Part 112- My heart…why do you cry?

the heart

As narrated By Aara

I slept and how too….and the same dream played on in my head over and over again

Uncle A.K: Do you realise what you have done???

Me:(my head down) I didn’t have a choice…

Uncle A.K : Aara…child…I know how much you care about Naeem but he’s NOT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!!

Me: he is my responsibility Uncle A.K…I should never have sent him away

Aunty Zameera: Aara Naeem is our son!! You had no right whatsoever to barge into our house and take him away!

Me: (crying profusely) what was I supposed to do? How could I not take him knowing that he needs me..

Aunty Zameera: you’re his age Aara!! What makes you think that you can look after him when you yourself are just a child!

Me: what did you do with him???? You kept feeding him drugs??? You promised me you would look after him you promised me….but you locked him up like an animal!!!

Uncle A.K: Naeem is beyond anyones help…please I don’t want to drag this further…he needs to come home

Me: Uncle A.K give me a year…please I’m begging you….give me a year….I can’t leave him like this (and I fell on my knees) I promised him that I would take care of him…
I can’t see him like this….please Uncle A.K I’m begging you if I can’t help him in one year you will never see my face again

Uncle A.K: (kneeling down beside me) Naeem must have done something really good to deserve someone like you…

Aunty Zameera: A.K what are you doing?? It’s not just about Naeem….Aara is also at risk…Naeem is so violent…what if he…

Me: (wiping my tears) he won’t hurt me…and if he does….i am responsible for it

Aunty Zameera: Aara you don’t understand…he’s not the same anymore…he’s become…something else…you just started working you just started your life…please ma…he’s not your Nemo anymore…

Me: it doesn’t matter…maybe he forgot me ..but…I didn’t forget him..i can’t let him ruin his life I will try…I will bring him back…please

Uncle A.K: let her have her one year…she won’t be able to do it Naeem is stubborn and an imbecile…we’ll be back before one year Aara and I won’t ask you anything….

Me: he’s not an imbecile!!! He’s not an imbecile!!!

And I woke up screaming….Zoheb and Riza came rushing into my room…my entire body was wet

Zoheb: (wiping my face and holding me) shhhh it’s going to be okay…shhhh

And I clung to Zoheb as I drifted off again…

The night it ended…the night that Nemo embarrassed me infront of his LLB crew…the night our friendship was kicked into the gutters…the night that I lost him…

One of the most notorious clubs in Jhb…and Nemo was on the top floor surrounded by about 50 people…males and females…I had received another call…I had virtually no energy left in me that night as I left Riza a message and headed off yet again..not knowing in what state I would find him…
I was tired…this was becoming too frequent…

Me: (walking up to him) Nemo what are you doing????

Nemo: (rolling his eyes at me) oh no…not you again!!

Me: (holding his hand) I’m taking you out of here!!

Nemo: (jerking my hand away) go away man Aara!

Me: who are these people?????

Nemo: (screaming at me) THEY ARE MY FRIENDS!!!!

Me: (pleading) these are not friends…Nemo…look at me…I am your friend…come with me…please Nemo come with me

Nemo: (pushing me) Attention everyone!! I’d like you to meet someone

And he held the balcony railing as the music stopped and everyone seemed to be paying attention…

Me: Nemo don’t do this please…

Nemo: shhhh…everyone meet Aara….Aara Ismail…my friend…my best friend…my most f****** boring friend!! But she’s damn hot hey!!

And all these unknown guys were shouting at the top of their voices..

Guy1: she’s smoking hot!! Is she available?

Nemo: (smirking) are you available Aara?

I felt so cheap…

Me:(grabbing his hand) Nemo come

Nemo: (giving me this look)if you want to hold my hand all you have to do is ask (and he came closer to me his face was inches away from mine) all you beautiful girls can’t resist me can you…(And he traced my face with his finger) but you know what….what puts me off about you (frowning) you’re so rigid…as much as you’re cool and popular…you don’t know when to let go! Have some fun!! Your fun is so limited Aara Ismail! Look at you!!! (And he poked my shoulder) Look at her! (and he walked to a thin blonde girl who had hardly any clothes on) look at her baby (and he kissed her on her lips… infront of me)….Aara I’m telling you, you have what it takes just let go a little…yeah?

A tear trickled down my face…

Me:(swallowing hard) ok…can we go now?

Nemo:(staring at me in disbelief) go??? Are you for real?? Here try this…

And he grabbed my hand and pulled me towards a table where everyone was snorting cocaine and he tried to force me to have some…

Me:(trying to free my hand from his grip) I don’t want any!!

Nemo: (pulling me closer to him) come on babe

Me:(pushing him away) I said no Nemo!!

Nemo: (holding me with both hands) just one try Aara you will thank me…give her some I’ll hold her

And this guy walked towards me…

Me: (struggling to free myself and I did…and Nemo stumbled) I SAID NO!!

And Nemo looked at me with a mixture of hate and anger in his eyes…and rubbed his hand across the table filled with lines of cocaine…. and smeared it across my face

Even the most drugged person there stopped what he was doing and stared at me…the entire room fell silent…

Some guy: you should just shove it into her mouth and nose!!

Nemo: (staring at me coldly) The sight of you makes me sick!! You just pretend to be my friend…you pretend to care to show everyone that Nemo is nothing without Aara…I’m crippled without you isn’t Aara? I’m wrong if I don’t do what you say? If I don’t follow your societal norms? Poor Nemo and Great Aara!

I didn’t say anything…

Nemo: no self righteous words? No Nemo let’s go? Where’s that other one…Riza? You came alone tonight? You’re getting braver by the day!

I still didn’t say anything…

Nemo: you were cute when you were little…but they are right…its hurting you that I don’t depend on you anymore that I don’t need you anymore…that’s right…I DON’T need you! And no it isn’t the cocaine talking…I don’t need you…all you ever do is judge me do this do that don’t do this don’t do that…I’m tired….I’m fed up…fed up of you and your whining…fed up of you and your friends…don’t look at me like that…the truth always hurts baby…

Me:(tears falling from my eyes…) Nemo…

Nemo: Nemo??…that’s Naeem Moola to you Miss Ismail…THE Naeem Moola…don’t ever forget that…

Me: you’re the one that’s forgotten Nemo..

Nemo: Naeem Moola! Forgot so quickly? Don’t stand here and lecture me…this is my life (and he turned around and lifted both his hands) my life…my friends…my business and you know what…there’s no place for you in it…ever!

Me: (my heart was breaking…) you can kick me out and throw away 15 years of friendship just like that?

Nemo:(lighting a cigarette….he was indifferent to the hurt that he was inflicting upon me) as with everything sweetheart…this too has an expiry date…

And I couldn’t take it anymore and I slapped Nemo hard across his face!

Nemo: you bloody bi…(And he raised his hand to slap me when Riza held his hand)

Riza: I will break your hand into pieces if you ever even try to lift it on Aara again!

Nemo: (throwing a glass on the floor) then get her out of my face…the next time I see her…you won’t be able to stop me!!

Riza wiped my face and held my hand and pulled me out of there….I was stunned and hurt and shocked…I had just lost Nemo…I just lost my Nemo…

Once we were outside, my legs gave up on me and I fell to the ground…shaking…I was in total knees trembled but I couldn’t feel the rough stones that tore through my jeans when I fell…my heart was broken…Nemo was a part of my life ever since…we were kids…it felt as though my life was being sucked out of me….Riza knelt down next to me…

Riza:(stroking my head) it’s time to make the call that we spoke about…

I nodded silently. He was right. This was now out of our hands…

I woke up with a shock again…what time was it? My flat was silent…I tiptoed into the lounge…Riza and Zoheb were fast asleep on the sofa.

I went back to my room, got out two blankets and covered them. I went straight into the shower….and just stood there…Maariah’s words echoed in my head. Riza and I knew that she had a thing for Nemo on campus and we knew that she was a part of their “group” but Mari changed…she wasn’t snooty anymore, she was down to earth…she was like us.. she was genuine…or was it a facade? Aadil was her friend? She set me up? She was jealous of me? ME?
All the times that I had picked Nemo up from those horrible places…flashed before my eyes…I could almost see him infront of me…in that room…frightened…weak…he clung onto me so hard that my body hurt…I remembered the times he threw tantrums in my flat…his relapses…the time that he ran away…and then I remembered him getting better…smiling again….jogging with me….holding his hand as we walked into his new support group…Nemo gifting me a new Qur’aan…his words….”You are my only dua”….Uncle A.K’s face the day he saw Nemo again…I won…I defeated their negative thinking…my Nemo was healthy again….even though it killed me at every second and every step forward towards helping him meant that Aara had to die everyday…

After crying my heart out at fajr…I sat quietly in my balcony and stared at the sky…my fingers tracing the little silver pendant that dangled from my neck

Everything happens for a reason….if Allah gives us hardship then he gives us the strength to overcome it too….I surely have been through worse

Why did it feel as though the past was coming back?
Why did it feel as though what we triumphed over…was being dragged infront of us again?
Why did it feel as though it was going to hurt us all over again?

The sliding door opened and he sat down next to me and said something that I once said to him…

Jab jab dard ka baadal Chaya (Whenever the clouds of pain loomed)
Jab ghum ka saya lehraya (When the shadow of sadness fell over us)
Jab aansoo palkon tak aya (When tears came up until our eyelashes)
Jab yeh tanha dil ghabraya (When this lonely heart got scared)
Humne dil ko yeh samjhaya (I consoled my heart to understand…)
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai (That why are you crying?)

Duniya mein yunhi hota hai (This is what happens in this world)
Yeh jo gehre sannate hain ( This deep silence…)
Waqt ne sabko hi baante hain (Has been distributed by time to everyone…)
Thoda ghum hai sabka qissa (Every one has their share of sadness)
Thodi dhoop hai sabka hissa (Everyone has their share of sunshine)
Aankh teri bekaar hi nam hai( Your eyes are wet without reason…)
Har pal ek naya mausam hai (Because every moment is a new season…)
Kyun tu aise pal khota hai ( Why do you want to let go of such priceless moments?)
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai( My heart…why do you cry?)

Tears fell from both our eyes…as we were swept into memories of what we had faced together…no blood relation….no family…but bound together by life…love…and destiny…a brother who would never leave me…a friend who always stood by me even when his own world was crumbling….some relationships have no single name…a name would not do justice…some people are just there to be your strength, to be the angel that you need by your side in your life’s darkest night…strangers who mark their places in your hearts….

Riza kissed me on my forehead and made himself comfortable on the bench and stared ahead with me…in silence

I knew what I had to do…



*Poem by Javed Akhtar Sahab*


31 thoughts on “Part 112- My heart…why do you cry?

  1. Nemo truly is d luckiest person to hav riza n aara standng by him wen his own parnts gve up on him…:(

    I wonder if nemo even remembers this scene!Aara deserves happiness after all she’s been thru


  2. 😟😓😭Speechless. Heartbroken💔.Naeem Moola you really hurt aara. But she has such a big heart and she helped you become you again
    Aara what is it that you have to do

    May allah make it easy for all those who get involved in the wrong crowds and drugs

    Aara and zoheb 💕


  3. Wow 👏👏👏👏👏 round of applauds for miss shazia. Take a bow author😃 You doing an amazing job. This post was awesome.😌
    Yoh poor aara. She been through a lot and is much stronger than she knows. Super glad nemo changed but sucks that aara had to give up a lot😓 She really does care about him. Aww Riza is the big brother we all want. Oooh the suspence, wonder what’s aara gonna do… 😄


      • I actually did start reading it from the beginning and guess what I read!!!!

        Nemo and aara are chatting on bbm about zoheb and nemo says that he has a “slap me” face…and then aara says “100%”!!!!!!


      • Lmao I know..that bbm chat of theirs was classic ℓ☺ℓ she also called nemo a pea brain :-p and asked him not to think so much coz he’ll get a headache..zai to arshoo was classic as well #brainsurgeon:-p


      • That was epic!!!….and you are forgetting that aara also said that zoheb wouldn’t gel with the group….I think that you have concluded that I really do not like zoheb and wish that he could really have disappeared in that hug from aunty rukayya….or he could have been swallowed by her couch….all my disliking aside while I thank you for writing much much longer posts!!!!


  4. Can we please have part 113 tonight ? Pretty please with a cherry on the top 🍒?
    I don’t think I’ll manage the suspense 😰
    Whatever Nemo did to Aara i still love him and Aara and Nemo are meant to be together.
    #Team Nemo and Aara ❤


    • Eish no….I did this post with hopefully much precision…it was a very difficult post to write to try and get in the right amount of everything to portray their feelings thruout no post tonight or tomorrow I think my brains need a break


      • It’s okay Shazia , rest and have a nice break and then on Saturday you have to post !
        Sorry if I’m bugging your Brains


      • lol…no man you aren’t bugging my brains…

        I set high expectations for myself so put my everything into it when I write a post…and this post was one the most important ones as this is the one that tells us of the incident that broke their friendship, every bit of it needed to be right.

        gave me goosebumps while writing it for sure


  5. Very touching,heart breaking!shows how much nemo aara n riza have been thru 2gether, also think nemo n aara meant 2gether these flashbacks show no matter Wat life throws @ the 2 of them they’ll b able 2 get thru


  6. 1 request 4rm deep down my heart……..

    Can we please have some happy nemo n aara moments!!!!

    Pretty please with a cherry on top

    I think we had Enuf of the sad 1s don’t u think so shazia


    • Go back to the older posts…and enjoy

      I did say that season 3 is going to be a tear jerker n this is the way the story is going forward

      We still have to see the way in which Aara brings Nemo out of it~bittersweet moments coming up

      All I can say now is

      Nemo~Aara~Zoheb»»the Story of a lifetime….there’s plenty more to come 🙂


  7. Wow wow wow. Awesome post
    I felt my heart melting too
    Aaraa strong character, and her
    angel Riza knows what’s good for
    her now. # Zoheib. He’s her reward
    She’s been through so much.
    Neemo probably luvs her to bits!!!!
    Thrs a lot that’s happened between them.

    Maariah has changed for sure………
    ” My heart y do u cry”
    ❤ ❤


  8. This season is gna break my heart over n over again!!!

    This was heart-wrenching! Wonderful article Ms Shaz 😉 n Thankkkk Youuuu for tnyts post 😀


  9. Sooo sad! Aara really went through a lot 4 Neemo. She deserves loads of happiness now, without any complications.Zoheb brings her nothing but Happiness. May they be together forever.


  10. “Naeem must have done something really good to deserve someone like you…” __ i agree…he is lucky to have Aara and Riza tooo! (Side smile) Many thanks for helping him and making him shine so much that we just love him to bits…for being his strength…For bringing better days for him…for not giving up on him…for having patience with him…no matter what, the good u do comes back to u 🙂 … ur goodness is not in vain! (Hugz) I love Reez more then before now 😀 Aara & Reez relation is a one in a million…like a big bro to his lil sister (big smile) always protecting her and holding her up high! This post made me cry and cry…and cry! Even when his mum sed: his no more your Nemo” _But Aaras reply…was words of perfection! Nemo0o dua for Aara… was the highlight for me..(smile and tilting head) The whole incident was heart breaking…In all honesty I hate what Nemo has done to Aara but my heart fails me from ever hating “him” (something in common with Aara maybe 😉 ) … I still love the shinning Nemo0o!♡ aNd the poem loved it!! I hope Reez, Aara, Nemo and all of them stay close friends for eternity! “Everything happens for a reason….if Allah gives us hardship then he gives us the strength to overcome it too….”-Aara! Every post that I read…I’ll remember this…it’s life…love…destiny! ♥ We need a certain darkness to see the stars…but for every dark night is a bright day_♡


  11. So true Haaj bout the dark sky and as I stated previously ” after every difficulty surely there is ease” …………………………..Also Alllah knew what Aara was capable of that’s y he chose ther to help get Nemo on track…………Allah only puts onto u what u can handle and Aara handled Nemo beautifully.. … They even held hands when they went to support group……Aara’s love for Nemo is very deep I’m mean she did what even his own parents couldn’t do! Aara made Nemo who he is today and he is def grateful for that and that’s y he loves her so much! And yes what Nemo did to Aara was not acceptable at all but everyone’s knows that with drugs u don’t know what u saying or doing and u won’t even remember ! So that’s y Aara never hated or gave up on him after he said all those nasty things!


  12. Yipz S.K 🙂 … Aara was capable despite it being tough…that’s what made her shine also….I mean Laeeka and Zainab are sweet but Aara…yes Aara out shines them! Every gal would wanna have a personality like her….be strong and a fighter like her….she takes risks and challenges…how she was there for a friend…how she does not give up hope…!! This all reminds me that no matter what we do Allah is waiting to forgive us and come into our broken hearts 😀 never loooose hope in the mercy of Allah! 🙂


  13. Really sad post…. Aara nd Reez u guys are da def of TRUE FRIENDS!!!
    Aara Nemo has put u thru alot bt i hope u knw he wsnt completely in his senses nd im sure he regrets it terribly!!! Hats off 2 u 4 ur bravery nd courage… nd well Nemo it tkes alot of courage 2 accept n mke it thru such a rough patch of ur life… well dne 2 u 4 mkin it thru nd nw bein da amazin guy u are!!!!!


  14. That was a wow post! Gosh Aara must have been very strong to carry on believing in him and also to forgive him. I would never have forgiven someone for sometime if they did something like that to me even if it was my bestie. Also he was kinda in his senses still when he said that its not the cocaine speaking and that but if I look at it this way Aara does deserve all the hapiness she has or gets. Even if it is Zoheb


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