Akash's eyes popped out and he turned to face the others,
"Bhai Khushiji ko ghar leke gaye hain!!"
Their eyes replicated Akash's emotions as their mouths fell
open, "WHAT!! Kya?? Kaa??!!!
They parked their cars and sprinted into the house, only to
find a shocked Payal and Buaji, waiting for them at the doorstep. Akash shook
his head and motioned everyone to walk in.
They entered Arnav's room to find the doctor dressing the
wound on her shoulder, Nani-Anjali standing behind the doctor and silently
conversing; while Arnav stood in a corner of the room, with his eyes fixed on
Payal and Buaji rushed forward and looked at her; her dress
was ripped at places, her face looked pale, there were bruises on her arms;
Buaji spun around and glared at Arnav!
Payal noticed her gaze ending on Arnav and gently squeezed
her shoulder; she turned to Anjali, "Di.. Kya hua? Khushi yahan kaise aayi?"
Anjali shrugged her shoulders and addressed the others as
well, "Pata nahi.. Bass abhi thodi der pehle, Chotte Khushiji ko lekar ghar
aayein.. Aur tabse woh behosh hain.. Dr. keh rahi hain, ki thakaan ki wajah se
Khushiji behosh ho gayi hongi.."
Arnav saw eight pairs of eyes staring at him quizzically; he
shrugged his shoulders and walked out.
He was pacing the length of the living
room when Payal, Lavanya and Manorama walked down the stairs. They shot him a
look and huddled in a corner of the room.
Akash walked in with Rehan,
exchanging uneasy glances with the ladies and walked upstairs leaving Rehan
Rehan approached Arnav, "How's Mrs. Raizada?"
shrugged, "Behosh hai.."
Rehan couldn't control his curiosity anymore, "ASR,
tum wahan pohonche kaise?"
Arnav casually folded his arms across his chest,
"Khushi ka phone trace karvaya tha.."
Rehan looked at him stunned, "Aur?"
Arnav: "Jab main wahan phohoncha toh koi nahi tha.. Kuch log
nikal rahein the.. Lekin main Khushi ko dhoondhne laga aur phir unpar dhyaan
The women exchanged knowing glances; Lavanya whispered,
"Shayad tab woh kidnappers Champ ko wahan se le jaa rahe the!. The other two
looked on shocked!
Arnav: "Phir unhone uss warehouse mein aag laga di, aur jab
mujhe Khushi mili, toh woh behosh thi.."
Rehan looked at him confused, "Aur tumhara beta?"
Arnav heard the ladies gasp and shot them a glare before
answering Rehan, "Pata nahi.. Shayad usse le jaa chuke the.."
Rehan sighed and held his shoulder, "ASR, tum police ko
inform kar do.. This is indeed getting dangerous. Waise Shyam Jha ki koi
Arnav spat out, 'Hoga kahin.. Ghar mein dikh nahi raha
He glared at them once again, "Woh toh main karunga hi,
Rehan; but before that I need answers."
The women exchanged knowing looks and sprinted upstairs
avoiding his gaze.
Arnav gritted his teeth and followed them, determined to
demand answers, this time!
He entered his room and realized everyone had stopped
talking as soon as he had stepped in; he walked up to a worried Akash and NK
and crossed his arms across his chest, 'So? What's going on? Khushi wahan kya
kar rahi thi?"
NK and Akash looked at each other and then at the others,
silently pleading them to take Arnav away.
Arnav hadn't missed it, So, everyone knows!
But before he could
repeat himself, they heard Anjali's whisper, "Khushiji!"
Arnav glanced over Akash's shoulder and saw her mumbling in
her sleep. They walked towards her and strained their ears,
Khushi: "Armaan, beta kahan ho aap? Dekhiye Amma aa gayi..
They looked around worried,
Khushi: 'hey Devi Maiya, kahan hai humara bachha? Yahan toh
kitna andhera hai.. Yahin hoga Khushii; theek se dhoondh unhe.."
Anjali couldn't take it anymore and gently shook her
They saw her forehead furrow; she clenched her eyelids shut;
as if grimacing in pain. She balled her wrists and screamed, 'Arnavjiii…' and
opened her teary eyes.
They were shocked yet again and exchanged worried glances.
Payal and Anjali had just taken a step forward, when they felt Arnav walk past
He had sprinted towards her and gathered her in his arms.
He gently pulled her upright and Khushi leaned forwards,
resting her head on his shoulder; he patted her back and mumbled incoherent
words into her hair.
Khushi had drifted back to sleep, to everyone's surprise.
He gently placed her back against the pillows and glanced at
the others; he saw them staring at the two of them with their eyes popping out.
Arnav turned around to get up, when he felt a tug on his
shirt; he turned around and saw Khushi latching onto his shirt!
He couldn't help but smirk lightly and slowly freed
He spun around and Arnav was gone; ASR was back! Having
asked Nani and Anjali to stay with her, Arnav walked to the door. He turned
back and motioned the rest of them out..
They exchanged worried looks and descended the stairs
They saw him sitting on the edge of the couch, with his
hands folded; Arnav glanced up at everyone and saw nervousness etched on their
He finally mustered his voice and spoke, "So, will someone
care to explain ki yeh sab ho kya raha hai?"
He saw them exchange the same worried looks yet again and
shook his head,
"Khushi wahan kya karne gayi thi?"
Silence prevailed in the room..
He clenched his jaw,
"Khushi ka beta? Kya woh sachmein kidnapped hai?"
He saw them exchange knowing looks and before he could bark
at them, Akash stepped forward, "Haan Bhai.. Champ kidnapped hai.."
Arnav glared at him; Oh so they call him Champ!
He faced NK this time, "Khushi usse chudaane wahan akeli
NK gulped, "Nannav, woh hum sab bhi.."
Arnav shook his head and stood up rolling up his sleeves,
"Kya yeh sab Shyam karva raha hai?"
Their mouths hung open as they looked at each other
Arnav knew it was now or never; they knew the truth!
Arnav growled in frustration and punched the wall behind
him, "Answer me, Dammit!"
Lavanya fluttered her eyelashes and cleared her throat, "Yes
Manorama Mami stood next to her, lending her support,
"Haan.. Arnav Bitwa.."
Arnav looked on bewildered, they knew Shyam kad kidnapped the
He turned to Akash and Payal, "Lekin kyun?"
The couple exchanged worried looks and remained mum.
Arnav groaned, " Fine, mujhe Shyam se hi poochna hoga.." and
he turned around to face the front door.
The moment he had said that, everyone sprang to their feets
and surrounded him,
Buaji stepped forward and looked him in the eye, "Kya jaanna
Arnav glared back at her, "Yahi ki, yeh sab jo ho raha hai,
kyun ho raha hai?
Shyam apne hi bete ko kidnap kyun karvayega?"
He heard gasps and shrieks around him and stumbled a bit
when he felt two hands grip his collar.
He looked down and saw Payal holding him by his collar; her
eyes were red with rage, even as tears flew out of them.
She gritted her teeth and scowled, "Kya bakwaas kar rahein
Akash grabbed her hands, attempting to free Arnav, only to have her spin around and snap at him.
The family looked on shocked as they saw a docile and
reserved Payal lunging at Arnav's throat.
She tugged at his
collar and looked him in the eye, "Aap Khushi ke baare mein, itni ghatiya baat
soch bhi kaise sakte hain? Chee.. Humein toh sochkar bhi ghinn aati hai!"
Buaji yanked her hands off Arnav and stood between them,
leaving him confused; She turned around to face the others and exchanged a look
and spoke softly,
"Oo bachha tumra aur Sankadevi ka hai!!"
Arnav looked on shocked as the others nodded in positive; he
couldn't believe his ears; His Son! That wasn't even possible..
He knitted his eyebrows together, "What the!!"
NK saw him bewildered and volunteered to step in, "Yes
Nannav, mere bhai! Khushiji aur hum sab ne aaj tak tumse yeh baat hide kar
rakhi thi.. But this is the truth! Champ tumhara aur Khushiji ka beta hai; your
Arnav stared at him with confusion dripping from his face,
Lavanya stepped forward and gently squeezed his shoulder,
"Yes, ASR! Champ is your son.. Tumhara aur Chamkili ka beta, Armaan Arnav Singh
Arnav felt his head spinning; he slumped on the couch and
clenched his eyes shut as he tried to recollect the moments he had spent with
He had flashbacks of their marriage, when had forcefully dragged Khushi
to the temple and married her against her will; how he had told her on her face
that he hated her!
Their confessions on Holi, the fake honeymoon in the house,
his staying over at the Gupta's, everything just zoomed past his eyes.
remembered the moments when he had revealed to Khushi that he had married her
to protect his sister's marriage; he had left for London a few days later, only
to have been kidnapped!
His eyes flew open, 'No! He had never accepted that he
loved her; he had never accepted her as his wife! Him bearing a son, was
He raised his head and looked up at his family members, 'Had
Khushi had lied to everyone? No, she couldn't have!
He shook his head and shrugged the thought off!, He knew
she wouldn't; she loved them all!
Was there more to all this? Was he still being kept in
He stood up and marched past the family leaving them stunned
yet again; a hundred thoughts crossed his mind as he strode upstairs.
So was he really a father? Had he actually fathered a
child, and was kept in the dark all these years? Why had Shyam kidnapped him,
He pushed the door open and saw Anjali placing a pillow
behind Khushi's back; their heads shot up on the instrusion.
He walked in
towards Khushi; she had just woken up and looked stressed.
He stood opposite her, with his eyes holding her gaze, and
spoke, "Di.. Aap aur Nani please thodi der ke liye bahar jaaiye.. I need to
talk to Khushi.."
He spun around and glared at them; they were both shocked
and hurt, he had never done that before!,
'Di.. Maine kaha, mujhe apni patni se
kuch baat karni hai.. So aap aur Nani please kuch der ke liye humein akele chod
Anjali held Nani's arm and walked out of the room glaring at
her brother, banging the door behind her.
Khushi looked up at him and flinched when she saw fury and
determination etched on his face. She clutched her mangalsutra between her
fingers and let out a silent prayer.
Arnav latched the door, locked the poolside doors and drew
He turned to face her, crossed his arms across his chest and
looked her in the eye;
Tonight, he was
going to demand his answers from his wife!!
Yippee.. The most-awaited confrontation coming up soon.. Okay, I need your views.. Would you like to read it as Khushi narrating the past events to Arnav or as a flashback sequence?? Coz I'm having trouble deciding on that one..
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