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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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Link BLOG: http://zarashierarchy.blogspot.co.uk/
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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.)
(p.s forgive any typo errors. Will check in the morning hehe)