I walked up to her, and stood behind her; I held her and rested my head on her back. While I had put on a pair of boxers, Banke was still prancing around in her birthday suit; she had a beautiful body though.
Leke: “We are a team remember, who else would I commit this delicate task to, if not you?” I said, infusing a bit of sadness in my voice. She turned around immediately and held me; all her reluctance was gone, at the prospect of getting someone else to do the job.
Banke: “But how would I achieve that?” she asked, as a worry frown creased her brow.
Leke: “You are a smart girl, you will figure it out” I kissed her forehead; I knew girls loved that gesture.
Banke: “I will do anything if it would make you happy” she said, kissing me on the lips.
Leke: “Be sure to keep this between us, this is our project, I don’t want your sister interfering”
Banke: “Sure” she replied excitedly. It was weekend, but I did not want to spend it with her. I Had woken up with an epiphany and I had decided to start working out. So living in a mental home made me fat, but I wouldn’t stay fat. I needed to up my game and I wanted the kind of body men in playboy magazines have. But if I told Banke I was going to the gym, she would want to follow me, so I told her I had a class to attend.
Banke: “What class?” she asked, pouting her lips. She had obviously planned to stay the whole day with me.
Leke: “A graphics design course I registered for” That got her out of the house and out of my hair.
So, I jogged down to the gym, the cost of registration here was steep, but with my salary, I could afford it. I had just walked into the gym, when I bumped into Prisca, Banke’s friend. She had on a pair of yoga pants, and boy, was she hot? She was sizzling hot in a pair of thin yoga pants, and a sports bra. Her body glistened with sweat drops; it seemed she had been working out before I came.
Leke: “Oh my God” I whispered as my jaws dropped. I did not realize she was this sexy.
Prisca: “Mikhail! You are here?” she exclaimed excitedly.
Leke: “Yes bae, I am looking to lose some pounds” I said, licking my lips.
Prisca: “Let me take you to my personal trainer, he is the best here” she said pulling me by the hand. My eyes fixed on her perky butt all the way to the trainer. The trainer, who was a hulk of a man, put me through intense routines until all my muscles were sore.
Leke: “Prisca, you are the most beautiful girl I have seen” I said as we walked out of the gym.
Prisca: “Thanks, but you chose Banke, even when she was rude to you the first time”
Leke: “Uhm, actually, she asked me out, and her sister being my boss and all, I didn’t want to get on her wrong side. It was you I wanted all along, my heart recognized you the very first time I saw you” I said. Of course it was all lies, sure I had noticed her the first time, but it was because she was gazing intently at me, not because my heart was doing any leaps over her.
Prisca: “Hmmn, so what do you want?” she asked as she stopped by a BMW car.
Leke: “I still want you” I said cautiously, I didn’t want to come across as disloyal to Banke.
Prisca: “Not until you ditch Banke, I don’t share” she said as she opened the car with a remote control.
Leke: “Come on bae, are you going to put something as beautiful as us on hold, because of Banke? I thought you were the confident type who went after what she wants” I said as I pushed her against the car, and smashed my lips on hers. We pulled apart, each breathless, and I rushed to apologize.
Leke: “Am sorry Prisca, I was caught up in the moment” I was not sorry the least, I kissed her deliberately, but I had to make her think me a gentleman who was at the mercy of his emotions.
Prisca: “I don’t know I don’t want your girlfriend to pour hot water on me oh” she said twirling a strand of her hair.
Leke: “Will you be my girlfriend?” I asked and she smiled. I knew I had her already.
Prisca: “Where are you headed, I could drop you off”
Leke: “Are you ready to go home, I am not, let’s go to a café and catch a few chocolate drinks” I said, even though I knew my salary account was running low, but I could starve myself to spend a little time with Prisca. I needed to be sure I had her. She agreed and we went to Browns’ Café in Victoria Island, it was a long drive from Lekki because, the traffic jam was much. We got to Brown’s café at brunch hour, and settled to cakes and chocolate drinks.
Prisca: “I love a guy who likes chocolate” she said as she nibbled on her cake.
Leke: “So are you also going to Unilag?” I asked
Prisca: “I am not interested in University right now; I want to build my company for a year or two. University education is not running away” I was floored by her response, she was smart. She was my dream girl, beauty with brains, but I was not looking for a partner, I was just looking to have fun, all the fun I was denied for ten years.
Leke: “Cool, what kind of company is that?” I asked passively, like I was not floored.
Prisca: “A media company, a blog that I want to metamorphose into a media empire” she replied
Leke: “Oh, so what do you blog about?”
Prisca: “I am pleased that you are this interested, well, I blog about everything black people, black celebrities, black people doing wonderful things, and so on. It is thriving though, I have about 200000 followers, but I am hoping for more”
Leke: “Hopefully, when I come into my own, you would promote my fashion brand”
Prisca: “You are interested in fashion, cool, I know a couple of fashion institutes I could recommend for you” That’s how we chatted till the sun went down, and dusk set in. Time flew and we weren’t aware, we were so immersed in our conversation. She was really my dream girl. But was I ready to give up my plan with Banke for Prisca? No, I was not, giving up would be like giving up on my mother. Love could wait, I wasn’t ready. We decided to have dinner, and she offered to pay, I didn’t mind because I was already red. She ordered gizdodo and asun for both of us, and we chased it down with glasses of red wine. The waiter also bought us a bowl of quinoa salad on the house. It was an understatement to say I had a wonderful time. It was the first time I had ever felt alive since leaving the, mental home. I went home satisfied, but guilty.
It was a month after that encounter, I was having sex regularly with Banke, but Prisca was not giving me any. Nevertheless, whenever we met, it was intellectual orgasm, and I was not cool with just that. We made out a lot and just when I was really getting into it, she would pull away. I was beginning to see her as a tease, but I could not stay away. Banke on the other hand was yet to find a way to get close to Nora, she was more interested in spending nights in my apartment. I was beginning to wonder why her sister had no control over her. My phone was filled with nude pictures of Banke, which she had sent through whatsapp. The girl had no chill at all.
I was working on a prototype, I had learnt a lot from Kunmi since being here, so my prototypes were better. Nora had no time for the business, if not for Kunmi, the brand would have been relegated to the background. In spite of Kunmi’s advice, she refused to organize another collection launch. I guess she was scared that something might happen again, I guess she knew someone was on to her. Banke walked in, with a wide grin on her face.
Banke: “Bae, I found the perfect way to enter Mrs. Aboderine” she said.
Leke: “Great, let me hear it” I said as I stood up from my chair to come stand before her.
Banke: “I will be her personal assistant!” she exclaimed like she had discovered the way to the sun.
Leke: “How are you going to convince her to take you on as her personal secretary?”
Banke: “I already did, through my sister. I resume tomorrow! Yaay!” she exclaimed joyfully. I embraced her, I was excited myself. Finally my plan was beginning to move forward.
Leke: “You came through for me, I love you” I said without meaning a word I said.
Banke: “I love you too boo” she kissed me, just as Kunmi walked in.
Kunmi: “Keep your romance out of our offices, is this the reason you wanted to work here?” she said feigning anger.
Banke: “Come on, sister. Mikhail loves me, and I love him too”
Kunmi: “Eeew, young love, so irritating” she teased and left the office.
Leke: “We have got to be more careful now, what if it had been the missus?” I asked, not the least pleased with Kunmi knowing about the relationship.
During Lunch break, Banke offered to treat me to lunch, we were on our way out when we bumped into Nora; she was just alighting from her car.
Nora: “How are you Mikhail” I was surprised she remembered the alias. I was about to reply when I heard my real name, in Mary’s voice.
Mary: “Leke!” she called. Nora turned, her face was ashen, she had gone pale like she was going to faint.
Question: How will Leke explain this to Nora and Banke. Has Mary unintentionally destroyed all of his plans?
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