“Hey baby,I’m home.” Jason woke me up from sleep with his
“Yeah dear. Give me the gist already.” He sat on the sofa.
“Change up first.” I answered sleepily.
“Nope.” He was being stubborn. I told him I would give
Stephen my answer today so he was really eager to hear it.”
“No.” I answered.
“Stop this abeg. What is no?”
“My answer. I told him no.”
“Gracious! Rachel what exactly is wrong with you?”
“Nothing. I just refuse to let some silly emotions cloud my
“Love isn’t silly emotions. It’s a gift from heaven.”
“It isn’t compulsory to receive a gift Jay so I choose to
refuse this gift. Love is for the weak and everyone knows
that Rachel William is not a weakling.”
“Thank your God that I’m hungry. That’s the only thing that is
keeping me from switching to debate mode right now. I
hope you don’t regret this decision of yours later.” He picked
his bag which he threw carelessly on the floor earlier and
strolled to the room.
“Of course I won’t regret it.” I told myself as I stood up and
made my way to the kitchen to prepare dinner. He came out
few minutes later
“Shucks! You didn’t cook and you were sleeping on the
“See me see wahala o. Am I now your wife?”
“I can’t wait for this food madam. I’ll go and get us food
from that eatery closeby.”
“I like the sound of that. I’ll follow you. Let me change.” I
went into the room and changed.
We took a stroll to the eatery.
“How is Tristan now? I haven’t called home today.” Jason
“He’s still the same. I’m still praying for a miracle for him.”
“Yeah,me too. So like play,like play Mille’s introduction is
next Saturday.” He continued.
“As in eh. I’m happy for her. What about Gloria na? Have you
heard from her?”
“My dear.” He sighed before continuing. “Gloria and I are
having a terrible beef.”
I laughed a bit “Why?”
“My sister o. The babe wanted a relationship. I say I no
want,na so she vex. I don call am tire,she no pick my calls
I laughed out loud this time as we stepped into the eatery.
“She never told me about this when we spoke two weeks
ago. She’s there in Jigawa sha serving.”
“Yeah I know. I hate all this “we can grow love” stories. I see
her as a sister and nothing more.”
We paused a bit as we placed our order at the
counter,collected our meals and found a comfortable spot
“You see why I don’t believe in all these love blah blah.”
“Don’t even go there because my tank will soon be full.” We
laughed. A man walked up to us.
“Excuse me” He said.
“Yeah?” Jason replied.
“I hope you don’t mind but you both make a wonderful
couple.I’ve been watching you since and you’re so free and
real with each other.”
Jason and I exchanged a knowing look. This wasn’t the first
time we’d received such compliment.
“Why, thank you sir but he’s my cousin.”
“Oh my! I’m so sorry. I mean you guys don’t look alike at all
and you’ve been feeding each other too.”
“We understand. That’s just how we are.” Jason quickly
replied when he noticed my face had lost its smile.
“Alright. Take care.” He walked away.
“So is it now a sin to feed my cousin?” I spat out
immediately he was out of earshot.
“Sister vexer. Please let me finish my food in piece.” He
pinched my cheeks.
“You’ve started now. The next person will come and ask us
for a picture.”
“She’s talking as if she’ll not gladly pose ‘cause it’s me.”
“You’re not serious Jay.”
“Admit it,I’m handsome and you love me more than you love
yourself.” He winked.
“In your dreams Jay.” I smiled at him. His words sunk deep
into me. Truly,I was really fond of Jason but was the time
we spent together beginning to create something more than
brotherly love? I shook my head,inwardly convincing myself
that it wasn’t possible.
“Now we’re alone. You can unleash the talking babe in you.”
I said after we dropped Neville at his place. I was staying
with him so I borrowed his car.
“Niel,I’ll soon start beating you.”
“With these feather-like hands.” I reached for her hand.
“Use your two hands to drive jor before we have an
“I can drive with only one hand. I’m not like you who is too
terrified to make a small attempt at driving.”
“I can do it. I just don’t feel like.”
“Feed me more Miss fear.”
“Niel leave me alone abeg. Driving isn’t by force o.”
“God! Don’t tell me there’s a traffic jam ahead.”
“Okay,I won’t tell you there’s a traffic jam ahead.” She
looked at me and we began laughing.
“You still ended up telling me all the same.”
“Yeah. I’ve been in Lagos for more than six months but this
scenario still pisses me.”
“And she rolled her eyes.” I said.
“How did you know that?”
“I’ve dedicated my time to studying you my dear. I can
predict your actions.”
“What are you feeling like now?” She turned to me.
“You don’t wanna know. You look smashing dear. I’ve always
said denim fits you like it was made only for you” I smiled
and she did too.
“Thanks love. I thought you’ll wear it too.”
“I wanted to but Neville convinced me otherwise.”
“I see. You still look great. This is the first time I’m seeing
you on a red shirt.”
“I don’t really fancy the colour but since you said I look
“Your smile is proof.” She said.
“You know we’re going back together on Sunday evening
“Yeah. I really need to see Tristan while I run around for the
“Don’t say ‘the’,you should say ‘our’ introduction ceremony.”
“Okay sir. So how come I’ve never heard of Neville before?”
“He grew up in the north,that’s why and he’s sort of a distant
cousin to us.”
“Oh I see.”She replied. The traffic jam eased so we
continued our journey,talking about other things concerning
I took her to a Chinese restaurant that Neville showed me
earlier to have dinner. As we went in to eat,I stylishly
observed her. My Mille had really matured from the first time
we met. I was glad I didn’t get deterred because oof our age
gap. She had transformed into a really beautiful woman I
would be proud to call my wife someday. Her beauty was
both internal and external and it held me spellbound all the