Wedding plans for Vera and Desmond 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 Desmond 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 Vera’s side all the time until the wedding day. Meanwhile, Collins had been on my neck to come visit him again. I told him I had to be around for Vera’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- Vera 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 Collins. 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. Vera looked tired and needed 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 Dickson.
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 D-day.
“So do you mind me coming over to pick you up?” He asked.
Dickson was just irresistible but I needed time to talk to Vera. I didn’t notice Vera 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.” Dickson’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 Chisel 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, Vera 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 hard. “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 then…”
“That’s nothing. So long as she ain’t married yet, anything can happen. That’s women for you, trust me…”
“Fifi, 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 for words again, “look Dickson, we’re not supposed to be here. Can you take me back to the hotel now? Please…”
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.