Part 280 – Copy and Paste;)

As narrated by Riza:

“Three days and you’re calling me now only!”, Laeeka scowled

“It’s the time difference that makes me forget Laeeks… you know that I loooove you”, Aara chuckled

Laeeka rolled her eyes dramatically at Aara’s declaration and I couldn’t help but laugh! Aara looked so happy, her face was glowing!

“So how’s Hana and how’s everything going there?”

“Aah she’s okay alhamdulillah and well…everything is going okay too shukr”, Aara smiled, ” I went to his parents house yesterday and the ice is breaking, I mean I know that it’s not going to be a walk in the park but it felt really good yesterday”

I swallowed the lump in my throat as I thought about Aara’s reason for going and Laeeka’s moment of silence told me that she was probably thinking the same thing too. We had discouraged her decision, afraid of how they would treat her, afraid because of how emotionally fragile she had become, afraid because we knew what she had lost..

“They have this AMAZING daffodil garden, even Zoheb’s description of it didn’t do justice to the way that it actually is”, she beamed happily,” and Reez, Maaherah’s gone into pardah!”


I was shocked!! I mean this WAS Maaherah we were talking about here…

“She has completely changed like completely completely changed she’s like a whole different person…oh wait wait Arshad is also online”


“Ey lower your camera a little Arshoo we can see right inside your nose”, I laughed

“Oops” was all that Arshoo thought necessary to say and Laeeka laughed until she had to waddle to the loo!

“Nice to see you so happy Arshoo”, Aara smiled, “what’s up?”

“Zainab emailed me that’s what”, Arshad grinned

“You didn’t tell me”, I scowled

“Sorry papar I was so excited that I forgot and besides you keep distracting all of us with all your ridiculous food cravings!”, Arshad laughed, “He’s still on the whole tomato sandwich addiction Aara and it is disgusting!”

Aara scrunched her face at the sound of that and I wanted to smack the both of them!

“One day I will make it for you and then you will know exactly what you’re missing out on!’

“No thanks”, both of them said immediately

How damn rude! But before I could say anything else, another incoming request grabbed my attention and within minutes Immy and Maariah’s faces were also squashed onto our screens!

“How’s the cravings today Reez”, Immy asked solemnly while Maariah hid her face to hide her laughter

“It’s not funny you know it’s actually a condition and a bloody rare one too!”, I protested

And another incoming call…

Nemo looked like he had just woken up because his hair stood in all different directions on his head and he rubbed his eyes a few times before he finally looked at any of us!

“Aara how are you?”, he asked..conveniently ignoring the rest of us

“I’m good.. why do you look like a bus hit you?”

“Because I feel like a bus hit me”, Nemo groaned, “early morning sinus”

“It’s Sunday, go back to sleep”, Immy said

“Family picnic today boss”, Nemo grinned

“Say what?”, Arshad asked wide eyed, “the Moolla’s know what a picnic is??”

I chuckled to myself at the thought. Nemo’s family was so stuck up that they’d probably wear formal clothes to a picnic!

“What did I miss?”, Laeeka asked sweetly, as she sat in front of the screen again

” A bus hit Nemo and he’s going for a family picnic!”, Arshad said before any of us could say anything

He was on a roll today!

“Exactly what did Zainab say in her email?”, Maariah grinned, knowing full well that that was the main reason why Arshoo looked and sounded like the old Arshoo that we all knew and loved

“She said that she’s okay and that she really misses me but she had to do this and that she’s glad that she did this because she now finally knows what she wants”, he smiled

A look passed between the girls..a look that said that they knew more than they let on..

“That’s great bro”, Immy nodded, “did she say when she’d be back?”

“Nope”, and Arshad looked down…”but it’s a start, you know?”

Immy nodded again

“What’s up with you today Noddy?”

And I burst out laughing! Nemo had noticed it too!

Immy nodded again! But this time with a huge grin on his face..

“I errr..I think I sprained my neck”, he admitted


He looked at Maariah with a guilty smile and we didn’t wanna know. Not at all!

“Oh stop it you guys”, Maariah laughed, “he was riding Uthmaan’s bike yesterday..or trying to ride it rather and he fell in a rather awkward position!”

“Oh my God”, Aara laughed, “he’s 4 years’s like a dinosaur trying to ride an ant’s bike!”

Immy’s mouth fell open in shock and Arshad disappeared from in front of his screen and then woke up again quickly…confirming our doubt that yes, he did fall of his chair!

“She called me a dinosaur!”, Immy said, pointing at Aara

“You are a dinosaur”, Maariah chuckled, “guys he broke the bike by the way”

“That is no surprise”, Laeeka laughed, ” once, Riza’s hand got stuck in Yahya’s boxing glove!”

And now it was Immy’s turn to laugh!

“Boys will be boys?”, Laeeka grinned , looking at me

“Always”, I smiled and pecked her on her cheek

While they continued their conversation, I excused myself to make something to eat quickly, but I could still hear them. Nemo was telling them about his few disastrous samoosa runs, Aara protested that he wasn’t giving it a fair chance, Maariah mentioned that they would be going to Durban next weekend and Laeeka gushed abut Isa and how his physio was finally making such a huge difference. I smiled at that…my boy was truly special.

I could hear Aara telling them about Zoheb’s mother and how she was starting to warm up to her, but that his father still refused to talk to her. She would be checking out of her hotel tomorrow to stay with his Nani so that she could be closer to Zoheb’s parents. It really warmed my heart to see her like this. She sounded a lot like herself, forcing me to admit that New Zealand was good for her, this decision was good for her.

“Salaams guys!”, I heard an unfamiliar voice say..and I edged towards the laptop to see who it was

All of them were silenced for a second before they responded to his greeting

“How are you all doing? And Aara how are you and how’s Hana?Where is she , I don’t see her? Nemo misses her like crazy!”, he said all at once

Arshad gulped slowly…lol!

“10 hours ahead of you here Nuzayh, she’s asleep”, Aara said with a confused smile on her face

“And Riza “, he said, spotting me trying to peep at the screen…”congratulations bro!”

I thought I was going to have a hernia! Was something wrong with this guy??? He’s always behaved as though he had something stuck up his the sudden friendliness shocked me! This was like flip to a horror movie man!

Nemo had a smug grin on his face as Nuzayh spoke to Immy and Arshad. Even Aara kept biting her lip trying to hide her grin! WHAT was happening!! First Maaherah now Nuzayh! Was it like a full moon or something??

“Anyway lemme run nice catching up with you this is for you”, he said to Nemo, ” for the sinus”

All of us watched him go and when he shut the door everyone asked in unison…


“Don’t asked”, Nemo laughed, “I’m equally shocked!..ever since I’m here he’s this totally different and polite person and I could actually get used to this”

“Ladies and gentlemen, the world is changing..the villains are turning positive!”, Arshad clapped

Something was seriously wrong with this one!

I settled back in front of the screen and took a giant bite of my salmon and peanut butter sandwich with balsamic vinegar and cherry tomatoes, oblivious to the death stares and all the “ewwwws” and “you’re disgusting” comments that flew my way.

With my mouth full, I looked up at them and smiled. Weirdness has always been our forte’, no matter how old we get, no matter where we are…we are…and that’s what mattered. We go together like oreo and milk! We go together like guns and we go together like copy and paste;)



24 thoughts on “Part 280 – Copy and Paste;)

  1. U know what , i was having a lld craving since an hour. Remembering zoheb’s janaza then his elephant jokes then his proposal then goosebumpish moment and so on. Remembering the kahil gibran quote u quoted back then and again letting my imagination run wild due to connecting that with the post where little aara calls nemo papa and then thinking are u going to even send aara to death. I again found myself questioning about zoheb death but this time made peace with that earlier. I had been literally crying and laughing like crazy at midnight. But ur post made me rise up from drowning in sorrows of zoheb death and missing him. Thanks alot for everything shazia jee. This post had me practicaly rolling down on floor. From immy to nemo to riza to just everyone. It was the AWESOME post. THANKKKUUUUU!!!


  2. I cried my eyes out with the last post and with this post the tears are rolling with my laughter .
    You truly are a very very very talented writer Masha Allah . May Allah take you from strength to strength . I am really missing zoheb though , but that’s life.
    πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”the blog is coming to an end . I hope you start a new one after this !


  3. This post was super hilarious Shaz πŸ˜€ it literally had me in stitches !! I can’t believe LLD is ending soon 😦 I’m truly going to miss my family so much ! I personally feel that every single reader, you yourself as well as every single character has all become connected and that we all belong together ❀ we've been together through every step of the way :') through good times, bad times, everything. Truly going to miss this! I love you ❀


  4. Aaawww this was so like old tyms in the LLD world…..
    Two posts in so few days n the Humour…….
    Loved it…… Arshoo had me in stitches


  5. Ooooh this post was just like old times…
    Arshad ai tooo funny….
    LLD just has a way with making my heart smile….
    Loved it….keep em coming


    • I loved this comment!tbh i wasn’t in the best of moods when i wrote this post and while i carried on writing , it just transported me to somewhere else entirely.. So this really means alot thanks for that. 😘


  6. Aww they so cute and crazy manπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    I’m so happy that Aara is old self againπŸ’•
    Arshad is little high & Reez cravings are grossπŸ˜·πŸ˜‚
    And nemo needs to come to me on a samoosa run😌☺️
    I’ll serve him lekker samoosas & pies & tea & even samoosa milkshakeπŸ˜­πŸ˜‚


  7. Had a pile of emails and blogs to go through so I literally just read this post now.
    And wow it was so awsum Shazooo! You had me killed πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ loved every moment of it!
    What’s up with Reez and his cravings dude? πŸ˜•πŸ˜• lol
    The chat between them made It feel like old times..
    Couldn’t help the heart ache when I realised My Zoo was missing 😭😭😭 the funniness covered up tho!

    Thanks for the amazing post πŸ’–πŸ’– post more now pls πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ lol



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