I got home around 8: 30pm, I was so tired. I called Mr Paul to let him know I’m home and I cease the opportunity to thank him for everything, he was such a selfless man.
He even apologized for taking all of my time, but I told I was glad to be of help.
I took my bath went to the kitchen to grab my dinner.
I was almost through with my dinner when Daniel’s call came through.
I picked the call and he thanked me for everything, he said he was sorry for stealing my weekend. I guessed Mr Paul had already called him and related the event of the day to him.
He sounded very grateful for the helped I rendered, but I told him to thank Mr Paul more.
During the week, I make it a point of duty to call Mr Paul to ask how far the interior decoration is going. On Friday he called and informed me that everything has been fixed. I was glad the interior lady fulfilled her promise.
I was in school teaching, when I heard my phone rang. I checked the caller ID, it was Daniel. I excused myself and went outside the classroom to receive the call.
“Hello, how are you doing?”
“I’m good, I’m at work”
“I’m sorry, I’ll call back if you are busy”
“ I can still spare some minutes” I said
“I have good news, I want you to be the first person I’ll share with” he said with enthusiasm.
“I’m all ears, what’s the good news?”
“I got two contracts from two universities in Nigeria. My company will be handling their IT department. One of the university is a private university.
“Wow! Congratulations, I’m so happy to hear this news, so work is actually waiting for you in Nigeria”
“Yes, thanks. Let me run now, I’ll get back at you later”
“Alright then, bye” I said before the line went off.
I was really happy for him, Nigerians trust people who came from abroad more, they believed they would have gathered experiences from abroad. I’m sure that will be one of the criteria they considered in given him the contract.
On Saturday, I went to the mansion to check out the place. I met Mr Paul there too. Everything was sweet and perfect. He drove me to Daniel’s company. It has few offices but many cubicles each cubicle has his own system. The place was nice too.
He showed me Daniel’s office, it was a glass office, very spacious and well furnished.
His office reminded me of Harvey Specter’s office in “Suit” TV series.
I commended his effort, although he said Daniel designed everything himself.
He offered to take me home and I obliged.
We discuss a lot on our way to my house. His phone rang and he received it via a Bluetooth device. He told the person on the other side of the line that he’ll be back in two hours time. I heard him say I love you before he ended the call.
“Your girlfriend? I asked inquisitively.
“Fiancée” he corrected
“She’s a lucky girl” I said smiling
“Yes, she’s lucky to have someone like you. I envy her you know”
“Hmm, if you say so, but I think any man that married you is a lucky guy too”
“ You think so?”
“I know so, I already told her a lot about you and Daniel. Don’t worry you will meet her. Maybe when Daniel comes back”
“I can’t wait to meet her”
“Her name is Elizabeth, but she’s fondly call Lizzy, I call her Lizzy too. We have a dinner date tonight” he informed me.
He dropped me off in front of my house.
“Thanks for the ride”
“You are welcome”
“Greet your fiancee for me and enjoy your dinner date”
“Sure I will, thanks” he said and left.
I and Mr Paul were at the Airport to receive Daniel. The three of us hugged one another other, it was like we are all one family. He later hugged us separately.
“I told you I’ll be back” he whispered softly to my ears as he hugged me.
“And I’m so going to give you a tough time here” I whispered back and smiled.
“ Bring it on” he said and we both laughed.
Mr Paul pretended as if he didn’t see us. Before we left the airport, he changed the dollars on him to naira.
Mr Paul drove us to his new apartment, the guys were at the front while I sat at the back seat. He already hired a gateman who opened the gate for us.
He packed in the parking lot and we all alighted. Daniel was impressed, although he has seen the picture of the house even before it was paid for, but seeing is believing like the saying goes.
We entered into the mansion and he opened his mouth wide. I was so scared, I can’t place his expression whether he liked what he sees or not.
“This…. is ….beautiful, I… love it” he said with enthusiasm.
“Thank God” I said to myself and sighed heavily.
“ I can’t believe you guys put all this in place within a week” he said why checking the rooms out.
“Nothing is impossible, once there is money on ground, although the interior decorator was good at what she does, she made things easier for us” Mr Paul explained.
“This is so sweet, lovely and homely” he said facing me.
“I’m glad you liked it”
“Thank you” he mouthed.
I already bought some food stuff on our way to the airport. He already told me he loves Nigerian dishes. I went to the kitchen and prepared Semo and egusi with vegetable soup.
An hour and half later I was done and dished the food. They were surprised when I called them to the dinning. We all ate and Daniel eyes was on me through out.
“This is what a good food should taste like, I think Lizzy we’ll have to come and learn from you” Mr Paul said jokingly
“Who’s Lizzy” Daniel asked
“Mr Paul’s fiancée” I replied him.
I noticed he sighed, like a sign of relief, and I wondered why he sighed.
“Really, how’d love to meet her”
“Me too” I said.
“Don’t worry you’ll meet her, she’s longing to meet you both. I’ll arrange that later”
“Seriously this meal is delicious, I can’t remember the last time I tasted home made food. I wish I would get to eat more of this” Daniel said
“That means you’ll need a cook or better still a wife. I only prepared this to welcome you home” I said while clearing the dishes.
“Mmm!” Daniel exclaimed.
“What?” I asked
“Nothing” he said shaking his head.
“I think its not a bad idea, if you can still fill in the gap before the so called wife show up”
“Mr Paul!” I called out giving him a wicked grin
“I’m just saying “ Mr Paul said raising his hands up.
“Paul let her be, I’ll get a great cook, I’m sure you can help me with that” he said teasingly.
“Of course, I have the finest chef on my finger tips” he said and they both laughed.
“Whatever” I said and packed the dishes to the kitchen.
I was still washing the plates, when Daniel joined me in the kitchen. He offered to help but I declined. I told him he should just go and rest.
“I noticed you and Paul are now very close” he said.
“Yes we are, you know we worked hand in hand while you are away just to put all these together” I gestured with my hand.
He kept silence for awhile while watching me clean up the kitchen.
“I’m glad he’s engaged” he said
“Who?” I asked
“Your Mr Paul” he replied
“Is that while he sighed when Mr Paul mentioned his fiancée” I thought
“Really! My Mr Paul!”
He just smiled and walked out of the kitchen without giving me a reply.
“I think Mr Paul is right, this guy is up to something” I thought
I joined them in the living room later, we chatted for a while, he gave both I and Mr Paul what he brought for us from the states. I thanked him.
“I want to use the restroom” Mr Paul said and excused himself.
“When next will I see you” Daniel said immediately Mr Paul left the sitting room.
“That’s too far, this your work is taking much of your time. It’s just that I don’t like couples working together in the same place, I would have employed you”
“Couples!” I thought. I pretended as if I didn’t hear him.
He was surprised at what he said too, it was a slip of tongue I guessed. He tried to figure out if I heard him but trust me I made sure my face was blank. There was no expression on my face to read.
“Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. So says the scripture” I thought.
Mr Paul was back before he could say anything.
I checked the time it was few minutes past 5pm, I told them I’m leaving. Daniel suggested they take me home, but I declined. I advice him to rest. Mr Paul already offered to spend the night with him, just to keep him company. And I liked the idea.
They drove me to the park outside the estate where I took a cab to my house. Daniel paid the cab man.
He called when I got home, but he didn’t mentioned anything about the “couples” statement he made earlier.
I thought about it for a while on my bed that night. “Maybe he’s actually interested in me, maybe he had finally ended things with his American girlfriend” I thought. I said my prayers and slept off.