As Khushi stood there listening to her, she felt her whole world was crashing around her...her legs felt weak, her mouth dry but she felt she had to ask Sheetal this. She had to listen to her conscience.
"Sheetal ji, when you came to know that you were pregnant with Ar...Arnavji's child, why didn't you tell him about it?
"Because, he didn't believe in marriage, he just believed in consensual, short term physical relationships and because I ...I ..loved him so much...I just went along...", Sheetal paused.
"I never thought about the future...I know it was a big mistake, but I didn't want to force Arnav to marry me by telling him about my pregnancy...or to end my pregnancy either".
Lisa walking up to Arnav and purring, "Arnie, is it you or your perfume that I can never let go of". Lavanya's jealousy upon seeing Lisa...Lavanya and Arnav hugging in office...Lavanya running a finger down Arnav's cheek suggestively...Lavanya telling her about living in...
Khushi flinched and closed her eyes...but memories and thoughts continued their onslaught unabated...She heard Arnav say,"There was nothing like this between us...we just dated for a while".
Khushi entered the room quietly without looking at Arnav and went to stand in front of the mirror to take her jewelry off. As she was taking her bangles off, she felt Arnav's arms around her.
"Why did you keep me waiting for so long?,Arnav said huskily rubbing his cheek against hers as their eyes met in the mirror.
Khushi stared at his eyes in the mirror steadily and then removing his hands turned around to face him, "I am tired, I want to sleep", she said shortly.
As she started to move towards the bathroom, Arnav grabbed her hand and pulled her towards him.He looked at her eyes searchingly and asked, "What's wrong?
Suddenly Khushi was consumed with red, hot rage. Using both her hands, she pushed him back forcefully and said shouting, "YOU...YOU are what's wrong...,YOU lied when you said you never had any kind of physical relationship with Sheetal...YOU lied to me when you said there was no chance that Aarav could be your son".
His face dark with anger, Arnav grabbed her by her arms forcefully making her wince,"What kind of craziness is this...and don't you ever dare talk to me like this?
Khushi pushed him back again, "I will talk to you as I like...Liars like you don't deserve any respect"
His face flushing with extreme anger, Arnav grabbed both her arms and pushed her back forcefully pinning her against the wall.
"SHUT UP", he said with his jaws clenched..
Bursting in tears, Khushi said, "No I won't shut up...Aarav is your son and you said that you never had that kind of relationship with Sheetal"
Digging his fingers mercilessly in Khushi's arms, Arnav said with clenched jaw, "I've said it before and I will say it just one more time...there is no chance, not even 1%, that Aarav could be my son".
As Khushi winced with pain and tears ran down her cheeks,Arnav relaxed his hands and shouted,"Why , Khushi, WHY...why has it become so difficult for you to believe in me..to TRUST me?
As Khushi removed his hands and turned to go crying silently...Arnav put one arm around her waist and pulled her against him roughly. With his face only inches away from her and his eyes glinting dangerously, Arnav said softly, "I asked you something. ANSWER ME DAMMIT".
Khushi's anger came rushing back. With her eyes flashing and making her look breathtakingly beautiful, she said, "The DNA test was POSITIVE".
Arnav looked surprised for a second, but then he tightened his hold on Khushi's waist and said in measured tones, "I DON'T give a damn about that blasted DNA report. All I know is that I'm no wizard...I can NOT make a girl pregnant without having s** with her".
As Khushi struggled to remove his fingers from her waist..they both lost balance and fell on the bed..As Khushi struggled to get up, Arnav held both her wrists and pinned them over her head.
His face dark and flushed with anger, Arnav continued to hold her wrists tightly and whispered in a cold voice, "May be I need to refresh your memory on how babies are made"
Devoid of all tenderness, Arnav swooped down to claim her lips...roughly.
The beast had taken over...
As Arnav's lips continued their onslaught driven by a tempest of anger and hurt, mixed with passion...Khushi felt stirrings of cold fear in her heart...
Khushi had never seen Arnav like this..she could feel the ruthlessness running through his body...her throat felt constricted with tears of heartbreak , her delicate wrists were crushed by the vice like grip of his large hands and she lay there trembling completely overpowered by Arnav.
Arnav came back to his senses suddenly when he felt his wife's delicate frame trembling under his weight...
As Arnav raised his head , he was aghast to see the fear and helplessness in Khushi's eyes...Cold remorse smote at his heart when he saw Khushi's bruised wrists...
He closed his eyes and shook his head slightly in silent self reproach..
He cupped his wife's face and said in a voice broken with emotion," Forgive me Khushi...I don't know what came over me..."
Khushi turned her face away, her lips trembling. She refused to look at him.
"Please leave me alone...please" she said with tears running down her face.
She got up from the bed and walked out of the room shutting the door after her.
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