It was Friday and like every other Friday nights, I didn’t know what I would be doing after work. I mean, I was not in any fancy relationships neither was I in the process of dating anyone. In fact, I was just a tiny loser and my Friday night was just going to be uneventful as always. Even though my friends and I tried to hang out on weekends, it just wasn’t every other weekend because, well – no money.
As I sulked through my office chores and prepared to clear my table, my phone rang.
“Who the hell was calling me?” I thought as I looked at my phone screen and saw my friend’s picture beaming back at me. I was not in the right mood to talk so I ignored the call. Again, my phone rang. A second, then a third time and then a fourth.
“Hello,” I muttered in frustration
“Hello Mimi,” she whispered
“Yes Zizi, what is it?”
“Ahn ahn, this one you are talking like this…are you okay?”
“Mtschew, yes jhoor. What is it?” I asked blankly
“When are you closing from work today?”
“Come to my office when you are done, I will be waiting for you.”
“Hian, just like that! Is there a party at your office, this one you are inviting me? What is happening at your office?” I smirked
“Lol, come when you are done jhoor. My friend wants to take us out.”
“Yes now, you, me and Lola. I told him that I was supposed to hang out with you guys and he said I should bring you guys along so that we can all hang out with his friends.”
“Liar liar, pants on fire! Were we supposed to hang out today and I didn’t know?” I asked rolling my eyes.
“Lol, abeg I didn’t want to be alone with the guy and he has been insisting all week, so Mimi I am dragging you along. Don’t make me come to your office because I will so harass you!”
I laughed for the second time today “Lol, how did I meet you again? See I am tired, I just want to go home and sleep. Does he have money?”
“Ha, yes oo…plenty money. Ode, stop now, shebi you will come to my office when you are done?”
“Oh Zizi, come and pick me please. I swear by the life of me…I am tired.”
“I will tell your boss to sack you because I don’t understand how he employed someone as lazy as you!”
“In your face! The work I do here is amazing, beat that.” I stuck out my tongue to the phone grinning. “Okay, I will let you know when I am done.”
“Good girl and bring chocolates on your way.”
“Get out of my phone, nonsense!”
She hung up laughing and I wondered just how I got friends like her.
Sure thing, the day rolled by and it was time to leave. I looked at my watch, it was 6.40pm. Shoot! I hurriedly said goodbye to the rest of my colleagues, hurried towards the elevator and just then my phone rang – Zizi.
“Hello,” I breathed “Zizi, I’m just about to leave the office, you will see me shortly.”
“Ode, shut up jare. I’m in front of your office with Lola. You are very lucky because I was just about to get a pass through to the 5th floor to come in and harass the daylight out of you.”
“Oh well, my God is still alive.” I laughed “I’ll be with you girls shortly.”
I reached the ground floor just in good time and saw my two friends grinning at me. After we exchanged hugs and pleasantries, I looked at the both and asked, “so where to now?”
“Call an Uber or a Taxify, we are going to Lekki.” Zizi said
“Naa naa, not Uber – call the Taxify.” Lola chirped in
“Why? What is the difference?” Zizi asked
“Because Taxify is cheaper!” Lola and I responded.
“Whatever, sha call us a cab to take us out of here.”
“Wait,” I said looking at Zizi “why am I the one calling us a cab?”
“Lol, because you made us come here to get you; so you will return the favor by paying for our ride.” Lola responded.
“How is that playing fair?”
“Question for the gods.” Lola said while kissing me by the cheeks.
“Friends like this are not good for my account balance, I need new friends!”
Lola and Zizi burst out laughing as I tried to get a Taxify. “As if you can get rid of us babe, we are stuck for life.” Zizi said smiling as she hugged me.
Soon enough, the Taxify driver arrived and we headed out into the Friday night-life of the Lagos troops.
We arrived at Twin waters in good time as the Taxify guy maneuvered through the building traffic all the way from Ikoyi.
“Zizi, where is he?” Lola asked
“He said they will be at Rufus and Bee.”
“Erm, Zizi but we are at Twin Waters, shouldn’t we be at Rufus and Bee?”
“Fowl!” I laughed “Rufus and Bee is inside the Twin waters building.”
“Oh, I see.”
“Sia’s club.” Zizi chuckled as we walked into the building and took the escalator to the first floor.
True enough, Zizi’s friend and his friends were at the bowling game point having a good time when we joined in.
“Hey Zizi,” the semi-tall guy hugged her, “hi…you made it. I thought you wouldn’t come.” He said laughing into Zizi’s ear.
She pulled away, smiling back. “I said I was coming with my friends and you said that was okay, so here we are.”
She pushed us forward and started, “Meet my friends, Lola and Mimi. Mimi, Lola, meet Deji; the guy I told you about.”
“Hmm, I see someone has been talking about me. Hi Lola.” He reached to shake her, “nice meeting you.”
He looked on at me “Hi Mimi,” stretching forth his palms “nice to meet you as well.”
“Pleasure is all mine Deji. By the way, your palms are so soft!”
“Thank you Mimi. These are my friends – Dafe, Jay and Elvis.” He said pointing to each one.
We all exchanged pleasantries and sat down at the cozy spot the guys picked out. Lola and I were not sure if this was a good idea or if the mix was a good mix. Trying not to show our concern before Zizi who was playing catch up with the other guys and getting to know the game, we resorted to pressing our phones.
Just then, we heard Deji say “What will you girls like to have? Should I signal the waiter to get the menu?”
Zizi looked at us while we signaled back in the affirmative with our eyes. “Yes please…let’s see what they have.” She said to him.
The Waitress took our orders and left. After a while, Deji looked at me and said “I see you are like the head of the group. Why don’t you tell your girls they can have something to eat? I doubt you just want to drink after a long Friday at the office.”
I looked at him and smiled “Oh thank you for your concern, drinks will be fine for now.”
“Okay if you say so.” He stood up and clapped at the guys “So who is winning this game? Is it my turn yet?” They laughed at him and told him he was up after Dafe.
Our orders came in soon enough and I was glad for the distraction. To be honest, I needed to sleep and sitting down looking pretty didn’t cut it for me. Jay came to us and smiled, “Hey, you girls want to bowl with us or what?”
Lola and Zizi smiled him away but I was going to sleep anytime and I needed the distraction, so I stood up after saying yes and decided to play the next round which was Dafe’s turn. He looked at me and asked, “have you bowled before?”
“Naa, I replied but I can try.”
“That’s the spirit girl. So let’s get you your pair of shoes.”
I looked at him and he pointed at his feet. I suddenly noticed that everyone bowling had on the same kind of shoes, so I asked pointing at his feet, “Why are we made to wear these?”
“For comfort and balance on the bowling floor. It tends to be slippery sometimes, so they give you a special kind of sneaks for the game.”
We got my size of shoes after paying for it and I headed to the bowling floor with my friends cheering right after me. After learning the basics of how to choose the right ball and how to swing my arm, I set myself in motion and swung the ball at the 10 pin target. Behold, I was able to hit out 8 pins at once, I was excited! At the second round, I hit off just 1 pin leaving 1 pin out and I just thought to myself, what a loser!
The guys looked at me and Dafe asked again, “are you sure you are a first timer in this game because you hit the pins right at it.”
“What can I say? I am just a talented lady even though I didn’t hit off on all the pins.”
I smiled back to my seat as Zizi decided she was going to play the next round. The night finally took a fine turn and we found ourselves relaxing and having fun. We played several more games from the car race to the basketball dunk to the tennis table to the dancing lights etc., and forgot that time was rolling right by us.
Just then, Lola said to us “Guys, are we not going home today? It’s already 11pm oo.”
“11 what?” I asked as I looked at my wrist watch and looked back at Zizi. “Zizi what’s up? We have to go oo. These guys don’t look like they are going anytime soon.”
“Yikes, I totally forgot. Let me talk to Deji.”
Lola and I began to wonder what to tell our parents and how these guys would somehow convince us to stay the night playing and partying. True to our words, Zizi returned with Deji and Elvis.
“Hey girls, you want to go home?”
“Yes,” I replied “we didn’t plan to stay out Deji, I’m afraid.”
“Come on, the night has not even started and you girls are yet to have a proper dinner. Can’t you call home and tell them you may not be coming till tomorrow?”
I sighed as I looked on at Zizi and Lola who clearly were waiting on me to say something. “I don’t know Deji. I mean we didn’t pack extra clothing and stuff. How are we supposed to stay out?”
“Is that the only problem?” Elvis chirped in “I can arrange something for you girls to wear tomorrow. Toiletries, we can buy them on the way.”
Lola started grinning and I looked at Zizi who seemed to not be considering the idea. “Well” I started “I can call my mum and tell her I’m with Zizi and I won’t be coming home but I don’t know if Zizi will like to stay out, so look on at her.”
Zizi looked at me like she was going to kill me and Lola, as she tried to smile it away at Deji and Elvis who were waiting for her answer. “Okay fine, so where will we stay?” She shrugged.
Deji laughed, “At my place of course, I have a large apartment and two extra rooms I never use, so feel free.”
“So it’s settled then?” Elvis asked.
“I guess.” Lola responded.
“Right, so where were we?”
“Something about food…” I said.
“Oh yes, let me get the rest of the guys and we will head out to where we can have dinner.” Elvis answered walking away with Deji.
“You people are not serious oo” Zizi started.
“Who invited who?” Lola asked.
“You are really mad I swear.” Zizi continued. “What is wrong with you people now? We barely know these guys!”
“That makes all of us Zizi.” I replied opening my palms to the air. “Let’s just try to have fun and look out so that nobody poisons our drink and food or try to rape us.”
“As in eh.” Lola laughed.
“All right girls, let’s get out of here!” Deji’s voice echoed and so we all left the building with us riding in Deji’s Mercedes Benz SUV while the others drove their own separate cars.
Watch this space for more Episodes of Friday Nights.
Till I come your way again next time, this is ShiozeThinksOut.