Three weeks and some days after we met,he called and said he will be coming to my house the next day. He said he had something he would like to discuss with me. I was happy.”At last,he was going to ask me out”,I thought. That night,we talked at length as usual.
He also told me that he would be coming by 3pm. That day,I kept looking at the wall clock praying that something would happen and it will be 3:00. I wore my favourite short gown,brushed my low cut hair and waited for the love of my life.
When it was 3:08pm,he called to say that they were at the gate.”They?” I asked him. He said yes. I went out and opened the gate for them. He was with Frank.
They walked into the compound and I closed the gate. I greeted them and asked them to come inside. I noticed that Frank was face full of smiles and sounded very happy while my Ebuka looked withdrawn and shy,unlike who he used to be.
Ebuka: no. we will prefer to stay outside here.
Me: (surprised) why?
Ebuka: Nne,we are comfortable here.
I was surprised. On phone,it was baby or sweetheart. He never called me nne.
I led them to the backyard.There were long benches permanently built there. I dusted two and asked them to sit while I fetch them something to drink. It was Frank who stopped me.
Frank: Don’t worry dear, we are okay.
I looked at Frank. He was smiling. I took time to study him and compare him with my Ebuka.
He was average in height(Ebuka was taller),had small eyes(Ebuka’s eyes were white and round). His nose wasn’t too pointed like that of Ebuka. His lips were thick,something you would call a kissable lip. He was cute but not as handsome as Ebuka,my Ebuka.
Me: How can you come to my house and you will not take something? its not good o.
Frank: Don’t worry,the next time we come,we will finish everything in this house.
I laughed at his dry joke and sat down opposite the two guys.
Me: okay. No problem. Ebuka,I wonder why you’re quiet. Or wait o,are you shy?
I joked stupidly to make the love of my life say something .
Ebuka: Do I look shy?
Frank: Yes nah. You no just wan talk.
Ebuka: Oya two of you sorry. Rose,we are here for you. We want to discuss something important wit you..
I already lost interest upon seeing Frank. I was no longer interested in whatever it was they wanted to say.
Me: Okay. Am all ears.
Ebuka: You know this my guy already.
He said he likes you and would want to be your boyfriend..
I was shocked. I was disappointed. Ebuka knew my dilemma because he refused to look at me.
Frank: Yes baby. From the moment I set my eyes on you,I fell flatly for you. I really do love you and . . . . .
I didn’t even let him finish when I flared up.
Me: Shut up.shut up before I attack you with my fingers. Is anything wrong with you? Is Vivian not your girlfriend? Why would you look my way? If you don’t leave here this minute,I will have no choice but to tell Vivian about this conversation. And you,Ebuka,so much for the . . . . . . .
Ebuka: Nne please. His feelings are very sincere. Talking about Vivian,feelings change.
Let’s just call Vivian a victim of circumstance.
Consider Frank’s proposal oh? I know him and he will take good care of you.