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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

On our way home,
Mustack insisted on
knowing my place since
we were heading the
same way. I took him to my
place. I stay in a room self
contain very close to the
school. I could see Mustack
admiring the interior design of
my room when we entered the

“nice place you have here” he
He fixed his gaze on the two
plastic chair beside the bed.
“wetin chair dey do for your
room?” he asked
His question got me confused.
I wanted to ask him if he
didn’t know what they are
made for. Like seriously, he
should know that it’s there for
my visitors to sit on.
“it’s there for my visitors
convenience” I answered.
he shook his head like I just
said something unbelievable.
“so if a lady visit you, you will
ask her to sit on that chair” he
“yes of course” I answered
“now I know you are still a
novice in this game. don’t you
know that it would be difficult
for things to happen when
she’s sitting on a chair. but
when she is sitting just beside
you on your bed, you won’t
even have to stress yourself.
the closeness between you
both would stir up things.”
All what Mustack said didn’t
make any meaning to me. All I
knew was that those chairs
were supposed to be for my
visitors convenience.

“so are you saying that you
don’t have any chair in your
room” I said
“what do I need a chair for
when there’s a bed to sit on”
he answered
I still didn’t understand what
he was saying, because I
believed those chairs were for
my visitors convenience.
“okay, since I have known
where you stay now, let me
start leaving before it get dark.
I still have something to do at
home” he said
“okay bro, no problem” I
I shook hand with him and he
left. I lay on my bed trying to
see if I could give any meaning
to what Mustack said.
The vibration of my phone
distracted me. I took the phone
and stared into the screen. my
heart missed a beat when I
saw an unknown number. I
still couldn’t explain why I
always have this fear when I
see an incoming call from an
unknown caller. I could only
think of one person as the
caller, and that’s Kate. why
would she be calling me now.
it’s hasn’t been up to an hour
we left the bar and she was
already calling. she should
have allowed me to rest first.
I quickly rehearsed a few
words I would say to her.
“hello Kate” I said immediately
I picked the call.
“hi Christian, this is not Kate,
this is Sharon”
My heart missed a beat at the
mention of Sharon.

“Sharon” I mumbled
How did she get my number. I
didn’t remember giving her
my number. This was the part
I hated the most. I hated being
caught unaware. when I had
already rehearsed what to say
to Kate, thinking she was the
caller, it now happened to be
Sharon. What would I say to
“how are you?” she asked
” hello………. hello………. hello
I can’t hear you clearly. the
line is breaking” I said, making
it look like I couldn’t hear
what she was saying.
“hello Christian, can you hear
me now?” she asked.
“hello…………. hello………………
hello I can’t hear you” I said
and ended the call before she
could speak further.
Before I pick a lady’s call, I
always made sure that I
already have prepared speech
in order to reduce my
nervousness. I didn’t rehearse
any word to say to Sharon
because I wasn’t expecting her
to be the caller. I quickly
rehearsed what I would say
when she calls back. my phone
started ringing almost
immediately. I took a deep
breath and pick the call.
“hello” I said calmly
“hello Christian, can you hear
me now? this is Sharon”
“Sharon, how are you?” I asked
“I’m fine. you just left the class
like that. you didn’t even allow
us to conclude our discussion
before leaving” she said
“I’m sorry Sharon. I received
an important call while in
class. I just had to leave before
class ended” I said
“okay, I just what to remind
you of our tutorial on
Monday” she said
“I’m aware” I said
“okay, I will talk to you later”
she said
“how did you get my number?”
I asked
I needed to know how she got
my number, because I didn’t
remember giving her my
“I got it from joy” she
“okay, I see” I said
“talk to you later then”
“okay” she responded
I ended the call and heaved a
sigh of relief.

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