(Unforgettable) Chapter 31 : What goes around, comes around

(Not proof read. Please bear with that and let me know the glaring errors)

Nearly a day later, there was still no message. Khushi kept checking her phone growing more worried with each passing hour. It did not oblige her with the familiar ring. Neither came any mail.

What came instead was the Raizada clan. The very next evening Naniji, Payal, Anjili, Aditi, NK and Akaash were in Lucknow, nearly a fortnight before the wedding. All eager to meet her and take a vacation, they told Khushi. Sheesh Mahal transformed into the noisy happy house it once was – during another wedding long time ago.

But the man that her eyes sought did not come. Neither did anyone mention him. Khushi submitted to the excitement of reunion – all the time his absence and silence nagging in her mind.

Finally as they sat together after the dinner, Khushi could not contain her anxiety.

‘Is Arnavji coming soon?’ She turned to Akaash casually.

‘Yes…er…Bhai..soon’ The simple query stumped Akaash and he turned to his wife with a look that was somewhere between an angry glare and a pitiful appeal for help.

Khushi turned to Payal and looked all confused. Payal pursed her lips and glared as if asking her husband to man up.

Anjili came to the rescue of her poor tycoon of a brother whose tongue always knotted and stuck in his throat when he had to lie.

‘He said he would be here for the wedding,’ she said. ‘He had some meetings in Mumbai.’

‘Yes,’ Akaash recovered, glancing apologetically towards his wife before turning excitedly to his sister-in-law. ‘That is what I was saying. Very important meetings. Only Bhai could handle. The Mehta group is our biggest client. We do a business of crores every year. They are based in Mumbai but have branches all over India and South East Asia. Deal in high quality fabrics. This deal might be the most profitable one in the year….and…’

As he paused breathlessly, Payal interrupted.

‘Why don’t you mail the details to Khushi, Akaash,’ Payal narrowed her eyes in an effort to suppress a smile. ‘I am sure she would like to know all that.’

‘Of course, Of course,’ Akaash murmured. But his relief was shortlived.

‘But why does he not pick up his phone?’ Khushi asked him again.

Don’t ask me! Akaash wanted to scream. Ask NK, he stole Bhai’s phone. I have already faced ASR’s ire when he called from airport. He would have to buy new phone in Mumbai, Arnav had said in irritation.

‘Tell everyone Akaash that I am ok,’ Arnav had said. ‘Tell everyone that I will be touch. Akaash, I mean everyone…tell everyone…’

As if Akaash did not understand that everyone for Bhai meant Khushiji.

And there was more to come. Bhai’s phone would take another day to activate. His mail was deactivated from the server. Tomorrow he would call and shout and ask ‘Have you informed everyone…I mean everyone, Akaash.’ Why was he in the line of fire while three masterplanners glared at him.

‘He….Nannav, lost his phone, Khushiji’ NK said. ‘Didn’t he call from airport, Akaash?’

‘Yes. Yes.’ Akaash nodded before thanking NK silently. Who said he was a joker. NK was the smartest of them all. He would tell Bhai when they met, Akaash thought as he slumped back into the chair.

Khushi looked confusedly as her normally confident brother-in-law squirmed under her simple questions. Something was wrong. Was Arnavji…

‘Is he ok?’ she turned anxiously to Anjili di. ‘Is Arnavji ok?’

‘Yes. He is okay now… he assured us when we were leaving.’ Anjili answered with a heavy sigh.

‘Now?’

‘Yesterday he fainted,’ Payal answered in a soft voice. ‘His sugar levels, you know.’

‘He doesn’t take care,’  Naniji shook her head in sorry.‘I am so worried about the boy.’

Payal, Anjili and NK heaved another dramatic sigh.

Overacting, Akaash thought. Not that he would tell his wife. He was already going to receive an earful for his nervousness.

‘But why did no one tell me? Why, Jeejaji?’ Khushi turned back to Akaash.

Akaash squirmed again as all the eyes turned to him. Why him? God, Khushiji was a match for Bhai – as relentless as him.

‘Because he insisted he was okay,’ Payal came to chivalrous rescue. ‘And…and he insisted on going to Mumbai himself.’

Akaash nodded and gulped down a glass of water, excusing himself when the phone rang.

They were succeeding, Anjili and Payal shook hands as they watched Khushi. She looked restless at the breakfast next morning. This time she did not wait. Had Arnavji called? She asked as soon as everyone settled.

‘Yes,’ Akaash managed, tutored by his wife over the night. ‘Yes. He said that he should be able to talk by the  evening. He …said…he said he was ok.’

KHushi nodded thoughtfully and turned away. What was wrong? She could not tell. Buts something was. All her being was focused on the absent man. Lad governor! his silence had given her a sleepless night. Perhaps …perhaps she would talk to him.

Yes, she decided. She would talk to him.

Khushi felt lighter as soon as she had made up her mind. It was time to meet him half way. It had been nearly two months. But she had realized that she would never be completely happy away from him. Perhaps they could sort out everything once the wedding was over. Perhaps they would sort out things all their life.

Fighting and making up – all their lives, Khushi did not want anyother life.

How empty everything would be when the family left, when Lavanaya and Aman too would leave for their honeymoon. Home, yes she too would go home. Finally she knew what she wanted.

Eagerly she waited for Arnavji to call Jeejaji in the evening. But when the call came, it took pulled the earth from under her feet.

‘Scotland, Bhai. You are going to Scotland?’ Akaash said loudly. ‘I hope everything is ok there.’

Scotland! Memories assailed Khushi. The last time Arnavji had said he was going to Scotland and all had gone wrong.

‘What, Bhai? Can’t hear. You…did you say you are going to be in Delhi…When are you going to Scotland?

Khushi saw her worry mirrored in a quick anxious look Anjili cast towards her before turning back to Akaash.

‘Bhai…Khushiji is here. Talk to her.’

‘Arnavji,’ she took the phone eagerly. ‘Are you.. are you ok?’

Silence. Was he ok? What was the noise behind him?

‘Arnavji,’ Khushi couldn’t help a sob of fear.

‘Khushi…shhh. I am ok.’

A sense of déjà vu hit her again.

‘I love you, Khushi,’ Arnav told her over the phone. Khushi closed her eyes. The phone went silent. No, no. It couldn’t be happening again.

——————-

Here is the update. Really sorry to be so late and thanks a lot for keeping up with this.

The trick played on Khushi might be unkind but then what goes around comes around!! Just hang on…soon it is going to be a happy reunion.  🙂

For everyone who hasn’t been to the ‘coming soon’ section, please visit it. Yes, it is going to be published soon. I know many of you assumed the other story that I had been talking about (the one I was writing along side Unforgettable) was an arhi story. But it isn’t. I was seriously working on a book and it is done now. You can read the blurb of ‘Dust of Ages’ in the Coming soon Section.

I hope you would all read and like it as much as you have loved this story. I would keep you guys updated about ‘Dust of Ages’ here or you can follow me on twitter.

So stay in touch.

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64 thoughts on “(Unforgettable) Chapter 31 : What goes around, comes around

  1. hydsri says:

    Wonderful update. Have been waiting for an update on this and the wait has been worth it. Poor Khushi. Akash realizes that his brother has met his match in Khushi. Relentlessly trying to get info on Arnav, I am waiting for the reunion.

  2. lovebarun says:

    Glad that you came up with an update.. finally, khushi is missing arnav.. good .. keep writing faster dear..

  3. badfaith4u says:

    Poor Akash. Trying to answer questions without giving too much away. That was hilarious.
    Poor Khushi worrying about Arnav.

  4. ranogill says:

    loved it

  5. jabb12 says:

    Wonderful update. Akash was so funny struggling to lie.

  6. malavika123 says:

    Very very nice! Looking forward to the grand finale!

  7. awesome update… poor akash though.. hehe… oh n they are playing khushi… she is going to be so restless and panicked.. but i guess.. sometimes u need that to understand wat is important in ur life 🙂
    eagerly waiting for the next!

  8. adhiti says:

    What is cooking up in their heads I wonder. Aren’t they over doing it a bit? Hmm let’s wait and see.

    Now what happened to Arnav? Is he playing along or something else?

  9. fiza says:

    poor akash… Arnve cant play along or is he… waiting for next i can only say tht …wonderful part

  10. Archanapopli says:

    I hope all her fears and insecurities about their feelings for each other are resolved soon .

  11. Anamika says:

    Nice update. Thanks.

  12. Atyay says:

    An update after soooooo long….. but loved it!!!!
    I hope Arnav & Khushi resolve their differences soon.

  13. naushi78 says:

    finally an update 🙂
    why are they being mean…. looking forward to the happy reunion and the new story of yours

    • Sorry for this delay. The meanness to give Khushi a push and make her realize certain things! and then comes the happily every after…

      New story…not really new but you can read about one in Coming soon section. Please read and comment. I am very excited about that!

  14. Deepthi says:

    Oh finally a update!! 😀 A great one!!! Can’t wait for the next!!!

    Dust of Ages does look interesting… Eager to know more 🙂

    • Next update soon! I am working on it!!

      I am really happy you like Dust of ages. Will keep you update about it. It should be out by the end of the year …fingers crossed!

  15. gunnuckyeshna says:

    awesome update
    poor akash
    waiting for the reunion 🙂

  16. javeria3991 says:

    Finally you updated
    As usual awesome update
    Akash was acting very funny. I was laughing out loud on his nervousness. NK, Anjali n payal handled the situation well. They were successful in awakening the worry n eagerness in khushi for Arnav. She was always worried for Arnav but this new plan of Arnav n khushi siblings will push her.
    Arnav is going to Scotland. Is there any intention n motive behind Arnav farewell which is exactly like his previous call from Scotland when he was kidnapped. Khushi is frightened again. This is not good.
    I am eagerly waiting for the next chapter to know how the story will unfold for a happy reunion.

  17. anu1017 says:

    Awesome update Vani!!! Loved it 🙂

    Congratulations on getting your story published, so happy for you!!! Wishing you all the success!!!!

  18. rati123 says:

    S0 all of them are playing a trick on Khushi to make her confess ?? This will be interesting.

    • HI rati! yes they are all playing a trick…and unlike all other times, this time Khushi isn’t the planner but the victim. All in good humour.

      Hey, please read the Dust of Ages blurb and comment. I would really value that! 🙂

  19. sanasafina says:

    Awesome update…

    khushi was so anxious for Arnav… And poor Akash couldn’t even know how to lie..lol..

    Loved it…

  20. arshina223 says:

    wonderful update.
    unkind trick played with khushi but it was needed for her to make a decision.
    So…you will not write any arhi story after this?

    • Hi Arshina!!…SLightly mean…but it like being kind by being mean. 🙂

      regarding Arhi story…Never say never. and ‘It could happen…’ is still ongoing. But please read the blurb of Dust of Ages and comment….For all you know, you might really like it. I was writing it alongside Unforgettable…

  21. henamani says:

    khushi needed a push to make a decision. if she stays away from arnav, she would also realise what is lacking in her life

  22. Hina69 says:

    Phew finally an update!

    That was hilarious situation with Akash.. Bechara! 😀

    Is Arnav involved in the plane as well? 😐 I don’t think so 😉

    Please please please Update soon..?!

  23. dmgview says:

    poor Khushi.. hope this drama ends soon.. and waiting for her to punish the trouble makers..

  24. dumas001 says:

    lord help them she will kill them for tricking her loved the update.

  25. sskaug25 says:

    Akash, truly he cannot lie. its good that Anjali , nk and payal handled the situation very well. Waiting for the reunion. She really miss her arnavji. hope they meet soon .

  26. zainza says:

    wonderful chapter! I wanted to exclaim after seeing the update (which by the way was after so long) but I had hardly written OMG when I realised I was on the wrong chapter. Anyway, I loved the ‘milnay ki tarap’

  27. I’m so happy I found your blog. Been reading Unforgettable for the last few nights. What a beautiful journey for them both. I particularly love the muted tones of the emails between Arnav and Khushi – there’s honesty, there’s regret, and tinging every word is their undeniable love for one another. Very much looking forward to how to you tie their fate in the remaining chapters.

  28. Bharati says:

    I came to know about your FF through IF and so happy to found this one. Read all the chapters in last few days. You have depicted all the emotions of Arnav and Khushi very beautifully. Waiting for Re-union update. Keep the Goods Work.

  29. hina69 says:

    Ya i know I am very, very late in updating my stories but what can i do when i am getting no time to write anything 😦
    No updates till 31st may because exams are coming up as well this week 😦

    Every good thing comes to an end and this applies to unforgettable too, But I am going to read it again and again because i JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT!
    I don’t know how many times I have already read it :p

  30. Hina69 says:

    Any chances of getting an update soon?

  31. Hina69 says:

    Update!
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    *scratches head* Erm am I spammming? :p

  32. sangs49 says:

    Hi Vann, when are you updating your 2 lovely stories dear! Which one will go first and when will next one follow…..

  33. Hina69 says:

    Oh Ok. Well I just hope that ‘that’ soon come soon! :p

  34. Hina69 says:

    When is that “soon” coming?? ;(

  35. mahrusweety says:

    Awe poor akash.
    Fun filled and beautiful lovely update.

  36. addicted25 says:

    Very apt title, I hope she doesnt get mad at Arnav though

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