Hey people. If you haven’t been following the series, use this link here to read up on all you’ve missed and for those who don’t know, the series is jointly written by @cikk0 and I.
You might notice we have a new banner today, it’s because the good people of Barows 21 have decided to sponsor this category and every week, they’ll be giving out one free international magazine.
Today, the magazine will go to the first person to post the names of all the girls Charles has dated so far in the right order. Goodluck.
Charles put down the phone. Kemi and Jade would hate him for this but it was the best thing to do under the circumstances. He looked down and into Jade’s stare. Those eyes, those crazy beautiful eyes. He opened the drawer from where it came and placed the old photograph back in. As he pushed the drawer shut, he looked at the empty picture frame on the table. He reached for it and pulled it open, the blank face turned out to be the back of a picture.
“Who am I kidding. I miss you like crazy. Eight freaking weeks.” Charles laughed. Every chuckle reeking with sarcasm. “I can’t do this anymore.” With that, he picked up his phone, dialed a number and lay back in bed listening on as the phone rang on the other end.
“Come on… please pick up.”
Charles listened till the tone stopped and then flung the phone to the other side of the bed in anger. Almost immediately, the phone’s message tone cried out and he quickly rolled across to pick it.
The text message read: “We are almost there. Don’t give up on me now.”
3 Days later
Jade: Hello *giggling sound*
Kemi: erm.. what’s going on there? Can you talk?
Jade: *more giggling sounds* Hold on please. Give me a second.
Kemi holds on for what seemed like a whole minute before Jade returns to the phone.
Kemi: Hmm… somebody seems surprisingly happy. What’s going on? Where have you been and who was that tickling you?
Jade: Wow, wow… easy cowgirl! One question at a time…
Kemi: Do I look like your mother? You’ve been totally A.W.O.L. for the past three days. I’ve been worried shitless and you’re telling me to calm down?
Jade: Awwhh… I’m sorry Sister Kemi. I just needed some me time. I needed to get away.
Kemi: And you ‘got away’ with whom?
Jade: *giggles* Well, you know that offer Mayowa put on the table a while back?
Kemi: Oh no you didn’t. You stowed away to wallow by having sex with your ex?
Jade: Correction: Wild. AMAZING. Sex.
Kemi: I’m listening.
Jade: I can’t talk much. He’s in the bathroom but I can’t lie: he just seems so different Kemi. He’s been talking non-stop saying things like if I decide to come back I better be ready to be his Mrs. and have his babies this time. It’s all just so amazing.
Kemi: erm.. ok.. so I’m blushing for you here even though I’m still mad you were getting your nookie on. Especially since I couldn’t totally enjoy the Captain because I was worried about you.
Jade: awwhh.. that’s just so sweet..
Kemi: Abeg abeg gerrout jo! I’m going to look for my Captain. Sha use protection.
Later that evening… Point hotel’s Tiki Bar
Charles is seated at the bar with Promise.
“Wow. Oh bobs, you try oh. I’m not sure I would have been able to go down with this whole thing.” Promise shook his head as he spoke.
“Well, I guess that’s why they say love makes you do crazy things.” Charles responded. Both men slowly sipped from their glasses and then Promise shook his head again.
“Hmmph.. love sha. Doesn’t that also define you and Chioma? Or where is she in all of this?” Charles looked away from Promise and seemed to be in shock as he spoke. “She’s there.” Promise laughed mildly in response… “There where? She dey your room?” “No, she’s there. Behind you. Walking towards the restaurant.”
Before Promise could spin around to take a look, Charles was off his stool walking fast towards the restaurant. When he got to the door, he stood still for a few seconds surveying the room and then, like a hunter spotting his prey he began walking towards a table.
“Miss Chioma Okafor. How typical. You, dinner alone in the corner of the room, sipping a glass of Red Muscadel. Yup, this is you alright.” Chioma didn’t respond. She watched as Charles sat in the chair opposite her.
“And this is so typical of you. The ideal gentleman to the world except those of us who really know you,” she countered.
“Well, what can I say, the people who really know us accept us with our faults.”
They both stayed silent for a few seconds staring at each other as if taking mental pictures. Charles spoke first. “You look real good. I guess the fashion industry isn’t as bad as they say it is nowadays.” Her retort was swift:
“Well, I guess I can say the same about you. Lying, I mean; advertising has always been profitable.”
“Oh, by the way, I hope you’re not really waiting for a guest, I could…..” Charles trailed off,
“Oh, come off it Charles. I’m here, you’ve found me, what is it you want to say to me?”
“I just want to know why? Why have you been running? I thought that was my thing? Were we together for so long that you picked up just more than the name of your clothing line from me?”
“Me, run? I’m sure you know me better than that?
“Then what has been going on?”
Chioma took a sip of her drink, smiled and then looked at Charles. “Have you finally told that poor girl the truth? “ She asked.
“What are you talking about Chioma?”
“Stop it Charles. When will you stop this? You need to tell Jade the truth and stop living in denial. I chose to opt out of your little game because I knew you hadn’t confronted her. It’s just not fair Charles.”
Charles looked into Chioma’s eyes and for a second he was transported several years back – sitting on his student bed in his hostel room with Chioma sitting across him. Crying. He covered his face with his hands and took a deep breath as he remembered Chioma walking out of his hostel room.
Chioma reached out and touched Charles’ hand on the table. “Charles, you’re one of the only two men I’ve ever truly loved, that’s why I can’t help telling you the truth… And please just stop with that look already.”
“I’m not… this isn’t … Can I please get a hug?” Chioma looked away rolling her eyes. “No, I’m serious Cee… “this one has really really gotten to me.” Chioma got off her seat and Charles walked into her open arms hugging her tightly. After what seemed like forever, he pulled back just enough to stand face to face with her. Moments passed and Charles moved in for a kiss…
Kemi: What is it?
Jade: hahaha… I can see I interrupted something..
Captain: Yes you did. Can you please leave me and wife alone.
Jade: Aye aye, Captain. Just give me a minute.
Jade: So, have you heard from Charles?
Kemi: He’s been calling nonstop but I haven’t picked. Is that why you pulled a nookie intruder on me?
Jade: *laughs* Ok, ok, I’m sorry but I guess you can pick his call now. I’m over that. Lets move on to his next girl and see where he’s going with all of this.
Kemi: Good lawd! The power of the D – I – C – K!
Jade: Sharrap jo…
Kemi: Ok, I’ll send him Taiwo next then.
Jade: Ok. Cool… now, as you were.