Friday, March 9, 2018

Eternal Love Part 1

~ETERNAL LOVE~



The last few days had tired the Princess out.

The relaxing trip promised by the King's brother, the duke and duchess from the northern kingdom, had surprisingly turned into an exhausting and tense few days.

The locals from the new town were thrilled to welcome the royals and had insisted on throwing them a feast on their last day as a show of gratitude.

Arnav had been against it at first, but had finally yielded under his Aunt and Uncle's enthusiasm.

Then there was his mother, who was desperate for a chance to celebrate with her sister in law...

And Khushi...

His wife was a gem who held love and generosity towards everyone...

But she had simply been excited to spend an enjoyable evening in good company...and be in the passionate arms of her husband...

The Kingdom they were now in was full of kind and welcoming people.

They had travelled to the surrounding towns to visit and taste many foods, attend festivals, and take in the scenery...

Arnav knew his parents needed a break, and he also knew Khushi had been looking forward to this getaway.

He had made promises of romance, happiness and relaxation...

But those promises to her were shattered when the weight of constant danger shredded all hope of remaining calm...

And it happened on day one of their holiday...


Day 1.

Arnav began to hyperventillate..."What?! What do you mean he isn't in his cell?!"

The sentry had ridden for a day, without fail, to deliver the disturbing news...

"The prisoner Nate Patel, still legally a baron as his brother has taken over his castle, is nowhere to be found...I was made aware of the situation that once happened upon Her Highness the Princess and I knew you needed to be told immediately."

Arnav was close to exploding...

His anger almost a living thing taking over the air in the room...

The King placed a hand on his son's shoulder and nodded to the guard, "What dedication to the Prince and Princess...You will be greatly rewarded. Please inform our chief of security to alert extra guards for Princess Khushi..."

The sentry saluted and rushed out.

"Son?" The king walked closer...

"Not even one fucking day into this holiday and...and THIS!?"

The king covered his ears, "Arnav! I don't want to go deaf before my time! Listen! She is well protected here! Plus we have the added advantage of being in a different kingdom. If, and I mean IF he were after Khushi, he would still be on his way..."

Arnav's neck stiffened..."Alright..." he turned slowly..."That's a good point...but Father, I'll do whatever I have to to keep her safe..."

The King smirked, "I am well aware of this..." he began to chuckle..."My son the martyr who was ready to die for a woman...I never thought I'd see the day! Good thing I drilled the fear of that law into you..."

Arnav's angry shield cracked and he finally grinned..."Yeah I still am quite  aghast as to how well you fooled me...and how well my wife broke me..."

"Ugh...women..." the king leaned against the brick wall..."I swear, if it was anything like what happened to me, then I do completely understand. Because I was thriving mad at losing my damn control..."

Giving a light laugh, Arnav said, "oohhh yeah..."

A hard knock on the door interrupted again...

"Enter."

The guard reentered, "Sire, Extra security has been initiated, and all defence protocol systems are in place."


Arnav nodded, "Good. Make sure you are ALL constantly alert, and if ANYTHING is discovered, I want to know. My wife's safety is literally ALL you all need to remember..."


"Yes Sir."

And the Sentry left.

Arnav punched the wall..."Fucking shit..."

"Whoa! Arnav!" the King tried to get his attention..."All is in place! She will be fine son!"

Swinging around, Arnav felt tears sting even as his fury rose higher, "It's only been 18 months! She's only JUST starting to relax after an entire childhood and and life of being a poor degraded servant...Why now!?"

Arnav's temper had now crossed a line, as his voice turned cold. "I am taking control of this."

The King crossed his arms, "Ok...I know you. Don't start to let your anger get the better of you. We don't know for sure yet if this man is after Khushi, and if and when we do, she is PROTECTED. So CALM YOURSELF DOWN."

Taking a deep breath, Arnav merely nodded, but his jaw was ticking..."I'll be calm...But what I said stands...I am taking control...I need to be alert. We are here for two more days...and this is now MY fight."

The King even felt wary of Arnav's tone..."Son, she will be alrigh-"

"FUCKING RIGHT SHE WILL." he boomed out, "I am now going to my post..."

Rolling his eyes, he knew his son was now set on his decision..."Son, I respect and even admire the lengths you're going to, but at least tell Khushi the reason for your change in attitude...Trust me, " he took a deep sigh..."women will notice..."

He grumbled, "She can notice all she wants...I need her safe...and two days of her attitude is a small price to pay for her protection."


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



"Just give him some breathing room..." the queen said reassuringly, "I have no idea why my husband and your husband have been brooding angry dictators these past few days..."

Khushi held her mother in law's hand..."I am sorry...I truly don't even know what I have done to upset him so..."

Taking Khushi's arm, she pulled her to sit in front of the mirror, "Don't say that. YOU have nothing to apologise for. I don't know what they are planning, but I do know this, that you are not to blame...now..." the queen smiled, "Tonight last night here, and we are going to get swept away in the excitement of the preparations."

Khushi's lips finally morphed into a beaming grin, "I would love that..."

"Good! Because you're going to love what the Duchess has planned!"

And Khushi certainly indulged in all of the girly afternoon festivities...

The decadent relaxing bath before perusing the wardrobe put at her disposal, running her fingers overs the silky material of the clothes worn by the royal women.

She finally settled on a beautiful green dress that molded her curves perfectly and that tied at her neck, leaving her shoulders and most of her back bare.

"Oh Arnav won't like this..." she smiled deviously...

After two days of being ignored, she was going to get his attention the only way she knew how...

With 'barely there' makeup carefully applied and her hair loosely waving, she had felt ready for a fantastic final night.

She smiled, "Ok my prince, this evening will be magical, and will fix everything..."

Little did she know, the night was about to blow sky high...



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



Khushi tried to keep up.

Out of breath, she panted as she tried to jerk away from the fingers that clutched hers...

But the hold on her hand was tight and unyielding.

She could do nothing but follow.

Finally, Khushi was dragged around the corner of the hallway and basically thrown into the room she had spent the previous nights in...

The sound of the door slamming behind her only made her jaw clench tighter as she spun around.

Khushi turned just in time to see the prowling figure of her husband.

Her hair flew around her shoulders, her eyes blazing, and a fiery temper finally breaking loose...

Arnav could feel his self control slipping...

His need for her was flaming to life, demanding not to be ignored...

“What is your problem?!” she yelled emphatically, her question riding a ragged exhale...

Arnav was now sitting down on a chair in a corner of the room, arms crossed and a scowl on his face as he warred with his own rationality on whether to stay seated, or carry her to the bed and thrust into her until she didn't have the energy to walk again that night...

His head snapped up momentarily to the doorway from where she was glaring at him, before going back to scowling at a spot on the wall as though it had personally offended him.

“I don't need to explain myself Khushi.” he snarled in return.

“Like hell you don’t! You were rude to everyone in there. They put this gala together to thank us! After 2 days of being a nervous angry idiot, would it kill you to at least try to be civil for an hour or two?”

She could see his entire frame coiled, almost ready to attack...

“I never asked for any bloody recognition, not in a manner so PUBLIC, they just let 'anyone' in!” he gritted out, jaw clenched.

"ANYONE!? You mean the people who have been treating us SO kindly? AND there are guards, sentries, and staff EVERYWHERE! So I ask again...WHAT is your problem!?"

She could see his fists tightening, gripping his suit jacket so strongly that she was sure it would rip.

He remained quiet, but his brain was overloaded...

The absence of her, and being able to touch her, was impacting him like physical pain...

“Nothing!?" she seethed...

Silence.

"Well, guess what...I don't know why you dragged me here, but I'm going back to this party... Please DO stay here, I wouldn’t want to make you suffer through all the fun people were having. So enjoy your boredom...SIR...

Hearing that once familiar term come from her lips had him springing to his feet faster than an attacking lion.

His chair tumbled to the ground in the forcefulness of his movement.

Arnav's hand closed around her wrist as he expertly twisted it behind her back and moved her back a long stride..."You call me that again...and you'll be reminded of ALL the ways I am your husband until you pass out on that bed behind you!"

Khushi felt herself grow moist as her hunger for him was fierce...

But he instantly released her, as the heat of her skin was branding itself into his blood, making him forget every reason he was avoiding her...

Feeling tossed aside, her hands curled into fists as she glared...

For a moment she thought he was going to realize his need for her, but seeing him back away infuriated her...

"MOVE." she ordered him in a low tone...

“You are NOT leaving this room...” his voice held intense warning...

“Oh yes I am!” she snapped...

He strode forwards, eyes resolutely ignoring her, successfully pushing her further back into the room..."If you think that I don't have ways of restraining you, you can guess again..."

Khushi almost laughed as her brittle words cut into him..."Your caveman antics may have secured me as your wife, but why are you doing this!? I don't know what is going on!"

Arnav could see his wife getting angrier by the second, and she tried to side step to pass by him.

Taking a large stride to cross the threshold, he grabbed the door handle and locked it before leaning against it, arms crossed.

“What the hell has gotten into you! You are basically holding me prisoner!” she screamed...

At the mention of the word Prisoner, Arnav froze...

His gaze finally snapped up to look her in the eye.

He had his best glare directed at her, the one she had seen many men cower under.

And it almost worked on her for a moment...

“Arnav... get out of my way,” she growled.

Loving her defiance, he felt his body quicken.

But NEEDING her safety, he roared... "NO.”

"Arnav! Let me OUT!"

"NO." he repeated steadily, glaring back at her in defiance...“If you want to get past me, you’ll have to shove me away yourself! And you know you damn well can't do that!”

Her sobriety disappeared and anger raged through her as she lifted her hand and slapped him across the face hard...

Paling rapidly, her hand covered her open mouth as she backed away, her heart hammering inside her chest...

To her surprise, Arnav's eyes lit up as he gave her an easy smile as he stalked towards her...

"You think your husband, the most ruthless and well trained warrior ever bred will be put off by a mere touch like that?"

But the look of terror in her eyes made his amusement fade instantly...

"I...I'm sorry..." she rasped out..."Forgive me...

Her voice sounded so small and haunted, so full of anxiety that it nearly killed him...

He took a step forwards and she recoiled immediately uttering..."Please...don't hurt me..."

Arnav's heart fractured seeing her fear of him...

"...I'm sorr-"

She never got to complete her sentence because his arm shot out and slid behind her back, hauling her into him before she could even think of protesting.

Khushi's body slammed against him so hard that her breath was knocked from her lungs...

Her words were instantly swallowed up as his lips crashed down on hers.

This wasn't a soft kiss, but intense, furious, his lips hard and desperate against hers...

It became a battle, their mouths fighting for ground, warring for control.

Gripping her ferociously, his words were a command through his open gasping mouth..."Don't you EVER...EVER think I would hurt you...I would NEVER..."

Arnav released her, but only for a milisecond, as he hauled her roughly against him, and in two strides he had her pinned against the wall...

Instantaneously, her legs went up around him, her dress bunching up around her thighs, and her arms re-circling his neck to steady herself...

Khushi forgot everything and kissed him back with everything she had...

The kiss turned wild as anger and fear fled...

She wound her arms around him, clutching the back of his jacket, her nails raking against the fabric.

Suddenly a loud knocking tore them apart...

He held her tight, panic quickly shaking him...

But his body was standing at attention, primed to attack any possible onslaught...

Seeing his alarm, Khushi's heart kicked into high gear...

"He's...he's scared...Oh my God...he is genuinely scared...?"

She threaded her fingers through his hair and felt his constraint soften slightly ..."Shhh...It's ok...It's just the guard..."

"Sir? I heard banging is everything alright? We are still trying to locate the Bar-"

"Not one more word!" Arnav boomed out from the room...


He didn't want Khushi to know anything about the threat she was under...

The guard went silent.

"Continue with your orders, we are safe in here."

Khushi was still staring into his eyes, her breaths coming too fast and her heart pounding hard against her ribs...

And then Arnav was looking back at her, his eyes half lidded and filled with desire and uneasiness...

"Arnav, please...talk to me..."

At her words, he leaned closer, so she was pressed even more firmly against the wall...

"I'm sorry..." he whispered, his mouth dropping to her neck, his lips pressing soft kisses to the sensitive skin there..."I love you...I need you safe..."

"Arnav, please tell me what's going on..."

Khushi's voice was weakened, her body betraying her, arching to get closer...

"I...I can't let anything happen to her...I can't..." his mind raged over and over...

"Arnav...it's alright, we can talk about this later...Why don't we go back to the party-"

His heart was racing as he interrupted her..."No... You're not leaving this room."

Stung by his insistence on her remaining here, and his unwillingness to explain, she tried to pull back but had nowhere to go...

"But-"

His pelvis propelled into hers..."You aren't leaving this room!"

"What's WRONG with you!? You won't explain! You won't let me leave! You won't open up to me! Do I mean nothing?! Do you care THAT little!?"

Her words tore at his heart and the last of his self control...

His head lifted slowly from her neck until his blazing eyes trapped hers...

Leaning in even closer, which she didn't think was possible but somehow he managed, she felt his strong hard body press hard against her...

His expression was now contorting to a scowl that shook her...

An angry sound rattled at the back of his throat...

Khushi swallowed hard, suddenly regretting her words...

His voice was low and alarming as he said..."Khushi...for a second there... it sounded like you said that you meant 'nothing' to me...that I cared LITTLE for you..."

"Ar...Arnav...I didn't mean it like that...I just..."

"Khushi..." he said menacingly...

She could see him trying like mad to keep his anger under control...

Her eyes flashed with a mixture of hunger, apprehension and fear...

She took a deep breath and tried to reason with him..."Arnav...I have left you and the King to your business...for two entire days...I haven't disturbed you... I recall you mentioning a relaxing romantic holiday, but I've hardly seen you! Except for meals and social visits and even THEN your mind was elsewhere..."

Arnav heard her saddness, making his soul instantly shrivel...

Any pain of hers was felt intensely by himself...

His silence was intimidating her...

She knew how much power her husband had...

"Now..." she continued carefully..."As far as I know, we were all having a grand time, even you...I think... I saw you with that scientific advisor, talking animatedly together. You hadn't let my hand go all night...we danced...I finally felt close to you...then as the orchestra began to play the next song your eyes changed...they flashed so bright I had to blink...you looked like you'd seen a ghost, pulling me close and taking me from the room screaming and yelling obscenities at everyone in our way...So...please...please tell me what the hell happened?”

His throat did and angry growl again...

Running her fingers through his hair, trying to calm him, she asked again..."Please?"

“...you saw my eyes..."

Khushi barely heard him...

She was about to respond when he yelled..."YOU SAW MY EYES KHUSHI! Why didn't you see my fear then?!"

He snapped his mouth closed, as though he hadn’t meant to say what he had, but it was too late.

Khushi's eyes widened in understanding before narrowing back at him.

“Fear?”

Berating himself inwardly, he tried to back track..."This is not your concern..."

"What...what aren't you telling me...?"

"Khushi..." his tone sounded plagued...

"Arnav! You will tell me now! Or is this just a game to you?!” she yelled as she tried to push him away...

“GAME?!" He wanted to yell..."Damn it Khushi, I'm not playing fucking games with you..." his voice was now holding a dangerous edge..."I've been through this with you before, and I HAVE to stop it..."

"...stop WHAT?!"

Arnav was silent again, the muscle in his cheek jumping showing how livid he was...

"...Arnav..."

Nothing.

His silence did it.

She lost it.

Now a wildcat, Khushi began to push, her legs dropping to the ground as she tried with all her might to get free...

She smacked her palms against his shoulders but her moves were ineffectual.

She struggled to get away from him, but it wasn't happening, no matter how hard she tried...

Finally her fight dwindled and she sagged against the wall..."I'm your WIFE...and I'll say it again...Do I mean so little that you can't open up to me anymore?"

All she heard was a snarl, and then fury like she'd never heard before laced his voice as he spoke...

"You...my wife...have the GALL to say you mean so little?! After I endure days of sheer fucking panic about YOUR safety!? After finding out the baron escaped!?" he shook her..."After spending that first night outside our room on CONSTANT alert!? After finding out the fucking baron WAS after you!?'

His voice was now choked up..."After finding out he might be HERE tonight with the entire kingdom showing up!? Allowing ANYONE in?! I have hardly slept! I've been losing my mind not being near you! Not being able to touch you! But I needed to secure your safety!"

Khushi's face turned ashen as the reality of his words sunk in...

She was now well and truly scared.

Every muscle in her body had locked into place with tension and fear.

"No Khushi, I made a vow to you, that you are protected by ME..." His unblinking eyes cut into her in an unrelenting stare that sent shivers down her spine..."This is why you are safe right now...because I have spent every bloody moment making sure that YOU are protected...that NOTHING happens to you..."

Arnav's gaze was molten lava, burning into hers...

But her next words were now cranking up the live electric moment...

"All this time!? All these nights!? You were standing guard outside this door?!"

He stiffened..."Yes."

"There are a MILLION guards Arnav! You couldn't come through the damn door to be with your wife?!?"

"Khushi," he snarled as his fingers dug into her waist..."I wanted to...my GOD I wanted to...but I did what I had to-"

She shoved at his chest...“Oh screw it with your excuses, will you! I wouldn't have been scared! I trust YOU! And you know what!? You can't prevent EVERYTHING! You can't stop things from happening!"

"I can FUCKING TRY!" he boomed at her...

Not even flinching, she said, "I know that you would do ANYTHING to keep me safe!"

"Damn Right I would!"

"So if anything happened, I wouldn't BLAME YOU! I know you would save me!"

He grew primal..."Ohhhh nothing is going to happen!"

With a desolate cry of frustration and anguish, she began to tear up..."God...I...I can't take this...I have been crazed for you...I have been wondering what I did wrong...and I...I can't take it anymore!"

His chest flared with pain hearing her sadness, "Khushi..."

“Don’t..." she keened as she tried to breathe..."please...no more...”

The words caught in her throat as she looked up at him.

His dark eyes locked on hers, intense, piercing.

Her thoughts stuttered to a halt as the hand that was tangled in her hair held her hard...

Their eyes locked for a moment more, and then his mouth was covering hers with a brutal kiss, her protests and sadness falling away as she returned his passion, their tongues clashing in a heated battle...

Khushi moaned at the sensations, her hands reaching around him to grasp the back of his coat.

He pulled away swiftly and rested his forehead against hers.

“Khushi,” he said hoarsely, "I have been going insane without you..."

She mewled, partly at the loss of contact and partly in frustration at his words, and moved forwards to capture his lips again.

Shut up,” she whispered as she moved her mouth over his.

Craving more contact, she pressed closer to him, a wave of heat washing over her as she felt something hard push against her lower body...undeniable proof that he was desperate for her...

He groaned and attached his lips against hers once more, finally kissing her with all the obsession he had held restrained before.

Wetness pooled quickly between her legs as she started grinding against him, unable to help herself.

He growled in response.

“Arnav...please...I'm safe...I'm with you...please...” she pleaded over his lips.

With some effort, he tore his mouth away from hers and tilted her head up, eyes locking on hers.

A thrill went through her at the sight of him... ruffled, lips red and glistening, eyes so dark and clearly full of want.

Her husband was beautiful.

She whimpered as she tried to reach for him again, but he kept her resolutely at bay.

“Listen carefully...” he panted. “I have been mindless with need for you...but I HAD to make sure you were protected...damn it I can't lose you...I CAN'T lose you..."

"But you won't..."

Arnav shook her..."Khushi are you SO blind as to dismiss an actual threat to our lives together!? This bastard wants to TAKE YOU AWAY!"

"Take me away...?"

"YES!"

"I..." she whimpered as tears began to fall over her cheeks..."I didn't..."

He didn't look away, his gaze searing into hers...

His expression was serious as he said, "You belong to ME, you are protected by ME..."

And before she could reply, he dipped his head and kissed her like the rest of the world could burn, because all that mattered was her...

Their torsos were crushed to each other, their lips pressed close, open mouths mingling, and their bodies entwined in a hold so tight that they couldn't break free even if they wanted to...

He opened her lips with his, demanding entrance for his tongue, and then he made love to her mouth...

Her sucked the breath from her like he needed the very air she breathed in order to survive, until she turned limp in his hands...

The power shifted and Khushi leaned into him, submitting like he needed her to, and only then did he let her mouth go.

Pulling the tied halter behind her neck, he yanked away her dress...

Her hands were already at his belt buckle and they wrestled to undress each other as fast as they could...

The second their bare bodies touched, Arnav held her close, lifting a hand to hold her cheek...

She flushed a dark shade of red...

He wanted to rid her of the tears, of the pain in her heart, make her forget every horrible thing that had ever happened to her...

But as he was thinking, Khushi sprung to life...

Pushing his shoulders, she harshly shoved him onto the bed...

Taken aback momentarily, his erection hardened painfully as she straddled him...

The scent of her arousal hit his senses, sending a sharp blast to his groin, and he quickly grabbed her thighs and pulled her naked body upwards to get her dripping core exactly where he wanted it...his mouth...

He wanted to go slow, but he hadn't bet on the depth of his need or his longing for his brave beautiful princess...

He craved her.

He wanted to devour every inch of her...

Twining his arms around her legs, he held her down and inhaled her feminine scent...

Her unique skin chemistry made her smell like honeysuckle and jasmine and desire...

Opening his mouth over her sex, he sucked softly...

She cried out, moving her hips forward, urging him to take more...

He flicked his tongue out to taste her.

She was dripping honey for him, and he was primative for it...

He lapped it up, licked her inside and out...

Her whimpers turned into moans, the soft gasps driving him crazy as he made love to her with his mouth...

He pushed his tongue into her with firm, deep thrusts, and felt her body shake as he alternated that with moving up to suck on her clitoris...

Gripping her hips, he kept her steady, because her body was shaking at the inteseness of his caresses...but that was his cue to make it even harder...

Keeping one hand on her hip, holding her firmly in place, he used the other hand to open her engorged folds...

She tried to move away, but he easily kept her in place as two long fingers slipped inside her...

Khushi arched her back as he started moving...

Her eyes were closed as she bit her lip, her hands now clenched on his shoulders...

The tension grew, her desire bolstering quickly through her veins...

"...M...More...More!" she begged, her breath catching...

He pushed his fingers deeper and she moaned louder...

She was soaked and slick, her sheath hot around his fingers as he curled in and out...

"Ar...Arnav...I can feel it..."

But the moment she spoke, he pulled out his fingers and spun her off him, pushing her down hard into the bed...

Wiping his mouth with the back of his hand, he pressed his hard throbbing phallus at her entrance...

His balls were so tight, shrinking higher with the need to burst...

Her eyes were wide open as he replaced his hands on her hips...

"That it sweetheart...look at me..."

He breathed harshly, trying to move slowly and not slam up like he wanted...

Moving his hands to her breasts, he felt how soft they were beneath his palms...

Her over sensitised nipples were pulsing...

"Ar...Arnav...ple...please...faster...please..."

She was fretting and at the point of begging...

"I LOVE how desperate you are for me..."

He moved painfully slow, working himself into her, sliding out an inch, and then pushing in a bit more...

By the time he was deep enough to touch her womb, she was sweating and shaking...

Her hands clutching to his forearms...

And he knew he couldn't hold back any longer...

Lifting her hips, he slid almost all the way out before pushing back in HARD.

He clenched his jaw and repeated...

He looked to where their bodies were joined.

He was stretching his wife, her beautiful sex...

"...m...mo...more..." her voice was barely there...

And he broke.

Leaning into her,  he braced her waist with on hand, and he took one of her nipples into his mouth and rammed her...

Faster and faster...

He angled himself, deepening the penetration, and sucked her other nipple, biting gently, tongue flicking...

Her panting gasps filled the air...

"oohhh God..." they screamed in unison

Her channel fluttered and she contracted hard, letting go of her worry and flying to the heavens with pleasure, her sheath milking his long erection as it spurted over and over into her shaking body...

"God she's beautiful when she climaxes..."

Wrapping his heavy arms around her, he ran his fingers over her silky skin...

He traced over her arms, her waist, her neck...

Shivers ran over her body as she broke out in goosebumps...

"I missed you-"

"So much..." he completed her sentence..."So damn much..."

And his lips brushed soft kisses over her face...

"Can we just stay like this forever?" she whispered...

Arnav smiled, "If only, my princess...But we need to talk..."

She stilled...

He held her tenderly as he withdrew his softening length from her wetness...

Arnav could feel her soft sigh of protest against his lips...

"Just hear me out sweetheart..."

"Arnav, I'm now exhausted, and too tired to fight you...I can only now beg, please tell m-"

He muffled her words with a hard kiss...

Once he pulled back he felt his loins stir again...

"I'm ABOUT to tell you Khushi...Just listen..."

Rolling his upper body off, he kept his arm fastened around her...

"The night we arrived, the first night, I had one of my men arrive to tell me that the baron wasn't in his cell..."

He was thankful she was quiet, as he didn't know how much strength he'd have if she began to cry...

"I'll admit to not handling that news too well...but my father was with me and tried to reassure me...first thing I did was to tighten security...and I withdrew to the lower barracks and briefed all my men, and my uncles men as to who to look out for."

Her lips parted, but she only did a small yawn, making him smile and kiss her forehead...

"I stood guard outside your room...when I had someone relieve my post, I napped in the chair, but didn't leave..."

Khushi frowned..."Arnav...why did you do this, there were guar-"

"Because I HAD to...I HAD to be the one to guard you...I have guarded the castle, the kingdom, the fucking ARMY and I was damn well going to guard you!"

Her hand was resting on his chest, heating his skin like wildfire...

"So..." she began cautiously...

"Go on sweetheart..."

"So how did you find out for sure?"

Arnav blinked long and hard and let out a sigh that held pain..."Last night...with the preparations for the party tonight, I was told that the castle would be accessible to all who were in this region...I was furious...but you and my mum..." he rubbed his forehead..."You were both so excited and...dad said the whole castle would be heavily secured...so I send out scouts to monitor all who entered the local towns and surrounding cities..."

"mmm..." she murmured, encouraging him to continue...

"Khushi...He had already entered...he's here...in this kingdom...I don't know where, but people had seen him...he had asked if we were here...asked when the final party was...asked if people had seen you..."

He drew her closer as his next words shook HIM to the core..."And he asked of hiding areas, and for supplies to help with an abduction..."

His fear for her was so strong that she could feel it...

"Arnav, I'm here...I'm safe..."

"Yes...Yes you are! Because on all those 'visits' to the locals, I was on full alert..."

Khushi snorted, "No wonder you looked so absentminded..."

"Absentminded!?" he growled...

"No..." her voice stuttered..."No I meant..."

He swooped in and kissed her and spoke against her lips..."I know what you meant my love..."

"So ..." she hesitated..."You saw him tonight?"

Arnav's eyes lurched...

Her breathing picked up....

"No no sweetheart, you were always with me...I was making sure of that...but yes...I'm sure I saw him...and as soon as I motioned my men to take him, he fucking disappeared..."

He let out an exasperated moan...

Moving her body closer, she ground against him..."I'm here...and we go home tomorrow morning..."

"Damn right we do...I've nearly lost my mind here...I need to get you home, in our room, in our bed...and you aren't going to leave till he's back in prison..."

"Arnav! I'm safe in the castle! For goodness sake that man is probably losing interest in me as we speak!"

His body was tensing more and more..."Losing interest!? You're the most beautiful, most alluring woman this land has ever known! I know what I have with you! And I'm going to protect it with my life!"

"I will too...do you think I've done all I have because I merely LIKE you?" she grinned and Arnav lifted his hand to hers that was still on his chest...

Khushi felt a twinge in her shoulder and, needing to stretch, she sat up but felt him grab her upper arms and whirl her around to face him...

"What the hell!? You aren't leaving this room Khushi! I thought I made that clear!"

She blinked at him, completely dumbfounded..."Leave!? HOW can I leave!"

Her sass and anger had returned with a vengance..."I'm naked! Drenched from our lovemaking! ...and now... utterly FURIOUS with you!"

Arnav's eyes burned a trail over her nakedness...

Khushi felt her cheeks getting redder, hanging in the silence between them...

After nearly a minute of total quiet, Arnav swifly threw her back down and moved over her, closing most of the space between them until she was forced to look up into his eyes...

"I love you beyond what words can describe...and I'm so happy that you are willing to stand up to me...that you have a strong spirit...you're a real pain in the ass...but my God I love you so much..."

Khushi's lips twisted to a half smile, half pout..."So now you offend AND compliment me in the same sentence?..."

His voice became gruff..."You need me to show you how much I love you again sweetheart?"

"Well, you do have two days to make up for..." her eyes were shy...

There was a short pause before his mouth stretched to a grin...

Then he was kissing her again, and there was nothing calm about it.

His arms slid around her, pulling her on top of him so she was sprawled across his chest...

Khushi wished she could sink into him and disappear...

Disappear...

"The baron is trying to take me..." 

The thought startled her so much that she planted her hands on his shoulders and tried to push herself up to look at him...

But he didn't let her.

His abs flexed as he leaned up, keeping his mouth fused to hers...

"Arnav..." she mumbled as his mouth drank from hers, ignoring her...

"Ar...Arnav I'm..."

His kisses cut off her words...

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

He only kissed her harder...

Sucking lightly on her lower lip, her thoughts grew foggy...

Her fingers were digging into his biceps when he bit down on her lip, making her mind frazzle with static.

When he pulled back, his eyes were dark with passion, darker than she'd ever seen...

They were both panting hard, their faces so close that his breath fanned against her lips...

She opened her mouth to speak but for the life of her, she couldn't remember what to say...

He stared at her for a moment, trying to read the expression on her face and whatever he saw there made him hold her tighter..."It's alright my love, you're safe, and yes...maybe I should have told you...but I'm far from perfect, and the first and only thing I thought of doing was protecting you..."

Leaning down, their lips touched as he spoke, she could feel each word as they rumbled through his chest and out of his mouth...

"Khushi...I won't hide anything from you again...but please know that I didn't do ANY of this to hurt you...After nearly losing you that first time...I...I couldn't see you go through that again...fuck I can't go through that again either..."

Taking a shaky breath, she spoke quietly..."I'm...sorry for what I said..."

Stripped of patience, his voice was rough as he said, "I don't care what you said, Enough talking!"

His mouth closed over hers again, and this time, Khushi didn't fight it.

She let her prince kiss her, devour her, until there was nothing left in the world except their bodies, their mixed breaths, in their dark room...

Without warning,  Arnav spun over her and speared his rock hard phallus into her body...

It was a shot of pure oxygen into the embers of the slow-burning passion that had been smouldering...

In that second, they were sucked into a blaze so hot they were burning up with it...

She keened loud on a harsh intake of breath...

Khushi's hands gripped his shoulders as her legs fell open wider, her body's plea for his total penetration...

And Arnav groaned low in his throat...

Dropping his body to hers, he shoved one arm beneath her back, and gripped her neck and hair with his other hand...

Now pressing her hard into the bed, he was a solid wall of heat, stealing the breath from inside her...

As his pelvis began to thrash against hers, she could feel her gspot filling quickly with fluid...

No longer able to process any other sensory input, Khushi gave her mind and body to her husbands passion...

Arnav's eyes were feverish as he lowered his face to hers and kissed her with abandon...

She was starting to shake, her whole frame now out of control...

Gasping for air, she took in a deep breath as Arnav flexed his arm beneath her back...

Digging her nails into his shoulders, she pushed back into the mattress to escape the impending sensation...

"No...Khushi...I will never hurt you...and you KNOW you love this...NOW, LOOK AT ME!"

Her glazed eyes blinked into his...

Arnav pumelled her hard, moving out, only thrusting back in deeper...

Khushi cried out with urgency..."Oh my God! Yes! Please...I need it..."

She tried to take more deep breaths, but it sounded more like she was hyperventilating...

"Close your eyes now my princess...trust me..." he whispered

And he kept his gaze fixed on her as he pulled at her back and upshot his thrust with fervor...

For a second she couldn't utter a sound, not even a scream...

She shook as the severe sensations coiled through her...

Arnav's length was pushed out as her channel gushed...

But Arnav didn't give her time to focus on the harshness of her orgasm as he almost immediately slammed back inside her, igniting more jets of fluid to squirt ruthlessly around his flesh...

"Holy Shit, you feel...oh GOD you feel amazing..."

His head jerked back as he uttered low moans, his own breathing erratic...

The orgasms he gave her were from deep carnal pleasure, from a love so great that it overtook their hearts...

Khushi's senses began to return and she could almost hear the blood gush in her ears...

Her cries were now echoing around him...

"Yes my sweetheart," he hissed...

"Oh..." she ground out..."It's...Arnav...It's coming...again..."

She was falling deep into an inferno of pleasure that was nearly burning her alive...

Every penetration was as though he was touching her very soul...

It was building inside her...

He could feel it...

She was breathing so acutely...

Her inner muscles were fluttering hard, coming back to life with a new sensitivity...

"Oh...no...I can't-" her eyes widened at the intensity...

Gripping her face, he commanded her stare..."You think you have a choice?..."

His words sucked her further under as she realized this time was going to be even harder that the first...

"Ar...Arnav..." her voice filled with fear...

"I've got you sweetheart...Always...no matter what...you are MINE..."

His expression shifted from tender concern to one of male possession, of a predator ready to tear apart the world to keep her safe...

This raw hunter part of her husband only came to the surface when his world was threatened...

And Khushi was his world...

He could feel her muscles tense in preparation for this explosion...

Arnav grounded out..."MINE!" as he finally let go of his restraint...

He moved deep...so fast...making love to her so insanely that he had to hold her tighter to keep her body in place...

She saw it in his eyes, his release stretching...stretching...

His jaw muscles bunched as he kept his arm continually flexed under her...

And it happened...

Khushi's mouth opened , and she convulsed with a deafening howl as she orgasmed so violently that her sheath spurted out her ejaculate incessantly...

Arnav's groan resounded around them as her body contracted forcefully hard...

He continued to penetrate her with the last of his strength..."Yes...yes...my wife..."

And his phallus jerked with spasms of ecstasy that shook him harder than ever...

Heaving for breath, he felt his scrotum tighten as semen shot out of his penis faster than a bullet...

"Oh Godddd..." he moaned over and over...

Flooding her channel with his semen, he pressed as deep inside her as he could go...

His senses were completely scrambled...

As he came back to reality, his thoughts were reprimanding himself...

"Fuckkk...Get yourself back under control....be alert!" 

He saw that she was now passed out beneath him...

"Damn...I've never..." he tried to catch his breath as he withdrew the arm he had tucked beneath her and held her face gently, kissing her lips gently..."I've never lost so much control in my life..."

Arnav tried to pull out slowly, but her muscles were still quivering with the after shocks of her pleasure...

Posession filled him anew...

Knowing how heavy he was, he turned, bringing Khushi's body with him...

He remained inside her...

"Screw it, I'd rather remain buried inside you forever...My wife..." he said as he held her closer...

She shivered and he pulled the blanket over their bodies...

With a feeling of pure love, he claimed her lips, kissing her long and soft until he felt her lips part beneath his...

He pulled back and watched her beautiful face, her lidded eyes...

"Do you know how much power you have over me?"

Smoothing her black hair from her forehead, he leaned in and kissed her again...

"Do you have any idea how completely you possess me?"

Khushi smiled softly..."I love you...that's all I know..."

Arnav swooped in fast as his mouth caressed hers long and slow...

He revelled in the way her tongue tangled with his, and imprinted her every impression in his mind...

When he finally pulled away, his expression was gentle..."Sleep well my princess, and I'm truly sorry for not telling you all this soon, and making you miss the party..."

She weakly slapped his chest and rolled her eyes..."I don't...don't care about the stupid party...I..." she yawned..."I just wanted you..."

Holding her more tightly in his arms, he said, "You have me...you're the only person to ever possess me...sleep sweetheart...we have to be up in a few hours..."

Her forehead wrinkled, "A few hours..." she yawned...

"We're getting a head start...we will stop at the vineyard halfway to eat and drink..."

She blinked...

Arnav felt a small laugh bubble up from within him..."You're so beautiful..."

And she drifted away to dreams...



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



Arnav woke up to the sight of his naked wife standing at the foot of the bed.

"Holy Shit..."

His groggy voice was now lathered with sexual intent...

Khushi smirked..."So His Highness is awake...good...You can help me pack..."

His eyes glinted, and was ready to play her game...

Throwing the covers back, he saw her pupils dilate when she caught sight of his raging erection...

His soft chuckle had her stiffen and purse her lips, as though ready to defy him...

But as he rounded the bed, he took 5 seconds to let her prepare herself, and then grabbed her hips and threw her onto the bed...

Flipping her onto her knees, he pulled her back towards the edge...

Her shreiks were thrilling him and cranking up his need...

Grabbing his penis, he brushed it against her opening...

"Take me..."

Her demand was breathy and hardened his phallus to the point of pain...

And he instantly buried himself inside her, her body tight around his...

Lowering his chest to her back, he wrapped her in his arms and pulled her up so her back was pinned to his chest as he took her hard...

Breathing against her hair, he spoke close to her ear..."Goodmorning my love..."

He was grunting as he impaled her over and over...

"Goodmor-" she screamed.."More! MORE!!!"

He drove into her as he yanked her fiercely against him and held her still with one arm wrapped around her breasts, and the other slowly slipping downwards between her legs...

Her clitoris was slick and swollen as he teased her...

He knew her as if she were his very soul...

"Two days...TWO DAYS...!" she snarled...

He smiled against her hair and bit her neck, his pace becoming punishing...

"I'll make up for it...you have MY WORD..."

His promise pushed her over the edge and she came undone in his arms...

"Arnav...Yes...YES!"

Her body quiverred and he held her tight to his chest as his own orgasm also shot through him like a raging storm...

He stilled...

Neither of them moved as they both felt her contracting muscles, and his erection pulsing hot semen deep inside her, marking her as his once more...

Finally she took a deep breath..."Oh...my...I've missed you..."

Slowly pulling out of her, he turned her in his arms and cradled her close..."If you think that those two days were easy for me, you are utterly mistaken...and as for my promise..." he opened his mouth over hers, kissing her passionately..."I promise to make you orgasm so hard and so often that can't focus without my touch...that your body is so far gone under my control that you climax when I merely speak...your...name..."

She shook with awareness...

When it came to their lovemaking, not only was Arnav dominant, which was something she loved and needed, he was also mind-blowingly, earth-shatteringly amazing...

He was sweet, considerate, and loving while still taking charge.

He had the ability to tear the clothing from her body and ravish her...

Thrust inside her till she couldn't stand straight...

And all while proving that she was safe and loved so fiercely ...

His next words had her jumping out of her thoughts...

"Didn't you want me to help pack?"

Her lips parted in surprise..."THAT'S what you're thinking about?!"

Arnav's jaw tightened, the tension in him visible in every muscle of his body..."Not. At. All..."

And the intention in his expression was clear...

He was her Alpha, smoking hot, tall, muscular, gorgeous husband...

Leaning into her, he pressed kisses along the length of her neck, scraping his teeth over her pulse so she couldn't help but let out a needy moan...

Pulling her close, she was pressed against his firm body, and her reaction was immediate...

She swung over him and took his massive erection into her body...

"Ohhhh damn..." he groaned...

Holding her down, he pulled away just enough to look at her, before catching her mouth in a greedy kiss that rocket right through her, her clitoris  pulsing and her nipples throbbing against his chest...

Arnav didn't think it was possible to get any harder than he already was...

When he pulled back and slammed back in, he swall0wed her needy moans in a hungry kiss..

With his mouth on hers, he gripped her waist and lifted her up and down, helping her ride him...

She rocked her hips, the feel of her husband filling her becoming too much...

"...Arnav...I want to come again! Please!"

He broke away from their kiss to suck at her nipples, flicking his tongue across her nerve endings, making her back arch...

Her fingers knotted in his hair as he quickened his thrusts as she tried to keep up...

"Please..."

Arnav tightened his grip  and pinned her against him to keep her from moving...

"Not yet..."

She screamed and tugged on his hair, bucking her hips in response...

He swore under his breath, her defiance nearly had him coming then and there...

Lifting her up off him, he twisted their joined bodies and dropped his weight onto her...

Holding her hands beside her head, he withdrew...

Her body shook with the knowledge of his impending penetration...

"Arnav!" she complained with fury, trying to get him back inside her...

And he thrust.

She screamed.

The determination on his face was now acute...

He slowly pulled out...

"Again...Oh my God...again...again..."

The effect she had on him was something he never thought he'd ever experience...

This woman had owned him the very second he set eyes on her...

"ARNAV!!!!" she screamed as he impaled her again...

Each thrust was hard and intense, but with a long pause in between...

Arnav was struggling to hold onto any semblance of control, the energy of his own orgasm building inside him at torrid lengths...

Her frantic whimpers were echoing in the cavernous room, spurring him on...

"Fuck...I can't do it..." he snarled...

He pounded her.

And she felt him deep inside her, and the far recesses of her soul, until there was nothing else between them but their joining of hearts...

His pace was now unstoppable as she felt the hammering force of her climax about to burst...

Swooping in, he pressed his open mouth to hers, "I love you Khushi, I'll ALWAYS love you......come for me...I've got you...you're safe..."

And just like that, he pushed her over the edge, her orgasm crashing through her as she shattered in his arms, his name on her lips...

After another hard thrust, he exploded, shooting his seed inside his wife as he held her tightly to him, his breathing ragged and heart racing...

"I love you Arnav...you are my absolute everything..."

Realizing how true her statement was had tears spilling over her cheeks...

"Damn...don't cry...I can't take it..." he kissed her tears away, cradling her against him...

"I do want to say something though..."

His focus was completely on her as he nodded..."I'm sorry for bringing this problem into your li-"

"DON'T. YOU. DARE."

She tried again..."But I've made your life so-"

Jerking her still-shuddering body closer, he glared at her..."You have made my life worth living Khushi..."

And then he kissed her so softly, she sighed...

"I can face anything, as long as I have you..."

She blushed, which seemed strange considering their amorous activity..."You will always have me..."


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



The land was still covered with early morning darkness...

And Arnav had an unsteady feeling inside his heart...

But they arrived at the winery and were enjoying a luxurious meal...

"Oh my I can't eat anymore..." Khushi smiled and leaned into her husband...

Arnav's hand held hers beneath the table, his fingers drifting lazily over hers...

"You're a little eating machine this morning aren't you...?" he chuckled.

Her eyes narrowed and she squeezed his hand..."Well, someone gave me a workout...didn't he...?"

His eyes flashed with passion and he slipped his hand between her thighs, inches away from touching her sex..."Wait till we get home then...I guarantee, you'll scream down the walls with the orgasms I'm going to give you..."

Arnav saw her lips part and face flush...

Not thinking or caring who was watching, he moved fast and kissed her, their lips brushing over and over...

The sound of someone clearing their throat made them slowly break the kiss...

And even though Arnav was entranced by her, he heard his mother start to speak...

"If you're quite done Arnav, I believe I was talking to your wife..."

Shifting in his seat, he clicked his tongue and gave an coy smile..."we...we were..."

"I can SEE what you were doing..." she grinned and rolled her eyes then turned her attention back to Khushi..."So sweetie, if we both go back first, then we can get a headstart on the decorations..."

The change of subject was a relief to her rising embarassment...

"Oh that sounds wonderful..." Khushi said smiling, "I'm actually really excited! I've never furnished a room before...ever..."

The queen's eyes were tender and she beamed, "I want YOU to choose everything! You will absolutely love this!"

Arnav felt his heart tug...

The two most important women in his life loved each other so much...

"My beautiful wife...God please don't let anyone take her from me..."

Seeing a quick movement from the corner of his eyes, he noticed that his father was motioning to him, tilting his head in one direction...

Lifting Khushi's hand, he kissed her fingers and leaned in to whisper against her cheek, "I'll be right back sweetheart..."

Khushi's blush sent electricity through his body and before he lost control, he scooted out of his chair and walked to his father...

"Do we have more information?"

The King tried to speak mid-yawn, "Well there's only so much we can do while it's still dark...You should have heard your mother's complaints about getting up to early..." he chuckled, "And now look at her, happy as punch...moody woman..."

Arnav tried not to laugh, "And you say you love her?"

The King's body hardened, "Oh you know very well how much I love your mum...Do I have to embarrass you with too much information again?"

"Ohhh Father, after this completely life-changing two years, I don't think you could surprise me anymore..."

The King smirked..."I guess it would be amiss then to inform you that you were conceived under a table, and above it was an entire dining room full of guests?"

Arnav's jaw dropped and his face went as red as a strawberry..."Holy Shit Dad!"

His father laughed out loud, "Okay, this isn't what I brought you over to discuss...I managed to convince your mother to leave with Khushi in the luggage trail that departs before us, as to ward off any possible danger with attacks..."

Still shaking off how the hell his father pulled off his conception, he grunted and said, "ah...okay...well...Yeah..."

The King snapped his fingers in Arnav's face, "Hello? I guess you're wondering how to compete with the dining room escapade for the conception of my grandchildren?"

Arnav now burst into laughter, "Damn this is so messed up...but I will take up that challenge gladly..."

The King smirked, "Alright, back to business...so...the plan?"

"Yes..." Arnav turned serious..."Yes, I like it. Anything to ensure her safety...the sun will be up soon, so how about they start out...?"

"Good idea, I'll give the order...will give me a chance to boss your mother around again..."

And he walked away giving a chuckle...

As they returned to their wives, Arnav still felt unsteady, sensing that something wasn't right...

But he knew his nerves were on fire and tried to shake the feeling.

"Alright," Khushi said with a smile..."I'll just use the bathroom and meet you at the carriage?"

"Wonderful sweetie," the queen said as she grabbed the kings hand...

Arnav quickly pulled Khushi's close, "I won't be far behind...when you get home, stay in the castle...please?"

Her hand lifted to his face, "I promise...it's all okay Arnav...no matter what, I'm yours, and I know you will do anything to keep me safe..."

His lips crashed to hers..."You damn well remember that..."

And he watched as she disappeared into the bathroom...

The winery was now quiet, not a big surprise considering the early hour.

He waited for a moment, the feeling of unease rising, until he heard Corey, the second in command for the Army, call for him...

Taking one last look back, he marched to the guard standing at the entrance...

"Sir, something just doesn't feel right..."

Arnav raked his hand through his hair, "Oh thank God someone else feels same...I don't know what the hell it is, but..."

"Your right-hand man Jacob has taken some men to scout the outer parts of the land, but most have either returned to secure the castle or are standing guard out front here...

Arnav saw how few winery staff there were around now, and looked back into the building behind him...

This winery had large wooden doors, thick dank brick walls and lower cellars...

It was as safe as could be...unless...

"Unless someone got here first..." he ground out...his fear was now torrential..."Corey, Bring the men around and remain alert...something ISN'T right..."


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


As Khushi slightly fixed her hair in the mirror the torchlight began to flicker and her heart skipped...

Sudden fear gripped her as she heard the two outer stall doors slam open...

Instantly faced with two tall men, she tried to scream when one of them covered her mouth with a soaked cloth...

She couldn't breathe...

Fighting against her attacker, her head was spinning as the men dragged her from the room.

The last thing she saw was her husband out front speaking to a guard, and then everything went black...



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



Arnav hurried back to where he left Khushi...

"Khushi?" he knocked on the door but it started to swing open...

"Fuck..." he didn't care anymore...

He barged in and hit the doors...

She was nowhere...

Before he could scream, a waiter from the upper restaurant walked past..."Your Highness?"

"My wife...have you seen her!? This is fucking important!"

"She...I saw her being taken out back, to the cellars...I assumed they were your men..."

Urgency rose drastically fast, his chest being stifled with anxiety.

He disappeared as he pushed through heavy iron doors towards the back rooms...

His heart was thundering inside him, as unadulterated panic filled his body...

Running rapidly past cases and barrels of wine, he finally saw two men standing towards the back...

"You! Have you seen-"

But his words were cut off as their arms restrained him,  and the men began to tow him into the large iron room that was used for pressing the grapes...

He was able to break any hold, aand was close to doing it until he heard a familiar, sick voice...

"Stop moving or you'll watch your wife die!"

He stilled instantly...

And less than a second later, the baron appeared before him...

Arnav was now a murderous savage...

The expression bared a snarl...

The look on his face feral and eclipsed by hatred...

"Where is my wife..." his tone was icy, one that was only used when someone waas about to be slaughtered...

"Oh you mean, MY posession? The woman I paid for?"

The men holding the prince felt his muscles ripple and fear began to spread through them...

"WHERE IS MY WIFE..."



.......



Khushi's head throbbed.

Her body ached as if she were sick.

She tried to focus only to have the memory of the attack slam brutally into her mind...

But a full blown shudder spasmed its way into her as she heard her husband's commanding words..."WHERE IS MY WIFE..."

The sickening laughter that ensued only struck her with more fear as she was grabbed by the hair and neck and yanked upwards, purging a shrill scream from her throat...

Arnav's face was now crippled with dread..."Khushi..."

And he began to fight once more...

His body took on a terrifying strength as he broke free of his captors...

"FREEZE OR I END HER!"

Arnav had almost reached them when he was once again restrained...

The baron shoved her carelessly behind him and her back hit the wall hard making her moan...

Arnav's jaw ticked as the baron glared...

"Got your attention then Prince?! You make a move towards her and I'll end her so fast you won't EVER get to her in time..."

The snarls that were coming from within Arnav were inhuman...

Khushi was now shaking, moans coming out of their own volition...

"I think this one will be a good fuck..."

And he growled a sound so chilling that the men who held him back stared in shock..."You touch her, you lay ONE finger on her and I will kill you with my bare hands..."

Laughing, he regripped Khushi and dragged out a dagger..."Oh you want to threaten me!?"

Arnav's eyes were black..."No threat. Fact. You're a dead man."

"Well I've got Khushi now..." he laughed as his knife was now pressing against Khushi's stomach...

When the baron said her name, if felt like spikes down Arnav's spine...

Her eyes were on her husband as she finally gathered the courage to speak..."Ar..Arna-ARGGHH!"

She screamed as he dug his fingers and nails hard into her neck...

Struggling, Arnav's voice was strangled..."NO! God...STOP! Just STOP! What do you want!? Just ask!  Fuck I'll give you anything..."

The baron laughed sadistically, "Oh so you're willing to bargan now?! Well guess what your Highness!? I HAVE what I want...This little waste of life here..." he shook Khushi who was now heaving, trying to dull the pain...

Arnav was losing it, "Money!? Freedom!? Just tell me! I'll give it! Just give her BACK to me!"

The baron began to back up, pulling Khushi along with him..."I HAVE what I want! You don't GET her back! It's a shame you won't be there when I start hurting her...again..."

Arnav's voice was now cracking as he broke one man's hold once more, "You fucking BASTARD! I swear, if you-"

The baron lifted his dagger,  "You wanna watch as I run her through!"

"Don't do this..." Arnav pleaded as he was forced to remain still...

"Arnav..." she breathed

All color drained from his face...

She had said his name so damn sadly that his chest blasted with pain...

The tears on her cheeks now flashed in the darkness...

"No Khushi...I'm here sweetheart..."

"Yeah well she won't be soon..."

Arnav was shrouded with untame fury and tackled his captors but halted instantly when the baron pushed the hard edge of the knife at her ribcage...

"You want me to do it!? I'LL FUCKING DO IT!"

Rage was stabbing through Arnav and it was all he could do not to barrel forwards...

"ENOUGH! Just...just hurt ME instead!..."

"Oh you're willing to die AGAIN for this piece of shit?!"

"You mean this woman who has my heart!? The one I would do goddamn ANYTHING for!? I would lay down my life for her...She is MINE not yours!"

And a sinnister laugh bolstered forth..."Oh I paid for this thing!" he shook Khushi..."And I plan on getting my money's worth!"

Arnav was now a primal beast who was going to make this man pay..."Let me make myself clear...If you touch her, harm even a hair on her head I will butcher you so badly that no one will ever find you!"

The baron's eyes dripped with evil as he looked to the men he had paid off...

They both drew out knives and held them to his neck...

"Kill him once I've left..."

"No! NOOOOOOO!" Khushi's screamed piercingly...

And as his wife was hauled out the door behind them, the last thing he saw was her shattered eyes as they screamed out each other's names...


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


"NO! NO!!!!! Khushi!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

His roaring was now taking on an barbarous strength as he shoved at the men holding him...

With precise moves, he wrenched their arms away from him, hearing a snap, erasing their grip...

Blood was now roaring in his ears as he grabbed the knife from one and stabbed the man that was trying to regain control...

He then lashed out at the second man, using the same knife and planting it firmly in the bastards chest...

Their agonised screams gurgled around him as he spun around and sped out the door he'd seen his wife taken through...

The cold cellar was empty...

Running.

He couldn't move fast enough.

When he reached the outside, he roared at the top of his lungs for the guards...

The men who had been defending the front of the building now appeared around him at a speed only an army could muster...

"HE HAS HER!! GUARDS!!!"

"WHAT'!? HOW?!"

He grabbed the sentry's collar and roared...."The bastard has my wife! He was in the wine cellar! Find them! NOW! He was JUST here!!!"

Men began to spread out.

"Stop every single person! Block all roads! You find her!!! They CAN'T be far!"

Arnav bolted to the weapons carriage and armed himself in seconds.

As far as he was concerned, they were going to fucking war.

"Son?!" The king screamed out...

He spun around, "Not now!"

"Arnav ALL the men have dispersed to find her...try to think clearl-"

Arnav grabbed his father by the collar, the first move he'd ever made on his own family..."Think CLEARLY?! He has my wife!"

The kings guards were about to restrain the Prince when the King lifted a hand...

Arnav suddenly realized what he was doing...

"...F...father...I..."

The King stood tall..."GO! Find her!"

And he took off...

If Khushi didn't return, he wouldn't either.



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



The way Arnav screamed her name.

She felt the sound in her bones.

He pushed a knife to into her ribs, letting her feel the cold hard tip of it...

Khushi stiffened and leaned away, but he followed her with it, keeping the metal hard against her...

He had an old cart waiting outside the cellar's outer walls...

And even paid off beggars ready to ward off the outer guards with misinformation...

She bit her tongue to fight back the tears and remained determined not to cry, needing to save her strength...

"Please be safe...my prince..."

Even though the order was to kill him, she knew her husband could handle two men...


They were nothing to him, nothing confronting for his abilities...

And the only reason he hadn't broken free, was to stop damage being done to her...

She'd never seen him so defenceless...

He could make armies retreat at the mention of his name, and yet he froze when her life was threatened...

Tugged back into the moment, the baron threw her roughly towards the broken down carriage..."Get in! You move, and I'll end you..." he lifted the long knife to her view...

Throwing two large bags of clothing over her, he warned, "You stay QUIET...the Prince's men are everywhere and I don't want them finding you...understand?"

Her breathing hitched, but she merely nodded...

Moving in next to her, he knew he had to act fast...

He grabbed the reins and slapped the horse to a quick canter heading out the back gates meant for traders and merchandise wagons...

Khushi felt the pang of tears getting stronger...

She wanted to try and escape, but she also knew that she'd be out in the dark, where wolves were already howling...

The carriage was now moving fast...

And she tried to monitor how far they may have travelled...

But in that same moment, the speed began to faulter...

She strained to hear, but could swear that there was a new voice outside...

And all movement stopped...

They couldn't have got very far...

Listening hard, she finally heard...

"Where are you headed?"

Arnav's sentry had stopped them.

"Just leaving the town to make early morning deliveries..."

Silence.

"Well, I'm going to need to search...the Princess has been taken and we are searching, no exceptions."

Laughter now ensued...

"You really think a tired worn out merchant would have time to take a princess?"

Khushi glared...

She could hear him putting on a husked voice to veil his own...

The will to make a break for it was getting stronger...

As the guard shone his fiery torch into the carriage, she prayed hard...

"...let him see me...let him see me..."

But as soon as the guard tried to move a bag of clothes, the baron withdrew his knife and ran the guard through the back leaving the blade wedged inside...

The sentry fell off the cart and flat on the dirt...

"No!" she tried to scream but it came out brokenly...

Khushi's could faintly hear the sentry screaming out in pain as he reached for something on his belt...

A harsh bang lit up the sky with a signal flare showing their location.

"Oh no you fucking dont!" the baron yelled and began to blast the horses as they gallopped.

They started to swerve, the cart moving from side to side...

Dropping the reins, the baron used one arm to hold her down as began to hit her hard, not caring where his blows landed...

"You're going to pay for getting me thrown in jail!!!"

Her screams were curdling the air swooping around them as she tried without any success to stop the pain that was now pulverising her...

Suddenly there is a bone-shattering jolt and everything came to a stop.

The world fragmented.

Khushi's head had smashed against the side of the wagon...

Her ears were ringing and her eyes blurred as she tried to focus on what was happening...

The baron was slowly getting his bearings...

She tried to focus and saw that the guard behind them...was gone.

"...no..." she breathed...

Shaking his head, he let out a sinister laugh..."Oh good..."

Seeing a small abandoned stable in amongst the trees, he grabbed Khushi harshly by the wrist and began to drag her...

She squinted her eyes, her head pounding and throbbing...

Lifting her other hand, she tried to massage her temple only to feel sticky ooze...

"I'm...I'm bleeding..." she stuttered...

Shoving her into the stalls, she hit the dirty floor, rolling across the ground...

Pushing up on her shaky hands, she froze when he snarled..."Stay there bitch!"

Khushi continued to try and get up only to have the baron kick her hard in the stomach, draughting her completely as she fell.

She rolled into a ball clutching her ribcage, groaning in agony...

He backed away and lit the old torch that was hanging on the walls...

As dim light spread across the room, Khushi started to feel helpless...

"So! Lets have some fun then before the sun rises!"

Dread and fright shook her as she tried to back away, scrambling backwards......

"Why are you doing this!?! We aren't far from where we left! You WILL be found!" her palms were now outstretched trying to ward him off...

Roughly grabbing a fistful of the material on her torso, he wrenched her up, grinning at her pained cries, and dragged her far back into the large stable room, far away from the latched door...

She sobbed as she frantically tried to push him away, all the while whispering her husband's name...

Without warning she let out a deep groan as he belted her in the stomach once more, her ribs now radiating with pain...

"How about saying MY name!?"

"NEVER!" she spat out...

Digging his fingers into jaw, he ground out, "I OWN YOU! I Paid for you, you worthless slave! Just cause the prince decided he hated me, and took you away, doesn't change the fact that I OWN YOU!"

Even though she felt his words dragging down the self worth she had finally been feeling, she tried once more..."I am the PRINCESS! You have cannot claim ANY ownership on me!"

The baron grabbed the back of Khush's head and pulled her in close, looking straight in her eyes..."I'm going to beat you... fuck you...and then tie you up like an animal and leave you to rot in the forest and be torn apart by the wild animals..."

The words struck her heart like knives were inside her...

Snarling like a rabid dog, the baron moved in to attack and try to press his mouth to hers...

Tossing her head from side to side, she desperately tried to avoid him as his bitter breath wafted over her face...

She suppressed the feeling of throwing up and fought back hard...

Her hands scratching and pushing...

Adrenalin pumping up to high levels as she became desperate for her husband, a guard, a local, ANYONE to rescue her...

"You think you can escape this!? I get to go back to a life in PRISON! I lost everything! I EXPECT to get caught! But not before I do this!"

A distorted wail broke from her throat as he tightened his hold on her jaw, pressed his pelvis against hers, and tore her bodice...

She could feel his hardening erection against her and bile rose up in her throat...

"Get OFF ME!!!! You deserve MORE than prison! ARRRGH!!!""

Her body shook and she felt her strength failing as his bare hand closed over her the skin of her breast, squeezing hard, fingers burrowing in...

She tried to raise her knees to kick, but she couldn't move...

"No! NOOO!"

Releasing her face, he pulled down the rest of the torn material and began to abuse her chest...

Squashing her breasts in his hands, he used force to purge harsh howling groans from her...

"So I finally get to see your body! You denied me, as your MASTER, the pleasure of fucking you! So get ready to feel a world of pain!"

Her face was now drenched with tears and hope began to fade...

He could feel the sorrow in the way she began to sag...

"Figured it out SERVANT!? I own your worthless body!"

His dirty, calloused hands and fingers were now twisting her blistering nipples until they burned...

When she felt his knees pushing her legs apart, she used the last shred of fight inside her and fought back, letting out a piercing scream that made him wince...

Tearing her clothing at every angle he could, his hands went under her dress, clutched her bare thighs and mashed their pelvises together...

The baron moaned and bucked, slamming his covered yet hard crotch into her like a depraved animal...

Khushi struggled hysterically...

"NOOO!!!" her scream was shrill...

The baron continued to use her as a sex toy as she screamed...

Bouncing against her, the material of his pants was stopping him from actual penetration...

Her breathing was close to being squelched...

The terror in her soul almost a living thing trying to break out...

"You like this don't you! Dirty, worthless bitch!" he panted...

"ARNAV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Hearing her yell out the Prince's name made him furious...

He pumped his hips so hard she knew her thighs were going to be bruised....

Khushi nearly threw up as he came in his pants, grunting...

She felt as if there were insects crawling all over her skin...

"Oh I needed that..." he said with dripping disdain..."Soon you can have the real thing!"

Gagging, Khushi held back the urge to puke...

But the sound of galloping hooves made the barons eyes flash with terror...

Painful relief burst inside her chest...

"Looks like we've been found...I will have to let others take over this task for me then...because I will have my revenge..." and he grinned as his body began to tighten once more...

He knew it was almost over.



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




A bright shot rang out in the sky as the distress flare lit up the heavens...

"She's not far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

He dug his heels into his horse and took off...

"I'm coming for you Khushi...I'm coming for you..."

Arnav knew his men that were spread out across the countryside would have seen and heard the same signal...

An attack army would be closing in...

"Let someone get to her...Please God let someone get to her..."

Showing no mercy to the animal beneath him, he whipped and spurred the horse on to the height of it's speed...

Closer...

Closer...

He could see one of his officers laying on the ground and his eyes darted around, searching desperately for clues as to where he should look...

As the man saw the Prince getting closer, he tried to point the direction they had gone in...

"The army is coming! Someone will help you!!!!" he roared as he didn't break speed gallopping past in the direction he was shown...

"Faster!!! God please! Let her be alive!!!"

No sooner had his prayer left his mind, he saw the crashed cart and the horse skidded to a halt as he dismounted rapidly...

His body turned in all directions as he looked to the ground and saw the dragged footprints...

But before he could even trace the direction, he saw the faint light flickering from the old stable barn...

He was pure and manic rage.

Bolting forwards,  he reached the door and pushed hard.

Nothing..

Lifting his leg, one boot crashed into the middle of the door, and as he flew in, he saw them...

"FUCKING GET OFF HER!!!" he thundered as he ran towards them...

Laughing, the baron pulled the knife from his belt and held it to Khushi's neck, "Freeze of I'll kill her!"

Skidding to a halt, he blasted, "You BASTARD! I will KILL YOU!"

Arnav started forwards but the baron jabbed the sharp point of the knife into the skin of her neck, moving the sharp edge in a slow trail...

Khushi's distorted scream froze him to the spot...

"STOP! FUCKING STOP!"

A large stream of blood was now flowing down her bare chest...

Holding the knife in place, the baron yelled..."Then BACK THE FUCK OFF!!!"

Arnav was defenseless at the sight of her blood..."I'm not moving..." he held up his hands and the  baron withdrew the knife...

His morbid laugh crackled out..."You should have seen how hard I just dry fucked her!"

In the blink of an eye Arnav pulled his own long dagger into his grip..."I'M GOING TO FUCKING END YOU!!!"

As Arnav was poised to throw, the Baron hauled Khushi in front of him, using her to shield himself...

"You cocksucker! I should have finished her! But here! Go ahead...throw the knife...end her for me!"

Arnav's breath had already stopped when he saw her torn clothing and dark innumerable bruises...

But there was now a long jagged laceration along her neck...

Blood was now streaming from the gash over her breasts...

The possession and mania he now felt was beyond anything...

"Who are you going to attack PRINCE!? Maybe you would like to WATCH this..."

Winding his other arm around Khushi's neck, he pressed it hard to her throat...

She began to cough and struggle...

"N...no...h...help...Ar...Arna..v..." her cry was hoarse...

Her terror was blinding him...

It was all Arnav could see...

And yet he was powerless...

If he rushed them, the baron would kill her...

But the alternative, staying still, was KILLING him...

He NEEDED to act.

Khushi was clawing at the hand around her throat and the baron's knife dropped, his free hand now joined the other in a vising grip...

Her mind was in a complete frenzy as the tightness around her neck felt like tendons were separating from bone...

Arnav tried to aim the knife for a throw but his wife was once again in his line of fire...

"Fucking hell! STOP! She can't breathe!!!"

Arnav felt like he himself couldn't grasp any air, his pulse resounding so loud he can't hear his own thoughts...

"Drop your weapon and I'll loosen my grip!!! Or I'll end her! You'll never get to her fast enough..." he challenged...

Arnav was utterly defeated...

He tried to think of any response but the pain of seeing that man choke her out slowly was too much to bear...

Dropping his knife, he saw the baron loosen his hold as his wife gasped for air...

"God...Khushi slow breaths sweetheart..."

The baron smirked..."Yeah Go ahead, have fun breathing for now...you think I got out without help!? You think this will end here!?"

Arnav was quaking with fury..."Oh it will end here!"

The baron laughed..."It won't! She'll be a rag when my plans done!"

The warrior in Arnav tried think sanely or logically...

If Khushi was going to stand a chance, he HAD to...


"Why isn't he following through with his threats!? What does he WANT!??

Arnav's mind was wracking for information...

Then it dawned on him...

The baron had been a man of leasure...

He had never killed before...

And Arnav suddenly realised that the man in front of him didn't have the balls to follow through with any threat.

And with that knowledge...Arnav's humanity vanished.

He walked purposefully towards the baron...and Khushi...

"You better stop!" the baron growled...

Khushi tried to regulate her breathing, but heart twisted as her husband kept prowling...

He was coming for her.

Her heart skipped a beat as everything slowed...

Khushi forgot the hand at her throat, the burn in her lungs...

All she saw was him.

His muscular flexed body.

His fierce eyes.

And the barons grip started to tighten again...

The change in Arnav's eyes was like steel, his expression as cold as ice...

He was now Prince Arnav, commander of his army, and he was coming for her.

"Stop moving!!!" The baron yelled...

Arnav smiled, sending chills down Khushi's spine and she could feel the baron's body shake...

She had never seen a look so terrifying in her life...

"CLOSE ENOUGH!!!"

But Arnav didn't stop.

"I WILL END HER!"

Arnav moved steadily toward them like a storm cloud...

The barons fingers pressed in, and Khushi sputtered...

But Arnav didn't even flinch...

These were the slowest ten seconds of his life...

Knowing his game was at an end, the baron gripped Khushi's jaw, withdrew his arm, and struck her hard and fast...

The blood drained from his face as he watched his wife drop to the ground...

She didn't move.

His roar was so thunderous that the small cabin shook...

"I AM GOING TO KILL YOU!"

His fury threatened to consume him.

Arnav's biceps pumped and fist clenched as he flew forwards, reached for his sword and rammed it hard into the baron's ribs, twisting the blade savagely...

Grasping the switchblade in his vest, he stabbed it harshly into his sternam, hearing a loud crack, withdrawing it, and slicing it back in once more...

The Baron's gurgling screams were suddenly blocked as Arnav grabbed him by the neck...

Blood began to spray in all directions.

Swinging back, Arnav punched violently, bone-snapping echoes now mingling with screams...

The baron's hands were pressing on his chest and his eye as the socket was shattered by the force of the blow...

It was now the baron's turn to fall hard on the floor...

With the heel of his boot, Arnav stomped down brutally on his ribs like a crushed sack of potatoes, hearing faint breaks, each one more satisfying than the last...

Fisting the baron's shirt, he yanked up his thorax and beat his constricted fist at the already distorted structure of his nose, and visciously knocked him completely out...

Shouts and commands were now resounding around the area as Arnav forgot all trace of the bleeding out prisoner.

His volatile rage disappeared and he fell to Khushi's side,  his soul utterly destroyed at the sight of her...

"K...Khushi...God...No..." the devastation he felt was now masticating him alive...

Unable to even control his own heart palpitations, he yanked off his jacket, and as his hands shook, he pulled her into his arms, covering her naked chest, holding her close...

"NO! NO this can't happen to you!" he pressed his palm to the blood spurting from her throat...

Water began to pelt onto her face and he realised her was crying..."Khushi...Khushi please..."

His forehead was against hers as his tears poured out, his free hand frantically searching her veins for signs of life and finally felt her pulse beating faintly...

Within seconds, a platoon of men were surrounding the cabin his frontline attack officers rushed in...

"Prince Arnav!?" Corey rushed in.

But his senses were now completely absent...

The sight of her blood, the knowledge of her torture, and her immense pain made his spirit wrack with agony as his heart splintered.

Arnav's entire frame was tremoring as he could barely gather the willpower to breathe.

Panic was now attacking his nervous system with brunt force...

The medics who had been searching alongside the squadron charged in, carrying a stretcher and as much equipment as they could manage...

Once their eyes caught one look at the Princess, they urgently tried to get Arnav's attention...

"Oh my God, Prince Arnav let us take her!"

His body and mind were desperately trying to reject what he was seeing...

"Prince Arnav! We need to take her FAST!"

Shaking with the worst terror he'd ever experienced, he roared as he held her head steady..."Khushi! Wake up! Khushi wake up!!!"

Arnav's body was jolting with every word he said...

"Your Majesty!!" one medic yelled towards the door...

"She's bleeding from the neck," one physician screamed to the king..."We NEED to take her!..."

Arnav's chief officer Corey looked towards the king who had appeared speedily in the doorway..."Sire, It's bad. But he's not listening..."

The King surveyed the damage and the blood that covered Khushi.

Not one milisecond passed before he nodded towards the line of officers waiting for orders, his command rang out.

"Restrain him. Tend to my daughter in law IMMEDIATELY."

And Ten soldiers advanced on their Prince, their commanding officer, and pried him away from Khushi as the medics took her carefully and instantly put pressure on her neck with gauze as they lay her on the stretcher...

"NO! NO! GET OFF ME!!!!" Arnav roared, fighting back furiously..."I ORDER YOU TO GET OFF ME!!!!!!!"

On precipice of a breakdown, all Arnav could comprehend was that she was being taken away from him again, and he turned barbaric...

The need for blood was now raging through him...

He easily knocked out three of his own officers with a ferocious punch, crimson drops spraying from the men's faces as the room was burgeoning with howls and screams...

Fighting like the champion he was, he managed to gain two steps closer only to be withdrawn by more of his army once again...

The feel of his fists connecting with flesh made him carniverous for more...

Arnav was possessed with the need to eradicate anyone who was between him and the woman he was now overwhelmingly frantic to protect..

The King saw how much animalistic strength his son had...

"Shit, Restrain him! Do what you have to!"

But nothing stopped his persistance...

All he wanted was his wife...

She was covered in blood, and he was going bezerk with heartache and grief..."Let GO of me!!! I need to go to her...I need to go to her! FUCKING GET YOUR HANDS OFF ME!"

His adrenalin was fired up, triggering every aggressive intuition he possessed...

The king saw his son's utter turmoil and motioned for the guards to move him closer...

Arnav thought they would release him but they didn't..."LET ME GO!!!!!"

The King reenforced the order and they used all the force they could to control him...

Now closer to his wife,  he still continued to try break the guards hold on him as he watched the medics work...

Pouring antiseptic on her forehead, they cleaned the wound, and keeping her behind a small partition, as covered and shielded as possible, they cleaned her chest and spread arnica over the bruises to numb the pains...

Arnav nearly broke free many times, and the squadron of men had to use their utmost power to keep him away...

"I swear I will kill you all if you don't let me go!!!!!!!"

As he screamed, his eyes were locked on Khushi...

She was completely unconscious, and when he saw the other doctor pull out a small suture needle, he was suddenly grateful she wasn't awake for this...

At the very first stitch, his body rattled with fury...

"Fuck! NO! I need to save her! Damn it! Let me GO!"

Ignoring all commotion around him, the doctors worked carefully as one sewed her neck and another took swabs and placed them into sealed containers...

The senior medic turned to Arnav and the King, "She has lost a lot of blood, but her blood pressure is steadying.  No vital organs in her throat have been harmed, but the cut was deep, we need to stitch her fast to prevent the need for a blood transfusion."

Arnav was turning primal.

"Let me THE FUCK GO! I need to...I need-"

The King moved closer, sovereignty lacing his voice even as sorrow filled his eyes, "Arnav...Look at her! She needs this medical attention!"

"Father how FUCKING DARE YOU! SHE NEEDS ME! I need to-"

"Arnav!!!! This isn't like last time! She needs the DOCTORS! They have to stitch her for God's sake! You couldn't even HEAR us!"

Arnav was shaking, his body convulsing so much he was sure he should have passed out by now..."I DEMAND TO BE RELEASED!"

"No Arnav...I am SORRY son..."

These were the kind of orders that literally broke the King's heart...

Especially when he had to give them to his son...

Arnav's eyes were on his wife as utter desolation filled him..."I...I wasn't here fast enough...I needed to save her and I wasn't here fast enough! Pl...please...I beg you...dad I'm begging you..."

The king's heart was breaking with pain for Arnav and his daughter in law...

He had never seen his son change so much, love so much, and now...he was willing to beg...

"Father please..." Arnav pleaded with his father as his eyes stayed on Khushi..."Please...PLEASE!"

"Will you let the doctors work?" 

Arnav was overcome, his mind in overdrive..."Yes...yes...I swear...I just need to be near her...I swear..."

The king lifted his hand and the officers instantly released him...

On his shaking limbs, he fell brokenly at Khushi's side...

His left palm gently resting on her head as he leaned in as close as he could, his lips touching her forehead...

Keeping clear from the medic's, he kept his gaze on her face as he asked, "Is she ok...? God, please tell me she is ok..."

"We have stopped the bleeding," the medic spoke fast as he concentrated..."I can tell you more when I have finished..."

The doctors passed instruments and vials to one another...

Arnav could barely draw in air, "Khushi...hold on my princess..." his lips were against her sweaty hair..."I'm here my love..."

As the final stitch pushed in,  she shuddered back into consciousness...

Her gasping wretches were now scaring him shitless as the physician cut the last thread...

"Damn it! Shit! Why does she have to wake now!?..."

With no time for royal niceties, the medic was blunt as he demanded, "Arnav, Hold her down fast. This is going to hurt..."

Hurrying to obey, Arnav watched with a shattered heart as the doctor poured alcoholic antiseptic on her neck to burn germs...

Her eyes snapped open and she howled a scream loud enough to break glass as the disinfectant felt like more lacerations...

The look in her eyes branded his mind with a horror he would never forget...

"Khushi...I'm here! Calm down! Sweetheart calm! Please!"

But she was straining for breath...

"We need the sedative STAT! We need to calm her! Keep holding her down!" the doctor commanded urgently as the other medic held down her arms...

Wasting not one more second, Arnav braced her face in his hands as carefully as he could, and pressed his mouth to hers...

She began to cough and splutter but he held his open mouth to her, breathing into her, "Khushi...I'm here...I have you...I HAVE YOU..."

As the tranquilliser needle pinched past her the skin of her arm, a hallowed numbness spread over her scarred soul...

And abruptly, her breathing hitched and a sorrowful cry came out...

"Ar...nav...save me...ple...please..."

Close to breaking point, Arnav summoned all the strength he could, and held her still..."I have saved you...you're with me...you're safe sweetheart...I'm here..."

Her trembling lips tried to reply and the moment she whispered his name, she fainted...

"G...God..." Arnav was overcome.

He could hear the desperation in her whisper ...

Realising how close he'd come to losing her once again, he felt an earthquake ready to explode inside him...

"Good...good...her heart rate is settling..." the doctor tried to reassure him as he released Khushi's arms...

The King rested his hand on Arnav's shoulder...

And he broke.

Lifting her hand against his lips, he wept loud and mournfully...

Arnav cried like he had never cried in his life.

Everyone stilled.

The medics had done their job.

The baron had already been taken away.

And the entire squad remained silent and motionless.

The respect they felt for their Prince was mighty.

He had always been one for anger and hate.

He had killed and tortured for money, for defence, for power.

His men had seen him take down enemy upon enemy...

Had seen him slaughter an entire hoarde of men with no weapons, and completely without backup...

The Prince could handle himself against ANY power that came against him...

But here he was.

Prostrate before Khushi.

He had now saved a woman for love.

Saved his wife for devotion.

Saved the Princess for honor.

"Prince Arnav," the head medic spoke cautiously..."you should take her to the castle...we have already given her a shot for any pain she may experience when she awakes, but She should wake somewhere comfortable and warm..."

As his bloodshot, traumatised eyes lifted, he nodded..."Yes...she needs to know she's safe...that she's with me..."

A sentry stepped forwards from behind him,  "Sir, the baron is in critical condition and going back to-"

Arnav jerked back, on his feet and in the man's face in less than a second...

His eyes now possessed with a ferral rage that had the sentry taking a step back...

"You mention that name in my wife's presence again and I. Will. Kill. You."

Quickly interveining, the King held onto Arnav's clenched fist, "Son, Take Khushi back to the castle..."

Back at his wife's side instantly, the medics lifted the stretcher and he held her onto her hand as they headed to the carriage.

He tried to eradicate the lethal fury pumping inside him.

"You make this journey as smooth as possible! UNDERSTAND!?"

The team of coachman nodded, the Prince's demeanor terrifying them...

They reached the castle faster than he thought they would.

He had held her hand, his fingers on her pulse, for the entire ride.

Knowing what the baron had done to her, butchered his already mangled conscience...

Her presence beside him was the only thing keeping him in once piece...

As they exited carefully, the palace swarmed with people and his mother was the first to reach them...

"KHUSHI!...Is she? Arnav, tell me she's alright!?"

He kept his eyes on his wife as he replied, "She will be...She damn will be..."

The King quickly motioned to his wife and nearly had to drag her away as he informed of Khushi's condition...

As they entered the master suite, Arnav became desperate to have her in his arms. 

"Hold the stretcher still..." he demanded forcefully...

Doing as they were told, they watched  as he slowly slid his arm beneath her and lifted her carefully...

The feeling of finally holding her stung his battered conscience as a waterfall of tears began to fall...

The physician stood close, "My Prince, she is stable...and breathing well...if any infection starts at the wound, it can be maintained...just make sure the tear doesn't get aggravated..."

Nearly choking on his next words, Arnav asked..."I need to know...The Ba-" he stuttered, "...her attacker, said that...that he dry humped her...Is...is that all he did?"

He felt the urge to gag as his arms pulled her closer to his body...

The doctor's eyes were burdened and bleak... "Your Highness, when we were treating her, we saw the amount of abuse on her...abuse that is usually only found on rape victims, and we took swabs...there was no semen or bleeding...so he didn't get to ra-"

"Stop....sorry..." Arnav closed his eyes, his soul was contracting with heartbreak as he tried to regulate his breathing, "sorry, just...just stop for a moment..."

Feeling his power draining fast, he climbed onto the bed and sat back against the headboard, clutching her to his chest as his heart beat hard...

If the baron weren't already dead, he'd find him and kill him all over again...

"I'm so sorry my Prince, but be assured...she was not raped..."

What was left of his heart felt like it was shattering..."Thank God...hearing all this...hearing it about...about Khushi...my wife..."

The doctor nodded, "I know...but she's very strong...you know this...however, I can see you suffering..."

A hardness now flashed in his expression..."What I feel is of NO consequence...I SAW him hurting her...I saw him draw her blood...I've never been so helpless...I thought I was scared when I first lost her, but what I feel now is..."

"I know, I only mean..." the doctor quickly tried to reword what he had said..."I didn't mean to-"

"Leave..." Arnav uttered as carefully as he could, his voice shaking..."Please just leave..."

He needed to be alone with her.

The constant people around him were making him feel crowded and crazed.

The doctor nodded, "ofcourse...I will be in the castle close by.  Call me if she or yourself need anything..."

And the door closed.

"Oh God..." he could hardly distinguish his own voice

His jacket was still around her shoulders as his eyes scanned her...

She was wrapped in cotton bandages, her chest covered carefully as the ointment was numbing the pain and bruises...

"I let this happen...again..." he said bitterly to himself..."How can you ever forgive me for this...?"

Arnav knew  he could never even forgive himself.

He pressed his lips to her hair, noting the wound that had stopped bleeding...

She started to pant, and a soft moan wafted from her lips...

Arnav lowered his mouth to hers..."Hear me my love, we're home...we are in our room...you're safe...NOTHING is going to hurt you...they would have to get through me...and it takes A LOT of men to get through me..."

Her soft breaths were helping sedate his nerves...

"I don't think you even know what I did yet...I killed him..." his eyes squeezed closed..."and I am so fucking happy about it. I've battled for MANY reasons...but nothing has ever felt THIS worthwhile and gratifying...to rid the world of someone capable of such actions against anyone is a reward, but to rid the world of someone that would do this to YOU?!..." he shook his head, the memories of her blood too much to bear..."I will destroy ANYONE and ANYTHING who hurts you...THIS is what I'm fighting for, what I'll die for...you are irrevocably mine..."

She took a deep breath and the look on her face contorted to one of pain...

"No no no sweetheart...shhhh...no no no please...shhhh..."

And finally she stilled...

His soft words continued for hours...

Each time she moved, he held her and helped her aching limbs adjust...

He was swimming in guilt, in anger, in heartbreak.

The bond between them both was incredibly strong.

Their hearts wound so tightly together that they were never able to be separated by anything.

His dark eyes stared down at her, the sight of her making his heart ache...

Locked in their own world, it was just the two of them...

But her silence was frying his nerves...

"I need you sweetheart...It's been hours...please...I'm..." his voice broke..."I'm dying inside..."

Finally she stirred, her eyes slowly blinking as they adjusted to the dim lighting...

And the first thing she saw was her husband...

Still in a daze, she parted her lips to speak but nothing came out...

"Khushi...Khushi..." he leaned down and kissed her forehead gently..."I have you sweetheart..."

As he moved back, he saw how dazed she was...

"Listen to me carefully..." he said firmly..."You are with me...against my body...I'm holding you..."

"I know..." her voice was shaky..."I know...what's wrong?"

He held her closer, "Just remember this...I have you in my arms..."

Frowning, she felt the fear radiating from inside him..."Ar...Arnav...?"

She tried to shift and sit up, and instantly pain tore through her...

Her shriek stung his heart..."Shhhh..carefully Khushi..."

And his own tears began to fall as her expression showed her remembering everything...

He helped her to sit higher, keeping her in his arms, "Khushi, WITH ME! Feel me! Look at me!"

Her hands came up around her own neck and he quickly grabbed her wrists as gently as he could...

Shaking his head, he held her gaze..."No...no sweetheart...I can't let you touch there...you have-"

"He...he...I couldn't br...breathe...I...Arnav...Help me..."

The stabbing pain in his chest made him want to burst into tears, but he knew she he was in shock...

"Khushi..."

She started to shake and he laid her down as delicately as he could, coming over her, holding his torso up as to not hurt her..."Khushi," he rested his weight on his elbows and cradled her face in his hands, "stop moving...please..."

"Arnav...help..."

Her shaking voice was killing him..."You are safe! Damn it look at me! I'm with you...I'm never leaving your side again...Ever! I don't care if I'm a laughing stock, but I'm going to be beside you every damn second for the rest of my life...I will chain myself to you if I have to!"

Her tiny smile was a balm on his heart...

But the fear was still there...

"Oh...sweetheart...please just keep looking at me..." his frame was veiled with anxiety..."Please...keep your eyes on mine...Khushi..."

The next thing he felt was her hand on his cheek..."shhh...Ar...nav...calm...calm down..."

A shocked and dumbfounded expression was now plastered on his face..."You're...You're telling ME to calm down?"

Her hands moved to his chest, her slight wince made him grimace and he watched her carefully...

"I know that you...you were... worried for me..."

"...worried...WORRIED!?"

He was a ticking time bomb as his emotions were stretched out to the ragged edge...

"If you knew EXACTLY how much I cared for you it would scare you EXCESSIVELY!!! I can't LIVE without you...you are everything to me! My life is worthless without you...I need you...bound to me...forever..."

"Arnav...I...I am bound to you..."

A tremor passed through her and he pressed onto her lower body making her gasp...

"Shit, I'm sorry..." he started to move but her weak hands tried to hold onto him...

"No...Arnav...I beg you...don't move..."

His heart was rupturing..."Khushi...you don't EVER have to beg for anything...I just don't want to hurt you..."

With shattered eyes, she blinked out tears..."Please...I need to feel YOU..."

His mouth came down on hers, harder than it should have, but he held her face still so her lesion wouldn't rip...

"Khushi...I love you..." he breathed against her lips, the pain in his voice caused her chest to clench...

She couldn't hold back her keening sob..."I love you...I knew you would save me..."

He moved back so she could see his eyes, ruthless and suddenly in control..."There was never ANY question. You are part of me. I was GOING to get you back..."

And a sudden wave of relief and pain wafted over her like a tsunami...

"He...touched me...he...he did things to me..."

"No...No don't think of that..." Arnav commanded.

"He...he said..."

"Whatever he said," Arnav secured her stare..."MEANT NOTHING! His words are insignificant! You belong to me. You are mine. And you ALWAYS WILL BE MINE. Not one living thing is worth more than you!"

Great gasping sobs began to wrack her body...

Arnav brushed his lips over hers, his mouth opening, swallowing all agony that came out of her...

He grasped Khushi close, never easing his hold, never letting her feel for one moment that she was alone...

"I am here...my princess...shhh..."

Every word out of his mouth sounded as though it pained him...

She tried to speak but yawned and cringed as her face, her neck, her everything stung...

"I'm...I'm so tired..."

He carefully moved to the side and slid his arm beneath her neck, holding her head steady...

"Sleep sweetheart...I'm here..."

She tried to turn to him but flinched at the pain...

He moved higher and locked onto her eyes, nodding in encouragement for her to talk to him...

"...you won't leave me...?"

Arnav's eyes were clear and possessed a power she had craved from the second he first touched her..."I am NEVER leaving you..."

Her hands were now clawing at him to pull him nearer...

Wrapping his other arm around her, he held her as close as they could be..."Shhh... No no, I can't bring your chest too close sweetheart...I don't want you hurting..."

But she became desperate..."P..please...please..."

"SCREW IT."

Denying her anything wasn't an option.

He moved her on her side so her head now rested as high as it could on his shoulder and he pressed their bodies together as they lay on their sides...

Even though he felt her flinch as their chests touched, her breathing calmed...

Khushi buried herself into his body, trying to absorb his heat, his scent...

Arnav grabbed the covers and tucked her even closer..."I'm not leaving you...you're safe...Please rest Khushi..."

"I'm safe...Arnav is with me"...she chanted in her head as she felt his big, strong body against her...

"You are definitely safe...Close your eyes...I'm here..."  he promised...

"Don't leave me..." she ordered him weakly...

Her eyes were now closed as he spoke against her lips..."I. am. not. leaving. you. EVER."

And he kissed her until she fell asleep...


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



Arnav didn't know how long he'd been laying there with her, nor did he care...

She was in his arms...

But his eyes were full of fury as he examined the damage...

"How can I have let this happen...again..."

He could feel his heart contorting with hatred for himself and the baron...

A soft knocking jolted him back to the moment...

Not bothering to even budge an inch, he waited...

Seconds later, the door began to open slowly and he saw his mother enter with the physician...

"Arnav, I have to let him in..." she paused seeing his flashing eyes...

He lifted a finger to his lips, "shhh..."

"Sorry...Ofcourse...I just...I know of her injuries...and he wishes to check her...It's nearly midday..."

Arnav was unaware of the time of day...

The heavy curtains were drawn, blocking out most of the light...

"I will be as quick as I can, and I'm sorry for the interruptions but-"

"No..." Arnav interrupted..."Please check her...I need her to be okay..."

The man nodded as the queen smiled sadly at her son..."Has she been alright?"

Arnav shook his head..."No...She is trying to be strong...she woke briefly...she's damn scared mum..."

His mother smoothed her hand softy over Khushi's hair..."She is strong...I know my daughter...and she is strong..."

"...mum...she has a strong spirit...but I don't." his voice hitched, "...I can't bear to see her like this...I'm falling apart..."

"Your Highness, she is doing fine...the gash on her neck is sealing well...but it was deeper than it looks...If the knife had gone in any further then-"

Arnav's countenance suddenly jerked, his eyes taking on an icy luster...

"Say anymore and I'm not responsible for what happens to you..." he snarled...

His mother gasped quietly, "Arnav! He's doing his job..."

"It's alright Your Majesty, you can't blame him...I can see his distress..."

The queen's hand was trembling as she caressed Khushi's head lightly..."I don't blame him, I just want her well and smiling again...she has been through too much...too much..."

"Please be assured, that she is alright...just make sure she rests...she may have some discomfort swallowing foods, but don't let that deter her...right now, let her sleep...she really needs it...I'll be back again soon..."

The queen led the doctor away but before she left, she whispered..."Take care of her please...I love her so much..."

Arnav smiled..."I love you mum, I will guard her with my life..."



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Khushi stirred again...

His senses on full alert, Arnav was on the verge of panic and tears as her eyes shot open with fear...

She tried to sit up fast, clawing and pushing at him...

"Khushi...Shhh! NO!"

He held fast to her face, keeping her as motionless as he could, while also trying to capture her gaze...

"Look who you are with! It's me! Khushi it's me sweetheart!"

When she focused, she collapsed against him..."Arnav...help..."

He wanted to breakdown.

Storm from the room and make sure the baron was dead.

That bastard didn't deserve to be alive on the same planet as his wife.

But he suppressed all fury and poured all attention onto Khushi...

"You're SAFE! I swear on my life you are safe!"

Her keening wails were like daggers slicing his heart...

"Khushi...Please sweetheart...calm down...please..."

Her hands were now clutching to his shirt with such tension that her knuckles turned white...

His mouth pressed kisses all over her face as her breathing slowly became steadier...

"I'm here...you're with me...just listen to my voice..."

When her  chest hiccuped with worry, he slid closer...

"Khushi..."

Her movements stilled...

"I'm with you...You are safe...Your...your injuries have been seen to..."

And she cried...

Too quietly...

Her faint weeping seeped into his spirit...

Trying to capture her eyes, he saw her blink out plump tears as her eyes locked on...

"He...he had sex...on me..."

Her words were empty as she shuddered...

Her mind in a blank state of fear an denial...

Rage and strength collided inside Arnav.

The killer instinct inside him vowed to eradicate anyone who came between him and Khushi...

The muscles in his jaw clenched...

Utter fury was glittering in his eyes, while hers burned with tears...

Rising up, his voice commanded her to attention..."DO NOT SAY ANYMORE. You are MINE. Don't you DARE let that bastard's actions get into your beautiful head..." he held onto her more firmly..."I am the only one who has ever been inside your body...I am the only one to ever make love to you...to fill you..."

"But-" she began to reply but Arnav covered her mouth with his...

She was too overwrought to resist the sensual love brimming from her husband...

His tongue swept into her mouth, claiming her as his, and his alone...

Her husband consumed her...

He always had, he always would.

She could feel how tense he was, a coiled spring ready to erupt...

He was a law unto himself, and when he pulled back, her lips tingled...

"No one comes between us...NOTHING can ever sway what I have in my heart for you...the word LOVE is a fucking insult to what I feel for you!"

"...even after...after what he did?"

And a part of his heart shrivelled..."You..You think what he did changes how I look at you?! How I feel about you?!"

Her sudden quick breaths were his answer.

The fact that she could even THINK that gutted him.

He focused on her for all that he was worth...

"Now you LISTEN to me!" the impact she had on his senses was devastating..."what he did shows how sick HE is! What he did will NEVER change that fact that I LOVE YOU! YOU BELONG TO ME." he stated without any hesitation...

Throwing her revved up, pained body against his rock hard chest, she ignored all pain as his muscular arms wrapped around her carefully as she clawed at his chest, holding him possessively close...

"Khushi...I'm holding you...calm down...deep breaths sweetheart...we are together..." his voice was whisper quiet and held way more effect...

"Don't leave me..." she ordered again...

"Khushi..." he leaned back to stare in her eyes..."Look..." he lifted her hand and kissed the  ring on her finger..."This ring binds you to me...forever..." he lifted his hand, letting his wedding band glint in the light, "I will keep this on my hand until the day I die...I am yours no matter what...and I'm not leaving your side..."

A knock at the door came once more...

Khushi jumped slightly but Arnav shook his head, quietly reassuring her she was safe.

This time, when the doctor entered, he had the medic who stitched her neck alongside him...

"Oh good,  your Highness, you are awake..."

Her wet eyes glanced from Arnav, to the doctor and back to her husband...

The way she jittered made his eyes gloss over with impending tears..."Sweetheart...It's alright..."

The doctors approached.

"Princess Khushi, we are the doctors who have been tending to you..."

Her grip was still tight on Arnav's shirt but he felt her body settle...

"I... I...need my husband to stay..." she whispered urgently...

Arnav's heart warmed at her words, but knew she was still terrified..."Sweetheart, I haven't moved and inch and I'm not going to..."

"Your Highness, he hasn't left your side since he found you..."

Her eyes flashed with a memory as she flinched..."I...I've seen you before..."

The medic nodded sadly, "I am so sorry for what you are going through, but I need to check the stitching I have done...there weren't many sutures needed, but they were necessary to stop the bleeding..."

Her hands dropped and Arnav instantly drew her closer..."...no no no...you're okay my love...you're okay..."

"He is right...this looks fine, no opening, sealing well...but I am sorry, I have to disinfect the area once more..."

And it was Arnav's turn to shudder...

He remembered having to hold her down, and remembered the utter agony in her eyes...

"I understand..." she muttered nervously...

Taking out a swab, the medic dipped it in a yellowish substance and softly dabbed the liquid around the tear...

Arnav was ready to try and hold her still, but he marvelled as she merely hissed at the contact...

"You're a brave woman your Highness..."

"How...?" Arnav said quietly..."How can you bear this?"

Khushi's hand closed over his as she kept her eyes squeezed closed, "I'm with you...that's how..."

"You're quite a mighty couple..." the doctor spoke up with wonder..."I can see that she is already healing from this..."

"Now..." the medic pulled out a different type of bandage..."This is waterproof, and I can place this over your wound so you can wash...It's probably best to bathe instead of shower right now as your body is covered in a lot of bruises..."

Khushi's fingers tightened on his once more...

And Arnav brought her hand to his lips...

"Now, when I checked you before, the wound on your head had closed up, so just be careful while washing your hair...you really do have quite a number of bruises but no open cuts, so please just relax and rest as much as you can, and I have left some analgesics here...take them every 6 hours so it can dull the pain..."

The doctor handed her a glass of water and two small tablets...

She quickly took the pills and drank down the cold water...

Wincing slightly, her worried eyes lifted to Arnav...

"It's alright Khushi, they said earlier that you might feel some pain while swallowing..."

"No inner organs have been harmed, so don't worry about drinking or eating...the main thing for you to concentrate on is resting..."

"I'll make sure of it..." Arnav said assuredly..."Have her attendant come in and set up the bath straight away...and also change the bed linen while we are in the bathroom..."

"Ofcourse My Prince..."

Khushi quickly tried to interrupt...

"...thankyou...for what you have done for me..."

They both bowed before her, bringing tears to her eyes..."Your Highness, you are so important. We did our duty, but more than that, we wanted to help you...you need not thank us..."

As the doctors left, Khushi's personal maid entered the room quietly...

Arnav could see that his wife was in a trance, the extent of her injuries finally catching up to her...

"I'm in awe of you..."

Her brows furrowed, "Me? Why?"

His expression was bewildered, "Why? Because...because I have the ability to lift a fucking boulder and yet you're stronger than I'll ever be! I could see this world burn and have no damn reaction, and yet I feel YOUR pain to my bones!...I have never felt anything like the depth I feel for you...!"

Love beamed from her eyes as she spoke, "I have never loved anyone the way I love you...you were the first person to see anything in me...to love me so greatly that I truly feel like my heart is being held in the utmost care..."

"Khushi..." his eyes were red with emotion..."I plead for your forgiveness..."

She tried to shake her head but he held her fast...

"I have NOTHING to forgive you for...You saved me...I THANK you..."

He wanted to tear the room apart..."You may 'thank' me..." he said the word as though it were offensive, "but I will never forgive myself for allowing this to happen to you..."

"Arnav...let it go now...we are safe together..."

But he wasn't going to let anything go.

The threat from the baron was still lingering in his mind...

"...you think I got out without help!? You think this will end here!?"

Khushi could feel the animal inside him ready to attack..."Arnav please..."

Drawing her close, his gentle touch soothed her...

A calming scent swarmed around them as the tub in the adjoining bathroom was filled...

"Sire? The bath is ready...does Her Highness need me to-"

"That will be all...leave..." Arnav snapped.

"Wait-" Khushi quickly rasped..."Thankyou Ally, my husband is just very worried..."

The older maid nodded, "And rightfully so...I am here for you too Ma'am...for anything...I'll be back momentarily to change the bed..."

And she left.

Khushi could see dirt, leaves, stains and dried blood on the bed, proof of where they had come from...

"No, no look at me my love...eyes on me..."

"Everyone is just..."

Arnav began to shift off the bed, keeping one hand on her at all times..."Just what?" he asked and urged her, "...arm around my neck sweetheart..."

"They...they care for me...me..."

As he lifted her with ease, he shook his head..."It's like you still don't know your worth...how much you are loved...how greatly everyone respects you..."

Reseating her beside the bath on the small stool, he knelt before her..."You, my Princess, are a treasure I will never take for granted..."

Her eyes glowed as she felt covered in a blanket of love...

"Now...I'm coming in with you..."

She smiled..."I was hoping you would..."

"There's a reason I made sure we had a bath big enough for two..." he winked as he stripped himself...

Khushi's eyes were wandering as she noted his muscular perfection...

His ripped pectorals and bulging arms were kindling to her heart as she felt herself needing his touch...

"mmm..." she hummed unconsciously...

"Not now Khushi...I'm damn well going to take care of you first..."

She blinked..."I...I didn't say anything..."

He chuckled, "You're close to setting me on fire with that stare of yours..."

When he was bare, he moved towards her, "Ok, just stay still sweetheart..."

He slowly pulled away the cotton material that had been bandaged at her chest and threw it to the ground...

His gut clenched at the sight of her bruises and abbraisions...

"I'm sorry..." she tried to cover herself  but he held her wrists...

"I don't give a shit about the bruises...You're so beautiful..." his voice was dripping with emotion as he dipped his head and kissed her breasts gently...

"Ok...lets get you in this bath..." he smiled, but she could see him trying to maintain his emotions with great difficulty.

She stayed quiet as he pulled down her panties and lifted her feet to help her out of them...

Taking her gently in his arms once more, he lifted a leg over the side, and  felt the warmth spread over his body...

Finally standing in the water, he slowly lowered them both down, keeping his movements steady...

His strength was always a surprise to her, and a welcome reassurance of how easily he could defend her...

"Ohhhhh...my..." she moaned in relief as the heated water warmed her body and spirit...

Laying her back on his chest, he parted his legs and kept her steady as she almost floated in relaxation...

"Sweetheart...I'm going to wash your hair carefully, alright?"

"mmmhmmm..." she murmured, feeling the warmth seep into her...

As Arnav tended to her so meticulously, she felt tears roll down her cheeks...

He saw them and felt them in his heart, but chose to let his touch soothe her ...

"I have to rinse the suds off sweetheart, can you try and keep still for me please?"

"mmm" was all she could say once again...

Arnav was smiling seeing how beautiful and safe she was once more...

Her bruises, that where everywhere, torso, breasts, neck, face, were still igniting his need to seek revenge, but all that faded as his need to protect her was greater...

After 15 minutes, Arnav had carefully cleaned her, himself, and massaged her scalp gently...

A knock sounded at the bathroom door and Ally called out, "I've completed the room, I'll be leaving now Your Highness, but I'm not far...so anything you need, you call me..."

"You're so kind Ally..." Khushi called out but soon made a slight moan and Arnav shushed her...

Her tongue clicked and he grinned...

He knew that Khushi had befriended nearly everyone in the castle, and they loved her so much.

"Not more than me..." his jealousy reared up in his thoughts...

"Alright, time to head back to bed now my love..."

"Thankyou..." she said so softly that he was surprised he'd even heard it...

"You don't thank me...don't say that...I don't do ANY of this out of duty...ANY of it...Hell I'm doing this as much for ME! I need you! I love you so deeply, so greatly, that if I DON'T look after, I literally feel my soul shrivel up...so know this and know it well, I love you...so much..."

Moving her in the water, he slid his arm beneath her legs and stood up, the water cascading around their bodies...

Stepping out, he felt her hands cling to him tigher..."I've got you sweetheart..." he assured her...

When he set her down on her feet, she was shaky...

He wrapped his arm around her as he reached for the towel and enveloped her with it...

"I'm sorry I have little strength..." she whimpered feeling useless...

"This is when you lean on me Khushi...take strength from me..."

He dried her warily, keeping attentive, noting her bruises...

Keeping his arm around her waist, he roughly dried his own hair and body as fast as he could...

"Back to bed for you now..."

"Will you sta-"

His dark eyes darted back to hers..."I'm not bloody leaving you Khushi! Not now! Not ever! So STOP asking that!"

The bite in his words should have scared her, but it only sealed her secure state even more...

Her protector and defender was here...

And he was ready to do anything for her...

Gathering her in his arms once more, he quickly scanned the room...

Empty.

Walking towards the clean bed, he set her back down..."Are you hungry?"

She shook her head..."I'm not...not even a little...I think the shock of it all has got to me...everything...all that happened-"

"No don't think of it..." he said quickly and urgently...

The awful memories, never far from the surface, made her body erupt with goosebumps...

Arnav fell to his knees beside the bed...

"Khushi...I'm so sorry..."

Feeling frustrated, it was her turn to snap at him..."Stop! Stop saying that!"

Her voice was shaking...

Arnav had a sheen in his eyes, constantly on the verge of tears..."Khushi...I..."

"You feel guilty? For what? Saving me?"

His eyes hitched to hers... "I damn well feel guilty! You are MINE to protect, and now TWICE you've been harmed by him. There will NOT be a third time."

An agonised expression twisted on his face and Khushi tried to lean towards him...

Her moan of pain had him on his feet in an instant and seated beside her ...

Holding her face gently, he stared in her eyes..."Say it...say anything...please..."

His unwavering gaze made her heart skip with panic..."Don't you dare feel guilty! You saved me! You kept your promise to me Arnav!"

"But you...you were..." he shook, as if he couldn't handle the images that flashed in his mind...

"I've never prayed so hard in my life.." he whispered brokenly..."I can live without everything, except you..."

She leaned her aching body into her husband..."I am with you...you saved me...I had to believe you were coming...I had hope in you...and you didn't let me down..."

His arms came around her, "As long as you're with me, I can handle anything...I just need you to be okay..."

"I...I am..." her eyes fell..."well, I will be...I will, I just...I hurt...almost everywhere..."

"Fuck..." Arnav stood up, closing his eyes hard...his fists clenched hard at his sides...

And her tears came...

Hot, stinging tears...

She didn't say a word and just let them fall...

As one tear hit her hand, it struck loudly within his heart...

He was back on his knees once more..."Please...God, please don't cry...I'm not angry at you! I'm NEVER angry at you...I...damn it...Khushi I can hardly cope...I just saw the woman I love go through torture and I couldn't do a fucking thing about it...please forgive my attitude...Please..."

Khushi could see clearly that he needed comfort just as much as she did...

And this is why they had each other.

"Arnav...the only time I will give up hope, is if you never try to save me..."

Her words were stopped as he rose up above her and moulded his mouth to hers, making love to her lips...

When he moved back, his eyes bore a very direct and predatory look..."I have been willing to give my life for you...and that offer ETERNALLY stands. I will ALWAYS save you..."

He dipped his head to hers, making her shiver, "ALWAYS..." he reiterated...

Khushi's eyes dropped and tears splayed over her cheeks...

It was then that she felt his careful grip on the back of her head, and his soft lips against her temple..."Now...we focus on your recovery...because you WILL be fine...and I'm only just getting started showering you with love and attention..."

And a small smile spread over her face...

Cradling her against his body, his other hand swept up and down her back...

His touch, his scent, roused her emotions to fever pitch...

She clung to his shirt to stop herself from screaming or breaking down completely...

Arnav's hands swept over her, as if reassuring himself that she was there..."talk to me...tell me what you need...whatever it is, you will get it..."

But as she was about to reply, her mind suddenly rang out with words the baron had said...

"..you think I got out without help!? You think this will end here!?"

He felt the distressed change in her, "Khushi?"

She was now starting to shake, and Arnav acted instantaneously...

He moved over her body as gently as he could, letting her feel his warmth and weight...

"...Khushi...I'm begging you...talk to me..."

She couldn't hold back her whimpers as she tried to talk..."he...he said..."

He waited for her breathing to try and settle...

"he said...he didin't do this alone...he...that he had help..."

The fear in her undid him...

"You think I'm going to let anyone take you from me again!? You are with me...shhhh...don't think of ANYTHING..." he kissed down her neck and towards her chest...

The bruising was coming out more, making his temper unleash untameable energy throughout him...

His body hummed with the need to take her pain away...

"Khushi...feel my mouth on you...feel my body on you...close your eyes...forget everything except this right now..."

He heard her sniffle but her hands were on his shoulders as he opened his mouth over her chest...

The memories of the previous time was crashing into him...

"He touched what is MINE, two times now!!!!!!!"

He could feel her stuttering heartbeat against his lips...

Needing to be more careful that the time before, he bathed her chest with his tongue and mouth, trying to keep from hurting her...

When he raised his head, he saw her clamped lids...

"Look at me sweetheart..."

Her hazy eyes opened slowly...

"I will have EVERY protocol in place to keep you protected...and I am not leaving your side...whether you're with my mum, in the kitchen, or in the damn bathroom, I'm with you..."

She let out a soft laugh, but cringed at the stinging that came with it...

"It's ok...shhh...It's ok..."

"Arnav...you can't stop everything just to shadow me..."

He was ready to lunge at her, but kept his movement careful, "Like Hell I can't! You are my wife...And I will do WHATEVER it takes to make sure you are protected...that...that what you went through DOES NOT happen again..."

Bloodthirsty rage was still clouding his rational thoughts...

"Arnav..."

But hearing her mention his name made his heart swell with love and passion...

"...will...will you..."

"I am going to make love to you...RIGHT NOW..." he asked as if frantic for her...

"...I was going to ask that... I need to forget what he-" she blinked slowly..."Please..."

He couldn't garner the strength to reply...

Leaning down, he kissed her...

His love for her morphed into something carnal as his tongue slipped into her mouth...

Khushi's hands flew up and dug into his back...

Arnav could sense the change in her and slowed the kiss down...

"I want you...My GOD I want you so badly, but we are taking this slow...I'm NOT taking any chances...I won't have you hurting..."

Before she could complain, his mouth suctioned to hers once again...

The kiss became deeper and seductive, making her body let down her arousal, and making Arnav's erection grow thick and hard...

His hands smoothed along her chest and the she hissed against his kiss...

He paused and moved back..."Okay...as much as I love your gorgeous breasts, I need to wait to touch you there..."

And she started to cry...

"No no no..." he pleaded, his breath feathering across her face..."Khushi...no tears...I'm going to make love to you so intensely you won't remember your own name..."

She let out a soft laugh as her emotions were magnified ten-fold...

Arnav needed to make her climax.

He was desperate for her to feel pleasure instead of pain...

"Arn...Arnav..."

"Don't move sweetheart...I'm here..."

And as he positioned himself, he slid his arm beneath her neck, ready to hold her head steady, and pulled her upper leg over his hip...

They were facing each other and she was now open to him as he reached down to palm his phallus that was now harder than concrete...

"Look at me my princess..." his voice was ragged...

And the moment her teary eyes connected with his, he began to push inside her...

"Yes...Oh....ohhhhh..."

Brushing his lips over hers, he spoke against her mouth..."Try not to move too much, but if you do, just know, I'm going to hold you still...You WON'T feel pain, but what you will feel is going to be damn strong... I'm going to make you come...my wife..."

Releasing his long flesh, he slid deep inside her as the arm beneath her neck held her head steady, and his opposite hand now wrapped around her waist and over her lower back...

"Yes...You're inside...me...so...so deep..."

"ONLY. ME."

"Yes..."

"FOREVER. ONLY. ME."

His body growled with posession...

Withdrawing only an inch, he pushed back in deeper against her cervix, rolling his pelvis...

Her long deep breath against his mouth reassured him of her unending spirit...

She opened her eyes and the way Arnav was looking at her blew her away...

"His eyes, they shine with so much love for me, as though I truly mean everything in the world to him..."

"You DO mean everything in the world to me..." he repeated what she murmered unknowingly...

His words beckoned her out of the darkness into the sun...

Pulling out nearly all the way, he slid back in, with aching slow precision...

Khushi gasped and dug he fingers into arms..."Arnav...please..."

His eyes closed with ecstasy as she moaned with delight...

"Slowly my love..."

And he withdrew his long erection, and thrust back in, slightly faster...

With each penetration, she could feel him holding her body steady, as though she would break if he let go...

"Look at me..." he commanded...

She opened her eyes and saw her husband beside her, his face showing insaitable yearning...

He moved gently as his wide eyes drilled into hers..."Mine...MINE..."

And he held her tighter as his thrusts grew faster...

"Yes...I...I...need..."

"Oh I know exactly what you need my love..." he stated breathlessly, "...just wait...it's coming..."

He could feel her body buzzing, almost tight with the need to orgasm...

And another area was tight, devastatingly tight, her sucking channel, making his sanity stretch out to the max.

"I love you Khushi...I'm sorry...I love you..."

"Shhh..." she panted and touched face as he kissed her...

She didn't feel one ounce of pain as he thrust faster, clasping her body to his, needing her more desperately than his next heartbeat...

Her breathing became harsh, "Arnav..."

"Let it come my wife...MY wife..."

Keeping his grip unyeilding with steady dominance, he felt her sex begin to tighten, and tighter still...

"Oh...God...yes...come Khushi...let me feel you come..."

And unable to say a word, her climax took hold...

He held her still as he promised...

Her inner muscles vibrating and quiverring with torrid force as her body tried to convulse in his clutches...

She tried to cry out, she tried to speak...but all that she could manage was rasping out his name...

Arnav thrust against her fluttering muscles as he rushed towards his own climax that took hold with extreme fortitude...

Khushi's lids drifted open and she saw his eyes burn to gold as he flooded her with his sperm, his phallus throbbing and pulsing over and over...

Locking eyes with his wife as he orgasmed, he bared his soul...opening it up wide to let her and only her inside...

"My love...my wife...damn..." his own voice was hoarse and grating...

"Arnav..." her body still tried to shake in his arms, but he restrained her using what little power he had left..."Ar...Arnav...that was..."

"Shhhh...it's ALWAYS mind blowing..."

Her hands were still, one resting on his chest, feeling his racing heart...

When she started to yawn, he kissed her moist forehead..."Sleep now..."

"Will...will you stay with me? Please..."

Arnav's gaze once again locked onto hers...

His emotions on full display, utter adoration and power beaming forth..."Stay? I'm not even going to pull out of you...I will never leave you...PLEASE sleep knowing that when you wake up...I will be right here...and I told you to stop asking me that..."

And she smiled as she fell into a deep sleep...


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


Arnav was woken by another knock at their bedroom door...

He didn't realise he'd fallen asleep as well...

Momentarily angry at himself, the feeling soon evaporated seeing Khushi sleeping peacefully beside him.

While sleeping, she had turned onto her back, and he hurried to survey her neck, checking for any signs of bleeding...

Rolling to his side, he quickly called out, "Don't enter. Just one moment..."

Khushi didn't even stir, and he smiled..."You're used to my voice even in your sleep my love?Lets get you covered up..."

His eyes were trailing over her bare body...

Her bruised thighs made his feral nature strike once again...

Lowering his torso, he kissed the marks gently, then covered her up properly with the sheet and blanket...

Pulling on trousers and a shirt, he stayed beside the bed, keeping his body heat near her, and finally called out..."Enter..."

The physician was back once more.

"I do apologise for my frequent visits, but-"

Arnav shook his head, "No, I am grateful...She means more to me than anything...I just want her well again..."

From the corner of his eye he could see movement in the doorway and saw Corey.

Arnav motioned for him to come in...

"Doctor, just wait for a moment to check her chest..."

"You can go to the doorway and discuss whatever you n-"

Arnav's eyes sparked as his tone was a low growl, "I'm not leaving my wife..."

As the hefty officer approached, he kept his eyes on the Prince as he saluted..."Sir"

"Corey. Anything to report?"

His guard tried to hold back a smile, "Well, you certainly made quite a statement with what you did to Nate Patel."

Arnav's expression was as haunted as it was proud, "Dead?"

"Oh very much so...the evil fucker bled out...nothing could be done for him..."

"Good."

"Agreed. But you also broke the jaw and cheekbone of three of your top liners..."

Arnav clenched his teeth..."I know...I...I just..."

"They're fine...they're comparing wounds and still trying to figure out how you literally almost took on ALL of us...I've never seen anything like it...You're a fucking army by yourself...Jacob is in shock too..."

"I...I was...After what I saw happen to her...so where IS Jacob, I know he's my best friend but he better have a good fucking reason to be-"

"He's been questioning people and following up the threats. He's fuming that the Baron escaped in the first place...so he knows someone had to have been helping him."

Arnav looked back at Khushi.

The doctor was quietly talking to her.

Turning back to Corey, he kept his voice low, "Look. I may command the Army, but you're 2nd in command for a reason, right now, I need you to keep them ready to strike and attack. Because I NEED Khushi safe...fuck, I'd just about annihilate everyone who dares threaten her..."

"My Prince," his head guard spoke up, "No one blames you...we know what happened...hell the news of what happened to Her Highness is everywhere...People are in shock...the churches are filling as people go to pray for her..."

Arnav felt his chest tighten..."She will be alright. I know she will..."

"Sir, she will..."

His body shook as he said, "Look, the doctor is waiting to check her, so...anything else?"

"Not as yet, but the brother has been given the news and he's playing it cool...whoever the baron was working with, we will find them."

"Fucking right we will...I want as much security as possible..."

The guard chuckled, "Sir, the Queen herself has been sending more officers around the grounds as protection for the Princess than the King...He's still trying to get a word in..."

Arnav smiled..."My awesome mother..." he cleared his throat softly, "Look, I'm not leaving my wife...If I'm needed, you come talk to me here...understand?"

Saluting the Prince, he replied..."Understood loud and clear. I'm proud to serve with you." 

"Kiss ass." Arnav muttered.

Corey chuckled and he left the room.

Turning back to the doctor, Arnav sighed, "Sorry for how I spoke...again...I'm not-"

"I know you're worried...I know you're not okay...now, I checked the bruising on her face and head, I pressed lightly on her cranium and there is only slight concussion... but I'll go over her properly now..."

Arnav seated himself beside Khushi once more...

"You've grown into quite a remarkable man My Prince...I mean, I don't know if you remember, but...I was the doctor who helped deliver you when Her Majesty was in labor..."

Arnav smirked, "I know...you're the most trusted family physician..."

The doctor carefully checked Khushi's wounded forehead once more, "The slash has sealed, and the swelling is gone down considerably, she's got a hard head..."

"You've got no idea..." he chuckled...

"The way it is with most women..."

Arnav glanced at her face..."Thank God she's sleeping...she'd lose her temper hearing this..."

"As would my wife..." the doctor smiled..."Now, I can only check the gash on her throat so much with the waterproof bandage still on...removing it would wake her and I don't want to startle her..."

"Shit, I don't want that..." he frowned, "Look, once she wakes, I'll call for you..."

"That is fine, If I'm not here, because of the time, the other medic who did the incision will be on call...the queen has made sure there is a doctor here round the clock..."

"Great..." he raked his hand through his hair..."And her bruising?"

His shoulders fell, "There's only so much we can do for that...It's a waiting game for the pain to ease and the marks to fade...She took a few blows to the ribs, but no fractures..."

Arnav felt like screaming again..."That fucking BASTARD! How DARE he do this to her..."

The Doctor closed his case, "She will pull through, I can guarantee that...but from what I heard, is she still under threat?"

"Yes. And I'm not taking chances...I'll damn well keep guard on her in this room permanently if I have to..."

"Oh that should go over well..." the doctor laughed..."I don't know of any woman who won't try and fight for her way..."

Arnav grinned, "She sure is a sassy thing...But I know the castle is safe...I just...Damn, my mind is all over the place..."

"It is to be expected...I think that-"

Khushi suddenly took a deep breath, her hands now splaying over the bed as if searching for him...

"Out..." Arnav snarled, his attention now fully on his wife...

The doctor didn't attempt to make any more conversation as he scurried out, closing the door as quietly as he could...

Arnav was now beside her in an instant, taking one of her hands in his as her other was now pressing on his chest..."I'm here...Khushi I'm here..."

She was gasping faintly, making him realise she was dreaming...

"Khushi...I'm here..." he moved over her..."Khushi..."

And her breathing became laboured...too laboured...

Chilling fear gripped his heart..."Khushi! Damn it! Wake up!"

Sliding his hand behind her head, he pulled her up more brutally than he should have..."Khushi!!!" 




..........



Breathing was now difficult...

"He...He isn't coming for me?..." she choked with dread, as though pieces of her heart were literally being sliced away...

"Ofcourse he's not coming for you! You're WORTHLESS!"

Her eyes darted up to the man who was walking towards her...

His face was blurred, and she blinked hard to try and focus...

"I'm going to kill you! Then fuck your pitiful body till you fall apart!"

She tried to scream, but no matter what she did, no sound came out...

"He will come for me! He WILL!"

The faceless man laughed..."...why would he come for someone who means NOTHING!?"

And Khushi's legs gave out...


She crumpled to the ground, hyperventillating...


"I don't have time for your weakness!" the man said as he hauled her up..."I'm going to crush what's left of your life into tiny pieces!!!"


The heavy pressure in her chest was now making it impossible to draw breath...


"He...he promised...he promised he'd always come for me..."


"Well this time...HE WON'T"...


And the man leaned into her until darkness covered her completely...


"...no...noooo...NOOOOOOOO!"


But it was too late, the man's large hands grabbed her...


"Arnav! Arnav! Please! Please!!!!!!!!!!"




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





"KHUSHI!!!!" 

His voice finally woke her.

She was convulsing with absolute pure terror, completely unaware she was crying till Arnav spoke again...

"Shhhh Khushi...you're safe!"

Grabbing fistfulls of his shirt, she let out a suffocated sound as her words came out fast and delirious..."He said you weren't coming! He said you wouldn't come for me! Are you here!? Are you here!?"

Arnav's emotions were being held hostage by her sudden fear...

It was as thought the light in her eyes had been extinguished and her soul had been claimed by the darkness of her attack...

A sob escaped, and another, and another until she was crying mournfully...

"You promised you would come for me...you promised..." her voice cracked, barely recognisable...

Reacting out of sheer hysteria, she pounded Arnav's chest with her fists until she was exhausted...

He flexed his chest and let her hit him.

He didn't say a word.

He tried to keep his sanity in one piece as he let her react...

The horror she went through had now settled in her subconscious, and he knew it.

Finally spent, her body dropped, unable to handle her own weight...

With an arm around her waist, Arnav hadn't let go the entire time and held her even tighter when she sagged against him, still shaking...

"Khushi...I don't know what you just dreamt-"

She moaned with pain..."You weren't coming for me...you promised..."

Holding her weary body, that was completely out of fight, he gripped the back of her head...

When she saw his eyes, they were hollow...

Guilt clawed at him, his sorrow more real that the blood in his veins...

"What you dreamt..." he felt his insides twist when her eyes filled with tears..."WILL NOT HAPPEN!" 

He had to make conscious effort to beat back the murderous haze that was starting to consume him...

"Now you LISTEN to me..." Icy rage burned in his quiet words..."I know you're scared..." he spoke carefully as her wide eyes were now glued to his..."I KNOW you're scared...you can hit me, scream at me, hurt me, lash out as MUCH as you like!" 

Arnav now leaned in severely close, keeping his grip on her tight, not letting her budge an inch, "But understand this..." her inconsolable outburst provoked his power to dominating levels of intensity...

She was pale as his eyes compelled her not to look away...

"...understand this...whoever said I wouldn't come for you...IS A GODDAMN LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Her mouth was open, panting...

The blood that thundered inside her body was now heating up fast...

"Arnav..." she hissed...

His chest was now pressed to hers, and this time, he ignored all gasps she made...

"I won't allow ANYONE, real or from your dreams make you believe ANYTHING other than what I'm telling you right now..."

Gripping her with all of his power, his voice was a mighty roar..."the WORST possible thing I could imagine is NOT HAVING YOU!"

The pieces of her heart were starting to mould back together as his words were so loud they resounded inside her...

"I WILL NOT BE FORCED TO LIVE IN A WORLD THAT YOU ARE NO LONGER IN! My life is YOURS! I will give it up without ANY hesitation! I will and HAVE killed for you!" he leaned closer..."and I'd do it again! OVER AND OVER!"

Bringing his mouth to hers his voice was no less dynamic as he growled..."and I will repeat this ETERNALLY, until you, your dreams, and EVERY fibre of your body knows it!"

Lifting her hand in his, he brought it up to his face..."Khushi...what I feel for you almost borderlines OBSESSION...the love I feel for you is something more overwhelming than breathing..."

Khushi's heart was now clenching with love for him...

As her palm touched his face, she felt the warmth of his skin...

Arnav, on the verge of a neurotic explosion, took control...

Lacing his fingers in her hair, he knotted it tight...

Leaning in as though to kiss her, he moved to the sensitive spot directly behind her ear,his lips brushing her skin as he whispered..."I'm with you...I'll always come for you...and I will NEVER let you believe otherwise..."

He wedged her pelvis closer making her heave in a sudden deep breath...

Though beaten and bruised, she took strength from her unfailing husband...

He used force when needed, and through his force, she had found her freedom once more...

The next thing she felt was his hand at her core...

She was still in his firm embrace, eyes fastened to his.

But now...his fingers were running delicately over the seam of her sex, opening her lower lips as though they were like petals...

He could feel how wet she was, her cream dripping onto his skin, her labia swollen and tingling with the rush of blood to that area...

His fingers pressed at her entrance and then pushed inside her...

She gasped, now clinging tightly to his shoulders as he went deeper...

Curling his fingers inwards, he pulled her sex closer..."THIS..." he pressed on her gspot, making her arousal spiral out of control..."is mine..."

Keeping the pressure unrelenting, his gaze scorched hers..."Khushi, EVERYTHING about you is my TOP priority...Don't you ever DARE think that you come second to ANYTHING!"

Tears spilled out of her open eyes..."Ar...Arnav...I need to forget...I need you to touch me..."

Immediately his expression became dark with a threatening power...

A severe dominant flame scorched his eyes...

"Touch you?..."

He slipped his fingers from within her, but his hand lingered, his thumb brushing her swollen clitoris...

Unwilling to release her hair, he used his damp hand to pull his constricted hard flesh free as he lifted her onto him...

"Touch you Khushi?..." his voice was dripping with fury and authority..."I'm going to do a hell of a lot more than just touch you...I'm going to fuck you until you don't remember his name..." his grip became tighter..."and then make love to you until you only remember mine..."

Her jaw dropped...

He had NEVER spoken this way, and it made her body catch fire and break out in goosebumps...

The joint sensations of hot and cold made her sex leak drastically...

Not even needing to look, his solid length found her channel and glided inside her...

Now locked together, his erection thickened, filling her completely...

Khushi tried to drop her head to his shoulder, but he clasped her sturdily...

"I love you...my wife..." 

Having her husband buried deep inside her created a surreal sense of peace in he soul...

"I can let EVERYTHING else go...as long as I have you Khushi..."

Holding her hip, he lifted her and then let her sink back onto him, rocking together, their movements harsh...

"You are the blood in my veins, the very reason my heart beats...when you're not near me, I feel the loss inside my very soul..."

"Oh...my god...your words...I can barely breathe..." she said on a tearful sigh...

His eyes were now brimming with tears, and a love so strong she caught her breath...

Silencing anymore words, he kissed her deeply, holding himself immersed inside her, an expression of intense passion on his face...

Holding her steady, he pulled out and thrust back in, hard.

"You're MINE. ALWAYS." he ground out with each thrust...

Her inner muscles were starting to pulse around him, trying to milk him...

Letting out a cry of pleasure, she held onto him so desperately, never wanting to let go...

But as she felt the pressure increasing, he stopped.

Before she could question him, he was on her...

His hand still holding her head secure, his other arm now under her knee, lifting her leg...

"Tell me you believe me...Khushi, please..." he pleaded..."TELL ME YOU BELIEVE ME!"

"I believe you...I'm sor-"

"I don't want 'I'M SORRY'! I want you to believe me!"

"I believe you Arnav..."

"TELL ME AGAIN!" he said with a savage bite...

She'd never seen him like this...

Drawn to this sharp an edge...

"I believe you...I believe you Arnav..."

He looked as if his life depended on the words that she spoke...

And he lowered his mouth to hers as he started to penetrate her trembling body...

His lips opening overs hers, tongue pressing onto hers, tasting, devouring...

Nothing could prevent the monster eruption building inside him...

Her hands were now questing over him, his broad shoulders, seeking his skin...

She pulled his shirt up and shoved her hands beneath the fabric and dug her nails into his muscled back...

Arnav immediately sped up his thrusts...

He could feel her channel contracting...

"Look at me." he ordered.

Her eyes were hazy but she keep them on him...

Having her husband's entire focus on her with such flammable intensity was almost unnerving her...

He could feel her body shaking, her leg in his grasp tremoring uncontrollably...

And her orgasm struck.

Arnav stared at her with unquenchable hunger as she convulsed beneath him, her sex clenching harder than he'd felt before...

"Hey..." he rasped...

She blinked, still quaking...

"I love you..." he said.

He bucked hard, and with a full blown shudder and a distorted groan, Arnav climaxed, and kept thrusting till he had nothing left, letting his semen burst against her cervix.

Their arms were so tight around each other, as though letting go for even a second would cost them their lives...

Quickly rolling her to her side, he stayed with her...

"I love you...I'm sorry if I scared you...but I HAVE no patience when it comes to you...I need you to understand how much you mean...how much I would do for you, how much I would give up for you..."

He let her move back slightly to look at him...

Her eyes drank him in...

"Oh my..," she thought frantically..."He looks ravished, delectable, dangerous ...and completely mine...

"Damn fucking right..." he said in a feral snarl...

She frowned, blinking rapidly...

"I'm DEFINITELY completely yours..."

She blushed a darker red and he pressed soft kisses all over her face...

"I love that you mutter what you're thinking..."

Khushi grumbled, "I don't..."

Arnav quickly attached his mouth to hers and spoke, "And just for the record...you look ravished, delectable, and COMPLETELY MINE..."

Khushi took strength in their unity...

But soon tears caught up and Arnav groaned...

"Shit, don't cry..."

"I...just...I couldn't cope..." Khushi whimpered...

"You can. You have me."

Arnav wound his hands back into her hair and pulled her close..."I would tear the world apart to bring you back to me! Fuck, I hit and knocked out my OWN MEN when they held me away from you!"

Her pupils expanded..."You...you what?"

"Khushi I couldn't cope! No one could get through to me...I didn't know if you were alive...I couldn't hear anything...see anything...only YOU..."

Arnav's voice sounded like he'd just gargled with glass...

The pain so evident, she could feel it...

"Listen carefully...I WILL fight, kill and annihilate anyone who tries to keep you away from me me..." and his tone turned dark..."You KNOW what I'm capable of...don't you..."

She tried to nod, but his grip wouldn't allow it...

The flare in her belly started to swell as she could feel his supreme power...

Just as she was about to speak, he swooped in and kissed her thoroughly...

"Now...the doctor came in just before your dream..." he paused, loving that even though he mentioned her dream, she didn't flinch, "and I need to call him back..."

Sounding like he was going to leave her, Khushi grabbed his arm...

His eyes darted from her grasp and back to her face...

He chuckled, "Soon, your crazy brain will register just how insane I am for you..."

Wrapping her in the damp sheet, Arnav lifted her easily into his arms, and carried her to the door...

The moment he opened it, she saw Corey still standing guard..."I need the doctor to come back and check her..."

He instantly nodded and motioned to one of the many officers who were now patrolling the halls...

Her face flushed, "All of this is for-"

"You. Yes Your Highness..." Corey said assuredly.

Arnav gave her a sexy crooked grin as she looked back at him, "I was going to do all this, but guess who got to it first? My mother..."

Her eyes welled up as she smiled..."Can...can I see her too please?"

"Khushi, you don't need to ask with such worry. Is your position clear to everyone in the kingdom except you?...you are my equal, you merely need to ask, and it's yours..."

Clearing his throat, Corey interrupted, "I have sent word to her Majesty...I know they will be here very soon..."

As he spoke, the doctor came into view...

"Your Highness! Well, you have a wonderful color to your cheeks now..."

Khushi began to blush even more knowing exactly why she was a rosy shade...

She felt Arnav growl with pride.

"Head on my chest now Khushi..." he ordered her as he backed into their room once more, the doctor following close behind...

"I was actually just about to head home, but I'm glad I can see you before tomorrow..."

Khushi blinked, "Tomorrow? What time is it?"

Arnav placed her down carefully on the bed and held back a laugh at her hand that was still clinging to his shirt...

"Don't go anywh-"

He stopped her with a hard kiss, his hand behind her head...

Not bothering to reply, he positioned himself on the bed next to her and nodded at the doctor...

"Okay, I would like to remove the bandage on your neck to check the stitches..."

She was about to lift her head when she hissed and Arnav's reaction was instant.

He placed his large palm against the back of her neck and slid forwards, letting her lay back into his arms...

"How's this Doc?"

The doctor seemed amused, "Much better angle, and this way she doesn't have to keep asking if you're staying..."

Her eyes flashed with quick indignation as Arnav began to laugh quietly as he said, "Do all women take so long to understand things?"

The doctor treaded carefully as he slowly peeled the bandage back, "Well, women are very...what did we say earlier? Headstrong?"

Khushi's jaw dropped, "You...You two are..."

But as her gaze locked onto her husband, she saw his expression...

Relief, Joy and Possession...

But at her slight wince, as the bandage came off, his brow furrowed and smile disappeared..."Hey...hey it's okay...shhh..."

"I'm alright Arnav...I'm...ouch..."

The doctor probed at the stitches carefully...

"Alright, sit her up properly..."

Arnav's head turned to the doctor as he eased Khushi back up, "Is she ok? Damn it tell me!"

Khushi lifted her hand to his chest, "Arnav...he's doing his job!"

And at that, the doctor chuckled, "You sound like the Queen..."

Arnav couldn't keep up with the raging emotions inside him...

"Did someone mention my name?"

A voice rang out at the doorway...

"Mum?" Khushi said softly...

The queen was now speeding towards the bed..."Oh Khushi!"

"Mother, just carefully!" Arnav warned her...

Batting her son's hands away, she moved gently to her daughter in law and wrapped her arms around her...

Khushi could still feel Arnav's hand at the back of her head...

Suddenly without the bandage there, Arnav could see the long gash on her neck and the dark threads that held it together...

"Ok...Ok Mum I need you to back away a bit..."

The queen was having none of it..."Arnav! I am not going to hurt her, I can see I have to be careful..."

Khushi hiccuped with nerves, the love she was receiving suddenly blowing her away...

Everyone's attnetion was now on her and she blinked out tears...

"You all love me..."

The words she spoke sounded like she didn't fully believe it herself...

Arnav moved closer and the queen held onto Khushi's hand...

"Khushi, you're my daughter in law, and I love you so so very much!"

The King, who was now sitting in the chair near the bed, spoke up, "Khushi dear, we both love you and please for the love of God get better fast...between Your husband and My wife, I'm exhausted..."

Her eyes were on her father in law and she outstretched her hand...

He walked over and held it gently, "Sweetie, you're everything and more than we could have ever hoped and prayed for...Please don't doubt what we would all do for you..."

"If I can get a word in..." the doctor spoke warily...

"Oh God! Yes! Please! How is she? What does she need? Can I get her something? Anything?"

Arnav was filled with admiration for his mother who was now at her wits end to care for Khushi...

The king pulled the Queen into his arms and wrapped and arm around her waist...

"Oy! I'm just-"

"I know darling, but let the doctor speak..."

She threw an agitated glance at him and quieted...

The King kissed her cheek and nodded at the doctor...

"Ok, well It's clean, it's sealing, and the stitches can be removed in a week or so as long as she keeps her movement to a minimum..."

"Done." Arnav said without any delay.

Khushi started to shake slightly, everything overwhelming her...

Arnav saw how fragile she was and took control immediately...

"I need everyone out..."

The doctor looked to Arnav, "I agree, Your Highness... She needs rest, her system is still in shock..."

Arnav knew that he had to get his wife's emotions in a calmer state...

Holding Khushi's hand, he stood up..."I'm serious! You all need to leave. Now. I love you mum, and dad, but-"

The King spoke up..."We underst-"

"Ofcourse we understand! Khushi rest, if you need anything, you know Arnav will get it...Just PLEASE get some rest..."

The King was now rolling his eyes..."Come on darling, let's get your yammering mouth out of here..."

Khushi let out a small laugh and squeezed Arnav's hand...

"Your Highness, I won't reattach the bandage, let the area breathe...so please stay as still as you can..."

"Ofcourse..."

"Ofcourse she will..." Arnav stated..."Now, Please have some bland foods brought in for Khushi so she can take some more painkillers please..."

"But...I'm not hungry..." Khushi spoke up quietly...

"Your Highness, you have to eat something to take these...they will make you nauseous if you take them on an empty stomach..."

The doctors voice was gentle as he packed up his bag and stood up off the bed, "I'll see you tomorrow sometime alright? There are three other doctors and a medic on call for you if you need anything..."

Her eyebrows lifted..."Three?"

"Nothing but the best for you..." he smiled...

"Look, I'm trying to be nice, but I need Khushi to rest now..." Arnav said through clenched teeth.

The doctor nodded, "Ofcourse." and as he disappeared through the door, a server brought in a small tray of food...

When the attendant got close, Arnav pulled the tray and motioned for the man to leave...

"Th...thankyou..." Khushi tried to call out, but her voice was getting weaker...

The door closed, and Arnav's attention was now completely on his wife...

Sitting beside her, he balanced the tray on his lap and lifted the slice of dry bread to her lips...

"Eat."

Her eyes flicked from his eyes to the food and back again..."You...You're..."

He moved closer..."I will DIE INSIDE if your pain gets worse again Khushi...EAT."

Parting her lips, she took a bite and chewed slowly...

As hew jaw moved, Arnav kissed her forehead..."Thankyou..."

Swallowing, she felt a tugging, followed by a stinging sensation...

Her hands came up to her neck and Arnav dropped the bread and grabbed her wrists...

"It's alright..." his eyes studied her neck, letting his fingers slip lightly across the skin of her throat, "nothing has happened...you're fine..."

Her breathing quickened, she said, "I don't want anymore..."

"Just a little...please...then you can take the tablets and I'm going to hold you as you sleep..."

Khushi nodded, and opened her mouth once more...

But instead of feeding her, he leaned in and kissed her...

His lips were soft and warm, controlling the kiss...

Her parted lips caused her to respond almost instantly as he sought out her tongue in a delicate firm caress...

But he pulled back and pushed a large bite of bread in her mouth...

She tried to tell him off but could only mutter a rambling angry curse as he smiled...

"Sorry..." he grinned, "Two small swallows alright?"

Khushi tried to be angry, but his face made her heart light up...

"O..k..ay..." she said with a full mouth...

Arnav pressed his lips to the pulse on her neck as she swallowed...

He hated hearing her slight hisses, but he finally passed her a glass of water and the two analgesics...

"One more time my princess..." he encouraged her...

And it was done...

"I hope they kick in soon..." she whispered...

His face paled..."You're in pain?"

Taking a breath, she owned up, "Only in the last few minutes..."

"Fuck..."

His voice was tortured as he pulled her into his arms as carefully as he could..."You need to tell me...You need to tell me EVERYTHING you're feeling..."

Khushi started to yawn..."I...I will..."

His back was now against the pillows that covered the headboard as she lay in his arms...

"I just need you to be okay sweetheart...I'm here...not leaving...fuck, NEVER leaving..."

And as she smiled, sleep took over...



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"Fine I'll eat...If you be QUIET..." Arnav whispered loudly...

His mother smiled..."I'm only doing what I KNOW Khushi would want, and ofcourse what I want..."

Arnav smirked, "...annoying women..."

Her eyes quirked..."What was that again?""

He bit back a smile as he held his sleeping wife close with one arm and started to pick at the food on the tray with his other...

"At least she has some color back in her face..."

Arnav's chest beamed with pride...

Knowing how satisfied the woman in his arms was...

The queen sat on the opposite side of the bed and gently touched Khushi's face...

"When you brought her in...she was so pale..."

Arnav was chewing hard on his food, "Mum...please..."

She frowned, aware that he couldn't take hearing it, "I know...I just...how can a person do this? She is the kindest woman I've ever met...and I am damn proud that you chose her Arnav...I may have disowned you had you chosen that other woman who confronted Khushi..."

Arnav groaned, "Ugh...those women...wanting a title...wanting to be noticed..."

She sat up, her face now inquisitive..."How DID you notice this treasure?"

And his eyes lit up..."As soon as I walked into the ballroom, like a magnet...I saw her...she kept her head down, trying to do her job...but..."

He took a long drink of water and then pushed the tray away...

Taking her small hand in his, he brought her fingers to his lips..."I freaking FOLLOWED her around the room mum..."

His mother laughed..."That's must have been a shock to your system..."

He nodded, "God yes...I'm usually the one who is followed, who has a damn trail of stupid giggling idiots who want attention...and the one person who I wanted the attention of, was..." he cringed..."was forbidden to look at me...and then left me for a life of absolute horror to 'save me'...I don't even know how I came to deserve her...but I was damn never going to let her go..."

"Arnav, I always knew you were capable of extreme love..."

He pressed his lips to Khushi's palm..."Well I had no damn choice when I saw her..."

"Good."

His chuckle made Khushi take a deep breath in her sleep...

"I'm glad she's sleeping...this is how the body heals..."

Arnav scoffed, "I know...but fuck..."

"Language!"

He shook his head fast..."Mum I'm losing it...I SAW it all happen..."

She reached over and clasped his hand that still encased Khushi's..."I know...I KNOW...there have been times I have seen your father go through things I never will forget...and ofcourse all the times you have marched off to fight...But remember one thing...Love is eternally strong...and I KNOW you know this...No matter what happens, no matter if you're near or far, that love...that love is what keeps you grounded...what keeps both hearts together..."

"I never thought I'd love this strongly...it's as though my soul is embedded in hers...I can't breathe without her..."

The queen smiled..."I know this feeling..."

Arnav's brow lifted..."Yeah, you might want to talk to dad, seeing as he's sharing a lot of information about how tight knit you both are..."

The queen blushed but grinned..."Well, aren't you glad you have a King and Queen who love each other so deeply? Because if not for our love, and our 'law', you wouldn't have met-"

"Oh I would have met her..."

Her expression changed, her eyes questioning him...

"A love like THIS, that is THIS STRONG? I would have met her...I would have found my way to her...She can never escape me...I am bound to her so tightly, our hearts fused so completely...I WOULD HAVE FOUND HER... because I knew when I saw her that she was it for me...I knew in that very moment, that even though my head was vying for control, my heart was already on it's knees before her..."

The Queen stared.

Arnav had spoken those words to Khushi as she slept, his eyes steadfast on her sleeping face...

"Wow."

It was now Arnav's turn to turn red...

"Uh...I..." he stuttered...

"That was beautiful my son...And I'm beyond proud..."

Khushi began to move slightly and the queen stood up..."Squirmy thing...like me...I kicked your father off the bed one night..."

Arnav laughed but quickly tried to quiet down..."Oh my God...you both need to write a story of all theses escapades..."

"I may just do that..." she wiggled her eyebrows..."Okay, I'll take the tray, time to head back to check the new round of guards..."

Arnav gave a half smile..."You realise you're making me look bad right?"

She gave a snooty look, "I am the Queen! And I know you would have done this yourself, but you are exactly where you need to be...and I have been tiring your father out...so I have to-"

"I don't need to know the details..." he chuckled...

Resting Khushi's hand on his chest,  reached out to his mother and took her hand into his and kissed it..."I love you mum...You're one kick ass queen..."

She winked, "I sure am..."



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Feeling stronger now that he'd eaten, Arnav was now growing restless...

"Fucking two days...I stayed away from her for two days...and now..."

He clasped her hand in his once again and kissed her fingers, sucking one into his mouth...

"Damn it I want you..."

Almost as if hearing him, her mind woke up...

His gaze pulled her in and sent her heart skittering...

"Hi..." he smiled...

It was impossible to ignore the well-defined chest she was resting her hand on, or the tingle that rushed over her skin from being encircled in the safety of his arms once more...

"Hi..." she whispered...

Brushing a stray lock of hair from her face, his touch lingered as desire lit his eyes from within, stealing her breath and leaving her lightheaded...

The air between them felt charged, like there was a storm gathering on the horizon, keeping their entwinded bodies on the edge of an explosion...

Leaning down, he breathed in her scent, his stubble rough against her cheek...

As his lips touched hers, the kiss started slow and deliberate...

I need him...

But as soon as her tongue pushed passed his lips and touched his, the kiss became a whirlwind and deepened until there was nothing but the two of them...

Nothing but a raw heat and passion had her pulling at him, needing his closeness...

Khushi fisted her hand in his shirt and pressed her soft body against his...

He heard her hiss against his mouth and he braced her hips gently, pulling away...

"No..." her panic rose so high the degree of her angst was incalculable...

Her voice was wispy as she could barely breathe...

"Khushi...you're in pain...I can't-"

"Please don't pull away from me...Please don't see me as damaged...I have only managed to survive this hell, because I have you...you're my heaven..."

Something snapped inside him.

Pulling their bodies up, he sat her steadily before him...

"Damaged!?"

His voice was starting to shake again...

The tight set of his jaw left no question to his anger...

Khushi tried to explain..."I ju-"

But her words were yet again cut off by his hard insistent kiss...

He conquered her mouth, not giving her any quarter, space to talk, think, barely even to breathe...

He kissed her thoroughly, tongue stroking every inch of her mouth...

This was a kiss of passion and possession...

He kissed her and touched her as though he needed to make sure she was still with him...

Khushi gasped into his mouth and he took advantage, mastering her mouth with his tongue, her body completely in his hands...

Gripping the back of her head, he threw his body onto hers...

His hard length found her core unerringly...

And he pushed in and filled her with one long thrust...

Her scream of shock and pleasure echoed in the room...

He penetrated her, pounding...

Through it all, he held her gaze, his eyes flashing with emotion...

Before she could stop herself, she reached for him, tangling her fingers in his hair...

"Does THIS feel like I think you're 'damaged'  Khushi!?"

Anything she could have said poured out of her eyes...

"That's right! I see you for WHO YOU ARE! You are my wife! MY PRINCESS! Stronger than I will ever be!"

And as he speared her over and over, he kissed her with everything he had, trying to give physical form the the emotions he couldn't name, feelings that went way beyond words...

Khushi moaned low in her throat, and arched her back, desperate to have his body against hers, no matter the aches and pains...

"My Prince..."

"My Princess..." he replied instantly...

"Make me come...Please..."

Arnav clenched his teeth and growled..."Anything...ANYTHING for you..."

Carefully sliding his free arm beneath her back, her eyes widened, knowing what was coming...

Regripping her hair, he held her head still..."No fear...NOTHING...feel ME!"

And he thrust harder, then harder...

Pumping his hips against hers, her gspot filled fast...

His length retreated and returned, over and over, her throaty moans mingling with his, her body trembling beautifully with each penetration, and he again marvelled at how perfectly she fit him, how completely right and united they were...

"Oh...Oh Arnav!"

"Fuck...You are MINE! I will NEVER let you leave me! NEVER let you be apart from me!!!"

Her body began to clench down, her womb fluttering tight and the dam broke...

Gushing around his phallus, he was pushed out momentarily, but only speared back inside her, moving precisely as he churned into her glove tight core, lengthening her climax...

"Arnav...Arnav...I...I can't..."

But he didn't give her a moment to calm as he picked up his pace once more...

"DAMAGED!?" he roared..."You are completely WHOLE with me! FUCK damaged! You are ETERNALLY WHOLE with me!"

And he held her down fiercely as another orgasm propelled through her...

It started as a blaringly tight coil low in her groin, which spread FAST further and further out ntil it emcompassed her whole body...

Her sex was flooding as he increased his movement yet again, slamming into her as her inner muscles contracted around him...

"Khushi!!"

Her name was on his lips as he cried out and held himself deep inside her, his hips shuddering to thrust into her again, and then his own orgasm unravelled as he shot his seed deep into her pulsing body...

"Oh...my...God..." he groaned out...

Her hands were shaking as she tried to hold him tighter...

"I've got you...got you my love..." he rasped out, breathless and trying to assess her body once again...

Rolling her to her side, he kept his arm beneath her neck...

"You...You don't have to...to hold my head, I will try and make sure I-"

He grumbled as held her face gently..."I won't take ANY risks with this...bruises are one thing...this is..." his eyes slammed shut..."Khushi...I'm sorry..."

"Sorry? Arnav...talk to me..."

Her tiny voice made him shudder..."I saw him hurt you...I couldn't do anything...I could have rushed him but he threatened to...to..." tears began to sting..."I didn't realise until too late that he was too much of a coward to actually go through with what he said..."

"I know..." she ran her hands over his chest, his arms, his face..."I know why you didn't..."

He turned his head, feeling fully ashamed..."I should have seen it sooner...I can always read an enemy's intentions...but with YOU being threatened...I couldn't...I was losing it..."

"I knew you were coming...I even knew that you would easily escape being killed..."

Arnav scoffed, as though the two men who had held him back were capable of taking him on..."They were dead before they could fucking blink..."

"Arnav..." her touch was searing him..."You saved me...you always will..."

"Yes. I damn will...but..."

She saw his strong body start to tremble...

"If I had seen sooner...that he was a weak coward...I could have spared you this pain...If I knew he was chicken shit, I would have been on him and tearing him limb from limb...your screams...they cut my heart into pieces...hurt me more than any physical blow ever could..."

"No...No Arnav...I'm here...I'm safe...you did what you had to do...and these wounds are nothing compared to a life without you..."

His eyes locked onto her...

When he breathed in, it was shaky and strained...

"Nothing..." he snarled..."NOTHING will separate us...our love is eternal...till the stars turn cold...till the universe ceases to exist...You will NEVER be free of me..."

Her eyes watered, "I don't want to be free of you...the only freedom I feel is when I'm WITH you..."

Arnav moved in slightly and placed a soft gentle kiss against the bruises on her cheek, and then her forehead...

Her eyes glanced downwards, admiring his sensual body...

Long lean legs with a smattering of dark hair.

Tight curls surrounded his long thick erection.

A stomach ridged in muscles...

His shoulders broad and strong...

When her eyes caught his once more, she realised he was staring at her with a dark expression that looked like he was going to eat her alive...

"If you keep looking at me like that you really are going to make me burst into flame..."

She smiled, but soon her eyes went dark and full of renewed desire...

"I want to touch you..." the need in her voice was nearly his undoing...

Her words were out of her mouth before she could even comprehend she's spoken...

Arnav pulled her closer..."I'm yours Khushi...you never have to ask..."

And he wound her hair around his fist..."Keep your eyes on me, I don't want you hurting..."

Khushi's lips twisted into a soft smile as she moved her fingers down between their bodies and slid her hand from the root of his erection, up to the head, and back down again...

Arnav's flesh jerked against her palm...

"I'm not hurting you am I?" she asked worriedly...

His voice was a growl..."Your touch could never hurt me...."

Her eyes slowly shut and he said..."Eyes open my love..."

With their languid gazes now hypnotised to each other, she resumed her touch on him...

His flesh was long and thick, every ridge and vein pronounced as the blood flowed stronger...

Circling his girth in her hand, he felt more hot and solid than ever...

Swiping her thumb over the head of his glans, she smeared drops of pre cum over his length...

Full of might and force, he hooked her calf over the top of his thigh, opening her to him...

She was already wet, her sex raining out her desperation...

His hand covered hers as she stroked his flesh at her entrance...

She tried to push down onto him...

"Not yet my love..."

"Please..." and she managed to get his erection past her labia, but he still wasn't penetrating...

Again she tried to push her hips forward, but he held her forcefully...

"Tell me..." he ground out as his gaze still pierced hers...

"I love you..."

His voice was gruff..."What else...?"

"You will always save me..."

He growled..."And WHY will I always save you?"

"Because I'm your wife..."

His chest now rumbled with aggression...

Holding her head and neck steady, he dislodged her hand from his phallus and pushed her thighs open with his knees...

Grabbing her hands one by one, he pinned her arms above her head as his free hand vised her wrists...

"Because. You're. My. WIFE??? THAT'S IT!?"

His words rattled the bedframe...

"BECAUSE YOUR MY LIFE!"

With a nudge of his hips, he thrust into her, spearing her sex in one fatal penetration...

"Oh, God!" she gasped as her eyes were wide and still on his...

Arnav pushed hard and deep, and then drew out, before thrusting even deeper, rooting himself inside her...

His cock hit her cervix, sending small sparks of painful pleasure through her body.

Holding himself still, he rasped..."Now close your eyes..."

She looked up at him nervously, but he shook his head..."Close your eyes my love..."

Once she did, he lowered his face to her throat, breathed over her slashed skin and placed the softest open-mouthed kisses around the wound...

And his penetrations continued...

His sinewed buttocks clenched as he withdrew and thrust back inside...

Her screams were reverberating against his lips as he held his mouth to her neck...

"She's alive...she's with me...ALWAYS with me..."

Khushi weakly tried to pull her arms free, wanting to grip his shoulders...


But he tightened his clasp...

Moving lower, he claimed her breasts as his...

"Mine..." he breathed as he dragged his wet lips over her skin...

Over the bruises...

"MINE..." he thundered as he slid his tongue around her crinkling areolas...

"Oh...oh my...yes...please..."

He wasn't going to suck, but he was damn well going to devour what was his...

The circles around her nipples became smaller and softer as the thrusts in her core became harder and faster...

Arnav exhaled his breath against her wet nipple, puckering the skin...

Carefully and softly, he captured the bud between his lips, letting his tongue slide slowly over the nerves...

He ground his hips, making her feel the length of his phallus as it brushed her clitoris with every stroke...

And he trailed his tongue across her tightening nipples...

"Yes...Yes...Arnav...Yes..." her moans were constant...

He could feel her orgasm mounting...

Her breath came harder and faster

Toes curling.

Fingers searching for a way out.

Nipples throbbing against his tongue, matching the beat of his own heart...

"WHO DO YOU BELONG TO!?"

She felt his commanding question shake her as she screamed her answer..."I BELONG TO YOU!"

"FUCKING RIGHT YOU DO!"

He slammed his mouth to hers...

And then her body tensed...

Her back arched as her exquisite explosion began...

His momentum increased, forcing out her impending detonation.

Releasing her hands, she climaxed and her body struck out...

She screamed his name louder than he'd ever heard...

Her hands came around him, clawing at his back as the wave of her orgasm swept over her in pulses leaving her shuddering and convulsing beneath him...

"MINE..." he roared as he shoved himself deep and his hips hurtled once more and he filled her...

His mind went black...

Hot semen surged out from his phallus as he clung to her, their breathing and heartbeats as one...

Both finding healing and solace in each other...

Hurrying to get his mind back in place, he rolled them back so she was laying on her side, his blinking eyes surveyed her as fast as he could...

His hand had held her neck still...

She was gasping and panting, still in an ocean of bliss...

Arnav held on, her body joined to his, her leg still hooked over him...

"You're mine, my beautiful wife..." he murmured as he smoothed her matted and sweaty hair away from her face...

As reality started to come back, Khushi tried to pull him closer...

"Sweetheart, If It were possible for us to be closer, don't you think I would have made that happen already...?"

And her smile lit up his heart...

Despite all the scrapes, gashes and bruises that littered her body, she'd never felt safer...

"How do you always do this?" she breathed...

Arnav almost looked smug...

Khushi clicked her tongue..."I'd hit you if I had any energy left..."

Coming fully back over her, his gaze was intense..."You want to know how?"

Her face was almost serene, but the desperation in here gaze is what spiked his power...

His eyes became ravenous, full of acute dominance, "Because  I know you better than I know myself! You are my every thought, my every dream..." his voice choked up..."and losing you was my every fucking nightmare!"

"Arnav..."

"Quiet!" he snapped, his voice showing his fear that was on par with his passion..."There is NO need to be surprised that you're more familiar to me than the air that I breathe, than my own heart, my own soul...because you're all that EVER matters to me..."

Her lips parted...

But he wasn't done..."I want to consume you! I want to make you as desperate for me as I am for you...All my life, I have NEVER been out of control, NEVER been at anyone's mercy...but, Khushi...I'm insane for you! I'm at YOUR mercy! You have the power to BREAK me! You are MINE Khushi, just as I am yours...No matter how much time passes, that is the COLD HARD TRUTH between us..."

"You're mine..." she whispered...

And he lost his mind...

His newly hardened erection, that was still buried inside her, pulled out and thrust back in...

"ARNAVVVV!"

His hips pushed her thighs open wider and forced her to take as much of him as possible...

Thrust after thrust...

He lowered his chest back onto hers slowly, watching for any sign of pain...

But she was glowing with pleasure...

Khushi clung to him, his forehead against hers as his pace quickened and he covered her face in his kisses...

Summoning all her strength, she lifted her legs and wrapped them around his waist, pulling him deeper...

Arnav tilted his hips so that each thrust was intense and with sublime purpose, the energy inside him starting to build once more, as his head spun with heightened emotions...

Knowing she was tiring greatly, he hooked her leg under her knee and buried himself inside her deeper with each spearing penetration, filling her completely while pressing against her gspot, her moans of pleasure pushing him so he was teetering on the edge of coming again...

"Come on my love...your orgasms are mine...your heart is mine...everything about you is MINE!"

His words set her climax free, making her cry out as she clung to him with the last of her willpower...

Her body quivered in his arms as he thrust a few more times and unleased his own release like lightening in a summer storm, his shaft throbbing deep inside her...

With their breathing still heavy, and pulses hammering, Arnav huddled her close as she tried to come down from the cloud she was on...

Unable to hold back, he caught her panting mouth in a hard kiss...

Her hands flew to his chest, holding weakly onto him as his tongue danced with hers...

"Fuck..." he ground out against her mouth..."I'm NEVER going to get enough of you..."





7 comments:

  1. WOW, that was one intense love story. Though it had so much of fear,pain and anguish above all stood was love. The love was great between them. Poor Arnav suffered a lot seeing khushi suffering and in pain. But he was strong and is healing her with his love and care.

    The first half was intense, the second half was very frightening to see the baron molesting and hurting her badly and nearly killed her. If arnav hadn't to save her in the right time using is brain don't know what would have happened.
    The third part was love and care and again full of Romance and will power to heal her from every pain and fear.

    I have a question is the baron really dead? hope so he's not alive. Wonder who is other person who is in the waiting list to hurt khushi. Coz the baron said he was not alone in this and still her life is in danger. Couldn't see the baron hurting khushi and felt really bad and was waiting when will arnav enter and save her.

    Why do i feel lavanya is the other person who is behind khushi. Cos she wanted arnav and the royal fame. Did she help the baron in getting out from the prison. Just a guess?

    It was a lovely update and love to read the second part. Please update soon. eager to know what is the other bomb waiting for them and how will he protect her this time. Hope ARnav doesn't lose her again and going hunting for her later, before the enemy strikes hope the prince will strike and be alert in every step of his way.

    Thankyou,

    Shalomgrace

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  2. Just Wowww. You never fail to amaze me with your talent. Thank you for writing the update. What's in store them? *bites nails*

    ~A~

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  3. Wow..no words to describe this.. love ur ... please give us more ...

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  4. Amazing read it in one go this update had everything wonderfullll

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  5. what a lovely update. Khushi has finally realised that Arnav is as much here as she is his.
    So consumed by her love is he that he is ready to sacrifice everything for her.

    Will both of them be safe or is this a calm before a storm?

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  6. Hey Dear,

    Long time since you updated the first part, when are you going to surprise us with the second half. Waiting to read the other half of it. please update soon.

    Shalomgrace

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  7. Hii...Please update... i have been reading the part you posted again and again waiting for the new update

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