I watched her walk into the restaurant, looking like an angel that just popped out of heaven. And in that instant, every sense of reasoning I had evaporated from me for I could no longer think. I stared at her, not blinking my eyes until she sat down at the other end of the restaurant. “Hello!” Vera said waving her right hand in front of my face, noticing that I was lost. But I had returned, “Pardon me” I said, “But in all my travels, I have never seen anything like her before”.
Vera would never be jealous I knew, we had been friends since crèche, and we’re still friends in college, and so had our mothers been. Twice she had written love letters to my first two girlfriends while we were in junior school. Once she frustrated a girl’s life for breaking my heart. She never really cared how many women I go after, but she becomes conscious of when I begin attaching strings. Especially when I tend to become emotional about issues concerning any of the females I’m involved with.
And today, like any other day, she did not bother that I stared at Louisa the way I did, she was concerned that I’ll only get my heart broken again.
“You really like her don’t you?” Vera asked, panic in her voice.
“Uh-huh”, I was happy that she was concerned.
“I could leave, or I could go get her for you you know”. She was bitter now.
But still I didn’t stop staring at Louisa, until our eyes met and she smiled. I smiled too.I could tell from how Vera looked that she wanted to go. She couldn’t continue the game anymore. The first and last time I tried kissing her landed me a slap on my face. “We’re friends uncle” she mocked, “More like siblings sef”. And she hugged me.
Vera had stood up to leave, I was not going to stop her, I had sworn, but I found myself reaching for her hands before she reached the door. We were causing a scene, and Louisa was still smiling, mischievously too.
But I did what I didn’t think I was going to do, I kissed Vera even before she knew it. And she didn’t resist, she gave in. Then she bit my lower lip…
“Why did it take you too long to try again?” She Asked, kissing me again.