Amaani tugs at her niqaab as she checks her shopping list.
“Done, done, done, done,” she inaudibly ticks off everything inside her head.
Locking her phone again, Amaani turns to head for the tills when a contradicting thought runs through her mind.
She makes her way over to the chocolate aisle instead.
Her eyes scan the collection, stopping on the turquoise Lindt truffle box.
Coconut. Maama’s favourite.
She drops the box into the trolley and then heads for the flowers.
Her eyes scan out the collection as she nears the various fragrant bouquets.
Immediately she knows which one she will get.
Fresh white tulips nestled among soft pink roses.
It’s just so “Maama” and judging from the fact that only one bouquet remains, it would probably be a good buy.
Amz reaches for the bunch, not realizing another hand reaching for the exact same bunch.
An intensely awkward moment follows as she instinctively glances up and hurriedly withdraws her hand.
Her gaze locks with a pair of warm, dark eyes for a split second before it drops again.
“Sorry,” he mumbles at the same time she does, her brain processing what she just saw.
A good looking man.
Dressed in Sunnah garb.
With a beard.
And nice shoes – she muses, once her gaze is cast downward again.
“Urm.. thanks?” he says, shifting his weight from one foot to the other.
Wait.. did she just…
Amz peeks up at him, and sure enough, his face now wears an expression of mild amusement.
Oh gosh, she did. She just said that aloud.
Amz feels her face flush.
He adjusts his topee awkwardly, then shoves his hands into his pockets before turning back to the flowers.
“I’ll.. urm.. get another one,” he says, scanning the bouquets.
“No, no,” Amz hears herself saying. “I’ll just grab this one.”
She picks up the first thing her hand touches – and almost drops it, because it turns out to be a plant in a pot, not a bouquet.
Gosh! What was going on with her?! She felt so nervous.
Placing the pot into her trolley, she turns around and heads to the tills – a little faster than necessary.
It is only once she’s packing her things into the car boot that Amz notices the plant in the pot.
She can’t hold her laughter.
It’s a bloody cactus!!