FF - The Desperate Kingdom Of Love

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May 19

Chapter 36 - THE THOUGHTS THAT CROSS MY HEART- (19 MAY,2017) - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 33 times)



hey guyssss,

I am here with the Updateeeeee!!!

Thank you so so so so much for your support and love, you all know how much it means to me, and i could never explain the gratitude in words…you all know who you are…thanks guys for your loyalty, for your love, for sticking by me as i take you through the fiction in my head.

Ok, so guys, this one is like eInsanely Long ok….15,000 words, so it happened as i was writing, that a few scenes just kept getting added in my head…

Please let me know what you guys think!!!

And of course, Happy Weekend to you all.

Much Love

Prachi

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Chapter 36 - The Thoughts That Cross My Heart



Very Often

Im sure we all wonder

At Some Point in Our Lives

If this tiny little fist shaped organ

Whose Core Job is to Pump Blood into our body

Has a Mind of Its Own



For The Heart Can Feel

It’s the Emperor of Our emotions

And the Heart Surely Can Think

For how else can we explain the thoughts, it often slamdunks into our Brains

How else could there be an explaination for those, Thoughts that Cross Our Hearts??



And only the Heart knows Where,

And in which corner of its Chambers, is That mastermind, that operates the software that rules our beings



And only the Heart knows Why, this Mastermind has the Power that it has, that power that makes us mere puppets in its hands



And only the Heart Knows How, does it Mangae to work overtime, for probably every second of our Lives,

Pumping Blood and Igniting emotions

And Processing and Controlling those Million Thoughts

Those Zillion Thoughts That Cross Our Hearts.



………….



The Hospital - Zoya’s Suite



Zoya heard the Nurse say - “ ill be right outside on my station, just ring the bell if you need anything….”



Zoya nodded,and she watched her leave, and she shut the room to her door.



Asad looked at Zoya, they were finally alone, not for long he knew, because Anjali di would call him soon to get Zoya, to her mother’s suite which was on this floor,and he knew this was what Zoya wanted and probably needed too, right now, in this moment, to be with her mother.



He noticed her wiping a tear out of her eye, as she looked away from him , breaking the eye lock, the intensity of the moment was driving him insane, for now that he was finally alone with her, he didn't know how to find the right words to say to her, even though a zillion thoughts were crossing his heart in that one moment.



He saw her wipe another tear of her other eye, as she stared at her hands, looking down at them,and he knew it, for he could sense the pain and the agony that was giving rise to those tears.



Some thoughts told him, to bury himself in her arms, and never let go, and shelter himself back in the shadow of her Love

Some thoughts told him, not to worry about how they had broken each others hearts, and just love her insane,just like he did,before he had let the darkness over take him.

Some thoughts told him to just listen to his emotions, and go back to the dream of a life,they had built.

But at the same time,

Some thoughts told him, that something was different about her silence right now

Some thoughts told him, that he desperately needed to know what was on her mind.

Some thoughts told him,that reality had struck and those dreams had been broken

That he was the one who had burned all bridges

And now, he just didn't know how to walk towards her

And lessen the distance

That stood marked in between of them.



He Closed his eyes for a brief second, and decided to follow his gut instinct as he walked up to her ,and sat next to her, and held her hand, catching her by surprise as she looked at him and their eyes Locked,and he whispered softly - “ we have so much to talk about Zoya…”



Zoya looked at him, as she fought her own battle of emotions and she looked away as she whispered - “ do we?? do we really??”



Asad looked at her in worry, and he asked softly - “ of course….don’t you think so??”



Zoya said honestly - “ i dont know, I mean, i dont know what to say, i dont know if theres anything else left to say….”



Asad knew where this was coming from, but he took a deep breathe, as he put a hand in his pocket and took out the ring and he held it in front of her as he whispered - “ they handed it to me yesterday, but this isn't where it belongs….”, and he picked up her hand,as he started to make her wear it, and she pulled her hand back to his shock, and took the ring from his hand, as she rubbed her fingers over it, and looked at it ,and she was sure the raw emotion was evident in her voice as she said - “ theres a small blood stain on it, its my blood, I know….”



Asad nodded,and he took it from her and he rubbed it clean,wondering how a stain was still left, he had cleaned it earlier,and just as he was about to make her wear it again, she pulled her hand away again, and he looked at her as he asked, sure the pained emotion was visible in his voice too - “ Zoya??”



Zoya took a deep breathe as she said - “ I wish, I wish it were so easy to wipe the stains,that Life has thrown our way Asad,and go back in time, i wish it were that easy, but it isnt, for some stains always remain, infact the harder you try to rub them off, the more visible they get….”



Asad closed his eyes as he fought his emotions,and he looked at her as he said - “ im sorry…Zoya, i wasn't thinking straight, it was as if some darkness had consumed me…I am sorry I forced you into signing those damm annulment papers, i cant explain what came over me, but I cant tell you how sorry I am…please tell me where are the papers, ill tear them apart and burn them first thing….”



Zoya looked at him, the emotion was there on his face and the regret was genuine and she said - “ I know that you are…i know that you are sorry, but its too late….”



Asad - “ what do you mean??”



Zoya looked at him as she said - “ I had Aman file the papers in court, i has asked him to come see me early morning at the Hotel, and I went to see Khushi after…”,and she paused, because of the broken expression on his face and she said looking away - “ you wanted me out of your house, out of your Life, you didn't want anything to do, you were so sure,and I knew there was probably nothing that would change your mind, so there was no point in delaying it anyway,so i filed them,and in a way its for the best, I'm sure our file is already in process….you should be happy Asad, isn't it what you wanted??”



Asad fought for words,he didn't know what to say, but he said - “ Zoya, I…”



Zoya interupted him as she asked softly - “ you didn't want me in your Life then, and i guess thats how it should remain Asad, I know I hurt you, I broke your heart…and like you had said, i probably deserve it, or probably do deserve much worse, and maybe just maybe my life thinks so too, thats why probably all of this happened to me, and to us….”



Asad didnt know what emotion took him over as he pulled her into a crushing hug , as he said - “ no, Zoya, please say anything but that, I know I screwed up big time, but no we didn't deserve this, we didn't deserve to loose our child, and you definitely dont deserve what happened….”



Zoya pulled out of his hug as she felt him a wipe a tear out of her eye and she said honestly, holding his hand -“ I screwed up too, we both screwed up big time, and i dont want to go back and think about it, for we cant change what happened,and like i said,its too late i already filed the annulment…its over…we are over….”



Asad cupped her face as he said - “and i dont care about whether you filed it, no Zoya, we aren't over,you and me are not over….I won't allow this to happen…i will not”



Zoya looked at him broken as she felt tears fall her eyes - “ why??? what do you want from me??? why?? you wanted me out of your Life, you wanted to leave me…you said you could never look at me the same way again,or probably feel the same  way again, then what has changed now?? what has changed?? is it my accident…?? I know it is that, and the aftermath of it, and you are feeling guilty and regret, but no, I don't want your sympathy, or your pity…”



Asad look at her and gaped at her in shock, but he controlled his emotions as he understood that it was natural for her to feel this way and he cupped her face as he made her look at him - “ look at me Zoya, i said, im sorry, i said, i screwed up, big time, but you have to know, that im not talking out of regret or guilt or sympathy or pity right now, im talking out of love, the love that I feel for you, because i have realised that I was wrong, i was so wrong, i should have known, i should have seen and found that light in my heart to forgive you, for whats one or two mistakes when it comes to Love…but I know, you have it in you , for your heart is bigger than mine, i know you have it in your heart to forgive me, Zoya the past is out and me and Arnav have sorted things out, hes forgiven me too, please just find that light in your heart to forgive me,and i promise ill make it all ok, theres no obstacle in our way this time around Zoya, no haunting past, no ememity, nothing….we can start afresh….I know we can….”



Zoya looked at him straight in the eye as she said softly,and honestly everything inside of her was breaking, tears falling off her eyes - “ a obstacle exists, the obstacle is that my heart is shattered, its butchered, it lies all scattered in peices, wounded, hurt and bruised,all that anger you unleashed on me and the annulment came as a brutal blow to my heart, and of course then the accident, the miscarriage, and this condition with my leg,it came and swept everything off me like a storm,of whatever was left off me,and now I just feel lost, like iv never felt before, i dont know how am i going to start moving on, I know i have too, i cant stand still, i have to get up, i have to fight, i have to find myself again, but its a battle that i will fight alone Asad…..look don't make it more hard for me than it already is…please….”



Asad cupped her face with both his hands as he rubbed her cheek tenderly and he asked softly - “ why do you want to push me away?? I need you Zoya….you know i need you in my Life….please forgive me…please…i wasn't thinking, i don't know what made me think i could go on without you, I can’t, i just can’t…..”


Zoya looked into his eyes, the emotion that it was stirring inside of her, forgiveness, was she doing this because she couldn't forgive him?? of course not.She knew it was only a matter of time, and in her heart she would forgive him, but she was doing this, because what she had said was true, she was lost and numb like she had never felt before,she had no clue what her life had in store for her,not anymore,everything was in a mess, nothing could ever be the same…and how could she subject him to a journey in which she only feared that she would hurt him due to her insecurities and anxiety.



She looked into his eyes deeper, of course the tears that shone inside of them were reflecting the pain of his heart, but he only realised this due to her accident, she really wasn't sure, if this was love talking, and not sympathy or guilt.And just as those memories of their final face off came back to her mind, she only felt that this really was Asad’s guilt talking, and it was natural, if she hadn't miscarried he would have probably wanted her back due to obligation , and now he probably wanted her back out of sympathy.



And they had both hurt each other so much, that , the Love he was talking about, was also probably lying around scattered, bruised, butchered, like their hearts. It was probably in a place, from where there was no turning back.



And because she was sure of that fact ,she couldn’t let it happen, what he wanted wasn't possible for now, for that would break everything inside of her,it would break everything that was left off her spirit.



And not just that, she wasn't the same Zoya he had fallen in love with anymore, she was now broken in every way.



Could she expect him to look at her in the same way really??? When she knew she couldn't even look at her own self in the same way as before??



Ofcourse Not.

And so she knew she had to Lie.



She finally looked away as she took his hands off her face - “ please don’t ask me for something that i cant give you anymore….Asad, I dont have anything to give to you, not love, not forgiveness, probably only pain…and I can’t…”,and she choked on her own words, because of the emotion as she picked up the ring he had kept aside on the table, and handed it back to him as she said - “ I cant do this anymore….its over, soon legally too, everything will be over, our marriage will be annulled,and it would be like as if it never happened…so its better if we both just go with the flow, and erase it all off too….nothing is the same anymore, nothing can ever be the same anymore…i am not going to change my decision,forget us Asad, because we both have burned every bridge that could connect us in anyway, and that love, that once used to be is probably lying out there, as butchered and bruised, like our hearts right now…and its probably lost and hidden itself in a place we cannot seek it from…..its too late for us Asad…it is…its better if you accept this truth, the sooner the better it will be for you…”



Asad clutched the ring in his hand, as he fought his emotions, and fought for words, he didn't know what to say right now, when everything inside of him was breaking.



Was it true??



Had they really burned all the bridges??



Was their love really Lost??



Could she never forgive him??



Could nothing ever really be the same??



He didn't know, he didn't know anything right now, and before he could say anything further, his phone rang, and he picked it up to hear Anjali di,asking him to get Zoya to her mothers room and he said, composing himself - “ ok di, yes, ill just get her….”, and he hung up as he looked at Zoya and he said, putting the ring back in his pocket - “ its time to see your mother Zoya…”



Zoya rang the bell and right then the Nurse came in, and she said - “ i dont have a crutch right now, and I cant walk on both my feet, could you please bring me a wheelchair, id like to go see my mother….shes in the other suite on this floor”



The Nurse gave her a small smile and she said - “ ofcourse, give me 5 minutes, ill just be back…”



Asad watched Zoya shift in bed, as she looked away, and he could see the effort she was making as she touched her left thigh and was probably trying to make it move.



He didn't know what thought that had crossed his heart in that one moment made him act on impulse,as he immediately bent forward and scooped Zoya in his arms,and he was shocked as he realised that she felt so light ,and she looked at him in shock as she tried to fight his arms and she said with irritation in her voice - “ what are you doing?? put me back on the bed…she will be here in five minutes….put me down, you can't possibly carry me like this in front of my family, don't you get it, nothing that you do, or you say, can ever make anything alright in between of us, its over Asad, for good…what part of I don't want anything to do with you, you don't understand….”



Asad closed his eyes for a brief second fighting the pain, that her words inflicted on his already butchered and broken heart, but he didn't put her down,and he looked at her briefly, as he carried her in his arms and then masked his emotions as he looked straight ahead and he said,stepping out - “ I clearly understand Zoya, but i guess its only fair, you'v waited almost half your life to see your mother, and she wants to see you too,i dont think any of you should be kept apart a minute longer….”



Zoya had felt a zillion emotions go through her heart as she had felt him scoop her in his arms as if she were his delicate doll,but she masked her emotions with irritation and spoke everything she didn't really mean, and as she registered in his taut face,she knew she had hurt him right now,and probably she would have to hurt him a lot more, and push him over that edge, so that he could leave her alone, to face the mess, that her Life was.



She wanted him,still, every part of her yearned for him,and she probably always would want him just like she would want oxygen, but was that enough right now??



Ofcourse not.



Because, sometimes, in Life, it wasn't about what you want, it was about what you need.



An right now,at this point of her Life and its condition, this was what she needed,she needed to fight this battle, alone.



…………………



Kkusum Raizada looked at her family,and then at her son and her daughter, as she wiped her tears and she composed herself,she knew Zoya, her little Zoya would be here through these doors,and she couldn't believe the terrible accident her daughter had been in,she had also lost her baby, and then of course the condition with her leg, but Arnav had explained that Dr Arvind had said, it wasn't as bad as they had feared,and she was glad Dr Arvind was heading her daughters case, and she looked at Arnav as she asked - “Chotte, is Asad with Zoya right now??”



Arnav nodded,and he heard his sister speak - “ yes, i just called him, hes with her….”



Kkusum nodded,and her own mother walked upto her,as she kissed her forehead - “ i know you just woke up, and its too much for you to take in, but we couldn't hide it from you longer, you would know once you saw Zoya…”



KKusum looked at her mother and hugged her - “amma, i’m fine…and im happy you convinced Chotte and Anjali to tell me the whole truth, rather than have them filter it out….”,and she turned to Anjali as she asked - “ is Dilshaad alright?? im sure to see her daughter fighting for her Life, what do the doctors say about Khushi??”



Arnav stiffened,and he let his sister answer to that, as he heard her say - “ she isn't out of danger yet, and also Maa, we havent told Zoya yet….”



Kkusum nodded - “we will all pray, Chotte, track those criminals down…have the left the country for real??”



Arnav - “Maa, Aman is already at it…”



KKusum - “Aman??”



Akash smiled as he walked up and stood in front of his bua - “bua, seriously, thats one thing you surely missed, the bromance between Arnav and his right hand Aman…but to his credit, he's very efficient…”



Arnav rolled his eyes at Akash - “ very funny…”



Payal asked Anjali - “ di, we have to let Zoya know, i mean she will find out, its better if you tell her….”



Anjali nodded - “ I will…”, and right the they all saw the door opened, and Asad walked in carrying Zoya in his arms,and Kkusum Raizada smiled at that sight,as she finally saw her youngest daughter and she saw tears streak down her cheeks as she whispered - “ maa….”,and right then everyone walked a step back,and Asad delicately placed Zoya on the bed next to her mother as he said, looking at everyone - “ the wheelchair would take longer, and i guess it was only fair, Zoya has waited almost all her life for this moment…”



Arnav watched Asad step back,as his mother smiled at Asad,and Zoya immediately hugged her mother,as she whispered - “ Maa, i cant believe I'm finally seeing you after all this while…..”



Kkusum hugged her daughter, her youngest,she was the apple of their eyes, and she felt her hug her tighter,as she started to cry,and sob heavily,and she could only hug her harder to herself,as she brushed her hair and whispered kissing her on the head - “shhhh, Zoya, shh, my daughter is strong, very strong…isnt she???everything will be alright beta, it will be…”



But Zoya couldn't stop crying, how do you stop the flow of emotions in a moment as vulnerable as this.



Arnav looked at Asad out of the corner of his eye, and he saw Asad wipe a tear out of his eye, and he could sense that probably something had happened between him and Zoya before this,and he gestured to his sister to handle it, and she nodded,as she walked a little further sat nears Zoya’s feet on the bed and she touched Zoya’s left leg as she said - “Zoya…compose yourself,please we cant see you like this, you know we can’t….”



Zoya nodded,and she wiped her tears mentally whacking herself for loosing her self like this and sending everyone into  worry, but she cuddled next to her mother closer,and she felt her hug her as her arm went around her shoulder, and she said giving a small smile to everyone , wanting to lighten the moment - “ what do you all expect?? you all got to see Maa before me, i was just crying because I lost my bet to bhai and di, id always tell them that when Maa would finally open her eyes,id make sure that id be the first one she’d see, and not her favorite Chotte…or you di….”



Kkusum smiled through her tears and she touched her daughter’s hand as she said - “ you do know, that this is precisely the reason why your father and me always said that you were the twinkle of our eyes, because even back as a child, you were always the one who was the Life of the house, because of your sparkling spirit…and you will not let this adversity pull you down Zoya….”



Zoya clutched her mothers hand,as she nodded - “ofcourse not, Maa….”



And right then she saw Dilshaad enter through the door, with the solemn look on her face and she asked - “ ammi,wheres Khushi?? first I thought shed be here, and then when i didn't spot her, i just figured she was probably with you, where is she?? why hasn't she come to see me…I know she would have wanted to see me first thing out, why isn't she here????”,and then just as she looked at the solemn faces of her family,and the broken  look on Asad’s face, and the devastated look on her brothers face that he had masked immediately, and she saw Dilshaad sit on the sofa dejected as tears started to fall her eyes, and Zoya realised that something was wrong, very wrong, and she looked at everyone as she asked, sure that her voice was shaking - “ I asked, wheres Khushi, why isn't anyone telling me anything??”



She looked at her sister - “ di???”



And then she looked at Asad and then at her brother,as she asked with fear in her voice - “ I could manage to get the truth out to the two of you…and did you get the recording on my phone….you were able to reach Khushi on time right, please dont tell me that Arhaan took her to germany….please why dont you all speak up….??”



Anjali took a deep breathe as she said - “ of course we heard the recording….but..”



Zoya - “ but what di….”



Anjali sighed as she started to tell Zoya about everything that happened,and then Akash joined her and Zoya listened in a stunned silence,as she looked at Asad’s pale face, and then at her brother as she heard her Akash finish -“ and before we knew it, Mehmet had shot Khushi….and we rushed here as soon as we could….but…”



Zoya felt tears fall down her eyes as she asked - “but what?????wheres Khushi??????what happened to Khushi?????”



Anjali sighed as she said - “shes critical Zoya, she's on life support right now….”



Life Support??



Khushi was on life support right now??

She was fighting for her life??



She looked at Asad,why hadn't he told her any of this before??



She closed her eyes in agony as she whispered, tears starting to fall down her eyes - “ this is my fault, all my fault, i shouldn't have left her alone, i shouldn’t have listened to her, ohhh good Khushi….”



Dilshaad finally composed herself,as she walked up to Zoya,and pulled her into a hug - “ i just saw her, her pulse has improved to 56, which is a good sign , i know Khushi, she will fight this out, and im making myself clear once and for all, i don't want anyone, any of you in this room blaming yourself over what happened to Khushi, it was an accident,theres no point in thinking otherwise, everything will be alright…all we need is faith….”



Kkusum nodded,as she held Zoya and Dilshad’s hand and she said - “yes, all we need is faith….and everything will be alright, it has to be….”



Zoya looked at Asad, as he stood looking into nowhere, and she knew this was a hard time,so she’d have to just put everything else aside for now, until Khushi was better.



Zoya then asked - “and Arhaan?? wheres he??”



Arnav had been standing silently, until then, and he finally spoke - “ I had Aman track them down, and he just messaged me that all three of them,Arhaan, Mehmet and his wife, have left the country….they took the first flight out to Germany…”



Zoya looked at him and then at Asad,as a stunned silence took over the room,and she leaned back into the bed as she asked her sister - “ di, do you think Dr Arvind will allow me to see Khushi?? I need to see her…”



And right then Dr Arvind walked in through the door as he said - “ i think i could make another exception here, but not straight away…maybe later….like in an hour or so…”



Zoya nodded and she heard him say - “why dont you get some rest now Zoya…your reports will be here soon, and in the meanwhile, i need to check your mother too….”



Zoya nodded,and she was about to get up from the bed, just as she saw a nurse walk in behind her with a wheelchair,and she heard the DR say - “do choose a crutch for yourself this evening Zoya…”



Zoya nodded,and she let the nurse help her into the wheelchair and she tried to put all her weight on her right leg as she stood up on it, keeping her left leg a little in the air,but before she knew it she lost balance, and she saw her brother and Asad leap in towards her as they held her by each of her sides and the nurse helped her upfront and she heard her brother say - “take it easy…Zoya….”



Asad looked at her,and their eyes locked for a brief second and he asked softly - “ you ok??”



Zoya nodded,and she said softly - “ im fine…thanks bhai..Asad…but i can handle myself…”,and then she struggled a little on her right foot, but she managed to sit in the wheelchair,and they saw the nurse take her out.



Arnav saw Asad walk out the door, and he looked behind to see Dr Arvind checking his mother, and his family was now occupied,and he walked out with him,and he looked at Asad watching out at Zoya’s back,as he stood in silence, but the longing was on his face,and he said - “ Asad, why do i feel that, her I can handle myself, had a larger implication out here…”



Asad could only look back at Arnav as he said, in a tone that was very dejected - “ she filed the annulment yesterday morning…”



Arnav looked at him in shock - “ what?? howww??”



Asad - “ through Aman….and like i feared, i dont think she can ever forgive me…for burning all the bridges…”



Arnav - “she said that??”



Asad nodded,as he took out the ring of his pocket and held it out in the palm, in front of Arnav - “yes, and that she doesn't have anything to give to me any longer, neither love nor forgiveness…and that its over, she wouldn't even consider it, i know she thinks iv changed my mind, because of the accident , and sympathy and regret and guilt….”



Arnav nodded as he understood and he said - “Zoya has been like that you know so different, yet a lot like me, and i can understand where she's getting this from…but you need to give her time…”



Asad nodded - “ofcourse, i know i need to give her time…but i cant help but feel so anguished because I know even though I'm here for her, she wouldn't have me….how will i ever forgive myself Arnav?? i don't know if ill ever be able to…”



Arnav took a deep breathe and he said - “ time, thats all you two need, and i can sense that she's going to probably construct a wall around herself, a wall that you probably cant breach…but I know from experience that the higher you build the walls around your heart,the harder you fall when someone finally gets around to breaking them down, and I don't know how much time it would take, but i do know, when those walls do break,youd be there to catch her,as she falls….”



Asad gave him a sad smile as he nodded - “ always….id never let her hit the ground…”



Arnav nodded - “ good and I was right, Zoya is lucky to have you, I know, you do love her more than you probably even know…”



Asad shot him a confused look as he asked - “ how are you able to say that with so much conviction??and how are you not beating the **** out of me for hurting your sister the way I have??”



Arnav took a deep breathe, could he tell Asad the truth straight away that he could say so with so much conviction because he had first hand experience with his sibling with regards to Love,and he knew very well how the hearts of the Khan siblings worked, because Khushi was so similar to her bhaijaan too, for no matter how much he had hurt her, or she had hurt him,when the time had come and he was about to hit the ground,she had broken his fall,and caught him just in time,always but this time around she had hit the ground herself in process,and he hadn't been able to save her from her fall, could he tell him that he knew so because he had learnt a lot about love from his sibling,ofcourse not, not now, maybe one day he could, so he said instead  - “well because like i said, its love, there are so many different shades to it, and i dont have any right to speak in between two people who  have probably brutally and insanely hurt each other only because, its so obvious that these two people also happen to be insanely in love with each other…whats happened is unfortunate, but a temporary setback Asad, I'm sure…shell come around, give her time….and of course also I'm able to say this with so much conviction, because iv known you Asad…and i also happen to know my sister, very well…so i know that patience is also the only thing you need right now…”



Asad nodded,and he kept a hand on his shoulder,as he said honestly looking at him, giving him a small smile - “ did I tell you yet? it really is good to have you back Arnav…”



Arnav gave him a small smile,as he said - “ really good to have you back Asad, i don't usually believe in drama, but yes, id like to take this moment to tell you, that I missed having my best friend around….i almost hated myself a lot of times too, for forcing you into seeing the recording…and for that…Id like to apologise….”



Asad - “ the past is done and dusted with Arnav, its better it stays there back in time, where it belongs….and yes i dont usually believe in drama too, but id like you to know, that i missed having you around……”



Anjali had stepped out the door, and she had been standing there, listening to the two long best friends talk heart to heart, for the last five minutes,and she wiped her tears as she smiled and walked up to them as she said - “ but you know, i love drama, so id like the two of you to hug each other right now…cmon….what are you waiting for….”



Asad gave her a small smile,and he looked at Arnav, and Arnav said - “di you know her she will continue to stand here on our heads….”,and Asad could only smile back,at that light hearted moment, as he pulled in his long lost best friend, who had always been no less than a brother to him, into a hug, and just like that in a moment of time, the two friends stood in front of each other, just like the good old times, with the past forgotten and buried behind them.



Anjali smiled,at that sight, and she took a deep breathe as she thanked the God’s again.



For she knew, today was a new day.



A New beginning - For The Sun had finally Risen again.



………………….



TEN DAYS LATER



Barkat

(Khan Mansion) - 9.00 AM



Zoya heard Ammi’s voice from the stairs - “ Zoya, Asad…come down quickly, breakfast is ready….hurry up…we have to leave….”



Zoya spoke - “ yes ammi, ill be there….”



And she heard Asad’s voice from his room - “ be there in 5 mins ammi…”



Zoya looked at her reflection in the mirror as she sat on the stool in Khushi’s dressing.



It had been ten days, since that day.



And it had been three days, since she had been discharged from the hospital, and the only reason why she had come back here with Asad was because the situation demanded it.



Khushi was still on Life support, and even though her pulse was now stable since a last couple of days, her blood pressure was still erratic, due to which they hadn't yet felt confident about removing the life support.



But there was improvement,and infact the day she had been discharged, her mother had too been discharged, and it was on that very day Khushi had been shifted out from the CCU into the ICU,because DR Arvind felt that she was out of critical danger, but they hadn't removed the life support because they wanted to be cautious,and infact all her vitals had now been stable expect for her blood pressure, and the reason why they hadn't removed the ventilator was that everytime they had tried too, Khushi’s breathes had fasten which meant that Khushi was still having trouble breathing on her own.



But Dr Arvind had hope, that her body was healing for sure, and it really was only a matter a time until Khushi would be able to breathe on her own,and that was what was the issue of concern , for they didn't know how much more time.



And thats why she had told Asad that she would keep silent about the annulment until Khushi was fine, and live under the same roof, until Khushi was back, because ammi,ofcourse was too worried, and thats why she had decided that for her sake, she would put up with the act.



No, she hadn't changed her decision, ofcourse, and she had been successful in avoiding any sort of face to face conversation with Asad, expect for the act in front of Ammi and her family in the hospital.



She had also learnt from Di, the real truth about what had happened at the farmhouse, that how Khushi had taken the shot that was meant for her brother, in order to save him, she had shielded him, and she knew that her brother was having a hard time, infact the last ten days had been no less than a hell for him, because to see Khushi like that, all silent and fragile and on life support, had butchered her being, she could only imagine what her brother was going through, and also to add to that, he couldn't even express his emotions openly, he was on constant guard with Asad around, and infact, she herself and Anjali di, had helped him in some way always, almost everyday  until she was in the hospital to sneak in and see Khushi, but she knew, he was trying to hold in and be very strong, but with each and every passing day, his strength was running out.



The positive thing, right now was that Arnav and Asad had gone back to being the best friends they used to be, and their families stood united,as one.



It was strange, so so strange, because she had longed for this moment back in time, but she shrugged, for today in present nothing was the same, in between her and Asad.



She wasn't the old Zoya anymore.



Ofcourse, she was doing well,in acting out all normal and strong in front of the rest, but on the inside, she still felt all lost,because she didn't know how to start picking up the pieces of the broken her.



She brushed her hair quickly,and she picked up her crutch,as she adjusted it under her left armpit, and started to walk,it had taken a couple of days to get herself adjusted to this new way of movement in Life, but now she was used to it.She couldn't really feel her left foot completely even if she put it on the ground, and could only move it a little,thankfully it was enough to get the movement smooth with her crutch.Her never had been damaged to a significant extent, and she was on medication to stregthen the muscles around it, but she knew the only way she could ever get complete movement back would be with intense physiotherapy,and she had to work very hard, and fight her body greatly, because for the last two sessions, she had been barely been able to lift her left leg,and it had fallen back down on the bed, and she had felt so helpless.She took a deep breathe, the road ahead was surely not going to be easy.



And she started walking, while adjusting her crutch in her movement , right when she saw the door open and she saw Asad standing as he said - “you ready??”



Zoya nodded ,and she walked a little ahead as she said - “and like i said before, you can go down without me…i didn't ask you to wait up…”



Asad sighed as he said - “Zoya,cmon…its better this way, for Ammi’s sake….”



Zoya nodded as she said - “ whatever, for ammi’s sake, thats why i am here, i hope you havent got any false hopes,for iv made myself perfectly clear….”



Asad looked at her and he said - “absolutely, I know whats this about, you are only here because the situation demands, and once Khushi is fine…you will…”, and he stopped, because he couldn't get himself to say it.



Zoya finished the sentence for him - “leave…yes, and everyone will know about the annulment….”



Asad looked at her as he asked - “ its sad that its come to this, wont you ever talk to me again??like ever?? seriously?? you’v been avoiding me ever since our conversation at the hospital…Zoya…everytime iv tried to talk to you…you go all silent on me….”



Zoya looked at him as she said walking out - “ because like i said, theres nothing else that i can say to you…we’d just be wasting each others time…”



Asad walked slowly to match his steps to her as he said - “but i do have a lot to say to you…Zoya…”



Zoya stopped as she turned to him a she said - “ please…don’t…dont do this to me…please…i cant take it right now…i can’t…please just leave me alone….”



Asad looked at her eyes, and tears were about to fall of them and he nodded as he said curtly - “ fine…ill leave you alone, but dont cry…please….”


Zoya controlled her tears as she said starting to get down the stairs holding the railing with the other hand, and her crutch with the other - “ its not for you…iv decided long back that i wouldn't shed a tear for you ever again….”



Asad flinched,but he walked a step down the stair as he asked changing the topic - “ why did you have to take Khushi’s room, not the room down…I know its difficult to manage these stairs….”



Zoya looked at him as she said helping herself down,and right then she saw him take out his hand to help her, and she gestured him to stop as she said - “ I can manage, thanks…and i took Khushi’s room, because i want to face this difficulty,only a small symbol of how Life is going to be from now on….”,and with that she left him standing in the middle of the stairs.



Asad stood to his position for a second,as he asked himself to be patient,and to be strong, and he felt his heart remind him that each night for the past ten days he had been doing that, putting his head back to his pillow and telling himself that he was strong, because he had successfully gone through, one more day without Zoya.



He sighed, for he didn't know for how long he'd have to be doing the same, and right then he heard his ammi’s voice calling out to him, and he made his way down,looking at his watch Zoya had her physiotherapy session at the hospital itself,and ammi,would be going to the hospital for Khushi, and he had a meeting at work, that he couldn't avoid, so hed be going to work , before he could head himself to the hospital, in the hope that Khushi would finally be able to breathe on her own, and that she wouldn't be needing the life support or the medically induced sedation they had been putting her through for the last ten days now.



………………………



Germany - 8 AM



Arhaan sat back, in the chair of his studio, and sipped his coffee.



And he closed his eyes for a brief moment, and it was right then that face, that face came back to revolve in front of his eyes.



Khushi’s face.



He knew, that it was over.

Yet, he couldn't control the thoughts that were crossing his heart at that time.



In his mind he had decided to never think of her again,but had he succeeded,ofcourse not.



For every second for the last ten days, his heart had come up with some excuse to think of Khushi.



And right then he also remembered, that Khushi loved Arnav, and he had seen it in his eyes as he had shielded Khushi from his uncles shot,he loved her too.



He fought a tear, as he smiled,he was happy that Khushi was happy out there, and probably Arnav and Khushi were now together,and he knew he could live with that, knowing that Khushi was happy,he could finally move on from it all.



And right then his phone rang, and he saw a India no and he picked it up confused,and he said - “ Hey..”



He heard a voice on the other end - “ hi farhaan, this is Rocky, i was trying to call your uncle but his phone is off, i just wanted to tell him, that iv disposed the gun that hed left in the car..id picked up at the airport…”



Arhaan said - “ you mean the gun i handed to you, when you  met me while picking up the car me and khala came in…”



Rocky - “ No farhaan, i mean the car your uncle came in…”



Arhaan was now confused,for he had taken the gun from him at the farmhouse.



Arhaan asked - “ there was a gun in the car he came in??”



Rocky - “ yes, anyway, will you pass on the message, and please contact me if you need any help once you are in Delhi…”, and he hung up.



Arhaan quickly walked out his studio and made his way up to his uncles apartment and he rang the bell,and right then he saw his khala,open the door and he asked - “ where is he??”



Afreen looked at Arhaan - “ who?? your uncle??”



Arhann nodded - “hes sleeping….”,she answered



Arhaan walked as fast as he could, and threw open the door to his uncles room as he asked,seeing him wake up in bed - “ you had another gun with you???? in the car you came in?? you had another gun with you????”



Mehmet woke up and he rubbed his eyes and he looked at his nephew - “relax, why are you getting so worked up first thing in the morning….yeah i had a gun…so what….”,and he got up off the bed as he asked - “ please dont tell me you are still whining over that girl….that stupid girl….shes the most idiotic person iv ever come across really, good riddance….anyway…”, he said looking at his wife - “id like my tea , please…..”



But Arhaan walked upto him, as he asked - “ good riddance?? what do you mean??? what did you do?? what aren't you  telling me??”



Mehmet sipped his water as he said - “ well, i guess theres no harm now, she'd probably be dead by now….”



Arhaan felt his insides freeze,as he asked , his voice now was shaking with fury- “ who would be dead?? what do you mean?? what the hell did you do???…”



Mehmet sneered - “ that girl you love, Khushi, well honestly speaking i didn't want to shoot her, i aimed at the Raizada, but  no, she had to save him,i guess she always loved, so she shielded him ,and took the shot herself…and i had to escape, but i did see that fountain of blood as she fainted in his arms,im sure she wouldn't have made it…..”



Arhaan felt fury rule him,as he on reflex, held his uncles collar as he pulled him harshly - “ you what?????? you shot Khushi?????? and why didn't you tell me any of this before??????”



Mehmet freed himself out of his grip and he replied in fury - “ why would i ?? so that you'd probably never board the plane, you have lost your mind in your love…open your eyes…”, and he walked up to him as he threatened - “and dont you ever dare to get physical with me, ever again….”



Afreen walked just right in as she stood in between them as she said - “ whats wrong with you two??get off each other…”,and she looked at Arhaan who stood glaring at her husband as she said - “Arhaan, forget it, forget her, get over it, compose yourself, we are a family….”



Arhaan looked at his aunt and without saying another word,he walked back to his studio in shock,Khushi had been shot.



He had to know, he had find out how she was.



But how was he going to find out??



He had no way.



He brushed a hand through his hair in distress, as his mind worked up, for there had to be a way he could find out about Khushi for sure.



…………………………







India



At The Hospital - Noon



Dilshaad sat outside the ICU, and right then she spotted Kkusum walk in with Anjali, and they walked upto her,and she got up and hugged them both as Kkusum asked - “ hows Khushi?? what do the doctors say??”



Dilshaad - “the same…”



Anjali patted her shoulder - “ but she's atlas out of the CCU, which is a good sign…”



Dilshhad smiled,as Kkusm sat next to her and Anjali sat on the other side - “ yes, ofcourse….and you just missed Zoya, she was here for the break, she just left for her physiotherapy session again, shell be back in a while, i guess…and Asad had work, he will come in a while too…”



And right then Dilshad’s phone rang and she saw the name flashing on the screen and she picked up - “ yes Farida….how are you???”, and the minute she heard what she had to say, Dilshaad felt fury, but she composed herself as she covered - “ yes Khushi is in the hospital, like i told you she’s been in an accident….no…no…nothing like that, she wasn't kidnapped or anything…no..he isn't here…we broke the engagement, no i cant tell you what happened for i dont know myself, its between the kids…i believe in standing with what my children want…yes..thank you so much for your concern…”,and she hung up.



Right then Anjali saw her brother enter, he had got a call just as they were about to enter..and so she and her mother had come in first, and he came in and stood right when she heard her mother ask - “ what happened Dilshaad?who was it on the phone??”



Dilshaad sighed as she flung her phone in her bag - “ the cousin of my neighbour, Farida, just another one of those calls, iv been getting so many of them for almost a week now, and I'm tired of explaining over and over again, that we broke the very public engagement between Arhaan and Khushi…”, and she paused, as she drank a sip of water from her bottle - “and I know why they are calling , because all they want to know is why it happened, and how come Khushi was in a accident, my daughter is fighting for her life, and all this damm society cares about is gossip, i know thats what they are looking for, some dirt to gossip about my daughter….”,and she wiped her tears.



Arnav flinched, all he wanted to do was punch the damm wall,and he heard his mother say - “ dilshaad, calm down, relax. you need to relax….cmon…lets get you something to eat…”



Dilshadd looked at her friend - “shouldnt you be resting at home?? you just recovered Kkusum….”



Kkusum hugged Dilshaad - “oh cmon, iv been lying down for a decade now, trust me i dont need rest, i need to move around…come ill take you to the cafe upstairs…have some tea…you need to eat…dont worry, Anjali is here…”



Arnav fought his emotion as he said - “ ill call you both, if theres anything….”



Kkusum looked at her son as she said - “ stay here Chotte,with your sister…until im back…”



Arnav nodded,and he watched his mother and Dilshaad aunty leave.



And it was only when he was alone with his sister, he punched his fist on the wall in distress - “ i dont freaking understand this damm society, khushi is fighting for her life, and instead of consoling a mother, people are calling to dig in for gossip….what kind of nonsense is this di….”



Anjali touched his hand as she stopped him from banging his fist in the wall again as she brushed his knuckles tenderly - “ chotte, thats just how it is, people talk…but we shouldn't care….”



Arnav looked at her as he asked - “ how can i not care when its about Khushi, i can only wonder what they will do once she is up and about, everyone who was there at her engagement ,is going to be hurling questions down at her in some way or the other everytime,they see her…how much more nonsense does she have to face di…this is just bull****…****ing bull****…”



Anjali looked at him, there was no point in saying anything further , because this was something she never understood herself, so how could she explain to her brother but she asked - “ are you ok Chotte??”



Arnav sighed as he leaned back and he said - “ trying to be di, trying to be strong, but my strength is running out, its been ten days and it feels like a eternity of misery and pain and i can't keep up with this long, i need Khushi to wake up…i need to hear her say my name…and i never thought i would be praying every second of my life…but you know iv been doing just that, and I am also going to that temple near our house, every morning after my run, only to pray for her, your God is listening, isn't he di?? there is someone out there listening to my prayers isn't there di??”



Anjali kept a hand on his - “ ofcourse, she is better Chotte, she's out of the CCU at least…now cmon, lets get you sneaked in, don't you want to see her…”



Arnav nodded,and he got up,as his sister spoke to the Nurse,atleast the good thing,about the ICU was, that one could get to sit for atlas a few minutes with the patient.



Anjali walked back as she said - “ cmon, go in…and I'm just going to see Zoya and how her session is going, in the meantime if Asad comes, tell him that I asked you to sit with Khushi while i was seeing Zoya…”



Arnav nodded,and he took a deep breathe and walked in.



………………….



Ten Days.



It had been ten days since Khushi was shot, in his arms.



Ten Nights, since he hadn’t been able to get any sleep.



Ten Days since he had last felt peace.



Ten Days since he had last felt himself breathe properly.



He had been walking into this area for the last ten days,first into the CCU, and now into the ICU, with the help of his sister’s,he had been able to see Khushi everyday.



But Khushi was silent.



Everyday, he had only been getting these couple of minutes, to express what he really was feeling, that he was dying inside, because outside to the world, he had to pretend, he had an act to keep up.



He didn't even know, if she could hear him, because he knew she was under induced sedation.



But he couldn't stop himself from talking to her,because those minutes were the only ones in which he could bare his heart out to the woman he loved, in the hope that she would finally wake up, and smile again, and make his world a wonderful place, all over again rather than it being the hell it was right now.



Her memories, were keeping him company and he had in his mind, drowned himself into them.



Khushi, had been like that sunshine of his life,and now that she was all silent on him, he had never felt the darkness more.



The only thing that kept him going were, faith and hope and her memories.The pain that he had been feeling was surpassing every limit everyday and he knew he was running out of strength, the only thing that he held on to was that in the few hours sleep that would come due to exhaustion,he would dream of her.



He took a deep breathe, no he couldn't fall weak, he had to be strong, he had to have faith, and he had to beleive, that Khushi could be better any moment.



He Had to have Hope, that , the any moment could be Now.



He brushed both his hands over his face, as he reached her,and walked silently and sat on the chair, and pulled it further, so that he was next to her bed,and he held her fragile hand, and brushed it tenderly,and kissed it,behind the IV,and he laced his fingers through her’s as he said softly - “ Hi Khushi….”



He knew, of course he was not going to get a reply back.



He spoke, controlling his emotions - “ ten days Khushi, you know what honestly let me tell you a little secret, when i first met you,all those months ago, i would always wonder, what would it take, i mean how would you react if I asked you to keep shut and not talk, and then i would laugh it all of in my head thinking, that you wouldn't even be able to keep quiet for even a minute, infact there were times, when you dozed off in my arms back in London,when i would actually talk to you when you were asleep, i always thought it was easier that time, because you were making me feel so many things that i was in no control off, but Khushi, honestly you surprised me this time around, its been ten days,and you havent spoken a word, i know they’v been sedating you and stuff, but still…”, he paused,as he rubbed her fingers softly - “ its strange Khushi, isn't it?? this thing in between us, yes to say to the world we havent even been together in the literal sense for months now, so is it just supposed to be assumed that theres no love, of course not, for there is love,this intense,crazy emotion, if its not love then what is it?? although,i dont know what kind of love this is, i honestly dont have any name for it, what can i really call the love, in which we gone through what we have, I didn't know i had it me to let you go, but somewhere for your happiness i did, and then you despite all the pain i caused you, in the fraction of a moment, you didn't even think for a second, before taking the shot that was meant for me…and i have no idea what to really term this as, but I love you Khushi, with all that I have, just get better, i promise, ill do what you want, if you want me to be out of your life, I swear i will never show you my face ever again, for iv only always caused you pain, infact right now, you are in this situation because off me, because i let you down, once again, you trusted me to keep you safe, i know you did, i felt it when you flung yourself in my arms, and I couldn’t…Khushi just please be fine, thats all i really want for now,pleaseee Khushi…I cant see you like this, its killing everything inside of me….”,and he paused,as he wiped a tear out of his eye,and he kissed her hand softly as he said - “ you have no idea how Zoya and di have been helping me see you out here, Khushi, for every single day, iv been sneaking in to see you when no one is watching,what have you done to me Khushi…now stop this idiotic stunt of silence you’v been playing at all of us for the last ten days, cmon Khushi…you can breathe without this damm machine….you can recover or is it that you’d rather want to torture me more, are you enjoying my misery so much now huh?? tell me??..”



The Nurse, smiled as she withdrew the curtains around,and walked towards Khushi,and she saw that the man had straightened in his seat, but he hadn't left the patients hand, coincidentally she had the duty this time around of the day, and she had seen this person here everyday, although she hadn't heard him say anything, but she could guess by that emotion on his face what this was about, and she said, injecting the injection in Khushi’s IV - “ you must leave now…”



Arnav nodded and he started to get up,as he took his hand off Khushi’s slowly and he heard the nurse ask - “ you really love her , dont you??”



Arnav looked at her shocked,but he nodded - “ yeah…i didn't know it was that obvious…i mean by my face…”



The Nurse gave him a small smile - “ well it is, probably because the only place,you can really let it loose and talk…iv seen you with her family outside, i figured that you all are close, but i guess they dont really know, right?? her family??”



Arnav nodded - “ yeah, its complicated…anyway, thank you…its kind of you to let me have these few minutes out here for every day of the last week…”



The Nurse gave him a small smile as she said - “you’r welcome, anything for Love…and dont worry, she is improving, its only a matter of time…”



Arnav nodded as he looked at khushi as he said - “ i know…”



…….



Zoya walked with her sister towards the ICU waiting area, and she said - “ its good that Maa took ammi,for a break….she needs it…and di I'm glad you also came and rescued me from the session mid way, i couldn't go on longer today….i want to…but this damm leg wouldn't just support me, it has a mind of its own right now”



Anjali smiled at her as she said - “ relax Zoya…its alright, take it easy, small steps at a time…”



Zoya nodded as she sat on the chair and kept her crutch aside,and she sighed - “and yet a long way to go ahead di…”



Anjali looked at her for a brief second and then she asked - “ when are you going to talk to me??”



Zoya - “about what??”



Anjali - “about the annulment…about the situation between you and Asad”



Zoya looked at her shocked and she felt her eyes widen as she asked - “ you know???? how????”



Anjali sighed - “ Asad…he told your jiju first,and then of course Chotte too…”



Zoya was now shocked - “whattt????? jiju knows??? bhai knows????”



Anjali nodded - “ Asad doesn't shy away from admitting his mistakes, or rather in this case a blunder, he admits that he was wrong, so wrong….feels in his heart that he should have looked within and found that light of forgiveness…but Zoya, i know its filed and everything…but do you really not have it in your heart to forgive him???”



Zoya wanted to tell the truth to her, but she knew her sister, she would probably go to playing cupid, and she didn't want that right now so she just said looking ahead - “di…some stains always remain, infact the harder you try to rub them off, the more visible they get…he didn't want me in his life then, then why now…I dont want sympathy di, im doing just fine di…on my own, infact the minute Khushi is better…and is back home, ill leave and then im going to find a place of my own…”



Anjali looked at her in shock as she asked - “ you aren't going to come home??? what the hell??”



Zoya looked ahead - “how can i?? and with what face?? i walked out…and how am i going to…”,and she paused,for she didn't know how to continue,and she felt her sisters hand on her head - “ its your home Zoya, we are family…we are always there for you, i know what all has happened, its a lot, you need time, its ok, i understand, take your time, but i will not allow this nonsense, you will come home…if not for anyones sake, then for Maa, you know she wont allow anything else…and nor would I, or Chotte…”



Right then they spotted Arnav come out of the ICU, and Zoya asked her sister to hush and she gave her brother a smile as she walked up to him and asked - “ hows she?? i know, i mean, i was with her in the morning….but still..tell me did you ask the nurse about her blood pressure??”



Arnav looked at Zoya and he said - “no, but she said, she's improving….”



Zoya - “ you didn't ask??”



Arnav - “ no…”



Zoya looked at him,and she touched his arm as she asked softly - “ do you not ask because you fear that you will hear something which isn't good…and then you probably wouldn't know how to deal with it….”



Anjali walked up to her siblings and she said softly - “ we know him well Zoya….”



Arnav looked at his sisters, they did know him well, and he change the topic as he asked - “Zoya, how was your session??”



Zoya limped her way back with her crutch and sat on the chair, as she said looking at her brother and sister - “ the same…still not able to pick it up…”



Arnav looked at her and he said brushing her hair - “ its ok..Zoya…itll take some time…”



And right then they spotted Asad enter through the door, and Zoya stiffened,and she saw Asad walk up to them as he greeted   both Arnav and Anjali and then he looked at her as he asked - “ how was your session??”



Zoya knew that her siblings were watching, so she just gave him a brief nod, as she said - “ it was ok, thanks, Mr.Khan..”



Asad sighed, and he didn't know what could he say in front of  Arnav and Anjali and right then the nurse came out of the door as she said - “ Mr.Khan…i need you to see these papers, just a few more formalities, thats all, but i need your signature….”



Asad looked at everyone and he said - “ ill just be back….”,and then he walked ahead with the nurse.



Zoya looked at his back for a few seconds, and she felt that longing return,and the emotion it started to well up inside of her, welled up tears in her eyes and she looked away as she looked at her siblings as she said - “ you did say, that both Maa and ammi,are in the cafe upstairs??ill just go too..im hungry….”,and she got up,and made her way out.



Anjali looked at Arnav as he watched Zoya leave, and he asked - “ did you catch that longing on her face??”



Anjali nodded - “ofcourse, i dont know when will she come around though….shes going to leave Barkat once Khushi is better…”



Arnav nodded - “ i could sense it, i mean, i know she’s going to do that…”



Anjali - “how??”



Arnav - “ she is a lot like me di…and thats why i know, she wont understand no matter how much we try, only time can teach her, thats just how our thick obnoxious brain functions, i guess…”



Anjali - “she mentioned about getting a place of her own…”



Arnav - “bull****, she will come home…ill convince her, ill use Maa’s name if I have too…”



Anjali nodded - “ i did just that, you know used maa’s name…”



Arnav nodded - “good, she loves Asad so much, she's dying for him, but she's going to be stubborn about it, she wont admit that she needs him…and especially this thing with her leg and her route to recovery she wants to fight alone….I guess…she doesn't know how long it will take….”



Anjali - “i dont know if its right or wrong, yet…i cant understand…”



Arnav - “can only wish that it isn't long before she learns it…”



Anjali - “learns what??”



Arnav sighed as he said - “the lesson that i learnt in the hardest way possible…that the cost of not following your heart is spending a long long time wishing that you had….”



Anjali looked at her brother, and his taut face, it was indeed true, he had learnt this lesson in the hardest way possible, she was about to say something, but she stopped, because she spotted Asad walking towards them.



……………………



Meanwhile Simultaneously

( As Soon As Arnav had Left the ICU )



Khushi was sure, she had heard his voice.



She didn't know, why,for what felt like eternity now,every time she was starting to get conscious, within a few minutes she would feel drowsy again,as if she was being sedated.



But this time around, as she had started to gain consciousness, she was sure, she was sure, she had heard his voice.



And she was sure, she had felt his hand, over hers.



She had tried to move her fingers wanting to hold his hand, but the rest of her body was probably still sedated.



But her mind wasn’t,she knew it could probably take a few more minutes until her body would be able to react to being conscious, that was if she wasn't sedated again.



That voice.



She tried to focus, as she recalled what she had heard.



“ its strange Khushi, isn't it?? this thing in between us, yes to say to the world we havent even been together in the literal sense for months now, so is it just supposed to be assumed that theres no love, of course not, for there is love,this intense,crazy emotion, if its not love then what is it?? although,i dont know what kind of love this is, i honestly dont have any name for it, what can i really call the love, in which we gone through what we have”



And then the emotion, that she felt, as a million thoughts crossed her heart, ofcourse, she could agree with him, she had no idea, what to call this kind of love, could there really be a name for this string of emotion in between of them.



She focused again,to recall what shed heard.



“I didn't know i had it me to let you go, but somewhere for your happiness i did, and then you despite all the pain i caused you, in the fraction of a moment, you didn't even think for a second, before taking the shot that was meant for me…and i have no idea what to really term this as, but I love you Khushi, with all that I have…”



She honestly hadn't known that he had, had it him to let her go like he had, and then the guilt she had felt when she had seen him so broken at her engagement, came back to her mind, and the emotion she had felt that soul shattering ripping emotion she had felt herself too, came back to her.



And then also everything that happened after flooded back in her mind, the truth, her kidnapping, her confrontation with Arhaan,and then whatever happened at the farmhouse,as to how Arnav had tried to shield her from the earlier shot.



And she had known in that one moment as she had seen Mehmet aim at his back, that she could never let anything happen to him, for she’d die herself, if any danger came his way, and she had acted on reflex and turned him around with so much force, and then she had been hit.She remembered falling into his arms, and mustering his name, before it all went blank.



His voice flooded through her mind again.



“just get better, i promise, ill do what you want, if you want me to be out of your life, I swear i will never show you my face ever again, for iv only always caused you pain, infact right now, you are in this situation because off me, because i let you down, once again, you trusted me to keep you safe, i know you did, i felt it when you flung yourself in my arms, and I couldn’t…Khushi just please be fine, thats all i really want for now,pleaseee Khushi…I cant see you like this, its killing everything inside of me….”



She could feel that pain and that anguish in his voice.



“what have you done to me Khushi…now stop this idiotic stunt of silence you’v been playing at all of us for the last ten days, cmon Khushi…you can breathe without this damm machine….you can recover or is it that you’d rather want to torture me more, are you enjoying my misery so much now huh?? tell me??..”



And she had wanted to answer back, and then she had also heard his conversation with the Nurse.



And then she had heard footsteps,probably she was alone now.



She tried to focus, again and again,as she instructed herself that she had to fight this out.



And right there, various voices flooded through her head, which she must have registered in her head between consciousness and sedation, over the past couple of days,she hadn't been able to recall before, because she had been immediately sedated back. 



A voice of her mother, a weeping voice of her mother, which said - “ Khushi, my baby, please….please…dont do this to me…please come back….please be fine….”



A choked and broken voice of her brother - “ Khushi…i cannot even begin to tell you the terror that i felt when i carried you in my arms to the hospital here…god punished me once like this before, and i lost Najma…i cant loose you…i can’t…Khushi, my baby sister…please….you are a fighter, fight this damm machine….please….breathe Khushi…breathe….”



A composed voice of Zoya - “ Khushi, wake up yaa..we have so much to talk…whats with all this silence huh?? now cmon I cant let you be like this, you are not allowed to keep silent when I'm talking remember?? you promised.youd never go silent on me…”,and then her tearful voice - “Khushi…please….pleaseee…i beg you…you can hear me right???”



And then another composed voice of Anjali di - “ Khushi…i haven't known you long, but from what I do know, is that you are a fighter in spirit, you can’t loose yourself to this, you just can’t…fight this out and come back…and you will see that everything has changed….the worse is over…and the sun has finally risen again, on all of us…now you just have to wake up, so that it can begin to shine with all its might…”



She felt overwhelmed, very overwhelmed, as these voices continued to flood through her mind,and she knew she had to fight this out.



She heard a lot of more versions of all these voices,go through her head over and over again.



And she felt her mind pause at his voice for a second as she registered it again - “ if anything were to happen to you Khushi, id die…for I cant exist in the world you aren't there, it feels like i havent taken a breathe in ,for over a week…I love you Khushi….if anything were to happen to you, id die…Khushi…id die….”



And she now felt determined as she took God’s name, and instructed her body to fight this out.



…………………



The Nurse walked back in the ICU, right when Dr Arvind walked in through the doors as he asked - “hows the blood pressure??”



The Nurse said - “improved since yesterday, but i need to check again, i went to get the papers signed from her brother..ill just read and tell you doctor…”



Dr Arvind nodded and he walked with the Nurse, towards Khushi…and he asked - “ Hi Khushi..how are we today??”



And he saw her pulse go up to 70 at that in the monitor,and he asked the Nurse - “ ask them to call Dr Bhatia in now….has her pulse crossed 65 all morning??”



The Nurse - “no sir….it was 64 before i left”,and she looked at the monitor - “its 72 now Sir…”



Dr Arvind - “ the blood pressure….?”



The Nurse - “80/120….its normal sir….”



Dr Arvind felt relieved as he started to check Khushi,and then he checked her eyes - “ looks like she's conscious, lets not sedate her yet….let’s see how long her bp is stable for…if its like that for a few minutes…well try to check her breathing…by removing the Life support…but keep the oxygen mask handy….did you call for Dr Bhatia yet??”



The Nurse - “ Ill just ask them at the station to call him…..”



Dr Arvind Nodded.



The Nurse walked out hurriedly as she went to the station as she said - “ Call Dr Bhatia…for the patient at Bay 7,call him in now…its urgent….Dr Arvind is waiting….”



Asad looked at the commotion at the station, and Arnav recognised the Nurse,she was Khushi’s attende, and infact she was the one who had just spoken to him inside, and they heard Anjali say - “Bay 7..isnt that Khushi???”



Asad nodded,and he had walked ahead at the speed of light,and Arnav was right behind, just as he asked - “bay 7, thats my sister….what happened??? is everything allright….”



The Nurse was about to walk back in, but she turned as she said - “ill probably be fired for this, for I'm not supposed to reveal much, but for the first time ten days her pulse has reached to a normal 72,and her blood pressure is also normal and Dr Arvind is calling Dr Bhatia in, so that we can see if she can breathe on her own,without life support, he heads that department you see….looks like all your prayers have been answered….”,and she looked at Arnav briefly as she nodded at him,and he nodded back briefly and they heard her say - “now if you'll excuse me….”



……………..



40 Minutes Later 



Dr Arvind shook hands with Dr Bhatia as he said - “ thank you Dr…”



Dr Bhatia - “anytime, looks like your patient wouldn't need our support any longer….her vitals are stable…and she's breathing just fine on her own, but id still advise you to keep the oxygen mask on for an hour or so, will give her additional help…she should be just fine now….”



Dr Arvind looked at the man, who was also a friend and he said - “everytime, a patient recovers from life support, it really is overwhelming isn't it??”



Dr Bhatia nodded as he smiled - “ ofcourse, for we dont see it often…always takes a miracle…thats why i believe that theres always something beyond medicine after all , although our profession by default trains us to believe in the logic of medical science, id still like to believe in faith…”



Dr Arvind nodded - “ because it has the power to make miracles…yes ofcourse…”



Dr Bhaitia nodded as he said - “ now if you'll excuse me Roy, i have to check in on the patient on Bay 10..ill see you this evening over dinner though…and we wont be late or else Aarti would kill me”



Dr Arvind gave him a smile as he said - “ ofcourse…see you…”



He turned to the Nurse,as he said - “keep the IV on still…shes out of danger and stable but still very weak….”



The Nurse nodded,as she joined the team of junior doctors,as they started to follow the instructions that their head had just left them with.



Dr Arvind walked out the ICU, he had a very important news to  give to the family and friends of Khushi Ahemed Khan.



…………



Kkusum held on to Dilshaa’d shoulder and Anjali held on to her hand,as Zoya went to the Nurse’s station and she asked anxiously - “ they’v been in for so so long, can any of you tell us whats happening….”



They had received Anjali’s call immediately as soon as they had gotten to know that they were now going to try taking Khushi off the life support.



Arnav stood next to Asad and he said - “ no point, they won’t talk…”



Asad nodded as he said - “ exactly, they aren't supposed too…”



Zoya looked at the two,and she didn't know how her brother was managing to mask his turmoil, hed become really strong,and she looked at Asad as she said - “ but the other Nurse did talk right…so I'm just trying…”



Asad put a hand on Zoya’s shoulder as he said - “ relax….”



Zoya nodded and she kept her hand over his for a second,due to the anxiety and the vulnerability of the moment,and their eyes locked for a few seconds,as she felt that similar intense electric emotion exchange with Asad, and she immediately took her hand away as she shifted a little back,and right then they saw Dr Arvind come out the doors,and she asked in a instant just as on time with Asad - “ Khushi…..how’s she????”



Dr Arvind gave them a small smile,as he saw everyone gather in front of him and he looked at her mother, who looked at him with so much Hope as Kkusum Raizada and Anjali held on to her,and Arnav stood right next to Asad and Zoya, and he took a deep breathe as he said - “so the good news is that she's off Life support, she's completely out of any danger and all her vitals are now stable,and she's able to breathe on her own but yes because she's still very weak, we’d like to assist her with oxygen mask for an hour or so…”



He saw everyone take a sigh of relief and he heard Asad ask - “ my sister….shes conscious…can i see her???”



Dr Arvind nodded - “ofcourse you can, but not yet, give us a while, an hour or so, she's awake and conscious, but like i said still quite weak, i dont want her to over exert herself….my team is in there right now, taking care of a few things, but after a while, you will be able to see her…”



Zoya leaned back in relief on the Nurse station, for support, as  held onto her crutch with her hand,and then she walked across and hugged ammi,and then her mother as she said - “ i told you…shes a fighter…Khushi….she is my best friend after all…..”



Kkusum and Dilshaad hugged Zoya,as they all felt relief like they had never felt before.



Zoya saw Asad standing in the position he was in, he was probably in shock out of happiness,just like her brother was, and he had retreated to a corner and anjali di was with him, she walked to Asad as she put on a hand on his shoulder as she shook him - “Asad???”



Asad was startled as he looked at Zoya, and she said - “ its happening, for real….Khushi is ok….shes going to be absolutely ok…very soon…..”



Asad looked at her, and then at her hand on his shoulder, he had gone into a temporary shock due to relief and happiness, for he was fearing the worse that hed have to probably wait months or years until he could hear this news, and now that he had heard it, he couldn't get himself to react,but out of emotion,that his sister was now absolutely fine and out of danger, and also the moment that Zoya was in front of him,and she had put everything aside, and was probably trying to reach out and comfort him, just like she had stood silently by his side,even though everything in between of them was over,he could sense that it was, but still, she had stood by him,she had also come to his house, also because she probably knew that her presence would give him the support he needed,and he didn't know what came over him,as he pulled her into a crushing hug,for he didn't have any words to say in that one moment.



Zoya fought her own emotions,in that moment as she felt his arms go around her, but she went with her gut instead of her mind,as she hugged him back,as tears of relief fell off her eyes, for they both shared that intense love for Khushi.



Anjali looked at Arnav as she asked him softly - “ there you go being a statue again…shes fine…out of danger….didnt you hear…now cmon smile….Khushi is fine….your khushi….smile Chotte….why aren't you reacting…”



Arnav looked at her as he said with sure the overwhelming emotion was in his voice - “for i cant believe that the sun has finally risen again di….im too scared…what if i react and i wake up and this all ends up being a dream….”



Anjali felt a emotion like she never felt over,and she saw Zoya  hug Asad,and her mother was busy with Dilshaad,and she finally pulled her brother into a hug as she said - “yes the sun hasn't just risen again….it has started to shine with all its might…the worse is over Chotte….it really is over…..”



Arnav felt relief wash over every cell of his body,he felt the emotion that he hadn't felt is over ten days now, he felt like he could breathe again, and he took a deep breathe as the realisation dawned on him that his Khushi was now fine…and he hugged his sister as he said - “ I promise you, id never doubt the existence of your God ever again, di…”



Anjali pulled back as she gave him a cheeky smile,as she teased - “does that mean that you will come with me to the temple everyday now??”



Arnav looked at her as he did something he had thought he could never do, he gave her a heartfelt smile as he said - “not everyday di, don't push your luck….but every once in a while, maybe, yes, i would…”



……………………….



Fate smiled as he said - “wheres my beer, id like to toast to new beginnings…”



Destiny smiled -“ id like that too…but id like white wine..pleaseee…”



Love smiled - “like i always say, its always the darkest before dawn…..”



Fate handed destiny her glass as he said sipping his drink - “still worried about Zoya though…”



Destiny - “oh yes, its going to be topsy and turvy now, her ride…but would be fun to watch…Asad wouldn't fall behind when it comes to mind games you know…”



Love nodded - “its amusing to watch my own diffrent shades sometimes seriosuly, anyway like i said she will learn with time just like her brother said, that the cost of not listening to your heart, is spending a long long time wishing that you had….he learnt it in the hardest way possible….”



Fate - “can only hope, that destiny here, isn't so hard on Zoya….”



Destiny - “ it all really depends on her actions really,ill try my best to be easy, but if she's going to want it the hard way, then i cant really be off much help you know…..”



Hate walked right in as he asked in disdain - “ whats all this celebration without me??incase you’v forgotten i am right here…”



Fate rolled his eyes as he said - “ can we ever forget that you exist?? i wish…we couldn't even if we wanted too….”



Hate nodded,as he took the beer off Fates hand,and sipped it  - “thats right you couldn't forget my existence even if you wanted to ,and you know why…because i won’t just let you….”



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Tada !! GUys!!!

P.S - the next Update will come next tuesday or wednesday as i finish writing it!!!!!



May 24

Chapter 37 - UPSIDE DOWN (23 MAY,2017) - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 33 times)

Hellllooo Guysss

Hows the week going?? Hope well for you all.

Im back with the Update, really long as usual,14,000 words!!!

Thank you so so much guys for your comments and feedback,love love love it, ok guys just so you know i read all your posts and comments for it brings a huge smile on my face….and  I really Missed a few of your comments last update, you all know who you are, for you are so regular and loyal to me, and give me time to let me know what you think every update….that I really missed hearing from you all last update….aw…guys…cmon…you all know what it means to me…so if you aren’t pressed for time, do take out a few minutes for me,to let me know what you all felt.

Thanks guys,

As always, for the constant support, and I’m sorry also that at times I’m not able to reply to you all individually, but thats really only because my two little babies keep me on my toes…so hope I’m excused for that…but you all mean so so so much to me nonetheless.

Much Love Guys

Prachi

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Chapter 37 - Upside Down



Have you ever sat quietly,all by yourself in Silence

And taken a moment to watch the Sand Flow,and Hit The Bottom of an Hour Glass??



And Then Have you Slowly Just Turned It Upside Down

And Watch The Same Thing Happen Over and Over Again??

If not, then take a moment out and watch it

Its quite fascinating.



I have always been very fascinated by the Hour Glass

For It’s a very simple object

But if you look closer its got a deeper meaning to it

For its a Reflection of Time and Life



Just like how some Moments of time in our lives continue to pile on , over and over in our hearts and minds, until its all finally reached a point that it consumes us fully and then comes the time to pause, take a deep breathe, and refresh our being, our heart and our mind,and then hold the reins of our Life in our hands, and turn it upside down, to finally start afresh.



And mind you,this moment happens quite often in all our Lives

Probably more often and sooner than we’d wish for

And we often Find ourselves flipping our minds and hearts over,

In order to Accommodate the never ending flow of moments of our lives.



And so,just like it really was fun as a Child to play with the Hourglass

It really is vital to our existence to control our time in our Life,every now and then,and turn it around.



And you know what’s really Interesting about this Upside Down??

That even though,

We Often dont really know,what it has in store for us,

And Whether it will ring in the Good or the Bad

It will surely ring in the Change that we need

And we will also surely discover at one point or the other, that although sometimes it’s alright to wait out until someone else or Life in general spins your world around,

Its still always is both wiser and fascinating

To Flip Your World Upside Down, with your own Hands



……………



Same Day



10.30.00 PM

( Ten Hours Since Khushi’s gained Consciousness)



The Hospital - ICU



Khushi opened her eyes,and she looked at the watch on the wall.It was 10.30 in the night.



She had slept out for four hours.



Ever since she had gained consciousness ten hours ago, it was as if her mind had gone into an overdrive.



And Ever since they had taken out the oxygen mask, and she was able to breathe on her own, and she had first thing out asked the Nurse, to bring in her family to her.



She smiled,as she recalled how her mother and brother had pulled her in for a crushing hug, and how they both couldn't stop crying in happiness, that she really was alright and consciousness in front of them.



She had been on Life Support for ten days, fighting for her Life, fighting to breathe on her own,and she could only imagine how tortureous it must have been for them, to see her like this, of course she had recalled their broken voices.



And because she was still in the ICU,not everyone wasn’t allowed at the same time,and infact after her mother and brother had left after ten minutes of reunion, Dr Arvind had instructed her to go back to sleep for a while, because she was still very weak, and she needed as much rest as possible, and she did go back to sleep, because she felt exhausted, herself, she really had weakened in her health.



And then first thing out, when she had woken up in the evening at 6, she had seen Zoya by her side, and to see her with a crutch,had sent into shock and worry,as she had asked Zoya about what had happened,and she recalled how Zoya had filled her in about her accident and the miscarriage and the situation with her leg,with so much composure, and a smile on her face, that she could have really fooled her with that smile, as shed said that she was ok, but she knew for sure that Zoya was fighting herself to be strong in front of her, because she probably didn't want to worry her,but she knew Zoya well,and she could sense that pain behind that mask, and she had felt anxious and worried, and then Zoya had strictly tucked her back in bed, as she held her hand, and brushed her hair until sleep had taken over.



She rubbed her eyes,and she leaned back in bed as his thoughts finally came back to her.



She had heard him, she was sure.



It was him.



But then why hadn't he come to see her yet??now that she was up, it had been ten hours, why hadn't he come??



Maybe, because, her family was out there, and his family too, maybe, he didn't want to take a chance.She had also gotten to know from Zoya that the past was out,and now everything was sorted between her brother and Arnav and that they were back to being  best friends like good old times, and that their families stood united as one.



Was this because of that??



She closed her eyes, as she recalled his pained and anguished voice.



It was ironical, she thought for what she hadn't learnt from her Life until now, she had probably learnt in the clutches of death.



That we humans are idiots , complete idiots when it comes to our attitude towards Life, for we always take it for granted,thinking that we have all the time to ourselves, but do we really?? Do we really know when and in which second, it could all stop?? That our time here could come to an end??And yet, we take it all so much granted, always thinking and calculating,and planning it all in our heads, laying out lines for our future.It was pure irony, for we often forget to live the present, in the wait for something, you don't really know whether we will be living to see.



In one second, she had been sent into the hands of death,she probably could have died, the odds were more in that favour, considering she now knew how serious her condition had been.She had refused to listen to her gut,and let her mind manipulate her heart into thinking that what she really was doing getting engaged to Arhaan was probably was for the best of both her and Arnav, thinking that their kind of intense soul shakening love was the kind of love that wasn't right and was injurious to their mental well being.Its strange, sometimes the games our minds can play.



And here, it was just a mere coincidence or was it fate, she didn't know, but Arhaan turned out to be the bad guy, but what was she really thinking???? Did she really think that she could go on forever without Arnav??



She felt like mentally whacking herself.



She couldn't believe she had let her brain turn her life upside down like that.



And now,she was lucky, really lucky to get a second shot at Life,and she was only going to listen to her heart now,and let it turn her life around as many times as it wanted.



Because, she had learnt in the hands of death,

that Life was too short to be taken for granted,

Too short to not listen to your Heart

Too short to be taken so seriously.

That even if there was a slight chance at getting something that will make your heart really happy,

Then it really was worth the risk, for Life was too short, and that Happiness of the heart was too rare to be found.



And she had found it,that rare happiness of her heart, in his arms.

And she would be stupid enough to let it go,again.



Yes, she had hurt him, and he had hurt her too many times, and then she had gone ahead and gotten engaged to Arhaan,subjecting him to the tortureous sight that he probably could never forget all his life.



But then when the moment had come,and any danger was about to hit her, he had come for her, he had shielded her, and just like when the danger had its eyes on him, she had on reflex, taken it on herself.



If this wasn't that soul awakening, should shakening, intense kind of love, that was always meant to be, then what was it??



She was stupid enough to not see it before, but she could clearly see it now.



She could only love Arnav Singh Raizada

She could only be with him.

And only Him.

She would always love and be irrevocably in love with Arnav Singh Raizada.

So what if she had been broken not one but twice at his hands,

for she now knew that,only the love she felt for him had the power to make her whole again.Because now that she had a second shot at Life, she would spend every minute of it, loving him.



Because she was very sure, in her heart and in her mind of a few things - That it was only with him she wanted to fall, and only with him she wanted to get up.If she were going to loose,she wanted to loose herself with him and to him.And if she were going to cry, she would cry only for him, and if she were going to smile, she would because of him and for him.Even if his actions broke her heart ever again, he was the only one who she would give that power to, that power to destroy her heart and then to fix it.



Back in time, when she had first fallen in love, she had felt like she could never really give up on him.

But then life took control over her and turned it all Upside Down,and everything changed.

But this time around, she was going to take those reins in her hands,and flip around that hourglass of time, and turn her world Upside Down herself.

It was time to accept the truth head on, and face and live the fact that Arnav Singh Raizada was the love of her life, someone she could never really give up on.



Because she knew now for sure, that if something were to happen to him ever, she’d die.



And right then,she recalled his pained and anguished voice and remembered what she had heard.



Surely this kind of intense emotion only existed, because it was always meant to be,and thats why it had somehow probably found it twisted way out and come to this.



And it was now time to make it happen.



She was done tossing the Love she had been blessed with in exchange for being safe in her mind,and guarding herself from pain.It was time to accept the fact that Love, in all its glory was like the blaring truth she could never escape.She had made a wrong choice earlier, and now it was time to fix it, it was time to choose Love.



It was time to choose Arnav,and embrace him with everything he had to offer, the love or the pain,for she had now learnt that this Love came in a package deal,she could not just choose the rose without its thorn.



She opened her eyes, now sure of her decision,and she scanned outward, the curtain around her ward was a little open, and she felt herself ache to see him,like she felt she was dying to see him,why wasn't he coming to see her??



And then she recalled something she had heard in his anguished voice - ““just get better, i promise, ill do what you want, if you want me to be out of your life, I swear i will never show you my face ever again, for iv only always caused you pain, infact right now, you are in this situation because off me, because i let you down, once again, you trusted me to keep you safe, i know you did, i felt it when you flung yourself in my arms, and I couldn’t…Khushi just please be fine, thats all i really want for now,pleaseee Khushi…I cant see you like this, its killing everything inside of me….”



Oh god, could it be, that he wasn’t coming to see her because he was on a guilt trip right now?? thinking that he was the reason for her pain and what not,and was now wondering about how to face her.



Probably yes.



Goddd…ughhhh this Raizada was thick headed, and she almost wondered if shed have to be doing this all her life now, knocking some sense into his head, all the time.



Probably yes.



She had just fought with death and come back to Life, and now she didn't have time to waste, for she had learnt from first hand experience that your time in life, was unpredictable.



She was done with her Life being in control of her.



It was time to take control, for there really was no time to waste.



She wanted to see him , and she needed to see him now, but how???



She didn't have any phone with her, she couldn’t even text him.



God, there really had to be a way out.



She was dying to see him, and she had to let him know that.



Right then she saw a Nurse enter in,and she looked at the Nurse,as she heard her say - “ Hi Khushi, good to finally see you awake….i would have missed you in the morning, because i guess you'll be shifted to your room by then, lucky i have a double shift today….”



Khushi felt like she recognised the voice as she said softly - “ hi…do you have any idea when will i be out of here, as in what time??”



The Nurse smiled - “ tomm morning…its better we have you here for the night…”



The Nurse looked at her and she saw that her eyes were directed out and she heard her whisper - “ you did just come from the outside right?? can you tell me if my family is still around??”



The Nurse smiled at her,as she adjusted the drip, with a new bottle of glucose - “well yes, i just came in from the outside, i guess your brother just took your mother home,because i told them that you were still asleep,for i didn't know you were going to be awake, but your brother already has your room ready, because we plan to shift you at 600 am in the morning, and your friend Zoya offered to stay there, for the night, she really wants to be with you…so yes she's still there…out…but the rest of her family have also left…for they believe you need rest…”



The Nurse saw the disappointed look on her face as Khushi said - “ oh….alright…i guess ill just go back to sleep then…”



The Nurse,almost smiled as she said - “ and yes, he's there too…with Zoya…the man who was here almost everyday, holding your hand, and bearing his heart out to you while you were on life supprot, he really does love you Khushi…. i figured,hes related to Zoya, isn't he??”



Khushi felt her insides jump in happiness as she asked - “hes there?? he's there outside..?? and yes he is Zoya’s brother….”



The Nurse smiled - “ and i guessed that your family doesn't know, even though you all are close…”



Khushi nodded as she gave her a smile - “yeah, its sort of complicated…”



The Nurse smiled - “thats what he said, this morning….”



Khushi looked at her as she asked - “ look i need your help, will you help me?? as in i don't have a phone, if i write something down on a piece of paper, will you give it to him??please???”



The Nurse smiled,as she handed Khushi a paper and a pen - “ of course…why wouldn't i help you, anything for Love…”



Khushi smiled at her, as she quickly wrote down a message,and folded the paper as she gave it to the Nurse as she said - “ thank you so much….what’s your name??”



The Nurse gave her a small smile as she said - “ I'm Tanveer…and im excited, i haven't played messenger in the longest time…”, and she picked up the tray of medicines as she said softly - “ but lie down, you do need a lot of rest…although i know it feels like all you need is Him…”



Khushi smiled,as she watched Tanveer leave, she really was nice, and she made a mental note, to leave her a nice feedback once she was out of here.



And she was so right.



It did really feel like that, that all she needed right now was Him,and she was glad that she had written that down, in the that small piece of paper.



………………………….



Ten Freaking Long Hours.



It had been ten freaking long hours since Khushi was up, and he hadn't even seen her yet.



Because first out of course, Dilshaad aunty and Asad had taken turns, to go in and see her, and it was only fair, and he had to mask his emotions, yet again, even though all he had wanted to do was, run in, and hug her, and hold her to himself, and never let go.



But could he do that?? of course not, so he had waited.He almost smiled at that, there was a time when he would never think for a minute and did what he deemed right,but only for Khushi, this time around, he had to be careful.



And then Dr Arvind had instructed everyone to let Khushi rest for a while.



And in the evening, when she was up, and everyone was out in the cafe, everyone as in everyone he had to put a act in front off, Asad, dilshad aunty and his mother,and it was only him, Zoya and Anjali, and Zoya had asked him to go first in to see Khushi, and he had almost walked in,but frozen in his tracks, as the thought came back to him, that how could he face Khushi  , and stand in front of her, and ask her to talk to him, ask her to let him hold her, hug her, when he was the reason, the only reason why she was in that situation.



The guilt had come back to haunt him,and he had frozen in his tracks, and asked Zoya to go in, instead.



And then once Zoya was out , shed told him that she had put Khushi back to sleep because she had got all anxious knowing about her situation.



He was happy about that because he needed her to be fine,that was enough for him to smile right now, he didn't want her to overexert herself and probably seeing him would make her do just that , and also he didn't know how was he going to face her yet.



Did she want to see him??



And now as it was getting late, and Asad had left with his mother and Dilshaad aunty and Anjali di to drop them home,because the nurse had mentioned that Khushi was still asleep and would probably sleep through the night,and Zoya had offered thats she was going to stay in Khushi’s room, in the hospital itself for she wanted to be with her,and Asad had said that hed be back in a while with Zoyas stuff for the night,and now that he himself had instructed Zoya to go to the room that was booked for Khushi and get some rest, he was thinking off what to do, he really was getting restless now, maybe he could just catch a glimpse of the sleeping her, and then leave,that would be the only way he would get any sleep himself.



He had to see her,but she was probably resting.



Right then he spotted the Nurse he had spoken to this morning come out the door,as she walked up to him , and gave him a small smile as she handed him a note,and he looked at her confused as she said - “ cmon read it…ill just be back,and then ill take you in…”



Arnav watched her leave in a hurry to the room beside the Nurses station, and he looked at her confused,what did she mean??



He looked at the note in his hand, and he opened it, and he felt his heart stop, like literally stop as he read what it said -



“Why won't you come see me?? Its been ten hours,and every time i open my eyes, i find them searching for you.Don’t you want to see me?? or is it that, you are really enjoying putting me through this misery of wait??I want you to know that i am dying to see you”



He felt the emotion take over him as tears of happiness came into his eyes,and he looked at the note again,and read it again twice and right after he had finished reading what she had written for the third time, he noticed that she had made a small arrow sign down below and written in Capital - Turn Over,and he smiled trust Khushi and her antics,as he turned the Note around,and he felt love rush through his being as he read what she’d written at the back - 



“FYI, Arnav Singh Raizada, All I Need is.…You…”



He smiled as he felt happiness rush through him, Khushi had just written this note to him, and she had already started to make him feel as if the world was the most wonderful place right now, and right then he saw the Nurse come towards him as she smiled and asked - “ ready to see her??shes waiting for you….”



Arnav nodded,and he gave her a small smile,as he followed her ,it was time to let Khushi know, that all he he would always need was Her.

………

Khushi waited in anticipation, and she felt so nervous,so nervous, like she used to feel initially whenever he was around,and she instructed herself to calm down,but she was also nervous, because what if he had left by the time Tanveer could go out and give him the note.



She felt really nervous, thinking that shed have to wait a few more hours until she would finally see him.



And it was right then,she picked up the remote of her bed,and inclined herself up, as she looked out,and she sensed it,he was here,and she felt her heart stop in that one moment, as she saw him,enter through the curtain,as she heard Tanveer say - “ ill leave you two alone for a while…”,and she walked out drawing the curtains back.



But she didn't register anything else around clearly, because it felt as if everything had just hazed around her, as her eyes locked with his, and her heart finally registered that he really was here, in front of her,and she couldn't get herself to look away,because the intensity of his gaze, that held her attention, was like as if she had been hypnotised.She registered him walk towards her slowly,and she felt herself take in a deep breathe,for she felt like she had just taken in the first breath of peace, now,even though they had taken out that oxygen mask hours before.



It felt like, she could finally breathe,now that he was in front of her.



Seeing him felt like, as if that dream, the one dream that had been broken too many times,was finally returning to her, walking towards her.



It felt like it had been dark for so long, and that the sun was finally rising again.



This was why she had to fight death,this was why she had to return to herself,so that she could finally get to have that shot at living what had been left incomplete until now.



……



He had felt nervous, very nervous walking his way to her, he knew she was waiting to see him, and the minute he had stepped in through the curtains, and looked at her, he felt as if  nothing else really mattered in that moment right then, all that mattered was him and her.



His eyes had locked with her’s in the very moment he had stepped in, and he knew that the intensity of what he was feeling was now clearly reflecting on his face, for finally, after all this time of torture, Khushi was awake,and alright and in front of his eyes,and he could see the intensity in her eyes too,as he walked towards her, in silence, and he was about to sit on the stool next to her, when he saw her gesture him to sit next to her on the bed.



And he did, he sat next to her,because he felt hypnotised himself by the intensity of the moment,and he felt his hand, on its own accord reach to her,and he clutched her hand softly as he whispered looking into her eyes- “ i was so scared, so scared that id probably have to wait out until eternity,until i could see you again… and that you were planning to continue going all silent on that damm life support, although these ten days did feel no less than forever, Khushi…”



Khushi didn't know what emotion she felt as she finally heard her name leave his lips.Her name never sounded more beautiful than it did in his voice,and she looked at him,as she pressed his hand gently as she said - “ Honestly, it feels like I can breathe again, for real…now that you are in front of me…why didn't you come see me earlier,Arnav??”



Arnav felt the emotion, that similar soul shaking emotion take him over as he looked away,could he tell her that he had wanted too,that he was dying to, but he had frozen in his tracks because of guilt.



Khushi touched his arm gently,as she leaned a little forward and he immediately reached out to help her,and she sat up a little,as she touched his cheek tenderly as she asked - “ why wont you look at me??”



Arnav looked into her eyes at that and he felt his hand touch her’s over his cheek,and he held it there, for he wanted that moment to last forever,and before he could say anything, he heard her say - “ please dont tell me, you’v started going on a guilt trip, holding yourself responsible for what happened…”



Arnav looked at her,and choked on the emotion - “ you trusted me to keep you safe, even Asad did trust me with your safety, and i let you down Khushi…once again…I let you down…”, and he looked away.



Khushi could sense the pain in his voice and the guilt,and she touched his face with her other hand as she made him look at her and she whispered - “ don't hold yourself responsible, please Arnav, this wasn't your fault, and do you really want to know what came through my mind, when I saw Mehmet aim at your back…”



Arnav nodded in silence.



Khushi whispered - “ I could only think about, how I couldn't let anything happen to you…for if anything were to happen to you Arnav, i swear id die….”



Arnav felt the emotion and love jolt every inch of his soul,as he  pulled her in a crushing hug,as he hugged her hard and he felt her hug him harder,and he brushed her hair tenderly as he said, holding her as close as he could, and he tightened the hug - “ do you have any idea what i went through Khushi??seeing you like this…fighting for life, fighting to breathe again….Khushi…i was dying, literally dying inside,everything inside of me was breaking, and i was honestly running out of strength to put up a straight face in front of everybody, when all i wanted to do was turn this world upside down…”



Khushi hugged him tighter as she whispered,caressing the nape of his neck - “ its over Arnav, the worse really is over….”, and she pulled back as she looked into his eyes as she said - “and you know i didn't fight the clutches of death and come back, only to have you going on some kind of a guilt trip Arnav, please promise me that you will never blame yourself for this ever again…for honestly it really was me in that moment realising that i couldn't live without you or exist in a world in which you didn’t…”



Arnav looked at her, and the honesty, or the innocence,or the vulnerability on her face , he didn't know what was it, that affected him more,as he said, in a voice that was dominating - “ i command you, you will never ever think of pulling a stunt like this ever again….and more than that, promise me that you will never ever go all silent on me Khushi….promise me that, and ill promise you that ill never blame myself over this mess again….”



Khushi gave him a small smile as she held his hand - “ I promise you ill always eat your head with my constant chatter…then don't blame me ok….and I'm sure some day or the other you'd ask me to be quiet for your very own peace…”



Arnav put a finger on her lips as he whispered - “ Never…id never want that, you have no idea how much iv been praying to hear you say my name again….”



Khushi felt the emotion that just left his eyes,shake her being as she said softly - “ Arnav…I….theres one more thing…that i need to say…i have to…i need to have it out of my system…and i hope you can forgive me….”



Arnav looked at her confused - “forgive you??? what are you taking about??”



Khushi held his hand as she looked at him - “ we both have done things to hurt each other, i know i hurt you in the worst possible way by agreeing to get married to Arhaan, and at the engagement…I know…I subjected you to a brutal sight that you could probably never forget…im sorry, I really am, i dont know what I was thinking…i dont know…it felt like this intense emotion that ties us that was constantly giving us nothing but pain..i felt it wasn't right…that it would for the best if we both went different ways….but I was wrong, so wrong, i realised in a fraction of a second of time, that this soul shakening, intense emotion that ties us, is too rare, too rare to be found, Arnav, i cant believe i was almost throwing it all away, im sorry…i really am…will you forgive me??”



Arnav looked at her in shock, this girl managed to pull the strings of his heart in the most unknown places, only she could do a thing like this, lie in the hospital bed, only because of him,and ask him for forgiveness,and he felt the love rush like he had felt before and he cupped her face tenderly and brushed this thumb over her cheek tenderly - “ forgive you?? Khushi, you gotta be kidding me, all that i probably need to do till the end of time is to make it up to you for doing what iv done in the past, for hurting you in the ways I have…but since you asked,and i figure its important to you..yes Khushi….its alright , i understand, and to be honest,i was the one who pushed you over the edge always,but it doesn't matter ok, i don't want to think about it, all that matters is that you are here in front of me, safe and sound…”



Khushi smiled through her tears as she held his hand and she said - “ ok so its done, and dusted with…let us promise that we aren't ever going to talk about the past again, we wasted too much time already Arnav, iv learnt that Life is too short to be taken for granted, its been too dark too long, i need my sun shining on me again,how about we start afresh…from the beginning….”,and she wiped her tears,as she took out her hand and offered it to him as in like a handshake - “ hi, Im Khushi Ahemed Khan…”



Arnav felt his lips break into a huge grin at that,as he shook her hand and he whispered looking into her eyes - “ Hi Khushi, Im Arnav Singh Raizada…”,and he smiled at that twinkle in her eye and he said softly - “and id like to thank you for giving us a chance to start afresh…”



Khushi nodded and she smiled as she said - “ to new beginnings….then??”



Arnav smiled as he said - “ its a deal…”



Khushi kissed his hand softly as she said - “ its finally our time Arnav…”



Arnav felt his heart jump in happiness at the sound of that, Our time. Ofcourse, it was now finally time for them to start over.



And right then Tanveer walked in as she said - “ times up….”,but she looked at the two of them,and realised that they were having a intense exchange of emotion,and she saw Khushi look at her and she understood as she said drawing the curtains back - “ i guess i could give you a few more minutes….”



And right then a thought crossed Khushi’s mind as she asked softly - “ Mehmet,Arhaan…they escaped right??”



Arnav understood who she was referring too, and he nodded as he said - “ yes Khushi, I had Aman track them down, they left the country and are in Germany right now…”



Khushi looked at his worried face and she said - “ dont worry, theres nothing to worry, its over…they wont ever return, Arhaan promised,I am sure he doesn't even know what his uncle did after he left, yes,he has committed crimes that he cant escape from, and whats really a worse punishment than true guilt and remorse, Arhaan has changed as a person,and we should just let it be…”



Arnav looked at her in surprise and shock, she really was very innocent at heart always wanting to see the good in people, and thats why he knew hed do everything in his power to protect her from any harm that could come her way ever again.  He had failed her enough, he would never fail her ever again,and he knew this was also not the time or the moment to talk about Farhaan the murderer,so he didn't say a word further on the topic.



Arnav kissed Khushi’s hand as he said - “ ok, i wont worry Khushi but you need to understand that you now need to rest….ok?? its important Khushi…nothing is more important than that right now….”



Khushi looked at him as she said - “ No, didn't you read what i wrote, i meant it….”



Arnav - “huh??”



Khushi - “ I dont need any rest or any medicine, all i need right now is you….and not just that id like you to know,its not just now, id always only, need you…thats all….”



How could she make him feel like this??As if he had no control over his being and was totally lost,and he immediately pulled her into a hug as he whispered - “and id like you to know that Khushi, i would always need you too…I love you Khushi…I love you so so much…that its insane…and its…”



Khushi hugged him as she filled him in - “ crazy??? good, coz crazy is a good thing…Arnav…”,and she cupped his face as she pulled back and looked into his eyes - “ i love you so much…always did, always will…its you…only you…and now if you dont mind, id like you to hold me in your arms again, before Tanveer comes and asks you to leave….”,and before she had finished , she was pulled in for another hug as he held her close, and she felt as if she were at a peace, that she hadn't felt in a long long time.



Arnav held her close, and he pulled back minutes later and he kissed her softly on the forehead as he said - “ sleep well, ill see you tom, ok??”



Khushi nodded and she teased him further - “ i know from Zoya, that the bromance between you and bhaijaan has resurfaced??”



Arnav gave her a small smile as he nodded - “ yes, you could say that…now sleep Khushi…we will talk all you want later…ok??”



Khushi didn't listen to him as she went on - “and of course aunty is up, I'm sure its so amazing to have her up and about after all this while…I can only imagine how must have felt when she woke up….must have felt wonderful right??”



Arnav smiled as he said - “ yes ofcourse, wonderful, its wonderful to have Maa back…and honestly its like as if she was never away…”



Khushi smiled as she asked - “ ofcourse, thats like it is with mother’s,she was always with you all along , silently…and…”, she paused as she teased - “oh of course di isn't the only one who calls you Chotte right?? i know aunty would always call you that…Zoya told me once…”



Arnav smiled - “yes yes, i am Maa and di’s Chotte..you can tease me all you want later ok??you are now over exerting yourself Khushi…”



Khushi made a innocent face as she said - “ no, but i want to talk now…I want to know everything…that i missed on our families reunion while i lay here on the damm life support…”



Arnav felt his insides twichh only at the reminder of her being on life support and he said - “ please don't remind me about that…and i promise you i will fill you in….but later, and you can also tell me as to how we have to go about this thing with Asad…”



Khushi - “ okkk fine….but go about what with bhaijaan??”



Arnav gave her a small smile - “ i mean, id like to talk to Asad, about us…i don't want to hide it from him,or anyone about how i feel about you khushi….but i know this isn't the time for it….so much has happened…and i know we have to rebuild it all from the beginning…but id just want to be the one to tell him…thats all…i don't want him to find out from elsewhere…”



Khushi nodded as she said - “ I understand, ofcourse…and you do know, that I strongly believe that we really have got past it all, and we really can build us back again…”



Arnav nodded - “ I know…and its really a good thing,because i very much believe the same…after the hell we’v been through, you and me can face anything, but only as long as you are with me….and we will be just fine and honestly speaking its strange, i already feel closer to you, in a way i cant explain…”,and he bent forward and kissed her cheek,softly.



Khushi smiled as she hugged him again - “i know its strange but i feel so too….hey…Remember how id once said earlier, about how id even come to hell with you if you asked…??”



Arnav nodded and he smiled at the memory and he heard her say - “as long as you are with me…i know id have the strength to face anything, i know i have to face the society out there,for they are going to be a lot of questions….about….”,and she stopped,as she noticed the worry in his eyes ,and she continued - “ like i said, dont worry about me, id be just fine, as long as you are with me Arnav…”



Arnav finally got up as he kissed her forehead - “ ill see you tom….”,and he turned to go, because he knew she wouldn't rest until he left,and he felt her hold his hand to stop him,and he turned to see her,and the love shone on her face, the love he'd been dying for and he heard her say softly - “ don't go…please not yet…”



Arnav - “ Khushi….you should rest now…”



Khushi nodded, as she felt exhausted, she was happy and content like never before, but now she felt her weakness and exhaustion take over as she whispered - “ i know…”,and she kept a hand on her forehead as she gave him a small smile - “ i think ill fall off to sleep any minute now…my head feels heavy…”



Arnav was back by her side in a jiffy as he asked worried - “ you ok?? dammit answer me?? do you not feel ok?? what happened?? should i call the nurse?? Khushi??? answer me??” and he continued now in a voice that was like a scolding - “ rest now Khushi…. you dont listen to me, you never listen to me…Khushi…and tell me should i call the doctor???”



Khushi smiled,and she continued to look at him as she smiled.



Arnav looked at her as he asked - “ you are smiling?? whats wrong with you?? why are you smiling??”



Khushi smiled as she adjusted her bed back to the lying position - “almost forgot how good it felt to hear you scold me…”



Arnav - “ you are crazy, you know that right??”



Khushi nodded as she grinned - “ ofcourse, and now that iv got this second shot at Life, mind you i might just get crazier, don't tell me i didn't warn you later….ok…”



Arnav looked at her as he said - “ why can't you just rest??”



Khushi gave him a small smile - “ stay with me will you please…just sit by my side…id like to hold your hand while i sleep”



Arnav nodded,as he looked back Tanveer wasn't around yet, and he sat next to her as he brushed her hair tenderly,and he held her hand and he whispered - “close your eyes…im here…”,and she did,and he just sat there with her for a few minutes until her steady breathing told him that she was fast asleep.



He gently took his hand out of her grip,and bent forward and kissed her forehead softly,she did look very weak still,and so so fragile.



And right then the Nurse came back and she saw that Khushi was sleep and she looked at Arnav and he said giving her a nod - “ thank you, i was just leaving….”



Tanveer smiled - “ no worries, i knew your presence is vital for my patients recovery…infact looks like shell probably sleep like she hasn't all day…and the wonders a good sleep can do for recovery..”,as she gestured him to look at the small smile Khushi now had on her face as she slept.



Arnav looked at Khushi,and he smiled himself and he asked - “ she is fine right?? and you will be shifting her to the room in the morning right??”



Tanveer nodded - “yes…she is doing much better…and 6am she will be out of the ICU…”



Arnav nodded,as he turned to leave, and he looked at Khushi, and that smile and content on her face only made him smile and feel peace like he hadn't felt in the longest time and he knew, that he'd finally be able to get a peaceful sleep tonight,the sleep he had been longing for, and not just that, he was also sure, that he would be sleeping with a huge smile on his face tonight.



…………….



Shantivan - Midnight 



Arnav stepped into his house,and the lights were out and he figured that everyone would be asleep,and he walked to the kitchen, filled himself a glass of water, and carried a bottle up making his way up to his room,and as he changed for the night,and got in to retire, he couldn't help but smile,as Khushi’s thoughts came back to his mind.



She was right.



They had wasted too much time being apart, and it really was now the time to make up for all the loss,and the pain of the past.



He smiled, mentally thanking her for stopping him from going on a guilt trip,she was the only one who could knock that sense into him,and he’d be dammed if he would let anything pull him down or stop him right now, for he had just got Khushi back, from the clutches of death.



And he smiled as he remembered her words - “and you know i didn't fight the clutches of death and come back, only to have you going on some kind of a guilt trip Arnav, please promise me that you will never blame yourself for this ever again…for honestly it really was me in that moment realising that i couldn't live without you or exist in a world in which you didn’t…”



He was glad, that they were both sailing in the same boat, and this time around,at the same time as each other.



 He took a deep breathe,as he decided that it wasn't really going to be off much help, if he went on with the baggage of the past.



And it really was time to start afresh, and he strongly believed that they could, he had earlier doubted his ability to make her smile, or to make her happy and he had been an idiot of the highest order,he should have known, he couldn't trust anyone else to keep his Khushi happy,that was something he'd now like to spend all his Life, doing.



He had to just relax, sit back and enjoy this time, for He hadn't felt happy in the longest time, he knew he owed himself that.



And he closed his eyes,as he felt smile curve up his lips, it wasn't the first time Khushi Ahemed Khan had turned his world upside down in a matter of seconds.



All his Life, he had been used to doing this job, himself with his own hands, and yet Life had happened, and he came face to face with Khushi Ahemed Khan, and he hadn't even realised when she flipped his world upside down.



And this time around, he’d just have to join hands with her, and do the same,both for himself and her, because it really was the time,to finally flip that Hourglass around.



It really was the Time for a New Beginning.



…………



The Hospital - 1.00 AM

( The room that has been booked for Khushi..)



Zoya shifted in the bed, that was there for the attendee,and she  looked up to see who had come through the door,and she rubbed her eyes,and she got up as she looked at her phone and she said - “ Its 1.00 am Asad…why are you here??”



Asad looked at her, and he hadn't planned on disturbing her in her sleep, but after he had gotten home after dropping everyone off at Shantivan, he had lied down in bed for a few minutes to relax,afterall it had been a long and gruelling day,but he had no idea how sleep had taken over, and when he opened his eyes as he had twisted in bed, he had realised it was Midnight,and he had whacked himself mentally, for he had to still go back to the hospital with Zoya’s stuff, and so he had immediately got a few of her things together in a small bag, and made his way here, he knew she would be asleep,and he was planning on being quiet, he had thought of leaving the bag in the room and then he would go back home,but he had woken her up.



Asad looked at her as he said - “ I'm sorry Zoya, i didn't want to disturb you, i just came to drop your stuff…”,and he turned to leave.



Zoya looked at him,and she felt the emotions tug her heart and she shifted in her bed,as she said - “ wait….you didn't have to Asad, i mean you are so tired, you should have just let it be….but thanks….”



Asad turned as he said softly - “ i just felt you would need your stuff…thats why…”



Zoya looked at him as she asked honestly - “ why are you doing this??”



Asad looked at her confused - “doing what??”



Zoya looked at him - “ you know making this so hard for both us…as if it weren't so hard already”



Asad closed the door, as he walked towards her, and he asked - “can i sit next to you for a while??”



Zoya looked at him, it was such a irony in that moment, never in her life she had imagined that they would be at so much distance that Asad would need her permission to sit next to her, but she reminded herself that she was the one marking this distance, and she reminded herself why it was so necessary to do so, and she nodded as she said softly - “ yes ofcourse, you know you don't need to ask me….”



Asad nodded,as he sat next to her, and he brushed a hand through his hair,and he heard her ask - “ did you have anything to eat?? you didn't eat at the cafe with us while we all had dinner…did you eat something at home??”



Asad - “ no i didnt, im not hungry Zoya…”



Zoya looked at him as she said - “ the good thing is that the cafeteria is on here 24 hours, im just going to order you some sandwich and you are going to eat it, no point in punishing your stomach Asad, i know you cant stand being hungry…”



Asad looked at her as he said - “dont bother Zoya, im fine…”, but she didn't listen to him,as he watched her get off the bed, as she held her crutch,and walked towards the patients side of the bed and picked up the phone and ordered him a sandwich.



He watched her then sit on the chair of the dining table in the suite as she said - “ it should be here in twenty minutes…do you want some coffee?? theres a kettle here and coffee and milk powder…”



Asad looked at her for a second as he got up from the bed and walked and sat across of her as he said, taking a seat - “ im fine…but thanks for asking….”,and he noticed her adjust her crutch against the wall,and he asked softly - “ is it still the same?? your leg?? are u really not able to feel any more sensation??”



Zoya looked at him and she said softly - “yeah, its pretty much the same, i cant feel much…almost next to nothing…”



Asad - “ what about the physiotherapy sessions??”



Zoya sighed - “ i dont know…i mean i know thats the only way,id have my moment back, but how, I really don't know…its difficult, very difficult, considering i cant even pick it up, even an inch without help…looks like I'm going to have to live with this all my life…its naturally very frustrating…”



Asad kept his hand over her’s in reflex - “ofcourse not, give yourself time, that’s all you need…your body needs time to recover its only been ten days..you will be absolutely fine Zoya, and probably in no time you will be running the 10k Delhi Marathon…”



Zoya felt it immediately the comfort and the support he was trying to reach her with, and that was the only reason why she didn't pull her hand away, and she found herself clutching his hand back as she whispered,tears springing to her eyes - “ yeah right…as if that is ever happening, not in this Life surely…but thanks…”



Asad was by her side in a jiffy,as he leaned forward and put his one hand on the table as he whispered, wiping the tears that  had now found their way down - “ don't cry…please….”



Zoya wiped her tears out as she tried to get up holding her crutch, but she lost her balance,and he caught her just in time in his arms, and she looked at him, and the minute their eyes locked, she knew she had made a terrible mistake, because she could see the pain,the anguish, and the question in his eyes that was silently asking her a lot of things,and it was making her feel everything she didn't want to feel.For she felt like they had just relived that dreamy lifetime they had dreamed about together, in that one excruciating painful second.



Asad caught her in his arms just in time and he felt her hold him for support as their eyes locked,and he knew she could sense his turmoil,as the moment was so intense,and it brought back memories.



It brought back the time, the days and the nights,that they had spent loving each other, building a world of their own,afterall those memories only belonged to the two of them.

He knew it just by that look on her face that she was taken back to it, and probably just like he was questioning as to why this was happening to them, she too was wondering the same.

For he didn't know,and probably she didn't know too, from where and why did this storm come and uproot everything,and he didn't know why they were both standing apart lost and lonely, like they were.



He knew his eyes were asking her the very same question, as to what was this distance really doing in between them of them, when deep down they both knew that only they could heal each other.



What was this loneliness about and why??



He knew she knew in her heart that he really was sorry about that damm annulment,and he knew she knew, that no matter what typhoon or hurricane had came their way , she would always be present in his heart,she knew, he loved her, he always did, he always would, then why really was she pushing him away, when he knew she had it in her heart to forgive him,and he couldn't reallyy understand,what was on her mind, when he could clearly see she was as pained as him in the moment.



And then,after what seemed like really long long time, he finally felt her break the eye lock as she looked away,and she whispered softly - “ please don’t….”



Asad held her by the waist closer, to support her, and with his other hand he made her look at him as he asked - “ please don’t what…??”



Zoya looked into his eyes as she whispered - “ please don't look at me like that…”,and right then she put all her weight on her right leg,as she struggled in his arms to stand on her feet.



And Asad knew she was struggling so he held her by the waist and made her sit back on the chair as he knelt down in front of her and he said, looking at her - “ I won’t, i promise i will try my best to not look into your eyes again Zoya, but only if you tell me why…why dont you want me to look at you, or into your eyes?? are you afraid because of the emotion it stirs up inside of you?”



Zoya looked at him straight in the eye as she said - “ yes, im afraid of the emotion it stirs up inside of me,because if you look at me like that ever again, in the way you just did, im afraid, very afraid, that ill fall in love with you all over again….”,and once shed said that aloud,she finally looked away.



Asad continued to sit knelt down as he held her hand - “ don’t you want to?? because i want to Zoya, i want us to go back to being us, i want you to be my Zoya again, i want to be able to talk to you, hold you, touch you, without having to be cautious or think about it in my head…”



Zoya looked at him as those words left his mouth, because she could sense the raw emotion in his voice, wasn't this exactly what her treacherous heart wanted too, to take shelter in his arms and forget about everything that had happened,but she knew she couldn't because she didn't want him to see her like this,she didn't want him to see her like this, insecured,and anxious,and miserable in this journey to recovery, and she knew with the difficulty that lay ahead, this was bound to happen because no matter what, she couldn't keep a mask in front of him longer,she wasn't ever good at hiding emotions from this man, he had the ability to see right through her, and sooner or later,he would see right through her and be able to read the real reason why she was doing this, and then he would never let her do what she wanted, he would never leave her side, and as much as her heart yearned for him, she didn't want him to face this mess of a situation.She really wasn't the same Zoya he had fallen in love with, she was now handicapped,and not just that, she could probably never become a mother again, and she always knew the dreams Asad had for his own family, could she expect him to give up his every dream for her?? She knew, he would probably be willing to do so, but she wouldn't allow it to happen,she could not allow it to happen,only because she loved him too much, he deserved to be set free of the miseries her presence could now add to his life,and she took a deep breathe as she looked aside as she said - “ no…i dont want to Asad, that isn't what I want, i can’t Asad…and please don't ask me why…you know why…its over…im afraid, i cant give you what you want, i can’t, please don't make it more difficult than it already is…”



Asad sat up straight as he got up and sat on the chair back across of her and he whispered softly - “ i just want you to know the truth though, altho i don't know if you will believe me…the night before Khushi’s engagement,when i made love to you all night, it was because I wanted to store every memory of you in my head….because i knew once i would tell you about the annulment, you'd probably walk away from me forever,and even though i said otherwise, and i can never forgive myself as to how i implied that ,that night was anything but love,and as to how i degraded our expression of love…and made you feel…”,and he paused because he didn't know which word could fit in for what he wanted to say.



Zoya fought tears as she said - “ disgusted…”,and her eyes met his pained ones as she said softly - “yes thats what i felt…disgusted and used…”



Asad took a deep breathe as he said - “ I was so angry, so annoyed, that i didn't realise what i was saying nor did i think about the devastating affect it would have on your heart..”,and he paused as he realised the truth and then he said - “ or no, i admit i knew it would have that affect, and thats why i said it, I wanted to hurt you…just like…”, and he stopped.



Zoya spoke - “ just like i hurt you…I know…Asad, I understand, for when i was angry, i probably did say and do things that broke you in every way,too….”



Asad looked at her - “will you believe me if i say it was really only love…”



Zoya - “ I dont know…I mean, i dont want to think about anything right now, and especially not that night…or the night after….”



And right then there was a knock on the door, and they were interrupted as the cafe guy came in and served the sandwich ,and Zoya smiled and thanked him as he left, and she said , looking at him - “ please eat…”



Asad stared to eat, and he watched her in silence as she looked away and then looked at him in between again as he ate,and although it broke his heart to know that she didn't even want to remember about their last night together, he felt light that he'd atlas said what he had wanted to,and he continued to eat, for he really was hungry.



A Few Minutes later -



Zoya handed Asad a paper napkin and she watched him wipe the crumbs that were there against his lips and she heard him say - “ thank you Zoya…and also i got you stuff that could last you longer than a day, i figured, you would probably not wish to come home….and stay here with Khushi instead…”



Zoya nodded - “ thanks, and yes i want to be here with Khushi..before,I…”,and she paused.



Asad looked at her - “before you leave Barkat and go back to Shantivan??”



Zoya looked at him as she said softly - “no, i wont go back home to Shantivan, i can’t, i dont know how can i, not after the way I walked out…although i know thats what everybody would want..di, bhai and Maa….but I can’t…”



Asad looked at her in shock as he said - “ what are you talking about?? dont punish yourself like this Zoya…please…and not your family…they won’t be able to take it…”



Zoya nodded - “ I know, but it isn't what you are thinking, i didn't mean that im never going to go back home, i just meant  i cant go there now, for thats not what I need…”



Asad looked at her confused - “what do you mean??”



Zoya took a deep breathe as she said - “ look, no matter what happened, i think you should know about this, before anyone else, its only fair…”



Asad - “ know what??”



Zoya took a deep breathe as she said - “ look, i was talking to Dr Arvind this evening, about this situation with my leg,and i knew from my sessions, he didn't have to tell me that i need a lot more than this…a lot more than just an hour sessions…i need intense physio and rehab Asad, that really can be the only way out i might have a chance,and i have to do this for myself…”



Asad - “ ofcourse I understand…and Zoya, we’d all get you the best, me and Arnav will talk to Dr Arvind tomm, and ask him whats the best, we’ll get you the best in Delhi…”



Zoya took a deep breathe as she said - “ no…please…listen to me…i was talking to him, and even the junior physio who takes my session, talks highly of Dr Arvind’s cousin, who has this amazing physio and rehab center, and hes helped people like me before, one out of five Dr Arvind has sent to him, is now walking back on his feet…it took him 18 months of intense physio and rehab, but…”



Asad nodded - “ ok…so fine…if thats what you want,we’ll talk to him, whats his name?? and where is his centre??ill take you there myself first thing tomm…and also everyday…after that”



Zoya sighed as she looked at him and said in a curt voice - “ Asad, stop it…stop it…just listen to me…i am only telling you this, because you should know this first, i havent spoken to my family yet, but i will…soon…i have made up my mind, i am going to get treatment at this center, and i dont want you to take me there…”



Asad looked at her in disbelief - “ what?? now you really dont even want me to take you around…fine Arnav will drive you…but ill be there…you cant stop me…”



Zoya took a deep breathe as she said - “Dr Satish Raichand, thats his name, and he isn't here…”,and she paused as she looked at him in the eye and she whispered - “ Interlaken,Switzerland, thats where his center is, its not a very big set up, but its just what I need…and i plan to leave as soon as Khushi is fine, and is back home…ill rent out a cottage or something near the centre,and ill stay there,by myself, as long as it takes….i just wanted you to be the first one to know…ill talk to bhai tomorrow..and i know ill get my visa quick on medical grounds…”



Asad felt shock go through him as what she was saying finally registered.



She wanted to leave the country.

She wanted to seek treatment in a foreign land, and she wanted to stay there for god knows how long.

And from the sound of it all, it seemed like she had it all planned out in her head and he asked, sure his voice was heavy with the broken emotion he was feeling - “ why?? why do you want to do this alone?? why do you want to cut us all out, fine, i know i understand that you dont want to give us another chance, i get it…i wont force you into it, i wont try to talk to you even about it, i promise i wont bring it up, but please don't do this….im sure we can find someone as good as Dr satish, here in delhi…dont do this to your family, or yourself….”,and he paused as he looked at her and asked, his voice quivering with emotion - “why wont you allow me to step inside your pain,and let me help you, heal yourself…”



Zoya looked at him as she said - “please understand Asad, i have to do this, for myself…and i am going to do this on my own and handle this on my own,and please understand I'm only doing what i think is the best for myself right now…i will not change my decision,and because ill probably be leaving soon, i v asked my lawyer to get our date for the final hearing on annulment fast tracked, in the family court …”



Asad listened in shock - “ you what??”



Zoya - “ i dont want to keep this hanging Asad, the sooner we both get a closure, the better it is…and since its an annulment filed for mutually, on the grounds that we did, my lawyer says he can get us a date by the end of the week, we probably just have to go to court,for a while,and sign a few papers in front of the judge, and wed both be free…free to go our own ways…its better if this formality is taken care off, before I leave…”



Formality??ofcourse,that’s what their tattered bond had come to.



Asad asked in shock, too shaken to even register what she was saying - “you want this?? this is what you really want?? you want to be set free….”



Zoya nodded as she looked away - “ its for the best….”



Asad got up the table as he banged his fist on the wall and he turned back to her as he said - “ i wont allow this…i won’t…i will not allow you to go ahead with the blunder i started…”, and he was by her side in a jiffy as he cupped her face and he said - “ please Zoya….ill back out in front of the judge…if you dont listen to me…i cant let you go…i can’t”



Zoya looked at him as she said - “and make me feel more like iv been nothing but a joke…Asad….please don’t stand in my way….”



Asad looked at her - “stand in your way?? i will dammit, because i understand what this is about, all you want to do, is run away from me ,and thats why you want to flee the country…and go and live across seven sea’s…i wont let you…i will find someone here for you…ill talk to Arnav…”



Zoya held her crutch as she stood up,and walked a little ahead and she said looking at him - “ please, if you ever loved me….let me do this for myself…i need to do this…please understand…dont make me feel that i did a mistake by telling you this first, i only did so because i felt you deserved to know first…please Asad…”



Asad held her by the arm gently - “Zoya, please….”



Zoya shoved his hand away as she stepped back, he was really making this difficult, putting up a fight that was making her go weak, and if he continued longer, she was afraid he would convince her to stay back,and then Khushi and the rest of her family would go back to playing cupid in between of them,and so she closed her eyes, as she knew she needed to say something that wouldn't make him fight back,and she said instructing herself to sound furious and she mustered all her courage as she said sounding furious - “ don't you get it??? its over, you and me are over….dammit…dont stand here and try to act like my husband or as if you have any right on me or over my decisions, for you dont, you don't have any right over me Asad Ahemed Khan….get it…and now just let me be dammit….dont make it more hard than it already is…and please dont make me wish,that id never survived the accident….”



Asad looked at her in shock as he asked - “ what did you say??is that how im making you feel right now, by trying to stop you, by trying to seek us another chance to be together….please dont tell me you just said that….please don't tell me you mean it…Zoya…”



Zoya closed her eyes for a painful second and she opened them back again as she said - “ yes, thats exactly what you are making me feel right now…you are seriously making me wish , that i hadn't survived in that accident…”



Asad felt both shocked and pained,as he looked at her and he feltt tears come into his eyes as he whispered - “ Im sorry…im sorry i made you wish anything like that….i wont stand in your way Zoya…never again will i ever stand in your way…for its really heartbreaking that its come to this…that you’d rather wish  yourself dead over…”,and he choked on his own words due to the emotion that was surfacing in his being,and he looked at her for a long minute hoping she would say something that could make him think that she didn't really mean what she said, but when she didn't say anything, he just looked at her and said - “ i guess i should leave now…its getting late…”



Zoya looked at her phone and she said - “ yes, you should its almost 2.15 am…it already is very late…”



Asad looked at her as he said - “ yeah, i didn't know it really was that late…you should sleep now Zoya…you need rest…”



Zoya - “we mostly don't realise until it really is too late Asad…anyway…thanks for the stuff…you should get home and sleep too Asad…we both need it…” 



Asad looked at her for a long pause, and without saying a word further, he walked away feeling too shaken and broken.



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Zoya pulled her cover overself,as that sight of him looking at her with the longing,as he walked out tortured her being.



She knew she had just turned her world, Upside Down.

She knew Asad was going to let her be now, after what she had just said.



It wasn’t just hurtful or brutal, it was like as if she had murdered whatever little was left off their love with her own hands.



She wiped her tears,as she realised that what she had done was probably for the best for both of them right now.



Space and Time, it was what they both needed right now to compose themselves and get over this mess,and find some peace within their being’s.



She really didn't know how she was going to pull through this all alone, but she knew she had too.



Some battles in Life were meant to be fought alone.



There was no point in shedding tears over what was gone,she had no other option but to face this Upside Down,even though she could clearly forsee, that this Upside down , was going to be a whirlwind of lonely moments, for a long long time.



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5.00 AM



Asad twisted in bed, and he sat up in bed, too much had happened, in so much time, there was so much that was still sinking into him.



But one thing was sure,even though in his heart,he knew his Love was the same and probably always would be,and he also knew that if he were to look inside Zoya’s heart right now, he would also probably find that same love, it was probably lying down buried somewhere in some corner, but it was there, it would always be there.And yet, he could feel that nothing really was the same anymore.Could it ever really be?? He now clearly understood, why the philosophers talked about cherishing the golden happy moments of love and life, because you would never know, when Life would take control, and turn  your world around, and that golden time would be snatched out of your grip.



It was strange, so so so strange, For when the situation with their families wasn't in their favour, they were glued to each other, and now that their families were one, they were standing miles apart,she had distanced herself from him, he had sensed it, she had locked up the Zoya who had insanely loved him.That Zoya, who could not even stay for a second without him, was now locked up and lost,and this Zoya,that he had seen was just a reflection of Zoya’s physical self,not her soul, not the soul that was beared to him.



He wanted to be there for her, he wanted to fight those demons she had built that wall around herself with, but he couldn’t do so, if she were going to be in so much pain because of it, he couldn't fight her if his doing so, was making her wish that she’d never survived that accident.He couldn't believe that this was what she was really feeling right now.



He could only imagine the pain that was causing her, and he knew that this pain,all this heartache, would be a big obstacle in the way of her recovery, which was the only thing she wanted to focus on right now.



And he couldn't really have it in his heart to blame her for it.

The accident had robbed him off his ability to think straight, so he could only imagine the gravity of its affect on Zoya.



A part of his mind told him,that it probably would be the best to give Zoya the space she needs right now,because in his heart he knew hed always love her, and he would watch out for her silently, and would always catch her before she hit the ground, even though this time around she was probably constructing the higest pedestal to fall from,for her very own self.



And could he really stop her??



He sensed that he couldn’t.



No one could stop her from doing this.



Not him.



Not her family.



Not even Khushi.



He closed his eyes as he saw his world flip around a million times and stop and the point of Mess, Misery and Loneliness.



His Life as of now, was a clear reflection of a Ironical Joke.



And What a irony !! What a misery it indeed was!!



And as he closed his eyes,he was sure,he saw misery standing in front of him, gloating at him.



…………………..



Hate walked in with Misery and he said, looking at Love, Fate and Destiny - “ my friend here wanted to meet and greet you, Love…”



Love smiled as she nodded at Misery, and she gestured to Fate and Destiny to be kind,as she said - “ ofcourse, it hasn't been very long, i keep meeting her often,every now and then Hate, i dont need you to introduce me to Misery…”



Hate rolled his eyes as he said - “ yeah yeah, i know, but since she's going to keep me company for a while…id just thought it would be better to say hello first…”



Fate glared at Hate as he said - “ aren't you tired of the games your mind conjures up??



Hate laughed - “ofcourse not, i love it ,and you already know…snakes and ladders is very much my favorite,even when i was a kid, i loved it the most, you know watching someone getting bit by that snake right before that finishing line,making them slide all the way down, really gives me a entertaining does of sadistic pleasure…. lets see how your precious Zoya is going to climb this one up…”,and he walked away with a smug expression on his face.



Destiny saw that Misery was sitting by calmly and she did not miss that exchange of expression between love and misery and she looked at Misery and then Love as she asked - “ whats cooking between the two of you…”,and she paused as she looked at Love - “and your fake facade of surprise that you put on, in front of Hate as he brought In misery ,didn’t fool me….”



Misery finally gave a small smile as she said - “ fooled him though, didn't it?? Its amazing how he can never understand, that even though its highly misunderstood that i exist because of him, i really do exist,because Love exists…”



Love smiled as she said - “ and how can i ever thank you for your help,im sorry though for it often surprises me on how often do i have to subject you for help…”



Misery smiled - “ always at your command, my lord…”



Destiny smiled - “ hurts me though, to use you but its the only way out…”



Misery nodded - “ ofcourse, i understand, but this time around, i have a plan of my own too, for a change i plan to have a lot of fun while I last…”



Fate asked, now interested - “ really????”



Misery smiled - “ofcourse, you do know, iv got different shades myself…”



Fate looked at Misery in awe, as she walked to get herself a can of orange juice and Love looked at her friend as she said - “ watch it Fate, you'll only be miserable, once she leaves…”



Fate winked - “ you are right, ofcourse,but I wouldn't mind if she turned me Upside Down for a while though…”,and he saw Destiny and Love give him a small smile,as he walked over to help Misery with the vending machine.



Love smiled as she said - “ just when i had her finish one case, i need her again already…its a vicious circle i cant seem to find a way out from…”



Destiny looked at love as she smiled - “ did I just hear you compare your self  to a vicious circle…”



Love smiled - “ ofcourse, why shy away from admitting what you are…and its strange that even though i don't really want to be, i end up being like that maze that never seems to end…cant really help it though, when you’v got the job description as challenging as mine…”



Destiny asked in a tone that was cryptic - “but is there a end really??”



Love smiled - “ of course not, theres always just a bend in the road….”



Destiny smiled - “ you are wicked sometimes….”



Love nodded and she smiled - “ i know…”



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Tada guys!! Let me know what you think!!!!

P.S - The Next Update will come as soon as i am done writing it, hopefully Friday, for I’m out of this town for the weekend for my best friends engagement,so hopefully ill post the update before i leave on Saturday!!!

May 27

NOTE AND CHAPTER 38 - HEART TO HEART (26 MAY,2017) - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 29 times)



Important Note



Hey guys



Thank you so so much for all your love.



Ok, so i want to explain a few things out, to all of you my loyal precious readers,which i have gathered form most of your comments is what is there at the back of your minds,and as you all give me so much time, its only fair



Firstly, i know, mostly all of you feel this, that when Asya are Happy , Arshi aren't and vice-versa, so guys basically in this story, i have taken the tracks of the couples on complete different paths, since they all made different decisions under similar circumstances, but its these decisions that changed their path ahead. Like for example, Asad decided to forgive Zoya when he got to know the truth about who she was, and Arnav couldn't forgive Khushi, and they parted. I want to show both the sides of things that could be, and thats why their tracks have gone completely different ways.Like for Arnav Khushi, they have gone through their own journey of obstacles, to now finally come together as one, and that journey has made them both learn the fact that they cannot take each other for granted, neither can that love be taken for a ride.



As for ASYA, its a dead end right now, because even though they were so thick together, somewhere around the journey they let Life shake them up, and in the moment when they needed to trust and hang in together, they both did things to hurt each other, and took decisions,for which now they have to go through this journey to finally reach that point when they realise that they no longer can take each other or their love for granted, they need to loose each other for a while, to realise the importance of each other in their lives.



So, i am trying to show different shades and perceptions of the Good old Love, by my different takes on their journey;s, and yes obviously there will come a time, when they will all be happy at the same time.



And one of the most important things, guys, i don't really know much about Muslim traditions,and since its a very sensitive topic, i do not want to write about something i cannot justify due to my lack of knowledge, its only fair.So thats why i have shown that Asya got married legally never though the traditional Nikah,and annulment is also legally declaring their marriage Null and Void, that the marriage never existed,and it is nothing like a traditional divorce.Thats why i would like to keep it like that in my fictional head, because i don't want to hurt anyones sentiments in any way by writing about something which i do not have complete knowledge off. I hope you all understand that.



Yes, for both the couples the marriage will be inter- religion ofcourse, but in the fiction of my head, id like to portray it as normally as I could, without any complications.Yes they will be getting married traditionally, but i might not get into intricate details about it. For in the end, it really is Love above all, and all that matters is that, they are together.



Thanks guys so much for all the love and support



Much Love



Prachi



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Hey guys




Here is the Update!! Quite Long.13,000 words.



Thank you so much guys for the love and the support.

In a hurry right now, as i have just finished the update and i want to post it as I’m leaving tomm,out of city for the weekend.

So haven’t proof read, so please excuse the grammatical errors.

Thanks guys so much

eager to know what you all think

Much Love

Prachi

P.S - Also posting a Note before this, please read before you read the Update.

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Chapter 38 - Heart to Heart



I Think it should be deemed as a Law by now,

Its about Time, isn't it??

For there has to be a law out there, that States

That the Conversation’s that happen in between Two Hearts, will perhaps,always remain - the most mesmerising,and awe-inspiring engima ,till the end of time.



Its really strange

How sometimes, you don't really need any words to communicate what you want, for it will reach its destination, nonetheless, either through the eyes, which are the window to a soul, or sometimes, through that telepathic silence.



And Its really strange, how sometimes, you could probably use all the words in your dictionary or even from the Oxford Dictionary, and you will still not be able to communicate what you want, or have its desired affect, on that Heart of your interest.



Its even more strange 

That how in a moment of time, the heart that our heart was closest too, the heart that could  once understand our silence, found that path, that led it so far away,that there really was no way,that could lead your heart, to it.



For sometimes, two hearts can be physically miles apart, yet close,

And at times, physically close, yet miles apart.



But despite all these complications, 

The most meaningful , soul shakening kind of conversations happen to take place, in between two Hearts, and not the minds.



Just makes me wonder, does the heart really have some kind of a language of its on??

Maybe, yes.

And that Love is probably just a prime alphabet or vowel, of that unidentified unexplanaible but surely the most illogical nonscientific-existing language.

For it really does seem like a language, that comprises a lot of other intense elements that are yet to be discovered by mankind.



Just also,makes me wonder that In the the matters of the Hearts,

which distance really is short or long,

is it all that miles across the roads,

Or is it that distance across the seven sea’s

or the whole globe??

Or is it just that ever so significant distance in between the hearts?





And so, it most likely holds true

That Just Like

there’s nothing more closer, than the Union of  Two hearts

There’s probably no distance longer

than the distance, that stands marked between two pained Hearts.

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The Next Day - Noon

(Khushi’s room)



Khushi looked at her brother as he said - “ Khushi, here is your phone…”



Khushi took her phone from his hand as she  switched it on and she said - “ thanks bhaijaan, you are the best, but I had left this at the hotel , how did you get it??”



Asad gave his little sister a small smile - “ofcourse, i had your stuff collected from the Hotel, Khushi..anyways how do you feel now??”



Khushi smiled, could she tell him that she had never really felt better, she had,just had the best sleep ever, and his thoughts came back to her mind, and she looked at her brother as she said - “ so much better bhaijaan, i cant believe i have to be here for another week or so…cant you talk to Dr Arvind, and get me a free pass for home soon…please…bhaijaan…”



Asad sat next to her,and he brushed her hair tenderly - “ no, i will not, because i will not risk your health, you were on life support for heavens sake, if Dr Arvind says that you have to be here for observation for the next 7 days, then you will be…alright?? and i do not want you to discuss this further…”



Khushi made the most innocent face she could as she said - “yeah, but im fine now…look…look at this smile, doesn't it reflect how well I am…”,and she gave him her best smile.



Asad looked at her and he smiled, he could trust Khushi’s antics  to crack him up, even in the darkest of times - “yeahhh it does,and you have no idea how much we have waited to see that smile…but Khushi…please…”



Khushi sighed, ofcourse there was no point in talking on the matter anymore, with her over-protective brother,and then she saw him look towards the door and she almost sensed what was on his mind and she said softly - “ looking for Zoya??”



Asad looked back at her, and he shrugged,he didn't want to worry Khushi right now and he said - “ no, I know she is in her physiotherapy session right now…I was just wondering about Anjali di…she messaged me earlier that she would be coming to see you…”



Khushi tried not to sound too interested, as she asked - “really?? bhaijaan, i cant believe i missed out on the biggest family reunion ever, i mean with the Raizada’s…”



Asad smiled - “well, of course, you could say that…”,and his smile faded as he said - “but the guilt comes back Khushi, at night, it really was all my fault, all those years ago, i should have listened to Arnav…we have sorted things out,its done and dusted but still, this guilt returns,when im alone, i cant help but hold my responsible for all this enemity, the hatred…”



Khushi held her brothers hand - “no point bhaijaan, in carrying around  the baggage of the past, like you said, its over…theres a reason why its the past…”



Asad sighed - “ofcourse, but you never really can erase it off, even if you wanted too, you cant just go back in time, and edit your mistakes…”



Khushi caught the anguish in his voice and she said softly - “ i know, you can't but you gotta start on a fresh page bhaijaan, and i know too much has happened, with the accident, Zoya’s miscarriage…im sorry bhaijaan, i really am…”,and she pulled him in for a hug.



Asad hugged his sister, and the comfort helped, it really was strange how she was so much younger than him yet a lot wiser,sometimes he almost caught hi smothers reflection in her,and he saw her pull back as she asked - “ somethings missing, i know there is…theres something that you aren't telling me, both you and Zoya…what is it bhaijaan??”



Asad immediately straightened his face - “no, Khushi, you need to stop overexerting your brains…and ill just be back, i need to speak to the nurse outside…”



And before she could say anything, her brother had walked out the door, or literally sprinted out at the speed of light.



And she was sure, that they were hiding something from her.

And she had to know what it was, she made a mental note of catching hold of Zoya,after she was back from the session.



Her eyes fell on her phone, and she smiled, finally she had a way of communicating with him.



She smiled as she opened her Whtsapp,and wrote down a message.

………… 

Shantivan - Noon



Arnav shut his laptop,and he looked at his watch, it was Noon, and it had been hours since he had last spoken to Khushi, and he was aching to hear her voice, but he didn't know how was that going to happen anytime soon, for he knew she didn't have her phone with her yet.



And Di and Maa said, that they’d be going to the hospital in an hours time.



An hour?? He’d have to wait for a whole hour more??



And right then he saw his sister and mother walk in through the door and he smiled as he got up from his chair, and walked up to his mother and he hugged her, taking her by surprise and he heard her ask with a smile on her face - “Chotte?? i wont complain thoughhh…”



Arnav gestured his mother to sit on the bed and she did and he immediately sat down, and kept his head on her lap as he said  softly - “the sight of you walking into my room, Maa, i missed you more than ever, a part of me was so worried that id never see you walking through it again…”



Kkusum brushed her sons hair tenderly and she kissed his head - “ I understand Chotte…iv missed you all more than ever…i cannot even begin to tell you what a torture it was , being able to listen to you all, but not able to move or respond…but its over my son, the worse is over…”



Anjali wiped the tears off her eyes as she said sitting next to her mother - “ oh so only your Chotte gets a kiss…”



Kkusum laughed as she hugged her children and then she let go as she said, concerned - “ I am worried about Zoya…Dilshaad tells me something really is off between Asad and her…do the two of you have any idea what is it??”



Anjali looked at Arnav and he gestured her to not say anything for now and he said - “Maa, we will all talk to Zoya today..”



Kkusum nodded,and she looked at his laptop and she said - “are you still working??I mean , me and Anjali were thinking of going to the hospital to see Khushi, we will leave in fifteen minutes, but if you are busy, then ill ask Sherma to take us”



Arnav’s heart jumped up in happiness as he said , composing his voice though - “No Maa, I'm done, lucky we have second saturdays of the month off at AR, i was just replying to a few mails…thats all…i am free today..ill take you and di myself…”

Anjali tried to control her laugh, of course she knew what that eagerness was about.



Kkusum smiled as she nodded - “ ok then, ill see you down in fifteen minutes Chotte…”, and she walked out towards the door.



Anjali smiled at her brother as she silently gestured him about what was up,and his smile told her that everything was now better,and she quickly whispered - “ you will tell me all the details , i want to know everything…”



Arnav nodded,and right then he heard his mother call out to Anjali and he said - “cmon di, now go, and get ready fast…”



Anjali smiled mischeviously - “ofcourse, i know, Chotte cant wait longer…”,and then she walked out the door.



Arnav smiled as he watched his sister leave,and right then his phone beeped.



He picked it up from the table, and when he saw it was a whtsapp message from Khushi, he opened it instantly -



Khushi : Got a hold on my phone, and i now finally have a way of communication, if id have to wait any longer ill probably be sending out my own Hedwig to you with a letter.Anyways,why aren't you here yet?? I miss you,already,actually iv been missing you ever since I woke up,or maybe i was also missing you in my sleep, i dont know how is that logically possible, but still, ok cutting the long story short - when am i seeing you??



Arnav smiled.This girl could make him grin, like literally grin, so much that his jaws would ache.



He quickly typed back a reply -  Goodafternoon Khushi,and i will be there shortly. Waiting for maa and di, they want to see you too. Yes,I missed you too.And btw Hedwig who??



He got a quick reply, she was online.



Khushi : seriously?? you don't know Hedwig?? ok, so Hedwig is Harry Potter’s owl that he would use for correspondence.I am noting this down in my - ‘Things to do with Arnav’ List, you so have to watch the movies with me, i mean i will be rewatching them ofcourse, anyways, will you define your shortly ??



He grinned again.



He wrote - 30 minutes after I start driving, which should be in the next 5 minutes, so probably 35-40 minutes, although i wish i had the control over the red lights of Delhi,which i unfortunately don’t.

Khushi : why dont you yet?? you are Arnav Singh Raizada, aren't you?? you can do anything, last i checked.



Aranv : Very funny.Did you sleep well?? how are you feeling now?? hows the head heaviness?



Khushi : Never been better.Yes, i slept very well,and no more heaviness,im recovering fast Arnav, i tried to convine bhaijaan to talk to Dr Arvind to let me go home early, but no such luck, bhaijaan is adamant that i will have to spend atlas a week here.



Arnav : Good,for incase Asad would have listened to you, i would have asked di and Zoya to convince him otherwise,infact i think you should be under care for the next ten days minimum,its better for you.



Khushi : I love you, Arnav.Come soon, please.



He smiled,and he started to make his way down the stairs,and he saw his mother and sister waiting for him



Arnav : I love you Khushi, more than you will ever know.



He got a quick reply as he got into the car.



Khushi : I know

Arnav : I am leaving now.



And with that he kictstared the engine,and started to drive.



……………



Khushi waited restlessly, she looked at her phone again.



There were still 20 minutes to that 35 Minutes timeline Arnav had given her.



She smiled, as she re-read their conversation, and she knew that they both would have to use this medium of communication more often until they could tell everyone about them.



And right then she saw Zoya enter the room,and she smiled and put her phone aside and she asked - “how was the session Zoya??”



Zoya walked up to Khushi’s bed,and she kept her crutch aside and she sat in front of Khushi as she gave her a small smile - “ good…”



Khushi - “ good?? really?? if it was, why isn't that smile reaching your eye?? you would have been really happy about it.Zoya, what aren't you telling me?? tell me please…im so worried for you, i can sense something is terribly wrong and you aren't even talking to me..”



Zoya sighed as she said - “ Khushi, i will talk to you,if not you then who?? but not right now…”



Khushi looked at her - “ you are worrying way too much about me Zoya..”



Zoya - “ Khushi, i almost lost you..”



Khushi - “almost, right, but im fine now…cmon…”



Zoya - “ Khushi..please…”



Khushi - “ Zoya…please…”



Zoya sighed, she knew she wasn't going to win from Khushi, so she took a deep breathe as she said - “I am waiting for Bhai, i need to talk to him, maa and di…”



Khushi looked at her confused - “about what?? what happened??”



Zoya looked at Khushi - “ i am now, more sure than ever, i need to do this Khushi…”,and she saw the confused look on Khushi’s face and she started to explain - “ khushi, there is this doctor, Dr Satish Raichand and his physiotherapy and rehab centre is rated as one of the best for patients like me…iv decided to go there for my treatment..”



Khushi nodded - “ofcourse Zoya…we all want only the best for you..”



Zoya looked at her as she said -“ Interlaken, Switzerland, thats where his centre is…”



Khushi gaped at her in shock - “ you want to leave the country?? for how long??”



Zoya sighed as she said - “ i dont know, i mean i want to leave as soon as after you are home, but i dont know how long will i be there, could be moths, or years…i dont know…”



Khushi tried to comprehend what this meant and she felt herself ask softly - “why?? and what about bhaijaan??”



Zoya said softly - “ i told him last night…”



Khushi asked in shock - “ and he's ok with it?? hows that possible?? what am i missing here??what aren't you telling me??”,and then she paused as she said  - “ fine if thats what you want Zoya, but bhaijaan will go with you, ill ask him to not worry about me…”



Zoya looked at Khushi, as she said softly - “ no, Khushi, i want to go alone, all by myself, its just something i have to do…and its probably for the best for both me and Asad, this distance is exactly what we need…”



Khushi tried to register what she was hearing and she asked - “ what do you mean?? what distance?? i m sure everything is sorted now…”and she paused as she registered the broken look on Zoyas face and she asked - “ or wait, it isn’t…?what happened??”



Zoya took a deep breathe as she said - “ we are annulling our marriage…its already filed for in court, infact we will have a hearing on Wednesday in the family court..”



Khushi gaped at her in shock as she asked - “ you both are doing what????whyyyy??? Zoya, tell me now…what has happened…”



Zoya looked at Khushi,she didn't want to worry her, but she couldn't control her tears longer as they started to spill down her eyes - “ the night of your engagement, after we were home…”,and she finally started to tell Khushi about everything that had happened.

……………..

30 Minutes Later

(The Hospital Lobby on Khushi’s Floor )



Asad felt a hand on his shoulder and he turned to see his mother,and he quickly kept his phone down and he asked - “ammi, when did you come??”



Dilshaad - “five minutes before, and i met Dr Arvind outside the elevator, hes happy with khushi’s progress thank god…”



Asad nodded - “yes ammi…”



Dilshaad had concern written all over her face as she asked - “ he  mentioned something about some centre in Switzerland for Zoya…”



Asad took a deep breathe - “ I know…Zoya told me…”



Dilshaad - “when??”



Asad - “last night…”



Dilshaad tried to read the look on his face and she asked - “is Zoya going??”



Asad - “she plans too..ammi..”

Dilshaad looked at him in shock - “and you are ok with this?? why aren't you stopping her??somethings wrong isn't there?? i knew it, i can sense it, whats happened between the two of you, i want to know now…”



And right then the Elevator opened, and Arnav , Anjali, and Kkusum stepped out and the minute they registered in the serious look on Asad and Dilshad’s face, Arnav was by their side in a jiffy as he asked - “ Asad, is everything alright??”



Anjali asked in worry - “ Khushi, is khushi fine??”



Arnav felt his insides flip in worry, and he looked at Asad as he asked - “is she alright??



Asad took a deep breathe as he sat dejected on the sofa, thankfully this seating area was on the deserted end of the lobby and he said - “ no Khushi is fine, and Zoya is with he right now…”



Kkusum watched Dilshaad sit next to her son, and she walked over and sat next to Asad on the other side and she finally held his hand as she asked - “ you haven't been able to meet my eye, for a week now…why?? whats happened in between you and Zoya?? I know about the misunderstanding that happened between you two from Anjali,but that look on your face tells me that theres a lot more happening here, which me and dishaad dont know…what is it??



Kkusum looked at the silent Asad, who continued to look down on the floor,and she watched as Anjali took a deep breathe as she said, now worried herself, that look on his face was beyond broken - “ say something??please??”



Asad looked up at Arnav, and he saw him gesture him to conitinue, and he nodded back at him for the encouragement and he finally held Kkusum’s hand as he said - “aunty, i can never forget how you’ used to save me from ammi’s wrath as a child,or even as i grew up, you were always on my side…and it breaks me to tell you that iv let you down, terribly, iv done things to hurt Zoya so much, and now she wont forgive me…and i dont blame her, but she’s really locked herself up somewhere,and not just that…”



Kkusum took a deep breathe, the anguish in Asad’s voice reflected his regret and she looked at Dilshaad who had equal amount of worry written on her face as she asked Asad - “what do you mean by iv done things to hurt Zoya?? what did you do??and what misunderstanding??”



Arnav took a deep breathe as he spoke on behalf of Asad, and filled in Dilshaad about, how Zoya misunderstood that Asad was behing that dabacle in the media,and then as to how Khushi and Anjali di sorted it out.



Asad thanked Arnav silently and then he heard his mother whisper - “ i can only imagine the darkness that must have unleashed inside of you…like it did that day,all those years ago….what did you do this time Asad??”



Asad looked at his mother and then at Kkusum aunty as he spoke, sure th guilt was evident in his voice - “ i was hurt, so hurt, i didn't know what was i thinking, i surely wasn’t thinking straight, i annulled our marriage..and i kind of forced Zoya into signing the papers…and she had already asked Aman to file them in court, before….”,and he paused, not knowing how to continue.



But he didn't need to continue for his silence was understood,and he heard Kkusum say - “ before her accident…”



Asad nodded ,and he held Kkusum’s hand as he spoke - “ im sorry, i am so sorry, and i was wrong very wrong, i have tried to talk to Zoya, but she wont give me another chance….infact,she just told me before meeting Khushi, that our hearing in family court is in for Wednesday…”



Dilshaad looked at her son in shock - “ how could you?? Aad, what have you done?? what have you done my son???”

Kkusum held Asad’s hand, and she looked at Dilshaad as she said - “you are always very hard on him Dilshaad , its a two way street, and Zoya crossed it first…I understand Asad…”



Asad looked at her in shock - “ you do??”



Kkusum nodded - “ ofcourse, for i can clearly see that love in your eyes, you love my daughter, and this was a misunderstanding…but after all that has happened, give her time beta,let this annulment go through, doesn't matter, whats a piece of paper defining a relationship, with time everything will be fine, and we will all see to that…ill counsel Zoya, and then we will have the wedding of your dreams, keeping in mind all the traditions…isnt it Dilshaad??”



Dilshaad gave her friend a small smile, she really was a second mother to her kids - “ ofcourse…we haven’t played cupid in forever..”, but right then the thought of Switzerland came in her mind and she said softly - “ but i dont think Zoya wants that, she knows us way too well, thats why she's deceided to do this…”



Anjali looked at Dilshaad - “do what??”



Dilshaad - “ i met Dr Arvind a while before, he mentioned something about some centre in Switzerland for Zoya, for her treatment, looks like he's also mentioned it to Zoya…”

Arnav felt his mind brainstorm as he asked, now very worried - “ wait wait wait, did he mention about Dr Satish Raichand??”



Asad nodded as he spoke - “yes, him…hes Dr Arvinds cousin…”



Arnav - “yes, iv heard a lot about him from Dr arvind of course, his centre is in Interlaken, i guess..”



Asad - “yes the very same…Zoya wants to go there for treatment,shes hell bent about this, i spoke to her last night, she wouldn't change her mind, and im sure, thats the conversation she's having with Khushi right now…theres nothing we can do, iv tried my best to get her to listen to me,but my resistance just makes her wish as if she hadn't survived the accident…”



Kkusum ,Anjali and Arnav asked in unison with equal shock - “she said that??”



Asad looked at his mother and the rest as he nodded - “ yes, and she wants me out of her way…it saddens me that it has come to this..it breaks my heart that it has come to this, but i cant stop her, if my doing so, makes her feel that death was better, I don't know what to do…i just don't know what to do…”



Kkusum tocuhed Asad’s shoulder as she said - “ ill talk to her…”



Arnav nodded as he said - “ she's behaving like a child, i wont let her…dont worry Asad…”



Kkusum nodded as she said - “ let us all focus on the solution for now, theres no point in wasting energy thinking about the why and how the problem happened…we will help you in ever way we can…Asad, i know she needs you now, probably more than ever, she's just being stubborn about it…”



Asad looked at everyone and he felt gratitude as he said - “ thank you so much, for not wanting to kill me for hurting your sister…”gesturing to Arnav and Anjali, and then he looked at Kkusum - “and daughter,in the ways that i have…”



Kkusum nodded and she gave him a small smile - “ only because uv known you, and i know in your heart, you love her more than she will probably ever know…”



Anjali finally said - “ ok, cmon, now lets go in and meet Khushi, Zoya is with her too right…”



Asad nodded,and they all made their way towards Khushi’s room.

………………….





Meanwhile Simultaneously



Khushi wiped her tears as she took the glass of water Zoya handed to her and she drank it up ,for now Zoya had beared her heart out to her, and it worried her greatly to know th things both her brother and Zoya had done to hurt each other, and to see Zoya in the current sitiation,she knew the miscarriage and the accident and the situation with her leg had ripped her off everything, her heart went out to her and she kept the glass of water aside as she said - “ fine, if this is what you want, then ill come with you…i will not let you go alone Zoya…you cant be alone…”



Zoya wiped her tears as she said softly - “ no, no Khushi, you will not do anything like this, things just started off for you and bhai…i cannot let you, as it is, you have suffered so much because of my mistakes…i will not let you do anything as stupid as this…”



Khushi reached out to hold Zoya’s hand and she saw Zoya shift a little further and she pulled her into a hug as she said - “ Zoya, ill talk to Arnav, he will understand…im sure…i cant let you go alone…i will be with you…”



Zoya hugged her for a minute and she pulled back as she asked - “and why must bhai understand Khushi?? why do the two of you have to suffer because of me again?? like i said, it will only make me me feel more guilty, Khushi…i cant be so selfish…you have to understand, why im doing this you out of everyone, can understand..somethings are just meant to be handled alone, remember how you wanted to be alone in London for all those months after i came back to India, i understood right?? i let you be, no matter how sick worried i was for you, for i knew it was important for you, being on your own at that time was what you needed…you can understand, what this this about…”



Khushi sighed,ofcourse she could understand and she said - “Zoya, but you love bhaijaan so much , and he loves you so much too, and hes as pained as you right now, then why cant you forgive him?? why cant the two of you forgive each other, and heal each other together…dont make things worse for yourself Zoya…i know you have it in your heart to forgive…”



Zoya looked at her, she had told Khushi everything about what had happened, but she hadn't mentioned that painful truth, that she was doing this because she knew she was not good enough for Asad anymore, because she knew if she even mentioned it to Khushi, Asad would know, and then he would never let her go,and so she knew with a heavy heart she had to lie to Khushi too, it really was the only way out, but she spoke - “ forgiveness, i know its what we both need, but I feel lost Khushi, i feel like i need to find myself again, nothing in me is the same anymore…”

Khushi looked at Zoya as she looked away and she asked - “is it really?? is really nothing the same anymore, look at me and tell me that you dont love Bhaijaan with the same intensity as before…”,she paused,and she touched Zoya’s shoulder as she said - “ of course you do, you love him, you love him more than he would ever know, but i know you both need time….fine…take your time…but you just want to run away from it all, give us no opportunity to play cupid, give bhajaan no opportunity to win you back….i know you way too well…i know why you want to do this, you want to cut us all out, because you dont want us to see you in pain…”



Zoya held Khushi’s hand, she knew she had sensed a part truth, and before she could sense further she said - “ then you know exactly why i need to do this alone, Khushi, please let me…pleasee…itll only hurt me more to think how everyone is in so much pain because of me…and ill not be able to find my strength then, you understand me more than anyone else, you’v known me better than anyone, and not just that you love me like your own, thats why you are probably always so easy on me, never giving me the cold shoulder, for the mistakes iv done…even when i was being a pain in misunderstanding Asad, you did show me the mirror so kindly, how can i ever thank you for the support you have been,just one more time, please, please just support me in this, let me do this, let me be on my own, please….”



Khushi hugged her again,and she said - “maybe, i should start being more crude with you at times,but I can’t…not with you..i love you..you are my sister,and as much as it pains me…i understand Zoya…i understand why you need to do this alone…fine…ill let you be, on one condition though, you wont cut me out, i mean promise, atlas you will be in touch with me…”



Zoya kissed Khushi’s forehead as she nodded - “ ofcourse, i will be, i will be in touch with everyone…”



Khushi looked at her - “except bhaijaan..”



Zoya replied softly - “we need space…Khushi…”



Khushi nodded - “ i know….i understand…”, she understood what this was about, she knew Zoya and Asad needed to go through this phase, so that once they found there way back to each other again, they would never fall apart ever again, and she had full faith that they would come along, time was the only thing they needed.



Zoya looked at Khushi and she smiled - “ but know this, I'm so happy for you, really happy, and i can actually leave with the satisfaction that bhai is going to take good care of you…you two deserve it…”



Khushi gave her a smile as she asked - “ but you wont stop me from visiting you ofcourse??”



Zoya smiled through her tears - “ofcourse not…id love to have you visit me, anyways iv heard so much about Interlaken, its a beautiful place…im sure its going to be the change i need..”



Khushi - “come here you…”,and she pulled Zoya into a hug.



……………



Asad opened the door, and the minute he saw Zoya and Khushi hug, he felt a small smile come to his lips, that sight always did that to him, no matter how disturbed he was, seeing Zoya and Khushi bond like they did, always made him believe in the positive things in Life.



He stepped in, and he was followed by the rest,ans he saw Zoya and Khushi look up at them,and he saw Zoya look at the solemn faces of her family,and their eyes locked, and he knew, that she knew that they knew.It was so strange, for she could still understand his silence, even when their hearts stood miles apart from each other.



Zoya had turned around, and that the minute she spotted the worried look on her mother, sister and brothers face and ammi,she had sensed it,Asad had told them.



She almost wondered, how did he have the courage to admit that hed gone wrong, because she knew it took a lot of courage to admit and shoulder the responsibilities of blunders that changed your life. 



Khushi looked at the exchange of eye lock between Zoya and her brother, and the pain and the longing didn't go missed by her, and then she automatically looked at Arnav, and their eyes locked, and she knew it by that nod he gave her silently, that he had also seen what she had.And then he gave her a small smile, as if to calm her down,and she nodded in return,because she really did feel calm.



How did he just do that?? How did he not say a word,and yet it felt like she had heard what she had needed.Did he just understand her silence,and did their hearts have like a telepathic conversation of their own right now??



She was still wondering about it, when she saw Kkusum aunty walk up to her, as Zoya got up from the bed, to give her space to sit, and she smiled at her as she felt her brush her hair tenderly - “ i remember you as a child,its been forever,i don't know if you remember,but i gave you your name…”



Khushi tocuhed her hand,as she smiled - “ofcourse I remember aunty,its so good to finally have you back…its been forever, ammii,missed you so much, just like all your family…”



Kkusum smiled - “so so good to have you safe and sound and out of danger, nothing more precious to a mother than her own children,and you are just like Zoya to me, always were..Khushi..”



Khushi smiled at her, and she saw her get up,and she looked up to see Arnav smiling at her.She could sense that he was really happy about what he had just seen, and so she smiled back at him,without making their exchange of eye messages too obvious.



Right then Dr Arvind entered in to check Khushi and he greeted everyone and once he was done checking her, he said - “great, we are doing good, you should be out of here in a week Khushi…”



Khushi protested - “a week, uncle?? isn't that too much??”



Arnav nudged Zoya,and she understood so she smiled as she budged in - “ no Khushi, thats just what you need, you know what would be too much?? ten days..how does that sound…”



Asad nodded as he said - “Zoya is right, its just what you need…”



Khushi looked at Arnav, who was gloating in victory,and she gave him a - ill deal with you later look,and she looked at her brother as she said - “ fine bhaijaan,whatever you all say…cage me in here..if thats what you all want…”



Dr Arvind smiled - “ its what you need Khushi, you are weak, physically still, so please promise me full co-operation…”



Khushi nodded.



Dr Arvind turned to Zoya as he asked,not aware that she hadn't yet discussed it openly - “Zoya, have you made up your mind about taking treatment with Dr Satish?? incase yes, then ill have to talk to him asap, and get all the arrangements done, i would like you to start treatment as soon as possible…”



Arnav took a deep breathe as he asked - “ I know, i mean iv heard you talk about Dr Satish in high regard, but I don't know if we want Zoya to go so far away on her own, isn't there anyone else right here that you could recommend??”



Dr Arvind - “ofcourse I can theres Dr Chabra here, not very far from Chanakyapuri infact, equally good, well honestly Satish is my cousin but i speak highly off him, because he is so so good at his job, and also so so approachable and warm,he’s helped a couple of my patients like Zoya,infact i could connect you to one of them,the thing is that the choice is Zoya’s for she is the one who has to go through the therapy, so Zoya, whatever you decide, come meet me in my cabin, once you made up your mind…”



Zoya nodded as she watched Dr Arvind leave, and she took a deep breathe,as she looked at the faces in front of her,for she knew she had to be in full convincing mode right now,it really was going to take everything out of her to convince the people in front of her to let her go.



She could sense by Asad’s stance that he really was counting on her brother for this one,he really was counting on him to stop her from leaving.



But she knew, she would have to use her clever way with words to get her way out.



And she was adamant that she would.



……………………







Three Hours Later

The Hospital Cafe



Arnav took a deep breathe as he looked at his mother , and he said - “ Im sorry, Maa, for I couldn't convince Zoya..”



Kkusum gave her son a small smile - “ Chotte, you dont need to be sorry, it isn't your fault..”,and she looked at Anjali and Asad as she said - “and neither is it any of your’s…its ok, lets just give her some time..time is the best healer, i am sure Zoya will come around…”,and then she looked at Asad as she held his hand gently - “ Infact I should apologise, i know you were counting on us, for this, and we obviously couldn’t…I understand this is really painful, very painful, but have faith alright, everything will get fine…all you need is time…”



Asad touched her hand gently as kissed it and he said - “always been so kind to me Maa…”, and he saw her look at him with so much emotion as she hugged him and she said - “ id love for you to call me that…”



Dilshaad walked in towards everyone, and she looked at Asad as she said - “Zoya, just went to see Khushi, to say bye for now…”



Asad - “huh??”



Dilshaad turned to Arnav - “ since, she wants to leave in ten days, she's asked whats his name, your assistant..”



Arnav - “Aman??”



Dilshaad nodded - “ yes, she just spoke to him, and asked him to get her paperwork ready…she wants to go to AR to oversee the same…”,and she paused, as she sat down on the chair dejected - “ I cannot believe this is happening, i mean, just when i had the time to have both Zoya and khushi with me, she is leaving…Kkusum, i cant believe she wouldn't even listen to you….”



Kkusum smiled at her friend - “ thats because, i am her mother, out of all, at this time, she needs me to stand with her, not against her, Dilshaad, and i can sense why she is doing it, she doesn't want any of us to see her like this, in so much pain…”



Anjali nodded - “exactly, thats why she is doing this, cutting us all out…”,and she sighed - “ i dont know if its right or wrong, but how will she manage all by herself…she isn't even allowing me to accompany her…god she's stubborn…”



Kkusum - “is a Raizada afterall, she is very much like your father Anjali, and if i should say, a lot like Chotte…”



Anjali gave a small smile - “yeah right, are you sure I'm not adopted Maa, for it seems im completely different from my siblings…”



Kkusum hugged her daughter - “well thank god, atlas one of you decided to be fair and go after me, if it wasn't for you, i would be really taken aback with the thought that i did all the hard work, and all my children came out to be a xerox of their father…”



Asad and Dilshaad laughed at that, as they saw Anjali stick out a tongue at Arnav.



The situation was tense, but yet, in that moment, it felt like that they could all deal with it together,for now that they all stood together as one family, nothing could really shake their spirits.

Asad,stood wondering if it really was possible, that the Hearts of the two families had always been joined, even if it was through hatred.



Maybe yes, Anjali di was right, they had always been bonded,first by love and then by hate, but that string always existed.



Kkusum looked at Asad as she said - “im taking Dilshaad home for a while, it will be a change for her to meet Amma and Manorama….”

Dilshaad gave her a small smile - “well, manorama always does manage to crack me up…”



Kkusum smiled - “cmon on then, lets go…”and Dilshaad turned to Asad - “im taking the driver, i came with…”



Asad nodded,and he watched them leave and he said turning to Anjali and Arnav - “ it really is good to see the two of them bond like that isn't it?? as if nothing ever changed..”



Arnav nodded as he looked the his mother and Dilshaad aunty - “ofcourse, its overwhelming…”



Anjali - “and i couldn't be happier about it, too..”,and she turned to Asad and Arnav as she asked - “ i could use a quick tea, before Zoya arrives…”



Asad nodded and he looked at Arnav as he asked - “you’ll have your usual black coffee??”



Arnav gave him a small smile as he watched Asad go to the counter,and he took his seat with Anjali di.

…….

Ten Minutes Later



Asad sipped his coffee as he looked at Arnav as he spoke - “well under usual circumstances, i would really appreciate the efficiency of your right hand Aman, but in my case, his efficiency has really done me no good…”



Arnav nodded as he said - “ I understand, and its strange though how he hid such important things in regards to Zoya from me…like for example the annulment…”



Anjali sipped her tea - “well, ofcourse, because thats why you trust him, for his confiditeality, whats his fault, im sure Zoya asked him too keep the silence,and poor chap, he must be scared of  what wrath he would have to face,if he told you anyway…”



Asad - “anyway, if its ok with you Arnav, i’d like to drive her to AR, iv only got ten days until she leaves…and im sure i have no luck in my favour, im so sure, she is going to be in touch with everyone, but me…”



Anjali looked at him as she said softly - “dont give up yet…dont loose hope…”



Asad nodded - “ i won’t…but I'm also going to let her be for a while, for if i see her cry once again because of me…i don't know if ill be able to take it, the guilt wont let me sleep…maybe it is what we both need di…some space…i need to figure things out, after all so much has happened, in so little time…and then probably with time, ill feel like my old self again, ill feel like Zoya’s Asad,and i can win her back again…but right now, i can’t, because i dont feel like that , i dont feel like the Asad, Zoya fell in love with, i feel like the Asad who has committed some major blunders,for which i must pay…but i just hope, being apart gives her what she needs..”



Arnav looked at the pained pace of his friend and he said trying to comfort him - “ofcourse it will, she will come around…im sure she will..”



And right then they spotted Zoya entering the cafe, and Anjali shifted inside the sofa,as she made space for Zoya to sit,and she asked - “will you have anything??”



Zoya’s eyes locked with Asad’s for a brief second, and she immediately looked away, too many eye locks with this man was not a good news to her heart and so she said - “no di, thanks…i dont have much time, i need to go to AR, i need to oversee my paperwork, and i need to sign some papers iv asked Aman to prepare,and iv also collected all the medical documents that i need,because i want the Visa to be filed first thing Monday…”, she paused as she saw Asad look at his phone, probably to distract himself, and she looked at her brother who sat next to Asad sipping his coffee - “ ofcourse, i cant drive bhai, is Sherma kaka here…??”



Arnav sipped his coffe,and looked at his sister,who sat in front of him looking like a mirror of his older self and he said - “ no,Zoya.. i drove Maa and di here, myself….”



Zoya - “oh”.She knew she couldn't ask him to take her yet, because she knew he probably was waiting to meet Khushi.And she thought for a second as she took out her phone.



Anjali looked at Zoya as she asked - “ what do you think you are doing??”



Zoya - “ordering myself a Uber di…seriously…relax…”



Asad finally looked up from his phone, and he felt his anger rise and he knew he literally was glaring at Zoya as he said - “ i know you probably dont hate the cab driver as much as you hate me right now…but i will drive you to AR…and i will not take a no for a answer…”



Zoya gaped at him, because of that authority in his voice and she  said in a curt tone - “ No, thank you, i don't need you to…im doing just fine on my own…”



Anjali - “no way…Asad will take you…no more arguements…”



Arnav looked at Zoya as he said - “ di is right, cmon, now…and dont delay..or maybe you changed your mind about Switzerland, after all…”



Zoya looked at her brother - “bhai?? i know, you dont approve of this…but…”



Arnav sighed - “but i know its what you need, i understand, now , dont make this more difficult please, let Asad take you to AR…”



Zoya sulked as she looked at Asad and she spoke - “ oh yeah?? and theres going to be so much gossip at the office if anyone sees him…”



Arnav - “they won't , its second saturday, off..only Aman and Seema are there, and i trust them…infact i know you do trust Aman too, right??”



Zoya rolled her eyes at her brother as she shot him a look and she said - “ yeah…ok…fine…ill let your long lost best friend drive me…”,and with that she got up,and started to make her way out, after saying a goodbye to her sister.



Arnav looked at Asad who had a lost and solem expression on his face and he asked - “all good…??”



Asad looked at his friend as he said - “ your sister is going to drive me insane, surely…”



Arnav gave him a small smile - “well you should have known what you were getting into, falling for a Raizada, what did you expect..we drive people insane remember..its in our DNA??”



Asad almost smiled at that - “yeah right?? i should have known better..”



Arnav kept a hand on his shoulder - “jokes apart, relax..i know its too much to take in…but hang in there ok..have patience…”



Asad looked at him shocked as he smiled looking at Anjali di - “di, the sun has surely risen from the west, did i just hear Arnav Singh Raizada advising me about patience??”



Anjali smiled - “ofcourse…my Chotte has changed…”



Asad looked at Arnav as he asked - “and i can sense..its got everything to do with love?? who is it?? you haven't mentioned her yet..and you really are in Love?? you??even though i can sense its serious for you, why is it still difficult to beleive, i mean I always had my doubts if you would ever meet a girl who would have that power, to change you around…”



Arnav took a deep breath as he exchanged a brief look with his sister, and he gave him a small smile - “well, i did meet that girl, who knew she actually existed, and we will talk later about the interests of my heart…im sure you dont want to keep Zoya waiting long…”



Asad gave him a small smile as he nodded - “ill see you later…”



Arnav nodded - “Later…”



Anjali watched Asad leave,and she watched Arnav settle back in the chair and she looked at him as she smiled - “ come to think of it, i had my doubts too,infact i had almost lost all my hopes that you would actually ever fall in love…but then you met her…you saved her from a accident right? on the busy roads of oxford street?? who knew??”



Arnav sipped his coffee,as he smiled at the memory and he nodded as he said - “who knew di, that all Khushi had to do was fall in my arms, who knew that my world would flip around the very second, she looked into my eyes…”



And right then his phone beeped, and he opened it to see Khushi’s whatsapp message.



Khushi : Where are you??Are you with everyone still?? I need to see you.



He smiled as he quickly typed - 

Arnav : Asad just left with Zoya for AR, Maa and dilshad aunty would be reaching Shantivan any minute now.I am with di at the Cafe, i was just talking to her about you, and you messaged.You are strange,how do you message exactly when i am thinking about you.



He saw Anjali di pick up her phone as it rang, it was his Jijaji,and she excused herself.



His phone beeped.



Khushi : Oh really?? what were you talking about me?? and looks like fighting death gave me some extra intuitive powers..hehe…”



Arnav : very funny, it isn't a thing to joke about Khushi.



He got a instant reply.



Khushi :What were you talking about me??



Arnav : well, i was just telling di, about how I looked into your eyes the very first time, and my entire world flipped.



He smiled, as he waited in anticipation to see what she would reply.



His phone beeped.



Khushi : I still remember the first time you caught me in your arms.You gave me shivers,and i knew my heart would never beat in the same way ever again.Did i ever tell you that my heartbeats fasten to the speed of light or sound which ever is faster, the minute you are around me??



He smiled,as he wrote :  I am coming to see you in five minutes.



He got a quick reply.



Khushi : I am waiting.



………………









Meanwhile 



It had been 15 minutes, and she had avoided any sort of communication,and continued to look out the window.

It was strange, so strange, for there was a time, even the silence with Asad felt like the most comforting thing in the world, and right now, that very silence was peircing her being.



She was happy, that he had stayed silent, while she was conniving her family about her decision, for his silence had helped.She knew her siblings were still in two minds about her decision, but she was glad that her mother understood her, just like Khushi did too.Khushi was the besets friend she could have asked for, infact she was her soul sister,and she looked at Asad who was driving and she finally took a deep breathe as she said - “ although i know i dont need to say it, i know you will take good care of Khushi once I leave, but still stop her from overexerting herself, although i know no point,she’s going to let that excitement of having a second shot at Life be a driving force behind everything she does…”



Asad looked at her briefly as he said - “ i can see that, and something is different you know, i mean, ever since she woke up,its like she's really been born again…i guess its only natural when one encounters death as close…”



Zoya gave him a small smile - “yeah…ofcourse…and also its Khushi, she's always at the extreme end of the spectrum anyway…i love that about her, ill miss her the most…”



Asad nodded - “Ofcourse…you two have the bond,that always made me wonder if the two of you have some kind of a language of your own, you know heart to heart..”



Zoya smiled - “yeahhh…heart to heart…”



Asad pressed the brake,as he stopped the car at the red light right before AR and he looked at Zoya and right then she looked at him,and he heard her speak softly - “ thank you…”



Asad looked at her - “ for??”



Zoya - “for not putting up a fight in front of Maa or bhai..and di, i mean in regards with my decision for Switzerland…”



Asad spoke softly - “ i figured its what you wanted Zoya, and like i told you last night, i will not stand in your way…and maybe you are right, you have all the right to decided whats the best for you, and your health and your recovery is on a priority list for me too Zoya..”



Zoya looked away as she looked outsid the window - “ don’t…Asad…”



Asad asked - “now what??”



Zoya looked back at him as she said - “ don't love me so much, don't do this to yourself, im only going to be giving you pain…its better if you forget me, and move on…”



Aad felt his insides freeze.Move on? What the hell did she mean?? She had clearly lost her brains in the accident.And he asked - “Move on…what the hell do you mean??”, and he started to drive since the signal turned green.



Zoya saw the taut jawline, that had hardened,and she almost felt like wanting to reach out and touch him but she controlled her emotion as she said looking ahead, as he pulled into AR - “Move on, in the sense, move on in Life…move on from me…i mean im going to leave in ten days, i dont know when will i come back, and once the annulment is done, there really is nothing standing in your away, its only fair…that you meet new people…and im sure, you'll meet a nice girl…and you see within no time, you will forget the pain that i was in your life, and who knows maybe years down the line, we can actually be friends…like you and bhai…”



Asad immediately brought the car to a halt in AR’s parking lot and he turned to look at Zoya as he asked taking a deep breathe - “ we used to have one too right Zoya…??”



Zoya looked at him - “have what??”



Asad - “a language of our own, a language of our love that existed between our hearts, then why isn't anything reaching you right now?? why cant you understand, that these things you are saying, are tearing me apart, why are you doing this?? you dont want anything to do with me, fine i get it, you want to go to switzerland, i get it, fine, but now you are suggesting me to move on?? meet some new girl, start dating?? are you even listening to yourself…stop it…please…”



Zoya looked at him as she said softly - “ its only fair, i mean, you shouldn't let one bad experience stop you…”



Asad felt his anger rise as he asked - “ what did you just say??did you just call yourself a bad experience??”



Zoya nodded - “ofcourse, what else am i?? accept it, iv probably only given you the pain that surpasses any happiness i probably ever made you feel…Asad…”



Asad looked at her in disbelief.How could she still manage to hurt him deep inside - “ oh I'm sure then i beat you to that, for of course then you'd probably call me the worst experience of your life…”



He was anything but that.He was anything but worse. She knew for all her nights she would only have his memories for company, but she knew she couldn't say that loud,so she took a deep breathe as she said masking her turmoil - “ofcourse…you are right…wev been nothing but that…you know worse experiences for each other…infact im sure this space is what we both need to start afresh..”



Start afresh, bull ****. But he knew right now was not the time to get angry and he said, sure the hurt was evident in his voice - “ im glad you cleared that out Zoya…”



Zoya took a deep breathe,as she opened the door ,and Asad was bu her side in a jiffy,as he picked up her crutch and handed it to her, and she took it and stepped out,and he tried to help her, but she stopped him - “ i don't need any help, thanks…how am i going to learn, if you keep giving me support?? i need to learn how to handle this on my own.”



Asad felt his insides twich, he knew her words had a larger implication out here.

He didn't know what to say, he had no clue what words to use, so that he could reach out to her, make her see that this wasn't for the best. This was the worse thing ever.But he knew she couldn't understand, she couldn't even see what he wanted her to see.She was too apart, too much at a distance right now.



And so he followed her silently into AR.



20 Minutes Later



Asad  was making his way back into Arnav’s cabin from the washroom, when he spotted Aman step out, as he looked at him and Asad asked - “ all done??”



Aman nodded - “ yes sir…all done..ill have our travel agent file the papers first thing Monday..”



Asad nodded and he said - “ under normal circumstances id praise you for your efficiency…but..your held hasn't been in my favour..on a number of occasions Aman…”



Aman looked at his taut face.And he realised one thing in that one moment.Asad Ahemed Khan, was as fearsome as his boss when disturbed and he said - “im sorry Sir, but i couldn’t disobey Zoya Maam…”



Asad - “ ofcourse i know your loyalty lies with the Raizada’s…”



Aman - “sir if theres anything i can do for you, please let me know…”



Asad looked at him - “how about if you try to be off real help to me, next time around, like real help…”



Aman - “ofcourse sir…”,and then he walked away to his workstation.



Asad walked into Arnav’s cabin and he looked around again, this used to be Uncles cabin, and he saw Zoya sitting deep in thought  and he walked over as he put a hand on shoulder as he asked - “ are you done??”



Zoya nodded,as she shrugged her shoulder,and he picked up his hand immediately and she said - “yeah…everything is filed,you know since on passport i am still Singh Raizada, i need to have all my papers in my individual name…but that shouldn't be a issue anymore, for i still will be that Singh raizada for real, in two days time…you do remember the hearing for our annulment is at Noon this Wednesday…”



Asad nodded,and he saw her get up,as she walked to sit on Arnav’s sofa,and he walked and sat next to her.She was only physically close, but in her heart, she had never been further, and  he saw her drink a glass of water as she asked - “ will you have anything to drink??”



Asad looked at her as he said - “ no Zoya, i seem to have lost all my appetite…”



Zoya looked at him and their eyes locked, and she could see the pain in his eyes ,and she said softly looking away - “ give yourself time, Asad, you'll be fine, im sure, once im out of your life, you will be just fine…”



Asad didnt know what came over him, as he pulled her by the hand immediately, closer,taking her by suprise, and he looked into her eyes and he said, his lips now dangerously close to her’s - “keep telling yourself that Zoya, if that makes you feel better, or makes this easier for you, but are you sure you aren't repeating this again and again only to convince yourself?? and lets see for how long can you continue to be blind to the truth… please enlighten me when you are really convinced…because i will never be convinced of this bull****, for i know i can not go on without you, the only reason why i am letting you do this, is because i think its what you need for your health and for recovery, have i made myself clear??”



Zoya felt herself shiver as she said - “ let go of my hand…Asad…”



Asad did,and he asked sure the disbelief was evident in his voice - “ do you honestly think that you can go on without me??”



Ofcourse she knew she’d be killing herself everyday.But she knew she had too.For her Life no more was about what she thought or what she wanted. It was going to be anything but that.



She looked at him in the eye as she said - “ I know I can.And I will.This is just who I have become Asad, I do not believe in second chances anymore,i don't have the time for it in my Life, and you surely are never getting any from me,and not just that i myself dont think i deserve a second chance from you,so cut this out please, and i will show you that i can go without you, and you will see, that once I leave, you will never hear from me ever again…”,and she paused as she registered in his expression of shock and disbelief on his face , and she continued - “and id like you to know that i dont want to hear from you again, once im out of here…and i mean it…you will not try to get in touch with me Asad…we are over…we have reached the point of goodbyes, for good…”



Asad just stared at her in shock,and he heard himself say, something deep inside of him finally found the words as he asked, his voice shaking - “ have we really??”



Zoya looked at him as she got up - “ yes, we have, now if you dont mind please drop me back to the Hospital…”,and she left.



Asad watched her walk out the door, and he realised in that one second, a heartbreaking truth, the physical distance wasn't the problem, the problem wasn't that she was going to be across the globe.

The only problem was this distance that now stood marked starkly in between their hearts.



And just like that in a moment he realised, that there probably was no distance longer than this, no distance longer than the distance in between two pained hearts.

…………………



Meanwhile Simultaneously



Arnav opened the door, slowly to Khushi’s room, and he was glad that he was finally going to have some alone time with her.



The last few hours had just been Bizzare, and now he needed to see her more than ever.

He saw her flash him that mesmerising smile, that light up his entire world, and he shut the door, as he walked in and sat next to her on the bed,and he bent forward and kissed her forehead - “ hey…”



Khushi smiled,as she kissed his hand - “hi…finally…”



Arnav smiled - “ yeah finally, im sorry, i know the last few hours have been bizzare…and i swear i was literally counting the seconds to be alone with you..”



Khushi teased - “ oh really??”



Arnav - “ ofcourse, for only you can calm my jittery nerves and make me feel at peace…”



Khushi held his hand,as she whispered softly - “ i know, this thing with Zoya and bhaijaan, its very disturbing, iv been so worried, but maybe they need some time…you aren't mad at me for siding with Zoya on this are you?? i know bhaijaan isn’t, but…”,and she paused.



Arnav looked at her innocent face, he knew where was this coming from, he had often let other situations affect his equation with Khushi.But that was in the past, not anymore,he wasn't going to let anything else ever affect them, and he needed to give her that confidence, and he held her hand in his as he kissed it gently and he whispered - “ no, im not mad at you Khushi, hell i know Zoya, none of us can make her change her decision,and it isn't your fault,and i know, i have often let the situation on the outside, be it anything, like a scene with Arhaan or probably the happenings between Asad-Zoya , iv let it affect our equation in the past, and i was wrong very wrong, why must you or us always have to bear the consequences of what anyone else does, even if its our siblings, i would like to promise you, that i will never ever let anything else ever affect us ever again, its just you and me, and us…our equation stands apart, from everything else, whatever it is, come what may, we will deal with it together, as one…”



Khushi saw him wipe her tear as he brushed cheek tenderly and she whispered - “ id like that…thank you…i promise you too, i will prioritise us, no matter what…ofcourse with everything else in balance too, but i will not let anything else affect us…”



Arnav smiled - “good, now tell me more about your list…”



Khushi eyes gleamed in mischief - “ oh my things to do with Arnav List??”



Arnav grinned - “yeah about that..”



Khushi - “ oh you have no idea what i have in store for you Mr Raizada…”



Arnav - “ go on, im listening…”



And right then he saw her frown for a second, and then she masked it as she smiled at him, but he cupped her face gently as he asked - “what is it??”



Khushi sighed as she spoke - “ look i know, you want to, i mean i want to too, i want to tell bhaijaan and everyone about us too straightaway, but we only got each other back now, and this situation with Zoya, i don't think bhaijaan will be in the exact frame of mind, to be very accepting of us…and i dont want to risk it, i mean i don't know, just feels like it isn't the right time for him to know…i mean what if he asks us to mainatain distance, which of course I won’t, and then it'll hurt him,and you two just got back on your own equation, i dont know, im just so confused, “,and she paused as she looked at his dazed expression and she said immediately - “Arnav, look please trust me on this…its just that so much has happened in so little time…i don't know, i really have no clue how bhaijaan will react in this frame of mind and i don't want to take any chances, look you aren't misunderstanding me right, i love you, and id like everyone to know that,why aren't you saying anything, say something please??



Arnav listened carefully,and then he took a deep breathe as he said - “honestly speaking i was thinking the same thing, although id like to be completely honest with Asad, i am also not sure about his reaction though,and he does have too much on his plate right now….”



Khushi nodded - “exactly…then why did you have that dazed expression on your face??”



Arnav gave her a smile - “ i was dazed because, i was just wondering, that i really have to work very hard to give you the confidence and the comfort that i will never misunderstand you Khushi, ever again, I trust you Khushi…I do trust your love for me…more than i trust myself, to be honest…you took a bullet for me dammit, id be the fool of the highest order, to have any kind of doubts, although i have been a fool of the highest order in the past, i have made too many mistakes…and i shouldn't have ever let you…”,and he felt her finger on his lips before he could continue,and she whispered softly - “ you are going to be punished if you talk of the past…we made a deal remember..”



Arnav smiled,as he pulled her in his arms for a hug.



Khushi pulled back as she squealed in delight - “this romance in hiding does sound exciting, doesn't it??”

Arnav grinned at that expression on her face and he said honestly - “well, honestly its going to take a lot of control,and will be very taxing, but yes i could still agree, it does sound exciting…Khushi…damm anything with you is exciting Khushi…”



Right then the door opened and the Cafe guy walked with a sandwich and tea for Khushi , and placed it on the table, and Khushi asked him to get some black coffee as well.



Arnav started to get up to get her the plate, when he felt Khushi hold his hand, as she said - “ id like to sit on the table, with you…”



Arnav - “are you sure??”



Khushi stepped out of bed,and she felt him wrap an arm around her waist as he helped her,and she snuggled into him, holding on to his shirt, and once he had adjusted her on the chair, she held his hand with a jerk and she whispered,leaning into him- “you do know, i didn't need your support, but i liked your hand on my waist…”



Arnav grinned,as he cupped her face and touched her lips,brushing them with his thumb making her shiver and he whispered - “ I know…and just so you know, Its taking me every ounce of my strength to not kiss you right now..”



Khushi blushed,she felt her heart beat so fast,and she asked - “ oh and will you enlighten me why are you showcasing such immense display of strength to me…”



And right then they heard  a knock on the door, and Arnav immediately sat back on the chair, and the Cafe guy entered with Arnav’s coffe,and placed it on the table,and then left.



Arnav smiled as his eyes locked with Khushi’s and he said - “ because, we don't have the privacy,id like to have, when I finally kiss you again…”



Khushi blushed, and she understood what he meant.And it did feel like that kiss would be a lot different, for it would be a kiss of promises, and a kiss of new beginning,and she said softly - “ i know what you mean..”,and she picked up the sandwich as she started to eat,and she handed him his coffee,and their eyes locked,as their hands touched, and he was sure he felt that electrifying current going through him.



She watched him eat, and she smiled as she said - “Arnav, i do love you more than you'll probably ever know…”



Arnav smiled,as she quoted his words back to him from earlier today,and he grinned as he said - “ I know…”

Khushi smiled,as she continued to eat, and right then Anjali di came into the room,and joined them,as she hugged Khushi, and they all talked and Khushi made Anjali di eat a bite off her sandwich,and then Anjali made Khushi eat.



Arnav took a moment out, as he smiled,he was sure his heart was also smiling in that one moment.He had never felt happier, in his soul and heart.



And he realised in that one moment, that his sister had always been right all along, there really was nothing more beautiful and closer than the union of two hearts.



It really always is about the Heart to Heart.



…………………



Hate looked at Misery as he asked - “ whats with you being patient?? cmon get into your full active mode now…”



Misery smiled at Hate as she said - “ oh cmon, be patient..you will have you way, until then, let me take it easy…trust me…why cant you trust anyone but yourself…”



Hate rolled his eyes - “well thats because I only trust myself, always been like that…anyway…id like you to not waste much time…this Love is clever, and also Fate, i can see you being too friendly with him, you dont know the games these people can play…watch it…”,and he walked out.



Fate grinned as he came and sat next to Misery - “ im sure, he was badmouthing me…”



Misery smiled - “yes he was..”



Fate - “dont listen to him , ok…listen to your heart…”



Misery smiled as she asked - “ are you trying to establish something here?? or make a point..”



Fate grinned - “i dont know..am I??”



Misery rolled her eyes - “god, you are shameless..”



Fate grinned - “and i couldn't agree more…”



He watched Destiny and Love walk in and he heard Destiny ask - “ whats up??”



Fate grinned - “well , nothing much, i was just telling Misery, how its always better to listen to your heart..”



Destiny smiled - “oh is it??”



Fate - “ofcourse, and iv learned from Love, no distance longer than the one between two hearts, and nothing more closer than the union of two hearts…isnt it Love..??”



Love looked at Fate, Misery and Destiny as she smiled - “ofcourse, you learn fast Fate…”



Misery - “strange though, how does this Heart to Heart happen…in a fraction of a second, one can connect, or vice versa…and flip disconnect..so so so strange…”



Destiny nodded - “strange indeed…probably will remain an enigma till the end of time…isnt it Love??”



Love smiled,ofcourse it was true.



The matters in between two hearts and the answers to why? when? how? , what happened,  was always meant to be that -

An Enigma, till the End of Time.



……………………….



Tada guys!! Next update will come middle of next week!!

Jun 2

Chapter 39 - TOO MANY GOODBYE'S (1 JUNE,2017) - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 31 times)



hiiii guyssss

Im here with the Update, thank you so so so much guys, for all the love, and support and the feedback.

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Ok here is the Update its really insanely long, 14,000 plus words, so id like you all to put your seatbelts on for this Chapter.

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Much Love

Prachi

p.s - I hope the length makes up for the delay.Also haven’t proof read so please excuse grammatical errors.

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Chapter 39 - Too Many Goodbye’s



Goodbye.

Strange isn't it??

Just a Simple Word, a Simple Expression

But it can be implied in so many different way’s.

And come to think of it,as kids in school, we were taught this as a normal word, just like any other.

Why didn't anyone ever teach us about the true facts, and the hidden meaning,behind it??

Maybe, because we were meant to learn about it, in our journey of Life.



Yes, its a simple word to say, a very common way of expression

Yet it is a powerful tool of the Heart.

For the emotion that a goodbye can stirr,

is usually high on the intensity meter.



I strongly feel,that this particular expression can be categorised into different forms.



There are a few goodbye’s that are bittersweet,

because you know that you are parting only for a short while, and will surely meet again.



Then there are a few goodbye’s that are happy,because they are only said, as a gesture to just simply say - until we meet again.

For sometimes, parting is just unevitable, due to certain situations in our lives.



Then there are those goodbye’s that happen,because they were destined to be.

In the sense, that in our Lives, sometimes people come in for a reason, or a particular season, and then thats it, they leave,because that was how it is supposed to be.We often meet people, become friends, spend good time together, and once the path in life changes, we all go our different ways.Happens, to all of us.

Thus, these goodbye’s are destined goodbyes,that leave back most a memory that will either give you a tear in the eye, or a smile on your Lips.



And then there are those goodbye’s, the most painful ones,the silent goodbye’s

they happen quietly, with no words said, no explanations, the door shuts on our faces, just like that.

These goodbye’s usually hurt the most.

These goodbye’s will come back to haunt you in your dreams, probably till the end of time, will always make you wonder why it happened?

This kind of goodbye usually happens if a person in reference is fleeing a situation, or running a marathon against emotions,and it is surely the most painful solution to a problem in hand.

And honestly its not really the goodbye bit that hurts the most, it’s the aftermath of rewind,pause,and play of memories that hurts the most.



But Despite being what it is,its a situation we have all been in, in our lives, sometimes in one of its form,and then the other time, in one of its other forms.

For we can't really escape a goodbye, no matter, how happy, bittersweet,destined, or painful it is meant to be.

Its true isn't it?

We all have faced that one moment in our lives when it really is all about - Too Many Goodbye’s.



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Ten Days Later



Tuesday



Barkat - 10.00 AM



Zoya sat on the chair in the shower cabinet, and she let the hot water run over her. She really did feel that hot water was like her own personal therapy, she loved how it calmed her nerves.



Ofcourse,due to her condition with her leg, she couldn't really stand and enjoy a long shower,and honestly this idea of sitting under a shower was really good.She didn't really have much choice, she had to enjoy it no matter what.



She was glad that she had let Khushi get ready first, so that she could take her time, and take her time she would,for she had a lot to  process, a lot to think.A lot had happened over the last ten days.Time had just flown by, and she was glad, she didn't want it to crawl like a snail anyway.



Six days ago, her marriage had been annulled.She felt shivers go through her as she recalled the intensity of Asad’s gaze on her as she signed the last of the annulment formalities, in front of the judge.She had signed them first this time around.His pained face, his anguished eyes, that still found a way of boring into her soul, came back revolving in front of her eyes.Ofcourse, it took every ounce of her strength to sign the papers with a straight face, without a tear in her eye, and she was glad she had done so, without meeting his eyes, because she knew, if she would have looked into them,she would have given herself away.



Three days ago, Khushi came home from the hospital,and although the plan was initially to leave Barkat as soon as Khushi was safely back home, she had stayed back, only on Khushi’s request, for three more days,because Khushi insisted that she wanted to spend time with her, as much as she could, before she went away,so she would visit Shantivan in the evenings, spend time with her family, but return to Barkat for the night.But she also had agreed to Khushi, because that treacherous heart of her’s found it as an excuse to store in a few more memories of Asad.Although these memories were mostly pained ones, of anguished exchange of glances, of painful silences,because even though Asad had tried to talk to her while she was alone, she made it a point to have no communication with him. Everytime he had come close to actually make her want to respond, her mind had succeeded in guiding her to walk away.And to her luck, Asad hadn't pushed her, probably because, he didn't want to cause her any more pain.And thats why she was doing this, she didn't want to cause Asad any more pain, and it was such a irony, for she knew she would be doing so nonetheless.Being away or being here, was the same, she was still causing Asad pain.She knew the only way she could stop causing him any, would be to go back to him as his Zoya, but she knew she couldn't do that,so this was inevitable.



And now finally, the time was here, to leave.She had her flight for 3.00 am.She would be leaving for the airport at Midnight.

She had packed her bags, and had her suitcases ready.There was a time, when she would only pack last minute, for she couldn't sit, if the suitcase was packed, but that had changed of course,along with everything else in her life,strange how little things that make you change by default of your actions in Life.



Tonight, there was a family dinner for everyone, which her mother had arranged at Shantivan.It was being held for two reasons, one to mark the big Khan- Raizada reunion, and second, to finally have everyone together under the same roof, before she would leave.

For she had no idea, when she would be coming back,she had no clue how long her recovery would take.

The last few days of her life had taught her a lot of things.



It really was Strange, how Life can change so drastically in such little time.

It really was Strange, how sometimes, you are just a audience to the contents of your Life.

It exalt was Strange, how sometimes you really do sit and watch your Life drag you by its thread.



But what other option do you have, than to move forward??.Only if Life was kind enough to actually give us some real options to choose from. Sometimes, this thread of life, would get so caught up in a web of tangles, that it really was hard to decide which tangle to address first. And so, you just move forward no matter how hard it is, no matter how excruciatingly painful it is, for that really is our job as passengers in this train of Life. We will often come across so many stations, and we don't really realise the importance of the Happy stations until they are gone, and you are left sitting on a chair, looking back, at what it had been.And you wonder then, whether to laugh or cry,for destiny has ironically given you that one moment to mourn the happiness that once was a part of your Life.

And maybe, looking back isn't going to help,and this is why we are meant to move on nonetheless,even though the path ahead is uncertain, you have no option but to continue walking, but can you ever for real get rid of that baggage on your shoulders?



She didn't know yet.She was going forward, moving forward, flying away from here, ready to run the marathon against her emotions, but she had no clue, if she could ever learn to let go of that baggage of emotions on her shoulders.And not just that, maybe, she wasn't ready to let go, yet,atleast in her being, she could hold onto to Asad,even though in reality she was going to let him go.



She finally wiped her tears, and she shut the shower, and wrapped a towel around herself,and she held the cabinet for support as she stepped out,and picked up her crutch, adjusted it under her left shoulder,and she bent forward and wiped the dew on the mirror with one hand, and looked at her reflection,and she smiled in pure irony - even her reflection wasn't the same anymore.



And that was one thing she had learnt, about mirrors over time.

That the Reflection, that stared back at you,as you looked into the Mirror, never really Lied.

It would always stand in your face, looking back at you,and remind you, of what your Life was at the present.

She remembered a childhood fairytale, but she realised for real in that moment, that- this Mirror on the wall, always spoke the truth.



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Asad put on his waistcoat as he finished getting ready.There was a important board meeting today,over the past few days he had been doing everything he could, to distract himself, from the pain he otherwise was feeling inside.



There was so much guilt of both the past and the present, so much pain, so much anguish, he couldn't really escape it, he knew it would take time to heal him through it,and then of course the situation of Zoya leaving, only added more salt to his wounds.But he knew, he couldn't keep addressing the same issue for long, when all he had got for the last ten days was a painful silence.And it really did seem, that his holding on for now was only making the matters worse, because this string in between them was just getting more and more twisted.And so, he had just let it be, no matter how painful it was, he knew, the best thing for now, was to just be silent and let Zoya be.



He was glad though, that she had still stayed back,after Khushi was home, gave him the chance to store few more memories.



Gosh, this was really hard.Why hadn't anyone ever told him that , it would take every ounce of his patience to watch everything break infront of his eyes,and he was helpless, and that only made it worse.

He took a deep breathe as he remembered Kkusum Maa’s words to him from two days before - “ You gotta be patient Asad, i know its very difficult, but its what you need,sometimes, thats just how Life gets, ever seen a bird building its nest beta?? it starts with carefully picking out every single straw and then builds its home with so much labour and patience, sometimes in Life that’s what we have to do, take small steps, and you will see that things will start taking shape,Asad, i know what im saying is cryptic, but it is true, it does take drops of water to make a sea,several threads to make a garment, and i know i could go on giving you examples, but the bottom line is, that this is nothing but a test of your strength and patience my son, slowly and steadily do things to make your Life what it was, and everything will be fine, you have to move forward, no matter how hard it is, for how long do you want to torture yourself looking backwards?? it isn't going to give you anything, but pain,be patient my son, it always does take a while, until the flowers bloom again…”



She was right, she was so right.



But these days and nights, had a weight as heavy as Mt Everest on his shoulders.He couldn’t really sleep.And he could only think if there really was a way to make this easier.And he hadn't found any way out.He had never felt more stuck in his life ever before.Everything in front of him was so uncertain, everything lay broken in front of him, which piece could he start with?? He didn't really know.



But he knew he couldn't keep sulking, he had to have faith, that there was a light at the end of this dark tunnel,and he had to keep walking to finally reach it.



That really was the only way out.



And he was glad that he wasn't alone in this moment of misery, he had his ammi, and Khushi, and then of course Arnav, Anjali di, Kkusum maa, and the rest of the Raizada’s too,everyone was being as supportive as they could be, and how could he ever thank them enough for standing by him in this time??



And this kindness, their immense kindness was also bringing back the guilt of the past, he knew in his heart that he had to figure his way out of that too, and he knew it would take him time to get out of it too.And he had also learnt a thing about Guilt - It really was more tangled than the spiders web.Once it had you in its grip, you had to really struggle to find your way back out of it.



But in his heart, there still was that flicker of hope, because no matter how hard Zoya tried, he had on several occasions spotted that longing in her eyes,too.



He knew he had to keep faith,even though right now Zoya was leaving, he had to believe that only something good would come their way through it.



He picked up a glass of water, and gulped it down to calm his nerves.Tonight, there was a family dinner at Shantivan, and then Zoya was leaving.



How could he bid Goodbye to the love of his Life, when he knew she was embarking on a journey that was taking her far away from him?



He didn't know, but this was a moment he couldn't escape.



He walked out his room, and closed the door, and just as he was crossing khushi’s room, he had a sudden urge to look inside, for he knew Zoya would be in there.



He knocked, and he heard her voice from inside - “ come on in Khushi, is that you??…”, he didn't answer, but he stepped inside, and she was keeping something inside the cupboard,so the door blocked her vision and she didn't see him and he heard her continue - “ im just done, and im hungry too, i hope you all ate, and what about your bhaijaan, please tell me he ate breakfast before leaving, he hasn't been eating well lately…”



It felt good to know that she was keen to know whether he ate or not.



He took a deep breathe,and he walked ahead towards her, and right then she closed the cupboard, and registered in the sight of him in front of her, and he saw her mask her emotions and she said looking away - “ i thought it was Khushi…how come you haven't left yet??”



Asad took a deep breathe and he said - “ go on, why don't you ask me what you were asking Khushi??”



Zoya shrugged - “ ask what??”



Asad - “ ask me if iv eaten , tell me that you are worried that i haven't been eating well lately…why don't you tell me that yourself…rather than this hide and seek…”



Zoya walked with her crutch to the bed, and she sat down,and she looked at him as she said without any emotion in her voice - “ yeah ok…fine…so what..its just a genuine question…”,and she paused as she looked at him and she said softly - “ it would make me feel better, if you took better care of yourself Asad, can you promise me that?? that you will take good yourself while im gone…”



Asad was taken off guard, this was the first sentence she had spoken to him in the last ten days, with some emotion in her voice,and he walked on reflex and sat next to her as he looked around the room and he said - “ so this time around, i can see you packed your bags well before time…”



Zoya nodded as she said - “ yeah…for a change…”



Asad smiled at a memory as he said on reflex - “ i still remember how you literally sat on your suitcase to shut it close when we were leaving Boston…i was amused Zoya, very amused…trust me…”



Zoya smiled,as she recalled the incident and she looked at him just as he looked at her and their eyes locked,and she whispered - “ good old times…”



Asad nodded as he said - “yes… good old times…”,and he asked - “ are you sure you got everything you need??”



Zoya looked at him,as she said - “ yes, Asad…”.But she felt her heart scream, that she didn't really have everything,because he was everything, and she was leaving him behind.



Asad nodded - “ good, and for the first time in ten days, you are actually talking to me, so can i ask you something?? i mean you can answer if you wish too..no compulsion..”



Zoya nodded.



Asad on reflex caught hold of her hand, surprising her and he asked softly - “ are you really not going to keep in touch with me once you are gone?? for real?? is this really it??”



Zoya didn't pull her hand away, as she felt his touch and she looked into his eyes as she whispered - “ its for the best Asad, for both of us…”



Asad - “ you really dont want me to get in touch with you?? honestly, is that what you really want??”



Zoya felt her insides burn but she said - “yes..id like that Asad…”



Asad looked into her eyes and he didn't let go of her hand,as he asked sure the curtness was evident in his voice - “ok, and since you have everything figured out, and you already have decided upon whats the best for both of us, why don't you help me a little out here??”



Zoya - “what do you mean??”



Asad - “how do you think you are going to go about erasing the marks we’v left in each others heart and soul,because i cant seem to find my way around that, and since you seem to have it all figured out…im sure you can help me…”



Zoya gaped at him in shock,and she felt speechless,what could she say?? What Could she say,when she knew that she could never erase him out of her mind, body or soul.But he was still looking at her for a answer and so she composed herself as she said - “ I don't know, if I can help you Asad, I'm sure you will figure it out, on your own…”



Asad looked at her in the eye,sure the hurt was in his eye - “really?? will I Zoya??”

Zoya nodded - “yes, you will…”



Asad shook his head and he said - “ you havent figured it out yet yourself Zoya, you know you could never erase me out of your system, so why dont you quit fooling yourself, and id like to see you try though, try as much as you can, and when you are done trying, call me and let me know and I promise only then will we talk…we will only talk if you want to talk…and i know you would want to, when you are done with this torture….”



Zoya started to get up, she did not like where this conversation was heading - “ Asad, please….don’t…”



Asad looked at her - “no, no, dont worry, im not going back to the same topic, i will not Zoya…im just stating a fact here, which you know is true…and as much as i know why you are doing this, i don't know how to feel when you are shutting the door on my face, when all i really want to do is be there for you…thats all…is that too much too ask for Zoya?? am i asking for too much?? am i expecting too much?? you are running away, fine…everything is over, fine…but now you don't want to even be in touch with me now?? like seriously?? this is what it has come down too??”



Zoya looked at him helpless as she said - “yes, you are asking for too much Asad, why don't you understand, i don't want you to be there for me, i don't want you…why cant you understand that the door to my heart is shut forever,and if a door doesn't open for you, it isn't meant for you…accept the fact…and make this easier for the both of us…”



Asad didnt know how his heart was withstanding these constant blows, but it did hold in strong and he looked at her as he said - “ fine, if thats what you want, i promise you, you will not hear from me, but promise me that you will let me know when you figure out a way to erase those marks that we’v left on each other, off both love and pain…”



Zoya felt her insides shiver, but she nodded as she said softly- “fine, i will let you know…when iv figured it out…”



That was all he needed to see and hear, that broken soft voice,and those anguished eyes, and he knew for sure, that she would never be able to figure that out, just like him, they had both loved each other so intensely that it really was impossible to do so, in this Life.



The thought gave him some comfort,and he looked at Zoya, his anger now washing away, for she looked so vulnerable right now,as she sat on the bed looking lost,and he asked - “so this really is goodbye then Zoya???”



Zoya controlled her tears as she said, not looking at him - “ i guess it is..”,and she got up, from the bed and she picked up her crutch and she said softly - “ ill be down, ammi,and khushi will be wondering where we are…”



Asad - “im sure they would guess,that we are probably saying our goodbye’s because we wouldn't get a chance to be alone, when you actually leave…”



Zoya didn't say anything, and she started to walk ahead, and she felt him hold her hand,and she whispered - “ Asad…”



Asad turned her around and he asked - “wont you at least let me hug you for one last time??”



One last time.Those words whipped her harsh.But she could only silently nod, and before she knew it she was pulled in for a crushing hug, and the minute she felt his arms go around her, she felt herself hug him back,and she did so tightly,because she knew she wouldn't be feeling these arms around her,probably ever again.She knew she was hurting Asad so much, and one fine day, he would finally give up,so this really was the only moment that she could feel him so close to her,and enjoy the feeling of his arms around her.And so she just hugged him closer.



Asad didnt know what he felt more,happiness or sadness, happiness because he had sensed that as she pulled him closer, that she was as torn apart as him, rest of the words that left her lips were only a lie,sadness because for now everything lay shattered apart,and Zoya was really going to leave,and he had no idea when he would see her next, and so he held her close,and he decided in that one moment that he was going to try to make this easier for her,and so he pulled back as he whispered - “ i promise you, that i will take better care of myself while you are gone…”



Zoya smiled through her tears, she was sure he had seen them,it was very evident and she said - “ thank you…that will help me feel better…”



Asad - “promise me that you will take care of yourself too, and give your health the first priority…”



Zoya nodded - “ yeah…”



Asad looked at her, and he was sure he had tears in his eyes as he asked softly - “can i get another hug??”



Zoya immediately hugged him,as he supported her by holding onto her waist,this was that one moment in which time stood still,because she knew he knew this was really hard for her too,they both knew that even though this was tearing them apart within, it was something they had to face, nonetheless.

This was also that one moment in which, their broken hearts had just exchanged their silent goodbye’s.



She pulled apart several minutes later, and she stepped out of his arms and she said softly - “ im really hungry Asad…”



Asad nodded as he said - “ sure, why dont you go down, tell ammi,ill be down in a few minutes..have a call to make…”



Zoya nodded,and she left the room.



Asad watched her leave,and he knew he couldn't let his anger misguide him this time around.Zoya loved him, no matter what words left her lips, she still loved him, and it was only a matter of time, until she came around to realising that this distance, this separation really wasn't a good idea.



Kkusum Maa was right, it always did take a while, for the flowers to bloom again.



Who was she kidding?? Did she for real think she could ever get around to getting him out of her system?? She could never, just like he couldn't because they had marked each others heart and soul, forever.If he just minus-ed that misunderstanding part, he did have a lot of wonderful memories of Zoya to keep him company for a long time, he would relive those, and he was sure, she would be doing the same, how could they ever forget those beautiful memories, of the Love that used to be, of their togetherness, even though she had et go of his hand for now, how could she let go of those marks he had left on her hands while holding them in his, on numerous occasions.



He had realised it already, and it was only a matter of time, she would do,and then everything would be fine.Maybe this time apart would make her see that, and he would use this time out to work on himself, get past the pain of guilt,so that he could go back to being the Asad, she fell in love with, and then he was sure, he would win her back.Yes, it really was sad though, there was nothing really more painful than true love gone wrong.And that was what had happened, they had hit a speedbreaker,and had taken a wrong turn, atlas Zoya had.



He was sure, he wouldn't let her astray too long,for he wasn't going to let her have her way for a long time, only until he had composed and found himself.



He took a deep breathe,and he made his way down to join everybody for breakfast.



Time was moving forward nonetheless,and so would he,because only if he moved forward, would he reach the point of meeting Zoya again.He was sure that intersection of their paths was destined to happen, sooner or later.



He smiled, he knew he had a lot of help and support to make it happen.



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Meanwhile -



Khushi ate a bite of her sandwhich,and she heard her ammi,say - “ I just spoke to Kkusum, we should be there at Shantivan by 8 pm…”



Khushi smiled - “ ofcourse ammi, i am free only…you see bhaijaan has me on house arrest for the last three days even though I'm fit and fine now…honestly never been better, but no, he wouldn't let me step out of the house,and honestly i couldn't thank Kkusum aunty enough, atlas ill get to step out, even if its a drive to Shantivan…”,and she tried to sound casual as she finished that last bit,because of course her heart had been racing at the thought of finally being able to see Shantivan after all this while,it was his home after all.



Dilshaad smiled - “ i understand Khushi, but this rest has done you good, see you are as healthy as before…”



Khushi grinned - “well thats because you and Zoya have been stuffing me with so much food, seriously, im sure iv gained 2 kgs by now…”



Dilshaad grinned as she said - “ok so while we wait for Asad and Zoya, let me make you some tea, in my style…”



Khushi nodded - “ oh ammi, you are the best…”,and she watched her get up.



It was a pity that her brother had her on house arrest, much to her disappointment, and thats why she hadn't been able to accompany Zoya on her visits home.She knew Arnav was probably very disappointed too, since they hadn't been able to get any alone time whatsoever in the last ten days, there was always someone around, either from his family, or her’s,even in the hospital,even though Anjali di had tried to get them some time, it had been only possible to be alone for maximum ten minutes, and so they just had to use their texting,as a way of communication for now,and of course this house arrest condition wasn't helping much anyway,but she knew Arnav agreed with her brother on that.She smiled at the memory, he had been taking care off her as if she were his delicate darling,and she couldn't really complain though,she was enjoying his attention.



She saw her mother return and she sat down and gave her a cup and she smiled - “thank you ammi…”,and she saw her cast a look up the stairs, and she sighed, as she asked softly - “ worried about bhaijaan ammi??”

Dilshaad nodded - “ofcourse Khushi, and Zoya too, i am so worried for the two of them…its really heart wrenching to watch, i mean Kkusum understands,and she's been counselling Asad lately, you do know, he was always close to her…and i know its helping him, and im doing what i can too…but…”



Khushi sighed - “ammi, we are all doing what we can, in our own little ways…and i have faith, this is just a bend in the road for them, let Zoya have some time out, she will be better,she will come around, i know her way too well,she cannot go on without bhaijaan, forever…you see forever is a long long time ammi, and im sure she wouldn't want to spend it apart from the love of her life…”



Dilshaad nodded - “Im sure….”,and then she looked at Khushi as she asked softly - “you are ok, aren't you??”



Khushi took a sip of her tea, she knew what her mother was implying, she was asking about the whole Arhaan episode and so she nodded - “ammi, I'm fine…its ok…its over…i cant believe though i was such a fool…that i knew him all along,and i couldn't see behind the mask…”



Dilshaad sighed - “dont blame yourself…you are very innocent khushi…and you like to see the best in people…thats all…and honestly thats what we love about you…dont let this change you, stay alert, but stay innocent…”,and she held her daughters hand.



Khushi nodded - “ofcourse ammi…”,and she looked up the stairs herself as she asked - “what do you think is happening up there??”



Dilshaad sighed - “probably saying their goodbye’s, Khushi, they wont have any privacy later…”



Khushi nodded - “yeah, probably, and i know they are going to be so miserable…these goodbye’s i tell you…”

Dilshaad nodded,and she heard khushi say - “oho, ammi, eat…”



Dilshaad started to eat,and right then Khushi felt her phone vibrate in her pocket and she quickly took it out, and kept it under the table,it was a message on whatsapp from Arnav.



Arnav : Where are you? you know my morning doesn't start until i have listened to your voice.I am sorry I missed you call, was with Mamaji.



She quickly typed : hey, goodmorning, its ok, and i am sorry, i missed your call too, i was in the shower,and i am just having  breakfast, did you have your’s?



She received a quick reply.



Arnav : Whats so good about the morning if I haven't even heard your voice yet? yes, i had breakfast, do you think Maa would let me get up from the table, if I hadn’t? When are you calling me?



She smiled,as she read that,and she quickly typed : As soon as I am  done with breakfast,bhaijaan and Zoya aren't here yet.I guess , probably saying their goodbye’s.God Arnav, they are both so miserable.



Her phone beeped : I know, i am worried too, but we are all doing what we can,and thats what is there in our hands, right now, to be there for both Zoya and Asad in everyway we can.Everything will be fine, Khushi, all they need is time.



She immediately felt better reading that, this man was getting better with words,he just knew what to say and she typed : I know.i will call you soon.oh I see Zoya coming now.I need to see if she's ok,she does have a thoughtful expression on her face, which she just hid with a huge smile.Bravo - there she is at it again.



Khushi smiled at Zoya, as she saw her settle in the chair opposite her,and her phone beeped.



Arnav : I love you Khushi.



Zoya smiled at her as she gestured her to ask if this was her brother she was messaging? She nodded back at her, and she quickly typed : I love you too.



And she returned her attention to the table, keeping her phone back in her pocket as she heard her mother say - “Zoya, start eating, i am sure you are hungry…you didn't even have dinner properly..”



Zoya smiled - “oho ammi, thats because i had so much packing to do…”



Dilshaad reached across and touched Zoya’s hand gently - “thank you for continuing to call me that…”



Zoya pressed her hand gently - “ ammi, you do know i have a special equation with you of my own,the fact that i am no longer Asad’s wife hasn't been able to change that…i will always call you that, because you are no less than maa to me”,she finished with a small smile.



Dilshaad bent forward as she kissed her hand - “ Ill miss you Zoya…”



Zoya smiled - “ not more than me ammi…”,and she threw a napkin at Khushi across playfully trying to lighten the mood as she said - “and this one too…ill miss her the most…”



Khushi smiled as she caught the napkin, of course she understood what Zoya was trying to do and she stuck out her tongue at her as she said - “well, i am going to visit you soon…you can fly across the world Zoya, but im coming after you…”



Zoya laughed,Khushi always made her laugh.



Right then she spotted Asad join them at the table and she heard Dilshaad say - “ please tell me that you aren't skipping breakfast today for real??”



Asad gave his mother a small smile - “no ammi, i am not skipping the most important meal of the day…i know it worries you, and its time I stopped causing you worry…”,and as he finished that last bit, his eyes locked with Zoya’s,and he was sure she understood that what he had just said,was also to ease her worry.



Zoya looked at Dilshaad as she spoke - “ ammi, ill be leaving for home a little early like at 6 maybe…”



Dilshaad nodded - “ofcourse, you must, and we will join you at 8…”



Zoya looked at Asad as she asked - “ and i know Khushi’s house arrest is over now…so she is coming with me, if thats ok?? I mean she has never been home, and id like to show her around myself, before i leave, i wouldn't get any time later…”



Khushi smiled - “ am i?? bhaijaan??? please????”



Asad nodded and he smiled at his sister - “yes, its ok…khushi your house arrest is over…”



Khushi rolled her eyes playfully as she said - “ oh thank god, or i thought i was going to be caged within the walls of Barkat forever…”



Asad rolled his eyes as he looked at his mother and Zoya,and he smiled fondly - “ she's officially back to her crazy self, or actually even more crazier, its safe to now say that Khushi has fully recovered…”



Zoya winked at Khushi - “ofcourse…infact im sure she’s never been better…”



Khushi winked back - “ you bet…”



Dilshaad grinned - “oho, now cmon eat…Zoya…Asad…”,and she watched them eat.



Khushi said something, and Asad and Zoya laughed,and Dilshaad took that one moment to freeze this particular moment of happiness in her head, she had no idea, when would she see the three of them laugh together again.It really was going to be very hard to bid goodbye to Zoya.



15 Minutes Later


Asad stepped out and he looked back once to see Zoya, Khushi and his mother laugh, and it was as if his eyes clicked that moment to frame in his head.It was a happy moment, a very light moment, a moment of genuine affection and love, and he knew that the fact that he and Zoya weren't together anymore did not affect Zoya’s bond with his mother or sister, because she had a equation with both of them, a very special equation of her own,and honestly he was glad, for he knew he would always have sources to know how Zoya was doing, even if she wasn't going to be directly in touch with him.



He shrugged the pain aside and he got in behind his wheel,and started to drive.



Ten Minutes Later



The door bell rang, and Dilshaad looked at Ruksaar as she said, getting up from the dining table- “ Ruksaar, will you please see who it is…”



Ruksaar nodded - “yes khala…”



Zoya looked at Khushi,and she got up, joining Dilshaad in the living room - “I wonder who is it…?”



Khushi walked upfront, and right then she saw a couple of aunty’s enter, she recognised them, of course from her engagement party, and she knew what this was about, infact she knew this was coming up.



She saw her mother sigh as she walked up to greet them and Zoya looked at Khushi as she whispered - “ Khushi, please go up to your room, me and ammi,will handle this…”



Khushi took a deep breathe as she looked at Zoya - “ no, i will not leave, i got this…and I'm sure its just not going to be all about me…anyway…”



Zoya took a deep breathe as she nodded in agreement - ‘yeah..i know..all of a sudden everyone is so interested in all our lives…”



Dilshaad looked at Khushi and Zoya and she said - “Zoya, Khushi..this is Farida, Shaheen, Heena,and this is Shaheen’s daughter Zaira…they were there for your engagement….”



Khushi and Zoya smiled,and greeted everyone and Zoya smiled - “ ofcourse, i remember very well, ammi, ill just ask Ruksaar to prepare tea for everyone…”

Dilshaad gave her a small smile,and she walked out,and she heard Farida aunty say - “ Dilshaad, we are so sorry, we heard about Zoya’s accident…and then even Khushi beta’s engagement broke..so much has happened, in so little time…”



Zoya sighed, ofcourse, what would the society do if it didn't get its share of gossip,but she knew it really couldn't be helped, no matter what you do, people are going to find a reason to talk.



She quickly instructed Ruksaar to get tea and some snacks out, and she made her way out, but she quickly took out a moment to text her brother, she was sure he would like to know about the grilling session Khushi was going to be facing now.



………………………….



30 Minutes Later



Zaira looked at Khushi as she said, giving her a small smile - “ Its unfortunate Khushi, i mean Arhaan was a nice guy, i did have a word with him on your engagement, and we connected over the love for cricket…im really sorry, that things didn't work out…”



Shaheen looked at her daughter ,and then she looked at Khushi - “ I'm sure if you would have kept more patience beta…”,and then she looked at Dilshaad - “kids these days, they don't have any patiece for relationships, always so quick to end things, a small hurdle and they dont want to work through it…theres really no value for relationships anymore…”



Khushi took a deep breathe as she gave a small smile and said - “maybe i could have aunty, but no me and Arhaan had hit a dead end, we thought getting engaged would make things better,as in mark a new beginning, but we realised that we were just fooling ourselves, so the sooner we ended it, the better it is , for both of us…”.Ofcourse, no one in the society knew about the anguished secret,so she had to play along.



Heena looked at Dilshaad and she said - “yes ofcourse, we understand beta, Dilshaad you been strong for your children, good that you have been supportive…”



Farida - “yes, good…”,and she turned to khushi as she asked - “ so you were in an accident with Zoya, when you were on your way back from the airport, after Arhaan left…”



Khushi nodded - “yes aunty…”



Farida - “does he know?? that you were in the accident??”



Zoya looked at her irritated - “Arhaan??”



Farida - “yes…does he know??”



Khushi touched Zoya’s hands calmly - “aunty, i don't know if he knows…and like i said, me and Arhaan have decided to never speak again…its for the best…”



Farida nodded,and she touched Khushi’s hand as she said - “ I'm sorry, i don't mean to spy, or something, its just that you seemed so happy at the party..its really sad…that this had to happen…”



Khushi nodded in silence.



Zoya looked at them and she heard Zaira, say - “so Zoya…im sure you started with physiotherapy..theres this amazing doctor i know off…”



Khushi immediately jumped in as she explained - “ Zoya is leaving for her treatment at a center in Switzerland…you see we all only want the best for her…”



Farida looked at Dilshaad - “and you and Asad are ok with this?? sending your daughter in law so far all by herself…??”



Thats it.Dilshaad had, had enough.



She looked at Khushi and Zoya to keep silent as she spoke curtly - “ farida, like iv told you before, i believe in standing with my children rather than against them, we have raised our children in a way that they are strong and wise enough to take their own decisions, and its us who have given them this upbrining, then if we dont support them when they probably need it the most, then whats the point of calling ourselves parents…”



Shaheen immediately interrupted as she said - “Dilshaad, relax…we understand, after all you know whats the best for your family…we were just concerned thats all…thats why we came by to see for ourselves that Khushi and Zoya are in good health…thats all…and i guess its time to leave…please excuse us if we offended you in anyway…”



Dilshaad gave her a small smile, Shaheen was the only genuine one out of the lot,and she nodded - “ its alright…Shaheen…”



Shaheen got up, giving Dilshaad a apologetic look - “i guess its time to leave..cmon…”,and everyone got up,and Shaheen saw Farida and heena nod briefly at Dilshaad giving a curt smile as they made their way out,and Shaheen walked up and hugged Dilshaad as she said - “im sorry for them, i was coming all by myself, but they wouldn't budge..you know how they are…”



Dilshaad hugged Shaheen - “ its ok…i understand…”.She knew Shaheen from her college days, and Farida and Heena were her acquaintances because of Shaheen.



Shaheen smiled - “ give my regards to Kkusum, maybe we can catch up one day…”



Dilshaad smiled - “ofcourse, im sure Kkusum would love to catch up..”



Zaira smiled as she nodded at Khushi and Zoya and walked out with her mother.



Dilshaad let out a sigh of relief as she sat on the sofa - “ thank god, i had the patience to not slap Farida and Heena…their constant irritating questions…god….”



Zoya sat next to her as she said - “ its ok na ammi, happens,Shaheen aunty is the only genuine one, i always tell you…”



Dilshaad nodded - “i know…”,and she looked at Khushi who sat deep in thought and she nudged Zoya and Zoya immediately said - “how about, if we go for a early lunch and a movie this afternoon, Khushi what say?? it'll be like our thing before i leave, and let me see if Anjali di and maa can join us too…cmon it'll be fun…”



Khushi gave Zoya a small smile as she nodded - “yes, I'm good…”



Zoya grinned - “ok then, ill just talk to di and Maa,and get our tickets done..ammi,cmon don't you want to get ready??”



Dilshaad smiled as she kissed Zoya’s forehead and she whispered in her ear - “ how am i going to let you go…?”



Zoya hugged her immediately ,and she enjoyed the comfort of her embrace,and she said, pulling back - “oh cmon now ammi, im sure, you dont want me to cry now…”



Dilshaad wiped her tears as she nodded,and made her way to her room to get ready.



Zoya walked up to Khushi,and she sat next to her holding her hand - “ you ok??”



Khushi gave her a small reassuring smile - “ yes, i am…”



Zoya looked at her as she said - “ why don't you talk to bhai?? you will feel better…”



Khushi - “yeah…i was just thinking of calling him..”



Zoya smiled - “good, I'm sure he's been calling you anyway, did you check your phone?? i messaged him when the aunty’s arrived..”



Khushi - “ Zoya…seriously he's going to be worried…and no my phone is on the table i guess..i haven't seen it ever since they arrived…”



Zoya smiled - “what?? i have strict instructions to inform him about everything related to you..and i cannot break the Raizada Sibling Code of Conduct…”



Khushi laughed as she hugged Zoya - “you are insane…im gonna miss you so much…”



Zoya hugged Khushi,and she held on to her for sometime as she whispered - “i know…me too…”



………………….

AR - NOON



Arnav looked at his phone for the millionth time, to see if Khushi had messaged or called.



He had missed Khushi’s call anyway, this morning, and then she had missed his, and then she had said that she would call soon after breakfast, but she hadnt, and he had waited only thinking that probably she would still be with everyone,and then he had two meetings lined up,so he had gotten busy himself,and he was glad, for he could use the distraction.



It had been three days since Khushi was discharged from the hospital and he also hadn't seen her for the last three days, because Asad had her on house arrest,as he wanted her to rest it out more,and although he wanted that for Khushi too, he had missed seeing her.The one week before she was at the hospital, he would of course see her everyday, but they hadn't been able to get any alone time together,his sister had helped him as usual, but he could only get upto like 5-10 minutes with her, since someone or the other was always around in the hospital,and then once Khushi was back home, Zoya was anyway coming to visit Shantivan everyday,and Asad would come to pick her up later on, so he had no excuse to go to Barkat,and see khushi, without raising any suspicion, because of course khushi and him had decided to be as discreet as they could be, for now.And so the only method of communication for the last few days had been through texts and calls.



And he was feeling a little edgy himself, because Zoya was leaving tonight,and he was almost releived when his mother announced two days ago, that she was holding family dinner for everyone before Zoya left,because he would get to see Khushi finally,he needed to see her to calm his edgy nerves, although he was trying his best to not seem edgy to the rest of his family, but he was very worried for both Asad and Zoya.



He had returned from the boardroom 30 minutes ago, and spotted Zoya’s message on his phone,which he had left behind on his desk,his mind had gone into a worry mode again, because he could only sense the turmoil Khushi must be going through having to answer endless questions about Arhaan the murderer, and when and why her engagement broke.He hated the fact that he wasn't there to shield her from it all.He wanted to do that, he wanted to protect her, he wanted to be there with her , hold her hand and let the world know, that if they had to approach Khushi, they would have to face him first.



But then this pact of being discreet.This time around,he wanted to go with Khushi’s pace.



He picked up his phone and re read Zoya’s message which read : Bhai, ammi’s friends just arrived,and i can clearly forsee,the next 30 minutes, they are going to be questioning Khushi,in order to understand what really happened.I am in the kitchen,asking Ruksaar to prepare tea,and honestly its those aunty’s i hate the most, Farida and heena, shaheen aunty is genuine, come to think of it, should i ask Ruksaar to add some salt instead of sugar in there tea,or some red chilli,aha they will run for their lives..oh no, but i can’t ammi,will have to listen so much,anyway i guess the interogation just began, I gotta go now.Call Khushi if you are free, and ill try to get her to pick up,faking in front of everyone how its so important for her to take this call,and ahaa we can help her escape the situation…ok bye now.



And he had called Khushi, three times,but she didn't pick up, so he had just been waiting since then, to hear from her.



Even in the worry, he felt a smile curve up his lips, Zoya, his little Zoya, trust her to be mischevious,and to think if he had seen this message on time, he would have actually asked her to add red chilli in these aunty’s tea.But the smile vanished off his face, as reality came back, Zoya was in so much pain, and she was trying to be normal, sound normal be normal, but he knew her way too well, it was just a mask,to cover up that heartbreaking pain.



Just like Asad.



He quickly picked up his phone as he texted Asad : Be there on time tonight, maa would hate it if you are late.Shes been so worried about you.I told her that you are dealing with it,and are ok.You are ok right?



His phone beeped quickly.



Asad : Yes, i am.No other option really?and yes, i will be there on time.Zoya will be there early though, with khushi,she wants to show khushi around her home, before she leaves.Ill come with ammi,later.See You.



Arnav felt his heart jump in happiness as he read that.Khushi was going to be in his home, earlier than expected. He refrained from asking Asad the time, because that would probably give him away, so he just wrote : Ok, great.See You.



And right then his phone rang, and the minute he saw Khushi’s name flashing on the screen he picked up instantly and he heard her say - “Arnav, thank god you picked up, i so needed to hear your voice..”



Arnav - “ hiiii….me too…Zoya messaged me..you ok right??”



Khushi - “yes, I'm fine…honestly i knew it was coming up…and it wasn't just me alone who was being grilled, they had a zillion questions for Zoya too, Farida aunty couldn't believe that bhaijaan and ammi,are ok with sending Zoya to Switzerland, all by herself…but Ammi gently gave her a piece of her mind,and you should have seen farida and heena aunty’s faces…anyway, im just glad that no one knows about the annulment yet, i can only imagine…”



Arnav sighed - “ofcourse,we have to do everything to keep that bit under cover…”



Khushi - “ i know you are worried, I understand…you were just thinking about Zoya leaving tonight right?”



Arnav - “how do you know??”



He could almost hear her smile as she said - “ well, i know you Arnav, i can sense it..and its ok to be worried, i am too, but lets not let this worry get in our way of supporting them right?? you’v been telling me that constantly, they need our support right now and if we are going to be worried and anxious, then theres no way we are going to be off any help to them…”



Arnav smiled,she instantly knew how to calm his nerves,and he said - “ then I'm sure you can clearly sense how much iv been missing you…i cant believe i haven't seen you in three days…”



Khushi - “well thats changing tonight..and i want you to know..”



Arnav interruped - “i know that you will be coming early with Zoya..”



Khushi - “how?? what now do you have some spy camera installed in barkat?”



Arnav laughed,but he said - “very funny Khushi, i have my sources, Asad told me…”



Khushi teased - “oh yes, how can i forget the bromance is on..so what now, do you and bhaijaan chat all day long??”



Arnav grinned - “well not all day long, but we do keep each other informed off all the important things, anyway will you please tell me by what time will you be there??”



Khushi teased - “why?? will you be there at home?? i know you have meetings until 7 today, you mentioned last night…so whats the point…”



Arnav - “ i plan to cancel Khushi, i do wish to be at home when you come, for you will be coming for the first time, and iv been waiting to see you under my roof,and show you around,for what seems like forever now…”



Khushi - “ okk…so you gotta stop using that intense hoarse voice with me…it gives me shivers…”



Arnav laughed - “really??”



Khushi - “yeah…anyway we are doing a early lunch and movie ,we as in me, Zoya, ammi,kkusum aunty and anjali di, should be there at Shantivan by 530,the movie finishes at 5..ok now i gotta go..i hear ammi,calling me…ill see you then…”



Arnav smiled to himself - “yeah..see you…”,and he hung up as he saw Aman enter his cabin and he said - “Aman, cancel all my meetings for the day after 5, i will be leaving early today…”



Aman nodded - “yes sir…also iv just finished my call with Noor from Mr.Khan’s office…she did say the merger papers are almost ready…”



Arnav nodded - “good…”,and he looked at Aman who stood with a smile on his face, and he asked - “what????”



Aman smiled - “just wondering about how the stock markets are going to react to this volatile news of Khan and Raizada industries merging back as one business group…its good that you and Mr Asad have decided to have it back as it was before…”,he finished, with a huge grin, knowing that whatever the issue of rivalry had existed, had now been sorted,there was no point in digging in to know what really was the matter,although he knew, the society would always have this mystery on their minds.But the bosses knew what they were doing, and that was the only thing that mattered.



Arnav gave him a small smile, Aman was a trusted associate and for the first time he opened up a little as he said walking upto the study in his cabin and look at the mantle of awards on it, and then at a picture of his father and uncle hugging that he had placed here just 5 days ago,and he said - “im sure dad and uncle would have wanted it this way, after all this was how it all began..they were in this togethe…its only fair that me and Asad honour what they had started…”



Aman nodded - “ Its a good move, Sir, I'm sure both your mother’s and Asad Sir’s mother would be very happy about it..”



Arnav smiled - “ofcourse…but they don't know yet, we plan to tell them over dinner tonight…”



Aman - “before Zoya ma'am leaves…”



Arnav nodded - “yes, on that note, have you checked everything, the accomodation and everything, the medical formalities, i dont want Zoya to face any issues…”



Aman nodded - “yes sir, definitely, i have taken care of everything,and also briefed Zoya ma'am about it…shell be fine…”,and he turned to leave.



Arnav said with a smile - “Aman, i dont think iv ever said it before, but id like to thank you both for your efficiency and loyalty…”



Aman grinned,he had never felt happier in this workplace and he said - “you’r welcome Sir…anytime…”



Arnav smiled - “be in constant touch with Noor, see that all the documents for the merger are in place…i want this to go smoothly…”



Aman nodded - “It will Sir..”,and he walked out,smiling, he was trusted with such a great responsibility, it was his duty to make sure, that nothing went wrong.



……………………..



Shantivan - 730 PM



Arnav walked into his room, hoping that Zoya would finally have a way of getting Khushi up,and away from everyone for atlas a few minutes. Hecouldn’t believe it, it had been 90 minutes, since Khushi had stepped into Shantivan,and nothing had gone according to his plan,for he hadn't even got 5 minutes alone with her,because after their movie, everyone had come back home together, even Dilshaad aunty.



And ofcourse, how could he even expect to get five minutes out amongst all this re-union happening in between their families,and of course since Zoya was leaving too, everyone was just well together.And Zoya had instantly started showing Khushi around, and he had smiled as Khushi had recalled a few of her childhood memories off here.



He smiled though,as he recalled his eyes locking with Khushi,as she stepped inside Shantivan for the first time,and the minute she had, the famous Raizada tea time had begun.The attendance was full on - His mother,Anjali di, jiju, nani, mama, mamiji, akash , payal,dilshaad aunty and khushi.He had been an active participant ofcourse,because he was getting to look at Khushi, and he had tried not to stare shamelessly,and he knew Anjali di, Zoya and Akash were having a good time, enjoying his misery because ofcourse, they knew his secret.



But How could he ever take that happy sight out of his head?? The laughter, the ease, the happiness, that echoed through the walls of his home, that was once caged in silence and pain of the past.But right now, in this very moment, he realised the true meaning of what his father used to tell him, that the only thing constant about time, was that it changes.



It really was about ups and downs.It really was as if Life would first throw you off a plane and let you fall for a while, and then hand you the parachute itself, to bring you back safely on the ground,and all this while,all that was needed was faith.You had to have faith,that the parachute would open sooner or later.And that was exactly what was happening with Zoya and Asad right now, too.He just hoped it wouldn't take very long for their parachutes to open.



He took a deep breathe and right then he turned around,as he heard footsteps,and he smiled as he saw Zoya at his door, grinning at him as she said, pushing Khushi inside - “bhai, iv got khushi up on the pretext of showing her something in my room, i will be in my room, you have i guess 7 minutes, before anyone calls out to us…”,and she winked at him and Khushi and shut the door to his room.



Khushi’s eyes locked with Arnav’s,and he walked upto her, and he held her hand, and he instantly pulled her close into him and held her by the waist and she whispered softly - “Im sorry…its just that with everyone around…it just was impossible to get away…”



He immediately pulled her closer,and her hands on reflex came to rest on his chest and he smiled - “ its alright Khushi, as much as i am disappointed that things havent gone my way, im happy too…for i loved seeing you bond with everyone with so much ease, and honestly i cant believe im really seeing you, under my roof,for real…”



Khushi’s wrapped her hands around his neck as she said - “oh really??then why didn't you let Zoya show me your room when she was showing me around?? why did you have to shut the door, and pretend to be on some important work call, when I'm very much sure your mind was on anything but work…”



Arnav smiled,as he held her hand,with one of his hands, and closed her eyes with the other and guided her out of his room, into his poolside,and she just matched his steps silently and he whispered into her from behind - “well thats because, i wanted to show you around my zone, myself…and especially this…when its just you and me…”,and he quickly picked up his hand from her eyes,to reveal to her his personal serene place.



Khushi smiled as she looked around, it was amazing, and she whispered looking back at him - “your poolside…i remember you talking about this,back in london…”



Arnav smiled,as he hugged her from behind and she leaned back into him - “its beautiful Arnav…im sure you sit out here often…”,and then she turned to look at him.



Arnav smiled - “only all the time…”,and he held her hand,and laced his fingers through her’s,as he whispered, kissing her hand - “god, iv missed you so much…”



Khushi felt a similar shiver go through her as she felt his lips on her hand - “i know, me too…”,and he stepped closer into her, and although she didn't want to,she still stepped back for old times sakes, this was their thing in the past, he would step forward and she would step back in time,and she grinned as she looked into him and she said - “just so you know, im only stepping back, for old times sake…remember…how…”



Arnav smiled as he stepped forward,and she stepped back again and he said, recalling a memory - “how you would aways do this…until…”,and soon Khushi had hit the wall,and he caged her in between his arms and he said looking into her eyes - “until you would hit a wall, and i would cage you in my arms, just like this…”



Khushi nodded as she felt herself shiver under his intense gaze - “ exactly, just like this…”



Arnav cupped her face with both his hands,and he felt her shiver and he said with a naughty smirk - “seriously Khushi, you are shivering, it isn't the first time, we are this close…”



Khushi looked into his eyes right then,and she spoke, sure the emotion in her voice - “yes,surely, but it is the first time without any baggage of the past, no more lies, no more secrets….no more uncertainity, no more pain…only love…i think my shivering is justified…and i told you before, don't use this intense voice of yours, it gives me shivers…”

Arnav felt moved, of course if you see it from that point, it really was the first time,and he whispered leaning into her - “ you are right, there is now place for only love, in between of us,and you see Khushi, id like to see you shiver in my arms…”



Khushi didn't close her eyes because she was hypnotised by his intense gaze,and she continued looking into his, as she asked,as she saw him leaning in closer to her lips,she was sure she was trembling - “are you going to kiss me now??”



Arnav gazed at her face,she was blushing,and she was trembling and he was loving it and he whispered , his lips almost on hers,but he was sure she could feel him breathe on her - “yes Khushi…”



Khushi shivered,as she whispered back in anticipation - “good, coz id like that….”,and just as his lips were about to seal her’s,his stupid phone rang spoiling the moment.



Arnav cursed under his breathe - “dammit…”,Khushi laughed.



Khushi controlled her giggle,and she said - “go on,its only fair this  has happened before”,and Arnav smiled as he took out his phone from the pocket and Khushi asked - “who is it??”



Arnav saw Asad’s name flashing on the screen,and he flashed his phone in front of Khushi,and she smiled - “bhaijaan…god Arnav, you will not believe this… back in London, remember the first time we were actually about to kiss and my phone rang and disrupted our moment and then i ran away after??”



Arnav ignored the rings on his phone as he nodded,recalling the memory - “yes, ofcourse, and i was so pissed off…”



Khushi grinned - “well now i can safely tell you, it was because it was bhaijaan who had called, and that time it was just like reality flashing in my face…”



Arnav smiled as he now understood and he kept a hand back on one side of the wall - “reality that you were about to kiss the man your brother hated…and it made you run…”



Khushi smiled as she said - “because i felt it would just complicate everything further..”,and her eyes locked with Arnav’s as he whispered - “but looks like we couldn't really escape the complication…you know why??”



Khushi’s eyes twinkled in happiness as she asked - “why??”



Arnav ignored the bells on his phone as he said- “ because even back then, i was so madly in love with you, i was just so stupid to not see it…”



His phone continued to ring and Khushi said - “oho…pick it up now…”



Arnav nodded as he picked up,and he heard Asad tell him that he was reaching in five minutes,and he then hung up quickly.



Khushi - “bhaijaan’s here??”



Arnav - “not yet, he will be in five minutes…”



Khushi - “cmon lets go then….”



Arnav nodded,and he saw Khushi walk ahead, and she turned back quickly as she kissed him on the cheek as she said - “iv always been so madly in love with you too…”,and before he could say anything, she had sprinted to his door,and opened it, and Zoya was right there, looked like she was just about to come in.Khushi looked back at him and smiled, and Zoya gave him a cheeky grin and he stood there for a while in his spot grinning in happiness,and then he composed his face, and made his way down, he knew he couldn't be grinning like an idiot in front of everyone, his mother, Dilshaad aunty and Asad were really good at reading him.



………………………….



11.00 PM - Shantivan



Zoya looked around, at the happy faces of everyone on the table,as they finished dessert and she excused herself to go to the washroom,and it was also because she had to let out those tears that had been brimming up,because as the time was nearing to say goodbye, she really was having that nauseous feeling in her stomach, it really was going to be difficult to be on her own, without all these people who loved her so much.



Asad spotted Zoya excuse herself,and he excused himself,and he picked up a paper napkin from the table, he knew she would probably be crying in the washroom,and so he walked a little ahead, out side the powder room of the lobby,and waited outside,with a heavy heart.He had never felt so light and yet so heavy at the same time.Light, because everything with the Raizada’s had become so smooth, their bond was becoming stronger than even before, and heavy because there was this one Raizada who was taking his heart along with her.



A Few Minutes Later 



Asad saw Zoya step out, and just as she shut the door, he held out his hand in front of her, that held the napkin and he said - “you can never hide you tears from me Zoya…”

Zoya looked at him in suprise, and she took the napkin from his hand,and she wiped the tear from the corner of her eye,as she said  softly - “ thanks…”



Asad watched her walk a little ahead,and he was about to follow,an he saw her step a little back,as she leaned back into the wall,and to his shock, the calm and composed look on her face was gone,as she closed her eyes,and tears started to fall,and her shoulders started to shake,as she wept,and he on impulse pulled her in his arms for a hug,and she held onto him, she didn't let go, and she continued to sob in his arms,and he just held onto her, brushing her hair softly, what could he say?? He didn't have any words,even if he had any, he was sure, he couldn't say it loud, because of the emotion that was stirring in side of him.He could clearly see that this was very hard for Zoya, then why did she have to be so stubborn about leaving, why couldn't she just stay back here, and let them all support her through her healing.



Zoya felt the comfort of his arms soothe her, and she immediately in that one moment did rethink her decision, her heart did throw this idea in her mind, it seemed very wise to just surrender in Asad’s arms, and stay back here with her family, with Asad,but she couldn’t, she couldn't only because she loved these people so so much, she didn't want Asad or any of them to see her being insecure, and miserable in this challenging phase, she always wanted them to have a happy picture of her in their minds, not the picture of a insecure, anxious and a miserable Zoya,and so she controlled her self,as she pulled back and she wiped her tears as she said looking at Asad - “ thank you Asad…its just very overwhelming, too many goodbye’s, thats all…”



Asad nodded,as he saw her wipe her tears and she said through them - “ ill just wash my face and join you two minutes…give me two minutes, these waterworks will take a few more seconds to stop…ill just be back…”



Asad looked at her as he said, sure the emotion was in his voice - “don’t go…please…don’t go…Zoya..please…”but he knew this was in vain, as he saw her step back into the washroom,as she looked away breaking the eye lock.



He took a deep breathe as he walked back to join everyone, and on the way he spotted Arnav,and he heard him say - “where were you??cmon i want you to be the one to tell everyone about the merger…its about time”



Asad looked at Arnav,and he gave him a small smile - “me?? why?? lets do it together…”



Arnav nodded - “ok fine, you start first, ill join you in…wheres Zoya??”



Asad sighed - “ in the bathroom, crying her eyes out…its so frustrating to see her being so stubborn…”



Arnav nodded - “ I know, its going to be hard to say goodbye…”



Asad nodded - “always is the hardest bit…but you are lucky, atlas you are her family, her brother, she isn't going to cut you out, like she's going to cut me out..”



Arnav kept a hand on his friends shoulder as he said - “ only a matter of time until she realised that you are her family too…have faith…”



Asad nodded - “and how can i ever thank you enough Arnav for being so supportive…”



Arnav smiled - “well, you dont need too…now cmon…cheer up, im sure it'll be easier for Zoya , if you bid her goodbye with a smile on your face, we all plan to do that…”



Asad nodded,and he walked ahead with his friend.



………



Fifteen Minutes Later



Asad looked at everyone, who were looking at him with anticipation,as Arnav had just announced that Asad had a big announcement to make.



He saw his mother and khushi give him inquisitive looks,and he saw Zoya and anjali di look at Arnav, who just smiled at him and gestured him to go ahead.



Asad took a deep breathe as he said - “ well, theres something that both me and Arnav would like you all to know, but i don't know why Arnav would have me say it…when it was our collective idea…ofcourse we all have gone through so much because of the anguished misunderstanding of the past, but like Kkusum maa said, looking back is only going to get us pain, so its better to move forward, and what better way to move forward, than to taking it back to the point, from it all really began…abbu,and uncle,started this business empire together, it only is right, that me and Arnav honour what they started…as a gesture to embark on to a new beginning…”,and he looked at Arnav as he gestured him to continue.



Arnav nodded as he looked at the confused faces of everyone, and he caught Khushi looking at him ,as she asked him through the eyes what really was up here, and he smiled at everyone as he spoke - “Asad and me have decided to merge back Khan and Raizada Industries back together, into one business group, just like it was before, I am sure dad and uncle would have wanted it this way….”



And just as those words left his mouth, there was a stunned silence,but he could see the happiness on everyones faces,they were stunned but in a happy way,and Arnav gestured Asad to continue,and Asad spoke - “well, we are getting the paperwork ready, in probably a weeks time from now, we will sign them ,and all our businesses will be merged into as One.However, Arnav will oversee our Design and Fashion Line along with other Financial and Trading Companies,since thats his area of expertise and i will look after our construction and real estate line and telecommunication companies…”



Arnav - “since Asad has his expertise in that, but on the whole, we will both we working together as one, to take what dad and uncle built to newer heights, and I'm sure…we can do so even better, together….”



And just as he had finished, he saw Dilshaad aunty get up as she immediately pulled Arnav into a hug, as she whispered through her happy tears - “ thank you thank you so so much…” and Kkusum pulled Asad into a crushing hug as she said - “ thank you so much,im sure Alok and Rashid are very happy today, wherever they are, I'm sure they are watching over us, and grinning with joy, probably toasting each other a single malt…”



Everyone broke into a laughter, and Arnav saw Khushi wipe her tears as their eyes locked, and he understood that she had just silently thanked him.



Zoya looked at Asad, and she walked upto him as she whispered - “ thank you so much Asad…this means a lot…to everyone…”



Asad looked at her as he asked - “and to you?? does this make you happy??”



Zoya gave him a small smile as she said - “ofcourse, it means a lot to me, im very happy….”



Asad smiled, and he was pulled into a hug by Akash, and then all he could see was everyone hugging each other, in happiness.



And right then he saw Kkusum maa and arnav and anjali di pull Zoya in for a tight group hug, and he looked at his watch, and he realised that it was now time, for Zoya to leave.



He saw Zoya hug everyone, one by one.



She hugged Mamaji, mamiji,Nani, payal,Akash, her jiju, and then she said looking at everyone - “ no one will cry, cmon please….”



Anjali nodded as she pulled in Zoya for another hug - “fine, but you will take care ok….please….and be strong…we are only letting you do this because we know its so important to you…”



Zoya nodded,as she walked over and then hugged her brother and Arnav held her close as he whispered - “ ill miss you Zoya…”



Zoya nodded - “ill miss you too bhai…so so so much…”



And then Zoya hugged Dilshaad and Kkusum and just as she was about to hug Khushi, Khushi said - “ no way, no goodbye for me yet, I'm coming to the airport to see you off…”



Zoya looked at Khushi as she hugged her nonetheless - “ no Khushi, you should be back home now, resting…”



Khushi kissed her forehead - “ i will after i see you off…”



Anjali spoke as she saw Zoya stepping out the door - “ Khushi, Asad and Chotte,will see you off Zoya…now be reasonable, we cant listen to your every whim and fancy of wanting to go to the airport alone…”



Zoya smiled at her family as she waved bye,and hugged her mother and ammi,and her sister once again,as she saw her brother and Asad settle in her luggage in the car, and Arnav took the driving seat, and Asad sat in the front, and Khushi helped her getting in with her crutch and then she got it herself,and her brother started to drive.



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50 Minutes Later



Asad cursed the traffic of Delhi, where was it when you most needed it?? He had hoped the ride to the airport would last longer by atlas ten minutes more, but no all the cars had just vanished somewhere into thin air probably,and they had reached ten minutes before.



He saw Khushi gesture him to smile,and he did smile, only for Zoya’s sake even though everything inside him was breaking, and he looked standing next to Khushi as Arnav paid the porter to accompany Zoya with her luggage in,and right then a airline executive came by and he looked at Zoya as he asked - “maam, we could get you a wheelchair for assistance…”



He saw Zoya flinch, but she adjusted her crutch under her left arm,as she gave him a smile - “ no thank you, I'm fine…”



Asad and Arnav glared at the airline executive,as he made his way back towards the gates, and Khushi pulled Zoya in a hug,as she kissed her forehead - “call me as you land, call me as you reach Interlaken,and as you are your cottage…”



Zoya hugged khushi as she said - “ofcourse, i will…Khushi…”and she pulled back to see tears in Khushi’s eyes and she said - “cmon, you promised, no tears please….”



Khushi nodded as she hugged her again,and she saw Zoya hug Arnav again.



Arnav kissed her on the head as he asked - “ passport?”



Zoya - “yes bhai..”



Arnav - “your tickets?? all your medical files?? the dollars??”



Zoya gave him a small smile - “ yes bhai, i have everything that i need…”



Arnav turned to look at Asad, and he walked upto him as he said - “ill wait with Khushi at the back, in the car…”



Asad nodded,and he watched Khushi give him a reassuring smile as she followed his friend silently.



Asad walked towards Zoya,and she looked at him,and he could have frozen the time then and there if he could.



He looked at Zoya as their eyes locked - “ so this is it then?? you really are leaving for real…”



Zoya took a deep breathe as she fought her emotions - “ yeahh Asad..this is it…”



Asad on reflex caught hold of her hand as he asked - “ you will think of me at least?? or you wont even remember me??”



Zoya gupled down tears as she held on to his hand and clutched his hand softly and she bent forward and kissed his cheek softly - “ of course…”,and she choked on the emotion as she whispered - “ try to smile while you think of me please, for i know i will smile when i think of you…”



Asad held on to her hand, too afraid too let go,because he knew that once she walked into that terminal, he wouldn't be seeing her for a long time,and he had to say it, he had to say it out loud, or it would suffocate him ,and so he said looking into her eyes - “ I love you…always have, always will…Zoya…”



Zoya felt her insides freeze.She hadn't expected to hear those words,and it took everything off her to not say those words back,she didn't want to give him false hopes,and so she just whispered - “ take good care of yourself Asad, please…”,and then she slowly took out her hand out from his, and turned around,and walked in towards the terminal,ready to board the flight that would take her far away.



Asad stood frozen as he watched Zoya enter the gates, and he stood until he could see her fade into the crowd,and it was only then he made his way back,and got into the car, as realisation struck him that Zoya indeed had left,and just as he got into the front seat he felt Khushi’s hand on his shoulder from behind as she said - “bhaijaan…”



He held her hand on her shoulder as he whispered - “Im fine…”,and he looked at his friend as he said - “ I will always love her…no matter what…”



Arnav nodded and he asked - “did you tell her that??”



Asad nodded - “ yes i did…and im glad i did…”



Arnav nodded at Asad,as he said - “ good that you did tell her, I'm sure your words will haunt her for a long long time…”and he started to drive, and he knew it really was good that Asad had told Zoya that, because she was his sister, he knew her way too well, he was sure Asad’s words would haunt her in her sleep,just like Khushi’s love confession had haunted him for a long long time, when he had broken everything apart and come back to India, all those months ago,and right then he looked in the review mirror,and his eyes locked with khushi’s,and she gave him a small smile,as if she understood what he had meant to imply to Asad,and that she had understood what thought had really crossed his mind. He nodded back at her, to acknowledge the intense exchange of emotion in between their eyes,and he spotted Asad turn up the volume on the radio, to distract himself with music,as he gazed out of the window.



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Fate sighed - “ it really was too many goodbye’s…poor Zoya…”



Hate rolled his eyes - “what did you expect?? i always keep reminding you about my existence, although this time around, my friend is acting on my behalf…”,he finished gesturing towards Misery.



Misery nodded,deep in thought.



Destiny looked at Misery as she said - “ do you have your seatbelt on?? looks like you will be very busy for a while…”



Hate snorted - “a while?? huh?? how does forever sound??”,and he sat back in his chair.



Love looked at Hate and she asked directly - “ are you really that heartless for real?? like seriously??I dont remember you being this vile…”



Hate,for the first time looked into Love’s eyes, and he knew it was a mistake, for the compassion and the gentleness that he spotted in her eyes despite her anger, moved him, he was sure he felt something move inside of him,and he just shrugged, looking away - “what now??im just doing my job, thats all…arent we all?? do you ever realise how taxing it is for me to be like this…”



Love looked at him as she said softly - “ then don't be…you can always mend your methods…whats wrong is being a little gentle with your blows??”



Hate looked at Love, and he was hating that movement inside of him,he had to make a point to never look in her deceiving eyes ever again,and he looked at Love as he said - “i do not wish to continue with this conversation…”,and he walked away.



Love looked at Hate and Destiny said - “ give up on him Love, its time you did…no point…”



Misery offered Love a glass of water as he said - “ here gulp it down…”



Fate grinned as he looked at Misery - “ hey, i like how you watch out for my friend…”



Misery smiled as she said - “why don't you tell me about the other things that you like about me?? I mean, I'm sure there are some more…”



Fate grinned - “ofcourse…come here lady, i have a full list ready…”

Misery laughed,as she sat next to Fate,and started to listen to him.



Destiny looked at Love as she asked - “ you ok??”



Love nodded,as she said - “ ofcourse..”,and she watched Destiny return to her desk.



Love picked up the book in her hand,and she resumed reading, but right then she saw Hate look up from his desk,and their eyes locked,and he immediately looked away,and she returned her attention to her book in hand, she wished she could tell anyone about this one blatant truth,maybe one day she could,maybe one day she could really tell the world, that she couldn't really give up ever on Hate, because he was a part of her heart no matter how different he was.It didn't matter how they always stood miles apart from each other, because she still had a special place for him in her heart.



Strange though, being Love herself,she couldn't ever have her happily ever after, because her treacherous heart had given itself away to that wicked emotion sitting right in front of her.Thats why he was always such a strong part of her, something which was so intense, something which couldn't be ignored,because ironically she could never really past with him for she had always been in Love with Hate. 



And maybe thats how it was meant to be.



Maybe, Hate was never meant to know, how deeply Love, loved him.



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 Tada guyssss

P.s - The next Update will come early next week.

Jun 8

Chapter 40 - IN BETWEEN THE LINES (8 JUNE,2017) - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 28 times)

hey guys

So sorry for the delay in the Update, like i mentioned in my earlier post, its all due to me guiltily binge watching turkish series with engish subtitles.haha…after all theres no such thing as too much drama.

Anyways here is the Update,as usual the length of 13,000 words.

Thank you so much guys for all the love and support, seriously i can never stop saying it, because it really means so much to me.

Waiting to know what you all think.

Thank you so much

Much Love

Prachi

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Chapter 40 - In Between the Lines



Words are tools that we use to express Ourselves.Funny though, how we play with them often

Sometimes, we use them well, and say what we really mean.Sometimes, we twist them around in such a way, that we don’t really mean what we say.

Sometimes we miss that hidden invisible meaning, that exists in between the lines.And Sometimes we don’t.

Probably thats a thing we all are meant to learn with time.That the most important thing about communication in general is to be able to hear, what isn't being said.To read, what isn't being written openly.

Its an art, in itself.And one could say, that this art could be really useful in Life.For Life, is totally all about those hidden meanings, that exist Invisibly, In Between the Lines.



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One Day Later

Thursday



Barkat - 9.00 AM



Khushi finished getting ready, and she checked her whtsapp to see if Arnav had replied.He hadn't yet, probably he was getting ready right now, she almost felt guilty for keeping him up late with her constant chatter, but she couldn't really help it, because amongst all the secrecy to be maintained, the few hours at night, were all they had to themselves.

She checked the time, it was 9am, which meant that Zoya would still be sleeping, because India was 3 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Switzerland.It had been over a day since Zoya had left,they had see’d her off on Tuesday night.She was glad that Zoya had made it to Interlaken as planned, without any issues.She smiled at the thought of how her bhaijaan had been pacing around restlessly, until zoya had  messaged her that she had landed in Zurich,and she had conveyed that information to her bhaijaan, and it was only then she saw a small smile on his face.Zoya was supposed to start treatment today and she really hoped that all went well.She quickly looked at her whtsapp to see the amazing pictures of the beautiful cottage Zoya was now living in.And the beautiful view, she had from her cottage,it made her smile, even while looking at the picture,she could only imagine the serenity Zoya must be feeling, probably it would serve as the best change Zoya needed for now.



Change.Ofcourse, she knew her brother needed it as well, thats why she had offered to start working with him as soon as possible, so that atlas some of his thoughts would be pre-occupied in training her with him.And also, that she was so bored of sitting at home now, she had to do something,so it really was the best to start working.Although her brother had protested, on the grounds that she should get some more rest, but good that she put her foot down this time around.



Right then her phone beeped.It was Arnav.



Arnav : goodmorning Khushi, are you ready already? I'm just about to go down for breakfast.



She quickly typed : Yes, i am, i don't want to be late on my first day of work.Sorry to keep you up late last night, you missed your run today didn't you?



Her phone beeped back quickly.

Arnav : yes i did, but thats ok.and i love to hear you talk,you do know i could hear you talk all night Khushi.



She smiled as she wrote back : yeah right, as if I was the only one talking.I never realised you could talk so much Mr.Raizada..:P



Arnav: looks like your company is rubbing on me,and i dont complain because i love it,you make me really happy, Khushi.You really are my Khushi.



She grinned as she read that, ofcourse, he made her so happy too,and so she quickly wrote : You make me really happy too Arnav,ok now i gotta go down, i will call you later,during the day, when im free, although i dont know when, since its my first day at work.



Her phone beeped quickly : Asad is not going to burden you Khushi on the first day.And i might drop by your office today for work, but incase i don't pls find a way out to meet me.



She smiled as she wrote : ok, i promise to figure something out,now cmon let me go to work.And just so you know, I'm already dying to meet you too.I wonder if you’r going to kiss me though..;)



She grinned as she waited for a reply to that,ofcourse the teasing wouldn't go down well,and her phone beeped immediately : Oh let me catch hold of you,you have no idea whats in store for you.



She shivered as she wrote,having no idea, how shed gotten so bold all of a sudden,and then it clicked,ofcourse because she was crazy now for sure : id like to find that out.Hopefully soon.



Her phone beeped : I love you Khushi.



She quickly wrote : I love you Arnav.

And she finally picked up her bag as she made her way down for breakfast, with a huge grin on her face.



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530 AM - Germany



Arhaan woke up with a start.He quickly got up and made his way to the bathroom to wash his face,he very much needed the splash of the cold water, to calm himself.He hadn't been able to sleep lately.



Too much had happened.Khushi had been shot, then she was on Life support,but thank god that she was now fine, and back home, safe and sound.That was the only thing that made him feel good, that the woman he loved so deeply was now atlas safe.



He walked back to his bed,and looked at his watch, it was 530 am,and he calculated in his head, must be 9 am in India, and he automatically wondered, what Khushi would be upto right now??



How could he stop thinking about her?? He had to, but he hadn't yet figured out a way.



She was the only one who had preoccupied every inch of space in his head ever since he had returned to start afresh.But of course he wasn't succeeding much.



Lucky for him, he had a source to get information about Khushi.He had connected a little with one of Dilshaad aunty’s friends daughter, Zara.And so just as he had gotten the news of Khushi being shot from his uncle, he had contacted Zaira on Facebook, to get to know how Khushi had been doing.



He hadn't been surprised to know, that Asad and Arnav had framed it to be an accident,ofcourse they were influential people, they had successfully hidden the gruesome truth about the death of their fathers too, in the past,and so he had been expecting to hear that, but he had never felt so shaken in all of his life, as he did when he got to know that Khushi had been on Life support.He had been a mess, there was pain, heartache and a lot of guilt.



But he was glad that Zaira had messaged him yesterday saying that she had met Khushi,and that she was back home, safe and sound,and how she was also sorry that things didn't work out between them,and he had been able to cover up saying that his only motive behind inquiring about Khushi was genuine concern because they had been good friends in the past, and because of the way things had ended, it didn't seem wise to get in touch with anyone directly, and thats why he had contacted Zaira.She had understood,and he was glad that she hadn't bombarded him with too many questions.Their conversations had always been very brief and to the point.

 

But something still didn't feel right.Maybe, just maybe if he listened to Khushi’s voice just once, maybe he would feel better, maybe that was the only way of calming his nerves down.



He picked up his phone, and he stared at her number in his contact list, he was sure, she would be up by now. He almost dialled her number, but he stopped, he needed to gather some more strength before he could actually speak to her.



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6 AM - Interlaken,Switzerland.



Zoya twisted in bed,sleepily as she turned to pick up her phone.It was just 6 am.She still had a lot of time, she had to start treatment today at the centre, she had her appointment with Dr Satish Raichand for 930 am,and since her cottage was just a ten minutes ride from her physiotherapy centre,she would need to cab it down only by 915.That gave her a lot of time, in the sense, she could clearly sleep for another two hours.



But she didn't go back to sleep,and she got out of bed,and picked up her crutch,and walked a little ahead, as she opened the blinds,and then the door to the sit out that was right outside her room, running into a small garden,and she sat out,and she brushed her hands over her face,as she welcomed the rays of the sun, falling on her face,and she closed her eyes to enjoy the soft breeze.



She opened her eyes a few minutes later, and she smiled,because she had never seen anything more beautiful.The view was amazing,actually if there was any other word that could top amazing, she would have used it.It was breathtaking, it was spectacular.



Interlaken was anyway famous for its beauty, its name itself meant a town in between the Lakes. Its is a traditional resort town in the mountainous Bernese region of central Switzerland,and was a two hours 30 minutes drive from Zurich.She was glad that her cab driver had briefed her about this enchanting town on the drive here, yesterday.Interlaken was Built on a narrow stretch of valley, between the emerald-colored waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and on the drive to her cottage she had spotted the various old timber houses along the way with stunning parklands on either side of the Aare River. And ofcourse, it was a very famous tourist spot, because it was a base for many famous Alpine mountain peaks of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.



She had reached her cottage, that she had rented out,for as long as her stay here, by Noon yesterday,and the owners were a very kind and gentle old couple who had been waiting for her, as she had reached, infact they had even taken her out for lunch, at this small beautiful coffee shop, near by.They had briefed her about the surroundings over lunch and then also helped her shop some grocery at a nearby supermarket and they had also driven her back home,and then given her their number as they left incase she needed help.



She had come back to the cottage, and had immediately fallen asleep,and she had woken up a few hours later,and then quickly unpacked and adjusted her room,and then because she was tired, she had quickly made herself some pasta for a early dinner, and during that time, she had spoken to her mother, sister and brother on face time,and then she had also spoken to Khushi for a while,and then she had fallen asleep again.She hadn't face timed,with Khushi, because as much as she wanted to see Asad,she knew it was the best if she didnt, because then she wouldn't have been able to get any sleep after,because anyway all through the flight ,his face, his last words to her about how he would always love her, had excellently succeeded in haunting her so much that she couldn't even sleep a wink.This really was turning out to be more difficult than she had imagined.She had flee’d the country, but where could she run away to, so that her heart would stop conjuring up his thoughts.God,was there really no way, that her heart would start showing some loyalty to her mind here?? 



She was sure, that Khushi had briefed him about her arrival,and that she was now settled,so it was best if it was left that way,to know about each other, through their siblings. ofcourse, she had questioned Khushi about him, whether he was fine or not, because of course her heart had betrayed her mind yet again.



She sighed, as she took a deep breathe,and made her way in to her small kitchen inside and she made herself some coffee,and a sandwich,and then she sat on the small dining table near the window,and ate, in silence, looking out,she was loving the view.

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9.00 AM 



Abir sipped his coffee as he continued to drive,he was just five minutes away from the location,his father had texted him.



Two days ago, his father had informed him about how a patient of Uncle Arvind was about to start treatment with him, she was a young girl, who had damaged a part of her central nerve running down her left leg, in a terrible accident.He smiled, whoever this was, had surely come to the right place,ofcourse given his uncle excellent opinion and recommendation for his brother.His father was a genius of physiothreapy and rehabilitation when it came to such cases.Infact, he had seen him cure two such patients over the last year and a half,one of them was again Uncle’s recommendation and the man had come from India, another one was a local from Interlaken itself.



Two years ago, he couldn't understand why his father, didn't venture out of Interlaken, he was a successful doctor, he had great prospects,but his father always believed that he could dedicate himself more to the profession he loved, if he kept it small scale,and thats why his centre had always been that way, excellently equipped, with all the latest rehab facilities, but small at the same time, because his father believed strongly in giving his time to his patients.And the investment involved in the centre, was always huge, for being able to stay technologically updates and equipped, and ofcourse, due to the small number of patients, it wasn't a very profitable business.And it took him a long time to understand the fact that his father continued to do this, because he loved it, he didn't care if it didn't give him monetary returns, he did it for his own satisfaction.He had the liberty to do it, because of their family fortune.



His grandparents had moved to Zurich decades ago, and he had started a small business of a budgeted hotel in Zurich, by acquiring a opportunity which was up for sale.They had come to Interlaken on a small holiday, and had fallen in love with it, and that was it, they never left.Ofcourse, his grandfather would have to go to Zurich often to see the hotel,he was a laborious man. It didn't take him very long to expand the horizon, and within a decade he had his own chain of budgeted hotels all over Switzerland.He had been a great believer in pursuing his passion, and thats why his father had the freedom to do what he wanted, and his grandfather was a very active man he had great control of the business and was the Chairman until two years ago.



His sudden death had been a shock to the entire family, because he was so fit and active, and he had to quit working in the US and return here for good,to take over the reins of the business his grandfather had handed over to him, in his will.



And once he was back here, he now knew , why people fell in love with this beautiful town, for once he was settled, he knew he would never leave.It was a small town, not a big city, but he loved it, infact his mother had often admitted that she couldn't believe he had managed to settle down here, she hadn't expected him to after being in the US for like 6 years.He had left after his school, immediately for college, he had completed his graduation in entrepreneurship, from Babson,and then had joined Wharton, for his MBA.After he had finished his studies, he had planned to work in the US for a year or two, to gain good job experience, although he knew he had a business waiting for him back at home, he hadn't gottenn back to it immeidately, because he wanted to learn first, working for someone else, rather than sitting on the boss’s chair firsthand.But he had only worked for three months, when the news of his grandfathers death had shaken him.Infact the biggest regret he had in his Life was that he hadn't been able to see him before he died, he hadn't been able to say goodbye.His grandfather had been his guide, his support, his philosopher.



But one had to move on, because time didn't really stop for anyone, so he came back,and made up his mind, to take what his grandfather had built to newer heights, and he had been succeeding, infact the number of their hotels had increased to about ten over the last year and a half, which according to his father was very impressive,but he knew he couldn't stop there,he had to expand internationally soon, that was his aim.



Infact he had just returned back home three days ago, because of his work, he had a lot of travelling in his schedule,but like they say, nothing really is better than home.And he always felt really happy being  back here, for it was a home he grew up in.



His mother and grandmother had been constantly pestering him to get married, but he was just 27,he didn't want to hurry into it.He sighed, because he deep down knew he would never be able to love anyone in the way he had loved her.Yana Mehra had been the love of his life, and no matter how deeply he wished to change it, he couldn’t change the fact that he had lost her.They hadn't been in touch for 4 years now but he did get the news from a few common friends from Babson, that she was now married.He didn't know to whom,and it was best to keep it that way,some wounds don't really heal, and Yana was just one of them.



He stopped his chain of thought, as he screeched his car to a halt in front of a small cottage.His father had asked him to pick up his patient and drop her to the centre , because he wasn't sure, if she knew her way around yet.His father was really the kindest man he knew,and also of course since this was his Uncles patient, his father always extra warm to everyone his Uncle deeply cared about, and this girl surely was one of them,infact he had already spotted some fondness in his father’s voice for her, which he knew arised due to how fond his uncle was of this girl.



He took a deep breathe, she probably wasn't aware that he was going to be picking her up,so he hoped that she hadn't cabbed it yet, his father would kill him if that had happened.



And he pressed the doorbell,and he waited for her to open the door.



…………….



Zoya had just picked up her handbag, and was just about to book a Uber, for herself, when her doorbell rang.



Strange, who could it be, at her door, in a different country.She didn't know anyone yet, expect for the owners ofcourse.Maybe it was them,and she adjusted her crutch under her arm,as she made her way to the door, and opened it, and she saw a man standing on her door,and he gave her a small smile as he said - “ hi….i was just hoping you hadn't left, or dad would have surely killed me…”,and he probably noticed the confusion on her face as she said - “hi…but I'm sorry, have we met??”



He immeditaely shot her a apologetic look as he said, shooting out his hand for a handshake - “ Im sorry, I'm Abir Raichand, you’v come here to seek treatment with my father Dr Satish Raichand…right??”



Zoya nodded,as she gave him smile and shook hands with him - “yes, ofcourse, Hi…im Zoya Singh Raizada…”



Abir smiled as he said - “so I'm sure you’r wondering what I'm doing here,so dad sent me to pick you up,and take you to the centre, since its your first day,since he wasn't sure if you'd know your way around…and honestly not just that, I'm sure Arvind Uncle will be very happy too, he's really fond off you…”



Zoya smiled,as she stepped out,and locked the door - “thanks…im very fond off him too..really he speaks highly of your father…”



Abir gestured her towards his car as he said - “they are first cousins, from my mothers side, but trust me they bond like blood brother’s, he often sends his patients to dad…”,and he grinned as she got in,and he got in behind the wheel,and he asked - “so Zoya, are we good to go?? The center isn't too far from here…”



Zoya smiled.He was a nice guy,and she said - “ I know…the owners briefed me yesterday…kind people…”



Abir smiled as he started to drive - “ thats nice Zoya…so how did you like the drive here from Zurich??”



Zoya - “it was amazing, so scenic, it really was breathtaking…”



Abir smiled - “ it is isn't it?? that what Interlaken is famous for you know, taking people’s breath away with its beauty….its peaceful here, it'll do you good in your treatment, that another reason why dad would never venture out, he loves it here…”



Zoya smiled as she asked - “so you work with your dad?? are you a doctor too??”



Abir smiled - “me no way, i don't have any cell in my body that understands medical science, I handle our family business that my grandfather started…”



Zoya smiled- “thats great Abir..”.He did seem like a genuine warm person.



Abir - “so what do you do Zoya??”, and he immediately looked at her as he said softly - “ im sorry, i know you are here for treatment, shouldn't have asked…”



Zoya gave him a small smile - “dont be, cmon, i used to work with my brother, we have a huge family business too,but that was before the accident…”,she paused as she said softly - “for now, i just want to focus on getting back on my feet…”



Abir gave her a genuine smile,as he pulled into the gates of his dad’s centre - “then Zoya, you come to the right place, dad will make sure, you leave here, walking on both on your feet…”,and he walked and open her door and watched her step out,as she gave him a small smile - “ i hope so…”



He nodded at her, as he gestured her to follow him and he walked next to her, and he took a side glance at her, she really was pretty,and she had a nice smile too.It made him wonder, how she had gotten into such a terrible accident in the first place, he made a mental note to ask her later.There was always place for good friends in his Life, and it did feel like Zoya, would make a great friend.



…….



An Hour Later



Zoya looked at Dr Satish as she heard him say - “ so i hope, you understood how i want us to go about this Zoya…now that iv briefed you about everything, please do let me know if you have any concerns…”



Zoya smiled - “ thank you Dr, although this is pretty intensive…i don't know if ill be able to cope up, i mean i can barely move my leg…”,and she saw him get up from the chair as he placed hand on her head,he reminded her of Dr Arvind and he said - “ i understand, its overwhelming, but we will start slow,and i will need your full focus Zoya, iv examined all your files,your MRI’s, trust me iv seen and treated  much worse, it'll take time and a lot of hard work from your end, since its a condition your body has to fight,and only you can instruct it too…you understand dont you??”



Zoya nodded and she smiled and he continued - “good, then lets start in the next 30 minutes, ill just ask my therapist who will be assisting me on this case, to show you around,take you to the cafe probably, have some tea, it'll give you some time to process our line of action, and then we begin…and its also good that you familiarise yourself with the surrounding, for you will be here, for atlas five to six hours everyday…”



Zoya nodded as she said - “thank you Uncle, for sending Abir to pick me up this morning, wasn't needed, but still i really appreciate it…”



Dr Satish grinned as he sat back in his chair - “your welcome Zoya, Arvind is very fond off you, and now that iv met you, i know why…and i sincerely hope my son didn't bother you much with his constant jabber Zoya…”



Zoya smiled - “ofcourse not Uncle, hes very kind…”



Dr Satish grinned - “ takes after me I guess…”.Zoya laughed as she said - “ yes ofcourse…”



Right then there was a knock on the door, and Mary walked in and Dr Satish said - “Zoya, this is Mary, the therapist who will be assisting me…”



Zoya smiled at Mary and she started to get up and she heard him say - “also Zoya, id like you to call me Uncle from now on…”



Zoya smiled - “id like that Uncle…”,and he smiled back at her ,and they made their way out.



Mary started to show her around a little, there were intense rehab equipments all around,and it did really feel like she had come to the right place.



……………..



Khan Constructions - 6.00 PM



Khushi picked up her phone as she quickly texted Arnav.



Khushi : you were right, bhaijaan barely gave me any work all day.Ok yes i had a lot of reading to do of course about the company and stuff and the projects etc etc, but i read fast, i finished like 30 minutes ago, and now I'm just wiling away time, waiting for Bhaijaan,and you said you would come, but you didn’t.And i still haven't figured out a way to see you yet.God this is insane.



Her phone beeped in two minutes.



Arnav : Insane it is surely for iv been tied up with back to back meetings all day, you know with the merger and stuff happening, iv just had too much to handle, i need to brief all my executives, its very important.Im sorry, i couldn't come,and looks like I'm just going to be tied up here till 8 atleast.How about if you sneak out to meet me at night?Remember the cafe near your house?



She smiled as she read that and she wrote  : yes, could do so, we will plan it out, now work,text me once you are done. I'm sorry for disturbing you.



She got a immediate reply.



Arnav : You never disturb me Khushi.



She smiled as she wrote : I miss you Arnav.



She didn't have to wait long,as she read : Not more than how much I miss you.



She smiled,and she decided to not reply yet, because he had a meeting,and so she made her way out of the cabin her brother had assigned as her’s,and walked towards her brother’s, to see if he was free.



She saw him talking over the phone,as she peeked open the door, and he smiled at her as he gestured her to come in, and she did walk and sit across him,and she started to browse through her phone as she heard him speak - “ Sure Yana, ill see you in 30 minutes, ill just send you the location of my office, I'm sure, we can work this out…”,and he  smiled as he hung up,and Khushi smiled, she hadn't seen him smile all day.



Khushi looked at him - “bhaijaan, thank god, i thought you forgotten how to use those muscles around your lips…who was that??”



Asad smiled at her - “ a good friend Khushi, i met her in Boston, while i was there for our deal with Hammond Residential, you remember??”



Khushi smiled - “ofcourse, thats how you…”and she paused,and she heard his say softly - “I met Zoya…yes, that time, she was the director of marketing for Hammond Residential, sweet girl, her name’s Yana..”



Khushi nodded - “ you never really mentioned her though…”



Asad smiled - “well because i know her professionally, anyways she just got in touch with me,apparently she moved back to India,a month ago, and her father’s into pharmaceuticals, which gives her no scope for her work, so she's keen to start working and she's really good at her job, iv arranged a meeting, looks like we have a perfect spot for her, you know with the Merger and stuff, we really could do with a director for Marketing, it'll help us, in the branding and the PR too…”



Khushi smiled - “ thats a brilliant idea bhaijaan…”



Asad nodded - “ i know,she’ll be here in a while, infact why don't you attend the meeting as well, you should, you are going to be a part of marketing too…”



Khushi smiled - “ sure, although you do remember i do have my interest only in Khan designs, your real estate bores me…”



Asad grinned - “yea yeah, whatever…then no better person than Arnav to seek training under, thats his forte…”



Khushi felt her insides jump, but she controlled her expression as she said softly - “ I'm happy that you have your best friend back bhaijaan…hes nice though isn't he, wonder why do they write all those horrible things about him, i mean he's only been so kind to me,and of course he and Akash did come after me at the farmhouse….”



Asad smiled as he said - “ hes a good person Khushi, a gem at heart, the rest as in the arrogance, the ruthlessness, is only for the world, for we both learned the hard way that there really is a big bad world out there, you know the difficulties he must have faced after our separation all those years ago, i can only imagine, because it did change me too, just like it changed him, anyways there was only one thing about him i probably disliked or didn't approve off, that was his ways around with girls…even back in good old days, hes always been like that….always a player…and then of course his pointless flings with his AR models….”



Khushi just nodded meekly, what could she say to that, how could she tell her bhaijaan that he wasn't the same Arnav anymore even in that case, because he had changed, he truly did love her, and she was about to say something right when she heard him continue - “ but looks like even that has changed, he's in love for real this time around….”



Khushi felt her insides come to a halt and it really did feel like as if she had lost her voice as she asked meekly - “really?? is he??”



Asad nodded - “well for starters Zoya did tell me that he really was in love, was difficult for me to believe for sure…and then when me and Arnav spoke, i could sense a change in him, i mean with his viewpoint about the situation between me and Zoya, if he didn't understand Love he would have killed me,and so i wondered if it really was love for him, but he did mention that he's hit a dead end with whoever this girl is,although i wonder why isn't he telling me about who she is, now that things are better…”



Khushi could only ask meekly again - “ they are…??”



Asad nodded - “ i guess so…i mean , the way he keeps his phone guarded,and is so busy texting all the while…and he's genuinely happy these days, so i just assumed things are good…and honestly im quite curious to meet this girl myself, i didn't know anyone existed that could make him fall in Love, he was never a beleiver, anyway things change, it happens, and i know from experience, Love knocks on your door when you are least expecting it, happened to me, I did fall in love with Zoya when I wasn't expecting too…so good for him, and ill wait for him to tell me himself…and i know he will when he is comfortable about having it out in the open….”,and he paused.



Khushi nodded,and she felt very happy listening to the fact that her brothers viewpoint had now changed in regards to Arnav, it meant a great deal to her,and she said softly - “ ofcourse, he will tell you about it, once he is ready too…”



Asad looked at her as he said softly - “and I'm your brother and i can see that you are very impressed by his enigmatic aura and his kindness towards you, but Khushi thats because you are my sister, i don't want you to get any wrong idea, i mean he's in love with someone else…you shouldn't have any sort of liking here, for you are going to hurt yourself…and i don't want you too,not especially after the disaster…”



Khushi controlled her laughter, but she really was touched my the genuine concern in her brothers voice and she touched his hand over the desk,she didn't know if she could tell him now, all by herself,she wanted to tell him with Arnav,and so she spoke softly - “ oh bhaijaan don't worry, yes Arnav Singh Raizada has the charm of the devil himself, but I'm good, he's just a friend bhaijaan,and because he's Zoya’s brother and your best friend,hes always been very cordial towards me…thats all it is…you don't need to worry…”



Asad gave her a smile as he clutched her hand and he spoke - “ good…”,and he asked - “ did you speak to Zoya today??”



Khushi smiled - “ not yet, i mean i didn't talk to her, but i just chatted with her a while back,shes starting treatment today na, she was at the centre, she's thrilled, its probably exactly what she needs…and she did send me pictures yesterday of her cottage and stuff…let me send you…”,and she forwarded them to her brother.



Asad browsed through them and he smiled sadly - “ beautiful it is…im just happy she's settled well, although i still cant believe she hasn't gotten in touch with me, looks like theres going to be silence for a while…for real…”



Khushi touched his hand - “ a silence which is probably needed…bhaijaan, trust me, read in between the lines…only good will come out of this, thats why this is happening..”



Asad smiled - “ did i ever tell you , you are too wise for your age…”



Khushi smiled - “only all the time…”,and right then his intercom rang and he picked it up,and he put down the phone as he spoke - “ cmon Khushi, lets go to the boardroom, Yana is here…”



Khushi smiled, and she got up,and walked beside her brother.



……………………



45 Minutes Later - 715 PM



Khushi smiled at Yana, she really was a sweet girl, her brother had been right, and of course very pretty too,and she decided to talk while her brother rejoined them,he had just left the boardroom five minutes ago, as Neha had needed him to oversee some thing regarding the Merger papers,and so she looked at Yana and she spoke - “ bhaijaan tells me you just moved back two months ago…settled in well??”

Yana smiled - “yes.…khushi…actually almost…had been in the US for a while”



Khushi smiled - “well im so happy you are starting with us tomorrow…and honestly i moved back here from London, not very long ago myself…so i totally understand…”



Yana smiled - “ thats interesting…Khushi…were you studying??”



Khushi smiled - “both, i mean i finished studying and then i was working…but i had to renew my Visa and stuff, so i just came back home for a while, i mean i hadn't been here in a long time…what about you?? why did you leave Hammond residential?? work permit issue or something??”



Yana gave her a small smile as she said in a soft smile- “ no, not that, i just moved back here with my parents, i couldn't stay in Boston, i had to get out of there, been through a divorce three months ago…needed change…”



Khushi - “oh, I'm so sorry…”



Yana smiled - “ oh don't be, because really i don't think i am, somethings aren't just meant to be you know, I was married for two years, i tried to make it work as much as i could, i mean Vikram was my choice after all,but somehow nothing was working out after six months or so, we were only fighting all the time, so its better we finished things amicably,better than wanting to kill each other all the time….”



Khushi held her hand and she spoke - “ you are very brave…”



Yana smiled - “and you are very kind, just like your brother, i got in touch with him , because i really need to get working now, or I'm just going to go mad having to explain to my moms friends all day about why i got divorced, seriously people just don't know how to let it be…”



Khushi smiled as she said - “ofcourse, i understand, there are people who are always looking to dig with a axe in hand, hoping to find some dirt or the other…”



Yana grinned - “ exactly…and im so done with it…”



Right then Asad entered in and Khushi smiled at him as she asked - “ all ok??”



Asad nodded - “yes…also Yana, i know our meeting is over, but since you are joining anyway, id like to briefly outline the plan you just mentioned with regards to collective branding for us and AR,because i want my friend, i mean Arnav to see this first thing tomorrow…if you aren't getting very late ofcourse….”



Yana smiled - “well, i have no where to be, so its good, we can work on it….”



Khushi smiled and right then the intercom rang, and her brother picked up,and he said - “ ok no issues, if Noor left, have the driver take the papers to AR immediately, Arnav needs to sign them before tomorrow…”



Khushi looked at him as she asked - “ important papers??”



Asad nodded - “yes, confidential because it contains our financial information,and needs both our signatures to go ahead with the formalities for the merger, iv already signed them, and i need him to sign it too…”

Khushi immediately spoke - “ok, no issues, ill take it to AR myself, i mean i was heading home anyway, so ill just drop them on the way…and if its so confidential, its better dont you think??”



Asad nodded - “yeah ok that’ll be great…ill see you at home after…”



Khushi nodded,as she made her way out.



She grinned, looks like she was going to be meeting Arnav after all,and he had no clue, and she decided on surprising him, he did say he would be in office until 8 anyway, and probably she would reach by then anyway.



………………………



AR - 755 PM



Arnav looked at his watch, as he walked into his cabin, God he really was tired, very tired, the day had been very hectic,and he still had a  video conference in 45 mins with AR London,and he knew once he was home, he wouldn't get any work done, because his mother had recently implemented the Law that once inside the gates of Shantivan , it was only family time,and of course he was allowed to check mails and take important calls, but he knew he couldn't have a full fledged meeting inside his house anymore.



It did seem wise to straighten his back for a while,as he did have some free time, mostly everyone had left and right then as he made his way down the flight of stairs from his cabin, he spotted Aman and he asked him - “ sir, do you need me to be there for the conference??”



Arnav - “no, its ok, you can leave…ill manage…and its just going to last for about 30 minutes, so no point in keeping minutes…”

Aman nodded - “ ok sir…”,and he made his way towards the elevator, so that he could lie down in his small studio on his private floor,and he waited for the elevator and he quickly texted Khushi : Where are you?? are you home yet? free for 45 minutes.Call if you are free.



……………



Khushi quickly opened her text message as she entered the elevator and she smiled as she read what he had written , well this was luck, and right then the doors off the elevator opened, as she saw him first, looking at his phone, he was probably waiting for her reply or call and she took a step further and put her hand on the elevator doors as she spoke playfully - “Supriseeee…”



Arnav immediately looked up from his phone,at that voice, and he couldn't believe his eyes, this really was Khushi in front of him,and he saw the mischievous grin on her face and he smiled,stepping into the elevator,and she stepped a little back,as he entered,and just as the doors closed, he immediately snaked his arm around her waist and pulled her close as hugged her - “now thats a surprise i really like….”



Khushi hugged him,and she pulled back as she put her hand on his shoulders looking into his eyes - “well bhaijaan needed you to sign these papers…and i offered to drop them here, on my way home…”,she gestured towards the file in her hand and then she looked at him as she asked - “going somewhere??”



Arnav took out his keycard and pressed his against the censor as he held her hand - “ yes, i was…and you’v come just in time, theres something you haven't seen yet…”



Khushi looked at him as she felt the lift going up - “ the terrace?? i have…remember…”

Arnav looked at her just as he said - “ no, not that…my private floor…”



Khushi - “oh yes your studio, you usually keep some stuff their for emergency business travels…yes i remember you mentioned it…”



Arnav chuckled as he said - “good that you are a good listener Khushi…”



Khushi rolled her eyes as she nudged his arm - “ofcourse, i am…although its difficult to be really good at talking and listening at the same time, i mean thats what they say, i never believed anyway…because im just good at both…”,she finished playfully,and she immediately hugged him - “ im just so happy to see you…”



Arnav hugged her,feeling her in his arms always gave him peace and he said - “me too…”and he asked - “ did you speak to Zoya today?? i just had a chat with her, she did say she will face time once she was back at the cottage…”.



Khushi smiled - “ditto, she said shed call though, i think she wants to avoid spotting bhaijaan around…”



Arnav nodded.



And right then the elevator opened, and he held her hand and led her out.



He watched her place the file on the table,as she said looking around - “ not bad Mr Raizada…very impressive…”,and she walked up and sat on the chair next to the bed as she said patting on the bed - “ why don't you lie down, you look exhausted…thats why you were coming up weren't you??”



Arnav looked at her as he asked - “how do you read me so well??”



Khushi grinned - “well, i have a PHD on you..incase you didn't know…”



Arnav laughed as he went and sat on the bed, and he pulled the wheelchair she was sitting in, in front of him,as he said holding her hand - “oh really?? then you would know, that all my exhaustion has just flown out of the window after i saw you…”,and she chuckled, and he cupped her face gently as he looked into her eyes - “ your smile is like my very own charger….thank you for figuring a way out to come see me….”



She kissed his palm and she said - “well i was dying to…i had too figure something out…”and she saw his eyes glint with mischief as he said pulling the chair closer into him, and he whispered looking into her eyes - “so remember how you said how you'd like to find out what i have in store for you, once i caught hold of you…”



Khushi shivered,and she nodded and gave him a shy smile, so all that boldness had just flown out of the window, as she felt him lean in towards her, and she had been waiting for this for a long time herself, just like him, and they now had the privacy that he had wanted too, and before she could think further she felt him whisper against her lips - “ drives me insane to see that blush up your cheeks,and this shy smile on your lips….”



Khushi whispered, sure her voice was trembling with nervousness - “ Arnav…”, but before she could say anything further, he sealed her lips with his and he kissed her,she felt her hands go around her neck,and she parted her lips over his, as she started to respond to his kiss, brushing her hands into his hair, as she pulled him closer.This was as electric as it could be,as intense as it could be.



He had kissed her before, he had touched her before, but this was different, Khushi had been right, it really did feel so different for this was the first time, when there was only love in between of them no fear, no secrets, no more worries,and just as he felt her respond to him with equal urgency and passion, he lost his ability to think straight, he was sure that was it was, as passion blurred everything, and he pulled her by the waist, and adjusted her on his lap, and he felt her cross her legs around his waist,and he automatically leaned back towards the wall,as he continued to kiss her.

Khushi broke apart only for a second, only because she needed to refill her oxygen tank,and she looked into his smoldering eyes,and she was sure, the passion in her own eyes matched his, and this time before he could say something, she kissed him again, and she was literally on top of him, and the fact that his hand were caressing her back in a way that was both gentle and urgent, pulling her form closer into his, drove her insane,and this time she was in a position to take control,she broke apart,and trailed a line of kisses down his neck,just like he had done so many times in the past, driving her insane,and before she knew it, she was pushed back into the bed, as he caged her hands over her head, in a firm yet gentle grip,as he trailed a line of urgent kisses over both sides of her neck,and she felt him tug her collared shirt as he bit her at the side of her neck,and then soothed it with his tongue,sure she was going to die because of the passion she was feeling.And he finally let her hands free,as he snaked it around her waist, to pull her closer into him,while his lips returned to take her’s for yet another passionate embrace.



Arnav felt her tug at his shirt,and he understood, that she probably wanted to run her hands over his back,she was as affected as he was,and he slowly unbuttoned his shirt all the while looking into her eyes, and he opened it and flung it aside,and she leaned up on her elbow as she whispered looking into his eyes - “ only fair isn't it?? I haven't ever gotten the chance to brush my hands against your skin…”and he knew what she was hinting at, she was hinting at a similar heated moment between them in his office at AR London, before he had gotten to know the truth and he had in the moments of similar passion, run his hand over her bare back.God he didn't know what was it, was it that voice of hers that was loaded with intense passion, or her electrifying soldering gaze,that held his, but he was hypnotised in that moment,as he felt her run her hand over his bare back gently,and then his chest,before she cupped his face,and kissed him again.And he immediately felt like a prisoner himself.

He pushed her back into the bed, and he felt his hands on their own accord, unbutton a few buttons towards the end of her shirt,and he tucked it out of her jeans,uptil her midriff,so that he could run his hands over her midriff, and her lower back,and he felt her moan, as he trailed a line of kisses over her shoulder,nudging a part of her shirt aside from the top, and started to kiss her,and he immeditaely felt her tilt to give him access,and he first soothed the bite he had left on her skin with his toungue, and he could clearly see, it was driving her insane, and a soft moan left her lips, driving him insane, and just as he was about to take her lips in for another passionate kiss, her phone rang.



Khushi heard her phone ring,as the damm tone blazed through the electric intense moment that had surely driven her insane,and she looked at Arnav reach out for her phone as he picked it up from the side table,and he smirked as he flashed the screen in front of her,ofcourse it was her brother calling.She quickly took the phone from his hand, as he sat up next to her, and he started to put on his shirt, and she took a few deep breaths to steady her tone,and she picked up - “yes bhaijaan??…yes…hes signed the papers..ok should i leave them here?? or get them home?? yeah, ill tell ammi that you will have dinner at work,no worries…yeah, ill be home soon…”



She put down the phone,and just as she had, she felt Arnav cup her face gently as he asked - “ you ok??”



Khushi kissed his hand as she whispered looking into his eyes - “ never been better…lucky for me bhaijaan asked me to leave the papers with you…you can sign them after i leave…”,and she saw him grin as he bent forward and kissed her softly on the lips - “ do you really need to leave??”



Khushi looked into his eyes as she whispered - “yup, but i guess i could stay for another ten minutes….”,and she watched him lean back against the wall,as he sat upstaright and she immediately cuddled next to him as she spoke softly - “ I love you…”



Arna smiled,as he hugged her close,she was cuddled up close, he was sure she could hear his rapid heartbeats and he spoke - “ not more than I do…”



Khushi immediately shot up as she looked at him - “whats this new thing you started…not more than me an all…lets just come to a common ground, that we both are equally crazy and insane about each other…”



Arnav grinned as he pulled her back - “ okay baba…have it your way, even though I'm sure, i love you more…”,and he earned a small smack on his arm for that and right then he heard Khushi say - “ oh you will not believe the conversation i had with bhaijaan today…”,and he kissed her forehead as he said - “really, about what??”



Khushi smiled as she laced her hand with his - “about you, ofcourse…”,and she said - “ill fill you in later at night, because i know you probably have some work left to do, you did say you were free for 45 minnutes, and iv taken 30 minutes of that time…so i will get going now…”,and she kissed him on the cheek as she whispered - “call me once you are home, ok?? and do order something to eat incase you are getting more late…”



Arnav smiled and he got up,and he watched her tuck her shirt back in to her skinny black jeans and he immediately pulled her back in by the waist for another kiss and he pulled back a few minutes later as he grinned - “ that was me redeeming a lot of my pending goodnight kisses…”



Khushi grinned - “good….”,and she started to walk out, and she turned  as she didn't feel him behind her - “ you aren't coming??”



Arnav grinned as he walked towards the washroom as he whispered - “ not yet, i have 15 minutes, and i quickly need a cold shower, Khushi so that i can actually think straight during the video conference…”,and as he had expected, she blushed to a deep shade of a bright tomatoe,as she quickly turned and got into the elevator.



He picked up his phone as he left her a text : Please text me once you are home.



And then he grinned as he walked into his washroom, for a much needed cold shower.



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830 PM - Khan Constructions



Asad looked at Yana as he ate - “good that we ordered something, i was really hungry…”



Yana smiled - “ ofcourse….”



Asad asked - “so hows Vikram doing??”. he had met Yana and Vikram to a official party for Hammond Constructions back in Boston.



Yana took a deep breathe as she ate another bite - “ i wouldn't know…”



Asad looked at her confused as he asked - “ what happened??”



Yana gave him a small smile - “we’v been divorced for three months now, thats precisely the reason why i moved back here…i couldn't be in Boston, it was too suffocating…”



Asad - “ really?? but you mentioned him being your choice…”



Yana sighed - “yes, and i would admit that i was wrong, i made a mistake, why must we suffer for it all our lives…its better this way, atlas we dont want to kill each other anymore…”,she finished with a dry laugh.



Asad looked at her - “ really?? was it that bad??”



Yana nodded - “yup…horrible…”,and she paused as she sipped her water - “whats up with you?? i remember you mentioning that you met someone back in Boston, right before you left, hows that going??”



Asad took a bite as he said - “yeah…about that…I screwed up…big time…”



Yana looked at him - “really?? you screwed up?? hows that possible?? your like the most ethical, sensible,sincere,gentleman iv ever come across in all of my Life…”



Asad laughed - “ thanks…but i did screw it all up, big time..”,and he paused as he said in a sincere tone - “ and now she wouldn't even talk to me…shes literally miles away in every sense, physically and emotionally…”



Yana folded her arms - “wana talk about it?? i promise, ill tell you all about how my marriage messed up…and trust me nothing can be worse than that…im sure you'll feel so much better once im done telling you…”



Asad nodded - “ im sure i will feel better talking it out to someone apart from my family, because somehow no matter how supportive they’v been, i cant really open up to them about how iv been feeling so guilty deep inside, for both the past and the present…i dont want them to worry, they have too much on their minds anyway…”



Yana smiled - “ thats what friends are for, aren't they? cmon now, spill the beans…dont hesitate, you know im not gonna judge…”



Asad gave her a small smile - “ promise me you won’t…”



Yana nodded - “ I swear…now cmon…”



Asad sighed - “ long story Yana, from where do i begin??okk so lets see…firstly her name is Zoya….”,and he watched her lean back as she took a bite and listened to him, unravel the story of his love and life.



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90 Minutes Later



Yana finished telling Asad about how she and Vikram had screwed up their marriage, and she looked at him as she asked - “ see, **** happens, don't blame yourself Asad,  its clear you both are like meant to be…like your first true love, I'm sure she will come around….”



Asad nodded - “well, to be honest, from what you just told me, why did it seem like you didn’t really love Vikram…were you for real in love with him?”

Yana gave him a sad smile as she said - “aha, Asad Ahemed Khan, reading in between the lines,but yes now that we’v been so brutally honest about we messed up, yes you got that right, i chose him, but i was never really in love as in in that deep insane crazy kind of love with him…maybe thats why it didn't work out, wasn't meant to be…but thats what Asad, you have to understand, you have to be patient here, you have to have faith in your love, she will come around, if both of you are going to let go, theres no way your going to find your way back to each other, one of you has to keep on holding that string…or else you'll be lost, love will be lost, and that happiness trust me when i say this can never be found again, thats the problem these days people let go thinking that they will find that soul shaterring, soul awakening kind of love again, but you dont, it just really happens as intensely once, the rest of the times, its still love, but it can never be as high as that on the intensity meter,because you are loving with a split in your heart, and trust me those dam wounds of the heart never really heal….are you getting me??”



Asad nodded - “ofcourse, just like I'm totally getting in between the lines here, if Vikram wasn't the one you truly loved, then who was it??”



Yana sighed - “there was obviously someone who messed up with my heart big time.Met him in college in Babson..”



Asad - “what happened??”



Yana - “well to cut the long story short, i was insanely in love with him, probably even he was, but you know how it is in college, i was in too deep, wanted to get engaged, you know i did have pressure from my parents because they knew about us,but he didn't want it then, and of course that led to so many issues in between us, i was heartbroken because i felt iv really given it all,and maybe for him it was just a passing thing,so I cut all ties with him, infact he did try to get in touch with me a lot of times for months,maybe he realised that he was in deep too, but i wouldn't respond, i couldn't forgive…this was four years ago…I left Boston and returned to India for a while,and we both let go of the string in between us completely,i hold myself equally responsible…I mean i often wonder now what if I had responded to him, what if I had been a little more forgiving, anyway back then of course i couldn't see it like that…you see sometimes,you only know how deeply you are in love because of the pain you feel, i thought it would change when I met Vikram, thought i could have another shot at Love, so I married him, tried to make it work for two years, and now Here I am, sitting in front of you divorced, with two completely failed relationships on my heart resume,but i do aim to  start afresh, the least i can do is try…you know…iv just given up on Love though…cant take that **** anymore…am done and dusted…”,and she paused as she looked at Asad - “but you, my friend, better hang in there….”



Asad sighed - “Wow….i don't even know what to say….”



Yana looked at him as she said - “ but good no, atlas you have bother family and her family at your side for support, I'm sure she will come around….and after this accident and situation with her leg, she just needs some time out…”



Aad sighed - “yeah maybe….but i just feel she’ll never forgive me for the annulment…I know she won’t, it broke her heart, i broke her in every way, and now every effort i make, makes her feel I'm doing so out of guilt and sympathy…”



Yana looked at him - “Maybe because you are feeling so much guilt yourself Asad, work on it…the minute you stop feeling it, it'll stop reflecting…somewhere deep down every thought in our minds does reflect in between the lines, in between the words we don't really say…”

Asad nodded,he hadn't yet seen it that way - “maybe your right….”



Yana gave him a small smile - “lets get going shall we?? we do have a lot of work lined up for tomorrow..”



Asad nodded - “ofcourse…and thank you”,



Yana smiled - “ and thank you, to you too, for just listening, sometimes i don't need to hear how i could have worked things out differently, sometimes i just need someone to listen, and I'm glad you did..”



Asad nodded and he smiled - “ and I'm glad you told me something what i probably needed to hear….”and he got up and he started to walk out with Yana.



He watched her get into her car as she drove away and once he got in his,as he started to drive. He had surely made a good friend in Yana.



Could she be right?? Had his guilt from within really been reflecting in his actions or words towards Zoya?? Could it be, that a lot of his hidden guilt was being reflected in between his words to her??



He didn't know yet, but he was surely going to figure it out in his head, he had a lot of thinking to do, a lot to process.A lot to understand.



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Interlaken - 6.oo PM



Zoya finished talking to her mother and Anjali di, her brother was still at work, so she made a note to call him in a while,and she looked at the time on her phone, it was 930 in India right now, so she thought of calling Khushi,and just as she was about to dial her number, she saw Abir, pull a chair in front of her, as he sat across of her and folded his arms on the table in front - “ hello new friend…how was your session today??”,he asked cheerfully.



Zoya smiled,he really was amusing and she asked - “really?? I didn't know, we are friends already…”



Abir smiled - “well of course we are, the minute you stepped inside my car…”,and he paused, as he faked being in thought - “no not since then, since the minute you opened the door to me…”he finished with a grin.



Zoya cracked up immediately and she didn't know she could laugh again, like genuinely laugh so she spoke in between her giggles - “ your funny…seriously…”and she paused as she said softly - “ but thank you, and yes in regards with the session, the five hours today were insane gruelling and very tiring…”



Abir nodded - “ thats how it is, always on the first day, you know it always is like that, the first few steps are the hardest ones to take, even as kids, remember how we first learnt to walk, those first few steps were totally the hardest ones to take….”, he finished with a grin.



Zoya raised a eyebrow - “yeah as if you remember anything from when you were a year old…but i get what you mean…”



Abir said in a proud tone - “ I took my first steps when i was 11 months old, my mother proudly exclaimed that to all my life…but of course i dont remember, but i can say so with so much confidence, because of my nephew, as in my sisters son, hes just 13 months, and hes now taking his first steps, so i know from him for sure, hes having a hard time you know…”, he winked.



Zoya grinned - “really?? now as if he can talk your nephew…seriosuly…Abir…”



Abir grinned - “well of course he can, who needs a language, we have our own heart to heart…anyway, do you want some coffee?? i come here everyday after work because dude, my Lady Diana there…”,he gestured to the lady behind the cafe counter, “ brews the best coffe ever…”



Zoya nodded,and he got up and she watched him grin and place a order for coffee’s to a elderly woman, probably in her 50’s, which she assumed was His Lady Diana.She watched her laugh, probably he had cracked another joke.



She smiled, she had been like this,not very long ago, always looking for a opportunity to crack a joke, make people laugh.



But now, she wasn't really the same anymore.She knew she could never laugh as freely like she used to before, there was too much baggage on her shoulders and her heart.



She watched him walk back as he sat back and he asked - “whats up??”



Zoya smiled - “ nothing, anyway so what about your family?? as in does your sister live close by?”



Abir smiled - “yes, of course around the block you could say, she and David were childhood sweethearts, her names Isha. She’s two years older to me, infact she was the one who was helping my granddad with the business, whilst i was studying, since as you can see dad has no interest…she’s my wall, and since she's very much still a part of my business,we meet everyday…what about you?you mentioned working with your brother…but is it just you two??”



Zoya smiled as she saw Diana put two coffee on the table and she turned to Abir - “well, no, i have a elder sister too, she's our rock,as in my brothers and mine…”



Abir smiled - “well they really are aren't they?? what would the world be without elder sister….im so glad im the younger one…”



Zoya grinned - “yeah me too….”



Abir nodded - “ ok, so tell me more..we are getting along well don't you think, theres no such thing as too many friends is there??”



Zoya smiled - “well ofcourse there isn’t…”



Abir sipped his coffee - “so how about you tell me all about Zoya and ill bore you by talking all about Abir, and to toast to our new friendship, how about if you let me drive you back to your cottage, and you can Uber from tom on??ok??”



Zoya smiled as she sipped her coffee, his grin was infectious, such ease,such freedom and she said - “ on one condition…”



Abir - “what ??”



Zoya smiled - “ you start first…”,and she paused as she smiled - “ you see, i like to drink my coffee while its piping hot….”

Abir grinned as he folded his hands on the table - “ really?? I like to drink it while its room temperature…so yeah i guess i could go first…I was anyway going to, ok….did you really think i was going to let you talk first??”



Zoya laughed,and he grinned, as he started to talk.God he really was a very amusing fellow.



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Khan Mansion - Midnight



Khushi put her phone aside, as she finished talking to Arnav,and she rolled back in bed,with a dreamy smile on her face.God she had never felt happier.



And right then the moments with him from later this evening started to go through her mind, and she felt herself blush furiously.She had never felt more alive as she felt in his arms,and he hadn't even made love to her yet,she had no idea what would she actually feel when he would do so.She totally knew what it took off him to be in control, and she knew he was doing so for her sake,because he loved her so much,and wanted to make her transition into this new phase of their relationship slow and steady.



It was right then,her chain of thought broke, as her phone rang, and she wondered who could it be, she had spoken to Zoya already, and she had hung up with Arnav just a minute back.



She picked up her phone and it read : private number calling.



Seriously?? who was it?? Maybe it was Arnav, hiding his caller id, since she had literally forced him to hang up early today because she knew he needed to catch up on sleep,and she had been keeping him up way too much for the last few nights because of her constant jabber.



And so she smiled as she picked it up as she said into the phone - “ Arnav, if its you playing games…stop it cmon, and get some sleep, you need it….”



There was a pause, on the other end, and she immediately felt,or rather she knew it wasn't him.



She spoke again - “hello…hello…”



She spoke again - “who is it?? hello??hello??.When no one spoke, she was about to hang up,this was strange,and right then she heard a voice on the other end call her name - “ Khushi…its Arhaan…”



The minute she heard his voice, and it registered, that it really was Arhaan calling her, he promised her he would never get in touch, then why was he calling her right now.



In a fraction of a second, everything that happened at the farmhouse flashed back in front of her eyes, including the shot that had left his Uncles gun, injuring her,and she felt her insides freeze.



And she learnt a new thing in that frozen state.



That there was a thing about death, if you ever fought its clutches and returned, any slight reminder of it, still had the power to freeze you in time, with the shackles of fear.



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Fate nodded - “ i so need to write this down…a deep thought my friends…”

Destiny nodded - “ofcourse, a truth that always existed in between the lines…”



Fate looked around at Misery as he watched her deep in thought - “ what are you thinking?? why do you always have your thinking cap on??”



Misery gave him a small smile - “its just who i am. I think, then i overthink, and then i think again, its what makes me Misery in the first place…”



Fate smiled - “now i get it….want something to eat??”



Misery nodded - “ofcourse, a burger please…”



And right then Happiness walked in as she said - “ and a pizza for me please….”,and she was immediately pulled in by Destiny and Fate in a group hug



Hate immediately looked up from his desk and he glared at Love - “whats she doing here??”



Love ignored Hate as she pulled in Happiness for a hug - “ you’v been busy lately…iv missed you…”



Happiness grinned - “ofcourse…me too…missed you all”,and she pointed at Hate - “but haven't missed him though…”



Hate rolled his eyes - “ you still didn't answer my question?? what are you doing here??”



Happiness grinned - “i can come and go as i please…i don't need to give you explanations…”,and she High five Fate as he said striking at Hate - “you bet you don’t…”

Destiny smiled as she heard Love whisper into Fate’s ear - “im sure all hate wants to do right now is punch you in your face…”



fate grinned, as he whispered back - “id like to see him try…”



Hate rolled his eyes as he walked up to Love and took her aside, taking her by her hand as he glared at her - “ this is your doing, you always play over smart, i know it is…”



Love didn't yank her hand away, instead she gently put her hand over Hate’s as she spoke - “yes it is..now what?? relax Hate, you should stop getting so worked up all the time, you'll get a blood pressure problem…although i wonder why you havent got it still…”and she chuckled as she said that.



Hate felt that something move inside of him again,she was cunning this love, what was she doing here, he immediately looked at her hand over his, and he felt his insides move again,and so because of fear, he yanked his hand away harshly as he said - “ the only reason why I'm surely going to be patient soon, is going to be because of you and your silly tactics and games…and I'm sure you’ll enjoy that, so stop pretending as if it bothers you…”,and he turned to walk away.



He saw Love march faster as she walked ahead of him,and she slowly turned as she said - “what if I tell you,I do care, i wouldn't wish any harm upon you in anyway…”



Hate rolled his eyes as he smirked - “really?? is this a joke?? I'm not buying this bull****,for all you care is about yourself, and about how you can play games to stump me over…”



Love gave him a small smile - “as you wish…”,and she walked away to join her friends.



Hate looked at her confused, he really had to keep away from this sorcerous.



Love heard Happiness laugh as she looked at fate and asked - “ wheres that Pizza i asked for….”



Destiny grinned as she said - “cmon fate, hurry up…you wouldn't want to keep misery and happiness waiting…”



Fate grinned,as he left.



 Love smiled at Happiness and Destiny and she glanced back at hate for a second, and she saw him walk back confused to his desk, and she felt a sad smile curve up her lips, it really was too bad that Hate had always been too blinded by his egoistic self to read in between the Lines.



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P.s - The Next update will come as soon as I finish writing it, which hopefully should be by Monday.

 



Jun 15

Chapter 41 - PUZZLED CONNECTIONS (15 JUNE,2017) - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 26 times)



hey guys

I am so sorry for the delay in the Update!!! Was just caught up with kids and motherhood!!! 

So here it is the Update, finally!! It as usual long,13,000 words.

Thank you so much for your love and support guys as always.Can never forget the love and support you all shower on my work!!

OK guys, also as I post this Chapter 41, we shall also now officialy start the countdown for this FF.I mean i had always thought of this as a 50 Chapter fiction!! So yes, the countdown to the end has begun, its bittersweet honestly for me, i mean I’m surely very happy writing it to its end,but very sad too, because this journey will soon end.

Ok Guys, so put your seatbelt on and enjoy the update as i take you through the last leg of the FF.

Let me know what you guys think.

Much Love

Prachi

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Chapter 41 - Puzzled Connections



At Times, we have to wait and watch years flash by,hoping to Connect with someone, or some people in the way we wanted too.Sometimes, all it takes is a short while, to establish the connection thats both pure and intense,and thats probably because, sometimes, it really does feel like, you are just pieces of a same jigsaw puzzle,and have now finally come together to complete a picture.But just like how as kids, building a jigsaw puzzle with hundreds of pieces was a job that required a lot of effort and patience, the connections that we build with people in our lives,requires equal amount of effort and patience.



You may often find yourself irritated and impatient,because of the same, but while you are at it, its important to remember, that the more you nurture the connection,the more it will blossom,and so sometimes, you just have to go with arranging the pieces as they come your way, with the faith that the complete picture will be complete soon.



And at times, its also important to disconnect from the connection, to actually be able to realise the true meaning it holds in your life.Its an amusing fact though, that Love essentially is that service provider, whose connection the heart will always succeed in establishing, no matter how weak or strong the signal is.



As we walk down our Life,we all will surely look back one day and smile at the realisation, that some puzzles were thrown are way with some pieces missing, so they could never really be all fit into a big picture, because it wasn't meant to be, then some puzzles were big , some were small, some were brain teasers, and some were heart-warming.And all the stories of our lives, no matter how different they are , have this one common factor ,that - Each of our lives is an independent tale of several puzzled connections.



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Shanitivan 12.15 AM



Arnav walked back from the washroom,and lied down in bed,and he smiled to himself,as he put his hand underneath his head,and thought about his conversation with Khushi.



He couldn't believe the conversation Asad and Khushi had, had about him,he could only imagine, how Khushi would have controlled her laugh,because he was finding it difficult to control his grin.So the good thing here, was that Asad did really think that he had changed for Love for good this time around, and it made him feel really good to know that, it narrowed the chances of Asad punching him hard in the face, once he found out about him and Khushi.He was going to be mad surely for how they both had hidden it, but from the looks of it, he was sure, he would understand and come around, and the best part was that he could sense that no matter how mad Asad would be, he would surely not ask Khushi to keep away from him.Asad was a good brother, and given the scenario, his concern for his sister was justified,after everything Khushi had been through because of the murderer.



He felt his blood boil,and he reminded himself that Farhaan had vanished into thin air never to return.



He nudged the thought aside,and let Khushi’s thoughts flood through his mind,as he closed his eyes, she was his own sparkle, she was his own peace.God he loved her so much, it did really seem like, she had been the only and perhaps the most important missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle that was needed to complete the picture in his heart.And he had often lost that piece himself,in the past, but this time around, he had been patient and had been successful in fixing the piece into the place it rightly belonged,and now that she was back plugged into his being,it did really feel like that the picture was finally complete.



They were both,exactly where they belonged.



He smiled at the thought, and sleep started to take over.



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 Khushi shivered as she heard the voice through the phone - “ Khushi, you there?? Khushi?? its Arhaan, please dont hang up, Khushi, say something, please….”



But she felt like she had lost her voice,and she sat frozen on her bed,and she heard him say again - “Khushi, can you hear me??”



She finally took a deep breathe as she finally spoke in a curt tone - “ Yes, i can hear you Arhaan, but what i dont comprehend is that why are you calling me when you promised you wouldn’t…and I'm hanging up this instant…”,and she was about to hang up as she heard his voice on the other end - “ Khushi, please don’t, just hear me out, i only called because i needed to hear your voice once, to know that you are fine, you are alright, aren't you??”



Khushi answered curtly - “im fine Arhaan, never been better…and I'm hanging up now…”



And just as she was about to, she heard his voice on the other end - “ i didn't know until i was here that he shot you…im sorry Khushi,i really am,but thank god you’r off life support and are back home now….”



Khushi felt her insides freeze as she asked in a curt voice - “how do you know Arhaan?? are you keeping an eye on me??”



Arhaan - “ no I'm not keeping an eye on you Khushi, i just have my sources, don't you understand, i had to know that you were ok, you have no idea how i felt when i got to know you were shot…”,and he paused as he spoke - “i would do anything to not hear that fear in your voice for me Khushi, i promised you that i wouldn't harm you in anyway, then why are you still so scared off me??”



Khushi felt her insides churn as she spoke - “then do something please, dont ever call me again, the only reason why bhaijaan and Arnav aren't coming after you and your uncle,is because iv asked them too,please don't do anything that will make me change my mind…”  



Arhaan - “ thank you Khushi…”



Khushi - “ don't thank me, for i didn’t do it for you, i did it because you already are sentenced to the biggest punishment, this guilt that you have Arhaan is your punishment,and also because id rather have bhaijaan and Arnav live in peace, i do not want them to chase the past,its not going to get us anything…”



Arhaan - “ you really love him don't you? Arnav?”



Khushi took a deep breathe - “ more than my Life….”



Arhaan - “ i know, uncle told me that he had aimed at Arnav and you took the shot yourself to save him….”



Khushi spoke curtly - “ ok thats it, are you giving me your word that you are never going to call me again?”



Arhaan spoke in a tone that was dejected - “ i love you Khushi….im just glad you’r safe and sound…”and Khushi immediately hung up,and she kept her phone aside, and she immediately drank a glass of water.



The jitters were back again, as everything that had happened flashed back in her mind, and she knew the only thing she needed right now was to feel Arnav’s arms around her, she checked her watch it was 12.30 am,it was late, but she didn't care, it did really feel as if she was going to have a panic attack if she didn't see him,and so she picked up her phone and she called him, hoping that his phone wasn't on silent.



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Arnav heard his phone ring,and he had just fallen off to sleep, but he turned in bed nonetheless, to see who it was,what if it was Zoya and she needed something, and so he picked up his phone sleepily,and the minute he saw Khushi’s name flashing on the screen,he picked it up in an instant as he said - “ hey, missing me already??”



“Arnav…”



Andthe minute he heard her say his name in a blank tone, he felt his sleep vanish through the window,and he felt worry creep over as he spoke - “ Khushi…whats wrong??”



He heard that blank voice again on the other end - “ can you please come see me?? ill sneak out and meet you at the end of the road like I once had before…”



He asked worried - “ Khushi, ok, I'm coming, ill be on my way in five minutes, but will you atlas tell me whats wrong?? what happened?? you are worrying the hell out of me…tum theek ho??”



He heard that blank voice again - “ I'm fine, I just need to see you, and i need to see you now….how long will it take you to reach me??”



Arnav - “at this time of the night, 20 minutes…”



Khushi - “ ok, ill be waiting out for you in fifteen minutes…”



Arnav jumped out of bed as he spoke - “no, dont wait on the road, its not safe, ill message you once im there, come then ok??”



Khushi - “ Ok…please come soon….”



Arnav - “ I am….”,and he made his way down the stairs at the speed of light, he didn't know what this was about,and he had no idea why was she sounding so blank,devoid of any emotion on the phone,but if Khushi needed him now, then he was going to be there,hed damm everything else right now.

………



30 Minutes Later



Arnav stood leaning against the front door, as he waited for Khushi,he had messaged her when he had arrived,and all through the way he had a zillion thoughts running through his head as to what the matter could be,but he instructed his mind to stop conjuring stupid thoughts and asked it to wait patiently to listen to what Khushi had to say, and right then, he spotted her,walking to wards him,and the minute she saw him, she ran towards him at the speed of light,and before he knew it,she had hugged him tight, and he hugged her back immediately,and he brushed her hair tenderly as he kissed her head - “ khushi, whats wrong….”,and he realised that she was shivering, she was literally trembling in his arms and he asked - “Khushi, will you please something, anything….”, but she didnt, and he was just about to pull back, but she didn't let him,as she held him back tightly as she said - “ no, please, don’t….please just hold me….”



And so he held on to her,as he tightened his arms around her, waiting for her to calm down a little,and what seemed to be many minutes later,he finally felt her shivering stop,something wasn't right here, and  once she had stopped trembling,she pulled back,and he cupped her face tenderly - “ will you talk to me please??”,and he brushed her cheek tenderly - “please say something, you have no idea the thoughts my mind was conjuring up on my way here…what happened??”



Khushi kissed his hand tenderly as she said - “ thank you for coming, i know it was impulsive, so impulsive off me too call you here like this in the middle of the night….but i needed to see you…”



Arnav held her hands as he opened the door to his front seat,and she sat inside and he kissed her hands - “ I'm going to be there whenever you need me, i dont care about anything else…Khushi…”



Khushi smiled as she spoke - “can you take me for a drive somewhere, please??”



Arnav smiled as he nodded,and he got into the driving seat and he started to drive.

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1.20  AM (Near a Random Tea Stall)



Khushi finished her tea,and she watched Arnav hand over the glass to the man from the window,and he paid him,and he rolled back the window as he asked looking at her - “ feel better now??”



Khushi gave him a small smile and she nodded,and she saw him hold her hand as he spoke softly- “ are you going to tell me what happened now??



Khushi took a deep breathe, ever since they had gotten into the car, she had just held on to his hand and remained silent,for the short 15 mins drive,until Arnav had halted near this tea stall,and ordered her a big glass of tea, he knew her well, a cup of hot tea, had the power to refresh her senses, no matter what.She noticed that he was still gazing at her intently and there was a lot of worry in his eyes,and she held his hand as she spoke - “ i was about to sleep, when my phone rang, it was private number, i thought maybe it was you, but….”



Arnav looked at her confused as he asked - “but?? who was it??”



Khushi took a deep breathe as she said - “ It was him.Arhaan…he called me…”



Arnav felt his insides freeze as those words left her mouth,and his hand immediately tightened on the wheel as he asked - “ whaaaaaat???please tell me you hung up the minute you knew it was him, khushi please tell me you didn't speak to him…”



Khushi looked into his eyes as she spoke honestly - “ i was going to…but he stopped me as in he said he wanted to know if i was fine…and that was what alarmed me, Arnav he knows everything, he knows I was shot, he got that news from his uncle, but that isn't what I'm worried about, he knew i had been on Life support, he knows that i am now back home, and when i asked him if he was keeping an eye on me, as in how would he know?? he said, he had his sources….”,and she immediately hugged Arnav as she said - “ I'm sorry, i shouldn't have probably spoken to him at all, but i was frozen in shock and not just that…”,and she felt him hug her back and she continued - “ the minute i heard his voice, i was reminded of everything that happened, at the farmhouse,the gunshots,and i felt fear like i had never felt before as those moments flashbacked in my head…i had to see you…”,and she hugged him tighter as she spoke - “ the only thing i needed was to feel your arms around me, for i know I'm safe here, in your arms…”,and she felt him tighten the hug as he held on to her, and he pulled back a few minutes later as he cupped her face gently and she asked - “ you aren't mad at me , are you??”



Arnav sighed as he spoke - “no im not mad, im worried Khushi….”,and he rubbed her cheek softly as he asked - “ ok, will you please tell me everything? what exactly did he say??”



Khushi nodded,as she started to tell him.



…………..



Arnav felt his insides burn in fury as he heard Khushi finish - “and then he said, i love you Khushi, im just glad you’r safe and sound,and then before he could say anything further,i hung up…”,she paused as she looked at his taut face and then she said - “ i don't think he will call again Arnav….”



Arnav looked at her in surprise and in shock,she really was naive and innocent,and he immediately got out of the car, and he walked a little ahead towards a sideroad where he saw a bench,and he kicked a few stones around in fury and in restlessness,and right then he felt Khushi’s hand on his shoulder as she spoke - “ Arnav….whats wrong?? 



He immediately pulled her by the arm closer,as he spoke both furious and worried - “ whats wrong is that I let that filth of a murderer get away, i should have killed him, how dare he call you?? how dare he have the guts to ask you if you were ok, how dare he keep a tap on you, how dare he tell you that he loves you, and how can you be so naive to think that he isn't going to bother you again Khushi??”



His hold was a little hard on her arm, but she knew it was stemming out of love and worry and she tried to cup his face but he didn't let her,as he held her hand mid air as he spoke, his voice now full of emotion - “do you have any idea, how it felt seeing these hands go limp in my arms, when blood was oozing out of your gunshot wound?? do you have any idea how i was a living corpse for the days you were fighting for your life, and were on that damm life support, do you know how it felt to live the fear of actually loosing you Khushi??? and its all because of that murderer, why don’t you just allow me and Asad to finish him off…”



Khushi immediately stepped into him holding his hand with her’s which he yanked away in anger,and she held onto him again, this time tightly, not letting him yank away as she cupped his face and made him look at her, and she was moved by the love that shone in his eyes and she spoke softly - “ even your tears sparkle with the love that you feel for me….”,and she immediately pulled him into a hug, and brushed her hand over his heart to calm him down.



She pulled back a few minutes later, once his heartbeats were a little steady and she took his hand as she made him sit on the bench and she sat next to him as she spoke - “ I love you, and i do not want you or bhaijaan to chase the past, its for our peace, theres no point Arnav, its not going to get us anything….”



Arnav looked at her and he asked furious - “and its ok with you if that murder tries to get in touch with you??”



Khushi held his hand - “did i ever tell you, you look like the enigmatic devil himself, with that kind of wrath on your face…”



Arnav rolled his eyes - “im in no mood for a joke Khushi…answer me dammit…you are ok with this criminal trying to get in touch with you, keeping a tap on you??”



Khushi clutched his hand as she spoke - “are you even listening to yourself, of course I'm not ok with this, i don't want to live with the thought that he's watching over me,its creepy,but like i said, the minute he tries to get in touch with me ever again, i will tell you and bhaijaan both myself, i will not stop you then, but like i said, i sensed he wouldn’t,lets just give this a benefit of doubt for the last time, please?? Arnav, I'm sorry, look i promise  i wont ask you for this again…”



Arnav felt his anger vanish under her touch and he didn't know how to stay angry at the thought that this woman liked to see the best in people, even if they were criminals, she believed in the fact that people could turn into new leaves,and certainly for sure she believed that this Farhaan had turned into a new leaf,and he pulled her into a crushing hug as he spoke - “ promise me that you will be careful, dont pick up calls from unknown numbers, dont accept any new requests on social media, and definitely dont make any new friends for atlas a while, we have no idea who his sources are…im very serious Khushi, his uncle is very dangerous, and i will not have you put your life in danger….”



Khushi nodded as she pulled back - “ yes, i know….honestly i did feel fear like id never felt before, the minute i heard his voice…”,and she was pulled in for a hug as she heard him say, kissing her head - “ i will not let anything happen to you,ever again….”



Khushi hugged him as she spoke,trying to make the moment light - “ I know….im safe here…in your arms…and honestly i always feel them in my head even though when you aren't around me…”



Arnav gave her a small smile as he asked - “really??”



Khushi nodded - “ofcourse…..”,and she held his hand as she spoke - “cmon now, take me home…i don't want anyone to spot that I'm missing…”



Arnav got up as he laced his fingers through her’s and he said - “ Asad has to know this…”



Khushi nodded - “ofcourse, i will tell him tomorrow at the office, maybe, i dont want ammi,to know, and especially not Zoya, she cannot know, she has too much going on…”



Arnav nodded and he got in behind the wheel,and he felt khushi’s hand over his on the automatic gear,as she looked out the window,as he drove and he felt the worry creep up his being again.



 He had to protect Khushi no matter what, and he would with his Life.



………………………..



Interlaken (The next day)

The Physiotherapy Centre - 1.00 PM



Zoya ate her croissant and she sipped her iced tea, whilst she browsed through her phone,and she immediately opened the gallery,and went to the album that held the pictures of Asad and her,and she started to browse through them, there were so many of them, so many pictures from their time back in Boston, then over the last few months,she continued to swipe through them,and before she knew it her vision had blurred,which only signalled that those silent tears were back again, she immediately closed her eyes,and the tears fell out,and she wiped them off her cheeks,as she stared at the picture of Asad on her phone, she wondered about what he must be doing now, it was around 430 Pm in India right now,which meant that he would be at work.She had, had a sleepless night, because everything about him was haunting her in and out, the minute she closed her eyes, his face had been revolving around in front of her, the minute she opened them,she had been imagining him him in front of her, and she really did she would go mad with the longing,she had almost called him in that emotional disturbed state at 3am in the night,but she had stopped,just in time before the call went through.



God, this was very difficult, way more difficult than she had imagined.This separation was her decision, then why was it getting so excruciatingly painful to deal with.She looked at her hands, and she immediately saw a flash of his hand in hers in her mind, and she dismissed it,because of the pain it brought along.



His voice rang in her ears - “ I Love you Zoya, always did, always will…”



Love,ofcourse she loved him,infact this puzzled love connection that she felt towards him was only heighten more in his absence,it was crazy, it was insane, for she was imagining him everywhere, his memories were flooding in her mind and hearts,and she felt like she was drowning in them,and the tears were falling off her eyes on their own record, telling the tale of the pained situation her heart was in.And it had just been what two -three days,and she had planned in her head to go on like this, forever??



It would be so much easier if she killed herself, for the pain of death would surely be less painful than this heartache,Asad had been right, it was impossible to let go of the marks they had left on each other, of both the love and the pain, and yet,she had those memories that were making her smile and cry both at the same time,she couldn't even think about starting to forget thinking about them, because that was all that was left of Asad with her.

Right then she saw someone pull a chair in front of her and she looked up to see Abir and as she saw him take a seat,she wiped her tears as she asked with a small smile - “ whats up with you and your startling me with pulling a chair in front of me all the time…huh??”



Abir smiled as he folded his hands on the table - “ well, good afternoon to you too Zoya…”



Zoya smiled, his grin was infectious - “ good afternoon, how come you are here??at this time??”



Abir smiled - “ well, while im in town, i do make it a point to join Dad for lunch every once in a while, it gives us the much needed time alone, you know its really difficult at home, with my mom around, unknowingly we shower all our attention on her…”



Zoya smiled - “ you are very lucky, Abir…”



Abir gave her a small smile - “ i will get more lucky if you talk to me,and tell me about why you’v been crying, looking at your phone…”,and before she could say anything, he immediately picked up her phone from the table and he saw a picture of a man and Zoya hugging,and he said - “aha…arent we all the prisoner’s of Love, nice picture though…”,he said handing the phone back to Zoya and he spoke - “ its obviously clear that you miss him, call him, cmon…”



Zoya took the phone and she put it back in her bag as she sighed - “ i can’t…”



Abir took out his phone as he said with a wink - “ well if you are such a miser, use mine…”



Zoya rolled her eyes - “very funny, everything isn't a joke Abir…”



Abir nodded - “and why is that?? dude, im telling you we take ourselves very seriously all the time, and we shouldn’t….”,but he paused as he saw the serious look on her face and he asked in a soft tone - “ why dont you talk?? i mean take it out, trust me its so much easier….”



Zoya sighed - “ i did talk , i mean i told you all about myself, yesterday, all that theres to tell….”



Abir raised his eyebrow - “and what about all that there’s to hide, you know there are only two reasons we dont open about certain things, either its of no significant or it really is very important, and i can sense its the latter in you case, so cmon, shoot…tell me all about the Zoya you were, before this accident happened….and also this guy in the picture”



Zoya sighed - “Abir…im exhausted….and my session is done for the day, because i started at 7 am this morning, and I'm just going to head home for now….”



Abir - “no ways…”



Zoya - “yes way…”



Abir - “ whats his name??”



Zoya - “whose??”



Abir - “the man in the picture…”



Zoya sighed,she knew there was no point in arguing with him - “Asad…”



Abir - “good, you love him right??”

Zoya nodded - “ofcourse, very much…”



Abir - “ then why the tears Zoya??”



Zoya sighed - “ its a long story Abir…”



Abir smiled - “then we are lucky for i dont have any meetings lined up…cmon let me take you to this amazing place near the Lake, its amazing,and we can talk…cmon cmon it'll freshen you up…you wouldn't want to just confine yourself to the walls of your cottage and miss out on the mesmerising Interlake??cmon dont you want to have any tales to tell to your family and friends…??”



Zoya looked at him amused - “ you really are one of a kind…”,and she got up,as she started to walk,and he gestured the way out towards the parking lot and he grinned - “ofcourse, they just don't make the likes of me anymore….”



Zoya laughed,and she got in the car and she saw Abir give her a smile and she thought,maybe it would be ok to talk to him,sometimes a different perspective was what probably one needed to hear.



…………………………..



Two Hours Later



Abir sipped his coke as he heard Zoya finish with a sigh - “so the next thing i did was get on the plane and come here….i had to get away, from it all, from him, the only way i would succeed in keeping away…”



Abir sat deep in thought as he processed everything Zoya had just told him and he heard Zoya speak with a small smile - “ i cant believe  you’v gone on a thinking trip,Mr Abir Raichand can think too….”

Abir broke into a grin as he said - “ofcourse, what makes you think the Raichand empire runs on, surely not on just my charm,although i would say my charm has a lot to do with it…”



Zoya laughed,and she immediately felt light,it really did feel good taking it all out,and she heard Abir say in a serious tone - “no, but seriously, man, thats some story….clearly you both messed up at some points, but seriously can you really not forgive him for the annulment if you love him so much, then why dont you just give him the chance, im telling you Zoya, from experience, people who let Love walk out of their lives are the most stupidest ones,and trust me thats heavy a regret you wouldn't want to live with Zoya….”



Zoya sighed as she spoke softly, gazing at the beautiful waters of the lake - “the annulment, the anger, none of that even matters anymore Abir…”



Abir - “you are ready to forgive him then??”



Zoya looked at him - “ i have already forgiven him in my heart Abir, this isn't about holding onto grudges,i mean my love isn't so shallow that it can’t look past one mistake, although it was a terrible blunder, but like you said, we both made mistakes we both hurt each other….but iv forgiven him,and i continue to love him as i did before,if not more…you know thats why the tears…”



Abir looked at her confused - “stop talking in riddles and explain please….what do you mean?? why did you lie to him saying that it was too late for you both, when you clearly love him so much still, why the tears??”



Zoya felt her vision blur as those tears returned and she quickly wiped them off as she said - “ i wish, my love was enough Abir, but right now, i just feel so lost and dazed and I'm too affected by the accident, im not the same anymore, even if i wished, i couldn't go back to being the Zoya he fell in love with….”



Abir looked at her - “and you are clearly de-meaning and belittling the love you both share by even thinking for a second that he wouldn't love you just because you now have a condition with your leg…”



Zoya sighed - “ i know, i know I am and i hate to do it, but i have to Abir, this is something i have to fight alone, because theres so much anxiety, frustration,insecurity,sooner or later im just going to lash out at him, for no fault of his,i know he loves me, i could see it in his eyes, but you know what else i could also see, a lot of guilt, and also a tad bit of sympathy,probably he didn't even know he was reflecting it to me,and its natural,but no, I wouldn't have it that way, nothing is the same anymore Abir, and not just that,im never going to be able to give him the family he dreamed off,and do i expect him to give up on his dreams only because of my selfishness, only because i cant live without him??”



Abir rolled his eyes - “ bull****, Zoya, this is a era of scientific developments, you know there are various other ways you can go about that…so i don't buy that…”



Zoya - “yeah, but its not the same….”



Abir nodded - “ok yes, but how about if you believed in a miracle, it could happen right, its not impossible….”



Zoya shook her head - “ and give myself hopes which will only shatter later, no, i cant do so…Abir, as much as it hurts me, Asad is better off without me in his Life….”



Abir rolled his eyes - “there you go, bull**** again, trust me the only thing better off here would be, if you picked up your phone and called him…”,he paused and he continued - “tell him Zoya, how much you love him,and trust me you will feel like the strength back inside for real, you do realise that all this hollowness inside is going to be a big hindrance in your recovery…”



Zoya looked at him - “ i will not…i have to stick by my decision…no matter what…”



Abir rolled his eyes - “ god you are stubborn…”



Zoya  - “is a Singh Raizada gene trait my friend….”



Abir leaned back as he asked - “ok, imagine if Asad meets someone, will you be ok with it?? for real?? i mean you would know since your families are back to being friends again, what was all the rivalry about anyway??”



Zoya had not revealed the gruesome details of the past of course,had only termed it as a misunderstanding and so she said - “there was a misunderstanding between him and my brother after the accident that killed our father’s, but like i told you, its now all sorted, infact our families are now even closer than before…”



Abir - “ok, but you didn't answer my question, will you be seriously ok if lets say a gorgeous woman enters Asad’s life??”



Zoya took a deep breathe, because her insides burned at the thought but she spoke - “ofcourse, i would be thats the reason why i left, he deserves to start afresh….he needs to move on…”



Abir smiled,and Zoya looked at him as she asked - “whats with the smile?”

Abir smiled - “well let me tell you, you think its easy, but trust me it isnt, you wont be able to see it, or accept the fact that someone else has entered his life, without burning yourself in the process….”



Zoya looked at him - “really?? you speak as if you’v…wait wait wait…theres someone in your life?? Abir??”



Abir sighed - “well there was, and I was an idiot, to not realise the importance of true love at the right time, my loss, because, she's married now,and trust me when i got to know that she was getting married, it burned me so bad, i was not the jovial Abir you see in front of you for a good three months, it was terrible…so Zoya, trust me i know what its like to truly love, whats it like to truly loose, i just hope you would see what you are doing differently before its too late….”



Zoya could only give a brieif nod but she spoke - “ thank you though, for listening, i didn't know i needed to vent it out, but now that i have, i know how important it was too…”



Abir grinned - “anytime, what are friends for?? haan??”,and he looked around as he spoke - “ironical isn't it?? we are sitting in one of the most romantic cities in the world, and exchanging stories of our broken hearts….”



Zoya nodded as she looked around - “ironical it is….”



Abir picked up his Coke as he said - “cmon, lets raise a toast….”



Zoya picked up her can of Ginger ale,for a toast but she asked - “to what??”



Abir grinned - “to broken hearts ofcourse….”



Zoya laughed and she heard Abir say - “i wonder why people dont raise a toast to that ever, i mean its still a celebration of Love that once used to be…”



Zoya nodded - “yeah right, in the most sadistic of ways….”



Abir smiled - “ofcourse…”,and he watched Zoya sip her drink,well it was a pity to know about everything that had happened to this beautiful girl.And he had seen often, heard often and experienced it often that **** happened all the time, in the world of love, and maybe Zoya would learn with time just like he had that if you truly loved, you cant really let go,for your heart would always find a way to stay connected to the one it beats for, if not through happiness then surely through pain.



…………………………………..



Meanwhile - The Oberoi,New Delhi (8.10 PM )



Arnav waited for Asad and Yana,and he wondered how come Asad was late, Asad was never late for a meeting,and this dinner meeting was very important regarding the collective branding promotional strategy they would need to undertake, after the merger,and Asad did mention that his new marketing director Yana, had a excellent strategy in mind, which would be in the best interests of both the companies.This meeting had been scheduled for Noon,but had to be postponed, since Asad had a important videoconference with his joint venture company in Boston.And he had been a little surprised when Asad had rescheduled the meeting from 7 at Khan Constructions,to 8 at the Oberoi.



It was right then his phone beeped.It was Khushi.



Khushi : I just reached home, and guess what Kkusum aunty is here,will be having dinner with her.Where are you?Will you come to pick up aunty?? I havent seen you today and if you do come Ill get to see you.please do come, Pretty please…!!



Arnav smiled, his mother and Dilshaad had gone shopping this afternoon and then a movie, was only obvious that aunty took his mother home for dinner,and he almost could imagine Khushi making the most adorable face as wrote that pretty please bit and he quickly wrote : I was going to come anyway,the minute you mentioned Maa was there, i had already decided upon it, didn't have to wait till your adorable pretty please to convince me,Khushi. Jokes apart,you often forget that my need to see you exceeds your need to see me.



His phone beeped : Yayiiee, happy dance.Where are you?? at office for the meeting??



He quickly typed : No, at Oberoi.Asad rescheduled the meeting over dinner.Wonder why though.



He got a quick reply.Khushi : Maybe because he wants to talk to you about Arhaan i guess, i told him around 6,and he was pretty freaked out about it,and maybe he doest want to walk about at office,you know incase anyone overhears,a lot of our teams are working late to ensure that everything goes smoothly for the merger.



Arnav : Good you gave me a heads up, although i will act surprised and shocked don't worry.When are we going to tell Asad about us? I hate to lie to him longer.



Khushi : I hate it too,we will do it soon, i promise.See you at home then? Don't stare at me shamelessly ok?



Arnav grinned as he wrote quickly : we will see about that.



And right then he spotted Asad enter the restaurant and he assumed that the lady next to him was Yana.



Asad walked upto him as he said - “sorry about that, what can I say about the traffic of delhi,getting worse day by day…”



Arnav smiled as he hugged Asad - “no bother…”



Asad introduced Yana as he said - “this is Arnav Singh Raizada, yana…”, he paused and he continued - “and Arnav, this is Yana Mehra..”



Yana smiled - “since to meet you Mr.Raizada…”



Arnav smiled - “call me Arnav, please…”



Yana nodded,as they all took their seats.



Asad smiled - “lets get the meeting started….but how about we order some food first…im famished…”



Arnav grinned - “well so am i…”



……………………



 9.20 PM



Yana smiled as she said looking at Asad and Arnav - “well, thank you for the lovely dinner gentlemen, but ill take your leave now….”,and she got up and shook hands with both of them.



Arnav nodded - “ we will implement the strategy you laid out as soon as we announce the merger …”

Yana smiled - “that would be great…”,and she turned to Asad - “ ill see you at office tom, i will work over the few things we discussed tom…”



Asad nodded,and Yana said - “cmon two of you, ill see myself out, you two please continue…”



Arnav and Asad nodded,and they watched Yana leave.



Arnav looked at Asad as he gestured him to sit back,and he said - “sweet girl…”



Asad nodded - “yeah, she just moved back here with her parents,after her divorce….”



Arnav - “she looks like a tough nut though, holding up well i guess..”



Asad nodded - “yeah…”



Arnav looked at him as he asked - “ whats up?? why are you so worried??



Asad took a deep breathe as he said - “ because there something to be worried about ofcourse, Arhaan called khushi last night…”



Arnav put on surprised expression as he asked - “whattttt???what did he want??



Asad started to fill him in about the things he already knew, and Arnav let him finish and then he asked - “ so what now??have you thought about it?? i mean do you want to do anything??”



Asad sighed - “well honestly, i was freaked out the minute khushi told me , i mean even though Khushi would like to believe that Farhaan has changed,but what about his uncle, from whatever iv heard from Zoya and Khushi, hes evil that man, and hes dangerous,and as much as id like to have a private investigator hunt them down,and killed in an accident, I won’t,because i will not let my darkness take over me ever again,iv ruined too much because of it both in the past and the present, and there isn't much we can do legally, because we’v always framed everything differently ourselves, what complaint can we register in the police for something that we ourselves have claimed happened differently, in both the cases the past and Khushi abduction….”,and he paused.



Arnav nodded as he spoke, hiding his one emotion with regards to Khushi in particular- “ i understand, i mean the man killed dad and Najma,it burns me to think hes free out there….and even though this Private investigation and a framed accident is only justice to their evil crimes, i agree with you on the fact that acting out of darkness is not going to get us anything….this isn't who we are…”



Asad nodded - “exactly,and iv been thinking, i mean what if by doing so I end up putting Khushi in danger…”



Arnav felt his insides twist in anxiety but he masked his emotions as he asked sipping his water - “what do you mean??”



Asad - “ i mean, what if his uncle catches a hint if we go after him, and that could only put Khushi in danger again,he has shot her before right…and i don't want to do anything to have them come after us, and even Zoya is all by herself right now…theres too much risk….”



Arnav nodded - “ i agree, too much risk….so what do you suggest?”



Asad - “ iv asked Khushi to be alert ofcourse, and she does believe strongly that Arhaan wouldn't get in touch with her again, so lets just stay silent for a while, incase he does, then ill think about how to file charges against him, he is in a different country after all, i mean it just seems wise to silent for a while,if his intentions aren't harmful,then…”



Arnav nodded - “then its better to just let it be…”



Asad nodded - “exactly, although i never thought ill be letting the murderer free Arnav, to be honest, it isn't what i want, but at the moment its just about even more important for me to know when to butt in and when to back off,and i will back off for our family’s safety if i have to…”



Arnav gave him a small smile - “ you just spoke my mind honestly,it isn't worth putting our loved ones in danger, but if they meddle again, we can think about it then…”



Asad nodded - “ ofcourse, i will surely change my decision then, but lets hope it doesn't get down dirty to that, lets hope that Khushi’s instincts are right….”,and he paused as he smile fondly - “ i worry for her sometimes, she's so innocent, so naive…”,and he paused as he spoke being reminded of the horrific incident - “also the reason why he used her as his pawn to get to us….”



Arnav felt his insides stiffen at the reminder and he spoke - “thats probably as much as  a strength and a weakness,happens to all of us, very often our biggest strength become our biggest weakness, don't worry Asad, you asked Khushi to be alert and careful, lets hope she is…”



Asad nodded and he asked - “ spoken to Zoya today??”



Arnav nodded - “yes, i did while on my way here, she’s good”,and he paused as he saw the longing back on Asad’s face and he asked - “she hasn't messaged you at all??”

Asad rolled his eyes - “ nope, not even a single text, so a phonecall is a dream beyond reach…its like she wants to tell me, Asad iv vanished into thin air, forget about me…”



Arnav - “call her yourself, i mean im sure you have her number…”



Asad - “ofcourse, khushi gave it to me the first thing, and honestly, i almost did call her last night, but i stopped because i dont want to force myself upon her, i mean as much as im dying to just listen to her voice, i dont want to cause her any discomfort that will be a hindrance in her recovery…her health is my first priority…”



Arnav smiled as he said - “ she's being stupid to blindfold her eyes to your love, but trust me she will come around, i know surely because she's a lot like me…”



Asad raised his eyebrow - “ oh really? did you also blindfold yourself to this girl you love?? I'm sure you did, your big fat ego wouldn't have digested that the great Arnav Singh Raizada has fallen in love, easily..”



Arnav laughed as he said - “ yeah i kind off did, its a complicated tale…”



Asad - “but all good now?? i can guess by that smile on your face…”



Arnav nodded - “ iv never felt happier…”



Asad smiled - “im happy for you brother, atlas one of us is happy…”



Arnav - “ you will be too, very soon…”



Asad smiled - “hope so….i mean I'm not going anywhere,the minute i see any positive sign from Zoya, shell find me right where she left me…”,and he paused as he asked - “whats her name atleast?? is it someone i know??”



Arnav - “you will know, very soon…”,and right then his phone rang, it was his mother,and he spoke for a minute and he put down as he said - “that was Maa, she's at your place, id messaged her that ill come pick her up,she called to ask if i would be late…cmon lets go then…”



Asad nodded,and they made their way out.



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Barkat -10.00 PM



Khushi sat on the floor in front of the sofa her ammi,and kkusum aunty had been sitting on and she grinned she leaned against her mothers knees, and listened to her mother tell another story of their childhood and she heard Kkusum aunty laugh as she said - “ my chotte,always been the naughtier one…i still remember how he and Asad got into this fight..god they were all of what ten, and i cant believe how they would act like wwf champions…”



Dilshaad laughed - “ ofcourse,and Arnav still has that scar over his eye…”



Kkusum laughed and she looked at Khushi as she asked - “ I hope we oldies haven't bored you khushi…”



Khushi smiled as she touched her hand - “ofcourse not aunty…iv enjoyed myself thoroughly imagine the things iv got my hands on, I'm going to tease bhaijaan crazily,and i will happily share the information with Zoya,so she can tease her brother…”



Kkusum smiled - “ofcourse, she wouldn't miss a single chance,to tease her brother…we spoke to her on our way back here…”



Dilshaad sighed - “she talks to all of us , only if she would speak to Asad…”



Kkusum held her hand - “ have faith Dilshaad, i can spot that hollowness in her voice as she talks,im sure you can talk, she needs Asad,and she needs to realise this on her own, because the more we try to make her see it, the tighter her blindfold will get….”



Khushi nodded as she held her mother’s hand - “aunty is right ammi,she almost asked about bhaijaan twice whilst she was talking to me but she quickly changed the topic,its only a matter of time, before she sees the truth…”,and with that she excused herself as she said - “ i want some tea, ill make us all some…”,and she heard the car honk outside and she heard her mother say - “looks like Asad and Arnav are here too,Khushi also ask riskier to make these two their black coffees…”



Khushi nodded and she smiled to herself,as she made her way to the kitchen.



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Asad entered through the main door,and he quickly walked up as he hugged his mother and Kkusum Maa and then sat on the sofa,and he watched Arnav hug them both as he sat next to him and he said looking at his mother - “ Maa, i hope you had a nice day….”



Dilshaad grinned - “a lovely day, we shopped, we watched a movie, then we came back home…”



Kkusum grinned - “had an amazing dinner,and then we'v just been boring Khushi with our talks…”



Arnav’s eyes searched for her, and right then he heard Asad ask, and he mentally thanked him for the question - “really?? wheres Khushi??



Dilshaad smiled - “ in the kitchen , you know her random love for her tea’s…and we’v also got your black coffee’s prepared…”



Kkusum smiled as she said - “ i need to have a word with Asad anyway…”



Arnav smirked as he said - “ just a reminder Maa, I'm your son…”



Kkusum grinned - “and so is Asad…stop being jealous…”



Dilshaad immediately said looking at Arnav - “just like you are mine….”



Khushi entered right then,and she smiled for a second,for the happy sight did warm her heart,and she gestured Ruksaar to place the tray with tea and coffee,and she hugged her brother as she greeted him and she picked up her tea,as her eyes locked with Arnav’s for a brief second,and she said softly - “hello…Arnavji…”,and she hid her smile,and she decided to tease him a little as she said looking at her mother - “ammi,ill just be in my room, i had a long day, am tired…”



Dilshaad nodded,and Khushi hugged Kkusum aunty and then her brother from the side,and she saw Arnav literally glare at her,but she turned as she made her way up the stairs.



Arnav couldn't believe it, had she called him here so that he could see her for what like a minute,and he smiled at everyone as he took out his phone as he texted Khushi : what the hell was that??why did you call me here, if you were so sleepy.

His phone beeped quickly.



Khushi : I love it when you glare at me sometimes.You are funny, i called you here, so that i can see you,and i cant have my gaze on you longer than a few seconds in front of everyone.Meet me in the garden at the back,at that trail near the waterbody.Make a excuse for a call or something, bhaijaan will ask you to come here I'm sure, the signal reception is best in our garden.



Arnav controlled his smile as he quickly wrote : you are crazy.ill see you in 2 mins.



And right then he looked at everyone as he said - “ ok maa , i just have to have a conference with Andy from London office…its important…”



Kkusum nodded - “no issues, take your time, we have to talk to Asad anyway…”



Asad looked at Arnav as he said - “ the garden at the back has the best signal range…”



Arnav nodded as he said, hiding his smile, khushi knew her bhaijaan well - “ ill see you in 15…”



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Khushi watched the various coloured lights play through the water,as she waited for Arnav,and she grinned as she thought about how he had glared at her while she had fled the scene,and right then she felt strong arms go around her waist, hugging her from behind,and she leaned back into him and she said, softly - “ hey you…”



Arnav enjoyed the feel of her in his arms and he kissed her shoulder as he asked, now pulling her into a corner,and he cupped her face as he asked - “whats with this arnavji, Khushi…you know i never liked it…even when you called me that in the beginning remember…”

Khushi chuckled - “ofcourse, i very well remember how you asked me to not call you that, but like i told you already, until everyone knows thats what i will call you in front of everyone….just play along cmon….”



Arnav rolled his eyes as he said - “do i have a choice…??ofcourse not…”



Khushi immediately brushed the scar over his eye as she whispered - “well aunty told me the tale of this scar today…”



Arnav groaned - “oh did she?? maa, gotta stop her from spilling all my secrets….”



Khushi tiptoed as she kissed his scar - “ i can only imagine how much the stitches would have hurt, you were only ten afterall…”



Arnav was overwhelmed by the emotion,and he hugged her as he chuckled - “ I feel better, thank you…”



Khushi hugged him as she asked - “what did bhaijaan say?? about arhaan??”



Arnav hugged her tighter as he said - “lets just say, we decided to be silent for now, its for the best…”



Khushi sighed - “ I know…..and i promise to be very alert…”.



Arnav pulled back,as he looked around - “look at me, sneaking around your house to get these few minutes with you, its crazy…Khushi, i want to be able to call you mine, in front of everyone…”



Khushi’s eyes glinted with mischief - “and id like that too…but you cant deny this is exciting….cmon now…look at my goosebumps…”

Arnav touched her arm - “you are crazy, really crazy…”



Khushi grinned - “ i know…”,and she felt him whisper as he pushed her back into the wall,and he cupped her face as he said kissing her cheek - “ god, i love you….”



Khushi grinned as she looked into his eyes and she said - “ I love you too arnavji…”,and before she knew it,he had sealed her lips over his, for a passionate kiss, that stole her breath away,and she felt herself go weak in her knees,and she held onto him for balance,as she started to respond with equal urgency and passion.



10 Minutes Later



Khushi broke apart from his lips,and she took a deep breathe as she opened her eyes and looked into his as she whispered - “ i should get going, before…”



Arnav cupped her face as he whispered huskily - “before I kiss you again…”



Khushi nodded hazed,as she looked at her phone,and she put it back in her pocket - “its been a while Arnav…”



Arnav shoved her hair aside at the back as he kissed her on the side of her neck ,and then bit her gently- “really??”



Khushi felt herself shiver,and she pushed him a little back as she said playfully - “you gotta stop with these love bites, you have no idea how much concealer i had to use to conceal the one you gave me yesterday….”



Arnav grinned naughtilt,as he shoved her hair back and he brushed her neck gently - “really?? no wonder i couldn't spot it, i mean i was sure it wouldn't fade so soon…”



Khushi smacked his hand away as she grinned - “very funny….”,and she nudged him aside as she said - “goodnight….Arnavji…”



Arnav pulled her back by the arm and he shoved her back into the wall gently - “you haven't kissed me goodnight yet…Khushi…”



Khushi groaned - “god you are going to get us caught….”,and she saw him give her a serious no nonsense - i-wont-budge-without-a-kiss look and she tiptoed as she smacked his lips briefly - “ there you go…”,and before she could run away, he had kissed her again,and turned it into yet another passionate encounter.



Arnav pulled back,several minutes later, because he now knew, it was time to go back inside, and he opened his eyes,and he saw her face,she had her eyes closed,and she was clearly as affected as he was,she was trembling,and he kissed her eyes gently as he said - “ you are trembling…”



Khushi opened her eyes and she blushed - “ and whose fault is that…”



Arnav chuckled as he whispered huskily - “only makes me wonder, how will you react,when i actually make love to you….”



Khushi gaped at him as she said - “ i cant believe you just said that, god you’r shameless…”



Arnav smirked - “am i????really??”



Khushi smiled,as she tiptoed and whispered in his ears - “yes,but anyway, id like you to know, that I'm sure, i would literally melt in your arms when we would make love…”,and before he could react, she ran away from his reach,back into the house, through the backdoor,and he was sure she had run away because shed be blushing furiously.



He smiled,as he replayed what shed just said to him.



He would love to feel Khushi melt in his arms.



And his phone rang, breaking his thought,and he took it out, it was Anjali di.



He smiled as he picked it up,making his way back in.



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Kkusum touched Asad’s hand as she said - “ i hope you’v understood what we’v said…we understand this isn't easy…and its probably asking you too much to still hold on when Zoya is being difficult….”



Asad kissed her hand as he said - “but i know its going to be worse if i let go of this string too,and i know its difficult but i won't Maa, Zoya will find me where she left me….whenever she is ready to look my way….”



kkusum hugged Asad as she said looking on Dilshaad - “mind you Dilshaad, he's a gem, my Asad, and trust me its because of the likes of him, that love is spoken about in all its glory, thank you beta, for loving my daughter the way you do…”



Dilshaad smiled through her tears as she hugged Asad - “Zoya doesn't want to talk to you, and theres nothing more torturous than that, but I'm sure you both can endure this, its as difficult for her Asad…”



Asad looked at both of them as he said softly - “probably even more difficult, ammi, atlas i have all of you, and she is all alone…i have no idea whats going through her mind…but i can vouch for her heart, she's in much more pain than i am, for sure…”



Dilshaad - “god, unite my children,please…..”



Kkusum - “the time will soon come….Dilshaad hold on, this too shall pass, like the rest of the worse that is now over….”



Asad smiled - “have faith ammi…”



Right then Arnav entered through the main door as he said looking at his mother - “well di just called, wondering if we were going to be more late, lets go Maa…”



Kkusum nodded as and she hugged Dilshaad and Asad,and Arnav hugged Dilshaad and then looked at Asad - “ill see you tom then, at the board meeting…”



Asad nodded,and he watched them leave,and then he looked at his mother as he said - “ ill retire for the night ammi, its been a long day…”



Dilshaad nodded and he kissed her son on the forehead - “sure….sleep well beta…”



Asad looked at his mother as he said honestly - “ ill try my best to Ammi…”



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2.00 AM



Asad twisted in bed,sleep wasn't going to come easily ofcourse,he had spent the last few hours just listening to his music, and thinking about everything that had happened,from the start.The memories of how he had met Zoya, how they had fallen in love, had brought a smile on his face, and then the memories of how they had both ruined it had brought tears to his eyes.



The strange thing about these memories was that they were etched so clearly in his mind,heart and being and it did seem for a second as he was reliving them, that he was back in that time,his heart used to beat with happiness.But now, he couldn't really feel anything except for that aching longoing and blankness.He couldn't believe that Zoya had actually walked out of his Life and had apparently cut all ties with him,and he was sure that she was in as much pain as he was, then how was she surviving this damm pain,was she twisting in bed too unable to sleep.



Was she being haunted by their memories of the time together, just like he was?? Was she drowning in that pool of love and pain, just like him??



This distance that was now marked in between them was getting excruciatingly painful to deal with,and it didn't seem to be diminishing soon, their paths stood starkly apart for now, but he knew that they would have to diminish soon,for he would walk this path alone no matter how far he would have to bear it all alone, but he would because he had made a terrible mistake by giving up on them and Zoya once because of that darkness inside of him,and he was now paying the price, but he knew he would never give up on Zoya ever again.



There were so many things going on in his heart, the things no one could imagine, and he wanted to pour it all out to Zoya, he wanted to tell her that ever since she had left, he was only drowning more and more in the moments of the past he had spent with her, the moments that were his Life.  



He wanted to tell her that he was dreaming again about the dreams they had seen together,of their happily ever after because he had that hope in his heart,the hope that defied every darkness right now,and in that flame of light he could clearly see what he had gained,and what he had lost, along with the reason why it was the time to lay awake in longing,because that peaceful sleep was really far from his reach for now.He quickly wiped the tears that were threatning to leave his eyes, as he composed his emotions, he didn't want to be too harsh on himself, after all his dreams lay shattered in front of him, his love far from his reach, but he would be strong, he would hang in there no matter what, and he promised himself that the more the difficulties and the pain increased, he would bear it all with a smile,and dream of Zoya  overnight and keep that flame of hope alive in his heart,because no matter how far she was from him right now, he was still close to her, he always would be.



He really had no other way out,he had to be strong for both of them right now,because he had learnt from his Life, that that single flame of love and hope, had the power to both define and defy darkness,and despite of everything that had happened,he still preferred to believe in his heart.



Strange though, how Life is nothing but a circle of our own choices,because first we make our choices, and then its those choices that make us.



He picked up his phone,and he calculated in his head, it would be around 11.00 PM in Switzerland,and he wondered if Zoya was awake right now?



The Longing returned,and he knew it would continue to haunt him until he dialled that number on his screen,and so he took a deep breathe,as he dialled it.



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Interlaken - 1045 PM



Zoya lay in bed, and she tried to move her left leg a little,and she smiled,as she could lift it a little,a tiny winy bit, but it was a good sign,and she knew it was all because of her intense aqua therapy session in the water today,and she had a early session tomorrow too, so it did seem wise to get some sleep now.



She picked up her phone,as she opened that folder of Asad’s pictures and she started to browse them.



She stopped at one of just him - He did really have a wonderful smile,and god those small dimples,she touched the screen on her phone lovingly.



She switched to another picture of them,and she smiled looking at the way he was looking at her, the love shone in his eyes,and that grin on her face spoke volumes.



Love seared through her, as she remembered the memory of the day this picture had been clicked, they were so happy, they had always been so happy with each other.



Well just because her Life wasn't the same anymore, did not mean that she would stop living in the memories that used to be, because honestly his memories were her only shot at happiness.



In all this while, she had learnt a strange new fact about Love, that harder you tried to shut it out of your mind, the harder it came bouncing back into your mind,heart and being,at the first drop of a hat.



She had also learned that she loved Asad in the ways that ran so deep in her being, that the only way of getting him out of her system in this life would be if she died,and probably not even then because her soul would live on with that love, thats what they usually say about such intense connections.



He was still the last thought on her mind as she slept,he was still always with her even though she hadn't spoken to him ever since she had come here.



She opened the Notes section on her phone and she started to write down, what she actually wanted to share with him,ever since she came here, and she started to feel better instantly, maybe this would help, writing things out to him, even though she would never send it, atlas she had a way of venting out her emotions.



And just as she finished,she immediately made up her mind, to buy a small diary for herself, tomorrow,in which she could write down everything she felt,because writing this note out definitely made her feel better,and there was nothing that could match up to a charm of a good old diary.



She smiled in both irony and amu****t as she kept her phone aside,and she twisted in bed and she closed her eyes to catch some sleep,right when her phone rang, and she turned in bed,and picked it up,and she felt her heart bounce up her throat as she saw the number flashing on the screen.



It was Asad.

The phone rang, for a while and as much as she was dying to listen to his voice,she didn't pick up,instead she cut the call.



And she kept the phone aside, why was he calling her??



The curiosity got the better of her,as she picked up herself damming her emotions,as she opened her whtsapp and quickly typed to him : why are you calling me??



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Asad put his phone aside dejected,right when it beeped,and he opened it instantly to see Zoya’s whtsapp.



It read : Why are you calling me?



He quickly typed back : Because I want to listen to your voice.



He waited for a reply and it came ,tortourous three minutes later.



Zoya : what are you doing up so late in the night.Isn’t it almost 230 am?



He groaned,Zoya was getting better at dodging the emotions he shared with her,these days.He quickly typed.



Asad : I couldn't sleep. I had to know from you even if it was just once, how are you?? are you ok there all by yourself??



His phone beeped five minutes later, she was probably thinking about what to say,and he felt a zillion things rush through him as he read what she had written.



Zoya : Despite all the pain iv caused you, you are still asking me about my well being.What are you made off Asad?? Cant you see, you are so much better off without me.But to answer you, I am good,all settled.I have a early morning session tomorrow,so I am now going to get some sleep.Please dont message me again,you promised, you wouldn’t.



Asad took a deep breathe as he quickly typed : We both have broken a lot of promises we have both made to each other over time Zoya.



His phone beeped quickly.



Zoya : Please don’t. Asad,please.



He quickly typed, because he could for real imagine that she was crying while she wrote that.



Asad : Fine, i wont.But dont cry,please.



Zoya : I am not.



He quickly typed : Youv forgotten the fact that i know you well,anyway try to remember me with a smile,for iv been doing that, you asked me too remember?



His phone beeped.



Zoya : How are you?



Asad : you already know the answer to that Zoya,but to answer you still, I'm doing fine.



Zoya : good,and it will get better.I do not want to hear from you again Asad.

Asad sighed as he wrote : I will not make a promise that you won’t.



Zoya :Asad, please if you ever loved me, let me go.



He took a deep breathe, god this woman was surely going to drive him crazy but he wrote : Fine, you won't hear from me,but i want to make one thing cut and clear, I AM NOT GOING TO GIVE UP ON YOU or ON US, you will find me where you left me, the minute you are ready to look my way.



His phone beeped in an instant.



Zoya : No point.I am not coming back to you ever again.Its over.You can't change it.



He took a deep breathe as he typed : And you cant change the fact that I love you,or the fact that you still love me. I will always wait for the day you will look my way again,I will wait for the day you are ready to forgive me Zoya,and i know it will come.



He took a deep breathe,as he put his phone aside, for he knew he wasn't going to get a reply to that,he closed his eyes,he did feel a little light though,whatever this intense connection was between him and Zoya surely had the power to control his being,but he heard that often, they often did say that no one could actually ever understand the puzzled connections of the hearts.



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Fate grinned - “ ofcourse, the puzzled connections even I cant wrap my finger around easily….ahaa but its amusing to watch…”



Destiny smiled - “ ofcourse we all know that, you love the puzzles, the riddles…”

Fate smiled - “ just like how you love it when the peieces come together, just like you write it down…but cmon we had a pact remember, you are going to be gentle here…”



Destiny smiled - “ im trying my best, and only for you and Love…”



Love walked in with Misery as she said - “and thank you for that my friend….”



Hate got up his desk as he marched upto Misery and glared at Love - “what are you doing with her?? we had a meeting remember…?”



Misery smiled - “relax hate, what difference will a few minutes delay make, we can have it now, me and Love had gone out for lunch thats all…”



Hate rolled his eyes - “ it will make all the difference…for you aren't aware of her cunning ways…she cooks up her way out in a second, she's clever…”,and he glared at Love,as he took Misery’s hand and walked to his desk.



Love looked at Hate amused as she said - “Well, ill take that as a compliment i guess…”,and she turned to sit in her desk,right when she spotted Happiness sipping his Cola on the recliner as she was busy in her tablet,and Love asked sitting back - “whats up??”



Happiness grinned as she shut the phone - “ oh just amusing myself,how was Lunch…”



Love smiled - “great…thank you for camping with us…”



Happiness grinned - “well, i may hover around here and there all the time, but I'm always with you Love…”



Love smiled - “I know….”



Happiness looked at Hate as she said getting up - “ mind if I trouble him for a while?? I love to irritate him, its so easy to trouble him…”



Love laughed - “ofcourse, he's always been like that….”,and she looked on amused as happiness marched her way upto Hate and sat on his desk,starting to sip his drink,was enough to irritate him,and she could see Hate scowl at happiness,and right then he looked at her,and their eyes Locked,and as usual Hate looked away and Love walked back to her desk and she heard Destiny ask - “how about if you actually sit down and explain this puzzled connection between you and him?”



Love looked up - “with whom? Hate??”



Fate grinned - “ well ofcourse, you think we haven't noticed…he often catches your attention…”



Love shrugged - “yeahh, but its just too puzzled to explain, so let us just leave it that way…”



Fate grinned - “woohooo,another mystery to probably remain unsolved till the end of time…”



Love and Destiny laughed.



Hate scowled at Happiness,as she picked up books from his desk,and tossed them around one by one,stating how boring he was,and he heard a a sound of laughter,and he looked up to see Love,Destiny and Fate laugh with such ease,that almost made him wonder,why didn't it come to him easily? Why could he laugh like them??



His eyes stopped at Love as she talked amidst the laughter with her friends,and he felt something move inside of him again,he was sure he felt something as she laughed,and he dammed it already, but it did make him wonder, was he being blind to something that really existed??



Was there really a puzzled connection that existed between Hate and Love, that he couldn't probably ever comprehend??



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Jun 22

Update - Chapter 42 - The Wings of Time - 22 June,2017 - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 27 times)



Hi Guys,



Im here with the Update , so sorry for the delay!!



Thanks for the patience and the love and the support as always.



Here is the update really long, 12,000 words.



Eager to know what you all think.



(Also don’t worry guys, I will not end it on a abrupt note, I will finish this FF with the complete detailing of what I have in my mind, and just incase if a number of chapters increase In the process, then they will, I do intend to do complete justice to the plot in my head, my basic motive behind letting you all know that the countdown has begun was to let you all know, that we are now in the last leg off the FF)



Hope you all enjoy the Update.



Much Love



Prachi



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Chapter 42 - The Wings of Time





I have often heard them say that Time is the answer to almost all our problems.Everything settles down, all you need is the time to pass.And lucky for us mortals, that the law of time has it’s principles written down in stone, for that clock,never stops for anyone.



Sometimes, moments in our Lives, blossom with time, sometime they wither with time, and its strange because we make our own choices and then we call it Fate, and what better excuse to choose to live a certain way,terming it in our heads as our destiny,but at the end of the day we all have to live with our choices,for first we make these choices, which in turn make us.



They also say, that Time is the biggest healer, and I have now figured out how that works.Emotional pains, and especially the wounds of love are similar to those lines that can never really be erased, so Time basically just draws a bigger line of strength next to it, which not only helps us in the reality but also in the memories.The pain doesn't really reduce, but because,that line of strength is now a part of us,we are able to say : Oh, it doesn't hurt anymore.The pain sometimes becomes a Chapter called : Once Upon a Time In Life,and that is how Time always takes the credit for being the best healer.



However,No Matter what days Time brings our way, it only soars right past us, flapping its wings.And there are two ways of dealing with this flight of Time,one as though nothing it brings your way is a Miracle,and the other is as if Everything is.



The Wings of Time, also have the power to change us,often, its something that happens to all of us, but have you ever wondered, thats the catch in here,for its because we change with the Time,we often forget to notice the fact that the Times,are always changing.



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100 Days Later



Sunday



Barkat - 10.00 PM



Khushi put her phone aside, she had just finished the face time call with Zoya,and she smiled,she was glad that Zoya had found a good friend in Abir. 



She picked up the remote and adjusted the temperature on ac, the Delhi Monsoon had arrived the usual this year, but still almost the end of July but the heat was high.She picked up her phone,and she texted Arnav.



Khushi : My love,are you free yet?



Her phone beeped in a few seconds.



Arnav : I will be in a while, ill call you once I'm in my room.



She smiled,as she put her phone aside,and she closed her eyes for a brief second, it had been over three months, that Arnav and her had been officially together,well if you put it in days, it had been 112 days,and even though they had on numerous occasions, tried to tell both their families about them, she herself had not let Arnav reveal it, and nor did she,not even to her brother, who she knew was now growing very curious about his best friend’s love, who had changed Arnav Singh Raizada for real.



She smiled, it wasn't because, she wanted to hide it, it was because she had been loving the thrill of the hidden romance.For the last three months they had been meeting on and off, sneaking under the nose of their families on various get together’s, and also at every other opportunity they got.And she knew, he was now getting restless because of it,and thats why she had decided that she would talk about it with Arnav tonight.



In two days time,she was leaving with Raizada’s for a small holiday.Anjali di, Shyam jiju, Akash and Payal, were going on a joint vacation for a week to South of France,and were going to later on visit Zoya for a couple of days in Interlaken.She ,herself had been wanting to visit Zoya for two months now, but as usual , Zoya had talked her out off it on the pretext that she wanted Khushi to see her, when she was even better,but Khushi couldn't wait longer, so last week she had finally decided to now force her visit on Zoya, herself.And so on Anjali di’s suggestion, she was now travelling with them and would be with them for two days in London,and then she would fly off to Zurich by herself,to be with Zoya,and they would continue on their vacation and then come to Interlaken and then all of them were supposed to return together.Ofcourse, she was very excited to be finallyy visiting Zoya, it had been really really long since she had left.It had been 103 days.



Right then she heard the knock on her door, and she put her phone on silent and hid it under the blanket and walked over to open it.



It was her bhaijaan.



Khushi smiled - “ Bhaijaan, come on in…”



Asad smiled,as he walked in with his business bag and sat next to Khushi on her bed and he asked - “ have you packed??”



Khushi smiled - “ well i will bhaijaan, i still have two days time, it’s you who is leaving tomorrow…”



Asad ruffled her hair lovingly - “ well you know I have been pushing this business trip for a while now, but it cannot be delayed further, i have to be in Boston for atlas 10 days Khushi, for our venture with Hammond Constructions…”



Khushi nodded - “ i know…”and she paused,as she held her brothers hand - “ i know why you’v been pushing it for so long, going back to Boston, is going to bring back a lot of memories…”



Asad sighed - “and a lot of pain perhaps, maybe i wasn't ready to face it then, but maybe now I can face it, you know like they say, time is the best healer…I have worked on myself over these last three months Khushi,and as much as that wound is still present,because Zoya isn't with me, iv come to terms with it, and have learnt to to deal with it, iv learnt to live with it…”



Khushi sighed as she hugged her brother - “ I know, she's being so difficult…”



Asad hugged her back - “ ofcourse, difficult would be an understatement Khushi, she has gone silent on me for what 100 days now…”



Khushi nodded - “ but I'm glad, you message her occasionally though…”



Asad sighed - “ in vain though, because of course i get no reply…”



Khushi touched his arm and rubbed it lovingly - “ I will see her shortly no, i will probably drop a brick on her head if I have too, but i will knock some sense into her head…”



Asad kissed Khushi’s forehead lovingly - “ thank you, but i know, she's been in as much pain as me,and maybe with time, she's come to terms with it too, you know just like how i have learnt to build a life around this vortex of loss and pain…”



Khushi - “ come to Interlaken no, after you are done with work in Boston….”



Asad - “ I want to Khushi, I want to see her more than anything, but i wont, because if she avoids me even after seeing me after all this while, that would be another blow…so lets just let it be, let her take her time, im not going anywhere, but I will see her, only when she is ready to see me…its for the best Khushi…”



Khushi nodded - “ i understand, i just spoke to her though…she’s having dinner…”



Asad raised his eyebrow - “ go on, complete your sentence…she’s surely with her new friend,whats his name, i keep forgetting….”,he said with the aim of sounding supercasual.



Khushi - “ she was with Abir…”



Asad felt his insides twich, in part jealousy and in part pain.Well, of course he was sure, that Zoya wasn't going to fall for this guy, he believed in his Love, and he knew for sure that Zoya would always Love him,but he was jealous of the fact that this new guy got to be a part of her Life, when she had cast him out of it,and he felt pain, because it did hurt to know, that she felt it easier to confide or find support in a stranger she had just met a while ago, rather than him.But he was happy about the fact that atlas she had someone with her,and wasn't all alone, and from whatever he had heard from Khushi, this guy did seem harmless and so he finally spoke - “ well what can i say, I'm just glad she isn't alone…”



Khushi smiled - “yeah me too, and im glad you’v found a good friend in Yana, and im also happy that she's accompanying you on this business trip…”



Asad smiled - “yeah me too, although Boston is going to reopen a lot of wounds for both of us, but yes will be easier, you know it some what distracts you from your own pain, when you hear about some else’s pain, at least i know that or rather im sure that me and Zoya will get back together again, but Yana, she has no hope…so its kinds sad, she's a sweet girl…”



Khushi nodded - “yeah,anyway…tell me how come you aren't asleep yet??”



Asad smiled as he took out a pouch from his bag - “well, i wanted to hand this over to you…”



Khushi - “whats this??”



Asad smiled - “ dollars ofcourse…”



Khushi rolled her eyes - “ bhaijaan i have my multi currency card, ok, relax, i don't need…”



Asad shoved it in her hand - “ok call me old school, but ill be happy if you keep them…”



Khushi took the pouch as she smiled - “ok fine bhaijaan…and have you finished packing??”



Asad nodded - “ofcourse, well in time…”



Khushi - “ i havent told Zoya about your trip to Boston yet…”,and she paused, as she heard her brother ask, the longing was present in his voice - “ she doesn't ask about me, i know, Khushi…”



Khushi - “ well, of course she does…”.Asad raised his eyebrows at her and Khushi sighed as she said - “ ok fine, yes maybe not as often as you do, but she does ask about you, once in a while…”



Asad rolled his eyes - “yeah, that once in a while, being like once a week or something…”



Khushi sighed - “ Bhaijaan, honestly, i didn't think she could go on so long without you, she surprised me…”



Asad - “she surprised all of us, Khushi….i should have known, i have fallen for one stubborn woman, and it does hurt to hold on to this all alone, but I have to,because i haven't given up on hope, or on her…”



Khushi hugged him - “ thats like my bhaijaan…”,and she spoke - “now cmon smile please…”



Asad smiled as he bent down and kissed her forehead - “goodnight Khushi….”,and Khushi nodded as she looked at him - “to you too, get some sleep, now…”



Asad nodded - “ I will….”and he made his way out her room,and Khushi silently prayed for Zoya and him once again.



……………………



Asad entered his room, and he lied down on the bed, and he looked at his suitcase that stood packed in front of him.Tomorrow he would be leaving for Boston,because this business trip could not be pushed further, and because Yana had worked for Hammond Constructions before, it seemed wise to have her accompany him, as she was also now their Marketing Director.



This trip had been due for over two months now, but he had delayed it purposely, because he knew that going back to Boston, where everything between him and Zoya had begun, would bring back a zillion memories, that would bring a lot of pain,and he had been unsure if he was ready to face it then.But now,with time, he knew he couldn't postpone this forever, he had to face this, and to be honest, it did feel like he could deal with it now, it would still hurt, but he had gainedl, some sort of a inner strength over these days without Zoya.



He couldn't believe though, that she really had gone all silent on him for the last 100 days.The last she spoke to him was that brief whatsapp conversation months ago,and after that, he had messaged her on and off generally on alternate days, but he hadn't got any reply.Then after two weeks, he had increased the gaps in the number of days and messaged her like twice a week,in the hope to get some response,but he hadn't got any.Then after a month and a half,he had messaged her just once a week,and even that he had reduced to like once in ten days after he had received no response.



He sighed,as he closed his eyes,and Zoya’s face revolved in front of his eyes again, the saving grace was that he had been dreaming off her every night,he opened his eyes,and he sat up in bed,and he smiled in pure irony, because no matter what you dream, when the morning comes, reality intrudes and the dream begins to slip away.



Another good thing was, that he had worked on himself over these months,and he had been successful in getting rid of the guilt he had been feeling, off both the past, and with what had happened in regards to him and Zoya,and it was possible because of the love and support everyone gave him,especially Arnav and his family.He had been able to get rid of the baggage of guilt successfully, only because he had come to terms with the fact, that sometimes, we all mess up probably royally, but if you didn't think within that you deserved a second chance, then there was no way it was going to come your way.And he wasn't a bad person, he had made some brutal mistakes that had led to disasters, but he strongly believed in his heart that he was ready to seek redemption for it,even if it took him all his Life.He deserved to give himself another chance, and he had given that to himself,because he owed himself that.



And then of course this distance, from Zoya, had sort of made him see things from a different perspective.There was no denying the fact that the love they had deserved another chance, and now he had to wait until Zoya forgave him,and realised it too.He had also realised that there was a thing about distance in between lovers, as much as you wished it to vanish, it didn't really affect what you felt deep inside,because his love for Zoya hadn't lessen even by an inch, infact it had only deepened,no body had the logic to explain the fact that even though Zoya had shut the door to him, he had only been feeling closer to her more than ever,because her memories had never even left him for a second,sometimes when he was sitting by himself,he could feel her with him, and sometimes when in those hours of wait for her to reply, he had felt that pain return, but either ways, everything was about her, he often wondered, if she was out there, thinking off him, wondering about him.He often wondered, what she felt while she read his messages,because he had no clue, she had never acknowledged that emotion to anyone,neither to Khushi, nor to her family.



And he knew it was very difficult to go on like this hanging in the midddle of nowhere, stranded with no where to go, because he couldn't really walk towards her, neither could he walk away.But he had no other choice, he had to wait for her to forgive him for the blunders he had committed,because he loved her,he would wait no matter how much more time she needed.



But he did wonder how the time in his Life, managed to fly around still, with damaged wings.



He sighed, as he picked up his phone.He hadn't messaged Zoya in the last ten days, but he wanted her to know from him, that he was going to be in Boston for a while.



And so he took a deep breathe,and started to write a message to her, even though he knew, he was going to get no reply.



……………………………………………….



Shantivan - 10.40 PM



Arnav smiled as his sister pulled him into a corner as she spoke - “ Chotte, seriously, Khushi is going to be shocked when she sees you on the plane…”



Arnav chuckled - “yeah di, im sure, she's been sulking for days over the fact how I am so obsessed with work,that i cant even take a week off to join my family for a little holiday…”



Anjali grinned - “ little does she know, that you plan to join her all the way to Interlaken…”



Arnav smiled - “well, i do wish to see Zoya, haven't seen her for so long di…”



Anjali nodded- “yeah, we will join you all soon,and by the way so that no body suspects, i will mentioned to Shyam and Payal, once you are on the plane that,that you are going to Switzerland early for the annual International Conference on Fashion and Textile Industry…”



Arnav smiled - “well luckily the dates coincides,because thats a explanation im going to have to give Asad…”



Anjali nodded - “he leaves for Boston tomorrow right??”



Arnav nodded - “yeah…”



Anjali sighed - “will be painful though, i mean to go back to memories…im so proud of the way he has handled himself when my sibling happens to have turned into a stubborn stone…seriously i had no clue, she would go on with the pretence of I -can-go-on-without- Asad,for so long…”



Arnav sighed - “yeah me too, anyway i do hope that Khushi and me are able to knock some sense into her head…once we see her…”



Anjali smiled - “yeah i hope so too…”,and she asked - “Also, if you both are done with this thrill of your hidden romance, when are you bringing it out in the open, Chotte, its about time…”



Arnav nodded - “yeah….i know di, its about time…”,and he smiled as he said - “but Khushi seems to get some weird thrill out of this, so I'm just going to let her decide…but i hope its soon because it is making me nervous and restless…i wanna be able to call her mine in front of everyone…”



Anjali hugged him - “I love how love has changed you into a prince charming…Chotte…”



Arnav laughed - “yeah, I'm sure Khushi can write a book on that, Arnav Singh Raizada’s path to evolution :from the big bad dark knight to her prince charming…”



Anjali laughed, and Arnav immediately hugged her as he spoke - “ i miss you a lot you know that, i cant beleive, you moved out of Shantivan…”



Anjali hugged him - “ I had to Chotte, i was here for Maa and for you, but now that Maa is back, i had too move back with my inlaws you do know how they and your jiju have been so understanding through these years, i cannot take undue advantage of them…”



Arnav nodded - “ yeah, i understand….im so proud of you di…you always do the right thing”



And right then they spotted their mother walk upto them ,as she said - “what are my kids murmuring about haan??”



Anjali looked at her mother as she smiled - “ nothing Maa, just work, i was convincing Chotte for the holiday…you know maybe if he could change his plans last minute…”



Kkusum smiled as she held both her kids hands - “ yes, you should Chotte, you’v been working too much infact join them and convince Asad too, so that Zoya can finally see him,and realise what she's been missing….”



Arnav clutched his mother’s hand - “she will come around Maa…”



Anjali clucthed her hand - “yes, she will Maa…”



Kkusum sighed - “ i wonder how much time though…”,and she kissed Anjali’s forehead - “ I'm just so glad that you and Shyam came over dinner today, its difficult to not miss you both…”



Anjali hugged her mother - “ I know Maa…but…”



Kkusum smiled - “ i know i know, it was the right thing to do, and thats why I am so proud of you my love…”and she kissed her daughters cheek.



Anjali smiled - “ so what plans do you and Dilshaad aunty have while we all are away? Asad leaves tomorrow,and we leave day after…”



KKusum smiled - “well we plan to chill too, we will be fine, Dilshaad will stay here with me…”



Arnav smiled - “thats good Maa…”



Shyam walked over as he hugged Kkusum - “Maa, we should get going now..”



Kkusum nodded and she saw her mother and bhai and bhabhi and Akash and Payal hug Shyam and Anjali goodbye,and she looked at Arnav as she said - “please,see them off Chotte…”



Arnav smiled - “ofcourse Maa…”



Arnav walked with Shyam and Anjali and he waited until his jiju was behind the wheel and he spoke - “Arnav, are you sure you don't need me to convince you?? cmon it'll be fun, join us…you do deserve a break…”



Arnav smiled - “ Thanks jiju, but I'm fine…”,and he saw his sister wink at him and Shyam grinned as he looked at his wife - “well, i tried, your siblings are just too stubborn…”



Anjali laughed - “tell me something i dont already know…”,and Arnav laughed,and with that his brother in law drove away,and Arnav stood for a second as he saw the car leave the gates of Shantivan, he was happy for his sister, and he sighed,as he took out his phone and he saw the wallpaper of the picture of him, Anjali di and Zoya together.He did hope, that Zoya put an end to her stubbornness soon.Everyone missed her terribly.



He quickly messaged Khushi : I will call you in 15 mins.



His phone beeped quickly.



Khushi : And I shall wait, my Love.



He smiled as he read that. He loved how she called him - My love these days.



She was crazy,and honestly, he couldn't deny the fact that he had become a little crazy too in her company,for all this hidden romance  had surely made him do crazy things.What not had he done to see Khushi, god she had driven him insane with all this hiding,she had also started working in his office premises a fortnight ago, which although gave them more opportunities to sneak around, but it also added to his restlessness at the same time, all this act of just being cordial and being nice to each other because of their siblings was now getting to his nerves.And ofcourse, because of this, privacy had been a vital issue,and thats why he knew Khushi had been coaxing him for this holiday, so that they could get some alone time together, and of course he had made up his mind to join her, the minute his sister had told him that Khushi was now travelling with them,but he hadn't planned to keep it a surprise for Khushi,she was going to be shocked the hell out of her mind, when she would see him on the plane.



He smiled to himself as he made his way to his room,and changed for the night,and then he walked to his poolside, and lied on the recliner,and he called Khushi.



………………………



Khushi saw Arnav’s name flashing on the screen and she smiled, as she picked up and she spoke with pure joy in her voice -“ hello my love…”



She heard a laugh in his voice as he spoke - “well, did i ever tell you i love it when you all me that…”



Khushi smiled to herself- “ yes, you did..my love…so whats up?? have di and jiju left??”



Arnav - “you knew they were over for dinner?? did i tell you??i mean i didn't know until i was home that they would be over….wait wait…how is it that you knew…??”



Khushi - “well well, you do forget that i have an excellent bond with Anjali di, she tells me everything, my love…i knew it was a surprise for you, so i just kept silent…”,and she paused as she spoke softly - “ i know you miss her so much ever since she moved out, a month ago…”



Arnav - “yes, i do…but it was the right thing to do, anyway whats up??”



Khushi - “nothing much, was talking to bhaijaan, I'm worried about him, and Zoya, Arnav, its been so many days, like 100 to be specific, how much more time does Zoya need? she doesn't even talk about bhaijaan to me, i mean very rarely, and he knows that, imagine how painful that is for him….”



She heard a sigh on the other end as Arnav spoke - “well, she doesn't mention Asda to any of us at all…i just hope you can knock some sense in her head once you meet her…”



Khushi sighed - “yeah about that, you know it would be great if you could join us even if its in Interlaken towards the end…cmon Arnav…seriously is there too much work, is there nothing you can do??”



Arnav - “ i would have if i could Khushi, but you do know ever since the merger…”



Khushi - “yeah yeah i know, ever since the merger, things have started to accelerate for us…and theres so much to do..afterall you and bhaijaan want to take what our fathers built to newer heights, yes i get that, but ill miss you…i wont see you for almost a fortnight, if you include all the travelling time….”



Arnav - “yeah ill miss you too, i understand, and we could have got some good alone time together, which we anyways don't get often, but Khushi, its works can't escape, and with Asad gone, everything comes on me…”



Khushi - “yes ok, its alright, i get it, anyway I wanted to talk to you about something important…”



Arnav - “ok tell me??”



Khushi - “well, i will when i see you at office tomm, but i will leave early ok??”



Arnav - “why not now??”



Khushi smiled to herself - “well i wanna be able to kiss you after i tell you…thats why…”



Arnav - “ok point noted,i cant argue against that….id really like that….Khushi…”



Khushi - “ I love you so much thats its driving me crazy…”



Arnav - “ I love you more than you will ever know…trust me on that…”



Khushi smiled - “ well, i do…”,and she heard Arnav ask her about her mother, and she smiled as she filled him in about how she had also packed her bags to shift temporarily into Shantivan,once she and Asda were gone, and then they talked for a few more minutes, and finally hung up a while later, because Khushi didn't want him to miss his morning run, and she didn't want to miss her morning swim, and she closed her eyes in bed, and slept with a huge grin on her face, there was a thing about time sometimes, especially when you were in Love, you didn't want to waste too much time dreaming because waking life was so much better.



……………………….



Interlaken - 8.00 PM



Zoya got off the car, holding on to her crutch and she smiled as she looked at Abir - “cmon in, what are you waiting for, i know you want to talk some more…”



Abir stopped the engine, and parked his car and got off, and followed Zoya into her cottage, and he smiled, as he watched her walk to the kitchen and sat on the chair, in front of the table and he walked over and sat across her, and watched her look out the window and he took a moment to just look at her, because as a friend, he was really worried for her, over these past three months, she had somewhat withered, shed lost too much weight, and was also getting paler in the face day by day, and every time he returned to Interlakenafter his business trips, he could surely make out that she had lost another pound or so, and of course he knew the reason behind it, it was because she was being extremely stubborn about being blind to what her heart was probably begging her to see.



She couldn't go on without Asad,he was sure, she was going to breakdown very soon, and it was really sad to see her like this, and he couldn't do a thing about it, because she had forbidden him to talk to anyone from her family or friends about it, and he hadn't contacted anyone about it, because he didn't want to risk Zoya being mad at him, because he knew, that she was opening up to only him about it.



Zoya waved her hand in front of his face as she asked - “hullo?? where are you lost??”



Abir grinned - “well, i was just wondering what you are doing around here, i mean i was gone a week, and i see that you have lost another 2 kgs…give me some tips no…i do feel i have gained a little bit with all the eating out…”



Zoya smiled - “well don't exaggerate…not 2 kgs…”



Abir - “1.8 kg then??”



Zoya rolled her eyes - “fine, 1.5 kgs…and its not because I'm not eating properly or anything, its just because the physiotherapy sessions are really making me work out…”

Abir gave her a small smile and he spoke softly - “exactly, you’v been working so hard Zoya, but even you know what this is about, don't lie to me…cmon…”



Zoya sighed - “ I know, what uncle thinks….”



Abir - “ exactly, you know with the kind of effort you are putting in, he was sure that you would be atleast half way through to your recovery, or atleast be able to limp and walk without the crutch…but…”



Zoya sighed - “but, I'm just able to pick up my leg half way up,and I’v  just been able to fold my knee a little thats all…I know its not the kind of progress thats matching the hours I'm putting on…but I'm giving it my all…although I'm disappointed a tad bit, but i wont give up…its just going to take me a lot longer than i thought Abir…”



Abir - “really?? is that what you think??”



Zoya gave him a nod - “ofcourse….”



Abir - “ ok you are officially the most stubborn,obsitiante, headstrong, woman i have ever met, why cant you just admit that its killing you to be without him…”



Zoya shrugged her shoulders as she drank a sip of water - “ nahhh, I'm doing just fine…infact I'm doing so much better than what I was when i came here….”



Abir raised his eyebrows - “really??”



Zoya - “ofcourse….”



Abir picked up his phone, and he instantly clicked a picture of her and he shoved the phone in her hand as he spoke - “well, i think you’v cracked your mirror Zoya, because from where I see it, its pretty obvious from those dark circles that you’v been crying your eyes out…every night…”



Zoya stared at her own picture and she took a deep breathe as she put his phone aside - “not every night Abir…you could say alternate nights though…”



Abir rolled his eyes - “ iv told you before, stop bull****ting yourself and him, save both yourselves from this misery please…and seriously I'm telling you this misery is a big hindrance in your recovery, this is the reason why your progress isn't matching your effort, because in your heart, theres a big hollows vortex of loss and pain, which only Asad can fix, but that is if you let him…”



Zoya heard her phone beep and she looked at her phone and she felt her heart stop, and she glanced it for a second and she put it backhand Abir asked - “who is it??”



Zoya - “ its him.Asad. it had been ten days since his last message, so i was kinda expecting his message today…”



Abir rolled his eyes - “yeah, i know, you’v been waiting for it, or maybe i should say longing for it, that would be more apt…go on, read it…”



Zoya - “ i will read it, in a while….”



Abir - “yeah probably read it and cry it all night, that guy loves you, poor thing, even though you never reply, he still messages you, have you ever wondered how painful it must be for him to hold on to this all by himself…youv left him in the middle of nowhere Zoya, neither can he walk towards you, neither can he walk away…”



Zoya took a deep breathe - “he will walk away Abir, soon…i mean, the frequency of his messages have reduced,im sure they will stop with time, and he will be able to move on….”



Abir ran a hand through his hair in frustration - “ really?? you are stupid if you think so, from whatever iv heard off Asad,from you, and mind you, I'm a stranger, but even i can tell you that the frequency in his messages have gone down because, you don't freaking reply, your gone all silent on him for 100 days now…what do you expect…”



Zoya shrugged - “ i don't expect anything Abir…and don't be mad at me, please….and can we please talk about something else, you make me smile Abir, please don't make me want cry….”



Abir got up and he hugged his friend, as he instructed himself to not push on this topic for now, although he would keep trying like he had been trying for months now, and he helped her a little as she got up and he handed her the crutch and he spoke with a grin- “ how about you make us some popcorn, in the meanwhile, ill choose us something comic to watch on Netflix,and trust me by the end of that and my jokes combined, you’ll be falling of your seat laughing…”



Zoya nodded, and she grinned through her tears - “id like that…”,and she watched Abir walk over to the Tv lounge and she put her phone in her pocket as she walked to the kitchen to microwave some popcorn.



She didn't want to read Asad’s message yet.She needed to be alone for that, because she was sure those tears would start flooding out again, and no one could witness them, because even she was scared to look at her reflection in the mirror whilst she howled her guts out.

………………………….

 

90 Minutes Later



Zoya closed the door to her room, and she walked to the washroom and changed for the night, and then she got in her bed, and opened the bedside drawer and took out the diary, in which she had been writing everyday to Asad,for the last 100 days and kept it next to her on the pillow and she finally picked up her phone and she took a deep breathe as she finally opened her WhatsApp and opened Asad’s conversation to read what he had written. She had been longing to hear from him since the last ten days.Thats was what it had come down too, although she had never replied to any of his messages, in the last 100 days, she had still been literally counting minutes for the days to pass, until that day would come when he would message her again, because she had understood the pattern the of his messages, they had been regular at first, then gone to alternate, then to twice a weekend now to once in ten days, and she had spent a lot of time re-reading everything he had written to her, and she had replied to him in her diary though, but never really messaged it back to him, and she knew Abir had been somewhat right, in whatever he said, she could feel herself withering inside, because of the pain she felt, she had tried to get her heart to be in sync with her mind , but she was failing miserably,because of course it refused to listen to her, and she also deep down knew that this hollowness and this heartache was now becoming a hindrance in her recovery too, it was as if her heart was on a revolt against her physical being,as a punishment in exchange for the torture she was putting it through, by being away from Asad. She wiped her tears,as she returned from her trail of thought and looked at her phone to read what Asda had written.



Asad : Zoya, its been ten days,again, and i know, I am not going to get any reply, and honestly, i don't want to you to reply, if your heart doesn't allow you to forgive me yet.Things are going good here, at work,and at home, I'm sure you would already know from Khushi, that she has recently started working at AR premises because we have shifted our(khan designs) design facility completely under AR Headquarters,and its now officially operating as One,just like how we’v shifted the base for AR Constructions into our facility, its just easier this way,Arnav can manage the designs and I can overlook our real estate and construction line.The merger has done us good, and we are now rebranding our business’s collectively as ARK Industries,just like how abbu and uncle started it.Apart from that, something at work has come up, which cannot be pushed longer.I will be leaving for Boston tomorrow, for ten days, lot of things need to be seen for our venture with Hammond Constructions,and Khushi didn't probably tell you about this, because i asked her not to, because i wanted you to know from me. You do know that I will be thinking of you every second, whilst I'm there, for I'm going to be standing face to face with a lot of memories of US. I hope you are doing well, and taking good care and eating well.I miss you Zoya, each day a little bit more, more than ever. Waiting for your forgivenesses.Waiting for your Love.I love you Zoya,always did, always will.



Zoya felt her vision blurr,as tears started to fall from her eyes, and she re-read what he had written a hundred times, and she felt herself choke in her breathe, because of the emotion that was stirring up inside of her.



Boston.He was going back to Boston - where it all began, the mere mention of it, brought back everything to her headband she could only imagine the onslaught of emotions Asda would feel once he was there.



Why was he going to the damm place where he would be reminded off her.Wasnt he supposed to be moving on??



Her heart instructed her to re-read his message, and she did, and it really did seem like he was no where moving on, clearly her plan wasnt working because Asad was being really stubborn, holding onto the string she had left.



Her heart protested, and she walked to the bathroom and washed her face, and she saw her reflection, and it stared back at her, and she felt like she was looking at a ghost of her very own self, she really did look like a living ghost, her face was that pale, her eyes were bloodshot red with all the crying.



She felt her heart ask her, if she had for real left that string in between her and Asad.Had she for real??



Maybe not, because she was still holding onto him in pain and in tears and in a lot of love.



This was insane, totally insane, she walked back dazed and dejected to her bed and sat inside and opened her diary and started to write another page to Asad.



Once she had finished, she closed the diary and lied down in bed, and she felt Asad’s memories flood in her being as usual, and whom could she ask for help, whom could she ask for an explanation but herself, she was the one who had brought this upon herself, she was sure, no one in this world had any answer to give her.



Where could she go searching for happiness, that once used to beat inside of her?? She had fled here in search of some peace, and she hadn't gotten any after a shortwhile, except for when she was in her sessions, but now even those sessions were being disrupted by this heartache.The wings of time were surely showing no signs of peace or off Happiness.



Why was she standing with so many complaints on her Lips right now??



Why was Life standing on the other side of her being?Why was there so much distance between her dreams and reality??



Why were these shattered dreams pricking her eyes?? Why were the lines of a Happy Fate staring to slip away from hands.



Was there really no one listening to her prayers up there?? 



Or were even her prayers being sent to a area of disaster, never to return back, never to be answered??



What had she really done to deserve this?? For the first time in a long time, she found herself question, as to why did all of this have to happen to her.



This was misery at its peak, she took deep breathe, she had a slight difficulty doing so, maybe her breathes had lost their way too, just like how her heartbeats had left her heartland she was left with nothing but this loneliness and a smoke of memories.



She was sure, even her shadow would reflect back as being broken.



Had she stopped thinking off Asad ?? Ofcourse not, infact she had been only thinking off him all the time.She had been imagining him all the time, she had been never let him go in her heart, infact she was standing right where she was in her love all those months ago, and being apart was only making her realise that she needed Asad like she needed oxygen.



And yet, they were both standing in the middle of nowhere, lost and deserted.



But could she reach out to him and invite him to join her in her misery?? And as much as her heart ached to do it, as much as she was killing herself in the process, she knew she couldn't reach out and tell him that she had forgiven him even before she had come here, that she loved him, and that she wished every day that the accident hadn't happened, and crashed her dreams.Because she knew, if she would, he would come by her side in a jiffy, and he would never leave her, and that would mean that he would have to sacrifice a lot of his dreams in the process, and she wouldn't allow that.



And so maybe, this misery was her fate, and she was just meant to be left wandering around with her lonely heart in the memories of the past, towards the memories off love, off promises, off dreams they had both seen together.



Ironical, still how even in those memories, she could see Asad, yet she had never felt more lonely than ever,because maybe her mind had been cruelly trying to shut down emotions for Asad even in her memories, and that is why her heart had gone on a complete revolt here, driving her insane, only making her see how lonely she was without him.



She sat up in bed, and she fought her turmoil,and she re-read what Asda had written, and as tears flew down her eyes, with trembling fingers, she finally typed a message to him, it had been  100 days since she had last replied to him.



It had been 100 days since she had last heard his voice,and as much as she longed to hear it, she couldn't call him, because she knew the minute she would hear his voice, she would breakdown and she would completely give away everything she had done until now, and so maybe it was just wise to just message.



She wrote with trembling fingers : Have a safe journey Asad.



But she deleted it, she didn't have the guts to send it, because she knew if she messaged him once, he would reply back and she didn't know if she had the strength to pull back from a conversation with him, after all this while.



So with a aching heart she erased the message, and she opened Khushi’s text window and she texted her instead.



Zoya : Khushi, please let me know when Asad reaches Boston safely.



She knew Khushi would be asleep, and she would read it in the morning,so she browsed through Asad’s pictures for a while, and then finally when she felt her eyes heavy with sleep, she closed her eyes, and allowed sleep to take over.



…………………………………….



The Next Day - Noon



Business Class Lounge



Yana looked at her watch and she looked at Asad as he seemed busy engrossed in his ipad,and she was glad that they were flying Virgin Atlantic this time around for they would reach Boston,at 1030 in the night, according to the time there, the flying hours with the halt in London Heathrow was going to be a total 19 hours, and honestly, she was dreading the travel after all this while, because of the destination.She was going back to Boston, a place that had a lot of memories, of love and loss of her first love, and then off love and loss again, the broken remains of her marriage and as much as she was trying to be strong about it, she was also desperately hoping that her paths never crossed with her ex husband ever again.They were both just better off, like this.



She was deep in thought when she heard Asad’s voice - “ hey, you ok??”



Yana sighed - “ yeah…just dreading the destination,and seriously praying that i don't bump into Vikram whilst I'm there…”



Asad gave her a small smile - “ you know you didnt have to come, if you are dreading it so much Yana…”



Yana gave him a small smile - “ but about time i faced the demons of the past, cant run away from it forever, have to face it sooner or later…”,and she paused as she started to sip her coke - “you are lucky Asad,you at least have hope, that Zoya will forgive you sooner or later, and I'm sure she will…but for me its a dead end everywhere…but its ok you know, its just something i have to face…”



Asad nodded,and he spoke softly - “ and you will be just fine…”



Yana smiled - “ hope so, no other option there my friend…”



Asda smiled, he admired her strength,and right then his phone beeped, and he checked it, it was Khushi, but he smiled to himself as he saw what she’d sent him, it was a snapshot of Zoya’s message to Khushi to inform her, when he reached Boston.It felt good to know, she was thinking about him, and he quickly messaged a thank you to his sister, she was a darling, and he looked up and he saw Yana smiling at him as she asked - “a genuine smile on your face, back with your dimples, so i guess, its got something to do with Zoya…”



Asad smiled, Yana had gotten to know him well.



Asad nodded - “yup, it is, Khushi just messaged me that Zoya asked her to let her know when i reach Boston…”



Yana smiled - “ well, your sister is a darling Asad , iv grown very fond off her..”



Asad smiled - “she surely is, the apple of my eye…”



Yana smiled - “well, good, i wonder though how will you react when your sister meets her special someone, i mean I'm quite intrigued to see, whether i will see a big possesive brother act from you Asad …”



Asad grinned - “maybe you will…”and his grin vanished as he spoke - “ because this time around, i wont make the same mistake that I did in the past, its partly my fault that Khushi has gone through what she has…”



Yana gave him a small smile - “ well, you are too harsh on yourself asad ,all the time, how are you to blame if things didn't work out between Arhaan and Khushi, **** happens all the time, and what happens between couples, it really is between the two of them, so relax…”



Asad nodded, of course Yana wasn't aware with the complete truth, but he said - “well, i shouldnt have trusted Arhaan easily…”



Yana rolled her eyes - “ ok fine dude, guard your sister like a hawk this time around ok??”



Asad smiled - “ i will…”



Yana - “ ok, so im just going to freshen up, i guess we have 15 minutes until we board right??”



Asad nodded - “yeah, take your time…”



He watched Yana walk away, and he smiled to himself, she was a good friend, she had been there for him, listening to him, giving him the right advices, just when he needed to hear them.It somewhat helped him a lot, amidst all the turmoil.



He took out his phone, and he looked at the snapshot of Zoya’s message that Khushi had sent him, and he smiled to himself, and for a change, he didn't think lot and he messaged Zoya,he knew she would be up, Khushi did tell him that her physiotherapy sessions started early in the morning.



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8.30 AM - Interlaken



Zoya wrapped a towel around her waist as she entered the locker room, after her aquatic physiotherapy session,Dr Satish had been combing various techniques, now even in the water, to get her to strength her muscles in her leg and of course Mary was a great support, in the process, and honestly speaking, she loved these aquatic sessions, the warm water seemed to calm her edgy nerves.She smiled to herself, she could now somewhat relate to Khushi’s love for water. She kept her crutch sideband sat on the bench, and she started to dry herself,because she had a 30 minute break for breakfast, and she was a little hungry too.Her mind conjured up the image off her blueberry pancakes that she had been addicted to lately for breakfast, and she almost heard her stomach rumble.Well, it was a good thing that she couldn't still tolerate hunger very much, at least that hadn't changed.



She was about to change, when her phone beeped.



She picked it up and she was very surprised to see Asad's message.



This was off the pattern.



She opened it nonetheless, with her heartbeats going all haywire.



Asad : Incase you are thinking about me, don't worry, I will message you once I land, Zoya, both in London and then Boston, you don't need to wait for Khushi to tell you that.



Zoya groaned,ofcourse Khushi had shared the message with Asad.



Ok, so she had to tell him that she wasn't thinking off him.She didn't want any misunderstandings there.



So she quickly typed, with trembling fingers : I am not thinking about you.I do not think about you Asad.



Her phone beeped immediately.



Asad : really?? your message to Khushi reflected otherwise.Stop fooling yourself.Anyway don't worry about me,i am fine, good thing that I'm not on this trip alone.



Ok,so, now what did he mean by that?? No one told her anything about this, and of course that was because she barely asked about asad to anyone.But curiosity got the better off her as she wrote quickly.



Zoya : good for you.I didn't know bhai is joining you.



Her phone beeped in seconds.



Asad : Arnav isn’t.



Ok, now she felt her curiosity rise even more.



Zoya : Well,Khushi is coming to see me in three days, so it isn't her for sure.



Her phone beeped quickly.



Asad : Stop beating around the bush, and ask straight away if you want to know.Anyway, ill tell you nonetheless , Yana is accompanying me on this business trip.



Zoya felt as if someone had dropped a bucket off cold water on her.



She quickly typed : Who is Yana?



She got a quick reply.



Asad : Well, you don't ask about me often, otherwise you would have known, she is a good friend of mine, and also the New Marketing director,she’s handling the marketing and branding for us.

Zoya felt her heart flip, who was this Yana, was she pretty?



But she wrote : Well good for you.



Her phone beeped a minute later.



Asad : I am boarding now.I will message you when I reach.



She quickly wrote : I didn't ask you too. I don't want you too.



Asad : But I will.Put an end to this Misery, zoya, please, all you have to do is reach out to me once, and you will see that I'm right where you left me.



Zoya felt her mind question - was he really??



She didn't reply to him further, and she quickly called Khushi.



She picked up in three rings, and Zoya sighed as she spoke -“I cant believe you told Asad about my message…”



She heard Khushi sigh as she spoke - “ well, why wouldn't I Zoya, its the first you asked off him in a long long time.I had to let him know.Dont be this harsh on him please, poor him, you have no idea how he's been pulling himself through, or wait honestly you would know, because i know you are doing no better than him..”



Zoya - “Khushi, dont give him hopes, please, and I'm doing absolutely fine…trust me…”



She heard Khushi sigh - “ its sad, though, how you’v learnt to lie to all of us Zoya…”



Zoya took a deep breath as she asked - “who is Yana??and why is she accompanying Asad on this trip??”



Khushi - “whoaaa i don't remember telling you that, wait did bhaijaan tell you, are you talking to him, say yes pleaseeee…”



Zoya - “ Khushi, im in a rush, i have only 15 minutes left for my breakfast, will you answer me please…”



Khushi - “well, she is the Marketing director, she was in Boston before,infact bhaijaan knows her from Hammond Construction, she was working for them, when he first started the venture with them”



Zoya - “really?? he Never mentioned earlier, is she single??”



Khushi - “yeah kind off she got divorced recently…”



Zoya took a deep breathe - “ ok, i gotta go now, ill call you later…”



Khushi - “ I cant wait to see you…I’v missed you so much Zoya…”



Zoya sighed - “ Me too Khushi, more than i can explain, come soon, waiting to see you…”



The cheerfulness was back in Khushi’s voice as she spoke - “ you promised to show me around..”

Zoya - “ i will ofcourse, Abir,is excited to meet you too…”



Khushi - “ well, honestly me too, he's been a good friend to you Zoya…”



Zoya - “ yes, ok, now i need to go, or i will go hungry for the next two hours…”



Khushi - “ ok, ok, go baba, i love you Zoya..”



Zoya smiled to herself - “ I love you Khushi…”,and she hung up.



But she felt uncomfortable ,very uncomfortable as the thought of Yana returned to her mind.



She was single, were Asad and her bonding over the tales of their broken marriages now?



She started to feel very restless at that thought, and she nudged it aside, there was no point in thinking about Asad , he was free to do whatever he wanted, she couldn't care less.She mentally forbid herself to care.



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2.00 PM 



Khushi looked at the official letterhead in front of her, and she smiled as she closed the padrone her desk, and started to pack up for the day, right when there was knock on her cabin door, and before she could speak, she saw Arnav ask through the entrance - “ May I come in??”



Khushi grinned as she nodded, and he closed the door as he walked towards her desk, and she got up the chair, and walked up and hugged him as she spoke - “ well, since when do you need my permission to come in…”



Arnav kissed her forehead lovingly - “well, i was just hoping i didn't miss you, the meeting was stretched a little over schedule…”



Khushi smiled as she walked back to her desk - “well you would have if you were five minutes late, i was just leaving, have a full day planned with ammi,Kkusum aunty, Anjali di and payal…all fun things mostly, before we leave for the holiday tomorrow…”



Arnav smiled, as he walked over next to her, and propped himself over her desk, and he tucked a strand of her loose hair behind her ear gently - “ Ill miss you so much, while you are gone…”,he finished, hiding his true emotions,Khushi was in for a big suprise.



Khushi felt him cup her face and she kissed his hand - “ yeah…me too, but i promised myself i wont coax you over this longer, i know you have so much work….”



Arnav kissed her softly on the cheek - “ thank you…”,and he pulled her in closer to himself by the hand, and wrapped his hands around her waistband Khushi spoke - “so guess what, Zoya was asking me about Yana…”



Arnav smiled - “well thats interesting…”



Khushi grinned - “ ofcourse, it is, why didn't i think of this earlier, i mean why didn't i mention Yana to her myself…”



Arnav grinned at a memory and he heard Khushi ask - “whats up??”



Arnav rubbed her arm lovingly - “well, i could play Zoya’s trick on her you know, back in time, there was a time, when she would  talk about Arhaan and you around me all the time, to make me uncomfortable…”



Khushi tilted back a little as she asked - “ really????? did it work??”



Arnav laughed at the memory - “did it?? Of course it worked Khushi, It made me burn…”



Khushi grinned as she hugged him - “then maybe, i could use this trick on her…”



Arnav smiled - “maybe, you should, but talk to Asad first…”



Khushi nodded - “ofcourse, and since he's in the flight right now, ill have to wait…”



Arnav held her hand - “ stay a little longer no today…”



Khushi cupped his face gently- “ you know I can’t…”,and she kissed him softly against the side of the lips, as she whispered - “ ill see you later…”



Arnav nodded, and he saw Khushi trail her hand over the letterhead, and he heard her say - “ did i ever tell you, I'm loving the new office stationery…”



Arnav smiled, as he turned and stood next to her, and touched her hand over the company’s name and he bent forward a little as he explained - “ ARK Industries, do you know this was how it all began…this was the name dad and uncle started it all with…”



Khushi nodded as she felt him clutch her hand over the letterhead - “ yeah, Iv heard…”



Arnav smiled - “ and do you know why they chose these letters to stand like this??”



Khushi - “ not really…for our surnames maybe Raizada and Khan, maybe??”



Arnav smiled- “well, you are close, because its a mix of our fathers names together - Alok Raizada and Rashid Khan…”



Khushi smiled as she touched the name - “ The Letter R is common, hence ARK…”



Arnav smiled - “exactly…”



Khushi turned to him as she spoke - “ I'm sure abbu and uncle would be so proud of you and bhaijaan for this…Arnav…”



Arnav looked at her and their eyes locked - “really??”



Khushi touched his hand - “ofcourse, now please no going back to the mistakes of the past Arnav, its never too late….Arnav…its really Never too late…”



Arnav pulled her into a crushing hug and she held onto him for a while, and she smacked his lips softly - “ ok, now i have to go, before someone barges in…and catches us…”



Arnav groaned as he watched Khushi walk out and he pulled her by the hand ,and shoved her against the wall caging her in between his arms - “and do you think I care??”



Khushi shivered as she saw him lower his head towards her, and right then she remembered and she spoke - “ God, remember i totally forgot to tell you about what i had on my mind…”



Arnav leaned back a little - “ now what??”



Khushi smiled , her eyes glinted with mischief - “ i want to tell everyone about us, once I'm back from Interlaken…”



Arnav grinned - “so you mean, i only have to wait a fortnight more, to be able to call you mine to the world…”



Khushi nodded - “ yes only a fortnight, my Love…”



Arnav grinned - “ I love it when you call me that…”



Khushi grinned - “and I love it when I know you are going to steal another kiss…”



Arnav smirked - “really??and you don't care about being caught…”



Khushi quickly glanced at the door, it stood shut, and it was lunch time, so she knew everyone would be at lunch so she laced her arms around his neck - “well lets just say that for the next two minutes, i don't care about anything else…but this…”,and she tiptoed, and sealed his lips with hers, and kissed him, with all the emotion she felt, she was going to be away from him for a fortnight now, and she would miss him so much.



Arnav kissed her pasisonately, as he held her close, he could sense the emotions she was pouring in, and why, but she didn't know yet that she was in for the biggest surprise off her life, but he would be stupid, if he didn't enjoy the attention he was receiving, and so he didn't let her break their embrace, and he only kissed her back, much deeper.



It felt so good to have Love in his Life ,to have Khushi sparkle his world, and as much as it overwhelmed him, it also made him very happy to acknowledge the fact that their bond had only strengthened, and deepened into something unexplainable in words, over this flight of time.



……………………………….



11 Hours Later



Asad looked at his phone for the hunderedth time as he walked up with Yana to board the flight to Boston.They had landed at London a three hours before, luckily this was a shorter time in transit and right then he heard Yana ask - “ whats with you looking at your phone every second now?? you just finished talking back home…”



Asad nodded,and Yana slowed down in her stride to match his as he spoke - “ well, i was just waiting to see if Zoya replied to me, i messaged her as we landed here…”



Yana smiled - “well maybe she will, she did reply earlier right??”



Asad sighed - “well this woman is surely going to drive me crazy…”



Yana grinned as they walked - “and I'm so proud of you for not giving up though, takes a lot Asad ,i know its hard, but its good that you are fighting against the odds of time…”



Asad smiled - “well, it did seem like a miracle when I saw her reply earlier today, for a second i couldn't really believe she had replied, i had to blink a zillion times to recheck that it wasn't a dream…”



Yana grinned - “ahaa, and its because of the likes of you that makes me want to at look at Love differently, you almost make me wana believe in its power again…”



Asad smiled - “well, you should…”



Yana rolled her eyes - “ no please, thank you, I'm done with that emotion for this Life…”



Asad smiled - “ you are too harsh on yourself Yana, you need to give yourself a break…”



Yana grinned - “yeahhh thats exactly what I'm doing, giving myself the much needed break from that dammed emotion…”



Asad laughed, and he looked at his phone again ,and Yana said - “but you my friend, hang in there ok??”



Asad nodded and he sighed as he said - “ thank you for being a good friend Yana, and I'm kind off glad I'm not going to Boston all by myself…”



Yana smiled - “ and i should thank you too, for being such a good friend, never knew you could be such an amazing listener though…”,and she winked, as she started to sip her water from the bottle.



Asad smiled - “and as much as it disturbs me I'm also glad that Zoya has also found herself a new friend..”



Yana gulped down another sip - “really?? has she??”



Asad - “yup, his name is Abir, he is the son of the doctor who he treating her,Dr Satish Raichand…but is a businessman himself”



Yana choked on her water,as she heard that name, and Asda immediately patted her back as he asked - “hey, you ok???”



Yana steadied her breathe as she asked - “what did you say was his name??”



Asad - “ whose name??”



Yana - “Zoya’s new friend…”



Asad looked at her confused as they reached the aerobridge - “ Abir Raichand…”.The look on Yana’s face as she halted in her tracks, for a second, and then resumed her walk, made him ask - “ you don't know him by any chance?? is there anything to worry?? do you know him??”



Yana rolled her eyes - “ of course Abir Raichand, he was at Babson with me…my batch…”



Asad - “hes a nice person no?? nothing that i have to be worried about right??”



Yana gave him a glance and she shrugged - “ yeah yeah, he's harmless, but you should be worried, because that guy has the charm that could even melt ice….he is very good looking and extremely charming…”



Asad asked, now feeling a tad bit uncomfortable - “ he is??”



Yana nodded - “ yes, the last i remember…”



Asad entered the plane in behind her as he asked now curious - “and you know because you guys were good friends' I suppose??”



Yana walked over to her seat in the business class cabin, and she kept her bag over her seat, and saw Asad place his cabin bag in the overhead cabin, and he looked at her as he waited for her to answer - “ so ????”



Yana took a deep breathe as she spoke - “ well, no, I know because i was in love with him…”



Asad - “whatttt?????”



Yana nodded - “you heard that right…”.He saw Yana sit in her seat and he walked and stood in front off her, letting the other passengers get in as he asked - “ he's the one before Vikram, the one who…”



Yana nodded as she spoke softly - “ yup, the very one who screwed up with my perceptions of Love, for good…”



Asad asked softly - “ and i should be worried because he's been around Zoya for months now??”



Yana shrugged - “ i don't know Asad, i mean i don't even know him anymore, i knew him a long time ago…”



Asad nodded - “ ok but he's very good looking and like very very charming….”



Yana nodded - “yes, that is if he hasn't changed over the years…”



Asad - “ ok will you tell me all about him , if its ok with you??”



Yana nodded and she smiled - “ofcourse why not…”



Asad gave her a small smile, and he sat back in his seat, as they were about to take off, he switched off his phone, and leaned back in his seat and closed his eyes for a brief second,Zoya loved him, didn't she?? There was no chance that this Abir Raichand could whisk Zoya away with his charm. Ofcourse not, he was sure Abir was just a friend for Zoya, just like how Yana had been a good friend to him.



Strange though, how their paths co-incided.Was there a hidden reason, why this had happened??



Maybe yes.



………………………………………….



Destiny smiled - “ ofcourse, theres a reason why your path’s coincided…im telling you my friends, Mr Khan here, is gained a lot of intuitive intelligence over time….”



Fate grinned - “ ofcourse, dont we all learn a lot as we let the wings of time fly us through our Life…”



Destiny grinned - “ really?? what have you learnt lately??”



Fate smiled - “well, iv learnt, that i have to find a way to make Misery stick by my side forever….”



Misery smiled as she walked up to Fate - “I like the sound of what you just said, but it makes me wonder, if ill have to do a little adjustments in myself for that…”



Fate grinned - “ how about, i make some adjustments in me, and you make some in you…”



Misery winked - “let me think about it…”



Fate winked - “ take your time…”



Love walked in with Happiness and Happiness asked - “ whats up?? all the laughter without me??”



Destiny smiled - “well what can we say?? you have a good influence on us my friend…”



Happiness grinned as she took her seat and took a bite off her chocolate - “ and I'm glad….”,and she saw Love give a small smile as she sat back in her chair and Happiness asked - “ where’s Hate?? He's been missing for a while….”



Love shrugged -  “ i don't know, he goes and comes as he likes…”



Destiny smiled as she bent forward and whispered in Love’s ears - “ you miss him, don't you??”



Love looked at her, couldn't lie to Destiny, she could read her well - “ yeah, kind off, its weird though…”



Destiny smiled, as she let love be, and walked back to her desk, there was a thing about Love, which maybe even Love, herself wasn't aware off.It was strange though, how Love didn't know that, she was the only one who wasn't meant to adhere to the Laws of time, because Love didn't follow the clock, nor did its software of the heart wear a watch, for they were both Timeless.



That was how it was destined to be.



Love saw Destiny smile at her as she sat on her desk, and she smiled back, and she picked up her book, but her heart was distracted, as she glanced back at Hate’s empty desk, she missed him terribly whilst he had been gone.



And because of the nature of who she was, she couldn't stop herself from wondering, about the possibility of Hate thinking of her whilst he was away??



Love, couldn't help but wonder, if Hate had been missing her too, just like she had been missing him.



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Jul 3

Update - Chapter 43 - Being Cupid - 3 July,2017 - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 22 times)



Hey guys,



I am here with The Update.Sorry for the delay, guys.

I am feeling much better now.Ok guys, this update is quite long as well, its 10,000 words, and so because I don’t want to split it in two parts because of its length.The forum format rules always irritate me while I’m posting.



Please let me know, what you guys think.



Thank you all so so so much for the love, and the patience.



I really appreciate all your love and support.



P.S Also guys for the role of Yana and Abir, Please imagine Abir as Karan wahi, and Yana as Krystle Dzousa.



Have a nice week guys



Much Love



Prachi



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Chapter 43 - Being Cupid





I often wonder, whats the best part about the Cupid’s actually, is it that even though they miss the mark sometimes, they don't ever give up, or is it, that they always seem to have an immense stock of arrows to hit our mortal heart’s with?? Is it the former or the latter, or maybe both. 



A common factor of point here though, between the Cupid, and its target, the heart is that Just like how that adorable mischievous creature of mythical existence, never seems to give up on finding a new target, the heart at the same time somehow never really gives up on holding down its shields from its arrows, strange though isn't it??



Or is it just that the Cupid and the Heart are just destined to be on the same side, conspiring against our mortal minds?Maybe yes, for another common factor of point here is that, they both happen to fiercely loyal to that one, mysterious, mischevious yet mesmerising emotion of Love.



And Who doesn't love playing cupid?? Im sure, at some point in all our lives,we’v all tried to play the role of this mythical mediator, shooting the arrows in the air of love, with the aim to hit the affected parties bang on the bulls eye.



Just sometimes, maybe in Life, we need to something as lighthearted and playful as Being Cupid, to kickstart that accelerator to race up those numbers on the speedometer of Love.



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One Day Later



 IGI Airport





Shyam watched Khushi excuse herself as she made her way towards the washroom, and he smiled as he looked at his wife and he spoke - “ she's a sweet girl, Khushi…and I have also noticed that Kkusum Maaa is very fond off her…”



Anjali smiled as she spoke - “ ofcourse, we all are, she's adorable, Khushi…”



Payal smiled - “ I agree di, thank god i have her, she's become a very good friend, over these past couple of months…”



Akash nodded in agreement with his wife - “ i could say the same, Payal, its a really good thing, that we all are so fond off her…”,and he winked at his sister, because of course only she could understand what he was implying here, for only he and Anjali di were aware off the hidden romance between Arnav- Khushi.



Shyam sipped his coffee as he spoke - “ Iv noticed a change in Arnav over the past couple of months, he’s definitely not been going out random dates with random girls, or that Lavanya like he used to past…”



Anjali nodded, she felt a little guilty for keeping a secret from her husband, they never had any secrets in between them, but this was a case of sibling confidieality so she was sure he would understand, and so she looked at Akash as he gave her a nod and Payal spoke - “ I agree jiju, bhai is too involved with work these days, the merger and stuff, he's been working too much, and its a pity, that he couldn't join us for this vacation…”



Shyam - “ hmmmm, i agree..”,and he looked at Akash as he asked - “ tell me something Akash, Khushi has just shifted into the AR facility for work right??”



Akash nodded - “ yup jiju, because wen combined the design facilities under our premises…its just easier that way…”



Shyam looked at Anjali as he smiled - “ ok guys, iv come to a conclusion after a lot of thinking, although I have never meddled with my saale Saab's love life, but this time around i think we should do something…”



Anjali looked at Akash and they both asked Shyam confused - “ what do you mean??”



Payal - “ Jiju, do you have another alliance for him??”



Shyam grinned - “ kind off, but i need all of your’s help, i mean after we get back from this holiday, i want all off us to start playing cupid, and throw Arnav and Khushi together, at every opportunity we got…shes perfect for him, its just what he needs in his life….”



Anjali choked on her tea as she looked at her husband out off both amu****t and happiness as she asked - “ you want to play cupid between Arnav and Khushi??”



Shyam nodded as he asked - “ why not?? you like Khushi don't you??shes like my little sister now, i strongly feel that she and Arnav will make a great pair, i mean yes they are poles apart, but if we get them together, they’ll be the perfect match..”



Anjali smiled and then she winked at Akash  - “ i love her…come to think off it, why didn't i think off this earlier??”



Payal squealed in delight - “ ohh i love this….im sure Zoya will too once i tell her…i wish we didn't have to wait until we were back to start this mission…”



Shyam nodded - “ yeah, but we have to since Arnav isn't with us, or else this Holiday would be more fun, come to think off it, i haven't played cupid in a long time…i would have found every opportunity on the vacation, and shoved Khushi by Arnav’s side,im sure that would have worked…”



Payal nodded - “ yeah, they are kind off very formal around each other, that would have helped jiju, only if Bhai would be joining us…”



Shyam looked at Anjali and Akash and he spoke - “and i need you two to keep mum about our plan, i know its difficult for you two to keep things from arnav, but this time for his sake, please??



Anjali and Akash nodded as they spoke in unison - “ofcourse,anything for him…” and then they grinned at each other mischeviously, for ofcourse they were aware of the truth, and so they just stayed silent and listened to their partner’s planning about getting the already very close Arnav- Khushi, closer.



It definitely was very amusing.



……………….





Khushi looked at her phone dejected, as she sat back on the chair, why wasn't Arnav picking up her calls?? She had just about 20 minutes left until boarding began, and she had been hoping to spend that time talking to him, because she was going to miss him so much for these two weeks whilst being away.



Right then her phone beeped.



Arnav : I am in a meeting.



Ofcourse, it was a working day, he would probably be really busy right now, and so she took a deep breathe as she quickly replied.



Khushi : No worries,I have 30 minutes until boarding.Call me if you get free before that.I already miss you so much, cannot believe i will not see you for the next two weeks.



Her phone beeped immediately.



Arnav : Give me 5 minutes.



Khushi smiled to herself, and she put her phone back in her bag, and walked back towards the table, where everyone had been sitting.



……………..



Arnav made his way towards the lounge where he knew Khushi and his family was waiting.They had 15 minutes until boarding started, and now would be the apt time to join them and surprise everyone.



He smiled to himself, he couldn't wait to see the expression on Khushi’s face.



Right then his phone beeped.It was his sister.



Anjali di : Where are you? I have something very amusing to tell you.Your jiju and Payal are very keen on how we all must play cupid between you and Khushi,and get the two of you together at every opportunity.Im just giving you a headsup,but act a little surprised when they try to do so during the trip.Ok??



He smiled to himself, this was a very good peice of information, it immediately relaxed his nerves, because he didn't have to now look for excuses to find time with Khushi whilst they were in London with everyone.He was now sure, that his family would do that for him.Strange though, how sometimes Life gives you exactly what you need.



He entered through the business class lounge and he spotted everyone immediately, they were all busy talking and Khushi was laughing about something payal had just said.He walked over quickly luckily, he hadn't been spotted yet, and once he was close, he took a deep breathe as he started to walk up behind Khushi’s chair and he spoke in a casual tone - “ well, I'm glad that Aman is so efficeint,and that he could manage to get me the last ticket available on this flight…”



……………..



Khushi felt her insides freezes she heard that voice, and she disregarded it in her head, she was going crazy for sure, maybe missing him so much was making her imagine his voice, didn't he just say that he was in a meeting, so how could he be here??



But as she saw Shyam jiju,and Payal get up in surprise as they walked over behind her, and she heard Shyam jiju,ask - “ Arnav?? how come you are here??”



Khushi sat frozen, waiting to listen, could it be really him??



She heard his voice - “ Jiju, work came up, i have to attend this conference in Zurich,three days from now, and also something came up at AR London, was last minute, lucky Aman got the ticket last night…”



She slowly turned in her seat, and when she finally registered in the sight off him, really being there, she felt her insides jump in happiness, but she had to mask her emotions, but she was sure, he could read every bit off her expression as their eyes locked.



Right then their boarding was announced, and Shyam looked at Payal,Anjali , Akash and he spoke - well, I'm glad that you are here Arnav, now cmon lets go, its time for boarding…”,and he gestured everyone to walk ahead.



Anjali grinned at him and she nodded, and everyone started to make their way out, and she cast a glance backwards, she could still see the array of emotions on Khushi’s face as she sat glued to her seat, and she smiled to herself,and walked ahead.



Khushi didn't break the eye lock as she continued to look into his intense eyes, and she was very suprised as too how everyone had left them alone behind and walked ahead, and she saw him finally take a seat next to her, as he held her hand gently and she finally grinned as she asked Arnav - “ there is no work in AR London is there??”



Arnav grinned as he clutched her hand - “ of course not…”



Khushi nodded to herself as she looked at him - “and there’s obviously no conference in Zurich…”



Arnav smiled - “ well to be honest there is, but i have no plans on attending it, but i have to have something to cover up, for Asad..”

Khushi nodded - “ ok, and you plan to come with me to Interlaken??”



Arnav grinned - “ ofcourse, i am coming with you..”



Khushi looked at him amused - “ why did you have to make me believe otherwise for so many days??”



Arnav chuckled as he held her hand - “well, and miss this expression on your face?? no way…i haven't got many opportunities to surprise you Khushi…”



Khushi clutched his hand as she spoke - “ thank you, I'm very happy…”



Arnav grinned - “me too, now cmon lets go, and from what di told me I'm sure, they are going to make us sit next to each other, I'm go glad i don't have to fish for excuses to spend time with you…”



Khushi got up, but she looked at him confused - “ what do you mean??”



Arnav looked at her and he grinned - “ so jiju and Payal are very keen on playing cupid in between off us…he thinks you are exactly what i need in my life…”



Khushi was surprised and she asked - “ what????”



Arnav smiled and he showed Khushi his sisters message and Khushi smiled as she looked at it and she spoke - “ di knew about this suprise…”



Arnav nodded - “ ofcourse, both Akash and di knew…”



Khushi grinned - “ and work?? Bhaijaan isn't here too…”

Arnav - “ well its all sorted, don't worry…”



Khushi grinned - “ well good, and i cant believe how they plan to play cupid in between off us, its amusing…”



Arnav smiled - “ it is surely, but good for us, makes it a lot easier for us now…”



Khushi grinned - “ yeahhhh…”



Arnav smiled as he said - “ only if they knew, that what they now realise, is what a part of me had somewhere deep down realised a long time ago…”



Khushi looked at him confused - “ realise what??”



Arnav smiled as his eyes locked with Khushi - “ that you are exactly what i need in my Life Khushi…infact you are the only thing i need in my Life, Khushi…”



Khushi smiled, the happiness that they both were feeling inside, shone on their faces.



That was the thing about love perhaps, it could warm up your heart in the ways, you probably could never imagine.



……………………………



Boston - 2.00 AM



Asad twisted in bed, in the hotel room, and even though he was feeling a little tired he still couldn't get any sleep. They had reached Boston yesterday night, and the discomfort hadn't let him sleep.



He had gotten to know everything about Abir, from Yana,everything that she knew ofcourse, and she had also told him about their history, and it kinda was disheartening to know that Yana And Abir’s love had been ill fated, and that Yana had moved on to marry another.



That was why the discomfort had been troubling him, there were love stories in the world, probably a lot of them that were left incompleted, that were fated to be apart, could it be that his and Zoya’s had a ill fate similar to that??



Could it be that, it was this destined to be apart fate that had been at play here??That it was their fate that had separated them?? He had spent the whole night yesterday , twisting and turning in bed, wondering the same, too scared to accept the fact that stood in his face, too shaken to accept the fact that he and Zoya weren't destined to be.



Then all of today, he had spent buried in work, and over lunch and Dinner, he had again tried to get every remaining information about Abir, from Yana, he knew it was hard for her, but because she was a good friend, she was being cool and calm about this.He definitely had to thank her for this.



And today, for the second night in Boston, he couldn't again sleep, because now the discomfort and insecurity had come back and it had everything to do with the fact that there was a truth that stood right in his face.



Zoya probably hated him.

She could never forgive him, for annulling their marriage.

She had distanced herself from him greatly.

She had made no conversation with him despite his efforts for a long time.

Could it be that she really didn't want him to be a part of her life anymore??

Could it be that, he had been holding onto a misunderstanding in his heart and mind??



Could it be that this Abir’s charm had been working its way on her??



Was there a possibility that he had no chance with Zoya again??



He shivered at that thought.



He sat up in bed, and drank another glass of water down and he picked up his phone, he couldn't talk to Khushi, because she was on the flight right now, with the Raizada’s and he was also glad that Arnav was going to attend the conference in Zurich, it would be good for their work, and  Arnav had messaged him earlier that he would be joining everyone and be in London for a couple of days, and then fly down to Zurich,for the conference.Maybe, he could ask Arnav to visit Zoya in Interlaken, and assess the situation with regards to this Abir guy, he knew Khushi was going to be there too, he could also ask her for help, but he would need Zoya’s big brother to threaten Abir to stay miles away from his sister.Yes, this seemed good.It was the right thing to do, until he figured it out.



He had surely made up his mind to go to Interlaken, as soon as his work in Boston was done, because he had to see Zoya for himself now, he had to see the way she looked at Abir.If there was tiniest bit chance that she was interested in him,her eyes would give her away and he also had to see Abir for himself, to judge what that guy on his mind, what was he thinking spending all of his time with Zoya.But there were still 8 days to that, so he had to ask Khushi and Arnav to help him a little here.It was a good thing that Arnav was very cordial to his sister, and they had become friends over the past couple of months,so it would be ok to ask them to team up together for him and knock some serious sense into Zoya.

She had to realise that they couldn't let fate win here, they had to re-write their story, their way, and she had to let him back in her life, for that.



He looked at his watch, Switzerland was 6 hours ahead of Boston, which meant it would be 8.15 am according to Zoya’s time, and since she had respondedd to him day before around the same time, he assumed she had a little free time around this time ,and so he took a deep breathe, and he opened his whatsapp,and he wrote down a message.



……………..



Interlaken - 815 AM



Zoya sat on the bench in the locker room ,after her aqua therapy session, deep in thought, ever since she had found out that there was a woman accompanying Asad, on his trip, she had been feeling very uncomfortable about it, and even though she wanted this, it really was getting difficult to accept the scenarios her mind was conjuring up.And she had been expecting Asad, to message her more frequently now that he was in Boston, deep down a part of her desperately wanted to hear from him, she wanted him to tell her about what he was feeling being back in a place, which held so many of their memories, but he had only messaged her once, informing her that he had landed, and at that time, as usual, her mind had won and not let her message him back, but ever since then she had felt her discomfort arise. 



She really was keen to know how this Yana looked.



She was deep in thought, and she changed and made her way out to the cafe for breakfast, she wasn't up for a big appetitle, for whatever left off her hunger had anyway diminsihed, in the last two days, but she quickly ordered herself bagel and chesse,and her usual coffe,and took the seat on her usual table, she had 25 minutes before her next session.



It was right then her phone beeped.



She felt her insides jump in happiness, because it was Asad.



And she quickly opened her whatsapp.



Asad : I hear that your new friend Abir, has the charm that could even melt ice.Is it true??



Ok, so this was weird, what would make Asad,say something like this now?? after all this while, she knew Khushi had told him about her friendship with Abir,a long time ago, and since he had never mentioned anything in his messages, she had just assumed that it wasn't important to him, so she had just shrugged it off.Why was he messaging her something like this?? and why now??



She quickly typed back, checking the time in Boston.



Zoya : You have turned into a owl Asad.Its 220 am in Boston, Why aren't you asleep??



Her phone beeped quickly. He was online.



Asad : I have no interest in discussing my sleeping schedule with you, right now.You haven't answered my question?



Zoya quickly typed : About Abir?



Asad : Yes



Zoya : Well, its true, he’s indeed very charming.Has Khushi been talking to you about him??

Asad : You have been talking to Khushi about how charming Abir is??



Zoya : Ofcourse,why wouldn't I?? he makes me laugh, he makes me happy Asad.Hes been a good support to me here.I tell Khushi everything remember.But what interests me is your sudden interrogation.Whats up with you?? 

…..



Asad looked at his screen in disbelief.What did she mean by that?? Why would she be talking to Khushi bout how charming this man was, and why hadn't Khushi told him any off this??He made a mental note to question his sister once she had landed in London.



He looked at her message again.He makes me laugh Asad, he makes me happy,hes been a good support.What the freaking hell was this supposed to mean now??



He took a deep breathe as he typed.



Asad : Give me one reason, why this stranger is allowed to be a part of your life, whilst you’v banished me out of your’s.Why cant you get yourself to forgive me Zoya??



His phone beeped immediately.



Zoya : I have no idea whats ups with you.But You have no right to question me, when you yourself are so busy making new friends.



He smiled as he read that.Was Zoya jealous that Yana was accompanying him on this trip??



Asad : Are you talking about Yana??She is just a friend and a business asscoaite,Zoya.



Zoya : Whatever, I don't care. Please don't message me.



He took a deep breathe as he wrote : Being here, reminds me of everything that was Zoya.We had a beautiful time here, didn't we Zoya??Do you know, i have been thinking about you ever since I landed.



His phone beeped.



Zoya : really?? thats strange, I thought you would be too preoccupied with your company.



Asad smirked as he read that.She was jealous, so jealous, and as much as he wanted to tease her further, he couldn’t,he didn't have the heart to inflict more misery on her and so he wrote his reply getting straight to the point.



……………



Zoya’s phone beeped immediately, and she felt her insides shiver as she read what he had written.



Asad : Get this in your head, once and for all,Yana is my friend, thats all.I don't like her in any other way. You are the only one I pray for everyday You are the only one, i long for. You are the only one, I yearn for.You are the one, I have truly loved, and continue to Love,Zoya.So even if you plan to sentence me to this banishment forever, I will still be standing as you left me - truly, madly, and deeply in love with you.



Her insides churned in conflict and discomfort ruled her still, but what if this woman liked Asad??



Before she could think of a reply to him, her phone beeped again.

Asad : I hate that you’v been talking to Khushi about Abir. Last i remembered, i used to be a part of your conversations too, once upon a time.But I can see that has changed.Do you Like Abir?



Zoya felt her insides chrun, her heart wanted to tell him straight away that Abir was only a friend, but her mind made her want to convey otherwise, but that would hurt Asad so much more, and somehow she didn't have the heart to hurt him this way, so she decided to leave that un -answered,as she wrote.



Zoya : Like i said he makes me happy. I don't need to explain myself further.And maybe you should give up on me too, and focus on this new person in your life.



Her phone beeped after two minutes.



Asad : Your friend would be a better person to tell you all about who Yana is? Why don't you ask him??



She looked at his message confused, and she wrote : What do you mean??



Asad : Ask your friend Abir who Yana Mehra is.And message me, if you want to after.Goodnight Zoya,have a nice day.



Zoya looked at her phone confused, what did Asad mean??She didn't reply to him.



How would Abir know, who this Yana is??



She quickly texted Abir, to meet up with her for lunch, and then she made her way to her session, very confused, and deep in thought, but a part of her trechourous heart couldn't help but rejoice over the warmth that it was feeling over what Asad had written.

She had no idea, how could he love her this way??Even after everything she had done, how could he still love her??



……………………



Interlaken  - 1.00 PM



Abir waved his hand in front of Zoya’s dazed face as he asked with a grin - “ ok, so now that I am finally here, will you get talking please. I cancelled a lunch meeting for this, Zoya,and now if you are going to be so dazed, its just going to make me more curious, which i really am…”



Zoya broke from her chain off thought as she spoke, giving him a small smile - “well, I'm sorry, if you had a business meeting you could have just said so, and we could have caught up in the evening…”



Abir grinned - “well, I'm not complaining , am I?? so don't worry, whats up??pls tell me you have finally decided to end this game of misery in between you and Asad, tell me you had a change of heart in the last two days…”



Zoya smiled - “Well, it isn't about me right now, I want to talk about you…”



Abir looked at her confused - “ about me??? what about me??”



Zoya ate a bite of her chicken as she asked looking at him, getting straight to the point - “ you wouldn't know anyone named Yana Mehra by any chance now, would you??”



Abir, felt his insides freezers if everything had just come to a halt, and he felt his heartbeats fasten as he heard that name, the name he hadn't heard in forever, and he looked at Zoya shocked and stunned, and he was sure she caught that expression on his face and he heard her ask again , softly this time - “ who is Yana Mehra, Abir??”



Abir took a deep breath and he looked at her confused - “ why do you ask??”



Zoya took a deep breathe as she spoke - “ well, I'm curious, and that expression on your face gives you away, Iv never seen you this pale, who is she??”



Abir took a deep breathe and he shrugged taking a bite off his chicken steak - “ well, yeah i used to know her, once upon a time, she was with me in Babson, but what about her??”



Zoya looked at him and she asked straight up - “ Is she pretty??”



Abir shot her a confused look - “whats up with you??but to answer you, yes she's very pretty, she's gorgeous…”,he answered as a image of Yana came to his mind, and he paused as he spoke - “ at least she used to be, i have no clue off where she is for years now…”



Zoya looked at him, folding her arms on her table - “ what aren't you telling me??”



Abir groaned, ok, so Zoya had also become very good at reading him, and so he just looked at her as he took a deep breathe as he spoke - “ remember, i told you, how i used to be in love with someone, but i messed up big time??”



Zoya nodded - “ yeah….”



Abir took a deep breathe - “ well,it was her.Yana, we were together for a while, in the past Zoya…but it was the past, but I'm confused, as to why you are asking me any off this now?? i mean, i did tell you she is married now…and how do you know her anyway??”



Zoya felt her eyes widen in surprise and shock and she asked - “ you were in love with Yana??”



Abir nodded - “ yes, Zoya, i was very much in love with her…but like i said, its the past…”



Zoya looked at him as she asked - “ are you sure, you still aren’t?? i mean, it all fits, you barely got into a serious relationship after her, and you keep dodging your parents overtime they bring up marriage…are you sure, you aren't in love with her Abir??”



Abir sighed, it seemed like Zoya had seen right through him, and touched that chord deep inside and he spoke ,as he resumed to eat and he gestured her to eat ,and she began, and he spoke - “ Maybe , i will always love her, theres a part of my heart that just cannot let go, even though i know she is happily married, i just cant seem to let go, because i was the happiest in my life, when i was with her, until i ruined everything of course, and as much as it seems sane to move on, i can’t, I honestly can only think off Yana and Love in one sentence, if i ever marry in the future, it'll just be out of a formality or maybe for companionship, i may not ever love anyone again, like i have loved Yana…”



Zoya ofcourse, was already aware of the backstory, of how Abir had been insanely in love with someone, but had realised its true value and importance only after he had messed it all up and lost her, but now that she knew who it really was, she understood what Asad,meant by, his-message-me-after-if-you want-too. Asda surely knew everything from Yana, and she couldn't really comprehend this twist of fate right, when she heard Abir ask - “will you please break the suspense now?? how come you heard off her?? I never mentioned her name”



Zoya looked at him, and she took a deep breathe as she spoke, not wanting to fully reveal the truth to him just yet, she had to think this through - “well,Khushi told me…as in when she was adding her on facebook,she saw you in the common friends list…”



Abir - “ really??? Khushi knows Yana?? How??”



Zoya took a deep breathe - “ well she started work with us a couple of months ago…shes moved back to India now…from Boston, she had settled there after her wedding…but now she's back in Delhi…”



Abir could only nod,dazed, because if what he was feeling inside, it had been years since he had last heard anything about her, but he shrugged carelessly not wanting to hear more about her settled married life, because the pain that he had buried deep inside was already starting to make its way up ,and so he spoke - “ well, good for her…”



Zoya looked at him as she spoke softly - “ wont you ask why she moved back to India??”



Abir shrugged - “ its for the best if i don't ask Zoya, i don't want to have my insides burning for months again, listening to her happily ever after…”



Zoya spoke softly - “ then maybe its for the best that you know, that her life has been anything but a happily ever after…”



Abir felt his insides flip in worry and concern as he asked - “ what do you mean??”



Zoya took a deep breathe - “Well, from what Khushi told me, she moved back, because she divorced her husband…”



Abir - “ what???????????”



Zoya nodded - “ yup, and right now,she is in Boston with Asad for a business trip…”



Abir processed the information - “ what what what???”



Zoya took a deep breathe as she asked - “ do you want to meet her???”



Abir looked at her too dazed - “ I don't know…maybe yes, maybe not…i mean i don't know if she would want to see me…”



Zoya smiled - “ for the first time ever I'm seeing you dazed Abir, i can clearly understand, that you want to meet her…”



Abir smiled - “Well you have learnt to read me well,Zoya…ofcourse i want to meet her, i mean its a chance i want to take….”



Zoya grinned - “ you do know, i can ask Khushi to ask Asad to have her come here…he will be able to make up something…im sure…”



Abir grinned - “ tell me how do i thank you haan??”



Zoya laughed as she spoke - “well, you don't need to….”



Abir smiled, of course he had to thank Zoya for this,and he had a perfect way too.



…………………….



6.00 PM



Zoya put the book she was reading aside,and she looked out the window out, and she finally picked up her phone, checking the time.It would now be Noon in Boston, and she took a deep breathe as she opened her whatsapp,and she wrote down a message for Asad.



Zoya : Abir is a good friend Asad.He makes me smile, he makes me laugh, I like him ofcourse, but only as a friend.



Her phone beeped immediately.



Asad : I had my insides burning until now, in aniticipation and anxiety waiting for you to answer that. For a second, i was scared the hell out of my mind, because i feared that whilst i suffer in this banishment, this Abir Raichand, would whisk you off your feet with his charm.



Zoya smiled to herself,as she read that.



Zoya : So you know all about Abir’s charm from Yana,she would know ofcourse, since they had been in love, in the past.And is that jealousy that I can sense in your words??



Asad : Yes,she did tell me all about him.And ofcourse, I'm jealous, and I was uncomfortable, because as much as i want to thank him for being a friend to you.I hate the fact that he gets to be there for you, and i dont.



Zoya : Asad, please, lets not go there.



Asad : Why don't you admit that you were jealous and uncomfortable from the minute i mentioned Yana to you??



Zoya looked at her phone in disbelief and she quickly wrote : Who said i was??I don't care Asad, you are free to do whatever you want.



Asad : you don't need to say it.I know you were.Just like I was.Why do you want to continue being blind to the fact that the love we shared, still happened to beat in our hearts.Tell me Zoya, have you been able to get rid off the marks iv left on you, off both love and pain??



Zoya took a deep breathe and as much as she wanted to tell him the truth she wrote : I will not answer that.But i do have something else to discuss with you, and i will, only if you promise to not talk about you and me.



Asad : What is it?



Zoya : This situation between Yana and Abir. She's divorced right?



Asad : Yes, she didn't say it, but i can guess that she could never love anyone like she loved Abir.



Zoya : really?? you happen to know her well.



Asad : Damm right, and you say you aren't jealous.Anyways, i know because I can sense because I'm in the same situation right now.



Zoya : What do you mean??



Asad : Im not sure, if you want me to answer that Zoya.



Zoya : Yeah right.I don't want you too.Anyway, Abir wants to meet Yana,and he's been such a good friend to me, its the least I can do.

Asad : yeah, i understand, Yana has been a great friend, and its sad to see her loose all her hopes.What do you suggest?



Zoya : Can you find a way to send her here??



Asad : Are you suggesting that we take up the responsibility off playing cupid for our friends??



Zoya : Yeah, kind off.



Asad : Ok, good. My lunch is over.I will message you later.



Zoya : Ok.



Zoya scrolled her screen, and re-read the conversation and she smiled to herself, and although this want a good news to her mind, her heart was jumping in joy, finally she had a way out of being in touch with Asad without feeling too guilty about it.



She told herself again, this wasn't for herself.This was for Yana and Abir,and after all that Abir had done for her in the past couple of months, this would be the best way to thank him.



……………………………



London - 9.00 PM

Khushi looked at Arnav as they finished eating, and Arnav gestured the steward to get the cheque and his eyes locked with Khushi as he looked at her and she held his hand across the table - “ i still remember, how you got so annoyed with me here, the last time we were here, because i asked my friends to join us…”



Arnav smiled at the memory in reference - “and i was mad because, i couldn't believe you had asked them too, on what i had assumed was our date…Khushi…”



Khushi smiled - “ i remember very well….”,and she held his hand as she whispered - “ thank you…”



Arnav smiled - “ for what??”



Khushi - “ for bringing me here for dinner, i mean its good to revisit the places that holds memories off us…”



Arnav grinned - “ that is the plan,my love..”



Khushi grinned - “ well that sounds amazing from you too, say it again…”



Arnav chuckled - “ My love…”



Right then the steward came and he settled the cheque, and he then held Khushi’s hand, and walked out, and as they got in the cab, she snuggled up, closer into him, and she spoke - “ this situation of everyone wanting to play Cupid in between of us is really helping us right??”



Arnav kissed her hand - “ ofcourse…”.Ever since they had landed, six hours before, his jiju had made sure, he suggested, Khushi riding with Arnav in the same cabs they went to the hotel to check in, then when he had mentioned about dinner with Andy, Anjali di, had immediately mentioned, that Andy had messaged how he wanted to see Khushi as well.He knew that would happen, and thats why he had said so.



Everything was working according to the plan, and of course the plan was to get Khushi to be with him, without anyone suspecting, so it was all in their favour,ofcourse Andy wasn't joining them for dinner, he had a brief meeting scheduled for tomorrow at the office.So he was really enjoying this time with Khushi.



Anjali di, Shyam jiju, Akash and Payal had stayed back at the hotel itself for dinner,because they wanted to relax a little, they did have a tied up itenary planned for the rest of the holiday which was going to be hectic ofcourse.



Arnav played with Khushi’s hands and he spoke - “come to think off it, now i feel that when we actually tell everyone about us, it wouldn't be much off a shock to anyone…”



Khushi nodded - “yes, except to bhaijaan offcourse…he will be shocked surely…”



Arnav sighed - “ honestly speaking, his reaction is the only thing I'm worried about…”



Khushi rubbed his arm to comfort him - “ theres nothing to worry, he will be shocked, because we are as different as chalk and cheese, thats all, he isn't going to disapprove off us…”



Arnav smiled as he kissed her cheek - “ yeah maybe, i would like to see his reaction once i tell him, that the woman i have been madly in love with is none other than his little sister…”



Khushi grinned - “ i have several times imagined a lot off different expressions on his face..”



Arnav nodded - “me too, and to be honest when Asad barged into Shantivan like he had, announcing Zoya as his wife, it sent me into such a shock…but that was because the situation then was different…but i knew deep down even then, that no one could be a better match for Zoya, than Asad…”,and he paused, as he spoke with a sigh - “ i just hope we can knock come serious sense into Zoya…”



Khushi nodded - “ I'm sure, we will….”



And right then the cab came to a halt and Khushi looked outside and she asked turning to him surprised - “ what are we doing outside my apartment building??”



Arnav grinned - “Well, didn't i tell you we were revisiting all our memories?? do you think i would have forgotten about the place which holds most of them haan??”



Khushi grinned, as she looked out, and Arnav held her hand and pulled her out with him.



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On the Terrace



Arnav hugged Khushi from behind and she leaned back into him and he kissed her forehead lovingly as he spoke - “ I had called the manager earlier, with both your and Zoya’s apartment’s are now rented out, so i couldn't get us to get in there, but i did tell him that we would visit for a short while…”



Khushi turned to him as she laced her arms around his neck - “and you planned everything right under my nose, i cannot believe I didn't sniff it..”



Arnav pinched her nose lovingly as he spoke - “ well thats because, I'm just good at planning suprises…”



Khushi eyed him - “really??? are you??”



Arnav smiled - “ yes I am, and thats for me to hide, and you to find out…”



Khushi grinned and Arnav held her hand and made her sit on the sunbed and he spoke softly - “should i tell you  a secret??”



Khushi nodded - “ yeah tell me…”



Arnav - “ remember the night when we were here, and we talked, and then we slept on this sunbed,and then when i woke up in the morning, you weren't next to me…??”



Khushi nodded,ofcourse she remembered the memory - “yes, ofcourse…”



Arnav looked into her eyes - “ well, to be honest, that was the first time i dreamed about you telling me that you were in love with me…??”



Khushi was now inrtigued as she asked - “ really????what was your dream about??”



Arnav nodded - “ well it was about how were telling me how deeply you felt for me, how you wanted to gather all your guts and wait for the day when you would actually be able to tell me how deeply you were in love with me…and then i woke up, and i didn't find you next to me, and i didn't like that at all, and then when i saw you walk back, i had felt relief like i had never felt before, and you know what i thought all of the day, everytime you mentioned that you wanted to talk something, even after the dinner party at AR, i only thought, that you were going to tell me that you loved me, and i had been wondering what i would say back to you…because i hadn't known then that i was in love with you too, and not just that i couldn't even believe that you would love me, because i was so crooked and complicated to love, maybe I still am…”

Khushi cupped his face gently and bent forward and took his lips in for a passionate kiss, and she broke apart a few minutes later a she spoke softly , looking into his eyes - “ want to know  a secret??”



Arnav rubbed her cheek tenderly as he whispered huskily - “ ofcourse…”



Khushi brushed his hair tenderly as she spoke - “well, you didn't actually dream it Arnav, that was the first time i actually said that aloud to a sleeping you, i mean i thought you were sleeping, that was the first time, i told you that I was in love with you….”



Arnav looked at her and he felt his lips curve into a smile - “you mean i didnt dream it??”



Khushi grinned - “ Nope, you didnt, it actually happened for real…”,and she paused as she spoke - “ but you know back then when i wanted to talk to you, i first wanted to tell you about who i was…”



Arnav immediately kept a hand over her lips - “ I was such a idiot…wasnt I?? Im so sorry Khushi, for everything i have done to hurt you, in the past…i really am…”



Khushi kept a hand over his lips - “ really are you?? then don't mention it ever again, we promised remember??”



Arnav nodded and he hugged her - “ I love you so much…”



Khushi hugged him - “ I love you too…”



And because he wanted to go with the flow of his emotion right now, Arnav immediately kneed down in front off her as he spoke, with emotion in his voice - “Marry me Khushi???I know this isnt how it happens traditionally, and i should have had a ring with me, which I don't and I probably should have planned well in advance, for this is the moment we would remember all our lives, but I'm going with the flow of my emotion here, for you have made me believe that the best moments in our lives, cannot be planned, one just has to listen to the heart, and as we are revisiting our memories here, it just makes it the perfect way to leave this place, with a promise off our future, I want you to know that I love you with all my heart, always have in my own crooked and complicated ways, and i always will, i will make sure that a tear never leaves your eye ever again, I will always cherish you, treasure you and love you with all my heart, as long as i Live Khushi”,and he paused, because he saw Khushi’s eyes well up with emotion and he asked softly - “ will you do me the honour of being my wife, Khushi??”



Khushi immediately kneeled down in front of him as she hugged him to herself - “ ofcourse, i will….”,and she immediately pulled back and she felt him wipe her tears as she spoke softly - “ I'm in love with your surprises today…”



Arnav looked at her and he cupped her face as he spoke - “you make me the happiest man on this planet Khushi, thank you for being with me….”,and he helped her sit back on the bed, and he sat next to her, and he kissed her hand, where he should have placed a ring right now and he spoke softly - “ i should have had a ring to put on your finger right now Khushi…”



Khushi immediately cupped his face as she made him look into her eyes - “ does it matter?? I don't even care, for I'm already yours in every way…and i don't need a ring to seal a promise, all i need is you….”,and before she knew it he kissed her with such passion that it shook her being and she broke apart a few heated minutes later as she paused as she winked - “ i would have asked you to marry me, btw, just so you know, the minute i saw you in front of me today, at the airport, i had thought i would ask you too, in Interlaken…”



Arnav grinned - “ really????”



Khushi nodded - “ yup…”



Arnav cupped her face - “ then I'm so glad i went with my heart here, for i couldn't have you win over me on both accounts, in regards to the confession of love and the proposal  …”



Khushi chuckled - “ Arnav Singh Raizada, I know you have a competitive spirit, but i dint know we were running a race here with each other…”



Arnav smiled as he hugged her - “ of course we are, and i can easily say that its a race we would both win anyway, it doesn't matter who reaches the finish line first, you or me, the victory would still be ours…wouldnt it??”



Khushi pulled back as she chuckled - “ thats a excellent point you make here, Mr Raizada…”



Arnav cupped her face gently and he pushed her back on the sun bed as he kissed her mindlessly again, and she started to respond to him and right then her phone rang, brining them out of the heated moment and they both laughed looking at each other and Khushi spoke in between her giggles - “ we are revisiting memoriess, how could our Fate fall behind, remember how my phone had disrupted our moment back then too…”



Arnav grinned - “ ofcourse, dont they always….”



Khushi spoke to Payal for a few minutes and she put the phone back in her pocket as she spoke - “ she was asking if we were back yet…cmon lets go…”



Arnav nodded, and he got up, and Khushi look around once again, framing the place and the moment in her head and she felt Arnav hug her from behind as he whispered in her ear - “ promise me one thing will you please??”



Khushi clutched his hands over hers as she looked back at him and their eyes locked - “ anything…”



Arnav looked into her eyes - “promise me that next time i have you alone with me, you will switch your damm phone off…”



Khushi shivered - “ really?? and why would i do that??”



Arnav looked into her eyes - “ well i don't trust your phone you see, actually nor do i trust mine, so its Better we have them bothout of the way for good,so that i don't have to worry about them rininging,when I finally make love to you…”



Khushi shivered and she gathered all her guts as she asked looking into her eyes - “ are you implying that the next time we are alone, you are going to make love to me??”



Arnav was sure that she was shivering because of the intensity of his eyes and he bent forward and kissed her softly on the lips as he whispered huskily - “ id probably have to wait until i reach Interlaken for that, but yes, thats what Im implying, for I have been waiting for what seems like ages now, to have you melt in my arms….”



Khushi blushed furiously and before she could say anything, he sealed her lips with another passionate kiss and they broke apart a few minutes later, and then made their way down ,and when they were in the elevator, Khushi giggled ,and Arnav looked at her and she spoke - “ only if they knew, we don't need anybody playing cupid for us…”



Arnav smiled as he kissed her nose, and he spoke looking into her eyes - “ only if they knew, that we’v already been hit by that arrow of Love, a long time ago…”



Khushi looked into his eyes - “ come to think of it, when do you think the cupid’s arrow first struck us??”



Arnav - “ i think it struck me the first time you landed in my arms, when i pulled you back from that speeding car..and then it just started making its way deeper and deeper into my being after, but i think the first impact happened then…”



Khushi grinned - “ well thats a good thing, because that was when it struck me too….”



……………………….



Fate grinned as he said, looking at Destiny - “ oh who doesn't love playing cupid, I definitely do..”



Destiny smiled - “ well, don't we all??”



Love smiled as she winked at Fate - “ I hope, you aren't missing Misery much, she’s just stepped out for a while…”



Fate winked - “ well, i miss her ofcourse, i just hope she missed me too though…”, and he paused as he faked being deep in thought and then winked back - “ what do you think the odds are here?? do you guys think she has me on her mind, just like i have her on my mind all the time…”



And right then they all heard a gruff voice behind them - “ I dont guess, i think for sure that the odds aren't in your favour…Fate…”



They all turned to look at Hate,as he walked inside and placed  his work bag on his desk.



Yeah, just like the odds of you missing me are very low, thought Love to herself silently as she walked back to her desk.Love’s eyes locked with Hate and she felt her heart flip for a second, and she instructed herself to calm down, why didn't Hate break the eye lock like he usually did??



Fate rolled his eyes as he spoke - “ yeah right, of course you being your usual grumpy self, why cant you smile even after returning from a rejuvenating break…it isn't very hard you know, all you gotta do is flex your muscles around your mouth…”



Hate finally got himself to look away from Love as he spoke sitting back - “ very funny, thanks but I'm good…”



Destiny walked upto Hate as she saw him place out a few things from his bag, and she picked up a small box as she asked - “ whats this??”



Hate snatched it back from her hand as he said - “ none of your business, destiny, don't you have a lot of scripts to write…hann??”



Destiny shrugged - “ well, i do ofcourse…”,and she paused as she looked at Hate frown, and she smiled to herself as she spoke - “ oh we all missed you Hate…it isn't the same without you….”



Hate raised his eyebrows - “ really??”

Destiny smiled - “ofcourse…..”,and she walked away.



Hate got up, and he walked over to Love’s desk, shocking the daylights out of her mind, and she looked at him shocked as she asked softly - “ you have something to say to me??”



Hate placed the box on the desk, as he spoke getting to the point - “ i have something to ask surely?? what destiny just said, is it true?? was i missed??”



Love picked up the box - “ ofcourse, its true, we all missed you…”



Hate - “ did you miss me?”



Love looked at him ,and their eyes locked, and her heart flipped again, damm it, and she asked softly - “ are you sure you want me to answer that??”



Hate rolled eyes - “ i don't understand, why you have to go around talking in riddles, if i didn't want you to answer, i wouldn't have asked…”



Love sighed - “ yes, i missed you Hate…”



Hate nodded - “ good…”,and without saying another word, he walked back to his desk.



Love opened the box and she looked at a oval shaped crystal with the words - I thought off you, while I was away - Incribed on it.



She felt heartbeats fastened as she looked at Hate, who looked up from his phone briefly at her,and his lips curved into a small smile.



He could smile??Did Hate actually just smile at Love?? 

And what did this mean?? Did he miss her for real, while he was away??



Love smiled to herself, as she kept the box in her drawer, and then returned her attention to work, after stealing a glance at Hate.



He noticed it ofcourse, he very well noticed how Love had just stolen a glance at him.Hate instructed his heartbeats to stop fluttering, and returned his attention to his phone, fighting the inner turmoil, between his mind, and his new found organ beating in the middle of the chest. He had just discovered its existence, because of the wound that now marked his heart, he couldn't beleive that it had happened, but he could no longer deny the fact that, the dammed mischevious arrow from the Cupid’s Bow, had finally hit a nail in his heart for real, this time around.



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Jul 24

Update - Chapter 44 - A Step Closer Into You - 24 July,2017 - New (By Arnavkhushi1) (Thanked: 21 times)

Hey guys,

So sorry for the delay in the update, I wasn't keeping well.

Thank you for all the love and the patience.

here is the Update, hope you enjoy it..waiting to know what you all think..:)

Much Love

Prachi

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Chapter 44 - A Step Closer Into You



At Times,You seem so far away

And At Times, I find you standing right next to me 

It maybe a dream, i never want to wake up from

For its something I want to hold onto Close

And I know that in my heart, I will never be apart from you.

Strange though, even though reality screams otherwise, my heart always end up taking that one step, closer into you.



……………….



Two Days Later



Arnav waited for Khushi to return from the washroom, and in the meanwhile, he stowed up their luggage on the trolley.They had just landed in Zurich,and would be on their way to Interlaken soon.He finished picking up the luggage and right then his phone rang and he saw Asad’s name flashing on the screen he picked upland before he could say anything he heard Asda speak - “ Khushi wasn't picking up her phone, so I thought ill check with you that all’s well..”



Arnav smiled to himself, the big brother mode was on in Asad’s voice.He cleared his throat as he spoke - “ Yes, Asad, all is well, we just landed, you have absolutely nothing to worry, Khushi didn't pick up your call probably because she's freshening up…”



Asad - “ Ohk, ask her to call me once she's in the cab ok??”



Arnav sensed thats oemthing was off in his voice so he asked - “ whats up with you??is everything ok??”



He heard Asad sigh on the other end as he spoke - “ well not exactly…”

Arnav - “ what happened?? Zoya’s been giving you a hard time i know, is this about that??”



Asad - “ well, no its just that Im just glad that Khushi left London just in time…”



Arnav - “ what do you mean??”



Asad - “ well although we decided to keep silent on Arhaan’s matter, but i asked Aman to ask a private investigator to keep a close watch on his travel, i wanted to know when he left Germany and where would he go, because its just better to be alert, and i just got to know that he landed in London, just when you guys were on the flight, it could be a coincidence for sure, because if he wanted to get in touch with Khushi, he would have landed the same time as her, but I was just worried…”



Arnav tried to control his own worry from reflecting in his voice as he spoke - “ it could be that he's come for work..but you are right, its a point of concern…”



Asad - “ look Arnav, i know this conference is really important to attend, but it isn't until tomorrow right, would you mind accompanying Khushi to Interlaken?? I mean I would just feel better that she isn't alone for a while…and i know you’v probably been very cordial to her, because off me and Zoya…”



Arnav tried too control his laugh at that, as he spoke straightening his voice - “ Asad realx, i know you are worried and Khushi is a good friend to me too, so don't worry, i will be with her and make sure that she reached Interlaken safely…ok??”



He heard Asad sigh with relief - “ thank you so much Arnav, i owe you this one…”

Arnav - “ yeah right, anyway, hows work coming along??”



Asad - “ good, and i want you to get a heads up from me before you meet Zoya, we’v been sort of communicating over texts for a couple of days now…”



Arnav smiled as he heard that - “ really???? thats awesome..come to think off it, now I wont have to drop a big brick on her head to get her to come back to her senses when i meet her…”



Asad - “well, it isn't about us though ,she doesn't talk about that, but its a development…”



Arnav asked confused- “ really?? then what??



Asad - “ well i should thank Yana and Abir for that…”



Arnav - “ huh??”



Asad - “well so it turns out by some weird twist of fate, that Yana and Abir used to be in love, and now Zoya wants to play cupid, in between them…you know since Abir has been such a good friend, she feel its the least she can do, and i kind off agree with her…”



Arnav - “ well, thats a very interesting peice of news Asad, well atlas you are communicating thats what matters…”



Asad - “ yeah, something is better than nothing..atleast,anyway i gotta go now, message me once you guys reach Interlaken…ok?”



Arnav - “ yeah…dont worry…”,and he hung up, and he felt his worry rise, thinking about Arhaan again, but he brushed it aside, for Asad was right, if he wanted to have anything to do with Khushi he would have landed in the same day as them, and it had been months since they had last heard off any thing from his side anyway, and right then he remembered how Khushi had been shaken with fear the last time he had Called her,so he decided to not let know Khushi about this development, and right then,he saw Khushi walking up towards him with a huge grin plastered on her face, and he smiled, for it was a sight he could never get enough off.He loved the sight off her walking towards him,because it had the power to warm his heart all over again, strange though how something as simple as that had the power to stir up so much emotion.



Khushi grinned as she spoke - “ sorry to keep you waiting long..”



Arnav smiled - “ do you hear me complaining??”



Khushi smiled as she laced her arm with Arnav’s and then placed her other hand on the trolley, helping him lead it out as she spoke - “ bhaijaan was calling, i should call him…”



Arnav nodded - “ yes you should, he called me…”



Khushi stopped in her tracks as she looked at Arnav skeptically, because his face had hardened a little -  “ what happened??”



Arnav shrugged - “ nothing to worry about khushi..”



Khushi raise her eyebrows - “ really?? You forgotten that i can read through you, what aren't you telling me??”



Arnav shrugged again, and started to push the trolley - “ nothing, like i said…”



Khushi held his hand and she looked into his eyes - “ no more secrets ever remember?? our promise??”

Arnav sighed - “ fine, when can i win from you, ill tell you as we get in the cab…”



Khushi smiled, as she laced her hand back into his and walked with him, and they got in the cab.



Few Minutes Later



Khushi snuggled closer into Arnav and she held his hand as he looked out of the window ,and she spoke softly - “ talk to me please…”



Arnav continued looking out as he spoke - “ Asad was worried, he especially asked me to be with you as in take you to Interlaken myself…”



Khushi smiled - “ well, thats just my fate playing cupid, and i love it totally…even bhaijaan is coincidentaly shoving us together…”,and she paused because she didn't see Arnav smile and she cupped his face and made him look at her as she asked - “ whats wrong??”



Arnav looked into her eyes as he spoke, worry dripping in his voice - “ he was worried, because he got to know that Arhaan just landed in London…”



Khushi’s eyes widened, as she asked - “ how does he know??”



Arnav looked at her as he spoke curtly - “ well, of course we have someone tracking his travel Khushi, we don't want him anywhere around you, or we might just forget what you asked off us…”



Khushi touched his hand gently - “ could be co-incidence, don't worry, its been months, i havent heard from him, don't worry na…and I'm being alert, you know that…”

Arnav tightend his arm around her, and he kissed her head— “ please be more alert…”



Khushi - “ i will be…”,and she kissed his hand as she smiled - “ but good no, now you wont have to explain to bhaijaan, he asked you to be my bodyguard for a while now…”



Arnav smiled - “ very funny….”,and he pinched her nose lovingly as he spoke - “ and oh just so you know, Zoya and Asda are planning to play cupid between Abir and Yana…”



Khushi’s eyes widened in surprise - “ whattttt???? What have i missed???”



Arnav filled in Khushi about everything Asad had told him, and Khushi smiled when he finished - “ wowwwww, thats some way of fate being smart here…you know what I'm sure, bhaijaan will come to Interlaken now…”



Arnav nodded - “ i think so too…and i just hope, Zoya is ready to be a little more reasonable now…”



Khushi - “ we will talk to her…”



Arnav - “ we have too, i don't want her to torture herself further…”



Khushi clutched his hand - “ don't worry, everything will be fine…”,and she kissed his hand lovingly.



Arnav smiled - “ you are the best to have happened to me Khushi, really, what would i do without you??”



Khushi - “ well you don't have to do without me, ever Mr Raizada…”



Arnav grinned - “ that is the plan Mrs Raizada to be…”,and he cupped her face and brushed her cheek tenderly - “ I'm finally going to get time to be with you without any worries, do you have any idea how long iv been waiting for??”



Khushi blushed as she hugged him - “ i know, because Iv been waiting too, right..??”



Arnav hugged her close, and he felt all his worry wash away, this situation with Arhaan was just a co-incidence,and he really had walked out of their lives for good, their really was nothing to worry about now.



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Interlaken - 200 PM



Zoya entered in her cottage, and she smiled to herself, she hadn't felt happier in forever, and that was all because she was finally going to be seeing Khushi and her brother after what now seemed forever, and she looked at her watch, they would be here in the next 30 minutes, and she couldn’t stop feeling excited about it.



Right then her phone beeped. It was Asad.



She quickly opened it as she read what he had written.



Asad : Iv asked Arnav to accompany Khushi to Interlaken.And Zoya do one thing for me please?? Be a little alert about the people around you.



Ok, so this was weird, because Zoya knew that her brother was anyway coming along with Khushi, he had surprised her, and she also knew that Asad wasn't supposed to know about his trip to Interlaken, until four days later after the conference, and moreso, she was curious to know why Asad asked her brother to accompany Khushi, so she quickly wrote a reply.



Zoya : Why should i be alert? the people here are harmless.Is there something you aren't telling me.



Her phone beeped two minutes later.



Asad : For once, why cant you not question me about this.Just be alert, thats all I want.



She took a deep breath as she wrote : And I want to know whats bothering you.You woundnbt have asked bhai to accompany Khushi if you weren't worried for her, but thats the point, why are you worried for Khushi, i mean she has travelled alone all the time, Asad ,and then you are asking me to be on alert all of a sudden, something is up surely.



She got a quick reply.



Asad : I had forgotten that you have known me well.Anyways, there isn't much to worry, only that Iv had a PI track Arhaans travel, he recently landed in London, but i think its a co-incidence because if it had anything to do with Khushi he would have landed the same time as her,but still just to be on the safe side, I ask off you and her both to be alert, thats all.Dont worry much.



Zoya felt a chill go down her spine as the memory of what had happened came backhand right when she was deep in thought her phone beeped.



Asad : I said, don't worry much.Dont think about it.



She quickly wrote : I had also forgotten that you know me well. Ok, i wont think about it.Anyway, they should be here in the next 30 minutes or so, Khushi texted me, any heads up, have you spoken to Yana yet, you have to find a way of sending her here.



Asad : well, no i haven't spoken to her yet, i need to think it through, i don't want her to suspect anything, for if she does, she will never do what we want her too.Give me a day or two, its been very busy here with work.



She quickly typed : Abir is so excited, his eyes lit up the minute i mention Yana. I think she was the only one he ever loved, no wonder he hasn't got into any serious relationship after, and he dodges the topic of marriage every time his family brings it up.Sad though, to know what had happened.



She got a reply five minutes later.



Asad : I know its sad.Probably its just that they were fated to be apart for the time being, you do know that fate can change if we change the choices we make Zoya.Think about it Zoya, do you serious want to let out fate win over us here, to you really want to end up being apart and ponder over our ill fate years later?? I know i made a huge mistake, i know i hurt you terribly, but please don't hold onto the pain longer Zoya.Forgive me please.



She took a deep breathe and wiped her tears as she wrote : And i told you i do not wish to talk about us, Asad. Please don't bring it up, I am not ready to talk about it,everytime you bring it up, you just happen to open that vault of pain all over again.



Her phone beeped, seconds later.



Asad : For me, the door to that vault hasnt been closed in a long long time, Zoya.Fine, anyway, i will let you know when I have spoken to Yana,dont worry i will find a way to send her there, when i return to India in a week.



Zoya felt her heart ache, and she almost wanted to ask him to come here too, a part of her was dying to see him, it had been so so so long, since she had last laid her eyes on him, but she didn't because she knew, if he came now, there was no way her heart would listen to her, one sight off him, would make her want to run into his arms.Well to be practically, she couldn't run offcourse.



Right then the bell went off, and she opened the door,It was Abir, she smiled as she let him in - “ whats up?? i thought you had a meeting..”



Abir grinned - “ I do, i was just heading there, and your cottage was in the way so i stopped to check if your brother and Khushi have reached yet, i thought ill see them…”



Zoya smiled - “ well, they should be here in 20 minutes…”



Abir - “ bummer, i have to rush out in ten minutes, ok no worries, i will see you all at dinner, tell them its my treat, ill text you the place, incase i cant come pick you guys up, i think i will come anyway, don't worry…”



Zoya smiled - “ ok baba..”,and she paused as she spoke - “ Asda hasn't spoken to Yana yet, he needs to think over it, he doesn't want her to suspect anything…”



Abir nodded, sipping his water - “ he knows her well, i guess, if she suspects anything fishy, she will run the other way…”



Zoya nodded - “ but you are so excited, i can see your eyes lighting up, every time you say her name…”



Abir rolled his eyes at that as he spoke folding his hands over the table - “ when does this organ in the middle of the chest listen to us?? does it ever…??”



Zoya smiled - “ of course never…”



Abir smiled - “well ever since its gotten hope that it may just have a second chance to get back what it lost, its been beating the hell out of me, trust me, no amount of research can ever explain how this fishy organ works…anyway i shouldn't be very hopeful though, i have no idea what she's even thinking…so…i instruct myself to relax…”



Zoya nodded - “ seems like a sensible thing to do, i agree…”



Abir grinned - “ anyway, i should get going, ill see you in the evening…”



Zoya nodded,and she watched him leave, and she sat back on the chair, and looked out the window deep in thought, thinking about what Asad had written.



Could be true that we had a way off stumping our fate by making different choices??Or wasn't it that fate stumped over the choices, no matter what??



……………………….



Khushi looked at her phone as she spoke - “ two minutes, god I'm so excited to see Zoya…its been forever…”



Arnav smiled, of course there was no way he could ask Khushi to calm down, and he spoke fondly - “ did i ever tell you that I absolutely love this rush of excitement on your face, its one of the other things that makes your cheeks go red…”



Khushi smacked him on his arm - “ vey funny…you’v become shameless these days…”



Arnav grinned - “ i always was, your bad for you just noticed it…”,and he bent forward and smakecd her lips.



Khushi grinned, as the cab driver pulled over in front of a cottage and she spoke - “ ok, so I'm hopping out, you settle everything and come in, i cannot wait a minute longer…”,and before he could say anything, just as the cab came to a halt, Khushi hopped out of the door at the speed of light, and ran towards the door, and he smiled to himself, as he got off, and settled the fare, and then started to take the luggage off.



Zoya had seen the cab come to a halt in front of the cottage and she had also spotted Khushi running out, and she herself walked as fast as she could with the crutch to the door and flunged it open, just as Khushi reached the door, and before she knew it, she had been pulled into a crushing hug by Khushi,and she hugged Khushi back, holding onto her for a long long time, she didn't need to say anything, that was the thing with emotions somtimes, no words were needed.



Arnav walked over wheeling two suitcases on its wheels, to the cottage, and he grinned at the sight of Zoya and Khushi hugging, he had missed this sight.And so he just stood there for a minute enjoying it.



Khushi pulled back finally, as she cupped Zoya’s face and kissed her forehead and she spoke with worry in her voice - “ you’v lost so much weight Zoya…you haven't been taking care at all, i cant believe that you’v been lying to all of us that you have been, this is unacceptable Zoya…”



Zoya grinned as she wiped the tears that had spilled her eyes - “ ok, why don't you scold me after you come in….”,and right then she spotted her brother, who at the same moment walked up to her, and she stepped a little out ,as Khushi shifted backwards, and he pulled her in for a big hug, and Zoya hugged him tight as she spoke fondly - “ bhai, you’v become even more handsome…i missed you so much…”



Arnav kissed Zoya on the head as he spoke - “ we missed you so much too Zoya….”,and he pulled back as he spoke - “and i agree with Khushi, you’v been lying to all of us about taking good care off yourself…is this how you take care???”



Zoya looked at the worried gaze of her brother and Khushi,and she wiped her tears as she pulled them together into a hug - “ god, i missed that worry in your voice, I'm fine trust me….its just the sessions that are making me work so hard….now cmon, come on in….”



Khushi looked at Arnav,and their eyes locked, and he gestured Khushi to go in first, and he took their luggage and then he entered into what was now his little Zoya’s home.



……………………



20 Minutes Later



Arnav ate a bite off his pasta, as he spoke with a grin - “ Zoya, your cooking has gotten better…”



Zoya grinned - “ I know bhai, what can i say, you really do improve with practice…i cook for myself now almost everyday, its peaceful in a way almost therapeutic….”



Khushi ate a bite of her plate as she spoke - “thats great, but then why have you lost so much weight, its clear you haven't been eating well, at all…”



Zoya held Khushi’s hand across the table - “ of course i have been, like i explained, its just my sessions…infact after we finish i want to show the two off you, my progress files, we keep a good record, very systematic…”



Arnav smiled - “ well, id like to see it too, i just hope you can come back soon…”



Zoya sighed - “ well don't know about that bhai…”



Khushi looked at her confused - “ what do you mean??”



Zoya - “well once you see my file, you will know, he isn't happy with my progresss, I mean he feels my progress doesn't match my efforts, by now, he was confident that i should be limping and walking without the support off the cructh, but that isn't the case….”



Khushi immediately held Zoya’s hand - “ don't worry, you will be able too, very soon…”



Arnav felt his worry rise, but he didn't want to show it to Zoya, so he spoke - “ ok, why don't we finish eating first…we will talk after….”,and he immediately served another full serving into Zoya’s plate as he looked at her - “and you ill finish that, I am watching you…”



Zoya rolled her eyes as she protested - “ bhai, when have you ever seen me eating so much??”



Arnav - “ i will see you now…cmon…start…”



Khushi smiled to herself at the sight, her love had always been such a good brother.



…………………….

Interlaken - 5.30 PM

(Three hours Later)



Khushi entered in the room, and she saw Arnav gaze out of the window, and she walked over and stood next to him and held his hand as she spoke softly - “ I forced Zoya to take a nap…”



Arnav nodded and he turned to Khushi as he asked - “shes somewhat withered, hasn't she??”



Khushi sighed and she hugged Arnav to comfort him for a brief second and she pulled back as she spoke - “ yes, she has Arnav…your worry is justifiedd, because I'm so worried myself, i dare not even tell bhaijaan about this, he will loose his mind, if he sees her, I'm sure she's lost atlas 8-10 kgs, and the dark circles, its clear she hasn't been sleeping well…”



Arnav sighed - “ her progress clearly doesn't match her effort, her files, and scans say it all, and then not sleeping well, not eating well, and yet being so stubborn, cant she see what we can, cant she see that she needs Asad, she's killing herself in the process off not being able to forgive him…for the first Time ever i want to damm our stubborn gene, just why doesn't forgiveness come to us easily, iv messed up so much because off it, and now i just have to watch my sister do the same…and I'm helpless Khushi…what can i do???”



Khushi sighed - “ iv made up my mind, we are going to ask bhaijaan to come here once his work is over in Boston…we shouldn't listen to her anymore, I'm sure once she sees him, it will be different….”



Arnav nodded - “ you are right, only Asad can fix this, he needs to be here…”



Khushi rubbed Arnav’s arm lovingly - “ ok now relax, don't worry ok?? you go and freshen up first, then i will, we have to meet Abir for a early dinner…”



Arnav nodded, and he made his way to the washroom.



Khushi looked around, he had set her suitcase over the table so that she didn't have to kneel or bend down,and his on the ground, a small gesture, but it warmed her heart.Ofcourse because this cottage only had two rooms, Arnav had settled their luggage into one.She walked over to the bed, and then lied down, and before she knew it, sleep took over.



………………….



9.00 PM - At The Restaurant



Khushi smiled at Abir, as he excused himself for a call, and she looked at Arnav as she spoke - “ thank god for him…”,and she turned to Zoya - “ he's nice Zoya, I'm so glad atlas you had him…”



Arnav nodded as he spoke - “ he’s been a good friend…right??”



Zoya nodded - “ a very good friend indeed bhai…”



Arnav smiled - “ then i must thank him…”



Right then Abir came back to the table as he sat down he spoke - “ I'm so glad i finally get to meet you guys…”



Arnav gave him a smile - “ and i must thank you for being such a good friend to my sister, you have been there when she's been away from all of us…”



Abir smiled - “ well, what can i say, she's been a good friend to me too, so please you don't need to thank me…”



Khushi smiled - “ so Abir, Zoya tells me you’v planned to show us around…”



Abir grinned - “ ofcourse, you are in my city, which also happens to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, so i have it perfectly planned…”



Arnav smiled - “ well this sounds fun, haven't been on a break for a long time now..”



Zoya nodded - “ Khushi tells me everything bhai, i know you’v been working a lot lately…”



Arnav nodded, and then he spoke casually - “ well, its not just me, Asad has been working harder than me probably, you should see the man, he's become a robot, its like he's programmed himself to only think one way…”



Zoya felt her insides churn in worry,naturally, but she didn't want to comment further so, she just excused herself to go to the washroom, and Khushi joint her, and once they left,Abir looked at Arnav as he spoke - “ you know what, iv been waiting to meet you guys, because she made me promise to not get int ouch with any of you back at home…”



Arnav looked at him confused - “ what do you mean??”



Abir - “ well, I'm sure you can clearly see, she's been miserable…”



Arnav sighed - “ yeah, i can…”



Abir - “ so thats what, she wouldn't let me talk to any of you, every time i tried to talk her out of her misery…i thought i could have used help…but then i refrained, because if she would be mad at me, she would confine herself into another corner then…”



Arnav gave him a small smile - “ well, you did the right thing surely Abir…”



Abir - “ but i will be honest with you, she's a good friend, and i am really worried for her…”



Arnav - “ we all are, but what can i say, i am her brother, and in ways she is a lot like me, forgiveness doesnt really comes that easy to us, i thought she needed some time out, but this clearly isn't seem to be working…so i have to take things in my hands now…”



Abir looked at him for a second, of course it was clear to him that no one apart from him knew the real reason behind Zoya’s decision to stay apart from Asad, and as much as he hated to betray Zoya’s confidence he also knew that it was now time to talk to her family and Asad about it, but he needed to talk to Asad firsthand it wasn't something he could just say over the phone, because as much as Zoya had told him about Asad, it seemed that Asda would want to rush ti Zoya immediately after knowing the truth, so for that, he needed him to be here.He finally stoppe this chain of thought as he looked at Arnav - “ what are you thinking on doing??”



Arnav - “ well honestly, first thing, I'm going to message him about how she's weakend, and honestly thats all i need to do, Asad will be here the minute he is free from work…”



Abir nodded - “ sounds like a good plan indeed..”



Right then Khushi and Zoya returned and they both changed the topic, and right then the desserts arrived, and Khushi happily digged in and fed off a bite to Zoya, and Zoya laughed as she spoke - “ god, khushi, you and bhai, have been feeding me as if I'm a little baby…”



Khushi grinned as she looked at Arnav - “ well, right now lets just assume you are, cmon now…finish it up…”



Zoya’s eyes filled up with tears as she looked at the genuine concern on the faces of the people in front of her, and she just nodded, and listened to what was being told to her, deep in thought.



……………………………….



Boston - 330 PM



Asad opened the door to the cafe,as he and Yana stepped out, after eating a quick lunch, and he heard Yana exclaim - “ thank god, you dragged me out of the meeting for a meal, i was famished…”



Asad smiled - “ well , so was I…”



Yana smiled as they started walking the ten minute distance to the office and she spoke - “ well, I'm so happy my fate is being a little kind to me here, and i haven't run into Vikram…”,and she paused as she looked at Asad - “ its going to be sooo awkward, why isnt a there a book on how to deal with future encounters with people whom you’v had failed relationships with…there should be one, you know…”



Asad nodded - “ well, im sure there is already, we just don't know about it…”



Yana grinned - “Well, I'm sure too, for too many people mess up, there ought to be someone who penned down our plight…”



Asad looked at her - “ tell me one thing, which really surprises me, i mean how is it you are able to laugh it off so easily…”



Yana smiled - “well, its easier to deal with, if i take myself too seriously, id be sitting in front of a shrink right now..”



Asad grinned - “ there you go again, with your witty one liners..”



Yana smriked - “ trust me sometimes even i wonder how do my neurons work…maybe its just something my brain has come up with after all the juggling…”



Asad matched his stride with hers as they walked and he asked straight to the point, because he knew one things surely, Yana was a straight forward person, one couldn't go around the bush with her, it wouldn't work - “ have you ever thought, off bumping into Abir again…??”



Yana stopped dead in her tracks and she looked at him and she answered honestly - “ well to think off it, i haven't really thought off it, i always thought our paths have separated forever…so yeah…”,and she shrugged casually.



Asad spoke softly - “well, Zoya tells me that he hasn't been in any serious relationship after you, and every time his family brings up marriage, he dodges it…could it be that he really hasn't gotten over you, and now that you are single…”



Yana stopped in her tracks as she halted - “ whoaaaaa, Asad , please don't even go there, i told you I'm done with that damm emotion for this life, i don't need it in my life…”



Asad gave her a small smile - “ we all think so somettimes, i mean even Zoya thinks the same right now, but don't you think its the opposite, maybe its the only damm emotion we need in all our lives…”



Yana looked ta him - “ look i know where you’r coming from, but no, i dont think so…”



Asad - “ ok have you ever thought off this, maybe Abir hasn't moved on ever, because things didn't end the way they should…”



Yana - “ what do you mean??”



Asad - “well, i mean, like you told me when things messed up, you just left suddenly right, and you never spoke to him again, maybe he never got a closure, and if you truly loved him which i know you did, so for the sake of what used to be, don't you think he deserves a closure,atleast??”



Yana felt her mind go into a overdrive - “ what do you mean??”



Asad looked at her - “ I mean, I'm going to Interlaken from here, come with me, meet him, even after all this while, it could be the closure he needs, and then go separate ways, thats all…”



Yana looked at him for a second and she shrugged - “ ok, makes sense…”



Asad - “ you agree?? just like that??”



Yana gave him a small smile - “ well, you made sense, then why not…and honestly a part off me probably always thought off him because it didn't get the closure it needed, you made a excellent point Asad, and i couldn't argue with that…”



Asad grinned - “ good then, so i will get our tickets done this evening, you did mention once that you have a valid schnegn visa..”



Yana nodded - “ yup…”,and she paused as she looked at him - “ are you sure its about what you said right…?? nothing else?? you don't have some tricks up your sleeve for Abir and me right??”



Asad nodded innocently - “ of course not, only what i said,that and Zoya ofcourse…”



Yana nodded, and they made their way back in, of course she knew what it was about, she was almost sure that Abir had asked Zoya to ask him o get her there, but why had she played along?? Because a part of her,wanted to see if he was still as charming as he was back then,thta trechourous heart didn't really ever stop beating for the one it truly loved



Right then as they got into the elevator Asad’s phone beeped and he opened it, and the minute he read what Arnav had written, his insides churned.



Arnav : I hadn’t really expected to see Zoya in the condition she is in right now.Looks like she's become excellent at lying to  all of us.She’s withered Asad, i could easily say, she has lost 10 kgs straight since we last saw her, and her dark circles easily give her away, she hasn't been sleeping well too.Her progress doesn't match her effort, her doctor isn't very happy.I can clearly see, that the only thing she needs right now is You.Shes being stubborn about it, but she misses you, I can see it on her face.Looks like you are going to have to become stubborn now, and fight her now.I am worried for my sister Asda,and i know only you can fix this.Do what ever you have too, get her to let go off the pain, she will forgive you, I'm sure.I do not have it in me to see her torture herself like this.



Right then the elevator stopped at their floor, and everyone stepped out, and Yana looked at his pale expression as she asked - “whats up??”



Asad stood dazed as he showed her his phone, and Once Yana had read the message she looked at him as she spoke, understanding what was on his mind - “ i do think, we can finish all the work in the next two days, but we will have to reschedule everything and work around the clock, that is the only way we can make it there in the next three days….”



Asad nodded - “ reschedule everything, I'm booking is on the flight two days from now, I'm done with giving Zoya the space she needed…I should have known better, dammit…”,and he banged his fist on the wall in frustration.



Yana held his shoulder - “ calm down,please…itll be ok…”



Asad calmed down as he spoke - “ i will make it ok, I have had enough, its time i take things into my hands…i have to make her forgive me, and i know i can…”



Yana nodded - “well it really is time you did…”



Asad looked at her - “she will forgive me, wont she??”



Yana smiled at him - “well with that kind of genuine sincerity and compassion in your eyes, I'm sure she will melt the minute she sees you, now come on, we have a lot of work to finish if you want to board that flight in two days from now…”



Asad gave her a small nodd,and he walked with her to the meeting's he fought his inner turmoil, clearly he hadn't been able to sense in the truest magnitude of torture Zoya was putting them through, and she probably hadn't been able to forsee the fact that, in the process of punishing him, she had punished herself in the worst possible way too.



………………………………..



Interlaken - 11.00 PM



Khushi held onto Zoya’s hand as she asked - “ can you not forgive bhaijaan Zoya?? for real?? look at what you done to yourself, and look at what bhaijaan is going through…end this misery Zoya, please…i know its hard, but it isn't impossible, i know if anyone can go through this kind of a situation and fix it, it is the two of you, you two can, really can, all you need to do is have faith in the Love that used to be…”



Zoya took a deep breathe as she pulled the comforter over her - “well, you said it yourself, the love that used to be, its the past Khushi, no point…”



Khushi looked at her in disbelief - “ i do not understand why you would choose to hold onto misery, this isn't you Zoya, I'm sure theres something else I'm missing Zoya, what is it?? are you sure its just the anger and the hurt??”



Zoya knew she had to mask her emotion well, for Khushi would otherwise read through her, and she made sure hurt dripped in her voice as she spoke - “ its over Khushi, it was over the day he chose to annul our marriage, please don't talk about this further…”



Khushi looked at Zoya wiping off her tears and she didn't want to make her cry so she hugged her as she spoke - “ ok fine, I'm sorry…i don't want you to cry…”



Zoya wiped her tears and she smiled at Khushi - “ im fine, now cmon go now, let me sleep, i have a early morning session…”



Khushi looked at her confused - “ where do you think I'm going??im here with you..”



Zoya narrowed her eyes - “ no you arent, you are going to be with bhai, I'm sure he's waiting for you…”



Khushi rolled her eyes - “very funny, I'm not going anywhere, ok?? and he knows, i told him that I'm going to be in your room….”



Zoya gave her a accusing look as she said lightly - “well, just because my brother is being so understanding does, not mean you take undue advantage off him ok?? i know you both haven't got any good alone time in forever, and what kind of a sister I am, if i can't get my brother some time with the love of his life…”



Khushi blushed furiously as she looked at Zoya - “ stop it, ok??”



Zoya chuckled - “ what are you so nervous about, its just bhai, the love of your life….”



Khushi smiled - “ I'm not nervous ok, about anything…”,and she paused - “stop teasing me…please, and like i said , I'm not going anywhere…”



Zoya rolled her eyes - “looks like i have to push you…”,and Khushi widened her eyes in fake shock, right when Zoya felt her phone ring, and a shiver ran down her spine as she spoke - “ its Asad,why is he calling me…??”



Khushi looked at her - “ i don't know i haven't spoken to him, but cmon go on , pick it up…”



Zoya cut the call - “ no way….”



Her phone beeped immediately.



Asad : Zoya, pick up the damm phone now.



Zoya showed Khushi the message ,and she asked out confused - “what is he so mad about…”



Right then her phone rang,again, it was him, but she cut the call again, and her phone beeped again.



Asad : I said, pick up the phone now.



He called again, she cut the call again.



She messaged him : My phone has weak signal reception.Cant talk.



Right then Khushi’s phone rang, it was Asad, ofcourse.



Khushi picked it up in an instant and she heard her brother ask in a tense voice - “ khushi, is Zoya around??i figured since her phone has weak signal reception, id try your’s”



Zoya gestured her to lie, but Khushi spoke straight into the phone - “ofcourse bhaijaan, I'm with her…”



Asad - “will you please give her the phone…”



Khushi - “bhaijaan give me a second, i will just call you back…ok??”,and she hung up quickly.



Khushi looked at Zoya as she spoke - “ look if you want me to go and be with Arnav now, you promise you will listen to what bhaijaan has to say now…”



Zoya looked at Khushi in shock - “what kind off a point is that, no way Khushi…”



Khushi shrugged - “ fine, then Arnav can let all his plans of privacy and romance fly out of the window, I'm not leaving your side then…”



Zoya looked at khushi with narrowed eyes - “when did you get so clever huh??”



Khushi grinned - “iv grown up madame…”,and she paused as she said seriously - “ Zoya, seriously at least listen to what he has to say…please…?? ”



Zoya nodded silently, and Khushi smiled as she said - “also keep my phone with you, ill take it in the morning…”



Zoya - “huh??”



Khushi smiled - “well , i promised Arnav that next time we are alone, i would switch off my damm phone, it always buzzes at the wrong time…”



Zoya chuckled - “ofcourse….”,and Khushi called her brother quickly as she spoke - “ bhaijaan, I'm fine ok?? Don't worry,anyway, I'm going to sleep now, giving the phone to Zoya, talk to her…”,and with that she shoved the phone is Zoya’s hand and walked out.



Zoya held on the phone in silence for a second, even though she knew that Asad was on the other end, she couldn't speak, because she hadn't heard his voice in forever.

Right when she was about to hang up,without saying anything, she heard his voices he spoke softly, with so much emotion in his voice - “ Zoya,are you going to hang up on me?? just like that?? after all this while, don't you really not want to talk to me????”



His voice, that voice full of emotion, and longing, sent shivers down her spine, and she felt her resolve weakening, and her heartbeats instructing her otherwise, and she finally gathered her calm, as she asked even more softly - “ why are you calling me Asad, what do you want??”



There was a Pause at the other end, could it be, that he was as affected as her listening to her voice after so so long.



She heard him take a deep breathe as he asked - “ i want to know when did you get so good at lying to your loved ones?? i am not talking about myself in context, because i don't even know if you feel anything for me apart from hate, but why are you doing this to the people who love you?? Don't you think it pains them to see you like this??”



Zoya felt her emotions take a toll on her as all logic seemed to get clouded by her heart as she asked - “ what do you mean?? I'm doing absolutely fine,and…”,she paused, as she spoke softly - “ and I don't hate you…i just thought we should get that clear…”



She heard him ask - “ you’v weekend a lot haven't you?? You lost too much weight, what some ten kgs??”



Zoya - “ whatttt?? who told you that??khushi is just exaggerating Asad, and like said, I'm fine…”



She heard a pause again, as he spoke in a helpless voice - “ Khushi didn't tell me anything, Arnav did, so quit lying to me, its not working…”



Zoya took a deep breathe - “Well, bhai is just lying to you, i haven't lost 10 kgs..”



Asad - “well, 9.5 then??”



Zoya rolled her eyes, how could she forget this man knew her inside out, but she sighed as she spoke - “ not that it is your business, but my intense sessions are making me work outa lot thats all….”



Asad - “ really?? then why isn't your doctor happy with your progress???”



Zoya dammed her brother, did he really just betray their code of sibling confideiality to his best friend just like that but she spoke softly - “ maybe, this just needs more time than i thought, asad thats all….”



She heard a long pause on the other end ,and then she heard him ask softly - “ are you really okay Zoya?? tell me, are you alright?? how have you been?? how are things?? do you really want to be there all by yourself??



Zoya steadied her emotions as she lied - “ I'm fine Asad, i really am….you don't have to worry about me…trust me on that…”



There was a long pause again.She almost thought he'd hung up, and she asked - “ you there???”



She heard him sigh as he spoke - “ yes, i am…anyway if you say so, i also called to let you know that i have convinced Yana to come to Interlaken, but she doesn't want to face Abir all by herself, so she asked me to accompany her, so i will be coming too…”



Zoya felt her insides jump in part happiness, and in part worry, she didn't know how she would control herself from running into his arms and she asked - “ you are coming here???”



Asad - “ well yeah, if you want to play cupid in between Abir and Yana, isn't that what you want??”



Zoya nodded - “well yea, ok…no issues…”



Asad - “ dont worry, i wont trouble you much with my presence Zoya…”



Zoya immediately spoke on reflex - “ your presence never troubles me Asad…”,and before she could realise what shed said the words had already left her mouth ,and she covered up as she spoke - “ i mean, it doesn't matter…im over it..”



Asad - “ok, good for you, your going to have to tell me how to go about though, when you meet me, you promised remember?? you would tell me how to let go off those marks off love and pain, once you figured it out…”



Zoya took a deep breathe, as she controlled the tears from falling her eyes - “ yeah , kool…if theres nothing else , then id like to sleep now, i have a early session on the morning…”



Asad - “ ok, see you soon Zoya, sleep well…:



Zoya - “bye Asad…”,and before he could say anything, she hung up, and she tried to control her emotions.

She really had no clue how she was going to stop herself from running into his arms.



…………………..



Meanwhile Simultaneously 



Khushi entered the room, and she saw Arnav working on his laptop, sitting on the small study in the room, and he was deep engrossed, so he didn't notice her enter, and she quietly tip-toed towards him, and put her arms around his neck from behind, startling him as she kissed the side of his cheek, from behind - “ i thought you would be asleep, my love….”



Arnav turned his attention from the screen as he looked back - “ well, i couldn't get any sleep yet, so i just thought id answer some emails, hows Zoya….??please tell me you managed to talk some sense into her…”,he asked, lacing his arms around her waist, as he gently made her sit on his Lapland she shut down his laptop screen as she looked at him and she spoke -“ well, i have some news to give you, right now she's probably talking to bhaijaan which is a good thing…”



Arnav looked at her - “ really??? thats great, but how is it that she is talking to him and not avoiding it…”



Khushi smirked - “well you can say, i coaxed her into it, on the pretext that if she wants me to spend some good time with her brother, she must talk to my brother in return….”



Arnav raised his eyebrow at her,as he smirked - “ really?? thats a clever point of trade Mrs Raizada to be, i didn't know you were so clever…”



Khushi chuckled as she kissed him on the forehead - “ well, what can i say, iv learnt in your company…”,and she paused as she spoke - “ but you know, i could sense from bhajans message that he was really mad about something but i don't know what??”



Arnav smiled as he spoke - “well, it could be because i messaged him…”



Khushi - “ you did?? When??”



Arnav nodded - “ on our way back from dinner…”,and he picked up his phone and he showed Khushi the message.



Khushi read it and she put his phone bak on the table as she spoke - “ no wonder, he was mad..and as much as i know, him I'm sure, he'd be here very soon…”



Arnav nodded - “ that was the plan…”



Khushi grinned - “and you say I'm clever….”,and she paused as she spoke - “ well too bad i cant ask him, because i left my phone with Zoya…”,and she got off his lap immediately as she said - “ let me go check on Zoya….”



Arnav got up as he held her hand, and shoved her into the wall immediately as he spoke placing his hands on wither side off her - “ seriously khushi?? they are talking after a really long time, don't you think you should let them be..??”,and he paused, as he saw her blush furiously as he leaned closer into her as he asked - “ or is that you are too nervous to be alone with me???”



Khushi glared at him as she spoke in defence - “ oh really?? who do you think you are huh?? why would i be nervous??”



Arnav grinned mischievously - “ well i thought you would be, about what i said i would do, when i finally have the privacyy i need….”



Khushi looked into his eyes as she spoke gathering all her guts - “ well, why do you think i left my phone with Zoya…i promised you, id keep that damm thing out of the way when I'm with you next….”



Arnav raised his eyebrow - “really????”,and he reached out and picked up his phone from the tableland switched it off immediately, as he spoke - “ then i should keep up with my part of the bargain, shouldn't I??”



The minute she saw him switch off his phone, and then, with the other end, he leaned aside, and locked the door, all her guts vanished out of the windows she tried to walk out off his hold as she spoke trying to go towards the window - “ i think i need fresh air….”



But she couldn't succeed, because she was pulled back immediately and he cupped her face tenderly as he spoke , smacking her lips softly - “shhh, stop worrying khushi, I'm not going to do anything, if you aren't comfortable, relax…cmon lets just sleep…”,and he smacked her lips briefly again as he spoke looking into her eyes - “ i promise to behave myself….”



And he turned around, and right then he felt her hold his hand, as she spoke softly - “what if i don't want you to behave yoruself??”



Arnav turned around immediately as he leaned back into her caging her in between his arms again - “really?? you have exactly ten seconds to decide Khushi..”, and she looked into his eyes, and laced her arms around his neck and he spoke with love and emotion - “ because I'm afraid, if you continue to look at me like that, I'm not going to be able to behave myself anyway…”



Khushi looked into his eyes as she spoke sure of what she wanted - “well, like i said, i dont want you too anyway…”,and before he could say anything, she tiptoed, and kissed him with so much emotion, and passion that it shook her being, and she felt his arms go around her waist,as he pulled her into him, and before she knew it, he started to kiss her with so much passion that it drove her insane, and she knew that now there was nothing stopping them.



She felt him trail a line of kissed on the sides of her neck, as he pulled out her top, from the waistband of her jeans, and she broke apart for a few seconds, and flung it aside, and unbuttoned his shorthand he flung it aside as well, and he came back to seal her lips with another passionate kiss, and he picked her up a little, as she crossed her legs around his wait and continued to kiss him insane.



Arnav felt his passion go into a overdrive as he carried her to the bed, and laid her down gently and he broke apart for a second as he asked looking into her eyes as he asked huskily - “  you have two seconds to change your mind Khushi…if this isn't what you want…”



Khushi immediately cupped his face, and pulled him closer down towards her as she spoke, sure her passion matched his as she spoke, not believing the voice was hers - “ you have no clue, how iv been waiting to melt in your arms, i want this Arnav, i want you to make love to me..so please, you chosen the wrong time to be righteous…”,and before she could say anything further, he kissed her.She moaned in pleasure, as she felt him trail a line of urgent kisses on all over her neck, and  she could only respond similarly in the middle whenever she could, and before she knew it he had turned her around, and while placing a trail of kisses on her back, he quickly unclasped her strap, and threw her brassiere aside, and she immedieatly folded her hands over her chest shyly, as he hugged her from behind, and he kissed her shoulder lovingly, placing his arm around her waist as he whispered - “ i love you so much, you do know, this is kind off a first for me too, because i have never made love before, i have never had a woman in my arms, that i love more than anything in my Life, Khushi…but i don't want you to regret any moment with me, thats the only reason, I…I….”,and he paused,just as Khushi turned around to face him, their bare torso’s now touching each other as she spoke lookingg into his eyes with so much love and so much passion - “ I love you Arnav, trust me there hasnt been a moment like that, and never will it be, i have never regretted any moment that i have spent with you…”



Pure love shone in his eyes, as he cupped her face tenderly and took her lips for another sensuous kiss, and then she didn't know ins which moment of passion, he tenderly caged her arms over her head, and started to touch her and kiss her in the most intimate of places, driving her insane with pleasure and need. Several heated moments later, their was no piece of clothing in between of them,as he continued to love her, touch her, kiss her, hold her gently as if she was his tresure to love and cherish, and he kissed her again and again as he whispered - “ god, your beautiful Khushi…so gorgeous Khushi, and all mine….”and with that he entered into her slowly and gently as she wrapped her legs around his waist to give him access, and he kissed her gently as he heard her sharp intake of breathe, and then slowly and gently, as he felt her body relax under him, he started to move and make love to the woman he loved, for the first time in his life.

Her every moan, her every touch, her every soft kiss, her tight hold, made him want to love her more, and so he did, he did what he wanted to do, he made passionate love to the woman he loved with all his heart.



Khushi knew, she had thought that when he would actually make love to her she would melt in his arms, but what she actually was feeling being loved by him, wasn't anywhere near to what she could have ever imagined.She didn't know what else to do, so she just let herself go with the flow, and she felt her body relax, and she started to move along with him slowly and gently, wanting to love him in every way, and she was sure that he could feel it too, because she wasn't just melting in his arms right now, she had surrendered every bit of her being, her mind, body and soul to the man she loved.It was true, there really was nothing more magical, nothing more pure, than love in this whole wide world.



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Fate grinned as he spoke - “well thought, my girl, you know even after all this while, i couldn't agree more, because i haven't really found a emotion as magical and pure as you,love, my dear friend…”



Love smiled - “well you are just being too kind…”



Destiny smiled - “something you teach us every now and then, don't you, we can never learn enough…”



Misery smiled - “ ok guys, i think i gotta leave now, my part in the script has somewhat ended…”



Fate immediately held Misery’s hand as he asked - “Where do you think you are going??”



Misery looked at him confused - “ like i said, i played my part, now i gotta leave…”



Fate held her hand - “ and i told you to stay didn't I??”

Misery smiled - “ well, if you really want me too, then you gotta make a choice…”,and she paused as she said - “ if i stay, you loose the power to stump mortals, in the sense they can change what you have in store for them, if they change their choices…”



Destiny grinned from behind as she spoke - “well, you are asking him to somewhat be like me…”



Fate grinned - “ similar, yet very different my friend…”,and he paused as he thought deeply and then he spoke - “Well, ok, done, i agree…”



Misery looked at him confused - “ you agree?? just like that??”



Fate grinned - “Well anything to keep you by my side…”,and he clutched Misery’s hand as he said - “now cmon, go and unpack your suitcase…”



Misery just smiled and walked away, deep int thought.



Destiny watched her leave and then she looked at Fate accusingly as she spoke - “well, you didn't play fair…”



Fate grinned - “ too bad, she asked me for something I already am…good for me though, I suprised though how she didn't read it yet though, how i anyway don't have the power to stump mortals, what i have in store is already the results of their choices both in the past and the present…”,and he paused as he winked at his friends - “ well, let me go and see if she needs help…”



Love smiled as she watched Fate leave, and Destiny returned to her desk, and Love walked over to the storage room, she wanted to read a few cases.



Love walked in and shut the door, and to her suprise, she saw Hate leaning against a wall, reading a file, and he looked up, just as she entered, and she gave him a small smile as she said - “ I'm sorry, i didn't know, you would be here, ill come back later…its against our rules i know…”, she finished.It was a internal rule, that only one emotion, could access the storage at one time, because it gave them the much needed alone time to ponder and think off the their very own past and future.



Hate immediately shut the file in his hand and shoved it back on the rack and walked to Love as he spoke - “ no worried, I was done anyway…”



He was about to walk past, when Love asked softly - “ what were you reading?? you haven't been in here in a long long time…”



Hate stopped as he looked at Love, and their eyes locked as he spoke - “Well, lets just say, i haven't had much to think about in a long long time, but now i do…”



Love - “really?? i wonder what though???,and she paused as she looked away, because her heartbeats fastened - “please don't answer, i mean i know your won’t..”



Hate shrugged as he spoke - “Well i will…i was just reading a case about how you easily trumped victory over me in the past…”, and he paused, as he spoke - “well, you mostly do win over me, Love..”



Love shrugged as she spoke with a small smile - “nothing personal Hate, its just that I'm doing my job..”



Hate - “and you are pretty good at it, i must say…”



Love asked shocked - “ you are complimenting me??”

Hate stepped a step closer towards her - “yes, i am..”



Love smiled - “ thank you…”



Hate looked at her as he asked - “care to tell me the reason, why I'm taking a step close into you, when i should be standing miles apart??”



Love shrugged - “ i don't know…”,and she looked into his eyes - “just like i don't know, why i haven't i still learnt how to quit on you…”



Hate grinned - “well, tell me when you have…”,and he started to walk out, and he paused and he turned as he spoke with a smirk - “also when you are at it, you know at pondering over the riddle’s, i think you should think about one more thing too..”



Love looked at him confused - “what is it??”



Hate looked at Love as he spoke - “ pick up as many case files as you want, and go through them, like i said before, you mostly win all…but have you ever wondered, that maybe you don't just win on your own…”



Love - “ what do you mean??”



Hate grinned as he said - “Well, strange how you seem to be know it all, and yet you haven't figured it out, how come you’v never yet wondered, that there could be a reason why i help you win by surrendering at the right time…”,and he paused for a second to have the words have its affect on Love,and her eyes widened in suprise as he spoke again - “ ever wondered Love, why i let you win??”



Love looked at him shocked - “ what do you mean??”



Hate grinned - “Well, thats for me to know for now, and you to find out…”, and he walked out, grinning to himself, it wasn't often that he got to see Love standing speechless and confused in front off him.



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