Muna was woken up by a loud knock on the door, “Room Service”, said a muffled voice from the other side. She quickly got up and threw on her prayer hijab. It was long enough to cover her tank top and shorts. Muna knew Fiji would be hot, but wasn’t prepared for this amount of heat. She was glad she had packed some skimpy pajamas.
“Coming,” Muna called out. She went to open the door and there was no one there. Then she looked down and saw a tray with a vase of flowers, a gorgeous fruit plate and a covered plate that she assumed contained breakfast.
Muna took it in to the room. She took off her hijab, pulled up a chair and sat down at the table. As she lifted the silver lid covering the plate she saw an envelope with her name on it. Muna quickly tore it open, she had a feeling it was from Adam. She started to read the note and smiled. It was from Adam and he was planning a little excursion for them. This is what it said:
My dear Muna,
I hope you slept well.
Enjoy this fruit as a little morning snack.
We have a great big breakfast waiting for us at 9am sharp at the resort restaurant. Then it’s off to explore the island.
I would be honored if you would join me.
Muna felt so excited and nervous that she couldn’t eat the fruit, she took a bite of a strawberry and covered the rest of it up and placed it in the mini fridge in her room. Then she went and opened her curtains. The view was amazing. Rich blue ocean about 50 feet away with gorgeous white sand. The sun was up she could tell it was already getting very hot and it was only 7:45 am. Muna was trying to figure out what to wear. If they were going to be exploring the island, she figured she shouldn’t wear anything too fancy. At the same time she wanted to look good.
She looked through her luggage and decided she might as well start hanging some stuff up in the closet at the same time. Muna was too tired last night to do anything and it would probably serve her best if her items didn’t get any more wrinkled than they already were.
Muna picked out some Old Navy jeans in dark blue and a lightweight tunic she found on sale at Macy’s. The tunic was a pastel pink with beading all round the neckline. She loved it because it was sheer and light. She’d have to wear a white tank top underneath though so it wouldn’t be so see-through. Then she dug around in her suitcase some more and tried to figure out a hijab to pair with it. Muna thought white would probably be best because of the heat. She took out a long wrap scarf in silk chiffon and an underscarf in white as well.
Muna went and washed her face and applied some light makeup, no foundation though, because it was too hot for that. She quickly dabbed some lipstick and a little blush on her cheeks followed by some lavender eyeliner and a touch of mascara. Now she felt awake and fresh. She got dressed and put on her tennis shoes, grabbed her purse and went to the main section of the resort where the restaurant was located.
Muna spotted Adam immediately. He was sitting at a table all by himself reading a newspaper. Wow he looked so handsome, and it was so attractive to see him reading. She loved that he was smart and charming and just so perfect!
Muna walked up to the table, “Excuse me sir, would you like to order?” She said with a British accent.
Adam didn’t look up from his paper, “We already did thank you,” he said. Muna was surprised that he didn’t recognize her voice.
“Wow I guess I’m pretty good and making accents!” Muna said hoping he’d look up from his paper.
“Oh I’m so sorry Muna,” Adam replied. He looked a little flustered. “I was totally zoning out with this paper that I didn’t even notice. A lot of issues going on with stocks and stuff so I got distracted. But enough let’s forget about work for a bit, and just focus on having a nice time.”
Muna was a little bummed that he didn’t say anything about how nice she looked. He just seemed so distant and not like he was back in the U.S. Muna figured that something must be stressing him out regarding work and so she didn’t say a word. “Yes, let’s have a great day. Where is your family?”
“Oh they were up at 6 this morning and decided to go take a walk around the island,” Adam said. “They wanted to see if there are any masjids in the area. They love to connect with local Muslims wherever they go.”
Breakfast came and it was amazing. Pancaked piled high with whipped cream and strawberries. She didn’t realize she was so hungry! As she was eating Adam made a really weird comment. “Muna sweetheart, slow it down, you don’t want to gain weight then we can’t go on the helicopter tour.” He started laughing.
Muna felt her face burning, not from the heat outside, but from the embarrassment. How could he say that? She knew it was a joke but she was already a little self conscious and this just made her feel horrible. Muna tried her best to hold her tears back. Her eyes started to water but she managed to push it all down.
“Adam, please excuse me, I have to go to the ladies room and I’ll be right back.”
Muna quickly ran to the bathroom and closed herself in one of the stalls. She started to cry. She missed her family so bad right now. Muna had never been this far away from them. She was scared because things weren’t as dreamy as she thought they were going to be. It was just the first day and already Adam hurt her feelings. Muna knew she was being over-sensitive, but part of it was the anxiety she was feeling of whether she married the right guy or not.
Muna took a few deep breaths to calm herself down. She left the bathroom stall and went to look at herself in the mirror. Thank God for waterproof mascara! She waited a couple of minutes and was just about to leave when Adam’s mom came in. “Muna, where have you been? Adam sent me to look for you he got worried!”
“Oh, sorry I’m just not feeling too well,” Muna said. She knew it was a bit of a stretch because they’d probably assume she was sick.
“Muna don’t worry, you’ll feel better once you get out and start seeing the beauty outside. Come back and finish breakfast because you need the energy.”
Muna went back to the table where Adam’s family was now all sitting. They had ordered their own food and decided to join in with Adam and Muna. It was actually a relief because once they all sat together Adam wasn’t as distracted as he had been earlier. He actually gave her compliments and paid attention to her. Maybe he really was having an off morning.
After breakfast Adam and Muna said goodbye to Adam’s parents and sister and headed out. “Muna can I ask you something?” he asked her.
“Or course,” She replied.
“Did I say something to upset you this morning? Be honest, because we have to really get to know each other and figure out how to communicate if we’re going to make this work.”
“You did,” Muna said. She was surprised at how effortless it as to say her true feelings. “I didn’t like that you made a comment about my weight. Maybe it was a joke but it really hurt me. And I didn’t like that you totally ignored me.”
“Wow,” Adam said. “I didn’t realize you were so sensitive. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. I’m a total joker and I’m sorry I was zoned out. Like I said I had some work issues I was worried about. But from her on out you have to call me on my short comings. Seriously, let me know if I’m out of line or if I’ve done something to offend you and I promise I’ll do the same.”
Muna felt so much better. She knew that marriage wasn’t ever going to be “perfect” but it was hard to let go of the fantasy and focus on reality just yet. She loved the feeling of everyone on their best behavior but that wasn’t real life and at least they would be able to figure things out sooner rather than later.
Adam took her hand and held it tight. “OK now that we got that huge elephant out of the room, let’s get ready for our tour of the island via helicopter. I know you’re not a fan of flying, but trust me you’re gonna love this, baby.”
To be continued…
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