*salaam everyone, just a small warning, this post has many things that are NOT islamic, please DON’T think I am promoting haraam, I am not..
Also please DO read the note at the end, especially you shazia..
Oh and not to forget thank you shaz for letting me feature Nemo in my post..
This quite a long post, so I hope you all enjoy it..
“ psst zaeem wake up! “
“ zeeeem! “
“ oh shit. “
Before i could process what was happening i felt the ice cold liquid drip down my collar and with a shock my head flew up spraying water on everyone around me, rubbing my eyes i remembered where i was, and groaned loudly, there was no getting out of this anymore.
“ GET. OUT. OF. MY. CLASS! “ she said through her gritted teeth.
There was no point arguing with her, so i grabbed my bag stuffing all my things in it and got up, looking in her eyes, i passed my hand through my hair, spraying water on her, and as she flinched i walked away, the eyes of the whole lecture room on me. I knew i was in deep shit now, but i couldn’t care less.
I walked around aimlessly, no direction in mind, until i reached the park and let myself collapse on the bench, my head dropping in my hands i sighed in frustration. Suddenly i felt a nudge on my shoulder, looking up i groaned inwardly, why couldn’t they all just leave me alone.
“ yo wasup! “ the tall black guy said with a grin.
I couldn’t even remember what his name was, i was barely ever sober enough to remember any of their names anymore.
i let my head drop back into my hands mumbling, “ got kicked out of class. “
“ well i got a job for you if you’re interested, but it has to go down like now. you up for it? “ he said his voice dropping down a notch.
My eyes narrowed at him not knowing if i should get into this, “ yo what is it? “
He shook his head, “ i’ll tell you if you’re in. “
“ k. im in. “ i said, having nothing better to do.
He grinned and with a slap on my back ranted off, “ in round 10 minutes you have to be at the other end of the park, behind the southside entrance, my car is in the corner, a black mustang will come, caucasian guy, long hair tied up into a ponytail, he will have muscle with him though, but don’t worry, our muscle is in my car. He is bringing the new stock, 5 backs of E, 6 of coke, 5 of H. Yo you will have to test em all out, you the only one I’m trusting with this shit, don’t let me down. “ he ended off with a warning.
And with a glance at my watch i sprinted off, reaching there just in time. Just as i got to the car i heard the rev of the engine as the mustang came into sight. I waited until the car came into sight and i watched as the ponytail guy came out of the car, i sighed in relief, he didn’t seem to be that scary, but then his muscle got out and i knew this could go wrong in so many ways.
I walked over to him as he opened the car door, he gave me a look from up to down and back up, then nodded to his guy, my breath hitched up as he stomped his way towards me, i realised he was coming to check if i was armed as he got nearer. Of course i wasn’t prepared for this so i was definitely not armed, i just hope the guy in our car is armed, or else i am absolutely screwed.
As soon as i got cleared, ponytail started showing me the things, he tried to just do things quickly but of course i needed to make sure it was all legit.
“ i gotta prove this stuff is legit bro. “ i said, watching his eyes narrowing at me as i spoke.
We stared at each other for a full 5 minutes and seeing as he didn’t move an inch i decided to be brave and started walking away.
“ yo! get the fuck over here! i don’t got all day! “
A small smile played on my face before i turned around a little more seriously, and walked over to see the goods. After checking all the bags and confirming it was all legit, i brought out the bag of money from the car, waiting as they checked it out, and then with a nod they left, and i sat in the car with a sigh of relief, driving off to the main spot.
At the traffic lights, i saw two girls walk across with a guy pushing a stroller, laughing away and talking to each other and felt a pang, thinking back to last year…
Liyana, Arya and I took Zuhayr to the park nearly everyday that summer, we were all so happy then, i had been feeling so good being clean for so long, i kept boasting to anyone who would listen, about how i would never touch drugs, little did i know that within a few months i would have to eat my own words up…
Luckily we didn’t get stopped by any cops and we reached the garage safely, we met the black guy there and after giving me my cut i took off to my apartment.
Sam was waiting for me and as i walked in he put his phone down and sighed in relief the worry lines visible on his forehead, “ wtf dude! where you been? ive been worried. been calling you for so long! “
“ my phone died, i was just at the park bro, relax. “ i shrugged not in the mood for a talk and walked into my room, shutting the door behind me and taking some aspirins i fell off to sleep.
I woke up a few hours later feeling better and my headache gone altogether, I jumped out of bed and walked into the kitchen to fill my stomach with some food. As I ate I watched some tv, engrossing myself in the basketball game that was coming on.
Just as the game finished the flat door opened and Sam came in, a huge grin on his face, ” oh good you’re up, get dressed bro I’ve got us and invite to the party of the month. We have to go! “
” right then, which girl has you going so crazy about this party now? ” I laughed at his enthusiasm.
He rolled his eyes at my sarcasm, ” don’t get too cocky, you know you’ll be the first one hitting on them all. “
Putting my plate in the sink I turned to him with a grin, ” I cant help it now can I, my charm is just so irresistible. “
Ducking his punch I went for a shower, getting ready for the party, it took me a while to decide on what to wear, as of course I had to look good. After many tries I finally decided on black jeans, grey shirt, a blazer over, and I added a scarf to give it a better look, of course not forgetting my hat, the new thing I had going now. Well I couldn’t complain as it brought all the girls running.
Drowning myself in perfume, I walked out of my room just as Sam walked out of his all dressed up too. ” ready to leave bro? ” he grinned at me.
” come here first for a sec. ” I said motioning him to the kitchen, taking the packet out of my pocket, I put it on the table as he came next to me. ” lets hit this up for a boost. ” I said pouring the contents on the table and starting to sort out my lines.
” yo! Where and when did you hit this up? ” he asked as he sorted his lines.
” at the park, I got lucky today I guess. ” I shrugged threw snorts.
Feeling the rush go to my head I sighed my head falling back in pleasure, I sat like that for a few minutes before opening my eyes, ” hurry brother, the girls are waiting. ” I slapped Sam on his shoulder, walking to the door.
As we neared the venue, we could hear the blasting music, and I already felt at home. This was the life. Music, booze, drugs and girls, what more could I have asked for. Sam and I were having the time of our lives. Sam showed the bouncer at the door our invites and we walked in, I was speechless. The place looked spectacular.
We walked over to the bar and Sam asked for two beers, handing one to me we took our first sips turning around to view the scene ahead of us. Soon we were surrounded by girls, and being the attention seekers we were we soaked all the attention up.
It started with one beer, which then went on to martinis and shots, and after that god only knows what else. I was too high to remember much else of what went down my throat that night. At around 4 a.m we stumbled out of the party with a girl hanging on to each arm, taking our own party back to the flat to finish off our night with a seal….
4 months later..
The constant ringing of my phone woke me out of my deep sleep, rubbing my eyes I looked at the time, 3 a.m. who the hell is calling me at this time? I checked my phone, not recognising the number and answered just in time.
” hello? “
” hello sir, is this Mr Naeem Moola? ” an american accent spoke back to me.
A feeling of dread started creeping up on me, ” er yes this is Naeem, how can I help you? “
I heard a sigh before the monotone voice continued, ” sir we have a patient with us here and as an emergency contact you have been put down, may I know your relationship to Mr Zaeem Moosa please. “
That feeling of dread increased by the second, ” what do you mean patient? ” I asked.
” I am sorry, I cannot disclose information unless its family, so I will ask you again, what is your relationship with Mr moosa? ” I could sense the irritation in his voice.
I knew I had to lie to get the information I needed, ” I am a far related cousin, but we are very close. Now may you tell me what is going on? ” the desperation evident in my voice.
The line was quiet for a while but I could hear him breathing heavily, ” okay, I’m not sure if I should believe you, but as you are the only contact I could find, and I cannot waste anymore time, I will have to tell you, ” he sighed. ” Mr Zaeem was in an accident, he is in a very terrible state, and we need to make several operations on him, for any chance of survival.
Unfortunately he is the only survivor of the accident and his chances are slim to none, but we shall try our best, we just need consent to go ahead. “
My heart stopped for a few seconds, my mind not accepting what he was saying, how could this have happened? I could picture his grin and hear his laugh, and to think he might not make it scared the shit out of me.
” sir are you there? “
” sir? “
I pulled myself together, ” yes I’m here. ” I said, my voice croaking.
” there is something else, ” he said, his voice faltering, his tone made my forehead crease in worry.
” the alcohol level in his system was too high, from all the marks on his arm and the pumping we had to do from his stomach, it is evident he was a drug abuser. ” I knew what was coming even before he said it, I just had that feeling of dread in me which wouldn’t leave.
I made a decision at that point which I hoped wouldn’t turn bad, ” he used to be a drug abuser, but I helped him get over it, I guess he must have relapsed, and has been lying to me. ” I sighed as I explained it all to him.
” I am too far to come and sign any papers and give my consent, but I will give you his fathers number, please call him he will come immediately, I just have one request please. ” I prayed silently for Zaeem that my plan worked out.
” what request sir? “
” please do not tell his parents about the drugs and alcohol in his system, I will take the next flight out and come down there and explain it all to them, I don’t want them to have a double shock please. “
And after much convincing he agreed…
” honey wake up!! Hurry! “
My eyes popped open at the sound of worry in Yusuf’s voice, ” what’s wrong love? ” I asked, not prepared to hear what he told me next.
He just stared at me for a few seconds, tears pooling in his eyes before he crashed my world with his words, ” Zaeem had an accident, he might not make it. ” he whispered as he broke down, and I froze…
Pulling my phone out from under the pile of books on my desk I checked it in frustration, already hating on whoever was calling me, I got even more frustrated when I saw Arya’s name on my screen, urrrghh they knew not to call me at random hours, I had no time!
” yeah! ” I answered annoyed.
I calmed down when I heard her sniffling, and as she mumbled something away, I felt goosebumps all over my body, ” Arya what is going on? I cannot understand anything that you’re saying. Are mum and dad okay? ” I asked convinced something had happened to either one.
Arya had been home for a few weeks now, and getting a random call from her plus the crying there must be something wrong at home.
” it… its.. Its Zaeem zeeedo. ” she sniffed.
I froze, ” what do you mean its Zaeem? ” I said.
She explained to me how she was woken up by mum and dad crying and when she rushed to them they told her they had just gotten a call saying Zaeem had been in accident and he might not make it.
” I had to keep my emotions in and be strong in front of them, I have never seen them like this zeed, I have never seen dad cry. I called the hospital and managed to get them to arrange a private jet for mum, dad and I, we leave in an hour. You have to come zeed, I cannot do this on my own. “
I assured her I will be there and got to booking my flights and calling Liyana to tell her the news, she didn’t take it very well but I know Adam will take care of her. He assured me he will do their bookings and will be there on the next flight.
As I threw stuff in my bag to take with me, I realised I will have to get leave from my internship, and rushed to the hospital. It took over an hour to get it all done, luckily they understood my situation and let me go.
As I got back to my flat my phone rang, thinking it must be Arya with an update I answered without checking the caller I.D.
” hey everything okay? ” I answered on the first ring.
There was a pause before someone answered, ” salaam bro, you free to talk? “
Confused I checked the number and saw it was Nemo and to say I was surprised was an understatement, I couldn’t even remember the last time I spoke to him, ” wasalaam, yeah I have a few minutes to spare, whats up? “
I didn’t tell him about Zaeem thinking I should just keep it in the family for now, but when he started speaking and what he told me, broke my world, broke me, I couldn’t understand why and how, I couldn’t understand how I hadn’t seen it, why I hadn’t seen it, how I was so blind to it all. And after I calmed down and he answered all my questions, we came up with a plan…
* hope you are all well..
Okay so first things first, I know there are many things in this post that are NOT right and certainly NOT permissible in Islam, and by writing this I am NOT promoting any haraam, please don’t read into things that aren’t there…
Secondly.. I wanna give a shout out to Shazia author of Life Love Destiny, I know I said you will not be my favourite person if you end your story the way you did, and although it was beautifully written and brought tears to my eyes.. Actually I lie I bawled reading it lol, I loved every bit of it, and made me love Nemo even more, but yeah it will still take me time to actually like the actual ending the one I was so not happy about, I know you get what I mean lol..
Anyways this is just to say I love you Shaz, you have been a big inspiration to me and my writing, a great friend, and the person I know will always give me the best advice, I could never hate you lol and I don’t think its possible for me to be mad at you.. I hope and pray this friendship of ours and of course the friendship between all us loonys which by the way would never have been possible without you, I pray and hope it always stays strong and I hope and pray we always stay connected..
Thank you for everything, for bringing us together, for our late night laughs together over our crazy posts, for all us crazy loonys becoming so strong together, for all the advice and love..
Please don’t stop your amazing writing, and continue with blogging or even better write a book yaar, you are just too good masha Allah. May Allah always keep you healthy and writing hehe..
Wellllll… hope you all enjoyed this super long post, oh and please comment and let me know what you think of this post and what you this is Nemo and Yazeeds plan..
Toodalooes xx *