However, fate had other plans for her; the devil in disguise
had come knocking on her door and Riya had willingly let him in!
then, her life had never been the same!
Riya had been mad at ACP Arjun Rawte's audacity and his
recklessness initially. She had worked hard day and night to prove to him that
she was worthy of being an ETF member, just like he was!
However, her anger had
mellowed down a lot when she had found out about his tragic past.
She had even
begun to pity him, only to realize that he didn't need it; he had loads of it.
What he needed was care and love to heal his wounds! And that vulnerability of
Arjun had drawn her towards him!
She had slowly started realizing that his wounds went
far deeper! She wanted to care for him; to ease his pain. As days and months passed by, she realized
that the healing had begun; he had started opening up to them; she had even
seen him smile once or twice. And that had soothed her heart!
having spent sleepless nights, Riya had realized that what she felt for him was
beyond humanity or even beyond friendship! She was hopelessly in love with him!
But alas! Something had gone horribly wrong a couple of months back and he had gone
back to square one. Only this time it was nastier!
His words pricked her heart, his scornful
stares burnt something within her; yet she endured everything!
She knew she
didn't have an option. He despised her; but Riya could never get herself to
hate him.. She loved him way too much for that!
And there was this other thing which had stopped her from
shutting him out of her already tormented heart; Riya had often seen a flash of
hurt in his eyes, whenever he insulted her.
She could feel that his words
merely originated from his tongue; his eyes always betrayed him!
the stiffness in his body whenever he threw those loathing glances at her..
And that is when Riya had given up!
Not because he hated
her, but her mere presence around him troubled him.
And she never wanted to be
a matter of worry for him; she couldn't see him stressed or in pain because of
her.. He already had a lot of that to deal with! She wouldn't be an added baggage!
She had decided that she was going to try and shut him out! She knew that it was next to impossible for her to do that; but she had to
try, for their sake, for his sake!
If her being away from him alleviated his
pain, she would do just that!
Today had been one of those days; Riya had walked into the
office sleep deprived, only to find Arjun fast asleep in his chair.
she had ordered his favorite cutting chai along with her coffee and had gone
back to her desk to join Shree and Chottu for an early morning chat.
what Arjun had done after that was unfathomable; he had marched into the conference
room and held her roughly.
Having yanked her away from there, he had forcefully
dragged her into his cabin and kicked the door shut.
He had then, picked up the
glass of tea and poured it on the floor, staining the carpet; right in front of
her eyes. No words had been said then!
Riya had merely walked out of his cabin and sprinted off to
the washroom. She looked at her reflection in the mirror and had finally
accepted the fact; that it was over! He wasn't coming back to her, ever! She
had lost him, forever!
She had broken down on the very floor of the ladies
washroom, crying her heart out.
Shree had found her in there after about an
hour. He had hugged her, right there and accompanied her to her cabin offering her a shoulder to cry upon.
been nursing her broken heart, when Shree's laptop had beeped. They had finally
managed to find their guy!
Shree had been about to inform Rathore, when Riya had
snatched the phone from him. Her mind had quickly devised a plan and shared it
Shree had been furious and reprimanded her for it, 'Ri!! Tum jaanti
bhi ho, ki tum kya bol rahi ho? No! Main tumhe aisa kuch bhi nahi karne
Riya had held him by his shoulders, 'Shree.. Meri baat
samajhne ki koshish karo.. Humare paas koi proof nahi hai, ki yeh saara business
ussi ka hai.. We have to catch him red-handed.. This is the only way out!'
Shree had finally given in on the condition that he would
accompany her and that she would carry one of those microphone devises on her
Next, Riya had called up the guy and sent him a few of her modeling pictures;
which in reality had been morphed by Shree..
As expected, the guy had called
her for a photoshoot that very afternoon.
Riya had dressed up in the skimpiest piece of clothing she
owned and left the office along with Shree.
They had reached the isolated bungalow. Shree had taken
position a few feet away from the house, while Riya had entered in.
been going on perfectly fine, since the tiny camera on her dress had been
transmitting live footage to Shree..
However, the very next instant, Riya felt
a hand clamp down on hers and fell to the floor. And before she knew it, she
was drifting away into darkness.
Her only solace being the ruggedly handsome
face that flashed before her drooping eyelids.. His name being the last thing
that escaped her lips as she passed out; Arjun Sir!!
Shree had been attentively listening to every single word that
was being uttered inside there. He stood there; ready to barge in, tightly
gripping his gun; when something struck against his head.
As he fell to the floor,
clutching the back of his head, his best friend's smiling face flashed in front
of his eyes.
He sent out a quick prayer to the Almighty; since there was no
other living soul around to help them!
Rathore and Chottu had been stealthily walking around the
house, looking for any signs of Shree or Riya, when Chottu spotted Shree's
newly ordered Bluetooth earpiece lying on the floor in front of him.
motioned to Rathod and they had found a knocked over Shree, a few feet away.
Rathod had asked Chottu to quickly take him to the car and check for any signs
of injury as he himself whispered into his earpiece, 'Rawte! Shree mil gaya
hai.. Behosh hai.. Humein Riya ko dhoondhna hoga.. Isse pehle ki der ho jaaye..'
Arjun froze as Rathore's words fell on his ears; he barked
into the phone, without bothering to look around, 'Shh! Main Riya ko dhoondh
nikaloonga.. Kuch nahi hoga usse Rathore. Main kuch hone nahi doonga!'
Rathore had sighed and motioned to Chottu to quickly take
his position as they heard human voices inside the house.
Chottu whispered into
his ear, 'Sir.. Shree bass behosh hai.. Lagta hai, kissi ne uske sar pe vaar
kiya hai.. Maine back up ke liye phone kar diya hai.. Woh log paramedics ke
saath aate hi honge..'
Arjun had jumped off the roof and landed on the 1st
floor of the bungalow. He carefully tiptoed around the balcony looking for any signs
of Riya, when he saw a pair of heels being thrown out of a window!
And without any second thoughts, he had gripped his pistol
and sprinted towards the window. As he neared the window, he heard a few male
'Arre waah, kya item haath lagi hai..'
'Lekin afsos, policewali hai.. yeh dekh hidden camera..'
'Policewali hai toh kya hua, humein toh apne kaam se matlab
He heard a couple of muffled laughs, 'Haan, chalo jaldi kaam
par lag jaao.. Maine usse nashe ki dava inject kar di hai.. Humara kaam aasan
'Chal camera shuru kar..'
Arjun clenched his fist until it turned white and
transmitted a message across to Rathore, 'Riya mil gayi hai.. Main andar jaa
raha hoon.. 1st floor..'
He had yanked and thrown the earpiece onto
the floor and barged into the room, breaking down the door.
The sight in front of him made his blood boil and every
nerve in his body twitched like never before!
Riya was lying on the bed with her clothes being ripped off
her; a man lying dangerously close to her, while another one was fitting the
camera in place!
Arjun took a couple of steps close to the shocked men with
his unwavering gaze fixed on a drugged Riya!
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