Precious (Shivaay and Anika) Episode 22

Hey everyone 🙂 Please, don’t kill me after reading this episode! 🙂 Let’s begin directly.
Previous episode: Episode 21

Episode 22: Precious

ANIKA’S POINT OF VIEW
ANIKA’S STORY:
Day after tomorrow will be exactly thirteen years since I left my house. I mean the house which is in my name, but the people living in it who are not my own. I guess I should start at the beginning.
When I was one year old, a couple took me in. I have no idea how I came to live with them, nor who my actual parents are. They loved me a lot, and we were a big, happy family. Then one day, out of the blue, Dad told me that Mom won’t be coming back anymore. I was too young to understand where she had gone, that Dad couldn’t find her. It was only later that I came to know of the place called heaven. We had a joint family, and I always thought that we would be together. But then Dad fell ill within a year. The next year, on the same date, Dad went away too.
All my relatives, who were treating me well all this time, suddenly changed their colour. My room, which was really pretty, was given to another kid and I was told to live in the store room. I didn’t understand at first, but one day the lawyer uncle came and I overheard him say that all the property was apparently in my name. They couldn’t hurt me till I became a legal adult. But they treated me like a servant in my own house. I endured for a few more weeks, while trying to listen to their talks whenever lawyer uncle came. But one day my aunt hit me so hard that my arm started bleeding. As usual, when I was left alone, I did the basic first aid and then I ran away from home.
After wandering around and starving for two whole days, some kind people took me to an orphanage. I lived there for more than a year and met Ishu there. Although she was much younger than me, we were the best of friends, before someone adopted her. Soon enough I was adopted by Sahil’s parents. Later, we came to know that our new parents were friends.
But one day, when we were returning from some party at night, we met with a car accident. It was such a dark and desolate place that we lay there, waiting for help for a long time. My second Mom and Dad passed away in that accident and Sahil lost the use of his one leg. Buaji became the tyrant then. But this time, I knew I had to fight to survive. Every day, I used to find all kinds of odd-end part time jobs to get through my daily expenses. No one would give me a stable job because I had quit school. After a long time of saving money from here and there, I got a stall of aloo-puri. That was also difficult at first, but at least it was better than starving on the road. Eventually I was able to open up a catering service and now I’m here.
“So that’s my story. Did you like it?” I asked with a wide smile, trying to lighten the atmosphere. It was now that I noticed that he was in light, while I was in the dark! He was looking directly in front of him all this while. But when he looked back at me, his eyes were wet. He suddenly pulled me into a hug and I could feel my heart beating with his in rhythm. I closed my eyes, reveling in the warm protection his closeness brought. He caressed my hair while pulling me closer still. When we finally pulled away after a few minutes, he held my hand. The sudden emotional flood was my undoing! I wanted to make him feel like it wasn’t a big deal. And the words started flowing out of my mouth. “Actually I don’t have to go away for too long either. Bhaiya is watching over the estates pretty well, although my other cousins are doing nothing but wasting away in the house. But since it’s still in my name, I have to go and get it all sorted. They want their own shares, you see? Honestly, I don’t think they’d last for more than six months! But Bhaiya wants us there, and I don’t want a rift between us right now.”
He quietly asked me just one thing, “Is that car crash the reason for your nyctophobia and dystychiphobia?” “What is that?” I asked, thinking that he was speaking in another language now! He cleared his throat before saying it in simpler words. “Fear of darkness and fear of getting into accidents. That car crash is the reason, right?”
How could he be thinking about that when I had just told him about my so called first family? A few seconds ago I was thinking, “I didn’t have to tell him the details, but for some reason, I wanted him to know the real me.” I hadn’t realized that he already did. I held his hands tighter in response while trying to blink away the tears threatening to burst through my self-made dam.
“You don’t have to go for that. I can take care of it for you. But you will continue to be the permanent event manager for the Oberoi Mansion, if you don’t want to stay here forever, that is.” His train of thought surprised me. All this time, he was thinking of how to keep me from leaving! “I want to go see him, one last time. We’re not super close, but he was the only one to think about me in that house. Ishu was also persistent in coming with me, although I don’t really want her to go there.”
That seemed to pique his curiosity. “Ishu… you two seemed super close!” he commented imitating my choice of words. “Of course we are. She’s similar to me in many ways and different at the same time. Like, I’m a bit family type of person, and she likes to stay alone. I try avoiding violence whereas she chose to be surrounded by that.” He gave me a funny look and I explained, “She’s an action hero. Stuntwoman, in common language.” He seemed pretty impressed by her and I voiced my thought. He didn’t disagree and just said that she was good at what she did.
After a moment, he distracted me again, saying, “Are you jealous?” The slight smile caught me off guard and I wondered for a moment, “Does this amazing guy exist for real? Or am I dreaming?” I gave in to his protectiveness and leaned my head on his shoulders. I was smiling a little and feeling safe from every bad thing out there for the very first time in my life.

OM’S POINT OF VIEW

I sat down at the bench, looking up at the starry sky with the full moon amidst them like an alien. I put my hands in the pocket and tried clearing my head. But somehow, sleep evaded me. I gave up on clearing my head, and settled with sorting it. Thinking about troublesome thoughts wasn’t anyone’s favourite thing to do, but I still went ahead with it. Thinking about everything, but the one thing that actually troubled me. As if to rub it in, the girl came right in front of me. The Ishana lookalike! The hood kept most of her face hidden, but she came up to me and removed it. In her clear voice she asked, “Is everything okay?” On receiving no answer, she sat down beside me and asked, “Why would you sit outside in this cold?” I tried talking to her once. Wouldn’t it be impolite if I didn’t? “I wasn’t feeling sleepy. What about you?”
She seemed happy that I hadn’t ignored her. “I had gone to pick up my jacket from that fence there”, she said pointing to the far right, where she had walked in from. I was surprised. Which girl on Earth tells people about how she broke into their house? We sat quietly for some time, and I hoped she would just leave. But soon enough she said, “You said you can’t sleep, right? Did you try deep breathing?” I nodded at her, in no mood to answer her directly. She kept up her list of ideas to fall asleep and I nodded at each one of them. “Counting sheep? Drinking water? Exercising? Walking? Music? Washing your hair?” The last one took me aback. “Washing my hair?” I repeated with raised eyebrows. She flushed a little at that and explained, “Usually when I can’t sleep, I wash my hair. It really helps. And you have beautiful hair too.” ‘Too?’ I wondered to myself. She was Anika’s friend after all! I smiled a thanks and then she started searching for something in her pockets. She pulled out a metallic pen, the kind that people used for self- defense in movies, and I was scared momentarily. She pulled my right hand with her own and closed my fist. Then she drew something on top of my hand and patting it, said, “There. Now you’ll feel better. I guess you’ll be able to sleep well now.”
It was a smiley! It was a really simple one, with two dots for eyes and a wide curve for the smile, and a perfect circle for the face. She seemed to be proud of herself for that. She smiled conspiratorially and said, “This is my personal trick. Good night, whoever you are!” she smiled and left, leaving me watching her go for a long time.
True to her prediction, as soon as I hit the bed, I fell asleep peacefully.

Hey guys, I know that Anika’s past is not as impressive or too shocking. Rather, I think you might even feel like killing me after this depressing episode. All kinds of criticism, curses, and coarse language are also welcome. But it would make me really happy if you didn’t! 😛 😐
Anyways, do let me know your views and suggestions, especially on the Ishkara part, since I’m so nervous and wary about that. 🙂
Bye Bye… take care 🙂

31 comments

  1. Priyanka_22

    |Registered Member

    It was nice part though isme woh Sammie wala feel woh baat nai 😛
    but it wasnt bad either
    anika’s part was ok thik thak tha not impressive not shocking
    Ishkara were cute.. I like ishu and her violent qualities 😀 Even der convo was good

  2. Shivika22kapoor

    |Registered Member

    I truly wish to kill you dear for being so negative at times. As you are nervous about Ishkara part so let me start from their it self.
    Ishu’s sleeping tricks are really cut. (my personal question answer if you are ok with it: Did you ever try the last two weird sleeping tricks in real?? And did they ever work out??? Because even I am planning to try them out.😊😊😊
    Ishu and Om’s chemistry is mind-blowing and a superb one. You wrote the part really very well , well what’s new in that you always write beautifully 😃😊😊😊.
    Anika’s past was simple and that’s what I really liked because I didn’t want any high voltage drama presently in which Shivaay is deeply guilt ridden. Although the way Shivaay cares for her and the words he said to her shows how badly and head over heels he is in love ❤ with Anika and that’s what I call pure and pious love ❤, which truly exists and is above anything in the world.
    You stole my heart ♥ dear and that to just with the enormous simplicity of your story and characters.
    Love ❤ you Samm.
    Post next asap I am dieing to read it dear😊😊😊.

    • Samm

      |Author

      hey shivika 🙂 thanks a lot
      yep, they work for me. washing the hair is good enough as long as you don’t catch cold. the smiley one, i’m not so sure. it usually works when someone else does it to make you feel good, when you’re feeling rather down. as you know, smile is the best remedy to a troubled mind 🙂 right?
      thanks a lot for liking this one. i was honetly skeptical whether anyone will like it or not, and although some of my dear friends might be disappointed with this, i’m glad there are the rest who like it too 🙂 😀

  3. Samm

    |Author

    you guys must know that constructive criticism is also important to improve ourselves. i’m trying to get better at this but it’s going to be extra difficult without knowing my readers’ views. so please don’t hesitate in dropping by any suggestions that may help me with this 🙂

  4. Himanshi

    Hi Sanam, I am Himanshi from Delhi. I am an additive reader I read a lot generally novels, romance and fiction are my favourite. I am usually a silent rather very silent reader I don’t comment or like…
    I have read too many fan fiction of Ishqbaaz in last 2 days, and have completed yours all episode only… let me say this urs fan fiction is by far the best I have read till… you have got some writing skills for sure, ur way of story telling is also very nice, the words u use etc are really good.
    Thought I suggestion is bit late but sti’ll as I have completed reading all ur chapters today only so I am giving you my opinion today that what I feel is you somehow focused too much on Shivaay n Anika romance or to get them together in which I kind of forgets about the boldness and strongness of Anika…
    For ex. The conversation which she listen of om n Shivaay and misunderstood is still not cleared.
    Anyways things are long but yeah overall awesome work reading ur chapters really made me feel obvious of everything else..
    Do keep the good work.. bless u

    • Samm

      |Author

      hey himanshi 🙂 i’m totally overwhelmed right now! thanks a lot for making time to read all of my ffs 🙂 also thanks for sharing your views.
      i think you mean the misunderstanding between shivika, right? but my story is rather different from the actual track. already there were so many instances in which shivaay had doubted anika and was porved wrong. so in my ff, shivaay has grown up a little 😛 😀 in other words, he is more sensible and is using his brain too 😀
      i hope i could clear it for you, please don’t hesitate in asking or suggesting anothing else.
      i also hope you read it regularly and like it too 🙂
      thanks for commenting 🙂

    • Samm

      |Author

      thanks jazz 🙂 before ending this ff, i’ll add ishu’s point of view too, but only after a few more parts.
      i’m so sorry that i haven’t been able to read your shot. i’ll try to read it soon 🙂 thanks for sending the link

  5. Priyali

    |Registered Member

    Hey Samm, the episode was pretty good… anika’s past wasn’t really shocking but… the way shivaay consoled her after that was something that I really liked… the episode wasn’t bad at all…. keep up the good work 😉😉
    Keep smiling.
    Priyali.

  6. Diya

    Samm, I am so done with shock value in IB that I welcomed the sad but not shocking past of Anika in this ff. Shivaay’s response to her story was lovely to read. If I had found sthg. Negative, I would have written it but I did not. This is the normal love story I have been craving for. Coming to Ishkaara, there was so much confusion about it in the actual show and so many differing opinions that I had grown weary of it. I was myself confused about the kind of Ishkaara angle I wanted. What you provided here is a sweet, mild beginning and I like it. I love the character of Om the most in this show right alongside Anika. So I wanted his story to begin sweetly. And I am glad it did in your ff. Overall, the only thing I can say is that reading this episode was just “precious” 🙂

    • Samm

      |Author

      wow diyaa 🙂 i’m so overwhelmed right now. that’s the only word to describe my feelings right now 😀 your comments are precious to me too 🙂

  7. Anujohnson

    |Registered Member

    It is soo goodd…..I love your style oof writing…..and ishkara scene was awesome…..and anika’s past is dreadful …..I hope she will get all the happiness she lost in her childhood….and i love your….I will not kill you as if I do, who will give me such rocking episodes….pls do come back with a blast soon……
    🙂

    • Samm

      |Author

      thanks nans 🙂 i’m honestly surprised that you guys liked it! i usually write stories according to my whims and fancies, so i didn’t think i could come up with a plot that would receive so much love, a heroine worth rooting for and a hero worth dying for! especially as shivika’s characters are so complicated and intricate in a way! so thank you so much!
      also, sorry for being unable to comment on all of your episodes. i’ll catch up soon 🙂 promise!

    • Samm

      |Author

      thanks shivika, but i’m sorry. i didn’t mean to make anyone cry 🙁 i’ll try to add lots of good things for her future, so that you won’t be unhappy again 🙂

      • Shivika

        |Registered Member

        I was not unhappy…but just emotional….u see i m bit sensitive and get emotional in every sad situation …..no need to be sorry yr….u r really vry vry sweet dear…..

  8. Akshaya

    |Registered Member

    Loved Anika’s part. Ishkara was amazing😍😍. It was wonderful. Ishana’s innocence was cute. Om shocked when ishana took the pen👍 and she drew smiley☺ that was sooooooo cuteeee!

    • Samm

      |Author

      thanks akshaya 🙂 i’m glad you liked it 🙂
      but just for no confusion, it’s not the same ishana as we have previously seen in the show. ishu is a new character. but i don’t mind if you want to keep calling her ishana 🙂

  9. Yaashi

    |Registered Member

    sammm i wish i could kill you dear… why are you always negative at times…. be positive in wht you are writing… anyways ur ff is as usual awesome loved anika’s past… waiting for the nxt prt….

    • Samm

      |Author

      wow! i managed to make everyone angry with that one line! 😀 😀
      i’m just kidding yaashi 😉 thanks a lot 🙂 i was just beginning to miss your comment 😉

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