As narrated by Riza:
It is true…people go a little more than crazy when they are in love. As promised, we drove Arshad to Zeerust and ended up staying with him for 3 days. Zainab told him about her parents finding a guy for her and the guy went NUTS!!! A reaction that I can’t say I didn’t expect but not like that, definitely not for Arshoo! He realised that he could very well lose her and Nemo had calmed him down in Nemo style. Whew.
All said and done, here we were a week later, sitting in Zainab’s garden. Today was the day that we were going to meet this mystery guy and hopefully he would be as chilled as us and understand. Arshad fidgeted with his watch nervously as Laeeka and I stared at him. Nemo looked up from the newspaper he was reading…shocking, I know..but yes Nemo reads the newspaper. Maariah was with Zainab in her room and Aara and Zoheb had volunteered to fetch the cakes from the bakery.
Arshad: what if he doesn’t agree?
Nemo: then we will help you and Zai elope. Simple. (Smiling to himself)
Arshad: I don’t want to elope bro…it has to be..
Nemo: I know I know..you want the elders blessings I get it (putting his paper down)don’t worry, if he doesn’t understand we’ll just throw a few blows at him (winking) what say Reez?
Me: (laughing) I’m right behind you on that one Nemo!!
Nemo: whaaat? We are like from the girls side and boys side we have to do whatever it takes
Maariah: (joining us at the table) he’s here…I haven’t met him as yet but he’s with his parents and Zai’s parents…I’m sure Zai will bring him out here just now
Me: poor guy won’t know what hit him…he’s probably thinking everything’s finalised and he’s going to be meeting Zai’s best friends and get their blessings hmph
Maariah: (laughing) behave Reez
Laeeka: thank you Mari… Reez and Nemo are unpredictable!
Zoheb and Aara entered through the backyard with a pile of cake boxes in Zoheb’s hand while Aara stuffed her mouth with…
Nemo: are you eating pancakes??
Aara: (lifting her finger up and pointing it to her full mouth) imm…mmm…
Zoheb:(grinning) she’s eating a maple syrup and banana pancake with extra fresh cream and nuts
Laeeka: Aara! You eat the whole day!
Aara: well not the WHOLE day just…most of the day:-p
Zoheb: you have some.. (wiping the side of Aara’s mouth with his fingers) maple syrup stuck there…..you want more?
Aara: you want to get me killed…(Nudging Zoheb) they already think I ate half of what we brought anyway
Zoheb: well you already ate…
And Aara covered Zoheb’s mouth with her hand!
Something was definitely up with these two!!
As narrated by Zoheb:
She was the one who asked if we could wait a bit and give our relationship a try before telling anyone but she was the one who was going to give it away :-p
As she removed her hand from my mouth, realising what she had done she straightened her dress and sat down beside me. I couldn’t resist a smile..
I hadn’t seen her for 6 whole days after confessing to her that I was in love with her,we had gone to Zeerust with Arshad and then she was out of jhb on an assignment and had only gotten back last night. And although it was late, I went to her flat to see her…armed with chocolates and…
Aara: (surprised)an empty pot plant?
Me: its not empty…it’s a daffodil…well daffodil seeds..just like how we are just starting out…if these seeds are nurtured..they will grow…(My head down)..I planted it myself…
Aara: (a big smile forming across her face) this is so sweet…I love it! Thank you
Me: (smiling sheepishly) you’re welcome…how was your trip?
Aara: tiring…hectic..but we got the job done (taking the potplant to the kitchen and pouring water into it)
I smiled…I had to admit..it was a little awkward..because we were smiling and then realising that we were smiling and then trying to suppress it. The last time we were together we were speaking our hearts out, in tears and holding each other. I really wanted to hug her…to smell her hair and have her close to me…but instead..I helped her unpack her work bags.
Aara: errr that’s my handbag
Me: oh..sorry…it’s so big I thought..(Chuckling to myself) why do ladies have such big handbags?
Aara: (grinning to herself) it’s a fashion thing..which reminds me (running into her room and running back out with a large giftbag) this is for you…
Me: (now I was on cloud 9 million) Aara you didn’t have to..
Aara: you’re always buying me things
Me: ohhh so that’s why you bought it
Aara: no man..I just..it’s just..I just..
Me: (walking towards her) you…just…what..?
Aara: (blushing..her head down) I just…when I saw it..I really liked it for you.. So I bought it
Me: thank you…I love it
Aara: you didn’t even see what it is yet!?
Me: I know:)
“Zoheb Zoheb!! “….
Riza: are you day dreaming bro?
Me: errr ya I guess I am (and I looked at Aara busy chatting away to Laeeka) where’s this dude we have to see?
Mari: Zai called…they are coming outside now
Riza: let me get Nemo
And Riza woke up and walked towards Nemo who was busy on a call. For some reason, my eyes stopped at Mari’s face…and her face seemed to lose all its colour in seconds…I turned around to see Zainab approaching us with this guy. Aara and Laeeka hadn’t noticed them yet and were still chatting away. What’s wrong Maariah? I asked in my head. She looked like she had seen a ghost!!!! Riza and Nemo made their way towards us and I could see Nemo frowning and squinting as if he was trying to make something out…..or make someone out…Arshad and I stood up, ready to shake this dudes hand
There was something wrong though…I could feel it…something just didn’t feel right…everything seemed to be happening too fast and as Nemo and Riza reached us, Zainab said loud enough for Aara and Laeeka to pay attention…
Zai: guys I’d like you to meet…
But before she could even complete her sentence, Nemo jumped across the table and punched him so hard across his face that this guy stumbled backwards and fell over a chair!!!