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Posted: 24 December 2012 at 11:18pm | IP Logged


A/N: I am grateful to you all for reading this epilogue , even after the forum has been archived and most of you are not active there anymore.
This update is for Nonasi, whose encyclopedic knowledge of IPK is only rivaled by the random wittiness of her comments.
    Please forgive me for the length,I had to try and finish this today,since I am going to have a very busy week ahead. 
   All flashbacks are in italics.
    
 
Hope you all have a very happy new year!


Epilogue-Part 3, Episode-1

The past ...



"A..aap?"

"Haan,M..main. Of course it's me. Who else would it be?

"What are you doing here at this time?"

"I live here, remember?And I was looking for you.Which  was a lucky coincidence, considering the heartfelt confession I just heard!"

"What?! How much did you hear?"

"Everything.Not that it was a surprise to me."

"It wasn't?!"

"Of course not.Haven't you learned in all these years that nothing that happens in Shantivan escapes my notice?"

"What?!"


"I knew about it, right from the beginning. And I am guilty of interfering as well. When I learned what you were up to, I made it my priority to help you in any way I could, all the while making sure that you didn't know what I was doing.."

"I can't believe this!"

"I couldn't believe it either. After all, you didn't like it when Nani did the same, all those years ago."

"This was nothing like that! I didn't scheme and plot, and I didn't use someone as my pawn! All I did was help them meet each other often, and I left the rest up to Devi Maiyya!"

"Relax. I know that you were just trying to help. And I couldn't stop myself from helping you. You do know that I'm always there for you, in everything that you do, right? You could have been honest with me."

She moved up to him and laid her hands on his chest.

"I do regret not telling you..but I was going to be completely honest about this, in fact, I had planned to tell you tonight..but I'm sorry.This is the first time in years that I have hidden something from you.."

"Why did you hide the truth in the first place?"

"Because I thought you wouldn't want this for her! All her life, you have groomed her to take over A.R, and I thought you wouldn't appreciate the fact that I was trying to bring another person into her life who might take over her priorities!"

"How could you think of something like that?! If this makes her happy, I would have been the first person to do this for her!"

She sighed.

"I know..and I'm really sorry.."

He saw the glint of tears in her eyes, and his heart melted, just like it always had.

"Come here, you."

He pulled her into his arms, his chin resting on her hair as her arms went around him with a familiarity that came from years of doing the exact same thing.
They remained that way for a moment, only pulling apart when they heard the front door open.

They didn't have time to say a word before she came into view,and when they got a good look at her face, every other thing ceased to matter as they noticed the tear stains on her pale cheeks.

They knew she was out on her date with Viraf Rathore, and the evidence of her distress immediately led them to one conclusion.
Both spoke to her at once, their arms reaching out to her.

"What has happened? Did he do this to you? I'll kill him, I swear I'll..."

"Are you all right? Talk to me!"

She stared at them for a moment, the two people she loved the most.
The two people who were her entire world.
Until now.

And then she went into their outstretched arms, her tears falling faster now.

"Sshh. Stop crying,and tell me what happened!"

"Isn't it obvious? That idiot must have hurt her! I'm going there right now, I'll kill him for this!"

"Stop it! First let her tell us what happened.."

She drew away, looking at both their faces now, one worried, the other furious.
She suddenly felt exhausted.
She couldn't handle lengthy explanations right now.
She just couldn't.
So she turned and fled up the stairs leading to her room.

They watched her run upstairs, and they turned to each other.

"You scared her off with your anger!"

"No, I didn't!"

"Why are you shouting now?"

"I'm not!"

They stopped speaking simultaneously as they heard the slam of a door above them.
Their gazes met as they acknowledged that this wasn't the time for one of their fights.

Understanding flashed between them as they realized what needed to be done.
He placed an arm on her shoulder.

"I think you should go up to her. Find out what's going on.I''ll come up  after some time.."

"I think that would be best.."

She turned to leave, but then faced him again.

"I know you are worried..and I am too..but we'll face this and help her together.."

"Just like we always have."

She smiled.

"Yes..  like always.."

And then,

Khushi Raizada turned away from Arnav Singh Raizada, and took the stairs to their daughter's room.



When the knock came, Kashish Raizada knew that it could only be one person.
She rose from her bed, wiping her tears as she did so.

She opened the door and looked at the woman facing her.

As always, it was almost like looking into a mirror.
The same long hair, although the black was starting to show a few strands of silver now.
The same hazel eyes, the same slim figure, even after she had given birth to two children.
And concern writ large on her face, along with a love that was always present.

"Kashish?"

"Mom..come in.."

She turned around and went over to her bed, and waited until her mother sat on it before kneeling at her feet.
She lay her head in her mother's lap, something she hadn't done in a while.
Khushi stroked her daughter's hair gently, waiting for her to open up about whatever it was that had distressed her.

Her patience paid off as Kashish started speaking, finally telling her mother about all that had happened, excluding the details about his private addition to the contract, as well as the intimacies that had happened between them.
When she got to the part about his sudden proposal, she watched her mother's eyes widen in shock.

"He asked you to marry him? Just like that? And what did you say?"

Kashish's thoughts went back to what had happened after that, and all the earlier confusion and anxiety returned full-force.

"I want you to marry me.."

She stood still for a moment, shocked beyond measure.
And then all hell had broken loose.

"WHAT?! Are you out of your mind? Never!"

"Do I have to remind you about the importance of this deal? Your parent's twenty-fifth wedding anniversary is just a week away, and if you want to gift your father with the news of this deal during the celebration, then you have to agree!"

"I'm never going to marry someone like you! Not for anything!"

"Someone like me? What the hell is that supposed to mean?"

"You know very well what I mean. You are a well-known playboy, and women have been nothing but an amusement to you!"

"I told you before, you are a fool if you blindly believe all the rumors about me. And may I remind you, you aren't perfect either! I don't even know why I'm wasting my time pursuing an ice-queen!"

"Then don't! Why would you want to marry me, if you think that about me?"

"I don't know, dammit! "

"Whatever the reason, I'm never going to agree. Bhaad mein gaye tum, aur bhaad mein gayi tumhaari yeh deal!"

"One last time, think about what you are doing..there isn't time for you to find another company.."

"I don't care! I was doing this for my father, but I'm sure he wouldn't want this at the price you want for it!"

"Then go! I don't want to ever see you again!"

"Neither do I. Oh, and before I forget.."

She went up to him, picking up a glass of water that was sitting on a side-table.
Before he could react, she had flung the contents in his face.

"I hate you, Viraf Rathore!"

She turned around and walked out, the image of his furious face etched in her mind's eye.
As she reached the door, she heard the crash of something breaking behind her, and whirled to see the pieces of an antique vase scattered at his feet.
She stared, transfixed as he walked over to her, the pieces of porcelain crunching under his feet.

"Hate? You don't know what that word means, sweetheart. Because to know what it means, you need to know what emotions are. And to feel those, you need a heart.."

He reached around her to open the door, and she quickly stepped outside.
But he still had the last word.

"And you don't have one."

He slammed the door in her face.


As she remembered his last words, she knew that he was wrong.
She did have a heart.
What else could explain the pain in her chest when she thought she might never see him again?
And now she couldn't even tell her mother about the deal..
But she could talk to her about her confused emotions..she had always been able to speak to her mother about everything, hadn't she?

"I refused, Mom.."

''Why?"

"Why?! Because it was wrong! It was sudden..and I don't even know him well..and he has this reputation.."

"It sounds to me like you are making up a lot of excuses, Kashish. What are you really afraid of?"

Kashish knew it was of no use.
Her mother had always been able to see her deepest feelings.
She might as well tell her the truth right now.

"I..I'm afraid he might be..like Dad.."

"Like Arnav? Well, they are both suave businessmen, so there might be some similarities.."

"That's not what I'm talking about! I mean..he has this intensity about him..and I'm afraid that if I get involved with him, I'll lose myself completely..I'll lose sight of my priorities, my goals.."

"A.R.That's what you mean, right? I know it's all you have thought about, all your life. Right from when we first discovered that you were a child prodigy..a genius.."

"Mom, You know I don't like to talk about that!"

"But that's part of the reason, isn't it? Since childhood, you have been able to understand the inner workings of your father's company..and he has fostered your ambition, right up until you graduated with an MBA from Harvard at a 
ridiculously young age ..and it's all you have ever known. You have dedicated yourself to it, to the exclusion of all else..and now you are afraid that Viraf is going to distract you from your goal. Am I right?"

Stunned at her mother's insight, she could only nod in agreement.

"It doesn't have to be that way, Kashish. You can have both, you know..I did it, didn't I? I have made a beautiful life with your father, and I have two wonderful children, and I've done all this while running India's second biggest restaurant chain, haven't I ?"

"But how? How have you given so much to your career, despite Dad.. and us.."

"Not despite,Kashish. It is because of your Dad that I am who I am today. It was his belief , his confidence in me that helped me reach my goal..He believed in me, even when I didn't believe in myself ."

"I don't understand ..how did you find that balance ?"

Khushi realized that she would have tell Kashish the entire story , only then would her daughter find herself free to pursue her own dreams.
And so, for the next half hour, Kashish listened to her mother, enthralled by the tale of what happened when a simple girl from Lucknow crossed paths with the arrogant CEO of a fashion house.
She knew some parts of it of course, but there were many things that were new to her.
And as she heard the complete story, she realized one simple truth.
Her parents were who they were today, only because they had met each other.
And she knew that she wanted that too.

When her mother finished speaking, Kashish voiced the only concern she still had.

"But Mom..even if I'm lucky enough to find that kind of relationship, what about Dad? He placed his trust in me..handing over A.R to me was a huge decision, and I don't want him to regret that.."

"I won't ."

Both women turned abruptly to face Arnav, who had come up to the door while Khushi was speaking .

"Dad?"

He came up to them , sat down beside Khushi, and took his daughter's hand in his.

"I won't ever regret it, Kashish. I have never made a secret of the fact that I wanted you to lead A.R, but somewhere along the way , I think I've failed to let you know that the most important thing to me is your happiness..and I will never let anything stand in the way of that.Not even A.R."

Kashish stared at her father, overwhelmed by myriad emotions.


"But I don't even know if he..And he's known to be a..."

Kashish stopped , embarrassed that she had been about to spill her deepest secret.
Now that she knew what she wanted,and whom she wanted it with, her biggest fear was that he wouldn't want her anymore.
And her feelings were confused too. Did she really want to be with a man who had blackmailed her? Could she forgive him? And what about the fact that he wasn't exactly known for long-term relationships?

And all these muddled thoughts weren't something she could share with her Dad!

As always , her mother read her mind, and raised her hand to caress her cheek lightly .

"It never hurts to try , Kashish. Not when it comes to something this important .And everyone deserves a second chance, don't you think?But there's plenty of time to think about that. For now, how about some jalebis?"

Khushi smiled as she watched her daughter's face transform at the mention of the sweet treat.
The almost childlike enthusiasm reminded her of a simple fact that tended to escape her notice :Even though Kashish was a prodigy,she was still a girl at heart .

Her own heart felt like it would burst with the love she felt for the two people sitting here .
And as always, her thoughts went straight to the one person missing right now.
Their son..


"Are you sure you want to choose this career?"

"Yes,Dad, I'm sure."
Khushi had been proud and reluctant all at once , and had spoken out in a choked voice .

"But is it necessary to go across the world for this ?"

"Mom. I know you will miss me. Just like I will miss you guys. But trust me, in the end , it will be worth it."


As she came back to the present , she realized that her thoughts had made her teary-eyed, and both Arnav and Kashish were staring at her in alarm .

She wiped her eyes hastily, and summoned a weak smile .

"How about those jalebis ,then?"



One week later...


Kashish knew all eyes were on her as she descended the central staircase at Shantivan, dressed in a silver colored designer evening gown , complemented by a string of diamonds around her neck.
Her eyes , however, searched for just one person.

She knew he would be here , he had accepted the invitation to her parent's twenty -fifth anniversary party,hadn't he?
But when she didn't find him immediately , she panicked .
Most of the guests had already arrived , and she knew she should be able to spot him among them
Before she could look around some more, she heard her father's voice.

"Kashish , would you come here please?"
When she turned  to find her father, she received a shock when she saw him.

Viraf Rathore.
Standing right beside her father.

Summoning all her courage , she smiled at her father, and walked up to him.
Disappointment at herself for being unable to gift her father with the completed deal on this occasion ruled her mind,and she wondered if there was anything she could have done to make it happen.

But she had tried everything she could think of, hadn't she?
Except for agreeing to his irrational condition, that is.
And she didn't regret that.

Before she could say a word, her father spoke, his words shocking her like nothing else could .

"I think you two know each other ,right ?No need for introductions here! Kashish,thank you for this gift, it's truly the best one I've ever received.I'm proud of you!"

"G..gift ?"

"Yes ! I know you probably wanted to tell me yourself , but young Rathore here just spilled the beans ! This is a milestone for A.R, and you've managed to accomplish something I've wanted for years,and you've done it in such a short time! The overseas expansion of A.R, in collaboration with the prestigious Rathore group , it's the best anniversary gift ever. Wait till I tell your mother !







PS: Please scroll down for the continuation.
And I have replied to some of your comments on the previous page.





Edited by EXPELLIARMUS - 24 December 2012 at 11:43pm

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Posted: 24 December 2012 at 11:18pm | IP Logged
Epilogue-Part 3

Episode 2- The Present..





Shocked beyond measure, Kashish could only stare.
Why had he done this?
Why had he signed this contract, even after she had refused?
And why had he gone behind her back to do so?

She knew it was possible, of course.
Before going on their date, she had signed the contract, and all that was left was for him to do so, as well.
And obviously, that was what he had done.
But why?

She stared at him, trying to find some answers, but the look in his eyes was cold now, and he turned away immediately when Akash came up to them.

"Bhai! What are you doing here? Khushi is waiting for you to cut the cake!"

"Akash, I've just received the best gift ever! I can't wait to tell Khushi, let's go!"

As the men turned away from her, Kashish had no option but to follow them.
She made a quick decision.
Today belonged to her parents, and she wouldn't allow her own issues to cloud this beautiful day.
She had planned this event weeks ahead, and she would make sure it was successful.
Even though her twin wasn't here.



As she waited for Arnav to arrive, Khushi looked around her, at her family.
Her biggest treasure.

She saw her parents, Shashi and Garima Gupta, who were now grandparents,of course.
They still lived in Delhi, although they still went to Lucknow every now and then.
Her gaze moved to Jiji and Jiju, who stood with their daughter, Sanaya,
They had come down from the States where they had settled years before, managing their restaurants there.
Then there was Anjali Di and Shyamji, with their sons, Akshay and Karan.
Flanked by Mama and Mamiji, who were still quite active in managing the A.R charity trust.
Lavanyaji and Rishiji had come down too, and so had Nanheji, who was here with his wife Nosh, whom he had met and married in Paris.

As her eyes moved from one beloved face to another, her thoughts went to those who were absent..
Her son, who had tried to be here, but couldn't take the time off..

Naniji , who had passed away many years back, and Buaji whom they had lost five years ago.

And Arnav.
Her husband.
Her soulmate, and so much more.

She felt it then, the sensation that alerted her to his presence.

As if her thoughts had conjured him, he appeared in front of her, a small smile on his lips as he looked down at her.
He was dressed in a black suit, and the few strands of grey in his hair, as well as the fine wrinkles at the corners of his eyes didn't detract from the fact that he was still a very handsome man, and age had lent him an attractive maturity.
As she watched, he held his hand out to her, and she looked down at it.

The hand that had filled her maang with sindoor..
The hands that had taught her the meaning of passion, and desire..
The hands that had wiped her tears away, and comforted her in times of grief..
The hands that had gently cradled their newborn twins..
The hands that had held their children when they took their first steps..
The hands that had shook when they waved goodbye to their son at the airport..

And the hands that would someday give their daughter away in marriage...

She put her hand in his, and looked up at him, overwhelmed by her emotions.

As always, he seemed to read her mind, and the look in his eyes turned tender.
He lifted her hand to his lips and kissed it, and laughed as the crowd broke into applause.
She blushed, and tried to free her hand.

"I can make you blush, even after twenty-five years of marriage! Unbelievable!"


Arnav watched as her blush deepened, and laughed again.

Twenty-five years..
He still couldn't believe it.
He barely remembered the man he had once been, who hadn't even believed in the institution of marriage.
And today, the man he was, was only because of her.

His wife.
The mother of his children.
His everything.

She wore a black silk saree today, a special A.R design he had commissioned specially for her.
But she had refused to wear the jewelery he had gifted her, telling him that she had different plans.
And today, he saw why.

She was wearing the thin gold chain with the pearls that he had given her twenty-five years ago.
Her wrists were adorned with the red bangles and silver charm bracelet that he had given her too, and her engagement ring glinted on her ring finger.

He understood why she had done this.
It was her way of paying a tribute to the beginning of their story.
He smiled.
She would never cease to surprise him, would she?
Just like her beauty would never stop affecting him, even after all these years..

An hour later, he was still thinking the same thing, as he held her in his arms for the dance.

"I think you are more beautiful now than you were twenty-five years ago."

"I still think Salmanji is more handsome than you are, even at this age."

"Really."

"Yes."

"Maybe you should dance with him, then."

"I can't."

"Why not?"

"I don't want to face a furious Laad governor, that's why."

"I would not be furious."

"You wouldn't?"

"No. I would just smirk, knowing that he might have one dance with you, but you would still return to me after it."

"Age hasn't robbed you of your over-confidence, Mr.Raizada."

"Did you really think it would, Mrs.Raizada?"

She laughed.

"Laad Governor kahin ke!"




A few minutes later, the dance ended, and Arnav was distracted by some friends who came up to wish him.
When they left, he looked around for Khushi immediately, only to realize that he couldn't see her.
He searched through the crowd, but he couldn't find her, and he was about to go up to Kashish when his cellphone rang.
He took it out with the intention of turning it off, but paused when he saw the name of the caller.
He answered immediately.

"Khushi? Tum theek ho?"

"I'm fine, Arnav."

"Where are you, dammit?"

"Before I tell you that, I have a question for you."

"What?! This isn't the time for games, Khushi. You can't run away from your own party!"

"Answer my question, Laad Governor. Or I'll never tell you where I am."

"Oh, all right. What is it?"

"What are you wearing?"

"What?! That's your question?! You know very well what I'm wearing! The same thing I was wearing when you saw me a few minutes ago!"

"Well, I'm not. Why don't you come here and find out?"

"Where are you?"

"The place where you first tried to kiss me."


Arnav realized she had disconnected the call, and turned to leave immediately.


When he reached the place she had suggested, he saw her immediately.
She wasn't in the black saree anymore.

She was standing by a round table, dressed in the same red saree she had worn on one memorable diwali all those years ago.
Her hair was loose around her shoulders,he realized that she had released it from the knot it was in earlier.

She looked beautiful.
His breath stopped, just as it had all those years ago.

As he went closer, he looked down at the table, and raised one eyebrow in disbelief.

"Tiramisu?"

"Yes..I made it for you. "

"You did? I didn't even know that you knew how to make it.."

"I didn't. I only learned it yesterday, because it's your favorite..and I used a sugar substitute, so don't worry.."

"But why, Khushi? Why have you done all this?"

She came up to him, and placed her hands on his chest.

"Because that's what you have done for me, throughout the years..A private ceremony after every public one, remember?"

Stunned, he could only stare, and then he pulled her close.

"Thank you, my love..for this, and everything else.."

She raised her eyes to his.

"I love you, Arnav. I know I've said it many times over the years, but I just wanted you to know today..for me,nothing has changed. You are still everything to me, and I can't even begin to imagine a life without you."

He drew her close, and kissed her softly on the lips.
And then he knew he surprised her when he pulled away.

"Arnav?"

He placed a finger on her lips, and then led her to a chair.
When she sat down on it, he shocked her again by going down on one knee in front of her.

"Arnav, what are you doing?"

"You aren't the only one who had planned a private surprise, you know.."

Khushi stared at him, her eyes widening when he pulled a small box from his pocket.
She gasped when he opened it to reveal a diamond eternity ring.

He took her right hand in his.

"Khushi, will you marry me?"

She laughed.

"Have you forgotten that we are already married?"

"Yes, I know. But this is for the next twenty-five years."

Her eyes filled with tears, and she nodded.

"Yes.."

He placed the ring on her finger, and then shocked her for the third time that night by lifting her up in his arms in one smooth motion.

He began walking towards their room, and she panicked.

"Arnav, the party! We can't just.."

She stopped abruptly when he put her down before they reached the bedroom.
And then she understood what he was doing.

He placed her against the same wall where they had once been interrupted, years ago.
He leaned forward, and placed his hands around her face.

"There's nothing to interrupt us this time.."

She closed her eyes.

Time stood still.

As Arnav kissed Khushi this time, only the poolside was a witness to their love.

Just like it had always been.











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Epilogue-Part 3

Episode 2- The Future...








As the party wound down,Kashish thought about the look in her parent's eyes,and the thoughts that had been forming in her mind ever since she had spoken to her mother earlier, now coalesced into a blinding certainty.

Her mother had been right.
There was nothing more important than this.
She had seen it, and felt it for years, and now she wanted it for herself.
She would do this.
    She would give them, and him , a second chance. 
She would reach out for her one chance at happiness.
And hope that she would be met halfway by him..

The moment the resolve formed in her mind, her eyes automatically went to Viraf.
But this time, he wasn't looking at her.
And this hurt her, even though she knew she had brought this upon herself..
But she wouldn't think of all that.
She would move forward, and hope that they could start anew.

But what could she do now?
Would he even respond to anything she did?
She wished she had some clue about what he felt now..what if he wanted nothing to do with her?
Could she withstand a public rejection?

She looked around, and her eyes fell on the uniformed waiter approaching him with a tray of drinks.
She saw Viraf frown at the tray, and then he made his choice, and picked up one of the glasses.
As she saw this,a slow smile curved her lips.
    For the first time in days, Kashish Raizada felt light and carefree, just           like a twenty-three year old should.
 


Viraf stared at the note, and then looked up at the waiter who had delivered it to him.

"Uh..thank you, you can go now.."

He looked down at the small piece of paper again, with just five words written on it.

Meet me on the terrace.
                           -K

His first instinct was to crumple up the note and throw it away.
Did she think that all she had to do was snap her fingers at him, and he would go running up to her like a faithful dog?
He still hadn't forgotten the anger and disappointment he had struggled with ever since she had left his apartment.
And now that she knew about the contract, he guessed that she probably wanted to apologize.

Well, he wasn't going to listen.
He had had enough.
She could wait forever on the terrace if she wanted.
He didn't care.
    Nothing would make him go there. 

A few moments later, he found himself on the stairs leading up to the terrace, cursing his weakness all the way.
 When he opened the door and saw her, all his irritation vanished as if it had never been there in the first place.
 
The moonlight glinted off the silver of her dress, and her long hair shone with the vitality he always associated with her.
She turned to face him immediately, and he wondered how she knew he was there, even though he hadn't made a sound.

"Thank you for coming."

He noticed that she seemed unusually nervous, her slender fingers fidgeting with her bangles as she spoke.
He wouldn't allow himself to feel any sympathy for her.
He had suffered enough, wasn't it her turn now?

"Why did you write that note?"

"I..wanted to talk to you."

"About what? I think we've said all we needed to. You have your contract, and the deal went through in time for me to let your father know about it on his wedding anniversary. That was what you wanted, wasn't it?"

"Thank you for that.But this isn't  about the deal. Or business. Although I do want to know why you went ahead with the deal, even after I refused.."

"Because I discovered that I wasn't a heartless b*****d after all. No matter what you think of me. And I thought business was the only thing on your mind, always."

"No it isn't. This is about..us."

"I thought there isn't an us."

"Will you at least listen to what I have to say?"

"Did you ever listen to what I had to say?"

"Look, I'm not here to fight with you."

"Well that's a first."

He saw her take a deep breath, and then she looked away from him.
And he didn't like that.
 
He sighed as he realised the truth.
It didn't matter what she did, or how many times she ran from him.
He would always come back to her.
Always.

 
He sighed again, and went up to her, turning her around gently to face him.
And received the shock of his life when he saw the unshed tears in her eyes.

The indomitable Kashish Raizada, crying?
He lost it, then.

Drawing her into his arms, he smoothed his hands along her back, trying to soothe her with his touch.

"Sshh. Why are you crying?"

She tried to pull out of his arms, but he didn't let her, only loosening his grip a little so he could look into her face.

"B..Because you don't understand!"

"Why don't you try to make me understand? I'm tired of this,Kashish. I'm tired of the chase, the games, and the arguments. I think it's time to be honest with each other here. Tell me, what exactly do you want?"

"You."

Kashish didn't know where she found the courage to say what she did, but she was glad she had done so when she saw the look in his eyes now.
Tenderness replaced the frustration that had been apparent earlier, and she knew that she had made the right choice in opening up to him.
 
His lips curved into a smile as he spoke.

"Are you sure? I can be..too much to handle,at times."

Her eyes widened at the innuendo, and then she laughed through her tears.

"You're incorrigible, aren't you?"

"Among other things. Although I did make the tears stop, didn't I ? But seriously,are you sure about this? I don't think I'm up for another round of manipulating deals and mergers, just so I can get close to you. Although I never did understand why you pushed me away, why you weren't ready to explore what's between us. After all, you did have your parent's example,didn't you?"

She looked into his eyes, and knew that her own were full of the unknown emotion she always felt when he was near.
    The time had come to lay all her cards on the table, and be completely          honest about what she felt.
   She only hoped that he understood . 

"I'm sure. I know what I want.I want to give this a chance, and see where it goes..But I think you need to know, I don't know if I'm going to be good at this.Until now,my sole focus has been A.R, and I really don't know if I have it in me to give my all to a relationship..And you are right, I have seen the perfection that is my parent's relationship,but that just scared me. I didn't know if I wanted that kind of intensity in my life..I thought that it would overpower everything, and not allow me to dedicate myself to A.R like I wanted to..But then you came along, and I didn't know what to do. In some ways, I still don't. This is all very new to me, do you understand?"

"This is new to me, too. I've never been so serious about a woman before. We can learn together, don't you think? And since you have been so honest with me, let me tell you why I signed that deal. Because I knew how much it meant to you, and I couldn't bear to hurt you..do you understand?"

She nodded, and then buried her face in his shirt.

"All I know is..I just can't walk away, Viraf."

"I can't, either. Not even when you push me away."

She smiled a secret smile.

"I know. I saw the orange juice."

He pulled away slightly.

"Orange juice?"

"When the waiter offered you a choice earlier, you rejected the wine, and chose the orange juice..."

"That was only because I'm driving myself home."

"Really."

'Yes."

"Then why did you come up on the terrace?"

He smirked, and pulled her closer.

"For this, of course."

He leaned down towards her. his eyes not leaving hers until the last moment.
As their lips met, she closed her eyes, all her senses consumed by the touch, scent and feel of him.

He kissed her softly, and then drew back.
She kept her eyes closed, and he leaned back towards her.
This time, his kiss was more passionate, and he exulted when it was returned wholeheartedly.
   
A moment later, she drew back, and spoke in a hushed , breathless whisper ..
"Viraf,wait ! We need to talk,this isn't going to be easy, you know.."

"What?"

"We are going to have to figure out how to stop our business and personal lives from interfering with each other .."

"Does that mean I can't make love to you on that conference table?"

"Viraf! I'm trying to be serious here!"

He didn't reply , leaning down again to kiss her neck this time .
She trembled under his touch, but still continued to speak .

"There are going to be many arguments .."

He still didn't respond, moving her hair aside in order to give him better access to her neck.

" We are going to fight a lot .."

When he continued to be silent, she finally lost patience.

"Are you even listening to a word I've said ?"

He raised his head to look into her eyes.

"Not really . I've been listening to something else. Something that I only seem to hear when you're near."

"What?! It's completely silent here! How can you hear anything? Wait , are you drunk after all ?"

He threw his head back and laughed.

"No,I'm not drunk. I told you I've given it up, and I always keep my word ."

"Then what are you talking about ?"

"It's a distant melody that I seem to hear only around you .."

"Are you serious?!"

"Yes..lets see if you can hear it too.."

"Me? Don't be ridiculous !"

"Just give it a try . For me?"

She closed her eyes , unable to believe that Viraf Rathore, CEO of a multimillion dollar company , actually believed that he could hear a tune that no one else could.
She decided to play along for the moment, just so that she could prove how wrong he was.

"All right. Tell me what I should do ."

"Nothing . Just forget everything but me , and just feel.."

She sighed , and tried to do as he said.
It wasn't very difficult, when he was near , she lost sight of everything else anyway.
 
He kissed her again, and the feel of his lips was familiar this time, and her own lips molded to his effortlessly.
She shivered as his tongue traced the seam of her lips, and opened her mouth to his caress.
The new sensations overwhelmed her with their intensity, and for the first time in a while, she felt feminine, and cherished.
She felt like a woman .
And he had done that to her .
 
The thought had barely crossed her mind when she heard it. 
Sudden, distant,but unmistakable .
 
She gasped , and opened her eyes.
"What...what was that?"

He smiled .
"You heard it too, didn't you?"
She nodded,the power of speech having deserted her at that moment .
 
They stared at each other, acknowledging that this thing between them was deeper than they had first imagined .
This was real.
This was magic.
This was forever .
 
As the melody that only they could hear continued to play, Kashish Raizada and Viraf Rathore realized the truth that they had hidden from for so long.

This was love.
 
Nothing more, nothing less.

And so it began.

Again.











The next day, Harvard Medical School, Boston.




He couldn't believe his luck .
 
As a first year medical student, he was used to facing hardships on a daily basis .
But now, as if the  rigors of his pre-clinical courses wasn't enough, his test preparation threatened to be destroyed in front of his eyes.

He knew he had left this revision for the last minute, but he had been distracted by the news of the family event taking place back home, and the photos of that celebration hadn't helped, either .
Nostalgia and a sudden bout of homesickness had disrupted his study schedule, which was why he hadn't borrowed this book from the library until now.
 
The librarian had informed him that there was only one copy left, and had pointed him in the direction of the bookshelf where it was supposed to be.
He went there immediately, only to find that someone had beaten him to it .
 
A ladder was propped against the tall shelf, and the slim figure of a black-haired girl stood on top, reaching for the very book he had come here for .
He didn't know what to do .
That book was essential for tomorrow's test, and losing it to someone wasn't even an option if he intended to get a good grade.
He had to do well on this test.
He had to prove that he made the right choice in choosing this path.
He had to make his parents proud.
Which meant that he had to get that book, no matter what.

Why did she have to be here ?
Why now?
An irrational anger swept through him , and he spoke before he even realized what he was saying.
 
"Hey! You can't have that!"
 
The loud voice in which he had inadvertently spoken startled the girl, and she turned with an abrupt movement to face him.
He watched with a kind of detached horror as the ladder shook under her feet, and without further thought , he moved to catch her as she fell .

"Oof !"

He closed his arms around her even as he stumbled backwards, trying all the while not to drop her to the ground .

"Let me go, you loud-mouthed fool!"

At those words , his blood boiled .
No one spoke to him like that, and got away with it.
No one !

He opened his mouth to deliver a scathing retort , but the words never left his lips .
 
He finally got a good look at her face, and every other thought flew from his mind .
Jet black hair framed a pale oval face, her undeniable Indian ancestry visible in the dark, thickly lashed eyes and even darker hair.
His gaze was then drawn to her lips , and the breath left his body as of he was the one who had fallen.
Pink,bow-shaped, and very kissable, was the first thought that came to mind.
 
He forgot all about the impending test, the book, and even his family as he continued to stare.
Until he realized that she was doing the same.
 
He raised his eyes to hers, and saw the surprise evident there.
 
He knew then that she felt it too, whatever it was.
This unnamed, unprecedented emotion that swept through him was mirrored in her eyes.
 
Time stood still as they gazed at each other.
 
A girl he had just met, whose name he didn't know.
 
A boy she had just met, whose arms had just saved her.

 
They didn't know it yet..  But history was about to repeat itself..

 
This time , with Aarav Singh Raizada.







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PS: That's it,folks!

Quite a lengthy update. Maybe I should have listened to some of you when you suggested that this epilogue should be turned into an SS.
But what's done is done, and thank you for your patience!

A note about 'Kashish' : When Viraf mentioned that he had always felt what her name meant, he was referring to the fact that the word 'Kashish' in hindi means 'attraction'.

And for those of you who wanted to know about my new work, I'm part of a collab FF with 20+ writers on board, and my update will be up on december 29th.
Here's the link, I hope to see you there!

http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=3341953



 













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This epilogue was an amazing end to an awesome story! I loved the way you wrote everything. And now i can't believe it's finally ended. You really shocked me dee. I didn't expect it to be Arshi's daughter. LOL

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You are very talented writer!Clap Loved the epilogue, you were saying it was lengthy, me Confused, because I never wanted it to end.
other than collab SS, if you write something I will be waiting!

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this was simply beautiful...nothing cant be such a perfect starting for something new...
thanks for update and pm :)

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Loved it. It's beautiful and well balanced Epi for this superb story. Hug

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