Serendipity-Chapter 30- By Diyaa

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Chapter 30

Time. A phenomenon that ticks away constantly, that runs our lives commandingly, that reduces the most powerful to non-entities, that elevates non-entities to the most powerful, transitions fear and inhibition to boldness and liberation, and that transforms hatred and apathy to love and passion and vice-versa. It can make the immature gain some seriousness and the overly serious to live a little. It can turn hope to despair and despair to hope. And yet, how many of us are conscious of this phenomenon that guides our lives? How much value do we place upon it ? If we were conscious of it and valued it, we would be less anxious, less depressed, less arrogant, and much more satisfied.

Time had brought Rudra to a juncture where he was not only leaving behind college life but also everything it had stood for. For lack of care, non-stop fun and entertainment, and constant quest for fresh faces to keep him from getting bored. He was done with his final exams, and whatever the result may be, his path was set. He was going to start going to office with Shivaay the next day and start working as an intern to understand the mechanics and dynamics of their business. He was excited because to him it meant being an adult who was on his path to discover and prove his full potential. And then he remembered that now that the exams were over, Soumya would go to stay with her mom for her vacations. He had a sense of loneliness in spite of the fact that in the past two months they had spent most of their time studying independently. Yet, her presence mattered to him. To think that he could go see her if he wanted to was a comfort that was going to be absent for the next month or so. He slowly walked towards Soumya’s room.As he entered it, he saw her sorting her books and stationary in separate piles.

“Already organizing for next term?” he asked her casually.

Soumya turned to look at him. “Yes, when I come back I’ll be too sad to do all this. Right now I am excited and happy to go and see Aai so I have energy for all this.”

Rudra smiled sadly. ” Yes. I understand your excitement to see Aai and your sadness for leaving her behind when you come back. But is there nothing to be sad about when you leave and happy about when you come back?”

Soumya looked surprised by his question. “Yes there is. I’ll miss everyone here when I leave and I’ll be happy to see all of you and go back to college when I come back.” she said looking at him briefly and then averting his gaze to look back at what she had been doing.

“Right.” Rudra said nodding. ” Everyone here and all of us. That’s nice. Won’t you stay till O’s gallery opening? It’s just a week and a half away.”

Soumya completely avoided looking at him this time. “I talked to Om bhaiya about it. Staying for it would mean giving up a week and a half worth of time that I could spend with Aai. He suggested I leave immediately to reassure Aai.”

“That’s correct advice. Yes. You should go and be with her for as long as possible. When do you leave?”

This time Soumya’s voice had started to fail her. She felt a little choked up but she did not want to let it on.”Tomorrow. Dadi has arranged for my journey.” she said in almost a whisper.

Rudra sat there staring at her working through her things for a while. “Well, have a nice time with your Aai. I’ll be starting office tomorrow morning, so I’ll hardly be seeing you tomorrow. Take care. I’ll miss you.”

Soumya was startled and unable to say anything. She just looked at him as he got up and left the room. “I might not see him tomorrow!” she thought to herself. Then almost in panic, she got up and ran to the door. She saw him walking away.”Rudra!” she called out softly as he was still nearby. “I’ll miss you too.” she said and looked down.

Rudra smiled and walked back to her. Then on an impulse he kissed the top of her head briefly. ” Have a safe journey. I’ll wait for you to come back.” He looked at her shocked face for a few seconds and left.

Sitting in his office and done with the meetings for the day, Om looked at his phone. Two missed calls. He apprehensively looked at the call log. The name that flashed there made him agitated. Those calls were from Riddhima. His ex-girlfriend. He had been ignoring her calls for an entire week now. She had called five or six times. Om set the phone aside and thought hard. He had left her so far behind. Gradually, time had made him forget all about her existence until now, when it’s tide had brought her back like waves of the ocean bring back long lost objects from the deep ocean and dump them on the shore. He recalled their last meeting and how she had collaborated with Tej to get him to sign property agreement papers against Shivaay.
“Why the hell is she calling me out of the blue when I made it clear to her that I wanted nothing to do with her! Whatever! I don’t want to have anything to do with her now and never will.” He deleted her number from the call log. Just as he did that his phone rang again. He looked at his phone angrily but then calmed down. It was Aashi.

“Hi! How are you?” Aashi asked.

“Fine. I miss you.” Om blurted out desperately.

” We met two days ago. Anyway, I have some last minute ideas for the finishing touches on the gallery. With just a week and a half to the gallery opening, I am not sure if this will work. Most of next week will be the final cleaning and polishing up of the place.”

“You do what you think is best Aashi. I have complete faith in you. But yes, all the marketing and publicity for our opening has been done and is actually still ongoing. We already have hundered percent entries so we need to start setting up the place and placing the artwork on display beginning next week.” Om said thoughtfully.

” I know, the publicity for your show has been fabulously done by your team. It’s really talk of the town. You should give some bonus to your PR team for pulling this off so well. And that’s why I wanted to consult with you, the feasibility of adding anything at this point as we could always do this after the first show. But I have a client meeting for today that will take up the rest of the afternoon, so I’ll meet you tomorrow to discuss this.”

“Can you meet me in the evening today, not to discuss this but something else. I want to talk to you.” Om said dolefully.

Aashi noticed the glumness in his voice and felt restless. “What happened? Okay let me see when I can finish my work. Then I’ll see whether we can meet. I would like to say bye to Soumya too. I know she is leaving tomorrow. We have talked a few times since you told me, you know…Anyway, I’ll let you know. Bye.”

“Bye.” Om said briefly.

“What’s going on with him!?” Aashi thought with worry. But just then, she got a call from her client and had to postpone her pondering for later.

Om sat staring at his phone.” I am going to go and see her today and finalize things once and for all.” He knew Shikhar was out of town for a day. “Even if it is at midnight, I will get this done today!”

He went back to looking at his computer screen and tried hard to concentrate. Completely immersed in his work, he did not notice his office door open.

“Hi Om.” He heard a vaguely familiar voice say to him. He looked up startled and stared at the person in front of him.

“How are you? My God you have changed so much! Business suit, shorter hair, this office! Wow! You look even better than before. This new avatar suits you. But, I thought eventually you would at least take my call.” Riddhima said wistfully.

In her office, Aashi hung up her phone thankfully. Her client-meeting for the second half of the day had just been cancelled due to an emergency. All of a sudden she found herself done for the day. “Well, he really wanted to talk about something and now I can discuss the gallery stuff as well. Good thing his office is close by.” she thought as she got up, picked up her things and walked out of her office.

Om felt his entire body heated up with agitation as he got up from his chair. “What are you doing here? Why are you here?”

“Come on Om. It’s been more than six months. Can’t we even talk? For old times sake. I saw the promotion of your gallery and all the good work it is all set to you. I am really impressed by how in spite of joining your brother in business you have not forgotten your first love. Made me realize, no matter what happens, it is hard to forget your first love.”

Om looked at her impatiently.” Look Riddhima, I have nothing to tell you, nothing to discuss with you. You shouldn’t have come here like this. In fact who let you in?”

“Well, apparently, some of the staff here still remembers me. And an old time picture from our happier times helped. Why have you been ignoring my calls Om? If it still bothers you to talk to me, it means you still care. I just wanted to come and see it for myself and not let you ignore me anymore.”

” What happened between us is well in the past. I did not ignore your calls because I care, I ignored them because I have moved on and I really don’t care anymore. So once again, Leave!”

Riddhima found the coldness and indifference in his expression and his tone unbearable. “How can you not care. All those times we spent together. Living together, being intimate…”

“Get the hell out of here. It’s in the past. It’s over.” Om shouted pacing towards her as he showed her the door.

Riddhima shook hard at the rage in his voice and looked aghast that her attempt to reconnect with him had been so futile. And now when he was so much more appealing and successful than before! She regretted the day she had listened to Tej. “If only I had waited patiently, all that I had wanted would have happened anyway.” she thought to herself.

She got up weakly. “All right. I’ll leave. I’ll never come back. I just wanted to congratulate you on your success as a businessman and also for taking your love for art to the next level.” She moved towards him with a pleading expression in her eyes.

Om looked at her with exasperation as she came to him and hugged him. ” Just for old times’ sake Om.”

Aashi walked towards Om’s office. The staff at Oberoi tower had instructions to never ask her questions as she was working for Om, Shivaay, and Anika, all at the same time. As she went up in the elevator, she thought of the day Om had startled her in her office. She smiled mischievously. “I’ll give him a surprise today.” she thought as she saw his office door and walked briskly toward it.

Om was beginning to push Riddhima away when she startled him by tightening her grip around him and reaching up to kiss him desperately. Just as he flinched back trying to get free of her, there was a brief knock at the door and it swung open.

Aashi looked in smiling widely and then within a fraction of a second the smile on her face turned to complete shock as she saw a woman with her arms wrapped around Om, and their faces almost fused together.

Om flinched back and pushed Riddhima away from him and turned to look towards the door. All blood drained from his face and he felt his heart sink as his eyes fell on Aashi’s shocked face. Then he heard her mumble “sorry.” before she turned around and left.

Om stood there stunned at what had happened within a span of two minutes.

“Who was she?” He heard Riddhima’s voice. He felt a murderous rage sweep his entire being.

“If you want to leave this place alive, you will leave immediately without another word. And if I see you anywhere near me or my family, which includes my fiancee, who just left, I will get a restraining order against you.”

The menace in his voice made it clear to Riddhima that she had better leave and never look back. She gave him one last look and left swiftly.

Om stood there for a couple of seconds shaking with anger. Then he started to think what to do next. “Where must she have gone.” Instinct told him, that after what had just happened, she must have headed straight home for privacy. He picked up his keys and rushed to his car.

Aashi reached home and let her driver off for the rest of the day. She unlocked her front door and entered it absentmindedly and in a daze went to the kitchen. She poured herself a glass of water and drank it in a few huge gulps. Then she looked at her phone. It was just after one in the afternoon. She picked up her phone and called her maid’s number. “Sushila, I will be late coming home from work and have to leave early tomorrow morning. So don’t come this evening or tomorrow morning. Bhaiya is on a business trip and won’t be back until afternoon tomorrow. So there is nothing to do really.”

Her maid thanked her gratefully.

Aashi walked to her study and threw off her shoes. She took out her tucked in shirt from the waistband of her skirt and pulled of the rubber band holding her hair in a ponytail. She pulled down the zipper on the side of her skirt to loosen it and got into her bed, curling up in a foetal position shivering hard. “I know what I saw. But can he do that? Is that what he wanted to tell me? That he couldn’t wait for me anymore? Is that why he was so glum? Or did I misunderstand? He won’t do that to me. He can’t. We have an unsaid commitment. Do we really?” She felt like her head was going to explode and she closed her eyes tight for comfort. Then she pulled the comforter near her feet over her for warmth and lay there trying to get a grip over herself.

Once inside the campus of her bungalow, Om parked his car under the portico, and went back to close the gate he had just opened to let his car in. Then he walked to the front entrance door of her house. He was about to ring the bell when he noticed that the door was a little ajar. “Why is this door open!?” he thought nervously as he entered it and locked it from inside. He walked through the hallway and into the living room. Her bag and her work stuff lay in a mess on the sofa. Finding the kitchen and the living room empty, Om walked toward her study and went in.

Her desk was neat and chair pushed in. He walked softly past them and saw her shivering, supine form, a little bundle under the comforter. Her open hair covered almost her entire face and he heard quick and hard breathing sounds coming from her. Om felt like a knife had been twisted in his heart. He walked over to her quietly and sat down on the floor right in front of her.

Aashi felt warmth around her and it reduced her shivering and gave her comfort. What was the source of this extra warmth? She came out of her trance like state and opened her eyes slowly to look directly into the warmest brown eyes she had ever seen in her entire life. They were full of pain, fear, and anxiety. Were all those emotions for her? Was he here to break up a commitment they had never given each other or to tell her that there had been a huge misunderstanding. Either way, he was here. And as of now, her heartbeat calmed down a little due to that fact.

Om pushed back the hair from her face and tucked it behind her ear. She quivered a little at his touch but then calmed down.

“What do you think you saw in my office?” he asked her softly.

“I don’t know. But I didn’t like it so I ran away.” she said with immense sadness.

“Why do you think I am here?” he asked again.

“To explain.” she answered him briefly not trusting her voice to support her.

“Do you think I could do that to you? Cheat on you? Be infidel to our relationship?”

“But I had given you no clear answer. I had made you wait so long. There was no clear commitment so whatever I may have seen, I couldn’t accuse you of cheating or infidelity.” Aashi said simply as she removed the comforter and got up to sit on the bed with her back against the wall.

Om’s breath became rapid as he felt goosebumps rise all over his body. He got up from the floor and sat next to her. “Commitment? What we have been doing for the past two and a half months is meaningless? You think I have no regard for it? Why aren’t you angry at me for what you just saw? Why are you not lashing out at me and asking me for an explanation?”

“Because I don’t know if I have the right.” Aashi said in a quivering voice as a lone tear escaped her right eye.

Om looked at her in disbelief. He took a deep breath as he thought carefully. “Serendipity” he said eventually. “You wanted me to find a one word name for you instead of pleasant surprise. I thought and thought and finally found this word to express best, what you mean in my life. A pleasure to my mind, body, and soul, that I wasn’t seeking but that I found, to make me complete. ”

Om turned to look at her as more tears rolled down her cheeks. He continued, ” I told you Aashi, I don’t flirt casually leave alone kiss or almost make love to a woman without it meaning anything. I was committed to you the night we almost consumed each other in my studio. Ever since then, I have thought, breathed, loved, and lived you. I have never ever shared this connection with anyone in my life. Never. And because of that I believe that you are my first and only true love. You are what my life had been missing in order to become complete. I realized it slowly but surely. That woman you saw in my office today, trying to encroach upon the mere body of your private property, was my ex-girlfriend, who having seen the promotions of the gallery everywhere came to see if there was somehow a chance for her to be back in my life. I had been ignoring her calls all week and I wanted to talk to you about it when you called me earlier today. I did not like it that I was receiving calls from her and you knew nothing about it because Aashi, I think without realizing it, in my studio that night, I married you in my heart. Ever since then, I have been behaving like a married man, feeling utterly comfortable around you and restless that you are not next to me every single night and every single morning. When I told her to get the hell out of my office as I had moved on, she made one final attempt to physically connect with me and you came in just as I was about to push her away. Do you trust me? Do you believe what I said?” Om asked her anxiously. Given her past, what she had witnessed in her father’s treatment of her mother, and what she knew of Tej’s treatment of Jhanvi, it was imperative that she believed him for them to move forward in their relationship.

Aashi looked carefully into his eyes for a while. “Yes. I believe you. I trust what you just said. Now what?”

Om looked at her in complete frustration.” Now you will agree to marrying me in front of the world in the regular way. Enough is enough. Your thinking time is almost up. You did not know for sure that you were going to be successful as an interior designer but you took a chance upon it because it’s what you loved to do and had faith in yourself. If you love me half as much as that, take a chance upon me and have faith in my absolute love for you. Marry me. Don’t deny your feelings and refuse me for the fear that our relationship might not work out. If it doesn’t, we will tackle it together. We will figure it out then. At least we will have a few years of complete bliss to remember. There are many who can’t have even that. And I am saying that to convince you. Because I know for sure that this is forever and I’ll never let you go. And that means NEVER. So say yes, now or …”

“Or what?” Aashi asked curiously.

Om looked around trying to figure out what to say next. Then he got up and went and locked the door to the study from inside. He came back to her and held her tightly in his arms. “Or I won’t let you get out of this room.”

All of Aashi’s tension got released at his ridiculous solution.

“You won’t let me out of this room! And what will you do in here with me?” She bit her tongue as soon as that question was out of her mouth. She had given him a nicely wrapped gift in that question.

He tightened his grip on her and came closer to her face. “I can think of a thing or two that I could do with you and that I have been dreaming of every night and several days.”

“Bhaiya will be back soon.” She tried to bluff as he came even closer, sliding his right hand inside her shirt.

“I know he is out of town for a meeting and won’t be back until tomorrow. The maid will knock and leave. Until tomorrow is plenty of time for me to carry out my plans.” he said huskily.

“You are sinister!” Aashi said in mock horror.

Om smiled at her devilishly. “You can’t even begin to imagine just how much. I have had plenty of frustrated nights to devise various plans.” he said as he kissed her deeply, lowering her on her back, never breaking the kiss even for a second. Eventually, he pulled back, to look at her face right below his.

“Yes.” She said gasping a little.

“Yes what?”

“Yes, I will marry you and I believe it will be forever. And whatever troubles we face, we will tackle them together.”

Om smiled mischievously. “Good answer. But you took too much time. You need to pay the penalty.” he said and went ahead to carry out one of his several plans for her.

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Thanks for reading Everyone. The final chapter of Serendipity is here. It is a long chapter. I thought of breaking it in two parts but then chucked the idea for the fear of compromising the flow of the story. I tried my best to make OmAashi’s story and relationship complete. Hope it won’t be a disappointment. Rumya are on their journey of realization and I will develop a story for them and Priyanka-Shikhar. I would like to k ow though, how many of you are interested in that. I will post an epilogue in a day or two to wrap up this story completely. Please comment on this chapter if you can.

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62 Comments
  1. Hi diyaa…. Again you always gave the unexpected story…… I didn’t expect ridhima here.. But om gave a good reply for her cheap expectation. I got a whole new meaning for serendipity….. Thank you diyaa you are just awesome….. Rudra and Saumya’s relationship has a new beginning here… Waiting for their story. Most importantly your title??????? Because you always give us interesting and mere apt one compared to the other FFS… Waiting for your epilogue…. Post soon your next best episode…. ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Katz for your appreciation. Glad you liked the final chapter.

  2. Awesome….Amazing….
    waiting for d epilogue…

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Shivika ?

  3. ?+? – these two emojies perfectly sum up what im feeling at the moment. The chapter was simply captivating, enthralling, engaging, spellbinding and fascinating. I dont think those words are enough though. Your writings perfection is way beyond words to be described. Throughout this journey of 30 chapters i fell in love with Om and Aashi *and the word Serendipity*.
    And do you really need to ask if we want to read more of your writing?? I just cant wait to see how you carry Rudra and Soumyas story and am pretty sure it will be just as flawless as Serendipity was.

    Welll… waiting for your next! 🙂

    Awestruck!

    1. **i forgot to add how much ill be missing Serendipity! It had unknowingly become a habit of mine “to look up if the next chapter of Serendipity was ready and dive in!”… but! sadly as all fantabulously amazingly awesome things have to come to an end. eeeh im becoming senti now lol.

      -> Loads of Love to a writer who can captivate people with her writing. You seriously have a charm in you.

      1. Diyaa

        I too got used to interacting with some dear friends here. I don’t think I’ll be able to stay away for long.?

    2. Perfect explanation with the emoji awestruck! Bang on!!

    3. Diyaa

      Hey Awestruck! Thanks so much buddy for your kind support. Really really appreciate it. Yes I will start working on the next sequel and hopefully will be able to start posting it in a few weeks.☺

  4. What about shivika

    1. Diyaa

      Hi Princess. Shivika story had reached its finality. There was no scope for including them in this chapter. But they will appear in the epilogue and any other sequel I write with the next phase in their lives. Thanks so much for commenting.

  5. Diyaa..

    Aashi’s trust on Om and Om explaining to aashi that he thought himself to be a married man and craving for her everyday was today’s highlight…atlast they two united…..

    Thanks for this beautiful ending…
    Serendipity will be in heart and thoughts of mine forever….
    i will surely miss my favs Omaashi……already missing them…
    No more words to say…..Thanks to you for making such a nice story…welcoming many more…
    And ofcourse we need a new story on rumya prikhar…
    So eagerly waiting for your next story…..

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Eva for your amazing encouragement. I mean that with all my heart. I will come back with a sequel soon.And sorry I got Kate in responding to comments today.

    2. Diyaa

      Ummm…I meant I got late ?

  6. I am honestly interested in priyanka and shikar s story ..and rumya s story !!!!!

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Anonymous. I’ll start working on those stories soon.☺

  7. Mind blowing..

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Charitha. Really appreciate it ?

  8. Sairan

    Fantastic

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Sairan ☺

  9. Awesome !! hi diya m a silent reader but couldn’t be there without giving comments .u r a superb writer ! amazing !!

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Shravani. Really appreciate it ?

  10. Go ahead dear…. It is awesome dear as always… Love you dear….

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Nikita for your kind support. Will come back with a sequel in a few weeks.?

  11. Anushk

    It’s great lovely

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Anushk☺

  12. Amazing, worth waiting…….saddening its going to end….yes priyanka n shikar scenes pls…post soon…

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Ashi☺

  13. Nansshivika

    Hey Diyaaa!!!! How r u??

    A big sorry that I couldn’t read serendipity at the time u posted, as I was totally busy with studies.

    I am kind free from last week n so started new collab work of me n Pri. N today I really wanted to read some of heart touching stories which r beautifully expressed. And the names strike my mind are u n samm.u know I have been loving road to redemption n even liked ur start of serendipity from shivika reception.

    Today I read all parts in one go when I finished I got this part.

    What to say ur narration has always been touching my heart and the story of Asihani n shekhar is next level. The way she being so reserved to herself n om getting attracted to her with some hidden connection of pain, the way om got himself to a flirting side, the way he tried to know aishani n be around her, the way aishani also getting herself close to him again becoming comfortable n mostly getting back into ashi self,the way shekhar explained past to om, n om telling his to both of them,sahil n aishani bond all the time over leg, shivika love n support to themselves, om being expert in explaining Anika like a twin brother, shivay n aashi bond,rudra n ash bond n finally ashi forgiving shekhar realising it was actually her fault of being angry on him n patching up with him, om being free of commitment phobic, Dadi gesture towards sahil that Party day, n in today’s one aashi trust n om love reaching to next level and ya not to forget their kiss in om studio during the time of her leg injury…… Everything was just just heart touching, beautiful.

    There r still many things needed to be pointed out but u will really bored.so I will skip to Rumya n sheyanka .

    Rudra transfer to a mature guy is really a good feeling to read. And the way he handled Sowmya mom n made his bond with Sowmya strong was just hats off. Prinku taking a step to achieve something on her own in her passionate field Fashion with the help of her big crush shekhar is mind-blowing. Shekhar also getting affected by the innocence of her is really awful.

    I am looking forward to read their stories along with shivika n Omani.

    All the best to ur future story. And once again big sorry for not reading before to u n also samm. Now I want to read samm lucky version soon. Great job Diyaa.i always take a peaceful 10minutes to read urs work n today also I did tat I was just focusing on each n every line excitedly. And here I am irritating u with this lengthy comment.

    Now tym to go Yaar. Bye???

    1. Diyaa

      Hey Nans!! So good to see your comment again and how generous you have been with your appreciation. Well, better late than never so I am very happy that you read Serendipity and liked it. Your lovely analysis made up for all thirty chapters.
      I haven’t had the chance to read your new FF as yet but will catch up soon I have a busy month coming up so will start writing the sequel once my schedule settles down a bit. Thanks again for taking the time to comment.☺

  14. Nita D

    Wow Diyaa…..I have no words…..
    In this story, u have wonderfully shown 4 levels of relationship…..beginning with Shivika…. the mature relationship…..next is Om n Aashi…..they love each other n are aware about their feelings for each other….. third is Raumya…..who care for each other n it’s kuch kuch hota hai….N finally Shikar n Prinku…..they r still in the friend zone….. there are no way about their feelings for each other still….

    Riddhima’s scene was very unexpected….now I understood what u meant by ‘ A couple more trials before they seal their relationship forever’…..

    The beginning para is also written brilliantly….Time….master of all…..
    N u very cleverly n beautifully included the title in this chapter….

    Do u really think u need to ask us whether we want to read more of stories…..??? It’s obviously a YES…..U write exceptionally well……So I m eagerly waiting for your next update which be an epilogue to serendipity n prologue to ………..?

    1. Nita D

      N one more thing…..this chapter was not long. I mean don’t take me wrong but as u mentioned in A/N, I wanted to just tell u that none of your chapters will be long enough for me to say that I’ll read the remaining part sometime later or something like that…..

    2. Diyaa

      Hey Nita. I’ll miss your comments till I start writing again. How well you analysed the four levels of relationship in this story. That was very well expressed. Working on the epilogue now and thinking of what to call the next one.?Will update soon. And I am glad that my chapters are never too long for you. I am so motivated to keep writing ?

      1. Nita D

        Awww…..that’s so sweet of u….even I’ll miss u till u start writing again…..

  15. Suchitrasai

    I’ll miss serendipity soo much❤. Every relationship is built on trust and understanding as main pillars. Inspite of seeing Ridhima with om she thought that she might be wrong that’s the thing which made a perfect sense. Om explaining what aashi is to him and making her understand that their relationship works, if not then both of them can tackle the things together is the best part. Aashi giving chance and agreeing to marry him and the part I most loved is unlike others she didn’t get mad on om om seeing him with Ridhima and listened his side of story what exactly happened. Rudra thinking about future and being honest to Soumya bidding her bie and expressing her that he will miss her and Soumya being the same is the great part of their growing relationship. If you develop a story for shikar and Priyanka that would be nice. They make best pair ❤. Waiting for the epilogue.☺

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Suchitra for always being there with your appreciation. It really motivated me a lot. I am glad that you liked this chapter and that everything I tried to portray came through. I’ll post the epilogue soon☺

  16. Awesome epi Diyaa…just spellbinding…loved it …nd m looking ahead for ur prinku-shikar nd rumya story…??

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Lilly.☺

  17. Hi Diyaa,i am silent reader nd never commented b4 but today I done it bcause its really awesome.And I liked conv btwn om-aashi.U know wat I was addicted to ur ff and its very hard for me to not read ur work,so I want u to continue it with Rumya and prinku and shikhar stories and keep it as a request of mine.

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Priya. I will come up with Rumya and Prinku Shikhar story for sure. Thanks for encouraging me.

  18. AWESOME….its just flawless…nd eagerly waiting for the epilogue nd i would love to read prinku nd shikhar story as well as raumya’s…..

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Bhavana. Really appreciate it. Epilogue coming up soon and I will start the next sequel soon as well.☺

  19. Diya its me.DO u even remember ?I read your update everyday crave to comment, but can’t.But i had my mind fixed that i would comment on the last episode.ANd finaly when i got a chance to comment quite regulary to my horror i found it to be the last episode.U better skip this comment cause i am going to make u’r eyes bleed.The end was sudden,unpredictable &perfect.I so wanted a different ff for rumya from u.ANd its happening.But one request two ffs for rumya &prikaq please .It wll provide more to read ur stuf.Now coming to the episodes the end was perfect blend oe tradition&.Both the confrontations were epitome of excellence.I m going to say u have improved alot frm ur last ff.”she didnt try to stop her tear”i could literaly feel her pain that she was so hurt that she lost the sense to wipe her tears.Its not ishqbaaz its pure litreture.I can compare u only with jane austen.But one point keep eye on the time.

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Uttama. I do remember you commenting before and am really happy to read your comment again. Thanks for appreciate my writing so much. It’s really encouraging. I am not sure if I can simultaneously develop separate ffs for Rumya and for PrinkyShikhar as I am not sure if I’ll have enough content and focus. But I’ll try my best. Let’s see. Thanks again ?

  20. Kiki

    Wow wow… confession part was too good

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Kiki. I am really glad you liked it.☺

  21. Gayathri.visu

    Brilliant chapter didi!!!! The first para about TIME….is really amazing! RIDDHIMA…. I didn’t expect this twist di…. And Om gives her absolutely correct answer…. The way he explained to Aashi that he married to her by heart and he behaves like married man, his cravings for her…… And finally Aashi’s trust towards Om…YOU JUST NAILED IT DIDI!!!
    You are a amazing writer di… In future if you have been written any novel I swear di, I will definitely read it!!
    And di, what is the necessary for that question?? Yes, ofcourse we want to read more stories…. Waiting for the epilogue didi….!!

    1. Diyaa

      Gayathri , you have been amazingly sweet throughout my journey with Serendipity. As I said writing Serendipity has been a Serendipity for me. I gradually settled down upon my own personality and writing style that I was most comfortable with and was surprised that it was appreciated. I found such lovely readers like you who nourished my creativity with their warm, encouraging comments. I will definitely continue to write and try to improve myself further. I’ll post the epilogue soon.?

  22. Wow diyaa.. serendipity.. the title just justifies their relationship totally.. from the first meet at shivika wedding.. where have they evolved.. wow.. you have just taken us through an unbelievable journey packed with awe!
    The initial attraction towards each other.. then the way they have worked on each other’s character.. the way She initially thought he sympathised her when he actually adored her strengths.. they way they have found them wanting each other’s company.. It has been such a delightful evolution

    A request.. pls make rumya and Priyanka shikar as 2 different stories pls.. both these relations have a great potential to be woven into beautiful fabric just like the previous 2.. pls keep writing dear!!

    1. Diyaa

      Hi Anu. Thanks so much for your support. It’s been one of the reasons I stayed motivated. I am glad you liked Om and Aashi’s journey. Truth be told, I poured my heart, feelings, and personality into this one and have fallen in love with them myself. Breaks my heart that they aren’t real. I will give serious thought to developing separate stories for Rumya and Prinku Shikhar. The thing is their timeline will be the same do it will be hard to come up with separate background for them. But hey, you guys have taught me to have some faith in my abilities. So I’ll definitely give it a try. Thanks so much ☺

  23. Shubhadra

    Diyaa didi,It feels really sad that this ff has ended…Good things never should end.Every episode was flawless,absolutely needed for the flow of the story and never ever out of place.Your work in developing the story has really paid off.Every episode is so real ,it could really happen in Ishqbaaaz.You are an inspiration.I hope to see the next ff on Rumya soon…..I really,really,love your work…..!!!

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Shubhadra. That’s a very encouraging praise coming from an accomplished writer like you!? I am so thankful to have found this activity. I made new discoveries about my own skills. I will start working on the sequel very soon.

  24. What an exquisite beauty……
    Took my breaths off
    Come up soon no very soon with another story line
    Awaiting itt…

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Noone. I will start working on the sequel very soon.?

  25. omg!!! what an episode to fall for ur expert imaginative writing skills. I just can’t express in words but believe me u are surely d 1 to be rewarded for such an amazing concept of story. U should be a novelist but dat surely would be ur choice. Really sorry for the overflowing emotions. But for me u are “THE BEST”… and yes u should surely continue this . bye and good night and ya sweet dreams.

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks for your extremely kind and encouraging comment Anu. I will definitely keep writing. Reading comments and getting appreciated for my writing is really very rewarding. Thanks again.?

  26. Wow…loved this….Hey dont stop the story here……I know u r a wonderful writer…Even if you continue the story will be mind-blowing …..I commented 2-3 times as I am busy with my studies. Sorry for that. But ,yes I have tottaly followed the entire series….
    Reading your story was like cherry on the cake when I had opened the IB fan-fiction…..

    Yeah for Rumya and Priveer ….but continue this yaar…Take care dear and thanks a lottt for this wonderful FF….
    Serendipity…….to be continued…..?????
    Love ya……????

    PS- I cant write too long things to convey my emotions ….but ya it will be alwsys true for you Diyaa…

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Neha. I remember reading your comments before. I am glad you enjoyed reading Serendipity. Om and Aashi’s sweet moments will keep appearing in the sequel as it will be a continuation of the situations where Serendipity ends. And your expression of your appreciation was just perfect and I could feel it. Thanks again.?

  27. Ria

    Heya,
    I am very, very, very late. I know! Pardon me for that, but unfortunately my college sucks just like everyone’s entangling me in a busy schedule.

    Back to the update, do you even know how much I liked the entire story? Of course you don’t. How would you after all! So, getting back to it, I absolutely loved the way you’ve ended the entire story. You’ve knotted all the threads of this story so beautifully. Although, there wasn’t any ShivIka or Saahil part, but their story had been knotted carefully in the last part itself, at least for this story.

    • Rudra and Soumya,
    The way they both respect each other is something I’d really like to appreciate about. I’m glad that they’re having a mutual understanding between them, at least not like before, and are mature enough to understand each other’s sentiments. Talking about Soumya, I’m really glad she’s back to her ease level with Rudra. About Rudra, I can’t even say anything specifically, the transformation to a carefree guy to a serious and mature one is worth mentioning. It had been portrayed so beautifully that words wouldn’t be enough to pen down how should I appreciate you. ❤

    • Om and Aashi,
    They’ve captured my heart like no one before. Aashi’s character was portrayed so beautifully that even being a fictional character, I fell in love with her. Talking about Om, he’s one kind of a gem. He’s so mature and wise, that describing his personality would take me a good lot of time. Perhaps, this was the best fictional couple about whom I’ve read in fan fictions, to be specific. So happy that Aashi has finally accepted Om and the last line was penned down so beautifully, it took my heart away. ?

    I know, I know you’ve posted the epilogue. I’ll be getting to that too. Very soon, I promise. All in all, I loved this story very much. One of the most beautifully penned down fan fictions I’ve read till date. Tagged in my favourites’ list. ❤

    1. Diyaa

      Hi Ria! Better late than never ?I am really glad to see your comment. Respect and understanding was the premise of this story and I tried to get the two relationships in that zone. I also tried to start off Priyanka and Shikhar on that track. In itself such a track is not as exciting as others that have more conflict so I liked the challenge of making them appealing. I don’t know how much I succeeded but at least I got a few supporters like you which gives me hope. And thanks thanks thanks for that? Take care and hopefully I will be able to come up with something interesting some time soon.

  28. Mrunal

    hey dear…..
    so this is last post of serendipity…
    and i have mixed feelings now…
    I’m happy that i was fortunate to be a reader of this amazing masterpiece..
    but I’m sad that it’s ending….

    i have already appreciated u in each possible way.. and now i don’t have words to praise u….

    this was a nice journey with a perfect author… reading a perfectly portrayed story was like a bliss to me….

    thank u so much dear….
    and I’m waiting for ur next work which will be for rumya…

    1. Diyaa

      Hey Mrunal. Thanks so much for commenting. Glad you liked this update and the story. The epilogue is also up in case you want to check it out. It kind of wraps up the story. Thanks again.

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