Captive In The Dark

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Jun 15

Captive In The Dark... Part 20 (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 37 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: 39 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: 36 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: 35 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: 44 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.

Jun 23

Captive In The Dark... Part 25 (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 41 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.

Jun 26

Captive In The Dark... Part 26 (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 44 times)

“What, no! I don’t have anything to do with that.” Abhay said as he looked at Khushi in shock, he had never thought that she could think something like this about him, yes he agreed he had done terrible things but he would never harm someone.

“She tried to commit suicide Khushi and as much as I know her, she wasn’t the kind of a girl who could do that, and I have a feeling like Natasha has something to do with it, but I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.” Abhay said.

“I also have the same feeling, I don’t know but this doesn’t just look like suicide but we can only get our answers after she wakes up, because she’s the only one who knows the truth.” Khushi said.

“She will wake up soon, her doctor said she’s been improving much recently.”

“So keeping that aside, why are you pretending to be dead Abhay? What does that have to do with all of this? And you told me she blackmailed you to sleep with her but then after we broke up, why did you have to get married to her?”

“Because after we broke up, she came to me saying she was sorry and everything, she even told me she would explain everything to you and maybe you’d forgive me, so I trusted her and she lied to me that she had talked to you but you still dint want to forgive me, you dint even want to see my face.

I was so hurt and broken, I lost you when I did everything I could to keep you, she was with me all that time, she pretended to be so good to me and then one day she told me that she was pregnant.

I dint believe her but she showed me the reports and she even took me to the hospital, we met a doctor and she confirmed it too, she suggested we should get married and I thought I had lost you already and I want the baby to get a good life, not where people would taunt the baby of having an unmarried mother or something, so I decided to get married to her.

After a few month of our marriage, I found out that she had lied to me about her pregnancy, she had paid the doctor to lie to me and got fake reports, I felt stupid, I mean I knew she was a terrible person and yet I believed her.

When she found out that I had learnt the truth, she started making my life hell because I wanted to leave her, I wanted divorce but she refused, she blackmailed me that if I even thought about it she would ruin me, she would send me to jail by lying about some domestic violence to the police.

I was scared Khushi, we both know that she’s capable of anything and pretending that I had been hitting her and stuff wasn’t going to be a big deal for her, I was trapped, I just wanted a way out of the marriage.”

“So she doesn’t know you’re alive? Is that why you pretended to be dead? So that you could get rid of her?”

“Yes, I planned the accident and everything and she believed I was dead, and then I was free, I made sure never to come back here until I heard about Kiran’s accident.

I tried so much not to be here but I couldn’t just stop myself so I came back, and I keep on checking on her every now and then, my life has become a living hell Khushi, I have to live hiding from her.” Abhay said sadly.

Seriously, what was this Natasha made of? For a moment she couldn’t believe that she was her sister, how could she be such a terrible person? How could she ruin all this lives together? Hers, Abhay’s and even Arnav and Kiran’s. Maybe there were even more people out there who she dint know about.

“Now I don’t have a doubt, I’m a hundred percent sure she had something to do with Kiran being in this state.” Khushi said.

“Me too, and I’ve been trying to find out things, and I learnt that she got married to Kiran’s boyfriend, she was so obsessed with him she wanted to be with him, I think she even talked to Kiran about it once but I’m not really sure, I’m just hoping she wakes up so that we can finally solve this mystery.” Abhay said.

“If she had something to do with it, why would she want her to wake up? Now that even her doctors are saying that her condition is getting better, I’m sure Natasha will do something because she knows once Kiran wakes up it would be difficult for her to hold Arnav in that marriage.”

“But why did Arnav get married to her? That’s something I don’t understand.”

“Neither do I, but I’m sure she must have something on him, maybe she’s blackmailing him or something, I’ll have to find out.”

“Then do that and meanwhile I’ll make sure I keep an eye on Kiran so that nobody would try to harm her.” Abhay said as he stood up while Khushi nodded in agreement.

She had to do everything she could to know why Arnav was with Natasha when he himself hated her so much.

“I’ll get going before anyone sees me, and please promise me you’ll keep this a secret, at least until Kiran wakes up.”

“Don’t worry, she won’t know you are alive.” Khushi assured him.


Khushi walked out of the car as she headed inside the mansion, she heard sounds of people talking and thought her dad might have brought some colleague home like usual but when she headed to the hall, she was in for a surprise.

She found Arnav there with her father, they both were engrossed in some serious chat that they dint even notice her arrival.

“Arnav, how come you are here at this time? Is everything okay?” Khushi asked him worriedly.

“Yeah, everything is fine, actually you left from the office early and I forgot to get some documents signed by you, I have to hand the over early tomorrow morning so I thought I’ll pass by and get your signature on them, but when I came you weren’t around and uncle suggested I wait.”

“Oh, okay you both carry on with your conversation, I’ll just freshen up then sign them.”

“No worried, they’re quite some pages, you’ll get tired reading them.” Arnav giggled.

“You’ve read them?” Khushi asked

“Yeah of course, I had to make sure everything was okay before I brought them to you.”

“Well then I don’t think I need to read them, anyway see you in a while.” She smiled as she headed upstairs to freshen up.


Arnav was sited in the same place typing something on his phone when Khushi walked downstairs dressed in her pajamas, she settled down next to him as he stopped doing whatever he was and turned to look at her.

“Where’s dad?” she asked as she looked around.

“He got a call I think form work so he had to rush somewhere, he told me to inform you that he’ll be back late.”

“Oh okay, anyway give me the papers I’ll sign them, you must also be getting late for home, I’m sorry you had to wait, you could have just called me instead.”

“It’s okay.” Arnav said as he pulled out a document from his bag and handed them to Khushi, she started signing them page by page and then when she was done, she handed them back to Arnav.

“Arnav, how many times do I have to tell you, I know I am beautiful, so now can you stop staring at me.” She said as she caught him staring at her in awe.

“You are right, I was just wondering how can someone manage to look so beautiful even in their pajamas.” He smiled as he put the documents inside the bag and stood up.

“Thank you.” Khushi blushed as she stared at the floor, just a compliment from him was making her feel butterflies in her stomach.

“Thank you for trusting me, I dint know you trusted me enough to sign documents without reading just because I had read them.” Arnav said.

“You are the only friend I have Arnav, if I wouldn’t trust you, who else would I?”

Arnav nodded as he kept on staring at her, there was something like an invisible string tied to him that was continuously pulling him towards her.

He dint feel like leaving, he wanted to stay back and just look at her and spend time with her, being with her always made him forget every problem, he felt happy with her.

The wind blew in through the window making her open hair fall on her face, he stepped closer towards her as he tucked them behind her ears, his hand still on her cheeks, he kept on staring into her eyes while she stared back at him.

He took another step closer towards her and leaned towards her, he brushed his thumb lightly on her lips, they were intoxicating him, he wanted to forget about everything for a moment and just kiss her, but in his mind her knew this wouldn’t be right, he had to control his desires.

“Arnav.” Khushi said in a whisper as she stepped back from him, he stared at her in confusion but then just turned around and walked away in a hurry.

Jun 27

Captive In The Dark... Part 27 (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 51 times)

Arnav walked inside the Oberoi mansion hoping Natasha would be asleep, it was quite late anyway and Natasha never compromised with her beauty sleep.

He had just stepped inside when he heard Natasha’s voice as if she was just timing when he would walk inside and start barking on him.

“Looks like Khushi’s house is more interesting to you nowadays, you’ve been spending much time with her there.” Natasha said.

She was sited on the couch, holding a remote in her hand, she looked at Arnav who was standing frozen in one place, she threw the remote on the couch and walked towards him.

She stood in front of him looking at him from top to bottom with a smirk on her face, she dint seem angry about him being at Khushi’s house, in fact she seemed curious and excited making him wonder why.

“Are you spying on me now?” Arnav asked raising his eyebrow.

“Of course, you are very precious to me Arnav, I have to make sure you are safe, anyway that’s not the topic, we were talking about you being at Khushi’s house.”

“There’s nothing to talk about it.” He shrugged, he gave her an angry glare and tried to walk away but she got hold of his hand and pulled him back.

“Oh I know it’s a very personal topic but I am your wife and at least I should be knowing who my husband is sleeping around with shouldn’t I? I mean I knew it since before Khushi would want revenge from me but I dint know she could lure you so easily, how many times have you slept with her Arnav?” She glared into his eyes, this time she wasn’t curious anymore, instead she looked angry.

Arnav shoved off her hand from his and looked at her with a disgusting look, there was nothing he could do about this woman.

“Poor Kiran, when she wake up, she’ll realize it was better if she was dead because when she was lying in the hospital bed fighting with death and life, her love Arnav was sleeping with Khushi.” Natasha made a sad face.

“You know every time you say something I always think this is the worst thing I’ll ever hear from you but every time you manage to surprise me by saying worse than I thought. You make me wonder, how can anyone be so disgusting?” Arnav said angrily.

“That question should be for you Arnav, how can you be so disgusting, sleeping around with three ladies, firstly Kiran, then me and now Khushi, I bet you must be having fun!”

“Just get lost before I lose my temper and kill you! You know it’s until time Kiran woke up and I’ll get rid of you from my life forever!” Arnav shouted at her, he walked away from her and headed upstairs before he lost his anger because he knew it could bring terrible consequences.

How did he even manage to get married to this woman knowing how terrible she was? If it wasn’t for Kiran, he would have never been with her.


It was past midnight but Khushi couldn’t sleep, after her meeting with Abhay and after learning the truth, she really had a gut feeling that Natasha definitely had something to do with Kiran being in hospital.

There was no way it was just a coincidence that Abhay, Kiran, Arnav and Natasha were all connected, the only connection between them was Natasha.

She opened her laptop and googled about Kiran and Arnav, although she dint manage to find much details about it, she found out that Kiran and Arnav both used to work in Natasha’s company, but then after that nothing more.

How was she supposed to even figure out the truth? What was it that made Arnav get married to her? Did it have anything to do with Kiran? It was for sure she was blackmailing him about something and maybe if she talked to him and found out what it was, she could at least be able to help him get out of that trap.

She kept on staring Arnav’s photo on the screen that had showed up when she googled about him, it was an old photo of him, he looked pretty young in it, she couldn’t stop admiring him, and how perfectly he was made.

Working with him for so long and being friend with him, she had never even noticed how beautifully he was made.

The more time passed, the deeper her feelings grew for him and she couldn’t stop being sad about it, there was nothing right about loving him, not that it was wrong to fall in love with him, but she knew her love was one sided and in the end she was the one going to be hurt but then she loved him so much already all she wanted to do was set him free from Natasha so that he could live a happy life.

Not a life where he would have to spend his days looking at her face and regretting getting married to her for whatever reasons he had.

She shut the laptop and laid on her bed, she hugged her pillow tight and closed her eyes trying to get some sleep but all she could get was Arnav’s image in her mind.


Arnav woke up earlier than usual, he wanted to finish all his house work and leave before Natasha woke up because he dint want to see her face or even talk to her after whatever nonsense she said yesterday.

He quickly took a shower and cooked breakfast, he had his share of it and then headed off to the hospital to visit Kiran, he had like an hour before he had to go to work and he figured it would be best if he spent some time with her.

“You look like you dint get enough sleep.” Zara said when she spotted him heading towards Kiran’s room.

“Just been worried about her, how’s she doing?” Arnav stopped opposite her as he looked at Zara hopefully, Kiran had been lying on the same hospital bed for years in coma, it was high time she woke up now because she was the only one who could save him from all the mess in his life.

“Getting better day by day, she might wake up anytime soon, are you excited, you’ll get to see her being okay once again, walking and talking and being with you?” Zara asked with a huge smile on her face, she looked so confident and she really believe that Kiran was going to wake up soon.

“I am nervous to be honest.” Arnav said.

“Why nervous?”

“I don’t know what will happen? I don’t know how I’ll even face her and tell her about all the things that have occurred in the past, as much as I want her to wake up, I’m scared of wondering what would happen when she wakes up.”

“I know that feelings, I’ve seen many people around here going through same feelings but don’t worry, everything is going to be fine.”

“I hope so.” Arnav smiled, he headed to Kiran’s room while Zara headed to check up on her other patients.

Arnav sat down on his usual place as he looked at her, he stared at her beautiful face and wondered when he was going to get to see her smiling again, she had a beautiful smile.

He held her had in his and pressed it in between both his hands.

“Please wake up Kiran, it’s been so long, I miss you, I don’t think I’ll even be able to manage another day without you, I feel so weak now, so messed up and you’re the only one who can make me feel better again, please just wake up.” Arnav begged her.

He sat next to her telling her lots of things, reminding her of their past memories, how they met, how they fell in love and how many dreams they had about getting married and spending the rest of their lives together.

All the images were still fresh in his mind as if it had happened just yesterday, he remembered how happy she was whenever she talked about their future together, he had never seen her being tired of life or being sad in a way that she could have actually managed to take her own life.

As hard as that was to believe, he knew it was the bitter truth he had to accept.

“Arent you getting late to work?” Zara asked as she walked inside the room.

“I was just leaving, you here to check up on her?” Arnav asked as he stood up.

Zara nodded positively as he smiled at her faintly and then walked out of the room, another day passed like that and she dint wake up yet, as much as he hoped she was going to wake up after his conversation with Zara earlier, he also felt scared wondering what if she was never going to?

He was lost in all those thoughts when he heard someone calling him out, he turned around and found a nurse running behind him, he stopped and looked at her in confusion.

“Dr. Zara sent me to you, we have good news for you, she finally woke up.” The nurse said leaving Arnav in awe, for a moment he couldn’t believe it was even true, did she actually wake up? He rushed back to her room excitedly.

Jun 30

Captive In The Dark... Part 28 (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 46 times)

Arnav stopped at the door when his eyes met with Kiran’s who was sited on the bed while Zara checked her up, she smiled at him as tears started forming up in her eyes.

“Arnav.” She said as the tears rolled down her cheeks, she was happy to see him.

Arnav rushed towards her as he pulled her into a tight hug, he broke the hug and cupped her face and he stared her deep into the eyes.

“You’re okay?” He asked.

“Yes, I am okay, and I’m here with you.” She smiled at him, the tears still running down.

“You have no idea how much I’ve missed you, you’ve been here for God knows how long, I don’t know even how to explain how happy I am to see you again, I love you so much.” He pulled her into a hug again.

“I love you too Arnav.” She said breaking the hug, she looked him into the eyes once again.

“Then why did you do this? Why did you decide to leave me? What would have happened to me if I lost you Kiran? Do you even know how much the thought of that scares me?” Arnav asked.

She suddenly looked away from him, she dint know what to say, she dint want to explain what had happened, she dint even want to think about it for now, all she wanted to do was to spend time with Arnav without talking about anything related to the past.

“Can we not have this discussion right now please? I will explain everything to you Arnav, but just not today, maybe tomorrow?”

“Okay, I’ll just call Khushi and inform her I won’t be going to work today, I’ll be back in a minute okay?”

Kiran nodded at him as he walked out of the room dialing Khushi’s number on his phone, he was so happy he wanted to share the good news with her too, after all despite he, she was the only other person who ever came to visit Kiran, even though they dint know each other.

“Khushi!” Arnav said in his excited voice as soon as she received the call.

“I see someone sounds too happy, what’s the good news?” Khushi asked.

“How did you know?”

“That there’s a good news? Of course I’ll know Arnav, have you heard your voice? Just the way you mentioned my name, I had to know it was something good, now come on stop wasting time and tell me about it.” Khushi smiled.

“Khushi… Kiran, she’s awake, I came to see her and she wasn’t awake yet but then I was about to leave and she woke up and I can’t tell you how happy I am to see her well again, I’m just so happy I can’t even explain.”

“I know how happy you are Arnav, your voice explains it all.” Khushi said.

“I just called to tell you I won’t be able to come to work today, I want to be her, she’s woken up after so long, I have a lot of things to talk to her about, I hope you don’t mind.”

“No stupid, why would I mind? You stay there and be with her, I was also heading to work, I’ll see if I can manage to come visit her right now or else I’ll come in the evening.”

“Okay, I’ll see you then, got to go now, bye.” He disconnected the call and rushed back inside Kiran’s room, as much as he was happy that she was awake, he was also happy that now, he wouldn’t have to pay Kiran’s hospital bills which meant he could get rid of his marriage with Natasha and everything was going to be fine again.

“You got another job? You left the previous one?” Kiran asked when he walked in and settled down next to her.

“How did you know?”

“When you said you were going to call Khushi and inform her you’ll not go to work today, as far as I remember we used to work for Natasha right?” Kiran said.

“Yeah but… Look, there’s something I have to tell you, I know it will hurt you so much but I need you to understand me please, I did it all for you only.”

“Stop scaring me now Arnav, what is it?”

“That day after I found you in the bathroom, I rushed you here and got you admitted, but then you were in coma and I wasn’t able to afford paying your daily hospital bills Kiran, they said if I wouldn’t pay the bills on time, you wouldn’t get any treatment and at that moment I dint know what to do, so Natasha came to me with an offer.”

“What kind of an offer? You’re scaring me more now, I know nothing related to her can ever be good.” Kiran asked worriedly.

“She wanted me to get married to her and do as she says, only then she would pay your hospital bills, at first I was so angry, I even threw her out of the house, there was no way that was going to happen, I thought I’d figure something else out, I tried a lot of things, I tried to get help, to get a loan but nothing worked.

Your condition was worsening day by day and I had to save you at any cost and at that moment, I saw it like she was the only one who could help me so unwillingly I had no agree.”

“No!” Kiran nodded negative as she broke down into tears once again.

“Yes Kiran, I got married to her but please understand, I dint do it because I loved her or anything, she’s the woman I hate the most, but to save you I had to do it.”

“She always had her eyes on you and this way she managed to defeat me Arnav didn’t she? You now belong to her!” She cried.

“No, I only belong to you, I have always loved you Kiran, I still do, please trust me on that, and as far as the marriage is concerned, I was going to leave her as soon as you woke up because I wouldn’t need her to pay your bill anymore, so I am going to end the marriage. I’ll still be with you.”

“And you want me to be okay with that Arnav? Look at me, you’ve been married to her since I’ve been here, I don’t know how long I’ve been here but I know it’s been pretty long, and you… you must have even slept with her…

No! Even the thought of it hurts me, she always wanted you, she always tried to snatch you from me and I always told her that my Arnav would never leave me for her, but I was wrong Arnav, you now belong to her because you are married to her.”

“So then what was I supposed to do Kiran, leave you alone to die?” Arnav shouted angrily.

Kiran looked at him in shock, and just then the door opened as Khushi walked in, she looked at Arnav the same way Kiran was looking at him right now.

“Calm down, I’ll talk to her okay?” Khushi said to Arnav.

“But you don’t even know anything Khushi, what will you talk to her about?”

“I heard your conversation and I know enough to explain things to her, please just leave me alone with her for a while, I promise everything will be fine.”

Arnav nodded positively as he headed outside the room leaving Khushi alone with Kiran, Khushi walked towards her and settled down next to her.

“You don’t know me Kiran, but I do know you, of course, through Arnav, I’m Khushi by the way and he works in my company… look I know it’s all your personal matters and it’s between you and him but I think you aren’t trying to understand him.

Of course you are hurt, you are supposed to be hurt but then you have to understand him, he did it all for you, to keep you safe and just because he’s married to Natasha doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love you right? He has always loved you, he still does and that’s what should matter, he never stopped loving you, his marriage with Natasha was a forced marriage Kiran so I don’t see why you are so angry on him.”

“Because she did what she had promised me, she snatched him away from me.”

“No she dint, because Arnav still loves you, he doesn’t feel a thing for her, if you want to hate on anybody then hate Natasha because she deserves that but I hope you’ll forgive Arnav and try to understand him, he did it so that you could get treatment.”

“I know, but I think I’ll just need some time so that I can actually digest that fact.”

“I hope you do, because he’s been waiting for so long for you to wake up and trust me, I’ve seen him, I’ve seen how much he loves you.” Khushi smiled at her and then turned around to walk away.

She headed out and sent Arnav back inside as she stood outside leaning on the wall, she had her eyes shut as she tried her best not to cry, as much as this was hurting her, she had to live with the fact that Arnav was always meant for Kiran, not for her.

She rushed back to the car wiping her tears so that Arnav dint find her here crying like a baby, because if he asked her questions, she knew she had no answers.

Hello everyone!! Sorry for updating late, i've just been a little bit busy this week and this is the last update of the week, you'll get regular updates from monday onwards because this weekend my best friend is getting married so i'm going to have some fun

Jul 3

Captive In The Dark... Part 29 (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 43 times)

Arnav walked back into the room and sat beside Kiran, he held her hand in his and stared at her, he couldn’t explain how happy he was that she was finally okay.

“I am sorry Arnav, I know I should have understood you but…”

“It’s okay, you don’t have to apologize for anything, if I would be at your place I would have been angry too.”

“Anyway, so when do I get to go home?”

“I don’t know, I’ll ask Zara and make sure it’s soon and I’ll also start the divorce processing, I don’t want to spend any minute from now onwards with Natasha.” Arnav gritted his teeth angrily.

“Do you think she would let you go so easily? She was obsessed with you Arnav, she even tried blackmailing me a lot of times to leave you.” Kiran asked worriedly.

“I will manage, I know how to deal with her so don’t be worried okay?”

“Okay.” She smiled. Just then Arnav’s phone rang, he looked at the screen, it was a call from Khushi, he stood up and walked aside as he received the call.


“Hello, are you Arnav?” A ladies voice came, but it wasn’t Khushi’s.

“Yes I am, and who are you? Why do you have Khushi’s phone?”

“I am at the accident site, her car met with an accident and both the driver and her are unconscious, your number was on her speed dial so I called you, we’re taking her to the city hospital, please be there soon.” The lady said and then she disconnected the call.

The phone fell down from Arnav’s hand as he stood the in shock for a moment and then he picked it up and rushed towards the door when Kiran called him out.

“Arnav! What happened?” She asked.

“It’s Khushi, her car met with an accident, I am sorry but I have to go, I don’t know if she’s fine or not, I hope she is.” And with that he rushed out of the room looking like he had just lost a million dollars which left Kiran thinking about a lot of things.

It looked like, things weren’t like they were before, everything in Arnav’s life had changed so much and unlike before, she wasn’t the only important person in his life.


Arnav rushed inside the city hospital as he asked the receptionist about Khushi, he then headed to the room where she was admitted in, he kept on praying for her safety and hoping she was alright.

He stopped outside the room nervously, he dint know what was waiting for him inside, it was just today that Kiran had woken up, he dint want Khushi to be in a bad state, why did it all always happen to him? the people who were so important to him always ended up getting hurt.

He pushed the door open and rushed inside, Khushi was sited on the bed while the nurse was finishing tying up a plaster on her leg.

“Khushi!” He rushed towards her and sat beside her as he looked at her leg worried, he got hold of her hand while she stared back at him in confusion, how was he even here? How did he know she was here?

“How did this happen?” he asked worriedly.

“I don’t know, I was busy on my phone and then suddenly I heard a crashing sound and then everything went blank, I woke up here just a few minutes ago.”

The nurse stood up and walked away after she was done with her work leaving behind the both of them alone, Arnav moved closer to Khushi and pulled her into a tight hug leaving her more surprised.

“I am so glad you are okay Khushi, you have no idea what sort of strange thoughts had been crossing my mind since I heard about your accident, I was scared, I… I thought I’d lose you, but I am so happy that you are fine now.”

“Why were you scared Arnav?” Khushi asked as she broke the hug and looked him into the eyes, with the hope that maybe, maybe he felt the same way she felt for him.

“What kind of a stupid question is that Khushi? You are my friend obviously I’ll be scared to lose you.”

“Okay fine, anyway I am okay apart from the leg injury but I’ve called dad, he’ll be here soon to pick me up, you can go back to Kiran, she’s woken up after so long, I’m sorry I took you away from her.”

“Is today your stupid talks day or what? Kiran is important to me Khushi and so are you, I was with her and now I’m here with you, I care about you as much as I care about her.”

“Why?” Khushi asked again.

“You know what, I think you’ve had some internal brain injury, stop asking me stupid questions and lie down on the bed, I’m not leaving until your dad arrives and I’m sure there’s someone here to take care of you.”

Khushi stared at him for a moment, what if he dint love her, at least he cared about her, he gave her as much importance as he gave to Kiran, and maybe that was going to me enough for her, she knew from when she realized about her feelings that she would never get the chance to be with Arnav anyway.

She pulled him into a hug and held him tight in her arms, only if things between them had been different then maybe she’d had a chance to be with him, a chance to be loved in return by the man she loved.

“Khushi!” Ravi opened the door to her room and rushed inside worriedly.

“Oh calm down dad, I am fine, don’t be another Arnav please.” Khushi giggled as she looked at Arnav who gave her an angry glare.

“How did this happen? Look at your leg, it’s hurt, does it pain much?” He sat next to her and examined her for injuries, Arnav walked towards the door as he waved a goodbye to Khushi and left while Khushi kept on staring at the direction continuously.

“What happened, you look lost, does it hurt?” Ravi asked.

“Yes dad, it does hurt, being in love with someone who doesn’t love you and being in love with someone you know you would never be with, if that’s what you are asking, yes dad it hurts more than the leg injury.” Khushi said sadly.

“You told him about your feelings?”

“No, I can’t dad, he has a girlfriend who was in coma and had woken up now, I can’t do that to her, I can’t be another Natasha. He’s got his happiness after so long dad, I don’t want to do anything to take it away from him.”

“Oh Khushi, I wish I could help…” He pulled her into a hug and held her tight in his arms as she broke down into tears, she dint know if she was ever going to get used to the fact that no matter what, Arnav was never going to be with her.


“What are you doing here?” Arnav asked.

He had just walked into Kiran’s room and he was shocked to find Natasha sited there talking to her, he got hold of her arm and pushed her out of the room as he shut the door behind leaving Kiran inside, he dint want her to feel hurt every time she saw this woman who had ruined their lives.

“Oh, I heard that she was awake so I came to see her, don’t you think it’s generous of me to come and see my Husband’s girlfriend in the hospital? You have to admit Arnav, no wife does that.” She smirked.

“Oh then here’s the breaking news Natasha, we’re getting divorced, I don’t need any money from you any more so you aren’t my wife, our deal is over today.”

“Oh I know that, but hey, I got what I wanted so no regrets but just out of curiosity, will you get what you want?” She raised her eyebrow.

“What do you mean?”

“Isn’t it strange that Kiran woke up after like ages and instead of being with her you went to meet Khushi? Makes me wonder who’s more terrible, me or my sister.”

“Of course you are terrible, there’s no comparison between you and Khushi, she’s like and angel and you, a devil.”

“You see, the way you always defend her, I have this strong feeling that Kiran might experience a heartbreak pretty soon.” Natasha smirked as she walked away leaving Arnav behind with thoughts.

He defended her because she was his friend, there was no way whatever Natasha was saying was going to be true, him and Khushi were just friends, there were no feelings attached.

He kept on repeating the same thing in his mind over and over again but somewhere deep inside his heart kept disagreeing.

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