When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I won’t change
Cos you are amazing
Just the way you are.
And when you smile
The whole world stop and stare for a while
Yeah you are amazing
Just the way you are
Bruno Mars (The way you are)
Tobi smiled at the picture on his phone. Tori appeared
to be staring back at him with those smoky almond
shaped eyes of hers in dismay.
Why do those eyes look like Jo’s so much?
It appeared she wasnt prepared for the shot because
she had her mouth and eyes wide open in utter shock
or is that surprise when she saw the flash from his
phone’s camera. They were at the mall and she was
going to drop a carton of tin milk inside the trolley
when he did that.
They were going to get stuffs they needed at home at
the mall and as usual, he was playing around like he
always do. He kept snapping pictures of her without
her knowing in her graceful and awkward pose.
You can’t really blame him you know.
She was acting all bossy and told him not to do
anything and as he couldn’t just follow her around
while she pushes the trolley, he just had to get
himself busy by doing that.
He swiped the screen of his phone to the left and
another image of her popped up.
It was her with icecream plastered and cascading
down her face while she bit her stained lips in fury.
Actually it was an accident caused by him. He was
going to get them icecream cones when they were
leaving the mall. He had so much stuffs in his hands
that when he was going to hand her a cone, he
tripped and the cone had flew off his hand right onto
He was actually going to apologise to her but her
ooking so funny was a memory he wouldn’t pass up
for anything. He had taken a shot of her first then
hand her an hankie after which she chased him and
they did a great job in eventually drawing attention to
themselves creating the impression that they were
dimwitted adults who ended up panting on the ride
Tobi was sitting in his Uncle’s office and a lot of
unattended-to paperworks were littered on the table.
They were all piled on top one another in no organised
manner. Some of them were just papers that needed
signature and it annoy him that his Uncle couldn’t
even tend his signature.
His uncle appeared to have done nothing while he
was away. Tobi could tell all he did during his
absence was drink and having sexual escapades with
different girls. His uncle had called in sick today and
Tobi was asked to take his place.
Tobi knew what his unlce meant by ‘sick’ was him
still having hangover with close to seven girls
surrounding him on his bed.
His uncle’s lifestyle just makes him sick. He had
married and divorced close to four wives in ten years
and he is approaching fifty something without a child
yet he still lives like a teenager.
Tobi dropped his phone and folded his palm together.
He rested his elbow on the table and brought his
folded palms to his chin. He had been so playful this
days he couldn’t even believe it himself.
He had been busy doing a lot of hanging out with Tori
that it was like he was obscuring Marcus chances of
getting her which is like a bad bad move.
He can’t remember those two hanging out again since
the day he saw Marcus dropping off Tife and Tori at
He should get a hold of himself and stop being an
enemy of progress and also focus on work.
Where was he even supposed to start working?
Firstly he needs to inspect the designers to be sure
they were doing what was expected as was his
routine. He was going to stand up when his phone
He let it ring for a while before picking it up.
‘It seems you are enjoying yourself so much you
weren’t going to keep your promise of calling me.’ He
‘I’m sorry. I had been so busy and trust me when I
tell you the hospital is no fun. So, what are you doing
‘I was going to check on the designers when your call
‘It’s like I’m disturbing right.’
‘No. It’s fine. So, how is your first day going?’
‘It is terrible. One of my bosses actually hates me on
sight. It’s crazy right?’ She sounded low. ‘Is it that
easy to hate me?’
‘How absurd does that sound to even you? Why
would someone just hate you?’ Tobi asked with a
‘I know. It’s hard to believe me but that’s just the
truth. I even hear her mention it to one of her
colleagues that she has some feeling she hates me.
It’s really horrible hearing someone say they hate you
out loud. Especially when that person is your boss.’
She seemed to be having it deep.
Well his boss and uncle always say he hates him like
everyday and it’s not all that bad.
‘Wow. Well, if what you are saying is true then your
boss must be some psycho.’ He continued,
‘and it looks like you are letting that get to you. I
thought you weren’t kidding when you made your ‘To
not be drag down during difficult times because no
one would pull me up when I refuse to get up’ motto.
You should learn to stick to your own theories. Just
ignore her and do what you know how to do best. You
don’t expect everybody to like you.’ He lectured and
there was silence on the other end which suggested
she was digesting his words.
He should introduce her to Jo one day. That way she
won’t be getting bullied by some superiors and that
‘By the way, how is Marcus?’ He asked.
If she is seeing Marcus, maybe now is not the time to
introduce her to Jo.
‘He should be fine I guess. He wants us to go out on
a date but I’ve been busy you know. But thinking
about it right now, how did you know his name. I
never told you.’
‘You had better not lie. You know you are a bad liar.’
Maybe he should just tell her the partial truth.
‘I know him. He was a friend’s friend.’
‘Why didn’t you tell me earlier? Is there something
you think I should know? I have this feeling you are
hiding something from me.’ She is all up in his head.
Why must she be so inquisitive.
‘Nah. Just forget about it. But shouldn’t you be
seeing him much more. It’s a sign that you have
‘Well I guess I don’t want to jump into any
relationship just yet. I’m just going to avoid him for
the mean time.’ She wasn’t changing her mind the
way she said it.
‘…and’ she started ‘ I just noticed you said my motto
without making any mistake despite it being so long.
Did you perhaps have it memorised?’
‘Is that the only thing you could lay your hands in all I
Was he amazed!
And he was thinking she was giving his words some
Well, it appears not.
‘Oooooh! It appears you are so used to me that any
word that comes out of my mouth sticks to your brain
like a magnet…’
He laughed out so loud at her attempt of trying to get
a point out of him.
‘Well, the truth is, I’m so scared you’ll fall in love with
amazing me. And the reason is not only because you
look like some cartoon figurine but because I can’t
help thinking how very lame our children would be if
they happen to take your gene…’ He didn’t complete
his sentence before she cut.
‘You don’t have to worry about that. I can’t afford
giving birth to dull kids who won’t know what
oesophagus is at twenty something and have horrible
handwriting as well. It would totally kill me.’ he could
tell she was feeling so proud of herself for her well
‘Your memory works so well. But why does it have to
be on things the whole world have forgotten? The
people that were present when I did that ‘oesophagus’
mistake have even forgot.’
‘No. They have not. Like, who forgets such things? If
you were to commit that blunder on the social media,
you would have been a legend. The whole world will
talk about you for days.’
She was really a kill joy.
‘Thanks for making me feel like crap early in the
morning. Now, if you won’t mind Madam, I have some
designers to inspect!’
‘….and I have patients to attend to!’
They both said the ‘good day’ in unison and they both
terminated the call at the same time too.
Tori smiled at her phone. She looked up thinking
about how that boy needs some lessons on how to
grow up, the smile still on her face but it disappeared
when she saw Marcus.
He was speaking to a male doctor and he looked up
right in time to see her before she even tried to
escape. He walked down to her after excising himself
from the doctor and that made her freeze for reasons
she couldn’t explain.
‘Hi.’ He said giving her that warm charming smile
that gives her cold feet
To be continued