He dropped khushi near her house and then drove back to RM. After that morning incident both remained quiet and behaved extremely professional.
But Arnav did notice Khushi's comfort around him during their visit to the textile manufacturer. There were times when she was about to trip on the materials and he saved her from falling each time. In return he always got a sweet smile and voiceless thanks from her. He did steal glances with her during the meeting whenever he could and he found her most of the time chewing the end of the pen, or scribbling something on the pad, once or twice looking at him and flattering her lashes standing like a dumb not understanding a single word of the manager but that cute smile never went off from her face. Arnav was so engrossed in observing her that the manager had to repeat thrice what he was saying to Arnav.
He wondered what she was writing so much. But he did not question her as he felt that at least she was trying to get involved.
He finally reached RM and went straight to Gul's room. He opened the door and saw misha changing into her shorts and t-shirt.
Misha: Hi bhaiya, how was your day?
She came and hugged Arnav. Arnav kissed her forehead and patted her back
Arnav: It was fine Mish. How was your university?
Misha: It was damn good.
Arnav: you have your final exams right?
Misha: Ya bhaiya.
Arnav: howz the preparation going one?
Misha: Its good.
Arnav: Mish! I want you to top this time ok? I don't want any excuse. And tell that bugger rohan to meet to tomorrow in the evening. I need to talk to him
Mish: Bhaiya, please don't scold him ok?
Arnav touched her head and embraced her. I can't believe that my little sister is in love, and that too with that snob.
Misha: Bhai he is not snob ok? It's his defense mechanism. He doesnot want to be involved with stupid chipku girls.
Arnav caressed her hand: But he should have told me earlier Mish! Meye usko khha thodi jata. I know him since his diaper days.
Misha: Bhaiya! Ho has any balls to say anything in front of you? Everyone is hell scared of you. They keep safe distance.
Arnav: That's my defense mechanism Mish! I don't want people take undue advantage of my goodness.
Mish: But bhaiya, not all the people will take advantage of you. I mean there must be some people who genuinely respect you.
Arnav: My god, looks like my little sister has matured enough. And all thanks to Rohan I think.
Misha: blushed like crazy.
Arnav: Oh now my sister blushes also?
Arnav held her hand and made her sit on his lap, wrapping his arms around her waist.
Misha rested his head on his head and rocked on his lap.
Arnav: did you guys kiss?
Misha punched him on his chest and hugged him tightly. "Yes bhaiya"
Arnav: my my, that's an improvement. I thought Rohan to be a hopeless lover.
Misha: bhaiya! He is a damn good kisser ok?
Arnav raised his eyebrows and made her look at him. He saw his little sister blush like a ripened tomato.
Misha: Bhaiya, please not don't embarrass me.
Arnav hugged her back. Love you honey. Stay like this forever.
Misha: I love you bhaiya. I couldnot have got a better bhai like you. I am so blessed that you are my brother. You mean a lot to me bhaiya.
Arnav saw his dad's dead body lying on the floor beside his dad's wife. He saw a cute girl sitting at the corner weeping badly clutching her parent's photo.
Arnav walked towards her. She looked up. Her eyes pouring tears.
Misha looked down not understanding who he was and continued weeping.
Arnav picked her in his arms and put her head on his shoulders and came near her parent's dead body.
Their bodies were taken in the burning ghat. Arnav did the mukhagni holding misha in his lap. He knew more than him Misha has the right to burn her parents after all she was his dad's legitimate daughter.
After everything was over he sat in his car placing misha on his lap and took oath that he is going to give his half sister each and every right. He will treat her like he treats his own sister Anjali. Misha was a little kid who lost her parents at so early age. He just couldnot let her suffer for what his dad has done to his mother. It was very shocking for him when he got to know that Misha's mother gave the entire property to Arnav and Anjali after she came to know about her husband's relationship with Arnav's mother. Misha's mother was a nice woman. She even planned to file a divorce but the destiny stopped her for doing that because she came to know that she was pregnant with his dad's baby. For the sake of Misha, she took her step back. Arnav always respected misha's mom for that and hated his own mother. Thought Anjali was born before his dad's marriage with misha's mother but arnav was born after his marriage. He hated the fact that his mother easily became the second woman in his dad's life and she continued to have physical relationship with him even after knowing that his dad got married. Anjali was the proof of their love but Arnav was the proof of their illegitimate relationship.
**End of Flashback**
Arnav looked at gul who was sleeping peacefully.
Misha broked her hug and looked at arnav.
Misha: Bhaiya, she missed you a lot today. She was totally cranky.
Arnav went towads gul and picked her up in his arms and kissed her soft chubby cheeks.
His eyes became teary all of a sudden. He quickly brushed off imaginations and held misha's hand and dragged her towards him room holding gul in his arms.
He placed gul inside her coat which was their in his room and asked misha to smuggle inside the quilt.
Misha happily did that.
Arnav went inside the bathroom to change finally and came out. He saw misha's smile and came towards her and kissed her on her forehead.
"Good night sis"
"Good night bhaiya"
Hey laid on his side and relaxed. I was after all quite a eventful day the thought. First facing khushi after that night, then the scene with lavanya, then the conversation between him and khushi in gul's room at AR.
He closed his eyes when he remember how she charged him telling that "you cannot touch me whenever you want to" he immediately opened his eyes. Then he thought the same thing that he thought that time.
Khushi this was the first time and last time you tried to find out something about me. Next time you better be away from my personal life otherwise mujse bura koi nahi hoga. I don't want to hurt you. Stay away from me. I have already hurt you a lot but no more. You are my responsibility.
He stopped there. RESPONSIBILITY? My responsibility? Why do I think she is my responsibility? Why? Whats wrong with me? Jabse pulkit has told me about her why do I have to think about her most of the time? And now when I saw her, it is being all the more difficult for me to not to think about her. Why did I asked Aman to reprint her biodata when I myself tore it after seeing it for the first time. Why did I call her for the interview when I had decided not to make her inter AR? Why couldnot I see her in pain when took her? Why was I so harsh on her that day? Why was I so desperate to have it with her? Why was I so affected with the fact that she was engaged with pulkit? Why is she not like other females? Why she manages to grab my attention even that time when I did not even see her. Why why why I never stopped pulkit when he used to tell me about khushi? Why I always heard him with interest? Why just her name effect me? Why cant I call her by her name? why do I feel that if I call her by her name I will fall weak? Why her name echoes in my ear? How did she manage to stay so comfortable around me after what I have done to her? Why was she smiling looking at me today? Why I felt happy seeing her smile? How does it matter to me whether she is happy or not? Whether she smiles or not? I have 30 more female employees whom I never paid attention to any then why her? I did not I shout at her when she was acting clumsy infront of the manager chewing the pen? Why did I held her and hurt my hand for her? Why his name sounds so different from her mouth?
Suddenly his tranz broke when misha wrapped her arms around him and rested her head on his chest.
He looked at her once and kissed her tiny hands.
He closed his eyes to get some sleep. But before he slept he decided to ignore khushi for next couple of days. The first thing in the morning he will do is to talk to aman and brief him her next set of work and ask him to take charge.