At last! I went to thank the guy who kept my card for me, and that was when I got to know that he was a son of Mrs. Adebiyi. No wonder he stood at the ATM!
I left for office after the appreciation. On getting to office, I checked Mrs. Akin in her office but she wasn’t around, then, I decided to send “call me back” to her and to the rest of the numbers I’ve missed intentionally. Then, I left for my office. After some minutes, my phone started vibrating. It was an unknown number, then I picked it up.
“Hello, Afeez, where have you put your phone since?” (It was Mrs. Akin’s voice).
“It was not with me ma. I’m now available ma, I’ve even checked on you in your office,” I replied.
“I’m with grandma. I’ll join you soon,” she said. She came around after some minutes. “You almost turned me to something else when you didn’t pick the calls up. My mind was not at rest and I have even come to the bank to check on you but I couldn’t see you. I’ve been dodging Oga (boss) since morning, because I didn’t know what to tell him if he asked about you,” she said
“I’m sorry ma, I left my phone in the bag and kept it in the wardrobe outside, so I didn’t know it was ringing until when I went to take my logbook and saw the missed calls,” I lied.
She thanked and appreciated me for the great job I have done for her and she tried to compensate me with token, but I rejected it in the first instance, and later collected it from her when the frustration was too much.
I took permission at office and went back home after some minutes because I was seriously tired.
I got home around 3:00pm, ate the food prepared for me by my sister, then headed to the bathroom to take my bath and slept off soon after my bath.
I woke up around 8:15pm, picked up my phone and saw six missed calls from an unknown number. Since I had no airtime on my mobile phone, I decided to send “call me back” to the number.
After some minutes, a message entered and when I checked it, it contained the pin of a recharge card from the unknown number, I recharged the card immediately.
Wao! Who could have sent me #1000 worth recharge card? I was flabbergasted and decided to call the number straight-away. I was about to dial the number when my phone started vibrating. It was another unknown number and picked it up without any hesitation.
“Hello o, please, who is this?” I asked inquisitively.
“It’s me nah; you can’t even recognize my voice on phone again. O ga o!” she said silkily. It was a lovely voice of a lady which sounded familiar.
“Is this not Zainab’s voice?” I asked doubtfully.
“Yes o o o!” she replied joyfully and giggled
Me: Wao! Can’t just believe this! Where did you get my number?
Zainab: Don’t worry about that joor. I learnt that you are in Osogbo.
Me: Yeah. Who told you?
Zainab: We shall talk when we see on Saturday joor. I’ve seriously missed you o.
Me: Really? Same here too. Are you also in Osogbo?
Zainab: No, but I will come in on Saturday.
Me: No problem. But wait o! Were you the one who sent me airtime some minutes ago?
Zainab: Me ke! Rara o, or should I send you ni?
Me: Don’t bother o.
Zainab: Catch up with you on Saturday dear.
Me: Alright. I wish you journey mercies in advance.
Zainab: Thanks dear. Byeee! (She ended the call).
I can’t just believe I could still hear from Zainab (I was overwhelmed with the memory we shared together when we were in Polytechnic). I was lost in the nostalgic feeling when I remembered that I have not called the number that sent me the airtime. Then, I dialed the number…
“Hello, please, who am I on to?”
“It’s me, Taiwo,” she replied. (It was another lovely voice from a lady).
“Do you mean Taiye Taiwo, the Nigerian player?” I asked jokingly.
“No o!” she replied stressing “o” and giggled.
“Then, which Taiwo?” I asked with seriousness.
“From the bank you are banking with,” she said in a silky tone.
Me: Oh yah! How did you get my number?
Taiwo: From your form now, or you have forgotten that I was the one who entered your details into the system?
Me: Hmmm! What a clever game! No wonder they employed you.
Taiwo: Stop teasing joor.
Me: I am not o, but only saying the fact.
Taiwo: OK o. Thanks anyway.
Me: So, you were the one who sent me the card?
Taiwo: Don’t mind me jare. I did when I discovered you were out of airtime. It’s just a token and I hope you have accepted it the way it was?
Me: I can’t just believe this! So, your type still exists on earth? Thanks so much. You are highly appreciated.
Taiwo: The pleasure is mine.
Me: I guess you have information to pass across to me.
Taiwo: Not really, but just to apologize for what our organization made you pass through. I decided to do this on their behalf.
Me: Baby, you are so kind! Are you truly a human being? Because, I’ve not come across someone like you. Everything about you is just perfect.
Taiwo: Hmmmm! Really?
Me: I mean it baby. Sequel to what you apologized for, it was nothing, but only a challenge which has added to my boldness and rigidity.
Taiwo: I could notice that while reacting in our office. I so much cherished and saluted your courage and boldness. I was really impressed. In fact, you are such a man!
Me: Are you trying to kid me?
Taiwo: I’m seriously not kidding you o. I mean it. Keep it up.
Me: Thanks so much for the compliment.
Taiwo: Hope you have granted the apology?
Me: Even more than granted.
Taiwo: How will I be sure you have granted it?
Me: I swear to God, I have granted it.
Taiwo: OK o. But if I invite you to my place, would you honour my invitation?
Me: That would be awesome! I will definitely do.
Taiwo: You mean it?
Me: Of course, yes.
Taiwo: I’m now inviting you to my haven on Sunday.
Me: That’s serious! I thought you were joking.
Taiwo: Joking ke? I’m not o.
Me: By what time then?
Taiwo: I want you to choose any convenient time of your own since am going nowhere on that day.
Me: Let’s make it 4:00pm then.
Taiwo: That’s too far now. I will be bored at home. Could you make it twelve noon at least?
Me: No problem. I will give it a trial.
Taiwo: Thanks so much dear.
Me: The pleasure is mine. Let me have the address.
Taiwo: Don’t worry, I’ll send you the address via text message.
Taiwo: Thanks so much for making my night a colourful one.
Me: The pleasure is mine. Take care of you and do have a splendid night rest.
Taiwo: and you too.
Me: Yeah. Good night. I hung up the call.
To be continued…