"Sometimes a heart can't afford to be just friends."
"To love without condition, to talk without intention, to give without reason, and to care without expectation... this is the heart of a true friend."
Two friends, friendship, two hearts, love, and finally, destiny!
One thing I want to make clear after the last update: Shyam is NOT lusting for Khushi. He surely is a complicated character, bit shady, but he does not mean harm to Khushi. At least, not intentionally!
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parked his car outside Olive Garden, since that was the only
restaurant in their route back to IBM. Khushi immediately
unbuckled her seatbelt and stepped out. While Arnav had just
locked the car, Khushi was already going up the steps to the
entrance. Arnav simply followed her, thinking that if she is
this eager to enter, then she will probably finish her lunch faster
and they can leave sooner. But of course, he didn't know Khushi
well enough yet.
entered the restaurant to find Khushi already seated at a table and
ordering her food. He sat on the chair opposite her and Khushi
faced him with a smile.
you want to order for yourself or should I order?”
Just soup and salad with breadsticks.” Arnav said while turning
toward the waiter.
the waiter left, Arnav looked back at Khushi to find her looking at
him with her mouth slightly open and her eyes widened.
are just going to have some soup and salad with those bland
breadsticks for LUNCH?”
you only had some cake today. You yourself said that you didn't even
have breakfast. How do you even survive with eating so little?”
me?” said Arnav, feeling a little offended since no one had ever
really pointed toward his diet like this. But right at that
moment, their table began to fill up with their orders. Arnav
just stared at the food pilling up in front of him, his eyebrows
rising up in astonishment. On their table lay, a plate of
Bruschetta, Caprese Flatbread, Lasagna Fritta, and Smoked Mozzarella
Ma'am, enjoy your appetizers. Main course will be served
shortly.” The waiter said and left.
later, Arnav still sat in the position and watched Khushi pile up her
plate and eat almost everything as if she had been hungry since the
last week. He couldn't comprehend that how can such a slim girl
digest so much without gaining any fat. Khushi, on the other
hand, was enjoying her food merrily. She was famished since the
last time she ate was four hours ago. Yes, she did have a quick
breakfast, but she was too upset to eat well in the morning. Then
she only had that piece of a cake, so she obviously had to eat now.
She finally looked up at Arnav and stopped eating.
your plate is empty. You haven't even touched anything. Don't worry,
I won't mind if you eat from my order. Here, try this Lasagna Fritta,
you'll like it.” She offered with a smile on her face.
you order main course for yourself as well?” said Arnav, trying to
ignore her offer.
I am offering Lasagna to you and you are worried about my main
course. Oh, now I understand, you don't want me to go hungry.
But don't worry na. I ordered enough for me for the
main course as well. I'll be fine. But try this na?”
gulped, looking at the Lasagna and the cheese.
I don't like it. I'll just have my soup and....”
with breadsticks. I know, but those are the most regular things
to be eaten. You should try different things always. So,
here, try this.”
placed a Fritta on his plate and waited expectantly for him to eat.
Arnav kept looking at the Fritta and Khushi, unable to decide
what to do. Not wanting to show his weakness to her, he finally
managed to take a small bite. Just seeing the food going in
his mouth made Khushi content and she resumed her eating. She
failed to notice the disgusted expression on Arnav's face, how he was
having trouble chewing that thing in his mouth, and
having difficulty pushing it down his throat.
looked up once again to make sure whether he is eating or not and
found his face wrinkled in disgust. Her face filled with
concern and worry for him, unable to understand the reasons.
happened, Sir? You didn't like it? Is something wrong?”
immediately shot an angry glare at Khushi, not caring about anything
but that thing gliding down his throat.
Khushi scrunched back in her seat, slightly scared of what wrong she
had committed now.
the fear in her eyes, Arnav looked away from her since he, once
again, didn't want to vent on her without her fault.
like it.” He finally managed to utter, without looking back at her,
not wanting her to poke fun at him.
why, Sir?” said Khushi, straightening in her seat, curious to know
the mystery of why anyone would not like Lasagna Fritta.
shot an annoyed look to Khushi, but spoke, “I don't know. I
just don't like cheese. It's too gooey.”
frown turned upside down and she began to laugh uncontrollably.
She finally managed to speak along with her laughter.
A harsh and a steel-cold voice left Arnav's lips.
tried to stifle her laughter, but was quiet unsuccessful.
You enjoy your lunch. I am leaving! ” Arnav said
and stood up to leave.
to stop him, Khushi stood up and held his wrist.
I am sorry, Sir. I didn't want to upset you. I just
never knew someone who didn't like cheese like this.” She said,
with a genuine concern for him and honesty in her words.
looked at Khushi's pouted face and forgot his anger in her innocence.
As Khushi felt his expressions relax, she held his hand and made him
sit again. Though at this moment, Arnav and Khushi actually realized
that they were physically touching each other for the first time. Arnav sat in his
chair, while Khushi stood beside him, still holding his hand, but
both lost in each other's eyes.
sudden movement on the table abruptly ended their eye-lock. Both
instantly let go of their hands and looked at the table. The waiter
was replacing the appetizers with the main course. Khushi, nervously,
made her way back to her chair and sat down. She looked at Arnav, who
was intently looking at the food being laid on the table.
spoke first, breaking the ice and trying to revert things back to
normal, “Well, you don't have to eat Lasagna now. You can enjoy
your soup, salad, and breadsticks.” She forced a smile on her face
as Arnav looked up at her.
Arnav gave her a tight smile and began his lunch.
rest of the lunch resumed in complete silence, other than the
occasional sounds of their eating or cutlery. Arnav and Khushi stole
glances every once and now, but looked away just as the other looked
in either direction.
lunch ended, the waiter came with the bill and placed it on the
table. Both Arnav and Khushi placed their hands on the bill to pick
I'll pay. Leave it.”
Sir. I'll pay. It's fine.”
Khushi. I will take care of the bill.”
I cannot accept that. I always pay even if I go out with my friends.”
I am your boss and I am paying.”
said na, Sir, I'll pay. Why don't you listen?”
don't listen? Khushi, you are not listening! I am paying the bill,
and that's it!”
I always pay my own bill. I am paying it today as well.”
you....” “Excuse me, Sir? Ma'am?”
Both said at the same time to the waiter who dared interrupt them.
waiter quivered a bit at their uproar but held his stance and spoke,
“I can arrange for two bills, one for each, according to the orders.
If you want, that is.”
and Arnav both looked at each other, back at the waiter, again at
each other, and looked away.
Arnav could refuse the waiter, Khushi quickly spoke, “Yes, please.
That will be the best option. Thank you!” She gave a warm smile to
the waiter, who visibly sighed, took the bill, and went to arrange
for two separate bills.
why did you....”
were right, Sir. You are my boss, not my friend. So I have no right
to pay your bill.” Khushi said with a tight smile, though Arnav did
not miss the hurt and disappointment in her voice.
Ma'am, your bills.”
another word, both paid their bills. Khushi avoided even looking at
Arnav, while Arnav kept glancing back at her. Khushi quickly stood up
and proceeded to the exit, while Arnav followed her.
Khushi stood by the car waiting for Arnav to unlock it, he simply
stood next to her, intentionally not unlocking it.
we are getting late for work.” Khushi said in a steady tone.
I ask a favor from you?”
looked up at Arnav, whose eyes held a strange warmth at the moment,
while his face was still his straight-self.
you call me Arnav?”
eyes opened wide, and her jaw dropped down. “WHAT?”
are you surprised, Khushi? If I can call you Khushi, why can't you
call me Arnav?” Arnav said as if it was nothing of importance.
only in private. Not in front of the staff.” Saying this, Arnav
smiled at Khushi and unlocked the car. He sat in the car and buckled
himself when he noticed that Khushi was frozen in the same place,
confusion printed all over her face.
KHUSHI KUMARI GUPTA, GET IN THE CAR RIGHT NOW!” shouted Arnav
through the window.
his roaring voice, Khushi quickly came out of her trance, opened the
door, sat down, and buckled herself in less than 10 seconds. She
looked at Arnav who was looking ahead but had a smirk playing on his lips now. Arnav began to drive out and to IBM, while Khushi continued to
gape at him.
can stop staring now, Khushi.”
stammered Khushi, while she still couldn't look away from him.
exactly how her mind must be working right now, Arnav looked at her.
His face was serious, while his eyes held a hint of guilt.
didn't mean to hurt you then.” He again looked away to the road
you asked for the favor just
to seek forgiveness?”
instantly looked at Khushi, and he saw her lips curved downward in a
frown, while her voice again held the same hurt.
mean.....yes.....but.....” fumbled Arnav, unable to understand how
to handle this situation.
So does that mean that if in the future, I need to make you do
something, I should simply act hurt?”
looked at Khushi, who now had a wide smile on her face, with a
mischievous glint in her eyes.
chuckled and said, “Well, yes, Mr. Raizada. You surely are not an
easy man to crack, you know. Since you didn't let me pay the bill, I
had to do something to get back at you. And I also knew that you
won't be happy to see me angry.” She laughed, looking at his state.
“What the! Khushi! How can you be so childish? And what do you mean by crack?”
Arnav was about to blast her for tricking him, his brain and mind
stopped as soon as he heard his name from her mouth. Her soft, sweet
voice and his name. It gave him a warm feeling. Just as her touch
did. But it was just more intense than the touch even.
shook his head at her innocence and resumed driving without
answering her back. The way back was filled with Khushi's blabbering,
Arnav's little responses or none at times, and Aman's phone calls for
the meeting for which ASR was late already by 10 minutes.
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