As narrated by Aara:
My mind was blank…or bursting..I really didn’t know! This was Nemo after all! He’s done this before…said things like this…how do I know what he meant???
Me: obviously! Why did you think I’d let you leave me half way through our lifes journey? You too Nemo!
Nemo: you’re misunderstanding…what I’m trying to say is…
And he looked straight into my eyes…
Arshad: well done guys! (Breaking the “moment”)
And very soon we were back on our feet again!
Arshad: its a long walk back up…how was the jump Aara? (And he swung his arm around my neck)
Me: Arshoo…one jump and you’re a changed man?
Nemo: why don’t you go on ahead Arshoo…I need to talk to Aara
Arshad: no coz actually I need help
Nemo had a very frustrated look on his face…was he trying to say what I think he was trying to say?
Me: howcome everyone else didn’t wait for us?
Arshad: I asked them to carry on, I wanted to talk to you….Aara I want to do something for Zai..something special and memorable…will you help me?
Aara: errr okay but why are you asking me? Its not like I am in a relationship or anything
Arshad: your mind is the most creative and you’re the most imaginative…along with our resident fish here( looking at Nemo-who looked completely uninterested in what Arshad had to say …he was breaking leaves off the shrubs we passed on our way back up!)…what would you like someone to do for you if you were in my position?
I smiled…oh there were millions of things Arshad…but if I had to point out one thing in particular…if I was already “with” someone..it would have to be this….
And I proceeded to tell Arshad….I couldn’t help but notice that Nemo too seemed to be listening intently but didn’t say a word. He just kept stopping and it looked like he was putting sand in some leaves in his hand…what one earth was he doing???
When we finally reached the RV we were out of breath and totally exhausted!
Zia: you bunch of toopid (stupid) phools (fools) why do you jump off a bridge?
Laeeka: its called bungee jumping Zia
Zia: more like bandar (monkey) jumping!
Nemo went into the RV and came out with a small something wrapped in foil in his hand. He looked at me a few times and just smiled softly. This guy was way too confusing!
Nemo: Zia Bhai…special paan for you…we bought it last night and saved one for you
Zia: Nehmoo (Nemo) for me???
Nemo: yes, for you..go on have it…wait…I’ll feed it to you since you driving us around so nicely AND ALL
Zia: don’t embarass me yaar
And Nemo literally shoved the “paan”into his mouth!
Zia: this is…this is good…it tastes different..wery wery (very very) different..east london paan huh
Riza: (nudging Nemo) where’d you find paan from?
Nemo: (grinning) I didn’t…I made it!
Riza: oh God…what’s in it?
Zia: wery wery tasty…what is inside because I want more!
Nemo: you really want to know?
Zia: jee bhai
Nemo: (sitting on the ground) see all these trees around us…a little bit of their leaves…a little bit of Bloukrans sand…two earthworms…1 lady bug…and some of Aunty Sawleha’s special cough mixture
Zia stopped chewing and looked at all of us stunned!
Everyone was bust! I can’t believe Nemo did that!
Nemo: and don’t you think about spitting it here!
Zia used his hanky and spat it in there!!! Ewwwwww
Zia: you make me eat the worms? You think this is Fear Tractor?
Zoheb: (barely containing his laughter) err fear factor…not ..tractor
Nemo: serves you right…its so filthy to spit all over the place Zia..now you’ll think twice before doing that!
Zia: but worms Nehmoo?? Incase I get a worm disease or a worm family in my body or worms crawling out of my nose and ears??
Nemo: oh shut up drama queen…there was no worms in there! Just sand and leaves,cough mixture and peanuts man
Zia: sand and leaves too…incase I get a sand disease or a leaf disease?
Nemo: (arm around Zia) now we’re even…friends?
And all of a sudden it seemed as though I saw the old Nemo infront of me…ℓ☺ℓ ..it reminded me of the time he had put a frog in my schoolbag! And after all my howling…he apologised and put his arm around my shoulder….”friends?”
As narrated by Zainab:
We were on route to Knysna! Every single one of us was thoroughly enjoying every minute of this trip so far…and today, well today was just something else! Jumping off that bridge was so mindblowing…it felt as though I was jumping into a new stage of my life leaving everything hurtful about my past behind…
And now for my future inlaws…Riza was right…I shouldn’t be someone I’m not…this is who I am…I loved Arshad a lot and I wanted to be a part of his life and his parents lives.
Everyone was asleep except for Aunty Sawleha and I so I decided to go and sit with her.
Aunty Sawleha: Zainab bachoo you’re not sleeping?
Me: can’t really fall asleep when I’m travelling
Aunty Sawleha: me too…but its such a lovely trip isn’t it?
Me: jee:)…Aunty Sawleha…I have a confession to make
Aunty Sawleha: jee bachoo what happened?
Me: (I paused) those 6 pink suitcases are mine…
Aunty Sawleha looked at me for a few seconds…
Aunty Sawleha: why didn’t you say so the first time?
Me: (fiddling with my thumbs) I was scared
And she started laughing!
Aunty Sawleha: am I that bad looking that I would scare you?
Me: nooo I didn’t mean it like that..
Aunty Sawleha: Zainab relax bachoo…you didn’t lie then either…but you have a very good friend (Laeeka) who covered for you without you even asking…and you came clean (chuckling to herself) I really appreciate your honesty Zainab
And she hugged me! I was going to have the best mother in law everrrrr!!! *happy dance*
Majjjjooorrrr surprise in store for you guys on friday!!! Special entry woohoo…stay tuned *wink*