Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SS : Heartbeats Part 8




"Did he look trustworthy?!"

Raj nodded vehemently, "He looked like someone who'd just discovered he could 
breathe!"

Veena rolled her eyes…"Oh don't YOU get all romantic now…"

Raj hushed his voice…"Look, when you SEE him, you'll understand…he was in AWE 
of her…he…"

"He hurt her once…"

"I know mum…but the hollow haunted look in his eyes when Khushi cried…it was 
literally frightening…"

Veena glanced over to Khushi …

She was staring blindly into space as Libbi colored in…

"I haven't seen her thinking this hard in a long time…She has always seemed so 
vague…and yet, so willing to help others…I don't want her to be hurt again…"

Raj pulled his mother aside, "He is coming over to pick her up tonight…after Libbi 
has gone to sleep…"

Veena crossed her arms…"Well, he can meet me first, before he takes her anywhere…"

She turned back to look at Khushi…

"I should really go and talk to her…"

"Mum, NO!" Raj insisted, "She was so quiet in the car as one of his staff drove us 
home…She barely said two words…"

Veena huffed, "Well, I think this needs some tough love! She has needed a good jolt 
to the system, and now Libbi can have her father, and Khushi can be with the man 
she loves! And WE can make sure that she doesn't get hurt…"


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"Why did you come home so early?"

Libbi waited for an answer, but pouted when Khushi remained silent…

"I did a lot of study today, and coloring…oh and Uncle Raj basically threw a tantrum 
because there was no chocolate in the house…"

Libbi saw her mum blink, but keep her lips sealed.

She sighed and continued to talk, "Well…Just before all that, I was flipping through 
a magazine, and found some things I liked…want me to show you?"

But Khushi was still in a fog…

Libbi was now getting frustrated, and finally asked the one question that ALWAYS 
got a rise out of her mum…

"Why do other children know about their father and I don't!? Who is my dad? Where 
is he?!"

Khushi's consciousness was flung back to earth…

Her heart sped up as she turned to her daughter…

Libbi…oh my baby…

The first thing that she saw was her tiny grumpy expression, and that brought her 
to tears even as she laughed…

"Oh Libbi, You have his eyes…his angry stare…I see so much of your father in you…"

Libbi was completely startled, her jaw dropped, and her eyes flashed…"You…you 
just…you just told me something about my dad!"

Khushi flinched back and covered her mouth with her hand…

Oh my God, I did!

Her words shook her to the core and she reached out to pull her daughter into her 
arms…"I'm sorry…I'm sorry it's taken me so long to tell you about your father…"

Libbi hugged her back tightly, "It's okay mummy, I just want to know…why?"

Drained from tears, her voice only broke as she said, "He…he was lied to, he was 
confused…and he didn't rescue me when I needed him…"

Libbi gasped, her eyes now glowering with anger, "What! Why!?"

Khushi gave a weak smile, "I told you, he was lied to…but he did give me something 
that helped me through all these years…he gave me you…and now," she took a deep breath…"It's time you finally know about him…"

"I don’t think I want to…If he didn't rescue you, then-"

"No no baby, he did try to come for me, but it was too late…but it's never too late to 
start again…"

Libbi frowned and stuck out her tongue, "ugh… Starting again is so boring!"

"Oh really?" Khushi smiled, "When I finish reading you a story that you truly love, are 
you willing to hear it again?"

"I guess so, but that's only because I love it…do you love my dad?"

The moment had arrived…

Khushi clamped her hand hard on her heart…

"Mummy? Do you love my dad?"

Taking Libbi's hands in her own, she steadied her voice…"Yes. I do."

But the reaction that came from Libbi was a big surprise…

She jumped up from the couch and stood tall…"But he hurt you! And I don't like 
ANYONE who hurts you!"

Khushi smoothed her thumb over the scowl on her daughter's forehead, "I know baby, 
but…think about this…if we stopped reading halfway through your favorite book, 
would you feel upset, and angry?"

Libbi looked confused, but answered, "Yes. I surely would…"

"That is how it is with your father and me…our story was stopped…it never finished…"

Libbi now started to cry, "But he hurt you…made you sad, I don't like seeing your 
sad, your tears make my heart hurt… "

Those words brought out Khushi's tears, "Oh Libbi…your father said those exact 
same words to me once…" she pulled Libbi onto her lap,"…Baby, a book you love, 
is worth reading till the end…isn't it?"

She nodded, "Yes, but, Mummy…If you have loved him all this time, then why only 
tell me about him now?"

Gently holding her little girl's face, she stared into her eyes, "Because he found me…
he found us…"



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"Libbi, you HAVE to try and get to sleep…"

"I can't mummy!"

Khushi sighed, "I shouldn't have told you! I knew this would happen…"

Libbi kicked back the covers and sat up, "PLEASE!? Please mummy!!!!"

Sitting back down beside her daughter, Khushi said, "Baby, I don't know how he will 
feel about that, I don't know how I feel about it…It's all so new to me…can you try to understand…?"

Slumping back, Libbi pursed her lips, "I understand…It's just so exciting!"

Khushi never liked to disappoint her daughter, but everything was still to new and 
unknown…

"Thankyou…now get some rest little heartbeat…I'll see you in the morning…"

And as Khushi leaned down to kiss her, Libbi wrapped her arms around her 
neck, "Can I ask one more thing?"

"Oh gee…sure…okay…what?"

Libbi giggled, "Can I look out the window? When he arrives?"

"Out the window? But…it's dark, you won't see anything…"

"Not true mummy, I will see his shadow…"

And now Khushi felt guilty…"Shadow? Oh honey…I know you want to meet him, but 
please…just for tonight…"

Khushi paused as she noticed Libbi's pleading eyes…

Resignedly, she nodded…"You may look out the window…"

"Yeeeeeks!!!!!!! Thankyou!"

Covering her ears, Khushi began to grin, "Okay okay! Shhhh! Now Goodnight!"

"Goodnight mummy…"

As Khushi closed the bedroom door, she leaned back against it…

I'm sorry Libbi, I have kept the knowledge of your father away from you for so long…
and now…now I have no choice…you will meet him, soon…and I pray, with all my 
heart, that he loves you…that he doesn't hurt you, or break your heart…

She went to the bathroom and began to lightly apply some makeup…

When her eyes saw her lips, she could feel the pressure of his kiss…

Your kisses tell me one thing…that you still feel for me…I still feel for you too…please 
don't break my heart again, Arnavji…




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Arnav was a nervous wreck…

I am going out with my wife…my Khushi…I…I want to scream to the heavens!!!!!

He knew he would see Raj again, but what really worried him was Veena.

She had been Khushi's mother for the past nine years, and he could hear in her voice 
that she was protective of her.

Good. Khushi deserves to have people care so much for her…

He thought back to their phonecall only 15 minutes before…

"Hi, it's me…"

"Hi, Libbi is in bed now…"

"Did she like her story?"

"Yes…did you?"

Arnav heard the smile in Khushi's voice, "Yes I did…I miss you…"

The last three words came out before he could stop them…

"I have missed you for nine years Arnavji…"

He held his breath…"Really?"

"Yes."
 
Emotions cracked his voice…"Even though I…"

"Yes…Even though you…"

He smiled, "I love you…can I come and get you in 15 minutes?"

"Yes. I'll be waiting…please d-"

"Khushi?"

She tried to muffle out her quickened breaths…

Arnav suddenly felt worried, "Khushi? What is it…? What's wrong…?!"
 
"Nothing…I was just…just going to say, please don't keep me waiting long…"

His heart surged with agony.

He recalled her saying those exact same words on the day of their wedding…

"I won't keep you waiting Khushi…I swear on my life that I won't…"

Unable to answer, Khushi hung up.

And now, he was walking up the pathway to the tiny little apartment.

He lifted his hand to knock on the door, but was overtaken with nerves…

Leaning to one side, he looked at his reflection in the window…

But what he saw, instead of his own reflection, were two tiny dark eyes, and an 
angelic cherub face that was framed with long hair…

His heart exploded with every kind of emotion known to man…

With a heart now speeding, and eyes drinking in the sight before him, he watched 
the little beauty slowly pulled the window open with her tiny fingers…

And they were now face to face…

She tucked a lock of hair behind her ear and scratched her shoulder, "Hi…"

Oh my…that little voice…it…it's beautiful…"

"Hi…" she said again a little louder…

Arnav suppressed his nerves and cleared his throat,  "Hi…what's your name?"

She sniffed, her nose wrinkling slightly, and Arnav was bowled over by her cuteness.

"My name is Libbi…"

Libbi…my…my Libbi…

"That…that is a beautiful name…for a beautiful little girl…"

He expected for her to grow shy, but instead, she nodded…"Yep…I am…like my 
mummy…"

Arnav laughed, complete joy taking over his soul, "That's for sure…I've never seen 
anyone as beautiful as your mother, until now…"

Libbi's eyes opened wider, "You think I'm prettier than her!?"

Leaning in closer, Arnav narrowed his eyes, pretending to study her face…"Hmmm…
I think…I can truly say…that it's an even tie…"

And the next sound he heard was a delightful, bubbly giggle…

The smile that spread across his face nearly made his jaw ache…

"So, Miss Libbi, It's late now, shouldn't you be sleeping?"

"Yep."

He smirked, "You're a little rebel aren't you…"

Her eyes lit up, "Hey! Mummy calls me that too!"

"I'll bet she does…" he couldn't contain the fireworks that were exploding inside 
him, "Your mummy is a very smart woman…and I can't keep her waiting…I promised 
her, so, how about you go to sleep now…"

Libbi paused, tapping her fingers on her chin, "Will I see you again?"

Putting on his best 'business deal' face, he said, "Definitely."

She peered at him for a moment and then nodded, "Okay. It's a deal."

As she closed the window, Arnav waved, "Goodnight Libbi…"

Poking her face through the curtains, she smiled, "Goodnight daddy!"

And the drapes shut.

Daddy?! She called me…she…

Arnav felt completely shaken.

She…she knows!? Khushi told her!? She…she…oh…my…Libbi knew…knew that…
Khushi told her…

He couldn't think straight…

Lifting his hand, he knocked on the door as he breathed, "I just met my little girl…Now 
to prove my love to my wife…"










16 comments:

  1. Oh gosh this has to be my favourite chapter . Libbi's reaction and anger at first was so beautiful... and then she accepted what her mum told her.. and the highlight of the chapter was Arnav n Libbi's super cute conversation.. and she calls him daddy

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  2. Omg...libbi and arnav met eachother.
    Arnav could not believe that she had called him daddy
    Continue soon

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  3. Libbi meets her father for the first time I'm really speechless with the way you wrote this part

    each chapter just gets better and better

    Arnav thinking very maturely abt each and every step he takes to bring back his world into his life is heart melting

    Undercoverhappy

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  4. libbi and Arnav part was awesome and welll written.

    im damn sure that Arnav wont hurt her or libbi at any chance, he so love them.

    its so interesting dear and i truely love this story.

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  5. Aww loved father daughter conv
    update soon
    rohinid

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  6. aww loved this part

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  7. Loved the chapter n the super cute conversation between the dad and his lil girl :)

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  8. Sarah! Sarah ! Sarah!

    Why do you have to stop when it's getting so toe-curling-cuter? I Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeed this update.

    Please please please update another part today.

    I can bribe you with a chocolate?

    ~A~

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  9. You Awesome, Awesome girl.

    You better update today.

    I promise to give you one giant chocolate!



    ~A~

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  10. parts 7 and 8 are awesome
    I like Arnav Libbi first meeting
    she's cute and he's also a cute daddy
    she knows he's her daddy and called him so
    what a smart child :)))))

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  11. Awwww libbi is soooo cuteeeeee
    So much like khushi and alot of arnav too
    Loved it to bitsss

    Amazinggg update!!!

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  12. Hey Sarah,

    I have been wanting to comment for so long but time somehow is never right. I read your stories from my phone and typing a comment from the phone is a pain. I know authors put in a lot of hard work and if I have taken out a couple of minutes to read why not go further and write a few words....trust me I tried many times but either there would be an error or the connection would zonk out.

    I have loved each and every story of yours. The first thing I do in the morning (of course when my husband is not looking) is check if you have updated. Sarah you have magic in your hands, even the word magic does not justify what you write. I wonder who you are, what you do, how you live your life, is there as much passion in your life as their is in your stories???

    My personal favorites are "Forceful Stranger" and "My Life for your Love". I don't like villains in stories (hehhehe....I know I know....) could you please write stories where there is no Shyam or any other villain.

    There is just so much I want to say Sarah....some things personal that I want to share but not for everyone to read....For now all I want to say is....Always keep writing. May you always be blessed with happiness and peace....

    Oh and one other thing....since I always read your blog on my phone recently I have noticed especially with the story "Heartbeats", there seems to be some kind of a formatting issue. I have to move my screen in order to read the entire line. I did not have that issue before. I hope you are able to understand what I am trying to say. Everything used to fit on my screen before but not anymore.

    Thank You

    An Anonymous and grateful fan!!!!

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  13. Hi,
    Beautiful chapter. I loved the cute meeting between the father and daughter. Arnav is almost there in getting his love and baby back in his life. Wish he didn't loose out on all these years in Libbi's life. I hope life gives them both another chance.
    Pls cont soon...

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  14. OMG!! this is the cutest chapter u have written so far.. loved it!! Love the character Libbi..

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  15. Soooo cute but soooo short...we always want more & more....greedy!!

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    *Twisting the giant chocolate bar in my hands*

    ~A~

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