As narrated by Maariah
A full 24 hours had passed and I still didn’t get a chance to speak to Immy. Maybe it was a sign not to say anything?
No no I can’t do this again. I’m seeing him tonight I’ll tell him tonight..even if he does what Yacoob did..
Yacoob: you what?
Me: you wanted to know about my past..this is it..I’m not proud of what I did ..
Yacoob: (shaking his head)what you portray and what you really are..
I reached out to hold his hand and he jerked his hand away…
Yacoob: I know it’s your past Maariah if it were 10 boyfriends that you had that would have still been easier to swallow but….you….you played with peoples lives deliberately! Fair enough one thing led to another and ran out of your control but it wasn’t just one thing…you did so many things
Me: (crying profusely) I made mistakes that I’m not proud of Yacoob…I repent for them daily
Yacoob: and what if you get bored of being nice and become your…old self again?
Me: I would never do that…
Yacoob: (holding his head with both his hands) I’m sorry Maariah…but I can’t trust a girl who’s betrayed such good people so terribly…I can’t trust you with my heart…
**End of Flashback**
Aara: snap out of it will you? Ever since you came you’re just staring into space! Come on, Immy’s here and it’s time to play dress up
Aara was beyond excited…everyone was happy..no one knew that a potential danger could be right around the corner of their happiness…
Aara summoned everyone into her room where Zainab and Laeeka had put out quite the spread across the dressing table and the cupboards…
Aara: (jumping gleefully) who’s first??
All the guys looked really pensive…
Nemo and Zoheb: (pushing Riza forward) Shrek!!
Laeeka:(rubbing her hands together) this is going to be so much fun!!!
Zainab: good boy you wore the lime green t shirt…Arshad did you bring the jersey?
Arshad: here it is! (Throwing Zainab a hideous brown cardigan)
By now Zoheb,Arshad,Immy and Nemo made themselves comfortable on the bed while the four of us busied ourselves getting Shrek ready!
Riza: who’s ugly jersey is this???
Arshad: ey bro that’s my dads jersey
We giggled amongst ourselves as Laeeka and Zainab plastered Riza’s entire face with all the green eyeshadow that all of us had!
Laeeka: perfect!! Except for the ears…what can we use for his ears?
Riza: what’s wrong with my ears?
Laeeka: Shrek has two round ears on errrr his head!
Riza: (holding Laeeka around her waist while still sitting in his chair) laugh…you’re playing Fiona remember
Aara: got it!!
Riza: oh hell
And Aara stood infront of Riza with a hairbrush and two black hair ties!
Aara: (hitting Riza on his head with the hairbrush) you need to cut your hair before you get married atleast! Seriously bro the Johnny Bravo look is way out the window
Riza: ey…leave my hair
Immy couldn’t control his laughter…
Immy: (to Nemo) is she always this bossy?
Nemo: you have no idea
Aara: I heard that by the way!…
Laeeka: (whispering to Aara) are you making two…
Aara: aha (winking at Laeeka)
After a few minutes Aara stepped back and bit her lip, took out her phone and clicked Riza offguard!
And then Riza turned around to face everyone else and…..Arshad fell off the bed, Zoheb covered his face with a pillow, Nemo took out his phone and stared hard into it…Immy being new to it all…just stared ahead.
No one said anything for a good few seconds but how long would it last….1….2…3
And the sounds of our roaring laughter could probably be heard across the complex!!!
Riza: do I look that bad now?
And Riza turned to face the mirror and almost stumbled!!!
Riza: I look worse than Shrek!!!
ℓ☺ℓ!he did actually…and the two ponytails on his head was just the cherry on the top!!
Laeeka: Next please!
Riza sat on the bed with the others
Zoheb:(suppressing his laugh) nothing
Me: isn’t this shirt a bit too baggy for John Travolta?
Laeeka: Arshoo!! I told you to bring a fitted shirt dude
Aara: (chuckling to herself) wait…(And she shuffled through her drawers) here use this
Arshad: (mortified) I’m not wearing ladies clothes!
Aara: its an inner! And its new…the tag is still on! Wear it then give it to your wife I don’t want it back
Arshad started taking his shirt off..
Laeeka: uhuh uhuh please do that in the bathroom I don’t want to see the tropical rain forest
Zainab was torn with laughter!
Nemo: yeah you never know, your hairbrush or whatever may just get lost inside there :-p
Nemo: you need to wax dude
Zainab: do you wax dude?
Nemo: (rubbing his chest) I’ll only tell if Aara tells us if her belly button is pierced
Aara: hah it isn’t !
Aara: (sticking her tongue out at Nemo) you wish!
And Arshad emerged from the bathroom wearing Aara’s inner!! Really…I can’t do this…I can’t breath I may just end up collapsing with all this laughing!!
Aara: (choking on her laughter) Nemo…come here (and she showed him a picture on her phone) please gel his hair to look like this
And Nemo styled Arshad’s hair while Aara applied his mascara
Aara: you should probably start with Jacob and Edward Laeeks
Immy: are you going to make me look like a dog?
Laeeka: Jacob is a wolf not a dog! (Laughing to herself)
And I stood infront of Immy and started darkening his eyebrows while he stared at me..
Immy: (whispering) I’m sorry about yesterday..
Me: it’s ok
Zainab: hmmm Jacob your clothes are fine…now for this!
And Zainab made him wear two long furry fluffy handwarmers!!!
Nemo: awooooooooooooo (wolf howl)
Laeeka: even Edwards clothes are okay except for the back….what is this? Dough?? What were you doing brother?
Zoheb: (blushing slightly) Reez dust me off please
Riza: dough on your back…hmmm…either u fell backwards into it or someone hugged you with dough on HER hands
Aara: maybe it was a HE..how do we know?
Zoheb: very funny..
Aara: okay Arshoo you’re done!! Now for this Edward…Zai bring on the powder*winking at Zoheb*
After a few minutes….
Zoheb: no no Aara no
Zoheb: no lipstick please
Aara:(smiling to herself) Edwards lips are red! There we go…now for the jacket(and she helped him wear his jacket) and you’re all done
Riza: that’s a very smart jacket bro very stylish
Riza: where’d you buy it from?
Zoheb: I didn’t, it was a gift
Riza: (looking slyly at Aara) lucky you man…some of us are around for so long and don’t get anything
Aara just grinned to herself and didn’t say anything…
Nemo stepped out of the bathroom all dressed in black…a black formal shirt and skinny black formal pants with pointy black shoes
Laeeka: tooo gorgeous Nemo! Here (and she threw him his black eye mask)
Zainab: you need the cloak thing otherwise Zorro is incomplete
Nemo looked at Aara and shrugged his shoulders
Aara: (laughing as she shuffled around in her cupboard) hah here we go!
And Aara pulled out a black velvet cape cloak thing.
Zoheb: (curious) and this would be a regular item to have in your cupboard?
Aara: no (now draping it over Nemo and tying the string around his neck) this (and she started laughing)…this was when Shrek and I were doing an enactment of Interview with the Vampire in our first year
Riza: aah my one and only Lestat
Aara: good old days
Nemo: sweetheart you’re saying that like you’re so old??
Aara: shhh don’t tell everyone now…and guys you’re all done! Now go let us sort ourselves out
Riza: waaaaait uh uh…you all had your fun…now it’s our turn
And Riza and the guys highfived each other and motioned for us to sit down…
Oh boy…now this was going to be something!