Tobi was standing there with a box of chocolate as she opened the door. She wasn’t expecting him because he didn’t tell her, what if she wasn’t in the house, she thought to herself. She let him in anyway. He came to her house to ask her out on a date, he wanted to have a relationship with her. She couldn’t believe her ears; two guys on the same day. “Why did Tobi not ask earlier, why now?” she said to herself. She asked him for some time as she wasn’t prepared to give a response.
Lola found it difficult to make up her mind because she did not want to hurt any of them especially when she had decided to lock up and let no emotions in whatsoever. She did not know how to tell both Wale and Tobi, no. She spoke to Bibi about the situation asking for advice, Bibi told her it was obvious she still had some feelings somewhere, else she would have damned the consequences and told them no outrightly. She told her to think about it again and make up her mind.
It so happened that Bibi was dating Nate who was also a friend to Tobi. At that time Bibi wasn’t aware that it was the same Tobi who she had talked to over the phone times without number; they never saw physically. She only found out when Tobi called Nate one certain time and they got gisting about girls, Tobi said his girlfriend had just travelled out for her masters and that he was trying to ask another girl out, and that the girl was acting tough; he made mention of the fact that there were two other girls he had at his beck and call. When Nate asked who the other girl was, Tobi said it was a girl named Lola; he said “Can’t you remember that very cute chic I told you I met at a movie premiere”. Bibi heard their conversation because Nate put the phone on speaker as he was ironing his clothes at the time; there and then she put two and two together as Lola told her the story of how they met.
Bibi knew that she had to do something about it, she had to ensure that Lola would not agree to date Tobi, she believed he was going to hurt her, Lola was too fragile for such, she thought to herself. She wasn’t so sure how she was going to tell the whole story to Lola. Suddenly it struck her, she remembered that Nate had downloaded an application on his phone that lets one record calls. “Sweetheart” Bibi said, “can I please use your phone to send some songs to my phone?” he initially wanted to send the songs himself, but later changed his mind and gave her the phone. She was able to trace the call and send to her phone via Bluetooth. Since it was a weekend, she quickly called Lola to know if she was at home.
In about 30 minutes or less, Bibi was in Lola’s house, she played the recording to the amazement of Lola. Afterwards, Lola smiled and told Bibi thanks, she felt she had gotten the sign that she needed. While she was gisting with Bibi her phone rang and it was Tobi calling, she laughed and said “speak of the devil, Bibi it is Tobi calling”. She didn’t pick up immediately, she allowed the phone ring twice, the third time she picked up. After exchanging pleasantries, he asked how far how far with his request, he said “babe I like you a lot you know, and I know you like me too because we had something going on”. Lola had never been that irritated, she didn’t even know what to say. She simply told him to meet up next weekend to talk about everything.
A week later, Tobi was sitting and waiting for Lola to arrive at the restaurant where they had planned to meet. The moment Lola stepped into the restaurant, all eyes were on her, she was dashing, and she looked really amazing. Tobi almost didn’t recognize her, he wasn’t sure, if it was the same Lola or somebody else. Well, all thanks to Bibi who styled her and made her up. He stood up to welcome her and usher her to her seat. “You look really amazing I must confess” Tobi said to Lola, she thanked him as she smiled seductively at him. He couldn’t help but feel jealous as the number of people staring at her were increasing, to the extent that someone asked to take a picture with her. Tobi was so sure she was going to accept his proposal with the way she swept him off his feet.
Tobi and Lola got talking while waiting for their order, she wanted to really convince herself that not accepting his proposal was the best thing to do. Everything was fine until he said “babe, come on, accept my proposal, I am ready to accept you the way you are and I can take care of you”. She couldn’t bring herself to understand what he was saying and what perspective he was coming from, it was the effrontery with which he said it that got to her, so much pride. She didn’t even know when she told him to let her be that she wasn’t interested. Tobi didn’t believe his ears, he was so angry and yelled at her saying, “Lola who do you think you are to reject me like this, do you know how many girls are dying to sit with me let alone be with me?” She smiled at him and said, “Guy, it is a free world, go and meet all those girls, my name is Lola and I am not them”, immediately she stood up to leave. Tobi was devastated as he watched her leave.
The next day was a Sunday and she had planned to sleep all day after church, when Wale called her to inform her that he was on his way to her house. Wale called her often but he never talked about the proposal because he was giving her time. Lola was confused because she was looking all scruffy and not ready to see anyone. She quickly dashed to the kitchen to boil some rice as there was a pot of stew already made from the previous day.
When Wale arrived, he came with a bottle of wine which Lola chilled in the fridge as she had no ice cubes. “You look beautiful dear” Wale said to her, she smiled and said “thank you”. After Wale was done eating, they got gisting and all, Lola was waiting for him to talk about the proposal, while he was waiting for her to talk about it, as they both didn’t want to make the other person uncomfortable. Finally she summoned the courage to talk about it; “Wale, I accept to be your girlfriend, even though I’m scared to let emotions in or out, I am ready to take the risk of loving you”. Wale was speechless, he stuttered and said to her, “Thanks babe, thanks for making me the happiest man today, I am ready to be the best for you”. They both hugged each other after which they sat to watch a movie.
Some months passed and their relationship kept booming, it wasn’t perfect but it wasn’t bad either. They had their issues and they resolved it. A year passed and they were waxing strong. On the Friday before Lola’s birthday, Wale called her up to meet him at an eatery on her way from work. She got there in time as he had not arrived, she ordered a drink while waiting for him to arrive. On arrival he refused to order anything, his face was not at all friendly and she wondered why. He didn’t even ask her about work and how she was fairing, she asked; “babe, what is the matter?” he just shouted at her and said he wanted a breakup.
Lola could not believe her ears, instantly tears came trickling down her eyes, with a cracky voice she asked what she had done wrong as she thought they were just fine. She said to him “Sucre you know I love you with all my heart, what has gone wrong, how do I even deal with this?” She stood up to leave and Wale let her go, he did not even flicker a bit. The moment she got to the door, a little girl stopped her and gave her a note, it read: ‘Sucre, will you be mine? Will you marry me?’ She froze and turned to look at Wale, he was on a bended knee with a ring in his hand and tears in his eyes, he asked her, “will you marry me?” She almost collapsed as she was overwhelmed with everything that had just happened, when she got a grip of herself she ran to him and hugged him with a resounding yes that people in the eatery started clapping and taking pictures of what seemed to be very romantic. He whispered in her ears, “I love you forever” and she replied “I love you forever and a day more”.
Lola and Wale got married some months later, Lola got pregnant almost immediately. They both decided to name their unborn baby Temi; it means ‘My own’. And as the saying goes, they lived happily ever after.