Sunday, August 31, 2014

it's been a long time... I know...
and I'm so so so so so sorry! I've been taking my Nutritional Science Diploma III. So, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE forgive me for no updates...
I finish my final module for this course this week, so after that, I shall be writing a LOT! I hope you all still remember me... 

Feel free to yell at me if you are so inclined 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SS : The Moment Is Coming Part 1










3 weeks later.....


The phone shrilled into the silence.

Garima quickly jumped to answer before it woke the household up.

"Hello?"

"Hello? Goodmorning Amma..."

"Payal? Why so early? Is the baby alright? Are you alright?"

"I'm fine, I just wanted to ask if you all would come to dinner tonight? It's been a week, and Simmy's colic has calmed down...and ofcourse I've been missing you..."

"Oh I would love to, but...um...Khushi came home from her Patisserie Convention last night...she's home..."

There was a slight pause...

"Well...I would like to invite ALL of you then...I have missed Khushi so much...and she's only seen Sim once since he was born..."

"I don't know if that is a good idea..."

"Amma, I know that a lot has happened, but I miss her. Everyone here misses her..."

Garima pondered, she knew that Khushi had recovered quite well...

She knew that she couldn't keep family away...

"I will ask her..."

Payal audibly sighed...

"Thankyou Amma..."

"Will he be there...?"

"Yes...but you've seen him Amma, he's a mess...he wouldn't do anything to hurt her..."

"I know...I just hurt for her...I want her happiness..."

"We all do..."



...............




"The moment has come for me to try. I am willing to go."

Garima and Buaji stared at Khushi, completely dumbfounded.

"You, you will? Khushi, we aren't pushing you, please know that I didn't tell you this to try and force you or..."

"Amma," Khushi took her hand in her own, "I know you weren't trying to guilt me. It's been over a year...and I am okay. Truly."

Buaji planted her hands on her hips, "Stubborn girl. Well Garima, it is true. She's been an absolute gem, and has overcome a lot. I think that if she says she wants to, then we should let her make her own decision."

Garima pulled Khushi into an embrace..."I just love you so much. I hurt for all that you've been through..."

"I don't blame him Amma...I probably should, but he has been so hurt in his life...he has been so misled, has held onto so much pain and anger...yes, he hurt me...but I can't hurt him back...I can only let go..."




..........



"Here? Tonight?"

Anjali and Payal nodded, "Is that okay with y-"

"Okay!?"

They were momentarily stunned.

Arnav hadn't raised his voice towards ANYONE in the home in a very long time.

"OKAY?! This is HER home. MORESO than it is YOURS," he stared into Payal's eyes, "And MORESO than it is YOURS!" he stared into Anjali's eyes...

Anjali felt no anger.

Neither did Payal.

They were in awe of a power that had started to return.

A fight that began to blaze in his eyes.

"She is more welcome here than anyone!"

Unable to control his emotions any longer, he broke.

Fleeing the scene, he raced up to his room and shut the door.

"She's coming here...home...to me...no..."

Realization dawned once more...

"Not to me..."

And the pain returned...

Gut wrenching sobs howled from his chest, and within seconds, Anjali and Akash were by his side...

He clung to their arms, "I'm sorry, I am so sorry!"

"Chote, Shhh...no one is angry with you...you reacted out of honor, KHUSHI'S honor..."

"Bhai, calm yourself...please..."



..........




"Are you sure?"

Khushi smiled, "Yes, I'm okay. I am anxious to see everyone..."

Even though Khushi knew what was coming, she felt the dhak dhak of her heart take an interesting turn...

It was as though a surge of fire had taken light inside her...

A nerve that she thought was singed, now twinged into existance...

The moment was coming...

And she took the first step towards the Raizada Mansion front door...





..............


After a thoroughly tumultuous day, Arnav could no more have been prepared for this night than he would have been for an earthquake.

But as the knock sounded on the door, the only thing he prayed for was to see her smile...

Payal opened the door, and the greetings began.

He didn't look over, couldn't bare to see her, or be disappointed had she decided not to come.

But sure enough, after Garima had cooed over Sim, and Buaji had blasted her 'hellos', a soft voice drifted over the roar and filled his heart and soul...

"I am so pleased I came tonight, I have missed you Jiji...and you Di, Akash, Nani...and my nephew..."

And it was time...

Her eyes lifted and she saw the man in the distance.

But instead of Arnav Singh Raizada, she saw a man who looked raggedly tired and weary, look up slowly into her eyes, his own pained and lost.

He felt her eyes on him, and he finally lifted his gaze...

Oh my God...she's here...she's...beautiful...

Khushi and the family began to walk towards him...

As they grew nearer, he tried to summon his voice...

"Khushi," he croaked out, looking around aimlessly and breathing heavily before focusing once again on her…

She took in his miserable appearance and suddenly felt the unwanted urge to lurch forward and pull him into her arms.

Arnav's thoughts were mirroring hers…

He wanted to wrap his arms firmly around her, hugging her tightly to himself…

Her mere existence was now the only thing keeping him grounded and he feared he might float away any moment into oblivion if she refused to acknowledge him…

Finally, after a devastating few seconds, she whispered…"Hello…"

Khushi tightened her grip on Payal's hand and walked past him down the hallway towards the family, who now waited for them in the lounge…

Arnav quickly took two steps forwards and opened the front door, shutting it quietly behind him…

Then, leaning back against it, the heartbreaking realization shot through him and his body began to shudder as he slowly fell apart, sobbing uncontrollably into his hands…

"…how…how will…will I ever…ever…" he coughed, feeling almost sick with pain…

Side stepping, he stared through the window, looking at his wife, who was still so far away despite being so close…

"…How will I ever get her back? After what I did…after what I drove her to…"

Her image faded slightly as his focus now zoned in on his reflection in the glass…

His face was grief-stricken face, his lower lip shuddering in pent- up mourning.

"I tortured her, I hurt her…then I finally marry her…and then…" He seemed defeated, taking a long while before he finally managed to breathe out his inner turmoil…

"I'm a fucking idiot…How DARE I spend so much time with that CUNT of a woman and ignore MY wife…RRRAAAAARRGGGHHH!!!!!"

His body trembled violently as he rammed his clenched fist into the concrete wall beside him, flexing the scraped flesh of his hand as though he could keep his pain in.

Suddenly, a dam seemed to break within him, and mumbled, angry words came streaming out of his mouth nonsensically.

"My actions…nearly…nearly killed her…! She thought that I…that Sheetal and I …that Aarav was my…my son and …and I spent so much time with her…and because of this I...I lost my…FUCK no…my Khushi..."

The pain and anger poured out in tears and shouts.

Finally, after what could have been hours or minutes, his sobs slowed, and his hands gradually, released tension.

He kept his eyes turned down as he tried to stand tall, taking deep breaths to calm himself.

"No…" He looked up, and saw the only thing that could ever ignite a glimmer of hope into his life…"…she's mine…I can't just…she's still…my wife…"

Her presence brought hope back to his deadened eyes.



………………….




As Arnav walked back inside, the family tried to keep calm…

Khushi's frail emotions were fresh in their minds.

Arnav, however, stayed quiet as he stood next to Akash…

"How about we be seated, we have your favorite foods prepared Khushiji…"

Khushi bit her lip, but nodded…"Okay, can…can I freshed up first please?"

Payal stood slightly behind Khushi and her expression tried to warn everyone not to overreact…

Anjali understood, and smiled, "Sure, do…do you um…remember where the guest bathroom is?"

"Yes…I'll be right back…"

As she walked away, Arnav could only see her walk towards a bathroom…towards a room where he almost lost her…

He made a move and was soon restrained by Anjali and Akash…

"No Bhai…"

"No Chote…"

His heartbeat picked up with frightening speed, "I can't let her…let her do it again…"

Payal commanded his gaze, "She's only going to wash her hands, she's alright Arnavji…"

"I hurt her…she's…I can't…Payal I need to go with her…"

"Bhai, it's OKAY, just take a deep breath…"

But Arnav was nearly on the verge of a panic attack…

"She's…She's…Di…" his eyes were pleading…"Di let me go…Akash…I…"

"Let him go."

All eyes darted to Garima…

"What?! Amma what are you saying?"

Her eyes were gentle, understanding…"Look at him…"

Arnav's gaze was still on Khushi, who was almost out of sight…

"Look at him! He's going through hell! His memories are tormenting him! And despite what has happened, he loves her! If ANY of you, after looking at his pain, can say that he should stay here, then I will keep quiet."

Anjali felt tears pour out of her eyes seeing her brother…

Akash glanced at Payal who nodded…

The second he was released, he breathed out a shaking gasp…"I just want to make sure…sure that she is… okay…please?" his powerful exterior was broken, shattered…"Please…please may I?"

Garima smiled sadly, "Go…be gentle with her though…"

Without uttering another word, he slowly began to walk away…

His steps growing longer and faster…



………………….



Khushi shut the door behind her…

This is so strange…

Her thoughts were in complete disarray…

I haven't been here since…

Memories flooded in…

"No Khushi…that is in the past…yes, I did it, but I am not in that place anymore…"

She took a deep breath and calmed her nerves…

Meeting her stare head on in the mirror, she was unblinking as she spoke, "how far have you come? A long way. You are not where you were before. You have made new friends. You have learned to look after yourself better. You have let go of all the old feelings."

Her eyes slid closed…

"Then why have I started to hurt again?...why am I feeling pain…pain that isn't my own…? I put him out of my heart…"

But even as she stood there, there was a heart beating outside the bathroom, that beat right alongside hers…

Love, even when let go, is never fully lost…

The reawakening had begun…

Opening the bathroom door, she cautiously walked out…

Surveying the hallway, she took her first step forwards…

But as she moved past her old bedroom, she saw the unmistakable shadow…or her husband.

Arnav had stood outside the bathroom, listening to the running water, hearing her soft footsteps, then hurried back to his room…

He tried to keep his panting breath as quiet as he could…

Khushi willed herself to keep walking, but her body would not obey.

"Arnavji?"

His shadow visibly stiffened and she could hear his ragged breathing…

"I'm here…I'm…I'm not trying to scare you…I just…I wanted to make sure you were okay…"

His voice was unrecognizeable…

Unknowingly, she had walked closer, "I understand…I'm alright…"

His hand rested on the door handle, and he nervously opened the door…










PRECAP - 



Despite the sheer panic and fear in his heart, he's clumsy as he presses his mouth against hers, breathing her air…

Even though her own anxiety was ripping into her heart, she could taste the sorrow on his lips.

Grief has slowed him, paralysed him, but his heart controlled his actions…

His mouth attached firmly to hers, seeking desperately…

Memory instantly jumbled with the present and she began to pull away…

Oh my God…what is happening!

"Please…please Khushi…" he said in despair…

She tried to back away once more…"No...n…no…"


His lips were still brushing against hers as he begged, "Don't…don't…please Khushi…"







Saturday, May 24, 2014

SS : Heartbeats Part 21






"What an escapade…" Khushi sighed…

Arnav looked up from his laptop and smiled, "I know…making love to you in the office was damn exciting…but I have to admit…making love to you ANYWHERE is exciting…"

"Shhhhhh…" Khushi giggled softly, gazing down at their daughter who was asleep between them…

He reached down and smoothed his hand over her hair…"She's so beautiful…really Khushi…I can't begin to tell you how proud I am to be her father…"

"She has so much of you in her character…"

He cringed playfully, "Yeah, sorry about that…"

Khushi grinned, "Oh be quiet, you are not sorry…If anything, it was God's way of keeping you fresh in my heart all these years…which hurt almost as much as it helped…"

Lifting his laptop off with one hand, he placed it on the side table and turned back to Khushi, taking her hand…

"I'm here now Khushi. I truly never thought that I'd find you again, even though I never gave up hope…"

Khushi tried to lean over Libbi to kiss him, but at that same moment, Libbi tie-kwan-do'ed into a starfish sleeping position, kicking them both…

Arnav grunted, while Khushi skillfully managed to fend off her flailing limbs…

"Sorry about that…she's-"

"Just like her mummy?"

Khushi laughed, "Yes I suppose so…"

Arnav dimmed the lights and lay back, watching with pride as he looked at his two girls…"I wouldn't have it any other way…"




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"All the coffee in the world won't get you awake enough for when they storm in…"

Arnav chuckled at Raj's comment…

"Are they really that spritely?"

Raj made a face, "OHHHHH! Just you wait and see! When they wake up separately, it gives everyone a chance to live out the morning with some form of ease, but when they get up at the same time…it's almost like an earthquake hits the room!"

Arnav squared his shoulders and felt quite excited…

Raj shook his head, "You just wait…"

"You think this scares me? I have known Khushi a long time…and if I get DOUBLE of her crazy attitude, then I cannot wait!"

Veena had been sitting in the lounge overhearing their conversation and she smiled…"Arnav?"

Arnav nearly jumped to his feet, "Yes? Yes, what can I do…?"

Prideful at the fear she could invoke, she held his gaze, "I just wanted to say that I will help out with Libbi's studies today, and you and Khushi can go out to spend some time together…"

His expression eased, "Really? That would be…thankyou, really, that would be fabulous."

"You're very welcome, I-" Veena paused as she listened…

A few bangs were heard, and soon a door from down the hallway was opened…

Veena's eyes raised to Arnav's, "Here comes trouble…" and with a wink, she sat back to watch…

All of a sudden, the entire house filled with music…

Libbi had appeared in the kitchen doorway, yawning sleepily with tangled hair, turned the radio on, and "Oh La La" was now blaring out of the speakers…

Wearing pink pajamas and a bright purple dressing down, she began to sing…

Not five seconds later, the room became even brighter as Khushi entered…

Everything around him became invisible as he watched the two loves of his life dance around the kitchen with messy morning hair, singing off key while making breakfast…

And unlike other mornings where Libbi was shy around Arnav, when she saw him, she pulled at his hand and dragged him over to join in…

Laughter bubbled up from deep within his heart and he felt free.

Finally when the music ended, he realized that 'music' was constantly in his life with his wife and daughter around…

"…and what would you like? Honey or Strawberry jam?"

"…um…jam please…"

Arnav grinned at her little voice…

When Khushi brought Libbi's toast over, she dipped her little finger in the jam and poked her on the nose and Libbi giggled…

Khushi soon turned to Arnav…"Don't think I've forgotten you…" and she poked him on the nose…

"Hahaha!" Libbi laughed, "Daddy has a sticky nose!"

"Oh my GOD!!!!!"

The entire room went quiet at Raj's scream.

"There's three of them!!!!!"

And now the entire room was in a hysterical uproar…





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"I feel guilty…I mean, Veena has been doing so much and…"

"She offered to Khushi…plus she LOVES Libbi like crazy…she wanted to help out…"

Khushi was quiet…

"You know who else she loves?" Arnav asked quietly…"You. She loves you. And she wants you to be happy…"

They arrived at what Khushi thought would be a restaurant, but as she looked up, she saw Arnav's apartment…

"What? Why are we here?"

But Arnav was already out of the car and had opened her door.

He held out his hand to her and once she unbuckled her seatbelt, she lifted her questioning gaze to his…

"Khushi," he took her hand firmly and led her towards his apartment, "no one is waiting for you, I want to spend time with you…whether we make love or not, I just want to be with you…"

He unlocked his door and basically dragged her inside.

Snapping the lock, he turned to face her…

She looked as though she were about to become prey to a large animal…

She needs to know that I'm not trying to trap her…

"Why don't you make some tea, I'll take a quick shower, then you can…"

He strode towards her, stopped to kiss her briefly on her cheek, and with all the strength he could muster, walked away…

Grabbing the bathroom door handle, he closed the door behind him.

Almost at the point of hyperventilation, he pulled at his collar…

"She's not going anywhere…I know she won't…she loves me…she wants to try again…I just have to prove that I'm not trying to trap her…that I'm not trying to scare her…Calm down Arnav…Calm down…"

He shook his head.

Now I'M talking to myself.

Deep down, he was terrified that she would run away again, but he needed to show that he trusted HER, or how would she ever trust him.

Khushi however, wasn't even THINKING of leaving…

She was mainly trying to figure out what the hell to do with herself.

As she prepared tea, she muttered…"I work and work, and now…now I have no idea how to spend time doing nothing…I honestly don't remember how to relax…"

Arnav managed to shower in record time, and soon rushed out of the bathroom with nothing but a towel around his waist…

Khushi had just lifted a cup of tea to her lips when she saw him barge into her view…

"Ouch!" she yelped as the tea burnt her lower lip…

Arnav was by her side in seconds and pulled her close to the fridge…

Opening the freezer, he took out and ice cube…

Khushi was now feeling hotter with his bare chest against hers…

But as she was about to speak, he lifted the ice to her lips and slowly dragged it across them…

"Shhhhhh…"

Oh my…

"It's not a burn, just slightly scalded…you won't even notice it in a few seconds…"

Her eyes were glued to his and when he finally lifted the ice away, he lowered his lips to hers…

The soft, moist kiss he gave made her forget everything…

"Khushi?"

"huh?"

He was now staring down at her…

When did he stop kissing me!?

"Shower?"

"Oh…yes…right…I'll be…" she started to clumsily walk away…"I'll be…mmm"

And she raced off…

"Well my beautiful wife, if THAT kiss muddled your brain, then wait till you see what I have instore for later…"

15 minutes later, Khushi stood in front of the bathroom mirror.

She frowned at her appearance.

He thinks I'm 'beautiful'?

She noted how much her body had changed.

Feeling self-conscious and inferior, she quickly turned to exit, only to see Arnav directly in front of her.

His breath had halted the moment he saw her.

She stood before him…

Tendrils of her wet brown hair fell over her shoulders.

Water droplets danced down her bronzed skin, seeping into intimate crevices he wished he could lick dry, then make moist all over again.

"Good GOD you are divine…"

Her timid eyes rose to his…"…really? Even though I've now got stretch marks and a lumpy tummy and a bigger bottom and-"

He lunged forwards and his mouth ravaged hers into silence…

When he pulled back, he snarled, "You think THAT is what makes you YOU? Damn it woman!" his grip tightened on her as he grabbed her dripping hair in his fist, "I would have an equal amount of passion and love for you  even if you were alarmingly fat and had three heads!"

She started to laugh only to hiss as he squeezed her tight…"You can laugh, but I'm bloody serious! If you so much as frown in the mirror at your appearance, I will drag you to the nearest room and I will spank the daylights out of you! YOU…" he moved her backwards…"ARE…" his mouth descending…"MINE…"

And he devoured her mouth once more…

His hand released her hair, and now was resting on the tiles behind her head as his assulting kiss overwhelmed her…

When he finally pulled his mouth from hers, he saw how taken over she was…

Once she had the energy to open her eyes once again, she saw a very smug looking, handsome man staring down at her…

He was watching her as he licked his lips.

Her knees were starting to tremble and before she could even ask, Arnav lifted her naked body against his and carried her towards the bed…

"Arnavji…I'm still damp!"

He rolled his eyes, but didn't stop his pace…

He dropped her onto the bed with a bounce…

She pushed herself up so that she was kneeling on the bed in front of him.

The primal look on his face set her body alight…

"Don't you DARE get off that bed Khushi…we're not done…"

She grinned, teasing him with her tongue between her teeth. "Setting the bar rather high aren't you? I mean, we haven't even been back together a week and …well, you'll tire yourself out…"

"Oh, Khushi Kumari Gupta Singh Raizada… I've only just begun."

"Is that a promise?"

"Oh, yes," he agreed enthusiastically, launching himself into the middle of the bed and pulling Khushi with him.

They kissed slowly until they were breathless once more.

Khushi ran her hands over Arnav's chest, and he growled in approval.

She pushed him on to his back and straddled him…"Now listen here, we can't just keep doing this every-oh….."

Arnav sat up, her breasts now level with his mouth and he instantly suctioned his mouth to one hard peak…

"ahhhhhhh….my God…oh…"

He continued to suckle until he felt her body resign, and then he sipped from her breast and laid back down against the matress…

Trying not to laugh, he bit his tongue at her gawking, struggling expression…

"What? You said that we can't just keep doing this…so…" and he shrugged…

You horrid man!

Feeling furious and wanting to teach him a lesson, she shimmied down his body a little further so she could pepper his bare chest with kisses and tiny nips.

She heard his groans as he shook with arousal…

But all movement stopped when she enclosed his nipple with her mouth and began to suck hard, scraping her teeth gently against it. 

He moaned as she moved over to its twin and repeated the movements while rolling the first between her fingertips.

She felt him involuntarily thrust his hips up and decided that it was about time that she gave him a little relief.

She moved farther down his legs so she could easily access the hardness that now pressed viciously at her thigh…

Arnav groaned loudly.

The sound went straight to her groin and she could feel the ache beginning to build there again.

His hands were fisted at his sides, and Khushi wasn’t sure how much longer she could last without his touch.

With slightly shaking hands she reached out at the magnificent specimen bobbing in front of her, and slowly stroked his length, velvet soft yet hard as steel.

She lowered her lips down to enclose the head in a wet embrace.

Arnav moaned and whispered her name as she brought her lips down, taking as much of him into her mouth as she could.

He spouted beautiful words to her as she swirled her tongue around him and sucked hard as she came back up.

She held his penis against her lips as she smiled up at him, flicking her tongue across the head.

She loved seeing him this far gone, feeling it in her heart and mind.

The passion in his eyes had darkened them black as pitch, and he looked at her with such want that she felt a shiver go through her body and her core begin to throb.

“Khushi…” he gasped.

That sound was all she needed.

She devoured his arousal, bringing her mouth down on him again and again, working him with her hand in concert with her mouth, rolling his smooth testes in her other hand.

Arnav's head was spinning.

He didn’t know what to think…

Oh SHIT! What a tongue! Thinking is over-rated!

He wanted, with all his heart to ravish his wife, but still…he wanted, NEEDED to know that she desired him as much as he desired her…

Arnav almost decided to roll her over and slam inside her body, but her tongue managed to hit his most sensitive spot… right… THERE! 

His groan was almost a frightful howl…

"Oh…God…Khushi…do that…that agai- ARRRRGH!!!"

She did…

He couldn't think.

Oh…Oh God! I…Need…to be…Inside her…NOW!!!

With a thunderous roar, Arnav hauled Khushi up to his chest and spun her around so he was now on top of her.

He kissed her deeply, enjoying the mixing of their flavors in his mouth.

He ended the kiss so he could look into her eyes, her beautiful deep eyes…

“I want to make love to you, Khushi…” He ran his fingers through her hair, his body shaking, overwrought with arousal…

As his erection pressed against her vagina, he felt the pool of fluid…

He stared deep into her eyes as he slid his arm beneath her lower back and began to push his way inside her squirming body…

"Oh…oh…" she moaned over and over…

Oh, she was hot, and wet, and so tight that when he was buried in her, he had to stop take a deep breath before he came undone…

"I've got you…You can either hold on tight, or let go…but know this… I've GOT YOU, and I'm making love…TO YOU!"

Without even thinking about it, his hips began to move, slowly withdrawing, then plunging back into the tight, wet heat.

His time sense had fled, and his hearing seemed tuned only to the moans coming from deep within his wife's throat...

Her hands started out holding on tight, but as his length began to purge her orgasm out, her grip started to fade…

"I…I can't…hold it back…"

"YOU can't!? I am damn ticking time bomb for you!"

Desperate to be deeper inside her, he flexed his arm even more pulling him down toward her harder with every stroke.

His own orgasm had built to a fever pitch, but he ground his teeth and held it at bay…because there was something else that always came first…

He bent his head and pulled her nipple into his mouth and bit down on it…

"I'm…I…AHHHHHHHHH!"

And she crashed over the edge, her entire body trembling, her vaginal muscles clamping down on his  phallus with tremor after tremor…

Khushi continued to break and shatter as he pushed hard into her, deeper than she could ever have believed possible.

And as sudden as thunder, his entire body tensed…

He groaned loud as his own orgasm ripped through him, spilling into her like ice against fire.

Khushi continued to cry out and he fisted one hand into her hair, pulling her mouth to his…

He felt her kiss fiercely  cling to him, as he felt her vagina pulse against his length over and over and over…






…………….



"Where have you been!? Akash said that you went on a PLANE!? Without so much as telling us!?"

Payal and Anjali looked at each other, not knowing how to talk their way out of this one…

"We…well…we were…"

Buaji stomped forwards, "Yes? I'm listening? Where were you? Where did you go that you didn't think to tell us!?"

"Please try to understand Buaji, Payalji and I…we…were …"

"I've had enough of the stammering…tell us! We were concerned…"

"Amma," Payal stepped forwards, "We were only spending some time together…can't you understand that?"

Garima grabbed Payal and Anjali's hands, "And can't YOU understand that we already had ONE daughter disappear!? We didn't want it to happen to another!"

Payal gasped as Anjali's eyes teared up…

"Oh Amma…I…I'm-"

"We didn't think of that…but you KNOW that we wouldn't…"

"I know…I know…" Garima said softly…

Buaji wiped her eyes…"We know…but even a few days ago when I spoke to Arnav Bitwa, he was so heartbroken…and then when we couldn't reach you two, we…"

"Chote is fine, and he will be from now on."

Payal quickly elbowed Anjali…

Garima's eyes picked up…"Has he…has he found someone else?"

Anjali shook her head, "No no…I didn't mean…"

Buaji's voice boomed as she said, "Has he found her!? Has he found khushi!?"





…………




When eventually they reached a state of calm, they each were struggling for breath.

Arnav  stared down at her, watching her tremble.

Leaning in, he kissed her, oh so softly, then waited to hold her gaze….

"We're still not done,"

Khushi's eyes flickered with uncertainty…"Wh…what…? How…how can…I-"

"Shhhh…" he crooned, "I mean, that this story…our story…our love…is FAR from over…I plan on making love to you everyday…on making you happy everyday…that is my vow to you…"

Khushi's heart still pounding, her body still on fire as Arnav's words filled her heart and soul.