Daniel insisted I come visit him at his office. I went
on a Friday since we close early, I had to fix
another day for my private coaching.
The receptionist directed me to his office.
The staff are all busy in their cubicles. Most of
them have their eyes and hands glued to their
I met his secretary, she’s young and beautiful, all
smiling, I had no choice than to compliment her. I
told her I want to see her boss. She asked for my
name, I told her and she just told me to go in that
he was expecting me.
I entered into his office, he stood up immediately
he saw me and hugged me, he ushered me to sit
on the sofa. There’s a center table in front of the
sofa. I saw some packs of food on the table. He
joined me on the sofa.
He told me he already got us lunch. There were
two packs, he placed one of the pack in a small
tray and put a pack of juice beside it and handed it
We ate and chatted at the same time. After eating,
he cleared the packs and disposed the packs in a
waste bin in his office.
He checked his wrist watch, then called his
secretary on the intercom, he told her she can
leave since it’s already 5pm. I told him I’ll be
leaving soon but he asked me to stay for another
hour since he won’t see me the next day, and that
was because I have a wedding to attend the next
He was busy giving me gist about some things
going on his company, then his phone rang, he
told me it was her younger sister, Sharon calling
before he picked the call.
He told her his friend is around, I heard him
mention my name. He gave me the phone, he said
his sister wants to speak with me.
I took the phone and we exchanged greetings, she
thanked me for everything I did for his brother, she
told me she missed Daniel, that she had no choice
than to come visit him in Nigeria. I gave the phone
back to him.
An hour later we left the office. He wanted to take
me home, but he’s not yet familiar with the route.
He called his company driver who drove us to my
Both of us alighted when we got to my house, he
followed me in to say hi to my folks. He met my
mum and one of my siblings. My dad is not yet
back. I introduced him as a friend.
He left almost immediately, I saw him off to the
gate. He entered into the car, he thanked me for
the visit, I also thanked the driver too and bade
them good night.
Weeks later, I got a call from Mr Paul, he said he’s
at the hospital with Daniel.
Three months after Daniel came back to Nigeria. I
went to his place on a particular weekend to pay
him a visit. I never knew he could cook, he
cooked for me and I enjoyed the food. I packed the
dishes from the dining to the kitchen, he tagged
along and we washed the dishes together.
“Daniella!” He called out.
“Yes” I answered while arranging the plates into
the plate racks.
“I’d like us to step up our friendship” he said.
“Step up our friendship! How?” I asked
“Daniella, I like you so much you know I really do
and we really connected well. And I already know
you are not in any relationship. Can you please
give us a chance and let’s see how things go from
I just stood there, starring at him.
“Daniella say something”
“I can’t date you”
“I don’t like you”
“You are joking right?”
“No I’m not” I said sternly
“I’m in” I said smiling
“Thank you” he said. He hugged me and kissed
me on the forehead.
“One more thing, Daniella, I don’t believe in pre-
marital sex. I don’t know if you share my view” he
“It’s a lie, I can’t believe my ears, did I hear him
right” I thought.
“Did I hear you right?”
“What is it, don’t….
“I can’t believe this is coming from a guy who
lived all his life in America” I interrupted him.
“Lets just say my grandma raised me well. She
thought me the ways of God and groomed me to
be a man that i am today”
“You and your ex girlfriend never got physical?”
“Yes, she’s celebrate, although hers is not for
religious reasons” he explained
“I finally got what I ever wanted, a guy that won’t
pressure me into having se.x” I thought.
“Seriously I’m still surprised” I voiced out.
“Really, sex is not love, if sex is love then
prostitutes will be in love with all their clients”
“Hmm! I’ve made quite a number of mistakes in
the past and you’ve given me the opportunity to
make things right again. So I’m game”
“Thanks Daniel, God bless the day I met you”
“Meaning we are officially dating right?”
“Yes we are” I replied and we hugged each other.
“I wished I’ve met this kind of guy earlier, maybe I
will still be a virgin by now. But there are some
things we can’t take back” I thought.
Some weeks later, Mr Paul and I were at
Daniel’s house. We were all chatting, gisting
and laughing while I and Daniel were doing a
little lovey dovey.
“I’m I missing something here?” Mr Paul
faced the two of us asking nobody in
“We are now dating” Daniel informed
“Wow! At last, I wondered what took you guys
so long” he said and congratulated us.
“Thank you” we both chorused.
“I think I should be on my way now, so I can
give you guys some time alone” he said.
“No you don’t have to go, we don’t need any
time alone” I said
“I never intend to stay long before. I think we
should all have a dinner together, now that
you two are now an item. My fiancée will tag
along as well”
“Good idea, we are in” Daniel jumped at the
“Lets make it next weekend then”
“Next weekend is fine. Daniella is it ok by
you” Daniel asked me
“Yes, it’s OK, I should be free next weekend, I
really want to meet Mr Paul’s fiancé too” I
“Next week it is then, good bye. You guys
should have fun and please Daniella enough of
this Mr Paul”
“I’ll try, because I’m already used to calling
you Mr Paul”
“Please try” He said
“And please Mr…. Sorry Paul, hope you still
have me in mind, you promise to get me a
job” I reminded him.
“That’s not my fault o, Daniel doesn’t want
you to work for anybody”
“So you guys have been talking behind my
“Don’t make it sound like we are gossiping”
Mr Paul replied
“Men discuss, we don’t gossip” Daniel added.
“Whatever, Mr Daniel! do you have another job
for me” I asked him.
“So I’m the Mr now!”
“Just answer my question” I hitted him
“Relax, I’m still thinking, I’ll come up with
“Mr…sorry, Paul did you hear that?
He will fix it, don’t worry. See you guys next
week” Paul stood up and adjusted his shirt.
We saw him off to the parking lot. The
gateman opened the gate for him and he
To be continued…