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I have always prayed for a stable relationship.
It’s been two years now and I have had
smooth sailing with Chichi, my girlfriend. It was
finally happening. A stable relationship at last! I
was already planning my proposal, but I
wouldn’t do it on Valentine’s Day. Everybody does that, and her birthday wasn’t an option
either, too predictable. Besides, I’m not even a believer in the
Valentine gospel. This year I’m glad it fell on a
Sunday. We can all get in the holy Sabbath day
mood and move on with our lives on Monday! Church.
It’s wasn’t a surprise to find so many people in
the church with a touch of red here and there.
Some guys went with a red tie, some, a red belt,
some even went the all-time low with that red
shoe. The ladies, on the other hand, seem to be
easier on the eyes with red shoes, red bags, red this, red that. I couldn’t hold my laughter
when the preacher asked how many selfies
each lady had taken this week since prior to
that he asked how many people they
evangelized to during the week. Even though I
was guilty of the evangelism part, it still felt good to have someone who also didn’t believe
in the whole Val drama.
Two hours must have passed and the preacher
was still at it. I checked my wristwatch, it was
just half past ten. Wow! He had only used thirty
minutes of his forty. I could have sworn he
started two hours ago. I was now counting
down the remaining ten. I kept looking here and there in a bid to stay awake. I caught a glimpse of this lady in red, with a
black scarf. That’s a true believer I thought. Not
too long after, we rose to pray. I couldn’t help
but catch her full coke-like figure.
“Focus” I cautioned myself. “Eyes closed!” “Amen!” I chorused with the entire church as
the preacher rounded up the prayers. I
We said the grace immediately after and it was
over. As I made my way out of the auditorium,
I felt a tap on my shoulder. “Emeka” I looked
back and saw her standing all up in my face.
“Toke?” I couldn’t believe my eyes. She was
one of those friends you practically grew up with.
“So you’re the lady in red,” I said.
She was way different from what I
remembered. She was really skinny back in the
days. Now she had blossomed into this…this…
this voluptuous creature. She just stood there
and giggled. I continued to stare at her. Until
she clapped in my face.
“What are you staring at? I will report you
She said with a flirtatious smile.
“Nothing!” a blatant lie.
I noticed the pool of eyes staring at us as she
swayed from left to right on her heels as we
walked to the car park. For a brief moment, I
felt like a champ and we reminisced on some of
our childhood memories. She had left the country for her undergraduate studies with
her family about five years ago. An occurrence
that left me heartbroken. She was my secret
crush but I never told her before she left
without saying goodbye.
She told me she was back for her NYSC programme after her dad insisted that she
came back for it.
“So you were crushing on me back then?” She
asked and continued “Well you know I had a
crush on you too. I thought you didn’t see me
that way you know” we laughed it off. Her
house was 3 blocks away from mine so she
told her driver she was going to hitch a ride with me.
Ten minutes later, we were at her gate. “I’ll
come by your house later today to see your
folks,” She said as she highlighted from the car. Well, it’s just me at home. They spend most of
their time at the Ajah house now.” I
“How about you come over then. I’ll cook. It’ll
be like old times. How’s six ‘o’clock?” She
asked. “Perfect,” I responded. Just like old times. Just like old times.Home
I prepared breakfast and ate it quickly and
dived into bed. The sleep that got cut short by
church. I had to complete it. I was awakened
by my Skype ring tone three hours later. It was
Chichi. She was in the UK with her mum where they were shopping for a friend’s wedding.
She told me about her day and asked to know
how mine went. I told her how church went
and how she interrupted my beautiful sleep.
We spoke for two hours before saying our
goodbyes. It was some minutes past five. I quickly went
through my wardrobe to find something to
wear to Toke’s house. A t-shirt and short
would do. I grabbed my phone and was on my
“You’re early” She screamed as I walked in to
catch her frying the last batch of plantain. “Of course I’m early. You offered food” She wore a grey tank top which could hardly
hold in her ample cleavage and a high waisted
denim shorts that seemed like it was trying
really hard to hold her butt in. Damn she was
“Focus! Emeka, focus! We’re here for the food
and gist.” She was right. It was like old times, the food
was delicious. I’m not sure I’ve laughed this
hard in months. Her sense of humour was
intact as always.
She told me stories of her friends, school,
numerous boyfriends and breakups. “What about you? How’s your love life?” She
I didn’t know if I wanted her asking such
questions. For some strange reason, I felt she wasn’t
going to be thrilled with my answer.
“Err…I have a girlfriend and we are yet to
break up.” I answered in a bid to play down
how serious we were. “Oh really! That’s lovely. I hope I get to meet
her soon.” I quickly changed the topic to something else
while we caught a movie on TV. After it ended,
I checked the time. It was half past ten. I
helped her with the dishes and told her I had
“Wish you could stay a while longer but I
know there’s work tomorrow,” She said. “I could wait a few more minutes if you like.”
“Nah. That would be insensitive of me. Besides
you already made my day.” “Alright then,” I said. “I’ll see myself off. See
“Come here,” she said stretching her arms wide
and she gave me a warm embrace. I felt her cuddly body against mine. Damn! I
wish I wasn’t in a relationship right now. She
pulled me tighter and rubbed on my back then
let me go. “Good night dear,” she said with a warm smile. “Good night” I shut the down behind me as I left. “Focus! Emeka focus!”
I pushed the door opened, entered and
slammed it shut. She never left the spot. She
just stood there, frozen as I approached her. I
grabbed her by the nape and kissed her. She
pulled me closer and whispered in my ear
“Take me now” she said, “take me.”
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Created at 2016-02-19
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