The day
was growing dark and yet he had not come. Tunde, the love of her life, her soul
mate, the one she dreamt of, every night.  She glanced at the clock
for the umpteenth time and sighed in worry, it was already seven o’clock and
her parents would be home soon.
“Tunde
why? Tunde please call me, I love you.” She whispered and sobbed silently as
she hugged her pillow.
Tunde was
Queen’s childhood crush; he had been the best friend of her elder brother while
they both were in secondary school, then, she was still a young girl of twelve.
He used to nickname her, ‘my wife’, and secretly she had fantasied over marrying him.
 After
secondary school, he had moved on as he lost contact with her brother owing to
the fact that his family relocated to Ibadan. It was indeed a pleasant surprise
to have seen him at the stadium last week Saturday. After exchanging
pleasantries, he had promised to pay her a visit and they both exchanged phone numbers, he also gave her his new address as he said that he had rented a mini
flat, not far from the stadium. Queen extracted a promise from him to come over
to her family’s home on Monday at five pm, he agreed and she was elated.
Taking
Chioma to the mall was an avenue to let time fly as she couldn’t wait to see
him again. That day, Tunde did not show up or pick up her calls, she cried
herself to sleep.  The next morning, she called him over and over
again but he still didn’t pick, Monday was three days ago and
she still couldn’t reach him. Seeing Tunde again awakened a new feeling
deep within her and she made up her mind that she would make him love her.
Lying to Chioma about having a boyfriend was an attempt to make the young girl realize
that she was a big girl and definitely not her league besides, ‘being
Chioma’s friend was just her way of doing her a favour’ she thought.
Queen
hurdled herself into a ball as she lay on her bed and kept dialing his number,
she could hear the phone ring but he still wasn’t picking up, she looked at the
clock again, it was fifteen minutes past seven. Drying her tears with a
handkerchief, she rose and walked towards her full length mirror, giving
herself a long look, she made up her mind. Picking up her powder case, she
dabbed her cheeks, cleaned the smudged make up on her face and reapplied a fresh one, using
a light fragrance on her body, she left her home.
The night
was brightened by street lights, Queen hurried to the next street, hailed a
bike man and told him her destination, the bike man nodded- which meant that
he knew the place- she mounted the bike and they zoomed off. 
She alighted at a house which bore the same address as the one she had
memorized and walked into the compound, there was no power supply as the sound
of generators filled the air in a noisy buzz. She was confused, there were so
many mini flats in one huge compound, she looked at the address again and
confirmed that she wasn’t in the wrong place. She saw a middle aged man coming
out of one of the mini flats and walked up to him.
“Good
evening sir”
“Hello
dear, how can I help you?”
“I am
looking for my friend, his name is Tunde.”
“Tunde!
Did I hear you right?” The man asked in a loud voice.
“Yes…sir…are
you a relative of his?” She answered, sounding scared.
“Over my
dead body…I can’t be related to that useless young man.”
“Useless?
Please sir, do not insult him, he is a good guy, I don’t believe you know him.”
“Young
girl, what are you doing here at this time? That boy is no good.”
“Abeg! I
approached you to ask for the directions to his flat and not to receive
lectures.” Retorted Queen, clearly upset over the man’s remarks.
“You are
very rude. Anyway, his flat is at the back…goodnight.”
Queen
didn’t bother replying, she followed the man’s direction and was there in no
time, the door was slightly ajar and the music coming from the room was loud
enough to deafen a human being. She pushed the door open and saw three guys
lying on the floor, they were clad in boxer shorts and around them lay cigarettes and empty bottles of beer. She stepped into the room and called out
Tunde’s name, he didn’t hear at first as he was still sprawled on the ground
carelessly and the noise from the sound system drowned her voice. She walked up
to him and touched his leg, he startled as he turned to stare at the unexpected
visitor, the other young men also turned to look at her, one of them whistled
appreciatively, Queen smiled shyly as Tunde’s gaze met hers. A clearly
surprised Tunde rose and gave her a hug.
“Where have you been? You promised to pay me a visit on Monday.” She asked worriedly.
“Baby I’m
so sorry, I got caught up with work…”
Queen
silently rejoiced at the pet name ‘Baby’, she smiled and said;
“I can’t
stay long, I just wanted to check up on you, my parents are not back yet but
they will be back soon. Are you working already? Samson hasn’t graduated ooo.”
Said Queen, speaking of her elder brother.
“Well…I’m
on my industrial attachment programme for now, I still have some months left
before returning to school. Stay a little longer…it’s been long you know? We
haven’t chatted well enough. Just look at how big and beautiful you are, you
even have lovely curves, my little wife of yesterday is a woman already.”
“Oh…stop
it Tunde.” She said, blushing terribly.
“When
will you visit me again?”
“Tomorrow,
if you want.”
“Shit…that’s
going to be a tough day for me at work, could you possibly come on Saturday?”
“Well…yes.”
“Okay…just
call me before you come.”
They both
held hands as they left his flat.  At the gate, Queen mounted a bike
and Tunde paid the fee, they waved to each other as the bike rode off. Queen
hummed in joy, today was indeed the happiest day of her life!

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