She wore a long gown of cream colour with a Ghana weaving look hairstyle. She buried her head in her palms sobbing so loud now I can hear her vividly. I was a little scared and decided to make a run for my life thinking she might be one of those “egbere” (crying ghost) I’ve heard about. But on a second thought she wasn’t carrying any mat, I heard “egbere” do carry mat around. I approached her and said “Hello” to which she answered by waiving her hand giving me a sign to leave. I watched her closely and discovered she has blood stains on her cloth. “Oh my God, you are bleeding!” I shouted. She lift her head with a sorry face full of tears and said softly “please leave”. I wanted to leave at her request but something wouldn’t allow me so I thought of a way I could help and sighted my black cardigan hanging on the circle pavement where I was sitting earlier. I took the cardigan and handed it over to her.
Me: Tie this round your waist. It should cover the stained area
Me: You can go home now. Hope your side isn’t far from here.
Lady: Under G
Me: That’s close and it’s not too late. Do take care of yourself. (I start to leave)
Lady: Please can you see me off a while? My hostel is close to the school gate.
Me: (Na so e dey start o) Alright, gate it is.
Lady: thank you.
She stood up, tie the cardigan on her waist using the sleeves as the rope with the body covering the stained part of her gown. It was then I could see her very well. Damn! She’s more beautiful than I thought. She’s of average height, her face creating a south-pole magnetic field each time she smiles. Smile look so good on her with her face radiating the white street lights along the road towards the senate building. The first five minutes of the walk was in total silence except for the sound her shoe was making on the tarred road. She kept a straight face not looking at my side keep smiling periodically. I guessed she was expecting me to start the conversation but that happens to be my area of weakness. I looked at her face and she smile again to which I tried to start a conversation from there.
Me: Why are you smiling?
Lady: (she laughs) do you prefer my sad face?
Me: Why would I? I so much prefer the smile, it looks so good on you.
Lady: I’m kidding anyway. Thanks for the compliment. (a brief silence ensued after that)
Me: So you came to the show alone?
Lady: No (shaking her head)
Me: What about others?
Lady: You’ll have seen them outside the hall.
Me: You mean those ladies dancing, drinking and smo…
Lady; Yeah, Yeah (she cuts in)
Lady: And what were you doing outside the hall?
Me: The show was getting boring and I wanted to get some snacks and maybe soft drinks too.
Lady: And how did that end?
Me: I think we both know
We both laugh and she kept laughing to every words I spoke afterwards. I thought of asking for her number but quickly disregard the thought as I don’t want to spoil the ecstatic atmosphere we currently share. We got to the school gate and I was about saying my good bye when my phone rings. I checked and it’s Temmy and that was when I realized how long I’ve been outside the hall. Still thinking if I should pick or not when she broke the silence.
Lady: I’m Funmilola, 500level Biochemistry.
Me: Oh sorry, I should have asked. I’m Williams, 500level Mechanical Engineering. Nice meeting you.
Funmi: Can I use your phone please?
Me: (What for?) Of course you can.
I handed over the phone to her to which she pressed for a while and then her phone rings and went off almost immediately. She handed my phone back to me said “see you later” leaving immediately. I tried to check what she did on my phone when Temmy’s call entered again.
Me: Hello Temmy, I’m almost there
Temmy: Where are you?
Me: Around Senate building.
Temmy: Don’t bother going back to 750 LT. I’m waiting in front of the Faculty of Science building.
Me: Alright. (How did he end up there? That reminds me, he needs to tell me about Rachael, are they for real or I’m just hallucinating)
I changed my course and went through Skye Bank building towards Faculty of Science and in no time I could sight Temmy leaning on the pillar in front of the building pressing his phone, all alone.
Temmy: Why are you in the senate?
Me: I saw a friend off
Temmy: Really, who is she?
Me: Cho! Must it be she?
Temmy: Bro leave that side, I’m sure it’s she
Me: You are right though, but where is Rachael?
Temmy: She has left
Me: On her own, why?
Temmy: We went to her place together. She said she wasn’t feeling comfortable with the show any longer, so I had to take her home.
Me: Okay, so what’s up with her?
Temmy: Well I think you can guess
Me: You are guys are now dating?
Temmy: On point!
Me: I thought as much. Why didn’t you tell me since?
Temmy: Cool down bro, she just consent this evening
Me: That sound rather officially, she has always got something for you bro.
Temmy: You think?
Me: I know bro; Congrats!
Temmy: **laughed** Like I won something
Me: Bro you won something big. She’s a great lady.
Temmy: **smiles** I know. So tell me about your friend.
I narrated the story of how I met her and what transpired till he called.
Temmy: And what’s her name?
Me: **squeezing face** Oh boy! I’ve forgotten like seriously
Temmy: Are you for real? Hope you have her number?
Me: Seriously you caused it o
Me: You were the one calling me now
Temmy: Look at you! So now you lose a babe and your cardigan, probably forever.
Me: I’ll get another one jor.
In the real deal, that cardigan is the only one I’ve got and I know I’m going to suffer for it. Even if I’m buying another one it won’t be like that my magical cardigan, because the style is already old. But why can’t I remember her name? I seriously need to overcome this habit of forgetting names, especially that of ladies. I think it starts with “F”, is it Folake, Funsho or … Damn! I can’t remember.
To Be Continued….. . . .
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