‘Thank you,’ she said both for the compliment and the gentlemanly gesture.
Goke closed the door for her and quickly, passing the front of the car, entered through the driver’s side of the car.
‘So how where you able to pull this off, your parents allowing you to see me’ he asked.
Seyi chuckled, ‘It’s a long story; let’s just say I pulled some strings and here I am’ she shrugged her shoulders and gave a shy smile.
‘Oh how are your thighs? I was so carried away by your beauty; I totally forgot’ he said.
‘They are better; thanks for asking’ she smiled.
‘So where are we headed this beautiful afternoon?’ He asked. ‘I was hoping you had somewhere in mind,’ he added as he started the car.
‘I don’t really go out, I believe you’ll be in a better position to suggest a place. Preferably, somewhere not too far because I have to be back before 6pm.’
‘Okay then, in that case, should we go to the eatery I saw when I was coming, not so far from here?’ He asked.
‘That’s probably the one we stopped at after church when I went into the toilet to call you. I had to tell my mum I was having menstrual pain when she asked me why I stayed that long in the toilet and my annoying sister won’t let me have peace in that house. I’m so glad to be out of that place.’ Seyi said.
Goke chuckled, ‘Is it really that bad?’
‘My house? Yes o it is, trust me.’ Seyi said.
‘Really? Don’t worry you’ll tell me about it. Can we go there then?’ He asked.
‘Yeah I guess,’ she replied.
There was a brief silence then Goke spoke, ‘I’m guessing this is your first time’
‘What is my first time?’ Seyi wasn’t sure she knew what he was referring to.
‘Hanging out with a guy,’ he said.
‘Well, I don’t really have male friends. My dad and brother are the only two guys in my life and those ones..sef are not really in my life. So I guess to answer your question, yes it is’ she replied then added, ‘Why did you ask?’
‘Nothing, just wanted to know. I must take care of you so you will know how good we guys could be’ He turned to her with a smile in his eyes.
Seyi smiled back, a bit shy.
‘I’m sure it’s not news that I really like you, Seyi’ He said to her, careful to look into her eyes and make her feel the intensity of his words.
Seyi could feel her heart beat faster. She didn’t know how to respond. His gaze pierced through her soul.
Goke went on, ‘And there is something about guys I should let you know’ he said as he gradually parked the car beside the road.
They had not gotten to their destination. Seyi wondered why he was stopping. They were still within the residential area. No other car was on the road.
He needed her full attention and as much privacy as he could get. There probably won’t be such in the fastfood restaurant they were going to.
‘When a guy likes a lady especially the way I like you,’ he started, fully focused on her ‘he can do anything for her. Absolutely anything.’ He stressed. He held her hand and looked straight into her eyes, ‘Seyi, I really like you and I will want you to be my girlfriend. I want you to give me a chance to show you how much I care for you.’
There was silence in the car. Seyi didn’t see it coming, she knew they were not just friends but she had no idea Goke had such intentions. She was speechless.
‘Say something Seyi,’ he said, almost begging her.
‘I really don’t know what to say; I’m quite overwhelmed. Your girlfriend? I wasn’t expecting it,’ she said.
‘I hope I wasn’t too forward. I’m not even sure how you feel about me,’ he said seemingly concerned.
‘No, no it’s not that. I like you too; it’s just that I’m new to all these.’ Seyi said.
‘Don’t worry; I will take care of you. I promise. Nothing will happen to you.’ He assured her.
‘But I don’t really know you; I’m just getting to know you’ Seyi opened up.
‘That’s the more reason why we need this, so we can get to know ourselves better’
Seyi immediately began to remember her mum’s warning and all she said about guys hovering round her like flies. So many thoughts began to flood her mind, ‘Is he one of the guys mummy was referring to? Am I ready for a relationship? I’m just getting to know him. If I have a boyfriend, perhaps people will stop looking at me like a small girl more so, he has promised to take care of me’.
As these thoughts kept running through her mind, she noticed Goke moving closer to her. She wasn’t sure what was going on. His face gradually came close to hers and she realized he was about to kiss her.
To be continued… Next Week Sunday! Please drop a comment on your thoughts on this so far.
What things have you learnt, and what do you think happens next?