It was a sunny Saturday morning, beams of sunlight made their way through the curtains and crept into Daniel’s room. He groaned as they forced him out of bed. He stretched his muscles and climbed down the bed. He moved towards the window to open the curtains, he stood still as he watched an unknown figure climbing down the porch; there was a certain grace in her movement that captivated him. Her face glistened in the morning sun and her blue mini gown gave her the perfect curve that would leave men drooling at the sight of her. It was his friend, Ifeanyi who lived next door with his wife, Lilian. As he watched her, she stumbled and fell, he chuckled.
“She is just as clumsy as Rose.”
Sensing that someone must have seen her fall, she quickly rose and straightened her gown. As she raised her head to look around to see if anyone saw her fall, Daniel immediately hid behind the curtains.
“Why am I even hiding?” he wondered.
He moved back to the window but couldn’t find her there.
Unbidden, the image of Ada flashed through his mind. A dark skinned young lady, ebullient, attractive and deadly as a viper. She ripped his heart apart and left him helpless. He had never known hate until she swept through his life in a flash.
He suddenly heard a loud rumble in his stomach which distracted him from his thoughts. His eating habit lately had suddenly become dicey. There was a hollow feeling in the pit of his stomach which reminded him that he needed to scrounge up some food. He couldn’t ignore his protesting stomach anymore, he headed straight to the kitchen to prepare breakfast.
Still curious about the woman he had seen earlier leaving his friend’s house; he wanted to know more about her. As he was about to head out, he decided to drop by at his friend’s place with the hope of seeing her again. He knocked on the door and the door immediately flung open. It was his friend’s wife, Lilian that he saw.
She stood at the door in her white transparent nightie. He could see virtually everything underneath. He gulped down the saliva that seemed to have suddenly formed in his mouth. Trying to avert his eyes which seemed to have pierced through the nightie, he asked, “Is Ifeanyi home?”
She enjoyed the attention she was getting from him. “Are you here for Ifeanyi or for the lady you were staring at this morning?”
He was shocked to know that someone saw him gazing. “I’m here for Ifeanyi.”
“He’s not at home. He’s gone on a business trip, he will be back later tonight. Do you want to come in and have a drink?”
“No thanks, I will be back later in the evening,” he replied and immediately zoomed off.
Later that evening, Daniel decided to drop by at his friend’s place. He wanted to see the young lady that held him spellbound earlier in the day. He knocked on the door, and in a few minutes, he heard someone unlocking the door. He silently prayed that it wasn’t Lilian who was at the door.
He stood motionless in amazement.
She was shocked to see him, her legs became too weak to carry her.
“Hi boss,” she managed to dredge the words up.
His friend immediately appeared behind her and took him away. They both made their way into Ifeanyi’s living room. They hadn’t seen each other in a while so they had a lot of catching up to do. They were engrossed in their discussion that they were oblivious of Lillian’s presence as she entered the living room with a bottle of red wine and two wine glasses. It was then that Daniel popped the question.
“What is Rose doing here?”
On hearing the question, Lilian felt a pang of jealousy. Her hands trembled, the wine glasses fell and shattered into pieces. The shattering sound interrupted their discussion and they both turned towards Lilian.
“I don’t know what’s been wrong with me lately, I think I feel a bit under the weather,” she excused herself and left.
It was Rose who reappeared to clean up the place and Daniel couldn’t take his eyes off her as she worked.
“I think you should stop staring at my sister like that. I don’t want those eyes of yours to create a hole in her skin,” he teased.
“Your sister? That’s Rose, my secretary in the office.”
“Yes, she’s my sister. She had issues in her last relationship and it affected her at work.”
“Her ex-boyfriend was her boss in the office. After their break up, she decided not to work there anymore.”
“I never knew she was employed in your company. You know I have been away for three weeks. I haven’t really had the time to talk with her.”
Daniel felt pity for Rose, he never knew she was having a hard time like he was. The two friends decided to put Rose’s issues aside and talk about things. The two friends enjoyed each other’s company and laughed at regular intervals.
“I will be leaving now.”
“Alright. Thanks for coming over.”
“It is my pleasure.”
They had a tight handshake before Daniel finally left.
On his way out, he bumped into Rose who had gone out to empty the waste bin.
“If we keep bumping into each other like this, we will end up breaking each other’s bones,” he said jokingly.
“I’m sorry. I…” He held her arms with his hands and her words trailed off.
“You don’t have to be sorry, I totally understand what you are going through.” She winced in pain and he immediately unhanded her.
“Are you okay?”
“Not really, your hand slightly brushed my wound which is still healing and I think it must have reopened.”
She pulled up her sleeve, the wound emitted droplets of blood, he grasped her hand and pulled her towards the well, he gently helped her to wash the droplets of blood off.
“How did you get this?”
“I had a car accident a month ago.”
“Where? When? Did you see the face of the reckless driver?”
“Like I said, it was a month ago. It was around Cafe Cassata, I think it was on a Friday night, it was raining and the skies were pretty dark. I bet the driver didn’t see me as well,” she chuckled, “funny enough, he mentioned his name was Daniel, but I didn’t get to see his face in the dark.”
He stood in shock. Sensing the sudden change in his countenance, Rose asked, “Are you okay?”
“I was the one,” he muttered.
“I was the one that hit you with my car that night. I’m truly sorry, I wanted to help but you took off even before I could do anything.”
She sensed sincerity in his voice.
“You don’t have to be sorry. Like I said earlier, it was my fault and I know you wanted to help.”
He took her hand and held it in his.
“Am I forgiven?”
“I was never mad at you anyway.” She gently withdrew her hand from his. “I will be going in now. Goodnight boss.”