As narrated by Uzair:
Aara’s smirk said it all! And naturally…I would love to answer THIS call!
Me: (putting on a worried voice) hello
Omygod..Its… Its… Its Aara. She’s ohmygod
Zoheb: Uzair? (His voice panic stricken) what happened to Aara????
Me: Zoo. Its bad. She’s doubled over on the floor. I dunno what to do!
Zoheb: call an ambulance quickly…and give me your address I’ll be there now!
Me:( yeah right) i don’t have a homeline! And… My phone got no airtime. Ohmygod? Zooo what am I going to do?!
Zoheb:(sounded like he was getting angry) you just left her lying there like that?? Use her phone to call an ambulance!
Me: I have a phobia against people vomiting violently! Just now ill start vomiting and then… It’ll be nasty!
Err… I dont have the number for an ambulance
Zoheb: look I just left the house I didn’t tell anyone please just give me your address!
Zoheb: UZAIR!! How do I find “somewhere on the beach”??? Go outside and tell me what’s the name of your building!
Me: (sighing dramatically) you JUST said I mustn’t leave her so i cant just leave! Drive up and down the beach road and Ill wave from my balcony okay?
LOL!! I couldn’t believe that I just said that! I could almost picture Zoo driving up and down the beach road with his head out the window!
Zoheb: Uzair you know I…(Grunting) fine!
Me:(desperately trying not to laugh)fine? I’m sorry what?
Zoheb: I can’t believe you kassum! Just stand outside I’m nearing the beachfront
Me: People will think im crazy if I stand outside like a lunatic! (Crumpling paper) i think the line is breaking up (crumpling it again) Zoo.. (Crumple)
Zoheb: no no no…what colour is your building??
Me: Byeee Zoheb. (Cutting the call and Erupting into laughter) Aara lemme go find your poor souled boyfriend. Poor guy. I’ll be back in a jiffy
Aara: (bursting with laughter) it was so hard to keep it all in!!! I know I know Uzair..when he comes up tell him you think the neighbour took me to the hospital and you dono which neighbour or which hospital! Good luck with keeping a straight face
Me: Aara! (Laughing) You’re so bad! Fine I’ll tell him that BUT as soon as he starts ranting and shouting me you come and show him that the love of his life is well and alive (winking and leaving the apartment)
I stood outside my building and sure enough Zoheb was zooming past! This was so ridiculous but nonetheless I waved both my hands until he saw me!
Zoheb:(getting off the car hurriedly) where is she????
Me: upstairs duh! I got the neighbour to keep an eye on her
Zoheb: (grinding his teeth) why couldn’t you just take her in your car??
Me: Dude. Phobia. Vomiting. I told you that on the phone!
Zoheb: for your best cousin???? Come
come now take me to your flat quickly
Me: (stepping out the lift) There’s my apartment door
Zoheb:(trying the door but it was locked) well? Open the door!
Me: You’re with my Aara and you cant even open a door (laughing fiddling with the door) Ta-raa! Thats how you open a door zooo
Zoheb: your Aara? That’s why you couldn’t even help her! Dude whatever (barging in) Aara???
Me: (chuckling to myself) I told you. Vomit and me is a NO NO
Zoheb: (getting more and more annoyed) Uzair where is Aara?
Me: (pretending to look shocked) wait what? She’s not here? I guess Rita took her to the hospital (shrugging my shoulders)
Zoheb: (shouting) who the hell is Rita??
Me: why do you keep shouting. Chillll. Relax. Rita is my neighbour man
Zoheb: (his hands on his head and breathing out) what’s Rita’s number? (Taking out his phone)
Me: (shrugging my shoulders again) Beats me. I don’t even know if she has a phone
Zoheb: (clenching his fists in anger) how are we going to know where Aara is or if she is okay? Which is the closest hospital to your place?
Me:(wanting to burst) Uffft Zoo! How does Aara deal with you! You ask so many questions! How about this. You use mufti google to answer all your questions while i go lie down. You made my head spin
Zoheb: (shocked) you’re going to lie down? While Aara is missing????
Me: Shes your girlfriend not mine (laughing)
Zoheb: (completely bewildered) she’s your COUSIN! And you guys are SO close!! (Looking around) wait…you said she vomitted all over…(Raising his eyebrow) I don’t see anything?
Me: (eyes going wide) Uhh… Maybe she cleaned it up. Or Rita cleaned it up! Yeah!
Zoheb: (shocked again) you made her clean up after herself in THAT condition? What is wrong with you man? (Holding Uzair by his collar)
Me:( uh uh Zoo NOT the collar!) Oh how I wish Aaaaraaaaa was here. Because Aaraaaaa would shout at you for hurting me. Aaaaraaaa!!
Zoheb: (getting irritated) Aara would definitely be very disappointed in YOU! And you are NOT going to lie down YOU are coming with me to look for her!
Me: uff…. FINEEE! Zoo fetch me my shoes from my room.
Zoheb: (eyes wide open) are you for REAL??? Go get your own shoes!
Me: Its sooo far man. Please please pleaaasee
Zoheb: (grabbing my collar again) ENOUGH!
Me: Now now Zoo, if AARAAA were here would she approve of you holding me by the collar?
Zoheb: (letting go off my collar) I’m sorry dude…it’s just…she’s not just my girlfriend she’s my life…you have no idea what’s going through my mind and heart right now
Aara stood behind Zoheb and put her finger on her lips…
And motioned for me to make him go on..
Me: Zoo…. I’ll get my shoes and we’ll go find Aara
Zoheb: thanks bro…(Turning and aara turning to stay behind him) I cannot bear the thought of losing her or anything at all happening to her…(Shouting from the lounge) dude did you find your shoes or did you go to buy new shoes?
Zoheb had his back towards the table and Aara was now sitting on the table-right behind him
Me: (shouting from my room) Err…. Yeah gimme a sec! Make your self at home
Zoheb: (mumbling to himself) make yourself at home…hurry up Uzair!
Me: Yeah yeah (coming out of his room) Which shoe matches? (Holding up two) black? Or grey?
Zoheb: (stumped) UNBELIEVABLE!!!! You’re worried about which shoes will match!! We have an EMERGENCY!
Me: BROO! I’m Uzair Bobat. I can NOT walk out the house looking like a clown.
Zoheb:(throwing his hands up in the air) forget it I’m outta here I’ll find her myself!
And as Zoheb took a step forward to go, Aara hooked his shirt with Uzairs hanger:-p.
Zoheb: what the..
Me: And I am out of here! Have fun you love birds (winking)
Aara: ayyayyyay wait Uzair!
Zoheb: Aara!! (Hugging Aara) you’re okay? Wait…you’re okay? (Looking at me) Uzair….
Me: (Bursting into continuous laughter) it was..it was..(And I burst out laughing again)
Zoheb: you two!! (Shaking his head) very funny! Very very funny!
Aara: (poking Zoheb) you hashed my Uzair!
Me:(chipping in) Oh the way you were shouting at me! (laughing) it felt like you were my father man! Eish! Aara your children will be scared of Zoo
Zoheb: (grinning) I’m sorry Uzair…for shouting and for grabbing your collar…now you see what happens to me when anything happens to her? (Side hugging Aara) and fyi…you will have some good stories to tell OUR children (kissing aaras forehead)
Aara looked at me wide eyed
Me: Yeah you stretched my t shirt. Aara tell your hot shot boyfriend he owes me a new t shirt (smirking)
Aara: don’t let him get away cheap…we’ll take him on a shopping spree and max out his credit card;) (walking over to me) I need to get going though bro (hugging me and whispering in my ear) he said children!!!
Me: (looking at her sarcastically) No duh! What else are you going to have? Baby lizards?! (Shaking my head) Talk to him Aaroo (hugging her back)
Aara: (biting her lip and smiling) bye Uzair…I’ll see you tomorrow
Zoheb: (shaking Uzairs hand) make maaf again bro…
Aara: very cute Zoheb first you rattle him and then you ask for maaf
Me: (laughing) Its all fine Zoo! You just keep her safe. See you later Aaroo
And they both walked out of my apartment hand in hand. They really were the cutest, and I had no doubt that Zoheb would hold her close to his heart. This was Aara we were talking about! She deserved the moon and the stars after all she went through, and I was just hoping Zoheb would give it to her.
As narrated by Zoheb:
I had the biggest smile on my face watching her pick a whole lot of different cakes and pastries and chatting with the staff. We were at Bread Ahead, and she was choosing everyones favourite!
Looking at this happy,beautiful, energetic woman…I couldn’t believe that she loved me. And overwhelmed with this feeling, I gently slipped my hand into hers. Just perfect.
Aara: (to the teller) what’s my damage?
The teller: (smiling) your husband has already taken care of it mam
Aara: my hus..? Ohhh…(Looking at me…her face turning pink)
That’s it. This is what I wanted. For the rest of my life.
I suppose because we haven’t spoken about it before, considering our relationship is still so new and fresh, Aara didn’t know how to react to the words ” our children” and “your husband” and she looked extremely cute just caught off guard like that!
When we got back into my 4×4, she made me put everything into the backseat except for a smaller cake box that she held in her hand.
Aara: Do we need to go home right now?
Me: (with an amused look on my face) err..I don’t know…would your parents be upset if we don’t?
Aara: I don’t think so…my father dropped me off by Uzair so..
Me:( trying to suppress a smile) but they don’t know that you’re with me now…
Aara: ummm (hesitating)…
Aara: do you want to go back home now?
Me: (finally letting out the smile that I was trying to hide)my home is wherever you are…so…where do you wanna go love?
I think I took her by surprise with that line because her face turned pink again..
Jointly written by the authors of DOAD and LLD:) bringing us to the end of our LLD weekend special. Have a great week ahead!