Their friendship waxed stronger and stronger by the day. Afolabi and Helen had found companion in each other. They couldn’t do without communicating with one another. Whats App, a chat application, had made communication much easier for them?
They chatted all day and night and shared every detail of what they were doing at every point in time. What are you eating? What are you wearing? Who are you with? Are you going out? When? Where are you now? Send me that joke, send that voice note, take a picture and send me and all that goes with a fantastic and fun love affair.
They missed each other greatly and tried to be with each other at least every other day. During the course of the chat, he realized she wasn’t in a relationship, he was glad to know that; He had been thinking of how to profess his love for her in a romantic way. He finally got a way to ask her out.
On a Sunday evening, he put a call across to her, Helen saw his name appear on her phone, she was excited as usual, and she shook off the urge of taken the call quickly.
So she waited to pick up until the third ring. They both exchange pleasantries across the phone, “I wondered if you could come to my house tomorrow” afolabi said, “am sorry I would be going somewhere with my mum, am really sorry” she said with sincerity “ok then, what about Wednesday , is that okay?” Afolabi asked “yes, it’s okay, I would call you when am coming” Helen replied, “thanks, I would be anticipating you, take good care of yourself, be a good girl” afolabi said with excitement.
On Wednesday, Helen didn’t disappoint, she was quite elated that morning, after her house chores and other necessary things. She dressed up, and added just a little make up. She was pleased with the person staring at her in the mirror. She left for afolabi house, she had called afolabi earlier to notify him. Prior to her call, afolabi had been expecting her call earlier, he had given up already, and had gone to see Michael, he was actually having fun with Michael when the call came in.
“I have to leave now, I need to catch up with Helen” afolabi said,micheal was infuriated “why is it that anytime we are catching fun you would make up some flimsy excuse, you don’t even have time for me abi, every time Helen, guy this not fair oo, remember chikala go, but your padi go remain oo” Afolabi tried to explain but Michael didn’t care to listen, he rebuffed him. “Later bro, don’t be annoyed” afolabi said.
Afolabi headed home, when he got home, he freshened up and slid into one of his best cloth, he was looking nice. This evening is going to be a superb he said to himself.
Helen arrived at his place about forty minutes later. Afolabi tossed a smile at her and said “wow, you look gorgeous” Helen smiled and said “you are not looking bad too”.
Afolabi took her out to an exclusive cafeteria, they sat down, the waiter gave them the menus, afolabi choose what he wanted, Helen peruse through the menus, she didn’t know want to choose, she told the waiter to serve the same as Afolabi. They had chatted for some time, then afolabi was looking intently at Helen, that Helen started to blush a great deal. “Why are you staring at me” she managed to say “I can keep staring at you for a day without tiring, you got beautiful eyes”, at this point her pulse rate soared, to the extent she thought it was palpable.
She didn’t know what to say, she just said “thanks”. Afolabi spoke further “Helen, I love you”. Afolabi waited for a moment, so that the word can sink. Her stomach churn, she hadn’t anticipated this, she wasn’t prepared. She was totally speechless, her countenance was blank.
As if that was not enough, Afolabi stood up, knelt down, and said “I would love you to be my number one, my one and only, Helen, would you be my Fiancé?” for a moment she felt she was dreaming, she pondered about what she heard, she shook off the urge of saying Yes quickly, after a few seconds she said “Yes, I would be your Fiancé”. Afolabi was excited, he went ahead and planted a kiss on her lips.
This was a day she wouldn’t forget in her life. She would keep on reliving this special evening. She had never felt like this before. she couldn’t tell why she felt so exhilarated; perhaps it was because of the manner he asked her out, her ex boyfriend didn’t perform any ceremony, in fact he asked her out over a chat, or was it the kiss, the softness of his lips that made her feel awesome, she couldn’t tell.
What had just transpired, wouldn’t allow her concentrate, she had lost train of her thoughts several times during their conversation as they dine. She knew what had just transpired would still haunt her in her dreams. Afolabi glanced at his watch, noting it was eight pm. “Let’s start going, it’s getting late”. He said as he drank the last juice in his glass cup. They headed for their respective home.
Helen was just rolling on her bed she couldn’t get her mind off what had happened that night. it was what she felt happened only nollyhood movies. She had always believed African men aren’t romantic.
She was still struggling to get some sleep when a message came in, when she saw it was Afolabi, she was more than curious to read the message. “Just thinking about you, my pretty queen, sweet dreams dearest” she read the message aloud and caressed her phone with excitement written all over are face.
Sleep managed to capture her after so many trials. She slept off caressing her phone. The next day afolabi couldn’t wait to break the good news to micheal who was furious at him. “michealo how far now” afolabi said with his face beaming, “abeg free me, go meet Helen”, “guy I have good news for you oo, infact let me celebrate it for you”.
Afolabi said bringing out his wallet, he then ordered a chilled drink for micheal. This gesture really got micheal’s attention, his anger fled immediately he was now interested in what afolabi had to say, he has never seen afolabi this excited before. “oya tell me, whats the good news joor” micheal responded with so much curiosity.
“Guess what. I ask Helen out yesterday and she said yes!” Mtcheeew micheal hissed, “just because a girl said yes to your proposal, you are celebrating, chai, guy you fall my hand oo, I thought you even won a lottery, chai guy your case is pathetic oo” Michael said disappointedly. “oya then give me my maltina, I no celebrate again” afolabi replied. “No now I am just joking, someone cannot even play with you again.” Micheal said and they both laughed.
To be continued…
Next episode: The Departure (coming out this evening)
Disclaimer: This is a work of friction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictions manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, actual events is purely coincidental.
By Tosin Oyetayo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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