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SS : Heartbeats Part 1

November 8, 2013
Arnav Singh Raizada couldn’t move, and yet his heartbeat raced…
His eyes were glued to the small 9 year old girl in front of him.
Long hair…
Dark eyes…
The cutest smile he had ever seen…
An absolute delight…
The spitting image of Khushi.
The woman he loved.
The woman he lost.
Ever since the day she left him, he had been living a worthless life.
His Dadi had convinced him to walk out on their marriage.
And even though his heart screamed to go to her, he turned the other way, and in  hatred, left her standing alone, waiting for him.
Until he remembered what his mother once told him about the rose and the thorn…
“Shit! No! I’ve…I’ve punished the wrong person! NO! GOD NO!”
Bolting from the garden where he grew up, he pushed up from dirt beneath his knees  and rushed towards the mandir…
But he was too late…
“She’s gone.”
Arnav’s face turned pale…”What do you mean she’s GONE!?”
Anjali was incoherent as she spoke, her voice in anguish…”She stayed for so long  Chote…she trusted that you’d come…but…but…but she was so distraught…she…she…”
With a panic that consumed him, Arnav raced to the door…”I’m going to find her!”
But Akash stopped him, “Bhai…she left twenty minutes ago…”
“Chote…” Nani called out firmly…”I cannot believe that you did this…I even knew of  Garima all along…but I never once blamed her…it was your father who also lied  to her and broke her heart… as well as my daughter’s…but you…” her eyes tore away  from his…”I never thought that YOU would do this to Khushi…just to hurt her… for something she had no part in…she trusted you! With EVERYTHING! Her whole  heart.”
Arnav felt a vile sickness spread across his chest…
He shook his head…”No…she…she…”
His mind was plagued with their passion from the night before…”She trusted me…with  her heart…with her body…”
A sobbing filtered into his thoughts…
He spun to face Garima…
She was crying endlessly, calling out for her daughter…
He fell to his knees before her…”Forgive me…forgive me please…”
But all Garima could say was…”Khushi…my Khushi…my Khushi…”
Arnav’s body shook as he clamoured away, now staring up at Nani and Buaji…
They could see the devastation in his eyes…
His heart felt crushed with such severe loss…
“Where…” he breathed…”Where would she go?”
Pushing himself to his feet, he screamed…”WHERE WOULD SHE GO!?”
*End of Flashback*
And no one had seen her from that day.
Even though he had hired an army to search for her, she remained missing…
But now, with this little vision that stood before him, the pain that had numbed his  heart for nearly 9 years, resurfaced with a vengeance…
He was desperately trying to breathe…
The small dark haired girl was muttering to herself, just like Khushi used to…
But suddenly, she began to cry…
“Mummy?…” she began to look around…”Mummy?”
His soul hurt seeing her tears, just like Khushi’s tears used to tear at his heart…
He unconsciously took a step towards her, but immediately stopped when a man  rushed up towards her…
The little girl’s eyes lit up and she ran to the man, jumping into his arms screaming… “Uncle!”
He held her tight and patted her back…”Hey….shhhh….It’s okay…”
When she calmed, she pushed back and crossed her arms…”Where did you go!?”
The man grinned and set her back on her feet, “Now don’t get all huffy with me  Libbi girl…It’s not my fault that you CONSTANTLY wander away! Just like your mother!”
Libbi began to laugh…”Has mummy finished at her interview?”
Arnav felt his heart soar hearing Libbi’s laugh…
Libbi, what a sweet name…
“She should be out in a minute…”
Arnav’s trance was broken by Akash walking up beside him…”Bhai?”
Tearing his eyes away, he acknowledged his brother…”So?”
Akash smiled, “It’s official, We take over this company in a month’s time…they are  having a huge staff turnaround and are hiring as we speak…”
Arnav nodded…”Good, new staff will work well with a new manager.”
“But Bhai, we can HIRE someone else to run this company…you don’t need to keep  moving so far away to start up our businesses…”
“I need to…” Arnav’s voice broke…”I…I need to …”
Akash knew that it was Arnav’s way of coping…
Whenever he entered Shantivan, a dark cloud of guilt and pain would encompass him…
Anything that gave him the memory of Khushi would completely and utterly disarm  him, sending him into depression.
“Well, look…I’ll go pick up Di and Payal from the cafe next door…shall I meet you in  the car?”
“What?…oh sure sure…”
Akash had now got used to Arnav’s completely backhanded behavior…
He no longer possessed any ASR inside him…
Arnav heard the automatic doors shut behind him as Akash left the building…
“Another office…” he sighed …”…is it even worth it…?”
The little girls squeel made him spin around…
“There’s my baby!!!! How’s my little heartbeat!?”
A woman dressed in a pinstripe business suit and killer heels ran up to the little girl  and pulled her up into a tight embrace…
This woman wasn’t very tall, but her legs seemed to go on forever…
He could tell she had long hair, even though it was tied up in a pony tail…
His heart felt as though it had been stabbed…
This is the life I could have had…with Khushi…
“So? Did you get the job?”
“I sure did baby! I sure did! I start tomorrow!”
Arnav shuddered…
He could hear Khushi’s voice in his head…
The mother still had her back to Arnav when the interviewer approached them…
“Here, I forgot to give you this training manual…If you can read up on this tonight, then  there will be less to learn tomorrow…”
The interviewer, an older lady, looked towards Libbi…”And who is this delightful young  lady?”
“I’m Libbi…” the little girl said confidently…
“Libbi?” the lady shook her little hand…”What an unusual name…what does it mean?”
“I’m a little heartbeat!”
The mother laughed…”Libbi means heartbeat…”
Arnav couldn’t take anymore…
The pain was igniting inside him once again…
“I have to get out of here…”
And he turned around instantly, and left…
The moment that Arnav had turned, so did the mother…
“Uncle! Did you hear!? Mummy got the job!”
Rajesh smiled…”I heard Libby, as did the rest of the building I think…”
“Thankyou for your help Raj, after all the interviews I’ve been on, I was really hoping  to get this one…”
“You know I’d do anything to help you…After all we’ve been though, you’re like my  very own sister…”
They were about to walk out when…”Oh I forgot one more thing…” the interviewer  approached them once more…”see this is why I need an assistant…” she  laughed…”Your name badge and pass…so security let you in…”
“…thankyou so much, I look forward to starting tomorrow…”
Libbi took the badge from her mum, and held it up to read…
“Khushi Kumari Gupta”
I wrote this in five minutes…so I’m sorry if it isn’t good or full of spelling errors 😛
Comment if you want more 😀
11 Comments leave one →
  1. Lyssapie permalink
    November 8, 2013 1:37 am

    Firstly what a clever name for the little girl

    And I love this by just reading the first part

    So neither have any knowledge that both will be working together interesting

  2. undercoverhappy permalink
    November 8, 2013 1:48 am

    its fab

    what a cliffhanger look forward to more

  3. moomin4455 permalink
    November 8, 2013 3:35 am

    Oh god ASR! What did you do?? Nine years have gone by…how will Khushi and Arnav meet again??

  4. November 8, 2013 6:28 am

    Wow, what a great start Sarah!
    Looking very much forward to read more of this story. And Libbi is a very nice name.


  5. seetanaips permalink
    November 8, 2013 1:00 pm

    oh crap!!!! he left her at the mandap and returned to late for her!!!!

    Damn 9 years have passed and it seems Arnav is breathing but not living

    Now Khushi has a beautiful daughter and a new job again with Arnav’s company

    hmmm awaiting their explosive meeting

  6. archa2810 permalink
    November 8, 2013 1:35 pm

    a fresh start… 9 years?? that is too long

  7. November 8, 2013 2:47 pm

    Interesting! and loved the lil one’s name,…..that night their “dhadkanein” ek ho gayi, that’s why ‘heartbeat’, right?? and Arnav left Khushi at the mandap, came to his senses too late, sad! Nine whole years!! omg! and now they will be working together. there will be sparks..and whose this ‘Raj uncle’?? update soon.

  8. ushankitvc permalink
    November 8, 2013 7:43 pm

    awesum start…arnav missing khushi frm 9n yrs….khushi has a 9 yr old daughter Libbi….nice name

  9. November 8, 2013 11:24 pm

    bloody hell asr what did you do you let your dadi get in to your head an left khushi and she had their baby good for him he did not see her awesome start loved the concept

  10. November 9, 2013 9:17 am

    What an interesting start. Love the concept. Waiting now for more.

  11. November 11, 2013 1:42 am

    Loved this concept….
    Continue soon

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