Prologue | Denude

Get Me Through December by Natalie MacMaster


Dedicated to certifiable men, whose arms are the best place for seeking warmth, finding comfort, rage fests, and naked truths. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

The silence of the cemetery was deafening, as if somehow even the usually bustling olโ€™ New York knew better than to encroach on these sacred grounds.

With lips tinged in bruised blue and chattering teeth, she watched icy flakes swirled from behind heavy gray curtains before it joined the wind in a waltz across denude branches. Winter had began her reign.

The gnawing chill crept under her clothes, sinking into shivering flesh until it permeated bones. Wrapping the frayed coat tighter across her chest, she sank to the ground.

There were no flowers to cheer the snow covered gravestones. An unbroken wasteland of white, suitably bleak for a lone observance.

She turnedย twenty-one today.

Would they be proud of the woman sheโ€™d become? She didnโ€™t have any answers, nor anyone to ask. Theyโ€™d been gone from her life for so many years now- memories of them, especially of her mother were dimmed- wrapped in hazy flashes of snowy mornings, gentle arms and goodnight kisses.

Silent tears slid down her frozen cheeks as she huddled against cold stones, despairing and yearning for connection. Fiercely, she wiped at the wet trails, but the pain was suddenly unbearable, kicking viciously at her breastbone. She shut her eyes, heaving in one ragged breath after another as frost twined her isolation.

Fighting exhaustion, she lifted her head, blinking against the heavy lace veil bestowed upon her lashes; her slight frame jerked in surprise as she took in the silhouette of an unexpected companion.

Captivated by the warm hue, Khushi reached out, curling stiff fingers around the red umbrella.

241 thoughts on “Prologue | Denude

    1. How are you so fast Ker Ker?! I’m good, chasing the clock these last few weeks, but adjusting to the new rhythm. ๐Ÿ˜‰ How are you sweetie?

      1. You know I’m always on point when it comes to you gals๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰.. Glad you’re OK hunโ˜บall is well so far just missing our crazy adventures over here ๐Ÿ˜„… Love the prologue can’t wait to see the rest unfold yeah๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

        P. S I started watching ALA over the weekend and I’m hook damn lol, but there’s no other like arshi. They’re still #1 in my bookโคโค๐Ÿ˜˜

        P. S. S… Take care n keep safe ๐Ÿ˜˜.. Say hi to S for me๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Heh heh and what are your thoughts on our pretty Merman Murat? ๐Ÿ˜‰

          I know! Last year was so short on adventures it should be a crime. We are really really hoping for a more exciting year. Keep those fingers crossed!

          S will join us next week, that is if she manage to tear herself away from some hunky arms. Ahem! ๐Ÿ˜›

          1. Murat yummy delicious Murat ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‹โค

            You know if you even update on this blog once a year, I’ll still be here. I know you gals will never leave us high and dry, and if so be the cast there’s always a reason behind it. Ride or die.. Ride or die๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

            Hmm S? Hunky arms yeah๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰.. You go girl lol๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜

          2. Oh Ker Ker, if we updated once a year, it’ll be us on burning in your first gif ๐Ÿ˜›
            Have you been watching Sons of Anarchy? Cause ride or die is very MCish.

            Fallen for the pretty merman have you? Excellent!

            And yes, those hunky arms are so warm and inviting, it was tough to tear myself away. ๐Ÿ˜€

          3. Hey S darling, how hart thou๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜„. I bet you’re doing fanfuckingtastic with those hunky arms๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰…

            I haven’t started watching SoA yet (please don’t throw stones๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‚)…

            Oh Merman damn you merman, am hook, just about to catch up on some episodes heheheheโค๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰

          4. Wonder where my gals disappear at๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜‘. Do I need to send out a search party lol๐Ÿ˜Ÿ..

            Hope you lovely ladies are doing ok.. Keep safe and take careโค๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿค—

            Come soon
            Ker Ker๐Ÿ˜˜

  1. AM I HERE TOO SOON?
    TOLD YOU I WAS STALKING ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    SHIT. GUYS. I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED. YOU’RE BACK!!!! This is going to be so much fun! We’re going to start all over again! Yayayayayayaaya

    My excitement is all over the plaaaceee

    1. Excitement is good, will aid you through some major Refresh Hells ahead. =p
      HEE, why not go rope us some new unsuspecting souls? It’s been a while since we’ve thrown a midnight party. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Hey guys … so glad to have u back … i hope this will be as awesome as FWN … god knows how many times ive read and re read that one … it still has the ability to hook me all over again …
    Hope u guys r doing great and wish u all the best in this new year

  3. The noon couldn’t have brought a better message!

    That gif looks a 3D spectacle to me. Never touched snow, but this should, for now.

    Melancholy rules so starkly in the scene. She says there are no flowers to paint colour on the white sheets that cover the gravestone, but maybe the white itself is offering all of what it is, grieving as she does.

    1. Darling, prepare yourself for some visual feasts ahead as we’ve decided to amp up the voltage! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Also, how could you not share you’ve taken dips into the midnight inkwell?! Congrats on your blog (I took a little peek) looking forward to a lazy afternoon to partake in what promise to be some seriously delicious delicacies.

      1. Your visual feasts are like no other. I swear it by my heart. And if I’m not wrong, you’ve inspired storytellers to please and draw in through visuals as much as you do by words.

        Ah, that was just a little space I made because I was curious to know the workings of a blog. Sort of my own playground to want to know how it comes up the way it does. Didn’t stay that way too long though.

        And there’s so so much better out there that deserves the pleasure of your indulgence. I’m honoured, really.

  4. This time I will start the journey of FWN’s from the beginning. I’m so excited that you guys and FWN are back. Cheers to old beginnings in new style๐Ÿป!!!

    1. We are humbled that there are still dwellers in the rabbit hole after our long hiatus. As long as there’s good company to be had, we’ll find a way back to the midnight pen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Beginning of a beautiful journey – revisited ๐Ÿ™‚ i finished the first fWN just yesterday and that too in one go – so waiting for new chapters feels so much more exciting ๐Ÿ˜€ i had missed that charm of anticipation earlier! Looking forward to being part of the adventure called Arnav and Khushi!

    1. Welcome! Hahaha you won’t be using charm and anticipation in the same breath once you become acquainted with our special brand of Refresh Hell. =p But for the brave of soul, we aim to deliver as much excitement as you can devour ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. My feelings are mixed on ghostly hugs, perhaps more should be sent my way.
      We didn’t leave love, just hermitted for extended periods. ๐Ÿ˜›

  6. I am so excited… This has finally begun..
    and i am being a part of this from the very first update…! *happy dance*

    Khushi in that storm… engulfed with the loneliness…near the cemetry of her dear ones.. lost forever…!!
    (Now i know how she got the red umberella )

    Great start.. eagerly waiting for the coming chapters.. plz continuee soon…
    love love ladies ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  7. Hi there
    I m sooo excited for this journey
    And it’s like enjoying your favourite treat again and getting to enjoy it even more โค๏ธโค๏ธ
    Happy new year girls
    And also u girls have made me love Hayat and Murat too ..soo I waiting for the one shots with Arnav and khushi โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ

      1. Hmm…that’s a tough choice ..
        But Arnav..I think will win ..if I had to choose ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. And you are back with your amazing writing. The melancholy is palpable.
    What can I say? I have fallen in love with your writing.
    I am so excited to join the FWN journey from the beginning! ๐Ÿ˜

  9. Yayyyyyyy!!!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป
    Soo veryyy exciteddd to be a part of this wonderful story
    Cant wait for the it to get started alreadyy!

  10. Ahhh the red umbrella.. how I missed it..
    so here comes the begining.. this is where she first came to meet a member of her ultimate family right?
    Is this new part or did i miss it in first reading..
    needless to say waiting for more ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Special Edition is our chance to expand, edit and revise many parts of FWN. Think of them as sisters, sharing the same genetic makeup with their own personalities. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. The short yet insightful prologue managed to capture my utmost attention towards desperation and pain which was evident in the very soul of this desolate twenty one year old woman.Like the character who looks forward to meeting the unexpected companion, I am also very much looking forward to this story.

    Loved the prologue and excited about the coming update. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. And yes, her pain is wrenching isn’t it? Life is such a roller coasters with it’s ups and downs, we’re excited to experience it with you guys.

  12. Heya…..
    When I saw a mail from u I thought it’s for FWN.(I’m yet to read that one, still new around here). I guess this is a new story from you. Nevertheless I’m so glad I got a glimpse of it.
    Coming to the story…..whoa…..first time to read your writing….blown away…..I always appreciate a writer who is in detail while explaining….trust this is going to be a one big joy ride….yay….thank you and waiting for the next…..

  13. Hello.. so u finally started.. i found your place via jigs.. & read all your pieces.. even drop a msg.. there i saw u r starting this new one.. liked d images attached.. they r intriguing.. so here i m.. from your previous works which i have read, this journey also looks interesting.. looking forward to this till d end.. all d best..

  14. The quote about certifiable men is pretty awesome !! Many amongst are lucky to have them and vice Versa !!
    The prologue while familiar still brings forth a great sense of excitement … With the snow that lay last night here one can actually feel the cold but what cuts through me more is the grave without any flowers .. Life so unappreciated in death .. Yet most likely the most beautiful thing that graced the life of khushis mother is Khushi herself .. Xxx

    1. Exactly! This is the feeling we wish to evoke in our long time readers, there will be some rather interesting alterations to the familiar and hopefully that’ll make this second foray into the labyrinth an interesting one.

  15. actually I haven’t read the 1st season of FWN… BUT HAVE heard a lot about the story… I am so happy that now will be able to read this story from the start… Looking forward for the updates…

  16. Woah..!your back ..!๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—woah..!how was New Years S and k.. !!guys I am hooked..!anothee one set during the biting cold wave huh..!sounds real good,,guys that ala edition ,I keep checking out the index,pls get that on too this year,I seem to be watching the show on and off thanks to you guys..!now I can’t seem to take my eyes of Murat,though some bits remind me of Arshi..!this story I am sure will definitely takes us off to another world of S and k with our beloved couple..!did I mention that this snippet posted had me reading it again to make sure you guys are really back or if it was some figment of my Arshi imagination.!lol..!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚glad to have you back..,hope you guys are doing well. ,,!!๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜violetgirl

    1. LOL! It isn’t a figment of your imagination ๐Ÿ˜› We’re glad to be back, although this is the Special Edition to FWN. Once we get through this, we’ll pick up Crimson Court again. Glad you’re enjoying ALA, Murat is so very pretty isn’t he?

      1. Yup..!i seem to be watching that show whenever I get time:)thanks for clearing that,I seem to be catching up to the ficverse picks too..!you guys rock man say hi to k for me๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  17. Yay! My favorite duo are back with a revamped FWN! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค Ready to be blown away…once again! ๐Ÿ˜

  18. Yaayyy!! You guys are back with the new version of our beloved story!!

    Very excited to travel through our Arshi’s life once again!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„

  19. superb start…ur description of story is awsum,i luv tht.u knw…i can feel tht moment…damm excited for this journey & happy tht i m the part of this journey.

    1. Sweetheart, there’s always time for foreplay! We try to be early when possible, makes up for all those tarty sessions ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Nice one !
    The pain was beautifully written !
    Looking forward to where you take this.
    Can you grant me acess to the epilogues please ?

  21. OMG… It is so thrilling. I had chills and shivers all around my body. I cant wait to start the best journey of my life.

    I Don’t thinks its appropriate. But if you could grant me access to the epilogues of FWN. I would really appreciate it

    1. We’ve been stingy with Lounge invites after so many rounds of plagiarism, but we do take note of those who are active in the peanut gallery and will open our doors accordingly ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Hey …OMG you are here with a Prologue. Red Umberlla, cemetry.. Very Excited for the journey guys. Gif catchy, so looking forward to this new adventure …. YAY

  23. Heyaa guyss, well this is the first time i am reading your work, but truat me when i say this that i am hell damn excited. All i have been reading everywhere is FWN is a must read and now i am damn too tempted to read your work! Prologue was jst amazingggg..
    And i am gonna impatiently wait for the story unfold!
    Btw, i would really like to know you guys, that is only you wish to! ๐Ÿ˜€
    -Preksha

  24. Ahhhh!!!! I love that you’re back with a new look of the same fabulous story. I think I’ve read FWN about 3 times. Having read the entire story and not finding any flaws, not sure what you’re changing but looking forward to this exciting journey!

    Trying to be better at commenting this time around! Hopefully will be lucky enough to get access to the outtakes and epilogue the 2nd time around. I know I need to work for it…and promise to try.

    Thanks!

    1. While we feel good about FWN, there were so many small moments we wanted to add (and take away), some passages that would get us behind bars with the Grammar Police and character moments we felt weren’t given full justice. So this is the chance to do just that. And it’s a delight to know that you’re joining us verbally this round ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Yahooo you guys are back I love it i love it I love it. Her mother is no more and it’s chill out there and I just came to check what happened to captain K and sep 16 di. And I was surprised. Good luck on this new journey pilots we are all ready to onboard the flight

  26. Girls you guys are back ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜

    Is this a new addition to the FWN??

    I’m so excited ๐Ÿค“

  27. Super excited about the special edition !! Beautiful start and lovely picture !! Can’t wait to read more !! ship13(IF)

  28. Wait wait is this actually for real someone pench me yaaayyyyyy I’m sooo so excited to read this yaaapppppooo ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ
    Welcome back girls

  29. Amazing prologue.. excited to be on this journey with you both.. have read FWN in one go but this time would love to read it while you writing it.. anticipating things and wondering over the surprises woven by you guys in every part of the story.. best wishes and happy writing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Bars ha dear you had a problem couldn’t open some parts in the original version was is ok now because I can’t opened the parts towards the end

          1. U must request them for the access & have to wait until they approve it& mail U…
            P.S : For this u should definitely comment on other SS or OS of theirs…that U will be a regular reader

  30. Its fabulous that you girls are back with a bang………………..

    Heartiest Congratulations……………..

    Please dear try & begin your new FF as well…………

    (orchids8888 from IF)

  31. This is awesome start. Love this new start.
    I am looking forward to read all the new changes you are going to do in this new edition.
    Thanks lovely people for starting this beautiful story.

    Archna

    1. The original and the special edition are like sisters, we look forward to see which version takes up the most space in your heart chambers ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. Sweethearts, tell me, what is it with both of you and the month of December and the color red!! Them bone chilling temps of teens and twenties freeze everything they touch but somehow they get your creative juices and the oh so precious ink flowing!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Winter coats the Big Apple in a white sheen and you come up with a fairy tale that pierces the heart and makes an indelible mark on the soul – straight up. Muaah <3

    Happy New Year my Capt and Prof. Eagerly awaiting this nippy HEA (It will be a HEA, right … :P)

    And now my own personal Certifiable is waiting for me on the balcony with a hot cuppa. Before he yells, "Another story??? …. really??? ;-), I think I should make my way to him. He already is extremely jealous of my tablet, you know. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Priya! It is warming to know we have not been forgotten by one of our favorite people ๐Ÿ˜›
      The cold is so much more… invigorating don’t you think?
      And this can’t be classify as new, but newish as it’s our Special Edition of FWN.
      Although Hubby should prepare to be out of a cuddle partner in the coming nights. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Hey, I ain’t forgetting you , ever!! ๐Ÿ˜™I might be away for a while, cos, you know ….. life happens …. ๐Ÿ™„But I will always be back. And as my reward for being your ardent fan, I want a signed copy of the first book of yours that gets published. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        As for FWN-The Special Edition, bring it on!!! Have been missing my pony-tailed Parrot ๐Ÿ˜™

  33. So I am reading this for the first time ( havent read FWN) and I am hoping to be airborne like many of your readers of the earlier version of FWN.

  34. Great start to a new year โ™ฅ and i am so damn happy
    to read …no no… to live in your world.
    super excited and the prologue is like a candy wrapper
    i love it girl and know the candy is going to be a whole lot
    of fun like the previous FWN.
    Awesome start !

  35. Nice prologue! The first meeting between Khushi and Anjali in the prologue rather then a flashback compare to the original.

  36. So glad to see you ladies at a good place in life.. that you can come back and give us these juicy morsels and keep the Arnav Khushi saga alive <3 .

    Especially now that I can not keep going back to hotstar and watch IPKKND episodes!!!! They stopped airing them in the US !!…

    Oh well tight squeeze from me to you both !!!!

  37. Interesting start….
    Loved the picture You have painted with words of the arrival of the stark winter…
    Yearning Khushi…..for some connection….long lost..beloveds…
    The Red Umbrella stands out among the stark white drop…& ‘denuded branches ‘
    intriguing start to the story…
    Looking forward to begin this journey with Your Readers…
    Intrigued & interested ….
    Putting in my request to read more…

    saffron’s Ramblings…
    โคs….

    PS:- would love to read FWN….requesting for access…
    yaminiscorpio.

  38. Queuing patiently to get access…..
    Waiting at the gate for an entry pass…..
    Also thanking you 2 for compiling Arshi index…..
    Absolutely awesome it is……
    Treasure trove of Arshi tales….
    Hats off to you 2…..
    Caught up with few….
    Plenty more to read……

    saffron’s Ramblings
    โคs….

  39. Thank you , finally starting as you have given access rereading the prologue all over again was always intrigued
    by who the other person watching was and the red umbrella

  40. Where the hell are you gals at๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜ฌ… Just want to know if you girls are ok… Missing you loass… Take care and keep safe and please consider leaving a note so we know my hunnybunnies or ok ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜šโค๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  41. Hi again . Excited to see your new website. Loved your new OS. But missing the Newyork Kushi and Arnav like hell. Still anxiously waiting to read the epilogue . But even more anxious to read the new one .

    Thank you for all your great effort,

  42. Hope that new companion give solace comfort to Khushi….

    Start was kind of heavy….

    May be ice cold ran in our veins too…

    Waiting

  43. Eagerly waiting for the update. Will be here. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope that it is coming soon and both of you are doing well.

  44. Hi you both.. hope everything is ok at your end. Plz put up a note at least to know all is fine.

  45. Hello ladies…
    hope u both are doing good….!!
    Waiting for a note from you guys…
    Itz been a long time…
    much love๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  46. I don’t know if you authors still visit here, going by the comments I have seen. I just wanted to drop a line since I stumbled upon this purely by accident and loved the prologue so far. Also the graphics. How do you do it?

  47. Loved the prologue.
    To be frank I haven’t read ur till date, hopefully I can read ur earlier work, if it still open.
    Just got know about ur blog,
    Thank u

  48. At the threshold of another new year, I had a sudden, unquenchable hankering for these New Yorkers. I miss these people and you both terribly, S and K!! Where are you, guys??? At least throw us a morsel to nibble on! Leave a note, please?

    Lastly, Happy New Year, everyone!!! May we get to embark on many journeys like this together and have many many opportunities to fangirl over our favourite couple!

  49. Awesome start. I always love the pictures that u use to convey the msg.
    Would love to read FWN โค๏ธโค๏ธ

  50. Ah so creepy whose looking at her. My heart went out to the girl at the grave whose craving the love lost so long ago.

  51. heart warming prologue… No individual should have to spend their 21st birthday like this… I hope the stranger is kind enough to lend some warmth to a broken soul

  52. So beautiful! Just turned 21 Khushi goes to meet her parents. It’s hurts to see her like this, all alone. Wonder who the kind stranger is. Arnav?

    You write beautifully n with so much precision n details. Love it. Finally going to read Chapter 1

  53. Reading this again. Why? Life sucks right now. And this is my means of escape. At least in this world I can see a happy ending that is a surety, which is something I can’t say for mine. But after I let my hair down and dip my feet in this pool of serenity I’ll be back on the grind. So thanks to the both of you for providing me with an oasis in which I can just cool off. Because I’m going to be the one to create my own happy ending.

    1. Has the suckage eased up? Happy endings must be earned or if you’re pirate-like SEIZED!
      Go after that bitch, I’m rooting for you ๐Ÿ˜€

  54. Found out about this from your Ficverse! Never got a chance to dive in though. Never had the pleasure of reading your work, this is the first I think.
    Your words themselves are a ‘visual’ treat, I close my eyes and I can picture the broken, grieving girl celebrating her birthday at her parents’ gravestone. The ‘snowing’ blog is the cherry on the top. So looking forward to read the next.

  55. So now back to reading the story once again for another round .
    Prologue gives an introduction of a girl who is not sure about her present status .
    The prologue gives a picture of girl who lost her identity .
    It has throughly intrigued me to look forward again for the next part .

  56. Definitely intriguing and enticing enough to make one want to read the chapters. So I’m heading off. Thanks ladies!!

  57. Just found the story. Khushi turned 21 but she has no one to call her own. Off to read her story and also the story of her unexpected companion.
    Cheers……..

  58. Loved the way you have so beautifully described khushi’s state of mind.. it is so well written that I can visually imagine the scene…

  59. This is one of m favorite stories on ArShi.. so many strong and defined characters. They still feel so real. Maybe thatโ€™s y wen I thought of re-reading an ArShi for, this popped in my mind. Itโ€™s going o be a great journey for me for a couple of days with FWN.. Thank you guys once again for this amazing story..

  60. Hey there!
    Hi from a newbie.
    Came here from ficverse recommendations to experience the chemistry everyone mentions.
    Donโ€™t know if you guyz still grant access but if you do then we will be connected by unbreakable vow.๐Ÿ˜†
    And if you decide not to then I will wait for your new work to be present from start to woo you guyz๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    And this prologueโ€ฆ..
    Got a glimpse of Khushi and my heroine is crying that also on her birthday๐Ÿ˜ฉ
    Hope and wish to meet Arnav and eventually ArShi.

    P.S. your one access can make someone on this side very happyyy. ( Pouting with puppy face and one lip tucked out)

  61. Hi ShipperK…Prologue is so good….Kushi is an orphan?…crying on her birthday? Felt so sad for her ..Eagerly waiting for our Arnav to notice her and help her out of her misery….

  62. Hiโ€ฆstarted reading your stories recent. Read the os and ss which were available. Nice start. So khushi is an orphan and itโ€™s her birthday. But she is alone. Hope the companion is arnav. Waiting for more.

  63. Hi โ€ฆ. heard so much about FWN and I m so excited ๐Ÿ˜† to read it . So far I m hooked and looking forward to it .

  64. Khushi has turned 21. No one to celebrate.She is visiting graves of her parents and she vaguely remembers her mother. Her life loos bleak like the cold snowy winter

  65. Thank you for allowing us to read again. I have enjoyed and loved this story in the past and looking forward to reading it again!

  66. This is absolutely amazing. Can’t believe I used my dead wordpress account from years ago to read this masterpiece!!

  67. An absolute amazing story from u waiting to start this journey with u again thanks for opening it again khushi has turned 21 and there is no one to celebrate with her

  68. Perfect winter reading on my list now.
    Read the outtakes first, but no matter. It will all fall into place I am sure.
    Catching up on the chapters, from 1 onwards.

  69. Lovely prologue…. got to be sad not having anyone with you on your special day… but I am sure things will change for the better soon

  70. Hi
    I started the IPK journey last year, and the FF universe has pulled me in irrevocably. Ficverse is an absolute treasure trove of brilliant writing and extremely talented authors. FWN has been on the top of my list for the last few months. Thank you for opening up your blog.
    The Aman- NK banter had me grinning like a moron with no regrets whatsoever.
    It will be a privilege to read your work.

    1. I seen a number of your comments throughout the re-up. Thank you for being part of this journey with us.
      Hahaha, yeah those two cupids are very dear to us. It was actually hard at times to curb all there yapping. We had to remind ourselves this is an Arshi FF at the end of the day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  71. Waited till almost all chapters are posted .. i am an impatient reader and i am glad i get to read all of it in one stretch.. so khushi lost her parents when she was young and now i am wondering if her lips are really bruised or just blue due to cold .. i am sure will find out with in hours or by end of this week max
    -Lavanya

      1. Completed it all and posted a big consolidated response..i wish to get an invite to the specials soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Now that was profound. I am a brooder by nature and some of the scenes of stories or movies that touch my heart stay with me for a long long time. Case in point, anyone who remembers the TV series โ€˜Dallasโ€™ will remember the scene where Bobbie Ewing was shot and the tears and anguish of his wife. Well that has stayed with me all these years. Coming back to IPKKND there are many that I remember at random times, the first one is the iconic one where our hot hero Arnav steps out of the helicopter! Uff what style! Then when Khushi falls into Arnavโ€™s arms, another beautiful scene and I can go on and on. Some parts of show based or AU fanfics written by fabulous writers also tug at my heartstrings from time to time. I donโ€™t want to name them here but they are all a part of the fabulous ficverse, actually I will name one of them, โ€˜A girl named Khushiโ€™, I cried and cried and even though I have a habit of going back again and again to my fav stories, this is one I could not read again! And now this prologue of FWN will stay with me. Its heart wrenching and also very close to home as both my parents are buried together though 7 years apart. The RED colored umbrella is very symbolic, being the color of blood and fire, strength, courage, determination along with passion, desire, lust and sexuality, romance and joy. And I can bet my last dollar that FWN promises to be that and more, much much more.

    1. Awww sweetheart, come here so I can give you a hug.

      It’s never easy to lose someone you love, but especially the two who brought you into this beautiful chaotic world. You’re in my thoughts, thank you for sharing this.

  73. Came here for a second read, nothing like a good binge!

    Really liked how you only disclosed who the person was only at the very end, and instead focused on her condition and surroundings. It’s rare to see that in prologues..keeps the anticipation of what’s to come.

    Always hurts to see a vulnerable Khushi..and the iconic red makes an entrance.

  74. The prologue’s left me weirdly morose with a chill down my bones. Its summer here, so that’s a testament to the fabulous imagery you have painted! I am hooked. What stays with me is the red umbrella, oddly a touch of color amidst snow and I can imagine how it must look like…to me it looks like a touch of hope!

  75. The last time I read FWN, I was a silent reader.. not this time โค
    So happy this blog is open again!
    Loved the words and the feeling they invoked.
    P.S. the red umbrella seems to remind me of something here..

  76. Iโ€™ve literally been seeing loads of people recommend this…. So I canโ€™t wait to read this!!

  77. Canโ€™t tell you how much I have heard of FWN!
    Of itโ€™s larger than life appeal and words which will take oneโ€™s breathe away. And the prologue was worth more than all my anticipation. Canโ€™t wait to read it all โ˜บ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ

  78. What a prologue! it was certainly a tear-jerker ๐Ÿ˜ฆ …no matter how many times I read this story I feel like its the first time!!!!!

  79. Wow…. Finally I am abled to read this story…….. I am so excited to start this journey…….
    Painfully beautiful prologue…. Khushi seems to be in a vulnerable state….and lonely….. Let’s see what’s stored in for her

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