Being Vivian: The Everyday Life Of A Lagos Big Girl (Episode 9: Confusion.com)
My lunch date with Segun went far better than I envisaged. I’d been slightly worried that I would be bored senseless all through, but that was not the case. Once he got past his ‘star-struck’ phase and wasn’t pissing me off with his many compliments, we were able to have interesting conversations.
We swapped childhood stories, talked about work, our hobbies and our individual families. By the time I finally got a look at my wristwatch, it was nearly 5p.m.
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“Wow, we’ve been here for hours,” I said once I saw what the time was.
“I know right. And we didn’t even notice” he said with a happy smile.
“I better be on my way now. I’m going to Ipaja to see my family.”
He glanced at his wristwatch. “Ipaja? When will you get there? And how many minutes do you plan to spend with your family before you start rushing back to the island?”
“I’m actually spending the night there. I’ll return to Lekki tomorrow” I explained.
“Oh ok. So will you be going back to Lekki right now to pack an overnight bag?” He asked, eyeing my handbag.
I laughed. “Actually, I have everything I need for an overnight stay in this handbag right here.”
“Are you serious?”
“Very,” I replied trying not to laugh at his surprised expression.
“Man, you women are amazing. I suspect that you can smuggle a human being in that handbag and no one would know.”
I laughed again. “Only human beings? Even cars and houses sef.”
We both laughed this time, and then he signaled for the bill. When it came, I asked him how much it was but he only smiled and made the payment with his ATM card on the POS machine the waiter brought.
“How much was it?” I asked again once the waiter left.
“Vivian, please let me walk out of this place with my dignity intact because if I say the amount out loud, I might start crying.”
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That got me. I laughed so hard that people sitting at the nearby tables turned to look at us.
“Please let’s go,” he said, standing up and reaching for my hand to help me up. “I’m shivering.”
I continued to laugh as he led me out of the restaurant. Who knew Mr-Cool-Calm-And-Collected could be this fun to hang out with?
When we got outside, I started to order a taxi ride on my phone.
“Texting your boyfriend?” Segun asked me with a raised eyebrow and curious smile.
I rolled my eyes. “Don’t even start. I know you’ve properly grilled Ronke about my relationship status and I am sure she rightly told you I’m single, so what are you fishing for? Reassurance?”
My directness seemed to have embarrassed him because he looked away shyly and said, “You don’t mince words, do you?”
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I bit my lip.
“Can we do this again?” He asked tentatively.
I smiled mischievously. “In this same restaurant?”
“Heavens no!” He exclaimed quickly. “Eating at this place twice in the same year is a recipe for bankruptcy. The food is good, but not that good. I already surrendered half of my empire here today.”
I doubled over in laughter. “Segun! You’re a clown, I swear.”
When I came up for air, I saw him studying me with a satisfied smile. “I’m glad I made your day,” he said.
“To be honest, I didn’t expect to have such a great time with you today,” I blurted out without thinking.
I shrugged. “Uh, I dunno. Maybe it’s because you’re always looking so serious all the time.”
He smiled. “Well, we always meet under serious circumstances so maybe that’s why.”
My taxi arrived and Segun walked me to the car.
“Thanks for hanging out with me today, Vivian. I really enjoyed myself.”
“And thanks for being such an awesome date. I had a great time too.”
We stood facing each other for a few seconds before leaning into each other for a quick hug – or it was supposed to be a quick hug but it ended up lasting a bit longer than necessary and I noticed I was getting turned on by it.
Jeez Vivian, that’s Ronke’s brother! My brain reminded me. I broke the hug abruptly and mumbled my goodbye before diving into the backseat of the taxi.
“Call me when you get home,” he said.
All I could do was nod my head in response as the taxi began to pull off the curb. One question kept bouncing around in my head – am I actually having feelings for Segun?
Hmm…this ‘one date’ business is slowly becoming a problem. Liking Segun wasn’t part of the plan, much less getting turned on by a hug from him. This date was just to shut Ronke up and nothing more. Falling for him wasn’t on the menu. Gosh! Have I bitten more than I can chew this time?
** To be continued in episode 10**