Night #10

K & I would like to dedicate this Night to Manreet – For so many reasons, but chiefly, for loving our Happiness as much as we do. We are damn delighted to have you on this journey!


Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina, New York

The warm kiss of sunlight pulled her from sleep. As Khushi opened her eyes, the first thing she registered was the sensation of being wrapped completely in male. Strong, luscious male.

She was held possessively within the circle of his arms, so close she could feel the steady beat of his heart where her back met his hard chest. With care, she turned to face him, allowing herself a few moments to soak in sunshine and Arnav. This was how she wanted to greet every morning, held by the man whose arms meant home.

A man who, by his own admission, was hers. She lay quietly, contemplating just what that meant.

That his only request of her in exchange for his beautiful promises was to stay with him was deeply revealing. She ached for the insecure eleven year old boy who still resided within the self-possessed man.

The need to touch was suddenly too sharp to resist. The dark strands of hair felt like silk between her fingers as she brushed away a contrary lock from his forehead. She traced a forefinger lightly along the bridge of his nose, before sending it across the lips that drove her to mindless abandonment last night. The beauty of him shook her.

She would love him, Khushi decided, love him in a way that would never leave him in doubt.

On impulse, she pressed a light kiss into the hollow of his throat, lingering to inhale the scent of his skin. This was Arnav. Intoxicated, she grew bolder in her exploration, gliding a hand across the skin that stretched tautly over his abdomen. When she reached the edge of the sheets, she hesitated.

“Don’t stop,” at the hoarse whisper, her eyes flew up, cheeks heating as she met his hot gaze. Self-conscious, she pulled her hand back, only for Arnav to capture it mid retreat. Eyes never leaving her face, he guided her hand back to its former place, then lower.

“Touch me.”

Order? Invitation? Or plea? It didn’t matter, for she could read the raw desire in his eyes, it was enough to give her the courage to respond.

Arnav’s breath hissed out in a long exhalation the moment she closed her hand over him. His hips arched upward to meet her caress. It was torture, but of the sweetest agony. Her tentative strokes were driving him quickly over the edge, yet he tramped down on his own need for release.

He had often scoffed at those who claimed that an emotional attachment to one’s partner heightened the act of physical intimacy. Yet, being with Khushi proved it true. There was no artificial coyness in her touch, no ulterior motive as she pleasured him. By a miracle, she had been thrust into his world. This woman, whose touch made him feel less tainted, giving him the hope of being whole again.

“Arnav,” her whisper slid over him, sending his mind careening back towards elemental need. She leaned into him, “You’re a prize Arnav Singh Raizada, not damaged goods. And I feel so lucky you’re mine.”

He came on a cry, spilling into her hand. Later, he pulled her to him, nuzzling his face against her neck, kissing the delicate curve with soft reverence.

✧✧✧

“Make me yours again.”

“You’re sore.”

“…A little,” she admitted.

Tenderness spread through him as he swept her into his arms and out of the bed.

“Where are we going? I’m naked!”

Arnav was amused as he looked at her, “Nothing I haven’t seen, or touched, or-”

“Arnav!”

He grinned even as he plucked his discarded shirt from the floor. It was this duality in her that made her so fascinating to him in the bedroom. A bold sensual woman in one moment, a sweet wide-eyed girl in the next.

He carried her to the bathroom, setting her on the vanity between the waterfall faucets before easing his shirt over her. “That should shield your modesty.”

When Arnav handed her a toothbrush then proceeded to lean against the adjacent wall with his own, her heart did a funny flip. There was an easy silence as they went about something that she had always regarded as private. Her experience with relationships may be limited, yet she knew instinctively that the intimacy between them was rare. It was something to cherish and nurture.

Her eyes went to the pristine oval tub. It was impossible not to as it was clearly meant as the centerpiece of the decadent bathroom. When Arnav’s hand flicked over the faucet, sending steaming water splashing into the white marble, her pulse jumped a full staccato. Anticipation. It licked across her skin like a greedy flame over dry wood.

“You’re missing rose petals,” she said playfully.

“You mean those?” She followed his chin lift to the vase housing three long steamed blooms. She knew without being told they were his.

“Your roses.”

He moved to her, taking one out of the vase, his expression thoughtful. In truth he had been awake long before Khushi had started her exploration of his body, it was his turn to return the favor.

He ran the velvet petals lightly over her face, sweeping them like a brush down the column of her throat, and down the exposed gap of skin between the edges of his shirt. He bent, setting his lips over her collar before leisurely following the path of the rose. Knowing she wasn’t ready for what he really wanted, he settled for placing light kisses over the smooth skin of stomach before moving back up.

When his mouth settled firmly over her aching breasts, Khushi couldn’t hold back the soft moan. She looked away only to catch their reflection in the mirror.

Their position left little to the imagination, yet there wasn’t a hint of vulgarity. The pale lonely girl who used to greet her had been replaced by a woman. A woman clasped passionately against the man who was currently worshiping her body.

“Arnav,” Khushi gasped.

“Hmmm?”

“Look at us,” the breathy catch in her voice drew his attention. He gave her a playful lick before reluctantly inching back just enough to follow the direction of her gaze.

Neither spoke as they absorbed the visual rendering of their love. Slowly, as if they were players acting out a dream, he nudged his shirt off her shoulders, drawing her down from the vanity and guiding her into the steaming bath.

He slipped in behind her, urging her to recline between his splayed legs as the hot soothing water lapped around them.

He tilted her head back with a forefinger, setting his mouth firmly over hers. The kiss was tender. He fanned his fingers out over her face as he deepened his kiss. Khushi breathed a contented sigh that Arnav swallowed up as soon as it escaped.

Long moments later, he pulled back. “Okay?”

She smiled, allowing the sheer joy coursing through her to show. “Perfect.”

His eyes glittered, and she could see the satisfaction her answer had brought. When their bodies were submerged with water, he moved them forward to turn off the tap, grabbing a bar of soap in the process. Khushi melted into him as he settled her against his chest while his long fingers glided the soap lightly over wet skin, spreading soap bubbles in their wake. She closed her eyes, content to be in his care.

When he’d covered every inch of her body, he pressed the soap into her hands with a grin. “I never work for free.”

Laughter bubbled inside her as she opened her eyes. She worked the soap in her hands until she had a good lather, turning she rose to her knees, setting her hands on the body she took endless pleasure in touching.

Seeing their reflection and his response to it had shed her misgivings about being completely herself with Arnav. The knowledge that he wanted her as much as she wanted him was heady.

When the water cooled, he drew her into the shower, letting the overhead spray rinse the soap from their bodies as their lips mated.

She was wrapped unceremoniously in a plush towel before finding herself nearly dragged to the bed. Last night he made her feel loved, this morning he made her feel wanted. Love and lust was palpable as desire consumed them, acted out on the flesh between delicious whispers of rumpled sheets.

“You’re worth waiting for, Khushi.”

The words he whispered against her skin were so low she had to strain to catch them, but when she processed their meaning, she made a beautiful discovery. A fairy tale no matter how enchanting, held no real magic. Magic was the delivery of a mother’s wish of happiness through the act of love. In Arnav, she had found magic.

✧✧✧

His phone rang near noon.

With a curse, Arnav stretched an arm across Khushi to grab it before it could wake her.

“I don’t pay you to interrupt us,” he growled.

“Took you back did she? Good, that’ll make this shit easier to deal with.”

“What now?”

“Gave you as long as I could mate, but we’re going to need you to put away lover boy and play CEO for a bit.”

“Fine. I’ll be there in two.” Arnav responded distractedly as Khushi stirred against him.

“Why two… fuck me, there’s no time for that! Your ass needs to be out of bed, in a suit, and on the copter in thirty.”

“Just so we’re clear, a PA’s job is to take orders, not give it.”

“Well since the CEO isn’t around to dictate, said PA had to step up.”

“Bast – ”

Arnav glanced down as he felt Khushi’s soft quiet giggle. “What?”

“You two. Cute.”

At NK’s roar of laughter on the other end rang in his ear, Arnav narrowed his eyes on her.

“Send the damn copter, we’ll be ready.”

“Do I send along a body bag?”

“If this reaches Aman, you can expect a salary reduction.”

“I feel obligated to remind you I have legal representation.”

“Yeah, but my lawyer is better.”

“I heard that!”

“Jesus, is Aman there with you?”

“You’re on speaker, brother mine,”

“I didn’t realize you two were fucking conjoined,” Arnav bit off.

“Boys,” Khushi broke in on a chuckle, “as much as I enjoy the display of male bonding, you all have a company to run.”

“We are depending on you to keep that arrogant prick in line, Happiness,” Aman chirped into the speaker.

“Let’s see how brave you are when I’m in front of you,” Arnav muttered darkly.

Ending the call, he made a grab for Khushi’s hands, imprisoning them in a firm clasp above her head. “Cute? I had credited you with a better lexicon. And you are to take my side.”

Khushi smiled at his sulky tone, however her voice held quiet gravity as she responded, “I’ll always be on your side, Arnav. Always.”

That earned her a toe curling kiss. She hadn’t known such kisses existed until this man. As they lingered over it, he let go of her hands, running his own down her arms and under her back. Dropping his forehead to hers, Arnav’s breath fanned her face.

Khushi tilted her face up to him, “What is it?”

“I’m needed at AR.”

“I know, you need to get dressed.”

“I don’t want to leave.”

Warmed by his honesty, Khushi melted into him, “I’m not going anywhere.”

“Come with me.”

“Really?”

“Were you serious about working at AR?”

“Yes, but there’s no time for me to change and-” something in his expression had her pausing.

She glanced at the glass dresser beyond his shoulders, “I suppose I’m going to find something of my size in there?”

“We had this conversation, but that was before you’re mine. I understand your need for independence, now more than before. I respect it and I respect you, Khushi. However, I want to take care of you. I hate how you’ve gone without, and since it’s in my powers to change it, I need you to give me that.”

Khushi bit her lips. In truth, there was a lingering fear that she was embarking on her mother’s journey. That she was allowing heart and passion to rule over mind and reason. Yet, the point of no return had been passed this morning when she had placed herself in his keeping.

Could she give him the final surrender? Her dignity was the constant she’d drawn upon for survival. There had been moments in the past five years when it was the only thing she’d been able to cling to. If broken, she would shatter.

Taking a deep breath, lacing their fingers, she gave Arnav the last piece of herself.

“Okay.”

✧✧✧

AR Corps, New York

AR Corps Headquarters was very much what she’d expected. Eloquent modernity presented through sleek grandeur. Against a sea of buildings, the seventy-story glass tower soared proudly into the New York sky.

As they emerged from the limo, a sense of déjà vu flashed through Khushi. She’d been all of fifteen the first time Papa had taken her to headquarters of Gupta Co. She’d walked through the lobby raked over by nerves, in part from wanting to make a good impression on his staff, but really, most of it stemmed from the fear of tripping over her heels.

The respect directed at her father had evoked a deep sense of pride in Khushi. She left determined to earn it for herself. While the written word had always been a source of solace and inspiration, it became her benefactor, a means of sharpening her mind. Had he lived, she would have grown up in this world. Had he lived.

Instead, life had taken her down a very different path. There was a pang, for the loss of what could have been. However, if the years had taught her little else, she had learned not to dwell on the things she had no power of altering.

Moreover, how could there be regrets when it all led her to this moment?

She felt blessed and beautiful. The ship’s wardrobe had yielded a simple knee-length cashmere dress in the deepest shade of red. There was nothing provocative about the dress, the style was something she would have picked for herself, albeit in serviceable black. However, the long discreet zipper running from the nape of her neck to the small of her back made it a sensual garment. It prompted the tantalizing thought of her lover lowering that very zipper; something she sensed was his intent when he’d glided the teardrop pull into place earlier.

As they walked through the revolving door and into the lobby, it wasn’t nerves running beneath her skin, but sheer resolve; the resolve to make herself worthy of her father’s legacy, of Arnav, and in her own eyes.

Khushi was jerked from her thoughts when strong hands captured hers in a firm clasp. Startled she looked up at him, “Arnav, we’re at your company.”

“So?”

Her lashes swept down, indicating their laced fingers.

A predatory gleam entered Arnav’s eyes. “Are you concerned about my reputation or yours?”

“I want to work here with you, but how can I if you’re like this? What would your colleagues and staff have to say?”

“Nothing, since their opinion won’t be solicited. That you’re mine isn’t going to be some dirty secret.” This he delivered in a tone that booked no argument.

Warmth suffused her body. What more could a woman ask for when such a man was proud to claim her as his own? Yet she didn’t want to damage his image, something he had worked relentlessly to build. Throat tight she pleaded softly with him, “Arnav, that you think that means everything, but-”

“Take it or leave it.”

Exasperation entered her voice, “We’re negotiating this later, Mr. Raizada!”

“Despite your protests, I think you enjoy our bedroom deals.”

Their eyes met, black against green. There was a challenge, acknowledged and accepted.

In the middle of AR’s lobby, with dozens of people throwing discreet glances at them, Arnav slid an arm around Khushi’s waist and yanked her close. The rest of world receded as he looked at her upturned face. It was so expressive, he had been able to read every shift of her thoughts as they entered AR. It brought out the desire to protect, a need to keep her safe within the circle of his arms.

He pulled her closer, and then, as if it was the most natural thing to do, he leaned down and simply laid his lips over hers.

“We’re going to give AR a real show if you don’t get that look off your face,” Arnav murmured as he pulled back.

A flush shot up her neck, “You need to stop kissing me in public!”

He’d never claimed a woman, never understood the meaning of it, nor experienced the desire to do so. This constant need to connect was foreign to him. Before Khushi, he would have been horrified by such an open display. Now, he found he didn’t give one fuck what anyone thought. Touching Khushi grounded him in a way that nothing else ever had.

He had thought his heart had been buried in Lucknow. This morning he learned otherwise. It wasn’t that his heart was dead; it just hadn’t had a reason to beat. When he had been woken by the throbbing in his chest, feeling so damn alive, Arnav realized a reason had finally come into his life.

There was no middle road with Khushi. She wouldn’t love with half a heart, it was all in. He was eager to see how she would fit into the fabric of his life. This woman that he craved.

Lost in his thoughts, lost in her, he molded her to the contours of his body. Arnav lowered his mouth to hers, wanting to taste her again. Just once. But at the soft collision, he forgot all about his intention to sample.

“Hell I was afraid she’d turn you down and we’d have to put up with your nasty temper for life. Instead we’ll have to send AR employees to the city hospital for shock treatment.”

Khushi pulled back from Arnav abruptly, mortified as she met with Aman’s mischievous face. She could feel the gaze of dozens on them. This was not the first impression she’d wanted to make. She’d shown up kissing the boss, judging by the hostile looks the women were casting in her direction, it was an unforgiveable offense.

One hard look from Arnav was enough to send people on their way, eyes averted, but she knew they’d seen enough to keep the gossip vine flourishing for the rest of the day.

“Khushi!” Aman greeted with an easy grin as he approached them. His bright red suit would have looked silly on another man, yet he wore it with style and aplomb.

“I think it’s time I revised your job description. Don’t you have anything else to do?” Arnav demanded.

“Yes, recruiting. And you’re currently wrapped all over our potential employee.”

In a smooth move he extracted Khushi from Arnav, offering his arm to her. He gave her a wink before addressing his brother. “We have a nuisance that requires your personal attention. NK is waiting in your office. He’ll bring you up to speed while I give Khushi a tour.”

“Fine. And Aman? If she doesn’t sign on with us, you’re fired.”

“O ye of little faith.”

✧✧✧

A mug was plonked unceremoniously onto the conference room table, “Your coffee.”

“Still the Raizada lap dog, NK? I must say I’m disappointed.”

“And you’re still a bitch, can’t say I’m surprised.”

Barely concealed animosity dominated her brown eyes as she glared at him. “Considering his status, it’s shocking how he would choose to keep such an uncouth mongrel by his side.”

“We can’t all be purebreds, too incestuous.”

“Arnav made a mistake the day he replaced me with you.”

“You mean the day he came in with one of our most important investor and you were executing Tales of the Kama Sutra on his desk? That would be stretching the word mistake to unrecognizable proportions, even if we are to go by your standards.”

“You enjoy getting rid of his women don’t you? Gives you a little rush. How will you dispose of his current whore once he’s done with her?”

“Ah finally, the reason you taint us with your presence. I was wondering how much longer we were going to do this dance of bullshit.”

“She was photographed plastered all over him. People are interested in knowing who the ‘Mystery Girl’ is.”

“It’s the other way around, but to a gossip columnist I suppose truth just doesn’t matter.”

“Journalist!” she snapped, “Not that anyone can expect muscle to understand the difference.”

“I understand just fine, the question is, do you? You look great, compliments to the surgeon by the way, but what he’s got in his bed now? You don’t stand a chance in hell.”

Her laugh was tinged with scorn, “A man of his class will want an equal when he finally decides to marry. Once her novelty wears off, he’ll discard her just like the rest.”

“Free lesson. When a man wants to leave? No amount of tears or begging will keep him. But when he decides to stay? Nothing short of death will deter him.”

The hands on the mug clenched. While she’d never cared for NK, the absolute certainty of his tone was difficult to discount. Had the impossible happened? Was she too late? No. No! He was lying. The buffoon had always resented her presence. He had lucked out when she’d made a rash decision that day. Embarrassing Arnav in front of a client had been a mistake. One she’d paid a heavy price for.

It had killed to leave him six years ago, but she had taught herself patience. The years in between were used to shape herself into a woman of asset, building a varied and wide sphere of influence.

She’d turned a blind eye to revolving door of women in his bed, even when jealousy ate like acid. They didn’t matter. He was a man, and they fulfilled a basic need. The time has come to make him see they belonged together.

At the brisk knock, her body locked in anticipation. It was him.

She stood, making sure to present her best side as the door swung open. She’d been all of nineteen the first time she’d laid eyes on Arnav Singh Raizada, knowing down to her bones that he was everything she wanted. It was still true.

“Arnav,” she raised a manicured hand, eager to feel the electric jolt.

The hand that closed briefly over hers was cold, accompanied by eyes that reflected a glacial sheen. The aloofness that characterized him only added to his appeal.

Say my name. Say my name.

“Sheetal.”

She closed her eyes briefly in pleasure. What she wouldn’t give to have him say it when they were in a much more intimate setting. Forcing composure, she opened her eyes and gave him a bright smile.

“It’s so good to see you, Arnav. Thank you for agreeing to this meeting.”

“I didn’t. However, as you were very insistent with my secretary, you have ten minutes. I have someone important waiting.”

“Well Sheetal, it’s been… enlightening. Let’s not do this again anytime soon.” NK rose from his seat, making sure Arnav saw his smirk as he walked pass him towards the door. “I’ll go check on our VIP. Although you should hurry, mate, competition for her attention is fierce.”

✧✧✧

“He is completely lacking in manners,” Sheetal fumed.

Arnav deliberately glanced at his watch as he folded himself into the executive chair on the opposite end of the conference table, “Why are you here, Sheetal?”

“Arnav, if you have an important client waiting, go handle it. I’m willing to wait,” she offered generously.

“Nine minutes.”

“I’ll be as brief as I can, then,” she retorted, stung by his indifference, “Payal Gupta Matthews wants to come on to my show.”

Had it not been for the sudden clenching of his jaw, she would have thought her words had no effect.

“What does that have to do with me?”

“Mrs. Matthews has a lot to say about ASR’s Mystery Girl.”

“Gutter innuendos on the private lives of celebrities not pulling in enough viewers?”

Her mouth tightened, “You’re a public figure, Arnav. And the public is interested in all aspect of your life, especially when it comes in the form of the opposite sex.”

“I’m surprised your producers signed off on it, there’s nothing that warrants a Late Night interview.”

“A slut trying to sink her claws into a rich man? You’re right that doesn’t warrant any attention. But Shashi Gupta’s illegitimate love child who had an affair with her half-sister’s husband? They eat that up.”

Arnav’s face darken, “Mind how you take her name, Sheetal.”

The menace underlying his delivery sent a cold finger of chill down her spine. She forced lightness into her voice as she responded, “You must forgive me, Arnav. There have been so many women who’d crossed through it’s hard to separate them.”

Arnav studied the woman on display in front of him. Before Khushi, he hadn’t been discriminate in his choice of women, yet something about Sheetal Kapoor had always left him cold. He wondered if she realized the calculation in her eyes falsified even the sweetest words.

“How much?”

“What?”

“It’s why you’re here isn’t it? Name your price.”

“I don’t want your money, Arnav.”

“Then what the hell do you want?”

She got up and crossed the room. Easing onto the edge of the table, she raked a nail down his tie as she eyed him coyly. “You. Us. We would be perfect together, Arnav. Give me one night to show you.”

“What makes you think I would want something I already turned down?”

“I’m not that girl anymore, Arnav. Don’t you see? It’s a woman before you.”

“How exactly did you imagine this scene to play out?”

“Say yes and I’ll let you fuck me right here.”

“Easy as that?”

“For you, Arnav. Only for you,” her hands went to her silk blouse, slipping the tiny pearl buttons out of their holes with practiced ease.

When she laid back on the table, her body an open invitation, Arnav stood. His gaze raked over her lace clad form dispassionately, “For the record? I’ve had a lot of women. Some good, some bad. Now, I’ve experienced best. She isn’t a woman that crosses my mind, she lives in it.” His eyes went cold, each word carefully enunciated, “I would dismantle the career of anyone who tried to harm her. Are we clear?”

Sheetal gasped in outrage as humiliation burned through her, “You’re going to regret this, Arnav.”

“No, but you will. I’ve found that proximity to power tricks the weak into thinking they wield it.* Do not test me, Sheetal. You should know better than anyone I don’t issue empty threats. Get dressed and get out.”

✧✧✧

After leaving Arnav, Aman led her to a corner elevator that whisked them straight to the top floor. When the door opened to the rooftop, Khushi’s eyes widen in wonder. AR’s Headquarters, like all things stamped with the Raizada name, was the last word in luxury. She had seen evidence of it in the impressive lobby, but this was in a class of it own.

The rooftop had been transformed into a stunning wrap-around terrace of glass that offered panoramic views of the city. A long reflection pool ran down the center, surrounded by lush greens. On one end sat a café sending the rich aroma of coffee drifting through the brisk air, while a full bar serving both drinks and appetizers dominated the other end. Between glass tables and heat lamps one had the option of wicker chairs, chaise lounges, and even day beds.

Aman grinned as he seated Khushi purposely in the raised corner reserved for their VIP guests, “What do you think?”

“It’s stunning, Aman,” she replied with enthusiasm, “A great use of space while adding value to both your employees and clients.”

“That was my exact argument when I talked Arnav into doing this last year. We’ll be converting the hotel’s rooftop this summer.”

“Did he give you a hard time?”

“He approved of the idea, but he wasn’t too keen on the final outcome.”

Khushi glanced around, trying to see it through Arnav’s eyes, a smile touched her lips as she turned back to Aman. “It’s the décor isn’t it?”

Appreciation slid through Aman, “You have that man tagged down to the T- must unnerve the hell out of him. His grumbling was that it was too damn romantic. However, with you here, I’m expecting gratitude for my foresight.”

Khushi ignored the knowing look he gave her as she tried to change the topic, “I thought you were going to give me a tour of AR?”

“That can wait. This can’t.”

“What do you mean?”

“What did you think of the Jalpari?” Aman asked.

“I didn’t get to see much of it,” she admitted.

“But you saw the most important aspect didn’t you?”

Understanding came to Khushi of what he was really asking. After learning of Arnav’s past, she was glad that he had two fiercely protective men by his side. For that, she didn’t hesitate to answer him, “Yes, I saw her.”

“I always knew my brother deserved someone special. About fucking time she’s in his life.”

“I’m not special, Aman, but he makes me feel that way.”

She startled when he suddenly roared with laughter.

“What’s funny?” NK called out as he walked up to them. He placed a cup of hot tea in front of Khushi before taking the seat next to Aman.

“She,” Aman tilted his head to indicate Khushi, “doesn’t think she’s special.”

A huge grin stole over NK, “Must have been some other woman Arnav Singh Raizada was kissing the hell out of in the lobby. The groveling and wooing was decently executed?”

“There wasn’t a lot of groveling,” Khushi murmured on a small smile.

At that, Aman smirked, “Well, at least he got the wooing part right. The Raizada name is at stake here.”

“Mr. Raizada, I do believe you’re quite incorrigible.”

“I accept that. And you’re Happiness. But the question is Khushi, are you our happiness?”

“Hell Aman, you’re going to scare the girl.”

“I’m securing her,” Aman retorted.

Khushi flushed under their stares. Two years of Robbie’s straightforward talking wasn’t enough to prepare her for just how open these men were with each other. Yet, she wouldn’t want it any other way.

There was something extraordinary about their bond, something precious. Having experienced so much loss; she never wanted Arnav to lose this. And if it took some adjustment on her part, she would do it willingly.

“He’s everything I want,” she blurted.

Aman’s eyes danced as he grinned at her “And you’re everything he needs. Knew that the day I saw you at Ku-”

Khushi bit her lips as he quickly cleared his throat. “I mean the day I saw you at Arnav’s.”

A laugh escaped her as NK gave Aman an exasperated look. Surprising both men, she got up and leaned over, placing a light peck on Aman’s cheek.

“Thank you for choosing me for him.”

“Well, fuck.”

She turned to NK, giving him a similar affectionate kiss, one on each check, “Robbie and I don’t keep secrets.”

“Why did he get two?” Aman complained.

Khushi smiled widely, “One for me, the other for making Robbie happy.”

“Those kisses are mine, why are you giving them away so freely?” a voice demanded from behind her.

Khushi spun around, not realizing that a glow came over her as she looked at Arnav. It wasn’t lost on the man approaching her. Acknowledging Aman and NK with a chin lift, he sat down on the chaise.

Khushi found herself pulled into his lap, his arms stealing around in a tight hold. Those dark eyes dropped to her mouth, tracing them with heat. He didn’t kiss her, but she felt kissed, it was enough to send her pulse soaring.

Her hands slid upward to grip the broad width of his shoulders, intending to extricate herself. She had no intention of providing an Act II to their earlier entrance, but all thoughts of getting off left her when she sensed how tightly he was holding himself in check.

Something was wrong. Khushi forgot her embarrassment and the presence of both Aman and NK as she focused on Arnav.

Lifting one hand to cup his jaw, she searched his face. “Okay?”

The hard planes of Arnav’s face softened as the rage in him melted under her touch. He could feel the ever tightening thread between them as he drew her closer. “I’m now.”

They were oblivious to others, particularly the woman standing several yards away, face white with rage as she witnessed their intimacy. Tenderness. The stone cold bastard was starring tenderly down at another woman, holding her as if she meant the world to him. Sheetal’s hands fisted at her sides even as her heart clenched painfully.

She had come here out of loyalty and a desire to protect him. Over the years, dozens of women had wanted to come onto her show with stories about Arnav after being tossed out of his life. She’d used her influence to shut them down, taking gleeful delight over their dejection.

How dare he respond this way to her love! She wanted to lunge forward, rip the slut from him, and finish up by scooping Arnav Singh Raizada’s heart out of his chest. If it didn’t beat for her, she didn’t want it beating at all.

✧✧✧

“NK, get them to stop eye fucking each other, my sexual frustration can’t take this.”

Shifting Khushi neatly to his side, Arnav shot Aman an arched look.

“Quit your bitching and turn on that legal brain. We have a problem.”

“Hell, that means we have two.”

“What?”

“Shyam called Anjali this morning. In bullet points, HP Daniels has an ax to grind and he’s going to do it as publicly as possible.”

“What does Daniels have exactly?”

“Lucknow and Lavanya, all of it.”

Arnav bit off a curse, “Was Shyam the one who sent him?”

“Yes, but he did attempt to buy off Daniels when he realized how damaging this would be to AR. Especially since we’re preparing to enter several new markets in Europe. Mohit would slaughter him for jeopardizing the partnership,” Aman confirmed on a grimace.

“Why did he call, Anjali?”

“Attack of conscious? Could also be the shared womb thing. She’s the only one who’ll vouch he was once human.”

NK turned steady eyes on Arnav, “Did the nuisance turn into a problem?”

“Yes,” he responded shortly, “Payal is scheduled to go on Sheetal’s Late Night.”

“Fuck, Arnav, would it have killed you to play nice?” Aman muttered, running a hand down his face.

“Her terms were unacceptable.”

Khushi had been silent during their conversation. Her stomach lurched upon hearing the strain in Arnav’s voice at the mention of Sheetal. She knew who he was referring to. The Late Night Show was a rating giant, a magnet for those eager to keep up with gossip on prominent public figures. But who was she to Arnav? Khushi pushed the thought aside, reminding herself that she didn’t have a right to his life before her.

Instead she turned her thoughts to Payal. For years she had done everything to avoid this confrontation. She was beginning to realize it may have been a mistake. Her sister… no, half-sister, would not be satisfied until she paid for the sin of being born with blood. She’d often wondered if it would be any different if they’d shared both parents. Somehow, she sensed that Payal’s antagonism ran deeper, but the why eluded her.

“How do you want to proceed with this?” NK’s question pulled her back to the present.

“Preempt them.”

Three pairs of eyes turned towards her. Khushi focused on Arnav. “That’s what Papa always said when a competitor attempts a smear campaign. Take the impact out of their punch by beating them to the exposure.”

Eyes never leaving her, Arnav asked, “A press con?”

She gave it careful thought before nodding, “It would give you maximum advantage in shaping the delivery and subsequent opinion.”

Amazement flashed through NK as he watched their exchange. Khushi didn’t know, but it was rare for Arnav to seek anyone’s opinion, and not a single woman outside of his own grandmother. That she’d breached his walls were no longer a secret, but this trust was something he and Aman hadn’t dared hope for. While he was pleased for Arnav, it was cause for concern.

It would not be wise to dismiss Sheetal Kapoor. The woman was harboring an obsession, and that could lead to dangerous actions. Particularly against someone she would consider a rival. Fuck.

“NK… NK!”

“What?”

“We need to find out when Payal is scheduled to go on air. Put as much pressure as you can on the station to hold them off. As for Daniels, make it clear to every media outlet that those who picks up any of his stories will not be in AR’s good books. Aman, get PR on the press con. I want a preliminary draft as well as an appropriate list of media contacts to invite by the end of the day. You’ll need to personally extend the invitation.”

“I assume you’ll want to host it here, but when?”

“In four days. Three if possible, cross check our calendars and clear anything that isn’t urgent.”

“Arnav, you’ll need to have a conversation with Lavanya to prepare her,” Khushi reminded them.

“Right.” Arnav hesitated, he had wanted to delay this meeting, to take the time to prepare himself, but once again the choice had been taken from him.

“Aman, make the call. See if she’ll meet us here this evening.”

“Hell, not sure it’s a good thing that the first time we reach out to her it’s in the form of a favor.”

“Tell her the truth. This will affect her as much as us, but it’s her choice.”

Khushi placed a light hand over Arnav’s, “Maybe something less formal? Would Mrs. Raizada mind a dinner at Shantivan?”

Refusal was at the tip of his tongue until he made the mistake of looking at her. Since knowing of Lavanya’s existence he had looked at her through the lens of her mother. Rationality and fairness had never entered the equation. Yet, he now had a Khushi filter to contend with.

As if she read his thought, Khushi leaned closer, her softness pressing against him. “On her own merit, Arnav. She deserves that much from you.”

Luminous eyes implored him and damned if he didn’t simply want to give in. Was this how married men felt? He was aware of being gently managed, instead of irritation he was intrigued.

Avoiding Aman’s eyes, Arnav addressed the group, “Dinner at seven. I’ll call Nani.”

Aman exchanged a look with NK, but was wise enough to keep his satisfaction to himself. He wondered if Arnav even realized he hadn’t let go of Khushi since sitting down. The risk they took all those months ago had paid off in ways neither anticipated. They were lucky bastards and he’ll be damned if anyone fucks with it.

“Alright, I need to head out to see Anjali. She’s upset over Shyam’s call. I’ll follow-up with you at dinner.”

“Call me once you get a hold of Lavanya.”

Khushi rose from her seat as the men prepared to leave. When she moved to follow after NK and Aman, she was held back by Arnav.

“Where are you going?”

“To Shantivan, your grandmother will need help for tonight.”

“Give me an hour and I’ll take you.”

“You’re needed here. I’ll be fine.”

Arnav pulled her to him, “Don’t you want to ask me about Sheetal?”

Khushi didn’t pretend ignorance, “Does she matter?”

“To me? Never.”

“Then that’s all I need to know.”

“Thank you,” Arnav replied with feeling.

“For what?”

“For the trust … and jealousy.”

Her eyes flew up to him. “I’m not jealous!”

His lips twitched, “If you say so.”

“I… I… maybe… just a little.”

“Liar,” he whispered huskily into her ears.

“I’m not blind to how women look at you, but how can I blame them? You’re too handsome for your own good,” Khushi muttered.

Arnav tugged lightly at her hair until she was looking up at him; all trace of teasing left his face as it grew solemn, “I want to get this out of the way. I wasn’t a saint, but I didn’t bed half of New York’s female population, not even close. There were women, but none of them, not one, got what you get from me.”

“Arnav.”

“You’ll eventually run into some, I can’t control that, and there’s no telling what they’ll try to insinuate. When that happens, I want you to come to me for clarification.”

“Will you tell me the truth?”

“Yes.”

“Even if it hurts?”

“I won’t leave you hurting, Khushi.”

She laid her cheek against his chest, “I suppose there’s no point in applying for any position beyond the executive floor.”

“None.”

“Did you plan it?”

“What makes you ask?”

“Must have something to do with being kissed in the lobby and being in your arms now,” she accused.

Arnav’s grin was decidedly wicked, “There are still sixty nine floors, it’ll make for one hell of a make-out session.”

Khushi decided then that she must be shameless. Instead of being mortified by his outrageous suggestion, she felt the keen edge of anticipation.

“We need to go,” she said the words with reluctance.

“Take the limo and call your Robbie, I’ll feel better knowing you two are together.”

“Okay. And Arnav?”

“Yeah?”

“Whatever happens, I’m on your side.”

The arms around her contracted tellingly, but he kept his tone light as he answered, “Good, it’s where I expect you.”

✧✧✧

Manhattan, New York

Aman’s long strides ate up the steps to the Jha’s savagely opulent townhouse. His future father-in-law did enjoy an unrestrained display of wealth.

As he entered the onyx-sheathed elevator, his thoughts turned to Lavanya. The call had gone remarkably well, all things considered. She’d been hesitant, but after his blunt explanation of the situation, she’d agreed to dinner. Ever the optimist he felt confident things would work themselves out now that Arnav was at least in an agreeable state of mind.

“Anjali?”

“In the kitchen!”

Leaning against the door frame his eyes wandered lazily over the woman who would soon take his name. He could not wait until the day seeing Anjali meant a trip to the next room instead of another city.

A sniff at the air was revealing. “Chamomile? I already spoke with Arnav, we’ve got a handle on Shyam, no need for you to worry.”

“It’s not that,” she said, taking the two cups to the plain wooden table that provided relief from the antiques her father had doused the rest of their home in.

As soon as they settled, he reached for her hand. Aman ran a thumb over the ring he’d placed on her finger. The tradition hadn’t interested him until NK had pointed out its use as a male deterrent. He’d gone on to purchase the largest rock Tiffany had to offer, it never hurt to make a strong opening statement.

“You’ve been troubled since our engagement party, what’s going on?”

“It’s Shyam.”

“I get that. What about Shyam?”

“He wasn’t always like this Aman. It’s getting worst and I’m afraid he’s at his breaking point.”

“Anjali, in seven weeks, I’m going to be your husband. If you can trust yourself to me, then trust me with the truth about Shyam and we’ll figure out how to handle it.”

She picked up the tea cup, downing the bitter brew before looking at him squarely.

Aman smiled to himself. His Anjali. When it was called upon, she never took the easy way out. It was one hell of a refreshing quality to discover in a woman.

“I’ve told you we used to be close.”

“I still find that hard to believe, baby, but I’ll take your word on it.”

“He was a wonderful brother, Aman. Protective and loving.”

“Until,” he prompted.

“Until I walked in on him … being …intimate.”

“Okay, probably not the prettiest sight, but I don’t see- “

“He wasn’t with a woman.”

Aman’s expression turned thoughtful, “I see. What happened?”

“I … I was so shocked I just stood there, but I’m afraid he read something in my expression before I left. I was so embarrassed for walking in on him… it would’ve been the same had he been with a woman.”

“Does he know that?”

“I tried to explain – later, but he always shuts me down.”

“When was this?”

“My last year of high school. Shyam’d just moved out, but he’d given me a key and well, it didn’t occur to me to call first.”

“Anjali, is Shyam interested in Arnav?”

“No, not in the way you’re thinking. It’s Father’s fault really. After I met you, Arnav was all he talked about. You know how he admires your brother’s business accomplishments and well, he’s not too subtle about comparing Shyam to both of you, and making it clear who he finds lacking.”

“That explains the hyper competitiveness. How badly would your father take this?”

“I’m afraid he won’t acknowledge Shyam if he knows. He’ll see it as something shameful.”

“Are you okay with this?”

“He’s my brother, Aman. If it was Arnav, would it change how you perceive him?”

“No, it wouldn’t. What do you need from me, Anjali?”

“I’ve tried to approach, Shyam. He’s become a stranger, but I can’t stand to see him so miserable,” her eyes filled.

“Hey, no tears. You know I’m useless when you cry,” he brought her hands to his lips. “Do you trust me?”

“There’s no one I trust more.”

“I promise you I’ll think on it and we’ll figure out a way to approach him.”

“You won’t tell NK and Arnav?”

“Not if you don’t want me to.”

“I know you guys share everything, and I don’t mind, but this… ”

“Then it’s our secret.”

“Thank you.”

“You can thank me by paying my fee.”

“Aman, be serious.”

“Not kidding with you. You know I don’t care what you wear. You’re beautiful in anything. However, I have a request for our honeymoon.”

Hoping it wasn’t something completely out of her comfort zone, Anjali looked at him expectantly.

“A month long cruise on the Jalpari will require bikinis and lingerie.”

“Bikinis and lingerie,” she repeated.

“In any style you’re comfortable with. We can go shopping together,” Aman offered, immediately warming up to the idea.

“NO! No, I’ll figure it out.”

“Sure? Offer’s on the table if you change your mind. I need to go, you’re okay?””

Her mind still on his request, she nodded.

“Good. If you can free yourself from another dress fitting, come over to Shantivan for dinner.”

“Is something going on?”

“Lavanya is coming over.”

“Arnav knows?” Anjali asked in surprise.

“He gave the command.”

“I know how long you’ve hoped for this. Of course, I’ll be there!”

He gave her forehead a light kiss, “I’ll see you later then.”

Before letting himself out, Aman grinned and turned back, “And Anjali, when you go shopping? Keep in mind that less is definitely more in this case.”

✧✧✧

Upper West Side, New York

Did you pack a bag?

Nope

Why the hell not?

Wipe off that disgruntled face. I want to laugh except it’s inappropriate while eating at a funeral

Feel lucky you’ve never sat through a business conference in Seoul. Talk about funeral atmosphere

Jet setting lifestyle too much sometimes?

One man’s meat is another man’s poison. An endless cycle of airports and hotels is a piss poor way of living

Feeling your inner cowboy?

Depends.

?

You up for the cowgirl position?

I believe the one who needs to be up is you, Handsome

Not an issue

I’ll bet, but I’m afraid it’s a solo act for you

You enjoy yanking my chain don’t you – we both know that ass is in my bed tonight

This ass will be in Crown Heights!

Why?!

Khushi and I have things to talk about
…..WHY are you smirking?

Dollface, unless pig sprout wings, there’s not a chance in hell Khushi will be spending the night at your place

Wanna bet?

As long as you promise not to be a sore loser

What are the stakes?

Strip tease

So uninspiring, not worthy of you

In my kitchen

Do you have a weird kink we need to talk about?

Gonna teach you a new way to enjoy wine

Hmmm… cocky

It’s how you like me. Your turn

You, as my PA….full 24 hours

Like the idea of me being at your beck and call do you

Very much

I rarely lose

Life is all about new experiences. Okay, I’m desperate, I’ll take monosyllables, but someone needs to start talking!

✧✧✧

Pushing the cherry tomato around on her plate, Lavanya attempted to disguise her lack of appetite. Despite the warm luxury of the formal dining room, dinner was turning into a painfully quiet affair.

She glanced uneasily at Devyani Raizada’s composed profile. Other than a dignified nod of greeting, she’d been holding her own counsel as she sat at the head of the stately rectangular table of satinwood. On the opposite end, Arnav’s face was remote; the only relief came when he looked over at the woman sitting to his right. That she mattered to him was subtly conveyed in little touches and brief glances, yet the sum of them spoke loudly. This was surprising, considering what she knew of his reputation.

Her eyes drifted down the table, unexpectedly meeting the gaze of Anjali Jha. Was that pity reflected in the brown pools? Lavanya quickly broke the contact, returning to her bruised tomato. She hoped not. There was nothing worse than pity. Want to drown your spirit? Just throw yourself a pity party of one.

Family dinner. Who was she kidding? Her presence wasn’t wanted, it would never be. Why had she allowed Aman to persuade her into coming?

Because he had been incredibly kind and you can’t stop hoping can you?

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Well, now she knew. Time to make her excuses and reassure them she’ll cooperate on how they wanted to deal with the reporter – preferably through email. Bracing, she slid from the chair, forcing words past her dry throat, “Mrs. Raizada, thank you for having me, but it’s getting late and I- ”

“Sit down.”

She briefly considered making a run for the door, “I really need to-”

“Lavanya.”

Her legs promptly obeyed the embedded command.

“This dinner is long overdue,” Devyani continued steadily, “I’m sure you’re all uncomfortable, but when you reach a certain age it’s easy to become lost in thoughts of days gone by.”

“Nani, you don’t have to do this,” Arnav interjected.

“If not me, then who?” She turned to Lavanya, “Your presence here tonight tells me two things. It tells me that you care and that you possess the rare bones of forgiveness. Your mother hurt my daughter. It was something I have struggled to reconcile with. It does not excuse how I and my grandsons have treated you. It’s not your sin, child, although it landed on your shoulders. And while I do not expect it to mean anything to you, I’m proud of how gracefully you’ve carried such burdens.”

“Mrs. Raizada.” This came out in a whisper; her throat was too clogged for anything louder. The wetness in her eyes spilled over when her hands were taken in a gentle hold.

“You’re not of my blood, but you share it with my grandsons. My denial of this fact has led to much pain. I only hope you can understand that it was a shared pain; we felt it as keenly as you. Tonight, there’s a choice to make, Lavanya. You can walk away from all this and we will do everything necessary to rebuff rumors of any connection. It will be a life on your own terms, without interference or shadows.”

“And my other option?”

“We give your truth to the world and learn how to be a family. It won’t be easy. In fact, I suspect it will often be as uncomfortable as this dinner, in public and in private. But I sure would like to try.”

Lavanya shifted her gaze to Arnav, trying to read his face. She was frustrated to find it carefully blank. She was being given a chance to have what she’d always wish for, but it came at a terrible risk. He’d rejected her before and it had hurt. However it would destroy her if she was given taste only to have it cruelly taken away.

Big risks, big rewards. She could remember watching one of Arnav’s old interview with CNN. She’d been on a plane ride headed towards a photoshoot in Miami. They had struck a chord within her, and she’d found herself adhering to it ever since.

Again her eyes slid towards Arnav, but this time, they were drawn to the woman by his side. Khushi, Lavanya suddenly remembered. They’d introduced her as Khushi. There was a strange sense of kinship. Impossible to explain, but strongly felt.

Taking a fortifying breath, she gave voice to her deepest wish, “I want to be part of this family.”

Upon her words, the room was slowly divested of tension.

“Good.” Devyani’s hand gave a firm reassuring squeeze. “I’ve taken on many roles and been called many things during my life. To me, there is no sound sweeter than that of Nani. It was first bestowed upon me by a somber eyed child, quickly joined by an irrepressible one. These past few years, three fine young men have given me much joy with their use of it. Now, I’d like to hear how it sounds with a feminine lilt.”

✧✧✧

An hour later

Lavanya headed towards the front door feeling more than a little lightheaded. She had bid Mrs .Raizada a goodnight, not quite ready for ‘Nani’ and all its implications. The older woman had simply given her a regal nod of acknowledgement, along with another hand squeeze. Tomorrow afternoon she would be meeting with Aman to discuss her part in the upcoming press conference. It felt terribly surreal.

Three hours. Her life had just been turned on its head in a mere three hours. Elation, fear, and hope were zinging through her in chaotic frenzy. She didn’t know which emotion to focus on, so she was allowing them free reign.

“Lavanya.”

She froze upon identifying the voice. Slowly turning around, she stood face to face with Arnav.

“Did you take a cab here?”

“Ummm yes.”

“No need to call for another one, we’ll drop you home.”

“That’s okay,” she said quickly, edging towards the door, “the cab is probably already here.”

“Lavanya, about last Saturday,I- dammit,” Arnav broke off, his whole body was stamped with frustration.

She winced as his guilt hit her squarely where it was still raw. “You don’t have you say it. I understand,” she said quietly.

Arnav cleared his throat, “How can you understand when I don’t even understand? Regardless, I am sorry. About the things I said you to. And I know the timing of this makes me sound less than sincere, but you didn’t deserve any of that.”

Later she would pin it on the emotional roller coaster she’d been riding since entering Shantivan, but in a gesture that shocked both of them, she hugged him.

From her position in the hallway, where Arnav had asked her to wait for him, Khushi could see him reel with shock. For a moment, as his arms lifted, she worried he would push the young girl away. Instead, he left them suspended in midair, ultimately dropping them back to his sides.

Her heart ached for them, but she knew that familial bonds could not be forced. Not when the wounds were still so close to the surface. She startled when she felt an arm drop around her shoulders. Looking up, her eyes met Aman’s.

“You found a way pass those walls sweetheart, she’ll find her own entrance.”

✧✧✧

They were standing outside the curb of Shantivan’s private drive when it happened.

“Aman, you don’t need to drop me off.”

“I know you like your walks, baby, but the distance from here to home is a bit much.”

“I’m spending the night with Robbie and Khushi.”

At this Arnav turned sharply to Khushi. “When was this decided?” he demanded curtly.

“When you three were holed in the library,” Robbie spoke up, throwing a challenging look at NK.

Aman pulled Anjali to him, “This about earlier?”

Even in the dark, Aman could make out the flush blooming across her cheeks. “Hmmm, I can’t wait until our sleepovers,” he whispered into her ears.

“Aman!”

“Truth is my trade, love,” he pulled her closer, “We’re about to see some fireworks.”

‘What do you … oh!”

“Oh shit,” Robbie muttered under her breath as Arnav turned abruptly and stormed down the sidewalk.

“Arnav! Wait!”

Needled by the distress in Khushi’s voice, her eyes narrowed on Arnav’s retreating back. “He really does have a problem with sharing doesn’t he?”

NK ran a hand across his chin, “I don’t think he’s the only one.”

Her brows came together, “I don’t know–”

“Yeah, you do.”

On a groan, Robbie face planted into his chest. “Is it so obvious?”

“No, but we need to address it. Preferably now.”

“I’m happy for her NK, I really am. And you know he’s growing on me. It’s just…”

“There’s a little resentment that someone’s honing in?” NK remarked astutely.

“How do you know this?!”

“Got four sisters, dollface. All mine to protect. How do you think I felt as they made that walk down the aisle like dominoes?”

Her sigh fanned across his chest, “I feel a NK lesson is about to be imparted.”

He reached out, running a hand through her hair. “It’s an important one, for all of us. There’s a weight of over 57,000 people on those shoulders.”

“What?”

“Direct employees of AR,” NK explained. “And every day he makes decision that affects them and their families. It’s a heavy burden, loaded with relentless responsibility and little appreciation. His money is earned, Robbie, every damn dollar. Before your girl? His days started and ended with work, an endless cycle that was slowly sucking the life out of him. He didn’t have anyone to enjoy the rewards with and there sure as hell wasn’t anyone to share the burden with.”

“He had you and Aman,” Robbie pointed out.

“You know it’s not the same. Not shitting you, what we attempted months ago was an act of desperate men. She’s his miracle, Robbie. I can understand what you’re feeling, but don’t begrudge him when his need for her overwhelm yours. It’s how he’ll be until he wakes up to the realization that she won’t disappear. Give that. If not for Arnav, than do it for Khushi.”

Robbie peeked up at NK through her lashes, “Do you find me terribly selfish?”

“Your friendship and loyalty? Fucking beautiful. But things are much easier when it’s just the two of you. It’s letting others into your world that will test that bond. I’m part of that equation, Robbie. We’re different from them, but I think you know we’re not exactly the independent types. Healthy or not, we’re dealing with packages. You don’t get to pick and choose.

These last few weeks were relatively easy ones. With the holidays and Aman’s engagement, work was dialed down. That’s about to change. Khushi’s biggest competition for Arnav’s time and attention won’t be a woman. His work is his mistress and she’s demanding as hell. There will be times when he’ll be forced to choose it over her. That’s when you will be needed most, to be there for her when he can’t be. I’ve a fair idea of what you’re capable of, but that’s never been the question.”

She pulled back, looking at him, “Then what’s the question, NK?”

“Not everyone is lucky to find what we’ve found, but the road’s still bumpy and the shitstorm won’t stop coming. The question is, are you willing? Willing to see where this takes us and be the sister that Khushi needs. No bullshit, just Robbie.”

Robbie glanced over NK’s shoulder, Aman and Anjali were wrapped up in each other, yet he was also keeping a careful eye on his brother. Beyond them, she could see that Arnav had stopped; he didn’t turn back, but was clearly waiting for Khushi to catch up.

Crisscrossed threads. It was on that thought that clarity came to her. Here it was. Lights, labels and love. The dreams that seemed so distant, were all before her now. Did she dare?

“I hope you’ve stocked up on Shiraz, Handsome.”

✧✧✧

It was not lost on Arnav as he headed towards his car that he was being an ass. It wasn’t unreasonable for her to want to spend time with others. It wasn’t her fault he wanted exclusive rights to her company. This woman that made him feel and do things he’d never felt nor done in his life. Fuck.

“Arnav! Arnav!”

Her voice reached him and before it even penetrated he found himself locked in place. Great. Betrayed by his own feet.

“Khushi, it’s fine. Go. I’ll see tomorrow.” His voice sounded rough to his own ears.

“Arnav, please look at me.”

Checking his temper, he twisted around to face her. He starred at her blankly when she walked up to him, palm out.

“What?”

“I need a keycard.”

Arnav scowled, “What for? You’ll be home.”

“No, I’ll be with two women who I really adore and want to spend time with. However, I’m not sleeping there.”

She moved closer, sliding her arms around his neck. When he stiffened she went on tiptoe, with her mouth against his ear, she murmured, “Because home is within your arms.”

Arnav’s body went completely still before his arms went tight around her. The kiss he crushed over her lips wasn’t gentle, it was intense, consuming. He hauled her into his body, deepening their kiss until nothing else existed for her except him.

There was a strange glint in his eyes when he finally lifted his head. “When you’re ready to leave, call me. I’ll come get you,”

“It might be a bit late,” Khushi warned him.

His mouth touched hers, “I’ll be waiting.”

✧✧✧✧✧

So… watcha think?

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*adapted from House of Cards by Beau Willimon

470 thoughts on “Night #10

  1. Arshi in the morning.. one word HOT… love the way he took care of khusi put aside his need for a lil while.. so romantic and caring ! Can just imagine both reflection in the mirror, love is evident in all aspect.. Thanks for the update girls, eagerly waiting for the rest

    1. Loved it … They are so into each other’s…. But what storm you are talking about

  2. Raath ka nasha abhi ankh se gaya nahi….tera nashila badan bahon ne choda nahi….anken tho koli magar sapna woh toda nahi….

    But now its time to face the real world n the music….llooking forward to the same…

    1. Tera khayaal aaye to balkhaake pal jaata hai
      Paani ke chaadar tale tan mera jal jaata hai
      Haan, wohi, wo, wohi
      Saanson pe rakha hua tere honton ka

      What a perfect song to conjure for this update mayurisb! 🙂

    2. Wow, you gals are raising the heat exponentially. Feeling hot, hot, hot. Need to jack up the air-conditioning!!

    3. I love every interaction I see in the peanut gallery. You gals are the best! I holy approve of DJ’s choice Mayuri! 😀

  3. Yay all my patient stalking paid off 🙂 Night 10 is here 🙂 and what a start! But now I’m nervous about the impending storm ( biting my nails) :). Cant wait for the rest :).

  4. Lol had to come and re- read again hehehe just love arshi together..STORM!!! *biting nails* nerve as hell *side eyes* ufff can’t wait to see what’s up next!!

  5. I was hoping to have bit more…. When are we getting the “more”?
    what a flaming intimacy that is between these two, inseparable and irresistible.
    An amazing update….

  6. I enjoy many facets of FWN, but Khushi’s journey to womanhood is high on the list. She owned her sexuality in this update and it was pretty awesome to witness.

    Which brings me to an important point. Thank you for the mature handling of sex throughout the story. Not a single update comes across as vulgar or explicit. You guys constantly amaze me by depicting the physical side of their relationship so beautifully. It really elevates the emotions while delivering on the promise of steamy. A standing ovation all the way.

    I wouldn’t mind staying on the yacht forever, but also eager to see the result of the gathering storm. It’s going to be a delight to see ASR in action now that he’s secure in his love. The HPs and Payals of the world needs to watch out!

    One last request… actually make it two……. I need to see Khushi deliver a smack across Payal’s face and I really want Arnav to tell Khushi about his confrontation with Trent. I’m dying to know how she would react to it. Pretty please? 🙂

    1. haha am I so transparent? I understand AD comes first and I’m confident you guys won’t leave us hanging. However, June seems to be the expiration date for my sanity. 😀

  7. The intimacy in this scene is so palpable and such well balanced that I had happy goosebumps reading it. Need I say more girls? Thank you for this beautiful “calm” before the storm. 😍 This makes for one thrilled Huma to discover the next part of the FWN journey. Bring it on! 😃😃😃 ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Hope you’re doing good Huma girl! We so need to catch up. As soon as I adjust myself to a different timezone and get my head on straight 😀

      Goosebumps. Got it! 😉

  8. what a beautifully written update…esp. loved the reflection part … Dreading the storm…but hopefully all’s well that ends well…just dont give them too much heart break.

    P.s.- i’ve been trying to comment in the peanut gallery bt every time i click in the comment box i get the option of if should the image be opened in a new tab. The keypad doesn’t get activated to comment there.

  9. The sensuality between these two is so poetic and it is all because of the way you write… if Khushi has found magic… so have I. This story is magical… the darkness making the brightness shine out louder than ever. I absolutely loved the way Khushi has finally become comfortable in this relationship. With the fear of past being washed away… with the surety of Arnav’s feelings for her, she is a changed woman. Her heart can now love freely, without the fear of being broken. Sigh! They do make a delicious picture together.

    The soft wonderful bubble they are in on the yatch, is like a fairytale… and I only wonder what is going to happen when this ship sails into dangerous waters. With love and togetherness, any storm is easier to over come. Like Lady Dragon had said, its not one, but the entire gang of Raizada’s, NK, Khushi, Robbie and Anjali together. It is going to be fun to see the downfall of Payal and HP… how much ever they try to stir these strong relationships… the worst is over… what remains is love!

    Thank you for giving us these updates despite hectic schedules… and we shall wait patiently in refresh hell! 🙂

    1. You have a fine way of turning words yourself mints! We feel quite lucky to have you as a reader. ^^

      Heh, heh, a patient soul in refresh hell is a rarity =p

  10. There’s something truly beguiling about waking up in the cosy warmth of the lover’s arms after a night of passion. You have written this part very beautifully, S & K. Even the hangover of the intense night before and the dreamy languor of lovemaking can’t assuage Khushi’s need to touch him. <3 Loved how his promises have brought her out of her guarded self and from an uncertain, unconvinced girl has emerged a confident lover desiring to explore the various facets of intimacy.
    A big step for Arnav too when he makes her known his overpowering need for her. A giant leap in the persona of an individual who has exercised control all his life, to not just give in to but also demand her touch.
    What a beautiful journey of two souls discovering themselves and each other.
    Loved how he sees to her the next morning.

    A howling tempest on the horizon? Bring it on. With these two becoming one, not so worried about the cataclysm.

    1. Oooohh, an extra looong epilogue. Gonna be worth the wait, albeit bitter sweet, S & K. Cos as much as I am looking forward to their ‘ever after’ and possibly a smug lil ASR and a cute baby Happiness running around, an epilogue would mark the farewell of winter nights. :'(

      1. The thought of mini ASRs and Happiness just makes me want to smile like a kid in a candy store. K & S – please make this come true!

          1. Nasty case of verbal diarrhoea (with poor prognosis, may I add), brought on by these two girls who give me a major ‘saansein ruk jaati hai’ moment with every update!! Thank you Shree, for reading and liking my FWN induced expositions.

            BTW, isn’t every individual gifted? Am sure you have your own piece of magic, like say…..hmmm I don’t know…..maybe you’ve got gol-gappa making down to a fine art. 😉 Just like Mayuri here. Magic delivered with her apt song selection. Why don’t we ask her to make it regular. I mean, just the right song for every update. What say.. 🙂

          2. That’s sweet of you Shree. Although I confess…. this is the first time I’m donning the active commenter avatar, previously it’s more the case of lazy reading and one long comment at the very end. As you know…. that is simply not an option with these two evil duos. I’ve been hooked and reeled, yet cannot even utter a word of complaint!

    2. I melt upon your comments. When are you going to give us your own Arshi OS? There’s a space in our index ready if ever the pen beckons!

  11. Ohh, sensuous and HOT,… Mirror got a new meaning in this :)…
    And we await the storm, I am sure after every update off these remaining 11 i am going to read the first two just to lessen the storm impact!!! 🙂
    Keep it up girls,

  12. this is sensual and so poetically beautiful… loved our lover’s moment… amazingly portrayed… waiting to face the storm ahead, because bhy phear when these two are together here… bring it on girls… hum taiyaar hai…

  13. i feel loved after reading your work of art. you share it with us because you love us.
    i am going to read it again, and again and again.. cant get enough of it.

  14. I’m loving it. The fear, apprehension, hesitation that it may soon be over is not crowding over their heads anymore. They are free to love and do as they please. 🙂

  15. That was sizzling…
    I liked that u pointed out here that Arnav never believed that an emotional attachment with their partners wud make the experience even more pleasurable. Coz i guess that until anyone has been in such a relationship they wudnt have been able to experience it and hence believe it to be true.
    Looking forward to the storm..

  16. That was hot and awesome update of Arshi in the morning
    And the bathtub was for them which was shown in the teaser!!!
    Totally loved how they both cared and love each other and their intimacy how you both wrote was fantastic👍👌😍
    The first 2 updates was hot and romantic
    Looking forward to other updates
    Continue soon!
    Thanks for the pm😉

  17. Finally .. I got to open my laptop today morning!!
    I have been traveling so much that feels like I have wheels in place of legs..

    What a start to night 10!!!
    Let the storm come.. I am sure Arnav and Khushi with this trust and understaning with them will tide over it!! 🙂
    I think one of the key factor would be HP Daniel.. and Sheetal.
    There should be a contest to guess who will be Sheetal..
    My guess Lav’s mother!!

    Need some time to comment on prev night.

    1. It’s just so lovely to have you back Shree! I kept roaming the peanut gallery bemoaning the lack of kitties 😛

  18. So sensual , so beautiful . Please let the storm be revenge on Mr & Mrs Payal .

  19. U guys like eat ds desert..later I wil rip ur heart.. why n what storm.. I was in magic world which crashed with d warning.. is Trent on d way or sheetal.. biting my nails…

  20. sigh….such an enthralling update…
    arshi making out in the morning….
    now preparing myself to face the storm 😀
    please continue soon…
    eagerly waiting….

  21. Amazing update but left me hungary for more. who is Sheetal–this name itself creates goosebumps–hope no hidden ex scandal.

  22. Their morning after was … simply put… beautiful. I think Khushi has finally moved on with her relationship with Arnav. Glad to note that he is still not giving out anything for free. lol

  23. Hello there ladies. A big hug to both you girls for coming this far and having everyone tied to your stories. The two updates are just the big ginning I guess waiting for more. This seems like a warm up for us readers. Take your time when there you take more time we get different updates. And I have to tell you after reading the night 9. There is one particular thing I want to praise you’ll for the intellectual dialogues that arnav and khushi shared while they were on the private jet. The saying from the art of war was my fav moment. When ever you have khushi speak up or give a comment about what arnav say I feel that she is an independent well thought out individual with a lot of knowledge,I am proud of such women who are well thought and well read. Good luck for you both for the rest of the update.

    1. It’s killing me that it’s May and we’re still not done with FWN! However, there’s little we can do as far as schedules goes. Thanks for hanging in there and indulging us.

      Ah… a woman after my heart. Nothing like having a couple who are intellectually equals yeah?

  24. lovely start of night 10….

    arnav and his care , oh gosh i am falling in love with this arnav more and more….like their private morning…..finally kushi is setting her mind…love their thoughts regarding each other, it clearly shows how much theu are in love…

    hoping the upcoming strom …ARHI are going to face together….
    IF id kushiarnav1.

    cheers…

  25. Girls, this was HOT, but beautiful, not meant to titilate the audiance but to show that these ywo belong woth each other, soul mates and bed mates. Lovely writing, I could feel the love and the contentment in both of them. A man needs to cherish his wife/partner, and this is exactly what it came across as. Brilliant!

  26. Wow what a HOT start to the morning after! You can totally see the changes in Arnav. He has stuck to his promise and has given all of himself to this relationship. The way he is putting her needs before his is proof of that. They are so in love. Aww I’m actually scared about what’s going to happen now. They have just fully accepted one another for who they are. Eager to know what’s going to happen next. Well done girls!

  27. What the! Late to the party again. :/
    Babes your updates are putting hubby in the hotseat. I think guys should read some romance… give them an idea or two of what women wants. 😛

    I just love how you mirror scenes. I didn’t even pick up on it until Pyre started pointing it out, but now it really adds to the pleasure of reading. The morning after their first time, Khushi woke up unsure of herself, afraid to be herself and touch the man she spent the night with. Her confidence in exploring his body now is not only hot, it’s heartwarming. I can’t wait to see how these two lovers face the storm together! With such a united front, good luck to anyone who dares to get between them now.

    1. Also…. this line….

      “Love and lust was palpable as desire consumed them, acted out on the flesh between delicious whispers of rumpled sheets.”

      OMFG did that wrack up the heat!

    2. We need to compare notes Mel Mel.
      I’ve already taken my complaints to the husband. Otherwise he’s going to lose out to my fantasy lover haha

    3. The party doesn’t end until the Epilogue so what’s the worry Mel? 😀

      I’m torn between being delighted and worried you gals read so much into our scenes. 😀

      Btw, you’re not excused from Night #9!

  28. OMG YES I’ve been waiting for this update! And what a start! So god damn hot!! I loved it and cannot wait for the rest!
    The change in Arnav is amazing and I’m loving it and he’s amazing and my goodness. I think I just fell more in love with Arnav after this update
    Oh no, storm? I don’t like storms, who likes storms? BUT you know what, I’m kinda waiting for this storm!

    Take all the time you guys need, will be waiting here for this storm of yours!

  29. WOW that was a superb start to the night!!!
    What Arnav and Khushi shares is magical ..their love making has all the right elements ..thhe way you guys write about their moments are passionate but at the same time tender and thats what makes their chemistry special..

  30. What a HOT update it was…
    Bt the thing that stood sort in this love scene was arnav n khushi’s shedding of all their insecurities n embracing their love for each other , same like arnav said the emotional bonding increased the level of physical intimacy.

  31. simply awesome S and K…
    with your writing can feel their love and its nothing short of being sublime….
    your writing… touches our hearts and your protagonists…have stoked and touched now and then with a fire and there is something almost sublime in it…
    Kudos S & K for this fantastic effort…

  32. The only words I can come up with are tender and emotional after reading this update.
    The decision to love Arnav wholeheartedly and telling him he is a prize and not damaged goods is what Arnav really needed to feel and hear. They have surrendered themselves to each other completely and I think it will play an important role to face the harsh realities and the impending storm in their lives.

  33. Yayyyy update
    And I thought to ask you guys
    When will you update
    And guess what I got to site to be surprised 🙈💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻
    Now going to read
    Be right back

  34. amazing interlude
    Loved it
    And khushi’s decision to love Arnav wholeheartedly ❤️
    Arnav is never a damaged good he is A prize
    Loved it
    Please continue soon
    Eagerly waiting
    For more 😂🙈

    1. Thanks maryannie! We’re terribly terribly slow with updates lately, but we do enjoy the company as we head towards our ending ^^

  35. That was a hot and a sizzling update !! Totally loved it !! 🙂 love the fact that arnav and khushi are so comfortable in their skin with each other. Khushi seems to have crossed over her initial hesitation of expressing herself and doesn’t shy away from going after what she wants !! The lovers were an absolute delight and it was awesome that they had reached this level of intimacy. Totally looking forward to the next update even if it’s a storm !! 🙂

  36. Awesome cherries
    What a hot, loving and beautiful morning <3
    Glad Khushi express her love for Arnav and pharse of ''You’re a prize Arnav Singh Raizada, not damaged goods. And I feel so lucky you’re mine''
    Continue soon dr

    1. I have a lot of respect for women who are brave in voicing their emotions AND desires. It’s a beautiful thing isn’t it? 🙂

  37. wow… the morning after is so damn hot n cute… for once arnav is trying to live and be loved like a person who is in love…
    cant believe he requested for her touch and did really enjoy it….
    their day was so domestic…. wish they live there forever and doesnt go back to face more storms…
    ok how did he get the roses there?

  38. Read all the parts at one go!!! Absolutely loved the way all characters came to life. You are an amazing writer. I have fallen in love with Arnav. His past was heart breaking. I loved how you portrayed all the complexities of each of the characters. Most importantly I love robbie and Khushi’s character. I have always loved strong and indpendent female characters in stories, who are not afraid to stand up to for themselves and their dreams. Probably bcoz that is what I aspire to be.

    1. Welcome to FWN ruark! ^^
      I’m glad you’re enjoying our heroines. They are a delight to explore and we’re excited to get them to their happily ever afters.

    2. Hi ruark! Welcome to FWN!
      Few things makes be happier than readers who appreciate a strong female lead. Glad you’re joining and don’t be a stranger!

  39. I woke up on Monday morning and to my delight found an update. Read it through whilst still sitting in bed. Absolutely made my day. Re-read the whole story from Chapter 1 all over again today. Have said it before….but I just have to say it again : U gals ROCK!!!!. Arnav slowly coming out of his shell is so beautifully portrayed…step by step over the last few chapters. The man who took woman for one night only, no dates, no touching, has finally been laid to rest by Happiness. All that promises just for her one promise to stay is so revealing of his vulnerability. Boy, was the morning after scorching hot and sensuous. Don’t like storms but am desperately waiting for you girls to unleash one after all.

      1. Thank you. It’s a wonderful compliment especially coming from a prolific writer (commentor) like you whose comments are usually so poetic and so spot on 🙂

        1. Ha ha, only with these two. And since they like to torture us with long waits, I’ve come to enjoy reading the peanut gallery. The readership here is quite sharp and the company enjoyable.

    1. Next time you get a crazy urge to re-read, I would love to know your thoughts on earlier chapters! Life would be terribly boring without storms – keeps us on our toes and the heart pumping 😉

  40. S & K, this sent the mercury soaring more than the onset of summer in my neck of the woods…ooh…kyaa thaa woh….sensuous and passionate if ever there was a scene that epitomized it….I am worried for the impending storm you warn us about in the last line…but hey…I so enjoyed those amazing moments before….agar storm aa rahaa hain toh….aane do…..as a certain Raizada would famously say….Arnav truly in love is a sight to behold…your Arnav in FWN is more sensuous by half….so the hotness meter tipping at the scales….what will happen next….will they realize what they mean to one another and make that commitment plunge…or will all those famous enemies in the path of true love make their way here too…uh…sorry…waxing fairytelsque lyricism for some strange reason today……hmm…..let me end singing que sera sera…whatever will be will be…the future’s not ours to see…que sera sera!!

    Waiting ladies….storm here we come!

    Best,

    Anupama

    1. Que sera sera is the best attitude to adopt! 😀
      Heh, heh, thanks for this comment anupama. It had me smiling huge. I spend far too much time daydreaming about FWN’s Arnav, good to have company!

    2. No!! More fairytalesque lyricism please! I would happily gobble ’em up 😀
      I’ll take sensual over charming any day – our “Prince” is just delicious isn’t he?

      I’m down with some ABBA – let’s belt it out!

      Que sera, sera
      Whatever will be, will be
      The future’s not ours to see
      Que sera, sera
      What will be, will be

  41. wow that was an awesome night …pretty cool..i mean hot :)….loved the easiness and comfy feeling between them :)…great going

  42. Finally it’s Saturday!! Eagerly waiting for tonight and some more parts of Night 10 🙂

  43. Its hot, emotional and touching update. Arnav and khushi are shedding their insecurities slowly and sharing their fears with each other atlast

  44. “You two. Cute”

    That just did it for me girls. What a way to weave and make it all flow in one thread like prayer beads.

    On another note, I love Khushi trusting and giving her all. It shows her immense strength in what she has with Arnav. What I love even more is Arnav voicing out his needs, his desire for Khushi, for them.

    Awaiting how they all fight what’s coming as “united we stand”… 🙂

    1. Awww thank you Huma. Yes! Our girl has come a long way hasn’t she? ^^
      Hahahaha, ‘united we stand’ makes them sound like they’re leading an army to war. =p …. although…. maybe not TOO far from the truth 😀

    2. Hell, I now have this vision of Arnav, NK and Aman dressed up as the Avengers! hahaha I’m such a geek 😀

  45. Short and sweet update, can’t wait for more 🙂

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there 🙂

  46. So finally their mushy mushy time is coming to an end… sigh! I dread what Aman and NK are sitting over on that other end of the line. Khushi has given herself completely to Arnav and his love… her body, her heart, her soul… and her dignity. I truly hope nothing is able to shatter or shake this relationship now. The bro-bonding is truly adorable and even though they find the word “Cute” hard to digest… they are too cute! 😛 As much as I love the irresistibly hot lover boy Raizada, I am equally turned on by the business minded, sharp, angry, ruthless, CEO Raizada. So I am kind of looking forward to part 4,5, and 6… I am being optimistic here and hoping that you girls can manage to post all… Greedy, am I not! 😉

    1. There were so many puddles in the peanut gallery, we thought a break from the mush is needed 😀

      Ah.. me too. There is something utterly delicious about Arnav cloaked in his CEO attire and attitude 😉

  47. What Aman & Nk have to say at this moment? This must be important obviously. Is it related to Payal & trent? Oh no.. wait… it is about his past which Shyam’s agent has with him now and who is planning to publish it soon even when Shyam told him not to?
    I am sure these all together can take care of it.

  48. Oh boy!!! I guess the shit is gonna hit the fan, technically it already has since NK and Aman are both harassing Arnav to return in haste.

    Arnav’s dictate : “ .. you are to take my side” was too cute for words (like a petulant kid) but again iterates his vulnerability and dependency where Khushi is concerned. Her response couldn’t have been better. In that one line, “I’ll always be on your side, Arnav. Always” Happiness manages to break the shackles surrounding his heart and set him free. No wonder it earned her a toe curling kiss 🙂

    That’s the promise that’s gonna see his thru the storm.

    Arnav lingering in bed despite having only 30 minutes is so telling of his reluctance to leave. I am glad Khushi agrees to accompany Arnav because I have a feeling she is going to be his rock in the face of adversity. No matter what the next chapters bring, he is going to sail through this knowing Khushi will be by his side, always, as promised 🙂

    1. ‘Happiness manages to break the shackles surrounding his heart and set him free. ‘

      Love this! How you’ve captured our intent here sheelashanu! Can you imagine any other names for these two? I disagree with the Bard on this. What’s in name matters dammit!

  49. A haiku dedicated to fellow readers of FWN.
    This is what two you have reduced me to doing.
    I know personal stuff can be overwhelming, and take the time you need to address it. However, I’m not above bribery and blackmail. 🙂

    The gals of PG
    Are being killed softly in
    Wait for FWN updates

    But what else to do
    As we are all addicted
    To this New York tale

    Storms may blow over
    But our soulmates and lovers
    Have united hearts

    So S and K please
    Take Arnav and Khushi to
    Their ever after!

  50. uff, how i love this banters between the boys here….. Khushi is right, they are cute…… well too cute actually, and among them one is plain edible, u know who i meant…. and it lovely to see this man depends so much on her, how his heart has come alive bcz of her……. and Khushi, loved her acceptance of him in her life, and her determination to become worth of everything…… amazing update……. ohho, before i forget, loved the PDA he showed in AR lobby….. these two are just too too awesome…… love them…..

  51. i am still moony over the update….she has stepped into his world giving all of her and he has welcomed her into it ….now i wonder what NK has in store …the pandoras box is it opening?????
    And what can i say over over dear sweet cute Aman…he is sweet loverboy. friend for life… 🙂 :X

    1. Pandora box has been opened since Lavanya… now it’s more like things are pouring out of it. 😀

      You gals make me so curious to see who will end up getting the vote for fav character at the end!

  52. oh that was absolutely fantastic…haha khushi calling arnav cute 😛
    Oh i love all the 3 boys… they are so awesome together….
    haha aman make sure khushi says yes to the job 😛
    oh i love this story… eagerly waiting for the next part

  53. It is so amazing to see what magic love creates… Seeing Arnav in such a different light… the once cold, reclusive, angry and possessive Arnav is now flushed with warmth and love for Khushi that tunes out the entire world around him. I am happy for Khushi, because with a man like Arnav besides her, she will get what she truly deserves… respect and a life full of happiness. I am sure the daughter of Shashi Gupta and girlfriend of ASR, will do them proud one day. Aman is truly adorable and I cannot wait to read about the nuisance that has come up… to shake the world of these beautiful people.

    S… take a break… relax!! We aren’t going anywhere… and even though I have had very little time in this refresh hell… I will be patiently waiting for you to get back… till then I am sure K will keep us entertained! Did I tell you’ll how much I love you guys!! 🙂

    1. Awwww…I’ll try! And I’ve really been enjoying your comments mints! ^^ So glad you found us.

      Redeemed playboys do make good husband material yeah? 😀

  54. O ye of little faith 😉 Poor Arnav’s got it real bad… LOL Self-proclaimed-non-PDA-Arnav now making up for lost time right in his own corporate lobby is he? 😉 😀 And what heart might he have buried in yonder Lukhnow?? Could it be an ex-GF like Sheetal maybe, who left him in the lurch for his heart to have been buried/frozen for years?? But he wasn’t very old then was he?? *Scratching my head, trying to remember…* Anyways waiting for you to reveal more… What did the interview go? Was Aman swept off by Khushi’s intelligence too?? 😉

    1. A warm welcome to FWN Jasper! ^^
      Please let us know who referred you to us as we can give proper thanks. 🙂

      HEE, the heart isn’t exclusive to romance! We were referring to his family experience in Lucknow.

      Juggling too many FFs at once does make it difficult to keep in them order =p

      1. Thanks for the warm welcome K. Hehehe, you’re so right about that… We always tend to think along romantic lines for heartbreak… So basically what his mother went through at the hands of his dad & his mistress is what he was referring to here… I just thought there were some more skeletons in his cupboard… 😉

        I was referred to your amazing story by one dear friend Mrieshka. I owe her one for recommending this lovely story or else, I would’ve surely missed a gem. 🙂

    2. Ooooo another innocent soul to corrupt 😀
      Welcome to FWN Jasper!
      Our boy is making up for last time isn’t he? A kiss here, a kiss there, those lips sure are greedy 😛

  55. oh how much i love it when the boys talk, but i love it even more when A and K talk. he is so deep into it, so head over heel, i just cannot believe that love like this exists. i hope it does, and we all enjoy it..its a blessing and Khushis blessed.
    love u

    1. Such a love is not easy, it requires much commitment from both parties. And that kind of chemistry can’t be manufactured. However! It definitely does exist, to witness or experience it is beauty in the truest form. A blessing indeed. 🙂

  56. What an entry to his office and what a way to stamp her as his infront of his employees. He had a nerve or was he deeply madly and insanely fall for this lady? Unconsciously and subconsciously he is giving that message to everyone.
    Oh! I love this Aman, and his sense of humour.
    Can;t wait to find out the nuisance that shorten their private and intimate time!
    Are you guys going to give us a “Tornado” ?

    1. Whirlwind? Storm? Hurricane? Who’s to know what will take shape when Arnav is put in the position of protecting his lady love? 😉

  57. omg omg omg……… Luvd it……. More arshi <3 cant wait to read the next update……. Jus a clarification..? Is the next one the last update or is there gonna be a night 11? :p :p i don kno rlly…… Im jus a mess today…… Bt have to say its breathtakngly romantic…… Im rlly touchd by the choice of wrds.. Sensual as well as touchng…. Cant wait for the next update….
    much luv
    -kitty purry <3
    big bear hugs n chocolate kisses… <3

    1. Ah Kitty! ^^ We’ve wondered where you disappeared to. I saw your notes, will resend the VIP invite this evening. Although you might have to check your spam box.

      Forget kisses I just want chocolate =p

      1. omg, i cant belive u r back agn !!!!
        missed u soooooo much..
        will do the checking…….
        thanks for letting me kno
        much luv
        -kitty purry

  58. Hi,

    I am just enjoying the journey of our hero and heroine.I want to see the attack of villain . I am just wondering how the brain of raizada’s attack the evil brain.

    Tessy

  59. Just love the morning convo BTW the boys … khusi was right about them been cute hehehehe… cant wait to find out which lunatic had the audacity to cut arshi romance short UFF!! wow what a way to make a dazzling office entry eh. Arnav marking is territory and showing his possessiveness.. aman is so sweet just love him.. loved it gals.. hope S come BK soon and all is well with her n u too take care K

    1. Imagine going to high school or college with these guys!
      Arnav is just lost in Happiness, he’s riding on instinct now … and it’s rather primitive 😀

    2. Thanks for keeping us company Kerriik! I really appreciate how you’ve commented on nearly every update of this Night. Gives us incentive to haul ass 😀

      He might as well take out an ad proclaiming “She’s mine!” 😛

      1. Your most welcome hun and ill be there along the other arshi journey’s as well 😀 ikr a ad would do just fine hehehehe

  60. As I have already said every update is better than prev. and you just leave us craving for more.
    S, I hope the new place suits you well and you get settled soon.
    K, I know you have too much on your shoulders but we have full faith in both of you!!
    I just loved all these 4 updates and am kind of munching them (or you can say ruminating) again and again!
    I agree with Khushi. The boys are CUTE!! 🙂
    hat wa ssome surprise at AR I mean PDA by Arnav. But the way Aman handled Arnav was even better and quite entertaining!! Cant wait for more. You both are turning us into greedy witches..

    1. Thanks sweetheart. S & I know we have the most understanding and rocking readers! ^^
      It’s total indulgent mush, but I’m glad you’re enjoying them. We would like your thoughts on Night #9 when you get the chance though! It’s my personal favorite thus far.

      HEE, little brother is really giving Arnav a run for his money isn’t he?

    2. Thanks Shree. It’s part of my study abroad program studies. Very exciting, but I do miss home and the time change is killing me.

      I would happily live at AR if it meant hanging out the these three 😀

  61. Awesome update! You gals never fail to surprise us…… Arnav Singh Raizada and PDA ? Khushi will be now a part of AR and we will have to wait and see how Payel reacts to this piece of news. And the morning scene had left me in a mushy puddle. Will wait for the next update.

    1. I wish we had more time to rewrite Arshi’s office track. I had such a love/hate relationship with it. However, the PDA does go a long way of assuaging the heart doesn’t it? ^^

      Not just Payal, but every previously scorned woman 😀

  62. Khushi in AR..Arnav show his affection with Khushi in public soo cute…
    And I love this Aman? If she doesn’t sign on with us, you’re fired.”
    “O ye of little faith.”LOL
    Cute and lovely update girls 🙂

  63. Superb update…
    Khushi is in AR… and Arnav shows PDA… infront of the entire AR staffs…
    Can’t wait for more updates 🙂

  64. Aha! Sheetal Kapoor… his ex….p.a. who had joined a long list of sirens is all set to lure him with her wares…. Will her handiwork result in getting the thappad from Khushi which was very much missed in the show??? Please…Please…Please… pretty please… Would love to see Khushi defending her territory…. It may stun ASR but Aman and NK are bound to root for her and DLDevyani would be having a smile just like a Cheshire cat…. It would be coming of age of Khushi and sun set of Payal… She would be like a chain without the bells to tinkle….
    Loved the update S & K

    1. Greedy, greedy. I promise everyone a revenge moment for the out of this world stupid basketball game! Other than that… you’ll have to stay tune sweetie! ^^

      … and by the way… where is our love note for Night #9? 😀 We are just as greedy you know!

    2. and when Sheetal gets slapped, you can imagine me whistling all the way.. 🙂

      And S nK, I am a bit disappointed that Sheetal is Arnav’s Ex. :(( I so wanted her to be Lav’s mom. Old, vile Sheetal!!
      But if there is a revenge moment then I am all for it!!

  65. Woah… so Sheetal Kapoor is the ex-PA… Her intentions even though malicious, she is a bit too late to enter this story. Because since Arnav has set his eyes on his fantasy-come-true mermaid… there just isn’t a chance for anyone else to even occupy a second of his thoughts. I simply love NK and his ability to put people in their place. Cannot wait to see the big confrontation between ASR and Sheetal… and would Khushi be making an entry?? I would love to see her possessively kiss Arnav in front of Sheetal… marking her territory!! With people like Sheetal… more than a slap… a kiss would hurt most…
    Btw, I find Khushi so so extremely lucky with the way Aman and NK defend, protect and love her… Having the love, respect and care of three handsome, powerful men is something else!! But then… our mermaid is a siren herself!! 😉

    1. Late entry – yes! We wanted to echo the feelings of the show. Sheetal’s purpose here is plot convenience and a meta basketball game revenge scene 😀

      I get dreamy imagining Khushi taking on NY society with Arnav glued to her, and the two fairy godmothers planking them =p

  66. Oh..god wat did I miss? So sheetal was an old ahem ahem of asr who want him by hook or crook. Poor khushi every one is eager to attend her..though he knew of aman n nk..stil raizada is jealous. Nw wat sheetal upto? Wen is d next part updating

  67. I’m enjoying this one part at a time thing. Every other day there is a small part to continue the story. You know that’s the first thing I do when I wake up, turn off the alarm and quickly check if another part is posted. If it is then it makes my day 🙂 The last part had me go ‘oh no not Sheetal again’ but when I read a comment about revenge for the basketball game I was all excited 🙂 eagerly waiting for more 🙂

  68. Wow. Excellent part 5, well written. Hope you don’t extend Sheetal’s character for longer time. Can’t wait to see the confrontation between ASR and Sheetal.

  69. i’m already hating Shit-all… kya karoon, this name only is enough to repulse me, here she wants our (Khushi’s, i meant) Arnav… Arrgghhh… hope this 10 minutes ends soon… by the way, i love NK, not love-Love, but he is super fabulous… perfect secretary for Mr. Raizada…

  70. That BITCH sheetal URRR!!! Nk handle her quit well once a bitch always a bitch pssssshhh… can’t wait to see arnav dispose of the unwanted trash in the dumpster heheheheheg 🙂 nice one S&K UPDATED SOON!!!

  71. I actually have a question here, probably a really stupid one but is this Sheetal the same PA that NK talks about to Khushi in Night 4??

      1. And you sweetie are becoming our FWN expert! Thanks for picking up our slack and answering inquiries in the peanut gallery. ^^
        (Better watch out Pyre =p)

        1. That’s actually as a result of me STALKING and refreshing this site over and over again. When there are no updates I end up reading the comments. I sometimes feel like an addict dying for a fix :p

  72. Oh that was superb !! 🙂 I have to re-read it, it was just so awesome !! Totally loved it. 🙂 Loved the fact that arnav is madly in love with khushi and is not afraid to show it. The PDA of arnav and khushi in front of AR was just great !! Hope that horrid Sheetal saw it too. Can’t wait for arnav to put sheetal in her place. Love the way the story is progressing and can’t wait to read more !! 🙂 🙂 ship13(IF)

      1. I can’t get into my emails any more -_- is it possible to get a DM on india forums? AND OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS I’VE MADE IT

        1. I’m banned from IF. K can’t pm… do you have tumblr? You’re gonna need an email for other stuff – go sign up for a google one!

  73. Love, love, LOVE the PDA (practically jumping in joy here). It’s that much more special coming from the extremely private person Arnav is. His statement of not hiding his relationship should put an end to Khushi’s fear that she is walking in her mother’s footsteps. I can only imagine the reaction of AR staff n wish Sheetal had been privy to it!! Would be better than any slap on her face. She is delusional if she thinks Arnav will even look at her. Hello!! De man saw u naked n still threw u out!!! I must say I m a bit put out that A n K’s morning was cut short by this bitch. Arggghh she is so totally NOT worth it. I wish Arnav didn’t give her even that 10 minutes but it’s great that he has made it clear he has someone important to tend to after that. Please PLEASE make Arnav put Sheetal in her place.

  74. Aah, THE sheetal , 😉 mind you, I wasn’t expecting this, what kinda emergency is this, I just hope sheetal and payal don’t get together, it would be too chaotic… No actual irritating if that happens 😉

  75. One word BITCH BITCH BITCH URRRR!!!!! Just want to slap her so hard across the face she wouldnt even knw what hit her UFFF!!! And Payal oh Payal sigh when arnav gets his hands on you your going be sorry 🙂 * happy dance* thanks for the update. S&K HOPE YOU GALS HAVE GOOD NIGHT

  76. Wish… Khushi, Aman and NK hear this proposition…
    Then Sheetal can consider her goose cooked!
    Indeed she wants to interview Payal???
    Who will be the next? Daniels??? to spill out Lavanya factor?
    How crude that woman got down to???
    Saying that she is classier than Khushi her behaviour was despicably crude…
    Does being born illegitimate a crime???? Of course Shashi was wrong not to give Khushi a name but what is Khushi’s fault… By being born in wedlock did it stop Payal from being a slut and a cheat???
    Sheetal is inviting the bull that was walking in the street to give her a butt kick! In hindi there is a muhawre… Aaa bail mujhe maar…. Come bull kick me… 😉

    1. Hahahaha that bull comment takes the cake! 😀
      I so enjoy reading your thoughts rulama… it would be so much fun if we can do this in real time 🙂

  77. Absolutely amazing update!! u can feel the chemistry between Arnav n Khushi its just so real.
    The love between these two is explosive n so passionate. I am sure dat all the sordid lies
    unwanted people say would not kill the deep love they share. I tink life wud be so dull for
    Arnav if he ddn hav NK n Aman these guys r awesum juts love the way NK orders Arnav
    around….Woah!! Sheetal wat a cheap slut!! n Arnav’s reaction…..blank….in ur face slut!!

  78. Awesome update till update 6👍
    So finally Khushi had agreed to work with Arnav that’s great
    The kiss which Arshi had in the office was 😍😍😍
    Oh here comes the entry of Sheetal Kapoor as mentioned in the teaser. Well no words to describe her ( don’t want to😂)
    I hope that small unimportant talk which Arnav had with Sheetal is not noticed by Khushi. Will Arnav tell Khushi about her???
    Pls Do continue soon!

  79. Some people just never ever learn do they!!! Sheetal has me cringing in horror at her complete lack of self respect. What a brainless bimbo. NK was right in calling her a gossip columnist instead of journalist. An extremely private person gets his pix published with his girl wrapped around him n she thinks the mystery girl is just like all his other women, he threw her out 6 years ago n she comes back to offer him the same old wares, he sits furthest possible from her n she still doesn’t get the picture, he gives her 10 minutes n starts a countdown n she still offers herself!!!

    Arnav couldn’t have put her in her place any better. That was way better than a slap on her face. He just called her WEAK. (I’m dancing in glee)

    Please PLEASE give me Payal’s head on a silver platter next 👏👏👏👏

  80. Oh..so dat b*tch payal had approached s**t sheetal. Payal is so f**ked up.. she is using dat grl to bring khushi down through asr.. so sheetal is frm media.. ? But both dnt know asr has changed fr good.. is Mr trent has anything to do with it? I dnt knw y I am obsessed with him.. neways hatsz off sheetals guts.. nw can’t wait for the next part. Btw do v get to read d final part here or only fr VIP..What should I do to get into dat club.. always frgt to ask..

  81. You made my Monday 🙂 6 &7 in one day 🙂 now I am really curious to see what Shetal and Payal are upto 🙂 it’s getting more and more interesting. can’t wait for the other parts……

  82. Loved the parts 6 and 7. I loved the way you portrayed the bond between Arnav, Aman and NK. Loved the comment ‘You have that man tagged down to the T’ by Aman, Khushi understands Arnav well, his taste, his thoughts and everything about him. Can’t wait to see what Sheetal will do next and what will be Arnav’s reaction to her actions.

  83. K and S – what the hell would I do without you guys? I don’t know…. and I don’t ever want to find out!
    I can’t even tell you which aspect I enjoyed most since they were all so fantastically executed. Let’s start with the nuisance shall we? I was amongst the unhappy campers when I saw Sheetal in the teasers. Didn’t want her tainting FWN and come anywhere near our lovers.

    Now, I completely get why you’ve included her. What a way to highlight how different Arnav is with Khushi! Since the very beginning, he gave her something he’s quite reluctant to give to others – his time. For a busy mogul this is quite a concession. Thank you for turning that basketball game on it’s head. This was how the show should have handled the Sheetal track! I hope she chokes on all that envy, since the vow of revenge just makes me laugh. Although… it will definitely be interesting to see her team up with Payal.

    Inadvertently we find out Trent signed the divorce papers… what a coward! I can’t even muster any more energy for him. Other then I hope Khushi will get to deliver her own punch soon.
    NK and Aman are a hoot. I just love how protective they are of their Arnav and how they’ve extended it to Khushi. These threads of friendship are just as beautiful to witness as the romance.
    And now… Arshi. The way the rest of the world melts away when they’re together makes me weak in the knees. I just can’t get over this line “Those dark eyes dropped to her mouth, tracing them with heat. He didn’t kiss her, but she felt kissed, it was enough to send her pulse soaring.”
    Perfection. It’s just so telling of how connected they are, physically and emotionally.
    Since you took the time to detail that rooftop, I’m expecting Arnav to make use of the romantic decor at one point 😉

    1. I second Shree 😀

      But yes! For a businessman, there’s nothing more valuable than time. He’s very stingy with it, and yet gives it freely to our Khushi girl from Night 1 😉

  84. Love love update 7:) awe those cute cheek kisses… aman and nk are just too spontaneous for their own self.. love them loads…. the relationship they share with khusi is just superb…. she’s the luckiest girl to those two by her side awe… arshi when they are together no one in this word exist but them… bitch sheetal need to drop asleep ufffff!!! Hope her end is near hehehehehe

  85. Loved the update. Looks like sheetal made a complete fool of herself by trying to seduce arnav. Payal and sheetal seem to be the same type of women – both selfish and vicious.Hope arnav follows through his statement of destroying any person’s career if sheetal dares to harm khushi. Khushi, NK and aman are too cute. Loved their easy camaraderie and friendship. Really looking forward Tom her exit update. 🙂 ship13(IF)

    1. Sheetal is simply delusional, Payal is a step-up with the vicious. But I suppose they can be considered two peas in a pod 😀

  86. You guys are truly amazing!!! I haven’t commented on the other chapters, except a few initial ones. So I’ll try and fit it all here. (It might be a little muddled…)
    The characters you have created have soo much depth…it’s heartening. It’s great that Robbie and NK got their fairy-tales too! They truly deserve their own stories (and Happiness 😛 ). Robbie is is an example for the entire sisterhood! I love the friendship these people share. And as Khushi said it…it’s cute! 😛 😀 ( I was glad that NK punched Arnav! He was being a dick. 😛 ) I like how Aman and NK make Khushi feel so comfortable.
    Lavanya, too, for that matter deserves a place in the family. It’s gonna be difficult , but I am sure Arnav will make up for it.
    So…Payal and Sheetal are together in this?!?!? Now that not going to be a pretty sight, is it! Payal’s jealousy is only because of the fact that Khushi is her illegitimate half-sibling???! There has to be some other reason too, I am guessing? And there’s more to the Trent scene too, right?
    The Dragon Lady was a surprise! I thought she was going to go all “illegitimate child” on Khushi, especially after what her daughter went through…But then she rose above all that. I liked how she summed up Khushi’s character in a single sentence. “That girl wouldn’t know what to do with venom in hand. But you do, don’t you Payal?” Age does make a person a good judge of character, I guess…
    And damn guys I just love your Khushi! She is simply the best. She’s been through so much, was homeless for a year, and yet didn’t think twice before signing away her amount to have her father’s wish fulfilled! She never grudged the fact that he didn’t acknowledge her as a daughter publicly, but was happy knowing that he did the best he could! That requires great courage, and our heroine has no shortage of it. 🙂
    I really, really appreciate the way you handled Arnav’s character. He is not an easy one to write. And yet you make it seem so effortless. His realization of love, the gradual thawing of the ice heart, and his possessiveness, everything is written with extreme precision. I loved the vows he made to Khushi in the yacht.
    Also, I am really amazed at how you write the love making scenes. It’s so sensuous, so passionate, and extremely loving.
    Guys…what else can I say…I am eagerly waiting to find out what happens next. And I am also foreseeing that Anjali will play a major role sometime in the near future?!

    Thank you, for this amazing story! And for keeping the spirit of IPKKND and Arshi alive! It means a lot. 🙂
    PS. The playlist for the story is awesome!!! Listening to them in the context of FWN gives it a new meaning! 😀

    1. Hey!! The new updates are again so beautiful! Aman and Anjali… I had been hoping you guys would explore their relation. It is soo sweet and cuddly. 🙂 And Khushi!! what can i say about her! with each update I just love her a little more, if that’s even possible! And Arnav! No words. just a loud seeti!! 😀
      The dinner and the press con sound interesting. Looking forward to it!

      1. Again. I am sorry, i meant to say this, but i keep forgetting. That scene when Arnav touches her wrist, and she asks him why he always takes her pulse. And he replies that it never lies. That reminded me so much of that scene from Scandals in Belgravia! It’s really cool! 😀 😛

    2. Glad to have you with us Samruddhi! A warm official welcome to FWN!
      I’m delighted to hear that you like our Khushi. We are quite partial to her ourselves 😉
      K wouldn’t allow any other type of love scenes, you’ll quickly find that our captain is very exacting in her expectations lol (And we love you for it K!)

      Ah… Payal. We still have the final showdown for her and Khushi. I think that should clear up her motives for you gals.

      The songs do take on a different feel when you associate to FWN doesn’t it? 😀

      1. Ohh yes!! Most of the songs you’ve chosen were anyway my favourites, but with FWN, it’s just…well…for the lack of a better word…WOW!! 😛 😀

  87. Arrggghh… this Shit-all, not any better than that Payal… wish i could bodily harm this two… in any possible way… waiting to see how our mighty Raizada is gonna handle these two creeps…
    loved the scene between Khushi-NK-Aman… its cute… nd the pecks too… loved them… and their bond… and its amazing to see Arnav so madly in love with his girl… so adorable… loved sooooo much… waiting to read ahead…

    1. I’m going to lift your Shit-all for future reference to Sheetal 😀
      No one standing in your way – have at them!
      But give me enough time to collect bet money 😉

  88. oh nooo…sheetal is sooo evil…planning for revenge..
    n arnav…just loved his attitude….well done lover boy….
    eagerly waiting to know how the boys will handle this sheetal…
    plzzz continue soon….

  89. Sheetal Really, giving a such a freely, like a s…? calling others such names when is the perfect example of such kind. … I thought you girls would create a Sheetal free story. But, What’s the harm of having her, if she is going to add more spice into it.

  90. I officially hate Sheetal… and hate that whole breed of women who think that their bodies can do all the work, while their brain can rot in hell. I cringed when I read about her shameless offer to Arnav and I cannot imagine how Arnav could answer to her so cooly… although I love the coldness in his tone and the dangerous threatening… I wonder how things are going to be with Payal and Sheetal on one side.
    I adore there fairy godmothers, who are extremely adorable and so protective of Arnav and now of Khushi. I loved how she kissed them on the cheek, letting them know that they are not the only smart ones here. I am loving this Arnav… so confident and carefree in his love for Khushi…. it makes him more delicious than ever!! I am literally dying to see how he kicks all the chudails….
    They say that this night is beautiful that I feel like it should not end… but I want to see the end of this night so greedily… there is so much happening and I am always left craving for more… sigh! I selfishly admit that I am glad I stumbled upon your blog so late… warna mera kya hota!! I would have been perpetually restless through this entire year so far!! 😛

    1. It’s tragic that we have such members of the sisterhood.
      It makes you wonder how they’ll fare running a relationship agency doesn’t it? Or is that just me?… And now I want to pen a bizarro world 😀

      Hahaha, thank you kindly. We should give out medals for the ladies who’s been with us since Day 1!

  91. I am glad Arnav sees Sheetal for who she really is and I hope he hasn’t underestimated her and blown her off with a threat. Coz the way I see it, she is obsessed with him and is capable of doing real damage.
    Loved the direct questioning from Aman and NK and their stumped reaction to Khushi revealing their little secret. Good that it’s not a secret anymore, hope even Arnav gets to know it.
    Really hope they stay together no matter how tough the going gets for them.

    1. Ah ha! Caught you out menakapuhan 😀
      Aman confessed this to Arnav in the last Night, while he was doing his groom fitting!

      1. I really need to read the updates more thoroughly now and maybe scan/screen my comments at least twice:-)
        God you girls are sharp as knives… hehe

  92. I loved the Aman-Khushi-NK parts of the update. It is so amazing to see the three of them bond so well. Those two guys dote on Khushi also.

    But the Sheetal portion of the update was totally icky if I may say so… (Credit goes to your splendid writing of course 😉 ) Eeeewww I still get the heebie jeebies at the mention of one particular name… Can’t even begin to fathom, how some women become first-rate sluts cum bitches… How do they become so sick to the extreme?? Somehow, I feel the pure & untarnished love of the lovebirds got tainted by just being witnessed by this malicious bitch. I hope for her own good, she heeds to Arnav’s advice, but if she doesn’t, I can’t wait to see ASR in action, dismantling her career piece by piece. 😉

  93. Sheetal doesn’t know that to Arnav she represents the same breed of “journalist” whom he spilled his guts to in anger while a kid which led to public humiliation and eventually his mother’s suicide. Even if there is no Khushi in the picture, she doesn’t stand a chance in hell.
    Having said that I absolutely loved NK’s responses to Sheetal. He basically called her a bitch and gossip columnist to her face, implied that her standards are pretty low and that the only reason she looks good is due to cosmetic surgery. If I didn’t already love NK, this would have clinched the deal.
    That free lesson “When a man wants to leave? No amount of tears or begging will keep him. But when he decides to stay? Nothing short of death will deter him’ : so profound and true!!
    It is ironic that Sheetal spent 6 years “moulding” herself into what she thinks Arnav needs when in a fraction of that time Khushi has the same man pegged to the T. Is it any wonder that Aman is appreciative (AND probably gloating).
    What is special about Khushi is that she thinks she is not special even when she has the till-date unattainable ASR wrapped around her. All the more reason for Aman and NK to love and appreciate her.
    The way you gals juxtaposed Sheetal and Khushi to highlight the complete contrast is just amazing.
    I loved that Aman asked Khushi if she is “OUR happiness”, not just Arnav’s. That’s a lovely way to put it. Also goes to show how intertwined their lives are with each other. A precious bond indeed.
    Loved the cheek kisses and her retort that Robbie doesn’t keep secrets from her. The old Khushi would never have been this comfortable / open so this scene actually reiterates Khushi’s emotional growth. I absolutely love her equation with Aman and NK.
    It must be so gratifying to Arnav to see Khushi glowing in his presence. After that scene with that bitch, he definitely needs it. No wonder he pulls her into his arms and on his lap. Just loved the fact that Khushi forgot everything else when she realised he was tense and that he let it all go with just a monosyllabic “okay?”
    I am so GLAD Sheetal witnessed that scene. Take that you bitch and by the way there is no “IF” about it, she DOES mean the world to him. (Thanks a million to you lovely ladies for finally exacting revenge for that basketball game).
    She thinks she is loyal and protective but she wants to rip his heart out and make him pay for his choice. This delusional and confused woman thinks that is love!!!??? She obviously needs psychiatric help. She and Payal could be co-joined twins!!!
    Am terribly impatient (and greedy, I admit) to see how the story unfolds so please, please pretty please update a.s.a.p. yeah 🙂

    1. Not to beat a dead horse, but that basketball scene refuse to leave me alone. It’s literally a slap in the face that after all goddamn promises to her, Arnav didn’t even realize how left out Khushi was feeling. ARGH!!!!! That is totally not the ASR who notices EVERYTHING!!!!!! So we felt absolutely compelled to turn it around with the correct women in their respective place! 😀

      I’m glad you picked up on Aman’s “our”. These guys come as a package deal. If you want one of them, you better be ready to take on all of them. The Sheetals of the world would never be able to understand this. Their vision is too limited, their hearts too narrow.

      On the snail speed of our updates ..lol… swear to you this is as fast as we’re able!

  94. First things first- If update 7 is halfway then I need total of 14 updates. No bargaining! Bass. I accept I am greedy. 🙂
    Update 7 was all goosebumpish almost till end – till the witch happened to witness and curse the sacred bond of Arshi.
    brb

    1. Sheetal is dangerous and deranged. I hope the Trio Bros will always be a step ahead of her. I wish Khushi gets a chance to slap Sheetal hard.

    2. Considering how much goosebumping I’ve seen in the peanut gallery, I’m inclined to think you gals are just keeping the ice buckets too close 😀

      For you – it was 14!

  95. Ok now have read all the parts maybe 100 times 😜 . Loved the morning after n im liking this new possesive arnav . What do i say abt aman n nk … Just wish these guys existed somwr on ths planet … Sheetal ahhah u just had to get her on board … Will wait to see what she is up to … The bond between nk aman n arnav is so cute … Simpky loved the way uve characterised each one of them … So diff frm each other yet so tuned to each other … Pks continue soon bfore i end up reading frm night one all over again…. Waise nt a bad idea … Im sure I’ll find somethng new now if i start reading again 😃

    1. Ah there you are – thought you gave up 😀
      I feel like we’re putting a lot of husbands on hot seats with our Trio lol

  96. Sheetal has witnessed something that she would love to be the receipient and she had held all the other sirens at arms length with just that hope in her heart… Now she is unable to take the scene of Khushi being the reason for his sanity and also insanity in love!
    Aman and NK have now got the chaste kiss from Khushi but acceptance from her as a strong force in hers as well as Arnav’s life… With her around things from threesome has come to foursome and sixsome…. A lovely change acceptable to all except Ms. Sheetal Kapoor!
    In reality what is the chance of success for Sheetal I wonder…. Is it nearer to the contribution of ancient India to the world of mathematics or exactly the same???
    This has reminded me of the Einstein’s words…. Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former…. 😉

    Loved it S & K….

  97. love the way everybody thinks how to face the storm…Arhi scenes are too good…kushi ,her way of thinking that’s what arnav needed the most….

    hoping this storm will be over soon…

    1. But storm are so much fun! Think of it as a wave that rocks the boat so Arshi can spend even more time together 😀

  98. Yay 8!!! All my stalking and refreshing paid off :). Its getting really intense now, I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait till the weekend :). Eagerly looking forward to the rest of the parts. I’m looking forward to see how they are going to handle the storm. It’s nice to see them all interact as a team and Arnav and Khushi seem to be already acting like an old married couple 🙂

    1. Noooooo. I get horrific images when I see the words “old married couple”
      I think 24/7 TVs, empty beer cans, disinterest, no sex…. and clearly I’ve indulged in WAY too many sitcoms lol

  99. Amazing update gals. So the PDA goes on……… Khushi has become an important part in Aman’s and NK’s life too. They are acting as a close knitted family.
    AD is killing me……shifting appartment followed by a tour to India. Eagerly waiting for the day when I can peacefully read your update without worry. But definitely will read the update and try to comment.

    1. How was the tour? Do you like your new place? Thanks for dropping in despite a hectic AD Rani. Remember to take care of your health too! FWN should be priority number 9. It’ll hurt our feelings if we dropped lower, but we know life proceeds fiction 😀

  100. Amazing parts!!
    I love the way Arnav and Khushi are moving forward..even after being together only for a a few days ,they know each other so well which many couples fail to do so even after being together for many many years!!
    So Shyam called Anjali..At least he did something good.
    Waiting to see how the press conference will turn out and also the convo between Arnav and lavanya..

  101. It is amazing. So khushi has the business genes in her. I really liked her suggestion to solve the serious situation. And Arnav is becoming a husband material.

  102. #8-9…. aman need to get some sensual release soon else i think he will go mad heheheheh poor baby…NK love you loads boo lol …

    dinner at RM sound quit intriguing… khusi aint shasi gupta’s daughter for nothing with her business sense of humor..cant wait to see arshi working together they complet each in all aspect ..

    love the relationship both aman and anjuli share, its just so pure and true. The way they TRUST and always looking out for each other not just themselves but for others :D… O SHIT SHYAM IS GAY never see that coming!!! Love the update gals keep em’ coming 😀

      1. SM16 This tuff head of mine didnt pick it up at all guess I was too caught up in arshi world hehehehehe 😀 *side eyes* lol

  103. The ring picture, I thought you girls were giving hints on Arnav and Khushi’s engagement, but, you girls prove me wrong. AND Shyam, seriously, that never cross my mind. He was sort of corned Khushi in that party. But, yes, he is bit jealous of Arnav, so the flirtation with Khushi is to irritate Arnav?

    You girls are genius in bringing out unexpected twists and turns in this story and the most amazing and beautiful part of this.

    1. I really wish we had more time to devote to exploring Shyam, however the thought behind him is basically denial. 1. Because his and Anjali’s father is all about image. 2. The one person he thought wouldn’t judge him, was so embarrassed it came off as disgust. 3. He tries to overcompensate and is bitter towards Arnav, Khushi is simply a case of being in the wrong place. It’s really not personal.

      I hope that clears the air a bit!

  104. U gals are on a roll. Thank you, thank you, thank you……almost back to back updates, I am almost giddy with joy 😀

    LOVED that Arnav paid attention and took Khushi’s suggestion re the press conference and meeting Lavanya at Shantivan. Shows how much he values and trusts her. That for him is a HUGE leap. It’s so telling that he completely avoided looking at Aman whilst agreeing to dinner with Lavanya.

    I am AMAZED that Aman and NK aren’t somersaulting in glee.

    Just went “awww” with the Arnav – Khushi conversation after Aman and NK left. Khushi must have been dying to know about Sheetal (any woman in her shoes would) yet her response to Arnav shows just how much she trust him. Loved that he knew she was jealous and promise her the truth at all times.

    Khushi planning to go to Shantivan to help Nani prepara for dinner shows her comfort level with the Dragon Lady. What a completely domestic thing to do.

    The Aman-Anjali conversation was lovely, showed how much they trust each other and was very telling of Anjali being Aman’s rock with just “OF COURSE I’ll be there”.

    I anticipated Shyam was gay and is hung up over it. I also understand that Mr. Jha comparing Shyam to Aman and Arnav at all times is the cause of his competitiveness but I seriously don’t understand why he needed to be a total jerk with Khushi during the engagement party. That was totally uncalled for. Am finding it very difficult to sympathise with him for that alone.

    1. They’re on the rooftop! Somersaulting could lead to unintended disaster 😀

      Tis a fair assessment on Shyam, although do go up one comment to see my reply to sharuag. We originally had plans to flesh out his character a bit more, but Aman and NK decided they wanted to be center stage with Arnav….so we caved and he ended up on the fringe of the story.

  105. loved it loved it and simply loved it :)…other than arnav khushi…i am in love with this so mature aman here….he is awesome …playing such elderly role in every ones life :)…he is there to fix not just hearts but relations too and its amazing 🙂

  106. Wonderful update. Now Sheetal name is like a bitch for me. I Can not imagine someone sane who has her name as Sheetal now. Desperately waiting to see what will happen with Payal and Sheetal together with their malicious intent. I will pray that they do not harm our A and K in any sense.

  107. Wow! Awesome! I just loved the way Khushi advised everybody on how to handle the mess on their hands & it was so endearing to see Arnav listen to her so intently with so much trust & respect. Arnav – Khushi equation has grown leaps & bounds. Loved the way Arnav tried clarifying Sheetal’s position in his life to Khushi. I loved the one question Khuhi had for Arnav regarding Sheetal, once Arnav assured her that Sheetal did not have or had any place in his life, Khushi didn’t want to spend anymore time worrying about non-existent competition. 😉 Loved the way Arnav prepared Khushi to handle his ex-flames, and Khushi will have to learn that in order to preserve her sanity.

    Waiting to see how Aman handles Shyam on his own. It was so funny when Aman asked Anjali whether Shyam was interested in Arnav?? LOL Looking forward to Arnav’s press con to handle the Daniels issue. Glad they’re grouping together with Lav to handle this new menace. Hope, Arnav’s directive to warn the media in taking up the Payal issue works. Wouldn’t want to see Khushi’s name being sullied in any way, especially by two first-rate bitches no less!

    Looking forward to the next update. 🙂

  108. Wow! Arnav really had changed for the better. He is actually really living now. PDA and Arnav?? That was a lovely surprise. Absolutely love the banter between the trio. They’ve gt got their hands full with sheetal and Daniels. Taking khuhsis advise on board shows how much he has accepted her in his life. Especially his perspective regarding lavanya.

    Shayms secret is finally out the bag. Anjali is very worked up about the growing distance of her with her brother. telling Aman must have taken a load off of her. Aman kept his thoughts to himself and just let her talk. He will do his best to help her now regardless of what he thinks of Shyam.

    Can’t wait for lavanya to meet her family now!

  109. Loved The update. Loved about Khushi’s trust in Arnav regarding Sheetal. Loved the part where khushi’s advise for handling the situation and how she quoted about her father’s advise. Sweet talk and trust between Anjali and Aman. Can’t wait to see Lavanya and Arnav’s meeting and the Press conference and reaction of Sheetal and Payal

  110. Wow! I picked a good time to get caught up!! First off, loving the new front page! 🙂 Onto night 10: I’m super relieved that A & K are back on track! Of course everything doesn’t just magically fix itself, but they both know that they’re past the point of pretending they don’t need each other, and are ready to face the world together now! Love that Arnav brought Khushi to AR, I feel like that’s a level of trust on its own– he’s worked so hard to build AR, and bringing Khushi into the fold shows that he respects her on a professional level (and she proved she’s more than worthy of that respect!).
    –“That you’re mine isn’t going to be some dirty secret.” LOVED this line! It immediately separated their relationship from their parents (i.e. their fathers’ affairs)
    –I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but I definitely think it– LOVE LOVE LOVE the dynamics between Arnav, Aman and NK! They’re true bros–the right amount of love, respect, and limiting each others’ B.S.! Also love how Aman is Arnav’s equal–he didn’t make the same sacrifices as Arnav because he never had to, but he’s worked just as hard and loves his family just as much.
    –Can’t wait to see how the family dinner goes! I can feel the awkwardness already lol. But it will be interesting to see if Arnav sees Lavanya in comparison to her mother or in comparison to Khushi?
    –I’m not looking forward to the Sheetal/Payal team, but I’m excited in that it will definitely be interesting! Both of them have such singleminded focus- Sheetal with becoming an asset to Arnav, and Payal with keeping Khushi out of her life–it will be interesting to see how they go about trying to take down our favorite couple!
    –Loved the glimpse of Aman & Anjali’s relationship!
    Can’t wait to see what happens next!

    1. Good to see you! Hope AD has eased up a bit.
      lol, I have “Us Against the World” playing as I write these day 😀 Puts me in the right frame of mind.
      The bromance does give the romance a good run for its money doesn’t it? 😛

      1. It’s good to be back! AD is finally slowing down, the school year is over, now I just have to catch up with all the work I’ve been putting off at home 🙂 And yes, the bromance is definitely my fav part after the romance! I would honestly read an entire fic about the bromance without the Arshi romance lol. It’s one of the things I wish there had been more of in IPKKND, I feel like the Akash/Arnav relationship deserved so much more! Which reminds me, I’ve been wondering if there was any particular reason you guys decided to make Aman Arnav’s brother vs. Akash?

  111. Hahaha… the first sentence of part 8… by Aman had me laughing out loud! Poor desperate soul… isn’t able to even bear the eye fucking!! And then Mr. ASR… gets down to business. So Daniel has news about Arnav and his history… While Payal is going to fake news about Khushi and her history. It surely is a double whammy!! I like the way Arnav says… “Her terms were unacceptable,” when Aman wants him to be nice to Sheetal. He is discreet, yet his town shows his frustration at being given such an offer. 🙂

    So Shashi Gupta’s daughter is back in business and does give her suggestions. Like NK, what surprised me is the way Arnav attentively listens to her, asks her opinion and eventually goes with her plan. “Trust”, one of the most toughest words for Arnav, now comes naturally to him with Khushi… and that is all that matters. I understand NK’s worry… because Sheetal really is a psyco and an obsession that has lasted for six long years… can be dangerous to Arnav… but especially Khushi. I hope NK keeps his tabs on her like always. 🙂

    I am totally loving this confident Khushi, who is making such tiny suggestions… but the most important ones. Like inviting Lavanya to Shantivan… woah! An Arnav from a few days ago, would have blown his fuse. But I like that he gets intrigued with these changes in himself… rather than losing his cool. These two are truly adorable, the way he teases her about being jealous. And she trusts him enough to let things be. I cant wait to see her officially working for AR… Its going to be smoking hot… I hope Arnav remembers to chuck the cameras from critical areas! 😉

    Finally I love how you have built these characters. The chemistry of all the three couples are so drastic… yet they each make you feel warm from within. I loved this peek into how Anjali and Aman deal with problems in their lives. Open communication is their key and the way they trust each other with their deepest feelings. So Shyam is gay, and I am only thankful he is not interested in Arnav. Lolz… one enemy less for Khushi. And despite all the seriousness in their lives, I love how Aman livens up the atmosphere… bikinis and lingerie it is! 😛

    Welcome back S and thank you so much K… for not letting us grovel in this refresh hell!! I am so excited with the news of quick updates, next teaser and Night 11… Yay!!

    1. I really loved the Khushi from the first 100 episodes of the show. Then, she was reduced, butchered and ultimately destroyed to prop up the life sucking duo – Arnav and Anjali. So thank you for the mega compliment!

      quickER updates, I afraid the quick and us don’t mesh all too well 😛

  112. Good to know you’re sane and ready for action S!
    I actually wouldn’t mind the mini updates if you two went on a daily schedule 😀
    And K – before that frown forms I know it’s not a possibility! Lol

    So much to love in these past few updates, but I’m absolutely head over heels in love with an Arnav looking at the world through a “Khushi filter” OMFG! I’m literally waiting for him to just pop the question!

    Am I the only one to read a double meaning into 69 floors? 😛
    New item to add to my wish list – the girls going shopping together for bikinis and lingerie! As much as I love our bromance, it would be neat to see the sisterhood in action.

    I can’t even get worked up over all these crazy people trying to hone in on their happiness. Every couple is rock solid, so to Sheetal and Payal I only have this to say …..bring it on!

    1. Almost forgot – the front page looks fantastic babes!
      ….. and I really need to get a wordpress account. 😀

    2. Lol you know our K. 😀
      I just knew you would pick up on the 69!

      On your wish list… very strong possibility of it happening 😉

  113. Welcome back S….

    Looks like Arnav-Khushi’s eye fucking is very emotively graphic to make Aman comment so… 🙂

    Though Arnav used prosaic words with minimal usage to express his opinion it conveyed the colorful thoughts that SK had…(Mind you its SK and not S & K)… 😉

    Aman and NK are a relieved lot… Their choice had been a bullseye and are seeing the love shimmering like in over easy and sunny side up… They thank their stars for it could have got runny and messed up big time… Their effort has shown the softer side of Arnav being awakened and respecting women and not tarnishing all with the same brush…

    Khushi’s suggestion that Lavanya be invited to RM for dinner is a pro Arnav strategy… His invite to Lavanya to the family home itself implies acceptance of her into the fold by each and every Raizada… It saves him from apologizing though he may do so if he wishes to… By briefing Lavanya before giving the presscon he is showing her that his protection extends to her too… By listening to Khushi he has made sure that she is a force to reckon with in his life and his opinions… He has given the indication that her brain which is honed by his mentor is indeed worth noting and nothing to feel awkward in front of Payal… Though lacks the cunning ability of Payal to turn things in her favor, it is a steady head on firm shoulders that could face the test of time bravely…

    Anjali’s soft corner and understanding of Shyam is his salvation… His romantic leanings is also a relief! Not another one leering and lusting at Khushi… His was pure act of putting a spoke into a running wheel… 😉

    Bikinis and lingeries… As Garrison Keillor said… A girl in a bikini is like having a loaded pistol on your coffee table – There’s nothing wrong with them, but it’s hard to stop thinking about it. 🙂

    That was one more fabulous update S & K…

    1. Celibacy is not Aman’s cup of tea 😀
      I love your reading of Khushi’s intent and Arnav’s reception to her suggestions. Spot on rulama!

      Ok, I had no idea who Garrison Keillor was, so made quick work of google and he’s hilarious!

      I think I’m going to send this along to our couples for future ref: “There is almost no marital problem that can’t be helped enormously by taking off your clothes.”
      It sucks for Payal that she fell into the minority here 😛

  114. Hi,just read all parts n i know im late in comments but my son was in hospital n so i was not in my my proper mind to read or comment so now he is better, coming to night 10 its really remarkable the comfort level n trust between arnav n khusi is so good n glad to read that now arnav is also taling advice from her n trying to accept lavanya.

  115. Welcome back S.. i have been holding myself not to comment until the complete update…i guess it will pack a punch as each of these does…i am ready to gauge sheetals eyes out i hope the trio pair does a good job of shutting n bring down bi**** 1 &2…

  116. awww…arnav is changing n its really good o see that he trusts khushi so much…
    eagerly waiting for the family dinner n Lavanya’s entry in Shantivan…
    how Nk will stop payal from coming in Sheetal’s show…
    ufff…so much to come…
    thanks dearies for giving us such interesting updates…

  117. loved Arnav-Khushi and Aman-Anjali moments a lot… these couples are really adorable… and loved the confidence and trust they have for each other… its BEAUTIFUL… waiting for the dinner already…

  118. Welcome back S! U were missed and I think k must have been tired carrying the burden alone for so long..
    Hope u r all settled and charged up.
    BTW I am abusing refresh button like anything
    Pls post soon..

    1. I’m so glad I’m not writing alone. Otherwise, I think FWN would’ve fallen down the dreaded bath of incomplete FF… 😀

  119. are those messages flying forth between NK and Robbie…???? It better not be a new addition to the confusion…. ASR will not take kindly to anyone who would want Khushi to themselves… 😉

    1. BTW…. Love the new banner pics… Dawn skyline with the silver streaks is impressive… So also the shooting star pic…. very apt both…

  120. Hey Girls, How’s life?

    Welcome back, S.
    I was too busy during the previous week. Relentless AD gave me just enough time to breathe and stay alive. Have to catch up on the recent updates. Will savour them and then get back to you.

    1. Don’t forget to grab some ‘me time!” and as much as we always love having you here, we understand that AD always come first. Just don’t let us drop down further than priority #10 😀

  121. Hmmm.. whn i started reading this FF.. i have to admit i dint really like dragon lady… but now i think i wud like to b like her whn i reach tht age.. strong and dignified.. loved her in this chapter. Wat can i say about NK and R.. they are simply adorable. I like how u guys have captured all forms of romance .- sweet like Aman and Anji.. fun and mischievous like NK and Robbie and intense and passionate like Arshi, in one chapter. Also since im big on Lavanya.. loved how this is shaping up for her. Now lets see how the bitches are countered. Looking forward to the next.

    1. A high compliment for the Dragon Lady! I thank you on her behalf 😉
      I really wish we had more time to explore La and Shyam… but there is so little room … nor time! We’ll see how we can include her in BWCV.

  122. fantastic update! No words to write as I am too emotional . u adapted arnavs half hug to khushi in hospital scene right?
    Is khushi LAvNYa encou ter on cards? Frankly do not want this night to end..

    1. Same here Shree… Do not want this night to end????
      Wonder why just 14???? 🙁
      Could have been another number in multiples of 10… 😉

      1. No way… We are in no way keen on drawing blood….
        We like HP not Vampires… 😉

          1. Us too. Can’t believe it’s almost over….
            I’m heading towards nervous breakdown territory. So much simpler when we had 10 readers 😛

    1. Every night needs to end dearest Shree, it’s the only way for a new dawn and a new adventure to arrive! 😉

  123. You know… the Dragon Lady is elegance personified…
    The options she has put before Lavanya is just too good….
    A very cultured lady indeed… To take up the blame of looking at Lavanya with bitterness tinted glasses and coloring the outlook of the rest too… Basically owning up to her responsibility and holding an innocent responsible for the deeds of her parents… By her words, she has made Lavanya more than welcome and has also given her the right to choose with out any strings attached… Her way of asking her to call Nani is simply outstanding… S&K you have out beaten yourselves here… You have woven velvety feeling with words… Will Lavanya who has been hankering and parched for love and family be able to refuse??? No way… In fact she had no choice… DL’s words had spun the web and she had willingly entered it even before she could realize what her choice would be…

    Lavanya has noticed the change in Arnav and has realized it was due to a certain lady beside him… She is one happy girl to gain a family who would embrace her with the same vigor with happiness as they were in shunning her earlier… Arnav has taken a baby step in reconciliation but to Lavanya it is a giant one… Her happiness to have ASR as her brother and his acceptance of her in his life is worth the effort…

    Possessiveness… Both Arnav and Robbie top the chart… What would they do without NK??? His pleasant way of explaining clearly what should be Robbie’s priorities and where it should be has definitely made her evaluate her own thoughts and her impressions of Arnav… He showed her the importance of being ASR and the weight he carries on his shoulders…. Loved your presentation S & K…

    The comments I wrote on Shree’s comments holds good… 😉

    1. I do love the sound of velvety feelings 😀
      Thank you for the high praise of our matriarch! Both K & I have this soft spot for Devyani Raizada from the show, so we were only too happy to expand on her a bit.

      I’m desperately in need of an NK. Should we put out an online notice? 😉

  124. By the time I posted my previous one you have updated the last part!
    That was an Arnav who listened to his heart when his mind wanted to go away… Of course a part of his brain too locked up his feet… The momentary what the… became unbelievable when Khushi said home is within his arms… for the two, home isn’t a place… but a person… and they are home…

    This too was really good… Wonder what you will be thinking me writing so much about your writing…. But as E. L. Doctorow said…Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
    Thank you…

    1. We will think of ourselves as greedy plants soaking up the rain of your words!
      Thank YOU for the great company and the support. How awesome for two strangers to meet and bond over a mutual interest. It makes one look toward the tomorrows with anticipation!

      1. IPKKND has given me so many new friends…. Just can’t imagine a show could forge so many ties….. Glad to have come across you both too…

  125. At last whole family is coming together to fight against all the other forces. Loved how you girls depicted Lavanya’s thoughts, anxiety and whole awkwardness on the dining table. Nani is super and her choices given to Lavanya were her family’s acceptance of Lavanya. Arnav is slowly excepting Lavanya, would have loved to read more about his thoughts on the dining table. As always NK’s perception and advise are super.

    1. You ladies are so bad, encouraging us to write more and more! 😀
      Alas, we must limit ourselves for this adventure is on it’s last leg. Whereas we wish we could give equal treatment to every character… it is simply not possible.
      Glad you enjoyed the dinner from La’s perspective! We’ll do our best to give a glimpse into Mr. Raizada’s thought on little sister in the coming update.

  126. wow it was great ….first of all nani my the most fav :)…wt a solid kind hearted person she is…loved the way she makes lavanya comfy…its true no fault of lavanaya in this all…poor girl…but even lavanya is sweet sister here :)….well the hug between arnav and lav was cool…but the hand of aman was simply wow :)..
    nk fantastic guy…loved the way he handled robbie :)….really he put right sense in her..
    awee khushi wordings… because home is in ur arm…wah wah…awesome awesome…loved it 🙂

  127. awesome..for once apart from arshi i does not mind reading about nk and aman and their love life… thank you for making this story so interesting…and also i want arnav and co. to teach a lesson to sheetal which she will remember all her life …by the way why i hate sheetal so much that any woman i come across with name i just move away ..ipkknd ruined us

  128. The Dragon Lady once again rises to the occasion, and how! It isn’t a surprise that the Raizada brothers have reached such heights with her support and guidance. There is nothing I respect more than an adult who acknowledges fault without making excuses. She doesn’t flinch from owning up to her own prejudices or the pain that Lavanya suffered because of it. When these incredible people become a true family, they will be an unstoppable force.

    The hospital hug! Well, you guys surprised me by using it in context with La.I’m really looking forward to a future moment where Arnav finds it in himself to fully embrace this younger sister so desperate for his approval. My favorite moment though, was Lavanya’s reveal that she tries to live her life with Arnav’s philosophy …… Big risks, big rewards. It was the same words that Aman used when they were in the fitting room. It just connects the siblings perfectly!

    Is it strange that I love Robbie for being so possessive? We often connect the word with lovers, but it holds true within the bonds of friendship and family as well. This woman loves so fiercely, protectively and genuinely. And with a level headed NK by her side, Khushi cannot ask for a better sister.

    I didn’t think it was possible to top the perfection of Night 9, and that is still sitting as my favorite, however, I loved how you two used this update to showcase how Arnav and Khushi are living up to their promise of giving all of themselves to each other. The give and take, the open display of affection, and the unwillingness to allow misunderstanding to exist between them is just so beautiful!
    So eager to see what you have in store for us! 🙂

    1. The hospital almost hug was definitely one of the show’s highlight. It says so much about the budding connection between Arnav and Khushi. I thought it was freaking brilliant when K tossed out the idea of using it to show the first step towards acceptance between Arnav and La. Glad we got your approval Pyre 😛

      You know me, I like my drama, but I like quick resolutions more!

  129. I love this possessive arnav. NK explained it beautifully to Robbie about Arnav’s possessiveness towards khushi and how she needed to understand that khushi would still seek Robbie out. Arnav’s acceptance of lavanya was heartening and really looking forward to the press conference. Thoroughly enjoyed the update, in fact loved reading it. Awesome writing girls !! 🙂 ship13(IF)

    1. It’s not quite acceptance yet. You’ll note he’s sort of going along with everyone else. However, these baby steps are important and at least our jackass apologized for spewing all that crap at her.

  130. Nani is the really the Patriot of the family.. THE DRAGON LADY suits her well… she always knows the right words to say and how to persuade others to be a part of her clong. She always made ppl feel comfortable to be around her and to feel accepted; and that’s what she did for lavanya just
    marvelous I tell you!

    This arnav is really different from the at the first couple chapters of story lol.. he was full of so much ego as if the world revolves around him and NW that same arnav is apologizing to the same lavanya that he despise some much wow telling you man what love can do… proud of him.

    Nk always knw how to reel his Robbie in thou lol she really care a lot about khusi thou love that about her #oneofakind

    Can arnav get anymore possessive than this lol… only for his khusi, he just can’t be apart from her ehh:D she understand him so well too” I’m not sleeping there because home is in ur arms” am dun hehehehe can’t even find a suitable word to describe those lovers lol… tnx for the update gals keep up the good work

    1. We had to make sure she lives up to the title! 😀
      I don’t think he’s different, it’s simply that his walls are finally coming down. You’re getting more of the glimpse of the man beneath is how I like to see it. 🙂

      It’s in our DNA – cannot resist hot possessive men… although, there is a fine line in being possessive and overly so!

  131. Loved, it’s all being handled all right, fireworks time now next night, am sure Khushi is going to be the one ace, opposition haven’t counted on 🙂

  132. Lovely update again ladies. This NK is to die for. Never met a guy who is this perceptive. His explanation to Robbie about why Arnav is so possessive about Khushi was just out of this world. The man’s adorable & I just admire the way he handles Robbie with kid gloves & diffuses the tension, guess he’s had plenty of experience handling one irrationally demanding guy. 😉 Robbie has truly met her match in NK.

    Am so glad they have all made peace with Lavanya, the poor girl deserves a breather & anchor in her life at long last. Khushi has done wonders to this family who had been stuck in time, to bring about much needed perspective on things.

    And lastly Khushi, she truly knows her man by now. 🙂 She’ll have all the fun with her friends, but knows too, how Arnav needs her & misses her… Home is where the heart is. Nothing provides her with more peace & comfort as his strong arms. Awww, how sweet was that & Arnav was putty in her hands. 😀

    1. Perception isn’t a female prerogative, it’s just our male counterparts are more mum about it 😀

      Sigh…. I want putty Arnav in my hands 😛

  133. Okay..so I am new here.
    Funnyingly enough a Google search on ippknd fanfics led me to this site and now I cannot that Google enough!!!
    Amazing stories you guys have here and such lengthy updates too….has kept me hooked. I definitely will be back to read whatever is available here!!!👍🏻

    1. And Googleji strikes again! 😀
      A warm welcome to FWN shreyasonia. Glad you found us and don’t be a stranger!

  134. The profundity of his feelings for Khushi has completely unmanned Arnav (and in a good way). It’s as if she has to be within a touching distance from him or he would forget to breathe. He has no qualms in openly surrendering to this stipulation, even in the presence of AR employees. Loved it and loved ASR’s retort to the stares his breathtaking (literally) kisses garnered….” So I am kissing my Life in my office in the company I own. Do I give a damn? Nah!!

    The ‘Sheetal’ cat is finally out of the bag and oh what a nasty creature she is. Resorting to half-truths and machinations to regain access to the ASR riches. 😉 Reminds me of an inspiring quote of Sean Covey. “Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?” Sheetal was once nineteen, completely swept off her feet by the ASR persona, let him down with her actions and is now failing to concur on the fact that the ASR ship has long sailed….very distant from her, into soothing placid waters, never to return. Miss Sheetal seems to be hell-bent on wrecking her career. Ah well, suit yourself Ms Foolhardy.

    Loved the Aman-NK-Khushi powwow. In fact I have always enjoyed their exchanges. There is a chummy, affectionate air about them. I guess, there’s nothing is more alluring to a man than a woman who is totally clueless about her being remarkably exceptional.

    I was almost racking my brains over the Daniel-Payal-Sheetal can of worms, when Khushi’s ‘Pre-empt them’ made me shout in glee, “You go, Girl!!” She is indeed Shashi Gupta’s daughter to her very core and Arnav’s equal in every respect.
    With Khushi as the catalyst, nothing can stop him from triumphing over anything. Be it mending relations with Lavanya or expanding AR across Europe and beyond. And they are so cute together, so at ease, so much in love. You know I really want to be in either Birdie’s or Flirty’s shoes right now. Want to experience the elation that comes with a mission absolutely accomplished. 🙂

    What a bolt from the blue for Anjali to be confronted with her brother’s sexual preferences and in such a mortifying manner. Glad, she has Aman and he has Anjali’s unfaltering trust. Ooo and my Naughty Flirty Boy!!
    Know what am singing right now? “It was an itsy, bitsy, teenie, weenie, yellow polka-dot bikini, that she wore for the first time today” 😉 Love Brian Hyland in that song.

    Yup, there she is. Robbie, my girl. Was missing her. Her texts with Birdie pep me up like an energy drink. LOL

    I hold the Dragon Lady in such high esteem. Just want to assure Lavanya, with Naniji as the helmsman, the Raizada craft will be steered out of the stormy waters in no time.

    The last part of the update is just plain beautiful. It’s a testament to your writing prowess, Girls. That’s life, right? Priorities and prerogatives, an exhausting, albeit fascinating balancing act. 🙂

    Which reminds me, I have an assignment to complete. Then find floor tiles in a right shade of blue, that complement the cyan and sapphire design of the wall tiles. Gotta go. Your writing just consumes me. Mind, body and soul. Seriously. Muaah. <3

  135. Hi S n K, another fantastic update! Am feeling all warm and fuzzy from the last part of the update…Arnav and Khushi have come a long way…she totally understands him now and doesn’t just let him walk away in anger, she knows just what he needs! Coming to the earlier parts, loved loved all the pda in the office😄 was amazed at how changed Arnav is, listening to Khushi’s opinion on the sheetal-Daniels issue and following her advice on asking Lavanya to the family dinner! I really like how he wanted to sort out the jealousy part and let her know no one ever mattered to him before her.
    Khushi’s equation with NK n Aman has changed too, they all realize the other’s importance in Arnav’s life. Aman and Anjali convo was sweet and open. Shows how much trust they share. Shyam’s revelation was a surprise but now I can understand why he’s been shutting Anjali out. I was really glad to learn he wasn’t interested in Arnav…phew!
    NK is being so mature in the way he handles Robbie, and how he makes her see Arnav in a different light.
    Sheetal…what can I say, she’s nasty and spells danger for both A n K, and her teaming up with Payal, well that can never be good. Nevertheless, Khushi has proved her capabilities with the “pre-empt them”, the dreaded duo have no idea who they’re up against!
    The best part about this update were the A n K moments, the romance and togetherness…hmmm time for some dreaming now.

  136. You girls are amazing. I loved this night, specially the spice you girls has added in the form of sheetal. I can see her cunning ideas , trying to create mishap between them and finding ways to win Arvan by hook or crook. And the biggest twist of all is the revelation about Shyman. seriousy, I find it hard to digest, him and gay, just doesn’t go well.
    can’t wait for the next update.

  137. Beautiful ending to the night 10 🙂 so nice to see the dynamics between not only Kushi and Arnav but Robbue and NK too. Loved the way NK so subtly pointed out Robbie’s possessiveness towards Khushi. What a protective big sister she is, it’s so sweet 🙂 . All the 3 pairs seem to blend seamlessly to form a beautiful family. I hope Arnav and Anan can slowly fix things with Lavanya and bring her into the group 🙂 a geeky waiting to see what happens in Night 11

  138. Another fantastic update! Loved the A n K romance…the bedroom talk, PDA in the office, their understanding and awareness of each other, loved it all. You gals never stop surprising us with the twists in the plot, this time it’s Sheetal and her nasty plans and Shyams revelation. Khushi’s “preempt them” shows what an assets she’s going to be to A and how she’ll be able to handle whatever the nasty duo Sheetal-Payal throw at her.
    You showed us what a strong relationship Aman n Anjali share, loved how Aman gets her mind off the seriousness of their meeting with talk about their honeymoon n bikinis! Can’t wait to see the gals’ interaction, the first ever get together with all 3 of them!
    The dragon lady was at her best, trying to bridge the gap for Lavanya. Arnav’s apology though came as a surprise to me. We can see how much influence Khushi has on her! The best was the ending, how Khushi knew just what to say and do to bring her Arnav back from his angry and sulking thoughts. I love how you portray their love and understanding of each other, it’s just beautiful. Can’t wait for the next update!

  139. Ok.. I miss out when you update.. I mean there is no notification for these, is there any?
    So much has happened over here. Sheetal is so annoying and obsessed. But the positive side is that she has let him know what she is going to do and so now Arnav can plan his actions well. Why can’t people let Arnav-Khushi be? There are so many issues already and yet people are hard bent on making it more difficult. But all said and done nothing worth having comes easy and ArHi are worth everything. 😉
    I’m glad Shyam told Anjali and forewarned her and Raizadas indirectly. Otherwise it would have been such a mess. Preempting opponent is always a good option in such situations and Khushi is right.
    Ohh so this is the reason Shyam is not anymore warm to Anjali. He thinks she thought low of him when she walked on him when he was making out with a guy. I wish people stop making gays/lesbians feel miserable or shameful about themselves. The way he had behaved with Khushi on the first night I thought he was very much into women, more like even forcing them.
    Lavanya is finally getting what she should have gotten years ago, i.e. a chance to have a family. I’m happy for her. It’ll take time but I’m sure it’ll happen.

  140. You girls are amazing, awesome, fantastic, fabulous, brilliant ……. And the list goes on. 😉 your ability to sum up so many emotions in a single chapter and bringing out the same in your readers is simply exceptional. Sheetal character was a new addition in this chapter and definitely not a pleasant one. The girl is obsessed and delusional, running after something that was never hers. Arnav and Khushi chemistry shown in this update was impeccable and awe-inspiring. It’s good to see that Arnav is gradually warming up to Lavanya.

  141. Hi Guys!
    As I said in my earlier comment, I am really glad to see this Arnav-Lavanya relationship. They can’t consider each other (half-) siblings, but can’t even deny the connection! I really like Aman! Arnav has always protected him, and he is now trying to bring Happiness into his life. First with Khushi, and now with Lavanya!.
    And NK and Robbie!!! If I wasn’t so biased towards Arshi, these two would definitely be my favorite characters!! I like how NK explains the dynamics of Arnav and Khushi.
    As a student of literature, I can say that your writing and your usage of language is very, very remarkable! And the portrayal of emotions of the characters, their relationship with each other, their uncertainties and hesitations…all put so beautiful.
    🙂

  142. Finally I could find some time to read the remaining updates and comment… I love the explosive word play between NK and Robbie. It truly is fun reading their texts and I always am left in awe of how smart Robbie really is. I wish I could be this sharp with my tongue and respond so wittily! 😛

    I love Nani and her elegance… everything she does is so sophisticated… the words she says are heartfelt and yet commanding that you have no choice but to relent. I liked how she spoke to Lavnaya, finally making the poor girl comfortable in Shantivan. The scene where Lavanya hugs Arnav was just too beautiful and I was reminded of the time Khushi had hugged Arnav in the hospital and he just could not hold her back. With time I am sure this relationship of bro-sis duo will also find its way!

    NK is just too cute and he is definitely my most favourite character. Does he ever falter or err in his judgements? How can he see through people’s defenses and read their minds is beyond me. I like the way he tones down Robbie’s dynamism… wanting it solely in his bed. The three couples make such a distinct mark for each one of them that I cant help but feel… “Awwwww” for each one. It was nice to see each girl in the arms of the man she loved and who loved her as passionately.

    Finally my Arnav and Khushi. Sigh! They are something else. I loved the way he cursed his own feet for betraying him and siding with Khushi. I totally loved how Khushi tried to calm him down, telling him exactly what he wanted to hear and much more. Her all-encompassing love is the only way that he will be able to trust her completely. Like NK said, the time he realizes that she will not disappear… he will give her the freedom she needs and deserves.

    Cannot wait for Night 11 to begin S & K…. Once again I would like to say that this story has so many layers and each character so well defined that it is so easy to fall in love with it… Thank you so much for FWN!! 🙂

  143. Ladies, where on earth do I start?

    To begin with I believe it will be improper of me to not thank you once again for the dedication. Thank you for indulging me and welcoming me into these winter nights with such unprecedented warmth. You two are beautiful gems, you truly are.

    And as for this update I wish to go with two themes a juxtaposition of sorts of
    1] Warmth and Happiness and
    2] Ice Cold Impending Storms

    The two were interwoven with a fine thread of sheer brilliance here, apologies in advance if this becomes too long winded 🙂

    a] Arnav and Khushi:
    – Warmth. For a woman who carried ice like a literal chip upon her shoulder it is so beautifully heartening to see Khushi embraced by the warmth of love and the sensations of being wanted… needed in somebody’s life. I associate the most bitter of cold nights with Khushi. As a woman who went hungry, was homeless, and literally engulfed by the cold of winter nights, Arnav in all his demanding arrogance gave her the warmth she had always craved. That of true love.

    – The happiness of their union and the time they spent together upon The Jalpari elicited goosebumps of happiness within my soul it really did. The overwhelming need and desire they have for one another is laced with the warmth of true love and that really is a treat to see. Together they not only found, but also create ethereal magic.

    – And finally; the trust Khushi embeds in Arnav was the for me the pivotal moment in which Khushi truly gave herself to Arnav; heart, body and soul. It cannot be easy to relinquish every atom of your being to another soul to protect but the happiness of love is such a comforting blanket of warmth isn’t it?

    b] Sheetal
    – NK’s interaction with Sheetal truly defines the demonic woman that she is. Her fascination with Arnav borderlines hysteria and coupled with the burning rage and jealousy of Payal, I imagine the two will attempt to bring to The Raizada’s lives a horrific storm of devastation. My faith however in the strength and resilience of your characters embeds a sense of hope amongst the Pandora’s box of problems. I realise the irony of that statement but still, one truly does always live in hope. This faith is emboldened by Arnav once again seeking out Khushi and his partners in crime for the challenges ahead. The faith and respect they all have in one another is both warming and heartening. They are the fire to the ice and in them I have my faith…

    c] Aman and Anjali
    Fire and Ice could actually truly define these two too. They are such opposites yet such wonderful allies and companions that my heart repeatedly says that they are truly made for each other. The simple and honest manner in which they are able to communicate with one another, the ease of their conversations is a welcome relief of calmness to the fire of the other couples. And yet happiness beautifully defines their relationship and I love that about these two. I really, really do. Of course Aman’s teasing ways and jovial demeanour to Anjali’s innocence and sass also makes for a fascinating read.

    d] Shyam
    He surprises me yet again. You have taken the inferiority complex the Shyam of the original serial harboured and given real meat to the bones. Unfortunately the Indian culture is not always accepting of homosexual relationships and coupled with the constant comparisons to the Raizada brothers, it is somewhat understandable that Shyam wished to find a chink in their armour. His display of compassion and willingness to retreat however heightens a sense of respect for the man, because in his flaws he is still human. But with the impending storm of these combined forces, powered by the information he unwittingly uncovered, the question is: is it too little too late?

    e] Robbie and NK
    – Sass and Happiness is beginning to define these two isn’t it? They provide such welcome relief against the maelstrom of emotions and I find myself time and again enamoured by the sheer serendipity of these two finding love together when everything was supposed to be about Arnav and his Happiness. Their love truly brings out the best of the playfulness in one another.

    – I see the happiness and warmth in varying hues amongst the couples but its beautiful every which way you choose to present it S and K. Its quite a feat to carve such characters of sheer brilliance.

    f] Lavanya
    Like Khushi, all this girl ever wanted was the warmth of family love and I hope that in the Raizada’s she gets everything she could possibly wish for and more. Her willingness to support them in the impending storm is a wonderful demonstration of the potential bonds to be created amongst these siblings and as one sister incredibly close to her own sibling, I can only say its a sense of warmth and happiness like no other

    The final warmth and contented happiness of the couples at the end contrasted beautifully against the storms to come and whereas I am convinced they will be explosive I have hope that they will not be damaging. Beautiful work once again ladies, hats off xxxx

  144. Thank you for night 10 S&K, I’ve been away and missed all the action. Beautiful teaser. I like your Shyam. He is like a big kid crying for attention. Thankyou for the intense Arnav, the delicate Khushi, red Robbie,flirtatious Aman, sane Anjali, the dragon lady and the humongous teddy bear of a man NK.

  145. have i ever told how much a loved Robbie…. Khushi is lucky to have her in her life, as much as Arnav for having Aman and NK….. i just love her protectiveness for Khushi, loved her convo with NK…..
    and Lavanya’s entry into Raizada family, finally, it will take time for all the awkwardness to go away, but surely every piece will fall on its place soon enough……
    its so endearing to see how a strong responsible man like Arnav became so depended on his girl within a short span of time…… and Khushi’s declaration that her home is within his arms…. Awweee, how sweet and heart warming….. its really beautiful…….
    lovely update dearies…… waiting for night 11 already…..

  146. Awwwwwwwww! I was all warm and fuzzy reading about the moments ArShi shared the morning after that momentous night. The romantic in me all happy and grinning like an idiot. 😀

    ” A fairytale no matter how enchanting, held no real magic. Magic was the delivery of a mother’s wish of happiness through the act of love. In Arnav, she had found magic.” Splendid!!!!

    LOL conjoined they definitely are! You know what I’m gonna think of a ship name for Aman and NK one of these days! They are turning out to be quite a couple 😉

    Khushi is amazing to say the least. Adjectives would really fall short when I begin to describe her. I absolutely appreciate the depth you have given to her story and how its affected the woman she has become. The details amaze me! It has been a pleasure to have read about Khushi Lacene Khumari! I hopeI got the middle name right.. Eeeeeep I can imagine Sanaya in a red dress! Gorgeous! And that image!!! Hae that episode! The hairstyle that she sported in the image you gave was quite sexy IMO! And Arnav needs no words, does he? His eyes say it all (cue dreamy face)

    God Aman! He just might replace Robbie as my fav with wisecracks such as that! 😀 Ummmm, bright red silk suit bro? Really? Huh, can’t get my head wrapped around that…

    Oh dear, why do we have to deal with ex-girlfriends now? Aren’t Payal, Trent and Shyam enough??? Am so glad NK put her in her place.. And we have eye candyyyyyyyy!!!!! Uh oh, Sheetal is a bitch ain’t she and she’s gonna team up with the alpha bitch i.e. Payal. Now i have doubts as to how Arnav, his wealth and power will stop this calamity from happening. Forgive me for being so pessimistic but we all know how gossip spreads. And the way Sheetal described Khushi, it’s gonna be a bloodbath. All I hope is that Khushi is able to stand up and take all the nonsense that might be spouted at her. Cause if she breaks, all hell will also break loose.

    You are right, the bonding between the men is really precious and one-in-a-billion types! I’m telling you, in this story I have come to love the friendships and platonic relationships as much as I live the romantic ones! And that, my darlings, is quite an accomplishment! To make all your characters so endearing and adorable 🙂

    Whoa, Khushi has the brains for this! Giving them a perfectly acceptable solution! And what a fabulous one might I add! It makes her even more of an equal, something that she wants to be with Arnav in his world. I’m forced to eat my words from two paras above, I don’t need to worry at all about Sheetal’s show. The Three Musketeers and Khushi will handle it all just fine!

    A ring as a male deterrent and a strong opening statement! You guys make me laugh so much!!!! 😀

    Yesssssssssssssssssssss! I guessed it right! He is gay! B)

    The whole interaction with Lavanya was wonderfully written. The awkwardness, the emotions, the silence, the acceptance, all of it! You write so evocatively that a reader has no choice but to be immersed in your story and invested whole heartedly into it…

    More NK lessons please! Some of them might turn out to be my life mantras! 😛

    You have made me speechless with NK and his talks yaar! How do you come up with all this??? It’s unreal mind you! Are you two sure you wanna stop writing after a couple more stories? Cause it’s gonna be a crime to lock all that scintillating talent up *pouts*

    And that ending sigh! You two sure write some dreamy endings of the chapters 🙂 Leaves me on such a happy high 🙂

    1. I have some news girls, I will be relocating to another city for my post graduation which begins next week. Considering that the first semester is the toughest and with all the assignments and other work, I really don’t know how frequently I shall be able to visit and share my thoughts. I didn’t want you two to think I had disappeared without a word hence the note.

      I wished to send this to you in private hence had asked for your IF ids or twitter ids but I guess you are yet to read that comment of mine. Anyway, take care, keep writing and hope to see you really soon!

      Loads of love,
      A 🙂

  147. Honestly, this is one of the best ones I’ve read on these two! Normally I don’t make an effort to write a feedback (yea I’m a lazy ass 😆) but some writings compel you to make that effort for the pure brilliance it exhibits – in conception, characterization, plotting , fillers, and simply the all consuming way of story telling! This one has it all.. Not just the main characters, but all of them mentioned have equal depths, which is what makes certain stories stand ahead of the others. You guys are doing an amazing job n I like the pace n path it’s taking.. Just one request, unlike many many beautiful stories which were given a clichéd ending forgetting about the soul n behavior of the characters eventually ruining it (for me), I hope n wish for an apt – in sync with the story so far – wrapping up.. Donno if you guys wrapping this up soon but it surely running the last lap I guess.
    Keep writing .. You guys are blessed with immense talent .. Nurture it as much as you can!
    Tk care!

  148. Whoo hoo!!! Finally caught up!!!!
    School got me busy
    I cannot wait for the press con and this chapter was just mind blowing…still trying to figure it how a guy can pull off a red suit
    Cannot wait for the next update

  149. Hey girls, just how do I begin exactly? Beginnings are always so difficult for me, about as much as endings, and it’s so annoying when you can’t coherently articulate all those chaotic thoughts somersaulting in your head after reading an update. But I shall try, nonetheless.

    The transformation in Arnav is so heartening. From a cold, cynical man to a thoughtful, ardent lover; from a person eloquent only in the language of deals, contracts and business negotiations to being willingly ruled by hearts and emotions- Aman’s right, must unnerve the hell out of him. Not surprising to see Mr. Raizada indulging in such uncharacteristic behaviour and providing a wonderful floor show to the AR employees. After all, don’t we know his fetish for red? It’s fun to see the mighty Raizada afflicted with the dreaded ‘love’. And not just him but our heroine too. I look forward to seeing them exploring this unfamiliar path together and just being lovelorn fools in general.

    So, the Sheetal mystery is out and it seems the bitch troll is obsessively delusional. It was hilarious how NK effectively showed her just how unwelcome she is at AR and in their lives in general. I love how he never misses an opportunity to support and champion Khushi and her position in Arnav’s life in front of others. “I would dismantle the career of anyone who tried to harm her”. Jeez, if Sheetal has an iota of brain, she would heed the warning and stay the hell outta their lives. Though personally, I would love to see her experiencing the infernal Raizada wrath.

    I loved the trio’s rooftop heart-to-heart. Their conversations always leave a warm, fuzzy feeling in your stomach. It’s glaringly evident how deeply and completely NK and Aman have taken Khushi in their inner fold. It’s not only Arnav but Khushi has in some ways touched and changed the lives of these two too. Their elation at successfully hittting the jackpot is plainly visible.

    Big risks, big rewards. Both Aman and Lavanya living by big brother’s teachings. I can’t wait to see these three together as siblings without any shadow of the past or other lingering prejudices. That would be one hell of a sight, right? Dreamy! They would take the whole NY by a storm.

    That last bit was perfect, girls. Amidst the gentle teasing about lingerie, plans for girl’s night, Arnav-Robbie butting heads and NK being the voice of reason- it’s hard to worry about irritating, inconsequential people like Daniels and Sheetal or wimps and harpies like Trent and Payal.

  150. hi, ok I am a little lost. I read Night 10 a while ago and remember thinking… hey this is cheating…. too short. I loved it but I wanted more. What’s new you ask? I got notified about the update as well. Since then I have been waiting for Night 11. Saw the teaser. Oh yeah my favorite line of all times

    His voice was as intimate as the rustle of the sheets.

    Holy Cow! I thought. I have been stalking the site for no other reason then how you walk through a library caressing the spines of the books you love. Well imagine my surprise when I saw Night 11 up already. I didnt receive notification… sniff… sniff.. No harm though since I caught it within the first three days. But the mystery is … What does “Updated 2 of 12” mean? Was there 1 of 12? Did I miss something?… If I did where is it?

    Also once again Night 11 was too short and It really seemed like I had missed something. So I went back and read Night 10 again. Yep somehow the night had grown four times its original length.

    So finally the question… What is going on? Help!!!! Why is the story playing hide and seek with me. I can’t miss a single word of this story… it is one of my most favorite. So where is the rest of Night 11. Give it up. I mean it.

  151. Ladies, this chapter… what can I say? Awsome? Brilliant? Beautiful?
    All three!

    Awsome in how Khushi decided that the best way to beat these dirty players was to bring it out in the open, fair and square, tell them the truth, and let the public decide who to trust, Bringing Lavania to the family house to break the news was… just that, FAMILY. She left happy, connected to a family she never had a chance to get close to, now thanks alot to Khushi, she has been able to break down that barrier. Hopefully, there will be happiness in her life too, not just Khushi as her sister in law, but as her friend. I would likd them to sit down and understand each othef. Do I feel that her mother was a conniving b****?, no. I wonder if that relationship was the true love that their father found, I hope she loved him too, being unmarried with a child, especially as she was a magistrates daughter, I dont think she would be. But I wish she had had the sense to tell him no, not until they were married..am I old fashioned? Maybe.

    Brilliant in that the relationship of the three men in question, is exacty that, close and completely in trust with each other. I love that they show each other affection through male banter, if I call it that…I wish that real men had that too…. Briliant in the way these men deal with thier women. Nk with a frank honesty, that would make Anjali and Khushi blush… probably never to get over. Aman with a sweetness of promises and eyes of love that can only make Anjali feel cherished. But I hope she gets her passion just as much as he deserves, after all, all women need to feel that their man lusts after them and only them, just as a man does

    Beautiful in the way A&K, woke up, spent the early morning together, they needed it. Arnavs declaration… No 4 promises OMG!!!!!!…I can’t possibly tell you what those words do to me…(blush). The way he kissed her in the foyer, my goodness.. if Sheetal had seen that first off she wouldnt have been so…so..revolting. I hope she gets a bitch slaping from Khushi. 🙂 Aman just so sweet, slowly and surely getting the words of desire from Anjali. NKs words about love leters to Robbie.. oh my.. yes! oh my.

    Now Shyam… well I didnt see that one coming! So all his real caveman act was just that, or does he swing both ways. However, good for Anjali, saying that it was the fact she caught him in a delicate position, was the most embarrassing thing, not with whom. But I fel a thaw is on the way, I hope do as I hate families who are always at war eith each other, especially inlaws.

    Ladies can a say more, but I’ll leave you with the fact that I love your writing.:D

  152. It is kinda cute to see Arnav being so possessive about Khushi’s time.
    Happy that relations with Lavanya is being mended
    Awesome update Loved it

  153. “We are depending on you to keep that arrogant prick in line, Happiness” – that sums it up…Khushi is trying to do the same but with assurances. First talking about lavanya, than no questions about Sheetal, then the silence at the dinner but most of all – “Because home is within your arms.”. Love…love..love this story

  154. I’ve finished reading this Night quite a while ago but rereading this is still as captivating as reading it the first time. Your writing is unquestionably the best I’ve read.

    The bathtub scene was so hot. I liked the reflection in the mirror part. No words were needed to explain, just the reflection of their intimacy in the mirror was enough.

    I never get tired of the bromance between the three. Hahaha, in fact they are very cute!

    The naturalness of Arnav to publicly display his love and protection and possessiveness for Khushi in the lobby of AR Corps is such a bold statement. She is his. He is hers. A man’s actions is more powerful than his words.

    Phew, I thought Sheetal was going to be his ex-girlfriend. But here comes another bitch.

    Of course the path to destination requires going through storm and battle, still awaiting the confrontation with Payal.

    Shyam’s truth wasn’t shocking but still a surprise. I never thought that this was the reason why he was so cold to Anjali.

    I’m so happy for Lavanya. She will finally get the one thing she’s dreamed of and continuously hoped for.

  155. Night 10.. mind blowing. ..

    So msny things how beautiful you have been covering all through all chapters. ..

    Arnav khushi’s blissful morning..

    NK’s call like the way they 3 talked..

    Khushi came to office AR wow… the way she remember coming with shashi yo gupta co wow..

    Arnav’s hold on her n kiss mind blowing. ..
    Too good loved the way Aman Arnav NK interact everytime. .

    Sheetal totally a bi**h.. the way Arnav warned her amazinh.

    Wow top floor convert into hanging place. . Aman NK’s bonding with khushi is growing. .
    Khushi knows how important these 2 men are in Arnav’s life..

    Wow the way she spoke n suggest smell true biz mind…

    Shyam – shocked…
    Aman Anjali too good…

    La finally things getting better

    Nani yoo good the way she convey her feeling n message to la..

    Finally Arnav also spoke to her..

    Wow… NK the way he spoke to Robbie about Arnav too good what a great understanding he has…he knows when khushi will need her friend n made Robbie ready for such time. ..

    Khushi’s words once again icing on the night- home is in your arm..

  156. The shit’s about to hit the fan, isn’t it? Payal, Trent, Sheetal, Daniels…gah!

    I was right! Shyam’s jealousy stems from his desire to please his father, but I hope he too, finds his own happiness before the end of this. Parents are important, and it’s important to make them proud, but you are not obligated when they are being bullheaded.

    Aman and his honeymoon. Poor thing, everyone except him is getting lucky and he was the one who’s engaged!

    Lavanya will finally have her heart’s desire fulfilled. Khushi really did bring her namesake to all of them.

  157. There must be trust, honesty and communication in every relationship and im learning so much from these characters, its truly incredible! love is the most powerful emotion in the world and your story proves that! 😀

  158. ‘Aman greeted with an easy grin as he approached them. His bright red silk suit would have looked silly on another man, yet he wore it with style and aplomb.’ Unquote…

    WHAT????? My eyes! My eyes! Tell me this was a typo… Or paste a pic to erase the cartoonish image in my head… Do something!!! Help!!!

    Ok, I was going to say ‘Ouch’ for Sheetal… till I reached… ‘If it didn’t beat for her, she didn’t want it beating at all.” That crazy, bunny boiling, vengeful so and so… where do they ( Arnav and Khushi ) find them?

    “Anjali, is Shyam interested in Arnav?”… Howling with laughter… I know it is not supposed to be funny… but this is the perfect comeuppance for all the trouble he caused in the show… No, I should not be saying this ( as she giggles… only in the context of him being in love with Arnav )… this is serious business. But you guys are evil geniuses at work here. I think this hysteria might be politically incorrect… but hey… you started it!

      1. Just the jacket? paired with what pants? no seriously… you need to fix this for me.

        One more question… I had a fav line, I think it was in this chapter. Something along the lines of…

        His voice was as intimate as the rustle of sheets….

        It was in your story, right? Did you remove it? Where is it? I can’t find it. Again… Help!

  159. And now I am i really reaching the end? Night #10? Already? I mean this can’t be happening…how is it this story makes me read it so quickly? I will blame it on you both, very graciously! 😀

    So this part was a closure to the past, a sort of. They are clear where the other stands and what they expect of the other. It did look like HOME and a very normal husband and wife type. I do wonder what Arnav would have done, if Khushi’s parents were still alive…would he be sharing then? But yes I can understand where this stems from, given his past.

    Trust has been infused. Now what is left? A little more of self-confidence, I believe. To make it work, to make them work. Sheetal… sheeesh! I can’t tell more.. I am waiting to see her hounding and groveling the streets when the reality strikes! too shameless for her own good..

    Oh opening new doors with Lavanya.. I liked that hug as much I liked the silent or rather vocal support Aman lent Khushi. Shyam…is still a mystery for me.. I am still waiting to know more of him…why did the relation change so bitter since she walked in? Maybe he felt himself too much in low compared to Arnav.. and decided by his own self that Anjali too woul