Click here to read the Second episode on reckless journey if you are just joining us…Friday Nights; A Reckless Journey II.
I am full to the brim and not sure if I can survive a walk. I look at my friends laughing at something on Lola’s phone. I am unmoved. I look around and get a feel of everybody’s presence at the cafe. It’s a mix-mash of several groups.
The guys with the tattoos, deep pockets and heavy laughs – they looked more like G boys to me. The girls with the really expensive weaves, sexy bodies, luscious lips and ready arms – I am not sure how to classify them. The older men with the fuller hair, grim smiles and cautious eyes – sugar daddy types.
I look around me and wondered how to classify us. We were also a certain mix of some sort and truthfully, my girls and I looked average. I felt like sinking deeper into my seat. I looked at Lola and then Zizi, they didn’t look that bad. They looked quite classy but I wasn’t sure how I looked. I’m sure I was looking like the only secondary school kid in the room. I sighed.
Suddenly I heard someone say, “why aren’t you dancing?”
I looked up and saw Jay looking at me smiling, “Oh, I didn’t realize it was dancing time.” I responded.
He grins at me and say, “are you going to stand up and dance at all? You look tired out.”
I look around and see Lola dancing with Fara, Micheal and Elvis. Zizi just kept moving her head while seated on her seat sharing some jokes with Mina and Dafe. I looked up at Jay again, “erm, just give me some time. My stomach hurts.”
He laughed, “You sure ate a lot, please don’t get sick.”
“I’ll try not to.” I chuckled as he danced away.
Suddenly the cafe had turned to a kind of night club and everybody was dancing to DJ Exclusive’s music. The guy sure knew how to keep it banging as people kept screaming with oohs and ahhs at his every track change. I was amused.
I didn’t realize that the guys kept ordering more drinks or that I had been drinking probably too much until I made to stand and dance when the song ‘Diet‘ by Tiwa Savage and DJ Enimoney started to play.
“Whoop!” I exclaimed almost falling
“Be careful.” Mina shouted through the music
“Thank you, I probably have had too much to drink.”
“You better watch it, especially when you are out with these men. They drink like fishes and they don’t even feel it.”
“I can imagine.” I laughed dancing all the same to the tune.
“Come on Zizi, dance with me.” I pulled up my friend who was nodding her head and smiling at me.
“Mimi, I am tired and in no mood to dance. I wish we were out with our other friends. You know I would have danced my heart out.”
“Well, you invited us here, so slog it out and shake that bum with me!”
She laughed hard as I managed to pull her up towards me and we started to dance. “That’s more like it gurl. Enjoy the night, you only live once!”
“Ode, shut up before I sit down right back.”
“You have always just been a big bully.” I grinned at her.
She tapped me in the middle of our dance, “What is it?” I asked
“Look at your friend.”
“Who?” I asked looking around
“Ode. Lola, look at Lola. See how she found herself a man, that girl is sharp unlike you dancing beside me as if I will be the one to marry you.”
We both laughed. “Really Zizi? Abeg allow Lola to have her fun. If she caught a fish, all the better for us.”
I reached down to pour myself more wine.
As I think silently of where next we should probably go to, I look at Zizi and Mimi dancing. I see the way Zizi smiles at whatever Mimi is saying to her and wish that I were Mimi at that point. The day I first saw her, I knew I had a battle ahead of me which would be a key situation but I just didn’t know that it would take me this long to keep figuring how to win the battle.
I have to say that I am quite pleased that she has brought Mimi and Lola. I wonder how the night would have panned out were they not here with her. I sigh as I sip on my drink.
One step at a time Deji. One step at a time.
I scroll through my phone and call my guy at Sailors. After a series of not picking up the call, I dip my phone back into my pocket. I look at Zizi again. She looks so pretty, her hair neatly tucked behind her ears.
I stand up to dance with Dafe as he shuffles towards me.
“Guy, what’s up?” He started
“I’m good man. What’s up with you?”
“Nothing. You think we should head out to another place?”
“Yeah. I think we should. I was just thinking about it.”
“So I’m thinking the beach would be fun tonight. It’s the last Friday of the month!”
“Oh yeah, that’s true…how did I forget? Wait, let’s check out the beach here.”
“Naa, I already went out there with Lola and Elvis. Ain’t much groove going on. It’s just the same thing as inside here.”
“So what beach are we going to go to?”
“We can try Elegushi, the other ones are too far off. Don’t want to scare the girls off.”
“Okay. Let’s see.” I look at my watch. It’s 2.53am. “Say we leave in the next 15 – 20 minutes? Is that okay?”
“Sure! Let me just clear up all our orders.” Dafe smiled as he began to walk away.
“Thanks man. You rock!”
Dafe has been my friend for 12 years now, he knows almost everything about me and has always been an extra helping hand. I couldn’t have gone anywhere without telling Dafe or bringing him along. We had refined into something much more than friends. This included Jay as well.
I walk towards Michael and Jay…
“Yo guys, we will be leaving soon.”
“Oh where to?” Michael asked
“The beach.” I grinned at Jay as he grinned back.
“Way to go, it’s about that time.” Jay said.
I reached out to Zizi and Mimi who were fully engrossed with Fara, Mina and Ralph laughing, dancing and talking.
“Hey, we will be leaving soon.”
“Oh beautiful.” Zizi muttered “Thank you.”
“Erm, we are heading to the beach at Elegushi.” I whispered to her
“Oh…” I saw the downcast look in her eyes “I thought you meant we were going home. Okay.”
I reached out to hold her hand as I looked on at her, “Are you tired?”
“I guess but it’s okay. Everyone sure looks happy about the beach thing.”
“No it’s not – if you are not okay with it, we can head home.”
“Naa, don’t worry. I will suck it up!” She put her two thumbs up and smiled but I wasn’t convinced. “Really Deji. It’s okay. At least, I made some friends.” She smiled.
“Ziola really…I can take you home.”
“…and miss out on the night beach fun? No way…I’m definitely going. I just fear that I might give you a lot of stress tomorrow.”
“I am up for it.” I responded almost immediately, “I want your stress.”
“Lol. Go jare.” She said laughing as she hit me playfully
I liked that she hit me that way. I touched her cheek lightly but she brushed it off as she moved closer to where Mimi was standing taking selfies with Mina and Ralph.
“Yo Dej, are we ready?” I heard Dafe’s voice behind me.
“I guess.” I clapped “Okay guys, time to bounce out.”
“Yayy…” I heard them all scream in unison as Fara led the way holding hands with Lola.
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Till I come your way again next time, this is ShiozeThinksOut.