National Day holidays were coming up… Zaheer was going away for the week for a wedding in Joburg. He didn’t really HAVE to go, it was distant family member that was getting married, but I guess all his connection were going down, including Waseem ( his mystery brother I had not yet met). Apparently it was the wedding of the year! I had really wanted to spend the last night with him, before he left me alone in Dubai…for ONE WHOLE WEEK! But I got a call from Rizwana that morning….
Me: Salaams Yasmeen, how you? I’m sorry haven’t been in much contact…been busy with my sister and her baba…
Yasmeen: Wasalaam, don’t sweat it babes! Dubai keeps you very busy. I’m alright and you?
ME: I’m very very alright! You’d never believe it…Uwais and I are together!
Yasmeen: (squeeling with joy) Oh my gaaawd! Congratz Rizwana!! I want ALL the details?!?!?
Me: How about we have supper? You, me, Uwais, Zaheer! A double date?!?
Yasmeen: Yes yes, definitely Rizzu! When you leaving???
Monday. That was tomorrow…That was also the day Zaheer was leaving…
Yasmin: That’s quite soon. Okay listen let’s have supper tonight. Lemme just check with Zaheer….. I’ll call you back and let you know where and when!
Me: Okay awesome, see you soon!
To have supper or not to have supper, that was the question….As much as I wanted to spend time with Zaheer before he left to go to Joburg, I wanted to see Rizwana. I weighed up my options. I see Zaheer every day at school, and I wouldn’t be seeing Rizu till I next went to Durban so I came up with the ingenious plan of seeing them both. Supper for four was booked at the cheesecake factory! I was super excited. I slipped into my outfit for the night, a simple creme lace blouse, teamed with my floral printed jeans and these new creme pumps I had bought online from this fabulous store in Dubai. The nights were cold, and so were the restaurants and malls so I grabbed my jersey, put on a little lippie, fastened my scarf into place, sprayed the perfume Armaan had gotten for Eid and checked my phone. Zaheer texted to say he was waiting outside…
ME: Mummy, I’m going now
MUM: Where you going?
ME: I told you I’m going for supper, with that girl I met at the fashion show, Rizwana.
MUM: Okay, don’t be out too late. Keep your phone on…And phone me if you need me to come fetch you!
ME: Okaaaay Salaamas
And I was out. She didn’t exactly know the details of who else I was having supper with. But I guess she wanted me to get out the house! I had been a real couch potato lately, lounging around all day, reading blogs,good ole fashion chilling, ooooh and eating lots and lots of chocolate ..…I don’t know why, but I felt like I was eating for two. I had weird random cravings for baking at midnight, and ice cream in the morning. I felt like a pregnant woman, my appetite had even doubled!!! Like I was eating for the little non-existent baby growing in my belly. I got into the car and told Zaheer about my being pregnant theory. He found it HILLARIOUSLY funny
ZAHEER: (laughing) Sooo…..you preggerz? (wink) Congratulations man! Who’s the father?
ME: (looking at him with an annoyed expression) YOU!!!
ZAHEER: Aww…. I’m gunna be a daddy!
ME: (shoving him lightly) Shurrup Zah! (laughing)
ZAHEER: So what we naming It?? (taking my hand into his and playing with my fingers)
ME: It’s not an IT! It’s a baby, it has feelings you know…
ZAHEER: Maaf mummy, so what names you have in mind Sweetie?
ME: Oh I dunno, Honey! No heavy long hectic names…
ZAHEER: (tickling the palm of my hands) Hmm….So is it a boy or girl ?? (smiling his lopsided smile)
ME: What would you want? (entwining my fingers through his)
ZAHEER: Either. As Long as I’m the father…that baby is going to have killer looks! (laughing)
ME: Ya yaa, your big fat blue bum! And what about their mother??
ZAHEER: Their?!?! Wait, plural?? We having twins??(smiling his big goofy smile) Double Trouble (wink)
ME: (laughing) Nooo, triplets!! You know…. 3….odd number! It’s sunnah (big cheesy smile)
ZAHEER: (nodding his head) You and all your sunnah’s! (playing with my fingers)
His touch made the butterflies in my tummy come back…
ZAHEER: (looking up into my eyes) Yassssssss!
ME: I’m going to miss you….
ZAHEER: I haven’t even gone yet!
ME: Do you have to go for this wedding? (making big eyes puppy face)
ZAHEER: Err, yes! If my father tells me I gotta go, I gotta go. You dunno him….you dunno how he is…. (moving his gaze of my eyes)
ME: I don’t??? (tilting his face up to look at me) Then tell me about him.
ZAHEER: Naa, don’t want to ruin tonight. Come on, we here.
We got off the car and made our way to The Cheesecake Factory to find Rizu and Uwais there. WOW! They were such an adorable couple!
Me: Heyy doll, you look amazing!
(Doll….that reminded me of Uzair)
Yasmin: Aww thanks, you looking gorgeous as well! Rizu this is Zaheer, Zaheer this is Rizwana and her boyfriend Uwais.
The guys greeted each other, and started their usual chit chat of sports. For guys that have never met each other before, they got on really well.
ZAHEER: Eh, we coming just now…I’m going to show Uwais those soccer boots
ME: Okaay, dont be too long!
They walked off leaving us ladies to have our girl time!
Yasmeen: So spill, I want to know everything!!!
Me: Well we kind of like had a heart to heart after leaving here, than he admitted being into me! I was soo happy, than when I admitted I liked him too, he handed me this cute bear!!( showing her a picture)
Yasmin: Oh my word that’s so adorable!! So cute and sweet and thoughtful….Zaheer also asked me ‘officially’…He set up this whole room in school, decorated it in red with roses and then he pulls out a box of pizza.. (smiling) and on the inside of the box it was written ‘Will you be my girlfriend or is this too cheesy?’ (laughing)
ME: (laughing) Oh my god that is cheesy!! But very romantic… hey, i forgot to tell you, my sister said you should come home. She wouldn’t mind designing something for you if you like? She wants to get her name out
Yasmin: Oh my word!!! Are you serious?!? Thanks man. Yes, I will definately pop in with my mother sometimes. Can I have her Pin or address??
Me: I’ll BB it to you.
Then the guys arrived. We all headed towards the table sat down and ordered our food. I warned them the servings were huge so we all decided to share. We ordered our food. We talked we laughed. The guys got on really well. They were both big big fans of Man United so there was no problem in keeping the conversation going
ME: Oh my god! Do you boys thik of anything else other than soccer?!?!
ZAHEER: I think about you (drapping his arm around my waist pulling me closer)
UWAIS: (laughing) Too right! (draping his arm over Rizu’s shoulder) We love our soccer, but we love you girls even more
OMG! Soooo cute he gave her a kiss on her head….I looked up into Zaheer’s eyes. A smile spreading across his face. His lips were so close to mine. But we were in public, so I quickly looked away and motioned for the waiter to come
RIZWANA: What you ordering now??
ME: Cheesecake! Duh we came to ‘The Cheesecake Factory”. Can’t leave without having cheesecake
RIZWANA: But I am STUFFED!
ME: Then you guys can take it to go (laughing) Seriously, you’ll thank me the oreo cheesecake is to DIE for
UWAIS: Did she say Oreo! Yasmeen order away!
So we ordered 2 slices of Oreo cheesecake. And before the war over who was going to pay broke out I quickly told Rizu and Uwais it had alreday been taken care of
UWAIS: What do you mean its been taken care of?
ZAHEER: Remember how I said I was going to the bathroom earlier on…ya….well….I lied
RIZWANA: eh man you sneaky little thing
ME: Aww thanks (laughng) You guys are our guests! It was our treat
ZAHEER: Well…..MY treat…I payed
I shoved him hard in his gut, Uwais and Rizwana found that funny
UWAIS: Fine fine, but then when you’ll come down to Durban we get to treat you guys
We got our cake to go and left the restaurant Zaheer and Uwais exchanged pins and watsap numbers while Rizwana and I had a heavy heart goodbye
ME: (hugging her) You better hold onto Uwais. I’ve seen the way he looks at you! He’s deffo a keeper
RIZWANA: As if I’m ever going to let him go (pulling away) You and Zaheer, stay as sweet as you are! You guys are like two pea’s in a pod!
ME: Don’t forget me now!
RIZWANA: Impossible! You better gimme a ring when you come to Durban
ME: (holding out my pinky) Pinky promise
RIZWANA : (Looking confused) Err, (laughing, linking her pinky through mine) Pinky promise!
And then Zaheer and I watched them leave. We still had an hour to kill
ZAHEER: (wrapping his arms around me from behind) Baskin Robbins
ME: (looking into his eyes) You read my mind
Baskin Robbins was on the ooooother side of the world, well the other side of the mall. So while we walked, we talked, about this wedding he was going to, what he was going to wear, how fancy the functions were going to be
ME: You better take pictures! Seriously, I wanna see how your family just blows up moner
ZAHEER: Youre one to talk?? Did you not see how mnay drapes your aunty had for eid
ME: (nudging him) Shurrup!
We got to BR… The place was packed with people getting ice cream
ZAHEER: What you want?
ME: Err, I dunno…Surprise me
10 minutes later Zaheer and I were eating chocolate ice cream with chcolate fudge and whipped cream topped with chocolate sprinkles Did I mention in was in a LARGE cup!!!
ME: Eh you seriously spoiling me here! I’m going to obese at this rate
ZAHEER: (patting my tummy) I’m just thinking about the well being of our baby (wink)
ME: (moving his hand away, laughing) Ya yaaaa, suure and how you know what MY baby wants??
ZAHEER: Hmm…its the daddy instinct (wink)
ME: You enjoying this whole parent hood talk…It’s so something I wouldn’t expect from you
ZAHEER: (draping his hand over my shoulders) Well…..if it were any other child then no. I wouldn’t wanna be a father. Or babysitter. Or whatever. But with you…I dunno I could picture us being helluva cool parents
This made the butterfly kingdom in my tummy erupt once again! Whenever Zaheer spoke about the future, our future, this was the effect it had on mee…
ME: Hmm…well lets just hope that you don’t change your mind
ZAHEER: I won’y (smiling that half a smile) I mean, what could possibly make me change my mind
ME: ooh I dunno. Maybe a pretty girl?
ZAHEER: And where am I going to find a pretty girl if I already have the most most gorgeous girl in the whole of bloody Dubai?
ME: You’ll find her in S.A! (big cheesy smile)
ZAHEER: Yasmeen! Stop being like that… (giving me a knowing look, to shut me up)
ME: What? I’m just saying…(leaning my head onto his chest) Chill out. I’m only joking
ZAHEER: (kissing my head) I know, Come you finished with your ice cream? The drivers here.
So we left MOE (Mall of the Emirates) I had even started to call it moe…It was so much easier abbreviating words. We got to my house. Zaheer being the gentleman thta he is walked around, opened the door for me then held out his hand for me to take
ME: Why thank you Mr.Mohammed!
ZAHEER: How is it that you’re always thanking me whenever I drop you off at home?
ME: Because you;re just too kind and generous and loving!
ZAHEER:Aww, she even compliments! (checking my forhead) Where is all this niceness coming from.. You got the fever? You sure you not sick
ME: (swatting his hand off my forehead) Keep quiet! Goodnight Zaaah (turning to goo)
ZAHEER: (grabbing my hand) Hey, that’s no way of saying goodbye (pulling me towards him)
ME: Hmm…it isn’t….then How does one say goodbye Mr.Mohammed?
ZAHEER: Well first….one does not storm off…They must be relaxed so stop looking so tense and relax
ME: (smiling) I’m relaxed
ZAHEER: Second, they must thank the other for the wonderful evening they had thanks to the other persons credit card
ZAHEER: Saay it (winking)
ME: (sighing) Thank you for the wonderful evening…………….I am not saying the credit card part
ZAHEER: Fine, Step 3, show some sort of affection!
ME: (laughing) Really Zaheer….
ZAHEER: (stroking my face) Shhh….. (Bringing my fingers up to his lips holding them in mid air)It was my absolute pleasure to make your evening a wonderful one Ms. Raheem (kissing my hand)
And with that he dropper my hand, turned around and walked away. I thought he wasn’t going to turn around, but before he got into the car he stopped in his tracks, did a 180 and looked at me. It was now or never. I wasn’t going to see him for A WEEK! It was up to me….I didn’t have anything to say to him really…Just some ‘affection’ to show. Luckily I was wearing pumps so I ran and diver onto Zaheer to give him a hug! Only, he caught me, hugged me and swung me around instead of us falling onto the ground.
ME: (whispering into his hair) Zaheer
ZAHEER: (putting me back onto the ground) I love you Yasmeen
I couldn’t say it back to him. The last time I did, our whole relationship was jinxed so instead, I reached up and gave Zaheer a kiss on the cheek. This time I was the one to turn around and walk back to the house. When I looked behind me, Zaheer was already gone.
Sigh. This was going to be one helluva loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong week!
P.S. Here’s a shout out to Naadirah, Nabehah , Shaheerah & Sabeehah! Let me know if you want to give someone a shoutout! 😀 Much Love DOAD xoxo ♥