I had just stepped out of the
shower, my body smelt of the avocado soap which was given to me last week from the
church store. I stared at my naked form at the mirror and smiled. It was time
to take rightfully belonged to me. I quickly rummaged through my basket of
clothes searching for the least decent in all of them. I found none so I had to
wear a long shirt which rode just above my knees and waited patiently for Solo. I
heard the knock and quickly sprinted out of bed and dashed to the table just by my
mirror to spray a little of the air freshener that I had stolen from the
church store some days ago, ‘parfum and air-fresh na one and de same ni’ I
muttered to myself as I bathed my body with the scent.
rushed to open the door breathlessly but my excitement died as quickly as a fire
doused by water. Right there at the door was Solo but in his company was the
very annoying Theresa! I wanted to scream.
thought you already know that I am to be your personal counselor.” Solo said.
come my dormot abi?”
if she could join me…”
wildly, she matched my stare with her eyes following my indecent dressing in
behavior right? Here you are trying to snag Solo with this skimpy outfit. I
hope you know that a tramp is forever a tramp and nothing can bring you out
from the gutters.” Theresa said to me.
smell.” I say making a very irritating gesture with my mouth and nose.
quiet?” Solo turns to Theresa “I brought you here to help out and not to make
things worse. I don’t understand why you can’t learn to handle Senorita the
way she should be handled.”
for her all the time and I am sick and tired of it! I am a woman and I can’t
have her falling over my man and plotting on how to snatch him from me.”
Theresa said in her own defense.
ridiculous.” Solo waved her off.
lady whose ready for counselling is supposed to wear? Solo she can tempt even a minister in that clothing talk-less of you.”
for a while, once I’m done, we can go home together.” Solo said.
her…I mean, I don’t trust her with you…I mean…I don’t trust anyone anymore…”
Theresa said, surprised at her outburst.
with me…please go home Theresa!” Solo demanded.
I opened the door wider for Solo to pass through. Solo entered my room and sat
on my bed.
you go drink…” I asked Solo.
make I drink na…” I say as I walk to the bedside fridge which is positioned
opposite Solo and bend to my waist level to bring out the sachet of pure water,
in the process my shirt rides up and I’m sure that Solo was really enjoying the
view. I stood and placed the sachet of water on my lips which I drink with
relish, then I stooped again to place the half-filled sachet into the fridge.
and let’s talk about your counselling.” Solo said to me.
small…e nor hot? Shebi e dey hot for inside hia?” I asked.
quarters, it should be hot down here…” Solo said in a strained voice.
my shirt and watch the shirt coax open at each side, then walking towards the
bed I sit so close to Solo.
says turning rapidly to Pidgin English.
anything. All dis una talk of counselling ehn…nor be de pesin wey dem wan counsel go fit talk wetin dey do am?”
dat time when I never even see you…” I say as I snake my hand through his shirt
and up his chest.
go waste time at all…after our jolly, we go come do correct counselling…you
quick before sister Theresa go land for our dormot again.” I say feverishly.
heap, I smiled as I held on tightly to Solo, I finally