Night #3

Fifth Ave, New York

Khushi let out a soft dreamy sigh. She was having the most delicious dream, too delightful to wake from just yet. A hard mouth was moving over hers temptingly, softly coaxing. It felt so good, so right. When his tongue boldly sought entry to explore, she smiled against his lips in a haze of pleasure. She arched up, wanting more…

At the groan of male approval, her body tightened in response. Hold it. She didn’t have these kinds of dreams.

Khushi’s eyes flew open. At the same time she became aware of her heart racing and her breath coming out in staccatos. Having sensed her wakefulness, Arnav’d moved back slightly, his eyes intent on her face.

“What do you think you’re doing?”

His mouth twitched and everything from last night  slammed into Khushi at once, including the events that led to her sleeping in this bed. Before she could orient herself, Arnav leaned in until his tantalizing scent filled her.

“Waking you.”

The shrill rings of the landline along with the vibrations from his cellphone on the nightstand interrupted the descent of his head towards her. Arnav bit off a curse.

“Your phones are ringing.”

“I know. I’m ignoring it.”

His expression was so disgruntled; Khushi couldn’t hold back the burst of laughter.

“What if it’s important?”

“It’s Saturday,” he glanced at the digital clock, “not even 7 a.m. They can wait. Besides, NK will handle it.”

“NK?”

“My PA.”

“Hmm….”

“What?”

“I took you more for a female personal assistant kind of guy.”

“Too much trouble,” he muttered.

“Too busy falling for her gorgeous boss to make good coffee and keep the schedule?”

Humor lit his face, “I’m too smart to answer that.”

“Uh huh.”

“You think I’m gorgeous?”

Khushi rolled her eyes. “Don’t fish for compliments. It’s ridiculous, especially when you know exactly how hot you are.”

“I was beginning to think I’d lost my touch. You’ve been…challenging.”

She looked up then into near black, saw the devilish grin on his face and suddenly felt the air sucked out of her. Arnav sensed the change and with a groan, bent to kiss her.

The rattle of someone opening the front door froze them in place.

“I leave you alone for one night, one fucking night, and this happens,” a voice boomed, followed quickly by footsteps heading straight towards the bedroom, “Arnav, hope you’re decent mate, I’m coming in.”

Khushi starred dumbstruck as a giant of a man walked through the doors. He was tall, deeply tanned, with long blond hair pulled back into a sleek ponytail, his dress shirt paired with dark denim. It wasn’t until he sat down on the bed that she came out of her Arnav induced stupor and made a grab for the sheets, raising it up to her neck.

“NK, what the hell are you doing here?”

Khushi was stunned. This was Arnav’s personal assistant? He didn’t look anything remotely like one. He looked like he’d walked in directly from the set of a Wrangler ad. All he was missing were the boots.

NK ignored Arnav, his entire attention on Khushi. A look of surprise registered before a grin stole over him. “Fuck me. It’s her!”

“You know him?” Arnav asked, as he did an ab curl and sat up.

Khushi shook her head.

NK cocked an eye towards Arnav, his grin growing even wider. “Was that a giggle I heard coming in?”

“Get out. I’ll meet you in the kitchen. And start the damn coffee.”

“Why? We can talk here, I don’t mind.”

Khushi inched off the bed, keeping the sheets close, “Umm… I could use a shower. You two go ahead.”

NK took a moment to appreciate the view as she darted towards the bathroom, but he swallowed the low whistle when he felt the heat of Arnav’s glare.

“Was that your Harvard tee?”

✧✧✧

“Interesting night, mate?”

“Get to the point as to why you’re here at 7 fucking a.m. instead of in Monte Carlo,” Arnav snapped.

“Don’t worry, business is wrapped. As for my vacation hours, I’m charging you overtime for this.” NK pulled out his iPad, handing it over to Arnav.

There, in full color, under the trite headline ‘Fashion Magnate’s Midnight Kiss – Who’s the Girl?’ was a photo of him and Khushi on the sidewalk with the fireworks from Times Square exploding above them.

NK started pulling papers out of his briefcase. “Here’s the letter demanding a retraction, it just needs your signature. PR’s been notified, they’ve been instructed to field all media calls until we have a press release prepared.”

Arnav continued to stare at the photo. He waited for the heat of anger in face of the intrusion and was startled to realize he was only mildly irritated. Ever since AR became a global powerhouse in the fashion industry, he had learned to cope with the press’ voracious appetite for his personal life.

It was made clear to every woman he was seeing that any attempt to publicize the relationship would not be tolerated. Those who ignored the warning learned how vicious he was with retaliation. He valued his privacy, guarded it fiercely, for once he had been too young, too weak to face the onslaught of media hounds, but never again.

He had been so lost in her it hadn’t registered how they would appear to others. Looking at it captured in print, he saw how well she fit in his arms, almost as if she belonged in them. He didn’t date fragile women, preferring those who can handle themselves. Yet this morning waking up wrapped around her, her hair spread over his pillow, the protectiveness he felt nearly beat out his arousal. Nearly.

“No.”

“You want to send a stronger message? Our lawyers can probably angle for a libel suit.”

“No.”

“No, what?”

“No retraction.”

“WHAT?!”

“Are you a fucking parrot?”

“Are you Arnav fucking Raizada?”

“What did I miss?” a relaxed, barefooted Aman strolled through the kitchen archway, he settled casually against a kitchen counter and smirked at Arnav.

“What the hell, Aman. Since when do you have access to my place?”

“NK leaves a spare in his office, I made a copy.”

“Hand it over.”

“Well good morning to you too.”

“I’m not in the fucking mood to deal with you right now. Why aren’t you with Anjali? Aren’t we marrying you off?”

“Yeah, like Mohit Jha would allow his daughter to spend the night, engagement ring or not.”

“Don’t tell me you guys haven’t…” NK trailed off at the look on Aman’s face, “Fuck, man, I assumed…it’s been two years and still no home run? What the hell have you been doing on those dates?”

“Don’t even go there. It’s like being a born again virgin. Do they give out medals for yearlong celibacy?”

“A year? You’ve been with Anjali for two.”

“Yeah well, we weren’t exclusive that first year. Her decision.” Aman replied defensively.

“Jesus, Aman.” Arnav interjected, “If Shyam finds out and kicks your ass, he’s welcome to it.”

“He’s welcome to try. I could use a rush of testosterone. My dick probably forgot it has a second function.”

“Move up the wedding date.”

“Feel free to speak to Mrs. Jha on my behalf.”

“…Right, well, it’s just like riding a bike, your dick won’t forget.” NK grinned.

“Asshole. Speaking of Jhas, Shyam is pissed. Seems like your little headline pushed the news of him joining AR’s Board of Directors to page two.” Aman grinned.

“I swung by AR earlier, the building is surrounded by reporters. Not asking about Aman’s engagement to Anjali. Not asking about a possible merger between the Raizadas and the Jhas, but demanding to know who your mystery woman is.”

“Tell them it’s none of their damn business.”

“It was on the streets, Arnav, public domain.”

“Not to mention New Year’s Eve!” Aman chimed in.

“Shut up!”

“You never hold a woman’s hand in public, you never hug before an audience, hell you probably have a minimum six inches personal space rule or something, and you sure as fuck don’t kiss one out on the street so that anybody with a cellphone can snap a photo!”

“Tell PR to handle it, I pay them to keep this kind of shit contained. And I don’t want them harassing her here.”

A sly grin stole across Aman’s face as he exchanged a look with NK, “She’s still here?”

“In the shower,” NK responded helpfully.

“And I want the two of you gone by the time she’s out.”

“Hold the fuck up, she’s staying? What about one dinner, one night, no repeats?”

“What about it?” Arnav snapped.

“What did you give him to drink last night?” NK asked Aman.

“Must have been laced with more alcohol then I thought. Tell me honestly,” Aman demanded, “That last physical, what did the doctors really say? How long do you have?”

“Jesus Christ. I’m not drunk, I’m not dying. Now get the fuck out.”

“Shit, she must be hot.” Aman turned to NK, “Is she hot?”

“Not his type.”

“You mean she isn’t tastefully tall, built and bland?”

“Petite. Decent rack, sweet ass. Fuck me eyes.”

“I’m staying,” Aman declared.

“No you’re not. Get out before I call security.”

Ignoring Arnav, Aman went to pour himself a cup of coffee before settling on one of the island stools.

“So how was Monte Carlo, NK?”

NK smirked at Arnav’s dark scowl “Got the deal after they made a lot of noises. Won a nice bundle in the casino and had a very sweet piece in my suite when the emails started coming. Should’ve seen her. Legs up to her fucking ears, perfectly enhanced breasts-”

“Did she have a face?” Arnav asked dryly.

“One that went just fine with the body. Got bitchy and did some damage when I told her I had to leave,” NK tapped where two red scratches scored his left cheek. “Had to toss her out before she tore me to pieces.”

“Was she naked?” a female voice chimed in.

“Birthday suit, but I did remember to chuck her dress out after her.” NK responded before he realized the question hadn’t come from neither Arnav nor Aman.

Khushi stood with arms crossed as three pairs of eyes swung towards her. She’d only remembered she didn’t have a change of clothing with her when she stepped out of the shower. After wrapping herself in one of his giant towels, she had been debating digging through Arnav’s drawers when she heard voices and followed it to the kitchen.

Khushi felt her breath caught as all three men peruse her. They made a picture – three exceptional specimens of maleness. She focused on the younger, smoother, version of Arnav. His mouth was curved and his eyes flickered flirtatiously at her. He looked gilded, she mused. Thick black hair styled just so, a light grey suit tailored to a long, fit body that must see regular workouts, flashes of wealth at his wrist and cuffs.

He lacked Arnav’s intensity, but it would be a mistake to be taken in by the careful packaging. His eyes were watchful, even if his manners were easy.

“Hi, Beautiful, I’m Aman.”

“Hi.” Her lips curved in response. That intrinsic charm would have no trouble raising the blood pressure on a corpse. Providing it was female. “I’m Khushi.”

“Aman, try to remember you’re off market.”

“No harm in looking… and appreciating.” Aman turned a devastating smile.

NK snorted, before putting out a hand towards her, “Sorry for barging in earlier, Happiness. Arnav rarely has company. I’m NK.”

“Do you speak Hindi?”

“Fluently.” Before she could guess his intentions, he wrapped an arm around her waist, bent down, and murmured a highly charged and explicit suggestion in her ear. NK pulled back grinning, fully expecting a slap on the face.

“NK, remove your hands or I will render you unable to biologically procreate.”*

“Arnav is saying ‘I’ll kill you’ in an articulately ambiguous way,” Aman supplied helpfully.

While Khushi turned pink, she shocked them by tucking a wet strand of hair behind her ears and smiled sweetly up at NK. “The accent’s mediocre, but your imagination is commendable.” She gave his arm a light pat before extracting herself. “However, I’m not interested.”

NK chuckled. “Well I’ll be damn. You keeping this one, Arnav?”

Arnav was struggling to keep his temper in check. A host of conflicting emotions and wants were battling just under the surface. Aman and NK’s flirting had never bothered him. Hell, there were women who found the idea of capturing the attention of both Raizada brothers a personal challenge, and over the years he and NK had shared a few women. He had never cared. Yet, he was learning, damn fast, that he cared if this woman found them interchangeable.

She was wrapped only in his towel with beads of water clinging to her body. Arnav’s eyes followed one droplet as it ran down the column of her throat, gliding right between…

He needed her clothed before he did something reckless, like punch his brother and NK in the face for looking at his woman. His woman. Fuck, where had that come from?

An image crashed into his head of her naked body under his, those sea-green eyes drowsy with arousal, as she would slowly bring his head down to hers, where their mouths…His whole body seemed to be igniting from the inside even as he tried to crush the mental image, but its eroticism lingered. He wanted her. Now. Arnav shot out from the behind the kitchen island and moved until his body shield hers completely.

Khushi peeped up at him from below thick lashes. “I don’t have anything to wear…” her words were so soft he had to bend lower to hear them. The scent of her shower drifted to him, on her skin his soap was somehow feminine, mysterious. That blending of their scent snapped the last of his control.

Unmindful of their audience, his fingers clamped around the back of her neck, pulled her face toward his. He heard her breath catch when he paused just before their lips touched. She leaned into him, her fingers speared through his hair, fisted. And they forgot where they were. Mouth to mouth they strained against one another until the kiss turned visibly carnal.

“Well, fuck me, is this really happening?” NK demanded.

“The hell if I know. But if he draws this out any longer, I’ll need a cold shower,” Aman replied.

Arnav surfaced abruptly, shaking his head to clear it. “Get lost you two.”

“You need to come into the office, Arnav. Board wants to hold an emergency meeting.”

“Dammit,” Arnav bit off, “Fine, tell them to come in at eleven.”

“Guess it won’t be a quickie.” Aman muttered.

Khushi flushed as NK gave her a wink.

“It was a pleasure, Khushi,” Aman took her hand giving it an exaggerated kiss before heading out with NK, “Let’s go get you your own woman, NK.”

“Working for your brother, who has time?” NK responded with mock frustration.

Khushi wasn’t sure what to expect the moment Arnav closed the door on them. Yet, two seconds later, she found herself breathless as Arnav maneuvered her against the door, his eyes heated as he played with the edge of the towel.

She starred at his mouth, and licked her lips in anticipation. His fingers came up to trace the movement.

“There’s not enough time for the things I want to do you.” He murmured hotly. “So for now, breakfast.”

“Breakfast?”

“Yeah, I have a need to sink my teeth into something.” He starred in satisfaction as her pupils dilated.

“There’s a bathrobe in the top drawer of the dresser, put it on, then call room service. I’ll take a quick shower and join you.”

“Kay,” she breathed and his eyes warmed.

“Okay.”

✧✧✧

Chelsea, New York

In an Italianate townhouse off West 22nd Street, Chelsea’s most refined block, a woman sat with hands clenched tightly to quell the intense urge to hurl something as she watched the news feed.

Rage vibrated through her as she recognized the woman wrapped passionately against one of New York’s wealthiest men.

She had done everything, sacrificed so much, to ensure that trash stayed in the gutter. How had she managed to capture the attention of Arnav Singh Raizada? It was unacceptable. A reminder of her status was necessary and this time she would deliver it in person.

Upstairs, in his private study, a man touched the image on his phone. His hands trembled as he traced the pale flesh he had never forgotten.

“Khushi,” he whispered achingly.

✧✧✧

Fifth Ave, New York

After calling room service and stammering her way through ‘Mr. Raizada’s usual breakfast’ order, Khushi dumped out the coffee NK had made earlier to make a fresh pot.

She had expected to wake up embarrassed after last night’s confession. Instead she felt taken over by the whirlwind that was Arnav. Twice now, she’d found herself pulled completely out of reality the moment his lips touched hers. He seemed intent on smashing down the walls that she’d built around her sexuality, and she felt helpless to resist the attraction that crackled between them.

Concentrating on the stream of java filling the glass pot, she startled when she felt the warmth of a body against her back. Khushi looked over one shoulder to see Arnav had her fenced in.

He was already dressed in graphite trousers paired with a white dress shirt that he’d left mostly unbuttoned. His hair dripped with wet and wild provocation.

“Breakfast will be up soon.” She managed to get out before his hand disappeared and a second later she felt it sweeping her hair over to one shoulder before he leaned in, making her jump at the intimacy of the gesture.

She inched forward to grab two mugs and filled them with coffee, taking a sip from her cup to calm her electrified nerves before asking, “Arnav…. is there a reason why you have me pressed up against the counter?”

“Trying to figure out how you smell so damn good.”

Khushi blinked at the unexpected response. She picked up his mug and shoved it towards him.

Arnav gave her a knowing smirk as he took it, stroking her hand lightly before he moved back against the opposite counter.

“I need to be at the office for a few hours, but I’ll be back before six. I’ll take you out for dinner before we come back here to sleep.”

“Sleep?” she squeaked.

“Not like last night, we’ll both be naked and certain… acts will be included.”

Khushi’s mind went blank.

“I’ll expect your participation.”

Holy shit.

“Your keen participation.”

Shit! Shit! Shit!

“I… I..what if I’m not good at it?” she blurted out.

“What?”

She turned away embarrassed.

Arnav took a few moments to study her. He’d had no intention of making his needs so obvious to her. He’d wanted plenty of women, yet he couldn’t recall anyone ever coming close to igniting this avalanche of desire. It was a relief to know he wasn’t alone.

“Khushi, give me your eyes.”

She turned towards him, allowing him to see the distress lingering in them.

“It’ll be my pleasure to take care of you tonight. No memories, no expectations. Just us, okay?”

“But..”

“I told you last night, we’re going to happen.”

Unable to verbalize a response, she nodded.

“There are plenty of boutiques down the lobby; I have a charge account in all of them. Pick out something you like for tonight.”

She froze at the words.

“I have clothes.”

“As much as I enjoy seeing you in my robe, you’re going to need something else for dinner.”

“Fine, I’ll stop by my place and get something.”

“Why bother? Just..”

“I won’t be paid for sex, Arnav,” she said sharply.

“Khushi, that isn’t-” he protested.

She shoved away from the counter. “It’s a deal breaker. No money, no gifts.”

Arnav was at a loss. When had a woman ever turned down his offer of a shopping trip? Never.

“I mean it. I don’t need you to buy me anything.” She rested her hands on his arms, as her eyes implored him.

“If that’s what you want.”

She sagged against him in relief. “It’s what I want.”

“I’ll leave you the driver.”

“No need. I have a few errands to run.”

“You’ll come back won’t you?” the question was asked lightly, yet his eyes were serious as he waited for her answer.

“Maybe it’s a better that I don’t.”

“You promised me you’ll stay the weekend.”

“You’re much better off without me.”

“Let me be the judge of that,” he turned the full effect of his gaze on her,” If you’re not back here when I return, there will be hell to pay. And Khushi, you won’t like how I collect.”

“Do you realize how bossy you are?”

“Promise me you’ll be back.”

“I promise.”

✧✧✧

AR Corps, New York

Arnav’s mind was still full of Khushi when the limo pulled up to the entrance of AR’s headquarters. He hadn’t liked the idea of her going off to her own place, even with her promise to be back. He made a mental note to call the hotel manager to personally escort her up as soon as she entered the lobby.

Forcing himself to focus on the hours ahead, he sent a text to NK, notifying his arrival. There were paparazzi everywhere outside, a barely civilized mob being held back by a barricade of security guards.

As soon as he stepped onto the curb, flashbulbs exploded in his face. Automatically his arm went up to protect himself from being snapped, but to little avail. They were quick to converge on him.

“Give me a break, guys,” he said resignedly as he tried to wade through them. “Didn’t you get enough pictures last night?”

“Who’s the girl, Arnav?”

“How long have you been dating?”

“Did you meet her at the party?”

“Bet she made a good New Year fuck.”

Arnav’s rushed footsteps came to an abrupt halt, and he whirled around to face the reporter who’d made the last comment.

“Say again?”

“I said; bet she was a good fuck.” Arnav came face to face with HP Daniels. He should have known. He was looking into the bullish countenance of one of the most obnoxious and dogged members of the press.

Daniels worked freelance, but his pieces usually showed up in the tabloids that printed scandalous and damaging stories, whether they held truth or not. Arnav forced his face to an impassive expression as he faced-off with the photographer. His eyes raked over thinning, brown hair plastered to a pale, perspiring scalp to the camera dangling from his thick neck by a sweat-stained strap.

“Isn’t that all you require from your women?” Daniels continued belligerently.

“Give us a name, Arnav” another reporter demanded.

“No comment,” he responded, turning away, “Now, if you’ll excuse me—”

“Why are you hiding her identity? Daniels barred his path. For a heavy man he sure as fuck moved with remarkable agility. “Was she working at the party?”

“Get out of my way,” Arnav gritted through his teeth.

He pushed one photographer aside only to be blocked again by Daniel’s girth. “Let’s have one more picture for your swooning female fan base,” Daniels jeered as he raised his camera. The flashing blue-white light blasted Arnav’s eyes, momentarily blinding him.

It was unfortunate for Daniels that Arnav’s vision cleared in mere seconds. He yanked on the strap of the camera and pulled it from around Daniels’s neck. How the vicious jerking motion didn’t snap the photographer’s neck came as a shock to those who witnessed it.

Without a trace of remorse, Arnav dashed the camera against the steel wall of the building, and then threw it to the sidewalk. The crowd, murmuring, moved back.

Arnav, with his fists working at his sides, faced Daniels. “If you ever harass me again, I’ll see to it you never work. You won’t even be able to get an online tabloid to pick up any of your shit. Get me?”

“I’ll sue you for property damage and harassment first, Raizada!”

Arnav smiled coolly, “Do it. I want to know how far those pittances they pay you for trash will go against my billions. As of this morning I believe it’s close to fifteen. And Daniels? Don’t wait too long, my lawyers have never enjoyed roadkill.”

✧✧✧

Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York

Khushi grimaced as she walked up to the apartment building she’d called home for the last two years. For the first time, she tried looking at it through someone else eyes – Arnav’s.

Just before she’d moved in, the neighborhood received a face lift. Older houses were freshly renovated; several apartment buildings had been torn down and replaced with trendy condos.

Except for her building, it was old and run down. No attention was spared for the design when it was constructed; no attention was put into how it was now maintained. It was a blight on the neighborhood. On the bright side, rent was low and it was located near the metro station. Unfortunately, the neighbors hated it, hated the landlord and by association, the tenants.

She eyed the elevator that had a rope across it with a sloppily handwritten notice taped to it that read, “Out of Order.” It had been there for over five months and unlikely to be removed any time soon. Khushi considered the three flights of stairs to her unit good exercise.

She’d barely slipped a key into the lock when the door flew open.

“Well, well, well, where have you been all night?”

“Oh shit! Robbie, I’m so sorry. I…”

“Shhhhhh….” Her roommate raised up a palm. “Yes or no answers only.”

“Were you with a man last night?”

“Robbie.”

“Khushi.”

“Yes.”

“Was it Arnav Singh Raizada?”

Khushi was shocked. “How do you..?”

Robbie raised up a copy of the National Enquirer. Splashed on the front page was a photo of her in Arnav’s arms, kissing. Oh shit! Was this why he had to go into the office today?

“It’s all over the news! The fashion mogul with his mystery girl,” Robbie made an exaggerated face as she fanned herself with one hand. “And to think I thought you couldn’t possibly have a better night than I did. But I sure as hell wasn’t kissed by a sexy billionaire.”

Robbie reached out and yanked her through the door. “Now, spill!”

If those two words didn’t sum up their relationship, Khushi wouldn’t know what does. Robbie Sinclair was six months older, they’d found each other one night when Robbie had showed up at a bar Khushi was waitressing at after a failed audition.

She was model tall, classically beautiful, but curved beyond what was considered fashionable for haute couture. The only companies willing to hire her were for lingerie ads, which Robbie’s Indiana farm girl roots wouldn’t allow her to accept. Although that resolve was chipping away each day.

They had bonded over aching feet and lemon drops. When money became tight, they had decided to share space. It was an adjustment for Khushi, who had by then grown accustomed to living by herself. Robbie was friendly where she was reserved, confident in her sexuality when Khushi struggled with male attention. Yet, the differences in their personalities had never hindered their friendship. It was Robbie’s policy towards secrets that drove Khushi crazy.

She couldn’t tolerate being kept in the dark about anything, whether it was a tiny insignificant event or a major life crisis. In the two years they’ve roomed together, Khushi had learned to open up and share. They’d spent many nights exchanging stories from the past, secret dreams and little disappointments. In return she gained a sister she had always wished for, but never thought she’ll have.

Moving towards the upholstered sofa Robbie had managed to pick up at a flea market, Khushi knew she was in for another session of sharing.

“What do you mean; it’s all over the news?”

“All the major gossip channels, print and digital, hell even the Times gave it a mention. Was he at the party? Did you guys…”

“What? No! I mean, yes, we… I…I … pinch me.”

“Ow!!!”

“Not a dream, babe. Now, details!”

Letting out a sigh, Khushi spent the next hour ‘spilling’.

When she was done sharing their conversation from the morning she turned to Robbie, whose lips were parted and her eyes were glazed. “Robbie?”

“Shh, I’m having an orgasm.”

“What?!”

Robbie sighed, “Honey, you just told me, Arnav Singh Raizada, one of New York’s richest and hottest bachelor, kissed the hell out of you – in public, and then took you to his penthouse, where he kissed the hell out of you – in private, and after you spilled about that bastard Trent, he spent the night holding you and woke you up with a kiss. Thus, orgasm.”

“He wants me to spend the weekend, but I don’t know if it’s a good idea.” she trailed off.

“Khushi, I know you don’t follow the gossip pages, but when a Raizada asks a woman to spend the weekend, her overnight bag is packed before he finishes asking.”

“What do I know about handling a guy like that?”

“He seems more than capable of doing the handling.”

“Robbie!”

“Khushi, did you just listen to yourself? I’ve known you for two years, two! And it took half that time for you to open up and share about Trent, not to mention I had to pile you with lemon drops and tequila shots. You met this guy last night and a few hours later, you’re sharing. What does that tell you?”

“That I’m an idiot.”

“No, that you’re into him. And let me tell you something else. Out of the New York bachelors, Arnav is probably one of the most private. He’s sought after, so he gets photographed with his dates all the time, but I have never seen him touch one of them. He does not do PDA. You may not have been aware of the press, but he sure as hell would know they are there. So for something like this to happen,” her head jerked towards the tabloid, “it means he was so into you he forgot about them.”

Khushi sat quietly, digesting Robbie’s word.

She wasn’t done. “The guys you picked in the past,” Robbie shook her head, “not all that, especially when confronted by your wall of ice in the bedroom.”

“You’re telling me something I know already,” Khushi pointed out.

“What I’m saying is, you don’t have experience of men who are men. A hot guy in high school screwed you over, but Khushi, karma sometimes is a sweet bitch. You’ve caught the attention of one of the hottest guy in the State of New York.”

“He scares me,” Khushi confessed.

“Then take this weekend to figure it out.” Robbie returned, “Honestly, Khushi, with how beautiful, sweet, and funny you are, plus those eyes I would murder for, I can’t understand how you don’t know down to the bones you deserve to be swept off your feet. But that’s you and I love you, so…whatever,” she shrugged.

“Maybe I should explain more about his bossiness, he doesn’t ask Robbie, he tells me to do things.”

“Or maybe you should stop trying so damned hard to find fault in everything and just enjoy the moment. I get you can’t quite believe, after years of being fucked over by Trent and that bitch who shall remain nameless, that this can be real, but honey, believe it!”

At Khushi’s silence, Robbie pressed further. “Khushi you deserve happiness. He wants you, your company, your body – enjoy it – who knows where it’ll lead?”

Kushi’s breath caught at what Robbie said, allowing herself to process all it meant and just how true it was. “What do I wear to dinner?”

Robbie grinned. “Lunch first, babe. Then I have just the thing that will knock him on his ass.”

✧✧✧

AR Corps, New York

For the third time in as many hours, Arnav hung up after confirming with his hotel manager that Khushi was still out. He strode towards the glass windows, hoping the unobstructed view of the city he had worked so hard to conquer would soothe him. He felt hot and frustrated. Hands deep in the pockets of his trousers he stared out at the view, not seeing any of it.

On his desk was a pile of notes from his secretary of calls he had to return, e-mails to respond to, proposals to approve. He had a video conference on Monday for the upcoming New York Fashion Week that he needed to prepare for, but his concentration was shot.

The Board meeting had gone south when Shyam had come in just long enough to turn on the clip of the run in with Daniels. Another reporter had filmed the entire exchange and uploaded it onto YouTube. No doubt it’ll be a feature of the evening news report on all major media outlets. And Arnav didn’t give one fuck at the moment.

All because he couldn’t keep his mind off of one woman. A woman he’d known for less than twenty four hours.

No woman had ever reduced him to such juvenile behavior of keeping check on her comings and goings. They provided temporary relief. Nothing more, nothing less. He felt resentment towards Khushi and although he would never admit it aloud, fear. He needed to take her. The sooner he burned himself free of this desire, the sooner he could get back to normal.

Head bent he tapped the first speed dial that connected him immediately to NK.

“Look, if this is another crisis, I’m gonna need a fucking PA.”

“NK, I want a profile on Khushi Khumari by the end of the day.”

“Well there’s the distrusting bastard we know and love.”

“A preliminary background check will do.”

“You sure you want this? Chicks don’t dig it when a guy pulls a background check on them.”

“I expect this to be discreet.”

“Your funeral, mate.”

Arnav looked up at the light knock against his office door, Nani stood with a severe frown marring her usually serene face.

“Arnav, a minute, if you don’t mind.”

“NK, Nani’s here. Text me the results as soon as you can.”

“Nani,” he greeted as soon as he placed the phone down. He had been expecting a visit from her as soon as NK showed up this morning.

“That photo of you and that woman is everywhere. AR can’t afford such scandals.”

“That woman has a name.”

“There’s a rumor that she was working at the party, a staffer for the catering company.”

“And if it’s true?”

‘Have you lost your mind, Arnav?” she demanded.

“I recall someone telling me that any woman would do as long as I settle down.”

“Now you’re being ridiculous. Handle it or I will.”

“And how do you want me to handle it, Nani?”

“Like the CEO of AR, not like your father’s son!”

Arnav’s body gave an involuntary jerk. The air in the room shifted, undulating with tension. He saw the immediate regret in her expression, but at that moment he couldn’t find it in himself to get pass the blow she’d just dealt.

Devyani walked towards him, arms out, “Arnav….”

He stepped back, his face stonily impenetrable. “You’re right, Mrs. Raizada. Forgive the lapse; it is sometimes difficult to deny one’s parentage. As much as we both wish otherwise, Mallick blood flows in these veins alongside those of the Raizadas.”

“Arnav, I didn’t mean…”

“I’m well aware of what you meant. Go home, it’s New Years. Monday will be soon enough to deal with business.”

✧✧✧

Ignoring the snow and the icy fingers of the wind, Arnav sat on the lone bench studying the relentless flow of traffic moving through Brooklyn Bridge.

It was a private spot he had discovered by accident years ago. NK jokingly called it his thinking chair. In truth, many of the toughest decisions he had to make for AR had been thought out on the wooden seat.

He had dismissed the limo and driver, electing to drive himself. Yet, even the sleek grace of the Aston Martin failed to lift his black mood.

Nani’s words had burst open wounds he’d thought were healed. He was beginning to realize that perhaps the only way to exorcise old ghosts was to lay them to rest inside his own mind.

✧✧✧

Fifth Ave, New York

Arnav stepped into the penthouse, bone-weary. Silence descended around him, a stringent reminder that he was alone. At that moment, he wanted to lose himself inside of a woman.

Where was she? He realized then he didn’t have her number.

Loosening the Windsor knot in his tie, he went to pour a glass of Scotch, and settled onto the sofa. It felt odd waiting for a woman.

His phone beeped as a text came through.

It was from NK.

Name: Khushi Khumari
Age: 23
Birthdate: September 17, 1992
Education: High School GED
Last place of employment: Kumar Catering, Inc.
Current Address: 26 Crown Heights Unit 312, Brooklyn New York
Apartment lease cosigned with a Robbie Sinclair as of two years ago.
… Should I look into Sinclair?

Arnav felt as if something had just punched him in the gut, and he had to breathe deeply to ease the sensation.

He stared broodingly at the level of Scotch in the glass as cynicism rippled through him. It might numb him enough to forget how warm and vital Khushi had felt under his hands, how that fresh scent of hers had gone straight to his head and made him burn.

The intensity of his reaction disturbed him. Resolutely setting it aside along with his phone, Arnav threw back the whiskey. Not too different from swallowing a mouthful of acid.

Curse her, no one made a fool of Arnav Singh Raizada.

It was half past six when he received a call from the lobby.

“Sir, a Ms. Khumari is here for you.”

“Send her up.”

✧✧✧

The happy hello froze on Khushi’s lips and was never uttered when Arnav turned around after closing the door. He watched her with a face which terrified, the planes of it chiseled into sharp angles, the mouth a tight cold line, the eyes leaping with rage. His body was tense, the muscles bunched in anger.

Arnav looked down at her and his insides contracted. Damn her, he’d never seen a woman so gorgeous, cheeks reddened by the chill wind, long hair loose and wild. Her eyes shone with a fierce, vivid green and he almost forgot she was nothing but a fraud.

“Is he a good lover?”

Khushi stared at him, confused by the question, shocked by the bite in his tone. “Who?”

After a taut silence Arnav bit out curtly, “Robbie Sinclair.”

“Robbie?!”

“Yes, Robbie,” he mimicked savagely.

At her silence, Arnav ground out, “Give it up, Khushi. You’ll find that no one ever lie to me and get away with it. Is this a game to you? Set up the sucker? That stupid story you sold me last night, was any of it true? Unfortunately for you, NK found out about your live-in lover.”

At her silence, his eyes darkened in stony accusation. “Say something!”

“I’m leaving.” She turned away.

With an abruptness of movements, he twisted her around and folded his arms about her, crossing them under her breasts and holding her wrists manacled. Just that easily, Khushi found herself subdued and fenced, his muscled body hard against her back.

Arnav settled on her heavily, “When he holds you, do you mold to him?” She bucked in an attempt to break away, but he was stronger. “When he kisses you, do you meet them with answering greed?” He tried to kiss her, but she jerked her head from him. His hand grasped her jaw and held her head immobile as his lips crushed hers brutally. She fought him, but Arnav’s hold on her was unyielding.

The pressure of his fingers on her jaw was so rigid, Khushi feared the cracking of her bones. “How could you respond to me like this, you faithless wh-”

“Don’t you dare say it!” She kicked backward, catching his shin with her heel. Arnav grunted, but she knew she hadn’t hurt him. Khushi twisted her body, trying to turn around so she could inflict real damage.

“Why? It’s the truth!”

“You wouldn’t know the truth if it bit you in ass you insufferable bastard!”

“Then tell me, who the fuck is Robbie Sinclair?”

“None of your business,” she said flatly.

“It became my business when you spent the night in my bed.”

Khushi couldn’t breathe around the fury knotting her throat. It was over. Already over, before it really began. The longer she existed in this fairytale, the worse it was going to be in the end. Better to end it now before she forgot what her life was really like.

Then she thought of the hours she and Robbie had spent with their closets, finding the perfect outfit. It had felt good to dress up for someone. They’d chosen a simple dress that fit her like a dream and lent the appearance of curves.

She was still thin—too thin from too many missed meals, but with light makeup, her hair loose floating freely down her back, she had felt pretty. The first time she went out of her way to dress up for a man. For him. It was a far cry from the tattered jeans and plain shirts she’d typically worn for so long. Actually, she felt . . . beautiful. Like a woman worthy of attention from a man like Arnav.

A man who gave her a taste of magic, who made her want. Now he was shredding it, and her, apart.

She whirled, seized the nearest object and hurled it. “You arrogant son of a bitch!”

Arnav gave Khushi credit for the aim as the flying candle whistled by his head before crashing into the wall. Luckily he was light on his feet.

“How dare you? How dare you make such assumptions about me? Demanding answers to things you’ve no right to know?”

She grabbed a vase next, and sent it flying towards him.

“Jesus, Khushi,” Aranv exclaimed in admiration, even as he was forced to catch the vase before it smashed into his face.

“Your overactive imagination is despicable!”

“I have a right to know, Khushi, because you gave it to me! Every time your lips yield to mine.”

Anger rushed through Khushi, gathering force, and she used it before it dissolved. She looked wildly for something else to throw at him and snagged a bowl of fresh fruits off the coffee table. She sent them sailing through the air.

An apple.

“Do you know how happy I was earlier?”

Two oranges came hurling after it.

“Butterflies in my stomach like a stupid school girl on her first date.”

Peaches.

“I can’t believe I wanted you ….”

Then the ceramic bowl, but this time she feinted first before heaving it in the direction of his dodge. It caught Arnav just above the ear and had stars dancing before his vision.

“That’s it, game over.” Arnav made a dive for Khushi, caught her around the waist as he maneuvered and tumbled them both down to the couch.

“You… little… wildcat,” he said, panting with effort. “Get a hold of yourself before you kill me.”

She hitched her chin. “I want to kill you,” she bit out between gritted teeth.

Arnav looked at her glaring up at him and stilled, all the tension drained from his body. Obviously there had been a mistake; one he’ll deal with it later. She was beautiful. Her eyes flashing with temper, her cheeks were pink and her breasts rose and fell enticingly under her dress. No, she wasn’t just beautiful, she was fucking magnificent in her fury. And she was his.

✧✧✧✧✧

So… watcha think?

New Readers – Welcome aboard the FWN train.

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

* adapted from Love So Life by Kaede Kouchi

292 thoughts on “Night #3

  1. Me first!

    Why do you guys torture me?
    Ok, ok, I prefer getting it in pieces rather than waiting another day.

    Onto the story –
    LOL, I can’t believe you guys made NK into an actual Australian!
    I love the exchange between the men. Hilarious and HAWT. Their morning after took an unexpected turn, but I enjoyed it. I hope we’ll get more of all three of them together in the rest of the story.

    Arnav’s musing had me grinning from ear to ear. The man can’t afford another cock block. 😀

    I see there’s something in his past that involves the press… can’t wait for more to be revealed.

    Now onto breakfast – RAWR!

    1. Ugh, we are definitely not doing this again. My bf may kill me if I don’t wrap this up soon, poor thing is pissy from my constant thinking aloud. =p

      Yes, NK. 😀 S & I thought you would enjoy that.
      The conversation between the boys is actually way longer than planned. We were having so much fun with it, things got a little away from us, but I think it gives another dimension to Arnav.

      Heh, blame it on the show. How many times was Arnav cockblocked? At least we kept Di far away 😉

      1. Thank god for small mercies. Di and her river of tears needs to stay far far away.
        And K, no more answering comments until you’re done with the rest of the chapter – GO GO GO!

  2. Ladies when is the next part coming?

    I’m assuming that last part was Matthews… bastard. He screwed her over and is still pining?
    Wait… does that mean he married Payal?

    1. It’s coming, it’s coming. Had to feed my guy between all the editing and posting. He’s finally occupied with a movie, so I can focus! …It’s like I’m dealing with a child instead of a full grown adult =p

      Yes, yes and yes!
      Curse away

  3. Hi gals,
    Interesting. The first part was very light, loved the easy banter between the oh! so sexy men. Poor Aman needed a cold shower. So Payel is married to Mathews ? and still cannot forget Khushi after making her life a hell. Screw him. I am waiting for the time when Payel will have an actual conversation with Arnav. Khushi dosen’t want any gifts from Arnav……that is so Khushi. Is the bitch already on her way to meet Khushi? Will she be able to keep her promise?
    Please update the 3rd part…..jaldi so that you both can be guilt free.

    1. Indeed, she is now Payal Matthews. Still a bitch and as obsessed with Khushi as her hubby. Quite a pair aren’t they? More on them later.

      Glad you enjoyed the banter between our “oh! so sexy” men ^^

      As of right now, I’ve only posted half the chapter >.< it's a long one since we have so much grounds to cover. And S is out on a date tonight (AHEM!) so you guys have to deal with my super slow editing and posting – but it'll all be here by morning – promise!

  4. OMFG!!!

    “Not like last night, we’ll both be naked and sexual acts will be performed.” <—- THIS! Raizada, you panty melting bastard.

    If Khushi doesn't want to handle him, I will happily volunteer my service.

    1. Yes, the woman is Payal. However, her plans for Khushi is on a grander scale so it’ll be a while yet before you guys see her in action.

      Will Khushi make it back to Arnav’s? Keep reading, it’ll be answered by the end of the chapter.

    1. Robbie is totally an ideal friend, the one we all wish for. And someone I desperately wanted Anjali/Payal to be for Khushi in the show. Since that did not happen, K & I allowed ourselves some creative license.

      She’s the only main character that is completely our creation, so we’re a bit partial. We hope you guys will enjoy her character!

      1. K!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look what you’ve done! *glares*

        Sigh… it’s our second date. He’s sweet, way too sweet. And I feel all sorts of horrible for not appreciating it. Ugh.

    1. Yeah S, SPILL!!!! 😀

      I don’t care how long the chapter is, I’m totally up for an all nighter. This chapter was unexpected in many ways. I love how you guys introduced the important people in their lives.

      1. Keep it up and I’m gonna slay your K.
        Not much to spill. I just don’t know what to do. It was a good date, simple, easy… but no sizzle.

        Careful what you wish for, this chapter may drag out till morning. lol

        1. Ouch. That sucks sweetie, but no settling! Let him down easy and go find your ‘one’.
          It took me a long time to find mine, but now that he’s in my life, I’m always glad I never settled. ^^

  5. Hey Gals, read the part while taking a subway ride back home. Hence the succinct comment. Cos nothing’s more challenging and painful than typing away on your mobile device while trying to keep yourself from falling in a crowded train car. 😛
    Interesting and hawt. Great job, S and S. Enjoyed the witty wordplay exchanged between Mr Audacious Flirt Aman, Mr Ponytailed Parrot NK and Mr I-am-already-very-possessive-and-protective-of-my-Happiness Arnav Raizada.
    There’s so much I want to write, but first I gotta go home, cook and feed my man.
    A detailed comment may follow. Btw, somehow your Arnav reminds me of ‘Mitch’ from ‘Lawman’. :P. Don’t know why, maybe cos he’s just as bossy. 🙂

    1. LOL very appropriate names for our men!
      Come back after feeding your man, we might be here all night.
      And I want that detailed comment!

      Are you a Kristen Ashley fan? OMG K will totally freak. She is the ultimate KA addict.

    2. GASP! Are you a KA fan?!!

      Our Arnav is actually a cross between the one in the show and all of KA’s alphaholes combined. =p
      Mr. Bossy totally does it for me, but it only works when the heroine isn’t a doormat – our Khushi is anything but that!

      I fully approve of Mr. Ponytailed Parrot ^^

      1. Actually I am a fan of well written romance. Any author, any era…. classic or contemporary, badass alphas or the softer ones, Mr Darcies and Detective Lawsons.. It dooesn’t matter. I am a sucker for ever afters and a believer in the potency of true love, fairy tales…. The story has to have a happy ending….. Hint, hint Gals. 🙂 hmmmm ‘A Walk To Remember’ and ‘ Love Story ‘ might be the two exceptions….. No, I wanted happy endings there too 😛

        1. K is the queen of angst. She thrives on that shit.
          However, I can safely report… the last chapter is already written and ….. there won’t be a river of tears. 😀

          Hell yes to Mr. Darcy!

        2. I have nothing against HEA, but yeah, I probably do gravitate towards angstier fare ^^

          Oh I adore Austen and Sparks, excellent choices. I feel the entire romance genre has undergone a shift after 50 shades – and not a good one. Suddenly ever hero has an abusive past, and waaay too much bdsm. I think I may hit someone if I come across ‘vanilla’ in reference to sex. What’s wrong with missionary?!

          FWN is pretty much a fantasy fairytale set in the big city, so I think you’re good, although do keep in mind Cinderella went through A LOT before claiming her happily ever after 😉

          1. Oh shit K, not the vanilla sex rant ok? What would sexually frustrated women all over the world do without that bit of fluff? Let them be.
            Would you chuck something at me if I tell you I plan on seeing the movie? 😀

  6. Oh please, it won’t take all night. Only two more scenes to go!
    S – I think you emailed me the wrong draft, because I swear we did a better job editing in the last round. So many errors! >.<

  7. Now the wow factor keeps sky rocketing in each of your updates need i say more and ASR i wonder how he will eat his words once he knows that female Robbie is the one true friend of kushi. …most likely seduce her anger off….he is good that way….sigh!!!! 🙁 :)….
    Well Payal can burn in her own hell…i wonder what nasty stuff she will now throw on kushi. ..she is one bloody bit**.
    but then u hope for happy endings. …and if it is a smooth journey no fun….i am sure you girls gonna give us all kinds of drama. …hoping for next update sooner…

    1. Thank you! Wow…. now I feel pressured. ^^
      We are having a lot of fun with this, but its very nice to hear words of encouragement from you gals. 🙂

      It’s Arnav – of course he’ll fuck up. However, in his defense, he’s still raw from the encounter with Nani, so this couldn’t have come at a worst time.

      Seduce her anger? …. well, he can TRY 😉

      Yes, lots of drama on their road to happily ever after. However, we promise there won’t be drama just for the sake of drama. There needs to be a reason for everything is our motto.

      Keep checking the index, I’m sure we’ll have a teaser and a date for the next chapter soon (ish)

  8. WOW…I LOVE THIS WILD KHUSHI…
    so true to NK’s words…Arnav dig his grave by getting the background check and then going into assumptions..that too thinking worst of her…you know what iI loved the best…Khushi instead of crying..she was attacking him and that too not gently but real wild..he deserves every blow and even worse..
    Khushi should not give in..but I guess her body will betray her…
    but you know what.. as much as I was waiting for a hot passionate ARSHI encounter…I don’t think Arnav deserves it NO..not atleast this weekend ..definitely not after accusing Khushi assuming so much worse of her without even asking her about it..? moreover it’s not that Khushi was in some commitment. So..he should be made to suffer too..
    I guess I am being fair.. ( of course I am ready for tomatoes and eggs from other ARSHI fans..)
    Now… you are scaring me with Payal’s actions.. BUT WHY IS SHE SO SICKLY OBSESSED WITH KHUSHI’S LIFE ANYWAY?

    1. Yay! S and I argued forever over this scene since it got a little violent. However, we went with it because it’s THEM. Passionate, explosive and wild.

      I was so angry with the show when they turned Khushi into a doormat after the contract marriage. It’s like all her fire was extinguished overnight. When we started this story, we knew we wanted a Khushi that would be Arnav’s equal in every way.

      Ah the case of blue balls…. to be or not to be, you’ll fine out in the next chapter.
      But if he does get some, trust me when I say, he has to WORK FOR IT. 😀

    2. There’s a lot of background to Payal, we’ll address it, but later in the story since we need to deal with some of Arnav’s P.A.S.T. before we go back to Khushi’s.

      You’re welcome to make guesses of course ^^

  9. Arnav, Arnav, Arnav…. running a background check on the girl he wants. So very ASRish. Letting his rage influence his assessment and decision-making; then realising his error when the damage has been done, again classic ASR !!

    But I give him the benefit of the doubt. What with Nani’s caustic remark reminding him of his scandalous past….
    That said, Khushi did not deserve the treatment that was meted out to her. But boy did she give it back to him, right where it hurt the most!! Accolades to this Cindrella. Her dream moment was shattered by his cruelty but that did not deter her from making the most out of her glass slippers and a bowl of fruits. 😀

    After the furious and violent outburst from Cindrella, wonder what Prince Charming’s next move would be ?? 😉

    1. It wouldn’t be Arnav without a bit of ASR though right?
      However THIS Cinderella definitely won’t take any bullshit lying down, no matter how charming the prince
      …. he does has some panty melting moves up his sleeves 😉

  10. We are surprised we’re interested enough to write about Payal too.
    It does stem from the desire to bring forth a more interesting Khushi.
    Way too often she plays second fiddle to Arnav – we figured we should bring something else to the table.
    Glad you guys are enjoying that aspect of it.

    …Arnav needs some ass kicking first before he can pounce on anyone else. But no worries, revenge shall be served – whether it’ll be hot or cold though is another matter 😉

  11. How can you stop here!!! I wanted to continue reading it, on & on.
    Arnav is so jealous. He should understand what he is feeling for Khushi is completely new & not only physical attraction 😉 Why Nani has to be like this here? Ok I know seeing your grandson’s pic kissing a random girl madly in full public area isn’t easy to digest but still… Does she think he is fooling around? Well actually he is according to him but deep down he is falling in love with Khushi.
    Robbie is such a sweetheart.
    Was that Payal & Trent in chelsea. Well leave the. I don’t want to think about them until & unless it’s Arnav teaching them a lesson. Grrr…
    Robbie’s name is confusing but still he should have given her a chance to speak. Good thing is that now he knows it was a mix-up and she will know that he has got done a background check on her.

    1. Good – our goal is to leave you gals wanting more ^^
      Nani has her own ghosts – when she sees Arnav she can’t help but see his father as well. And once his past is revealed, I think you will understand where she’s coming from.
      And ok, she also wants him to settle down with the ‘right’ girl.

      Yes, that was them in Chelsea. Although, I doubt we can contain them there for long – Payal is hell bent 😉

      S just finished writing the follow-up scene, we’ll have it up as a teaser soon!

  12. God! can u gals believe I finished reading the whole chapter now….peacefully. Why? because my child man is enjoying his thanksgiving holidays and I cannot even read a chapter peacefully.H U S B A N D phew. Thanks for the little mercies…..a crybaby Khushi is the last thing I want with Ass hole Singh Raizada. Why You gals made Khushi throw all the fruits ,bowl or the lamp shade? Why not kick him where it hurts the most? Seriously this man is so sexually frustrated. And A Statutory Warning …….Do not post a chaptet during weekends. Right K
    S, no settling with a sweetie pie without sizzle sizzle sizzle.

    1. You guys kill me. No sizzle = no go – got it 😀
      It’s just my luck that I have chemistry with aholes, and zilch with a nice guy. Dammit.

      We really don’t have a posting schedule. It’s pretty much whenever we can wing it. 🙂

      Have you ever thrown an object at someone? It’s a pretty nice tension reliever, although I don’t advocate doing it on a regular basis – might become addicting lol
      And Khushi did kick him in the shin before she commenced operation fruit toss

    1. I am here, I am here. Sorry, did not get a chance to read this last update on time. Had to attend a baby shower all the way in Texas so was busy in traveling and being a proper guest. 😉 Okay, I am going to read this chapter and come back to comment.

      1. Awesome, how was the baby shower?
        I adore Texas – if I wasn’t a city girl at heart I would totally go get my own rodeo cowboy and live out our HEA 😀

        No pressure, just missed seeing you as our first reader. Mel was happy to nab the spot. lol

        1. Baby shower was better than I had expected, it was a travel theme and was so much fun dressing up for. Close friends and great time! 🙂 Texas on the other hand, not my cup of tea. It was raining most of the time and cold, very cold. Not a fan of cold weather except when it actually snows, that too for about 10 minutes. 😛 I am a Cali girl, always have been, always will be. 😉

          1. Sweet!
            And OMG – hello neighbor!
            Both K & I are in California.
            She’s currently in San Fran and I’m in LA. So close, but enough distance to keep us out of trouble. 😉

          2. Ha ha… SF is my second home, literally, I am there almost every third week for a full week each time. That’s where I went to college and my bffs have called SF their home so I go there very often. Holy crazy batman shit, I am in OC. Hello Neighbor indeed! 😀

          3. What! I didn’t realize you guys were in the same state.
            I’m all the way across the country. 🙁
            Ever been to Miami?

          4. I was in Florida two years ago – Orlando, but close enough.
            The weather drove me crazy. Hot, clammy and then sudden rain storms >.<
            I'm jealous you get Epcot though, best thing about Disney World.

          5. Glad you had a good time! I’ve attended way too many baby showers lately, I think my mom is hoping the biological clock with start ticking if I go to enough of them. ^^

            Alright – hello California girl!
            I love the OC, lived there for a few years – right next to Disneyland actually. I miss it, but I’ve come to adore the Bay. Ah well our entire state is beautiful. 🙂

          6. Beautiful it is! So much diversity nature or otherwise. 🙂 Thank you for the welcome. Small world girls, Disneyland is in the hoods. And, I love the bay area too.

            Oh don’t even get me started on mother ‘hinting’ for ‘grand-kids’ K; a sore, very sore subject. All I can say is I feel the pain sister, I feel the pain a bit too real.

          7. You too? I swear mine is convinced my ovaries will shrivel away if they don’t start producing her grandbabies. >.< What's wrong with enjoying together time free from such responsibility? Mothers. sigh…

          8. Exactly! I have nephews and niece, but somehow it has to be my very own. Aahhh!!! Sigh! Can’t win with moms, can we? Can’t and don’t want to live without, can’t live with. ❤️

          9. You two. >< At least you're both in a committed relationship and married. My mother will drive me up the wall with her talks about the need to settle down. Apparently, "at my age" she was already married with two kids! Did I dream up feminism and my rights as a woman?

          10. Don’t settle S! Trust me, the right person for you is out there and you will find your right person! It took me some serious wrongs and way past ‘my mom’s marriage age’ to find mine. I stuck by my standards and now I am truly at peace & happy with my choice; ugly arguments, farts, burps, snores, and all. The whole of it, I love it all! Just stick by your standards lady, don’t settle for less. That is all I say. 😀

          11. Mothers, huh? So glad you found what you were looking for, worts and all. 😀 I’m fine usually, and I enjoy dating, it’s just a little difficult whenever I see my close friends settling down or when mom comes by for the ‘talk’. Appreciate your words though. 🙂

  13. no u havnt done it !!!! I hate waitin !!! N this cliffhanger is not doin any good !!! Wen r u gonna update !!! I mean is it only on fridays !!!??? I think i read it somwer !!! But plz do update soon !! I hate MUs ! N what shit IPKKND is famous for its MUs ! Awsome update !!! Luvd robbie instantly !!! Cant wait NK n Robbie to meet !!! Im literally droolin ovr NK awsssommmme choic fr NK !! Hats off to the brilliant minds !! I jus luv it wen they r fytin !! I luv the fiesty khushi rathr than the blushin one !!! N no shit Trent is in luv wid khushi !! Put som brains into that A-hole !!! N screw payal for me !! Lady Fortune is so effing blind ! U r soo ryt shakespeare !!! But its tym khushi got her share of happiness !!!! Waitin impatiently for the nxt update !!! Gosh create an fb account so that i can stalk u !!!! U r impossible shppr ! :'( !!! Update sooooooooooooon
    !!!! Pretty plzzzzz !!! Heeps n heeps n heeeeeeeeeps of luv
    -kitty

    1. We don’t really have a schedule.
      S is rather disappointed in our readership at the moment so that means slower updates. =p
      I enjoy writing, but other commitments come first. We do try.

      Heh heh, I tickled by the interest in NK and Robbie – totally unexpected.
      Seems like we have to explore that a bit ^^

      I have zero defense on Trent – since he really is a dick. But I think you’ll find Payal’s story compelling.

      HEE just stalk us here 😀

      1. Not disappointed, just disgruntled after that email we received. But yeah, slow torturous update schedule ahead 😀

        You know Ch. 4 is probably a ‘Maha’ update — should we warn everyone to grab an extra pair of panties? 😉

  14. Whew! Okay first things first, I absolutely love the character sketch. You girls are so accurate in the descriptions that even prior to actually going through the character sketch, I could only imagine Chris Hemsworth as NK. 🙂 Yummy! Absolutely fantastic character choices.

    Now, I fell in love with this chapter. The roller coaster of emotions, the cliffhanger(s), the depth with which the story has been unfolding, all of it. There are several favorite scenes, the most being: “Tell me honestly,” Aman demanded, “That last physical, what did the doctors really say? How long do you have?” ha ha ha. Our boy is falling and falling fast like a novice on skiing slope without control. 🙂 I am interested in finding out more on what makes Payal so insufferable, but no matter what her deal is, I will still condemn her for being so inhumane towards another female.

    Your Khushi so far is what I am in love with the most of all characters, she is so feisty and strong. I can’t wait to see where you take her from here and what has made her who she is today. Arnav deserves a total case of blue balls till he works for otherwise after the stunt he has pulled. Like NK says: “Your funeral, mate.” In this case, his balls’ funeral, ha ha ha ha ha… 😀 I’d be thrilled to have Robbie paired with NK as well, and Robbie sounds rock solid of a friend to Khushi which makes it so much easier to adore Robbie. 🙂

    S & K please update soon, I know that is asking you a bit much with all your other commitments, but it’s difficult to wait to explore more of such amazing story. Looking forward to the teaser and hopefully the next chapter soon. Pretty please with a cherry on top. 😀

    1. I bet you guys weren’t expecting this after reading Chapter 1. 😀
      Someone actually asked us if this was going to be a ‘gutter ff’
      K threw a fit lol

      On NK, hahaha, it really happened by accident. It was late and out of the blue K texted me and asked – what if we made NK Australian? It took us 5 seconds to reach the conclusion it would be awesome and less than a minute later I had a bunch of photos of Chris saved because like you said – who else?!

      As much as I love the boys – and seriously their banter is fun to write. We both are angling for more fleshed out female characters. How many ffs just bulldoze over their personality in favor of an awesome Arnav? So I’m thrilled you appreciate Khushi. We aren’t going for ‘strong’ female characters, because we have a lot of issue with that message as well. We just want interesting women who has lives and personality outside of their significant other.

      I think the jury is out on NK and Robbie!

      No promises regarding when the next update will be since this week is all over the place, BUT, it will be a VERY LONG AND PANTY MELTING CHAPTER! Also, we’re giving you guys another piece to the puzzle that is Payal.

      1. Interesting female characters are totally a welcome relief, after all, what are we if not interesting on our own? ‘Strong’ to me is the one with all the ‘interestings’, but I think I understand what you girls are trying to avoid as a message. Makes me more impatient to read the next long and panty melting chapter as you call it. 😀 Thank you, thank you again ladies. 🙂

    2. 😀 Who can resist that cherry on top?
      We’ll aim for this weekend, and I really do mean AIM, since people come over to my place for Thanksgiving and don’t really leave until Monday morning
      It’s one of THOSE parties =p

      Glad you adore Khushi as much as we do. And aren’t NK and Aman all sorts of annoyingly adorable?
      His balls’ funeral – HA!
      And yes, no matter what, Payal definitely loses her membership to the sisterhood.

    3. Hahahahaha I love ‘his ball’s funeral’ Huma 😀

      Adding my own cherry on the top. Faster updates babes – your audience is hungry for more!

      1. Ha ha ha… Isn’t it in one particular sense? 😛 By the way Mel, I read you are in Miami, it’s a beautiful city. Been there only twice, but enjoyed it both times. 🙂

  15. I swear since I have started reading this FF I just can’t stop !! Its is so damn “FABULOUS” — control hi nahi hota !! 🙂 Fantastic chapter. Love the jealous possessive Arnav and the righteous Khushi full of self pride. 🙂 Can’t wait for Arnav to fall for Khushi hook, line and sinker !!

  16. I’m not quite sure what to say…

    I LOVED the quick witted banter between the men. It was extremely real and charming

    Robbie simply stole my heart – she is a girlfriend every woman needs

    And Aranv?

    My, my, my – hasn’t Mr Raizada been bitten bad?

    so as I anticipated – there are secrets – deep, scarring secrets – but also this consuming scent of love – whether it’s from an unwitting old flame or a devilishly handsome new one, Khushi is certainly in for an interesting ride! But beyond that – can they just get together already?

    jeez!! dhak dhak…

    1. Don’t you wish you had a Robbie in high school and more importantly in college?!
      Glad you enjoyed our trio of idiots 😀
      Mr. Raizada wouldn’t be Mr. Raizada without some secrets, skeletons, and scars right?
      Ah,what’s the rush? Aren’t you enjoying the coiling tension? 😉

      1. I wish I had a permanent Robbie throughout life, not just high school and college!
        Coiling tension my arse Shipper, such potent raw sexuality should not be tamed between ArHi. Of ores in reality I am a prude but meh! That’s just details 😉

      2. I did have a wonderful friend like Robbie. There’s nothing in this world that’s better than having a best friend who’s almost a sister.

  17. How do you guys do it ? How do you just give that perfect update to make the reader feel the undercurrents and thrills of anticipation just through words ?!! You guys render me speechless and I stagger thinking how to write a comment which give the due appreciation and admiration to the writers and their work. #Awestruck.
    I like Khushi’s character. She respects her self respect over her wants.Has a control over matters and a balanced mind. I say balanced mind because she actually realises the pain that this fairytale will bring and she has set boundaries which she adheres to.
    Robbie is such a motivator and positive person.I like her presence in Khushi’s life, acting as a pathfinder and rock of support.
    Through this update we got to know some whiskers of Arnav’s past. One with the media : “for once he had been too young, too weak to face the onslaught of media hounds, but never again. ”
    And another giveaway was Nani and his conversation about his father. Awaiting to know bit more of these soon.
    The morning was mushy and heart warming seeing them wrapped in such intimacy ! Loved the banter of the men and Arnav’s possessiveness and his streak of protectiveness.
    The woman in Chelsea was certainly Payal and the man mentioned on the upper floor Shyam ! I have a feeling that both will reconcile to bring the downfall of their nemesis respectively. They had their targets set. Shyam’s connection to AR will act as a bait for Payal to join him in this mission and then Khushi is an reward enough for Shyam .
    Going Great Guys! 🙂

    P.S. : I think this song ‘Clarity’ by Zedd totally suits the relationship of the leads. Though they are not in love but its just around the corner! So, listen to it if you get time. And one more song that I think suits Khushi’s instant attraction and her reasons for the dangerous adventures that she decided to indulge in with Arnav even when she knows the price of it : “Breath of Life” by Florence+The Machine. Give a try listening to these if time allows.

    1. 😀 <— See that? That's me right now.
      And I'm sure S will have the same reaction once she gets a chance to read through your comments.
      Thank you so much for sharing your enjoyment of FWN. Nothing makes two amateur writers happier than to hear from an engaged reader ^^

      I love your comment on Robbie! Yes, yes, yes!
      And congrats on being the only person to catch that comment from Arnav regarding the media. Don't forget it in future updates!

      I see you figured out its Trent not Shyam.
      We adjusted Shyam's character quite a bit when NK and Aman became such favorites in the peanut gallery. It was unexpected, we are enjoying the bromance angle =p

      Ooo new songs! Please continue recommending. We are in desperate need and too busy at the moment to look ourselves. Will blast these tonight as I work on the next update 🙂

    2. And this is me 😀 x 3
      Your comments have been a joy to read. Seriously, while we appreciate every reader for giving this story a chance, there is something so wonderful when we find a reader who simply GETS IT. 😀
      Please stay with us until the end of FWN’s journey!

      Glad you like the banter of our three 😉
      Actually it’s so easy and enjoyable to write them we decided to do the Outtakes. Do check it out the next time you head into the lounge. 🙂

      Breath of Life is a great song! Adding it to my playlist. Thanks!
      I haven’t heard of Clarity, shall go check it out.

      1. I am glad that I am on page where the authors want readers to be.
        And now I think will be the time to break out that unfortunately I will be missing the updates of Feb and March. I am a boarder so Feb marks the time of return. I have board examinations for the 2 months and then I am a free soul! So I will catch up and comment on the nights in April. The story will be sorely missed at that time..
        I read the outtakes. I’m sure you gals have the same amount of fun writing it which we have while reading it! 🙂

        1. Awww, we shall definitely miss your company, but completely understandable.
          Life obligations comes first ^^
          We’ll give you the first week of April to catch up on everything before we launch into the finale of FWN 😀

          Looking forward to your comments on the Interlude!

  18. The men convo was just a hoot like real bros. Quite refreshing to read as there was this bromance among the IPK cast members that I thought the show failed to capitalize on. You didn’t and nailed it. Please have more on these 3 in further chapters. I love reading about little ms Payal burning up at the pictures of Kushi and ASR while her pathetic husband lust for the same cousin. Just fearing what she will unleash though. What can I say about Robbie? As mean as those bitches were, she is just a breath of fresh air. Perfect BFF for any girl. So glad she told her to go and explore the situation. I am sure Cinderella had a blast at the ball so why should Kushi not enjoy this weekend? I am not sure I feel so bad about him doing a background check on her though. He is a business tycoon and just met her. He is not sure about what he is feeling for her and where this is going and whether he is being played or not. What I gave an issue with is him point blank accusing her of being a liar and cheat? So way to go Kushi, I am all for beating the crap out of him for that. But he was probably like that because of what Nani said, because he was not sure if she was coming back or not and probably just being insecure in this situation. Anyway, I fear his blue balls will stay for a while no matter how tempting she may look being furious . . , .

    1. I adored the chemistry between Arnav, Akash and NK. It pissed me off they never drew out the full potential of their bromance. I’m glad to know you like our version! Readers have embraced the trio so much, they sort of taken on a life of their own. 😀

      Oh S will love you for the defense of her Arnavji. I’ll leave that to her. 😉

      HEE, yes… the case of the blue balls …

  19. oh my god that was a fantastic chap… oh n the end takes the cake…. wow wat a fight…love this angry khushi too….oh arnav u r so dead 😛
    the scene with all 3 men was hilarious 😀

  20. Robbie love her loads already true friend indeed.. can bet that ass ole is Trent is he for real thou. Arshi fight scene loved it lol.. good work. S&K.

  21. Let me begin by complimenting you on your fabulous attention to detail! Heck even the images for the links to the various nights give hints to what the chapter contains! And then there are the pics you put up in the chapters themselves! Absolutely apt and perfect! As a reader, I appreciate the work you guys do to make this so easy to visualise.

    That was a hot start man! I really need to keep a bottle of chilled water by my side whenever I read FWN it seems! 😉

    Their banter is so fun to read, the comfort level simply leaps out at you. And all this in just one night!

    Hmm, what did NK mean by “It’s her”? It seems to hint that he knows her somehow. 😀 Look at NK all prepared with every paper. Looks like Arnav has done this quite a few times for his PA to be so casual and prepared without batting an eye 😛

    LOL, Arnav talks of “marrying Aman off” as if he would be going away to live with his in-laws and not Anjali! Mohit Jha seems like the typical dad yaar and that just endears him to me! Whoa Anjali has made Aman celibate for over a year, for a playboy that’s no mean feat yo! Aman is a hoot! The way he assumes Arnav is dying had me ROFL.

    “Exceptional specimens of maleness” What wouldn’t I do to be in that room! NK is a rogue! 😳

    She’s already “HIS” woman he? That was fast Raizada. And you haven’t even made love yet. Why do I find that super dreamy! 😮

    Payal seems to be rearing to go again. Damnit woman, what the heck is your problem? And this man we are talking about, is he Trent? Or was it Shyam 😯 who regretted letting Khushi go? (You see, I have an active imagination wherein multiple plots and scenarios are always ready in my mind)

    I love that Khushi is honest about her insecurities with him. And the way he asks her to “give him her eyes” was just swoon worthy. Again, she has her self respect intact, I loved that Khushi in the show you know.

    This Daniels dude is bad news yaar. Serves him right to be roughed up by Arnav. Reading about the place Khushi stays brings to the fore the sharp differences in background between our lead pair. Oooooh Robbie is the room mate! Hold on a minute, if her picture in the paper was clear enough, why hasnt someone gone over to the press to tell them about Khushi? I mean the tabloids would definitely pay a good amount to find out about the mystery girl. I’m quite surprised no one from Khushi’s work/building hasn’t gone to the press yet. The bond the gals share was adorable. I’m glad that Robbie is there for Khushi, she is gonna need all the support when dealing with someone like ASR.

    It warmed my heart to read how Arnav behaved like a teenager with his first crush. Can I say, I love NK! And there we have it, a first hint into Arnav’s sordid past. Why do I have a feeling he is going to fuck up about Robbie without getting the whole info? And we have MU no 2. Uff ho Arnav. This line really hit me hard “They’d chosen a simple dress that fit her like a dream and actually gave her the appearance of curves. She was still slim—too slim from too many missed meals”. Well I’m glad that she is fighting back, that arrogant ass deserves a talking down. And good aim she has too!

    It’s gonna be fun to see his reaction on finding out that the Robbie he is insanely jealous of, is actually a woman!

    1. Heats things up doesn’t it? 😉

      Chilled water isn’t enough – ICE BUCKET!

      Regarding the photo of them locked in each other – the subtext is that Arnav is instantly recognizable, but Khushi only to those who really knows her well – ie Robbie, Payal, Trent etc. As for her co-workers… you’ll quickly find that our little group aren’t exactly social animals 😀

    2. Hahaha you do have an active imagination – I love it! Keep up the guesses as you read, it’s a joy to see how our chapters come across to different readers ^^

      Can you imagine waking up to not 1 but 3 hotties?!

      I’m glad you enjoyed our bromance 😉

  22. I love the personality you have given Khushi! It is pleasing to have a female lead who is not helpless and does not take crap from Arnav.
    I feel as if Arnav should have asked her politely before making such assumptions but this also tells us that he does not trust people easily which may be due to events in the past.
    As usual the update was written extremely well 🙂

  23. That was awesome, first the morning wake up…..was that a dream come true or what, the lucky girl ( on a side note your banner picture of BS drool worthy and im 49 … ok I’ll behave!). Then NK saunters in, walks into the bedroom not caring of theres a girl in there or even if they were up to something, plonks himself on the bed and all he says its her,. What does Arnav do have his wicked way and show them the door before the dawn breaks.. ok probably …I get the picture. But then Aman lets himself in and spends the night.. I think. The the boy chat hilarious, but khushi saunters out of the bedroom, freshly showered, with nothing but a towel on… this is not KKG in the show, no sir. She gives them a mouthful and finally Arnav shows the boys the door, but ends up getting distracted by an early morning meeting. I love that she said she wanted nothing from him, and comes back looking like a goddess, and hell hath no fury when the girl thinks shes made a mistake… and oh boy did he make a mistake, he’ll kick himself when he finds out who Robbie is. Cant wait to read the next onebe back soon!

    1. We encourage misbehavior around here, so much more fun 😉
      That’s awesome, I love the fact that we have readers of all age group here. It makes for interesting differences in point of views.
      NK/Aman both showed up the next morning. And you’ll get an explanation later as to why they did this. 😉

  24. Boy am I glad I found this story. I am loving it. Icing on the cake… You have a bad Payal. I have always wanted to read that variation. Now the only thing worrisome is how long this story is going to be…. translation, how much would I have to wait to finish it. No patience… Seriously!

  25. Why do guys always call the girl a ‘slut’, no matter whatever her fault is, or whether it is her fault or not. Men!!!!

  26. I LOVE NK!! And this khushi has some spunk! Throw apples, bananas and anything else in sight but don’t take anyone’s bullshit! Love it!

  27. How I love this Khushi and her spunk! Loved the way she defends herself against the great Raizada.
    I’m in love with this story again. Reading it again for the third time!

  28. Awsome story…..nice exploration of characters and narration of their situations for their behaviours…..I liked it…Loved Khushi & Robbin’s characters individually…. 🙂 🙂

  29. Instant orgasm.. Lol! You are something else, hon 😎.. M glad Payal didn’t show up in this one.. Arnav and Khushi need to spend a little more time in this fairytale of a weekend before the bitch interrupts!

  30. Love Robbie, what a pal. Arnav, restless and jealous…ohh, he is in for good.

    To be woken up with that kind of kiss in the morning, I faintly remember! 😄

  31. Ah when “it” hits the fan it really hits the fan doesn’t it! And I guess a few lessons to one of those successful businessmen is due here. She really did get under his skin for him to lose his cool so quickly and she does mean more than a ‘weekend.’

    She is a spitfire and I liked that. 🙂 Now get her to throw well and we will have an entirely different story! Ha ha ha…

    Lovely chapter.. it had sweet, dreamy, loving, friendly, anger, frustration, suspicion and rage!! A full range here. Nicely done.

  32. What a roller coaster ride of emotions the chapter has been..loved the bonding and banter between the ‘three male specimens’!! I love reading stories which have friendship as one of the founding pillars..here we have two..robbyn and khushi seem to be sisters more than friends..does NK knows khushi from before?? Or is he confusing her WD smone else? It s admirable how khushi stuck to her stand of no gifts..these things about her will entrance arnav..already have if his behavior with the reporter is to go by..and the last part..ooh arnav surely has met his match.. In anger and in passion.. This reflects his distrusting nature which I am sure is related to to his past..waiting to see how they work out these issues..see u at the next stop!!

  33. Okay, I take it back. Arnav is an asshole (Strike the gentleman off the previous comment). Since I know what’s coming next, I am just going to laugh at you for now, Arnav. Enjoy that bump on your head.

    NK and Aman are hilarious. But I enjoy Khushi and NK’s interactions more than anything else. What a hilarious pair! Robbie is a darling, and I can see my friends in her which makes Khushi one lucky gal!

    Off to the next one.

  34. Ok… so your poll gave me the impetus to begin rereading FWN… I was going to do it anyways but that was as good an excuse as any, to begin right now. All I can say is Holi Fuuk! I was rolling over literally… and that insipid ROFL expression will not work here… it was hysterical giggles… the dynamics between the three musketeers is mind blowing! I have read this chapter before… of course I have, but I think I was in a more graceful frame of mind then, I should check what I said before, but this is so much fun. I have recently developed a habit of quoting my favorite lines from a chapter… can’t do it here… too many. Literally that entire scene from when NK walks into their bedroom to where Aman says that it was time to go find NK a woman of his own… It is so smooth, so natural, so fantastic, so unpretentious ( though I sound pretty pretentious here), so comfortable, so cute, so in sync, so funny, so irreverant… just so WOW! I am going to go back and finish the chapter now… but really the laughter was getting out of hand. Beautiful!

  35. Ah! this is getting better and better. We all need a roomie like Robbie, i like her. We all need a PA like Nk, i like him. Im so rooting for them to be together. They’d make a nice couple. I love how im imagining these building up of characters, soo much is going on and my eyes are hurting from all the strain from reading every word! I dont wanna even take a break! I aint getting up till im done-i swear 😀

  36. i love these 3 men. totally. their comfort level with one another is to die for. coming back to your a-k, how hot are they!! beautiful chapter, love the “you will come back, won’t you?”. love even more the little wildcat. you just upped the hot quotient with that fight!

  37. Finally after two days I get to read it and gals I am not stopping till I finish it.
    I absolutely loved the trio Arnav, Aman and NK.
    And Robbie is such an amazing girl.
    Already rooting for Robbie and NK.

  38. I really liked the update robbie and nk are really good friends of khushi and asr hope payal doesn’t cause any harm to khushi

  39. I just love this Khushi!!!!!!! Muah!!!! I am so enjoying reading about her. A big shout out for the way defends herself against the great Raizada. You go girl!!!
    I have a couple of friends like Robbie. So I am loving her too. Loved the bonding between the three men.

  40. Alas, I don’t have those kinds of dreams either. What a delicious way to be woken up!

    A flirty Arnav? Hard to resist. The battle has begun. A flirty Arnav, fishing for compliments? Very difficult. The battle is half lost. A possessive, protective Arnav? Impossible. Was there ever even a battle?

    Aman Raizada may just be my favorite. Irresistibly charming, a keen mind behind the gilded exterior, and loyal to the boot. What more do I need?

    Ahh, Payal and Trent make a return. As I knew they would. And together too. Perhaps married at this point. One of my previous questions has now been answered. It seems Trent did have true feelings for our dear Khush. And yet he betrayed her in the worst possible way. For what? Money? Status? Power? That too will be revealed soon I presume.

    Poor Arnav. It’s the first time a woman has wanted him for himself, and not the bank balance behind him. And Khushi… the offer to buy herself clothes seems to have hit close to home. Was that just a normal reaction, or a deep-rooted distaste of the idea of a kept woman? I wonder..

    Robyn Sinclair. She and Khushi found each other. Love the usage of found, rather than met. They’re soulmates too. Just of a different kind.

    Oh Devyani. She dealt the blow, but someone else will face the aftermath. Why do I have a sinking feeling it will be Khushi?

    I want to to kill him too! Dammit Arnav! I love this Khushi. I fervently hope that bowl left a scar. Arrogant ass! Hopefully the flying fruit taught him a lesson.

    Onwards and upwards!

    <3, Anna

    1. Perhaps the bowl is the reason for the scar like thing above his eye. Pity she didn’t have something stronger than fruit.

  41. Loved everything about this chapter.
    Waking up to that kiss…..Can a girl ask for more??? But then the most anticipated evening not turning as Khushi hoped for it to. Arnav is possessive or what? The restless day that he spent, his insecurities, his past, his fear all contributing to an explosive verbal match…oh wait, there were Apple, peaches and oranges too…hehe

    Loved the bromance, NK is not just a PA, closest friend to both brothers, almost family?

  42. Great updates
    Arnav with his past which Nani there to remind him off, trust issues
    Loved nk’s profile, trying to imagine NK with his ponytail
    Seems like Payal & Trent still together

  43. wow what a morning to start with..so romantic..it is dhamakedhar update..first fight bhi ho gayi..does khushi knows NK from before? Saw the cast I am seeing so many new faces today i.e NK, Anjali, Robbie, Trent and shyam..Anjali is pretty..loved robbie and khushi’s freindship, that’s how bestie’s should be…Aman is adorable and is checking out khushi..LOL…Nani hurt Arnav ..so sad..Hope HP daniels does not create more troubles..Thankyou for such long update…appreciate it…

  44. My god that was so intense update.
    Morning was so dreamy and beautiful and end was so painful.
    I felt so sad when Khushi thought that it’s over so soon. She was so happy and looking forward meeting him but his one move mess everything. But can’t blame him too. He is so lost in her that her with someone else make him mad, and they have spend only one night together. You write that part so brilliantly. Flawless.
    Loved these three magnificent men together tearing each other. NK’s entry was awesome.
    And that kiss he did in front of them was worth dying. So hot.
    Thanks for beautiful chapter.

  45. Why do aduktslove brining up the past then regret it all within the same breath – nani was insensitive – how long does one pay for the sins of their father …

    An itch craving to be scratched … That’s Khushi fir Arnav until he accepts she’s far more – she’s under his skin literally ..
    A suspicious mind – Arnav oh Arnav when will you stop over thinking everything … Wait till she finds out you did a background check on her –

  46. I’m reading and re-reading this and I have to say I LOVE it. I read through some chapters quickly ‘cos I was so eager and now I’m taking my time. First of all, I love the cast. An Australian NK with a pony tail – perfect.
    The character that really struck a chord is Robbie. She reminds me of my best friend (especially the dimples) who later became my sister-in-.law. Sadly, she was one among the 239 passengers on board the ill fated MH 370. Robbie’s character was so familiar that I took a break from FWN to go over old photographs that I hadn’t seen in years. So, thank you for that.
    Now, I’m off to read the rest. Will comment later.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that Kaaycee The hurt that kind of tragedy strikes in the hearts of loved ones isn’t something we ever quite recover from. Life gives and takes, with such fleeting moments in between. Thus, we can only embrace our allotted moments and make them count.

      1. Thank you K. Asli Duniya sucks sometimes. It still hurts, big time, but these days I talk about her to my niece (her daughter) and my son so they will know her. I believe that a person is only truly dead when no one remembers them.

  47. I love this spitfire Khushi !
    I love NK!
    I love Aman!
    I love Robbie!….. Okay I should’ve put it as I love everyone except the odious Mr. and Mrs. Matthews.

    The kitchen conversation among the three magnificent specimens – I have read and re-read it many a times and the next read does only increase the grin splitting my face. XD They are something aren’t they? There are threads of steel tying them laced and hidden by good humor and generous insults. As much as they would like to hide it all, that deep caring they hold towards each other shines through. Not that the girls are any behind but if you’d put up a chapter with just the three of them, you wouldn’t hear me complaining. I loved the banter !

    “Khushi, give me your eyes.”
    That line ( and me- totally replaying it in a husky voice ) put a few hearts in my eyes and then some.

    Robbie’s the one that every girl must have in her life. Khushi’s lucky.

    Daniels got what he deserved. Is it wrong to say that I found Arnav’s fury over that comment and the subsequent smashing of the camera attractive?

    The chains on the casket guarding Arnav’s past has now got the winds blowing the dust off it. That background check he did on Khushi – that’s ASR with only a sliver of the slightest hint at betrayal enough to unleash his demons and think the worst of Khushi. Nani was definitely insensitive. I think maybe the people he loved crushed his trust only to leave behind a man with the ghost of insecurity shadowing him. That’s why his need to hear from Khushi that she would come back to him? His soul has been tortured.

    But the way Arnav handled Khushi, I wish she’d done some more damage than a little nick. He sure has his work cut out. To Arnav – if you want her, you better grovel.

    Fantastic writing ladies !

    1. For me “khushi, give me your eyes ” ranks right alongside the dialogue ” Biwi ho tum meri. Haq hai tumhara – mujpe”. Oooohhhh, that husky voice…..
      I too approve of Arnav’s handling of Daniels – sometimes the caveman tactics work esp. the statement – “my lawyers don’t like road kill”.
      Totally agree with you about Robbie. The one thing better than having a friend like Robbie is having her marry into the family. I was lucky that way.

      1. Protectiveness and possessiveness does bring out a swoon worthy side to men. Not all men, but some like Raizada. Sometimes in fury we get to see magnificence. Oh the ‘biwi ho tum meri….’, a few more stars in my eyes.

        I’m sorry.
        I apologise if this is out of line, but since she was like Robbie, she must have left so much of life behind, that she lives in the smile that touches your lips and the crinkles accompanying the fondness that fills your eyes at every memory. That’s the most beautiful way to be remembered by.

    2. Hahaha reading this really takes me back to the nights we first crafted the story. Lots of flowing red and giggles as we fleshed out these alphas. And for all their cavemen tendencies, they are good men. =)

      There will be grovelling… eventually 😉

      1. It’s because they are good men that we don’t mind their caveman tendencies. Aman is the surprise. It took me a while to get my head wrapped around the characters ( slight difference from the original) but behind that playboy exterior beats the heart of a devoted husband, loyal friend and a generous, loving brother. Loved, loved, loved their banter and camaraderie. So typical of men when they get together – no topic is off limits. As for grovelling – that’s a conundrum. I want the grovelling but not too much of it. What does that say about me? I wonder.

  48. Thank you for that beautiful sentiment. My best friend who later became my sister-in-law was one of the 239 unfortunate souls who were on board MH 370. And yes, she was full of life and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her. In fact, I took a break from FWN to root out old pictures and mementoes.

    As for ” Biwi ho tum meri ” — I have to go and watch that segment again. ASR is such a jerk at times but it’s hard to stay mad at him. Bad boys — we do love them. Sigh!!!

      1. Yup. She certainly is a spitfire. In all of IPKKND she was her feistiest when she slapped her resignation letter into ASR’s hand. It’s a shame that Khushi got lost as the show progressed.

  49. Yes, yes, yes, this is it. Oh man, I love this scene. I must have watched it God knows how many times. Thank you Nivedita.

  50. I couldn’t stop laughing that was Hilarious.
    Starting with the scene on NK’s entry to the lover’s fight at the end.

    You girls are fabulous. It’s very rare to encounter Arshi FF that made me laugh that much. You are really very talented.
    Can’t wait to read more..

  51. Loved the feisty Khushi in this update. I really like Khushi to be strong like this standing up for herself. It is really refreshing

  52. Oh i love NK and Aman…thry are too cute.
    Loved their bro talks..
    Arnav with a tinge of ASR i like that..his possessiveness for her..it just make me weak in my knees..awww..
    Loved the way NK and Aman describe and admire her..jealous arnav is too cute

  53. Why cant arnav trust her n I hope khushi give him a good lesson for treating her like this ,Arnav is being a jerk hope he sort out his anger issues soon in the upcoming chapters.

  54. hi
    So ASR’s charm worked on khushi. She can’t resist attraction between them. hope soon he will successfully break all the walls khushi has build around her.
    The convo between men’s was hilarious.
    Arnav misunderstood her friend as boy. poor khushi, she must be feel like her dreams are crashing down.

  55. That reported was nasty….

    Nani’s comment hurt Arnav…

    Robbie the sweet roomate of khushi….
    and Arnav thought her of some Guy??.!!
    😁😁😁😁😁
    khushi looked like a wild cat to attack Arnav….
    Dude u are going to regret your words when u will know the truth…!!😀
    running for next

  56. yup! Butterflies in my stomach even stronger than last time!! EEEEEPSSS IM LOVING THIS!! <3 <3 <3

  57. These nights make me giddy and hot..

    God, I’m loving this ASR and this wildcat who throws stuff at him. That part cracked me up.

    Love that you made NK an Aussie, I saw the cast and.. oohh there is some serious eyecandy there. My eyes thank you for the feast.

    Nani, isn’t the sweet old lady here, is she? She has been hardened by life it seems…

    Payal, why is she bent on destroying Khushi? I’m eager to know more abt her n k’s relation.

    Somehow I can’t seem to find any positive feelings towards Trent, the things he did to Khushi is unforgiveable in my dictionary. Though I’m sure he has his reasons to along with Payal.

    The scenes of Aman, NK, ASR…. I loved those and hope there are more.

  58. Phewww…It’s too good…so Arnav ,Aman & NK…are like bffs…huh…
    So…It’s a Fruit War on Arnav…thank God…he realized before she left….& save some time for ME…..😋😋
    & Their kissing scenes are sooo…..hawwttt…😊

  59. Loving the possessive arnav and the furious khushi. already in love with robbie. cant wait to read more to see how they explore there relation also curious to know about arnavs past and somehow i dont know why but i dont like devyani raizada in this story. will have to read more to decide on that though.

  60. Awww, Khushi. Baby, you let him have it!
    Give him a kick and a punch and don’t you relent to those eyes of his.
    Arnav is a first class asshole. Don’t let his charisma and sexual magnetism lure you, Khushi Khumari.
    Throw him a couple more peaches. Some strawberries. A mango or two.

  61. A perfect start and a perfect ending. And everything in between is as perfect it can ever be. A sensual start, great Bromance, a perfect camaraderie, a promise to keep, corporate hotness, best friend sister, misunderstandings, jealousy, possessiveness, and beauty in all avatars….. There’s no perfection beyond this!

    I’m already regretting the factor that the end will come soon than I will ever like. Or you can start a sequel, thus it never has to end.

  62. I loved the camaraderie among the trio and thoroughly enjoyed their banter. It was hilarious. 😆

    Were they Payal and Trent who recognised Khushi from the pic in the newspaper? Does Trent still have feelings for her?

    I am already in love with Robbie. Every girl deserves a best friend like Robbie!

    Okay. So Mr. Raizada has some deep dark secrets involving press and his father. Also I see the arrogant distrusting bastard ASR in form. In spite of NK’s warning, I believe he has dug his grave by getting the background check done.
    Also, drink never does him any good. He assumed that Robbie waa a male with whom Khushi was living! Damn! On one side, I am angry that he just assumed things while on the other hand, it shows how possessive and protective he has become of her. He already considers her his. His behaviour with Daniels showed his protectiveness. His assumption shows he can’t imagine Khushi with anyone but him.
    Loved Khushi’s fiesty side.

    I liked how you girls have kept thes traits of Arnav and Khushi from the show.

    Now, waiting for Arnav to realise his mistake and woo the lady love. 😉

    P.S. Damn those hot pics! I am still drooling over the guy with a glass of scotch 😍

    ~Arunima

  63. Arnav has completely fallen for her but will not realize it yet. Khushi was so strong in this chapter, its amazing to see her standing up for her self.

  64. The trio conversation was hilarious. There is a ease in the relationship. She has a gem of friend in Robbie. The spitfire,fiesty Khushi…possessive, jealous Arnav he deserves a few more punches 🙂

  65. I’m back! I’m not sure if I absolutely loved the chapter or hated it. For many different reasons, obviously!

    Ofcourse I absolutely hated the fact that Arnav had half a background check done and assumed things on his own! Really! You’re running a multi billion company! Pls be a little more smarter than that!

    I absolutely hated that little comment by nani! It was uncalled for and really really unneeded!

    But then, there are obviously so many reasons I loved the story! For starters, I absolutely looooved NK baby’s entry! Very jhakaas! And I loved how comfortable Khushi was in front of NK and Aman! I see a beautiful relationship being developed there! And I’m super duper excited to indulge in it!

    And Arnav and his sexy ways of ‘trying to understand how beautiful Khushi smells;. Such a turn on, really!

    And then fighting is too amazing to handle! Like excuse me, but all those flying objects around the house made everything so domestic. Completely warmed my heart, tbh!

    I am so excited to indulge further! See our lovely Payal and her breaking marriage! And Arnav and Khushi, ofcourse!

    I am really concerned about where my comment for night #2 went! It was so long and one of my fav comments that I’ve written till date. Could you pls look into it? Please?

  66. i am so damn happy i am reading this. i mean it has all the factors. and the intensity of feelings that you can actually feel while you are reading. payal should have always been evil. it would have made the story more interesting in the series. thank you

  67. Absolutely loved the brotherhood talk between Arnav, Aman, and NK. Loved the part where the green eye monster Arnav when he question about Robbie, and how Khushi reacts to it by throwing whatever object she could find towards Arnav. So Trent did loved Khushi, guessed that might be the reason why Payal pull that prank.

  68. Liked how strong khushi is inspite of her past. The friendly chats between the brothers and sisters are rare kind of friendship. Hopefully some day your story is seen as a movie..you guys are great writers and have a nice story here.

  69. Oh. My. Word! I dont know where to start! I have so many emotions going through me. I LOVED the bromance in the suite. It was hilarious and sweet. Sexy Arnav and arrogant dangerous Arnav was to die for. Robbie and Khushi are soul sisters and I am glad they have each other. But furious, throwing things livid Khushi SLAYED! She was fantastic. The thing that was nicest about that is that she has opened up to Arnav so fast. Showed me so many different facets (vulnerability, sexiness and fury) as I am sure she is usually reserved and closed off with most people. Lets see what ASR does next.

  70. I have no words to describe how much I like this fiery Khushi. While reading the whole scene was playing in my mind. I’d love to see such a scene)))

  71. God arnav is so dead … what was he thinking getting her backgroung check done and the way he reacted… nk did the mistake wantedly..

  72. Amazing one !
    I love Robbie yaar <3
    Arnav has me curious about his past.
    I hope Nani is not a prob !
    And the bromance was <3

  73. Wow this was too good🤣🤣😈

    ASR has finally met his match in Miss Kumari🐒😆

    She’s one wildcat glad that atleast one struck the target 😛😏

    Robbie of all the things the frustrated businessman could focus on was that

    Think beta should eat almonds 🐒

  74. The scene of the chapter was when the three hunks are having coffee in the kitchen …
    “Was she naked?” and three pairs of eyes turned towards a Khushi wrapped only in a towel 😜
    Love this fiery feisty Khushi … someone has rightly sad in one of the comments that Arnav needs to get a sword ASAP so that he can play Fruit Ninja live with her for amusement …
    So the news is buzzing around about him kissing a girl on the streets on New Year’s Eve 😃 and affecting different people differently …

  75. Nk and aman were awesome.morning was beautiful but arnav messed it by having a background check on her.glad robbie and khuhi had each other.The conservation between arnav nk and aman was superb.

  76. NK Aman Arnav all 3 in one room – Drool Drool Drool and on top that the male bonding is clear from their conversation
    So Khushi Khumari is a wild cat what a temper

  77. I LOOOOVVEEEE this chapter. From the characters to the conversations to the situations, this was a home run. The bond between the trio of guys and one between the two girls made me ache for my best friends. We’ve only just been introduced to them but you’ve written them so well that there’s no doubt of the love between the friends. Now the question is, will we be seeing a Robbie and NK pairing?

    I found sadistic pleasure in Payal’s anger and Trent’s regret. Karma slapped them and slapped them hard.

    Oh man. The way Khushi took Arnav to task over the background check and misunderstand was brilliant! And thank god Arnav was smart enough to realize he made a mistake without Khushi having to explicitly state that Robbie is her females roommate. Now how he decides to make up for it is going to be interesting. He doesn’t seem the type to easily say sorry.

    Quick question, why do guys think girls are hot when they get angry? Do you know how difficult it becomes for the girl to make her guy take her seriously when all he’s imagining is jumping her bones?!

  78. HP Daniels as a journalist, never saw that coming!!!!

    Arnav, NK and Aman all in one room and too with Khushi in a towel is enough to give me palpitations
    I am dying to see what happens when Arnav finds out who Robbie really is

    1. ‘Petite decent stack Sweet ass fuck me eyes’ Nk at his best
      Aman admiring to a year of celibacy
      Robbie 😘 Friends are the backbone of most
      Enamoured Arnav and feisty Khushi -😺😺

      0
  79. Omg! That scene where Khushi was hurling fruits at him in anger..Damn! Stupid assumptions Raizada! Stupid ones..

    Is that Payal who is jealous of her? And Trent who is caressing her picture? hmm?

    I am loving the nights! 🙂

  80. Totally loved this update! I love the witty banter from the guys and don’t get me started on the drama…..awesome update I’m a new fan 🤗😙

  81. Hii, was searching for some good arhi ff found your story on blog read two chapters its a different story with altogether different background loved it

  82. NK and Aman!! God they took the update away! I love their bonding! These characters reminds me of a novel that I read. Robbie and Khushi, and the Raizada brothers and NK are amazing. Drunk Raizada? Jeez, I wasn’t supposed to like him drunk! That scene was super funny! He thought Robbie was a guy and a lover? Jesus! Even if Robbie was a guy, drunk Raizada had to go ahead and think of her as a lover. But Khushi gave him a good reply so blah, u pay for it Raizada! FLying fruits coming your way – – – prepare to be the fruit ninja or hide, you heartbroken, scotch driven, billionaire! Slash – Slash – Dive!
    I love how NK and Aman just entered in Arnav’s place! Like they freaking owned it! 😀 NK speaking “fluent” hindi, and khushi’s reply to him? Lol. I loved how she was in so much ease with these guys 🙂
    Aman copying the spare key that NK had? ROFL!
    I love how Aman and NK just ignored Arnav when he asked them to leave or shut up abt something. Bromance in the air. Jeez I love it!! I wish there are more of these bromance stories around!

    Hey S&K! I’ve already read the whole story and was then inspired to make an account (’cause no I don’t wanna miss those interludes and epilogues! Jesus why are they protected?? Sent you the request for allowance – May the force be with me!)This is one of my most favorite chapter of FWN, thus commenting here:D. This story is different~ More American novel like I guess?! Of course I love it! I like reading completed stories so yeah no wonder I found this one pretty late [Nd guess from where? Of course you know! Ficverse it is! (Recently, that site has become my favorite place to look up different genres on arshi) So yeah I am late~ But I do wish to leave more comments on some of my most favorite chapters!:D ) Hope my comment gets noticed. *cough* there are lot of people around already, and I am pretty new and confused and still learning the system around~ Anyway, the story felt fresh and didn’t leave a michmichi feeling. Snowy winter…. Ah, of course a new and fresh story! 🙂

  83. The 3 men despicable….
    Damm that women still after khushi
    Trent still into.. Khushi
    Nice little fight with arshi awesome
    Arnav did digg his own grave…

  84. Wow….so many things to say!
    To start with…aman, nk and arnav. Love love love these three. The rapport and their chatacters are just amazing. The easy cinvo between them and their relationship is a breath if fresh air. Provides light relief and you immediately want to be a part of their clique.

    Payal is still after khushi and can’t bear to see her happy. Why so jealous?! Wtf is her problem that shes still holding a madsive grudge and hasn’t matured into a decent woman?! Spiteful! On the other hand…trent is pining (maybe too strong a word) for khushi?! Bloody hell. And if payal know then thats just gna set her off even more against khushi.

    The misunderstanding with robbie…well well well jealousy and mistrust. Hmmm….arnav has some making up to do! Enjoyed khushis reaction of hurling heavy items at him! Atta girl!

  85. NK and Aman are love! that morning after was to die for yaar. The scene whre they could not believe if arnav was actually kissing someone in front of them and his uncharacteristic behavior was hilarious. these boys and arnav specially is in for the ride of their lifetimes 😛
    Robbie sinclair.. for all the drama her name ensued i love this girl already! Maybe she and NK can develop a thing? huh huh?
    Arnav, haye. You foolish insecure cutie. Bnda gender tou check kr leta hai 😀
    Khushi sending things flying at arnav was the best thing that happened in this update.. Go GURL <3

  86. Loved the banters between the trio in that morning and this NK and Aman……..
    Glad that Khushi has a support system like Robbie who no doubt will go to any extent to protect her
    Oh.no..Arnav did misunderstand her….loved the way Khushi was reacting and throwing stuffs towards him
    Payal is still after Khushi’s happines……Trent is still in the picture..both are bad news for Khushi
    Can’t wait for the next one
    Thank you 🙂

    1. Oh gosh! Brilliant and I’ve read it before. One of those books you read over and over. Obviously did not read the epilogue. 😪 Love the use of the English language. Love Arshi stories. Oh my and I’ve only read a couple of chapters. Thnx. Love Arshi’ s characters. Love the outline of the story. Not a writer but most definitely a reader.

  87. Hi
    Robbie is a sweet heart.
    Whoo, khushi and her temper., very nice description there, things flying and Arnav dorging.
    Lovely update.
    Thank u

  88. Still want to be part of the gang (Arnav, Aman and NK). I love then even more than before if that was even possible!

    I am still amazed at how much you guys pack in each chapter. No fillers just so much going on and I love it.

  89. Wow what is this fire works… omg..i love you i love the story. I love kushis character I like the writing apple,orange peaches and in love Robbie Sinclair

  90. wow there are soooo many things I want to say and I have no idea how to convey it. so many emotions all at once! but damn khushi is the girl I wanna be right now! Gotta give it to her she has some serious aim and a fierce temper and I love it!

  91. The Raizada bromance is too good 😂 and Khushi handling the testosterone overdose like a boss😎 indeed fit to be with ASR

    That fiesty streak in her😈👌🏻

    Between NK detective skills and Raizada’s comprehension skills poor Khushi is in for a ride😛

  92. I so love this confident Khushi. As much as I love Arnav , just kick his ass for assuming.
    And what’s the deal with Nani ??

  93. My comment is going to be shorter due to time restraints ( Blame never ending work and my eagerness to read further), however I cannot move forward without putting my two cents on the three macho guys. I am so in love with these three and I have a feeling that the ‘bromance’ will be my favourite part in the story 😉
    Coming to Arnav, can someone please give him a good blow on his head? The insecurity has made him jump into conclusions without looking deeper into the facts, face palm myself 😬

  94. Awesome. So arnav is very much in to khushi that he forgot about media while kissing her in public. Then he picked a fight with media.
    So because of khushi he is ready to think on the lines of settling with street girl while reminding the same to naani.
    The news of shaam published to page 2 was well deserved for that snakewa.
    The meeting of nk and aman with khushi was a little bit scandalous.
    Khushi still wants to runaway from arnav but thanks to Robbie who put some brains to her.
    And the fun parts were anjali not allowing aman to touch her and arnav thinking Robbie as khushi’s live in boyfriend.

  95. I so want to comment but I’m keeping my thoughts to myself for the time being because I want to reread this chapter and then come back again. Thanks again, ladies. You put mills n boon to shame 😉

  96. Love this chapter…loved the morning bromance and amazing writing…lol could see all the fruits flying in the air while Arnav tried to avoid. Khushi has a temper! Loving it!

  97. When I read Robbie, even I thought it was a boy. So, this is the big fat misunderstanding?
    Will she stay? I hope she leaves. She has Payal to deal with. Who was that man who was caressing her photo on the phone? Was it Trent?
    Cheers……

  98. 😊 vividly remember this scene when I first read it . Loved it then … Enjoyed it once again .
    Fearless khushi .. stunned Arnav .

  99. OMG.. I lovveed the updated.. starting with the easy camaraderie between Aman NK and Arnav, their conversation was so fun to read… And last loved the fiesty Khushi..Arnav deserved to have things thrown at him 😋

  100. Well boys will be boys…. Their easy friendship and bantering shows their mutual trust and companionship nurtured on a long period and similar footing….

    Robbie… A true and soul sister for Khushi…. A non judgmental support system in the turbulent life of Khushi ….She is the Phoenix … rising from the ashes to make a life for herself….

    Arnav is obsessed (An understatement) by Khushi …. A new and unfamiliar feeling for someone who prides on his public persona and restrains…. that He cannot recognize, and feels as if he is stuck in quicksand… Hence his decision for a background check….

    He cannot imagine losing control and that is exactly what is happening regarding Khushi….So the jumping to conclusions….And this brings out the lioness… Her violent outburst of being treated so unjustly does not stop her …. But their physical attraction is too powerful for either to control…..

    So what is in store for these two individuals … One all powerful and the other . a novice…just stepping out in the unfamiliar world…..

      1. And what a connection it is!!! No matter what transpires they cannot let go of each other… Warts and all….😊

  101. Hi SHIPPER K..what a brilliant update…loved it..the easy comradeship between the boys ,the soul sisters and the lion and lioness..Arnav is falling for Kushi. She is so different from his earlier girlfriends who were ready to do anything for money and fame…Kushi refused to take any gift from Arnav which is first for him..That is why he is scared to believe that she is real or any imposter …Eagerly waiting to read the next one..Take care and be safe

  102. That’s a freaking awesome update… really enjoyed reading the guys’ bantering and somehow brought a smile reading it. But hey, men will always be men… no mincing with their words. 🙂 As for Arnav, there’s definitely a strong attraction to Khushi…no doubt about it. His woman… that says it all. <3 Really looking forward to reading the next chapter… can't wait!

    Also, love Robbie… reminded me so much of my two guy friends in my circle… love them to bits. 🙂 <3

  103. NK had warned Arnav about the consequences of getting her background checked. It is definitely going to come to bite him back. Feel sorry for him though…the whole day he couldn’t keep Khushi out of his thoughts; and here she is throwing apples & peaches at him. Well, can’t blame her. He deserved it!

    Arnav, Aman & NK’s bromance is unparalleled! I love it when they are in one frame. For some reason, I remember Arnav’s apartment had a digital keypad entry. Maybe I am mistaken.

    Khushi may have been fighting many adversities; but the universe has compensated by giving her a friend like Robbie ❤

  104. The morning was very pleasant. Uffff!!! The three hot guys. I loved theirs bond. They seems very close to each other. Their conversation btween them was hilarious. What is this payal want. She messed with her life once. She is coming again. Will loved to know the reason behind this obsession. Roobie is a perfect friend. A well wisher and good advisor. Loved their bnod. This nani is different. She seems more conscious about society and class. And then comes the feisty khushi. Loved the last part. Nk has warned him about the background check. Plus without knowing the full truth he shouldn’t have accused her.

  105. Woww…
    Awesome night!!
    Love this bromance. These three are super cute and hilarious.
    This is starting to become hawwwtttt.
    As much as I’m liking this Arnav, I’m loving this wild cat khushi even more.
    Waiting for Night 4😊

  106. Bromance in this story is something else!!!
    Arshi’s midnight kissed pushed Shyam to page 2 LOL
    Arnav not being able to easily trust people kinda breaks my heart….Hope that doesn’t screw his relationship with Khushi

  107. This was one hilarious sexy AF night-ufff so good. Those men are something, their back and forth chatter was incredible and had me in stitches-and so much chemistry between the three of them that I actually forgot that Khushi was in the shower. Well done on writing them.

    We got a good sense of NK-and just like Khushi, nothing what traditionally imagined PA one thought of. Again-loved the bromance or whatever it should be called,

    Robbie-now another cool introduction. She sounds like a tigress. I have feeling Khushi will need a lot of help, encouragement, and guidance when it will come to a certain brooding, jealous, and possessive ASR in her life from Robbie.

    I could totally picture the battle fruit royal between ASR and Khushi-haha so freaking funny, bet he did not see the wild cat coming…

    So enjoying this story as well as the visual treats along the way 🙂

  108. What a wake up moment!!!! The early morning was ah so blissful.

    Intruders NK (an Aussie hunk in real) and a nonchalant Aman exchange a quick sly look…..what’s with that!!!
    And then, three men and a towel clad Khushi….what a picture that made. Haha!

    Three Friends of Winter. These three are a dynamic trio. The banter in Arnav’s kitchen is hilarious. Hindi speaking Aussie is a hoot. Arnav, oh my Arnav, so many new emotions to deal with, what has Khushi done to him!!

    Chelsea residents, the Matthews, Payal and Trent surface. One is seething with too much personal hate and the other, a dick is pining.

    Ravishing Robbie, Khushi’s personal “Angel” (another Aussie beauty in real). I love the reference about “lingerie ads”. Lol
    Thank goodness for this friend for Khushi. God sent, for Khushi will surely need her to nudge her out of her insecurities.

    Nani’s not meant, yet hurtful words brought Arnav’s past to haunt him. The “Mallick” past will need to be spoken out loud to diminish it’s hold on him.

    Agitated and frustrated, the background check results brought out the worst in him, to then manhandle and lash out at Khushi. Go Khushi, she is no cry baby in this adversity. She fought back and what a fighter she turned out to be. Fruit will never be looked at the same way by Arnav again. A turned on Arnav has met his match, his own personal feisty magnificent wildcat!! He is hooked!!

    Awesome writing!!

  109. Ahh What a Morning Romance😇 and the Intruder NK😜
    ‘Are you a Fucking Parrot?’ I laughed so hard at this😂
    The banter in the kitchen of trio explained the great relationship they share… and than came towel clad khushi n NK & Aman flirting with her and very own jealous and possessive Arnav😉

    So payal is married to that trent… i hope they both rot in hell and doesn’t cause any problem for our Arnav & khushi!!!

    PS: Robbie is my favourite… khushi’s saviour

  110. Wow okay, this started with them being all cute and we have ended at a totally different note.
    For starters, I love the bromance need more of that in life, it’s legit like 3am and I a stupid grin reading it.
    Although I think the guys are equally surprised to see Arnav so invested in a women he’s barely known for more than 24 hours, which does show the shifting tide and complexity of his character. I mean the whole shift in persona hearing about Robbie kind of proves the point that this man clearly doesn’t share. Or maybe he’s just too afraid of getting hurt considering the comments by the matriarch followed by the Robbie event were all a chain reaction to one another.

  111. The fun banter between the brothers and NK was hilarious. I love both NK and Aman here. NK seems more than a PA looking at their easy rapport and name callings.
    Nani’s comment about Arnav’s father makes me wonder about the past story of maliks.
    Love that Khushi has an amazing and supportive friend in Robbie.
    Absolutely love that your Khushi is feisty and strong.

  112. Shall tie NK with Robbie ….I loved her man ❤️❤️❤️
    Nani …oh the lady lose her cool . I have the same question lady you need only his happiness and now status matter …arnav and his jealousy 🙆‍♂️

  113. So much happening in this chapter and in one day – but before I get into that, can I say I love your Khushi. She’s soft and sweet, fierce and feisty, and all kinds of wonderful. No wonder Arnav can’t resist her. And I’m also glad that she’s not alone, she’s got Robbie in her corner, to build up her confidence and encourage her to let go.
    Arnav has been acting out of character since Khushi has entered the scene. He seems to have misplaced his focus and his cool head. What is it about Khushi that has triggered all these feelings in him despite knowing close to nothing about her. Is the explosive attraction? Or that she reacts in the most unexpected ways? Or her vulnerability?
    Sooo loving my reread… this story truly is meant to be savored…

    1. As much as we like to romanticize first meetings, chemistry plays the largest role. From friendship to romantic love, you need that initial attraction of the physical or mental. I often think of Arnav and Khushi as magnets, no matter what form or lifetime, they will always find away to connect with one another. ^^

  114. Totally agree with the role chemistry plays whether in friendship or love. Whether you want to call it that initial click or matching of wavelengths, there is something there that can turn a random meeting into something that lasts a lifetime
    P.s. wonderful way to describe what exists between Arnav and Khushi.

  115. Enjoyed the trio Arnav Aman and NK conversation, they’re really hilarious.Arnav missing Khushi and when she comes he ruined it hope he makes up.Loved Khushi throwing fruits and what not on Arnav

  116. Arnav woke Khushi with a kiss and she thought she was dreaming, bless her heart!!!

    And the three musketeers are in the frame, their relationship is SO refreshing to see. Seems like a theres a blurry line when it comes to personal space and I love it!!

    Anjali has kept Aman away from any sexual activities for a year… yes you GO GIRL!!

    And Robbie makes her entry, ah shes everything a girls needs in a best friend and sister. Glad to know she has someone like Robbie in her life that is able to tell her point blank that she deserves to be swept of her feet.

    Trent still aches for Khushi… filthy ass!!!

    Damn did Arnav and NK MESS up. So glad khushi gave it back to Arnav and didnt take any of his assumptions and accusations lightly. Shes fierce and I Iove that for her!

    Reading this again and being able to pick up the small hints of what’s to come that you guys have dropped on the way, that I initially first didnt take much to is so exciting 🙂

    1. Yeah our boys have zero boundaries when it comes to their personal lives. My best friends are like this. We overshare and can be incredibly overwhelming for anyone who did not grow up with us. 😀

      Most of our comments are from first reads, I’m excited to see what you see during a second reading. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Hahaha my older sister is exactly like that, she can overshare and when we have friends and family over I have to tell her to dial it down sometimes.

  117. And she was _his_? *Fans self* I have been reduced to a screeching teen fangirl by this chapter!

    Oh ASR! Finally I see a glimpse! The jumping to conclusions? And ofcourse the worst ones at that because life never gave you any chances? Being unable to believe that you could be given something so pure, something you couldn’t understand yet couldn’t get away from? So it was easy to believe the worst of her. Because of course when have you ever been so lucky?

    And my dear Khushi! Oh my god! The first time I was impressed with her on the show was when she pushed Arnav in that construction building (was it?) which was about to fall. Sanaya was fire in that scene! OH MY GOD. It was like that scene on paper, but just so much better. She feigned her move and caught him above the ear! You go girl! That arrogant asshole deserves it!

    The bromance? Hah, you’re making me laugh out loud with the sass and the oversharing and the absolute dicks that these three are to each other. Yet, so fiercely protective? I always get the sense of the overprotectiveness that they have for each other. it would be hard for any outsider to get close to one without understanding/approval from the other two! Poor Aman with regrowing virginity. Perhaps because Arnav is such an ass to him, is why he is getting blue balls update after update!! 😛 Its instant karma, is it not?

    May I just say, the protectiveness, the blatant kiss in front of the other two, marking her as his own. I am not sure he even realizes how territorial he is being, but he is. You guys defined dhak dhak and chemistry in the best way possible. Wow, this leaves me longing. It has been so….. long since I felt that dhak dhak!!! But I am going to live vicariously through Khushi! Hope the curious case of sexual frustration gets solved soon enough. This Sherlock cannot handle it. 😛

  118. If I thought Arnav-Aman were great, then Arnav- Aman -NK are splendid….
    Looking forward to more of their bromance

    Arnav is getting possessive of K in front of the guys and it’s the most adorable thing. The little kiss is possessiveness says all. Love it

    Robbie is love!

    One reason I am invested in the story is because apart from. Apart from Arnav and Khushi, the supporting characters are extremely likable. All of them together make everything perfect.

    There he is, The ASR we know who doesn’t think a minute before accusing. All the way cheering for this tigress Khushi.

  119. This was so dreamy 😍

    Arnav Nk & Aman – the trio is awesome and NK is so witty ❤

    LOL The confusion with Robbie was hilarious 😂

    Waiting for Arnav's past..

  120. I swear it felt like I watched their fight happen right before my eyes. That Raizada rage rarely does anyone any good… But Khushi’s fury was a sight to behold with the tension brewing… Absolutely love this!!

  121. Wow! They are both besotted with each other. I loved the relationship of NK and the Raizadas brothers. And that fight of Khushi and Arnav, clash of titans

  122. I was so rooting for khushi to not take it lightly when he just accused her of lying about living in with a guy. And she did gave back alright.😎 Guess mr ASR learnt a thing or two about ducking on time lol.
    Loved Nk and Aman. They remind me of Joe and chandler (from friends)
    Also loved that ASR is a gentleman but also authoritative when need be, specially when he says “we are going to happen” to khushi 😍
    And khushi’s an amazing woman “I wont be paid for it”. way to go girl!

  123. Oh my! where do I even begin to comment on this chapter!!! Lovvvvved the bromance, the bestest part of this story is the awesome depiction of the friendship on both sides, altough loved more of the ones on Arnav’s side 🙂
    They come out to be flaky and all fun but their love towards Arnav runs deep – Amazing!
    A raging Khushi was a treat to read about….Arnav needs some ducking lessons – Go girl!
    The best character I love the most is Aman, I can’t stop picturing Sid M whenever I read his lines – you gals are genius to pick him for this character and also for making Aman as Arnav’s brother!

    – Shantha

  124. I just loved the interaction between Aman NK and Arnav… It was hilarious… The shock they had when they saw khushi there… So their pictures are on tabloids and it reached payal…. And her scumbag lover…. Ya come for khushi… You two… Your karma is waiting for you in the form of Arnav Singh raizada….
    I just loved Robbie… Atleast khushi had a good friend…… And Arnav… He is getting obsessed with her….. He thinks that if he spend a night of passion with her…then his desires will go away…. Dude you are going to be in deep trouble…. Your jealousy towards of khushi having someone in her life is showing it…. And khushi my fiesty queen… They way she gave it back…. Wow….its impressive

Peanut Gallery