Knowing that I won’t be able to fall asleep again, I put on a beanie and go downstairs to make myself some coffee. The sound of the kettle boiling cuts through the silence of the city, breaking it. It’s weird, isn’t it, how the city is so strangely silent at night, yet there is so much happening? Teenagers partying, thieves robbing, animals hunting, laws being broken.
I take my mug of coffee, switch off the lights, and go back upstairs to my bedroom. I notice the small red light on my phone flashing. I frown. Nobody usually messages me at this time.
One missed call from Sumayya.
2 new messages from Sumayya.
4 new messages from Rameez.
I open Sumayya’s messages first.
Salaams. Hope uu doing gud.
Try not 2 let this whole thing bother uu 2 much, ok?
I reply with a hug and a thumbs up emoticon.
When I open Rameez’s message, I see that he is online. It’s half past 3 in the morning!
His messages read:
Sorry if I upset u earlier
I do stick to what i said though
& idc (I don’t care) what, u coming with.
I know better than to converse with someone at this time of the morning, but I text back anyway.
Me: Why you awake?
Rameez: ‘coz I’m not asleep
Me: *eye roll emoji*
Me: No, seriously?
Rameez: I just told u
Rameez: Question is, y u awake?
Me: I was just going to sleep, byyyye
2 minutes later:
Rameez: u still online
Me: Probably going to be for a while..
Me: Go sleep you
Rameez: I’m listening?
Me: No, you’re reading
Me: Do yourself a favour by going to sleep
Rameez: Do yourself a favour by telling me whats on ur mind
Me: I’ve got coffee, you want?
Me: Your loss
Rameez: So are u going to take me into the depths of your mind?
Me: Like you
Me: Oh shut it
Me: How old are you even? Smh (Shaking my head)
Me: *eye roll emoji*
Rameez: Like my dad said, he spoke to your uncle..
Rameez: Idek (I don’t even know) if I should be the one telling u this..
Me: You’ve sparked my curiosity, if u don’t tell me now, u dead
Rameez: No, I’m serious Dee
Rameez: It’s no small thing..
Me: I can handle it
Rameez: So Daanyaal was there
Rameez: At ur uncle’s place
Rameez: He asked about u..