…He looked like a man out for a kill. I jolted and woke up with that. Beads of sweat soaked my body and my bed, I was petrified. Wedding plans for Nelly and Paul kicked off and guess who would be the chief bride’s maid? your guess is as good as mine. We went shopping and bought all the things for the wedding. Everything was expensive but Paul didn’t budge, he gave us money so liberally I was wondering if it were just the money from Shell he was using for the wedding. Then I learnt his community of friends were a group of money reeling lads. One of his bosses had promised to grant him a Class A wedding ceremony, since colleagues from the company were going to be
present. That also meant he had to spend without
worries as he would certainly make over ten folds of whatever he’d spent. I was by Nelly’s side all the time until the wedding day. Meanwhile, Vincent had been on my neck to come visit him again. I told him I had to be around for Nelly’s wedding. He had to wait until after the wedding and I’d be all his. He didn’t like the idea but seemed to have no other choice.
On the eve of the wedding, after we had retreated to
our hotel rooms Nelly had insisted we slept in the
same room and I liked the idea, since I’d have the
chance to find out from her why it didn’t work out
with Vincent. The very thing we’d never had the
chance to talk about again, one that had left me in trepidation of the future.
I had barely left the shower when she came in. Nelly looked tired and needed to take a bath and rest. I told her and she admitted and went straight to the shower. I
changed into my nightie and started watching the TV. It was a reality show. I was almost engrossed when my phone rang. It was Charles He was at the bachelor’s Eve party and was wondering why I wasn’t there. I told him I wanted to rest and prepare for the day.
“So do you mind me coming over to pick you up?” He asked. Charles was just irresistible but I needed time to talk
to Nelly. I didn’t notice Nelly step out of the bathroom. She grunted to announce her presence. I turned to look at her amidst my indecision and she winked and nodded her head. Conspiracy! I made a jeering face at her.
“Hello! I’m still here.” Charles’s voice twittered from the other end. “Oh, okay. But I wouldn’t want to stay out for long.” I
replied and heard a muffled “yes” on the other end. In a few minutes he had arrived and was poking his head round the door. I had dressed up and went to join him. We went down and into his car then drove off. We drove around town idly, buried in a very deep conversation. When we got to Kamenza Park, he parked and asked for a walk. I obliged, after all he was fun to be with. He held my hand as we walked through the brilliant park with fountains and flowers and lights everywhere. Music crooned from the speakers hidden at strategic parts of the park. Other couples had either sat of strolled around the park. We found a free
casted seat and sat down.
“Do you like this place?” He asked. “Sure,” I searched around with a thin smile at the corner of my lips. “It’s so romantic I must confess. I hate to be here.” “You do? I can’t believe you just said that.” He shot me an incredulous stare. “Who doesn’t like romance?”
“Maybe me.” I chuckled. “Well, it would have been
perfect if I had come with my boyfriend.” He smiled and looked away briefly. “Yeah, Nelly told me you have a boyfriend. So where is he?” “I don’t wanna talk about him,” I snapped. “So what do you wanna talk about?” “Just anything else, maybe you if you don’t mind.” “There’s only a little about me that you don’t know. I think I’ve told you all.” He folded his arms. “Hmmm? Sure? No girlfriend, fiancée, or even a crush?” He smiled. “I’m just a young man who’s in love with a woman and doesn’t know how best to tell her.” I laughed on top of the voice. “Who’s this girl? Come on, just go
ahead and tell her. Look at you, she might just be
waiting for you to open up.” “You think so?” He asked and I nodded. “Well she told me in the middle of a conversation she is in a relationship and since thenceforth…” “There’s nothing. So long as she ain’t married yet, anything can happen. That’s women for you, trust me.” “Nomsa, I’m in love with you.” I lost the rest of my words as he cut in and continued. “I don’t know how you
feel about this but it’s the truth.” I was lost for words and began to pick my fingers. He held my face and stared into my eyes.
“I… I’m sorry but it’s not possible…” I refused to look at him, “I told you I’m in a serious relationship…”
“Are you now contradicting yourself?”
I was short of words again, “look Charles, we’re not supposed to be here. Can you take me back to the hotel now Please?…” Before saying anything something happened…
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…Look Charles, we are not supposed to be here. Can you please take me back to the hotel right now? Before saying anything, he quickly planted a kiss on my lips and shut me up. I didn’t react for a while and he didn’t let go either. As I raised my eyes and met his, I didn’t know what
happened, but I shut my eyes again and kissed him
back. Saturday morning and it’s was matter of hours Nelly would be married to Paul and her status would change. She was so excited that she woke me up as early as 05:00hrs in the morning. Before 07:00hrs, the makeover crew would arrive for their art so we had to shower and get ready for them. As soon
as I left the shower and into the room, Nelly threw a question at me. “Charles told me what happened yesterday. Like seriously what came over you?”
I sighed and went straight to the dressing mirror
without saying a word.
“Nomsa I am talking to you?” “What was I supposed to do? He kissed me without
permission.” I retorted.
“Oh yes, and you slapped him? For God’s sake, how
does that appeal to you?”
“I had no choice. For real that was the only thing I
could do at that time.”
“For crying out loud, Charles is a gentleman, one every lady would want to keep.” She preached. “Oh yeah, I know he’s a gentleman that kisses a girl without permission. That sounds cool.” “Are you kidding me? Like serious he jumped on you without any green light? I know better than that. Just gimme a break.” She waved her hand in the air in a rebuff gesture. “Don’t be like that Nelly, you know I have a boyfriend
and I told him that. He ought to have respected that.” “Really? You have a boyfriend? I don’t seem to know him.” Nelly jeered. “By the way, tell me you didn’t enjoy the kiss Nomsa?” “What nonsense are you talking about?” I shook my head and muttered a lie, “Stuff was so irritating.” “Huh? It’s okay. You have a boyfriend, one you’ve
been secretive about. Now see better Babe, and you
slapped him. I only mean well for you my dear.”
“Now see who’s talking about secretive. Why have
you kept secret the reason for your breakup with Vincent all this while?” I snapped with rage. “Oh I see, seems you still have your mind on that.
Come to think of it, why have you refused to get over Vincent? I was the one that broke up with him and not you.” “Same way I’m the one dating my boyfriend and not you.” I turned from the mirror and shot Nelly a surprise attack. “Babe, don’t you think the same thing that haunted Vincent away from you can also wreck your marriage?” I succeeded as my words struck her well. She froze
and slowly turned to look at me. “Girlfriend, what’s
the matter with you? Why now? Of all the days and
times and hours, you chose now… Few hours to my wedding? Gosh, what are you up to?” My words pierced through her like a spear. A little bit of remorse crept in but I didn’t care.. “So tell me, what do you intend to achieve?” She leaned backward and enquired thoughtfully. “Are you
in anyway seeing Vincent? Don’t tell me you’re
communicating with him somehow.” I took it well. I chuckled and replied calmly, “you are both pathetic and ridiculous at the same time. Just
quit already, stop being petty. How is that possible?” I shook my head incredulously. “Now listen baby girl, I’m just worried and concerned
about you at the same time. Just like that your
relationship with Vincent snapped and it’s over, I was thinking he was the one you would have been tieing the knot with today but no, it’s someone else. Don’t you see? Something must be wrong. Can’t you smell it?” “Unfortunately baby girl, I’m walking the aisle with Paul and not Vincent. And if you give me multiple chances, I’ll still choose Paul over Vincent.” “Story for the gods,” I jeered. “We both know you lied. Because he now works in an oil company huh? Nthew nthew ntwew …” “Oh come off it, I was into him before the job, don’t forget too quickly but like I said, I would never have dated Vincent even if he was the only man alive.” I felt goose pimples. Now this was serious. This was
my time and I had to use it well. “I lowered my tone
and asked, “why? What is your issue with Vincent?”
She sighed and stood up to leave. “Not again, not this time. This is the only one secret that you’ve kept from me and I won’t let it slip because after today, I’m sure you’ll never talk about this again. She heaved a sigh and folded both arms. “Okay, Vincent is a sex maniac.” I angled my head in disbelief and burst into laughter clutching at my belly as it rocked. “What’s funny?”
“Are you just selling that to me hoping I’d buy?” “I’m not kidding Nomsa, he’s a lunatic. Vincent is not
normal.” I stopped laughing and gathered myself. “Okay, I get you or let me just pretend like I do. So because one is a sex maniac makes him a lunatic and abnormal? Girl, you’re boring.” Nelly just shook her head and stood watching me in disbelief as I returned to my seat before the mirror. We heard a knock and she went to get it. It was the
makeover crew. While she was with them, I began to
ruminate on what she just said about Vincent being a
lunatic and…Sex maniac that I could understand but how is that a problem?
I smiled to myself and was about to write her off as
being petty and boring. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm my game is becoming unpredictable “I sighed”. Before taking another step, in my mind again, I thought about what I saw in Vincent’s
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