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CHAPTER 19: Continued
"Aunty, why would you bear him, he is your son and you love your sons," he heard the most beautiful tone, she was devoid of make-up but looked so good. She had slept but then when she had not felt his presence, she fumbled in her sleep to find him. She woke up as he was not there.
At that moment, she saw raw pain in his eyes and the reality too, the reason why he was doing this to her, this was hurting him and he knew it would hurt her too, but she would show him, in her low times she would be her pillar, like he would be in hers. They were a unity, and they had to balance each other.
"Anyways, uncle and aunty trust their son and trust me Arnav is not the guilty one and even if ever he does a mistake, I am sure his parents would be the first one to punish him. Yet, I am sure all of you know that Arnav would never ever to do this. You would know this too if you ever loved him," Khushi gave a saccharine smile.
Arnav felt so touched, he was awestruck by her bravery. He realized she was much more stronger than him in every aspect. He was blessed to have her in his life. He felt so foolish to what he did.
Indeed a cheerleader when he was down, a gem when in poverty, she made him a millionaire by being in his life. He could have everything in his life if she was with him. She was his wealth, his happiness, his world. His eyes were stuck on her with admiration.
Her aunt flustered, no one talked against her even if she was wrong. She was high mighty and at the moment, she was so humiliated. "Who are you to say this?"
She went beside Arnav and held his hand, showing that she was with him. "If everything goes as planned than soon, I will be his wife," she gave a proud smile to her, leaving her speechless and everyone stunned, including Arnav. All hustled and bustled,
Not that, he doubted that but hearing this felt so warm to his core. He squeezed her hand.
"Whatever," she muttered and went away, displeased to be insulted.
"We should leave now," her husband said to change the mood.
"Yes," another person added.
After congratulating them once more, they took their leave.
As everyone left expect the house members and Neil. Arnav looked at her, "The moment you were about to be... I realized my folly but now I comprehended, no matter how big is a problem with you beside me, it will be so small," his tone so intense, he kissed on her forehead, she was glad he was understanding.
Ashika looked at Khushi fondly, she cupped her cheek. "I already loved you even before seeing you because you meant so much to Arnav, I accepted you as my daughter-in-law as he told us he loved but today I feel so blessed that Arnav had got you as a life partner. I am just feeling remorseful that I could not stop him from hurting you. Neil told me everything, please forgive us," she joined her hands.
Khushi took her hands and lowered them. "Aunty, it is your not mistake. To be honest, I am really very angry with Arnav and although Arnav has been wrong to do this to me, but his motive was not wrong, yet he forgot that when two people are in love, it is an oath, a pride to be with each other through happy and sad times and I want to go through all of them with him. I just need time to believe he would not put me in the spot again. It really wrenched my heart even if it was fake."
"Take all your time," she kissed her forehead. "I am waiting the day, you will enter this home as his bride."
Khushi hugged her and whispered, "me too."
Arnav looked at her with a smile.
"I am happy you sorted some of your tensions," Ravi blessed her. "I am as much as your father as his, if he does anything, just complain me, I will pull his ear,"
Khushi giggled as she nodded.
"You won't need that Chachu, she is your own Mary Kom, you had to see how she used him as punching bag," Neil added his bouts.
Khushi shied whilst Arnav flushed.
"Shut NK," Arnav warned him.
"Peace, peace," Neil shew peace sign. "And anyways, I am here to handle him, I am sure, he would remember my punch throughout his life," he twitched his lips.
"What the!" Khushi couldn't bear it. "You hit him, why?" She was berserk.
"He hurt you, and it is my right to warn him," Neil shrugged.
Khushi glared at him, warning him to never do it again. Arnav felt pride to have her, a really tigress.
"Are you fine?" She asked him.
"I am fine," he assured her with a smile.
All retired to their rooms, satisfied. Neil was really glad that Arnav apologized, he really appreciated his efforts. Arnav's parents were relieved that both were together now, it was joy moment for them after long. And Arnav, Khushi, eventhough, they were still not as they wanted to be but this was better than the hell they were going through.
Khushi went to her room to change, her pulse rating high, she was excited to be with Arnav, this time more because he had confessed. He had expressed those words. She felt jittery and happiness flickering on her face.
She didn't wear that shirt anymore as she had him to hold on, when she had the real deal why go for the substitution, she giggled.
She was yet to forgive him but her love could not be suppressed. But she was not going to sleep with him too, not yet, he should know the consequences.
"I have to tell mom dad that we confessed, they don't need to know the details as of yet, she would tell them once they came there.
"Where is my mobile?" She wondered suddenly, she had not checked her mobile since the party had begun. She rummaged around and found it under her pillow. She unlocked it and saw messages by her father.
Super Dad: you mom is worried for you. Call or message back to assure her. Miss you. Take care.
Khushi smiled and felt really elated to know how much her parents loved and cared for her. That message was around the time she almost met with the accident.
Khushi typed: I am super fine my super dad, I have a good news to share, please come on skype in few minutes.
With peaceful smile and eyes filled with happy tears, she sat on the bed. The day was a roller coaster, so much happened, she had died each moment until she was about to really die, the reality hit him, and he had apologized, he was doing all to make it up to her. Taking the slaps, kicks and punches, her shouts and cries, he had sung for her, he had apologized.
With a puff, she stood up and walked to his room, she wanted to watch his childhood pictures tonight.
The second she entered in his room, her breath hitched with surprise. Her eyes rounded and her jaw dropped down. She was mesmerized in all honesty.
"Arnav!" she gaped as she rotated in the room, capturing the decoration, the balloons, the heart balloons, the sorry banners, I love you banners, candles and a set of two teddy stuck together. One said I love you and the other sorry.
"Yes Khushi," he came to her, wearing the clothes that she had brough for him from London but never gave him as he refused to accept her love. He had found that when he took her clothes everyday. A denim jean with a white T-shirt, along a black coat over it.
She was speechless. "You look good."
"After all It is your choice." He held her hand and both sat on the bed. "This is just a beginning, I promise you to give you peace and happiness throughout our life and not just this once week," he kissed on her forehead.
She giggled happily. Her phone beeped right then. "Mom dad calling on skype," she informed him. "They are impatient since so long to hear from us about our love since ages."
"Let's tell them everything about the case too," he smiled wryly, playing with her hand.
She shook her head, "not yet, let them come here once. They would be too worried otherwise," she blinked her eyes and he agreed.
She pressed on the green slider and she saw them as the voice boomed, "Khushi, mera bacha, how are you? I was so worried and you replied so late," her mother spoke hurriedly.
"Ma I am fine now, we were in the party so phone was not with me," she casually replied.
"Oh ho, and when Arnav was in India and you here, you were stuck on the phone in the parties too," her mother rebuked her.
"Sorry ma, just too much was going on," she held her ears. "I have a good news for you all."
"Wow, finally you guys confessed," Aliya beamed.
"Everyone knows," Khushi was stunned, her mother knew she was aware but Aliya too.
"Yes," Shree winked at her. "You both were too obvious," He said in are-you-serious tone.
"Alright alright," she rolled her eyes. "Yes we confessed."
"So marriage on cards?" Shashank said happily.
"Yes, but before talking about it I want you all here," Khushi said, shyly.
"Aweee, di, you are blushing," Aliya teased her.
"Shut up kiddo," Khushi admonished her.
"Ok ok, sorry. YES WE ARE GOING TO INDIA," Aliya jumped all over the place.
"We knew this was going to come on the way, so I am prepared for it," Shashank complied.
"I want to talk to Bro," Shree spoke.
"Hey Champ," Arnav came in the cam and waved at them.
"I am so happy bhai," Aliya and Shree squealed.
It was a real fun moment, after so long, even though there was mess in their life but it was nothing when they were together.
After they hung the call, Khushi said, "From today, till the day you earn your forgiveness we will not sleep together on the same bed." A bombshell on him, his eyes widened but he relaxed.
"If it is, as soon as you forgive me, that you will come in this room permanently, as it's owner, not that you are not now, but then officially, I have no complains," he snuggled her in his arms. "Should I play some movie?"
"I was planning to watch your childhood pictures but I am too tired, just want to sleep. Take me in my room if I sleep" she yawned and hugged him, dozing off in a blink.
He shook with laugh but then controlled as it disturbed her. Picking her, he took her in her room, respecting her wish. Freeing himself, he went to change in comfortable clothes for sleep. He exited the washroom with the cloth she had brought for him and arranged them meticulously to wear them the next morning.
Coming back, he went to her room, see her sleeping but restless, searching for him, both their situation was the same. He took the fluffy seat and took it near her bed, "Princess," he pecked her head. "Punishing me, is like punishing yourself, I can't allow it. I will look that this situation is never created ever again... I will make sure you never go through such occasion, I will take care that you are always happy, bustling like a cracker," he fall asleep too shortly, the weight of secret fading away, leaving him free.
Throughout the night, he held her hand in his warm one and his head, resting on the bed, ended on her bosom, sleeping like a newborn baby.
With the dawn, Khushi opened her eyes, fully refurnished, his presence healing the pain, he had inflicted upon her by his sharp words. She found him nestled in her bosom like a baby, she simpered. She admired his face for a long time, he was so innocent and she felt fury for the man who was the cause for pushing Arnav in this.
She was sleeping so uncomfortably on the seat. She cringed, she hated this but she knew he would not be able to sleep without her. "But I can't let him sleep on the bed with me too this soon, just, hmm let's say two more days... no actually one," she bit her lip. "What would we do when my parents come here?" she thought with a pout.
She plopped back, ruffling his hairs, going back through the events.
That day, she had convinced him to go, could she not just tell him not to go? This would have been avoided. She just wanted him to be happy but little did she know in the pursue of that, he would be trapped.
She sighed. How happy she was that day for him, how he was chatting to her till late even in the party and...
She drew in the breath sharply as another memory hit her, how could she forget it.
Sitting upright, she shook him, "Arnav, Arnav."
"Khushi baby, let me sleep," he groaned.
"Arnav, wake up," she said urgently.
Even in his slumber he noticed her inquietude, he woke up startled. "What happened?"
"Arnav, I don't know if this can be given as proof or not but the entire night, till late hours we were on call, although you slept but I was working on project hearing your heartbeats, until the call got cut and that was 1AM of London and that is 5:30 of India. When did you wake up?" She asked thoughtful.
"By 6 I guess," he replied dazed with all the information, he didn't remember anything.
"Then what she is saying is not possible at all," she said with elation. "The time on the pictures shew 2AM but you were talking to me," she said with amazement.
"I don't remember about talking to you," he said apologetically, looking like lost kid.
She felt awful for him, she hugged him, passing her hand through his sleeky hairs. "That is ok, I will tell you," she promised him. "It is so idiotic of me, I should have known it right away, specially when you ignored me, but I was so disturbed that I didn't even think about this. That night, you were texting me like always and after half an hour you called me on Viber, you sounded sleazy as if drunk..."
"Khushi," he slurred as she picked up the call.
"Hey Arnav, Are you drunk?" She asked suspiciously.
"No, I promise, I will never drink. I promised you. I will never break my promise to you," he said cutely.
"Awee, then why do you sound groggy?" She asked him curiously.
"I don't know, I came here and all was fine, my friend offered me a drink Ashok refused him and gave me juice, later on I started feeling uneasy in the atmosphere and so Ashok took me in the room. He thought that it is the party smoke effect," he told her everything, "And I am so sleepy but I want to talk to you, all night," he said dramatically.
"Oh," she believed him as she didn't doubt any foul play.
"I miss you. I miss us. Our little fights, your scolding me, your anger on your nose, your spirit to fight. I want to come back to you," he pouted.
Her heart went out to him, he always said some of those, but this time the emotions were so naked, she could feel too deep. "I want to come to you too," she said softly, as she was going to meet him in less than a week.
"I can't wait it, like really," he said excited.
They talked randomely, till he said, "Khushi,"
"Sing for me," he said sheepishly.
"Ok wait," she jumped out of her bed to close the door. She sat by her window.
Humari chahton ka mit na sakega fasana
Humari chahton ka mit na sakega fasana
Wada raha sanam, honge juda na hum
Chahe na chahe zamana
Humari chahton ka mit na sakega fasana
Humari chahton ka mit na sakega fasana
And she smiled as she heard him breathing evenly, she realized it he was asleep by experience, "Pagal, but cute and all mine," she bit her lower lip, like a crazy person. Putting the earphone in her ear, she settled on her laptop, her heart in peace as he breathed slowly.
She didn't seem to notice till how long she was working, it was only when the call got cut that she looked at the clock and freaked out, 'It is 1am.' she looked at the phone, her screen on their Viber conversation, her lips spread ear to ear, "With you I don't realize when time passes, your presence is like a relief for me, I love you."
"That is what happened," she told him.
He was awestruck at his ownself, even in that state he was talking to her, he grinned.
"Why the grin mister?" She felt offended.
"That even when drugged or anything, I just think about you," he grasped her side of the head, ever so slightly and kissed her temple.
"I am really happy of that fact," she snuggled in his chest.
"So what's next?" He asked her as they entangled their fingers.
She looked in his eyes. "Talk to the police."
To be continued...
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