Hey guys, here's another One-Shot from me..
It's just a random thought that happened to cross my mind and as always, penned it down for you guys.. Hope you like it..
IMPORTANT NOTE:Since it is _mahi_'s birthday today, I am dedicating this one to her.. Mahi, my dear, hope you like it..
P.S. : HAWTNESS ALERT!!
She kept staring at the black buttons in the elevator
absent-mindedly, twirling the bunch of keys around her index finger.
She spun around upon hearing the elevator ding and let out a
disappointed sigh when she saw her annoying neighbours step in and stare back
She offered them a fake smile and turned to face the
buttons; they were far more interesting than the seemingly sweet couple who
couldn't manage to keep their eyes off each other, even in public!
She suddenly realized that the elevator had stopped moving and was
headed down the very next second and looked on bewildered as the couple hugged
Riya spun around on her heel silently praying for the shut doors of the elevator to engulf her
somehow and spare her the public display of affection.
To her relief, the husband halted the elevator on the 2nd
floor and dragged his wife up the stairs, much to Riya's annoyance and relief..
Gosh! How could someone make out in the elevator when they had an entire house to
She rested her head against the glass wall and waited for
the elevator to start moving again.
Rathod pinched the bridge of his nose, turned to face his
team and growled in frustration.
Shree had dozed off, resting on Chottu's
shoulder while Chottu yawned and rubbed his eyes, struggling to stay awake.
Rathore shook his head and turned to his right; the scene in front of him
angered the Chief in him to no bounds yet the friend within him couldn't help but
chuckle at the couple in front of him.
Arjun sat on the chair across the table with files of
different colours spread open in front him; however, something far more
interesting than the case at hand seemed to have attracted his attention!
Rathore strained his neck and was amused to find a smirk playing along on his
Arjun had leaned into Riya sitting on his right and
whispered something into her ear to which she responded by lowering her lashes
and Rathore saw a crimson blush creep up her cheeks.
She smacked him on the
shoulder and raised her head to study the case details scribbled on the facts
board. Rathore grinned and buried his face in the file.
He heard a gasp and glanced at the duo from the corner of
his eyes and couldn't help but grin at the sight.
Riya had been struggling to free her fingers from Arjun's
grip under the table and shooting him glares.
However, he seemed to be enjoying
it and tugged at her fingers harder, whispering sweet musings into her ear.
had just opened her mouth to retort back when the shrill ringing of Rathore's
phone interrupted the silence in the room.
Shree jerked up from sleep and bumped into Chottu's muscular
shoulder, hurting his nose, while Rathore grinned and walked away answering his
Arjun seized the opportunity and entwined his fingers with Riya's and
placed their entwined hands on the arm-rest of his thigh.
Rathore walked in and
cleared his throat,
"Team, Riya ki analysis sahi hai. They're indeed meeting up
at Hotel Blue Star tomorrow evening at 7.00 p.m. Aur mujhe shaq hi nahi yakeen
hai, ki wahan zaroor koi illegal dealings hongi.."
He picked up the file and
held it out for Riya to take. Riya shifted in her seat and struggled to free
her left hand from Arjun's vice-like grip.
The trio saw her shoot daggers at
Arjun, who seemed to be enjoying her discomfort.
She stood up, slightly stomping
her foot and held out her right hand, leaning over Arjun's chair, much to her
Rathore had dismissed them a while later asking them to
retire for the day. Shree and Chottu had sprinted out of the room as soon as
Rathore had left, leaving an annoyed Riya and a playful Arjun alone in the
Riya had rested her head against his shoulder and was
analyzing the phone records, when she felt a warm arm snake around her waist.
She raised her head and tilted it to the right to glance at him; he seemed
bored with the case. She placed the file back on the table and grabbed her bag,
Arjun nodded in negative and replaced her bag back on the
table. He quickly spun her around and leaned closer.
Riya looked into his
glistening eyes and followed his gaze; she saw it end on her lips and gasped
She took a step to her left, only to be pulled back by his steady
arms; she raised her eyebrow and looked at him. The array of emotions floating
in his eyes, made her heart skip a beat.. She lowered her lashes, not being
able to withstand his heart-searing gaze.
She felt him step closer and moved
back on cue; he smirked and swiftly reduced the distance between them in two
quick steps. She felt her back hit the rim of the conference table and her eyes
Arjun smirked and placed both hands on each side of her, trapping
her in the middle. Riya tried her best to gather her voice and could only
manage to mumble a throaty "Ar.. jun Sir.."
He smiled and silenced her with his
index finger on her quavering lips; she gasped and clenched her eyes shut upon
feeling his moist breath on her face.
Arjun leaned forward and was mere
centimeters away from her dewy pink lips, when they heard the heavy glass door swing
Riya pushed him forcefully and spun around to face a grinning and
Arjun shook his head in disappointment and walked out of
the conference room, leaving behind an amused Rathore and an equally
She scurried to her feet and gathered the files in her arms,
only to drop a couple of them in haste. Rathore smirked and walked to her; he
replaced a fallen file on the table and cleared his throat.
Riya's head shot up
and she slowly raised her eyes to face her Chief.
Rathore had crossed his arms
across his chest and had managed to put up a stern face after much effort.
gulped and looked up at him, "Rathore Sir, woh.."
Rathore slightly nodded his head motioning her to go on with
She lowered her lashes not being able to withstand her boss's
piercing and accusing gaze.
Rathore pulled a chair and motioned her to sit. She
sat opposite him with entwined palms and looked everywhere in the room except
in his direction.
Rathore realized her discomfort and decided to speak first,
"Riya.. It's okay.. There's no need to be so scared."
He saw her facial features relax a bit and continued,
"Waise, kab se chal raha yeh sab?"
Riya's head shot up and stared at him baffled. Rathore let
out a mock laugh and shook his head,
"What? Tumhe sach mein laga ki kissi ko pata
nahi chalega? After all, we're ETF, Riya. Humari aankhon se kuch nahi chupta,
Riya blushed and turned to face him, "Aap iss waqt mere
Chief hain ya ek friend?"
Rathore grinned, "Jo tum samajhna chaho.."
She flashed a dimpled smile, "It's been a week, Sir.. Jab
mujhpar woh hamla hua tha.."
She narrated the incident to him, when she had been attacked
by an acquitted criminal while on her way back home.
Fortunately for her, Arjun had
been heading back home in the same direction and had rescued her just when she
was about to be stabbed.
A series of lectures and taunts had followed the
incident only to be culminate in a heart-searing kiss from Arjun which had
stolen her sanity and left her numb.
He had then dropped her home, without a
word having been spoken that evening. The rest of the week had passed by, with
him picking her up and dropping her back each day.
They had often shared meals since then,
much to the amusement of the rest of the team.
Arjun had even offered to take
shooting lessons for her.
However, things seemed to be moving way too fast for her in
the last couple of days; Arjun would occasionally hold her hand while driving
or gently brush his hand against her, while holding the gun.
And today, had
been the heights; her heart had practically leaped out of her chest, when he had
clutched her palm under the table during a case briefing.
Rathore looked up and saw her lost in her thoughts; he
snapped his fingers in front of her and that seemed to bring her out of her reverie.
She blinked her eyes and saw him smirking at her; she raised
her eyebrow quizzically.
Rathore threw his head back, "No.. Don't you dare skip
the proposal bit.. After all, it's not everyday you get to hear the akdu Cop's
love story from his own girlfriend!"
He saw Riya frown at that, "What? Maine usse akdu kaha,
isliye? Oh come on, Riya.. Tum bhi jaanti ho.."
Riya waved her hand in front of him, "No no.. That he is! He
hasn't proposed me yet."
Rathore knitted his eyebrows and looked at her, "What do you
Riya sighed dramatically and nodded.
Rathore stood up and walked to the door; he turned around
and bid her a goodnight.
Riya sat there pondering over his words;
Were the words
really that important? She could see it in his eyes; feel it from his body
language.. Yet, she couldn't completely deny the fact that she had been longing
for over two years to hear those magical words from him. But no, this time it
wasn't for her..
Those words needed to be spoken aloud, for him to accept her
in his life whole-heartedly and not because he needed a partner to get over the grief of losing his wife.
Also, she couldn't risk nursing a broken heart after a broken engagement in the past..
ACP Arjun Rawte would have to ask her out officially; samjhi ya samjhaun wasn't
going to work this time around!!
She grabbed her bag, picked up the files and marched towards
the exit swaying her hips.
Arjun had been waiting for her anxiously for the
last 20 minutes; exasperated, he was about to call her when he saw her exit the
He hit the accelerator and drove in her direction; she threw him a
glance and walked past his car.
Arjun was stunned for a moment and called out
to her; she ignored him and resumed walking towards the taxi stand.
the brakes, unfastened the seatbelt and grabbed her arm causing the files to
fall to the floor.
She shot him a glance and bent down to pick up the files completely
aware of the fact that her ignorance was slowly riling him up. He crouched on
his toes and helped her with the files; she grabbed the last one from him and
was about to spin on her heel, when she felt him tug at her elbow.
her eyes and turned to face him, "What is it, SIR?"
Arjun was taken aback by the sudden indifference in her
voice, "Riya, what happened? Did Rathore say something?"
He saw a wave of guilt flash across her face and tightened
his hold on her elbow, "Kya kaha usne?"
Riya struggled to free herself and saw the watchmen approach
them. She quickly yanked her elbow from him and stepped away.
Arjun swore under
his breath when he saw the watchmen eyeing them suspiciously and shot them a
typical 'maajhya-naadala-laagu-naka' (Don't mess with me) glare.
She took advantage of the diversion and had just walked a
few steps away when she heard a car honking behind her.
She turned on her heel
and stepped aside; Arjun gritted her teeth when she did that.
He drove a few
metres away, parked the car and strode towards her.
She saw him approaching her and was slightly frightened
since he seemed furious, It's okay Riya.. Breathe in.. Breathe out..
Arjun stood opposite her with his arms folded across his
chest, his jaw clenched tightly and his eyes fixed on hers.
She shuddered inwardly at his form and lifted her foot to
step back only to be held by the arm; the next she knew she had crashed against
his chest, with the files and papers scattered on the road.
against him only to realise that she had been held captive by him; he wasn't
letting her go anytime soon.
She winced in pain when his rough palms pressed into her
shoulders and raised her eyes to look at him, "Sir.. Let me go.. You're hurting
Arjun saw her struggle against him and gripped her tighter,
"Oh shut up! I am hurting you? Tum itni der se mujhe ignore karke hurt kar rahi
thi uska kya?"
She brought her palms to rest on his chest and attempted
pushing him away, "Leave me, Sir.. Aap beech sadak par scene create kar rahein
Arjun loosened his grip on her shoulders and had just opened his mouth to speak to her, when he was slightly knocked back with a jerk.
had pushed him away from herself and had recoiled backwards.
Arjun held out his
hand to reach hers, when he saw a honking bus advance towards her; Riya spun
around in the direction of the bus and her senses froze; it was a few metres
away from her!
Arjun saw the bus approaching towards her and lunged in her
direction. He grabbed her waist and pulled her away within a fraction of a second..
The couple fell on the footpath, with Arjun hitting his back
against the stone flooring, while Riya was safely cradled in his arms.
clenched her eyes shut and wrapped her hands around his neck, clinging on
to him for her dear life..
Arjun let out a sigh of relief when he felt her
fingers moving on his nape; he dug his fingers into her waist and breathed into
her hair; She was safe!
His eyes jerked open when he heard people calling out to
them; a bunch of people had gathered around them. He slowly let go of Riya.
He tilted his head to look at her and saw her frightened face; she had clenched
her eyes shut and bit her lips..
He shook his head and stood up, supporting
her. She stood up, leaning upon his chest for support and slowly opened her
eyes; she saw unknown worried faces staring at her.
Arjun tugged at her fists
on his nape and gently separated from her; she realized their awkward position
and stepped back in haste.
She turned to face the crowd, not having the courage to face
Arjun; she was sure he was infuriated beyond limits this time!
The crowd dispersed slowly, having confirmed that the duo
were safe. She slowly turned around to look at him and was stunned to see him
walking away from her, towards his car.
She glanced at the strewn papers on the road and sighed, Now,
she would have to take prints all over again!
She was brought out of her reverie when his car came to a
screeching halt in front of her..
She considered walking away, however one look
at his stern face and she realized he wouldn't let her leave alone..
She opened the passenger seat door and quietly slipped
inside. They drove in silence; his gaze not leaving the windscreen while Riya
glanced at him almost every second.
She saw his indifferent face and that snapped something
within her; she was half expecting him to yell at her or lecture her patiently,
like he always did.
Alas, the super-cop had put up a mask of indifference and
didn't seem to be interested in her at all..
She rested her head against the seat and clenched her eyes
shut to prevent the tears brimming in her eyes from spilling out, Maybe she
had read too much into his actions..
She couldn't deny the fact that he did
seem to be attracted towards her;
But was it the same as love? Did he really
love her? Well, if he did, why hadn't he confessed yet? Was he feeling guilty
about the fact that he loved her? Was he holding himself back?
She rubbed her temples gently, Too many questions and no
She decided to go home and sleep over them tonight; she would deal
with them with a clear head, the following morning.
They reached her block and Arjun pulled into the
car-park; he glanced at her and tapped her seat making her jump.
She threw him
a glance and quickly unfastened her seatbelt; Arjun had just turned off the
ignition to talk to her, when she swung the door open and marched into the
He looked on bewildered at her retreating back; What was
wrong with this woman?!
She had been perfectly fine all day; had even
enjoyed him flirting with her.. What had gone wrong all of a sudden?
to recollect that Rathore had walked in upon them; Whoa! He needed to know
if something had transpired between the two..
But Riya wasn't ready to talk and
Rathore; well Arjun Rawte was a bit too big-headed to ask his boss about his
girlfriend's foul mood; and the fact that that that the two shared a bond deeper
than a mentor and a protege didn't help either..
He had to find out himself and he would! He strode towards
the reception, slipping his gun into the waist holster, he so despised..
He had just walked to the elevator when it dinged and his
eyes met hers!
She blinked her eyes a couple of times to make sure that she
Having finally concluded, that she was probably losing
her sanity, she shrugged her shoulders and pressed no.10.
Arjun's eyes widened
when he saw her ignoring his presence; Here, I am.. chasing her.. following her
to her house.. and she's literally ignoring me? On my face??
Arjun rolled his eyes and stepped closer to her; Riya
frowned and tapped her heel.
That riled him up even more and he swiftly covered
the distance between them in two steps; he grabbed her shoulders and pinned her
to the wall of the elevator..
She felt his touch and her eyes shot up, even as
her breath hitched in her throat, he was here!
Arjun saw her eyes widen and smirked inwardly; he leaned in
closer and Riya turned her face away, not being able to withstand his proximity
He grinned and placed his lips above her ear-lobes, "So.. Miss Riya,
ab toh koi scene create nahi ho raha na?"
She tilted her neck to face him and gasped inwardly at the
raw emotions floating in his eyes; her hands trailed down her sides and she
tried to move away.
He dodged her every step and smirked when she gave up.
left her shoulders and hit the 'STOP' button on the elevator, much to her
She raised her eyebrow and walked to the switch board, only for her wrist to
be held firmly by him.
He yanked her close to him, crashing her against his broad
chest. She was too stunned to react and clenched her eyes shut, when she felt
his fingers on her face.
Arjun gently tucked a stray strand of hair behind her
ear and breathed against her face, "Ab kuch baatein ho jaayein, Riya.."
His husky voice fell on her ears causing her to shudder, yet
She lowered her lashes in response since no words seemed to be escaping
He took the cue and snaked an arm around her waist, "Rathore aur
tumhare beech kya baat hui? Ussne kuch kaha tumse?"
Riya lifted his eyes to meet his and nodded her head in
negative. Arjun realized the sincerity in her eyes and cupped her face, "Toh?
Baat kya hai?"
Riya fought back her tears, not willing to give in yet; she
wanted him to accept her whole-heartedly and not as a compromise or because she loved him more than anything in the world!
realized her hesitance and gently squeezed her waist, coaxing her to reply.
clenched her eyes shut and spat out, "Leave me, Sir.."
Arjun looked on confused as she wriggled in his arms and refused
to let go of her; she felt his fingers digging into her waist, while his other
hand moved to the back of her head swiftly.
He dipped her head slightly by
gently tugging onto her hair, "Don't push it, Riya.. I need to know.."
She shoved her palms against his muscular chest, attempting
to get off him, only to find his grip turn stronger. Tears flew out of eyes as
"Fine.. Just leave me.."
Arjun shot her a glare and slowly let go of her,
Main nahi jaanta ki tum aise ajeeb kyun behave karne lagi ho.. But if it is
something I have done, I need to know.."
She rested her back on the wall opposite him, "I just need some
He had taken a step towards her on instinct only to be
silenced by a sharp look from her; he moved back and crossed his arms across
his chest, "Time for what?"
She realized that she wasn't about to lie to him; she really
needed some time off.. Away from work.. away from him.. She needed to figure it
out in her head, if she really wanted to get involved in this relationship. Coz
one thing was crystal clear to her; life wasn't going to be rosy pink for her
Arjun Rawte was a broken man, in need of care and love, lots
of it.. She had also knew that his heart held a lot of love and compassion;
she'd witnessed it often..
However, he was hurt beyond repair and that had
soured him. He now came with this extra baggage of anger and short-temper,
which could get unbearable and difficult to live with sometimes. She needed to
know, if she was capable of handling it all; she needed to know if she was
worthy of his love!
And hence, she had decided to step back for a while.
She felt his heated gaze on herself and turned to face him,
"I'm going back to Kolkata for a few days, Sir.."
Arjun looked on shocked, "What?! But why? Sab theek hai?"
She sighed, "I just want to be alone for a while.."
Arjun walked to her and held her wrist gently, "Baat kya
She refused to answer him and that angered him to no bounds.
He punched the wall behind her, "Answer me, dammit!"
She felt his fingers tighten around her wrist and winced in
pain; Arjun realized that she was trying to free herself and gripped it
"Riya, aakhri baar pooch raha hoon, is everything okay with you? Tum
itni disturbed kyun ho?"
She raised her yes and glared at him, "Why do you care, Sir?
Aapko kya fark padta hai?"
Arjun knitted his brows in confusion, "What! What do you
mean? Of course, I care..Mujhe fark kaise nahi padega?!"
She jerked her wrist out of his hold and pushed him, "Kyun?
Kyun fark padta hai, aapko?"
Arjun was taken aback with the sudden shift in her emotions
and whispered, "Riya.."
However, she couldn't take it anymore and lashed out at him,
"This' whatever this is; between us.. Mujhe iske liye waqt chahiye.."
Arjun clenched his jaw, "Aur kya main jaan sakta hoon,
She stared at him, "Because I want to make sure, ki main
waqai mein aapki zindagi mein koi maaine rakhti hoon ya nahi? Or am I just a
passing attraction for you; coz clearly Sir, you've been hinting at the
Arjun swore under his breath and pinned her to the wall,
"Kya bakwaas kar rahi ho, Riya? Listen to me, for once.."
She silenced him with a palm on his next to her head, "It's
okay, Sir.. It really is.. I just need to know.. I understand if you're not
ready for all of this.."
He grabbed her by her shoulders and stared right into her
eyes, "Will you shut up and hear me out!"
She closed her parted lips and looked at him obediently,
silently praying for her wishes to come true.
Arjun loosened his grip and cupped her face,
"I know, you're
confused about our relationship.
Aur kyun na hoti, since we haven't spoken a
word since last week; since our first kiss..
It's partly my fault lekin main kya karta; I was tensed
I had been struggling to live until last Sunday, witnessing my heart and
mind fight each other with ever passing day.
But when I saw danger lurking upon you, it dawned upon me,
that I had lost my heart out to you.. The thought of you being hurt, scares the
crap out of me..
I had loved Roshni and then she was snatched away from me
brutally; lekin tum.. I cannot let you go; I wouldn't know what to do with
myself if I let you go!"
Riya pressed her cheek into his palm and bit her lip to prevent
her sobs from escaping; her heart was thudding wildly against her chest..
knew it was time; "Kyun Sir? Why can't you let me go?"
He felt her dripping tears on his fingers and leaned forward
to kiss her forehead.
She shut her eyes and sighed; she no longer needed any
Arjun parted from her and kneeled down in front of her
stunning her momentarily.
He held her palm in his and raised his eyes to meet
"Riya, main aaj tak sirf ek shaks ke aage jhuka hoon; aur woh Roshni thi.. Aaj teen saalon baad, phir wohi dohra raha hoon.."
He heard her sobs and smiled, "Yaar tum ladkiyan baat baat
par roti kyun ho; you know, hum confuse ho jaate hain.."
She shot him an annoyed glare and pointed towards their
entwined palms; Arjun smirked and kissed the back of her palm.
"I love you, Riya.. I really love you..
Kya ab bhi tum mujhe chodke jaaogi?"
Riya shook her head vigorously and tugged at his fingers,
motioning him to rise to his feet.
Arjun sighed and stood up, gazing at her intently for an
answer. She smiled and cupped his face, "Kabhi nahi.. I love you too.. Fakta
you, ACP Arjun Rawte.."
He smirked at her response and instead of offering her any more
words of love, pulled her into his arms, his eyes never leaving her glistening
She smoothed her palms on his lean chest and slightly tilted
her face; Arjun chuckled at her impatience and swiftly captured her lips with
He wasn't really rough nor too gentle; yet he kissed her with the
sureness of a man, a man who knew how to pleasure his girl!
She was too stunned to respond to the kiss initially, since
her nerves refused to relay the shock to her brain.
She felt his huge palm moving on her waist and sank into the
kiss; letting go of her inhibitions and found herself slowly relaxing and
relishing his touch.
Arjun realized her hesitance fade away and that gave birth to a primal desire within him; he drew her more firmly against his lean body and rested
their entwined hands around his neck..
Riya felt butterflies flutter in the pit of her stomach as he deepened the kiss and
sank her fingers into his silky black hair.
He eased her back against the wall with his torso while his
hand slid beneath the hem of her shirt.
A low moan escaped her throat, when his hot fingers touched her bare skin, bringing them back from the
He slowly let go of her lips and her waist and slowly
grazed his fingers across her arm, resting his forehead against hers.
Riya's eyes slowly drifted open as her fingers trailed down
his neck to rest on his shoulders.
She felt him smile against her lips and
He kissed her forehead and held her close to him, "I love
She smiled and rested her head against his shoulder and
stared at the closed doors.
Her eyes popped out wide when it dawned upon her;
she spun around and looked at the stop button; it still blinked orange!
at her and pressed the right buttons.
The elevator dinged and the doors opened wide; the sight in
front of them stunned them!
Riya's neighbours were engulfed in yet another hug, right in
Arjun cleared his throat and that did the trick; the couple
separated and coolly walked to the elevator.
The woman shot Riya a smirk as she
passed them; Riya had just taken a step towards her apartment, when the woman's words fell on her
"We've been waiting for over half-n-hour.. So much for not making out in
the elevator, huh!"
Riya's eyes widened in embarrassment and she dragged a
grinning Arjun into her flat before banging the door shut!
Wokay ladies.. Back to Planet Earth!! So, how was this one?? To be honest, I'm going to be reminded of this OS each time I step into the elevator, from now on! Oh and btw, 'Fakta' means ONLY in Marathi.. My Ariya Index..
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Edited by mohabbatgirl - 20 February 2013 at 10:52am