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Part 26

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-22, 17:14

Part 26

"Kushi! dont keep assuming and imagining things... you are gettting worser than Di" Arnav told her annoyed.
"No, please check.. I have a feeling that.."
"Kushi will you stop this please.. I am exhausted and hungry.. please bring me something to eat"

Immediately after kushi left the room, Arnav picked up the cordless lying on the bed side table and a couple of calls confirmed that Shyam had indeed been bailed out two days back. But he decided not to confide this to kushi or Anjali as this would only add to ther worry. He made a couple of other calls to arrange for their safety as a precautionary measure.
He was just finsihed with those calls when kushi walked in with a food tray.

Akaash followed in soon after.
"Bhai, I got a call from our insurance agent. He tried our land line but it was busy."
"Oh yeah I was making some calls."
"But bhai.. was it a very bad hit? I mean this guy was asking for scrap yard address"
Arnav was trying to hint Akaash to stop talking in front of kushi but the damage was done..
"What scrap yard? why?"
Arnav sighed
"yeah akaash the car was smashed completely in the front half"
"What?" Kushi screamed
"Bhai? wat happened?" Akaash asked him seriously
He realised that he would be better off with letting them know what happened than to create a suspense and they might end up imagining worse.
"I was hit by a tanker whose driver lost control" Arnav told them "or so it seemed" Arnav thought
"what ? hit by a tanker?" Kushi shreiked
"Kushi, I was struck between two cement trucks and this was approaching from opposite lane. I had the presence of mind to leap to the passenger side and rolled out.
"did he only lose control" she asked him again her eyes reflecting fear
"I am positive" he told her and looked at Akaash who seemed to understood that there was more to it but kept quiet for the same reason why Arnav was holding it from Kushi.
"bhabhi,Bhai is alright.. he escaped a major accident. Shyam is behind the bars... Dont worry everything is ok now.. "
"I sincerely hope everything is ok..." she told Akaash then looked into her husband's eyes once more before leaving the room with the solied plate.


****

"But what I dont understand is who is helping him bhai? We made pretty sure that he cannot come out that easily- but someone bailed him out"
"There is someone helping him Akaash..We need to be careful now"
"Yes Bhai, its better if we inform Ashok as well.. Just in case.."But he noticed that Arnav was lost in thought
"Bhai?"
"The cop told me more Akaash.. If the culprits are bailed out, they are supposed to come and sign every morning until he is Acquitted or found guilty after the trial again"
"But I thought the case is already over"
"He obviously appealed for the case to be opened at a higher court"
"Oh .. ok.. so what about signing on daily basis"
"He has disappeared..He hasnt come to sign even for a single day. The police is on a lookout for him"
"Oh my god.. which means he has escaped literally... We need to safeguard Aman as well- he is an important witness"
"We are already too late for that Akaash.. Aman is already missing! the Cops wanted to give him protection the moment Shyam was released in bail but Aman was missing much before Shyam was out in bail"


****

The shabby room was located in a Shanty location in one corner of Delhi. A bare cot at the corner and a couple of plastic chairs were the only furnitures in the room. A lone bulb illuminated the place. A dirty table fan was placed in a corner shelf in level with the cot. Shyam sat by the cot his legs streched in front of him while his back was supported by the bed rest, playing with his mobile.
A series of Sharp knocks which seemed to be like a code of some sort was heard at the door.
Shyam moved towards the door to open it.

A tall man was standing by the door carrying a food package, His eyes were vigilant looking out for any signs of being followed.
"Come in quick" shyam whispered urgently
"food" Rocky croaked placing the package at one of the chairs
"did you get it done?"
"bouquet? yes"
"and what about the accident?"
"He is still alive as you expected"
"was he hurt badly" Shyam asked him with some hope
"No just an arm fracture and couple of bruises on his head and shoulders I guess"
"Shit!"
"I thought you wanted to just scare her.. the thing worked!"
"yeah I know But I hoped for better. I was forced to get punched by him remember?" Shyam spit out scathingly
"Yeah I know"
"What about Aman? Where is he?"
"No idea.. Havent seen him since last week"
"wait till I get hold of that cowardy bas***d" Shyam murmered to himself
"Boss wanted to speak to you" Rocky told him changing the topic abruptly giving him a Mobile "this is a unlisted number. He told not to use your sim"
"thats ok.. Big boss or the younger one?"
"younger"
"ok you leave.. I shall let you know the next plan. I want you to execute it as I have very little time left for the deadline and I have to lie low.. DO you understand?"
"Yes. I was instructed about that already"

The room door was shut firmly after Rocky left the place.

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part 27

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-22, 17:15

part 27


"hello" a crisp male voice was heard from the other side.
"Shyam here"
"How far are you from the goal?"
"I think I will soon be able to seperate them. The accident and the note should have scared her wits off."
"hmm whats the next plan?"
"how about poisoning Arnav?"
"oooh tch tch..go ahead do whatever you want... let him get hurt but dont kill him off.." the man on the other side warned him
"how touching?" shyam mocked
"I need my brother to stay alive, so I can see his face when I succeed in what I intend to do" a maniacal laugh seemed to rumble on the other side.
"dont worry, I want to see him go down the drain too...I am just threatening her so, she will leave him and go.."
"how sure are you that she will leave him?"
"I know her type... she likes to sacrifice and play martyr.. If I say I will not harm him if she stays away, she will stay away for eternity!"
"only if she believes that you would keep your side of promise! anyway stay away from lime light- use Rocky for all the tasks."
"I dont understand why I should stay like this.. I was given bail. You stopped me from visiting police station"
"dont ask questions.. After the mess that you created in Anjali's case..."
"It was not my fault.. It was all going good.. if not for that idiot Aman.. Where is he? No one seems to know where he is.."
"someone will find him soon in one of the trenches"
"someone? meaning? See, I need to talk to him.. I am only out of bail.. If he again goes to the court and says against me then.."
"he wont.."
"how sure are you?"
"no court will take the witness of a dead body"
"Oh!" a shocked expression came out of shyam's mouth, he started to tell something but pursed his lips
"You have to be out of the city by this weekend. Finish the job before that"
"yeah..ok"
"Lallan will come to your place to pick you up and drive you out of the city coming saturday"
"Why lallan... I dont understand why this underground secrecy.. if Aman is also out of the way..."
"you listen to what I say and do it.. no questions.."
"I want to speak to boss about this. I dont understand why I am treated like this"
"Father will see you next saturday! you can speak to him then.. complain like a kid or whatever" the man sneered while shyam seethed with anger.
"do as you are told" with this final instruction, the line went dead.

Shyam stared at the mobile for a moment and then threw it on the bed, tryin to control his anger... but thought better of it and moved out of the room towards one of the public booths. "Its better to turn this anger to Kushi and start making plans work" he thought to himself.

****

On the other side, the relatively older man nearing his 50 who was watching the 25 year old as he was making his call shifted in his couch when he saw the call getting ended.
"done" the younger man announced
"how far is it done?"
"he says she will stay away with only threatening"
"I am not bothered about the girl! what about Arnav?"
"thats something that Shyam says will be taken care of.. is it ok with you"
"I can tolerate any plan as long as its fail proof and gives quick results"

The old man got up from the plush couch where he was sitting through the entire call and started walking towards the door of the porch room in which they both were discussing

"I dont understand why shyam is given so much importance" the young man chriped
The old man stopped to look at his son again
"He keeps gloating to other men that you treat him equal to me and nowadays he starts to question my instructions"
"thats something that you have learn still my boy" he smiled at him but the smile never reached his eyes "let him say..both you as well as me know the fact is otherwise and.."
"and what?" the young man asked little annoyed at his father's calm posture
"he will be loyal that way which is necessary for us"
"why dont we just finish him off like Aman?"
"I need him.. he is intelligent, has a presence of mind to wiggle out of any situation.. He might come useful for something that I have planned for" with that the old man opened the door and left the room

******
Kushi stood transfixed still holding to her mobile to her ears even minutes after the call has been cut by the other side. she was transported back to reality by Anjali's voice calling her from downstairs somewhere.
"I have to call Arnavji" she told herself her fingers rapidly moving over her mobile. The call connected to a lady voice informing her that his voicemail would take her message as he was busy with meetings.
SHe tried calling Akaash- his voicemail was ready too.She quickly sent a message to Arnav, grabbed her clutch and hurried down.


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Part 28

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-22, 17:16

Part 28

"Kushi" Anjali called her from the hall couch where she was sitting with payal.
"di"
"We are deciding on the menu for day after tomorrow's party kushi" Payal announced her "we decided on three desserts- see if this is ok.. you are the one who is specific about sweets..."
"You both decide Jiji.. I need to go somewhere urgently"
"Kushi is everything alright?"
"You look tensed? where are you going?"
both the sisters asked her with panic alert
"No No nothing jiji..di, I am going to AR.. You know your brother hasnt even taken his food still.. attending meetings from morning.. I thought I need to give him a peice of my mind..I will come and talk to you" she easily lied.
Anjali and Payal relaxed with a smile "Chotey bhi na..give him proper lecture this time"Anjali joked.

Kushi rushed to one of the cars and asked the drivers to take her to AR, all the while her thoughts completely reigned over by the phone call that happened just few mins back again threatening the life of her husband if she denies to move away from him.

***
Arnav switched on his mobile after a tiring meeting session and glaced at the two messages which came in one after the other, one from kushi and the other from one of the private bodyguards he had hired to watch over the ladies at RM. He decided to look into the later first, which announced that Mrs.Raizada is going out in one of the cars and this person was following her in a safe distance as instructed by him. A slight frown appeared in his face before it disappeared. HE hated it when she went out without informing him, that too at this juncture... but he cannot blame her, "she doesnt know the knife is stil hanging on top of our head" he thought before he proceeded to look into the other one.
"I am coming to AR. please dont consume anything until I come" Her SMS was more confusing.

"She is coming here? but why?" he thought

Her arrival at AR was announced by the same bodyguard's second message which came in after some 20 mins.

After almost another 10 mins, after the deal was signed and the clients sent off, Arnav saw her waiting for him at his cubicle all tensed and nail biting...
"hey hi! what a surprise?"he called out to her
"oh my! thank god you are safe!" was all kushi could manage to say before she jumped up and ran to hug him ignorant of the fact that he was followed by Akaash and two of his other staff members.
"Kushi?" A short warning tone alerting her not to go beyond that level of PDA soon made her aware of the presence of other members in the room.
"wha? oh erm sorry..eh.. I didnt notice, I shall wait outside" she said quickly.
"No thats ok, wait in the couch over there" Arnav told her pointing to the couch in one corner of his room "this will be over super quick!" he told her in an almost whisper
"Yeah ok" she murmered back
"u Ok Bhabhi?"Akaash asked her while passing to which she nodded and managed a week smile

Arnav had a quick discussion and disposed his staff and Akaash as he had promised and then smirked at her.
"Now tell me!"
"wipe that smirk off you face this is serious" She almost shouted.
"I will wear my smirk as I like! and what do you expect me to do if my voice mail is filled with your voice and my message box with messages from you for a two hour meeting I attend and I get a suprise hug when I step into my cubicle after a long tiring meeting with clients?"
"I didnt intend to leave so many voice mails... I was only talking to myself vexed that you wont pick up your calls and that got registered and I sent only one message" she told him indignantly "speaking of which you didnt consume anything in this two hours na?" she asked hopefully
"No I didnt, I told you I was in a meeting" he told her slightly annoyed
"what about your lunch? what and where did you eat?"
"I had whatever you sent in dabba Kushi. enough? and yeah I had my medicines too"
"oh ok..then it should have been safer...did you have anything else coffee, juice?" she was again speaking to herself
"No, was little occupied with work from morning...now what is this obsession with my eating routine Kushi?" He was confused and annoyed
"No ..I .. I ws scared for you.. I got a call.. threatening call... Shyam.. he called me..I think he is already out" Kushi spoke out in quick incoherent sentences, not knowing what to tell him first..
Arnav's expression changed from being annoyed to concerned to scared to angry in those few minutes.
"what did that bas***d say?"
"you know this already?"Kushi asked him
"what ?"
"you know that he is out of jail?"
"Kushi, I.."
"you didnt tell me.."
"Kushi I didnt expect him to call and threaten you, I am sorry.. I shall.."he was cut off by her
"No thats not the point.. You hid this from me? oh now I see everything.. The accident.. it was Shyam right?"
"Kushi, I did'nt want to scare you with this news" Arnav went near her tried to console and calm her by holding her close. But she pushed him away
"and here I am, thinking of telling you the first thing.. I came running to stop you from taking anything because he called me and told how easy it is to finish you off.. as easy as slipping a poisoned juice when you are outside." she sobbed.
"Kushi, relax.. it is not that easy to do what he claims to do.. he is just trying to scare you off"
Kushi kept sobbing angry with the entire stuff, still not letting him to touch and console her
"you dont take my fears seriously..you mock my concerns...You hide facts from me...then when it springs up on me one fine day ... I am scared Aranvji...what if something happened to you... I cant..."She couldnt complete it, fell back into the couch as she broke into hysterical sobs
Arnav sat beside her and pulled her into his arms, giving her his shoulders, patting her back while she slowly hiccuped herself trying franctically to stop her sobs.
"I am sorry honey.. I dont mock your concerns, I am really happy and feel touched about your concerns for me... I really am.. I wont keep secrets from you again.. and It was only done to stop you from worrying"
SHe pulled her head from his chest and looked into him, much calmer than she had felt before
"How would keeping this fact away from me keep me from worrying? How would I feel when all the while with that knowledge I could have done something to stop it, I was kept in the dark, sitting like a duck when my family was hunted?"
"thats the sole reason I kept this away from my adventurous wife... I know what she is capable of..." he told her.. trying hard to hide the smirk that rose to his lips..
"I cant believe this...would you prefer a duck for a wife?"
"No I am happy with my tigress. thanks" he told her, the smirk that he tried hard to hide, finally hitting home "only that, I am also worried of her adventurous nature, I would prefer if I went for hunting along with her rather than she trailing off alone into the wild... if thats promised then No more secrets- promise!"
"agreed!" she smiled for the first time in the last two hours."ok, I think I will leave.. Be careful with what you drink .. what you eat..dont accept drinks from any one.. I mean anyone.. " she rattled off while he accompanied her to see her off.
"what are you smirking for" she asked him suddenly
"nothing! I was just wondering what my staff would think"
"regarding what?"
"if they see me nodding feverishly to your non stop instructions.."
"shutup" then she broke into a gigglish laughter clutching his hand
"see you soon" he said still mesmerised by her tinkling laugh
"will you come home soon today?"
"if you wish...Am I am smelling romantic mood?" he winked
"hey you are tricking me"
"what trick" he asked with a puppy dog face
"you said soon.. I am asking you if you will be coming home..and you twist and play with my words.."
He slid his hands around he waist, pulling her close he whispered huskily into her ears "I dont play with words kushi,I would rather play with your waist"
She looked at him. He was throwing impish looks at her lips, she gave a warning look
"this is your office parking lot" she cautioned him
"I dont care" he pulled her face closer, his lips inches apart from hers
"oh when have you cared for anything like this" she sighed exasperatedly
He smiled wickedly against her lips as he closed in the inches.

*****
Minutes later when kushi was still smiling thinking of Arnav's actions at the parking lot, she got a call and she picked the call without even looking at the caller number
"hello" her smile was evident in her voice, which got wiped off as she heard the voice from the other side
"Kushiji!"
"sh..shyamji?"
"you dont understand do you? how many times should I tell you that I dont like Public displays of affections... that too with Arnav?"
"wha.. oh my god.. were you spying on us?"
"you still think I cant be anywhere near you? you trust his claims that he will keep you away from me.. do you? I said I could even spike his juice with poison... thats how easily I can get him...if thats how easily I can get him.."
"No.. NO you cant.. You cant harm him when I am around.. I wont let you"
"you are getting it all wrong Kushi.. I am harming him because you are around.. I give you two options... Get away from him.. or I will finish him off...This is your last chance...you have time till tomorrow. I am tired of all this threats...next time no threats only direct hits"
the line went dead after that.

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Part 29

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-22, 17:16

Part 29

"This is your last chance...you have time till tomorrow. I am tired of all this threats...next time no threats only direct hits" Kushi sat by the edge of her bed, still her reeling on the words uttered by Shyam.
"how easily he can get to them ? he was watching her every move!"
"Are you alright?" a concerned voice pulled her into present.
"I am ok" she told
"you are lying!"
"Arnavji"
"I know when something is bothering you.. Tell me? is it again about shyam? Are you still worried?"
"How can I not be? He is threatening your life"
"he is bluffing! and if he does it again then he will get caught...we are tracing every call that comes to your mobile.."
"what if he is using a public booth like he did today?"
"We will get the location, and work on it... "
"No I have a feeling that we are taking his threats for granted and the next time he will hit"
"he wont, he is just a coward who likes to threaten his opponent with their weakness"
"why do you keep taking him for granted? dont you already know what he did to you the day after he came out in bail" Kushi raised her voice
"Kushi! just calm down ok? we are not taking anything for granted.. I am only saying you not to stress out thinking about the calls.. Actually police is on lookout for him and the calls are being traced.. He will be behind bars soon.. next time he calls..."
"No he will call and get away.. the police are on lookout but still he managed to spy on us!"
"What do you mean?"
"he already called me!"
"what? when?"
"immediately after I left your office...he told me what we were exactly doing.." Kushi spoke with difficulty, her voice strained due to controlling the tears from spilling, her throat sore.
"and what did he say?"
"the same thing.. that he will" she paused, not able to control any longer, the threatening tears starting to spill out.
"kushi, calm down, ok.. everything is going to be alright.. see this is why I didnt want to tell you...I..."
"Arnavji, Can I say you something?"
"Dont even try to suggest our seperation"
"Arnavji, why dont you understand? Just until he gets caught?"
"NO!"
"but why? wont everything get resolved?"
"how do you think everything will get resolved, Its going to get more messier! you will be a easy target for him.. I will not let you go Kushi"
"but I dont understand why he is wanting our seperation so badly"
"I know, the moment we are seperated, he will start his attack on you"
"No I think.. it is something else...you know before when he used to talk he used to talk about his love... but nowadays, its just like he is desperate for us to get seperated..."
"Its a Man's ego Kushi, Nothing else.. Now shall we forget about him and concentrate on our love life?"
"but why cant we even think of other possibilities.. if we pretend to get seperated, atleast we will know his intentions?"
"The chapter is over Kushi, forget about the bas***d's threat, We are not getting seperated even for a day.. not even if I know for sure that he will get arrested within a day"
"But Arnavji?" she stared, but gasped as she felt his mouth plunging into her exposed neckline, "stop it, I want to talk about" she whimpered tying to push him with her hands.
"put your mouth and hands to some good use Kushi and stop blabbering nonsense" she heard him mutter as he proceeded creating havoc on her senses, making her shut out all other thoughts other than the pleasure that was theirs to explore

***

The next morning bloomed with the cheerful voice of NK who had returned back to RM after a short visit to all his relatives at different locations in India.
With him, the fun seemed to seep back into the lives of Raizadas. The busy afternoon was filled with numerous leg pulling and laughter echoing across the hall where the inmates were doing arrangements for a pooja which was to be conducted in the early evening hours. which would be then followed by the party throwed in by Arnav for his sister and Ashok. While the invitees for the party included their friends and business associated, the pooja was strictly restriced for the family. The Pooja was a last minute addition to the schedule by Nani who had insisted on one for the welfare of the family and kind of thanks giving for the goddess after the family has somewhat recovered from a turbulent time.

Arnav as usual tried to weasle out of the pooja, saying that he will come in later when its time for party. But kushi had not budge in for his excuse which was more due to Shyam's threat than the silent tantrum she was throwing now that he had to attend the pooja with the family, which he was aware of as well and grudgingly agreed to stay back.


Sometime early in the afternoon, when Kushi had come inside her room to put the laundered clothes in their wardrobe, her mobile rang. She noticed that the call was from a private number.

"Private number?" she exclaimed loudly
Arnav who was working on his laptop, jumped up quickly and grabbed her phone from her
"Hello"
there was silence on the other side
"who is this?" Arnav barked into the mobile. but there was no response and then the line went dead.
Arnav stared at the mobile for a few seconds before muttering bas***d.
but quickly started making calls to know if the recent call was traced.

Kushi was silently looking at Arnav ever since the call had ended and when Arnav had finished making those calls, he quietly came near her.
"Are you alright?"
"yes.. weer they able to trace the call"
"No!, they needed some time,but the call ended soon..."
She merely nodded.
"you think it was shyam?"
"who else would have cut the call when I picked up? sickly coward"
"So he wants to speak only to me"
"seems so.. look, when the call comes next time, you pick it up and put it on speaker.. Try to keep the call going on until we will be able to trace the call.. ok?"
"yeah.. ok"
"and dont pick it up when I am not around. ok?"
KUshi sighed at his over protectiveness
"Kushi please say yes"
"ok"

***

The pooja was about to start and Kushi received a call just when she and Arnav was about to leave their room for the pooja. She noticed the call was again from a private number. Her fidgety behaviour was quickly caught by Arnav, who pulled her inside their room again and asked her to pick up the call and switch on the speaker. He told her to keep talking if it was shyam, so that they will have a chance to trace the number.

"hh... helloo.."
"Hello Kushiji! You dont know how much happy I feel listening to your voice, rather than your husband's"
"wh.. what do you mean?"
A chuckle turned laughter was heard from the other side..
"Arnav is being over protective of you as he is with his sister...isnt it Kushiji..."
Kushi felt Arnav's grip on her arm stiffen with anger
"What do you want Shyam?" She asked him, to stir the conversation to something else, But she realised quiet late that it was a wrong decision..
"what else Kushiji...you are still at Shantivan... What else will I ask for?"
"Stop threatening me you coward" Kushi screamed into the phone
"I love it when you lose your temper... I can imagine... your cheeks glowing red.. hmmm delicious"
this was the limit for Arnav who seemed he would smash Shyam's face into a pulp if he were anywhere nearby. Kushi tried desperately to take control of the situation...
"stop your filthy speach...you are sick and stop calling me..." she was about to disconnect the call
"you think I wont do anything then? I have already done it Kushiji.. You havent taken my words seriously have you?"
"You liar! Arnavji is at home.. Dont try your bakwas with me"
"your Arnavji is at home.. so I thought I will play with my ex wife's boyfriend for a change..What do you think Kushiji?"
"No.. you are lying again" Kushi panicked. Arnav was shocked. He quickly moved to pick his phone to connect to Ashok
"Lying?" Shyam laughed again "my ex wife will be broken wont she? and her brother will be broken too... if Ashok reaches home in a box" the line went dead again.

Kushi trembled with the sudden chill the call had given her and watched Arnav as he tried to desperatley get in touch with Ashok. Since Ashok's mobile was Switched off, Arnav tried Ashok's direct landline. Some one picked the call and informed him that the Doctor was not available for the evening.

"Ashokji was supposed to join us for the pooja... Di will know if Ashokji has change of plans" Kushi told Arnav
They both went down to find di along with family members
"Finally the love birds arrive" NK called out cheerfully. Arnav ignored the comment or the laughter that followed
"Di! where is Ashok?"
"Ashok was supposed to join us chotey, called up sometime ago and said he will join a little later due to some emergency that had cropped up.. why?" Anjali asked cheerfully
Arnav didnt answer and went back to thinking and this raised some suspicions in Anjali
"Is everything alright Chotey?"
"haan.. everything is alright Di.. you know Arnavji is thinking he was forced to stay back but Ashokji is excused... isnt Arnavji?" Kushi tried to manage.
"Yeah? I know.. Not chotey has a company in Ashok.. Both can give the other's absence as an excuse u see..." She laughed

"Di, I will be back.. Need to make some calls. You carry on" Arnav retreated back to his room
"See there he goes...these two can never change.. Workoholics! you come kushi" Anjali pulled Kushi towards the mandir.
"Kushi couldnt sit back quietly and after 5 mins excused to go back and check on Arnav


***

When she reached their room, she saw Arnav geting ready to leave the house
"I will be back Kushi, I am going to Ashok's clinic, Dont tell anyone anything until I tell you...ok?"
Kushi nodded
"I want to come with you"
"No, If we both go, Di will get suspicious again..."
"Did you try Ashokji's mobile again?"
"still switched off"
just then, she recieved a call in her mobile and saw it was from Ashok
"oh my god.. Ashokji.."She exclaimed before picking up the call

"Hello Ashokji..Thank god you called... Is everything alright? Where are you?"
"Kushiji...wah wah.. so much concern for your new jeejaji?" Shyam mocked from the other end
"shyam?"
Arnav grabbed the phone from Kushi
"Shyam, If anything happens to Ashok.. you will not live to see the sun rise tomorrow"
"Nice to speak to you Arnav...you need to find me before you can do that"
"I am warning you.. tell me where is Ashok.."
"why would I? ASR needs my help now does he? try finding him Arnav... he should be in one of the trenches around Delhi..."
"you bas***d!" Arnav screamed into the mobile
but the line went dead again.

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Part 30

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-22, 17:17

Part 30

Arnav called up the police commissioner and informed him of Shyam's recent phone call.
while the arrangements were being made to spot where Ashok would have been taken by Shyam, He thought he would make a visit to Ashok's clinic to gather any clues from there.

However he firmly denied Kushi's desire to accompany him, saying if at all Di comes to know about it, she has to be there at home.Kushi was reluctant to let him go alone and insisted that he took Akaash or NK along. They both were argung thus,when they came down...but were distracted rather pleasently by a cheerful voice resounding across the Hall.

"oye Man! still running behind work are you? how do you still manage to do that and make this beautiful girl to run behind you" Ashok chuckled
"Ashok? you are here?" Arnav was more than releaved to see Ashok and so was Kushi
"devi maiya! Ashok ji, You are alright!"
"Yeah I am aright! but what is the suprise element for?"
"No. hmm Di told me you werent joining us until late..so I was a bit worried"
"Worried really? Man stop acting all big sister on me.. I have a Mamma girl here to do that for me.. isnt it Anju" Ashok winked at Anjali and got a whack on his forearm in return from her.
"What happened to your mobile?" Arnav cut across Ashok's easy banter
"I lost it Man.. do you believe it, I lost it right under my nose!"
"Lost it?" Arnav asked him surprised
"But you called me from your mobile right?" Anjali asked him
"Yeah, After I made the call, I carried it during my rounds...sometime during my rounds, I lost it... I think I should have left it by one of the beds.. But I didnt get it back...My mistake,I realised it too late... why? did you call me?"
"yeah I tried calling you..."Arnav told him quickly glancing back at kushi.
"We even called your office land line" Kushi told him "someone told us you were not there for the evening"
"What? that is surprising, Everyone who has access to my office knew I was in...Are you sure? whom did you talk to?"
"We didnt ask the name"
"may be they mistook you were asking for an appointment... I had cancelled all appointments today. Only had to stay back for routine rounds and an emergency case"
"May be" Arnav finished it throwing a warning look at kushi who was all eager to proceed with the discussion.
Kushi gave a annoyed look. Arnav quickly glanced at Anjali and then back at kushi letting her know that Anjali was getting suspicious about their calls. Kushi then relaxed.

Just then the pandit asked everyone to come and get the blessing of the goddess, ending the discussion.

***

Later that evening the party was in full swing, But Kushi was thinking of how easily Shyam had once again threatned her - but this time, he had showed her, that Arnav was not his only target but he can and will target the family as well if things dont go his way. Even though Arnav tried to cheer her, the fear had started to creep in again and this time, she thought of what would have happened if Ashok was really kidnapped for real. SHe thought of Anjali who had just started to live life again, her husband Arnav, who would never be able to take it if anything happened to his sister again. The family will be shattered, the hope would be lost if another storm hit them at this point... THen she thought of Akaash and Payal. What if Shyam started to play with their lives as well?
"All this can be stopped with my decision!" she thought to herself "But Arnavji wont let me... I cannot tell him the reason and do what I want to do.. I need to do it someother way"
***
Arnav saw Kushi standing alone in a corner comtemplating about something.
He moved towards her
"You are not thinking of the call again.. Are you?"
Kushi didnt answer but mutely looked at him
"Forget it Kushi, that coward can only threaten"
"Threaten? what if it really happened?"
"he wont.. he doesnt have enough guts to do that"
"you think! you are taking him too much for granted"
"For granted? Kushi you cant be serious about.."
"NO, I am serious" she hissed "What if it was real?"
Arnav looked at her angrily and was about to tell something when he sensed someone nearby
"Ashok?"
"Hey Arnav? is everything alright? you both look tensed"
"We.. we are fine.. just a husband wife argument.. you wanted to tell something?"
"no Just thank you both"
"What is this Ashokji.. why thanks?"
"You both dont have any idea how much Anjali means to me"
"Ashok, I dont think I would ever want to know those details about how much you love my sister.. It is kind of awkward!" Arnav grinned
"Man, seriously, I wouldnt want to discuss this with you as well... But just wanted to let you both know, if you people were not there.. she wouldnt be mine now... so thanks!"
"Ashokji, how long since you are in love with Di?"
"hmm next year I would complete 2 decades..."
"20 years?" Kushi exclaimed
"Yes, I fell in love when I was only 15..." he smiled
"and you thank us for getting you both together? unbelievable" Arnav commented
"your love has been so powerful Ashokji, DM used us as a medium.. thats all... you both were supposed to be together!"
"What are you three cochee cooing here alone?"Anjali joined them with a cheerful mood
"nothing, he was saying that 20 years back he made a mistake and is still repenting!" Arnav smirked
"what mistake?" Anjali asked innocently
"Actully a grave mistake" Ashok told them instantly
"you meant me?" Anjali asked Ashok and then Arnav and Kushi.
"No not really" Ashok told softly, while Arnav didnt stop grinning and Kushi started smiling
"Actually I think you made a mistake" Anjali told him
"what?" Ashok asked her surprised.
"yeah, if you had asked me when you fell in love for the first time, 20 years back.. we wouldnt have wasted all this time..." Anjali told him dreamily
"Wow.. really?" Ashok asked lost in Anjali's eyes,he slipped his hands on her waist and pulled her closer
"No I dont want to witness this.." Arnav told them firmly "get a room will you?"
"We will try" Ashok told still looking Anjali's eyes
Kushi broke into giggles and was pulled away by a equally grinning Arnav.

***

The party was almost over and the guests had all left,only Kushi's family and Ashok had stayed back. Kushi started walking upstairs thinking that she has to do what she was supposed to do and the time was right.
A little while later Arnav came up to fetch Kushi as her family was leaving to GH. What he saw surprised him.
"going somewhere?" He asked Kushi who was packing a suitcase.


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Post by Abavi on 2013-02-22, 17:17

part 31


Anjali got a call from Ashok's mobile.
"Ashok someone is calling from your mobile" Anjali told him urgently
"really.. let me take it..." he told her grabbing her phone from her
"Hello.."
...
"yeah, it is actually mine... I am Dr.Mehta"
...
"oh really thanks..We thought it was gone..."
...
"yeah.. oh ok...that's great... Where are you put up?"
...
"Oh I am close by.. just around the corner.. I will come...yeah right away"
Ashok closed the call and beamed at Anjali
"Can you belive it Anju? I got my Iphone back.. I mean I will get it back.."
"Where did you leave it.. I thought you told you left it somewhere in the hospital..."
"No actually, I stopped at the bakers before coming here.. It seems I left it there.."
"didnt you go back and check there?"
"I did.. but the baker didnt notice and I think this gentleman had already got it and he called the last dialled number"
"thank god!but why this late?"
"who knows but atleast he called...and can you believe it he stays just around the corner... I shall get it and make a move home alright?"
"yeah.. give me a call after you get it"
"OK.. Arnav?"
"He went up to get kushi..I will tell them.. you carry on"
Ashok left informing others in the family

***


"yes... I thought of taking a break for sometime" Kushi told him softly
"Not a Bad idea kushi" Arnav told her coming closer to her "So where are we going?" He asked her slipping his arms around her waist from backwards
"No.not like that... I.. I am not planning a holiday " Kushi told him slowly easing his hands away from her waist
"then? GH? what happened? you want us to spend sometime with your parents now? " Arnav asked her
"No not us.. I..eh.. I am going..." Kushi told him
"You are going to Gh without me? For how long? a day? two days?"
"No Not GH"
"Where else?" Arnav asked her confused
"I have not decided yet"
"Not decided? what do you mean?" Arnav asked her but then stopped short "No you are not planning to..go away"
"Arnavji.. I"
"Havent I told you before Kushi.. Stop this bakwas.."
"What Bakwas?"
"Dont tell me that are succumbing to his empty threats..."
"empty threats? No I am not.. Dont think that I am week or stupid!"
"you are! what explains this running away then?"
"that I am tired! tired of all this... tired of both of you trying to take control of my life!"
Arnav looked at her stunned while she continued
"you men are all the same... both of you are no different..you have always been pushing me to do what you have decided! now he is doing the same"
"I cant believe this kushi.. this is ridiculous..."
"it is ...Can you ignore it? you forced me threatening my sister's married life... and he is doing it threatening the family's life... what is the big difference.. when I succumbed then.. it was not a stupid move.. but now it is.. isnt it?"
"Kushi that was different.. how can you compare that and this.."
"how was it different then? I dont see any difference!"
"Back then I wanted to save my sister's marraige...I had to take a decision then... you have no idea what situation I was in"
"I know very well...you were ready to sacrifice my dreams, My self respect, my dignity for saving your sister's marraige with that scum"
"it was not intentional...you know it.. I dont understand Kushi... I was angry... I made a wrong move... I thought u were the reason behind it.. It was a misunderstanding... I blamed you wrongly..."
"yet it was true..I was forced to take responsiblity for all this.. If I had not been there... this wouldnt have happened... right?"
"Kushi... there is no need to.." Arnav started but abrutpty stopped grabbing her arms and turning her towards him "Kushi please stop it...I will not let you go!"
"Who are you to not let me go?"
"your husband!"
"of 6 months"
"...for Life" he told her patiently while she stared at him angrily "I know what you are trying to do... That is not going to happen...you are trying to create this unnecessary tension so that you can go away...But I am not letting you go!

"I am not trying to create tension.. It is all there and you are failing to notice it" Kushi told him tears brimming in her eyes, threatening to fall down any moment
She rummaged her bag and pulled out her mobile
"look at this message"
"another threat?" he asked her as he looked into the message that she was showing him

"My game has not ended.. it has just started.. wait and watch"


"dont you think he is again playing with your weakness for the family?" he asked her.But at that moment, Arnav's mobile rang. It was NK.
"Nannav.. come down... fast.. Ashok!"
"What happened?" he said sprinting downstairs, with kushi close on his heels.
"Chotey.. Chotey Ashok..Ashok was he... beaten up.. saw him.. portico.. I he is unconcious" Anjali's inconherent speech greeted him downstairs.. Nani, Mami and Payal were with her whereas they went out ot see a throughly beaten up Ashok being helped into a car by Nk while Akaash was on the wheels.

"What happened?" He asked Ashok, who seemed to have gained conscious then

"I dont know man, I told you na, about my IPhone being lost? Someone called me, He was just around the corner, I went to collect it.. It seems that the person had called to just take snatch away the cash and other valuables I was carrying... Some three mad men rounded up on me.. I shouldnt have gone alone.. My fault"

"Shit..you look beaten up badly... I will come with you.."
"No No problem... Akaash is there na.. I will manage... No worries.. take care of Anju"
The car left.
"That was Horrible Nannav.. We just heard some sound outside and came to see someone lying in front of the portico.. badly beaten up, I never thought it was Ashok... Di was having a panic attack... all of a sudden.." NK stopped suddenly looking towards the door where some noise was coming from.

"Ashok.. where is he.. I need to go with him... I" Anjali came out while the ladies were following her trying to calm her.

"Anjali bitiya... Calm down" Nani was heard to repeatedly telling her..
"I need to be with him Nani.. where is he.. why did he go without telling me? why didnt he take me? where is Akaash.. I need to talk to Ashok... I want to see if he is alright..."

"Di relax, Akaash has taken him to the hospital... There is nothing to worry"
"No Chotey.. I shouldnt have let him alone.. I got a call from his mobile... He went to collect it...Why was he targetted? after so much happiness ...why is this happening to us? "
"Anjali bitiya.. we will take care.. we can inform the police about it... dont worry" Mamiji consoled her
"Di, please relax.. Ashok will be alright... come in" Arnav took her inside while everyone else followed.
"I want to talk to him..." she kept on repeatedly telling when Payal called her husband's mobile, It rang somewhere in the house...
"I think Akaash has left his mobile here at home...Ashokji doesnt carry a mobile too... We need to wait until they call us" Payal informed everyone.
***

Arnav came out of Anjali's room towards kushi who was standing by the stairs.

"He had Ashkji's mobile... It was a clear message to us.. me" she told him still looking far away. Arnav was quiet
"do you still think this is all bakwas?" she asked looking at him.
"I will get him for this" He gritted his teeth...
"may be thats his plan.. instigating you to come to him...then put his plan to action"
"he is mistaken"
"I am not letting anyting else to happen.. I am leaving" She told with finality
"Kushi calm down..you are taking a haste decision"
"No I am not. look at this.. another message"


"Akaash and Ashok are at LifeLine Hospital... I shall make my next move.. if you are not willing to make yours"

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Post by Abavi on 2013-02-22, 17:18

Part 32

"Akaash? Wait let me call him" Arnav spoke urgently
"No use.. I already tried calling him.. his mobile is with Jiji.. he left it in a hurry"
Arnav decided to reach the hospital in another car. But Kushi opposed him
"You have just recovered... You cant strain and drive a car.. No!"
"Kushi, Understand... I need to go and check..."
"We wil call the police.."
"Are you kidding Kushi, we dont even know if this is true...He works with a gang..."
"OK..wait I will call Nanheji"

Atlast, they brought NK into their confidence. NK drove the car, and Kushi accompanied them as she was not ready to leave Arnav go alone.
soon after they picked speed, NK realised that the car brakes had been tampered. He let Arnav know about it and soon they smelt petrol.
"I think the car fuel is leaking too" NK exclaimed.
"yeah I too can smell Petrol" Kushi told them scared.
"The car has been sabotaged. No prize for guessing who did it!" Arnav supposedly whispered.


Arnav directed NK to slow down and not to accelerate further, but the speed was not reducing at all. Then he asked him to steer away from the busy road into a less taken lonely road. As they were losing fuel fast, they hoped the vehicle would stop soon, but the road happened to be piled with heaps of building materials.NK finally lost control of the car as he tried hard to steer it away from hitting a group of workers at the construction site, probably returning home and the car hit a heap of sand, and flew across it. Arnav helped NK and both tried to steer it away from danger and the car screeched to stop after hitting large building blocks of rocks piled there.

All the three escaped with only little sratches on their body but soon the group of workers they crossed little early had gathered around- they seemed to be drunk after the day's work and the angry mob tried to attack the driver of the expensive car who they thought had tried to kill them, Kushi's sweet talks and explanation didnt help much and finally Arnav's money did the trick. The three couldnt take the car from there as it failed to start after the impact, Also it was no use taking the sabatoged vehicle now.


NK wanted Arnav and kushi to reach home as Arnav's legs had started bleeding again. But Arnav would'nt listen and wanted to reach hospital as fast as they could. At that point, Arnav's mobile started to ring. Relief spread in Arnav's face as he heard Akaash's voice from the other end.

"Bhai, Ashok is ok and I shall drop him at his place before I come home."
"Oh Alright.." Arnav sighed "Akaash, But why his place?there isno one there... he can stay at Shantivan for the night..."
" No bhai... I already told him. but he is adamant... He says he has got some work at his place."
"No Akaash tell him that I insisted. We have got some threats again.. seems to be Shyam's work"
"Oh...Alright...I shall bring him over then..i have to finish off the discharge formalities then I will start"
"Yeah.. you take care yourself and be alert"
"ok bhai.. see you soon"

***



The situation seemed to calm down a bit, the three breathed reassured. Kushi's mobile beeped then.
"A message" Kushi informed them and looked into it while Arnav looked over anxiously.
"Nanheji, get a taxi quick.. we need to reach home" Kushi shouted in panic


"What happened?" Arnav askedtaking the mobile from her

"How was the road adventure Kushi? oh by the way, I changed my plan about attacking Akaash or Ashok.Thought of a small revenge for my ex wife... none of her brothers are around you see...how about blowing her up... I can hear something ticking away in her room... your decision has the control to stop it"


"No!" Arnav shouted. His mind seemed blank for a moment. By that time, NK had managed
to Flag down an auto and they rushed towards Shantivan. Arnav regained his self control then, called the house to check if there are any unusual beeping sound at home. He also called one of his police friends and arranged for the whole house to be checked.

By the time they reached home, his friend had got in people and dogs from bomb squad and had completed the checks.

"Its a false alarm Mr.Raizada" The officer from the squad informed him before leaving with his squad.

After a brief talk to the police friend, he also left after expressing disappointment that he hadnt come to him before itself.

Arnav intended to go up but the bewildered family wanted more explanations. NK started to explain... but at the same time, the stress had taken a toll on Arnav's health and he started feeling dizzy suddenly. It happened quickly and he sat down before losing consicious completely.

****

A worried family surrounded him when Arnav gained his concious back. He saw a tear striken Anjali by his bed side and a worried grim faced Kushi who he noticed had her hands tightly holding his own hand, looking down his face.

"Arnavji!"
"Nannav"
"chotey"
"Arnav bitwa"
everyone seemed to speak at the same time.

"Nothing to worry, it was just the stress, the sugar level dropped and the so his BP dropped down quickly.Also the wounds have opened again...it takes time for a diabetic person to heal...do not stress physically as well as emotionally Mr.Raizada.. and Mrs. Raizada, see to that he takes his medicines regularly." The Doctor who seemed to have been called immediately after he lost conscious and had been attending to him, spoke.



Kushi nodded, not taking her eyes of her husband.

"Let him rest, He will be alright, I shall take leave" the doctor told the family and left.
The family slowly started moving out after getting assured that their son was safe.

Kushi never moved away, nor did she take away her eyes from his face.
The stress has been too much for him, He had always been the one to get the burnt of it and one of his deepest fear was the safety of the family. An attack on the family his loved ones had taken a toll on his stress level and he had neglected his medicines again. She had been too involved in these threats to notice. She should'nt have let him take on a ride before he recovered.


"I am alright Kushi" Arnav spoke out in a hoarse voice


then it struck her, Shyam's plan had been this...He had been hitting them when it matters, the mere thought of attack on the safety of the family, has stressed him so much... Kushi thought of those few minutes before he gained conscious, when the doctor himself had feared that the BP had dropped so low and the pulse was dropping too, NK had called the ambulance and Kushi rushed to him and had clutched his hand tightly, praying to DM not to take him away and his BP started raising back.

"I know" She whispered. "Now close your eyes and Sleep" She instructed and he obeyed her.

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Post by Abavi on 2013-02-22, 17:18

Part 33

Kushi tucked the duvet under his chin, switched off the light, closed the room door and silently went down. She knew the family was still awake, probably talking about the events of the evening.

"Shyam has now started to target the family. He is not bothered about the family knowing about it. They are probably about confused what he wants.. Only I and Arnav ji Know about this" Kushi thought to herself. She saw that the family was gathered and also noticed that Akaash and and Ashok has already reached home.


She went towards them to hear Mami speaking out loudly.
"So this means that this all happened because of Shyam then?"
"Yes Maasi.. Everything is that Shyam's idea of revenge.. or is it?" NK piped in
"What else... other than revenge" Anjali spit out bitterly. Her face was still tear stricken but the tears had somehow stopped after hearing that shyam was behind all this attacks... She only felt disgust at herself for falling in love with a person like shyam.
"Relax...Anju"
"How can I Ashok? He is targeting the family to get revenge out of me...to think I have sheilded him for four years..."


"No I was just wondering..." NK started, then saw Kushi and called out "Kushiji... you know right?"
"What Nanheji?"
"Why is this shyam doing all this? He sent you an SMS. What does he want? what is his demand?"
"You are still getting the SMSes?" Akaash asked her. Anjali was shocked too
"Kushi? so he is threatening you still?" Anjali asked her.
Then Kushi remembered... the very first time she had received the SMS after Anjali's divorce, Akaash and Anjali were with them... But then during those times, Shyam's SMS were all not deliberate... They didnt even know what the deal was.
"Kushi?" Kushi noticed Payal's hand on her shoulder.


The Family was looking at her. She realised, they must have been talking to her, but she had been lost in her own thoughts.
"JiJi?"
"Nani and Di are speaking to you"
"Ji Nani" Kushi asked her
"Come here bitiya...sit with us... Tell us what all you know... We will try to resolve it together. I know it has been toomuch for you and Arnav bitwa to handle all this alone...Let us in... you both cant manage all of this alone"
"No Naniji... this all will be resolved with my only one decision" Kushi thought to herself, nevertheless she went and sat beside her.
"Kushi why didnt you tell us before that Shyam is still threatening you?" Anjali asked her
Kushi merely looked at Anjali.
"but Kushiji what does he want? there was something in that SMS that you received today.. about some decision or something" NK asked her again
"Bhabhi tells us... We will settle him what ever money he asks... Bhai wont agree to give that scoundrel the money that he demands, but we dont have to take
this tension that he is creating" Akaash told her.

"Jijaji, Its not money that he demands" Kushi spoke out calmly
"then what else? some property? What does he want?" Akaash asked her confused
"Yeah tells us... We will give him what he wants if he will leave us alone..."
"Anything?" Kushi asked them all
"yes.. anything..." Mami told her again "expect for Anjali bitiya" Mami told her


Kushi smiled ironically.
"and if Arnav ji doesnt want to give"
"We Should convince him. " Mami told her."I cant believe you havent already convinced him.. when the whole family life is in danger.. Hello hi bye bye"
The family nodded.
"I dont like to give in to his threats Kushi bitya.. but it is not worth it.. Lets throw him what he wants... so that he will lets us in peace" Nani told her.
"And more than us you will be able to convince him Kushiji.. is there something that he wont listen if you say so? NK asked her. They all broke into a smile admist the tensed atmosphere.

"I dont know If I will be able to convince him this time Nanheji...I tried and failed" Kushi admitted
"Kushi, tell us first" Payal urged her
"I shall tell u all.. But will you help me convince Arnavji? You shouldnt back off " Kushi asked
"But What is it that even you failed to convince Arnav? I mean if Family safety is his first priority, Arnav would have jumped in first at his offer" Ashok
wondered aloud.


Kushi bit her lips and was silent.
"Oh My God... No" Anjali gasped "He is asking you! thats why you both didnt tell us... Thats why chotey didnt agree..."
A single tear rolled over kushi's cheeks, her lips quivered, While she looked at the shocked family
"Is it true Kushi bitiya?" Nani asked her shocked
Kushi wiped her face off the tears... She needs to be strong, if she needs to stop all this, she thought to herself.
"Yes Nani. He.. he wants m.. me to get seperated from Arnavji. That is his demand." Kushi confirmed. "now tell me, how to convince Arnavji"
At that moment world's choicest swear word was heard across the room.


"Arnavji" Kushi jumped.They all saw Arnav standing on top of the stairs. If looks could kill, Kushi would have been dead by now.
"forget the deal, that will happen when I am dead" Arnav bellowed as he covered the distance between them in quick strides inspite of his slight limp on the
bandaged leg.
"Arnavji, You should be in bed"
"Shutup" He growled, grabbing her by arms "How dare you.. How many times have I told you not to pay heed to him? How dare you want the family to convince me?"


"Chotey, She didnt start this... Only We wanted to know...and forced her to tell..." Nani pacified him. Arnav let Kushi go.
"Nani...I have been taking his empty threats for granted.. But Now I shall do whatever I can do to protect the family...but please" He looked at everyone
warningly as if any one would dare to oppose him "dont ever ask me to give in to his demands.. I will not" Arnav's eyes then fell on Anjali
"She is mine di. I wouldnt give her to anyone else" Arnav told Anjali, Holding on to Kushi's hands, with a childlike voice, broken with a lump at his throat.
"No one in their right mind would ask you to do that chotey..." Anjali told him, coming near them and taking Kushi's face on her hands "Not even Kushi herself.. Isnt it Kushi?"


"But wait..." Ashok called out..."That demand is little weird"
Everyone looked at him
"I mean... why would he want you to get seperated from Arnav?"
"What question is this Damaadji... So that he can marraige her... what else?" Mamiji told him
"But Mausi, why should he wait for the seperation for that? I mean Jeejaji is more a gentleman than Shyam, but still he didnt wait until the Divorce to start wooing di" NK quipped
"NK? why target me man?" Ashok looked at him disbelievingly
"No, actually what I wanted to convey is... you are right the demand is weird... He didnt explicitly tell that he wants you right Kushiji"
Kushi nodded.


"Maybe he wants revenge...I sent him out, made his life hell, he want to make mine hell as well.. He wont succeed!"Arnav informed.
"No Arnav, if thats the case, he wont be threatening kushi to go away from you, I dont think so-He has been contacting only Kushi, there was no major life threats on her, which is more a=easier for a scoundrel like him instead of patiently convincing her to leave you and go... Think Rationally...There is something else here."
"I have been telling him the same thing... But he just brushes me off" Kushi complained.
"Excuse me?"
"What? didnt I suspect something else in this? If we have to find what it is .. then you need to let me go!"
"Forget it"
"No! why dont you understand? lets get seperated until we find out his intentions...how will we find out what he is planning to do and who else is with him?"
"Dont start off with all that again"


"No Nannav, I think she is right!... We need to see where he wants to go and what is his plan..."Nk Supported Kushi
"I think that is logical too.. Why cont she stay at GH until then?" Ashok joined him "Give him a mirage that you both seperated.. then see what his plans are.."
"He has no plans... You both are giving him toomuch credit for the intelligence that he does'nt possess" Arnav told them
"He has.. and you are the one who is ignoring it..." Kushi gritted her teeth
"Do not underestimate your enemy Arnav. Trust me I had the privelege to closely observe his moves when I wanted to help Anju out of this." Ashok told him


The arguments went on for a while and after what seemed to be a decade, Arnav reluctantly agreed for a short seperation. It was decided that Kushi would stay at GH for a while until Shyam was caught or made his next move.
It was also after Nani had finally suggested that if the seperation was planned they can also being kushi to Shantivan after a proper wedding as planned earlier.


"I shall drop you at RM tomorrow" Arnav told her.
"NO...we are getting seperated... you can't meet me"
"What? forget the seperation... let shyam go to hell"
"He will go to hell Arnav.. and you are not meeting her like that... if Shyam should believe that you both have fallen apart" Ashok told him
"what the"
But didnt give a damn to Arnav's annoyance
"NK, you drop her at GH tomorrow" Ashok told finally
Arnav couldn't help but stare at Kushi at his helplessness


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Post by Abavi on 2013-02-22, 17:19

Part 34

That night, someone in RM sneaked with a mobile to one of the deserted corners of the terrace. At the other end of the city,in a shabby low lying noisy area, where Shyam had been holed up recently his mobile rang.


"Hello"
"Hello, they have decided to stage a split"
"Oh great! when is she leaving?"
"Tomorrow morning. NK is dropping her off at GH"
"ok. I shall take it up from there...thanks "
"hope this news doesnt create a wedge in our plans"
"no it will not.. everything is in order"
"Ok"
The line went dead

Rocky who was watching Shyam talking over the phone to someone asked him after he cut the call
"what happened?"
"They have decided to stage a split up..."
"oh.. then things are moving the worng way then?"
"it was an expected move"
"Boss wont be happy to hear this.. "
Shyam smirked..
"why do you smirk? does he already know? I dont understand how you can smile at this news?"
"there are a lot of things that you dont understand"
"what does this mean? you expected them to do this?"
"Yes and I expected them to take this step long back.. they have been sluggish.. cant blame them... they are in Loooveee"
"so you have a plan already?"
"do you doubt? ofcourse I have a plan... they think they can fool me... They are the ones who will end up being fooled "
"so what next?"
"a couple of calls and my work here is over... I will leave the city tomorrow with Lallan"
Shyam then got into his bed and closed his eyes, while a puzzled Rocky kept looking at him baffled.

***

"you dont have to do all this if only you listened to me" Arnav told her while he was watching her pack her bag.
"Only for some time... the time will run fast" Kushi told him closing her bag
"so easy to say for you... you think the time will run fast?" he asked her coming closer to where she was standing now facing the wardrobe.
"ok it wont... but we will have a great time after this seperation" Kushi turned and winked at Arnav
"we can have a great time even otherwise... trust me I will show you" Arnav told her pressing her against the wardrobe shelves.
She put her hands in front keeping him in bay.
"I know what you are capable of showing me...but let things get settled down, then we have all the time in the world"
"I dont know why you have to be so stubborn in this Kushi"
"nothing like that Arnavji.. think just for our selfishness in love should we endanger everyone else"
"we are not selfish Kushi..how can you.."
"We will be if we are not even giving a chance to find out what his intentions are..."
"it is a stupid move. there are other better ways"
"yes all this time I had given you time for your better ways and what did we face?"
"What do you mean by this? that I was not able to resolve it? and so you opted to move out?" Arnav's anger was evident in his voice
"leave it...I didnt mean like that"
"What else did you mean?"
"Let me go Arnavji... we need to find out his intentions..."
Arnav turned his face the other way.
"look you have to let me go..you owe me a win"
"Which one?"
"the bet? when you asked me to prove my innocense? I won that right? you told me if I can prove that then I can ask for anything isnt it?"
"and you ask me this? I cant believe this Kushi... you cant do this kushi"
"why cant I do this? dont you still trust me?"
"its not that...I" Arnav started seriously then looked at Kushi who was trying to control her laugh and then relaxed "Actually Kushi, you failed to prove..
My sister proved your innocense... So it is a draw.." He smirked
"but still you beleived me after I had to struggle to collect proofs" Kushi carried on
"Kushi, please stop this.. You very well know how I feel about the entire thing.. I made a huge mistake... and" But before he could finish...Kushi put her
hand on his mouth
"I didnt mean to make you feel guilty.. I know you started believing in me well before you knew the facts...and you have been in love with me well before that.. otherwise you wouldnt have asked me to marry you in the first place..I am asking you to let me go so that we will have that peaceful life we have always dreamed of... there is someone ploting out there... Maybe the mastermind is shyam.. or may be it is someone far beyond him.. and we dont have any clue about it... We can atleast get some clues if we do this... please?"
"Why do you ask me when you have already decided? almost a month without meeting... no phone calls... can you survive? because I cant"
"we can... because we know we still belong to eachother"
"dont do this to me Kushi... Dont do this to us" Arnav's voice almost broke
"Arnavji please this one time.. Dont make this hard for me...please?" Kushi cupped his face with her two hands and looked into his eyes for a long time. SHe hated to see vulnerability in his eyes... She hated to leave him in this state.. but she had to do this.. for his sake for his family's sake.

There was a knock on the door.
"Kushiji Are you ready?"
"Yes Nanheji give a few minutes."
"Ok I am waiting down"
NK left leaving them alone again
"time to go..." Kushi told Arnav, turning to pick her bag.
Arnav followed kushidownstairs. After a short tearful farewell, the family left the couple to say a proper goodbye- as Ashok had asked Arnav not to go out to say goodbye to her as they were supposed show that they seperated ways.
"see you soon" kushi told him as they saw NK going out with the car keys.
"Kushi!" Arnav choked
She came to him again and captured his lips in a long lingering kiss. A Kiss that suggested a long impending seperation.
"this is not our first..." Kushi told him once they surfaced from the kiss "and this is not definetely our last...take care of yourself for me"
with that, she was gone
***

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Part 35

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-22, 17:20

Part 35

It was almost 6 in the morning and Kushi was standing in the crowded railway station platform. On her right shoulder hung a big travel bag while she held a thick leather file folder on the other hand. She seemed to be waiting for someone as she watched a train arrive at the track adjoining the platform she was standing. As she kept watching people boarding and aboarding the train,looking tensed and lost, a tall well built man in his late 20s with a back pack approached her.

"Hi Kushi"
Kushi intantly breathed a sign of relief...
"namaste... I hmm..." Kushi told him
"Lets get in first then continue speaking, the train stops here for a short while only" he told her taking her baggage from her and pulled her along with him to the coach in front of him, his hold securely ensuring that she wont get lost in the crowd. Finally after they settled in their compartment he smiled at her...
"Now you can speak...I saw the reservations chart, The other occupants in the compartment board the train two stations after... we have the compartment all to ourselves until then" he told her.
She nodded. the train started to move.



"Do you want something? I managed to get some magazines, biscuits and water just before reaching you. Though I dont know if you will be interested in reading women's era?"
She shook her head
"I was beginning to worry that you wont turn up..."
"me? Thats my dialogue.." He complained but smiled "Thanks for deciding to come"
"I ...I didnt have a choice... after I...she clutched the file tightly, her eyes tearing up"
"I understand...but you realise the seriousness of the situation right? "
"I do"
He then saw her clutching her mobile phone in her right hand.
"I think you should throw away the sim. you will not need it anymore"
Kushi looked at him and then at her mobile, fidgeting with her mobile.
"I havent spoken to him.. or even messaged him.. for two days.. and now... I leave without even telling him..."
He took the mobile from her sweaty hand, and switched it off, before removing the panel to take away the sim card and turned to throw it out of the window but on second thoughts and pocketed it- returning back the mobile to her.
"I understand how difficult this is all for you Kushi... But please understand, why we are doing this, this way... we cant afford to risk anything now...The family is being watched/phones are being tapped and all that"
"thats alright.. I..I understand" She choked.


"you have told your family right?"
Kushi nodded.
"I have told them that I cant tell them where I was going but I shall contact them soon and I have also told them to inform.. inform Arnav ji.. and ask him not to search for me..." she told with a lump in her throat.
"and you have not spoken with anyone else about this right?"
"I have not" she murmered, her eyes welling up with tears again.
"nor have you sent or left any letters or messages"
"No, I havent"
"Good..I just cross checked...We cant trust anyone on this...there are lives at stake thats why..." He told her kindly
She merely nodded, her eyes blinking rapidly to control the tears which was threatening to fall any moment.
"Kushi, things will be OK soon"
"I am alright Sidarth ji... I understand"
"Call me Sid" he cut in quickly, his lips breaking into a smile which she noticed reached his eyes too.


Kushi paused to look at the young handsome man in front of her, silently appreciating his honest and kind eyes, his genuine concern and his friendly smile and thought how in a short span of time he had made her feel as if they had known eachother for long. She had met him only 2 days before, the day when she had come to GH... When he first mentioned why he had come to meet her, it had shocked and angered her and she had blasted at him but the man had been determined, and had persuaded her to listen to him and then her initial reluctance, resistance all vanished when he had explained why he had come there... and had showed the leather file that she was holding now.



It was like a puzzle that she found hard to believe, but her instincts had told her to trust this man who had been hell bent on his mission. Little reluctancs that she had, on whther to trust him had vanished after that one phone call, asking her, urging her to trust him...then she had decided... but then, He had given her two days time to think and finally decide what she wanted to do and finally decided to move on.
He had also spoken with the Guptas and convinced them to set aside their doubts about sending their daughter away with a Stranger and made them agree to play along. He had also extracted a promise not to disclose or discuss about this to anyone- not even their other daughter or their Son in laws, and ofcourse he had warned them what they would be facing if they are taking this up- intense grilling, emotional blackmail and threats even.. But they were to keep this secret to themselves for the greater good- so he had instructed them.


*****

Arnav couldnt believe his ears.
"What? come again " He asked NK again
"thats what they say Nannav...they say she has gone somewhere" NK told him helplessly.
then it stuck Arnav...She should have gone somewhere nearby...
"where? temple? movie? where?" he asked NK, his patience to see her after two long days running out at fast rate.
"No its not like that...they say she has moved out... out of the city and they dont know where she went"
"What is this bakwas?" he muttered before opening his car door and rushing towards Gupta house.

It had been really very difficult for Arnav to stay without calling Kushi or meeting her for whole 2 days and finally decided break his promise to stay away. It is his and Kushi's life and no one has the right to make him stay away from her.. not even her... He had first decided to dash to GH and bring her back home.. but then after second decided to think rationally and finally had asked NK to help him meet kushi.


NK had teased him at first and refused to help- and after Arnav had told him that he is going to meet her anyway even if he helps him or not... Nk had finally agreed and they had started to Kushi's place after he tried calling her numerous times but gave up as she was not reachable. NK had insisted on Arnav not coming with him to GH and asked him to wait in the car, while he would go to fetch Kushi for him.

Arnav agreed to wait in the parked car, in a secluded corner, which did not attract much attention. Now a little later than 20 minutes, NK comes back giving this news. If he was surprised with NKs news, what awaited Arnav when he reached GH was nothing less than a disaster.


He found it hard to believe that Kushi had moved to another place, just out of the blue and had not bothered to keep him informed or leave a message for him... He tried to get information out of the Guptas but all he got from them was that she had been contemplating for two days and finally decided to move out.


He couldnt believe that the family would have let her go without even asking where she was going to go. He was worriedif she had recieved another message from Shyam, but no one is GH was able to give him any answer for that and had only affirmed it was solely her decision to move out. They told also him that she had requested them to comply and not ask her questions and the only information that she had asked them to pass on to him was also inform him not to search for her.
What does this mean? he had screamed at them, he was completely at loss what to do, a sense of betrayal seeping into him. The entire ordeal had angered him, and he had immediately decided to hunt for her and never will he let her out of his sight after finding her- to hell with this stupid plan ... he thought to himself...

How can she go just like that? What does she know about the outside world? where would she stay? what would she do for living? and when that Shyam is lurking around like an eagle to destroy her why did she always acted this implusively? where would she have gone?

He had left after resolving himself that he would find her soon and give her a piece of his mind for doing this to him... to their love...

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part 36

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-22, 17:20

Chapter 36


Shyam was showed a study where, he was to meet his boss.
The room seemed to be unoccupied at the first glance. He decided to wait and moved towards the couches at the far end of the room.. then he noticed, the couch facing te wall was well occupied and Dhruv Malik was sprawled across the sofa...
"hello Shyam"
"hi.. I was expecting to meet your Uncle"
"he will be here soon"
Shyam moved to one of the single couches.


"So how successful was the mission?"
"Am I to report to you now?" Shyam smiled at him but nevertheless gave the answer "yes, its accomplished"
"So that means, the girl is no more with Arnav" Dhruv prompted him to speak
"Yes, My last plan, has worked to hilt, the girl has been scared enough to pack her bags and move away from Arnav. I have also made sure that she would never dare to return to him. So we can safely assume that the girl is no more in his life and no other girl would ever be..."
"I see.. This girl has moved out... but how can you be sure that She wont return back nor will anyother girl take her place?"
"Because, I have taken time to know how Kushi thinks.. and how Arnav thinks..."
"Are you planning to become a psycolgist? because we are not paying you for that" Dhruv told him.
"Do you then doubt my judgements?"
"I simply beleive, finshing the girl off would have been a better idea.. Or is it true that you also got charmed by the girl's good looks?"
"Every man would be... Dhruv" Shyam drawled. "She is a deliciously beautiful girl, even if you had seen her, you wouldnt want to waste her away to the earth, without tasting her once atleast"
"I have seen her pics.. But thanks... I wouldnt want anything that has been in love with Arnav.. and would probably cry out his name when I make out with her..." Dhruv mocked at Shyam.


"I thought you were immune to such things as girls Shyam" A elderly voice echoed across the room.
Both Shyam and Dhruv turned to see Ashutosh Rana standing in the door way to the room.

"Morning Boss"
"Welcome back Shyam, my boy.. I was expecting you yesterday evening..."
"There was some delay in us starting from there... we reached late yesterday"
"so the girl is not coming back isnt it?"
"yes"
"I would also suggest we dont take it for granted"
"I am damn sure boss, the girl is not coming back.. even if he finds her, she would never consent to go back with him"
"I didnt mean that... Have you considered the surprise element in this?"
"surprise element?"
"Like what if the girl is already carrying his baby?"
"That possibility is can be safely crossed. She is not carrying"
"you have been out of that house for sometime now.. their equation has definetely changed."
"I have my informants, she is not expecting his baby..."
"Fine, thats it then.. Naturally I dont want a repetition of history from their side"



"I have been telling right from the beginning that killing her off would be much quicker and simpler than the round about way-Have you people ever heard of effort and cost cutting?" Dhruv commented
"there are reasons why that has not been done Dhruv" Shyam told him
"you mean you have actual reasons other than that you lust after that girl yourself?"
"My fantasies are not a part of the reason at all...I didnt finish her off not want to attract Unnecessary action and unwanted attention to the matter at hand"
"you have just agreed that you dont have guts to finish off someone silently" Dhruv drawled.


Shyam seemed to be irked by Dhruv's comments. But still maintained his coolness.


"No dhruv, Your brother is a Shrewd man, and he would definetely not be quiet about murder of his woman, staged as accidents...He will probe.. this way is much safer .. "
"I have told you so many times that I hate it when you mention him as My brother" Dhruv spit out.
"but the facts could not be changed can it?" Shyam questioned him
Dhruv got up from his position seemingly ready for a fight..
"calm down Dhruv" Rana told him "We are figthing for something on those terms Dhruv. Dont get into silly fights now. And Shyam why dont we discuss the facts rather than getting into meaningless arguements about how Arnav and Dhruv are related for a change?" Rana cut in
"Boss, finishing or even trying to finish the girl off right under his nose is like stepping on a land mine- He is overprotective about her, I hope you understand. He would start probing."
I would agree to that part... Its always better to use the brains than the brawns young man. I definetely dont want him to start probing into this and find out what is at stake...some things are better if he is not aware of it at all..." Rana firmly declared.
Shyam nodded smiling





"And would care to explain why you went ahead and spolied our plans for Anjali?" Dhruv asked shyam
"I never spoiled the plans for Anjali... I thought letting her go is the best decision at that point of time... taking into consideration that our plans for Arnav was at stake"
"so you conveniently gave her a divorce and paved way for Ashok to enter into her life"
"What do you expect me to do when I was in a deadlock there? I did call boss and discussed with him before I decided about this"
"yes you did, Anyway there is nothing much at stake in case of Anjali, compared to Arnav" Rana commented.



"do you know where the girl Kushi is now?" Dhruv asked Shyam
"I dont know" Shyam told him "Rocky was supposed to keep watch on her movements.. But he seems to have missed her. She was last seen to be going to the railway station, yesterday morning, I have asked him to find out the list of the trains that started early yesterday, we shall soon find out where she went"
"fine then, stay low for some time, and keep a tab on that girl, if you find her."
"Yes boss"
After discussing some trivial things Shyam went out.



Dhruv sat up slowly,
"I dont trust him" Dhruv declared
"Dhruv, why do you act implusively like this? I have told you so many times, that you should not display your weekness to your people who work for you as much as you shouldnt for your enemy"
"so do you get that flimsy reason why he didnt manage to kill the girl. he seemed to miss finishing off the other girl like this as well"
"His reason makes sense for me Alright. Didnt we get news that the first girl went off on her own?"
"big deal!" Dhruv sighed
"Dhruv, as long as Arnav doesnt have a hint about all these things, the better"
"and what about Anjali?"
"That, I can see there has been a slip, but being a girl, she will own very less percentage of the estates shares as such. Thanks to the 20th century mind set of Raghuveer Malik. The major chunk of the shares will go to Arnav. That is if the clause specified is fulfilled."
"we have to consider Amit Malik too.. He is alive still and he knows about us"
"Amit is ruined already, He made a mistake, then throwing out his brother's children, and they hate him now. there will be no reconcilation for him with them after all this years... Atleast Arnav will not let that happen."
"and we havent figured out about Subhadra Malik"
"Subadra Malik is better off where she is... She is the one who can entirely change the game plan. So dont worry about all that Dhruv- not when your Mama is there by your side! we are not fools to have taken all their shit for all these years to sit quiet now... they will all have to pay for what Agrim Malik did to my sister- your mother and they all will pay!"


As soon as Rana moved out of the room, Dhruv called someone on his mobile.

"Linga?"
"hello boss"
"Have you figured where the girl is?"
"Not yet, seems that Rocky is trying to find her whereabouts..."
"Leave him, you are working aloof on this. Any unusual visiters?"
"Not at RM. Guptas had a guest 2 days back, some young man, seemed to be a distant relative. He was there for some 2 hours and then left"
"I see...Any other information?"
"Arnav has already hired some detectives to hunt for that girl"
"Start hunting for her... keep tabs on that detective's work..."
"Ok Boss, If I ever find her, I shall immediately call you"
"No need... when you find her, Kill her... I dont trust Shyam or his plans..."
"yes boss"

****

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Re: ArHi FF: Checkmate! (Epilogue updated)

Post by Kishmish on 2013-02-23, 19:48

Thanks Abavi ... have yet to read the story ... I must say that this is an amazing Forum ...

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Re: ArHi FF: Checkmate! (Epilogue updated)

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-24, 11:15

Kishmish wrote:Thanks Abavi ... have yet to read the story ... I must say that this is an amazing Forum ...
Welcome Kishmish, Do read the story and let me know :)

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Re: ArHi FF: Checkmate! (Epilogue updated)

Post by fire.whisky on 2013-02-24, 14:01

Exellent story line buddy, update soon, can't wait to see everything to turn in favor of Arnav & Khushi. I am hoping dearly, that it is not Aakash back stabbing the family, though Broken Heart

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Re: ArHi FF: Checkmate! (Epilogue updated)

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-25, 10:28

fire.whisky wrote:Exellent story line buddy, update soon, can't wait to see everything to turn in favor of Arnav & Khushi. I am hoping dearly, that it is not Aakash back stabbing the family, though [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Hey Thanks buddy, How do I call you? I am updating the next list of chapters...

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part 37

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-25, 10:29

Part 37:

Almost two years had passed since that fateful morning when Arnav came to know that Kushi had left .. Left her house.. left him... and had gone somewhere... Even though the search mission hadnt stopped ever since, He hadnt got a clue where she was...


And the only thing that was driving him now was the hope that she would turn up suddenly at his door step as she had disappeared suddenly, His heart still failed to believe that Kushi of all, would have done this to him, to their love...


And most of the nights he would sit by the poolside reminicing those moments that they spent in the very place bathing in the world of love. All those moonlit , starry nights that they spent there, cuddled in eachother's arms, her childishness, his naughtiness, their fights and the apologies later and the passionate love making that followed the fight and apology, the love and understanding that they both shared would come rushing to him. And he would again and again raise the questions- those questions for which he straved for an answer.. but alas the winds and the plants he spoke to did not have an answer for even one of them...Why didnt she tell me where she was going? Why did she run away like a coward? Why didnt she even call me or message me? Not even once she has spoken to me all these days? where is she now? Is she safe? Is she thinking of me now? Didnt she trust me to keep her safe? Have I failed as a husband, as a lover?


Then he would remember the last time he saw her... She didnt even keep her promise... She told she will be back soon... She didnt even come even though she knew that the marriage contract was expiring... She didnt even bother to speak to him when she called up a couple of times to talk to his sister...and her sister... All those memories would fill him with wrath...


yes, she did call a couple of times or more... when Anjali got married to Ashok 1 and half years before.. some months later when Nani was not well and had been hospitalised and the recent one almost nine months back when Payal and Akaash announced to the family that they were on the family way. But on all the three occasions, she had been curt and had spoken to only the person concerned and had denied and cut the call when asked to speak to him. This had hurt him immensely. He had not able to accept that she was avoiding him and couldnt understand the reason for the same. He brushed of the feeling of insecurity creeping in when she had called the first time to congratulate his sister. Because then , he was not around.


Anjali had asked, actually begged her to return back... But she had told that she wont be able to... Nk had rushed to his room and urged him to come downstairs and that Kushi was on call, He had run down, only to discover that she had ended the call just few seconds before... But Arnav didnt let it go as such. He tried the number again but found that it was a local booth at Bangalore. Then the search mission had started there but in vain.

They had waited for Kushi to call again. But the subsequent calls gave the message loud and clear- that she was avoiding him!


Few months Later, Nani was seriously ill and was hospitalised. Then too she had called NK to enquire if everything was well and and had spoken to Nani. Even Nani's plead to come and see her one last time had also been turned to deaf ears as she had told Nani that nothing would happen to her and she would recover soon... That time too, when Nani had told Kushi that Arnav was waiting to speak to her, She had told that she had to rush now and will talk sometime later... Arnav almost snatched the phone from nani to only catch her last words to Nani. That time when they had traced the number, they found it was from Pune. Again a search mission had started but they couldnt trace her.



They waited for her to call again but she never did until one fine day when the family rejoiced with the announcement that Payal was expecting a baby. That evening, Kushi had called to congratulate the couple... and it was a very crisp call.


Payal and Akaash insisted that they would accept her congratualations only if she came back or atleast tell where she is and what she is doing.. But she had told that she would come when she would become a Maasi, Akaash had corrected her saying she would become a BadiMa and not a Maasi... because Arnav Bhai would be Badipaa. Arnav signalled Akaash not to tell her that he was there and took the phone to hear her empty laugh, followed by a comment "I am not sure if I will be called BadiMa by the baby Jijaji"


"Why Kushi?" he had spoken out.. and there was silence on the other end and then she had cut the call... simply just like that. That time the call had come in from Canada.


That is when he had become very angry at her, for reducing him to a mad and crazy man hunting for her never the less.. He had turned ruthless and insensitive again, while his nights were spent talking to the winds and the plants and her dupattas, the days went by with him concentrating on business and nothing else. The family rarely saw him smile and talk casually or join them for a meal. He went back to the shell that defined ASR and this time he made sure that the shell was hard enough to break through by anyone.


He had always suspected that she had been more frequently in contact with her family as any news be it happy or sad seemed to reach her so fast. When he asked her family, that had moved back to Lucknow after a few months after Kushi disappeared, they told him that she did call them, but again it was very occasional and even if they wanted to tell her about the news, they couldnt as they didnt know where she was... She had only once visited them when Shashi had fallen very sick and had stayed with them for an hour or two but had taken a promise that they should not inform anyone that she was there... or she would leave immediately and wont come back again. They had remained quiet. "She has changed so much" Buaji had commented.



Anjali was deeply saddened by the turnover that Arnav was facing again. Even though Ashok had clearly told her before they got married that they would live at his house and not in her brother's house, He had been kind enough to let her stay at her brother's house at times when her brother was in one of his miserable moods. And she would come to RM during the day time when Ashok would be at the hospital and would try to cheer her brother. But she soon found that nothing that she did could help him and he has slowly started to hide himself behind that mask of his.



But if there was one good thing that all this was doing to him, it was the business, it was flourishing more than ever, as he found work a distraction, an escapade from his distress, that emptiness in his life. He expanded his empire drastically and was listed in the top 10 Young Business Tycoons and Successful Entrepreneurs of India. And that evening Arnav had recieved a bouquet of red roses from an Anonymous sender. Arnav didnt know how to feel about the bouquet, as much as he wanted to think it was from Kushi, he couldnt deny feeling little lost and hopeless and angry for softening down for a small gesture that he only thought was from her.


When Ashok had informed the family that Arnav was listed in top ten and said he will throw a party for his Brother in law, Arnav had politely and firmly declined saying it is nothing that has to be celebrated and he is a failure in his personal life and had walked away. Anjali broke down hearing this. Though her other two brothers and her husband tried to console her, She started telling them how it was all her mistake to have fallen in love with a wrong guy that has screwed up her brother's love, life and peace totally...


"He is not sleeping properly, not eating properly, look at him... I reduced him to this..." she wept
"No Anju, this is not your mistake"
"It is.. I am responsible.. Shyam is responsible..My life with shaym is responsible...My broke my brother... I failed as a sister... He considers me next to Ma.. I failed to protect him.."
"No Anju, you have tried your best... remember everyone was cheated... But we recovered didnt we? Shyam is out of our lives... Kushi should'nt have let him rule her decisions so much" Ashok argued
"How did you know Kushi let him rule her decisions? " Nk stood up strongly for his friend.
"We had planned it all properly.. then why did she run away like that? why is she not talking to him?" Ashok shouted back
"maybe she has a reason" NK reasoned.


Of late any discussion on these lines, always ended up as a argument between Ashok and NK, with Anjali and Akaash trying to pacify them.. and sometimes the arguments ended when Arnav would lash out at them rudely and strode towards his room banging the door behind him.


The happiness of the family returned back with Payal giving birth to a lovely baby girl and for once everyone forgot their differences and problems and rejoiced the entry of the new bundle of joy in the family. Even Arnav forgot to be gloomy and moody once in a while. Maybe kushi would call, arnav would secretly hope, then chide himself for having such thoughts.


One evening almost 15 days after the baby was born, the family was gearing up for the naming ceremony of the new baby the next day.
"Arnavji, you will stay at home tomorrow wont you?" Payal asked Arnav as she saw him coming out of his room
"No payal, I .. you people carry on.. I am travelling tonight" Arnav informed
"Where?" Anjali cut in
"UK, I will be leaving to the airport in a couple of hours"
"you are going tonight and you inform us now? why Chotey"
"I informed now.. havent I di? and Payal this is for the baby"
"What is this Bhai?"
"I have created an account for the baby, for any financial needs for the baby you"
"Bhai, we wanted your presence and not this" Akaash cut him
"I need to go Akaash.. I hope you will understand" he told ending the conversation turning to go upstairs to his room when the calling bell rang.
Arnav looked around, and moved to get the door as he was closer to the door than the rest of them.
He opened the door, to get a pleasant surprise, there standing in all glory was Kushi!

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Part 38

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-25, 10:30

Part 38

Arnav stared at kushi wondering if she was real or if he was halucinating. He took a look at her, she had changed her dressing style.

She was wearing a western formal shirt and pant, A fashionable stole wrapped casually around her slender neck, her left wrist had a fast track watch strapped to it while her right was plain and clutching her handbag that she had hung on her right shoulder. She had put up her hair up into a french twist bun and he couldnt say if she had cut it short or not. The usual bindi that adorned her forehead was missing. Her ear studs were simple but fashionable, her feet were covered with formal shoes beyond which he could see the skin coloured stockings or socks running into her pant. She was as slim and beautiful as she had been ever, but she looked different, as he had never seen her in western formals.


His first instinct was to hug her tight and never to leave her at all lest she disappeared like last time, but then the anger came back with the memory that she had disappeared without informing him and he stared at her as she kept looking at him nervously.


"K..ku" He started to say but then he heard another voice somewhere nearby
"Ok.. I will call you later.. " Arnav turned to look at this Man climbing up the stairs to his door as the man ended his call and put his mobile into his pocket. He didnt seemed to notice Arnav standing at the door. He was carrying two huge gift bags in his left hand.
"Hey Jelebi.. Are you tensed?" The man called out putting his right hand over her shoulder which irked Arnav and to his surprise, he noticed that Kushi was not un-comfortable with the man's hand on her shoulder or did he just call her Jelebi?

"No.. No Sid.. I am not"

"Thats my girl... and are you planning to spend the time standing here outside? you know Decembers are freezing at delhi even if it is only evening.. Get in before you catch cold. I dont want you to get sick..." he bantered playfully earning a smile from Kushi, nevertheless she kept looking at Arnav nervously as she noticed him getting annoyed by the minute. Just then Sid followed Kushi's eyes and noticed Arnav by the door and exclaimed with surprise.

"hmm.. Is this Arnav Singh Raizada?" He asked and slowly took his hand from Kushi's shoulder and extending that hand towards Arnav

"Sidarth Mokashi" He introduced himself. But Arnav didnt respond, as he was irked by this Man's act a few minutes before. Sid raised his eyebrows a little and smiled

"Ok.. hmm so can we come in.. it is not polite to make your guests wait at the door like this" He said as he held kushi by arms and pushed her little forward.

"Get in Kushi"

Kushi tired to get into the door from the other side which was not blocked by Arnav and as she did, her handbag strap got caught in the door handle and she straggered forward a little. Arnav instinctly went to aid her, but Sid was there before him.

"Oh Kushi... I thought I would not have to look out for you today as you are not wearing a saree or salwar suit.. but it seems I assumed too early.. Only you alone can manage to be so clumsy in every situation" He said untangling the strap from the handle

"Thanks Sid" she murmered. At that time, a loud shreik was heard from inside

"Kushi!" Anjali screamed


Everyone in the family looked towards the door and started coming towards her and soon Kushi found herself pulled in and hugged by several heads. And the excitment and noise toned down as quickly as it started as one by one started to notice the stranger who had accompanied Ksushi and right now standing inside the hallway and they all kept looking at the man and then at Arnav who was also staring at him. Kushi noticed all of them staring at Sid and asked what was wrong


"Nothing Kushi.. You forgot your manners to introduce me" Sid told her jokingly

"Oh yeah" Kushi slapped her head "Everyone this is Sid, he is my boss" she said quickly

"Not again Kushi" Sid muttered "Sidarth Mokashi everyone" he introduced himself

"And yeah, Kushi works for me... But our relationship runs far deeper than that..." Sid commented catching Kushi's eyes and smiling at her.

Kushi smiled "and this is " she said pointing to NK standing nearby

"wait wait let me guess..Nk right? " Sid cut in quickly and started naming everyone in the family right from Nani, Anjali, Ashok, Mami, Payal, Akaash and even HP and finished with "and I have met ASR few mins back"

"Bulls eye!" Kushi jumped "Wow man, Now I beleive that you actually listened when I used to blabber stories to you"

Payal volunteered to go in and bring the baby.

"aha.. Now I remember" Ashok said suddenly "I was wondering where I have seen you.. now I know. You were listed in the top ten young and successful business Entrepreneurs on India too.. right? Sidarth Mokashi, MD of Mokashi group of builders from Mumbai.. remember that Article I showed you Anju.. his picture was there in it... right beside Arnav's"

"yeah.. you are right" Sid smiled at him.. While Anjali nodded.

"So you work for him Kushiji?" NK spoke out.

"yeah... See I have worked for two of top ten list now..." Kushi told Nk

"Yeah I am still wondering how we both managed to stay on top after that as well" Sid joked

"Sid.. this is toomuch! " Kushi pouted as Nk laughed

"Nice to meet you Sid" Nk extended his hand.

"Hey Nk" Sid took his hand " by the way I just joked.. She is a wonderful person to work with...and more than that she also happens to be the goddess who blessed me with Love life... My jelebi girl... I dont know what I would do without you Kushi"

"Enough Sid.. Shut up" Kushi blushed and laughed easily shocking everyone in the room and certain one person standing in one corner was ready to strangle Sid with anger.

"Kushi But.." Anjali started nervously looking at Arnav and then back at kushi

"hey here comes the baby..." Kushi screamed out happily and running towards Payal and taking the baby in her hands

"hey sweetie pie... I am your Maasi..." she singsonged to the baby "She is beautiful Jiji"

At the mention of Maasi the family looked sharpely at Arnav

"Hey dont you want to come and have a look sid... she is lovely"

Sid dropped the bags where he was standing and moved towards her

"yeah she is lovely"

"Dont you want to take her?"

"Me? I am not sure.. I dont know how to hold her Kushi"

"No its simple... how would you manage if you get your own baby?"

"you would be around Jelebi" he winked at her...

"shutup.. I am teaching you now... learn it now. You cant escape everytime..." she said slowly easing the baby in his hands and making him hold the baby properly

"comfy now?" she asked

"yeah.." he said and then mimicked her "Hey baby.. I am your mausa" he singsonged as Kushi hit him on his arms

"ok ok..she is cute.. and beautiful... Just like you" Sid told her

"Like me? are you kidding? She is like my JiJi"

"yeah.. maybe.. But I cant call your JiJi cute and beautiful right? Akaash will kick me out of this place" he joked.

"Yeah maybe now I should kick you out" She joined in.

They were so engrosed in their banter that they didnt notice the family growing uneasy with their jokes or the killer instincts raising in Arnav's eyes.

Kushi looked around and then bit her lips.

"hey hold the baby kushi" Sid asked her giving the baby in her arms again "The gifts" he mouthed to her trying to ease the situation

"oh yeah.. I forgot" Kushi excalimed "the white bag is for the parents and the pink one is for the cutie pie" Kushi announced as she gave the baby back to payal.

The family watched as Sid gave the bags to Akaash. Akaash accepted them nevertheless feeling tensed about the situation.

"eh...hmm...If you both could excuse us.. Payal has a appointment with Gynec now for her routine checkup" Akaash announced.

"yeah Kushi.. we will be back soon... we will talk later ok?"

"Oh is it" Kushi asked looking at Sid.

"thats alright Kushi.. If you want, I can postpone our night flight to sometime tomorrow." Sid assured her

"Oh great thanks Sid.. Ok Jiji I will wait"

"What do you mean Kushi.. you are leaving again?"

"hmm... yes Jiji.. I have to " Kushi murmered taking a chance to look at Arnav who seemed to be boiling with anger.

"No you are not going anywhere.. until you talk to me.. I have to go now... But wait until I come back ok?" Payal told her sternly and followed Akaash outside.



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Part 39

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-25, 10:31

Part 39
After Payal and Akaash left with the baby, an awkward silence seemed to fill the place.

"erm.. Anju, hmm its already tea time" Ashok informed trying to ease the situation.

"oh yeah.. please be seated... I will ask HP to make tea" Anjali told Sid and everyone in general

"No..No di.." Kushi called out instanly geting into her excited mood "Today I will make tea for all of you"

"oh yeah... Long time since I had your tea Kushiji..." Nk joined in

As the family and Sid moved towards the couches to settle down Kushi moved towards the kitchen. Arnav stood where he was.

"Hey Kushi" Sid called out suddenly

"yeah?"

"You are forgetting something"

"what?"

Sid rolled his eyes
"I have told you so many times Kushi...No synthetic stoles or dupattas when at kitchen"

Kushi sighed. Sid can be very over protective sometimes...
she took out her stole and tied it to her handbag and dropped it at the couch nearby..
"Happy now" she asked as she moved towards the kitchen

"Yeah.. very.." Sid called out "Oh she is very clumsy... I am always scared when she works at kitchen with her saree pallu or dupatta flying..." Sid explained as a matter of fact.

"I heard that" Kushi called out from kitchen and Sid smirked.

Arnav stood watching this scene getting acted out if he should strangle Sid or walk over the kitchen and give Kushi a good piece of his mind or walk to his room as ignore her and

give her a good measure of what she was doing.

"Chotey" Anjali called out "Why dont you join us" She asked, her eyes pleading him, to give time to understand things.

"yeah, Arnav come have a seat" Ashok invited him again.

"Hmm. No Ashok... you people carry on.. I need to pack my things..."

At that moment, the landline rang and NK picked it up. He listened into the phone for sometime, thanked the caller, kept the receiver back and then called out to Arnav.

"Nannav, you have plenty of time to pack.. so come here.. Your flight has got postponed by 8 hours. The call was from the Airport desk" NK told him


Arnav sweared under his breath. The moment that he seemed to be waiting for was finally here and it was all turning into a nightmare. His instincts still told him that Kushi was

his and they shared a bonding that no one else can break. But for some strange reason, her recent actions did not seem to go well with his instincts.

"Oh yeah... the weather was bad when we landed in the morning too"
Sid told them.. may be because of that... "So you are travelling some where ASR?" Sid was trying to be friendly, But Arnav just ignored him

"yeah he is" Nk tried to be nice to Sid, anyone good enough for his friend was his friend too. "So you reached delhi today morning itself?"

"yeah.. We had a Architects and builders conference here." Sid told him "The conference ends with a dinner party but Kushi was not that keen to attend it and so we thought we will

skip that... and moved out of there as soon as the morning session was over... and also Kushi was telling that her sister had delivered a baby... So we thought we will pay a visit

and meet her sister's family"

Arnav curled his fists when he heard them being referred to as "Kushi's sister's family" and moved menacingly towards the couches.

But Anjali guessed her brother's state of mind and quickly pulled him to sit next to her. "Calm down Chotey" She whispered hurriedly.

"How Di.. I..I dont understand whats happening.."


By that time kUshi came out carrying a tray with Tea cups and some biscuits..

"I thought of making some pakoras... but HP told me that Mamiji was on diet and gave me these biscuits instead" She informed as she started serving tea to everyone around.

"hmm.. I missed this tea so much Kushiji" NK piped in as he sipped in the tea. Kushi smiled.

"This one" She indicated as she came to Arnav his cup with sugarless tea, But he was glaring at her and didnt respond. Kushi looked back at him for a moment, sighed and then kept

his cup by the table beside at the side table and walked away to others. Arnav was angry and confused about how she could act so normal after all this as if it didnt matter to

her.

"hmm.. Kushi... the tea is really good" Ashok commented

"Thanks Ashok Ji"

"You should then taste her cooking" Sid commented "A simple Daal... would be divinely delicious.. She can do magic with her hands"

"Oh dont start it all over again Sid" Kushi muttered

"why Kushi... you are a wonderful cook. you are being modest"

"and you sound as if... you would ask to resign my job and do cooking for you"

"why not... what wouldnt I give if you agree to cook for me Kushi" Sid winked playfully

Kushi rolled her eyes
"As if I am not doing that now...you landed up at my apartment for dinner for most of the days in these last two months.."

"oh yeah... And breakfast too, sometimes...If I stayed over" Sid muttered, which didnt go unnoticed by most of them in the family. Kushi' eyes widened when Sid spelled out this,

He quickly looked at the family and then quickly added "I meant for work" Kushi nodded her head in disbelief.

"for work? at her apartment? something is fishy" Mamiji commented.

Kushi opened her mouth but closed it again... not knowing what to say. But Sid smiled at Mami...

"Nothing is fishy Mamiji... Kushi doesnt cook fish.. she is a vegetarian" He winked at Mami too which made mami to blush and turn the other way.

At that moment, Sid received a call and moved aside to take it. There was again an uneasy silence, with Arnav and Kushi again locking eyes and others wondering what is going on in

their mind. But Sid returned back quickly enough still talking over his mobile.

"Hey.. this is not fair at all... I have travelled out so many times and you never missed me and now She comes out for a day and you miss her so much eh?" they all heard Sid

speaking to someone on the other end. But what he mentioned next shocked everyone in the family.

"Ok ok.. talk to your Bhabhi now" they all heard him say as they saw him handing over his mobile to Kushi

Kushi looked at him questioningly, he mouthed "my sister"

She smiled as she took the mobile "Hey Lolipop... how are you? ..hey we saw eachother only yesterday...hahaa...ok so How is Arush doing?.. Ok...oh.. alright... How is Mom and

Dad...hmm... Ok... hey Nidhi..look I will call you later in the night alright? yeah promise ..ok..." She cut the call and gave it back to him.


This was the last straw for Arnav and he stood up in anger forcely dashing against the side table spilling the cup which was kept there for him and strode away to his room. The

family looked at his receding figure worriedly and soon heard the banging of the door.


Nani left the place saying she has a bad headache and wanted to rest. Mami followed her. Anjali was quiet upset too, that she moved from the place collecting all the cups to leave

it in the kitchen

Only Ashok and NK were left out with them. Ashok moved from there to make some calls. Kushi was still shocked looking at the spilled tea and then back at the place where Arnav had

just disappeared.

"Is he always this angry and moody" Sid whispered next to her

"I... No.. I dont understand why he is so angry.. Is he still angry that.. I didnt inform him when I left? Do you think I should go and speak to him? I feel kind of weird" she

told Sid

"Dont you know why he is Angry Kushiji?" NK asked "Why are you doing this to him? you are making him Jealous"

"Jealous?" Kushi asked

"Jealous?" Sid repeated " I should be the one who should be Jealous" Sid murmered

"Why would you be Jealous?" Kushi asked him

"You know why" Sid told her. But Kushi scrunched her eyebrows in confusion

"Because my love, was in love with him first" Sid told her as he watched her eyes widen in surprise and then her lips curving into a grin and then soon she was trying to control

her laughter

"Now now.. dont start laughing.. I know its tough to imagine me being possessive and all that.. but "

"Sid..Sid.. oh my .. do you.. I mean seriously..Oh my god I cant imagine... Sid being possesive" then she started laughing like a maniac, desperately trying to control herself. Nk

was confused what all this was about

Sid looked like he was pissed off for sometime, then he started punching her with the cushion pillows joining in the laugh

"Stop laughing now.. Jelebi.. I am serious" He said as he hit her with cushions and kushi tried to dodge those hits "Ok Sid.. I" ... "I am sorry..."... "I "..."Why do you make

me..."..."Laugh like this"..."wait till I tell..."

"No you are not telling anyone about this.." Sid all of a sudden told her in a sober mode.

This seemed to trigger Kushi's laugh further and she continued laughing in between her desperate attempts to calm herself down.

Anjali and Ashok came to see what the commotion was as did Arnav and he couldnt take it that after all that she was making him feel, Kushi was carelessly laughing and joking with

that Man.

He Strode angrily towards them and screamed at her at the top of his voice

"Stop this bakwas will you?"

The laughter and all the playful mood all vanished in an eye wink

"Arn.."Kushi started

"no dont ever mention my name... how could you stoop so low? It feels disgusting to meet you after all these days Kushi...after all these years.. I would have lived with your

memory.. why did you ever come back.." He spit out like venom.

Kushi's eyes welled up with tears and she seemed to have no clue about why Arnav was so Angry with her. But things turned from worse to worser in minutes as Sid went in between

Arnav and Kushi

"Dont ever talk to her like that" Sid glared at Arnav

Arnav caught Sid's collar and sid took Arnav's and both were ready with the other fist to punch eachother.

NK and Kushi tried and seperated them after so much struggle While Anjali and Ashok helped them.

"This is my house, I will talk however I like" Arnav spit out

"Alright.. Kushi get your bag, We are leaving" Sid spoke out with equal anger

"Sid" Kushi seemed to plead him to control himself

This authority that Sid exercised with kushi enraged Arnav further and he dashed to get a go at Sid once again. But This time Kushi was smart enough to come in between both of

them and held them in an arm's distance...

"Please calm down..." she said looking at both of them and then turned to Sid "Sid please for my sake"

Sid then seemed to contol himself and step back. His mobile rang a few seconds later and he took the call. He seemed to be a little tensed as he spoke.

"Hello...not at all tell me.. oh dont worry.. I will be there in a few minutes...no..no not yet.. I will start now"

He turned to kushi quickly ending his call

"Kushi there is some situation which needs my presence. Do you want to come with me now or wait for your sister to come back?"

"What is it Sid.. Any problem... I mean"

"No no nothing.. nothing like I cant manage...I will be back to pick you up in 2 hours... is that fine or?" he said quickly looking at Arnav and then back at Kushi

"I am fine Sid... This is my family.. I am ok..."

"you sure? Ok.. If I am not able to come in 2 hours.. I will call you ok?"

Sid walked towards the exit, quickly nodding a farewell to Ashok and Nk

"Ok.. and you be careful... And let me know if.."

"No no, everything is alright Kushi.. you dont worry.." he quickly assured her and then he was gone.


Kushi kept looking at the exit door for a moment after Sid left and slowly turned and looked at Arnav

"Arna..."

but Arnav didnt seem to bother about her and quickly took the stairs and a little later banged the bedroom door behind him.


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Post by Abavi on 2013-02-25, 10:32

Part 40
Anjali bit her lips once before knocking on Arnav's bedroom door


"Chotey" She waited for a few minutes and then knocked on the door again
"Chotey, Open the door please"

Arnav opened the door on the second knock
"Yes Di"

"We are planning on a early dinner..as Ashok has to go to the hospital in another hour or so"

"You carry on di.. I am not hungry" Arnav walked back into the room while Anjali followed.

"Chotey.. I can understand your "

"I dont want any one to understand or pity.. I am not bothered..."Arnav shouted

"Arnav!" Ashok called out. He had entered the room soon after his wife "Anju dont force him if he doesn't want to"

"How can I not...he will get sick"

"send him his dinner here...Dont force him if he doesnt want to join the family"

"I dont want anything! Leave me alone please" Arnav shouted at them going back to his laptop.

Anjali looked about to cry, Ashok put his hands on her and silently asked her to come out. when they were about to go out, Kushi's voice floated along as she came chasing Nk into the pool area.

"Nanheji Please please give it back"

"No kushiji... for the past hour... you have kept only fiddling with your mobile.. You wont even talk properly to us..I am not giving you your mobile.."

"No Nanheji.. you dont understand.. I need to call Sid... He has'nt called me yet... And he told me he will call"

"So? Why is Sid's call so important.."

Anjali looked at Arnav, who seemed to have grown a little stiff and she walked towards the pool to give Kushi a earful...What does she think of herself?

"No Anju... Dont" Ashok held her hand as if knowing her intentions well

"How could she do this Ashok?"

Outside, Akaash and Payal who had also returned back had cornered kushi..

"Yes Kushi.. Tell us.. Why is this Sid so important for you? that you are not even able to talk properly with your own sister or your husband or his family?" Payal asked her sternly..

"No Jiji I was worried about.. hmm.. how do I tell this to you all..."

"May be you should start with why you left Kushi" Akaash prompted.

"I shall tell you all.;. But please nanheji... give me my mobile.. I am getting tensed as his mobile is switched off for the past one hour.. he hasnt called me back...What if.." Kushi looked tensed and anxious.

NK gave her mobile back to her
"So his mobile is switched off and still you want to call him...How are you going to reach him?" NK asked her


"May be I will call his Girlfriend...Maybe she will know where he is.." Kushi muttered carelessly


"What?" Nk asked her "Come again?"

"He has a Girlfriend?" Payal asked Kushi

"No not Girlfriend.. Actually his Fiance.. They got engaged two months back" Kushi informed them as a matter of fact as she kept trying to reach someone on her mobile.

"He has a fiance" Anjali asked her from Arnav's bedroom door, looking at Arnav once before turning to Kushi again "and thats not you?" She wanted to confirm the facts from Kushi.. this was all getting so confused. Arnav had looked up when Kushi had told that Sid has a Fiance and walked towards the room entrace facing the pool side.


"Yeah..He has a fiance..." Kushi repeated absent mindedly..."and why is her mobile switched off too?" She asked no one in particular...

then she snapped out of her absentmindedness and asked Anjali
"What did you ask? Ofcourse I am not his fiance... How could you think...oh my god.. Now I get it... Did you think that I and Sid are seeing eachother?" She asked Anjali dramatically and then looked around at everyone in the family gathered there.
"every one thought like that isnt it...?" Her eyes finally stopped at Arnav who had just appeared at the door. "even you too?" she whispered.


"Dont blame us..He was throwing all hints like that... What do we infer then..." Payal argued.. "He called himself my daughter's Mausa"

"He was fooling around.. actually pulling my legs.. mimmicing me.. thats all"

"But.. he told more as well.. I mean he told that you are his goddess, his Love life or something to that effect and you kept quiet"

"JiJi..He said.. I am a goddess who blessed his Love life...I helped him in his love life...His girl was giving him a tough time.. My idea worked and she finally said yes to him..." Kushi explained.

Payal relaxed in realising what Kushi had just told.

"Just like I helped you and Jijaji.. Di and Ashok ji...I helped him...In fact, I am thinking I should start a lover's helpline... 3 out of 4 I helped got together successfully... Only His and Lavanya's love flopped.." Kushi told jerking a thumb towards Arnav "but that was not because of failure of my Idea..but because he was unromantic sort of... they were not meant to be" Kushi kept blabbering


"Excuse me? how dare you call me Unromantic?" Arnav moved from the door towards the pool where Kushi was standing, causing her to move back automatically.

"I dint mean literally.. I meant You and Lavanyawere not meant to be together"

"But wait...there is more to get cleared" Mami called out "Why would he visit your apartment late in the night and stay until the morning? there is something more than work involved there... almost everyday?"

"Ofcourse Mami.." kushi laughed "He didnt come to my apartment for work... His fiance and I share the apartment... He comes there for her... He sometimes stays over as she is ok with all that... and I end up cooking for them" Kushi sighed..

"His sister calls you bhabhi" Anjali asked her confused

"Bhabhi?" Kushi jumped "No di.. She calls me Barbie..the very first time he took me to their house, his younger sister who was sitting in the hall popping a lollipop in her mouth looked at me from head to toe and asked who is this barbie doll? and I asked him who is this lollipop... From that time she calls me Barbie and I call her Lollipop.. she and I get along well...hang out and go for shopping and all that..." Kushi explained patiently

"oh..its barbie.. we thought...it was bhabhi" Anjali stuttered sheepishly

"Di.. how can you think I would do something like that.. getting involved with someone else...I cant beleive I am explaining all this to you all" Kushi smiled sadly

"Sorry Kushi.. We were worried.. thats all..it was all so confusing... You went away all of a sudden and came back after almost two years with another man... and we jumped into conclusions..."

"Its ok di..Coming to think of it.. I can see how it would look like to you all...you all didnt know about Sid.. he is always like this.. goofing around and to an outsider it all looks different...But he is a gem of a person.. He wouldnt look at me in that angle at all.. Actually he is more over protective towards me thats all...But now I am only worried how to reach him now..." Kushi bit her nails thinking what to do "oh yeah.. Why didnt I think of this before..I will call up the hotel room"

She immediately started dialing the hotel room where they had booked their rooms

"Hello reception? I would Like to know if Mr.Sidarth Mokashi is in?...hmm yeah he is in Room no 1443...oh thanks...can you please connect me to his room? ... This is Kushi Raizada...yes please.."

At the mention of Kushi Raizada, Arnav's head snapped up and he never stopped staring at her as she tried to connect to Sid, he watched her as she laughed, screamed or talked over the phone, listening intently, biting her lips and then smiling through the call. He started walking towards her and she was oblivious to his approach towards her.

"Hello.. why the hell...eh...hello? wh when did you reach? You both are hopeless in love..seriously..so thats why he ran out like that?...ok.. give the reciever to my Boss please...you idiotic moronic goofer... You know how much I got tensed...both of your mobiles are swtiched off.. I really thought ... oh so she came here with Arush is it? ok.. now listen...bring them both over to my place...no the family needs to meet them... no I havent yet...ok I will...hey cancel your dinner plans.. it takes only 20 minutes to reach ...come over we are waiting for you all.." Kushi cut the call and looked up into a pair of blazing eyes glaring down at her.

"What did you call yourself?" Arnav gritted his teeth

"You forgot my name in 2 years?"

"What did you call yourself now?"

"Kushi Raiz.." Kushi started quickly but then realised where he was coming from "Kushi Raizada" she stammered.

Arnav quickly grabbed her wrist tightly

"Excuse us folks..I need to have a private talk with my wife" Arnav told his family and started dragging a protesting Kushi towards his room

" what do you want to talk with me now?"

"there is a lot for you to explain..dont you think?"

"ouch leave me..stop pulling me..its hurting"

"Shut up...and the way you scared me this evening...""

"What will I do if you assumed? You cant behave like this with me..."

"I can ... I am your husband.. " he said as he pushed her inside his room and shut the door behind him.


The family smiled at last, and walked down to give the couple their privacy to iron out all the differences by themselves.


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Part 41

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-25, 10:32

Part 41

"Our co..contract was over longg bback.." Kushi stammered as she saw him locking the door.
He turned to look at her, his eyes blazing with anger.
"Oh great... You remember the contract..." He spoke menacing as he slowly closed the distance between them. She started walking backwards seeing him coming closer.

"Then why do you still call yourself a Raizada? "
"When I joined work .. I was still was Raizada... I didnt change the name when the contract expired..." She stammered to complete as she hit the wall behind her
"Oh I see..So it was only because of that you still call yourself a Raizada" he said putting both his hands on her either side, trapping her
"ye..ss, Now let me go..." He could notice, she was breathing hard
"If I dont?"
"I will go... " She said shoving him with all her might and tried to move from there.
"Like hell you will" he shouted clutching both her hands and twisting them to her back and holding them together behind her back, drawing her closer to him
"One of his signature holds" Kushi thought helplessly " He knows I will never be able to break this one"
"ouch.. you are hurting me..let me go..."
"What about the hurt that you inflicted on me all these years.. .and this evening? eh?"

"Let me go Arnav.. please ..."
"Arnav... From when did you start calling me Arnav?"
"Just now I suppose"
"I thought you would only call Sid without a Ji" he gritted his teeth vocalizing something that had been bothering him right from the time he heard her calling the other man without a ji, on first name terms.
"He insisted that I call him that way right from our first meeting" she told him struggling to get herself free of his grip, His proximity had shooted up her heartbeat and she was finding it hard to think straight
"Oh he insisted... did he also insist that you have to let him flirt with you?"
"He was not flirting with me.. He always talks like that.. making fun.. pulling legs...Ouch.. leave me... "
"I dont like this conversation about how this man acts with you"
"You started this"
"Ok then lets go back to the one we were discussing... about what... oh yeah... you claimed that we are not married anymore right?"
"Arnav.. Please.. leave me.. Let me explain..."
"Shutup" he shouted cutting her speech, he pushed her to the wall, with one hand pinning both her hands behind her and the wall, while with other, he started working on her buttons.
"Stop.. What are you doing" She screamed, but he didnt pay heed to her
He stopped after he was done with three buttons, trying hard to ignore her exposed body, took out the mangal sutra and looked at her
"Then what does this mean? why do you still wear this?"
"I .. Arnav.. Please let me Exp.."
"And this?" He asked her as he pushed her bangs of hair partly covering her forehead where she had put a small dot of sindoor
"Answer me Dammit!"
"you dont believe in all this..."
"But you do... dont you? This is not about my belief... It is about yours..Why havent you stopped wearing this?" he shouted at her
"How do you know this is in your name?" She asked him trying hard to control her tears brimming in her eyes
"I would like you to dare and tell me it is otherwise" he challenged her, pinning her between him and the wall.



He looked into her eyes, and she into his... and for a moment, they got lost in their own thoughts, caught in the whirlpool of emotions that their eyes were signalling to eachother. he slowly carassed her face and held her face on his palm, quickly wiping on a tear drop that rolled on her cheek with his thumb. She sighed.



"I wear them for you" she whispered at last
"I am sure you do" he whispered back, leaning closer to her
"Arnav... I need to tell you a lot of things before.. we..I mean"
He leaned back again, looking into her face
"What is it thats troubling you Kushi? Why did you run away from me.. Why didnt you talk to me even once... What happened to you? Why did you do this?" He asked her his voice breaking with each of his question..
"Arnav.. I will tell you.. But I am not sure if we can discuss it here... I dont " She stopped abruptly as her mobile started ringing somewhere in the sidepocket on her pant.
"My mobile" she tried to take out her hands which was still pinned at her back
"No.. wait.." he said still not ready to release her and put his hand into her pocket to take out her mobile.
He heard her gasp as a smirk slowly formed on his lips. But the smirk soon turned into a frown as he saw who was calling her. He quickly cut the call and turned to her.
"Yeah carry on.. You were telling me something"
"Who was it?"
"nobody.."
"nobody? tell me who is it?
"Shall we get back to where we had left our conversation?" he asked leaning closer, brushing his lips across her cheeks,ear lobe and then her neck.
"Arnav please stop...How will I tell you something serious when you do like this? You are making me breathless.. "
"Breathless?" he asked raising his head a little, his lips dangerously closer to her lips
"yes" she whimpered back as she felt his hot breath against her lips
"you seem to have forgotten what breathless means..." he whispered slowly, closing in the distance between them, claiming her lips with his own.


It was their first kiss in almost two years, and both discovered that their passion had never diminished over the days of seperation but only had been stronger than ever, they were also painfully aware of how much their bodies were reacting to eachother, how much they have been deprived of this passion and how far they starved for eachother- all this with just a Kiss. But soon they were rudely awakened from this pure bliss by a ringtone. Kushi's mobile started ringing again from Arnav's pockets, where he had dropped it previously. He relectantly pulled away from her to attend it again, looked into the screen, scowled at it.


"Who is it?" Kushi asked attempting to look into the screen.

But Arnav didnt let her see the screen and switched it off promptly, threw it in the bed and went back to her already swollen lips again. But Kushi shoved him aside

"Who was calling me?"
"Kushi.. you are "
"Stop it Arnav... I want to know who was trying to reach me.." she told resolutely.
"your ex boss" Arnav told gritting his teeth
"my ex boss?" Kushi blinked "who?"
"that Sidarth kamoshi guy"
"its Sidarth Mokashi..."
"whatever" he said pulling her clip which had been holding her messed up hair and throwing it away, letting down her silky long hair free flowing... the way he always liked it to be.. and to his delight he saw she hadnt reduced the length of her hair.
"But Sid.. what do you mean? he is not my ex boss"
"he is from now on.. you are not going back.. I am not letting you go.."
"But Arnav.."she started and then composed herself "leave all that... why did you cut the call.."
"and switched it off..." Arnav commented
"you did?" Kushi blinked again looking back at her mobile lying at the bed "but why.. "
"because we are busy.." Arnav replied simply pulling her close, slipping a hand into her sliky tresses while his other hand started working on pulling out her tucked in shirt and his head making a move towards her cleavage which had been exposed since he had opened her top buttons and had been tempting him for quite sometime now.


"may be wanted to reach me...for some reason" Kushi reasoned trying to keep him at bay, enabling her to think straight, Arnav's proximity or his actions was not helping her at all.

"Arnav.. please please stop this... I think... we need to talk first.. before all this... " Kushi stated firmly holding his head away from her body and straining to look into his eyes straight to convey him that she is serious.
Arnav looked at her for a few seconds and then stepped back and stood with his arms crossed across his chest.
"yes tell me... I would like to know too... about your secrecy and aloofness all these days.. "

"Arnav.. I.. I dont know where to start... there is somuch to tell" Kushi started awkwardly trying to figure out how to tell him all that had happened in her life during these two years.

"may be you should sit" he suggested and took her to the edge of the bed and made her sit.

Kushi took a deep breadth. and then started.
"I..I am sorry I have hidden something very very important from you... something that I know would enrage you... I.. Hmm when I discovered that.. I ... " she stopped, her eyes brimming with tears again. He moved towards the side table and pouring out a glass of water for her which she accepted gratefully

"Kushi... If its all that painful... Maybe you should start from first.. I promise I will not lose my temper until you finish your story"
Kushi nodded.
"Arnav...I..need to make a call to Sid to check if everything is alright"
Arnav made a herculean effort to control his temper.
"why now?"
"Because I am worried about Arush... May be Sid called me to tell me something about him"
"Who is Arush now?" Arnav asked exasperated
They were again interuppted by another call to Arnav's mobile and he flipped it open annoyingly...But soon his expressions changed to surprise as he looked at the caller.


"Lavanya?" he called out surprised.
"Lavanya?" Kushi called out following him "Thank god... she had your number.. Sid doesnt have yours.. I think" she said taking his mobile from his hand to talk to her as Arnav looked baffled at her.

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Post by Abavi on 2013-02-25, 10:33

Part 42


"Hello Lavanya?" Kushi called out answering the call.

"Oh that...hmm.. I.. may be my mobile was out of battery..What happened? Oh Are you already here?... No no dont ring the bell..I want Arnav to meet him first... No wait.. I will be down in a minute..." She cut the call quickly and looked at Arnav

"They are here already" she informed him running about the room looking around the rug and under the chair and tables

"Wait.. I dont understand... What does Lavanya had to do in this?"

"Lavanya is Sid's fiance.. Didnt I tell you all Just a few minutes before?"

"You didnt say it was Lavanya"

Arnav was surprised. He felt it was too much f a coincidence to be true.

"OK.. I told you now...Lavanya and Sid are engaged..." Kushi told him urgently still searching for something around the room

"What are you searching for?"

"My clip.. where did you throw it?" Kushi asked him quickly but

Arnav ignored her question

"But I dont understand...Lavanya and sid... wait.. I have already met Sid.. Havent I?"

"yes.." Kushi answered him "Oh forget it..." she said finally, reaching for her handbag and opening it

"forget what?"

"The clip...she said pulling out a hair clutch and desperately trying to set right her messed up hair.

"I dont get any of this.. whom are we meeting now?"

"Am I looking presentable?" Kushi asked him distractedly as she pulled her abandoned stole from the floor while she reached her mobile and dumped it into her handbag

"your buttons" Arnav told her equally distracted

"oh yeah..thanks" she said as Arnav kept looking at her while she buttoned her shirt and carelessly tucked in whatever part of shirt he had puled out a little earlier and then ironing out the wrinkles in her shirt.

"Shall we go?" she asked looking at him

"What?..oh ...you havent answered me... yet"

"your hair is messed" She told him observing him as she came near him, and stood on her toe tips setting his hair right.

"havent you heard me? I demand to know whom you want me to meet now" Arnav gritted his teeth, yet he let her do his hair while held her body with his hands looking at her confused and amused.

"Oh that.." she hestitated before she continued "Arush is someone whom I love as much as I love you" She told him... while he went from confused to shocked to angry in a moment's notice.

"What? come again?" he said her menacingly slowly thinking may be he heard her wrong

"you heard me right.." she whispered getting back to her feet "and I have told him a lot about

you too.. I am sure you will like him just like he likes you"

"What crap is this?" He asked her grabbing her arms once again

Just then Arnav's phone started ringing again. Kushi eased her out of Arnav's grip

"I think its lavanya again.. come down" She said hurrying downstairs. Arnav didnt know how to react. If Sid annoyed him, he didnt know how he felt about this new person whom she wants him to meet now- Arnav was surely going to strangle him. But still is this a kind of joke that Kushi is playing on him? If thats the case he will not spare her... no ..not at all.

Arnav started following Kushi down and to his surprise he heard a cry of a baby as he reached down, THe baby's cry didnt go unnoticed by the family.

"Where is this cry coming from? Is is our little angel?" Anjali asked Payal

"NO di.. she is sleeping... this one seems to be like one of a grown up baby's cry" payal exclaimed.

Arnav looked at Kushi..She was already near the door. She turned to look at him apolegically then it struck him..
"Kushi.. were you? Oh my.." he whispered.
"Arnav...I am so sorry.. Your firt meeting had to be like this..." she whispered before she opened the door to see Lavanya and Sid holding a one year old crying and as soon as he saw Kushi, he leaped to her finding solace on his mother's arms.

"Oh Kushi.. what took you so long... Arush started crying I couldnt Hush him" Lavanya called out as kushi took the baby from her.

Arnav watched in shock as Kushi tried to pacify the baby, whispering softly to the little one about how she missed him the whole day.. and that she is sorry for leaving him with Lavanya aunty and she would never do that again. The baby slowly hiccupped himself to stop crying and holding his Mom's shirt tight enough so that no one would take him away from her anymore, he started to look around.. The whole family had gathered around Kushi and the baby now, while Arnav looked at her shocked that she had kept this big a secret from him.


"Kushi bitiya... you had a baby?" Nani broke the shocked silence of the family. Her stern voice and eyes made it clear that the family didnt appreciate the delayed conveyence of this news by Kushi.

"I.. I am sorry Naniji.. I.. I "

"But Kushi why didnt you tell us about the baby? oh my god I cant beleive that you hid this from us.. from chotey..." Anjali told her disappointed

"Woh di.. I" Kushi stammered not knowing what to tell the family..and then took a chance to look at Arnav who was looking at her with such rage that she was sure the blast is soon on the way...

"Kushi .. so were you pregnant when you left? Why didnt you tell us?" Payal asked coming near her "if you have to keep this away from us.. there should be a reason.. tell us na?" she urged her sister.

"Oops.. atlast one sensible person knows Jelabi surely has some reason to do this..." Sid commented to Lavanya which didnt go unnoticed by Arnav, The shocked family too finally took note of the couple still standing outside.

"Lavanya?"
"Ms. Kashyap?"

The family exclaimed while the baby looked around at everyone in the family and he finally rested his eyes at his father

"Papapapapaa.." he singsonged in his babish voice letting everyone know that he recognised this one person that he was looking at and showed his happiness with flapping his hand excitedly on his mother's shoulder and grinning at Arnav. This surprised everyone

"Oh how sweet.. Arush baby knows his Papa?" Lavanya asked the baby as Arush further put his hand into his mouth thoughtfully, sucking it a little, and then extending it towards Arnav.


Arnav found his anger ebbing away slowly looking at his son as he found himself streching his hand enclosing the little one

"hi" he found himself saying softly to which Arush responded making noise, proudly exhibiting his gibberish Vocabulary.

Not able to hold on to her anger any longer, Anjali rushed forward, taking the little one in her arms
"I will take sometime to forgive you this time Kushi.. but this one is ... oh my god.. Chotey has a son.. Nani... Isnt he just like chotey? " She called out, getting emotional while the baby looked at her amused and curious.

"Are you going to call us in or not? for heaven's sake it's freezing out here." Sid sighed annoyedly

This lightened the mood further as the family hastened to invite the couple inside as they moved in with the baby in Anjali's arms.

Kushi still looked at Arnav who had gone back to his angry mode and was glaring at her.

"Hello? whats up with you guys.. always blocking the door for the guest? how do you expect us to come in this way?" sid teased them as Kushi moved hurriedly towards Arnav, paving way for Lavanya and Sid to enter.

Sid shoved Kushi a bit making her lose her balance and dash on Arnav, as Arnav put his hand to balance her.

"easy dude.. Dont burn her with your eyes" Sid muttered causually and winked at Arnav, making Lavanya giggle as she passed them on her way inside.

"Hi ASR!" Lavanya greeted Arnav with a smile

"Hi La" Arnav greeted her back.."But this is all looks so wierd to be true... What is happening here?"

"ofcourse" sid commented, as he firmly closed the door shut "but it has just started" he informed Arnav smirking at him, which further annoyed him.

***
In the meawhile, outside, A hooded man sitting in a parked auto took out his mobile and called someone

"Hello"
"Boss, That man is back... but he is back with Lavanya... and a baby.. What should I do now?"
"Lavanya? are you sure?"
"Yes definetely... I know each and every face I am asked to finish off... and I do remember Lavanya too"
"I will call you back!" Dhruv cut his call and faced his Mama

"This is getting all confused... Who is this man? He brought back Kushi 3 hours ago and now he brings Lavanya too? that too with a baby?"

Rana listened to Dhruv and then remained calm and thoughtful for a while. Slowly his lips curved into a evil smile, surprising Dhruv.


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Part 43

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-25, 10:34

Part 43

The foursome looked on as Arush was soon going rounds to all the members of the family.

"He seems to know who his family is.. Isnt it? I was amazed at how he recognised ASR and called him papa.. and now look how he is not crying and all... back at our place, he never stops crying if someone new to him even tries to befriend him" La commented

"That he does..Havent I told you before.. this guy is a nice piece of job" Sid replied back "you both have done an amazing job creating a master peice like him... though it all comes down to the most intersting and pleasurable job in the world" Sid completed looking at Arnav and Kushi and soon screamed as La stepped on his right foot purposely
"Ooch.. what was that for?"
"you are the only person who would describe making babies a job!"


While La and sid were bickering amongst themselves, Arnav was glaring at Kushi, He was in a mood that he himself couldnt define, He had juct come toknow that he has a son, and Kushi not only had kept this news away from him, but also his son too.. just like she had stayed away.. for a reason that was unfathomable for him.


But Kushi looked back at him, he did recognise an apology but still he was also sure that kushi should have had a very strong reason for doing this to him.
He badly wanted to talk to her, or rather scream at her for answers.
Both the couples were brought back from their own world by the rest of the family asking them to come for dinner.


The family was more cordial to Sid this time than the last time, which he was smart to notice.
"Lav, This time is better that the last time... They give me a better treatment when I am with you than the last time when I came with Kushi" Sid chuckled.
"I dont believe it.. the Raizadas are the sweetest people I never knew"
"Hey you dont believe me? Ask jelebi... they would have chucked me out.. if it had gone a little longer"
Sid still addressing Kushi as jelebi irritated Arnav
"Thats was because you were flirting with my wife, and be warned if you start it again now, you would be chucked out for sure or better strangled" Arnav sneered at Sid which worried Kushi. She looked at Arnav as she noticed him fisting his hands and his face clearly showing his annoyance. She started to say something but before that she heard Sid chuckling more.

"Am I being threatened now?" Sid asked with Mock fear
"Oh.. So he flirted with her in my absence is it?" La asked with her hands in her hips.
"Nothing Like that La.. he was only.." Kushi started
"hey wait.. what is this now" Sid asked looking at La "you asked me to flirt with her in his presence didnt you?"
"What?" Kushi asked as Arnav looked confused at La and then at Sid
"Hmmph.. As if you dont do it at all.. You do that always when you wanted to irritate me...and make me feel jealous" La told Sid
"Dont change the topic Lav.. didnt you ask me to be extra flirtious with Kushi in presence of Arnav?"



La looked at Sid and then at the confused faces of Arnav and Kushi and then back at Sid
"Yeah.. I asked...so what?" La smirked "If you hadnt done that... they would have just been staring at eachother and it would have taken hours for them to get together. Now look at them... a little catalyst wouldnt have hurt them.. you know.. this the shortest route for us to deal with two people who can be as egoistic as these two... I am sure they would have shared a kiss or two by now..because of ASR's anger that was triggered by your flirtious behaviour" La finished dramatically looking at kushi

"Isnt is Kushi?"
"La...you both planned all this?" Kushi asked surprised and angry
"ofcourse we planned it.." Sid told her "We couldnt hold on after we found your scrap book.."
"What?" Kushi asked shocked
"What scrap book?"Arnav asked confused
"oh nothing ASR.. Did you know how many interviews you have given, How many news articles mentioned you or how many photographs of you or your work have been published in these
past two years? Kushi knows exactly and she had been.. ouch" La screamed before she could finish her sentence and Arnav saw kushi had moved near La as she was speaking and pinched her to stop.



"nothing.. its Arush's scrap book... thats all" Kushi explained flabbergasted as Arnav glared at her.
"Are you four going to join us or not?" Anjali called them.
"Come, have your food" Kushi called her guests and started moving towards the dining hall
But Arnav held out his hand and grabbed kushi's arms.
"You both carry on, we have some unfinshed business" Arnav called out to the other two. They nodded understandingly and left
"Arnav.. I am hungry" Kushi started
"Shut up!" Arnav hissed "How dare you keep this big a thing away from me?"


Kushi's eyes welled up either due to the emotional pressure that she was feeling right now or because of the sheer physical pressure that Arnav was imposing on her arms. Arnav's
angry face softened as he saw the tears on her eyes and quickly released her
"Dammit" He muttered "Look Kushi.. I do understand that you hae a very valid reason for doing this.. I demand to know what it is.." He told her his vice strained with controlling
his anger and anguish
"Arnav" Kushi started "I wanted to tell you the momemt I knew I was pregnant but... I had to consider that .. that.." But before she could go further, Arush started crying.


Kushi looked back towards the dining hall where the baby was and then at Arnav who was also watching towards the dining hall.
"I need to go to him.. may be he is hungry.. I will tell you everything later" Arnav saw her going to the dining room and followed her.
"What will he take now? will he take some dhal rice? or chappati?" Nani was asking as Kushi entered
"No I gave him a little of cereal before he came here.. He should be full" La told Nani.
"He should be sleepy now." Kushi told them as she took her son into her arms. "I will be back after putting him to sleep"



Sid's mobile started ringing that time, and he took it out as he saw the caller name. Arnav noticed Sid's face expression change for a flicker of a second before giving a quick
look towards La and Kushi before he quickly cut the call. Arnav creased his eyebrows watching this.
"Kushi, you havent taken anything yet" Anjali called out diverting Kushi who was still looking at Sid's mobile "Come, give him to me..while you eat something"
"No di.. He will become more cranky if I dont let him sleep now..I will take it later.. You all have food"
Arnav watched Kushi as she moved upstairs. Arnav was in half mind to follow his wife, His dinner can wait too. But then he heard his calling sister calling him
"Chotey, you sit and eat, then you can take Kushi's dinner upstairs" Anjali told kindly as Arnav stood there watching his wife and son disappearing upstairs and he joined the family in the table.


Sid's mobile rang again, and he again took it out and cut the call and resumed eating casually. Then La's mobile started ringing, She looked once at Sid and then took out her mobile.

"I think someone badly wants to talk to you Sid" she told softly handing over her ringing mobile to him.
"Excuse me, I ..I need to take this call" Sid told every one in general and left the place.
Arnav became more intrigued by Sid's behaviour and La addressing the caller as Someone instead of using the name and he could not get to eat as Kushi's thoughts and her secrecy was stil troubling him.

"Chotey, you havent eaten anything.. stop playing with your food and eat" Nani told him
"I will be back" Arnav told as he pushed his chair back and got up.
He was about to take the stairs to his room when he heard Sid's voice.
"Mate.. You should understand that it is a wrong time when I cut your calls twice... the entire family was there. what is all the urgency?" Sid was talking to someone behind the
stairs.

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Post by Abavi on 2013-02-25, 10:35

Part 44

Arnav was about to take the stairs to his room when he heard Sid's voice.
"Mate.. You should understand that it is a wrong time when I cut your calls twice... the entire family was there. what is all the urgency?" Sid was talking to someone behind the stairs.

Arnav was'nt much interested anyway in Sid's conversation, though he was kind of intrigued few minutes before and didnt mind much and had already taken three steps when he stopped in his tracks hearing Sid's further conversation.
"Yeah Kushi and boy is safe.. We already reached Shantivan"
...
"What do you mean? I made sure that no outsider would suspect... I and La brought in the boy and no one would have thought it was Kushi's son.. I took the precautions..."
...
"Oh Shit.. when did this happen?"
...
"Look... there was enough tension.. I didnt expect there would be a ... Listen mate... the kid was very cranky, he had been crying the whole afternoon, Lav couldnt manage anymore.. I had to leave for a couple of hours"
...
"Ok Alright.. what are we doing now?"
...
"No No...You are taking a huge risk... mate it could be suicide for you to come here right now..."
...
"did you speak to her? "..."I cant believe she asked you to come"..." Ok.. I suppose that should be the same risk both ways.."
...
"I seriously don't have any idea how much kushi has let Arnav know... My observations say he doesnt know much.. they havent had enough time to discuss about it yet...he looked surprised when he saw Arush... if Kushi hadnt let him know about Arush before we reached, I am sure she hasnt told him anything at all..."
...
"Yeah I agree it is too much for him take in everything rightnow- but its better if "
...
"Alright, that looks like a good plan...I am staying at shantivan, cant risk too much when everything is out in open..."
...
"I dont have to warn you to be careful.. take care mate"

Arnav didnt plan to evesdrop on Sid's conversation, but still, it annoyed and angered him bit too much that there were others who knew what was happening in his life than him.. and he was kept in dark. His anger and anxiety arose to a blasting point as he made his way to the room.
Arnav reached the room and gave a bit too much force to open the room door, forgetting for a moment that there was a little one also there .
But as soon as he heard Kushi's soft voice singing lullaby to her son, he tried to stop the door from banging on the wall, and the noise did attract Kushi's attention.
She had been sitting her with legs folded, with Arush cradled on her lap, her back facing him, and she turned to look at him, stopping her lullaby.
Arnav went near Kushi to discover that she had been feeding Arush, her top buttons open, Arnav could glance a part of her voluminous breast before he heard Arush's sucking noises. She tried to cover herself unsuccessfully with her stole and shirt, with a light pink blush raising on her cheeks.
Arnav tried to look away too, but couldnt resist it and was feeling weird looking at the mother and son bond at this level, as much as he knew that it was normal and best for his son, he hadnt really expected it. His wife had been only his when she left him two years ago and now he has to share his wife's love with his son too.
After a awkward 5 minutes (or did it seem more than that?) Kushi slowly eased Arush into the bed, and covered him with a little blanket from the baby bag that La had brought with her.
Arnav looked at Arush who was still sucking at the air in his sleep and then at Kushi who was hastely buttoning up her shirt as she got down from the bed. His eyes caught hers and they looked into eachother as the awkwardness slowly ebbed out. He motioned her to follow him to the pool side.

****

Sid reached the dining table and sat down. La looked at him curiously as he returned her mobile back
"Fine" he said non chalantly and started gobbling up his food
"out with it... what happened" La whispered to him..
"Nothing La.. you think you could help your friend a little? She seems to be in trouble of being pounced right now" he whispered back
"What do you mean?" La asked as Sid signalled towards the empty chair which Arnav has been occupying a little while ago. La understood quickly and then smiled towards Anjali
"Di... Dont you think those two are gone for a while.. they havent yet taken their dinner" La asked casually as Sid showed his thumbs up under the chair as he stuffed himself with food.
"yeah.. I think we need to send them food.. may be they are a little busy" Anjali winked at La
"or they are struggling with a cranky Arush... I have finished my dinner Di.. I think I have to go up and check on them.. I can stay with Arush and see if they want to come down and have dinner together" La told as she got up and moved towards the stairs

****
"Is he Ok?" Arnav asked her as Kushi joined him by the pool side.
"yes...He was little restless as its a new place for him..." Kushi told him
"yeah right.. His own house seems new to him isnt it?" Arnav asked sarcastically
Kushi didnt say anything but looked at him with large eyes, welling up.
"Arnavji.. I " Kushi started but Arnav held up his hand
"I think I have asked you enough times about what has been kept away from me. But If you still think that it is right to keep all this away from me and get away with it... "
"Arnav please, I never wanted to keep anything away from you.."
"and oddly thats what you have been doing for two years and more so all this evening" Arnav raised his voice and Arush stirred a little in his sleep.
"Hush.. " Kushi told quickly, going towards the bed, checking on Arush and then came back.
"How could you accuse me like this when all I did was to protect you and your son" Kushi asked him softly but firmly
"Protect me and my son? What bakwas is this? how can anyone protect by not keeping in touch? or running away and refusing to speak or take calls?" Arnav hissed more irritated and angry
"yes, I was asked to keep away from you to save your life and.." Kushi started to explain but stopped talking as Arnav grabbed her arms, pinning her by the wall
"You mean you were threatened? and didnt I tell you those were all empty threats? Shyam is a coward, and he made a fool out of you! If this is the only reason you could give to all the secrecy that you have been displaying.. I.." Arnav stopped abruptly as he looked towards the room where he had heard a small knock
"kushi? ASR?" La came in looking for them. "I hope everything is fine?" she asked quickly as she saw their position
Arnav let Kushi go turning towards La as kushi steadied herself
"We are fine La" Kushi told assuringly and smiled at her... "Just having a chat"
"you both have an odd way of having a chat" La muttered
"What is it Lavanya?" Arnav sounded rude though he didnt meant to
"er.. You both havent had your dinner yet, I thought may be "
"You didnt have your dinner still?" Kushi asked Arnav quickly
"I can stay with Arush for sometime, you can go down and finish your dinner. Di is waiting for you"
"Thanks La..But No I dont feel hungry" Arnav told her. Kushi started to tell something when La interuppted
"May be I can bring some food up here? Di wanted to send the plate up actually..." LA was persistent
"Thats Ok La.. I will go and bring some food up..." Kushi told her.
She looked at Arnav
"I will be back" she told him softly and crossed him and went out with La as Arnav watched them go.
"not again" he muttered
****
"Oops.. that was close..." La breathed.." I was getting desperate and started thinking you were not getting the clue at all"
"I knew you wanted me to come out the moment I realised you were persistent about food.. even after noticing we were in the middle of a talk...What is it? was the call from..."
"I dont know... I didnt get to talk with Sid yet.. But I guess he wants us to hold on for sometime I believe."
"But why?"
"No Idea" La pouted
"Arnav is insistent La.. He needs to know.. its only right that he should know..I have kept it away from him for long...How do you expect me to keep anything from him"
"Ask the devil himself" La said as they saw Sid approaching them
"Sid, IS everything alright ? was the call from..." Kushi was stopped by Sid's reassuring smile as he held her hand quickly.
"Everything is as fine it can be.." Sid winked at La and Kushi
"Why dont you want to tell Arnav about everything? How can I not tell him now? He wants to know... I cant hold it anymore."
"Who said not to tell him anything? tell him as much as you think he will believe"
"Sid you are talking in riddles"
"you need to solve it Kushi.. what is all the fun if I give you the answer right away?" Sid laughed as Kushi mumbled something and La shook her head...
"Kushi listen, I and La are staying here for the night" Sid finally got serious
"What?" La asked "But Sid Why.."
They quickly fell into silence as Sid motioned them behind him where Anjali was coming to them
"What you three discussing standing here?"
"Nothing Di.. I was asking them to stay for the night here..." Kushi cleverly managed.
"Oh yeah... Stay here..."
"Di.. but..." La started
"Not buts and ifs" Anjali said.. "Stay here.. its too late to go back.. you can sleep in my room, Ashok will be away for the night so I am staying here too...We have a lot of catching up to do... and Sid can sleep with NK"
"What?" Sid called out putting on an unbelievable expression "but"
"But what?" Anjali asked as Kushi bit her lip not to burst out laughing
"And Kushi, come and have dinner... "
"No Di... I will take the plate for both of us upstairs"
"Ok, I will bring you the plate" Anjali moved from there
"Ok love sick boy... control yourself.. and enjoy tonight with Nanheji"
"Stop Joking Kushi, Does this house treat grown up boys like this?" Sid muttered as he saw kushi walking towards the kitchen
La looked at Sid, he was not wearing a naughty or teasing look as he would normally in such conditions
"Whats wrong Siddy?" She asked him.
"I have to go meet him tonight La.. it seems they found out. I cant risk anyone in the family finding out" Sid told her
"What? How did they find out?" She asked sid worriedly
"No idea..."
"But isnt it a bad idea for him to come here? We should have atleast gone back to the hotel"
"and leave them open for any attack? " Sid asked La pointing upstairs "its not safe for them... when Arnav doesnt know yet... I dont know how he would react to the truth... he wont believe... we dont have any proof to convince him yet"
"Oh siddy!"
"Dont worry... Everything will be fine" Sid assured her with a smile
"What will be fine?" Kushi asked as they saw her coming back with a food laden tray
"everything" La told her, giving her a hug " have a fun filled night"
"Fun filled?" Kushi asked her "With the situation right now.. I could cut the tension in my room with a knife" Kushi told her
"Oh yeah... with all that thick tension in your room, you still managed to get nice swollen lips and ruffled hair before you came to answer the door for us isnt it" La whispered into kushi's ears, as kushi's eyes went round
"shut up" She laughed, "Good night to you both too..I managed to convince di to let you both sleep in her room, She will be sleeping with Nani" she told as she moved towards the stairs
"Thanks Kushi, you are an angel" Sid called out hearing what she told.
La and Sid looked at eachother and sighed.

Part 44

Arnav was about to take the stairs to his room when he heard Sid's voice.
"Mate.. You should understand that it is a wrong time when I cut your calls twice... the entire family was there. what is all the urgency?" Sid was talking to someone behind the stairs.

Arnav was'nt much interested anyway in Sid's conversation, though he was kind of intrigued few minutes before and didnt mind much and had already taken three steps when he stopped in his tracks hearing Sid's further conversation.
"Yeah Kushi and boy is safe.. We already reached Shantivan"
...
"What do you mean? I made sure that no outsider would suspect... I and La brought in the boy and no one would have thought it was Kushi's son.. I took the precautions..."
...
"Oh Shit.. when did this happen?"
...
"Look... there was enough tension.. I didnt expect there would be a ... Listen mate... the kid was very cranky, he had been crying the whole afternoon, Lav couldnt manage anymore.. I had to leave for a couple of hours"
...
"Ok Alright.. what are we doing now?"
...
"No No...You are taking a huge risk... mate it could be suicide for you to come here right now..."
...
"did you speak to her? "..."I cant believe she asked you to come"..." Ok.. I suppose that should be the same risk both ways.."
...
"I seriously don't have any idea how much kushi has let Arnav know... My observations say he doesnt know much.. they havent had enough time to discuss about it yet...he looked surprised when he saw Arush... if Kushi hadnt let him know about Arush before we reached, I am sure she hasnt told him anything at all..."
...
"Yeah I agree it is too much for him take in everything rightnow- but its better if "
...
"Alright, that looks like a good plan...I am staying at shantivan, cant risk too much when everything is out in open..."
...
"I dont have to warn you to be careful.. take care mate"

Arnav didnt plan to evesdrop on Sid's conversation, but still, it annoyed and angered him bit too much that there were others who knew what was happening in his life than him.. and he was kept in dark. His anger and anxiety arose to a blasting point as he made his way to the room.
Arnav reached the room and gave a bit too much force to open the room door, forgetting for a moment that there was a little one also there .
But as soon as he heard Kushi's soft voice singing lullaby to her son, he tried to stop the door from banging on the wall, and the noise did attract Kushi's attention.
She had been sitting her with legs folded, with Arush cradled on her lap, her back facing him, and she turned to look at him, stopping her lullaby.
Arnav went near Kushi to discover that she had been feeding Arush, her top buttons open, Arnav could glance a part of her voluminous breast before he heard Arush's sucking noises. She tried to cover herself unsuccessfully with her stole and shirt, with a light pink blush raising on her cheeks.
Arnav tried to look away too, but couldnt resist it and was feeling weird looking at the mother and son bond at this level, as much as he knew that it was normal and best for his son, he hadnt really expected it. His wife had been only his when she left him two years ago and now he has to share his wife's love with his son too.
After a awkward 5 minutes (or did it seem more than that?) Kushi slowly eased Arush into the bed, and covered him with a little blanket from the baby bag that La had brought with her.
Arnav looked at Arush who was still sucking at the air in his sleep and then at Kushi who was hastely buttoning up her shirt as she got down from the bed. His eyes caught hers and they looked into eachother as the awkwardness slowly ebbed out. He motioned her to follow him to the pool side.

****

Sid reached the dining table and sat down. La looked at him curiously as he returned her mobile back
"Fine" he said non chalantly and started gobbling up his food
"out with it... what happened" La whispered to him..
"Nothing La.. you think you could help your friend a little? She seems to be in trouble of being pounced right now" he whispered back
"What do you mean?" La asked as Sid signalled towards the empty chair which Arnav has been occupying a little while ago. La understood quickly and then smiled towards Anjali
"Di... Dont you think those two are gone for a while.. they havent yet taken their dinner" La asked casually as Sid showed his thumbs up under the chair as he stuffed himself with food.
"yeah.. I think we need to send them food.. may be they are a little busy" Anjali winked at La
"or they are struggling with a cranky Arush... I have finished my dinner Di.. I think I have to go up and check on them.. I can stay with Arush and see if they want to come down and have dinner together" La told as she got up and moved towards the stairs

****
"Is he Ok?" Arnav asked her as Kushi joined him by the pool side.
"yes...He was little restless as its a new place for him..." Kushi told him
"yeah right.. His own house seems new to him isnt it?" Arnav asked sarcastically
Kushi didnt say anything but looked at him with large eyes, welling up.
"Arnavji.. I " Kushi started but Arnav held up his hand
"I think I have asked you enough times about what has been kept away from me. But If you still think that it is right to keep all this away from me and get away with it... "
"Arnav please, I never wanted to keep anything away from you.."
"and oddly thats what you have been doing for two years and more so all this evening" Arnav raised his voice and Arush stirred a little in his sleep.
"Hush.. " Kushi told quickly, going towards the bed, checking on Arush and then came back.
"How could you accuse me like this when all I did was to protect you and your son" Kushi asked him softly but firmly
"Protect me and my son? What bakwas is this? how can anyone protect by not keeping in touch? or running away and refusing to speak or take calls?" Arnav hissed more irritated and angry
"yes, I was asked to keep away from you to save your life and.." Kushi started to explain but stopped talking as Arnav grabbed her arms, pinning her by the wall
"You mean you were threatened? and didnt I tell you those were all empty threats? Shyam is a coward, and he made a fool out of you! If this is the only reason you could give to all the secrecy that you have been displaying.. I.." Arnav stopped abruptly as he looked towards the room where he had heard a small knock
"kushi? ASR?" La came in looking for them. "I hope everything is fine?" she asked quickly as she saw their position
Arnav let Kushi go turning towards La as kushi steadied herself
"We are fine La" Kushi told assuringly and smiled at her... "Just having a chat"
"you both have an odd way of having a chat" La muttered
"What is it Lavanya?" Arnav sounded rude though he didnt meant to
"er.. You both havent had your dinner yet, I thought may be "
"You didnt have your dinner still?" Kushi asked Arnav quickly
"I can stay with Arush for sometime, you can go down and finish your dinner. Di is waiting for you"
"Thanks La..But No I dont feel hungry" Arnav told her. Kushi started to tell something when La interuppted
"May be I can bring some food up here? Di wanted to send the plate up actually..." LA was persistent
"Thats Ok La.. I will go and bring some food up..." Kushi told her.
She looked at Arnav
"I will be back" she told him softly and crossed him and went out with La as Arnav watched them go.
"not again" he muttered
****
"Oops.. that was close..." La breathed.." I was getting desperate and started thinking you were not getting the clue at all"
"I knew you wanted me to come out the moment I realised you were persistent about food.. even after noticing we were in the middle of a talk...What is it? was the call from..."
"I dont know... I didnt get to talk with Sid yet.. But I guess he wants us to hold on for sometime I believe."
"But why?"
"No Idea" La pouted
"Arnav is insistent La.. He needs to know.. its only right that he should know..I have kept it away from him for long...How do you expect me to keep anything from him"
"Ask the devil himself" La said as they saw Sid approaching them
"Sid, IS everything alright ? was the call from..." Kushi was stopped by Sid's reassuring smile as he held her hand quickly.
"Everything is as fine it can be.." Sid winked at La and Kushi
"Why dont you want to tell Arnav about everything? How can I not tell him now? He wants to know... I cant hold it anymore."
"Who said not to tell him anything? tell him as much as you think he will believe"
"Sid you are talking in riddles"
"you need to solve it Kushi.. what is all the fun if I give you the answer right away?" Sid laughed as Kushi mumbled something and La shook her head...
"Kushi listen, I and La are staying here for the night" Sid finally got serious
"What?" La asked "But Sid Why.."
They quickly fell into silence as Sid motioned them behind him where Anjali was coming to them
"What you three discussing standing here?"
"Nothing Di.. I was asking them to stay for the night here..." Kushi cleverly managed.
"Oh yeah... Stay here..."
"Di.. but..." La started
"Not buts and ifs" Anjali said.. "Stay here.. its too late to go back.. you can sleep in my room, Ashok will be away for the night so I am staying here too...We have a lot of catching up to do... and Sid can sleep with NK"
"What?" Sid called out putting on an unbelievable expression "but"
"But what?" Anjali asked as Kushi bit her lip not to burst out laughing
"And Kushi, come and have dinner... "
"No Di... I will take the plate for both of us upstairs"
"Ok, I will bring you the plate" Anjali moved from there
"Ok love sick boy... control yourself.. and enjoy tonight with Nanheji"
"Stop Joking Kushi, Does this house treat grown up boys like this?" Sid muttered as he saw kushi walking towards the kitchen
La looked at Sid, he was not wearing a naughty or teasing look as he would normally in such conditions
"Whats wrong Siddy?" She asked him.
"I have to go meet him tonight La.. it seems they found out. I cant risk anyone in the family finding out" Sid told her
"What? How did they find out?" She asked sid worriedly
"No idea..."
"But isnt it a bad idea for him to come here? We should have atleast gone back to the hotel"
"and leave them open for any attack? " Sid asked La pointing upstairs "its not safe for them... when Arnav doesnt know yet... I dont know how he would react to the truth... he wont believe... we dont have any proof to convince him yet"
"Oh siddy!"
"Dont worry... Everything will be fine" Sid assured her with a smile
"What will be fine?" Kushi asked as they saw her coming back with a food laden tray
"everything" La told her, giving her a hug " have a fun filled night"
"Fun filled?" Kushi asked her "With the situation right now.. I could cut the tension in my room with a knife" Kushi told her
"Oh yeah... with all that thick tension in your room, you still managed to get nice swollen lips and ruffled hair before you came to answer the door for us isnt it" La whispered into kushi's ears, as kushi's eyes went round
"shut up" She laughed, "Good night to you both too..I managed to convince di to let you both sleep in her room, She will be sleeping with Nani" she told as she moved towards the stairs
"Thanks Kushi, you are an angel" Sid called out hearing what she told.
La and Sid looked at eachother and sighed.

To be continued.

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Part 45

Post by Abavi on 2013-02-25, 10:36

Part 45

"Cancel the trip Rati... Do as I say .. I dont have to tell you the reasons" Arnav barked at his PA, Rati- the unfortunate girl who took over after Aman was sacked. Rati was a
competent girl and handled all the tasks given to her effeciantly even though Arnav's rage often pushed her near to tears, but the girl was little inquistive and talkative too.

Arnav was frustrated because of what was happening at home right now and as usual Rati became a target for his anger. He pulled out the bluetooth and threw it on the bed. After
the turn of events that evening, even after screaming at Rati for no fault of hers, his temper became still more acute, and he was sure he would react in a way that he would
regret later and decided to go on a long drive to calm down his temper and emotions. He grabbed his car keys and made to move out when he heard the slightest of a whimper. He
stopped on his tracks and looked behind him towards to the source of the sound. Did he inadvertently woken up Arush with his yelling?
Arush kept twisting in his sleep. Arnav went near him, and not knowing what to do, slowly called out his name. But Arush rolled over and then sat up straight, took a look at the
surrounding, and then started crying as the unfamiliar surrounding was making him scared.
Arnav remembered Kushi telling him that Arush was a little restless because this place was new to him.
"Arush.. Thats ok.." Arnav called out in a soft tone, trying to calm him down. Arush looked at Arnav and lifted both his hands up asking to lift him up.
Arnav lifted him up slowly, He had never held any baby in his hand, he felt awkward wondering if he was holding the baby right, and protectively held him close to his chest. He
didnt know what to tell him, he went and sat on the recliner, and cleared his throat.
"Dont be scared Arush, this is your house.. our house.." he spoke out to Arush wondering if Arush could understand what he is speaking...
"Dad is here...with you.." he added awkwardly blinking down at his son...
Arush watched his father's face, touching it with his chubby, soft and rosy palms.. replying back in some gibberish tone. This made Arnav grin at Arush, who looked around the room
and soon wanted to get out of Arnav's arms and toddled awkwardly towards the side table where a lot of photostands were kept.
Arnav who was not sure if Arush could walk, watched him "so you can walk?" He asked as he kneeled and moved behind him, scared if he would trip and fall down.
Arush promptly went to the table and took a photostand by the table.
"Maamma" he called out looking at Kushi
"Yeah.. thats Momma.." Arnav confirmed and Arush bent down kissing the photograph.
Arnav smiled remembering the times he had done the same thing.
Arush looked around and picked another photo in which Arnav and Kushi were together.
Arnav didnt know if Arush had initially called him Pappa just by coincidence or he really knew what it meant.
"Who is this Arush?" he asked slowly indication him in the pic
"Paapaaa" Arush told promptly..
"Dad" Arnav tutored him "say Dad Arush...Dad..Dad " Arnav repeated as Arush kept looking at Arnav and then back at his pic.

Kushi enter the room with the dinner plate and was startled to look at both the men in her life sitting by the side table enjoing a chat.
"Arush.. you got up? " She exclaimed "how did he?" she started to ask as she looked at Arnav and then stopped hesitantly
"I..I didnt wake him up.. He woke up and I.."
"I didnt mean to ask that.. No problem..lets have dinner first.." she told as she laid the table in the bed side table. She put the photographs in the right spot again.
As she put it back she recognised one of the photos which was not there before, her pic from the photoshoot that that had happen long back...during her days at AR. She stealed a
quick look towards Arnav who had been looking at her reaction seeing and recognizing the picture. Arnav looked away quickly as he realised that she was looking at him. Kushi put
Arush back in bed and told him to lie down..
"Nuuuh nuuuh..." Arush shook his head vigorously side to side and then said "teeetee" pointing at the television
"No TV Arush... its late. its time to go to bed"
"Teeteee" Arush told again gritting his 4 little teeth and slapping his hand hardly on the bed
"I said no"
"teetee" Arush shouted again grabbing Arnav's bluetooth which was lying next to him and throwing it further away on the bed.
"How dare you? " Kushi shouted.
Arush was nonchalent as he picked up the AC remote lying on the bed and pointing it to the TV.
"Thats the AC remote" Arnav told him helpfully as Kushi stared at him too
Giving up finally, she picked up the TV remote and switched it on and muttered "Look at how he has ended up... so adamant about what he needs... Just like his father"
"What?" Arnav gave her a unbelievable expression
Kushi ignored him "Only till Maa and Pappa finish dinner ok?" She told Arush.
"I am not hungry" Arnav muttered as he opened his laptop.
"I know you are angry with me.. Dont show your anger on your food.. Come and have some food"
"Didnt I tell you .. I am not hungry.. Leave me alone"
"Dont make it a point to prove to Arush how adamant you can get...come and.."
"Shutup Kushi.. I am not a kid.. I told you I dont want anything...you dont have to tell me what to do. Quit nagging me"
"I will keep nagging you until you eat...you have to take your medicines..."
"you dont have to act as if you care" Arnav retorted back in anger, which he knew hurt her badly
"Arnav.. how can you say like that?"
"Oh stop it Kushi... Where did all this concern go when you left me 2 years ago and vanished?"
Kushi's eyes welled up and Arush looked curiosuly at both of them, He looked disturbed as if he understood that all was not well between the two of them. Kushi looked at her son
and then slowly spoke out
"You dont like this cartoon beta? you like this?" she asked changing channel and then patting her son calming him down. Arnav watched this and went back to his laptop with a sigh.
"Arnav please.. Didnt I tell you I did it to protect you?
and can we talk about this after Arush sleeps? He doesnt seem to like the fact that we are arguing..." Kushi asked Arnav as she brought a peice of chapati towards his mouth
Arnav glared at her and then pushed away her hand, and started working on his laptop
"please?" Kushi asked him again waiting for him to open his mouth but he didnt budge she withdrew her hand as a tear drop fell on his hand.
Kushi was about to turn away when he pulled her hand which was holding the chapati peice and took the chapati into his mouth. Kushi smiled through her tears.
"Arnav.. thanks.. I.." Kushi started to tell but Arnav pulled the plate from her hand and started to eat by himself
"There is no need to thank me for this" Arnav commented cynically.
*****

Kushi put away the dinner plates by the corner table and took out her luggage, searching for her night suit
"Oh my bad!..I didnt pack anything suitable for milk feeding" She muttered as she pulled out her nightdress. Arnav looked at her then back at his laptop on which her had been
working on after he had gobbled up his dinner.
As she went into the bathroom to change into her night dress, Arush came down slowly and walked towards his father.
"Hey Arush.. Arent you feeling sleepy.. its close to 11 now..." Arnav asked his as he worked on the laptop. He heard the bathroom door open
"Arush.. again, you stepped out of your bed... get into the bed baby...we can play tomorrow" Kushi called out picking him up again and putting him to bed. Arnav noticed that Kushi
was wearing loose pyjamas and a light colored top which was thin enough to cling on to her. Though he realised Kushi's dressing style has changed in these two years, with her
comfort level for her night dress, she must be used to wearing this at night, this was the first time he was seeing her like this. He was angry with himself for loosing control
like that and turned to concentrate on his document, which was proving to be a herculean task right now.

"Dadadad" Arush protested wanting to stay near Arnav
Arnav immediately looked at Arush, a grin slowly spreading on his lips, Arush looked at his dad proud of himself, returning his grin
"what did you say?" Kushi asked "you learnt a new word?" she was surprised "say it again?"
"Daaddaa" Arush told again pointing at Arnav
"Oh you taught him that is it? " She asked Arnav "Hmm.. All the time I showed you pappa's photograph and taught you to say Papa... and now in ten minutes to learn to say Dad? such
a Daddy's boy!" She called out happily
"What? You showed him my photograph?"
"Yeah.. then how do you think he recognised you the moment he saw you.. I have been talking to him about you.."
"Oh great!.. when he could have bonded with the real me.. you showed him my photograph...to show him who is dad is... great going.. you must be really proud of yourself Kushi"
Arnav was skeptical, Kushi bit her lip
"Why do you have to cut me like this everytime Arnav. Dont you think,I would have a fair enough reason for whatever I did"
"If you havent noticed, I have been asking you the same reason for umpteen times this evening Kushi...I wouldnt If I didnt believe you had a valid reason."

Kushi didnt comment further but tried to put Arush to sleep that didnt happen for a quiet long time. Finally after all the playing, Arush started pulling a kushi's neckline,
wanting her to feed him again.
"Mmaaamma"
"No Arush.. wait wait.. No you shouldnt pull like this..." She told him, getting uncomfortable as she saw Arnav looking at her.
"Mmaaammaa" Arush called out again, geting impatient, putting his mouth on top of her dress, indicating her that he needed his milk
"Stop it.."Kushi laughed as she pulled the blanket covering both of them. As soon as the little one started sucking his milk, he kicked away the blanket, exposing his mom to his
father's eyes.
Arnav saw that as Kushi had been wearing a top which didnt have front buttons on it, She had lifted her shirt a little to feed her son, and As Arush had kicked away the blanket,
her milky white expanse on her stomach and chest came into Arnav' full view, making his mouth go dry. Kushi felt uncomfortable too as she tried to get the blanket which was
further away now and looked at Arnav who was very often than not watching her with his blazing eyes.
He got up slowly and came near her, He was about to give the blanket end back to her when she screamed
"Aahhh"
"What the.. I didnt do anything... I only .."
"He bit me.. " She said looking back at her son
Arush giggled as he kept sucking his milk
"Oh .. " Arnav sighed as he pulled the end of the blanket and gave it to her
"Did your father teach you this also?" she asked arush, playing hitting him
"What...How inthe world would I teach him that?" He asked her incredulously.
"I dont know" She answered back, Blushing profusely
Arnav couldnt stop smirking as her turned back. He went to get some water, but the water jug was empty. He moved towards the door.
"Where are you going?... You dont have to leave the room...I mean...Arush is almost done..." Kushi told him
"No its not that...I shall be back after fetching some water from the kitchen" Arnav smiled as called out as he moved out of the room
"Oh ok" Kushi called out as Arnav's smile changed into a smirk again.


As he reached the kitchen, he saw a shadow moving towards the main door, and moved back towards the hall to get a better look, he saw Sid walking out of the door.
Curiousity getting the better of him, he followed Sid, only to discover that Sid had actually got out to meet his mysterious friend.
"Are you there mate?" He heard sid call out softly.
"Hi Sid!" a familiar voice called out. It didnt take long for Arnav to place the voice to the correct person, afterall he had grown to loathe that person. Arnav was shocked to
realise whom the voice belonged to and his doubts were confirmed as he saw a hooded figure emering out of the bushes and walk towards the place were Sid was standing.
"Long time" the voice called out again as he saw Shyam's face by the moonlight.

To be continued

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Part 46

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Part 46

"Are you there mate?" Arnav heard sid call out softly.

"Hi Sid!" a familiar voice called out. It didnt take long for Arnav to place the voice to the correct person, afterall he had grown to loathe that person. Arnav was shocked to realise whom the voice belonged to and his doubts were confirmed as he saw a hooded figure emering out of the bushes and walk towards the place were Sid was standing.

"Long time" the voice called out again as he saw Shyam's face by the moonlight.

A unprecedented rage took over him, as he dashed forward

"you bas***d... How dare you come here again" Arnav shouted at Shyam as he punched him square at his mouth, his clenched fist connecting again and again with which ever part of Shyam's body it could manage to connect with..

Sid and Shyam's faces reflected shock as they were caught in a moment of surprise.

"Arnav calm down" Sid tried to stop Arnav as Arnav tried to hit Sid as well

"you double faced bas***d" He called out, clutching Sid's collar, as Sid tried to divert one of Shyam's blows as Arnav's fist connected with Sid's cheek

"Oouch... Arnav control yourself..." Sid called out in vain.
***
Kushi was wondering what happened to Arnav as he had been gone for a while. She came out of their room only to see Lavanya hurried running downstairs and she called after her
running behind her. Lavanya dashed towards the hall door and went out.. Kushi could now hear clear voices outside, it seemed to be like a quarrel.. Did Sid and Arnav get into a
fight now she thought hurriedly running out behind Lavanya. Kushi saw an alarming scene outside.


"ASR.. ASR stop please... Stop hitting them..." Lavanya went forward trying to stop him too

"Keep away from this Lavanya.." He screamed back at her. Kushi was scared that this ruksus would wake the whole family as she too went forward

"Stop it Arnav... please please stop it" She urged putting herself between Sid, Shyam and Arnav, finally effectively stopping Arnav.

"Now you know who you so called friend has been in touch with? " he asked her sarcastically and he plunged further to hit them again.

"I know.." Kushi told calmly holding Arnav again as pure shock registered on Arnav's face.

"You know?" he repeated as his brain refused to believe what she told

Kushi turned back to look at Shyam and Sid.

"Are you both alright?"

"Alright? you must be joking kushi" Sid managed with a sense of humor even in this situation. Shyam didnt reply but just gave her a curt nod.
"Oh my god.. your lip is cut Shyam...you are bleeding" Kushi called out as Lavanya was looking at Sid's bruises.

"Thats ok..it happens" Shyam told as he tried to wipe it off with the back of his hand

"You both need first aid..wait let me fetch you a First Aid box" Lavanya told as she ventured to move in

Arnav didnt understand what was happening in front of his eyes.. it was a bizarre scene. He didnt at all like the friendly tone that Kushi had used for Shyam. what did she think she was doing?


"What the hell is happening here?" Arnav screamed at them "I cant believe this"

"Keep your voice low ASR" Lavanya called out as she crossed him to go in "Or the entire family will be here"

"I dont care" he shouted back

"Arnav please.. its Ok...trust me.. its.. its fine" Kushi stammered as Arnav thought how naive this girl can get.. she had surely been hoodwinked to believe in what ever story that Shyam should have thrown at her.
He glowered at her with his fists still balled up.
"Oh god.. that was hellava punch.. It hurts.. " Sid murmered "You could have been here a little early Kushi"


"I am sorry Sid..I didnt know that Shyam was coming here today... and Arnav doesnt know anything yet... with Arush tagging along we didnt have time to talk yet.." Kushi's voice was apologetic

"Yeah.. We understand..and we know ...I mean We didnt try to give him back.. did we now? " Sid managed to smile a little

"but Shyam.. Why are you here today " Kushi asked looking at shyam "you are running a risk coming here."

"I had some business to talk with Sid" He murmered back

"DO you care to tell me what is happening here Kushi? Are you out of your mind? Did you forget what this scum did to you and my sister?"

"We will tell you as soon as we get first aid Arnav" Sid answered for Kushi. Shyam looked at Sid
"There is no point in delaying this talk further Shyam.. Now that he has seen you..." Sid continued as Kushi nodded encouragingly, Shyam sighed resigned.

Lavanya came running back with a first aid box and a tray of Icecubes. While Lavanya was tending to Sid, Kushi tried to help out Shyam.

"No problem Kushi.. I can manage thanks" Shyam told curtly as he took the box from her hand.
Kushi looked back at Arnav, he was still glaring at her. She shivered a little as a cold breeze blew over, folding her arms, She had'nt expected this to happen and had ran down with only her Night dress on her.

"Kushi you are shivering.. you need something to keep you warmor you are going to catch cold.. Then Arush will get it from you as well..." Lavanya told her

"Thats.. thats ok" Kushi replied back, still stealing glances at Arnav who was steadily glaring at her.


Arnav seemed to have realised that she was only wearing her flimsy night dress, her shirt had been clinging on to her body, He remembered, she had'nt worn her inners to ease her
feed Arush. It made him cringe to realise that Kushi was not warmly clothed nor clothed appropriately, to be in front of a man who had lusted after her and attacked her in the
past. Even though Kushi had repeatedly tried to convince him that Shyam was not a threat anymore, He was sure that these men have cheated her with a bait which should have been
enough for her naive mind. He decided to judge whatever they were planning to tell him with a pinch of salt. He will be prejudiced in judging them..they cant cheat him like they
did for Kushi.. He will let her know how wrong she was in judging them... that should teach her a lesson on whom to trust and whom not to trust.. that all are not as good as she thinks they are...He decided to play along.

"Here take this" Shyam held out his Shawl that he had been wrapping around him "I am wearing a jacket as well"

"No thats alright, I shall go and fetch somethi.." Kushi started to tell as she saw Arnav step in front of her, blocking Shyam's view from her.

"You dont have to be concerned my wife" He told him smoothly but cynically

"Arnav.. He was only " Kushi started to speak as she laid her hand on her husband's clenched fists
"I dont trust you... whatever ou might have convinced her... but its a pity that you would be face a wall when it comes to me..." he told shyam skeptically, as he pushed away her hand on his arm. Shyam withdrew his extended hand with a small nod.

"May be you should reserve the judgement until you hear what we have to say" Shyam told him patiently

Sid and Lavanya looked at them, as sid kept dabbing ice cubes on his face where a red patch was soon turning blue on his left cheek just below his eyes.

Arnav thought of going up to fetch some thing warm to wrap kushi up with.. but he didnt like the idea of leaving her alone with Shyam, then he remembered he still had his car keys on his pant pocket, when he had put it in there a little earlier intending to take a ride. He always kept one of his blazers in the car for emergency purposes. He stepped out to his car which was parked a little further away from the portico.

"Do you need more Ice cubes sid? do you want me to dress that bruise?" La asked Sid

"No Lav.. I am fine.. You think I can pass it off as a hickey? " He asked winking back at his fiance

"No.. you are not going to do that..." She replied back in alarm "what will the family think about me?"

"it would be far better than they thinking that Arnav hit me in a fit of rage..."

"tell them you fell down somewhere"

"hickey looks like a better option"
Kushi couldnt stop smiling at their banter even in that situation and was looking at them as Arnav forced his blazer into her view

"Wear this" he barked at her

Kushi was taken aback by the suddeness of the thrust on her face as she looked back at him bewildered

"Didnt you hear me?" Arnav told her sounding little harsh and rude, as if she dared to refuse him

" Th..thanks" she stammered taking it quickly from his hands

"you cant use that tone on her" Sid called out menacingly

"keep your advises and concern with your girl friend... Kushi is my wife and I will talk however I like with my wife"

"Oh..just because she doesnt say anything doesnt mean she is not hurt.. I cannot stand my friend getting hurt because of your words Raizada..."Sid retorted back gritting his teeth

"Stay away from this if you know what is good for you Mokashi" Arnav glared back at Sid, comtemplating if he should hit him again. But Kushi stepped forward again

"Sid please stop it " she told pointedly "I am alright. There was no need to react this way!"
Arnav calmed down as finally Kushi reacted and Sid looked away.

"If you both are done with your verbal fight, lets go somewhere where we can talk" Shyam called out

"May be you all should come in" Kushi told them

"No.. you know I cant" Shyam told quickly

"But we should find someother place where we can talk.. this portico is too exposed" Sid told them

"What about the old shack near the servant quarters at the backyard, which is used as a junk room?" Shyam asked " It is empty currently right?"

"You seem to know so well about my house and its extensions Shyam" Arnav spoke with irksome vehemence

"I have been here for some time" Shyam called out nonchalently "Come along all of you" he said taking lead "We dont have much time.. The security guard is knocked out, we need to
move before he regains conciousness"

Arnav moved behind the group, causiously, He was unarmed, he thought helplessly and the thought bothered him more for Kushi's safety than his own. The security guard is knocked off, he needs to see Kushi is in a position where he can act if the need arises...If he ever needed to battle it out.. he would he thought... and he realised that Kushi had taken his hand and was holding on to it assuringly.

"I hope Arush doesnt wake up and search for us..." She whispered hopefully...

But Arnav's mind was far away from Arush waking up in the middle of the night to find he is alone in the room... He was thinking about how Kushi would soon realise that Shyam is the same scum he was earlier, and hoping she would manage to be safe when they are through with this small talk of theirs where the scum would be selling his story, He is not going to buy it,...he thought confidently as he marched behind the other three, giving her hand a reassuring squeeze.

"Lavanya, if you dont mind, can you please get back to Arush and stay there until his parents are back by his side?" Shyam told Lavanya before switching on his pen torch.

"But Shyam..." Lavanya called out, nervously looking at Sid

"Thats ok.. Lav, we will be fine.." Sid told her

"and with the security guard knocked out, I dont think it is safe to let Arush sleep by himself... Let us know immediately if you sense something is amiss" Shyam told Lavanya as she stopped on her tracks and turned back to go in

"Do you suspect there will be a...a..." Kushi stammered in hushed tones not able to decide if she has to be by Arnav's side or Arush's side...he held Arnav tight against her sweating palms even in that cold air. Arnav put his hand comfortingly around her, staring at Shyam with anger.

"So he had been scaring her with either Arush's safety or my safety against some threat which was non existent in the first place" he thought angrily

"Dont worry Kushi... I shall make everything alright soon" He told Kushi as she looked at him with confusion or fear, he didnt know.

"No..it is always better to be safe than sorry" Shyam told her and Lavanya nodded and as she passed Kushi she gave a gentle squeeze on her friend's arm and went back in.

***

"Its locked" Arnav heard Sid's hushed voice as they reached the Shack door

"The key will be on the nail on the left top corner" Shyam instructed Sid as he directed the pocket torch towards that corner.

The group went in .

"Dont switch on the light now" Shyam told them, as he moved quickly to ensure the windows were all shut and then closed the door, momentarily plunging them all into darkness except for his pocket torch and then switched on the light

"I dont want anyone to notice the lights are on here and come investigating" he explained as a matter of fact.

Arnav still held on tightly to Kushi's hand and while the other two men settled down on what ever box or surface they could find suitable to sit, Arnav pulled out an old rusted iron box from one corner which once belonged to Mamiji, and motioned Kushi to sit on it as he sat beside her.
He also made sure to find an Iron rod nearby and pulled it closer to him, it could help him if the need arises.

Shyam was quick to notice this

"If you are thinking that we are armed and might have a go at you unaware, Sid is not armed with anything and I carry this pistol, for my own safety" Shyam told as he pulled out a glock 17 pistol and put it down at the floor and pushed it towards the center of the group."I dont think I would be needing this for our cosy meeting however. I have put it down, hoping you will hear to ur side of story without any prejudice, as I do not carry any document or proof today with me. I dont think Sid has anything either to support what I am going to tell you today- But however, Lavanya and Kushi have seen them all and I do hope you would not mock their intelligence to think they have been tricked into beleiving us"

Arnav only gave a half mocking smile as if he didnt believe a word of what Shyam was saying.

"Its going to be a tough task ahead mate. your speech just went into the drain! " Sid commented as he saw Arnav's reaction

"No surprises Sid, I expected it " Shyam replied back as he pulled out his wallet "However, I carry my ID with me, just in case, I got into trouble.. I did get into one didnt I" he said as he pulled out his ID and flashed it across to Arnav.

"I am an IPS officer Arnav, and I wish, you would believe what I am going to say today, The facts that I am going to tell you will be shocking for you, might even anger you, nevertheless, I think I have been preparing myself for this for sometime now, even though I was forbidden to tell you this until time was ripe, and I believe it is now!"

When Arnav saw the ID card, He looked surprised for a moment and then went back to his nonchalent attitude, "So I thought you were a kaminey in a lawyer's coat, now it is a
kaminey in a Kakki uniform" Arnav gave a shrug as if he didnt care.

Shyam Sighed. "I did finish my law degree before I took my IPS examination.. and if it werent you who had said those words, I would have reacted differently " he said "anyway, that doesnt matter now. There are lot of things happening around you... which is more of a concern for me now rather that to react to your silly insults in my profession.. there is your past.. your present... your future which are so interlinked that I... "

"I am not interested in how much you found out about my past or how much you have planned about my future..." Arnav told getting bored with this pointless talk. "But whatever you
have planned to spoil mine or my wife's or my son's future or any harm to my family.. would not let  you live to see the next sunrise...I will make sure of that"

"This talk is not going anywhere" Shyam muttered impatiently "For heaven's sake listen to what I have to say! Your wife's and son's life is in danger just as yours is... And I have been trying hard to protect you atleast for the larger part of my last 7 years!"

"What new story is this?"

"But this is the fact Arnav..." Shyam sighed exaperatedly "Do you know that your wife was under immenent danger of being murdered, that we tried to persuade her to move out of
delhi and kept her hidden for two years? Do you know Lavanya was about to be murdered just because she came close to getting engaged to you? or do you even remember the count of
girls you went out with during your days at harvard?" Shyam asked Arnav ferverently as Arnav showed a confused expression " But there are people who have been keeping tabs on
those girls whom you hanged out with just to see to that those girls didnt cross from mere friends to someone more special for you"

"this is ridiculous.. who would be intereted in my love life"

"Lets see... May be Ashtosh Rana... you remember him Arnav?" Shyam asked as Arnav stiffened recognising the name " and then.. may be Dhruv Malik?"

"Rana Uncle... My father's friend...?"

"yeah.. the very same man.. your father's sidekick, right hand, partner in crime.. whatever .. he is a powerful politician now back at Lucknow..You must know...and do you know who
Dhruv is?"

Arnav shook his head in negative " My Chacha's son ?" Arnav guessed going by the Surname... He didnt remember him having any other cousin.

"You chacha is an issueless man.. his wife left him long back and he didnt get married again.. Dhruv is Rana's Nephew and your Father's son.. Your half brother"

At the mention of this, Arnav's body stiffened and Kushi could sense he was getting angry and tensed. She clutched his hand more firmly and put her other hand behind his back to calm him down.

"Dhruv.. Rana..."

"hmm... Gayathri with whom your father had an affair with was Rana's sister...She gave birth to a son 20 years back. You havent met her I suppose..."

"I dont want to get into that story now.." Arnav told irritated and angry " and I dont understand why they would want to be interested in my life.. and if this is what you planned to tell me this night.."

"They are more interested in the estates and property which is atleast 20 times more than that we would get if we put yours and Rana's riches together.. and a clause on the will defining the ownership of that property depends on your married life or your ability to produce a heir to continue with the blood line!"

"Property?" Arnav repeated getting more confused

"Yes, the property which will come to you in the lineage of Maliks.. the ones which was owned by generations and generations of your great grand fathers..."

"I do not want or yearn for that property... If you have forgotten I have ditched my surname long back.. I am Arnav singh Raizada now... and will be so until the end" Arnav told a
little furiously

"But that does not change the fact that you belong to the lineage of Maliks who ruled Lucknow for generations... " Shyam replied back "it does not change the fact that you are a prince.. and so is your son"

Arnav didnt say anything but only looked at Shyam silently. Shyam took it as a affirmation to continue.

"By the stanch rules of the monarch of Lucknow of those times, the elder son of any generation gets the right to rule and uphold the title of the monarch until his successor takes over. Then by the time when monarchy was removed paving way to democrazy of India, the rules of the monarch was modified and rewritten- adhering to the modernised society... The elder son still got to uphold the title and majority of wealth went to him. The rest of the wealth was shared between the daughters and the remaining sons... this I think was done to ensure that the property didnt get scattered as the generations rolled on and the customs of the monarch title still remained intact.

However there were some exceptions to the elder son not getting the title- this is when the elder son decides to persue celibacy or is Issueless. In that case the next legitimate son gets the throne, provided he fulfilled the conditions. Now thats the angle where Rana was interested in your love life.. Because if you didnt marry, the property will pass on to his nephew."

"But a better idea than keeping tabs on the girls I asked out would have been to finish me off... Your story is interesting but I dont have all the time in the world to ..." Arnav was cut in middle of his talk by Sid

"He didnt finish you off for some valid reason! the will obviously has some additional clauses to be followed in case the rightful owner died an immatured, abnormal death- like suicide, accident or if it was a death under some mysterious conditions. It is really pain in the ass kind of a clause.. which made Rana to think this was a better way" Sid told Arnav with his hands in the air.

"Absolutely.. Rana knew you well... He has been studying you for a long time.. and with your idealogies about marriage he would have thought this way was much easier... You were
already feeling bitter about your parents married life... and Beleive me, there were girls who were paid to act bitchy with you, so that your impression upon girls  and love and marraige would grow more bitter" Shyam added to what Sid told Arnav

"What? I dont believe this"

"NO? you remember Sheetal? Natasha?... Infact you acted the same way you were expected to.. you didnt believe in marraiges.. or love... you were more comfortable with live in and fortunately for Rana that was getting better and better because that did not fall under marraige category as per the will but things started changing after you met Kushi... you started changing you perspective towards marriage and that troubled Rana... you announced that you will marry Lavanya... He decided to finish off Lavanya... and then you went ahead and married Kushi.. he decided to eliminate her as well... "

Arnav was lost in what Shyam was saying that he almost forgot that he had decided to have a prejudised view of what Shyam or Sid were to tell him. With mentioning Lavanya and
Kushi.. he got back his attitude

"But that doesnt explain what role you have been playing in this... and it doesnt count an inch towards the way you behaved like a scoundrel and rat towards my wife and Sister"

Shyam was as calm as possible.. He nodded understandingly and smiled at Arnav.

"That needs some explanation doesnt it? " He asked as he continued with his story "I havent even started with that part yet... because to understand that you would need what I told you now..."

To be continued...


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