Recap: The last time we met, Zadduis finally sealed the deal by proposing to Zanovia at their 1st year anniversary dinner! Let's see what they are up to now...
It 'twas the night before Thanksgiving, and Zanovia was in the kitchen working hard. So far, she'd made homemade mac and cheese, collard greens, brisket, pineapple glazed ham and just as the clock struck twelve, she put the finishing touches on her famous turkey!
Zanovia was excited about this Thanksgiving. Even though she was new in town and this as the first time she'd be away from her family for the holidays, luckily, she'd acquired a solid group of friends to spend time with this Thanksgiving. Since mostof her new friends had family that lived out of state as well, they all decided to have themselves a 'Friendsgiving'. Wanting everything to be perfect, Zanovia stayed up all night preparing the food for their 'Friendsgiving' feast and went to bed excited about the festivities that would take place the next day.
Zanovia woke up to Zadduis kissing her face. "Good morning. Happy Thanksgiving, baby." He said looking down at her, smiling.
"Good morning." She said, never moving a muscle. She was still so tired from all the cooking last night.
"I know you were sleeping good, but I figured I should wake you up." Zanovia rubbed her eyes and smiled back at Zadduis when she realized that he was already dressed.
"What time is it? " Zanovia asked.
"It's almost eleven o'clock." Zadduis's reply made Zanovia sit up and jump straight out of the bed.
"Shit." She said, jumping out of bed frantically. "Everyone will be here in thirty minutes." Zanovia panicked. "Why didn't you wake me up earlier, babe?" She asked.
"I knew you were up all night slaving in front of that stove... and you looked so peaceful baby. I didn't want to disturb you." He said, honsety laced thick in his voice. The thought of him considering her being tired was sweet, but right now, Zanovia wanted to kill him.
"It's ok, baby." She said, taking a moment from frantically looking for her clothes to kiss Zadduis on the forehead.
"Relax, Z." Zadduis said, grabbing her hand and squeezing it. "Everything is going to be fine. We're just having Friendsgiving dinner. Why are you so stressed?" He asked concerned.
"Because, we haven't told our friends about the engagement and when we do... I want things to be perfect.
Zadduis immediately understood. He interrupted Zanovia again, to grab her from behind and spun her around so that she could look him in his eyes. "Don't worry baby. It will be. I promise." Zadduis said.
Just then the doorbell rang.
"Dammnit!" Zanovia cursed, rushing to shove her legs into her pants, almost tipping over. "Guests are arriving and I don't even have my makeup on yet."
"Don't worry" Zadduis said. "I'll handle this. You get dressed and come down when you get ready. Everything will be fine." He assured her right before he slapped her on the butt and left the room. Zanovia smiled... damn she loved that man.
One by one, Qwali, Meek, Classay and Meeka arrived, excited for their Friends-giving!
"What's hannin' Zad?" Qwali said, shaking his hand and coming in.
"What's good?" Zadduis responded as he gave him and Meek dap.
"Where's my girl at?" Meeka asked, looking around for her best friend.
"She's still upstairs getting ready." Zadduis replied. "Ya'll come on in, get comfortable. Zanovia has been cooking and decorating all night. We finna' eat up some shit!" Zadduis said.
"That's what I'm talkin' about." Meek said, clapping his hands and rubbing them together.
"Hell Yeah!" Replied Qwali. "My daddy always said, Thanksgiving is for the adults, Christmas is for the kids! Let's go eat." He replied. His comment made everyone laugh. The fella's headed toward the kitchen with Classay and Meeka following behind them.
When Zadduis walked them in the dining room, everyone gasped.
"Zanovia did all of this?" Classay asked.
"Yeah, she really wanted to make today special." Zadduis replied as everyone gazed at the decorations and all the food she had cooked.
"Aye, my sis DID THAT!" Meeka exclaimed truly drawn aback by all the effort Zanovia had went through to make this day special for all of them. "This room is lit as fuck!" She replied.
"Well, everyone let's eat. Zanovia should be down here any minute." Zadduis instructed.
"I'm right here!" Zanovia said, popping around the kitchen corner.
"There goes the black Martha Stuart!" Meeka joked, making Zanovia grin.
"Do you like it?" Zanovia asked.
"We love it!" They all responded.
"Now, enough about these decorations. A nigga came to eat. Can we get to that?" Qwali said, already fixing his plate.
"Let's eat." Zanovia smiled as she watched her friends dive into all the food she'd prepared for today.
Two hours later, everyone at the table was stuffed to the brim but sat around to enjoy each other's company and the warmth radiating from the fireplace. Zanovia had been sitting anxiously waiting for the perfect opportunity to tell her friends and she figured now was a better time than any.
Zanovia leaned over to Zadduis and whispered. "Should I tell them, now?"
Zadduis nodded his head. "Yeah this is a perfect time to tell them."
"Tell us what?" Meeka asked, being loud and nosey, as usual. Meeka's rude interruption had the entire room stop their conversation and look at Zanovia and Zadduis. The fact that Meeka was always herself was part of the reason why Zanovia loved her. It didn't matter that she was her second cousin, twice removed.
"Yeah, tell us what, bro?" Qwali asked using a toothpick to get the remaining turkey out of his teeth.
Zanovia tried to open her mouth, but she couldn't' speak. She was surprised at herself because she'd prepared for week's on what she would say when she announced her engagement to her friends. Now that the time had come, she was speechless. Zadduis waited a moment and realized that Zanovia was struggling for words, so he grabbed her hands and cleared his throat.
"We wanted to tell ya'll that... Zanovia and I are getting married." Zadduis announced!
"What! Yaaaas bitch!!!" Meeka shrieked! Jumping in her seat. "He done went and put a ring on it girl!"
The room filled with cheer and congratulations! Everyone was so happy to hear that Zanovia and Zadduis were getting married! Before they all got up from the table, Meek stood up and said a few words.
"I just wanted to thank Zanovia and Zad for welcoming us into their homes and celebrating Thanksgiving with us. I've known Zad since we were kids, and I've never seen him more in love with anyone. I think you two are going to make it far, and as we continue to build this drug empire, we will all continue to prosper TOGETHER!"
"Amen!" Meeka chimed in!
"100" Qwali said.
"This was the best Friends-Giving ever guys." Zanovia spoke up. "Thank you for making me all feel so at home here in this new city. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I love all you knuckle-heads!!" She smiled.
Everyone laughed. And from that moment, Zanovia, Zadduis, Meeka, Classay, Qwali and Meek made a vow to spend every Thanksgiving from this point forward TOGETHER, no matter how busy their lives got.
TO BE CONTINUED...