As narrated by Zoheb:
Zai: STOP NOW!!
Me: I can’t just pull over Zai traffic is really heavy at the moment…
Nemo: for what?
Zai: I want to apologise to Arshad…
Nemo: no..this is not a movie where you just start running around anywhere, your punishment will be to sit here quietly and think of how you’re going to make it up to him and think of how you’re going to start behaving!
I wanted to laugh! Start behaving? I didn’t see this side of Nemo!
And everyone was silent…I missed my Applepie, how I wished she came with me.
As narrated by Aara
And finally, we had reached. I smirked as Riza asked if we were taking them into the “bundoos” as the 4×4 climbed and climbed higher into the mountains. They had no idea what Nemo and I had in store for them. The Drakensberg was Maariah’s choice of destination, and even though I was still very upset with her-a promise made is a promise we keep.
Laeeka: we are just going and going with no sign of an end!
Me:(winking at Laeeks) patience little one patience
I had a map and well I was an ace Geography student in my days so it was a piece of cake. My first career choice was to become a geologist but my dad frumped and said ” do you want to dig in the bush for a living?”. “That would be archaeology dad and no even they don’t dig in the bush for a living”. That fell on deaf ears though. And well my second career choice was journalism but that too was shot down to a point. If I had my way, I’d be a freelance journalist covering the Middle East, instead I am a journalist and editor in one- sitting behind a desk. *Sigh*.
After a solid hour of mountain driving we reached our destination. Nemo was almost immediately next to me as I got off.
Nemo: ready for this?
Me: (chuckling to myself) I wonder if THEY are ready for this!!hey, any luck with Zai?
Nemo: you know me man(winking at me)
They should be okay soon
Everyone stared at the magnificent sight infront of us. A singular sprawling mansion in the middle of nowhere…
Riza: what is this place?
“Welcome to the bergs people” a voice said from behind us.
Riza: (turning around) Unbelievable!!! Ziyaad!! Is it really you??
Ziyaad: (shaking Riza’s hand and hugging him)in the flesh bro! Man is it good to see you!
Riza: the feeling is very,very mutual it’s been way too long! What are you doing here?
Ziyaad: inherited the place..tell you about it on our way in let me greet the others quickly
And Ziyaad walked over to Nemo and I
Ziyaad: if it isn’t my two favourite people!! Aaraaaa (hugging me) and Naeem my brazo (hugging Nemo)
Nemo: don’t act so surprised we’ve been talking to you for days now :-p
Ziyaad: yeah smart mouth but its been almost a year since I saw you both(turning to Arshad) Arshoo my man what’s up (hugging him)
Arshad: good bro..good to see you!
Ziyaad: Laeeeeeeekaaaaaa (hugging Laeeka) I see you’re still with the barber shop hey!
Laeeka: (laughing) what to do man
Riza: yeah and I’m standing right here you know!
Ziyaad: (hugging Zainab) you have changed a lot Zai!
Zai: (still feeling down) I know…how are you?
Ziyaad: never been better!
And Ziyaad stopped at Mari. He had a very soft spot for her-that we all knew.
Ziyaad: hi beautiful! (Hugging Mari and lifting her up)
Hah the look on Immy’s face was priceless!!
Mari:(smiling) hi right back at you handsome
Ziyaad: (to Zoheb and Immy) now you and you I don’t know but (extending his hand to Zoheb)I’m Ziyaad
Nemo: (chipping in) Zee this is my bro Zoheb
Zoheb: nice to meet you Ziyaad
Nemo: and this is my bro Imraan
Immy: (shaking Zee’s hand) good to meet you Ziyaad
Zee: likewise guys!
Ziyaad was a bundle of energy! We were on campus together but after campus he moved away. We still kept in touch though, the perks of social networking I guess, and Nemo and I bumped into him in Durban last year. Zee inherited this estate from his late grandfather and ever since then he’s more here than in Durban! An outdoor junkie to the hilt! And we decided that he would be our perfect wilderness guide for this leg of our roadtrip. Aaaand…Zee was crazier than all of us put together! And together, we had a good couple of tricks up our sleeve;)
Zee: don’t worry to unpack your boots now let’s go for a tour of the house
Me: you guys carry on we’ll be right behind you..(Turning to Zoheb) I need my camera from your boot please
Zoheb: (watching everyone go and grinning to himself) thank you
Me: (smiling to myself) my pleasure
And he turned me around and engulfed me into one of his warm hugs…
Zoheb: (quickly giving me a peck on each cheek,my nose,my eyes,my chin and my lips) I missed you
Me: (doing the same to him through all his blushing and gorgeous dimples showing)I missed you too
Zoheb: (taking my hand and walking towards the house) so Zaara huh?
Me: (linking my arm through his and holding his hand)aha…Zoheb and Aara equals Zaara
Zoheb: love it!
And before I could say anything, we were startled by a whole lot of screaming!!!
Zoheb: (holding my hand a little tighter) what’s going on??
And as we ran towards the house, I felt my insides go hip hip hurray…lol..I could picture Ziyaad with a whole lot of minions doing the mexican wave!!!~I didn’t want to give it up-it took hours of planning and by the sound of those screams it definitely was GAME ON!!