In the Name of Friendship

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Chapter 17: He Still Loves You

It had been a long tiring day and Shinta was glad her work for today was over and done with. Before going home, Shinta dropped in Nina’s lodging house first. It was Saturday night, so as usual, Nina would sleep over at Shinta’s house. And now, she was going to pick Nina up.

Parking her car in front of Nina’s lodging house, Shinta jumped out of her car and ambled over to the house.

“Assalamualaikum,” Shinta shouted as she knocked on the front door.

“Waalaikumsalam,” Nina shouted back from inside her house. Not long after that, she opened the door.

“There you are at last! I’d given you up,” Nina complained with her hands on her hips.

Shinta could understand if Nina was upset with her because it’s much later than the time she usually picked Nina up.

“I hope you’ll excuse me for being so late, Nina. A robbery occurred, so I have to investigate it,” Shinta explained.

Nina gaped. “There is a robbery again? I can’t believe it! Is it just me or has there been an increase in the number of robberies in the city recently?”

“You’re right, Nina. There has been a spate of robberies in the city recently. We suspect that all of those robberies were done by the same gang of robbers. We are working hard to track the robbers down now,” Shinta elaborated.

“I hope you can catch those robbers as soon as possible, Shinta. These robbers have become the terror of the whole city,” said Nina.

“I also hope so, Nina,” Shinta responded.

“It’s getting late. We’d better get moving now,” Nina suggested.

“Sure,” Shinta agreed with her.

“Hang on a minute! I will just fetch my bag,” Nina said.

Shinta nodded. “Okay.”

Nina went into her house. Moments later, she returned with an overnight bag in her hand. “Okay, let’s go!” she chirped.

Nina and Shinta walked towards the car. Shinta sat behind the wheel, meanwhile, Nina wedged herself into the passenger seat.

Shinta was about to start the engine when all of a sudden her cell phone rang, indicating that she just received a new message.

“One moment, please!” Shinta pulled her cell phone out of her bag. A smile hovered on her lips as she saw it was from Aiman. Yes, since she and Nina reconciled with Aiman a week ago, Aiman and her started to keep in touch again. She opened the message and read it soon.

“Who is it from?” Nina asked curiously.

“It’s from Aiman. He asked me if I were home or not. He said that he wanted to see me tonight,” Shinta replied.

“You know what, Shinta? If we look at Aiman’s attitude towards you, I can assume that he still has a lot of feeling for you,” Nina blurted out.

“Don’t be ridiculous, Nina! Aiman has Sandra as his girlfriend now. There’s no way he still loves me like he used to be,” Shinta countered.

“I’m not talking nonsense, Shinta. I know for a fact that Aiman still loves you,” said Nina.

To be honest, Shinta was glad when Nina told her that she got the feeling that Aiman still loved her. But she refused to believe a word of it. “It’s impossible, Nina. Aiman probably used to love me, but I’m nothing to him any more. Now, he only loves his new girlfriend, Sandra.”

“Aiman’s love for Sandra is just a temporary feeling. Meanwhile, his true love is only for you, Shinta,” Nina tried to convince her.

“I don’t know whether you are right or not, Nina. But now, I don’t want to raise my hopes too high, because I may be disappointed,” Shinta stated.

“I know Aiman doesn’t seem to notice his feeling for you yet, Shinta, because his temporary love for Sandra blinds him to the truth. But sooner or later, I’m sure Aiman will realize his mistake and he’ll eventually come back to you,” Nina said with certitude.

Shinta fell silent. “Is it true that Aiman still loves me but he doesn’t realize it yet?” she wondered.

Shinta knew that it was wrong, but she couldn’t help but expect what Nina said about Aiman who still had a feeling for her was right. Because deep down Shinta still loved Aiman too and she wanted Aiman back. However, Shinta didn’t want anyone to know about her secret wish.

“Look, can we just drop it? If we keep talking about Aiman, we will never make a move,” Shinta said.

Nina chuckled. “As you wish, Shinta.”

Shinta texted Aiman back saying that she’ll soon be home before she drove off.

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