing her to fall on the floor as he stood up and screamed - “how could i forget, a brilliant actress, thats what you are, they should give you an award,for all this acting, you have been doing until now, and still are,get out Khushi, just get the hell out of here….”



Khushi stood up and she wiped her tear as she said - “ I will…”



Right then his phone beeped and he opened it to see the text from his chauffeur and he said - “ no you can stay, Khushi, for I am leaving, and just so you know for one last time,I regret,stepping in here,all those weeks ago, I regret ever saving you on the road the very first time, I regret, having ever met you, Khushi Ahmed Khan, you can do whatever the hell you want,but you are staying out of my way, out of my life, and very soon, out of my sisters too….and oh about you being in love with me,i am sure its a lie too, just like all your cooked up ones,but what I am telling you , is the truth, it doesn't matter to me what you feel,because i have never hated anyone as much as I hate you now, apart from your brother ofcourse, so you can just live with one truth,that I am stating here, I hate you and your family, and I will destroy you all one day,making sure, that , that one day, isn't very far away….”, and with that he took his suitcase, and walked out, slamming the door.

Khushi watched him walk out of Zoyas appt, and probably out of her life, for good,and she couldn't do anything about it, she had brought this upon herself, and she now just had to live with her broken heart.She picked up the keys to Zoyas appt, and locked it, and walked into hers, and then to her room, as she lay on her bed and snuggled in her blanket,she had never felt so broken ever before,the cut she felt in her heart,was irrepairable, she was sure,and now she knew why they said, that the first cut is always the deepest, because she could feel her heart break into a thousand or rather a million pieces,and because she had nothing else to do, she wanted to talk to Zoya, but she couldn't now,not in the broken state that she was,she needed to wait till the morning,and so she just cried and cried,herself to sleep.



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Boston - 8 am



Zoya woke up, with the ring on her phone, and she picked up her phone from the sidetable,sleepily wondering who could it be calling her so early, and the minute she spotted Khushi’s name on the phone , she picked it up, and said - “ Khushi, whats up??.



She immediately shot up, in bed, as she heard sobs on the other end and asked worriedly - “ Khushi, why are you crying?? what happened? you told bhai??”, but she got no reply, as she heard Khushi’s continuous sobs.



Zoya - “ Khush, cmon, you are freaking me out, pleased talk to me….”, she ordered worriedly, getting a sick feeling in her stomach that this was obviously related to her brother.



She finally heard Khushi’s voice on the other end - “ Zoya,its over, its all over, he found out before i could tell him, you have no idea how furious he was with me, he hates me, just like i had thought,he never wants to see my face again, he hates me, i disgust him, he left Zoya, i have lost him, the only one i have ever loved, and i still do…..”



Zoya let it all sink in as she asked - “ what?? what did you mean he left??”



“he took the first flight out, Zoya, i knew he would…..I am hating this Zoya….and incase he calls you, you dont know a thing about me being Khushi Ahemed Khan, i told him, i lied to you too….”



Zoya asked shocked - “ Khushi are you insane, like crazy?? why did you save me?? you shut have just told him, that it was all my mistake, to give you another name, as he had appeared suddenly….why did you…..”



“He was so mad Zoya, so angry, like i have never seen him like that, id rather have his wrath all to myself, than to have him lash out at you….everything is ruined anyway….”, finished Khushi.



Zoya felt her insides churn, as she heard her best friends dejected voice - “Khushi,please don't do this to yourself, stop crying ok, it will be fine, i am reaching in just a day, please say, you want me to come, i will, I will talk to Asad…”



“No, don’t hell worry and ask a zillion questions,ill be fine, i swear i will be, but yes, cant wait to see you, Zoya, i miss you so much,i told him i will tell you the truth, once you are back, and he expects you to walk out on me too, throw me out of your life, just like he did….”, sobbed Khushi.



Zoya immediately felt anger rise for her brother, because she had never seen Khushi so hurt, so broken, and she said - “ Khush, you know that will never happen, you are my best friend, and thats not going to change, no matter what my brother says, i will deal with him,once i am home….”



“Its not his fault though, I did give him every reason….”



“ok you might have lied about your name, but thats really just it, nothing else changes right,what about everything else?? he has no right to make you feel this horrible, I mean if Asad does the same,i have no freaking idea, how am i going to react, I am so mad at bhai….”



She heard Khushi pause as she spoke - “ I hope, bhaijaan doesn't react the way Arnav did, but maybe you were right, it isn't the time to tell him yet,he isn't ready for it, just like Arnav wasn’t…i don't know, a part of me would suggest you too, but now that i have witnessed the repercussions,a part of me would ask you to not to….”



Zoya - “ we will see,Khushi, thats not what I am worried about Khushi, right now its you, i care about, you will be ok wont you?? pls go,be with riya, and aadi,just dont be alone, please….”



“Yeah, i was thinking about that Zoya,thanks…”



“I love you Khushi, and I am sorry….”



“Dont be Zoya, ok, you just take care of yourself and bhaijaan and come soon…ok now i will call you later….”



“Take care, Khushi”



Zoya hung up,and got out of bed, feeling so angry at her brother,and hurt because Khushi was so hurt, and it was all her mistake,she was the one who had trapped Khushi with Khushi Gupta,and khushi had even shielded her from her brothers wrath.But she couldn't let her do it, she knew she needed to talk to her brother as soon as possible.She switched on the shower, and let the hot water calm her down, maybe Khushi was right, Asad just didn't ever have to find out,she couldn't have him walk out on her,just the thought, shook her being.She didn't know, how she would do it,but she would continue to hide her identity, from him, if that was what it took to be with him, because no matter how messed up it was, how crooked the reality was, she still wanted to just be with him, and in that moment, to her heart, nothing else really mattered.



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11 am - Boston



Asad watched Zoya out of the corner of his eye, and he wondered what was up, she was seeming really edgy,today and he asked again - “ Zoya are you sure, everything is alright, you seem so edgy, so restless….”



Zoya faked a smile - “ yeah Asad, im ok….”



Asad shoved his dish aside, and walked up to sit next to her as he asked, rubbing her arm, tenderly - “ are you sure?? you can talk to me Zoya…”



Zoya leaned on his shoulder as she whispered - “ obviously, i know, I can, its nothing, i have just been wondering, what i want to do with you today,i mean, i dont want to stay in, all day….it is our last day….”



Asad smiled - “ well, we weren't going too, infact, we were just going to step out, the minute you had finished your last bite….”, and with that, he picked up her spoon, and fed her , her last bite.



Zoya ate, and she smiled , as she touched his cheek tenderly - “ another suprise?? when are you gona stop surprising me??”



Asad grinned - “ just when, you are going to make me all this different things all at the same time, but i guess thats not gonna happen, so looks like your stuck with me and my surprises….”



Zoya grinned - “ And i dont mind, will you give me a few mins, i will be back….”



Asad nodded - “ And I shall wait…”





A few Minutes Later -



Zoya walked out her door, as she put her phone down , she had been checking up on Khushi every hour, and as much as Khushi assured her she was fine and was with riya and aadi, she knew the truth, because she knew her way too well.She was broken, and was putting up a brave face to her, so that she doesn't get more mad at her brother than she already was.



She was still lost in that thought, right when she felt Asad’s hand on her shoulder, as she heard him - “ Here you are, cmon, we are getting late….”



Zoya looked at his smiling face, and she realised Khushi was right, Asad was the exact distraction, she needed right now, and so she just nodded and took his hand, and walked with him towards the elevator.

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45 Minutes later -



Zoya stepped out, as Asad parked the car, and asked , very much surprised - “ what are we doing here?? Asap?? the harbour??”



Asad grinned as he held her hand - “ why dont you just follow me, and let yourself be, well surprised….”



Zoya smiled, and followed him, as the walked the pathway, amongst all the gorgeous yatches,and it wasn't long before, Asad stopped right before a beautiful and started to make his way in, when Zoya stopped him and asked - “ Asad, what is this ??”



Asad just looked back at her and grinned - “ you didn't think, i was going to let us not make our last day here, memorable??cmon now, will you?? our captain is waiting”



Zoya grinned - “and why didn't i think of this?? so this was what you were all secretive about yesterday??”



Asad grinned - “ you bet, you know i am not good at keeping secrets, and especially not from you…”



And right then, their captain walked out as he smiled and said - “ welcome, Mr.Khan, lets get you on the boat Sir, and i hope you enjoy your time with us….”

Asad smiled as he led Zoya in, their private match for the day ,as he heard the Captain say - “ you have a butler, and a chef at your service, Mr.Khan, and everything has been prepared, just the way you wanted….please let us know if you need anything….”



Zoya watched him walk away and she hugged Asad immediately as she jumped in happiness - “ you are the best Asad, this is amazing, its beautiful…thannk you so much, I cant wait to see what you’v got in store for us today…”



Asad hugged her back and then cupped her face tenderly and whispered - “ you are the most special girl in my life, Zoya, i hope you know that….”



Zoya felt him kiss her forehead tenderly as she whispered - “ I know….”

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6 PM – The Yatch



Zoya sat at the corner seat, on the sitting upstairs, and she gazed out into the horizon,as they sailed, the view, and more than that the feel, of being here, with Asad, was just perfect, and more importantly, it gave her the time to think, and that was exactly what she had needed.The cell reception wasn’t great here , and she hadn’t gotten much time to speak to Khushi,because Asad was just around, and she couldn’t discuss any of the latest developments with Khushi, with him around, for obvious reasons. Asad really had planned this all out too perfectly, they had, had the perfect afternoon, a wonderful lunch, and then they had spent some quality time talking, and finally cozying up here, as they had watched the sunset together,and she had been really enjoying his warm embrace,when he had excused himself,for a few minutes stating he had to speak to the captain, and she wondered what that was about.She couldn’t imagine her luck today, as she recalled how perfectly romantic his idea of a day out in the waters, on a private yatch was and she also couldn’t help but smile, as she realized that Asad Ahemed Khan always did have a way of making her go weak in her knees, and as vulnerable she felt around him, she couldn’t help but love everything he made her feel.She really hoped, that a day would come, when she would be sure, that he would be ready to listen the truth,without walking out on her, and she just closed her eyes and prayed for the same,and it was right then she heard his footsteps behind and she turned to see him as she smiled – “ Asad,come here, youv been gone long….”



Asad grinned as he sat next to her – “ miss me much already?? Zoya, that makes me really happy, and as much as id like to join you here, I can’t”



“You can’t?? why?? Are we heading back already…??, she asked, and she was sure, the disappointment was clear in her voice.



Asad adored that disappointed look on her voice, somehow he just adored every look on that beautiful face , but he spoke – “ well no,we are staying on the yatch tonight Zoya, I have a dinner planned,for us, for which I need you to get ready and meet me in an hour, right here…”



Zoya looked at him in shock – “ what?? But you should have told me, I would have brought a change and….”



Asad intervened as he spoke – “ well I did, for you, its in your room, down below, and just if it makes you comfortable, you should know, I made sure, I got a yatch with two rooms, like I said, because I had this planned until, tomorrow morning, and I wouldn’t do anything to make you uncomfortable….”



Zoya looked at him in awe – “ there you go, amazing me yet again, thanks for everything….”, and she kissed his hand.



Asad grinned – “ don’t  be, cmon now go get ready and meet me here in precisely an hour, ok….”



Zoya nodded – “And I will…”



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7 PM 



Zoya stared at her reflection in the mirror, and she couldn’t help but admire herself, this beautiful long black dress, was exquisite,and it fitted perfectly.She tried to cover, gher bare thigh, a little, but she knew, she couldn’t do much, the slit was just there.She turned around, and looked at her back, it was quite deep, ad she wondered why exactly did Asad, love seeing her in black, and this dress was just very ****y, and she felt automatically shy, to go out there, in front of him. She had left her hair open, and she had only done some basic make up, which she carried in her handbag with her at all times. And so she took a deep breath, and ordered herself to stop feeling shy, this wasn’t just anyone she was going in front off, this was Asad, and it was with that very thought, she made her way to him.



Asad stood, at the deck above, waiting for Zoya, and he couldn’t believe how eager he was to see her in a dress of his choice, he had picked it out for her, when they had gone shopping, and had kept it a surprise for this very moment.He didn’t understand, why he was going all the lengths,doing everything he had never imagined, just for Zoya,but all he knew was that he was loving every bit of it, and it was their last night here, he needed to make it special, and that’s why he had come up, with this plan for a private yatch, the idea, he knew Zoya was loving, because her eyes said so. They had been lit in excitement, ever since they had stepped on this yatch. He had had the deck set up, with some dim lights, and a cozy sitting for them.



Right then he heard her behind him – “ Asad…”, and he turned around, and he was taken aback, by how gorgeous she looked,he had imagined her in this dress, ever since he had bought it, but actually seeing her in front of him, in it, was seriously something he had not imagined, his imagination, could never do justice to this gorgeous woman.He watched her walk towards him, and as his gaze fell on her thigh, which was peeking in through the slit,he felt his insides churn with desire, he had never wanted any woman,as badly he wanted Zoya in that moment. He controlled his thoughts,as he walked forwards, and pulled her into a hug, his hand, on her waist as he whispered in her ears – “ Gorgeous, you are Zoya, my imagination didn’t do you justice…I don’t think it ever can”



He watched her blush, and right then the butler came to the deck, informing them that he was ready to serve dinner.



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Two Hours Later –



Zoya sipped her champagne ,and looked at Asad, as he continued to stare at her, making her really conscious,and she asked- “ ohk, really , you gotta stop doing this already Asad, you are making me nervous…”



Asad grinned – “ stop what Zoya?? If you mean stop looking at you, well im sorry, I just happen to be unable to take my eyes off you tonight, and I shall not, and cmon whats making you so nervous anyway, its just me….”



Zoya blushed – “ yeah, just you, but its you, who has this weird affect on me, alright, and I need to stop talking….”, she finished, as the butler served them their deserts.



She bit into her chocolate mousee, and it really tasted heavenly, and she couldn’t t help but close her eyes, and enjoy the taste of it, and she heard Asad ask – “ Zoya, I hope you are having a good time….”



Zoya looked at him surprised – “ obviously Asad, are you funny or what, I would be crazy, not to be having the best time of my life, infact, not just here, I really have been having the best time of my life, ever since I met you….”



Asad bent forward, and wiped, the chocolate off her lips,as his thumb brushed her lips and he whispered looking straight into her eyes – “ well that’s a good thing, you know since I have been having the best time off my life too,ever since I met you too…”

Zoya wiped her mouth, with the napkin and she just smiled as she started to look around to distract herself, Asad was looking gorgeous, himself, and the way he had been looking at her, was so very different tonight, it was almost as if she could see some desire in his eyes, and she was sure, her very own eyes would have reflected the same, she had never wanted to be with anyone so badly, as she had wanted with Asad, and more than that, she had never wanted any man in the way she wanted Asad, physically too. She wanted to belong to him, in every possible way. She noticed, the butler clear their table, and she just smiled and excused herself and walked to the other side, and stood their, enjoying the feel of the wind in her hair, and the slow voice of the water rippling.Asad’s intense gaze all night, hadn’t helped her much with her very own desires, and her mind trailed back to all their passionate encounters, and especially to the one of their in the rain, and she wondered, if it hadn’t been for the bout of sneezes, would they have stopped where they did. She didn’t know if she had wanted him to stop, yes she was the one, who was embarrassed, but it was because she way still shy, about her body’s reactions to his touches. And this really was the first time in her life, she was standing here, thinking about her very own desires, because no man until now, had ever had that affect on her, but with Asad, it was different, it was as if something just lit up inside her every time he touched her. 



Her chain of thought broke, as she felt Asad’s hand go around her waist from the back, and he whispered in her ears – “ I was wondering, what you were thinking, up here, but I was just enjoying looking at you, from where I sat, and then I lost my patience, so I just thought, I should come up and ask you…”



Zoya tightened her grip on his hands and leaned back as she admitted – “ well, I was just thinking of you,and your affect on me….”



Asad shoved her hair aside to one side, and kissed her softly at the side of her neck – “ and id like to know, whats this affect I have on you…”



Zoya immediately turned around, and looked at him blushing – “ you know what I mean, I am sure you do, everytime you look at me like the way you have been tonight, every time you touch me , kiss me, its like, I experience things, I never have before…and as exciting as it seems, its scary too…because you are the first man to have to you know touch me in the places you have, and as much as it scares me, I love it , I love it when you touch me, hold me, or kiss me Asad ”



Asad watched the wind play with her hair, and just listeneing to her admit, what she just did, really turned him on, and he felt desire started to overrule his control, and he took a few steps towards her and cupped her face tenderly and bent forward sealing her lips with his, as he started to kiss her deeply.He broke apart a few minutes later and he whispered against her lips – “ And I love touching you, holding you, kissing you too Zoya, infact like I never have, I have never wanted anyone as much as I want you, and you have no idea, what it takes me to be in control, because I know, if I let myself loose, there will be no stopping me, and I don’t know if you want that,infact, you have witnessed my lack of control, a little, that day at your balcony, you know if it hadn’t been for your sneezes, who knows, how would I have stopped myself….”



Zoya felt a zillion emotions stir up in her , as she heard him admit his desire for her, and she felt her own boldness taking over, as she stated – “ well honestly, I was wondering the same a while ago, if you or rather we would have stopped, if it hadn’t been for my sneeze attack, and do you know, what, I think I would have liked it more,if…”



Asad was sure he could see a similar desire in her eyes, but he still asked – “ if what Zoya….”



Zoya immediately hugged him as she admitted – “ if, we stop, worrying about this control all the time, Asad, I know what this means, and I couldn’t be happier to let loose, only because, its you, you have no idea what you mean to me Asad….”



Asad hugged her back, and as he understood what she meant, he really did understand what he meant to her, because he knew, he was her first real realationship, and now she was hinting him, about how she was ready to take their relationship further, and he knew that meant a big deal to her, and that just signaled how much he meant to her, maybe he did mean to her, more than he had thought, but he was happy, because that made them sail on the same boat, because she meant almost everything to him now too.



He pulled back, and kissed her softly on her lips,and then pulled her closer by the waist, and his hand ran up her bare back,and the feel of her body molded tightly against his, made the word control fly out of his mind, right here in his arms, was the woman he wanted, and she wanted him too, and hed be a fool to act all righteous now, for once he wanted to let loose too, and so he said – “ Zoya, you know why did I want to see you in black, because the contrast of this colour, against, your skin, drives me insane, and I am giving you this one chance, you can walk away now, if you want, because if you don’t, I am not sure, if I would know what the word control means anymore….”



Zoya looked into his eyes, sure of her decision, she wanted to belong to this man, in every way possible, and she admitted the truth – “ I want to belong to you, Asad Ahemed Khan….in every way, in every sense”, and before she knew it, Asad had taken her in his arms, and started making the way downstairs to the room.



…………………



Asad opened the door to Zoya’s room, and walked in, and he put her down on the floor for a minute as he shut the door, but he did think for a minute and he asked Zoya – “ Zoya, I can go, if you change your mind, I don’t want you to regret…”



Zoya looked at him, and she couldn’t believe how much this man cared for her, and she walked towards him and cupped his face and kissed the side of his cheek, and whispered – “ I am as sure, as I was , a while ago,don’t worry, I know what I want,and I never regret what I want, and in this case, its just you…”, and right as she had finished she felt herself being pushed back into the wall , as Asad had started to kiss her, passionately, and she could sense, that he really had lost his last string of control too, just like she had.



She welcomed his kiss, and started to kiss him back, and right then she felt him push her dress aside, from her shoulders, , and she let the dress slip of her hands, and just as she had started to deepen the kiss, Asad broke it, and started to place, kisses down her neck, her shoulders everywhere, and she knew that now there was no stopping them.



He broke apart a few seconds later, only to unbutton his shirt, and as he flung it aside, and returned to kiss her, Zoya felt her own excitement rise, as she touched his bare back, pulling him closer to herself, as he kissed her on the base of her throat.



Before she knew it she was lifted up, in his arms, and she felt her heartbeats fasten, as he laid her on the bed tenderly, kissing her forehead, and then turned her around, trailing kisses down her spine, as he unzipped her dress, and his hands started to caress her.He slowly stripped her dress out, and threw it aside.He had imagined thid scene a thousand times, in his wild head, ever since he had bought this dress, but now just as he saw her beautiful body, he felt like, he had the most beautiful woman in his arms, and she wanted to belong to him, she had given him the privilege, of loving her.And a zillion emotions along with a deep desire, started to take him over, as he noticed, that she had her eyes closed, and had clutched the sheets,tightly, and he bent forward and laid gentle kisses on her neck from the back , as he whispred – “ Zoya, you are a goddess, in disguise, so beautiful, so gorgeous, you got nothing to be shy off…”, and just as he had said those words, she turned around herself and hugged him, and then started placing kisses on his shoulder, and neck, and he only could feel desire, as he felt her lips on his bare neck.He shoved her back into the bed, and held her by the arms, and whispered , as he looked at her now,naked upper body- “ like I always say, my imagination could never do justice….”, and before he knew it, he bent forward and stared loving her beautiful gorgeous ****s, which made her moan his name in pleasure, and he could only loose himself further, as he continued to kiss her everywhere.



Zoya felt like she was drowning in pools of passion, as she felt him kiss her, touch her, careess, her in the ost intimate of places, and before she knew it, she was responding to his touches, as passionately.She didn’t know she was capable of so much passion, but Asad did do that to her,and right then she realized that there was no piece of clothing now separating them, and she opened her eyes, and looked ito his, as he silently asked her for her consent one more time, before he finally nudged her legs apart and entered her, slowly.Zoya felt a tinge of pain,but as he held on to her waist supporting her,and eased himself inside of her gently, she felt herself relax,as she felt her body welcome his,and right then she wrapped her legs around him, and he started moving inside her, she was sure, she had forgotten her very own name, and seen the stars. Nothing else mattered to her in that minute, except the fact, that Asad had marked her as his, and that was how she was going to remain all her life,by his side.Zoya belonged with Asad Ahemed Khan.Singh raizada or Farooqui, nothing mattered anymore,all that mattered was,that she was his.



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7 am – The Yatch



Asad stirred from leep, and opened his eyes, and saw Zoya next to him, snuggled into him, and a smile came to his face as the events of last night came back to him. He watched her sleep, and he couldn’t believe how happy he felt in that moment, seeing her next to him. And he kissed her forehead softly , and he felt like he never had felt before, last night wasn’t just ****, it was as if he had made love to this gorgeous woman.And it was right then it struck him, that he had never felt happier, because, he hadn’t been in love.And as every moment he had spent with her recapped in his head, along with last night, it hit him, the realization hit him, that he was in love with Zoya.He loved her like he had never loved anyone, and a smile came to his face as he realized, that she probably was in love with him too, but didn’t know it as yet.He felt so happy ,that he wanted to wake her up straight away, and tell her how he felt, but he looked at her innocent face sleeping, and he could not get himself to disturb, he just needed to wait for the right time.



Right then he saw her open her eyes , as she asked sleepily – “ Is it time, already??to leave??”



Asad looked at his phone and saw the time and said snuggling back into her – “ no not as yet, we still have some time, sleep Zoya….”



Zoya snuggled into him closer as she whispered – “ will you hold me??”



Asad hugged her, and kissed her hair as he whispered – “ always….”



……………………



Hate looked at Love furious – “ You always do this,Love, you always have something up your sleeve that I don’t expect….”



Love looked at hate innocently – “ what do you mean??”



Hate scowled – “ as if you don’t know, I didn’t expect you to make Khushi tell him how she felt, before he left,good for me he didn’t believe her, and now I definetly hadn’t expected this, another bonding and realization of love, great….but actually good for me, its not long before I mess it up too….”



Love smiled – “ well you are good fighter hate, I just have to put up a good fight now don’t I??”



Hate spat back – “ I will not let this go easily,Love you wait and watch….”



Love watched him walk out as she said to him – “ waiting and watching, I am….”



Right then Destiny spoke – “ Hate, hes funny, obviously he thinks Arnav didn’t believe her, but that will not stop her words from haunting him.I just know they will…and Asad and Zoya, I like the development, but are you sure Love??you do know, where this is headed??”



Fate intervened – “ I have full trust on love here, im sure, she wont let hate get a upper hand in this case??”



Love smiled – “ maybe, I wont, I mean I am trying my best….”



Destiny smiled – “ yes, we know you are…”



Fate winked – “ yes ofcourse, desperate times, calls for desperate measures, don’t they love??”



Love nodded – “ oh yes , they do…..”



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Mar 17, 2016

Chapter 12 - The Heart Still Beats -17/03/2016 - new (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 12 times)

Chapter 12 – The Heart Still Beats



Love, never promised, being easy, it just always mostly, seemed worth it, atleast that’s what we think, when the going gets tough. Its a way of the heart consoling us, that you just gotta hold on, and one day love will win, no matter what. But what happens, when the heart is too hurt to be positive, when everything seems blank and black?? What happens when the heart still replays the memories, in its chambers storing them deep inside, and using it as a tool to remind you, of the times that used to be. Those are the times, when we are nothing but toys at the hand of the heart, because its that one organ, no matter what we do or say, it just plays with its own rules.



And no matter what happens, one thing always stays in common, when the heart first falls in love, or when the heart witnesses its first break, it still beats. And probably, if not as fast as in the former case,but as strongly it still does. The heart, still beats, for love, hurt or no hurt, that’s one thing we cant really help.



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4 PM – Sunday – Boston



Asad watched Zoya pack her bags, and he took that time, to admire her, as he lay on the bed, waiting for her to finish.Ever since he had realized he loved her, his life had seemed to lit up even more, which he hadn’t thought was possible, because already the light Zoya had brought into his life was amazing and suprising, but as much as he wanted to understand this complex emotion, which he had now believed, was Love, he was scared too, because he had never felt this way before, he handed never handed anyone his heart, just like he had done with Zoya. He was scared, because he knew, he needed her in his life, now.He knew he could never let her go, he knew, now, there was no looking back for him. This was the woman, he had handed everything too. Hadnt his heart been waiting all its Life, to find its missing piece, and Zoya had been the answer to his heart’s puzzle, which she had so easily fixed, and the picture she made was just beautiful. He had known always, that if he ever fell in love, it would be forever, and as he glanced at Zoya, frantically pack, he couldn’t help, but smile, she was his perfect forever. He was sure, life with her would be as exciting, and interesting, than what he could ever imagine. He really did feel, that nothing in him, was without Zoya anymore, every thought he thought, everywhere he went, Zoya was on his mind and heart. She had managed to do this to him, she had managed to make him feel Love, to fall in love, and now that he felt what it did, he didn’t want to exchange it for anything. He felt like pulling her into a hug, and tell her how much he felt, to tell her how much he loved her, to tell her that the string that tied him to her, was unbreakable now, and this change in him, which led him to be be a happy man in love, was only because of her.He wouldn’t be Asad anymore, without Zoya. He was hers, forever.



Right then he saw Zoya finally zip up her bags, and she looked at him in accomplishment as she stated – “ there you go, I told you, I can fit it all in…there isn’t a think Zoya can’t do….and thank you for your help…”, she teased him.



Asad grinned and pulled her by the hand, and she fell on the bed and he tugged her hair aside , and said – “ well, I was enjoying watching you, it was amusing, you cant blame me for not helping….”



Zoya grinned – “ very funny, I know you were like this in this superdeep thought, you didn’t think I wouldn’t notice or what?? What were you thinking??”



Asad kissed her forehead as he admitted – “ it wont be a surprise if I say, its just you on my mind mostly, I just wanted to know if you are ok, I mean…”



Zoya leaned up on her elbows as she said – “ oh cmon, youv asked me a zillion times, this morning, too , infact every hour, I am fine Asad, infact, iv never been happier and contended, as I am now….”



Asad immediately pulled her into a hug as he whispered – “ Thank you Zoya, for walking into my life…”



Zoya felt his heartbeats against her ear, and she was sure, her very own were as fast as his – “ and thank you for letting me in….”



They stayed there, for a while, just hugging, and enjoying each others embrace, because somehow even the silence between them spoke volumes. Zoyas phone rang immediately, and she sprang up as she stated – “ Asad, we are late, cmon, we gotta head to the airport….”



Asad got up, followed her out, with the suitcase, he had already had his sent down,as he said, teasing her – “ don’t blame me, ok, it was you, who was still packing like ten minutes ago….”



Zoya grinned , as she stepped into the elevator – “well, I am not…”, and then she said in a serious tone – “ so this is it, we are finally leaving….”



Asad watched a sad expression toy her face, and he immediately cupped her face tenderly as he whispered – “ don’t be sad, its still us, to new beginnnings, Zoya, please smile….”



Zoya smiled, just for him as she heard him say – “ that’s my girl,I guess this elevator, will really mind, if I don’t kiss you here, for one last time….”



Zoya – “ It will….??”



“Oh yeah, it will….”, she heard him whisper, before he claimed her lips for a deep kiss.



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A few Hours Later – In the Flight



Zoya finished watching the movie, and she thought of using the washroom, and she got up and noticed that Asad was deep asleep in the seat next to her. She was glad,that he was now asleep, he had been working the first few hours of the flight, and he could use some rest. She was also glad that she had gotten a chance to speak to Khushi, before they had boarded, and she did sound fine,and that gave her some relief, Aadi and Riya were really good friends,and she made a mental note to thank them personally, once she was back.



On her way back to her seat, she noticed that almost everyone in their business class cabin was asleep, except for her, and she glanced at Asad and noticed that his blanket was off him, and so she walked a little ahead, and adjusted it on him properly, and kissed his shoulder, and returned to her seat, as she reclined it to the flat bed, to get some sleep for herself.



It was right then, as usual, his thoughts started to fill her up again, everytime, she slept, he was the last thing on her mind. Ever since she had met him, she had been feeling things she had never felt, and most importantly, as the events of last night came back to her mind,she felt her heart race ,and beat so fast, she was sure it would fall out, if she didn’t place her hand on it and so she did. He had been so gentle with her, she had known looking into his eyes, that it had meant as much as to him as it had to her. Every touch, of his , every kiss, every caress, and the way he made her feel so secured, and safe, in his arms, as they had finally become one,spoke volumes, and it hadn’t just stopped there, the way he had held on to her after, hugged her, close to his heart, really just made her feel so loved, and protected. She felt cherished in his arms, and that feeling was something she wouldn’t exchange in the world with anything.



She had always believed, that someone was out there in this world, who was just made for her, and as much as she had crushed on Asad, her brothers then best friend, when she was 13, she knew this was different, this was far apart from any infactuation, or a crush.It really did feel, that out of all the men on this planet, it was Asad, who was meant for her, for whom she was meant for. Ever since she had met him, she knew she could do anything just to be with him, and hadn’t she done just that??.But now, he just seemed more importatnt that he ever did, she felt lucky, to have him in her life, she felt as if she had finally found her destination of the heart, it felt like what she had been longing for all her life, had finally been answered , its was Gods way of telling her, that Asad was the one, she belonged to forever.



It really did feel, as if he had just waltzed in her life, and given a whole new meaning to it, and now her life wouldn’t have any meaning, if Asad wasn’t in it. It was as if, she had been blessed, and she wanted to stay forever, with this very blessing, right in his arms.It was as if her destiny had guided her, right to where she was meant to be,and now that she was finally here, she wasn’t going to let it go, because just the thought of Asad not being with her, made her feel, as if she wouldn’t be able to breathe. She knew, she could fight the world for him , and she would, even if she had to stand against her brother, she would make him understand, that she couldn’t live without Asad, because…and right then just like that in that fraction of a second, it dawned on her, that she couldn’t live without him, because, she was in love with him. And right then, as she realized it, she shot up, in her seat, and leaned to the side, to look at the man, who had captured her heart.



She was In love.



In love with Asad Ahemed Khan.



As much as the realization, made her happy, it scared her too, because of her identity, what if, just what if, Asad didn’t love her,and worse what if he deceided to walk out on her too. No she couldn’t live in that fear. She had to be positive, she had to believe the best in him, the best in them, they would get past this, she was sure they would.



She settled back in her seat, they still had a few hours before they reached London, and she needed to sleep now. The Happiness, of finally realizing that it was love, that had finally happened to her,wasn’t helping her much, so she just smiled, and replayed every memory in her head, of the man she loved, and let her heart bask in the happiness it felt.



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London – 11 pm



Aaditya had always tried being a good friend to Khushi, somewhere deep down he had accepted the reality that as much as he loved her, she would just never look at him that way, but that couldn’t not stop him from feeling what he did, and he just knew Khushi well enough to know, that she had been happier in the last few weeks, than he had ever seen her, and he had a feeling it had something to do with Zoyas brother, but since she had never come out in the open and told him or Riya anything, he couldn’t really be sure.He continued to drive, but a glanced a look at her through the review mirror, and as much as she tried to pretend, something was terribly wrong with her, and she wasn’t talking about it, but something was so wrong, that he had noticed all day just when she thought no one was looking, that pale expression, anguish was just on her face, just like it was now, and so he gestured Riya who was next to him in the front seat, to ask her what was up, but he thought Riya had been asking all day, and Khushi hadn’t answered, so he might as well ask her himself, and so he did – “ Khush, whats up, theres something off, we know there is, what is it??”



Riya – “ yeah, could you please just talk to us…”



Khushi broke her chain of thought as she spoke – “ guys, I am fine, trust me, just tired, that’s all, aadi, how long is it before we reach home…”



Aadi – “ another ten minutes maybe….”



Khushi nodded – “ thanks for dropping me home….”



Aadi – “ are you insane or what, just shut up, I am not taking this formality in…”



And he looked at the mirror, and she gave him a small smile, and he knew it still something was up, her smile always reached her eyes, and right now it didn’t, so definetly something was seriously off, but he just smiled back, and continued to drive, she would talk if she wanted to, hed just have to be there for her as a good friend, and assure her that she could talk to him, if she ever needed too.



Khushi looked out the window again, as the chain of thoughts returned, his thoughts that were haunting her. All the moments spent with him, everytime he had touched her kissed her, held her, tell her that she meant something to him, how he really liked her, but what really was the use of remembering it , because as much as she was holding on to him and his memories, he was out there feeling disgusted, about every thing that had happened between them. And somehow just that thought broke her heart, all over again, she had never felt so miserable, as she felt now.



It felt like, sleepless nights, and a broken heart were going to be her best friends, because every moment away from him was like a stab, and every memory of him just brought fresh tears to her eyes.She tried to control her tears now, and she instructed her heart, to stop this torture, but it just wouldn’t listen, its was as if, it had deceided its way, of just remembering him, and making her question, as to why things had to mess up like they did.Why did her name matter so much, why wasn’t her love enough?? Could it ever be?? Why did he have to find out, before she could tell him, just why?? And for the first time, she asked God silently, if this was his way of punishing her, for her lies, to punish her for falling in love with a forbidden territory, she had dared to tread. But these three weeks meant the world to her, it was as if, she had got the chance to store a zillion memories, and now that was all that was left of him, with her, but as much as he would have liked to, he couldn’t take that away from her. He might have changed his path, and she knew, that the minute he had walked out on her, he had walked away with her happiness too,because her happiness was with him.She just felt so empty, so broken, as if, she had forgotten how to feel anything else, but the pain that shed been feeling, and for the first time she honestly questioned her destiny, that if its this separation from him, was only what was in store for her, then why did he ever have to come to London, in the first place, he could have just stayed where he was, and none of this would have happened.The only complaint she had was that,had they come so close only to separate, was this how this was meant to be?? Was her first and only love meant to go incomplete,was this distance now what she had?? Maybe her love would just never be enough, and as true as it seemed in that moment, the pain that thought brought along, was immense and unbearable.



And right then the car stopped, and so she just quickly took her bag and said – “ Thanks aadi, ill mange….”



Aadi – “ no are you insane , it’s the red light, im going to have a turn around, your apt is on the other side….”



Khushi – “ no don’t worry, ill just cross the road…”, and before aadi or riya could say anything, she got off and shut the door, and as absent minded as she was in that moment, she stepped on the road, before noticing that the pedestrian sign was red, and before she knew it, she saw lights of a car flashing to her face, as it hit her leg, and she felt herself fall to the side, she saw Aadi and Riya running towards her, but before she could comprehend, everything just went blank.



…………………………….



Shantivan – Delhi – 5 am



“Arnav , I need to talk to you…”



“You’d hate me, if you knew who I was….”



“My brother wouldn’t approve of us…”



“Arnav, you have no idea what you mean to me….”



“You are my first in every sense, its different, its special to me….”



“Arnav, how do you make me feel so special, you do know, you are perfect and amazing….”



“You need to take your medicines….”



“I am sorry, I lied to you, it was because of what I felt…”



“You wouldn’t have looked at me….let alone talk to me….”

“I cant let you hurt yourself over what iv done…”



“Ill never show you my face again, I promise, if that’s what you want, but you gotta know, that I lied to you, my brother everyone because the past is too bitter, but it isn’t my fault…”



“I need you to know, I love you, and maybe one day me being Ahemed Khan wouldn’t matter…”



“I am sorry about lying to you, but I am not sorry about being in love with you…”



“ I love you, Arnav, maybe one day that would be enough…..”



Arnav jolted from his sleep, and he drank a glass of water , from his bedside table, and he leaned back in his bed, against the headrest,and closed his eyes,trying to get Khushi’s voice out of head.



“I love you, Arnav, I am not sorry about being in love with you, I maybe the worst to have happened to you, but you are the best to have happened to me….”, her voice rang again in his head.



Everytime he had closed his eyes, her words were coming back to haunt him.



He had distracted himself on the flight with work, but that was it, he had only been able to distract himself from her thoughts,only a few hours.And then slowly, as much as he had tried to control, every memory of her, had started to replay in his head, making his heart feel a zillion emotions.He was angry at himself, for being incapable of controlling his heart.He was angry at himself, for still thinking about that scheming, cunning liar. And that’s why he hadn’t spoken much to anyone,since he had reached home, and taken to his room, to his poolside, to find some solace. But it just wouldn’t come to him, no solace, no calm, he wanted to forget her, he wanted to get her completely out of his system, and he knew he was capable of it, he had done it a countless number of times, with all his flings, throwing girls out of his life had always been easy.He felt his heart fight up with the thought, that it wasn’t just any girl, this was Khushi, the first one to have ever mattered. He quickly got out of bed, shutting that thought out, no khushi did not matter to him anymore,he didn’t exist for him anymore.He instructed himself to stop thinking about her,and he walked a few times, in his room as he said to himself – “ Arnav, you can do this, Khushi doesn’t exist,everything was a lie, she was a lie, a liar, a cheater, a betrayer….I hate you khushi….”, and he didn’t know, why he hated her more, was it only because she had lied to him, or was it also because, she, that lying schemeing woman, wouldn’t leave his mind.



Right then he heard a ring on his phone, and he walked to his side table, and saw that it was his London phone, which was riniging, and right before he picked up, it stopped.He didn’t know how he had forgotten to switch it off, and he was just about to, when it rang again, he looked at his watch, it was probably, midnight in London, who could be calling him, this wasn’t Khushi’s no, and no one from office would call so late, and even if they would, they would on his india no, but if this was Khushi from another no, he really needed to give him a piece of his mind , and he had every intention to yell at her in a way that never gave her the guts to call him ever again, and so he picked up in anger, all ready to blast, when he heard another voice on the other end – “Arnav??” Is this you??”



Arnav answered confused – “ who is this??and why are you calling me??”



“This is Riya, Khushi’s friend, where are you?? I figured last time Khushi went missing,youd called me , I figured youd want to know…listen where are you??”



Arnav rolled his eyes, so this was about Khushi – “ Listen, I have no interest in Khushi…and I am in India, its 5 am in the morning here, so for all I care…”



He heard Riya’s confused voice on the other end –“ oh, im sorry, I didn’t mean to disturb you, I just thought…anyways bye…”



And Arnav was almost about to hang up, when he heard Riyas voice, she was probably talking to someone, and he heard her – “ aadi, looks like its just us, her brother’s number is off too,hes in the flight I guess,I don’t know if I should call her mom….”



Curosity got the better of him, and Arnav didn’t cut the phone, and somehow worry started creeping up, he needed to know what this was about, why had she called him in the first place, and it was right then he heard another voice – “ Khushi Ahemed Khan,anyone here for her….”



And he heard Riya, and what he obviously understood Aadi answer – “ yes, we are, is she ok now doctor?? Is she hurt much??”



He felt something like a kick in his gut.Khushi was hurt???How???



He heard the doctor say – “Shes better now, we ran the scans, no internal head injury, just that cut on her forhead, and she saved herself, from a major fracture,but has hurt her leg,but not much to worry, but I need you guys to fill this form out, you can take her tomorrow, but tonight we need her to stay in….”



Arnav didn’t know why, but he did feel relief, as he heard the doctor.



Right then he heard Aadi’s voice – “ thank God, Khush, I mean Riya I would never forgive myself if something had happened to her, I shouldn’t have let her get off….”



“It isn’t your fault,Aadi, I know Khushi, she always has this habbit or call it being careless, she always steps on the road, when the pedestarian sign is red,I have no idea, what she keeps thinking….”, spoke Riya.



And he guessed, that Riya realized that she hadn’t cut the phone, and he heard her voice – “ hello?? Hello??”



He kept shut.He didn’t say a word.



He heard her say – “ oh ****, I left the call on….”



And he heard Aadi say – “ why did you call him anyway??”



“yeah, maybe I shoudnt have…”, was all he heard and the line went blank.



What the hell?? Was she crazy?? How could she step on the road, and be so dam careless, but hadn’t it been him who had witnessed her carelessness before,and his words rang in his ear, the ones he had told her before he had left – “ I wish, id never saved you on the road that day….”



He tried to go back to sleep, but he couldn’t,and he hated himself for worrying,and his heart jumped up immediately with the thought, that maybe if it heard her voice, just once, he could put it all to rest.



He was afterall, just being human, it was decency to check on your enemies, if they had been hurt, now wasn’t it??



………..



Hospital Room



Khushi looked at Aadi and riya as she said – “ Thanks guys, I don’t know what was I thinking…”



Aadi – “ sshh Khush, its ok, we are just glad you are ok….”



Khushi asked worried – “ I hope you didn’t call anyone, my mom or my brother, I don’t wana worry…”



Riya chipped in – “ I did try your brother, his phone was off, but I didn’t call your mom, but I may have….”



Khushi looked at her – “may have what?”



“ I called Zoya’s brother, who lives in front of you, I mean, last time your phone was off, hed called me and he was worried, so I figured, hed want to know….but….”



Khushi felt her heartbeat stop, as she asked – “ but what??



“well he just didn’t seem interested, so I hung up,anyways hes in india, so must be sleeping, hes strange that guy, Khushi….”



Khushi nodded – “ yeah strange….”



And right then Riyas phone rang and she looked surprised as she answered – “ yeah Arnav….”



Khushi almost jolted up out of her bed, and as much as she wanted to snatch the phone from Riyas hand and listen to just his voice, she controlled herself as she heard Riya say – “ Im sorry, it was just that Khushi had been in an accident, here why don’t you speak to her….shes fine now….”, and before she knew it Riya had handed her the phone.



Khushi looked at Riya and aadi in front of her and she couldn’t not take the phone, what would she say to them, and so she spoke – “ Arnav,I am sorry, Riya didn’t know, you weren’t in London anymore….”

She heard his voice call her – “ Khushi…..”



And she knew how she controlled her tears, and she almost anticipated that he was going to ask her how she was and so she said – “ I am fine Arnav, don’t worry…”



And it was s econd later, she heard his ice cold voice on the other end – “ did I ask you if you were Khushi?? And you would be the last person on this earth for me to worry about, I don’t care, all I care about is, I don’t want you or any of your friends calling me ever again, will you tell them that. I called her to say so, not to talk to you, she just handed you the phone, so I thought, id rather have you understand again, for obviously theres some part of I want nothing just nothing to do with you anymore, that you don’t understand. I hate you, you get it??”



Khushi controlled her tears from falling as she said, sure, her voice was tremebling – “ Yeah, thank you Arnav, I get it….”, and with that she cut the call.



She handed Riya the phone as she lied- “he just wanted to know if I was fine, said to take care, for decency sake, I guess, you know since he is Zoya’s brother….”



Riya took her phone, and she gestured to Aadi, that obviously whatever Khushi had just said was a lie.

Aadi understood, but he just said – “ Khush, why don’t you relax, me and riya will get you some coffe…ok??”



Khushi nodded , and she just said spontaneously – “ yeah, get me black coffe, please??”



Riya looked at her – “ why you hate the taste of that don’t you??”



Khushi – “ no, I don’t hate it, I don’t prefer it usually, but I guess I just need it now….”



Aadi nodded and they both walked out.



Khushi watched them go, and that was when she let her tears fall again, obviously why would he want to know how she was. For him, she might as well have died. And she felt so miserable, for even with every broken piece , her heart still beat for him.



…………………..



London – 8 am



Asad held Zoya’s hand in the cab, and he kissed it tenderly and said, enjoying the touch of her head on his shoulder – “ I have never been excited to meet Khushi, I wonder what her reaction will be….i am sure she will understand, once she sees us hand in hand…..”

Zoya smiled as she laced her arm into his and asked – “ so you plan to surprise her like this?? You know walking in hand in hand , with me?? You don’t need to, you know…”, she finished, because obviously it was only for Asad that Khushi didn’t know, when obviously she knew everything.



Asad – “ what do you mean, I don’t need to, I obviously need to, I haven’t caught your hand, to let it go, you understand…no matter what…”, he finished, hoping he could get himself to tell her how much he loved her, soon, but for now, he was sure, the seriousness in his tone, implied a lot of meaning, and he kissed her forehead briefly.



Zoya just tightened, her hold on his hand, only she knew how deeply she loved him, and it was sure, for definite reasons, that hear heart wouldn’t be able to hold onto this information longer, and so she replied to him – “ id like that you know, to see my hand in yours, no matter what…”



Asad grinned – “ great…”, and kissed her hand.



And right then their cab pulled over outside their building, and Zoya jumped up,because she just wanted to hug her best friend, who she knew had been going through ****, all because of her and her arrogant brother – “ cmon, lets go fast, I just cant wait to meet Khushi….”



Asad – “ yeah, just few minutes, Zoya, let me pay the guy, and get our luggage….”



Zoya – “ And ill help with that….”



A few Minutes Later



Zoya knocked at Khushi’s door, as Asad held her hand, she could see that he was very nervous, and she was nervous to see Khushi as well, hoping she was fine, so they just waited for her to open, but she didn’t open the door, and so they just knocked again.



Asad smiled – “ my little Khushi, she must be sleepling…”



Zoya smiled – “ yeah maybe, I should just call her to open…”, and with that she dialed Khushi’s number.



And after a few rings, it got picked so she said – “ Khushi?? We are here, open up….”, and when she heard Riya on the other end , she asked – “ Riya,its Zoya…Khushi….”, and just when she heard what Riya had to say, she felt like the floor would shake beneath her and she would fall, Khushi was in the hospital, she had been in an accident last night.



Asad saw Zoya’s face, go pale, and he asked worried as she put the phone down – “ whats the matter??”

Zoya didn’t know how to face Asad, she didn’t know how to tell him,but she had to, and so she said, her voice trembling – “ hospital, Asad, we need to go….”



Asad looked at her confused – “ what do you mean Zoya??”



And Zoya could only whisper – “ Khushi has been in an accident, shes at the hospital…..”, and before she knew it, Asad had taken her by the hand, and they were out in a jiffy.



……..



8.15 am 



Khushi woke up from sleep, and she saw Aadi, sitting by her side and she heard him say, as he came to her side, and touched her shoulder gently – “ Khush goodmorning, feel better??? Hows the pain?? I hope it doesn’t pain much…”



Khushi gave him a small smile – “ I am fine, thanks, but wait, did you just sleep here , I mean why didn’t you go home….”



Aadi – “ the couch was comfortable, and how could I go, leaving you here alone….”



Khushi felt her insides wish, that only if it was someone else, who would say these words to her, the only one who mattered, but she smiled – “ thanks….where’s Riya….?”



“She was on the phone, your phone actually….”, replied Aadi, and that was when they saw Riya reneter the room as she said – “ So that was Zoya, shes back, but only if I could tell her your ok, she only heard the accident bit and cut the call…”



Khushi jolted – “what??? That means bhaijaan would be here as well, they will be so worried, when I am absolutely fine….i need to get out of here….”, she finished, trying to get out of the bed.



And it was right then she heard her brothers voice in the doorway – “ what do you think you are doing, Khushi stay in bed, will you please…??”



And she looked to see Zoya right behind him, and before she could only mutter – “bhaijaan…”, she had been pulled into a big brother crushing hug, and she couldn’t help but hug him back immeditaely, as tears started to fall her eyes, she had never been vulnerable, and to finally have her family, with her, just overwhelmed her, and she let herself go, and sobbed,in her brothers arms.



Zoya watched Khushi sob in Asad’s arms, and she felt her stomach knot, Khushi was so pale, so hurt, and a accident, she was sure, this was all her brothers fault.She noticed Asad brush her hair tenderly as he said , wiping her tears – “ I can understand, Khushi, but you know I cant watch you cry, god, you know I cant, stop please….”



Khushi wiped her tears as she composed herself – “ im sorry bhaijaan, just seeing you after so long, I got emotional, and I wasn’t alone, I mean Riya and aadi, they got me here…”



Asad immediately looked at her friends and said sincerely – “ I owe you guys this big one, thanks for helping Khushi, and being there for her…so what does the doctor say??”



Aadi smiled – “ anytime, for khush, its nothing really, would you want to talk to him??”



Asad nodded, and aadi and riya led him to the door, and he saw Zoya standing frozen there, to the point ,crying and he just held her hand briefly as he said – “ stop crying Zoya, Khushi is fine, you be here, and ill be back…ok….”



Zoya nodded, and as she watched the three of them walk out, she quickly shut the door, and ran to hug her best friend as she said – “ this is all my fault, you are in this situation because of me….Khushi if anything would have happened to you….”



Khushi hugged Zoya and then replied – “ it isn’t , how can you blame yourself for me stepping on the road, seriously Zoya, it was just an accident, and I am fine….see….”



Zoya hugged her still – “ yeah, it could have been worse,and im sure, I know, whose thought you were lost in, but Khushi,its your life,I am just so sorry, for everything, I need to mend things, I know I can….”



Khushi knew what Zoya was hinting at but she said seriously – “ no Zoya, you will not do anything, it doesn’t matter anymore, hes gone, its over, I will not let you…”



Zoya finally let go and she said – “ ok baba, I will do what you say, don’t exert yourself now,please, just lie down and rest…”, she made Khushi lie back as she said – “ I know you love the croissant’s down the street, want some??”



Khushi smiled – “yes ofcourse, see my best friends back, and im better already, and obviously bhaijaan, I just got so emotional…”



Zoya nodded – “ I understand...now that I have met you, and im calm, I shall get you that croissant you love…”, and she started to make her way out.



Right then , she saw Asad open the door as he walked in – “ so iv spoken to the doctor, and he says we can take you home in a few hours, also iv sent your friends home, they needed rest, we are here now…”,  and just as he say Zoya on her way out , he asked –“ whats up??”



Zoya smiled, as she brushed his arm – “ just getting Khushi some croissants, she loves the ones around the corner, should I get you your coffee as well??”



Asad smiled, and kissed her forhead tenderly, what would he do without this woman in his life as he said – “ thank you, Zoya….”



Zoya – “ oh cmon, now go, take care of my best friend, and ill be back….”



She watched Asad go in, and he hugged Khushi again as he said – “ Khushi, thank god,you are fine, I cannot loose you, not after Najma, you and ammi, are my world…”



She smiled as she saw Khushi hug him back as she whispered – “ you won’t bhaijaan, you will never loose me….”





………………..



Zoya waited whilst they guy at that small bakery, got her order ready, and she checked her watch.it was 845 am, here, which meant it was 2pm , in India, and her brother would be at office, but she had to speak to him, she had to do something, she couldn’t let Khushi take the bullet for her mistakes, and right then it striked her, that maybe her brother had no idea, that Khushi had been in an accident, or else he would have atleast called to ask how she was, he wasn’t that insensitive and ruthless.And so without thinking twice , she called her brother, knowing that this call was the one she had to make.



She called him, and in a few rings, he had picked up as she heard him – “Zoya, how are you?? How was the flight??



“I am fine, bhai,how are you? I didn’t know, you left, that wasnt the plan,right?”, she said getting straight to the point.



She heard his casual voice –“ yeah, something came up, I had to leave….wait a second Zoya”, and she heard him say something to Aman,and she waited impatiently.



……………..



Arnav finally watched Aman leave his cabin, and he returned his attention back to his sister, as he said – “ yeah, so something came up, Zoya….”



He heard her sister’s straightforward reply – “ bhai, you need to know this, Khushi has been in an accident, I just met her….”



Arnav felt his insides churn, and hearing Khushi’s name again, boiled up so many things inside him, th eons he was trying to ignore, and so he just answered – “ yeah, I know, Zoya, and on that note I want you to stay away from her….”



He heard his sisters shocked voice – “ what do u mean you know??you know Khushi has been in an accident??”



He checked his temper as he said dryly – “yeah I know, and I don’t care, Zoya,and honestly I don’t think you should do, you don’t know….”



And to his shock , he heard his sisters raised voice, she had never spoken to him in this tone – “ what do you mean , you don’t care?? How can you be so insensitive bhai, and what the hell do you think, I don’t know, I know everything, I know everything bhai, I know what was going on between you two, I know she is in love with you, and for heavens sake, I know she is Khushi Ahemed Khan….”



Arnav felt shock rake his being as he asked – “ what do you mean you know?? If you are trying to defend that liar….”, but she cut him short as she replied – “ defend her??who am I to defend her bhai, when she was the one defending me in front of you, she lied to you, to save me from your wrath, she lied to you, that it was all her fault,when it was all mine to begin with, and that’s the truth, I met Khushi here in London about 14 months ago, accidently, she came to live in across of me, and I knew who she was in an instant, because I spotted our old family pic ,and we reconnected, and we both deceided to keep it a secret,from you and her brother ofcourse, for obvious reasons, but we needed each other, we were away from home, and we became family to each other, the past is so bitter anyway,and then one fine day, you showed up, to my surprise, and she was right there, I didn’t know how to tell you the truth, because I was scared you’d lash out at me, so I just called her Khushi Gupta. She wasn’t a part of the lie ever, she never invented that name,I did, and she only played along because I asked her too.And even when she called me in Boston, a few days before and told me how she was in love with you, the only thing she wanted to do was to tell you the truth, she never wanted to keep you in the dark never, she genuinely feels for you bhai, she does, you cant do this to her, it isn’t  her fault, punish me if you want, but not her,shes so hurt, because you walked out, I don’t know what exactly did you say to her, but she is miserable, bhai, pleaseee, will you talk to her?? Just Once, for my sake?? Please give her a chance….”



Arnav heard every word , his little sister, had said,but guess his little sister was not little anymore, because she had lied to him, and gone behind his back to be friends with an enemy, he just felt let down as he said , hurt dripping in his voice– “ I never knew you could lie to me Zoya, I don’t know what to believe anymore….”



He heard her voice, pleading him – “ bhai, I know I hurt you,im sorry, but plese you got to understand…”



And she only got a ice cold reply which said – “ two days, Zoya, I want you back here, in India, for good. I give you 48 hours to pack your bags….”



He only heard her shocked voice – “ bhai, you cant possibly mean this, please ….”



Arnav checked his temper as he said – “ you know, I mean it, I want you back, and don’t make me force you Zoya,ill have your tickets emailed to you in 30 minutes….”



“But Khushi….bhai…..”



And he said, his voice devoid of any emotion – “ I don’t want you to mention her name, ever again, atleast not in front of me….you get that??”



“Fine bhai, if that’s what you want, you will regret this, I know you will, but you gotta know, that asking me to come back will not help anyway, for I will never stay away from Khushi, she is my best friend, and there isn’t anything you can do, to make me ditch my best friend, for no fault of her’s…”, and before he knew it, the line went blank. Zoya , his little sister Zoya, had hung up on him, for the very first time.



……….



Hate rolled his eyes – “ so what did little Zoya think, she can blurt the truth, and it will all be easy?? I have playeChapter 12 – The Heart Still Beats



Love, never promised, being easy, it just always mostly, seemed worth it, atleast that’s what we think, when the going gets tough. Its a way of the heart consoling us, that you just gotta hold on, and one day love will win, no matter what. But what happens, when the heart is too hurt to be positive, when everything seems blank and black?? What happens when the heart still replays the memories, in its chambers storing them deep inside, and using it as a tool to remind you, of the times that used to be. Those are the times, when we are nothing but toys at the hand of the heart, because its that one organ, no matter what we do or say, it just plays with its own rules.



And no matter what happens, one thing always stays in common, when the heart first falls in love, or when the heart witnesses its first break, it still beats. And probably, if not as fast as in the former case,but as strongly it still does. The heart, still beats, for love, hurt or no hurt, that’s one thing we cant really help.



………………..



4 PM – Sunday – Boston



Asad watched Zoya pack her bags, and he took that time, to admire her, as he lay on the bed, waiting for her to finish.Ever since he had realized he loved her, his life had seemed to lit up even more, which he hadn’t thought was possible, because already the light Zoya had brought into his life was amazing and suprising, but as much as he wanted to understand this complex emotion, which he had now believed, was Love, he was scared too, because he had never felt this way before, he handed never handed anyone his heart, just like he had done with Zoya. He was scared, because he knew, he needed her in his life, now.He knew he could never let her go, he knew, now, there was no looking back for him. This was the woman, he had handed everything too. Hadnt his heart been waiting all its Life, to find its missing piece, and Zoya had been the answer to his heart’s puzzle, which she had so easily fixed, and the picture she made was just beautiful. He had known always, that if he ever fell in love, it would be forever, and as he glanced at Zoya, frantically pack, he couldn’t help, but smile, she was his perfect forever. He was sure, life with her would be as exciting, and interesting, than what he could ever imagine. He really did feel, that nothing in him, was without Zoya anymore, every thought he thought, everywhere he went, Zoya was on his mind and heart. She had managed to do this to him, she had managed to make him feel Love, to fall in love, and now that he felt what it did, he didn’t want to exchange it for anything. He felt like pulling her into a hug, and tell her how much he felt, to tell her how much he loved her, to tell her that the string that tied him to her, was unbreakable now, and this change in him, which led him to be be a happy man in love, was only because of her.He wouldn’t be Asad anymore, without Zoya. He was hers, forever.



Right then he saw Zoya finally zip up her bags, and she looked at him in accomplishment as she stated – “ there you go, I told you, I can fit it all in…there isn’t a think Zoya can’t do….and thank you for your help…”, she teased him.



Asad grinned and pulled her by the hand, and she fell on the bed and he tugged her hair aside , and said – “ well, I was enjoying watching you, it was amusing, you cant blame me for not helping….”



Zoya grinned – “ very funny, I know you were like this in this superdeep thought, you didn’t think I wouldn’t notice or what?? What were you thinking??”



Asad kissed her forehead as he admitted – “ it wont be a surprise if I say, its just you on my mind mostly, I just wanted to know if you are ok, I mean…”



Zoya leaned up on her elbows as she said – “ oh cmon, youv asked me a zillion times, this morning, too , infact every hour, I am fine Asad, infact, iv never been happier and contended, as I am now….”



Asad immediately pulled her into a hug as he whispered – “ Thank you Zoya, for walking into my life…”



Zoya felt his heartbeats against her ear, and she was sure, her very own were as fast as his – “ and thank you for letting me in….”



They stayed there, for a while, just hugging, and enjoying each others embrace, because somehow even the silence between them spoke volumes. Zoyas phone rang immediately, and she sprang up as she stated – “ Asad, we are late, cmon, we gotta head to the airport….”



Asad got up, followed her out, with the suitcase, he had already had his sent down,as he said, teasing her – “ don’t blame me, ok, it was you, who was still packing like ten minutes ago….”



Zoya grinned , as she stepped into the elevator – “well, I am not…”, and then she said in a serious tone – “ so this is it, we are finally leaving….”



Asad watched a sad expression toy her face, and he immediately cupped her face tenderly as he whispered – “ don’t be sad, its still us, to new beginnnings, Zoya, please smile….”



Zoya smiled, just for him as she heard him say – “ that’s my girl,I guess this elevator, will really mind, if I don’t kiss you here, for one last time….”



Zoya – “ It will….??”



“Oh yeah, it will….”, she heard him whisper, before he claimed her lips for a deep kiss.



………………………..



A few Hours Later – In the Flight



Zoya finished watching the movie, and she thought of using the washroom, and she got up and noticed that Asad was deep asleep in the seat next to her. She was glad,that he was now asleep, he had been working the first few hours of the flight, and he could use some rest. She was also glad that she had gotten a chance to speak to Khushi, before they had boarded, and she did sound fine,and that gave her some relief, Aadi and Riya were really good friends,and she made a mental note to thank them personally, once she was back.



On her way back to her seat, she noticed that almost everyone in their business class cabin was asleep, except for her, and she glanced at Asad and noticed that his blanket was off him, and so she walked a little ahead, and adjusted it on him properly, and kissed his shoulder, and returned to her seat, as she reclined it to the flat bed, to get some sleep for herself.



It was right then, as usual, his thoughts started to fill her up again, everytime, she slept, he was the last thing on her mind. Ever since she had met him, she had been feeling things she had never felt, and most importantly, as the events of last night came back to her mind,she felt her heart race ,and beat so fast, she was sure it would fall out, if she didn’t place her hand on it and so she did. He had been so gentle with her, she had known looking into his eyes, that it had meant as much as to him as it had to her. Every touch, of his , every kiss, every caress, and the way he made her feel so secured, and safe, in his arms, as they had finally become one,spoke volumes, and it hadn’t just stopped there, the way he had held on to her after, hugged her, close to his heart, really just made her feel so loved, and protected. She felt cherished in his arms, and that feeling was something she wouldn’t exchange in the world with anything.



She had always believed, that someone was out there in this world, who was just made for her, and as much as she had crushed on Asad, her brothers then best friend, when she was 13, she knew this was different, this was far apart from any infactuation, or a crush.It really did feel, that out of all the men on this planet, it was Asad, who was meant for her, for whom she was meant for. Ever since she had met him, she knew she could do anything just to be with him, and hadn’t she done just that??.But now, he just seemed more importatnt that he ever did, she felt lucky, to have him in her life, she felt as if she had finally found her destination of the heart, it felt like what she had been longing for all her life, had finally been answered , its was Gods way of telling her, that Asad was the one, she belonged to forever.



It really did feel, as if he had just waltzed in her life, and given a whole new meaning to it, and now her life wouldn’t have any meaning, if Asad wasn’t in it. It was as if, she had been blessed, and she wanted to stay forever, with this very blessing, right in his arms.It was as if her destiny had guided her, right to where she was meant to be,and now that she was finally here, she wasn’t going to let it go, because just the thought of Asad not being with her, made her feel, as if she wouldn’t be able to breathe. She knew, she could fight the world for him , and she would, even if she had to stand against her brother, she would make him understand, that she couldn’t live without Asad, because…and right then just like that in that fraction of a second, it dawned on her, that she couldn’t live without him, because, she was in love with him. And right then, as she realized it, she shot up, in her seat, and leaned to the side, to look at the man, who had captured her heart.



She was In love.



In love with Asad Ahemed Khan.



As much as the realization, made her happy, it scared her too, because of her identity, what if, just what if, Asad didn’t love her,and worse what if he deceided to walk out on her too. No she couldn’t live in that fear. She had to be positive, she had to believe the best in him, the best in them, they would get past this, she was sure they would.



She settled back in her seat, they still had a few hours before they reached London, and she needed to sleep now. The Happiness, of finally realizing that it was love, that had finally happened to her,wasn’t helping her much, so she just smiled, and replayed every memory in her head, of the man she loved, and let her heart bask in the happiness it felt.



…………………….



London – 11 pm



Aaditya had always tried being a good friend to Khushi, somewhere deep down he had accepted the reality that as much as he loved her, she would just never look at him that way, but that couldn’t not stop him from feeling what he did, and he just knew Khushi well enough to know, that she had been happier in the last few weeks, than he had ever seen her, and he had a feeling it had something to do with Zoyas brother, but since she had never come out in the open and told him or Riya anything, he couldn’t really be sure.He continued to drive, but a glanced a look at her through the review mirror, and as much as she tried to pretend, something was terribly wrong with her, and she wasn’t talking about it, but something was so wrong, that he had noticed all day just when she thought no one was looking, that pale expression, anguish was just on her face, just like it was now, and so he gestured Riya who was next to him in the front seat, to ask her what was up, but he thought Riya had been asking all day, and Khushi hadn’t answered, so he might as well ask her himself, and so he did – “ Khush, whats up, theres something off, we know there is, what is it??”



Riya – “ yeah, could you please just talk to us…”



Khushi broke her chain of thought as she spoke – “ guys, I am fine, trust me, just tired, that’s all, aadi, how long is it before we reach home…”



Aadi – “ another ten minutes maybe….”



Khushi nodded – “ thanks for dropping me home….”



Aadi – “ are you insane or what, just shut up, I am not taking this formality in…”



And he looked at the mirror, and she gave him a small smile, and he knew it still something was up, her smile always reached her eyes, and right now it didn’t, so definetly something was seriously off, but he just smiled back, and continued to drive, she would talk if she wanted to, hed just have to be there for her as a good friend, and assure her that she could talk to him, if she ever needed too.



Khushi looked out the window again, as the chain of thoughts returned, his thoughts that were haunting her. All the moments spent with him, everytime he had touched her kissed her, held her, tell her that she meant something to him, how he really liked her, but what really was the use of remembering it , because as much as she was holding on to him and his memories, he was out there feeling disgusted, about every thing that had happened between them. And somehow just that thought broke her heart, all over again, she had never felt so miserable, as she felt now.



It felt like, sleepless nights, and a broken heart were going to be her best friends, because every moment away from him was like a stab, and every memory of him just brought fresh tears to her eyes.She tried to control her tears now, and she instructed her heart, to stop this torture, but it just wouldn’t listen, its was as if, it had deceided its way, of just remembering him, and making her question, as to why things had to mess up like they did.Why did her name matter so much, why wasn’t her love enough?? Could it ever be?? Why did he have to find out, before she could tell him, just why?? And for the first time, she asked God silently, if this was his way of punishing her, for her lies, to punish her for falling in love with a forbidden territory, she had dared to tread. But these three weeks meant the world to her, it was as if, she had got the chance to store a zillion memories, and now that was all that was left of him, with her, but as much as he would have liked to, he couldn’t take that away from her. He might have changed his path, and she knew, that the minute he had walked out on her, he had walked away with her happiness too,because her happiness was with him.She just felt so empty, so broken, as if, she had forgotten how to feel anything else, but the pain that shed been feeling, and for the first time she honestly questioned her destiny, that if its this separation from him, was only what was in store for her, then why did he ever have to come to London, in the first place, he could have just stayed where he was, and none of this would have happened.The only complaint she had was that,had they come so close only to separate, was this how this was meant to be?? Was her first and only love meant to go incomplete,was this distance now what she had?? Maybe her love would just never be enough, and as true as it seemed in that moment, the pain that thought brought along, was immense and unbearable.



And right then the car stopped, and so she just quickly took her bag and said – “ Thanks aadi, ill mange….”



Aadi – “ no are you insane , it’s the red light, im going to have a turn around, your apt is on the other side….”



Khushi – “ no don’t worry, ill just cross the road…”, and before aadi or riya could say anything, she got off and shut the door, and as absent minded as she was in that moment, she stepped on the road, before noticing that the pedestrian sign was red, and before she knew it, she saw lights of a car flashing to her face, as it hit her leg, and she felt herself fall to the side, she saw Aadi and Riya running towards her, but before she could comprehend, everything just went blank.



…………………………….



Shantivan – Delhi – 5 am



“Arnav , I need to talk to you…”



“You’d hate me, if you knew who I was….”



“My brother wouldn’t approve of us…”



“Arnav, you have no idea what you mean to me….”



“You are my first in every sense, its different, its special to me….”



“Arnav, how do you make me feel so special, you do know, you are perfect and amazing….”



“You need to take your medicines….”



“I am sorry, I lied to you, it was because of what I felt…”



“You wouldn’t have looked at me….let alone talk to me….”

“I cant let you hurt yourself over what iv done…”



“Ill never show you my face again, I promise, if that’s what you want, but you gotta know, that I lied to you, my brother everyone because the past is too bitter, but it isn’t my fault…”



“I need you to know, I love you, and maybe one day me being Ahemed Khan wouldn’t matter…”



“I am sorry about lying to you, but I am not sorry about being in love with you…”



“ I love you, Arnav, maybe one day that would be enough…..”



Arnav jolted from his sleep, and he drank a glass of water , from his bedside table, and he leaned back in his bed, against the headrest,and closed his eyes,trying to get Khushi’s voice out of head.



“I love you, Arnav, I am not sorry about being in love with you, I maybe the worst to have happened to you, but you are the best to have happened to me….”, her voice rang again in his head.



Everytime he had closed his eyes, her words were coming back to haunt him.



He had distracted himself on the flight with work, but that was it, he had only been able to distract himself from her thoughts,only a few hours.And then slowly, as much as he had tried to control, every memory of her, had started to replay in his head, making his heart feel a zillion emotions.He was angry at himself, for being incapable of controlling his heart.He was angry at himself, for still thinking about that scheming, cunning liar. And that’s why he hadn’t spoken much to anyone,since he had reached home, and taken to his room, to his poolside, to find some solace. But it just wouldn’t come to him, no solace, no calm, he wanted to forget her, he wanted to get her completely out of his system, and he knew he was capable of it, he had done it a countless number of times, with all his flings, throwing girls out of his life had always been easy.He felt his heart fight up with the thought, that it wasn’t just any girl, this was Khushi, the first one to have ever mattered. He quickly got out of bed, shutting that thought out, no khushi did not matter to him anymore,he didn’t exist for him anymore.He instructed himself to stop thinking about her,and he walked a few times, in his room as he said to himself – “ Arnav, you can do this, Khushi doesn’t exist,everything was a lie, she was a lie, a liar, a cheater, a betrayer….I hate you khushi….”, and he didn’t know, why he hated her more, was it only because she had lied to him, or was it also because, she, that lying schemeing woman, wouldn’t leave his mind.



Right then he heard a ring on his phone, and he walked to his side table, and saw that it was his London phone, which was riniging, and right before he picked up, it stopped.He didn’t know how he had forgotten to switch it off, and he was just about to, when it rang again, he looked at his watch, it was probably, midnight in London, who could be calling him, this wasn’t Khushi’s no, and no one from office would call so late, and even if they would, they would on his india no, but if this was Khushi from another no, he really needed to give him a piece of his mind , and he had every intention to yell at her in a way that never gave her the guts to call him ever again, and so he picked up in anger, all ready to blast, when he heard another voice on the other end – “Arnav??” Is this you??”



Arnav answered confused – “ who is this??and why are you calling me??”



“This is Riya, Khushi’s friend, where are you?? I figured last time Khushi went missing,youd called me , I figured youd want to know…listen where are you??”



Arnav rolled his eyes, so this was about Khushi – “ Listen, I have no interest in Khushi…and I am in India, its 5 am in the morning here, so for all I care…”



He heard Riya’s confused voice on the other end –“ oh, im sorry, I didn’t mean to disturb you, I just thought…anyways bye…”



And Arnav was almost about to hang up, when he heard Riyas voice, she was probably talking to someone, and he heard her – “ aadi, looks like its just us, her brother’s number is off too,hes in the flight I guess,I don’t know if I should call her mom….”



Curosity got the better of him, and Arnav didn’t cut the phone, and somehow worry started creeping up, he needed to know what this was about, why had she called him in the first place, and it was right then he heard another voice – “ Khushi Ahemed Khan,anyone here for her….”



And he heard Riya, and what he obviously understood Aadi answer – “ yes, we are, is she ok now doctor?? Is she hurt much??”



He felt something like a kick in his gut.Khushi was hurt???How???



He heard the doctor say – “Shes better now, we ran the scans, no internal head injury, just that cut on her forhead, and she saved herself, from a major fracture,but has hurt her leg,but not much to worry, but I need you guys to fill this form out, you can take her tomorrow, but tonight we need her to stay in….”



Arnav didn’t know why, but he did feel relief, as he heard the doctor.



Right then he heard Aadi’s voice – “ thank God, Khush, I mean Riya I would never forgive myself if something had happened to her, I shouldn’t have let her get off….”



“It isn’t your fault,Aadi, I know Khushi, she always has this habbit or call it being careless, she always steps on the road, when the pedestarian sign is red,I have no idea, what she keeps thinking….”, spoke Riya.



And he guessed, that Riya realized that she hadn’t cut the phone, and he heard her voice – “ hello?? Hello??”



He kept shut.He didn’t say a word.



He heard her say – “ oh ****, I left the call on….”



And he heard Aadi say – “ why did you call him anyway??”



“yeah, maybe I shoudnt have…”, was all he heard and the line went blank.



What the hell?? Was she crazy?? How could she step on the road, and be so dam careless, but hadn’t it been him who had witnessed her carelessness before,and his words rang in his ear, the ones he had told her before he had left – “ I wish, id never saved you on the road that day….”



He tried to go back to sleep, but he couldn’t,and he hated himself for worrying,and his heart jumped up immediately with the thought, that maybe if it heard her voice, just once, he could put it all to rest.



He was afterall, just being human, it was decency to check on your enemies, if they had been hurt, now wasn’t it??



………..



Hospital Room



Khushi looked at Aadi and riya as she said – “ Thanks guys, I don’t know what was I thinking…”



Aadi – “ sshh Khush, its ok, we are just glad you are ok….”



Khushi asked worried – “ I hope you didn’t call anyone, my mom or my brother, I don’t wana worry…”



Riya chipped in – “ I did try your brother, his phone was off, but I didn’t call your mom, but I may have….”



Khushi looked at her – “may have what?”



“ I called Zoya’s brother, who lives in front of you, I mean, last time your phone was off, hed called me and he was worried, so I figured, hed want to know….but….”



Khushi felt her heartbeat stop, as she asked – “ but what??



“well he just didn’t seem interested, so I hung up,anyways hes in india, so must be sleeping, hes strange that guy, Khushi….”



Khushi nodded – “ yeah strange….”



And right then Riyas phone rang and she looked surprised as she answered – “ yeah Arnav….”



Khushi almost jolted up out of her bed, and as much as she wanted to snatch the phone from Riyas hand and listen to just his voice, she controlled herself as she heard Riya say – “ Im sorry, it was just that Khushi had been in an accident, here why don’t you speak to her….shes fine now….”, and before she knew it Riya had handed her the phone.



Khushi looked at Riya and aadi in front of her and she couldn’t not take the phone, what would she say to them, and so she spoke – “ Arnav,I am sorry, Riya didn’t know, you weren’t in London anymore….”

She heard his voice call her – “ Khushi…..”



And she knew how she controlled her tears, and she almost anticipated that he was going to ask her how she was and so she said – “ I am fine Arnav, don’t worry…”



And it was s econd later, she heard his ice cold voice on the other end – “ did I ask you if you were Khushi?? And you would be the last person on this earth for me to worry about, I don’t care, all I care about is, I don’t want you or any of your friends calling me ever again, will you tell them that. I called her to say so, not to talk to you, she just handed you the phone, so I thought, id rather have you understand again, for obviously theres some part of I want nothing just nothing to do with you anymore, that you don’t understand. I hate you, you get it??”



Khushi controlled her tears from falling as she said, sure, her voice was tremebling – “ Yeah, thank you Arnav, I get it….”, and with that she cut the call.



She handed Riya the phone as she lied- “he just wanted to know if I was fine, said to take care, for decency sake, I guess, you know since he is Zoya’s brother….”



Riya took her phone, and she gestured to Aadi, that obviously whatever Khushi had just said was a lie.

Aadi understood, but he just said – “ Khush, why don’t you relax, me and riya will get you some coffe…ok??”



Khushi nodded , and she just said spontaneously – “ yeah, get me black coffe, please??”



Riya looked at her – “ why you hate the taste of that don’t you??”



Khushi – “ no, I don’t hate it, I don’t prefer it usually, but I guess I just need it now….”



Aadi nodded and they both walked out.



Khushi watched them go, and that was when she let her tears fall again, obviously why would he want to know how she was. For him, she might as well have died. And she felt so miserable, for even with every broken piece , her heart still beat for him.



…………………..



London – 8 am



Asad held Zoya’s hand in the cab, and he kissed it tenderly and said, enjoying the touch of her head on his shoulder – “ I have never been excited to meet Khushi, I wonder what her reaction will be….i am sure she will understand, once she sees us hand in hand…..”

Zoya smiled as she laced her arm into his and asked – “ so you plan to surprise her like this?? You know walking in hand in hand , with me?? You don’t need to, you know…”, she finished, because obviously it was only for Asad that Khushi didn’t know, when obviously she knew everything.



Asad – “ what do you mean, I don’t need to, I obviously need to, I haven’t caught your hand, to let it go, you understand…no matter what…”, he finished, hoping he could get himself to tell her how much he loved her, soon, but for now, he was sure, the seriousness in his tone, implied a lot of meaning, and he kissed her forehead briefly.



Zoya just tightened, her hold on his hand, only she knew how deeply she loved him, and it was sure, for definite reasons, that hear heart wouldn’t be able to hold onto this information longer, and so she replied to him – “ id like that you know, to see my hand in yours, no matter what…”



Asad grinned – “ great…”, and kissed her hand.



And right then their cab pulled over outside their building, and Zoya jumped up,because she just wanted to hug her best friend, who she knew had been going through ****, all because of her and her arrogant brother – “ cmon, lets go fast, I just cant wait to meet Khushi….”



Asad – “ yeah, just few minutes, Zoya, let me pay the guy, and get our luggage….”



Zoya – “ And ill help with that….”



A few Minutes Later



Zoya knocked at Khushi’s door, as Asad held her hand, she could see that he was very nervous, and she was nervous to see Khushi as well, hoping she was fine, so they just waited for her to open, but she didn’t open the door, and so they just knocked again.



Asad smiled – “ my little Khushi, she must be sleepling…”



Zoya smiled – “ yeah maybe, I should just call her to open…”, and with that she dialed Khushi’s number.



And after a few rings, it got picked so she said – “ Khushi?? We are here, open up….”, and when she heard Riya on the other end , she asked – “ Riya,its Zoya…Khushi….”, and just when she heard what Riya had to say, she felt like the floor would shake beneath her and she would fall, Khushi was in the hospital, she had been in an accident last night.



Asad saw Zoya’s face, go pale, and he asked worried as she put the phone down – “ whats the matter??”

Zoya didn’t know how to face Asad, she didn’t know how to tell him,but she had to, and so she said, her voice trembling – “ hospital, Asad, we need to go….”



Asad looked at her confused – “ what do you mean Zoya??”



And Zoya could only whisper – “ Khushi has been in an accident, shes at the hospital…..”, and before she knew it, Asad had taken her by the hand, and they were out in a jiffy.



……..



8.15 am 



Khushi woke up from sleep, and she saw Aadi, sitting by her side and she heard him say, as he came to her side, and touched her shoulder gently – “ Khush goodmorning, feel better??? Hows the pain?? I hope it doesn’t pain much…”



Khushi gave him a small smile – “ I am fine, thanks, but wait, did you just sleep here , I mean why didn’t you go home….”



Aadi – “ the couch was comfortable, and how could I go, leaving you here alone….”



Khushi felt her insides wish, that only if it was someone else, who would say these words to her, the only one who mattered, but she smiled – “ thanks….where’s Riya….?”



“She was on the phone, your phone actually….”, replied Aadi, and that was when they saw Riya reneter the room as she said – “ So that was Zoya, shes back, but only if I could tell her your ok, she only heard the accident bit and cut the call…”



Khushi jolted – “what??? That means bhaijaan would be here as well, they will be so worried, when I am absolutely fine….i need to get out of here….”, she finished, trying to get out of the bed.



And it was right then she heard her brothers voice in the doorway – “ what do you think you are doing, Khushi stay in bed, will you please…??”



And she looked to see Zoya right behind him, and before she could only mutter – “bhaijaan…”, she had been pulled into a big brother crushing hug, and she couldn’t help but hug him back immeditaely, as tears started to fall her eyes, she had never been vulnerable, and to finally have her family, with her, just overwhelmed her, and she let herself go, and sobbed,in her brothers arms.



Zoya watched Khushi sob in Asad’s arms, and she felt her stomach knot, Khushi was so pale, so hurt, and a accident, she was sure, this was all her brothers fault.She noticed Asad brush her hair tenderly as he said , wiping her tears – “ I can understand, Khushi, but you know I cant watch you cry, god, you know I cant, stop please….”



Khushi wiped her tears as she composed herself – “ im sorry bhaijaan, just seeing you after so long, I got emotional, and I wasn’t alone, I mean Riya and aadi, they got me here…”



Asad immediately looked at her friends and said sincerely – “ I owe you guys this big one, thanks for helping Khushi, and being there for her…so what does the doctor say??”



Aadi smiled – “ anytime, for khush, its nothing really, would you want to talk to him??”



Asad nodded, and aadi and riya led him to the door, and he saw Zoya standing frozen there, to the point ,crying and he just held her hand briefly as he said – “ stop crying Zoya, Khushi is fine, you be here, and ill be back…ok….”



Zoya nodded, and as she watched the three of them walk out, she quickly shut the door, and ran to hug her best friend as she said – “ this is all my fault, you are in this situation because of me….Khushi if anything would have happened to you….”



Khushi hugged Zoya and then replied – “ it isn’t , how can you blame yourself for me stepping on the road, seriously Zoya, it was just an accident, and I am fine….see….”



Zoya hugged her still – “ yeah, it could have been worse,and im sure, I know, whose thought you were lost in, but Khushi,its your life,I am just so sorry, for everything, I need to mend things, I know I can….”



Khushi knew what Zoya was hinting at but she said seriously – “ no Zoya, you will not do anything, it doesn’t matter anymore, hes gone, its over, I will not let you…”



Zoya finally let go and she said – “ ok baba, I will do what you say, don’t exert yourself now,please, just lie down and rest…”, she made Khushi lie back as she said – “ I know you love the croissant’s down the street, want some??”



Khushi smiled – “yes ofcourse, see my best friends back, and im better already, and obviously bhaijaan, I just got so emotional…”



Zoya nodded – “ I understand...now that I have met you, and im calm, I shall get you that croissant you love…”, and she started to make her way out.



Right then , she saw Asad open the door as he walked in – “ so iv spoken to the doctor, and he says we can take you home in a few hours, also iv sent your friends home, they needed rest, we are here now…”,  and just as he say Zoya on her way out , he asked –“ whats up??”



Zoya smiled, as she brushed his arm – “ just getting Khushi some croissants, she loves the ones around the corner, should I get you your coffee as well??”



Asad smiled, and kissed her forhead tenderly, what would he do without this woman in his life as he said – “ thank you, Zoya….”



Zoya – “ oh cmon, now go, take care of my best friend, and ill be back….”



She watched Asad go in, and he hugged Khushi again as he said – “ Khushi, thank god,you are fine, I cannot loose you, not after Najma, you and ammi, are my world…”



She smiled as she saw Khushi hug him back as she whispered – “ you won’t bhaijaan, you will never loose me….”





………………..



Zoya waited whilst they guy at that small bakery, got her order ready, and she checked her watch.it was 845 am, here, which meant it was 2pm , in India, and her brother would be at office, but she had to speak to him, she had to do something, she couldn’t let Khushi take the bullet for her mistakes, and right then it striked her, that maybe her brother had no idea, that Khushi had been in an accident, or else he would have atleast called to ask how she was, he wasn’t that insensitive and ruthless.And so without thinking twice , she called her brother, knowing that this call was the one she had to make.



She called him, and in a few rings, he had picked up as she heard him – “Zoya, how are you?? How was the flight??



“I am fine, bhai,how are you? I didn’t know, you left, that wasnt the plan,right?”, she said getting straight to the point.



She heard his casual voice –“ yeah, something came up, I had to leave….wait a second Zoya”, and she heard him say something to Aman,and she waited impatiently.



……………..



Arnav finally watched Aman leave his cabin, and he returned his attention back to his sister, as he said – “ yeah, so something came up, Zoya….”



He heard her sister’s straightforward reply – “ bhai, you need to know this, Khushi has been in an accident, I just met her….”



Arnav felt his insides churn, and hearing Khushi’s name again, boiled up so many things inside him, th eons he was trying to ignore, and so he just answered – “ yeah, I know, Zoya, and on that note I want you to stay away from her….”



He heard his sisters shocked voice – “ what do u mean you know??you know Khushi has been in an accident??”



He checked his temper as he said dryly – “yeah I know, and I don’t care, Zoya,and honestly I don’t think you should do, you don’t know….”



And to his shock , he heard his sisters raised voice, she had never spoken to him in this tone – “ what do you mean , you don’t care?? How can you be so insensitive bhai, and what the hell do you think, I don’t know, I know everything, I know everything bhai, I know what was going on between you two, I know she is in love with you, and for heavens sake, I know she is Khushi Ahemed Khan….”



Arnav felt shock rake his being as he asked – “ what do you mean you know?? If you are trying to defend that liar….”, but she cut him short as she replied – “ defend her??who am I to defend her bhai, when she was the one defending me in front of you, she lied to you, to save me from your wrath, she lied to you, that it was all her fault,when it was all mine to begin with, and that’s the truth, I met Khushi here in London about 14 months ago, accidently, she came to live in across of me, and I knew who she was in an instant, because I spotted our old family pic ,and we reconnected, and we both deceided to keep it a secret,from you and her brother ofcourse, for obvious reasons, but we needed each other, we were away from home, and we became family to each other, the past is so bitter anyway,and then one fine day, you showed up, to my surprise, and she was right there, I didn’t know how to tell you the truth, because I was scared you’d lash out at me, so I just called her Khushi Gupta. She wasn’t a part of the lie ever, she never invented that name,I did, and she only played along because I asked her too.And even when she called me in Boston, a few days before and told me how she was in love with you, the only thing she wanted to do was to tell you the truth, she never wanted to keep you in the dark never, she genuinely feels for you bhai, she does, you cant do this to her, it isn’t  her fault, punish me if you want, but not her,shes so hurt, because you walked out, I don’t know what exactly did you say to her, but she is miserable, bhai, pleaseee, will you talk to her?? Just Once, for my sake?? Please give her a chance….”



Arnav heard every word , his little sister, had said,but guess his little sister was not little anymore, because she had lied to him, and gone behind his back to be friends with an enemy, he just felt let down as he said , hurt dripping in his voice– “ I never knew you could lie to me Zoya, I don’t know what to believe anymore….”



He heard her voice, pleading him – “ bhai, I know I hurt you,im sorry, but plese you got to understand…”



And she only got a ice cold reply which said – “ two days, Zoya, I want you back here, in India, for good. I give you 48 hours to pack your bags….”



He only heard her shocked voice – “ bhai, you cant possibly mean this, please ….”



Arnav checked his temper as he said – “ you know, I mean it, I want you back, and don’t make me force you Zoya,ill have your tickets emailed to you in 30 minutes….”



“But Khushi….bhai…..”



And he said, his voice devoid of any emotion – “ I don’t want you to mention her name, ever again, atleast not in front of me….you get that??”



“Fine bhai, if that’s what you want, you will regret this, I know you will, but you gotta know, that asking me to come back will not help anyway, for I will never stay away from Khushi, she is my best friend, and there isn’t anything you can do, to make me ditch my best friend, for no fault of her’s…”, and before he knew it, the line went blank. Zoya , his little sister Zoya, had hung up on him, for the very first time.



……….



Hate rolled his eyes – “ so what did little Zoya think, she can blurt the truth, and it will all be easy?? I have played my cards too well , this time…”



Fate – “ oh yeah, have you? Stop with your overconfidence, you might just fall….”



Destiny intervened – “ calm down fate, we have a matter at hand, she has 48 hours , do you think she will do??”



Hate grinned – “ exactly, just 48 hours, before ahaa,how I love the separation, these two love birds were making me sick anyway….”, and he walked out singing to himself happily.



Fate looked at Love, who was sitting patiently, deep in thought as he asked – “ did you just not hear any of that??”



Love – “ I did, but he’s just doing is job, its expected out of him, you know how he is….”



Destiny smiled– “ yeah, and I know you are doing y yours’s, and that much patience on your face, you definetly have something up your sleeve, love don’t you?? What is it??”



Love smiled – “ it’s a card, I didn’t think I would have played now, but I guess, I have to, because I think its time I should….”



Fate grinned – “ like I always say, desperate times, ,desperate measures…”



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Mar 25, 2016

Chapter 13 - If Only -24/03/2016 - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 19 times)

hello everyone,



Back with the weekly update, a big thanks to all my loyal readers for your feedback to my work every update, it really motivates me!! I can never thank you guys enough.



Here is Chapter 13, not as long as my usual update,thats coz i needed it to stay out on its own.Let me know what you guys think!!



Also, i have family and cousins coming over tomm for like a week, so i will only be abe to write the next chapter ,next week, so might come up, by 3 or 4 april!! I promise to post at the earliest possible!!



Thanks once again. Happy holi everyone!!



Enjoy



Prachi

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Chapter 13 - If Only



I am sure, there are a lot of times, in our lives, when we ponder upon these two words.If only.If only things happened in this way, if only I had done this differently, If only, i had reacted differently, If only this, or if only that.There are a lot of times in our lives, that we wish to do things differently than what we actually do, and its almost ironic that when in a particular moment, the wish of doing what the heart yearns for,gets washed away by situations and circumstances. There are many times, we wonder, especially when it comes to the heart, if only we could have actually done what the heart wanted, then maybe things would have been different.And i have heard somewhere, something which i believe strongly, and no matter how much we wish to delay or live in denial, its always really the best, to tell someone how you feel, because opportunities are lost in a blink of an eye, but regrets,can last a lifetime,and some regrets have that power to really, last a lifetime.



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London - Monday 4 PM



Khushi watched Zoya out of the corner of her eye, as she watched her brother leave her room, and she decided to question Zoya finally.Something was really up, it really was, ever since she had returned with her breakfast in the hospital, she was trying to be over enthusiastic,which always signalled, that something was wrong,because that was just Zoya,and she knew her way too well,and seems like her brother had noticed too, as she had heard him ask,Zoya a numerous times, if everything was alright, to which she had answered that yes it was,and so she thought that maybe she needed to talk to Zoya, alone,and the minute she had suggested her brother to use Zoya’s appt to relax for sometime, she knew the time was now. And so she finally asked -



“Ok Zo, hes gone now, spill the beans…”



Zoya looked at Khushi, as she tried to hide her turmoil - “ what are you talking about Khushi?? spill what??”



“Spill what the hell is wrong with you, something happened right?? Cmon Zoya, i know you way too well…”



Zoya smiled - “ I know Khushi but you need to rest now, ok, we can talk later…”



“Zoya , i am fine, completely, its been hours since we are back home, and something is just off, i need to know, what is it??”



Zoya finally gave up, Khushi knew her way to well, so she took a deep breath as she spoke - “Khushi, i spoke to bhai this morning,i thought he didn't know about your accident….”



Khushi felt her insides churn at the mention of his name,and she stated blankly- “ he knew Zoya, Riya called him by mistake, but he doesn’t care, so its ok…i understand he hates me….”



“How do you know, he doesn't care?? obviously he does Khushi….”, said Zoya, trying to cover up, so that Khushi wouldn't be more hurt that she already was.



Khushi gave her a sad smile, as she held her hand - “ you are the best friend, anyone can ever wish for, Zoya, but you dont need to cover up, i know he doesn’t care, and i need to face the truth,he told me he doesn’t….”



Zoya asked shocked - “ he did?? when??”



“Yes he did, along with how much he hates me…”



“What??when did he??”



“he spoke to me for a few minutes last night,you know to make that clear….”, stated Khushi.



Zoya asked shocked at her brothers insenstivity - “ last night?? you mean, he told all those things to you, after he knew you were in an accident, and in the hospital..???”



Khushi nodded - “ yeah, but its ok Zoya, i understand….so relax…”



Zoya - “relax?? how can I khushi when i know he  is being so insensitive, i cant believe this, he is so going to regret this, i know he is, i told that to him this morning, along with the truth, that it never really was your fault in the first place, that it was all my fault Khushi, that i gave you the false name, and asked you to play along, I thought he would soften after hearing it, but he's just so mad,and he's given me 48 hours to be back home, why is he doing this?? just why cant he understand, i cant leave, not when you need me, and more so Asad, what am i going to say to him??”



Khushi put her hand on Zoya’s shoulder as she said - “ Zoya, you got to understand , hes hurt, I hurt him, i should have told him the truth myself, long ago, but he found out from elsewhere, which was worse ofcourse, and then to hear you, his little sister, whom he adores, and dotes on, admit that she has been lying to him to be friends with his enemy,obviously must have hurt him further,thats why i lied to him that you didn't know, because he was so angry, i knew hed lash out at you, and look now he wants you back, and I am sure, he means it, Zoya, i think you should listen to him,before things get worse for you….”



Zoya looked at Khushi worried - “ I know, i don't want him to do something ,which could worsen things, too, but I cant just leave, what will i say to Asad??”



Khushi - “ Bhaijaan, dont worry, i will handle him, he will understand…”



Zoya asked worried - “ I don't know Zoya, i just don't know, why is this all so messed up, if only the past wouldn't have happened, we would all be in a different place today….”



Khushi said sadly - “ I know, but we cannot run away from the reality, even if we want to, its not going to help us, Zoya….”



Zoya - “ You are right, running away, isn't going to help us at all, i need to face things, finally, and looks like i know what I have to do….”



Khushi - “ and i am with you, always, no metter what you do, what you deceide, you know that right…??”



Zoya smiled and hugged her - “ yes, i do….oh god khushi 48 hours, how am i going to tell Asad….??”



And it was right then she heard Asad’s voice in the doorway which asked - “ tell me what??”



Asad had come back to take his phone, which he had forgotten by Khushi’s bedside,he was just about to take a nap, and was looking for his phone to put a alarm, and it was right then he had realised, that it was in Khushis room, and so he had walked across, to get it, and what he saw brought a smile to his face, it was the sight of the two important women in his lives hugging, and it wasn't until he heard Zoya mention something about telling him, that he asked what it was about.



He walked up, and sat on the sofa, picking up his phone and smiled- “ i came to take this, and sorry as much as i don't intend to eavesdrop, what is it Zoya, that you need to tell me??”



Zoya tried to cover up as she said - “Asad, its nothing really….”



Khushi touched Zoya’s hand as she said - “ bhaijaan, she is worried, because she doesn't know how to tell you, that she needs to be back in India, in the next 48 hours….”



Asad felt a kick in his gut, as he registered his sisters words and he looked at Zoya ,this was definitely a shock, he had planned on staying in London, until Khushi got fine, and he was sure Zoya would too, and he needed that time, because he wanted to tell her in the most special way, how much he loved her, and so he looked at Zoya - “is it true??you need to leave??”



Zoya - “ yes, Asad, I'm sorry,but, some family emergency has come up, and as much as i hate to leave right now, I guess i have to….”



Asad didnt know how to react, and so he just nodded curtly - “ ok, i understand…”, and he walked out the room, just like that.



Zoya looked at Khushi - “ Khushi, did you see the look on his face??”



Khushi grinned - “ yes, i did, and theres a reason why i dropped the bomb, Zoya, you need to go and talk to him now, gooooo….”



Zoya said getting up -  “yes, i need to….”, and just as she was about to shut the room door, she heard Khushi’s voice - “ i am going to sleep, and when i get up, i want to know, how you finally told bhaijaan, how much you love him…”





Zoya looked at Khushi shocked - “ you know?? Khushi?? how???”



Khushi smiled - “ its on your face, silly , just like its on his, now go, trust me you really want to say it out loud, i am sure, he is in love with you too Zoya….i know my bhaijaan….”



Zoya immediately got back and pulled Khushi in a hug as she said - “ you are the best, you have to know that….”



Khushi hugged her back - “now go, ok , and let me sleep….”



Khushi saw Zoya walk out,and she couldn't help but feel so happy, for her.She had seen it in her brother’s eyes,just the way he looked at Zoya, she had always known, that when Love would finally happen to him, it would be for good, and she couldn't be happier to know, that he was in love with Zoya,and she desperately hoped, that he wouldn't react badly, when the truth of Zoya’s identity came out,no she wouldn't let him.Because she knew, that very few people, in this world were lucky enough to have the one they loved, love them back, and she couldn't let them walk out on that.



Love.She closed her eyes as her thoughts went back to him.Arnav, the love of her life,the one she loved so much that it hurt so bad.She let her heart replay the memories of him,and she couldn't help but smile, things really had been good.If only, she had got the chance to tell him the truth, maybe just maybe he would have reached differently, but she knew one thing, she was glad to be able to tell him how she felt.She didn't for once regret telling him, that she loved him.If only she could get the chance to tell him, how much she really loved him, how he really did mean everything to her, how he was her whole world, how she couldn't help but love him with every broken piece of her heart, how she felt so empty, because he had walked out.She wiped her tears , and twisted in bed, and decided to get some sleep, as she made herself understand, that she wasn't as lucky, maybe he never would be in love with her,just maybe, he would never love her.She made herself understand, that as much as she loved him, he would never love her.He hated her, he had thrown her out of his life,and now all she had to do was cope up, with her broken heart, and one sided love for the man,the only man, she had ever wanted.



…………



Asad twisted in bed, and he finally got up, giving up on sleep, obviously he couldn't sleep, when the thought of Zoya leaving , was making him sick.How could she not tell him?? How could she just decide to go??



And it was right then, he spotted her on the entrance of the room, as she asked - “ Asad, can we talk??”



Asad immediately got out of bed, and stood up, looking out of the window - “ yeah, Zoya…its time, dont you think??”



Zoya walked up to him, and she touched his arm as she asked - “ wont you look at me?? Asad, I am sorry, I just have to, im sorry i didn't tell you earlier, i only got to know this morning, some family emergency has come up, and i need to be home….”, and she finally turned him around,and when she only saw raw emotion in his eyes, she hugged him tight as she whispered - “ Asad, i know, i didn't think i’d need to leave so early too,but remember what you said, its still us, its a new beginning….”



Asad hugged her close as he felt his anger melt away as he admitted - “ Zoya, i know, i understand, but you gotta understand, i wasn't ready yet, to be apart from you, iv gotten so used to having you around all the time, this is just insane, for i cannot control what i feel, as much as i understand, its your family, its just that I’ll miss you so much….”



Zoya kissed him on his cheek tenderly as she put her arms around his neck and said - “ i know what you mean, because i feel the exact same thing, Asad, with you around,i cannot control anything,anything i feel, you have no idea, how much ill miss you, you cannot even imagine….”



The sincerity, the look in her eyes, did it.He had planned this differently, he had, it all planned in his head.he had thought of taking her out,have the whole place lit up, and take her in his arms, and admit how he felt, but looks like he didn't have the time, as time was running out, and he couldn't let her go, without knowing how he felt,and so he just let his emotions flow, as he bent forward, and took her lips in for a deep kiss.



Zoya tiptoed to receive his kiss, and no sooner than his lips had touched hers, she felt Asad move backwards, a little, as he shut the room door, and then he picked her up a little, and she wrapped her legs around his waist,as they continued to kiss, and he finally sat back into the sofa, with her on his lap, kissing her mindlessly. He broke apart, for a few seconds as he whispered - “Zoya, you have no idea, what you mean to me, I just….”, and before he could say further, she started to kiss him again as she said agains his lips - “ good, just like you dont know, what you mean to me….”



He kissed her again, as he let her dominate their liplock, and he felt the similar desire for her shoot up, and he finally broke three embrace, now desperate to let her know the truth, desperate to let her know, he was in love with her, and he cupped her face tenderly as he said - “although i think you have no idea, what you mean to me, id like you to know Zoya, that I, am truly,and deeply, in love with you…..”



Zoya felt herself go still for a second, just as she heard him, because she hadn't expected him to say this, all she had thought was, that she was in love with him, but now to finally hear him say, that he was in love with her too, gave her chills of excitement and very strong emotions.She wanted to say it out loud too, she wanted to tell him she loved him to, and the look on his face, told her that he was waiting for her answer but she didn't say anything,instead she just bent forward, and started to kiss him again,only more passionately this time as she whispered against his lips - “ Kiss me , Asad….”, and as much as Asad wanted her to say something, his desire got the better of him, as he felt her squirm on his lap,driving him insane, and he started to kiss her.



He took a bunch of her hair in his fist, as he trailed a line of kisses down her throat,and her neck,and then he gave her a soft bite and whispered against her neck - “Mine….”



Zoya felt that similar desire take over her, as well,but she knew she had to let it out too, and so she said, as she put her forehead against his, her breathing heavy - “ always,only yours, and just so i think that you have no idea what you mean to me, id like you to know, that I am truly,madly,deeply, in love with you, too, I love you so much Asad, I love you so so so much too…..”



Asad thought his heart had stopped beating in happiness.Just to hear her finally say what he had only dreamt off, made him the happiest man on this earth and so he whispered - “ you make me the happiest man on this earth Zoya….I love you, so much,that it has changed everything,all i know is that I love you, and I cannot imagine my life without you….”



Zoya immediately put her hand on his lips - “ Please don't say that, because even in my imagination, i cannot imagine, such a thing Asad, I need you, in my life, by my side, I don't know what Ill do, if….”, and before she could complete,his hand was on her mouth as he whispered - “ shhh, no if’s Zoya,its us, we gotta think about, just us….”, and he leaned forward.



“Just us, it is….”, Zoya whispered, as she leaned in to receive his kiss.To finally have it say it out loud, and admit that they wherein love, was driving them both crazy and the passion it ignited, was unimaginable.



Asad finally pushed her back into the sofa,as he held her body close to his, and kissed her everywhere.He tugged on her shirt, and she helped him take it off,and then he flung his shirt aside as he admired her again, for a second, and then looked into her eyes and asked - “will you let me love you, Zoya?? the way I want to??”



Zoya nodded as she whispered looking straight into his smoldering eyes - “ Always, Asad….”, and before she knew it, passion took over, and she let the man she loved, make love to her, once more.



……………….



Monday - 10.00 PM Shantivan



Arnav tried to concentrate on the presentation in front of him, but he couldn't just like he knew, he hadn't been able to get himself to concentrate all day at work.He shut his laptop in frustration, and closed his eyes, and leaned back in his recliner, deep in thought,trying to comprehend, what was it, that was making him so uncomfortable, as much as he wanted to, he knew, he had been trying to run away,from it all, but he knew it was not working.He was hurt, deeply hurt.And it wasn't just because of the only one he had truly liked or cared about, but also because of his sister.His little sister, had been lying to him for so many years, only because, she wanted to be friends with the enemy.Wasn’t Zoya aware of the past?? Ofcourse she was, then what was the reason that made her go behind his back. He remembered her words -



“We needed each other bhai, away from home, everyone, we are like family, the past is bitter…”



And then he remembered Khushi’s words again - “ The past is bitter, but t isn't my fault.Im sorry about lying to you, but im not sorry about being in love with you.You are the best to have happened to me,Arnav,I love you, maybe one day, that will be enough…”



He didn't know, why those words continued to haunt him day and night.



Obviously he was angry, both at his sister, and that liar Khushi,but he couldn't beleive, he had never imagined that hed be this hurt.The hurt that he was feeling, was immense.



It hurt, because Khushi, the girl, who had captured his mind and heart in the last few weeks, was an enemy.She was Khushi Ahemed Khan.



Just for once he tried to remove her last name in his head,as his heart argued, that she was still Khushi, the same Khushi, the same girl, who had mesmerised him, taking over his every thought.And just as he had allowed his heart that one slip, it flooded his mind, with all her memories,all good memories, all precious memories, of everytime they had been together,everytime, he had touched her kissed her, held her close,and the way she had responded to his feelings, somehow deep down it really felt concrete,as if it all meant something, that it really did mean something else.For the first time ever, out of all his flings, that was one relationship, he could have called real,the one in which he actually felt something.If only,she hadn't lied to him,and ruined everything,if only she could just be his Khushi,and not be Khushi Ahemed Khan.If only,all this would have not happened to him.He wiped the tear, that was threatening to leave his eye, as he controlled his emotions, no he couldn't cry, he couldn't let himself feel the pain he was feeling. It was right then he heard his sisters voice in the doorway - “Chotte,can i come in??”



Arnav immediately shot up in his recliner - “ of course di, come in, since when do you need to ask me??”



Anjali smiled - “ well since, i saw my Chotte was deep in thought, is everything ok Chotte??iv been waiting to talk to you since yesterday”



Arnav nodded - “yes everything is fine di,why do you ask??”



Anjali - “ well, you returned a day early,and as much as that made me happy, i am quite surprised,and then you v been off all day, and even at dinner, you didn't talk to any one of us, you were just way too quiet, than usual, i know something is bothering you, what is it Chotte??”



Arnav covered up - “ well its nothing really di, you just worry way too much, everything is fine, i have too much work on hand, since i was out for a good three weeks , thats all…”



Anjali brushed her brothers hair tenderly - “and mind if I ask, how were these three weeks??”



Arnav - “ they were fine di, nothing much, just work…”

Anjali - “ yeah, i am not interested to know about your work Chotte, i want to know about the time you were spending with Khushi….Zoya’s best friend, last i recalled, you did say something about her being really nice and different, and that you were getting to know her…i want to know about that….”



Just hearing her name again, stirred up something inside him, but he dismissed it as he answered his sister - “ Theres nothing to know Di, i dont want to talk about her….”



Anjali asked surprised - “ why do you say so Chottte? last i heard, was only fondness in your voice, for her, did something happen??”



Arnav - “ Di , please, just drop it, i dont want to talk about her….”



Anjali - “Chotte, what is it??”



And something just snapped inside of him as he spat, sure that the hurt was evident in his voice - “its just that she is nothing but a liar,di, she lied to me all along, she had the audacity, di, how dare she??”



Anjali asked worried - “ lied about what?? I know from Zoya, she's a sweet girl, why would she??”, but she stopped in between as she heard her brothers voice and he sounded so hurt - “ she lied di, about being who she was, for the first time ever, i thought i found someone i really like, someone i really wanna be with, but….she ruined everything…..”

Anjali - “ what do you mean?? Chotte?? doesn't she feel, i mean doesn't she like you??”



“no di, she said she’s in love with me….”, he spat out.



Anjali - “ what?? wow, isn't that a good thing Chotte, and you said you really like her too,then where is the problem, i dont see any, what did she lie about??”



“Just about everything, im sure di, everything that left her mouth, was a lie, because if she could lie about her name, she could lie about anything…..”, he spat.



“About her name??her name is Khushi right??”



“Yeah, di, Khushi Ahemed Khan, thats who she is,and she lied, about being Khushi Gupta…..”



It didn't dawn on her, what his brother meant so Anjali said- “ so what Chotte, whats in the name anyway??did you ask her why atlas?? you can't let someone you like, walk out of your life, only because of their name….religion shouldn't matter….”



Arnav looked at his sister as he said - “ di, didn't you hear?? Khushi Ahemed Khan, doesn't that name ring a bell, it is about who she is,she is Asad Ahemed Khan’s younger sister, dammit…..”, and he kicked the stool in front of him, as he looked at his sisters shocked face and answered - “ exactly di, thats how shocked i was, and you know what Zoya knew about this all along, she knew who she was, and she went behind our backs,to be friends with an enemy…you know how i hate that family”

Anjali looked at her brothers face and she knew she had to speak to Zoya as soon as possible and listen to her side  and so she just said - “ Chotte, im sorry, i just dont know what to say….maybe i should speak to Zoya….”



“You can di, once she is here, iv given her 48 hours to pack her bags and be back here for good….”, stated Arnav.



Anjali - “ Chotte calm down, i understand you are hurt, but she is your sister , your family, you cant force her….into anything, its not right??”



Arnav - “ and its right for her to lie to me, di??”



“No chotte, but you gotta talk to her,ok, you want her back , its fine, but you gotta sort this out, ok atleast with Zoya…”



Arnav nodded - “maybe, i was a little harsh, on her earlier, fine, ill call her, but that wont make me change my decision….”



Anjali nodded - “ fine, Chotte, now get some sleep ok??” , she said walking out her room.



Arnav - “ yeah di , i will, and thanks, i feel better after talking to you….”



Anjali - “ anytime chotte….”, she said,she knew, at that point, there was no point in saying anything to make him understand, she just hoped he wouldn't make himself more miserable, until she found a way of helping him out.



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Khushi stirred from sleep, as she heard a phone ringing, and she got up, and picked up her phone, and it wasn't ringing.And right then, she heard the ring again, and she realised that it was Zoya’s phone, that was ringing, and she noticed the name flashing - Anjali di. She didn't know whether to pick up or not, and just as she was deciding, in between picking up or not, her phone stopped ringing.She almost put her phone back, but right then it started ringing again, and she saw the name flashing this time - Bhai calling.



For a minute, she felt her heartbeats race,but she came herself down, and didn't take the call, and within seconds the phone stopped ringing.And she hoped it wouldn't ring again,but it did, and it was him again, and she thought twice, but then she finally picked it up, what if he had something important to say to Zoya.



She heard his immediate voice on the other end -

 

“Zoya , what the?? why weren't you taking my call?? look I'm calling coz i guess i was too harsh on you earlier, but that doesn't make me change my decision, you will be back , in now the next 36 hours….”



Khushi took a deep breath,she didn't know what to say, and  then she heard his urgent voice again - “ Zoya?? you there??



She took a deep breath as she finally spoke - “Arnav….”



There was complete silence for a minute,and then she heard him - “ what’s Zoya’s phone doing with you, Khushi??”



So, he atleast recognised her voice, somehow that felt soothing to her broken heart.



She finally got the courage to speak , and so she did - “ Arnav,she just left her phone here, in my room , by mistake, she's in her apartment, i would have gone over and given her the phone, but….”



She heard his cold voice - “ but what?? why did you pick up, when you knew it was me, what part of i dont want to talk to you ever again, dont you get?? you just keep finding reasons, dont you??and just because of you, my sister is doing something she's never done, fight with me,she might have decided to stick with you, but let me tell you one thing Khushi, i am not going to be fooled, again….”



Khushi felt his words like a whip to her heart, and she finally felt her anger rise, and she tried to control it ,but she knew for the first time, ever, she decided to give it back to him as she said, angrily - “ whats wrong with you Arnav?? i understand i made a mistake, and i already apologised, i understand, you don't wish to speak to me, and honestly, i have some self respect to keep myself out of the lives of the people, who don't want me in it, and you are one of them, i get it, i picked up the phone, because i couldn't just walk to the other side without help, i have an injury, but like i know, you don't care,so I am sorry, for making you listen to my voice, even for a minute, i will tell Zoya to call you back….”, and she almost cut the call, when she heard him ask on the other end - “ so you are back home, from the hospital??”



She felt her anger get in control as she answered - “ yes, i got back a couple of hours ago….”



“Fine, just have Zoya call me back….”, and he was about to hang up,as she stopped him and said - “ Arnav, wait, just a second, can you please try to be a little easy with Zoya, she's upset because you are so upset with her,i just know she is, she loves you, she looks up to you,she really does, cant you just for once put everything aside,just for her??”



She heard a sigh, on the other end, and in a almost tired tone he spoke - “ I dont know, i dont know who to trust anymore….”



Khushi tigtened her grip on the phone as she spoke - “ and thats my fault Arnav, i know, but Zoya…please, i request you….can you just not for once, try to understand her, or me??will you not even try?? do you hate me so much now, to just let everything go??”

She only heard silence on the other end, so she asked - “ Arnav, you there??”



And before she could say anything more, the line went blank.



He had hung up. Just like she had expected he would,only she had expected him to hang up much earlier,atleast some kind of conversation happened.She didn't know, what it meant, and honestly, with her broken heart, she didn't know,related to him, what meant anything at all.



……………..



Arnav hung up, but her words rang in his ears - “ do you hate me so much mow, to just let everything go??”



He closed his eyes again, as he asked himself the same question, did he really hate her so much?? To just let everything go?? 



His mind answered yes, but he did feel his heart argue. How could this girl do this to him, how could she still manage to pull the strings in his heart??



He knew, she was hurt, physically, and he had almost refrained from asking her how she was doing, when all his heart wanted to know, was that if she was well.He hated her, but somewhere deep down, in his heart he knew, he still cared, he couldn't run away from that, his heart was just not allowing him, because it had never cared for anyone the way it had cared for Khushi.



He felt his anger rise again, as his mind took over, he knew he needed to distract himself, from anything related to Khushi.He had to just never speak to her again, he had to get her voice out of his head, he had to get her words to stop haunting him.



He had to get her out of his system, and h knew what distraction, would help him,because in that moment, he was ready to do anything,and everything to get Khushi out of his ind and heart.He didn't need her in his life, he wouldn't allow himself to be so vulnerable, and so he decided to do, what he knew would distract him, and at the same time, if Khushi were to find out, it would hurt her,and he really wanted to give her the taste of her own medicine.He wanted to hurt her, because of the hurt he was feeling,and so he picked up his phone, and dialled the number.



He made the call, that would connect him to Lavanya Kashyap.



…………..



10.00 Pm - London



Asad ate his dinner, and he watched Khushi and Zoya across of him, and his mind wondered, what they had been talking a while earlier,and they had stopped, just as he had entered.He had been inquisitive, because he really just wanted to know, why did it seem as if they changed their topic of discussion, overtime he was around.Obviously, Zoya and Khushi had been best friends, way before he came in the picture,so they must have really a lot to catch up, he told himself, after all they were meeting after weeks too.



Asad watched Khushi eat the bite, Zoya forcefully stuffed in her mouth, and he smiled,to himself,it really did feel good, to see his sister and the love of his life, bond in the most special way.



And he heard Khushi ask finally - “ bhaijaan, what makes you smile….??”



Asad grinned - “ well honsetly, its the two of you, im just happy to see my little sister and the love of my life bond like this…it feels good….”



He saw Zoya blush , as she almost choked on her bite as she said - “ Asad,stop it….”



He bent forward and brushed her hair aside as he grinned and winked to Khushi - “ stop what?? Khushi looks like i can make your friend blush….”



Khushi laughed - “ oh yes, you can, and on that note, I know she can make you blush too, cant she bhaijaan??”



Asad - “ very funny, Khushi, eat your food….”



He saw Zoya read something on her phone, with a serious expression, and he asked - “ whats up??”



Zoya - “ nothing, its just i missed my sisters call earlier today, just her messages, and also my ticket, my brothers secretary, had emailed it to me….”



Asad felt himself stiffen a little, the thought of having Zoya around only for the next one day made him nervous, but he asked - “ so Zoya, whats this family emergency that has come up, that makes you have to leave??”



He saw Khushi and Zoya both stiffen at his question, and he asked - “what?? I'm just asking, don't you think Zoya, i should know?? i mean maybe i can help you….”



Zoya answered spontaneously - “ my mother isn't well….”



Khushi answered spontaneously - “ her brother isn't well….”



Asad looked at the two, both giving him different answers and he looked at the two confused - “ why are the two of answering differently??are you guys hiding something??something you dont want me to know??Zoya??”



Zoya looked at Asad, and he almost had this hurt look in his eyes, and it killed her, so she said - “ No Asad, why would we? my brothers health is in control, my mother isn't well…”



Asad shot her a confused look - “ Zoya, why is it, overtime your family comes up, you go all distant on me?? like you seem spaced out, you know how i feel about you, i love you, sooner your later, I'm going to have to let your family know that, and here, you still seem to be in two minds, when it comes to talking about your family to me….”



Khushi noticed that the situation was getting a little tense so she said - “ no bhaijaan,theres some confusion, thats all….”



Asad looked at Zoya, who was looking elsewhere and he stood up, feeling hurt - “ Zoya, i thought we were past that stage, i thought you could talk about anything and everything with me, but guess, i was wrong….”, he kept his plate aside,and started walking out as he heard Zoya, as she immediately held his hand stopping him - “ Asad, where are you going?? its nothing really…..”



Asad looked at her - “ Is it Zoya?? if you say so, i believe you, im just going out for a walk….”, and he walked out, he needed to get his head clear of that nagging feeling, that told him that Zoya didn't want to talk about her family with him, she wasn't ready yet, maybe.Afterall, they had just admitted they were in love, maybe he was just being too paranoid.He needed to give Zoya, some space maybe.He didn't want to seem forceful at all,and thats why he knew he needed some time to sort his confusion out.



Zoya watched Asad leave, as he shut the door, and she sat back dejected, as she asked Khushi - “ what to i do khushi?? just look how he is feeling just at the thought of me hiding something….maybe i should just tell him the truth?? i don't know,how i will,but i guess i need to….”



Khushi immediately hugged Zoya as she said - “ look i know how you feel, just do what your heart says, if it says, to come out clean, then maybe you should….altho i don't know how will bhaijaan react…”



Zoya hugged Khushi - “i dont know how will he react, i mean just this afternoon, i told him how i feel, you know everything….Khushi, just tell me what to do, get me out of this misery….”



Khushi - “ honestly, Zoya, i thought the truth would get me out of mine, too, but i was wrong, its just made me more miserable, but i dont think that will be the case for you and bhaijaan, you guys are in love, its serious,im sure he will understand, im sure he will…..”



Zoya looked at her - “ you sure?? i feel deep down too, maybe i should go and talk to him….wish me luck, Khushi…”



Khushi watched Zoya walk out, sure of her decision, and she said - “ all the best Zoya….”, as she prayed, that telling the truth, will put an end to Zoya’s misery, unlike hers.



She sat back, and closed her eyes, and prayed for her brother and Zoya.She prayed for love to conquer it all.



………………..



Love smiled - “ I like, how people still believe in me..”



Destiny nodded - “ yes, ofcourse, you are wonderful, look at her, she's so broken at her heart, but she still has faith in you, thats what it takes…it takes a lot of courage…”



Fate - “Yes, indeed,its because she loves her brother and friend, way too much, she's gotta believe…”



Destiny - “and why do i feel, she will have a big hand in making her brother hang in there….i guess, wasn't that your trump card , love?? she's going to tell him, finally isn't it??and she's going to do it herself,just maybe it wouldn't be as bad”



Love grinned - “ well that was the second one, i want atlas one of them to hear the truth from their lady love, the impact will be managable,and it will be so because of the first move of the love confession….”



Fate grinned - “ Looks like , hate is too busy to read in between the lines, you are cheeky, Love, you know that , dont you??”



Love winked - “ I know…”



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Apr 14, 2016

Chapter 14 - Set Me Free - 13/04/2016 - New!! (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 26 times)

Hi guys, 

ok , so i have finally recovered, from my viral, and here is the update!!

Thank you so much for all your patience and love to my work.

Thank you too all my readers, for your wonderful feedback every update.Means a lot to me.

Thanks guys.Enjoy the Update, and let me know what you guys think.

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Chapter 14 - Set Me Free



I’v been holding it all in, for so long,

But now I just want to let it loose,

I wana come out honest, so that there is no more burden on my heart,

For In my heart, is only love, 

The love that I feel for you,

I want to tell the truth,because i dont want be tied down anymore,

I want to set us free, hoping that the truth will finally,

Set Me Free.



……………..



Asad stood looking into nowhere, by the road, as various thoughts ran through his mind.It made him really uneasy thinking Zoya was hiding something from him, and he really did think that they were past all that,but every time her family came up, she did go all distant on him, and he had tried to comprehend a number of reasons for the same, and he couldn't come up with anything else other than the fact that maybe just she wasn't ready to share that part of her life with him, yet,and it hurt deeply, to think that she didn't feel like she could,whereas he had opened up to her in every way possible, opened his heart, to her, something he had never done before, he had handed her his everything, mind, body , soul, and he loved her so deeply,and he knew she loved him too, but somehow just the thought, that she still did not open to him about everything, hurt real bad.He stopped that chain of thought, as he made himself understand, that he shouldn't just jump to conclusions here, just maybe she would have spoken to him, at her own pace and time,and that would have been for the best ofcourse, because he loved her, and he didn't want to force anything on her,he couldn't do that to her,and so he decided to put his hurt aside, as he made his way back to the building, it was time, he told Zoya, that she could take her time, and he would wait, for that day, when she would on her own, talk to him about everything,and he smiled at that, because just then a realisation struck that Zoya had indeed changed everything about him, because for her, he could indeed wait just forever.



…….



Zoya paced around, impatiently outside the building, waiting for Asad,just like she had been doing for the last 30 minutes.She didn't know where had he gone, and he had left his phone as well, and so the best she had thought was to wait right outside in front of the  building, that way she wouldn't miss him.And as she was pacing,she realised that she was really scared, and nervous, what if Asad walked out on her too, just what if?? Could she live with that?? She knew she couldnt, and she knew that is why she had to find a way to make him understand, and she had to have full faith in their love, she couldn't let fear take over now,because the time was indeed here, she knew she had to tell him the truth no matter what.She was still deeply engrossed in her thoughts, when she felt a hand on her shoulder, and she turned to see Asad right in front of her, and she hugged him immediately as she said - “ Asad, where were you?? you have any idea how worried I was?? Look , im sorry, i dont want you to think that there is a part of me that i am not ready to share with you, because that isn't the truth, i swear….”



Asad hugged her close for a minute, as he heard her, and then he pulled apart,and kissed her forehead tenderly and whispered - “ No, Zoya, i am sorry, for being so paranoid, i know you wouldn't hide anything from me, if you were ready to talk about it, and just so you know, i can wait forever, for that day,when you will be ready to share everything bout your life with me, because I know, that ,that day will surely come, I love you….”



Zoya felt a zillion emotions run through her, as she heard him,and the guilt rose again,and she knew, she had to do this now, for it was now or never, and she spoke - “ I love you too,Asad, and i wont make you wait long,i need to talk to you….”



Asad brushed her hair aside and he said - “ Zoya, look  i dont want to force you to talk to me about anything you aren't ready, if you are doing it just because i walked out upset, then don’t…please…”



Zoya looked at him and said honestly- “ No , it isn't because of that, Asad, its just that i want to, and thats why i have been waiting here for you, you even left your phone inside….”



Asad  - “ Yeah, im sorry, ok lets get you in first, and you shouldn't have waited outside here Zoya, i would have come back, inside, and to you, myself, where else would i go??”



Zoya gave him a small smile, as they walked in, and entered the elevator, and she pressed the terrace button, and he asked her - “ where are we going??”



Zoya - “ the terrace, i guess we will need the air, as we talk….”



Her words confused him, but he didn't ask anything further, for he felt from her face that something was really off,and so he decided to just best stay silent.



He followed her out on to the terrace, and he was quite surprised by the simplicity of the setting, and the elegance,as he registered in the surroundings and he asked - “ you come here when you need to think, dont you??”



Zoya looked at him shocked - “ how do you know??”



Asad smiled - “ well, looks like i know everything about you, Zoya, even if you think i dont, but when it comes to you, as a person, the woman i love, i know everything….”, and he brushed her arm tenderly as he looked at her broken face and before he could ask what was wrong, she just hugged him tightly and started crying, like anything.



Asad asked worriedly - “ Zoya, whats wrong?? is it something i said?? Zoya??? why are you crying like this?? what has happened?? Zoya please, just stop….crying, please….”, he pleaded, because just the way she broke down in his arms, was killing him already, something was seriously really wrong.



He held on to her, because she wouldn't let go of him, as she continued to weep, and he somehow walked upto the sunbed, and made her sit there, and then kneeled down in front of her, as he wiped her tears, but fresh ones oozed out, just as he wiped another trail and he just asked helpless to know, what was wrong - “Zoya, please, will you say something?? what happened?? please you are scaring the hell out of me…”



She sobbed continuously as she hugged him again,and he held on to her and then pulled back and wiped her tears again and he looked into her swollen eyes - “please, talk to me……”



Zoya finally wiped her tears and got a grip on herslef, as she spoke unable to completely control her sobs, she had broken down, because of the fear, what if he did walk out on her knowing the truth, he thought he knew everything about her, but she had hidden such a important thing from him, for the longest time now,and she finally spoke, holding his hand - “ no, Asad, you dont know everything….”



Asad - “ excuse me??”



Zoya - “ as in everything about me….”



Asad - “ I am sure, i know what i need to Zoya….im sure i know enough that made me fall head over heels for you, i know enough to love you the way i do Zoya…”



Zoya knew she couldn't keep it in any longer and she cupped his face tenderly as she spoke - “ I wish it were enough, i wish it is enough, that our love is enough, for what i am about to tell you now, might, no, i know it will….”



Asad looked at her , now really worried - “ it will what??Zoya??”



She held on to his hand and asked looking into his eyes - “ you know , i love you, don't you??”



Asad nodded - “ yes, i know…”



Zoya - “ Then will you please just trust me, on this, you will try to understand, why and how, this happened….”



Asad asked confused - “ Zoya, what has happened??thats what i want to know…”



Zoya kissed his forehead - “ i am sorry, i love you so much, will you please find it in your heart to forgive me?? please, for one last time?? for after this, there are no more lies….”



Asad asked, both in shock and worry - “ lies?? what lies??”, hoping desperately Zoya didn't lie to him about how she felt, but he looked at her again, and he was convinced she was as much in love with him, as he was with her,so where was she exactly heading with this, was what was consuming his mind.



Zoya finally spoke , holding both his hands - “ I lied to you, about two things, firstly about, since when do i like you, remember you asked me, and i told you ever since we first met, and you thought i meant, ever since we met here in London….”



Asad looked confused - “yeah, coz that was the first time we met, where are you heading with this Zoya?? it isn't a big deal anyway…how does it matter??”



Zoya spoke - “ It matters, Asad, because you need to know, that i don't just like you since then, i have been crushing on you, ever since i was 13, I like you ever since, a girl, understands what it means to like a guy, ever since you were my brother’s best friend, ever since then,you were the only one on my mind, and secondly, i have lied to you about, who I am, i am that little girl, whose name you dont even remember….”



Asad was now really confused by her words as he tried to comprehend - “ since when you were 13?? but how?? your brothers best friend?? which little girl, whose name i dont even remember?? Zoya????”



Zoya took a deep breathe as she finally let it out - “ Singh Raizada.Zoya Singh Raizada is my name…..”



And just like that as those words left her mouth, Asad’s world came to a standstill,as everything finally registered.



Ever since you were my brothers best friend , she was hinting at Arnav Singh Raizada obviously.



I am that little girl, whose name you don't even remember. She was hinting, at herself, from their conversation at the Gandola ride back in Boston, when he had told her everything, mentioning that Khushi was best friends with Arnav’s sister, whose name he didn't remember.



I have been crushing on you ever since i was 13.



She was Zoya Singh Raizada.Arnav Singh Raziada’s little sister.



He didn't know how to react, as he felt totally frozen, to the spot, shock was a understatement,he felt as if everything came to a standstill,as he stayed frozen on his knees before her.



Zoya looked at his shocked face, which was a pale as a white sheet and she knew she had to say something further to explain and so she said desperate - “ Asad, you got to understand, please, I met Khushi here, a year ago, she came to live here, i was already living in this building, and then we realised who we were, so we deceided to reconnect, because we needed each other her, as family, we were both away from home, from you all, we hid it from everyone, and then one day, you just turned up, unaanounced, and Khushi didn't know what to do, so she just came up, with Zoya Farooqi as my name, and then when you left as much as my heart wanted to know you, i knew it was best to stay away,thinking that we would never meet again, i made myself understand, i swear i did, but i guess fate had it written differently, but we met again, and you know what all has happened, i have been so guilty all along from hiding this truth from you, about who i am , but i was helpless, i was scared you'd walk out on me, and i couldn't bear it, you know how much i love you, Asad , please, you have to understand,please, i don't want to hide anything from you anymore, bhai wants me back in India in the next one day, and thats why, i have to go, you know my brother, you were his best friend once upon a time, before….”, she looked at his shocked and stunned expression, as he stayed frozen to his spot, and she pleaded - “ Asad, please, please, just say something….anything please….”, and she kneeled down next to him, and she pulled him into a hug - “ you know, i love you so much, please dont let this come in between us, you know, i cannot imagine my life, without you in it, please forgive me, please, just understand, please…..”



Asad heard everything she had to say, but he was still deep in shock, he didn't know what to say, he didn't know how to react, all he could feel was now , was the anger that was starting to resurface, as the past started to replay in his head, as the gory scene of the day his family was ruined came back to him, and he heard Zoya plead, and hug him, but he couldn't get himself to hug her back, for his hands wouldn't move, he could hear everything, but he couldn't get himself to react at all,and so he simply just stepped out of her arms and said, his voice devoid of any emotion he was sure, because all he felt in that one moment was blankness , and he was sure it reflected in his voice - “ i need to go….Zoya, please excuse me….”



Zoya looked at him desperate as she held his hand - “ Asad, no, please you cant go, where are you going?? you have to say something, please….please just say something, please I love you…….dont walk out on me now, please……”

Asad felt his anger rise, and he didn't want to lash out on Zoya, and so he controlled himself, and he said - “ Zoya, let go of my hand, now…please….”



And she heard the sterness, in his voice, and she felt that maybe just maybe, she should give him some space and time, she had after all just dropped a bomb on him, and so reluctantly she let go of his hand as she whispered - “ I love you Asad, please remember, that i do love you with all my heart, i am sorry for the lie, but now you know everything, about me, I am Zoya singh raizada, you could stay or run, the choice is yours, and i pray that you will understand, me please try, for if you walk out, i dont know what am i going to do, we will both be so miserable without each other, you know that Asad, deep down in your heart, i am sure, you know that….”



Asad closed his eyes, as he heard what she said, and as much as the anger and the hatred resurfaced, he knew, she was right, deep down in his heart, he knew, she was, but he needed some time out, and some space, to get things clear in his head,for right now, he was torn in between the love, the hatred, the present and the past.



………………..



Khushi saw his brother enter the door, and the stunned and the shocked expression on his face reflected clearly that he now knew the truth.She was happy she had decided to stick by the table, and not gone to her room, because she knew she needed to talk to her brother, and as she saw him gulp down a glass of water and sit dejected on the sofa , she finally spoke from her seat, as much as she wanted to go next to him, her injury was in the way - “ so you know, bhaijaan, dont you?? Zoya told you, didn't she??”



She heard her brothers hurt and dejected voice from the sofa - “ and i cannot believe the truth, it cannot be, im sure, it cannot be, you wouldn't lie to me, right Khushi? you would never, and Zoya, she is Zoya Farooqi, not Zoya Singh Raizada, please just say, that she isn’t, this has to be cruel joke, you both have pulled on me, this cannot be…..”



The hurt in his voice hurt her deeply, th last thing she wanted was to see her brother broken, feeling decepted,when it really was just the situation, which had led them all here today, and so she tried to get up from her seat, to go to him, but she tripped on the way, and she thought she would fall, but her bhaijaan caught her just in time and she spoke sitting on the floor - “ I am sorry bhaijaan, i am, i truly am, for going behind your back, but when i met Zoya here, a year ago, i just thought, i needed her, i was away from you all, i needed someone, and who could be better than her, Zoya, you know she was the besets friend i had all along,until….and then we were both here, away from it all, we thought no one would ever know, and as guilty as i was for not telling you, i did it out of selfishness,and then when you came, i had to cover up, and so i did, but then i knew, from day one, how Zoya felt about you,she had a crush on you ever since she was 13, and then you guys got off to a good start, as in you really got along, but i stayed quite, thinking that the two of your paths wouldn't cross again, but fate had it differently written bhaijaan, look what has happened, it was all written from before, I'm sure, you both met, and you both are in love, you love her don't you? bhaijaan?? she is the love of your life…i can see it in your eyes, i know, you love with all your heart, then please don't let the past ruin it, please…..it is not her fault, for once cannot control what they feel, and it was just because of her feelings for you, that she hid the truth in the first place, she always feared you'd hate her too, just like you hate her family….you have to understand bhaijaan, please for my sake, for her sake”, Khushi finished.



Asad closed his eyes listening to his little sister, and then he said , because he only felt extremely vulnerable in that moment - “ do you have any idea Khushi, that day was as horrific as a nightmare, do you know how it felt, when i embraced our little Najma, who was dead, in my arms?? do you have any idea, how it felt to have the doctors say that abbu was dead, do you have any idea how it felt when i saw his dad shoot, at abbu? the gunshots?? that killed abbu and najma, do you have any idea, how it felt?? no, because you were so small, how could you imagine??because i never told anyone, but something died inside me that day, it did Khushi, and since that day, i have lived with that hate for Arnav and his family, do you think i enjoy it?? dont you think, how much did i loose on that day?? i lost a brother a sister, a father, a family bond so close, i grew up overnight Khushi, i knew the next day when i woke up, that even if i wanted i couldn't get the old Asad back, reality had broken everything, and i just knew, that even if i wanted, i couldn't control the hatred i felt…..”



Khushi pulled her brother into a side hug, she knew he needed it right now, she had never seen him like this so vulnerable, she had always seen the strong him, but now hearing him out, made her realise what it must have been like for him, on that fateful day, all those years ago, and so she took a deep breath as she said - “ bhaijaan, i undersatnd, i was small, very small, but even back then, i could understand, that something had changed drastically overnight, that something in you had changed, we lost so much i agree, abbu, and najma, and like you mentioned the family relationship we shared with the Raizada’s, in the days that followed, i could only sense that you had changed hugely too, for from that day on, you took the role of the man of our house, sheltering both me and ammi, from the big bad world,and for that i respect you greatly,you know, if abbu would have been here today, he would have been so proud, you know, i only got to know the gory details of what exactly had happened when i was 18, i was shaken too, i wanted to hate too, but it was ammi, who made me realise that we weren't the only ones who lost that day,the Raizada’s also lost so so much,and that there was no point in living in the hate, we cannot undo, what has happened,and we cannot let the past hold us back,this was before, right before I had joined Cardiff,ammmi told me, how she wanted to get you out of this misery you had locked yourself into,but you wouldn't just listen, and i understand bhaijaan, i really do, but look at you now, you are a different person, the one ammi always dreamed for you to become, the one you are deep inside, and this person has come to surface because of Zoya,bhaijaan just for once, could you put all the hatred aside that you feel for her family, and see the fact, that she also took a huge risk here,just for you, you do know, how her family will react if they were ever to find out, you know her brother…..”, she choked, on her very own words as she mentioned Arnav to her bhaijaan,as much as her conscience told her to tell him everything too about her and Arnav, she knew now was not the time, she had to mend it between him and Zoya first, intact now there wasn't anything between her and Arnav, anyway.



Her brother just sat silently, staring into nowhere, just when she heard him whisper - “ why does this have to happen to me?? the only  girl i have ever loved, belongs to the family, i have vowed to destroy….just why?? why khushi???”



Khushi held her brothers hand - “ bhaijaan, thats a why only destiny has the answers too, i wish i did, maybe just maybe you both are just meant to be, bhaijaan you said you love her, the only one you have ever loved, can you please see, how difficult it is for Zoya too, she has gone against everything,she was raised with, the hatred for us, her family, as well, only because she loves you, you cant blame her for it, it is not her fault, to be born with that name, it isn't her fault, that any of this happened, it isn't her fault, to love you, she is the  best to have happened to you, just like you are the best to have happened to her, the past, is something we cannot change, but please, as your sister who loves you, i just want to advice you, you cannot let go of what you have, the love you guys share, over something which will never return, this hate is not going to bring back abbu, or Najma, or Zoya’s father,and honestly who really know what happened that day, it always looks like a mystery, only her mom knows, and you know she is still in coma, we lost abbu and najma, but we still have ammi, atleast, Zoya lost both her parents, her father, and she watched her mother sleep into silence everyday, imagine how that hurt bhaijaan, and since then her brother and sister are the world to her, and she has gone behind that very world, just for you, you have to understand, its as difficult for her, just as it is for you…..”



Asad heard every word, his sister had said, and for a minute, he looked at her, he didn't realise she had grown so mature, so sensible,although he was angry and hurt, every word she said, seemed sensible to him, the truth was that the woman he loved was his enemy’s sister, but the truth still stood out, that he loved her. He sighed, it was all too much to take in, he needed to think, he needed to be alone, and so he whispered - “ Khushi, ill be back, in a while, you go to sleep….”



Khushi looked at her brother as she asked - “ where are you going?? bhaijaan are you still mad??”



Asad said tiredly - “ no im not mad, im just tired, it’s too much to take in, i just need some time out with myself, i dont want to do something wrong, in my anger, ill be back, soon….”



Khushi nodded as she said - “ but be back soon bhaijaan, Zoya has to leave….you will be oh, wont you??”



Asad helped Khushi to her room, as he adjusted her, and then kissed her forehead tenderly - “ thank you, Khushi, i didn't know, my little sister wasn't so little anymore,and i will be ok, i hope i will be…”



Asad took a deep breath, and he walked out her door, and as hurt as he felt in that moment, his treacherous heart,made him stop by Zoya’s door, and he could hear her crying and her constant sobbing, for a minute all he wanted to do, was barge in and pull her in his arms, and pretend as if all of this hadn't happened, but he controlled his emotions, as he walked out towards the elevator, he had to sort himself out first, he had to figure out what he wanted, and only then he would talk to Zoya, he would have to decide, whether he would stay or run.



………………



Zoya picked up her phone, in between her crying as she saw Khushi’s name flashing and she said - “ Khushi, he hates me, im sure he does, its all over….”



She heard Khushi’s calm voice on the other end - “ no Zoya, relax, he doesn't hate you, intact he told me, you are the only one he has ever loved, he just needs some time, with himself, i spoke to him, made him see your point, I'm sure he will come around….hes gone out to be alone,thats what he does,when he needs to think, I'm sure, it will be ok, please just come here, i don't want you to be alone, you know i cant just walk over….”



Zoya immediately walked across to her best friends room, and pulled her into a immediate hug as she sobbed - “ i don't know, maybe i shouldn't have told him anything at all, what a blunder, khushi, if he walks out on me, ill die, you know i will….”



Khushi hugged her best friend as she tried to console the broken her and said calmly , soothing her hair - “ Zoya, shhh, don't worry, have faith, in your love, you gotta beleive, i have spoken to him, don't worry, everything will be alright, i know my brother, he will find a way out, I'm sure,just so you know, he cannot imagine his life without you too, im sure, thats why he was so miserable, i have never seen him this vulnerable….”



Zoya looked up as she asked - “ did he say anything?? anything at all about whats on his mind??”



Khushi - “ no he didn’t, but dont worry, hell be back soon, and im sure everything will be alright….”, she pulled Zoya into a hug.



Zoya could only whisper - “ I hope so, Khushi ,, i desperately hope so….”



Khushi sent out a silent wish , closing her eyes, hoping for desperately for her brother’s and Zoya’s love to win this one,against all odds.



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Two Hours Later 



Khushi watched Zoya sleep, next to her, and she was glad she had listened to her finally and slept, she needed to rest, sleep always was good for an aching heart and mind.She looked at her watch, it was quite late, almost 3 am in the morning, and her brother had not returned, and for a minute she thought of calling and checking on him, but she refrained, he had mentioned that he needed time , she just hoped he was somewhere safe.And it was a good thing that she had kept Zoya here, with her, whenever her brother returned, he would come face to face with Zoya, and she definitely wanted them to just talk and sort things out.



She twisted on the other side,and decided to get some sleep, but it wouldn't just come so easily, she knew it.She took her phone, and opened the locked folder in it, to which she had transferred all her pictures with Arnav, because she couldn't risk her brother seeing it.She started browsing through the pictures, the memories, that were a balm to her aching heart,something she knew she couldn't let go off ever.In her heart, she knew, she could never let Arnav go, because she knew, wherever she went or was, he would always be a part of her, his memories would be,she didn't know, if she could open up to anyone about this, because if she did even to Zoya, it would just make her more annoyed at Arnav, and she didn't want that, and so she just had to live with it herself.Right then she came across, a picture of him, just him, smiling,she had managed to steal this particular picture, as they were eating out,and infant it was one of her favourite pictures of his,he had been so carefree.Everything had been so different and nice,but maybe thats what life was,a roller coaster ride,she had no control off.For her these pictures, and memories meant the world, and maybe for him, these pictures would mean nothing, he would prefer they faded with time, maybe he was moving on in his life, and here she was just stuck in time, with him, and his memories, and her broken heart.She wiped her silent tears, and clutched her phone to her heart, these memories were all she had. She had always heard, that some moments in our lives have that power to nail their roots in your heart so strong, but now she beleived, because she was living it, even though he had broken every string between them, she was still bound to him, even though he had been able to get on in his life, she knew she would guard his memories, in her heart, with a new light everyday.Because she was so much in love with him,she couldn't just let it go. And maybe because she loved him so much, her heart decided not to give up so soon, it took a lot as she picked up her phone, putting her self respect aside, and decided to message him.



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Shantivan - 7.30 am 



Arnav woke up, as his alarm went off, he took his phone and shut it,and then went to the washroom to freshen up,for his morning run.He would have to cut his run short anyway, because he had called Lavanya las night, and asked her to meet him for breakfast, at Oberoi’s at 9.30,and it was his habit to just be on time.



A few minutes later, just as he was about to leave, for his run, his phone beeped, and he wondered what would it be so early, maybe just a mail, so he checked his phone, and to his surprise it was a whatsapp message, from Khushi.



For a second, his anger took over, and he decided to delete what she had to say, even without reading it, but then he thought for a second, and then opened the conversation, why didn't girl just give up, already?? He was sure, he had made himself so clear. But he read, what she had written, and was still typing, which meant she was awake,he checked his watch, it would maybe be just past 3 am in london, what was she doing up so late?? she shouldn't be, his heart argued, because she had just returned from the hospital, she obviously needed the rest,which obviously she wasn't doing,and for a minute he just wanted to call, and thrash her for the same,but instead he thrashed himself, for still caring. He controlled his mind, and then read what she had written :



“Arnav, you said, something about, how you don't know who to trust anymore, and I just want to tell you, that i truly am sorry, for i hurt you, which made you say such a thing, i am sorry for lying to you about being Khushi Ahemed Khan, i really am, i don't know what else to say, i don't know how to make it up to you, since you wont just let me, cant you forgive me just once?? Cant you please see, that as cruel the past is, we all lost so much that day, whats this hatred going to get us?? 



“Cant you please see, that my heart is just not letting me give up on us, because I love you, I cant just give up, Arnav.Please tell me, in what way can i make it upto you, i promise I will.Please just one chance, to make it all the way it was.I miss you so much, i miss us so much, i can't help the chaos im in, im mess Arnav, ever since you left, please dont do this to us, i beg you…I love you, please trust me on that, because if you wont, it'll break me, i love you so much, Arnav, will that never really just be enough??”



Arnav closed his eyes, as his heart stirred up so many emotions, and for a minute it told him to listen to it, and just let it all go, she was telling him ,infact she was opening her heart out to him, once again, confessing how much she loved him, and how she was a mess, she wanted that one chance,and hadn't he just wanted to hear her say exactly that, wasn't he the one who was excited and eager to know all the time, how she felt for him?? Then why couldn't he just admit, that he was a mess too,ever since the truth had come out,for a second his heart just wanted him to admit, that she was always on his mind, no matter how hard he had tried to get her out of it.



But he controlled every emotion, he felt, because he could not let himself be fooled again, he would never feel so vulnerable every again.He hadn't learned the art of forgiving and forgetting, and his mind would never allow him, to admit what he truly felt.



He knew, she was probably , waiting for his reply, but he just deleted the conversation, and kept his phone back in his trackpants, and made his way out for his run,, his anger getting the better off him.He deceided to erase Khushi completely out of his mind,and he knew he had to find a way to give her , the answer she seeked.And maybe the breakfast planned with Lavanya, would give him the best way out.He told him self, he ordered himself to beleive, that even if she really did love him, it would never be enough.



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9.45 am - The oberoi’s



Arnav heard Lavanya talk, as they ate, and he was the least interested, in hearing what she actually had to say, but he controlled his expressions, if he wanted this to happen his way, he needed to control his gestures, anything that would give away his lack of interest.He instead tried to show interest, as he finally spoke, getting to the point - 



“So, Lavanya, im sure, you are wondering, why i called you here , this morning??”



Lavanya smiled - “ Yeah, that i have been wondering, but I'm just so glad you called, when we last spoke in London, your tone, it just signalled as if everything was over, but ASR i have missed you so much…and you called, its given me some hope, maybe you think, everything isn't over”



Arnav nodded, as he got straight to the point - “ yeah, maybe it isn’t, i made a hasty decision, but now that iv had some time to think….”



Lavanya intervened, as she squealed in happiness - “ you think, you can give this, another shot?? please say, ASR , this is what you mean??”



ARnav nodded -“ yeah, maybe….”



Lavanya, jumped out of her seat, and gave him a side hug, as she said - “ omg, ASR, im so happy, you have no idea, i will not ruin this chance…”



Arnav faked a smile, as he resumed eating. And the excitement on Lavanya’s face, revealed that she would exactly be doing what he exactly wanted her to do.She was busy texting in her phone, and he was sure she had messaged Pam, and all her friends about the same,and he was sure, by the time they were done with breakfast,and would step out, someone from the media would be there to snap them,and put it all over page 3 on Delhi Times. Exactly what he wanted, to go in the press. He was sure, Khushi would see it sooner or later, and she would finally get the answer she wanted, the answer he wanted to give her, that everything between them, was indeed over.



………………..



Fate whined as he stated - “ What a jackass, seriously, Khushi literally begged him, and this is what he does….”



Destiny nodded in agreement - “ Jackass, indeed, her message broke my heart, you know,my poor girl, she's going to be devastated….”



Love looked at Hate who was grinning away in accomplishment,as he wrote away on his Mac and said, victoriously - “ Thats a script, im writing my friends,and im loving it….”



Love said patiently - “ well , we all are writing our bits here, how about you just concentrate on yours, and we concentrate on ours….”



Hate teased - “ yeah, looks like i haven't left you much to work with anyway, hehe…”



Fate scowled at Hate as he said - “ And iv had enough of that tone of yours, watch it, Hate….”



Hate teased Fate further - “ oh yeah, you better watch it too, shouldn't you be off anyway, you have no role here anymore, its just me….haha…”, and he walked out, dancing.



Destiny smiled - “ hes so amusing, you know Love, he really is…”

Love nodded - “ Yes, i agree, he makes me laugh at times….”



Fate scowled - “ And you both will tell me one thing, we have one being a jackass already, will the other one too join the club??I dont trust hate at all, he was grinning away, im sure he has something up his sleeve…he will not let us get away with this so easily…”



Love smiled - “ Have patience my friend, and im just happy he wont go down without a fight,hell make things interesting for me, you know i love these, turbulent rides on the way…”



Destiny chipped in - “ oh yes, we know , you do, but what about Lavanya, im kinda feeling weird about this, maybe just maybe, i should re-write…”



Love interrupted - “ No, don’t, change anything, let it all happen, just the way it is…”



Fate looked at Love, now amused - “ I like, how you can always see, what I cant, its like you can always spot whats more than meeting the eyes….and just because of that, i don't mind, all this collateral damage on the way, because i know, it will all fall into place…One day…”



Love smiled in hope - “ And, one day, it shall…”



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Feb 6, 2017

TDKOL - Update, Chapter 15 - Giving Up (New - 6 Feb,2017) (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 24 times)

 Hey guys,


So iv spent the last few days, re-reading my work as i wanted to restart my writing.So as I was reading, i released i Missed writing so so much, so id thought id continue by the end of the month, but I think i can manage to take some time out, so that i can atlas update weekly!! Anyways so in my excitement of resuming my work, I have written the update for the next chapter!! Its like this super duper long comeback, Maha Update!! Its 8000 words plus!!So I will be eagerly waiting, to know what you all think!! 


Thanks so much for the support and love.


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The Desperate Kingdom of Love



Chaper 15 - Giving Up



Just sometimes, we all have wondered in our lives, that what if giving up on something was indeed the only way out.Giving up on something or someone you love, is indeed the easiest way out, for its more difficult to face the battle of emotions within.And holding on, is indeed for the brave hearts.



They say, in the face of true love, you just don't give up,thats a great thing, but how long can one hold on to something all alone, if the object of your affection, has let it all go.So maybe it is  debatable statement right there when they say, that sometimes, in the face of true love, you don’t just give up or maybe you just should.



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London - 8.00 Am



Asad ruffed his air,gosh was he tired.He was exhausted, and he couldn't believe that he had spent the entire night out, walking around,and then just sitting by himself out on the bench,trying to sort himself out,trying to sort his emotions. Every promise he had made to Zoya, the woman he loved echoed in his head, every memomry, of her, with her, had been replaying in his head,along with the latest revelation, that the woman he loved, belonged to the family he had vowed to destroy.



Zoya was, Zoya Singh Raizada.

He was angry and hurt, for sure, but even amidst all that, he couldn't get his heart to stop thinking of her to stop beating for her.He really had beared everything to this woman,his mind,body and soul.And she had too,even amidst everything he knew she had. His little sister, Khushi, who had made him see things from her perspective, had been right too.Zoya had risked everything for him, just for him.He knew her brother way too well, he knew he hated his family too, with the same intensity s he he did.If he were to find out about his little sister and him,he would be furious. A sadistic smile almost came up his lips, as he realised that nothing would hurt Arnav Singh Raizada more,than seeing his little Zoya with him.He could only imagine the same, if the scenario was reversed,even the thought gave him shudders, if that playboy Raizada was anywhere within a mile of Khushi, it would be unacceptable for him,for obviously, he knew of his reputation very well, thats how Arnav had always been, even when they were best friends, he had always been flirtatious,and a playboy back then, and that hadn't changed in the last ten years, he had only worsened, with all his flings and only physical benefit relationships he shared with the numerous models at AR.He would never allow that filth of a playboy, within even a kilometre radius of Khushi.He shoved the possibility aside, for that was one thing that was never happening,and for just a second, the old friend in him, did tell him, that to his benefit Arnav had known him very well too, he knew he was a man of his word when it came to love. Infact he had always told him, the same, that he was sure, if he had ever fallen in love, it would be forever, too bad for Raizada, he had fallen irrevocably in love with his little sister, or maybe the situation was too good for him, his sadicious mind which was angry and hurt added.



He snapped out of that thought, as he reminded himself,maybe just maybe he should just listen to his heart here,which would be for the best.He could think of everything later, right now, he just needed to think about the woman he loved. His heart ached, to see her, hold her, touch her, this entire time, he had been out sorting himself out, he hadn't been able to get past the ache in heart, even with just the thought of not being with her.



Not being with Zoya Singh Raizada, was something he couldn’t imagine for sure, because his heart belonged to her, he belonged with her.He loved her way too much, to let her name come in the way. He recalled how she had surrendered in his arms, as they had made love, she had trusted him with her love, with her heart, her mind, body and soul, and he couldn't get himself to feel anger anymore, all he felt was love and worry.He felt love, for this woman had indeed risked everything in her life, for him, and worry, for he needed a few answers to get everything straight.



He got up from the bench, as he looked at his watch, just a few hours were left before she left, he needed to make the most of it.Maybe, he wasn't ready to forgive her completely just yet, but he would try to for sure, and right then his mind told him that even if he could forgive her, he could never forget who she was,and maybe just by staying true to his heart and loving the woman he loved, he would get the perfect revenge on his enemy too.Seeing her with him, would break him hard,and wasn't that what he had always wanted to do, if he couldn't destroy Arnav financially, then maybe fate had given him another way out.And it wasn't something which would be hard to do anyway, for he loved Zoya too dammed much, to let go of her, and if that came with the fact of bringing damage to Raizada, then so be it.It was the best collateral damage he could ever think off. 



As he entered, the building and made his way up, he was no more, sure than ever, about one thing, that he couldn’t let go of Zoya Singh Raizada, ever. 



……………



Zoya made tea for herself and Khushi, as she kept looking at the door, worriedly as she looked at Khushi and asked - “ are you sure, Khushi , he didn't leave already? I'm sure, he hates me…”



Khushi adjusted her foot to sooth the pain, as she sat on the sofa - “ are you crazy, Zoya? I know bhaijaan, he isn't as reckless…”



“As my brother…i know”, Zoya chipped in, as brought the two cups to the table, and said - “ i just hope so, i just wish he would talk to him, the look on his face last night, Khushi, I….anyways leave it, you tell me, did bhai reply to you, i hope he did, he would never find anyone like you…”



Khushi checked her phone for the zillionth time, there was no message on her whatsapp.She thought shed seen him online when she had messaged him last night, she had almost begged him, to not give up on them just yet, she had put herself out in the open,in the hope, that she wouldn't have to face a break again,she had been honest about everything she had written , he had to believe her, he just had too.She shrugged as she said - “ No reply yet, maybe he will come around, Zoya, you know, i felt for sure, he felt something for me too, it was there on his face, in his eyes, but he's angry, and annoyed , maybe i should just give him some time…”



Zoya nodded - “ yeah maybe, speaking of which, i don't have that much time, my plane leaves in the next 12 hours, and i have no idea, what am i going to do….”



Khushi smiled and held her best friends hand - “ dont worry, just hold on , i wont let bhai give up on what you guys share, its love, the most beautiful bond in the world, i will talk to him Zoya, i promise you…”



Zoya nodded, and right then she heard a knock on the door, and she rushed immediately, to open it ad as she registered the sight of the man she loved, she spoke nervously - “ Asad, where have you been? I was so worried, please can we talk??”



One look at her, and that ache in his heart immediately washed away, and he said, walking in and pouring himself some water, as his sister and the woman he loved looked at him waiting for him to say something.He gulped the water down, and looked at his sister, and she gestured him to say something, do something.He offered her a reassuring nod as he said curtly - “ Zoya, we need to talk…”



Khushi felt relief as she chipped in and offered a smile to her bestie - “ thats great, why dont you both, go over, in Zoya’s room, that would give you both the much needed privacy..”



Asad nodded,as Zoya looked at him silently.She watched him get up and walk across,and she looked at Khushi for support, as she followed him and she heard her assure her - “Zoya, go, just talk to him, you got this ok, just don't let him give up, just don’t…”



Zoya nodded, and walked out shutting the door, as she gathered all her strength, she wouldn't let Asad give up on her, she couldn't let him give up on them.



………………





 Zoya opened the door, to her studio and walked in, and as she saw Asad follow her silently, she shut the door, and looked at him , he had been out all night, he looked so tired, and exhausted, and he seemed deep in thought, she didn't know where to start, this was her Asad, but right now in that very moment, he seemed so distant.She tried to calm her nerves down as she said - “ Asad, you were out all night, maybe you should rest first, do you want something to eat??”

Asad looked at her, she seemed nervous and scared, scared about what he was going to say.He walked towards her, and took her by the hand, very much to her suprise, and made her sit on the sofa, and he sat beside her, and then took a long breath before he finally spoke, looking into her eyes - “ Look, Zoya, to be honest, you know,  i will not beat around the bush, i dont know how to, when you told me last night about being who you are, about you being Arnav’s sister , it hurt me, for you lied to me, i was angry and annoyed and I couldn't think straight….”



“I know, please Asad, I can explain….”



“Zoya, you have said everything you could, now just listen and let me talk,if thats ok??”



Zoya nodded, he was right , she shouldn't interrupt him, and she prepared herself to be strong, ready for a heartbreak, she gestured him to continue - “ Zoya, all night iv been thinking, trying to sort this mess I am feeling, all because you hid such an important thing from me, Khushi spoke to me, she explained me your perspective too, and as much as i didn't want to admit last night, I knew she was right, but I dont know, if i can forgive you just yet, but maybe i can try, i dont know….i tried to comprehend everything i felt,and even the truth cannot deny the ache i felt in my heart, just at the thought of giving up  on us, it made me miserable, just the thought of being away from you….”



Zoya felt her emotions rule her as she whispered holding his hand - “ we don’t have to be miserable, Asad, all i want is one chance, please, don’t give up on us, on our love, we promised…you said, you didn't hold my hand to let it go, will you just let it go, please don’t, it would break me, you know i love you so much, and i know you love me too, please Asad, please, “, and before she knew it she was crying.

Asad looked at her cry, and every tear slashed through his heart, he knew, he couldn't let her suffer, for what she felt, and so he immediately pulled her into a hug,and let her cry, and he was sure, his eyes were wet too, from all the emotion.He had never been in a more overwhelming situation in his life.He held on to her for a while before he spoke - “Zoya, I love you,Singh Raizada, or Farooqui, what the hell, you are the still the woman i fell in love with, I cant give up on us, just yet…”



Zoya looked at him shocked and happy at the same time as he admitted, and she asked , sure that her shock was evident in her voice - “ wait, you aren’t?? i mean, you aren't walking out on us, does this mean, you forgive me??”



Asad admitted tiredly - “ Honestly, i dont forgive you totally,you have hurt me Zoya, but like i said i can try, i mean we can try to get past this, i know we will, i promised, we will be together, no matter what, and together we shall be, even though you turned out to be this roses full of thorns, i would want us to get through this together…”



Relief, happiness, washed over every cell of her body, Zoya was sure, this was something she hadn't imagined, and it was finally  happening, Asad was ready to accept her for who she was, he was ready to be with her, putting the past aside, and she said, as she hugged him - “Asad, thank you, thank you so much, i promise, no more secrets ever between us, i swear to god, i love you so much, so so so much….i have to tell Khushi, she will be so happy, she's been so worried for us too…”, and she almost jumped up in happiness, but she felt his hand on her hand,as she heard him - “ Zoya, i want some answers first…”



Zoya looked at his worried face, and she immediately sat back, and cupped his face tenderly - “ anything, why do you look worried, Asad? its all ok now, trust me….”



Asad sighed as he held her hands - “ well, for obvious reasons Zoya, the future, your brother isn't going to be happy about us, what if, he asks you to walk away from me? what will you do then?? And i want to know the truth now, before we take this further, for if you walk out on me then, i will not be able to take it, i honestly wont….”



Zoya looked into his eyes, but she admitted honestly - “ i understand, Asad, and he doesn't know anything for now, but you are right, sooner or later, he will, will you trust me if i say, no matter what, i will never leave your side, I can never walk out on us, you know I love you, and no matter what he says, what he does , I will make him understand, i will make him see the love we share, and although the situation isn't in our favour today, i hope it will be one day, deep down bhai knows you, he knows you are a gentleman, and sooner or later he would have to accept the fact that you are the man i love, i chose to be with despite the truth, for i cant change the past,but i cannot let go of the present,because of something which we will never be back, just dont worry, i promise i will handle him when the time comes, i promise you i will, trust me Asad, please, just this one last time….”



Asad felt relief at hearing her answer, for his heart had been aching to hear that if ever she had to choose, she wouldn't give up on them, just like he wasn't giving up on them today. he smiled as he pulled her into a hug and kissed her forehead - “ I do trust you Zoya, on this I do, for i know, you risked everything for me too, and if i look at it from your point of view, i just want to thank you, for loving me the way you do…”and he kissed her hand softly.



Zoya hugged him and held on to him as she whispered - “ Thank you for understanding Asad, i promise, i will never let us down, I love you…”



Asad smiled as all the ache finally washed away - “ And i love you too….”



Zoya pulled back and smiled - “ ok so first i gotta tell Khushi, and then i gotta pack up, look at the irony, i havent even unpacked yet, and gotta wind up here now, and i have less than 11 hours…”, she saw his face harden at that, so she caressed his hand and said - “ I am sorry, but i have to go, but i will see you in India, you will be back soon , wont you?”



Asad nodded - “yeah i will be, once Khushi gets better, i will come with her, for good, maybe a week more, but why does he want you back?all of a sudden??”, he asked sure that his voice was devoid of any happy emotion, intact the curtness was evident in his voice.



Zoya gulped, she couldn’t tell him about Khushi,and Arnav right now, she couldn’t, for it was for Khushi to decide , she said honestly - “ well coz my brother can be stubborn when he decides something, and he just stated that i had to be back soon, and I cant risk him coming here to get me, for reasons you obviously know, at least not now…”, she finished, happy that she had summarised the situation very well.



“Yeah, not now, this isn't the time….but just so you know, this doesn't change what i feel for your family, and your brother to be specific, i love you, and thats why you are the only Raizada, i will have in my life, but nothing else Changes Zoya, and don't you ask me too”, he replied dryly.



Zoya nodded - “I know, i wont ask you too…”.In her heart she knew, if Asad could get himself to forgive her, then maybe with some more time, he would see this differently, she had full hopes for the Khan- raizada reunion.It would happen for sure, one day it surely would.



“Also, i would be happy, if we dont discuss this anymore, its sorted, i dont want to mess this up, by my anger and hatred, for Arnav, its better if we keep your family out of our conversations, you know to avoid damage to us, for i know no matter how much you love me, they are still your family, i dont want you to be torn between us, although i think by default of the situation, you already are…” he added, watching her expressions.



Zoya nodded - “ its clear, and im glad we got this all cleared up, once and for all,now I have to start packing, Asad…”, and she turned to head towards her room.



Asad watched her leave for her room, and he was glad that they had had this conversation, now things were clear both in his mind and heart.And right then the thought, that she was actually leaving and he wouldn't see her until he returned, started to tug at his heart making him uneasy, and he knew for sure, that even back in delhi, they could not meet so freely and they had to be discreet, as much as the thought of hurting Arnav, through his love for Zoya intrigued him, he couldn’t,for maybe it would get him some sadistic pleasure, but he couldn't risk loosing Zoya, ever.And so for Zoya’s sake, he made himself understand, that with time, he would get what he wanted, Arnav’s pain. But he didn't want to rush into it too. He loved Zoya, and that was the only thing that was keeping him sane, amidst all the chaos and the challenging future.



He quickly walked out towards his sister’s studio, he needed to change and shower, and then eat, it had been a long long night.But before doing any of that, he needed to hug his little Khushi, and thank her, for guiding him through this, for if it hadn't been for her, god knows what would have happened between him and Zoya,maybe in anger he could have ruined everything and he knew he would have regretted it the very next minute, because no matter what he couldn't change the fact that he loved her so so much, truly, madly and very very deeply.He needed to tell Khushi, that everything was alright, and he needed to thank her for that over and over again.



……………..



Three Hours Later -



Khushi put down the book she was reading, and closed her eyes for a minute, but opened them a second later, as Arnav flashed through her mind.She sighed, as she looked at her phone again, waiting for his reply.Didnt he think, she deserved a reply at least? Maybe he thought, she didn’t. Maybe she was wrong to get her hopes up too high.She loved him, he never said, he did.Obviously he didn't love her, she thought almost, for if he really did love her, or feel something almost close,he would not have walked out, like he did, his heart would have stopped him to,but it didn’t. Because when its love, it cannot be this easy to just quit, and forget. and as much as she wanted to hope,she knew she was just leading herself into despair,because people who loved each other just didn't give up on each other so easily.And she had an example in front of her, her brother and Zoya.



They had somehow managed to get past, this ugly revelation,because they both loved each other, and she was so so happy for them, at least they were happy. And thats why this was different for her,because guess it was just her who was in love with her Arnav. She looked at the time, it was almost time for Zoya to leave for the airport, and she was happy that her bhaijaan and Zoya were spending some much needed quality time together.



………..



Asad looked at Zoya as he sat on her bed, and as she finally zipped up her one more suitcase, she said looking at him - “ there you go, I'm done…i cant believe i have to leave like this, this place was like a home, so many memories, i dont know if i will be coming back….”



Asad took her by the hand and made her sit next to him - “ Are you sure, you took everything you needed?if theres anything else, just let me know,me and khushi will take care of it, i mean i will have it shipped to you….”



Zoya smiled - “ yeah, i know, but i guess, im done, but incase there is anything i will remember back home, i will let you know…”



“Great…”, he replied as he tucked her hair behind her ear tenderly, he felt so uneasy knowing that she was going, he had no idea, when did he fall so deeply for her, he had never thought he could love , like he loved Zoya.



Zoya kissed his hand tenderly - “ Im sorry once again, for everything…”



“Dont be, i told you, we shall not discuss this again…”



“yeah, but…”



“No, buts Zoya, please…..”



“Fine, alright, i get it….ill miss you Asad…”



“I know, ill miss you even more, Zoya….”



Zoya smiled - “ So any idea, when are you and Khushi getting back? please make it soon, i don't want to wait forever to meet the two most important people of my life…”

Asad grinned - “ Now when you put it that way, i quite like it….”



Zoya grinned back - “ I am sure you do…”, and then she looked at her watch , it was almost time - “ come, i want to meet Khushi too…”



Asad pushed her back into her bed in an instant and whispered looking deeply into her eyes - “i dont think a few minutes delay will hurt…Zoya….”



Zoya felt herself drowning in his eyes once more as she whispered - “ Asad…I….”



“Shhh Zoya, just be quiet, ok, i just want to look at you, and etch your beautiful face in my mind, until i see you again….”



“Just look…”, she teased him.



Asad grinned - “ yeah damm right, you are..”, and before she knew it, he had closed the remaining distance between their lips,and she started to kiss him back,as passionately, wanting to tell him that she will miss him so much.He immediately felt himself loose his mind, as she started to respond to his touches,and he moulded her body to his, pulling her as close as he could , and right then she broke their kiss, and he looked at her disappointed, and right then he heard her whisper - “ you are right Asad, a few minutes delay will not hurt…”, and he caught the hint in her voice, and kissed her back immediately, he didn't have much time in his hands, and as urgently and passionately he wanted to, he started making love, to the wonderful woman in his arms.



………….





30 Minutes Later



Khushi hugged Zoya as she said - “ Ill miss you so so much, but i will see you soon….”



Zoya hugged her back, and she noticed that Asad had walked out with her luggage, adjusting it in the cab,as she said - “i love you Khushi, i can never thank you enough, for everything, if it hadn't been for you….and as soon as im back, im going to talk to bhai face to face, get this sorted, he needs to understand…”



KHushi smiled - “ Oh cmon Zo, please, you both love each other, you belong together, and Zoya please, i dont want you to fight with Arnav, for me, i know he doesn't feel…the same..”



Zoya - “ well, thats for me to find out…ok..and im sending Asad back up, he is no way coming to drop me at the airport, i don't want you to be alone, you aren't even well…”



Khushi smiled - “ Oh cmon, you know, I am,and i want him to go with you, now go…”, and she hugged Zoya once more, she didn't know when would she be seeing her again.



Zoya smiled - “ Love you, ill call, no matter what my jackass brother says, i will be in touch…”and she walked to the elevator, and she entered and turned see Khushi standing in the doorway as she said smilingly - “ I know….”



………..



Khushi held the wall for support as she walked back to the sofa, thankfully her injury was recovering and she could now walk with support, and she sat back on the sofa, and looked at her watch, it would have been almost 1030 pm back in india.Her mind wandered, what would Arnav be doing? Would he be thinking of her?? Why hadn’t he replied to her yet.What should she assume of his silence??



She browsed through their various pictures together again, and she stopped at one of them ,smiling.It was from AR party, shows dressed in the saree he had given her, ands recalled the beautiful time together, and then her mind wandered to the point that , it was also the night that ruined everything.



She was desperate to know, why hadn't he replied.She needed know, she didn't know why, and for what, but she knew, she needed him to say something,anything.



She put aside every ounce of her self respect, as she decided to give this one last shot, and so she opened her whatsapp, he was online.



She immediately messaged.



“Hi…”, and waited in anticipation for his reply.



……….



Shantivan - 1030 pm- Delhi



Arnav had just retired for the night, he was happy that Zoya was on her way back, and he had just walked to the poolside, for some solace and peace, that he very much needed.He closed his eyes, as he sat on the recliner,and his mind wandered again, his treacherous heart succeeded as her thoughts began to creep up again.



He shoved them aside, and reminded himself,that tomorrow morning, he and Lavanya would be back in the news, and she would get the answer she wanted. He immediately opened his phone,and went on to delete her from his contacts, when a notification creeped up, on his whatsapp.



Deleting contact will also delete all associated media.



He stopped, as he opened the chat, and clicked to see what data was going to be deleted, and when he opened it he immediately regretted it, because in front of him, were a few pictures of them, of him and Khushi.She had clicked one of them almost everyday in her phone, but as he looked through, he realised she had only shared very few of them, with him.He felt himself browse through against his mind, and stopped at one, the one of them right before the dinner party at AR.he immediately felt his heart being drawn to her, she had looked beautiful, the woman of his dreams, that day.



Her looks were so deceptive.She looked so innocent, when she was nothing but a liar, his mind reminded him.Bitterness rose again, as he recalled that this picture was of the night, when everything had changed.He was about to delete the picture, right when, a message popped up.



A message from Khushi.



He opened the chat, nonetheless, he knew she was seeking a reply from him, from her message earlier during the day.



He didn't know why, but he now replied -



“Hi”



He didn't have to wait long for a reply, she was online.



“Arnav, how are you?”



“Im fine, Khushi.what do you want?”

“Zoya is on her way, Arnav”



“I know, she messaged me”



“So, how was your day, Arnav?”



He looked at his screen in disbelief -



“Khushi, what the hell do you want?”



He had to wait a few seconds before her reply came -



“I just wanted to know, did you receive my message earlier today?”



He replied -



“Yes, I did, what about it.”



“Why didn't you reply?”, came her outright question.



He felt his anger rise, she was the one who had lied,she deserved nothing from him, he quickly wrote -



“Because i didn't feel the need to.I have made myself perfectly clear, i want you out of my life, why don't you just give up, stop messaging me, Khushi, just stop it”



“But I love you Arnav….”



He stared at those words,somewhere deep down his heart told him , to believe her, somewhere deep down, he knew she did.But that didn't change anything , it never would.



He thought for a few seconds, before he finally wrote - 



“I dont Khushi.I dont love you.I never did even before when you were up in your Khushi Gupta acting mode.I didn't love you then, and I never will and now, I just downright hate you.I liked you,didnt mean anything more than that, and obviously even that was the biggest mistake of my life. Like i said, you disgust me, everything that happened disgusts me.Nothing is going to change that.How can you possibly think anything else, Khushi Ahemed Khan.”



He thought he wasn't going to get any reply, for what he had written was brutal.Good,he sneered, she deserved it. And he was right, for he got no reply,and somewhere deep inside, he felt his own heart break once more.



………..



Khushi stared at her phone, and re-read his last message to get it etched in her brain.She had never felt so insulted,and she had no one to blame but herself. He didn't love her then, then how could he possibly feel anything now.She wiped her tears, and walked to her room, she needed to sleep over it.She needed to figure out a way to get Arnav Singh Raizada out of her system, for good.She knew her brother would be back soon, and she didn't want him to see her crying, for she had nothing to explain it, so she just left a note on the table saying that she was tired and was going to sleep, and then she made lied down in bed,and covered herself up, and cried herself to sleep.



……….



IGI - New Delhi - 900 am



Zoya sat in the car, as her driver started towards her home.Shantivan.She looked at her watch, it would have been 330 am in London, and Asad would be asleep, and as much as she wanted to listen to his voice, she didn't want to wake him up.She would justhave to wait until noon, or maybe later.Her driver, started narrating to her how everyone was so excited to home to finally have her back.She smiled, she was returning after ages and it did feel good to be back home.She picked up the newspaper,  in front of her and started to browse Delhi Times, and right then the Page 3 caught her eye, and she felt shock rake through her being as, she stared at the picture of her brother and Lavanya, with a article stating that they were back together, and how they were spotted outside The Oberoi’s yesterday, hand in hand. She rechecked the picture and date, and it was of just a day before.



She shoved the newspaper in her bag, as excited as she was to meet everyone else, she couldn't wait to give her elder brother a piece of her mind.



30 Minutes Later -



Zoya hugged her sister,Anjali and then met her mamiji and nani,her cousin Akshay and Payal, and then rushed to see her mother, who lay in coma, and as she walked in, she looked at the nurse and the machines and asked - “all vitals normal nurse?”



“yes, maam, everything is absolutely fine, infact we even do some physiotherapy for her, so you know just incase she gets up, her body should be able to function, we just hope, maybe one day…”replied the faithful nurse, who had been tending to her mother since ten years.



She bent down and kissed her mothers forehead tenderly and it was right then,she saw her brother look at her from the doorway, as he heard his voice as he smiled - “ welcome Home, Zoya…”



As mad as she was at him, she couldn't resist walking up to the man who was a father figure to her, and gave him a small hug, but she knew inside, as much as she loved him, she was mad, very mad at him too, not only for Khushi, but for forcing this hurried decision on her. 



Arnav looked at his baby sister, and was really happy to have her back,she had been gone long.He knew they had a lot to talk about, and he had to apologise maybe, for being harsh, but he knew he would get her to understand, he was only protecting her, from that scheming liar Khushi Ahemed Khan.She would come around, they were family,bonded by blood.



Zoya looked at her brother in thought as she said - “ bhai, we need to talk…”



Arnav - “ yes we do, come…”and he took her to his room, by his poolside.



Zoya almost smiled as she entered her brothers room, nothing had changed,yet she felt so so different.



Arnav smiled - “ So how was your flight?”



Zoya - “good, im just tired, i want to get some sleep soon…”



Arnav - “ Yeah, you should…”



Zoya looked at him straight and got to the point - “ Bhai, Khushi…”



Arnav stopped her right there - “Zoya, not a word more, i dont wish to discuss anything related to her,dont ever mention her name in front of me, as far as i am concerned,she doesn't exist for me, do you understand…”, he finished curtly.



Zoya felt her anger rise as she said - “ how can you?? how can you be so insensitive and ruthless bhai, i have never seen this side of you, and im sorry, its something i dont like, why are you doing this?”



Arnav looked at her in surprise never had she spoken to him in the tone she was using, but he replied nonetheless - “ you should keep out of it Zoya, it should be none of your concern”



“None of my concern, bhai, you gotta be kidding me, i have never seen my best friend,so damm hurt, infact its a understatement,shes broken,she loves you, what part of it you dont understand bhai?”



Arnav spat angrily - “ and what part of I hate her, you dont understand Zoya, and like I mentioned not a single word of Khushi anymore,she does not exist for me…”



Zoya rolled her eyes, as she reached out for the paper in her bag and threw it on the table in front of him, with the picture of him and Lavanya - “ so this is what this all is about, you hate her so much now, that you want to break her in every way possible, as if you havent done enough damage already, you know she will see this…”



Arnav spat back - “ thats the point”



Zoya looked at him shocked - “ you did this on purpose, didn't you bhai??how could you…??, and right then she realised one truth, the wrath that she saw on his face, just maybe he never really felt anything more for Khushi, for if he even for once loved her, he wouldn't be standing here, doing what he was.And her heart broke for Khushi,and she felt her own tears almost fall out, but she knew she couldn't let Khushi pine for him a minute longer, as much as it hurt her too, the dream of seeing her brother and Khushi together was shattered completely.

Arnav turned his back to her curtly as he said - “ I dont wish to explain myself further”



Zoya spat back angrily - “ Fine, then don’t,because you know what, i don't want you too, i thought i could talk, and make you see something you think is a betrayal differently,because you know what bhai,she might have lied about her name,and you know why so, but everything else she said was true, and you walked over, trampled over her heart, as if you never really cared.She so special, Khushi, I love her so much, and you are my brother, I love you so much too, but i hate to admit, that im disappointed in you bhai, you know what, intact its for the best, if this is what you feel and think, then you just dont deserve someone like Khushi.And I'm going to make sure, she sees that too.She way too good for you, your track record of your worthless flings,has blinded you so much that you have thrown out the one person who truly loved out of your life.I hope you enjoy, being back with that monster Lavanya”, and with that she turned around and walked out his room,into hers.



She needed time to get this conflict of emotions in control.She went in for a bath,and then crashed into her bed to get some sleep,but not before she left Asad a message.



…………



London - 8.00 am



Asad woke up,and he immediately reached for his phone, hoping, he had heard from Zoya,and he smiled as he read her whatsapp -



“Asad, goodmorning, i miss you so much already.So im home, and so so tired, i am just going to get some sleep, I will call you once im up.Cant wait to talk.Also, please give Khushi a hug for me. I love you, forever.”

He smiled, and walked to the washroom to freshen up,and then maybe he would check up on Khushi,she had slept early last night, and he knew rest was important for her, so he hadn't disturbed.



Khushi woke up,and reached out for her phone, shutting her alarm.She wanted to sleep more, she opened her one eye, to see Zoya’s message.



“iv reached safe.I miss you,stay strong Khushi, i will call and explain”



She sat up in bed, already knowing what this was about,obviously she must have tried to talk to Arnav, and he must have told her what he messaged her.



She was ok, she just had to let Zoya know that. Atlas she was trying her best to be.She browsed through her phone,and her treacherous heart thought of him again.And it was right then she heard a knock on her door, and she figured it would be her bhaijaan.



She opened the door,and walked with his support to the dining table, she smiled , he had made breakfast - “ you are the best brother in this word,bhaijaan…”



Asad smiled - “ and you are the best sister ever…” and then he started to focus on his phone.



Khushi teased - “ Zoya’s message?”



Asad smiled - “ yeah that came, she's asleep, waiting for her to call as she's up…”



“im so happy for you both, she must be tired from the flight…anyways what are you reading, cmon lets eat…”

Asad smiled - “Delhi Times on my phone, Khushi, you know my day starts with it…anyways lets eat…”, he said putting his phone aside,and he walked to the stove to get the omelette he'd made  for the two of them.



Khushi took that moment to see his phone, browsing through Delhi Times, and it was right then a picture caught her eye,a picture of what looked like Arnav.



She saw her brother return, so she closed the app,and looked at him for a second as she said - “ bhai why dont you start, i will just freshen up…”



Asad smiled - “ok, no problem,come soon, you havent eaten in a long time, and you need to take your medicine…”



Khushi smiled, and she walked back to her room, and closed the door behind, and reached for her phone,and immediately opened the Delhi Times app on her phone,and browsed through,and it was right there she saw it, and she opened it,and the picture of Arnav and Lavanya hand in hand,and another picture of them with his hand on her waist as he led her to his car,and another one of them getting in,and leaving together, stared in her face, with the article titled - “ASR and Lavanya Kashyap,The sensuous Couple are Back together”



She saw the date.It was of yesterday,and as she read the article,she assumed this was after when she had messaged him in the morning.



She didn't know her heart was capable of breaking anymore, but it did,whatever was left of it. She controlled her tears,as she did what she knew she needed to do,and then walked towards her bath to freshen up.



A few minutes later she walked out to join her brother,and he smiled and looked at her deep in thought,he asked - “ Khushi, you ok?? is everything alright…”



Khushi smiled as she started to eat - “ yes bhai,I am, why wouldn't I be, and you know what, if something wasn't fine, it will be now…”



Asad - “ that was cryptic, Khushi, what do you mean?”



Khushi smiled - “ I mean, my recovery from the accident bhai, you know im going to be alright very soon…”



Asad bent foreward and kissed his sister on the forehead - “ and you will be, you only deserve the best, Khushi…”



Khushi smiled - “ I know…”, and with that she found a ray of strength that she needed to get Arnav Singh Raizada out of her system, once and for all.



…………



2.00 Pm - AR Desings



Arnav finished his meeting and walked in his cabin,and sat in his chair.He was disturbed,and that was because of his argument with Zoya earlier.He couldn't believe she was siding with Khushi.he decided to talk to her once he was home, and put Fiasco Khushi behind them.They were family,he couldn't fight with Zoya for an outsider.



Right then his phone beeped , he opened it to see Khushi’s whatsapp -



Shed sent him a snapshot of his pictures with Lavanya from the article from the news today,and she had written something too.He took his eyes off the pictures,and read her message -



Arnav, all i want is for you to be happy. I am sorry to have ever crossed your path.Lets just forget everything, i know you have , and i will too.For one last time, I have to say, I love you, i truly did,and that is why I wish you and Lavanya all the very best.I just want you to be happy, even if it is with someone else, id only wish true happiness for you.Maybe, one day, I would laugh over myself, I'm sure I would,you were always right, im so young, stupid and naive,how could i have ever been so stupid to dream anything at all.And,if our paths ever cross in the future,i promise to never acknowledge anything that has happened,just like I know, you won’t.

Thank you for everything.Goodbye, Arnav.



He re-read her message again and again, he knew it, he could sense it, she had finally given up, on him , on them. And wasn't it what he had wanted.He never wanted to hear from her again,hadnt he been the one to throw her out of his life,then he should have been happy after reading her message.



But as he re - read the message again,and looked at that Goodbye,Arnav bit, he knew for sure, that he would never hear from Khushi again. Wasn't it what he wanted?? Then why was he feeling what he was.Why was his heart aching, why was happiness no where in the picture. He quickly drank water,and calmed down his emotions, he wouldn't be a fool again,and so he typed just one thing to her message -



“Goodbye, Khushi”



………….



Fate groaned  - “ Things are changing , for sure they are…”

Destiny smiled - “ You bet, but why do you worry so much, have some confidence, just like I have, i know what i have written, and let me tell you my script is nothing short of…”



“Fabulous…”, Fate chipped in, and he continued - “ I know, we work together , but i dont trust that fellow…he plays dirty”, he said looking back and scowled at Hate who was sitting on his workstation and listening to some music on his headphones, and dancing away in sheer happiness.



Destiny - “ Relax, hes just doing his job, just like we are, dont get so worked up…”



Fate nodded - “I guess, you are right, i should just sit back and watch, he can do whatever he wants, if he thinks if he can get Asad to use love to his advantage, he's so wrong, for he does not know that love, always has something up her sleeve…”



Love had been listening silently, finally she smiled as she said - “ you got that right, Fate, Hate can never know, what tricks I have up my sleeve, and more so, i have full confidence in the two of you, you are going to make this work…”



Destiny and Fate smiled in unison, as they said - “ And we shall…”



Fate asked looking at Destiny and Love - “ Just one question, though on my mind, this jackass Arnav, he loves her or not?



Destiny smiled - “ ofcourse he does….”



Love - “ He just doesn't know it yet….”



Fate grinned mischeviously - “ oh and i know he will be putting up a great fight, but dont call me wicked, i will derive great sadistic pleasure from his helplessness, i will really enjoy seeing  him in a mess, and i know it will happen, but i just hope it happens soon…”



Love nodded - “ we can only Hope…”



Hate saw destiny walk by him, and he took out his headphones as he grinned to his success - “ did you see that, did you just see, what I have done, i am awesome, ain’t I? one script already going my way, and i might just turn the second to my advantage, very soon, you can tell that to your friend right there”, he said pointing towards Love.



Destiny smiled to herself , Hate always intrigued her, and so she admitted, letting him enjoy his happiness - “yeah I will,now why dont you get back to work, i guess you have lot on your hands…”



Hate grinned - “ Oh yes, that I definitely do…”



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