Hope you guys like this one! I wrote this a few months ago oo ma9adig how cheesy I am when writing. ilmushkila I'm really not in real life! Quite the opposite actually lol, anyways feedback is always appreciated! thank you x
The next few days were pure bliss. I got really closer with Bader if it’s even possible. We spent most of our time together because our dads golfed a lot and our mothers and Sara shopped most of the time. I would usually be with them its just I wanted to devote this trip on living, going places I’ve never been to, instead of going through department store to department store with legs that have seen much better days. So Bader and I decided to go around London without planning anything. Just do whatever comes to mind.
But he’s sick. I mean he had a really sore throat and a cold on the first two days but he does look much better; the only thing wrong with him is that he lost his voice, not entirely though which means that I get to hear him talk in a deep, husky voice. I’m not complaining. He sometimes has to repeat things twice for me to actually concentrate on the conversation… thank you god…
Currently, I am screaming my head off, jumping off a bridge, hugging Bader. Confused? Let me rewind just a few hours. It is 1:00 p.m and we are eating breakfast at this cheap looking diner in one of the many tiny streets in London.
“So, what do you want to do today?”
“I don’t know..”
We sat there in silence awkwardly looking at each other.
“So, this is fun..”
We sat there for a few more seconds..
“Oh I know what you are doing..”
“You’re doing that defeated look of yours so I can agree to your first idea!”
“Ugh, what? No, wait, no.. okay maybe”
“COME ON BADER! You spent most of the first night here explaining to our parents how we’re supposed to live!”
“Yes, LIVE! Not die!!”
“It’s bungee jumping Bader, it’s not like I’m ramming myself on walls repeatedly! And stop being selfish! Sara told me you did it before..”
“Why wont you let me do it?”
“I don’t want you to get hurt”
The way he said it would put Johnny Depp to shame… I involuntarily blushed.
“I can take care of myself Bader..”
“Believe me, I know you can”
“Haha so that settles it! Bungee jumping at 3! We’ll go to the music store down the street until then”
I got up and waited outside as he paid for our breakfast. A guy, maybe in his early 20’s, walked towards me with a smile on his face.
My knee’s really weakened at the sound of his deep, British accent.
“How are you?”
“I’m very well thank you, and you?”
“Ah, you know, good”
“Uh, that’s good.. Im sorry but do I know you?”
“No, but a beautiful girl like you shouldn’t be standing outside alone on a day like this..”
“A day like this?”
“Oh you know, beautiful and warm..? haha sorry I just wanted an excuse to talk to you..”
Gleam in this eye, flirtatious look. Shit, he’s flirting with me. Don’t blush. Don’t blush. Don’t blush. Shit, I blushed.
“Actually, I’m not alone. My friend is inside and I’m just waiting for him”
He asked me about where I’m from and about my vacation, places I visited during my stay and he talked about what he does, his family and stuff. After a few minutes, Bader walked out and looked at me with a smile, but it faded when he saw the guy.
“Bader this is.. sorry I didn’t catch your name.”
“Steven, my name’s Steven”
“My name’s Mezna and this is Bader, my best friend”
“Nice to meet you”
“Yeah, same, listen sorry man but we gotta go..”
“How bout you go ahead and Ill come in a few minutes..”
He looked at me for the longest time but soon nodded his head and walked away.
“Are you sure you’re not together?”
“Yeah, he’s just a friend why?”
“It’s just the way he looks at you and the way he eyed me just now..”
“He’s protecting me”
“Protection huh? He was ready to rip my head off”
“Hahaha that’s Bader for ya… Well I gotta go..”
“Yeah, before he get’s a heart spasm”
“Haha it was nice meeting you Steven”
“You too Mezna, good luck on everything”
“Thank you, bye!”
I walked away towards the music shop.
I turned around to see Steven jogging towards me.
“I’m not trying to get to you or anything but here’s my number, we’ll do something as friends I promise. Bring Bader if you want, we’ll hang out”
“Haha sure, see you Steven!”
I waved at him and walked into the store and saw Bader fidgeting in front of the guitars.
He smiled but looked away towards the guitar.
“You know.. to make you feel any better. I think he’s gay and he doesn’t even know it yet..”
“What makes you say that?”
“He checked you out when you walked away,” I cracked a smile and he hung his head back and laughed the loudest laugh anyone can ever hear.
He gave me a hug AND a noogie. Ass.
We looked at the guitars and the pianos until it was about 3:30 when we decided to go to the bridge where we were bungee jumping. The bridge was sort of empty excluding a few men adjusting the ropes and a couple of women sitting on the curb. The instructor told us what to do and got us all ready for the jump.
“So first time love?”
“First time for me but he’s been”
“Well it’s a good thing you’re gonna do this with your husband”
“He’s not m-“
“YES, yes it is”
I raised my eyebrows at him and he just shrugged. The instructor walked to the side of the bridge to secure the harness, so I ferociously whispered.
“What are you doing?”
“Who cares it’s not like we’ll see him again and frankly I’m sick of correcting everyone who thinks we’re together so we might as well”
The instructor led us towards the edge of the bridge and made us stand facing each other. I look deep into his soft, brown eyes and I swear I saw them shine brighter when he locked them with mine. He smiled slightly before turning his head towards the instructor who was telling us last minute information. I tried my best to follow but I couldn’t stop staring at his face. He smelt like cigarettes. This is new. I didn’t know he smoked, how the fuck did I not know? He looked back at me and my knees weakened when I caught his eyes. Fuck me. Get yourself together woman. Shit. I’m going crazy. What’s happening? My eyes widened a little bit. He looked at me and chuckled and I couldn’t help but blush that widen his smile. Yes, Bader. Thank you for making my stomach flip and my knees weak. Really. He kissed my forehead lightly and I closed my eyes taking in the moment.
"Are you ready to fall?"
He asked thinking it was just another simple question but with all its simplicity, it held so much more meaning to it than he thought.
"We're in this together"
He mouthed counting down numbers. When he got to one, his arms tightened around me and we jumped, just like that. It was exhilarating. My stomach dropped with the fall. He screamed so loudly, half laughing half scared out of his wits. I laughed my ass off at him. He held me so tightly I thought I was going to suffocate. I put my head in the crook of his neck anticipating the moment we dunked in the warm water. I took his smell in and smiled despite how much I’m against whatever the fuck this feeling is.
We swung, upside down, until we came to full stop. Suddenly, the rope was cut and we were completely in the calming river. We swam to the edge and Bader helped me up. We silently grabbed our coats and put them on to avoid hypothermia. We walked for god knows how long along the river in complete silence. It was perfect. I couldn’t help but want to bring up the smoking thing. When did he start? Why did he start? Most of all, why didn’t he tell me? So right until we reached the end of the small path, I faced him in all seriousness and stated.
"When'd you start? Before we became close?"
"Okay? I thought you'd freak out or something"
"I mean, I don't condone smoking but I won't stop you from doing what you want"
"Why do you look sad?"
"I just don’t understand why you didn't tell me"
"I wanted to quit. So many times. For you. I wanted to quit so when I'd tell you, you'd be proud of me. So you wouldn’t hate me for smoking"
“No wait stop right there. There is nothing in this entire world that you can do that can make me hate you in the slightest. I love you more than words can express. You’re my best friend Bader, 9adigni smoking won’t change that. I mean if you move away without telling me then yes but this…. This doesn’t even come close”
The smile on his face would’ve made the straightest man in the universes knees go weak. I blushed despite myself but at that moment I didn’t care. Just as he was going to tell me something, my phone ferociously vibrated against my leg.
“MAZOOONNA 7ABEEEEBTI SHLONICH?”
“MAMA! Il7imdillah zain, shlonkum intaw?”
“Il7imdillah zaineeeeen! Wainich manshoofich intay oo Bader! 7aram 3alaikum imsafreeeen ma3a ba3ath may9eeer chithi!”
“Shinsawi ba3ad mama kilma itgooloon bitghayroon ilplan itridoon 3ala shopping oo golf hahaha”
“9aja 7abeebti shinsawi ba3ad hatha ily nigdar nit7amala mu intay oo Bader kil 3ashir thuwaani ib mukan thani”
“Hahaha hathi wanasatna”
“Eee walla kaifkum ba3ad shasawifeekum thnainatkum raskum akbar min il thani”
“Hatha il9ijjj! Inzain sim3ay ilyoum kilna ib nit3asha ib ilma63am ily khaltich gaylatlina 3ana isa3a 7. Abeech intay oo Bader itkoonoon minakk!”
“Inshallah walay himich”
“I love you 7abeebti oo salmay 3ala Bader”
“Inshallah yo9al! Love you too”
I closed the phone and told Bader the plan. We decided to go back to the hotel to get ready for dinner even though it was only 4:30. The cab ride was completely silent. Halfway through the ride, rain started splattering on the windows. I rested my head on Bader’s shoulder; I closed my eyes and took everything in. The soft classical music playing on the radio, the cab driver’s random commentary about the people in the street, the magical sound of the rain attacking the windows. I felt Bader snake his arms around my torso and I guess he thought I was asleep. Just as I was going to hint that I was awake, I heard the cab driver clear his throat and start talking to Bader.
“Fine woman you got there”
“Your little lady, she’s beautiful”
“Yes, yes she is”
“You in love chap”
“Nah, just transfixed”
“Naw mate, I know love when I see it”
I felt Bader chuckle and he just wrapped his arms tightly around me. It was quiet for a while but next thing I knew Bader was shaking up.
“What’s going on?”
“You slept halfway through the ride”
Bader paid the driver and we went into our hotel and into the elevator.
“What time is it?”
“Yeahhh, it was a long ride”
“Okay so we meet at the lobby by 6:45ish?”
I walked into my hotel room and slowly closed the door. You know that scene in movies where the girl stands with her back to the door smiling like an idiot holding stomach like butterflies are molesting her insides? That was me at that moment. I felt like every inch of me was levitating, metaphorically of course. I took a long hot shower and started getting ready for dinner. I put on some music from my laptop to help set the mood. I stood in front of my cloest for god knows how long before deciding on wearing this lace dress I had for a while. I was fell in love with it immediately because its knee length with long sleeves but it's taken me a while to actually wear it because it is completely see through. I got a short tube dress that fit perfectly with it yet I couldn’t find the right occasion to wear it in until now. I laid my dress on my bed and just as I started to do my hair, I heard a soft knock on my door. I rushed to see who it was before realizing I was only in a towel.
“Um, who is it?”
“Oh hey, sorry I can’t open the door, not really decent”
“No it’s fine, I just wanted to see how long you’re going be”
“It’s 6:45 already??”
“No no it’s only 6 I just finished way too early”
“I’m going to be a while but you can go it’s okay”
“No no I can wait”
“No I’m serious. I’ll be fine! Go go!”
“Mazoon are you sure?”
“Alright see you in a few!”
I spent the next half hour applying my make up and curling my long, brown hair. I just started putting my skintight tube dress and the lace dress before hearing the familiar ringing from my laptop. I looked at it to see that Kady was calling me. I then realized how much I missed my retarded friend so I accepted way too excitedly.
“KADY KADY KADY”
“Whoa woman way to blow my speakers”
“Hahahah I’m sorry! I MISS YOU!”
“I MISS YOU SO MUCH MORE! Guess who’s with me?”
Next thing I knew Tala popped up from behind Kady.
“TALAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! HOLY CRAP! WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN KUWAIT?”
“I came to surprise you guys! Nisait intay ib landan!”
“Bess ra7 ashoofich 9a7??”
“Inzain Mazoon shaghlay il video manshooofich”
“Oh ee nisait hahaa”
I put on the video thing and as soon as it worked both of their jaws dropped.
“Oh. My. God.”
“Who the HELL are you trying to kill??”
“YOU LOOK GORGEOUS!”
“shit you scared me hahah THANK YOU SO MUCH!”
“Where are you going?”
“Dinner with the family”
“The family only?”
“Sara and Bader’s family as well”
“What’s with that ‘ahh’? I don’t like the sound of that woman speak!”
“At first I thought you were going to make the British men go crazy over you but now..”
“Oh you guys just shut up”
“SHE’S BLUSHING SHE’S BLUSHING”
“Hahah walla klab no I’m not!”
“Yes yes you are!”
“YOU LOOOOVE HIM”
“YOU WANNA HAVE BABIES WITH HIM DON’T YOU? DON’T YOU?”
“Oh for the lov-“
Just then my phone started to ring and speak of the devil.
“You guys chub it’s him!”
“AHHHH ITS BADER! TELL HIM YOU LOVE HIM! CAMAN WOMAN DO IT DO IT”
I rolled my eyes and muted them.
“Mazoona it’s almost 7 wainich?”
“Shit got lost track of time, al7een yayaaa”
“Damn gotta call waiting yalla lat2akhirain oo 3ala shani be safe”
I smiled in spite of myself, I knew my friends could hear and see me but I couldn’t help it. I unmuted them thinking that they would’ve been screaming their asses off yet they just sat there smiling like idiots.
“You guys, he’s like an older brother”
“You don’t see me blush when I talk to my brother”
“…I gotta go you guys”
“We’ll talk to you soon beautiful!!”
I smiled as I shut the laptop. I quickly grabbed my heels and huge fur coat and ran out the door. 6:53.