Night #12

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Without further ado, we present to you – FWN’s final night.


3 days later

Bronx, New York

Payal sat at the edge of the chesterfield, one leg crossed over the other, her back ramrod straight. The posture had been conditioned into her since an early age, Garima’s strident voice hissing in her ears, “Sit up straight Payal and show them your breeding. No daughter of mine will embarrass me in front of others!”

Breeding, like a pedigree dog.

“I’ve signed the shares over to Khushi. I just came by to tell you I’m leaving.”

Garima’s expression was filled with derision, “Well this is an about face. Running away?”

Payal’s fists balled at her sides. “Do you know why I chose to stay at the hospital for my recovery? Because I didn’t have a home to do it in. And during those weeks there was nothing for me to do but think. Do you know what I realized? I have nothing. Nothing. No man to hold my hand, no family by my side, no friends to yell at me for being stupid. It was just me, loud thoughts and ugly truths.”

“Really, Payal, I’ve explained to you why I was delayed. There’s no need for the attitude.”

The tone was cool, condescending. She hated that tone. Payal’s mouth twisted bitterly, “I’m never going to be good enough for you, am I?”*

Garima sniffed, “You’ve always been too common Payal.”

“What I am, Amma, is a result of your upbringing.”

“Don’t pin your failures on me,” the older woman snapped.

“You’re right. It’s my own fault for allowing myself to be your pawn. Against Shashi, against Khushi.”

“You are nothing without me.”

“Maybe. Maybe not. I’m going to find out. And I’ll do it the fuck away from you.”

“Did hitting your head damage your memory? I didn’t force you to do anything.”

Payal laughed, the sound as hollowed as she felt. “No, you just manipulated a child to do your dirty work, but what do you know about being a mother?”

Garima paled as the barb hit home. “Get out of my house you ungrateful bitch. Just remember that it was me who took you in when no one wanted you.” Her eyes iced over, “Not even the woman who birthed you.”

The knot in her chest grew, threatening to choke off air. She stared at the woman she’d called ‘Amma’ all her life. The one who’d taken her in when her no one else had wanted her, then proceeded to direct every breath she took from that moment forward. To be fitting in Garima’s eyes required subjugating all individuality, and she had finally realized, all humanity.

She’d tried. God knows she’d tried. And she had nothing to show for it, but an empty life.

Payal stood up slowly, allowing her eyes to drift across the room, touching upon the lavish furniture, the prized artworks above them, the hand-tufted Windsor rug, the marbled floors that never saw a speck of dust. Luxury at its finest, and yet, the flawless walls had never housed a day of happiness.

She stared at Garima dead in the eye as years of suppressed resentment spilled forth, “You’re a snob and a cold bitch. Do you know what my biggest fear is? Looking into the mirror and seeing you. Before that becomes an unalterable reality, I’m going to go. As far away as I possibly can, from you.”

Garima reared back as if she’d been slapped. “Then go! Just know that once you walk away, you won’t be getting a dime from me.”

“I promise you, I won’t ever come begging. Goodbye, Garima.”

She pivoted and headed for the wide double entrance, her heels beating a steady staccato against the floor. It ended abruptly as she passed the threshold, leaving behind a lone woman and an empty shell of a house.

✧✧✧

Hours after Payal left, Garima remained immobile on the sofa. Her bones weighed down by the ugliness. Why did it always spiral to spiteful words with Payal? A heavy silence answered her.

When the last ray of sunlight flickered out, she stood, making her way to the bedroom in the dark. She sat down before the vanity she’d been given as part of her wedding trousseau. Wrinkled hands reached for the far left shelf. Touching the gold knob, she paused. Her mother had been right. Cosmetics and good skin care masked the face, but the hands will always reveal a woman’s age.

Slowly, she pulled at the knob. Nestled within the lacquer was a single envelope, faded by the years. Her finger smoothed over the crinkled edges. It had been a very long time since she’d read its contents.

Arnav,

Time is a funny thing. You always think you have plenty of it, until mortality rears its head and you find yourself running against the final grains. The reaper is coming for me, Arnav. I welcome his visit, for he will take me to my Laramie. I have been dreaming of her lately. Beautiful dreams. Before he comes, I need, no I must, pen down these thoughts.

I leave this life willingly, save one worry. My daughter, my happiness, my Khushi. The daughter I never publicly acknowledged, could not acknowledge, because I was weak.

Never take the easy road, Arnav, because once you do, you’ll find yourself taking it again and again.

You are the son I always wished for. Knew it the day you entered my life. Many others came before you, fancy laptops in their smooth palms, the promise of the moon on their lips. Saw right through those eyes that reflected only greed. I’ll never forget the day you walked into Gupta &Co., sans appointment, four sheets of paper in your hands, the burning determination in your eyes spitting at anyone who cared to look.

Wanted you for my girl. Always have. Signing the documents that puts Shantivan into your hands tonight is bittersweet. When I lost my Laramie, I wanted it to be a wedding gift to you someday. The only man I could entrust with my life’s most precious cargo.

You must wonder why I never introduced her to you. While I’m willing to bet my fortune that Khushi will touch your heart, I cannot risk hers. When my love died in my arms, our unborn son still in her belly, she asked one thing of me- to never allow Khushi to become a Garima.

I had a mentor Arnav, owed my success to him. When he told me he wanted me as his son-in-law I was flattered. Took the easy road and that’s where life went wrong. 31 months. Had I waited 31 months, I could’ve had her freely, could’ve had everything. Instead, I lived in hell.

Knowing you, you will find out about Laramie and I’m sure it will echo unpleasantly of your past. If nothing else, I ask that you do not judge me too harshly. Not all men can brave trial by fire and I failed mine.

I tried loving my wife. Gave as much of myself as I could . A man and a woman coming together is like two halves of a circle, but there are gaps between the edges. Children. Children completes the circle, cementing the bonds of love and lust. Someday, I hope you will experience this joy, for I cannot imagine more worthy a man. Perhaps then you will fathom the full scope of this confession.

My heart burns something fierce to think of the trials my Khushi will soon face. I’m afraid my sins will take its due on this beautiful child. But she is strong, Arnav, stronger than I. With a purity that shines from deep within. She is her mother’s daughter and I’m thankful for it.

Look over her for me. In any capacity you are able to extend. As I lay myself down to this eternal rest, peace will only be delivered in knowing I leave her with a protector.

I love you, son. And I pray that one day you will read this with a good woman by your side, one who will show you that there are bigger rewards than contracts and deals. That between the black and white, there are not only gray, but a vibrant range of colors.

Wait for her, Arnav. I promise you, she will be worth the wait. And when she comes, give yourself over to the warm embrace that will teach you the true meaning of life.

Shashi Gupta

She carefully refolded the letter, returning it to the drawer.

Garima raised her eyes to the mirror.

You’ve won, Shashi. You’ve won.

✧✧✧

2 weeks later

Fifth Ave, New York

She missed him. With Aman away on a month long honeymoon, Arnav and NK had to make up the difference. He’d left four days ago for the week long conference in Los Angeles, leaving her satiated in their bed with the command of ‘miss me’.

Impossible man, as if she had a choice.

At least her days were productive. He’d sent his top executive team to Gupta & Co. and with their guidance she was learning the core business structure of the company, along with their position within the dynamic market of retail. It was fascinating and demanded her full attention, thus allowing the hours to tick by quickly.

But the nights were a different matter. They had become so bad she’d taken to wearing his shirt to bed, taking comfort in the subtle male scent that lingered on the fabric- although that drove her crazy in an entirely different way. She still had three more nights to get through.

He hadn’t even called. Not once. NK had phoned and texted to check in, asking if she needed anything. How could she tell him that the only thing she needed was his insensitive boss?

At the sound of the door Khushi turned, stunned to see said insensitive man at the threshold. His eyes locked on her just before he prowled across the room. The muscles of his body were bunched, rippling under the charcoal suit. He looked strained and irritated. And so gorgeous she wanted to launch herself at him.

Instead she forced herself to remember how he had withheld from her. Consequently, the first words out of her mouth after days apart were angry indignant ones, “You couldn’t spare the time for one phone call? I waited to hear from you ev—”

Her grievance was abruptly halted as he pulled her flushed against him, tilted her head back and kissed her. The smoky taste of him hit her system, sent her senses reeling, made her weak-kneed.

“Arnav,” Khushi protested, pushing at his chest.

The arms around her tightened. “Being away from you is pure hell. My focus was already shot, I didn’t need your voice making it worse,” Arnav rasped.

As far as retorts went, that was a good one. Very good.

She rested her head against his chest, “I hated it,” she admitted, “Our bed was empty without you.”

Arnav grunted in agreement. He bent and slid his arms under her legs and shoulders. As soon as she looped her arms around his neck, he lifted her, moving them to the sofa where he settled her over his knees. A borderline painful sense of relief filled her as she curled into him and felt his long sigh of contentment echo her own.

Khushi jerked up as she remembered he wasn’t supposed to be here, “Arnav, there are two more days to the conference.”

“Yeah and we’ve got three hours before I need to board the jet.”

She stared at him. “You flew across the country for me?”

“No, I flew across the country because it’s the sane thing to do after a ten hour conference. Because I enjoy flying in the middle of the night. Because- ”

This time, his words were cut off as she moved to straddle his lap before melding their lips. Hard, hot, and openly hungry. Her fingers spearing into his hair as they shared a breath, alternating between air and kisses because they needed both.

It was while he feathered a caress over the hollow where her pulse throbbed that he made the observation. Arnav lifted his head, “Are you wearing my shirt?”

Faint red tinged her cheeks as her lids swept down. “It smells like you,” she mumbled.

Arnav eyes glittered as he looked down at her bent head. “You didn’t ask my permission, Khushi.” He hooked his fingers in the neck of the shirt and pulled her closer, “I want it back. Now.”

Heat invaded her body, “Now?”

Arnav ran a hand down her spine. “Strip.”

With the intoxicating knowledge that he’d flown across the country for a few hours together coursing through her, Khushi was compelled to fulfill this demand.

So slowly, as if they had days instead of hours, she took his hand and rested it at the edge of the shirt. When it fisted on the cotton, she laced hers over them. Keeping her gaze steady on his, she moved their joined hands upward, revealing herself inch by inch.

Once the shirt was tossed unceremoniously to the ground, he held her within the bounds of his arms, looking his fill.

“You’re coming with me in the morning,” Arnav muttered as he buried his face in her throat.

✧✧✧

4 days later

She shook her head in disbelief as she hung up.

The sneaky bastard. He wasn’t fighting fair.

His sister, and not just any sister, his eldest! In her sweet Australian lilt, Noami had shared, as in shared. The way you would with someone who was about to become family. Of how pleased their father was when her little brother was born because that meant finally having another dose of testosterone to ‘balance out the scales’, stories of him running around in nappies, funny as hell anecdotes of his teenage years, and the heartfelt wishes of all his sisters that he would bring a girl home.

She’d rung off with the promise-threat that Nyssa, Nora and Nadyne would be calling to introduce themselves.

Robbie picked up the phone and quickly hit the speed dial. “Khushi!” she wailed the moment the call connected.

“What’s wrong?”

“He’s launching a full scale attack!”

“What are you talking about?” Khushi asked in confusion.

“He had his sister call me. His sister, Khushi!”

“Was she rude?”

“She was amazing! And ruthlessly charming!”

“Ruthlessly charming?” The question was heavy with amusement.

“It’s an open siege!” Robbie declared.

There was a thick pause before Khushi’s voice drifted softly to her. “From here it looks like a beautiful war, Robbie.”

Damn. It was. The kind where you felt like the winner, even while waving the white flag. Her defenses were already shot batting against one Ryan. Add four ruthlessly charming women to his side?

She was totally screwed.

✧✧✧

Gupta & Co, New York

Khushi looked up as NK breezed into her office. By the size of his grin, she was sure he’d heard the last bit of the conversation and knew exactly who had been on the other line.

“You’re not playing fair,” she accused lightly.

“She’ll get over it. My doll likes to play games with me.”

Khushi smiled at NK’s possessive emphasis. She loved that for Robbie. “They’re good games, NK.”

“Yeah, the best,” he agreed readily, “but it’s time she gets that I’m not playing anymore, Khushi.”

She sucked in a breath. Laying both of her hands over his arm she looked up at him, “NK?”

He peered down at her, saw concern battling with hope in the green depths. It was then that he realized she was also in his heart. Not because of what she gives Arnav, not because of her bond with Robbie. No, she was there because Khushi Lacene Khumari was a good woman.

“We took different roads sweetheart, doesn’t mean we’re not heading in the same direction.”

“Fuck,” NK muttered as her eyes filled.

“Sorry,” she mumbled, wiping at the corners of her eyes, “I’m just happy. For both of you.”

Yeah, a damn good woman.

“That’s good, because I need some arsenal here.”

“Don’t give up on her, NK. She’s built up a defense because she’s been hurt, but she’s in there, waiting for a prince to scale the walls.”

For moment he stared at her. Seconds later, a beautiful smile stole over the strong features as he burst out laughing.

“NK? Are you going to fill me in on what you found so amusing?”

Still grinning, he leaned down and gave her a peck on the forehead, “Nope. I need the element of surprise. But I promise you, Khushi, I’m sending those walls tumbling down.”

✧✧✧

1 week later

Manhattan, New York

Anjali pressed her lips together as she looked at her brother. Since Aman started speaking, his face had gone stone cold. She winced when his eyes sliced to her, the betrayal in them crippling, “You fucking told him? You fucking told him?”

“Watch your tone, Shyam,” Aman inserted warningly.

Shyam ignored the warning, he also ignored her flinch when he blasted, “You had no fucking rights, Anjali!”

No rights. For some reason those two words set her off. Suddenly she was mad, no she was furious. It washed away her guilt, wiped away the sympathy. She’d taken his coldness for years. Had quietly allowed herself to be the punching bag between him and their father. Because she loved them. Because she was a Jha.

Well, she wasn’t just a Jha any longer. Her eyes went to Aman, his were suddenly dancing as he saw the rare spark of temper flame to life.

She stood up, leaning over Shyam. “No rights? What about the right of a sister? What about the right of someone who loves you? I’m acting on my rights because I can’t bear to see you hiding who you are anymore!”

Shyam rocked back at the force behind her words. This was an Anjali he had never seen. That he hadn’t known existed within the mild mannered girl. “Anjali-“

“This is me doing the only thing I know to do so you can be free to be you! It’ll take you away from here, from me, from our family, but maybe,” her voice broke, “just maybe, I’ll have my brother back someday.”

The tears burst forth as she finished. Aman rose from his seat, shooting Shyam a look that clearly said ‘fix this’ as he gathered his wife into his arms.

Shyam sat starring at the folders for a long time, Anjali’s quiet sobs drumming at his ears, her words ricocheting in his head. The folder containing documents that would put him in charge of AR’s latest venture, launching the company into Spain’s flourishing markets.

He shifted his gaze to Anjali. Noted the way she was nestled protectively in the younger man’s arms. Her protector. Once, that had been his job.

Spain. An ocean away from the pressure of being Mohit Jha’s only son, from being compared to the Raizada brothers, from the little sister he’d allowed himself to become a stranger to. Fuck.

“Does your brother know?”

“No. And it’ll stay that way. As far as anyone’s concern, you’re simply the best candidate for the job.”

Spain. Thousands of miles away from New York. A fresh start. Where maybe, he can figure out who the hell is Shyam Jha. His little sister’s gift. Fuck.

He slowly reached for it. Tucking the documents to his side, he stood.

“Anjali.” He waited until she looked at him. In a gesture he’d made since the day she was placed into his arms by their mother, a gesture he hadn’t made in years, he swiped the tears off her cheeks with his thumb.

She froze, but said nothing as he exchanged a nod with Aman and left them.

Her hands tightened around her husband. Her eyes shone as she gave him a tremulous smile.

While Shyam hadn’t said anything beyond than her name, it was enough. She’d seen a glimpse of the brother who’d loved her all her life. The bond was still there. They can’t ever go back, but she felt hopeful for the future.

✧✧✧

3 weeks later

Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York

Robbie starred at the paper in her hand. Her eyes jumped from the “Notice of Intent to Demolish” to the signature at the bottom.

NK fucking Ryan was a dead man walking.

On cue, she heard the brisk knock.

“Robbie, open the door.”

“You’re unbelievable!” she shouted at the wood panel.

There was a brief silence before she heard his curse. “We need to talk.”

“No!”

“Open the door or I’m kicking the damn thing down.”

Robbie crossed her arm, “When pigs fly!”

Her mouth fell open at the sound of splintered wood. Half a second later, NK barged through the unhinged door, towering over her, his broad shoulders blocking out the light.

“You broke my door!”

“Considering the building is getting demolished, you’re not focusing on the important fact right now.”

Arrogant and completely unapologetic. Unbelievable. Her anger hitched up several notches. She waved the notice at him, “I can’t believe you’re doing this because I won’t move in with you! Other people live in this building NK! People who can’t just go out and rent one of your posh apartments because they can’t afford it!”

The air around them went static. His face shuttered as his eyes speared her. “That’s your opinion of me? That this is some fucking tantrum? Because if it is, we’re done.”

Robbie felt her stomach lurched as he spun around. NK had never turned his back on her. Never. Compelled by genuine fear, she darted after him, throwing her arms around his waist from behind, “Don’t go.”

NK halted, but his body remained stiff and unyielding. “Did you read the entire notice?”

“I saw the important part and your signature,” her voice was pitched low, but the accusation was still there.

“Read the notice.”

“NK, I-”

“Robbie, read the fucking notice.”

She pulled back, waiting for him to turn around. Sure he wasn’t going to leave, she read the notice. Every word. Shit.

She winced as she glanced at NK. His eyes were hard. He was pissed, scary pissed. At her.

“We bought out your landlord. The building is going to be demolished because it’s a goddamn health hazard. The neighborhood is good so we’re going to rebuild. Decent-sized affordable condos that aren’t fucking airless boxes. Because this place means something to you and Khushi, and Anjali is part of that, the three of us are pitching in so you girls get the top floor. For girls’ nights, or whatever the hell you want to use it for. We’re doing this so we’ll have the peace of mind when you’re here, knowing my security’s keeping you safe. It’s a large scale project so it’ll take time to rebuild. That means current residents need to vacate. Those who need the financial assistance will get it from AR. You are going to need a place to stay. Right now, I’m of the mind to leave you to deal on your own.”

She face planted into his chest, “I’m an asshole.”

NK fought back a lip twitch. “I’m fucking furious at you, Robbie, so don’t you dare be cute.”

She groaned, pressing deeper into him. “I’m a total asshole.”

On a sigh, NK’s arms went around her. “You’re a pain in the ass with far too many suspicious bones in that body, but you’re not an asshole.”

She peeked up at him from under her lashes, “But I just fucked up.”

“Yeah, you did. But clue in, Robbie. Do I look like a guy who puts up with shit for no good reason?”

“No.”

“My sisters calling you. You think that’s something that happens a lot?”

“If you think I’m so much trouble, why do you put up with me?”

“Because next to all the drama, you’re also gorgeous, got the best ass I’ve ever seen, and Doll, I’ve seen plenty. And when you’re not overthinking shit, you’re funny, loyal and the sweetest thing I’ve ever had in my bed.”

They were standing so close, he heard the sharp intake of breath before she blurted, “No one’s ever loved me back the way I wanted. They see the hair, the ass. They want that, until someone better comes along.”

NK looked at her, “Then they were fucking morons.”

“I survived them, NK. I survived them because they didn’t really matter.” She could hear her heart pounding violently. Swallowing audibly, Robbie plunged ahead because it was too late to turn back. “If I let you in and you walk away, I won’t survive. It’ll destroy me.”

He jerked at the unexpected confession. “You aren’t going to lose me.”

“You can’t promise that,” she snapped, “It’s easy to say now, but when you see someone- ”

“Yeah, I fucking can promise that,” he shot back, ruthlessly interrupting her.

“Life happens, NK, you can’t make those kinds of promises.”

“Shit happens, but life needs to be lived,” he retorted “Robbie, lay down the defenses, we’re done playing games.”

At her silence, he continued, “Never begged a woman. Never cared enough. For you, I’ll do it, but I’ll resent doing it. You need to give me you, so I can give you me.”

She sucked back another breath, and the vulnerability in her eyes was almost enough to make him relent. Almost.

“Say it!” he ordered, his arms tightening around her.

“Dammit, dammit, dammit! I love you, asshole!”

A smile built across his mouth until it became a full-fledged grin. “Damned right you do. Now say it without swearing at me.”

She scowled at him

“Robbie”

“I love you.”

All of a sudden she was flying through the air only to land on the carpet with the full weight of NK on top of her. His mouth hovered just above her own. His voice was rough and deep when he informed her, “You just made me a promise and you better fucking believe I’ll be holding you to it.” Before she could respond, he kissed her, hard, and deep.

“You moving in?”

Her full lips moved into a pout. “You’re being a damn bully and your closet is tiny.”

“I have three bedrooms, convert one.”

Robbie rolled her eyes. Then her blues focused on him. “Well?” she demanded.

NK smirked. “Well what?”

“Do you love me?”

He bent close, until she could see the flecks in his eyes. “Hell yes, I fucking love you.”

Her heart flipped.

“Again,” Robbie demanded, “This time without swearing at me.”

His face softened, “Love you, Robbie.”

She closed her eyes, savoring. When she opened them again, her hands reached up and cupped his jaw, “Don’t settle.”

“What?”

“Ma’s other advice before I left. She sat me down on the porch swings and told me my father is a good man. She had a good life with him, but it was her settling and she was always left wondering. When I moved to the city I was tempted. Then I would remember ma’s face when she told me to never settle. I’ve waited for a long time, NK. Waited my whole life for you.”

How did Noah Katlyne Ryan respond?

“Thank fuck there was no fairytale for you in Indiana.”

Robbie’s arms tightened around him, but when his head descended, she raised a finger to stop him, “You know, the prince scaled the walls for his love.”

“Doll, if he had a wrecking ball, he would’ve used it.”

He swallowed her giggle. This time his kiss didn’t end until there was nothing between them, just body to body, heart to heart.

✧✧✧

6 months later

Fifth Ave, New York

Arnav took another sip of coffee, his eyes vacillating between the Wall Street Journal and the door. They snapped with impatience as he waited for the necessary ingredient that kick started his day to make an appearance. Upon the fourth round he was rewarded.

She stood silhouetted against the door frame, long hair tumbling over creamy skin, wrapped in nothing but black sheets. The drowsiness in her greens melting away as she met his perusal.

His mermaid, his woman, his Happiness. His. In every way but one.

Correctly reading the intent in his eyes as he rose from the chair and moved with purpose towards her, Khushi started backing into their bedroom. “Arnav, we’ll be late for work.”

“So?”

“We’ll be late for work, again,” she emphasized.

“Work can wait.”

“Are you sure you’re Mr. Raizada?” she teased when he reached her.

His arms circled her waist, his mouth descended to her neck, “You’d better be sure I’m Mr. Raizada.”

“You have a Board meeting today,” she felt obligated to remind him.

He tugged the sheets from her, “It can wait.”

“Aman expects me at the office in an hour.”

Arnav took her in on a deep breath. If there was one scent he preferred over his soap on her skin, it was the scent of him on her. “He can wait.”

“NK –“

Arnav pulled back, tugging at her hair until her face was tilted up to his, “Are you trying to write a book?”

“What?”

“100 Ways to Ruin a Romantic Moment.”

She bit her lips, knowing it would only encourage him if she allowed the laugh to escape, “Are we having a romantic moment?”

A none-too-gentle push sent her sprawling across the bed. He took a moment to remove his pants, eyes running over her nudity before joining her, their bodies colliding in the sweetest of impacts. “They can all wait, I can’t.”

Her breath caught and held when he parted her thighs and pressed between them.

“You need to stop foregoing your shirts in the morning.”

“Why? Too tempting?”

“Terribly tempting.”

Her arms glided across his back, tracing corded muscles that she’d long memorized.

“Take me inside you, Khushi.” She lifted her hips and positioned him at her entrance. When she looked at him, she saw his gaze was not on her, but where they were about to be joined.

“Arnav,” his name was half plea, half demand.

A wave of tenderness rode over Arnav, mixing headily with the lust as he heard her, “Do you want me?”

“Yes,” she breathed as he filled her.

“Love me?” He thrusts were deliberately slow, ensuring she felt him in every part of her.

“Always,” she whispered.

His hands slid under her, gripped tight, urging her to meet the new rhythm. As he felt the intimate pulses of her release around him, the rightness of it settled to his bones. In filling her body, she filled his soul.

He had asked her to be his without specifying the length of time. The last six months had not been a test of her, but of himself. To fall in love with Khushi was the easiest thing he’d ever done. What many people didn’t understand was that to be in love was a different animal. The stakes were higher.

The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward.

There were small moments where the old fears of being left still lurked in his mind, but after nearly a year of her tenderness, he finally tasted an unshakable truth. Being in love with Khushi meant being the man he was meant to be. Not the lost boy, not the hungry teenager, not the cold capitalist. Just the man he was supposed to be.

Thus, holding her as she came apart within his arms, Arnav had his answer. She’d given the promise of her on their first night. She’d given all of herself freely to him in the last six months. Now, he was going to give her always.

✧✧✧

1 week later

Upper West Side, New York

Devyani looked across the dinner table at her oldest grandson. Peace surrounded him tonight. A peace she’d first glimpsed when he’d brought a girl named Happiness to Shantivan for the first time.

She’d held her tongue for the last six months, knowing that to push him too soon would be a mistake. Instead, she’d nurtured hope in her heart that living with Khushi would fix what his mother broke.

No matter how many years passed by, she could still hear his screams from that day. Still remember the sight that greeted her when she followed the animal like sound, of her daughter lying in a pool of blood.

The pain of losing her daughter was equal to the horrific knowledge that there was nothing she could do to shield him. Arnav lost his innocence that day and she’d lost him. He’d remained a boy only in age and that too was gone in a blink of an eye.

When his eyes lifted to her, she knew. He was back. Arnav was back.

“Nani, will you get Ma’s kangans? I want to have them inscribed.”

From the other side of the table, Aman let out a whoop of pleasure. “About fucking time, brother! I thought I was going to lose the bet with-” he stopped abruptly at his grandmother’s glare. Clearing his throat, Aman hastily amended, “Not that marriage is a betting matter.”

“Welcomed news, mate,” NK grinned, “Should we draw up a prenup?”

“If Robbie goes after my balls, yours will be in harm’s way,” Arnav retorted.

Devyani closed her eyes as years of anguish purged from her heart. Yes, her boy was truly back!

“Nani,” Arnav called out. His face softening as he saw the emotions swimming in the eyes that were so similar to his own.

“Of course, Arnav. Of course. I’ll go get them now.”

Her heart warmed as she heard Lavanya’s soft congratulations. It had been no surprise when the young girl had quickly bonded with Aman, giving Arnav a wide berth. That self-imposed distance was lessening every day, but Devyani knew they still had miles to go before it was bridged completely. It would appear that life was determined to teach her patience.

She came back just in time to catch Arnav’s easy smile as Aman threw an arm around Lavanya, “That leaves you, little sis.”

She paused at the doorway, surveying the picture before her. To witness your child finding love was one of life’s greatest blessings, one she’d wished her daughter was still alive to see.

But you do see don’t you, beta?

She looked at them in turn. Aman, NK, and now Arnav, her work was nearly done. Nearly. Her aging eyes settled over Lavanya, sighing at the wistful look on her face.

It was Aman who looked to where she stood, wiggling his brows at her. He hadn’t missed it, her shark rarely did. She watched as he snuck a peek at Arnav, then gave her a slow deliberate wink.

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Del Posto, 10th Avenue, New York

“Ohmygod,” she breathed, looking at the giant red gemstone nestled within the white velvet.

“Can I take that as approval?”

“Is it a ruby?”

“A radiant cut red diamond. Harry Winston,” he added on an afterthought.

“Your scoreboard just went up a hellueva points, Raziada.”

Arnav grinned, but his eyes were serious, “It’s traditional to ask permission from the head of family. So will you, Robbie? Will you give me Khushi? So we can both take care of her?”

Her body locked. Unmindful that they were in the middle of a crowded restaurant, she burst into noisy tears.

“Doll.” She looked up to see NK holding out a tissue. The man was prepared for any situation. She took it, then taking several breaths to calm herself, she laced her fingers in his before turning to Arnav.

“The first day I met Khushi, there was more hurt in her eyes than any woman deserved. I didn’t have a right to make demands. Then she became family. She shared some, but withheld much more. I hated that bruised look, but there wasn’t much else I could do. The morning she came back to our place after spending the night with you, that bruised look was gone. Gone. You know what replaced them? Dreams. Dreams you put there. And every day since, minus one bogus episode, you’ve made her happy.”

His eyes darkened and she knew he got it. Reaching across the table she gave his hand a squeeze. “So yeah, Arnav Singh Raizada, I’m going to give you Khushi, because you are better than the prince I wished for her.”

Arnav’s eyes met with NK’s. He’d decided to make this gesture because it felt right, but he had not expected to be humbled.

“Thank you,” he told her sincerely.

Robbie tilted her head back, “Are you going to make my girl the happiest woman in New York City?

“Yes.”

“Good. As you are well aware, my guy has some serious muscles. You don’t keep that promise, we’re going to fuck you up.”

“He works for me you know,” he felt obligated to remind her.

“Yeah, but you don’t’ sleep with him,” she replied smugly.

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New Year’s Eve, New York

Arnav took a moment to inhale the crisp air. A dozen handfuls of stars decorated the deep cobalt, but their faint distant light was no match for the carpet of diamonds spread out below the glass terrace.

Tonight, however, even New York with all her majestic splendor paled in comparison to the woman before him.

She was draped in a sheer ivory saree of the airiest chiffron. Stripped of embellishment, there was nothing to distract from the soft flow of fabric over her curves. It would have bordered on being plain if it wasn’t for the choli, the French silk dipped in vibrant crimson infused an undeniable sensuality.

It was a love letter to a woman. It was his love letter to Khushi.

He knew the message was read when she’d joined him, braving the cold in nothing else, those green eyes luminous with love. He looked down at their joined hands and felt a deep jolt. Once he had wondered how it would feel to have someone by his side, a woman with her hand in his, a gleam in her eyes as she glanced up to him with a smile gracing her lips.

Now he knew. And it was critical that she knew as well. Arnav reached into his pocket for his mother’s kangans. His body heat had warmed them. The word he’d had etched along the inner ring were clearly visible. Hamesha. A promise within the symbol of eternity.

Before taking her hand again, he ran his fingers over the delicate inner skin of her wrist where life pulsed. Keeping their eyelock, he slipped the gold over it.

“A year ago I walked into a ballroom, so damn tired I just wanted the night to be over. Then I saw Anjali look at my brother. The devotion in her eyes disturbed me, because seeing it, I realized it was something I’ll never have. Fifteen minutes to midnight I found myself chasing after a woman. I didn’t understand the urgency, didn’t know why it mattered. I just knew I couldn’t let her disappear.”

Khushi’s eyes went liquid, “Arnav.”

“She made me want, she made me need, she made me love. And because of it, the man I was meant to be stands before her. She gave me her body, gave me her heart. Tonight, I’m asking her to give me one more thing.”

“Tell me what you you need, Arnav.”

He slipped the second kangan over her wrist. “Will you give me the promise of seven lifetimes, Khushi? To live each of them with a husband’s privilege?”

Khushi’s heart clenched tightly as she looked at him. She’d thought herself prepared. A part of her had filled with anticipation of what tonight promised when she’d dressed for him. She wasn’t. She was not prepared for the beauty of this man.

“Marry me, Khushi. Marry me, tonight.”

Khushi had finally found her voice, but the last word gave her pause.

“Tonight?!”

“I don’t want another year to pass without making you mine.”

“But our family- ”

“Are waiting impatiently in the observatory,” he gave her a grin, “Now say yes.”

Her forehead dropped against his chest, laughter bubbling within. Of course. How could she forget? He was bossy.

“Khushi,” Arnav demanded.

She looked at the kangans he’d placed on her wrists. His mother’s blessing of forever. She couldn’t wait to start.

“There is nothing I want more than to be your wife,” she whispered.

Raw happiness flooded his face. “Then you’ve got yourself a deal.”

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Entering the observatory on the 102nd floor, she found their family gathered in a semi-circle around a small flame. Khushi stood rooted in place as it hit her. Only her Arnav would have the arrogance to turn the Empire State Building into their mandap.

Robbie broke from NK’s side, her arms stealing around Khushi’s waist. “Always knew you’ll look beautiful in white, sweetheart.” She gave a deep squeeze, moving over for a glowing Anjali to offer her quiet good wishes.

Devyani’s eyes were wet when she drew Khushi into her embrace, “Thank you, Khushi, thank you!” she whispered fiercely to her ears. Looking up, she saw Aman give NK a fist bump before sending her a brazen wink.

The ceremony itself was kept simple. Their union did not require prompt and ceremony. Khushi knew that when she had the chance to catch her breath; she would pour over each detail, committing them to memory.

Now, however, her everything was centered on the man she’d just completed the seven circles with. She saw Arnav silently mouth ‘Hamesha’ before he placed a band on her finger, red fire set against white gold. She understood the difference, the gold bands marked her a Raizada, this ring was a declaration to the world that she belonged to him.

As his hands cupped her face, her lids swept closed, her mind bursting with memories as she waited for his kiss. He’d entered her life on one of the year’s coldest nights. Once, she’d believed that you had to say a farewell to winter to feel the warmth. Arnav taught her differently.

You just needed to open your heart for the warmth to seep in. The kind of warmth that made you feel secured in the love behind it, a love of seven lifetimes. Because if the heart was willing, one night, one kiss, can lead to forever.

As their lips met for the first time as man and wife, the night sky exploded in dazzling fireworks, celebrating the beginning of a new year.

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So… watcha think?

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

*adapted from Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown


A / N:  We’ve reached the end ladies. Thank fuck! 10 months is a long time. When we set out on this journey, we didn’t know what to expect. Taking the plunge was nerve wracking, but we are so glad we did. If we made you smile, sent a tingle down your spine, drawn out a sigh of pleasure or two, than FWN was a worthy endeavor.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, (especially those who took the dip 10 months ago!). Thank you for the late nights, for the laughs, for the love letters, for lending your support on Arshi’s New York adventure towards happily ever after. To you – Cheers!

488 thoughts on “Night #12

  1. Congratulations to both of you for reaching this milestone!
    I will be back tonight with the longest love letter in history. Just had to reserve this first comment 😀

    1. Where do I start? I promised both of you a fully honest review, so prepare for a long and wordy love letter (novel). It is also very late, so excuse if it’s not entirely coherent.

      First up are my thoughts on FWN’s last night. To say I love it would be an understatement, but yes, I fucking loved it! What an explosive way to end an amazing journey. Although I took in each morsel with a heavy heart that it has reached an end.

      I think I’m going to be part of a minority, but I loved Shashi’s letter. The set up to it, the fact that Arnav doesn’t even know it exists, and how it must be a salt on the wound every time Garima pulls it out to read. I liked how you gave Shashi’s side of the story, while leaving final judgement up to the reader.

      The winners are clearly Khushi and Arnav. In learning to let go, they are embracing a beautiful life and future together. In her stubbornness, Garima is clinging to absolutely nothing. It is interesting that it is Payal who points this out. I’m glad she finally woke up to this realization, years too late, but like they say – better late than never.

      NK and Robbie stole my heart in this update. It’s theirs, I offer it up freely. They sizzled here and they did it with so much heart, there may have been a few tears when Ma’s advice was finally revealed.

      A beautiful and poignant culmination of love is all I can offer up on Arshi. I love how you sprinkled classic IPKKND into this finale, adding the signature S/K spice into the mix. Our lovers have come such a long way within a span of one year, from strangers feeling the tug of desire to soulmates of seven lifetimes. It is a ‘Hamesha’ truly earned.

      Who else but Mr. Raizada would have the balls to provide his bride with such a mandap? 😀 (Also, don’t think I didn’t catch the little snub of the 6 months reference! Haha – I love you K!)

      FWN is a true journey, of lust, of friendship, of self-reflection, of love, of life. Oh you made me smile alright, you also had me laughing out loud, screaming in frustration, giggling like a crazy woman, and staying up on many nights, racking my brains to make connections as I wait in anticipation for an update.

      Like many, I took the plunge because I adore you two, but after the first night, it was always about the characters and the magical words you used to weave out their journey.

      Arnav and Khushi – In many ways they are very typical romantic leads. Cold business man meets wronged sweetheart. IPKKND and Cinderella, yes, we have seen this set up before. Yet, you made me fall in love, madly in love with these lovers. Because your Khushi is the very best of IPKKND’s Khushi, you kept the spunk, you kept the heart, but you gave her a past that rallied the sisterhood, you gave her an outlook of a mature woman, best of all you gave her an amazing inner strength that never came off as contrived, but so genuine, there was no choice but to root for her. In Arnav we have a flawed hero, a man emotionally closed off due to his past. He is cold, he is bossy, and there were moments I was all for the unleashing of Indiana retaliation, but not once did I ever feel he was unredeemable. And once he recognized what a gem fate (otherwise known as Aman) place in his path, his pursuit of Happiness was nothing short of heart thumping magic. By the end, I felt Arnav deserved Khushi. He earned her love and the right to be the man by her side. In this critical regard, the show failed us. It’s impossible to enjoy happily ever after when you’re given a mockery of chacters, so thank you both for this New York journey to a happily ever after that is truly deserved.

      NK and Robbie – The two unexpected treasure of FWN , who shines as brightly as our lead pair, at times even managing to eclipse them. I’ll confess here, I’m not a fan of the show’s NK. I found his character vapid and pointless. But the moment this giant of a man entered his boss’s bedroom, fbombs flying away, I found myself in lust. And when he set his sight on a blonde woman, giving her a real love that beats out all the fairytales, I fell head over heels in love. You two need to take a bow for Robbie. Because this story would not have been the same without this fearless woman, who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and is the best friend we all yearn for. I love how protective she is of Khushi, I love how her outspokenness actually harbors vulnerabilities, and lastly, I love her journey with NK. It may have started out as flirty games of the heart, but it ended in one of the most honest confession of love I’ve ever read.

      Aman and Anjali – How easy it is to be outshined when your older brother is ASR, but Aman surely held his own! I adored this smooth talking playboy, who wears his heart on his sleeve for the woman he loves and his family. And how can I neglect to mention a most hilarious wedding night? 😀 Anjali has a small role, but it was well crafted. These two bring out the best in each other, and I’m glad we got to experience the culmination of their love story.

      Payal and Trent/Garima and Shashi – I’m surprised by the ending you chose for these characters, but after some thought, it is fitting. At the halfway mark I realized that FWN isn’t about a villain, or even villains. It’s about catching people in different stages of thought and life. Sometimes that makes you the bad guy, sometimes you are the hero. (Although Garima still sits right there on my hitlist)

      Manreet’s comments on the Dragon Lady said it all. I have nothing to add other than to say I’m so glad you two included this formidable woman.

      Shyam/Lavanya – The only grips I have with FWN is with these two. I understand you pulled back on Shyam’s character to expand on Aman (definitely not sorry for that) and Lavanya was always meant to play a small part. Still, I feel it was a missed opportunity. Shyam’s ending lacked an emotionally punch, because when we finally got to it, he was so much a part of the background, it doesn’t leave too much impact. I enjoyed the scene more for Anjali’s growth, but he was never redeemed enough for the earlier nastiness towards Khushi to deserve such a sweet sister. I also liked that foreshadowing between Aman and Devyani in regards to La, but I really wanted to see her relationship with Arnav change after the press con. I wanted to be shown, not told that there were changes. And it’s all really your fault for making me care so much about these characters!

      The Bromance/Friendship/Sisterhood – It deserves a special mention, while I was most charmed by the bromance, I loved the friendship and sisterhood just as much. It was the most unexpected, yet hands down the best part of FWN. The unshakable friendship between Robbie and Khushi, the hilarious equation of Aman and NK, the rock hard support NK gives Arnav, the brotherly affection NK and Aman has towards Khushi, and the bond forged between Robbie and Arnav out of nothing but their shared love of one woman….. in sum… Perfection.

      As a first time collaboration, you two have managed to spin a tale that is as heartfelt as it is romantic. I love how you tackled the story so fearlessly. Keeping the soul of IPKKND while making it your own. FWN isn’t just one of my favorite Arshi ffs, it’s now one of my favorite romance novels.

      Thank you for this beautiful story and for making me a part of this amazing journey. I loved that this gave us the chance to get to know each other so much better, and opened the doors on many new friendship for me.

      K & S – Please take a well deserved bow!

      Ever yours with love, Pyre

      1. Beautifully articulated Pyre. Your comments truly encourage the rest of us to see beyond the words and red herrings to appreciate this novel in all of its romantic glory.

        Thanks for helping to elevate this story and its journey dear 🙂 xx

      2. Novel? No. But it is one heck of a love letter 😀
        You know the most rewarding aspect about writing this story was the act of writing itself, but half a step after it is reading the PG. Yours in particular is one I wait with bated breath for. ALWAYS!

        Thank you for these thoughts on the character, it give such a wonderful sense of accomplishment that our intent was conveyed. Lol of course there was a dig at the 6 months, you know our K!

        Your grips… 😀
        I don’t regret Lavanya, I think any more focus on her would have taken away from the core of the story. Less is more Pyre!
        But you have my complete agreement on Shyam. I think we reached the point of not really having the desire, nor the time, to explore him with the depths he deserves. I also feel that way about Trent. Although had we dragged it out any longer, our rabbit hole would be bombed. 😛

        I’m going to miss FWN…. although we have one final send off before that farewell 😀
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      3. As far as comments go, yours is the one I actively search for. You spell it out with such articulation and eloquence. You have a way with words that leaves me envious. You have truly added so much to this amazing story brought to us by S & K.
        I’ll say it again, why the hell aren’t you writing??

      4. My Pyre (note the possessive =p)
        If I could bottle up your words for that rainy day I’ll do it in a heartbeat.
        That we adore YOU goes without saying, but it’s for so many reasons beyond what connects us here. You are the voice of reason on crazy days and the voice of encouragement on the sleepless nights.

        While I have hound you incessantly about sharing your thoughts more often with other writers, I’m selfishly thrilled to be a beneficiary.
        I will take a bow when I feel it is truly earned, we have miles to go yet before we reach it! So now, let’s raise the glass in a fond salute and luxuriate in reaching the damn conclusion! =p

  2. ok ..a confession i cudnt stop to make after reading sashis letter…. i have voted for his name more than once:-)) hated that person a lot..
    Happy for Payal ,,, and what is Garima gonna do living all alone 🙁 so she is not yet ready to share that letter to Arnav?
    and my dear Arnav traveled across country to spend few hours with his love… so romantic. and good tht he took her in the return flight..
    and finally Anji helped her brother come out of the misery….
    cant believe Nk’s family is in talks with Robbie…poor girl might be damn scared:-))
    finally we need a prince charming for La…which for sure they will plan the sameway they did for Arnav,,,maybe including Arnav too in the mission:-))
    what a beautiful way of asking khushi from Robbie and mind blowing proposal with kangans.

    1. It’s an Aussie invasion for sure.
      lol I don’t think Arnav has it in him to play matchmaker, but if Prince Charming doesn’t deliver then yeah, he’ll join in on the asskicking 😀

      Thanks for joining us on this journey anamika!

    2. HEE well that explains the numbers!
      If Arnav Singh Raizada existed, I wonder how he would be able to handle all this adulation we reserve for him? 😀
      And thank you anamika for being part of our adventure!

  3. shaadi mubarak…………..
    so garima is the one who filled poison in payal’s mind against khusi.

  4. one of the most wonderful epic love story i ever read…if its turn to a film ..it will be most lavish, most sensual, beautifully sexy, love story ever made…i am just lost for words…and happy that arnav and khushi married and robbie and nk on the verge…garima what i can say, what have she earn, a lonely empty life at least payal is away to find herself

    1. We too wish it could be seen on a screen. Good thing no one lacks for imagination around here 😉

      We enjoyed having you on this journey, ranogill – thank you!

    2. The most powerful tool we have in our arsenal against those who hurt us is to let go. Khushi learned it first, and now finally Payal has had her eyes opened. It takes swallowing your anger and a whole lot of courage, but the reward can be phenomenal. 🙂
      Thank you for taking part in this adventure ranogill!

  5. Awesome ending to a wonderful story I ever read. Loved Arnav-Khushi’s love story. Please come up with the new one soon. Thank you for writing this epic story.

  6. Stalking does help! I can’t believe the last night is up. I was so excited I had to comment first. Now I’m going grab my coffee, read it and come back. Ooh I’m so excited can’t wait to read it. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      1. Of course! You have given us a most memorable Arshi Story and for that I owe it you to make an effort to write a long love letter. If not for anything else but to let you know how much I truly love you two for this story. I am actually jealous of Pyreoftomes, Melsweets, Manreet and Mints. I wish I could write like them and verbalize my thoughts and reactions to this beautiful masterpiece and do justice. But alas you have to put up with my words that are inadequate in expressing my true reactions and feelings to this story. I always have this story open on my phone and read and re-read at every chance I get. It’s like my anchor as I deal with the changes happening in my life. I can’t believe this is the last night and what a night it was. I am totally in love with this Arnav. I actually had goosebumps reading this part. What a mind blowing proposal and wedding that was, so totally Arnav and Khushi. Sometimes when I read other fanfictions I end up a bit disappointed that when Arnav changes, his personality and the essence of his character is lost somewhere along the way but this was perfect. You managed to retain the essence of Arnav while taking forward the love between him and Khushi and their eventual marriage. The proposal also was so mind-blowing and so Arnav that it made me all mushy inside. It was perfect. Even the little things that you threw in like the [“Are you trying to write a book?” “100 Ways to Ruin a Romantic Moment.”] were perfect and didn’t feel cheesy or out of place. Totally loved it. I actually lost count on how many times I read this last night and I’m still not done. It’s like something really precious you want to hug to yourself and not share, a wonderful gift to me from you two . Do I sound mushy and cheesy now? Well I can’t help it . I am glad we have an epilogue coming or else I would be heart broken. Though I wish it didn’t end as they say all good things have to end . But on a positive note I am all excited for the new story and this time I would be able to be there on the journey from the beginning. Before I end I want to say, though I realize my focus was only on Arshi since I love them and you made me love them so much more in this night, I love all the other characters too with Robbie being my favorite. Thank you once again for letting me a part of this beautiful journey and giving me something that I will treasure for years to come.

        1. Thank you shyamidutt for the beautiful thoughts behind this love letter.
          To be told so honestly of your enjoyment of our story is truly something I treasure. I’ve harbored a secret yen to write (and finish!) an Arshi fanfic for years, this moment seems almost surreal. I too have the same quibble! Falling in love should change for the better, not give you an entirely new personality! 😉

          Your company has been a joy. We have adored the little notes you leave throughout Refresh Hell, let’s burn down the screens in the next adventure 😀

        2. Knowing that it took you two hours to draft these lovely words makes me appreciate them all the more. Thank you shyamidutt most sincerely for joining our FWN family. Ten months is really a blink of an eye in most of our lives, but it is ten months that I will cherish for bringing into my life so many kindred spirits. For it’s what you gals are, kindred spirits who share a passion for romance and the many reinventions of Arnav & Khushi.

          For the hours you have given this particular re-imagining – thank you!

          And there’s nothing wrong with a little mush and cheese. It’s a much needed break from tough as rock AD!

  7. What an amazing ride Girls. Loved it, this update was awesome and the way you wrapped it up was beautiful. Looking forward to reading it in one go once again.

    Looking forward to the Next Journey!!!

    1. We cough up over 120,000 words and you give us four lines? 🙁
      I don’t think I’m ready for the next adventure anytime soon. Need a serious period to recoup energy… and sanity 😛

  8. Wish Arnav was given a Closure with the Letter which Shashi had written to Him. He truly deserved that, Hope Garima passes that letter to him sometime Soon.

  9. OMFG! OMFG! OMFG! OMFG! OMFG! OMFG!
    OMFG! OMFG! OMFG! OMFG! OMFG! OMFG!

    K you will have to forgive the spamming, but S and Pyre – you guys get me don’t you? 😀

    First reaction

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    For Arshi

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    For RoNK

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    For the end of this journey

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    I will be back tonight for a through reading and my own love letter.

      1. I know it! That’s why I’m doing a full re-read. I’m determined to out word Pyre for once! 😀

  10. Complete. In so many more ways than one; this is the theme I am selecting for this final update my lovelies 🙂

    1. Payal and Garima
    It may seem strange a statement – but I’m genuinely happy for Payal. I once shared a poem on here [I forget the update] in which the poet very lyrically told us how our parents so brilliantly fuck us up.

    This was Payal.

    The woman could have been so much bigger than the sum of her parts and its poetic justice to see her leave towards a new life, and leave behind the poison of a wronged woman. There was an unbridled sense of completeness in that act, and particularly Shashi’s letter. What a beautiful set up to completing a lifelong wish that is FWN’s love story…

    2. Aman and Anjali
    A smaller role here, but no less heart warming. These two have come so far from who they once were to who they now are. They are a defined observation of love and how it brings solidarity, understanding, companionship to culminate into the very best version of yourself.

    Their gift to Shyam, and the completeness of the act imbibes hope of every new beginning bringing the colours of life and love that the trio truly deserve…

    3. NK and Robbie
    These two are so honest in their theft of my heart. I love every part of them because they are the best friends, the best people, and the best lovers one could ever wish to see.

    They are genuine – and that enhances the beautiful journey towards seeing their complete devotion to one another, and for allowing every vulnerability to lay to rest in the face of love… utterly poetic ladies…

    4. Nani and her children
    And that is what the once ruthless dragon lady can finally be – a devoted Nani to her beloved children. She as has travelled the longest roads of all in her aged wisdom, and it was warming to see her content and complete in the company of her grandchildren’s honest love…

    5. Khushi and Arnav
    Such beautiful couple you have carved here

    The hardened, possessive businessman and the vulnerable heiress

    Or simply for me; Arnav’s Khushi.

    I adore how far they have come and continue to go. Love completes them as human beings. Fills in the cracks and bruises in those hearts, healing them to be the best versions of themselves for every role they now go onto adopt in their long and loving futures.

    From the sheer hunger they have for one another, to the pleasures of domesticity and completeness of married life. You covered it all with aplomb in this chapter and the journey ladies – honestly, it was truly enchanting and beautiful. A perfect completion to the tale

    6. S and K
    It may have been long but what a wonderful journey this has been. And as the summers nights come to a close, so does this story I began one cold winters eve.

    There’s a strange sense of poetic completion in there somewhere, don’t you think?

    They journey you have so devotedly crafted and brought to life deserves a series of accolades and applause. It was stitched with such precise care, and that shows S and K.

    FWN is and forever will be a special tale for all it defines and the journey you so kindly took me along. As much as I adore your characters I have come to love you a helluva lot more! :]

    Congratulations on the completion of this tale Ladies. I hope the experience was as amazing for you as it was for me xxxx

    1. Manreet, I think it’s obvious that I spend too much time in the peanut gallery, but really when you post such amazing comments, what choice do I have?

      I have especially enjoyed your themes. And this one was such a great choice.

      Complete. A journey at it’s end, three pairs of lovers upon the shores of happily ever after. A fine place to end isn’t it? 🙂

    2. I’m still sporting bumps from all the head desking… but I suppose no pain no gain 😀
      K has mentioned this, but I love how well you grasp our Khushi, and I’m going to further add now well you get our female characters. I think the bromance is sometimes distracting, so it’s always lovely to see how the other half comes across to readers. And can I just say that whenever you say Arnav’s Khushi I get a little melty inside? 😉

      Thank YOU for being part of journey. For sharing insights, for being such a wonderful pillar of support to two first timers (ok ok, practically a first timer in my case 😛 )

      And here’s our wish for you:

      http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7q3cxJbRm1rzv1rxo1_500.gif

      😀 MUAK!

      1. It truly is not difficult to fall in love with any of your characters, but yes – it’s no secret that your Khushi has always had more of my heart 😛

        I had told K this as well – writing is bittersweet an experience – especially towards the end of the story when you are so eager to just finish the damn thing, and yet this is something you have lived with for so long, it’s always hard to let go.

        Yet the sense of satisfaction and pride is honestly like no other, and every comment which gets to you, makes it all that much more worth it.

        On a personal note – thank you for inviting me into this world with such warmth. This past year or so has been an experience like to other for me, and FWN [and of course – by extension the both of you] have been a constant companion of sorts I will treasure with a smile when I reflect on the winter of 2014.

        Thank you for being the beautiful souls you are xxx

        1. If I could draw hearts around this I would 😀
          Since it’s not an option I’m gonna lay a tight squeeze on you. *HUGS*

  11. Really enjoyed the night 12. All elements of IPKKND included in this chapter, bonding, emotions, romance (specially liked the 100 ways to kill romance comment). Will miss this story , waiting each week to see if any updates are done. Eagerly waiting for the Epilogue.
    I have already started reading again this story from beginning and everytime it feels fresh and never a moment of boring. Keep writing and mesmerize us with your story telling

    1. We had to find a way to sneak that line in! It’s classic Arshi after all 😀
      Thanks for joining us on this adventure!

  12. Congratulations for completing this beautiful story. Loved it though I joined this journey just last week. But better late than never.

    This is a fabulous Arnav-Khushi story with other supporting cast playing an important role.

    I have started following your new story as I have like your way of describing a story.

    (orchids8888 from IF)

  13. Firstly, congratulations on completing this wonderfully beautiful story! <3 This is definitely one of my favourites thanks to you both 😀 Now coming to my comments I was shocked to know that Shashi wanted Arnav for Khushi. And I absolutely loved Arnav even more than before in this update if that is even possible. Even in his bossy ways and his flaws he is just perfect. 😀 I love the relationship that Anjali and Aman share… it's sweet and basically just perfect but not as much as Arnav and Khushi. As for NK and Robbie… I just love them and she finally say I love you and let him in! It was a wonderful update. Thank you guys 😀

    1. Let me tell you, bossy in the right man is HOT 😀
      Thank you for taking part in FWN, and sharing your thoughts with us Simba!

  14. Finally reaching the milestone huh gals am so gana miss this freaking freaking awesome super nova story so much sigh:( It was such a great journey traveling alone with you gals till the end… am so pissed of with this phone not allowing me to get my notifications UURRRGG!!! if I wasn’t so obsess with this story I would have seen you gals update and now am late damn lolol.

    1. Hahahaha. Cute!
      Both of us are looking forward to your final thoughts on FWN kerriik. What a journey it’s been, and such joy to have you along for company.

  15. A very beautiful start , I would say to a blissful journey of ‘hamesha “….The love that they share together makes me feel so overwhelmed with emotions…That’s the magic of this enigmatic jodi combined with the brilliant works of this jodi..Thanks a ton to both of you for this fabulous Winter night …Though have joined in late would like to stick to you’ll for hamesha 😉 as you give us yet another splendid arhi tale…..
    Waiting eagerly for sweet , naughty , beautiful n smart arhi kids ;-)..

    1. Thank you barunzforeva for deciding to join us. We are thinking more the lines of another year, but I do love the sentiment of hamesha 😀

  16. Superb update. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Arnav’s proposal to Khushi, their wedding, Robbie and NK’s relationship advancing to the next level …. Everything was just perfect !! Also, loved the fact that payal gave garima a piece of her mind regarding her parental skills !!

  17. the ending brought tears into my eyes!!!………..thank you S & K for this amazing journey…… 10 months of Arnav Khushi, Trent Robbie, Aman Anjali, the Dragon Lady.. thank you for everything!!

  18. Thankyou for a wonderful story,you windup so beautifully n did justice with each character n it was so romantic that they married on new year same day they met a year before, after reading the last chapter i think the baby the man is holding in teaser is arnav n khusi’s n i also loved the choice of his ring it describes him

    1. We took nearly forever, but alas forever arrived 😀
      I’m glad you thought the characters were given their dues… nothing more rewarding than to hear this praise!

  19. Congratulations to both of you for successfully completing this story… Loved the update… Loved Arnav’s return before the end of the conference. Especially Arnav and Khushi’s sudden marriage…

  20. Thanks a lot for this wonderful story….
    arnav khushi….NK Robbie…..Aman and anjali…..nani….llavanya…..
    awesome..at the end our favorite couple…THE ARSHI

  21. Hi,

    Thank you for the update. It was wonderful. . At last I under stood the situation of Shashi. He is unable to overlook the gratitude he has for Garima’s father. It keeps him locked and chained.

    He didn’t want Arnav to face the same situation. At last his wish got fulfilled. Garima is all alone. It serves her right. But she was always alone no wonder in that.

    Anjaly and Aman bond is wonderful. Together they were able to breakthrough Shyam. At last Khushi & Robbie got their Prince charming s. A Wonderful end of winter nights

    It is really a farewell to winter nights.

    Thanks

    Tessy

  22. Oh wow such a perfect chapter … Absolutely loved it… But am also sad that we have reached the end… Im going to miss all these lovely characters specially aman nk n robbie…. Oh forgot to mention I loved the letter to arnav from shadhi…. The hamesha on the kangans touched my heart… Oh n wedding at Empire State… Just wow

  23. Beautiful culmination to a memorable journey. You have tied the loose ends beautifully.
    Now I will be eagerly waiting for the epilogue. You guys have done a great job. I am going to read this story again, this time in one go! All the best. Hail

  24. So night 12 hhmm? What do you have in store for me? :)…

    1. So you gals kick start the finally with Payal, fair enough… Garima is such a narcissistic manipulative ungrateful bitch, I hope she stays alone forever ufff -__-… I’m so glad that Payal finally found it in herself to let go of the past and start anew. Honestly throughout FWN I had dislike Payal so much for all the bad and disgraceful things she did to Khusi in the past, but at the end I started feeling sorry for her after realizing it wasn’t entirely her fault. Everyone deserve a second chance and Payal is no different in this case, I hope something good and positive comes her way soon.

    2. Hope you will stay lonely for the rest of your miserable life Garima, you deserve no one. And yes Shashi might have been a coward, but still he won against your dirty mind games you did towards his daughter khusi. Everything that he had wished for his Khusi in the letter came through. I really hope one day Arnav gets to see that letter sigh.

    3. Khusi is missing Arnav like crazy awe poor sweetie.. I got the perfect song for this part :p https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Eb-Vfe61W6A . Hollyshit I want to be Khusi, gosh I hate her lol, she got Arnav missing her like a mad man flying back before he had completed his work just so he could come get her. That’s some crazy ass mad love up in this isshh *dreamy eyes*:D

    4. Naomi, Nyssa, Nora Nadyne and Noah. All name starts with “N” how kool that is. NK finally pull the sister card on Robbie lol serve her right lol

    5. NK and Khusi bounding together brotherly sisterly love how cute.

    6. Show us some fierceness Angali certain Raizada rubbing off on you ehh? Lol. Can these ppl get anymore considerate, always looking out for others happiness, and in this case its Shyam. Hope he gets happiness too, everyone deserve a lil happiness.

    7. Robbie Robbie Robbie how could you think so low about “My” NK ufff naughty girl *side eyes* lol. So the Guys bought the gals old building to demolish it and build over from scratch in consideration that the building meant a lot to them, allowing them to be apart of it after it’s finish. I love those selfless bastard when it comes to there women… finally Robbie is letting go of her insecurities and did they bout just use the 4 letter word ”LOVE” 😀 and moving in together. Can’t this finally get any better lool

    8. Arnav and khusi love making scene was seductively “HOT” that’s all I got to say am dun lol. There love is just so pure, can’t even find words to describe it. Love arshi together always and forever *grinning like a fool* lol

    9. Nani The Main Boss, The Patriot and The Stand Foundation of the family. My respect goes up for this woman. She as dun everything in order to set her family right and make her boys happy. Finally everything is looking up the way she always wanted it. Can’t wait to see Arnav and Lavanya bound the way Aman does with her.

    10. That was so thoughtful of Arnav to ask Robbie for Khusi’s hand in marriage. Shows how much respect Raizada got for Blondie. If it was old Arnav he would give a shit what anybody thinks, but he’s a change person all in the name of love 🙂

    11. “Marry me, Khushi. Marry me, tonight.” Arnav your the real boss a tell you. Dont see the sense in waiting, go get hitch with your woman *wink wink*

    12. Farewell Winter Nights. Perfect ending gals. At this same time Arnav and Khusi met as shatters souls and now one year later on the same night they are now mind, body heart and soul, together as on forever.

    Awesome finally gals it couldn’t have ended better cant wait for the epilogue 😀

    1. Hahahaha K and I had a field day digging up names for NK’s sisters. 😀
      Remembering how pissed you were at Payal, this is a good turnaround lol
      Ok, your comment on Nani being the main boss cracks me up, because the other day, a good friend of ours was saying we should send Arshi into a motorcycle gang. Kinda like IPKKND meets Son of Anarchy. The Dragon Lady would make an awesome Prez!

      The link isn’t working, what song did you have in mind?

      Thank you for this love note, it is as sweet as you 🙂 As for our epilogue… well I suppose there is always a little room for some naughtiness 😉

      1. Your most welcome darling and I wouldn’t mind a lil naughtiness too 😀 … darn it that link ufff lol the song I had in mind was t- shirt on by shontelle.. picturing arshi in a motorcycle gang and Nani being the head lady that would be so kool. Lol.. thank again gals for this lovely finally it was worth waiting for 😀

  25. Thank you both for all the time and effort. I think I was borderline obsessed with the story. For the first time I felt I was watching this happen in real life as a spectator when I was reading it. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

  26. What an ending!!! You girls really wrapped evrything up! Sending Shaym to Spain was a really good touch. Payal has finally realised that pleasing garima is impossible. I’m glad that she’s going to start all over again. Awww I love NK and Robbie! He wanted Robbie and he got her. he is perfect for the feisty girl.
    Now coming to Arnav it’s amazing how far he has come since meeting khushi. She is his life and asking Robbie’s permission was so sweet.
    Just want to say a big fat thank you for this story. You girls are brilliant writers! The characters you have created are so unique. They all have their own qualities. The best part has to be the bonding between all the characters. You gave importance to them all and not just Arnav and khushi which made it even interesting to read! Also you have great Sence of humour. There were parts which cracked me up so much. Anway Thanks again and can’t wait to read more of your work!

    1. And I would like to extend a big fat thank you for joining us. I love tickling the funny bones…although did you know that the Han Dynasty court used tickling as a form of torture? 😛

  27. S & K, what a beautiful wrap up of this incredible story….one that has kept us engaged and obsessed for the longest time…loved the energy and efficient wrapping up of all the loose ends…giving Shyam the reprieve he probably deserved, giving Garima her own personal hell to languish in – one that even Payal walked out of, Payal’s own realization, and showing us what Shashi intended for Arnav and Khushi …I savoured every moment knowing this was the grand finale. Our three couples? A fiting denouement…and the Dragon Lady can finally rest easy as well. I loved the fact that the entire narrative had a sprinkling of IPKKND stardust over it with nuggets we all cherish. Arnav and Khushi have travelled so far, as have NK and Ruby, Anjali and Aman have strengthened their bond in their own way, and even Lavanya seems to have found acceptance. Magic and momentum all in spades. Thank you ladies, will wait for your next spectacular collaboration soon. FWN has been a revolutionary fan fiction on our favourite TV couple. Giving them a New York minute we will all cherish for a long time to come.

    Thank you!

    Anupama

    1. Thank you Anapama for taking part in this journey. Your encouragements (and staying powers!) were much appreciated on those hair tearing nights.
      It’s just feels good to reach this culmination, regardless of what was gained or lost during this New York minute.

  28. This story was truly magical
    What a beautiful ending – all loops tied perfectly for a perfect ending
    Thank you thank you thank you for this

  29. Beautiful indeed.
    There was no loop holes, every character is settled.
    From payal, garima, shyam, nk everyone
    Really loved it.
    I loved the marriage,
    Marry me tonight. That shows how much ever if he change this attitude will never change and also it shows his trust on her. He knows she will never say no to him.
    Lavanya bond with arnav is growing surely it will take time, we can’t expect a strained relationship to go in fast forward option.
    I don’t know what to say further.
    I loved every thing about it.

    The fuck thing was LOL.

    Say me without swearing, I liked it 😍
    Thanks for the amazing work and I’m happy that I got to read it.

  30. Gals ,you rocked the finale!!! That was awesomest, closures to all individual stories , this night was definitely a ruby in its own way 😉 congratulations!!! Well done!!! Now take a deep breath and take some rest and…
    And now i am shamelessly going to ask for the next story;) when and where ??? Counting on you to keep me in the loop girls;)

    1. No rubies! Red diamonds only, and better make it a Harry Winston! 😛
      Thank you for being part of this voyage, and providing good company.

      We have thrown ourselves into the desert… although I’ll be honest, we’re not sure if we want to start another year long journey anytime soon…. We’ll see if the peanut gallery can inspire 😉

      https://ipkkndfics2.wordpress.com/

  31. Oh my god!! Finally Night #12 is here… and then bam! I see my name up there…. I am so so thrilled… Thank you girls for the shout out, but this story has truly been so special, I cannot explain it in words how lucky I was to have stumbled upon this treasure. When I began reading this part, I was so excited and so happy… but by the time I reached the end, I felt so down and gloomy. Even happy endings can put you down you know? Because its the end after all! Sigh! 🙁

    Payal just redeemed herself a bit by actually realizing her mistakes…. that is actually half the battle won. She is now rid of all the baggage and can move on freely… finding someone who can truly treasure and love her, the ways he deserves. All her life she has been struggling, lying, cheating, desperately wanting to feel that unconditional love… by her mother… her father and a man she loved. However she has been unlucky uptil now… how she gets her happy ending!

    Well what do I say about a lonely woman, who has been lonely all her life and will be till the end. That letter in a way redeemed Shashi as well. Even though his actions were not upto the mark… his intentions and affections were in the right place. Always a Larmine’s love, a Khushi’s father… his soul will finally rest in peace seeing Arnav and Khushi together. I am sure Larmine and he would be showering their blessing from the heaven above on our beloved couple. 🙂

    Have I told you’ll before how much I love NK? I do. Really do. Because I want to be a Robbie. And a bloody man who can go to any limits to make Robbie break down all her defenses and accept him wholly, has my total respect. That man is all body, all brain. His strategies are so bang on, and psychology his favourite subject…. because he can read Robbie like a book. Not only her body, buy her entire soul. I am happy that they have found their true love.

    I am glad what Anjali and Aman have done for Shyam. Its unfair for the world to judge people from the same magnifying glass. I hope he can find his true identity and live a life of freedom and no shame. Lived all his life in judgmental house, I hope his Spanish stay can loosen him up… finally bridging the gap between the brother-sister duo. And well if the sister is happy… so will her husband be… because Aman’s happiness remains in the hands of the woman he loves! 🙂

    Finally onto my beloveds… Arnav and Khushi. My gosh S & K, you write them so well. The beauty of their relationship… their craving, the need for each other, the need to touch, their body conversations, the link that these two share… everything is so graphically written that I can picturize it in my head. I love this Arnav, who flew across the country to feel Khushi in his arms, to breathe her into his lungs, capturing her essence into his soul forever.

    I love how you have used a couple of IPK tags… like hamesha into this update. It made me connect to this Arnav and Khushi much much more. Finally after a year, life is in a full circle, as Arnav realizes the need to have Khushi bound to him in ever way… even legal. The kangans with the beautiful inscription, finds its true destination. Love a glimpse into Arnav and Robbie’s bond as well. And then finally that heart melting proposal. 🙂

    Sigh! My heart just skipped a beat for these two. It was dream wedding for Arnav and Khushi and a beautiful fairytale ending to these frosty winter nights that have entertained us through these past months. S & K, a huge applause to you girls, to have wrapped up this story wonderfully. I know there is still an epilogue to come, and also a new story down the alley… yet I am feeling so sad and upset… its an end to one of my favourite Arhi stories. Love you for giving this ending to me, just the way I wanted it!

    1. I’m aware you are a writer, but as I avoid IF like the plague, I have yet to indulge in your corner of the ficverse. (If you ever jump ship to a blog, we’ve got ourselves a date! 😀 )
      From one ff writer to another, I’m sure you’ve experienced the frustration of having your story read and then… Nothing.
      That silence is cuss inducing (heavy on the fbombs 😛 ) It makes you wonder why the fuck you do this, why you should continue.
      But then comes along that group of readers, they are small in numbers, but oh! the difference that they make!
      During this 10 months journey, K and I were on edge of calling it quit 29 times. Yes, I counted! But then we would go into the peanut gallery and BAM we’re back to keyboard pounding.
      Because it doesn’t matter if it’s only a handful, when someone connects to your words, when they understand the world you’re building, it creates a sense of purpose.
      Thank you for being part of our purpose, for helping us reach the culmination of this tale.
      When we leave the world of FWN, it is these warm thoughts that we’ll carry with us.

      1. Only 29? 🙂
        S, sometimes I forget just how young you are. I read the frustration of these lines, and you’ll have to forgive me, but it does make me smile. After spending my life with a man who keeps all his thoughts to himself, I had to teach myself to accept life’s silences. Of course there are moments when I want to wring an extra word out of him, but then I remember the beautiful life he gave me, one where words would fail to fully capture.

        Taking part in this journey, I’ve watched as your following grew, the comments and likes ticking up and the excited frustration of Refresh Hell mounting Night after Night. Take pride and joy in that. Even when you wish for more, a very normal and understandable reaction, I hope you’ll remember that it is not the validation of others that makes an endeavor worthwhile.

        If FWN brought you happiness, if it made you laugh and shed some tears while writing, and brought you closer to the people you cherish, that is the real gift. More than these characters, I love your equation with K. You two have a tight knit friendship and it is wonderful that together you are able to create a blog for us to gather, to dream, and to bond.

        1. Thank you Pyre. I cannot agree more. It is oh so tempting to rest our laurels on the praise of others, and even more so to mentally plummet when your ears echo with crickets. Yet, what kind of world would we live in, had men and women not forge ahead, listening only to the guiding voice in their head?
          Chin up my S! And ahem… go write SS or start CC 😀

          1. The mood for SS totally left me. I feel apologetic, but then if I were to go back I’ll likely go on a murder rampage. There is a reason why writers kill off their characters in the end.

            I’m actually working on the one shot I ranted to you about weeks ago, but it’s all too blue when I want it to be yellow!

          2. Let me start by apologizing if I’m crossing a line here but reading these conversations back and forth I am daring to add my two cents. Let me first tell you I’m 47 years old with a 25 year old a 22 year old daughters. Though it pains my vanity to admit it I’m probably old enough to be your mom 🙁 So forgive me if it feels like I’m lecturing you though I rarely do and try to avoid that instinct even with my own daughters. I feel through your conversations that you are a little bit disappointed with the response you are getting. Don’t be. It’s not always easy to vocalize your thoughts and feelings and I know because I have that problem. I spent a good 2 hours trying to let you know how much this story affected me, only because it doesn’t come naturally to me I had to make an effort. That’s why I named all those people I was jealous of because I read and appreciate their thoughts and think to myself – why can’t I write such nice responses. I love reading the comments as much as I do reading the story.

            When you do something that is very big and eventful in your life its natural to feel a little down after its complete. Remember you commented in your reply to me that you wanted to always write an Arshi FF? Well you both did it and in what a brilliant fantastic way. You both created a masterpiece. You must be proud and happy. You touched so many people with your story. Not everything can be expressed in words. That doesn’t mean you did not achieve what you set out to do. I’m going through a difficult phase in my life. For the first time in 25 years it’s just me and my husband. I’m trying to deal with this change and do you know what helps me, writers like you. I pick up my iPad as soon as I wake up and the first tab I open is FWN. I read whatever part I feel like reading with my coffee and do the same before I go to bed. That’s the last thing I read before falling asleep. It makes me happy to get lost in your words and it helps me deal. This you don’t know till I tell you. But this is the power of your writing. Like a song you listen to when you feel down, when you feel happy or just listen to it because you love it, this also similar. You might not always know how your work touches others but touch it does. So feel proud of yourselves and enjoy this moment. I used to watch the show because I liked Arnav and Khushi but you gave us a story that is beyond the show and much more than it. I may never watch the show again but I will always read your story for as long as it is available to read. I don’t know if I’m making sense, but I felt a bit of something in those responses – your disappointment or sadness, I can’t put my finger on it but I couldn’t just read and ignore it. Forgive me if said anything I shouldnt have, my intent was not to hurt you. After doing such a good job I couldnt let you feel down and just ignore it. Please continue to write if that makes you happy. You should always do what makes you happy not what makes others happy. If they are also happy then that’s good but don’t let others take away from you what you love doing.

          3. shyamidutt …..
            I read over my comments this morning and I’m torn between a wince and a laugh. I sound like a whiny brat don’t I? 😀 You’re not overstepping at all and I actually appreciate the two cents. There’s a lot of pressure in my AD and I use this space to vent out frustrations. K knows my moods and just how to pull me out of it.

            I also did something yesterday which I swore to myself I would never do – compared myself to another writer. It was petty, it was immature and it made me spew crap I didn’t mean. Let there be no doubts that K and I appreciate our readers, for taking the chance on reading something that is essentially created by two amateurs. We, myself in particular, are also very vocal people – hence the lengthy updates and wordy notes. It takes reminding that we need to dial down on the demands and expectations. No one owes us anything. And as K constantly tells me, it’s bloody entertainment.

            It brought a smile to imagine you in a kitchen somewhere in the world, coffee mug in hand indulging in a chapter of FWN. It’s a fantastic image to hold. Thank you for opening up and giving this to me.

          4. I’m very slow to pick up on things, but this requires a comment.
            S, when I met you on the forum, I told K you were scary! Yes, scary! Heh, heh. Do you know what she said? She said that right beneath that prickliness your heart beats fiercely. It didn’t take long for me to realize what she meant. You are very open with your emotions and your thoughts, and honestly, it can easily offend people when they don’t know you well.

            You hold yourself to a high standard (both of you do) and demand the same of others. It worries me sometimes that you will feel let down. As I see it happened here. However, as Pyre and Shyamidutt has so wisely pointed out, it isn’t what is said or not. You set out to do something and you did it. With style!
            Now, I want to see the joyful S and K, who celebrates life with the warmth and friendliness that has drawn a wide range of people together, from different parts of the world and different age groups. When things are frustrating, of course you are allowed to let off steam. But then, like the message of your story, let it go and be happy. Always here for you babes. Love Mel

          5. Me? Scary?! LOL
            K never said anything, but then, that girl keeps secrets well 😀
            Mel Mel, don’t worry about me. You know I get into these flunk once in a blue moon. If anything it actually helps the writing when I’m pissy. … even better when I’m pissy drunk 😛

            http://38.media.tumblr.com/052b64db3afbee46d91f22ebc4155f94/tumblr_n0sb1fffxy1qewsw4o2_r3_500.gif

            😀 You knew I would not be able to resist!

            The love is returned tenfold Mel.

          6. My sympathies shyamidutt. I understand how tough this transitional stage must be. I do believe we need to see it all as a cycle. One where we must always look forward for happiness and look back only when we wish to smell the roses of yesterday. 🙂

            Ha, ha. Don’t worry too much about vanity here, there are many of us who’s right behind your heels or already ahead of you!

        2. Sigh…. I know it. It’s just that much harder to live it. But as long as I have my girls, it’ll all be fine. I think what I need is to hit the sheets and get a decent cycle of rest. I’m becoming K with all these snatches of Zzzzs and well…. I don’t have her disposition 😀

          1. I already had a vent and rant session with Manreet and Mel.
            What you need is to bump into an NK. Keep you nicely occupied =p

        3. I wasn’t in the right mind frame to really reply to this yesterday.

          Dearest Pyre, thank you. For always giving a little extra of yourself when I need it ….and treating my fragile ego with kindness 😛

          I’m lucky to have such indulgent friends and I damn well know it. I’m missing home more than I thought I would and I as a result I’ve become too fixated on this virtual life. It’s not healthy and I’m working on taking a step back, focusing on the important things and enjoy this ride for what it is.

          Truthfully, I was tempted to tell K to delete this series of posts, but finally decided against it. Owning up to this rashness is good for me, and a reminder that I need to think twice before splattering words on open walls. 😀

          1. Follow that wondrous voice in your head S, it will lead to you wonderful places. That I promise you. But should you ever feel it waiver, you know where to find me. (This goes for both of you) 🙂

          2. Hell… how can I stay moody when you are all so good to me? I’ll put extra effort in that Billet Doux now 😀

      2. Ha! What kind of moodiness is this?
        Was it only 29? I’ve lost count on all those texts that starts with ‘fuck this’ 😀
        Go write your Splintered Skies, it’ll serve both of us well =p

        1. I rather bury my head into the pillow. lol Well you know the source of this bitching. 😀
          I think my fingers are stiff… so the only option is to flex and flex and FLEX!!!!!

      3. Hahaha… what have I started here? It took me a while to scroll through all the rants and cheering up! But seriously S… you got nothing to feel sad about. You and K have crafted an exceptional story out there… so what if the response is not as great as you had expected… what with loads of silent readers and stuff!! But then a masterpiece is always more appreciated with the artist goes extinct… Lolz… Its the truth, what with me being from the art field and studying loads of then depressed artists, whose paintings are now sold in billions.

        Yes I write too… only because I enjoy putting my ideas into words… I have had long period of silences from the readers as well… but then it really does not reduce the joy from my experience. But then I am not too sure how you feel, considering your story is a thousand times better than mine… Lolz… so cheer up… you have atleast one writer fangirling over your work! 😉

        1. It is best not to take me too seriously Mints. I get into this flunk from time to time. I swear it’s tied up with some moon cycle 😛
          The art field? Sounds promising. What period are you drawn to?
          Extinct? Should I have K call upon the blog a meteor so we can go the way of the dinos? 😀

          Thank you for tolerating this bit of nonsense. Pyre gave me the excuse of age this round, so I’ll grab onto that and blow everyone a kiss. 😉

  32. Awesome update n a superb ending.
    Shashi has left a letter to arnav bt garima never gave him that bt still Laramie’s daughter found her happiness. Her mother was up there looking after her with her father beside her too, khushi was ought to find arnav 🙂

    Thanks for such a wonderful update.

  33. What a beautiful ending!!!
    Payal stand up to Garima
    Garima accept she has lose again Shashi
    Robbie tell Nk I love u
    Glad what Anjali and Aman have done for Shyam
    Lavanya bond with his brothers and nani
    Arnav propose to khushi
    And finally Arnav and Khusi wedding love it
    Dnt know wht to say more than this just it an awesome story dr
    A big BRAVO for u girls

  34. I dont like.. 😔
    Sorry.. Im just sad thats its over..
    I really enjoyed reading FWN.
    The beautiful language.. I felt wat i was reading. Be it anger, despair, sorrow, ‘heat’, joy,.. Everything that the characters went through, i felt them too.
    I loved that all the characters were uniquely important. Not an easy thing to accomplish..
    I just loved everything abt it..
    And im going to miss it like hell..

    Thank you to giving us this beautiful ride.. Will be waiting for the next 😊

  35. Beautiful! The story had ended with the beautiful couple getting married! I’m glad I’m a part of this ff before it reach the epilogue. Arnav wanted her for his all seven lives which is indeed what Khushi wanted too!

  36. This was a magnificent conclusion to the magical story you weaved!!
    Loved each part becit shyam, Payal, lavs congratulating big bro..
    Loved how NK upped the ante with full blown attack bringing in all sisters.Poor Robbie didn’t stand a chance!! And that demolition was the cherry on top!!!
    Loved how arnav approached Robbie as khushi’s family.
    Couldn’t believe our beloved arshi are married and that too on empire state!! But then when ASR gets married even in simple close ceremony it has to make a statement!!!

    What do u mean that this is last part? Epilogue is coming right??

    1. Miss Kitty…..it has been a long winding journey hasn’t it? Taking the opportunity here to say thank you once again for sending so many souls down the rabbit hole! We enjoyed your company over the course of these nights.

      Ah epilogue…. it’s in the works. Although I must say the lackluster response over the last few nights isn’t giving much inspiration. I think we are all burned out from refresh hell, and perhaps its best to end on this fairy note.

  37. Sorry for the late reply … It was a real busy weekend
    Nonetheless as always amaIng amazing amazing…
    Tying up of all the ends
    So the story has finally come a full circle …. New year to new year…
    Initially was a little sad FWN ending but am so happy u guys starting a new tale …
    Fwn has been one of the most amazing stories I’ve read on this forum
    U guys hav a wonderful way of writing with the right mix of humour passion intensity love suspense … It actually blows ur mind at some places ( not to forget the sensuality)
    Would love to read anything that u guy’s pen down
    Keep writing always n giving us such exquisite masterpieces
    Thank u 😘😘😘😘
    It was wonderful being a part of FWN
    Oh v do hav an epilogue na 😜

  38. Dont know wat to say… almost brought tears to my eyes.. still digetsing it.. will come back on some time..

  39. Got all teary eyed with the proposal and asking for permission
    Garima got what she deserved for the most part…she was on my hit list
    I feel bad for Payal she was junta pawn in all this …hope her life gets better

  40. I chanced upon this story when chokri_asr and Manreet gill tweeted about it.
    So very glad I read it in a binge session on a nothing to do Sunday..’
    The readers comments say it all. A story well written .. As a reader you did not lose track of the story line or characters.. All had a purpose even Trent … Set in NY .. You described Brooklyn, Manhattan and Montauk well. The brownstones, the skyscrapers and the yacht…one was there to envision the scenes being played out..

    Well done to your very creative minds for all the twists you gave to this story, certainly keeping readers in the edge.
    Your couples were delightful, loving and at times annoying, but all of them had reasons… At times I wanted to join NK and Aman in shaking Arnav really hard..

    Robbie’s 3 strike rule was endearing simply because she cared for Khusi like no one else..

    Arnav had the inane ability to not even love himself.. Ruthless in the boardroom and even more when it came to women.. But he never hid it.. What you saw is what you hit…One actually felt his pain and anguish in your writing..
    Khushi was the poor little rich girl… But savvy enough to survive .. The scene in the cementry was heart wrenching… Yet the decency in her still allowed to her reach out to Payal.. Offer an olive branch .. Be it even just friendship..

    When Arnav asked Khushi to spend the weekend with him the movie Pretty Woman came to mind!!

    Aman and NK had traits that we all want to see in brothers, friends, cousins…a bromance to be cherished ..

    You explored families dynamics and relationships that stood the test of time.. And truly who does not have family secrets in some shape or another …

    While we may have thought Payal and Garima had it all in reality they had nothing…not even each other in the end..

    NK and Robbie were dramatic and truly made for each other…they read each others mind and body language well..

    You re wrote scenes from the show that allowed the readers a different perspective of how they played out on the screen .. Simply masterful..

    I do have to ask though almost every character was in your story, even the Prakash brothers but no mention of Akash… So this leads me to wonder will Shyam and him become a couple in Spain!!

    A great story, I look forward to the epilogue and your new story soon…
    Seeta

    1. Ladyr…. welcome welcome.
      Is that lil r for Raizada? 😀
      We love having new company over for dinner, although that’s quite a lot of digesting for the poor mind. 😛 And on a Sunday too!

      LOL! Oh don’t tempt with such naughty thoughts. Akash aka the Ballless Pansy is someone I have zero interest in writing. Zilch. Just a personal grudge from the days of watching the show. 😛

      Thank you kindly for dropping these lines. It is always frustrating to see your views tick up and left wondering. Glad you found us and delighted you enjoyed this sojourn through the Big City.

      1. Lol in my mind The R is for Raizada ..but alas in real life it’s the initial of the last name of my Arnav , he drinks black coffee …loves gardening … has diabetes ..had a live in relationship and that’s where the similarities end !! Thanks for such a warm welcome and clarifying the absence of Akash..Shyam could be happy with Mr Banks (Bankelal Ji) !!

        Seeta R

        1. Ok, it’ll be our secret Lady Raizada 😉
          Lol has the man been informed of the similarities? 😀 I know many boyfriends and hubbies have been driven crazy by the fangirling over one Raizada these last four years 😀

          We actually thought of a love line for Shyam halfway through, but then it slanted towards too much comedy and we did not want to offend. So, we shall leave it to the rampant imaginations to fill in the gaps!

          1. What one does not know cannot hurt one !! As long it is his name murmured its all good 😉 My imagination does runneth wild over Shyam and his possible love interests and antics.. Sigh would he swing both ways ?

  41. You have made me more than smile and sending a tingle down my spine. You have set my laptop screen on fire with your words, made me want to twirl in joy at times, to want to hug these people more than once and so much more than I can put in words.
    This was such a good and emotional update. I must say that it is hard to say goodbye to all of these pairs especially ArHi and Nk-Robbie.
    I am taking that in some world Lavanya will find her prince charming too.

    1. Thank you Aquagal! Lovely to know we managed to pull off some tricks! 😀
      Your company was most welcomed during the journey. Thank you for being there, update after update. 🙂 *hugs*

  42. Hii…I recently started reading this story and then I couldn’t stop…wish I’d found it sooner…can’t wait for the epilogue.
    I saw your favourite character polls and though I’ve loved all the characters, specially Arnav and Khushi…(nobody can replace that couple’s place in my heart..more so because of the many beautiful stories I’ve ended up reading that surround them)…I’ll have to say that here my favourite is Aman..hands down it’s Aman…your story made me realise how I’d much rather want to be with somebody who is similar to Aman…it was probably Anjali in the story that made him what he became for her but the sort of understanding that he has and the sensitivity (with humour) that he brings is heart warming…he was the first one to warm up to Lavanya too…and Shyam’s secret was another thing and I don’t know how to say more but I just love the way he isn’t an extreme character.. extremes look good in stories..in reality I’d prefer someone who understands and can be relied upon to react rationally when a difficult situation comes up and yet love unconditionally..like he spent the night convincing Devyani about Khushi… He thinks..and it really must have been difficult for him to make a place in Anjali’s heart when she was grieving over the death of her first love…OK I’ll have to stop or else I’ll keep going on and on…I’m just trying to convey why I loved Aman ( + he’s a lawyer 😉 that adds to the appeal ). Awesome story…loved it…can’t wait for the epilogue… Gotta go..have a test to prepare for 🙂

    1. Hi nikki – welcome!
      I don’t think you would be saying that if you had been with us for the last 10 months 😛
      You’ve made a fine sensible choice with Aman. And for some reason I cannot stop laughing at your ‘plus he’s a lawyer’ comment. lol. My mother would so agree! Good luck on the test!

      1. Hey…thanks for replying and well I actually realised that another major reason for liking Aman was the actor you chose to play the character 😉 and I’ve always thought lawyers are extremely umm…I dunno…sexy? I guess my fetish for lawyers has something to do with a movie I saw as a kid in which i think Rock Hudson pl

        1. *played a lawyer…I don’t remember the reason now but the fetish remains :p …although every character is good in their own way and I’m usually a fan of the bossy, possessive and yet swoonworthy Arnav..these days I’m just sick of the mood swings of the people around me…Aman is a breather for me…and of course (+ he’s a lawyer) 😉

  43. Beautiful update.
    Thank you.
    When’s the next story?
    😀

    LOL! Kidding. I think I would find myself served up ala Hannibal if that was it right? (totally off topic, but K did you see the final?!!)

    Babes… I spent an entire weekend reliving the magic of FWN. It was in a two words – Fucking Fantastic.
    As much as I wish I don’t have Pyre’s flair, so this comment will just be your Mel pouring her love all over.

    There are so many things I love about the story, but more than that, I love what accompanied this story. We’ve known each other for years, but I felt all the late night chatting over FWN really brought us closer. You two are the best gift this fandom gave me and that is what I treasure most.

    I leave FWN with a very extended vocab that gives new meaning to: peanut gallery, rabbit hole, handsome, doll, mermaid, bossy, Indiana retaliation, fairytales and let’s not forget caveman! I also leave it with a heavy heart because the peanut gallery have been my virtual home for the last 10 months.

    You took two beloved characters and threw them into a seductive world of passionate nights and beautiful days. Then proceeded to claim my heart, night after night.
    I loved this version of Arnav and Khushi. Romantic, passionate, honest and so a tune to each other. The dhaks dhaks were strong every time they were together. I also loved their backstory, the way they overcame the hurdles, head on, with trust and with heart.

    What more, you gave me a precious Robbie, the best friend every girl needs, a straight talking NK that was both badass and the best kind of real, an Anjali who is sweet and SENSIBLE, and a laugh out loud Aman who is as hilarious as he is endearing.
    And what commentary on FWN would be complete without mentioning the Dragon Lady? I absolutely loved this woman, her courage, her wisdom and what a beautiful moment for her to stand in her home surrounded by her children.

    Night 12 was so hard for me to read. I actually stopped twice because I couldn’t believe this was the end! Robbie and NK nearly stole the thunder with their explosive confession of love. These two loyal souls deserved such a love story and if I was to be totally totally honest, there were moments I think I loved them more than Arshi. But then, you pulled it back to the main reason we are all here. The two beautiful people who rose above their past and found each other on a cold New Year’s Eve. Starting from Arnav’s realization that Khushi was it for him, to the sweet asking of her hand from Robbie, and finally the totally melting proposal that also managed to crack me up. I just love how despite the man he became, Arnav is still very much ASR!

    It was the ending I’d hoped for, but still exceeded expectations. For all the fairytale elements, FWN is a beautiful sketch on life, love and the power of letting go. Thank you K, thank you S for taking me along for this ride. I loved it, I’ll miss it, and I sure as hell won’t forget this adventure!

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m94fviJ07J1r5w73e.gif

    1. Lol and I’m done with spamming 😀
      You have to blame the Supernatural marathon happening at my house this past week!

    2. I have a growing list of American tv shows to watch because of you and K!
      It does make for an interesting addition to one’s vocabulary. Although I don’t know how I would begin to explain if it slips out in daily conversations. 🙂

    3. Har, har. Oh how she jokes!
      I do not get how you can like that show and not love Dexter.
      So much emphasis on sensible. We promised you an Anjali that won’t make you grit your teeth together didn’t we? 😀 Although, if there was more time, I would’ve liked to expand her and Shyam.

      Would we love him as much, if he wasn’t Aranv Singh Raizada? (It’s insane how much I love typing out that pompous name 😛 )

  44. Guysss!!! I read the update at least 3 times, and still can’t get enough! It has left me feeling giddy, and wanting more!
    Payal’s decision to move out and move on is indeed a very brave. She needs to go away from all this. And find herself, without the manipulation. I hope she also finds the love of family that has been missing from her life.
    And. Garima!! God! she’s such a mess. But she brought all this on to herself. While I agree that accepting Khushi might have been difficult, but at least she could’ve had a beautiful relationship with Payal. But she was so swallowed up by her own misery, that she could not look beyond her own selfish little world.
    Shashi’s letter!!!! I guess by keeping it hidden, she thought she could squash out Khushi from her life. But she couldn’t do that for long. The truth would’ve been out eventually.
    But the letter has been so beautifully worded. (The great business tycoon a lovelorn poet, huh? :P) I wonder what’ll happen to Garima. Despite everything, I do hope that she finds her closure, and a second chance in life.
    I do wonder though. What would have happened to Arnav and Khushi’s relationship had they been introduced to each other through Shashi…
    But I am glad that they found it on their own (of course, with more than a little help from the two 😀 )
    Before you guys posted Night 12, I was reading the fist few nights again. And what struck me the most was the phenomenal progress of Arnav and Khushi and their relationship. Though you guys made it seem so natural and gradual.
    And Shyam! It’s so amazing what Anjali did for him. It must be difficult for her, too. How much ever estranged they might be, he’s still her big brother. Having him away on a different continent, would surely be difficult for her. But she gave him a chance to have a new start. It’s sad how his own family won’t accept him as he is. But I hope Anjali’s plan works out, and he gets a new start.
    Robbie and NK!!! Damnnnn!! You just nailed it! It was the toe-curling kinda thing!! They are so amazing together. And the calls from his sisters!! That just seals the deal! I couldn’t stop fan-girling over these two! Robbie’s wait has totally been worth it. She is such a cutie!!!!!!! 😛

    Arnav and Khushi! They’ve come so far, braved so much together, and finally going to start a new life. (Is there going to be a honeymoon??? 😛 ) The kangan and the engraving! One word, but the promise of a lifetime and more…sigh.
    It’s amazing how Khushi is slowly bringing out of all the pain he has kept bottled up. And he is giving her the love, acceptance, and security that she has craved all her life.
    And the part where Arnav asks for Robbie’s permission to get married to Khushi… (I swear I wasn’t crying, just a twig in my eye…) It was one of the most beautiful scenes. I like how he acknowledges Robbie’s importance in Khushi’s life (even though his caveman tendencies do surface from time to time 😛 )
    The wedding!!! It was sooo Arnva-esque!! Simple, elegant and so, so full of love! And And that too on the anniversary of their first meeting!! Couldn’t have been better!

    This comment has become far too long. But there is so much to say, yet not enough words.
    You guys have given all the readers a wonderful journey.
    I can’t thank you guys and all the other writers who have kept the spirit of IPKKND alive.
    I can’t believe that even 3 years after the show has ended, people are still a part of this.
    Thank you! 🙂

    1. All’s well that ends well right? 😉
      lol I love me some giddy and toe-curls!
      And many thanks samruddhi for being a part of this journey.
      I can’t agree more. It is insane that we are all still here, in more ways than one 😛

  45. what an awesome update- a very befitting end to a wonderful start.
    One part that really touched my heart was arnav asking for khushi’s hand in marriage from Robbies- what more respect can you give a friend/sister .
    Awesome and thank you for not giving
    Up Those 29times when you thought about doing that .

  46. I had a totally crappy 4 days and was almost ready to throw in the towel and then I see Night 12!!!!! Finally….light at the end of the tunnel me thinks but it’s not just any light, it’s a rainbow and at the end of it, a whole pot of gold!!!!
    Thank you for the dedication darlings, you made my day and sent my 4 totally crappy days into oblivion 🙂 🙂 :). Love you loads!!

    What a cold, cold bitch Garima is. She makes Siberia look warm.

    “What I am, Amma, is a result of your upbringing.”…Truer words have not been spoken. This one line says it all. The reason Payal is the way she is. I am so glad she is finally breaking free from Garima and is seeking her own fortune in life.

    “She’d tried. God knows she’d tried. And she had nothing to show for it, but an empty life” – Never thought I would but boy do I sympathise with Payal. She was a mere puppet in Garima’s hands after all.

    And then the bitch wonders “Why did it always spiral to spiteful words with Payal?”..Well…duh…she is a carbon copy of YOU so go figure it out.

    Shashi’s letter was bittersweet though it never did reach the intended recipient. Perhaps both Arnav and Khushi’s life would have been that much easier had he received the letter but despite Garima’s machinations they found each other anyway. And what they have is much greater, better and stronger because of the way they found each other. I am glad Arnav did not get that letter after all.

    Having said that, it does not negate the fact that Garima is an even bigger monster than I previously thought. She has obviously lost all humanity. I have no words to describe this …..person? woman? What the hell is she??? She stole a letter meant for Arnav so that Khushi won’t have the protection Shashi tried to give her. How much lower can anyone stoop?? Arrgghh..I want to KILL Garima.

    Reading his letter and having known Shashi thought of Arnav as his son and Khushi as his “most precious cargo” has got to burn. The biggest slap on the face : not wanting Khushi to be another Garima!! But the worst is the fact that despite all her manipulations, Khushi and Arnav found each other just as Shashi intended!!!! Woo hoo!! take that you bitch!!!. You lost and how !!!

    Thank God you followed that unpleasant scene with Arnav and Khushi. It felt like a breath of fresh air after choking on something really foul smelling. Seriously.

    Despite his command of “miss me” (which she no doubt did), it was Arnav himself who missed Khushi so much he flew across the country for an intended 3 hours together and then ended up deciding to bring her along after all because he just can’t cope without her. I am jumping in glee here.

    That man who is the beginning of this wonderful story wouldn’t “hold a woman’s hand in public, never hug before an audience, whom Aman accused of having “a minimum six inches personal space rule” with his “one dinner, one night, no repeats rule” brought down to his knees where he can’t spend 3 nights away!! Wow, just wow.

    Aman’s hope that someday Arnav will meet a woman who ties him up so badly, he can’t think straight has become reality.

    NK is delivering on his promise. Robbie is panicking after a call from ONE sister. Our boy has 3 more…and “ruthlessly charming” that too. Just loved Khushi’s response and that scene between between NK and Khushi was so very very heart touching.

    “Don’t give up on her, NK. She’s built up a defense because she’s been hurt, but she’s in there, waiting for a prince to scale the walls.”…does she realise it applies to herself as much as it applies to Robbie?? No wonder NK laughed.

    I am glad Anjali went from mild-mannered to furious…Aman needs to be kept on his toes after all. Looks like Shyam can finally break free and find himself and in doing that rebuild his relationship with Anjali.

    It is really so sad that even in this era of advancement, people who are “different” are ostracized. I strongly believe that every single person has the right to live life the way they deem fit as long as they don’t hurt anyone else in the bargain. Society’s dictates be damned.

    NK and Robbie, my two favourite people. Robbie with that huge chip on her shoulder that NK has systematically chipped off bit by bit. Her confession that “If I let you in and you walk away, I won’t survive. It’ll destroy me.” Was more poignant that any “I love you”.

    NK’s promise that Robbie is never going to lose him and that “You need to give me you, so I can give you me” was pretty poetic in its earthy honesty.

    Must say Robbie’s mom gives good advice!!!

    Just love, love, love how you incorporated that IPKKND “aane do” scene in here.

    Absolutely loved that scene between the 3 men, the dragon lady and Lavanya. You gals put to rest so many things in that one short scene. Brilliantly done.

    Bowled over by the conversation between Arnav and Robbie. He didn’t need to ask Robbie at all but by doing so he acknowledges her importance in Khushi’s life.

    After all that noisy tears we see the Robbie we all love peek through ..her threat to hurt Arnav via NK is he fucks up and her retort that even though NK is Arnav’s employee, she has NK by the balls coz she is sleeping with him was too cute and funny for words. Just so totally Robbie!!!

    Loved that Arnav designed the Khushi’s wedding saree, Ivory and of course “red”, that colour that will forever be associated with Arnav and Khushi in my books. One that matches her ring perfectly, ruby set in white gold.

    That scene thereafter brought me to Night 1 when he felt envy for the way Anjali looked at Aman, with such devotion in her eyes and … he wondered how it would feel to have someone by his side. A woman with her hand in his, a glimmer of shared understanding in her eyes as she glanced up to him, a smile of assurance upon her lips.

    I am so glad he doesn’t have to wonder anymore for now he knows. Khushi’s love has finally healed him.

    That was one amazing, mesmerising and romantic proposal. You just blew me away. I am amazed Khushi did not melt into a puddle right then and there. I am not surprised he sprung the nuptials on Khushi with zero notice. After all he did tell Aman that “I’ll be the one dictating the terms of my marriage.” Guess he did after all.

    Yup…only Arnav would have the arrogance to turn the Empire State Building into his wedding venue. That place where as a 17 year old he promised his Nani success, the same place she made him realise Khushi’s importance in his life. It is so befitting that he takes that final and most important step of his life right there.

    Loved how you ended it. It’s a full and complete circle from how they started off a year ago….with a kiss at midnight.

    Of all the “Arshi” fan fictions out there, this one kept me hooked. I cannot thank you girls enough for bringing us this story of one of the best jodis TV gave us before they butchered the show. Loved how you have incorporated bits and pieces of IPKKND’s best moments throughout the story while keeping Arnav’s arrogance and Khushi’s goodness intact. It was a roller coaster ride of emotions that ended with a bang. Thank you ladies.

    1. Our girls will be happy to see this lengthy note of love from you. 🙂
      I too have enjoyed your thoughts on FWN sheelashanu.
      If I ever miss a point, I can definitely depend on you and all the astute ladies here to draw attention to it. I have said it before, but the peanut gallery has been an absolute joy to partake in, FWN would not have been the same without it.

    2. http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121225031740/mlp/images/f/f0/Rainbow_Dash_performing_a_sonic_rainboom_S1E16.gif

      😀

      Ah fuck, thank you so much for this unexpected but damn appreciated note of love sheelashanu. You know…. K and I had a conversation about how many readers will be able to connect all the little dots back to our earlier Nights and here you are nailing them one by one! Am I grinning like a Cheshire cat? Yup.

      Your comments on Garima cracks me up. There is an urge to set up ring side seats, throw Garima and Payal into the ring and have you be the announcer. 😀

      It’s Arnav and Khushi in New York, we had to make use of the landmarks! I think I wouldn’t be able to go through with the marriage after a proposal like that. Need an ambulance for the heart palpitations 😛

      Thank you for hopping on the roller coaster with us. We loved having you.
      And whatever it was that put you in a shit mood, I hope it’s completely laid to rest in oblivion!

      1. Connecting the dots is a result of reading multiple times while waiting for updates 😬😬😬

        If u ever put Payal n Garima in a ring, not only will I be announcer, I will volunteer to referee as well 😝😝😝

        And yes my troubles have been laid to rest or at least I have let decided to let it go n enter zen mode 😜😜

        1. Zen and me mix as well as oil and water so I congrats your mode 😛

          How I wish you were with us from day one, but that is the greed rearing it’s head again.

          I’ll give you Robbie as co-referee 😀

  47. Loved how the story ended without any loopholes. There are so many readers who comment brilliantly, it gives me a complex… hehe
    Although Shashi’s letter and his confession of being a weakling came as a surprise, it still didn’t make my distaste towards the man lessen. Neither could he stand up to Garima when Khushi’s mom was alive, but neither could he be a father to the two girls who deserved to be loved and taught to love. I realize not everybody is perfect and Shashi did have his faults. I would have liked to know about his relationship with Payal though, could he bring himself to love her at all? I would also have liked Garima to do one right thing in her life and send that letter to Khushi so that she might find some closure.
    I loved the fact that each and every character, except Trent and Shashi, were so strong. Even Garima, although defeated, stood tall till the end and sneered at Payal:) And Payal, I hope she finds her way and becomes a better person. She needs to forgive herself first and try and discover who she is. That she doesn’t want to become another Garima is a very very good sign.
    Robbie has come the farthest in this story, I believe. Getting to know Khushi at the beginning was the best thing that could have happened to either one of them. That Khushi found her prince was something that started to thaw her cynical heart a little bit. Love NK for never ever pushing her(till the end), reading her body language and chipping off the hard chip from her heart and shoulders. It was very emotional when she actually braved to confess that if he left her, she won’t survive. And the actual confession? God, they can’t keep away the ‘f’ word from the confession ?? .. it was hilarious:)
    When it comes to Aman and Anjali … I have a complaint. You see guys, I was sort of looking forward to any hot description, scenes etc that would convince me Aman was ok. That his celibacy of 1 yr was actually worth it. That Anjali was a lioness in their bedroom. They still feel like a sweet couple but lack chemistry here.
    I hope Shyam find the courage to come out and restore his relationship with those who love him unconditionally.
    And yeah…only Arnav would have the arrogance to turn the Empire State building into his wedding venue. That place where as a young boy promised his Nani success, the place where she made him realise Khushi’s importance in his life. It is so befitting that he takes that final and most important step of his life right there.
    His confession that he was envious of Aman and Anjali on the new year’s eve, of them having what he never expected getting or even realized worthy of having was very moving.
    The end was very befitting as they have come a full circle. Thank you guys for such a wonderful story. Can’t wait for the next one! But of course the much awaited epilogue remains. I am so gleeful:)

    1. You gals have such keen senses we stress out over ever update – I’m damn glad to see how many of you connected the dots that made our circle 🙂

      I LOVE how divided our peanut gallery is over Shashi. Had it been unanimous love or hate then we failed in his character. Lol its Robbie and NK – fbombs are part of the package!!!

  48. First of all sorry S&K for the late comment on the Night #12
    Truly an amazing update of the last night
    Ending from how it started the New Year but the additional things is of cos Arshi’s wedding!!!
    Love the way how Arnav propose to Khushi 😍😍😍and also how he asked Robbie😂
    Looking forward to the epilogue!!!
    Thanks for the pm😘😉😊

  49. What a perfect end to this story! It all started on New Year’s Eve and ended on one. And with a bang – what more could one ask for?

    Seriously, I loved the way there were so many shades of gray in all the characters, but that is what made them human and relatable to the real world.

    To find “that” person who can complete you is any young girl or boy’s dream. And here we have 3 lovely couples who found just that. You took us on this amazing journey of their lives, their struggles and triumphs.

    When you think of Arnav and Khushi, you think of the mindblowing passion and love beyond and above everything else and you truly showed that here.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of work and I do hope you keep writing and sharing more!

    1. Thank you! How could a story featuring Arshi not be amped up with some sizzle? 😉 We enjoy writing bit are limited by time and … energy boosts 😀

  50. wowww…
    hats off to u…
    what a perfect ending to this fantabulous story..
    enjoyed reading every bit of it…
    garima deserves the loneliness…feeling bad for payal…
    and yeah…arshi got married…
    thanks for penning down such brilliance…

  51. You know S&K, read Night 12th, it in a hurry on 29th but couldn’t comment as I was away…. But it has made me reluctant to pen down a few thoughts… You know why??? It means that the nights have ended! But still I need to do it in appreciation of all the hard work you have put in to bring out this masterpiece…. Well here it is in bits and pieces….
    Payal’s posture itself shows defiance…. Anybody does not need words from Payal to understand her defiance but Garima being Garima, the insensitive woman, who is still thinking in terms of her social circle in general, and its impact on her standing in particular is still trying to justify her stand and her absence as though a query from Payal tantamount to insolence…. Payal has understood the hard way that what she has now is her own self and she had surrounded herself with vacuum by following the path chalked out by Garima…. Now even her cries don’t get carried to another person and it vanishes before her own eyes… energy becoming one of the numerous minute particles in the cosmic space… its existence is unheard off….
    What Garima has understood from this altercation is just that Payal has shown her true colors of a person of unknown origin… She has not understood that the basic characteristic of a person is molded by the environment one grows up in… At last Payal has brought to fruition what Garima had taught her… To be self-centered… So far Payal had acquiesced to every wish of Garima though implemented it in her own way… The net result had been a big Nada for herself and Garima is placed in her circle with clean hands… This realization of soiling her hands for the undeserved has made Payal revolt and stand for herself… leaving Garima to Lord over the empty shell of a house…

    1. Thanks rulama for takibg the time to leave some thought, although I’m still waiting on the pieces 😀

      What a perfect sum up of Payal’s rude awakening. I’m usually of the motto – better late than never – but sometimes it is TOO late, and that’s the case of Garima.

      All things must come to an end, even the 10 months worth of Nights 😛

  52. When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticisms and misguided opinions, walking away is the best way to stand up for yourself. To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude… Payal just did that while emphasizing there is no way she was going to apologize for being a bitch unless Garima comes down her glass tower and acknowledge for treating her like a shit… Then maybe she would ponder whether to accept it or not…. Payal’s realization that she had let Garima dim the light in her eyes just because it outshone her made her take the bold and necessary step to take her life into her hands though quite late… Your statement …. Cosmetics and good skin care masked the face, but the hands will always reveal a woman’s age… show how pompous Garima is! Reading the letter her gaze taking on a wizened look acknowledged that she lost the war with Shashi though she had an upper hand in each and every battle all along…
    It was good to go through Shashi’s letter to Arnav where he wanted Arnav to be the protector of his Amaanat and not be burdened to take his gem, Khushi if he had no such inclination… Looking upon Arnav as the son he never had his advice to wait for the right person to be his companion and not make the same mistake as him is indeed heartwarming… But what has irked me is still Garima has not handed it over to Arnav!

    1. You are not alone in this irritation lol However isn’t it justice that Arnav and Khushi found each other anyways? And let’s not forget, we still have a lengthy epilogue left 😉

  53. Really loved it
    Am so happy that Arnav proposed and that Khushi said yes.
    I do think that Garima should give up now, especially now that she herself knows that she has lost.
    Waiting for the next update.

  54. Hello S & K,

    My name is Kavi and I was recommended to your story by Shree10 right around 7 or 8th night.. I read all the chapters and just fell in love with the fairy tale. Believe me I’m not usually a silent reader and I should have commented but I have to tell you this.. When the story is a masterpiece, words fail me.. Everytime I wanted to write back my mind went blank.. And I apologize for not providing what you gals deserved.. A simple word of appreciation..please forgive me and know that what you have created here is no less than an enchanted masterpiece and I just cannot believe this was your first baby..yes I’m calling it as your baby because something as delectable as this must be a baby 🙂

    Thank you for writing an amazing, toe curling, beautiful, lovely Arshi story!! ❤️ I’m not really good woth my words but know that I was blown away and was simply awestruck and now will have FWN blues 🙁
    I loved my beloved Arnav & Khushi but with this story Noah, Robbie and Aman became beloved too.. The story would have lacked it’s glory without these three..they lent an aura that’s indescribable 🙂 but then each and every character was special and integral to FWN..

    And know that both of you are fabulous writers, I couldn’t tell who wrote which part and couldn’t tell any difference in the narration style..so it seems to me that you both are soul sisters💞

    I want to say in my parting short that I will make all efforts to give a feedback next time you embark on a new story!! Hope I’ll have the privilege to read it 🙂

    Thank you again girls for the wonderful story!!

    Love n hugs
    Kavi

    1. Welcome to the PG Kavi. I appreciate this note although it would have been nice to have you along the journey. At least we are now aware of some toe curling. 😛

      Lol I suppose this is our baby, one we are often tempted to strangle. We’ve known each other for so long K can definitely finish my sentences for me, I can’t imagine cowriting with anyone else!

  55. I don’t know hw many tyms I read it n each time I think of strangling garima…she didn’t give d letter yet arnav found his happiness..did she learn karma is a bitch n ppl like her exist in d society. Hw u guys come up with the conversation. Its awesome… I have never read like ds before. Trust me…have read lot of ff.. but ds kind of language its unique..wen arnav told n k works fr me.. Robbie s reply was perfect… am going ng to miss it..

  56. OMG you guys !!!!

    What a beautifully written conclusion to the story. Throughout this ride I must say I am amazed by how well you have done the following:
    1. The subtlety with which you have highlighted the 3 different relations (romantic) and the friendship between the 3 guys !!. The three couples even make love differently … so well put together. And although Arnav and Khushi are my Fav… but the scenes between NK and Robbie and Anjali and Aman are very tastefully and eloquently put together.

    2. I am glad that you have also managed to help Khushi grow into the full potential of the woman that she has become in the last chapter. She really matured from a girl to a woman

    3. And then describing the life of Shashi… I am still confused about what do I feel for the kind of life he had. At times in life we do not get a choice and are left with a whole bunch of what ifs.

    4. Garima and Payal make be feel sad and sympathetic for the mother-daughter duo. Its unfortunate when the mother-child bond is based on a bunch lies and deceit.

    What can I say… after reading about Night 12, I am left with a mixed bag of emotions…. Sad because the story has ended but thrilled and happy about how well it shaped out. Now can’t wait to read the Epilogue. Please please please put me out of my misery and share it with me. Thank you. 🙂

    1. I dig mixed bags. 🙂
      Glad you enjoyed the Nights. As for the epilogue … we keep a keen eye on the peanut gallery – substance is appreciated, but quantity doesn’t hurt 😉

  57. Yes! Yes! Yes! I will have what she is having… LOL! Or maybe I am serious? I am finally at peace. Thank you for a wonderful, wonderful journey. I guess that is what a good story does…. makes you wax poetry. That’s how I feel… poetical!

      1. Nope you don’t want my poems… believe me! If I could write the way you ladies do… poetry or prose… I would not stop… But since I don’t, I will continue my quest of finding, reading and reading beautiful stories. So thanks for giving me this gem.

  58. Wow! Well done. The stories are long and beautifully written! Thank you. Sorry I did not comment on each story. But together, it was riveting and beautiful.

  59. OH my god. This was awesome! Amazing, wonderful, kickass, the whole set of synonyms. I loved it! I absolutely loved it. What a fitting end to the story- you know, although A and K will forever be my babies… I can’t help but fall in love with NK and Robbie as well. I almost *almost* think that their I love you beat out the proposal- the heat of that moment, the unadulterated honesty, the leap of faith… everything. But of course, A and K will always win out. His proposal was bone melting. I am so happy for them- like Robbie said, your Khushi deserved a prince, and I’m so, so happy that she finally got one.

    Ah, it’s always so bittersweet when stories end. This has been one hell of a journey you two have taken us on- I’m so glad I could be a part of it. I had so much fun, and my only regret is that I wish I could have jumped on a little sooner.

    Fantastic job. I can’t wait for your next.

    Love always,
    Choti.

    1. It was good having you for our IPK fairytale 😀 We’ll see what sleepless nights produce next, although you’ll be expected to be amongst the first passengers on the new train!!

  60. Hey, I’ll be here when I finally have an internet connection that doesn’t conk off every five minutes. Don’t want to type my love letter on a mobile phone…till then I am going to enjoy the absolute delight that is our peanut gallery!!!

  61. This last update had everything. Hate, presence, repentance, new beginning, resistance, persistence, love, never ending love and some more with a hope and wish for a beautiful future.

    I loved how you showed Payal being a better person than Garima. She was raised by Garima and did every single thing to get her approval, her motherly love once. And in that wake she became the one to do all of Garima’s dirty laundry where Khushi was concerned.

    As for Garima, she knows how badly defeated she is, yet is not ready to give up. That’s why she hasn’t given that letter of Shashi to Arnav. She can keep up all the presence she wants but she too know that she is left with nothing.

    Now coming to the good and the best parts of update.

    I loved how Anjali became the reason of the freedom Shyam was looking for all the presence of living a life to please his dad. Finally he will get to breath free and maybe he will be able to connect with his sister again this time with no secrets between them.

    Now what should I say about NK’s proposal. It was Aussies invasion at best with the world class best artilleries in form of his sisters emotional atyachar. Robbie didn’t stand a chance, yet she tried putting up a fight but NK showed her with that just one kicked that ‘that’s how the wall crumbles when he wants’. Than it doesn’t matter whether it’s his kick or the wreckage ball ;).

    And after there proposal I didn’t think there could be anything better but who was I kidding. You guys are the writer and arshi was still left. First Arnav’s thought of complete submission in every way than one, than his awesome way of asking Khushi’s hand from Robbie. (Btw, I loved her both replies, about proposal and the warning). And than the final day the deal was closed with his mothers bangles with engraving of hamesha, and beautiful saree designed by him, his live letter and the wedding itself at the observatory of umpire state building.

    To let out a secret, I read this update thrice, and every time I neared there wedding I looked outside my window from where I can see umpire state building and thought whether there will be arshi doing there wedding rituals. That was the impact of this update.

    Loved loved and loved it some more.

    So yeah I’ve been around just not commenting on the last update coz that would mean it all ends here. But yeah it has too, coz every beginning has an end and that there is a new beginning. And I can’t wait to start on a new beginning with you guys.

    1. Thank you rk!!! Some people cling to their pride when that energy is better spent elsewhere. I suppose to keep things lively we need all types 😀

      Lol I love that you gals enjoyed our NK and Robbie. It was so fun to write them since we weren’t restricted by any preconceptions. As much as I adore Arshi – it’s damn hard to capture their essence while making them ours.

      We look forward to the new beginning!

  62. Wow!!!!! How much effort you two have put into this!! It’s like you sleep with each character and bring out their good, bad n ugly!! I am soooo fuckin glad I came across this… Okay I will stop gushing for a sec now 😐
    The main couple obviously take the cake but Aman, NK, Robbie, Anjali, Nani n Lavanya around them are equally amazing in their own way!! One thing I want to see in epilogue would be Shyam finally getting his happiness! Homosexuality is still a taboo in our society and I can’t imagine the mental suffering people like Shyam go thru just to keep up the appearances in the society! It’s like someone being denied of their right to breathe…
    Kudos to both of u for a riveting story!! Cya real soon!

  63. i can’t even get over how amazing this is. I love the relationship between NK, Aman and Arnav and I love how you have interlinked each character and etched them out so well. Such a beautiful story of friendship and love. Arnav will always be my favourite, but the NK and Aman come very close. Thank you for sharing this with us and i can’t wait till the epilogue.

  64. This is an awesome update…somehow a year passing made it look so real, even though they were attracted within days..and good to know Kushi matured to be an equal..as I mentioned..I do hope A & K get to read Sashi’s letter..that was so so good..:)..can’t wait for the epilogue guys, though sad to know this is ending..Again..I don’t know how I missed this story!..10 months you say?..wow..

  65. WOW.. such a beautiful ending.. with all loose end closing perfectly.. nd magical moments between our amazing couples.. nd the bonding of them nd the families.. this is just way too beautiful.. loved every bit of it.. hats off to you girls.. for this brilliant story.. loved it so very much.. one of the best I’ve read so far.. love you for this..

  66. Bravo!! You girls have outdone yourselves…A spectacular finale to a captivating tale.
    Arnav/Khushi – As you fittingly said “their union did not require pomp and ceremony.” I loved the unconventional proposal, the simple but exquisite marriage ceremony. It is so true “if the heart is willing, one night, one kiss, can lead to forever.”

    You have done a remarkable job with the other 2 love connections as well, be it Noah Katlyne Ryan/Robbie Sinclair and their quirky love story or the reserved courtship of Aman/Anjali.

    Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this thrilling roller-coaster ride. I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey.
    Love,
    Divs

  67. Its time to say goodbye. One feels sad to bid goodbye to one of the most entertaining stories I ever read.
    What I loved the most was the fact that you gave equal space to the other characters too. I specially loved Robbie and NK. Loved his proposal. He broke down her door. Haha! Good for him.
    Khushi is lucky to have Robbie in her life. She is indeed her family.
    Arnav’s proposl and the wedding was beautiful. Arnav is his usual bossy self. But then that is why we love the guy.

  68. Hello girls. I am here, finally, with the intention to key my feelings for this final night, the almost closure of sorts. Though I stay very doubtful of my abilities to word it adequately…

    This night has been a culmination of all that I had hoped for journeying through FWN along with you all and then some. Whether it was the bromance amongst our heroes, the sisterhood o so delicious, the strength and wisdom of the dragon matriarch, the demons within portrayed as Trent, Payal, Shyam, Garima or Sashi even in his own subtle way, the incomplete story of Lavanya, all of it, I have lived ’em all through your eyes, through your ways of weaving FWN and bringing it to life for us to marvel at.

    I’ll start with my favorites, NK-Robbie. Yes, I am utterly in love with them! How beautiful and real their growth has been. I came here for Khushi-Arnav and I found yet another treasure. NK-Robbie have definitely taken over for this once with your ways of presenting them to us. 🙂 I am hooked! Even as crazy as hoping that these two can be explored further in a tale of their own someday by you two. *Wishing*

    Now onto Khushi-Arnav, they have come full circle. In many ways that I had hoped and then in some that went way beyond my imagination. And yes, Khushi-Arnav as I prefer, always, hamesha. 🙂

    Aman-Anjali – These two have been a surprise package from the very beginning and still continue to be. I hope to see them in the epilogue, at least a glimpse. 🙂

    Sashi, Garima, Payal, Trent, Shyam – Don’t we encounter them all within ourselves at some point in our lives? May be, hopefully, not as viciously as Garima but I feel like you have presented us the dark side that all of us go through in some form or the other. They have been just as integral part of FWN as any other for me.

    Lavanya – Though insignificant as a character, I’ve really admired how you have been able to make her presence feel, strongly so.

    New York – What would a lot of us be without this intriguing concrete jungle? The soul of this tale, that magical potion to NK-Robbie, Khushi-Arnav, Aman-Anjali, bromance so potent, sisterhood so lethal, romance so real, so alluring, so enchanting; to Farewell Winter Nights.

    The time to farewell winter nights is here. I almost don’t want it to conclude, but I understand what begins has to end someday and I am eagerly awaiting for your vision to bring it all together as an epilogue to finally farwell the winter nights.

    <3 <3 <3

    1. Huma girl, exactly 11 months ago, K and I posted Night #1. I spent the rest of the night munching on fingernails, wondering who would be the first to comment. I think I had an attack on the nerves when yours came through. 😀 Thank you so so much for that. For that leap of faith was something we often clung to as we navigated through this adventure.

    2. It is indeed time to bid farewell to the winter nights, Huma. 🙁 FWN is special for it’s readers in more ways than one. For me it is the platform that introduced me to many good friends and for that I am grateful to S & K.

  69. What do I say after reading the whole thing in two sittings (asli duniya is as ass)…. I seriously don’t know. All i know is words wont do justice to the effort that you guys put onto it.
    Its been so long that I have read a FF which has given me complete satisfaction.
    The way in which the loops was connected is admirable.
    What I loved the most was the friendship between the three guys, the three relationship…………… the romance.
    Other than Arnav & Khushi, Robbie was favorite and Aman and NK (Noah Katlyne…now that was hilarious) and Anjali and lavanya.
    I am sad that it has come to an end but have thoroughly enjoyed it and we still have an epilogue to wait for……

  70. My sweethearts, here I am.
    Finally able to conjure a few words, which I am certain won’t be enough to honour the sheer perfection that is FWN. Before I commence with my remarks on Night 12, I just want to reiterate the reasons why FWN has had me captivated from the very beginning of the journey. For me, FWN isn’t just an Arshi fiction. It is a story with a very intriguing cast, an all-embracing ensemble, if you may. Women in the story form the crux of the tale around which the entire script is woven.
    Khushi – a model of dignity, integrity and candour. Robbie – sass, style and spirit personified. Anjali – an icon of patience and righteousness. Lavanya – a gutsy woman who refused to withdraw in the face of the injustice meted out to her and strived to establish her rightful place in the society. Garima – an epitome of spite and hostility. Payal – an anguished, desperate soul, a mere puppet who pandered to hostility in order to gain just an ounce of love and acceptance from her mother. Laramie – an image of all that is good in the world. The Dragon Lady – I love her. Seriously. An embodiment of grace, honesty, dependence and forthrightness.

    Now about Night 12. I can’t believe this brings us to the culmination of a journey I have so thoroughly enjoyed. And what a finale!! How wonderfully have you blended all those beautiful Arshi moments that made us fall in love with the show and left us breathless. <3

    Shashi in a way redeemed himself with the letter. And though it never made it to Arnav, I guess it definitely taught Garima a lesson. That truth will out and true love will prevail…always, inspite of all the trickery. Against all odds.

    Robbie-NK romance was totally…. absolutely ufff. My parrot, all domineering, protective, possessive and hopelessly in love, totally a keeper. Robbie with her fears and anxieties. S & K, I have to take a moment and voice my legitimate grievance. Lately girls here have been mooning over MY NK. Including you, S. He is 'MY' Parrot. I have relinquished my rights only for Robbie. I am very territorial when it comes to my pony-tailed parrot. Just saying….. 😛 😉

    This night also gave me the much awaited Anjali-Shyam dialogue. And I loved the fact that Robbie's spunk has rubbed off on Anjali, or is it the aftermath of a very spirited honeymoon? 😛 Anyway, I am so happy that the bro-sis duo rediscovered each other.

    “It’s traditional to ask permission from the head of family. So will you, Robbie? Will you give me Khushi? So we can both take care of her?” Just when I feel, as a reader I have experienced every soul-stirring moment in FWN repertoire, you come up with something like this. It pierces my heart straight off, and leaves an indelible mark on it.

    Finally the Arshi proposal and marriage. Just too romantic and dreamy. A toast to new beginnings. Winter nights for all of us would never be the same again. Thank you, my sweeties for this indulgence. FWN has reinforced my unwavering faith that the Prince comes looking for his Cinderella, hamesha, and they do get their ever-after always, hamesha. 🙂

    I hope this love-letter makes up for my month-long absence and silence. See you at the Epilogue.
    Muaah.

    1. Thank you so much Priya for coming here and leaving us this love letter. The fact that it came despite a seriously harried AD makes it something we treasure all the more. Muah!

      I see a complaint has been submitted to K about a certain pony tailed dude. What can I say? The man is so tasty, we all want a bite 😀 But in deference to your prior claim, I’ll allow you first honors. Of course this is only if you’re willing to face Indiana retaliation 😉

      There are only a handful of ladies here who took the plunge with us 10 months ago and remained by our side through the Nights and lengthy delays. I can’t even begin to express what that means to us. It is not your comments that I hold close (although I damn well love those!) but that of your sweetness and friendship.

      I think you’ll be glad to know we are keeping your love of long Epilogues in mind as we spin this final piece of yarn! 😀

  71. After accepting the fact that delaying my comment wouldn’t necessarily delay the inevitable ending and surviving the hellish internet connection, here I am finally, finally with my gushy, foolishly maudlin love letter, weeks too late. Please excuse my tardiness and accept my heartiest congratulations, S and K, on your successful debut as writers in this fandom. 10 months is a hell lot of time to invest in something and I am proud to say that I was there since the beginning. You started this tale with an élan that is rare to find and now you are ending it with the same flamboyance. FWN would always hold a special place in my heart, one that I will always come back to again and again.

    You both took our favourite couple and weaved them into a tale of so much beauty and luminescence that it blew my mind away. Your Arnav and Khushi are one of the best I’ve read- their passion unforgettable, their romance gripping and their love dhak-dhak inducing. I loved the growth and transformation the characters went through by embracing their past and letting love lead them into the future. From a jaded, cyninal businessman wary of women and emotions, to a devout lover willingly tying the wedding knot and a scarred, lonely girl to the confident woman free to love and live- it’s wondrous how both Arnav and Khushi as individuals and a couple grew by leaps and bounds. And I love how despite all the sweetness, mellowness and contentment that marks the post-Khushi Arnav, he is still the same cocky, arrogant ASR audacious enough to convert the Empire State Building into his wedding mandap. He secured the biggest deal of his life, his hamesha, with the same flair and oomph that is characteristic of him in the business world. The beautiful culmination of their love and the beginning of their new journey, girls!

    I love how you guys pick out the various nuances and subtleties from the original show and give them your own twist. Like their 6 months of bliss and togetherness and the letter from Shashi for Arnav that he doesn’t even know about. The perfect twist from the original storyline of Khushi receiving the letter from Arnav’s mother. It also gave us an insight into Shashi’s thoughts, desires and the reasons behind his actions. Also the perfect slap to Garima’s bitchy face!

    My love for NK- Robbie and Aman-Anjali knows no bounds. It is all- encompassing and unconditional. The sexy, straightforward Aussie and his strong and sassy Indiana girl eclipsed everyone at times. Their declaration of love was as explosive as their relationship is- filled with teasing, testing and taunting. And I absolutely demand more of Aman and feisty Anjali. Bas! Epilogue is quite the perfect stage to satisfy that craving of ours.

    Payal, Lavanya and Shyam have all in a way begun a new life. Payal- by accepting the futility of her efforts to win the affection and love of Garima and eventually walking away from it all. Shyam- by grasping the opportunity given by his little sister to find who he really is. And Lavanya by gaining a family and its acceptance which she had been fighting for so long.

    FWN would not be the same without our formidable Dragon Lady. The paragon of strength and resilience, fiercely protective and loving, she was the foundation of the Raizadas. I love and admire her character a lot. The way you portrayed her has made her unforgettable.

    S and K, because of the brilliance of your prose, the power of your words and your storytelling prowess, FWN wasn’t just some fanfiction on our beloved couple but an experience in itself. It became an avenue to escape into a world of love and laughter, winters and warmth, romance and friendships, fairytales and princes of the best kind. Thank you for indulging our fantasies and giving us this opulent extravaganza. Wintry nights and New Years will never be the same again…

    1. Fuck. Sometimes you totally blow me away. Just saying, should you ever decide to pen a tale I demand first notice!

      I can literally feel all the pissy annoyance that’s been coursing through me find release as I read through each word of this delightfully gushy and not at all foolish nor maudlin love letter. Seriously, it totally switched off the bitch mode 😛

      Thank you for being with us since Night #1. And while I’m greedy enough to admit I wish you showered each subsequent night with such a love note, it has been an absolute pleasure to have you with us.

      It is always interesting to read feedback on the characters, and I’m thrilled to know our intent and hopes for the characters were conveyed.

      Our epilogue will be pure fan service I assure you. It’s less of a final chapter and more a final… mini book. Yeah, yeah, even while we were grumbling, we’ve actually been planning it out. Our way of giving thanks to you gals. 😀

    2. This is the very reason I stalk the peanut gallery. Wonderfully worded eternalallure. Had I simply stumbled upon this review, it would have compelled me to embark on the reading journey post haste. 🙂

  72. I wonder why it took Arnav’s shatir dimaag to realize if you can’t get someone out of your head, maybe they are supposed to be there and beside you… Both their minds are a mess when away from one another for each the other is the one who lights up their days…Knowing this still their trial to go back to the old ways of immersing in their work held no meaning… The thrill of work was lost without the other… With such thoughts lingering all along will Arnav keep away from his love??? and miss an opportunity to peel off his shirt from her… No away… Its such a joyous task for him which he would not forego… So also Khushi’s company all along his work…

  73. This was indeed a beautiful chapter. Loved how Payal told Garima off and decided to walk away. Garima has finally realised that she has lost and is alone. Will Arnav ever get that letter of Shashi’s?

    Robbie has also finally accepted NK and they seem made for each other.

    That was indeed a beautiful request from Arnav to Robbie as the head of Khushi’s family. Finally, Arnav is at peace only given to him by his happiness.

    So going to miss this story.

  74. Am re reading FWN. Came across this……
    “Everything,” he answered truthfully, “I want everything.”
    Arnav’s aspiration and intention that he firmly expressed to the Dragon Lady on top of the Empire State Building. Exactly where Arnav eventually tied his Happiness to himself for eternity and beyond.

    He got his ‘everything’.

    Love you Girls for this beautiful story.

  75. *phew… I am done. Sorry ladies but I just couldn’t stop and drop in comments on each chapter cause I was impatient…. I am emotional! Awww! I have always loved Arnav and Khushi’s simple ways of expressing love which makes them that: Passionate and so alluring. You guys have brought out just that. The Arnav and Khushi here is just too awesome.

    I’ll be back with more words ASAP 🙂

  76. I am in two minds about this story ending. On the one hand, I am glad I joined it now instead of a year ago, because believe me, you don’t want me hounding you for updates every day, and that is exactly what you would have gotten. On the other hand, it was such a marvelous read that I am already feeling that bittersweet sadness that creeps in when one finishes an especially good book.

    NK & Robbie’s confession was absolutely perfect and completely fitted to them. Good advice, Ma!

    Aman & Anjali – these two are born to be fixers. And what a grand job they do of it.

    Khushi & Arnav – words aren’t enough to express how absolutely amazing your portrayal of this couple was. I am lost for words, and that’s not an easy feet to accomplish, ladies!

    Will join in on the Lounge tomorrow!

  77. you girls are fantastic! this is such an entertaining story, but underneath it all, are a bunch of very mature characters… in spite (yes, in spite) of all their past, all their insecurities, all their hardships, all their faults, all their struggles. their willingness to put their past behind them, to accept, to protect, to cherish, to love, and to give themselves completely is so touching. i love the fast pace, no lingering, no crying over spilt milk. yes, their ability to pick themselves up and move on, to make it big and to not be afraid of hard work….. i guess you get the drift – the list is endless. in short, you are awesome!!

      1. thank you, the pleasure is all mine!
        since you ask…. absolutely love the bromance. through thick and thin they stand by each other, never giving up and constantly being there. like that they don’t keep secrets that cause more drama.
        and most importantly, i adore your kushi and arnav. they are our every day regular (if you can discount the abject poverty, and too much wealth combo) people with flaws – yet beautiful people. you hit on true love here. and that is what makes this story so, so beautiful. their love, their attraction, their sincerity trumped their lows. their ability to push aside their sorrows, and misgivings and commit to one another, with implicit trust touched me. truly. if they were real, i would hug them for it. but since they are not, sending my hugs to you, for such beautiful characterization…

  78. 3 cheers for this beautiful story……….Is one of the bestest story on Arnav and Khushi that I read in recent past…………….a tight plot with lots of twists and turns, gripping story with lots of secrets, wonderful screenplay………it is worth to get an award and to be on silver screen…………loved all the 3 boys and 3 girls………..NK and Robbie made good friends and showed that friendship is thicker than blood…………..Aman and Anjali are sweet and played a vital role……….Arnav and Khushi needed each other to heal……they were in the same path……….one of the beautiful stories that I will cherish……….

  79. Forgot to mention……….Shashi letter which did not see the light showed how much he loved Arnav and wished that he would marry his happiness one day………this letter from shashi has cleared all our doubts what shashi actually wished……….beautiful ending……….It is a punishment to not be able to read the epilogue………..Completed reading all the chapters in 3 days………….could not stop when I started out this journey………..3 cheers for the writers for bringing this beautiful creation…………I have requested access for epilogue……..please accept…….my IF id is yoga123 and my wordpress ID is yoga1237@gmail.com………

      1. Yes. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful journey……thank you for giving a beautiful, funfilled, intense story……..can’t wait to read more stories from you……..thanks for making me a part of this journey…….

  80. A great story has come to an end. It leaves me in tears and my heart sad but wow what an ending, youre such an exceptional writer. Im gonna miss this a lot, the ending was simply just perfect with Arnav and Khushi’s first kiss after marriage during new year exactly a year later. After such an emotional ride of pain and love, their relationship is strong and all the other characters have grown to become strong too and everyone is so happy, i couldnt be happier. 🙂
    Im going to re read this story multiple times because its become very special to my heart and thank you for giving me this chance in falling in love with my favorite couple all over again and the new characters that ive begun to love in time. Robbie and Nk are the cutest thing ever. Aman and Anjali are just meant to be and Im happy for Payal in finding her way out and I hope Anjali finds her lovable brother Shyam back 😀
    Youre now my favorite writer and i cant wait to read more of your works 🙂
    Thanks again for a beautiful story! Youve made my day! 😀
    P.s i would love to read the epilogue, but sadly im not allowed access, do let me know when and how i can read it 😀

    1. Welcome to the FWN rabbit hole Loca!
      Color me impressed by your one-day reading of the Nights 😀
      We are thrilled that this tale got us to the top of your writers list. Yay!
      And thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us as you read, so few do and it’s something we cherish. I’m so glad you enjoyed the exchange over tulips. So tragic yet true yeah?

      Ah, you should check your email in a bit! ^^
      Email just bounced back to me, please shoot over an email to ipkkndshipperk@gmail.com.

  81. So sorry S & K, I promised to leave my comments for every chapter.. but I got so carried away into the nights after 10th night.. I just couldn’t pause to give comments and pro red.. So a combined looong love letter of admiration works fine, I hope it isn’t a problem and doesn’t wound the heart of the writers.. 😛

    These three chapters just took my breath away with its utmost flawless writing and simple ability to capture our hearts and hold a permanent place in my very large heart! It was very realistic. You know if you had given Payal a total image makeover with her becoming the goody and joining with Trent, I would have scoffed. At the same time, had you made Garima accept the changes and ask repentance from Khushi and Payal (I believe she owes it to both), I wouldn’t have trusted the story and finally had you made Shyam go hug Anjali, I wouldn’t have commented. But you guys did none. You kept it realistic, just showed that a change was due and it will happen. Especially the letter proved that Garima failed and what a society conscious person she was! Payal’s past was a shocker.. but I guess that was needed for Khushi to let go and let live..

    And Anjali’s wedding was beautiful.. It felt very dreamy and absolutely fantastic. It was grand and extraordinary. But Arnav and Khushi’s wedding was very simple and utterly fairytale type. Aww I loved how Arnav asked Robbie to give Khushi’s hand. That was a real personal touch. I could feel the salty sheen in my eyes at that.

    And finally NK did have his way and I am super glad to know his real name! 😀 hehe I had long standing wish to know.. 😛 and finally he did have his way with her…gosh you guys have so cleverly split the update for a lot the three couples. I didn’t find one over shadowing the other. It felt apt and beautiful. I loved these 12 nights and I am now marching off to the epilogue. I really want to hug you both for giving me.such an outstanding story and it will surely remain etched in my memory!!! 😀

    Loads of love,
    Sadh

    1. LOL we are clearly getting worst at keeping up with comments. What to do when we are so lucky to have such fascinating readers? 😀

      This is so balmy and loving, it soothes the greed for MOAR notes. 😛
      We are in agreement on Payal, that I delight in. As for these lovers, they took us down some familiar roads, but hopefully delivered through a fresh way. 😉

      Nearing in the end and suddenly the fingers are so very reluctant to fly, so I’ll take that hug now please.

      1. Hehe it is my moral duty to honor such works. As long as the love letter reaches you, my day is made 🙂 😉

        Yes they did! Fresh and soothing, yet highly.inviting.

        Aww a hug is at your disposal 😉 maybe more than one would do the work. 😉

  82. Dat was one amazing roller coaster ride…. U gyz have outdone this fic…. I loved the way u showcased the bond between arnav,aman and nk.. And even khushi n robbie…. Arshi are always a favourite but I loved robbie for who she is and the way she held khushi through out…
    I still can’t blv Itz already over….
    Would love to read epilogue n more of ur work… N even a season 2….
    Hope u Wud gv me access…

  83. Well, I had planned to leave comment on each chapter, but then got carried away reading through all the nights since you girls have written them so beautifully. Then the return of Arnav Khushi with Ek Jashn, I was completely lost drooling Barun!
    Okay, So coming back to the story, I loved every bit of it.
    The way you have shaped up all the characters is amazing.
    I understood why you had mentioned that Lavanya had a significant role to play. Her role was indeed significant. Payal’s past was a shocker. I hadn’t imagined anything like that.
    Apart from my favorite Arnav and Khushi’s passionate romance, I loved how NK and Robbie bonded, and also Aman and Anjali’s wedding.
    But most of all, I loved the trio Arnav, Aman and NK. These guys are too good. 😀
    Well, now i can’t wait to read the outtakes and epilogue, only if I am permitted. 😉

    Love,
    Arunima

    1. From: nk.ryan@arcorps.com

      To: thefirstrays@ficverse.com

      CC: sm16@adventures.com, shipperk@adventures.com

      Subject: Lounge Invite

      Dear Ms. Arunima,

      Your request have been reviewed. Your enthusiasm is much appreciated.
      However, we are looking for heavy-weight commenters.
      It’s never too late to go back and execute a good plan.

      I recommend the following reading material:
      https://ipkkndfics.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/rabbit-hole-by-the-numbers/

      P.S. I’m betting on you! 😉

      1. *sigh* I think I have to wait till next year for the Invite then. Exams have barged in(they forgot manners about knocking 😉 ) which means paying attention to uninvited guests.
        So as soon as I finish attending to them, I am going to dive into the twelve nights once again(which I will do lovingly) and leave my thoughts in the Peanut Gallery 😀 to get my Invite.
        P.S. I won’t let you lose the bet. 😉

        1. Such a non bratty answer, Mrs. Raizada is charmed.
          Can’t leave a friend hanging when exams are such cruel beasts! A look at the email inbox should be taken soon. 😉

  84. S&K
    Loved loved this beautiful story. It is one of the bestest story on Arnav and Khushi that I read recently I finished it in 2 days. Thanks to my friend Mani from IF who sent me the link to the story. It has wonderful plot with lots of interesting twists and gripping story which didn’t make us move till complete the story. Thank you so much for giving us this wonderful story 🙂
    Loved wonderful manly bonding of Arnav, Aman and NK in this story.
    Loved sisterhood of Khushi and Robbie and added Anjali and their girls night outs. Loved Khushi and Robbie bonding and the way Robbie stood for Khushi whenever she needed friend or family 🙂
    Loved how Aman and NK choose Khushi for Arnav .
    Arnav and Khushi has trusting issues because of their bitter past but loved how they progressed in love and learnt to trust and they both needed each other to heal. Their passion is unforgettable. I loved the growth and transformation the characters went through by embracing their past and letting love lend them into future. Arnav from a jaded, cynical businessman wary of women and emotions to a devout lover, willingly tying the wedding knot. Khushi from scared, lonely girl to the confident woman free to love & live. Loved Arshi proposal and wedding.
    NK and Robbie are good friends and showed that friendship is thicker than blood. Loved their confession and it is perfectly fitted to them 😉
    Aman and Anjali are very sweet couple and played a vital role. Their wedding and their SR was written beautifully 🙂
    Loved the Lady dragon-Nani
    Payal,Lavanya and Shyam have all in a way begun a new life. Payal, what she did with Khushi is unforgivable and felt pity the way she accepting the futility of her efforts to win the affection and love of Garima and eventually walking out from it.
    Shyam by graphing the opportunity given by his little sister to find who he really is.
    Lavanya by gaining a family and thei acceptence which she had been fighting for so long.
    Sashi in a way redeemed himself with the letter.
    Garima and Trent left alone because of their doings in their selfishness.
    Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful story. Hope we get more such wonderful stories from you and I want to be a part in that journey.

    I wanted to read the epilogue but sadly I am not allowed to access. Please let me know how I can read it.

    Sudhareddy from IF

  85. Absolutely riveting piece of work!! Take a bow,gurlz!! For me, it was , a fairy tale which was so real.. 🙂
    Fighting with the demons of the past, skeletons out of the closets, and amidst all this chaos; discovering , and trying to hold on to, yourself, anew!!

    With the meticulous portrayal of each character and their different facets; one can imagine the scenes being played out on celluloid.
    Passion was steaming hawt!! No doubt…But loved the banter between NK, Aman, Arnav, Robbie,and Khushi.
    I was in splits when Robbie explained ‘relationships’ in Arnav’s ‘native tongue’!! That was hilarious 😀

    Loved the spunky and fiercely loyal Robbie.
    Khushi and compassion is synonymous for me. After all her prior experiences with Payal, she could still find it in her to try and reach up to the venom-spewing female.

    Nani can only be imagined as a regal and aristocratic lady, with sharp eyes, shrewd brains and a loving heart. Her inner conflict when confessing her ‘secret’ to Arnav is almost tangible.

    Loved and enjoyed every bit of it.
    Could not access the epilogue, though. Would love to read it as well.

    Much love,
    Mili.

    1. Hey Mili! The speed of which you girls blaze through reading is astounding. Glad you enjoyed the journey.

      Sure you want more? 😛

  86. This is one of those amazingly written arshi stories that I have read in a while. Although based on IPKND characters, it has its own uniqueness in the plot, characters and the flow, with each of them having a meaningful role and stand in the story. This was missing in the original one, I always felt. Thank you for sharing this lovely piece of work and look forward to more from you.if possible, I would like to,read the epilogues. Thanks, Jyothi

  87. This is a great story of arshi I loved every parts of this. I am not good at words but u did best in it. I just loved it hope u do more works like this

    Thanks to sadha and CANAPOEM for recommending this story

    Can I had to honor of read the epilogue and out talks plz.

  88. Bi read this story in one go.I am in love with it 😀 It is so beautifully written and i would love to be part of this friends circle in reality.Each character is lovable.The way they protect each other and fell for each other is soooo beautiful.They do not expect in return. And it shows that peolple do not need to be related by blood to feel connected.I am soooo in love with this story.I hope to see more of such awesome stories.And thanks for the acces.

  89. Well i just followed d link posted at IF…. & i must say your story blows me away.. i have read it in one go.. took me more than 4hrs but d end result was totally worth it… incredibly interesting.. u can’t leave it once u started.. so much so that even when one has read d end, still wanted to have a glimpse of epilogue.. same as me.. i will wait for my chance
    For me most complicated & intresting character was Shashi Gupta.. one don’t know whether to hate him or pity him.. a true definition of a grey character. Kudos to u as writers…

  90. can someone please grant me access to the blog,i have gootten e mail notified for the comments but i cant access the epilogue series!please help violetgirl

  91. Soo.. I got the link to this blog from a post on IF. Then started the thing with me starting from the trailer (you said ‘start here’) & characters & night 1 and me commenting that I would comment as each night got over. But the maguc of the previous night would just take me into another, leaving no space in my mind to drop in a comment. In a way I am glad. I got to read the whole thing in 1 go ( it took me a full day) & I let my mind process the whole story. I am glad I didn’t have to think and overthink about what was gonna happen next, I knew it was waiting there for me to be devoured.

    You guys are marvelous writers. Truly.

    THE PLOT: how did you come up with sucha beautiful web of real life emotions, lies, happiness, passion, drama & so much more in between ! The big gamble played & it paying off..such thought out plan on your part.

    THE CHARACTERS: amazing choices so much so that the shift in characters & their relations appealed more than the inspiration! Each one with a personality & a strong mind. Even the antagonists. It is not very often that characters other than the protagonists be called as leads, even if parallel. I cannot bring myself to call NK, Aman, Robbie or Anjali as side characters. This story is as much NK’s as is Arnav’s. At least to me. The relationship shared by the boys is something to feel envious about. So strong and almost like till death (marriage) do us apart. Robbie is a person I would do anything to have in my life, Anjali, almost a sister too.

    I have a thing for loyalty in any relationship especially in matrimony. Your story shows how, at times, loyalty means something else entirely from the textbooks. Life, any body’s shouldn’t go to waste. I did feel bad for Trent & Payal too. Karma’s a bitch !!

    It will be a good while before my mind lets go of these people. It was a thoroughly wonderful read. I hope you wouldn’t take away from me the pleasure of witnessing the epilogue.

    Hats off to your efforts.

    1. Hi Dhara,

      Welcome. You have hit on some of our major themes. It seems like speed reading was not detrimental 😛
      I’ll leave it to K to make the call on this one. Although, are you sure you wish to dive deeper into the rabbit hole?

  92. Take a bow many many times K&S. What a rivetingly magnificent, awesome story this was. The love, bond, friendships, family, betrayals, secrets- a absolute fairy tale at its best. It can’t get any better. It is the best of the best ever written on Arhi. I am truly blessed to read this story even though I am late. I will never ever do this mistake with CC. I am already on board there.

    Thank you K &S. You have given us a story that will ever remain time. I have already recommend it to all my friends who have no clue of Arhi to just read this story for the magnificent way it is written.

    Am off to read the epilogues.

    1. Thank you! We really appreciate the shout out. If you end up having a chat with your pals, do share. I’m always curious to see what readers outside of the ficverse makes of the story.

  93. Hey 🙂
    Just came across your story thanks to IF . It’s a fantastic story , very beautifully written . I read it in one go and totally love it !!! Am eagerly waiting to read more !! Can you please give me the access to read The epilogue series pleaseee ?

  94. Thanks to a suggestion post on IF, I came to know about this amazing story and just in two days, I have read all parts except the epilogue which requires permission, I hope I could find a chance to read the remaining part as well.

    Coming to the story, I apraciate your generosity to all couples in the story. The fact that you gave equal importance and justice too all couple increased my affection to the story. Every couple left a special impact in my heart. Their way of loving may be different but at the end, they all deserved to love and be loved no more or no less than the other couples. The second thing I loved the most is the brotherhood and sisterhood connection which is beyond any blood relation. Finally, strong women found their better halves whom had strength to face all difficulties.

    I’m eagerly waiting for your invitation to read the epilogue which I’m sure would be as stunning as the previous part.

    1. Hi Ayse, welcome! What did you like about the bromance? The sister bonding? We like our Lounge to be robust. The wordier the soul, the faster our door flings open in welcome. 😉

      1. The thing I liked the most about bromance is Aman and NK’s sense or humor which has ability to make me laugh whenever the duo come together in order to have fun. In addition to this, both NK, Aman and Arnav give immense value to not only their respective partners but also their brother’s girlfriends.

        About the sister bonding… Khushi, Anjali and Robbie have different opinions and expectations about life. In spite or these differences, not even once they judged the other’s believes. They respected each other. But I have to admit that the character I loved the most is Robbie because Robbie and I have a feature common, our endless support for our best friend. Just like Robbie, I can also turn into a tiger in no time to protect my beloved friends whom I consider as a part of my family. If only Lavanya had been a part of this beautiful bond by getting rid of the burden of her past completely.

        1. Hi, I got your invitation to view Lounge 69 in order to access Epilogue Series. However, even after creating a WordPress account and verifying my e-mail account, It still says that it is a protected blog. I don’t know where I did wrong through the accessing process. Can you help me to solve this problem, please?

  95. Oh wow! What a story! An enjoyable journey ! Three handsome lovable hunks ans three adorable women who can bring these gorgeous hunks on their knees. Lovely! I am so very glad I stumbled onto this piece of heaven. Thank you so much for allowing access to wanderers like us to a major part of this incredible story.
    Another thing I want to appreciate is the writing. Seamless, flawless And stupendous. It never felt like this was a collaborated effort. Brilliant writing, brilliant imagery and brilliant use of the language. Also loved the gifs you’ve provided in all the chapters. Absolutely brilliant.
    I am being greedy here. Pls do allow me access to the epilogue series too. I have no doubt that those chapters will be as brilliant and enjoyable as the rest of the story. Thank you.

    1. Thank you. As we often write and edit together, the flow is not too shabby.
      Ah our Lounge is greedy as well. It likes to see a sacrifice of comment bleeding before it nudges.
      I hope you will indulge. 😉

  96. Got to know about this amazingly fabulous story through a suggestion post on IF, started it to read it with a little bit of apprehension, but instantly got hooked to it from the very first line. First of all let me praise you for writing such a beautiful and brilliant story. You are an incredibly talented and fantastic writer.

    Now, coming to the story, let me tell you that it is the very first story where I actually liked anjilli and didn’t skip her scenes. I will just go by each and every character to share my views abt them.

    Arnav came out every inch the ruthless businessman u wanted him to portray. Not once did u deviate from your path and made him act out of character. He never went mushy just bcz he was in love, but at the same time loved khushi with all his might. Payal was so right, he kissed the floor she walked on but held his own when needed to.

    Khushi was the victim of a man’s weakness, who unfortunately was none other than her own dad. What ever she suffered was bcz of his cowardice. Garima didn’t want a divorce so he made his own daughter an illegitimate child in front of the whole world. Pathetic… simply pathetic.

    The person who I felt the most for was Payal. Both Shashi and Garima ruined her life. No child wants to be treated second best by their parents but when the child is adopted, it makes the situation 10 times worse.

    Aman, NK and Robbie were just adorable characters. Could u plz give me the epilogue link as I really want to read what future life of all the characters will be plus I really want to read more of your brilliant writing. Are there any more stories of yours that I could read… If yes then could u plz share the link of your other stories.

    1. Welcome Farheen. You must share about the hesitation. Was there a fear this will be one of those “dark mature” stories along the lines of Fifty Shades of Crap? 😛

      Good! In all the FFs I read, I always skip Anjali’s scenes too. Woman’s got a bad rep doesn’t she?

      I love your reading of the characters! And who wants a changed man when he’s what you fell for in the first place? 😉

      More? Sure?
      Okay…. check these out:

      https://skcrimsoncourt.wordpress.com/

      https://ipkkndexpressionsoflove.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/except-the-naked-truth/

      1. Hey, thank you for replying. Ah, the hesitation, it wasn’t bcz of the ” dark mature stories” as I feel u could always learn something from any story u read no matter how pathetic it is provided that it’s been written with correct grammar and spellings. Forgive me for being such a snob or whatever u want to call me, but I can’t enjoy a story written in bad English, as it kills the story.

        I can’t acces the Crimson court story as its password protected but will definitely read the other one. I really want to read the epilogue series as well so plz if u kindly give me the acces to that as well.

        Does Payal have a happy ending in the epilogue? She deserves it more than anybody bcz it’s not easy to live as an outsider in your own house where u r used as a pawn in your parents marital games.

        Khushi’s character was nice but I don’t like a goddess khushi with no gray shades. In every story she is the epitome of everything that’s great. Hopefully in your stories, I won’t find such khushis. I am not saying that she should be a conniving witch but a little human streak is refreshing. I simply hated khushi in ipk who wanted to leave her house and husband for aarav.

        Last but not least, I simply hated the character of anjilli. I can’t stand a character with no self respect or dignity. The anjilli in your story had both the qualities so it made her tolerable.

  97. Wow, you both are such amazing writers and gave such a good storyline to one of my fav couple. I do not write much so I am coming short of words to explain how thrilled I am to bump at this site and read the story. It is brilliantly, amazing story and loved every bit of it. Ah Arnav’s character is so dominating and charismatic that I cannot get him out of my head. Same goes to Kushi, gosh the girl had to go thru so much to find her soulmate who will be cherishing her for 7 lives.
    So as a greedy reader, will their be a epilogue to this story and will you guys will be writing another story ?

  98. Hi finally read this chapter, just beautiful. I loved how you completed everyones story in this chapter, from Payal>Garima> shashi. Then shyam, being set free by his sister and her husband. To Robbie and NK finally, finally telling each other they were the one….by the way I kept thinking not in the main room there’s no door.. im getting old lol! Then last but not least Devyani with her grandchildren +1. Then last but not least our Arnav and Khushi, making their 7 lifetimes of wows on NY empire state building. Just beautiful.

    The propsal was just….just. . Um….yummy 😉
    BRAVO BRILLIANT STORY, Loved all the twists and turns especially about Shyam 😉 better than anything thecindian soaps can ever come up with. ? Hell I wonder if the western soaps could do that .. just brill!

  99. Just read this whole story in one go! So you can see how much I loved it! Can’t believe I have missed these stories, and I thought I was khushi-arnav FF conasiur!

    The story just flowed, everything fit, which are marks of great storytellers! Loved how each character wad writteven the ones that made you go wtf?!? Regardless thanks for writing/sharing with me/us.

  100. Wow ….Arnav and Khushi have come a long way. What a beautiful Night it turned out to be, New Year’s Eve again….
    Loved this.

    Off the Night….I am unable to access the wordpress account past few months despite help from the WordPress team…is there another way I read the other related portions of FWN…let me know plz

  101. This was one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. The story had everything, suspense, strong storyline, balanced characters, human imperfections and justified events. Every character explored and done justice to. Arnav, a true Byronic hero, one of my favorite Byronic heroes, was molded so perfectly according to this story line. Although, he was not entirely a Byronic hero in this story. But, he had the elements. And, I loved them,
    Khushi, a character all humbleness, but she gave the human touch with, “I have no halo around my head.” Nobody is perfect. And, I finally saw a human Khushi in a fanfiction.
    I liked Aman more than NK. I don’t know, maybe the subtle happy go lucky touch.
    And, the best-justified character hands down would be Payal. Whatever we shape to be, is because of the people and situations we face. Hence, every human is different. She could have been a better person. But, as they say there is no innate conscience, Payal was doomed to be imperfect. I feel for her.
    The story was beautiful, so well put, every loophole covered. Every single action justified. It is an art to handle a story with so many twists and turns. Your story is one of the maturest I’ve read as a fanfiction.
    Please allow me access to read the epilogue too. Please. Please. Please.

    1. Hundreds of readers and you are first to name Mr. Raizada a Byronic hero. 😀
      I’m glad the story was enjoyable.
      Payal took our fancy in the last lap, I look forward to your thoughts on where we end her journey in the Epilogue series. ^^

  102. Firstly a thank you and an apology!! Thank you for allowing me to enjoy your work and sorry for not commenting! I just couldn’t stop reading. So, so so sorry for delaying the comments so I could reach the end. And I finally have…don’t have access yet to the epilogue 😔 but I will beg for that later 😁.

    So let’s get to this fabulous story….what an amazing ride it has been! You girls take a bow!! Not only for a fabulous plot but for some spectacular writing, and beautifully showcased too. Loved everything about it. The twists, the new characters, the old characters with new personalities, just everything!! Give me a few…let me rave a bit! Let’s start with my all time favorite…Arnav. Arnav as a character was already so perfect that I can’t imagine anyone changing anything about him. He was damaged, he had passion,he had anger, he had arrogance, he had a cruel streak, he also could be charming and caring. I mean what more could you add? But you girls did…you spiced him up some more. More sexy, more classy, more suave, more charming, more humorous …more everything! Loved this Arnav…he was HOTTTT!!! Hai… Is IPKKND ne sab ladkiyon ki lagaa di!! No man will ever match up 🙂 But as if all this hotness was not enough you girls did the unthinkable…you add more!!! OMG …Aman and NK!! You are killing us!! Just loved loved loved each one of these men and all of them together. Have one confession…my favorite part of this story was their bromance! I have to make a mention here of how you girls excel at characterization…I mean each of these men had qualities that were so similar but yet so distinct from each other. We could actually guess who would say what…and that is remarkable! These men carried the story on their shoulders and how!? You girls slayed us!!

    But of course, for these formidable heroes the heroines couldn’t be any less. And how beautifully you characterized each one of them. Let’s start with our beautiful, and sweet Khushi. Sexy, passionate, dignified, but always caring…putting others before her. I liked that you kept her innocence and strength intact. There was such a gentleness to her character here. Her vulnerability as well as her self esteem both were handled delicately. I know you must have worked hard on her dialogues, coz it couldn’t have been that easy to portray her as vulnerable to Arnav, but equally self respecting to keep her dignity intact. You made her more mesmerizing…almost added an enchanting quality to her. I often feared she would disappear…she almost had that dreamlike, mysterious quality to her. Beautiful character made even more exquisite by you girls. That brings us to Robbie and Anjali. So different all three but so so lovable! Robbie was just f#*king awesome!! She was enough to take on all three of the men and with so much chutzpah!!! She was bold, self respecting, cheeky, audacious and sassy! But behind all that facade also had such vulnerability which made her beguiling! She was captivating in so many ways. Thank you for penning her character…you made Robbie a perfect foil for Khushi! Kudos!! And then the gentle and elegant Anjali! I liked that you kept quite a bit of Anjali in her but still made her feel fresh, young and incredibly sweet! She is perfect for Aman…the man whore 😄!
    Your supporting cast was worthy enough to have carried the story on their own too. Naniji the formidable dragon lady was strong, proud, intelligent and loving all at the same time. You used her character perfectly. Her presence lent to the story and connected the past to the present. She was the one that held not just this family together but also this story. And then of course Payal, Garima & Shashi! Whoa!! You plotted this story all around them. Payal and Garima were so flawed, evoked such disgust but yet you gave them a fitting exit. Though I wanted them to crawl for mercy, you with your writing gave them dignity too. I respect that of you. You humanize everyone and remind us that life is full of grays too. Not everything is black & white. For me in all of your story their end is what made you superior writers. You didn’t fall for the usual trap of painting them all black and finishing them in some equally gruesome way. You made them human and finished them but even then with a silent and dignified end. I almost wanted Payal to have a better life after all this. I also loved how Khushi handled them both in the end…beautifully done! Shashi…the one that stood tall in between all this even though he was already gone. That letter was a masterpiece. And I’m thankful you put it in the story. Shashi to me was weak but still lovable and somehow that letter made me feel as if my feelings towards him were so justified. Here again I would like to point out your strength as writers. Shashi was never present in the story but his presence was felt always!! Brilliant !! That brings us to Trent… Who to me is not even worth mentioning. I don’t even want to call him a man, but even him you redeemed. You girls truly loved every character in your story and stood by each of them. You were fair to each of them…never played any favorites and gave justice to the ones that didn’t even deserve it! Truly fabulous work!

    Thank you for letting me into your world. It was colorful, vibrant, passionate, poignant, and truly beautiful! You girls are gifted writers and story tellers. Keep writing!!

    P.S. Please may I have the access to the epilogue too….and anything else you ever write!

  103. Shoot! This paragraph got deleted and I didnt even realize it. So am adding it now….

    Shyam took me by surprise! I never saw that coming. It explained a lot of his inner struggle and bitterness. Was he really interested in Arnav? I felt as if there was something there …was it?! I wanted to know more of what happens to Shyam….is he a part of the epilogue?

  104. This story is speechless for me….Each and every character is significant here….
    Though I have read this once already….Reading it again gives a new feeling to me.
    I will soon read the epilogue as soon as I get access to it
    Till then muhaa and loads of kisses from my side to you

  105. Darlings, I will start re-reading the chapters
    Thank you for this awesome story
    Would love to go and enjoy the ride once more – will do it soon

  106. Incredible!
    i know this is not the end there are epilogues to read but i loved the closure you gave. indeed they bid farewell to cold winter nights ( speaking in terms of the past haunted them and not the actual hot nights that they spent ) welcoming the warmth into their lives. including the past few nights and the interlude you guys dropped a few bombs shocking me.In all it was one emotional roller coaster.I’ll list what loved and whom I hated. starting with the hate’ Garima is such a cruel selfish vengeful woman. She kept that letter addressed to Arnav to herself if it wasn’t for her wickedness Khushi could have had a better life. But fate had its own plan to bring Arnav and Khushi to each other.

    The conversation between Trent – Payal and Payal-Khushi was so well contemplated and written. The displacement of her anger for Shashi onto Khushi was at such a level that Khushi’s misery gave her sense of peace. I was not angry or pissed on Payal,I pitied her. It was good of her in letting go and starting anew.

    i had guessed about Shyam. But i never guessed about Lavanya been their half sister. after the whole Lavanya and Arnav confrontation i loved how Nani handled everything as Arnav was all brooding. Of course it was difficult for him to take in everything considering his past and same for Khushi who had her own demons to fight i.e. being the daughter of the “other woman” though her father loved her mother but it was the fact. And hearing those words uttered by the love of her life made them more real and piercing. Thank god for Nani and NK’s background check.
    when Khushi went missing I knew she would be at her mother’s grave. And then after almost losing his Khushi Mr. Raizada took the reins to right everything in their lives.
    Raizada made me emotional when he asked Robbie permission for Khushi’s hand and the ring and kangan’s engraved with HAMESHA, the small intimate wedding , all was Perfect.
    Thank you for this beautiful story that rekindled the essence of IPKKND i.e. Love Family Friendship .:)<3

  107. Simply a very beautiful story!
    Thank for allowing me the privileged of reading it and living in it with the beautiful and real characters you have created.
    Thank You..

  108. I have finished finished reading the whole story all in one go (well over the span of two days really). Loved it so much….
    The best thing about this ff were the characters. In one of the early chapters there was a poll conducted which showed that comparatively, Robbie was the most loved character. And I was quite surprised. Being an Arnav and Khushi story, should one or both of them be the most loved characters…? However as I read on, even I realised that I loved the storing characters of NK and Robbie the most as well. Loyal but wise friends… which Arnav and Khushi also are but Robbie’s and NK’s personality shone through much more.

    1. It’s so heartwarming how our other characters received as much love from readers as Arshi. Truly, that is a reward onto itself. 🙂 Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed it!

  109. A beautiful ending to a beautiful story…each and every character was so well thought through and projected. I loved all the characters, even the negative ones. Did I tell you earlier that you both write like experienced professionals. I loved the whole journey.
    I always had a slight soft corner for Payal thinking that no kid deserves to have a cheating father, whatever be the reasons for the cheating. And knowing the entire story, I felt even more bad for her. She was nothing but Garima’s pawn and that ruined her entire life. Hope she makes something of herself now. Maybe, you will have something nice for her in the epilogue.
    Great to see NK and Robbie finally taking it to the next level of commitment. NK is really an amazing and lovable character.
    I really loved the kind of wedding you gave Arnav and Khushi. They really did not need the pomp and show. It was lovely to just have family on the ES building and the new year fireworks to start their married life together. It was really apt.

    Can’t wait to read the epilogue.

    Thanks again for writing this wonderful story and sharing it with me. I enjoyed every bit of this wonderful story.

    1. That’s quite a marathon reading session Channu! 😀
      I’m glad you enjoyed the story, and look forward to what you think of the last leg of their adventure.
      Do check your inbox ^^

  110. YYeeaahhh YYeeahh yeeaahhhhh I finally read this epic tale.I can’t thank my luck enough that i got the chance to read this whole again and not even million thank you’s would be enough to both of you for penning a story as beautiful as this one.
    I have happy tears in my eyes after witnessing this incredibly magical love tale of those two people who are as important to me as any of my family/friends. YOU girls had created a whole new universe of love, passion, rabba ve’s and ….humesha’s.
    I can’t pick up one person and say that “this is my most fav” (like it usally happens with me when i read a story) from this tale. You guys made me love every one, EVERYONE. From Mr.s Bossy to Mr. Mathews and surprisingly to Payal (by the end).
    Thank you soooo soo much again for writting this tale and giving a whole new meaning to MY most favorite word “humesha”.

    PS: I loVED the quotes you guys used in between some conversations. I saved them all 😛

    PPS: If m gona dream abt Arshi tonight in my dreams cause of you, then let me tell you the bromance btw our hotties would not leave me too. They’ll soon follow in my dreams too 😛

    PPPS: I wana knw what happened to payal, la, garima ? Not that concerned abt Garima but payal surprisingly YES and La too. I guess that u guys have may be included in the epilogues ?? I requested access. If possible do grant if not then its ok too. But do try n tell me in brief what happened to these all 😀

    PPPPS:My wall clock strikes 12:00 Am and its 6th June now. SO ladies, you guys are first one to whom m wishing a VERY VERY VERY HAPPY 5TH IPKKND ANI <3

    1. Hahaha thank you =) Happy 5 Year of IPK to you too! I can’t believe there’s still so many of us here! So proud to be part of this fandom!

      We wouldn’t want to deprive you of the conclusion to their journey…. do check the inbox 😀

  111. I am like……Oh No it already come to its end…..
    and other hand…..I am glad i got to read this beautiful story
    Thanks guys for granting me permission to access….
    i read a few parts when it became protective..
    and i am overwhelmed to read upto this ending right now…
    I could help reading each chapter after another
    it’s intoxicated…..and i love every bit of it…
    Hats off to both of you …..Great writing….
    And thank you for sharing it with us….<3

  112. That was simply beautiful… i m impressed with your stories..and highlight of it is time to find out imagez with important scenes..the lovely photos areof Arshi r engraved in our heart but to match altogether different concept with them is purely ur talent..now when i next c those photos..i wud remember ur story..coz this is how deeply engraved now..applaud to you for such a brilliant narration..!!👍

  113. Oh my god. Is all I can say. Literally couldn’t wait and I had to read all the nights in one go and I look like a zombie right now. But I’ll be back with my long long super long comment on this amazing story. This is literally my favourite story EVER. you guys rock.

    Just thought I’d give you he heads up that I’ll be back. One quick questions how can I read the epilogue?

  114. Hello!!!

    I am back with my long overdue comment. Wowoowowowowowoow wowowowowowowow is all I can say right now.

    Let’s start with the story can I just say I love NK AND AMAN seriously the bromance with arnav is sooooooo amazin!! The way the story started and how Arnav and Khushi came close after the incident with Trent was amazing. Wow bloody hell Payal Gupta is a bbleeeeeep I cant believe Trent a man let her use him and he even did it! Clearly not a man with a woman can control all your moves. So our Anjali is perfect here and her and Aman are so cute. Absolutely loved them. Let’s move on to the fiesty couple NK and Robbie. Like whoa whoa thanks NK FOR MAKING ARNAV DOUBT KHUSHI AND THEN GETTING IT ON WITH ROBBIE.

    BUT ARNAV AND KHUSHI were my fave. Their love story reminds me of someone close to me and it’s just amazing like little bits I read the way Arnav hates Khushi not sleeping with him and she said give me the room key I’ll need to come in and he said ill be up and come get you. Reminds me of a special someone. But this Arnav was my favourite from all the stories I have ever read. I love him lol. I can sympathise with Lavanya because her and Khushi are the same but more in the sense Khushi was made because of true love and all the revelations you gave us how Shashi wanted Kushi and Arnav to be together and the letter that Garima hid. It was so perfect this whole story.

    What made me laugh was when Garima asked Khushi to let A go and I was like nuh uh this Khushi ain’t giving in again you tortured her enough. And then damn right she speaks and arnav rewards her with a KISS!

    CAN I JUST SAY ARNAV AND KHUSHI SCENES DAMN SMOOOKING HOT!!!

    And I like how eventually payal left because there was nothing here for her and she realised that her mother who adopted her showed her true colours.

    How can I not mmention dragon lady the way she threatened Payal was literally mind blowing and then the way she made khushi understand to listen and be there for arnav was so cute and sweet. SHE WAS a fave character.

    This story was absolutely amazing and so beautiful. I need more. How about a SEQUEL PLEASE? AND EPILOGUES. PLEASE. I NEED MORE OF THIS ARNAV AND KHUSHI PLS.

  115. My heart cannot take this last night, nahi…

    The story has become special and precious to me, I am so glad to have stumbled on ficverse that led me right now and then I’m glad that you provided access to read this wonderfully crafted tale. I thank you for that.

    Yes, Garima, Shashi has won, no matter how much you wished otherwise because somethings are just meant to be. No amount of wishing or forces could change or stand against our madame fate. Its sad that she has no regret in her heart so things she has done.

    Payal is finally doing the right thing and that is to let go and be free. She has lot to do in terms of self discovery and healing from all the hatred and pain. A difficult journey it is going to be but a worthy one in the end.

    The fact that our Arnie travelled across the country to see K when he had time and he can’t hear her voice with him being so far is sooo acidity inducing. You paint my dream man right here, I guess you have everyone’s dream man rolled into the delicious goodness that is Arnav. NK and Aman.

    Haha, Robbie is robbed from all sides with tricks of her Noah. He is leaving no stone unturned, he is doing everything to have her. Dhak Dhak.

    I love the relationship all of our characters have with each other and by that I meant NK, Aman, Arnav, Khushi, Anjali, Robbie. I love these three pairs to death, If I touch them I will smooth them with my hugs and kisses.

    Finally, Shyam is too on his way to self discovery and healing. He needs time and time away from people who wouldn’t understand him. Anjali is damn good sister for not giving up on her brother. I don’t find it weird at all that Anjali and Shyam are siblings, is that not weird that I dont find it weird.

    Robbie is all in now, there is no other way. He is the stuff made up of all her fairytales and naughty dreams, lucky her.

    I love love love and love that he showed Robbie the ring and asked her for approval, he wants the very best for his girl.

    ASR is so confident that he had the wedding arrangements done already when he proposed, he knew that she wouldn’t refuse and if she did he was ready to convince in every way.. (my mind goes to gutter) while everyone is waiting for bride and groom.

    It is the perfect last night that we get to witness, the end and not truly the end as you tie all the knots of the story. You made the last night magical and remarkable. <3

    I'd love to love to read the outtakes, epilogues (I'm so desperate!) I'll be re-reading your one shots and stuff since I have read and commented on all of them already except your ongoing SS and 'the naked truth' one shot. Im planning to read "expressions of love one shots" little by little everytime I feel down.

    Thank you once again for giving me access to read this story. I'm eternally grateful!

    1. Enjoyed reading your perspective on FWN Raven-girl. Thanks for sharing them! It’s most rewarding to see our readers connect with characters beyond Arnav and Khushi. Yes, they are why we are here, but gotta leave some corridors clear for other flights of fancy yes? 😉

  116. I lack the eloquence or skill rto critique your writng.
    All I can say and that to inadequately is that as I complete the final chapter – I never expected to feel emotional.

    The culmination of their love…..perfect!

    The beautiful relationships- friendship, family, sisters and brothers both real and in spirit – a triumph.

    Absolutely wonderful.

    My FWN journey – I got the email with the password earlier this week, had an internal debate daily ( to be honest several times a day) to wait until Friday.

    Friday came and 24 hours later….Saturday night, I’ve read it.
    I’ve enjoyed it, laughed, smirked, got teary eyed and felt my heartbeat speed up……I’m left enthralled.

    What next – remorse — perhaps I should have read slower….stretching it over a few days.
    But I suspect the end result would have been the same – pining for more.

    Now I desperately need to read the epilogues….

    To have access to the epilogues…..I would offer you…….my firstborn!!!!!

    The thing holding me back is that he is a typical teenager, with loads of attitude and a bottomless tummy.
    He wouldn’t be of much value to you ladies but is precious to me, my jigar ka tukda.

    I urge you to look at the intent rather than the deed here.😜

    I’ll be waiting to get my fix….please don’t leave me in agony for too long.

    Cheers
    Monica

  117. Damn..!!!
    One hell of an amazing roller coaster ride it was….!!!
    With A whirlwind of emotions… Tons of love& Friendship &Bromance& of course swearing too..😋….
    Glad to be able to read this….
    U Dolls did an marvellous job of penning it down…so…awesomely….👍💜👍
    But I want more nights ofcourse..😋

  118. You gals are amazingly genius….this is such a beautiful masterpiece! 3 handsome hunks paired with 3 beautiful ladies😍😍😍 Lethal powerful gorgeous exquisite Arnav-Khushi, Aman-Anjali, NK-Robbie!!!! Wow…..wow…wow…..simply superb👌….all in a package. Glad that the passcode was shared with me…thank you so so so much otherwise I would have missed this fantabulous story. Each and every character were described soulfully that I could visualize each and every scenes right in my eye….Gosh you are blessed with extraordinary talent👍. I really would love to continue reading all your other outstanding and unique stories and the epilogues as well. I’ll wait patiently for the most deserving invite from your end…..thank you!

  119. That was a wonderful story. Glad that I could read it in one go. Loved your cast, banners and choice of music as well. Wish could watch it as a movie! But now getting withdrawal symptoms. Please let me read epilogue and the rest!

  120. NOOOO please dont end WANT WAYYYY MORE
    want to read their “cute” bromance, NK and Robbie.
    Seriously, you should think about making a part 2, DO include NK and Robbie, loved them and NK, Aman and Arnav’s bromance

  121. Payal has finally taken the right decision of letting go. I hope she fibds her happiness soon. As for Garima, I despise that woman.
    Shashi Gupta’s letter shows that even though he had mistakes, he admitted them and had been honest. Yes, he had won. Some things are just meant to be.
    It was incredibly romantic of Arnav to fly across the country just to be with Khushi for just a few hours.
    Aman did a fine job solving the matter of Shyam and giving him an opportunity to discover himself.
    NK scaled the walls around Robbie and their confession was amazing!
    It was really thoughtful of Arnav to show the ring to Robbie first and ask her permission to marry Khushi.
    The Night couldn’t have ended in a better way. Arnav asking Khushi to marry him in his usual bossy attitude and marrying her on New Year’s Eve was just so beautiful! 😍

  122. Wow! What a beautiful proposal and wedding. Indeed world is a small and i loved the way how Robbie birthday wish came true and shashi won. What were the chances that Aman happened to like khushi for his brother, the khushi for whom shashi always wanted Arnav in her life. And ultimately NK and Robbie found each other. And lavanyah found a home she can called and come for sheltering.
    Tomorrow I have my paper yet I spend my day reading this super fantastic story. I can’t believe I missed this amazing take when you post it the first time.
    I can’t wait to read the epilogue.

  123. Awesome fantastic night.
    It was an utterly hooking and captivating read.
    You bring all the emotions of anguish , love and hatred passion and hotness out from reader.
    Quiet an awesome and captivating journey.
    My most fav couple was NK and Robbie obviously after arshi.
    The swearing confessions and hot passionate love was their beauty.
    Arshi marriage and proposal was mind blowing with ASR touch.
    Payal earn some liking from me by moving out from garima and seeking her own identity.
    Shayam and anjali got the sibling bond back was adorable.
    And most important and loveable side of this ff is the bromance of arnav Anna and NK.
    Hope to get entry to the epilogue and outtake.
    Thanks again for opening the nights for new readers and giving us an entry to this fantastic ride.

  124. Shit shit shit! This was so beautiful. Every single thing from the start to the end was like a dream come true. It was so magical for us only, I cant imagine what it must be like for Khushi and Arnav!

    I am so fucking glad Payal finally left. She had the fucking guts to finally leave that hellhole and I’m so glad Garima is finally alone after all the misery she has put in others lives. That letter Shashi wrote to Arnav was absolutely beautiful. I genuinely had tears in my eyes!

    Robbie and NK and totally killing me. Like completely. How cute are they yaa! That little “Say it without swearing at me” game made my heart flutter so much. I love them!

    Arnav and Khushi are such goals. All that warmth that has finally come into their relationship is so heartwarming! The fact that Arnav finally moves on and is ready to marry Khushi is beautiful. It really shows how long he has come along. And the fact that Khushi could be with him for a year without ever feeling the intense need to marry him just for the commitment it brings along says so much about how long she has come as well!

    I’m absolutely in awe of the series of events starting from the realization to the fact that he goes to nani to get the kangans and then his proposal. Everything is so beautiful!

    And they finally get married as well. How absolutely beautiful was that!

    You guys have done such an amazing job with this. I’m going to dream about it for daysss!

  125. That was so awesome. This story line has been so beautiful and real. I loved the NY stage a lot better then Delhi. This is by farther my favorite fan fiction of ARHI. Thank you for sharing them without the password.

  126. The way Robyn says “I am an asshole.” Words of a woman turning on her charm when she knows she is in absolute trouble. But then isn’t this lady trouble and how adorable. I would like to believe that Robyn with Noah is so adorably different from the ambitious and confident model was showcased in the first scene. She is vulnerable and so human. But still capable of telling Arnav Singh Raizada what waits him and can hold her own. Absofuckinglutely amazing.

    I think despite the obvious charm that NK holds, I am a little biased towards the Dragon Lady’s very own shark. Aman is after my heart. He can wield words for his weapon and has that softness not just with Anjali but also with Lavanya.

    What I can’t wait to squeal over is the confident, and all encompassing relationship that Arnav and Khushi fall into. I can gush over the last scene over and over. But that wouldn’t really suit the elegance of the words, emotions and love presented in it.

    The letter from Shashi was like Fate talking of the course life could take and it did. The knots are all tied and oh, how beautifully.

    This has been a treat to read, just what somebody would need amidst exams to sway them to LaLaLand.

    -Deeksha

  127. Nothing would have prepared me for this surprise.. finally ARSHI are man and wife.. loved Arnav’s chat-mangni-pat-shaadi.. after all he is ASR and he always does which nobody can even think of.. Empire building me mandap.. ASR the great.. such an awesome mind blowing story guys.. love you.. thanks for giving me the opportunity to read this wonderful work of yours.. God bless

  128. I woke up late last night because, well, had to pee.
    But then I thought, hey, I’ll just read one more night. If you haven’t already figures what happened next, well then…let me just say sleep wasn’t very good to me all night.

    I love this story. Totally love it. There was all the passion, yearning, twisted, humourous love that we associate Arnav and Khushi with yet there wasn’t a moment that was dragged too much. In the restraint of it was the magic.
    I know I will want to keep coming back to this.
    And I’d love to read the epilogues which I currently have no access to. Help, please?

    Keep writing.
    Love,
    R

  129. I came across this story when someone recommended this on IF. I cannot believe i missed out on such a wonderful story. I read it in one go the first time earlier this year! However, a few weeks back…I thought about this story again…and finally re-read the WHOLE story again! It was like I was reading it for the first time. You guys are simply amazing writers!

    Arnav and Khushi’s love story is sooooo (I don’t have the right word) but its amazing! I love how over the course of the story Arnav shapes khushi to be a more independent and a strong women. He shows her that love is beyond just a physical relationship….it is all about trust, mutual respect and above all love. At the same time, khushi brings about the best in arnav. She shows to the readers the “Aranv” side of him rather the the formidable ASR which he wants to show to the world. Their love just makes me dream and believe that true love does exist.

    Coming to my next best couple…NK and Robbie! I love how the character of NK was used as the PA rather than the cousin in the show. You made me fall in love with them as much as you did with Aranv and Khushi. I do relate to Robbie’s character a lot because somewhere i see her in myself. I girl from the small town, who shows to the world that she is very strong yet at the same time, she is just guarding her hurt because like every girl she just doesnt want to get hurt. I love how NK over the course of the story breaks those walls and shows her that forever exists.

    Coming to Anjali and Aman…Anjali is still the innocent anjali yet there is a sweetness to her which i thought was missing from her in the show or other fanfic but i would have loved to see it. I think this story did the best justice to anjali’s character. She is strong yet very innocent. I love the innocent love she and aman share. She manages to capture the heart of a playboy and make her space in it. Aman is simply adorable.

    Another thing which really stands out is the bond b/w the 3 boys and b/w khushi and robbie. The 3 men share a unique chemistry and their bromance is very entertaining. The protectiveness aman and NK feel for arnav is very endearing. That is how the love between siblings should be. Even though NK is not related to them by blood…I always thought of these 3 as real brothers. I also love the bond between aman and lavanya. I wish we got to see some more of the bond b/w arnav and lavanya and how it changes more over the course of time.

    Khushi found a sister in robbie which i guess she always wanted. I know the importance of having a sister coz i have one. That bond is priceless. I love how robbie always stood up for khushi and her happiness. The most touching thing for me was when robbie makes her birthday wish for khushi;s happiness and the “strike out” theory for arnav. She clearly shows the bond b/w these two girls.

    Coming to Payal…this was the only character in this story for whom my emotions changed over time. In the beginning i simply hated her for what she did to khushi. Her hatred for khushi was too strong which almost made her blind when it came to taking revenge. I still cannot decide if her love for trent was true or not. However, in the end my hatred for her was replaced by pity. I felt bad for her. I guess all she craved all her life was love and acceptance which she never really got. Even though she got shashi’s name she never got his love or garima’s love which made her jealous of khushi.

    The character of dragon lady was amazing. I liked how nani wasnt just the sweet and caring nani but you portrayed her as the chairwomen of AR. I liked her character and authority at the same time the love she has for her grandchildren.
    Sorry I am writing about the the chapters in one go. I just couldn’t stop reading. I really suggest you should make this into a e-book. I would love to buy it. Your style of writing is simply amazing and intriguing. It leaves the reader amazed and wanting for more. I would love to read more of your work.

    Also, i would really appreciate if you can give me an access to your blog so that I can read the outtakes and epilogue.
    Thank you for keeping the sprite of Arshi alive with your writing. You make me dream, you make me believe….you make me want more…keep writing! Also think of a professional career as an author. You will always have this loyal reader from now.

    Cheers!

  130. Hello ladies, I came across this FF recently and have already read it twice. 🙂 I absolutely loved your take on IPKKND characters. You guys kept the essence of arhi, Kudos to you !!! Thank you for sharing the story.

  131. You both are great writers. Finally the wedding day and that too in Empire state bldg. I have never thought it could be more romantic to HV wedding thr ..HV seen couples proposing personally but it’s outstanding imagination.

    What a demanding hubby Arnav is going to be… Kushi don’t give up darling, I know what u feel but it’s more fun when u fight BK.
    Wonderful update dearies. Keep it up.
    Please share any more stories if u have written other than this. I will be blessed to read them.

    Cheers

  132. What an amazing journey of Arnav and Khushi!! Lovvved NK-Aman-Arnav – their conversations, the bond they shared! Robbie was the best though! I wish there was someone like her in the real show too! Arnav’s possessiveness for khushi was to die for!
    You both are fabulous writers and thank you for taking all us readers through this adventure 🙂 🙂
    P.s. found your story through the hall of fame at ipkknd ficverse 🙂

  133. It was so dreamy !
    You guys have made each character so brilliant, hats off to you 🙂
    I stumbled upon this fic when it was password protected. So I moved on.
    Recently I heard it was open again and I came back. I’m so glad I did, coz it was an experience 🙂
    Please grant me acess to the epilogues coz I want to be a part of this ficverse !

  134. Just one wow! How come i never came across this story until now….crash read the whole story in 2 days……especially loved the bromance n humour….this is one story where i enjoyed reading the parallel love stories as much as the leads….thank you n hope you’ll grant access to read the epilogue as well…all the best for ur future endeavors….

  135. Gripping , and enchanting sensuous love story , going to add it to my bookmarks for rereads in future. loved all your characters as much as Arnav Khushi. this last chapter with Nk and Robbie story reaching culmintion and Arnav proposal
    all make it very beautiful.
    cant move further than chapter12 so
    pls provide access to read the outtakes , epilogues getting itchy to read them

  136. Wow… Finish reading the story… Really it was the one in thousands… Simply superb…
    In every other story I used to enjoy only arshi love… But in ur story I enjoyed all the three pairs equally…

    I wish to read more of ur stories…

    Hats off to u two…

  137. Awesome story
    Every character of this story is very special
    Loved reading about Arnav proposal and arshi marriage
    Please grant me access to epilogue

  138. in ten months you ladies gave us three happily ever afters!!!!!
    you rock!!!!

    read this whole story in one go….. just couldnt get access to OUTTAKE I AND OUTTAKE II.
    would love to read the next if access is allowed

  139. the ceremony was so beautiful. the way nani references the arnav of the past and compares him with a new arnav is the best moment. Every girl dreams of a reformed man for herself specially when she is the cause for it. Thank you for such a beautiful night. However My favourite genre are about arnav becoming a papa. I hope i could see it.

    Thank you once again

  140. what a beautifully written story…loved it to the end…

    filled my heart with warmth and love…

    and the yearning to belong…and have someone is back….

    your words are magic…thank you !

  141. It’s such a beautiful story. They felt so real. Loved it especially the bromance. Thank you for writing it.

  142. Hi I have read this story at least thrice and each time I am enjoying reading it pls pls a humble request could you pls give me access to the rest part waiting to hear from you

  143. FWN is just way tooo beautiful to describe in words! You girls penned down each and every character so beautifully that everyone felt damn real. Thank you for letting me a part of this beautiful story 🙂 <3

    Sehnila

  144. Let’s talk business dear ,what should I give you to get access to the protected link dear cause somewhere I read that continuous sleeplessness will lead to insanity and I am verge of it , I spend last new nights reading this story thanks to Fatima who suggested this amazing story in IF and I am sure if I cannot read the rest of the parts it would make me insane .
    I can’t help falling in love with this story, the way you presented brotherhood,friendship, sisterhood, hatred,insecurity ,love ,lust , infidelity everything was novel and seriously I can’t pick one fav character from them but I have bit more reverence to the matriarch as she surprised me most . I wish to read the rest of the story .
    Posting it again since I couldn’t find the previous comments.

  145. What an amazing story. Absolutely loved it. Came across this blog when reading a different piece of work and i must say its fantastic. Writing is an art which not everyone posesses. You guys definitely know the art of writing. A beautifully depicted story and the flow in which it was written made it hard to stop reading. Read this in 2 days and simply loved it. I loved all the main pairs but as much as Arnav Khushi were spectacular in this, i loved Robbie and NK equally. They made a striking pair too. Looking forward to reading more of your work. Have requested access to the additonal pieces if you would kindly grant me access i would be thankful. Good luck with future ventures and keep up the brilliancy.

  146. from gangard hi ‘ beautiful story. All the angst of Arnav and the sweetness of Khushi. And the rawness of your language. Felt one is hearing everyday conversations especially between alpha males. Great stuff read it 3 times already. Have been denied access to other writings of yours but that’s okay. I can handle this much raw sex. So thanks going into the depths of Arnav and Khushi everywhere in all forms. Enjoyed

  147. Hi girls
    Hope u will see our comments some day.
    Loved this story so very much. It is beyond beautiful.
    I had seen the cast earlier, that is before reading, I after reading few chapter, the character grew on me, I visited cast again, I couldn’t think of any other face would have been perfect.
    Thank u girls for giving this story,
    Stay blessed

  148. its just perfect! i have re-read this n times and every time i have the same spell bounding feeling! hats to you …please take a bow!
    please let me know how i can read the epilogues so that i can get a closure 🙁