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SS : Heartbeats Part 4

November 10, 2013





Fastening the last pin into her hair, Khushi looked in the mirror.
Black pinstripe skirt-suit with a pale pink blouse and black high heels…
Your feet are never going to get used to these shoes…surely you realise this Khushi!
As she mentally scolded herself, she double checked that her dark hair was in a neat pony tail…
With only a touch of makeup on, she felt as though she were ready to leave for work…
“Whoa!”
Khushi spun around only to see Raj standing behind her with his jaw dropped…
“What?”
He shook his head as if to clear it, “You look incredible…”
She blushed slightly…”Thankyou…I don’t know if I’ll ever really understand why women wear these shoes…”
His eyes scanned down to her feet…”Well, they do make your legs look longer…”
“Raj!”
He laughed sneakily and turned to leave…
When Khushi eventually emerged from the bathroom, Veena and Libbi gave a little cheer and clap…
She spun around and made a curtsey, “Thankyou everyone thankyou…”
 
Veena nodded in approval, “You look very businesslike…”
Khushi frowned…”I really didn’t know how to look corporate, I mean, when I worked in an office before, I was very traditional…”
“Well, you definitely look corporate to me…” Raj said smiling…
Libbi was giggling, “You look like my Barbie doll mummy!”
Khushi rolled her eyes, “Ok baby girl, I had better leave now or Mummy will be late for work.”
As Libbi jumped up to give her mum a hug goodbye, Khushi gave a small chuckle…”Sweetheart, your shoes are on the wrong feet…”
…………….
“Di, I said I’m fine!”
Anjali gripped the phone tighter, “Chote, Buaji said that-“
Arnav groaned into the phone, “I was, I was angry, I was losing control…but I’m alright today, I have a LOT that I need to do to get the companies books in order…”
“Okay,” her voice was hesitant…”I hope you come home soon…”
“Home…” he scoffed in disgust…
“Chote, please, your home is with your family…”
He bit his tongue, not wanting to say anything to hurt his sister…
“I’ll talk to you later, Nani is having a crazed cooking spree with Garima today, and I’m going along to be their food critic…”
Arnav gave a small smirk…”Oh really? That must be such a chore for you…”
“Oy! If they keep using me to taste their food, I will soon need a crane to lift me into the house!”
 
Now laughing, Arnav grabbed his briefcase and headed out the door…
“Goodbye Di…”
“Bye, love you Chote…”
He ended the call yanked open the car door, throwing his jacket over into the passenger seat…
Turning on the radio, he felt thankful for the mental distraction…
The drive was only a short one, he knew he could have walked, but then that would have given his thoughts a chance to attack…
As he slowly braked into a stop, he tapped his fingers on the steering wheel as he stared at the red light…
Red…Khushi in Red…Diwali…
He slammed his open palm down on the dashboard…
“BLOODY HELL!!!!!” he roared in agony and frustration…
Finally the light turned green, and Arnav stepped on the gas, speeding away from the light and the memories…
Pulling into the new office carpark, he grabbed his things, and marched into the building…
As he passed the row of employees already working at their desks, he purposefully looked away…
He wasn’t even slightly willing to let his eyes see the mother of that little girl…
If she looked anything like Khushi, then he knew he was done for…
A work day already lasted too long for him, let alone one that was filled with thoughts of Khushi…
Khushi…
“Sir?”
He halted.
“Sir, I’m…I’m Ms Gomall…”
He didn’t turn around, “I know who you are.”
Anne felt nervous at his ground out answer but continued, “Sir, I was wondering if you will be addressing the staff today? Just to let them know about the future of the company and about your plans…”
He gritted his teeth, “The employees should not be concerned with MY plans, they work for money, they will get their money…nothing else should matter.”
And before Anne could say anymore, Arnav strode away…
…………
As Arnav walked away, Khushi entered the building, missing him by a mere glance as she came up behind Anne…
“Goodmorning Anne…”
Anne turned and gave a weak smile, “Hi…”
Khushi frowned, “What’s wrong? Anything I can help with?”
Anne shook her head, “We can only hope that this new owner leaves soon…”
Khushi’s eyes narrowed as Anne roughly pulled out her chair and seated herself…
Meekly, Khushi sat down beside her…
“Now, you set your password the other day, so just enter it and your computer will open with a startup list of things you have to do…”
“Okay, and If I need-“
Anne smiled, “If you need ANYTHING, just ask me…I’m sorry, I just had a run in with the manager, and he is…ugh…”
“That bad?”
“Yes. THAT bad.”
Khushi found herslef getting curious, “What is his name?”
Just as Anne was going to answer, her intercom buzzed…
“Oh dear, the master has summoned me…”
“But…” Khushi cringed, “It was just a beep! Doesn’t he even bother to TALK!?”
Anne grabbed her notebook, shook her head, and ran towards the Tyrants office.
She knocked once, and gave Khushi a feeble glance back before she entered…
Arnav rattled off a list of files he would be needing, not even bothering to turn and look at Anne.
But for this, she was almost grateful…”I will bring them from the record room straight away…”
Khushi had been watching the door, and sighed in relief when Anne exited…
“Are you alright?”
Anne motioned for her to follow her…
Khushi jumped up and skipped to catch up, “Where are we going?”
“Record room…I won’t be able to carry everything…”
Anne noticed that Khushi went quiet and turned around, “Are you okay?”
“I’ll have to see him?” she stuttered out…
“Ha! On NO ONE is good enough to look upon the face of this man! When I went in just now, he didn’t even turn around!”
Anne unlocked the door, and let out a small sneeze when they stepped in…”Ugh, this dusty old room…files files files…”
Khushi helped tug boxes off shelves and began to feel her nose get fuzzy as well, “I know, there are computers, phones, ipads, and more, and yet, all this paperwork is still needed…”
Anne laughed inbetween sneezes…”Ugh, this is triggering my hayfever…”
Grabbing her new friends arm, Khushi hauled her towards the doorway, “Leave.”
Pulling out a handkerchief, Anne tried to insist that she was alright…
“No, go. You can’t stay around all this, I will take the files, just go and get a drink of water…”
Anne’s eyes were now watering, “Than…thank…thank…choo!!!!!”
Khushi laughed instantly, “That…that was the …the funniest sneeze I have ever heard!”
And she pushed Anne out the door…
Turning back to the stack of papers, she sighed…”How many trips will I have to make…?!”
After 15 minutes, Khushi finally narrowed it down to 3 lots she could carry…
Carefully lifting the stack of folders, she muttered…”Well…here goes nothing…”
…………….
Arnav stared at his screen.
“At least I’ve finished some  work…”
A small knock resounded on the door.
“Yes.”
He voice sounded raspy, even to his own ears…
He cleared his throat and kept his back turned as the door clicked open…
Khushi kept her eyes down, her brain not wanting to rile the owner, as she knew she could…
As her tiny footsteps came closer, he heard a stack of papers get laid on his desk…
Good, let the employees fear me…
Khushi slowly backed away and quietly spoke, “I will get the rest sir…”
And she turned as fast as she could, and disappeared out the door…
Arnav however, felt his heart pick up speed…
THAT VOICE…
He spun his chair around, but the Khushi was gone…
His brow wrinkled up, “That…that wasn’t Ms. Gomall…was it?”
Fuck this…
He stood up and walked towards the charts on the wall, staring but not focusing…
Again, the door opened…
Arnav forced his body to remain still…
No…stop hearing Khushi’s voice…stop…STOP!
Khushi began feeling nervous…
“No need to feel threatened Khushi, just finish your task…just finish your task…”
She carefully piled the next handful of folders next to the first stack…
Standing in the doorway, she chanced herself to speak once more…”I’m sorry for the bother, only one more lot…”
And SLAM, Arnav’s focus immediately returned.
Khushi rushed out, her legs taking her speedily back to the record room…
Once inside, she panted as her hands rested on the table in front of her…
“My God…the air in that room…so thick…so intense…just like…” her eyes widened…”just like…”
Pressing her hand to her heart, she tried desperately to regulate her breathing…
“Stop it…stop it Khushi…” she stamped her foot, “And STOP talking to yourself!”
…………..
Arnav turned on his heel, and faced the door, his eyes flashing with an emotion he couldn’t quite place…
WHO is that?!
His heart was slamming inside his chest…

Khushi…

“No, it can’t be…” he growled…
High heels began clicking towards his office once more, and he felt his palms grow sweaty…
That voice, the mere presence, HER voice, HER presence…
Closer…
CLOSER…
And just as Khushi’s leg appeared in the doorway, Arnav’s chest seized up with shame and fear…
He spun away, facing the wall once more…
















Writers Note – 

I am so so so sorry for those who think I only update to torture you…I am such a busy person, and only began writing for fun…
To come up with ideas takes a lot of time, and then to pen them down is even harder…
If you would all prefer, I could wait until I have finished a full story, and then upload the story in it’s entirety…but it may take a while…
 The reason I  update in parts, is mainly to get feedback from my readers, to see what you all think and feel…I don’t mean to upset you all by short updates.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2013 2:23 am

    Superb update sooncant wait for their face offrohinid

  2. November 10, 2013 2:24 am

    Plz plz continue soon….. Just make them meet

  3. November 10, 2013 2:43 am

    nice..take ur time dr.i lovng the suspense.

  4. lynnkaur94 permalink
    November 10, 2013 2:53 am

    did they meet? oh my god this story is so interesting continue soon 🙂

  5. November 10, 2013 3:07 am

    Awesome updates

  6. undercoverhappy permalink
    November 10, 2013 3:59 am

    thank u for the updates

    this is a roller coaster thoroughly enjoying reading this

    i don’t mind daily update this story concept is addictive

    Libby is so cute

    Kushi dressing up in a business attire good on her

  7. November 10, 2013 4:20 am

    awesome yaar and pls continue soon and i wont say that take ur time cos i really want to read further.love u Sarah.

  8. November 10, 2013 4:21 am

    just got through the last 3 parts wow amazing as usualfinally they are in the same room but he can't seem to face hercan't wait for them to face each other

  9. pavi permalink
    November 10, 2013 4:28 am

    Thanks for update
    Its better in small daily doses than long wait.
    The track is getting interesting more
    Please let them meet again soon. Let arnav meet his life his happiness his khushi.
    Keep updating daily

  10. November 10, 2013 4:34 am

    love it , the suspense , the agony , everything. cant wait for them to face each other.keep it movingloveak

  11. November 10, 2013 8:10 am

    You were quite mean with this update (chuckles)….I really wanted to go and turn arnav forcefully around and look at kushi

  12. November 10, 2013 8:27 am

    God sarah pls dont ever think tht. I was the one who commented and i m srry. But u know what yesterday night at 11 aftet reading ur story i started crying. Tht much mad i m to ur writing. Srry srry srry srry srry pls forgive. If i cried a little i wll fall sick. Pls i dnt mean tht way. Ur writing is food for me.srry sarah my fav writer

  13. November 10, 2013 10:03 am

    don't be sorry honey! 😀 I love getting honest feedback…it helps me to understand where I'm going wrong… 🙂 I wish I had time to reply to every comment too…but It's difficult… HUGS! 😀

  14. Lyssapie permalink
    November 10, 2013 2:43 pm

    Aw he finally realised that it is Khushi and can’t meet her eyes 😞

    Khushi in High heels nice

  15. November 10, 2013 2:49 pm

    no we are fine with short updates

  16. November 10, 2013 3:01 pm

    Its the suspense, the cliffhangers which make it more intereting. One keeps waiting for the next update. Just keep it coming. And waiting for the face off.

  17. sessy01 permalink
    November 10, 2013 6:44 pm

    when i started reading this part i was missing imagining khushi in bright colour chudidar and kurta
    i was biting my nails to know if they will face each other or not

  18. November 11, 2013 2:27 am

    Aargh..Y did u stop ther..??
    Plz..Cntinue soon..
    Cnt Wait 4 d nxt part…

  19. moomin4455 permalink
    November 11, 2013 3:18 am

    Oh no! What will Arnav say once he and Khushi come face to face?? I mean what can anyone say??

    What a cliffhanger! 🙂

  20. November 11, 2013 2:13 pm

    First things first…. Sarah you need to give such updates because even i can see that every chapter even though its your story, you do incorporate some of the feedbacks making the chapters even more interesting ! So dont even think of posting a whole story at a go ! I am greedy if you may say so, but if you do that, then i wont be able to comment on each part *nindy grins selfish grin* ! I love updates, makes it interesting and yes curiousity increases, even if you take time to update ! DONT UNDER ESTIMATE YOUR ABILITIES OF PENNING DOWN BRILLIANT UPDATES ! *nindy shouting*

  21. November 12, 2013 7:49 am

    So now after my piece of mind to you, my comment *grins*So where was i ? Oh yah ! Khushi getting dressed to go to office, wearing heels. Raj… Your legs look longer when you wear heels, trying to irritate Khushi and runs off. WOW ! You look very nice, very business like in the suit. …lol..khushi answer..i dont know how to look corporate… Awww..sweet little Libbi… You look like my Barbie Doll mummy !…. Only to earn a kiss from Khushi ! Its no secret that Mother – Daughter relationship is most lovely and cherished relationship. Other relationships come no where near it !Waiting at signal for it to turn green, Arnav sees the Red ! Obviously RED reminds of Khushi again ! Red, Khushi in Red on Diwali ! Poor guy, he drove to office , which was close by, so that his thoughts about Khushi dont take over, but even driving didnt help him ! My office, my work, why do i have to tell that to the staff, why do i have to address them ? Says an irritated Arnav to Mrs. Gomall !……Well according to me, there are few ethics in business too, when you are running a company Mr. Arnav Singh Raizada ! Taking out a little time from your schedule and addressing your staff and letting them know what the company is doing, not only motivates them to work harder but also know what they have to do to the best of their abilities ! Makes them more efficient and hard working, keeps them united.Arnav went to his cabin and that very time Khushi entered. Khushi greeted Mrs. Gomall and found her in a dejected kindda mood ! … Well who ever works for ASR faces the same problems ! Khushi was also surprised to see that the Boss only gave a beep and Mrs. Gomall had to go to his office, not even talk ! Awww..poor Mrs. Gomall' s Hayfever triggers off in a dusty places ! Thank god for Khushi being there, who took out all the files which were needed. But the problem, they were too many for her to carry them at once ! So she had to make rounds from the record room to The Boss's cabin.When she entered the cabin the first lot of files, Arnav was sitting on his chair with his back towards the door. I'll get the rest snd Khushi turned and ran out of the cabin…THAT VOICE…it was Khushi ! The second time round Khushi entered the cabin, Arnav was staring at the chart and he again heard the voice… Sorry to bother you ! The third time after gathering courage again Khushi entered the cabin again to see his back and she ran off . Arnav in a dilemma didnt know what to do ! He hadnt seen the face but the VOICE was Khushi's, he could feel HER presence ! But before according to him Khushi entered the third time even though he wanted to see who she was, he turned his back again to the door ! But in shame and fear ! …. Sarah why in Shame and Fear ?!? But whatever happened in the cabin serves him right i guess as he was not able to see the face of the woman whose VOICE, according to him was of HIS Khushi's !Clear cut winner this story is turning out to be…… Love you Sarah ! pls continue UPDATES !!!

  22. November 13, 2013 5:37 pm

    bloody hell woman that where you stop loved it

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