Night #2

Fifth Avenue, New York

Khushi remembered little of their ride from Time Square to the front curb of the hotel. From the moment she’d found herself in Arnav Singh Raizada’s arm, insanity had invaded. She was in a dreamlike bubble, where words and actions were coated in enchantment. It wasn’t until she stepped out of the limo and was greeted by two striking sleek glass towers rising 80-story before her that reality intruded.

Shaken, her wide eyes slid towards Arnav. “We’re staying here?”

A smile ghosted across his lips, “Since I own it, seems as good a place as any.”

He owned the hotel. Perfect. She was aware this man was out of her league, but hearing those words reinforced the thought that she should have chosen the cold winter night over any promise of fleeting warmth.

“I’m not …prepared for this,” she faltered as he led her past the doorman, through the sleek lobby and toward the glass elevators. “I don’t have any clothes …or… ”

Khushi fought a panicked laugh. Even if she’d known, she wouldn’t have been prepared because she didn’t own anything that could possibly match the extravagant luxury surrounding them.

“You won’t need them.” Arnav’s calm delivery had her stumbling ungracefully into the elevator as her feet forgot their purpose. It was a minor miracle when her legs didn’t fold beneath her completely.

It would be wiser to tell him she’d changed her mind and walk back into the night, back to reality. Yet she was frozen by the awareness that arced between them.

As if he could read her mounting reservations, Arnav reached behind her, deliberately pressing down on the button to the top floor.

When the doors shut them in, he straightened, eyes darkening perceptively on her face, yet he didn’t say another word until the elevator came to a smooth halt. Before she could step off, Arnav put his arm out to stop her and pulled her flushed against him.

“Khushi, you have nothing to be nervous about.”

Pulling in a deep breath, she muttered, “If you say so…”

That earned her a smile. A million-dollar smile. Then again, everything about him spoke of wealth, right down to those John Lobb’s leather shoes.

Staring up at him, visions of Cinderella danced in her head. This would be her one-night fairy tale Khushi decided. She knew better than to pin dreams on happily ever afters. They provided pleasant daydreams, but they were far removed from her reality.

He gestured for her to proceed from the elevator, falling into steps beside her. A hand moved up to guide, resting lightly on the small of her back. Khushi hid her surprise at the unexpected intimacy, forcibly reminding herself that this was a few stolen hours, a means of forgetting. To get wrapped up in the fantasy would be dangerous.

She watched him slip in a keycard and punched in the security code, a moment later, the door opened to a sprawling suite. Heart pounding, she stepped inside, felt his heat behind her as the door click shut.

✧✧✧

The penthouse was a showplace. Her eyes swept up to the vaulted ceilings catching briefly on the raindrop glass chandelier in the center of the room, her body tensing as she took in the decadent splendor. Across from the doorway, the south side of his apartment was nothing but glass looking out to the outlines of the Brookyn Bridge lit up by moonlight. The effect was both subtle and dramatic.

In between her and the windows, stream-lined designer couches and a frosted glass-topped coffee table were strategically placed on plush Persian rugs over the most gorgeous mahogany floor she’d ever seen. Nearby he had a fireplace with a slate mantel, and over it was a glass-framed painting she was sure belonged in a museum collection at one point.

Uneasy, she turned to look back at Arnav, who was casually discarding his coat and suit jacket onto a coach. “Do you live here?”

“Yes, when I’m in the city,” he replied as he walked over to the mini bar that held a mix of vintage liquor.

When he glanced back, his features were shadowed, “Would you like a drink?”

She shook her head jerkily and watched as Arnav poured himself a shot of something dark and burnt. He downed it in one before setting the glass down, the sound jarring the weighted silence. He turned to face her, the combined power of his body in the white dress shirt and the visible intent of his eyes were causing havoc on her senses.

“Come here,” Arnav commanded.

Responding to the urgent carnal need his tone aroused, she walked over to him, coming to a stop just a few inches away. Arnav closed the gap between them and brought his hands to the scarf around her neck, unraveling it without looking away from her. Then he reached for the coat, pulling it open and off her shoulders. She placed her hands on his chest to keep herself steady as both items fell to the floor.

Just as his head descended a brisk knock sounded at the door, “Room service, sir!”

“Damn!” He gave her an assessing look, lingering where the pulse beat rapidly under the skin of her neck before pulling away and striding to the door.

A group of servers dressed in spotless white came through, their arms laden with trays of silver. After murmuring a polite greeting, they went about setting out plates of food onto the polished dining table. Khushi’s mouth watered as the savory aroma hit her nose.

“Ready to eat?” Aranv asked after he’d discreetly tipped the servers and ushered them out.

Khushi nodded as she seated herself. Overwhelmed by the array of colorful platters, she lightly curled her fingers around a bottle of amber ale to disguise their shaking. Taking a sip, she immediately set it down when the alcohol hit her empty stomach. She should’ve started with something solid.

Arnav nudged a steaming bowl of fragrant soup towards her before he folded his frame into the chair beside her. Knowing she needed to feed her gnawing stomach, Khushi picked up the nearest spoon and dug in. A soft moan of delight escaped unconsciously as the heartiness of the vegetable minestrone quickly dispelled the lingering cold from her body.

Raising her eyes, she noted how Arnav ignored the dishes and reached for the wine. His hands sure and steady as liquid red splashed into another glass.

“Aren’t you going to eat?”

He sipped without expression, a man in possession of a jaded palate.

“Do you disapprove of a liquid dinner?”

“As long as it sustains you,” she replied lightly.

Hyper awareness of his perusal forced Khushi to restrain herself, taking each spoonful with conscious care.

She wanted to ask him questions about himself, feeling the need to bring in the distraction of conversation. Yet, she instinctively sensed her curiosity would be unwelcomed. He was a private man; from what she’d seen of the suite, there wasn’t a single personal item of his, no family photographs, no travel mementos – as if such items would give too much away.

“You’ve hardly ate,” Arnav noted when she pushed back her bowl. Khushi eyed the laden table regretfully. She wanted to savor all of it, but her stomach was accustomed to far less and had started to rebel.

“It’s delicious, but I can’t eat another bite. Thank you.”

Thank fuck, Arnav thought.

Sitting next to her, hearing the unconscious moans as she went through her food was obliterating what little control he had. There was something strange about her reaction to the meal, but he dismissed it to a long night of being on her feet.

He wasn’t interested in dinner. He wanted her. To know, rather than imagine, if she would ignite for him.

Khushi stood, automatically stacking up the plates when Arnav’s hand stopped the motion. He pointed towards the hallway leading to the closed double doors of the master bedroom. “Go in, I’ll take care of this, and join you in a few minutes.”

Their eyes met and held. Throat suddenly dried, she nodded. It was only a small movement, but it seemed to satisfy him. She turned and walked away towards the doors he’d indicated, feeling the heat of his eyes with every step.

✧✧✧

His bed was made up in silky black sheets. Shit, shit, shit!

He said he’ll take care of their dinner and join her in a few minutes. How long did she have? Two minutes? Ten? What is he expecting? What the hell is she supposed to do now?

This gnawing uncertainty was why she avoided men. At twenty-three, she was finally taking a second lover. No, the loss of her virginity doesn’t count; it had been one big fat joke. A cruel one. Khushi rubbed her arms as the involuntary shudder swept her body.

Biting her lips, Khushi caught a glimpse of herself reflected in the large dresser mirror. Walking closer she saw a too pale woman with wide eyes staring back. She saw the washed out jeans, the frayed hem of her secondhand blouse, knowing beneath them were practical underwear meant to cover not seduce.

Her eyes moved towards the sheets. Throwing an apprehensive look at the closed door, her hands went to the top button of the shirt. Taking two shallow breaths she began undoing them.

✧✧✧

Arnav wasn’t sure what to expect beyond the doors, but it was impossible to ignore the driving sense of urgency.  The thought of her in his bed had blood pounding through his veins.

Why? He had met hundreds of beautiful women. What was it about this one that literally robbed him of breath? Shoving aside the uncomfortable thought, Arnav walked in, the rug muffling his steps.

She stood silhouetted by the city light coming through the glass balcony doors. They flickered, kissing the ebony strands that tumbled over one shoulder. Her feet were bare, and she was wrapped in nothing but his sheets.

Desire slammed into him.

As if she sensed him, her green eyes turned from the view, meeting his. He felt poleaxed by them, by her. She was like a mermaid, all creamy skin and alluring eyes. And suddenly all he could think was, finally, what the hell took you so long?

She made him want. Badly.

“Let go of the sheet.” The words were issued softly, but no less of a command. He saw her hands fisted, crushing the silk.

“I want to see you,” Arnav continued, softening the demand. This time his tone held the huskiness of unabashed hunger. As it glided across her skin, the sheet slid from her loosened grasp. It glided down her body to gather at her waist, baring her body to his stare.

Khushi clasped her hands together, heart pounding. She’d never responded to a man like this, never experienced such an extreme physical reaction. She stood before him, filled with tumultuous want.

No more than a couple of feet separated them. The single step he took in her direction shrank that distance and intensified her reaction to him. His hand traced her collarbone, branding each patch of skin he encountered. “You’re fucking beautiful.”

Unable to help herself, Khushi whispered, “Arnav.”

His response came in a burst of movement, sweeping her into his arms, locking her against him until hips and thighs collided. Khushi gave into the urge and allowed her hands to tunnel into the thick waves of his hair as his spread across her hip and spine. Their lips met.

She felt singed by the connection. She couldn’t seem to get enough of him. His scent, his touch, his taste. His hands drifted upward, leaving teasing caresses that aroused feverish passion in their wake, replacing flesh with liquid heat.

Khushi gasped as he teased her lips apart and then slid inward, initiating a sensual duel that she wished could go on forever until laughter, distinct and unmistakable, reached her ears. In an instant the awful memory she’d tried to suppress vaulted through her. It warped viciously around her mind and lungs until she was sure she would suffocate.

Khushi jerked away from Arnav. The move startled her as much as it did him. She blinked in bewilderment as if she wasn’t quite sure what had happened.

Arnav ground his teeth in frustration. His entire body ached; his hands twitched, wanting the feel of her beneath his fingers again. “What is it?”

Khushi pressed shaking fingers to her mouth. “I’m sorry,” she said weakly. “I   … I can’t do this…”

He looked at her sharply. Only seconds ago she had been a live flame in his arms. Now she was visibly trembling, fear and shame were pushing for supremacy in her eyes.

Arnav forced a deep inhale to ease the ragged pace of his breathing. “Too fast?” he asked quietly.

“No. I thought I could… with you ..I … I can’t do this. Sorry. I’m so sorry.” She pushed against him and headed to the pile of clothes she’d placed on the nightstand.

“What the hell is going on?” Arnav demanded as she yanked on her jeans.

“I’m leaving.”

“The hell you are!”

“Please… please, I need to go.” She came to a standstill, jeans and shirt half on and unbuttoned. She looked almost childlike in that moment, vulnerable.

Sexual frustration was beating at him. For a brief moment, Arnav was tempted to just let her go, call a woman up and relieve himself. Most women weren’t worth the trouble and the one before him was trouble in full caps.

Damn her, but he didn’t want another woman. He took in her pale face, the pinched skin between her dainty eyebrows and her tear-soaked eyes. That last observation kicked him in the throat as it suddenly occurred to him why a woman might panic in bed. Fuck. He was an idiot.

Approaching slowly until he stood in front of her, he questioned. “Khushi, did someone hurt you?” The thought made him feel murderous.

“Hurt me?”

“Force you to-”

Surprise registered on her face as she caught his meaning. Intense relief washed over him when she shook her head.

“No. I wasn’t raped Arnav. It’s just….my first time was…” she bit her lips, “are you sure you want to hear this?”

“I asked didn’t I?”

“I’m not sure where to start.”

“I’ll get you something to drink, and you can start at the beginning.”

“Arnav, I should just go. We can forget about this, and..”

He tipped her chin up with his hand. “Tell me this. Whatever it is, if it’d never happened, would we be in bed right now?”

“Probably,” she conceded.

“Then I want to know.”

“But…”

Ignoring her, he gently buttoned up her blouse and to her shock reached towards the jeans and pulled up the zipper.

“We can’t talk here, the bed is damn distracting.” Taking her hands, he pulled her out to the living room.

Pouring two fingers of brandy, he handed her the tumbler before settling down beside her on the couch.

“Drink.”

With nerveless fingers she took the glass from him and took a big gulp. Unconsciously, she reached for Arnav’s hand. He gave her a light squeeze before demanding, “Now, talk.”

She hesitated.

“Khushi,” was all he said, raising an eyebrow.

Warmed by the brandy and wanting desperately to put to rest one nightmare that had haunted her for years, she started, “His name was Trent Matthews.”

✧✧✧

“He was a transfer student from Chicago. He’d been at our school for five weeks before I ran into him, literally, right outside the auditorium after gym class. He was so nice, Arnav. And at school, most of the kids weren’t nice to me.”

“Why?” Arnav asked. It was difficult to imagine anyone not responding to her natural warmth.

“There was a group of girls in school… very popular, they didn’t like me, and made sure everyone knew the price for being my friend,” she shrugged, the casual movement failing to drown out the ache in her voice.

“What happened after you ran into that guy?”

“He apologized even though I was the one who bumped into him and asked to walk me to my next class.”

Fucking punk taking advantage was Arnav’s silent thought.

“After that, I kept running into him, in the hallway between classes, at the library, and at the auditorium. He asked me out a few weeks later… We spent every moment together. The only thing he asked from me was that I don’t share the fact we were dating at school. He didn’t like any PDA, and he didn’t want to draw attention to himself. He was the best thing in my life at that point, and I didn’t really have friends at school so it was easy to agree.”

“Go on,” Arnav not liking where this was headed.

“A few months after we started dating, he took me to his house….” her voice had been steady as she spoke, but now they cracked with strain. “His parents were gone. He… he told me loved me and wanted to be with me.” Her eyes went to the ground. “I was uncomfortable, but I believed him and ….” she trailed off miserably.

Arnav allowed her a few moments before urging her to continue.

“As soon as he …was done, he just got up abruptly. I wanted to ask him what’s wrong when I heard voices.” Her hands clenched, not noticing how they dug tiny grooves in his skin. “That group of girls, all five of them, came into the room. They were laughing.”

Suddenly Khushi was no longer in the Arnav’s penthouse, but back in the tiny room where a tall slim girl with malicious eyes starred down at her, “Look at her! What a slut!”

“You were so right, Payal. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” another girl sniggered.

Hot shame filled her face at the mocking words. They stood around the bed, eyes raking as she laid there, exposed and humiliated. She’d brought her hands up to cover herself. Trent had pulled on his clothes, standing awkwardly to the side, looking embarrassed, refusing to meet her gaze.

She felt frozen to the spot. Blood was making a whooshing sound in her ears and she felt lightheaded. Finally, Payal moved. “Khushi, let me introduce you properly.” She went over to Trent, throwing her arms around his neck, pulling him down for a kiss. “This is Trent, my boyfriend.”

Payal’s eyes were trained on Khushi, eager to catch any involuntary hint of pain. That was the catalyst that finally got her feet moving. She jumped off the bed, tripping on a snag in the rug that sent her sprawling on the ground. Ignoring the scrapes on her cheek from the fall, she grabbed her clothes from the floor, rushing out of the room, out of the house. Yet, no matter how fast she urged her feet, their laughter beat at her eardrums, committing the vicious sound to memory.

“Who the fuck was she?” Arnav’s angry demand pulled her back.

“My cousin.”

“Your cousin had her boyfriend date you and take your virginity? Why?”

“To prove a point,” she replied dully.

“Fuck!” Arnav bit out. The women of his acquaintance had done some crazy things to get his attention or as revenge when he ended things, but this was a whole another level of fuck up.

“Why didn’t you tell anyone? Your parents?”

“They were dead.”

“Jesus. How old were you?”

“Seventeen”

“And you haven’t ….ever since?”

Humiliation burned behind her eyes, “No. I … I tried. Twice, but that happened,” she pointed vaguely towards the bedroom.

“Khushi, how old are you now?”

“Twenty-three”

“And you’ve allowed a bunch of crazy bitches to control your life for six years?”

Her eyes filled, “I thought I loved him.”

Suddenly it became too much. Leaning against his shoulder, she allowed the scalding tears  to pour out.

She sobbed even harder when she felt strong arms wrap around her and pull her close, holding tight.

“I thought he loved me” she whispered brokenly.

“Shhhh…. Shhh… don’t cry. Don’t, he’s not worth it.”

They sat for a long time, before she sniffled and backed away.

Feeling terribly exposed, Khushi wiped at her eyes while studiously avoided looking anywhere near Arnav.

“I’m sorry. I’ll just get my things and go.”

“Stop saying you’re sorry. And you’re not going anywhere.”

He brushed a finger down her tear-stained cheeks. “Khushi, what you just shared – I can’t say I understand why a group of girls would play such a twisted prank. Nor do I understand what the hell was going through that asshole’s head when he went along with it. I’m sorry you were hurt. I can’t change that. But there’s something I can do. I’m going to be your lover.”

She pulled away stunned, “Arnav.”

“Not tonight. You need to sort things in your head. But we are going to happen, Khushi.”

Khushi blinked. “I thought you only wanted tonight.”

“I’ve changed my mind. Spend the weekend with me.” Her eyes flew to his, she saw the mirrored surprise in them, he had not planned the words.

Wanting to allow him an easy out, she said, “This was only supposed to be one night.”

For a minute Arnav seemed to struggle with something, but he gave up the fight quickly and instead simply said, “Stay.”

“I can’t.”

“You walk out and they win. Every time it stops you from something you want, they win.”

“Why are you doing this?”

“I don’t know. I know I want you. I want you to stay with me tonight and this weekend.”

Khushi felt her resolve wavering. He was right, if she left, they win. Yet, the man in front of her posed a different danger. Would she be able to guard herself against him if she stayed? Already he’s taken too much. Yet, she couldn’t imagine giving this up, to be so warm when she’d been cold for so long.

“Okay.”

“Okay, what?”

He sure likes his pound of flesh.

“Okay, I’ll stay.”

“Tonight?”

“Yes.”

“The weekend?” he pressed.

A pause. “Yes.”

“Good.”

“I’ll sleep on the coach,” she offered quickly.

“Considering I’ve seen you naked, you just told me how you lost your virginity, don’t you think we can move beyond you sleeping on the coach?”

“Arnav!”

“Facts, Khushi.”

It was then that Khushi felt a shift within herself. It was small, yet significant. The heavy weight of that long ago hurt was lighter, less sharp. She may never understand Payal’s deliberate cruelty, but she will no longer allow it to rule her.

✧✧✧

As soon as he’d pulled out his Harvard tee, Khushi had swiped it out of his hands and rushed into the bathroom. Amused by the flush in her cheeks, he headed towards the balcony and startled at his reflection in the window. It was smiling.

Sliding open the glass panel he welcomed the gust of freezing air as it hit him square in the face. When he had asked her to leave the party with him, his only plan was getting her into his bed. When it came to women he found it easy to detach the physical from any other entanglement. Yet, right now he was feeling anything but detached.

Khushi. Something about her stirred him.

Trent Matthews was fucking lucky he was out of Arnav’s reach tonight. He felt a powerful urge to punch the bastard in the face. Repeatedly. He made a mental note to have NK look into Matthews, he may not get the physical satisfaction of fists meeting bones, but there were other ways to crush a man.

The restlessness he’d felt earlier had been tempered, Arnav realized with a jolt. He’d become so wrapped up in her, he hadn’t even noticed. While the thought made him uneasy, he couldn’t imagine letting her walk out the door. Not tonight.

He had asked her to spend the weekend with him. She won’t be the first one in the bed behind him, but she definitely was the first one he asked, hell demanded, to be there. He had never prized virginity, but the thought of a sexually unawakened Khushi intrigued.

They’ll have this weekend. He’ll show her the pleasures of the body, and then, he’ll let her go. Ignoring the pang of the thought, Arnav closed the door and headed back in.

✧✧✧

Facing Arnav’s bathroom mirror Khushi almost gave a yelp. Her hair was a mess, her face blotchy from crying, and mascara lines streaked her cheeks lightly. She felt horrified that he’d seen her like this.

At the thought of him, Khushi felt her body warm. Earlier she’d found it easy to see him only as a player out for a good time, the attraction she’d felt  intense and undeniable, but now she didn’t know what to make of him. His compassion had surprised her.

The other two attempts she had made in the past to be with a man had ended disastrously. They had been furious, uncaring why she froze and hadn’t bothered to stop her when she left. Now, she was fiercely glad it hadn’t worked.

Turning on the faucet, she splashed cold water on her face, washing away the remnants of tears and the memory that caused them. She then got out of her clothes, slipping into the shirt he’d given her. The oversize tee with Harvard blazed across the front reached halfway down her thighs. It was soft, and smelled faintly of him.

I’m going to be your lover, his words rang in her ears. She wanted it. Wanted him. She wanted to belong to this stranger, even if it was only for a little while.

✧✧✧

Taking a calming breath she pulled open the door and walked straight into Arnav’s chest. His naked chest. He’d changed into PJ bottoms, but apparently decided to forgo a shirt.

At first she felt him rocking silently, then he roared with laughter, the movements of his body vibrated against her, sending a wave of lust straight to her belly.

Trying to recover loss ground, she shoved lightly against him and headed to the bed.

“Which side do you sleep on?”

“The middle,” came the prompt answer.

Of course, Khushi thought darkly, “Well tonight which side do you want?”

Arms folded, he smirked, “Lady’s choice.”

Reminding herself she was an adult woman and she planned to sleep with this man, she quickly slipped into the bed. Less than ten seconds later the mattress dipped behind her as Arnav entered it. He flicked the covers over them then stretched out on his back.

“Um… good night, Arnav.” She turned away, keeping her body rigid near the edge.

The moment she closed her eyes, his hands shot out and pulled her against him. Khushi yelped in surprise.

“Shhhhh” he murmured, urging her head down on his shoulder.

Her chest rose with a deep inhale, “I didn’t take you for a cuddler.”

“I’m not,” he replied. “Or I wasn’t until about three seconds ago.” Her heart flipped and she melted against him, the tension leaving her body.

“Move and you’ll just be right back where you are right now,” he warned.

Bossy, she decided. He was hot, unexpectedly sweet, but bossy. “Don’t think you’ll always get your way.”

“Hmm… we’ll see.”

After a few moments ticked by she called out softly, “Arnav?”

“Yeah?”

Khushi licked her dry lips, “Thank you.”

Arnav responded by simply rolling into her; pressing a knee between her legs as he gathered her into his arms. “Sleep.”

Cocooned within his arms, feeling warm and safe, Khushi gave in. Lulled by his even breathing, she closed her eyes and fell into a deep sleep held close in the embrace of Arnav Raizada.

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So… watcha think?

Was this worth Arnav getting a case of blue balls? 😉

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280 thoughts on “Night #2

  1. Okay, this was so emotional, but so worth reading. I like Arnav’s protectiveness and kindness, and, I love Khushi’s comfort in sharing her pain with Arnav. Overall, I love their equation. But, I feel like there is more, much more to Khushi’s past. Is there? I hope so, because I love the fact that Khushi has a lot more meaningful and in-depth character in this story then most Arnav-Khushi stories I’ve read so far. Thank you girls for bringing us this wonderful journey. 🙂

    1. First commenter again? Dear Huma, how you flatter us! ^^

      Ah, Khushi’s P.A.S.T. ….. think of tonight as the tip of the iceberg in terms of reveal. She’d only met Arnav after all. S and I were surprised by how quickly Arnav was able to pierce this first line of defense, we actually didn’t plan it that way, he just decided for himself without our help. Sneaky guy. =p
      Now the question is, was it a case of heightened emotions? Or something more?

      It means so much to me personally that you are drawn to our version of Khushi. I loathed how the show destroyed such a beautiful character. We hope to redeem it a bit to do justice to Sanaya’s delightful portrayal. Of course, we won’t forget about Arnie boy, he needs to be worthy of our heroine, yes? 🙂

      1. I am almost expecting Arnav to show his ASR clauses and to have a gory past himself, but I am thankful for you two for the ease with which you’ve made me fall in love with your version of Intro Arnav. 😉 While IPK was on air, thought I instantly fell for Barun *drool*, I had the hardest time coming to terms with The ASR. Actually, I only became his band mate when he started showing “Arnav” characteristics towards Khushi and then we didn’t have him for long. Sigh… Bring it on girls, this shall be very interesting me thinks. 🙂

    2. Hee, and I love that you love their equation. 🙂

      Like K said – tip of the iceberg. And this particular iceberg is sorta the IsunkthefreakinTitantic type of iceberg.

  2. OMFG!

    K – you have been holding out on us. I refuse to believe this is your first attempt at writing. Fess up babe!

    S – I’ve always known you were a great writer based on Splintered Skies, but the two of you together is beyond amazing.

    What a roller coaster of a chapter! It took such an unexpected turn, but in a good way.
    Based on chapter 1 I thought we will be getting another jackass playboy version of Arnav.
    However, I’m official team Arnav after this chapter. His gentle handling of Khushi was so beautiful.

    And Khushi! OMG that is some crazy shit. Why does Payal hate her so much? Like Huma mentioned, there seems to be a lot more to her past.

    The last scene of them in the bedroom – I’m a puddle of feels.
    What a night to have – hot chemistry, one explosive kiss, a heartfelt conversation, then ending it in each others arms.

    What am I to do until Chapter 3?

    (Oh totally worth a case of blue balls, but I hope that changes – soon! 😉

    1. Awww Mel *big hug sweetie*
      I think I like writing fiction. It’s a curious mix of relaxation and frustration. 🙂

      Gasp! You expected yours truly and S to deliver a conventional Arnav? Tsk, tsk.
      Well, it’s nice to know we can surprise you though. Much more twists on this little journey so hang tight!

      Payal – we are having a field day with her. This I credit to Tina. I love how twisted her Payal is in Secret Passion. However, S and I wanted to strip away even the veneer of affection from her. It’s time we pitch these two ladies against each other… should make for some interesting developments. We hope!

      Bedroom scene was lush yes? I totally melted when I did the final edit. This guy…. how is a girl suppose to resist?

      You know we work on love. The more love the faster we’ll deliver Chapter 3 ^^

      (I think we can do something about the case of blue balls – soonish =p)

      1. Oh man I don’t know if I can handle a Payal who’s even crazier then the one in SP. That’s…. well a pretty exciting thought. lol

        Love? How about the mutual love for Barun’s face? That should be sufficient incentive 😀

        Hey – I gotta ask, are the fairytales references intentional or accidental?
        I didn’t pay attention until I realized you two had their first kiss happen literally at the stroke of midnight on New Year. In this chapter, Khushi is thinking how fairytales doesn’t happen to girls like her, she even mentions Cinderella… Payal is like the evil stepsister… Arnav calls her mermaid….

        I’m not reading too much into it right? Right?

        1. Sharp as a tack is our Mel 😉
          But this Cinderella broke the rule – she didn’t leave before the clock struck 12, she left with the hot guy.
          But is he prince or…. _________?

    2. Mel, you know we adore you. Who else gives us such unrelenting support? 🙂
      I’m so gonna enjoy your reaction to Arnav in the coming chapters. Wouldn’t get that Team Arnav shirt just yet.

      Why does Payal hate Khushi. That’s the million dollar question! Any guesses? I’ll even confirm if you get it right.

      What rhymes with blue balls?

      1. There’s definitely a sense of jealousy from Payal. Did Khushi live with them? I need more hints to put together a good guess!

        Ok did you know there’s a website called rhymezone? The words that rhymes with balls…. well I don’t think Arnav would appreciate.
        Here’s what I got: Small (cough, cough), Appall, Forestall, Long Haul, and Stone Wall – hahahahaha

          1. *chokes on lunch* S you are insane you know that? But I love you.
            Hahahaha we have a blue balls ditty!
            Now run fast before K chases you down

  3. Hi Gals, I expected the second chapter to be anything ……..but not this! The night began like many other similar stories but at the end the story turned out to be totally unexpected. I am always a big fan of this caring possesive Arnav.
    God! this Payel is such a bitch,I too agree with melsweets and Huma there is a lot more in her past. The night in each other arms…… hmmmmm such a bliss. A weekend together and with Arnav having NK to look into Matthews past will be really interesting.

    1. Hi Rani! Lovely to see you commenting. I’m curious… what were you expecting? ^^

      I’m a big softie for caring possessive Arnav. However, S enjoys asshole Raizada (I do too =p, in doses), so you’ll get a multifaceted ASR.

      (S – don’t you love it that we have such keen readers?)
      I’m delighted you picked up on that stray thought of having NK look into Matthews. It leads to interesting …. events. 😉

      1. We totally have the best readers!
        Unfortunately that means we gotta be on top of things – damn, damn, damn.

        What would the IPK fandom do without asshole Raizada? The man is a cornerstone!

    2. Oh, we surprised you! I love that. What is the point of writing the expected?
      Thanks for deciding to take this little journey with us, hope you’ll enjoy it – twisted turns and all!

      Is no one interested in Arnav’s P.A.S.T.? (Throwing out neon hints)

      You can send love towards K for caring possessive Arnav, heh heh, I prefer his devilish brother. 😀

  4. A note to our silent readers —

    Yeah we know you’re there!
    Thanks for giving FWN a read, we hope you’re enjoying it.
    Neither K nor I have a problem if you decide to maintain your invisibility cloak – we’ve been there too.
    However, we would be delighted if you decide to join in the conversation.

    Writing for me is a joyful endeavor, but fanfic writing is all about community.
    I promise, we are fangless, pawless and … you catch my drift.

    So don’t be shy, tell us what you liked, what you didn’t like, throw a rose, toss a tomato, it’ll definitely make our day and help us both be better writers.

    Much love 🙂

  5. Hey Guys..
    That was just AMAZING.. wow.. what a chapter…beat all my expectations..
    I guess Arnav surprised himself too with the understanding, persistance and patience he is showing to fulfill his desire. What Khushi went thru was so sad and SHAME ON SUCH GIRLS AND THAT SPINELESS CHARACTERLESS, MATHEWS… How can a girl humiliate another girl to this extent..? But Khushi is so brave to have survived all that and I am sure there is yet more to come…at that tender age it is so easy to get into depression and suicidal tendencies..
    Where will this weekend lead to..? Will he gets to know more of the ICEBERG…? Though Khushi wishes to think more practically can she still stop herself from falling for him and get emotionally attached..? If so will her struggle to survive not get worse..? Can’t wait for more of Khushi’s past …

    1. I have always been fascinated by women’s relationship with one another. I find it much more complex then male relationships. S and I want to play with such dynamics – thus expect some interactions between Khushi and the women in Arnav’s life ^^

      Oh he’ll get more iceberg – in bits and pieces, how well he handles each of it…. well you’ll just have to hang tight.

      and a final note…. A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN A WEEKEND 😉

    2. I love your questions jyothim!
      While many people would think falling for someone like Arnav should make life easier, it may not be the case with Khushi.

      He is someone who guards his heart fiercely. Khushi is very vulnerable at this point in time, yet she recognizes the danger of allowing herself to grow emotionally attached to him.
      But in matters of the heart…. things are rarely black and white.

  6. I love the cuddly bear arnav…he was so sweet to herbwhen she needed it….thats an ASR kushj will fall for…….
    Payal is one mean witch here. .i am sure there is more between the cousins…
    Looking forward to a weekend full of arnav and kushi…

    1. Khushi is not the only one! Who can resist such a sweet Arnav?

      Their upcoming weekend…. S and I hope we’ll manage to surprise you gals with some… unexpected events ^^

  7. Whoa, this Arnav is panty melting sexy and protectively sweet. Are you two out to kill us?
    Love the pacing of the story so far, please hurry and give us Chapter 3!

  8. Sheer opulence all around her brought her apprehensions to the fore. Yes there was attraction, yes she wanted to have her own Cindrella moment. But under normal circumstances would she have given in to a one night stand with a complete stranger and then walked away the next morning? Probably not. Even when she had taken the plunge the first time, she had thought that she loved the so-called boyfriend.

    Desperation driven by destitution and hunger made her give in to his demands. And for once I won’t mind if he got those blue balls. Cos, she would be a orphan succumbing to starvation and in a way trying to steal the one fairy-tale night that life has thrown at her. And I don’t want him to take her when it is clearly not out of longing or love but due to an act prompted by despondency.

    Just one evening together and he’s whisking her off to a weekend getaway? Isn’t it kind of, rushed? But hey, reason doesn’t apply when it comes to Arshi, so…

    1. Dear Priya — when I finally get around to picking up my other ff I will hound you to be a reader.
      I love what you pick up from each chapter. I fully expect you here until the epilogue! 🙂

      Rushed? Absolutely! We never promised a weekend that leads to the altar, now did we? 😉
      For Arnav and Khushi, it’s always one step forth, 5 steps back. Push and pull.
      Tonight was something out of the ordinary. New Year Eve brings a certain craziness, their encounters were heavily charged with sexual attraction, and Arnav caught Khushi at a very vulnerable moment. They were out of character.

      Mornings tend to be a wake up call…..

      (I better stop before K bans me for spoiling plot points!)

  9. Gals, I am sooooo in love with whatever Raizada…..asshole,possesive,caring but I love our multifaceted ASR.
    K- my thought was not at all very noble…..you know and especially after that heated kiss.
    S – P-A-S-T of our babua,bring it on gals (rubs my hands with glee). And I do agree that lotttts happen during weekends and with the fire on both the sides I am so looking forward for my favourite unexpected events.

    And after such an amazing update forget your neend and chain because our demand for the next update as soon as possible will surely make you go crazy.

    1. Rani – it’s ok, we totally didn’t have noble intentions. 😀
      We have Chapter 3 outlined, we just have to get to actually writing it out. That takes some time.

      But since I’m a horrible tease… I’ll leave you guys with the following words to ponder:

      Morning Kisses
      New York Times
      NK
      Just like your father
      Who is Robbie Sinclair?
      😉

  10. Arnav-Khushi here may have decided to spend this night together for platonic reasons but they have made a deep bond with their conversation. I really don’t understand why would Payal do something like this to another girl and that too her own cousin. Can siblings rivalry go so far? Payal needs a psychiatrist.
    I loved when Arnav said “he wasn’t until 3 seconds ago”. He is just so sweet and your teasing teaser has raised my expectations very much.

    1. We will definitely come back to Payal. What she did to Khushi broke a very serious code of womanhood. Yet, even such horrible actions stem from a reason. Will her reason justify her actions? We don’t know. It isn’t very black and white. Human behavior rarely is. We hope her backstory will at least provide some insights.

      Our favorite Arnav is one who is cold to the rest of the world while breaking all his personal rules with Khushi. It’s hot, it’s sweet, it’s THEM. Chapter 1 – you have a very public kiss, Chapter 2 – we give you what K now calls Arnav the Cuddler … Chapter 3 …… start’s with a J. ends with Y. Any guesses? 😉

  11. We make no promises about the flying fists, BUT, there will definitely be an encounter between Arnav and Trent!
    Our Arnav is emotionally starved, but he’s also weary of women who wants him for the superficial.
    Even though she is past his armor, she has a long way to go before reaching his heart. Lucky for her, she’s got two fairy godmothers 😉

  12. Amazing chapter . The chemistry between Arnav and Khushi was super hot and a treat to read !! 🙂 Really like this Arnav who seems so understanding and caring towards Khushi. The weekend sounds very interesting…Looking forward to it. 🙂

  13. dhak dhak

    What I feel is profound dhak dhak

    Your storytelling is fantastically vivid and I can not only imagine but also physically feel Khushi’s pain and humiliation, and Arnav’s sense of confusion

    … I can intimately feel the first stirrings of something incredibly special

    I am an ardent fan of the notion of love at first sight. Some things do not and should not need to be explained, this story, their love, their overwhelming sense of attraction and the secrets which lay within. They are not to be questioned but in fact savoured upon bleak winter nights like tonight, where we would all love to find a handsome young man ready to rescue us from our demons in the safety of his arms…

    1. ( ) <— in this blank spot please insert a shit eating grin. 😀
      Writing is still so new and raw to me, I'm simply thrilled to have evoked such a response from you.

      As a girl, our first love and first sexual experience is something we never forget. When it is tinged with such heartbreak, it makes entry into womanhood that much more difficult. Khushi deserves a man who will help her see that she is more than capable of slaying her own demons, while also prepared to tuck her into the safety of his embrace. 🙂 We have much expectations of Mr. Raizada! ^^

  14. Well I really loved n enjoyed this concept amazing dear…!!!! Bt im shocked How cn a cosin sister could do that kind of horrible stunt to her cosin 🙁 shameful act
    Hatts off to AsR he will be my hero always:)
    But i dnt feel gud when khushi said she tried this act before ‘ i mean Trent was her BF bt anyother man i cnt absorb it 🙁

    1. You’ll get more on Payal and her motives in later updates.

      Now regarding Khushi —
      We’ve received a few emails on this.
      This is a modern love story. Khushi had other relationships between Trent and Arnav.
      As a woman in her twenties with a normal sex drive, this is totally natural.
      However, she carried a mental block due to what happened in the past and couldn’t go through with it, not to mention the guys she tried it with turned out to be assholes.
      You can consider it fate, or a case of Arnav lucking out.
      I believe that a woman’s body is her prerogative. She has the rights to share it with who she wants, and the man she ends up choosing has her life mate needs to be mature enough to accept it. They both had a life before meeting each other, there shouldn’t be shame or accusations as long as they are faithful once they are in a committed relationship.

  15. Its sad what happened with Khushi but her decision ( or rather Arnav’s) to get her out of the traumatic state was nothing but heart-warming. I have already started to like FWN’s Arnav .
    Through this chapter, we saw a great deal of development in the emotional standing of the leads. Notwithstanding the physical needs, Arnav’s compassionate side just stole the show and sort of acted as a recovery of Khushi in humanity. (maybe?!)
    What I am actually await is Arnav’s tempestuous feelings a when the bliss of the weekend is gone. I have a feeling that soon a contract of sorts will make its presence soon because as ruthless as he is, Arnav (I think) will not let go of “his mermaid” so easily without a compromise.
    I know, Khushi is in for pain but I hope you pity her a little and make her undergo less emotional pain which she will be able to handle.
    You two make a great team ! I can feel the adrenalin rushing in my blood throughout the update. You make the update alive with the beautiful descriptions and illusions. 🙂
    Thanks ! 🙂
    Night#3 Here I come !!

    1. We like him too 😉
      Honestly, I couldn’t handle another heartless ASR, so our Arnav had to have an ingrained sense of compassion. He certainly doesn’t show it to everyone, but it’s there just below the surface.
      Khushi is strong. More than she or anyone gives her credit for. I promise that nothing life throws at her will defeat this incredible woman. FWN is a love story, but it’s also Khushi’s journey to womanhood. 🙂
      I’m delighted to know we give dhak dhaks and adrenalin rushes with our updates 😀

    2. Wow! Your compliments are so welcomed after I spent several weeks beating up my writing for term papers 😀

      Our goal with this fic is to make it unlike any other we’ve read in the ficverse. The key to that was to make it come alive by weaving words together like a screenplay and in depth research. I’m thrilled our intent came across. 🙂

        1. Thanks! I think I did alright, if I didn’t I fully plan to email my professor this site and place the blame where it belongs. A step above ‘my dog ate my homework’ right? 😀

  16. The guy is like her dream come true….six years of pain and he has managed to lighten it considerably in a matter of minutes!!! No wonder Khushi is unable to resist this man…..he is her soulmate…..although she doesn’t know it yet. Loved how caring and considerate he is, as apposed to how he comes across to the world around him. Gotta love this man! Many thanks

    1. Timing and chemistry is everything yes? Although, this is only the tip of the iceberg as far as reveals and healing of past wounds. We hope you will enjoy where we take them ^^

    1. Genuine connections doesn’t necessitate length of time. Sometimes things simply click when it’s with the right person at right moment. 🙂

  17. This man must have incredible will power to have put off his sexual desires away to hear her story. Did the freezing cold air on the terrace helped cool him down like a cold shower? Whatever it was, I was pleasantly surprised by the turn of events from passionate to caring ASR. I know he still wants her and all but what he did for this night is kinda sweet. So for tonight he is her prince. I don’t know why but this felt a little bit like Pretty Woman to me . Anyways, even if girls can be the best of friends, I have always felt that they can also be the meanest thing to each other if they hate each other so a bitchy Payal is no surprise. Guessed little orphan Kushi took all her thunder and thus meanie had to humiliate her. What did she mean by the apples don’t fall far from the tree? I think what you described is a pretty scary situation that will definitely leave scars in a young teenage girl. Glad her temporary prince will try to soothe away some of those inhibitions from that scary episode and make her feel again. No I am not talking about love yet but feeling good about herself, about being intimate with someone else without the fears of waking up to snide remarks by some good for nothing mean girls. Wonder what lay in store for the weekend . . .

    1. One aspect both S & I loved about the show before it imploded on itself, was that Arnav wasn’t a man who cared too little, his problem was trying to hide how he cared too much. It’s something we tried our best to keep intact in FWN.

      We are fans of Austen, Bronte and Alcott, sometimes I think we write without even realizing the influences, but I expect you’ll see more. 🙂

      Yes! Not love, but a connection. Oh I’m so going to enjoy having you for a reader raila!

  18. I read the first chapter some time ago and then lost touch. A friend (Shree10) recommended this story this morning and here I am again.
    Loved the emotional connection Arnav and Khushi are forming. Payal is a horrid girl to have done what she did to Khushi.

    1. Welcome back to FWN! 😀
      We understand there are many wonderful ffs vying for your time, thanks for returning for a second around of indulgence. Hopefully this time, we keep you engaged 😉

      1. No, what really happened was that I thought I was following you on the blog and will be notified when you update. When I came bavk to the blog I réalised that this was not the case. Now I am one of your followers and hopefully will receive a notification when you update. 🙂

  19. Payal and that Trent UFFFF!!! Poor khusi at that time. glad that she now has arnav to confide in, can already see his protectiveness for khusi.. end part was awesome arnav cocoon khusi in his arms awe sweet

  20. not sure if u will go back n read this comment, but cant stop ….
    for once i feel this is the Arnav of the show which they failed to portray correctly..
    he is sensitive and sensible..bit doesnt want to show it to others……

    1. Hello anamika ^^ A very warm welcome to FWN and our world.
      We read everything! 😀
      So don’t be a stranger and share your thoughts as you read.
      I look forward to hearing your thoughts on our lovers!

    2. Welcome to FWN anamika! We promised our readers that we’ll always try to respond to every comment. Now that there are a lot more of activity in the peanut gallery, it does take us time, but we eventually get to it! 😉

      I noticed you had quite a marathon. Good read? 😉

  21. Sigh, he is super rich ain’t he? Don’t know why “Christian Grey” just popped into my mind. Not that I’m complaining, but I would really love to read a story where Khushi is rich while Arnav is poor and how they reconcile those class differences. Now that would be damn interesting.

    The analogy with Cinderella is really close. Oh, have you guys put up the images of his suite some place? I found it kinda difficult to visualise hence asking.

    Reading about how Khushi savoured every bite had me feeling real low. Poor girl has had to struggle for simple meals damnit. It’s so hard to read about this.

    Oh dear, what’s this about the cruel joke on her first time. She is a strong woman, I’ll give you that. Despite having so many reservations and second-guessing herself, she is determined to carryout the deal.

    Whoa that must have been some view he walked in to see. It is a pleasure to see her through his eyes, a “mermaid” as he thinks of her!

    Their chemistry is simply electrifying! Heck I had to drink glassfuls of thanda thanda pani after reading this!

    OMG, reading about all that happened to her made swear out loud. Why the heck would you stoop so low Payal? Cruel is too mild a word to even begin to describe the treatment meted out to her. As for that jackass Trent, (why did u make him look so yummy) he deserves to be pummelled. I so want Arnav to crush him. But wait, what Arnav did was totally out of character. He just brought her home for sex, never had he wanted to be told tales of horrendous pranks by cousins, consoling a weeping girl and his urge to punch Trent points to a way way way deeper connect that he already has with Khushi. And that is intriguing. And the last nail was the cuddling. I got no words left yaar. Really. In the space of one chapter, he has turned out to be someone poles apart from what I expected!

    Me Likey!

    1. Careful in throwing Grey around here. A certain someone gets an allergic reaciton =p I think you’ll find our Arnav to be a bit more layered then simply filthy rich. Although there are many fabulous Arshi stories that play with that dynamic.

      We actually recommend having an ice bucket on hand when you read FWN. 😉

    2. I’m loving your comments on FWN breeze! Truly, but CRUSH the thoughts of any Greys around here!

      We may do a storyboard of their style and spaces. So far the focus is more on the couple photos.. but if inspiration strike, we’ll definitely post it!

      Eventually you’ll know why Arnav handled her the way he did. 😉

      1. Me likey the idea of a storyboard!!!! You guys choose the most amazing of gifs/imgs that always leave me wanting more! 😉

  22. I am so hooked in to this already! I am shocked at the way Payal has treated Khushi, especially being her cousin. One does not expect a cousin to treat them with such hatred. This also informs me that there is more to Khushi’s past then we think.
    I’m happy Arnav is being so supportive and that Khushi can confide in him.
    Keep up the brilliant work ladies xo

  23. Oh id like to slap Payal , what a b***h, her own cousin. This Matthews boy, I hope Arnav drops him from a height. Love the way he stopped, realised she’d had a bad experience, and asked her what happened, then to stay the week end. Sleeping toghether in the same bed all snuggled up how sweet! Aaah Arnav and Khushi hamesha…

  24. Woah! You guys packed quite a punch with Khushi’s back story! As I gathered from some some of the comments, this is only the beginning.
    Try as he might, we all know Arnav won’t be able to stay away from her, especially after spending the entire weekend with her!!

  25. Ok…first of all thanku sooo much for giving me the link to this fiction…I was reading rangrasiya and ipkkknd collaboration fic till it was put on hold….and now that I am reading this one…I can only say that I am addicted to this one…it feels as if I am watching some movie….and I love the way all characters have this perfect bone of humor. ..I love reading their jibes at each other….
    Khushi and arnav are my favourites for obvious reasons but I must admit that I am in love with every character. .
    I have been reading this fic in one go and now I am pausing for a while to comment. …
    I love this Christian Grey Type of arnav…always In control and bossy…and sexy as hell…and khushi the sweet but independent girl….
    I almost cried when khushi wss hungry and she asks arnav for food…I hope that arnav asks her someday that why she asked for dinner the very first night. .it has not happened yet..I am reading the 9th night…but I hope it happens…
    Trent and payal are truly made for each other. ..both equally disgusting and hateful….
    Another lovely couple is nk and robbie…I must make a confession here..nk is super hot in this fic..he is definitely my second favourite after arnav. …hehee. ..and robbie a perfect friend…one that each one of us want in our life…she is a human diary for khushi. ..with whom she can share everything. …I wish I had a friend like her too….
    Aman is a real sweetheart and so is anjali. …I am amazed that they still don’t share a physical relationship. ..and I respect aman for that..a man who loves his woman beyond her body is a rare thing these days…salute to him….
    And last but definitely not the least…I love the threesome’s vocabulary which lasts and ends with the F Word..hahahahahahahaha….they are a joy to read….most of the time they manage to make me laugh even in the most serious of situations. ..love these three boys….

    P.S. I am not a Holywood person..never watched any English show but would love to watch if these characters are inspired from any show or movie. ..pls do share with me…I can’t wait to watch them come alive. …
    Loveeeee
    Luvraj4ever

    1. Luvraj4ever — dammit! I somehow missed your post. A warm welcome to FWN! I know, I know. Splintered Skies was just killing me. Glad you decided to join in on this adventure.

      Fuck accompanies every word in the English dictionary quite well 😀

      We draw inspirations from so many sources, both from the entertainment world and our own friend and family. I do think the style of FWN is closet to Sex In the City and Gossip Girl 😀

      1. Feels great to hear from you…I must watch sex and the city and gossip girls then….although I am fast getting addicted to Sherlock Holmes..thanks to a friend of mine..but both these shows are now on my agenda. …
        Hehe..anything to see a sexy arnav in any form..I will imagine him somehow in those characters..

  26. This was a really beautiful but also emotional update. Loved Arnav’s support especially when such reactions and feelings are foreign to him.

  27. Hey, the teaser of night 2 took me back to Richard Gere(nt tht Barun is not enigmatic enough).
    Kisses that makes you forget the distance traveled, nice use of it Shipper.
    So cute of Khushi to say”If you say so”.
    Just like Night 1 i could conjure the penthouse in my mind along with the place where Khushi was standing , taking it all in. Such descriptive words u have.
    Awwww u made Arnav such a softie.
    Both Arnav n Khushi u created seem to have a hot n cold behaviour. I m so looking forward to these characters u have created.

    OOOkaaay NK (i m guessing) is his PA n Aman bro….kool
    N Payal a bitch …. hilarious.

  28. Oh just completed the second chapter and I am sure this ff will be among my top ten arhi ff! Its sooooo good! I love that arnav when he recognizes his attraction towards khushi acts on it instead of pushing it further..so here payal is the bitch..love how arnav took care of khushi in that vulnerable state..ooh and that cuddling..sigh! I reckon I will be sighing a lot BT not complaining!! Hehe..I am so in awe of your writing style..will be back later!

  29. This was a ‘feel good’ chapter… bad guys berated and good guy wins the prize. In this case it is Trent’s loss and Arnav’s gain. Actually no, I changed my mind. It is KHUSHI’s gain… Here is a good guy, doing the right things… actually *allowing* himself to do the right thing, not because it ought to be done, but because it is needed to be done. He wants to do it for her and *for himself. This is the beginning of that slow transformation you show. And I may have a teensy bit of crush on him… sigh.

  30. Let me get this out of the way. Trent Matthews and Payal can and will go to hell. And if and when they do meet Khushi, which I think Payal is making every effort to, I hope Khushi (Yes, Khushi, not Arnav) will kick them both where it hurts before verbally cutting them down to the good for nothing little shits they are.

    Now…coming to the more important topics. This Arnav is an arrogant bastard, yes, but also a gentleman. It’s a wonderful enigma. I am enjoying them getting to know each other. After reading this and Stripped, the universe may be telling me something. NY, here I come to find my OTL!

  31. Awesome chapter……..the reasons behind why payal did what she did with Khushi was not tolerable………..poor girl………in arnav’s companionship Khushi should come out of the hurt…….beautifully written……

  32. Ok this is not fair, youre making me hate my love life(preety much nonexistent). I wish i found a guy like this who would hold me in his arms if i had such a horrible past, like men like your character Arnav are not real. You made me wish they were and thats why i hate you for making me love this story. I know for sure im gonna be spending all night reading this story, i cant wait to read more-this is truly addicting! 😀

  33. Time of so many “firsts” for both of them. Caring someone for Arnav and to be cared by someone for Kushi. Why Trent betrayed Kushi and why Payal played this disgusting prank will be known later and right now I hate these two people equally for hurting Kushi.

    “Which side do you sleep on?”

    “The middle,” – LOL….Truly he is the man of the house.

    What a sweet gesture by Arnav- cuddling Kushi and falling into deep sleep in each other arms.

  34. first of all, if this is how one night stands are…. i am all for it! the passion, the heat, the attraction, with a bit of gentleness and listening thrown in… is there anything more that is needed?
    i love how you throw in little details without disrupting the electric charge around these two. like when kushi eats; someone who has struggled for a decent meal, who has been hungry so many times that she finds it difficult to eat it all at one go….
    ewww, the trent/ payal episode sucks. the things jealousy and hatred can reduce a person to…but love the simple promise – to be her first lover. touching in its own way, for its no longer about just his satisfaction…”which side do you sleep on?” “the middle”… brilliant! especially when it comes with the trademark smirk.

  35. This chapter was all about Arnav and Khushi connecting with each other at many levels, probably unknown even to them.

    In earlier times when Arnav took a woman home, did he care whether they had eaten or not and did he order food for them like he did for Khushi, I am assuming not. Right from the beginning Khushi was different in many ways. Unknown to him, he showed her his soft side more than often.
    My heart goes out to Khushi when she hardly ate anything and even though she wanted to eat, she could not continue because of her small appetite due to frequent starving or settling for less.

    Khushi, just wrapped in his satin sheets and waiting for him, what a sensuous picture that would have made for Arnav when he entered the room and then suddenly being shut off by her, must have been a shock to him.

    Her past is indeed bitter. Even though most of them would hate Trenton or Payal, is it okay to like these characters too. I mean they are the villains here no doubt about it, but being a villain and to carry on the enmity with such vengeance also is an art, don’t you think so.

    Why would Payal play such an outrageously cheap trick on Khushi? What does she want to prove and more essentially whom does she want to prove? Her dead father?
    Does he want to prove to Shashi that even though she was never his daughter and Khushi was always his beloved one, yet it is Khushi who is sleeping around with guys in relationships or that Khushi is like her mother who can only be a mistress? Or does she want to please Garima by humiliating Khushi? When one’s mind is filled with so much bitter and hatred, they would go to any lengths to show the bitterness, right. But my question would be who is Payal bitter against?

    The Trent guy, what a wuss he is. Someone, be it even his girlfriend asks him to sleep with an innocent girl and he does it that too in front of an audience. And later he repents for the rest of his life saying that he loves her, what a waste of life he is!!! How stupid and weak he is indeed.

    What can this guy achieve in life who could not even stand up against something so morally wrong and particularly when it was being done against the person he loved.

    1. CP (are we good with this initial or do you prefer something else? 😀 ) – are you a writer? Because you are not a casual reader lady!

      I absolutely how the questions peppered throughout your comments. The observations anchored within them is giving my brain a nice workout. 😛

      1. I am not a writer dear. But usually when I read something as good as FWN, I think about the plot and the characters a lot. I never do a casual reading. Maybe its my weakness but I love to get into the skin of each character.
        How I am loving to understand each one of them here. You girls are good. Everytime I think about anyone of them, it feels like I am discovering a whole new world of FWN over and over, again and again.
        And I have never felt about any story like this before. Kudos to you both.
        And you can surely call me CP.

  36. So as promised in the #2 Night. Wow is all I can imagine. You guys do seem like a very clever magicians, weaving a story of such simplicity and agility. Khushi’s past is slowly unveiled. Is it all? Is there more? Now I understand why she really shied away from the snide remarks she received, rather than.giving back. And ofc this does show how the world functions and sees her! I am still a little confused as to why one wouldn’t like her? What exactly did her cousin do to those who were her friends? What did she mean by it costs a lot to be her friend? And she is not with that wicked cousin of hers?

    Here I could see a reference of Snow White, the queen of beauty, yet was sent away. This touched my mind when I read her reference about Cinderella. The Disney world always shows us fantasy and the ability to dissolve into such undisputed fantasy is our wish always! I am glad she opened up to Arnav and yes, I can feel jealousy budding in Arnav and what will happen when the weekend will pass, for we have a saying, this too shall pass.

    Waiting for more,
    Sadh

  37. This was such a lovely chapter. Behind the tough exterior, Arnav is such a softie. Even when he demanded Khushi to stay, there was so much tenderness.
    How can a girl be so bitchy? Payal asked his boyfriend to sleep with Khushi! What did she want to prove and to whom?
    Trent is such a spineless man. He agreed to whatever Payal had asked him to do?
    The more I am reading about Arnav, the more I am falling for him.
    He cuddled Khushi to sleep. Aww!
    Excited to read more
    ~Arunima

  38. Such an amazing chapter just love the way you portray each character. Khushi’s past is so sad. Can’t believe payal did this to her own cousin but it’s nice that arnav is so caring and understanding

  39. “I want her to melt into me, like butter on toast. I want to absorb her and walk around for the rest of my days with her encased in my skin. I want…” Water for elephants

    So this passion that they felt, is turning into an obsession. One that would not stop at any hurdle to be fulfilled. The world has stopped turning, the others do not matter. This is a breathing, feeling, squeezing the essence from the other type of passion. Hurling and howling within their bodies, recognising the need to not be left in the abyss, the want to be driven mad, the desire to touch the other’s soul. What can stop such an obsession?

    Wait…it stopped. How meticulous you are! In the midst of him comforting her and finding out her story, you have dropped so many clues. It is more than lust for him! He might not recognise it yet, but we can, if we are only a little attentive to your words. He is being compassionate, caring, he is angry at the other man, he comforts and listens, he wants to crush Trent. My word! Mr. Raizada is in too deep, detachment has long left the building…Enter Khushi and a new phase for both. I am looking forward to the excuses, that both will use to justify this night… scrap that, this weekend. If the words coming out of his mouth, strong and unrelenting, are surprising him as much as her, they this is a hell of a ride.

    Trent Mathews has been shown to be the villain. Is he still on, or will Arnav’s anger make him a part of their lives. What made Payal be this vindictive? Why did Khushi hesitate when replying that she is her cousin? What was in it for Trent? Was he a little in love, but Payal had incriminated him already? Is she still married to him, or just using his surname even after the divorce? I don’t think the marriage could survive such an act. We women have a very long memory and Payal would have brought this act out at any quarrel or confrontation.

    What is the obsession with the eyes? Should I continue to pay attention to this detail or let it go? Am I looking in too deep? Oh, did I also see a mermaid? Perhaps I am going crazy in little things and not paying attention to the dinosaurs walking in front of me. This caveman is surely paying attention and his imagination and desire is awakened even further at an uninitiated in the matter of sex siren in his bed. And that detachment he was boasting about? Oh, that is completely forgotten when he turned into a cuddler…

    How long is this weekend going to be? A lifetime?

  40. “If you have never lost your sanity, then you have never been in love.”

    And so it begins, with a passion so strong it feels like insanity. But is it only passion? Or that elusive feeling called love that we are all searching for?

    Curiosity killed the cat. A saying we all know, yet choose to ignore. Khushi here is wiser than the masses, it seems. She knows better than to seek answers; she can see the walls around his heart. But is she not destined to break them all, brick by brick?

    Khushi is too critical of herself. If only she could see what he saw in her.. She’s clearly disregarded her beautiful green eyes, the part of her that drew him to her initially. There’s a fascination here with green.. Is there some significance? Or perhaps I’m reading too much into it.. But then again, is anything ever of no import?

    Ahh, what started off as passion is so much more. The mighty ASR has been brought to his knees, whether he knows it or not. If it was just lust, he would have let her go without a second thought. But that thought, of letting her go, lasted a mere second. The walls have already started to crack. It is evident in his care, his concern for her. And his surprise that not everyone would not befriend her on sight. Oh Arnav, you’re in the deep end! He’s dived in head-first… Soon, he will be gasping for air. And his reaction to Trent! The urge to hurt, to punish, is strong here. If only Arnav would question why. But it is too soon for such self-exploration. “Fucking punk,” I see. Taking advantage… simply for offering to walk her to class. And alas, exactly what the fucking punk did! If only poor Khush had seen what Arnav immediately did.

    Trent and Payal. There’s more to this story, more than just trying to prove a point. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.. Who are they referring to? Khushi’s mother, father, or both? And the hesitation before saying Payal is her cousin. Does the hesitation stem from not wanting to be related to such a sorry excuse for a human? Or is she something else entirely and that was just a cover-up? And Trent.. he was not proud of his act. Yet he did it anyway. What was in it for him? Money? Power? Did her ever care for Khushi? Time will tell, I suppose. This chapter is not yet closed, I’m sure.

    Remember when I doubted whether your Arnav would be a hero? I can’t say I’ve found a concrete answer, but this is a step in the right direction. He gave up fighting his instincts quite easily here. But I’m sure the fight to the end will not end so quickly going forward.

    What started out as a night became a weekend? What next? But this is a question I know the answer to. Hamesha. With Arnav and Khushi, it will always be hamesha.

    P.S. Kudos for the exceptional detail of all the settings; I can envision it all so clearly.

    P.P.S. Excited for NK’s entrance! He was always my favorite in the original series.

    Much love,

    Anna

  41. There’s a sweetness to this tale, and which I’m sort of smiling my way through already. The pace is also excellent, and gives it all nice crisp feel but at the same time, I get a sense of coziness. Again, probably the sweetness which adds that bit of warmth which is always so important to any story. The characters I’m going to hold off on for now, but there’s likeability there, so of course I’m sticking around so I can sink my teeth into them some more.

    Thank you again for the invite. It’s great to be here.

    xoxo

    1. I saw and did a double take. HOLY SHIT!
      Forgive me while I fangirl in a corner.
      K! K! K! How can you not provide any warning?!

      Welcome to the rabbit hole dear writer! 😀

  42. Just finished reading the Second update. All I can say is that I am just feeling these strong emotions which i am not able to describe about this story. Loving it. Sheer bliss. I hate this Trent/ Payal. What a cheap trick. They can go to hell.

  43. i find the more i read this the more the characters are growing with me and i visualize how well they all are written!i can almost imagine khushi contemplating in her brain!cheers violetgirl

  44. in one night you’ve made me smile, moon, angry and go awwwww. There is some twisted stuff in the past but loads and loads of sweetness about this (apparently) one night stand business. Took me back to the days when hubby and i were dating…getting to know each other minus the hanky panky but with lots of cuddling. I guess NK works for Arnav, more when i’ve read more xx

  45. wow this update reminds me of pretty girll…Long update thanks..Khushi is innocent and childish./ could imagine her reaction after seeing the hotel.loved how she could eat her dinner without any hesitations…arnav likes to feed her..so cute..just like the pictures u insert…it is so cool and helps with the imagination..so very creative..he gave her his tshirt…they are already so comfy with each other…it was heartwrenching to see what khushi went through when she was only 17..how could this trent and payal do that to her..such a shame…

  46. Sorry I couldn’t hold my self and finish reading whole story first. This is my second attempt and can peacefully comment now. I am sad too that could not find this story before but thanks to IF someone mentioned about this story and I could read it or I would have been left without such a beautiful story.

    You are brilliant writer. Beautifully written every part of this story.
    The kiss in street in new year was so beautiful and perfect. Can’t help but feel so sad for Khushi. I got tears in my eyes while she was telling her story. How can one get so low that they played with a girls life like this. Cursed Mathew till end.
    There is so difference between him and arnav. Though he want something else tonight but he got so involved with her that he made his business to first hell her heal and wait.
    The picture of Khushi in black sheet was so hot. And last part melt my heart the way he hugged her and sleep.
    Marvellous night. Thanks for writing so beautifully.

  47. I have no clue yet as to why Trent and Payal would play such a sick prank. Judging by what happened with Khushi at 17, she was definitely not a happy go lucky teenager. Parents dead. Lonely. Mean cousin, I am guessing not a happy childhood either. And at 23, her life is full with daily struggles, her stomach would not allow her to eat a proper meal even if there’s enough food on the table. I feel for her. Living on bare minimum essentials, fending herself against the big bad world, my heart goes out to her. Hoping Arnav drives away the loneliness from her life forever, but the road does not look easy. I am surprised with Arnav’s patience towards Khushi, in my mind he is the alpha male, gets what he wants. His tenderness is a bit unexpected.
    Whats even more astonishing is Khushi actually opening up to Arnav. It’s like they were destined to meet on this new year eve. It was all written.

    1. There are some people who orbits your life for years and yet there’s no gravitational pull, no urge to spill yours guts.
      And once in a while, you come across a familiar stranger, and the soul says hello.

  48. I started reading it a few days ago and I still have not proceeded beyond night # 2. I read and then go back to the cast and the trailer, then I read (the same chap.) again and do the same. It’s like I’m in some insane scifi time warp movie. Hats off to you S and K . You really know how to hook a reader in.
    What can I say about the casting? Hmmmm… let’s see. Apt, suitable, relevant, felicitous, correct, applicable, fitting, proper, seemly, germane (I’m an English teacher, couldn’t resist). I still don’t think I’ve managed to say how wonderful it is. The down side is that I can’t HATE Trent Mathews and Shyam Jha because I’m so busy drooooooooooooling over them. (Have had to wipe my keyboard off a few times)
    At this rate God knows when I’ll finish the story.

  49. “Cocooned within his arms, feeling warm and safe, Khushi gave in. Lulled by his even breathing, she closed her eyes and fell into a deep sleep held close in the embrace of Arnav Raizada.”…….

    These ending words, I am drooling over my mobile. Lost in their embrace. Asking my better half, why cant he be like this. His answer, my brain is not as creative as S and K.

  50. Liking this Arnav. His contrasting characteristics always fascinated me. A moment his demanding and the next he is giving. There seem more to be discovered abt Khushi and Arnav both.why do I think Arnav too. has a story of his to tell. Lets see.
    P.S. PAYAL AND TRENT ARE bigtime A******s.

  51. Hey S&K !

    Thank you so much for the invite. FWN has been tempting me with a morsel here and another there, even as AD holds me at gunpoint. I’ve promised myself to cut the chains soon and disappear into your brand of magic. So please bear with this ardent admirer. 🙂

    The Night –

    In Arnav is instilled so quickly, a need to quell her nerves and reservations, as they make their way upto his apartment. Falling would be too mild a word, considering the way Khushi’s slowly tilting the axis of his world. Sucker-punched is more like it, yeah?

    It was a little saddening to see that half a burger was all Khushi could eat, habituated to much less. How long has the pour soul suffered ? But I’m glad that even as the tides of their beings gently mesh, the river of love meets the heart of the ocean, their currents embarking on the way to a new shore. A new life. I can envision that. Their burning passion nothing but a portal to it.

    That scum Trent – I want to punch him too. May I get in line?And while I’m at it can I throw one at Payal as well? What kind of grudge does she hold against Khushi to subject her to something so cruel. Sibling rivalry probably, but of this order? There’s definitely a story.

    Khushi’s recollection of the bitter incident was easily shared with Arnav. Like unburdening on him was as natural a thing as any other. Oh foolish people! To think they can walk away with just one night of togetherness. But they don’t see it as we do – their souls were connected the minute their gazes interlocked that first time.

    These rare flashes of Arnav’s gentleness are what tug and strengthen his hold on my heart.

    Absolutely Wonderful S&K ! 🙂

  52. Wonderful and sweet update. I was least expecting something this after the scorching kiss. Very sad to know about Khushi.

  53. Ohhhh! that was so sweet,
    I can sense that Karma is in the works.
    For Kushi, Payal and finally Trent Mathews.

  54. hi
    Arnav sees her as seductress n khushi think of herself as non worthy for him. wat a pole apart their thinking is. Payal n Trent are gonna be regret big time for messing with khushi. I hope ASR dig into them.

  55. Mm.. Looks like a certain Raizada is after all a knight in shining armour 😉 .. I wish Khushi had punched the fool in the face before she ran off..

  56. That was a beautiful chapter. I wasn’t expecting Khushi to be carrying such a heavy baggage of past.She wasn’t financially stable I knew but she was emotionally damage as well.
    Payal just for proving a point bent so low and that Trent man you call him your bf. Someone who sleeps with a girl just because you asked him to. Doesnt he possess any sense of his own ?
    Six years and she still carries the scars.
    And Arnav I think its not just physical attraction there is something else that is pulling him towards her. Cosmic forces is it? An emotional bonding between the two, tonight a brick was laid on which will stand the monument of their love. Please excuse my Greek sometimes I try to be too poetic :p

    I appreciate the way Arnav took care of the situation. He is being a true gentleman allowing her to cuddle to him. 😀 :p

    Beautiful writing

  57. khushi in that white sheet….
    Dream😍😍
    Arnav with that oozing hotness
    lusty dream😍 hahaha😉
    But u made it emotional….
    Payal and matthews… both should be punched blue and black….
    khushi looked so vulnerable…
    and I loved the way Arnav consoled her….
    Both are going to spend the weekend together….
    Wow….!!
    loved it….
    running for next…

  58. I don’t think i had this level of hatred towards Trent the last time i read the story. I loathe him. I find this compassionate Arnav a lil more lovable than last time. I’m falling in love with Arnav all over again sighhh

  59. It was too good, damn it.

    The cruel way of Payal surprised and enraged me. And, why the fuck Trent went along with it. A man with no mind of his own..is very unattractive. This is the the Kindest way I talk of him.

    Maybe I’m being judgemental about him since I haven’t read more about him but surely nothing can justify what he did.

    Poor Khushi, so badly scarred by such heartless people when she was already had a tough life.

    I want to cuddle with ASR for being so understanding and supportive but then again, I will use any excuse to cuddle up with him 😉

  60. Arnav is so demanding. Always wanting to be in control and our khushi the naive sweet girl that she is has the power to control arnav in her unknowing ways. What the fuck is wrong with payal and trent. such mean and selfish people. Cant wait to hop on to the next update

  61. Awesome, love how khushi is, not the forever one, knows the reality that its only a few days and is not a virgin.
    Tired of ff’s that have an experienced arnav to virgin khushi.
    Ummm, how old is arnav agian to khushi’s 23?

  62. I don’t knw who I hate more right now the bitch payal or that snake shyam 😏😒but just love howcaring and understanding arnav is 😍😘😘
    And I feel so bad for khushi and hope arnav treat payal and that asshole fuck up really soon #idoits

  63. And it begins! My favourite part of that chapter was the cuddling! Arnav doesn’t know what’s going to hit him soon. I love how you’ve shown shades of a Caring Arnav peeking through. Thanks for the access and I can’t wait to re-read the rest of the chapters!

  64. Trent and Payal are the kind of people I despise the most in the world. Trent is a weak man and Payal is weaker, but what makes me loathe them is that they channel their weaknesses by inflicting pain onto others. Teenagers and young adults can be absolutely brutal to one another for reasons beyond my understanding. I hope karma is her bitchy self when it comes to Payal in this story. She deserves a brutal reality check.

    Loving it so far! Hope Khushi has the very best, toe-curling, gasp-inducing sex she so rightly deserves.

  65. That Payal is a bitch and Trent is a bitter shame to be a man. Who will fuck someone else to get in his girlfriend’s good books air to humiliate her self declared nemesis.
    Arnav seems to be falling really hard before he can understand what’s happening.

  66. Just the right combination of steamy and soft.Love the update.
    Hot Arnav is Hot.
    Khushi though looks like is carrying baggage from the past,seems like Arnav has his share of hurt too.Well see you on the other side of next update.Super excited to know about the following morning♥️

  67. Honestly speaking very unexpected for me that something will happened like that i thought there will hot steamy lovemaking lol😀😅 anyhow enjoying alot story going on right track i think Trent isn’t that much jerk pyal obviously force him to do like that may be he’s regrets after doing it will got to know…

  68. Night #2 was all about building equation between Arnav and Khushi. I don’t think Arnav cared about any of the women he had brought before. There is an instantaneous bonding which him to care about why she ate less or what made her shut off completely. His gentle handling of her was so beautiful.
    Khushi is curious about Arnav yet refrains herself from asking too many questions about him. However, she herself shares a bit of her past with him.
    About her past, I can’t say what I feel for Payal or Trent. I don’t think any reason would justify her act of making her boyfriend sleep with her cousin and later shaming her.
    The talk about the sleeping arrangements was quite funny. The soft gentleman-ly side of Arnav makes me go all “Aww”
    Which girl won’t fall for this guy? 😍😍

    P.S. Black sheets on Arnav’s bed are quite distracting 😜

    ~Arunima

  69. This was a great chapter. I can’t wait till they explore each other. Looking forward to read more. It is so nice to see this softer Arnav.

  70. Just got done with first two chapters and they were delightful – exactly what the doctor orders for someone in need of a pick me up. I love your writing. Lucid, precise, evocative – it literally beamed me to Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

    Arnav: You gals are creating a wonderful gamma hero here – the only kind of romantic heroes I truly enjoy reading about – and the way you’ve been writing him, I’m sure he’s going to make himself remembered for a long long time. I’m looking forward to discovering how you develop his character.

    Khushi: And your Khushi is equally likable – the right blend of velvet and steel, vulnerability and strength, and intriguing hints of layers yet to be revealed. The part where she asks for dinner was so poignant. It brought to my mind a short story and a song. ‘A Cup Of Tea’ by Katherine Mansfield and ‘Another Day In Paradise’ by Phil Collins for some reason(I know your Khushi isn’t exactly homeless here but something about the difference in their statuses, the cold winter night, her hunger…

    Romance: Their chemistry is a living, breathing tangible force and I love the subtle way you’re forging their emotional connect from the very start, blending it seamlessly with the physical.

    Trent and Payal : Scum. Something tells me just deserts will be served before the story ends. Good. Looking forward!

  71. Now that our dear arnav is in counselling avtar, cmon all the ladies with love troubles, lets go to him:-))

  72. Arrogant,bossy and then gentle. No wonder she feels warm and safe, She has led a hard life… half a burger is what her stomach can take !

    Payal and Trent — worse than a date rape. Why would anybody do that… She is her orphaned cousin.. is there jealousy here?

  73. Hi S and K …. thank u for opening the site … gosh don’t remember how many times I’ve read this story but love it more n more each time i read again …. enjoying reading it one more time … this is going to be a classic… never have i ever re read a story so many times 😘❤️

  74. OH DAMN! AM I FAST OR AM I FAST? YEP, JUST REALLY FAST!

    Lol, sorry! I’m just so freaking excited right now!
    1. I’m reading FWN after ages and all the feels are hitting me right in the face!
    2. I’m completely in love with this chapter!

    “Thank Fuck!”
    “I don’t know. I know I want you. I want you to stay with me tonight and this weekend.”

    “I’ll sleep on the couch!
    Considering I just saw you naked, you told me how you lost your virginity. Don’t you think we can move beyond you sleeping on the couch?
    Arnav!
    Facts, Khushi!”

    “I didn’t take you for a cuddler!
    I’m not…. or wasn’t until 3 seconds ago”

    These have to be some of my favourite lines from this chapter! These lines made me sing some songs in my head and my heart beat go a thousand miles a second! (Not even kidding)

    I so love your Arnav and Khushi! Ofcourse Trent Matthews! How could I forget him? Hah, unwanted things are easier to forget! But that guy needs to be taken down! I AM NOT EVEN KIDDING. And Payal too, ofcourse!

    Trent was just a spineless coward who couldn’t own up to his actions and went along with a few hormonal girls! REALLY BITCHES? REALLY, IS THAT ALL YOU GOT IN YOU!

    But on a very very lighter and sweeter note, Do I absolutely love Arnav or do I absolutely love Arnav! The guy is such a fucking sweetheart! He just makes me want to do things to him!

    And can we just get this really straight! A cuddler Arnav! SOMEONE NEEDS TO GET ME A CUDDLER ARNAV TOO!

    I’m so excited to dive into the next chapter already! YOU GUYS ARE KILLING IT AND IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY TO BE HERE RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT!

    I’m going away now! See you in the next chapter!

  75. Hey! Could you pls check if my comment on this chapter is around? I posted it but it has disappeared! I thought it had something to do with permission to post comments but I checked my comment on chapter 1 and that is there! I have no idea where my comment went! :'(

  76. Awwww
    That concern, protective instinct of his which comes out inspite of the facade that he normally lives under. And bossiness is a part of his nature, something he can’t help (“main keh raha hoon, issliye”, comes to mind!)

  77. hey loved it….i don’t know why but i am partial to a virgin Khushi and an experienced Arnav but here i didnt mind it at all. the character build is awesome as well. thank you

  78. Grrr that Trent n payal … selfish lunatics…
    I love how Arnav is acting on impulse… all he knows is he wants her…oh khushi I feel for you but I’m glad too that the other times it didn’t work out!!
    Haha … “I was not until 3 seconds ago” that was so cute 😘😍

  79. Another amazing chapter. Wonder why Payal would pull such a cruel and nasty prank against Khushi??? Love the way Arnav had asked Khushi to be his lover….looking forward reading the next chapter.

  80. Woah! The chemistry between Arnav and Khushi is mind blowing and magical. And its definitely not an affair, Arnav has met his the one, his true match.
    What I loved was that how easily Arnav made khushi spill one of the dark secrets of her life. What happened to her was terrible. May payal rot in hell for playing with khushi emotions. Khushi has been through a lot.
    I am loving Arnav character.
    Moving on to read next chapter.

  81. Hate this Trent. Hope Arnav teaches some lesson for Payal and Trent. Loved the nok-jhok moments between arhi!!

  82. What a shameful event from her past..i loved the gentleman arnav inspite of the playboy start. He probably does not realize it is love at first sight?

    Nice update.

  83. Its still amazing and stylized in my head! I had so many movie moments playing in my head – it started off with pretty women, the middle was Gossip Girl and it ended beautifully with a sweetly sexily fabulous Arnav. Payal and Trent are filthy and disgusting human beings. Being teens is no excuse! Poor Khushi:(. Lets see what happens next!

  84. I think, it”s a dream to have a man beside who can see tears beyond the mask. I’m really pleasantly surprised to see such a reasonable Arnav.

  85. Oh wow! Absolutely loved this chapter! I can’t wait to see what Arnav does to Trent, I’m hoping he does go after him and lets it be known its because of the way they treated Khushi. Also hope Payal gets her fairshare also.

    Love the last part where they literally just sleep together.

  86. Girls! This is one story I can’t get enough of.. There are parts n scenes I remember on a random day n I would want to come back n read it all over again.. Thankyou for reposting this! It’s one of a kind!! And I say this again, you guys are brilliant writers! Pls don’t stop.. Find time n churn out more beautiful stories which I’m sure you are more than capable of.

    Sending loads of love n good wishes! Happy new year to you n family!!

  87. Which low life of a b****h will ask her b*****d of her boyfriend to sleep with her cousin she hates, just to prove a point… Both Trent and Payal are nothing but shits from gutter… Sorry for the language but I couldn’t contain myself…. Can’t imagine the pain that Kushi had to go thru… Wonder what is the reason that Payal hates her so much…. I should say Arnav surprised me here… From the last two chaps he just didn’t pass to me as a understanding person… Think he is breaking his self made rules when it comes to Kushi… It was so sweet and dominating in a lovely way how he cuddled her… She really needs this.. needs Arnav…

  88. Can I get this Arnav ? 😉
    The chemistry is so real, it makes you want this man !
    I like Khushi’s character here , she’s so different.
    And I do not have words to express how much I adore this Arnav <3

  89. I love your Arnav. I don’t like weak women, so let’s me read more about khushi to give out a verdict.
    And did I say I love your Arnav ?!!

  90. Awwww that was so cute!!!! Gosh I don’t get why Payal and that stupid Trent would do that to Khushi! That must have been a horrible first for Khushi – gosh losing your virginity to a man like that must have hurt! I feel really bad for her… I loved Arnav’s reaction to it though – you didn’t make him too selfless for him to just let her go. He still wants her and intends to have her, but still he gave her the comfort he could… Awesome chapter!

  91. With all the mature content you guys are writing underneath it is a heart string pulling piece of writing

    A broken soul ready to be mended by the Guy who have it all what can one say except sapnon ka duniya raj Kumar aisa Hota hain🤗😊

    Trent and Payal if they don’t get back with interest for this inhuman act😤😑

  92. Absolutely Hateful !! what Trent and Payal did to Khushi … very keen to know how Arnav will teach him a lesson …
    What a kind soul Arnav is turning out to be … inspite of all the sexual tension between them he has been so kind to Khushi …

  93. Loved it hate payal and trent for what they did to khushi.six years and the scars are still fresh that is why she did not want to carry it further did not expect arnav to be a cuddler.this arnav is bossy but lovable

  94. Oh my god… Arnav is soooooo lovely…… And payal is soooo cruel….

    Kushi saying thank you… And arnav pulling her to him and saying her to sleep… Haaaa how lovely it is…

  95. Arnav has probably surprised himself ,his reaction to Khusi he can i am sure relate to even though he is jaded with all those women running after him ,like when he goes out chasing after her in the cold or turning what was to be a one night stand to a weekend. i like the way he draws out her story and still persists – he also realises that she need a little time so offers tenderness and light hardheartedness at the same time making it clear he wants them to be lovers
    Payal the kind pf girls one avoids at school or later

  96. Both of them are going back and forth between what they are feeling and what they should be feeling. Khushi keeps on reminding herself that her time with Arnav comes with an expiry but she can’t help but feel like Cinderella; like there’s just they something extra with him. Arnav is trying to think of her as just another woman to spend the night with but he’s unable to distance himself from feeling protective and possessive of Khushi.

    Why did Payal hate Khushi? And this is not petty hate. This is deep down and to the marrow type of hate. How else would she be able to play with Khushi’s emotions that way? And Trent seemed ashamed at the end according to how Khushi described that day. He’s still a massive dickless ass however.

    When Khushi started to tell Arnav about that day, it was a little hard for me to swallow how easily she was able to bare her soul to basically a stranger no matter how strong of a connection she felt with him.

    I wonder what their morning after will be like 😉

  97. I hope Arnav finds Trent and Payal and beat the crap out of them both.
    Love the
    Chemistry between Khushi and Arnav

  98. That was ADORABLE, and soo touching, I don’t know about the others, but I really felt connected to the story.
    – Arnav’s reaction to Khushi’s story => Priceless.
    – “I’ve seen you naked and you just told me how you lost your virginity” I love the way he was straight to the point and stating facts x) x)
    – and the cuddling part *.* absolutely adorable “I’m not… Or I wasn’t until about three seconds ago.”
    Honestly.. Hats down Girls 😀

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  99. Wow…i loved the way arnav made her sleep in his arms..such a sweetheart :)..ur writing is really good…touches the heart

  100. I am so glad I came across this story. Wow.. I like it very much already. Arnav is an enigma. Payal was so cruel. I liked the way this chapter ended… Arnav and khushi cuddling and peacefully sleeping. Superb chapter.

  101. This impulsive Arnav taking care of a vulnerable khushi is a treat to read as much as its a treat to read a hot, bossy and passionate one.

    Being with khushi subsided his restlessness and he just realized with, when he his caught reflection smiling at her antics. What mores new changes to come, even though i know its always exciting to read them again.

  102. Totally worth it! Arnav is so sweet to hear her story and adore his understanding. The part where Khushi refused to eat when she realised that it was more than the usual..it tore me to realise how is she coping up as an orphan..Poor her!

    I like this Arnav. 🙂

  103. Awesome update, the prank was taken to far. They took something from her that they can never return! I understand her insecurities. I love how he openly says what he wants from her ! Finding Solace in his arms! Amazing update

  104. Arnav losing his marble…
    Around khushi and created soft corner
    For her
    Poor khushi so much hardship
    Mr.Trent… Something coming for you
    Why did he missed Payal

  105. Urgh…payal..
    What the actual fuck
    How a woman can do that is beyond me. And trent….what a absolute asshole..

    Iv gotta say, i did not expect khushi to freeze when she did. And arnavs response was even more of a shock. Looks like he’s tired of having it easy and now he has a challenge.

  106. I think i’m going to read all the available chapters in one sittibg because this chapter was absolutely amazing.. aik tou the sexual tension matlab dammit. And they havent even gotten to doing much abhi. shit. this is going to be some very sexually frustrated few hours i think 😛
    that aside, god khushi has been through so much! i think since her parents passed away, payal parents too her in as in the show but here they dont love her as their own quite opposite from the loo if things.. but what kind of a psycho bitch is payal if she made her own boyfriend sleep with khushi. Trent sahab tou i hate but it’s payal who i absolutely abhor right now.

  107. Amazingly written part
    Felt so bad for Khushi……..poor her
    What Trent and Payal did to Khushi was extremely hateful…..
    Hopefully, one of these days Arnav is going to teach them lessons which they won’t forget ever
    It seems this Arnav of yours is quite understanding although he is breaking his own rules that he made when it comes to women
    Can’t wait to see what is going to happen next
    Thank you very much 🙂

  108. Oh that was so sweet, he cuddled her and slept.
    But felt bad for khushi, such a horrible experience.
    Loved it.
    Thank u for this amazing update

  109. Loved it. Poor kushi, Payal. How can a girl pull such stunts against a girl… Loved Arab the way he says kushi things

  110. Reading this all over again it still manages to make my 💔 seeing the inhuman behaviour by bunch of fools 🤢 Trust the ASR to teach Trent a lesson.
    Who’s this man trying to fool himself or the readers🤨 his heart is Already in someone’s hands💖 the fella can act like nothing affects him but reality is there’s one amazing soul who’s entered Khushi’s lonely world 😍

  111. Khushi and her Jalebi 😃😃. The chemistry between Arnav and khushi is just mind blowing.
    Feeling bad for khushi. How can someone be do cruel? Hope one day Arnav gets them.
    Arnav as a cuddler, looking at that pic I feel like cuddling him. Damn

  112. Hi S&K I have been requesting access to read you story for such a long time, and i get it after so many requests thank you
    Lovely story. of my favorite couple ARSHI

  113. So so good!
    Khushi is cute. The moment she actually realized how rich Arnav is, she wanted to run away but the heart wants what it wants.
    Loved how Arnav assured her that she had nothing to be nervous about n replied back so innocently. Baby😘
    Lord! The sexual tension in the room was so high!
    Khushi was eating so cutely trying to savour the meal which was a luxury she couldn’t afford. But her tiny stomach couldn’t sustain it.
    And Arnav was so relieved when she stopped eating coz it was getting extremely hard for him to control.
    What followed was hot🔥🔥🔥
    It’s heartbreaking to see Khushi suffering in her life because of a bunch of jealous fools! Trent Matthews is a moron n a coward n Payal… I don’t know what say about her doing this to her own cousin sister.
    Trent Matthews surely doesn’t know what’s coming his way coz Arnav Singh Raizada can destroy him.

    Arnav thinks he can let her go. Who is he trying to fool now? Us or his own heart?

    “I’m going to be your lover” Sigh. Sigh. Sigh. I love Arnav. Period.

    How cute might be Khushi looking in Arnav’s oversized Harward tee! Made me remember the scene from the show where Khushi wears Arnav’s which gets torn. That girl is a cutie pie.

    Haughty n Bossy Arnav! Haha!
    The cuddle wala part was sooooo cute!

    This whole part was beautiful! Can’t wait to read more.

  114. It’s so refreshing to read an independent Khushi who makes her own choices. Yet to feel her.
    Oh Arnav. He is a cuddler. And he asking Khushi to stay and giving her time to be with him is so gentle, so unlike ASR. Oh I love him already. Maybe I am biased. Oh well…..

  115. My only thought right now, “why did I delayed embarking this beautiful journey?”….this one chapter is a perfect concoction of pain, passion, sweetness, charm, care, love that is yet to be defined and what nots…
    The chemistry is palpable. The adoration is unmistakable. The bruised soul and battered heart need to be cherished and cared with every ounce of love, will he be able to do that?

    Beautiful and charming chapter with correct amount of everything, I am still in awe!

  116. Oh no that was a really cruel thing to do to a young girl… poor thing. Arnav was so understanding and sweet rhough. The way he for khushi to talk and let it out was amazing… absolutely beautiful chapter…

  117. Gosh, I am for sure a bit confused here. Not sure what the process/way to send feedback. Tried to after finishing the chapter but didn’t work-so here goes..

    Night II

    Absolute favorite line “His compassion surprised her.” And boy did it surprise me as well. Everything Arnav did in this was a surprise-not only his compassion, but even his listening ability. I recently read somewhere that “we don’t listen to hear, but to reply”. He heard her. And think, thats why, he too, didn’t know why he asked her to stay and “cuddle”…It was wonderful and a gentle revelation for both Khushi and me as a reader.

    I also wanted to ask though, why did he break into a laughter after she bumped into him outside the bathroom-left me puzzled???

    Also, instead of brandy, I would have chosen cognac with lime and simple syrup (but then ASR will be ASR!)

    Enjoyed it immensely.

  118. It was a beautiful and serene update . Night 2 brought tranquility and peace to the restless soul of Khushi . She confided in him and he held her in his arms promising to not to let go .one night stay leads to one week end .
    He promised to her no matter what but he will show her the path of ecstasy and passion .

  119. LOVING THIS . A DIFFERENT CONCEPT , SO WELL WRITTEN .
    IM GLAD I GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO READ THIS .

  120. Oh what a lovely update. My heart went to khushi after reading her life and it’s hurdles. Payal was so cruel in ruining her own sister’s life. Khushi here is too innocent. The difference between her and arnav is very nicely depicted but here is well aware of it unlike the show. Because of this difference she wanted to back off but arnav didn’t allowed her. Arnav thinks he can satisfy his hunger over the weekend but poor he don’t know that once he will taste her he will be unable to let go of her.

  121. Damn…what a beautiful chapter. I could imagine each and every scene in my mind. Every incident shapes a person’s life and helps to strengthen one’s character and in this context maybe khushi needed to go through that experience. Well, I’m glad she has found ASR to renew her confidence in humanity again. And I’m feeling bad for the poor soul that is ASR. He doesn’t know how his well compartmentalized life is going to be ripped off. Lol, can’t wait to see all his walls crumbling. On a side note :Love the fact that the grammar is impeccable which tends to distract me from the story. Wonderful writing. Please try to publish if you haven’t tried yet. All said thanks once again and let me go back to my reading.

  122. I am glad I caught this train. Arnav is same but different. Arnav is same to others but different to Khushi.
    Cheers…..

  123. Subconciously Arnav has decided that Khushi is not one his one night stand. He wants her to be with him longer. Today they found peace lying together.

  124. Loved this one as well……
    Khushi eating her jaleboa brings back old memories
    Really hate those bitches for doing such a heartless thing
    And that guy trent ugh!!! Dumbass!!!
    Really liked the understanding side of arnav though
    Thanks for the beautiful story.

  125. It was totally worth Arnav getting blue balls. Again, poor Khushi, with a cousin like that. Arnav is revealing surprising depths here, even to himself. Can’t wait to read what come next

  126. Amazing chemistry between Arnav and Khushi.. Khushi past was really tragic but I am sure with Arnav her life is gng to change for good 😀

  127. Just started reading this story. This Arnav is simply mind blowing. Wish I had seen this earlier.Really looking forward to the future chapters

  128. Hi ShipperK…Love your Arnav…He is so considerate…I think he is falling for this innocent Kushi….Feeling sad for Kushi…How much she has suffered in such a young age…Betrayed by her cousin Payal which has made Kushi impossible to lead a normal life even after so many years…Hope Arnav will heal her…Eagerly waiting for access to all the other nights to read this wonderful Arshi journey..Take care and be safe

  129. Beautiful update…

    The cruelty faced by a teenage Khushi and the scars that it left behind was so well written… Teenagers can be so cruel… Jealousy and low self esteem make then act like savages…..Not realizing that all this is only temporary …..Life will catch up to them at some pint….

    I loved the Arnav in this… He went looking for a one night and ended up with the whole weekend ….He was sensitive and was ready to bring her out of her past and help her to move on… With passion and patience ….

  130. O God! Khushi’s first experience is carved with such painful and humiliating memories.
    It is really difficult for her to overcome that experince.

    Arnav here is such a sweetheart.😍
    Something beautiful has started to form between these two with very sizzling chemistry I must add.
    Lets see where this one week will take them.

  131. Loved the Arnav. His kindness,care and possessiveness is so endearing. Feels like there is more to khushis past. Payal here is so evil. Who does that to theirs cousin. And trent is spineless. Why will he do something like that. Arnav is so sweet. Loved the update.

  132. I missed this awesome story few years back when I was first reading ipkknd stories. I got back to them now that I saw the episodes again and heard really great things about this story. Agree with everyone out there. This is an amazing story and I am loving what I have read till now. Looking forward to read more of this story set in one of my fav cities with my fav couple

  133. I hate Payal and that stupid Trent Matthews – I hate all bullies but the worst are the ones who leave lasting emotional scars. Khushi was able to evoke Arnav’s compassion and Arnav was able to give her confidence speaks so much about them as individuals and as potential lovers.

    More ! I want more 🙂

  134. Khushi has been scarred by a person she thought loved her but he was Payal’s boyfriend and took her virginity for a dare. Arnav stopped her leaving and she stayed back.

  135. What a bunch of immatured group of girls and what’s wrong with the guy who can’t think for himself. She definitely is shamed but what’s the point when he did the worst he can do for a women influenced by a another. Glad Arnav held on to her as though she was precious.

  136. I simply love this Arnav. Loved how he answered to Khushi’s query of him being a cuddler … “I wasn’t 3 seconds ago” awwwwww! Looking forward to all the nights

  137. Liked the possessive arnav payal is really a bitch teenage scars and that to given by your oen cousin is difficult to forget but arnav was able to talk to her that is a start of their relation i have read this before and it feels loke reading a fresh story

  138. This was a very tender night. Nothing how it started and surprisingly uber sexy how it ended.

    Firstly, how on earth did Khushi resist him is a question I will not be able to answer-he was so swoon worthy. Having said that how on earth did ASR move his brains from bottom to top with such compassion and kindness and yet remained so freaking dashing is another mysterious question.

    You guys write incredibly well. And I forgot to add this in the previous night-love the snow flakes, so cozy and intimate.

  139. oh and two new characters were introduced- Payal and Trent-each more detestable than the other.

    Psst-I really need to be sleeping, I really need to stop reading. I really know it aint gonna happen anytime soon!

  140. Passion turns into compassion.

    This Khushi thus far makes me want to hug her and cry for her!! She can’t eat all the fabulous food Arnav ordered for her because her stomach can’t handle more than a few morsels. She wants to leave because he is too rich!! This is just too sad.

    Arnav, what a prince!! He feels and sees her discomfort. He is powerful and oh so virile. Seeing her draped in his satin sheets spun them into a sensual libido to then have to step back and just chill. Ouch!! Frustrated, yet instead of anger he lent her his ear, his shoulder to cry and heard her high school nightmare. Compassion for this hurt abused woman he is drawn too. He shows his gentle caring nature to her and insists she stay…..and tells her he is gonna be her lover!!

    I wanna be your lover
    I wanna turn you on, turn you out, all night long, make you shout
    Oh, lover …..Yeah…..
    (credit Prince)

    A “yes” to stay the weekend is elicited from khushi and they nod off cozily cuddled. A first for both!!

    An emotional connection is made.

    High school meanie cousin Payal and her f’ing punk boyfriend Trent; married according to the cast photos…..wondering how that is going. Haha!

    1. LOL, are you going to give us a jingle for each chapter? I hope so. This is now going to play in my head everytime I look back at Night 2. 😀

  141. Felt so bad for khushi… i can literally murder payal n that trent…how cruel one can be in their jealousy🙈 wonder whats khushi’s past is and how payal is related?

    Loved how they cuddled n slept🥰

  142. Hi again!
    Can I say that a kind Arnav is even more irresistible than an Alpha Arnav? Your Khushi is special and their undeniable chemistry is clearly evident. It’s a swoon worthy start for sure.

  143. Okay, for starters I have never seen a Payal that twisted like this but then again I generally don’t prefer women being pitted against one another. Now I am digressing but Arnav has throughly come through he is definitely a gentleman beneath all those layers of success, to some extent I think that just reflects his loneliness for a deeper connection. Similarly, Khushi hasn’t allowed herself to feel free of the burdens that exist around her hence these two are feeling this chemistry for once and acting upon it. Or maybe they are just more similar than that meets the eye.

    1. One thing that drew me to IPK’s Arnav and Khushi was their shared core beliefs. Arnav may be an icy businessman and Khushi a happy go lucky girl, but where it matters in terms of family, truths and doing what’s right, they are the same. It is this characteristic that guides us in there characterization and actions, no matter which ficverse we slip them into.

  144. Love how well Arnav and Khushi are connecting at so many levels. Right from the beginning Khushi seems different to him and he is acting different in many ways. My heart goes out to Khushi when she could not continue to eat because of her small appetite due to frequent starving, so sad.

    Her past is bitter. hmm there is more in the story about Payal’s cruelity. Intrigued now to read more… Was Khushi’s mom ‘the other woman’ or was that it cruel taunt by Payal?

    Love this Arnav

  145. WTF how can payal be this much cruel not only him but also the gang and most importantly that asshole ….more in the past why she hate her so much . Arnav and his protective nature for kushi. ….just started the journey of this obsessive protective love ….

  146. The first time I read this story, I gulped it down like it wouldn’t disappear if I stopped reading. This time I’m taking the time to savor it, little bits at a time….
    The night has taken quite a turn from the crumpled sheets on the memo to something so sweet…
    What an initiation into physical intimacy for Khushi – to be played with so cruelly, by someone she trusted and someone who was family. That’s taking mean girls to a whole new level, and for what? No wonder she froze when it came down to actually doing the act. Such trauma cannot be easily overcome – but Arnav Singh Raizada is up to the task. Khushi has evoked some dormant protective instinct within him, something that makes him treat her differently from all the women who’ve come before…

    1. Haha I’m glad to hear it was devour-worthy and hopefully a second serving proves fulfilling 😉

      Love is really finding the right person at the right time. Those that came before are the necessary bumps in the road to reach one’s destination.

  147. The fact that Khushi ate so less beause shes used to having a small appetite….when you read things like this, it makes me so grateful for what I have.

    Having no friends at collage…being cheated on someone you thought you loved…deceived by your cousin in such a malicious ….having no parents to fall back on…Khushi’s had it rough and at the tender age of 17!!! Oh how I wish I could give her a big hug!!!!

    From having a straight forward intention of having her, to ending up comforting her, being a shoulder for her to cry on and declaring that he will be her lover <3

    If I'm not wrong this is the second time Arnav has burst into laughter with her 🙂

    Seems like together they will be having a lot of firsts.

    And indeed he has found his mermaid ❤

  148. I’m gonna get out my frustration with a Trent Matthews and Payal somebody first because I am so mad, I can’t think straight. For a woman to do this to another woman? Be okay with sharing her boyfriend to prove a point? Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree? I doubt they are “cousins”. But ugh, regardless, I am thoroughly disgusted, and equally pained for Khushi. To give up your vulnerability to someone and have everyone have a laugh over it. I don’t know how anyone can get over such trauma….but perhaps we have an answer here? In form of a certain Raizada?

    About Arnav, I really have nothing much to say except, as flawed as he is, he’s perfect to me! Ed Sheeran is making sense at 2.00 AM, pardon me. Even with that frustration piling way too high and a bad case of blue balls, this man can be uncharacteristically sweet. I want to say he would have asked the same question if it were any woman who hesitated at the last moment, not just Khushi. Now obviously she is somewhat special… but I think Arnav as a man is capable of this humanity. Of wondering that if a woman is scared in bed, there must have been a past. Of this empathy. So when he says he wouldn’t bother for anyone else, I don’t necessarily agree. Maybe I am delusional? Or perhaps a romantic? Don’t think there is much of a difference either ways though. 😛

    And girls, the red wine sloshing in the wine glass made me all hot and bothered. The sexual tension alone, is making me a bit crazy. I am SO glad I waited for all the updates to be posted. I would have died. 😛

  149. Another fabulous scene of iconic New York for the banner!
    ‘From the moment she found herself in Arnav Singh Raizada’s arms, insanity had invaded’ sigh! What a perfect way to lose one’s sanity. Your description of Arnav conjures up an image of a strong raw virile man very akin to a black panther on the move! And then he commands ‘Come here’ to Khushi. It’s a miracle she does not faint. I love your Khushi, she is just so sweet and naïve and innocent and way in over her head with this worldly been there done that dishy man! I feel for her though having to struggle through life at 23 and while good looks can be a boon for some but for her it has turned out to be a bane!
    His reactions to her eating and moaning is revealing and that he desires her and wants to see how she responds to him is telling too. I think he senses that because he has never asked a woman to go with him and his reactions are not as they normally are, though he is yet to acknowledge it.
    Khushis trauma about her first experience with sex is palpable. Such an incident stays for life like hers did. It just destroys one from inside and just makes things so difficult. I am so so glad and A is a man who is sensitive to tune in to her fears and most importantly is willing to listen to her side and not just dismiss it. He could have easily sent her away after she froze but no our understanding sensitive hero made his huge fan following proud! Ah the cuddles, I love cuddles, especially in bed. I should probably stop my rant now and let the couple sleep in peace. Right ladies!

    1. Wow!
      That chemistry
      Whole room is heating up!
      With them, its not only psychical attraction, I can feel it (through your writing of course). It’s more than that.

      I hate those jerks who did this to Khushi. Will there be any confrontation with them and our alpha hero? I hope so.

      The highlight of the chapter is him asking her to stay and sleep in his bed after she shared her fears. Shows how protective he is about her.

      I am already in love with this story and it’s been only two chapters so far.

  150. I have a feeling I’m going to keep repeating this but still, I love this Arnav !

    So mature and yet so warm ❤

    Khushi should really slap Payal through and through..

    I'm hoping they work it all out.

  151. Okay, I did more than tear up when Khushi spoke about her past…. But Arnav is feeling like a big teddy bear for me for agreeing to help Khushi get past her struggles… And the cuddling in bed❤️

    1. Nice update. Arnav doing things differently was great, who doesn’t love a man who takes time to listen. Payal and Trent stunt was really mean, I wonder why. I feel bad for Khushi unless she has done the same thing to Payal or someone else

  152. Oh boy! How I love this Arnav, all vulnerable yet trying to be stoic!! This was kind of a touching chapter to know about Kushi’s past, to know about her hurtful experience that has scarred for so many years.
    I bet Arnav will take care of Mr. Mathews very well :)!!

    – Shantha

  153. OMG Wat a delightful update it was….i will begin with the last scene… Even though it was a cuddle I gave me goosebumps… It screams peace….. A serene….pure sight…
    Khushi’s past is painful…payal and Trent is disgusting creatures…..
    But I liked this Arnav who is empathetic towards her pain and the way he made her realize that it’s not the end…. She should not let that filthy people win…. He is getting affected by her pain.. He asked her to be his lover for one week and after that he will let her go….. Will he able to do that?

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