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THE HEAT OF VIRGINITY (Episode 9)
In just 3 weeks after my youth service. The company made arrangements for me to travel to the U.S for a 10 months managerial course. I only wished I could tell the good news to Tope, but there was no means, she didn’t have a phone, she wasn’t on social media and not even an email account. Few days later I traveled to Texas, U.S. It was a wonderful learning experience and I was well taken care of. I met people from different parts of the world and I had a great time. At the end of the exercise, I returned back to Nigeria and the following day I was assigned to the position of an assistant manager. I had my own office and desk, it was too good to be true. My salary was wow!! My life was beautiful.
After 3 months of working I was able to acquire a brand new car. I could afford anyluxury that I wanted. My fashion changed, I got lots of cool natives and suits, expensive wristwatches, perfumes… I didn’t know how to spend my money, every month it kept on growing in numbers and since I wasn’t really an outgoing type with only few friends I had a huge savings.
A former course mate at the University was having a wedding. I was invited and I felt it was a very good opportunity for me to meet up with good old friends. I came late for the church wedding so I took a back seat and shortly after the church ceremony ended and we all dispersed to the reception not too far away.
At the reception I took a secluded seat. I never really liked to mingle and I decided to just observe from a distance. I saw lots of old faces that made me smile. It was really good seeing their happy faces again. But a face I would never forget was Ella’s. I had a major crush on Ella for 2 sessions and a semester, until she and Osas started dating shortly before we all graduated. Ella never reciprocated the feelings and it was difficult to open up to her. She’s a beautiful fair skinned lady and very decent. She was into crafts: She made beads, shoes, bags and cloths. She carved out a name for herself on campus. I was so pleased to see everyone smiling and having a good time.
I was busy with my phone and next thing, I looked up and I saw Ella coming my way. My heartbeat began to accelerate faster as she approached me. She had a smile on and I knew I was in trouble. She pulled out a seat on my table and sat down, she then said. “Look who we have here… Mr Loner. You haven’t really changed have you?” I said. “Hi Ella, so good to see you.” She then said. “Oh Adeoluwa the guy I liked so much but never had the balls to walk up to me.” I said. “Wait…You don’t mean it.”
She said. “You never knew I liked you” Why did you think I was always in your class hanging with Chioma?”
I then said. “Oh my God… But you ended up dating Osas now?” She then said. “You are pathetic Adeoluwa. If you knew how long I came around your class hoping you would act. You know, I knew you have always been serious minded, focused and very dedicated. You were not just man enough.” I then said to her. “Are you still with Osas?” She said. “Osas and I broke up during service year, he wasn’t serious at all.” I the said.“Is it too late, Ella?” She laughed and shook her head. Adeoluwa you are still pathetic. You haven’t changed but it’s still cute though.” I then asked her. “How about your craft business?” She said. “It’s doing well, I use my house for now but I really need a place because sometimes I get large orders and no space to work. I am thinking of getting a job so I can save up to get a place for my business.”
I then said. “Okay…. Ella, I know I messed up in the past. I am sorry about that, I was very shy and immature. I have really changed, trust me on this.
I have always admired you, always patronize your crafts even though I never needed them. If there’s nobody you are seeing, please consider me. I am begging you.”
Episode 10 en route
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