By Ikumawoyi Toluwalase
As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink
So a great foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor..
“Black plus pale green plus white or you could go for yellow plus orange and tangerine…” She said lifting her head from the book in her hand.
“Eunice, I can go on and on listing various color combination for you, but you have to tell me what you want” she said facing Funmilayo, who seems confused as to which colour to pick. Her wedding is just a week away and she hasn’t decided which colour to be used for her reception party.
” Erhm… Jade, please don’t be offended ohh” she said trying not to sound foreign with her intonation, “abeg help me pick any color that will match the aso ebi that we showed you earlier”, she concluded not wanting to drag the entire color episode further,she has a lot of things on her mind.
“Will you love a …” She was still saying when she got interrupted by the sound of her ringtone! She immediately picked it seeing the name of the caller.
“Hello sweetheart, how are you, am sorry I have not…”she quickly said before the other person on the line cut her short… “When!?, where!?…. Which hospital!?… OK I am on my way… She managed to say as her hosts watched an epic drama of her countenance changing from a happy mood to a sad mood.
What is wrong…?
Is everything alright…?
Eunice and Funmilayo ask her simultaneously as she drops her phone…
“Busayo had an accident, he is presently in the hospital and he is requesting to see me” she said with a tear almost falling from her eye duct.
So what hospital was he admitted into? Funmilayo asked guessing how important the person must have been to her, considering the way she was gathering her various photo designs in an unorganised fashion.
Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), she muttered trying to concentrate on packing her things together.
“So… I will be on my way, see you guys tomorrow evening” she said as she made her way to the door. Eunice who had quickly visited the rest room shouted “alright love” while Funmi followed her to see her off.
“I hope you will be fine, or do you need company?” Funmi said out of concern as they descended from the stairs and moved towards the main door.
“Nah, I will be fine, I believe the situation is minor”, she said will a slight smile on her face.
Luckily for her, a cab was just dropping its passenger, she quickly beckoned to it, hugged Funmi, and entered the cab. Just as Funmi was about to enter the main gate,her phone rang, it was her fiancee, she picked it up. At the same minute another cab parked at the gate, and a young man in his late twenties stepped out.
” erhm honey… I will call you back”, she hurriedly said as the young man moved towards her, and then like someone trying to find her voice, “Adejola Dare Joseph!!” She said almost screaming.
“Erhm…Yes that is my name, but…” Joseph said stopping abruptly and trying to recollect the face of the lady standing before him..
“Don’t tell me you have forgotten my name Jossy!,” she said almost looking angry… ” Funmilayo Omoboriola” she said amidst smiling while the man standing in front of her suddenly took a step backwards like he was moving away from danger.
“The daughter of Mrs Omoboriola…?” He said with a questioning look. “Oh my God!! he rushed to give her a hug, its been a long time, I can’t even recognise you again… I mean you have grown to be such a beautiful woman”, he said releasing her from his monetarily hug.
“How did you know I was the one and what are you doing here” he said as she settled down to her seat, the duo had decided to take their reunion to the hotel restaurant after Joseph had dropped his bag in his booked room while Funmi waited for him.
“Well let’s just say am a big fan of yours on Facebook and Twitter, … You just posted a picture of yourself at the Nigerian airport online some few hours ago. online some few hours ago…” She said as she dropped her drinker.
“Really!! I love taking pictures of myself just to remember the moment”, he said trying to munch the few grains of fried rice in his mouth.
“So what are you doing in Smridu…?” She finally asked to break the silence that was engulfing their conversation as they dealt with the plate of fried rice and chicken in front of them.
“I just arrived back into the country, and I can’t travel all the way to Ondo tonight, so I decided to sleep over and be on my way tomorrow morning… What about you what brings you to Smridu?” He asked as he cleaned his mouth with his handkerchief.
“Well, am getting married in a week time, and I lodged here in preparation for my wedding…” She said trying to show him her engagement ring.
“This is really good news, am happy for you dear, abeg shebi am invited too naa?”, he said as he smiled heartily, “And who is lucky guy anyway?” Catching her unawares with her question. She had thought he would not ask, so she decided to cover up “Well why don’t you come over to the wedding next week Saturday to find out” she managed to mutter, praying he would not ask any further questions.
“Okay, I will make sure I check you in your room before the evening runs out to get the wedding invitation card” he said standing up. He was done with his meal and he needed to rest, she also stood up as they both walked down to her room gisting about other things in their life.
“You know…it could have been you” She said as they got to her door.
“Am not sure it would have worked out between us Funmi”, he said smiling as he remembered the event that led to that statement…
“Yes!! I caught you today!!” She said jumping out of her hiding place, to the shock of Joseph who would have taken to his heels if not for the heavy backpack he was carrying.
“So why have you been avoiding me since resumption?”, she asked him while Joseph stood there staring at her not knowing what and how to react to what she had said. Well it was true he had been avoiding her, after his best friend spilled the beans that she was his long time crush…
“Erhmm,… It.. Is.. Not… That.. That.. Am.. Avoiding you oh.. Its just that.. Erhm… I have been busy with my duties”, he managed to say, stammering. Wishing she would just leave him alone and stop this interrogation of hers..
“Lair!!, you have been avoiding me because you are shy, you could have just told me you liked me yourself, instead of asking that your naughty friend to do it for you… Anyway, I like you too” she said smiling and walking towards where he was standing..
“Really!, but I don’t ….” He said with a bright smile on his face before she cut him short,…”Be my boyfriend, don’t worry nobody will ever find out”, she said with a large smile all over her face.
“I am not sure I want to do that… Cant we just …?”
He replied her trying to sound like the man in the situation. He is being asked out by a girl, “who does that?” He thought in his mind.
“Please…” she said cutting him off before he could finish his statement with her two hands joined together in a pleading manner.
“Alright, I have heard you” He said knowing that was the only way he could make it out alive from the situation. And just immediately he said that she screamed, ran to him and gave him a kiss on his lips.
Gbam! Gbam!, followed by screams and… “you are mad, why did I even like you in the first place, you slapped me!” It was Funmi’s words holding her cheek after she was given two hot slaps on her cheek.
“Am sorry! … I didn’t mean to do that,… It was just…” Joseph tried to explain to her, but it was too late she was already running home crying and cursing at him. Why did he do that?, the poor girl had only made an attempt to kiss him, and he had acted on impulse by slapping her, it doesn’t make sense, why would he slap her…? He knew he was in a bigger trouble as he walked down home.
“You shouldn’t have slapped her…”James shouted at his friend, his eyes was bloodshot looking like he was ready to pounce on him.
“Haven’t you been been listening to me? I said it was a mistake I didn’t mean to…” She said trying to convince his best friend who had stormed into his house fifteen minutes earlier demanding for the reason why he made Funmilayo cry.
“Whatever the reason might be, you shouldn’t have slapped her.” Maintaining his position.
“And why is this your problem by the way? were you not the one who caused the whole problem… I don’t even like her.” He said as he made his way to the door, “You think I don’t know you were the one having crush on her, and you were too shy to admit it…?” he quickly added as he opened the door to meet the trouble he has been waiting for all day
“Mrs Omoboriola!” he said in almost a whisper…
To be continued…