He kissed her on the forehead as he gazed down lovingly at her sleeping form. Her naked beauty draped in his sheets, she looked every bit at home. He watched her snuggle deeper into the duvet, trying to make up for the warmth she had lost since he had gotten up.
Things were going to change. After today, all lies and ambiguity will cease to exist. After today, she’d be his. He’ll keep her close, right by his side, where she belonged. Glancing at her one last time, he closed the door behind him.
“Here are the documents you had asked for Mr. Raizada.” Said the lawyer at the registrar’s office as he handed Arnav Khushi’s marital documents. He opened the file, and read through the details.
His expressions changed from calm to confused, and finally to furious, as he shut the dossier and got up to leave.
Khushi shifted uncomfortably under Arnav’s murderous gaze. They had made love last night, and she wasn’t sure how he’d react to it. But then he had already left in the morning before she had gotten up, and could find out. But ever since he had returned home, he had been staring at her, with more than just rage in his eyes. His gaze was almost loathsome, bordering on a feeling of betrayal. She just couldn’t figure out what he was thinking. May be it was the fact that she had slept with him despite claiming to be his brother’s wife. But she was sure that he had felt a connection with her last night. The way he had looked at her, and reached out to here in his time of need. Bared his vulnerable soul to her to heal, healing her own bruised soul in the process. The way he had made sweet and gentle love to her, as if it was the most natural thing for him to do. Uttering sweet nothings into her ears, as he caressed her, and took her pain away. She was sure he had felt the bond that they shared, and known that they both belonged together. So what was wrong now? She’d speak to him and find out.
That was when Arnav flung his table napkin aside and stormed to his room. Her worry escalating by the minute, she left her own food as it was, and rushed after him.
He flung his tie aside and tore at the buttons of his waist coat angrily. Fighting for control, as his body trembled with fury. That was when he saw Khushi enter his room in a hurry, and he snapped.
“Is everything all right? What’s wrong? You look really tensed, did something…” But before she could go on, she was harshly pulled roughly by a pair of callous hands.
She clashed into his chest as he looked down at her with hatred stinging his eyes. his already painful grip getting hurtful by the second he shook her angrily.
“You bitch!” Khushi’s pupils dilated and she felt her gut wrench in pain at the address.
“You think you’re so smart don’t you? You’ve been sleeping with us brothers, manipulating us, so that you can get what I’ve built with my own hands. This empire, power and money that you’re lusting for Khushi Kumari Gupta, is the result of years of my hard work. I’ve invested my sweat and blood into this. So if you think that you can charm your way to the top, then you’re utterly mistaken. Though you’ve successfully managed to fool me once and acquire quiet a lot of money in the process, I assure you, that the property you’ve extracted from me won’t last you very long. And this little whelp that you’ve been carrying around in your womb, that you’re trying to pin on me and my brother by sleeping with us both, is not going to get this family’s name. I will not let you get your illegitimate child get a father on our account! Do you understand that! I will unmask you forth my family, take back my property, get you off my brother’s back, and then throw you out of this house.”
And with that said, he pulled her roughly by the arm, and threw her out of his room.
Khushi stood shaking, tears streaming down her face, as Arnav closed the door in her face.