Sunday, 10 February 2013

After note: Inspiration of Muskaan Singh Raizada...


When I was thinking about an OS for my coming "The Thief's Angel OS's" Series, I remembered a beautiful song played by piano in a anime show when I was very young. Looking for it on Youtube, I then came across the song and in it was the woman I thought about Muskaan for my VWT FF. I was shocked because I wondered why I didn't tell you all becuase I distinctly remember many asking me about what Muskaan looks like etcetc but I never said ...Now I remember why.

I was embarrassed I guess becuase I have taken inspiration from a cartoon character rather than from an Indian heroine or actress you'll all be familiar with. So if I mentioned it, I thought everyone would be like ' WTF!? How are we supposed to image Muskaan as a cartoon character!?'

But now coming across the video again, and now with my VWT FF being over, I think there's no harm in revealing to everyone who I thought of/about when creating the character of Muskaan in my story.

This clip is of Tory playing the piano tune that his mother used to play when she was alive. In the flashbacks you will see her playing the piano. That is the person I have always imagined whenever I wrote about Muskaan.


Thanks again for reading and enjoying my VWT story.
Hope to see you on my Hierarchy blog too. hehe. 

x

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

The Epilogue of Vines With Thorns

First of all I want to thank everyone of my sweet squirrels that has followed my FF right from the beginning, from half way, and from now. Thank you so much for allowing my FF to hold your interest and also to those who have spent the time commenting on every chapter. I deeply appreciate it and wish I could go through the screen and give you a tight hug. Truly. 

I can still remember when I put together the plot and story for this FF bit by bit, typing it down on my small chipped Nokia phone when I'm waiting at the bus stop or travelling by train to and from Uni. And all of it was truly worth it. Every one of your likes and comments has made this worth it. Thank you. 

I hope that as you read this final page of my FF you'll all enjoy it to the fullest. If you have time please do also drop a little comment after sharing your favorite or key chapter/scene from my FF. I would be very grateful. After the epilogue is the intro and link to my NEW ff called Hierarchy for those who missed it. Please do have a peek and hopefully you'll like it. 

Oh yeah I last Hi 5 from Raja to you all.



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As the crimson sindoor filled Khushi's parting, she closed her eyes feeling a smile creep onto her lips. She opened her eyes slowly to look into her now husband's dark molten eyes. Arnav looked devilishly handsome in his dark sherwani as he smiled at her, making Khushi feel so lucky to have a man like Arnav to spend the rest of her life with. Khushi was wearing the sari Raja chose which was a beautiful red and cream net sari, with the pallu draped over her professionally wrapped hair. Everyone cheered and clapped snapping them out of their trance back to where they were. Khushi smiled bashfully and turned to see Raja sat on her other side obediently looking up at her.

The Open area in the Raizada Garden was decorated lavishly, perfect to Arnav's taste. The dark red and golden drapes hanging from the high palm trees gave the area a much exquisite look, baffling many. The guests weren't many however held the people that mattered most, like Payal, Priya and her friends, Sajjan, and many more. Under the hut where Khushi and Arnav were now stood up, they together went up to Kushal and Devayani taking their blessing. Devayani and Kushal took them by surprise and hugged them tightly as well. Coming to Madhu, Khushi embraced her into a tight emotional hug with tears running from her eyes. Everyone watched with teary eyes as they held each other.

Madhu pulled away she wiping her tears: " Aree Sanka Devi stop crying. You're making me cry see. "
Kushal coming up to them: " Madhu betiya Khushi would cry not to live with you of course...Why don't you come and live with us-"
Madhu shook her head thankful: " Maaji already asked me...I thank you, however I would feel better living at the cottage."
Kushal: " If it's becuase all I have done-"
Madhu smiled shaking her head: " No of course not. Arnav babwa has explained everything to me....It all makes sense. I can only be thankful everything is well. "
Devayani coming beside Kushal: " Then at least take these. "
She handed Madhu a file making her frown: " Maaji? What are-"
Kushal smiled: " These are the papers of authority for the cottage. The cottage from now on belongs to you. It's the least I could do for all I have said to you and about Khushi. "
Madhu couldn't believe it: " But how can I-"
Devayani smiled: " Any you will. Not a word. "
Madhu blinked away her tears happily.

Khushi hugged Madhu again making everyone smile. As she pulled away Anjili nudged Arnav making him roll his eyes with a smirk. Unexpectedly Arnav picked Khushi up making everyone cheer and Kushal pat Arnav's back encouragingly.
Madhu baffled: " What is this?"
Devayani laughed: " Our Raizada tradition Madhu betiya!"
Khushi looked around embarrassed  making Arnav grin at her teasingly. She couldn't help but smile back at him as he stepped down from the platform under the hut, walking past everyone to go up the concrete stairs to the Raizada house with Khushi rightfully in his arms.

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As the family and friends gathered round the living room, Anjili led Khushi to a beautifully floral decorated area where the professional photographer was waiting. He had taken photo's for the Raizada family for many years now for the special occasion.
Rio grinned and clapped his hands: " Ahh darling. You have come. "
Anjili smiled and let Rio take Khushi by the hand to set her up. The pose was for Khushi to sit on the floor with the sari fanned out slightly around her. Anjili smiled and stood to the side beside Rio.
Rio: " Now where is Mr. Raizada? Anju baby could you find him while I see how the bride looks in my camera. *Looking through his lens at Khushi smiling feeling awkward*"
However just as Anjili was leaving she giggled seeing someone else enter the frame.
Anjili: " I think he's here. "
Rio frowned as he saw through his lens not a man but a dog.

Khushi grinned to see Raja stroll over to her side. He sat down proudly beside Khushi with a single paw on her lap, making Khushi grin adoring his sweetness. What made Anjili laugh further was Raja then barking for Rio to take the photo.
Rio confused: " But Anju!?!? A dog? Where's Ar-"
He felt a tap on his shoulder which made him turn to see Arnav smiling at him.
Arnav with handsome smirk: " Take their photo's first. Khushi and I can take them after. "
Rio blinked before lifting his hands giving up: " Your the boss."
Raja barked making Khushi smile. Arnav watched with a fond smile and arms crossed at Raja and Khushi getting their photo taken. With a variety of photo's being taken between them, like a kiss on Raja's nose and a hug, Arnav shook his head glad that Raja wasn't a human being to compete against for Khushi. He knew who would have definitely won in that case.

Anjili hugged Arnav side-wards: " Go on Chote. Khushi's convinced Raja for you to take your turn *giggles*. Go. "
Arnav grinned and stepped forward passing Raja. Khushi, still sat on the floor, smiled up at Arnav. He held out a hand to her, which she took for him to pull her up into a warm hug.
Khushi whispered with tears in her eyes: " Arnav..."
Arnav murmured against her cheek: " Shhh...I know...you don't need to thank me. But you might need to do something for me when we get to the bedroom...ok?"
Khushi blushed brightly pulling away making Arnav chuckle.
Rio gushed behind the camera: " Ohhhh you two are so damn cute!!"
Arnav smirked and held Khushi close as the first of many photos were took.

~

Chinky grinned: " Game time!!!"
Arnav stood up from the living room chair: " Come on enough of this. Dada at least you should understand. Man to man."
Payal and Priya behind the sofa Arnav was sitting on, each put a hand on his shoulder to sit him down again. 
Everyone: " SIT!"
As everyone laughed Kushal put his hands up helplessly sat beside Khushi and Devayani on the opposite sofa.
Madhu shaking her head with a smile: " Arnav...this is a tradition! Sit put."
Kushal grinned: " I'm sorry Chote. When it comes to weddings...*chuckles*... it's over when the women say it is. "
Devayani rolled her eyes: " Like grandfather like son."
Sajjan laughed out loud slapping a hand into Kushal's who laughed: "You said that right."

Arnav annoyed: " Ok ok. ..What's the game?"
Aman putting the bowl of milk in the middle of the table: " Well Bhai It goes like this-"
Arnav: " Then play it when it's your wedding Aman. "
The girls sprung with giggles as Chinky and Aman went beetroot. Anjili hit Arnav's shoulder ridding the smug look on his face.
Anjili: " Chote leave them alone. * grinned evilly* You and Khushi are the ones meant to be grilled today."
Arnav rolled his eyes: "Diiii!"
Madhu : " Now babwa...the game is for you and Khushi to put a hand in the bowl to find this *bring out the ring holding it above the bowl* in here * drops the ring into the milk*. The game is who can get the ring first. Groom? Or bride?"

As soon as Madhu said those words the girls and guys starts to hustle taking sides. Khushi shyly smiled at the amount of people on her side compared to Arnav. Arnav on the other hand didn't look fazed. Instead he held a cunning smile staring at her, making Khushi frown.
Arnav: " So what if you have Dada, Di, Aman and all the others on your team. I have all your friends but most importantly...Khushi? Where's Raja?"
Khushi's eyes widened looking beside her, finding him not there. She was shocked to look across the table to find Raja on Arnav's side. He barked with his tail wagging. Dada clapped his hands laughing while Khushi pouted. Arnav hugged Raja stroking his fur before raising an eyebrow at Khushi competitively.

Anjili shook her head at the two: " Ok ok...Before Khushi kills Chote on their wedding day, lets get on with the game. Hands in please!"
Arnav rolling up his sleeve put a hand in just as Khushi did. Everyone was holding their breaths waiting for the green light.
Anjili: " Go!"

The game started with a cheer from the family and guests chanting Khushi and Arnav's name over and over. With Khushi fully focused on the game she frowned not able to find it as she stirred her hand in the pool of milk. Arnav cheekily kept distracting her by gripping her finger with his fingers. Khushi shyly tried to remove her fingers but Arnav was stubborn. However Khushi then felt the ring. She looked at Arnav surprised at what he hand done, while he simply watched her reaction in muse. The cheering quietened as their hands did in the milk.
Madhu frowned: " What's wrong? "
Khushi blinked coming out of the trance of Arnav's eyes and lifted her hand from the milk. Everyone watching was first confused why Khushi's hand was empty but then one by one their mouths went into an 'O' shape to realize why Khushi wasn't holding the ring...she was wearing it!

Chinky confused: " But how can that be?..."
Priya: " Who won?"
Sajjan chuckled at Khushi's lost look at Arnav: " I think Arnav put the ring on Khushi in the milk...aren't I right?"
Arnav smirk told it all making everyone awe and clap at the surprising result.
Kushal shrugged his shoulders: " He gets that from me."
Devayani whacked Kushal playfully: " That takes brains Kushal. It's from me."
Kushal putting an arm round Devayani: " Yes yes.. Of course Devayani."
Devayani smiled at Kushal while Khushi smiled watching them.

Anjili jumping up: " Aman is the rope ready in the conservatory?"
Aman smiled excited: " Yep"
Anjili clapped her hands with an infectious grin: "Now tug of war between the two! "
Everyone, especially Khushi, looked at Anjili as if she was mad. Arnav on the other hand jumped up knowing he'd win easily. The faster I win the faster Khushi and I can go to our room.
Arnav went round to Khushi's side holding her hand making her stand: " Come Khushi lets play *winking*."
Anjili raising and eyebrow: " And where do you think you're going Chote with Khushi?"
Arnav frowned: " The conservatory...Tug of war with Khushi"
Anjili smiled cleverly: " I said tug of war but your not against Khushi. Poor thing we don't want her sari to get ruined do we?*giggles*"
Arnav looked round the room at who it could be: " If it's not with Khushi..then with whom?"

~

Aman announcing grandly: " Ladies and Gentlemen. Presenting the tug of war battle for which the winner shall be crowned the King of Mrs Raizada's heart. "
Everyone clapped with excitement and wolf whistled for encouragement. 
Aman: " With Kushal Singh Raizada as the referee, we shall see whether Mr Raizada can win against Mrs Raizada's lover, Raja. "
Khushi couldn't believe this was happening before her eyes. She couldn't keep the smile off her face. Sitting on a chair, in front of Khushi was a rope. With one side Arnav was holding on with his vice grip hands and the other Raja was holding on with gripping teeth. To her surprise Arnav and Raja both looked very serious about this making her wonder if she should laugh or be very worried. 
Aman: " Ready....Steady....PULL!"

Just before Arnav could even tug, the force Raja tugged made his eyebrows hit the roof. Oh Shit. With feet against paws, the ribbon tied in the middle was being tugged to and fro between the two making everyone clap faster and cheer louder. Khushi bit her lip hoping neither Raja or Arnav get hurt in the process. Arnav feeling his name at stake started to pull with all his might, tugging the ribbon nearly over to his side, however there was a sudden pull from Raja's side allowing Arnav no chance of winning. 

As everyone cheered and laughed, Arnav stared at Raja amazed, however his eye caught onto something else. The rope on Raja's side was long... Extremely long...So long that it even went out of the window. Arnav rushed forward to the window shocked to see Chinky, Anjili and Priya all were holding the rope outside. He hadn't lost to just Raja but to also 3 girls added. He went up to the others.
Arnav roughly: " That's uncalled for! Dada no fair. Di, Chinky and Priya can't help Raja."
Everyone hushed to listen to Kushal's verdict.

Kushal dramatically in a deep tone: " All's fair in love and war."
Everyone cheered and gathered round Raja to pet him. Arnav shook his head with a smile.
Arnav muttered: "Unbelievable."
Khushi smiled at Raja receiving so much loving attention, while watching Arnav come up to her and bending down on one knee beside her. Khushi held back a giggle seeing his bewildered state. Arnav lifted her hand and kissed her knuckles with a knightly smile. Khushi shook her head at him in adoration and held his face in her soft hands, before planting a kiss to his forehead. 

~

It was dark when Anjili led Khushi to the bedroom and allowed Arnav to go to. The girls figured they had tortured them enough for their wedding. He bid everyone a good night and so did everyone else with a teasing smile.

As Arnav went up the stairs in twos he reached his bedroom quickly, before slowly opening and entering the room. He smiled to see Khushi petting Raja in the middle of the bed. He was fast asleep no doubt as her fingers stroked through his mane over and over. Khushi looked up at him with a sweet smile before looking back down at Raja. Arnav made his way to the other side of their decorated bed and sat down like Khushi was. He stroked Raja's back chuckling, remembering the tug of war earlier today.
Arnav in a deep tone: "He's puckered out isn't he..."

Khushi nodded softly eyeing her Raja's wonderful fur. She bent down to kiss his crown making his ears twitch contently. Just as she pulled back, she felt Arnav hold her hand on top of Raja's back. She looked up at him.
Arnav whispering: " Come with me..."
Khushi was confused but let Arnav lead her away from the bed closer to the center of their room. Facing him, Khushi instantly closed her eyes blissfully feeling Arnav's hands on hers, rise brushing his finger tips up her arms to stop at her shoulders. He smirked at her reaction before stepping forward and brushing his lips up her neck to the shell of her ear.
Arnav whispered again: " Come with me..."

Khushi's forehead frowned slightly not understanding. She opened her eyes to meet with Arnav's lovingly intense ones as he kissed the the beck of her hand.
Arnav huskily: " Remember I told you downstairs that you'd have to do something for me when we're in our room?"
Khushi looked down remembering and nodded gently. Arnav raised an eyebrow.
Arnav: " So.."
He suddenly lifted her in a bridal manner, making Khushi gasp and wrap her hands round his neck.
Arnav continued with a gleam in his eyes: " ...Come with me..."

Khushi watched as Arnav carried her towards the door making her look back at Raja sleeping soundly on the bed.
Khushi concerned: " Arnav..."
Arnav taking her out: " Shhh...he'll be fine...trust me."
Khushi nodded and silently let Arnav take her away.


Through the garden Arnav carried her, past the open area, the meadow, the conservatory and the cottage til they reached the bottom of the steps to the Secret Garden. Khushi stroked Arnav's cheek with her hand, making him halt.
Khushi questioningly: "Arnav?..."
Arnav smiled across at Khushi: " I have a surprise for you..."
He walked upstairs with her, entering the black gate before letting her down onto her feet. Khushi facing the garden felt her mind stop. The garden was scattered with round dim lit balls, complimenting the pond already lit with reflected moon light.


Stepping towards the the pond in the middle, her chinking wrists automatically were held to her chest as the smile on her face couldn't stop. The glow looked marvelous and so calming to look at. Khushi couldn't help but twirl with glee, and rush back to Arnav hugging him tightly as a thank you.
Khushi in awe: " Arnav..."
Arnav breathing in her sweet scent: " Like it? Did it all myself yesterday..."
Khushi pulled back nodding her head and extending her arms to show just how much. She grinned and kissed his cheek before holding his hand and running round to see how the other parts of the garden were decorated.

However it was when Khushi turned round the corner of a small hill, when she stopped in her tracks. Under the open sky was a white circular bed with a thin silk netting draped round it from two posts. The cushions were a decorative dark green with the smallest red petals she had ever seen. She slowly stepped forward to touch the drapes with a slit in the side for them to enter.

Before Khushi could even utter Arnav's name, she felt him wrap his arms round her waist burying wet kisses in the crook of her neck. She gasped tilting her head for him as he muttered to her.
Arnav: " I wanted our first night as husband and wife to be memorable Khushi...Let me show you how..."

~


It was middle of the night after a few more rounds of heated passion, when Khushi finally looked up into the starry sky with her back fully on the bed. With lazy fingers, Khushi played with the back of Arnav's hair as he busily gave attention to Khushi's collar bones.
Khushi softly: " Arnav?..."
Arnav planting one more lingering kiss, lifted his head to look at his Khushi.
Arnav intensely: " What is it Khushi?"
Seeing her mouth open again to breath soundless words with her eyes watery, Arnav sighed heavily flexing his arm from Khushi's back to her cheek.
Arnav: " Khushi...I'm going to tell you one last time...And after that I don't ever want you to think like this again...I love you....All of you. And remember I told you didn't I? I don't care if I have to wait all my life...or never at all...to hear you voice. Your eyes tell me everything I need and more. You do so much without your voice Khushi... You even did the impossible and brought Dada back. And you know...It surprises me that I could find you out of everyone in the world...*chuckles* In my garden as a matter of fact. You're more beautiful than you know Khushi."
Khushi stroked his cheek in awe. Tilting her head at him lovingly, her eyes gleamed brightly at him.
Arnav smirked brushing his nose against hers: " I love you too."


Life was just as bright as any flower in the secret garden for Arnav and Khushi. 2 years didn't even pass before Khushi's first pregnancy of many was announced. The Raizada household was never so busy in all it's years and with each year passing Arnav's love only grew for his Khushi. And just as Kushal and Devayani's portrait hung in the Raizada House beside Abhimanyu's and Muskaan portrait...so was Arnav and Khushi's with the addition of Raja beside her legs...just where they all belonged. Together.

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Ok squirrels. I'm sorry to say I have run out of tissues because I have used them all up and now am using my sleeve. Oh man this is so tough to say good bye to this FF as it's so close to my heart. I can't stop myself from saying thank you all again for allowing me to share this story with you all and hopefully help everyone see the world we live in a slightly brighter light. :')

Now I will pm the link to Hierarchy separately to all my buddies but to those who aren't on my buddy list here is again the link to my NEW FF called Hierarchy. 

Hierarchy 

There are many ways to reach your desired destination, but when stepping towards the top of your goals, don't forget to look back on the journey traveled and think "Was that the right turn?"

This story is about a boxer, Arnav Singh Raizada, who dreamed himself better from a young age. Rising up to the make or break playing field rivals are met as well as hearts mended. However when making the decision of how to reach his potential, what are the consequences to those who are dear?
Link BLOG: http://zarashierarchy.blogspot.co.uk/
link IF: http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=3405458&PID=74641706&#74641706



Please please please do come and have a peek at Hierarchy as the first chapter is already up. The second chapter shall be up next Friday as I have an exam coming up (and want to finish my Midnight Theft TS over this weekend.)

x
(p.s forgive any typo errors. Will check in the morning hehe)

Friday, 1 February 2013

Chapter Fifty: Beauty in Disguise

~Last Part~

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Days passed since that ground shaking incident, settling down the waves of the Raizada household as it took grips of a new direction. Clapping and giggles echoed in the hall as Khushi's friends from the hostel danced to the light drums being played. Everyone was wearing churidars, lenga's and sari's of a mixture of greens, oranges and yellows, with Khushi sat in a dark green and red dress. With comfortable mats and pillows scattered on the floor, some of the women sat there enjoying the dance while others were having their hands decorated with the aroma paste of Mendhi. Devayani and Madhu was sat with friends and close guests beside them commenting fondly about the wedding to come.

Payal grinned ear to ear: " Khushi!! Your Mendhi is looking so beautiful!!"
Priya chuffed with her self: " Told you I'm good didn't I? Now Khushi tell me...*teasing* When I finish this last hand do you want the full name of your husband on it, the initials or just Arnav."
Khushi's smile was radiating as the blush tinted her cheeks hearing that comment.
Anjili smiling: " Payal I'll do your hands after I'm done. You can get a small experience for when it come to your turn."
Payal's mouth open wide embarrassed while everyone laughed and Khushi grinned. Payal shook her head with a smile, but then noticed something else bringing a grin to her lips.
Payal: " What's Raja is up to?"

Khushi and the others turned to see Raja sniffing curiously the decorative bowls of Mendhi paste. A smile grew on Khushi's lips as Raja lifted his head to stare at the other girls adoring his actions.
Madhu noticing Raja: " Raja? What did I say? You stay with Arnav upstairs. Why did you come down? Hmm? Girls allowed only."
Raja with his ears down, walked to Khushi's side and sat next to her giving the round eyes to Devayani and Madhu. The other girls pleaded playfully for Madhu to let him stay making Khushi shake her head. She knew her Raja and his puppy acts well.
Devayani laughed: " Betiya let him. I'm sure he'll behave."
Madhu: " Haire Nandkisore...Ohhhh Alright! But no mischief from you Raja. Still and stay there *smiles* Ok?"
Raja barked happily making the girls cheer.

It was then when Khushi's eye spotted Aman and Chinky walking to the hall shyly. Khushi grinned with wide eyes and indicated to Chinky to come over quickly. She was already dressed in a green churidar and smiled blushing while Aman walked away to let the girls have their function. As Chinky sat beside Khushi discretely, she watched as Khushi wagged her eyebrows at her asking.
Chinky quietly with a smile on her face: "Aman's Babuji likes me. He can't wait to meet my Papa!"
Khushi grinned and hugged Chinky with one arm, careful not to ruin her hand. Feeling Arnav's eyes on her, Khushi looked up to see Arnav watching from above, in a dark waist coat with an indigo shirt underneath. Seeing his concerned gaze, Khushi reassuringly smiled back hoping Arnav wasn't losing heart.


With the preparations for the wedding going on, Kushal hadn't once participated or wither interfered, which made Arnav feel bad each time. Khushi had seen Arnav trying to talk to Kushal to say sorry, but Kushal would walk away. Khushi knew Kushal was still deeply hurt by Arnav's words. But she would immediately go to Arnav to make sure he doesn't lose heart or feel more guilty. Arnav keeping faith in Khushi would smile at her hoping...just hoping.


It was after the Mendhi function when Arnav knocked on the door to the room all the girls were in. He knew Khushi was left inside and so entered to see her sat in the middle of the bed, surrounded by designer sari after sari, Lenga after Lenga. Underneath a sari drape, beside Khushi, was Raja laid down on his stomach. Arnav watched as Khushi smiled brightly seeing him. But Arnav could see through it.

Closing the door with a soft click, Arnav walked over to sit gently beside Khushi with his eyes fixed on her. Khushi feeling uncomfortable with his questioning stare, immediately tried to change the subject by showing him her crimson/black henna on her hands. Arnav stared at them before taking them in his hands. Staring at them for a minute he lifted them to his lips kissing his name on her hands. Khushi smiled fondly, but it didn't stay.
Arnav: " Khushi...You don't need to act in front of me...*smiles* All these days you've been my support...telling me everything will be alright...and today when you're cracking you're hiding from me?...Let me be your support today Khushi. "
Khushi felt her eyes water making Arnav sit closer in an instant.
Arnav whispering: " Shhh...No Khushi...I know...You're feeling bad that all this is going on without Dada, and It's all my fault-"
Khushi shook her head: "Arnav.."
Arnav holding her face: "...but Khushi you can't lose hope please....If you do...I won't be far behind. "
He looked down at Muskaan's ring on her finger and kissed it with confidence. Khushi nodded knowing that Arnav was right. Feeling touched by his sense of knowing her feeling so well overwhelmed her. She moved to hug him tightly with her arms round his neck. Arnav laid his hands on her bare back before smirking.
Arnav: " That's my girl...oh have I mentioned you look absolutely delicious in what your wearing?"
Khushi smiled through the tears and buried her face into his neck shyly. Arnav chuckled before noticing Raja nudging a particular red and cream net material Sari. Arnav raised an eyebrow impressed.


~

With the haldi coming up tomorrow, decorations were being made and put up by workers with direction by Aman and Chinky. To pick up Arnav's tailored sherwani and choose the mangalsutar Anjili, Devayani and Madhu left by car near noon leaving Aman and Chinky in charge.

Kushal exited his room with a strict expression on his face and with a dark designer kurta on. He had been burying himself in work for the last few days since that day to avoid the celebration around him. He knew his own grandson's wedding was being prepared and he had even missed the Mendhi for it, however he couldn't shake off the comments Arnav had said that day. It shook him to his core that his own grandson had spoke to him this way...and he himself was the reason for it. He could always feel Khushi watching him when he was pre-occupied in the study or in the morning when taking his daily walk. But he felt it was best for all if he stayed out of everyone's way.

Heading for the study he started to go downstairs when his tracks stop suddenly. He blinked frowning as his gaze remained glued to the unbelievable sight in front of him. Is that...No... It can't be...But how...



As he stepped closer and closer his eyes widened and heart stopped. It was them... His favorite flowers that he hadn't seen since...since Muskaan had brought them into the house. There was a long stem in a vase on the hall table in the corner, with a basket beside it full of petals of the same. They were white. Muskaan's favorite color. Kushal couldn't blink seeing these flowers. It was too...surreal.

Lifting a hand carefully he edged his shaking fingers to the petals of the flowers seeing if they were really there...and they were. Feeling the softness of them nearly took the breath out of Kushal as tears formed in his eyes. He immediately looked around searching for the person who put them here.
Kushal loudly: "AMAN!"
Aman raced up to Kushal from the kitchen with a concerned gaze. Before he could even ask what the matter was Kushal rushed up to him desperately and gripped his arm. He then pointed at the flowers now determined he wasn't imagining things.
Kushal queried : " When did those flowers get here?! Are they from the garden!? Where?! Who put those flowers there Aman?! WHO?!"
Aman looked at the flowers semi shocked with the way Kushal was nearly pleadingly asking about them. Chinky rushed over too wondering what's wrong. Aman went to speak when his eye caught on to the person ahead of them. Kushal looked too to see Khushi stood there staring at them confused. He looked down to see in her hands was another basket of freshly picked petals of his favorite flowers.

Khushi watched as Kushal hesitatingly walked slowly up to her asking curiously.
Kushal: "Khushi Betiya...did you bring these flowers?"
Khushi looked down at the flower petals on the basket and looked back at Kushal nodding fearfully. Doesn't Dadaji like them? *gasp* Is he allergic?! I only brought them as they match with the yellow and white drapes!! Now what!?
Kushal cautiously: " Where did you get them from?"
Khushi pointed backwards behind her to indicate the garden making Kushal's heart skip a beat. The flowers he had been looking for all these years always wondering where Muskaan would get them from in the past...

Khushi watched Kushal's eyes get lost into fond memory as his lips twitch into a relieved smile. She smiled realizing that they must have something to do with Muskaan and stepped forward to Kushal. She put a hand on his snapping him out of his thoughts. Kushal watched Khushi smile softly at him with questioning eyes, nodding her head slightly. Kushal with hope asked the question he had many times asked Muskaan.
Kushal gently: "Where are they in our garden betiya? Show me? "
Khushi grinned with hope.


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Kushal waiting by the pool watched as Khushi came out with a thin shawl. He handed it to him feeling the air become slightly chilly. Kushal stared at Khushi fondly before taking it with an appreciative nod. With Raja coming out from inside too, he and Khushi walked slightly ahead of Kushal leading the way to the place where those flowers grew. 

Kushal followed eagerly behind the two but also noticed how they passed everything, even Khushi's cottage, and went further back into the garden. It wasn't long till Kushal watched Khushi and Raja go up the steps enthusiastically making him halt at the bottom. I've never seen these stairs before? How long have they been here? He frowned looking down at the sturdy stairs and looked up as Raja barked at the top of the stairs. Khushi was grinning at the top indicating with her hands for him to follow them. Kushal smiled softly feeling a thrill of excitement discovering this place, new to his experienced eyes.

Kushal entered through the black swirl railed gate carefully, with his eyes amazed by the sight. He couldn't believe that even after all these years staying here, he had never known of a place like this. He couldn't believe that his Muskaan had been spending her time here. 

The grass was perfect in it's shade of green and the trees were tall and protective. He blinked over and over unable to take in sure a beautiful garden. A smile grew on his face as he entered further to see different types of flowers in blushes and patches. He now knew where Muskaan was bringing all those flowers from day after day. Kushal could only shake his head in sheer astonishment of this well maintain place. 

Raja suddenly appeared beside Kushal and barked to grab his attention. Kushal looked down to see Raja walk ahead to Khushi who was stood facing him waiting. As he walked up to Khushi taking in further his surroundings, he was utterly speechless on how to express the thoughts that were twirling in his mind. Expectantly he stood beside Khushi and watched her calmly point ahead. 

Kushal followed her finger alignment to see the lake ahead was catching the light perfectly to illuminate the garden to the right degree to set an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Squinting hard, Kushal went forward step by step heading closer to the lake, stepping over the gravel path. His eyes widened again to see the flowers of a huge variety of colors basking in the light from the opening of the trees above. 



Stepping closer Kushal mesmerizingly smiled with relief, finally feeling a sense of inner peace. The discovery of these flowers...this place made him feel so close to Muskaan that he felt the heavy weight on his shoulders lift. He also noticed the vines of the plant itself was decorated by thorns to protect the flowers it harbored. Kushal could imagine Muskaan picking these flowers delicately for him and now realized why she had kept this place such a secret. It was best kept this way. He sighed emotionally looking up high into the sky as tears flooded his eyes, closing them knowing Muskaan was in the garden too watching him. And he wouldn't be surprised if his son was right beside her too.


As Khushi watched Kushal from afar, with Raja beside her legs, she felt Arnav come to stand beside her silently. Khushi felt herself smile softly, happy that Kushal was. Kushal wiping his tears turned to Khushi to be taken aback seeing Arnav stood there too with an apologetic expression. It took a moment before Kushal  began to walk towards them stiffly, making Khushi worried and Arnav instinctively slip and hand into hers holding it protectively as his jaw was. Kushal noticing this continued to walk til he stopped right in front of them both and pulled them into a tight hug. Khushi and Arnav's felt their breath hitch shocked at Kushal's actions. Kushal on the other hand was crying...crying tears of joy.

Arnav gripping his grandfather tightly: " I'm sorry Dada. I really am-"
Kushal instantly pulled away and held Arnav's face in his hands: " No Chote. No. Don't be. You were right in your place. I have done things that have hurt the people who love me most-"
Arnav: "But you had reason Dada...I should have understood and talked to you much earlier. I'm sorry."
As Arnav hugged his Dada again, Khushi brightly smiled with her hands clasped together. She was overwhelmingly happy that Arnav and Kushal were finally on the same page and was more glad that this garden had in some way played a part in it.

When Kushal pulled away he sighed before turning to Khushi holding her face tenderly.
Kushal: " In all of this betiya I have hurt you the most haven't I...I have always kept you away from me so you'd be protected from me...but know I have realized that it only hurts everyone instead on making things better...I'm sorry betiya.*Khushi shocked shook her head*...You *smiles* have always been the perfect match for my grandson. *chuckles* Just like Arnav is like a reincarnation of my Abhi...you were like a reincarnation of Muskaan when I first met you. That same clumsiness, happiness, care and most of all understanding. You understood me more than anyone betiya...I don't know how...but I guess it was a constant sign to me that you were made for my Chote... and made to be a Raizada daughter-in-law. And I'm proud of you betiya...*putting a hand on Arnav's shoulder*...And I'm proud of your choice Chote. You both are just like Muskaan and Abhi. Perfect for each other in every way."

Arnav looked at Khushi who's eyes were teary feeling finally complete. With smiles brimming on their faces, they both bent down to take Kushal's blessings. As they stood up, Raja barked over and over and jumped round them with his tail wagging making them laugh. Arnav hug Kushal tightly again.
Arnav whispering: " Thank you Dada."
Kushal chuckled: "No Chote. Thank you for making the most important decision in your life...the right one. "
Letting go he quickly glanced back at the flowers behind him, seeing them shimmer in the sunlight and sway in the gentle tune of the wind. Turning back to Arnav and Khushi he smiled.
Kushal: " Come. Lets head back. We have a wedding to prepare for. Hmm?"
Khushi and Arnav nodded shyly and let Kushal and Raja lead the way. As they walked, Arnav slowly intertwined his fingers with Khushi's making her blush happily for the days to come. Left in the secret garden was left the smiling souls who's arms were linked into a eternal bond, with her head resting on his shoulder watching them leave.


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Dear Raja, 

It's the night before my wedding and the butterflies in my stomach doesn't seem to stop fluttering. I can't explain what I'm exactly feeling as it's like a whole ball of different emotions. I feel scared of tripping in the sari you have picked for me, happy that I'm getting married, sad that I'll be leaving Buaji and this cottage, excited to become a Arnav's wife and a Raizada bahu and ..and oh so much more. 


But most of all I'm grateful for the way things are now. Dadaji. I mean Dada is so much more...happy now. Dadi said he's just like before now....I'm glad we took him to the Garden Raja. I asked if he wanted to go again, but he said once is enough. I think I should get some seeds from that plant Dada likes and plant them in the garden nearer the house so he could see them every day. Babuji, Amma, Papa and Maa in the sky are so proud of us Raja. I know it. And I hope their blessings always stay with us through life. 


Night.


P.S I will always love you Raja.



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So that's it! Finished.....nah just joking :P Got the epilogue left to put up. Please do come and read Raja and Khushi's wedding...I mean Arnav and Khushi's. ;)
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