As narrated by Zainab :
I was almost at the end of my tether and tried very hard to hold back my tears. With a month left to go before our wedding and with so many arrangements already made with his consent mind you, he tells me this! And I thought that women were indecisive! Why couldn’t he understand! ! My parents will flip if I tell them that Arshad suddenly wants a small and simple wedding! I knew that something was wrong but I never dreamed that it would be this. For heavens sake I was my parents eldest daughter and this was the first wedding in our house, my parents are already doing so much how can Arshad be so damn difficult! !
I’m not being a drama queen nor am I being selfish, but everyone has their own style and taste why must the actions of my friends be imposed on me?
When I am ready for change I will change! Changes that are forced on a person will only lead to resentment dammit!
I picked up the phone and dialed my mother in law. ..she was like me and she would totally understand
As narrated by Aara:
I couldn’t sleep at all. Nemo put on a very brave face as he hugged me and said goodbye…but his heart was broken and it was broken by me. Just the very realisation of that burned at my me so fiercely ..
I was snapped out of my thoughts by a text message from an unknown number. .well it’s about time
Aadil had messaged me yesterday and today and he had to have been watching me because he called me yesterday to ask what was I so busy grinning about after reading his message. He did exactly what I wanted him to do. He had taken the bait. .only this wasn’t a part of plan B, because I had stuck to my guns and told everyone including AB that Aadil had made no contact. So the “stroke of luck ” shot that we were taking tomorrow wasn’t going to be luck at all , it was simply going to be the conclusion of what I had started. AB wasn’t going to get Aadil on a golden platter while we walked away like naive fools. He and his large group of friends and family were hiding something, something that could possibly change the way that things looked from where we stood and something that could make Nemo not feel guilty anymore. The look on Yusuf’s face when he spoke to AB and A’B’s attitude was a dead give away.
We had been nothing but honest with them yet they had this superiority complex in front of us. But the actions of others always impact upon our lives in one way or another and we only realise it once the storm is over and we are left to pick up the spoils.
“How can I trust you “, he asked in his message
A cold shiver ran down my spine as I thought of that horrible night when Aadil tried to force himself on me..
This was how it worked. .I could never reply to his messages and if he had something else to say then he would call and as expected he did…
“So Aara how can I trust you? ”
“You don’t exactly have much of a choice. ..and no one is forcing you, you know “, I replied as calmly as I could
“Somehow I don’t buy it ”
“Well, it is entirely up to you “,I said
“Why would you do this? ”
“Because I want this over and done with. .If I lead you to her, you leave us alone ”
“What makes you think I’d believe that? “,he laughed sarcastically
And for a moment a frantic wave of fear washed over me as my heart asked my brain “what if it doesn’t work? ???! ”
“I guess we will have to wait and see “, I said and cut the call.
Beads of perspiration lined my forehead as I clutched my phone. What if it didn’t work? What if he doesn’t buy AB’s con and believe that Amreen is still alive? What if he doesn’t follow us the way that we hoped that he would? What if I was wrong all along and AB isn’t hiding anything?
Aadil repeatedly tried calling but I didn’t answer. There was no turning back now. ..We had dug this hole and now we had to hope upon hope that we ourselves didn’t fall into it..
As narrated by Immy:
I could feel Maariah’s eyes on me as I put on my bullet proof vest and as I was about to button my shirt, she stepped in front of me.
“Please can you also give Aara one of these “,she said softly as she buttoned my shirt
“I already have angel “,I said as I rubbed my nose against hers
We stood absolutely still, engulfed in this simple and beautiful moment. Maariah was worried, very worried and she had been anxious ever since yesterday..
“I’m scared Immy”,she whispered “my heart keeps saying that this entire plan B should be abandoned ”
I put my arms around her and held her close. .
“We aren’t even sure that Aadil will see Aara and AB and even if he does, we don’t know if he will follow them like we want him to. .and will he really believe AB’s lie that Amreen is still alive. ..it’s a total shot in the dark “,she said all at once
“Shhhhhh “, I whispered. ..”it’s a chance that we have to take…I fitted a tracker in Aara’s watch and Nemo and I and the rest of my team will be right there on standby, we’ll be okay love ”
But Nemo and I weren’t just going to be on standby…Aara had instructed us to check all the wards and rooms while she was with AB. She didn’t say anything else but I am pretty sure that something else was cooking inside her head and she was hiding it…but I couldn’t tell Maariah, at least not yet.
We just needed to get through today and hope that everything went the way that we wanted it to. ..
As narrated by Arshad :
I had been feeling uneasy for a while now. Zainab lashed out at me and even phoned my mother. My mother, as expected, gave me the third degree! But even that wasn’t it….These days I felt the way that I had felt when I first saw Nemo in Aara’s flat…the uneasy feeling that I felt when we tried to hold him down. ..that feeling of sheer and utter helplessness when Aara would break down in front of me. Years had passed since then, then why was I feeling this way all of a sudden?
Things were different now, everyone has problems and we will always have problems but we were older and hopefully a little wiser and we had already seen a lot in life then why this feeling…and why now
I drove a little faster and hoped that I could speak to her before their plan came into play but as I reached her office, I saw her jump into AB Vawda’s car…I made a silent dua for my sister’s safety as I made a u turn and proceeded towards my practice.
Today, was going to be a long, long day.
We are a few episodes away from reaching the end of season 4, and more than half way through with LLD…
Fasten your seatbelts because we are jumping straight to 5th gear as this season revs up to a thrilling end!
Ps: Happy Birthday Suhayfah! May you see many many more and may your life be filled with tons of happiness:) Love u lots!