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Monday, October 29, 2012

Chapter 9 - A little bit of us

ASR heard her screams.


He ran in the direction of her screams. He ignored the sticking branches and slippery ground as he rushed into the woods. He heard her scream again and then everything went silent. He doubled up.

He found her on the ground. NK was bending over her, checking her pulse.

“Khushi! Is she ok? Khushi, are you alright?” he shook her gently but there was no response. Her head rolled around and her body was limp.

“O no, no, no.” He carried her in his arms and rushed to the cabin. NK followed and opened the door for them.
“Quick. First aid and water.”

ASR lowered her to the bed and quickly loosened her jacket and scarf. He noticed a purple bruise on her forehead and a thin red blood stained line on her light corduroys. She was hurt. NK rushed in with the first aid box.

“What happened? Did you see anyone, anything?” ASR queried as he unbuttoned her jeans.
“I was driving in when I heard her scream. I followed the trail and found her passed out on the ground. She must have gotten scared of something; there are deer and coyotes here.”
“She was running from something. Coyotes and deer don’t chase people, dammit.” 

His mind was racing at the possibility of being discovered. They could not risk it. He instructed NK to recon the area and inform headquarters. He turned his attention to her.

He was about to pull her jeans down when he realized NK was still in the room. He titled his head and gestured NK to leave the room. NK left the room to see through his instructions. ASR pulled her jeans down slowly and checked the gash. It was not deep, thankfully, but it was a long one across her thigh. He cleaned the area and applied antiseptic cream before covering it with gauze and bandage. He placed an ice pack on her forehead. He covered her bare legs and patted several times on her cheeks.  

Khushi opened her eyes and her pupils moved around. She saw ASR peering over her with NK behind him. She tried to rise up when she was promptly pushed back into the bed. 

“Keep your head down, Khushi. How are you feeling?” ASR asked, wiping her forehead with a tissue.
“Groggy, tired, woozy, crappy, fucked up.” she barked
ASR looked at NK, “She is fine.” NK agreed,”Yes, she is.”
“No, I am not. Something happened there in the woods.”
“Khushi, why were you running? You apparently hit a low hanging branch on the head and passed out. Did you see someone?”
“I don’t know, I don’t remember.” She rubbed her temples and frowned, “I think someone followed me.”

NK and ASR exchanged looks.

 “What is he doing here?” she asked, shifting to her side on the bed.
“He is here to update me with some new information and also to check on us to make sure we have everything we need.” ASR got her a glass of water and sat on the edge of the bed. She raised her head and sipped a bit before handing it back to him.

“I want you to rest now and later I want to re-bandage that nasty gash on your leg.”  He patted her head and stood up, “Try not to fall asleep. You hit on head on a branch, there is  left the room.

“Nasty gash?” she raised her head and peeked under the blanket. She was horrified to find that she had no pants on and a 4 inch bandage ran across her left thigh.

“Argh! This is all I need. A nurse who undresses me and nibbles on me.” She complained to an empty room and threw her head back. She fell asleep with no energy left in her to rue her pathetic situation.


“ASR, its not good news.” NK got himself a cup of coffee and settled in the dining room chair. A reams of paper lay on the table, as ASR studied them one by one. “Eleven members of royal families from different parts of the world, missing or dead. The Sabres that belonged to them are missing too.”

“What are they hiding? And why is mafia interested in those Sabres? I mean those are worth nothing in the open market. Sure they were made in the world war two era, but it has no other significance. So why in the world do they want it?” he scratched his fresh stubble that had already grown barely hours into the day.

“I wonder if we can lay our hands on one of those. “ ASR asked, standing up and stretching his back. NK nodded and offered,”We can ask our art historian experts. They might know what it means.”

“That’s a fantastic idea NK. Send the pictures of the sabre to them right away. Consult Joseph Isaacson from Field Museum, if you have to. He’s consulted with us before.”
“Sounds good.”
“I am beginning to wonder if Khushi is somehow related to these families. It might be a case of mistaken identity. I will try to find out from her. Meanwhile keep me updated on what you find out about the Sabres.”
“Will do.” NK rose to leave. “Alright bro, take care.”

 ASR landed a quick hug from NK. “And tell your lady love to stay off the phone. Her friend Gitu is asking a million questions. In fact, she’s asked me out on a date and something tells me it’s not because she finds me interesting.” He stood with a stupid grin on his face.

“She is not my lady love. And yes, keep your eyes and ears open. There is no way they could have found us heading here but they did. I suspect a mole.” ASR’s forehead creased in deep thought.
“No kidding! You think so?” NK answered in surprise, “Who would dare such a thing?”
“Someone who wants a piece of the pie. The question is, is this person in the bureau or someone Khushi knows.” ASR shot NK a glance. NK’s face was drained of color.
“What’s the matter?”
‘Ugh! Nothing. Better watch our backs.” NK mumbled and bid adieu in a hurry.

ASR went back in to check on Khushi.


Noam planned the next steps carefully. First, they would find a place in Door County. The area was about 100 square miles, fairly large to scout for the bird but they’d have to begin the dragnet from one corner to the other. It was an FBI safe house but the Snitch had failed to get the exact coordinates. A bit of hand wringing was in order.

“David, wake up, you idiot. We are not here to vacation.” He kicked the back of his companion who was sprawled on the bed. David swore and got up reluctantly.

“Call the Snitch and twist the dagger, don’t want anyone getting too comfortable with us. A little reminder to show what they are dealing with would be nice.”

“What do you have in mind?” David grumbled through the foam of paste hanging on the edge of his jaw. Noam winced at the unsightly man.

“Fuck you! Do I have to teach you everything? Send a dead fish, cut an animal and parcel that, anything that is threatening enough.”

Noam’s phone buzzed and he noted it was the Snitch. “Hello there, now tell me we have good news.”
“Listen, you bastard. I am trying very hard to get the coordinates but the fucking FBI agent smelled rat and now I have no idea where they are. I need more time.”

Noam grinned. He was a man of infinite patience, and the chance to play the game turned him on.

“Oh, really? I need not remind you what we can do. Need I?” his menace was on full throttle. His dirty teeth gnashed at the smell of fresh kill. There was nothing in the world Noam enjoyed more than watching the blood rush out of the jugular vein of a human body. The process of capture, incarceration, the struggle of the captured, the pleas, the horrified cry and finally the buttery skin splitting open as the knife slice through the vein, gushing red juices flowing out in copious amounts. He had a hard on just thinking about it. And of course, Mariam, his lover of 30 years.

Noam, a butcher by profession was no bumbling fool. His placid face and hillbilly appearance hid a deeply disturbed psychopath, the only kind Mafia hired to do their dirty jobs.

The Snitch shivered in fear. Time was running out.


Khushi got up and warmed her lunch. Her stomach growled in protest having been ignored for over six hours. She found ASR poring over a mound of papers on the dining table. She decided to watch TV and eat in the living room. She found the newest episodes of New Girl and began chomping on the Chinese take out. ASR lifted his head to watch her.

She was chuckling at the antics of Zooey Deschanel. He decided to work on the papers later and joined her in the living room.
“What are you watching?” he asked.
“oh nothing, just this new series. She is funny, Zooey.” She patted the seat next to her, inviting him to sit down.
He sat next to her and watched with her. He stole a glance in her direction and there it was again. Her neck sported a small purple hickie below her ears.
Shoot, I did that to her.
“Khushi, I wanted to ask you something.” He decided to change the subject in his mind.
“Do you know if your family has any royal lineage?”
Khushi stopped munching on her food. She set the plate on the table and turned in his direction.
“No, why do you ask?”

ASR narrated everything NK had found - the missing Sabres, the dead royals and the threat of being followed to the cabin.
“Are you saying that they could follow us here?” she panicked.
“Well, that’s always a possibility.”
She stood up with a jerk and began pacing the room.”See, I really thought I was being followed this morning. I am damn sure of it. What do they want?”

“I doubt it Khushi. If they were here, they would have either tried to kill you or kidnapped you by now.” ASR stretched on the sofa and offered an explanation, “It could be a deer, because the woods have quite a few of them”

“I don’t know, this whole thing is so fucked up. I am so confused.”

“Can your Dad help us trace your family tree? May be there is a royal connection that ties you back to the Sabres? And if there is then….” ASR paused and stood up with alarm.

“Then my family is in danger too!” Khushi finished his thought. “Tell me, they are safe, tell me that FBI can protect them, please ASR, you have to do this for me.” She pleaded with him, tugging his shirt collar.

He held her wrists to steady her and then he cupped her face. “I promise Khushi. I will get a detail dispatched to your family’s place right now.” He lifted her chin and continued in a soothing voice, hoping to calm her, “Now, you don’t panic. Ok? We need to think this through. Panicking wont help.”

She shook her head. She looked so innocent and scared, it broke his heart. He leaned forward and pecked her lips. Then he let go of her. She knew if she did not stop, she would go into a full anxiety attack and she could not let any harm befall her family, least of because of her. She sat down to calm her nerves.

After a few phone calls, he joined her in the living room with his plate of food.
“I’ve sent security over, so no worries. Let’s talk about your family, friends, people you know. Maybe, there is a lead we can work on.” He put his arm around her shoulders and squeezed. She laid her head on his shoulder and said in a weak and distant voice, “What do you want to know?”
“Tell me who’s in your family.”
“Well, my dad, mom and two sisters. Dad is a practicing doctor at Mercy’s and Mom is a homemaker. My younger sister Payal is in her second year of undergraduate study with Northwestern, she wants to be a lawyer and my youngest, Malayka, is a sophomore in high school.”
“Your sister is in Chicago?” he was surprised to find this bit of information.
“Yes” she replied in a very small voice, “But we are not close. She hates me.”
“We begin by hating our siblings. But they grow on you.”
“Maybe yours do. Not mine. Do you have siblings?” she turned and watched him down his chow mien with a swig of beer. He nodded and spoke with a mouthful of food, “I do” he swallowed and the bobbing Adam’s apple did not skip her notice. She lowered her eyes.

“I have an older sister, Anjali. She is married and lives with her husband in Boston. They have a daughter, Anya.”
“Oooo, so you are an Uncle.” She clasped her hands and detected the pride with which ASR described his family.
“But more about me later, tell me more about your siblings.”
“Payal and I never connected. Her hatred for me has only grown worse over the years. And she influences Molly, Malayka. Payal is home for the holidays right now. She is doing independent study this semester so she does not need to be on campus.”
“Hmmm.” ASR took another swig of the beer and looked away from Khushi, getting uncomfortable about the next question he was about to ask.

“What about your fiancé?” he spoke with considerable difficulty trying to keep his anger bolted and locked.
“Who? Oh, you mean Shyam. He is a pain in the ass.” She said casually waving her hands in a dismissive gesture. ASR’s eyes bulged out in surprise.
“He is.” He mocked eliciting a smile from Khushi. “But whats the deal between you two? Sorry for being direct, but I can’t picture you with that overbearing…” he stopped after changing his mind about using an expletive to describe Shyam.

“Prick? Neither can I.” she finished the sentence for him and rubbed the bridge of her nose. She grew visibly irritated at the mention of his name and was debating whether to reveal the real deal between them. It could destroy her family and it did not seem relevant to the case. He waited for her to continue but she remained silent. He decided to prod her further.
“So, nothing. He is my fiancé and we have our differences. I don’t think our private issues are relevant for our discussion here” She effectively shut that discussion. ASR picked on her irritation regarding Shyam but he didn’t want to push his luck or opinion on her. He decided to bring him up another time.

“Ok, Do you have family in India?” he took another mouthful of his food and changed the topic.
“Yes, we did. But no one close is alive now. My great grandparents and grandparents were from Gwalior but we migrated to the US when I was a month old. Dad and mom don’t tell us much about their siblings but I am pretty sure there is no love lost between them. We have not really kept in touch with anyone.”
“Hmmm, tell me more about your grandparents in Gwalior. Do you think they belong to the royal families of Gwalior?”

Khushi sat up, her eyes blazing with wild curiosity. “You know Mom told me tall tales of how I resembled my great grandma, given my grey-green eyes. I thought she said those things to make me happy. But her narrative always included chariots, royal palaces, and a prince charming, do you think my great grandma could have been a royal?” she looked as excited as a child in a candy store. She was sure she had hit the jackpot.
ASR could not help but notice the grey-green eyes. They were unusual and right now, there were burning bright. He really wanted her and he was tired of resisting her. But, first things first.

“Its possible. We should talk to your parents; perhaps we could pay a short visit for Christmas, in 4 days!”

“Oh, ASR!” she jumped with excitement and threw herself on him, tightening a bear hug around his neck. “You don’t know how happy it makes me. To be back home with my family, for Christmas. Oh, thank you, thank you so much!” she pulled back and landed a careless kiss on his lips. Before she could pull back, ASR cupped the back of her head and pulled her face down, completing the kiss. 


  1. I'm totally loving this FF SJ!! It's so intreging!!

  2. New background, nice. I love the way its going, with such a fast pace, the intensity, the suspense. Really good going :)

  3. OMGee!
    Okay I am starting t think it's Khushi's lineage, like she's adopted or something maybe?
    And Payal and Malayka are BASHERZ 4 LYF. HMPH.
    And lol maine bola tha Geetu Snitch!
    And awwwwwnnnnn at every kiss. They are just so adorbzz
    Can't wait to read more SJji. This is so effing intriguing. You always leave me asking for more!
    Continue soon
    No-Gossip girl ;)

  4. Also, Arnav started with Khushi's chin in TFS and now he's down to the neck and the shoulder. How many FFs until he starts from there? ;)

    1. Lana wants pretty baby sis to think pretty baby things......hmmmmmm

      Also Lana think now NK rocks the one that....less can be said of why whould he want NK to leave the room for hime to check her legs......huh ...huh..getting territorial about the doc huh......

  5. I love this story....ASR always takes my breath away!!!:)

  6. Started stalking......B-)
    Enjoying the beautiful ride....

  7. first things first - completing the kiss and ...

  8. A lil' bit of info, a lil' bit of the, down in the blender and a perfect combo of mystery, love and care.
    I can't wait to know who the hell this Snitch is.
    Why did NK pale at the question? I love secrets.
    And I have noticed you write him as ASR, rather than Arnav... I love mystery too!
    So Khushi's great grand parents are somehow the link..
    Oh Christmas, come soonish!

    Great update! :)

  9. New chapterrrrrrrrr!
    This was so so beautiful! Loved the chapter's name :)
    Khushi-Arnav's conversations are very cuteee. The passion for each other is becoming more and more obvious! Will the kiss in the end turn into something more in the next chapter - will you continue from where you left? Awh, Im excited!!
    I like NK, great he's perceptive enough to know that Gitu's behaviour isnt all that normal. So A-K going to meet Sasi and Garima? Would be intetesting, most of all I want to see how their relationship progresses :) Im already loving the comfort level they share!
    Update soon SJ! and thanks for this!

  10. Love the suspense ... curiosity raging high as to who the snitch is ??? this whole incident with Khushi leaves them all tense about the safety of their hideout ...

    " ASR could not help but notice the grey-green eyes. They were unusual and right now, there were burning bright. He really wanted her and he was tired of resisting her. But, first things first..."
    one track mind ...

    Khushi may have a connection with the Royal family of Gwalior ...

    Thanks SJ ...

  11. thud



    This just keeps getting better and oh my heavenly fuckin SEX this just made my rotten day.

    ASR, Khushi, Royalty, chariots, neck kisses, sabres, chases and a locked down history.

    What in the world are you weaving???

    She sure is a princess.


  12. Nk was there when Khushi ran through the woods and he turned pale ; gitu wants something ; shyam's being edgy so wonder who the snitch is!
    Shyam's secret LOLz i can guess :))))

    preetihere on IF

  13. Nk was there when Khushi ran through the woods and he turned pale ; gitu wants something ; shyam's being edgy so wonder who the snitch is!
    Shyam's secret LOLz i can guess :))))

    preetihere on IF

  14. Amazing chapter!!! Oh man, I need a kiss from someone, I mean from ASR , like right now hehe. They are soooooooo cute :)

  15. awesome update!!!!!!!!
    loved it!!!!!1
    haha last part......they cant keep their hands off each other!!!!!!!!
    i am excited for kushi n shayam's secret!!!!!!
    oh god nk is a smart cookie him!!!!!
    cant wait for next!!!


  16. Firstly, the background is awesome!!
    The background score u put up for every update sends chill down my spine in anticipation..... it adds the effect of suspense drama!!
    Coming to the update... it was great!! getting more interesting by each update dear....
    The relationship they are building is amazing in such a short period of time.... its almost fascinating to see them close and comfortable!! awwww and the kisses.....
    SJ super writing!!
    cant wait for next chapter....

  17. Amazing fast paced and yet relaxed chapter. How do you do it SJ?

    This one had so much info in it, yet you give us the cozy dinner, the peck on the lips, the big kiss, not to mention changing her clothes and all!

    Also, I still can't decide Gitu or Shyamu! I don't want to think Gitu! I've said that before.

    And was NK really there or was he the one following her?

    I'm thinking more and more that she was entrusted to Shashi and Garima by the royals, along with the Sabre and that's why Payal and Molly hate her. Cos they know she is special.

    I'm been feeling like I hit the jackpot with so many updates in the last few days, dare I jinx it and ask for more?!


    JerryTheMouse - Sachi.

  18. Nice background
    Beautiful music
    And awesome update
    Is it too early to suspect NK??? Or maybe Gitu???
    Noam sounds like dexter with no conscious.....he was scary....
    So some royal lineage is possible....waiting to know more of her background......hopw they have a good christmas
    And they KISSED...awwww


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  20. Okay I wrote this really long comment, and then my power flickered, so me, in all my anxiety shut down the laptop! #Facepalm

    Anyway, the one thing I am LOVING about this story is that you have us thinking everyone is a snitch, and I love that I can't tell! Naughty SJ! ;)

    You even had me thinking it's NK for a sec there, but if he was the snitch they would know the exact coordinates, no?

    And why is Payal such a basherz yaara, and is she the forum nanni of molly. Hamari Chutki kitni acchi hain, cute si, todhi pagal, aap toh usse meanie bana di!

    And Arnav and Khushi, I don't even know why they are fighting it! We ALL know what will happen u guise! *yells at them*

    And Shyam will always be Shyam, a creep. I knew she couldn't, in all her sanity, be engaged to him voluntarily! Did they sleep together? Is that what he has over Khushi? I mean indian family and all.....

    So I am sensing a adoption here, not the technical one, but one where when the royal family sensed that their lives were in danger, they handed over their only princess to some common man's family, sasi's father to raise her as their kid, in order to protect her? Am I correct? Do I get a chocolate? :D

    Loving it SJ! Update soon!


  21. I just read all nine chapters, wow, felt like I was watching a Hollywood movie....


  22. In one hand I'm disgusted by Noam and on the other I can't stop smiling because ASR and Kushi are so cute!

  23. Loved the update.. NK, feels like he too is havin secrets..
    Hope you'll continue soon :)

  24. I love how they're randomly kissing each other!!
    And what's the deal with Shyam. I bet it's totally relevant to the case!!

  25. Hayeee.. Im going all desi and doing the virtual note vaarna on you.. Loved the last 2 updates! The one thing that's so unique to your work is the pace with which the story moves. There is never a dull moment! Absolutely fab update.. Cant wait for thenext one!


  26. Thanks for the fast updt! Nk was off for some reason. what the deal with shyam and khushi? Our hot asr cant keep his hands away from khushi ha?
    updt soon pls.

  27. You made everyone a suspect!!!! Thats a work of a brilliant writer. Noam gives me the creepes. I wonder how you imagined the cast of this story??? Same as the show????

  28. Hey SJ...
    Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang!!!! ;)
    Loved the update! ASR's all smitten by Khushi :P cant really keep himself away eh? lol.
    Hmmmm, why do i have this feeling that Khushi's NOT Shashi's Real daughter, i mean by blood, she's somehow connected to the Royal Blood, btw i liked how NK kinda guessed Gitu's intentions lol, they arent FBI officers for nothing :P
    I'm Lovin this story SJ, please do continue soonishhhhh
    cant wait to read the next chapter...
    tc, love
    JIA (Pinkss)

  29. Glad glad that you're back with a bang! Missed TFS but this is just better I would say. Mysterious that I can't guess who's the snitch here. I'm sure you're happy that we're confused. Hehehe
    Can't wait for next

    Blablabla_mo7 IF

  30. Oh this is soo thrilling.that scene with noam was scary.and chutki jee sj took your name cool.and update ended with a kiss what more can i ask for.shinaa from if.

  31. your writing is really amazing. i'm starting to doubt even nk. everyone seems to b hiding something and the mystery is eating my brain. nice update.

  32. Loving this story. Its getting interesting.

    Kinha_luvyou(IF name)

  33. U know how to keep ur readers on their toes ..dont ya ??? I for one cannot wait for the next update..:-)


  34. I'm awwwing at every kiss!!! :D :D
    Damn...Now everybody seems shady!!!
    I can't for the life of me figure out who's the real bad guy!! Damn!
    So Khushi's probably adopted??? In order to keep her safe ???
    Love the way the plot thickens every chapter!!

  35. You did it again. another fabulous update. loving ASR and Kushi interaction. the comfort they find in each other with their kisses.
    the story really keeps you on your toes. Cant wait for another update. Hopefully soon.

  36. hi SJ!!!!!!!a holiday im

    n my i love ths story.but to be truthful not as much as filigreed sun.truly,tht was unique n the chemistry n the situation they wer in wer realisitic,i mean a very odd one indeed but lot to learn n udnerstand n analyse n apply in r life regarding handling emotions i feel.i loved it n it it wll always be my favourite no matter what!!!cheers!!!

    but all this doesnt mean i dont like sabre chronicles!I LOVE IT,but in a different way.see,b4 i read FS,i was a fantasy person fantasy i mean fantasy=adventure+suspense+thick romance+comedy+THRILL. n this story of urs is providing each of is just tht i cudnt imagine u wud come up with such a greatly impressed words.muaah!

    i like this one for the suspense element,the adventure,fun n ofcourse u knw wats next *wink*
    i love it.yes bt just tht FS wud be my first favourite always.tht is a masterpiece n it has its own place.i hope SC wud make its way too strongly into my heart within im all engulfed in the suspense n the romance ofcourse,drooling over it.the tension n chemistry bwn arshi is somewat same in this story too.but it was more in FS-there it was the forbidden fruit,mayb bz of it is only lets see til wen it will go*wink*

    n yea i can make guesses like snitch is this one tht one-yea my top priority is shyam(bz mafia-drugs-more close to a doctor right?!) but nk is also there in the line(its bz he is new to ur story n i dont think u wud include him for fun element in such a serious story.but if hs purpose is just of a strong supporting role n frnd n helper of arshi n gitu's sweetheart or more than tht time wud tell.ofcourse his face draind of color is taking me to gr8 heights of imagination tht it cant be just bz of blood circulation problem,ROFL!)i evn doubt payal,lol,yes i am mad.hahaha(bt the chicago thing n enemity with kushi an all pushing me to it)

    n i guess kushi is adopted duaghter,she must be a princess who might hv been handed over in time of life threat to save their royal blood from end,n a sabre maybe.but how did it get to different parts of world,i dont understand.
    it is said here tht it might not cost tht much but then y?mayb there is some puzzle to be solved with all those sabres together.God knws if im going

    n shyam-kushi dark secret-is it somethign related to drugs or allowing the wrong use of it r selling it n kushi getting involved bz of shyam or a night htey had together n wich shyam has more evidence to,u knw wat i mean.i think i shud wait for more clues bz i just guess ths one.

    but this is interesting.drawing more speculations.interesting work impressed SJ!carry on im waiting for more.n hey thanks for fast such a suspense story continuous updates will help in maintaining the interest*thumps up*


  37. OMG! what an intriguing update!!!...
    Could not fathom as to how NK was beside Khushi first??...baffling, indeed!!ASR /NK bond is really endearing.. Khushi is ingenuous about her dislike for Shyam....applaud her..
    And her ancestors are from Gwalior the royal lineage theory, could hold water..
    Noam's fetish is eerie and bone chilling...
    Am loving the comfort level between A&K..and the last paragraph, was heart warming...

    The Pics of the houses/woods were so evocative....
    The plot thickens ..and like always I am impatient for the next....


  38. I love NK.
    But I keep getting this nagging feeling that he's the snitch.
    I LOVED the absolutely gory description of cutting skin open.
    So Amazing.

  39. She's a Rajkumari...I do wonder where this is going...ending it at a kiss is just pure torture because now I'm thinking about what happens after the kiss :P
    A simply amazing update!

  40. wow SJ, I am with the dose of kisses as long as they keep coming!
    Gitu has a secret, Shyam and Khushi have a secret together. So suspicions getting thicker and thicker!
    The thing with this genre is you make readers impatient for an update!

  41. So Khushi is a royal?? hmm..interesting :)
    and they kissed again, yaaaay

    great update!!!

  42. It seems NK knows Gitu's steps to get to K....

    Arnav he can't really help to admire her beauty...

    this kiss is making me going nuts,......
    he ..he

  43. Ahhh this is just absolutely lovely, EVERY single chapter has me sitting on the edge of the sofa wondering what is gonna happen next. Beautiful and very thrilling! :)

  44. Okay...I'm sure Gitu is the one giving info to david and Noam.....:/
    Everyone around khushi are so two faced....I'm really curious to know the thing b/w Shyam and khushi...
    And it's so sad to read about her sisters....and I like how comfortable khushi and asr seem:D

  45. Just caught up with the last two chapters. I'm so loving this story.
    Great suspense very excited to know about Kushi Past
    NK knows Gitu is inviting him not because she is interested in him. Very keen to know how their relationship will go forward
    They kissed I'm so so happy
    Thanks for the update dear please do continue soon

  46. This just gets better and better! I saw the epi, barfed in my mouth and came here to detox:-) and what an update to detox with!

    Love how Arnav and Khushi are getting to know each other..a relationship can't just be based on sex you know..haha kidding if it's as explosive as the way you write it of course it can!!

    Aha we finally get to know who Mariam is:-)


  47. Is Gitu a negative character??? Ughhhh!!! I'm worried for khushi. Arnav is such a sweetheart and the kiss at the end. Ahhhhh!! Get them on bed already, SJ. Pleaseeeee. Hehehe
    There is so much going on in my head about this story which I want to write but then again whatever I write will not make sense because everything is soooo twisted in my head that I can't figure out anything lol. What is the deal with this sabre anyway??? Oh God, I can't wait to find out. See, I'm just not a very pateint person lol. Anyway , I'm really enjoying how the story is progressing, very intriguing :)

  48. hiiiiiiiii SJ.....just caught up with your new story SABRE CHRONICLES n i must tell u i have read FILIGREED was superb......beyond comprehension.....i m not very eloquent u see hence my status of a silent reader persisted for quite sometime.However offlate i have realized that being persistent on this status devoids encouraging writers like you who write beautifully.You are simply great,highly talented something u know for sure.I must have read and re-read FS for atleast 5 times n i cant tell you how u keep me hooked to it evn when i knw the entire plot.Sabre Chronicles is another marvellous story set in a different context has me addicted to it.....I m in love with Hottie-ASR the detective n your down to earth Khushi.....i m keen to to knw what mysteries come up in your future updates.Hey SJ i cant promise to comment on every chapter but jus wanted you to knw ur writing does have the power to compel silent readers like me to comment.LOVE YOU dear......:)

  49. Just read all 9 parts ... amazing concept and wonderful presentation to the reader... absolutely loved it lovud it and am sure excited for the upcoming plot .... Khushi was sent away with them to be protected but still she was found....hmm.. my guess is Shyam is the snitch or I may just be biased.



  50. Thanks for the updates :-))


  51. Terrific chapter...Can't wait for the next :)

  52. NK,he is clever.He knew the real reason behind Payal wanting to go on a date with him
    could not be just his handsomeness but something else.
    I don't thinks its Gitu who is leaking out information.You wouldn't make it this obvious,
    would you? ;)
    And what's Khushi and Shyam's past?..Am as curious as ASR.
    Loving this suspence story.


  53. This surely gets better with each update, I must say the story is so layered and maze like. NK is smart and a good partner to ASR.
    What did Khushi see that frightened her wits out?
    Is she Indian even?
    Is she blue blooded?
    ASR is being a tad unprofessional, is he not? To kiss Khushi when she is in his protection.
    So we have to wait for Christmas.

    - Kalyaani (IF)

  54. Great chapter! Loved it!

    The fear of Khushi in the forest...NK & Arnav finding her...everthing was thrilling! Am glad K & A are getting comfortable with each other now! And its great that she will get to go home for Christmas...looking forward to reading that.

    NK is smart and reading about the Mafia makes me shiver! Cant wait for the next update SJ!!



  55. Oh god,......i didnt even leave NK.....

    Isnt tgat the same historian Khushis dad was talking to???? Hmmmm this ought to be interesting...

    I m loving how fast its moving yet everything is being touch n no details r left floating.

    Things connect soooo beautifully as the plot thickens...n i m put on severe adreneline rush....

    These little careless affection r like sparks....never know which one will agnite fire in full throttle.

    Thry r planning on meeting parents....4days... hmmmmm n christmas .....r all there interconnected....r we to decipher in symbolism???? Or u dont do that.....

    Loving it a lot n xant. Wait for more to jnfold b4 the family reunion.


  56. Just loving your stories ..(just finished reading TFS..) in case u r planning to make ur blog private in future please add me to your list of invitees (my id is ...coming back to TSC.. loving every mysterious moment of it :-)..the passion bet A & K growing by the minute ...jus thinking who could be what or how dangereous keeps me biting my nails .. :-)


  57. This is getting better with each chapter

    Arnav is sweetheart... can't help falling in love with him..i am so happy they shared their personal life with each other...and still their is a lot mystery behind them


  58. Yaar this story is so refreshingly different and mysterious....loved the update

  59. LoL SHYAM IS AN INSENSITIVE PRICKK and a snitch !!:) Loved ittt

  60. A nurse who undresses me and also nibbles me !!!!!!! And ought khushi is from royal family. I was not able to read past 3 weeks so m catching up now. Loving it so far.

  61. Excellent update!!!

    Trust you to leave it on a cliffhanger!!!

    Have to read the next update ASAP to pick up where you left this chapter!!!

    Interesting how NK lost colour when a mole within the FBI was mentioned!!!