Click here to read the fifth and last episode on reckless journey if you are just joining us…Friday Nights; A Reckless Journey V
Dafe was indeed full of surprises. Our first date was on Friday; three days after I agreed to see him again and it was really impressive, quite something. He did not even inform me on time, he just called me late Thursday night as I was ready to get in bed that he was going to take me out on Friday after work. He didn’t even tell me where no matter how much I persisted in asking. He just said ‘I prepared something for you, nothing really formal.’ I was amused.
The past really loves attention – that is the reason why it always creeps up to you especially when you just seemed to have moved on from it.
I mean, I had forgotten all about Dafe to be honest till his call. I wondered whether to keep this secret further or just tell my friends. The next day, I went to work and purposefully did not pack a night bag because I was going to go home! Of course, I made sure I looked gorgeous to work – I didn’t want to be seen with such a classy man looking strangely dressed. If at all, I wanted to be ready for whatever the occasion was. So I wore a high-waisted navy green palazzo trousers with a grey off-shoulder ruffle-sleeve blouse. Thankfully, it was dress down day at work, so I didn’t have to bother so much about what I wore – although I carried a ‘parchmina’ to cover my open neck and bare shoulders.
I wasn’t sure whether or not I was concentrating at work but the day seemed to roll by very fast. I felt my heart racing as I saw the time approaching 6.00pm. I thought about calling Dafe to cancel our date. I wasn’t sure exactly how I felt at the thought of being seen with him. I wondered what he thought of me in his head.
Crap girl, just let go of those thoughts and have fun. Have you ever heard where going out with a guy killed a girl? Suck it up and wait for his call and stop acting like a child.
I sighed. As I sat before my office computer facing me, I realized I had not completely cleared my desk for the weekend. I definitely did not want to pile up any work for Monday, so I started working on the two files I had left unfinished. It immediately struck me that I had agreed with Dafe to leave by 7pm. “Shoot!” I said realizing it was 6.40pm. I still had a couple things to tidy and 7pm was not going to cut it for me. Just then, my phone began to ring. I decided to ignore it but it rang again severally.
I turned my phone to reveal who the caller was before I picked it, “Hello” I muttered
“Hello Mimi, what’s up?” Lola asked
“Hey Lola. I am fine. How did your day go?”
“Amazing I must say. Are you still at work?”
“My dear, you don see am now. That is where I am oo – I am trying to tidy up my desk.”
“You and work this young lady. Stand up and go home, it is a Friday babes.”
“I will, very soon.”
“So what are your plans for tonight?”
“I’m not sure what they are really, I am more concerned with clearing this desk in front of me and then I will figure out what next.”
“Do you want to hang out with Elvis and I?”
“Lola, did you say Elvis?”
“Yup. You heard me loud and clear. What say you?”
“Lol, I am not sure I can hang out with you guys, I am supposed to meet with someone by 7pm and it is already 7pm. Sorry.”
“Oh that is great then. Let me call Zizi and see what she is up to. Enjoy your night babes. I hope something eventful comes out of your strange meeting Mimi.”
“Lol, go away from my phone, you are a nuisance!”
She laughed at the other end, “why else do I know you, if not to be that nuisance, eh?”
I looked at my ringing phone, “hang up babes, someone is calling me.”
“All righty. Talk to you later. Bye.” She blew a kiss from the other end as she ended the call.
I quickly picked the call as I breathed, “Hello”
“Hey you…are you still busy-ish?”
“Sort of. Where are you?”
“I am just about to leave the office. I wanted to be sure you were ready for me.”
“Can you give me, say some 10 minutes extra please? I’ll just tidy and organize my desk.”
“Okay, what is your office address? So I know where to pick you at.”
“Okay erm, it’s at 36 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.”
“36 Awolowo Road…right! Expect me in 30 minutes. I’m guessing you will be ready by then, yes?”
“Good. I will see you shortly.”
I dropped my phone as I proceeded to round off my work and pack my bags. I pulled off the parchmina I wore around my neck and folded it neatly into my bag.
I said my goodbye’s to the rest of my colleagues who were still crammed up with work before I heard my supervisor say, “Hmm, someone is looking dashing tonight! The person causing this much ruckus must be really worth it.”
I laughed at what I imagined to be a sheer sarcasm as I responded, “Goodnight Sir. Do enjoy the weekend.”
“I sure will and I trust yours will be more fun than mine. Do well to laugh a lot tonight and loosen up Mimi, you are always too uptight!” He finished as he peered back to his system.
I grinned as I shook my head, why does everyone think I’m too uptight? “Goodnight Sir.” I said again as I blushed away.
I glanced at my wristwatch and saw that it was 7.28pm. Instinctively, I walked out and headed to the elevator. Just then, my phone rang. It was him.
“Hey you…” I whispered
“Hey stranger,” I heard him smile “I’m at your office building.
“Don’t worry, I’m heading down already. You won’t have to wait too long.”
“Ah, she’s courteous! I am grateful.”
I smiled to myself, “see you soon Dafe.”
“I’m waiting.” He replied as he ended the call.
As I got closer to the ground floor, I felt more anxious and excited. I had never really had a proper date with anyone before – mostly because I turned down all offers that came my way – and I really wasn’t sure whether I wanted to go anywhere fancy with Dafe but somehow my mind kept reminding me that I was 24 and I needed to give myself some treat.
When I got to the office lobby area, I saw him seated by the waiting area observing the space. He looked effortlessly gorgeous in the purple shirt and carton colored trousers he was wearing, far better than I think a guy should look on a Friday night. After putting so much effort in my appearance, I still appeared as a toad before him, I thought as I walked up to meet him.
“Hey sexy one.” He smiled as he stood up to give me an embrace. I pulled my hand out for a shake and he tilted his head to one side and gave me a wry smile. “Oh I see how it is now, a handshake, huh?”
“No, no…I didn’t come all the way for a handshake. Remember I said not a formal outing and I am a hugger. So please oblige me and bring that sexy body here.” He beckoned with both hands.
I moved to give him a side hug because I didn’t feel comfortable giving him a full hug. It just seemed weird and awkward. I felt awkward. I looked at him again, he was smiling at me.
“Shall we?” he asked opening his right hand to receive mine.
“Where to please?”
“You will find out soon sexy. Just relax and enjoy the Friday.” He smiled at me again.
I loved the way he smiled at me; the way his lips lifted upwards to reveal his perfectly aligned teeth and the way his dimples creased. Oh, he had dimples – I never noticed. His smile was a meadow of green, a ray of sunshine; I feared I might get sunburn.
We drove down to Lagoon and headed to a table he had earlier reserved for us by the seaside. The view of the beautiful water body surrounding the area was spectacular; I was glad I said yes to going out with him tonight. We sat right opposite each other as I tried to observe the people around me. It was my first time at Lagoon so it was okay for me to wonder how people behaved at this place, what they ordered on their tables, how they spoke and how they sat smiling with their lovers – I assumed everyone was with a lover since it was mostly a pair of a guy and a girl or three pairs of guys as well as girls all seated together.
All the while, Dafe wouldn’t stop staring at me. I wondered why he was looking at me so intently smiling that coy smile. I shook my head as I looked on at the waters seating beside me. “Hey sexy…” I heard his soft voice whisper
I smiled as I looked at him, “stop teasing me already. You know my name is Mimi. Just call me by my name.”
“What would you like to have?” I heard the waitress say as she looked on at me handing me the menu. Apparently, she had been standing there a while, I didn’t even notice. I collected the menu as I began to flip through the pages looking for my favorite mix when I saw what seemed to be fried ice cream on the menu; I laughed. “What the hell is a fried Ice cream?” I asked no one in particular.
“Well, I have no idea.” Dafe replied “Is that what you want to have?”
“Nah, do you guys make Pina Colada’s?” I asked closing the menu as I was too tired looking through their funny food names.
“Yes, we do ma’am. Is that what you would like to have?”
I saw Dafe look at me, as he took away the menu from me. “No, Let me order something different for her?” He asked looking at me
I looked at him in bewilderment as he continued to flip through the pages like I wasn’t there… “There is something I think you would enjoy taking. Ah, ha…I found it! Make her this one.” He said as he pointed to a part of the menu looking at the waitress.
“What are you ordering for me?” I asked “Can I see it?”
“So, I ordered a ‘screamy orgasm’ for you.” He grinned widely
“I have never heard of such a mix. Sounds really weird.”
“Just take it and then let me know how you like or hate it.”
The waitress walked away to get our orders and I looked at him wondering why he had made me that choice of drink. It sounded so nasty.
“So…” he started, “tell me, how was your day at the office?”
“It was okay, and yours?”
“It was great. The highlight of the day is seeing you.”
I was quiet for a while before I replied, “That is good.”
“So tell me about you Mimi.” He continued as he reached out to grab my hands.
“Me? What can I really tell you? There isn’t much to say. What do you want to know?” I asked looking around.
“Everything. Everything you have to say.”
“That is not an easy job. Ask me specifics and I will try to answer you honestly.”
“Okay, that’s fair but that is a lot of work for me.”
“Well, the price you have to pay if you want to know me.” I grinned at him as I flashed my tongue at him.
He smiled, “You should be careful in doing that. You never can tell what may happen to that tongue once it starts behaving wildly.”
I laughed at his comment. He was easy to talk to. I crossed my ankles as I rubbed my palms over my bare shoulders. The weather was cool and I was beginning to feel a bit cold.
“Are you cold?”
“No, I’m not. My body is getting used to the water’s weather.” I lied.
He seemed not to buy it, “If you are cold, we could switch seats to a place warmer. Somewhere in the middle if you like?”
“No,” I replied “I like the view here, it is amazing. Don’t worry about me, I’m not cold.”
Just then, the waitress came with our drinks. My glass was really large and I wondered why they wanted to drown me. It looked really nice, I hoped that the taste would be nicer. I took a sip; hmm, not bad, I thought.
“Do you like it?” He asked
“I don’t think I can judge that properly yet. I just took a sip, let me take a couple more and I will let you know what I decide.”
He shook his head smiling. He was always smiling, so beautiful, I could watch him all day.
“So, if I am permitted to ask, how old are you?”
“Well, take a wild guess.” I sipped some more of the really nice drink even though I refused to admit.
“Really now? Well…you almost hit the nail on the head. I am 24.”
“Oh wow, that’s a perfect age.”
“That is your business, even though I don’t understand what you mean by perfect age.”
“Haha…” He laughed, “so missy, what do you do for a living?”
“Well, I make money from designing people’s buildings, homes and developing facilities. So I am responsible for the visual appearances of structures and buildings.”
“Wow, that is a really beautiful way to describe what you do as an Architect.”
“I see you are a smart man.” I chuckled.
“Well, my elder sister is an Architect; so yeah – I understand basically.”
“Okay, so you are trying to say you are not so smart? I get it – my bad.”
“You are something else Mimi. So, do you enjoy what you do?”
“Oh yes, I do. It is a really amazing job and it is fantastic how awesome people ideas are. I mean, I look forward to meeting new client on a daily. Some days, I just want to leave my desk and go for roadshows and conferences, where I can meet people, discuss ideas on facilities and create a design. My colleagues think I’m too uptight and serious but I think they are misreading me every single time. Like…I just don’t know how to sit in a day without coming up with a fantastic idea about a design or a plan for a structure to remodel or build. I mean, it is really amazing now that I think about it.”
I realize I was talking too much. I stop to look at him and he is grinning from ear to ear. “What is it?” I ask perturbed.
“I just admire your passion. I could literally sit here all day and listen to you talk, your voice is soothing.”
“You are not serious.”
“Do you want us to order something to eat or you want us to go somewhere fancy to eat?”
“Isn’t this place fancy enough? And yes I am hungry, I’ll like to order.”
“They don’t have real food here just so you know. Would you like to have the seafood platter?”
“Yes, I love seafood. Do they make it nice here?”
“I guess they do. That is what Deji and Jay loves to eat when we hang out here. I’d rather eat the pizza or beef stakes.” He beckoned on the waitress to come and ordered the seafood platter for me and some slice of pizza for himself. The food came in good time and I ate to my fill. The sauce was delicious, I was awed by the mastery of the chef. As I licked the sauce from my lips I heard Dafe’s soft voice whisper, “I didn’t tell you how ravishing you looked, did I?”
I blushed bright red even though I couldn’t appear red. “Is that a compliment? I asked
“No, it’s not; it is the truth. I don’t even know how to compliment you. I don’t want to say the wrong words.”
“Keep teasing me Dafe. Keep on, it can only get better.”
He laughed, “now she thinks I’m teasing uh.”
I glanced at my wrist watch, it was quarter past nine. I quietly wondered I should ruin the evening by asking that we leave so I could get home on time and avoid the traffic. I swallowed spit. This was not going to be easy. He looked at me as the waitress brought another round of drinks, “Are you tired?”
“No, I’m not.”
“Well, you seem to be looking desperately at your time. Am I bad company?”
“I wish you were.” I smiled, “I’m just worried about the time I’ll get home.”
“I’ll drop you off, you don’t have to bother.”
“My house is really far oo and there is a lot of traffic around the area, trust me, you don’t want to get involved in it when you will still head all the way back.”
“Did I complain to you young woman? Trust me, I think I am going to have a great time driving you home and by the way, we aren’t done with the evening.”
“What does that mean?”
“We have other places to go, so let’s get going.” He reached out to waiter and cleared the bill while I wondered if this was another episode of what happened last week.
“Shall we?” He stood up as he brought forward his hands to grab mine.
I stood up, smoothed my trousers as I allowed him to intertwine his fingers with me while we walked to the car and sped off into the night.
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