It was three in the morning. He had not been able to sleep a wink.
His thoughts were consumed with his intimate encounter with
Misi. If he had not regained his senses, he would have slept with
her and regretted it afterwards. He found pleasure in the fact that
she was also attracted to him. He turned on his side. Was his
heart ready to commit to another woman? He doesn’t know her
well enough to trust her. He wasn’t looking forward to getting hurt
again. If he took things slow and court her friendship, in time, he
might be ready for a serious solid futuristic commitment. What if
she couldn’t wait? The thought of seeing her with someone else
made his blood boil. He lay on his tummy.
Oh God… I really, really like this girl.
He remembered the day he saw her singing and dancing in the
kitchen. He raised the corners of his mouth in a smile. The house
had seemed kind of quiet since the Phillips moved out. He missed
the noise and coming home to an empty house had turned into a
daily unpleasant experience. It was high time he settled down.
She opened the door and walked into the large office space. She
sighted Eno seated in her cubicle and sighed with relief. She had
been trying to see her all day, but, she had been tied up with one
assignment or the other. She approached her desk and took the
empty seat opposite her.
“Hey! Hi, hi,” Eno smiled at her.
“You have been scarce,” she eyed her.
Eno rested against her chair and sighed, “My madam has been on
Misi crossed her legs and looked around her, “You are lucky.”
Eno rolled her eyes.
“Seriously, I work in an office with a bunch of guys who wear
spectacles… at least, you have a better crowd.”
Eno let out a throaty laugh. She had been to the Accounts office a
number of times. There were several unattractive bald guys who
had their heads in their books and didn’t talk much.
“I thought there were three ladies in that office,” she grinned.
“Two of them to be precise,” Misi pouted.
“Plus you, that’s three.”
Misi folded her arms across her bosom and feigned sadness, “We
need more women in that office.”
Eno reached out and patted her on the shoulder, “You will get used
Misi pressed her lips together and motioned at the pack of Pringles
on the desk. Eno picked it up and passed it to her.
“Thanks,” she opened it and threw a few slices into her mouth, “Is
your elder brother unavailable?”
Eno raised an eyebrow, “Which one of them?”
“The doctor,” she looked at her steadily.
Hazel eyes seized up curious brown ones, “Who wants to know?”
Eno’s interest increased, “Why do you want to know?”
“He is sort of indecisive,” her brown eyes darted away.
Eno drew her chair closer to the desk and focused her attention on
her, “What do you mean?”
She sighed and closed the pack of Pringles, “He… he said it’s being
a crazy period for him.”
Her eyes widened in surprise. Her brother rarely talked about his
personal issues with people he hardly knew. Why did he open up
“What does he mean?” she searched her face.
Eno looked away. She wouldn’t wish for a repeat of what her
brother went through when the wedding was called off.
“I don’t quite get him,” she stressed.
“Why don’t you ask him?” Eno folded her arms against her chest.
Misi directed her gaze at the poster on the wall. She wasn’t ready
to face him yet. The last time they met, things had gotten kind of
Eno noticed the conflict in her brown eyes. Did something happen
between them? “Do you like him?”
Misi turned her head her and met her eager gaze. She opened her
mouth but no words came out. She closed it and turned away.
Liking the doctor was an understatement. She was falling in love
“You do like him, don’t you? I can see it in your eyes,” her hazel
Misi didn’t respond. She shifted on the seat and cleared her throat.
“What exactly did he tell you?” Eno watched her. She could tell that
something had transpired between her brother and her new friend.
Misi scratched a spot on her head, “He… we… I…” she bit at her
lower lip. How does she explain the confusion she was immersed
“You can talk to me,” she tried to encourage her.
Misi bowed her head, clasped her hands and cleared her throat
again, “I have been attracted to your brother since the day he
rescued us from the angry crowd on his street.”
Eno listened attentively and observed her.
“My feelings grew each passing day. Initially, I thought it was
because he helped us… but, later, I discovered that it was much
stronger than that,” she raised her head. She felt encouraged by
the empathy in Eno’s eyes, “I know he likes me too, but, he… he is
like… sort of restrained, I don’t know.”
She nodded. Her brother had been hurt by his best friend and his
ex. It would be hard to trust another with his heart.
“Some days ago, he visited us. The craziest thing happened,” Misi
averted her eyes.
She narrowed her gaze, “What happened?”
Misi covered her face with a hand, “I kissed him.”
“Lord God Almighty!” Her eyes grew big in wonder.
Misi peeped through her hand, “He kissed me back and… and…”
“Aaaaaaah!” her scream attracted attention.
Misi looked around them. She became aware that some of her new
friend’s colleagues were looking in their direction.
“Sorry…” Eno whispered.
Misi folded her arms across her chest and sighed.
“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” Eno fanned her face with a hand.
“We… I… the next thing I knew, we were in the bedroom,” she felt
the need to tell her everything that had been eating her up for the
past few days.
Eno covered her mouth with a hand and stifled the shriek that
erupted from within her.
“We came back to our senses before… you know,” she looked
“My God… that is some chemistry,” she whistled.
Misi returned her gaze to her excited face.
“Bassey must really like you. As far back as I can remember, he is
very principled. He doesn’t touch anyone he isn’t committed to. He
doesn’t sleep with anyone he isn’t prepared to marry, though, he
doesn’t believe in sex before marriage. You, you are not even
dating him and… and he is all over you,” she gave a shake of head
“I have the same ideology.”
“Good for you,” Eno watched her.
“I don’t make out with every Dick and Harry I meet either.”
She chuckled, “He must really, really like you to have thrown
caution into the wind and… and ate you all up.”
“He said he isn’t ready. Why?” a pained look took over her face.
“Hmmm…” she darted her eyes left, then right, “Why don’t you ask
She sighed and scratched a spot on her brow, “I don’t know if I can
face him…face the truth.”
Eno shrugged, “But, it is better you know what you are up against.”
She covered her face with both hands, “I don’t know.”
“What are you afraid of?”
She peeped through her hands and sighed heavily.
“I trust my brother. He knows how to exercise his self-control,
even at the last second. “
Misi wrapped her hands around her body. She wasn’t convinced.
The man that kissed her back the other night was far from
exercising self-control. It didn’t bother her, what she was
concerned about was that, she might not be able to stop him the
next time he touched her.
Eno smiled to herself. She was happy that her brother was falling
for someone else. They had been afraid that he might not think of
getting marriage in another five years. God had answered their
prayers by bringing the Philips into their lives. Misi had broken the
spell of depression upon his life. It was only a matter of time. He
would be ready to settle down sooner than they had thought.
Let the love grow let us see where this ends
Watch Out for Chapter 10