“O my word!, are you serious??” Laeeka asked,clearly very surprised by what I had just said.
Me: aha and when I called Arshad you could just make out that he was trying to hide his excitement!
Aara: loooong overdue and thanks to you they’re finally getting somewhere! *high five Maripops*
Laeeka: there’l be another wedding soon soon 🙂
Me: إن شاء الله I really hope so
Laeeka: babe can you believe it! Arshoo and Zai had their first “date” ( as Riza came from the back of my boutique with a suit in his hand)
Riza: long overdue! How on earth did that happen?
And Laeeka proceeded to tell him everything. When suddenly, Riza’s phone rang.
Riza: its Arshad
All of us: put it on speaker!
Riza: hellooo hero
Arshad: aah so Mari has filled you in
Riza: yep, we’re here at Sky why don’t you join us? Tell us all about it in person
Aara: yeah you turned out to be a surprise package bro!
Arshad: wait wait ummm is Zai also there…?
Riza: ℓ☺ℓ! No! But we can call her as well..
Arshad: no no Reez please don’t, I need some help from all of you I’ll be there just now
Aara: what’s up with him
Nemo: what’s up with who ( emerging from the change room and looking smoking hot in a blue velvet sports coat, white shirt and white pants)
Laeeka: very nice Nemo!
Aara: please..I will not be seen in public with you dressed like that!
Nemo: *throwing his hands up in the air* what’s wrong with this now??
Aara: you look like half a smurf (and she burst out laughing)
Riza: Aara don’t be silly, he looks good
Laeeka: *lmao* half a smurf????
Aara: please Nemo go change
Nemo: I give up with you! Why don’t you come help me instead of sitting there and dissing me?
Aara: only because I have to (waking up)
After Nemo and Aara walked away
Laeeka: he’s so distracted I wonder what’s wrong
Riza: its probably a Nemo thing
Me: come on Reez don’t tell me you can’t see it! (And then I noticed Laeeka and Riza exchanging glances)
Laeeka: we have…
Riza: do you both think Zoheb likes Aara?
Me: well, it seems so..
Riza: I didn’t know Nemo feels this way about her…I feel as though I made a big mistake
Laeeka: you didn’t, stop blaming yourself. If they are meant to be together.. they will be its as simple as that
And in walked Nemo in a slim fit black suit,black waistcoast,black and white pinstripe shirt and a deep purple tie
Me: Nemo!!! You look..WOW!
Laeeka: totally you’re looking very handsome and this wasn’t even a combination that was already put together…
Aara: *pinching Nemo* blue jacket and white pants huh
Riza: really bro you look good…this combination is awesome!
Nemo: (blushing) okay now let’s find you a dress (pulling Aara away)
Nemo: take whatever you like okay..if you like it don’t look at the tag just take it
Aara: I can’t do that sorry
Nemo: you see now
Aara: what’s wrong with you anyway? You’re so edgy and you’re like a short circuit today
Nemo: (looking down) ever since you told me what happened I haven’t been able to do anything properly. I’m so sorry Aara will you ever find it in your heart to forgive me please?
Aara: there’s nothing to forgive…redemption is what we both went through and its behind us. Stop thinking about it
Nemo: then let me buy you the dress of your choice
Aara: buying an expensive gift isn’t the “remedy” to anything and like I said, its behind us so no need to butter me up
Nemo: don’t be difficult please…I really want to do this
Aara: (looking at Nemo) okay fine but on one condition
Nemo: I’m listening…
Aara: I will choose a dress…but..I want you to pay for it from your own money..from your salary and I will budget whether you like it or not because its your hard earned money okay
Nemo: (suddenly I was just floating above the clouds) okay:) and since it is the day you owe me…do you think we could match?
Aara: matching is just cheesy man Nemo!
Nemo: so what? Please please please *puppy face*
Aara: NO! (Sifting through the dress racks)
Aara: because… stupid couples match! And they say the same things at the same time and when they have kids then the little boy will be dressed like daddy and the little girl will be dressed like mummy! It reminds me of mielies growing in a big field…its all the same and its… corny!
Nemo: #bust #ripped…come again?…people who match remind you of mielies??? What a comparison!
Aara: don’t ask * sticking her tongue out*
Nemo: so let’s be mielies then! For one day please:)
Aara: *sigh* will I ever win with you
Nemo: always and never *wink* (but its always win win for you sweetheart-in ℳᵧ head ofcourse)
We were still in our fancy clothes can you believe…Nemo had found a stunning deep purple gown, I was so comfy in it I just plonked myself on one of the armchairs in Laeeka’s lounge in her boutique for a while before I changed back into my jeans and tshirt. The perks of having a fashionista friend who owned her own boutique- we could shop without the crowds, at our leisure!
Arshad was really just over the moon! It was so weird seeing him so full of life and spunk and every word that came out of his mouth was amplified with like a massive voltage of energy.
Arshad: so now the problem is….
Nemo: wait there’s already a problem??
Mari: (throwing a cushion at Nemo) Nemo man let him finish
Arshad: thanks Mari…the problem is…I need a makeover (and he covered his face with his hands)
Laeeka: (laughing) why do you need a make over?
Me: yeah..you don’t need to change anything about the way you look…Zai she likes..ummm I mean LURVES you just the way you are
Arshad: I don’t mean like a drastic change like colour my hair or shave off my beard but ..agh come on guys help a little
Nemo: I hear you bro…and I have something in mind already!
Riza: O God please no
Nemo: have some faith Reez…now Arshad I have a hair cutting machine in my car,your luck, I bought it earlier on…and ladies please go and choose some clothes for him.
There’s nothing wrong with the clothes he’s wearing but just some imaging…Laeeks I’m guessing you know what I mean…*wink*
Laeeka: I’m on it bro
And an hour later….
Riza: I have to say this…Nemo you’ve outdone yourself!!
Arshad: can I look in the mirror now please?
Nemo: sure but tomorrow get rid of the glasses and get contact lenses please
Arshad: (standing infront of the mirror) o wow I’m going to be a big fan of myself now! (Turning sideways)
Me: ℓ☺ℓ its amazing what a haircut and a change of dressing style can do hey Arshooo
Arshad: right on Aara! Now new clothes for me my poor credit card…. I spent like 11k today only
Riza: on what?????
Arshad: zainab and my mums stuff
Mari: waaaait you paid for Zai’s trolley load of things???
Arshad: (shit I shouldn’t have said anything) errm yeah
Nemo: (busting) dude you’re buggered! Errr which reminds me..Laeeks what’s my damage tonight?
Laeeka: tell you now
Me: and don’t give him any discounts…
Me: ey we are all not like you Aara (walking over to Laeeka)
Laeeka: why two cards?
Me: shhhhh because my suit is from my monthly Moolla allowance and the dress for my princess is from my salary
Laeeka: (whispering) wanna tell me what’s happening inside that head and heart of yours?
Me: (whispering back) only if you promise not to tell anyone
Laeeka: (whispering) I promise Nemo you know I won’t say anything
Me: (whispering) because she is your best friend after all woman
Laeeka: (whispering and as she ruffled my hair) so are you !
Me: (whispering) I am hopelessly in love with her…
Laeeka: (side smile) well, we kinda knew that I just wanted to hear it from your mouth(huge grin)
Me: you!!! ( Was it really that obvious???)
Laeeka: shhh keep it down
Me: (whispering) help me please…what must I do?
Laeeka: awww you’re the sweetest you know that…the best advice I can give you is to tell her how you feel
Me: (whispering) but what if she doesn’t feel the same way about me? It will ruin our friendship( because that’s what I was scared of )
Laeeka: test the waters Nemo…don’t be afraid…think of something and I’ll think of something too
Me: you’re right! (Screaming) AARA I LOVE YOU!!
Aara: *rolling her eyes* what happened? Did your card get rejected?
And Laeeka and I started laughing
Laeeka: you’ve got a loooota work to do my friend *wink*