Sunday, July 5, 2009

Foolish Games.. (21b)

To Gutter Flower, whose comments and amazingness are both sorely missed :* And to all of my patient readers, sorry walla, I know masakht'ha! But hopefully it's worth it? And I'm already working on part 22 thanks to the incredible powers and many threats from Lost aka Stitch aka Ritaj! <3


I attempted to get all the touristy activities out of my system in the first few hours right after I checked in, I figured it would be wise to avoid becoming the subject of Khalood's jokes for the next two weeks. He always teases me mercilessly about my reactions to seeing anything for the first time, apparently my excitement tickles him and inspires an uncontrollable need to share it with anyone who would listen.

It felt great to unwind in a foreign city after finals, I could almost feel all the worries and stress shedding away with every step I took and quickly being replaced with the elation associated with the independence I suddenly felt. It dawned upon me that I was free to explore at my leisure, no restrictions, no limitations, just me and the city. The possibilities were infinite and yet there was still something tugging at my heartstrings, stopping me from reaching any further stages of bliss. Him.

I was stunned at the realization that he was the key component missing in making these two weeks live up to their potential of being the vacation I will ever have. My fingers itched to reach into my pocket and dial his number but I came to my senses and realized that I never was one to fall under the cliche of the clingy girlfriend and I wasn't about to begin now. I gave myself a mini pep talk, tried to sweep thoughts of him under the rug and continued with my little adventure by myself.

"I can have fun without him." I chanted to myself repeatedly. I checked the urge to roll my eyes at myself the moment after the words left my mouth and carried on. Despite my valiant efforts to conclude my adventure, exhaustion inevitably took over by 7 o'clock and I headed back to the hotel. The bed called out to me the instant I walked through the doors and I found myself bewitched under its seductive spell. I didn't even bother changing or removing my shoes, I just walked straight to it, lay down and allowed myself to be engulfed by the crisp white sheets as all the sounds around me disappeared and I drifted off to sleep.


I woke up two hours later to the incessant vibrations of my phone, I checked to see the cause of the nuisance and discovered 5 messages from Juju, a message and a missed call from Khalood and an unknown number. To my consternation, I had gotten nothing from 3azeez, I sighed and called Juju without reading her messages. I figured they were all something along the lines of, "Dear Ghala, I hate your stinking guts. You make me vomit. You're the scum between my toes. Love, Ritaj." The Little Rascals was one of our favorite movies growing up and we had a falling out once in the 2nd grade because I didn't share my purple crayon with her. In my defense, she always left bite marks all over them and assumed they were edible! She found it fitting to retaliate to my refusal to share with the letter mentioned in the movie, only with our names instead. Last year, Juju was helping me pack when we were moving to our new house and we found the letter that had somehow survived 11 years and she used it as a reference whenever she was mad at me for any reason. Forgetting to let her know I arrived safely probably fell under that category.

"La walla? Look who finally decided to grace me with her call!" She admonished as soon as she picked up the phone.

"You can't see me right now but I'm working on the most adorable apologetic look in the history of the world!" I replied sheepishly.

"Uff fine, I'll take your word for it!" She said as she sighed resignedly, "How's the Big Ben treating you?" She asked excitedly.

"The big what now?" I asked

"The Big Ben! You know, like how New York is the Big Apple? London's the Big Ben!" She explained patiently. "Feels so good teaching you something!"

I honestly didn't know whether to laugh or cry. This is worse than the time she told me Kenya was in Japan.

"Honey, Big Ben is a landmark IN London, it's not a nickname." I clarified.

"No way!" She replied, "You'd think they'd teach you something like that in school!"

"Um yeah.. education systems these days!" I played along.

"OH EM GEE. Yes, I just said all the letters separately and you will not complain because what I'm about to say is going to ba-lowww your mind." She screamed into the phone.

"Juju, baby gooly ily tabeena but for the love of god and all that is holy, volume control! Have mercy on my poor disoriented state of mind. And my eardrums. And my boyfriendlessness. And my uneven eyebrows. And-"

"OKAY FINE! Oops! I mean, okay fiiiine." She whispered into the phone. "So remember when I was in the states this summer visiting my aunt in the hospital? Once, I went down to get coffee and on my way up, I passed by Mr. Johnson's room and I saw this nun with the creepiest smile ever walla the whole atmosphere changed around her! It was soooo damn eerie! Anyway, she walked by and smiled at me. Two minutes later, I heard someone call a code thingie and like I went to see and he just flatlined! So I go talk to the head nurse and ask her if there's a church in the hospital and her eyes suddenly widen by like a whole inch and she asks if I saw a nun! Spooky much? So then she told me that every time someone dies in that hospital, they see this nun passing by, the SAME one! Oh my god, goosebumps!" She exclaimed as she paused for air.

I suddenly felt chills running up and down my spine, I rubbed my arms vigorously but I couldn't shake away the goosebumps that invaded my skin. "Ya kalba, I'm staying in a hotel all by myself, w Khalood is in the other side of the town, WHY WOULD YOU TELL ME THAT?!"

I heard her laughter ring out from the other side, "Jeez Ghalooy, don't be such a baby, lemme continue! The scary part is, the other day, I was checking all these freaky ghost sites and what not and they basically have a map of everywhere in the US and they flag down areas with paranormal behavior reported and what not or anything of this sort. And guess. what. The hospital was flagged down and they mentioned something about the nun! You have my permission to freak out now!" She concluded happily.

"I hate you. I fucking hate you. I never want to speak to you again." I said as I jumped out of bed and ran over to switch on all the lights, as if they could somehow keep any killer nuns at bay. "I hope you realize the only reason you're still on the phone is cuz I'm freaked out beyond words right now!"

"Hahaha shouldn't have said that Ghalooooy," She said in a weird dracula-inspired voice. "I'm hanging up now, make sure to keep your doors locked, not that it would do you any good. Muwahahahaha." And with that she hung up and left me to listen to the dial tone.

I was officially scared. I don't usually scare easily but when you add the whole "alone in a foreign country" factor into the equation, it kinda changes everything. I called room service with nothing in mind and ended up chatting with the concierge for about half an hour. I grabbed a book and decided to go read it in the lobby. Surrounded by many people. You never know what might happen! But 5 hours and 2 books later, I was still no where near calm enough. I finally decided to grow a pair and try to go back to sleep. My eye kept wandering off to the nearby clock, 2.40.. 2.45.. 2.50... 2.55.. Screw this. I picked up my phone and punched in 3azeez's number, cliches be damned!

"Baby?" He answered confusedly.

I sighed in relief. I immediately felt better. I took a deep breath and launched into an explanation. "So you know how in The Exorcism Of Emily Rose the demons madri satan madri whoever it is comes out at 3 am? Yeah well it's 3 am ila 1 minute and 45 seconds and I know that means it's about 6 3indikum and I'm sorry, but Juju told me stupid stories earlier and I can't sleep and if something comes out to take me from under the bed or like sucks me in to a parallel universe through the bed, I want you to be on the other side of the phone listening to my screams, mmkay?" I said all in one breath.

"God, I miss you so much." He breathed deeply.

I smiled and shoved my heated face into the pillow, "Also, I want penguins." I mumbled into the phone.

I felt right at home when I heard his bark like laughter through the phone, "Mu tawwich you're scared and on the verge of tears, shyab penguins bilsalfa?"

"Kaifi!" I replied, "Besides, shako you tell me you miss me? This isn't a lovey dovey "I love you, I miss you" phone call! The purpose of this call is for you to make me feel better and to comfort me! Penguins comfort me, deal with it!" I replied. I realized I was being highly irrational but in my own retarded way, it was my way of telling him that I missed him too.

"Inshaalla.. Bacher ayeelich w inroo7 inshoof ilpenguins, shrayich?" He offered.

"Don't tease me, you're like a bajillion miles away!" I whined.

"True, true.. ma 3alaih. Wait, did you hear that?" He whispered suddenly.

"Did I hear what?" I asked with a worried inflection in my voice.

"Wait wait.. " he said and I held my breath while waiting for him to come back, "A3OOTHO BILLAH!" He yelled.

"WHAT WHAT?" I asked frantically.

I heard his laugh once again and realized he was only making fun of me, "You're too cute, wallah. You're making this way too easy."

"Baby.. you know what was funny about that?" I asked calmly.


"Nothing." I answered and hung up. I felt quite satisfied with my immaturity for the day and decided I could sleep now. Right on cue, I saw his number flashing on my phone and decided to let him sweat it out for a while. 1 missed call, 2.. if he made it to 4 I decided I was going to pick up and I ended up doing so.

"Khair?" I answered coolly.

"I love you." He said with the utmost sincerity in his voice. And just like that, all was forgiven. I hated that it was that simple, but it was. 'Frailty, thy name is woman!'

"I love you too."

"Good night baby."

"Good night."


Lost b2amreeka. said...

OMG UR FUCKING AWESOME U HO! a7ebiich w a7eb kitabtiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiichhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! Im totally writing this comment before u post cuz i read before everyone else (H) u hear that readers? I'm VIP. YESH YESH SEEE I MADE HER POST! DONT U JUST LOVE ME?!!! imean.... *cough* her? don't u just love her?!!!!!!!!!!!! uffff. lilo. yal chalba. totally got goosebumps reading this. When ur an effing famous author u better remember lil old me!!!!!! ;**** i'm so happy u finally posted i wish ubuy was msafir so i could steal the car n come hug u!!!!!! aaah u published the post! BYE!!!!! ;*** everybodys talkin' all this stuff about me, why don't they just let me liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive (8)

Lost b2amreeka. said...

oh, i forgot.

IM FIRST! hah. :)

*Bella said...

I got creeeped out with the ghost story *blush*
And 3azeeez is sooo cute ,, he's to good to be ture !!
Welcome back my dear.
Can't wait for your next post, your preseance is missed in the blogsphere.

M said...

Oh my God he's sweet but she's the cutest! And I love Ritaj!

jaaam said...

too cute for words.

waaaaaaaihhh. i.die.

i should seriously stop reading all these adorable love stories la2na they are putting all these expectations for perfect men, and when i end up a single old lady with 7 kaskoo i will hunt you down miss lilo and force you to create a bader for me! you hear??!

Lilo said...

Lost; LOL! Great ego boost, my dear. So glad you liked it, writing back up to par ya3ni? yay? I love you <3 It's okay, I shall see you soon enough! 2 weeks left of sneaking out opportunities @@ I don't need permission, make my own decisions, that's my prerogatiiive.. you suck. wai3.

*Bella; LOL me too, it's real! and she actually told me that story when it was about 4 am? And I wanted to kill myself, I told her if it was something creepy, she should wait til the sun was out and she assured me it wasn't.. kathaba -.-
Thanks hun, I missed all you guys too ;*

M; Lol don't love her, she's mean :( I got creeped out re-writing the dumbass nun story again and made my brother sit with me until I was done *sniff* But we all love you too <3

jaaam; LOL ma 6alabty shay;* But I'm on the same boat as you wallah, I write things and I squint at the screen waiting for him to come to life.. no such luck :(

slouchypants said...


I can't believe you uptaded and I didn't know! is alright, better late than never.

*sigh* I love 3aziz <3 fly him over.. please? come one, I beg of you :( PRETTY PLEAASE!

Me loves you! and I hope you don't disappear again -_- you always write beautifully.

Carpe Diem said...


First of all welcome back.
Me = big fan of the story!

I really like 3aziz, too bad they really don't make them out of that kind of cloth anymore. Meh, we must cope with such tragedies. Keep posting frequently,and Ghala is just so brave to say the 3 words and 8 letters, I know its going to take a scalpel threat or something to that effect to get them out of mine!

Btw, its always the nuns. They're just everywhere!

Lilo said...

SlouchyPants; aww if it were up to me he'd be hiding under your bed as we speak! I mean that in a noncreepy, rawr-y kinda way ;p I won't inshalla, I'm here to stay!

Thank youuu *blush* Loves you more ;*

Carpe Diem; Hola! Thank you, thank you, good to be back ;p
I really like 3aziz too :( Maybe if I keep writing about him he'll magically appear on my doorstep? *crosses fingers*
LOL I can totally identify with that!
They're creepy :( Their existence should be eradicated from the universe.

Charmbracelet said...

I looooved this post !! It was really funny !=p
I loove the way u write =*

Cupid ;* said...

LAAISH LAIIISH my comment wasn't published!! Akrah my bb walah tara I was mm third I think? I LOVE YOU oo I MISS YOU!! Tifhimeen ya3ni shinu I miss you? oo bas tara may9eer it's not possible mashalah ur writing is khayal e3aqid wallah oo STICH, bima ina Lilo's ur friend I put u incharge of forcing her into writing her own book!! oo walaah i mean it I'd never knw that ur kuwaity by ur writing and ur sense of humor!! AAH keep that on another side! WALAH I mean it!! MASHALAHH is all I can say o the way you write a love story o this way, matkhaleenha a normal love story u add ur AMAZING MOSE AWESOME touches!! ee i'm at a point where I'm just blabbing it's 6 am mini o mugadra anam:s I love you oo walhana 3alaich;** sorry for the essay

Anonymous said...

tara we are waiting for part 22 please post it as soon as you can


Charmbracelet; aww glad you liked it babes;*! thank youu *blush*

Cupid;*; AAAH YOU'RE HERE!! I know I hate commenting from there, never publishes 3indi either! 7abeebti I miss you moore walla :( I'm dying to read your new story! I started it then I promised myself I'd wait til part 25 lani malgoofa wayid and I can't wait to see what happens, so I have to read wayid wara ba3ath! BUT YOU'RE ALMOST THERE SO YAY! You're to sweet walla, ta3ali kil youm w inflate my ego, encourages me to write :$ lol walla I love your comments babes, thank youu <3 I love youu more! No apologies needed, ilblog bloggich! well not really, it's mine, but you know what I mean.. I hope? I haven't slept in 2 days so I don't make much sense! ;**

Anonymous; Inshaaalla ma 6alabty shay:*

Delusion said...

Lost B2amreeeka THAAAAAANKS!! Yesh Yesh You Made Her POST Oh Thank You Oh Thank You(A);* .. I Know You Have Never Heard Of Me & Thats Cuz I'm New To Blogging!;p Anywaaays, Lilo A7EEEEBICH!;p Ou J'Adore The Way You Write! Truly Truly Beautiful!
-If You Wanna Check Out My Blog Heres The Link;*

Two Up;*~

Lilo said...

Delusional; Aww 7abeebtii thank you! Glad you liked it babes :* I did check it out and I can't wait for more!

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