As narrated by Arshad
Happiness was in the air already…with my upcoming nuptials, it was doubled with Riza’s and would now be tripled with Zoheb’s .It was weird though, that Aara wasn’t present and that she didn’t know either! But maybe it was for the best. It would have been hard for her to watch Zoheb ask her father for her hand in marriage, with Nemo sitting right next to him. Think of it as you wish , there are some things that we don’t have answers to.
Nemo on the other hand, surprised everyone. He was all smiles, and we could see that it wasn’t an act. When I asked him outside if he was sure about this because we would understand if he didn’t want to come….He melted my heart with these words “my whole life has been Aara..every happiness, every sadness, we’ve shared in it together. So just like that, I will be a part of every happiness related to her if I can. I will be a part of all of her wedding functions even if I have to mop floors and polish shoes..I will be there ”
Aunty Salma was quite emotional when Zoheb sought the official permission from them but Uncle Hassan looked very happy. It was disappointing though, that Zoheb’s parents refused to be a part of his happiness and went as far as saying that they would never accept Aara, but Zoheb assured us that all the family that he needed was right here in this room. The girls had also managed to sneak out of the wedding house and surprised us by being there too!
Without Immy and Aara being there it lacked it’s usual spark, and especially Aara. I would have paid good money to have been able to see her face right now if she was sitting here! And as I downed another samoosa, I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself…madam was in for a HUGE surprise!
As narrated by Aara :
“Hello non caring brother, did your manicure go alright? “, I asked sarcastically, as I made my way into my apartment
“Oh I thought you’d never ask “, Sahal grinned
“Well…I’m letting it go for now. I’ve actually had too much of a good day”
“Yeah so did we “, Sahal said and I watched his eyes move from my face towards the table in the kitchen
, and then he did it again!
I turned to look in that direction and four smart goodie platters were placed neatly. “They must be for Zai “, I thought to myself and that’s when the fancy label caught my eye “Congratulations Aara!” , and that’s when all calmness and rationality escaped me!!
“Mummy, Daddy! “, I called out repeatedly
This wasn’t a random platter, this was a kuncha!!! And it was for me!! Why would anybody give me a kuncha?????
“Aah you’re back “, my father smiled as he walked towards me
“Is this why you couldn’t take me for physio Daddy? “, I asked as I pointed towards the platters on the table
“Well , you got me! “, he laughed, “a proposal came for you today and we said yes”
“DAD! ” , I said in total disbelief
“Yes Aara?” ,he smiled
“Is this some kind of joke?” , I asked as my head began to spin
“No baby girl, you told me that you would marry anyone that I chose and I chose someone for you…and I know that you are going to love my choice! ”
“Daddy please..I was not even fully conscious! ”
“But you were conscious enough to remember what you said? “, my father said in a way that I would normally say!
“I know but….” , I said desperately
My father held my shoulders reassuringly ….”No buts..look, he’s a good boy and I don’t think that you will get a better life partner, I won’t force you but this is what I want ”
“Daddy it’s a matter of my life! “..and I’m sure that by now tears were filling up in my eyes
“Exactly “, he winked
I pressed on….”Who is he?”
“Oh you will find out soon enough”
“So I’m not even supposed to know who I’m getting married to??? How 1920’s is that!”
Was I really and actually having this unreal conversation!!!
“Not yet “, my father smiled as he walked away
“Don’t look at me “, Sahal said before I could even ask “I received good remuneration for my silence ”
“You’re despicable “, I muttered before I made my way to my room
What on earth was going on? ?? My father is so not like this! And my mother was nowhere to be seen! I frantically typed into my phone
Our Whatsapp group :
Me: I just got home and there’s kunchas on the table! !!! My parents have apparently found a boy for me to get married to!
Mari : congratulations A!😘
Riza : congrats Aarooo you’re joining the club too!💃
Laeeka : congratulations girlfriend! 👰
Zainab : congrats Aara 💞
Immy : I guess we both missed it! Congratulations madame 👌
Arshad : congrats A👰💑
Nemo : congratulations sweetheart wish you all the happiness in the world 💛
Zoheb : congratulations….
I had to read all their replies again to be sure that I didn’t imagine it!
Me: lunatics! What are you congratulating me for????I don’t even know who the idiot is!
Riza : how exciting!
Me: Reez are you mad???
Riza: no I’m revelling in your new found happiness 💃
Me: urgh can someone fetch me in half an hour please ..
And nobody replied! Well then all of them can just go jump off a cliff for all I care!
“Delivery for you “, Sahal chirped behind a huge bouquet of yellow daffodils
“It’s Zoheb isn’t it! “, I said as my heart skipped a beat, surprising me in the process
“Errr why would you say that? He probably saw those daffodils that you have on the table and thought that you liked them ”
Not possible…or is it?
Whatever it was..I had to find out. Could Zoheb have come home and asked my parents? Could he have understood the silent words of my heart that night .? Because the daffodils…
I grabbed my phone and sent him a message. ..
“Are you happy? ” ,I asked
“Are you happy? “, he replied instantly
“Yes” , I lied
“Then I am over the moon! ” , he said
I was about to throw my phone onto my bed when a message from an unknown number came through
“whatever my end may be,
this is how I want my beginning..With you and only you “💖
I had heard those words before…but where???
You are humbly and cordially invited to attend the marriage of Arshad & Zainab!
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