Ficverse Hunt #7

IPKKND FF TREASURE HUNT #7

Hello! How badly did your wallets suffer today? ๐Ÿ˜› This Ficverse Hunt is beyond overdue!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in Treasure Hunt #6!

Iโ€™ve got a new quest for you gals.

We are searching for FFs/OSs that captures a young Arnav & Khushi. There is something magical (and scary, and hellish) about that period of time between 14 & 21 that makes for delightful inspiration. Over the years, a number of our talented writers have dragged Happiness and her grumpy Laad Governor back in time to explore this dynamic. Let’s share them!

Time for:

WILD ADVENTURES OF YOUTH!

Help out our reading community by sharing your favorite tales that features Arnav & Khushi in their High School or College Years!

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Keep in mind our criteria:

Well written, substance, completed


Please follow the following format when you submit:

Found it!

Who: [Insert Author]

What: [Insert Title]

Where: [Link]

Why: [Your reasons/ or post a snippet from the story]

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THANK YOU!^^

*adorable gif set credit to crazedkamikaze*

124 thoughts on “Ficverse Hunt #7

  1. Hi!! I’m a long time silent reader…trying to come out of my shell lol ๐Ÿ˜†
    I have a few but the first one is Addicted to You by raspberryand lilac. Available on Wattpad, but she interweaves the past and present beautifully! I’ll be back with the rest! –Milla

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  2. Who: theincorrigiblemagpie

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    What: The Same Coin

    Where: https://thesamecoinbythemagpie.wordpress.com/

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    What: Kya Khabar Thi Jaana

    Where: https://shortfictionbythemagpie.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/celebrations-mini-series-kya-khabar-thi-jaana-part-1/

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    What: Letters of Love

    Where: https://shortfictionbythemagpie.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/37/

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    What: A Tale of Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

    Where: https://arhitalesbyexpelandthemagpie.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/a-tale-of-kabhi-khushi-kabhi-gham/

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    What: A Charmed Tale

    Where: https://arhitalesbyexpelandthemagpie.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/a-charmed-tale/

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    What: A Tale in Red

    Where: https://arhitalesbyexpelandthemagpie.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/a-tale-in-red/

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    Why: Because Sems writes the best romances and I want her to quit her job and just write those for me, lol.

    Iโ€™ll be back if I think of some more!

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  3. Who: Sohni

    What: One day at a time (ODAAT)

    Where: https://www.wattpad.com/story/224860069-one-day-at-a-time

    Why:


    They grew up together. They were meant to be together. He knew it.
    So did she.
    …And so did he.

    What happens when the boy next door, your best friend, and the college hunk tells you he is in love? With you?
    Set in 90s in the quaint city of Pune, this is a story of friendship, loyalties, relationships, misunderstandings, and romance.

    Arnav and Khushi take the journey of being best friends to soulmates one day at a time. Love is never easy but always finds its way even if it’s across three continents.

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  4. Who: Yellowboots/Radhika

    What: Tewari & sons, 23, Chandni Chowk

    Where:

    Wattpad – https://www.wattpad.com/story/224901203-tewari-sons-23-chandni-chowk
    IF – https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/4223392

    Why:


    An Arnav and Khushi story, reimagined in an alternate universe of present day Delhi – where class, privilege, ambition, dreams, relationships, politics all of it collide. The story seeks to explore how a motley group of teens, grow up, experience loss, learn and unlearn a few lessons, and ultimately find love and peace.

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  5. Couple more:

    Who: Anarocksick

    What: The Secret diaries

    Where: https://anarocksick.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/synopsis/

    Why:

    16 June 1999, Ranawat Haveli, Lucknow, 7 pm

    Aaj hum humare Rajkumar se mile ( today I met my prince).
    Khushi Kumari Ranawat is all of ten when she falls in love with her very own prince, Arnav Singh Mallik, who is then seventeen. But years that follow are cruel to both the Ranawats and the Malliks. Certain unfortunate turn of events flip their lives around as the Malliks move to Delhi and the Ranawats dissolve in their own roots. With that, friendship and family bonds gets buried somewhere.
    Ties broken, names changed and routes forgotten, but some things never changed.

    **********************************************************************************

    Who: Bingala/Gargee

    What: Shades of Grey

    Where: http://greymemoriesinthenight.blogspot.com/2013/09/chapter-1.html

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  6. I have read most of these, and still got so much to read after this. Thanks for this, people. It’s always nice to have recommendations, even if you have no time to indulge.

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      • Just to give a little idea of my TBR, I have around 60 tabs opened on my mobile of different SS/Os/FFs, and I haven’t gotten around to most of them. It’s a constant, never-ending tug-of-war between my asli duniya, and sapnon ki duniya ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

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  7. Hello,

    This is my first post on Ficverse โ˜บ๏ธ.
    Havenโ€™t been active for few years, but lockdown made me retrace my steps back to Sapno Ki Duniya. Ficverse has been a treasure cove and I feel like kid in a candy store. Thank you creating this dreamy alternate universe ๐Ÿฅฐ

    Here is my list:

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    Who: Charlotte74 (Kavitha)

    What: Valley Of Flowers

    Where: http://charlotte-ak.blogspot.com/?m=1

    Why: because charlotte74 needs no introduction and has generously showered IPK fandom with toe curling romantic stories. VOF is my personal favorite โค๏ธ

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    Who: Anony_mous (AnamikaGK)

    What: For Your Sake

    Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/3646328

    Why: Because this is from famously anonymous MKM writer. Itโ€™s a Short Story of about six chapters I think but fully loaded with angst, drama, pain and romance spanning past, present and future.

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    Who: Anon_mous (AnamikaGK Wattpad)

    What: Best Laid Plans

    Where: https://my.w.tt/D2p05qBlMbb

    Why: Arnav is a mafia kingpin in this story AND he wears a diamond ear stud.

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    NOTE: This story isnโ€™t available either on IF or a blog but this list would be incomplete without its mention.

    Who: IPK007 (Jenny)

    What: A Late Spring

    Why: Jenny pours life into her characters and her writing pulls at heartstrings. An emotional rollercoaster journey of Arnav and Khushi from lonely and lost teenagers to a fulfilling life with 4 adorable children.

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    NOTE:
    I KNOW, I KNOW the criteria is completed ๐Ÿ™ˆ BUT, this story was left in a good place, so if you read it you wonโ€™t regret or feel left hanging. I read this years ago on IF and thoroughly enjoyed it. This story has right doses of comedy, drama and romance.

    Who: FeiryPhoenix

    What: Gupta Home Designs

    Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/3667840

    Why:
    โ€œYOU BLOODY JACKASS YOU GOT .5 MORE THAN ME. THATโ€™S NOT EVEN A FRICKIN MARKโ€.

    Thatโ€™s how Khushi gives it back to Arnav.

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    Cheers
    K

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  8. This is one of my top favorite genres! Thank you K!!

    I have the attention span of a goldfish, so most of these are one shots and short stories. A little bit of cheating before I start. My why for all of these: Super cute Arnav as a schoolboy and college student! Itโ€™s a legit WHY and the only reason I need. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Who: shipperK

    What: Waiting for Spring

    Where: https://ficverseadventures.us/os-waiting-for-spring/

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    Who: Sadh123

    What: For You

    Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/4464237

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    Who: InvisibleSmile

    What: Mere samne wali khidki mein

    Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/3831308

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    Who: nj.123

    What: I Found You

    Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/4673082

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    Who: arisai

    What: Life Is Beautiful

    Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/2963861

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    Who: tash10

    What: The One Meant For Me

    Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/3201090

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    Who: mints23

    What: Fate mate

    Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/4215507

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    Who: bridgeofdreams

    What: Life times

    Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/3275642

    Iโ€™ll be back once I can remember the longer fanfics.

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  9. A new ficverse hunt ๐Ÿ˜ Girls! My faith in this fandom is never gonna shake, not just because 4 years in and I’m still just as addicted if not more, but because I see so many others are still around and kicking and keeping the madness – I mean the passion – alive. ๐Ÿค—โค

    Now fair warning, when I read the post, I could only recall one or two, but I dug deep in my archives, and I came bearing GIFTS, (Yes, in caps :3 ).
    We don’t do thanksgiving and Christmas in my corner of the world, but Happy Holidays to everyone who’s celebrating. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Semanti’s “The Same Coin”, Meera’s “A River Runs Through It” & “Emerald Isle Tales” have already been mentioned. (rightly so, they’re like IPK ficverse royalty โค )
    so here goes:

    Who: Jenny
    What: A Late Spring
    Why: Because what “young Arnav & Khushi” fic-hunt could be complete without this absolute gem?
    Where: unfortunately this story had been taken down a couple of years back.
    May of last year, when Jen was wrapping up Silver Sands, she teased that A Late Spring & A Bride with a Doll might be published someday. But then she disappeared until last month where she left a note about her having to take time off because of a diagnosis, health issues, in a loved one..
    While that ignites a little hope that we just might get to fall in love with those stories once again sometime in the future. In the meantime, our love and prayers for her and her loved ones to be safe and healthy.

    Who: Jenny
    What: Across the Universe (SS)
    Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/4580376
    Why: Because 1) it’s Jenny. duh! and 2) this coming from someone who’s never once seen Star Wars nor Star Trek, It still was a very much enjoyable short read, with Jenny’s story-telling that draws vivid and captivating pictures with her writing, and a few notes here and there, all you need is an open mind to enjoy this unique experience.

    Who: Jenny
    What: Yours (TS)
    Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/4741975
    This three shot was complete, however only the 1st and 2nd parts are posted on IF, the 3rd (and final) part of this little tale was posted on Jenny’s blog, unfortunately it’s now gone.
    If anyone wishes to read the two available parts, they’re lovely and heartwarming in their own right, and it’s not like you’ll be investing too much time only to be left hanging anyway, so…
    All you need to know is that it had a happy ending which I’ll happily leave a summary of -to the best of my recollection- at the end of the post, for anyone who wishes to know.

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    Who: Palaayan
    What: Moments of a Lifetime
    Where: https://seekingutopiablog.wordpress.com/moments-of-a-lifetime/
    Why: because: Manreet โค . Enough said.
    In her own words:
    Following the life and love of Arnav and Khushi from childhood through to old age in a series of romantic One Shotโ€™s which can be read sequentially, or in parts. This collection is my escapist ode to love.

    Who: Palaayan
    What: Salvation
    Where: https://seekingutopiablog.wordpress.com/salvation/
    Why: It’s one of the stories I’ve read in my first year of Arshi.
    4 years later, it’s still one of my favorite stories. The beauty and innocence of their young love, & the way they found their way back to each other after years of separation, not to mention beautiful little Maya, it all never fails to warm my heart just thinking about it.

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    Who: Ridz
    What: In This Moment
    Where: https://inthismomentbyridz.wordpress.com/
    I just now accessed the link which I had bookmarked and it says “coming soon” !!!??? ๐Ÿ˜ง Ridz what happened?
    Why: Because it’s Ridz, and it’s a beautiful BEAUTIFUL love story weaved through pen-pal letters that turned from an instant friendship to a beautiful love story that had me wishing for a pen-pal connection of my own, and guess what? I found an app that not only provides the pen-pal services, but it forgoes the instantaneous nature of today’s social media, and instead, the letters take as much time to go and come back as they would through real-life post office. The excitement and the build-up of the wait are a welcomed old-fashioned experience, and totally worth it.
    PS: I know you said “complete” but I couldn’t resist, this story deserves to be mentioned. Maybe we can encourage or motivate Ridz into bringing it back.

    Ridz
    Kairos (OS)
    Where: https://ridzslittlepiecesoflove.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/arhi-os-kairos/
    Why: Because you’ll love it :3 I don’t know what else to say. โค

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    Who: Rock Barbie
    What: Flowers grow from my knees
    & Love stories for tedious people

    Where: https://rockibarbie.wordpress.com/category/flowers/
    https://rockibarbie.wordpress.com/category/lsftp/
    Why: while “Flowers” is mainly about the adult version of Arnav and Khushi and their journey to overcome years of friendship and pain and finally find their way to each other with only flashes or mentions of their young counterparts, “Love stories for tedious people” is a collection of one-shots that’s only about their younger years. So I guess that makes it qualify?

    Excerpt from Flowers grow from my knees:
    There is no absolutes in this universe. A comet can traverse the same path over and over and over and over barely missing the big object thatโ€™s just there at the edge of its path. The tail barely manages to miss this object always in the pull of the cometโ€™s head. But the objectโ€™s gravity is something the cometโ€™s tail cannot escape. Itโ€™s only a matter of time when the tail doesnโ€™t miss the object. No. Itโ€™s a cosmic gala. Itโ€™s quiet, itโ€™s spectacular when the cometโ€™s head cannot pull the tail anymore as the objectโ€™s gravity overpowers it by a thousand times. Itโ€™s exponentially beautiful as the tail slows down, detaches itself from the cometโ€™s head, sighs in relief and settles around the object.
    Finally finding its resting place and being where it truly belongs.

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    Who: Twiggy
    What: Polemic Jackanapes
    Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/3641672
    Why: I’ve read this story years ago, from what I remember, Khushi is about to graduate in this one, so that still includes them in college years, right?
    Her strong friendship with Arnav coupled with their love for each other while facing major future and career decisions to make made this story an interesting read for sure. Twiggy surely knew how to write a different and beautiful story and captivate me from the very beginning.

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    Who: Lilypop
    What: A Friend in Need (SS)
    Where: https://lilypopstories.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/a-friend-in-need-short-story-3-part-1/
    https://lilypopstories.wordpress.com/category/a-friend-in-need/
    Why: Watch as a teenage Arnav and Khushi navigate endearing young love, different social classes and and keeping their relationship a secret in a story that keeps you on your toes as you root for them and their happy ending.

    Who: Lilypop
    What: Tattoo (SS)
    Where: https://lilypopstories.wordpress.com/category/tattoo-2/
    Excerpt:
    Arnav and I are in the same university. But while Iโ€™m only in my second year undergrad, heโ€™s doing his second year of research and also teaches a subsidiary paper to my class. […]
    technically, they’re both in university, so… why not? :p

    Who: Lilypop
    What: Need (OS)
    Where: https://lilypopstories.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/os-need/
    Why: a steamy quick read where Arnav & Khushi are fuck-buddies :3 .. but is that all ?!

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    • Damn Iโ€™m a talker, and Iโ€™m not done yet ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Hereโ€™s some more.

      Who: Semanti
      One Fine Day (OS)
      Where: https://shortfictionbythemagpie.wordpress.com/2015/09/26/one-fine-day/
      What: A Little Bit of Sugar (OS)
      Where: https://shortfictionbythemagpie.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/6-a-little-bit-of-sugar/
      Adventures in Wonderland (OS)
      Where: https://shortfictionbythemagpie.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/8-adventures-in-wonderland/

      Ridz has already mentioned Letters of Love (OS) & Kya Khabar Thi Jaana (SS) โค

      Why: Because itโ€™s Semanti, theincorrigiblemagpie, reading her stories is like a rite of passage of sorts, be it her independent work, or her collaboration with Expel in the tales.

      โ€”โ€”

      Who: ShipperK
      What: Waiting for Spring (OS)
      Where: https://ficverseadventures.us/os-waiting-for-spring/
      Why: because as far as cute high school romance one-shots go, this one was damn cute.

      โ€”โ€”

      Who: Dil
      What: Of Blossoms & Promises (TS)
      Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/3915969
      Why: because itโ€™s a feelings-packed TS that has you feeling so deeply with the characters, be it joy, frustration or pain, for as long as the story lasts. No moment is dull or boring.
      A must read.

      What: When Arnav met Khushi (OS)
      Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/3821424
      Why: a Cute OS that follows the cutest Arnav & Khushi from their first day of school to high school in a lighthearted read.

      โ€”โ€”

      Who: Chibi
      What: Love Me, Hate Me
      Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/3709150
      Why: itโ€™s a story that begins with a young Arnav & Khushi navigating their way through friendship, unrequited love, separation to finally finding their way to each other.

      โ€”โ€”โ€”-

      And finally, can I cheat and add an honorable mention?

      The Trampled Butterfly by Molten_lava
      Itโ€™s not complete, and itโ€™s not about their high school or college years, but itโ€™s an emotional tale about to childhood best friends.
      Even though thereโ€™s so much to be delved into and resolved. Where the story stops + Rachelโ€™s reassuring note about how this story ends keeps drawing me back again and again to read it because the journey through those 24 chapters is well worth it.

      Where: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/3525337

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      • Thanks for link to The Trampled Butterfly Zed215, it was a lovely story and it’s incomplete status did not take away from my enjoyment of it. This ficverse hunt has uncovered some new stories/voices and led me back to some old favs. Such fun!

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        • You’re welcome dear, ๐Ÿ˜Š
          Indeed, TTB is such story that you could enjoy despite it being incomplete. Another one is Shades of Grey, which also happens to be about childhood friends Arnav & Khushi.

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    • As I promised:
      Spoiler ahead: This is what I remember of the last chapter of Yours, by Jenny. A summary of sorts…

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      .
      .
      .

      Khushi comes back one day to find that Arnav has come back for her, they meet under the same tree where he put the plastic ring on her finger at 14. They confess their love. And they live happily ever after.
      (( Not sure if he had his family along, and if there was a real ring this time. So we’ll leave it at that. ))

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      • Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š
        Granted, I had to dig through the archives, but it was well worth it.

        The ficverse with its compilations and hunts have provided me with most of the stories i love today. Some I haven’t gotten around to read yet, some I had lost the links to, and so many I loved so much I still read again and again.
        It was my absolute pleasure to give back to this community, you know. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜

        I hope everyone enjoys these reads and this platform as much as I did. โค

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      • I’d rather say it was a gentle motivating pat. But it is the truth.. To me personally, ITM is one of my favorite Arshi stories, not only because your writing is beautiful, the style, the way you convey emotions, the story-telling, etc. But mostly because it is a unique concept. One that, as I had already mentioned, had me feeling both jealous and inspired to find that connection for my own self. Not necessarily in a romantic way, but just connecting to people around the world and building pen-pal friendships.

        It’s a shame that when I read it the first and second time, I was still in my silent-reading phase. I guess I was so eager to finish it, that i kept telling myself that I’ll read it again, and leave my thoughts.
        So, I’m happy you haven’t taken it down. I’ll be here waiting for you to finish working on it and open it again. This time however, I promise you’ll be seeing so much of me around in the comments. ๐Ÿ˜Š
        Pinky swear.

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  10. Shit!!! how did this one get published? It’s unfinished and unedited.
    It’s like it got posted when I was still working on it.

    S? K? if one of you could pleaaase delete it, I’ll be grateful. The finished version is already posted.

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  11. Years gone since they wind up the show, we grow older and our kids too….still this fandom rocks ๐Ÿฅฐ, thanks to super amazing writers and super supportive readers. This is an amazing journey I shall never get tired of ๐Ÿ’•

    Thank you K, for coming up with these Fucverse hunt again and again. It really helps us to enjoy new stories and brush up the old ones againโค๏ธ

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  12. Sharing a very sweet tale that follows a teenage Arnav & Khushi:

    Who: Eccentrica

    What: Itโ€™s Meant To Beโ€ฆEventually

    Where: https://chaitaleeghosalkar.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/its-meant-to-be-eventually/

    Why: If you read enough stories, many will began to bend together, the devil is in the details. There are few writers who have the talent of weaving together moments that carefully peels back the layers to reveal the depth of characters the way Eccentrica does.

    Take the plunge, you definitely won’t regret this adventure. ^^

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  13. Oh my! I logged in 2 days late and what a discovery! All the stories that came to my mind as i read the criteria have already been mentioned. I would like to mention this one though and will add on as i remember.

    Who: Meera
    What: A Fate Intertwined
    Where: IF: https://www.indiaforums.com/forum/topic/2924347
    Why: Because its Meera of course and she says this about the story ‘ There was a time when she was his sunshine and he her anchor. One evening of hurt and ten years later, they stand facing each other only to realize that some invisible threads still held them together. Was it time for the eclipse to end after all?’
    A friendship that begins from school, misunderstandings and eventually finding each other again.

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  14. Finally remembered one thats not been mentioned before:
    Who: ItsRain
    What: Fragmented Colors
    Where: https://wherethinkingstopsandheartbeatscollide.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/fragmented-colors-index/
    Why: Another one where Arnav and Khushi fall in love in college in USA but Khushi walks away so Arnav can fulfil his fathers dream and she can take care of her parents saath samundar par. They meet 14 years later his cousins wedding. The story is simple, but Rains writing makes all the difference.

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    • Yeah, I love rain’s writings. โค
      I only discovered her recently so I’m only familiar with some of her one-shots, haven’t gotten around to reading her long stories yet. It’s a good thing you mentioned it, I’ll try to check it out as soon as I can. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Who: Invisiblesmile56

    What: With or Without You

    Where: It was in IF and WordPress (I’m Searching…)

    Why: It was one of the best written stories I had read and recollected last night. The story which tangled with childhood breakups, human emotions and second chances of two broken hearts.
    I wish I could read it again, but couldn’t find the link …if anyone knows, please share. The writer has always penned down some of the best stories.

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