Expressions Unfettered -Chapter 4-By Diyaa

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Chapter 4

Om stood in front of the mirror buttoning his light blue cotton shirt when he noticed Aashi step out of the washroom fully dressed for work. It had been three years since he had first possessed her fully in every sense of the word. And yet, he still gazed at her randomly with his heart and gut stirring with longing. He observed her slightly fuller figure in her soft peach shift dress, her chestnut brown hair sashaying about her waist and arms as she walked around the room briskly tidying up and gathering up her stuff to go to work. Om breathed in deeply as a smile curved his lips at their corners.

“Ready?” he asked her still following her movements.

” Yes. Two client meetings today. You are working from home right?” she replied absent-mindedly.

“Yes. Except to go look at Prinku’s boutique site.”

“With bhaiya. Yes. I remember. Take pictures. Then I’ll visit with Priyanka and bhaiya to see what we want to do with the place. I want it to look spectacular and like none other when it opens.” she said fervently. “Designs as beautiful as hers deserve a home to match after all!”

Om felt his heart swell a little as he grabbed her and held her close to his chest. “Stop! You are hurting my eyes.” he said fighting back his smile.

” What?!! I am…Sorry, what!?” she said very confused at his weird accusation.

“One, you look good enough to eat in that peach color and two, you are flitting about like a busy bunny. My eyes hurt from following you around. So I need you to be still for a few seconds.!”

Aashi looked at him with a twinkle in her eyes that was the one shared physical attribute between her and Shikhar, equally attractive and disarming in both siblings. “I beg your pardon for hurting your poor eyes. How many seconds are we looking at roughly? I do have to eat before I go although the weighing scale advises against it.”

“Pay no attention to that wretched fellow.” Om said comically. “Trust the very happy hands of your husband.” he said running his hand appreciatively all over her back.

” Ok. Now can we leave?” she asked although her own arms were still wrapped around him.

“Yes.” Om said planting a short, hard kiss on her lips. ” You will want to do that later but won’t be able to so I am relieving you of the agony in advance.”

Laughing together, they walked towards the door when they heard loud thumping sound from outside.

Aashi laughed. “I think I know who that is” she said as she opened the door.

“Aachi. Lessgo daaun.” said the blue eyed pixie dressed in an adorable sea-green dress, her brown curls hanging loose as usual but neat for now.

“She wants to go downstairs with you Aashi.” said Anika standing a few feet away, dressed in a light green suit, ready to go to her restaurant. “She is ready for all the adventures that await her. Every morning she expects Saahil to be there as she forgets that he must go to school before she wakes up. Then we have to console her for her tragic loss. Then she wants Oody, or O, or Aachi, or Boooaaa to distract her from the boring old faces of her parents.” Anika said with her exaggerated humor. All the while Anya looked at her mother with the guilty expression of an accused. Om laughed looking at the expression on her face and picked her up.

“Lessgo down princess.” he said kissing her plump cheek as she clung to him. The ladies went ahead while Om along with Anya joined Shivaay who had just stepped out of his room.

“Lessgo daaun daddy.” Anya repeated wobbling her head sideways and expressively waving her chubby.

Shivaay laughed looking at Om.” So it has been established for this morning that we are indeed going down I guess.”

Om laughed as they walked together. “Certainly. What would we do without the decisive authority of Anya Singh Oberoi.”

Near the living room entrance door, Priyanka looked mortified. “I am so sorry” she cried rubbing her nose which looked pink and sore after having slammed in Shikhar’s chest. Shikhar held her cautiously ensuring she was stable and peered curiously at her nose.

“Are you ok? Your nose doesn’t seem to be. Does it hurt?”

” A little. Not a big deal. I am fine.” Priyanka said nervously as she wondered for how long he was going to continue to grip her by her arms. He seemed perfectly calm but her nerves were all over the place at such proximity to him.

“Well, your things are scattered. I’ll help you.” Shikhar said letting go of her.

“It’s ok. I’ll manage.” Priyanka mumbled bending to pick up her papers, but Shikhar helped her anyway.

“What happened?” Aashi asked surprised as she came downstairs and saw Priyanka and Shikhar crawling about gathering paper-sheets from the floor.

” Bhaiya? When did you come?” she asked surprised.

Shikhar saw Aashi and smiled at her. He gathered up the last sheet and handed it to Priyanka. Then he went and hugged Aashi. ” Om didn’t tell you? He texted me last night to come for breakfast. I have some time in the morning. ” Then he saw Shivaay and Om come downstairs with Anya.
“Actually I was having withdrawal symptoms from not seeing the prettiest girl in the world.” he said as he went to meet Anya.

Having seen another face Anya immediately changed party. ” Ok O.” she said nodding at Om and spread her hand out towards Shikhar.

Shikhar took her from Om. ” How are you Anya dear?” he asked Anya earnestly.

“Ok. Deeyar.” Anya replied clutching his shoulder with her right hand as she smiled brightly at him.

Everyone chuckled at her reply. The kid had a knack for the wittiest responses. Half of it was inherited from Anika and the other half was learned from spending a lot of time with Saahil and Rudra playing all sorts of wacky games.

“God those eyes!” Shikhar said looking at her with adoration.

“Priyanka, you alright?” Aashi asked directing her attention to a very flustered Priyanka.

” Yes bhabhi. I wasn’t looking on my way out and crashed into…him. I’ll leave. It’s the last day of my internship. I have to wrap up and then go to see the boutique site ”

“Ok.” Aashi said ensuring Priyanka looked ok. ” Your boutique site is ten minutes from my office. Why don’t you come there after work. You can go to the site with bhaiya and then come back home with Om.” Aashi said thoughtfully.
“Right bhaiya?”

” Of course.” Shikhar said hastily glancing at Priyanka while Anya patted his head. “That sounds like a good plan. I’ll be in office all afternoon. I only have conference calls. No on-site visits.”

Priyanka looked from Aashi to Shikhar, then back to Aashi. ” Ok. I’ll be there around three then.” she said and was about to turn around to leave when Anya, said,
” Byee Boooaaa” throwing a flying kiss at Priyanka.

“Bye Anya.” Priyanka said smiling​ at her as Shikhar gazed back at her with a controlled expression.

They strolled towards the dining room with Shikhar and Shivaay talking amidst Anya’s babble.

“Were you happy to see your brother this morning?” Om asked Aashi in a low voice.

“Of course.” Aashi replied bewildered.

” See, I knew you would be and then would like to show me your appreciation generously, and wouldn’t be able to properly, so I took care of that earlier in our room.”

“You are the epitome of thoughtfulness and far-sightedness.” Aashi said tongue-in-cheek as she walked swiftly to go and join Anika.

As Soumya finished the last bit of her nightly routine she reflected back on her day. She had submitted the last assignment for the term and had met with her adviser. Her adviser had informed her that the last course she needed to graduate was being offered in a four week format, the very next term that started in a week. This meant that she would be able to graduate in another month and a half. In addition to this good news, she had received a job offer from a company in Mumbai, to which she had applied a couple of months ago. Soumya had called her mom to share the news and Ranjana had been overwhelmed with happiness. Now as Soumya lay in her bed ready to sleep she thought over everything that was happening and was about to happen.

“In another couple of months, I’ll be back home. What​ does that mean to me? With Mom or at Oberoi Mansion? How can I assume that I will go back to living there? No. I should look for an accommodation before I start my job. But either way, back home sounds so good. What will he think when he sees me? How will he be? How changed? I should share my news with him. I promised friendship and I must honor it.” She thought as she picked up her phone and typed a message informing him about her graduation from her master’s program and the job offer. “Looking forward to seeing everyone again.” she added at the end of the message before sending it.

Rudra was coming down the staircase when he heard the notification from his phone. He checked his messages and read the one sent by Soumya. Each word led to a soaring of his spirits that would have been touching the ceiling had it been a balloon. He sent back a big smiley followed by ” I am thrilled for you and us. All of us I mean.” He sent the message with a wicked smile playing on his lips as myriads of plans started to form in his head.

He walked into the dining room with a spring in his walk and smile on his face.

“Good morning everyone! Hi Shikhar bhaiya.” he said noticing him sitting next to Om.Then he turned to find Anya sitting in a high chair between Anika and Jhanvi picking pieces of grapes from a plate in front of her. “Hi Angel” he said going over to kiss her.

” Hi Chachoo.” Anya said smiling brightly at Rudra.

Everyone gasped at that. “Did you just say Chachu Anya?! ” Anika said gleefully. “Thank you God for making my child finally listen to me.” she said happily.

Rudra laughed pulling out an empty chair next to Jhanvi.

” I love you Angel.” he said winking at Anya.

“Laav you Oody.” Anya said winking back with much effort, as everyone burst out laughing and Anika slapped her palm to her forehead.


Hi Everybody! Thanks for reading. Hopefully this episode will bring some smiles and give you some joy for some time. Thank you for your support and encouragement. Please comment if you can.?

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  1. Superbbbbbbbbbbb

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Bhavana ?

  2. Diyaa

    Typo: “Anya repeated wobbling her head sideways and expressively waving her chubby palms”

    Since it pertains to the gestures by the kid, I thought I’d clarify ?

  3. Wow..Nice Episode..Anta is such a adorable kid..loved her ..chow sweet and cute

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Adhya☺

  4. Awesome epi Diyaa….. loved it….

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Lilly ☺

  5. Suchitrasai

    I love Anya ? how cute. Om and aashi cute gestures are wow ?. Loved the way Soumya gave respect to rudra’s friendship and informed him about her graduation and job. Priyanka and shikar are cute. Shivaay and Anika though they have a small portion, they complete the story. Loved everything. Looking forward for the next one ❤

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Suchitra ☺ Really appreciate it

  6. Chinni19

    loved it dii.have a great day

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Chinni☺ Hope you had a great day too.

  7. Gayathri.visu

    Hi di…. How r u?? I am very happy that u r back!! Sorry…I am late di. My phone is repair so I am not able to comment ffs even written updates….!
    Just now I read this ff. I know di ur ff is 100% different from real IB & DBO… But please dont stop this ff di…please..!
    Sorry to my bakbak… RuHilYa bonding just amazing & Sahil-Anya bonding is reminds me Aniom bond… Rumya are in touch…through messages!! Amazing idea di… Really rudy got 2 wonderful bhabhies. I like the way ur expressing Rudy’s feelings towards Sowmya & his loneliness…. Prinku is also changes not because his bros but because Shikhar!!! Last but not least… ANYA…such a cute doll!!! Her naughtyness make me smile…. So in this ff we able to see Shivika’s parenthood life…..Omshi’s romance & understanding….Rumya, Prikhar’s slow love story right di!!!!

    1. Diyaa

      Hi Gayathri, So glad to see your message. Yes, this is a continuation of Serendipity so it is totally different from IB or DBO. Hopefully it will still be enjoyable. I am happy you are liking it so far. You are right, this will focus on Rumya and Priyanka and Shikhar, will show some post marriage tenderness of On and Aashi, and parenthood phase of Shivika and their deepening love and attachment. In addition, there will be other bonds with other family members. Thanks so much for reading and commenting ☺

  8. Awesome episode
    Loved it

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Charitha ?

  9. Nita D

    Wow….Awesome episode…Anya is so cute….I want to take her home with me….Om aashi romance also lovely n the best thing in today’s episode was Aashi’s one liners….they were too good….for instance ” I do have to eat before I go although the weighing scale advises against it.” or
    “You are the epitome of thoughtfulness and far-sightedness.” and many more….

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Nita. I am so happy Anya has captured so many hearts. ? Yes, Aashi is a highly witty person so I thought I’ll give her some smart one liners. Thankfully they came out witty to readers too. Thanks again for your support.

  10. Ria

    Anya ❤
    I want her too. ? She’s too, too cute. The way she speaks and the way you write them, is really wonderful! I’ll always adore Om and Aashi. Right from the beginning of their journey to this point, everything deals with enough maturity, understanding, love and most importantly, respect for each other.

    About RuMya, I’m pretty sure you’ll make me fall in love with them, too. The understanding between them and the understanding that has grown between them is really commendable! They both have grown really mature over the years and the way they’ve been maturely handling the delicate bond between them is something I’m looking forward to more and more.

    So basically, what I mean is, I hope you can post the next one soon. ?


    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Ria for your lovely comment. Yes, Respect is the basic in my ffs for romance. Soon Soumya will be back in Mumbai and Rumya story will speed up? I have to make them mature in my head before writing romance and intimacy between them. I have loved them like they were kids and I can’t write romance between kids. You see I am older than most of you here so i first make the kids grow up ?? so in short, yes I’ll post again soon. Thanks so much Ria. Really appreciate your analysis and discussions.

  11. So you fulfilled your promise….very happy to see Anya today….the update was awesome as usual but I had one doubt ,in Serendipity Shikhar was searching for his passion…Was he able to find out what he was passionate about after Aashi?

    1. Diyaa

      Hey Tanz. I am so grateful for such observant readers. My stories are usually slow and subtle so I think the readers that do read them are ones with who I have some mental connection ? why I smile saying that? Because next chapter has Shikhar talking about how he figured out his passion all due to Priyanka and her inspirational presence. Each main character in my FF must get a partner who makes them grow, be liberated, and move forward in life. Shikhar will also experience that. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.☺

  12. Shivika


    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Shivika ? Really appreciate it

  13. Samm

    my favourite part from today’s chapter was the last one:
    “I love you angel” and “Laav you Oody”!! of course, anya is the cutest little princess ever, but for some reason, i really missed saumya today, as in i really wanted her to be there with the whole family, sharing the happy moment (i’m 80% sure my attachment with saumya’s character has something to do with my own name, rather than her adorable nature! 😉 ). and maybe that’s why, rudy’s “love you angel” sounded like he was saying it to our cutie love angel, rather than our little angel. i just noticed, prinku never says shikhar’s name! i personally find it old fashioned that the girl shouldn’t say the guy’s name to show respect, but in this case it just comes off as a product of deep thoughtfulness and deep love. as for shivika, although their story has taken a backseat, i still love them. the little bits with shivaay and anika together in any scene, romantic or not, makes my day! and as usual, i’m left wanting more and more and more. the one thought that has been going on in my head after i finished reading this chapter is: your writing is like ice cream. no matter what season it is, whatever time of the day it be, it’s just impossible to have too much of it or grow tired of. even if i’m done with the one-cone-at-a-time, there’s a sweet aftertaste that lingers and comes back when you see another one! 😀 sorry for the food analogy, but since i love ice cream so much, i think i should clarify that it was meant as a compliment. not that i could eat up your ff off my lappy’s screen! 😀 😀
    or maybe i’m just going crazy (finally)!!! so i should stop my ramble/appreciation here. 😉
    see you next time. post soon. bye 🙂

    1. Diyaa

      Hey Sammie ☺So many excellent observations in your comment. I want to acknowledge each one. Yes, Rudy calls Anya angel cos he misses Soumya other than the fact that he simply adores Anya. As I mentioned in chapter 1. When he holds Anya, for some time he forgets all loneliness.Prinku avoids calling Shikhar by name?? true…She is terrified that someone will notice that she calls Om bhaiya, Rudra and Aashi call Shikhar bhaiya, but she calls Shikhar just by his first name. In fact she is still unsure how to address him. In one on one interactions she just finds ways of dodging the address. I loved the ice cream analogy ? Thanks so much?

  14. Godddddd so cute,adorable n loving u r amazing I CNT jus wait to read the next epo

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much for appreciating Prajna. I’ll update soon☺

  15. Anya is sooooo cute???

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Sanchi. I am really glad Anya has been accepted so well by the readers.☺

  16. Awesome….
    Anya is too cute….Om & Aashi r adorable….Shivika’s parenthood….
    Waiting fr d nxt…. 🙂

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Shivika. I am really glad that the story is appealing so far.☺

  17. Dii you are amazing…. I am fall in love with you and your writing skills… Update is awesome….. Expression of all character is superbbbbbb… And Anya’s expression is so cute…. Waiting for the next update…….

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Nikita. I am so glad that you liked the various elements of this update ☺

  18. Awwweeee…. Anya is so cute. I absolutely love the little imp. Am looking forward to what Anya makes of Soumya and there interactions.

    That was one awesome update Diyaa. Loved Aashi Om interactions though was missing ShivIka interactions. Am looking forward to reading more

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Fffan. Glad you liked Anya and OmAashi. Shivika interaction will come up in future updates. I can never leave them behind- ☺ will update soon

    2. Diyaa

      Forgot to mention, yes, Anya will have special names and equation with Soumya. The kids in ffs have a strong personality as they are well nurtured and will be heroes and heroines of some future FF I might write? I am so excited that the thoughts that are shaping up in my mind are the questions some of my readers have. It’s thrilling for me as a writer ?

  19. Kiki

    Too good

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Kiki. Really appreciate it ?

  20. lovely
    cant wait fr this love story to begin again
    thanx,Divyaa di
    cant wait for the next episode
    i’m so very excited
    love u
    plz update soon

  21. u have no idea how i wait fr each updates
    the magic the rapture is just so addictive
    u amaze us again & again

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Aashi. Your lovely comments are so encouraging. Rumya love story is about to start in full force as Soumya will be back in Oberoi Mansion in a couple episodes. Will update soon ☺

  22. You are Brilliant Diyaa…….anya is so adorable I just loved her 🙂

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Hirah. I am really happy to see you comment and very glad that you are liking this story so far.☺

  23. Jerry_36

    Hey Diyaa di ! It was indeed a very light chapter. I enjoyed om and aashi moments. Anya is as always, adorable kid which could bring a smile to everyone.

    The way you portrayed everyone was amazing. Seems that Shikhar has a secret crush on priyanka.

    Saumya definitely performed her friendship well and even I was happy reading rudra’s excitement.

    Eagerly waiting for next☺

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Jerry. Yes, Shikhar and Priyanka’s feelings will unfold gradually. Will update the next one soon?

  24. Superb update… loved it… Anya is so cutee…..

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Ankita?

  25. Good evening diyaa…. how tr u…. as usual your update getting interesting …… today is a feel good episode….anya’s antics are so cute….. today you cover almost every person today And your dialogues….. omg…they are so amazing …ithink u should try for some real thing. U will become a superb script writer….I am waiting for the next best episode…. bye….

    1. Diyaa

      Hey Katz. Doing well and hoping that you had a nice day too. Thanks for such encouraging comments. Does wonders for my motivation and creativity ? I am so glad that I have an audience for my dialogues. It’s good to be appreciated somewhere ? Will update soon.

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