A story written by Chekwube Emmanuel… (0703440 1770, [email protected])
Third year was coming to an end. I didn’t want to carry the issue of Cindy over to my final. Precious still had another one year to stay after the semester because she had a little issue during her change of course.
After keeping to myself for two weeks after I met Oge, I decided to call Cindy. I needed to know where I stand with her. I called her on a Saturday and we fixed a time to meet.
“Hey” I raised my hand signaling to Cindy who was looking around for me.
“Look at where you are hiding” she said as she got to my table.
“Yea, I like it here. It gives me a clear view of anybody coming in or going out”
She sat down while we placed our orders.
“You are beautiful” I said to her.
“Thanks and you look good yourself” she said smiling.
After our order has been served, I started
“Actually Cindy, there is nothing I will tell you now that you don’t know already. You know we have not actually had time to talk since after our last date. I don’t want to beat around, I love you and will like us to build something serious like a relationship.”
Silence hovered around us while we stared at each other. I would have given my index finger to know what was going through her mind that moment. After a while of staring, she cleared her throat.
“Purity, I will be lying if I tell you that I have not been expecting this from you. I already have my reply for you, but before I give it to you, you have to give me time. There is something I want to take care of before I give you my reply.” She said looking me in the eye balls.
“Come on, since you have already made up your mind on what to tell me, why not say it out and not keep me on the edge.”
“Purity please don’t push it. I sure will give you a reply but not now”
“Are you seeing someone currently?” I asked.
“Purity please it’s kinda complicated and I wouldn’t want anything that will have to do with us meddle into it.”
“Why not be open up and tell me about this complicated thing and not play with my emotions.”
“How can I explain this to you Purity? See you have to trust me and give me a little time ok?”
“You know what, you don’t have to give me the whole ‘give me sometime thing’. I already know where I stand with you. I know you have a boyfriend. That’s the only explanation to it”
“Hmmm!! Who told you that trash?”
“ It’s no trash girl. After we went out the last time, you left school for a whole week and you couldn’t be reached. Now you have moved out from school hostel. In all this you never cared to give me heads up as a friend. I saw you the day you came back from your boyfriend’s house.”
“Purity you have to calm down and listen to me. Things ain’t the way they are supposed to be now. That is why not minding how sincerely I want to be you, I still need a little time to take care of something.”
“Cindy, are you planning to use me as a fall back on or something?”
“Come on, I can’t do that to you”
“You know what, you can take the whole time in the world. I’m not waiting for you one bit. I gats move on while you take care of whatever it is you want to tidy up”
I stood up and dropped a thousand naira on the table and told her it’s for her cab and before she could say another thing, I walked out without looking back.
To Be Continued…