Posted: 18 February 2011 at 8:44pm | IP Logged
Chapter 4b: A Helluva Night
"NO WAY! Did you get that? There is no way you're convincing me to do this, Shefali", Sanchit cried.
betcha I am, now you either do what I'm telling you.....", Shefali
flipped her phone open and with a wicked grin replied," or else I press
send. Now, tell me, what'ya gotta say?"
"But...But", Sanchit whimpered.
"I can't believe you, Sanchit", Simi said rolling her eyes at him.
Arohi and Arjun watched the scene unfold from from the loveseat in Shefali's dining room.
"She makes a damn good blackmailer", I said as I admired Shefali from afar.
"Where do you reckon she got the photos?", Arohi asked as she cuddled
closer in to him. It still all felt a bit surreal to her, but she was
starting to believe it. Her life, which she'd thought of as a nightmare
just a couple hours ago was beginning to show the signs of a fairytale
"Hmmm", I replied playing with a strand of her hair, "I have a faint
idea as to who might have helped her get them", smirking as I thought of
Billu's love-stricken face.
"Who?", Arohi asked innocently. I stared at her innocent puppy dog eyed face and turned away abruptly.
"You really shouldn't do that", I said shaking my head with a smile.
"Why not?", she asked playfully hiding a grin, she so knew what I was talking about.
can play at that game Arohi, I thought smirking as I turned to face her
now. I grabbed her by the waist and leaned towards her till our faces
were only inches apart. I could feel her breathing increase rapidly as I
"Because...", she replied entranced.
lovebirds we got work to do here, so get a room", Shefali interrupted.
Shefali watched them jump apart hearing her voice, a naughty glint
visible in her eyes. Looks like Sanchit had finally agreed, couldn't he
have agreed two minutes later?
"Heard of timing, Shefali?", I asked her, not bothering to hide the sarcasm in my voice.
"You should be thanking me you're getting any time at all", she replied pointedly.
guess I should be. If it wasn't for her and Billu, I doubted that our
plan would have been successful. Convincing Sanchit to rebel against his
own family for Arohi and I was a bit of a tough job. Not so tough when
you blackmailed him with pictures of all his current girlfriends and
threatened to text them all the pics. Simi had amazingly been a pretty
good sport about it all and had even supported us against Sanchit. I
could sense it in the air, this was one night we'd never forget.
"For that matter, where is Billu?", I asked her.
Billu burst into
the room then, his expression one of worry. He ran straight for me and
spoke as fast as he could, "You have to get out of here as fast as you
can bhai! Rashi di overheard dad's conversation with Gauri, they won't
let you be together. They want to separate the two of you. She sent me
with everything you'll need to get out of here", he said reaching into
his pockets and pulling out a passport, two airline tickets and some
other important looking legal documents he'd stuffed in, but I wasn't
paying attention anymore. My mind had refused to acknowledge what my
ears had just heard.
Dad teamed up with..with Gauri? He wouldn't, he couldn't! He would
never do that to me, would he? Did he...did he really not care at all?
Rashi di had told me a countless number of times that I was just a pawn
in dad's business, but I had always refused to believe her.
Billu put his hand on my shoulder and shook me slightly. My face was
expressionless as I turned towards him. It was a lie, please say it's a
lie. Dad could never do that to me! He knew I loved Arohi, I'd opened up
my heart to him. So how could he even think of separating us? I could
feel my chest becoming constricted, like it would soon explode only to
leave a gaping hole that could never be filled.
"I know you don't want to believe it, but it's true Bhai. He doesn't
care for you, all he cares about is his business", Billu continued his
voice becoming bitter as he spit out the words, "In fact he was planning
on....on...killing bhabhi if it became necessary", he stopped, unable
to go on.
I gripped Arohi's hand tightly. My chest constricted over my ribs
until I thought my heart stopped pumping, instead it shattered into a
million tiny fragments leaving me numb. The shattered fragments made no
sound in the eternal silence that had eerily crept up on us, yet they
deafened me. Dad could have done anything to me and I wouldn't have said
return. He could have asked for my life and I'd have given it to him
without even asking why. However, the thought of losing Arohi
forever........NOOOOOOOO! I would never let that happen!
Nobody hurt Arohi and got away with it. Nobody. I didn't care if that
person happened to be my 'dad'.
And with that thought I felt the shackles that had binded me in
emotional slavery from the time I was six, lift from my heart. I wasn't
Arjun Singhania anymore, just Arjun.
Okay, this chapter is going to take a lot longer to complete....hmm you
see the hellish part has just started, but for who that you'll find out
in the part c! ;)
This chapter was difficult to write, I wrote it and then read it and
then re-wrote it and then re-read it like a million times, but I'm still
not satisfied with it. I've tried to convey Arjun's feelings and
thoughts as best as I could, but I don't think I've done justice to it.
There's just this nagging feeling that something's lacking......oh well
tell me what do you think of this chapter? :)
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