EPISODE 22 – AGE 30

When we got to his car, I tried opening the front door for myself, but he stopped me with his hands.

At that point, we were too close that our eyes had to lock again.

But it was entirely different because with his body resting on mine, the passion was crazy.

To the extent that we almost kissed but was just reminded that we were in public with the car horn of another car that drove into the restaurant.

It was funny…as we were horned back to reality.

I quickly entered into his car and he joined me immediately.

We drove out of the restaurant, back to my office.

On our way, we maintained a disturbing level of silence.

I looked at his face, and he was filled with unspoken joy.

“I wonder why he’s smiling to himself.”

“Could it be because of what just happened?”

“Hmm…that should be an embarrassment for me oo. Just wondering why he is filled with smiles.”

“Zinny!”

“Yes, Larry.”

“I think I have fallen deeply for you.”

“Why did you conclude that way?”

“I can’t contend with the joy I always feel around you.”

“Funny! So my presence is responsible for your smiles?”

“Yes, Zinny.”

And I giggled at his quick response.

“I’m in love with you dear.”

“That word is a strong word, Larry.”

“Yes, I know. I couldn’t hold the passion when I came close to you.”

“I’m sorry about that.”

“You don’t need to be; please let’s talk about this tonight when I visit.”

“It’s alright.”

We were in front of my work premises already.

“Thank you for lunch Larry. I had fun.”

“Same here pretty. I will see you later.”

“Alright,” I replied as I came down from his car and took the food package I got for Linda.

“Say hi to your friend,” he added.

“I will Larry. Bye.”

And he revised his car and drove off immediately.

I walked into Linda’s office with smiles.

“Hmm…so you finally came back?”

“Linda naa, why are you talking that way?”

“Why won’t I? You want me to die of hunger while I waited?”

“Did I really stay too long?”

“No, you stayed too short. Biko (please) give me,” She playfully said as she took the package from my hand.

“Haba naa, babe, be nice!”

“As if you can be nice when you are hungry.”

And we both burst into laughter.

“Lily, I will talk to you later, I have a lot left on my table,” I said as I stood up to leave.

“Come back here joor, come and gist me how the lunch date went,” She said with the food that was stuffed in her mouth.

“Chai! You no go kill yourself with aproko (gossip). Eat your food first; we will gist that one later. My car will be coming back soon, so he’s not coming to pick me up as usual.”

“It’s alright. If you say so.”

“See you later,” I said as I left her office to mine.

But Larry’s last statement kept making me smile without reasons.

“So my car is about bringing something good to my life?”

“Hmm…I can’t believe this.”

“I will just say ‘yes’ to his proposal oo.”

“No naa EZINNA, make the chase a little fun with a little delay.”

“I just hope the delay will not drive him away oo.”

“But wait a minute; a woman of my age doesn’t need all those pranks.”

“Hmm…I guess I should play with caution before I hurt myself in the process.”

Those were my thoughts as I got back to my office and settled down to work.

After about two hours, I got a call from my mechanic…Sam, announcing his presence outside my office.

I had to stop what I was doing to meet up with him.

“Good day ma’am.”

“Good day Sam. How work?”

“Fine ma’am. This is your car key, as you can see, it’s back in shape.”

“Wow! Thank you, Sam, I trust your work.”

“Thank you, ma’am. Meanwhile, you have a balance of Ten thousand naira ma’am.”

“Serious? Wow!” I exclaimed as he handed the money to me.

I counted out five thousand naira and gave him to have fun.

“So, your workman nko?”

“I have paid myself.”

“Okay, take this one to buy some bottles naa.”

“Haa! Thank you, ma’am,” he said in excitement as he took the money from my hands.

“You are welcome, dear. I will be heading back to work.”

“Alright, ma’am. Bye.”

“Bye Sam.”

And he left as I walked back into my office.

I got back to my office and worked for extra 30 minutes before Linda interrupted again.

“Babe! What are you still doing?”

“Working naa, remember I’m paid to work.”

“Biko (please) pack up let’s go home.”

I burst into laughter.

“The truth is; these days I don’t understand you again.”

“I don hear. Oya my gist?”

“You didn’t give me anything like gist to keep for you.”

“Why are you so conservative with gist these days EZINNA?”

“Because there is actually nothing to gist.”

“Yeye girl like you. But hope you had fun sha?”

“Yes dear, it wasn’t a bad one.”

“Good! I’m leaving now; I want to branch somewhere.”

“Alright dear. See you tomorrow Linda.”

“Alright babe, bye,” she said as she hurriedly left my office.

I had to tidy my table for the next 15 minutes and equally headed out to where my car was parked.

It looked so neat and well managed.

I entered and drove back home immediately…..

 

About Winnie Oti

WINNIE is a fun story writer, freelance copywriter, blogger and talk show presenter. She is popularly known as a dating/relationship therapist with her contribution in big platforms like Quora, Huffington's post, Ezines, and so many others. She has written many dating/relationship books which you can find on Amazon. She is an adventurous Nigerian Lady that challenges herself in all she does. Above all, she is the author of the award-winning romantic story; THE MISUNDERSTOOD WOMAN.

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