Thursday, October 18, 2012

OS : Birthright



Birthright





"Khushi!?"

Arnav hurried towards her...

He caught her against his chest before she fainted...

His arms went around her waist, holding her steady...

As Khushi's back hit arnav's chest, she hoped he woulnd't press as to why she was feeling so woozy...

"Khushi?..." he helped her to the bed and sat her down..."I know this has put a lot of strain on our marriage...yes, i used to be in a relationship with her...and I'm so sorry for not telling you..."

"It's alright Arnavji..."

Arnav held a finger to her lips..."Quiet...wait...let me finish...I did NOT know about her child...and the DNA test tomorrow will finalize things..."

Khushi nodded as she looked away...

Holding her chin, he gently turned her back to face him...

"Khushi...I love YOU...no one else. I love YOU. THAT will never change..."

Giving  a small smile, she said, "I know you love me Arnavji...but that little boy needs a father, and you have to love him too...he is your first born child. He deserves all the rights on you as his father. And I won't deny that to any child..."

Arnav frowned..."Khushi...even if I am his father...I'm your husband...you're my wife...and I will always have time for you..."

He was interrupted by his phone ringing...

Khushi knew it was the boys mother.

Arnav stood up quickly and walked towards the poolside to answer the call...

Feeling more lost than ever, Khushi stood up and walked out of the room...

Anjali saw Arnav on his phone, and saw Khushi walking sadly away...

"Khushiji..."

Khushi paused and turned slowly...

Anjali's eyes roamed over her as if studying her...

Smiling, Khushi tried to cover her emotions..."Di? Are you ok? Why don't we go and spend some time togeth..."

"Why won't you tell him?" Anjali interrupted.

Khushi's face went pale..."What do you mean? I don't know what..."

"Why don't you tell him that you are pregnant?"

Khushi started to sway and Anjali quickly held onto Khushi's arm...

"Come...carefully...come to my room..."

As they entered, Nani was already sitting on Anjali's bed.

"Khushi bitiya...come and sit..."

Completely running out of control, Khushi sat down and burst into tears...

As Anjali hugged her, she spoke calmly..."Khushi, I know you THINK that little boy is Chote's son, but I am sure he isn't...Arnav is haunted by memories of our father...he doesn't want to take a chance on being that kind of father...but he doesn't think before he acts...and when he find out that woman has tricked him, he will be furious...and repentant towards you..."

"No Di, they are alike...I know that child is his...and he deserves the rights of a firstborn..."

"Khushi bitiya, children are equal...which is why...you should tell him..."

Wiping her tears away, Khushi tried to hide again, "tell him what? I don't..."

Anjali lifted her hand to Khushi's face..."I've been pregnant Khushiji...I know...that you are carrying Chote's firstborn..."

Her eyes welled up..."I can't tell him...I can't...not yet...if this little boy is truly his, then this news may tear Arnavji away from him...I can't let that happen...to either of them..."

"Khushi Bitiya, stop this! Enough! YOU are his wife...YOU are his priority!"

Anjali was nodding as she squeezed Khushi's hand...
 
"No...I will wait...I've already waited 5 weeks...I found out I was pregnant the day we met ASR...and I...I can wait one more day..."

"Khushiji...You are too selfless...I don't want you putting yourself last in this matter. Being pregnant is serious. And Chote needs to take care of you..."

Khushi stood up..."NO Di...I will wait. He needs time to figure out how he feels..."

Anjali and Nani watched as Khushi slowly walked out.

"How can this girl suddenly come into our lives claiming to have Chote's son!"

Nani looked just as concerned as Anjali...

"I know, and at this time, when Khushi bitiya is with child herself...No...this is not right..."


...


As Khushi re-entered her room, Arnav almost walked into her...

He instantly held onto her forearms holding her steady..."Why are you up!? You almost fainted before! Come and sit..."

Taking deep breaths, she tried to steady her heart..."I'm fine Arnavji...I'm feeling tired now...so..."

"Yes, that was her. And the test is scheduled for 10am...I will come home immediately after to tell you...I promise..."

Gently placing his hand at the back of her neck, he lowered her to the bed and kissed her cheek, lingering...

"I love you Khushi..."

Khushi rolled over, pretending to be asleep already...


...


"What are you talking about!?" Arnav yelled

The boys mother began to make excuses why this test was an insult to her, and that he is only doing this to get back at her.

Glaring fiercely, Arnav lashed out..."This is to prove if he is my son or not..."

"And if he is, will you accept him and myself into your life?"

Arnav froze...

He wanted his son...

But as for 'her'...

"I will accept my son, but I have my wife...and I love her. So i accept you as a friend. ONLY a friend."

"Then this test is NOT being done."

She was just about to drag the child away when ASR spoke up..."Wait!"

The mother paused..."Don't you say anything now!"

Arnav was filled with fury..."What are you playing at!? Are you trying to destroy my marriage!? Are you trying to destroy  a father - son relationship too!?"

"YOU AREN'T MY FATHER!"

Arnav's eyes shot down to the boy...

"what..."

"Shut up!" the mother yelled, "don't listen to him!"

Ignoring the woman, Arnav knelt down before the child..."Why did you say that?"

ASR began to tear up, "I have been taught to act like you, to speak like you...but...but you are so nice, and Khushi Di is so nice...I can't hurt you both..."

Arnav lifted the boy in his arms and gripped the mothers wrist hard...

He pulled them into a nearby room...

Sitting the boy on the table, he spun to face the woman..."YOU LIED TO ME...AGAIN!? IS THIS ALL FOR MONEY!?!"

She rushed forwards holding onto Arnav's shoulders..."No! Ofcourse not! He really is yours!"

"NO! Stop it Ma! Yes, when my papa left, she blamed her failed relationships on yours and then asked me to help ruin yours..."

Arnav yanked the woman's arms off him...
 
"You need money? I'll give you money. But I don't want you near me or my wife again! Understand!?"

Turning to the boy, Arnav smiled..."Thankyou...thankyou for your honesty...I hope that one day I have a child like you..."

The kid smiled as he watched Arnav walk away...

When Arnav was out of sight, the mother yelled..."HOW COULD YOU DO THAT! WE HAD HIM IN THE PALM OF OUR HANDS!"

ASR jumped off the table..."You know, he has taught me a lot..." he stepped forwards slowly..."And you, are NOT going to lie to me EVER again!"


...


The family was sitting in the lounge when Arnav burst inside...

He strode in fast and his eyes instantly locked onto their target...his wife...

Khushi looked pale..

As if she had been up all night worrying...

Guilt began to shake him...

"Chote?" Anjali said as she looked up...

"Di, I need to speak to Khushi first..."

Khushi began to stand...

"Chote, we have a right to know..." nani stated firmly...

"She was lying to me. All along. The boy is not mine."

Hearing that, Khushi fell to the floor...

Arnav couldn't reach her in time ...

"Khushiji!" Anjali screamed when she saw her body in a heap

Arnav lifted her up and quickly carried her upstairs...

Anjali and nani weren't far behind...

"Di call the doctors...fast...it's been too much on her..." Arnav said as panic began to heat his blood...

"Chote, quickly just take her to the hospital..." Anjali began gathering some of Khushi's clothes into a small bag...

"Di? What? Just call our doctor..."

"NO Chote. Take her to the hospital."

Arnav heard anger in her voice.

"Di, I know what I did was wrong..."

"Wrong!? Oh you don't know the half of it!" Nani spat out...

Arnav held onto Khushi's hand and carefully smoothed hair away from her face..."Khushi, Khushi can you hear me...open your eyes..."

"Chote! Take her to the hospital now!"

"Why!"

"Because she is pregnant! She IS carrying your child!"

Arnav stared for a moment and then looked back at Khushi...

Pale, tired, fainting, crying...

"Oh God...Oh God!"

Arnav lifted her delicate body with extra care...

"Call us to tell us how she is..." Anjali said...

"OH God Di! What have I done...I...I haven't looked after her at all..."

"Well now you damn well better!"


.....

Arnav couldn't believe I was going to be a father...again...

But for real this time...

He had barged into the emergency room and demanded everyone's attention for Khushi.

As the nurse made Khushi comfortable, she began asking Arnav some questions...

"So, how far along is she?"

The question caught him off guard...

"Uh...She..."

The nurse was strict and had a wrinkled frown covering her brow..."Do you know if she has been taking antenatal vitamins?"

Arnav tried to think of an answer...

"Has she had any morning sickness? Yet?"

Spluttering, he finally hung his head in shame..."I...I didn't know she was pregnant..."

Slamming her folder shut, the burly nurse glared at Arnav and then turned all her attention towards Khushi...

Arnav felt sick with guilt.

"Is there anyway to find out how far..."

Snapping her head back up, she spoke firmly..."Let me tend to your 'wife'. SHE is the one who needs my attention right now. Being pregnant is a SERIOUS thing Mr. Raizada. Sure it's not a disease, sure women give birth all the time, but what a woman's body goes through when she is pregnant is very critical.  Women give birth easily when their pregnancy has been easy. And you not knowing a thing about it only shows me how neglectful you are."

Arnav was completely taken back by her words..."I...I didn't mean to neglect...I thought...I had an ex tell me that HER child was mine, and..."

The nurse lifted her hand and all sound vanished from the room.

Turning back to Khushi, the nurse continued her checkup...

"Her blood pressure is high...Have she had to deal with your stress as well? Have you been angry towards her?"

The memory of his birthday flashed before him...

Anger towards her, for no reason...

When she had tried to help ASR, and he yelled at her once again...

"Yes...yes I have...but I won't anymor..."

The nurse raised her hand to quiet him once again..."Please wait outside the room."

Anger began to perk up inside him, "Outside? I'm her husband!"

"Quiet Mr. Raizada. She has merely fainted this time, and if she hasn't told you of her pregnancy, then there must be a reason. I don't want her waking up feeling tense."

Arnav reluctantly walked out, but stood close by the open door...

He heard the nurse trying to wake Khushi...

"Come on dear...wake up now...all is fine...Mrs Raizada?..."

Arnav peeked out from behind the door and saw Khushi's eyelids begin to flutter...

"Amma?" she mumbled...

Arnav felt a twinge of anger that she hadn't called for him first...

"No dear, I am a nurse...You fainted...but you are alright. Understand? You are alright."

Khushi lifted her hand to her head..."I fainted? I don't remember..."

"Your husband brought you in..."

"Arnavji? Is he here?"

Her tone was louder, with an edge in it that he couldn't quite place...

"Yes. He is waiting outside, shall I call him in?"

"NO!"

Her answer was so instantaneous that is cut at Arnav's heart.

"No? Why?" the nurse said calmly...

"I...I am..."

"I know, you are with child. I took a blood sample and your pregnancy hormone is still rising, and you aren't bleeding so, I'm sure that you fainting hasn't harmed your baby at all."

Silence filled the room, and Arnav was just about to walk in when he heard Khushi's soft voice...

"I don't want him to know yet..."

His heart almost stopped.

"I see...Why dear?"

"He...he already has a son...and he needs to be with him...his firstborn child...and this news would only be seen as..."

Arnav could hear the pain in her voice, and that alone began to tear his heart to shreds...

"It would be seen as an interference on his new relationship...I have always been in the way...from the beginning..."

Khushi's soft sobs echoed with loud intensity in his ears...

"No no...no crying dear, you need to keep up your strength...Now, can you answer some questions for me?"

Khushi nodded...

"Do you know how far along you are?"

"I am about 5 maybe 6 weeks ..."

The nurse looked out the door slightly and saw Arnav's steady eyes that were locked onto his wife.

"Ok, have you been taking your vitamins?"

Khushi nodded, "I have...I had a feeling that I was pregnant when I was 4 weeks...and started taking them then...I just told Arnavji they were a normal vitamin...I even got him an extra vitamin that helps with digestion..."

"And you didn't think to tell him of your suspicions?"

Khushi felt her tears pricking her eyes once more..."No...I wanted to be sure..."

"And when did you find out for sure?"

Taking a deep breath, she said, "I took a test on the day he met his son...He was busy with ASR and the mother...so I went home and took...took the test myself."

Slamming the folder shut in aggrivation, the nurse took Khushi's hand..."You realize, that each child is important...and your husband should realize that..."

Arnav kept looking on as Khushi gripped the nurses hand..."Please...no...Please don't tell him...Not yet...Let him have his time with his son..."

The nurse recalled Arnav telling her that the boy wasn't his, and was beginning to hate Arnav even more for not telling Khushi...

"Please just excuse me...for a moment..." and with a soft smile, the nurse left the room...

...


Arnav saw the nurse barge towards him...

Taking a few steps back, he was about to speak when the angered woman lashed out at him...

"You haven't told her that the other child isn't yours?! Can you SEE what you've put her through!?"

Arnav shook his head, "No...I have told her...I told her just before she fainted..."

Resting her hands on her hips, the nurse forced out her words..."She didn't hear you. She was already so overcome with stress that she fainted."

"What can I do? Is she alright? Is the baby alright?"

"Her baby is fine. She is fine. But she needs TO BE TAKEN CARE OF!"

"I know, I know...I want to take care of her! The other drama is gone! I just want to look after her...that's all!"

"Well. Then you will have to let her tell you, when she is ready."



...


Arnav stood in the doorway to Khushi's room.

The nurse told him that she was free to go home.

He walked a few steps towards her...

She had her eyes closed as she rested...

"Khushi?"

As her eyes opened, she turned her head and saw him...

"Arnavji...? Have I been discharged? Can we go home now?"

Arnav took her hand and sat beside her..."Khushi, I know I've treated you badly. From that very first day, I've been cruel to you, and taken you for granted... "

He lowers his voice as there were more doctors and nurses hovering around outside the room...                          

Khushi began to look at him slightly concerned..."Arnavji...that is past...I don't think about the past anymore..."                     

"That's not the point Khushi...I'm trying to tell you that I want to be your everything... Just like you are mine...I want to look after you, put you first, treat you like a woman and a wife should be treated..."

"But what about..."

"He is NOT my child." he said firmly squeezing her hands...

Khushi stared at him wide-eyed.

She didn't know what to say.

"Oh...Arnavji...I'm so sorry...was ASR ok? Where is he?"

"Khushi...stop..." he slid forwards and held onto her shoulders gently..."Listen to me...this is about you and me... I didn't think a man like me would ever meet a girl like you: sweet, beautiful, kind and so warm and accepting. You took me in like a wounded animal and I am still  so scared that I will wake up to find it has been a dream..."
 
Arnav waited for her answer.

But there wasn't one...

She broke eye contact, and quietly whispered..."Please just take me home..."


I had planned a conclusion to this, but completely forgot to post it!!!! Sorry for the delay! 








The drive home was frighteningly silent.

Arnav wanted, more than anything, to hear her voice...

"Khushi...Uh..."

But as he looked at her, he saw her focusing out of the window...

So he held back, and drove on, as his thoughts haunted him..."I spent ALL my time with that woman...and all the while...my wife...my wife was carrying my ACTUAL child..."

He was about to stop the car and pull over when another thought struck him...

"But Khushi showed me HER dna paperwork...Did sheetal...Did she do all this to get money...or to break up my marriage..."

Arnav remembered refusing to believe the DNA test that Khushi had shown him and insisted on going to the hospital for a conclusive report...

His mind had been so focused on proving himself that he had ignored Khushi to the point where she no longer spoke to him...

Sure she had continued to be a caring wife, tending to his needs, looking after his family...

But their relationship, had been stifled since the arrival of his 'friend'...

"How dare she..." he felt unquenchable vengance start to rear it's head..."how DARE she come back into my life and destroy my marriage..."

Soft cries and sniffles caught his attention...

He had just pulled into their driveway and the moment he turned off the car, he hurried around to her side of the car...

Arnav now came into Khushi's vision...

She caught his gaze through the car window, just as his locked onto her...

Tears.

"No..." he thought..."Now I will do everything...everything in my power to make her happy..."

Arnav opened the door for her and extended his hand...

His breathing stopped for a moment, waiting for her acceptance...

Instead of anger, instead or hurt, instead of any understandable emotion, Khushi smiled up at him..."Thankyou..."

"I can carry you if you feel faint still..."

Khushi playfully smacked his chest..."Don't be silly, I'm perfectly fine..."

"Uh...Khushi..." he steadied her as they ascended the stairs..."The nurse told me that, that you fainted because you were stressed...and that you hadn't had enough fluid..."

Arnav saw her eyes flash with anxiety..."I'm...I'm okay Arnavji...I will make sure that it doesn't happen again...I don't want to inconvenience you in anyway..."

Pulling her to a stop outside their front door, he stared down at her feeling anger penetrate his heart...

"INCONVENIENCE me?! What the hell Khushi!?"

As her eyes widened he hurriedly reined in his fury..."Khushi, look, I'm so so very sorry for all that has happened...I don't want you to think that you are an inconvenience to me..."

Her gaze dropped to her hands..."Can we go inside now please?"

Lifting her chin gently, he searched her eyes..."Khushi, I want to apologize for my behaviour regarding Sheetal and Araav... I should not have become so angry at you...you were given false proof...you had a right to mistrust me..."                      

Khushi was completely shocked.  

"You're actually apologizing to me?"  

Shock turned to appreciation as I realized what it must have taken for him to do that...  "Thank you for that Arnavji, but it's really no problem...Araav loved spending time with you...and I know you really liked him..."

Never in his wildest fantasies could he have imagined a woman so perfect for himself  in every way...but he was suddenly alerted to her one fatal flaw...

He always knew she was forgiving...

Always knew she was strong...

But why did she continuously let her heart get trampled...

As he held her, he whispered..." I love you with all that I am...and I promise to make you happy, be faithful to you, respect you, be a supportive partner, communicate openly, build a family with you and love you forever...I promise you Khushi..."

Khushi grinned..."I love you too...now please, let us go and reassure everyone that I am fine..."



........................


Arnav lovingly watched as his whole family began taking care of Khushi...

He saw her whisper something carefully to Anjali and even though his sister frowned, she nodded and there was no more said.

While Payal and Nani were talking together, Arnav followed Anjali into the kitchen...

"What did she whisper to you Di?"

Anjali held back tears as she looked at to her brother..."She doesn't want you to know yet Chote..."

The weight that was pressing on his heart only became heavier..."Di...Why? Why won't she tell me?"

Anjali approached him, "Chote please, I know you are the father, and you believe you have a right to know, but Khushiji is hurting...hurting so much...please give her time to tell you, just give her..."

"You...you think I'm...ANGRY?! You think I want to demand her to tell me!?"

Turning slightly red, Anjali nodded..."You get very..."

Arnav stepped back..."No Di...I USED to get very angry! Moreso at Khushi than anyone else! But now, more than anything, I want Khushi to trust me, to know that SHE is my focus! I was so bloody stupid to spend so much time with Sheetal...I hate her Di! I hate that she PURPOSEFULLY came to tear us apart!"

"Then what are you going to do?"

Arnav pressed his clenched fist to his heart..."She will tell me when she is ready...until then, I will show her that I am worthy of her trust..."


.......



Khushi was sitting quietly out near the poolside later that evening...

Arnav walked up beside her...

"Khushi?"

She immediately replied..."Yes?"

Crouching down he gently held her chin and turned her to face him...

Searching her eyes, he saw the raw pain he had caused...

All because of him, she was hurting once again...

"I want to apologize for my behavior...   I should not have blamed you for being suspicious, I should not have given so much attention to..." he paused...not wanting to mention Sheetal's name...                     

Khushi's eyes went wide...she was completely shocked..."Why are you apologizing to me?"

Arnav frowned, confusion darkening his eyes..."Khushi...I am sorry for neglecting you..."

"But you were spending time with your son...you don't have anything to apologize for..."

 His confusion  turned to appreciation as he realized what a rare gem his wife was...but soon, his appreciation plummeted...

"Khushi...He was NEVER my son...Sheetal lied to you! Used you! Confused you! Please try to understand...the only person who has and will always have full rights on me, is you..."

He wanted to add..."And our child..." but he knew that he had to wait until she told him...

"You told me that he wasn't your child...but still I believed her...I should be apologizing to you Arnavji..."

Arnav shook his head, wincing at the amount of injustice she was suffering from..."No Khushi...she had false evidence...you were thinking of Araav...you care for everyone else but yourself..."

Khushi sat silently...

"Khushi...I am asking for your forgiveness..."

She suddenly stood up...."Excuse me Arnavji...I...I..."

Swiftly turning, she ran past him, back inside the room, and disappeared into the bathroom...

Arnav was close behind and soon heard her retching into the sink...

He hurried to her and held back her hair...

She hurled until her stomach was empty...

Arnav turned the water on and let the sink clear out...

He stood protectively behind her as she tried to stand straight once again...

Khushi stumbled and Arnav instantly wound an arm around her, steadying her against his chest.

Holding her, he drenched a small towel and patted her face with cool water...

Her eyes were shut as her head rested back..."Ar...Arnavji...I..."

"Shhhh...shhh...just let me look after you first..."

He held her gently as she rinsed her mouth and brushed her teeth...

His breathing increased as she turned in his arms to face him...

"I'm...I'm..."

His heart picked up expectantly...

"I'm...not feeling too well..."

Arnav felt a twinge of disappointment, but quickly shook it off..."I can see...come and lay down...I'll get you some water..."

Khushi felt pressure form inside her heart..."I will tell him...once I'm laying down, and not feeling so dizzy...I will tell him..."

Arnav lifted her in his arms, and laid her down unhurriedly...

Her hand was still gripping onto his shirt when he tried to move back, and he instantly felt his heart starting to beg for her touch...

Moving in closer, he was about to speak, when he saw her eyes closed, and realized she had fallen asleep...

"I love you Khushi...I'm sorry...but believe me...from this day forward, I will earn the right to care for you, to be your husband, and to be the father of our child...because this baby has the birthright, and you...you have the right over my heart..."













10 comments:

  1. Loved it... The nurse proper took him to task but I think now be will look after her to the best of his capabilities... Arnav should drill this into Khushi that she and the baby comes first for him and that she won't hide anything from him in future.

    Farheen75

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  2. awesome... i hope khushi does not distance herself from arnav...

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  3. Awesome Update N Nice Story.Hope Everything Will Be Fine Between Them

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  4. Loved it. The nurse did her job well. Poor Khushi.

    -desisweetheart9 from IF.

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  5. great OS dear
    liked it
    hope it happens in serial too
    but chances are very slim

    Prerna1

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  6. it was superb updt

    luv it

    thanks for pm

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  7. awesome update!
    i really liked it :)
    thanks for the PM :)

    IF- momo121

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  8. Superb update. Waiting for more.

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  9. thank you for the pm... a very moving update... especially loved the nurse being so protective and tearing strips off arnav... his apology was heartfelt and his pain while listening khushi's revelations to the nurse left a pang in my heart... but agree with the nurse that khushi needs some time to get her head round these new developments and to tell arnav that she's pregnant! eager for more updates wherein I would like to see how arnav takes care of khushi

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  10. Awesome update..
    liked the nurse.. awww poor khushi..
    hope she tells abt her pregnancy to arnav..
    continue soon

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