Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Tissue Hearts (Episode Thirteen)

                                                                            Nadia’s Point of View

“…And I almost peed on my pants. The question was really confusing”. Maher laughed as I joined.

He narrated his ordeal when giving a presentation among professors. He had started off with so much confidence till the question session began. That was when he fumbled greatly.

“I wish I was there”. I laughed while eating springles.

We sat in a parking lot. It was a place Maher knew I loved so much. The natural serene was a wonderful sight to view.

Maher looked at me in an amusing way.

I looked back, scrunching up my face. “You’ve never seen a lady dig springles?”

“I’ve missed you sweetheart”.

I dropped the last springles and tightened my lips. “I warned you to not call me that”.

He raised his hands in defeat. “Okay, at least not for now”.

“You’ve made me forget. Why did you show up after a long while? You think that you can break my heart and come back months after like nothing happened?”

“Something did happen Nadia”.

“What happened?”

“I had a fatal accident. I lost almost everything to the accident. I was in comma for months with no one by me. I revived back last two months and continued treatment. I was discharged last month and getting back myself, I decided to take the latest flight to Nigeria, to see you and explain all that happened. This is because I know that you might be heartbroken and think that I have jilted you like other ladies in the past.

I love you so very much Nadia. I never dreamt of hurting you this way. What happened was beyond me. I know I might be late but I never want to lose you”.

“You’re late Maher, really late. I’ve moved on”. I felt the bracelet on my arm.

He stared at it. “Rasheed? Do you love him as much as you do to me? Is he as loving and caring as I am?”

“Stop Maher!” I stood and paced around. “You’re past now. 

“I don’t want to be”.

“That’s how it is. Some things aren’t just meant to be”. I cried.

“Like our love?”

“Yes, like our love. I’ve fallen in love again…with a wonderful man who loves and respect me. I can’t let go of him because you showed up today”.

“I also met someone, Fatimah. I thought I was in love with her but I decided that no one is worth loving. Only you Nadia”.

“You mean I should also let go of Rasheed?”

“Yes Nadia. Check through your heart and you’ll discover that I’m the one you truly love. You’re in love with Maher Zubayr”.

“Let’s end this conversation. I need to go home now”.

“I understand you need time to think things through, and I’ll give you. Coming back after a long time is so sudden and I know that you need time to get over the past”.

“Thanks Maher. Let’s get going”.

“Not till we stop at the barbecue centre close to your house. I remember how much you enjoyed those suyas”. He smirked, as we entered the car.
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Maher dropped me off at home and my brother was as usual, at the door with folded hands.

He looked really angry that I thought steams of smoke will pop out from his ears.

“Mahmud…”

“Hold it right there. What the heck are you doing here and with my sister?”

“It’s something I can explain please”.

“Well, I’m not ready for your explanation. Please leave now”.

“Okay. Goodnight Nadia”. He waved at me and drove out of the compound.

“How dare you?!” He glared at me.

“It’s not my fault. I can explain”.

“How did you even let him talk to you, after all he did to you? You were practically dead. It’s a miracle that you’re like this”. He screamed as we entered.

I sat on the couch and stared at him. “Maher had a fatal accident. It wasn’t his fault”.

“You believe that?”

“Yes I do. Who lies about having a fatal accident?”

“What do you want to do now that he’s back.? Leave Rasheed and get back with him?”

“I can’t leave Rasheed…oh gosh, we had a date. I forgot,” I checked my phone and gasped deeply, “Fifty two missed calls?”

“Why are you doing this to yourself Nadia?”

“I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m really confused. I love Rasheed but Maher is back with his sweetness and care. I feel like a Princess again”.

“You should listen to your heart. You’ve once loved Maher but it is Rasheed you love now”.

“I think I just need to pray, take a shower and go to bed. The day is way too stressful”. I yawned, entering my room.

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