Throughout his drive back home in the evening, Dave kept smiling giddily to himself. As soon as he reached his apartment, he stepped out of his car to unlock the gate. He walked closer to the and noticed that it was already open, that was when he remembered he already had a neighbour. He opened the gate and drove in. As he approached his main apartment, he met two ladies standing right in front of it, staring intently at themselves. He furrowed his brows and walked closer to them.
“Hi.” He smiled at Grace as he stood beside Julie.
“Hello.” Grace grinned instantly at Dave.
“Errr… how are you tonight?” Dave asked.
“Fine thank you,” Grace replied sweetly.
“Best, who is she?” Julie who was staring at the both of them as they conversed spoke up when she couldn’t take the suspense no more.
“Oh… uhmm… Sunshine, this is… ermm…” Dave raised one of his brows at Grace.
“Grace!” Grace smiled.
“Grace… my new neighbour.” Dave grinned.
“Oh. I didn’t know that.” Julie relaxed her tensed shoulders. “Good evening.” Julie smiled sweetly at Grace.
“Evening,” Grace reciprocated with a sweeter smile. “Anyways, I only came to check if it was you that was opening the door. Well, since it’s someone you know, I’ll be heading back to my flat. Good night.” She gestured with her hands.
“Goodnight,” Dave and Julie chorused, smiling at her.
Dave turned and unlocked the door and the both of them entered the apartment.
“You didn’t tell me you were coming tonight,” Dave spoke up as he locked the door.
“Well, you didn’t tell me you have a new neighbour,” Julie stated as she switched on the corridor’s light.
“Bae, I didn’t know too. Just saw her this morning.” Dave shrugged his shoulders as they walked into the living room.
“Well, I didn’t know I’ll be coming here too… just changed my mind on my way home and turned the car around. I just got here not quite long ago,” Julie replied as she switched on the lights in the living room.
“Hmm… Okay.” Dave pursed his lips.
“But did you tell your friend?” he asked as they climbed the stairs.
“Yeah. I called her,” Julie replied.
“Okay.” Dave nodded his head and opened the door. “So how was work today?” Dave asked as they undressed.
“Fine, but stressful.” Julie sighed.
“Awww, sorry bae.” Dave smiled and walked closer to her.
“Hmm, thank you boo.” Julie smiled.
“You know what? Since you are tired, I’ll bathe you.” Dave winked and placed his hands on Julie’s waistline.
“Hmm. Okay.” Julie grinned.
“So are you ready?!” Dave asked as he bit his lip.
“Yeah, yeah.” Julie chuckled.
“Okay.” Dave grinned.
With that, he carried Julie on his right shoulder and headed for the bathroom. He got into the bathroom, stepped into the bathtub and gently placed Julie in it and washed her clean. After he was done, he carried her again on his shoulder and walked into the room. He dried her body and wore a robe on her.
“Where are we going to?” Julie asked, giggling happily as Dave carried her down the stairs.
“The kitchen,” Dave replied.
“Hmm.” Julie smiled.
Dave got into the kitchen and gently placed Julie on the cabinet. He wore an apron, turned on the gas cooker and placed a fry pan on it.
He took out a bottle of groundnut oil and poured it into the pan. He took a bunch of plantains and gently sliced the bunch bit by bit, sprinkling a pinch of salt on the plantains.
Julie grinned heartily, swinging her legs back and forth as she watched Dave fry the plaintains.
As Dave fried the plantains, he took six eggs from the crates and broke them into a bowl. He beat the eggs and added the normal quantity of ingredients to it. He auickly turned towards the cooker and turned the plantains. He turned back and beat the eggs, dissolving the yolks.
After a short while, he turned the pan and poured the plantains in a plate. He then carefully placed the pan back on the cooker and poured groundnut oil in it. He chopped onions and poured it in the fry pan and stirred it for a while, he took and poured the egg in the fry pan and made fried eggs. As soon as he was done, he turned the fried eggs in a plate and turned off the cooker.
“Done!” Dave twitched his lips and clapped his hands.
“Okay.” Julie smiled and made to get down from the cabinet.
“Ehn! Don’t!” Dave signalled with his hand.
“Oh.” Julie pursed her lips and adjusted herself on the cabinet.
Dave carried the dishes to the dining room, he took the utensils they’ll be using and two bottles of water to the dining room too.
He came back from the dining room and carried Julie, who kept looking at him sweetly as he came and went. He gently placed her on a chair and sat down beside her.
“Woah!” Julie exclaimed excitedly.
“You like what you see?” Dave licked his lip.
“Uh-huh.” Julie nodded her head vigorously.
“Dig in then.” Dave smiled.
And ‘dig in’ it was. Julie said a short prayer and they both ‘dug in’.
After they were done eating, Dave cleared the dishes and then carried Julie back upstairs. He gently tucked her in and headed for the bathroom. He took his bath and went back to the room. He wore a robe and laid beside Julie, cuddling her to himself.
“Best?” Julie called out as she laid her head on Dave’s chest.
“Yes my love?” Dave caressed her hair.
“That Grace girl… there’s this thing about her that I can’t place.” Julie scrunched up her face.
“Huh? I don’t understand.” Dave furrowed his brows.
“Like, I feel like she’s here on a mission.” Julie pouted.
“What mission?” Dave laughed.
“I’m serious jhur.” Julie slapped his chest.
“Ouch!… Sunshine, I’m not saying you are wrong but what mission? To burn down the house or send me out?” Dave replied, laughing really hard.
“Hmm.” Julie sighed.
“Don’t worry, okay? In fact, I feel like she’s a good person.” Dave shrugged his shoulders.
“Okay oo.” Julie shrugged.
“Yeah, it’s nothing,” Dave reassured her and smooched her head.
After a while, they fell asleep in each other’s arms.
As soon as it was around 3:30 on Saturday morning, Julie woke up and ironed the clothes Dave was going to wear for her mum’s memorial service. After she was done, she went downstairs to prepare breakfast and headed back upstairs for her bath. As soon as she was done, she woke Dave up for his bath, though it took a very long time to do that as Dave wasn’t ready to be up.
Julie dressed up while Dave took his bath. After a few minutes, Dave joined her in the bedroom and dressed up too. Julie wore a long black gown while Dave wore a black shirt with jacket and trouser. When they were done, they packed everything they’ll be needing and headed downstairs. They had their breakfast and drove out of the apartment.
Grace heard the sound of a car and hastily looked out the window. She bit into her lower lip till it bled out.
I must act fast! She frowned and yawned.
She wasn’t able to sleep throughout the night.
As soon as she had entered her flat the previous night, she threw the first thing that came to sight on the wall.
“How dare that bitch talk to me in that manner? I’ll definitely deal with her,” she had resounded noisily.
After yelling a bit more, she calmed down and paced around. She kept pacing around till around 3:00 the next morning when she felt dizzy. She slept off on the chair in the living room and not long after she heard the sound of a car being driven out of the compound and woke up, hastily rushing towards the window.
“I’m definitely going to deal with her?” She reassured herself as she watched Julie close the gate with hatred in her eyes.
“Shit!” Dave face-palmed himself as he drove to the cemetery.
“What?” Julie turned her head to look at him.
“I didn’t buy flowers!” Dave scrunched up his face.
“Awww. What do we do now? I thought you already some, so I didn’t buy any too.” Julie shrugged.
“You didn’t buy any? That’s a lie, right?” Dave stole a quick glance at her.
“No.” Julie’s lips twitched.
“I’ll turn around then, I think we just passed a store.” Dave sighed.
“Relax jhur! I already bought some.” Julie smirked.
“Gosh! You…” Dave reached out his right hand and ruffled Julie’s hair.
They spent the rest of the drive chitchatting. As soon as they got to the cemetery, Dave parked the car while Julie carried the flowers from the backseat. They got out of the car and walked into the cemetery, towards Mrs. Adams’ grave.
Mr. Adams, Kate and a few other people, including pastors, family and friends were already standing by the graveside. They started the service and after a while, they all started dropping their flowers one after the other, saying short words as they dropped their flowers. The pastor prayed and the service ended.
Julie left Dave’s side for a while as her father called her to his side. Dave decided to roam around for awhile.
“Hannah Montana?” Dave called as soon as he saw Hannah.
Hannah turned herself around and saw her stupid yet dazzling secondary school crush.
“Hi.” She smiled.
“I meet you here again.” Dave smiled and walked briskly towards her.
“Yeah,” Hannah replied.
“You know the deceased’s family?” Dave asked.
“Yeah, I know someone.” Hannah smiled. “And you? I saw you together with Julie.” Hannah scratched her nose. “What relationship do you have with her?” she quickly added.
“Hannah!” Julie yelled as she sighted Hannah from afar. Hannah turned to her side and smiled as Julie walked briskly towards her and Dave. “You came.” Julie smiled and hugged Hannah.
“Yeah. The cemetery wasn’t too difficult to locate.” Hannah smiled.
“Oh, I see you and Best have met.” Julie smiled and wrapped her hand around Dave’s arm.
“Huh? No. Is he here?” Hannah asked keenly as she stared at Julie.
“Yes, he is.” Julie grinned.
“Where is he?” Hannah asked ,looking around as if searching for ‘Best’.
“Right in front of you.” Julie grinned childishly.
“Where?” Hannah asked, still looking around.
“Here! This is Best,” Julie replied, patting Dave’s back.
“Ermmm, Dave… like I don’t get,” Hannah stuttered.
“Dave is Best.” Julie twitched her lips.
“Jinjja?” Hannah pursed her lips.
“Errr… Hannah Montana, what do you mean ‘ginger‘?” Dave sneered. “Are you implying that I’m ginger? Me, ginger?” he scoffed.
“Best that’s not what she meant.” Julie laughed.
“Huh? That’s not what she meant? You are kidding,” Dave scoffed.
“If I’m ginger, then you’re garlic!” he stated.
“Best!” Julie laughed, smacking him.
“No Sunshine, lemme deal with this girl.” Dave tapped his foot continuously on the ground.
“I’m telling you that’s not it,” Julie said amidst laughter.
“Sunshine, that’s it. That. Is. It!” Dave sneered at Hannah.
“It’s not—” Julie was about to talk.
“No, infact Sunshine let’s go.” Dave hissed at Hannah and turned Julie around.
“Hannah let’s go. You’re going with us to Dad’s!” Julie yelled as Dave pulled her towards the car.
“Huh? She isn’t. Not my car!” Dave sneered.
“Best!” Julie bursted into another round of laughter.
Hannah stood on a spot looking at the both of them. So Dave is Julie’s boyfriend, she thought as she dragged her feet after Dave and Julie, looking at the both of them as they played.
Hannah tightened her fists as she watched them, with tears welling up around her eyes. She tilted her head up slightly to force back the tears.
“Hey Garlic, you better get in before I change my mind, ” Dave sneered at Hannah as he opened the passenger’s side door for Julie.
Hannah quickened her steps and hurriedly got in the car. “Hmm. Good.” Dave smirked and also got in the car.
“Are you alright my baby?” Dave stole a glance at Julie for the umpteenth time as he drove.
“Yeah.” Julie smiled at him. “I’m good,” Julie reassured.
“Okay.” Dave entwined their fingers and smooched the back of Julie’s hand. “I love you.” Dave smiled, his dimples deepening.
“I love you more.” Julie grinned and smooched his right cheek.
Hannah watched them from the backseat with a heavy heart, her eyes brimming with tears. She looked away from the unpleasing sight and looked out the window. Her feelings for Dave was still there, deep down in her heart, and it was painful seeing her very close friend and Dave.
Dave smiled at Julie as he drove, their hands still entwined together. He was worried that she’d be sad since it was her mum’s memorial day that day. After a while, they arrived at Mr. Adams’ mansion. Dave quickly got out of the car and opened the passenger’s side for Julie to step out. He looked at Hannah at the backseat and scoffed.
“Garlic,if you’re thinking I’ll open the door for you, you are thinking rubbish!” He smirked. “Let’s go.” He turned to Julie and wrapped his hand around her waist as she led the way to the mansion.
Hannah smiled wearily as tears formed in her eyes again. She forced back the tears and stepped out of the car. As soon as she stepped out, someone bumped into her.
“Ah, I’m so sorry.” The young man apologized.
“Oh, it’s okay.” Hannah smiled dryly at the man.
“You don’t seem happy, why?” The guy asked.
“Uhmm, it’s something personal.” Hannah smiled.
“Oh, okay.Just don’t let it eat you up.” The guy smiled. “I have to get going. I hope I’ll see you again.” He smiled and walked away.