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Friday, 28 December 2018

Lost In Lust - Episode Seven

„After all the love I gave you.‟ With that, Joyce left angrily, slamming the door.
I shook my head again. How long would it take her to understand that we could not be lovers, no matter the mistake we had made?

By five o „clock on Monday morning, I sent a poem I had carefully crafted to Naomi. I wasn't much of an artist, but I used to be very good in literature in my secondary school days. I was sure she would like the poem. Later, at my place of work, I decided to call her during the lunch break. The phone rang on and on, but she did not pick it.

Maybe she was very busy, I decided. I went back to work. Several minutes later, she called me back.
„I saw your missed call,‟ she said.
„Yes. Good morning.‟
„Good morning. And I saw your poem. It‟s beautiful. Thanks.‟
„You‟re welcome. How‟s work?‟
„I‟m not at work. I couldn't go. I had a domestic accident.‟
„A what? I hope it‟s not serious.‟
„No. This morning, I had a sprain on my right ankle while preparing for work.‟
„Oh, sorry about that.‟

„Thank you.‟
„You‟ve taken some medication?‟
„Yes. I went to a chemist shop around. I‟ll be okay.‟
„Okay. If you don‟t mind, give me the address of your place. I‟ll come and say hello after closing today.‟
„That‟s alright. I‟ll text it to you.‟
„Okay.‟
Truly, a minute or so after I had spoken with her, she sent me the text message of her residence. She lived at Abina, off Randle Avenue, Surulere. I decided I would go there right after I closed from work.

At six o‟clock on the dot, I left the bakery. From Agric bus stop, I took a BRT bus going to CMS. I would have to alight at Barracks bus stop. From there, I took a bike to Abina. I was in front of her residence by 6.55 p.m. It was a recently painted bungalow that looked small but nice.

„Hello,‟ I greeted.
„Hi.‟
She ushered me into her sitting-room. It was a cozy and nice place. A girl soon came in. Even without any introduction, I knew this must be Ella, her daughter.
„Hey, Ella, meet my good friend, Ola. Ola, this is my daughter, my confidant and my best friend in the whole world, Ella.‟
„Ella, how d‟you do?‟
„Fine, sir.‟

She looked very much like her mother, except she used glasses.
„What do I offer you, Ola?‟ Naomi asked.
„Nothing,‟ I said. „I came to greet you. How‟s the ankle?‟ I stared at her right ankle and the bandaging around the place was obvious.

She touched the place slightly. „I‟m relieved of the pain now. It‟s getting better.‟
I nodded. Ella left the sitting-room for an inner room.
„Why don‟t you want something, Ola? Are you shy?‟
„Oh, no. As I said, I came to greet you briefly and I‟ll soon be going.‟ I smiled and sat back comfortably. I studied her. She still looked very pretty even in casuals.

„How was work today?‟ she asked.
„Fine. It went very well.‟
„I appreciate your coming,‟ she said.
I looked around the room again. „A nice place you have here,‟ I said.
„Thank you.‟
„I won‟t be staying long,‟ I said. „You know, I‟m still going back to Ikorodu this evening.‟
„I understand,‟ she said. „Thanks for the trouble.‟
„It‟s alright.‟

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She adjusted on her seat. „Even if it‟s just cold water, let me offer you,‟ she said and called out Ella. She then asked her to get me a bottle of cold water. I took the bottle and the glass and poured the water for myself.
„Thanks for this,‟ I said.
Naomi nodded.
„If you don‟t mind, you can come around on Saturday,‟ she offered. „You‟ll be well entertained then.‟

It was my turn to nod. „That will be a pleasure.‟ I stared at her.
„Why‟re you staring at me?‟ she asked.
„Oh,‟ I blinked rapidly. „I‟m sorry about that.‟
She smiled and shook her head.
„What does that mean?‟ I asked.

Still smiling, she shook her head again. „Nothing.‟
I held her hand. The palm was very soft against mine. In a swift move, I planted a short kiss on her lips. She looked surprised by my action. I stood up.
„I should be on my way, now,‟ I said. „See you again.‟


„You had no permission to do what you just did,‟ she said softly.
I gave her a dramatic bow. „Forgive me. Have a wonderful night, Naomi.‟ I stared at her ankle. „And I wish you soonest recovery.‟
She smiled. „Thanks for coming.‟
„My regards to Ella.‟

„Sorry, I won‟t be able to accompany you a bit.‟
„It‟s alright. Good night.‟
I left the place a happy person. At the Barracks bus stop, there was now traffic gridlock. I crossed the expressway to the other side to take a commercial bus back to Ikorodu. I didn‟t get home until few minutes past nine in the evening. It was quite unusual, but no one raised an eyebrow. The one who could have done so – Joyce – had gone back to campus.

By nine thirty, Naomi called my line.
„Hope you got home on time,‟ she said.
„Yes. About twenty minutes ago,‟ I replied.
„Good. Thanks for coming around.‟
„It‟s a pleasure,‟ I said. „Were you angry with me?‟
„Over what?‟

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„Over the short kiss of the rose.‟
She laughed shortly. „If I was angry, I would have given you a dirty slap.‟
„Ouch! And that would have been very painful.‟
„Yes.‟

„Ah, thank God you did not.‟
„Yes, thank God.‟
„Thanks for the call,‟ I said, smiling.
„Thanks for receiving it,‟ she replied. „Well, just to be sure you got home safely. Good night, Ola.‟
„Good night, Naomi.‟

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