Part 134- Around The Campfire- Part 1

As narrated by Zoheb:

Congratulations were in order from everyone…it was such a cool feeling! Aara’s face was as red as a tomato as she shied away from me once Riza and Arshad came to chat to us. My eyes drifted towards her as the guys carried on talking….she lowered her gaze as she tried to show interest in what Zainab was saying…that side smile playing across her left cheek.

Ziyaad took us exploring not very long afterwards and even though we were already tired after the long hike and climb- the adrenaline pumping through all of us just kept us going. My mind however..kept drifting off to climbing the chain ladder with Aara…her hair against my face…her fingers touching mine…her unexpected and loud “I love you” …who would have thought. I smiled as I remembered the night we had first met and all the times after that. I was very attracted to her but when it turned into something else was the day she stood on my feet and so easily forgave me..it kept growing and I remembered the day on Umhlanga beach…the day I saw her differently and it was at that very moment that I realised that I was already falling in love with her.
love

And as time passed, more and more beautiful memories were involuntarily created. The best days of my life yet.

Zee: and this is where we will set up camp. You guys can go take a walk if you want I’ll sit here, I want to chat to one of the rangers

We were next to the Tugela falls..right at the top. It was breathtakingly beautiful!!

Arshad: so you’re going to be next in line bru?

Me: hmmm?

Arshad: engagement…marriage etc etc

Me: that’s the plan ๐Ÿ˜‰

Arshad: I know that I don’t need to tell you this but…I’ll say it nonetheless…look after her, she’s really been through a lot. She gives off this impression that nothing can hurt her but I’ve seen her broken and I’ve seen her in pain and it’s a sight that I never want to see again…I’ve yet to see another human being like Aara because she truly is one in a million

I felt my heart ache….

Arshad: (continuing) I’ve seen her angry side, I’ve seen her defensive side…I’ve seen her defy society and her own family- just because she felt and knew that what she was doing was right and it was an honour to stand beside her during those days. Difficult days for all of us..but she persevered bru…you don’t get that in these times. Today, everyone is for themselves

I looked at Aara while she wrote in her book..my heart bursting with pride..this strong willed and beautiful woman loved ME…and then I looked at everyone else. Riza and Laeeka hand in hand pointing at something in the distance. Nemo,Ebie,Zee and Immy attempting to make tea over a fire..Mari braiding Zainab’s hair…

Me: but not you guys…this group on its own is something you don’t find today..friendship…rare friendship

Arshad nodded silently

Me: and bru…you have my word. I’ll give her every happiness even if it’s the last thing that I do

Arshad: (small side smile) you’d better..else we’ll be behind you like bloodhounds

Me: that…I can believe! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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As narrated by Ebie:

We made tea!!!!!!! I laughed my head off at the way Nemo and Zee bickered over what should go first into the pot and they eventually just put everything in it and then let it boil :-p

Laeeka: errrr you should have let the water boil first before adding the milk and the teabags

Me: shhhhhh that’s a no go zone sister

Laeeka: it looks like…like…dirty river water!

And she probably shouldn’t have said that…because Zee and Nemo dropped what they were holding (Nemo dropped the dishcloth and Zee dropped the spoon into the pot) and gave her daggers!!!

Laeeka: (noticing it ) errr I will be right back

I left these two masterchefs to carry on with whatever it was they were doing. We chose to camp near “The Hut” because it wasn’t a totally isolated spot and there was a clean ablution block a few metres away from us. It would be sunset soon enough and we needed to start getting our tents up. So I started rounding up everyone.

Me:(to Zainab) you look lovely! Maariah has a hidden talent I see..

Mari smiled as Zainab put her scarf on

Mari: all girls know how to braid Ebie

Me: (winking) if you say so

And off to Zoheb,Riza and Arshad

Me: guys let’s start setting up our tents

And they stood up almost immediately.

Now for my partner in crime..

Me: what are you so busy writing A?

Aara: (looking up at me with a smile) my thoughts

Me: (sitting down next to her) care to share?

Aara: (closing her book and staring into the sunset) watching the sun set is such a great example of the trials that we face in our lives Ebie…when the sun sets…its just darkness and a night that sometimes just doesn’t want to end. But the irony of it..even in darkness there is beauty…all you have to do is look up…there’s thousands of stars to light up your path but some of us are too busy trying to find the moon (winking at me)
lost the moon

Me: I’m an accountant, dude all this philosophy is mind boggling!

Aara: sorry sorry my bad

Me: so…Zoheb huh? Not bad madam

Aara: not bad at all :-p

Me: so whens the big day?

Aara: gawwwd you too! I just told him that I love him…marriage is like far away

Me: yeah yeah you all say that..but before you know it, it’s wedding and then baby o baby

Aara: (playfully punching me)very funny

Me: aah well..consolation…Siddharth is good looking and you are not too bad yourself(winking) so them babies are gonna be damn fine!

Aara: (mouth wide open) Ebiiiieeeeee!!!

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As narrated by Riza:
tea on the fire
Camping is totally over rated. I’m a guy from the urban jungle and while I love to connect with nature from time to time, this was just down right eerie!!
It was pitch frikking black except for our big campfire and well another group of campers not very far off from where we were. But they were just 2 adults and about 5 kids!

What about animals and insects…and snakes??? I sprayed our entire tent with insect repellent until I could barely breathe inside, before I came out to join everyone else. We would take turns to stay up-between us guys but for now, the night was still young…and very, very creepy!

Hard to believe but Ziyaad,Ebie and Nemo had cooked a pot of samp and beans!

Me: do I need to read my life insurance policy before eating this?

Nemo:(sarcastically) wow Reez you’re so funny

Me: no seriously do you guys even know how to cook??

Ebie: (laughing) we aren’t forcing you,you know!

Aara: (already eating) when you’re hungry anything goes!!

Nemo: that hurt! Because you’re already on your second bowl!!

Aara stuck her tongue out at Nemo *sigh*

Me: where’s everyone else??

Aara: Zoheb and Arshad and Immy are playing cards in their tent, Zainab is “getting ready”,Mari and Laeeks are also in their tent…pass me more tomato sauce please Nemo

Me: oh God! Tomato sauce with samp and beans??? Really??

Nemo: don’t ask… old habits die hard Reez (and he passed Aara the sauce)

Soon enough, the others joined us and amusingly enough, Zoheb sat next to Aara AND put his arm around her causing her to jump!

Zoheb: (trying not to laugh) babe we’re legal now…and why is your food red?

Aara: (putting a spoonful into his mouth) taste its delicious!

Zoheb: (immediately drinking water) nice (he clearly had to force it down)

Aara: some more?

Zoheb: no no, I’m fine..you enjoy

Nemo burst out laughing!

Nemo: dude in all the years that I’ve known her I have never EVER given in to trying her tomato sauce fetish with samp! You’ve got guts!

Aara: he does have guts…you guys would never believe what he did for me!

Zoheb: (covering Aara’s mouth) uh uh…shhh

Laeeka: no no now you have us…you’ve got to tell us!

Aara: mmmmmm (trying to talk through Zoheb’s hand)

Zoheb: she’s just joking I didn’t do anything gutsy Laeeks (looking at Aara and she lifted her hand as if to say “ok I won’t tell them”)

And as soon as Zoheb moved his hand…Aara burst out the words she was holding in!

Aara: Zoheb stood on a car and sang for me!!

Everyone was sort of dumbstruck for a few seconds…

Arshad: wait that was YOU during Riza’s engagement??

Zoheb: (his face completely pink) yup

Arshad: I seee….no wonder you both were all smiles at the table! It’s been going on for that long???

Me: you sang for Aara at my engagement?

Laeeka: how come we didn’t hear? Oh this is so sweeeeeeeet!!!!(And she pulled Zoheb’s cheeks)and Aara you didn’t tell me!!!!

Aara:(laughing) I will I will

Zainab: ooooooh now I want to cry! That’s just the sweetest thing ever! I can’t believe it Aaraaaaa you’re so lucky!

Me: (looking at Zoheb) you really did that? Like stand on a car and sing!

Zoheb: errr…yeah…well, she asked me to or she said that she would say yes to me the day I do that for her…and…(Side hugging Aara) even though she is extremely mischievous…I love her…there was no question about not doing what she asked

Laeeka: (smiling from ear to ear) WELL DONE!!!I’m super proud of you!!

Zee: yeaah I’d never do that…that’s just really mad if you ask me!

Ebie: (laughing) me neither

Zee: (winking at Mari) please don’t get any ideas okay Maariah

Mari: (taken by surprise) huh what??

Immy:(ignoring what Zee said) so basically, Aara, if anyone sung for you, you would have said yes?

Aara: (linking her arm through Zoheb’s) not just anyone…

Zainab: awwwwww…you two are so cute!! I want to know everything…tell me please…how did it all happen?

Aara blushed as she put her head on Zoheb’s shoulder and Zoheb tried to stop smiling but there was no stopping them…they were clearly on seventh heaven!

I wanted to laugh! But really, they were quite cute! Although I knew that they were sort of “together” it was also very weird to see them like this.

And I turned around to get a plate when I saw that look on his face…Nemo had a smug smirk all over his face and
I’ve known him long enough to know what that look meant….TROUBLE!!!!
trouble

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16 thoughts on “Part 134- Around The Campfire- Part 1

  1. Totally forgot about aara and zoheb evening in the beach
    OH NO NEMO WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO. If riza ia concerned than you definitely up to no good๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜
    Please don’t hurt our aara and zoheb ๐Ÿ’•

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  2. Yay *happy dance* I’ve been dying with lld but now I’m happy again
    I’m still team Nemo & aara. So I think I’m with Nemo whatever he is going to do

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  3. Hey me too a nemo fan but hey nemo pls don’t do anything to upset or make them angry with u! Must be really hard for him too see zoheb and Aara together like that!

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  4. One look, One smile, One touch, One embrace, One kiss, One love, Two people, Two minds, Two souls, Two destinies, One road, One journey, One ending Together…

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  5. Nemo and aara it shall be in the end *im hoping* A while back in the poll about whether it should be nemo n aara or zoheb n aara I can’t really remember who took the lead but I think it was nemo n aara….some help anyone??? Sooooo I think we’re in for a roller coaster…..or am I dreaming lol perhaps just hopeful…..nemo plz don’t do something that you’re gonna regret…we feeeeel your pain bro

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  6. Awwww Awwww Aara and Zooo u making me gag ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Uzzi words ๐Ÿ˜› ) Lmaooo ebiiiiieee is hilarious ๎’ ๎’ ๎’
    and Arshoooo giving Zoo the warnings ๐Ÿ™‚
    as for Nemo0o *cough* what you upto bro? :p
    if it’s a prank on everyone I’m cool with it ๐Ÿ˜€ just nothing drastic that causes problems x_X

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  7. ุงู„ุณู‘ูŽู„ุงูŽู…ู ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ูƒูู…ู’ ูˆูŽุฑูŽุญู’ู…ูŽุฉู ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ูˆูŽุจูŽุฑูŽูƒูŽุงุชูู‡ู
    Soo cute ZOHEB & AARA !!!!!
    When is the next post ?????
    ุฌูŽุฒูŽุงูƒูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ุฎูŽูŠู’ุฑู‹ุง. For awosome post
    TEAM ZOHEB & AARA forever
    Pโ„“ิ‘ษ‘อกยงิ‘ post sOon……

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  8. Shame poor Nemo i feel so so sorry 4 u havin 2 watch all da Aara nd Zoheb moments nd jus act OK …*SAD*
    As for wateva it is u upto best of luck… make it worthwhile*wink*
    @ U yips it ws Nemo nd Aara that took the lead…

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