"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!
Hello my readers! Chapter 13B is finally here. The next chapter will be 14, no more parts to this chapter.
Happy reading & enjoy! :)
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Garima, Bauji, and Payal sneaked into Khushi's room at exactly
11:30pm. They all knew that she will be sleeping deeply right now.
They quietly decorated her entire room with fairy lights, stars, and
crystal chains. Everyone was being as discrete and quiet as
possible, and they had only 2 minutes till the clock strikes twelve.
Payal rushed out of the room and brought a black forest small size
cake. The clock chimed lightly twelve times to mark midnight.
BIRTHDAY KHUSHI!!!!!!” Everyone yelled loudly and Khushi woke up
with a jerk. The sudden sound scared her and she sat on her bed, her
eyes wide open, and her jaw dropped.
and Garima looked at Bauji, motioning him to go to her. Bauji sat
next to Khushi and lightly patted her head.
Birthday my cherub!”
looked at her Bauji in astonishment. She looked around at everyone
with an awestruck expression, and at her room, slowly capturning the
stars, the lights, the crystals, and the cake sitting on a table
right ahead of her. Even though this was a yearly routine, Khushi
was always amazed at how her family did so much for her. Her eyes
welled up, as she gave everyone a grateful smile. Everyone came
forward and shared a big family hug. Khushi cut the cake and fed it
to Bauji first, then Amar, Garima, and Payal. Everyone gave her
gifts and blessings. The Gupta household finally drifted into a
woke up at 8:00am, as the sun was shinning in her room and a
beautiful smile graced her face. She took her shower and dressed up.
She only wore kohl in her eyes and a nude lip-gloss on her lips.
She was dressed in the Anarkali Garima gave her yesterday and made her
promise to wear today. With the dress, she was wearing the earrings
gifted by Payal. (Khushi's dress)
She walked down the stairs to find her family
already sitted around the dining table, waiting for her. Her family
wished her once again and all began their lavishing breakfast
prepared by Garima.
Bauji planned the day for you today.” said Amar.
Bauji, what are we going to do first?” said an overly-excited
Bauji chuckled a bit and said, “First, hand me your phone.”
innocently gave her phone to her Bauji and waited for him to answer
her first question.
I keep the phone and we all are going to be out for the day. So, you
will know soon, my Gudiya.” Her Bauji answered.
not fair, Bauji. At least tell me one thing we will be doing.
Please?” Khushi pouted.
we will be eating out.” Her Bauji laughed as he saw an annoyed
expression on Khushi's face, but she also joined him and began
family spent the morning shopping in Little Italy, Chinatown, and
Soho. As the elders took a break to rest, Khushi insisted and took
Payal along with her for a hot-air balloon ride. The family gathered
for a lunch at Serendipity, followed by a huge dessert. Khushi ate
her dessert, followed by half of Payal's, while the elders only
ordered 1 and shared it amongst the three of them.
Khushi and Payal wanted to watch a movie and shop in Greenwich
Village, the elders suggested to go home since Bauji was exhausted.
you all go home. Jiji and I'll come back in the evening.” Khushi
said to her father.
dear, how will you two come? We only brought one car.” Amar said
with concern in his voice.
Papa, we'll hire a cab na. Now don't decline this. It's my
birthday, so please?” She looked at her father with pleading eyes.
okay. But be home by 7pm. We will be waiting.”
Papa. Thank you.”
hugged everyone and waved them bye. Payal and Khushi went to a
nearby cinema and watched Monster Inc, a comedy animated movie
that Khushi had already watched multiple times but still wanted to
watch on her birthday.
wasn't until they were back to shopping in Greenwich Village that a
familiar car attracted Khushi's attention. A white Audi R8 was
parked at a nearby parking meter. Since Payal had already entered
one of the shops, Khushi went toward the car to check whether it
really was the same car or not. She tried to peek inside the car,
but no luck due to the black mirrors. She looked around to see
whether the owner of the car was nearby, but people seemed to pass by
without any interest toward the car. She walked around the car,
trying to get some indication to prove her doubts. She went to the
front mirror and tried to look inside. Though the view was minimal,
it surely was familiar.
placed a hand on her shoulder and she jerked around, scared of being
caught. But seeing Payal, she sighed in relief.
you scared me!!”
are you snooping around someone's car?”
what are you doing? What if the owner saw you?”
it would have been better. That's what I was doing. Trying to see
whether I know who the car belongs to!”
you serious, Khushi? Don't tell me that peeking in cars is your new
way of celebrating your birthday!”
Jiji. Actually, this car is very familiar, that's why I was....”
held Khushi's hand and led her towards the nearby cafe.
I don't want either one of us to get into trouble today. And you are
just hungry and tired. So, let's eat something, okay?”
didn't reply back to Payal as she was still looking back at the car,
trying to put her finger on where she had seen the car.
both Khushi and Payal failed to notice was a figure, hiding behind a
shop board, observing their each and every move, though the figure
was not close enough to hear their conversation. Dressed in a dark
maroon three-piece suit, a tall man, with molten eyes which were a
shade of chocolate in the sun now. Arnav Singh Raizada.
leaving his cabin, ASR had quickly looked through the files he kept
in the last drawer of his table. He quickly jotted down something on
the notepad, tore the paper and placed it in his coat pocket. After a quick excuse to Aman, Arnav stormed out of the building.
soon as he got in his car, he entered the address in the car GPS and
drove at an insane speed to his destination. He surely broke the
speeding rules, but luckily there were no cops on the roads today.
He parked his car, a little before his destination, but near enough
to have the full view. He waited in the car, even though his
patience was running very low. While waiting, he began to observe
his destination. It wasn't a mansion like the KM, but it was
beautiful nonetheless. It felt very homely, as if a warmth was
radiating from the house itself. Yes, it was very well-maintained
and surely, the house gave away the affluence of the owners. (House)
car entered the driveway of the same house, and two men and a women
stepped out. It looked like as if they were all busy in a friendly
conversation, while pulling out numerous shopping bags. Arnav
finally stepped out of the car, just to make sure whether he missed
anyone else exiting the car. But the three people walked in to the
house, dismissing Arnav's doubts.
is Khushi now?She isn't at her house, then where can she be?
got in his car and closed the door with a loud bang. He fished out
his cell-phone from his pocket and dialed a number. A mere 15
minutes later, his phone rang. Few seconds later, Arnav swerved his
car to his next destination. The next destination took a hour to
reach, since it was on the other side of the city and the traffic was
also high now. Arnav parked his car and began to look in various
shops. He searched thoroughly but he still couldn't get a single
glimpse of her.
know she's here. He said it. I....I can feel her. Where are you,
as Arnav was walking back to his car, the vision in front froze him.
The one and only Khushi Kumari Gupta was walking around his car,
trying to peek through the black windows. An amused smile formed on
his lips as he took in her confused, yet resolute expression. He
kept admiring her beauty as she continued her quest.
can someone look so beautiful without even trying? A fairy sent by
heavens. A perfect fairy.
girl, maybe older than Khushi by few years, approached Khushi. Arnav
quickly stood behind a shop board to avoid being seen. He observed
them conversing and then leaving.
followed them into the cafe, while maintaining enough distance from
them. As he entered the cafe, he spotted them sitting in one of the
far corners, away from others. Khushi's back was toward him, while
the girl with her, clearly in his view, was talking to Khushi. He
went toward their table, without looking directly at the table.
Arnav took a table on their diagonal left, but a pillar helped him in
hiding himself from their view. Finally, he was close enough to be
able to hear them and look at Khushi without any disruptions.
She's Khushi's sister?
I don't think he has enough guts.” A frown appeared on Payal's
Jiji, why are you worrying over such a minor thing? Maybe, he is
just busy. Being in Special Forces isn't an easy job.”
know Khushi. I also know how he works. You know we worked together
whenever his team needed forensic help. But it's not that!”
just calm down. Tell me what the problem is and I'll help my sweet
Jiji as much as I can.”
Don't girls have any better topics to talk about than such stuff?!!
I don't think Akashji will ever take the next step for our
relationship. He is a very stern and strict officer, and I respect
him for what he does. But when it comes to me, I don't think he'll
ever move up a level from here.”
the! Akash?! It could be someone else as well, right?
Jiji, he already proposed to you and you accepted. What else is
he just isn't keen on telling his aunt and uncle about me. He
doesn't have anybody other than them. It's only because of them that
he is at such a good position in his career. But he just doesn't
know of their expectations about his personal life, marriage, or even
how they will react.”
surely does sound a lot like him. Are they talking about Akash Akash
or some other Akash?
don't you ask him to come over right now? I am sure that if we both
talk to him, he'll surely understand.”
Khushi. He must be busy, and it's your day today, so....”
Now if I am saying, then you have to call him here. Please Jiji. I
am sure he won't refuse me on my birthday.” Khushi winked at Payal
and a wide smile formed her face.
THE!!!! Birthday? Khushi's? What the! How the! Why don't I know
took out her cell and began to dial Akash's number. Khushi's smile
decreased a bit, as her heartbeats increased. She felt as if someone
just called her. Arnav? No, how can he be here? Amanji must have
informed him of my leave. I just hope he's not angry.
Khushi?” Payal touched Khushi's hand to get her attention.
You said something, Jiji?”
I am talking to you and you went off to your Lala land!”
Jiji. I am here only. Tell me, what did he say?”
said that he's here nearby for some work. He'll join us in few
What am I supposed to do now? What if he's the same Akash? What if
he told Khushi that I asked him to find out her whereabouts? DAMN!
This is Arnav. Arnav Singh Raizada.”
(Brother?) How are you, Bhai? NK told me of your arrival, but I have
just been too busy. Sorry, Bhai!”
fine, Akash. Even I was busy. For now, can you do me a favor?”
Yes, sure. Anything for you, Bhai!”
am messaging you a name with her details. I need her current
I mean, of course Bhai.”
disconnected the call, messaged Akash, and waited for the results.
15 minutes later, his phone rang again.
she's at Greenwich Village in NYC. But Bhai I think I....”
Akash! I'll talk to you later.”
cut the call, swerved his car, and sped up toward Greenwich Village.
looked back at Khushi and Payal. Both were busy in their discussion
on a random topic, so he sneaked out from his hiding and went out of
the cafe quickly.
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I probably won't be updating until Wednesday. I just have a hectic schedule everyone!
But I hope it gives everyone the time to catch up with the past few updates.