Khushi and Payal had just returned to Shantivan after spending the entire morning outside. They both were just entering thru the door when Hari Prakash approached them and informed the two sisters that their husbands had returned from their business trip.
"They're back early!" Payal exclaimed.
"Khushi bhabi, please go in quickly!" HP requested anxiously.
"What happened, Hari Prakash ji? Why are you so tense?" Khushi wondered what could be freaking him out.
He fumbled for a minute before replying. "Actually Arnav bhaiya has been yelling at everyone ever since he returned and found out you aren't home."
"Of course" Khushi muttered under her breath, rolling her eyes at her husband's temper. 'The Laad Governor must have raised the dead by now' she thought to herself before rushing into the living room.
Nani and Anjali were sitting on the couch with expression of annoyance and worry, respectively, while Mami ji lounged nearby with her nose buried in a magazine.
Anjali spotted them and sighed in relief. "Khushi ji thank god you're back. We just managed to calm Chotte down and send him upstairs. He was already angry when he heard you weren't home and he absolutely freaked out when I told him where you went. It took me forever to convince him to not go after you."
Khushi huffed in annoyance at all the havoc he had been creating for no reason. "Don't worry Di, I'll take care of it from here."
She was just about to head towards the stairs when Payal stopped her. "Go tell him! And I'll tell everyone else so you don't have to worry about breaking the news to anyone besides Arnav ji."
She quickly nodded and rushed upstairs right after engulfing her lovely sister in a brief tight hug. She opened the door, her eyes scanning their room till she finally spotted her husband who was furiously pacing back and forth near the poolside and barking into his Bluetooth.
She closed the door behind her and leaned against it, silently observing her husband's strong male form. She took in all that she had missed the last few days - his powerful strides, his controlling aura, his handsome features, his possessive posture.
He suddenly stopped his maddening pacing and whipped his head in her direction, as if sensing her presence all of a sudden. She straighten as he briskly strode towards her, desire, annoyance, passion, worry all evident in his eyes.
"Where the hell were you Khushi?" Arnav glared down at her. "I finally come home early after 3 days of being away from my wife only to find that she isn't even home!"
"Aww, did you miss me?" Khushi teased, trying to fight the grin threatening to grace her lips.
He instantly grabbed her and crushed her body to his, meshing his lips onto hers in a mind numbing kiss, his hands roaming over every inch of her.
Khushi gasped at the sudden contact she had been craving for days before letting out a throaty moan. She had missed the possessive feel of his soft lips. She wrapped her arms around his neck, digging her fingers into his hair effectively pulling him even closer.
She lightly traced the tip of her tongue along the seams of his lips, urging them open. She felt him smirk before pulling away to look at her. Her face immediately slipped into a pout.
She grabbed his tie and pulled him closer till the tips of their noses were touching. "I wasn't done," she grumbled before pressing her mouth onto his, once again trying to crank up the heat.
She could feel him grinning against her lips. He lazily wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed her leisurely, all his urgency and need that had been present only minutes ago was now gone. He still didn't allow her to taste him, making her anxiety rise.
"Arnavv.." she moaned.
He ignored her and ducked his head down to her neck, peppering light kisses along her collarbone.
"Did you miss me?" he murmured against her heated skin, tracing his lips along her jaw and up her cheek.
She didn't answer. Instead she tugged at his head trying to pull him back to her. "Please Arnav!"
Finally relenting to her pleading he leaned in to grant her wish. He had been craving for her for the past 3 days - the 3 longest days he had to survive! He hadn't been able to manage staying away any longer.
Finally when they pulled away because of the dire need of oxygen and managed to calm their hormones down, Arnav led Khushi out near the pool, sitting on the lounger before pulling her onto his lap. She snuggled up against his chest and the two basked in the peaceful afternoon sun.
After a few moments of enjoying the peaceful calmness that engulfed them, Khushi finally spoke up, not being able to keep quiet for too long.
"So how was your meeting?" She asked turning to her side so she could look at him.
"It was ok. We got the deal but I hated staying away from you." He tightened his arms around her as he spoke.
Khushi smiled at her husband's heartwarming confession. "I have a surprise for you!"
Arnav looked at her curiously, quirking one eyebrow in wonder of what she was up to.
She simply smiled and got to her feet. Standing before him she spoke, "So did Di tell you where I was today?"
"Oh yeah! Khushi, are you okay?" He quickly stood up, worry and subtle panic evident in his liquid brown eyes. Cupping her cheek, he pulled her close. "Why were you at the doctor's? What's wrong?"
She smiled softly, his love and concern warming her heart. Turning her face into his hand she placed a soft kiss in the middle of his palm.
"I have something to tell you. Sit down." She gently pushed him down onto the chair so he was seated before her once again.
"What is it jaan?" Anxiety colored his tone as he reached for her once again, wrapping his arm around her waist.
"I have a gift for you Arnav!" Her eyes sparkled with excitement while Arnav just became even more confused.
She ignored his questioning gaze and continued, "Well I'm sorry I won't be able to wrap it up for you and you'll have to wait some time before you can get it!" Khushi barely managed to suppress her giggles as Arnav's face became comically bemused.
"Nine months to be exact." She finally dropped the last hint, carefully watching Arnav's reaction.
"What the!" Reflexively he gasped out his trademark statement, making Khushi burst into peals of laughter.
As realization dawned on him the confusion drained from his visage replaced by disbelief and delight. His awed gaze travelled down from her eyes to her still flat stomach. He speechlessly stared in wonder for a moment before looking back at her with barely repressed ecstasy, waiting for her confirmation.
When she nodded, joyful tears swimming in her eyes, he jumped to his feet with a whoop of glee before crushing Khushi against his chest. So great was his enthusiasm he wrapped his arms tightly around his beloved wife lifting her off her feet and twirling her right there on the poolside.
Khushi's tinkling laughter and Arnav's joyous shouts were like music that carried itself to the ears of the rest of the family in the lounge, effectively placing smiles of content on all their faces.
Anjali sighed happily. "Chotte's chotte!" She laughed as Payal, Nani and Mami all joined in, a raptured hue of celebration settling over Shantivan.
"The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself."