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Chapter 5: part 4

Post by Abavi on 2013-03-04, 14:26

From the author's desk: Hello people, I am overloaded with work these days, so the updates come a little late... Here it is.. Hope you will like it.. Thanks for the wonderful wonderful comments- I am indebted to all of you for making me feel special!

happy reading!
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Chapter 5- Destined to be
part 4- Tides from the heart

The three of them stood in the corridor of a renowned hospital, While Kushi was anxiously peeping into the emergency room where her father was taken in, Happy singh, being one of those faithful souls, struck to his new friend at this time of need. Arnav stood in his composed form, waiting for the doctor to emerge out and tell them that the man was alright- after which he can get back home. Finally the doctor materialized out of the emergency ward.

Kushi ran to the doctor, anxious to know of her father's health state.

"It was a mild attack, nothing to worry, he is stable now" The doctor told her systematically

"Can I go and see him?"

"He will be moved to ICU in a few minutes, you can see him then" The doctor told as he customarily nodded to Arnav who was standing next to her.

"A family friend Mr.Raizada?"

"No Doctor, an acquaintance of my late father"

"Good to know, He is fine Mr. Raizada, he should be discharged in a day or two ' after we are quite satisfied with his response."

Arnav nodded curtly.

"Kushiji, I will go and check if I can get a certificate for your father, we can atleast postpone the case on medical basis to next week by producing that" Happy told to Kushi who looked quickly at Arnav on the mention of the case.

Arnav glanced at her too. After a few awkward moments, they realized that Happy had already moved towards the reception, to request for a medical certificate.

"I will make a move then" Arnav muttered

"Thanks a lot" Kushi told him hastily.

He gave a semi nod as he started walking towards the hospital exit. He would have almost reached the end of the corridor when he heard her voice again

"Arnavji"

Arnav stopped on his tracks when he heard her call his name out but he didn't turn back. No one had ever called him with a ji attached to his name. It felt weird and nice at the same time. The tinkling of payals told him that she was running towards him.

In a moment she came in front of him. Arnav took in the heaving of her chest as she stood in front of him trying hard to catch her breath, clutching her stitches. He felt this weird urge to push away the bangs of silky hairs on her either side of her face.

"It's my promise" She said at last "I shall bring those property papers to you as soon as possible' I will talk to my father- and find out where he has kept it."

Arnav looked at her. He nodded back as she moved away from the path giving him way. He walked away.

Kushi looked at the man whom she had thought was a reckless ruthless immoral human being, just this morning, not only he proved her that she was wrong, he had also proved his magnanimity by helping her save her father to a very renowned hospital. He had also paid the initial amount at the hospital counter, and had taken care that Shashi was attended to immediately.

Kushi turned to walk back to the emergency ward as she saw her father being strolled in a stretcher to be moved to the ICU. She quickened her steps. She need to talk to her father as soon as possible' There were two things that she needed to get answer for- one is the location of property papers and another was something that she was intrigued as well- why did Shashi wanted to talk to Arnav?

***

As Arnav walked to his parked car, a docile and gentle "Arnavji" resonating on his ears still, a smile lit up his face. No one had ever called his name with a ji behind it. He was called Arnie at college, Arnav or bhai by the family, and he remembered when he was very young Mamma used to call him Chotey. The Business world normally addressed him as Mr.Raizada or ASR. His employees called him either as Sir or Arnav babu- No one addressed him as Arnavjee. It was as if how his wife would address him' he mused to himself. WHAT ? WAIT! A WIFE? What was happening to him? How could he even imagine Kushi to be his wife?

He hit the steering wheel feeling very vulnerable and helpless' Something is defineltely wrong with him.. or else why would he sit here and ponder if his future wife would call him Arnavji' It was already 10 minutes since he had reached the car, and his mind has wandered into a zone which was revolving around Kushi'No How can it be? He started the car hurriedly, Once on road, the mind started to try and fathom the odd behaviors of his heart.

He was in a relationship with Sheetal, he told himself firmly'Or was it he secretly wished Sheetal to call him that way? NO, he had never ever wanted Sheetal to call him like that' Leave alone addressing him like that- He had not even imagined her being his wife ' even though the thought that one day, they would take their relationship to that level was always lingering on his mind- but he had never imagined a day when she would do her wifely duties to him'

But this girl was different- something was seriously off beam ' He didn't even know her at a personal level and he started to care for her, and when he had gone to the police station today morning, it didn't even occur to him that he had to let Mr.Roy know about it. When she had called, a weird anticipation had originated in him that he was going to see her. When he saw her by her father's side, lost and scared, when she had looked into his eyes silently pleading to help her, it had tugged at his heart, as if he should do whatever he could to wipe away that hopelessness in her eyes- He had seen poise,apology, confidence, reluctance, Anger, cheekiness and even for a very short span a sort of passion- but never hopelessness- and he couldn't take it.

As he stopped for a signal, he realized that his mind had again started to loiter around Kushi. Why does he feel like this around her? He is not a freaking teenager to develop a crush on a girl- and what is so special about that girl? Hasn't he seen the bubbliness and chirpiness in Anjali? Hasn't he seen the feistiness and liveliness in Payal? Hasn't he seen the confidence and impudence in Sheetal? Hasn't he seen the piousness and calmness in Nani? Hasn't he seen her daringness in Dadi? And she had an angelic face- just like his mother'Then what was so new about this girl? Then it hit him' He had seen all these qualities in the women of the family- But he had never seen all these qualities in one single package! ' No wonder he felt as if she belonged to the family as well'She could make a perfect Raizada Bahu, he smiled to himself.

He snapped out of his reverie when he heard loud horns blaring behind him that was when he noticed that the signal had already turned green. Jolting, he started the car, forcing himself out of those thoughts'Shocked at where his thoughts had again strayed, He screamed- NO' She can't be a Raizada bahu- he told himself strongly, Not Kushi- that girl is a passing cloud- and nothing more than that- He would not even see her once the property papers are in his hands- No he would not meet her again if he can help it. He should get out of this infatuation- he told himself as he drove his car towards his house.

***

"Arnav bituwa, we should soon meet Sheetal's parents- and talk about your rishta" Nani told him. The family was having tea at the dining table in the first floor.

"You met her only today, and now you start talking about wedding" Arnav told his Nani

"Why shouldn't we?" Dadi asked him "She is virtuous- and you both like eachother- why should we postpone the wedding now?"

"Dadi, I haven't even met her parents yet- she hasn't yet opened about this to her family"

"High time she does that then" Dadi told him

Anjali and NK who were also sitting there were making faces at eachother. Akaash who sat beside NK, kicked him at the leg, to warn them not to be so obvious'

"Seriously Arnav Bitwa, we want you to get settled soon- Sheetal is of your age too- Her parents will be willing to settle her as well- Meet her parents soon- If not we will go and meet them- asking her hand for you" Nani teased him

"Haan haan' What does her father do? where is her native place actually?" Mamiji asked.

Arnav nodded

"They are a business family Mami'Her Dadaji belongs to delhi only- her parents shifted to Mumbai for business- they are into this supply chain business- well estabilished and respected in mumbai"

"and she is bootiful too' very charming" Mami quoted "perfect bahu for perfect elder Raizada son"

Anjali mimicked puking into her coffee, while Akaash shook his head at her

"Excuse me, I need to go catch up on something" Nk got up, he was worried that he would start laughing at Anjali's gestures if he stayed there any longer.

"I am coming too' it is getting so tight around here- I need fresh air to breath" Anjali stood up too.

As Arnav watched them both go crunching his eyebrows, Akaash made an apologetic face, which confused him further.

"Get married soon Arnav bitwa- probably our financial issues can get sorted if this marriage happens" mamiji told him

"What are you talking about Mamiji?" Arnav asked her shocked "Even if I marry Sheetal, I wouldn't accept any financial support from her father- This is my family problem- and I would solve it myself- Infact I haven't even spoken to Sheetal yet about my financial crisis"

"But Arnav bitwa"

"No Mamiji, do not speak about this anymore- I do not want to compromise my policies for my problems"

"Well said Arnav bitwa" Nani ji told him softly, throwing a smile at him.

"Mr. Raizada"

Arnav turned back to see an agitated Mr.Roy standing at the lounge.

"Mr.Roy!" Arnav exclaimed as he stood up and excused himself from the table. Akaash stood up too.

"Come Mr. Roy, we will go to my Office cabin" Arnav said as he led him, only to be followed by Akaash.

"Mr. Raizada, Are you getting married? " Roy started to speak even before they reached Arnav's office in the same floor.

"Oh the wedding bells are about to ring anytime for him Mr.Roy" Akaash told on his brother's behalf as Arnav restricted himself with only a smile as he opened his office cabin to let Mr.Roy in.

"Is it anything urgent Mr.Roy?" Arnav asked as soon as they all stepped in "You have come without informing us even"

"Oh that" Mr.Roy became serious "Did you bail Mr.Gupta out today afternoon?"

Arnav had completely forgotten about the bail-

"Oh yeah, I did"

"But why?"

"Mr.Roy, I want you to take back that compliant"

"But Mr.Raizada, how can we get back those papers if "

"We will get it back, Kushi will bring it to us"

"But how do you take it on face value? Did you bail him out just because she promised you?"

At that time, Arnav got a call on his mobile, he excused himself to pick it up

"Arnavji?"

As Kushi's voice reached him, a tumult of emotions hit him again

"What happened? Is your father fine?" He asked her urgently

"Yes he is fine, he woke up, All he says is that he wants to meet you' Can you please come here once and meet him?" Kushi asked

"I..I will come" Arnav told her quickly and ended her call

"Thanks a lot Arnavji'"

"Sheetal?" Akaash winked at his brother, the informality and concern on his brother's face and tone carried so much warmth that he couldn't think of anyone who would be on the receiving end of it other than his brother's girlfriend.

"No" Arnav told his brother and turned to Roy

"Its Kushi again" he admitted. She wants me to meet her father "today afternoon he suffered a heart attack and I took him to the Saviour's hospital." Arnav explained as a matter of fact

"Did you even think it could be a complete drama Mr.Raizada- to make you bail him out- "

"Mr.Roy- I have faith in my powers of judgement"

"So are you going to meet them again? ' What if they refuse to give us the bonds? What if he demands huge sum of money?"

Arnav contemplated if he wanted to meet Kushi again- He had made up his mind early this afternoon that he wouldn't meet her if he could help it- He needed to set his priorities right- and right now his priorities are Sheetal and his Family- he firmly told himself.

"I can meet this person on your behalf Mr.Raizada- if you are ok with it" Mr.Roy volunteered.

Arnav nodded his head. A voice at back of his mind told him that he was running away from what he was feeling for this girl- he is scared of his vulnerability- but he ignored that voice.

"Alright- You go and meet him Mr.Roy" he told louder than actually needed.

***

Kushi saw Mr.Roy walking towards the ICU corridor. He introduced himself and asked to meet her father. Kushi couldn't help but feel a little disappointed that Arnav hadn't come in person, but she brushed away the thought. Why does she feel bad about it?

She opened the door and went in with Mr.Roy and Happy. She made a brief introduction.

"I want to meet Arnav" Shashi told them feebly

"I am him Lawyer-you can speak to me whatever you want to speak" Mr.Roy told him

"No I want to speak only to him" Shashi replied again

"I want to know where you have kept the property papers- We are ready to compensate you for a suitable amount- if you have won these bonds over a game of cards- But these properties are worth crores and they belong to the family- Mr.Ajay Raizada has no rights in disposing them off- If you willingly give us the sheets- we will reward you suitably" Mr.Roy started to speak unmindful of what Shashi was requesting for.

"Father, why don't you tell them where those papers are?"

"May be if you give us some privacy, He might speak- Considering that he wants to speak only to Arnav Raizada, I think what he wants to say is quite confidential" Mr.Roy told Kushi

Kushi looked at her father's firm face for a while and then gestured Happy to go out as she also followed out.

After a few minutes, Mr.Roy too came out.

"Did he say anything?" Kushi asked

Mr.Roy looked grim. He shook his head in negative and went away.

Kushi went in, He father looked at her

"I want to meet Arnav" he told her.

"Father, won't you confide in me too?"

Shashi looked towards the door and then at her

"Has he left?" he asked

"who? Arnavji's lawyer? Yes"

Shashi was looking straight at the ceiling for sometime. Kushi thought her father was behaving strangely. He has never kept any secrets from her. But now he was guarding this secret so sincerely that hse wondered what it was.

"Ajay was my childhood friend" Shashi told her all of a sudden'

This shocked Kushi

"What? How could a wealthy man like him be your friend?"

"We used to play volleyball ' he played for his reputed school- I played for the government school where I studied' we were good players- both of us-So our friendship grew beyond our game- beyond the status differences'we both got selected to represent the same team for our district. Our game was good- our friendship grew stronger- but after we graduated, he went on his own way ' to make his fortune and I started making my living'. We lost contact' I saw him after all these years at the club" Shashi kept telling, Kushi listened to him intently.

"Then one day, he told me something- he looked worried, he wanted me to.." Shashi was interrupted as the door to the ICU opened suddenly and Mr.Roy stood there.

"I am sorry, I felt my car keys here" he apologized casually.

The beeps in Shashi's monitor started increasing.

"Father.. Father, relax" Kushi told himto calm him down.

"Is he alright? Should I call the doctor?" Roy asked Kushi

The beeps were going back to normal now

"No its alright, I suppose, it was the suddenness of opening the door which jolted him- he is getting alright now" Kushi smiled at Roy

"take care- "Mr.Roy told "If he feels like speaking about the property'"

"I will definitely inform you" Kushi assured

"Thanks" Roy left the room then

"Father" Kushi called him softly

"I want to meet Arnav" Shashi told again

Kushi sighed. Shashi was drifting to sleep again, and She didn't think it was a nice idea to urge him to talk again. She would have to get Arnav to meet her father after he got discharged.

"I will speak to him again and request him to come and meet you. I am sure he will comply this time" Kushi told him calmly.



So what is it that Shashi is guarding against even his own daughter? Stay tuned to know this secret'



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Chapter 6: Part 1

Post by Abavi on 2013-03-04, 15:54

From the author's desk: Thanks a lot for all your comments people, I cant believe we are in thread 2 already... a big shout out to all of you who like and leave comments for this story

Do keep commenting and encouraging me... Now that Checkmate is almost over, we will try and get to thread 3 quicker than we reached thread 2...

Happy reading!
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Chapter 6: Feats of Assumptions
Part 1: Out of the blue

Akaash reached the second floor landing immersed into some file which he was holding, pausing for a moment to say hi to Anjali and NK sitting by the couch near the Fish tanks, he crossed them intending to reach his room.



"You missed saying hi to me hun"



Akaash stopped on his tracks hearing the voice.



"Payal?"



"hi" she said as she sat up from the couch where she was lying down all this while.



"My brother has poor eyesight Payal- It didn't get improved with his specs too" Anjali commented.



"When did you come? What are you doing here?"



"Wow! Nice welcome I get- and for your information- we haven't met for 3 whole days" Payal informed Anjali and NK both of whom grinned at her expressions.



"I mean- I didn't expect to see you here this late in the evening' When did you come? "



"It's been half an hour now' "



"What if Dadi comes to know'"



"Relax! I came to know from Anji and NK that Dadi, Nani and Mami have left for a satsang at the neighbourhood and will be back only by 8'" Payal rolled her eyes' Akaash can panic at simplest of things unlike her. Even if they come back early-what is the issue?



Akaash looked at Anjali and Nk who nodded at him.



"Why didn't you let me know you are here?" Akaash asked her finally



"I was waiting for you finish your meeting- so have been passing time trying to find out why your sister and brother hate Sheetal so much" Payal yawned.



"And I have been telling her that I hate her because she is so full of herself" Anjali replied back without missing a beat "She is more interested in impressing Dadi than anyone else- looks like a chamchi in making"



NK burst out laughing



"Anjali control your tongue' Arnav will be really upset if he hears you commenting like that" Akaash warned her



"He will be more upset if he ends up marrying her" Anjali told with her nose in the air "His life will be royally ruined"



"She does seem like a smart and shrewd girl if she wants to impress dadi' Nani is too easy to please"



"She conducts herself with so much importance, and she screwed her nose like this when Ramu kaka gave her tea- Doesn't she know he is more like family to us?" Anjali complained to Payal.



"Hmm that sounds like a put off'Is she good looking- how is the chemistry"



"Ofcourse she is good looking'" NK told her "what do you mean by chemistry?"



"Oh that's girly stuff" Payal told NK and raised her brows at Anjali



"Sadly yes- to an irksome level- I hate it" Anjali told her



"I don't get it" Payal told her



"Arnav behaves differently around her- like a love sick puppy- I hate it"



"Really?" Payal sat upright "You mean Arnav? Arnav singh Raizada acts like a love sick puppy?"



"Nothing wrong with him. I think she makes him do so" Anjali told "Look , Akaash doesn't change himself when you are around' He remains the same dumbo that he is"



"Excuse me" Akaash protested while Payal smiled at him and patted him



"But With Arnav- He turns soft around her' she keeps acting like a delicate darling- asking him for this and that- to which he complies like a gentle man"



"Anji, Are you sure its not the possesive sister instinct kicking in?" Payal asked her



"Possesive?" Anjali sat upright' "How can you tell like that Payal? Have I ever acted like a possessive sister for Akaash? Infact, I have always tried to arrange for those secret meetings for both of you'"



"May be you felt it for Arnav- because you don't know Sheetal much" Akaash told her



"Not at all- I wouldn't have felt so excited to meet her in the first place' I would only want you all to be happily settled with right girls' Girls who make me feel that my brothers are in safe hands when I finally go to another place after my wedding..."



"Don't get sentimental now Anjali- focus focus" NK told her smiling while Akaash looked apologetic.



"Yeah' Its you next- If you ever bring someone like Sheetal then" Anjali warned NK all of a sudden



"My girl is definitely not like Sheetal" NK told her



"Your girl? You have a GF?" Payal asked him, as he bit his tongue, as Anjali smiled wickedly at him



"Then how is she?" Anjali asked



"I meant, I wouldn't fall for someone like Sheetal" NK managed to get out of the situation.



Anjali wanted to pursue pulling NK's legs- But Payal moved on



"But that's really interesting to hear that Sheetal managed to change Arnav to a mushy mushy guy- I always thought Arnav would be tough to tame types even when he wooed someone"



"He didn't go mushy mushy' You don't get it' She keeps cooing to him and he complies'"



"Haa.. that happens when men are in the verge of impressing the girls before they ask them THE question"



"You reckon?" Anjali worriedly asked Payal, and she nodded.



"Even Akaash was like that.. But you were too young to notice it" Payal told her "Ok leave that, how does she talk to you people?"



"She treated me as if I am a kiddo'She made it a point to let me know that she would be the bhabhi figure to me... I cannot expect fun from her and she would love some respect'Wait till you meet her Payal- even you wouldn't want her to be your jethani! "



"and you forgot to mention that she is a snub" NK told Anjali



"Why so?" Payal asked him



"Look, I know my limits with my brother's girls. I know you are Akaash's girlfriend- In future his wife- but still when I talk to you, tease you, pull you hair or hold out my hand to assist you- would you mind?"



"Not at all" Payal replied "hey come on- you are my brother in law' How would I mind? You are gonna be my brother after my marriage"



"Exactly!" NK told her "When I met Sheetal, I didn't play any of the pranks that I play with you' I only spoke with her in a quite friendly way and her face expressions told me that she was already reacting as if I was flirting with her"



"That's sad" Payal told him "Are you sure you didn't bore her with your PJs"



Anjali smirked at Payal. But it was obvious that NK was pissed off, he brushed off Payal's leg pulling and carried on.



"How do you expect me to be in that comfortable zone if she keeps throwing signals as if she is annoyed with my friendly talks?-that too annoyed like a girl would be annoyed with a over flirtious guy?"



"NK, You can't expect the same level of comfort zone with Sheetal as with Payal" Akaash explained him- "You know Payal for 15 years- its not the same with Sheetal"



"Even if it was the case, I wouldn't expect the girl who is going to be a part of my family to have that kind of attitude' What is she a 16 year old? She was not brought up in a town to be shy and innocent in that way ' I would understand if she is shy' but she is clearly a snub head and a show off!"



"Yeah she is" Anjali supported NK, glaring at Akaash "I have a feeling that if she gets married to Arnav- he wouldn't remain the same man that he is now' He will not be happy"



"But I don't get it' If you all feel so, why haven't Arnav felt like that? As far as I know- Arnav is one of the best judges of character that I know"



"Simple! Love is blind" NK told Payal



"Crush is blind, deaf and dumb too" Anjali told him "and by the looks of it, I swear it is a crush that my innocent bro is falling for"



"Innocent and Arnav in a single line" Payal exclaimed "He would surely get a heart attack if hears this"



Anjali giggled



"I would say it is not a crush' It looks more like a companionship that Arnav is taking for love'" NK told them.



"Whatever you guys feel about Sheetal or this relationship- it is his choice of life- and I wish you both show some respect to his choice and feelings and maintain the courtesy to not hurt him with these comments" Akaash told them



"Whatever- But that doesn't change my opinion about her' I don't mind becoming a villain for their love story- I don't want that species to spoil my family atmosphere"



"That is really a strong range of hate Anji- I feel sorry for that girl"



"Now you don't start supporting you sweatheart" Anjali pointed a finger at Payal "You don't know how much I am worried if Arnav will one day come and tell us that Sheetal said yes to him- and the way the family goes about her- I am sure he will pop the question one day or other in near future."



"I am not supporting Akaash, May be she was little anxious to impress the elders. So that they accept her, I am still not able to fathom how Arnav would have developed feelings for a girl with such attitude.. Maybe Arnav is not that serious about her at all and you all are worrying about this too much' Or its completely in a different perspective' You know how Arnav is' I think Arnav would not have given her enough time to prepare herself and sprang this visit on her all of a sudden' Seems more like Arnav style to me'and also you both have been a little too excited to meet her ' Maybe she didn't expect such a high voltage excitement from you people and went off beat'"



"You understand my brother much better that these two" Akaash told her "Infact these two are exaggerating Sheetal's attitude' She is really a nice girl- I have met her in London- and now here' She was looking little nervous today- as you told it could be ..."



"Go on then, start Sheetal fan club" Anjali retorted before Akaash could finish his sentence.



Akaash started to tell something, Nk was grinning' Payal sensed this was getting into one of those siblings fight'



"Ok OK guys- enough'" Payal told immediately "I have some news to really cheer you all up"



"And what is that? Are you going to join Sheetal fan club too?" Anjali asked



Payal narrowed her eyes and looked at Anjali, which made her giggle.



"Ok tell us.." Anjali finally told her



"I am getting engaged to Vinod Khatri day after tomorrow" Payal told as she stood up and announced this with dramatic effect



"What?" All the three shouted back



***



Arnav looked at Mr.Roy who was sitting opposite to him in his office cabin at his house.



"What do you mean Mr.Roy? He refused to speak to you?"



"Yeah, He denied plainly ' Not even a word"



"Even after you told him that you are representing me?"



"Yes, Even after threats that we can actually prosecute him for cheating late Mr.Ajay Raizada"



"Did he oppose when you accused him that he played tricks on my father?"



"No, he didn't, But he stopped being nice to me, He rudely asked me to get out"



"Did you talk to the girl? Did he say anything to her?"



"The girl proclaims that he refuses to speak to her too- But I am not sure how much of it is truth"



"Why so?"



"Because I had forgotten my car keys in the room and went back to fetch it' The room door was not closed fully, and I could hear some conversation happening between the girl and her father. "



Arnav waited for Roy to continue



"Mr.Gupta was saying the girl that he and Mr.Ajay Raizada were childhood friends' I think he was mentioning about some favour or something that was promised' I didn't get it fully, a nurse who passed the corridor was throwing awkward looks at me, she stopped to ask me what I was doing there, I had no choice but to open the door and announce my presence. They stopped speaking abruptly"



"I see" Arnav told thoughtfully



"Whatever be the case Mr.Raizada, I would advise you to observe caution if you decide to go and see him. We don't know yet if whatever this man says is true- And I have a feeling that if it is true we could be in a much worser position than the case if the man is lying"



"What do you mean? How could we be in a worser position?"



"If they are childhood friends, and the man is given a part of his property in mysterious conditions- it could be anything' I am a man who believes that there could never be smoke without fire' "



"I don't get you"



"What if you father had promised the man long time ago that he will take the girl as his Daughter in Law for one of his sons? And now when the man came to claim his right, your father couldn't say no for something that he owes this man, and just gave away some of the property as compensation and this man is quite shrewd to use that to get his daughter married to you or one of your brothers?"



"But this is farfetched'and ridiculous!" Arnav was tempted to laugh scornfully, but controlled himself



"This is just a speculation- but isn't this one of the possibilities?" Mr Roy asked him



Arnav nodded



"Looks plausible" he said thoughtfully "May be we are far away from truth"



"But I have a feeling that the truth could be as ridiculous and farfetched as this" Mr Roy told him



Arnav nodded at Mr.Roy



"You are right Mr.Roy"



"I insist you to exercise caution Mr.Raizada- We need to be guarded too, we need a counter plan if the man is asking for you, so that he can convince you using your father's name or weekness. Its my duty to warn you- I would appreciate if you would call me and let me know your moves- unlike today morning"



Arnav and Roy got up, as Arnav extended his hand to Roy



"I will be cautious Mr.Roy, Thanks for the advice"



***



Arnav spent some time in recluse and solitude of the big study at the second floor, long after Mr.Roy left his cabin. He usually spent his time in the study when he was confused and wanted to gather his thoughts. Books and gardening were the two things that unwinded him. While gardening was reserved for times when he was upset or wanted some relaxation, he preferred books and recluse to gather his confused thoughts. Today being such a day, He was lost in thoughts about Shashi and whatever Mr.Roy had told him just moments before. He thought about Kushi's promise to him that she will somehow bring those papers to him.



He was in dilemma 'Should he wait for Kushi to give him those papers? Or should be proactively counter act to get those papers? Should he go and meet Shashi? What if Shashi has laid a trap for him like Mr.Roy predicted? According to Mr.Roy, Shashi had been quite persistent that he needs to meet only him- Was Shashi so confident that Arnav wouldn't be able to refuse whatever he asks for? Did his father owe this man something? Or could it be as simple as to thank him for his help this morning?



He had to act fast, they could not do anything until he got the property papers back- The prospective buyer wouldn't wait for long enough and they had to settle the money for the rest of them.



He decided to visit the hospital the next morning. Whatever be the case, Arnav wanted to unknot the mystery of their family property ending up in Shashi's name.



As he opened the door to get out of the study, he could hear his brothers and sisters making a din in the lounge. Then he remembered Payal's call to him.



"Oh my god! I completely forgot about it" He muttered to himself and quickly he decided to put his problems at the backseat for now and look at what could be done for his brother and Payal.



"Time for action!" he told himself as he stepped out


Hmm, Do you think Arnav has got enough in his plate to worry about? But wait, this is just the start, Don't you worry about him, he is more tougher than you think!

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Post by rrekha on 2013-03-07, 12:25

i need to read it

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Chapter 6 Part 2

Post by Abavi on 2013-03-11, 10:27

From the Author's desk: Hello people, So sorry to make you all wait this long. The updates can be a little scarce for the next three weeks' My little sankadevis are having their final assessments starting next week and I don't have much time to spare right now' I will manage an update a week, and at the most two, if I am able to manage a second update

Thanks for all the lovely feedbacks and wishes.

Happy reading.

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Chapter 6- Feats of Assumption
Part 2- Missed Meet



"The glee in your face doesn't go with the news" Anjali exclaimed in shock

"And you came here to invite us for it?" NK looked baffled

"Payal' How can you be so calm about it?" Akaash was looking as if he was hit with club on his head "Does Arnav know this?" He asked as a sudden afterthought

"Yeah he knows' I called him and let him know the moment my parents told me about it' "

"And what did he say?" Akaash didn't like the way Payal behaved so coolly

"He asked me to say yes to my parents and stay put"

"What? Are you serious?" Akaash freaked out

"I am" Payal told him

"Payal.. I don't understand what is happening here' Wait let me call bhai" Akaash took out his mobile and started dialing Arnav's number. Payal shook her head in mock sympathy, when Akaash addressed Arnav as Bhai, it meant he was really very tensed.

The creaking of the study door drew everyone's attention to the study room and they all saw Arnav coming out of it.

"you were here all the while" Akaash asked surprised

"Hi Arnav'" Payal called out

"Hi Payal, What are you doing here? I thought you would be busy shopping for your engagement"

"No I let my parents do it for me" Payal grinned at him

"Are you both crazy?" Akaash shouted at both of them who seemed to be enjoying this conversation "This is not funny- NOT AT ALL funny!"

"Yeah' It is not" Anjali told seriously "How can you be so calm about this Payal'Why did'nt you accompany them for the shopping? What if they get you something that you don't like?" Anjali looked devastated. It looked like a criminal waste to her.

"Shutup Anjali" NK told her and blinked at Payal

"Yeah, Kiddo is right- You should have gone for the shopping Payal- and should have got yourselves some nice outfits'" Arnav told her

"Oh, I needed the time to practice blushing- so I asked them to carry on" She chuckled at Arnav who winked back at her

"STOP THIS'" Akaash screamed at last "How can you both be joking like this?"

Arnav grinned at Akaash. Payal laughed- But soon controlled herself realizing that Akaash was at the verge of losing his sanity.

"That's all you trust me?" Arnav teased him.

"Ha..have you a..a..already planned something then?"

"NO I don't have anything planned yet'" Arnav admitted to them

"Then why did you ask me to play cool?"

"Because we don't yet know what your parents plans are if you don't agree- I have a feeling that they have something in their sleeve which will make you succumb to their plans' "

"Emotional blackmailing?" Akaash asked as Arnav shook his head.

"Do you really think I will give a damn about their emotional Blackmailing?" Payal asked Akaash

"Emotional Blackmailing ' to hurt themselves- NO.. But Emotional Blackmailing to hurt Akaash?" NK asked her again.

"You mean like hurting Akaash if I don't agree to marry that pig face?" Payal asked him. He nodded at her and she smiled

"Don't you worry about that-They won't do that'They know very well that I will emotionally blackmail them back' I can do the same thing to that pig face'Can't I?" Payal grinned at him

"They know very well that Emotional Blackmailing won't work for Payal- not atleast this way- there should be something else that they are pretty sure of' a plan that they believe, would make Payal to agree to their plans. Otherwise they wouldn't have made a move this fast'" Arnav told them and then he turned to Payal

"How did they react when you appeared cool to the engagement news?"

"To be frank, I don't think they believed me. They looked surprised."

Arnav smiled at her.

"That's what I want them to do' Let them keep guessing what we are up to, I am trying to find out their plans in the meanwhile'"

"And what are we going to do for the engagement? It's on day after tomorrow"

"If we don't find the reason before that, she attends the engagement ceremony. But that shouldn't make a difference' She is already engaged to you"

"You mean to say, that I should accept a ring from that pig face?"

"Do you mind?" Arnav cocked his eyebrow

"Ofcourse I do- I don't want to '" Payal gritted her teeth

"Then don't " Arnav told her coolly "But you should be there- don't raise any suspicion in your parents eyes"

"How can she be there and say no to the ring at the same time?" Akaash asked his brother.

"Oh man, come on, should I give you ideas for everything?" Arnav asked a baffled Akaash, as he pulled out his ringing mobile and accepted the call moving away from there.

"Say you didn't like the ring Payal, Ask for a new one- by the time they get a new one, the muhurth would be gone" Anjali told her friend. Payal shook her head

"You can get away with such a tantrum Anji' I cannot'It sounds too silly" Payal told as Anjali glared at her

"Put rings on all your fingers' He will not have fingers to insert a ring into" NK said as everyone else glared at him

"Don't give stupid ideas like this NK' They will simply ask her to remove it'"an annoyed Akaash told him

Arnav came back still talking into his mobile as he forced a bandage roll into Akaash's hand.

"What happened? Are you hurt?" Akaash asked him

Arnav glowered at Akaash and then gestured towards Payal.

"He is asking to wind it up on her fingers" Anjali screamed excitedly as Arnav gave her a HiFi and walked away again.

"Why? Are you hurt?" He asked Payal concerned

"No Buddhu, he wants me to show I am hurt on my ring finger and I cannot accept the ring." Payal told him exasperated.

"Akaash, if you used have the shrewdness you use at Business and studies, for your personal life, People will be much at peace'If you were any slower, they would have to find a new word in English dictionary to describe it." NK teased him as Anjali giggled.

"Shut up NK, if only you were in the same position as me, you would know" Akaash mumbled as he took Payal's hand and wound the bandage on her ring finger.

"For all you know he might be at the same position' Who knows his Girlfriend at Australia hasn't found someone else already?" Anjali asked suddenly

"She won't"

"How do you know?"

"I know she won't'" NK bit his tongue as the three stared at him, He saw Anjali looking at him with a triumphant smile. He didn't like it a bit

"Out with it NK bhai" Anjali asked him "Who is she? Is she there in your FB list?"

"I..I am getting a call" he said as he quickly escaped into his room.

"So he has a GF?" Akaash asked the girls

"Yeah, maybe a pregnant GF- who knows" Anjali said to a startled Akaash and wide eyed Payal as she smirked looking at the direction where NK disappeared few seconds a go.

***

The next morning, Arnav parked his car in the parking lot of that renowned hospital and made his way towards the hospital lounge when he was encountered by a bouncing Happy Singh.

"Hello, Arnavji- How are you?"

Arnav muttered a hello.

"It's good that you finally came, Can you be with Shashiji for some time? I need step out for a few minutes- I have told the nurse by the way'But it would be better if he had someone whom he knows when he wakes up" Happy told him, not giving him a chance to talk

"Wakes up?" Arnav asked him

"Yeah, Shashiji is sleeping now.. and he is alone, Kushiji went out'I will be back within half an hour" Happy informed by the way as he passed him and went walking out hurriedly.

Arnav stood there stunned trying to comprehend that he was asked to watch over Shashi for some time. He shook his head incredulously and turned back to walk when Happy called him again

"I forgot to tell you, Shashi ji has been shifted to room 103 this morning" Happy called out and then he was gone.

Arnav gritted his teeth, for his waste of time. Chiding himself for not calling Kushi beforehand to check out Shashi's routine, he walked grumpily towards the room.

As he entered the room, a middle aged, short and stout nurse who had been reading a book looked up and peered at him curiously.

"Yes?"

"erm, I am here to meet Mr.Shashi Gupta" Arnav told in his british accent, wondering to himself why he was using this accent here.

"He is under sedatives now, he is sleeping" the nurse told him, still looking at him up and down, taking his expensive clothes and foreign accent.

"Alright, I shall wait" Arnav told grudgingly as he came and sat on one of the chairs beside the bed.

"Are you a relative?" The inquisitive nurse asked him

"No, Just an acquaintance"

"Oh' visitor? You should leave in another half an hour then"

"Half an hour?"

"The visiting hours is from 9 to 10 in the morning and 6 to 7 in the evening"

"I shall stay here until Kushi or her friend comes back" Arnav muttered as he pulled out his phone and started to browse it- when it started ringing

"Phone in silent mode" The nurse hissed at him as he got up feeling irksome.

"Arnav Raizada" he called into his mobile as he stepped out.

***

Kushi entered RP building and went to the receptionist

"Hello, I want to meet Mr.Arnav Singh Raizada"

"Do you have an appointment mam?" the girl asked as she looked up, her eyes widened

"You?" She shrieked

"Yeah" Kushi told calmly "Don't worry, I won't barge in like the other day, I need to talk to him in person"

"It is not possible" The girl told in a direct tone "Sir is not here today- He hasn't come yet"

"Will he be coming?"

"He will be coming later, he has a client visiting him later in the day"

"Ok then,I shall wait"

"There is another person waiting to meet him today" The receptionist told her, pointing to a man by the corner of the couch. "Sir's schedule is packed today; He has two other appointments before he can meet his clients"

"Its ok, I am sure, he will be ready to squeeze in another appointment for me" Kushi smiled at the girl who looked at her bewildered and went and sat on the couch.

She had only one motive in mind, which was to convince Arnav to visit her father. The mystery was eating her and she was not sure if Arnav was not willing to meet her father, as when she had asked him to come through phone, he had only sent his Lawyer. She smiled at the receptionist who was giving her odd looks. Kushi didn't have any idea what was running in the girl's mind nor did she hear the girl gossiping to her other colleague contemplating on the lines of whether their 'sir' whom they thought was the most handsome and eligible bachelor was already booked.

***

When Arnav stepped into the room after the call, the nurse gave him a friendly smile.

"Your name is Arnav Raizada?"

"Yes, How do you know?"

"Oh I heard you saying your name just few minutes back"

Arnav nodded. He realized it was a waste of time to stay there waiting for Shashi to wake up, probably he can visit later.

"Are you his 'would be' damad?" The nurse's question threw him off guard

"What? NO"

"Oh'ok" she said in a disappointed tone, She had been sure of her instincts and inquisitive nature, and through years of experience in nursing patients, it had been her favorite pastime to guess how the visitors were related to the patient.

She went back to the book that she was reading.

"I will come back later; can you inform Kushi to call me if she comes back? This is my visiting card" Arnav told as he left the card on the bed side table.

Just then, Shashi muttered something in his sleep, which drew his attention.

As he looked at the nurse, she looked uninterested.

"Oh don't worry about that" she told him "He either keeps calling your name, or his daughter's name or mutters about her future, her wedding'"

"oh" Arnav told, not sure what else to say more. Should he ask this lady about any other property documents that Shashi might have muttered in sleep? He decided not to ask and turned back to walk out

"You know what? that's why I thought may be you are his daughter's fianc" The nurse told him

"I told you I am not, I am just an acquaintance"

"Hmm' I heard it" She replied back, not looking up from the book.

As Arnav walked back to his car, he started to wonder why Shashi would be muttering his name and Kushi's wedding together' Was he reading too much into nothing? Or was it something on the lines of what Roy had warned him about the last night?

***

By the time Arnav stepped into his office, Kushi observed that some three people who had already had an appointment with him were already waiting in the lounge for him. The receptionist had already informed his PA that the clients were on the way and would be there anytime.

Kushi thought if she doesn't jump in, it might take a long time to meet him. She saw him coming in when the security slided open the door for him. Making up her mind she stood up.

"Arnav Jee"

Arnav who had nodded customarily to his office staff as he moved to open the door to the inner offices, paused with his hands on the door handle, and abruptly turned back to see Kushi walking towards him, with a friendly smile as she played with the strap of her crossed shoulder bag.

The entire reception floor went quiet, on her informal and very personal way of addressing him, as the reception girls, looked on, getting inquisitive, and the other visitors looked on too.

Arnav took in the surroundings quickly and then looked back at her.

"Can I have a few minutes of your time?" She asked him, "I checked with your receptionist and she says that you are busy today"

"That's alright, come in" he muttered to her as he gritted his teeth

"So is this the time you normally come to office?" Kushi asked him "You are not an early bird obviously; I had been waiting for almost an hour!"

As she chirped walking behind him trying to keep up with his fast pace, his office staff looked at the pair and then smiled at him or nodded at him, he also noticed that they still kept peering at them even after they crossed them.

"Arnav jee, can't you walk normally? I am getting out of breath" Kushi told him half running behind him

"Stop calling me that" He growled at her, as some staff passing them, smiled meaningfully

"Calling you what?" Kushi asked him confused as they reached his cabin.

The swung the door open and held it for her. She stepped in muttering thanks

"Whats wrong with your name?" Kushi asked him as soon as he closed the door behind them.

"Nothing is wrong with my name' It's the way you address it- It's so informal"

Kushi raised her eyebrows at this.

"Don't expect me to address you sir' or boss ' I am not your recruit" She told him

"I didn't ask you to" Arnav retorted back impatiently.

Kushi felt irritated, for a change she wanted to be nice and friendly with him as a gesture of gratitude for his timely help- and his behavior was only annoying her

"Or do you suppose I should call you Arnie like the rest of the girls? You suppose that sounds nice?" She told him in a flow.

He looked at her incredulously as she bit her tongue, regretting the fact that she had just let him know that she had observed what the other girl called him the other day.

Yeah, I can hear all that mutterings and curses flying my way for stopping here. The next update is not far away, practice patience :)

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Post by Abavi on 2013-03-11, 10:28

rrekha wrote:i need to read it
Do read it and leave a feedback for me :)

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Re: ArHi FF: Destiny Games

Post by rrekha on 2013-03-11, 12:51

I can visualize Arnav's flaring nose when Khushi calls him Arnavjeeeeeeeeee :)

Abavi may i know ur native? Pls ignore this if ur offended.

im desperately waiting for the next update. pls make it soon.

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Re: ArHi FF: Destiny Games

Post by Abavi on 2013-03-11, 17:22

rrekha wrote:I can visualize Arnav's flaring nose when Khushi calls him Arnavjeeeeeeeeee :)

Abavi may i know ur native? Pls ignore this if ur offended.

im desperately waiting for the next update. pls make it soon.
I am trying desperately to find some time to sit and update Rekha... :P

I belong down south dear, I come from a place where they speak tamil and settled in - (once upon a time) garden city of India:)

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Post by rrekha on 2013-03-11, 17:39

oh ok So ur a from TamilNadu. I have been brought up there.

I asked bcos i saw ur Joke corner.

Romba nalla irundathu.

:)

Thanx for the instant reply.

Great Going. peeping everytime for ur updates.................................... Bye

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Re: ArHi FF: Destiny Games

Post by rrekha on 2013-03-14, 10:10

Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Are u there ????????????????????

Updates pls Miss You

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Re: ArHi FF: Destiny Games

Post by Abavi on 2013-03-14, 10:36

rrekha wrote:oh ok So ur a from TamilNadu. I have been brought up there.

I asked bcos i saw ur Joke corner.

Romba nalla irundathu.

:)

Thanx for the instant reply.

Great Going. peeping everytime for ur updates.................................... [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Wow, u know tamil too? great!
Ha I am so sorry to keep you all waiting, I am just a little busy with my Kidwa's assessments... that I dont get time to get into a writing mood... Will soon give a update...

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Post by shruti46 on 2013-03-20, 15:03

plz update it soon..

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Chapter 6 Part 3

Post by Abavi on 2013-03-27, 14:25

From the author's desk: here is the next update people, I have given you all the much asked for ArHi filled update... But I am not sure if you people would like it

Thanks for the lovely feedbacks and impatient wait
Happy reading
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Chapter 6- Feats of Assumptions
Part 3- Fallacious Influences


As Payal honked at the private gate, a security rushed to open the large gate, to the left of which "Sharma House" was engraved in a large golden plate. She parked her car in her house parking lot.

As she walked to her house entrance, she noticed the other gate which was normally used by the public to access her father's office was pretty crowded.

"namastey Babyji" It was Shulka, her father's personal assistant.

"Namastey Shuklaji... father has announced another movie is it?"

"yes babyji... People are waiting to meet him"

"Is he not at home?"

"He is there Babyji.. Madamji and he came a little while ago"

"Oh Shit!"

"Babyji?"

"Not you Shuklaji'" She said annoyed at her situation. Arnav had told her strictly to not create any doubts on their mind'She had hoped to reach home before her parents came home. Making up her mind on how to react to their interrogations, she stepped into the house, soon to be intrigued by the conversation between her parents

"Sharad, Why is he calling you now?" Susheela demanded her husband as he finally ended him call with his surprise caller.

"Nothing Sushee.. It's about someone he knows... He wants me to give that person a chance in my next new movie venture"

"Oh.. I thought- he called you for you know- Payal- Akaash thing"

"I thought too.. it is surprising you know... when you think a person is staunchly your opponent's supporter- he gives a call and talks almost in a very friendly tone.- May be doesnt know that we are not in talking terms"

"But I should urge you to be careful with him- I dont get a good feel about it..."

"I know... I only asked this person whom he wanted me to give a chance to come and meet me in a week's time... We will see about that later... "

They both were diverted as they saw Payal coming in



"Where were you all this time Payal?" her mother asked her

"To meet a friend- to invite her for my engagement" Payal answered coolly without even looking at them as she went into her room and banged it close.

"She is lying- she went to meet that Akaash" Susheela told her husband "Just like she lied to us about that cut in her finger that she got suddenly from yesterday evening- Knowing that her engagement is tomorrow"

"I know... She thinks that she can fool us- We are her parents- we know her better" Sharad replied back.

"How can you take this so lightly, Sharad? I am so scared if she will elope one day with that Akaash- just like that"

"She won't have a chance Sushee-She wouldn't have expected the bombshell that I am going to drop on her tomorrow- nor would Akaash or Arnav- who is advising her on this game would expect it- they all think they can stage this drama and get away with it' they are all merely small fishes- How can they expect to win people like me who are sharks in playing this game?"

***

Arnav glared at Kushi as she stood there biting her lip.

"I mean, when I was waiting at the reception, I heard the women folks referring to you as Arnie bwoy" Kushi explained him "I thought maybe you preferred to'"

"SHUTUP" Arnav shouted at her, as she simpered standing there

"I said Shutup" Arnav shouted again

"I stopped talking long back"

"Why are you smiling at me then?"

"Excuse me' Is smiling at someone a crime here?"

"NO! Smiling is not' but you were smirki---forget it" Arnav told her exasperated, "Why did you come here? Have you got my papers ?"

"No I haven't' I tried to speak to my father.. but"

"But what' He didn't tell you' isn't it? Is there anything new?"

"Look, don't be so rude- He keeps telling me that"

"I don't have all the time in the world. If you came here to tell me that you haven't got the papers still then"

"Will you let me speak?" Kushi asked him as he kept glaring at her

"It is not my fault- I tried to get the location of the papers- but He wants to meet you badly- he has something that he wants to tell only you'I told you this before ' but you sent your lawyer and he refused to speak to him- Can you come once to meet him?"

"I went to meet him this morning"

"You did?" Kushi asked surprised "Are you serious?"

Arnav went around his desk, as he removed his coat and put it on the back rest of his chair and switched on his laptop.

"Did he speak anything?" Kushi asked him expectantly.

Arnav didn't answer. She had to repeat the question again.

"No he was under sedatives"

"oh.." Kushi sighed disappointedly "Will you be able to come today evening then? "

Arnav didn't tell her anything for a while. Kushi was getting irritated and controlled herself from going forward and snapping his laptop shut. She hated it when someone didn't answer her.

"Did he say something to you about how he got the property?" Arnav asked her after a few minutes of silence

Kushi stared at him, that he looked up at her and repeated his question. She pretended to be busy looking for something inside her shoulder bag.

"When I am asking you something- Answer me dammit" He shouted at her as she faced him

"Now you know how one feels when their question is unanswered..." Kushi told him, as he looked at her stunned with surprise.

"No he didn't tell me anything"

"Didn't he tell you that my father was his childhood friend?" he asked scrunching his eyebrows.

Kushi raised her eyebrows in surprise. Wondering how he knew this, she nodded

"yes, he told about some childhood friendship" she told "but he didn't say much after that but how do you know it by the way?" Kushi asked him

"That's none of your business- but still you kept this away from me" The anger was evident in his voice.

"Oh the lawyer overheard it"

"Good that he heard, otherwise, I wouldn't have guessed the level of your honesty"

"look- I didn't mean to hide this from you... He just started but, I don't even know if they went to the same school or grew up in the same neighborhood'." Kushi told him "If that is the attitude that I would get for helping you'"

"Helping me? You owe me this- for my timely help" He told her, sounding a little towards the haughty side of his, though he didn't mean to be arrogant.

"Timely help? He was in that situation because of you'you got him arrested and he suffered an attack because of that." She retorted back at him, her own ego raising its head- though all she felt towards him for that gesture was gratitude.

Both of them stared at the other, their eyes throwing draggers at each other.

"I can give you only a day's time- I need my property papers by tomorrow- I don't know what you will do to get it to me" He told her in a menacingly slow voice "I don't want to waste another half a day at the hospital expecting him to wake up- it's all a waste of time"

"Are you threatening me? Don't forget you have nothing to hold against me if I say no to you" Kushi told him as she went and stood in front of him, both her hands on the table "Nothing at all- You can't get anything out of me with this kind of an attitude-Not even my hair!"

"How dare you" He growled at her as he stood up and advanced towards her, she didn't flinch nor did she move back. She stood there, glaring at him with a rage equalizing his.

"I should have guessed" He told her in spite, "I can expect nothing but this from the likes of you and your father- Gold diggers and cheaters"

He was in his vindictive best and the words were said to hurt and wound the receiver and it did find its target successfully. Her eyes reflected the hurt that she felt for a moment before she guarded herself.

"What else could we humble and poor expect from the likes of you 'other than arrogance, imprudence and animosity?"

"What else do you or your father deserve for taking advantage of my father's weakness?"

"My father wouldn't have imagined anything on those lines- You have no rights to humiliate my father- Another word from you about him'"

"What will you do?" Arnav asked her, not even realizing as he clutched her arms hard.

Kushi shoved his hands away from hers as hard as she could. He released it, realizing his folly and stepped back.

"I realize there is no use talking to you anyway. Before accusing my father, if you have a working brain, think if your father was more foolish than you to have written away crores worth of property to anyone whom he called a friend"

Arnav stood there stupefied by her words as she moved towards the door.

Arnav's landline started ringing. She turned to look at him. He picked up his call in anger.

"If you want anything from us anymore- you come to us- I wouldn't come to you nor would I let my father to" she told him as she picked up her bag and swung it across her shoulder.

Arnav who had been listening into the call- opened his eyes in surprise

"Whom did you say?" he asked into his receiver, paused to listen for a moment "connect me" he called out and switched on the speaker.

Kushi stopped in surprise as she recognized the voice coming out of the speaker.

"Hello am I speaking to Arnav Singh Raizada?"

"yes" Arnav said as he looked at Kushi triumphantly

"Father" Kushi gasped in surprise.

"I just came to know that you came to meet me at the hospital" Shashi's voice blared from his mobile

"I did- you wanted to talk to me"

"Yes, it's is very important." Shashi told him "Arnav, you would have known by this time that your father and I were childhood friends. You would also know that almost 50 crores worth of your family property is in my name. I had thought you would be smart enough to come to me in present situations- Nevertheless-I will be proactive here and let you know my precious secret. Don't you want to listen to it?"

Kushi blinked at the landline and then at Arnav. It was surely sounding like Shashi's voice, but she didn't recognize the coldness that it harbored. Arnav looked bemused at the tone too.

"Tell me" Arnav called out looking at Kushi sarcastically.

"I and your father were high school mates' Your father owed his life to me- I saved him once from a life threatening accident- and that day, he promised me anything that I would ask him. Years later, when I met him finally, he was true to his words- He said he owed me still. My request was simple- I asked him to help me fulfill my promise to my wife at her death bed- A affluent and wealthy married life for my daughter. My friend was reluctant when he came to know that I was asking for one of his son's hand in marriage for my daughter- He was struck in between being a good father and a gentleman- He finally signed off some of his property in my name- as a compensation for what he couldn't fulfill."

"I understand that you are badly in need of these property papers- I will put forward my terms and conditions- Marry my daughter- and get the property back"

As Shashi's voice coursed through the conversation, Arnav saw Kushi's face ashen in disbelief and suspicion.

"If I don't?" Arnav asked Shashi bitterly

"if you don't want to- I still can find an equivalent highborn groom for her- with this property as a bait- the choice is yours"

"Would your daughter agree to this condition of yours?"

"Oh she doesn't know yet- I Know how to deal with her- it is you who have to decide on this- you have time till tomorrow evening"

"I will get back to you" Arnav called out and ended the call

Kushi looked too shaken to speak.

***

In the neighborhood where the Guptas lived, Sameer felt strangely dry as he saw the car leave the place. He was a popular face in that locality for his ability to mimic famous film personalities. He was desperately trying for an opening in the film world- and today- when the opportunity knocked its door- He couldn't believe his eyes. The man boasted to have huge connections in the film industry and not only did he offer him to get him a chance ' he also got the great SS - Sharad Sharma- a big shot film producer to give him a chance'He made Sameer speak to SS'which itself was a dream come true for Sameer. But all things didn't come for free' He had to pay for this. At first he was not ready to sell his talent for his opportunity- but then, like all frantic and desperate poverty driven aspirers, he gave in to his temptation.

Now he stood after he accomplished what was required of him- in the process, witnessing his self-respect lose shamefully to his ambitions. He waved off for the so called gentleman, who had asked for something which was far from gentlemanliness... He knew he had stepped on and defamed the morality of that someone to reach his ladder of fame and even if that person forgives him in future, he would never be able to forgive himself.



Hope I was able to bring out what had happened clearly. If it is still confusing for you, it will clear out in the following chapters

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Chapter 6 Part 4

Post by Abavi on 2013-03-27, 14:31

From the author's desk: Apologies for the late update people, As I told, the mother in me has been fighting against the writer in me... and this update has actually been done part by part each day, Finally I reached where I wanted to end it... I have done the proof reading and stuff.. But still you feel it is kind of discontinuous somewhere, let me know.

Happy reading and loads of hugs for the patient wait, persistent stalking and generous feedbacks!
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Chapter 6: Feats of Assumptions
Part 4: Schemes of Will


"I am sorry, I misjudged your father to be a gold digger- He is not only that- he is an opportunistic blackmailer too" Arnav told unsympathetically to a shocked Kushi

"I can't believe this" Kushi gasped "I don't believe this"

"Wasn't it his voice?" Arnav's tone was dripped with derision

"It was .. but but.. He can never … He is not…" Kushi stammered as she tried to come to terms with her father's call. "h..how.. how did he know your number?"

"I left my visiting card in his room" Arnav told her as a matter of fact…

Kushi stared at Arnav for a while as he raised his eyebrows mockingly at her.

"So he wants to use the property that he doesn't even own the right way to secure your marriage…" he told her "to anyone- that is…" Arnav told her with deliberate sarcasm "and he doesn't even mind your opinions in it…"How wise and kindly!"

"NO" Kushi told in almost whisper, "I refuse to believe this"

"Refuse to believe even after you have heard it all?"

She looked at him like a dear caught in headlights… then she turned and walked hastily towards the door. When her hand was on the door handle, Arnav's sly and cold voice reached her. For some reason the coldness in his voice gave her shivers.

"You promised me my property papers… and I would lay my hands on it anyway… When my opponent is rightful, I play it that way too… when my opponent is scheming, I wouldn't hesitate to play dirty- and that would be 10 times more conniving than his approaches… Don't expect me to show mercy to your father…"

Kushi didn't say anything, She turned and looked at him for a brief moment, he was eyeing her with a curious expression. She turned back, opened the door and then was gone.

***

When Kushi rushed back to the hospital, to have a one on one with her father, She was stopped by Happy at the hospital reception.

"Kushiji"

"Happy Ji… I need to talk to my father… "

"But how will you speak? They are not letting anyone in now"

"Why?" Kushi asked, her instincts alarmed.

"I don't know Kushiji, the doctor told you to meet him as soon as you came… where were you by the way?" Happy kept quipping as Kushi had already started walking towards the ICU.

"Mr.Raizada had come to meet Shashiji"

She abruptly stopped and turned to him

"Were you there? Why didn't you let me know immediately?"

"Kushiji, I had some personal emergency and had to rush, I was happy that Mr.Raizada would be there until I came, But he felt before I came… also when I came, the nurse was not letting me in and all that… they were asking for some payment also… that's when you came in"

Kushi peeped into the view hole briefly; her father was in the aid of the oxygen mask. She was shocked to see this as he was absolutely normal when she left him this morning… Did Arnav lie to her? Did he get to speak to her father? Was it why her father was now undergoing these complications?

As fear gripped her, she walked towards the doctor's cabin.

***

"Your father had some breathing hitches this afternoon; this is a common symptom for a heart attack. But still we had to be cautious" the doctor told her in his serious tone.

"Would the breathing difficulty prolong?"

"We have done what we could to control it… But if it doesn't go, then, we might have to keep him in observation for a day or two"

"Is he alright doctor?" she asked him earnestly.

"His reports are clear, expect for a minor block, which I think wouldn't need an operation, if his health and food habits are in control. Also if his BP is under control and not getting too excited positively or negatively- he should be fine. "

Then it struck her, she had just an hour back, listened to his voice.. didn't she?

"When did he develop this breathing difficulty doctor?"

"Early this afternoon…"

Kushi nodded and moved out of the doctor's cabin. This was getting more into a puzzle maze… She needs to talk to her father soon… She decided it was not the right moment to talk to her father. But sooner or later, she would talk to him. Soon her thoughts started to linger around paying his hospital bills. She peeped into the view hole again to have a look at her father's relaxed posture. She had a thought if the hospital was prolonging her father's stay just for her to pay the bills. It would be better if she was able to settle the bills sooner. With that determination, she walked out of the hospital.

***

A day later, Arnav got a call from Mr.Roy. He listened into the phone for sometime.

"What?" Arnav spoke into his mobile with shock. "How do you know?"

"I have been stalking his visitors' right from the time you told me that he called you" Roy told him with importance "and he is already making his moves"

"What about the girl?" Arnav asked Roy, He thought the girl left the place with determination.

"The Girl has been in and out, but I don't know if she knows anything of her father's move. She has been trying to get money to settle her father's medical expenses."

"I see…"

"This is not all… I have more news. Unless we make our move fast- we are going to miss out on our opportunity to lay our hands on those papers."

"What do you mean?"

"One young man had visited Shashi last evening, and my sources say that he was there for some time. I had my contacts to do background verification on this person, my sources say that there were incidents in the past when this young man was interested in Kushi- and is quite well to do- I hear this man has got some political imfluences as well"

"Which means?"

"I infer that there are wedding talks going on."

Arnav remained unusually quiet. He was oddly very angry with Shashi's rash decisions than being concerned about his property papers. He felt angry for Kushi's sake, his anger directed towards Shashi

"Mr.Raizada, that's why I say, if we don't do anything, the property will slip through our fingers"

"What is this man's name?"

"Vikrant..Vikrant Desai- he is the son of the local counselor who was elected by the people in the locality where the Guptas live.- I am sure shashi is …"

"That's enough! I will take care of this… I want you to listen carefully to me now" Arnav growled into the phone.

Roy listened to Arnav for the next few minutes.

"Mr.Raizada, Do you think that Ms.Gupta will accept for this proposal?"

"That is my problem Roy- You do what is required of you…"

Arnav cut the call and stared into a far distance outside his window. This was the only way right now, he convinced himself. He needed to talk to Kushi soon-He knew there would be reluctance- but he hoped to get her to the edge of acceptance as soon as possible- for the time was closing in on him- both from Kher's side as well as Shashi's side...

***

That evening, Kushi walked towards the reception of the hospital. She had finally managed to arrange for enough money to settle her father's bills. As she mentioned Shashi's name and pushed the amount through the counter, the girl at the counter, looked at the screen and then at her with a baffled expression

"But mam, the payment is already done. It's been updated that Mr.Shashi Gupta will be discharged today"

Kushi was stumped to hear this.

"What? Who made it? " she asked the girl.

"I made it"

Kushi froze to hear that voice again, that too in near proximity. She turned to stare into the chocolate brown eyes of Arnav as he looked down at her

"you? who asked you to make my father's payment?"

"Mam, please move out of the queue, there are others waiting in the queue" the girl at the counter requested her.

"No, Take this amount, give him his amount back…" she told the girl at the counter.

"You give it yourself mam" the girl told her with a sigh.

"Excuse me would you please move aside and have your quarrels… we need to pay too" one man at the queue told her off.

Kushi walked out of the queue, enraged with the situation.

"You can take your money back… I am able enough to look after my father's hospital bills… Also, I don't want to accept money from people who think that I or my father is a potential gold digger or blackmailer"

"If you have to return back my money, then you need to give me a 5000 more, I made the payment for the first day too… if you have forgotten" Arnav replied back to her outraged comments with a calm composure.

"You… how could someone be… What else can I expect from you… Give me some time I will give back that amount too" Kushi told him as she extended her money.

Arnav looked at her extended hand, controlled his smile and then brushed it off.

"that's.. Alright…keep it with you – You can give me the whole amount later."

Kushi opened her mouth to protest against his denial to accept money

"there are more important things to discuss… I need to talk to you… Can you come out- to the parking lot? " Arnav asked her. She raised her eyebrows. "It's too crowded here… and we are already getting curious and unwanted audience" he insisted

"That should be done, if only I wanted to talk to you in the first place." Kushi told him. How she liked to see his smirk disappear… She started walking towards the ICU

Arnav rolled his eyes. He had expected this and he was prepared. He followed her, controlling his rage. Never did any girl walk away from him when he was talking to them…

"Don't you know it is indecent to walk away when one is conversing with you?" he asked her as he followed her.

"No.. it is not indecent if the girl thinks the man is not worthy enough" Kushi replied back to him

Arnav hated this behavior that she was dishing out on him. But before he could open his mouth and tell her anything, he heard her draw her breath quickly as she was about to turn around the corner to the ICU unit. She stopped on her tracks and withdrew herself towards the bend. She quickly opened a cupboard which happened to be a broom closet and without second thought, entered in pulling in a startled Arnav inside along with her.

"What the"

She put her finger to her lips, indicating him to keep quiet.

"What do you think you are doing"

"ushhh"

She looked through the creak in the cupboard opening, Arnav leaned in to peep out too. As he inclined towards her, he could smell her, she didn't smell of anything expensive, like the other girls in his love life. But still her feminine smell was captivating enough for him, He thought he liked her perfume… or was it only a talcum powder or may be her shampoo… he was distracted enough until he heard her murmur

"There he goes"

Arnav saw a man passing the corridor and walk straight towards the exit.

"What is he doing here?" she asked more to herself.

"Who is he?"

Kushi looked at him, then noticed how close they were standing to each other, so close that she could get a whiff of his cologne which had surprisingly become so familiar to her after their encounter at the police station.

"What are you doing here?" She asked him

"What the… you pulled me in" He told her indignantly

She remembered pulling him back when she decided to hide herself. She immediately moved back and then noticed she was still clutching his hand.

"Sorry" she said as she let go of his hands.

Arnav was not bothered enough of her holding his arm. He was too curious about the man who passed them just now. He opened the door and stepped out.

"Why are you scared of him?"

"I am not scared of anyone…" Kushi retorted back as she stepped out of the cupboard too "He is .. he is just a nuisance…" she told him "just like you, and I like to avoid nuisances when I can" she added as an after thought

"How dare you call me a nuisance?" he stepped closer to her, making her move back against the closet door, not out of fear, but to escape the proximity again- once this evening was enough to fluster her. Also inside the cupboard they were standing in dark, he wouldn't have a chance to see how flustered she was with his proximity. But with broad day light, she didn't stand a chance.

"Acting like this to a girl is considered a nuisance…and indecent"she told him. He paused to look at her flushed face and then stepped back. He knew then she wasn't meaning it. Weirdly he liked the thought of her being nervous around him. He hadn't expected her to pull him in, nor did he mean to act offensively with her, but still he had to agree that he did live the moment.

"Look, there is something very important that I need to talk to you… "he started, but Kushi was not even interested. She peeped at the direction where the man had walked away and sighed relieved.

"He is gone… Thank god, he didn't see me… I am in no mood to tolerate indecent flirts right now…"

"Is he Vikrant Desai?" Arnav asked all of a sudden as his conversation with Roy came back to him

To say Kushi was shocked would be an understatement.

"Do you know him?" She asked Arnav

"Not personally, But I have heard about him.. he is the son of a local politician or something isn't it? "

"He is a creep… a skirt chaser…- the world's biggest and cheapest flirt- I hate him" She gave him additional info "But why is he coming out of my father's room?"

Arnav was surprised of the fact about how smoothly they both slipped in and out of alternating between casualness, seriousness, bickering and quarrelling…

"You would be surprised, but I had information that your father is in talks with him "

"Why would my father be in talks with him? He hates him"

"May be not anymore… Considering that he is more determined to marry you off to anyone who is wealthy enough"

"Stop it" She glared at him with fury "Do you even know what my father's intentions are? He would never even dream of getting me married to such a rat"

Arnav controlled his sudden eruption of laughter. Kushi calling that man rat, oddly reminded him of Payal calling her fianc a Pig. He suddenly realized that Kushi had been giving accounts of how much her father and she hated that 'rat'

"…..have been incidents of street brawls between my father and him.. I myself have gotten him arrested for eve teasing 2 times… and still managed to survive his kin's threats… and you think my father would get me married to him?"

"That's what I heard… if you don't want to believe me…fine…" Arnav turned back and started to leave

"Wait" Kushi called out "you said you wanted to talk to me"

"I have already told you what I wanted to tell you…" Arnav told her, his smirk back where it belonged… things were on track, so soon…

"You wanted to tell me this? You came all the way in spite of your contempt to pay my bills and then warn me against something that would never happen at all? I don't believe this- you are too selfish yourself to this charity work"

"Impressive- you have working brains" he told her scathing at her remark

"How dare you!"

"Alright listen, As you have already guessed, I did all that for my own selfishness" he told her coming directly to the point. "I have a plan to get my property papers back.. and I need your help for that"

"My help? All you need to do is turn around that corner, enter my father's room and talk to him"

"Isn't the phone call enough to know his intentions? I don't believe in wasting my time in useless talks."

"Look, I told you already, that could be a huge misunderstanding… My father is not like that…"

"Even after all this, you still believe that nothing has happened and everything is fine?"

"No, I..I don't believe that my father could have any such thought… He is not like that" She trailed off…

"God bless you if you are still in that dream world… Didn't you hear him speak yourself? Or even now with Vikrant's involvement.. Do you think your eyes lied to you?"

Kushi looked disturbed.

Arnav went on to tell her his plan. As he told, her eyes widened

"How dare you ask me to help you to deceive my father?" she asked him incredulously.

"This is the only way out of the mess that I have landed in and you have landed in as well… if you are ready to believe that your father is already in talks with Vikrant.. that is"

"No I can't do this…"

"You have the whole evening to decide and let me know"

With that, he turned back and started walking towards the exit. Kushi stood there watching him go with disturbed and unsettled thoughts.



Hmm.. Long update… I know… Most of you would have guessed where I am taking this… If you are one amongst those who haven't guessed it right yet, don't worry, I will take you there in the next update…

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Re: ArHi FF: Destiny Games

Post by rrekha on 2013-03-27, 17:32

Finally you updated..

I think arnav will propose for a marriage of convenience

Its my imagination....

Anyways let me wait n watch

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Re: ArHi FF: Destiny Games

Post by rrekha on 2013-04-09, 12:05

hellooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Can u hear me Abavi

Where are u?

Takkunu vanduruvennu sonneenga

Ithu than unga takka?? Wink

Update soon

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Chapter 7 part 1

Post by Abavi on 2013-04-17, 10:27

Chapter 7: Destiny's call

Part 1: Master of all Mix-ups


As Shashi got rolled into the ICU room after his final stretch of tests, the nurse who was by the medicine tray looked up.

"Haa.. Here you come' How come you always get visitors either when you are asleep or when you are gone away to take some tests?"

"Had Arnav Raizada come again?" Shashi's eyes sparkled with expectation.

"No'Not this time" the nurse told him, smiling as she remembered the young man who visited Shashi when he was under sedatives. Shashi had been very disappointed when he came to know later that the man had visited him when he was asleep. But then, he got an asthma attack and things got out of control.

"This man called himself as Vikrant Desai.. He said that you know h.."

"That Kaminey? Why did he come here?" Shashi screamed, shooting up his BP bemusing the attender who had strolled him in as well as the nurse.

"Cool down'" the nurse instructed him, thinking it was good that she had sent him away as the visiting hour ended.

"Was Kushi here when that fool was around?"

"No, I haven't seen your daughter for the whole evening'" The nurse told him, calming him immensely.

"Thank god" Shashi breathed relief at the news.

He even chuckled when the nurse added "He surely looked like a fool- a haughty fool at that"

"Yeah he is'" Shashi said "I wish Arnav visited me again"

"Hmm' He was a nice fellow' charming personality- handsome features- pleasant mannerisms!"

"May be he took after his father' I haven't got a chance to meet him yet'"

"You haven't met him at all?" the Nurse asked in a surprised tone

Shashi shook his head "I have seen him once recently' at a distance' that was before I collapsed with heartache"

"Understandable!" the nurse chuckled softly "young men of his caliber take away the hearts of young maidens and give heartaches to the fathers of young maidens!"

Shashi laughed heartily.

"Nothing in that sense though'" he told her "Nothing stolen and nothing given.. infact it is far from it"

"Yeah, the man told me'" The nurse told him "that he is not related to you- neither would he be related to you in future"

"He is right"

"But I don't quite understand your obsession with meeting him"

"It's complicated"

"Are the wedding bells present in one of those bends of complications?"

"You wish!" Shashi told her

"It's a shame' that it hasn't crossed any of you yet'they both will make a good pair!" She said excitedly, partly wishing her instincts were true and partly hoping to get some juicy gossiping time

"I have once proposed him that though" Shashi told her lost in thoughts

"you did?" the nurse asked "and he didn't agree?"

"I don't know" Shashi told her. He then looked at her confused face and smiled "I was not in my senses when I asked him that- I was drunk"

"Then ask him once again when you are in your senses"

"Oh there are other things to consider' I wouldn't go against my daughter's wishes'" Shashi told her.

"She isn't interested?"

"Yes' She isn't interested in this rishta" Shashi told her. But then, it was exactly what Kushi who had just found that time to slightly push open the door heard when she finally decided to return back to check on her father after Arnav left her with intriguing thoughts.

Already worried about the weird news reaching her about her father's association with Vikrant Desai, the words instantly invoked the inquisitiveness in her and she stood there hidden, eavesdropping on their conversation.

"It is a shame!" The nurse told sympathetically' "They would make a lovely pair! Why wouldn't she agree to it?"

"I don't know' She has her own views on life"

"This generation girls'" the nurse muttered "You know what?" The nurse told him chuckling "Forcing them is the only way' that what I would do if I were you too! Use your health as a reason and blackmail them into a marriage'"

Shashi laughed. The remark and the laugh that followed were not at all humorous for Kushi and she squirmed with the revolting idea, conveniently assuming that they were talking about her and Vikrant. She completely missed out the "chuckling and fun" part of the conversation between the Nurse and her father, partly due to the information that was given to her a little earlier and partly because she didn't have a chance to peek into their face mannerisms or body language from her hidden position.

"What is happening here? Is father talking about me and Vikrant? Is it possible that whatever Arnav told me is true then?" she thought to herself.

Then she heard her father speak.

"And by the way, Don't mention about Vikrant Desai's visit to my daughter' I don't want her to get tensed about that"

"Trust me' I won't" the nurse answered back.

This piece of conversation confirmed her worst fears as Kushi felt tears stinging her eyes. Unlike her usual demeanor to go to her father and have a heart to heart talk as usual about her concerns or fears, probably for the first time in her life, she decided not to confront her father directly when they were having contradicting views. She felt cheated and left down by her own father. She silently moved away from there, finding a need to spend some time alone- contemplating about her future moves.

***

Arnav stood at his office cubicle facing the window which opened a magnificent view of the city. Roy sat tapping his pen impatiently at the table.

"Mr.Raizada' What if she wouldn't agree? What is your next plan?"

Arnav turned and looked at Roy irritably. Soon his mobile rang. He swiped it to see it was Kushi's call

He threw a victorious smirk towards Roy as he received her call

"Hello"

There was a brief silence on the other end. Then she spoke. There was no formal greeting; she directly came to the point.

"I agree to your plan" she whispered in an agonized tone

"Are you alright?" his concern was brushed away unceremoniously

"I would want my lawyer by my side- is that fine?"

"y..yeah.. absolutely fine'"

"Ok then, when are we doing this?"

"Tomorrow?" Arnav said a little flustered, He hadn't expected the matter to pick up speed in this manner. "I shall meet you in the hospital lobby tomorrow- OK?"

"Yes- See you tomorrow" she said bluntly

"Ku'" Arnav started but she had already cut the call.

He rolled his eyes and looked at Roy who was looking at him with concern.

"She agreed?" Roy asked in an incredulous tone

Arnav shrugged his shoulders as if to say yes

"She didn't have much choice" he said thoughtfully

"But this is unbelievable' I knew I was worrying unnecessarily' Ok, Mr.Raizada.. so much to do before tomorrow.. Off I should go'" he said as he stumbled before he stood up, shook hands with Arnav in a awe and then left the room.

Arnav went back to the window. Kushi sounded very upset over phone. He felt bad doing this to her. But if he considered from her view point- he was helping her too' wasn't he? He was helping her escape the clutches of a marriage to a person whom she didn't like' This is much like a mutual help he told himself as he tried to put her worried tone out of his mind. He broken voice somehow didn't sit right with him.

***

As Roy started his car from the parking lot of Arnav's office building, his mobile rang. He received his call with triumphant satisfaction.

"Yes Mr.Sher. . . . . . Didn't I promise you that piece of land? '' . . . . . .Yes I know''. . . . . . It is 35% Sher, I cannot compromise on that . . . . . . . .' You don't have any idea how much coins I had to move to get those papers moving'' . . . . . . No it is 35% not even a .001 reduction from that''. . . . . . . . . This is not too much for you Sher, you as well as I know how much you are going to profit from that land''. . . . . . . . That's better'' . . . . .yes, You will hear the registration date from me soon'. . . . . . ."

He ended the call and threw the phone on his passenger side as he moved out of the parking lot. His face glowed with an astute glee. Ajay Raizada was wrong' It was so easy to fool his son- didn't he get to him even through the hurdles he had put? Ofcourse he hadn't expected Shashi's presence in this matter, but when he found that out- thanks to Shashi's drunken state revelation of the property to Arnav- he had to move his coins really fast- and fast he did move it' He had to be careful not to let Arnav and Shashi meet- and all it took was a phone call- a forgery phone call- which stopped Arnav from meeting Shashi.


Then things moved on its own accord as he expected'Except for the single call that he had to make to Kushi a little while before he met Arnav today- but that was only a triggering call to make things move a little faster- telling her how important it was for Arnav to get those papers as soon as possible- for he was heavily debted and he had to sell them if he needs to save the family from bankruptcy- He did enjoy the little talk with Mr.Raizada at his cabin a while before, it was so entertaining to let people believe that they were the smart players of the game' while the actual game changer was he himself'
Tomorrow there will be another small step towards his goals'. Not long after, he will be successful- very successful in his plans that he has been devising for long years now!

As relatively happy, relaxed and confident Roy drove into the busy roads of Delhi, Up there at the his room, a visibly disturbed Arnav looked out of his cabin window. Kushi did sound very upset, and he was surprised that she called him in less than an hour to confirm the plan from her side.

He didnt want to force her, But he was out of time, and he had to get hold of the papers, and ofcourse this plan would help her too, he consoled himself. She didnt seem like someone who would agree to get married to a man just because her father wanted her to... He could sense there were more options for her out of her situation, but still she opted to agree to his plan- albeit little saddened.

Somewhere at the back of his mind, a voice urged him to call her back and console her. He contemplated if he should give her a call back' then the thought that he should probably go and meet her raised its head' the voice at the back of his mind, bloomed into an overdrive, voicing out a scene where Kushi would see how considerate a human being he is'

He rapidly shut the voice out, mercilessly cutting down the imaginary scene that it was spinning up. This was surely getting out of control' He moved out of the window to immerse himself into those things which needed attention.



Ok, thats it for this update, I do know this update would'nt satiate a lot of you, for the absence of a proper ArHi interaction or the usual gala time between the siblings... Hold on to your reigns, the next update is half done already, So expect an early update... albeit a small one! *hint* *hint* its heavily loaded with Arhi ofcourse!

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Chapter 7 part 2

Post by Abavi on 2013-04-17, 10:29

Chapter 7: Destiny's call
Part 2: Modus Operandi



Roy's Stratagem was a simple yet powerful divide and rule policy. Creating misunderstandings between parties which when joined together could threaten his aspirations was his preferred means, he simply manipulated the minds of the concerned people such that they wouldn't desire any dealings between them.

Roy had been the mastermind behind the state the Raizada family's wealth had reduced to. Though he was only half way down the final objective that he had sketched out for himself, he knew that getting Arnav sign the deal for Mr.Kher was a very significant step in his plan.

Now there were two things which threatened his objectives- One the potential union of Arnav and Sheetal- Having been an accidental witness to the family's enthusiastic discussions about the girl whom Arnav had brought home a few days back, he had been very disturbed that the union would eradicate Arnav's desperate need for money- The girl being wealthy enough, could support him financially, thus all of Roy's hardwork would go into the gutter. Wasn't this the same reason for him to spoil the friendly understanding between the Sharmas and Raizadas? The Sharma's could have possibly given financial support to the Raizadas if the marital alliance was a mutual one, he played in such a way that the families were now not on speaking terms- even if a marriage happens between Akaash and Payal, the film producer wouldn't damn much bothered about Raizadas's financial crisis anymore.

The second was an obstacle that he never expected. Though he had made Ajay mere putty in his hands, He had to admit that Ajay had been shrewd'. he was not as careless as he thought him to be' nothing else could explain his act of transferring the most valuable lot of his family heirloom to his trust worthy friend, who wasn't even a member of his elite group.

But still, Roy had managed to find out Ajay secret obstacle and precaution and had indeed used it for his advantage, he had got there before Arnav could get the entire picture'and had even managed to deter Arnav's meeting with Shashi. But that was not a permanent solution' If they met again, there were chances that things could go wrong- very wrong'

Now he decided to move the pawns in such a way that not only Arnav will earn Shashi's hostility but also Sheetal's hatred. It was indeed a child's play to let float a rumor that could easily take care of such things.

There could be 2 outcomes out of tomorrow's drama' the easiest and smoothest being that if Shashi was eager about his daughter's married life, he can happy buy the marriage and give Arnav the property papers- but he had a hunch that it was not going to be this smooth- He had a feeling that Shashi knew more than that and that's why he had been asking for Arnav. Even if Shashi tells Arnav about his father's precautions, there was no way for him to know about Roy's involvement. If he ever gets a clue, then he would take a different approach to the whole thing.

Roy knew that Kushi was someone who can change the game entirely- for she was the one who was at the moment the only link between Arnav and Shashi. But Shashi would do anything to see his daughter happy and he will definitely not be happy if he knew that Arnav used his daughter for the property documents. Roy was thus happy with how the things were progressing; he had a working plan and an alternate one too.

***

As much as Arnav tried to get into the mood to work, his mind kept going back to Kushi's agonized and broken voice. After an hour of near futile attempts to divert his mind into work, he gave up on the endeavor and grabbed his car keys.

***

Kushi sat quietly trying to gauge her father's behavior. She had already agreed to Arnav's plan following what she had heard earlier in the day but still she couldn't believe that her father with whom she had spent the entire life ' the father who had been her mother too 'after she lost her mother would do something this hideous just for the sake of fulfilling his dreams? This was not typical of the man who raised her'

She noticed that her father had been quite peaceful the entire day, engaging himself in small conversations with her. He had even caught her worried face the moment she walked in after he was transferred to the ward room, which she had shrugged off with ease. She also noticed that he hadn't spoken about her wedding to her for the entire span of time which was quite abnormal according to her.

Is he acting? Or was this a huge misunderstanding? Should she speak to him about Vikrant's visit? Will she be giving away Arnav's plan if she spoke about it?

It was then she received a call and nervously glancing at Shashi, she stepped out to attend it.

***

Shashi noticed that Kushi was not in her usual chirpy self for last four hours she sat by his bedside, She had not started any conversation- nor did she encourage any of his topics of discussion. Her answers were to the point and the conversations ended abruptly. As far as he remembered she had never been like this' No once ' only once he had seen her like this ' But that was long back' when she was in her teens ...The Mehtas... Aman and Kushi... how close they were? The only time when she hid something that big from him... But that was long back... Didn't she promise him that day that she wouldn't hide anything from him? Was she hiding something from him again?

***

As Kushi walked out to the hospital lobby her eyes wandered around seeking the one who had been the reason for her to step out of her father's room.

She soon saw him standing near the cafeteria, his hands in his pockets, looking the other way. She sighed as she walked towards him.

"Hi"

Arnav turned to see Kushi greeting him. From the time he heard her troubled voice, he had been in dilemma if he had to drop the plan completely or to go ahead with it. He knew he was being incredibly selfish- Whatever had transpired between her father and him- or rather his father was not her fault. She was being made a victim in this case- just as he was- but he was willingly getting into this- for his family name was under stake- But she didn't have to agree to his plan- If she didn't like Vikrant, she had numerous ways to get out of the situation' But she agreed to help- just because she promised him that she would do anything to help him get his papers.

"Would you like to have anything- Coffee, tea?" he asked looking towards the cafeteria.

She raised her eyebrows.

"Did you come here to get me a coffee?" her sarcasm was evident, In the little time they knew eachother, Arnav had been well aware that Kushi was not someone who would encourage beating around the bush- She dealt everything pretty directly- to the point.

"No, not really, hmm.. actually I thought you sounded a little upset when the 'yes' reached me"

"So?"

"So, I thought I would pay you a visit' None of the girls in my love life had been this upset to say yes to me" he told her raising his eyebrows.

"Are you for real?" Kushi asked amused and then added sarcastically "What else did you think would happen? That I would have jumped happily and said yes hugging you with happy tears and then sit right away to prepare my shopping and guest list for the wedding?"

Arnav let out a chuckle

"I wouldn't have expected any less'when the most admirable and prominent young man asks a girl to be his wife'" he told her smirking a little. But she cut him half sentence

"Correction my lord- it's not to be his wife'to act as his wife for an hour or two- at the most a day'" Kushi corrected him as she stepped closer to him with a finger pointed at his face, that he had to involuntarily step back a little' albeit smiling at how his idea of bringing her mood back to normal has clicked.

"Now on second thoughts, I do think that I shouldn't have wasted my precious emotions to say yes to you' an SMS should have been sufficient- saying that Kushi Gupta has considered your petition to act as your wife for an hour'."

"That would have saved my time and petrol too'" he told her jovially "I should have guessed what to expect seeing the sarcasm flowing towards me"

"What else did you expect from me then"

"Gratitude perhaps? This was a crude one- but a help nevertheless"

"Gratitude? You thought I can't handle this Vikrant Desai? I can - even 10 Vikrant Desai's' and more if they dare to come my way'"

"Alright you can'" Arnav smiled at her

"Ofcourse I can'What did you think? That I would succumb and keep begging for mercy? Or did you think that I would come running to you and ask you to save me?"

"You did' Didn't you? I mean you sounded upset, and I had to do something' and now that I know that you are back to normalhood' I can take leave"

"Wait'you do think too high of yourself'What did you think you are? Eh? A Superman?" Kushi asked him annoyed, as she kept coming towards him, forcing him to retreat back, until he hit the line of chairs in the reception and landed on one of them.

"you thought that you are the one to save me? The one who can change my moods and take care of my miseries?" She asked him bending towards him with her forefinger pointed at his chest "tell you what? Not only Vikrant Desai- I can handle a 100 Arnav singh Raizadas as well if I have to' and no one'NO ONE apart from me controls my life- Din this hard into your thick head! "

Arnav tiringly pushed away the reminiscent memories of his own dialogue which came to the fore' the one he had told to Payal not very long ago about men getting overprotective over the girls whom they like. He was suddenly aware of how cornered he was by this girl.

"Alright" he said as he stood up hitting his head hard with hers. "I was feeling a little guilty that I might have forced this upon you'" Arnav told her as they both stood there rubbing their own head at the place where the bang happened "Now that it is clear that it is not like that' and that you can very well take care of yourself' My conscience remains clear- It's a deal then"

Kushi looked at his stretched hand for a few seconds before she took it.

"Yes it is a deal'If you were thinking that you are forcing this on me' you don't have to worry about that' It is not you who is in the position to show mercy' It is me' I am helping you and not the other way around'So stop feeling all almighty, Alampanah and go do whatever needs to be done."

"You might have to sign a document tomorrow morning. Make sure your lawyer is there to assist you if required"

"What document?"

"Some papers to be processed' Whatever we are going to do tomorrow is only an act of convenience. I do not want any connections or obligations at a later point of time'" Arnav told her in a business like tone.

"I assume that is mutual then?" Kushi told him "I can't carry extra baggage in the deal too" she said pointing towards him

"I am as professional as I can be in this matter- You don't have to worry about that" Arnav told her "Do you have any other questions?"

Kushi shook her head. Then it happened, a young kid in his haste to run past her dashed against her, making her collide headlong against him

"Watch where you go kid!" he shouted to the kid unexpectedly scaring the boy.

"I am sorry didi" the kid whimpered to her

"Aman, careful!" a teenage girl who had come chasing him called out "Sorry about that' My brother is scared of injections and he ran away when the nurse came in with one"

"NO that's alright' I am fine" Kushi told as she pulled the boy near her, kneeling next to him

"Your name is Aman?"

"Yes"

She kissed the boy on his cheek

"Why did you kiss me now?"

"Because I like your name" She winked at the boy

"You like the name or do you like someone by that name?"

Kushi laughed at the question.

"So are you scared of injections?" Kushi's tactic to change the topic raised Arnav's curiosity. Does she really know someone by the name Aman?

The boy nodded

"I was too when I was young' then one day I grew out of that fear"

"How?"

"I knew someone by your name and he taught me that it was a silly little thing to be scared off'" she smiled at him

"Your Aman wasnt scared of injections?"

Kushi looked uneasy with the boy's way of questioning... She bit her lip. Arnav kept noticing her expression, his mind wavering too and then he saw that she smiled at the boy.

"Yes... he wasnt scared of injections for he is a very very brave boy...Arent you a brave boy too Aman?"
"Yes' But I haven't yet decided if the injections are silly things yet"

"Come Aman, we need to go, Mamma Papa are waiting there" the girl called out.

"I don't want to go'" the boy told Kushi

"Why are you getting injected?"

"He has got fever' They are doing blood tests for him'"

"You need to get the tests done to get alright" she said softly to him as she handed him over to his waiting sister

Kushi kept looking at the boy with a soft expression on her eyes and a smile on her lips. She seemed to be lost in thoughts that Arnav had to call her twice, the second time the call came in a irksome tone for being ignored.

"Oh .. yeah What did you say?" She said as she looked at him.

"I said I am leaving" he snapped at her

"Yeah, see you tomorrow" she said as she turned to back to look at the kid again, Sighing to herself as the kid was just disappearing around the corner.

Arnav turned back and marched to the entrance of the hospital, feeling angry, annoyed, ignored and invidious about that faceless and maybe a non-existent Aman whom he thought that Kushi might know' then he turned to glance at her as he stepped out only to catch her smiling to herself, chided himself for the direction of his thoughts and stepped out.

Oops.. who is this Aman now? What a coincidence that both the father and Daughter are thinking about him? who is he? how is he related to the story? Arnav is concerned for sure... Should he be worried about this Aman guy? see you all very very very soon with another update...


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chapter 7 part 3

Post by Abavi on 2013-04-17, 10:30

Chapter 7: Destiny calls
Part 3: To have and to hold


The next morning, Kushi stood at the entrance to the hospital with Happy.

"Father is getting discharged today afternoon"

"I know Kushiji' But can't you rethink what you are about to do now?"

"You think I am doing something wrong?" She asked him, then slowly added "I have never acted to my father' ofcourse this is wrong' But this is only a drama right? He wouldn't be that mad if he comes to know later'"

"You should have talked to him' I didn't mean to offend you- I only thought.. Why this way?" Happy told quickly as she looked at the man next to her. They were acquainted only in the last ten days- but they have instantly become very good friends - She was surprised that people like Happy still existed in this world. He had not only been a good friend, but also a moral supporter during her time of crisis.

"I didn't take any offense" She assured him "I know my father.. He will not do anything that would damage me' The only reason why I agreed to this was that Mr.Raizada is in dire need of those papers' and Father is in dire need to meet Mr.Raizada' Its only that I thought the sooner I get over this the better' and also thinking back, I have tried hard for two times to make my father and Mr.Raizada meet.. everytime there was something that would stop them. This way, they will finally get to meet' and moreover this is nothing serious right? If Father was hiding something very important, this would force him to speak out.. Mr.Raizada will finally know that my father was not what he thought him to be" Kushi told as she herself was surprised at how much Arnav's opinion about her father mattered to her.

"What about Vikrant's case?"

"That is still a mystery Happy ji' That is something between me and father' I will talk to him later"

"There they are" Happy told as she turned to see Arnav and Roy approaching them.

As the greetings were shared, Arnav looked for any worries or concerns about her face, but Kushi was determined to mask her face to all those emotions. He sighed before Roy handed over the document to Happy to give a glance. Kushi remained unusually silent as Happy went through the document and then looked confusedly at Arnav

"Arnav ji but this document..." Happy asked

"There are two documents in there- One saying that we are getting into this deal for purely business purposes and there are no legal attachments or connections whatsoever between us" Arnav briefed them "and the other one talks about us getting married legally"

"What?" Kushi asked him shocked "But'"

"And there is only one which will be legally registered- the other one is merely for your father' I think I don't have to tell you which one will be a registered document and which one is just a name ka sake document"

Happy looked up from the document and assured her that the document was fine and it was exactly what Arnav had told her.

"We need your sign here' My client has already signed it" Roy told her "and you need to sign here as the witness" he told Happy as he nodded at him.

"But we are'nt actually legalizing this' isn't it?" Kushi asked Roy

"No, this needs to be registered in the court or a marriage registrar's office to legalize it' We aren't going that far- this is just to convince your father" Roy told her.

Kushi bit her lip as she quickly glaced at Arnav who stood a little apart as the entire conversation took place. He was holding a bunch of files in his hand. Then she went ahead and signed the documents. As the formalities were done, Arnav came forward, took all the documents in his hand, carefully placing two signed copies of the first document in a file each and passing one to Roy and handing over the other to Kushi.

"This holds the assurance to you that there will be no obligations or bounds thereafter"

She nodded briefly.

"Mr. Raizada, there are two documents in this file"

"Yeah Roy, I told you to make only one copy of the legal wedding document' You made two- I haven't signed that- nor did I give her the copy for her signature. That doesn't hold good"

"But.. But Mr.Raizada'" Roy started to say something and then composed himself "Mr.Raizada, can I have a moment alone with you"

Arnav glanced at Roy with a curious expression.

"I will be back" he muttered to Kushi and walked a little away. Roy followed him

"Mr.Raizada, it is not advisable to not have a copy of this legal document' The other document does not speak anything about the deal between you both'- you told me to make it that way'that's why I made two copies of this'"

"I don't see any necessity to put down what deal goes on between us Roy. There will be only one copy with our signatures and that will be destroyed after the job is done."

"But Mr.Raizada"

"I wonder why you are so much excited about this Roy?" Arnav asked him astutely

"No no, I was just being cautious" Roy strutted

"yeah I know" Arnav told him mockingly as he walked back to the other two, with Roy close on his heels.

"Shall we go then?"

Kushi nodded slightly stiffening herself.

As Roy also intended to go along with them, Arnav, raised his hand

"No Roy, We will manage this alone- You don't have to come"

"But'" Roy told helplessly, he wanted to be present to assess the situation and carry on with one of his plans. He hadn't expected Arnav to oust him out of the agenda this way.

"Lesser the crowd the better- You both don't have to get involved in this'" Arnav told, not even ready to listen to whatever Roy was trying to come up with and started moving in.

"Let's go" Kushi glanced at Happy.

"Don't worry Kushiji- everything will be alright." Happy wished her

She fought down the panic building in her as she told herself that this was only an act'

"Cool Kushi" she told herself and then smiled at Happy

"Wish me Luck Happyji" she asked him as she handed him her file and then followed Arnav, albeit slowly as Roy stood there seething helplessly.

***

Kushi soon caught up with Arnav.

"Hi"

"Listen' Don't over act"

"Excuse me' You don't have to tell me that' Acting comes naturally to me' I have won prizes at school and college dramas"

"Ofcourse' you are a drama queen"

"Don't you dare call me that'" She stopped on her tracks'

"Truth is bitter sometimes" He smirked at her

"Didn't I tell you to stop feeling as if you the majesty here?" She asked him amused "I can say no to you anytime I want to 'How I want to say no to you and see your face for the sake of it"

"Alright Alright" he said "you are the boss in acting' Happy now?" he said as they started walking again.

As they got into the escalator, Arnav sighed aloud

"Finally alone"

"What are you going to do?" Kushi asked him immediately putting a distance between them

Arnav looked at her amusedly.

"So much for boasting about handling 100 Arnav Singh Raizadas" he smirked at her as he pulled out a velvet box and extended it to her

"What is this?" she asked as she surveyed it suspiciously

"nothing to be scared' not atleast for Kushi Gupta"

He flipped the box open impatiently to reveal a mangal sutra in the box.

"B.. but you said that we are not getting married for real.. I can't accept this from you" Kushi told him bewildered

"You need to wear this' your father would laugh at us otherwise'" he told her as he tossed the box at her.

She opened the box again to reveal the black and gold beaded chain holding a beautiful pendant. She was looking at it for a while before she heard his voice

"What happened? Is something wrong with that chain? Don't tell me that I picked the wrong chain'This is what they call the Mangal sutra chain right?"

She looked up at him and then back down' "No.. this is the one' and Its..its beautiful' you shouldn't have gone for such an expensive piece' it's just for a few hours'"

"That's alright' being Arnav singh Raizada's wife holds a class for itself' even if it is only an act, that standard needs to be maintained'"

"There goes the Double A syndrome again'" she commented

"Whats that?"

"Almighty Alampanah Syndrome ' You suffer from it" she told him with her face as straight as possible... and then both burst into laughter.

***


Roy excused himself from Happy whom he thought was a blabbering idiot anyway and approached the local phonebooth nearby. Roy wondered if Arnav had started to suspect him in anyway, If his curious glances and mocking answers were suggesting something, then he had to be careful with Arnav. He decided to settle down for Plan B- for he didn't want to take risks.

An anonymous call to a couple of local newspapers that a "familiar business tycoon who had taken the reigns of business recently after his father's demise had secretly and hastely gotten himself married to a young beautiful lass" was all it took to get the wheels rolling and that's what he exactly did. He didn't have the proof to offer to the journalists' but mentioning the place and the couple can do wonders when they are caught together in camera.

***

As the lift opened, they stepped out. She took the chain out from the velvet box and tried to lock it around her neck.

As much as she tried, she couldn't secure the lock and she slowed down, finally coming to a stop.

Arnav had been walking a little ahead asking her if this was the right floor as the floor appeared to the children's admission ward, and then turned to his side as he got no reply and then realized that she was not beside him, for a moment he thought she had chickened out and ran away but then found her standing a little away, her head tilted and her crunched in concentration as both her hands were lifted up and behind her neck trying to lock the black bead chain around her neck.

He went back to her.

"What happened?"

"This chain' Ofcourse I should have realized it' when it came from you' there should be some complexities involved' this chain has the most difficult locking mechanism in the whole world and I am not able to put it right" she told him annoyingly

"It's is a simple mechanism- very common with designer pieces' you just need to push down the knob and insert the hold inside'" he said

"Ouch' You and your designer'"

"What happened now?" Arnav asked wondering if she is the only woman in the world who can successfully get into a problem with every simple thing'

"It got tangled with my hair'" She moaned trying in vain to take it out.

"Let me help you'" he said as he turned her around, trying to remove the chain from her entangled hair.

"Yup done" he said as he stepped aside and Kushi realised to her horror that he had not only removed the chain from her tangled mane but had also secured the lock of the chain properly.

"What did you do'You locked it'" she exclaimed in shock.

"Yeah' you said this mechanism was new to you' I locked it.. What is the problem now? Come along" he said as he put his hand around her elbow pulling her along as her jaw dropped open. She soon composed herself with the reason that this meant nothing' the chain might be a Mangal sutra' but neither he nor she have to read too much into this gesture.

"you know what? I learnt to walk when I was an year old and I can manage it well by myself" she told him as he realized he had been pulling her. Just as he released her of his grip, they heard a voice.

"Hello Didi"

It was Aman, the same boy they had met the evening before. He stood there with his Sister.

"Hey Aman" Kushi said as she gave a hifi to the boy.

"So have they found out the reason for your fever?"

"hmm.. the doctor said it is the normal cold with fever' but they are giving him oxygen mask and all that'" his sister explained'

"Good' Back to home today then?"

They both nodded.

"What were you both doing there?"

"Where?"

"There'this angry uncle was doing something to your neck'"

"He sounds as if I am a vampire" Arnav mutterered to Kushi at the boy's question

"Aman, Didi's mangal sutra got entagled into her hair' Jeejaji was helping didi take her it out'" his sister explained him

Arnav who looked at the boy unbelievingly when the boy addressed him as angry uncle, nearly chocked when he heard jeejaji from the girl' The biggest shock came when Kushi instead of letting it go, got herself to clear the misunderstanding'he stared at her as she went to them with a dramatic expression

"No..No.. He is not your jeejaji" she said as he looked at her confused' "I mean he is not my husband' we were just playing'"

"What game?"

"Kushi' " Arnav started to warn her as she opened her mouth to answer'but he stood stunned at her answer.

"hmm' Mamma papa game?" She said and then she saw Arnav's widened eyes and then quickly changed it to "wedding game"

Arnav hit his palm on his head and turned to the other side and stood. Then he realized that they were on the wrong floor. May be one of the kid pressed the elevator button and they got out without even noticing that.

"Oh wow' that's so nice'I too play it a lot with my friends' can we play with you too?"

But without waiting for an answer, the girl ran to the play area and brought out some other kids

"Come didi"

Arnav stared at the events happening before his eyes as the kids pulled away a struttering Kushi away and made her stand in front of the clearing dias which had Krishna and Radha idols in it.

"Kushi" Arnav muttered as he went to her

"What is happening here?" Arnav asked Kushi

"wedding?" the kids answered on behalf of her as she looked at him petrified.

"Arnavjee' get me out of this please" she whispered to him

"you can manage 100's like me right' this should be a cake walk for you'" he told her angrily'

"Hold this jeejaji" Aman's sister told him giving him the garland that earlier was at Krishna's neck

"What the"

He saw a similar garland from Radha's neck was handed over to Kushi too which she accepted with a sweet smile and thanks

"Are you out of your senses? Why are you smiling' looks like you are encouraging them" he hissed at her

"Excuse me? They are only kids' you don't even know their psycology'" she told him "I can now do a drama and get out of this'"

"Exchange now" the kids instructed them

"Bachon' Look I don't like this jeejaji' Shall I marry Aman?" Kushi asked them pulling little Aman closer to her.

For some reason, this brought afore the ponderings of the earlier evening for Arnav. He wondered if she was already in a relationship with another man.

What is his problem if she is already seeing someone else? It doesn't matter at all' he convinced himself' but then he was not able to neglect the green head that was raising its head at some corner in him. He was crudely brought out of his ponderings when he heard a huge din'

"No Didi"

"Please Didi'"

"He is only correct for you.."

"He is only tall for you"

"Please"

"Please"

Then they started chanting like a mantra' "please please please"

Their din started to grow with every time that Arnav noticed it was starting to attract attention.

Some heads peeped out of the ward rooms.

"Hey Kids, No noise or I would put you all back into your wards" One nurse who peeped out of one of the room shouted at them.

"Alright" Arnav said just to calm the kids down "Only this.. ok?"

"yay!" they all shouted together as she stared at him' and he shushed them all

"Why did you agree?" she hissed at him "you are making this complicated"

"Am I?" he asked her gritting his teeth "you started it' I have no choice other than to finish it"

They quickly exchanged the garlands staring furiously at each other that it was because of the other they had landed at this situation. The kids cheered happily for them, Kushi was visibly flustered with anger and Arnav trying to get it all over without attracting any more attention.

"Now this is done, we need to go" Arnav told the kids as he took hold of Kushi's hand and pulled her towards the escalator.

"Wait wait' Sindoor is not done'" some girl with specs pointed out holding out the thali from the mandir counter which had some sindoor in it for them.

"NO" Kushi shrieked seeing that and glared at Arnav as if he dared to put that sindoor on her maang.

"If you touch it I will kill you" She told him

"Excuse me?"

"I mean if you touch me with that sindoor, I will strangle you to death"

"That's not the way to talk to your groom'" a kid told her

"Go Didi.. you don't even know how to play the game' why did you want to be a bride in the first place?" another kid asked her

"As if I wanted to be.. You all made me'" Kushi huffed "you be his bride if you want to' I am out of this game" Kushi told the kid.

"What the" Arnav muttered at Kushi's suggestion

"Oh.. She is so boring yaar" a kid commented'

"she is not sportive enough" another kid commented'

"yeah" few other supported her comment' this was the undoing for kushi..

"What did you say? I am not sportive is it?"

"Yes you fussed for garland and now you are fussing for Sindoor too' Jeejaji is sportive he said yes for garland and now also he is not objecting"

Kushi turned to glare at Arnav who stood there simpering at this comment

"Enough of being proud of this certificate that they are offering you" she told him scathingly "Why don't you say NO to them' Am I the only scape goat fool here?"

"Seems so" he said smirking and then changed his expression and went to the kids'

"Since Didi is bored of this game, how about playing some other game?"

"NO" they all shouted together' they had to be shushed again by him

"It's not fair' you don't start a game to leave it half completed'"

"It's just like holi.. You color her maang that's all" another kid wailed

"Yeah' But we are not playing Holi now isn't it" Arnav told them as he took the thali from the girl's hand and put in back in the counter.

"then let's play Holi" Little Aman came forward taking the vermillion on his hands and slapping it against Arnav's palm

"No' It's not Holi yet and we are not playing holi'" Arnav started to say sternly even as the kids all jumped into the idea grabbing a fist of vermillion in their own hands and throwing it against eachother'

As Arnav and Kushi stood there bewildered and confused at the situation just as one of the kids threw the vermillion on Kushi, some of which got into her eyes.

As she rubbed her eyes trying to get the dust out, Arnav calmed down the kids and stepped to her

"Let me look"

She hesitantly let him have a look and to her surprise she felt soft air being blown into her eyes, As she looked on into his concerned face he blew into her eyes using his hand to move her bangs out of the way and held her face in position, inadvertently staining that part of her face red with the vermillion that was slapped on his palm a little earlier.

The kids surrounded them observing intently. Some elder ones even oohed and aahed at them to their utter unease

"Fine?" he asked her finally as she nodded awkwardly

"Are you OK now didi?"

"See his is a nice guy' Only you didn't want to marry him"

"Hey look, they said no to Holi and Bhaiya actually colored her face"

It was then they realized as Arnav stared at his hand and then at her who was looking at him with rage'

"I told you not to come near me with sindoor" she screamed at him.

"it was unintentional" he told her offering his kerchief

She denied it and rushed to the nearby restroom to clean her face.

When she emerged out of the restroom 5 mins later, still seething with anger, holding her garland in her hand, she saw that Arnav had gotten along well with the kids and had cleverly diverted them to play some other game.

"If you are done with talking to your little friends, shall we go and do what is required of us first?" she asked him sarcastically

"About time" he said as he got up with his own garland in his hand.

They both went into the escalator as she checked her image on the escalator wall

"you still have a tinge of vermillion on your hair parting" he informed her

"I left it intentionally" she glared him "to act my part"

"Fine" he said and turned the other side.

"Look this is all a game ' and nothing more' ok? It ends by tonight" she told him.

It felt as if she was asking him for assurance. He smiled at her

"Are you telling me or telling yourself?" he asked her "it seems as if you are telling that to yourself- I am clear ' this is all a game- an act and nothing more"

"Wipe that smirk off your face" she gritted her teeth...

Arnav smirked further
"Dont you do the overacting again... Like child psycholosy don't start off any father psychology and get into trouble..."

"I know... Now do me a favour and shut up"

"You are asking me to shut up? Its better if you dont open your mouth unless required... you have a knack to open your mouth and get into trouble"
"You and your AA syndrome" She muttered as the escalator door opened to the correct floor.

As they stepped out of the escalator again, a surprise awaited them.


Oh sweets, Believe me I feel so sorry to leave you all hanging here'I havent yet typed the next update and shall post it ASAP... But I did give you all a long update and I gave you all the wedding too- minus pheres that is'

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Chapter 7 part 4

Post by Abavi on 2013-04-17, 10:32

Chapter 7: Destiny's call
Part 4: Baits and preys



"Don't you dare to do the overacting again... Like child psychology don't start off any father psychology and get into trouble..."

"I know... Now do me a favor and shut up"

"You are asking me to shut up? It's better if you don't open your mouth unless required... you have a knack to open your mouth and get into trouble"

"You and your AA syndrome" She muttered as the escalator door reached their floor.

"Here we are" Arnav said as the doors opened.

As they stepped out of the escalator again, before they could realize, they were swarmed by an army of people clicking flashes on them and holding mikes in front of Arnav.

Arnav swore profanely that reached Kushi's ears. She was not surprised, she herself was in a mood to let out some curses under her breathe.

Kushi fought down an urge to pull him back into the escalator and press some random number on the escalator. She even moved a step back. But it seemed that Arnav guessed what she was about to do, for she realized that he closed his palm around her elbow and held her firmly.

"Mr.Raizada, we heard that you married rather suddenly. What was the reason?"

"Mr.Raizada, can you please introduce your wife to us?"

"How does it feel mam, to face the fire as Arnav Singh Raizada's wife?"

"You make a lovely pair, was this arranged marriage or a love marriage"

"When did the ceremony happen sir? Will there be a grand reception later?"

"Would we get a news meeting later when you would announce your wedding sir?"

Kushi was overwhelmed with the questions flying their way, she lost track of what she was being asked, she stood there like a trapped lioness, as his strong and firm grip proclaimed his need to protect her. She felt him pulling her closer to him.

Arnav then answered and his calm voice raised above all the clatter of questions and flashes.

"We are not married, she is a good friend and we have come here to visit her father who is unwell."

"But sir, we heard otherwise'"

"Whatever you heard is untrue. I would advise you people to not pay heed to sickly rumors. If you will excuse us now" he said as he moved forward, pulling her closer along with him making their way past the photographers and journalists.

"Sir, How is Mr.Shashi related to you? Is Mam here his daughter?"

"Mr.Shashi is my father's friend. I am here to visit my father's friend- there is no need to publicize and give so much weightage to this- or to read in-between the lines. Now if you will please excuse us, we need to go. " Then he saw Roy running towards him from the stairs.

"Oh my god, Mr.Raizada, I didn't know how they got a wind of these things..." he commented breathlessly.

Arnav didn't comment anything. But he was intrigued by Roy's restlessness which looked fake.

He quickly made his way out along with Kushi, taking care of her like any protective friend, until they both crossed the swarm of journalists, who were still looking for obvious clues for a juicy story.

"But sir, Mam looks newly married. What do you want to say about the garlands, sindoor and mangalsutra?"

"Are'nt people allowed to have married friends?" Roy blurted out, Arnav looked sharply at him, silencing her and then simple said "no comments" before he moved further. Roy made an attempt to ward off the photographers to leave Mr.Raizada and his friend in peace and followed the couple.

"Mr.Raizada, I suppose that blabbering lawyer of Ms. Kushi blabbered something accidently and these people got a wind of it' I tried to warn you but your mobile was unreachable"

"How dare you' Happyji wouldn't have done anything like that" Kushi hissed at him

"I didn't ask you for explanations Roy" Arnav cut him, calming down Kushi easily with a simple pressure on her elbows again "and I thought I told you that we are capable of handling Shashi's meeting ourselves"

"I heard it right the first time Mr.Raizada' I thought I could be of help, seeing that the reporters are here"

"Then be of help that way, attend to them. I will manage here. "He said and he turned around the corner with Kushi as Roy stared at them standing a little away from the reporters, who were gossiping amongst themselves.

Roy stared at the departing couple creepily and then slowly smirked to himself.

He sensed the approaching reporters and turned to address them.

***

"How did the reporters know about this?" Kushi asked Arnav angrily as soon as they were alone

"How in the bloody hell would I know?" he retorted back

"The way you handled them makes me feel as if you expected this'" she told him looking at him suspiciously

"Do you think it was me who asked them to come here?" he asked her incredulously.

She shrugged her shoulders

"Possibly ' who knows?"

"And what do you think I would gain by that?" he asked her in an annoyed tone

"I don't know.. May be you should be the one to answer that'"

"I don't have to answer for your stupid and baseless suspicions" he snarled at her "My casualness was the result of the fact that I am used to this kind of surprises"

"Oh yeah, I forgot" she told him, irked by that he had called her stupid' "ofcourse you are used to being discovered and clicked with various beautiful girls around your arms many times. But I do not want to be one of those girls" Kushi hissed at Arnav "Let me go" she said as she shoved his grip away.

Arnav slackened his hold on her as he realized that the reporters were left far behind.

"I had to hold you because you panicked." He explained her "If you had done what you were thinking to do' they would have spun stories around the behavior"

"How do you know what I was planning to do?"

"You were thinking of backing off into the escalator' didn't you"

Kushi was surprised at this, but still didn't give up.

"Ofcourse' I hadn't faced a swarm of people questioning and interviewing my every move like this'I am used to being free"

"Being popular and famous is not easy" he smirked at her

"You are surely at an advanced stage'"

"What?"

"AA syndrome"

He smirked at her.

"May be you should stop smirking and think what to do about the reporters"

"Haven't we left them behind?"

"they have clicked pictures of us"

"We will think about it later' If we react, the story would only get wilder, I will see what can be done on that"

"But still I pity you' I wouldn't like a life like that' No privacy at all' and all your actions are prone to be published- I pity the girl who would become your wife someday!" Kushi told him converting his smirk to a scowl.

As soon as they turned around the corner they saw a group of people in front of Shashi's room too and the nurse and the doctors there were chasing them off'

"Look, we tell you, this is a hospital. The man is not well- you are not allowed to crowd around here, however popular the man is ' or rather the man's relatives are. Who allowed you all to come here?- wait let me call the security" an young doctor was shouting at them as the nurses were supporting her.

As soon as Arnav saw that, his hands sneaked back to Kushi's elbows, his protecting instincts kicking back into place.

Kushi didn't take it lightly this time like the previous time, she shoved him away- gritting her teeth

"I can very well manage myself"

Arnav didn't let it go this time either with her remark about him becoming unnecessarily overprotective. He turned to her and mouthed a "shutup" as softly as possible, quieting her in disbelief.

He took advantage of her momentary shock and pulled her through the crowd of people who were again throwing questions at them with only simple statements like

"Please excuse us"'"Give us way please" '"No comments"

"Mr.Raizada" the young doctor who was earlier shouting at the reporters called him once he was inside the corridor which had heart patients "this is not acceptable- this is a hospital and these reporters.."

"I understand doctor. I didn't invite them here either'Believe me, I would be the happiest person on earth- if they left me alone" he told the doctor with a charming smile that the lady looked flushed.

"I was not able to tolerate it; I had to tell them off"

"You were right it doing that"

They were soon on their way to Shashi's room.

"Charmer!" Kushi told him

"Ofcourse I am" Arnav told her "But, Is this for real? I mean, Am I getting a compliment from the great Kushi Kumari Gupta?"

"Don't think this is a compliment' I hate flirts" she told him as she went past him pushing open her father's room door annoying him to the ends.

***

As soon as she entered the room, she saw her father staring at her ' the news has already reached him. The bulky old nurse friend of his was also there.

"So it is true you got married?" the nurse questioned her "Your father was laughing all this while that it should be the craziest rumor that he has ever heard"

She stood on the spot, looking at her father's questioning glance and the pain in his eyes that she decided then and there not to prolong this act. She threw away the garland that she was carrying all this while and started to say something when Arnav walked in on her. He hadn't expected her to stand at the doorway and muttered a sorry as he unintentionally shoved her forward.

"I didn't know you were this famous" The nurse whom he had met earlier when he visited Shashi told him.

"I didn't know either" Arnav half winked at her

"So u both got married?" she asked looking at them expectedly.

"Yeah, we had to' seeing that Mr.Gupta here was giving us a.."

"But why ?" Shashi asked enraged, Making Arnav raise his eyebrows. "Why did you do this Kushi? You didn't want to do this' why did you do this ' this way?" His pained expressions and equally honest tone suggested Arnav that something was amiss. He had expected Shashi to be harsh to Kushi- even angry ' or completely gloat at his aim getting fulfilled- but this agonized tone bemused him.

"Father' we we'" Kushi tried to say the lies that she had been practicing all night' But she just couldn't do it when her father was looking at her in a hurt way.

"This is what you wanted isn't it?" Arnav asked him markedly and quite uncertain with the question itself

But Shashi ignored the question.

"Why did you do it Kushi?" he asked his daughter "You said you weren't interested' you said no first ' then why now? Why all this secrecy? You eloped?"

This piece of information that Kushi didn't at first encourage the idea of Shashi's proposal to Arnav pricked Arnav slightly. Didn't you say the same thing to Anjali, Nk and Akaash too? A voice inside him accused him' So what if she said that' Koi farq nahi yet another voice solaced him. He decided to go ahead with the plan'no matter how crazy it sounded.

"Because you forced her indirectly'" he told him as he took out the document that they both signed earlier and threw it on the bed "This is what you blackmailed me with isn't it? this is what you wanted us to do'.For all that my father trusted in you' Now that you have got what you'" Before he could finish his sentence, Kushi's determined yet soft and calm tone reached him

"No father' this is all a rumor' we didn't get married" Kushi surprised not only the nurse and her father but Arnav too. He hadn't expected her to cave in this fast. He mentally smacked himself for trusting her act.

"I am sorry, I can't lie to him" she said as she looked at Arnav who looked as if he was gob smacked

"but what about the reporters here'your garland- your Mangal sutra.. the sindoor?" the inquisitive nurse asked with wide eyes

"I just put it on- myself'" she answered wearily

"Yourself?" The nurse asked her. She looked at the still red stained right hand palm of Arnav and then at her clean hands "that is something to believe'" she said thoughtfully.

"Would you please give us some privacy?" Arnav asked the nurse abruptly

"hmm. I'" the nurse started to say something.

"Mariam ji" Shashi told the nurse as he inquisitively took in the bemused faces of the young man and his daughter in front of him "Can you please leave us alone for a moment?"

The nurse excused herself regretting that she has been denied a right to be the first hand witness to this story. The door closed behind them. There was awkward silence in the room. The only noise in the room was the guilty fast breaths of Kushi.

Arnav had a rare combination of a shrewd mind and a kind and a compassionate heart- the uniqueness in them being that both were almost always at peace with each other. Right now it was one of those exceptional times when those two were at war- his heart was flashing him an instinct that he had completely misunderstood this person in front of him while the mind was trundling in a drive to use this surprise reporter's incident- to his benefit. He weighed what his next move should be- he chose the latter for he didn't really trust that his instincts were good enough- not for a person who had called him two days back with a completely different motive'

"Why this act" Shashi asked finally breaking the silence

"You should know the answer yourself'" Arnav told him "I don't understand the need for your innocent act now that we are alone in the room' you called me' you threatened me' we did it' this is very obvious ' I don't think it needs any explanations"

"But I didn't call you' this is the first time I am speaking to you' I have been waiting for so long to meet you' I .."

"Cut it out" Arnav barked at him "there is no use in lying' you called me and I made your daughter listen to your terms on this deal too"

Kushi stood there silently looking at her father who looked bewildered by this news'

"I am speaking the truth ' I never called you"

"So you mean to say that you never were in talks with Vikrant Desai as well? That he didn't come and meet you here?"

"Vikrant Desai? How do you know him? I mean how is he related in all this?"

"Why did he come and meet you father?"

"I didn't meet him either' I don't know why he came here' the Nurse Mariam told me that he had come when I had gone to take my tests' He left before I came back- Not that I complained about that" Shashi told earnestly while Kushi closed her eyes tight.

"I don't believe you" Arnav told him flatly, "there is too much of clich in your story"

"But this is true' as much true as what I had been waiting to tell you and meet you' But this act of yours was totally unexpected' This was a rash and imprudent decision- Now that the reporters have been called too' what did you think you were playing at?" Shashi's severe tone angered Arnav further.

"This is my way of getting back at you" Arnav told him pitilessly "Now that you know that your daughter is not married to me, by evening the news that your daughter has been married indeed would make its way to the gossips column. Now you have a choice to make- Give me back my property documents without any prejudice and then I shall declare in the press meet that the news was indeed a rumor" Arnav paused a little for the effect to sink in. He could distinctly hear the sharp intake of breath beside him. But he didn't dare to look that side. He had to focus now- this was the time for deals.

"Or else, this will always linger on, that she was rumored to be married for a day to a business man- not to mention that such kind of rumors always build extra horns' and I would not be responsible for any stories around it" Arnav told Shashi in a ruthless tone.

"So you planned all this?" Kushi asked Arnav in a dreadful voice "You informed the news reporters' You double crossed me? You filthy liar!"

Arnav didn't like wherever this was going'Why can't she shut her mouth for some time? He felt his rage rising against its barrier

"Think whatever you want to" Arnav screamed back at her "What did you expect from me when your father acted like a blackmailing gold digger and asked me to marry you? Eh? and then later on put on an convincing act that he never called me at all? Didn't you yourself hear his voice and witness Vikrant Desai going out of his room? If you can be this foolish to believe his plain lies' may be you can get used to my lies as well"

"Shut up" Kushi screamed at him "Don't say anything about my father .. you have no rights to say whatever you feel like' It was totally my fault' I thought that you would be a honest man' You are just like other wealthy spoiled brats"

"Oh so? what did you both think? that I would willingly marry you? This is how he pays for calling me and forcing you on me!" he shouted without realizing what he had been spurting out

This shouting match was going on between both of them, that they didn't realize Shashi's painful expressions as he clutched his chest.

He gasped as he clutched his heart and the monitor which was supposed to pick up his heartbeat rate started beeping as it went down the threshold level and he started to wheeze.

The beep however caught their attention, as they stopped screaming at each other, while Kushi lunged forward to hold her father, Arnav rushed out to bring help.

It all happened in a moments time and soon the two were asked to stay out. Kushi refused to leave her father's side.

"Please stay outside if you want us to do our job Ms. Gupta" the duty doctor to whom Arnav had spoken earlier told her.

"Kushi" Arnav whispered "come out"

"No Arnav' " She freaked "Father'"

"He will be alright'" he consoled her "you being here might not help his stress levels, let's wait outside"

He pulled her away ever so gently from the bed where she was clinging to her father's hand' Her father was still looking at the two while his face was covered with an oxygen mask. He painfully smiled at Kushi as he gestured her to go with Arnav.

As Kushi let go her grip on her father, Shashi took off his mask and wheezed a painful "Arnav"

Arnav came closer to him.

"No sir, You can talk later" the doctor told him "Mr.Raizada please wait outside. Sister, take them outside"

"No wait" Shashi wheezed as he struggled to get a key which he had been wearing like a pendant tied ot a black thread on his neck. "I might not be able to tell you much now' box number 293- Laxmi nagar metro station" he said as he thrusted the key into Arnav's hand.

Arnav looked at kushi with a bemused expressed and then back at Shashi. This time shashi was smiling at him and then his daughter. Then the nurse sent them out.

Both of them came out. Momentary forgetfulness gone with leaving the room, the fury returned back to both of them, combined with agony of her father's health state for Kushi and a baffled lot of curious questions for Arnav.

They both looked at eachother with antipathy as Shashi struggled with his life inside the room.



I feel like laughing like a villian bwahaahhahaaa... none of you had expected or guessed this MU between Arhi isnt it? ... but thats what makes them more interesting.. hai na? Oh yeah,.. there is more to worry about... Mr.Gupta's time is ticking off too... hold on... will be back with an update sooner...

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Re: ArHi FF: Destiny Games

Post by rrekha on 2013-04-17, 15:30

Hi Abavi,

Thank you for such a long update.

I have a gut feeling that something happens to shashi, Hope for the best.

Please make a regular update. This is a kind request.

Daily i peep into this blog to check for ur update.

Finally my wait has been rewarded.


Take care

Rekha


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