Monday, March 30

Contrasting Realities 20

I turned around slowly. The paleness of my face must have reflected my shock.

“There was something on your face…madree” he said, showing me his slightly black fingertip, and going back to my cheek to clean the rest of it.

My eyeliner. What the hell was it doing down there?

“E7em e7em” she cleared her throat from behind us.

Now, it was his turn to become pale. His cold fingertips and my face parted.

“Oh! You’re done already!” he said turning around to face her. I continued cleaning my cheek where his hand was before I turned around to face her.

I could swear she was giving him the death look, but it disappeared as soon as I turned around.

“Meshaina?”

“Yala lets go” I said as I grabbed my bag from next to me. I realized that my phone had been lying on the coffee table since I entered the room earlier. Looking at it this time, though, it didn’t surprise me that its screen was blank.

It didn’t make me miss him any less though...

We walked towards the campus, stopping by a small cozy café on our way for breakfast and coffee. Our conversations were normal and tension-free. To the eyes of the passer-by, it would’ve been hard to believe that less than 24 hours ago, there were tears and arguments amongst the three people sitting at this little café and laughing life away.

Life can be so ironic sometimes…


When we arrived to the lecture hall, it just so happened that M7ammad ended up between Layla and me in the very small space that was left when we arrived.

“Haya” M7ammad whispered in my ears about 10 minutes into the lecture.

I leaned in closer to him with my eyes on the notebook I was writing in.

“Tra ryooly wayed t3awerny elyom, so I apologize in advance etha I hit yours while I move them…or you know…something”

“Its okay” I said without looking at him, concentrating immensely on the lecturer’s words.

Absorbed in the notes that I was taking, my body suddenly froze and I dropped my pen. M7ammad was resting his foot on my leg.

No need to freak out, I thought, he already apologized in advance.

I went back to my notes and the lecture. Once again, I was absorbed by all the ideas that the lecturer was giving me.

A few minutes later, his foot started trailing a path on my leg, moving very gently from my knee, all the way down to my ankle. Then, it went back up to the middle of my leg where it was resting earlier and stopped.

I ignored his action, and thought about his apology once more.

Moments later, his foot starts revisiting the path it made earlier. He went all the way from my knee to my ankle, pausing there for just a few moments and allowing his toes to playfully wander on the top of my foot.

He already apologized…

Only this time, he didn’t stop. His toes left my foot and crept along the shaft of my leg, reaching my knee once more. I kept trying to suppress any reactions coming from my behalf, still convinced that there was a reason he apologized – obviously he knew his restless legs would do something embarrassing today. Butterflies started forming in my tummy, which was doing back flips all over. Slowly, I felt my muscles relaxing and my heart slowing down. I sat there quietly, mesmerized at how good it felt and wondering why I stopped feeling awkward.

BANG!

The loud noise of Layla’s heel being stomped sharply, possibly even angrily, against the floor came ringing throughout the hall. The lecturer stopped mid-sentence and looked up. Everyone looked around them, but it was difficult to locate where the sound was coming from as per the loud echo.

I realized the M7ammad was frozen next to me. Rigid. Like a pipe.

I was nearly just as rigid. I suddenly felt like a teenager, caught talking to her boyfriend behind her parents’ back. I wanted to sneak a peek at Layla’s face, but I was just…rigid.

The rest of the lecture passed by in a blur. I didn’t concentrate on a word being said and I couldn’t hear a whisper from around me. I couldn’t even respond when the lecture was over and Layla was telling us to get up.

I got up very slowly from my seat, allowing them both to move past me. I pretended to fidget with my skirt until they did, to avoid any form of eye contact. M7ammad went past me first, then came Layla. There was a moment of silence.

16-year old, caught making out with her boyfriend by the police...

“Shfeekom wagfeen chithee? Ma ra7 nroo7?” She was her usual friendly self.

Ashwa ashwa ashwa!! Ma shafat shay!

“Also, we’d like to remind you that, as your schedule says, there will be no sessions held tomorrow since its the day for social activites” announced the lecturer.

“Wanasa! Ejaza!” Layla giggled.

“Al7en we have to think of what to do tomorrow”

“Ma yabeelha! Shopping 6ab3an! Actually shraykom we give it an early start oo nro7 al7en?”

“Sounds good to me” I said, skipping steps.

“Heyyy heyyyy heyyy entaw! Ako rayyal hnee hamma 3la ba6na! Nakel oo b3dain nro7 wain ma taboon”

We went to a Chinese place nearby. Both Layla and I weren’t very hungry, and just ordered salads. M7ammad, on the other hand, ordered some kind of chicken noodles for his main course on top of his appetizers and salad.

“You guys, their noodles are amazing!! Akelhom 3ajeeb! You have to try them!!”


Layla instantaneously dug into his plate.

“Mmmm! 3ajeebeen! Ambaih akelhom mo 9ij! You must try this Hayoo”

Before I could react, M7ammad’s hand was outstretched and holding the chopsticks to my mouth.

Mo mn 9ija yaby y2akelny 9a7? Mo mn 9ija, 9a7?

“Laa thanks I’m full wallah” I declined politely.

“Yala Haya 3an eldala3 ana madd eedy. This bite won’t kill you” he said extending his hand further towards me.

MOOOOOO MN 9IJJJAAAA!!

Layla was silent. And I don’t think it was only because of the food she stuffed into her mouth.

I pulled my head backwards, away from his hands. My tone of voice became more serious. Possibly more hostile too.

“M7ammad bs maby, ok?”

He looked at me, with surprise pouring out of his eyes, obviously not seeing that coming. Then, he pulled his hand back.

“3la ra7tich, bs its your loss” he said. I thought I heard some disappointment in his voice, and it broke my heart just as quickly as I’d gotten upset with him; he was just trying to be polite I guess. He quickly changed the subject though, and we continued the rest of our lunch pleasantly.


Denial can make elephants in any room disappear...

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

HAYOONA @@

Anonymous said...

enzain ga3da et6awleenha o ehya gseera :P o ba3deen shsaar shesalfaa !! nabe action shway :P

o 3abdallah mo nawe ysawe shay ?? mo nawe ye6la3lena bel qesa shway ?

ĐǻñĎõøðñ said...

anonyyyy

LOL!! ;)
wallah wallah elaction is coming eb the next post bs entay laish mesta3yela 3la rzgch ana madree ;Pp

3abboud is in hiatus hahaha! madree shfee...actually adree lol ;Pp

nora said...

fee action ba3ad?? yalla i cant wait;D

o aham shay i read comments before reading the post!

nora said...

ok fine! if haya cant have him i will!! end of story!

p.s. post sooooon walla you cant imagine how much i miss your story!

Anonymous said...

immita we can expect il newpost ?? :D

Cupid ;* said...

are you back for good this time? Please say yes;**

Cupid ;* said...

7aram maskeen, bas why is it that I feel that there was a thing between him and Layla and that Layla is obviously not over that "thing"
please don't keep up waiting too much for the next post, thank you;**

Gutter Flower said...

ektishaft inich t7ibeeny.. kz u posted ;* heheeheh ayeh 3alaich.. oo 3ala 7abeebi m7amad.. wayyyaa 3alaihh!! bs laish haya tsawee fi chethi =(?? ze3alt tara.. eee plz nabi action PLZ PLZ!! bs action weya m7amad lai7een mali 5elg 3abood.. bacher? post? 3ashany? za3lana ana? depressed ana? i need some cheering up? plz? plz? plz? pwetty pwetty pweez? =(

Haya said...

okay HAYA is so my girl since she has the same name :P

Dear DANDOON
tara i already booked a room in the hospital incase you dont post today or tomorrow :(
JUST SO YOU KNOW THAT MY LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS !!!!!
I am a blog addicted and your story was the first story i read !!!!!
SO please i am asking you to blog before my dose finishs and i am hooked to life support :P

I know you are kind person and dont want that ;p

Love you
xoxox

Starlight<3 said...

YOU POSTED, YOU POSTED, YOU POSTED!

YAY! I LOVE YOU :D

I've been dying for a new post for forever ;p buut it was definitely worth the wait.

As sweet as Layla is, she's just getting in the middle of the action! & why isn't 3abboud messaging her already >.<

Post soon,

xx

Cho8olate said...

3ajeeeeeeeeeeeeeeb il-post!! keep it up!! XD

M said...

lol cute m7amed 3ejabny the game of footsie he was playing!

zuz said...

dandoooooooon:@!! kamlaaay!!!! yalah write now PLEASEEEEEE:(?

Jacqui said...

Zain hal marra it's calmer than before hehehe we don't have the urgent need to jump M7ammad yet hehehe but it was nice nonetheless.. yalla we want to know more :s

Aurous said...

was his leg really restless??? :p

Karamilah said...

i cant deny in m7mad is charming, but why on earth is she flirting with a stranger (practically) rather than making it up to her fiance. she is weird now

Pearla said...

awwww i want more tension ,, and butterflies haha :p uuu5 m7mad is killing me , seriously !!
love it dandooon ;* mwauh thank u thank u ..

ĐǻñĎõøðñ said...

nora,
LOL ;)
wayed action ;)

im just getting started ;Pp

oo tra theres a loooong waiting list for the dude lol ;)

youre gonna have to go through me and gutter flower first ;Pp

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anonymous,
erm...
erm...
adree ban6ag, bs wallah i have two really big exams next week,
so ma atwa8a3 before then =/
soweeeee =(
i know i suck =(

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cupid,
inshallah back for good ;**
im hoping to publish once a week for now...hopefully more frquently soon =)

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gutter flower,

**DANDOOON PUTS ON HER CLOWN SUIT**

**DOES CHICKEN DANCE**

hows that for entertainment? ;Pp

ill try to post again soon, bs wallah i have two very big exams coming up next week...fa nshoof shy9eer inshallah ;**

me misses you ;**

tadreen a7es we'd be greath freinds if i knew you...wayed we click ;)

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HAYOOOOOOOOYAAAAAAA ;**
my beloved heroine of my story ;**
care to add a few touches here and there? ;)
wallah galby i have two really big exams next week fa kilish ma agdar...the best i can do is next week =\

on a brighter notion, if i study well for my exam, then i can take care of you in the hospital lol ;)

ĐǻñĎõøðñ said...

starlight,
I LOVE YOU MOREEEEE!!
see see see

**STRETCHES HANDS AS FAR AS SHOULDERS ALLOW**

this much! =)

3abboud me3tezel elsa7a elfanneya ;Pp

we love lilly <3

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cho8olate,
awwal shay LOOOOOL at the nickname!
a7es filipino waiter eb choco bar ;Pp

oo thanks ;**

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M,
i think she liked it too hehe ;)
a little more than she probably should have ba3ad ;Pp

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zuz,
like right now right now?
lol ;)
i promise one maaaaaaaximum next week galby ;)

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jacqui,
hey hey hey!
speak for youself!!
i still have that urge ;Pp
hehe =$

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aurous,
medical student ba3ad...it has to keep interfering with things ;Pp

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karamilah,
i think its cz she misses her fiance eli mo ma36eeha wayh...oo this other stranger is on the other hand...

fa 7ata loo tla7theen she keeps flirting with him and then moving away once more...mskeen he must be getting all sorts of mixed signals =/

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pearla,
awwwww ;**
me loves you too galby =)
im glad you enjoyed it!

love ;** said...

I love you, I love you, I LOOOVE YOU SOOOO ;**

once again an AMAAAZING post ;**

Inzain, im planning on rereading the story leana I seem to be lost shway I dont know, its just who I am lol, and I dont know why I just shared that with you, I think nadia is rubbing on me lool ;**

loove you babe, its GREAT seeing your name around the blogs again ;**

Roon said...

wow..
mashallah the story just keeps getting better..

u got me stuck! u have to finish it soon :P

mashallah.. ur amazing!

On-The-Rocks said...

layla filim shloun t3a9ib, chinha a mom im3a9ba 3ala her kids...

mohammed wayid 6wala, goool inna you like her oo bala hal 7ooaaasa yimeen oo yisaar

Eliza said...

This too great! I can't wait to find out what's Laila's problem! Keep it up Dandoon! Next post next post :p

Dubai roomie said...

haha AY SHY!!
im glad u posted "20"
i really needed it esp after
2day ;)

Hessa said...

aw wa7lailhm <3! & thanks 3l post :D!!

Haya said...

It seems i will be
in the BLOGSPOT hospital !!

lol room 304
dont forget to bring me cupcakes :P

good luck on your exams :)
Do the law of attraction thing imagine yourself getting an A :)

tara it works but you may get a B because you did not aim correctly :P

see you in two days

Gutter Flower said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.. first.. HAHAHA 3an il comment ili 7ag nora.. HAHAHA "ur gonna have to go thru me and gutter flower first" I LOVE U!! nora im sorry luv bs i reserved m7amad mn zeman.. u can have 3abood if u want? hahahaha..

and now.. **GETS UP AND DOES THE CHICKEN DANCE WITH YOU** anasa!!

HAHAAHAHA 7adi i love u walla.. oo 9ij u really think so? kz ana 7ADI i think so.. actually i KNOW so! 7adna we'd be great friends! we really do click! 7adna nifham b3a'6! bs bayee il kuwait oo ull take me out shrayech? 5ala9? ayee? mita? a7een? ok im on my way.. wainich? im standing outside the airport.. WAINICH DANDOON!! oh there u r.. *runs over to u and gives u a BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG bear hug*

7abeebi inshalla u ACE both exams yaraaab! kick ass woman! xxx

Stand-Alone~ said...

YOU ARE BACK WITH THE STORY!!!

hmm what's up with the flirting? and why isnt she calling 3abood??? and why is m7amd OVER charming now??

cant wait for the action =D

nora said...

NOOOOOOOOO i will NOT be put on a waiting list! and trust me, i will get through you both and so help me god, i will reach him and get to him!!

gutter flower, i dont wand 3abdalla, he's too innocent! i want some action and drama in my life, which i seem to be lacking this past month;(

and if for god knows what reason i cann't get to m7amad, i hope you both know that sharring is carring:)

Gutter Flower said...

HAHAHAHA.. 7abeebti.. i do agree that sharing IS caring.. bs when it comes down to my m7ammad, this saying stops existing.. its enuf that i have to share him with dandoon, lana lel2asaf she made him up.. m3ana ive seen him b4.. in my dreams y3ni.. so i might've even had dreams about him 7ata gabul la dandoon does.. so basically he's mine.. im really really sorry..

Haya said...

oh nora and gutter flowers it sweet how you love the same guy but tell you what i could solve this problem with a simple solution :)
I could take him from you both :)
I know how sweet even if it will be a chore i would give up the comfort of singlehood and take him of your hands :P

;)

nora said...

heeeeeeeey wait!! haya when did you pop into the picture? and dont fool us with that innocent smile of yours hehe:)

gutter flower, i found a solution. okay, we can create like a competition or something.. and who wins will get a prize (him obviously).. or if that doesnt work, you know that its okay to for a man to marry more than two women.. just so you know :)

and i have a feeling that gutter flower, dandoon and haya.. all you three are just his girlfriends, ya3ne your not in it for the long run like yours trully is, yes me.. for instance, you have butterflies in your stomach here and there, a couple of random blushes when he speaks, a smile that reaches your ears.. yeah, face it you guys, its just lust, no love here ehehe

so as you see, there are more than one solution to our little dilemma.. i am willing to negotiate our options.

thank you for your cooperations. all three of you, my probably future housewives :)

Haya said...

NORA I GIVE UP I HAVE MANY BATTLES ON DIFFERENT FRONTS LIKE RAYAN AND RASHID AND HIS BROTHER AND BANADER AND JARA7 AND 9UBA7 AND LAST BUT THE BEST 6ALAL

I WILL SURRENDER ON THIS FRONT SO I COULD USE MY TROOPS IN THE OTHER FRONT I REALLY THINK 6ALAL IS THE ONE I AM GOING TO FOCUS ON :)

SO IF YOU WANT ANY HELP WITH OUT SMARTING GUTTER FLOWERS OR ANY EQUIPMENT JUST GIVE ME A CALL

I WILL BE IN (IN MY CLOSET FIGHTING TO CLAIM 6ALAL) SINCE YOU WANT M7AMAD :)

HOPE YOU GET HIM ;P

nora said...

HEEEEEEEY!! THATS A REPLICA OF MY LIST OF BLOGGER MEN!!! but i think mine is sliiiiightly longer:)

im sorry to break it to you haya, but apparently we have the same taste in men and i WILL win the battle eventually ehehehe (i know im so confident, what am i supposed to do ya3ne)

p.s. i think you forgot a very important man, fahad from red rum;)

ĐǻñĎõøðñ said...

love,
ba3ad lovvy entay wallah ;**
i think its me who's rubbing onto you mo nadia ;Pp
hehe =$
i guess great minds (meaning you and me) think/get confused alike ;Pp

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roon,
awwww **BLUSHES**
7beeby wallah im flattered =$
bs this story is nowhere near finishing ;Pp
im just getting started ;Pp

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on-the-rocks,
ee wallah 9aaj! ;)
chenny ana bedat tnba6 chabdy menna? ;)

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eliza,
**BLUSHES**
7beeby wallah im glad youre enjoying =)
next post in a few days inshallah =)

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dubai roomie ;Pp
i was starting to think you stopped reading ya habla ;Pp
good to see you around here mo bs kullia oo other disgusting swalef ;Pp
salmay 3la oliver ;Pp

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hessa,
hehe =)
ee chennhom cuteen?
bs ana mallait mn 7amood tra ma9a5ha ;)

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hayoooyaaaa =D
if i get a B ill write up two posts that very same day oo post em...

deal? =)

oo am gonna assume that blogspot hospital is a fun place to be =)

love stories and diet plans and what not lol ;)

cupcakes comiiiiiiiing ;**

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stand-alone,
3abboud isnt calling her either ;Pp

its fair and square hehe ;)

and m7ammad has always been overcharming ;Pp

its the m7 and the blue eyes ;**

**DROOLS**

ĐǻñĎõøðñ said...

amma now entaw el thulathy elmare7 nora oo haya oo gutter flower ;Pp

i could fight and argue and snatch him mnkom kilikom

but im not gonna do that and i dont need to do that


why?

cz he's MINE ;Pp

ma feeha roo7 ta3al ya3ny ;Pp


yala banat 9eeraw she66ar oo ro7aw dawraw people other than my babyyyy <3

Yousef said...

Mn ba3d en8e6a3 I can say that I'm back ;Pp

Hal Mohammed esta5f mara wa7da! ambeeh eli 8a3d ysweh tra kelsh mo 9ij, madri laish bs a7es Layla shaft shy BS! she's pretending that she have seen nothing :P bs y3ni ham Haya y3ni lazm tefaker eb 3a8elha mo eb her heart ( law ana bamshy 3la Hawa my heart jan kalet tebn lma 8elt bs :P )

7aaaadi I missed you DanDoooooooooooooon!

PS: wnasa b3d fe too many parts hehehe :D

ĐǻñĎõøðñ said...

yousef!
enta wain!

ambaih i was wondering where you were...oo mako mkan i go look for you!

i missed seeing you around...i missed my loyalest reader =D

its good to see youre back =D

la te5tefy chithee mara thanya zain ;)