Captive In The Dark

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Jun 15

Captive In The Dark... Part 20 (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 36 times)

Arnav turned back to his computer as he started explaining whatever he had found out to Khushi, but her mind was somewhere else, she was just staring at him not listening to what he was saying.

She was looking at the movement of his mouth as he spoke, she looked at his eyes as he blinked, everything about him was so mesmerizing.

He pushed his chair back and started walking around the cabin while he continued with his explanation, Khushi followed him with her eyes everywhere, staring at him, admiring him.

“So is that okay with you?” Arnav asked.

Khushi remained silent without saying a word, Arnav waited for her to answer but when she dint, he walked towards her and shook her.

“What happened?” Khushi asked.

“Don’t tell me you haven’t heard a thing! I have been explaining something all this while Khushi!”

“I am sorry, my mind was just somewhere else…”

“Hey… look I know you are worried if you’ll find Abhay or not but I’m here and trust me we’ll find him and then you’ll learn the whole truth, and maybe you would even have him back in your life, I know you still love him so much.” Arnav said as he sat next to her and looked her into the eyes.

She tried to smile trying to understand what was happening to her suddenly, for the first time, whatever Arnav said wasn’t right, she wasn’t thinking about Abhay but him, she wasn’t worried about anything, she was just staring at him and that’s why she dint listen to a thing he was saying.

“He cheated on me with my sister Arnav, how can I even think of getting back with him?” Khushi asked.

“Because you love him Khushi, and we don’t know what happened, why he did that, there might be a reason and if it’s convincing enough, I don’t see any reason not to do that.”

“I am confused, I don’t know what to do, maybe let’s find him first and see what he has to say, after that I’ll do whatever my heart tells me to do.” Khushi said.

“You’ll do whatever your brain tells you to do, the heart is an organ Khushi, its job is to pump blood, only the brain has the capability of thinking and making us do something.”

“Arnav, are you really in love with Kiran?” Khushi asked.

“Why do you ask that?” Arnav asked in surprise as he stood up.

“I’m seeing you as the first person who despite being in love doesn’t believe that the heart has a role to play it in, I mean when you fell in love, did your heart tell you about it or your brain?”

“Of course the brain! You girls just like to complicate things, the heart talks… what does it talk?” He asked as he got hold of her hand and placed it on his chest.

Khushi felt an adrenaline rush, she got goosebumps while she stared at Arnav in awe, as soon as he did this, she felt so many things she couldn’t explain.

Anchuhe the sapne mere tune chuliye… chupke chupke dil me aaya tu jadoo liye…

Tere hogayi hoon, tujhko pata bhi to ho… mere pyaar me teri raza bhi to ho…

Pehli dafa hai ki mujhme tu chalka hai… mere rangon me kuch dhang hai tere jaise bhi…

Kuch rang pyaar ke aise bhi… kuch rang pyaar ke aise bhi…

“Can you hear my heart talking anything? And you say the heart talks.” Arnav giggled as he left her hand and walked away.

Khushi was left stuck like a statue, her mind couldn’t think of anything else but what she had felt when Arnav got hold of her hand and placed it on his chest, the feeling she had when she felt his heartbeat, it was something completely different, something beautiful.

“You are lost again! What’s up with you today Khushi?” Arnav asked as he walked back to her.

“Nothing.” Khushi replied in what sounded like a whisper.

“I think we’ll discuss this tomorrow, your mind is completely somewhere else, it’s time for me to leave too, I have some cooking to do at home, so see you tomorrow.”

“Yeah, we’ll talk tomorrow.” Khushi said.

Arnav stared at her for a moment and the walked towards the table, he picked up his phone and walked out of the cabin leaving Khushi there, yet lost in thoughts.

Khushi stood up and walked towards Arnav’s chair, she sat on it and looked around the cabin, suddenly the cabin looked more beautiful than it had been all this days.

She giggled at her own thoughts as she walked outside the cabin smiling to herself when Aman stopped in front of her suddenly.

“I’m sorry ma’am I know this is late and you had asked for the documents in the morning but it took me time to prepare them, if you could take some time and sign them, I’ll get them sent tomorrow.” Aman said.

“Come, bring them to my cabin” Khushi said with a smile as she headed to her cabin.

Aman stood there in awe, since he started working here, he had never seen Khushi smiling, and knowing he was late with the work, he was expecting her to shout at him or even fire him, but her reaction was completely different from what he had expected.

There was something that had definitely changed in her, and he was so sure it was because of Arnav, he had noticed it from the beginning.

 

Arnav arrived home and found Natasha already there, she was in the hall sitting on the sofa watching TV, he walked past by her and was surprise that she dint say a word to him.

He headed to his room and freshened up and then went back downstairs to prepare dinner.

As he walked into the kitchen, he looked at Natasha who was still engrossed in the TV, so he also decided to ignore her.

He opened the fridge and looked at what was inside, wondering what he was going to cook.

“Don’t cook for me Arnav, I’m going out for dinner.” Natasha shouted from the hall.

“Dinner? With who?” Arnav shouted back.

“Why are you suddenly interested in my life? Stop behaving like a husband, I mean I would have allowed you to ask me such husbandly questions if we got married normally.” Natasha replied back.

“Fine go, as if I care!” Arnav said as he shut the fridge angrily and headed to his room, if Natasha was going out for dinner, he dint have to cook, he would just order pizza for himself.

He sat down on his bed as he pulled out his phone from the pocket and started going through the numbers, when it hit his mind suddenly, he couldn’t stay at home, not when Natasha was going out.

She dint even tell him who she was going out on dinner with, what if it was Abhay? He had to keep an eye on her like Khushi had told him to, and if she was actually going for dinner with Abhay, they wouldn’t have to work harder looking for him.

He quickly got dressed and kept an eye on Natasha from the room, waiting for the time she would leave so he could follow her.

His phone beeped as he pulled it out of his pocket again and stared at the screen, there was a notification saying he had received a text message from Khushi.

“Done with the cooking?” it read.

“Not cooking today, Natasha’s going out for dinner.” He replied back.

“How about we go for dinner to then? I’ll pick you up.”

“I wish, but I think she’s going to dinner with Abhay so I’ll have to follow her, we can have the dinner sometime later?”

“Sure, keep me informed on what happens and make sure she doesn’t know you’re following her, she’s very cunning.”

“Don’t worry, I know, anyway I’ll talk to you later, looks like she’s leaving.” Arnav pressed the send button and put the phone back inside his pocket.

Natasha stood up as she stared at her wrist watch for a moment, she then shut the TV and walked out of the mansion, Arnav waited for her to go outside completely and then followed her.

Today he had to find about Abhay’s whereabouts at any cost, there were so many answers he needed and he could get them form Abhay only.

He just hoped everything was going to go well today, he jumped on his bike and followed Natasha’s car making sure she dint notice him.





Jun 20

Captive In The Dark... Part 21 (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 36 times)

Natasha walked inside the hotel and settled down at a table in the corner, the waiter walked towards her as he handed her the menu and then walked away, Arnav kept an eye for her hoping he would soon see Abhay.

A few minutes later, a man walked towards the table and settled down opposite Natasha, Arnav took a clear look at him trying to figure out if he was Abhay or not but then it clicked his mind, he had never seen Abhay! How was he going to know if he was the one or not?

He pulled out his phone from the pocket and dialed Khushi’s number on it, Khushi received the call at the first ring.

“How will I recognize Abhay? Do you have a picture? Maybe you can send it to me.” Arnav said.

“No I don’t, I deleted everything, dint you see his picture on the internet when you were doing the research?”

“I think I did, but I’m not sure, I’ll just check on it again.”

“No, tell me where you are? If he’s there I want to put an end to the mystery today itself, I’ll come there.”

“Okay, I’m texting you the location, be here as soon as possible, meanwhile I’ll keep an eye on them” he disconnected the call and looked at Natasha once again, she was happily talking to the man, they both were laughing, it looked like they liked each other’s company better.

He checked for Abhay’s picture on the internet, it dint take him much time until he found the picture, he looked at the picture and stared at the man who was sited with Natasha realizing he wasn’t Abhay.

Of course it wasn’t going to be him, if Abhay was actually alive why would he even want to see Natasha’s face after all that happened?

He put his phone back inside the pocket and headed outside the hotel just when he saw Khushi’s car, she parked it and then stepped out as she ran towards Arnav.

“What happened? Why are you outside here? Weren’t you supposed to keep an eye on them? Tell me Arnav, was that guy Abhay? Was he really the one? Does that mean that he’s actually alive? I’ll go and talk to him right away.” Khushi said as she tried to walk away but Arnav got hold of her hand and pulled her back.

“It’s not Abhay, it was another man.” Arnav said.

“Oh… I don’t know how I thought it must be him, I forgot how cunning Natasha was.”

“Hey, it’s okay, don’t spoil your moods, if not today, we will find him some other day, you had asked me if we could go for dinner right? I’m so hungry, can we go somewhere?” Arnav asked.

“Sure.” Khushi smiled at him.

 

Arnav stopped is bike on the road side while Khushi parked her car behind his bike wondering why he had stopped here suddenly.

She stepped out and walked towards him while he took of his helmet and placed it on top of the seat, he looked at Khushi excitedly.

“Why did we stop here Arnav?” Khushi asked.

“Because I dint feel like eating in some fancy restaurant, how about the roadside pani puri? Look there’s a stall over there.” Arnav said as he pointed towards the pani puri stall.

Khushi looked at it excitedly as she rushed there in a hurry while Arnav followed her in confusion, they both stopped next to the stall and made the order.

“Arnav, how many times would I have to tell you that I know I am beautiful, but if you find me so beautiful that you can’t take your eyes of me, I would love a compliment too?” Khushi said to Arnav when she saw him staring at her.

“Nothing like that.” Arnav laughed.

“You mean I’m not beautiful?” Khushi looked at him with a pout.

“No, I dint mean it that way, I mean to say that I was only staring at you because when I mentioned about the roadside food to you, I thought you would start talking about hygiene and stuff but you behaved completely opposite, so I was just a little surprised.”

“Oh, you don’t know my love for pani puri then, I’m crazy about it, and I do eat at the roadsides too.” Khushi said.

“That’s great.” Arnav smiled at her.

The stall owner started serving both Arnav and Khushi the pani puri in a tiny plate one by one, Khushi looked at it excitedly as if it was something huge and not just a pani puri.

She put it whole inside her mouth and ate it with so much excitement, it was all something new for Arnav, seeing her so happy, being herself and doing all this, it was beautiful, she was beautiful!

He couldn’t stop staring at her, the way she was telling the stall owner to make it spicier for her, the way she ate it, the way she reacted on the taste, everything about her was so beautiful.

A tear dropped down her eyes suddenly and Arnav looked at her worriedly, he moved closer to her and got hold of her arms.

“What happened? Why are you crying?” He asked.

“Relax Arnav, it’s just the spice, I love eating too spicy and then this happens.” She giggled and more tears rolled down her eyes.

Arnav nodded in confusion as he pulled out a handkerchief from his pocket and wiped her tears with it, she looked at him and for a moment they both shared an eye lock.

Khushi moved closer to him, she dint know why she felt so much of attraction towards him suddenly, but right now, she felt like she wanted to kiss him, she wanted to taste his lips, his mouth and everything about him.

Arnav dint react a bit on her movement as with every passing second, she kept on moving closer and closer to his mouth, her lips almost touching his, she tried a lot to stop herself but then something inside her was pushing her to it.

On the other side of the road, a car passing by slowed down, the window rolled down while Natasha looked at Arnav and Khushi in shock.

Arnav pulled himself back as he looked at Khushi in surprise, she was so close to kissing him, what would have happen if she had?

He couldn’t do this, it wasn’t right, he couldn’t cheat on Kiran like this, he loved her and whatever that was between him and Natasha was different than what was brewing up between him and Khushi.

“I am sorry, I just…” Khushi tried to explain.

“I think it’s late, we should go home.” Arnav said as he pulled out his wallet.

“I’m paying, I was the one who asked you to join me for dinner.”

“No, I am paying, you can pay when we go for dinner in a fancy restaurant, I won’t be able to afford that.” Arnav winked.

Khushi laughed at him and she nodded while he paid the bill and then headed back, she got inside the car as Arnav waved a goodbye to her.

She drove off while he sat there on his bike, trying to think about the whole thing that had happened just a while back.

He dint know what wrong he was doing, did he ever do anything to make Khushi feel like this for him? She was almost going to kiss him and it also took him so much time until he could stop her, what if it had happened? Could he ever be able to forgive himself for this?

He got on the bike and drove to the hospital, he had to see Kiran, he wasn’t giving her much time nowadays and maybe this was the reason why he had started feeling this way.

Maybe if he’d see her and stay with her for a while, everything was going to be okay, he would stop feeling whatever he was feeling.

The whole place was silent, Arnav slowly walked to Kiran’s room, she was yet in coma, deep asleep. He sat next to her wondering how long she was going to stay like this, how long she was going to be asleep, would she ever wake up?

He got hold of her hand and pressed it between his hand, he stared at her beautiful face, the face that was always so happy, that never lacked a smile, hadn’t reacted even a bit for so many days.

“Please wake up, I miss you Kiran, please wake up and then maybe life would stop being so difficult.” Arnav said as he leaned on her hand while tears rolled down his eyes.





Jun 21

Captive In The Dark... Part 22 (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 34 times)

Arnav walked inside the mansion feeling exhausted, although he hadn’t done much to exhaust him, the thoughts inside his mind was making him feel that way.

“Oh look whose back.” Natasha said as she stood in front of him with her folded arms, she looked disappointed and angry and Arnav was left wondering what wrong he had done now.

“I’m in no moods of talking right now, whatever it is can we talk about it tomorrow?” Arnav asked in what sounded like a whisper.

“No! We’ll talk about this right now. Weren’t you the one hating me and calling me names when I was in love with you, I still know it Arnav, I know how much you hate it when I touch you or make love to you and I knew it was because of the guilt you felt, you felt like you were cheating on Kiran, dint you feel that way Arnav?” She asked

Arnav stared at her in confusion wondering why she was bringing up this topic suddenly, and why did it have to be discussed right now when all he wanted to do was just sleep and get rid of the thoughts in his mind.

He nodded positively not having enough strength to speak out his answer, Natasha smirked as she walked towards him and stopped inches away.

“But you dint feel guilty at all kissing Khushi today, now isn’t that cheating on Kiran too? I’m sure if she ever wakes up, you’ll be able to explain to her whatever that is between us and she might understand you, but how will you ever be able to explain whatever that happened between you and Khushi…

You see Arnav, in the end we all are the same, we all lust for others no matter how committed we are to someone else, now tell me, what’s the difference between you and me?” Natasha smirked.

Arnav clenched his fist tight, why was she even talking about him kissing Khushi when that had never happened?

“I don’t know what you’re talking about and I’m definitely not in moods to talk to you.” He said as he tried to walk away from her but she got hold of his arm and pulled him back.

“You’ll maybe understand what I’m saying if I remind you of your date with her tonight at the street, I was passing by and I saw you both kissing and you know what, I’m not surprised, maybe Khushi is just trying to get her revenge from me by seducing you but I thought you loved Kiran, you just proved me wrong Arnav.” She laughed.

“She would never do that, she’s not like you.”

“Then what was she doing kissing a married man? I’m sure the way you both are so close right now, she knows about Kiran too, dint she think that she was kissing a man who is in a relationship, and his girlfriend is lying at the hospital half dead? And then people judge me and call me names when in the end we all are the same.”

“She’s still not like you!” Arnav said as he got hold of Natasha’s shoulders and looked her into the eyes angrily.

“Stop it Arnav, stop defending her so much, stop behaving like hearing anything wrong about Khushi hurts you like hell, otherwise I might think that you’ve fallen in love with her.”

Arnav pushed her away as he looked at her angrily one last time before he headed upstairs, his mind was messed up already and whatever that Natasha said tonight, messed it up more leaving him questioning a lot of things.

Even though the kiss between him and Khushi dint happen, he couldn’t deny that it had almost happened, and this time he managed to stop it but what if he couldn’t next time? Wouldn’t he be doing wrong with Kiran then?

As much as he hated to admit it, he knew Natasha was right, he had never allowed any girl close to him, but things with Khushi were different, he had even almost allowed her to kiss him!

He punched the wall angrily, he was confused, he dint know what to do and what not to do, he dint want to do anything wrong, not to Kiran and not to Khushi either but then he couldn’t understand himself, he couldn’t understand why things had started changing.

He settled down on his bed as he looked at his bleeding fingers, the blood dropped down from them but he dint do anything to stop his fingers from bleeding, he had to punish himself for allowing anyone else closer to him other than Kiran.

He definitely knew what he had to do after this, only that he dint know if he’d have the strength to do it, even the thought of it was hurting him so much, he wondered how he’d feel when it happened.

 

Next Morning.

Khushi walked inside the office and looked towards Arnav’s cabin the first thing checking if he had arrived yet but he hadn’t so she headed to her cabin and settled down.

Every few minutes she would turn to look at his cabin and not find him which made her feel disappointed, she dint even know why she was acting like a teenager, why she wanted to see Arnav, maybe because seeing him made her happy.

Being around him and spending time with him made her happy, it made her forget about everything wrong that had ever happened in her life.

It was maybe the fifth times he turned to look at him cabin when she saw him walking inside, he had a serious kind of look on his face, he settled down on his chair and switched on his laptop as he started working while she kept on staring at him hoping he would turn and look at her but he dint, and that made her feel sad.

She wanted to talk to him but she dint even know what to talk about, she just wanted to sit next to him and hear his voice that could sooth her heart.

She stood up from her chair and walked outside as she headed to Arnav’s cabin directly, she opened the door and walked inside but Arnav dint even lift his head to look at her.

“What’s up, are you trying to ignore me or something?” Khushi asked

“I’m just busy I have a lot of work to do.” Arnav said as he started typing something on his laptop when Khushi’s eyes fell on his hand. Seeing the bruises, she rushed towards him worriedly and got hold of his hand.

“How did this happen? Dint you even tie something on it?” Khushi asked worriedly.

Arnav pulled of his hand and stood up and he looked at her angrily, she looked back at him with worry all over his face and as much as he hated doing this, he knew he had to, it was the right thing to do.

“I am fine ma’am and I would be glad if you let me be.” Arnav said.

“What’s wrong with you Arnav? Why are you suddenly calling me ma’am instead of Khushi?”

“Because everything changes from today onwards, we both have no other relation apart from boss and employee, I can’t do all this anymore so for heaven sake just leave me alone okay and stop being worried about me, I know how to take care of myself.”

“But Arnav we’re friends.” Khushi said as she looked at him in shock.

“We aren’t friends anymore Khushi, the friendship ends here!”

“Can I know the reason why? What wrong did I do to you Arnav? You’re the only friend I have and if you’d also leave me then…” she couldn’t even complete her sentence..

Her heart was shattered into pieces and she dint even understand why she was feeling so hurt about this, it wasn’t supposed to hurt this much.

“Whatever it was it’s over between us and if you don’t mind, please leave me alone, I have work to do.” He sat down and continued typing on his computer while Khushi stood there in shock, staring at him wondering why things changed so suddenly, everything had been okay until last night.

She walked out of the cabin and looked around, a few employees had already arrived while others hadn’t yet, she looked at Aman who was busy typing something.

She blinked her eyes severally getting rid of the tears that had formed up in her eyes and then inhaled a deep breath.

“Aman” She called him out, Aman stopped doing whatever he was doing and stood up immediately.

“Yes ma’am.”

“You see all those empty chairs? Write all the names of the people who sit on them and bring it to my cabin, you’ll have some more typing to do because they’re all getting fired.”

“All of them ma’am?”

“I don’t want anyone who doesn’t value time in my office so do as I said or your name would also be included in the list.” Khushi said as she walked inside her cabin angrily while Aman stood there in confusion.

He could see the old Khushi was back, the one everyone was afraid of.





Jun 22

Captive In The Dark... Part 23 (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 33 times)

“What kind of food is this even?” Khushi stood up angrily from the dining table as she threw the plate on the floor breaking it into pieces, just like her heart was broken.

“Ma’am that’s what you eat daily, I cooked the same thing…” the servant said nervously, all the servants had been scared of Khushi’s anger since the incident between her and Natasha, she was always rude and if there was anything missing even a bit, she would get so angry and even fire them.

But then after Arnav came, things had changed, she never used to be angry about anything no matter what, even if there was something wrong she would just tell the servant about it but today the old fierce Khushi was back, the one who threw plates wherever she wanted and fired everyone from their jobs just because of one mistake.

“Are you trying to argue with me? Don’t forget who I am.” Khushi looked at him with bloodshot eyes.

“Khushi!” Ravi said as he stood at the entrance looking at Khushi in shock.

Khushi inhaled a deep breath as she turned away from him and rushed upstairs while the servant cleaned the mess.

A few minutes later, there was a knock at the door of her room, Khushi was laying on her bed staring at the ceiling when Ravi walked in.

“What’s wrong Khushi?” Ravi asked.

She shut her eyes trying not to cry, she was a sensitive person and whenever something was wrong she dint like people asking her what was wrong, that made her cry, even when she was sick, she never wanted anyone around her, their pity on her made her feel so weak she always ended up crying.

“Won’t you tell your dad what’s wrong? Since the day I’ve held you in my hand I remember I was the only best friend you ever had, I was more of a best friend than a dad to you, you’ve always told me everything from meeting Abhay to falling in love with him to whatever that Natasha did, then why are you silent today Khushi?”

“Nothing is wrong dad, this is how I have always been haven’t I?”

“You were never like this, you were my sweet little Khushi and you became like this after Abhay but since Arnav came you had changed, you were the old Khushi but now you’ve changed again.”

“Don’t even mention his name dad!” Khushi said angrily not opening her eyes yet.

“What did he do?” Ravi smiled as he walked towards the bed and sat down next to her.

He waited for her to reply but she dint say even a word, instead she shut her eyes tighter trying her best not to cry, she dint even know why she was hurting so much.

“Look at me Khushi, please tell me what happened, I might be able to help you.” Ravi said.

Khushi sat up and hugged him immediately as she broke down into tears, she tried a lot to be strong and not to cry but she couldn’t stop feeling hurt.

“He’s an idiot! I hate him, he’s the one who initiated the friendship didn’t he? I trusted him and told him everything about my life and everything between us was perfect until yesterday night but I don’t know what happened to him suddenly, today in the morning when I tried to talk to him in the office, he was so rude to me, he told me our friendship ended there and the only relation we share is of an employee and a boss.” Khushi cried.

She broke that hug and looked at Ravi who wiped away her tears with his thumb.

“I mean it’s fine if he don’t wants to be friends with me but he could have explained that to me with a reason, why does he have to behave that way? And I am also stupid, sitting here crying because of him, I don’t want to feel this way. It’s not supposed to hurt me so much dad but it is, it’s hurting me terribly, I feel like someone is pulling my heart out of my chest like vampires do.” She said it all in one breath.

“I see.” Ravi said yet smiling.

Khushi looked at him in confusion, she kept on wondering what was so interesting about her problem that made him smile.

“I’m here telling you about my problems and you are smiling! Really dad? Is that what best friends do?”

“You know there are only a few times I’ve seen you like this, I think the first time it was when you were friends with Abhay and you had seen him with some other girl and you were so jealous you were crying.” Ravi laughed.

Khushi folded her arms and looked at him making faces, he couldn’t stop laughing at her, she was all grown up yet at times she behaved like kids.

“At that time I knew you were in love with him and I was the one who made you realize that, and then the second time I saw you crying again was when he cheated on you with Natasha, at that time you were so broken and now today is the third time I’m seeing you like this, do you understand what this means?”

“What does it mean dad?” Khushi asked looking at him in confusion yet.

“How many times have you cried like this for a friend who broke your friendship? Yes it hurts but I’ve never seen you being like this, come on Khushi you want to tell me you still don’t understand it?”

“What are you trying to say Dad?”

“I am trying to say that you my dear, are in love once again.” Ravi smiled.

“What? No!” Khushi stood up as she started pacing around the room, this couldn’t be true, not even a bit.

“But dad I still love Abhay, I haven’t moved on, there is no way I could fall in love with anyone else, not Arnav at least, I mean he has a girlfriend plus he’s married to Natasha I would never even think of falling in love with him.”

“If people started falling in love after thinking then the world would be such a mess, I mean since when did people start deciding that I want to fall in love with this person, no Khushi, you don’t get to choose whom you fall in love with, it just happens.”

“But this is not right dad, I can’t fall in love with him, he loves Kiran, there’s no space in his life for me.” Khushi said.

“Falling in love with him is not wrong Khushi, it would be wrong if you tried forcing yourself into his life.”

“I still don’t believe this, I’m sure I’m not in love with him!”

“Okay don’t believe me, believe yourself, after I leave, sit down and think about everything, remember how you felt when you fell in love with Abhay and then compare it with how you’re feeling right now and maybe you’ll get your answer.”

“Whatever, that still doesn’t justify what he did.”

“I know and maybe he has reasons behind what he’s doing, and instead of turning to the angry young woman, you should calm down and try talking to him and asking him what’s wrong, you can do that at least.”

“I talk to him after all this? No way!”

“Oh trust me you will, once you get the answers to your feelings, you definitely will.” Ravi smiled as he stood up and walked out of the room.

Khushi was left behind in thoughts, there was no way she could believe that what she felt for Arnav was love, there was no way that was possible.

 

Arnav was sited next to Kiran in the hospital, he was holding her hand in his as he kept on staring at her, he was suddenly disturbed when the door opened and Zara walked in.

“You’re here, I was starting to worry.” Zara said with a smile.

“Why worry? Is something wrong with her health again?” Arnav asked worriedly.

“No, in fact she’s improving, I guess if it goes like this for some days more, she might even wake up.”

“Really? I hope she wakes up soon.” Arnav stood up excitedly.

“Let’s hope for the best… anyway about what I was saying, it was because you were coming to see her rarely, were you busy or something?” Zara asked.

“Yeah, I was kind of held up somewhere but now I’ll be visiting daily, it’s been long now, I want her to wake up as soon as possible.”

“Don’t worry, I’m sure she would.” Zara smiled.

Arnav nodded as he turned his head back to Kiran, it was high time she woke up, he couldn’t take this anymore, he dint want anything to go wrong and maybe Natasha had been right about what she said but there was no way he would ever be with someone else than her.

She was the only girl he loved and she had to wake up for him, to get him out of the mess he was in, he just hoped it was soon.





Jun 23

Captive In The Dark... Part 24 (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 42 times)

Khushi walked inside the hospital early in the morning, she dint know why she was here, she just thought maybe seeing Kiran would remind her that she was the only girl Arnav was in love with and whatever that she was feeling towards him was pointless.

She stood outside her room nervously, she dint even know why she was nervous to go inside, maybe it was because of her dad’s words, whatever he had said had affected her so much and she kept on wondering if what she felt for Arnav was actually love or something else.

She shut her eyes and inhaled a deep breath, when she opened her eyes, she was met with the biggest shock of her life.

She saw Abhay pass by, she quickly rushed behind him and stopped him at the exit by getting hold of his arm, he looked at her and suddenly, he was just as shocked as her.

“You are alive!” Khushi said remembering the time she saw him when she had gone for a meeting with Arnav, she was right, he was the one she had seen.

He pushed her aside suddenly while she looked at him in surprise, she had lots of questions to ask him.

“No one can know this Khushi, do you get it? I know you have questions and I promise I’ll answer them all but you also have to promise me that you won’t tell anyone that I’m alive.” Abhay said as he looked at her worriedly.

“You are freaking me out Abhay! Until yesterday I thought you were dead, and now you are standing in front of me telling me all this, what does it even mean?”

“I promise I’ll explain everything Khushi, but not now, not here, I’ll give you a call, we’ll meet somewhere and then I’ll tell you everything.”

“Why should I believe you? What if after you go away from here you just disappear again?”

“You should believe me because there was a time we loved each other Khushi!”

“Fine, I’ll wait for the call, and if you don’t call, I won’t give up until I find you again and prove it to the world that you’ve just been pretending to be dead.”

“I will call you, I need to go for now, see you.” He said as he walked away leaving her behind all confused, what the hell was even happening.

She saw him walking back, he stopped a bit further from her and looked at her, the same way he had looked at her the first time they met, and suddenly, the pain in her heart was back again.

“Just so you know, I still love you Khushi!” With that he walked away and disappeared within seconds.

Khushi walked back towards Kiran’s room wondering what was happening, why did Abhay seem to be so scared? Was he hiding from someone? Why didn’t he run away from her when she found him? Why didn’t he try to avoid her if all this time he had been pretending to be dead?

It wasn’t that she wasn’t happy to see him alive, he was the only guy she had ever loved and she was happy to know he was alive, but just not as happy as she thought she would be when she had seen him first in the hotel, maybe her father was right, maybe she felt something for Arnav and that’s why Abhay being back dint matter much to her, all she needed were answers to her questions and she couldn’t wait until he called her.

She bumped into someone, coming out of the thoughts she lifted her head up and looked at the person, it was Arnav.

Her eyes became moist immediately, she dint even know why she felt so hurt, seeing him here.

“I’m sorry.” She said as she stepped back and then turned around not ready to face him, she dint want to show him how much he was hurting her.

He dint say anything back in return, not even a word and that broke her heart more, now was he going to treat her like a complete stranger?

She clenched her fists tight when she felt a hand on her shoulder, she shut her eyes as Arnav turned her around to face him, she was so nervous, so vulnerable she felt like she might breakdown any moment.

“I am sorry Khushi.” He said.

She opened her eyes and looked at him in surprise, why was he saying sorry?

“I’ve hurt you so much haven’t I? But believe me, that wasn’t my intention, I never wanted to hurt you, you were my only friend and I was just…”

“You were what Arnav?” Khushi asked angrily.

“I was just influenced with some nonsense Natasha said to me, I was angry on myself and on everyone else and then I got it out on you, I shouldn’t have done that, I know I don’t deserve forgiveness for it but I’ll be glad if you forgive me.”

“And how did you realize your mistake suddenly?”

“After seeing you here, Kiran doesn’t even know you, still you are here to visit her, no one had been visiting her apart from me, I just realized what I did was wrong and I am so sorry.”

“I thought after all that we both had been through, at least Natasha’s words wouldn’t have influenced you, we both know her, we know what she’s capable of Arnav don’t we?”

“I know, and I was stupid but what do I do Khushi, I love Kiran so much I can’t even bear seeing her hurt because of anything and she told me some things that made me think I would hurt her and I dint want to do that.”

“Fine then, I’ll just leave, you don’t have to hurt her for me.” Khushi said as she tried to walk away but Arnav got hold of her hand and stopped her.

The mere touch from him made her feel shivers, she had never felt this way until today, they might have touched each other randomly but nothing had ever felt this way, being around him always made her peaceful.

She turned to look at him, he was looking at her with sad eyes and there was no way she could convince her heart not to forgive him, there was something about him that made her go weak, that made her heart melt.

He pulled her closer and hugged her tight, that was all it took for him to make her completely weak, her heart, her mind, her whole body was not in her own control anymore.

All she could feel and think of was his touch, the way this hug made her feel, it wasn’t like the first time he had hugged her, it was different, it made her feel butterflies, it gave her goosebumps and an adrenaline rush, everything had changed so much.

“I am sorry for hurting you but if you still consider me your friend, I hope you’ll forgive me.” he said as he broke the hug, he gave her a faint smile and then pushed the door to Kiran’s room open and walked inside leaving Khushi standing there like a statue.

There were like a thousand thoughts going on in her mind, she couldn’t decide on anything but one thing she was sure of was he had surely managed to convince her to forgive him.

She stood out there for a moment, trying to calm herself down, trying to calm her senses and her mind down and then she pushed the door open and walked in the room too.

She stood in a corner and stared at Arnav, he was sited next to Kiran, holding her hand in his and he looked at her lovingly.

How could anyone love someone so much, he had been waiting for her to wake up for so long, still loving her so much?

He looked sad and he was continuously telling her how much he loved her and how much he wanted for her to wake up.

He bent down and kissed on her hand, Khushi felt a sort of burning sensation all over her body, she felt so happy for Kiran that she had someone to love her so much yet sad for herself and this was the exact moment her dad had told her about.

The moment when she would realize that what she felt for Arnav was nothing else but love because there was no way she could feel this hurt seeing her in love with someone else, yet so happy that he was in love with someone else.

It was a confused sort of feeling but it was Love, and she couldn’t deny it anymore and as much as she was happy that after all this years she had finally managed to move on and fall in love with someone else, she knew that she would never get to be with him, he loved Kiran so much and there was no way she was going to become another Natasha and do something wrong, they both deserved each other and maybe her love was always going to be one sided.

She smiled at Arnav and then walked out of the room, she bent over the shut door and shut her eyes and the teardrops fell down.





23 hours ago

Captive In The Dark... Part 25 (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 32 times)

After Khushi left from the hospital, she received a call from Abhay as he had promised her, they both decided on a place to meet for dinner where Abhay was going to tell her about everything about his fake death.

She was sited in her cabin making assumptions and wondering why Abhay was at the hospital or why he pretended dead, did Natasha have anything to do with it? Was he visiting someone at the hospital? If yes, who could it be?

A knock at the door of her cabin disturbed her thoughts, she lifted her head up and saw Arnav walking in, he looked happy and excited, like he’s won a jackpot, well his jackpot would be either to get rid of Natasha or Kiran waking up.

“What’s the good news? You seem so happy?” Khushi asked curiously.

“After you left from the hospital, I met Zara, Kiran’s doctor, she told me there has been a lot of improvement in Kiran’s health and she might wake up pretty soon like in a week or maximum a month. I can’t tell you how happy I am Khushi, I’m going to see her once again, I’ll get to be with her once again, everything is just so exciting, I’ll also be able to leave Natasha now.”

Khushi stared at him as her heart broke a bit more, it wasn’t that she dint want Kiran to wake up, she wasn’t such a terrible person that she would wish bad for someone, but she knew how things were going to be, Arnav and Kiran would be together once again and she was going to live accepting the fact that her love was one sided.

“That’s good news, we should celebrate” Khushi stood up trying to act happy.

“I know right, but I’m just waiting for her to wake up and then I’ll celebrate and I’ll get answers to all my questions.” Arnav got lost into some thoughts.

“I hope so, anyway I am a bit busy, do you mind if we talk later?”

“Sure, carry on, I’ll also head to my cabin and do some work and for the last time, I am sorry for the way I behaved.”

“It’s okay Arnav, I understand.” Khushi smiled at him as he walked out of the cabin and headed to his own.

She was glad that he was happy, but the she felt hurt too, she dint know what to do, everything was getting messed up day by day, Abhay was back, Kiran was about to wake up, and all of this was somewhere connected to Natasha, the devil who had made their lives hell.

She looked at Arnav who was busy doing some work in his cabin, he was all happy and excited, she dint remember seeing him this happy and if he was this happy just because Kiran was going to wake up, it clearly showed how much he loved her, only if she had such kind of love in her life too, wouldn’t everything be perfect then?

*****

Later in the evening, Khushi left the office early as she had to meet Abhay for the dinner, she stopped by home and freshened up and then headed to where they had decided to meet.

She walked inside the small restaurant and settled down wondering why he chose such a place to meet, the restaurant was too small, plus empty it was like she was the only one here at the moment.

There was a man standing in a corner staring at her which made he quite nervous, she flinched the moment a waiter stopped at her table and handed her the menu.

She went through it just when Abhay walked in, he walked towards her and settled himself opposite her.

“Why are we meeting at such a place?” Khushi whispered to him.

“It’s safe from Natasha that’s why, anyway can you please order something so that the waiter can leave us alone?” He asked nervously.

Khushi nodded as she ordered food for both of them, after the waiter left she looked at Abhay and saw him smiling at her.

“What?” she asked

“You still remember the food I like.” He said.

“I wish I’d forget about it, after all that you did to me trust me I had no intention of even seeing you face, it was my curiosity that brought me here.”

“So you don’t love me anymore?”

“No I don’t, and we are here to talk about why you pretended to be dead not about love or anything else so come to the point, tell me what the whole drama is about.”

He took in a deep breath and then looked at her as he started explaining everything to her.

“It is true I cheated on you Khushi, but not with Natasha, I don’t know how to explain this and I don’t know if you’ll be able to understand but when we were together, I met this girl, her name was Kiran.”

At the mention of the name, Khushi stared at him in shock, so were her thoughts right? Abhay had been in the hospital to see someone and that someone was none other that Arnav’s girlfriend. This was surely more complicated than it seemed to be.

“I met her around for a couple of times, she was sweet and beautiful, we became good friends and I know I was dating you and while being with you, I wasn’t supposed to feel that way about any other girl but I don’t know, it just happened.

My attraction towards her grew bigger and bigger and I was in a confused state, I dint know what to do, all I wanted to do was spend more time with her, go out with her, talk more with her and I kept on looking for excuses to be with her.

One time, I saw her with a guy, I dint know who it was but I was jealous, I mean my feelings were all confused, I dint want to cheat on you or leave you, we had been together for so long and I knew I loved you so there was no way I was going to let anyone come between us, but that day when I asked her about the guy, she told me he was her boyfriend and I thought it was good that she had someone already, maybe that would stop making me feel things about her.

I wanted to tell you all about it Khushi because I thought even feeling this way about someone else apart from you would be cheating on you but then I was scared, I dint want to lose you, I loved you so much and this new feelings were getting me scared.

Please don’t ask me why I was feeling that way for another girl despite being in love with you, I have been able to understand that either.

So one day, I went to meet her at a park, and when I arrived there I saw her with her boyfriend again, they were kissing and I don’t know something inside me was burning, I seriously don’t know what happened to me, I waited there until I saw her boyfriend leaving and then I went to her.

I had lost my mind completely, I had started feeling like I owned her and she wasn’t supposed to kiss anyone else, I guess I was becoming crazy, in my anger I did the most terrible thing, I forced myself upon her, I kissed her when she kept on pushing me away angrily and then she started crying and that was all it took to calm me down, I realized what I was doing suddenly and backed out, I apologized to her and told her never to meet me again and that out friendship ended there, she wanted the same too but I guess it was too late because she left, but Natasha was there she had seen everything.

I couldn’t tell you how scared I was, I knew she would tell you about it and you were going to leave me if you found out, there was no way I could have let her tell you so I decided to talk to her.

I tried to convince her a lot but she wouldn’t just listen to me, I was so scared Khushi, I thought that was going to be the end of us now, my stupid feelings for someone else got into the way of our love, but at that moment Natasha said she wouldn’t tell you about this only if I did what she wanted.

I agreed and when she told me what she wanted, I was shocked, apparently she had a crush on me or something and she wanted me to sleep with her so that she wouldn’t tell you the truth and she told me she wouldn’t also tell you anything about this either, I don’t know why I agreed to this, I know I shouldn’t have but just to hide one mistake of mine, I made another one.

She called me home when you weren’t around and to make it worse, she wanted us to do it in your room, I was disgusted, by her and on myself but I thought maybe after this everything would be okay but then you came back home earlier than expected and then you know the rest.”

Khushi stared at Abhay in shock, this was the most terrible thing he had done, was he even in the right mind thinking that Khushi could have forgiven him for sleeping with his sister? In fact she might have forgiven him for whatever happened between him and Kiran, they were feelings, he was a human, it was natural, but how would she have ever forgiven him for sleeping in her own bedroom with her own sister? It was just disgusting.

“Even after all that you still lost me dint you? Maybe if you would have decided to tell me about Kiran than trying to hide it then things would have been different Abhay wouldn’t they?” Khushi asked

“I know they would, but I told you I wasn’t in my right mind.”

“Anyway that’s not important to me anymore, I know now that you were at the hospital to see Kiran, but then the question is still the same? Why did you pretend to be dead? Are you the one because of whom Kiran is in that state?” Khushi asked as she looked at him curiously once more.





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