Night #4

This one is for Huma – Happy Birthday!!!

K & I hope you’ll have a blast celebrating the special day with family and friends.

Ahem and note the photo of the pool, a certain scene we mentioned is coming 😉


Fifth Ave, New York

His mouth hovered just inches above hers. Khushi knew she should turn her head away, so why didn’t she? Her body was still vibrating with anger at his baseless accusations.

“What do you think you’re—”

His answer was to lower himself over her, until it felt as if they were joined at every conceivable point. Then his head dipped and reason disappeared, replaced by insanity. Insanity tasted pretty damn good. The first touch of his lips were gentle, a silent apology, then he drew back.

Khushi opened her eyes. When had she closed them? Awareness of what she was doing washed through her and she struggled again, but Arnav was ruthless. He pressed her deeper into the sofa.

“No, you don’t. You want this just as much as I do.”

‘No!’ she panted. ‘I don—’

This time there was no gentleness, his tongue made a bold foray into her mouth. Arnav was determined to break through her defense. He kissed her for seconds, or what felt like hours. It was the vibration of his cellphone that finally cut through the madness that had taken them over. Arnav noticed before she did, pulling back with reluctance.

“We’re not done.” He said lazily, smiling as he sensed victory.

It was the smugness of the smile that made her react. It cleared the fog his kisses had wrought over her ability to think. This time when she shoved against him he let her go.

Sitting up, her eyes caught on the bright screen of his phone, the message from NK still on display.

“Fuck me, make that Robyn Marie Sinclair.”

What the hell.

Khushi made a grab for the phone the same time he did.

She opened the text, scrolled up and felt disbelief and fury war.

“You ran a background check on me?”

“It’s nothing, just a precaution.”

“A precaution.” She repeated. The laugh that followed was hollow even to her own ears. “And with a tiny scrap of info, you became judge, jury, and executioner.”

“That was a mistake.”

“No, this whole thing is a mistake. Do you do background checks on every woman Arnav, or am I just special?”

“You don’t know what it’s like to have women feign interest because they want money or bragging rights.”

“Don’t I?”

“It’s not the same.”

“Why? Because I’m not filthy rich? Is that how you measure a person’s worth, Arnav?” she demanded scornfully.

He felt a surge of anger move through him at the challenge in her gaze.

“Drop it, Khushi. I said it was a mistake.”

“You can’t even bring yourself to offer up an apology, can you?”

“No one is holding you here against your will. You’re free to go.”

“Last night, you…”

“Don’t read too much into last night.”

“Don’t dismiss it!”

He turned away from her, his back ramrod straight.

“Who are you punishing, Arnav?

“What?”

“Whose crime am I paying for?”

“I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.”

“Don’t you? This background check, it’s you running scared.”

He turned back to face her snarling, “Who the fuck do you think you are? I want your body, but it doesn’t give you the right over me. And now, I’m starting to think it’s not worth the trouble.”

She paled as his words hung in the air between them, cutting.

Arnav felt his chest constrict in regret. But something bigger motivated him, even if he was reluctant to acknowledge it.

“Coward,” she hissed.

His body stiffened, his eyes blanked before saying coldly, “Get out.

Khushi turned and walked to the door, her movements jerky. She had her hands on the handle before she turned and looked at him. Through him.

“Do you know what’s funny? I’ve let history repeat itself. All these years I’ve been so careful to avoid any connections …and within hours of meeting you I was already more involved than I’d ever been with anyone in my life. When I woke up this morning I was happy and terrified. The only thing that gave me the courage to come back here was Robbie telling me this was worth exploring. That this could be the start of something more, something real. She’s wrong because there’s nothing here. Nothing but a man locked up in an ice fortress of distrust. Enjoy your own company Arnav, no woman can bear the cold.”

“I said, get out!”

She opened the door and walked out.

✧✧✧

Khushi kept her head down as she made her way through the lobby and pushed through the revolving door, escape the only thing on her mind. She had to get away, as far and as fast as possible from a man who was capable of flaying her with a handful of biting words.

The wind whistled around her exposed legs but even the brisk chill couldn’t shock her out of the stupor that seemed to have overtaken her body. She walked with no direction or destination in mind, weaving through the crowd of tourists browsing the shop windows along Fifth Avenue.

It wasn’t until she felt the vibration in her hand that Khushi realized she still clutched Arnav’s phone. The stupor passed and reality rushed in.

Caller ID showed that it was NK. She couldn’t go back to return the phone, so it was probably best to hand it over to NK. She pressed the green icon to accept the call, raising it to her ears.

“How badly did you fuck things up?”

“ ..NK, it’s Khushi.”

“Oh shit, are you standing over his body?”

Despite the heaviness in her chest, Khushi couldn’t help but respond to his quick wit. It wasn’t a smile, but her lips tipped at the corners.

“No. I ugh… accidentally left with his phone.”

“Are you still on Fifth?”

“Yes,” she took a look around, “about two blocks south from the hotel.”

“I’m at AR, it’ll take about 20 minutes to get there. Continue down the street another block then turn left, there’s a French bistro right on the corner. I’ll meet you there.”

Before she could respond he hung up. Khushi shook her head ruefully. Apparently Arnav hired people as bossy as himself. She took out her cellphone and quickly texted Robbie.

Something came up. Call me when you’re done with audition.

Robbie’s response came within seconds.

What the hell did he do? I’ll be free in an hour.Text me an address. We can take the metro home together.

Khushi sighed, knowing Robbie wouldn’t leave things be until they talked through every detail. She responded with directions, then slipped the phone into her coat, wishing to get through the next part quickly so she could head to bed and forget about today.

✧✧✧

After giving the server her order, Khushi looked up to find NK’s narrowed gaze on her. He had insisted on sitting down for dinner despite her desire to just hand over Arnav’s phone and leave.

“What is it?”

“Care to explain that?”

“I don’t know what you mean.”

“The menu’s in French.”

Khushi froze. Shit! How could she be so careless?

“There’s no translation, yet you just ordered, and quite well too,” NK continued, his eyes watchful.

“Are you interrogating me? Because I just went through it with an asshole and don’t care for a repeat. Besides, you didn’t have any problem with this menu,” she snapped.

NK raised his hands up in mock surrender.

“I’m only curious. You don’t have to answer. As for my limited French – AR supplies fabric to several major fashion houses in Milan. After several trips, it was either pick up some words or remain at the mercy of our host, whose taste bud doesn’t extend to salt.”

Feeling contrite, Khushi hesitated only briefly before sharing. “My mother was French.”

She was rewarded with a chuckle.

“Was that so hard? That explains those gorgeous eyes.” he winked at her.

Khushi relaxed into her seat. NK was charming, he was being sweet, and it wasn’t his fault he worked for a first rate distrusting asshole.

“You’re thinking about him.”

“How did you know?”

NK grinned, “Don’t play poker; your eyes give everything away.”

She looked down, starring hard at the silver utensils as if they fascinated her.

“Khushi, how badly did he fuck up with you?”

“Is he usually like this? With… other women?”

“No.”

Her head jerked up at the firm answer.

“He was different today. When he’s at AR, he’s in his element, giving one hundred percent of his energy and concentration. It’s what makes him so successful. Yet, since this morning, he’s distracted, and I’m sure it’s because of you. He even got physical with a reporter over you.”

Her eyes widened as NK shared what happened with HP Daniels.

“I can’t believe he did that.”

“Either can I. Not his style.” NK paused before asking, “Khushi, how straight can you take it?”

“Ummm…”

“I think you can tell that Arnav is more than an employer to me. He’s a friend. And for that I care when he screws up his life due to his inability to trust. There have been a lot of women, the paparazzi documents it, so there’s no point in shielding you from that. He is used to easy. He always had women lined up at the door gagging for it. Women willing to do just about anything to get their hook into him and he knows it.”

“Why are you telling me this?”

“Because you’re not them. And as his friend, I’m fucking thrilled. This morning I saw an Arnav I’ve never seen. He was possessive and protective. Two words I would never have used in context with him. Yet, because he is used to easy, he’s going to fuck up.”

She didn’t want to hear any more about Arnav. It was time to change the subject.

“How did you end up as his PA? You don’t …fit the part.”

“You mean I’m not in four inch heels and a tight skirt?”

“Well, yeah.” She said, smiling in response to the laughter in his eyes.

“Started as his security detail. About six or seven years ago, AR was really taking off and Arnav was getting some serious threats from rivals. It was my first month in New York, still finding my feet. Luckily a friend of a friend was in charge of hiring, although I’d like to think my height and physical demonstration played a part. My first year, he went through eight assistants; all of them so busy trying to capture his attention the office was a damn mess. Coffee was always cold, meetings double scheduled, paperwork backed up at least a month. Anyways there was one bitch – she was crazier than the rest. He came in one morning and she was naked on his desk. He had to call me in to throw her out.”

“Naked?!” Khushi exclaimed, stunned by the woman’s daring.

“Not a stitch on her.”

“Anyways, I was bored most of the time, unless he was out, we just stood around looking intimidating. Since his PA’s weren’t doing jack, I started taking calls, made some appointments. I think it took both of us by surprise when his associates started asking for me. A few months after that, he stopped hiring and offered me the job. Thought about it some, he doubled his offer and… well I decided being a PA in New York was a calling. Deal was he had to get a secretary for filing, since I was not going to spend my time putting shit in alphabetical order.”

Their food arrived then, and Khushi found her stomach rumbling softy. She gave NK a slightly embarrassed smile.

“Bon appetite,” was all he said.

Allowing her time to enjoy the Soupe à L’oignon and Coquilles Saint-Jacques , NK didn’t press until halfway through their meal.

“You unnerve him.”

Recognizing that he would persist until they talked through the matter, Khushi laid down her utensils.

“NK, he told me to go. Whatever it is you think he feels, he doesn’t want it.”

“This is about the background check isn’t it? I told him he was digging his grave.”

“No, I just feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster since I met him and I want off.”

“Ah, but it’s the best damn ride in the park sweetheart.”

Khushi whirled around to see Aman standing beside their table.

NK scowled, “Seriously Aman, don’t you have shit to do?”

“Like what?”

“Friends to drink with? A fiancée to woo?”

“First, since she’s a fiancée she’s already been wooed. As to friends- now that I’m an engaged man those bastards treat me like a diseased cow.”

He waved to the maitre d’ who obviously recognized him.

“Another chair please, Philippe.”

“Of course, right away, Monsieur Raizada.”

He sat down and grinned at her.

“I knew he’ll screw up so I kept tab on NK here.”

“How did you find me?” NK demanded.

“I had the techies install GPS tracking on your phones ever since I took over purchasing.”

“Arnav is gonna chop your balls when he finds out.”

“If he finds out.”

“When.”

“Whatever,” Aman turned to Khushi, “I saw the giant tear out of AR, figured Arnav either ran out of condoms or he fucked up.”

“Are you trying to help out big brother or to dig his grave deeper?”

Khushi watched in amusement as the two men looked up and swallowed their tongue when they took in all that was Robbie Sinclair.

“Gentlemen, this is Robbie, my roommate. Robbie, this is NK and Aman.”

“Fuck me,” was NK’s response as he stood up and held out a hand.

“Hello, Dollface.”

“Hello, Handsome.” Robbie responded easily, slipping her slender hand into his, he gave it a light squeeze, before letting go.

“Oh fuck, did you tell Arnav she was living with a Robbie in that background check?” Aman asked.

Robbie’s eyes narrowed. “Background check?!”

She turned to Khushi her voice rising with each word, “The asshole pulled a background check on you?”

“Robbie.”

She glared at NK and Aman in turn before pulling Khushi out of her seat. “You did right sweetheart in walking away. What a dick! Come, we’re leaving.”

“Wait.”

Khushi took out Arnav’s phone and held it out to NK, “Please give this back to him.”

Aman quickly snatched it out from her hand. “Oh, allow me. NK has enough to do.”

“Thank you for dinner, NK. Goodbye.” Khushi managed to get out before Robbie pulled her away, not bothering to say another word.

Aman looked at their retreating figures speculatively. He smirked when he saw where NK’s eyes were.

“You always were an ass man.”

“Shut up. How the hell are those two still single?”

“She said less than five words to you, how do you know she’s single?”

“No ring means she’s fair game.”

Aman laughed. “What are we going to do about my idiotic brother?”

NK nodded towards the phone. “You seem to have a plan.”

“Maybe.”

“I’m not going to ask.”

“You definitely shouldn’t.”

✧✧✧

Arnav stared at the closed door. Dammit! Hurt. He had seen it in her eyes when she turned from him, had heard it in her voice. He had hurt her. Fuck.

He stalked across the room, snatched a glass from the bar shelf, and splashed in another healthy dose of scotch, his hand a white-knuckle grip around the glass.

A bleak expression crossed his face and he rubbed a weary hand over his eyes. Why should it bother him that she left? It was just physical frustration. That was all. He’d never been denied a woman he wanted before now.

Liar. Arnav cursed the inner voice that mocked him.

He heard a sound come from the door and felt incredible relief. She’d come back. Thank fuck.

“Khushi…” Arnav clamped his mouth shut when he saw it wasn’t her.

NK stood by the door eyeing him with interest, taking in the shattered tray alongside the crushed fruits.

“Was this you or her?”

“You fucked up, NK.” Arnav snarled.

“No, you did. I told you chicks don’t dig background checks.”

Arnav poured out the remaining liquid into a second glass, handing it to NK. “How was she?”

“Do you really need to ask me that?”

Arnav shifted his shoulders in an effort to relieve his mounting tension.

“Where’s my phone?”

“Aman has it.”

“What is he planning?”

“I was afraid to ask.”

“She went home safe?”

“Yes, her roommate showed up. You’re not their favorite person at the moment.”

Arnav looked towards NK, saw the amusement in his eyes, but also the concern.

“Do you think she’ll…”

“I don’t know. Never understood women out of bed. But either way you’re definitely fucked.”

“How bad?”

“I think you should expect to crawl.”

“I don’t crawl.”

“Never too late to learn, mate.”

✧✧✧

Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York

A shower didn’t help. Pacing the floor didn’t help. Even talking things through with Robbie didn’t help. Khushi gritted her teeth as she called herself every type of name she could think of.

Her mind was in turmoil as she tried to process NK’s words at dinner. Why couldn’t she stop thinking about him?

The man who blew hot then cold. How many of his kisses would it take for her to lose herself completely?

His first kiss had stolen her reason. His second kiss stole her secrets.

Each subsequent meeting of their lips had her falling into his arms, breathless and yielding.

They were destructive kisses, she decided. They shouldn’t leave her wanting more. But if she was honest with herself, she knew she did. She wanted them. She wanted him. She just didn’t know what to do with this want.

Just who was Arnav Singh Raizada? The man who kisses her as if she could matter to him? Or the stone faced billionaire who didn’t allow anyone within touching distance?

Exhausted, Khushi headed to bed and buried her face in the pillow. Tomorrow, she’ll decide what to do.

It wasn’t until she wrapped herself in the scratchy wool blanket, that she recognized the source of her restlessness. One night, and already she missed the warmth of his arms.

Forcing her eyes closed, she tried to shut out thoughts of him and failed.

✧✧✧

Khushi woke to the sound of the doorbell ringing. She frowned, who could be at the door at seven o’clock on a Sunday morning?

“If someone got the wrong address, kill them.” Robbie grumbled from the other side of the room.

Grabbing her sweater off the chair, she quickly slipped it on before heading to the door.

Checking the peephole, she saw a man in a formal suit carrying a large box.

Could it be something from Arnav? Heart pounding she opened the door. “Yes?”

“Miss Khushi Khumari?”

“That’s me.”

He handed her the package. “Have a nice morning, ma’am.” He left before she could respond.

Weird. After locking the door, she walked back to the bedroom.

Robbie sat up, “Who was it?”

“A delivery, for me.”

“Raizada?”

“I don’t know.”

“Well open it!”

Inside the box were a gigantic breakfast basket from Bouley and a smaller box.

Ignoring the basket of baked goods that smelled incredible, she reached towards the second box.

Nestled inside soft tissue paper was a phone. The moment she held it up she recognized it was Arnav’s. Beneath it was a keycard and a folded note.

✧✧✧

Khushi,

I wanted this handwritten, but I figured calling up my secretary at 10 pm on New Year’s Day would be inviting a lawsuit.

Someone whose namesake is happiness is responsible for spreading it, wouldn’t you agree?

Within my sphere of acquaintances, my brother needs it the most. And after what I witnessed yesterday, I firmly believe it needs to come from you.

Since he paid an exorbitant amount of money to send me to law school, allow me to demonstrate my case.

Exhibit A – Yesterday morning I saw a glimpse of a brother I haven’t seen in fifteen years. Despite his reputation, he has never in his thirty one years kissed a woman in front of me. Never.

Exhibit B – He’s contained, controlled, compulsively neurotic really. A borderline alcoholic but he would never admit to it. There’s been a lot of beauty in his bed, yet none of them sweet. Women see the package, but never the man.

Exhibit C – He fucked up. No surprise since he doesn’t trust easily. Also, his pride and his fear won’t allow him to back down and go after you. I can guarantee he spent the night drinking and brooding.

Now A, B, and C are all about him, but D is just as important.

Exhibit D – Yesterday morning I saw a blushing woman with romance in her eyes. It was charming. And if I didn’t have an amazing woman I would want in there and to hell with Arnav. A few hours later, I saw that same woman hurting badly. This tells me you’re just as affected as he is.

So let’s talk options:

Smash the cellphone to pieces, it’ll annoy the shit out of him and give me a good laugh. Toss this letter aside and move onto someone easier. I say easier because I believe once you make your way past his guard, you will never find a better man (with the exception being myself).

Or take a chance, go back and fight. Fight with him, fight for him. Fight for the promise that you two can be. I totally approve of flying fruits if you need to go there. (For future reference, NK can’t keep a secret from me, I have collected too much fodder for blackmail).

Here’s the keycard. The passcode is our mother’s birthday (10.26.1958)

See? He’s a total sap.

Surprise him, Khushi. Don’t allow him to fall into routines. His entire life is mapped out and it’s boring as fuck.

Oh and a favor, I need to get the Aussie to shut the hell up, please have your hot roommate call him. He slipped a business card in her coat last night.

With all the sincerity of man about to tie the marriage noose knot,

Aman Raizada

✧✧✧

Robbie came up beside her and snatched the note. She frowned, then smile and by the end was beaming. “Well I have a call to make, you going to put that bastard out of his misery or what?”

Khushi bit her lips. This was what she had secretly wished for, wasn’t it? If she braved his ice, what would she find beneath?

✧✧✧

As soon as Khushi left, Robbie went to the nightstand and inhaled the fresh scent of baked goods from Bouley. Grabbing a croissant she bit into the buttery flakes before going to her purse and pulling out the business card she’d found in her coat last night. With a grin she settled onto the bed, punched the number he’d scrawled on top of the monogrammed print, and sent a text.

Robbie: Handsome. Explain how your card came to be in my coat.

NK: I’m a firm believe in advance preparation for emergencies. Would it be cliché to call you Beautiful?

Robbie: Yes, but don’t let it stop you. You mean emergencies in the form of women?

NK: Why ask when you know the answer? Nah, vixen probably suits you more.

Robbie: Why?

NK: Beauty is innocent, a vixen knows how to bring a man to his knees.

Robbie: You don’t strike me as a man who kneels.

NK: Depends on the reason. There’s one activity I have no problem kneeling for.

Robbie: >.<

NK: 😛 (note the tongue)

Robbie: Smooth.

NK: Bet you are.

Robbie: As if you’ll ever know.

NK: Don’t bet money on that. You’ll lose.

Robbie: Arrogant bastard. Speaking of, she just left.

NK: Are we expecting another round of fireworks or flying fruits?

Robbie: Could go either way. She was … restless last night. Btw If you think I would let you get away with a background check you better get your last rites read now.

NK slammed the file he was reading shut.

NK: Never crossed my mind.

Robbie: Right. Now tell me, why the deliberate mistake?

NK: ?

Robbie: The lease.

NK: What about it?

Robbie: I checked last night. States pretty clearly that it’s in the name of Khushi Khumari and Robyn Marie Sinclair.

NK: This is a first.

Robbie: What?

NK: I’m turned on by a woman’s grey matter.

Robbie: You need to expand your circle of acquaintance. Now, explain.

NK: It was a feeler.

Robbie: For?

NK: You always this tenacious?

Robbie: When it comes to someone I care about.

NK: Good to know. Needed to confirm if she could be more than another one night stand to him.

Robbie: And?

NK: Unless they kill each other in the next hour, we will be seeing plenty of each other. Looking forward to the seeing.

Robbie: >.< You do this often?

NK: Never saw him act this way around a woman, gotta seize the moment.

She took another bite into the croissant. Yum.

Robbie: Thank you for breakfast.

NK: What makes you think it was from me?

Robbie: Khushi sure wasn’t going to stick around with that keycard burning in her hands. I know a double team effort when I see it.

NK: Jesus, you sure know how to turn a man on. How about a date?

Robbie: I don’t do dates.

NK: What do you do?

Robbie: Meet ups. And if you’re really good, maybe a hook up.

NK: Excellent. I’m really good, so can we go straight to hook up?

Robbie: Sex fiend.

NK: You tagged me. Well?

Robbie: If your Arnav doesn’t fuck up, then let’s do a group dinner.

NK: Didn’t realize you like an audience, but I’m game.

Robbie: Down, boy.

NK: Up is more fun.

Robbie: ….

NK: Fine. 7?

Robbie: You got it, Handsome.

NK: Pour yourself into some black lace.

Robbie: Why? You won’t be seeing it.

NK: I like a challenge.

Robbie: Damn.

NK: What?

Robbie: You just turned me on.

NK: Fuck me.

Robbie: I wouldn’t rule out the possibility.

✧✧✧

Fifth Ave, New York

Khushi starred resolutely ahead as the elevator doors dinged open on Arnav’s floor. She walked down the hall while straining to calm her breathing and her throbbing chest. A strange mixture of anxiety and excitement bubbled in her belly as she slid in the keycard and punched in the security code.

1-0-2-6-1-9-5-8

Gingerly pushing the door open she slipped inside. A few steps in, the scene that greeted her was upsetting, broken shards of glass, heavily bruised fruits, and two empty bottles of liquor. She winced at being confronted with the reminder of their last meeting.

Unsure what to do, she set down the canvas bag she had thrown together and was just about to call out to Arnav when her heels caught the edge of the rug, sending her tumbling over the sofa. Instead of soft cushions, she smashed right on top of a hard body.

Inwardly cursing at Robbie’s insistence on the ridiculous shoes, her eyes moved up resignedly to meet Arnav’s somber gaze.

“I think you can cross off a career in breaking and entering.”

Khushi flushed, “I…I…did you spend the night on the sofa?”

Arnav studied her, taking in the dark smudges under her eyes. Was he responsible? The pang that struck him when he realized she had lost sleep over last night gripped him unawares. He quashed it with ruthless immediacy. He was a man who understood the art of negotiation. The next few minutes would determine their course and he meant to keep an upper hand. NK’s advice of crawling be damned. She had come to him.

Ignoring her question, he set her aside and sat up. Adopting a casual look, he asked, “Why are you here?”

“I came to return your property.”

“How did you get in?”

She paused before admitting, “Aman.”

“Interfering bastard,” Arnav grumbled, “What did he say to you?”

“Nothing that should concern you,” she replied.

“Why are you here, Khushi?”

“To return your stupid phone!” she snapped.

“You could have mailed it.”

“No, I should have smashed it to pieces you … arrogant ass!” she hissed in mounting fury.

He reached out, wrapping her slender wrist with his hand, slipping his thumb beneath the long shirtsleeves onto her warm skin. His own heartbeat spiked when he felt the responding throb of her pulse.

“Why are you here?” he demanded.

“Because I couldn’t stay away!” she cried, “Happy now?”

He felt elation at her admission, but quickly masked it. “Should I be?”

“What do you want from me, Arnav?’

“I’m still deciding,” he told her truthfully, running his thumb in a light caress over her wrist.

She jerked her hand back. “Don’t.”

Khushi felt at war with her desire to rush out the door and crawl into his lap. At the moment, neither was a smart option. She felt trapped by his sensuality; it made logical thinking a challenge. Khushi Khumari, however, was not in the habit of allowing a man to dictate her actions.

Squaring her shoulders she decided to lay it out. “Arnav, I made a decision earlier to come here. Now I need you to make one. Tell me to go or ask me to stay. If I go, I won’t come back, whatever this is,’ she gestured between them, “it’ll be over.”

His eyes flared with temper as they faced off in the silence.

Arnav felt at war with his desire to tell her to get the hell away from him and pull her into his lap. Some women a man knew to steer clear of. It was self-preservation, a male survival instinct.

Let her go and continue living in his grey world or allow her in and hope the vibrant hues that clung to her like a halo doesn’t obliterate his hard won control.

Hell. Fuck.

He had been silent for so long, Khushi moved to get up. His arm reached out, and despite her resistance, he pulled her against him.

“Stay.” The single word ricocheted through both of them, its impact devastating.

“Why?” she whispered, gaze trained on his chest.

“I …want you to stay.”

“I want it too.” She admitted quietly, still faced away from him, “It’s crazy, but I can’t help it.”

“I know.” He eased back, tucking a hand under her chin to lift her face to his. “I feel the same.”

“You told me to go.”

Arnav nearly smiled. “How long do you think it takes to change a security code?”

She blinked at him, “What?”

“I should think I know Aman and NK better than you. This has their stamp all over it.”

Unsure how to respond, she straightened, but didn’t move away from him.

“I’m sorry,” Arnav said baldly.

She looked at him, mouth falling open at the unexpected apology.

“For suggesting that you were setting me up,” he grimaced then continued in a muted tone, “I wasn’t thinking straight.”

“Hmmm, I’ll say. You were acting like a bully.” She retorted.

Arnav’s eyes flared with anger, but then he briefly closed them and exhaled.

“You’re right. I deserve that,” he said stiffly.

Her gaze narrowed as she angled her body so they were face to face. “It would have been one thing if you were just being a jerk. But you were intentionally cruel. Why?”

His eyes flashed in memory, a muscle twitched in his jaw. “Before I came back here, I had some words with my grandmother. NK’s text came at a bad time and I…”

“Jumped to conclusions?” Khushi finished.

“Yes, I jumped to conclusions.” He shrugged. “I knew I was wrong almost the second you walked out.”

“Why didn’t you come after me?”

He hestitated. “This thing between us, I wasn’t sure if I want it.”

Khushi looked straight into his eyes. She could see regret mixing with slight irritation. “And now?”

“You’re here aren’t you?”

She gaped at him.

“Your cockiness is epic!” she exclaimed in mixed amazement and irritation.

“Never failed before,” she was sure she heard him mutter under his breath.

“Your turn, Khushi, do you want to go or stay?” he asked, his gaze dropping slowly to her mouth in a way that she recognized from the other night. Heat rushed through her, batting against her weakening defenses.

“Last night, I told myself I was going to steer clear, but the moment Aman gave me an excuse, I found my feet rushing towards you.”

“Why?” he asked “I apologized, didn’t I? Are you one to hold a grudge?”

“No, it’s not that.” Khushi replied slowly, “It’s just . . . I think my heart is in danger around you, Arnav.”

His eyes widen at the admission.

She held up a hand, “I’m not in love with you, I don’t believe in love at first sight, but something also tells me that it won’t take much for me to fall. And everything I know about you tells me you won’t be an easy man to love.”

“But you still came.”

“Yes.”

“Good.”

There was a minute pause before Khushi said quietly, “What if I regret this?”

“Sometimes risk is the only thing that makes life worthwhile. And Khushi… you’re not the only one in danger.”

Before she could respond, Arnav took her hand in his. Her breath froze and then burned through her lungs when he raised it to his mouth and place a soft kiss on her palm. A simple gesture, and yet intensely complex. Her body clenched at the sensation of firm lips pressing against her skin.

“Good,” she whispered shakily when their gaze collided.

At the hint of a smile pulling at his lips, she knew a logical decision was beyond her. An absolute impossibility with his kiss still burning her palm. Khushi had the uncomfortable impression that while she was unsure of how today would end, Arnav was one hundred percent sure.

Her heart gave a hard thump as he bent his head. A thrill of excitement rushed through her as she waited for him to capture her mouth with his. He didn’t make her wait, wicked lips moved over hers with unapologetic hunger, shaping the flesh to his, claiming it.

“I’ve wanted to do that since I heard the door open,” he said roughly next to her lips a moment later. “Your mouth is indecent.”

Before his kisses fried what remained of her ability to think, Khushi put her hands up between their mouths, “Nuh uh, you owe me a date.”

“OK,” he acknowledged readily, “but on one condition.”

“This isn’t a business contract, Raizada.”

He gave her a wolfish grin. “Everything is a contract Khushi, it just comes with different sets of terms and conditions.”

Khushi let out an exasperated sigh, her first adult relationship was with the CEO of an international conglomerate, talk about jumping straight into the fire. “Fine, let’s hear it.”

“You get today, carte blanche. Tonight is mine.”

At her look, he continued. “Technically you already promised me the entire weekend, but I’m willing to share.”

“Generous of you.”

“I try to be.”

“Ok, I accept. Go grab your swim trunks.”

“What?”

“Are you a parrot?” She asked tongue in cheek. Indicating she had heard his conversation with NK.

“Anyone ever tell you eavesdropper never hear good things?”

“It isn’t eavesdropping when the exchange is loud enough for anyone passing in the hallway to hear.”

“True enough. Why swim trunks?”

“We’re having our date here.”

“Here, in the apartment?”

“Here, in your hotel.”

He blinked in surprise.

“Do you even use the commodities here?”

“Not often.”

“That’s what I thought. That’s why I was late yesterday. I was being impressed by Evan.”

“Who the fuck is Evan?” Arnav demanded.

“Your hotel manager. You don’t even know his name?”

“It doesn’t come up.” He muttered.

She rolled her eyes. “Of course. You know it means something to people if you at least try to be on a first name basis.”

“They’re employees, paid to perform a job.”

“They’re humans, with feelings.”

“I think they prefer the big year-end bonuses,” he replied cynically.

“Never mind, I recognize when a retreat is required. Go get your trunks.”

“What are you changing into?”

“I uh… brought a bag.”

He smirked. “Pretty sure of yourself.”

“No, but Aman gave me some good advice.”

“Aman. As in my brother, Aman, gave you good advice?” Arnav roared with laughter, “I think you’re the first person to ever say that.”

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With her canvas bag and his swim trunks in one hand, Arnav guided Khushi down to the floor that housed the hotel’s indoor pool. As they stood side by side in the lift, body brushing lightly, Khushi shut down the voice that question the current state of her sanity. She decided she was going to enjoy today, then reboot her brain in the morning.

Entering the three-story aerie she stopped short, taking in the grandeur of the room. The glossy brochure had not done it justice. A giant lap pool served as the centerpiece of the impressive space, natural light flooded in from the clear glass windows that made up the three walls, above them over a dozen rows of lanterns danced down from the ceiling, casting a warm glow over the pool as it reflected off the water and gold-flecked stone walls.

At one end a tempting hot tub competed with luxurious lounge chairs, their creamy white cushions inviting you to lay down for a leisure nap. On the opposite corner a champagne brunch buffet had been laid out. A table for two was next to it, replete with an elegant vase of fresh cut peonies.

She turned suspiciously to Arnav, “When did you have time to arrange this?”

He shrugged. “You choose the venue, I just happen to know the owner.”

“I can’t believe you kicked everyone out. What would your clients think?”

“The staff will guide them to other activities. I don’t share.”

The way he said it, Khushi felt he was talking about more than his personal space.

He handed her the bag, jerking his head towards the private changing rooms behind the massive marble panel.

He ran his eyes over her. “Hurry, I’m starving.”

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Khushi stood frowning before the mirror as she tugged on the cherry bikini. It was from one of Robbie’s commercial jobs that she insisted was perfect for Khushi. Looking at her reflection she was forced to agree, unfortunately the tiny triangles held together by even thinner strings left very little to the imagination.

Her eyes lifted and froze as she saw Arnav wander nonchalantly into the room, his long strides eating away the distance to stand behind her.

Their eyes met in the mirror, the paired cadence of inhales and exhales the only sound in the room. His hands moved to rest on her shoulders, a dark contrast against the creamy gold of her skin. Her body was pulsating in time with her heart, while goosebumps made her skin prickle in anticipation as she took him in.

However impressive his physique was in his tailored suits; it paled in comparison to this presentation of nearly naked male perfection. Arnav Singh Raizada should come with a health warning she decided. Despite a genuine effort on her part, it was impossible not to take in that expanse of bare, well toned chest, the smattering of dark hair led down in a silky line to where his swim shorts…

Shit! Averting her eyes she looked up again to see a twitch on Arnav’s lips. He definitely had not missed where her eyes had traveled. Leaning close to her ears he whispered, “The bikini is goddamned foreplay, but if you want to keep it on, you better move.”

He took her hand, leading back out to the aerie where he seated her then proceeded to pile two plates with mushroom omelette, creme brulée-dipped French toast, and fresh fruits.

As they ate, Arnav discovered he enjoyed feeding her. There was something sensual in the way she ate, slowly, as if savoring each bite. By silent agreement, they kept conversation light and he allowed himself to relax into the easy banter.

Khushi possessed a keen sense of humor and was incredibly well read. After three rounds of debates ranging from pulp fiction to the current political deadlocks keeping the country from true progress, Arnav acknowledged that he may have finally found an equal. When his phone’s daily alarm reminder for lunch went off at noon, he was startled by how much time had slipped by. He couldn’t remember the last time he enjoyed simply talking with a woman, and never for nearly three hours.

With lithe grace he stood up, “I think I’ll go for a swim, join me?”

“Go ahead, I think I ate too much just now.”

“You’re far too thin, Khushi.”

“Bet you don’t say that to your models.”

“No, but AR is doing everything we can to change the stringent criteria of modeling.”

Khushi beamed up at him. “Really? That’s great, Arnav! I’ve gone to a few runways with Robbie, and the women are bone thin to the point of looking ill. May I share this news with Robbie? She’s wanted to do haute couture for years, but no one would hire her because she has more curves then what’s considered fashionable.”

“How much will the incident from last night cost me with your Robbie?”

Khushi grinned, “NK is already smoothing your way, I think. And she wants me happy. That’s all it takes with her.”

He nodded, “Nice to know NK earns his keep.”

He delved cleanly into the cool water then boosted himself with a strong kick against the wall. He didn’t surface until he’d gone halfway down the pool.

Khushi was mesmerized as she watched Aranv’s arms scissor powerfully through the water. She moved closer to the edge of the pool, riveted by the display of rippling muscles as he swam.

He did ten laps without taking a break. By the time he headed back towards her again, her body felt whipped into a frenzy of pulsing need. Arnav came within a couple of feet of her, rising out of the water like an ocean god. The air crackled with tension as they looked at each other.

Simultaneously his arms reached for her, and she felt herself gravitate towards him as if being pulled by a magnetic force until she was in the water in the circle of his arms. It felt right. Inevitable.

She instinctively wrapped her legs around his waist as Arnav brought her arms around his neck. She was completely out of her depth…in more ways than one. Khushi stared into the dark pools of his eyes, watching as lust, hot and wicked, filled them. His arms were like a steel band around her waist.

“Kiss me, Arnav.” She lifted her head, hunger sparking inside her as his head lowered. He stopped less than a centimeter away.

“You kiss me, mermaid” he suggested on a dare. “Show me how much you want me.”

“Mermaid?” she breathed.

He flushed, he hadn’t meant to call her by the name aloud.

“Your eyes,” was all he said.

“You’re an interesting mix, Arnav, hard all over, but surprisingly sweet.”

“No one’s ever accused me of being that before.”

“What?”

“Of being sweet.”

“It’s definitely not one of your dominant virtues,” Khushi informed him, a playful glint in her eyes. “I think that’s why it throws me off when it comes through.”

“It’s exceptionally gratifying to throw you off.” His finger lightly traced the curve of her spine, igniting every inch he made contact with. “Now, kiss me.”

He tilted towards her, expecting hesitancy, but was delighted when she fused their body. She touched her mouth to his, her teeth nipped at his lower lip before drawing it between hers.

Her lips curved at the involuntary groan that came from him. Slender fingers moved up into his hair. They tangled in the long strands and tugged him closer. With boldness she explored the contours of his lips, testing their taste and texture. His hand moved up to the back of her head and he angled it, his tongue sliding between hers in equal fervent exploration.

Arnav tore his lips from hers and looked down to where her nipples thrust against the wet material of her bikini.

He brought liquid eyes up to hers and lift her into his arms, carrying her up the steps and out of the water. Khushi knew that if he had set her down her legs would have given out, so she clung to his shoulders, cheeks resting against his chest while taking deep shuddering breaths.

He laid her none too gently onto the lounge bed, before following her down. Bracing his arms on either side of her, his eyes raked every exposed inch. The bikini that had been barely decent earlier was positively sinful now drenched with water. It clung to every dip and curve of her body.

“Beautiful…” he groaned. The dull rays of the winter sun were blocked out completely as his head dipped again to take her mouth lazily, as if they had all the time in the world to explore. Before she realized what he intended, he had lowered his mouth to one peak, sucking through the wet material of her top. She gasp when he pulled the material aside. The sudden sensation of his tongue on her bare skin made her cry out with pleasure.

She could feel him drifting a hand down over her belly, to rest near the top of her bikini bottoms, moving in slow sensuous circles, before his fingers moved lower…

“Will you let me, Khushi?” he whispered hoarsely, “Will you let me pleasure you?”

Her body surged up in answer. “Ar-nav…” There was hunger, fear and desire resonating in the single word.

“Trust me,” Arnav urged. He had to touch her. Now. At the moment, touching her was as imperative as breathing. He moved his hand lower still, slid his fingers into the band of her bikini bottoms, a groan tore from him as fingers feathered over silky curls.

“Fuck!” Arnav bit out.

Khushi lifted closer, desperate as the pressure built inside her. She needed … something. Something only Arnav could give her. She held her breath, tensing as his fingers dipped into her aching core. He explored with a tender sureness that sent her body careening until she was sure she would burn alive in his embrace.

“This is going to be mine, Khushi,” he growled, “you’re going to be mine.”

“Yes….. yours,” She agreed, head tipped as his fingers moved again, fracturing her senses as she finally found release.

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Arnav didn’t allow her any time to be embarrassed after she experienced her first shattering orgasm. He lifted her from the lounge chair, and carried her straight into the men’s shower. Twisting knobs until hot water jetted over them at full blast.

“Arnav, this is the men’s side.”

“So what, no one is going to come in.”

“I can’t believe ..I … we… oh god pinch me.”

“Oww!!”

“I’m better than a dreamlover, Khushi.”

“You know such arrogance is a sin.”

“But sinning is so much fun.” He retorted and then proceeded to strip both of them out of the wet suits.

Arnav looked down in amusement to see her entire body bloom into a rosy flush. His smile gentled as he recognized her genuine discomfort as she avoided looking below his waist. “Your sexuality is nothing to be ashamed of, Khushi. It was beautiful and we both enjoyed it. Thank you for giving that to me.”

Taking a deep breath, she finally raised her eyes to meet his. “Six years,” she shared, “for six years I could never find pleasure without remembering my first experience with it. But just now, Arnav, nothing existed for me but you. Thank you for giving that to me.” She rose up on her toes, placing a light kiss on the side of his neck.

His arms convulsed around her and held. He bent his head to capture her lips with his. As the steam rose around them he hitched her up against the tiled walls, never breaking their mouth to mouth contact.

“Arnav…” she exhaled against him.

“What?”

“You didn’t …. earlier… only I …”

He grinned. “That was for you. You can take care of me later.”

“Not… now?” she asked hesitantly.

He raised one hand to cup her jaw, “Tonight. Our first time will be in my bed. But later, I’ll let you play.”

“Later?” she gulped.

He flicked her nose before lowering her back down.

“Yeah, later. But now you can pay me back for the orgasm another way.”

“How?”

He smirked, reached up towards a high shelf, nabbed a bar of soap and placed it in her hands, “Have at me.”

✧✧✧

Arnav was still grinning as he walked back to the poolside after leaving a very dazed Khushi to put on her clothes. He took the towel around his neck and was starting to dry his hair when he realized he was no longer alone.

NK and Aman had commandeered the buffet table, fresh trays had been brought in along with large glasses of mimosas. They exchanged knowing looks as he approached.

“Have you two had much of an opportunity to talk yet? Or did we skip that step altogether?” Aman asked.

“Why the hell are you here?” Arnav demanded.

“We’re reinforcement in case you strike out again. And as co-owner of the hotel, just making sure body bags won’t be needed.”

“Jesus, how long have you been here?”

“Long enough.” NK smirked. “From the …sound of things, you did all right, mate.”

“Excellent, we can move ahead with dinner plans.” Aman announced.

“What dinner plans?”

“Group dinner at seven.”

“No.”

“Roommate’s idea.” NK supplied helpfully.

“Fuck,” Arnav bit out.

“Right. Table for six at Del Posto.’

“Six?”

“Anjali wants to meet Khushi.”

“Anyone else you forgot to invite?”

“Well there’s Shyam…” NK smirked at Arnav’s dark scowl.

“Get the fuck out of here.”

“You have another five hours, use them well, brother.” Aman advised as he reached into the fruit bowl.

“Oh look, a cherry,” he plucked up the berry and popped it into his mouth. “Delicious.”

Arnav threw the wet towel over his grinning face, “Perv. And next time, just send a damn text.”

✧✧✧

Chelsea, New York

Payal Gupta Matthews sat across the table from her husband. He was still as handsome as the day she met him, she thought resentfully, yet the warmth that had drawn her to him had long left his eyes. She knew his heart wasn’t hers, if it ever was.

She had learned to bury the hurt. A Gupta didn’t let something as inconsequential as a man’s defection destroy her, such feelings were to be left to the conventional class. So it was with calculation that she made her announcement.

“I’ve accepted the invitation to Anjali’s engagement party,”

His hand on its way to pick up the wine glass paused. “I thought you said you weren’t close enough to her to attend.”

“Aren’t I allowed to change my mind? We should go together.”

“It’s a busy week at the office; I doubt I can move any meetings around.”

“I’m sure your secretary will manage it, she does bend over backwards to please you.” Payal responded silkily.

Trent sighed. He had long given up on reassuring her that his relationships with the women at the office were strictly professional.

“Payal,” he hesitated, “Have you given further thought to what I asked?”

“I gave you my answer.”

“And I requested you take some time to think it over.”

“What is there to think over? There has never been a divorce in my family, Trent. I won’t be the first.”

“Why do you insist on this pretense?”

“Do you know that my mother hated my father for most of their marriage? But she lived with him, no matter how much he shamed her with his whores, until the day he died.”

“We’re not happy, Payal. You’re not happy.”

“You mean, you want to free yourself from this marriage now that you know where your little Khushi is.”

Trent’s jaw clenched. “Stop bringing her into our marriage.”

“Why not? You bring her into our bedroom!”

“It was one time Payal – and you asked me to do it!”

“But you didn’t say no!”

Payal’s mouth twisted as she looked into Trent’s stunned face. “You were supposed to refuse Trent, but you wanted her. You wanted her then, you wanted her during all the years of us being together, and now you want some kind of future with her.”

She laughed then, the sound shrill. “Like she’ll take you back now that she knows what it’s like to be fucked by someone like Arnav Raizada.”

She watched gleefully as he winced at her words.

“Payal, I have never been unfaithful to you.”

“That depends what you mean by faithful! Physically you may have kept your vows. With your work hours and stamina, you barely have the energy to fuck your wife,” she sneered, “But there are other ways of being unfaithful, Trent. You betray me in your heart, every day of our marriage.”

“I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.”

“Don’t you? Well let me share something from our honeymoon with you.”

Her throat felt parched as she prepared to drive another wedge into their deteriorating marriage. “After our wedding night, I woke up happy. So happy I was smiling to myself. I had married the man I loved, and I’d just spent the night in his arms.”

A muscle in his jaw jumped but Trent remained silent.

“Naked with you in our marriage bed, you pressed into me, curled your hand around my breast and said her name!”

She watched as his chin jerked back. “Faithful? You don’t know the fucking meaning of the word.”

He got up and rounded the table towards her, “Payal…”

“Don’t! The first time you made love to me as my husband and you called me that bitch’s name. And it wasn’t the only time. So I won’t hear any more talks of divorce, Trent. My heart broke and I’m fine. You will be too.”

She got up from the table.

“The engagement party is in two weeks. Schedule it in.”

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309 thoughts on “Night #4

  1. Thank you so much for the wishes ladies! 😀 Made me very happy S&K! 🙂

    I enjoyed reading thus far, looking forward to the rest before commenting on the full update. Ooo… Also, super excited to find out what Aman has up his sleeves to fix certain someone utterly gorgeous but with big foot ever so ready to jump on an axe. 😉 Loved the Khushi/NK/Aman/Robbie equation. 🙂 Thank you again wonderful gals! 🙂

  2. Okay, I was so excited about the wishes and reading the update thus far that I did not pay full attention on the pool pic. *Jumps on the bed with excitement* *shrieks* about a certain scene that sounds very promising. *imagining away*

    *cough cough* By the way, are you ladies happily drowning in sobti photo flood yet? Some great new pics of the lad… I feel giddy and so not my age. 😀

    1. hahahaha, oh yes, Friday shall fulfill the panty melting scene I promised. 😉
      I love that Barun is suddenly doing interviews and pic spams galore. Really looking forward to seeing him on screen again!

    2. Ha! Let’s not talk about age appropriate behavior. I’ve long given up on that =p
      The flood of Sobti makes me sooo happy! I do wish he will return to tvland someday, I want daily doses of goodness.

  3. Girls girls….you do the best… you have me panting already for whats coming next its that good……i lov nk..
    I lov aman and i lovy lov robbie….kushi and arnav do hav gr8 friends. …wht if arnav fucked up…am sure the makin up is a fun crazy ride….

    1. mayurisb – I’ve been meaning to tell you this.
      Thank you for the PR in your IF chatclub!
      S & I definitely appreciate the readers you’ve been sending our way. ^^

  4. I love the combo of NK and Aman. Arnav’s professional and personal life would go down the toilet without them! LOL

    This was definitely my favorite line: “First, since she’s a fiancée she’s already been wooed. As to friends… now that I’m an engaged man those bastards treat me like a diseased cow.” 😀

    Hahahaha, so NK started as Arnav’s bodyguard?

    The way Khushi hesitated about sharing her French heritage seems to hint at something bigger. You two are killing me with the build up.

    MORE MORE MORE!

    1. It’s coming, it’s coming. We really should write shorter chapters, but K is adamant on 12 total. What can I do but comply? Our girl is bossy 😉

      I’m so happy at the response to Aman and NK. We were a bit worried over their reception since so many readers prefer an Arshi centric ff.

      Patience on Khushi’s P.A.S.T. we’ll give out some more nuggets soon. For now, she needs all her energy to get through the pigheadedness of one stubborn Raizada.

  5. I’m good with getting updates in parts. Better than having to wait so long between chapters. So if you have to, please continue posting this way.

  6. Huma,Happy Birthday Dear. Gals the update was superb and fantastic. NK and Aman ……….what would Arnav do without them? The conversation between NK and Khushi ……..loved it,can already see a friendly bonding developing between them. Sweeties is it time to spill some beans? Robbie………..such a caring friend and sweetheart. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank you gals for this wonderful FF. Love you both. The next part will be super awesome……..10.26.1958…. CLICK and BOOM………..

    1. CLICK and BOOM – I love it! LOL
      They are like two ticking bombs aren’t they, very apt indeed. 😀

      Glad you enjoyed the conversation between NK and Khushi. He is like an extension of Arnav in some ways, so his relationship with Khushi is crucial. He’s really the only one capable of interrupting some of Arnav’s more questionable actions.

      And yes, don’t we all wish for a friend like Robbie?

  7. S & K,
    What I didn’t expect from this story is the friendship aspect you two are exploring.
    It is quickly turning into something I look forward to the most in each chapter.
    The banter between NK and Aman is hilarious, and I can’t wait for Khushi to grow closer with both of them.
    How often are our life choices influenced by friends?
    Hopefully Arnav won’t throw away this chance his brother and friend has created for him.

    Friday is too far away 🙁

    1. Let me give you a big hug. You know one of the things K & I discussed before writing was how does the meeting of two individuals affect those around them. Not just family, but friends as well. We really wanted to explore those dynamics, and to hear that you actually look forward to them, makes me so happy! 🙂

      We’ll try to move up that deadline. 🙂

  8. wow…sparks flied faster than expected between NK and Robbie..
    I loved the devotion Aman and NK have for Arnav.. Theses guys are hilarious…they are soo committed to get ARSHI together… I wonder if Arnav wants it as desperately.. But the thing is even if Khushi goes back to give him his phone, will he be man enough to make her stay or will he just make her walk out again..
    I was kind of expecting a bit more light on Khushi’s backdrop…something more than her mom being french..but i guess I have to wait…

    1. Sparks yes, but they have a long way to go yet. 🙂

      NK and Aman are like two anxious parents wanting to get their kid married off.
      Khushi is the first candidate they approve of, so it’s the case of getting her together with Arnav as quickly as possible. They are actually modeled after two of my closest friends, who are very determined matchmakers ^^

      Arnav is afraid to look too closely into his feelings. He’s pretty set in his ways, Khushi wasn’t supposed to be different, yet right from their first moments he recognize he wasn’t reacting like himself. We hope you’ll like what we have planned for their next showdown.

      We’ve dropped a lot of tiny hints of Khushi’s background throughout the chapters, it’s a matter of looking closer at what’s being said and what’s NOT being said =p
      However, I promise a less obscure reveal soon!

  9. I freakin love the text convo between NK and Robbie. lol
    Who wrote that part and is it from personal experience? 😉

  10. Love the friendship and easy comraderie among Aman, NK and Arnav – true friends who really care about each other! Text conversation between Robbie and NK is flirty and hilarious. All in all it is so much fun to read this.

    1. 🙂 I didn’t know you were reading this. So glad you decided to join us ^^
      What would a story be without a little bromance thrown in?
      Hope you enjoy what we have in store for the upcoming update!

  11. dear sept ,
    don say im the last one to com here ! That’ill rlly hurt my already broken heart !!! ='( *weeping* we’ill movng on !! I’ill read the update n leave my output if im aliv aftr that !! Im sure i’il need sm rly thanda thanda pani n a rlly cold showr to keep me up n going !! As long as its u n shippr i hav to make em ice cold =) lol 🙂 stay blssd !!
    -kitty

    1. Save the ice shower for Part B. I actually blushed when I read back on what we wrote.
      We’re toning things down a bit to fit with our PG-16 self rating =p

  12. damn shit !! Is it jus my imagination or am i grinning lyk a mad woman :p lol :p well i’ill anlys the update nw !! 3 parts n my views
    1 : arnav babe hate to tell ya u screwd up lyk shit !! :p n luvd khushis end line !! Touchd my heart :'( kaay im at losss of tym !! Movng on
    2: my fav part !!
    The main part that i lov in ur updates othr than their heatd romance is the two gentleman in the story who jus nvr make me stop blushng !! N i js luv wen the two puppies jus speak !! Im sooo into u NK !!! U hav no idea !!!
    3 : luvd amans generous help !!! Well id prefer aman ovr akash !!! Much more … Coool !!!
    sorry deary im soooo outta tym !! Leav the rst aftr school =)
    stay blsd ! Luv ya
    -kitty

    1. Making you grin like a mad woman makes me extremely happy 🙂
      No story is complete without a good bromance right? It’s so easy to write NK and Aman.
      Arnav is who I struggle with most.
      Go study! We don’t want to be held accountable for poor grades 😀

  13. This was such an interesting twist that NK deliberately gave the wrong name to Arnav to make him question his feelings for Khushi. Also, found it really sweet the way Aman and NK have been supportive in trying to help Khushi patch up with Arnav. I really like this Aman, seems a wonderful brother and friend. Eagerly waiting to read about Arnav Khushi’s next meeting, wonder if it will be a surprise for Arnav !!

    1. NK and Aman are very eager parents willing to go the lengths to get their ‘kid’ married off 😀
      I’m glad you warmed to Aman, he’s a rascal, but such a good guy at heart.
      The next part… shall be interesting LOL

  14. Really loved the conversation between them but I also liked Aman’s letter to khusi,all n all a very nice update n waiting eagerly for second half.

  15. hey what shit is peanut gallery !! Forgv my choic of words !!!! But evry1 else is talkin abt it n i feel lyk a dumbo =( n fyi i had my english paper yestrday as well as today u don hav to worry ! We shall rock n roll bt as i said i shall be gone for the nxt 2 weeks tops !! I cant bliv im gonna mss two whole weeks but promise me u will gimme a surprise wen i rtrn !! Pretty plees 🙂 stay blssd 🙂 luv ya loads
    -kitty

  16. “I said, get out”… the arrogance, the obstinacy…. sooo ASRish. I am trying hard, I mean really hard not to judge this dumb-ass for, I want to hear his side of the story.

    “Was that so hard? That explains those gorgeous eyes.” ha…ha. The incorrigible pony-tailed parrot NK. Once a flirt, always a flirt. I love this bird from down under !!
    “Deal was he had to get a secretary for filing, since I was not going to spend my time putting shit in alphabetical order.” LOL. 😀
    And Aman is smart…sharp-witted and smart. Both Aman and NK know their idiot bachcha so well. How certain were they that she was probably the best thing that happened to him and the idiot had totally messed it up.

    “Hello dollface”…. He can’t rein the urge can he!! The confident “Hello, handsome.” response tells me our mate has met his match.

    “She went home safe?”. See, this is the reason hating this jerk is next to impossible. He hurt her, mishandled the entire situation, then let her walk out all alone on the frigid streets of NY and yet he was concerned for her safety, the hurt in her eyes made him restless. He just can’t help it.

    It is up to our princess now, to reach out and bring forth the prince charming hidden behind the mask of wary and sceptic ASR.

    And may I say, the texts between Dollface and Handsome were naughty and hilarious. 😛

    1. Hahahahaha
      OMG Priya – “bird from down under”? I love it! 😀
      If you had to choose between NK and Aman… who would it be?

      You can’t hate on Arnav, no matter how hardheaded he is. I’ll bet all ill will shall disappear once you read through Part B. If thinking is even possible after it. LOL

      We enjoyed their text conversation too. So much that I think it’s safe to say, you gals can expect more naughty flirting. 😉

    2. Exactly! No matter how much he lashes out (often due to his own insecurity), at the end of the day you can’t pin him in the villain corner, because he does care.

      Thankfully Princess Khushi has a strong backbone and a city full of fairy godmothers ^^

  17. ‘The Scene’ ladies was delivered with a bang! Sizzling HOT! 🙂 Really, NK & Aman are there too? Aahh… Poor Arnav! I absolutely loved the very human Khushi and to an extent human-‘ish’ Arnav. Though ASR was ever ready to break free.

    Enjoyed NK/Robbie chemistry filled flirting. Payal knows Anjali? O please tell me that one of the girls from Khushi’s miserable experience in high school is not Anjali. Is she?

    As always, thank you for bringing up this update gals. Until next time…

    1. What did you think of their conversation before the pool scene? We struggled with that one so much. We wanted honesty between them so that the relationship can move forward, but also to show that these two are fighting with some very strong emotions. Hope that came across….

      We even manage to include his swimming photo =p

      Dinner for 6 shall be interesting, served with some reveals, but not what you gals are expecting I think ^^

      1. The conversation before the pool scene is where I thought Khushi came across as very human and Arnav came off as human-‘ish’ with ASR ever ready to break. Yes, I did feel that they are struggling to keep the cool and build on what they have. Any more than this and it would have seemed superficial I think. What do you think?

        1. This is why I’m in charge of the lighthearted flirting and S does the heavy conversations – I wouldn’t know where to start! 😀

          However, your thoughts reflect our intention, so I think we did ok ^^
          I wanted Arnav to admit to something, especially when Khushi pretty much flat out told him she’s falling for him. (Our girl is awesome isn’t she?) So we got an apology and the acknowledgement that things aren’t one sided – any more than that and our CEO would have an aneurysm =p

  18. OMFG! OMFG!
    You updated!!!!! But it’s so damn late here.
    Hubby is giving me death glares.
    I waking up early tomorrow to read and comment.
    Thank you babes!!!
    (The photos are killing me!)

  19. OK,I turned off my heater and set the AC at 60F……coooool. What? The update. I turned a year older and should not react like a teenager ……..right? Duh… Yeeek!……… The update was Hot to the T added the photos , it was ……… Loss of words. The texting between doll faced and handsome….brilliant! Ah! You hooked them up already………hit off so well.Loving Robbie more. Cherry bikini…..gorgeous.

    The conversation before the pool scene is handled very maturely. Though ASRish tempartment was always there little glimpses of Arnav was evident. Khushi almost confessed her feeling ……will this make Arnav hurt her easily? Hope not. Giving each other a tough time is what we enjoy most. Anjali knows Payel…….should I worry? I felt bad for Payel……silly me! But it made my sixth sense alert…….a lot of skeletons in the closet! Love you gals for the super awesome, looooong, panty melting steamy update. Last kostin….. When will you update next?

    1. Hey Rani ^^
      Good! Glad you enjoyed the… steamy moments by the poolside 😉
      NK and Robbie are only flirting, they are two seasoned players in the game of hearts, let’s see who bows out first =p

      Thank you. S & I literally agonized over the conversation before the pool. Striking a balance is hard, especially since their relationship is so new, yet incredibly intense as well.

      Payal should be pitied. She wants to be loved, yet has no idea how to love. Lots of skeletons indeed!

      If I were to name Chapter 5 it would be… “It’s a Small World” 😀

      Next update? Depends on you gals, we write on love, so fuel us with comments in the peanut gallery ^^

    2. Prepare to lower it to 50 when they finally make it to bed 😉

      Arnav is equally vulnerable to Khushi, he just hides it better. Moving forth I think they BOTH have weapons to hurt each other.

  20. Forgot to mention how come Aman is talking about cherry….how much did they hear or see? God! These two can be sometime a pain in the ass. I am in so love with these two determined parents going desperate to settle off their kids. LOL. 5 more hours…..raat abhi jawan hain. Guttety mind in action.

    1. 😀 There will be a special outtake in the VIP Lounge that explains how Aman knows about a certain cherry bikini. It’s not important to the story overall, but for those who enjoys the crazy antics of NK and Aman….

      Hint: Hotels have security cams in the common areas 😉

      No gutter minds here!
      Sensual daze, however, is totally acceptable and only to be expected =p

  21. How can you guys pack so much awesomeness in just one update??? There were generous doses of hilarity with a dollop of sexiness and seduction and a pinch of feelings, emotions and almost-confessions all stuffed seamlessly in one fantastic chapter. And NK and Aman might just well be the top favourites- cocky, obnoxious, nosy, interfering and so damn funny- what’s not to like??? Add to the mixture the cheeky and bold best friend, a jealous harpy bitch, a pining ex, some secrets and of course- the tantalizing chemistry of Arhi- and you have got the best recipe for a masterpiece.
    Kudos to you girls….you are amazing!!!!

    1. Welcome aboard!
      My eyes zeroed in on ‘recipe for a masterpiece’, what a compliment – thank you!
      There’s much room for improvement in our writing and storytelling, but these words are very uplifting. 🙂

      I’m so glad you guys are enjoying the progression of the story – it really encourages us to write more – this one is twice as long as our first chapter!
      Heh, heh – those two are utterly shameless, but we have a ball whenever they decide to hop into the story. Really, they’re out of control – even to us. 😀

  22. Wow such a hot n steamy update really loved it n also felt very happy tht how tht bitch Payal is miserable in her marriage it serves her good the way she insulted khusi n played with her it’s nice tht in process she lost her lover n now husband,eagerly waiting for their confront ion,plz update soon.

  23. hey guys ,
    That was jus extremely hot update !!! Ooo thank god these cold winter morning managed to cool me down !! :p im falling luv wid my two babies ovr n ovr again !! N my Aman n NK too !! They r just tooo goood to be true ! Thank god u made a pair for NK !! N do remembr NKs “Nannav mera bhai” thing in IPKKND well u cn make it “Arnav my man” here ” :p cant wait to see whats gonna happen at the multiple date thing !! Im sure the ladies will lyk each othr ! N the Payal thingy !! Not wantd to talk abt it n spoil the mood !! But felt sorry for her at a point but wen i remember wat she did ! I think she deservd it ! Moving on ! Ships n septs do remember to keep u wit double checkd while wryting the next update !! I wanna LMAO !!! =P =P =p but alas i fear if i’ill be there to read it ! My xams but i assure u that my x’mas holidays is kept xclusivly for ur wryting 😉 luv ya loads ! Stay blssd 🙂
    -kitty

    1. Group dinner will be …. interesting. Our challenge at the moment is figuring out how to hold a 6 way conversation LOL
      Sometimes we get a bit ambitious in writing, but it should be a fun challenge.
      Stay cool!

  24. Loved the update! Was thrilled Khushi decided to go back…The date by the pool was hot! NK and Aman are hilarious n adorable…looking forward to the group date n Robbie-Arnav meeting. Payal Gupta is a witch wonder what she’s up to. Thank u for a great read, u girls are awesome!

    1. Alright, another passenger! Welcome!
      We wanted a Khushi that dares to reach out for the things she wants. Arnav is a hard man to get through, she’s going to need every inch of that backbone!
      Hope you’ll be there with us for the next round 😀

  25. Amazing update! It was nice to see the relationship between Arnav & Aman– loved how his note to Khushi showed that he was more than just the stereotypical younger bro who’s a player & does whatever he wants– he clearly loves his brother and wants to see Arnav happy. Arnav and Khushi’s convo was perfect– loved how both of them (surprisingly), admitted their fears, and are giving whatever they have between them a chance. I also really liked the snippet of Payal and Trent’s life you gave us– I doubt I’m ever going to like or sympathize with Payal, but it’s nice to see that she’s a much more complex than I originally thought she would be. Looking forward to the next update! 🙂

    1. Alright! More action in the peanut gallery 😀 Welcome to FWN!
      Thank you for appreciating the Arnav/Aman equation. They have a firm hold on a corner of my heart. 🙂

      Honesty is the best policy in any relationship. They are still guarding their hearts, but the conversation did establish some trust between them.

      Payal is very complex, there’s more to her yet. We hope you’ll enjoy what’s in store!

    2. I’m so glad you find Payal interesting and complex. She is actually one of my favorites to tackle. So much hatred, so much pain, there might even be a human lurking under all that bitterness. We’ll have to wait and see!

  26. Sorry! Wifey duties had to come first before Arshi. 😀

    eternalallure is so right – How do you two do it?! This update had everything.

    You see that puddle in the corner?
    That’s me, all melted into a puddle of goo. OMFG!
    That was HAWT babes, but tastefully done – I know you worry over the gutter label K, but seriously it was just awesome.

    I agree with Huma’s assessment of their convo – Khushi is so wonderfully human, I love how you write her insecurities, and Arnav was definitely “human-ish”. But I like that. If he was all sappy and sprouting romantic drivel I would lose respect. That ASR edge is what makes him so damn HOT.

    Looks like I’m in the minority. I felt so bad for Payal. For your husband to call out another woman’s name in bed?! Hell no. That is totally unforgivable, no wonder she is so bitter. Probably blames Khushi for it, although it was of her own making. When are you going to reveal why she feels such hate for Khushi?

    Can’t wait for Night #5!

    1. K may be a slave driver, but I totally understand 🙂
      Appreciate it whenever you can join us.

      Just don’t melt in front of NK, he may sip you up 😉
      The ASR edge – Yes! I love it! I like Arnav, but I get hot and bothered for ASR. LOL

      You’ll get more once they meet. No one is interested in the Trent/Khushi/Arnav confrontation?

    2. Mel – ignore the other one. I’m so NOT a slave driver. … well ok.. sometimes…
      How else would things get done?!

      But seriously, no worry sweetie, come by whenever you can. We love your company!
      Seems our goal should be to get the ish dropped from human for our Mr. Raizada =p

  27. things are really moving ahead huh?

    I’m glad that they are genuinely giving this a chance and that they recognise that this isn’t just lust – it is oh so much more!

    as ever i loved the bromance element

    i loved a frontiering Khushi even better

    and the Trent and Payal element is deeply interesting – the woman is a bitch – the guy i should hate, but why don’t i? damn it, the fact that he is a loyal husband but trapped in a loveless marriage means that i don’t begrudge him as deeply as i do Payal. I cannot forgive what he did – it was humiliating and god awful… but i sense his regret…

    again your writing is deeply palpable and a treasure – now you asked for this K, I will haunt this blog religiously for updates 😀

    1. Are you kidding? We are absolutely thrilled to have you along for this ride. Thank you so much for spending an afternoon with FWN and giving such wonderful comments and encouragement. 🙂

      Interesting, I think you are the only one so far who has expressed sympathy for Trent.
      Yes, he’s regretful, he chose the wrong woman and messed up his life in doing so.
      I’m confused as to what he really wants towards Khushi, the ship has sailed, but the man still harbors an old dream…..shall make for an interesting reunion yes?

      Happy haunting! 😀

      1. I would assume he wants a chance to apologize and maybe even repent. Presumably he didn’t [apologise that is]. He doesn’t strike me as a man who would actively chase or attempt to court Khushi in light of her ‘relationship status’ for the weak sap that he is. Payal perfectly highlighted his ability to be manipulated, and I think Khushi was perhaps someone he didn’t mean to develop a sentimental attachment to but did. His longing for her is perhaps a by-product of being in a loveless marriage.

        I feel an ounce of sympathy for Trent because in my opinion if there is genuine guilt and remorse towards the wrongdoing, and I think that somewhere is perhaps a good man who unfortunately got blindsided. I don’t absolve him of his crime, but I can see the element of good amongst the bad, hence the tinge of sympathy for the w*nker!

        1. Wonker – LOL!
          You’ve given me some food for thought on Trent.
          Good man? Not sure, but definitely one who is remorseful….and wanting to kick himself in the rear for allowing his life to go to waste.

          K!!!! – check your email this afternoon, I have a proposal for you!

  28. Our love birds bumping into each other, stuff flying around and one of them landing on top of the other. This is quintessential to any Arshi story. Their tale seems incomplete, otherwise.

    ‘She had come to him.’ Uff! the arrogance.

    “No, I should have smashed it to pieces you ungrateful… arrogant ass!” Talk about paying back in the same coin ….. You go girl!
    But then Mr Arrogant and Opinionated does apologize, so….Besides, they both know that they are fishing in troubled waters by giving in to the attraction and yet they are helpless in the face of their desire for each other. That is so IPK…. I mean the one I fell in love with, not the IPK that fizzled out and left me wanting to hurl my remote at the t.v. screen. 😛

    Then coming to the date….The pool, the ambience, anticipation and the passion….. Hmmmm … Girls, thanks to you my comp-screen has melted and the machine is acting all crazy. And the worse part is, a cold shower won’t solve its problem!! And Aman knows about the cherry ?!? Naughty boy!!

    I had expected the Payal-Trent aspect to be twisted and dark, but this murky?!? Inspite of being married to Payal, he still lusts after her cousin. She has him trapped in a loveless marriage and would never divorce him. Oh, what an unhealthy and perverted marriage….

    Looking forward to the group dinner. Do I get a special invite ??? 😉

    1. We must pay the occasional homage – like you said, it wouldn’t feel complete otherwise. 🙂
      Best compliment you can pay us Priya! How I miss the early dhak dhak days of IPK!

      At least it was only your comp that melted – Mel is currently a puddle waiting for your birdy NK to come around and take a sip =p

      Oh, perverted marriage is very apt for those two. They fascinate me as characters, have to refrain from writing too much, since our focus is of course Mr. & Mrs. Stubborn 😀

      I’ll bet Aman is willing to sneak you in 😉

    2. Me too. This is to make up for those horrible months of sitting through one bad episode after another.
      I recommend having either an ice cold bucket or hubby next to you for Night #5 😀

  29. HEE not kill, but churn definitely 😉
    Oh and before I forget – thank you so much for the link to your awesome emojis! 🙂 I love how they look!

    Writing the group dinner is making S & myself pull out hair. We are a bit ambitious with this scene. Hopefully you gals will like it. If not well, I apologize in advance!

    A re-read already? I’m flattered 😀 Thank you so much sweetie, appreciate your kind thoughts on this maiden journey. We will definitely try to update as soon as possible.

    Sometime next week look for the teaser and hopefully the outtake too in the lounge!

  30. My phone is stupid and not allowing me to reply under the original comments :/

    anywhoo…

    I actually meant wanker. A British swear-word. I’m guessing not so popular in America?!

    Glad I could provide food for thought, I look forward to the upcoming parts 🙂

  31. Whats an IPK without the Pool in it hai na…or whats the IPK without having an interference from the family and friends….and NK ,Aman and Robbie are all for it….
    and i love the NK Robbie convo…i don’t see the famous bro code working here …bro over wh***..they are all cheering for Arnav and Kushi….and the pool n shower scene….sigh!!!! i can go on and on….but you are the girls with words…

    Well Payal…i have to yet to understand what she has against Kushui..jealousy goes without saying…and now whay she has prepared for Kushi thats what i like to know…and Trent seems to be a spineless chap at the moment…
    i hope you do update soooooonnnn…

    1. Finally! mayurisb thank you for making the connection between the pool! I was so sad when no one mentioned it. 😀

      These guys are all about women, so the bro code doesn’t come to play. Feel free to go on and on, we love to hear your thoughts. 🙂

      I posted our update schedule in the Lounge, so you know what to expect this month =D

  32. Awesome. Thank God for NK & Aman otherwise these two would have sulked their whole life separately than trying to be with each other. That note from aman was funny and at the same time gave an insight into Arnav’s personality. The password to his suite ensures that he is a keeper. He won’t give up on people he starts to lovce and care for.
    I loved Robbie’s wisdom and her loyalty for Khushi. She is a msart woman 😉
    Thankfully Arnav didn’t refuse to agree or acknowledge his feelings when Khushi returned to him. It’s good that he at least confessed that he is as affected by her as she is.
    And OMG the poolside. Was poolside better used before? I dpn’t think so 😉 That was very hot and sensual. Waiting for more passion to unveil itself.
    Payal is such a loser. Why can’t she accept that her marriage is a failure? What’s the point in being unhappy herself and keeping someone else unhappy too. Trent may not be happy, may even regret his actions from years ago but I hold him responsible for the way he behaved with Khushi and didn’t even stood up for her. I’m sure Payal is going to Anjali’s engagement to create mess in Khushi’s life. I really want Arnav & Khushi to teach her a good lesson this time.

    1. LOL you’re not wrong 😀
      Those two can be pretty stubborn, without some serious nudging who knows what would’ve happened.

      Heh heh, I’m glad you enjoyed sexy times by the poolside 😉
      With their level of chemistry…. well …. maybe we’ll have another broken bed… 😀

      Payal is a woman who cares deeply about her image. She lives in an upscale neighborhood, chooses friends based upon their social status, and live a life guided by other people’s opinion. It’s incredibly sad.
      Yes, the engagement part…. it’s going to be a shitstorm 😛

  33. My heart’s on overdrive. This update went from being understanding to flirty to decisional to sinful to a easy banter and finally to cruelty. Right now I just want to rush onto the next chapter. Therefore, a sorry in advance for the short comment.
    This update completely portrayed the concern of a brother and friend for Arnav.It also showed how strongly Khushi feels for Arnav. Arnav ,on the other hand, by the grace of God did not mess things up this time.
    Robbie&NK just make a live wire of couple. Just the right amount of humour and the perfect yet challenging mouth and mind. Such Chemisty !Hard to be ignored !
    Looking Forward to the Group Dinner.
    Okay in my last comment I was wrong about Shyam seeing Khushi’s picture.It was Trent !
    Sparks of Anger are gonna fly on the day of Anjali’s engagement party! Wonder what you have in store for us ! 🙂
    Thanks for the yet another amazing update of FWN !

    1. Why apologize when you’ve given us such a compliment? I’m thrilled by how eager readers are for the next update. If that isn’t the case then we are failing as writers ^^

      Robbie and NK are two characters that we never expected to explore with such depths. They are exciting to write about, with a very different type of sizzle 😉 I’m glad you find them as engaging as we do.

      Yes, the engagement party will be a stormy update 😀

    2. Arnav is a lucky bastard isn’t he? For all his grouchy grumbling life gives him an Aman, an NK, and now a Khushi.

      Huh, seems like there’s hope for you K 😀

      We like to keep readers on their toes, so will never go the expected route with Arnav. He may be rough around the edges, but not an ass. What other option do we have when we are so determined to pin romantic dreams on the man? 😉

      Live wire is an interesting and apt choice for RoNK (Priya’s couple name for them 😀 ) ..hmm… actually that just gave me an idea… thanks! 😉

  34. What an amazing chapter, I love all these characters and especially the boys sense of humour!!! Robbie is also such a sweetheart too, just adore her. Can’t wait for more. Many thanks

  35. Aman is a sweetheart…he scores all the brownie points just for that sweet letter…and I am glad that Khushi took his advice and gave Arnav another chance…
    Robbie and NK are one couple..and I am so happy that they are there in A and K’s lives..
    I don’t know who is more mentally sick..is it Payal or Trent??I actually don’t feel an ounce of sympathy towards Trent especially after what he did with Khushi..why the hell did he listen to Payal?he wanted to bed Khushi and is simply putting the blame on Payal..and then gets married to her and calls out Khushi’s name in their bedroom..and top of all this he wants divorce..Trent’s biggest punishment is living with a psycho like Payal and he deserves it..
    How do Anjali and Payal know each other??

    1. Glad you enjoyed Aman 🙂
      Men like Trent are weak of character. It is easier to place blame elsewhere, rather than look to the mirror for the true culprit. Although, his and Payal’s journey are still incomplete.

      Read on to find out about Payal and Anjali ^^

  36. I just love NK and Aman! Standing up for their f****d up bro and trying to get the girl back for him is real bromance. They do it so well too by pointing all his bad parts and not sugar coating anything so she knows what she is getting into. I am so enjoying their parts in this story. Btw it is 3:36 am and I have not been able to put this iPad down – my kids and husband are getting whatever leftover cold stuff is in the fridge for lunch as mommy will be too tired to pack anything else. Anyhow, I love the scene when she went back to the apt and him asking her to stay. Yeah, he is is an a*****e but such a loveable one. Why do we always fall for the bad guys? The pool, yes Arnav’s pool had to be in this story too after all the Rabba Ves and almost kiss in the show. He is one heck of a lover, deciding to give her the pleasure first no matter how much he wants to be in her panties. He’s got to get brownie points for this, yeah? I am so glad that this pool saw more action than the one on the show. Now NK and Aman showing up after his little moment is darn freaky. Poor guy needs to get his security to update some codes for him. Hope dinner ménage à 6 does not drag on for too long or this dude will not get the night he has been planning for a couple of nights. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the texting between NK and Robbie was hot. These 2 will rock.

    1. Awww… apologies to hubby and kids 🙂

      Ha! Us too. It’s sad how little action that poolside saw before and AFTER marriage >.<

      Who can resist a good man, wrapped in wicked? 😉

      1. Missed you gals too and these hot guys. Europe was fantastic but very tiring. Kids back in school this week so I am planning on playing catch up to all the updates. Get ready for the verbal diarrhea to manifest itself as I read. Cheers!

  37. I love this NK. And Aman too.
    The pool scene was HOT. Looking forward to the ‘family’ dinner now. 😉
    Payal atleast has an excuse for hating Khushi and hubby dear. Why did he do what he did, and then marry Payal? Can’t really understand the guy. Hope Arnav gives it to him!!

  38. Nk and aman love them loads.. khusi ordered in French that was interesting can’t wait to know more about her, can tell aman really loves his bro the note he wrote to khusi said it all … last but not least pool scene. Sizzling hot lol

  39. Sigh that pool! The imagery you guys put up takes me to a visual wonderland!

    I loved how Khushi questioned him and kept at it, not forgiving him easily and all. Arnav you jackass, I wish the fruits and/or the lamp had actually hit him on his head. Might have knocked some sense in to him. Sheesh.

    I love NK’s wit man! I tell you the dialogues you have written for him are just fabulous! Be it his interactions with the Raizada brothers or Khushi, It never fails to make me grin..

    LOL Aman! Diseased cow! Ah, awesome word play again…

    Won’t it be fun to see the ASR “crawl” *rubs hands in glee*

    This line was stunning “How many of his kisses would it take for her to lose her soul?”

    Aman’s note had me in splits and then go all awwww. I love the way you two write damnit.. You make me all tongue-tied!

    NK & Robbie! Could you have made this any hotter! Oh so NK deliberately told Arnav it was Robbie and not Robyn huh?? Intriguing..

    Awww, ArShi’s conversation had me melt into a puddle of mush.. It was full of so many emotions. That really touched a chord yaar.. That bucket of ice water came in handy 😛

    So Payal is married to Trent. What is up with Payal? Oh God, Trent did WHAT?!! Curiouser and curiouser

    1. Awww thanks sweetie. Very sweet of you to compliment our writing so 🙂
      Keep that ice bucket on refill!
      NK is all sorts of yum yeah? 😉
      Your careful reading of the updates is truly humbling. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the coming updates!

      1. Awww you have me feeling all happy that you liked my commenting style! Will comment on the remaining nights soon. AD is busy at the moment so not able to give the required time to read and type that much. Cya soon!!!

        1. We are the greediest of writers 😀 The fact that we have such amazing readers only feed into it. ^^ AD always come first around here, but do hop in when time permits!

    2. Oh bloodlust already? 😀
      NK is obviously a meta version of the show in the show, as we made him full on Aussie 😀
      However, this is the guy we wished for in the show, not just someone to serve up comic relief. So yay that you like our version of him.

      Mr. & Mrs. Matthews makes an interesting pair don’t they?
      And I’m with K – love you detailed comments!

  40. This was superb. Loved that Nk met up with Khushi, then Aman gatecrashed. I had a feeling Robbie would make NK s heart flutter.I loved their text chatting, and Aman is a sweetheart, just like Arnav. Their mum was obviously a very nice person, cos her boys have a heart of gold. Im annoyed with nanni though, what does money mean, khushi has probably had fewer men in her life than some of those spoilt brat women like Payal.. a word here what goes around comes around, she played with someones heart, and in the process her own was broken as her beau fell in love with Khushi. You know, for a while I thought the people in the town houuse were Payals parents,… boy was I wrong but last laugh will probably go to Khushi when she marries the guy of her dreams. Coming back to the guy of her dreams, the pool scene of him swimming, oh yes you write do well 😉 The after swim session, honestly thought khushi would walkuout again with just a towel, and join in with the boys.. im sure Arnav has his night planned. I really hope that Anjali wasnt one of those girls, and I hope Khushi gets the last laugh, especially when she finds out how unhappy Payal is. Karma got you back b****. Sorry just had to say it!:P

    1. Nani is more concerned about the scandal angle than the woman. It took awhile but she grew on our readers, so I ask you don’t judge her too harshly until her side of the story unfolds. 🙂
      We appreciate women who embrace their sexuality not see it as something dirty. However, her experience with Trent did leave her with a few inhibitions. Rotten bastard isn’t he?
      lol, no apologies needed. Karma is totally awesome in our book 😀

  41. Loving aman and NK to the core –
    Waiting to read about the group dinner
    So that’s the story of Payal and T Mathews – interesting – Payal has dug her own grave isn’t it?
    Moving to the next chapter

  42. NK, Aman and Robbie are such sweethearts! Friends to die for! I love how NK and Aman tease Arnav. And Payal on a mission. She knows the marriage is failing and yet she won’t divorce him. I wander what she plans for Anjali’s wedding?!

  43. Payal asked Trent to play with Khushi and now she not only blaming him but is also planning to hurt Khushi again.
    Eager to read more so off to do just that

  44. Loving the story so far. NK amd Aman are awesome. Anjali is sweet. Robbie is loving. Payal and Trent are awful. And Arnav and Khushi are sizzling 😉 just want to mention how amazing the pics are again. Love it 😀

  45. Payal is evil with a capital E… But then Khushis life is going to be too interesting with hot Raizada, witty Raizada and their Wrangler-man! Friends like Robyn are such a blessing! I have a best friend, hot n feisty like her and I can’t imagine life without her!! M loving the pace, the details and every-damn-thing about this story!! Toddles!

  46. So glad I’m reading this the second time around. I feel like I missed so much the first time I read it.

    When I first read this, I was thinking Arnav is such an arrogant son of bitch that he doesn’t want to give anyone the benefit of doubt. Or that he’s so full of himself that he can’t get himself to go after her even though he knows he’s wrong. But as you read on you realize the things in life that have made him such an ass and it brings things in a full circle. I’m seeing things that I didn’t the first time around, like Payal’s attitude and why she feels this way. And after having read the entire story I can see where she’s coming from. Her misguided anger with Khushi is not justified, but I can see why she feels so betrayed.

    I wanna say so much more but I can’t articulate the words like you! Wish I had part of the talent you have!

    I LOVE THIS STORY!!! I would love to read the outtakes ( making a puppy face)!

    1. It’s okay. I often yell at Arnav when I go back to read what made the poor man do. 😀 Your articulation is just fine from where I’m sitting! Sorry for being late in replying, but we do take notice and I do believe you’ll find something in your inbox soon. 😉

  47. What I like most about this chapter is the repartee – NK and Robbie! Everyone needs a friend like NK and Robbie… actually just one of them will do and am glad to see that your A and K have one each. (And they screw up in spite of them!! bwahaaa).

    Both A and K have a lot to shed – suspicion, mistrust… and trust is the first step to love. Lets see how they fare. Given how things are evolving, I would speculate a lot of ‘not-talking’ first. 🙂

  48. NK & Robbie are perfect! Their back and forth was so, so great to read about.

    Aman in hilarious. He’s a perv, but a funny one.

    Arnav, make up your damn mind! Are you an asshole or are you not? I don’t like this yo-yo-ing 😛

    Khushi’s just all kinds of perfect! Yes, you should him what you’ve got hon.

    Payal and Trent, please fuck off.

  49. That ASS-SOME Singh Raizada! I tell you his major hotness earns him a lot of free points from his adoring fangirls… a mere human would probably get the said ass kicked to kingdom come!… Of course his two brothers-in-arms don’t hurt his case either. After hearing Khushi’s story, he thought HE had trust issues… Get real Dude! You know for all her vulnerability and fragility, you have made Khushi a really strong woman… maybe even stronger than Arnav? This ties in with his need for reassurance ( ooh armchair psychology at its best ) at the end… She is a survivor… He, for all his alpha tendencies… Okay Dr S. is leaving the building now.

    By the way, a breakfast basket from Bouley will greatly appreciated over here too!

  50. And did I mention HOT… both the chapter and the protagonist… I mean Burnol, worthy, bring out the hoses worthy. And tender, and hot, and a little adorable ( well you did put Aman and NK in ) and hot… and well crafted… and hot! Yep definitely hot, in case you missed it.

    P.S. Del Posto… I am discovering a new and unexplored Manhattan!

  51. You have all these major themes going on and its hitting me with all these feelings, like im going through all of that! I love how its set in the big apple, gives the story this whole power feeling which im totally in extra love with. All these characters are amazing. They are there for each other and it makes me all warm and fuzzy. I’ll be blunt, im sucked into this vortex of your world of winter nights. 😀

  52. you know, reading this the second time round, i thought i would savor it, think, and write. but, i know the next chapter is just as good and i can’t wait to get there! what you girls have done with this story has made me ridiculous, i want to kidnap you and make you my own personal story tellers. and to think my one foot is pretty close to the grave……
    having said that, a-k still HOT, love them in any dose. i like how nk stepped up to do some damage control. and he was not giving up, until he had explained it all. love the loyalty, love the implicit trust, love the bond, love the understanding, especially when nk knew why aman took the phone from kushi… i can’t stop using the word ‘love’…
    what an absolutely wonderful way of tempting kushi to go back! your aman rocks! so do robbie and nk, he he they are something else!
    and the best part, what an absolutely beautiful make up! i like the maturity in these two, letting things be…. beautiful people.
    payal, trent.. who? not letting anyone spoil this beautiful feeling…

  53. Night #4! Phew! What an upscale of events. This part had so much of stuff…so much of things I loved and enjoyed being a part of. Oh I love this Khushi and her mouth.. humour.. ! This kind of humour is difficult to write and that sarcastic humour..how much I love them and I do remember reading “Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit”. But I for once do enjoy them. Oh I loved NK, Aman and Khushi’s banter with Robbie being the icing on the cake. And we have a oh so sweet brother Raizada. Ha and their conversation went miles and beyond.. my heart is danger around yours. Now I can tell that to your story too. Highly dangerous and too addictive. Care to give me an advice to wear off? And NK and Robbie’s conversation had me swooning over. For a change another couple won over ArHi with their rich wit and sassy sense of words. But yes, you made sure the spotlight was back and on with the POOL! IPK and No POOL? This is so not done, right? The very POOL which made sure they had their cheek peck.. kewl! And the very pool helps in something more and crossing something together..

    Finally the two snoopy noses do make an entry and how! Grand as it can be and awesome as it has to be!

    P.S: I am positive my incessant comments on every night is going to be a bother, but I can’t help it and also wait till my comments are approved..

    1. Then I sure hope Mr. Wilde pays them a visit, because there’s a man who understands that ”sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligence!” 😉

      What is IPK without the Pool?!

      Sadh, as you navigate through the Peanut Gallery you will find that S and I adore love letters from our readers, the longer the more these anime hearts grows in our eyes 😀

      1. Haha I would love him to visit them! 🙂 probably pull them to my side.. I am.glad to know there is something about intelligence too!

        Love letters? How about heartfelt admiration? Wouldn’t you want that?

        1. Welcome Sadh! I’m so excited to get another chatty bunny in the rabbit hole 😀
          We take all forms of affection! No discrimination here.
          And please shoot me if the world is ever rid of sarcasm. What a horrible thought!

          1. Haha chatty is an understatement for my mouth and the words that flow! Lol I am ready to give you every form of affection! No discrimination from my side too! 🙂 haha we three are alive, aren’t we? To keep the sarcasm alive and to get it across the next generation ! 😀

          2. Excellent! Really looking forward to your thoughts and company.
            We’ll leave you to it for now as an update needs to be coughed up this week, or tomato bullets are gonna fly! 😛

          3. Now I bet your other readers will be happy knowing that…considering I have a lot to Pick up! So by next time, hopefully I will catch up.till the end.And chat more till you outcast me 😉 happy working.on the update..hopefully No tomatoes and definitely not because of me! 😉

  54. So many things happened in this Night. I absolutely loved the banter between Aman, NK and Khushi and with Robbie joining them, it was total entertainment.
    Aman’s letter was hilarious.
    The poolside romance was hot!
    And what we see, the two of them have come again 😛

  55. Nice finally they accepted that they are attracted towards each other but all thanks goes to aman and nk who brought them together now looking forward to family dinner

  56. Loved the camaraderie between Khushi, Nk, and Aman..The letter from Aman to Khushi was fantastic and quite telling about the close bond between the two brothers.
    Nk and Robyn’s chat was hilarious!!
    Finally, ArShi accept, and are willing to give, this attraction a chance. Whoosh!!

  57. So many things happened on Night 4. Aman is such a sweet heart. Thank God Aman and NK brought these two together.
    The pool side was HOT!!! HOTt!! & HOT!!!!! Finally we are getting to see the pool side the way we wanted to, always dream’t about.
    Payal is one big looser. That’s all I want to say about her. Can’t wait to read the next update. What an awesome story that as I am reading it I have this painful longing in my gut to go and read the future updates as quickly and at the same time. I want to read all of it at the same time.

  58. i am not able to access the outtake. Can you please please give me access. Oh I am going crazy not reading it. But am going to move on to Night 5. Will come back late and read the outtake once you give me access.

  59. the description of the pool side is really great!i have finally deduced this!if a guy really likes a girl as in with respect to your arnav and khushi,he will take the whole world away if thats what she wants!her safety is his atmost priority !even though they take a lot longer to get a hold of their feeling they tend to always keep them on top!mind you if that is what they want!otherwise there will be hell to pay!cheers violetgirl

  60. Read night #2-#4 in one go. Bromance between Aman & NK 😂😂 too funny to read! Robbie is true friend!

    Your story is too addictive. Can you please grant me access to the ‘outtake’?

  61. I’m here, I’m here! Unfortunately, the Asli Duniya has intruded upon vacation. College has started again, but don’t worry, I will still be leaving my little love notes. 😉

    I hate smug Arnav. Or should I saw ASR? Makes me want to slap that smirk right off his face.

    Coward. How well Khushi summed it up. It was never a word I would have used to describe Arnav Singh Raizada, and yet it is the most apt here. It’s scary to open up those barriers, because the heart is the most fragile thing we possess. And yet, closing it to the world has encased it in a block of ice. Now, it is up to Khushi to thaw it out.

    French mother? The hesitation implies there’s a story here…

    And NK. I love him already. Although Aman is still my favorite. Those lines… The number of weird looks I got in the library laughing over them. Need to find a more private place to read the next update haha.

    Fuck me is NK’s response. How very appropriate.

    I want him to crawl. So badly. Please tell me he crawls. I guess he won’t be crawling.. But Aman presents his case well. Even I want to forgive Arnav. Guess all that money to go to law school was worth it.

    “Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you.” I’m glad Khushi took the risk. It’s worth it for the dream she has. It’s worth her heart and so much more.

    The conversation between NK and Robbie… Can we expect fireworks soon? They’re perfect for each other. Fiercely loyal, intelligent, attractive 😉 They’ll be beautiful together.

    An entreaty to stay, combined with an apology? Okay, I guess I can grudgingly forgive him. It’s those molten-chocolate eyes. How can a girl stay mad? Poor Khushi. The struggles she’ll have with this one…

    Again, the fascination with Khushi’s eyes. There’s something there… something I’m not grasping.

    You know, the love between Aman, NK, and Arnav is my favorite. I always did prefer a bromance over a romance hehe. But in all seriousness, the absolute devotion among these three men, what they’re willing to do for each other. It’s beautiful.

    So there’s a human side to Payal as well.. No wonder she hates Khushi. She’s won, despite everything Payal’s tried to do. There’s bone-deep resentment here, hatred to the core. But why? It started somewhere. And it will end too, once Payal is left with nothing more to destroy. And Trent seems to have genuine feelings for Khushi, a suspicion all but confirmed. Then why did he do what he did??

    Looking forward to the group dinner, with Arnav vs. Robbie!

    <3, Anna

    P.S. I think I'm in danger too.. Oh what am I saying? I've already fallen for this story.

    1. Oh and how could I forget? The pool! You did justice to the pool! This is erasing the downward spiral of IPKKND that we all forced ourselves through. The early days are back, with a free-falling Khushi, infinite dhak-dhaks, and a clean-shaven Arnav.

    2. Thank you for the love notes Anna! FWN should serve as a nice side dish to whatever horrors your professors are demanding you to swallow 😀

      You are definitely asking the right questions! Keep those thoughts in mind as you continue, they should start congealing soon.

      Ah you’re going after my own heart. Hell yeah to BROMANCE Anna-girl!

  62. As much as I love Arnav and Khushi focused tales, I’ve always loved the stories rich with additional characters. And the characters you’ve created are quickly pushing past Arshi in the race to my heart.

      1. There’s too many to chose from! Aman has been after my heart from page 1, but NK has quite a grip as well. And then there’s Robbie, who’s silently edged her way in, without me even noticing. And our dear Mr. Raizada, whos 60% ass, 40% sweet, but 100% irresistible. You ask me too much K!

  63. This chapter was full of emotions. Love,anger. In a way Khushi is right to be angry on arnav for doing this but I don’t blame arnav too. He has his own point. In his position anyone will take advantage. He has to be careful. But glad that they sorted their issue. Thanks to Khushi for coming back because arnav was not ready to crawl.
    Loved both Aman and NK. I can’t make my mind for who is more handsome in three of them. Loved their bonding.
    What an entry by Robbie. NK has already fallen for her.
    Their date was awesome and swimming pool date was too hot. Beautifully written.
    Aman and NK are always to keep arnav safe. I was also thinking about security cameras. But his friends are more careful then arnav. But can’t blame him too, he is so into Khushi that his mind stopped thinking.
    Brilliant update.

  64. Unable to stop reading it…Fab so far, hot at the pool and the best has been the Bromance…Brilliant stuff. How do i access the Outtake ? Plz help…asap

  65. hello…Aman’s letter was funny..NK & robyn chat was good..loved the pool date..so nice to see Aman.NK & khushi getting along so well..so khushi’s mom was french..wow mermaid…khushi’s honesty is genuine and everyone appreciates it…so now all set for dinner date..good anjali will meet khushi..Enjoyed the update and pics…keep up the good job!!!Thankyou…

  66. Arnav loves to feed khushi so sweet..Nk too..

    Payal & Trent are so into themselves…

    What is intake 1..it is asking for some credentianls..

    Thanks

  67. What do i say?
    Amazingly amazing!
    The attraction to the connection was spot on and their chemistry? Aha no words.
    without going to the sizzling moments you have brought us to the edge with your writing. What will happend when we reach there… Cannot wait to read.
    I love this fiesty Khushi. She is refreshing to an all submissive women. Doesn’t that what attracts a real man?

    What a convincing letter. No wonder she ran without a breakfast. Aman and NK are amazing and the cast is my all time favourites.

    Robbie a good friend. Which everyone deserve and Payal the villain oris it Shyam?

    Cannot wait to read the rest but work waits too 🙁

    Cath up with you later.
    Thanks for the access.

  68. Arnav Singh Raizada – where words fail him, he lets them speak for himself through actions. That soft silent kiss he offered as apology, I was ready to forgive him. But no. He needed to rub in the fact that she was as affected as him, and in the wrong way. Acceptance of his mistake doesn’t come easily to him, and when anyone catches a glimpse of what he keeps fiercely guarded, the anger is unleashed. But Khushi didn’t let that burn her and she’s got a strong spine.

    “Oh shit, are you standing over his body?”
    Khushi just smiled, but I laughed hard. Though NK’s handsomeness is a plus, this quick-wit alone would’ve (has) charmed me. That big man has a heart that is the rarest gem. After his talk with Khushi, he did go to check up on Arnav. There’s that strong tie of friendship, even though men may go to great lengths to hide it.

    Aman- the man’s got a lot of depth that stays hidden under the shadow of his affable nature. He cares deeply for Arnav. It seems like he’s placed all his bets on Arnav&Khushi jodi and with an unnerving surety. Arnav is really lucky to have both Aman and NK. I was just thinking if at any point, I had to choose from the three of them, that would be the toughest question of my life and would surely reduce me to a blithering idiot! XD

    Oh, NK did that on purpose? This is like Arnav guards supplying the hammer themselves to break down his steel fortress and lead into Khushi marking her hold on his heart everlastingly. Aman and NK probably see it as we do; that Arnav and Khushi are made for each other and maybe that’s why the they struck the match?

    NK- Robbie, how cute are they! Together, they’d be fireworks. They’d be beautiful.

    At least Arnav apologized this time and grudgingly admitted that he wanted her to stay. Smitten as she is with the man he is outwardly, she’s drawn without question, to that wounded youth under his exterior, so how could she have not forgiven him.

    There’s IPK and there’s the pool. Combined they spell – LEGENDARY! And your scene was nothing short of that. Beautiful.

    Trent and Payal – why did he play with Khushi if he had feelings for her back then and even now? And for Payal, what kind of episode does this intense hatred for Khushi stem from? With all that they did to crush that poor soul, they deserve the unhappiness.

    Trent – you definitely have something coming, if you think you can win Khushi back. Something that goes by A.S.Rand that would incinerate him in no time.

    Wonderfully done S&K, and there’s no surprise that this story has me under its spell. As you do.;)

    1. HEE I see an NK sized crush forming between these comments 😉
      Considering how the pool was mere steps from the bedroom, it left us a bit baffled that NOTHING worth mentioning was done in or near it 😀

      I can’t wait to hear your final thoughts on Trent and Payal. My one regret was that we didn’t get the chance to dig deeper into their depths until the later chapters. Something to look forward to: There will be a ASR v. Trent in Interlude #2 😀

  69. Strange are the laws of universe. A man who has beautiful women at his beck and call wouldn’t know what to do with this one particular female form, she is making him work, his thoughts are all jumbled up.

    Wondering what Arnav did to earn that level of loyalty and friendship from NK. That conversation between NK and Khushi was so honest and sincere.
    Love love NK Aman camaraderie, I think I can listen to them bantering for hours.

    Isn’t Robbie a no nonsense girl? I like her already, the way she pulls Khushi along without wasting a moment, that instance tells me more about Khushi’s character, her naïveté, her soft heart, she was accused by Arnav and could have treated NK as badly just for his association with Arnav. But she listens patiently, she is beautiful inside out.

    “I don’t crawl.”
    “Never too late to learn mate.”
    Arnav’s arrogance shines through even if he is in dire need to get Khushi back into his life and NK never minces his word does he? Whether he is speaking to Arnav his boss or Arnav his friend.

    You two have done a fabulous job in defining characters with understated finesse.

    I think the cherry for me in this chapter has to be Aman’s letter… There is a sensitive man behind that nonchalant exterior. Him and NK both are desperate to make amends for Arnav, these three have a special bond.

    It’s astonishing how both Arnav and Khushi belong to opposite spectrum of the society yet the loneliness is their common binding factor.

    Thank you for allowing the access to read this wonderful story.

    1. Is there a story behind ‘whiterainbow’? 😀

      I love reading your thoughts and as we’ve been working on our revised special edition of FWN, it’s fantastic to get fresh feedback, so thank you!

      It’s truly delightful when our other men receive love from readers. Our trio each have their appeal yeah? 😉

      Loneliness holds no discrimination. Perhaps that is what we all search for, not a whole of perfection, but the ones who will mesh best with our broken pieces.

  70. How can you not love the sweet sweet Aman and NK.. The bromance is heartening… And Robyn .. Well she keeps the cheeky NK in line 😉..

    Finally the infamous Gupta makes her entrance.. Hope she wouldn’t hurt Khushi and Khushi would not allow her to get away with it next time..

  71. Payal did right with Trent he also deserve to suffer along with payal as dey both were wrong n I just hope they dont create problems in arshi life.

  72. That was burning Hot… my goodness…!!
    khushi came back to him….
    his apology was so ASR like…
    but they are back and that is so
    firesome…
    That txt chat was no less that love making…. Nk and Robbie are bang on…!!!
    I love the bromance Nk Aman and Arnav share…. itz lively…
    last part was surprising…
    Trent and Payal….
    she lookes complicated….
    why had they both hurt khushi like that… and now both looks unhappy… but it serves them right hmpf…!!!
    what an amazing story and what aweeesome writing girls….
    *take a bow*

  73. finally after a longgggg break I have managed to resume reading the story… I am falling in love with you two wonderful girls and your writing…u are so damn good at it! loved the chapter… thank god both these stubborn souls have friends like nk Aman and Robyn to drill some sense into them…ohh and how is one supposed to hate arnav after that soft kiss as apology..sigh! that’s so unfair. its great that both of them have accepted their attraction as something more..they need to work out their trust issues now..
    OMG the pool scene was sooooo hottt! but again what’s ipk without some poolside sparks and interference from family*rolling eyes*
    the text repartee between nk and Robyn was so gooood..I feel there’s some real life elements thrown in..hehe
    I don’t know what to make of Trent still…payal got what she deserved and I guess Trent too..they both deserve each other..
    plzzz don’t tell me anjali was in that high school group..how does she knows payal??
    see ya at the next stop!

  74. So damn hawt!!!!
    And the text conversation between NK and Robbie was hilarious – I was reading with a wide grin on my face and my kids kept asking what was so funny.
    as if I could tell them.

  75. Just love love nk and aman. Finally arnav and khushi have sorted out their differences and i am sure they will also work on it in future. Trent loves khushi. well that is not surprising realising what a bitch payal is. :/

  76. Payal and trent are 1 useless and hopeles couple,l I’ve the way arnav and khushi relationship is progressing and that pool and bathroom scene was jujust hot 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  77. “You’re an interesting mix, Arnav, hard all over, but surprisingly sweet.” – my favourite line in this chapter!

    Also major thumbs up for NK and Aman’s bromance! 😉 I think NK and Aman are on the way to become my (other) favourite characters in this story!

  78. Robbie is the friend every girl deserves to have.
    Trent is the bastard every girl deserves to aim a good kick to the nuts at.
    Arnav is the man every girl should sleep with at least once.
    NK is the man every girl should date at least once.
    Aman is the man every girl should marry and stick with.
    Payal is the woman whose heart every girl deserves to knife with no regrets.

    1. Hahaha an apt summary of the characters thus far. 😀 Your comments have been tickling my funny bones all day, really good to have you here Zee. ^^

  79. Do you know how embarrassing it is to be grinning like a fool, and whatever you do you can’t wipe that stupid grin off your face and when your colleagues look weirdly at you and think you have gone mental! And I only jut started reading Robbie and NK texting. And no, I can’t not read. Lord help me with this giddy girlishness!!

  80. I just almost finished up reading dear Aman’s love letter to Khushi and I am cracking up in my office out loud. Lord! how do you come up with this, moreover how do you write? If you were near me right now, I would hug you to death. Thank you dear darling.

    NK is superb, don’t waste time, huh!

    PS: I had posted this comment while I was reading. Don’t know why it wasn’t posted. Luckily my back button worked, hence reposting.

  81. Cute yet sensational hot chapter….
    Robbie and nk characters are Realy funny and supportive who make’s story more beautiful and feeling little bit sympathy for Trent lol i know he did wrong but still poor guy has dealing with payal. And our lovely Arahi just killed it bravo👌👍

  82. can I borrow NK as my guardian angel! How come I can’t meet such characters. Beautiful story, I am reading it all night long. I can’t seem to put this away. Its 5:30 am E.T.

  83. Beautiful
    Fabulous part.
    Happy that arshi confessed what they feel for each other.
    Nk and Robbie texting was dann lovely.
    Aman and NK simply barge in wherever arshi are 😁😁 no privacy😄😄
    So payal hot the taste of her own medicine so so so happy that she get what she deserve no one can forgive khushi.
    Beautifully written

  84. Woah! Night #4 has been full of insights to the various characters. For me, the highlight has been the friendship among the trio and also that between Robbie and Khushi. Aman is a caring brother while NK is always there for his friend. Their conversation was quite entertaining and Robbie’s entry added the icing on the cake.
    I liked how Aman put Arnav’s case in his letter. I agree with him . Arnav’s pride wouldn’t let him show his vulnerable side and he shows what he can do best, anger.
    I love Robbie already. She is smart and witty. I enjoyed NK and Robbie’s conversations over text, full of sexual innuendos and sarcasm. Apart from Arnav and Khushi, their chemistry had been one to look forward to during my first read.

    I liked the fact that Arnav apologized despite being cocky and arrogant. But then, he wouldn’t be ASR if he hadn’t been an asshole 😁
    Finally, the poolside witnessed some sizzling HOT romance. 😉
    These guys had been there listening to their moans! 😅 (Well, as far as I remember, they had witnessed the scene on CCTV. Damn! I need to read the Outtakes also!)
    What would Arnav do without these meddlesome duo. 😛
    Looking forward to read about dinner. 😀

    Khushi has a French mother and all is not well between Payal and Trent. Hmm.🤔

    P.S. Barun’s pic as he rises from the pool. *drools*😍😍😍

    ~Arunima

  85. I liked how Aman put Arnav’s case in his letter. I agree with him . Arnav’s pride wouldn’t let him show his vulnerable side and he shows what he can do best, anger.
    I love Robbie already. She is smart and witty. I enjoyed NK and Robbie’s conversations over text, full of sexual innuendos and sarcasm. Apart from Arnav and Khushi, their chemistry had been one to look forward to during my first read/

  86. HEY RAM! BHAGWAN BACHA LE MUJHE!

    My breaths have officially stopped, i.e., I am dead and this is my soul speaking!

    Do I absolute love Aman and NK or what? How adorable was that little letter that he wrote to her! I am in complete love with that letter, tbh!

    I am so fucking glad Khushi walked out on him that night but also walked back in the next day! WITH ALL THE FUCKING PRIDE! That is what makes all the difference. The pride with which she did whatever she did!

    I am so so glad they had this conversation and I really need to thank both of you for making this conversation happen. I understand you could have let this conversation stay without happening till the very end when things get completely out of hand but this was needed. They both needed to understand in full words that they equally wanted each other and wanted to give THEM a chance!

    That little conversation about how easy it would be for Khushi to fall in love with Arnav was LOVE. ABSOLUTE LOVE!

    And that freaking swimming pool scene was so freaking turning on! Like I’m not kidding. The whole atmosphere around me had suddenly taken a 180 degree turn or something!

    GO ROBYE! GO NK! GO FREAKING AMAN!

  87. Absolutely loved the note from Aman … he is cute in a way …. oh n Robbie n NKs texting was filled with sexual innuendo 😜
    Glad khushi took the step towards future coz we all know Arnav wouldn’t
    Teamwork 😁😁
    Arshi were hot together… n Aman n NK r shameless ☺️☺️☺️

  88. Hoooottt…😍superb update!!
    I wish to say much more, but…(sigh)…I wish I have atleast 0.1% of your talent so that I can gather the words and praise you guys for your amazing skill!!!

  89. Awesome updates
    Robbie, NK and Aman are awesome. Arnav and Khushi are very lucky to have such a wonderful friends family n support system.
    Moving to read next chapter.
    The story is awesome and I am loving the background, new York city and winters WOW!

  90. Nights # 3 and 4

    Loving the way the plot is flowing! You’re weaving all the stories together so beautifully. I love NK and Robbie…delicious crackling chemistry. And I must really commend you for the way you’re writing NK – I can literally imagine CH…his voice, accent, mannerisms everything…in my head 🙂 And A and K ~ such a beautiful progression in relationship. Their pasts seemed to be connected in some way…intrigued. Also wondering about the roles Payal and Trent will play in the story.

    Off to #5 🙂

  91. Alan, NK rock.. Loving the way they are seeing to it that Arnav is happy and with happiness and that’s Khushi.. Loved ARSHI having great time in swimming pool and also outside it.. Payal is sick and best example of you reap what you sow.. AmaIng update 🙂

  92. NK and Aman are BRILLIANT! I love how they are trying to help Arnav. The blossoming romance between Robbie and NK is so cute. Wow, just wow. Arnav & Khushi are hawt hawt hawt. Payal is so embittered. and she deserves it. Karma is a b****. where to next for arshi hmm?

  93. Every girl needs a friend like Robbie. Khushi’s very own bodyguard! The relationships are strong on both sides which doesn’t give with Arnav or Khushi a chance to steer away from each other even if they try. The friends have boxed them in and created a protective layer around them. Good thing they are all on the same side!

  94. Mind blowing update. Loved the way NK and Aman helped Kushi to restore her pride and guiding her. What a character each one of them in this story..I’m just loving it.

    Please dear request you to grant me access to chapter 5 onwards.

    Payal can never be happy from what she had done to Kushi. It’s interesting to read such a character of Payal for first time. She deserves loveless life for betrayal to Kushi.

    Loved the friendly blabbering of Kushi, Arnav , NK and Aman. Waiting for Anjali to join the gang.

    Please access please.

    Cheers

  95. Different take on the characters makes this story very interesting… i have an exam day after tomorrow but this story has captured me so well that im not able to stob reading after 1 part…

  96. Aman is The Best !
    It was an exciting chapter !
    Nk and Robbie’s convo was cool 😉
    Payal deserves this for being the bi**h she is !

  97. Awesome update! The arshi part was… ummm… just… wow…!!! As much as I hate his Payal and Trent… I feel kinda sorry for Payal. Whatever she did with Khushi was wrong – but I feel kinda sorry for her. She herself said that Trent was meant to say no to sleeping with her but he did… He married her but still wanted Khushi… That’s probably one of the most painful things ever… Loved the update!

  98. The bromance is too 😈 What’ll one do without the other

    Nice to see how Aman and NK helped in patching them up

    I hope robin gets opportunities to be a model

    Payal and Trent too 😣😑 no comments

  99. I think this is the best punishment that Payal got… Her husband saying Kushi’s name is the worst thing that can happen to anyone… Wish she doesn’t make a rucus at the engagement… Even if she tries I am sure Arnav will take care of everything… Will Trent want to get back with Kushi… If he thinks so then he will have another thing coming at him…

  100. Aman and NK are too too cute …
    So Trent wants a divorce from Payal !!! She was the one who pushed him towards Khushi in college so now why is she so upset !
    Wonder how the group dinner will go tonight 😜

  101. FWN…..This is all i need to get through boring conference call or a subway ride. The funny banter between the boys are my favorite and i look forward to it.
    I have reread all 4 chapters 4 times. Please give me access to the blog for further chapters.

  102. What a beautiful and lovely update .loved the letter aman wrote to khushi.Robbie and Nk texting was superb.the swimming pool scene was really hot.they all share a very good relationships waitng for anjali to join them.So trent wants to divorce payal they should pay for what they did to khushi

  103. Friends like NK and Robbie are must for everyone and ofcourse a sibling like Aman..

    I think the story took 6 years to this and i feel for khushi..strong women

    Loved how Gaurded Arnav melts and one can sense the currents through the disucssuins ..rather your style of writing.

    Hated how Payal and Trent treated her and how sinful grudges can be.

  104. Wrong info from NK , hate, letter from aman, reunion, hot, friends… Totally this story is going fabulously…. Unexpected turns are more… Well done writers…

  105. For the first in my online hisory i m stalking my email amd FWN site reading the chapters i have access to
    how do i get to read chap 1 , 2 , 3 6 i already have access tp 4,5,,7,8 //////////

  106. Brilliant , you guys know how to keep the reader totally engrossed, i am going to read late into the nigh.
    the bromance btw the 3 male leads is amazing.
    glad Khushi decided to make the first move & go back , Arnav would too have done it , but after a longer
    ime

  107. K I’m just going to quickly go and get a fan because it seriously got hot in here. Whoo!

    Arnav and Khushi’s pool side shenanigans (they really do love their poolside encounters) were phew! The fan’s not cutting it. I need a cold shower.

    NK and Robbie!! Ooooh I’m so looking forward to how their flirtation progresses!

    Aman melted my heart with that letter. Khushi is going to need him as an ally to weather any of Arnav’s storms.

    Onwards!

  108. Awesome
    Arnav and Khushi has an outstanding chemistry
    And those who do bad with others cannot be happy either like payal and Trent

  109. Aman made an excellent case in the letter, but the funny thing is Arnav knows how Aman’s and NK’s brain work.

    Robbie is going to give a hard time to Nk and i like that as for Payal and Trent ……. I hope the first meeting of Arnav and Trent doesn’t mess up the engagement party

  110. Omg..The temperature is rising…i.loved the way you give importance to every character…this story would be nothing without nk and aman…this is the first story where im hooked to characters other than arshi…amazing update

  111. Such an incredible cast..I don’t know whom to drool over..Nk has a different charismatic aura…Aman is so damn sweet and funny…Well Arnav..brooding, complicated and sweet at the same time…I have never known so much fun with the side characters too..
    I loved every time these two, Aman and NK showed up…they make a good pact to annoy Arnav….but they are hell protective too….
    Robbie seems to be just as fun, if not more….What do Arnav Khushi need when they have such a beautiful around them pushing them together?
    And the naked passion between them…..Hope they handle it well…
    I will love to have the access…I am also going through the OSes….i am feeling like i am in a treasure land…😍

    ❤️
    Pavina

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  112. Oh yes that was Payal and Trent! ( followed from my comment from my last chapter).

    I am happy for Khushi and Arnav for they decided to take the chance the explore the thing between them. 🙂

  113. What a amazing n hot chapters
    Really like aman n Nk they are sweet
    n they note aman send to khusi was too good

  114. Hey please give me access to further chapters … it is mind blowing … I don’t know how I missed this for so long!!! Lovely… you both have done a great job. You should be authors backed by a good publication.

  115. Oh this story is gold. I cannot believe i have only just come across it today. It is currently 1.25am and im kicking myself as to having to put my phone down and sleep. I cannot get enough of this story. It is amazing.

    Aman and nk are just so funny. I love the way they think! Such fresh and straight to the point characters. From amans note to nks flirty banter…these two have made a place in my heart. Really enjoying their wit and humour.

    Speaking of which…my heart did drop at arnavs “get out”. Think khushi was skating too near the truth. But with nk and amans heartwarming interventions khushi went back. And looks as though arnav has broken down a barrier in khushi. Had to laugh that even nk and aman turned up to there! Some welcome meddlers!

    I felt a tiny (very very tiny) amount of sympathy for payal. She may be a grade A bitch but no woman wants to hear another womans name during sex. She may deserve it but it really is the stuff of horror! Karma is a bitch.

  116. I had to go out to get a breather after that hotness of an update. Dayum. Pool escapades redefined.
    Did i mention how I absolutely love Aman and NK. Did i? Did i?
    Aman with that letter had my heart. Why are the men in this story so fucking perfect! All that advice for baray bhai sahab. Such pyaar much wow 😛 His last line about the aussie biting his head off for robbie’s number had me laughing like crazy. Pure adorbs that letter.
    Aur NK and Robbie. First of all YAYYY! i am so rooting for this duo 😀 Robbie calling Nk out on the stunt he pulled with her name in the background check was very cool. Girls got brains so NK better watch out!

  117. It seems NK and Aman know Arnav more than the man himself
    Glad that their plan worked
    Loved text exchanges between Robbie and NK….Robbie is such a straghtforward girl
    Chemistry between Arnav and Khushi is unique…….can’t wait to see where it leads them in future
    So they are going to have a group date…….
    Off to read Night# 5

  118. It is very difficult for me to comment as my writing skills are zero. Really enjoyed the update. Khushi is lucky to have Robbie as her friend. I did not see Matthews coming back!

  119. ypu know this is the first fan fiction i’ve read and I’m actually interested in reading about the development of a couple that’s outside of the main one. So I applaud you for that. Payal has a heavy dose of envy coursing through her I only hope she gets what she deserves for everything she has done to khushi.

  120. Hi
    Will it be wrong to be happy after knowing payal and her state of her relationship.
    Can’t help it, but I am happy.
    Coming to NK and Aman, they r always r at right place and right time.
    Coming to Arshi, sizzling chemistry .
    Loving it.
    Thank u

  121. Loved the six, I don’t know how anjali , Payal and ajali friends… Payal is paying for what she did, I hope he don’t create problems for arshi
    Damn I love nk , a man and ronne

  122. I love the right hand nk and aman. Is she really going to be there in the marriage..oh no is this Trent guy going with her to apologize to kushi..

    1. Wow!!!!!! It certainly includes exciting romance stunning Arnav and Khushi. Humorous Nk and Aman . Love their character and the interaction and bonding of the three. Payal in this character needs to get over herself and her hubby (whatever???) Very very intense. You can feel it!!! Hell I’m not a writer. No more words but really enjoying. Thnx.

  123. Such raw energy and passion I could see everything in my mind’s sight. it’s truly amazing you’re capable of doing that, with such seemingly effortless grace though I know a lot of thought and hard work went into creating this love story and all the others you’ve written.

  124. Payal is a loser who can’t see beyond herself. Trent is a coward who lacks a spine. Made for each other 🙄

    She wants to mess up Khushi’s life again 👍🏻 Best of luck to that one

  125. I just love Aman. Such a playful jerk. So arnav owns the hotel? Or is it Aman who co owns with someone else?
    Payal is such a witch. Clearly she is a dark character . But waiting to see what made her that way.

  126. What a beautiful date.. gorgeous. Love how they haven’t made elongated the discussion about incident of the evening before…
    love the bromance and the banter between the men. It’s such a refreshing and light hearted relationship…. wonderful!

  127. Wow wow wow! Honestly I’ve no words to describe the story. It’s so so gooooooood! The main attraction NEW YORK!
    I love the cast! Trust you to do that 😉
    Handsome Hunks!

    So far the story is captivating. Keeps me from commenting. Since I’m so lost in reading.

    I loved Arnav-Khushi. The sizzling, sparking chemistry between them is amazing. And the easy camaraderie that Arnav, NK and Aman share. It’s so fresh.

    Payal is a bitch. And I seriously hope karma hits her back terribly. Okay that’s enough I need to finish reading !

  128. I’m so in love with the story so far! I love the passion, pain surrounding Arnav-Khushi. There are so them. So much passion ! Wow! How do they manage to bring this out? 😂

    And the characterization! So many handsome Hunks! I’m so in!

    Payal is a bitch. First she herself digs her own grave and now curses Trent who I believe is equally at fault.

    Looks like outtake needs access. But I can’t wait to I’m heading to Night V!

  129. An interesting update . For a change was heartening to see NK n Aman rooting for Khushi instead of being judgemental .
    Robbie n NK hv moved in quite fast , though I’m guessing you have the three couples supporting each other in future .

    Cannot understand Payals intense resentment and Trent complying to Payals demand in humiliatingly Khushi .

    Eager for the next .

  130. Amazing. So finally arnav and khushi decided to take risks despite their fears. I don’t know why payal is so bitchy.
    Trent is still in khushi that’s interesting.
    Loved the bond between arnav nk and aman.
    Still their first night pending. Eager to read about it girls.

  131. Sizzling chemistry! Loving Aman and nk. Writing is brilliant…just a few chapters in and already the characters r so well sketched and I’m invested!

  132. Why does Payal dislike Khushi so much? Apart from being beautiful, she did not harm Payal in any way. I am happy for Khushi. She found able allies in NK and Aman and a passionate partner in Arnav.
    Cheers…….

  133. Payal deserves to be unhappy because she used her own husband(fiance then) to seduce Khushi and make love to her.Now she knows that trent does not love her,
    All set to show down at the engagement party.

  134. Truly madly deeply in love with the boys….. I don’t like Payal and trent… She’s stupid to think that and he is such a coward..

  135. So intense and thrilling. Love the bonding between the three guys. Payal my word!!! Get a life and Trent 🙄 pathetic if you ask me. Arshi is just amazing..

  136. Aman message to Khushi was superb 😀 the chemistry between arshi was super hawwwwt… NK and Aman are too good.

  137. ‘Insanity tastes pretty good’ – that just sums it up. About my fixation with Arshi (how many years has it been, almost 10?) and fine story-tellers such as you two.
    What I loved about this night….

    Classic ASR – lash out when cornered….. Tough on the outside but hurts to his core when he sees the hurt he caused her.

    Khushi – our Cinderella with a backbone. I bumped my fist in the air, woohoo!!, when she walked out, but not before holding up a mirror to Mr Egotistical Jerk. (okay uber-hot, bossy, alpha, protective, possessive.. still a jerk) He is definitely injurious to health.

    “Oh shit, you are standing over his body?” 😀 I love my pony-tailed parrot. Mr manipulation. Did not reveal Robbie’s middle name.
    “What the hell did he do?” This is the reason I love Robbie more. That’s friendship. Where you know your friend more than yourself.

    Nk-Robbie – A match made in heaven. (read hell for ASR!!) Hello Dollface and Hello Handsome .. the sassy exchange still reverberates in my ears.

    Mr Aman – With the exception being myself .. sooo cheeky!! I love his banter with my Parrot. Ooh the bromance.

    Her falling right on his body… Lovely take on the iconic falling from the ramp right into his arms scene.

    This night has absolutely captured the essence of ‘mohabbat door jaane na de’. Loved it.

    This is dreamy Priya signing off. Dunno why I am craving a chocolate cake with cherry on top ……

    1. Hello Dreamy Priya ^^

      You are definitely not alone in this fixation with one Mr. Raizada and his forever love. Can you believe next year is the 10th Anniversary?!!!!

      Can’t leave you craving….

  138. Hi SHIPPER K…..lovely update….NK and Aman are awesome.. Robbie and NK…. Interesting….Arnav is really a jerk…May be his painful past made him so bitter….Kushi is so outgoing,Frank and a lively girl…why Payal hate Kushi so much…It is because of her Trent seduced an innocent Kushi…Now blaming Trent alone is not right on her part..Eagerly waiting for Anjali’s Engagement….All the three boys are hilarious…very lovely and a lively group…Enjoyed reading the fabulous update…Take care and be safe

  139. I love this chapter !!! Normally when friends and siblings try to “fix” your personal life the results are catastrophic. But I am glad Aman and NK were able to salvage the situtation. It is so reflective of the close bond these 3 men share that NK was able to evoke an expected reaction out of Arnav and Aman was able to read Arnav’s anguish better than himself.

    But somewhere I am a bit unsure as well – Aman in a roundabout is expecting Khushi to be the balm that cures Arnav’s loneliness – but such an expectation right ? Is it fair to Khushi ? Guess the future chapters will tell 🙂

    And just like Arnav-NK-Aman, I love how Khushi was able to find a confidante in Robyn. Friends like these make you never miss family 🙂

    And now coming to the steamy steamy hotness that happened by the pool !!! that was just wow 🙂 It says a lot about a man who gives so generously without being immediately exacting 😉

    1. Aman is definitely putting a lot of pressure on our girl. His actions will be explained and I hope you’ll love the reason behind his faith and motivation. 😀

      Heh heh, Arnav’s case of blue balls will be worth it. 😉

  140. I so love this Nk and Aman. Their humor is to the point. They are best, loyal,caring,lovable,annoying company anyone could ever get. Three of them are a perfect package. The conversation between them always crack me up. Seems like khushi has a mysterious past and so does arnav.Will love to know more about both their past. Amans letter was the sweetest thing. oh not to forget I loved Robbie as well. She and Nk are just perfect together. That girl got some brain. lastly why does payal hate khushi so much.

  141. NK,Aman and Robbie once again Khushi and Arnav back together. Arnav made’love’ to Khushi at the poolside(hotel).

  142. NK and Robbiie have interesting chemistry.
    Love how Aman stepped in to help big bro. Arnav is lucky to have a brother like him and a friend like NK.

  143. God!! This Khushi is so precious I want to hide her away from the world ( Yeah, I know we already have Robbie by her side. She doesn’t need me. ) She kept her self respect intact and still gave Arnav one chance to rectify his mistake.
    Aman and NK, I simply love this duo.😍
    There is a burning desire between Arnav and Khushi.

    Waiting for love to develope there.

  144. The remnants of the background check play out to the fullest. Khushi leaves, dignity intact and on her terms with a few harsh words of realities for him to ponder on in his Ice Castle. Arnav is contrite and concerned but alas she is gone.
    Arnav, let’s face it, is a jackass, but a lonely man in his heart. He has a bevy of women he can play with – they are dime a dozen and they don’t affect or matter to him. He however is affected by Khushi and does want her around, but this is a new venture for him. No worries, Aman and NK are there to ease his way.
    It’s so funny, in a way Khushi is being woo’d by these two for Arnav. What a good brother and friend. Arnav’s angels. Lol

    French dinner, a careless faux pa reveals a French mother for Khushi. I am sure NK has parked it in his mind for future connect the dots.
    Aman is a lark. They meet Khushi’s Robbie.

    Esquire Aman pleads his case successfully. Novel idea and hey it worked.
    Khushi enters the Ice Castle and we have a thaw. A small one, but a step forward. She gets an apology from ice man and oh those kisses. Yummy.
    They both lay bare their heart’s fears. The kinks in their personal safety nets are easing up!!

    NK and Robbie texting/sexting is so revealing of who they are. Totally up for each other!

    A pool date!! Thank goodness this pool is more than three feet deep!! Ha ha
    A bikini clad Khushi, itsy bitsy teeny weenie cherry bikini, now how is Arnav to keep it down. But he does ‘cos the night is his!!
    A lovely date, they ate, talked, Arnav swam, she dipped with him and oh oh he dipped as well!!
    And of course, the he-man angels show up to crash the date!! Lol
    Dinner for 6 sounds for revealing times ahead.

    The miserable Matthews!! We have a peek into Payal’s childhood and adulthood. She comes from an unhappy home and appears to be following in her mother’s footsteps. Staying in the marriage for societal and class approval. Add to that, staying married to be spiteful!! She hates Khushi with a vengeance. She is out to create mega disturbance at the engagement party. I wonder if she has crossed paths with the Raizadas before.
    Trent the wuss, on the other hand is stuck on Khushi from his teenage days. He needs to keep a distance from Arnav.

    Catching up with the Nights!! On to the next one!!
    Ladies, Love your writing!! Take care.

    1. LOL, you mean it’s an actual swimming pool and not a watering hole in the garden. 😛
      Esquire Aman and his best bro are definitely testing out their Cupid arrows.
      I hope you like how Arnav handles Trent down the line. And of course our girl Robbie got one in too.

  145. Ahhh… i love both Aman & NK… Arnav’s saviours…finally they are together…

    Hope Payal n Trent doesn’t create any problems for them!!! & they rot in their own hell😉

    Robbie & NK are made for each other😍

  146. SO HAWTTT 🙂 love the fireworks AND the flying fruits. I’m literally reading this for like the 15th time and still can’t get enoughhhhh ahhh you guys are amazingggg i can’t wait for nk and robbie to get together!!!!

  147. I love how NK is so unfiltered. Aman is totally a romantic at heart. How Robbie is the girl crush you need in life. And how Arnav and a Khushi are two bone headed individuals yet willing to make amends because it’s a risk they want to take. I mean all the rising levels of hotness kinda allude to that.

  148. Wow such an amazing chapter!!
    Arnav sure is lucky to have Aman and NK on his side to help him through his fuckups.

    Nk and Robbie are on for more fun !!

    Loved Aman’s letter and his points 🙂

    The Pool date was sizzling hot!

    Payal sure is one bitter lady with broken family issues. Is Khushi her cousin or half-sister??

    Now looking forward to ‘group dinner’

  149. Arnav is lucky to have a brother like aman and a friend like NK.
    Loved the conversation between NK and Robbie …. I hoped them to be a pair .
    The devils are back ….that bloody man think he can get kushi back …poor lad …payal deserves it. ….
    ❤️❤️❤️

  150. Hot and romantic date…
    Arnav have amazing people to guard his heart
    Both made right decision
    Aman letter so cute
    Nk and Rob convo so interesting

    Payal bitter..

  151. Wow, so much happened. But that vicarious living I was talking about? I guess, I am…let’s just say, satisfied. 😛

    These two are love. Khushi’s bravery. Wanting to see beyond that wall of ice. This is exactly what the Khushi of the show did too. Albeit unknowingly. I love that you’ve kept the main characteristics of the characters intact! This warms my heart, thrills me at the same time. A special mention to the dialogues you write. Witty, and sharp. They are a delight to read!

    For Arnav, I just have to say that the vulnerability beneath his demanding and bossy nature comes through so beautifully. You have caught that character to the T.

    Robbie and NK? I have jumped aboard and raised the sails. I’m going down this ship girls! That conversation! The flirting! Fire and fire? It’s not hard to imagine given the cast you’ve chosen as well. Its suddenly gotten very hot. 🙂

    I have to say, it has been really long that I have enjoyed a rom-com chick lit. This isn’t the same jaded writing, the same crap of a toxic hero and damsel in distress written over and over again. This is refreshing by the mere words that you have used to describe these characters and the scene. I am in New York state of mind and of course, Arnav and Khushi seal the deal too 🙂

  152. Oh and I completely forgot about Payal and her husband. If the word toxic wasn’t defined, it would be her. She is petty beyond what is normal. She needs help and therapy. And l want to see her fall down on her face, but now that I am *supposedly* a mature human being, I also feel pity for her, and hope she gets well soon.

    A man like Trent has no pity in my eyes. I don’t want to say he’s not *man* enough, because I do not want to carry forward notions of toxic masculinity. However, he couldn’t take a stand at 16 or 17. And he can’t take a stand now. He is a weak human being. Despite all this, I recognize the love he has for Khushi. Some would say it isn’t true love and all that jazz, but love is love nonetheless. Its selfish and painful and I know what he feels is painful to his soul. But his weakness doesn’t allow him to do anything about it. But I think that’s just karma. He wants what he can never have and this is punishment for how he treated an innocent soul. Sorry I kinda went off into an dissertation about the villains! But 2.00 AM brings about a psychologist in me. ^_^

  153. And Arnav’s 2 fairy godmothers comes to the rescue… what would he do without them!!!

    Its seems like it was love (erm scratch that Lust) at first sight for NK with regards to Robbie. Had a huge grin on my face whilst reading their text conversations. Dollface and Handsome ❤ Theres so fun and flirty with each other. Cant believe NK lied on purpose and Robbie realised straight away, damn that was one risky move.

    After he accused her and then told her to leave he thinks she came to him with NK comes to him…urgh Arnav what are we going to do with you!!!! I feel like I have a love-hate relationship with him as a reader!

    The emotions that Arnav and Khushi have gone through in the span of two days is probably more then many go through in their normal relationships!!!

    I love how Nk and Aman just seem to show up everywhere when Arnav is with Khushi 😂

    I really like that you’ve showed moments when Arshi just talk to each other. Whether that was initially with Trent, the couch convo in the morning or during their date by the poolside. Its gives much more depth in their 2 day relationship and also will give much more meaning when they finally do the deed.

    He accidentally called her mermaid 😉

    Trent and Payal…talk about toxic!!! Can I just bury Trent somewhere alive urgh!!!!

  154. What will Arnav do without Aman and NK? *Sigh*
    They know him so well. They are keen on putting Arnav and Khushi in a spot so that they can figure out how desperate they are to keep each other in life and also what they have is more precious than the think.

    NK and Robbie might be my favourite after ArShi 😋

    We already have wonderful pool scene(s) in our show but this story has taken pool scene to another level.

    There is always magic when Arnav , Khushi and pool involved.

    I am curious to know what will happen when Trent faces Arnav… Not gonna be pleasant for the former surely.

  155. Aman the saviour !!

    Loved his letter to Khushi..

    Also the fact that Arnav and Khushi both are accepting of the fact that they are risking their hearts is refreshing.

    What the hell did Payal expect her life would be when she went around screwing over Khushi’s really..

    1. Awesome! Aman and NK are just wonderful, great humor and underneath all of this they just want their brother to be happy. I like the talk of Arnav and Khushi when she went back to his place, both were able to put their pride aside. And the pool part, the chemistry is sizzling

  156. I LOVE Robbie so much ❤ I wish every girl has a girl friend like her, who deeply cares for her ❤
    NK is another wonderful character. And Aman's a best bro.
    ASR was still being ASR when he asked her to get out though 😦 that was rude.
    But khushi makes a decision to come back after being convinced by Aman and NK. they are the best cupids ❤

  157. NK and Aman…they both are freakingly awesome…… One protective friend and a caring brother……. Just loved their equation with khushi…. They realized this girl held the power to penetrate into Arnav’s heart and conquer him…. And they had done everything to keep her in his life and Robbie… She is friend who everyone deserves…..
    Payal and Trent…. Happiness will never touch you way when you had stolen someone else…. An explosion is yet to happen on Anjali’s engagement party… How does Anjali know payal….

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