I’ll be gone by the morning
Let’s just stay here till then
Hold me like it’s the last time
You’ll ever see me again.
I’m leaving on an airplane
Don’t you ask me till when
Hold me like it’s the last time
You’ll ever see me again.
(You’ll ever see me again.)
“I never thought I could run into you here.’ Tori said
barely keeping her voice neat. She had her
stethoscope around her neck and she quickly inserted
her phone in one of the big pockets of the labcoat she
was putting on.
This Marcus guy is indeed tall that Tori really has to
throw her head backwards a little to actually look at
him in the face and he has to bow a little to look
down at her.
Down at her?
I think that needs rephrasing though. Tori doesn’t
seem to like the sound of that. Not in her head. She
was done with being looked down upon
Anyways, back to this goliath, neatly shaved
Okay enough of that. She snapped herself out of
whatever that is.
He looks taller than Tobi.
He is taller than Tobi. That is one certain truth if she
really has to be honest with herself cos she doesn’t
really need to throw her head back to look at Tobi in
the face But Tobi’s height is kinda presentable
compared to his.
There are some heights in humans that are just a ‘No
No’ and Tobi’s height is just like the height she wants
her dream guy to have. And his build too. One
obvious turn on.
What was she doing?
Dreaming all about Tobi right in the day? Tobi was
her nightmare, Yes. A funny one though, with those
thin, cute lips of….
Snap out of it girl!
She knows she wasn’t all that tall yet she has never
been categorised as being short either. She had this
tiny, slender and almost straight figure that her curves
were barely noticeable.
Actually, her curves can’t be noticed with her choice
of clothes. She either wears this big shirts over skinny
trousers or a short or long flared gowns.
Just think of any clothes that isn’t tight fitting, Tori
definitely has it in her closet .
Not that she possesses much ‘asset’ anyway. She is
an African girl with all Asian stature.
‘Are you here to visit a patient?’ Tori added.
Yeah. Like, what other business could Marcus possibly
have in the hospital? He is an architect for goodness
sake and he seemed really into that Doctor he was
greeting earlier. Maybe he has a sick relation here and
he kept showing up that all the doctors knew him
‘Actually, I’m here to see a friend and I was thinking
I’d be lucky to see you. Seems like I’m very lucky
right?’ He smiled with the edge of his lips.
If you have seen a cute guy do that before, then you
can be a witness thst one can’t really resist the urge
of drooling. And that’s exactly what Tori was trying to
do, resist the urge.
‘Idris…’ He called out to the attending physician he
was talking to earlier who was busy giving
instructions to a plump nurse who kept nodding at
whatever the doctor was telling her. When he was
done talking to the nurse who seemed to have entered
one of the wards, he came to join the duo where they
‘Idris, this is the lady I told you about, Tori…’ He said
with all smiles.
‘Oh!’ The ‘oh’ made it sound like there was much
meaning attached to it than just the two-lettered
‘You mean this is the lady you keep asking me to
keep tabs on once internship starts? The one you keep
saying looks like J… Well, she does look like her.
Somehow. How did you…’ Dr. Idris said every word
completely oblivious of all signs Marcus made to tell
him to stop rambling. He already did the damage to
this point before he actually saw him
‘Oh..’ His ‘oh’ is the ‘I wish I could take back
everything I said type. But he doesn’t really mean it
because he continued anyway. Only talking to Tori
‘This dude here asked me to keep tabs on you but he
failed to tell me which department you were posted to.
You won’t believe he couldn’t even compose his own
words well whenever he wants to talk about you. He
always stammers. I can see why he do now. it’s the
cuteness that must have blocked his larynx. It’s really
nice meeting you though.’ Dr Idris extended his hand
to her and she took it. She couldn’t believe she was
actually creating good relationship with one of her
‘You can call me whenever you need anything, Okay?’
Tori only nodded her reply at Doctor Idris. She can’t
even find her voice.
‘Dude, I’ve got to rush. And also, stop stalking her
here. This is an hospital for goodness sake. Do that
somewhere else.’ He said hurriedly leaving. Saving his
jaw from an unhealthy blow.
I don’t even know why he worries that much about a
blow. They are in the hospital premises nah.
‘Don’t worry about that guy. So, were you avoiding
me?’ Marcus said still looking down at her. It was
obvious he just got over being embarrassed.
‘Avoid you?’ She blew air through her lips to show
how absurd that sounds even though it was so true
she was. ‘Why would I do that?’ She finally asked. A
question she already knew the answer to.
‘Well, it looks like it. You told me you were busy so I
rarely call but whenever I give you my once in a while
call, you rarely pick up. So I just had no choice but
think you really were avoiding Mr. I’m sorry for
accusing you.’ Marcus apologized.
Like seriously, dear. If you know better you wouldn’t
do that. It’s not even an accusation, it’s the truth.
Tori just smiled. She was feeling guilty for making him
‘I was going to tell you my sister was getting
married..’ He announced and Tori interrupted.
‘Oh! When is that?’ Tori seemed interested. Marriage
is not really something you ignore. Not something
women will anyway.
‘Was.’ He corrected ‘She already did. Last Saturday.’
He broke the news and Tori felt bad for that. She was
avoiding him when he was only going to tell her about
his sister’s weddinh. ‘I’m sorry.’ She stuttered.
‘You don’t have to be. I think I’m holding you up for
too long. When you get off duty, can you call me. We
can just go somewhere and celebrate your first day.’
He was smiling again. Not that she could tell whether
he was or wasn’t. He appears to be smiling every
time she was bold enough to look up at his face.
Were is lips broken or something?
‘I really don’t know…’ Tori couldn’t even finish her
statement before he cuts in.
‘Please don’t say no…’ He pleaded.
‘Okay, I’d think about it. If I would be able to make it,
I would call you.’ She said.
‘Thanks.’ He seemed pleased hearing that.
‘I think I should get going now.’ She said, her hands
still in the pockets. She sensed he was staring at her
back. Feeling his eyes on her back made her walking
She almost tripped.
Tobi was already at the hospital. He glanced at his
wristwatch and he was like twenty minutes early.
That’s kind of surprising.
It wasn’t like he was going on a date or something
and he was ten minutes early. He couldn’t believe he
could take tormenting and annoying someone to this
Like, he has always been late all his life that his own
mum was concerned about him being his wedding.
He couldn’t believe he would be this early just to say
some stewpid words to someone who was going to
reply him with equally fooolish words.
Is he addicted to taunting her?
He was wearing a well ironed white, buttoned, long
sleeved shirt (which he had the sleeves rolled to his
elbow) over a well ironed black trouser. His black
leather shoe shone which it owes to a great shoe
And he was holding a bouquet!
He should have known better than to ask his mum for
advice on what to give Tori as her first day at work’s
gift. She didn’t even think about it before telling him
to get her a bouquet.
It was like tragedy and he would have declined if he
had a better option
Which he doesn’t.
His mum do all his ironing and polishing while
grumbling, the main topic of her grumbling is him
getting married and becoming responsible.
Like, what does getting married even have to do with
polishing shoe? His mum could bring marriage up in
He leaned closer to his car and glanced at his wrist
watch once again. She should be getting off work any
minute. He had parked his car off at some rear end of
the hospital. He didn’t want Jo running into him, and
to avoid that, he needed to give her as much space
There she is. Tori was walking with some guy beside
her. He couldn’t make the guy’s face but he looked
somewhat familiar. Not Marcus. Definitely not
Marcus. Tori wasn’t really hard to find. She was
wearing a gown just on her knee and the flare was all
black and blue. She was laughing so hard over
something the guy said and Tobi was sure whatever
that is, wasn’t even funny.
Girls and fake laughter though!
What’s so funny!
Why was he acting all pissed over her laughing over
some other guys jokes(Dry jokes actually)? It was not
like he had been pronounced to be the only official
clown in her life.
Wait a minute.
It’s like she didn’t even see him. Not like he really
blamed her though. His car had been carefully hidden
behind blocks of the hospital and it appears like he
was the only one who could see her from this end.
He was going to come out into the open for her to see
him when he felt something touch his shoulder. He
leaped a few distance away from the touch, then
turned around to see what it was.
It wasn’t a what. It was a who.
She was giggling at his stewpidity. She was wearing a
green chiffon top over a blue jean and her hair was
parked into that messy bun she liked so much.
‘Why did you jump that fast? I didn’t mean to scare
you!’ She laughed again.
Good Job Tobi. You just made a public fool out of
‘What are you doing here and what is that?’ She
pointed to the bouquet in his hands and Tobi wanted
to drop it like he was a suspect and the bouquet was
a blood stained knife but instead, he just held onto it.
‘This?’ He scratched the back of his neck like by
doing that, lies would just pop up. ‘It’s for you.’ He
said holding it out to her.
She collected it from him after giving him an unsure
‘This is weird. When did you start being all romantic?’
She bit her lips ‘Thanks.’ She smiled.
‘So are you going home now?’ He asked hurriedly.
‘Yeah. Mum just got back and I just have to be with
her. What about you, are you going home now?’
‘Not yet, I’m here to see a sick friend’s cousin’s son.’
You could do better than than that Tobi. But really, he
can’t say he came to relax!
In the hospital? Nah!
Jo had this ‘Na so.’ Smile on her face. She knew he
was hiding something. Something she would have
loved to find out if she weren’t in a hurry to get
‘Okay. I’d get going now. And Thanks for the
bouquet.’ She said walking a few metres before
jumping inside her car and driving off.
That was a close one.
He looked at the spot where he saw Tori and the guy
and she was still there. Only the guy was leaving
Tobi came out in the open looking in another direction
entirely making it look like he hadn’t seen her and of
course, she spot him immediately. She seemed quite
elated to see him and she was smiling as she walked
After exchanging a few words (annoying words) with
each other. They were inside the car and Tobi was in
no time on the road.
‘So, you were laughing at some guy’s joke.’ Tobi
started after they had been silent for some minutes. It
was more like an accusation than a statement.
‘I don’t know when laughing has become a crime
under the constitution.’
‘It is. When you are laughing at something that isn’t
funny. You are deceiving the deliverer of that joke that
he is doing a good job when he isn’t and deceit is a
crime you know.’ He was being annoying trying to act
‘Dr Idris is funny and you can’t just judge him without
even knowing him.’ Tori said
‘You seem into him.’ Tobi said.
‘Would you just stop already? I’m tired.’ Tori moaned
and reclined on the seat. The seatbelt still well
fastened across her chest.
‘Tired? After doing just what exactly?’ He found her
statement hilarious and not well said
‘You have not dealt with humans before so I can’t
really blame you.’ Tori said
‘I’ve been dealing with you for the past how many
weeks now? Two or so. I would only agree I’ve never
dealt with humans before if you admit you are some
wild animal that escaped from the zoo…’ Tobi was
interrupted by Tori.
‘Don’t steal my line…’ She warned
And the rest of the ride home was spent word-
bashing one another.
Eventually, they were home. Tori opened the sitting
room door and…
‘SURPRISE!!!’ Tife and her mum yelled immediately
she stepped in. Tobi appeared shocked too he wasn’t
expecting it. Tife was holding a beautiful cake which
has ‘CONGRATS ON YOUR FIRST DAY’ inscribed on
it.’ All the flames on the candle appeared to be
dancing. Participating in the moment if bliss.
Tobi’s mum took turn to drag Tori to the dinning
room where there was hardly any space to hold any
plate on the dinning table because it was all filled
with different delicacies and earthenwares
‘Wait a minute, who cooked this?’ Tobi asked
searching both his mum’s eyes and Tife’s.
‘Me.’ His mum announced smiling.
Just as he had guessed.
‘Let’s just soak garri instead.’ Tobi declared.
‘No, it’s fine. We ordered the food. Mum was just
trying to pull your legs.’ Tife said.
‘Let’s sit down and eat. It’s Tori’s big day.’ His mum
seem excited. She dragged a chair backward then seat
on it after which she started dishing the the food into
the plates. And the others also sat down.
Tobi watched how silent Tori was while his mum and
Tife talked away hardly noticing her moodiness. It
appeared she was stunned and not expecting it. She
But why would she be sad?
After the meal (the one she didn’t finish) Tori walked
upstairs after saying a silent thank you to Tobi’s mum
He watched her closely and knew something was
wrong. He took a few spoon from his food, hurriedly
drank water then went upstairs leaving his mum and
Tife to chatter away. He slowed down as he
approached her room. Silent sobs were coming from
He was going to leave her and ho back downstairs
when he saw himself standing before her door and
slightly turning the handle. Being careful not to make
any noise. When he stepped in, he saw her on her
All curled up.
Her head between her knees as she wrapped her arms
around her legs. She looked up when she heard the
door creaked and Tobi could see how wet her face
was. He sat next to her on the bed, his legs right on
‘Nobody has ever done that for me.’ She started
before he could even ask. She was looking at him
now. Her chin on her knee.
‘Cakes are what I always dream of seeing on my
birthdays while I was a kid. A wish that never came
true. Not even after I grew up.’ She sniffed a little
‘Seeing your mum and sister do that for me is….is…’
She was weeping again. Hard this time.
Her head fell on his shoulder as she wept a bit more.
He made no attempt to stop her. She stopped
weeping after a few minutes and all he heard were
sniffing. Her head still on his shoulder.
Then, he heard no sound from her. He left her like that
for some minutes before he bent his head to check
and he found out she was sleeping. Peacefully. On his
He patted her back lightly. Slowly. He moved his
shoulder back and forth rocking her a bit.
To be continued