Sunday, February 3, 2019

the bad omen of a thousand miles

Eric walked into the parking lot, waiting for their driver to come pick him up. It was his last day of secondary school which made him felt extremely relieved
He lived with his uncle in town while his parent resides at their village making up with their family farm lands and engaging in small petty trades. They sell the products of their farm to purchase what they do not produce and save the remnant of the sale
Eric groaned as he leaned on a land rover that was parked at the school parking lot, the driver he was waiting for was just an a-s as he usually refer him because the man was a chronic drunk and never show up on any assignment on time. Eric wondered why his uncle still keeps him despite the fact that he knew the life style of the man. He will not allow the driver’s behaviour to ruin his present happy moment
“Hey” he heard the most angelic voice he has never heard from any girl in that school. He turned to see the most beautiful creature he has ever seen frowning at him. He wondered if the girl was newbie in the school because he has never seen her before. He turned as he rested his leg backward on the tyre of the car with his hands crossed around his chest
“Hi beauty” he smiled trying to be calm because he was very nervous and a good look from the girl will expose him. He has never been in any fruitful relationship and he always finds it difficult to speak with girls because he never had the chance to associate with people due to the location of their house. His only chance to mingle with people was only at school because the schedule of their church never grant him opportunity to speak with anybody no matter how he tried
“I want to enter my car” she rudely said without replying him pointing to the car that Eric was leaning on as he was blocking the driver’s door. Eric stared at her in aware not knowing what to say because he found himself in missed feeling of anger and fulfilment. Fulfilment because that was the first time he was able to stare at a girl’s face without looking away. He dropped his leg on the ground and straightened his tie
“I am sorry beauty, didn’t know it was yours, was waiting for my driver to come pick me up** he gleamed while the girl stared at him without uttering anything. Eric finds himself smiling because he never understands the sudden courage he was mustering before the girl. The girl bite her lip as she wondered why he was smiling.
“I am Eric and you….” he said as he moved closer to her. He took the opportunity to study the beautiful face of the girl. Her eyes were deep blue and her chocolate skin glittered under the hot sun. Her hair was curly loosed as it fell backward. Her lip was full and pink with a long eye brow which matched her oval like face
“Why should i tell you my name when you are here wasting my time?” she rudely replied for the umpteenth time. Eric felt angry but that will never make him feel like a coward, moreover, the girl involved was his dream girl and no insult from her will have any effect on him
“I told you my name and you…..” Eric began but the girl cut him short
“I never asked for your name, i just asked for you to give me chance to enter my car that is all. Why would you have to take that as an opportunity to ask me questions?” she angrily replied while Eric only smiled. He was liking the courage of the girl, everything about her
“I am sorry if i am frustrating you but i only asked of your name and nothing more” he confidently replied while the girl shrugged in resignation and Eric smiled once again
“Okay, my name is Ann. Can i go now?” the girl asked. Eric stared at the girl again; the name was of no use to him because he was not sure if he was going to be able to return to the school again
“A beautiful name for a beautiful angel” he smiled “I will give you chance to have access to your car if you will only give me your phone number” he pressed on
The girl looked at Eric like he has asked her for her precious virginity. She thought for sometimes but couldn’t come up with any reason for giving a total stranger her phone number and she equally didn’t see any reason why she wouldn’t ditch out her number to him because he looked cool and not in any way harmful
“Why should i give you my number?” she heard herself asked rather than speak
“I don’t mean any harm, i just want to be friend” Eric replied scanning her face will the girl looked away.
“Okay” she replied and scribed her number on a sheet of paper and handed it to him because they were not allowed to come to school with electronics as the school provide them with everything they needed
“Thanks” Eric muttered as he pocketed the paper “i will give you a call” he added as the girl stared at him from inside the car while he smiled and winked at her. Ann drove her car slowly looking on the side mirror to have a view of Eric
Just as Ann was out of the school compound, Eric spotted their driver approaching. He rushed to him not allowing him to park. His happiness has no limit, from been free from secondary problems as he termed it to coming in contact with his dream girl. He equally noticed a bit change in their driver. He was clean and obviously not drunk like he usually used to and he stared at him in surprise.
“I know that you will be surprised but i no longer take alcohol, all thanks to your advice” the driver smiled. “This is not happening” he muttered within himself. Not only has he stopped drinking, he was also speaking English unlike his usually broken pidgin (Real pidgin)
Ann couldn’t understand her feelings as she drove home. All she wished was to reach home safely because she was feeling somehow; she couldn’t understand the butterflies she felt when she stared at Eric. “No, this is not happening” she muttered. She has never fallen in love with any guy and this will not be the first but it has already been the first. She tried to fight the feeling but she only find herself loving everything about him; how he spoke, his voice, confidence and stature. She finds herself wishing to see him, to lay on his chest, for him to caresses her tender soft body. She felt a tingling between her legs as she imagined wrapping her lips with his
She alighted from his car and rushed back to close the gate. She dashed into his room with full speed like she was been pursued by ghosts knocking out many things in their sitting room. She threw off her school uniform and tossed herself on her bed with her inner wears on.
Ann was the only daughter of her father. Her father was a principal in another school at another town. She lived alone unless when her father returned during the weekend or vacation because her mum was late.
She brought out her phone to check if any new number will be calling but none came which made her feel disappointed. She wanted to hear his voice; she wanted him to make her laugh. All she thinks of was all about Eric that she forgot about the hunger that has been disturbing her from school
Eric entered the parlour to see his uncle seated on the couch which was unlike him because he is supposed to be at his office
“Good afternoon sir” he greeted as he walked toward his bedroom
“Good afternoon Eric” his uncle replied and he stopped on his track in astonishment. Many things seemed changed over some hours. His uncle never replied his greetings clearly, only murmuring some incoherent answers. That was how they have been living for years now. “Why does he reply him this warmly and even adding his name?” He asked himself.
“I will like to have some words with you immediately you are done with your lunch” His uncle requested rather than command as he usually do
“Okay sir” Eric replied as he hurriedly entered his room. He was too stunned at everything that has been happening to him since the turn out of the day. He became anxious at what his uncle wanted to tell him as he rushed his food and joined his uncle in the sitting room
“Eric, firstly, i want to apologise for the cold treatment i have been giving you over the years. I d’ tell you that i have been suffering with my business, the company was falling which made me lose my mind. I knew that i would have explained things to you because you are very intelligent but i don’t want to disturb you with my problems but thank God that everything is now okay” his uncle started and he could feel the pain in his voice
“No problem uncle, i knew that there must be something behind your sudden change and i am not angry about it as far as you are okay” Eric truthfully replied while his uncle patted his back gently
“ I got you a car and i think you will like it. You could go out as much as you want as from now but to try return home on time and always take good care of yourself” His uncle smiled at him handing him a new car key.
Eric was too stunned to utter a word. A car for him? He wiped his face to make sure that he was not dreaming. He stared at the car key on his palm and slapped himself very hard on the cheek to make sure he wake up if he was dreaming which made his uncle laughed at him
“You are not dreaming Eric. I have been planning on getting you one before my problems but now that i am okay, i decided to make it the first thing i will do” He said as he stared at him calmly
“Thank, you Uncle” Eric shouted as he made to go on his knee but his uncle held him. “Don’t do that” his uncle laughed as he drew him back on the seat
“i will like to meet your girlfriend and if you don’t have one, i will wait till you do but try to introduce her to me” his uncle surprisingly asked
“What?” Eric shouted in ecstasy
“And I will be travelling to village tomorrow, i will like to establish a sound business for your parents” his uncle said and stood up as he made to walk away
“Uncle, Wait” Eric shouted as he rushed to his uncle. “i will never forget this, you will never regret this, i promise to make you prou…………
“Shhhh…” his uncle stopped him “you can go and check the car, it is parked beside the water tank” he said as he entered into his room very satisfied while Eric jogged out of the house happily
Come have a look” Eric shouted at the driver as he got outside. The driver who was confused at his sudden change of attitude rushed to him should in case, it was an emergency because Eric was not allowed to relate with anybody, even within the same house
“Wow!” the driver exclaimed as he ran his palms on the body of the new yellow sport car. “Will oga have chance to use this car?” he asked as he opened the driver’s door of the car
“This is mine” Eric replied as he watched him put on the ignition of the car. Despite the fact that Eric never associate with the driver before, he was very intelligent that he was able to understand how to drive as he always sat on the front sit of their car every day. He one day asked the driver to allow him drive the car but the driver laughed insisting that even if he was perfect with driving, he wouldn’t have allowed him what more of when he has never controlled a car before but after much persuasion from him, the driver has no choice than to allow him drive the car and he was quiet good which baffled the driver
The driver switched off the ignition and stared at Eric awkwardly “What did you just said?” he asked as he fought the laughter that was building in him. Eric stared at him with dimples on his face. He never thought that the driver will doubt him but his reaction speak nothing but the truth. There was no way anybody would have believed him if he speak about the car because of how cold his uncle has been to him for some years
“I said …. This car is mine” he repeated with a smirk while the driver busted into laughter that echoed within the car. Eric stared at him in amusement; the man suddenly fixed his gaze on something. He picked up a paper from the car drawer and it was the car receipt which has Eric’s name as the owner of the car with his signature. The driver brought out other things from the drawer and handed them to Eric
“It is true” the driver exclaimed as Eric go through the car documents. He stared at a driver’s license that has his name and picture with his signature. He wondered how his uncle was able to know his signature. Anyhow he does, it only means that he go too far just to please and make him happy
Eric checked out the car with the driver who equally showed and explained some part of the car and their functions to him while he listened with rapt attention. His basic tools of knowledge was listening attentively. When they were done, he handed the driver some cash he found in the car and the man promised to use it on important things excluding intoxicators.
Eric headed to his room with the documents that the driver asked him to keep indoor while some remained in the car. He dropped the document on his drawer and inserted the ATM card that he found among the document into his wallet as he sat happily on the bed.
His uncle has not only given him the freedom he has longed for but also approved of him to have any girlfriend of his choice. His thought drifted to Ann, he was not going to miss any opportunity with her because he felt his love toward her. He wanted to spend every moment with her, hear her voice and watch her beautiful lips move
He picked up his phone and punched her phone number. His hand shakes as he tried to punch the call button. His body was racing; his blood seemed to be moving more faster while her heart beat increased. He didn’t know why he was feeling like that just because of calling her when he spoke with her in person confidently. He smiled as he remembered how she looked away when he stared at her. He knows that the girl was shy of him though she tried to conceal it. He confidently punched the send button as his body stabilized
Ann rolled and tossed on her bed as she tried to force herself to sleep but all her efforts were to no avail. Her thought kept sleep away from her, everything she wished was Eric. The hunger that was building in her system made all her body trembled but she never cared. She has stared at her phone screen for thousands time, expecting Eric’s call
She sluggishly made her way out of her room and tied a wrapper around her chest. She made her way to kitchen and checked the pots for any remnant of food as if she was living with many people. She was not able to cook in the morning as she woke up late and never wanted to be late to school. She d’ had taken only golden morn in the morning before leaving for school which left her exposed to early hunger than normal.
She opened the electric ovule in the kitchen and thank God, there was a whole fried chicken in it. She quickly put water on fire and chopped carrot and other vegetables into eatable sizes and in no time, she was done preparing delicious noodles which she carried to the dinning on a tray with a glass cup, cold yoghurt and the fried chicken.
She knew that she could not eat much because she was not food freak but she couldn’t stand another minutes slicing the chicken, she d’ rather do that as she eat. She sat lonely on the dinning and her loneliness drifted her thoughts back to Eric. She wondered why he has not call. “Maybe she was not beautiful or he does not have a feeling for her” she thought
She left the food on the dinning and walked back into her room. She stood in front of the tall mirror as she viewed herself. She has a slim body with what will be termed as massive boobs for her age and little big butty though not too big. Her skin sparkle every time and her eyes dazzled. She cupped her b—-t up and shakes it. She turned sideward to have a view of her backside and everything seemed perfect
“Anything wrong with me?” she asked herself as she stared at her image on the mirror “or was it because of what i did in the past?” she asked as she felt her leg becoming heavy, the hunger was really telling on her but she was not feeling it. Her concern for the present was all about Eric, “no Eric, no happiness for me” she said as tears began to drop from her eyes slowly which she quickly wiped off as if trying to hide it from people
Though she never did anything wrong in the past but she always referred it as dubious characters from her. She has the ability of shunning any male that stop her to have i chat with her and sometimes, she ended up been too rude. The only one that made most memory of her was the day she slapped a guy for attempting to kiss her but who wouldn’t be tempted to do so when her lips alone will drive you to doing things that will be termed more of crazy
She weakly returned to the dinning and the food was still a bit hot. She began to eat the food gently, counting the movement of her lips as she chewed. When she was done with the food, she returned to the kitchen to drink a cup of water rather than take the yoghurt she brought to the dinning. She felt very strong after taking the food and began to wash the plates. Her phone vibrated at that moment before her ringing tone came to life. The call took her unaware as she has lost all the hope that he will call. She hurriedly dropped the glass cup she was washing on the ground and it shattered into pieces but she never noticed as she wiped her hand with a napkin before pressing the answer button on her phone
“Hello Beauty” she heard that voice as she placed the phone on her left ear. Her body wriggled like a fever stricken baby. Her happiness was massive that she lost all her senses; she couldn’t mutter any reply to him rather than savour his voice. She began to smile rather than reply, she really liked it when been called beauty because she was indeed beautiful but not by anybody but him, and him alone. Not even her father would make her feel better than his voice
“Are you there” his voice sounded again jolting her from her rivalry. She couldn’t believe that she just made a fool of herself. Everything seemed weird to her but she was beginning to like every feeling she was having because she felt that it was special
“Yea, good ….. Afternoon” she stammered and smiled at her uneasiness. That was the first time she will be lost speaking with anybody and the fact that it was just on phone make everything interesting to her. She could notice him laugh a bit and she smiled hearing him laugh though she was sure that he never wanted to let her notice the laugh
“How has your day been?” she heard him asked with concerned and she felt great that somebody else cared about her except her family members. She giggled as she let out a little cough in order to organise herself
“I am really doing well” she replied trying to sound normal but her initial countenance betrayed her as it made her sounded too frustrated and broken. She gently placed her hand on her forehead as though to calm herself. She decided not to talk again so as not to expose her feelings again because it might sound more weird
“Are you okay? You sound weird” she heard him asked. She didn’t know what to say. His concern about her was much than she expected and she couldn’t just shut up without replying him
“I will be fine” she tried to end the discussion but couldn’t find herself ending the call, instead, she keep on wishing that he speak as his voice always melt his heart
“Can we meet at all star restaurant?” he asked while she kept mute for some time. It would be better if they meet so that she could know if he also feels weird speaking with her and his present will actually help her study him as she was not able to that when they first met
“Okay then” she happily replied “ I will be waiting for you there by 5pm prompt” she added and she could hear him said “Thank you before the call ended. She sighed. “Wouldn’t have been any
Much bad” she murmured
Eric held the phone to his eyes as it rang. He thought the girl was trying to play him by picking the call without uttering anything to him but when he finally heard her voice, he noticed that the girl was fighting to speak with him like someone that just woken up but he has to be sure as she sounded more depressed than somebody that was woken up
When he finally noticed that she was not in a good mood, he felt too concerned and felt as if it was him. He tried to fight the urge of asking about her problems as it may seemed that he was desperate but he find himself asking her. Her voice sounded the same but he could still notice the pain in it
When she finally admitted that she was not feeling okay, he felt heartbroken. He didn’t know what to say because he has never faced such situation before. He thinks quickly and came up with the plan of meeting with her. All star restaurant was a popular restaurant in town, it was very secluded and the security there was very tight to avoid any emergence attack. All most everyone in town liked the restaurant because their services was accurately
He smiled as the call ended. “Wouldn’t have been any much better” he giggled

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