HEARTSTRINGS 8

CHAPTER 8

 

He closed from work and decided to check on the Philips before
heading home that evening. Their apartment was in a three storey
building, five houses away from where his clinic was located. He
said goodbye to the receptionist on his way out and walked briskly
to the spot he parked his car. He got in, drove out of the large
compound and down the busy street. He maneuvered the car into
a space he found outside the brown painted three storey building.
He killed the engine and stepped down from the vehicle. He locked
it and strode into the building. The Philips’ flat was on the ground
floor. He greeted the security guard and walked towards one of flat
at the back of the building. He pressed the door bell and waited. He
looked around him and noticed the semi-clean surrounding.
“Doctor!” Tofunmi opened the door and saw him standing two feet
away.
“Good evening,” he smiled back at her.
“Evening, please come in,” she stepped back into the house.
“I thought I should check up on you all…”
“Oh… thank you.”
He followed her into the sitting room and found Tomisin and his
daughter at the dining.
“Good evening sir,” Bassey bowed his head.
“Evening doctor,” Tomisin rose.
“Please sit down sir.”
He smiled and sat down, “Why don’t you join us?”
“Thank you,” Bassey pulled out one of the empty chairs at the
dining and sat down opposite Misi.
“Evening…” her eyes remained on her meal.
“Evening,” he lifted his eyes and searched her face.
Tofunmi rushed into the kitchen and returned with a plate of
pounded yam and a bowl of egusi soup with grilled fresh fish. She
placed the meal before him and took a seat beside her husband.
“Misi got a job as an accountant at your sister’s place of work
today.”
He looked from mother to daughter, “That is wonderful,” he felt
like a burden had been lifted off his shoulders.
“She is starting tomorrow.”
He glanced at the proud father, “This is good news.”
“God has used you and your family to help us in ways we can
hardly imagine. We are grateful,” Tofunmi smiled with gratitude.
“We thank God ma,” he smiled back at the elderly woman and
started to eat.
Tomisin held his wife’s hand, “We got a call from your dad this
evening.”
Bassey raised his head and stared at the couple.
“They want us to work as Supervisors in their Calabar food
restaurant here in Ikeja,” Tomisin’s eyes began wet with tears.
Bassey closed his eyes and sighed. He had spoken to his parents
about the Philips unemployment. He opened his eyes and grinned.
“We are also starting tomorrow,” Tofunmi’s excitement radiated on
her face.
“God has wiped away our tears and replaced our shame with
honour,” her husband chimed in.
The couple exchanged glances. Their dark eyes shone with happy
tears.
He was very happy for them. He turned to look at their daughter.
Her brown hair was packed in a bun on top of her head. A red hair-
band held it together at the center. She looked pretty with little or
no make-up on her face. She had a natural beauty. Many girls
lacked that. Her singing and dancing image flashed through his
mind. His brows creased in a frown. He hoped her image would
stop tormenting his dreams now that she doesn’t live with him
anymore. He concentrated on his food and ate it all. He washed
his hands in the bowl of water beside his plate and wiped his hands
with the napkin on the table.
“Thank you ma, it was delicious.”
The couple laughed lightly and stared at their daughter. He
followed their gaze. She raised her head and realized that they
were all staring at her.
“Did Misi cook the food?” he searched their happy faces.
“Yes,” her parents chorused.
“Wow…” he got up, “I am impressed.”
Misi dropped her head and tried to stop herself from smiling.
“I have to head home now, please call me as often as you need
to.”
“Thank you doctor,” they chorused.
Her father signal to her. She washed her hands and shifted her
chair backwards.
She got to her feet, “Let me see you off.”
They both walked towards the door.
“Take care of your parents,” he glanced at her.
“I will,” She opened the front door.
He stepped out and then turned to look at her. Bright honey
coloured eyes drilled into brown ones that became tensed due to
the intensity of his gaze.
Her heart beat accelerated and the heat of their proximity made her
to feel light headed. Out of the blue, something deep within
propelled her to close the gap between them.
As if he was been controlled by the same feeling, he brushed a
hand over her smooth chocolate brown oval face. She shuddered
at his touch and parted her lips. His gaze dropped to her small
cute wet mouth. He swallowed hard and tried to still his raging
emotions. She wrapped her arms around him and sealed his lips
with a kiss. Shock waves flew in every direction in his system. A
deep longing within him took over. He kissed her back, lost in the
euphoria of the moment. She trembled in his arms and melted into
him. His hands slid down her back and caressed her buttocks. She
moaned and tightened her grip on him. They moved back into the
house and he shut the door with his leg.
She felt his hardness and paused. What were they doing? There
was absolutely nothing between them. She shouldn’t have kissed
him. Why did she allow her emotions to override her reasoning?
She wanted to pull away, but, her hands were limp with desire.
God…
Bassey held unto her firmly and led her into one of the bedrooms
down the hall way. He couldn’t stop the kisses. The desire building
within him felt like a volcano about to erupt. All he could think
about at that moment was to consume every inch of her.
His weight crushed her on the soft, firm, mattress. It registered on
her mind that they were in one of the rooms, hers or her parents’?
She couldn’t tell. What if they found them locked in each other’s
arms? What would they think? She panicked and tore her lips
away. She searched his face and the realization that he wanted her
too came as a surprise. Was it possible that he had feelings for her
too?
“What are we doing?” she whispered.
His eyelids flickered and his senses returned. What was he doing?
What had he done? He released her and sat up quickly.
She lifted herself and sat beside him, “I am sorry,” she observed
his firm face.
“No, I am sorry,” he returned her gaze, “I like you… I like you a
lot.”
She batted her eyes. His confession shocked and excited her all at
once.
“I… I have been thinking about you more than I should,” he looked
away, “You have completely taken over my dreams, but, right
now… I can’t do anything about how I feel about you,” he got up
and straightened his creased blue long sleeved shirt.
She raised her head and searched his face. If he really liked her,
why wasn’t he ready to pursue something futuristic with her?
“It’s being a crazy period for me. I need time… I need time to get
my priorities straight,” he stared back at her.
She dropped her head. A pained expression took over her face. If
he had asked her out that night, her response would have been
positive. What was holding him back? Was there another woman in
his life? Maybe he didn’t like her enough to date her. She felt a
lump in her throat. Why did she kiss him? She felt so stupid.
“I am sorry, I have to go,” he caught a glimpse of her, turned
around and walked out.
She exhaled and wrapped her arms around her body. She placed
her head on her laps and closed her eyes.
God … I am falling in love with someone who isn’t ready for a
commitment.
Tears rolled down her face.

 

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