Night #6

Wednesday afternoon

Lower East Side, Manhattan

To any self-respecting woman, Arnav’s offer to sweep in and take over would be infuriating. An honest woman, however, would admit it was also tempting. It was this temptation that was making her dig her heels in. What she had managed to attain thus far may not be much in comparison to his empire, yet it was proof she was able to piece together a new life from the tattered fabric of an old one. They were lovers, but she would never allow herself to become her mother.

Khushi forced thoughts of Arnav outside her head as she headed in for the interview. She had more practical thoughts to deal with at the moment, like how rent was due in two weeks and her bank balance was heading close to a bleak zero.

She looked up at the sign. No doubt he would have a lot to say if he knew she was interviewing to be a cocktail waitress at a bar on the Lower East Side. However, since she was let go with no reference, there wasn’t much of a choice. Mr. Raizada will just have to deal.

✧✧✧

This was a mistake, Khushi recognized immediately upon entering. She’d walked right into a strip club. Shit!

This was the result of not putting her mind on vetting where she was applying. The heavily tattooed man behind the counter was intimidating; the two muscular bouncers by the doors had that look that made her skin crawl. At eleven, the place was also nearly empty.

“Well, what can I do for you beautiful?”

Gulping down her nerves, Khushi offered a polite smile. “Hi, I came for an interview with Mr.Levine.”

“You’re looking at him,” his eyes raked down her body. “You’ll do. When can you start sweetheart?”

She started backing up towards the door, “Well, I was under the impression this was a restaurant bar.”

His eyes narrows, “It is.”

“I mean, I didn’t realize this was a … er gentlemen’s club.”

Mr. Levine sniggered, “Look boys, a judgmental little bitch.”

“No! I only meant I misinterpreted your advertisement. Sorry for wasting your time. I’ll just be on my way.”

“Hold on. Came all the way here for the job didn’t cha, what’s the rush?”

Beefy hands closed around her upper arms.

“Let go!”

“You’ll go when I say you can. No little uppity bitch is going slink into my club and throw attitude.”

Khushi was fighting back panic when she heard a voice, with an unmistakable accent, come from the doorway.

“You heard the lady. Let go.”

NK. But it was an NK like she’d never seen. Gone was the easy going manner, the laid back smile. In their place was a grim concentrated countenance of a man who was primed to fight – and win. This was the man Arnav trusted with his life.

“And who the fuck are you?”

“Nobody, unless you fuck with me.”

“She yours?”

“No, but she’s under my protection.”

“She’s not yours then it’s none of your fucking business. Missy thinks she’s too good to work for me. Needs a lesson.”

“The only one getting a lesson here today will be you if you don’t let her go.”

“Yeah? Says who?”

Suddenly the bouncer wasn’t next to her but flying across the room. He slammed into the wall with a bone crunching thud.

“Lesson one,” NK clipped. He turned just in time to dodge the punch from the second bouncer. In a span of thirty seconds Khushi stood in frozen shock as NK delivered a series of jarring blows, not taking a single one himself.

He was skilled and speedy, giving him a clear edge. Unable to take another hit, the solid wall of muscle landed on his knees with a howl of pain, hands clutched over his abdomen.

“Lesson two,” NK said as he turned to the now pale-faced owner, “Should I continue?”

The man took several steps back, shaking his head vehemently. At that NK’s hand closed around her arm and without a backward glance, Khushi found herself being dragged out to the sidewalk.

“NK!” she snapped. “Slow down! I can’t keep up.”

He turned around to glare at her. “What the fuck is the matter with you?” he demanded slowly, his voice vibrating with unchecked fury. “A strip club, Khushi? Really?”

“I didn’t know!” He was scaring the hell out of her. “And you’re scaring me.”

“Good,” NK bit out.

“Arnav sent you,” the accusation was stated with an odd mix of defeated anger. “He doesn’t trust me does he?”

“He’s concerned for your safety, and after what just happened back there, he’s right.”

“It was an honest mistake, NK. I’m grateful you were there. It doesn’t mean I appreciate the reason why you were.”

“You matter to him, Khushi. Don’t make this into something it’s not. He wants you taken care of, give him that.”

“He wants control.”

“In Arnav’s vocabulary, they are one and the same. Your problem however is that you’re focusing on the words. With him, you need to look beyond them.”

“I don’t know what you mean!”

“Intent is everything with Arnav. You need to understand the motive behind his words and actions. They are often at cross purpose. Look for the cues that will tell you what he really means.”

“What cues?”

“You need to learn that on your own. Once you do, once you understand the language of Arnav Singh Raizada, you’ll realize who’s really in control of the relationship.”

Khushi gave a frustrated sigh. “I need to get to my second interview.”

“You’re not going on another interview, Khushi.”

“NK, I need a job.”

“You’ll be taken care of,” NK rejoined, ushering her towards the waiting cab.

She yanked her arm out of his hold, “Yeah? Is that so? Should I ask him to pay my rent? Leave utility bills on his desk? Lay a palm out for one of his credit cards when I need a new pair of jeans?”

“Why not? He has the money, and he’s made it clear he wants to.”

“Damn you both, I won’t be kept! You may look down on what I choose to do, but it’s my life. Dignity is the only thing I’ve been left with! I won’t allow anyone to take that from me,” to her shame, her voice lost its strength and tremored to an end.

“What, or better yet who, are you running from, Khushi?”

She turned her face away from NK’s leveling stare, “Nothing, I’m sorry for this scene. You didn’t ask for it,” she paused for a calming breath, “Would you mind dropping me home?”

“And where’s home?”

“NK…”

“Fine, I won’t make you say it. But Khushi, in my experience, denial has a nasty way of causing wreckage.”

✧✧✧

After dropping Khushi off at the door to Arnav’s penthouse, NK didn’t return to the office. Instead he headed to his own apartment to ensure privacy for what he had to do.

NK didn’t like his conversation with Khushi. She was definitely running from something… more likely someone. It was time to dig.

He scrolled through his contacts until he found Chet, a former associate of his life before AR. Chet specialized in comprehensive background checks, finding what others didn’t want found, and what most aren’t able to dig up.

“I have a job for you,” NK informed him the instant the call went through.

“What is it with you since you started working for Raizada?” Chet’s deep bass voice rumbled in his ear. “You don’t know how to say, ‘Hello’? Even a quick, ‘How ya doin’ mate?’ But, no. It’s always, ‘I need shit done and I need it done yesterday.’”

NK fought for patience. “Hello. How ya doin’ mate? We good? Now, I want you to dig up everything you can on a Khushi Lacene Khumari. Absolute discretion is required.”

“Who is she?”

“Yes or no, Chet.”

“Depends. First, you best remember you’re the one asking for a favor.” He let that sink in.

NK swore. “Sorry, Chet. She’s important.”

“To you?’

“No.”

“Raizada?”

“Yeah.”

“You know, he doesn’t expect payback.”

“I know. The Raizadas, well they overlooked a lot. That’s why I stay and that’s why I’m calling in a favor.”

“They’re lucky to have you. And you are lucky to have me, you little fuck.”

“I know it, as you never fail to remind me.”

“I’ll dig. How deep do you need me to go?”

“All the way.”

“To birth?”

“To conception.”

“Fuck, she a liability?”

“No, but something in her past might be.”

Business taken care of, he hung up and punched a text to Robbie.

NK: “We need to talk.”

Robbie: “That sounds ominous, Handsome.”

NK: “About Khushi.”

Robbie: “What about her?”

NK: “She has secrets up to her ears and behind those dimples and head of curls, you are the keeper of those secrets.”

Robbie: “Your boss’s paranoia must be rubbing off on you.”

NK: “No, just riding my instincts. I also have the time and several fortunes at my disposal, so if you don’t share I’ll find out anyways.”

NK wasn’t surprised when his phone rang two seconds later.

“Don’t hurt Khushi,” Robbie’s voice was laced with panic.

“I have no intention of doing so, but considering the magnifying glass Arnav lives under, I can’t protect her when I don’t know what I need to protect her from.”

“How can I trust you?”

“Go with your gut feeling. What’s it saying?

“That life is about to change.”

“Do you want the change?”

“For Khushi? Absolutely. My last two birthday wishes has been for her to get the happiness she deserves.”

“And that’s why I think you’re worth it, Robbie Sinclair.”

“What?”

At the genuine surprise in her tone he decided to lay it out. “Any woman, who uses her own birthday wish for another woman’s happiness, is worth the bullshit games.”

“Don’t say things you don’t mean.”

“Beautiful Robbie, your looks alone could inspire a man to rope the moon for you, why the doubts?”

“Huh. Men always expect payment in kind.”

“Now I think it’s you who need to widen your circle of acquaintance. Anyways, stop distracting me.”

“They’re not my secrets to tell, NK.”

“No, but they’re yours to protect. We’re on the same team, Robbie.”

“What makes you so sure he wants more from Khushi then the others?”

“Who do you think chose Kumar’s Catering for the party?”

“What?!”

Fuck him. How did that slip out?

“You tell me what you mean right this minute, NK!”

“I’ll tell you, if you invite me over this evening.”

“That’s blackmail!”

There was a challenging silence.

“Fine! My rehearsal runs until five. Come over at six.”

“Address?”

“Oh please, as if you don’t know it.”

“I’ll see you at six, and Robbie?”

“Yeah?”

“BL is expected.”

“BL?”

“Black lace.”

“You’re not even at first base.”

“Impatient for a taste of me?”

“No! Just making a point.”

“Noted. Now I’ll make my point. I’m up for bat tonight doll.”

✧✧✧

Fifth Ave, New York

As soon as she entered the penthouse, Khushi threw off the knitted sweater she’d been wearing. Feeling suffocated, she paced the living room with pent-up energy.

Who was she angry with? Arnav for his high handedness? Or herself for giving in? Should she view his action as protective or controlling? Was she allowing the worst kind of repetition of a lesson she’d already learnt too well?

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” the malicious reminder slithered through her mind.

No, she wasn’t like her. She couldn’t be like her. To be like her led to heartbreak.

What to do now? Stand her ground and continue as they were, taking each day as it came, and when it was over, leave with a bruised heart, but her dignity intact? Or, did she dare to venture into his world and see if she could make it her own. Could she risk being cut open in pursuit of this happiness?

Khushi came to an abrupt standstill, in a room surrounded by glass, over seventy stories above New York City, she encountered her fork in the road.

Who was it that intoned the irrelevance of reality in favor of perception?

NK’s question came back to her, “And where’s home?”

Home.

Where was home? Why hadn’t she protested when NK took her straight to Arnav’s?

Her eyes swept the room. They met with four corners of luxury incarnate, but it was hollow – until he walked through the door and filled it with his presence.

Home to her had never been a place, but rather two arms holding tight. Home was warmth, the warmth of her mother’s embrace. Home was shelter, the shelter of her father’s arms.

Khushi sank onto the sofa, heart racing as she thought of how she felt in the last few nights in the moments just before sleep when Arnav put his arms around her, pulling her into his warm embrace.

Was Arnav home?

Tucked against him, she felt like a lost traveler returning after an unexpectedly long trip. In his arms she felt protected. Cherished.

Her breath stuttered.

She had given him her body, allowed him to take over her dreams. Even her heart beat in tune to his. Could she hand him her complete trust? Such an exchange would be equivalent to signing over her soul to him. Would he want such a burden? Would he understand its fragility and take care?

She had trusted before, only to discover a mirage. That crack would never fully heal, but her soul was untouched and whole.

If Arnav broke her trust, she would break. A shattered mirror without a reflection.

Abruptly, the late nights and lack of sleep caught up with her. Khushi made her way to the bedroom, stopping short at the door. Why couldn’t she enter when he wasn’t there? It somehow felt intrusive.

Laying her head down on the bed in one of his guestrooms, she closed her eyes.

There is no truth. There is only perception.” Right, Mr. Gustave Flaubert.

She was not her mother. Her beloved mother had not dared to ask for the whole man. Khushi will not settle for anything less.

A smile kissed her lips as she drifted to sleep. The fork in the road had vanished, for she was already walking on her chosen path.

✧✧✧

Arnav: Where are you?

NK: Had to take care of business. On my way back.

Arnav: Khushi?

NK: Safe in your tower.

Arnav: Anything I should know?

NK: Enter your place with caution.

Arnav: What the fuck, NK!

NK: She’s fine, but pissed.

Arnav: Women.

NK: Yeah…there are only 3 things to be done with them.

Arnav: ….

NK: Love them, suffer for them, or turn them over your knees.

Arnav: You’re mixing your reading material.

NK: Oh please, Henry Miller was a pansy.

Arnav: And Hugh Hefner wasn’t?

NK: One would assume you’ll side with the empire builder.

Arnav: Not when it’s an empire of bunnies.

NK: A valid point.

✧✧✧

AR Headquarters, New York

The door to Aman’s office opened and closed.

“I can’t believe you’re ditching our long standing Wednesday nights at Gramercy for a chick. Whatever happened to the bro code you little…Nani!” Aman yelped as he looked up from the screen. “Sorry, thought you were NK.”

“I’m well aware of that,” she rebuked. It surprised her that this grandson will soon be a married man and starting a family of his own. Aman was so childlike in many ways. In ways Arnav never was, in ways he was never allowed to be.

“We weren’t expecting you this week, anything wrong?”

“No, I was nearby and thought I’ll drop in…. Arnav, how is he?”

“Something happened,” Aman stated astutely, making Devyani smile ruefully. Why did she always underestimate the shark-like instincts that existed beside the carefree front?

“Yes, I said something I shouldn’t have. Arnav does not forgive easily.”

“You are family, Nani. One of the few we have. Whatever our differences, Arnav and I can never repay your care and guidance.”

“Any grandmother –” she started, but Aman was quick to interrupt.

“Perhaps, but few grandmothers are entitled to be called Lady Dragon,” he gave her an impish grin, taking the wrinkled hand and placing a light kiss on them. “I’ll talk to, Arnav.”

Her eyes misted for a moment, she gave him a light tap on the cheek before she harrumphed and raised a brow.

“Since I’m here, I want to tell you before approaching Arnav. Your mami has sent a photo of her friend’s daughter from Delhi. She will be coming this summer to study at NYU-”

“No.”

“Aman, I don’t know how much time I have left on this earth. You know it is my dearest wish to see both of you settled with a good woman by your side. You have found your Anjali, but your brother’s choice in women has me worried.”

“Nani, first you will live a full century. It is the will of the Raizada brothers, who would dare go against it? Second, you promised me three years.”

“Yes, but an entire one has passed by and you haven’t produced a single candidate for consideration!”

“I found her six months ago.”

“What? How? Who?

Aman laughed, “Thank god you did not have a granddaughter, poor girl would have been married off the minute she turned eighteen.”

“Aman Singh Raizada! Don’t hold me in suspense. You actually found someone?”

“I wouldn’t dare. And yes, she was in our backyard this whole time.”

“Well?”

“Nani, I promise you, both of your grandsons will be well and truly married before the next New Year. She meets every requirement of yours, mine, and NK’s,” he paused thoughtfully, “Arnav’s too for that matter. It’s like someone upstairs crafted her just for us.”

“Who is she? When can I meet her?”

“You’ll meet her at the engagement party. However, you must promise me one thing.”

“You’re beginning to sound like your brother. Not everything is a negotiation you know.”

“It’s too late bemoaning that now, the ship has long sailed.”

“Aman!”

“Right. I found her and I’ve placed her in his path. The rest must be up to him.”

“What if he lets her slip through his fingers? You know your brother doesn’t allow anyone in, especially a woman. Not after what happened in Lucknow.”

“I don’t think you have to worry about that. He’s wrapped up in her so tight; he’s already forsaken his normal modus operandi.”

“Our Arnav?”

“Yes, Nani, our Arnav, your chote…does this mean you will be leaving me the lion share in your will?”

Aman winced as the thick HR handbook hit his chest, the Dragon Lady sure had a good arm.

✧✧✧

Wednesday  evening

Fifth Ave, New York

As soon as he stepped into the penthouse, his eyes searched for her, experiencing an odd pang when she wasn’t there to greet him. Only a handful of days and he had grown used to seeing her as soon as he returned, anticipating that first touch after hours apart. That unsettling sense of coming home.

It hadn’t escaped his notice that she rarely spent time in the apartment while he was at the office, or how she went back to her place every day for a change of clothes. With any other woman, this attitude would have been appreciated. What was it about this one that changed the entire equation?

He conjured her to mind. He had dated women more beautiful and sophisticated, had slept with far more experienced ones. But none of them, not one, responded to his touch the way she did. He wanted her in a way he didn’t think was possible for a man to want. He wanted to taste that lush mouth, to make those green eyes burn, to watch her body take his with abandon. It was a want that was edging damn close to need.

The thought brought him up short. He—Arnav Singh Raizada—needed no one. Raking his hand through his hair, he twisted his aching neck to ease the mounting tension.

Khushi. Her name alone evoked his proprietorial instincts. She made him feel… something. Despite the extensive scope of his lexicon, he didn’t have the word to put a name to this feeling.

Where was she?

He derided himself for his eagerness even as he strode towards the master bedroom. No Khushi. Panic flared in Arnav’s gut, propelling him to move through the rooms.

He found her in the last guest bedroom. It took several moments for his eyes to adjust to the dim light. The relief upon making out her feminine shape on the bed made a mockery of all his assurances of control. Arnav found himself standing by the bed and looking down. She was on her side, hair spread out across the pillow, hands tucked under one cheek.

His chest constricted as he read the lines of exhaustion on her face. Without conscious thought, he reached out and traced a finger lightly across her face, gently brushing back her silky tresses. Just then she stirred, making him tense. Quickly removing his hand, he stood in statue stillness until she settled. Arnav found his mouth tipping up as her even breathing gave way to a soft snore.

Catching himself the smile faded. He barely knew her, and yet she held power over him, handed to her by his own body. Without intending to do so, he had spent most of the day with her on his mind. It was a first. His jeal- no, possessiveness, was also a first. Her immunity to his wealth, definitely a first!

Arnav realized then it was the sense of navigating through uncharted waters that was upsetting his equilibrium. He was a man hardwired to operate within the premise of terms and conditions, whether it was business or personal. It was time to put an end to this limbo and set the particulars of their arrangement.

However she was getting two concessions he would never tolerate with any other.

The terms will be negotiated in bed. The proposal agreed to verbally.

He didn’t mind the first, looked forward to it in fact. Her keen mind and passionate nature guaranteed an engaging battle. But the latter bothered him. He would prefer a written contract, legal and binding. However, Khushi had too much self-respect and innate romanticism to sign something so cold. It was a compromise, of sorts, but one they could both live with.

Decision made, he went to prepare. A strategist to his core, Arnav recognized how vital it was to set the stage.

An hour later, a discreet knock came. He opened the door to accept the package containing items he had specifically requested from concierge. Finally on familiar grounds, Arnav allowed himself a small smile.

✧✧✧

Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York

He was going to end up falling in lust with her. NK accepted this truth as they went down the produce isle and he caught Robbie eyeing the cucumbers overtly before sneaking a glance at his thighs.

He suppressed the grin before picking the second largest of the cylindrical vegetables and placing it deliberately in the cart. She starred with interest before looking up to meet his eyes. Hers sparkled with humor.

He had barely knocked on the apartment door, when Robbie had torpedoed out and dragged him back to the streets. “Grocery!” was her singular explanation.

After paying for the purchase, his insistence, they’d each grab a bag and headed out. It was a warmer night than usual for a New York winter.

“You want to take a cab or walk?”

“It’s only ten minutes, you can start sharing what you meant earlier today as we walk.”

“Impatient little thing aren’t you.”

“Never call a woman ‘little thing’ when her feet are wrapped in spiked boots.”

“You do have a way of making your point, Doll.”

“Robbie.”

“I know your name.”

“Then use it.”

“What’s wrong with doll?”

“It’s generic and it tells me you fall back on it when you don’t remember the name of a woman you’re with,” she threw at him.

NK paused mid stride and starred at her back. Oh yes, he was definitely falling.

“Robbie.”

She spun around to face him, chin tilted in challenge. “What?”

“Anyone ever tell you, you look extremely kissable when pissed?”

“No, but I see you’re about too.”

“I’ve always hated predictability,” with that NK moved towards her, wrapped an arm around her waist and drew her to him. She starred at him and just as her eyes fluttered close in surrender, he grinned. Leaning close, he gave her ear lobe a light nip. “Not yet, I’m going to take my time for a good warm up before I go to bat for you. Because when I do, it’ll be a home run, Robbie.”

Her eyes snapped open, something in him delighted at the fire that blazed in them. “You NK Ryan, are a fucking tease.”

“Yeah, but you like it.”

She blew out a breath, and then with slow deliberateness, swiped her pink tongue across her plump lower lips, awakening all his male senses with the feline action. “Call,” she challenged.

Fuck him, she was all woman, all vixen, all …Robbie.

“Okay, you’ve made your point. Let’s get inside before things freeze down under and render that little show moot.”

He was gratified by her giggle. There was pleasure to be found in coaxing a laugh out of a beautiful woman.

As soon as everything was placed into the small fridge or the tiny cupboards above the gas range, she turned to him. “Kumar’s Catering. Now.”

“They aren’t four stars by any stretch, didn’t you find it strange that such a small company received an exclusive contract to host a Raizada event?”

Robbie’s jaw dropped. “You mean…”

“Aman meets up with old friends in the Lower East Side every month. These friends were from the days when they first came to New York. To make them comfortable, he never chooses the place. Six months ago, they ended up at Kumar’s Diner.”

“That’s where Khushi was busing tables.”

“Yes, the place was packed with male customers thanks to her. Something her boss took full advantage of, but she didn’t seem aware of. That’s what caught Aman’s attention. She was polite, friendly, but immune to the attention.”

“But surely, one meeting…” she trailed off as a memory came to mind, “Ohmigod, don’t tell me you’re trench coat guy!”

NK grinned, “Very good. She left an impression, but he had to be sure. So he sent me.”

“She thought you were homeless!”

“I know,” NK said quietly, “and whenever I’d outstayed my welcome, she paid for my coffee out of her tip.”

“But… why? There’s no shortage of women willing to become Mrs. ASR.”

“Yes, but they weren’t for him. Nani was leaning towards an arranged marriage. Aman and I knew he was close to agreeing. He’d been restless this past year. Mergers and acquisitions were no longer enough. He needed someone, although he would never admit it. So Aman asked Nani for a reprieve, three years for us to find a woman that meets all of our criteria. If we failed, we’ll support her decision.”

“That’s insanity! I’m not sure if you two are the best thing for him or the bane of his existence.”

“We didn’t do anything, only arranged for him to see her.”

“What made you think he would notice her?”

“We’re men, Robbie. She’s not exactly hard on the eyes. I’d like to tell you it was her sparkling personality we took note of but then you would call me out for the bullshit. Anyone on his arms needs to hold her own against the women in his world.”

“Khushi will kill me if I don’t share this with her.”

“And Arnav would turn us into eunuchs without batting an eye if he finds out.”

Robbie giggled, unable to control herself, she laughed until tears of mirth rolled down her cheeks.

“I don’t find any humor in the possibility of losing my manhood.”

“Oh no, I’m not laughing at that.”

“Tell me.”

“Whenever I wished for Khushi’s fairytale, I never thought her fairy godmother would come in the form of two playboys!”

NK grinned, “Well, looks like we have a little secret.”

“Yeah, looks like.”

“I told you our side, now it’s your turn.”

She shook her head. “No.”

“Robbie,” his voice held warning.

“NK, with Khushi, trust is everything. I cannot break her faith in me. It would break our friendship.”

“Things might get ugly.”

“There’s more isn’t there?”

“I’m not sure. Since you refuse to provide insight, I have to connect the dots on my own.”

“I don’t like it.”

“You’re welcome to fill in the blanks.”

“Give me another option.”

“Come to the engagement party.”

“What does that have to do with anything?”

“She’ll be introduced to Nani and their closest friends. Your presence will help.”

“Am I going as Khushi’s friend?”

“I would invite you as my date, but that’s not your scene.”

“If my friend’s happiness wasn’t in your hands, I would be tempted to toss you out.”

“Lucky me.”

She sighed, “Ok, I’ll go… as your date.”

NK burst into laughter at her pinched expression. “Don’t worry; you won’t have to kiss a frog at the end.”

“Lucky me.”

✧✧✧

Wednesday  night

Fifth Ave, New York

Anticipation curled through him as he walked back to the bedroom, much like the adrenaline rush he used to feel when a lucrative business deal fell through.

He leaned down and brushed her lips with his. Only a whisper of a kiss, but it was enough to wake her.

Khushi blinked and focused on him, “You’re home early, aren’t you?”

Did she realize she called his place home?

“I am. I canceled the last meeting.” He didn’t tell her that it was because he’d been unable to concentrate on anything but her that day.

Arnav smoothed a lock of hair off of her cheek. “I have a present for you.” She sat up on the bed, frowning, one leg tucked under her, and ran a hand through her hair. Before she opened her mouth to protest, he placed a finger over it. “Not what you’re thinking. Come see it first.”

He took her to the master bedroom. Pausing by the dresser he grabbed the afghan throw he’d requested and wrapped it around her. Then with a hand on the small of her back, he guided her to the balcony.

The city glistened in a wondrous symphony of jewel tones below.

Arnav smiled to himself as he watched Khushi’s eyes spark in surprised pleasure. She moved to trace a reverent fingertip over the exquisite lacquer.

He walked up beside her, speaking softly as he closed his hands over hers, guiding them around the equatorial mount.

“They named it the Skylight-Elliott Refractor, for Ernie Elliott. He was a craftsman for one of England’s most prestigious telescope makers after World War II. In the 1980’s, he was commissioned to recreate a special edition of the 80mm Victorian brass refractor. A batch of twenty four were made, a few were sold immediately. However, due to a change in priorities of the company and a shortage of tripods, the remaining telescopes were encased and placed into their vaults. Unexpectedly, it took thirty years for the company to recall and revisit this particular edition. They married the telescope with a handmade oiled oak tripod by Richard Day. Most like this one bear minor marks caused by long term storage, but its value comes from retaining the authentic original patina on the brass lacquer.”

“Arnav, it’s magnificent!”

“Yes, it embodies a rare glimpse into the past even as we use it to look towards the future,” he replied, turning her around to face him.

“Why?” she asked simply.

“You won’t accept gifts, however, you said nothing of sharing an experience. I thought this would appeal to you.”

“It’s perfect. I don’t’ know what to say.”

“Say nothing. Enjoy it with me.”

He spent the next half hour showing her how to adjust the settings, moving the ascension axis to track the Canis Major until they found Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Her enthusiasm made him realize he’d given her less than any woman he’d taken to bed, when he wanted to give her so much more.

He would, Arnav decided. For he has discovered he wanted to hoard these moments, with her next to him, eyes alight with pleasure he was responsible for.

She turned to him; lips curved in a smile of wonder and said, “A thank you isn’t sufficient, so I will not utter it. Instead I just want you to know that I have lived this moment to the fullest and will always cherish it.”

Her words touched an unstrung cord in his heart, yet he willed it to quiet. It was time to move forward with tonight’s agenda. “This is only a small taste of what I can give you, Khushi.”

“What do you mean?”

“It’s time we talk about our arrangement.”

✧✧✧

“Arrangement,” her smile dimmed as she tasted the word tentatively as one would something foreign.

“Yes. I don’t think it’s wise to move forward without clear expectations from both parties.”

“We are in the bedroom, not your boardroom. And this is a relationship, Arnav, not a business contract!”

“In every interaction, it is best to outline the term and conditions. That way there are no disappointments.”

His words splattered like black paint across her bright canvas of joy.

“Why are you doing this?” she asked as she turned and walked back into the room. The words chilled her flesh when she’d been immune to the icy sting of winter air just moments before.

“Because you are everywhere I look. In my head, in my blood, like a goddamn fever. I’ve never felt this way and I don’t like it!” he snapped from behind her.

“Well, I’m…sorry.”

Then something elemental exploded through Khushi. She couldn’t handle the way he blew hot and cold. Give her the stars one moment then yanked her back down without warning. She stepped forward until she was within inches of Arnav’s chest.

She poked him with a finger, forcing him to move back slightly. “Actually, I’m not sorry. Why? Because I never asked for this! I never asked for this attraction between us. I never asked for you to take me to bed. I never asked to spill my guts. I never asked to fall in lo… I’ve had enough of Mr. CEO so jaded he places commercial value on human connections, Mr. Control who doesn’t even know what he wants—“

“What the hell are you saying, Khushi?” Arnav demanded incredulously.

Khushi was past caring—beyond awareness of what she was saying. Truly the man works her up like no others. He stopped backing away and Khushi looked up, at a complete loss for words. The air cracked around them.

With a sudden movement, Arnav reached for her, pulled the afghan away and yanked open her blouse and bra, so she was bared to him from the waist up. She gasped in shocked outrage, but just as swiftly Arnav drew her close, taking both of her hands with one of his and anchoring them behind her back.

Words of protest were silenced as his mouth came down on hers and a fierce explosion of need flared in her belly and between her legs. When he felt her lips yield, Arnav lifted his head and looked directly into her eyes, “You’re wrong, Khushi. I know exactly what I want, and she’s right here in my arms.”

She attempted to free her hands, but he was stronger. His other hand slid down her back, skimming to her front, and then with a few brief flicks of his fingers undid her jeans, pulling them down over her calves until she stood before him in only her panties.

Straightening, Arnav coaxed her against him. She could feel the evidence of his desire through the trouser’s heavy fabric. The friction against her own sensitized body was making her tremble. And then his hand moved up over her waist and higher, around the front, over her belly to the swell of one breast. Khushi was dizzy with needs that clamored through her body like waves pounding against the shore.

When his hand closed around that breast, and his mouth left hers to make a carnal passage downwards, her legs couldn’t hold her up any more. She would have sunk to the floor if not for Arnav’s arm supporting her.

“Please…Arnav…please…” she begged, hating the weakness in her voice.

“Please, what?”

“Please…let me go…”

“I think that is no longer an option for you,” he told her seriously.

“What do you want from me?”

“A verbal contract defining our expectations of each other.”

“Why?” she whispered.

“It’s …necessary to me.”

“And the terms?”

“You tell me yours, I’ll tell you mine, then we negotiate.”

She looked at him and took a deep breath for fortification. “Let me go first.”

“No. I like this position.”

Her eyes spit fire at him. Then she closed them, shutting him out. NK’s words from earlier in the day came to her. Look beyond his words and actions. Find the cues.

Why did he feel the need to label their relationship? To box it within the parameters of detached terms like arrangement and contract? What was his intent in sharing the night sky with her? Something she felt certain he had never done before with another woman. His actions were inconsistent; some might even characterize it as irrational. The root cause of irrationality was fear. But what did he fear?

And then she understood. Hadn’t she faced her own fork in the road just hours ago? It was the time for courage.

Opening her eyes, she encountered his shuttered face and tense jawline. Cues, how did she miss them before?

“I have one term, if you can’t meet it, the negotiation is over.”

She felt Arnav exhale in guarded relief, “Think carefully, Khushi. It may be verbal, but I plan to bind you with it.”

“I have.”

“Tell me.”

She looked straight into his eyes, “All of me for all of you.”

Khushi watched in fascination as his eyes flared, the hardness melting from his features, leaving only the man and an expression that made her insides curl with longing.

“You ask for a lot.”

“You have a choice, but I won’t accept anything else.”

“And if I say no?”

The prospect alone created a gaping ache in her heart, but she ignored it to reply, “Then I walk.”

“Can you?”

“Yes. I don’t deny that it won’t hurt, but Arnav this isn’t an ultimatum. This is me offering you everything I am.”

“We’ve known each other for six nights.”

“I know.”

“Why does it feel so much longer?”

He captured her wrist, laying a finger over the pulse. Again he was struck by how delicate her wrists were, almost fragile, as if they were to be handled with the utmost care. He studied her. Why this woman? This woman who asked for so little, yet wanted everything. If he gave it to her, would she be able to handle the burden?

“You may not want everything I am, have you thought of that?”

She answered with a question, “Why do you do that?”

“Do what?”

“Take my pulse when we talk.”

“Your lips may lie, but your pulse will tell me what I need to know.”

“I’ve never lied to you.”

“An omission is also a lie, Khushi. And you are quite apt at omitting.”

“To protect myself, because outside of Robbie, no one has ever stood by my side.”

Arnav froze, her words clearing the cobwebs of his own clouded thoughts. Wasn’t that what he himself had done? Hardening himself, because there was no one there to take the blow in his place? Guarding his heart because he feared another betrayal? A betrayal that had left an aftertaste so bitter, it still lingered on his senses? Could he trust her? Trust her to take care?

He felt her hands running down his back, sending shivers of heated desire through him.

“Let me in,” she murmured against his throat, “I won’t hurt you, Arnav.”

But you have the power to.

He crushed the thought, but he could no longer rein back the need for her. Pulling her closer, his head bent to take her lips with his, moving over them with unabated hunger.

He finally released her hands, but only long enough to lift her onto the bed, easing the panties down her thighs and striping off his clothes with indecent haste.

Khushi’s mouth went dry as he stood before her, a tall, lean bronzed specimen of masculinity. All she could think was for this moment he was hers. She opened her arms to him and he fell on her, molding her softness against his stark arousal. Lost in each other, they kissed and touched, stroked and writhed, breath intermingling, short and rapid.

Abruptly Arnav pulled back and stared at her, “Yes. All of me for all of you, Khushi.”

The words ripped through her, opened her heart, held it wide for him to tumble in. Her eyes filled as he slipped into her, bracing on his arms to watch her face.

“It’s different,” she whispered, swallowing a sob as he moved deeper.

“It’s different,” he repeated, and then the need for words evaporated as their body took over communication.

Khushi’s body arched up to Arnav’s as her legs wrapped around his waist, drawing him deeper into an urgent spiral of potent need.

Arnav looked down into her face, saw how her cheeks were wild with color, how she bit her lip to keep her moans back. He kissed her lips to stop the biting, unconscious of the tender nature of his gesture.

Not long after, he felt her bite his shoulder in response to the way her body clenched around him until he could feel every spasm, urging him on to an intense orgasm. When it came, he blacked out for an indefinite time before the world came into focus again, body still pulsing.

Reluctantly, he pulled back, only to shift her close into his chest, gently urging her head into the crook of his neck and shoulder. A perfect fit.

With her skin against his, Arnav closed his eyes. His hands ran up and down her arms as he settled himself beside her. She was searing herself upon his soul and he just realized, he wanted her there.

✧✧✧

Chelsea, New York

Trent walked through the door only to freeze at the scene before him. His wife was lounging naked on the sofa.

“What is this?”

“We haven’t shared a bed in months, I want my husband to fuck me.”

“I’m not in the mood for your games, Payal.”

“Why? Because you’re anxious to see the little slut?”

“Watch your tongue!”

“Or what?” she goaded.

“If you’re going to be a bitch – take it elsewhere.”

She rose from the sofa, not a hint of modesty towards her undressed state, and walked to him. Her hands swung out, posed to deliver a slap, but she clenched them tightly before it met with his face.

A smile twisted her lips as she ran her nails down the lapels of his jacket. She tilted her head back to observe him, “She’s probably in his bed right now.”

“What are talking about?” Trent demanded angrily.

“Khushi. She’s likely in bed with Arnav, moaning while he fucks her. Maybe I should follow her lead and find myself a real man,” Payal drawled mockingly.

She heard the savage hiss as he expelled the air from his lungs. From his expression she could tell that her barb had found its mark.

She felt sick, hating herself for allowing her feelings to betray her into such an acid comment. Yet, seeing that photo of Khushi had unleashed something within her. Her mind consumed by it. And Trent, her fucking husband’s lust was only fueling the burn.

“What’s happened to you, Payal?” he asked quietly.

“I’m still the same, Trent. You just never bothered to see me.”

“I married you.”

“Do you even know why?” At his silence, she turned away, making her way upstairs. “Good night, husband. Sweet dreams.”

Trent stood rooted in place until he heard the slam of the bedroom door. The bedroom they no longer shared.

He made his way to the downstairs guestroom, locking it behind him. Not bothering to remove his clothes, he fell across the mattress with heavy weariness, trying to block out the images Payal’s words evoked.

Khushi.

Does she still…?

He’ll have his answers soon.

✧✧✧

Thursday morning

Fifth Ave, New York

Khushi stretched her arms up. Cool air caressed her skin as the sheets fell around her. Her mind conjured the memory of how Arnav had caressed that skin, roughly demanding one moment, then with aching tenderness the next. He had so many moods, so many needs, she was looking forward to exploring them. The sound of the bathroom door opening drew her gaze.

Arnav’s eyes grew warm as he walked out of the steaming bath and saw Khushi propped on the bed. She looked sexy as hell with the sheets falling around her, doing a spectacular job framing her curves.

His gaze roamed over her appreciatively until he encountered the faint purple bruises on her upper arm. He was instantly horrified.

“Was I too rough?”

“What?”

He moved to the bed, touching the marks with his thumb.

She looked down, seeing the dark marks, “Oh no, this wasn’t you.”

Arnav’s eyes narrowed, “Who the fuck touched you?”

“Arnav, it’s nothing.”

“Your arms are bruised, it’s not nothing.”

“NK took care of it.”

“Story. Now.”

“In a roundabout way, it is your fault.”

“What?!”

“I didn’t vet my job application carefully… I thought it was a restaurant bar, when in fact it was.. umm.. a strip club,” the last two words were said in a rush.

“The rest of it,” Arnav demanded.

“I told them it was a mistake, tried to leave… the owner thought otherwise, so he had someone detain me. NK came took care of the matter. That’s all of it. Actually, since we’re on the subject, we need to talk about this secret bodyguard business.”

“I understand your need for independence. However, women’s lib needs to take a backseat when we’re talking about safety. I need to know you’re safe. That is non-negotiable.”

“Arnav.”

“I take care of what’s mine, Khushi. Even before last night, you gave yourself to me.”

“I’ve lived twenty three years without your protection.”

“What would you have done if NK hadn’t showed up yesterday?” he fired at her.

“I was about to pull out my wasp spray and –”

“A bit of spray is hardly sufficient defense!”

“It’s actually very effective. I’m well aware of the dangers of living in the city, Arnav. I’ve encountered them. We can debate what-if scenarios all day, but I won’t let that stop me from living my life.”

“It would drive me crazy if something were to happen to you,” he admitted. “This isn’t just about the average city criminals, Khushi. I’ve made enemies over the years, some who wouldn’t have a single scruple in using a woman as leverage. Our photo has been everywhere, there can’t be any doubt that you’re under my protection. Give this to me.”

“Will you be upfront about it?”

“Above board. They will be discreet, but you’ll be made aware of your security details.”

He was conceding a lot. While the thought of being followed around made her extremely uncomfortable, she recognized it was a necessity in his world.

“Okay.”

“Thank you.”

“I want to work, that isn’t negotiable.”

“Fine, then come work for me.”

“What?”

“I can’t have you in my office it’ll be too distracting, but NK has enough on his plate now he needs an assistant.”

“You can’t just give me a job, it wouldn’t be fair.”

Arnav shook his head ruefully even as he experienced a rush of pride. Her fierce self-respect and innate sense of fair play was a rarity among his circle of acquaintance.

“Then apply. Look up the entry level positions.”

“I don’t have a formal degree.”

He laughed at that, “Neither do I.”

“What? But, Harvard?”

“An honorary degree presented when I was a keynote speaker at one of their graduations. I side with Jim Rohn on this.”

“Jim Rohn?”

“It would be safe to call him the godfather of the self-help industry. He left us with this – ‘formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.’”

She hesitated, old fears lingering in her eyes.

Arnav watched her intently. “Trust me?”

Khushi nodded slowly, “Will you give me until after this weekend? I know you have questions, and I promise I won’t evade. It’s just, so much happened this week, you… it’s all a bit overwhelming.”

“Am I overwhelming?”

“Very much so.”

“Good, I like whelming you.”

“You are terribly arrogant.”

“It’s a respected trait in business.”

“Hmmm,. better hurry then or you’ll be late. If you lose your business, all that arrogance will go to waste,” she gave him a saucy grin.

Arnav looked down at her, his lips tilted at the corners, “Come to AR on Monday, then. I can even promise a personal tour from the CEO.”

“Doesn’t the CEO have to … work?”

“Of course, he’ll be recruiting fresh talent for the company.”

“He’s a very attentive CEO,” she smiled up at him. “I promise to think on it. Robbie and I have a planned lunch today. We were planning to ask you and NK to join us, but I would like some girl time with her. See you for dinner?”

“Are you going to gossip about me?”

“Arrogant and conceited,” she mocked lightly.

“Give her an update of our scoreboard,” he teased as he nuzzled into her neck.

“Arnav!”

“I’m not the one intent on keeping scores.”

“I’ve lost count,” she admitted on a blush.

Arnav smirked, “I’m pretty sure I’m on the losing end. We’ll need to balance it out…tonight.”

“Sex fiend.”

“A keen man,” he corrected her.

“My lover.”

“Yeah, your lover.”

He shared her smile by capturing it with his lips.

✧✧✧

Upper West Side, New York

He took a sip of rich coffee, as he watch her enter Jean-Georges. Exactly five minutes late. How typical and uninspiring. His eyes traveled sardonically down the carefully displayed flesh as she glided across the restaurant towards him. She had the body of a goddess and a face to match it. He cursed quietly for not feeling even the slightest stirrings.

Lavanya.

The rising star of New York’s modeling circuit.

Why would Arnav, a man who had an eye for beauty and profit, convince the board to turn her down? It was a puzzle. One Shyam was intent on cracking.

She folded herself gracefully into the seat, crossing one long golden leg over the other with purposeful sensuality. Too bad it was wasted.

Not a man inclined to waste the precious commodity of time, he dispensed with all pleasantries.

“Who are you to Arnav?”

Her body stiffened, no doubt she had been expecting another proposition from a wealthy man he thought jeeringly.

“Why did you request this meeting?” she countered.

“To quench a curiosity. Now humor me. Why would the CEO of a global fashion conglomerate turn down the newly minted runway darling? It doesn’t add up.”

“Then start subtracting,” she snapped.

“You’ve been seeking opportunities for a private meeting, why?”

“You’re awfully obsessive; does he know you spy on him?”

“I’m a major shareholder of AR Corps, it’s normal to keep tabs on my investments.”

“What do you want?”

“Answers.”

“I don’t have them.”

“Mysterious women are out of vogue you know.”

His eyes flickered over her face. She remained completely still beneath his perusal, her expression calm and impassive.

“Very well. Why don’t we approach this differently? There’s a certain event next Saturday I’m sure you’re aware of. I need a date.”

Triumph swept through him as he saw her eyes flashed with interest. Although it was quickly masked, he knew he had her.

He slid a business card across the table. “The Peninsula, six o’clock, I’ll meet you at the door.”

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332 thoughts on “Night #6

  1. oh yes we definitely were overdue for a healthy dose of FWN….and what if the dose is short its potent enough 😉
    i do love to see this avatar of NK….it was a question of when it would have come out seeing he was Arnavs bodyguard first…..and with NK and Robbie all set out to protect their dear friends what more could one want… since i can see that the secrets are now going to come out….
    i shall have my eyes open and set here to devour all the updates you give…

    1. It may start out short, but you KNOW it always ends up being a massive update =D

      Like S said, we need to give NK an excuse to use his knuckles 😉

  2. You guys updated! 😀
    Wow, NK was awesome and way hawt! I cannot wait until his date with Robbie. Those two are ready to combust!
    This update has me worried. It finally clicked that perhaps Arnav won’t be the one who breaks Khushi’s heart, she may break his! Wouldn’t that be a twist…. Am I on to something?
    More soon, please.

    1. Too perceptive for your own good, Pyre. 😉
      I can’t say, K made me sign a non disclosure clause. You’ll just have to wait for Night #7…. or read FWN by Shyam again. 😀

  3. Hey Girls, you updated. It has been so long since the last one, I was having withdrawl symptoms and it was making me cranky. 😛
    Today is one of those crazy, busy days and this update came as a much wanted respite.

    And what a lovely part, ladies. A toast to friendship. Unfeigned, unadulterated friendship which goes beyond the call of duty.

    So it wasn’t a chanced encounter, afterall? There was an intention behind hiring ‘Kumar’s catering’ for the party? What is the connection, Girls? Is it Lucknow, is it Khushi’s mom? Another sentence that piqued my interest was “She would never allow herself to become a mother.”

    Now my mind is going to be occupied by all these thoughts. I won’t concentrate on my work. How am i going to get through the rest of the day? And I had thought the first half of today was insane. 😀

    Btw, did I mention I luv NK? And Robbie is such a gem. I so want them to fall in love, walk down the aisle and have a dozen super-cute babies. 🙂

    1. Withdrawal symptoms! Do you require Dr. NK’s services? 😉

      We promise you will LOVE Outtake #2. It’ll go in depth regarding the ‘chance encounter’

      I don’t think Robbie’s supermodel aspirations will allow for a dozen babies, super cute or note lol

      I’m glad this came at a good time for you. Thank YOU for always being so supportive of our work 🙂

      1. Yup, Shyam’s lyrics do make a lot of sense now. Having re-read his exquisite piece of poetry, I am eagerly awaiting the following :

        1. Revelation of the mystery surrounding La.
        2. Trent redeeming himself.
        3. A big payback for Payal. Cos dunno what had transpired between Khushi and her in the past, however what she is up to now, is pure malice.

        Arre haan…. S, do confirm my appointment with Dr NK. And I expect regular and frequent follow-ups. 😛

        Waise dunno abt Dr NK, but if my own personal Arnavji happens to read this, he will be certain that his Khushi has finally lost her sanity and he will book an appointment at our friendly neighbourhood psychiatrist. 😛

        1. Btw, LOLed at ‘cucumbers’. Had a huge grin plastered on my face while strolling thru the produce section in the supermarket today!!! 😀

  4. This dose of the much awaited FWN is so much needed. The more I read about Robbie the more I envy Khushi……really?? wishing for her friend’s-happiness since last two birthdays! I so wish to see NK and Robbie finding their share of happiness and love with each other. NK is on his way to dig up Khushi’s past……hmmm exciting!

    1. I don’t know if I should feel bad for making you wait, or be giddy that you actually care enough about the story to anticipate the next update…. let’s go with giddy 😀

      I so want to steal Robbie from Khushi!

      This reminds me, we still need to work on our character inspiration for the VIPs. We’ll post it in the lounge when Outtake #2 is ready.

  5. I shall come back to comment properly once I’ve read the full dose. 🙂 Thank you for the incremental update ladies, it is cherished. 😀

    1. By the way, I just have to say that this update reminded me of the quote by Gandhi: “Friendship that insists upon agreement on all things isn’t worth the name. Friendship to be real must ever sustain the weight of honest differences, however sharp they may be.” Khushi may not agree later on with the method being employed by NK or that of Robbie revealing the secrets, but I sure hope that she’ll understand. 🙂

      1. To that I give you:

        (Would you believe in a love at first sight?)
        Yes I’m certain that it happens all the time
        (What do you see when you turn out the light?)
        I can’t tell you, but I know it’s mine
        Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
        Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
        Oh I’m going to try with a little help from my friends

        😀

        1. Beatles fan in the house! 🙂 Lovely…

          Do you need anybody
          I just need someone to love
          Could it be anybody
          I want somebody to love

          😀

      1. S, what can I say? It’s my guilty pleasure. It’s one of the few things with which I give my brain some relaxation nowadays. 😛

          1. My brain is wonderful! 😛 And, it is oh so very relieved right now, it gets to take a break at least from the cramming sessions for a while. 🙂

      2. I am done, I am done. *jumps with joy* Well at least for now… 😀 Have the last section next month now. Pheww… 🙂

        *Hopes for the remainder of the night soon*

        Ciao bella, until next time. 😀

          1. I might need the distraction K. 😛

            I’ve commented for the night 6 below. 🙂

            Until we communicate…

    2. What a night ladies! 😀

      1) Absolutely loved the chemistry between NK & Robbie. And the fierce protectiveness by both of them for their friends is superbly conveyed. Let me just say that I can’t wait for these guardians to shine on engagement night. 🙂

      2) For the life of me, though you two have been dropping cues about Aman and NK being ‘helping hands’ for Arnav-Khushi’s first meet, I did not see it coming. Hence, it’s a very pleasant and welcome surprise for me. I guess I need to be a more attuned reader. 😉

      3) I know you two have already said Lavanya has a minor role in this story, but she still intrigues me. And Shyam, why do I feel it’s more than just protecting his AR Corps investment he’s interested in? Am I reading too much into it?

      4) Payal-Trent, I just want to shake-up Payal and ask her to ‘live her life’. Sorry she does not get excused for being such a bitch to Khushi no matter what her reasons are. And Trent, well he’s just blahhh…. But it sure makes for one interesting past of Khushi. 🙂

      5) Finally, our lead pair, Arnav-Khushi. He followed through, negotiation it was in bed and verbal. I am so proud of Khushi here, it’s usually very tough keeping the balance when one is trying to stick through their morals and values, stay strong, stay independent; but she does it with flare. I love that she recognizes and respects the importance of interdependence in this relationship without sacrificing who she is. And oh dear Arnav, as Aman says to her Nani: “…He’s wrapped up in her so tight; he’s already forsaken his normal modus operandi.”

      6) Overall, I found this night update to be very serene. Of course there’s a lot to take in, but you two have such command on your writing, I actually enjoyed taking it all in. It’s easy to read, it’s easy on the mind, it’s as if your words are falling in a musical melody while making love with the sentences and forming a story. It flows, it connects. I am eager for the night 7 girls. 🙂

      1. 2. Heh heh, definitely 😀 I can’t wait for your thoughts on what we have planned for O#2

        3. Scroll down, and find Pyre’s comment. You’ll get a much better idea of what Shyam’s purpose is 😉

        4. lol Blah is pretty much how I feel towards Trent. However, K was mulish about his purpose in the story, so…. although we’re still debating his end 😀

        Thank you for the bullet points of thoughts Huma! heh heh. It’s always a pleasure for me to read them. And comparing our words to a musical melody? You are too much!

        1. OMFG! How in the world did I miss THAT? It’s right there, staring in our faces. So many of those hints in one conversation. I love it S&K! Absofuckinglutely adore the twist! This should be fun. *evil grins* 😛

      2. Mr. Matthews has his place in the scheme of things 😀

        In our fic, I think I’m most jealous of Arnav. He has the love of truly wonderful woman, who is his equal in every way that matters. And he has the staunchest supporters in Aman and NK. What more can a guy ask for?

  6. OMFG! Finally!! 😀
    It apparently pays to send you daily notes for 3 days straight lol
    I seriously love NK and Robbie. They need to get together and have gorgeous babies. I just love the flirty dialogues!

    So now we have an evening of RoNK to look forward to on top of Arnav’s mystery box. Babes, you are killing me with the suspense!

    1. Uh huh. Apparently =p
      Actually, thanks for the little love notes. I was hitting a wall and it so helped me break through it. ^^

      So many requests for babies… hmmm…. who’s to know? 😉

  7. Oooh, tempo building , hope nk and robbie protect khushi, these secrets ,.. They are getting me all wrkd up and worried.. Update soonish??!! Please 😉

    1. Ha! So you’ve picked up on our soon..ish =p
      We are updating every night and it’ll all be there by Monday. (Remember it’s Pacific Standard time!)

  8. Hahaha, looks like we’ve been neglectful K 😀

    Thanks for the support everyone. Your comments serve a duo purpose – it makes two writers extremely happy while giving them a good kick in the rear 😛

  9. NK was awesome, we finally see Arnav’s bodyguard! And he has secret connections! thank u for the hint at Nk-Robbie romance, always a joy to read…love these 2 characters you’ve created. Waiting for the results of NK’s digging…do update soon😃

    1. I’m intrigued by all our characters, if only there was enough time to explore them all properly. But then, we may bore you to tears =p So the edited version is what we are serving ^^

      Updates are being added daily!

    2. Heh, I sense you enjoy NK-Robbie more than Arshi 😀

      Which would make me very happy. We get a lot more literary freedom with those two, so it’s refreshing to write. 🙂

  10. Ooohhh the macho NK!! Awesome!!
    Khushi really needs to be taken care of otherwise who knows where she will land up next. What more is Khushi hiding? It’s more than her past with Trent. Has her mother suffered in love or rather due to betrayal or has she betrayed?
    BTW what was that! Kumar caterers were hired specifically??? Now this is news and I want a detailed report 😀
    Monday come soon!!!

    1. No need to wait further – Detailed report posted! 😀
      Although we still have the second half of the update to post ^^

      Hold onto your questions for just one more chapter. Night #7 is our climax. We’re laying it all out. 😉

  11. NO, NO, NO, NO, —– I SHOULDN”T HAVE READ IT !!! Now I am going to have sleepless nights till monday comes !!! Not fair, not fair at all !! You both really know how to torture your readers !! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 That was just FFFFFFFFFFANTASTIC !!! Oh I loved it, I loved it, I loved it !!!! I loved Khushi and NK was amazing. Even though Arnav wasn’t in the chapter it was still sooooo goood !! Loved the way NK protected Khushi, and Khushi seriously applying to a strip club and not noticing it !!! Where was her concentration… I guess all on Arnav !! Ha ! Ha ! Seriously girls, this was an amazing update and you really left me wanting more. I really want to know what NK digs about Khushi’s past and what is Arnav’s reaction on seeing Khushi in his apartment. Can’t wait for the next update. Please please update soon. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Imagine our nights! =p This story is keeping me up even more than usual.
      Don’t you see all the labels? I’ve seen wicked, tease, evil, AND diabolical 😉

      We’re not done with this update yet, only halfway. Posting pieces every night, so do check back 🙂

  12. Hi …. Hav been reading each day the parts u put up …. Aftr i read the first one khushis reason to remain under wraps bcame little clear … Has to do somthng with her moms profession n why do i hav a feeling her moms relation with her father also has somthng to it …. While reading the first part i ended up reading the whole story again n its thr i felt whn payal does tht horrific thing to her tht it has to do somthn with khushis mom n her dad … Welll will now wait for u to unfold all the mysteries ..
    Loved NK …. Im sure arnav has gr8 deeds up his sleeves to hav NK n aman in his life …. Thy both r just too good to be true
    N now to why i adore aman so much …. I guess i wasnt wrong n voting for him …. He is a darling …. Now i remember u sayn il love him all the more aftr night 6
    Well ur absolutely right … He is truly amazing
    Just hope arnav does nt go n fuck up everythn his dear friends hav so painstakingly tried to do for him
    Waiting for more always
    U guys rock

    1. I’m curious – how did the story hold up upon your second reading? 🙂

      Hang tight with the guesses, the next Night will be our big reveal. Although many of you have already connected many a dots! ^^

      Aman has taken on a life of his own. To think we initially only wrote him as a very minor character! This is really due to you guys in the peanut gallery, your comments has forced us to take a second look and … viola! 😉

  13. Ok not sure y.. but dreading the engagement party.. and i have a feeling tht khushi is not shashi gupta’s niece but his mistress’s daughter.. which could explain y payal hates her and khushis attitude… tbh have not warmed upto nani yet..

    1. 😀 Shhhhhh!
      Nani is right to be concerned. She was dropped with the heavy responsibility of caring for two young boys in her later years. She loves her grandsons, but she still holds the traditional values of her birthplace. 🙂

  14. I would never have thought that the whole thing being a set up. …..oh i just love Aman and NK more and more…….imagine them being the fairy godmother
    But now i am worried about the arrangements ASR is to negotiate with kushi. …he tends to mess up trying to protect his control. .. .. Nani the dragon would she love kushi….for she just wants happiness for her children but she also has thoughts for social standing and we don’t know kushis story yet….
    oh god…cant wait. ..with all that suspense. …
    I hate it Can’t hit like button more than once. ….happy weekend ladies 😉

    1. Not set-up …exactly. We prefer the term – a helping hand 😀
      We take our fairytale references seriously 😉 How do you like the fairy godmothers? ^^

      Have we let you gals down in regards to the love story of Arnav & Khushi? Have faith!

      We appreciate every like and comment sweetheart 🙂

      1. I love the way the characters have been woven into this delightful story. The interfering, protective, tenacious trio of NK,Aman and Robbie, Nani with her own agenda ,A and K the yin and Yang everything. So however much you may write it will not satiate me. What to say, iam a sucker for a good story especially one based on ipk.😊

        1. Thank you sweetie! And we love it when you share your thoughts. Don’t be stingy with it yeah? Peanut Gallery is only fun if we get a wide range of thoughts and opinions 🙂

  15. Am I losing it !!! I know I read the update at night but how could I have missed the end. Did you guys just add it? I loved this chapter. 🙂 It was hilarious when Robbie says khushi’s Godmother were 2 playboys nk and aman. Really interesting update. Please update more. 😊

  16. Arnav: Not when it’s an empire of bunnies.
    OMG!!!!! This!
    How do you two do it! Finding that perfect blend of romance and humor with literary and news snippets. I’m constantly learning new things. Seriously, I have to read FWN with google on tab. 😀

    Did not see this twist at all! So Aman’s masterplan was getting Khushi and Arnav together. I kind of like that. Khushi in roundabout way got him and Anjali together, now it’s like he’s returning the favor.

    Love Robbie and NK’s interactions. They are so fiercely protective of Arshi, but not in a creepy obsessive way.

    Don’t ever cut your updates short! I love the length of each one! Instead, pleaese give us more!

    1. That’s only fair, since we write FWN with google open =p Fact checking is serious work.

      I admire writers who can convey a rich story with minimal use of words. It’s something S & I want to work on. The ship has clearly sailed for FWN, but less is more will be our guiding principal for future adventures.

    2. I think you’ll like what we have in store for these three. You’ve been introduced to the comical and lighthearted side of NK and Aman, and Robbie’s fiercely protective side, but you know how much we loathe one dimensional characters.

      The rest of the story will show different aspects of their characters. 😀

  17. Suspense now how would I survive till Monday,so Aman n NK were behind all this,they want their bro settle n with a good girl.Robbie is a true friend of khusi n these kind of exists rarely nowadays,what secret khusi is hiding from Arnav n from whom she is running now that is mystery so looking forward to read it.

    1. No need to wait any longer. All parts are up! ^^
      That kind of friendship is rare, but it does exist. Those who have it are very lucky indeed! 🙂

  18. Oh wat an super dhamakedar update….wow….here comes NK the bodyguard ….oh I love this pair Robbie n NK Rayan…. Wondering wat NK stands for ….. This story just got more interesting…. So aman n NK are behind all this matchmaking …haha fooling the poor guy into thinking he is in control 😉
    Oh I hope u update soon… I don’t I can wait long to read further….pls pls update …pretty pls….
    Oh since I’m new…what is the update schedule ??

    1. Update schedule?

      … it’s vague…sorta flimsy…

      We don’t follow it

      Actually we actively ignore it…

      …maybe I should reword the above

      What update schedule?! 😀

    2. I wouldn’t say fool. They engineered the first meeting yes, but if there was no chemistry on Arnav’s end, it would have ended there.

      To us, NK and Aman are interfering and nosy, but it comes from a place of genuine concern and respect. We’ll be expanding on this in future updates 🙂

      Do tell us what you think of the whole update!

  19. For the first time I am thinking whether I should I have just read the whole update on Monday.I want to know more and read more…
    NK and Aman had everything planned …just because Aman saw her in the restaurant and saw that Khushi was immune to all the attention she received from the opposite sex,he thought she would be suitable for Arnav..somehow I can’t seem to understand this logic or is there more to the story?So I believe that NK must have done a quick background check on Khushi and not at the time when Arnav had requested to do so…
    By the way NK is sweetheart for protecting Khushi ..but I wonder how she would have survived if NK was not there..and did I say I love Robbie even more after today..I love her for being their for Khushi and not even disclosing her secrets to NK..
    Khushi is actually a mystery,what is she running from or from whom ?Did Arnav also face betrayal from a woman in the past…

    1. Meera, I must say S & I are very happy to have you on board. While we write, we often exist in this bubble. Your comments make us take a step back and review where we took the story. ^^

      On Aman and NK – of course there’s more! We actually started dropping hints since Night #1. 😉

      On our hero NK’s perfect timing – it’s a case of what-if isn’t it? Lucky for Khushi, he was there. Who can predict what would’ve transpired if he hadn’t been?

      Stay tune for the the unraveling of both their past. Although, you won’t get all your answers any time soon. We still have so many nights to go!

      1. I got the answers for what Khushi would have done if NK was not there…wasp spray!!like she said she can’t lead her life with ifs and buts.
        Who the hell is Lavanya that even Shyam is curious to know?
        Payal my dear just because you were birth attire doesn’t mean that Trent is going to have sex with you..Lavanya and Payal are not able to arouse the male species which Khushi is able to do even with not being in the room(in Trent’s case)…
        Coming back to the background check ..why didn’t NK do complete check when he knew he is thinking of Khushi as a prospective bride for Arnav..
        Did I actually miss some hints from the previous chapters?let me go check!!

  20. Edhat a mind blowing update. ….
    His gift to her a simple sharing of them looking together into the starry sky. …reminiscent of the good old days of ipkknd….when they look at the starts together at a time of pain and then at a time of joy…..brilliantly written. …u have really researched the skylight telescopes. …
    Kushi and Arnav have taken a leap Faith. .all of me for all of you….reminds me of John Legend song All of me
    They did give all to each other….the love scene was another beautiful creation. ..u girls are wonderful. …

    1. It’s one of my favorite aspect of the show, it felt necessary to give a tribute 😀
      HEE, we had a field day with the telescopes and constellation. Took us on a bit of a detour actually. Astronomy is a fascinating subject!

      Yes! It is a nod to Legend’s amazing song. Congrats on being the first to catch it 😉

    2. I fell in love with the chorus the first time I heard the song:

      ‘Cause all of me
      Loves all of you
      Love your curves and all your edges
      All your perfect imperfections
      Give your all to me
      I’ll give my all to you
      You’re my end and my beginning
      Even when I lose I’m winning
      ‘Cause I give you all of me
      And you give me all of you, ohoh

      AHHH just beautiful.

  21. Hmmm…. arnav is in ASR mode.. i think he tried to use sex as an advantage during negotiations.. but khushi outsmarted him 🙂 now they have sealed their commitment.. i wonder if they will open up to each other or still keep their secrets.. While we have a hint of khushi’s .. wats Arnav’s ? And how does Lavanya fit into all this.. i wish there was a man for Lavanya who wud support her and give her the luv she deserves. Waiting to see how the story unfolds..

    1. She upsets his equilibrium, he needs to keep an edge where possible 😉
      A Lavanya fan I see. We simply don’t have the room to do her character full justice, but I hope you’ll like where we end up with her. 🙂

  22. Just read the new part,the way khusi is taking her relation is cool n good that they are bound in a verbal agreement,Arnav loves khusi but poor guy is so confused n for that khusi said the right things to him,coming to khusi past I also agree with other readers that khusi had a dark past Bcoz of her mother n somehow she is shashi guptas daughter n not neice well that is just a guess n I’m sure Payal is gona make her life again miserable in party to reveal her identity of an mistress daughter n for that I think nani is not going to accept khusi so easily but again this is just my guess n nothing so eagerly waiting for the suspense to reveal.plz add mein your list as you people are going to send invites after this chapter so plz do remember me.

    1. 🙂 Hold onto the guesses, Night #7 is next!
      Arnav isn’t so much confused as he’s afraid. To him, Khushi is simply too good to be true. As a business man he’s accustomed to weighing the pros and cons of a decision. Yet, she counters his cool logic with fiery emotions, forcing him to react with his heart instead of his brain. Isn’t that the core of his make-up? Brain v. Heart aka ASR v. Arnav, 😀

    2. I think the more accurate label would be he’s FALLING in love with her. Not quite there yet. 🙂 The storm that is heading their way will test the bond they’ve forged. Is it strong enough or will they find themselves toss into the ocean of doubts? 😀

  23. i couldn’t remember where the last part ended and the new update was so i read the whole thing again, and it’s just as good as the first time reading it, i couldn’t stop haha.
    There’s so much buildup to the engagement party, I sort of anticipate it and sort of dread it, feels like something bad is going to happen… And i’m very curious about the story behind Lavanya.
    The best part of this update: “All of me for all of you.”

    1. Welcome aboard FWN Erica! ^^
      Nice to have you join us – perfect timing too 😀
      Anticipation and dread makes for an interesting bag of feels doesn’t it?
      Stay tune!

  24. Wonder why Payal hates Khushi so much…looks like Trent was like a toy to Payal…making him so whatever she wants…he looks like he wants to redeem himself for what he did to Khushi and is still guilty.

    Nk and Robbie are awesome!!!!!

    And as for Arnav and Khushi…they are so cute and adorable ( weird choice of words for them) loved how they negotiated that deal

  25. Engagement party is going to be a complete process of coming face to face with the past and secrets held for too long. Khushi will come face to face with Payal & Trent and Arnav & Raizadas with Lavanya. This one is going to be a hell of an update.
    And as far as the current update is concerned I loved it. I don’t know how Aman and NK decided on Khushi with one meeting. I must say Khushi has a knack for attracting AR men in one meeting only. 😉
    I don’t know how will Arnav feel knowing that his meeting with Khushi was arranged. 😀
    I loved their negotiation and deal. They have taken a leap of faith here and it’s a milestone for them given their past (which we don’t know as of now).

    1. Yes, and we are stressing over it. lol
      We won’t leave you guys hanging on Aman and NK – rest assure it wasn’t a fly by decision! Keep in mind, there is a 6 months gap between the time they ‘found’ her and the time they engineered that first meeting.

      Oh you will definitely get Arnav’s POV on this! 😀

      That leap of faith will be put to the test shortly. Let’s see how they fare 😉

  26. Hi … Still have to read the last part but thr is ths particular doubt which refuses to leave me … Nk n aman hav known khushi for last 6 mnths n the reason uve made clear but whats confusing me is tht n these kast 6 mnths none of thm bothered to get a background chk on her … The reason for their looking out for her definately warrants a background chk ( ASR) … So whn aftr the bar fight nk asks for a detailed chk on her it was ok but whn the next part came up wr aman assures nani tht thy hav found someone for arnav … I thot thy would hav found out abt her parents n a little abt her past if nt the whole thing… So pls enlighten … In the meantym il enjoy the last two parts …👍

    1. A fair question. I promise we will address this, but it’s not time yet.
      Although a few points for the curious 😀 – there are many types of background checks –

      County/State/National/Federal Criminal Records – these cover anything from a misdemeanor to embezzlement

      Prohibited and Restricted Parties Search – known terrorists, money launderers, narcotic traffickers, illegal weapons traders

      Sex Offender Registry, Federal bankruptcy records, Driving records, Civil upper and lower courts,Retail Theft Database, Credit Checks – the names are self explanatory.

      This is a lot of database to go through and the average background check takes 2-5 days. If you will remember, when Arnav asked NK to look into Khushi, he had it the following evening. Connect the dots there. 🙂

      Also, background checks are limited to the individual, family doesn’t come up due to privacy laws. There are also state and federal mandates on what type of info can be legally obtained on an individual. AR is a global conglomerate, people keep tabs of their actions, NK knows what can be obtained through legal channels and what can’t.

      The bit he included in his text to Arnav about Robbie being on their apartment lease is something you can dig up with a little detective work and a small bribe.

      NOW, with his associate Chet, he’s asking for an investigation that is off the records. Things like birth certificates, banking statements, family history, lawsuits, connections between parties, wills, probates, etc.

      There is a valid reason why he didn’t go this route directly. It’ll come up soonish.

      See? We think these things through 😀

      Do let us know your thoughts on the entire chapter!

  27. Eagerly waiting for night 7 for confrontation of Trent,Payal n khusi n on the other hand Raizadas n lavanya hopefully Arnav khusi does not seperate n they should unite to over come from their past demons together with the help of their dear friends as they had suffered a lot.

  28. Hello ladies, I have no clue why I did not get the update notification since I am following your blog but I am glad I checked in today. I got to read the whole thing in ua go so I saved you some precious space on your blog. I was missing the story like crazy but life got hectic. For once, I was glad that Arnav was an overbearing, overprotective lover because I dunno how Kushi would have walked out of that biker’s lounge. I am an Arnav fan through and through but this dishum dishum NK was oh so hot! Better watch out Robie, the fans of FWN may claim him before you fall for his charms. He knows how to be stern and state his opinion clearly whether you want to hear it or not. Kushi had no choice but to listen and I am glad she did even though she was mad as hopefully it will give her some insight on the very complicated man she is in a relationship with. I like that he went to dig but was rather concerned as I read further that they overlooked this in 6 months. Would they not have looked for a no surprise kinda girl for their friend and brother knowing how high profile and high maintenance he is? I guess they were too excited to have found her. Anyhoo, loved the produce shopping scene – English cucumber or garden variety type? English cucumbers in my locale are long but rather thin compared to the thicker shorter garden variety type. (
    Sorry but I am very serious about my vegetables – haha). Robbie is a gem and I know she wants to protect Kushi but I hope she feels that NK is trying to help as the designated fairy godmother who was sent in response to her wishes. My motto is be prepared or beware. Getting the background check will help NK soften any blows coming to the people he loves and is protecting. I think Payal better watch out, I am sure NK will know exactly what to do with her. His gift to her was very touching but he planned it to get his way and I feel a little bit ticked at him for that even though God knows I will make my husband’s favorite dish before going for the kill. So I guess he is no different. I think the nap did her good as she was able to make her demand and be clear on her situation. Will he be able to keep his side of the deal? What about his terms? Did he have anything else he wanted to cement this into a long term relationship? I love how they are openly communicating. Shyam still gives me the creep – is he hoping to blackmail Arnav in a relationship with him? It is so clear where this man’s preferences lie since he cannot be attracted to any walking female. I kinda like Nani a little bit in this update through the short appearance and Aman better be prepared before The engagement party as this could all blow up big time with many people hurt.
    I love this story gals, I wish there were daily updates because it is this good. I know it will be one of the ones that I go back and read over and over. Update soon.

    1. Raila, I’m sitting in front of my laptop with piles of papers around me and just grinning like an idiot. 😀

      Seriously, thank you for such wonderful comments!

      (About blog notifications – I’ll have K figure it out for you, since I don’t have a clue)

      Regarding the background check, do go up three comments and see my response to surileena. It was not an oversight I promise!

      HAHAHAHA, when NK sees some black lace, we’ll be sure to reveal how he holds up in the produce department 😉

      Arnav operates as a business man first. He may be new to these tangled emotions, but he’s well verse in the art of seduction. Like you said, soften with a favorite dish, and hubby will be more receptive to the second act 😀

      Her demand shocked all his terms clear out the window. BUT! this will not be the end of the pillow negotiations as we’ve come to label them 😀

      It’s a bit difficult working around two schedules, plus we don’t want to give up on the quality of the story. 🙂 However we will try to update a bit faster.

      Comments like these do fuel our fingers 😉

      1. Glad my comments gave you a break from studying. The explanation on the background check makes sense but you know with social media these days, I feel anyone can go and get someone’s life story online before they even meet them – that is if the person being looked up is active on the social media and uses the same name. I have a feeling that in starting over again, Kushi must have been very careful about all of these and erase as many past history as possible. I am glad NK knows a few shady characters who can go get the dirt though as I am very worried about our girl Kushi. Just don’t want her bubble to burst and that for once, she gets what she deserves in bounds. As for NK, well that boy seems to be very well proportioned already so I am sure he will rise to the occasion when the black lace is visible to him. I love the pillow top negotiations – very well coined as this is where women have perfected the arts of negotiations. Let’s see how Mr. Raizada fare in the bedroom negotiations.
        Hey don’t worry about the update soon demand, I am just a greedy reader that’s all. Great stories are worth the wait, so don’t rush your story on demands from bossy readers like me . . .

        1. Definitely no social media. Outtake #2 will provide a better picture of Aman/NK’s intent and thought process.

          AH… on all scoreboards thus far, Mr. Raizada seems to be on the losing end… we may have to do something about it. 😉

    2. And to think I use to find the produce aisle uninspiring 😀

      Thank you for these words Raila! It definitely buoys us with enough enthusiasm to write into the wee hours 🙂

  29. So Shyam is gay…. interesting. I thought it was my imagination from the earlier chapter as well as the poem. Now his hostile attitude towards Khushi makes sense – the man was jealous! haha

    Since no one knows, I’m assuming he is firmly still in the closet. I’m curious to see what you have in store for him.

    Thank you for NK and Robbie’s scene. I laughed so hard when NK deliberately chose the second biggest cucumber. When they finally get together I expect clothes tearing hotness 😀

    I love Arshi’s night with the stars. What a beautiful tribute to show. And what followed was so passionate! I love that edge of cracking chemistry you have underlining their interactions. I’m happy Khushi foiled Arnav’s plan. Her emotional honesty is one of my favorite part of FWN. And their morning after was just adorably sweet.

    Which makes me damn worried about the next update. I see that you’ve maneuvered all your players onto the chess board, now its time to see who’ll be the winner/loser of the game. Please don’t make us wait too long!

    btw I would love for Khushi to work at AR! I hoping since you included this conversation, it will happen in later chapters all the drama is behind them. Can’t wait for the FWN version of their office romance! Also, awesome twist on Arnav’s honorary degree, it actually fits very well with his character 🙂

    1. I wish we had more room for Shyam in this story. But while he and La are minor characters, they have a certain role to play. No idleness for our characters! 😀

      There will be scenes at AR, but no promises regarding Khushi’s employment 😉

      I’m glad you enjoyed the twist on Arnav’s degree, you are so damn perceptive, it keeps us on our toes with the twists 😀

  30. Wat to do.. i have a very soft spot for lavanya.. the girl who chgd herself for the man she loved and tht idiot goes and falls for her best friend and cant even accept tht , hurting both of them in the process.. MEN..dont get me wrong i luv ASR but his actions are unbelievably cruel at times..

    Anyways the party is going to be fun with evryone under the same roof… cant hardly wait 🙂 and hoping robbie knocks NKs socks off and gets him off balance.. hes a bit too much in control of wats happening arnd.. even more than ASR.. and also praying tht ASR and Khushi dont break up after it

    1. Oh I completely agree. ASR was a total dick to Lavanya. He was also a total dick to Khushi. Even til the end, I was never convinced the show’s Arnav loved anyone other than his preciosu Di.

      NK is Arnav’s right hand man. He needs to have his game on. But no worries, we don’t let anyone off easy 😉

      1. Ah yes ASR and his Di.. i wish they had given her a redeeming end.. anyways im going to read this again till u post the next one 🙂 wudnt it be surprising to have Aman and Anji getting down and dirty ;).. think aman deserves a reward for his control

  31. Wow! I dont know where to start! The incremental updates were pleasure to read and the finished update was actually painful!! Because now we need to wait dont know how many days for the queen of all nights(? :)) night 7??
    I wish I had better self control like some readers here and read the update as a whole!!

    Please please dont shorten your updates. So far I have not found anything out of place or unnecessary. Your writing is a great mix of romance, passion, wit and makes it very enjoyable.
    Now my comments are going to be all over the place.
    Your take on the stargazing was just surreal.
    ASR is touted to be “shatir dimag” but it was clear checkmate by Khushi- “All of me for all of you!” claps my lioness Well done!! No choice left for mighty ASR!
    Aman and NK’s plan !! Wow now that was a master stroke! NK as a man in overcoat was it ever mentioned before??

    Questions-
    Why is Shyam not interested in Lavanya?? (Not stirring of feelz when he looks at her)
    Is it Lavanya who betrayed ASR in the past??
    Why did Trent marry Payal? Dating is OK but when he clearly doesnt love her then why?? Being in US is it too difficult for him to get divorce? He can start living separately. Or does he have a vested interest in sticking to Payal adding to his guilt towards Khushi??

    My wild guesses??
    When you revealed Aman +NK’s masterplan, I was suspecting if Shyam is not an evil man and if he also helped them to get Arnav to Khushi. But reading last part I am not too sure.

    Is Khushi illegitimate child of Shashi? (You write him as Shashti) Is that why Payal hates her??

    1. The queen of all nights? I love that! 😀
      Thank you. We do feel our updates are way long, but its nice to hear your enjoyment of them.
      We will be providing more insights to the Aman/NK masterplan in Outtake #2. Gotta make VIP for that juicy tidbit. 😉
      On Trent – we’ll get to him soon. Once you know his reason for marrying Payal, you’ll totally get his reason for dealing with the divorce delicately.

      Wild guesses shall be addressed in the next update, stay tune!

  32. Hi S & K,

    Have to say that this update was absolutely WOW, superb !! You guys have some serious talent !! I am so envious !!! 😊😊😊😊 loved the final update on the chapter. It was an awesome TREAT !!! Loved khushi’s negotiations with Arnav and really happy that they are getting closer. I was wondering is khushi going for a job to AR or just to meet Arnav?? Also why is Shyam not interested in lavanya? Anyhow really looking forward to the next update. Please update when you get a chance. 🙂

    1. On Shyam – check out Pyre’s comments and you’ll get your answer on Shyam 😀

      As for Khushi’s working future… let’s see where things fall after the storm passes through 😉

  33. I agree with u … N i think thts wat i wanted to say … They did play a role in bringring them in front of each other with the hope that they will find a wat to each other 😊…. Eagerly waiting for the next part… Are we getting an update anytime soon???? 😃

  34. Babes – you’ve sent me to the stars with this update. What a night!
    At this point, I don’t even know who is my favorite character anymore. You’ve given so much depth to each character, it’s impossible to choose.

    I was amongst the anxious from you last teaser. It would’ve been so easy for Arnav to eff things up with Khushi. However, you’ve deepened their bond most beautifully.

    Thank you for tackling the contract part of the show and giving it your very own unique brand of love. This goes down as one of the sweetest and most passionate night ever between Arshi.

    I was confused over Shyam until I read Pyre’s comment. A light bulb went off and now I’m filled up with curiosity.

    Payal… I can’t.
    I just hopes whatever she has planned with be foiled by our trio.

    1. We enjoyed the cosmos ourselves 😀
      The way they handled the contract was so unsatisfying I’m happy for the opportunity to rewrite it our way.

      Oh yes Shyam, heh heh, now you understand the attitude 😉

  35. You have outdone yourselves with this Night, Girls. I just loved Arnav’s gift to Khushi. He gave her the stars. So thoughtful, so heartfelt, so genuine. A gift that wouldn’t compel her to compromise on her principles. Just proves beyond doubt that there is a warm, loving heart beating behind the cold, calculating facade of an astute businessman. A heart so guarded that he is apprehensive about acknowledging their relationship and entitles it ‘an arrangement’ instead. A man who is scared of relinquishing even an iota of control. A twisted soul that only finds peace when everything in his sphere is bound by the clauses of a contract.

    But then, he has met his match in Khushi. A girl who has been hurt and betrayed in the past, just like him, but who refuses to run away from the one potential chance at togetherness and ever after that life has thrown at them. She would not let evil win, she would never deny the fire that ignites every time they touch and she would not settle for anything other than a perfect fairy tale. “All of me for all of you”. Beautiful…..This line has bored deep in to my heart, carved a niche for itself and is going to stay there forever, hamesha. <3

    He is falling and is falling hard. Without her in it his world ceases to exist. He is vexed seeing the bruises on her arms given by an assailant. Her safety is his primary concern. Does he even know how protective and possessive he is of her?

    Will she take up a job in AR? What about the impending tempest? Will their relationship survive in the wake of the storm or will the gale destroy everything in its path? See, there are so many questions that demand answers, so many issues you need to address. So, start writing… jaldi, jaldi… 😉

    1. Btw, Shyamu’s produce did not ripen even with the scorching heat radiated by Lavanya. Interesting. So what was he doing cornering Khushi on Night #1 at the Raizada party?

    2. As always thank you so much for the genuinely sweet comments Priya! K definitely needs the pick me up today, so its twice as appreciated 😀

      Both Arnav and Khushi took the plunge, now let’s see how strong they are in face of the tempest. We are writing! Outtake #2 is currently in the oven lol

    3. If we spent anymore time writing, it would become a full time job =p
      There is something incredibly beautiful when two souls open up to each other, yes? 🙂

      Let’s see what happens when the bond is tested by fire. Will they melt or burn brighter? ^^

      1. K, sweetie….gr8 to receive your comment. Was missing you and kinda worried for you. was contemplating sending u a big shipment of seaweed 🙂 am sure that would hv lifted your spirits.
        <3

        1. Thanks Priya ^^ I’m good, just needed some time to clear my head 🙂
          HEE, oh how I would love to be on that desert island with weekly helicopter deliveries of seaweed, served by Mr. Raizada himself! 😀

  36. That was an awesome update… So..thanks to NK’s words Khushi was able to see Arnav’s emotions behind his words and actions.. But you got me with the way Aman and NK got Khushi and Arnav into each others life…but then there is already lot of back drop work and preperation going on and suspense building up for the Saturday night event and we are just about MIDWAY thru the story…yet the tease behind Khushi’s past…suspense against Lavanya-Aman and Arnav story…Shyam actual intent behind digging up things about Arnav…with glimpses of Payal’s bitchyness, jealousy can’t wait for the engagement party already…
    Robbie not disclosing Khushi’s story was so commenndable…and true to her words…its all about trust when it comes to Khushi..
    Both Arnav and Khushi have been gaurding their heart for so long and now that they have met and broken into each others walls…will they be able to take the hurt and pain in their counterparts heart..?

    1. We like to pack a lot of action into our Nights 😉
      That will be the main question going into the next update.
      Yes, they are willing to take the plunge emotionally. But it has always been the fundamental difference in thought that divides them. With their past about to fall over their heads like bricks… will their new found love crumble under the weight …. or shine brighter? 😀

  37. I saw the first part of it a few days back but couldn’t read it and then toss and turn the rest of the nights thinking what will happen next 😛 I love the protective side of NK that you guys portrayed here and his conversation with Robbie. But I love our Arnav and Khushi the most! He gave her the stars, it’s a beautiful tribute to the show and it’s a gift that she has no choice but to accept and can touch anyone… so genuine and considerate. It just shows who Arnav really his… a tough exterior but one of the most sweetest, broken, loving and caring person on the inside. This is the reason I love him! 😀 He wants control because he doesn’t want to lose her but Khushi is no less either… she will take nothing less than commitment. She asked for all of him in return for all of her and he said yes! He finally let her in! 😀 She’s even getting a job at AR… how better can this get? 😀 But then Lavanya, Shyam, Payal and Trent are there to change things but all in all I loved this update so much! Thank you to you both for putting so much work in this and presenting such beautiful updates to us! <3

    1. Thank you Simba!
      I feel I should apologize for making you toss and turn, but instead my lips twitch at the corner in glee 😀
      This one was interesting to craft, as we had to move all our characters into place. Now its time to see what happens when all these forces collide 😉

    2. Sometimes, those with the hardest outer shell, are merely trying to protect their softer side. 🙂 I think that has always been the case with Arnav.

      Smooth sailing is definitely something you don’t get with us 😀

  38. What a beautiful update ladies!

    To begin with; it is bittersweet to know that I was right about Khushi. She is hiding something significant and although I revel in knowing I was correct, it scares me to realise that with NK’s formidable force and contacts her secrets will be revealed in the most calculated of ways. Whereas I do not doubt NK’s kind nature, not having the chance to explain yourself could make Khushi come across badly, thereby affecting the fragile bond Arnav and Khushi are tentatively weaving.

    I do love that bond by the way. I like how protective Arnav is, but I can sympathise with how overbearing it may be for our heroine. That their evolving passion is leading to something… more, brings me girlish happiness I really cannot express with apt words. There progression though fast feels so natural that it is difficult not be enraptured by it all

    Meanwhile I never, ever anticipated Aman and NK to be these… Relationship Fairies? Calculating Cupids? What do you name these playboys who go out of their way to bring literal and figurative happiness into Arnav’s life? Such friendship is rare, slightly creepy, but beautifully rare. I suppose your teaser in the VIP section makes more sense now 🙂

    The pot really is bubbling now with a vindictive Payal, remorseful Trent, vengeful Shyam? And mysterious Lavanya. Your characters are intriguing as much they are infuriating – what is it with all of the mysteries ladies?

    Xxx

    P.S am so, so sorry for commenting so late.

    1. 😀 You’re guesses for Shyam’s poem were good… although you know we like to throw a wrench in everyone’s expectations from time to time 😉

      Our girl can handle him. Of that we never doubt!

      Hahaha, K will love your Calculating Cupids 😀 Actually, we are very aware that some of you are worried about these two. They are straddling a fine line in the overbearing ways and method. However, Outtake #2 should clear up many many misgivings. (We hope. If not… well then, we’ll just have to distract you with some …..baseball 😀 )

      Mysteries… Ever played Clue (Cluedo for everyone outside of the US)

      1. Actually I’m at a point where I surrender wholeheartedly. The white flag is officially up ladies. I’m a willing to submit to this story in its entirety whatever spanners, wrenches, candlesticks you wish to throw my way, I don’t think i’ll ever be able to predict what is going on! <3<3

        1. Not sure if that’s a good thing lol. Let us know of any red flags to the story please. If things feel like they’re coming from left field, we definitely need to know!

          1. No, no no it is a good thing! It is me wholeheartedly freeing myself to your storytelling. I cannot pick up on much of the foreshadowing for the life of me, so instead I surrender to you completely my dear xxx

  39. What!! NK and aman’s conspiracy, really, now I didn’t see that coming.
    Arnav and Khushi were hot as always. ‘All of me for all of you’…woo that sounded sexy, I am gonna use it someday 😉
    Girls, love your writing. Hoping to read more even when this is wrapped up.
    Can’t wait for the next update for the mysteries to unravel!!!!

  40. Hmmm… I’m having mixed feelings about this update… Things are starting to make a lot more sense on the “Why are NK and Aman so interested/invested in this relationship” front, but it also worries me as to how Arnav and Khushi will react when they find out this has all been set up… And the Shyam/Lavanya equation worries me, obviously Shyam has more than Arnav’s best interests in mind, but I’m still not sure whether Lavanya will be a real problem or not. On the other hand, love, love, loved the Arshi scenes!!! They’re officially a real couple!!! Loved how both of them made compromises and acknowledged that the other was making adjustments to their lifestyles. They’re both so independent, but they’re slowly learning to be a couple… Arnav will still have to work on his overbearing & control-freak nature, and Khushi still has a long way to go with letting Arnav in and letting herself depend on him, but baby steps, right? Although now I’m very worried about the engagement party… Obviously a lot of important things are going to go down, but I hope it doesn’t end in Arshi in shambles!

    1. Welcome back vyomashah!
      If we aren’t churning up mixed emotions, we’re not doing our job 😀
      There’s much give and take in any relationship, our couple is finding their way. Let’s see how well their bond holds against outside forces ^^

  41. So I crammed FWN comments and SnK’s answers as if I am taking some exams!

    Here are some conclusions and predictions!
    Shyam is GAY!!

    Arnav wont be Khushi’s savior in night #7. It’s mostly gonna be Aman??

    Khushi is actually illegit child of Shashi. Hence Payal’s hatred.

    Lavanya may be connected to the betrayal Arnav thinks abt.

    The betrayal didn’t involve romantic relationship from Arnav’s side.

    So Khushi is/will be Arnav’s first Love!! (dancing..with joy)

    1. You are so cute I can’t even…. hahahaha
      Since you already studied, should we hit everyone with an exam? 😉

      Told onto these thoughts, much of the smoke will clear up in the upcoming Night. Although… who’s to know how the chips will really fall? 😀

  42. Hey you two, finally read all 6 nights.

    My God! I couldn’t imagine a better New Year’s scenario for them. Fires lighting the skyline. But Shyam had to put his nose in, didn’t he? But why through Aman’s marriage to his sister, does he become a major shareholder of AR?

    I loved Robbie looking out for Khushi… But what a cousin she has… definitely evil. Asking her boyfriend to sleep with Khushi for whatever reason besides shaming Khushi. And when the said guy falls for the cousin, I don’t blame him. But even after marriage, he can’t even satisfy Payal. She seems such a sick piece to me too.

    For a moment there, I thought Anjali had also been part of that group, the reason she recognised Khushi. But luckily, they met under different circumstances.

    I loved the jovial ambience the brothers and NK have for one another. And hopefully the brides they bring into the lives, with flourish and not destroy them. I also liked the dinner they had together. And now we know that bringing Khushi into Arnav’s life is their doing too!

    Of course, all the steamy parts go without saying. But I will say it, I loved them. (blush)

    How does Payal and Khushi’s past co-relate?

    And Lavanya? now Shyam wants details from her too! Even I am curious, which brother was she involved with?

    1. I see you finally took the plunge ^^
      Awesome! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the Nights – although that must have been some reading marathon! =p
      It never goes without saying! We advertised it as steamy, we had better deliver!

      No no, don’t try to get secrets from us, things will unravel soon enough! 😉

    2. On your question regarding Shyam – it’s a love match for Aman and Anjali, but their family are making full use of it. Not uncommon for marriages between influential families and businesses to merge or at least have in-laws sit on the Board of Directors seats. Nepotism is very much alive 😀

      Oh the steam…. if only we can divulge the inspirations for them. LOL

      So many questions! Better stick around to find out! 😉

  43. FRIENDSHIP IS A GREAT ASPECT IN THIS STORY. NK WILL ALWAYS HAVE ARNAV’S BACK NO MATTER WHAT AN LIKEWISE ROBBIE FOR KHUSI… BACKGROUND CHECK WONDER WHATS THE HIDDEN SECRET KHUSI’S PAST HOLDS

  44. Robbie is one smart and loyal friend… she took the info from Nk but didnt even share a bit to him… hope she doesnt spill abt the secret angels to khushi..
    And one line stole the chap…All of me for All of you… will they both be able to keep up their word… will they be able to allow each other to look into their pasts>>?

    1. K & I were floored by the reaction to their exchange. So happy it delivered our intent. Ah…. will they? Must stay tune!

  45. The excitement continues to build!
    I am so happy for the “agreement” between Arshi haha, I hope that they can stick to it!
    I was shocked by Aman and NK’s plan, they put so much planning and thought into it and that makes me impressed!
    I am curious to know about Khushi’s past and Lavanya’s past too. I really hope that neither of their past has an impact on Arshi’s relationship.
    As usual the piece was beautifully written so well done 🙂

  46. Good grief, how many secrets are there you keep us on tenterhooks! Brilliant. I loved the scene with the telescope, she hasnt mentioned the stars, but somehow I feel he thinks about his mother, peeping down from heaven keeping an eye on him. I loved the way she opened her gambit with ‘all of me for all of you’ the songs been going through my head over and over. Then he accepted, but what does that mean? I dont like Shyam, whats he up to?

  47. I have said this before and I’ll say it again, a self-respecting Khushi is my favourite, that’s what I really loved about her in the show.

    Oh fuck! Strip club??? WTH darling, do your research more properly. Thank god for NK. Arnav is gonna have a nuclear meltdown when he finds out all that happened here. See this is what friend’s should be like, the way NK tells Khushi to look past words where Arnav is concerned and how he knows his boss so well, inside out is just heart warming yaar. NK gives some damn good advice man, he should really consider that as a full time job IMO!

    Can I please be in their inner circle! Man what wouldn’t I give to have such conversations with people! And the English!! I appreciate the English, the puns, the sarcasm, the wittiness and most of all the comebacks! sigh, you pull me in deeper and deeper with every update.

    Again, as I have stated before, I always imagine Drashti to be Robbie. Just saying. The very fact that she wants to be absofuckinglutely sure about Arnav before sharing secrets about Khushi is just a reminder of how beautiful their friendship is.

    What is Khushi thinking about??? M confused here? Is this about her mother? Man, Payal really screwed with her mind na. Damnit. This aint gonna be pretty. Khushi’s thoughts about “home” and the rest were a revelation. I wanna give you guys a standing ovation for that. really, not exaggerating/buttering u at all.

    Arnav & NK’s convo had me chuckling! You two change the mood so often and so easily in the span of just one update. God, Aman said that to nani!!! ROFL! This raising a brow thing is genetic kya? Coz I tried doing that and I failed, miserably. I failed so bad that my friends had a laughing fit right then and there. And I don’t know how Sobti does it so effortlessly.

    Anyway, Nani is on the lookout for the other bahu eh? What’s this about 6 months ago? requirements? this is beginning to sound like mafia-talk dude. There comes the humor again! Loving this!

    “His chest constricted as he read the lines of exhaustion on her face. Without conscious thought, he reached out and traced a finger lightly across her face, gently brushing back her silky tresses. Just then she stirred, making him tense. Quickly removing his hand, he stood in statue stillness until she settled. Arnav found his mouth tipping up as her even breathing gave way to a soft snore.” This just made me go all mushy.

    Great that he understands that Khushi won’t take too well to signing a contract about a relationship. Hmmm, what’s cooking in his head though.

    Cucumbers!!!!!!!!!! You have scarred me for life *squeals, covers eyes with hands and runs away*

    Robbie and NK! Can these two get anymore perfect! Loved the way Robbie dissected the uasge of “doll”. She’s one heck of a woman! Well well well, they had checked Khushi out months ago! Wait, that shouldn’t surprise me. The rest of that dialogue was enlightening to say the least.

    He got her a telescope! This man is an enigma and a softie and a sappy romantic . ““Yes, it embodies a rare glimpse into the past even as we use it to look towards the future,” he replied, turning her around to face him.

    “Why?” she asked simply.

    “You won’t accept gifts, however, you said nothing of sharing an experience. I thought this would appeal to you.”

    “It’s perfect. I don’t’ know what to say.”

    “Say nothing. Enjoy it with me.”” <– This.. just.. I got no words….

    I loved Khushi's rant!!! you go girl.. As for what happened later, you leave me speechless. Brevity so beautiful that it nearly took my breath away. "All of me for all of you". I really am in awe of you two now!!!

    Payal n Trent are the perfect examples of a dysfunctional relationship. Won't say any more.

    Arnav took that news of the strip club surprisingly well. But I'm glad that Khushi acceded to a bodyguard. She does need one now yeah. Shyam is out for some answers. This event with all the major players in attendance promises some heavy duty fireworks yo!

    Damnit I wrote an essay :O

    1. This man is an enigma and a softie and a sappy romantic
      lol! This actually pretty much sums up ASR 😀

      I miss your essays Breeze. Hope you’re doing well and not buried under AD.

  48. Wow! You guys pack a lot into a night 😉 Not that I am complaining, mind you, just saying… Lemme see, if I remember stuff… Ah cucumbers! Geez, I dunno how I’m gonna look at them again w/o thinking of Robbie & NK… Although, he had better be loofah sized rather than the English cucumber variety… ROFL

    So, Khushi was planted by Aman & NK?? Huh. But what kind of requirements does she meet?? What exactly billed her to be the perfect mate for Arnav in Aman & NK’s eyes. I love how these two show up at the most inopportune times & have Arnav’s back all the time. Now even Khushi’s back. I hope Khushi in all her zeal to be independent does not end up doing foolish things & end up hurting herself. I loved the way Robbie made NK spill his secrets w/o revealing any of Khushi’s… Smart chick! 😉

    Btw, gotta ask you this before I forget again, in one of the chapters I read earlier, ASR’s business mentor’s wife’s name was Lacene, is she the same as Khushi’s mom?? In other words, is Khushi’s father, ASR’s mentor?? Sorry, didn’t get a chance to read the comments to see if this question was posed to you guys or that it had been answered…

    Loved the telescope scene, sweeten the opponent before arm twisting them. LOL 😉

    Hmm, NK is gay, so does he have his sights set on the CEO of AR Corp?? LOL Making Khushi his nemesis?? 😉 He seems to be such a slimy guy, not looking forward to him creating a scene at the party. Still thinking about Arnav’s past & whether it had anything to do with Lav…

    Off to read more… Glad I don’t have to wait to read the next update, one of the few luxuries of being late… 😀

  49. kitty here….. Analyzng 😉 analyzng… U hav no idea wat time it is here…. Its 3:45 in the mrg…. Im an arrrdent sleeper yet im here with a steamng cup of black coffee readng FWN 😉 i’ve nevr done this u see…. Well tats wat ur story does to “poor souls” like me 😉 pun intended :p The update was incredible …. Though i ws lil intrigued by the idea of an agreement i was rathr suprised …. N that ws my fav part in this update…… “all of me for all of you ” it ws awrded the dialogue of the day :p :p i luved NK n ROBBIE bt i expectd a spill…. Nevr mind Maybe latr…. Im sure its not faaaar away… All good for those who wait…. Well but I’ve waited enuf now 😉 N i’ve been waitng 4 a satisfyng reply for eithr one of u … I rlly don kno where to find u guys… Er its k… Bt ws fascinates me is wat intrsts Shyam in poking his nose in this…. I kno its the cliche Shyam being the bad guy has somthng to do with some upcomng revelation i guess :p “wild guess though”

    continued…..

  50. Extremely curious about Lavanya
    Hope to find out more about her soon
    Awesome update

  51. I love the anticipation of what is to come. At least they’re on somewhat the same page.

    Usually I don’t care for the story outside the main characters (what can I say, I’m a true romantic) but Aman, NK and even Robbie seem like the friends I’d love to have, can’t get enough of them!

    Can’t wait to read more!!!

  52. Mind blowing chapter – night 6

    Oh wow so many twist n turns..

    Is Khushi shashi’s daughter? ??..

    The passion leave out of breath. .

    NK wow truly a right hand of Arnav. .
    Aman found khushi n made a way for Arnavto see her…wow too good..

    Arnav’s worries for Khushi’s safety..right time entry by NK. .what a punch..

    Home- Arnav’s arm (daydreaming ).

    Khushi’s battling with her past n history …so as Arnav. .
    Like the way they feel for each other.. khushi’s straight forwarded for bring independent. ..

    NK too good to say khushi to see beyond the words n look gor clue yo know Arnav. ..

    Wow Arnav foes things for her to make her feel special n for himself to feel he is her man..

    Oh their negotiation too good yaar. . All of me for all of you..

    Glad Arnav didn’t let her go n they sealed the deal..

    NK robbie simple rocks.

    What a friendship.

    Payal n Tray – totally jerk..
    Shyam n La – looks like belong to same category

  53. All I have to say for this chapter is, all characters have a mind blowing camaraderie and I am loving it to the peak 🙂 the two people who wrote this, thank you so very much…

    Curiosity killed the cat and my curiosity I don’t know where this is leading me to 😛 But I am game. Anywhere 😉

  54. Yes! Arnav’s love ship has finally sailed after humongous effort!!! The emotions he has started harboring in his heat are the signs of an icurable disease Loveria….and now no amount of restrictions will prevent her from seeping in his heart. Awesome Update! 😀

  55. You know, those small shifts that your characters make – “You are home early” .. and since when did she realize that his apartment was their home.. is what makes this story so special. 🙂

    And can I say that Mr. Raizada is one astute business man? That telescope was a fantastic gesture – but in the matters of heart – one has to take into account what the heart wants.. and Khushi’s heart wants it all. “Let me in..” How can he turn down that invitation?

    I also want to say that I appreciate a story where the actors are comfortable in their skins with their own desires – no apologies… I love that dammit. Great job!

  56. The chess pieces are all moving in place now. It will be interesting to see the games begin!

    So NK & Aman are the devious ones, here? Chupe rustum. I like! I am also really glad to see Robbie hold up her promise to Khushi. Fairytale or not, trust is important in friendship, and if all else fails, Khushi will always have Robbie this way.

    “Does she still…” still fucking what, Trent? You bullhead. Go to that party and get an ass-whooping.

    Unfortunately, I might not be able to binge it all tonight. When the clock strikes 12, I would have to disappear so I appear at least half human at work tomorrow. But I should be all caught up by tomorrow night!

  57. God if NK wouldn’t have reached on time……it would have been terrible…….there is so much to khushi’s past that we do not know……….can’t wait for the investigation to be done……….Robbie knows it all……….but we have to appreciate her for not spilling out……as she knows that Khushi values trust and there is no body other than Robbie for her to trust………..it is going to be a show down on Saturday………Payal and Trent………Shyam too is eager to know about lavanya……I was totally surprised to know that Khushi was spotted by Aman and NK and him put her in Arnav’s sight……..god this was amazing and true friendship and love for a sibling…….they know Arnav too well………he needs somebody who can break the ice he has built………3 cheers for this story…………

    1. A warm welcome to FWN Yoga! I’m glad you’re enjoying the journey. Twisty bends and all 😉 And thank you so much for leaving your thoughts as you read along. It means so very much to us!

  58. Unravelling of mysteries. This is one theme id never get tired of. You have a way of wanting me to be a part of their world. If i ever thought id get bored of Arnav and Khushi its so wrong. While these characters are on a journey of falling in love, im on a journey of falling in love with them! Im under a spell and i dont want it to stop. Ever. 🙂

  59. I guess the people who know us the best would be, in most cases, our siblings. After all we share formative years, when choices, likes and dislikes are being formed. But to think that Aman judged Khushi to be the person for Arnav, based on one meeting… is that natural, beautiful or scary? Scary that Arnav caught one glimpse of Khushi and got completely hooked? Scary, because what if Aman had never met Khushi? Fine…. I know you talented writers would have created some other scenario… but some stories breathe life into their characters and this is one of them. So all I can say is that Serendipity is scary?

    Ok now onto the more earthy parts of the story. Cucumbers… Really? Have you SEEN the size of cucumbers available here in this city. If NK chose the second largest… she should have run for the hills… or which ever little town she came from.

  60. You know I have a real feeling that the story has started just now.. the pace has picked up and every thing is going in the speed of 10-15! Yes, the game has just begun.. the screws have been tightened and the locks are going to be unlocked..

    So, finally they reach the ultimatum.. a very different Arnav and Khushi. Fiery, stubborn, afraid and more to know! I liked how their relationship dynamics is changing and getting better. I just can’t wait to see it reach the end safely and rapidly..

    Oh what are NK and Aman.. they have an eye for beauty and love for Arnav! I am kinda pulled to like them.. and a first story where NK is the assistant and Aman is the brother.. Khushi under NK? What better ways to protect her.. I second Arnav..whole heartedly.. the past is still hidden behind those speckels of darkness and peddled minds..

    Oh god, while I type this comment, I have this innate urge to open up the next chapter and comment later.. but that way my raw thoughts won’t be known! And well this is mystery! 😀 I love them..

    Next night and better comments,
    Sadh

  61. Nice one arnav sending nk for khushi’s protection but can’t guess how is lavanya connected to arnav their negotiations were really good

  62. Wondering what is the deal between the Raizada bros. and Lavanya?? To be specific, Arnav and Lavanya…The engagement ceremony on Saturday is sure to be one explosive affair, I feel…with Arnav – Khushi – Payal – Trent – Shyam – Lavanya…all at the same place and at the same time!! Ooohlala!!

    Some may find it overbearing but with Arnav in the picture, ‘I protect what is mine’ is endearing for me!!

    Absolutely love the trio – NK, Robbie and Aman!!

    Loving the way ArShi is coming closer; not just physically but heart and soul as well. Arnav can feel the tilt in the axis but, he is afraid to accept and embrace it as of now. Khushi realizes, she is in too deep but is afraid to voice her feelings, given her past experience. Loved the way she handled the ‘ negotiations’ for their ‘ arrangement’.. zero or one for her…no half way!!

    Looking forward to Saturday!

  63. So it was Aman and NK who are responsible for this life changing event in their life. God bless them! Loving the progression of NK and Robbie. The mystery of Lavanya is just keeping me on my toes. Waiting for the engagement party and the show down. Thank God Robbie is going to be there for Khushi. She will beat the shit out of anyone if they even think of laying a finger on Khushi.
    I absolutely love a man who can say you are mine and I will protect what is mine. No arguments BAS!

  64. woah what is with the next mystery on the line!cant wait have to find out asap!cheers violetgirlp.s this story is worth the binge read if anyone wants an exciting rollercoaster

  65. Unbelievable above….so many high points for me….gosh who am i kidding, everything is ‘ “Look beyond the words…who is really in control….”. Perfect words… “who was it who intoned irrelevance in favor of perception. I want to focus only on Arnav & Khush but hey i carefully read again even Chet’s convo with NK….! Somehow Gupta and mentor connect i gathered but Kumars catering and Aman/NK – Khushi for Arnav was a shock surprise. Top writing…i am just glued hooked whatever…Loved their verbal agreement. NK Robbie great chemistry…but for my first read of this i am gonna focus on Arnav and KHushi…..

  66. wow such a long chapter with so many things happening..i loved their deals and the way they are handling..both are right in their place..I love khsushi’s dignity..also agree with arnav;s pov..I liked how NK made khushi understand..so Aman arranged their meeting a pleasant surprise..nani and aman’s meeting was so touching…Nk and robbie are getting closer…payal and trent both have issues…Not sure if lavanya did right to go with shyam…
    I love arnav and khushi scenes esp.romantic/lm scenes very natural and spontaneous…
    Thanks
    Bhavna

  67. Ok… I am re-reading this but this got me laughing so hard…

    “Whenever I wished for Khushi’s fairytale, I never thought her fairy godmother would come in the form of two playboys!”

    Bhahahaha 😄👍

  68. Aman and NK had plotted Khushi s entry into Arnav s life. That was a surprise. Arnav’s gonna be pissed.
    Loved Robbie NK teasin. NK helping Khushi understanding Arnav. He asked her not to focus on his words rather their intent and purpose. God bless such friends.
    “All of me for all of you” sound more intimate than I love you.
    Amazing chapter. 🙂

  69. Very interesting update.
    Why do I feel that Payal and Kushi are not cousins but actually half sisters and Kushi’s mother was the other woman in her father’s life.

  70. That was some update!!! Aman and NK are awesome!! Too much happened in this update. Still digesting it. Everything is culminating towards the engagement party. Can’t wait to join this party.

  71. ASR with all his shatir dimag made an appearance 😊 Well done Khushi for handling the bull in typical Khushi way ..

  72. That chapter has kept me on my nerves..woofff..lots of secret n m loving this thrill.
    Many things gonna come out in this engagement party..looking forward to it.
    Loved the way khushi negotiated with him.

  73. hi
    khushi is right in her place as well as Arnav also. love their scene. Nk trying to.make khushi understand more about Arnav. Payal n Trent having shattered married life. it is unbelievable that Aman n NK are behind this miracle. When arnav get to about this how he will react??

  74. That was hell lot interesting update….
    so many things happened….
    Nk was awesome with that fight and I love the way he cares for Arnav so much… He took care of khushi….
    He is digging deep to pull out secrets…!!
    Robbie and NK have sprakling chemistry…
    i wonder when they will have a reaction😉😂😂?!!
    Shyam is wicked…
    Lavanya is related to Arnav’s past…
    very curious to know about her….
    Coming to our Sexy Lovers…
    “all of you for all of meh..”
    Wow😍😍😍😍
    i just so love them….!!
    Lots going to happen on saturday…
    running for next to find out😉😘

    1. ~All of me for all of you ~ stole the show for me . Its gets a warm and fuzzy feeling within me . I would like to know more about these playboy turned matchmakers conditions and all. NK in action was amazing .Arnav is quite an enigma . Beyond his words and to look at the cues . It sounds so alluring to me . The stars and telescope are my dream man. I like when these bros converse with each other . I hope they don’t end up hurting each other. Payal seems so diabolical to me. Lavanya is quite mysterious as well. That man , I mean Arnav is so much everything . What’s gonna Shyam and Lavanya & Payal and Trent do ?Robbie dearest is a gem .I’m looking forward to more and more seductions through your writing .

  75. So here are my peanuts:

    Me when I read about NK and Robbie: Just kiss already! And when they do, I’m one happy shipper. I thoroughly enjoy their banter and I love that Robbie didn’t disclose K’s secrets. She is a gem of a friend.

    And Playboys as fairy godmothers?! That made me laugh and then go all wistful.

    I need to know this La-Arnie-Shyamu angle. Is he a bad guy? Why is he digging? Simple curiosity? I think not!

    Payal, the vengeful queen… I truly feel sorry for Trent but only a bit. I feel sorry for Payal too, caught up in hate how will she ever be happy?

    Arnav and Khushi…. what a magnificent progress they are making. Are they ready to slay the monsters of pasts since they intent on springing into present.

    ‘All of me for All of you.’

    What a beautiful dialogue. You had my dhak dhaks there…

    I’m now waiting for the showdown Saturday.

  76. Interesting update! cant wait for the engagement party! so much is going to unfold. Cant wait to read more

  77. Finally arnav and khushihave finally given their relationship a name,i can’t stand payal and her useless husband anymore and that snake is always sneaking around,i just can’t wait for arnav to find out And kick him out ,😏😏😏

  78. intresting update looks like many things gona happen with diffrent ups and downs..looking forward to ring party i hope arshi won’t act like jerks when they found out secret….one thing i still cant get was the nani has part in planing them together??? can anyone clear my confution plzz 😛

  79. How nice to see Khushi to see Arnav’s home as hers. It was great for her to ask all or nothing. I want two fairy god-fathers also.

  80. All of me for all of you- This stole my heart! 💓 Both of them are stubborn. They have suffered too much to lay themselves bare. Arnav now understands that and I am glad they negotiated their terms.
    I kind of believe what Arnav says. Be it in a relationship or a business deal, terms and conditions need to be cleared before indulging.
    My respect for Robbie grew all the more when she still kept her lips sealed not revealing anything to NK. Khushi is really lucky to have such a friend. I know from experience when a friend breaks the trust by revealing secrets even if with a good intention. Sigh!
    NK and Anan are Khushi’s angels and Arnav’s too.😂
    The game has begun with Lavanya and Shyam in the picture. Even Payal has something up her sleeve.

    ~Arunima

  81. Awesome Mind blowing.
    Robbie and NK are my favourite here one loyal friends are hard to find.
    Happy that NK was bodygaurding khushi and not only saved her but also help her in understanding arnav.
    Loved the negotiation and deal arshi made for themselves . both r trying to fort their heart from breaking.
    Past has shadowed them very badly.
    So so happy that payal is getting and living in hell where she wanted to throw khushi.
    Karma is a bitch.
    Lav and shayam are mysterious here.

    Please bear some of my short comments as my Wi-Fi is ditching me these days and mobile data don’t help much with WordPress and other sites.

  82. What a wonderful start to my day!

    I am lovvving this story! This chapter could easily run for my top fav chapter in this story, up until now!

    I literally ended up playing “All of me” by John Legend on repeat while reading this chapter and now as well! (One of my old favourites that I am suddenly hooked onto again because of your ALL OF ME FOR ALL OF YOU)

    “All of me for all of you!” Doesn’t that sound absolutely beautifully lyrical to the ears? Nothing less. Nothing more. Everything for everything!

    A self respecting, dignified and independent Khushi is such a weakness to me. Since forever. I’m so happy that she could stick to her word no matter how much she wanted to depend on someone else for a change! She will work. She will fend for herself and there is no negotiation on that. And the fact that Arnav could finally find it in himself to respect that makes everything so much better.

    Their little negotiation in bed was too perfect. No matter what Arnav had in mind, not one of his ‘terms and conditions’ could come close to what she has asked for. Nothing he could have said would have lived up to her one sentence. A new favourite phrase for me!

    NK is love! He really is all love. His talk with Khushi after her little adventure warmed my heart. The intentions. Arnavs intentions are all that matter. Sometimes, with some people, you just need to look beyond the words. With some people words can never be enough to explain what they’re really feelings!

    And the fact that Khushi could understand that and use it when it was really needed proves how much it all means to her.

    Payal and her little coward of a husband going down the drain is all that I can think of right now! Saturday needs to come faster. Nani meets Khushi. Trent has his final heartbreak. Everything should start working out now! PLEASE!

  83. To ask for all of him is a chance she’s taking for herself and him. The hidden skeletons will ofcourse come out soon, but the loneliness of both and the leap of faith by both is pulling at my heart strings.

    Goodness girls, I’m envious! For the life of me I wouldn’t be able to pen down something like this!

  84. Hehe…Thor’s hammer and cucumber in one chapter!! NK and Robbie are perfect for each other. Loving their budding romance as much as A and K’s. And NK and Aman as fairy godmothers to our Cinderella…that was unexpected and deliciously quirky twist to the original fairy tale 😀
    Looking forward to Khushi’s and Lavanya’s back stories & really like the way you’re giving layers to Payal and Trent. Horrible as they were/are, I am able to feel a little sorry for their fucked up lives!

    What’s with the locked sections in between chapters? How do I get access?

  85. The storm is coming! Too many things and too many people are on a crash collision for this party. For sure, wounds are going to be opened.

    But on this chapter, I ADORE AMAN! Who knew a playboy fairy godmother could be so damn cute! Thank goodness for NK being around. I really like him. I love how Khushi and Arnav are slowly falling. Its wonderful to read. I am so loving this story so far!

  86. It has been so much fun to read this again…Aman and NK are sweet-hearts and so adorable in role of fairy god-mother…:)
    Arnav and Khushi…Kya kahu…they enthrall and entice us!! You are brilliantly penned their chemistry…it’s thrilling and endearing at the same time..

  87. Awesome.. things are all happening so interestingly on all fronts.. saturday is fast approaching.. looking forward to see what shape the coming saturday take for everybody involved mainly ARSHI as they are the main targets of many leaving the one to be engaged out of limelight.. aman planned out ARSHI and he alongwith NK did superb job..

  88. Playboys and fairy godmothers 🙂 lovely twist. fun,humorous,drama,suspense this tale has everything. So glad that this is not all Arnav and khushi.

  89. I’m too dreamy.. Steaming hot intimacy is making my head dizzy. Lived the conversation between Arnav n Kushi..
    I knew Shyam will be after Arnav thru Lavz. What’s the secret??? Waiting to read the next update
    Cheers

  90. I seriously adore the relation b/w aman arnav and nk… and aman and nk as godmothers … that was hilarious.. cant wait to see how shyam uses lavanya…

  91. Firstly I have gotta give you guys credit !
    You’ve written this Arnav so brilliantly, he has me totally involved 😉
    Now the update. There are so many mystries !!
    I like NK-Robbie’s chemistry <3
    Arnav Khushi's part was awesome 🙂
    But epic line : "He would surely fall in lust with her" 😀

  92. You guys are too good Cinderella got a fairy godmothers in the form of NK and Aman

    Who would’ve thought of such a possibility that this is an prearranged setup 😈🐒

    I hope Aman and NK have protective gears on standby in case of life threatening situations 😝

    Finally Arnav and Khushi have staked rights over each other 😁

    Who’s Lavanya and this Shyam is worse than the yellow page gossip journalist creep

  93. I Love NK….. I love the bromance and I love the girls. It s very easy for the readers to like the protagonists. But for us to love your supporting cast shows what you have invested in this story. I actually like NK a lot…. Robbie too.

  94. How close is this to love and they have hard time accepting. They are classic case of kindred souls. Loved NK and Robbie roamance in blooming stage..

    Aman is a sweetheart as a brother..it is so dotting to have one like him.

    Loved the all of me for all of you..love cannot be expressed beyond that..absolutely loved that!

  95. Hi….came across this story…u am a arshi fan
    Your stories are beautiful.
    Please let me have the privilege to read all episodes
    Please allow me to access to your rest of the stories
    Thank you .

  96. No one in this story can compare to Aman and Nk , as is said earlier their Bromnce is half the fun-I just cant get over their being ‘ Fairy godmothers’
    storm approaching on Saturday ?

    hey do you answer the comments even to the readers who are latecomers ?

  97. Awesome update
    NK and Aman did a great job in bringing arshi together
    Very much happy for sushi decision of all of you to all of my

  98. So it is join venture for the boy’s to get arnav partner…
    Good they got it sought it out on mutual
    Agreement
    Shyam is obsessed with arnav
    Lavanya is desperate..
    All show down… On Saturday

  99. Bloody hell. Payal, Trent and lavanya all attending….shits about to hit the fan.

    So aman and nk saw khushi and made arnav and khushi meet? But that could have easily backfired. They left the rest upto fate?!

    And does shyam prefer men? He didnt feel anything towards lav?

    Payal and trent have one messed up relationship. If trent really harbours feelings for khushi then i hope he doesnt go and mess stuff up.

  100. Is Shyma is entering into dangerous territory.
    Verbal contract was good.,
    Loved the way u people r describing their conflicting emotions.
    Thank u for this wonderfully written work.

  101. Really interesting 🙂
    Both their past is making me wonder what exactly will be the outcome during Aman engagement party

    🙂

  102. NK and Robbie deserves a good end to their story. They are so cute and apt. I really love Khushi s character. She is not the damsel in distress but a confident and an independent women who knows what she needs. Almost in par with Arnav .

    Now where does lavanya fit in ????🤔🤔🤔

  103. Oh oh!!!! Ao the scene is set for all sorts of fireworks and confrontations I suppose… the engagement shoukd be very interesting to say the least…

    Love Khushi’s demand – all of me for all of you! That was simple beautiful. You rock
    Khushi! Looks like both A and K are carrying lot of baggage so i guess their new found trust will be placed under quiet a test soon ish…

  104. There it goes … I was catching my breath for the most part .
    I guess it’s now time for the slimy conniving one’s to surface .
    In anticipation I can feel my heart beat go Dhak dhak dhak dhak .

    All of me for all of you… An extremely difficult term….
    It’s going to be a rocky n dangerous ride for them here on … I’m guessing.

  105. Oh another brilliant update.
    There are so many awesome lines like all of me for all of you. Finally arnav and khushi sought for each other.
    Oh so NK and aman are the godmothers for khushi’s fairy tale.
    I liked the bond between nani and aman. It was hilarious to ask for fortune in the will from nani.
    NK and Robbie’s chemistry is the thing I am looking to read further.
    I didn’t get the point whether payal is hallucinating the trents inclination to khushi or is she right in judging it. If she is right then I think Trent is a biggest moron and he should get his lesson soon on Saturday.
    Please let me read your outtakes and epilogues too. Eagerly waiting for your permission.

    1. Please let us know if you’re still here. There was a time when our AD was simply too overwhelming for us to keep up with the blog.

  106. Very interesting! Waiting for the engagement party….lots of clashes and revelations I’m sure! And love nk and Aman….fairy godmothers lol!

  107. Lot of mysteries surrounded Arnav and Khushi’s lives.
    Off to find the answers. Wonderful story and each chapter was woven beautifully.
    The Engagement party is going to be one explosive party.
    Cheers…..

  108. Khushi and Arnav have agreed to be all to each other. They have moved forward in their relationship. Shyam on other end digging for dirt.Is he going to find anything?

  109. I am crazy about Arshi i guess. Only Arshi!! All of me for all of you. Loved that part. Thank goodness Shaym is on the quite side. And Lavanya makes an appearance. I like that. Quite fond of her. Love Arshi growing romance. Cant wait to continue.

  110. Aman and NK are fairy godmother 😂😂too good update… What’s relationship does Arnav and lavanya share!!! Lovely update overall.

  111. Whenever I read the update of FWN , I wonder does such attraction and making out actually exist? If yes , then would like to be in Khushis shoes 👠

    1. Some couples have a synergy that crackles around them like a live wire. It’s the lucky few that gets both chemistry and heart.

  112. Khushi’s brand of innocence is difficult to resist and Arnav is certainly not a saint, but I am wondering what secrets she is keeping. Btw Khushi Lacene Kumari is an intriguing name, any story behind it? When can we read the next updates?

  113. Hi ShipperK….what a brilliant update…Loved the innocent Kushi and the possessive Arnav…Aman and Nani’s conversation awesome and hilarious…what is wrong with Payal…she is acting so weird…Eagerly waiting to know about Kushi and Arnav’s past ..The Engagement party is going to reveal many secrets of the past ..Lovely update….Take care and be safe

  114. Wow. I am loving reading it again. You’ll laugh if I tell you this, but I was wondering as to why you gals didn’t start the story from the beginning, as I started getting notifications only from the previous update. Only today I realized that somehow I couldn’t open the previous chapters. Today somehow the links in the index opened up and I realized what a fool I had been to have missed out. Now I shall embark on marathon reading to catch up.
    As I had read it earlier I wasn’t feeling a disconnect, but still I wanted to read afresh.
    Oh well I can blame it all on COVID I guess, since all our lives have gone haywire because of it.

  115. I really hope Shyam doesn’t play any dirty games to the Raizadas.
    Looking forward to Aman & Anjali’s engagement. The show will begin then.

  116. This update made my day. It was such a pleasure reading. I just love NK Robbie pair beside ArShi of course. I would never have guessed Aman’s hand in this matchmaking business.😄

  117. Finally the cards are on the table…. for Arnav and Khushi… For NK and Robbie and for Aman and the matriarch of the family…. Nani… All looking out for Arnav and by default for Khushi…..And Arnav and Khushi take the first important step towards each other … To be “All in” and no holds bar…..

    But the fact that the two most important guys in Arnav’s life are looking out for him was heartwarming ….Wonder what and how they found Khushi….Now that is something to look forward to….

    But everyone has a past… And in case of Arnav and Khushi ….It has shaped them to be cautious…Especially when it comes to their personal and private lives….Now that is a mystery I am looking forward to unveil ….

      1. And the person who can see through all the baggage and still decides to stick around is a keeper … for now and for always….

  118. This was absolutely amazing!! Can’t wait to read more about Arnav’s past. I absolutely love Aman in this one!! Can’t wait to read more!!!

  119. wonderful update. Khushi and Arnav are progressing in their relation. Nk,Aman and Robbie is perfect definition of friends. They are responsible for arshis first interaction. I need one of them. Loved Aman and nanis conversation. Arnav betrayal seems connected to lavanya. Hope shyam will not create problem for arshi. Waiting to know more about Arnavs past.

    1. While I definitely think we could use a Robbie and NK and Aman in our corner. They definitely would drive you up the wall from time to time with their lack of boundaries 😀

  120. Both are moving forward in their relationship liked nani and aman convo aman and nk fairy godmothers who found khushi for arnav robbie is a true friend who stood with khushi nk wants to protect khushi so he wants to know about her past beautiful update enjoying reading it again

  121. Robbie found out that it was not a chance meeting between Khushi and Arnav.It was orchestrated by Aman and NK.
    Shyam is trying to find out Lavanya and Arnav’s connection.The photojounalist is flying to Lucknow to dig into Arnav’s past.

  122. NK the saviour of Arnav & Khushi… i loved him in this story the most😍

    Arnav & khushi are having quite blissful moments together, wonder how many days that will last?🤔

    Shyam & lavanya together will definitely cause trouble in Khushi’s life… wonder whats the past Arnav & lavanya shares?

    So both ex would be in the party!!

  123. ~ All of me for all of you ~ stole the the show for me. It gets a warm and fuzzy feeling within me . I would like to know more about the terms and conditions of these playboy turned fairy godmothers. NK in action was something to look forward to . So spray was there. The stars and telescope is my dream man . It was so beautiful . Arnav is an enigma . Beyond words . To look at the cues . That’s dangerously alluring. I like when these bros converse . And to not forget , Robbie is a gem . Payal seems diabolical to me. So does Shyam. What relationship does, no did Lavanya share with the Raizadas . I wonder. But I really like the way you paint the picture in the canvas of our minds . Looking forward to more and more and more of your alluring story . I hope neither of them ends up breaking the other one’s heart .

  124. Oh wait forgot this one . He looks like a softie to me as well. Both seemed so vulnerable to me at a point . Cucumber 🙈

      1. I did a mistake . Well I ended of commenting on someone else’s comment. And then thought I had not commented at all . So sorry .

  125. Awesome update. Glad to see their all hers and all his arrangement. Love NK and Aman and their protective instincts for Arnav. Also love Robbie and Khushi friendship.

    So Shyam & Lavanya and Payal & Trent will be attending engagement party? Let’s what and whose secrets gets unravelled 😜

  126. Hi
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the handsome and graciously kind fairy godmothers.
    Never imagined celestial help came wrapped in six pack abs. NK and Aman have my heart… At least what’s left of it after your Arnav overwhelms it with his acquiescence to all of him.
    Rooting for the courageous Khushi as always.

    1. Could not agree more.
      Definitely drool worthy. More because of the underlying core of steel and loyalty. Abs… After all, need to be backed with substance.

  127. Loved ‘the playful-handsome fairy god mothers’!!

    So a lot of work has been done while choosing Khushi and bringing her in front of Arnav. I am surprised they didn’t run a background check on her.

    Looking forward to the party now – Trent-Payal- Khusi confrontation and also maybe lavanya and Arnav

  128. Lavanya who is she …is she step sister to raizada brothers, because Anjali in previous chapter mentioned it is also aman’s story to tell . Regarding payal ….she is going to be in a trouble soon . As usual NK and his doll ….❤️ Aman only could do this ….I mean find a bride for his brother 🙊

  129. So many… twist going on. . For 1 event…
    Happy khushi keeping her ground
    But can see payal lost case…
    Shyam obsession…
    So it is planned arrangements for arnav to
    Meet khushi…

  130. Night 5&6 full of secrets and some revelations.Aman and NK setup for Khushi and Arnav to meet.Your writing style is just awesome.

  131. PA, advisor, fierce best friend, a flirt, fairy godmother and now knight in shining armour… what is it that NK is not! Sigh!!!
    Arnav’s penthouse was home ❤

    Doll and handsome are back 🙂 So interesting to see their relationship flesh out. Their innate need to protect their best friends brings them close yet their cracking chemistry is what sets off their own tale.

    It’s so upsetting when Khushi goes through these inner dilemmas beause of her past but I guess if it wasnt for it then she wouldnt be here in the first place.

    “Both of your grandsons will be well and truly married before the next new year” …. ahh the foreshadow 😉

    The fact that Nk and Aman found Khushi for Arnav… can I have these fairy godmothers in my life aswell please!

    The way you guys have built up the suspense anticipation for this engagement..brilliant job girls:)

  132. Didn’t see that coming… Sneaky Aman and NK.

    Now what is Shyam up to with Lav?

    I am very curious to know what’s going to happen on engagement party.
    It’s gone be total drama.

    NK and Robbie combo is such fun to read

    Arnav and Khushi are communicating. They are already ready to give everything to this relationship.

  133. Wow what an incredible chapter. Arnav and Khushi have my heart in this chapter! Like literally beating dhak dhaks! They both crossed their forks in the road and eventually led themselves to each other. <3 I love, love, love the way you write them. It's absolutely on point.

    NK Ryan became Thor for quite a big moment there and I was cheering all along. He's fiercely protective of Arnav, that I can see…but perhaps he has cause to because Khushi isnt telling everything.

    I think the biggest whiplash here was that NK and Aman chose Khushi? I mean what were the odds Arnav would show interest in her! It was a long shot…But it seems to have paid off!

    Robbie and NK have these endearing one-liners between their spitfire comments that literally take my heart away. <3

    The deal in bed is solid. I hope they live up to its terms, though. 😛

    Payal scares me. She is a dormant volcano just waiting to erupt!!

    In all, a lovely chapter, still can't get over Arnav-Khushi in this chapter. All their scenes were incredibly well written. "It _was_ different. <3"

  134. Spellbinding!!! Going to next chapter will co. meet on all chapters at once …. and Shyam is a snakewa??? How come no one still has a clue ?

  135. 1. Cucumbers …. Loved NK picking out the cucumber LOOOL
    2. Payal is a ticking time bomb 💣 waiting to happen
    3. I’m happy Arnav agreed to Khushi’s terms❤️❤️

  136. Also, I was looking at the images you guys add… And they all fit so perfectly with the story and how you describe the images… Just goes to show how much effort and love goes into this👍🏽❤️❤️

    1. Very interesting update, especially Arnav accepting Khushi’s terms. All of me for all of you, feels like they took 100 steps forward. The Aman and NK hunting for a woman for Arnav was a surprise. But shows how they know him enough to think she can be a possibility. Shyam is being creepy. I wonder what is there between Lavanya and the Raizadas.
      Payal and Trent should just divorce so they can each be happier, they are both just bitter. Who asks her man to have sex with another woman to spite her? And who says yes to that woman and goes on to marry her? They are twisted

  137. Three highlights for this chapter in my opinion: 1. “I want to go Home” and Nk says “where is Home?” and drops her to Arnav’s! That has my heart <3.
    2. "your pulse doesnt lie to me" that was so intimate and romantic way of trying to get the truth of her
    3. "All of me for all of you" that was so brilliant and sexy condition from Ms Happiness ❤
    Robbie remains my favorite and so does NK. ✌

  138. If you have a Robbie or NK in your life then you are damn lucky… And khushi and Arnav is luckiest…. They both had people who protect them… Who would do Anything for their happiness…. Robbie… She is a fairy…. A fiend who make wishes for her friends happiness in her birthday is something rare and precious… And NK.. The way he protected khushi… Trent Mathews beware… If you try to come close to khushi then your situation will be same of the guy in the club…….
    I can’t believe this… Aman found khushi… O God these two… The day khushi and Arnav find out this… It’s going to be hilarious
    The chemistry between NK and Robbie is crackling and these two people deserve each other… Who loves their closed one more than themselves deserves the world…….

    1. Damn I just realized one thing… More than Arnav and khushi… I talks Robbie, NK and Aman.. And it’s something different for me… How you guys make me do that…. You guys are awesome who can weave magic with stories

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