An image of Ada flashed through his mind, he paused and heaved a deep sigh. The thought of her distracted him from work.
Rose walked into his office to drop off some documents on his desk. She had been knocking on the door but there was no answer. She decided to go in and drop the document.
She was surprised to see him seated at his desk. Daniel was so intent in his thoughts that he was unmindful of her presence. She looked at him and her nurturing instincts kicked in. She felt his pain. The news of his wife’s infidelity had circulated around the company and she guessed it must be the reason for his despondence.
“Good morning sir.”
Her voice shattered his pensive mood.
“Good morning, Rose. How long have you been here?”
“A minute.” She placed the documents on his desk and made to leave.
“Rose…” She stopped and turned around sharply, raising her brows.
“How did you get over your ex-boyfriend?” His voice was shaky. He spoke as if something was stuck in his throat.
“I wouldn’t say that I have completely gotten over my ex, I’m still trying to move on, you should too, you find someone who will love you wholeheartedly.”
He moved closer to her and hugged her tightly. A warm flush crept up Rose’s neck as she tucked her face into his chest, she could hear his racing heartbeat, his cologne captivated her. He stared into her eyes, her striking brown eyes were vivid in the daylight. Her glossy lips were soft and full. He bent over and kissed her softly. She couldn’t help but kiss him back.
Suddenly, a knock came on the door and disentangled them. She instantly straightened up and left his office.
That evening, Daniel went over to Rose’s place to apologize to her. Outside her house, he met the gatekeeper, Kola, in front of the gate.
“Is Rose in?”
“No sir, she isn’t back yet.”
“Please, can you give this to her when she gets back?”
“I will sir.”
Daniel handed the bouquet which contained a card to him. He slid his hand into the back pocket of his trousers, took out some naira notes and tucked it into Kola’s hand. The gatekeeper was full of thanks.
“This will definitely get to her sir.”
Assured that his message and gift would be relayed, Daniel left and Kola made his way into the house. Half way into the house, Kola halted at the sight of Lilian.
“Good evening ma.”
“Good evening Kola. Who gave you that?”
“Mr. Daniel did. He asked me to give them to Rose.”
“Hand it over. I will give it Rose when she gets back.” He handed the bouquet to Lilian and went back to the gate. She placed the bouquet on her bed and took out the card which read:
Rose dear, I apologize for what happened in the office.
I promise to make it up to you.
Please let’s meet up at Elis restaurant by 8 o’clock.
In anger, she picked up the bouquet and card, and dumped them into the waste bin.
Daniel sat in the restaurant waiting for Rose. He took a peep at his wristwatch, it was 8:45 p.m. He ordered for a glass of wine which he slowly sipped. Hours passed and he grew tired of waiting.
“I guess she stood me up.” He emptied the glass at a gulp and walked out of the restaurant.
Lilian and her husband, Ifeanyi had gone out on a date that evening. She returned home drunk. He carried her into their bedroom and gently placed her on the bed. When he turned around to leave, she held his hand, drew him closer and kissed him with her eyes closed.
“I love you, Daniel Efe.”
His eyes widened in astonishment. He couldn’t believe what he heard. He raised his weary eyes to look at her but she was already fast asleep.