As narrated by Zoheb:
I had such a great time “performing” with Nemo! I’ve never done something like this in my life and now I was just even more grateful to Allah for joining my destiny with these wonderful people.
I took a seat next to Aara and waited for the last and final act by Maariah and Laeeka.
Aara: I liked your bushy hair better :-p
Aara: aha…makes you look like a stud! (And she stuck her tongue out at me)
Woman, I am falling for you more and more each day…through your laughter and smiles, through your playfulness and funny faces..through the anger that is sometimes very visible on your face…I am just freefalling for you…
Aara waved her hand infront of my face…
Aara: where are you lost?
Me: somewhere really nice:)
And before she could reply to that, the lights went out which signalled the beginning of the last act.
Laeeka (playing Aara) came walking onto the platform wearing black cargo pants, a bright yellow t shirt that had “Not weird,just different”written on it, her right hand was full of rubber bands in different colours, her hair or rather her wig was long and curly, almost waist length, she had a black headband on and a pile of books in her hand.
Aara: o My GOD!!! That’s me!
And Laeeka walked onto the platform and played with her phone when we see Mari coming in behind her- wearing blue jeans ripped at the knees, a black “I’m so HOT” t shirt and a black leather jacket-she had a wig on that was gelled up in sort of a wave and dark sunglasses on. And she ran up to Laaeka and put her arm around Laeeka’s neck, jerking Laeeka a little.
Mari: hello sweetheart
No guesses for who Mari was playing,
Laeeka: what do you want Nemo?
Mari: (pulling Laeeka’s cheeks) some time
Laeeka: (raising her eyebrow) again…what do you want Nemo?
Mari: why so cold towards me?
Laeeka: I’m seeing you after how many days exactly?
Mari: but I wasn’t here…I just got back this morning
Laeeka: ok…bye now (starting to walk away)
Mari: (holding Laeeka’s hand) the whole world can stop talking to me but if you stop talking to me I will die…
Laeeka: so die then (rolling her eyes)
Mari: Aaroooo!!! Rude Rude Rude!!! (Arm around Laeeka again) I’m sorry very very sorry…I won’t do it again but munchkin (squeezing Laeeka harder) you love me no?
Laeeka: (facing Mari) what is this? (Pointing at the t shirt) and this? (Taking the cigarettes out of his pocket) and this hair man! Nemo your hair is giving your nose a run for its money!
Mari: (arm around Laeeka again) I need a favour…
Laeeka: I knew it!
Mari: wait listen first
Mari: can you cover for me this weekend? I need to go to P.E?
Laeeka: for what? Or for who rather?
Mari: don’t think the worst of me…drags are on…I’m racing my golf
Laeeka: yes sure sweetheart, wouldn’t you like to come with?
Mari: it’s all guys Aara you can’t come and be the only girl there
Laeeka: why not?
Mari: because its not right!
Laeeka: ohhh I see okay…(Walking away)
Mari: (on her knees) please sweetheart
Laeeka: (turning around) oh God! You’re embarassing me! Stand up!
Mari: nope *grinning*
Laeeka: just like you have a reputation so do I! Nemo stand up!
Mari: uh uh
Laeeka: ok bye then…I’m walking away….
Mari: (and she started singing)….O Baby Don’t break my heart…don’t break my heart…coz I’ve been waiting for a long long time
Laeeka covered her face with her books!
Mari: (continuing) Aara my sweetheart don’t break my heart…(And she winked)
Wait did this really happen in Nemo and Aara’s past???
Mari: shall I sing another one?
Laeeka: (walking towards Nemo) I’ll end up in a lotta trouble for you and because of you one day!!
Mari: yeahhh…because all these other girls watching are green with envy right now…
Laeeka shook her head.
Laeeka: I don’t know which one of them will be after me with a knife soon
Laeeka: because of this (pulling Laeeka’s t shirt) I’m so hot you know (rolling her eyes)
And then the lights went out and the projector came on…
Nemo and Aara-campus days….Nemo’s head on Aara’s shoulder while she and Laeeka and Riza seemed to be doing some paperwork together.
Aara putting two crayons into Nemo’s nose while he was sleeping! ℓ☺ℓ!
Nemo and Aara arm wrestling!
Nemo and Aara racing against each other…
Nemo and Aara as tennis champs…
Nemo carrying all Aara’s parcels while she was busy talking away on her phone..
Nemo and Aara graduating…
And the lights were on again…
Laeeka: we would like to call Nemo and Aara here please
Both of them stood up silently and walked to the front.
Laeeka made Aara stand next to her and Mari made Nemo stand next to her.
Mari: in one go you can see your past and your present…
And it was true…they copied Nemo and Aara with such precision that it really did look like they were standing next to their old selves! Because their appearance now was so different from their campus days! I could see both of them were very hot and popular back then and they’ve grown to be so refined and polished…
Laeeka: rapid fire guys…Aara one thing that will never change?
Aara: (staring at the “old “Nemo) our friendship
Laeeka: Nemo one thing that will never change?
Nemo: (staring at the “old” Aara) Aara
Aara: I’m not a thing!
Mari: Nemo..best memory of Aara?
Nemo: the day you just portrayed
Nemo: because after that everything changed
Laeeka: Aara best memory of Nemo?
Aara: right now…looking at “him” then and now
Mari: Nemo,if you could, would you turn back the clock to that day we just portrayed and start over?
Mari: Aara, would you?
And everything fell silent…
Aara: because everything happens for a reason. If things always turn out the way we want them to, how would we learn anything? Sometimes even the strongest relationships have to endure the hardest tests to see what they are made of
Nemo: do you think we’ve been through the hardest yet?
Nemo: think you can go through a few more tests with me?
Aara: (small smile ) maybe
Nemo: by the way you looked like one of those hippie chicks on campus WHAT were you thinking?
Aara: oh yeah….and by the way Shrek called for you…he wants his face back!
Nemo: aw awww! why did you wear all those bands on your hand?
Aara: for the same reason you wore all those lousy t shirts
Nemo: did you ever pierce your belly button like you said you would?
Aara: that’s for me to know and for you NOT to find out:-p
Nemo: (walking towards Aara) let’s say Reez and I are dangling off a cliff and you could only save 1 of us at the risk of falling yourself, what would you do?
Aara: (grinning and walking towards Nemo)I would do what you would do!
Nemo: and what would I do?
Aara: save myself!
Nemo:(standing infront of Aara) why do you trouble me so much?
Aara: why do you irritate me so much?
Nemo:(smiling) because you’re my Aaraaaa !
Aara: because you’re my Nemoooo !
Nemo: I’m sorry…
Aara: that’s nothing new :-p
And Nemo came forward and hugged Aara and Aara hugged him back(and everyone clapped and whistled)…and they laughed and he lifted her off the floor for a bit, put her down, pulled her cheeks and Aara pulled his nose!! Nemo and Aara…were once again..Nemo and Aara…
I found myself thinking….was this their story? Or was there much more than met the eye…but all these thoughts could wait- right now, it was just so good to see these two best friends patch up and be best friends again….because they were clearly incomplete without each other…