Khushi thrust the red eski into the unsuspecting hands of the young intern who had begged to accompany her on this trip.
"Guard this with your life! Seriously its worth more than you are."
With that threat delivered, she zipped up her jacket to her neck, pulled her ponytail tightly and thrust her hands into the warmth of her pockets. Jumping up and down to ignite some warmth with in her body, she finally ran out on to the tarmac. The cold air stung her lungs harshly and each breath was labored as she tried to reach the jet as fast as her skinny ass legs could carry her.
The ground crew thought of warning Khushi that her attempt would be futile but the short interaction with Dr. Gupta had them come to the realization that she was about as stubborn as a mule. So they let her brave the harsh winter and saved their energy. The blanket of the night reduced her visibility as she ran toward the outline of the aircraft; random snowflakes taking up residence in her hair and on her jacket. As she came closer she observed a dim light emanating from the cabin, illuminating the stairs that led up to it. Without a seconds thought she bounded up the stairs only to collide face first into a man who was descending the very same set of stairs.
"I am so sorry, Maam. Are you alright?" he held onto her shoulders to steady her.
Khushi rubbed her very delicate nose. "Can't you watch where you are going?"
The man was left with his mouth hanging open at her outrageous claim. He went to argue with her but then thought better of it...
"Look why don't you come inside and we can get some ice for it?"
Khushi swatted his hands away. "I'm a doctor ok..I think I know when my nose needs ice. What I really need is your plane."
"Are you deaf? Your plane. I need your plane! The last plane left from here 20 minutes ago and the next one isn't for another 5 hours."
"And I have organs which I need to deliver to Cleveland otherwise two people will have died for nothing tonight. You seem to have the only available plane for miles!"
"Maam really it is very cold outside. Why don't you come inside and we can discuss this further." He encouraged.
Khushi glared at this infuriatingly diplomatic man. "Can I have your plane...yes or no? I don't like to waste my time. If it's a no then I have to find another option."
The man sighed at this woman who possessed an ungodly amount of energy this late at night... "First of all maam, this isn't my plane. The man who owns it is inside. If you come inside perhaps you can put your request to him though I sincerely doubt he will acquiesce."
"Fine! Take me to him." She climbed up a stair and then paused. "And stop calling me maam...it makes me feel ancient." Pushing past him very rudely, she made her way inside. Patience was not exactly her strong suit.
Dr. Gupta froze as she entered the cabin. Really who has this much money? The interiors stank of wealth; minimalistic clean lines that served to integrate design with functionality. Everywhere she looked there was leather, probably genuine cow-hide. She shuddered and sent up a quick apology to Krishna. The colour scheme was beige and brown, interspaced every so often with the metallic hues of the latest Apple accessory perched upon pure Jarrah tables. Her nose crinkled with disdain as she breathed in the filtered air of excessive wealth.
Unbeknownst to her an amused pair of eyes were observing her over the top of a manila folder. They watched as she marched straight up to him, Aman in tow.
"Sir, this is.."
Khushi stuck her hand out, straight in front of his nose and cut his right hand man off.
"Dr. Gupta. I need your plane." She got straight to the point.
Arnav had to stop himself from laughing out loud. Smirking he put down the file and shook her hand. He gestured to the seat in front of him.
"Take a seat doctor."
"See here Mr..."
"Raizada. I don't have time..."
Arnav put up his hand to stop her. "Aman what's the delay?"
"I was just going to check up on that when I literally ran into Dr Gupta here. I'll go now." Aman turned around and left the pair of them to their own devices.
Arnav turned back to Khushi and took a brief moment to take in her appearance. She wrapped up from head to toe; looking like an eskimo of sorts. The tip of her nose was bright red; from the cold or the collision he was yet to determine. Considering her cheeks were also tinged the same colour he assumed it was the former. But what really struck him were her eyes. They were this eclectic mix of gold and green; dancing with the rays of the light and full of life. Currently they were swirling with impatience, frustration and he wasn't a hundred percent sure but it seemed like there was a little bit of anxiety as well.
"So where were we?" he continued.
"I was telling you I don't have time to sit down in your plush leather since I have lives to save. So can I have your plane or not." Khushi narrowed her eyes at him.
Arnav leaned back in his seat and folded him arms across his chest; one hand across his mouth. This woman was really something else. His wealth obviously annoyed her and apparently he himself had no effect on her. Arnav Singh Raizada didn't consider himself a particularly vain man but he knew the usual effect he had on women. They swarmed to him like bees to honey wanting to exploit some part of him; wealth, fame...sometimes both. Leaning his head to the side he took another glance at her and tried to figure her out.
Rubbing his hands together...
"Dr. Gupta, just take the seat. It won't kill you." Khushi still seemed hesitant. Arnav rolled his eyes. "You seem like a smart woman but let me spell this out for you. I have the resources that you so desperately require...I don't think you are exactly in the position to argue with me. So sit down."
Arnav saw a look of defeat flicker through her eyes as she huffed. Unzipping her jacket to allow for more mobility she took a seat opposite the man.
"Tell me, why exactly is it that you need my plane?" He swirled around the remaining ice cubes in his now empty scotch tumbler.
"The last plane flew out of here some 20 minutes ago. I was procuring organs for a transplant operation at a nearby hospital when we were delayed by a snafu at the donor's end. I called ahead to tell the ground staff to hold the plane but it took off without us. Apparently there was some FAA regulation they had to follow. Now the next plane leaves from here at 7 am but the organs are needed in Cleveland..." Khushi looked at her wrist watch... "within the next hour and 15 minutes for them to remain viable. Yours is the only plane for miles. So.. could I have your plane?" She let out a big breath, visibly frustrated at having to repeat her story for the 3rd time that night.
"Well doctor, I unlike you didn't take an oath to save humanity. I am a business man, if I give something I expect something in return. What is it that you can offer me?"
Suddenly Khushi sat up a little straighter in her chair. Instead of disdain her countenance displayed something akin to excitement. He realized that she like to be challenged. Her eyes focused on a spot in the distant as she bit down on her lower lip in deep contemplation. Arnav had to stop himself for reaching out and simply kissing away the adorable pout on her lips. He didn't have to stop himself for long however because with in the next second she jumped a little in her chair and clapped her hands together.
"I've got it!"
"You do?" he lifted an eyebrow amused at her certainty.
"Yes!" she snapped. "We'll organize an interview with the local newspaper and get you and your company good press. That's what all you businessmen crave right? Good media coverage?" Khushi smiled pleased with herself.
This time Arnav did laugh out loud; something that Khushi did not appreciate. "You are sitting in a multi million dollar private jet and you expect that good press in a local newspaper is going to impress me? Our company deals with press at an international level. News corporations like the BBC have to wait in line for an interview and you want to buy me off with a column in the local tribune?" Arnav kept laughing.
"I'm a doctor Mr. Raizada not a publicist. If your company is indeed that well reputed then even an article in a local newspaper will generate interest. In fact it would probably generate far more interest than if some big news corp. got hold of it first. You would be hailed as the next Bruce Wayne...helping citizens and not even asking for any credit." Khushi smirked right back at him; challenging him to come up with an answer for that.
Arnav paused mid laugh and smiled at her. She was quick thinker; he would give her that. "Not interested." He simply stated.
"I would hate to have to wear black leather pants. Seriously not a good look." This time even Khushi had trouble not smiling. He watched as she began to think about something to entice him once more. With in a few second her eyes had landed on his again. Khushi deduced a mischievous glint and it suddenly occurred to her that she had been approaching this from the wrong angle the whole time.
"It seems Mr. Raizada, that I have failed to understand you. You seem to know what you want already. So why not just ask me and quit wasting both of our time?"
He grinned and she found herself to be a little breathless by the full force of his charm.
Khushi laughed and then stopped when she realized he was serious.
"You want to use my jet right? Then go out on a date with me."
AUTHORS NOTE ' PLEASE READ THE WHOLE THING.
So my Khushi here is a little feisty! Thankyou for the amazing response that you all gave me. Can you believe it? I have replied to everyone of you! Go me! Scroll down for my replies. I probably can't do it everytime though. But I will answer comments that are particularly lovely and long. This new story doesn't not mean I am giving up on Your Love Means Everything. Afterall that is my baby. But I am experiencing a little writers block in that area so I have started this new story to get over it! I have all these ideas of YLME but they aren't coming out the way I want them to. I was reading some of my older updates and realized that the quality of my writing was slipping. I love the story too much to compromise with it and hence I am taking a little break (Not Barun Sobti style I promise..I will be back very soon. Maybe in a week or so.)
Anyway this story will be mostly light hearted for now...enjoy it while you can. There will be a major twist though...you didn't think I would actually give you a normal story did you? I have this planned out in my head from starting to end. And once it was in my head I had to get it out.
Also I just want to take this time to acknowledge the victim of gang-rape who passed away today. It deeply saddens me as a medical student and as a woman; the case hit close to home. As I am sure it did for a lot you. I will not waste my breath talking about the individuals who perpetrated such a heinous crime. In my opinion this was not the behavior of men; that is an insult to all of mankind. Neither was this animalistic behavior; that is an insult to the beauty of animals.
I would instead like to take this time to pray for the life of an individual who had to experience a horrendous crime but who in doing so will have hopefully brought about a change in the conscience of the nation. I pray that she find peace wherever she is and that her family may have the courage to continue to live their lives. I pray that the women of India will no longer standby and watch as crimes are committed against one another. I pray for the many women who have had to suffer such crimes in silence. I pray that they may have the courage to come forward and seek justice. I pray that those delivering that justice will have the courage to stand up and fight for what is right without fearing politics. I pray for those who are endangering their own safety by protesting for the rights of women. But today I also pray for all of you reading whether you be male or female. I pray for your happiness and safety and that of your families. I pray that you may feel safe to go out and night and enjoy your city. I pray that the actions of such individuals will not deter you from pursuing your dreams, whatever they maybe.
With all the love in the world
P.S I believe whatever you put out in the universe will come straight back at you.
Jahnvi: Jahnvi my jaan! How is that you use pictures that I love everytime? I am glad you liked this. Also you were first to comment! Yay! Oh and I LOVE you too. Why can't you laugh? Are you ok? Also I'm glad you found your phone and your presentation went well! I also can't wait to see the banner you create for this. I eagerly await it!
Rasiafan: Thankyou and I hope this is soon enough
Selcouth-names: You're back! I've missed you and your gifs! How has everything been going?
Dumas: You are very welcome for the PM and indeed it was ASR'.but then who else could it have been? Also thank you for the lovely picture.
Sanz: Awww how nice. Thank you!
Preethi28: I love you too darling! See I did continue soon and hopefully you will have a few more gifts before New Year.
Eroni: Thankyou for liking it. And see I am continuing.
Simraan: First of all'.I love your name. I always think of DDLJ. I love Kajol when I was young'still do. Thank you for your best wishes I hope you will continue to enjoy it.
Ushankitvc: I always look at your dp and think that they guy and his dog are totally cute. But I won't get you started on that because I remember you told me last time that you won't stop. Lol! That's like me and a certain man named ASR!
Soppy: Soppy! I have been meaning to thank you for being such a regular commentor on YLME. I always look forward to reading what you have to say and you even comment on the blog. Which btw I love you for! Mwah xoxo
Archa2810: Indeed it is. I hope you like my feisty Khushi! Its her craziness that draws Arnav to her.
Aeyshaalim: I'm glad you are already loving it. Much more in store! Thankyou for commenting.
Deepti1906: deepti! Is that you in your dp? You are beautiful lovely lady! Thankyou for your comments! When you use the word really three times it makes me sooo happy. Mwah.
Vrinda725: Aye aye captain! I will not even think of stopping! Lol. I love it when readers demand things from me.
Nifty-nia: NIA! I am so intrigued as to how you are nifty. LOL! Ignore my PJ. Seriously. I think I'm delirious. I hope you will continue to find the story interesting. Thanks for commenting.
Fan123GUNJ: I am intrigued by your username. Nonetheless..thank you! I hope you will like the rest of it.
Akkasrk: Oh you know how to make me blush. Stop it! After such a comment how could I possibly not continue? P.S I also love all the comments you give me on YLME. Don't think I haven't noticed you'because I have. Hugs and kisses your way.
Vtan: Since I am a medical student I like to indulge myself by having doctors in my story. And if Khushi's going to be a doctor then she's going to be a kick ass one.
Ruki.F: RUKI! Thank you thank you thank you. That's for all the times you have commented on the blog and I have not replied. I love reading your thoughts. And once again you humble me by commenting even though I have not had the time to reply to your previous ones.
Love_SA: Are you from South Africa by any chance? Anyhoo hope you will continue to read and enjoy!
Sonia_92: Sonia my darling! How I miss you. But you have end of semester exams you should be studying dearest and not here commenting on my new stories :P I will wait patiently for your in depth analysis when you have the time. Having said that though I am tickled pink that you did comment. Also your last comment on YLME'how is it that you understand my Arnav so well? You understood exactly why he got angry. But not to worry Khushi dearest will tell him something in the next update that will have him jumping up and down with glee!
Samaz95: Yay! I'm glad you can't wait! Hope that you like this chapter! Also love the name samaz. I could have endless fun with it. Make amazing rhymes'but I shall withhold my desire.
Tintin: You're back too! Yay! And that also with your lovely bold comments and your smiley faces. I love it! Thankyou for commenting!
Dazzilng_glory: First of all great username. I always remember you because whenever I send PM's you are like the cut off after my second lot of pm's. Fun fact that you probably didn't want to know. Oh well. As for ASR's role it may seem predictable now but just you wait. My twist is going to blow your socks off. I guarantee it!
Samyxx: You commented again! Yay! You comment regularly and I love it. Indeed it was Arnav's jet who else could it belong to but our favourite hero? I hope you liked this chapter!
Srat: Seeta! OMG! Before I write anything I am giving you a big hug and lots and lots of kisses. Thank you for your dedicated commenting especially on the blog. I read your thoughts all the time and smile. When people comment on my work it really makes it feel worthwhile! Hehe! Khushi may indeed loose her mind first! Our Arnav baaba is going to send it into a tailspin.
Sadhnasoumya: Thankyou for commenting. Look I did update soon!
Randomgirl: You have to wait no longer. See I gave you a quick update? What did you think? I hope you like it.
Sparklystarstud: I'm in love with you already! Thankyou for using the word should three times it made me all giggly! So I am glad you liked it and hope that you will continue to!
Twilightstar_JP: UMMM'have I told you how much I love you? You are like one of the best commenters ever. You always make me laugh and this time was no different. Ahhh fun and frolic indeed but all is not what it seems'DUN DUN DUN! But it will be fun and frolic for quite sometime before anything serious happens so I hope that is a consolation. Hehe! I laughed so much imagining ASR dancing on his chance and that too very badly. I'm glad I made you laugh since you make me laugh so much as well.
Sweetkwaish: I know you know how much I love you but there is no harm in saying it again. I LOVE YOU. Don't worry I'm not giving up on YLME as I explained earlier. And Arnav bitwa had to have his proper entry didn't he. So here he is. But twists are coming! Be warned!
Shagun: I love you. I love you. I love you. You are indeed one of my most loyal readers and I really wish I could just meet you in real life so I can give you a hug. Your comments make me all teary with all the love you give me. I guess for now I will have to settle for a virtual hug instead. Mwah xoxoxo
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