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   Chapter 29 CHAPTER 28- True Colors

THE DAZZLING SHADES OF WHITE- A Love Story By NSH_SHAHEEN Characters: 22370

Updated: 2018-05-15 15:09


As we neared the area where the Atish Mansion was, my heart wouldn't stop pounding.

At the new revelations and facts still running fresh in my mind for the past couple of days, it was hard for me to think straight. As Hubert crossed the main gate and we enetered the Estate, I felt a light squeeze at my right hand as Shehzad ushered me to look up to him. I sighed and tried to smile.

"Calm down, " he said in a soft low tone, his eyes shining. "Everything is going to be alright, Inshaa Allah." he stated and planted a kiss on my knuckles. God, I loved him so much. he knew exactly what to do in order to clam my nerves down. I breathed deeply and smiled with a quick nod. He's right. I willed myself into composure as the car halted in front of the Mansion. As soon as Hubert and Arnold exited the front seats, shehzad gestured to the two with his fingers and turned towards me.

Cupping my face gently in his hands, he peered deeply into my eyes. "Just stay calm baby. I'll be with you so don't worry." He whispered and his lips touched mine softly. I felt the tears threaten to well up in my eyes as I stared at him—his cool-headedness was astounding.

"But, I'm so worried. Please be careful Shehzad." I murmured. He smiled and quickly pulled me into the tight and secure embrace of his arms. "I will Kay. Just stay close to me. We must be very diligent. And remember, inshaa Allah everything will be sorted out by tonight. All the chess pieces are finally in place and with one small confirmation, its checkmate." He whispered, his deep voice full of confidence.

"I love you Shehzad, " I murmured into his ear, clenching his shoulders tightly without caring about his suit. "And I trust you. Remember that you have my support."

"Oh Khadijah, I promise to protect you. I love you more than anyone. You are my reason for living. Don't ever forget that." He whispered as he kissed my temple, his hands caressing my back tenderly. It helped to untie the knots in my back. I laughed a little to ease the mood. "I never thought that there would a day that you would declare your love for me so openly." I chided. He chuckled. "Well, I suppose, if it makes one happy to declare their undying love for another, then there's no harm in it, now is there?" he said. I shook my head in agreement, my heart calming down a little but the butterflies at the pit of my stomach were still fighting, making me feel even more anxious that the tears I was trying to hide finally started flowing.

"I will protect you too, Shehzad." I mumbled as he pulled me out of his embrace and cupped my face, wiping my tears away with his thumbs. His expression was calm but I could easily see the uneasiness in her turquoise eyes. "You already do, " he murmured and pressed my cheeks lightly and took my left hand in his.

"Ready?" he gestured. I wiped the last of my tears and willed a composed expression on my face and nodded. He opened the door and stepped putside. Arnold had already prepared my chair on my side. When Shehzad placed me in it, he began to wheel me inside. It was quiet as we approached the main foyer. It was the same as it always has been. I still remember the first time I came here—the plain white posrcelain mosaic tiles covered every inch of the foyer. The central flower table still stood greeting the entrance with his beautifully arranged flower collection. The sprail stair cases on either sides of the entrance carpeted soft cream colored rugs as well a huge crystal chandelier hung between the two stair cases.

Our room used to be up stairs but because of my condition, we were giving a room on the ground floor. When we approached the living hall, the soft chatter of people and the screams of Hanniya, Sonia's two year old daughter could be easily heard.

Sonia was here then that meant that the whole family was gathering. Why wouldn't they? I mean, today, the Chairman is finally going to give the verdict. He was finally going to choose his successor. I hope that we make it through today.

It was the verdict that had me at the edge of my seat or rather; it was the outcome that was terrifying me.

No, I mustn't think that way. Shehzad is finally so close to completing his goal and he needs my full support. I quickly backed my hand towards Shehzad's.

"Why don't we go to the living room? I think that Sonia is here." I suggested.

"Okay, " he began to wheel me in the living room. Sonia sat with her husband on the couch while they saw their daughter play with her grandparents; Uncle Umair and Auntie Bano. There heads snapped in our direction as soon as we entered.

"Oh my God, Khadijah, " Sonia quickly jumped to her feet and ran towards me, lowering enough to give me a bear hug. "Asalam Alaiakum, how are you?" she asked and released me. "I heard from my mom what happened. I'm so sorry for your loss." She said as she took my hand in hers. I gave her a small smile. She wasn't here when I was going through my depressive phase and thankfully, I didn't want her see me in that state either.

"Alhamdulillah I am fine." I said. She nodded as she also passed a sympathetic glance towards Shehzad. He simply nodded with a blank expression and wheeled me towards the sofas. We greeted the rest of the family members who started to arrive. As soon as Anwar came in, I was surprised to see that Umeed was also with him. She stood silently by his side as she held Emaan's sleeping form in her hands. She looked uncomfortable being here and why wouldn't she? Anwar, that bastard, had kicked her out of this house and disowned his daughter after she was born, so why did he bring them here? Could it be just for show? Since today is an important day. I desperately wanted to go to Umeed's side, but I had promised Shehzad that I wouldn't leave his side as long as we were in the mansion.

She must've sensed my concerned because when she looked at me, her forlorn smile told me that wasn't here of her own will. Anwar must've threatened her to accompany him in order to show the chairman that he is still taking care of his wife and child.

Then it dawned on. Don't tell me that he is going to use Emaan as bargaining chip to win against Shehzad? That jerk stood silent but his hatred and clear discomfort towards Shehzad was evident. I seriously felt like slapping him.

Other uncles and their families also started to come.

After all of the family members arrived, the Chairman came in.

"Welcome, my children!" he announced wholeheartedly. His usual body guards were standing beside him. the old gentleman was dressed, to my surprise, in a white color Shalwar kurta. I do believe that it was the first time that I saw him dressed like that. I ha

you have become. And even better, the way you treated your wife and even after the death of your daughter, you remained steadfast and your faith was unchallenged throughout the trails that Allah threw your way. So I'm proud to say this, " he said and deeply inhaled.

"I am proud to declare you as my sole heir and successor to the Atish Empire." He declared. I was completely frozen in my place. Everyone else was also silent. I rested my eyes on Shehzad—he appeared completely neautral, his blue-green eyes resting on his grandfather and jaw clenched.

"Y-you can't be serious, " I heard Anwar mumble.

"You can't be fucking serious!" Anwar shouted and grabbed the Chairman's arms forcefully. "How could you do this to me? Why? I worked my ass off for you and this is how you repay me? I even got married and had a child and yet you still don't make me the Chairman?!" he shouted, causing all the other men to stand and reach him. but his rants were silenced when the Chairman slapped him hard across his face.

"This is exactly why you don't qualify, boy!" the Chairman shouted in an even more louder tone, causing me to flinch. This is the first time I have ever seen him shout or even raise his voice. Anwar stood there silent but then suddenly, he left the green house.

"We don't accept this Abu, " uncle Salim declared. "We will never accept this bastard child as the legitimate heir. Expect a lawsuit from me."

"And me." Declared uncle Idrees and they all stormed out of the greenhouse, their wives tagging along. Uncle Umair was silent as well as his family as they sat on the sofas.

"And what about you Umair?" the Chairman inquired. He stood up silently. "Of course I don't also accept this Abu. But I won't challenge it. I have never challenged your decisions, now have i?" he stated dryly.

"Very well, " he said, seeming satisfied. All the while, Shehzad's expression was neutral.

"I have arranged a press conference for you tomorrow to officially announce you as my successor. Now go and get some rest, my son." He said to Shehzad and patted his head. Shehzad passed him a small smile and nodded.

"And don't worry about your uncles. They have always done this. So consider it your first challenge." He said. Again Shehzad nodded, without uttering even a single word.

I found it strange, shouldn't be rejoicing now? He finally got what he wanted. His goal is complete. But he wasn't even smiling.

He came to me and we went to our rooms. As he laid me down on the bed, I tugged his arm and pulled him on top of me. "Shehzad?" I breathed, touching his face. His eyes were clouded.

"Hmm?" he slid his head at the crook of my neck and wrapped his arms around me. I hugged him back.

"Congratualtions. Are you happy that your goal is finally close?" I inquired.

"Hmm? I don't know, " he answered, his voice sounding weary. "Why?"

"Shh, Kay, I want to sleep." He murmured and pulled me tighter.

"But. . . how do you feel right now? Are you satisfied or aren't you?" I prompted. He grip on me loosed as he raised his head and stared deep in my eyes; his turquoise eyes unreadable.

"Yes, I guess you can say that I am satisfied. This is what I wanted and worked so hard to get. And now that I have it, I don't know how I should feel." He replied. I ran my fingers through his hair. He closed his eyes and laid his head again on my chest.

I suppose that his answer for now will suffice. I didn't want to press him too much. maybe he was shocked and needed time to accept that he has finally gained what he wanted for so long.

A knock at our door disturbed us. Shehzad groaned and got off me. I also sat upright.

"Oh, Auntie Bano, what are you doing here?" I heard Shehzad as Auntie Bano entered. Shehzad closed the door behind her.

"I just came to apologize for my son's behavior. I'm so sorry, Baita. He can be very sentimental at times." She said. I found it strange though. Her apology didn't sound sincere and this wasn't the first time that Anwar had misbehaved with us. And yet his mother is here to apologize to us.

"That's why, I brought something. I am very sorry." She said. "It's alright auntie Bano, it's no big. . ., " I was tongue tied when I saw her pull out a pistol and aim at Shehzad.

"Ah, Auntie Bano, now you have finally shown your true colors." Shehzad commented.

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