Interlude #1

A thank you to everyone who participated in the Fav FWN Character Poll. In your comments, don’t forget to let us know who you voted for!

(We plan to have another poll after we reach the end of the story)

Now results!

*drum roll*

Poll

We are both very pleased with the results. To have a non-ficverse character be the favorite is simply mindblowing to us. And we are delighted that Arnav/Khushi tied. Aman took us by surprise though!

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Fifth Ave, New York

“I’ll be in the office until six, what are your plans for today?”

“I have two interviews scheduled this afternoon.”

Arnav paused in the middle of fastening the cufflinks onto his white Oxford.

“What interviews?”

“Job interviews, Arnav. I’m no longer an employee of Kumar’s Catering remember?”

There was a notable moment of charged silence as they both relived that first meeting.

Arnav cleared his throat, “Yes, but why are you looking for a job?”

Khushi stared at him speechless. “Rent? Food? Clothes? You know, the basic necessities?”

“I can handle your necessities, Khushi. In fact, I can do better.”

She glared at him, “I can take care of myself!”

“I’m the man sharing your bed.”

“It doesn’t give you the right to dictate my actions out of it.”

He looked taken back and she caught the flash of hurt before he slammed the doors on his reaction, bolts sliding home until he wore a blank mask of polite iciness. A complete shutdown. Shit!

“Right. Do as you wish. I wouldn’t want to overstep my place.”

“Arnav,” she started, but she was talking to his back. He had already brushed past her and out the door.

Khushi stared at the space he’d just occupied, and winced. By attempting to protect herself, she had hurt him. Life had changed so much in such a short period of time she felt overwhelmed. The newness of them was wrought with too many possibilities for missteps and miscommunication.

It was Thursday, and since Sunday she and Arnav have not spent a single night apart. Each joining that followed was just as passionate as their first. He took pleasure in teaching her how much her body could respond to his touch…and how he could respond to hers. She should have been wilting from lack of sleep; instead she was radiant and full of energy.

Khushi allowed a sigh to escape into the room. All her thoughts these days somehow returned to Arnav. It was alarming, but since they became lovers, he had eclipsed all else in her waking hours. He had even invaded her memory, so that she constantly had the taste of him on her tongue, felt the rough warmth of his hands on her flesh. Falling for Arnav would be the most dangerous thing she’d ever done, yet she felt helpless to deny the effect he had on her. If it wasn’t love yet, it had undeniably gone beyond mere lust, and she was teetering on the edge of an emotional chasm.

During the nights he was hers, an insatiable lover, not just for sex but also for intimacy. In what had become a ritual between them, after burning the sheets, he would lift a hand to capture a tendril of her hair and softly demand another night. She slept each of them in his arms, and if she moved away from him he would wake and reach for her.

But something had happened while he was away on Monday. He came back withdrawn. He wasn’t cold, nor was it obvious, but she could sense a weary guard. She was also honest enough to acknowledge he wasn’t alone. She wanted to ignore the doubts, to fearlessly have her heart lead the way on this unfamiliar path, but a heart once bruised is cautious.

She recalled her confession to him in the limo. She had told him the truth. She did feel like she was drowning, and these last few days the sensation was closer to being caught in a storm of wild waves. She would tumble out of control until his arms reached out to anchor her, providing a lull, but one that never quite allow her to fully catch her breath before another wave would roll over, spinning her out towards the open sea again.

Furthermore, she couldn’t shake the uneasy feeling that their days were numbered, as if they were on a countdown.

Pouring herself a cup of coffee, she settled on the sofa and dialed Robbie.

“So what’s our orgasm scoreboard as of this morning?”

“Robbie, I need your advice.”

Her voice was still cheerful, but became tinged with concern, “Trouble?”

“No. Yes. I … I, oh Robbie I’m so confused.”

“Tell me.”

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Monday morning

Khushi woke as weak morning sunlight filtered through the windows. For one crushing moment she wondered if it had been a dream, a cruel twisted dream. Sweet Paradise. Then Nothing.

Had she actually been with Arnav last night or had her imagination conjured up the fantasy?

She felt a movement, turning she took in the masculine form beside her. Her breath hitched, afraid he might vanish, this lover who had explored and possessed with such tenderness. It was then that she consciously took in the pressure of the hand that rested on her bare hip, the subtle stings and aches that testified last night’s pleasures. Not a dream. Real. The best reality she had woken up to in years.

The warmth of his body made the bed a cozy nest she didn’t want to leave, especially with winter’s chill frosting the air. His face was turned toward her in his sleep and she took the opportunity to study it quietly. Arnav’s features were stamped with those of an aristocrat she decided with a smile. She wanted to trace her finger along the bridge of his nose, run a hand through his sleep-tousled hair, lean in to press a kiss along that chiseled jawline. Taking all of him in, she felt her body throb with need.

Despite the heady lovemaking, and the promise he had softly demanded from her afterwards, Khushi reminded herself not to make assumptions. The circumstances that had brought them together were still too surreal in her mind. She had known that from the beginning, and had gone into this with her eyes open. However, welling up from the reservoir of her tangled emotions was the need to belong. She was woman, and he was man.

No, she was his woman, and he was her man. As much as he would allow.

Arnav shifted beside her and she stiffened involuntarily. Naked and vulnerable, she lay watching a lover wake up for the first time. For one endless moment, black clashed heatedly with green. But nothing could have prepared her for what he did next.

Khushi held her breath as Arnav smoothed his hand along her hip, pulling her into his chest. His lids, with their thick lashes, lifted and he surveyed her glowing early-morning beauty with a satisfied gleam in his dark eyes.

“Don’t move,” he murmured throatily, brushing her hair back to press his lips into the small hollow below her ear. “You feel so damn good.”

Relief poured through Khushi. It wasn’t awkward; in fact it was just the opposite. It felt incredibly natural to curl into him. She allowed herself to relax and snuggled against Arnav. “Good morning,” she breathed against his skin.

“Morning,” he replied, taking her deeper into his embrace.

Taken. She felt taken, completely sealed from reality and the rest of the world. She would have been frightened, but within the safety of his arms, she could only think of how he had sheltered her while she shattered with pleasure and how tightly he held her while the world slowly reformed.

“I thought I wouldn’t be any good at … this… at sex.” Khushi flushed against Arnav’s chest, feeling mortified. What had made her blurt that out?

She felt him move, suddenly she was on her back with Arnav looming over her, looking mouthwateringly wicked and tousled.

“Well, I can attest that you are very good …at this.”

He took her arms and pinned them over her head with one hand, before resting his other hand near the apex of her legs. It had an immediate effect on her breathing. Ignoring the clamor of voices in her head that urged to guard her heart, Khushi embraced their physical joining. Knowing down to her bones that no matter what came next, she would never be the same again.

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Tuesday evening

Khushi was halfheartedly responding to job advertisements on her phone, her mind on Arnav’s strange behavior. He had been distracted since last evening, returning from the office in a pensive black mood. Over coffee this morning, she saw questions in his eyes, yet he didn’t voice them. It frustrated that she didn’t know him well enough to read his moods, and considering how they shifted constantly, it would take time. Time she didn’t know if she had.

She heard the rattle of the door and quickly sat up on the sofa, her heart clamoring in her chest. He was back earlier than expected.

Which Arnav would be walking through the door?

He looked exhausted. She had quickly learned how grueling his work hours were. For all his wealth, he was more slave then master. What satisfaction does he seek in adding more zeroes to his bank balance? What void was he trying to fill?

Khushi moved to the bar, silently pouring him two fingers of Scotch, neat. Some things, she mused, were easy to pick up on.

Arnav accepted the drink with a curt nod of thanks, downing half the liquid while he tugged at the knot of his tie. Khushi took a step back, not wanting to crowd him, but her eyes lingered on his exposed throat, and her body began to stir awake in a way that was becoming familiar.

“Did your meetings go well?” she asked, deciding business was a safe topic.

“AR just acquired two new talented designers. They should inject some creativity for the next Fashion Week.” With a toss of his wrist Arnav finished the drink, setting the glass aside his hands curved around on her waist. Khushi tilted her head back to look at him.

His expression was too shuttered for her to read, but his eyes carried an odd gleam. “Is something wrong?” she asked, anxiety creeping into her voice.

Arnav gave a harsh laugh. “No, nothing’s wrong. It was just a long day.” Even as he spoke, he was shifting them towards the bedroom. Once there, he began to undress her, the action heavy with impatience. Once her top came off, her gaze locked on his face as his eyes traveled over her with visual hunger. Khushi sensed he hadn’t meant for her to realize his reaction, but she heard the audible intake of breath, caught the flicker of relief when she was naked just before he pulled her flushed against him. Feeling his obvious arousal gave her the courage to give into her own desires.

“I think we also need to get rid of this,” she whispered, tugging at his shirt, “and this,” she continued as her hands slipped between them to unbuckle his belt.

He was breathing harder, his body heated even through the layers of clothes. Instead of stepping back to undress, Arnav tightened his arms around her. With effortless strength he lifted her off her feet, carrying her to bed. Arnav fell backward, with her still in his arms, and then rolled so that she was beneath him. A little sound escaped her throat when he used his thigh to spread her legs, and he settled into the valley he’d just made.

“Khushi.” Arnav caught her face between his hands as he grounded his mouth against hers, reaching down between their bodies to undo his trousers. Khushi could sense his urgency, but understanding eluded her. She arched off the bed as he entered, her body unprepared for him, but she pushed her fingers into his hair and clasped his head, trying to give him whatever he needed.

Once inside her, the tension faded from his eyes and she felt his body uncoil. Arnav propped himself on his elbows. “Did I hurt you?” he whispered.

She gave him a smile as her body adjusted itself to him. “I’m okay,” she replied, applying pressure to his head until his lips met hers. The brief discomfort of his rough entry was gone, leaving an almost burning hunger to find release.

He allowed her to set the pace, their need fueling each other’s until they reached the blinding crescendo together. Wave after wave of hot ecstasy drowned out the doubts. For now.

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Earlier Wednesday morning

He was still stretched out on the bed, a bronze god against the sheets.

Ignoring her suddenly parched throat, she shook his shoulders. “Arnav, wake up, it’s five thirty, otherwise you won’t’ have time for breakfast—”

Without opening his eyes he tugged on her hand, and Khushi found herself on the bed with him, sprawled over him in a very undignified position. Her eyes widened to huge green pools, and she began squirming in an effort to get back up, but her efforts were hampered since her feet had somehow become tangled in the sheets and she couldn’t get her legs straight.

His hand caught in her hair, holding her still. “I’d rather have you for break­fast,” he muttered hoarsely, his fingers exerting just enough pressure to ease her head forward slowly, an inch at a time, until he could put his mouth to hers.

Then he kissed her like he was out of breath, and she was air.

Khushi’s body locked, her mouth opening to his like a flower greedy for sunlight. His tongue lazily explored the softness of her lips, before easing past them to curl sensually around hers.

She wound her arms around his neck, hands clenching in his hair as her body writhed against his in a delicious dance. Feeling incredibly alive, Khushi soared as her existence focused on Arnav.

Breakfast was forgotten.

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Present

“I don’t understand, Robbie,” Khushi stated quietly as she finished sharing the conversation from this morning and how he left, wordless and angry.

“You scared?”

Khushi didn’t pretend not to understand what Robbie was asking. “Terrified,” she admitted.

“That’s normal, babe. This is new. And your first adult relationship.”

“It isn’t the physical…”

“No, it’s the fact that your heart is involved.”

“Yes.”

“Honey, do you know how happy I am for you? Not to mention envious? Not because the man in question is Arnav Singh Raizada, but because we’re having this conversation.”

“Ugh, Robbie…”

“Let me finish. This was my wish for you. To find a guy who engages your mind, who can make your body burn and cause your heart beat to go wild. We both know not every woman is lucky enough to find it. Now, before I offer my take, I want to ask you something. Do you think he’s worth it? If the answer is no, then enjoy the sex and when it’s over chalk it up to experience. If, however, the answer is yes, then you need to be you. If he’s man enough, he’ll know a good thing when he sees it and he’ll bend over backwards to take care of it.”

“Robbie, what if I’m not enough?”

“Khushi, you are more than enough. The only one who doesn’t see it is you.”

Khushi’s hand tightened on the phone as she absorbed Robbie’s words. The beginning of things, of love especially, is necessarily vague, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing.* Could she do it? To live purely for the moment, to take each day as it came, enjoy whatever time she had with him, as if that were all there was, all there would ever be. More importantly, not setting a limit on how much of herself she would give to him.

Her decision now would not be influenced by the cloudy anticipation of passion, but a choice made in daylight hours.

“He’s worth it.”

Robbie smiled on the other end. “Yeah? His ugh… skill in sack not influencing you is it?”

“Robbie!”

“He may be off limits, but doesn’t mean I can’t indulge in a bit of fantasy.”

Khushi laughed. “Thank you, Robbie.”

“You already had the answer, Khushi.”

“Maybe, but it’s all muddled in my head.”

“Just like riding a bike, once you get the hang of it, it’s a breeze. Are you going in for job interviews today?”

“Yes.”

“Good. Don’t let him boss you around. Now, you know I’m totally team Khushi, but in his defense I think he’s also navigating without a GPS. Give some room for both of you to mess things up a bit.”

“Okay, love guru.”

“I really should start charging for these sessions,” Robbie mused.

“Uh, huh. How are you and NK?”

“That will require a session of a different kind. Enough about enigmatic men, you sure you don’t want me to go with you today? With your intelligence, you’re truly wasted busing tables, Khushi.”

“Robbie, you promised not to bring that up.”

“But that was over a year ago! What is so bad you can’t even share with me?”

“It’s the only way I can let go. Besides, what’s wrong with earning an honest living?”

“Nothing’s wrong with it, except it doesn’t nurture you mentally. However, if that’s your choice, you know I’ll support it.”

“Thank you. Are you available to meet for lunch tomorrow?”

“You got it, babe.”

“Double date?”

“D word!”

“Oops. Ok, a meet up with Arnav and NK?”

“You’re on!”

“You know, guys don’t get that when you say you’re not interested, what you’re really saying is ‘fight for me'”

“Khushi….”

“But NK is sharp. If he gets that, please don’t play games of the heart with him. Promise me.”

“Dammit, Khushi.”

“Please? I just want you to have your own happiness.”

“I know.”

Khushi held back the rest, knowing she had pushed enough for now. “I love you, Robbie.”

She heard nothing for a moment, and then a giggle came down the line.

“What?”

“It just hit me that out of all the things I could be sharing with one of New York’s wealthiest bachelor – it’s a woman’s heart.”

“You’re incorrigible!”

“That I am. Love ya too. Later!”

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NK came out of the elevator just in time to catch a livid Arnav storming into his office. Pausing long enough to tell both secretaries to hold their calls, he sauntered in.

“Trouble in paradise?”

“I don’t understand women.”

NK slanted him a look, “You don’t say.”

“I take that back. I understand women just fine. She isn’t normal. Going on fucking job interviews. Job interviews, NK!”

“Yeah, a woman wanting to pay her bills and eat. Insanity,” he replied dryly.

“I can take care of her.”

“You’re not her husband, Arnav.”

“But I’m her – “ Her what? he asked himself, What the hell was he to her?

Lover. Yeah, he was her fucking lover. Of a handful of nights, the logical voice persisted. And since when did you give a fuck about what a woman does beyond the bedroom?

He had always hated it when women tried to suffocate him with emotions, but Khushi, she defied his expectations at every turn. A sensualist wrapped in innocence, gentle femininity guarded by fierce independence, a woman who had so little yet carried herself like a queen.

Her unpredictability was causing him to act out of character. He was feeling more and more off-balance. His formidable control shot to pieces by a slip of girl.

“She has pride, more than most. It’s probably also an issue of space. I would think you’ll be relieved she is so independent and willing to work rather than sit around and spend your money.”

“Of course, but dammit she’s –”

“What is the real issue here, it’s not like you to beat around the bush.”

“I already work twelve to fourteen hours a day, how much more space does she fucking need?” Arnav stopped as he took in NK’s knowing look.

“What?!” he growled.

“Jesus, never thought you would be the jealous possessive type.”

“I’m not fucking jealous!”

“Only green with it. This isn’t about her working, it’s you being an insecure asshole, thinking she’ll meet someone and realize beside your money you don’t have much going for you.”

“Fuck you.”

“I don’t think it Arnav, you do.”   

The restlessness was coming back, eating at him. He stood up, shoved his hands in the pockets of his trousers, and turned towards the window.

“And this is about Trent Matthews.” NK said quietly behind him.

Arnav’s body locked. Dammit to hell. One thing with NK, he saw too much.

Gazing down at the bustling city below, Arnav allowed his mind to drift over the last three days.

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Monday morning

After giving in to the impulse to simply hold her, he had pulled her into the bathroom with its black-tiled shower. As steaming water poured over them, his gaze traveled lazily down her body. His blood leapt as he saw pale flesh bloom into rose hues.

“Still shy?”

“I… this…. you make me nervous,” Khushi blurted.

“How?”

“Around you, my heart beats to this tune-”

“What tune?”

To his surprise, she took his hand and held it over her chest, “Dhak, dhak,” she whispered.

Did she have any idea how beguiling she looked? How much her words affected him? He had to hold himself in check as he took her in. Standing there with bedroom eyes, flushed cheeks, biting down on her lips as water sluiced down her body, she simply took his breath away.

“You shouldn’t tell me that, Khushi.”

“Why?”

“It makes me want to do things to ensure it keeps beating to that tune.”

Her eyes suddenly burned into a brilliant green, the innate shyness moving aside for the sensual siren. Soaping up her lithe body, he mentally groaned. The thought of work had never been more unappealing. He wanted to spend the day wrapped around her, wrapped within her.

The bathroom was still steamy from their shared shower. So was Khushi. The fact that she had been obviously ready for him again by the time they got out hadn’t helped to cool him off. As he crushed her lips beneath his, Arnav was giving serious consideration to tumbling her back into bed when the sound from beyond his bedroom door captured their attention. Reluctantly, they broke apart, breathing raggedly.

“What the fuck?” he muttered.

Wrapping a towel around himself and pulling his robe over Khushi, they walked out to see NK, wearing his signature dress shirt with dark denim, grinning at them unrepentantly.

Arnav turned back to Khushi, “Is this really happening? Did he just barge in on us, again?”

Hands over hip, he watched Khushi burst into giggles. Seconds later, NK robust chuckles joined hers.

Schooling his features he turned to NK, “Just to be clear, I’m not finding anything funny right now.”

“That’s because you’re related to Ebenezer Scrooge, pre-ghost visits,” NK retorted.

“You came, you interrupted, you annoyed now you want to tell me why you’re here?”

“You told me to come first thing in the morning.”

“Jesus, it’s barely six!”

“Yeah boss, which is what you usually mean by first thing in the morning. But I see that’s changed.”

“Dammit.”

“So, are we revising?”

“First, I want your keycard, then find out how many copies Aman made and confiscate them. All of them.”

NK grinned. “She’s got nothing I haven’t seen.”

Arnav growled, “Yeah, but there won’t be any seeing on your part.”

“Like that is it?”

“Shut it. Go grab coffee, I’ll meet you in the lobby in thirty.”

He looked down as he sensed Khushi shaking against him, at his look she swallowed her laughter, but the corners of her lips curved up at him. Unable to resist, his lips twitched in response.

“You still haven’t left,” Arnav prompted NK.

“All right, all right,” NK gave Khushi an exaggerated wink as he walked out.

Khushi turned towards him, no doubt to say something to him about being rude, but he didn’t give her the chance. Maneuvering her against the door, he nuzzled into her hair. His soap on her skin was like an aphrodisiac. A scent his body was learning to crave.

“Arnav,” she breathed.

“Tomorrow night, no dinner, no friends. Just you and me. You with me?”

She frowned at his tone. “Are you asking me or telling me?”

He grimaced. “I’ve learned that asking usually doesn’t yield the right answer.”

“I don’t like being ordered about,” she informed him.

“No? You didn’t mind last night,” he taunted.

“That’s …that’s entirely different!” Khushi mumbled, then straightening her spine she gave him a pointed look. “I don’t take orders Arnav, any more than you do.”

He nodded, conceding her point.

“Now, try that again,” she encouraged.

Arnav tore his gaze from the slightly parted and damn kissable lips to look searchingly into the glowing depths of her eyes. “Will you give me you tonight, Khushi?’ he asked huskily.

“Yes, Arnav.”

“If I ask nicely, are you always going to be this agreeable?”

“No.”

“Need to make sure you’re sated enough to give in then.”

“Arnav!”

He grinned, eyes holding hers. Then he leaned in close and whispered next to her ears, “I didn’t think it was possible, but you taste even better than you look.”

“And I thought Aman was the flirt. You’re going to be late if you don’t get dressed.”

“There are benefits to being CEO of your own company.”

“Uh huh,” she looked up at him, mischief spread across her face, “May I choose your weapon of the day?”

“My what?”

“Your suit.”

He laughter this time was incredible to witness. Khushi stared at him, entranced by the sound ringing so richly with carefree joy. It transformed the hard lines of his face until he looked almost boyish.

“I suppose it’s only fair.”

She rewarded him with a beaming smile, then told to him wait in the bedroom as she disappeared into his closet.

She came out with a chrome black Hugo Boss suit, the brand label appealing to her sense of humor, a white dress shirt, and a burgundy tie.

He walked to her, taking both suit and shirt. Turning his back quickly to keep her from guessing the intent in his eyes, he watched her reflection in the dresser mirror. Arnav found devilish satisfaction in catching the shock that flashed across her face as he casually allowed the towel to drop to the floor. Their eyes met in the mirror. Who knew innocence could be so erotic?

Dressed he turned and made his way back to her, “Well?”

Khushi looked at him blankly.

He nodded towards the tie in her hand, moving close enough to make his intention clear. She slipped the silk around his neck and despite trembling fingers managed a precise knot.

At his arched brow, she smiled eyes soft. “I used to practice so I can do it for my father.”

Arnav looked at Khushi, unaware that his own gaze had softened, “I need to go,” he told her.

“Okay.”

“You’re here when I get back.”

“Bossy,” she muttered. She hesitated, then went on tiptoes to press a kiss to his cheek. “See you tonight.”

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Arnav settled into the seat of the limo, feeling poleaxed. Why had he found her simple gesture so gutting? He scowled down at his phone, knowing if he looked at NK, the idiot would have a knowing smirk plastered all over his face.

This reluctance to leave her was unnerving. Since the time he took his first woman, he had never found it physically difficult to leave one. It fact, he made it a rule not to spend the night. What was it about Khushi that made him break his own rules? And at this point, how much did he really care?

As the limo eased into the morning traffic heading toward AR’s headquarters, Arnav turned to NK.

“There’s someone I want you to look into.”

“Who?”

“Trent Matthews, he’s likely still a New Yorker, but originally from Chicago.”

“Payal Gupta’s husband?”

“What? Payal? As in Shashi Gupta’s daughter?”

“Yes. They just confirmed their attendance for Aman’s engagement party.”

“I thought Garima turned us down? She hasn’t attended a single AR event since Shashi died.”

“Yes, but apparently Anjali sent a separate one to Payal. They attended Barnard College together.”

Arnav was no longer listening. His mind busy processing the new information. Was Payal Gupta the cousin Khushi spoke of? If so, it would make Shashi Gupta her uncle.

Arnav reeled in disbelief. His angel investor’s empire was worth billions. Despite the lax management of his widow, the company still brought in a decent annual profit. Beyond that, Shashi was a family man above all else. If she was related to the Guptas, what the hell was she doing by herself in the city?

He didn’t know Payal well, vaguely recalling a spoiled teenager from some events the family had attended before Shashi passed away. Yet, she didn’t seem capable of the vindictiveness of the girl from Khushi’s past. But how many Payals could there be in New York? That too, married to a Trent Matthews.

When things don’t add up, a businessman knew he had better start subtracting. He needed to acquire all the pieces before attempting to calculate.

“I want you to get all the information you can on Matthews. And find out if there’s a connection between Khushi and the Guptas.”

“Khushi? What does she have to do with this?”

“I want answers NK, not questions.”

“Arnav, have you considered asking her?”

“She’s not exactly a font of disclosures.”

“Didn’t you learn anything from flying fruits?”

“Yeah, how to dodge.”

“Fine, we’ll cross that bridge later. At the moment, we have a bigger problem.”

“What?”

“HP Daniels.”

“He’s nothing.”

“Usually, but when you corner a wild dog, it bites. He’s been a busy man. We got wires on his devices –“

“Is that legal?”

NK’s pause was brief. “No, and in court, we didn’t have this conversation.”

“Right. Go on.”

“He’s digging.”

“He’s not the first.”

“Yeah, but he’s digging where no one ever has before.”

“What?”

“He has a plane ticket leaving from JFK airport next week.”

“Where to?”

“Lucknow.”

Fuck.

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Monday afternoon

“Is it me or is he even walking funny,” Aman quipped to NK when Arnav entered his office holding the approved agenda for tomorrow’s meeting with their in-house designers.

“You should have seen him this morning,” NK joined in with a grin, “couldn’t keep his hands off her.”

“Are you my PA or his?” Arnav snapped.

“I’m taking a break. I’m legally entitled to one, right counselor?”

“It’s all there in black and white in the HR manual.”

Curbing the juvenile urge to toss something at them, he shoved aside some folders and sat down on the edge of Aman’s desk.

“Fine, since we are all here, and NK is taking his break, I want to know what went on between Anjali and Khushi while they disappeared yesterday.”

“Khushi didn’t tell you?”

“She was- occupied,” Arnav didn’t hear the satisfaction coating the words, but it wasn’t lost on either Aman or NK.

“I’ll bet. Should we revisit the orgasm scoreboard? I’m sure Robbie will be most interested,” NK smirked.

Ignoring the comment, Arnav steered the conversation back “Anjali?’

“I’m not sure, but somehow Varun came up in conversation and she was upset.”

“Does it bother you?” NK asked Aman.

“What?”

“About Varun. A woman doesn’t just forget her first love, no matter how it ends.”

“If he was still alive, then maybe. But it’s hard being jealous of a ghost. A piece of her will always belong to him, but I get her now and all the days of our future together.” Aman responded honestly.

Arnav froze.

Did Khushi feel the same way? Was Trent fucking Matthews her first love? For Anjali it was different, Varun was dead. Matthews was still breathing, and if his guess was correct, come next Saturday the bastard would be within touching distant.

He wanted to pick up the phone and demand an answer, but that would akin to laying his damnable organ at her feet. It wasn’t safe or sane to want someone this much, this quick. But she’d been sweet and so damn tight he broke out in a sweat just remembering how it had felt when he’d entered her last night.

He could protect himself against everyone. Had found it easy to do so. Except this woman. It was as if his heart had been waiting for her to approach and walk right in.

He felt exposed, raw with it. Arnav could feel the old tentacles of vulnerability reach out to touch him with ghostly memories, but he pushed them aside. This situation was different, Khushi was different. She had to be. He couldn’t survive another betrayal.

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Tuesday night

Arnav lay in the darkness, feeling Khushi’s slight weight nestled against him, both of them naked in a tangle of sheets. She was asleep, her head pillowed on his shoulder, her breath even across his chest, her breasts pressed firmly against his ribs. Gently, unable to resist the urge, he rubbed the back of one finger over a satiny curve. He had discovered to his shock that he didn’t like it when she moved away from him during the night. For a man accustomed to sleeping alone, this was an unwelcome revelation.

He was restless and wanted nothing more than to wake her and bury himself along with these heavy thoughts in her. But he had kept her up for hours last night. Selfishly losing himself over and over in her warm, pliant body. She had responded to ever touch, clinging to him with abandon, opening herself to him whenever he wanted. So he’d allowed himself to feed his craving for her, giving his desire full reign.

When in bed together, they never quite stopped touching, and despite himself, he reveled in it. He’d known one night wouldn’t be enough. So he’d asked her for another to satiate the desire and let it burn out. However, before she drifted to sleep, he had found himself demanding more from her.

He’d done his best to hold her at a distance. But it was hard. And getting harder.

He knew she sensed his withdrawal yesterday. But he was helpless, too used to shutting down the walls to protect himself. He wanted her closer yet he wanted her far away.

If she ran, would he chase her?

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Present

“I don’t know what happened, but if it’s eating at you so why not just ask her?”

“I’ll think about it.”

NK sighed, taking in Arnav’s rigid back. He was glad Khushi had entered Arnav’s life, but also concerned. Whatever skeletons laid in her closet, he needed to find out and get to the bottom of it.

Arnav was tethering on an emotional avalanche. He was a man who didn’t love easily, but once he did, NK didn’t think there would be a limit. If such a man ended over a cliff, who the fuck knows what would happen.

He got up to leave, but as he turned the knob Arnav called out.

“NK?”

“Yeah?”

“She said she has interviews today… It’s not spying, she doesn’t recognize the dangers she could get into in this city.”

NK grinned, inwardly to himself of course. It amazed him how the world thought Arnav Singh Raizada was made of ice, the man had so much affection to give, “No worries, go make a few more millions, I’ll look after your woman.”

With that parting shot, he walked out.

His woman?

Yes, Arnav accepted, she was his woman, and he was her man. As much as she would allow.

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So… watcha think?

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If you’ve enjoyed the update, please let us know below. Your questions and comments helps us shape the story and also improve as writers. Thank you!

* adapted from The Awakening by  Kate Chopin

 

272 thoughts on “Interlude #1

  1. Wow. …thats another mind blowing interlude. ..i will be back to comment in detail. …
    Happy New Years to both of you SnK…all set to party the night away. …

      1. Oh i wish….i qas surprised thay my comment was first.I had cousins visiting and reading the update was done while makin cofee…and then i did not want to miss commenting like last time.. 😉

    1. Ignore S, she’s feeling feisty now that she finally can get into the holiday spirit! =p Looking forward to your thoughts on this update sweetie!

  2. Holy jesus mother of God! You gals just pulled obi wan kenobi on me! 😀

    I loved how you gave us their POVs but from a birds eye view. Stubborn, stubborn ArShi. 😛

    How do you girls make the love scenes exactly that? Not more, not less. It has never come across vulgar or over the board in any of the steamy parts thus far in the story and yet it has been sizzling enough to go weak in knees. 😉

    There is a lot that this Interlude has cleared up. I am glad that Khushi has Robbie. And that Khushi stood up for her principles without coming across as “I am a strong woman and to prove it, I must refuse men’s help.” Such a fine balance between being a feminist and going over board to be a man-hater. By the way, I voted for Robbie because she is a firecracker, a friend any girl would be lucky to have and our Khushi absolutely deserves her. 🙂 K, what made you believe we would favor Robbie?

    Yey!!! Arnav knows Payal & Trent will be there, now I am less worried for Khushi facing Payal at the engagement. Let’s see how long it takes Mr. Raizada to figure out the connection between Payal-Khushi-Trent and Anjali-Khushi. Arnav cannot take another betrayal? Is he thinking about his father or someone else, Lavanya perhaps? Did he fall for someone else, although from everything in the story so far, it does not seem so? Maybe another kind of betrayal? Why do I feel like Lavanya is at play somehow? Or am I wrong entirely?

    Can’t wait for Night #6 ladies. 😀

    S, I hope your term paper went well. 🙂

    Almost the new year ladies, and what a parting gift for this year… Thank you! <3 <3 <3

    1. Hahahaha how I love reading your comments Huma!

      Obi wan kenobi? Really? 😀
      Every relationship has that push-pull phrase – we’re just giving you guys the accelerated version. 😉

      Thank you for making the comment regarding the love scenes. K makes us fine tune each of them until we reach a balance of steamy sensuality without an ounce of vulgarity. 🙂

      Weak in the knees huh? GOOD!

      …. you should still worry about the upcoming confrontation…. hell I worry about it. 😛

      Regarding your questions about Arnav and the betrayal he’s referencing. I’ll provide a partial answer, since anything else would give away too much.
      Arnav has never been in love before, so the ‘betrayal’ isn’t referencing that kind of relationship. The rest… you’ll have to stew a bit longer. 😀

      The term papers were completed. By Sunday night that’s all I cared about lol. But thank you for the wishes 🙂

      I’ve got a toast for you Huma – may your New Year’s Eve be toasty and warm and 2015 be a year of brilliant adventures!

      1. Thanks S! 😃 Yes, Obi wan kenobi indeed. And, misa loves this accelerated version! 😍😉

        Thank you for the partial answer, it helped. But, I am so looking forward to reading more about it. O and worried I still am, but just less worried for Khushi and thrilled & looking forward to what happens to Payal more. 😈 😃

        Glad you are done with term paper S. Thank You for the toast. Happy almost New Year to you too! And wish you 2015 filled with new beginings, success, and all that’s best for you! ❤️❤️❤️💃🍀🌺

          1. Wait, what? Will it be NK or Aman? Or o wait, is Robbie invited to the engagement? Now I am super curious.

          2. And does that mean Arnav will have lost his marbles again or case of blueballs? Damn it K, so unfair! 😛

          3. Arnav will be too busy dealing with his own skeleton to play knight in shining armor. That’s all you’re getting from me =p

      2. S, are u a Star Wars fan? If yes, do you remember this scene:?

        Kenobi: “I have a bad feeling about this.”
        Jinn: “I don’t sense anything.”
        Kenobi: “It’s not about the mission, Master. It’s something elsewhere…elusive.”
        ―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn

    2. Thank you so much Huma! It always a pleasure to see your comments pop up in the peanut gallery ^^

      Which love scene did you find most sizzling? 😉

      HEE, it really wasn’t a fair bet for S. The love for Robbie has been overwhelming in the peanut gallery, I knew which way the wind blew 😀

      I’m glad our intent for Khushi came across so well. She has been on her own for a long time. She needs that independence, it’s the backbone of her ability to survive so much. And Arnav needs to get that. Thankfully, where he falters, he has a NK to nudge and guide 🙂 Looks like we need to give our resident PA a raise =p

      You shall have a huge chunk of your question answered in Night #7. ^^ We are so excited about that one.

      Night #6, however, will finally address a lot of … motives while murking up the water some more 😉

      1. K, my favorite love scene so far is the morning after. 🙂 There is just so much mushiness and sensuality in that scene… *dreamy*

        Looking forward to Night 6, 7, and the rest… 😛

        <3 <3 <3

  3. I came across this story just a couple of days back and I am glad I did! It’s so different from anything I have read so far. I don’t really know how to describe it, but it appeals to all your senses! I am very much looking forward to reading this and everything else that you both come up with.
    I love the way you have designed this blog – it’s so neat!
    I also saw the other blog where you have so many new recommendations. Will try to read them all eventually.

    1. Hi bellacoolioif! Welcome aboard the FWN Express! 😀
      Glad you stumbled down our rabbit hole.

      I hope you decide to join us in the peanut gallery as you delve into the story.

      The ficverse site and the design of this one is all K – shower that awesome woman with love! 🙂 Enjoy!

    2. Welcome to FWN bellacoolioif! ^^
      Thank you for such kinds words.
      I look forward to your thoughts on the story and also your company over at the ficverse site 🙂

  4. I adore you guys, but I’m literally about to do a face plant onto my laptop.
    Need to hit the sheets and get some serious shut eye.

    K’s laptop has been confiscated by her Arnavji 😉

    So we’ll both catch up with everyone tomorrow.

    Good night!

    1. Ha! He’s in a fit since I’ve been glued to my laptop lately. 😀

      Aww, I hope you got a good rest sweetheart. It’s definitely deserved.
      And… you’ll need the strength for the next update 😉

  5. I did not expect he interlude to be from both of their perspectives!!! I loved getting to know about how they both think (if that makes any sense)…clearly they like/love/care for each other but yet they do not really a a to admit it and are scared to confront the situation…I think Arnav should ask Khushi instead of investigating himself…Khushi could flip out eh e she finds out

    You guys write amazingly…patiently waiting for night 6

    1. Makes total sense. It was an exciting update to write. We wanted to show where they are emotionally. Glad you enjoyed it!

      Actually, despite the push-pull of their thoughts, by the end, Khushi AND Arnav reached an acceptance of some kind. Will they be openly declaring their feelings? Unlikely, but I think it’s safe to say they are willing to see where this leads. 🙂

      Arnav should definitely listen to NK 😀

  6. Loving the update….outstanding interlude….can we please, pretty please have the next update already….if IPKKND made me an addict to the tube…your story has me by the eyeballs and then some! Poor Khushi…love her determination to wait tables if nothing else in her bid to be independent. but is Mr. Raizada going to allow it…as dapper, suave and gorgeous as his TV avatar…nervous about Khushi meeting Payal and Trent…of course she now has our hero to watch her back…ahem…quite literally too!an awesome update, you write unbelievably….waiting!

    Anupama

    1. HEE, wasn’t this massive update enough? 😀

      You know every time we start writing, we tell ourselves this one shall be short and sweet – but somehow it balloons into these endless chapters. ^^

      Thank you! Nothing more rewarding than to know that we have managed to engage our readers.

      Our girl has a lot of pride, its a huge source of strength for her. Mr. Raizada will simply have to learn to adjust 😉

      Did you have a favorite scene in this update?

    2. HAHAHA For a moment I did a double take. Thought you said we had you by the balls instead of eyeballs! 😀

      Glad you enjoyed this update. We also had fun writing it… for the most part. Except for some hair tearing moments, but… well, it’s only to be expected when I have such a tough critic masquerading as my writing partner 😛

  7. I’m on cloud 9. Absolutely nothing is getting me off it. Not even crazy in-laws 😀
    Babes – what a fantastic update!

    Love the his/her viewpoints!

    I melted while listening to Waiting for a Girl Like You by Foreigner. Great choice! Will send you an email with more songs.

    That morning after….. OMFG! I literally squealed. Completely undignified squealing from a grown woman. And now I’m officially in love with FWN’s Arnav.
    I expected the sun to be a wake up call for them, instead you have them hurling towards full blown all consuming love. Yes, there’s doubt, but it makes it realistic, since they have known each other for only a handful of days. I do believe that when you meet the right person, you simply know.

    What I really like was that when they are together, both in bed and out, it’s perfect. The lovemaking, the little domestic moments. It’s only when they are apart that doubts seep in since they’ve been hurt before. How lucky both of them are to have such sensible and caring friends. To me, the crux of this Interlude seems to be that they have both accepted the relationship.

    Khushi thought it first, but in the end you had Arnav repeating it –
    Yes, Arnav accepted, she was his woman, and he was her man. As much as she would allow.

    Just perfect!

    Robbie is solid as a rock. That is why I voted for her. She is seriously a beautiful person, the best friend we all wish we had. Thank you for giving life to such a genuine character. One that I would love to personally know in real life.

    I’m not surprised Aman is such a favorite – even though his part is small, he shines in them. I’m touched by his words about Anjali and Varun. Accepting that she cared about another man before him, and confident in her love her him now. Arnav has a lot to learn from little brother.

    Please don’t make us wait too long for Night 6!

    1. How could I forget about Payal and Trent! You two just snuck up on us with that bit of info. Finally Arnav is connecting the dots. But I wish he would listen to NK, who seems to always be right in predicting Khushi’s (and women) behavior 😀

      You know what amaze me? Nothing in your updates are unconnected! I wondered about that scene with the reporter and now you’re tying it back. What will he find in Lucknow?

      So many mysteries and connections. I’m literally anxious!

      1. I promised you a story that will keep you on your toes and be one twisty jalebi didn’t I? Well…. we are striving to deliver on that promise 😉

        NK and Robbie should start a relationship consultation firm. Just having Arnav as a client would nab them millions. =p

    2. 😀 Totally there with you.
      Isn’t that song totally kickass?! We actually had a different idea for this update until Pyre sent those songs. And we simply knew it was where we wanted to steer Arnav & Khushi. ^^

      Considering the reason – squealing is completely understandable =p
      Sigh…. you know us so well. Yes!
      That was the intent. Together they are like two halves uniting, but doubts are natural when the brain kicks in. There are still fears, still doubts, but we wanted to show that they accept this for what it is. Either of them can deny the sexual pull, nor the one that is tugging at their heartstrings. Not quite what you expected yeah? 😀

      S & I are delighted with the poll’s results. First, since it didn’t skewer towards any one person too much. Second, the top two weren’t even the leads! That is so awesome I’m stunned and humbled. It will be fun though to see how things change by the end.

      I think Aman shall experience a huge popularity boost in the coming chapters 😀

      We have the outline done for Night #6… just need to write it. Although I think S needs a break. She’s been writing non-stop for weeks! We’ll let you know.

    3. Morning after was total fan service for you, so I’m glad you enjoyed it 😀

      It never ceases to amaze me whenever I see these comments for characters other than Arnav and Khushi. Totally awesome!

      I always hated the useless younger brother cliche. So we thought we’ll turn that on it’s head. 🙂

      Working on FWN is always a fun challenge, knowing you gals will be there at the end to give us such thoughtful comments and amazing support. It’s truly humbling.

      Thank you Mel!

  8. Insecurities.

    For me – it s the central theme of the update

    Khushi is a brilliantly, independent, mature, and headstrong woman. I keep seeing glimpses of a woman who [as I have told you before] has seen elitism and wealth. Her innate grace radiates this with aplomb and the hint of her educational status in the conversation with Robbie eludes to something quite academic and substantial. So the question is – why the low paid jobs?

    – maybe she doesn’t want to be a part of the ‘rat race?’ – but for some reason the seems unlikely to me
    – maybe she has confidence issues – she doesn’t always regard herself in high esteem. Does this insecurity spill into her professional life?
    – perhaps it is because these low paid jobs give her a sense of anonymity – is she hiding from someone? Maybe her own family. Arnav and NK’s interaction certainly seemed to suggest so

    Her thoughts of her relation with Arnav is honest and endearing. It is her first real relationship, and to paraphrase Austen; ‘she was in the middle before she even knew she had begun.’ she is a woman deeply in love, but as she says; something about this relationship is a ticking time bomb which I think Arnav realises too. For an incredibly successful man he is amazingly insecure regarding his ability to safeguard and keep Khushi with him. I think his skeletons my elude to love. Perhaps he has been burned badly [as per your hint] and the innocence of Khushi certainly seems to confuse his monochrome ways. She is the flash of siren red like his burgundy tie.

    But lets decode that red:

    – is it reflective of the sizzling passion which defines their current relationship status?
    – is it symbolic of a cherry and the fact that they are both virgins of true love?
    – is it a blaring siren of danger ahead?
    – or testament to how beautifully befitting red can be to monochrome hues
    – or even all [o none] of the above

    And then Trent?

    He has made Khushi the insecure woman she is today, and he is inadvertently feeding Arnav’s thoughts regarding his preciously fragile relationship with a green eyed woman who turns him into a green eyed monster.

    Ooh what hints, what skeletons, what love and many, many unanswered questions!

    Awesome work ladies xxx

      1. Although I bet on Robbie, Khushi is my personal favorite. I think it’s because when I write her parts, there’s this woman-to-woman connection. She’s falling in love, and it’s a beautiful experience. But for every magical kiss, there are a thousand doubts. Her honesty with herself, with Robbie and to an extent to Arnav, makes me feel so proud to claim her as a member of the sisterhood. I swear, it has come to the point where she leads the story and not us.

        1. I can sympathise with that completely. Quite quickly your ideas can take a back seat when writing as characters begin to dictate what they want to do. But hey; so far they seem to be leading you to a winning story! 🙂

    1. Ah ha! Total smart fish 😀

      Regarding Khushi’s career choice – your last guess is HOT! 😉

      Arnav has always limited his interactions with women (pretty much nothing beyond the bedroom) for reasons yet to be revealed. The dinner, sleepovers and morning coffees with Khushi are all new to him. He’s also a man who likes control – Hurricane Khushi isn’t allowing him that, so the poor man is off his game at the moment 😀

      I’m leaving decoding of burgundy to K, she is going to be hell excited you picked up on that.

      Thanks for the thoughtful comments and company Manreet 🙂

      1. Thank YOU so much for indulging me and my thoughts here S.

        Yay! At last finally one of my predictions is accurately hot! Khushi truly is an enigma wrapped in innocent beauty and I can’t wait to find out more about her.

        As for Arnav and his confusion – is it wrong to say that I find it incredibly endearing? I like the fact that he is confused about her, about his feelings and emotions.

        I look forward to the ‘red’ analysis 🙂 xx

    2. YES!!!!
      I’m totally delighted you hit on the burgundy. I was just complaining to S that everyone is ignoring our neon color hints. 😀
      I won’t confirm nor deny your breakdown, because that’s no fun =p
      However, here’s some food for thought:

      Khushi wore a CHERRY bikini during their poolside interlude
      Anjali carried a RED umbrella when they met
      The tie she chose for Arnav is BURGUNDY

      Different shades of red carry their own significance. Just keep that in mind.
      After all, it’s Arnavji’s favorite color 😉

      1. I did wonder if the cherry red bikini was a clue, and damn I didn’t even consider the umbrella!

        Red can be:
        – fire
        – passion
        – anger
        – warning
        – death
        – over
        – and or course Arnav 😛

        1. Just keep tabs on the red, they’re like cookie crumbs in the woods ^^
          ….I think I’m revealing my love for fairytales way too much 😀

  9. For some reason, when S announced the interlude in the last teaser I thought we’ll be getting a tiny update. But then I opened my email this morning and get this!

    I’m sending both of you a giant bear hug. Because what a wonderful gift to receive just before the start of a new year.

    Unfortunately I have to go into work. Will come back to read tonight!

  10. Insecurities coming in already😔? Im dreading Payal And Trent at the party… Missed the Arnav-khushi conversations and closeness that had started off in the last chapter, nonetheless, their POVs provided ample evidence to their sizzling chemistry and growing love. Arnav acknowledges how khushi is simple but behaves like a queen…waiting for her past to come out, am sure u’ve made it very interesting!
    I voted for Robbie. She has spunk, is Classy and fearless. And every gal needs a friend like her!

    1. But think of how much a relationship will progress once insecurities are addressed! 😉
      We think it’s interesting, hopefully so will you!
      Another Robbie vote huh? LoL, seems like the Aman fans must be our silent readers 😀

    2. We are in agreement on Robbie 🙂

      Don’t dread Payal and Trent, they make the story interesting! 😀 Besides Khushi has a lot of white knights ready to offer protection 😉

  11. Hi .. Another superb update … Loved the way u gave out both of theirs povs .. So many secrets … Waiting for thm to unfold … Love both robbie and NK i tgink thy r both n their respective ways doing whats best for their friend n boss (respectively)… I would love to read abt their chemistry as well … Maybe u could plan another story on thm … Thy r sure firecrackers … Why do i get the feeling robbie too has some skeleton.. Well will wait for answer to unfold.
    Oh n n the poll i voted for aman … Somthng abt him has intrigued me frm the second update onwards… The way he wrote to khushi urging her to go for arnav n then ar the diner the way he got up n felt for anjali was touching … He surely is a gem n like NK said redeemed playboys make the best partners… Aman i guess is just doing tht … Wanted to vote for robbie but guess aman just stole my heart … Uve given him the perfect mix of playfullness n intensity …
    Love the way each of of thm stand for each other ( specially the bromance between aman nk)
    I’m Loving ths fic more than i thot … Wish u give us more than 12 chap
    Enjoyy n wishing everyone a very happy new year
    By the way yest mrng whn i chkd my phone n saw the update i was thrilled .. Thot of it as a gr8 gift for my bday 😘

    1. Awww… a belated but heartfelt Happy Birthday surileena!!!!
      I hope you had a memorable celebration ^^

      As much as I also adore NK and Robbie, we can’t afford to do a spin off. Although thank you for the compliment! It’s a constant surprise to us how loved these two are. Unexpected, but wonderfully so! I will promise that we deliver a proper line for these two 🙂

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Aman. S & I did wonder at his surprising second place in the polls! I’ll give you a little hint – the love factor for Aman is going to go up a LOT in Night #7 😀

      HEE, these updates are so long, I think 12 Nights is more than enough. Not to mention all the outttakes, interludes and epilogue.

      Happy New Year to you sweetie!

      1. Thank you so much for ur wishes …
        Would so love to read all the outakes interludes n epilouge
        Waiting for the next update though
        Nd ya would be able to read all of the above if im able to bcome a priveledged member of ur vip lounge … Waiting … It would be an honour
        U guys r amazing with ths story … Cant eait to read more of ur wrks

    2. You should have told us! Happy Happy Birthday surileena! 😀
      May it be the best year yet!

      We are already writing way more then we intended. Did you know each update was only suppose to be 2,500 – 4,000 words? So far nothing has been less than 5000 LOL

      As much as I would personally love to explore Robbie further, along with her crackling chemistry with NK, we don’t have the luxury. We will however do our best with what we have and give you gals closure on them 🙂

      You will enjoy what we have planned for Aman then. 😀

      1. Thank u soo much …
        AlwAys waiting for more … I totally understand.. Its ur baby n do as u guys feel best … Love it
        As readers v r always demanding more … 😜
        Waiting for the next night though😘

  12. wow… This interlude is just perfect… into Arnav’s past and insecurities…into Khushi’s fears…but both knowing by now that it will be difficult to part from the other as much as holding to them incompletely.. Now…there’s another clue of Khushi not using her real qualification for job hunt…whats is her true qualification ..? When will NK really find the connection between Payal, Khushi and Gupta’s..? Whats the animosity between Garima and Raizada’s..? So much to be revealed .. Can’t wait for next update already..

    P.S : HAPPY NEW YEAR

    1. Happy New Year jyothim! By the way I’ve been meaning to ask you – did you receive the VIP invite? We’ve heard from everyone else, just wanted to make sure 🙂

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed this update. We will be addressing many of these questions in the coming Nights – hang tight! ^^

    2. Hahaha, so many questions 😀 Good!
      We’ll address them in the coming updates.
      I think you especially will appreciate Night #6 😀

      Wish you a great 2015 jyothim!

  13. First of all, thanx for giving us a beautiful morning-after. 😉

    I totally support and understand Khushi’s stand of working and staying financially independent. It is quite natural for her to feel, that currently their relationship is nothing more than physical. They have been together, but for a few nights. Although she may have acknowleged that her feelings run deep, there hasn’t been a hint of commitment from Arnav’s side. Besides she has had her heart crushed and tossed, once before. This is where her insecurities and uncertainties stem from. She may also fear that Arnav is way out of her league. When the clock strikes 12, the fairy tale would end and she would lose her prince. And commitment or not, Khushi comes off as a woman who would hold her identity very dear.

    I loved the phone convo between Robbie and Khushi. Robbie is a gem. She is someone every girl has to have in her life. A true friend, a confidante …. someone who brings a ray of sunshine when the skies are gray. Their friendship is worth treasuring.
    Khushi is well aware that NK is a keeper and has no qualms in letting her friend know that she needs to give a chance of NK. RoNK has a lot of potential. 😉

    “You are truly wasted bussing tables, Khushi”… hmm, that caught my attention. If Khushi is qualified, what is stopping her from exploring her talent?

    A high-five to NK for apprising Arnav of the truth of his relationship with Khushi. That he was being ridiculous in exercising husbandly rights over her when he hadn’t given her any promise of togetherness.

    I will come to the ‘Trent’ part in a couple of days, Girls. Am hosting new year’s party tonight. Guests staying over. a bit busy.

    Here’s wishing all the FaWNians a Very Happy New Year. 🙂

    1. Hey, hope you girls had a rocking new year’s eve.
      I am bk with the rest of my comment.

      Girls, lemme take a moment to say you do a great job at penning passion. Your love scenes are scorching yet beautiful, without being crude or vulgar. And it’s a fine line. Setting up the scene in your mind, putting words to the thoughts and then conjuring an impressive love scene ain’t a cakewalk. So gr8 job, Gals. 🙂

      “That’s because you’re related to Ebenezer Scrooge, pre-ghost visits, LOL :-D. Gosh, I adore this guy.

      “You came, you interrupted, you annoyed now you want to tell me why you’re here?” ha, ha… I love their banter.

      Khushi’s past is getting revealed piece by piece. She had once practised to tie a knot for her father. She was close to her dad/uncle Shasti Gupta??
      Payal and Anjali know each other from college days and Payal is loaded…. hmmmm

      “Didn’t you learn anything from flying fruits?”

      “Yeah, how to dodge.” ROFL 😀 Take a bow, Girls!!

      Arnav, one of the most eligible bachelors in the tri-state area, being insecure and jealous, credit to a certain Trent Matthews? And he wouldn’t survive another betrayal? He, as in a lover or a businessman? However amidst all the uncertainties, I am glad he admitted, albeit to himself, that she was his and they belonged to each other.

    2. Priya – you are so bias towards your NK =p

      Thank you for wishes sweetie – mind was absolutely fantastic! I hope that NY party you hosted rocked!

      And thank you so much for the compliment regarding the love scenes. 🙂 Truly I stress over those! One thing I hate more than anything are gutter shots in the ficverse. It just demeans an act I find beautiful between lovers.

      HEE I thought you would enjoy the banter between Arnav and NK 😀 Our PA deserves a raise doesn’t he?

      Arnav is jealous, but I don’t find him insecure. He’s just off his game since Khushi is not acting like all the women who came before her in his life. He doesn’t know what to do with her. It’s this very aspect however that draws him to her. Although, being Mr. Bossy – it also drives him up the wall =p

    3. Hahaha K is so right, the NK bias is very obvious 😀
      I do wish we had room for more RoNK. You know initially they weren’t even suppose to connect this way, but the comments from you gals made us dig deeper and we were very surprised (and pleased) with the result. While they won’t get as much time in the spotlight as Arshi, we do promise to deliver a proper ending for these two. 🙂

      Glad you like the banter between Mr. Hothead and his Level Headed Ponytailed right hand man 😉

      A true friend, a confidante …. someone who brings a ray of sunshine when the skies are gray. Their friendship is worth treasuring. YES! So well said Priya! It’s exactly what we want to show between Robbie & Khushi. 🙂

  14. Once again you two have done a wonderful job. Getting to know what they are thinking about the other. I love this strong headed,confident and stubborn Khushi. Both of them has already accepted that there is more than physical attraction and now Arnav has accepted that Khushi is his woman.
    The morning after was something I was looking forward…..thought that as soon as the sun will be high Arnav will also put his guards up. Insecurities are rearing their heads and with that vulnerability too. Many of the skeletons are out in this update. Arnav’s insecurity about relationship stems from some serious damage in the past. Khushi’s low profile job was something which makes me think that what is it or what who is it that she wants to stay away from? She belongs from a well todo and renowned family and has a good upbringing too so what is the reason that she is keeping herself in disguise?
    Aman…….a man with a golden heart under the flirty mask. Will it be too much if I say that little brother is much more matured and level headed that big B? NK…..what can somebody want if you have a friend like him? ” No worries, go make a few more millions, I’ll look after your woman” God! I just love him .
    I had voted for Robbie……..a true friend ,a genuine human being,smart ,witty and the only girl who is capable of giving Arnav a earful or can take the bull by horn when needed. Apart, Robbie is one of your brainchild, a friend everyone wishes for. I would want to ask you both where is this character inspired from?

    S and K this interlude has opened up to so many mysteries . Let’s see what’s there in your paradoras box.
    Happy New Year to all my FWN readers to both the wonderful writers of FWN.

    1. Thank you Rani!

      HEE this Pandora Box has enough mysteries to last all the way up until Night #12 😀 We hope you gals have enough stamina to see it through. ^^

      Little b is way more level headed than big B 😀 But then he’s had an Anjali for two years. Arnav has finally found his Khushi, so things will be rocky for a while yet ^^

      I’m glad Robbie has made such an impression! Pyre also ask us about our inspiration for the characters. S & I will answer it soon in the lounge ^^

      Happy New Year to you too sweetie! And thank you for all the love for us and FWN 🙂

    2. We are honestly getting a bit nervous about all your expectations. Although it’s always nice to hear that we delivered on the promise of the teaser 😀

      I think in life there is nothing more meaningful than making connections with people that will stand by you in thick and thin. Beyond the love story, K & I really wanted to shine a spotlight on the kinds of friendship we cherish. They can be a little nosy, they drive you crazy, but they are always looking out for you. It makes us very happy to see the warm responses to Aman, NK, Robbie and Anjali. 🙂

  15. It was incredible!!!!!!! Very interesting and that was my most favourite moment when arnav felt insecure being khushi’s second love how he frozed 🙂 it was really amazing n touchy plzzzzz update soon n im loving this nk moreeeee 😉

    1. Thanks nhcrnani 🙂
      We are working on Night #6. There’s a lot of work involved since we’re setting up for the maha update in #7 😀

      Btw – who did you vote for in the poll?

  16. What a start for the new year! Thanks for the update and its length ! 🙂
    Before the start of a love letter , a few things to be said.:D
    I voted for Robbie and my love for her character is well mentioned in my comments.
    I liked this new style of writing which was adopted. It put us on edge for whats gonna come next! As well as, reading the same events through different Point of view gives a better perception and understanding of the situation.
    Monday:Well you had already made us anticipate the morning after through the teaser.With all the building emotions and the little teasing, it was a great read. The culmination of Khushi’s thoughts would be, the line which you so well framed “If it wasn’t love yet, it had definitely gone beyond mere lust, and she was teetering on the edge of an emotional chasm.” Maybe its the same for him but as we know our hero is a bit of lacking when it comes to name his emotions!
    I love how emotional, yet innocently charming Khushi is! The Dhak, Dhak sequence was completely aww-inducing!NK-Arnav conversation was totally entertaining.
    “A scent his body was learning to crave.” can be deciphered as A heart which was getting accustomed to the presence of an anchor, a support.
    In all, the monday morning unit was a breeze to read, underlined with subtle emotions and teasing.
    The next bit caught up with Khushi’s past.This investigation will throw some light on the Gupta issue. Now its like the questions tumbling out- Arnav’s past, Khushi’s former days..Wonder what effects will the opening of the Pandora’s box brings. “survive another betrayal”-now that just pops another question in the pool of many. Betrayal from whom? Family, Lover but something surely connected to Lucknow.
    Arnav’s insecurities are well placed and as someone said, “nothing holds backs one more than insecurities.” So until his doubts are cleared, its sure that he will be confused on the emotional front. Well we can say for Khushi that it was not first love because it was one which was plotted and twisted by the end of it.
    And not to forget, I like The-Mr. Possessive attitude 😉
    Tuesday-“What void was he trying to fill?”- This was a well placed question by Khushi. What void and maybe ‘whose’ void?
    “Arnav was beginning to think a lifetime wouldn’t be enough to sate himself with Khushi.”- Dont they say that its the thought that matters??;) Its completely obvious that he finds solace in her, with her, just her..
    Wednesday-Again Robbie does the thing which made her the favourite character.
    Umm..there was something confusing in the conversation btw Robbie&Khushi. Something happened an year ago..”With your intelligence, you’re truly wasted busing tables, Khushi.” “What’s wrong with earning an honest living?” Maybe. Just a Maybe that she was being followed, targeted and this was an attempt at keeping a low status?? Thats why she is hiding her true identity also.
    As glad I am for Robbie being in Khushi’s life, it gives me the same happiness that some people like NK and Aman are there in Arnav’s life. They understand him and are pillars of support for him..
    Through this update I would say that Khushi has that independent streak, she is also constant aware of the what their deal entails and under what circumstances it was formed. This goes on to show how highly she holds her self respect and how she doesn’t let her emotions take better of her when she is unsure of the degree of their emotional entanglement.. Yes, she does seem to follow the ‘Once bitten, twice shy’ approach but nevertheless follows her heart but takes her brain along as her constant companion.
    For Arnav, vulnerability is just the word. But its only fair for him to be vulnerable for, obviously a heart which has been kept with an aid of an icebox will take time to thaw to emotions and feelings.
    The best lines from the update which truly summarises the relationship
    “The newness of their relationship was wrought with too many possibilities for missteps and miscommunication.”- which clearly indicates that factors like Pride&Prejudice along with fear and vulnerability have the chances to act as roadblocks in their relationship
    “she was his woman, and he was her man. As much as he would allow.” & “she was his woman, and he was her man. As much as she would allow.”–
    These lines brings us back to a full circle whose ends are not met..For Now.

    Awaiting the Teaser for Night #6. Thank You ladies for yet another incredible and engrossing update. 🙂

    1. And what a delight to see this love letter waiting for us ^^

      Will be back to give this a proper response. My body is craving sleep after being up so late these past few days. I hope you had a rockin New Year’s Eve!

    2. This writing style drove me nuts! I think we’ll reserve it for the Interludes only. ^^

      The dhak-dhak sequence is actually my personal favorite! How brave is Khushi for sharing something most women wouldn’t dream of saying out loud? Arnav really should just surrender his heart at his point yeah? 😉

      It must be said – you have an uncanny ability to pick up on the key thoughts of our hero. I genuinely don’t think any of our readers has tapped into Arnav’s psyche nearly as well. 🙂

      Ha! S loves the The-Mr. Possessive attitude too 😀

      To clarify on the Robbie-Khushi conversation. Robbie’s comment about it being a year ago is referring to the fact that they’ve had this conversation before, and a year later Khushi is STILL withholding the truth from her.

      Did you take a peek inside our Pandora’s Box? Because many of those guesses are very close. I won’t confirm any since what would be the fun in that? =p But you’re definitely thinking along the right lines.

      I hope we won’t disappoint in the actual revelations of all these secrets ^^

      A heart which was getting accustomed to the presence of an anchor, a support. <– How I adore this comment! Are you a writer yourself RD?

      1. I read the Robbie-Khushi convo again and realized my error of interpretation.Thanks for clarifying K!
        Rightly said,whats the fun if the cat is already out of the bag. Anticipation has its own thrills. And I am sure that both of you will make it more than worth the wait! 🙂
        Me? Writer! Nah! I am too busy reading 😉

    3. Truly you amaze me with the length and awesomeness of YOUR comments 😀

      I like a touch of green in my men. Although, not to the point where it consumes them and stifle their better half. A possessive Arnav to me is simply irresistible 😉

      Yes! With Arnav it’s always the thoughts that matters since the words rarely ever reaches his lips. He has better things to communicate with them 😛

      One of my favorite songs from the Beatles is ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ – we structured the people around Khushi & Arnav embodies the song. Considering how much they’ve suffered, it seems only fair for the universe to deliver such pillars of support. 🙂

      Seems like we have quite a few Austen fans in the house eh K? 😀 You know…. I’ve been dying to try my hands at merging IPK with P&P.. hmmmm…. shall tuck this away as a one shot idea 🙂

      1. I dont have a clue how the comments turn out so long! I am glad to be present here, reading such amazing stuff. I just hope that the comments does a little justice to the awesomeness of your writings! 🙂

        IPK with P&P! We should definitely hold you to it after you present us with ‘Adrift…’ 😉

  17. Gals, I was listening to “The heart wants what it wants…. by Salena Gomez and hope you will like it too.

  18. An amazing update! Loved Robiie’s support. Arnav’s fear is very understanable, hope he talks to Khushi and clears his doubts and over comes his fears. Same goes for Khushi too, since both know they feel for each other and can protect each other.

    Love NK and Aman’s take.

    A very happy new year!

  19. Nice surprise this New Year morning to see your email and this interlude! And more was revealed about Khushi’s past here – there has always been this cloud of mystery around her. And some mystery and suspense keeps the reader always waiting for more and that is exactly what you are doing! There must be some skeletons in the closet with answers in Lucknow?

    And Khushi is still an enigma – does she also have a college education? Seems like it – obviously she is smart but something is making her give it up! And for what – to hide from people because she is running away from them?

    Anjali and Payal went to Barnard? That is interesting – if Anjali really knows Payal then she should definitely be supportive to Khushi later!
    So many possibilities and questions – hope we get a few answers in your next update 🙂

    1. Alright! I’m thrilled you decided to hop into the peanut gallery cocoamob 😀
      If you read our 2015 note, we gave a hint regarding Khushi ^^

      What is a story without some suspense? 😉 I’m glad you gals are thinking along the right directions, but not figuring out the entire puzzle. That means we aren’t doing a half bad job. HEE

      Yes, Lucknow holds secrets. Although THAT particular reveal is still a ways off. Stay tune!

  20. “You came, you interrupted, you annoyed”
    Love it! Think from now on, veni vidi vici will be met with a what’s that?!

  21. ‘Robbie’ really!!!!!!!
    Anyways, I can’t think of anybody else other than my ‘Arnavji’ 😉

    Now, coming to my comment. I am scared looking at the length of others. But, I am not discouraged. All I have to say is, that the images interspersed are so yummy that it makes my imagination go wild. The story ofourse is progressing great, but I want to go inside Arnav’s mind to get an idea behind the urgent need for Khushi as I am a little confused there.

    1. Oh I know it’s only Arnavji for you. HEE

      We love getting notes – whether they are a post-it or a love letter ^^
      The visuals fuel the imagination yeah? 😉

      The story operates on two key premise in which you either accept or you don’t. For all it’s modern day trappings – this is essentially our take of Cinderella. Arnav and Khushi are soulmates who found each other through the guiding hands of fate (and a little help from their friends). They are fighting it with logic, with walls, with fear – but the emotional pull is something we attribute to an unexplainable sense of connection only the universe is privy to. What can I say? We’re romantics 🙂

  22. Sorry, I meant to come back, but you know how family + holidays + quiet time for reading don’t mix too well. 🙂

    This was such a romantic and interesting update!
    I read all their moments together twice. The way you have them interact, it’s just the right mix of sweet and sizzling. Very addicting!

    I love the idea of soulmates, and to me this update showed how Khushi and Arnav are inching towards recognizing that’s what they are to each other. It’s understandable that there are doubts and fears, but the pull is undeniable.

    Their gang of friends again stole the show. How lucky these two are to have level headed people around them. It’s like you turned IPKKND the show on it’s head. In there everyone was too stupid and too selfish to be of any help to Arshi. In FWN you give them a Robbie, Aman, NK. Really, outside of their chemistry, this is my favorite aspect of this story.

    I voted for Khushi. I really like all of them, but I’m so happy to have an interesting Khushi for once, I had to go with that. You have made her so strong and endearing. Give us the next part soon!

    1. Completely understand sweetie. No apologies necessary. I do hope the holidays were enjoyable for you 🙂

      You so get us! Yes, sometimes when it’s the right moment, the right person, everything just clicks into place. ^^ But our stubborn couple has a way to go yet before they reach acceptance 😀

      That’s what drove me crazy about the show. Considering how much Anjali wanted her chote to find the right girl and live in marital bliss, SHE was the problem most of the time. Let’s not forget all the cockblocking =p Robbie is our up yours to the failure of Payal as a supporting sister to Khushi. Glad you picked up on that. ^^

    2. You know how much we love shows that have a strong friendship element. I would be bored to death if we only had Arnav & Khushi to work with. But your enjoyment of them really ups our enthusiasm when we write. 🙂

  23. I don’t know how I missed it. 🙁 Reset the settings for instant alert 🙂
    They both want to be completely each others but are holding themselves to tell this to each other because they are scared to lose. They both are thinking the same thing “as much as he/she would allow”. It’s obvious that they are in love given that they both want to extend their time to a lifetime. There is no doubt left now.
    Ok so not only Anjali but Arnav knows Payal and Guptas well too. And someone is digging in to his past too. Opps looks like the skeletons will start coming out of closets soon. Harsh, painful truths will start coming out in the open soon. I advise them to be with each other to sail through the storm.

    1. HEE, a wise decision 😉

      When you’ve been burned, it’s hard to have the courage to reach out again.

      Lucky for them, there’s a group of concerned friends ready to kick butt in case they eff things up =p

      Expect a floodgate of skeletons soon. Let’s see how our couple flair in it’s wake. I think the question is – are they strong enough yet to withstand the storm? ^^

  24. I’m so sorry for such a late comment, have been really busy because of the holidays with my family and school starting back but better late than never right? Happy New Year to you both 😀

    Firstly I would like to say that I voted for Robbie because I love the character she plays in this story not that I love Arnav any less… He is my favorite in general and one of the best in this story as well but I like to pick favorites based on the story.

    Now coming to the story and the part I have been itching to give my views on. I absolutely loved this update like every other one. But in this I loved Khushi’s maturity and independency that she has… it’s really nice to see her in this way rather than the way the show and some other authors portrayed her as weak and fragile. I also loved the way Arnav completely shut himself off to not show his feelings but then NK saw right through him… One of my favourite things in this update. One thing I am confused about… what was the sudden need for Khushi that Arnav had? And I loved every part with Arnav and Khushi but most of all I loved the fact that he said “she was his woman, and he was her man. As much as she would allow”
    Thank you for this beautiful update 😀 I am really looking forward to night 6! 🙂

    1. Haha there’s no 24 hours deadline for comments 😀 We appreciate your company whenever it’s possible.

      Another Robbie. Damn, I really should have read the peanut gallery before I agreed to the bet with K.

      Who else sees through our bullshit faster than friends? 😀
      Regarding your confusion – it has been brought to our attention that Arnav’s need for Khushi comes across as a bit sudden. We didn’t think so, but shall endeavor to provide better insight in the next update. 🙂

      Hope you’ll like what we have planned for Night #6!

    2. No worries sweetie, your obligation to school and family must take precedence! ^^

      It’s a delight to hear the positive support for Khushi. We want her to be our heroine in every sense of the word 🙂

  25. Wow such a nice new year gift really loved the interlude.the way both expressed their POV about their relationship is nice as they are confused n don’t know what to do with these new feelings which arose when they are together,it’s really nice to see khusi as an independent women n she stands on her decision,I’m now waiting for their pasts to reveil n what is the connection of khusi’s with shashi Gupta.arnav is insecure in his relation n feels Trent a threat as he thinks that khusi might have still feelings for him poor baby don’t get upset she is all yours.

    1. LOL so true. She is totally his, the one who doesn’t see this clearly is Arnav 😀
      Reveals will starting out in the next few updates – we hope you like what we have planned. 😉

  26. Soo much love, its making me cry.. Its such a beautiful update.. Dont no wat more to say.. Love it

  27. After reading the update and all the comments I feel like having a Dr. Watson of my own- what with all the hidden clues and the colour symbolisms and scary past connections..!!! But surely you would forgive me if I get too entangled in Arnav and Khushi and their acidity- inducing romance to connect the dots :p But even the sword of uncertainties perpetually hanging over their heads couldn’t detract from the all-consuming passion and the uncanny connection that they both share.
    Arnav is too smart to be blindsided by anyone, especially when he has NK and Aman with him. He is an uncontrollable force of nature and anyone who has even an ounce of brain would know not to trifle with him and the people he cares about. But sadly he is too busy slaying his own demons to play saviour. It is easy to play on his insecurities and innate fear of betrayal. A vulnerable Arnav is endearing but a smart, in-control, possessive Arnav is sexy-as-hell.
    Khushi is actually the one at a disadvantage here for she doesn’t know what is going to hit her at the party. An emotionally closed-off Arnav is more than a handful, surely a blast-from-the-past is cruelty at this point!!! But she is strong and brave and willing to break free of the shackles holding her back and take a chance again. The biggest roadblock in their way to HEA are their own insecurities and fears and the past demons. The newness of their relationship is both terrifying and exciting and both are treading on shaky, unfamiliar grounds. And now their bond and the kind-of acceptance they both reached in this update will be sorely tested.
    Waiting for the shit to hit the fan..!!! You both are evil!! 🙂

    1. We prefer wicked 😉
      I love reading your comments – why are you stingy with them? 😀

      You have summed up their fears and insecurities wonderfully. Outside of their romance, our main angle in this piece is to have two strong individuals confront their key weakness – the past. It is the only way to move forth. The stakes are incredibly high, because its not just for their sakes alone, there are friendships, family ties, and hearts on the line. Let’s see how they fare 😀

    2. Oh! A Sherlock fan! 😀
      Yes, focus on their acidity, our story hardly deserves so many avid detectives! lol.
      Well, they have entire Night before the big showdown to fortify their bond 😉 You know us, much can happen in a very short time frame 😉

  28. Wished I had read this before giving you my guesses to Shyam’s musing. They have something special beyond the hot passion, the Dhaks, Dhaks are real on both side. He knows it too because he has already broken all his relationship rules with her. But once burned, twice cautious on both sides. Love their perspectives both internally and with their closest friends. Robbie is a keeper as she fully understands, supports and nudges Kushi accordingly. I love Kushi’s feedback to her on NK and her relationship – think this Aussie is smart enough to see past her tough girl exterior and make a go at a relationship with her. Hope she gives him a chance just like she is counselling Kushi. I also love how Arnav’s pov came after Kushi as it explained everything about his withdrawals and mood swing / closure of emotions. Aman is a real gem with his attitude of being Anjali’s present and future as opposed to her past which is dead. Poor Arnie is shaking in his boots about a woman’s first love. Personally I think it is overrated, who wants to cling on to puppy love when there is so many more angles to explore in a mature relationship where you know exactly what you want and how to get it as opposed to be influenced by someone else’s raging hormones. Yikes I have become too cynical now. – anyhow whatever it is for Kushi, Arnav is scared that he will lose her to that puppet on a string who did not have the balls to stand up to the devil Payal.

    I personally think you guys let out many cats out of the bag with this interlude. Payal hates Kushi because she may be Shasti Gupta’s illegitimate daughter and perhaps even having a share in her inheritance. I remember the comment about the apples not falling far from the tree and just connected the dots as to why Payal may have gone psycho with Kushi being the love child of her father maybe. To make matters worse, her boyfriend turned spineless husband also fell in love with her father’s bastard child. This will also explain Kushi’s sophisticate intellectual. Man, this Kushi’s independence is perfectly balanced by her confidence and this is probably what makes her a perfect match for Raizada. I think she has been well educated beyond the high school GED. she is trying to hide who she is as she probably suffered a lot from the riches she had. Funny that Arnav is trying to protect her from the big city wolves for her interviews when she probably knows very well how to deal with these same wolves. As for Arnav, I think you are sticking to the show’s line where his father cheated on his mother and led to the mom committing suicide. Lavanya may be a by product of this relationship and hence a reminder of his mom’s demise. As for why the gossip columnist is on his way to Lucknow, I think Shyam may have fed him a tip.
    I am addicted to this story girls, perfect balance of a modern relationship with all the soap dramas and full of passion. A man after my heart and a strong heroine. What else can make it better? Oh yeah, you already did with the amazing supporting cast of the bros, the BFF and the witch. My poor husband cursed the day I turned on the tV at my mom’s house to see the passion that Arhi was burning through the screen with an almost kiss. I hate Indian serials (my sisters are crazy about them) but I guess I grew up in NA and hence could not relate to bahu-sasuma serials. They did not spare me when I became an IPK addict. So be warned, I will be stalking for updates. cheers!

    1. …. your long beautiful comments… I have this big grin on my face 😀

      (hey S, another one who gets the difference between Arnav & Arnie! 😉 )

      HEE, I do enjoy your thoughts on Payal and Trent. Looking forward to them once we hit the climax ^^ Puppet and devil indeed!

      Oh ho! Did you find our pandora’s box? Your guesses a VERY VERY good. Won’t confirm them, since that’s no fun, but I would say 75% spot on. 😀

      Thank you for the wonderful compliment! Ugh… we are feeling the pressure to meet all the expectations now that we realize what keen readers we have! Your company is a delight raila, bring on the stalking! 😀

    2. I’m with you. First love is terribly overrated. Who wants to cling onto a puppy when you have a man on hand? 😉
      You have the advantage of reading the updates close together, I think many of our readers forget the last chapter they read as we are slow with updates 😀

      Thank you for the wonderful comments raila! We are always delighted when we are lucky enough to attract engaged readers like yourself. I hope you’ll enjoy the coming chapters!

  29. Posted this by mistake on Hello 2015 page!!
    Well going to and fro through dates is a bit confusing at first but when you grasp it makes an interesting read.
    First you get Khushi’s perspective and think oh.. ASR is holding himself, his defence walls going up to protect his heart. But when you read abt his Monday you understand better..

    HP daniels?? Business rival?? He is flying to Lucknow to get some dirt on Arnav?
    I remember a mention of Arnav’s heartbreak(?) earlier. esp this line “He wouldn’t survive another betrayal.”Was it a relationship of love plus trust? Or the same premise as we saw in the show?
    But things are different here right? Anjali is not his sister. You girls are adding layers of mystery to Arnav and Khushi.
    What’s Khushi’s true profession and why is she running away keeping low profile doing some odd jobs? I think the reason is the woman you mentioned in hello 2015 note.

    1. No worries. K took care of it for you. She’s … strict about where things go 😛
      The writing style was very challenging to tackle! But I’m glad you enjoyed the results.

      HP Daniels = the reporter. Remember when he smashed the guy’s camera?
      My lips are sealed regarding Arnav’s sense of betrayal. It’ll come up in later chapters. FWN takes very little from the show, although we do like to pay the occasional tribute. 😉

      Night #7 will be a big night – stay tune!

  30. Awesome I’m loving every bit of this story…. Oh wat would Arnav do without Aman n NK ….oh I can not decide who I like more…. Can I love all 3 of them ….I love it when Aman n NK gang up against Arnav…. Oh n the scene where NK interrupts Arnav n khushi was hilarious…. Oh Arnav is falling hard …. N is jealous oh Trent … N concerned for khushi…. Awwww feel happy…. But I’m scared what is payal going to to… Off to next chap

  31. That was Incredible. I hope you won’t mind my saying this was my favourite part of the story so far. We got a glimpse of the real Arnav and the way he loves when he falls for a woman. Its all encompassing. He is vulnerable. And protective. And I love NK in this story. And I love him more as I read further.
    PS- There are parts of the story which need a code. Can I please get the code in order to read it.

    1. Why would we mind? Glad you enjoyed the Interlude. 😀
      Heh heh, nice to know our Aussie has so many fans!

      The Outtakes and Epilogue are exclusives for VIPs only.
      We send out invites very other week to active commenters, if it’s something you’re interested in… well then you know what to do. 😉

  32. Khusi standing on her independent grounds… arnav and his possessiveness and protectiveness for khusi…hot sex scenes .. nk kicking the strip club owner ass… need I say more. S&K keep it up.. by the way girls what is this VIP longe all about and how do I become a member

  33. superb interlude…… robbie n nk are a blessing for khushi and arnav. khushi can share everything with her and Nk doesnt even need to hear it from Arnav.
    dear arnav thought one night of sex will be enuf to let go of her, but looks like by end of two nights he very well learnt tht is not the case.
    Poor guy is so confused and worried….. he want to send her away the inute he is satisfied with her and still he doesnt want her to go out for work. Glad that Khushi is strong enuf to stand on her words…. As Nk once suggested guess Arnav shud start learning to crawl…. and looks like tht day wont be far wen he hurt her and beg for forgiveness….
    now the mystery between khushi’s mom and sashti guptas relation…. and what happened an year ago tht khushi decided to look for odd jobs…… am hoping she is a designer……

  34. I am loving this story!
    I admire how Khushi continues to be independent.
    I am excited to read the next updates and I feel that there will be a lot of drama in the upcoming parts. I hope I’m right?
    I really like Arnav as well and I like how Arshi have NK and Robbie as best friends who truly care about them.
    Keep up the good work 🙂

  35. Ok I can read the interludes…. thought I had to be on the vip lust. Dah…missed bits of the story! Ok this was so good, bits of ghe next vhapters fell into place! Love the writing, a synopsis of the times they spent together ans apart. Right off to read the others

  36. Awww man! Have you ever read a book that you want never to end. The very idea that it will end, even if the end is everything that you are hoping for, depresses you. I have been lucky enough to have read a few such. And I have found one more. So to avoid getting to the end, and of course the fact that it is NOT finished yet, which means waiting… I have to pace myself. Keep it coming Ladies!

  37. This reminds me, I’m still yet to listen to all the songs you guys have recommended, asli duniya is being super demanding and I thought commenting took top place rather than music. As soon as I find time, I’m off to treating my ears to whatever greats you have curated for our auditory pleasure!

    I LOVED how you gave us an insight into Khushi’s thoughts. Just reading about her feelings makes me googly eyed! Sigh, you two sure know how to write a modern day fairytale yo! That first morning after was perfection personified man. Under all that ASR persona, he is really quite a romantic! if someone ever such those lines to me, I would swoon right then and there! And imagining Barun Sobti say that, aint good for my concentration, YKWIM! 😉

    It made me all warm to see how Khushi has in such a short span of time picked up on his non-verbal cues and responds to his needs without him voicing anything. I’m glad that you put up imgs from the show here! Seeing Sanaya & Barun together makes my day! Not to mention brings back a whole barrage of memories!

    Coming back to the interlude, what happened on monday? Damn this difficult man, why doesn’t he just say it out loud now instead of bottling it up and causing a big MU later…

    No wonder Robbie won that poll for favourite FWN character! Heck she is AWESOME! Just her convo with Khushi got me thanking God (and you two) for giving someone like Robbie in Khushi’s life.

    NK might have just hit the nail on the head. Really both NK and Robbie need to charge for their sessions now 😀 I’m loving the other characters yaar! This is wonderful writing where everyone gets their due and all have a solid background and history and have their own dreams. It requires skill and you ladies have oodles of it! I’m super glad that I am a reader of FWN!

    Awww, the way she tells him she doesn’t take orders and amkes him ask made me cheer for her! I missed this Khushi in the show you know…

    Aha, Arnav has finally figured out that she is related to his angel investor. I can’t wait to see what all he does with all that info. “flying fruits – how to dodge” LOL! I love your sense of humor, normal conversations become so much more interesting with such gems you put it here and there!

    Oh dear, don’t tell me he got this idea about Trent and Khushi and thats’s got his boxers in a twist. I will smack him if this turns out to be true.

    Arnav’s insecurites and fears were very well put. It makes sense but then he has got to come to a decision first and then hopefully he will TALK to her about his issues.

    That last line had me all dreamy eyed! You two are really giving the romantic in me, some hard core stuff yaar! How do you expect to keep myself grounded and realistic with such stories around eh? 😀

  38. Hola! I’m new here 😀 Started reading your story on a recommendation & kickin’ myself for having missed this gem all this while. Anywho, am here, & y’all be hearing from me once in a while… 😉 Gotta say this, I was intrigued at first, wanted to see more before I worked out my lazy fingers typing up a storm 😉 Hehehehe. Well, gotta say, I’m impressed ladies! And that ain’t no mean feat. Love this fast paced, steamy & sexy story. I dig intrigue & that’s why you have me reeled in completely… Whassup with Khushi’s education for starters?? GED only?? Naaaah! Methinks the lassie hath more degrees lined up her sexy sleeves. 😉 So what’s she doing busing tables?? Won’t she run more into people she’s trying to hide from?? Payal, the meanie witch, got her eyes set on her beautiful cousin or is it half-sister?? Serves her right to be married to that wuss… Arnav, what’s he hiding in Lukhnow?? And finally his equation with Lav, illegitimate half-sister or cousin from hell?? Ah well, that’s it for starters… Still trying to sink my teeth in, gotta go catch-up with the rest. 😉 Ciao!

  39. A vulnerable/insecure Arnav on the inside when persona gratified on the outside whereas it’s the opposite with Khushi. She’s so insecure about her worth but strong enough to understand her feelings. They’re the same yet different and they both have so many layers which Khushi is starting to pick up. I’m so into this story I’m not making any sense. 🙂 Will look forward to how this relationship grows. I’m a sucker for an Arnav/Khushi romance…and this is such a pleasure.

  40. That was a sweet update. Both are falling very fast for each other but don’t want to admit and that’s why they’re getting into small fights like these. I can’t believe Arnav thinks Khushi loves Trent, the guy was the reason she lost so much of her self-respect and confidence. Arnav! Wake up dude!

  41. I am confused yet intrigued 🙂 I was beginning to think Aman was going to be missed in this update but nope he did make his appearance… Hayeee! <3 Aman you are MY man 😉

    Moving on to the next…

    This is Anonymous with an account for herself 😀

  42. You know what I loved most about this chapter? That nonlinear style in which you told the story – offering a retrospective from two perspectives! That was very very well done Anything to get out of that ordered way of telling. 🙂
    There was so much in this update – their continuing saga of thirst and satiation… but what makes it more is the subtle subtext you weave within that context. The love story is that exchange – in her gazing at him before he awoke, and in him pulling her into himself. These two are starved for touch and love – I see that.
    Ah – friends! What can one say about friends? It is the cosmos’ gift to us? Giving us that one anchor who will shake us out of our stillness? Robbie and NK are my favorites. I wish I could have checked both boxes as once.
    Just loved it. Bas.

    1. Thanks mirabell! I personally loved the challenge of the nonlinear style, however…. it does do your head in. 😀
      May I borrow whichever dictionary you’re hoarding? Because the choice of words are simply scrumptious!

  43. Ah! The bliss of teetering on the edge of falling in love. You’ve portrayed it beautifully. As usual, Khushi seems to be the braver of two when it comes to the matters of the heart, consciously making the choice to let go and see where it all leads her.

    She’s turning out to be an interesting character. I don’t think she’s Payal’s cousin…she’s probably her half-sister, and Shashi, her father? Maybe that’s why Payal dislikes her so much, but I still hate Payal and Trent. I hope you gave make them go through hell before this story is up.

    NK and Robbie were wonderful as usual, and we see a glimpse of Aman in love here, what a beaut!

    Off to the next one…

  44. Looks like there is gupta connection and we have to know it soon………..Arnav is jealous of Khushi might still held feelings for Trent……….awesome story…….not able to hold myself from reading the next chapter………beautifully written

  45. Even though a different writing style, i absolutely love how it turned out. The emotions of the characters are beautifully depicted. The conversations between them is funny, cute and lovable all at once, every character has their own charm and as individuals they’re good human beings who are protective of their loved ones-it makes me feel so nice. 😀

  46. Gun shy much? It’s amazing to me how similar you have made them. Both falling really hard and yet holding back coz each is uncertain of the other’s feelings. Leaving aside Arnav’s stalker tendencies ( in real life, that is), in SKD I call it possessive behavior and crush on it ( also leaving aside any feminist tendencies that I might have).

    So the ‘ahem’, as my friend Jigs likes to refer to it, is off the charts. I mean you guys have created your own chart. Sigh… this uncertainty, this insecurity, this illogical behavior, this high ‘hotness’ quotient is very endearing… ok the first three are endearing, the last enthralling. As you probably rightly guessed, my thesaurus is open and right next to me!

  47. Okay so now at Interlude…You know I had this urge to skip the interlude and read the last chapter! I am becoming too impatient.. Now how.do.I call you? Of all the things, you have thrown at me in.this interlude, this seems.to.be my concern! I.have a thing for weirdness.. 😉

    So, Both are into a sense of knowing.. this still shows how much is still not known and yet to be found! Well that means they need time.. time is the best healer.. she is confident and brave in accepting the matters of heart…Arnav has a surge of jealousy springing through.. well my question is, at 17, is it really love? Couldn’t it have.been infatuation? Since no one really cared for her, it means she was just blown away when Trent did? I guess so.. Dang it so many guesses and rightly so..

    So how are these to going to deal through this? Now that we have found a little more connection, I can’t wait to know what exactly is the connection…Is Khushi’s mom holding the key to chamber of secrets or Garima?

    Confused and rightly so,
    Sadh!

      1. And I did 🙂 I have replied back to what I assume your email id.. and yes I am mighty glad to have got the personal invitation.. is this the VIP lounge?

  48. my heart goes out to arnav. the poor man is so vulnerable, so out of depth. wanting to protect, cherish and care for completely, in all its entirety, yet having to give kushi her space, her freedom…. tough place to be in. that trying to understand, trying to accept and yet wanting to ask so many questions, wanting to reassure, wanting to convince her otherwise. that tuesday evening when he comes back from work – something very touching about it, is he hoping to convey his assurance to her, or is he seeking assurance from her?

    so wonderfully done. you two are the best! i love that you bring in so many emotions, minus the elaborate descriptions and drama and yet make each of these characters strike a chord in us.

    1. Thank you P! I’ve been enjoying your thoughts as you go through round two. How does it compare?

      The best relationship are ones in which both lovers are on equal footing. If Khushi is need of assurance, you can be certain it’s true of the flip side of that equation. 🙂

      1. i know! it was more of a rhetorical question! love how you brought out these emotions without saying a word on it. no winding explanations to drag your poor hapless reader to understanding each of the characters! very, very well done. and, make no mistake, second time round is an absolute treat.

        enjoy your week!

  49. This update had everything emotions bliss jealousy everything arnav is really jealous of trent nk and robbie are nice as usual while she helps khushi to take right decision

  50. Just finished reading the interlude. It was simply mind blowing. What would Arnav do without Aman and NK. I totally love NK in this story. Haven’t I said that before many times?
    Under all that exterior he is just a soft romantic at heart. Absolutely loved the jealous Arnav.
    I am on a marathon here. Took leave today from work just to read this story.

  51. Both have fallen hard, both insecure. Both are guarding their feelings. Both want and yearn for the same thing. How beautifully and realistically you have narrated all these emotions without spelling/ writing them out. I am spell bound!

  52. please grant me access i cannot wait to read the outtakes
    cheers violetgirlthe interludes are great in between it gives me insight into each of your characters minds

  53. hi,

    Liked the interlude and casting votes..btw forogt to mention in last update indeed khushi is interesting drunk and their whole car ride was so hot and romantic,,besides getting the name of driver Thomas was nice touch too..

    Wow so both have past and both have space and trust issues..khushi is very self-respecting..arnav and NK loves that but then it is also making arnav insecure..want more khushi & arnav scenes..The girls talk was hilarious and soothing too..that is what best friends are for…

  54. Loving loving loving this. Still haven’t found the right words for this enthusiasm but I will and then u will get a letter from me. Right now I can’t tell you how beautiful this world u have created is.

  55. It is wonderful to see how Arnav is as affected as Khushi…There seems to be a deeper connection between Khushi and Payal….I feel they could be step-sisters…Payal’s earlier comment to Trent about “no divorce in the family” seems to have a significance in Shashi-Garima-Laramie case…Can’t wait to read the next chapters and see if my theory is right…

  56. Love is perhaps the most powerful emotion of all, and that is what makes it the most dangerous. It is no wonder that both Arnav and Khushi are fighting against succumbing to its all-consuming nature. For them, there is no halfway; it’s all-in or nothing at all.

    Ahh, the void inside of Arnav. This Khushi is perceptive.. Soon enough she will realize she is the only thing that will fill that void. Already she knows what it is he needs. It’s only a matter of time before she understands why.

    S and K, you girls have created a gem in the form of Robbie Sinclair. Unconditional love, wanting only the best for Khushi with all her heart, and incorrigible to boot, Robbie is definitely my WCW.

    “His formidable control shot to pieces by a slip of girl.” Ahh Arnav Singh Raizada. This is what happens when you meet your true match. And NK is the matching jewel to Robbie’s gem. With these two looking out for them, Arnav and Khushi will never stray too far off the path their hearts want to take.

    Shashi Gupta… Khushi’s uncle? Or the father for whom she used to practice tying a tie? The latter would certainly explain Payal’s bitter hatred.. And the whole situation reeks of foul play. Why is Khushi fending for herself, busing tables? Knowing Khushi, there was some sort of sacrifice. Perhaps the thing she won’t tell even Robbie?

    Self-awareness is a difficult thing to achieve.. par hamara Arnav is going in the right direction. He recognizes that Khushi has already laid claim to his heart, that damnable organ. He can’t bear it if she’s not within touching distance and soon enough, he will chase after her.

    As much as allowed.. how similar the two are. Two sides of the same coin.

    Also, loved the writing style here!

  57. Thank heavens, I didn’t have to vote for the Fav FWN Character Poll. I couldn’t have chosen one of them, without breaking some part of my heart. *Too much drama* XD

    Arnav – he protects the ones he loves and goes all out to take care of them. That’s why the hurt when he got to know that Khushi was on the look out for a job. But the woman that she is, if there’s one thing that she values and guards fiercely, it is her dignity. Arnav needs to remember that.

    An intricate web spins around everyone, with some strings that remain hidden from the eye, uncovered as yet. Okay, so Shashi Gupta was AR’s angel investor, and Payal his daughter. Is Shashi Khushi’s father? That makes Payal her half-sister? But Khushi mentioned Payal is her cousin. Gah ! I’ll have to find out won’t I? Garima hates the Raizada as well. Hatred runs in the blood of the mother-daughter duo is it? Why?

    The skeletons have come to get our Raizada, with insecurity clawing at him and infusing doubts, the thought of which stops his breath. I get that he doesn’t trust easily, but with what Khushi and he have come to share, he has reason enough to bury the ghosts doesn’t he? Arnav should know, Trent Matthews is not man enough for our Khushi. He will never be, no matter what he tries.

    I guess only Khushi can erase his fears; the doubts put to rest forever only if she shows that she’s given him her heart, laying it bare and for him to witnesses his power over her. It might take that much. But Khushi’s the braver one. If she took the first step once again, it won’t come as a surprise.

    She is his woman and he is her man.
    If they think they’d accept as much as the other would allow, just imagine the elation on finding that the other is only willing to place their heart in your hands and make you, their world.

    These two…. Sigh.

  58. Arnav jealous and insecure and possessive for our sweet Khushi.. And Khushi worried about the uncertain relationship..
    Another beautifully written chapter

  59. Oh that was best interlude..u have portrayed their thoughts so beautifully.. i can feel Khushis uneasiness to see Arnav like this..knowing that theirs something wrong yet not able to figure it out..
    Arnav what id his past..?? Who has betrayed him..i just hope he isn’t hurt by his own doings..
    I love robbie every gal shud have a bestie like her

  60. hi
    khushi never compromise about her values, her dignity is everything for her. she is one independent woman trying to surviving in this city. Arnav is so much possessive about his loved once. he is protective about khushi. arnav insecure about Trent’s matter.he is fear to trust on khushi fully.

  61. Mind blasting interlude….
    Arnav is worried to loose her…
    he just cant get enough of her…
    He excepted that she is His woman….!!
    i wonder what will he do with Trent..!!
    running for next*

  62. These nights will be the death of me… why you write so good damn it! Have mercy on my Dhak-Dhaking heart, yeah?

    The beauty of emotions and how its affecting our beloveds is written so well, please no heartbreak for Arnie, I beg you.

    What I really want right now is black sheets wrapped around a certain bronze god…

  63. lovely interlude…I thought interlude would be a short one but its huge! but is anyone complaining? certainly nottttt!!
    almost halfway through the story and I am already dreading the day when I finish it…want to read it fast yet don’t want to end reading it…sigh what a fantastic story u girls have spun!
    how on earth do you write such perfect love making scenes?! there are not vulgar or unconvincing or too mushy …just perfectly balanced to make us lose our panties…errrr heads i mean! 😝 really admired the way khushi came across on the job front..sorry arnav u have to concede to her on this point..but I really get his insecurity.. and yes thank God for nk and Robbie for being such great advisors..what would arshi do without them!
    onto the next stop!

  64. Loved every bit of the update! cant wait for arnav and khushi to explore their relationship more. what has been khushi hiding ? I just hope payal doesn’t cause trouble in their paradise.

  65. This is my second read and I know what the connections are. Yet, I am thrilled at how skillfully you have weaved the web connecting Arnav and Khushi.
    I still feel I am reading this the first time. The strings of mystery have been loosened. It remains to see where they lead to. Shashi, Payal, Trent, Garima, Laramie, Khushi- all connected together.
    There lies another mystery to be solved. The key to Arnav’s past is in Lucknow and Daniels is hell bent on finding the truth.

    Damn this man Arnav! He wants to protect Khushi. Yet he is afraid to lay his heart for her.
    Khushi is braver it seems.

    P.S. The black sheets! *dreamy eyes* 😍

    ~Arunima

  66. CAN SOME GOOD HUMAN TELL ME WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING? There is so much that has happened in this interlude that I’m just not sure of anything right now!

    Both of them seem to be the others man/woman and yet they are wondering if the other wants them!

    So yes, I very well do agree with Khushi about wanting to work for herself! Being an independent person throughout my life, it is hard for me to imagine someone else other than my parents taking care of me and my necessities. And for that simple reason, I can’t bring myself to say that Khushi should let Arnav take care of her! It is an alien concept to her. On the other hand, we cannot forget that they really are nothing to each other. There is absolutely no commitment whatsoever. There is no guarantee that one would not leave the other in another 2 days or 2 weeks! Wasn’t that the initial plan? So how could we just forget all of that in a jiffy?

    Khushi being related to the Guptas is going to be one important plot that I cannot wait to read about! Its going to be interesting to dig a little deeper into her past and see where all the strings stem from!

    I’m not sure if what Arnav feels is jealousy and possessiveness or just plain insecurity! Because in my view, being in any relationship that has no commitment involved is only going to bring with it immense amount of insecurity because both parties would be in a constant fear that the other would run away or back stab them! So by calling his actions a result of jealousy just kind of makes it ‘cute’ in my dictionary!

    I’m so waiting to indulge further! But that needs to wait till tomorrow. It’s 2.40am and I have to go to bed so that I can wake up and start studying for my exams tomorrow! That’s it for today!

    Accha chalti hoon. fir milenge chalte chalte. (I hope you guys understand hindi and are into bollywood to understand this reference)

  67. In love for the first time, not knowing how to play this game! its true for both I think. He thinks a part of her still is tied with her first lover. I don’t think so, it was an infatuation at best, and the feeling of being used, made a fool of has probably robbed that experience of sheen, if any, it had ever held. But for the first time they are both vulnerable, and its not a nice feeling,taking all the control that they like with it.

  68. you know sometime we all wonder if Arnav should be less complicated. buh his complicatedness is what makes your story realistic. i mean why wonder about things when creatives like you can show us a picture with only words.

  69. So I’m reading this for the 3rd time and every time I discover another layer I hadn’t seen before. They’re both so vulnerable due to the past. I love this Khushi, she’d bold, sassy, classy and can keep Arnav on his toes not letting him get away with anything. My favorite is still Robbie😉!

    Ladies I would love to criticize but I can’t find one thing you can do better. That’s one of the reasons I’m so curious how the Special edition will pan out. Hoping to get access to the outtakes, epilogue and the Special Editon ofcourse!

  70. They both are so into each other and are scared over the power the other had on them … also their past plays an important role here… sigh the first few moments when falling deep into ❤️
    Awww Arnav is such a sweetheart he cares so much n is so J … haha of Trent who broke Khushis heart!
    Robbie is a sweetheart friend everyone should have so are Aman n NK!!
    On to the next part … it’s nice to read the full story in one stretch ☺️😁

  71. Amazingly written I love it. And also I am wondering whats Arnav secrets what happened in Lucknow? I love all these secrets this story is hidding it makes me want to know moooore and I cant stop reading.
    I repeat myself what happened in lucknow? I remembered in Night 1 arnav mentioned that if he wanted a woman he was imagining he has to go back to lucknow…? Where he left behind physically emotionally and mentally…

    And now he said here he couldnt survive another betrayal…

    Now this makes me wondering did Arnav fell in love before..? Is this has anything to do with Lavanya ?

    Actually Arnav is right if Khushi is related to Gupta’s what is she doing in the city all alone? Even if she is not in good terms with Payal but what about Garima? Maybe gupta familly hate Khushi as much as Payal do…

    This story is so fucking good damn. I LOVE IT so much. Thank you for writing such an awesome story thank youuuu

  72. An intriguing chapter on so many levels. Arnav is starting to understand than he feels More for Khushi. I’m a little scared of this reporter digging in Lucknow and what he just might find. And I’m definitely scared when Arnav, Khushi, Trent & Payal come face to face. Oh my word! I was right!! Six degrees of seperation! Arnav’s mentor, Payal, and Khushi! I wonder whats coming because this feels like the calm before the storm.

  73. There is so much here…new lovers..the uncertainity…the jealousy….a budding romance. Oh l like Robbie…do we not all want a friend like her 🙂

    And the tidbits about Arnav past..there is Lucknow…Shashi an angel investor…so Khushi is his daughter or maybe daughter of his brother. Confused.

  74. Interlude 1 is ultimate and mind blowing.. u wrote so well.. I love the possessiveness, vulnerability, raw strength in losing and raising as winner.. Everything in short..

  75. Ughh this Arnav !
    He is endearing and frustating at the same time !
    They share a past ?
    Woah !
    Off to read next one ! 😉

  76. Brilliant writing 👏🏻👏🏻

    Falling more and more for these two broken souls only they can heal each other

    Robyn is the best thing that has happened to Khushi

    This whole Gupta clan and Khushi link is getting more😖🤔

    This bromance is 😈

  77. Just realised I missed this update and had jumped straight to chapter 6. Loved the update! Oh Arnav is feeling a little insecure I guess… Hope they go away soon… And what is this connection between Khushi and Shashi?

  78. Arnav is jealous and possessive of khushi as he is insecure.being in commitment one has to have faith on each other.interlude is mind blowing and u have written it very well.I also liked when Nk asked khushi where is home.
    Waiting for them to explore their relationship.

  79. I am sure you hsve second time readers like me..your story is so intense and you guys are expressive writers bringing in emotions and wanting some of the rarest and purest friendship and love!

    Why is this an interlude and not part of the nights? I am just curious..

    Loved every bit of introspection and passion!

    Now i am also curious on the password or request portions..how do i get to read that?

  80. I was expecting the interlude to be just a conversation between Nk Aman and maybe Arnav, but it revels much more
    establishing a definite connection between Payal ,Garima Shashi ( the angel investor ) and Khushi.
    Also we get to know not only Khushi’s but even Arnav’s – vulnerablities , fear of being betrayed yet wanting to forge ahead as both also realise and accept what they have is special

  81. too much happened here….

    Anjali and Payal went ot he same unoversity, Payal is khushi’s cousin and that HP is going to Luckhnow.

    Arnav is scared to let her in ,scared to be hurt again ,scared of another betrayal, i wish he would ask her all this out right ….

  82. They are both teetering at the edge of the same brudge but it looks like arnav has more to lose. So vulnerable behind the ice. Intrigued about lucknow and the betrayal he faced.

    I cannot get enough of aman and nk.

  83. Oh my! Arnav has become so possessive and protective about. Khushi.
    Payal , shashi’s daughter, Angel investors , how is khushi relate to him
    Is khushi, Shashi’s daughter. But khushi referred her cousin and khushi has not told Roddie , Payal’s name.
    Interesting turn of events, and payal also mentioned her mother was not happy with father.
    Thank u

  84. I’m so used to the damsel in distress plot so what I find so endearing and absolutely refreshing is that both Arnav and Khushi need saving themselves and it’s only the other that can save the other. I believe this is how love should be. A partnership. A companionship. Finding solace in each other, finding strength, love, lust, laughter. I’m so happy to be allowed to see how their love will blossom through fights and fear. and it’s not just arnav and khushi, robbie and NK too!

    Guys this is just magnificent. Well done

  85. Just loved the conversation between Robbie and khushi. So grounded and so sensible. Also love how possessive Arnav gets..vulnerable in love. Robbie was so apt..let them make mistakes and learn to figure out. She is sensible as a friend! Loved the interlude. Arnav feeling khushi May still have feelings for Trent? He has to know that she hates him like no one else for what he did. Arnav would never feel like that again. Interesting discovery about Payal and khushi..he is into digging about the skeletons in her closet. Interesting plot ahead.

    I probably read this and I see my comments as well in the past but feels like I am reading new. Beautiful story..no wonder it is bookmarked 😉

  86. I absolutely loved Robbie and Khushi. Such practicality in their thoughts.
    And NK deserves the award for the world’s best PA.
    Love this story .

  87. Absolutely love how you have brought out the friendships between Aman, NK and Arnav… and Robbie and khushi. Just love how the feiends come through dor each other… the easy banter but the amazing understanding they have for and of each other.

    Arnav is getting all possessive… Trent Matthews is making an entry again. Though Arnav is getting insecure I am imagine khushi will be scared and fearful and it will just make her up set – the confrontation…

    So she is potentially a millionaires niece? What happened? Estranged? Payal gupta? Look for you to read more…

  88. Can now hereon expect the oncoming avalanche .. of their lives .. past , present .. their relationships .. skeletons .

    I do feel A&K are moving a bit too fast … Too much too soon. .. but then it was to be only for a night or a weekend n circumstances have prevailed extending it .

    Robbie… What a wonderful character , brilliantly essayed . Love her .

  89. Oh so both are insecure for each other but do but want to confront. Khushi realises her love for arnav but don’t want to name it because of their status difference. Arnav is scarred of his dependency on khushi.
    No wonder he is a sharp businessman he quickly linked payal and sashi with khushi but waiting for the proofs.
    Oh the encounter with khushi’s first lover is on the way.
    NK and Robbie both are best.
    What is denial going to dig from Lucknow. Thats a mystery.

  90. Both are running scared of the depth of feelings they have for each other and why not…it’s just been a few days and so much has happened! Both are taking a step back…

  91. It looks like Shashi and/or Garima are evil next of kin all the money Khushi’s father made kicked her out of their lives.
    Cheers……..

  92. Three nights have turned into more and inspite of himself Arnav has fallen in love.But he is insecure that Khushi may be still thinking of Trent.Arnav is also finding out the connection of Khushi and Shashi Gupta.

  93. Amazing…. I hope they talk it through……
    And I think payals dad had an affair with Khushi mom…..

  94. Awesome update!!! Strating from chemistry to confusion to jealousy and finally acceptance.. loving this journey!!!

  95. This is my second time reading this story.
    It looks like half of my comment which I posted in January 2019 has been eaten by the Possum which is doing rounds in my office.
    I will see what I was trying to say and post it again.☺
    Cheers…..

      1. It is like a refresher to me. Somethings which I forgot in the first read are coming back to me.
        I love to read good books again and again. So, I am enjoying the same as I enjoyed when I read it for the first time.
        Cheers…

  96. Wow this is awesome, both in emotional dilemma,, can’t wait for the engagement party,, Arnav is gonna roast payal n her husband, ha ha. NK and Robbie are so funny ,, it’s a Pleasure reading them both.

  97. What a fantastagomorphic update. Simply loved Arnav’s confusion/ emotions. He is just too much. Please update as soon as possible, it’s just too much to keep wanting to know how their story unfolds. Khushi is as usual a sweetheart, and I actually like this one more than the one we saw in the serial.
    All in all, like a super Mac, I just want to say I’m lovin it

  98. Hi ShipperK …What an awesome and a fabulous update….Arnav and Kushi are falling for each other but fully confused and scared about their feelings…Kushi is a gem and Arnav is lucky to find the gem…Aman,NK and Robbie are all so funny but so serious and true to their friendship…loved the update..Eagerly waiting for the next one..Take care and be safe..

  99. Loved the interlude

    Both Arnav and Khushi are confused about the feelings they are having for the other without knowing they are falling for the other. Glad they are surrounded by true friends who are supportive and are there for them. Eager to see what Arnav will find about Khushi and her relationship with the Guptas.

    Eager for the next one

  100. Wow!!! I read this first thing in the morning while travelling in train to work and now I feel all mushy 😉
    The update was awesome and you gave us separate insight of both their minds ….

    That update was super hot , emotional and vulnerable, a heady mix…

    Great work girls

  101. Arnav’s withdrawal is confusing Khushi. Rightly, so. If a man who is so caring, giving and passionate starts appearing detached, it is concerning. There is something that’s bothering him; and the fact that he is not sharing it with her must be frustrating. Khushi is in a position where she can neither ask him nor expect him to tell her what is troubling him. But she knows better than to let him be.

    While Khushi is worried about Arnav’s withdrawal, Arnav is unable to come to terms with the hold Khushi has on him, physically & emotionally. If we measure in days, the two barely know each other, but if we look at the way they connect, then it feels like they have known each other for eternity. They do not know about each others’ past and both are afraid that might end up hurt. But don’t we all know, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

    Robbie is a friend ever girl should have. Her advice to Khushi was spot on. She knows Khushi’s true worth and doesn’t hesitate to show it to her at every opportunity she gets. Both girls have each others back and I absolutely love that about them.

    1. Exactly! And unfortunately in Arnav’s world… there’s been a LOT of rainy days.
      For some it takes a lifetime, for other, but a moment in time. Soulmates call out to each other across the universe, and for a lucky few, they meet at the right intersection.

  102. Loved the update! It’s my first time reading a story with an interlude and I loved getting a glimpse of both their POVs. I enjoyed reading Arnav’s vulnerability, NK’s wonderful timing, Robbie’s support and Khushi’s perspective. I can’t wait to find out what happened that made Khushi leave or in her current situation. So excited to find out more and I have to say I love the bromance! It’s adorable and a refreshing relationship that they share. Can’t wait for night 6.

  103. I loved this narrative style of different perspectives of the same days from both Arnav and Khushi’s point of view. It is remarkable how attuned they are to इस हे others emotions at on the basic levels!

    And everyone absolutely needs and must have a Robbie in their lives…!

    For Arnav who has always been a provider of sorts, to adjust with this new-yet-important person who wants nothing materialistic from him, must be tough. Khushi is probably one the few people in his life who instead wants to give something to Arnav rather than take! No wonder he is falling so deep, so fast 🙂

  104. SO SO HAPPY TO SEE THIS UPDATE!!! I was literally visiting the index every day to see if anymore chapters were updated :D.

    Arnav is clearly jealous LOL. The one who didn’t wanted to emotionally connect with a woman is feeling towards Khushi. So happy to see this change in him. He deserves all the happiness Khushi can give. I hope him digging on Trent effing Mathews doesn’t screw things up with Khushi.

    Robbie and NK are the cupids in Arshi’s love story. NK for Arnav and Robbie for Khushi while NK&Rob having their own connection in the side makes this FF so beautiful. Everyone deserves a best friend like NK&Rob <3

  105. loved the interlude… A different perspective in one by both….

    Khushi’s feeling of getting too deep too fast is understandable… For a man like Arnav who is an enigma… Someone who has many layers which Khushi cannot read… As it is too soon too little…. But she has recognised that he is worthy …for her and maybe for her heart….

    Arnav…An enigma who has suffered so has become cautious in all dealings with the opposite sex…. And then comes Khushi who has turned his life upside down… without trying on her part.. He is getting attached to her … deeply.. too soon…But cannot let go … of her or her independence …..Even trying to distance himself does not work…And he realizes that she is someone very special…..

    Robbie and NK are two real friends who want the best for their two friends and are ready to help out without any pushing…..And so is Aman who is also as happy for Arnav…..And by default….Also for Khushi….

  106. Loved their point of view. Both are falling for eachother. But they are afraid,apprehensive,confused. Khushis reason we know. But what is Arnavs reason? Arnav seems to connect the dots of khushis past. But I think he should take Nks advice seriously. Arnavs knows that Payal and Trent are attending the engagement. Can’t wait to see the face off. Robbie and Nk are love. Arnav and khushi both are lucky to have them.

  107. Thank you for releasing more chapters. Arnav is getting more attahed to Khushi being with him and every night he asks her to stay one night more. Khushi is going along but thinking it may end soon.

      1. No Fauzi, this interlude is in the middle. If you scroll to the top and click on the interlude you will get into the FWN blog and hopefully, you will see the index on the top right. Click on Index. These steps are for my PC but on my iPhone when I scroll up I see Menu on the top right and press the menu and you will get the index. With android phones, it may be different. Just scroll to the top and I hope you will see Menu. Good luck. Let me know how you get on.

        1. I m fine,Hansa .. My laptop was out of order .. These links work for me now but quite strangely..lol.. Some pages open n some r still stubborn.. let’s see ..

  108. Trouble in paradise it seems… but no worries we have ribbie & NK as saviours😊

    Wonder whats the connection between payal & khushi… and why khushi is all alone struggling to build a life…

  109. Better late than never and finally read the update. Wonderful start. Loved reading both Arnav and Khushi Povs. Lets see is it Arnav’s emotional and love organ that is skeptical about Mathew and Khushi interviews or is there really something that needs to be taken care for his happily every after with Khushi.

  110. Hi
    Wow…. There are intricate layers to the story…. Just when I thought I had it figured… The Guptas make an appearance.
    I like your spunky Khushi. She reminds me of the initial episodes of IPK.

  111. Okay, Robbie is the girlfriend we all need in life at times. Period. While Arnav’s machoness to take over her life has me pissed what has me more intrigued is Payal’s background story.
    There is definitely more to what meets the eye. How did Khushi just suddenly become homeless if her parents were well off? I mean the dots don’t connect yet. But gut says there’s more.

  112. Loved reading both Khushi and Arnav’s POV!

    Arnav is connecting the dots between Khushi-Payal-Trent connection.

    Looks like both their pasts will be coming out soon what with newsreporter gone digging in Lucknow.

    Looking forward to the engagement party.

  113. Arnav is like a cocount ,how much hard he is outside that much soft inside. Even being the epitome of alfa male, he has his own insecurities.
    Love the bond he share with NK. Aman is a sweet heart.
    Robbie is the perfect adviser for kushi

  114. Interesting interlude khushi feelins are clear but is arnav afraid to take the step as he is emotionally and physically involved with her but is jealous of her past a friend like Robbie and nk as they are playing cupid in bringing them together arnav knows payal and trent are going to attend the engagement party waiting to see the face off

  115. Its funny how both of them had exactly the same thought. That they were each others…as much as the other would allow. Ah, the sweet pangs of uncertainty of first loves!

    With Arnav, I have realized, he never really says what he wants to say. Anyone in his corner, learns this first: they need to read his actions before they can interpret his words. I am not sure how they both are deluding themselves that they aren’t in love yet…because their thoughts…their need for each other cannot just be attraction. Attraction doesn’t warrant intimacy after needs are sated. And these two behave like a deeply in love couple!

    Behind all the walls, Arnav is a child. Not mature enough to handle emotions! I really doubt he realizes how is behaving. I think the admission of love will come at a cost! Which Khushi will invariably have to pay.

    Special mention to Robbie and Khushi. While Robbie is Khushi’s anchor, Khushi is Robbie’s strength too. I saw that coming through in their conversation! Lovely update…I wish Arnav would just talk to Khushi…but I know he won’t. 😛

  116. 1 night turned to 4… bless them to think 1 night would do it with their cracking chemistry!

    Glad to see Khushi keeping to her independence and not giving any heed to Arnav’s orders!!! Khushi isnt just any women and Arnavs normal way of functioning and going ahead with things is no longer going to work with her.

    Feeling possessive and jealous is good, because it means he cares and wants her.

    Loved the small domesticated scene between them.

    Throughout these chapters love how there are moments when Khushi is so raw and vulnerable in front of Arnav with her thoughts and feelings. Dhak-dhak ❤

    This relationship and feelings are new for both of them, and I’m glad we get to see insights into how both are feeling on this unexpected journey. Glad that it’s not one sided but both are feeling it truly and deeply.

  117. Thanks for the interlude. It made so much things clear about how they view this relationship.

    I can totally see where Khushi is coming from and I am totally on her side here.

    It might be hard for Arnav to come in terms with what he is feeling for Khushi is what in normal world is termed as love, but I hope he reaches that realization without hurting each other in process.

    Despite everything, they always come home to each other. That is the most beautiful think about their relationship.

    😍😍😍

    Taking a break from reading here. Real life calls. I might just be pulling all nighter today to complete or spend whole day tomorrow sticking to my phone 😜

    Thanks for the story though.

  118. You guys are amazing story tellers… I can literally feel Arnav’s worry… I’m already imagining all the things that could happen at the engagement

  119. Intriguing story..I could open this link ..It can’t be the very beginning .. Pls share link to the previous chapters..

  120. Wow I loved the interlude… It is both of them’s POV… Get to know their thoughts and insecurities…. Yes it’s the first real relationship of khushi and she is afraid to take a step.. And Robbie had given right opinion to her.. Everyone needs a Friend like Her…..
    Damn NK can read through Arnav ‘s thought….. He understands him very well.. I just loved the way Aman talked about Varun… It’s not easy to accept that a part of your lover always belongs to someone else.. Eventhough it was so heartwarming to hear but it made Arnav’s insecurities arise.. He is not someone who will accept that… He is damn possessive and he wants to capture khushi’s Every part of her soul…
    Payal and Trent will come to the engagement party and it’s not going to be good but I am happy that khushi has a protection squad now……

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