It’s been 3 days since I last saw or heard from my lady, and all efforts to reach out to her has been futile. I’ve called severally, texted, messaged her on whatsapp, although I found out that for the first time in a long time, her whatsapp profile picture was blank and my messages have been on a single tick since I sent them. I even went ahead to send her a mail; still no response. I thought of going to her house to check on her, but the memories of what happened the last time were still very fresh. How I was drenched by the rain while waiting for their gate man to come back with a response; it wasn’t a pleasant experience and ofcourse not one I’d want to risk going through again.
Meanwhile back home, sister CHIOMA has finally settled into her new apartment; and for the past 3 days, I’ve succeeded in ensuring our paths never crossed. From always turning down her requests to come visit me by giving flimzy excuses, to ensuring our conversations never exceeded whatsapp messages; like I would deliberately not take her calls, and then message her minutes later, acknowledging the missed calls. However, I found out during one of our conversations that she was a football lover and an ardent CR7 fan. It was actually an interesting discovery as it’s now a very rare occurrence to see females who have interest in football. She also mentioned that she detests ZEEWORLD and Telemundo so much that she was always pissed anytime her mum or siblings tuned in to any of those channels at home. In my mind I was like “This one is a spec!”
Earlier that Monday morning, I’d seen her through my window, going out of the compound, dressed in her NYSC regalia. She wore her NYSC crested vest with her well-fitted khaki trouser whose sleeves she rolled up, almost turning the trouser into a 3-quarter. I’m pretty sure that khaki wasn’t the one given her from camp; I mean from the quality of the khaki, to the finesse in the sewing, it looked like something she got from @corpers_lodge_ on Instagram. Well, maybe it’s because I was seeing her from afar, but I thought to ask her whenever I got the chance to, if she got her uniform from @corpers_lodge_. The trousers were so fitting that one couldn’t but acknowledge the fact that she was endowed behind. Well, I personally feel it’s the way she walks that gives that impression that she has big bumbum though. The white Adidas sneakers she wore gave the whole attire a different vibe. In all honesty, in as much as I hate to say it, she actually looked good. She came off as one who has a very good fashion sense.
I called Precious later that day and asked if he could come over. I actually wanted to discuss hanty’s issue with him, to see if he could advice me on what to do; it’s not like he always came through with a mind-blowing idea, but then, I didn’t mind at this point. I knew he was going to give one excuse or the other as to why he can’t come, so I quickly chipped in that I’d repaired my video game and was having problems fixing it. On hearing video game, he told me he was going to come by, anything from 6pm. I told him to buy fried yam and chicken for me from the junction of his street, that I was going to reimburse him when he comes. Deep down, I had made up my mind not to pay him back; that’s his punishment for not attending that seminar with me. Maybe if he did, I wouldn’t be in this present mess.
The day went on like a normal uneventful day, although I finally did my laundry and house cleaning that I’ve been procrastinating for a while. I also went to shop for some groceries at SHOPRITE, after which I sat on one of those benches along the walkway inside the mall, and was just observing everybody passing by. In my heart of hearts, I was wishing I could just see my lady in the mall but the probability of that happening was less than 1. After sitting for about 20-30mins, I finally stood up to go home. On getting to the compound, I packed my clothes from the line outside, and was heading to my apartment when I heard Chioma’s voice from her flat. “Hey, I checked on you earlier when I returned, but you were not around”. I said in my mind, is it not obvious that I wasn’t around? Like are you not seeing that I’m just coming back? So it won’t seem as if I’m rude, I answered her “Yea, I went out to get some stuff.. Hope you’re good?”. At this time, she was already out of her house and was walking towards my direction; I too started walking towards her so we’d meet somewhere at the centre of the compound. We chatted for a few minutes before I excused myself and came back to my apartment.
Precious came at about 6:30 pm and before I could say jack, he already fixed the game and turned it on. So here’s something with Precious and games: he likes the volume loud, most especially when it’s football. According to him, it gives him that feeling as if he’s live in the stadium. So in no time, the room was engulfed with the sound from the video game. At first, I was worried about disturbing the neighbourhood; but then I remembered my landlord wasn’t around, so… As we were playing, I narrated the whole scenery of what played out between I and Bae to him, and to my greatest surprise, he had some meaningful piece of advice to give😂. In my mind I was like, so something good can still come out of this one😂😂. He actually told me that she probably was still upset with how things went the other day, and that she most likely has blocked me on whatsapp that’s why I could no longer see her profile picture and my messages weren’t delivering. He told me to just be patient with her that that’s how some women are; “she’d definitely come around sooner or later he added. Meanwhile, I’d try to reach out to her and be sure everything is okay with her, and if the atmosphere was appropriate, I’d talk to her on your behalf.
I was so impressed with his response that I didn’t realize he was beating me 3:0 already during the first half of the game. Well, I didn’t care at that point, I mean it’s just a game; the worse that could happen is that he’d have bragging rights for a while, till the next time we get to play again… We played a number of games, talking about different stuffs while at it.
It was already dark, and Precious had announced that he’d leave at the end of the current game. I thought to tell him about my new neighbor and how I’ve been avoiding her consciously for obvious reasons, when I heard a knock on my door. I paused the game to go check who it was; Lo and behold, there stood sister CHIOMA, wearing a bumshort that was ripped, thereby exposing a great chunk of her upper thighs, and an ash croptop that stopped a little above her belly button. “Hi, I could overhear the sound of your game from my room, and as I was bored, I decided to come by and watch or even play if you’d let me”. At this point, I ran out of excuses to give her, I couldn’t turn her away. “Oh, come in then” I said, as I made way for her to enter the room. She entered and greeted Precious who has been looking in the direction of the door all along. I joined them after locking the door and introduced them to each other.
In less than 5mins, we were done with our game. Precious stood to take his leave while I stood up with him to see him off. I was about telling CHIOMA to excuse me, when she said she’d join me in seeing him off. Hmmm, well, that’s not a big deal, I thought to myself. We walked Precious to the street junction where he got a tricycle and left while we turned to return back to the house. We were almost at the gate when my message tone rang; I hurriedly opened the message, hoping it was one from my lady, only to realize it was from Precious. The content of the message read:
Now, when Precious sends a text like this, the actual meaning of the message is way more than the volume or lenght of the text. Without second guessing, I could tell he was referring to CHIOMA and her features, as I knew he too figured that she wasn’t wearing a bra. Ofcourse I wasn’t expecting her to wear one; I mean, who wears a bra at night? how much more when you don’t have intentions of leaving your compound?
It was 8:20 pm, and after two games I’d realize corper CHIOMA not only had interest in football, but was good in video games as well.