“I hope not. When I see the way she looks at you….”
“Guy, that girl has feelings for you”
“Are you sure? She never says anything”
“She’s making you work for it. The other day we went to Dotun’s house, he made the same observation”
“You don’t say!”
“He was like, ‘The way that girl looks at Dan, he is a lucky guy'”, Bobby informed him.
“I pray so…”, he chuckled as Bobby punched his shoulder.
“Let her go. We will pray she will discover something that will convince her you are the man for her. Meanwhile, buy enough airtime. Her phone must know no rest”, Bobby advised.
“Ha! I will surely visit her as often as possible. She ain’t going nowhere! ”
“No retreat, no surrender” They laughed and hi-fived each other as announcements were made that the audience should rise to usher in the couple. ******************************
Ikenna had kept up an onslaught on Laura for her affection. She remained polite but adamant. He got a job teaching Accounting to children of 3 priviledged families who were preparing for their WAEC (O’Levels). This fetched him a tidy sum. Also, he assisted Segun with the financial planning of a business idea he came up with and was promised a share of the profits. He was an usher in his church and actively participated in all the activities.
These and more were enough in his estimation, to prove to Laura that he was capable of providing for her. He did not have the wealth Eddy had but he was on his way there. Already, he was preparing to advance his career by acquiring further qualifications. He planned to use his service year to achieve just that. Ikenna met several ladies in church, on the streets, at his job but, his heart was on Laura. One 40 year old lady even promised him a car and a fat bank account, if he became her lover. She was a widow of a millionaire, whose child he was coaching. He rejected her advances and left the job. As much as the money would have been great, and she was a looker, he was not going to sell his soul.
Laura had cut off from Eddy. Though he called with a new number each time she blocked one, she ended the call as soon as she heard his voice. The temptation to renew their relationship was so great. He sent gifts, texts, and just made her a nervous wreck. She wondered what he really wanted as his wedding drew nearer.
“What do you really want?”, she asked one day that he called.
“I want to know you have forgiven me”
“I have, and I’ve told you so”
“What more do you want?”
“Can’t we be friends?”
“To what end? Do you plan to introduce me to your fiancée? Invite me to your wedding? Get a house for me in Lekki? What?”
“Leave Angela out of this!”
“Why should I? I think she needs to know that she’s not enough for you!”
“Just forget her. I don’t love her the way I love you. You have a special place in my heart. She’s just someone I’m marrying”
“Are you listening to yourself? Eddy, do you even have any fear of God in you?”
“God himself knows that 1 woman cannot satisfy any man. When he created more women than men, don’t you think he had a reason?”
“Don’t call me again! You must be out of your mind!”, she ended the call abruptly.
That was the last time they spoke. Uche’s theory was that he regretted never sleeping with her. He probably rued the fact that some other man would have her when he never did. She was inclined to believe her. While she waited for Prince Charming however, she was not ready to settle with Ikenna. She met a few guys in Lagos but, did not start anything concrete before she left to visit her grandma. She had taken ill suddenly and they had always been close.
Uche arrived in camp with great expectation. She shared a small office with 3 ladies and 1 man. They got along well, though she was younger than them. She was settled though she missed Laura and Ikenna. 2 other friends from school were serving in Abuja with her. Bisi and Stella were posted to different schools as teachers. They begged her to let them stay with her as they could not afford accommodation. She was glad to have their company as she had been lonely.
Ikenna popped in from his place of assignment occasionally. He had decided to let Laura be. After months of pleading, conscripting Segun, Uche, his brothers, and other friends, he decided to let it rest. Uche saw the sadness in his eyes and prayed he would snap out of it shortly.
August was a frequent caller at her house. Bisi and Stella were enamoured with him. He never failed to get them gifts or take them out. Driving his father’s numerous cars at top speed with the girls screaming, was a favourite way to spend the evenings. They wondered why Uche had not decided in his favor. Dan did not compare with him in their estimation. He had visited once and they felt he was nice but was no match for August.
One day, Bisi came home with news for Uche. Uche was cooking in their kitchenette. Stella was out.
“Uche, guess who I saw today?”, she asked, throwing her bag on the table.
“O, where?”, she asked stirring her stew.
“A colleague used his picture as her black berry display picture!”
“O! Maybe they know each other”, Uche was unconcerned.
“The message was ‘My boo'”, Bisi insisted
“So? Anybody can be anybody’s boo”
“Let me gist you. The girl is Veronica. She is a corp member in the Batch A. You know they will soon pass out?”, she settled in a chair.
“She called me to see the design of a dress she wants to make on her phone. We were in the staff room. I noticed the picture and asked her who he is. She said they met at a party and he asked her out. They have been dating for 6 months”
“Really? “, Uche put off the fire to face her.
(To be continued. Pls leave comments by clicking on the title)