It soon dawned on Dima that she couldn’t really trust Cleo. Not with her business or career but with Buchi. It happened that whenever she called Buchi, he was with Cleo and whenever she called Cleo, she was with Buchi. This made her suspect they spent all their time together. It was more than a coincidence, it happened too often to be ruled as one.
She decided to travel; back to Abuja despite the fact that she didn’t have any show until the following week. Usually, she left Enugu just two days before a show but this time there was fire on the mountain. She can’t afford to be lax when it comes to Buchi’s affection towards her or hers towards him. She quickly booked her flight through the internet for 7am and went ahead to pack her bag.
As early as 9am the following morning, she was in Abuja. She went straight to Buchi’s house, knowing he’ll still be home. She was not disappointed. He was surprised to see her but she could tell he was happy too. That gladdened her heart a little. At least he’s not left me behind completely. She was happy to see the welcoming smile on his face.
“Dima.” He beamed. “What a lovely surprise.” He gave her a hug. “I was not expecting you until next week.”
“Yes, yes I know. I just wanted to surprise you. I decided to come a week early to have some fun with you. We’ve been working so hard, we’ve barely had time to enjoy some of the benefits and I want to take you out, as a small token of appreciation.”
“Oh, that’s so cool and thoughtful of you.” By this time, they were comfortably seated.
“No work today?” Dima enquired of his schedule.
“No. Fortunately, I have today to myself. You came at the right time, so, you can spoil me as much as you want. I’m all yours.” He replied, his eyes radiating warmth.
Dima felt warm all over from the look in his eyes. I think I still have him. She thought happily. It never even occurred to her that she had rejected his advances when he asked her out, which in turn does not give her any right to him. The moment it seemed like he wanted to move on, she became obsessed with having him to herself.
“Good. Let’s go out then. Where would you like to go?”
“Let’s go see a movie. There’s this new James Bond movie I’ll like to see.”
“Oh no, not an action movie! Can’t we see another one? Romance perhaps?” she batted her lashes playfully.
Buchi feigned horror. “A chick flick?! Kill me now!”
Dima laughed. “Please now.”
“Now, wait a minute. I thought this was my treat?”
“Yes.” She pouted
“So, I get to make the choice?”
“Yes.” She replied, rolling her eyes.
“Then James Bond it is.” He said as he flicked her chin.
“Alright, alright. Next time, I won’t be merciful.” She pouted again
“Yeah, right. Just give me a minute to change into something presentable.”
“Are we going right now?” Dima asked surprised.
“Yes babe. Aren’t you glad I’m eager to go?”
“You are just eager to spend my money.” She rolled her eyes.
He laughed and walked towards his bedroom. He stopped suddenly at the threshold. “One thing though, can I invite Cleo? She’s been working so hard she deserves a treat too.” He said trying so hard to sound casual.
Dima’s face fell but she rallied quickly. I think it’s more serious than I thought. So, he’ll like to have her around even with me here physically? Better check out the competition then. This helped her make her decision. “Sure, the more the merrier.” She replied even though her heart was far from being merry.
….to be continued….
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