“There is hope dear. There is still hope for us” i lied feebly. She stared into my eyes, trying to read me. “but you shouldn’t expect anything for now. I need time, i need a little space to pick my life together” i added convincingly. “i’ll give you all the time you need but just don’t disappoint me” she said with a heavy tone which showed how pained she was. I left her apartment minutes later, furious with myself. I couldn’t believe i ended up not doing exactly what i visited her to do.
I was still battling with my thoughts when my phone rang. It was Chioma calling. “hey, how are you?” i greeted, “fine, where are you?” she asked, “driving home” i answered. “i called to remind you that my birthday is tomorrow. I know you have forgotten huh” she said with a lively tone while i gasped. “of course, i forgot dear. Thanks for reminding me. I love you” i said with joy. She simply laughed and hung up. I quickly changed direction and headed to a bank closeby where i withdrew some money, bought a bunch of flowers from a shop down the road before heading to a jewellery shop to get something big for her. I ended up buying an expensive necklace and matching ear rings. I equally bought a very cool ring which i intended to use as an engagement ring. I planned giving her a whole lot of surprise the next day…. As normal with most guys, i had a very restless night thinking about my future, thinking about Chioma and asking myself if she was the best girl for me.
I kept tossing around on my bed till 6am the next morning, when I quickly dressed up and headed to her apartment without notifying her. The shock in her eyes showed how surprised she was when she opened her door for me. “happy birthday” i greeted with a sweet smile, as i handed her the well scented bunch of flowers. “oh my God” she gasped with joy, held the flowers with her right hand and hugged me with the other. “thank you she whispered” before taking the flowers to the center table in her sitting room where she carefully dropped them. As she turned to face me, i brought out the jewellery case and gave to her. “you deserve much more dearest” i murmured as i handed the case to her.
She quickly opened it, screamed with joy and hugged me again. “i have never had such a surprising birthday” she exclaimed as she went through the precious stones i bought. Slowly she fetched out the engagement ring which i cleverly added into the case, brought it up and stared at me with a curious surprise. “so my love, what do you have to say about that. Do you agree to be with me till the end, do you accept being the mother of my children? WILL YOU MARRY ME” i proposed with a nervous smile.
“oh my God” she screamed with joy, her eyes shone with great excitement. “please say something. Will you marry me?” i asked again, “oh yes yes yes yes yes yes” she sang with happiness. I licked my lips, took the ring from her and calmly slid it into her third finger, “you are forever mine, my love” i breathed while she smiled and kissed me with great intensity. I was so happy over the action i took. I felt it was one of the best decisions i have ever made in my life. “once Jboy’s burial is over, i’ll meet her family and start up the marriage proceedings” i reasoned. “my love, you know we are almost late for work, or do you have other plans?” she asked, bringing my wandering mind back with her question. “yeah you have to get your things because you arn’t spending the night here.
We got to celebrate your birthday and our engagement. Double fun huh?” i said with a smile. She rolled her eyes, breathing deeply. “so where are we going?” she asked, “first we go to the office from there we head to a nice restaurant, after which we wrap it up in a hotel” i suggested, licking my lips. “oh no, i beg to disagree. Spending a quiet evening with you is all i need, and your apartment is enough for that. We don’t need a hotel or restaurant my love. Moreover you have many responsibilities with little money, i havn’t even asked how you plan on pulling it all off” she said seriously with a slight frown. I looked into her eyes with great love. “okay the hotel is cancelled, but the evening in a restaurant isn’t” i pleaded. “whatever” she smiled with a shrug.
I drew close and kissed her. We finally went to the office like a newly wedded couple, wasting no time in announcing the great news to our colleagues. They were all happy for us. My only regret was that Jboy wasn’t there to share my happiness and i really felt bad and guilty thinking about it. By 4:30pm, Chioma and I left the office and headed to a newly built restaurant at the other end of the town. The scenery was superbly cool, quiet and awesome. Exactly the kind of environment i wanted. “so tell me the truth, what suddenly made you propose to me?” Chioma asked with a cute curious smile after we had settled down for a wonderful meal. As i made to answer, my attention instantly got drawn to a lady walking into the restaurant. She equally noticed my stare and frowned as our eyes met. She was no other person than Mary’s obnoxious senior sister
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