I woke up on time and it’s 7:59 Wale was still fast asleep and there are no assurances he’s going to wake up anytime soon.
I sat up, checked my phone and saw 4 missed calls, one from Michael my roommate and three from Ada. Ada was a girl i met during my orientation in school , She’s one of those little girls who had fast education and got admitted into the University at age 16 so you can be sure how naive she is. She had her secondary school years in a girls only boarding school, most of her holidays where spent indoors under the keen and scrutinizing eyes of her parents and never really had experience about anything that most girls her age should have. Her mom was with her on the queue during the registration time and that got her the “mummy’s girl” nickname.
We spent most of the semester reading together or atleast we tried to read. She could talk and wake a dead body from it’s grave. Absolutely everything gets her talking, from the girl who had a tattoo and the boy who sagged his trousers, the lecturer who was making faces to a girl and the girl who looked pregnant…. Ada sees and knows everything and was ready to talk about them anytime. I’m glad i missed her calls, we would have talked all night.
I got up from the bed, did some house chores and took my bath. I didn’t know when mom left the house but she was out of the house before i woke up. I brought out one of my favorite shirts to wear, i had no plans of going anywhere but who knows, i might just meet Bidemi on the street and i want to be looking good when i do.
My phone started ringing and it was Ada again.
ME: Hello Ada
Ada: hello, i called you in the night, you refused to pick
Me: Sorry i was sleeping
Ada: ehn ehn… that lady that i told you about, the one that used indoor antenna to beat her husband because he didn’t allow her to watch yoruba movie ehn, last night she didn’t allow the whole house to sleep, she on her gen till around 3am in the night watching yoruba movies, the volume was so high that she woke everybody up. That our neighbor who i told you that time stole his wife’s money, now went out during the night to complain about it, it’s not only him o, Anti corper that is serving in Ibadan even though She’s from Akwa ibom but schooled in University of Abuja because her uncle is a lecturer there, shey you remember her too ehn, she also went out to complain. It was that hausa man from kaduna that now…..
Me?cuts in) Ada ooo… i get it, you didn’t sleep in the night, that’s the summary of the whole story abi?
Ada: Yes now. So when you didn’t pick your call, i now call Fatima, the girl that came late to class during exam because one okada man hit her, you remember Shey?
Me: I remember her, Anyways how are you? hope you are eating good food now that you are at home?
Ada: Yes o, i ate amala last night but there was no meat only fish, the woman that sells meat didn’t hawk on street yesterday because people don’t pay her enough. i don’t even know why people behave like that. we sha ate fish sha, my mom bought it from her friend, that her friend that bought car with loan money and was running around because she couldn’t pay, it was now her husband that works at……
Me: (cuts in again) ehmmm…. Ada! Thank you for calling ehn, i have to go now
Ada: Haha! Dolapo! Have i talked too much again ni? i haven’t even told you half of the gists i have for you
Me: haaa… Don’t worry! I’ve enjoyed your gist enough. Thanks, you’ve made my day
Ada: really?? Ok. Shey i should call you again tonight
Me: (oga oo) okay! you can call
Ada: Thank you bestie! Bye bye
Though we’ve only been friends for 3 months, Ada have decided to call me her bestie something Michael always seemed to get pissed about. He always tells me
“ Dolly P, this girl don friend-zone you die, she even call you bestie ”
Truth is, I’ve never seen Ada other than just a friend, our course mates think we are dating but i couldn’t care less, there’s has been only one girl on my mind and It ‘s Bidemi.
it’s 9:57am, i decided to take a morning stroll, Wale has woken up but was taking his bath. i stepped out of the house, our street has always been a quiet one since our house and just a few other houses didn’t have gates, the rest had tall fences and big gates you could hardly see what’s going on inside the quiet compounds.
I had no plan where to go so i was busy looking around when i saw Bidemi and another girl sitting on a pavement talking, my heart skipped a bit, the way it always does whenever i see Bidemi. maybe this is my chance to finally talk to her. I’m a 100L civil engineering student, i should not be scared of talking to a girl, Engineers always gets the girls now.
I decided to walk towards her, the closer i got the more i felt like turning back and running home but i know i shouldn’t. For 1 year, 3 months, a week and 5 days I’ve dreamt of this moment right here, the moment i finally walk up to Bidemi and talk to her.
I’m here now, standing two feet away to the girl of my dreams. i used all the strenght i had to say my first statement.
Me: Hello, good morning girls
but Bidemi didn’t look up , it was the other girl that looked up and replied me
Girl: Good morning
ME: emmm..(clears throat) I’m Dolapo by name
Girl: Okay….. I’m funmilayo! what can we do for you or what can we do you for??
Bidemi giggled and looked up at me for the first time…. i felt butterflies in my stomach
Me: Emm…actually I’m here to talk to Bidemi, if you don’t mind
Funmilayo: well i do mind
Me: (na which kain witch friend be this one sef) : I promise i won’t take her time, just wanna talk
Funmilayo: well, you can say it in front of me
Me: No i can’t
Funmilayo: she’ll tell me everything eventually so there’s no point going anywhere
Me: Miss Funmilayo… i don’t think you like me
(bidemi laughed )
Funmilayo: I’m i supposed to like you?
Me: well… i don’t think I’ve offended you anywhere
Funmilayo: Oh! are you sure?
(bidemi cuts in)
Bidemi: heeey! Why are you both talking about me as if I’m not here
Funmilayo: Ask Mr. intruder here
Me: (Facing Bidemi) I’m sorry Bidemi, i didn’t know you had a bodyguard
(Bidemi laughed but Funmilayo stood up angrily )
Funmilayo: watch how you talk to me!!
Bidemi: don’t disrespect my friend please
Me: I’m sorry i just wanted to have a few words with you, i didn’t intend on abusing anyone
Bidemi: I don’t think my friend is happy with you right now, maybe some other time sha Funmilayo: There won’t be another time (still looking at me angrily )
Me: Ok Bidemi, I’m Dolapo and i hope you and i can talk some other time….especially whenever your bodyguard isn’t present
Bidemi laughed again but Funmilayo didn’t find it funny.
I walked back home very pissed off, i waited this long to talk to a girl only for one spoilt rich brat to jeopardize everything, a very beautiful girl but spoilt and rude nonetheless. I went back home, settled in a chair, that encounter didn’t go as i wanted it to. i know i will get another chance and i hope the “bodyguard ” won’t be present then.
Funmilayo: I don’t like that guy jor
Bidemi? Smiles ) Funmilayo you have to stop chasing boys away from me, I’m a big girl you know
Funmilayo: Yes i know Bidemi, i just don’t like the idea of seeing another guy with you. i want you for my brother
Bidemi: look Femi had his chance and he blew it by sleeping with my sister
Funmilayo: He regrets it, he has always loved you. He’s not here right now but i know he’s thinking about you
Bidemi: No! he should think about passing his GCE not me
Funmilayo: Bidemi! Tell me you don’t love Femi anymore
Bidemi: That’s not relevant
Funmilayo: Just tell me the truth
Bidemi: I don’t know!!!
Funmilayo: Well… he’ll be home next month and i hope you guys get back together…
Bidemi was silent. she had lied, as silly as it is, she knows she still loves Femi, she thinks about him, prays for me daily. He’s her first love, the only guy she hates and love at the same time. She hates that she loves him, hates him for sleeping with her sister but still can’t get him off her mind. He’s coming home next month and she doesn’t think She’s ready to see him yet.
To Be Continued…
To Love And To Leave Part…3
Phone rings, It was kikelomo!
Funmilayo: Hello Sis!
Kikelomo: Bidemi how are you?
Bidemi: I’m fine. i called you last night but you didn’t pick up, why?
Kikelomo: I’m sorry! i was at a fellowship
Bidemi: (laughs) Fellow…what??
Kikelomo: Fellowship, a bible study group
Bidemi: (laughs again) so now you are in a bible study group, really? is there no rule in church about chasing out girls who slept with their sister’s boyfriend??
Kikelomo: (Sighs ) Bidemi…..
Bidemi: What? now you are the Christian sister, I’m sure all the brothers in your so called fellowship sees you as one responsible girl who is probably still a virgin ehn….
Kikelomo: look sis, we all make mistakes and since I’ve returned to school I’ve had tine to think about my life and decided to change for the better. i don’t even know why you blame only me for what happened when deep inside you, you probably still have feelings for that bastard..
Bidemi: i blame both of you…
Kikelomo: I’m sorry! please forgive me
Bidemi: you’re my sister, i can’t hate you forever and by the way, Femi played us both. you were just more dumb than i was
Kikelomo: i know i was and i regret it
Bidemi: it’s fine! atleast we still have eachother. how is school?
Kikelomo: Fine thank you, i miss everyone at home
Bidemi: we miss you too
Kikelomo: I have to go now, got lectures to attend
Bidemi: Okay. bye sis
Kikelomo: but Bidemi… you have to get Femi out of your mind, that boy is no good for you or for any girl for that matter
Bidemi: Femi is not on my mind (she lied) but Thank you sha
Kikelomo: ok oo. bye
She drops the sighed. As hurt as she was, Kikelomo is still her sister and nothing can be done about it, she’ll always love and forgive her. But is she crazy for still thinking about Femi? Maybe he deserves a second chance or maybe he deserves to be thrown inside the ocean for the sharks to feed on. Funmilayo thinks he deserves a second chance but She’s only caring about her brother, after all she knew he was cheating but never said anything to her. She had chased that guy away yesterday…. That guy looked familiar, She’s seen him before but She’s not sure where, what does he want to talk about? She has no time for boys, only her admission is on her mind right now and nothing can distract her, absolutely nothing!
Wale has been gisting me all morning, i don’t know who talks more between him and Ada. I was listening but he wouldn’t stop talking. I’ve been home just a week but i know the names of all his classmates already, especially the girls. if i didn’t know better i would say Wale was adopted, he never gets scared of talking to girls unlike me and from the stories mom told me, Dad was a shy guy when it came to women too, they were neighbors for five years before he eventually wrote a love letter to her, he didn’t put his name, he addressed himself as a
Wale cuts in..
Wale: shey you are listening sha…
Me: Ofcourse….so what did the girl now say
Wale: which girl??
Me: that fine one
Wale: ehn ehn…. so the girl now told me i should try and understand she has a boyfriend but i didn’t…….
I drifted away in my thoughts again. Its been a week now that i almost spoke with Bidemi, i had walked the street 3 times daily for the past 5 days but didn’t see her. it’s 5pm now, i have walked the street twice today already maybe i should give it another try.
but i know Wale wont stop talking anytime soon… so i got a brilliant idea…
Me: emmm…Wale, would you like to talk to a friend of mine?
Wale: Boy or Girl??
Me: Girl, Her name is Ada
Wale: She fine??
Me: She fine die
Wale: Oya now
I smiled to myself, a record is about to be broken . Two talkative going head to head. Luckily for me, MTN is doing one yeye free call thing now, they can talk all day. I dialled Ada’s number, she picked on the first ring
Ada: Hello! i was about calling you sef. Wanted to ask if you’ve done that assignment, the assignment the lecturer that chased class captain out of the class because he was talking to that girl i told i think is pregnant for that guy that always sag his trouser, shey you remember the lecturer??
Me: Uhnnnnmm….Okay! good evening to you too Ada!
Ada: good evening jare, sorry!
Me: My brother wants to talk to you
Ada: Ehn! shey that your brother that passed his Waec in one sitting and had A1 in mathematics even though he was playing all through the period of the exam, shey that brother??
Me: Ada! i have only one brother so yes its that one!
Ada: oh! i’m i talking too much again ni?
Me: haha, rara o! you havent even say anything at all. Just shut up and talk to him
i handed Wale the fone, stood up but then turn around to hear their conversation
Wale: Hello Ada
(phone was on speaker)
Ada: Mehn…. you talk like Dolapo, though your voice is a little thicker sha. Like my brothers too, their voice sounds the.same even though there is a five years gap between them because our parents didn’t want to give birth to a fourth child, it was now when my grandma advised them that they now decided to give birth to him
Wale: Ehn ehn, me too i know two brothers in my school that their voice sounds the same and they are not even from the same mother o, their.father married a second wife when he lost his job, can you imagine that?
Ada: Ehn ehn…. that’s how one man in our village married three wives too, what happened was that the first wife…..
I decided i have heard enough… These two can kill anyone with their talk. I stepped outside, glad that my eyes would rest for some time. I had just taken a few steps when i heard someone got of Bidemi’s house gate. i looked up and it was her, my heart skipped a bit. she was alone, this is my lucky day, i thought to myself.
Me: Hello Bidemi
Bidemi: Hello….emmm sorry i forgot your name
Me: Dolapo, Dolapo Martins
Bidemi: Well….i didn’t need the surname but it’s all good sha
Me?smiles ) So how are you?
Bidemi: I’m fine….. you seemed to be tailing me everywhere, is there a problem?
Me: Yes there is a problem.. are you feeling dizzy?
Me: Are you sure? this is a very serious matter, hope you are not feeling any pains anywhere??
Bidemi: No!! what’s going on here?
Me: You just fell down
Bidemi: (confused) No i didn’t!
Me: Yea you did!
Bidemi: I said i didn’t fall down
Me: No! I’m very sure You just fell from heaven, Angel…
Bidemi:… uhmmm….(mouth opened, smiling and blushing )
I had memorized that line since i was age 15 , I’m glad that went went.
Me: so miss Angel… are you feeling dizzy??
Bidemi: (smiling ) No thanks I’m not
we both laughed it off
Me: looks like you’re going somewhere, is it okay if i walk down with you?
Bidemi: Yea it’s fine only if you can protect an angel
Me: with all my life…
Bidemi: hahahaha, funny guy. So where do you come from? Are you new in this street?
Me: No, actually I’ve been living on this street for more than a year, almost two years
Bidemi: Really? how come i don’t know you?
Me: Well.. i live down there in one of those small buildings, you hardly come around that place
Bidemi: that’s true sha. so…. you knew my name even before i told you, how come?
Me: (smiles) The fact that you didn’t know me doesn’t mean i don’t know you
Bidemi: ehn ehn… what do you know about me?
Me: you mean apart from the fact that you are gorgeous, beautiful and outstandingly amazing?
Bidemi: Wow! i know your type… boys with sweet tongues who always try to sweep the girls off their feet with the compliments
Me?speechless ) emm…
Bidemi: forget it, that doesn’t work with me, atleast not anymore
Me: I’m thinking it has worked before
Bidemi: I didn’t say that so don’t assume things
Me: Oh! Sorry. look Bidemi i come in good fate. i just hope you and i can get to be close
Bidemi: close? close as what?
Me: close as friends…… for now!
Bidemi (laughs): for now? funny guy. Anyways i have alot of friends already
Me: Try and squeeze me in
Bidemi: nah! no space
Me: i have a brilliant idea…
Bidemi: and what’s that
Me: That your friend… the one that doesn’t like, why don’t i take her place.
We got to the junction, Bidemi was going to buy a recharge card. i was dipping my hand inside my pocket to help her pay but when i heard her say “MTN #750” I quickly brought out my hand as fast as i could.
She bought it and paid. we walked in silence as we both made our way back, i decided to break it
Me: So… my friend..
Bidemi?smiling ) I’m not your friend
Me: Hahaha so what are we?
Bidemi: Wale Adenuga Productions… We are pencils in the hand of the creator
Me: (damn! that hurts but i had to force a laugh ) Hahahaha!
Me: so…. what would you say if i asked for your number
Bidemi: you haven’t asked, maybe you should ask first
Me: Okay! can i have your number
Me: (laughs) Please i need to see you again
Bidemi: you know where i live
Me: can i come to your house
Bidemi: We have dogs
Me: Dogs? Do they bite?
Bidemi: No they don’t, They kill!
Bidemi laughed as we got to her gate Me: please i really need your number
Bidemi: ok! how fast can you type
Me: the fastest typer worldwide
Bidemi: (laughs ) 0756906710
Me: Thanks but thats just 10 numbers, it should be 11
Bidemi: Yea right…. find the 11th one
She turn and left. She’s definitely an interesting girl. The fact that we spoke made today one of the best days of my life, i have her number stuck in my head, i just have to find the 11th number.
I got home, opened the door and conversation
Wale:….. so the woman that first sat on the chair now started cursing everyone, that other one now went to carry a big cane…..
I shouted…. “Wale and Ada…Give me my phone!!!
To Be Continued…
I woke up on time and it’s 7:59 Wale was still fast asleep and there are no assurances he’s going to wake up anytime soon.