K and M started getting to know each other with time - they were almost always constantly in touch with each other via BBM and the routine nightly phone calls. He was very good and making her open up and tell him stuff that she would usually always keep to herself. Some things were very personal and family related that she shouldnt have even told him but he became her go-to person. Even when it came to the silliest things like a word she didnt know the translation for. Due to BBM he was very accessible - maybe too accessible.
But there was something missing and they both knew it. The distance was really taking its toll on their relationship and they often discussed what it would be like to meet again. Technically they have never had a date and were never alone. So would it be awkward when they meet?? I mean they already knew each very well and they could even tell from each other's voices if something was up. Thats how close they were.
It was his idea - he really took her by surprise since she thought it was too soon for him to go this far for her. She has told him a few days ago that she will be going to London on a 2 week training program and he just sprung on her that he has booked a ticket on the same flight and therefore flying together. She didnt know how to react.
M: Whaaat?? Bityee Landan??
K: Shfeech - i thought u would be happy!!
M: La moo qa9dy bas u shocked me - ma twaqa3t
K: Well this is what surprises are all about (laughing)
M: Inzain how did u know what airlines I was on??
K: 3ad 7abakat 3ala hay ya3ni bitsaweeny stalker?? Tara inty gilty ilsa3a ilflaniya 3an 6areeq ma6ar dbay - oo mafeeh ila hatha il6ayaran - mub salfa tara
M: 7ayaty inta wallah - u went through all that effort??
K: 3ayal - gayilich i wanna see u - i wanna see what were like together face to face - tara the phone gives us extra comfort and confidence u know!
M: Ee adri - inzain 3indy so2al sa5eef - bas ma3arf chaif as2al
K: 7abeeby min mita inty tisti7een mini?? si2ly laaa
M: Well hhmmm madry bas i was wondering ya3ni inta wain btig3id fi landan??
K: Bag3id 3indich ba3ad wain bag3id ya3ni - filshari3??
Thats when her eyes popped out - he was a little presumpious wasnt he?? She just stayed there very quiet on the phone - he started talking about other stuff and places that he wanted to go see and friends he was eager to meet.
M: Agool 7abeeby ana ta3bana - banam al7een - akalmik bacher
5 days later, they were on the plane and the captain just announced that they are about to descend to London Heathrow. Luckily, he had a busy few days just before travelling and he knocked out as soon as they took off. Now she started sweating cos she knew that waking him up now would just make the reality hit harder.
"Ya3ny inta min 9ijjik btig3ad 3indy??" she whispered to herself while just looking at him and trying to figure out how to wake him up. She saw what appeared to be a hint of a smile on his face so she took that as a sign to start poking him. He finally woke up with a start.
K: Latgooleen wi9alna?? Ana nimt 3anich 6ool il6reej??
M: Ee 3ady lanik ta3ban - anyways 5ala9 were descending already
K: Agool il7ajz fi ay funduq?
M: Ismeh ilflany hotel fi chelsea
K: Ok zain ya3ny wayid jreeb
M: La mub jireeb - yabeelna shwayat wagt bil taxi
The plane landed - they got off - went through passports and customs and as they were leaving the airport he started guiding her away from the taxi stand and towards the parking lot.
K: Ta3aly hnee tara we have someone picking us up
M: Aahhmm ok!
As soon as they walked through the doors she heard a distinctively Emaraty accent calling out his name - u know they dont say KhAleefa, they say it Khleefeh. He left her with a trolley and promised to be back in a few minutes. The 2 guys hugged warmly and she stood there awkwardly not knowing whether she was going to be introduced or not. So she just stayed put and busied herself with her passport that was still in her hand and started removing the luggage tags off the bags. Suddenly she feels a hand on her lower back
K: Yallah 3umry nseer??
M: Wain nroo7?? Inta moo gilt 7ad baymurna?
K: La 5ala9 7a9alt ilmifta7
He pushed the trolley and started walking - she was confused and didnt know what to do and just stood on the spot. When she saw that he dissappeared behind a wall it occurred to her to move and she jogged over. By the time she got behind the wall, she saw him loading all the luggage into a car.
M: Agool 7abeeby whats going on?? Whos car is this??
K: Its our car for these 2 weeks
M: Hhhmm ok
K: Yallah sirna?
They drove all the way to chelsea in complete silence - he busied himself with the radio and she kept shuffling papers in her bag. When they finally arrived at the hotel, he took from her the reservation details and she excused herself to the bathroom while he dealt with luggage and check in. In the bathroom she just looked at herself in the mirror and noticed that she DID look very stressed. She was panicking. This was it. They have never had a proper date and now they will be living together for 2 weeks. She was a little bit hurt that he didnt notice her discomfort and that he basically did not give her an option as to whether it was ok if he stays with her. She was definitely not going to accept but him putting her in this situation showed that he took the relationship a lot further than she did.
Then it dawned on her - he was checking them in. They will ask if they want a King Size bed or 2 twin beds. She started panicking even more. Then she decided that she cannot handle the stress. She was going to walk out and tell him in all honesty that she was not comfortable with this arrangement. But what if he says something like "now u tell me??" which was right?? He could have made other arrangements if he knew in advance but now is too late. But is it too late?? Couldnt he just ask for another room in the same hotel?? Thats it. Shes going to tell him.
She walked out and saw him standing by the lobby seats waiting for her. She realised that she didnt really look at him since he boarded the plane nor since they landed. As usual she looked at his shoes first then went up. He was quite well dressed. Very casual and simple but very stylish. As she walked over to him he smiled and she melted.
K: Haa 7abeeby are u ready?? Were all checked in and our luggage has been taken to the room so shrayich we go up and freshen up shwaya then ni6la3?
M: Bas ba'3ait agoolik shay awal
K: Gooleely laman ni6la3 fog moo a7san??
He took her hand in his and kissed her finger joints and tugged her lightly towards the elevators.
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG was all that was going through her head