As narrated by Ebie:
Aara is a crazy chick! Ziyaad (my big brother) called me to help him with their pranks and I ended up teaming up with Aara to scare him and the rest of them! And Emily, our maid and Zulu, one of our butlers were sport enough to play along with us. I winked at Aara while we watched all of them on cctv..
Me: check Nemo and Arshad out!!
Aara: (laughing) a free show dude…and wait…Zoheb is in the passage..time for me to “reach out”
And she winked at me…this mansion had lots of secret passages and doorways and we were literally behind the walls. I had to do this one with her for sure!!
Zoheb leaned against the wall…which wasn’t really a wall. It felt like a wall, it looked like a wall but thanks to my genius brain -we used a plastic background that was palpable…with that jelly feel if you pushed your hand through it. So Aara had grabbed Zoheb around his waist through the “wall” itself!! And I couldn’t resist grabbing his neck!! We were beyond bust as Zoheb screamed and started reading his kalimas.
Aara: thank you…my mood was so off this evening and now with you I feel as though I’m 13 again!
Me: don’t mention…Zee always gets me with his stupid pranks so on my part its payback time for my big brother and anyways…everything is fair in love and war….AND friendship 😉
Aara: he’s going to kick your butt though just so you know
Me: haha…I know ;)…come let’s get moving our final “act” is about to start
And I held the mike in my hand…that was linked to the speakers we had installed around the house..
Me: (whispering into the mike to give “that” effect)hmmmmmmm hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm psssssssssssssssssst
Aara covered her mouth with her hands and her face was as red as a tomato!
Me: (whispering again) in the centre…under the glass lights…a sacrifice will be made…the Abetagati will rise again….(And I made this howling sound that made me question my own intelligence!)
Aara: too good!
Me: (grinning) shall we?
And Aara and I went down the secret passageway towards the ball room as we called it. It was really just a huge, huge room with massive glass windows and as kids Zee and I use to run across the floors there with only our socks on;) let’s see if they can figure out which room we were talking about….
As narrated by Zee:
That voice echoed through the house…
“In the centre under the glass lights” and I repeated it to myself a few times…
I’ve got it!! I know where they are!!
Me: (shouting) guys guys come out wherever you are I know where they are
Mari: (dashing into me) she’s she’s (pointing behind her) she’s following me!!!
Me:(holding her) Mari there’s no one behind you
Zoheb: (holding his neck) Ziyaad please tell me you have some answers
Me: I know where they are we just need the others
And I shouted for the others.
Riza,Laeeka,Nemo and Arshad came out from wherever it was that they were hiding and we walked together towards the ball room. It definitely felt “safer” being together!!!
The ballroom was at the centre of the mansion and was a distance away from where we were. Every creak and tiny sound seemed so much louder as we walked in silence, not knowing what to expect. Aara and Zainab were missing and there was also no sign of Immy.
I opened the massive wooden door to the ballroom…and we entered one by one..it was so dark and the moon seemed to be hiding behind the clouds…the trees cast eerie shadows across the glass windows…
Suddenly…a flame appeared and moved towards the centre of the room. It was that horrid Scream man carrying a flame torch! And within seconds…he lit up a big circle of candles around someone whose face we could not see..
Zoheb: Aara Aara is that you!!!
The Scream man: be witness to the rise of the Abetagati…be witnesses to history!!!
And he laughed a shrill an horrible laugh that sent shivers up my spine! Everyone had tears in their eyes as he turned the person in the centre around to face us…my heart sunk…it was Zainab! She had a tape across her mouth…Arshad ran forward but stopped when the Scream man held a knife to her neck!
I thought that I would pass out..this was becoming a little too much…
Laeeka: can’t we try negotiating?
Riza: there has to be a way out of all of this….let’s ask them to take one of us guys instead…hello, please let her go..take me instead!
And voice shouted back..”No,I don’t like your hair!!!”
Nemo: even the spooks know your hairstyle sucks bro…(Shouting) take me then???
And the voice shouted back…” Your nose itself would fill our whole pot”
Nemo: b******* !!
Arshad: take me…let Zainab go..where’s Aara???
Zoheb: or me please but let them go…please…
Nemo: doesn’t this all seem a bit weird? I mean Riza’s hair, my nose?? Doesn’t ring any bells?
Arshad: his hair is big and so is your nose!! He has a knife against Zai’s neck!! This isn’t a joke!
Zee: I know this house in and out..let them go and we will let you go or else…I’ll lock you all inside!!
” Don’t forget bro…I know this house too”..the voice shouted back.
And suddenly and totally out of the blue…there’s a trumpet playing…wait..could it be? And frikking hell “Badthameez Dil” is blaring across this room as…as…lmao..a spotlight shone on a guy in a black pants and white shirt
Me: Ebie you dog!!!!!!
Aara: uh uh..don’t take a step forward…
And Aara enters, with a smile on her face and a mike in her hand.
Aara: you’ve got to meet the starcast! Come on in Zulu!
And Zulu entered wearing a white nightdress, with a white wig on and he walked straight towards Riza and Laeeka who jumped back as Zulu took a bow;)
Laeeka: (hitting Zulu repeatedly while he was in his “bowing” position) it was you!!!
Aara: Emily..you can come out now
And Emily entered also in a white night dress, with a wig of long black hair covering her face and she stood infront of Maariah.
Mari: (closing her eyes) go away go away
Aara: (taking the tape of Zainab’s mouth) our costume and make up artist Zainab
Zainab laughed and took a bow..
Aara: Our chief co -ordinator and “voice”…Ebrahim aka Ebie
And my younger brother stood next to Zainab and took a bow
Aara: and now for theee most scary performance of the evening…Zee,Nemo and Arshoo you guys were classic..(Busting) thanks to our “Scream” man….Immy!
And the “Scream” man took off his mask to reveal a very,very smug Immy!
And Immy stood next to Aara and took a bow..
Riza: this was supposed to be funny?
Aara: well, if you look at it the other way around ofcourse it is funny!
And then everyone burst out laughing!!
Aara let out a sigh of relief as all of us sat down on the floor, still laughing and each one telling their bit of what they had just experienced. Emily and Zulu were given the rest of the night off as the other two helpers spoilt us with trays of desserts and snacks. The lights were now on and we could enjoy being in this magnificent room.
Zainab: so Zee that story about your aunt was it real?
Me: (laughing) errr no
Zoheb: I don’t get one thing though…someone or something held my neck…(And he held his neck impulsively)
Aara and Ebie looked at each other…
Ebie: it was us!
Nemo: (with his arm around Aara’s neck) you actually got us! Well done sweetheart!!
Aara: (playfully punching him)Nemo you and Arshad were the pits man! (Laughing) climbing onto the table? Iike really??
Nemo: eh…we didn’t know it was a prank and this Immy here made it look so real! Really Immy I must say I didn’t see this side of you!
Immy: you know Aara and her ulterior motives…(Chuckling to himself) but I also felt 13 again for sure! Thanks “A” (smiling) for allowing me to be a part of it
Aara: you’re welcome Immy
As narrated by Aara:
Everything went off so well, and they were not too offended about the whole thing. Even my mood was better! And ignoring Zoheb helped a lot :-p
I caught him staring at me a few times and I just pretended as though I didn’t notice..
Part of his irritation was justified. I’d feel bad too if I were in his shoes but…
Nemo: (snapping me out of my thoughts) who’s Siddharth?
Me: he’s a guy
Nemo: I know that…but WHO is he?
Me: (pinching Nemo’s cheeks) why should I tell you?
Nemo: because…Aara..howcome we don’t know him? And you “like” him? And he’s not muslim!
Nemo: what do you mean so?
Me: he’ll convert what’s the big deal
Nemo: you! Are full of nonsense this is one of your tricks too isn’t it?
I grinned at Nemo and pulled out my phone.
Me: (putting my hand around the screen so no one else could peep) see…
Nemo: oh…ohhh that’s Siddhart Mal..(And I covered his hand with my mouth)in that case you’re forgiven..but he’s so ugly A!
Zai: (chipping in) he is so NOT ugly
Nemo: oh you too Zainab
Zai: yesssss he’s damn hot. I’m taken otherwise you know…uhm uhm
Arshad: (nudging Zainab) ehhhh
Zai: (side hugging Arshoo) you know I love youuuuuuu
Nemo: ewww ewww…. well Aara here can dream on also
Me: who asked you? Which reminds me…I need to talk to you
And everyone suddenly kept quiet as if I was going to tell them too:-p Bleh;)
Nemo:(standing up) let’s go
Zoheb’s face really had question marks all over it..
Nemo was my best friend, we had a history together…I may not have tried hard enough to tell him about me and Zoheb but I would tell him….tonight…I would tell him…now
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