As narrated by Uzair:
Uncle Irshaad: Sawleha what did you do?
Aunty Sawleha: I didn’t do anything (and then she put her finger on her lips and burst out laughing)
ℓ☺ℓ! This was so embarassing but in a cute way!
Uncle Irshaad: come now let’s go put you to bed
Arshad: what is this go to bed go to bed go to bed??? Why does everyone want to go to bed??? I have something to say!!!
And Arshad climbed onto a chair and then stumbled back down. Zainab had her face in her hands!
Uncle Irshaad: please son, your as high as a kite! Go to bed now please…Riza please help him..
Arshad: no don’t touch me Reez…you all told me I have to tell them so now I’m going to tell them! Zoheb you listening bro?
Zoheb: I’m listening dude…
Arshad: okay…mummy and daddy..I have an announcement to make!
Aunty Sawleha: I also have an announcement to make!
Arshad: mummy…me first!
Aunty Sawleha: ladies first bachoo…but then you are like a lady too isn’t? Everyone…it is with a heavy heart that I say this…but… my son is gay!!! I’m not happy about it but… he’s my son…I will learn to love my son in law!
Nemo: woaah Aunty Sawleha easy now…he’s not gay I told u..
Arshad: mummyyyy…I’m not gay!!! Oh well, Yes I am gay! I’m very happy gay! but I don’t like men…no offence guys (looking at all of us) mummy there’s your daughter in law there! (Pointing in Zainab’s direction)
Aunty Sawleha strained her eyes and looked towards where Arshad was pointing…small problem though…Zoheb was sitting on the chair next to Zainab!
Aunty Sawleha walked slowly towards Zainab and then looked at Zoheb and gave him a slap!! O goodness! Okay it wasn’t a hard slap more like a light one…but Zoheb was shocked out of his wits!!! We were finished beyond finished!! Aara was laughing so hard next to me I had to whisper to Ismaeel to hold her hand tighter before she sprung up from between us! Oh by the way, we sandwiched her inbetween the two of us to try and keep her somewhat in control!
And then Aunty Sawleha did the strangest thing! She took off her gold bangles and gave them to Zoheb!
Aunty Sawleha: welcome to the family son!
Zoheb could not control himself and he too burst out laughing even though he was gone so red in the face! Zainab had such an embarassed look on her face as well!
Aunty Sawleha: (pulling Zohebs cheeks) why are you laughing? Do I look funny to you?
Arshad: (now behind his mother) maa not him! Her her!(Pointing at Zainab) she’s your daughter in law not Zoheb!
Aunty Sawleha: she’s too pretty for you! Why are you lying to me?
Uncle Irshaad: (pulling Aunty Sawleha away) I’m taking her inside now…and Zainab if its true what Arshad is saying in his delusional state, then welcome to the family my child:)
Zainab was now alllllll smiles! Mission sort of accomplished!
Zoheb: I believe these belong to you (giving Zainab the bangles)
Zainab: I’m going to give them back…and we can do this again when everyone is “normal”
Arshad walked towards Zainab and…started singing!!!
Mujhko kya hua hai…kyu main khogaya hu..
pagal tha mein pehle ya ab hogaya hai..
behki hai nigahe aur bikhri hai baal…
thum ne banaya hai kya apna ye haal….(LOUDLY) and then he turned towards us and screamed Koi Milgaya!!!
And then Riza started clapping for him and cheered him on and this guy went bezerk!
He climbed onto the table and started singing even more!
I don’t think I have ever been more torn with laughter in my ENTIRE life than I was right now!
But this grasshopper here next to me was going crazy! She kept lifting her hand up asking for her turn! Aara behave!
Aara: my turn!
Me: no its not your turn. Behave!
Aara: awww Bobat don’t be nasty…tell him Issey?
Ismaeel: for once I’m going to have to agree with Uzair…you madam need to sleep or else you’re going to create a scene and we don’t want you dancing on tables now do we??
Aara: but I want to say something!
Nemo: (pulling a chair infront of Aara) sweetheart…let’s go for a walk…and then you can go sleep and you can tell everyone whatever it is you want to tell them tomorrow?
Did he just call her sweetheart???
Aara: (thinking…) Okay! Uzzi can I go?
Me: err I guess
Aara: thank you!
And she woke up and followed Nemo for only a few steps before she ran away and stood next to Riza and Laeeka.
Aara: sorry Nemo I lied:)
But the way in which she said it was so cute it reminded me of her when she was like what 6 years old!
Aara: can I tell you all something?
Aara: (hearing nothing of the sort) okay so the thing is…I’m really happy to be here with everyone….Riza thank you…and thank you for always being there for me you’ve stood by me through thick and thin…and my sister here (hugging Laeeka) is very very fortunate to have you in her life!
Riza: thanks Aara
Aara: no I’m not done! (Standing on a chair and I quickly rushed to her side incase she fell) Zoheb! Where are you stand up!
And Zoheb complied.
Aara: you are so damn handsome you know that? Does anyone even have a right to be this good looking??? Your dimples…the way you talk…the way you give me flip flops (putting her hands to her face)….you’re so amazing! You’re such a wonderful person…and me (looking down)….what do I have to give you…I’m a workaholic…I’m afraid of being hurt…I don’t treat you the way I should…why do you like me?(tilting her head to the side)
I looked at Nemo and he was crushed! This was definitely not the time or place for her to be saying all this! Damn those muffins!
Me: don’t answer that Zoheb because she isn’t going to remember a thing….Aara get down now please
Zoheb kept smiling at her though and it seemed to motivate her to do more!
Aara: you’re like a dream Zoheb…you’re so good to be true…and something tells me that this is you and there is no mask…this…is just who you are!
Aara: what Uzzi? You told me to follow my heart and now I’m speaking out my heart and you’re telling me to stop?
Me: doll not now please
Aara: okay then I won’t say anything else okay?(shaking her head)
Me: thank you (relief!)
Aara: but I can sing a song?
Me: err no please no
Aara: 1 only uzzi only 1 then I will do whatever you tell me to
Aara: I promise
Me: okay sing then
And then she went quiet…she stood still for a good few minutes, stared at Nemo and then said…
Aara: (jumping off the chair) Nemo I want to go for a walk!
Arshad: I’ll join you! (And he got off his chair next to Zainab and stumbled towards Aara)
Aara: nooo I don’t want you…I want my Nemo…go away
Nemo: (he still had that look on his face as he held her hand ) come let’s go
Arshad: you’re rude!!
Aara: shut up!
And she stuck her tongue out at him lol!
Maariah: ( we had totally forgotten about her!) I’m so so sorry…
Riza: sorry about what Mari?
And she burst out crying! This night was turning into something else! Maariah walked over to Nemo and Aara and stopped them as they reached the door…and now I couldn’t hear what she was saying…
As narrated by Nemo:
Maariah : I’m so sorry Nemo…I’m so sorry Aara…
Me: what are you sorry for Mari? What’s wrong?
Maariah: I don’t deserve your friendship but believe me it was unintentional…(Crying profusely)
Aara: is she crying??
Me: Aara wait…what’s wrong Mari?
Maariah: I shouldn’t have done it I regret it with all my heart…I’m so sorry
My curiosity was definitely getting the better of me…what the hell was she talking about???
Me: Mari you aren’t making any sense…maybe you should sit down for a bit let me call Riza
Maariah: no please don’t(shaking her head)…if the others know then they will also never talk to me again…
Me: Maariah! What the hell is it? You’re making me really worried now!
Maariah: she loved you….she loved you so much….
Maariah: she..loved you Nemo…she was in love with you….it broke her and I was happy…I did it…I shouldn’t have done it
And she broke down….Maariah just wouldn’t stop crying!
Me: Mari tell me tell me now!
Maariah: (still sobbing) will you ever forgive me Nemo?
Me: Mari you’re one of my closest friends…forgiveness isn’t an option because I will always forgive you
Maariah: (crying harder) I don’t deserve you…or Aara
Aara: why is she crying???
Me: Aara shhh..Mari tell me please I’m begging you tell me
Maariah: (still crying) you won’t hate me?
Me: no Mari I won’t hate you please tell me
Maariah: you promise Nemo?
Me: I promise Mari…please tell me
Maariah: she loved you!
Me: Mari she who?????
And she pointed at Aara who now had her head on my shoulder while playing with the buttons on my jacket..
Me: Aara??? Mari…..Aara??
Maariah: (crying more…) Yes Nemo…Aara loved you….I’m so sorry…
And Maariah passed out on the sofa next to her…
Aara: how…now she’s sleeping? Crying and sleeping?
And Aara gave me a confused and cute look…I looked at her for a few seconds with mixed emotions…
Aara: whaat? Let’s go! (Pulling me)
I still couldn’t believe what I had heard…was it true? Aara was in love with me??? And what was Mari sorry about??? What did she do that she couldn’t tell anyone else???
Aara: Nemo…come on!
Me: coming sweetheart….
My sweetheart…as much as I was hurt by her fondness for Zoheb…there was still hope..and there was still a chance…and there was still a long way to go…
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