Fiction By Bae Diamond
I met the dude during valentine o, at a spa in Gbagada. He actually came with a girl, but from the look of things, they were not dating, because he admired me while the girl was with him and all that. A while later, the girl left. Then he walked up to me and ask for my digit. I didn’t want to give him at first, but dude was adamant. I sha said OK. I gave him and we started chatting on Whatsapp and BBM. He calls some times and I started liking him.
One day, he called me and asked for recharge card. He said he wanted to do an online recharge, but there was no internet connection. I wasn’t happy with that, because I hate being a maga, I had never asked him for anything, so I don’t understand why he felt it just easy to request for airtime. I sha sent him 500 naira airtime.
Fast forward to 3 weeks, he called me that he was in one lounge, not far from my place. He asked me to come around. I went there. He asked me to order, but I should not buy too much, as he wasn’t with too much cash. I pitied him and ordered food and drinks around 8k. He started complaining, saying things like ‘was it a crime I invited you over?’, ‘Will you be able to finish this food?’ etc. At this point, I was pissed off, but I remained calm.
I silently ate my food, asked him if he wasn’t going to order for his, he said he was fine. As I opened the pack of juice, he took a cup and poured for himself, then he poured another. I was shocked, but I still kept calm. After the meal, he asked about my school and all.
After some minutes, I told him I wanted to leave, and he was like we should go to his place to have a heart-to-heart talk. I told him we could discus it right there, he said he doesn’t like discussing future plans in the open. Future lounloun!
I stood my ground. When he saw how adamant I was, he let me be. Then, he asked for a good night kiss. I told him I was already exhausted. Dude flared up and started causing a scene. In his words, ‘you chop my money, no wan do me well.’
I was embarrassed. Some dudes came over to ask what was the issue. From their heights, to their body mass, you could tell they were bouncers. He quickly narrated how I ‘chopped’ his money, but wasn’t willing to cooperate.
‘Is that so?’ The bouncer asked.
I answered in the affirmative. Before they could say a word, I quickly told them how I sent him recharge cards some weeks back. Before my guy could say a word, I busted into tears and told them how I had sent him 10000 naira recharge card, while I only ate 8000 naira food. Dude started screaming curse words.
‘Oga, calm down,’ the bouncers yell. ‘Oya, settle her the remaining 2k,’ they ordered.
Dude opened his mouth, no words came out. He mumbled some words, but was met by the stern eyes of the bouncers that screamed ‘you wan die?’. Dude became helpless. He opened his wallet and brought out a 500 naira note.
The bouncers wanted to talk, but I told them it’s fine. I collected the 500 naira, thanked the bouncers and cat-walked away.
‘Stupid gal,’ I heard him muttered.
Bae Diamond is a writer, poet and avid reader (of books and minds) who blogs from a strategic point of view, enjoys a blend of coconut and pineapple juice and likes to travel at every opportunity. She blogs at www.baesdiary.blogspot.com