PART- 7 B
Before even Arnav can comprehend what just happened he heard something heavy falling on the ground making him look back only to realise that his wife- his Khushi has fainted.
He immediately move towards trying to make her conscious but in vain, scared for her health he immediately lifted her and tried to open the gate so that he can reach their room. But to his shock the door didn’t opened.
“What the hell?” he murmurs in frustration.
With no option left he placed Khushi on the bed covered with dust and then once again move towards the door and tried opening it. But the result was same.
“Fuck! What’s this now? Gosh! I think this old, rusted door has got jammed. Hell! This has to get jammed at this odd hour? Already I’ve so many things and here added one more in the list,” he said raking his fingers from his already ruffled hair.
“Aah! Already I’ve to deal with the secrecy of the room, upon that Khushi and now this jammed doo. What should I do?”
Not knowing what to do he tried to wake her up, and after a few unsuccessful attempts, his work finally paid off as Khushi he opens her eyes.
“Yes sweetheart! Open your eyes slowly,” he said caressing her forehead.
After opening her eyes Khushi look towards a worried Arnav.
“Arnav! What happened?”
“You okay baby?” he asked.
“Hmm! I’m okay. But what really happened? And how come I’m on this bed?”
“Oh! You scared me wifey!” saying this he hugged her and then after a pregnant pause said “You! You fainted and I got so scared. For a minute it feels as I’d lost you,” he said still trembling in the fear.
“Shh! Calm sown Arnav! Calm down! See, I’m fine. Hmm….” She said caressing her back, trying to calm him.
After parting from the hug she looked at him and said “Let’s go to our room. As it is we’ve not got even a single thing from here.”
“Hmm! That’s true. But how can we go away?”
“What do you mean by that?”
“Ugh! Khushi! I think the door has got jammed.”
“What? Arnav tell me you’re kidding?”
“I so wish I could baby. But…”
“Damn!” cursing she got up from the bed and move towards the door and turn the knob only to realise that the door got opened.
“If the door got jammed then how it got open so easily now?” she asked looking towards Arnav who himself was standing shocked.
“Ugh! Baby I think we should just leave this room otherwise I’m going to get mad,” he said moving towards her at which she too nodded and both of them went out from the room securing the lock on it so that no one can get the hint of the room being unlocked, but what they both forget to notice is the figure standing just behind them which soon vanished in the thin air.
It was morning when Arnav felt someone caressing his forehead, thinking it to be Khushi he murmurs “Khushi! Please let me sleep. Already because of your mid-night adventure I’ve not got the sleep. Now let me sleep,” saying this he turn his face the other side when he felt the bed beside him dip a bit and someone placed a peck on his forehead.
Frustrated at Khushi for not letting him sleep he opened his eyes to scold her only to find no one in front of him.
“What the?” he murmurs and then look beside him to find his wife sleeping soundly with her mouth parted.
‘How can that be?’ he frowned, ‘Just a minute before I felt her caressing my hair and placing a peck on my forehead and now? Ugh! I’m really getting mad. And my dear wifey is hell bent on sending me in the asylum. First that stunt of hers in that old room and now. I know that it was you who is doing this on pretence. But don’t think I’ll let you enjoy your sleep when I lost mine due to you,’ thinking this he move towards his seductress wife who was sleeping or pretending to sleep and start moving his long finger slowly and sensuously from her forehead, to her nose, to chin, to lips, to her slender neck and at last stopped near her bulge.
“Arnav!” Khushi moaned.
Fluttering her eyes open she look towards Arnav with her drugged eyes and said “Arnav! What’re you doing?”
“Nothing baby. Just getting revenge from you for spoiling my sleep,” saying this he kissed her. A kiss filled with passion and hunger. After parting from the kiss he bend down to explore further when she pushed making him fall on the floor while she herself rushed in the bathroom.
“What the hell?” he thought but when he saw her rushing towards bathroom he too went behind her only to find her puking.
“Khushi! Baby you’re okay?” he asked caressing her back while she washed her face.
“Hmm! don’t know Arnav. Just felt like throwing up,” she said wiping her damp face.
“It’s okay! Would you want to rest?”
“No! I’ll just take a bath and come out,” she said assuring at which he nodded and then left from there.
All were settled in dine are while Roshni and Khushi along with Lakhan came out with dishes in their hands.
“Malkin you take the seat only rice-pudding is left. I’ll bring it,” saying this Lakhan left from there while Roshni and Khushi got seated beside their husbands.
“Rice-pudding? Wow? What’s the occasion?” Arnav asked raising his brow.
“No occasion bhaiya. Just that Khushi bhabhi felt like having it so she prepared it,” Roshni said smiling.
At the same time Khushi’s cell rang so excusing herself she went at some distance to talk.
After a few minutes when she was coming back, she felt dizzy and even before she could call out to anyone she found blackness engulfing her, and soon fainted with a loud thud on the floor gathering everybody’s attention.
“Khushi!” Arnav shouted as soon as he saw her lying on the floor and immediately rushed towards her followed by everyone else.
“Khushi! Khushi open your eyes. Don’t know what is happening to her from last night,” Arnav said worriedly.
“Arnav first take bahu to your room,” Narmada Devi commanded at which Arnav nodded and taking Khushi in his arms left towards their room.
Turning towards her grand-child Narmada Devi said “Abhishek call the lady doctor and Roshni you brought some water,” saying this she left towards Arnav’s room followed by Rudra.
As soon as they entered inside the room they saw Arnav cupping Khushi’s face with moist eyes trying to bring her back to conscious.
Soon Roshni entered with a glass full of water which Narmada Devi immediately took from her hand, coming near Khushi she sprinkles it on Khushi who squirmed.
“Khushi! Khushi open your eyes.”
After a minute Khushi opened her eyes and looks around to find everyone hovering over her.
“Bitiya you alright?” Narmada Devi asked at which she nodded and then cupping Arnav’s face said “I’m alright Arnav. Nothing to worry.”
“What alright? From last night all these have been happening. Khushi you know,” Arnav was saying in anger and tension when Khushi squeezed his hand mouthing a no making him shut.
Soon doctor arrived and checked Khushi.
“Doctor, is my wife alright?” asked a worried Arnav.
“Yes Mr. Raizada. Your wife is absolutely fine. There is nothing to worry.”
“How ca you say that? Here my wife is time and again fainting and you’re saying that there is nothing to worry?” he asked a bit angry now.
“Yes! Mr. Raizada I’m saying that there is nothing to worry and as far as her fainting is concerned, then it’s normal in such situation.”
“What situation are you talking about?” he asked confused.
“Well! Congratulation Mr. Raizada you’re soon going to be a father.”
“Father? You mean?”
“Yes! Your wife is expecting,” the doctor said with a smile.
“I… I’m going to be a mother,” asked Khushi overwhelmed with joy.
“Yes Mrs. Raizada, you’re going to be a mother soon,” the lady doctor affirmed and then turning towards Arnav she continued “Well! It’ll be good if you bring her to the hospital for a proper check-up.”
“Is there anything to worry?” he asked.
“No… Nothing to worry. It’s a normal check-up to see if everything is okay.”
“Oh! Okay! Then I’ll bring her,” he said with a smile while the doctor took a leave and Abhishek went with her to drop her till the door.
All this while none of them noticed the pale faces of Roshni, Narmada and Rudra.
“What happened granny? Aren’t you happy?” Arnav asked seeing her pale face.
“No Arnav, I’m really happy for you and my bahu. It’s just that I’m worried about my grandchild. You know that this house is haunted.”
But she was interrupted by Arnav who said in a stern tone “Not again please. I’ve said earlier too and now I’m repeating once again that I don’t believe in all these illogical things. Moreover till I’m here nothing will happen to either Khushi or my baby.”
“But Arnav…”Rudra tried to say something when Arnav said “Please uncle. I really respect you but that doesn’t mean I’ll believe in all this. Moreover it’s a happy occasion and I don’t want to spoil my mood. And yes, I’ll appreciate if none of you’ll talk about this again.”
At this everyone nodded half-heartedly not wanting to spoil his mood.
“And yes, though I don’t want to do any big celebration but I want to celebrate this news with a small party with all of us here. Roshni will you be here with Khushi till I prepare for everything?” he asked.
“Ofcourse bhaiya,” she said with a smile while Arnav left the room with his granny and uncle but not before pecking Khushi who blink her eyes in assurance.
It was almost evening. All this while Arnav didn’t let Khushi move out of the bed except when she needed to use bathroom making her frustrated, but the only solace she got all this while was Roshni who was giving her company and now was helping her get ready.
“Roshni, I’m serious dear. I’m almost ready, you go and get ready.”
“Oho! Don’t think about Arnav. I’ll tell him that it was me who had send you now go,” she said pushing her towards the door.
“Okay! Okay! But you sure? Right?”
“Yes I’m. Now go,” she said and turn towards the mirror to wear her earring but what she missed to see was Roshni who was going out of the room stops at the threshold and turn back to look at Khushi with her red eyes before leaving the room.
Preacp: “Khushi!” he shouted.
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