Night #1

New Year’s Eve, New York

As Arnav Singh Raizada approached the main ballroom he was relieved to find the doors closed. They served as a barrier between him and that world. The thought brought him up short. A barrier? Fuck, when had he ever needed one?

A coiling tension had been clamoring just under his skin since morning. As if forewarning that something was about to happen, something inevitable. Not a man usually given to introspection, Arnav crushed it from his mind as his strides grew in haste.

Arnav reached for the handle, concrete and real, unlike the disconcerting thoughts in his head. Pushing the doors open he stepped into the crushing throng.

The heavy scent of perfume married with aftershave hit his senses with cloying vividness. As he strode across the opulent floor of polished marble, a murmur rippled through the room. Arnav’s eyes darkened with cynicism as they skipped over the stares and loud whispers.

As head of AR Corp., one of the fashion world’s influential conglomerates, he essentially owned every person who had anything to do with fashion within these four walls.

He owned the ridiculously expensive couture gowns and tailored suits, judiciously selected to display just the right amount of flesh and wealth. He owned the jewels glistening ostentatiously on breathing mannequins under the light of crystal chandeliers. They knew it and he knew it.

The crowd shifted to let him through, but for the first time since he made his first million, the sense of thrill was lacking. He felt… restless.

He was younger and far wealthier than most men of his acquaintance and knew without conceit that women found him attractive. More importantly, he was single. Arnav held no illusions as to what he represented to the women in attendance. The ease with which he could pick among them, single and married, made the entire transaction cheap. There was no chase, no challenge, to be had. The hunter had long become the hunted.

Despite his mood, and a grueling fourteen hour work day, Arnav knew there was no escape. After all, it wasn’t everyday that a Raizada bachelor willingly took on the shackles of holy matrimony. Tonight with the crème of New York society as witness, Aman Singh Raizada will announce his engagement to Miss Anjali Jha.

“Arnav, you made it!” Anjali cried happily as she approached.

She was a peculiar woman. When Aman brought her home nearly two years ago, Arnav was sure she would not last the week. She was too traditional, too quiet, too naive for his brash younger brother. Even now she was draped in a classic ivory saree, elegant, but out of step with the modern women around her.

Yet, Anjali in her, too traditional, too quiet, too naive ways, have won his respect. Not only had she managed to capture and hold the attention of a notorious playboy, she did it with grace. More importantly, no one could question her loyalty to family and Aman, something he had gone great lengths to put to the test.

With a rare show of affection he bent to allow a brief hug. “Congratulations. Where’s the lucky man?”

“You summoned?” Aman came forth to hand Arnav a flute of champagne, before promptly drowning the one in his.

Arnav lifted a brow, “Do you require something stronger?”

Anjali smiled, “You two catch up, Amma is waving for me by the buffet table.” Before leaving she turned to Arnav, “I’m so glad you were able to make it, Arnav. Thank you.”

Arnav nodded, waited for her to glide out of ear shot before focusing his attention on Aman.

“Second thoughts?”

“No! Of course not. It just hit me that soon, I’m going to be solely responsible for her happiness. Me, Arnav. Shit, I need another drink.”

“Father or brother?”

“What?”

“Who spoke to you about being responsible for her happiness?”

“Her mother actually, but her father has been eyeing me all night. You can’t leave me alone with him.”

“You do realize you’re marrying into the family.”

“Right, but they have never made threats to my manhood if I fail to make her happy.”

“Anjali’s mother threatened your manhood?”

“Not in those exact words, but I swear she implied it!”

“Are we canceling the engagement announcement then? Better tell the staff.”

“What? No! How did you get to that conclusion?”

“Since you’re here, hiding from your future in-laws.”

“I’m going to marry Anjali,” steel threaded the statement.

“Right. Then I suggest you man up and go face Mohit Jha.”

Aman scowled, “You know, Arnav, someday it’ll be your turn, and I’ll remember this conversation.”

“Perhaps, but you forget little brother; I’ll be the one dictating the terms of my marriage.”

“I’m sure you believe that. But I hope you’ll meet a woman who ties you up so badly, you can’t think straight, let alone concentrate on the terms and conditions of a damn prenup agreement. Which by the way, I do not appreciate how you sprung that little document on Anjali.”

“It’s a precaution in case of a divorce.”

“For fucks sake Arnav, we haven’t even had the wedding yet!”

At Arnav’s look, Aman continued earnestly. “Arnav, you know better than anyone how I was before Anjali, but I swear the day I acknowledged what she meant to me, everything changed. You may think it’s a ridiculous notion, but being in love is beautiful. It doesn’t make me feel less than a man. If anything she makes me want to be the best version of myself. And I want that for you. We’ve come a long way, let the past go, and let yourself be happy. Now, you’ll excuse me while I go talk to my future father-in-law.”

✧✧✧

Arnav watched Aman square his shoulders and marched directly up to the elder Jha. Amused, his eyes drifted cross the crowd, before they caught on Anjali’s smiling visage as she glanced towards the two men. Taking in her expression, an errant desire stole over him. For the first time since he could remember, he felt envy. No woman had ever looked at him with such devotion in her eyes.

He was accustomed to being alone even in a crowd as large as this one. Yet… he wondered how it would feel to have someone by his side. A woman with her hand in his, a glimmer of shared understanding in her eyes as she glanced up to him, a smile of assurance on her lips.

The thought was so disturbing, he refused to entertain it further. What the hell was wrong with him? Fantasizing over some imagined woman when he’d never lacked for one. Arnav’s lip twisted with self-mockery. One thing was for sure: she didn’t exist in his world. If he wanted such a woman he’d have better luck going back to his Lucknow hometown, a place he’d left behind —physically, mentally and emotionally.

“I told you she’s perfect for him,” said Devyani Raizada as she came up beside him. She looked every inch the Raizada matriarch in a navy Oscar de la Renta taffeta gown, one of the few women not draped in AR simply because she didn’t care to please him.

“It appears your judgment is still sound.”

Giving him a warning look, she continued, “Since you’re here, I have someone I would like to introduce you-”

“I’m not here to pick out your next daughter-in-law, Nani,” Arnav interrupted.

“I know you don’t want to hear it, but the Board of Directors has been telling me for years they would be more comfortable if both the CEO and VP of AR were married men.”

“Tell me, is this the request of a concerned grandmother or the dictate of AR’s Chairwoman?”

Her mouth tightened, “Consider it both. Besides, you will need an heir one day, Arnav.”

“And when I feel that biological clock ticking, I’ll let you know so you may choose a suitable virgin and deliver her to my bed.”

“Arnav Singh Raizada!”

“Nani, tonight one of your grandsons is announcing his intentions to marry, enjoy your victory.”

“Arnav, I want you to be happy, any girl will do.”

Arnav laughed with rancor, “Would you accept any girl from the streets as Mrs. Arnav Singh Raizada? Will they?” he gestured towards the crowd.

At her frown, he relented. Leaning down he placed a peck on her cheek before heading towards a circle of businessmen.

Devyani sighed, it was moments like these she wished her daughter was still with them.

He’s too stubborn, beta. Watch over our boy. Anjali is perfect for Aman, but our Arnav, he needs a woman strong enough to melt through the ice surrounding his heart.

✧✧✧

His gaze settled on the woman picking up carelessly discarded glass flutes from the tables. It wasn’t the first time she’d drawn his eyes tonight. Finishing off the two fingers of whiskey he’d requested from the bartender, Arnav studied her intently before realizing what it was that had captured his interest.

A puzzle piece placed into the wrong slot.

He didn’t know what gave him that initial impression, but the longer he watched her, the more he thought she looked like she should be on the guest list, not cleaning up after them.

She was petite and slender, but there were enough curves straining at her plain white shirt to tempt. Her long hair was swept back into a careless ponytail, in a way that encouraged a man to tug at it.

She suddenly shifted, revealing her face fully to him.

Arnav sucked in a breath as he took in the delicately rendered contours that made up the exquisite face. High prominent cheekbones tapered to a pointed chin that hinted at stubbornness. There were slight hollows in her paleness, as if she were underweight. But her eyes. Fuck, her eyes. The most brilliant shade of the sea he’d ever seen. They shone with startling contrast against the dark strands of her hair.

Mesmerizing, more so because she wasn’t doing a damn thing to capture his attention. Before he could decide what to do with that, she turned again. His eyes followed her movements across the room until she disappeared through the side door marked for staff.

“Sweet, but not your usual fare,” Shyam Jha murmured from behind him, his tone verging on a jeer.

Arnav broke from his trance. His head turned sharply to Anajli’s older brother and the newest member of his Board of Directors. “What the hell are you talking about, Jha?”

“The little thing busing tables. The one you’ve been stripping with your eyes all night.”

Arnav’s mouth drew down in a frown, but he kept silent, knowing anything from him would only fuel the other man’s interest.

Shyam’s gaze narrowed, “Shall we see if she’s available?”

“Do not approach her,” Arnav bit out. But Shyam had already headed in the direction of the staff kitchen, leaving Arnav standing with hands clenched into fists at his sides.

Since their acquaintance, Shyam had never failed to challenge him at every opportunity – business ventures, sporting bets, but most vigorously – women. He’d never given one fuck over this, yet for reasons he couldn’t fathom, he didn’t want Shyam Jha within a mile of this one.

✧✧✧

Khushi Khumari fought back the weariness as she started transferring the glasses she’d just collected in to the basin. Exhaustion was hitting hard after being on her feet all day. And hunger.

The highlight of this job, besides the all cash payment, was the food. The staff would be allowed the leftovers, and judging by the number of untouched trays still in the kitchen, there was going to be plenty. In no way did the number of people invited to this party justify the amount of food and alcohol ordered. She mentally shrugged, even as she bemoaned the excess.

“I can’t decide if I prefer the front view or the back,” a voice drawled with deceptive casualness behind her.

Startled, Khushi whirled to encounter a sardonic gaze. A man dressed immaculately in a navy suit was lounging against the door frame. He wasn’t especially tall, but he more than made up for it in build. Muscles strained as if wanting to break free from the confinement of his clothes.

She didn’t like the gleam in his eyes. This wasn’t her first encounter with a wealthy man who viewed female employees as fair game. Reminding herself how desperately she needed to keep this job, Khushi forced friendliness into her expression.

“Is there something I can help you with?”

“That depends.” She watched in alarm as he left the door, closing the distance between them.

“I’m Shyam. Shyam Jha. What’s your name?”

“Khushi,” she responded shortly.

“Khushi. A very sweet name. Sweet as the rest of you I imagine.”

“Is there something I can do for you, sir?” she gritted as she moved back until she met with the solid countertop.

He followed, crowding her in, “Yeah, you can call me sir when I’m buried-”

Fury flashed in her eyes as she swung, palm open, with all her strength. Shyam’s hand lashed out, deflecting the blow and capturing her hand in a crushing grip.

“Such temper,” he chided with patronizing amusement, “were you trying to knock me out?”

“Yes!” she threw back, determination to be friendly forgotten. She tried to twist her hand free of his grasp, but succeeded only in bruising her wrists. “Leave me alone.”

His laugh was mocking as he pressed against her, reducing her to a standstill, “What are you going to do if I say I have no desire to?”

Khushi tensed.

“Is there a problem?” a cold voice whipped out from the doorway. Khushi looked beyond Shyam’s shoulder, stunned to see the man she’d caught watching her when she’d ventured out earlier. Twice she’d felt the burn of his gaze.

She’d noticed when he entered the party, seemingly lost in thoughts.

She hadn’t been the only woman drawn to the raw magnetism. He was tall, all of six feet, maybe more. The black pinstripe suit draped over a honed body, one she suspected wasn’t due to a gym membership. His dark eyes were sharp as they took in his surrounding, every inch of him spoke of wealth. She could have dismissed him like she did the others, except for his hair.

It was really fantastic hair and entirely at odds with the rest of him. Instead of being neat, it was …unruly. She had felt a tingle in her fingers, overcome by the strange desire to tame the dark locks.

“Arnav,” Shyam purred as he draped an unwelcome arm around her, “Meet Khushi.”

Khushi watched as Arnav’s lips tightened as he entered the kitchen, his eyes locked on the hands lingering way close to her chest. The air was charged, edged with tension. The room, despite its massive size, was too small for both men.

For some stupid reason, she gave into the desire to taste his name on her lips, “Arnav” she breathed, and watched as his body lock.

A mocking laugh escaped from Shyam. “Well it seems like the Raizada charm has claimed another victim.” Neither man noticed her shoulders tense over the name.

Scornful eyes turned to her, “Careful sweetheart, he may look like Prince Charming, but he’ll take you to hell right after he gives you a glimpse of paradise.” She suddenly found herself hurled towards Arnav, stumbling until his hand reached out to steady her. Surprised, she stood next to him as Shyam sauntered out.

Pulling herself together, Khushi made to put space between them, but found herself pulled closer, her entire body lined against his hard one. They stood in silence, eyes locked and searching for the answer to an unknown question.

Unable to endure the heat in them, she looked down, “Please, let go,” she whispered.

“Why?”

“I need to go back… my boss-”

“What time are you done?”

“I have to stay until after the party for clean-up.”

“Leave with me.”

Shocked eyes flew to his. “What?!”

“Leave with me,” he repeated as his eyes traveled down her body.

“What do you want with me?”

His mouth twisted, “You know what I want.”

“What he wanted,” she retorted bitterly. Disappointed that he was just like the rest.

“No. Yes. Dammit!”

Disgust curled her lips. “And how does your girlfriend feel about you picking up women right before announcing your engagement?”

“My what?”

“I knew it! I knew it! The minute my back is turned you’re in a tryst. Knew you were trouble the day I hired you!” Khushi jumped at the booming voice of her boss, Mr. Kumar. His beady eyes narrowed before taking in the man next to her.

His scowl quickly cleared, “Mr. Raizada! What on earth are you doing back here? Is she bothering you?”

“No, I had a question for her.”

His face took on a knowing look. “Of course, I’ll make sure you’re not interrupted. “

Khushi closed her eyes as shame washed over her.

“No, we’re done,” Arnav replied with detachment. Her knees nearly gave out when he withdrew. She looked up just in time to see his broad back disappear. He didn’t look back.

“Well, aren’t you the little slut,” Mr. Kumar sneered. “Think someone like him, who could have his pick of any fancy piece in that ballroom, would ever lower himself to bed a mere employee? No matter how …available she makes herself?”

Khushi stiffened, but bit down on a retort. “Mr. Kumar, he approached me. Anyways it doesn’t matter, I just want to finish the night.”

“Oh, you’re finished alright. Grab your shit, I won’t have my company’s reputation in ruins by the likes of you.”

“Mr. Kumar, please, I…”

“You have been nothing but trouble for me with all those bastards panting after you. I run a catering service not an escort agency. You have five minutes before I call security to throw you out.”

Shoulders slumping in defeat, Khushi swallowed back pride as she asked, “My payment for tonight?”

He pulled out five crumbled twenty dollar bills and tossed them on the counter.

“We agreed on two hundred.”

“We did, for the entire event. You didn’t work the entire event”

“It’s almost over,” Khushi reasoned.

“It’s more than you deserve, now get out.”

Fighting back angry tears, she grabbed the money and walked out.

✧✧✧

It was half an hour to midnight, time for the announcement that would publicly link the Raizadas and Jhas as business partners and future in-laws.

Even as he made his way towards Nani standing next to the elder Jhas, his thoughts remained on her.

What the hell had he been doing? He had never solicited a woman, never had the need to. Yet, leaving her alone with Shyam, who was nearly as wealthy and affluent as he was, simply hadn’t been an option.

He told himself he was relieved they had been interrupted, however, the biting disappointment refused to disappear. The humiliation in her eyes before she shut them bothered him. Women did not feel shame when caught with Arnav Singh Raizada.

Obviously she thought he was the one announcing his engagement tonight. It didn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter, but damned if he didn’t want to go back and tell her how wrong she was. He’ll allow her apologize and if he was still in the mood, he’ll take her to his bed.

In the mood hell, he couldn’t remember the last time he wanted a woman so much. A desire so sharp he felt it in his gut.

The sound of applause pulled him out of the dangerous thoughts. He saw Aman lean in and bravely placed a light kiss on Anajli’s lips as her father looked on next to their beaming grandmother.

He scanned the crowd. Where was she? The catering staff had come out to bring the engagement cake and vintage champagne, she wasn’t among them.

There was something about her that needled at him. A beguiling aura of untamed innocence that demanded further attention. Arnav tried to crush that thought before it could grow roots. For all her big, doe eyes, she wasn’t his problem. He absolutely refused to make her his problem.

Despite calling himself a fool he began to head back towards the kitchen, stopping every few steps to impatiently shake hands and take in the well wishes. Such enthusiasm, you would think he was the damn groom-to-be.

Striding in he saw a staffer stacking boxes of leftover.

“I’m looking for Khushi.”

“Khushi?” she repeated.

“Yes, Khushi.” Losing patience he snapped, “Do you know where she is?”

“She left ten minutes ago, Mr. Kumar let her go. It’s against company policy to mingle with-” she continued, but Arnav was already out the door.

✧✧✧

“Arnav, where are you going?” Devyani caught up to him as he pulled on the overcoat.

“I need to leave.”

“Leave?! It’s 15 minutes to the countdown!”

“The engagement is announced, you have a glowing bride-to-be, and I need to go.”

“Fine,” she conceded reluctantly, ” but don’t forget the engagement party is in two weeks.”

“Right. NK knows to keep my calendar clear.”

“I don’t know why you couldn’t wait until after tonight to send him to Monte Carlo.”

“You do know why. The deal is an important one for us. Besides, tonight wasn’t about family.”

Devyani nodded conceding his point. “I’ve arranged a companion for you. A good girl from a nice family.”

At his look, she added, “With the understanding that if you bring a date, she will attend as my guest.”

“We’ll talk later. Tell Aman I still expect him at the office Monday morning.”

✧✧✧

Khushi pulled the thin coat tighter across her front. Her teeth had started to clatter the minute she left the building. So stupid, she berated herself as she shifted the strap on her purse higher. The wind blew icy blasts into her face as she made her way through streets covered in six inches of snow.

It was too cold to walk, but she couldn’t afford the luxury of a cab. She’d arranged to carpool with a coworker, but that no longer an option. Bracing, she headed down the sidewalk, ignoring the tears that slipped down her cheeks. Her body was so frozen she almost didn’t feel the gnawing hunger.

Thirty minutes. Just thirty minutes and she’ll be home, where she could put this night behind her. Unfortunately, she’ll be going against foot traffic as everyone was attempting to make it to Time Square to ring in the new year.

Suddenly a pair of hands seized her arm from behind.

Mugged! her mind screamed. She should’ve given up her purse without protest, the way NYPD advised, but she felt so pitiful tonight, anger overrode fear.

Recklessly, she jabbed her elbow backward, throwing her weight into the movement. It was enough to elicit a satisfactory grunt from her assailant. Before she could open her mouth to yell for help, she was twirled around. Khushi had a blurred glimpse of height and wide shoulders before she was yanked against a solid chest, her voice muffled against a dark wool coat.

“Khushi,” a strangely familiar male voice whispered in her ears.

Recognition ended her struggle but did nothing to dilute her panic induced fury. Great. Arnav fucking Raizada. Flattening her palms against his chest, she shoved free, “Damn you! I thought I was being mugged!”

“And you decided to fight back?” Arnav demanded in disbelief. “Are you insane? What if it had been a mugger armed with a knife or a gun? Don’t you know you’re supposed to hand over your bag rather than risk serious harm?”

“Like hell!” Khushi snapped, pushing her hair out of her face with impatient fingers. “You should know better than to grab someone from behind!”

He stared at her. As moments ticked by his face slowly cleared, then to her shock, he burst into laughter. It seemed to startle him as much as it did her. Perfect, the man also had a great laugh. As a woman, she usually would appreciate the rich baritone of that sound, but as it belonged to the person responsible for her current predicament, it was unwelcome. Disgruntled, she gave him her best glare.

“You’re right.” He acknowledged ruefully as his hand reached out and tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear. It was then he noticed the tear stains.

His eyes gentled, “Did you lose your job because of me?”

“What do you think?”

“I’ll talk to your boss.”

“Don’t bother. And why are you here instead of doing the countdown with your fiancée?”

“Are you jealous?”

Distaste shimmered in her response, “A man cheating even before marriage isn’t worth much.”

His jaw tightened. “What do you know about the engagement?”

“I see you don’t even bother to deny it. The minute we got the catering contract, it was all the girls talked about. How one of New York’s most eligible bachelor was finally settling down,” she spat.

“It’s true.”

For some reason the confirmation hurt, badly. She wanted to be far away from this man, who was making her stomach churn with an unidentifiable something. “Get out of my way.”

“But you have one fact wrong, Aman Raizada is engaged to Anjali Jha, and currently he is with his fiancée waiting for the countdown.”

“Aman?”

“My brother.”

Her face flushed in mortification. “I… I…”

Arnav looked down at Khushi. Fighting with her was more exhilarating than having sex with other women. “Now that we’ve established I’m not a cheating bastard, will you?”

She blinked at him, “Will I what?”

“Leave with me.”

“Why?”

“Why?” he echoed.

“Yes, why me?’

The air snapped around them, didn’t she feel the sparks? “There’s chemistry between us. I want to explore it.”

“That’s it?”

“Isn’t it enough? We’re two consenting adults, attracted to each other, and don’t deny it, Khushi, I know when a woman is interested. So I’ll ask one last time, will you?”

“If I say no, what will you do?”

“Walk away.”

She didn’t want him to walk away. Not tonight. She wanted a night that would erase all the problems of her life, no matter how temporary. This man could give her that. She was sure of it, but at what cost?

“Does your offer come with dinner?” she blurted. Khushi was instantly mortified, but the words couldn’t be taken back.

Arnav nodded slowly, his expression suggesting he found her strange.

Khushi’s hands balled at her sides. She knew it was reckless. She knew it was one of the most impulsive things she’d ever done, but something about this man robbed her of reason; she was navigating purely on instincts.

“Okay. I’m not for sale,” she added tightly, her voice just above a whisper. “I asked for dinner, but that’s all.”

Pain slashed through Khushi as memories of harsh voices and bitter accusations drifted through her head until it surrounded her like dense impenetrable clouds. It showed in her expressive eyes before she could mask it.

A curse broke from Arnav. His expression was strangely torn as he studied her.

As Khushi tethered on the brink of calling the insanity to an end, he slid a finger under her chin. The touch so unexpected, she couldn’t help but respond, lifting with him so that her gaze met his.

“Will room service do?” The question was softly worded. Intimate. His gaze was fixed on her face and she was too captivated to look away.

Jerking herself from his intense regard, Khushi glanced down, taking in her clothing. There was no going home and changing. She cleared her throat and gave him a jerky nod.

“Anything in particular you’d like?” Arnav asked.

Despite the hard body clench at the thought of filling her empty stomach, she forced nonchalance into her reply, “Edible is pretty much my only requirement when it comes to food.”

“You should raise your standard.” Arnav replied seriously as he beckoned to someone behind her. Khushi was chagrined to realize his driver had witnessed their entire exchange.

“Get the car.”

“Yes, sir.”

✧✧✧

“We will have to wait until after the countdown, sir. The limo is still parked in the underground garage and all traffic is stalled.”

“Fine,” Arnav clipped, annoyed by the delay. Now that he had her agreement, he wanted to be alone with this woman who managed to infuriate and intrigue in equal measure. He took her hand to pull her away from the curb. It was then he noticed they were ungloved and ice cold.

“It’s 30 degrees and you’re in jeans and a rain coat?”

“Sorry, I left my ermine one at home.”

Exasperated, Arnav pulled off his scarf, and awkwardly wrapped it around her. Dissatisfied when she continued to shiver, he unbuttoned his coat, his hands closed on her waist and pulled her into him.

Khushi startled as she found herself cradled against his chest. The wool of his coat felt unlike any other fabric she’d come across, but it was the heat from his body that urged her to move closer.

Despite her chilled skin she was soft, so soft and vibrant that his palms felt singed where they touched. Amusement touched his eyes as hers widen, the pupils expanding until only a thin rim of green remained. When her hands lifted for balance, a forceful response rippled cross his skin at the connection between palm and chest.

His gaze fastened on her mouth, saw the full lips part as she drew in a shaky breath. That revealing act stripped away his usual patience, Arnav lifted her on tiptoe and bent his head.

Her lips were velvet. If he was a romantic, he might even say they felt like rose petals. Slanting his head, Arnav increased the pressure of his mouth, urging hers to open. Her scent filled his nostrils. Not perfume, but a combination of minty freshness and woman.

Desire pounded through him and he pulled her tighter, sliding his arms around her and fusing her to his body. He felt her shudder, felt the tremor as she arched into him. Triumph flooded Arnav as her arms slid upward, twining around his neck as her lips parted to allow him deeper access. Arnav was unaware of the low growl that sounded deep in his throat as he plundered her sweetness with his tongue.

Khushi was drowning in sensation. They were on a public street, but she couldn’t remember why that should matter. His kiss had melted the world away, narrowed down to just the two of them, nothing mattered except his lips moving over hers, connecting them with exquisite pressure.

“3…. 2….. 1…. Happy New Years!” came the thunderous roar of the crowd.

Arnav lift his head as the noise penetrated. He felt dazed, disoriented to find himself on the street and irritated by the intrusion into the sexual haze that clouded his mind. Dimly he could hear the voices of the people passing on the sidewalk around them, hear the laughter and screams, but they meant nothing.

He looked down at the woman clinging to him, her eyes glazed over with passion. She was fire in his arms, not just accepting his kiss, but responding to every touch with equal hunger. He wanted more.

Fuck, was Arnav’s final thought before he bent to take her lips back with his, just as the night sky exploded in dazzling fireworks, celebrating the beginning of a new year.

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433 thoughts on “Night #1

  1. Okay ladies, it’s in the middle of the night; actually early morning here and all I did once I saw that the first chapter was up was to read it through. Enjoyed their first meeting thoroughly, amazing chemistry! I could imagine them in NYC around the crazy NYC New year’s eve crowd being completely lost amongst themselves. Sizzling!!! Thank you for such an awesome start, what a beginning! Can’t wait for the layers to be peeled around Khushi’s and Arnav’s pasts. Excited and looking forward for more. 🙂

    1. Huma – Thanks for being the very first to take the plunge!

      When K threw out the idea for this story, we debated forever between three settings, but New York finally won. Now as we’re writing, I do think it’s perfect.

      I’m totally jealous of Khushi over that kiss. heh heh, that was all K’s doing . The woman knows how to add sizzle.

      Yes, I hope you’ll find their past …. interesting. *fingers crossed*

      Come back often, we seriously love company. 🙂

      1. Hi S, NYC NYEve’s chemistry filled kiss between Arnav & Khushi. How does one beat that? 🙂 I’ve had fun reading this and am sure the way you both have written the first night, what’s to follow will be nothing short of interesting. Thank you again for sharing it with us.

        1. We considered Seattle, but rain as the element just didn’t work for us.
          The first draft actually had San Fran, but the mood wasn’t right for what we had in mind.
          Then K sent me Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind and we both knew it had to be good o’ NYC.

          1. The moment New York State of Mind came on, I just knew we had to send out characters there. That and plus I had Sex and the City on ^^ I totally miss Carrie and Big.

    2. Awwww thank you sweetie. ^^
      I hope you did the early morning reading with a steaming cup of delicious coffee!
      Anything I read in the morning without being heavily caffeinated is a blur =p
      I’ve been doing an IPK rewatch, that first meeting between them was so charged with sexual tension I had to incorporate it into our fic. Thus we granted Mr. Raizada the kiss he so wanted 😉

      Glad you enjoyed the first chapter, but let us know what you didn’t like too. It’ll help us shape the story better. Cheers!

      1. Hi K, actually it was super early morning here, around 3:00am. 😛 I was just checking to see if there was an update after wrapping up study sessions for yesterday before heading to bed. I was super lucky to find one, such an awesome stress buster. 🙂 Needless to say my poor hubby ended up listening all about me dreaming of a perfect kiss. He he he… 😀

  2. Awesome update
    So Arnav and Khushi were attracted since they saw each other
    Their New Year started off with a perfect Kiss😘
    Looking forward to read more!
    Thanks for the pm😉

    IF: Alai123

    1. Hi Alai, yes the perfect kiss. We didn’t want a love at first sight, so I’m glad you choose the word attracted because that was what we were aiming for.

      Come by often!

  3. K – what did you do on IF?
    OMG, wasn’t expecting this until Friday, but can’t say I’m sorry you girls posted earlier.

    I love, absolutely love their first meeting!
    So much chemistry. I like it that you’ve kept their personality from the show.

    Who’s idea was it to switch Aman and NK? I like Aman already. Hopefully he’ll continue to be a bratty brother to Arnav.

    No Akash?

    There’s so many little hints of storylines everywhere, I’m impressed.
    Khushi obviously has a bad past – she flinch whenever someone accuse her of being easy – that is interesting.
    Can’t wait for more of that.
    Arnav seems tired of his lifestyle…. perfect timing to meet his Happiness. 😉

    Will Shyam be a big character? I sense the rivalry already, but you made Arnav the clear winner.

    Now to that kiss. OMG.
    That was…. wow
    HOT
    heh heh

    Love it. Great debut. Go hurry and give us the next part!

    1. We actually didn’t plan on posting it last night lol. K’s finger hit the wrong button, and we were both what the hell. It was ready, so no big deal. Miss Perfection just wanted to do more editing.

      Keeping their personality from the show is a must for both of us, although, we are kicking out anything we didn’t like from the show.

      I think you’ll like what we have in mind for Aman and NK. 🙂
      Akash – not sure yet.
      Shyam – not sure yet. lol

      You’re on the right track with Khushi, keep thinking along those lines.

      Thanks for giving us so much love Mel, we are totally counting on you for the rest of this ride.

    2. Mel!!!!!!!!
      It was totally by accident, but S is right, there’s only so much editing one should do before it heads to ugh… unhealthy territory. =p
      I thought we’ll give poor Aman a break from being Arnav’s whipping boy. Isn’t little brother just adorable?
      Akash….. we really don’t know. Leaning towards erasing him away at the moment unless we need him later in the story.
      Shyam however I’m fighting with S on. We’re like an old married couple =p

      Arnav is the case of wanting what you don’t have. He has wealth, status and women up to his ears, but it’s at the price of genuine affection. I don’t know if you caught it, but while Anjali and Aman’s engagement is a love match, she is also someone from their world – and Shyam gets a seat on AR’s board out of it.

      I wish we were able to be more subtle in dropping hints with Khushi’s background, but…. well we tried.

      Did you enjoy the added visuals? 🙂

  4. Wow…..the last part was sizzling. .fireworks definitely. …
    Mr.shyam jha the creep always…and ASR the hot one….wonderful start and looking forward to seeing more

    1. Oh there’s more too Mr. Jha then meets the eye. ^^
      Thanks for reading our debut chapter! We’ll be serving up a lot more sizzle and firework! 😉

  5. Thanks! Yay I’m so glad you caught that. We wanted a degree of separation between Anjali and Arnav =p I adored their bickering in the show, it was such a disappointment when it went away during the second half.
    Ummm…. well, don’t rule out angst just yet, we’re only in the early stages…. 😉

  6. Hi shipperK, Hi septembermoon16

    I stumbled on this by accident this morning. So glad I did.
    You have a very interesting start. Already love the tension between Arshi.
    Please keep writing!

  7. Good luck on the story ladies. It’s actually a bit mature for me. Hope you guys will write more in the future.

    1. Hey Anon – I must say I’m surprise you consider this mature, but then my reading material has always been pretty risque. No problem. Thanks for at least giving it a go. We appreciate it.

      I write for the pleasure of it. K is just on an arshi high since she’s rewatching IPK, so I was able to convince her to dabble in some ff fun. I have no idea if we’ll write anything beyond this, but who knows?

    2. Considering what we have cooked up for later chapters…. this is probably a wise decision.
      That said, thanks for giving Chapter 1 a read and leaving a message for us.
      No story is for every audience.

      Writing is a lot of work. Fun, but serious work. For now I’m just going to enjoy this adventure and see where it leads. 🙂

  8. The chemistry between the two is scorchingly hot. And the kiss was like fireworks at the stroke of midnight. Jha is the same old creep. Can’t stand the guy. Will Arnav take Khushi to the party? That’ll be interesting! 😉

    1. Poor Shyam, always the bad guy eh? Maybe we should do something about this. =p

      Glad you enjoyed their chemistry. I wrote the kiss scene while watching teri meri on loop ^^ Lots more to come!

  9. Amazing..
    First let’s talk about the characters. Aman as Raizada is new & so is Anjali & Shyam being siblings. But Shyam is still a creep and still had his malicious intentions for Khushi. Why is he so against Arnav? Jealous much?!
    Ouch the confusion was natural. Khushi doesn’t belong to the circles Arnav moves in to know who’s the one getting engaged. Mr. Kumar is a jerk like shyam, accusing her of so many things.
    And the kiss – it was hot and beautiful. This had a fairytale touch – standing in complete public view, where everyone is waiting for the New Year to start and here they were in the middle of all this chaos feeling as they were the only one, not bothered by anything else. Their chemistry is undeniable and scorching hot.

    1. Hope you liked how we shook up the characters.
      I’ve always felt Shyam and Anjali’s chemistry would befit those of siblings so…. =p
      Is he jealous of Arnav? Or does his actions hint at something … more? 😉

      Isn’t that what attraction is all about? So wrapped up in each other the rest of the world just recedes. 🙂

  10. Hey Septmoon and ShipK,
    This was posted 6 days ago, WHAT THE ?? I am soooooo late 😛 What happened to IF ? I was waiting over there. 🙂

    And to know this is about ASR the fashion mogul in the Big Apple ( Gosh I love that city and did I mention I get high on Arshi :P)

    Woah, Aman’s a filthy rich Raizada and was a womaniser before he met Anji ?!? Shyam and Anji are siblings … well well well
    And abt Shyam, lesser the said the better. Once a creep…

    “Anjali’s mother threatened your manhood?” LOL

    A chilly New year’s night on Times Square, wispy flakes of snow gliding towards the pavement, sizzling Arshi chemistry and the fiery KISS. Who needs fireworks and the prominent ball drop? 😉

    1. Hey sweetie, sorry about that. Yours truly got the boot from IF, and I’m too weary to bother with reposting. All future updates will be here only.

      What else can you expect from our gorgeous Raizada bros? Although, reformed bad boys do make for good husbands ^^
      You know the entire time I was editing that scene I was also texting my boyfriend about how we should head to NY for the countdown this year. He was NOT happy when I told him my reason for wanting too. =p

    2. Well thanks for tracking us down 🙂 No more IF for either K or myself, too much hassle.

      I think it’s why I get a strange satisfaction in reading ffs in which Arnav is dirt poor. Life is too easy for this rich playboy. Can you imagine how dull his life would be if he doesn’t meet a certain KKG?

  11. Hi K and Septmoon ,

    Brilliant start. Extremely interesting. Absolutely loved it. Loved the concept of Arnav and Khushi meeting at a party where one is an invitee and the other a server. The obnoxious Shyam’s inclusion was also fabulous as all the more it emphasized that no matter how much he clamors for the attention of Khushi, only Arnav has the power to attract Khushi !! Really enjoyed the sizzling chemistry of Arnav and Khushi and can’t wait to read more !! 🙂 I would love to get an invite for this story. Please consider it and if its okay with you guys then PM me at ship1383@gmail.com. I am so looking forward to reading it. 🙂

    1. Welcome aboard the FWN train ^^
      So glad you decided to join us on this maiden adventure.

      What a meeting huh? We had to pull out all the stops for their first encounter, much more sizzle to come. 🙂
      Ah yes, our dear Mr. Jha.
      In all honesty, he is more interested in Arnav than any woman.
      Maybe they’re just camouflage =p

      The story is open to everyone… are you referring to the Lounge?

  12. What do I think??

    Jeez women I think dhak dhak. My heart is palpitating in my throat right now!

    New York holds a whimsical romance for me. I have no idea why in amongst the concrete jungle I sense an essence of romanticism in the air, born out of my secret love for cheesy chick flicks, or the promise of being in a city like no other – i don’t know. But I do know that this element of promise, of finding something infinitesimally great in amongst the city that never sleeps is a notion I will no doubt carry through the rest of this story

    Damn that dhak dhak!

    1. Welcome aboard the FWN train Manreet!!!! ^^
      Delighted to have you here for this adventure.

      We’ll take that dhak dhak =p
      I have an incredible weakness for cheesy flicks myself.
      Who can resist Mr. Tall Dark and Yummy amidst the allure of the big city?

    1. Welcome abroad the FWN train!
      You have until New Year’s Eve to play catch-up.
      We’ll be reaching the half way point then ^^
      Looking forward to your comments on this!

        1. Totally understandable. Esp since our updates seem to double as we go ^^
          Read at your pace. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our concrete jungle romance 🙂

          1. I love the lengths that I saw. Just want to pay enough attention to the chapters.
            Btw, hope that your vip lounge will be accessible too since I saw a sign with ‘invite only’.

  13. OMG! This was really something! The air was buzzing with excitement throughout the update! The update was sizzling and savage.The speed t which the attraction blossomed between them was no shock but all the more thrilling.
    Both the leads seem detached at the moment. borderline emotionless and just meeting their needs.
    Sorry for the short comment for I am rushing to read the night next which I am sure will be as or more awesome and sizzling than the first night !
    PS: Loved the length of the update! 🙂
    Count me in as a fan + admirer !

    1. Sizzling and savage – me likey 😀
      A very apt sum up of their first meeting. I’m glad you recognize it as Lust-at-first-sight instead of Love-at-first-sight.
      Believe it or not, we TRY to trim down the updates, but they just sort of balloon on us 😉

    2. Welcome to FWN Rainy! Sorry I wasn’t around when you found us 🙂
      K shared some of your comments with me – I’m very excited to have you as a reader. You read and observe so carefully the peanut gallery shall be a stimulating place 😀

  14. Wow, what a first encounter! The chemistry between these two is sizzling…..loved how Arnav couldn’t stop himself from persueing her…..and what a way to bring in the year!!! Looks like Khushi’s new year will be a big improvement from her previous year!! Many thanks

  15. Oh wow wat a fantastic chapter… they both r attracted to each other…oh n tht shyam gets on my nerves….. Aman n anjali seem to be a cute couple..and wat a fantastic start to their new yr…perfect with a mind blowing kiss

  16. OMG….such an amazinggggggg start….
    I just stumbled upon this blog n look what I found….awsmmm storyline…
    enjoyed reading every bit ov it…
    IF momoahmd

  17. Hi s&k new reader here. Well I must say love the concept of FWN. LOVE THE Chemistry the khushi and arnav share and that new years kiss WAS AWESOME. I Like the way he made her felt comfortable after sharing her story of her pass with him.. Nk and Aman got me lmao … arnav possessiveness over khusi infront of the guys * tumbs up* Hate shyam already lol. Keep up the good work on to the next chapter

    1. Welcome to FWN kereen! ^^
      We absolutely love new readers, especially one who jumps right into the peanut gallery!

      Glad you enjoyed the sizzling start, don’t be a shy about sharing your thoughts with us – I look forward to it.

  18. Reblogged this on Ganga's Creative Writing Corner and commented:
    Hi guys! So I think it was last week when I was asking you all for really good fanfictions on Arnav and Khushi. Well this isn’t one anyone recommended to me, but the link for this blog came up on the side of mine and I followed it and thought I’d start reading when I had the time. So I’ve had some time… And I started reading… AND I AM GOD DAMN HOOKED. S&K have one story up so far, “Farewell, winter nights” and it’s amazing. As you all know, I am still quite an inexperienced writer, so their story and the way they write is really different to mine. So do follow their blog and read their story because I love it and I’m sure you guys will too.

    1. Thanks for the rec ganga! It’s definitely unexpected, but much appreciated. I like knowing when we’ve sunk our hooks into a reader 😀

    1. Welcome to FWN sweetsaakhi!
      Very nice of you to say so. While you hang out with us, don’t be shy about sharing your thoughts!

  19. aweesum start…arshi attracted to each other and welcomed new year with their first kiss….beautiful

    1. Welcome aboard FWN ushankitvc!
      What more can a girl ask for than a yummy kiss from Mr. Raizada on new year’s eve eh? 😉

  20. First up, am always game to explore and listen to different genres and artists, so the mood music I will DEFINITELY check out!

    You choose the most stunning images and it really adds to the charm of the chapter and makes imagining all that easier…

    What a stunning description of Arnav’s thoughts and feelings right in the beginning. Made me understand his frame of mind quite easily and establish a connect with the character seamlessly. I loved the atmosphere, the people, their motives, their thoughts, their desires and everything else about them. The way you have written this just sicked me into their world and made me a part of it before I could say “WHOA”.

    The banter between Aman & Arnav was fun! Wit, humor and sarcasm, a perfect trifecta!

    Khushi’s entry was fantastic! To have seen her first glimpse through Arnav’s eyes was an added bonus! Her eyes! You know the minute I read about their color, I was reminded of another story written by Bingala or Applebee as she is known now , where Khushi also has the same stunning green eyes. It’s incomplete mind you, but you gotta read it just for the descriptions of the clothes and the jewelry if nothing else, damnit. “http://theshoeboxofphotographs.blogspot.in/”

    Shyam and Anjali as siblings.. Hmmm. He sounds trouble. I feel so sad for Khushi, struggling to make ends meet. Reading about and seeing such people makes me thank God for giving me food in my stomach and a roof over my head. Stay away from her you jackass. Hmmm, Arnav has unruly hair? I hope they are not as long and unruly as Barun keeps them these days, I really hate that look on him. He looked so yumm with a sharp haircut but what to do, it’s his life and his hair and you can’t force the man to cut ’em to your liking.

    Aaaaaaaannnd we have our first MU right in the first chapter! 😯 Straight forward much Arnav? He really is taken with her, just by a look. Following her out already. I love the way she fights and takes her stand! A strong Khushi has always been close to my heart. LOL, burger, beer and jalebis! Awww my heart just twanged in pain when she talked about food. Poor girl, she must have gone through so much. For someone who claims to just want some action, he sure is taking a lot of care of her!

    That was perfect! A kiss at midnight, reminded me of Cinderella but is Arnav really Prince Charming??

    The length of my comment must have told you how much I LOVED the chapter! To tell you the truth, I had checked FWN’s index yesterday through my cell to see if the first chapter was up or not and once I started reading I couldn’t stop for the life of me till I reached the end! But I don’t comment using my cell due to bad experiences in the past in which a super long comment of mine disappeared due to the goddamn signal conking out, so I waited for a day to begin commenting via my laptop. There are so many questions, reactions and suspicions in my mind that all your chapters will have detailed comments from me in the near future.

    Will comment on the next two-three chappies tomorrow. Gotta go now!

    1. What’s this? A heartwarming love note that’s what! ^^
      Welcome to FWN breeze! I’m glad you found us and so very much looking forward to reading your thoughts on the other updates.

      If you know of some songs that fits FWN, do share!

      I lust and love over Bingala’s works and have spent many a night devouring her words. It’s an absolute tragedy that The Games We Play remain incomplete. A true gem yeah?

      Ah you have hit it on the nose, FWN is our modernized version of Cinderella, but we do like to mix our fairytales 😉

      We love words, don’t hesitate to share yours!

    2. Holy shit! Welcome to FWN breeze! 😀
      I love a nice chunky comment ripe with interest and riddled with thoughts.

      Just promise me one thing – reserve judgement on all characters until we reach FIN!

  21. Great start. First meeting first kiss. Arnav does not waste time. We can feel the sizzling chemistry between then just like in the serial.

  22. I’ve just started to read this yesterday night and have already fallen in love with it! I love your writing style and am enjoying the path in which this story is going.
    Looking forward to reading more of your work 🙂

  23. Goodness! He knew skmething was going to happen, and boy did it! Anjali being Shyams sister, and soon Arnavs sister in law was indeed a change, but Shyam being on the board of dirdctors of AR that was even worse. I dont like the man already, so is Shyam self made or old money? Wouldnt be surprised if he was old money, daddies made his life easy so he takes advantage. Bugt Arrnav did it on his own? Whats Khushis story? ?.. I sippose ihave to waif its only the first chapter. Looks like a page turner to me. Well done I booked already!

    1. A warm welcome aboard FWN addicted!
      I see you’ve decided to marathon the chapters. lol Can’t wait to see what you think of it.
      Don’t be a stranger!

  24. Oh oh what a start what a start
    Whee was I all this while? I have missed something brilliant in my life – better late than never, isn’t it – so lemme move on to the next chapter

  25. New reader alert! Hey guys, just heard about your story & read the first chapter, it was simply awesome!! Completely hooked me in. Loved the cast too, hotness exemplified. 😉 Can’t wait to read more…

  26. Hi Guys, I am a new reader. Just started reading the story. Totally hooked!!! I am so happy to know about this story. Thanks to my friend for recommending it. Off to read the next chapter…. Yaaaaaay so excited to find this story!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you .

    1. It is a good thing I live by the mantra of better being late than never 😛
      A very belated, but warm welcome to FWN simisanju!

  27. Hey!
    You guys are doing such an amazing job. Taking out so much time to put up the trailer, cast and even a playlist! I am a little late, but as they say, better late than never!
    It was truly an electrifying start!
    I’ll comment on the other chapters after reading!
    PS: Are you guys still sending invites for the VIP Lounge?
    Thanks. 🙂

  28. ahhh!!! the chemistry. And I don’t like Shyam. Aman as Arnav’s Brother? getting my head around the idea of it. I think I miss Akash. I am a new reader, I don’t know if he will be around or not, yet. The writing style is a hit.

    1. This comes so late I’m embarrassed, but still…. welcome to FWN Luna!
      Ahh… always good to now the writing holds up! 😀

  29. Stumbled upon this story accidental and couldn’t be happier!! Hate Shyam! Love Arnav and even Aman…can’t wait to read more!!

  30. what an introduction!!
    So I had read the whole story earlier and couldn’t wait for more to come was missing it so much- thought going back and re-reading would be a good idea and here I am.
    Hopefully this time would be able to comment too!!

  31. Reading it again. Am mesmerised again from the carefully moulded characters , the exciting storyline and the chemistry between Arnav and Khushi.

  32. Beautiful start to a sizzling chemistry. So I notice you have reversed Aman and NK’s roles. That will be interesting to glimpse at. I hope the Anjali in your saga is a stronger woman than in the show.

    CAN’T WAIT TO READ WHAT HAPPENS NEXT !!

  33. Hi. Got your link from Chokri_ASR who writes revealed. This story looks really interesting. I especially love your blog layout and how you included those specific pics for the trailer. Helps me picture the story so much better. Will read the rest now. Looking forward to it 🙂

  34. Hey, read abt ur post on twitter yesterdy(chokri). Started readng FWN today.
    I cld actually imagine the party n its people by reading ur words.
    Loved this phrases ” perfume married with aftershave”(makes me want to wear his shirt all the time).
    Weirdly cute way to introduce Anjali Jha.
    Hilarious “And when I feel that biological clock ticking, I’ll let you know so you may choose a suitable virgin and deliver her to my bed.”
    I love love love the phrase ” he’ll take you to hell right after he gives you a glimpse of paradise”(i hope i can use it in my conversation some day)
    At the scene when Khushi gt fired, i prayed “for fuck sake please Arnav dont be prick in this ff too)
    O thank u so much for an Arnav-not douche-bag-raizada.
    Fuck, was my final thought too for Night 1. Cant wait for the sizzling chemistry to be xplored.

    1. A (seriously belated) welcome to FWN bhumicoup!!!
      I’m thrilled you’re getting visuals as you read.
      If you do use that tidbit in conversation, you’ll have to share with us how it goes! 😀

  35. This ff is one of my best read…the characters of Arnav and Khushi are wonderfully portrayed…love fwn to the core…i am gonna read each chapter again and comment….

  36. Hi, got recommended by Chokri_ASR of Revealed. I am so glad she did that, a wonderful start, I love your trailers and photos, it adds to the whole experience. I promise, I will not skip any nights. 😊

    Cold windy day in a SFO, hot ginger tea, a thick blanket…. night 2 here I come.

    1. Welcome to FWN nehakakade! Damn, ginger tea and a thick blanket paired with Arshi sounds divine. Enjoy and do let us know what you think of it.

  37. Hey new reader here! Discovered the blog a month back.. finally managed to read the first chapter now and what a read it has been!! Hooked from the first para itself..loved the convo between arnav and Aman..provides a glimpse into their characters and hints at a strong bond between them..ahhhh the chemistry between arnav and khushi..just as sizzling as it should be..and then some more..now onto the 2nd one!

  38. Hmm.. a perfect beginning. It had the right doses of intrigue, romance and lust. 🙂 But it also had surprising elements of tenderness and disdain.
    There is a back story to Khushi’s context (a wrongly placed puzzle piece).
    There is a restlessness in Raizada (Arnav of course).
    And Shyam wants her too?
    Well, I am going to read on for more. (Like I have a choice! ha ha)

  39. I just started re- reading FWN again and I enjoyed it so much more now that I know the characters better and know where they go it makes it that much more enjoyable- am I making sense? Well I’m hoping to read all the nights all over again so that I can enjoy the epilogue even more 🙂 If I’m talking nonsense then you can blame it on my anti allergy drugs 🙂

    What a beautiful magical beginning and I get all that little nuances that I missed the first time around. It’s so much fun reading it again 🙂 Hopefully I get to night 2 tomorrow!

  40. I’m here!

    I really should be getting ready and leaving for work, but I started reading this, like an idiot, and I am sold! What a perfect start, K & S. You’ve managed to capture my interest complete. An arrogant Arnav and a firecracker Khushi, what’s not to love?

    “He’ll allow her apologize and if he was still in the mood, he’ll take her to his bed.”

    This line in particular is *so* Arnav, that I felt myself grinning like a fool.

    I will not be around for the next 8 hours, but you should see me soon 😉

    1. Welcome to FWN Ridz! If you manage to read what took us a goddamn year to write in one day I may burst with pride… or horror. Lol

  41. hi. Just read the first part of night. Looks like true to his word Arnav is going to thumb his nose at social etiquette and find himself a girl from the other part of town.

    Keep going. Going to read the second part.

    1. A warm welcome to FWN crazyarshi! (btw I totally dig the name! 😉 )
      Hope to see you making yourself at home in our rabbit hole!

  42. Beautifully written…….the contrast in Arnav and Khushi………….he is missing a companion in his life……..he knew the people surrounding him cannot make up to it……..awesome chapter……

  43. he, he back for my second read…
    i love how you introduce your characters here. no excuses, no sad stories. strong in their own right. a bonding that is going to stand tall. and a magical, magical night. you set the tone for the passion descending on a-k and us(!) with arnav’s first intake of breath on seeing her eyes. hai ram! and i feel it in my guts…..

      1. S,
        second sitting is even better, the little touches, the subtlety, the boldness, the cockiness, the the insecurity, the passion, the confusion… every little emotion and thought is so beautifully done. hats off to you girls, and a double big hug.

  44. Your writing is beautiful, so captivating! I love it how im beginning to understand and love these characters. The chemistry between Arnav and Khushi is inevitable! Its been soo long since i read something bewitching. i cant wait to read more 😀

    1. A warm welcome to FWN loca! I love it when you gals jump right in. Bewitching is a word I haven’t encountered in awhile, so thank you! 😉

  45. I am starting over farewell nights to not to miss anything and read everything. The grandeur of this opening night reminded me of Hollywood movie(s). Arnav, a lonely single man in middle of loving family, friends and business associates looking for unknown challenge and thrill and Kushi looking for food and money to live. Devayani Raizada in navy Oscar de la Renta taffeta gown 😄 I just couldn’t control my laugh as I never imagined her other than in those rich silk sarees 😎

    Shyam advances actually got Arnav and Kushi together and I thank Shyam for that 😘
    Arnav response ‘No, yes, Dammit” as puzzled as his brain in presence of hazel eyed angel 😄.

    Burger-Beer Jalebis—what a combo meal.

    ….and this is how Arnav n Kushi ring in the new year with passionate and mind numbing kiss.

    1. We will be looking forward to this J! ^^
      Hahaha spot on about our matriarch, we wanted to infuse a bit of Miranda Priestly!
      Shyam concurs and thanks you for the observation 😉
      HEE, someone definitely lost their mind during the twelve tolls. =p

  46. I started reading FWN again today.
    The first time everything and everyone were still a mystery. I was trying very hard to understand the behaviour of each character and was trying to understand the overall setup, the story, the characters, the relationships or camaraderie they shared, etc. I was trying to just grasp the entire scenario as much as I can.

    But reading it a second time gives a whole new meaning and understanding of the story, of the characters or their behaviours and I never knew that reading it second time could be more alluring than the first time.

    Arnav Singh Raizada, the name itself speaks of royalty and trust me even after months of hearing his name, it has the same effect on me as the first day I heard his name. And in this story, his name fits perfectly to the person he is.
    Arnav means ocean, and this Arnav is surely a deep person. No one probably understands him completely just like the depth of an ocean can never be measured accurately.

    On that night Arnav felt more lonely than ever especially after seeing his little brother so deeply cared by a woman named Anjali, who loved him for who he is and not for what he is. He probably felt jealous too but his pride would never allow him to accept of acknowledge it.

    When he saw Khushi for the first time, did the above loneliness act as a catalyst too in pursuing her? She is beautiful, her eyes just catches anyone’s attention, but is that all that attracted him to her or did he unknowingly feel the deeper connection he had with her?

    Khushi, true to her name brings joy to whoever lays their eyes on her but why is that happiness playing hide and seek with her. Ofcourse I know what has happened in her life, but still I find her a mystery after the first update. Why did she agree to go with Arnav on that night? It is not like her yet what made her take that step. But she did make it clear that she is not for sale and she expects nothing in return from him except dinner, making it more like a dinner date.
    Did this attract Arnav towards her more??

    Or did destiny played cupid here afterall?

    Coming to Shyam. Why is he so jealous of Arnav? Why does he see himself as Arnav’s competition always? Do his parents compare him to Arnav more than often?
    Does his sexuality question his manhood? Does he want to prove to himself that he is no lesser a man than Arnav? Is that the reason he always tries to compete with Arnav at any given situation?

    Aman, what made this playboy stick to Anjali for life?
    True, love can reduce anyone to anything!!!

    Now let me go the second chapter and try to understand each one of them more.

    1. canapoem ~ I love seeing our players through your eyes. And the questions you ask!

      I’m with you on being a little amoured with the name Arnav Singh Raizada. It’s so arrogantly regal yeah?

      We are firmly on the ship that believe in the red thread of connections! ^^

  47. K, till now I did not ask you the password of either outtakes or epilogue as I wanted to do justice to the story before asking you. Now I started reading it again and will post comments as I progress. Is it okay if I ask you the password now? Will you give it to me?

    I am following you on twitter but not sure how to contact you personally. So I am posting the message here. Thanks.

  48. Trust me when I say this. I was recommended by mints and canapoem in two days…in a row! So, I finally decided to give this a shot and I read Chapter one or the night #1. I decided to leave a comment, but realised how restless I was to read the next part. So, read that and came back here. Very interestingly written and crafted. This looks like a simple story, but it is anything but that. There is a spark, a magic and passion still lingers in the air. And what a different use of characters..ofc Shyam is still the same fellow we hate..but I like Anjali’s character. She appears different, a good different. And I do wonder what Nani will say if Arnav presents Khushi as his date, in future ofc. Now waiting to read further and glad I found this out! 😀

    -Sadh

    1. A warm welcome Sadh to FWN! 😀 We especially love bringing out the welcome committee when it’s for a friend of friends ^^
      I hope those ladies warned you what you’re in for. Looking forward to your company through the Nights.

      1. Thanks for the warm.welcome and No unfortunately they did not warn me.. should I know No more or should I be afraid of something more? 😉 I am equally looking forward to join you through the nights! 😀

  49. So Sadh suggested me this story, when I asked me to suggest me anything to read because I am too tired reading my text books.:D
    I decided to take the plunge and I am already hooked to it reading the night #1. Arnav and Khushi both are enigma to me. Like Arnav said, there is this instant chemistry between them.
    Aman is a playboy but Anjali brought about a change in him. I wonder how!
    As much as I loved the dreamy eyed Shyam seeing the cast, I loathe him now. Why is he competing with Arnav?
    Devyani Raizada is the perfect matriarch. And she wants to see both his grandsons married giving her the heir.
    Moving on to the next part to read and understand the characters better.
    ~Arunima:)

    1. A warm welcome to FWN Arunima! Wonderful to have friends descend upon us 😉
      Do let us know how you enjoy the waters. The plunge is always scary, but we promise a hot tub environment from here on out. 😛

      1. Thank you for such a warm welcome. 😀 I have already taken the plunge and I am definitely going to enjoy the waters when you have promised a hot tub environment. 😉

        1. Welcome aboard Arunima!! We love new passengers, especially when they come upon the recommendations of friends 😀 Do let us know how you like the hot tub experience!

  50. started re reading it again…n trust mee im enjoying it more:) first time i was in a rush to reach the end, now i’m enjoying every bit of it!!!!

  51. Beautiful chapter hate shyam but loved the sizzling chemistry between arnav and khushi and also aman as arnav’s brother is something new

  52. Although I have read a lot of Arshi fan fictions, i just came across ‘The Quickie, IPKKND Ficverse’ about a month ago and I’m so thankful to find so many stories, completed ones, by so many talented authors.

    I’ve just started reading this and although the setting is different, you have stayed true to the characters of Arnav and Khushi. This is exactly the ASR that was depicted on the show at the beginning. So far I’m riveted.

    1. Yeah, K’s Ficverse is a major time suckage. Better watch yourself 😛
      Welcome to FWN chand K.! Always lovely to have new company. here. Do share should we manage to keep you riveted 😉

  53. “Colpo di fulmine. The thunderbolt, as Italians call it. When love strikes someone like lightning, so powerful and intense it can’t be denied. It’s beautiful and messy,
    cracking a chest open and spilling their soul out for the world to see. It turns a person inside out, and there’s no going back from it. Once the thunderbolt hits, your life is
    irrevocably changed.”
    ― J.M. Darhower, Sempre

    Is that what you are pointing us towards?

    Words can be massaged, chained, woven, stitched , taken apart, rebuild into new orders and burdened with new meanings to make the descriptions more vivid, clear and real, like a gorgeously curated image. Yet here you make your words work harder, into going beyond description, to bring insight into the characters, to reveal their personality and how they feel. You invite us to make our own conclusions and to find clues, dispersed into the update liberally…It doesn’t matter if all these little pathways are not to be explored, they are there to make us hold judgement until we see more and find our way into the story.

    There is resentment with life, both felt, acknowledged, and strongly kept like an armour by both of them. The past that Aman mentions and that has Devyani praying for him, there is a void waiting to b filled with something different, unexplored and exciting, the thrill of the chase longing to be set free. But on whom? There, it recognises another kindred spirit, so hurt that the pride is the only thing left to clamp the brokenness together, not to unravel further at the strained seems that are on the verge of breaking. A little more for the night to end…

    Alas, being an object of contest between two alpha males (?) vying to outdo each other is the last straw that might break the camel’s back. But, wait, Shyam leaves her. Is riling Arnav his main target, or does he have a hidden plan to take this squabble further into his aspirations.

    There is passion, of a type not felt before by either of them, that makes them do things that they never thought that they would do. A passion that is unbidden, lying in wait to pounce, to guide and rule their actions. Is this the colpo di fulmine passion? Will they get to feel the exuberance from letting go of previous rules, the clarity of understanding that it is different, the ecstasy of being kissed and held like never before? Does this passion come with the grief of being parted, the hatred of not succeeding?

    Why does Arnav feel that she should bee a guest and not a staff member? Why is he hell-bent of protecting the brother from someone he recognises is the best thing to happen to Aman? Why does he feel restless that this devotion has eluded him? It feels that it is self imposed. Why are the eyes so important? What memory do these green depths release? Why is Khushi uneasy at the mention of Arnav’s surname? Is she related to them? Are you leading me astray? Or opening my eyes so I have 20/20 vision? Hmmm…too early to tell.

    I love her dignity, although difficult to maintain. Has she hit hard times?

    While we wait for the limousine to arrive and the butterflies to settle in our stomachs from the passion of that first kiss, I think that this not only a coincidence. Most of the time, the most unusual meetings and glances have been set up. And here I am not naive enough to think that it was divine intervention. Stupid conviction or not, I am willing to see it through. Has Shyam played a bigger role in setting them up, he gave up pretty quickly? Does he know more of the past and what sets Arnav off?

    Let’s see if this passion is the source of their finest moments, if they obey it till the end. Someone mentioned room service…to the hotel we go…

    P.S. Is there an obsession with green from both of you? Jade handle of dagger in CC and green eyes here.

    P.P.S. Finally the clothes are given their importance…I salute you for this.

    1. Holy shit Genie! One spear and you’ve hit the bulls-eye… we shall have champagne on the house waiting for you in Night #9. 😀

      The best comments are those that comes in the form of questions. It’s a delight to have such a seeking mind navigating through this world. You must not allow the early stages stem the flow!

      P.S. Don’t you know?

      It’s not that easy being green;
      Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
      When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
      or something much more colorful like that.

      It’s not easy being green.
      It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.
      And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water-
      or stars in the sky.

      But green’s the color of Spring.
      And green can be cool and friendly-like.
      And green can be big like a mountain, or important like a river, or tall like a tree.

      When green is all there is to be
      It could make you wonder why, but why wonder? Why Wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful!
      And I think it’s what I want to be.

      😀

      P.P.S. Our man is an actual billionaire, with a wardrobe budget above Star Plus executives combined pay grade 😛

    2. Whenever I chance upon your comments in the Ficverse, I fall a little more under your spell dear Genie. How do you find the time to read such a wide scope of tales and ooh the love that pours through!

      Passion is oft shunned in favor of her golden sister, Love. Yet she is our favorite. That wicked sense of fun is damn alluring!

  54. First of all, a big thank you for accepting me as a member on this blog.. 🙂
    I am hooked to this ficverse, since the time I have come across it, which is not very long ago. With so many beautiful stories from so many fabulous writers!! I, think, earlier, I was just a ‘fan’ of ArShi stories, now am ‘addicted’!

    FWN set up is different, with way more finesse and grandeur than the original show; but, the basic essence of Arnav and Khushi, seems to be the same; which is really appealing for me.
    Arnav seems to be just like what he was in the initial episodes; brooding, cynical, uncompromisingly forthright. Khushi comes across as someone who has to carry the weight of the world on her tiny shoulders.

    Am loving it!!
    Much love,
    Mili.

  55. As promised, here I go! I’m taking this plunge now that I don’t have to go through Refresh Hell; patience is a virtue I unfortunately don’t have. 😉

    “The hunter had long become the hunted.” I love this quote; it conveys the restlessness, perhaps even desperation in our protagonist. I hesitate to call him the hero, for in the Iss Pyaar I am well-versed in, Arnav was never the hero.. Let’s see whether your Arnav deserves that title.

    Aman. A faceless name in the original you have brought to life as Arnav’s younger brother. And a charming one at that. I like this Aman, strong enough to stand up to Arnav yet soft enough to bend for Anjali. I like the sibling relationship here; one knows what the other needs, while the other recognizes what the former wants.

    Finally, Khushi’s entrance. Effortlessly capturing Arnav’s attention, and why shouldn’t she? She has always been a heroine, at least in my eyes. Love that he has already realized her worth; she is someone who should be on the guests, not a waitress cleaning up after them. I see that possessiveness has already entered the equation as well. And why do I feel she is the first person to make him laugh in years? I love this Khushi. She has an inner backbone, spirit, and soul.

    I’m glad to see our Khushi here is a fighter. And there’s mystery too.. Why should she tense on hearing the Raizada name? Ahhh, she thinks he is Aman. Poor thing, being punished just for being beautiful. And Arnav… I see the arrogance is there in spades. Thinking to give Khushi a chance to apologize when it is him who owes her. And Aman clearly isn’t going to let off the hook. Business must go on as usual.

    And so it begins, with a kiss. K, you and S weave gold with your words. And I’m finally ready to dive into the magic you both have produced. 🙂

    1. I’m so excited to have you here sharing this adventure with us Anna! A warm welcome to the world of FWN, Very wise of you to wait for the end of Refresh Hell… although there will be no escape for CC. 😉

      Dive without fear, we’ll be there to catch you! ^^

  56. Gooooddddd…. I was already tired of the matriarch wearing elegant beige sarees.

    Strong people all around… even the dirty Mr.Jha !

    Can’t wait to see where this kiss takes 2 strong people !!

  57. Hi I am Sri here. Just started reading. Completed the first night. Wow!!! Just blown away.This is sheer magic being created as we read word by word line by line. Love this finesse and grandeur. This is my dream ASR. You have granted me secret wish/ deepest desire. Thank you .Thank you. Thank you. I am so glad that I am reading this story.
    I have decided to read the story in one go today. I don’t care what else happens in my life.
    Off to read the second night.

  58. I came across this blog as a recommendation on IF. And boy, I am hooked! Loved your style of writing. Story definitely captivating!! Eager to read more..
    – Dreamz

  59. Hi today I find out about your story on IPK forum. Some one mention there about this mind blowing story and I come to give it a shot and I am speachless after reading.
    It’s gripping, Flawless, captivating. Arnav and Khushi you shown have same effect like in the show.
    First night gives insight if their life but Khushi is still a mystery.
    I felt sad when Shyam and arnav approach her for same reason and she got fired from job for no reason of hers.
    Don’t know why she give it up to him so soon? Was hunger is the reason or something else? Will come to know later.
    But the chemistry between them can be seen. I am looking forward to it.
    I am hooked to it.

  60. This is super fab! You have me totally hooked and i’m so glad i’ve found you girls again and now that I’m following you, you cannot get rid of pests like me. You’ve given us Anjali and Aman together – something that i dearly wanted the show to do. Though with Shyam and Anjali being siblings, i cannot believe you’d have Arnav and him in competition for the same woman…nope, not possible with you girls. Nani in an Oscar de la Renta? Love it! I can picture that toe curling kiss in my head…very clearly but where is the one-leg-lifting-automatically?? Still…LOVE IT! xx

  61. Finally!! I don’t even remember from how long this story has been in my pending list due to my busy schedules but today I gave up and decided to descend upon it.

    Start always reflects upon what this journey has for it’s readers and this particular start had me captivated.
    Each character has a different depth, has a different way through their feelings, the enchanting atmosphere and the perfectly described chilled nights of York. The aura created around each character and especially Arnav & Khushi radiates their with in. The first step into getting the characters was easy, they seem two simple people having some normal issues but the way they have been outlined is speaking that there is more to that! Possessive Raizada? Who minds Arnav with an attitude like that from the very start? What Khushi has in herself is a lot to take in, waiting to explore her! I must say, I’m HOOKED!

  62. nice story. and thanks one of the member of IF who mentioned about this story.nice start and i am going to finish this at a stretch

  63. Hello

    I got this link from a post on ipkknd forum where someone mentioned that this ff to be a stunning one http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=4555746..I am glad to be here and big hugs to the writers for writing this awesome story. I am so loving it..especially the pictures the website and the way all the details have been described..love the B& W effect..truly it has old era charm..what made you choose NY and new year’s eve..was just wondering..anyways I like the introductions, starting scene and the first meeting of Arnav & Khushi..Nani is one of my favourite characters..loving her here too..Such a posh ff..so much of fun and so tempting…

    Thankyou
    bhavna

    1. Hi bhavna, welcome to FWN! Ship is too kind, but I’m glad her PR got you to click the link :d

      We wanted to throw Arshi into a big city setting and run with it. Since we’ve both been to NY in winter, it seemed like the perfect fit for a steamy adventure. 😉

  64. Hi guys! Got the link to this story from IF. I am intrigued and captivated just by reading the first chapter and can’t wait for more. So it kind of helps that this story is complete and I have a smooth ride with no speed breakers.

    Anjali and Shyam are siblings? Who’d’ ve thought? Hats off to that.

    I am really looking forward to read more on Khushi…she was mortified with what her boss thought of her, yet she accepts Arnav’s offer. Wanting to forget her miseries for just one night and who better than THE Arnav Singh Raizada?
    Oh and that kiss?? Yummy!!!!

    1. Welcome! Some attractions simmer across years, while others are lit to a burning flame within the space of a moment. I’m personally not a fan of instant attraction, however it felt appropriate for this Arnav and Khushi. K and I have discussed over the years how the show would have been a helluva lot more interesting had those two acted on their attraction. So when it came time for us to dip our ink onto this ficverse…. ta-da 😉

  65. A recommendation on IPK forum brought me here. Even after years after the show ended, people intending to write about this couple shows how much we all adore them. And I am glad I decided to try this on. Even more elated that you started with Arnav Singh Raizada. No ASR shit. That name is too potent to be turned it into a mere acronym. When did barriers stop anyone from breaking free? Not him anyway. Good chapter with no nonsense and delving right into the picture. If anyone deserved to be Arnav’s brother then it had to be Aman. Thanks for doing justice to that character that was portrayed so trivially in the show. Aman-Anjali quite a pair they make. Guess mother’s go to any extent to protect their daughters even if it is a implicit warning to her would be son-in-law in a not so direct way about his vital organs. I am not surprised there.What is Shyam’s equation with the rest of the group? He sounds so aloof. Looks like his leering capabilities wouldn’t go away anytime soon. Alas.. every story needs an antagonist, assuming he is the one in this.
    I am begining to wonder if there is an inherent meaning when Arnav said ‘she doesn’t belong here’.
    Curiosity got the better of me and I jumped into next chapters before making a pit stop here to say hello. Will get back on other chapters in the respective posts. Wonderful start ladies 🙂

    -Sree

    1. Welcome Sree! Thank you! Yes, yes, with such a fine name, why shorten it?!
      We are not fans of Akash the Wimp.
      If a story gives you the villain in the first chapter without any build up… don’t read it. 😛
      Will be looking forward to your observations, don’t be a stranger.

  66. Wow….I made my way here to check this out from a recommendation on IF and am so excited at the promise of what appears to be a fantastic read!!!! Looking forward to the journey

  67. Captivated….

    Right from the start to the last word in this update, you’ve managed to keep the mind enthralled, intrigued and have slowly started satisfying the hunger of the ever present curiosity.

    Arrogance starts with an A and so does ASR. He seems smug and cynical, with a detached sense of being from the rest of the world. But he wouldn’t be what he is, without such defining qualities. The sibling camaraderie is striking. Aman creates the impression of an easy going guy in love, and certainly not afraid to admit it. Anjali seems traditional yet dignified,and someone who values the little things in life.
    At first Aman and Anjali seem like an unlikely pair, but they do somehow fit. There is something that comes across-an understanding, the way she looks at him- which says that there’s definitely more than what meets the eye.

    An innate strength and staunchness is portrayed by Devyani Raizada. But she knows what’s best for her family and can hold her own in front of Arnav Singh Raizada.
    Did something happen between Shyam and Arnav that lit the fire of jealousy and fierce competitiveness in him? (All answers I hope the Asli Duniya will let me find…)

    Something that I like about Khushi here is her dauntlessness. She doesn’t shy away from Arnav’s unyielding gaze, nor is fearful of back answering Shyam. Enraptured by her Arnav, he isn’t ready to let go of her yet. Khushi seems spellbound under the Raizada charm, none of her fault though… coz who can escape it ;P Needing an escape from her daily endeavors, she decides to spend one night with Arnav. But, a bitter experience has left her scarred, hasn’t it? Possessive feelings have already developed in Arnav, which he is yet to realize. Khushi’s probably the only person who’s been able to make him laugh, given his character. Time stops still. Everything and everyone fade-out under the spell of their scorching chemistry. And so it has begun……

    A splendid beginning S&K ! 🙂

    1. Do you feel tremors close to you S&K ? That’s me breaking the ground, jumping with joy ! XD

      Thank you so much for the mail !
      The sight of that wintry New York put the happenings of Night#1 right in front of my eyes, much like watching a film on silver screen.

      You say there’s a special edition ? Good news just keeps coming. I hope to catch up by then and revisiting all that’s Arnav – Khushi and your magic is always a pleasure. 🙂

  68. Here I am… Again. Don’t you dare take this away again… Next time I will fight… I am warning you… I am capable of throwing a tantrum of mega proportions… But right now… Right now you are the most fantastic human beings (with very, very, very few exceptions) on the face of this earth. Laughing!
    Love and regards,
    Sam

      1. Laughing… No… No… I meant what is the secret of the word itself. I remember the password of the Lounge and that was appropriate. I have been trying to decode this one and am having no luck.

        1. Heh, heh. S came up with it. And it’s a little nod to our old password.
          Ready?

          Masubu is the origin of a Japanese dish call Masubi, which are essentially rice balls.
          Samurais would carry the Balls in their bamboo Sheath. 😉

          1. Talk about tunnel vision… It WAS right there in the email… I swear I didn’t see it… what can I blame it on? I got it! Tears of joy clouding my vision. But thanks for answering me rather than questioning your decision to invite me here. Laughing! It is fun to be back. I am positively giddy.
            Love and regards,

  69. I am reteading fwn, understanding characters again. Last read i could not read all the way to end as i had to go to India to help my mom with surgery. She is all well. Thanks for the password girls. Here begins the journey again.

    Arnav Singh Raizada…. name breeds royalty.
    Khushi…. a flitting butterfly, tender, kind, happy.
    Metting at newyears in manhattan, kissing at the stroke of midnight…I wish they had done that in ipkknd…sigh😕

    But they say, when you meet at the stroke of newyears, you stay together. Let see what happens here.

  70. I’ve just logged in and I’m super excited to be reading it. I have a few days off and your password arrived just in the nick of time. Many muuuuaaaahhhhsss and hugs. I tried to send you both some jelabis (since it’s Khushi’s favourite) but then I thought, since it’s New York, a decadent black forest cake or tiramisu might be more appropriate. Now I find that I’m computer challenged and I have to ask my teenage son for help. God knows when that will happen, till then this message will have to do.

  71. I’m only in chapter 1 and I’m hooked. No wonder this is the most coveted story by all. Superb start of the New year eve and the night. Love it.

  72. Only some can create magic with words ladies – only a certain man can create magic with his kisses too !!

  73. Hey guys,
    Thank you for the password.
    Coming to the story, what a classy introduction to characters we all so dearly love. Telling u the truth your writing has done more justice to the suave , magnetic personna of Arnav Singh Raizada than the original writers (No doubt Mr.Sobti played greater part in making the character immortal for us. If not for him the character wud have fallen flat for sure.) Leaving fangirling aside. Loved that Aman boy is ..oops ..was a notorious playboy here. And our damsel in distress who turn to a knight in shinning armour when need be. This is how I describe Khushi. Lets see how she turns out in this journey.
    Ohh poor thing, Khushi’ s starving. Can’t blame her if beer burger jalebi seem more appetising than Mr. Raizada.
    And what better than scorching hot kiss on the snowy street s of New York on New years eve.
    I think I just rambled on . I should leave sumthing for the next ones.
    Paka

    1. Hey Paka. Welcome aboard!
      We hope you’ll enjoy the journey of our damsel and her… tarnished knight 😉

  74. So let the fun begin… all over again.. ahhh the pleasure of knowing the story before hand and so now just laying back and enjoy each word to the fullest 🙂

  75. Thank’s for giving me access.
    A very entreating beginning,
    If this is how you start this journey I can’t wait to read it all through to the end.

  76. hi
    thanks for the providing access. sweet misunderstanding of engagement. n their first kiss on new eve.
    ASR uncomfortable with Anjali’s affection.Anjali is loved by everyone in Raizada family. Shyam is jerk. but thanks to him Arnav decided to go forward to khushi. n their journey began.

  77. Oh my God!
    That was superb. You have me hooked in the first chapter. And this designed blog makes reading an even more pleasant experience.
    You know I just loved the way you have written Arnav. He has class, attitude, magnetic personality that draws me. I will come back with a better comment. Just letting you know that I am here and I am enjoying.

  78. Well, I was hoping Shyam would not be a sleaze like he always was.. how naïve of me.. hotwa is ever the gentleman .. is he the knight with shining armour.. we have to see..

  79. Just started reading this ff and I really like the way you have written this story n I m looking forward to read the complete story as the story seems to be very interesting n its quiet different also.

  80. Ok fine I couldn’t wait….My daughter is sleeping and I just couldn’t resist. I should actually be sleeping. It’s Ramadan you know…..18 hours of fasting and all and look at what you are making me do 😛

    I love contemporary romance. I lived in NY for 4 years before moving. Around Christmas and New Year…it is quite breath taking especially times square.

    The same restless Arnav arrogant and confident but also jaded. I am hoping we get to see his cunningness and shatir dimag that we missed on the show. Hoping shyam doesn’t rain on the future parade. Did you really have to include Shyam….couldn’t we have had the story without him. Naïve me???

    I did not have a problem with Khushi’s role in IPK. But sometimes her naiveness was a bit grating. Would like to see her portrayed as normal…for the lack of better word

    Nani in Oscar de la Renta…now that was a hoot…totally unexpected. Anjali is the traditional behen ji here as well….I would like to see more of her interaction in this story. I hope it is different from her annoying role in IPK.

    I like the feisty Khushi….she gives as much as she gets. I am curious how soon is she going to give in and sleep with him. Attraction….I have never felt an instant attraction to a guy….mind you I am married but this whole speeding up of your breaths and dhak dhak thing has me scratching my head.

    I like the interaction between the siblings. It is open and honest. Shows a great comfort level between them. I am glad he does not go Bhai Bhai like Akash did and speaks his mind when they argue about the prenup.

    Awwww…..poor Arnav jealous of his brother’s happiness?? Alone even in a crowd.

    I wonder what Khushi’s story is….I have just read Chapter One….so was just contemplating. I like her grit and determination when faced with Shyam.

    I am glad Arnav caught up to her and that kiss…sizzling….I just love romance

    I am not for sale….sigh…he is so sensitive to her moods and the way he reads her like an open book….that was what I loved in IPK and you have captured that beautifully here.

    I am glad you guys got that kiss out in the first chapter. I wish they would have bloody acted on that attraction in the show….it wouldn’t have lead to that ridiculous kidnapping scheme.

    Why do I have a feeling that I haven’t seen the last of Shyam….please don’t make him like the one in the show….that was ridiculous.

    Oh and NK is his assistant….. 😛 superb….hopefully he won’t be as elusive as Aman the secretary in the show…

    Thank you thank you….loved it so far

  81. first of all thank u tons for the access…!!

    Night #1
    what an update yaa….
    A beautiful new year night…
    Anjali and Aman getting engaged….
    Nani in Oscar De la Renta…really…wicked…😉!!
    The tension between Arnav and khushi from the first look itself looked Sexy…
    And that toe curling Kiss below the snow.. Ahh…how Romantic…!!!
    😍😍
    loved it…
    running for next

  82. You know I’m reading this again and suddenly i feel like I’m focusing on the little details of this chapter, like every time when you re read a story you get a different perspective and that feeling of understanding something which you didn’t get the last time is amazing! I love this feeling 🙂
    And the little detail i was talking about was the Indian touch to this chapter, i love how Anjali wore a saree and how khushi wanted jalebis! It gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling, like wow even though the characters are adapting to another culture they haven’t forgotten their Indian roots and its just so relatable to me, since I’m a third culture kid and I’m just amazed how this story is still connecting to me and i cant tell you in words how this means so much to me 😀 gaaaah i cant wait to read the remaining chapters and let you know what different perceptions i understood! 🙂

  83. Guessssssssss who is hereeeee

    Thank you so much for the access guys!!!!! I just can’t believe I’ve made it!!! Whoooop

    Oh wow this story is amazing! Ive just read the first chapter but bloody hell. I’m so in love already

    Ooooo so Arnav and Aman brothers and Aman marrying Anjali. Ugh sensing Shyam to be an annoying git wanting whatever Arnav wants. Oooo and our Khushi is a working class.

    What I love is how bold Arnav is and how he just says we have chemistry let’s explore it! And on new years they share their first kiss. How bloody adorable I’m sensing High drama between these two in the coming chapters and I cant wait I read more but I have work tomorrow and need to sleep! So I’ll be back tomorrow night.

    Love you guys for letting me in on this. You really are gonna make me go through a rollercoaster of emotions

    Li xx

  84. so tense these day n lots of wrk that i dnt hve time to relax…
    I have decide to read once again yr story today so I can relax a little bit…
    wnt to thank u for yr beautiful stories that cn make me relax and change m mood 🙂

  85. So..Shyam& Anjali are siblings… K..
    & Arnav is this bold& hot & passionate…. Uff….
    Can I handle it..I think I can..//wink

  86. Thank you so much for the password. I have been waiting for it and it is worth the wait. Loved the intro.
    Arrogant Raizada never fails to attract us. And Kushi! Damsel in distress she is, isn’t she?
    Funny thing that Shyam and Anjali are siblings.
    Loved the chapter.
    Now off to the next chapter…

  87. Thanks for giving me access. Loved the beginning. There is something so fascinating about New York+snow+new years eve… Absolutely adore the pictures & the cast. Looking forward to the journey.

  88. night one is very very promising …introduction of characters and their personalities hmmmmm especially men they are very dominating…

    kushi poor girl and her innocence.. finally this new year is going to bring kushi the most deserved happiness …

    oh boy I guess no body didn’t ask Arnav till now the way kushi asked jelebies, hamburger, beer.

    going to read night 2…

    thank you….

  89. What an amazing start! love the way u described arnav and khushi. cant wait to read the next chapters. Shyam also seems like an intriguing character. in love with the way you described each and every1.

  90. This was totally mind-blowing
    Cant wait to read more, its like i cant stop….
    An amazing start witch makes the readers curious for the rest

  91. Arnav is gone for and I love khushi no nonsense side and that snake will always be a snake(I just can’t stand him 😒😏) .s thanks for finally telling me the password,it means a lot😍😘

  92. This is wonderful.

    The truth of the matter is that these types of relationships and moments exist, and in a city as quick moving and urban as New York, they exist in plenty (trust me, I live there!). People tend to discredit these one night stands as meaningless, but you never know who you’re bringing back into your bed. It’s almost fascinating, you know… how even the most balanced, wary, play-it-safe individuals lose themselves and their reasoning in moments of temptation. Sex is such a great way to release pent up frustrations in one’s life – so if the spark is there and condoms are plenty, why not go at it?

    Love this so far. Excited to read more!

  93. Like always Realy epic dramatic first meeting and we people just loved it.. And after that arnav being very protective that’s how he’s i would love to the way you show his nature you which quite similar with one that we saw in show. Overall it’s mind blowing start thumbs up👍👍

  94. “No woman had ever looked at him with such devotion in her eyes” Arnav despite his pride, arrogance and confidence in his life style couldn’t help this thought. Very insightful, that one line. May not admit but did make him think for a few mins as what is missing in his life.
    Even a re-read is making me re-live the emotions as though it is the first time. Wonderful writing, Ladies 😊

  95. Night #1 done! 😆
    In a room full of people, Arnav is still a lonesome figure. Seeing his brother announcing his engagement, he wishes to have someone in his life too. That wistfulness says so much about him.
    I already like Aman as Arnav’s brother. Can’t wait to read more about them.
    Bromance among the three- Arnav, NK and Aman, is what I enjoyed while reading FWN.
    Shyam and Anjali as siblings was quite surprising though.
    Shyam is the same old lecherous creep in the beginning. Why is he so jealous? But clearly, Arnav is a winner.

    Coming to the sizzling chemistry between Arhi, I find this quote suitable for their first meet.
    “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”
    Her eyes caught his attention the most leading him to her heart eventually.

    The fiery kiss at the stroke of midnight increased the temperature of this fic several notches higher😋
    While people welcomed a new year, they welcomed their future together sealing it with a kiss.

    ~Arunima

  96. Commenting again.dont kniw ehat happen to my early one😔
    Marvellous lovely hot night with fireworks and new year celebrations and arshi kiss.
    Ending was passionate and dreamy.
    Aman and anjali as couple is digestible but anjali and shayam as siblings is first time I m reading.and undigestable thing is shayam is creepy negative and jealous freek how can be a brother to naive cultural anjali.
    Loved it
    Thank you for opening nights for new readers

  97. Hi new reader here and was really waiting to read fwn.marvellous writing loved arnav entry and surprisingly anjali and shyam as brother sister did not expect.i feel shyam character is going to be negative. Anyway the first chapter was mind blowing waiting for more

  98. “Hunter had long become the hunted.” This Arnav persona reminds me of IPKKND- restless,jaded,attractive. The conversation between the brothers made me smile. Undeniable chemistry between Arnav and Khushi.

  99. OH MY GOD. My heart just did this weird thing! I remember reading FWN last year or and I cannot, for the life of me get it out of my head (maybe, partly because I never got access to the last few chapters and you know how we always look for the WHOLE in our lives)

    I am so damn excited to read this story again and I promise you, this time you will see me popping up all over your blog and maybe, twitter time and again!

    Your Arnav is obviously too intriguing and tbh, a little bit of a romantic at heart. He may act all tough and manly but look at the guy craving for some love in his life.

    I cannot seem to remember much about Khushi and her past, so good for me! She’s going to be a new opening for me all over again and I can’t wait to see the diff shades of her!

    Aman and NK, the two chuddy buddies of Arnav, as I’d like to call them are absolutely adorable! They were always my top favourites and I cannot wait for NK to make his entry all over again!

    Shyam, our darling Shyam! You know, I just can’t seem to hate him enough because no matter what, he has always been a major factor in Arnav making a move around Khushi! So really, no hatred whatsoever for him!

    OH OH OH, DID I MENTION HOW EXCITED I AM TO GO BACK TO THAT BEAUTIFUL HOUSE AGAIN? I still dream about it on certain days! I really hope my memory hasn’t made illusions with me by now. Wasn’t the house on top of some big hotel? And it had windows all over, from wall to wall? Do tell me if I’m getting something wrong? And the open kitchen along with a bar?

    UGH! I NEED SERIOUS HELP AROUND HERE!

  100. Oh my, I’m fastening my seatbelt, this seems one hell of a ride…! Thank you ladies for opening this again, especially for those of us who had missed the ride earlier

  101. Awesome start….love is definitely in the air for Arnav and Khushi. Can’t wait to see how their relationship develop

  102. Just came across your story by jigs Twitter account..
    Awesome. I wonder how i couldn’t find this earlier..
    By the start i can just imagine how is tgeir chemistry burn up the story

  103. I promised you both black forest cake when I first started reading this. Now that I’m no longer computer challenged ( not much anyway) here’s one for you. You guys rock. Thank you for giving access to this wonderful story. This is my nth reading ( I’m not telling how many times I’ve read this ) and still it’s as fresh.
    http://static1.squarespace.com/static/56315ccee4b068a9afd70559/5688861e3cb8d62a43e37b64/568886243cb8d62a43e383f5/1451787812775/BlackForest05.jpg

  104. i loved the first meet. i mean it was filmy and also realistic at the same time. shyam however sounds less evil than he was in the series but i like how you omitted Akash.

  105. Its open again…. yeah!!!

    Going to mug it up over the weekend or may be not, its winter nights and christmas time, so may gonna take my time 😉

    Oh wow it rhymes…

    Thanks for sharing it again S&K!

  106. First of all thanks for reopening FWN!! Wow!! Mind-blowing chapter!! Really loved the Arnav and Khushi part!! Can’t wait to read more

  107. S & K

    An amazing start and caught my breath as I did not realize what to expect and Aman and anjali..I for a min thought Arnav and Anjali and was breathing again at the end 😉

    You guys have such an appeasing way of writing..how do you do that?

    Lovely and I enjoyed throughly..could not get myself off to take a break.

    Thanks for a wonderful story! I am hoping you will be publish it! Great job.

  108. Mind blowing start of the story and new year by ARSHI.. Thanks for allowing me to read this wonderful work of yours.. 🙂

  109. I have just discovered this stor after a rec. Wow! Just wow. Its so stylized and visual in my head – like a movie playing as I read. Im so intrigued after just the first chapter. I feel like everyone here has secrets and of the none too happy persuasion. I think I’m already in love with this Arnav and definitely protective of this Khushi. I cannot wait to read more!

  110. Ladies, you don’t waste time do you? Farewell Winter Nights indeed! Where did you find that pic of Barun?
    Trying to imagine Nani in a Oscar de la Renta gown! Loved the conversation between the brothers. Aman walking on eggshells and Arnav both amused by it and trying to man him up. Interesting start. Perfect time to read as the new year approaches. Going to try to read sloooowwwwllllyyyyy and savor it.

  111. FUCK!
    That’s my final thought too. It is amazing. I’m totally hooked.
    Thank you, girls, so much for writing this.

    Love,
    R

  112. Just started reading this and its just in time for New years! I absolutely am in love with the way this piece is written! The witty dialogues, the descriptions, and just the overall feel of winter and NYE which is one of my fave times of the year! Looking forward to reading the rest of the parts!

  113. Ha! I’m reading this with the New Year’s Eve just around the corner. Nice timing.
    It’s so strange commenting here because I don’t even remember how to do that. It’s been a while.
    1. Arnav has a brother, Aman- How awesome! I see bromance potential here. Always felt there was more that the show could have done with these two than just conversations on the phone.
    2. Anjali – Aman- Probably my favourite IPK ship that never happened & I wish it did. Looking forward to this one.
    3. Naani seems interesting. Arnav-Naani’s equation, me likey. I love how she wore another designer brand. :’D
    4. Shyam Jha is scum. And he is Anjali’s brother?! Whaaaaat. I laughed so hard at that detail.
    5. Khushi- she seems likeable so far. Not OTT & believably desperate for a respite from all the shit in her life.
    6. Arnav Singh Raizada- He seems to be an improved version of the original ASR & it’s a great thing. I liked the original ASR( such an understatement).
    7. Arnav-Khushi- How sweet was the scarf & overcoat thing! I melted into a puddle of mush at that. Also, it reminded me of a recent HayMur scene with a red scarf. Nothing like a man who fusses over you. And the kiss! They went up in flames!
    8. The whole setting- I loved it. New Year’s Eve has magic in the air, I feel. Probably because it’s so full of hope, hope for new beginnings even if the changing of a calendar doesn’t mean much in the real sense. But it’s got this vibe. And that vibe was so palpable in this chapter. New beginnings it was indeed, for Aman-Anjali, but more so for Arnav-Khushi. I loved that.

    If my comment seems shitty, I’m so sorry. Mind is numb after the last 2 weeks. Trying to bring back sensation still.

    P.S: K, I now sort of am seeing why you said FWN & ALA are similar. I’m getting those vibes. :’D

  114. Thank you for opening FWN. Was waiting for long to read it.
    Anjali and Shyam siblings ha ha
    Nice beginning.

  115. Just after reading one night.. I am glad I got this link… Amazing start… The first thing that cracked me up was that Shyam is Anjali’s bro… LOL… Already in love with Aman…. I was smiling the whole time reading his convo with Arnav about his in-laws… especially Mrs. Jha threatening his manhood… ;P Nani seems to be a strong character… Going to be uptight on family prestige… Hoping that her grandson will choose a women worthy of their family… But alas Naniji ur Arnav has other plans… Kushi… the attraction between them is palpable that she is not able to think straight… It was so intense… The whole scenario of their kiss was so mind-blowing… If this is what u r giving me for a first chap… Then I can’t wait for more…

  116. “Plot, or evolution, is life responding to environment; and not only is this response always in terms of conflict, but the really great struggle, the epic struggle of creation, is the inner fight of the individual whereby the soul builds up character.”
    ~~ William Wallace Cook, July 1923

    That is all I see in this classic beauty garnished with raw lust and passion. New York – a city that never sleeps, and New Year – a perfect recipe for a delicious tale…

    But is this all there is to this story? I think not. The regal and savvy Arnav Singh Raizada, for all his impeccable exterior, has an aura that doesn’t shy away to admit, albeit himself half-heartedly, his flaws. A man of few words, no doubt, and a restless heart in pursuit of something that can’t be named. His hesitance to be a part of the society waiting for the other end is something to be looked deeply into. It is not a thrill, a challenge he’s looking for – it is a sense of truly belonging to someone, perhaps? To be loved for who he is? To be accepted, success and scars alike? This part is all about Arnav – as a brother, as a grandson – as a human. His caring nature shimmered throughout, breaking thick walls of impassiveness. An unsettling past, maybe, that enforced him into cornering his young brother’s fiancé for a pre-nup. Aman understanding his brother’s reasons yet his honest display of his displeasure for the same showcases that the siblings have a close relationship. There is adoration and then there is wit and sarcasm. Why do I feel like Aman is more than just a little brother? A responsibility Arnav shouldered with a fatherly affection? If so, it spokes volume of the type of a person Arnav is. His reservations for Anjali Jha tells us that his trust is rarely earned and with difficulty.

    His equations with Devyani Raizada and Shyam Jha are complicated. One, he respects but does not entertain her involvement in his private life. The other, a competitive spirit probably hindered a conventional friendship between two level headed personas… I’m going to read further to understand these two persons.

    The acknowledgement of his instant attraction and his actions thereafter radiating both confidence and no nonsensical approach. Simple, tender and intense.

    Khushi Khumari – elegance and grace personified. A past haunting her present but is she a damsel in distress? Nah! She’s feisty and can very well take care of herself. Her response to Shyam is impressive. Will wait to know more about her to understand her wholly.

    A sensual way to start Farewell Winter Nights, K. And to introduce most (if not all) of the characters with an insight of their personalities is very subtly done. Classic, this one.

    Will come back with more as I spend my winter nights in your New York…

    I do want to know how Aman Singh Raizada happened to be a part, both as an adorable little brother and notorious playboy turned lover boy…

  117. Wow !
    Such an awesome Chapter !
    The romance was so *dreamy sigh * magical 😉
    You have me hooked <3

  118. Wonderfully written. I love Aman and Anjali here. Arnav is interesting too. Let’s see hue khushi shapes up.

  119. This new year journey with the two and the accompanying members of the Raizada Kandan sounds 😊😁

    I’m already head over heels in love with Khushi’s eyes could picturise it so well how do you guys do it brilliant 👏🏻

    Arnab though sounds like the Rich bratty ASR normally seen so far there’s something distinctly different in this one he’s not a MCP atleast of what I read of him so far

    Nani and him choose to agree and disagree over things with a passion but that nani beta bond is strong as steel

    Yeah he got attracted to Khushi but unlike creep Jha I found respect and choice to choose what she wants in this 😊

    Two qualities that makes Arnav Prince Charming 😝🤓

    You are 😈Jha and Jha bhai behen 🤣🤣

    NK entry much awaited thanku once again for making me part of this awesome story

  120. Had no idea that you had opened the blog … was just going through all the pages of the blog and viola !!!
    Wow … so excited to be able to read the story I have been hearing so much about 😍
    Interesting way to have met each other and what better way to bring in the new year than being kissed thoroughly by a sexy good looking man …

  121. Thank you for reopening FWN 😃. Was unable to finish reading it the last time so am excited to read it all over again!

  122. Loved the beginning!!
    Shyam and Anjali are siblings..lol
    Loving Arnav and Aman’s bromance…Arnav asking for second thought was funny…
    Arnav and Khushi–name is enough to bring feels and chemistry…I love how Arnav came between Shyam and Khushi..He’s already being protective without even knowing her..just loving it..

    ps: I’ve been ipkknd fan for about 5 years now..read numerous stories on them, but I was always a silent reader. This is my first time commenting on any Arshi story. This story is worth my first comment lol. Hats off to you girls for writing it beautifully :))

  123. Wow… At last I got permission to read this story… Havha… Really I feel that I’m so lucky to read this story… And about the story… Ur writing style is so good… I like the way u started the story.. Love to read the full story.. Catch u in 2nd chapter

  124. Ahh , finally here , wonderful start . can see the instant sparks between Arnav and khushi and sometimes time is not important in a relationship looking forward to see how -where – Aman a ex playboy but now madly in ove with Anjali like that . on to chapter 2

  125. There is so much happening in this chapter! First is like to comment on that last couple of paragraphs: HOT. There were literally and figuratively fireworks during that mind blowing kiss. And the way he enfolded her in his coat made the kiss so much more intimate than the one night stand he was offering. This definitely mollified me after the kitchen scene. There was sleaze all over that scene.

    Whenever Shyam’s character is introduced, the first question I always seem to ask is if he’s a villain or a supporting? There is a rivalry between them but I don’t think that makes him a villain. I’m still holding out on how to classify him until there’s more interaction with him but how important is Shyam going to be in FWN? One thing that I’m absolutely sure on is that he is a grade A sleaze ball. Money can’t buy class.

    Devyani Raizada is also a conundrum. Her inner monologue suggested that she truly cares about Arnav’s happiness but then her “any girl will do” comment throws me off.

    I really like Aman. He seems the light to his brother’s darkness.

    On to the next chapter!

  126. Amazing start girls, you’ve done a really good job capturing our attention since the very first part.
    Arshi’s interactions are just adorable *.* and yeah there’s this one thing I can’t imagine yet, and it’s Devyani Raizada in a navy Oscar de laRenta taffeta gown :p if you girls were inspired by some gown out there or some other celebrity to who you related, pleaaaase enlighten me, it bugs me when I’m reading and find myself unable to imagine a certain part :/

  127. My mind is completely blown. I have never ever read such exquisite part of romance. First part and thoroughly enjoyed. I was imagining things to so much extent that i thought what it would be to see this scene on my tv screen arnav khushi in new York Sarun enacting it. God please make this story exist in this world. Please do make a show on this story. I would love to see it!

  128. It’s the first night and I am dead !
    Aman and Arnav are brothers , I wouldn’t have imagined 😬And Shyam is Anjali’s brother 😂
    The next wow is nani in a gown !!!!!
    Can’t wait for the second night

  129. a scene straight out of a beautiful fairytale and in this case the beginning to a beautiful love story, wish such beautiful scenes do happen in real on new years eve

  130. My 2nd time round , A delayed flight so back to one of my favourite Ff. FWN despite no access to
    The lounge .😒 Till the torture continues will enjoy it without .
    Actually a second read it is a must if you really enjoyed the first – so many little details gain weightage
    Devyani in Oscar de la Renta 😱 😮 Aman sexy as hell Anjalis Lucknowi saree, Shyam and Anjali
    Siblings and best of all the passion that is Arnav and Khusi starts right from the start

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  131. That was purely mindblowing! Such vivid and beautiful description of the setting! And of course, a praiseworthy writing style.I loved the night.

    The initial description where Arnav entered , where he was the sole owner of all those gowns and jewels., it was just such a wow description. On top of everything I love the blog and snowflakes drizzling in the night to create the perfect mood.

    I am looking forward to read this amazing story. Loving it! 🙂

  132. Reading now…again…
    Just when I thought I needed to connect with Arnav and Khushi again, I found this FF…lovely…

    The trailer was mind blowing…:)

  133. This second reading is even more fun, as one is not in a rush to read what happens next.
    Arnav + Aman = brothers in love with each other
    Arnav + Khushi = dynamite waiting to explode
    Aman + Anjali = sweethearts but hope lounge will tell more of their story
    Lastly Devyani in Oscar de Le Renta = the mind boggles

  134. Completely Bowled over……
    Yes….Yes….loved the beginning…..
    Looks journey is going to be an interesting one….
    But at the moment….
    I need to sign off…..
    From across the Pond…..
    Tomorrow saffron’s Ramblings begin….
    Good Night Ladies…..

    saffron’s Ramblings…
    ❤️s….

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  135. I had already read this story, God knows how many times and it’s still fresh. Every time I give myself a reason – finishing a gruelling exam, completion of a long drawn out project, battling hubby’s illness this past year ( The FWN is my reward ). This time I happened to watch the first few episodes of IPKKND 3 and the lack of chemistry made me bawl. So I came running to FWN where the chemistry leaps off the pages( just as it did on screen) and I’m in love all over again.

  136. Hi….just came across your blog and fell in love with the 1st chapter. It’s well written and has got me hooked! I look forward to reading the next chapter!

  137. Hi I am a new reader. I came to know about Farewell Winter Nights from ipkkndficverse and I’m already loving it. Can’t wait to read the next chapters 😀

    Sehnila

  138. Btw….very different seeing aman as arnavs sibling and shyam as anjalis. And this is the first story iv read where anjali is a sister in law (to be)…looking forward to reading more.

  139. Wonderful story.
    Loving the way you are weaving it
    Shyam and Anjali are siblings!!??.
    What a chemistry Arnav and Khushi have!!!
    Can’t wait to see how the story unfolds further
    Thank you 🙂

  140. So this is the first time i am reading this story and dayum gurlz, that was some start you’ve taken!
    I am not usually fond of the daper rich guy sweeping in to save the damsel in distress kinda stories but something tells me khushi isnt the quitely submitting kind. I did love the entire new year winter night setup and the way you’ve introduced the rest of the characters. Aman-Arnav dynamic is very promising but what i enjoyed the most was anjali and shyam being siblings. ROLF 😀
    but i’m glad you’ve preserved the shyam-arnav tension dynamic..

  141. Highly recommended story… Nd worth the recommendation… Read the whole story in 1 nd a half day… Enjoyed throughout the journey… Wwhat makes it more beautiful is the character cast u’ve selected. Would like to access the rest parts too nd epilogue. Plz all me access on sjain242007@gmail.com and your other works if they are available. Thank you

  142. Oh! I cam across this treasure accidentally and my goodness what an amazing piece of authorship. You gals rock!
    I love it!

  143. The words put together are so in sync and what else other than the words that lessens that wide gap between thought and language suffice for a read to be unputdownable! Just a question that has been lingering in my mind after reading numerous fanfics. Arshi or not. I am not sure if you would ever get to this question still… why all the Khushis’, the Bellas’ or the Anastasias’ fails to be the subject and happy stumbling in the arms of who he holds the string? or content being just the face in prison walls when Meursault dreams a dream? Or the ivory clad women is respected only because she could charm a notorious playboy?

    1. I’m sorry it took so bloody long to get to this comment, but I’m glad my digging as finally hit a golden nugget.
      Ah… you must be a writer, only one who spends their day musing of humanity finds their thoughts wandering in such directions 😀

      There are weak female characters and strong ones, there’s need for both.
      I do think modern female readers are often too harsh on our heroines who willingly tumble into strong arms.
      A dream of love is no less beautiful than a dream of success. And seriously, those pantymelters in their Armanis are a damn challenge 😛

      The taming of the notorious playboy is a fun fantasy. Ultimately, the portrait of masculine and feminine ideals are completely subject to the interpretation of writers and readers. Makes for a vibrant world doesn’t it?

  144. damn! you guys have something special I tell you! I truly admire your talent and more so your skills at writing. I’m so pumped up with excitement right now! And uff I’m so stupid I didn’t realize you are the ones run ippkknd ficverse but thx to you all for that initiative as well

  145. Hi gals
    Already intrigued by khushi’s character.
    Yes, like Arnav, I also the felt the chemistry. Superb writing.
    Thank u .

  146. Seems like an interesting story. Thanks. I don’t know if i will be able to stop until I finish and it is already bed time for me.

  147. its very insetting, arnav and nani talk was so open and challenging 😛 , kushi arnav face off , too good . she misunderstood arnav and how things cleared . and the new year will be indeed good one

  148. Hi… fwn is an awesome story very intense.. Just read 4 nights nd am totally into the story.. Amazing updates, can I have the access to the other parts as well..

  149. Oh my God ! How could I miss this story for so long ! I’m glad that even Arnav propositioned her it didn’t sound cruel , I want to know more about Khushi …

  150. Everything is just so perfect, so right about this. Arnav is the bomb diggity! I just love his sharp tongue and sarcastic retorts. I like that khushi has a voice of her own. A real voice. She also has a spice and flavor to her character. I can tell that anjali, though quiet, is not someone to be fooled. I respect that.

  151. Wow!!!! What a start. I have always loved the pull that Arnav and khushi have for each other. No matter if it’s their first meeting or last.
    Arnav and Aman always loved their connection.
    Loved it ❤️❤️

  152. There’s something really raw about this chapter. A man who’s got everything he wants at his fingertips yet he’s so lonely deep inside. Ends up bumping into a woman who on the surface looks like only a passing fancy yet this spark goes way beyond the physical😍
    The girl who’s got a streak of boldness strength and self respect yet she’s also vulnerable.

    What a beautiful contrast of characters yet how perfectly they seem made to share a Hamesha 💖

    Shyam the snakewa🙄simply can’t resist living upto his petname. Shyam and Anjali siblings 😂

    Arnav’s question of whether grandma and the Directors will accept a woman from the streets 🤨 perfect timing👌🏻

    Playboy Aman all ready to settle and his advice to big brother 😈

    Reading this story once again !!!

  153. Arnav and Khushi ring in the New Year together!! Loved Nani and Anjali being traditional and taking the Playboy Aman. Interesting start..

  154. Yeahhh! So so so lovely. Loved it.
    Aman-Anjali’s engagement….They seem really cute n the previously notorious playboy seem totally smitten by Anji!
    Loved the brothers interacting.
    There’s Nani toooooo! Woah! I love her!
    So Arnie is not completely against the notion of marriage n all but certainly doesn’t believe HE would ever get his dream girl… Coz according to him.. She doesn’t exist in New York n have to go to Lucknow to search for her! Now how wrong is he?

    AND OUR ARSHI MEET!! YEAH!

    Khushi lost her job!

    So it’s attraction n connection at first sight to them! Arnav can’t seem to let go off her! Love how the engagement misunderstanding got cleared soon n not dragged.
    Burger Beer n JALEBIS!! How can our Khushi be complete without Jalebis?? But it seems like Khushi haven’t had anything for a long time. Poor baby!
    I love love Ur Khushi. She is so strong but still so cute n innocent! Her self respect comes first! Way to go girl!

    THEY KISSED!!! Damn I cud really feel the sparks n butterflies in my tummy! That’s the magic of Arshi chemistry n ur fabulous writing skills!

    Gosh I love this so much! It’s been really long since I read something so beautiful on Arshi! I’m sooooo happy! I’m straightaway jumping to the Night 2!!

  155. Finally…..i get to read this story which is like a classic in arshi world. The writing is so captivating and I crave for more.

    Back to reading then.

  156. Wow!!!
    Loved the conversation between Arnav and Nani. And what a timing for his question about ‘whether she and the people around will accept a woman from streets for him’
    Enjoyed the banter between the brothers. Will reserve my comments about Shyam for now, lets wait and see…
    And what a first meeting between Arshi – there’s sparks and kiss already!! phew can’t wait to see where you take them ahead

  157. I don’t know if this will make sense but I A big fan of your work and this is not the first time I am trying to reach you. From the day I read your TS: adrift in a turquoise sea, I got attached here. I have read fwn for the fourth time now and it feels like the first time. S&k, I don’t know how you do this but your work leaves me wanting more. I want to reach the requirements that will enable me to get invited to read more of your work.

  158. Wow what a fantastic starting night! First of all, I felt like I’ve already finished a beautiful one shot, a standalone beauty….An amazingly romantic and happening new year’s eve of two total strangers. I am still swarming through the haze..
    Coming to the chapter, I must say I have totally become a fan of your words, you have an amazing way with the words and words, scenes, emotions and every nuance that you have brought on to the table, are so perfectly synchronised, they left me breathless. Will wait until you unravel the characters to comment on them, meanwhile I want to hurry to the next night…to another beautiful chilly night…

  159. My favorite line was “I hope you find a woman who ties up so badly, you can’t think straight’. After reading the first night, I knew all the characters-they didn’t need a history or grand adjectives but just by the way you showed their retorts, defined what to expect for the future. Can I also add that I LOVE these snowflakes- so 3Dish experience to read!

  160. Wow what a brilliant start . It starlet as a fairy tale .The best part of this story is the new year Eve’s announcement and the mind boggling kiss of Arshi Their instant attraction and chemistry is the main core of this part .
    You gave couple of hints of the future track of the story .
    When Arnav thought of Khushi as she should have been in the guest list .
    Starting is intense .
    Can’t wait to read the next one .

  161. Wow what a start. A very sensual beginning. So arnav is intending to make any street girl as Mrs raizada. Oops anji is snakewa’s sister not Mrs. Sexual tension is palpable between the leads in the very first part.

  162. Brilliant start! Business tycoon Arnav…could feel his power and Khushi…the prologue was so damn intense! Attraction on first sight! Loved nani in a gown, loved the brothers convo, but Anjali and Shyam…hmm need a few more chapters to digest that….

  163. New Year and NYC. What a combination. Arnav and Khushi have met and who knowa what their journey is going to be. Dhyam Jha I hope does not to come back.

  164. Wow!!!! Read the prologue and the first chapter…. Really nice. Love your writing style. And the coat scene was nice romantic but not so typical……where the guy removes the coat and places it over the girls shoulders.. Loved it.

  165. Such an interesting start. So Arnav and Khushi are starting off the new year together. Poor Khushi, it must be tiresome to get propositioned all the time, and looked down upon without doing a thing to encourage it. Their interaction after she thinks she’s being mugged is cute, as is the coat scene. So excited that I have plenty more to read 🙂

  166. Great start! Loved it. Excluding Shaym Jha and his tricks for now. Omg! Aman Raizada And Angeli Jha very cute and amusing. Arnav isnin Charge. Like Khushi’s forthrightness. Lovely

  167. Vowww…. Same characters from different angle is making your story so captivating.. so excited to read further updates..

  168. Reading this story for the second time now, still captivating and intriguing…….Hot !!! Hot !!! Hot !!! on a cold….cold….cold night ….

  169. They kissed already!

    There is something to be said when Arnav becomes full on ASR. The practical me tells me I should hate him, what with his arrogance, control freakish-ness and all. But the other me, a hopeless romantic maybe, totally rejects the idea of hating him. I think it’s the mystery, the self control that tempts and taunts you to break the walls… Whatever it is I am loving this ASR.
    I don’t really like talking about Khushi, maybe because I am secretly jealous of her 😉 but I have to agree FWN Khushi is fantastic!

  170. This Arnav and Khushi have some great chemistry and I wanna explore it.😀
    Sparks between them can be seen in each line.
    Waiting for night 2 to open now.

  171. So happy to find your story…

    THe chemistry between Arnav and Khushi is explosive …

    It looks like a story of rich v/s poor…. How the rich get and exploit the poor till they meet their nemesis/their everything….

    Just hope that it will not be too late for Arnav to recognize the “gem”…..

  172. I missed both of you and your hamesha soooo much.💕 Reading FWN again is like going back home, to family, friends, all the familiar faces and my parrot from down under😉, after being way for a long, long time.

  173. Hi ShipperK….Beautiful start…Arnav is a goner…Kushi is hurt and sad about her pathetic state…she is hungry and cold..Lost her job also …But Arnav is under some magic pull towards Kushi…Hope he will find her…

  174. You guys are fabulous writer. Loved the chapter. So long. Aman is arnavs brother and is in love with anjali. Shayam here is anjalais brother. That’s a nice concept. Bt shayam is shayam. A creep here as well. Then comes Arnav. He isn’t totally against marriage. He has thos fantasies to have a LIFE partner and share a bond. Khushis LIFE sucks. loved the chemistry between theme. Great start. Waiting for more.

    1. Welcome to FWN! Heh heh, you’ll find that we’re a wordy duo 😉
      Ah, but will Shyam stay Shyam?
      I hope you enjoy the journey of discovering IPK characters through our re imagination !

  175. This aint the first time I am reading this story, but it feels so every time I read it. Love the romance and the bromance.

    The kiss at the stroke of midnight wasn’t planned, but it felt like it was meant to be. A new year, a new beginning…for both, Arnav & Khushi ❤

    I have been a silent reader all this while. Will try to rectify it this time around.

      1. Too many times to count 😁
        This is a modern day Cinderella story complete with an unbelievably charming Prince, an evil step mother-sister duo and fairy Godmother in the form of Aman & NK 😍

          1. LOL, so…. after all the nights have reached their culmination, who is the favorite among our trio of hot cavemen?

  176. Wow !!! that was hot . Heroes come and go but I can’t get over ASR. I m stuck in Arshi world since so many years … what crackling chemistry … and I could imagine them In your scenes.

  177. This is amazing ! There is a beautiful fairy-tale like charm to this story that I can already feel 🙂 Arnav standing up for Khushi and protecting her from Shyam, Khushi’s struggle to put a meal in her body, Anjali’s positive influence on Aman and Devyani’s vision — all of these moments are so beautifully described 🙂

    And New Year’s kiss in New York – can anything beat that on the romance scale, ever ?! 😉

  178. First Kiss just as the clock struck midnight in freezing New york City. Lovely. All the stars lined up for their meeting. Thank you and I an reading it again.

  179. The attraction between them is so strong the moment he saw her liked anjali she is traditional and aman nani head of the family strong person loved the convo between arnav and aman shyam is really a weirdo

  180. Okay, as asked I am answering-I really enjoyed this post (do you really need to ask!!!)

    Wow-what a stunner of a chapter. You introduced us to so many characters and what they might shape into-Aman Raizada, the ex playboy, with great sense of humour who lost his heart to Anjali Jha, a naive traditional girl, who has a super creepy (yuck) brother Shyam Jha. Then there is the matriarch, Devyani Raizada, who has lost her daughter and heads a powerful conglomerate with her grandsons, and is progressive and practical and astute business woman and agrees that her grandsons should be married as it stabilizes the company.

    And then there were two-Arnav and Khushi-one who shines brighter than the sun and attracts all the attention just with his presence and blase attitude-is probably self made, hence protective of his brother’s financial future but is now restless and possibly looking for a thrill…of an hunt, Which he successfully finds in the green eyes of a certain Khushi, who is like a shinning moon in a sea of diamonds and it appears ASR could not care less for the expensive stones or silhouettes around him, hence he is naturally drawn to her-a misfit puzzle. Resulting in what can only be described as sizzling fireworks on a New Year’s Eve in NY. Ahh the kiss-sublime!

    And there was this tiny intro of a certain NK too 🙂

    Loved it and I was “profoundly enchanted by the flowing complexity in them”

    1. Poor Shyam, can’t escape that creep moniker no matter what ficverse he exists in 😛
      I honestly think our cupids come off as weirdos until you’ve read Outtake #2, then you go back and just want to give them giant hugs.

  181. Love the premise of this story and the inauguration chapter.
    Just perfect: we have a Ballroom, Prince Charming and Cinderella. We have New Year’s Eve and the midnight kiss. Ooo la la!! I’ll come back to the “Kiss”.
    We have the “merrymakers” in Aman, Anjali, Devyani and the “grinches” in Mr Kumar and Shyam.
    Raizada brothers are a “one for all and all for one” duo. Aman is a pip!! lol Unconditional love and respect.
    Devyani Raizada, a very modern hip and happening matriarch.
    Anjali, traditional, perhaps naive compared to the other modern women around her, but she is very comfortable in her skin. The image (cast) of this Anjali is superb!!
    Arnav, yearning for that something to fire up his restless soul is drawn to a woman who just does not fit his world and is just out of place.
    And then there is Khushi, just there to earn some money and get free food (so sad). She is down in her luck!!
    The eyes collide and the pheromones are released. Sublime!!

    Both left the party for one reason or another and there we have the first collision of lust and need!
    We have fireworks, New Year countdown and the very public kiss, the kiss, the kiss….. 😀
    Out with the old, in with the new!!

    This kiss, this kiss….
    It’s a feeling like this
    It’s centrifugal motion
    It’s perpetual bliss
    It’s that pivotal moment
    It’s, ah, impossible
    This kiss, this kiss (unstoppable)
    This kiss, this kiss……..
    Kiss me in sweet slow motion
    Let’s let every thing slide
    You got me floating, you got me flying…..
    This kiss, this kiss……..
    (credit Faith Hill)

  182. I hate Shyam and Loved Arnav😍felt really bad for khushi but no worries our hero will solve all her problems😜.. and the kiss in the end😇

  183. Hello, so the last time I started reading this just made it through the prologue and the site url vanished but finally made it back through.
    Since, I’ve legit only read Jigs and Eccentrica’s work I am super excited to to indulge in this.
    One of the things I really like as a background theme is the banter that is alluded with a sense of respect, I mean the way it’s reflected in the writing just shows how well thought off the characters are.
    I certainly feel like there is more to what meets the eye when it comes to Arnav and Khushi.

    1. Heh heh welcome! As Jigs and Eccentrica are among our mighty pens I’m honored and a wee nervous. Hope you enjoy this journey through our corner of the ficverse! ^^

  184. Glad to have stumbled upon this blog when I was cleaning my old emails(subscriptions). I now remember reading the first few chapters years ago, when it was first published.
    Absolutely loved the first chapter – loved the brother’s conversation, interesting that Shyam is Anjali’s brother here and loved the sizzling sensual first interaction between Khushi and Arnav.
    Looking forward to reading more. Hope you will continue to re-open all the chapters.