I knocked on the door and waited , the sun burned against my delicate skin. I sighed. Wishing I had gone with the car that had come to pick me up from the airport, but instead I had wanted to walk, take buses and flag down cabs, and sent the car ahead.
I wanted to walk the streets I had walked on when I was much younger, bask under the sun and twirl to the music played by Mr peppey’s stereo along fifth street.
Yes, I wanted to remember and feel the ambience of my younger years, and to see how much everything had changed since I left.
I never knew I was going to run into jayden at the supermarket.
“Oh dear lord, he had turned into a deliciously looking man. I just wanted grab him and give him one of those wet sloppy kisses. Damn” I touched my burning chicks. I rang the door bell again, then I laughed..
“The way his eyes followed me almost made me pee on myself. Me? Cynthia. I mean ugly betty was a beauty next to me. Me? That everyone didn’t want to hang around, look at or even talk to. Me? And jayden was literally drolling all over himself. Oh dear lord!! How long I have waited for this day and it took all my willpower not to blurt it all out to him and look more stupid than I have ever been. But nope, I acted like a lady, flipped my hair here and to there, gave a thin smile not letting it reach my eyes, act like I never saw the dude in my entire earthly existence and trotted out of the place like I didn’t give a rats ass like a model on Broadway ” I laughed talking to myself
“Oh..what a sight. Poor Jayden calling out for a number, Oh life! what cruel games you play with us. One minute I was practically dreaming of that young boy with a pretty smile and wishing for the heavens and everything divine, and the next minute, Jayden who wouldn’t even waste a second’s glance my way suddenly gasped at me, literally and openly appreciating my good looks” I laugh again, twirling around feeling giddy all over
“My goodness, who are you and what have you done to cynthia ”
A pretty petit woman who had apparently been standing there watching me go off asked, shock written all over her face
I turn, a wide smile breaking across my slim beautiful face
“Mother!!” I squealed, hugging her and lifting her up, almost falling trying to twirl her around and around
“Oh my goodness child. Drop me down!” She laughed hugging me back and plastering my face with kisses with tears in her eyes
“My beautiful beautiful baby girl” she cried into my hair, peering into my face and kissing me, and I laugh, it’s been awhile I felt so much love in a brief moment.
“Mother, I missed you so much” I gushed
She pulls me into the house , calling out
“Jacob!! Jacob!! Your daughter is here. Come see our little girl all grown up. ” she cried ,
My mum is such a drama queen but I love her so much. Staying away from home was the hardest thing I could do, but it’s been 3 years I saw them last when they came to Canada to spend the holiday. Then I still had the fat chubby look, Yes for a while I was depressed, home sick and love starved. So I ate and ate and ate, until my friend, God bless his humble heart, Christopher put me on a diet, took me training and in two years I was like a model straight out of a magazine, sexy as hell and felt more beautiful than ever, my face went from a monstrous ugly duck to…Damn!! A beauty and I turned heads, I mean every single head.
Eww, not that head you. Get your head out of the gutter. *stern look *
I meant head not Head. Damn nasty readers.
So where was I? Oh yeah, mother.
“Why didn’t you come home with the driver, I was worried even when he said he dropped you close. Anyways baby, you look amazing, My little girl ” she hugs me and from the corner of my eyes I saw him come out, his protruded tummy was the first thing I noticed and his grey mustache covering his jaw, I smile
“Come to daddy ” he smiles, opening his arms wide to accommodate me as I sprang up from mother and rushed to him as he wraps me in a big bear hug. My hero . My first love , the only man that loved me even in my worst.
“Papa!” I buried my face in his embrace, he hugged me tight, kissing my forehead.
“Hey princess, I am glad you are back to us. It’s been a long time coming my little pinochhio”
” hahahaha. I am not so little anymore but glad I am, to be back papa.” I always called him papa. Occasionally “daddy” and a once on and off “father”. I called him dad when I was much younger but papa was my favourite “P” word.
“Let me take a good look at you muffin” he held me away, I smile, he did that a lot , the memories came flooding back.
“You haven’t changed papa. By the way Mother, what are you feeding this lover of yours? He looks more handsome than I can remember but that tummy needs a bit of a tucking in. You know what, we going to be hitting that track from tomorrow, tan those muscles and burn that fat, we need you back to your sexy packs, make all the girls swoon and mother remember why she fell in love with you in the first place” I winked at her, she laughs coming to us, papa encircles us. He had his two best girls back in his arms, under the same roof, he hugged us both tighter than before .
“I fell in love with him because he was handsome alright” she touches his cheeks with her hand, blowing him a kiss
“Plus I was a good cook, and a helpless romantic too. How could she resist?” He winks at her, I remember those hidden looks they used to share and I loved the way they loved themselves, even after thirty years, their eyes still shone, the glitters was enough to make haters go blind, and for the life of me, I wanted a love like this, pure, undiluted , raw without shame.
“And a terrible dancer he was, but I didn’t mind it one bit. We danced beautiful together, under the stars, to the beautiful music of jazz, one of those nights we conceived you” she kisses his chicks on tiptoe, he kisses her forehead,
Awww so my parents did some shagging after some dancing and viola, little me ripe in the oven.
My prince charming, come to me already.. I mused.
“Aww look at you both making me feel jealous but that’s fine, I can just share in both your love.” I struggle into their middle which got them roaring in laughter
“Oh no you dont, you go get yours. Speaking of yours, so are you going to tell us about who has our beautiful daughter’s heart?” I rolled my eyes. Mothers can never stop being mothers. Always fishing. I bite my lower lip.
Where do I start from. The fact that ever since I met jayden years ago, in my tiny wee years, no one has actually come close to being perfection from where he stands. Didn’t matter if I was fifteen. Years later I was still stuck on him like glue and I didn’t care even if I was a thousand miles away. Giving my heart to another was a crime and I couldn’t. If it wasn’t him, it was no one else. One other thing that motivated me looking this good? Was when I realised that I wanted to come back home and I knew he still lived in town, never moved. How I knew? Well, I just did. A crusher’s instincts
* straight face. And then side eyes*
OK fine. I checked. Bite me. *rolling my eyes *
Vera was such a little town gossip. You remember vera? My high school friend, the only friend I had? Well, that vera was like the statelite to the city’s antenna, The CNN to my dstv. Gosh!! But I do love her nonetheless. One of the reasons I kept in touch with her all this years aside that she was my only good friend, was also for her to be able to keep tabs on Jayden and she did a pretty good job. I mean, what are friends for right?
So looking good was paramount. I couldn’t come back looking worse than I was. Plus wasn’t it said somewhere that “Being a better version of yourself ” was the best thing you can ever do for you? So I did. And boy was the transformation Off the hook.
“Mother, why so curious. I just got home and I really missed your delicious meal and papa, I missed us sitting at night and counting the stars”
I change the topic. Mother should ask me about Canada, stars, the latest celebrity gossip or something. Anything but that.
But of course, Mothers never stop being mothers.
“Am just saying baby, I mean, it’s hard to believe you don’t have a man now who is gushing all over you and can’t wait to whisk you off to his castle.”
“Who says I don’t have a man now. .I-I do ” I lied
“Oh really, come sit. Tell us about him. I was so excited you coming and I prayed you were coming to also tell us you are getting married. You know every parent wants their kids to have a beautiful home and settle down too. Everyone’s kid is getting married. I want to gush and be excited over my daughter to. So pray tell”
“Erm” I scratch my head, looking to my father and pleading with my eyes at him, hoping he would come help. But instead he sits across from us and seemed to wait for my answer too. Such loyalty.
“Mother, he is- he is really really handsome. Blue eyes, you should see his dazzling smile and breathtaking physique. He works as a lawyer in – in- ” I tried to recollect where he said he was working again . The memory flew away like a bird refusing me to let me catch it. Fudge!! #shrugging
“Mother ..You know he is a lawyer and everything, so tush and sophisticated, he is so warm and down to earth. You would love him. ”
I finished. Blinking like hundred times in a minute and hoping she let’s it slide. When I lied, my blinking was more than normal. I was glad mama never noticed. That was my get-out-of-trouble free card when I was in a deep mess.
“Oh wow, look at how you are blushing. What’s his name? Is he coming to visit soon and meet the parents.” she winks, clasping her hands together like a little girl getting her first present.
“I always loved that movie “meet the parents” it was hilarious. But we are nothing like that right, we are awesome parents. And I bet he is a really really great and sweet guy to have my baby gush over him turning pink just talking about him. See how her lashes flutter Jacob. Oh goodness” she reaches out for her husband who takes her hands and brushes a kiss to her knuckles.
I smiled for good measure. The darn lashes wouldn’t even stay still. It kept twinking.
“What? Visit …Erm, well we haven’t talked about that…yet” I fiddle with my hair.
“Oh yeah, so we can get to meet him and I can have a beer with him. You know not having a son made me miss those things I would have done if I had a boy. But a son-in-law would be great to catch up on boys day out and the sorts” papa states, I laugh nervously . Papa smiles, mother indulges the talk more. Oh no!!!
‘Yes princess. What’s his name. You can invite him over for Christmas, and we can have the thanksgiving and Christmas party you know, as we used to do every year then I can introduce him to my friends and your friends. This would be such a lovely time to celebrate. Infact let him come now. Oh it would be so much fun dear”
“Erm, his name. His name is Erm. Jay- Chris.’ I mutter , biting my lip again.
Crap. What was I about to do?
“Jay Chris? ” what sort of name is that cynthia?” Mother screws up her face, father raises an eyebrow
Hey! Don’t look at me like that . Yes I was describing Jayden but what to do, didn’t think mother would be persistent. If I call his full name now how do I tell him to be my boyfriend before mother gets to see him in like 4 seconds. We haven’t even had our first date yet , much less our first kiss and here I was selling him out to mother on a platter of gold saying he was my boyfriend. Cynthia A. Morgan is on Obsession 101. Dang! Oh No! what to do?
“No mother. Chris. Christopher Daniels. We met at summer camp and then We went to college together, ran into each other at the cafeteria and you know how it happens in the movies? Lights and fireworks, sparks and whatnot and it was love and love and heart shattering love mother and we just sort of clicked.” I lied. Chris is going to kill me. Chris didn’t even like me. I don’t even like Chris. He is a like a brother I never had. Yes..he was going to kill me.
Hey don’t look at me like that. What was I supposed to do? Any bright ideas? None right?
Exactly. So where was I? Oh..
“Aww how sweet. How romantic, I want to meet this Christopher who has made my daughter all lovey-dovey. So I insist, you are inviting him over for Christmas. No excuses. It would be fun to have a man around the house. Don’t you think so Jacob? ” mother turns to her husband. Who nods affirming to her.
Really? Seriously.. is this the spouse-gang-up-on-me day?
“Yes cynthia, you should invite Christopher over. We would love to meet him and I would love to have a word with him and teach him how to treat my daughter. You are a princess and should be treated as such.”
Go papa. !!! You gonna put him straight. That’s the spirit. There are a million reasons why I love this man to pieces.
“B-but papa..mother, he-he is very busy. He is a lawyer, he can’t just drop everything and come down here ”
“Well you wouldn’t know that honey. Oh just Call him already darling, Just call him. Call him c’mon, Oh I am so excited. Call him honey..I can’t wait to meet him.” She was like a little kid excited about christmas and couldnt wait till the next monrning to open her gift which is laid under the christmas tree. Or like a cute little puppy making doggy sounds looking at you with those puppy eyes for that bone..you just can’t harden your heart to such cuteness. And here was mother, how could I tell her no.
“Okay mother. I would, let me go and call him inside” I made to get up. More like I wanted to run away from her clawing grasp trying to choke me to submission.
“Oh don’t be silly sugar, we would try not to eavesdrop on your mushyness” she pokes me, papa laughs heartedly.
“Mum”! I rolled my eyes, picking my bag and bringing out my phone. .dialing.
Please don’t pick..please don’t pick.
Please God, don’t let him pick
“Hello” his voice breaks into my thoughts, my eyes shoots open and mother claps excitedly.
“Go on, tell him” she wipers giving me a thumbs up
God what have I gotten myself into?
“Hey baby, how are you? I just got home and mother and papa are excited when I told them about us and they can’t wait to meet you” I bite my lower lips, moving away from them but mother itches closer to me. I move away and she comes even closer, I bend my head away hoping to God she doesn’t hear his side of the conversation, she kept stretching her head towards me. I move again
“What? who are you calling Baby? Cynthia are you okay or did you hit your head. What are you talking about?” Curiosity filled his voice
“Yes baby, and they want you to come down here for Christmas. And I would love you to to” I turn smiling at mother who gave me a thumbs up, I give her one two with my 32 showing
“Look cynthia I have no idea what in the Lords name you are talking about, come where, I don’t get what do you mean”?
“Aww really, that’s so wonderful baby. I would pick you up from the airport. Mwah! ! I love you. Bye. Kiss kiss !!” I conclude cutting the line
“Cynthia ..cynthia ” was the last thing I heard before I let the line die
“See mother, done. He said he would be happy to come down. ”
She claps excitedly, dancing on her toes
“Oh how lovely. ” I laugh at her happiness,
“Need to go take a shower and vera is coming over” I give both of them kisses and go to my room.
My phone rings almost immediately, I didn’t need to check who the caller was. I knew who it was, so I close my eyes and pick the call, kneeling down mentally and hoping he forgives me.
“What the actual hell was that about Cynthia A. Morgan?”
Now when my name is being called like that, it means I am in trouble. I give my most puppied-expression-sulking-voice, sounding all helpless
“Erm..well, promise you would forgive me first.’ I poked my cheeks, something I did as a little girl uncertain of my fate
“No! Tell me. What just happened and why do I feel as though it’s worse than what I think?”
“Well..it depends. Tell me you forgive me first?” I pull at cheeks even more, closing my eyes again, it had turned red, I rub them.
“OK OK! I-told-my-parents-we-were dating and so-inlooooooovvvvvvve and now you have to come down here to see them and spend the Christmas with us and be the best boyfriend in the whole wide world because they want to see and see how in-lovvvvvvvvvve we are and you have to come down here like as soon as possible, preferably tomorrow or the day after and meet them and spend the holidays with us!!! ” I blurted out and waited for the explosion that I knew would happen while I held my breath.
“What the Fxxk cynthia. Why would you go and do something as silly, crazy, utterly ..argh!! like the actual Fxxk. I mean. . What???” I covered my face.
Did the volcanic eruption just take place.? I hide under my shell, waving a white flag
“I am sorry Chris but..I didn’t know what to do. Mother just kept pinching and pinching me, with her cute puppy eyes teasing me and begging me. I couldn’t bring down her hopes and I had to make up an imaginary boyfriend and how was I to know that she was going to ask for a name and then…you know ” I trail off
“And you thought to mention my name? How clever of you Cyn. You are just a bundle of suprises with a lot of misplaced priorities Cyn” he was the only one who called me that. I told him once it sounded like “sin”. But he just laughed it off and still called me “Cyn” even though I didn’t like it. I grimace, pouting. Still searching for an annoying name to grace him with.
“Well, I was going to mention jayden but..then she wanted him to come over and there was no way I could make jayden fall in love with me and get him to be my boyfriend and have him come over in this short period of time. which was about 5 seconds when she starting asking about my man. So I just blurted out your name.” I bite my lips again
“Right. Jayden Michaels. The one true love of your life. Tell me something else I don’t know” I could hear the displeasure in his voice
“Oh don’t be a kill joy, he is going to love me and then this little lie of ours would be over..but please please do me just this favour, please. I promise it would be over soon, it’s simple, just pretend that we are dating and heavy over heels for each other and it wouldn’t be so hard, just for a little while and poof!!! All would be great when I and jayden would be living happily ever after.” I gushed
” its not a little lie. Its a big lie. And there is no “ours” its yours. You thought it alone in that big head of yours. Don’t be crafty and No! I won’t. Besides you don’t know if he is married with kids and wouldn’t ever look at you.”
“Wrong.! ” I smiled.
“I said wrong. He isn’t married, he wasn’t wearing a ring and I don’t think he got kids running around and he is breathtaking gorgeous Chris and he drooled all over just looking at me Chris, oh my gosh! ! I wanted to leap for joy. Jayden even wanted my number but I walked away leaving him staring at me like a huge piece of chocolate pie-
“Whatever cynthia. I don’t want to indulge in your big-little dark lie. Please don’t drag me into it.’ He pleaded
” its a white little lie so technically its not a lie if its for smothing good. C’mon, Pleaseeeeeeeeeee?” I sulked
“Please please please Christopher Daniels, you are my only best friend in the whole wide world..please do this for me and I promise I won’t ever make you do anything this horrible again.”
“That’s what you said the last time when you had me doing your project for you the whole semester, or was it the time you made me sit in for your date because you didn’t want to be alone with that Davidson guy and I had to watch him throw shades at me for ruining his “just-two” date. Three was a crowd cynthia, or was it when you made me eat a large pizza because you were trying to win a bet and I had to hug the porcelain god for two whole days because apparently it was spoilt , should I go on?”
I laugh. Yes, I have had him do some silly things for me. But what are friends for if not for inconveniences and bad advice right. .
‘I promise Chris, this is the last time I promise” I wasn’t sure if I was lying or not but, but it didn’t matter
“Fine. Whatever. I mean, what’s so hard in pretending that I like you, let alone love you. You are my friend so I guess I can pretend..but you need to tell them the truth or probably get your prince to fall head over heels for you in the next couple of days so I can whisk myself out of there and back to my simple sane life full of peace and no Cyn drama, so help me God.”
“Amen!!Awwww you are amazing you know right?” I jumped on my bed. He laughs
“You doing that thing again aren’t you?” I stop jumping and laid flat on my bed, brushing the hair out of my face
“What thing?” Curious I asked,
“That thing when you jump like a frog just because you are excited. ”
“Oh screw you!! I laugh
“You too” his chuckle fill my ears
Friends. Aren’t they just divine.
“Dude, I swear she was like this girls you see in your dreams, those perfect beauties that you just don’t want to wake up from, I swear Tom, I couldn’t stop staring at her.” He sits down
Tom whistles, handing him a beer and taking one for himself as he settles opposite him in his sitting room, the slow music playing in the background
“So, ugly duckling is like cinderella now but only after the fairy godmother appears to her and changes her into a princess right or this really cute girl with large titties and butts big enough to place a cup?” He laughs
“Don’t joke Tom. You really needed to see her. She was like….”Wow!” Jayden exclaims, with both his hands spreading wide across his face and he leans back, dreamy
“And she wouldn’t even give me her number? Cynthia Morgan her name is”
“Hmmm. I never knew anyone with that name.” He honestly admits
“Exactly. It’s horrible , we always called her ugly duckling and we never knew her name. Now years later she is a radiant glow and I was just dumbstruck. Amazed, dazed or whatever you want to affix and I never wanted to get to know someone so much. And I have luck on my side, she doesn’t even remember me. So It would be a good opportunity to make a good impression ”
“But dude, you were the one who caused the rumour in school about her ”
“No I told you about the ugly chick ruining my perfect day with her spittle and staring at me like one love sick puppy that My Kenny had paid me with and I just wanted her out of my house and way from me. It was a horrible experience. A freaking one. You were the one who spread it across school. So technically , I was just a little kid who didn’t know better but you my friend, you are the villain in this story. ”
He laughs nodding. “Yeah. Do you think that’s why she left, because she never returned after summer break.”
“Well, I dunno know. But I am glad she is back. By the way, when is our school reunion happening?”
“Dude isn’t it obvious, we get word out more now and hopefully it gets to her. Look up an old address on the year book or something. She might at least have had a friend or something. It’s Harbeth’s high school class’07 reunion and she is by right expected to be there too right so we let her know, right ?”
“What about Eva?”
“What about Eva? I don’t care about Eva, so what about Eva?” Jayden brushes the talk away like first over his shoulders
“But you guys have been dating for a bit now, thought it was getting serious?”
“Well, off and on. I never committed to her. Besides our families thought that it was a good thing to be a pair so it just sort of happened. Not like I fell in love with her or anything and my world stopped and she was the glow that made me a better man. That shot only happens in the movies. Besides She is just a drag but she got her fine edges no doubt but Tom, seeing cynthia today made me realise that settling for something less would be the worse thing you could ever do yourself you know”
“Yeah right Jay, you just need to get your nuts out of the keg. You see a fine girl and you run after her. You have lost of girls throwing themselves at you. You have a girlfriend who is crazy, yes I admit but she digs you. You are rich, you are a lawyer working in one of the pretigious firms in town. You own a house and two freaking amazing cars. What else do you want?”
“I want to get to know cynthia. You never know where it leads. Come on, let’s get to finding that address will you.?”
“Damn dude, I really should see this Cynthia that has you all like this” Tom says, going to the attic to fish out their old year book.
“Cynthia, you have a visitor!” Mother calls out to me as she goes back into the kitchen.
“I would be right out” I called out, putting on a clean pair of white shorts and a flowery chiffon top.
“Hello Mrs Morgan. Hello Mr morgan” Vera smiles to both of them.
‘Vera, you refused to come visit us the way you used to after cynthia left, now she is back you rush all the way down here. Not so nice dear” mother says
“I am sorry Mrs morgan but I missed my friend so much and I am sorry I didn’t come as often as before. But you look divine ma’am and sir, everyly handsome ” she states, winking at Jacob, mother laughs
“Oh thank you lovely. Apologies accepted. You know her room, you can go in” mother tells her as she continues with her baking, papa smiles up at her and then opens his book and reads
“oh wow! Are those even real ?” She points at my hips and firm perfect boobs
“Really?.” I laugh at her shocked expression. She hadn’t stopped staring at me with her mouth open, since she walked in
“I mean, wow!” She exclaims.
“Tell me , you had some sort of work done didn’t you. I mean it’s impossible to look like a monstrous pig then and the next minute you are…just wow!!
“Hey, I wasn’t that bad. Be nice.”
“You know I still have a picture of both of us while I saw you off to the park. Do you need proof of how horribly ugly you were back then in Harbeth’s high?”
“Oh don’t remind me.” I close my face falling back on the bed
“I was hideous right?”
“You were the beast in beauty and the beast. Or maleficient! ” she teases
“Oh how dreadful” I throw her a pillow which she caught.
“But you really do look amazing. I am not even jealous” she sticks out her tongue, shrugging. I stare at her knowingly
“OK just a little. Come here..I missed you” we wrapped ourselves in a big hug, yes..I missed vera. Sweet natured good heart vera. Why did I stay away for so long.
“Ohk so.. tell me. How have you been. What’ good, what’s new..what’s up the sizzle my nigga?” I brush my finger over my nose and pop my invisible collar, she laughs
“How am I or how is jayden? ” she points out. I feign denial
“Hey..I meant you ” I lied, she smiles knowingly
“Fine, I would indulge. I am great. After you left I signed up for fashion school. And I went to college majoring in linguistics and arts. I own a clothing line though but just trying to get it up. I am not married which you know but …there is this guy. We still working on it. And ..I know you want to hear all about jayden so I would just get to it.”
“No of course no” I scoff
“OK. So I won’t talk” she folds her hands and began to whistle staring at everything but me
“Hey!” I nudge her.. “but first , I ran into him at the supermarket and boy was he dripping hot like a red hot sauce. But you know the best thing. …I was hotter and he couldn’t stick his tongue back into his mouth fast enough. I felt high as though I was on some drugged stuff, I could fly literally. ” I laugh not hiding my blush.
“Nice. But you know he is dating someone right now” it came almost as a whisper as she avoids my eyes,
The sweet love music playing at a 100 volume high just scrambled to a cryptic sound and slid down to 44 to 10 and to a 0.2 and then full stop. Reality slapped me in the face.
“Yes.. and I am sorry. I should have told you but I knew you were excited about coming back so I just didn’t want to ruin your happiness’
“So who.. who is he dating ” I bite my lip. Was my hopes shattered again too soon. Should I die now? I fished for a gun in my mental locker and cocked it
“Erm, you know her though. We all went to school together. She used to be all over him then and a few years later they became an item. Off and on though and she didn’t lose a day to rub it over our faces..”my man. My man. My man jayden” Vera rolls her eyes.
“Who is she?” My heart caught in my chest
“Eva Peters. The girl whose laughter could burst your ear drums. The prettiest girl in class and maybe the whole school then” Vera never liked her. She lorded her presence as though everyone should bow to her
“What? That Eva?” I buried my face in my hands.. and then raise I my head up.
“That’s heart wrenching. How long now?”
“Off..2, on..3 years now”
“Wow that’s a long time Vera. Too long. Does he love her?” It would hurt to hear the truth but I needed to know whether to pack my things and head south.
“Well..maybe, I guess so. But.. they fight more than they make up and like every other couples, I guess they have their issues. But hey, it doesn’t matter, If a guy wants you he wants you. Plus you said he couldn’t stop staring at you so it’s a good thing right?”
Faint glimmer of hope blinks at the end of the tunnel. I put the gun away. I sholve my cloths back into the locker to. I was staying. Luck might just be on my side.
Say Amen somebody? I muse
“Maybe. But ohh am such a clumsy mess”
“So I lied to my mother that I had a boyfriend and I nearly mentioned Jayden” Vera opens up her eyes in disbelieve
” I know right. But I was fast enough and I mentioned Chris. Saying Chris is my boyfriend but everything I described about Chris I was actually describing jayden, who is a lawyer but Chris, he is an accountant. Chris has grey eyes and he isnt half as handsome as jayden is, while jayden is like a Greek god, his bod is to die for. And now…. my parents wants to do the remake of “meet the parents”
Vera had busted out laughing ..
” who is chris?”
Oh you really are a clumsy mess. And sure…your friend Chris is pretty mad. What are you going to do. You lied to them, I wonder how you going to get out of this one. Did he agree?”
“My friend. We met in Canada he is my closet friend aside you. And It’s a white lie so technically it isn’t a lie. It’s for a good purpose. Well, I begged and pleaded to the high heavens. He comes in two days, papa made me book his flight for him. They are really looking forward to meeting my “prince charming” I roll my eyes
“That’s a movie I really want to watch. Let’s name it “meet the parents and watch chaos explode because of cynthia’s little white lie”
She caught the second pillow I threw at her laughing
“Found it. Damn.. she was uggllllyyyy” Tom screws up his face, they both stared at their year book, finally stopping at the page that had a “cynthia morgan”
“Yeah. Is there a phone number or an address. Family address or something. ?”
“Dude, you do realise that its like tons of years ago and they might not be using that number again or staying at that house anymore. Didn’t you guys like live on this same street., forth avenue?”
“Oh yes we did. But we moved away to the suburbs. ”
“There is no harm in trying ” he writes down the address and the phone number. Scanning through the book, looking at signatures and pages friends signed on their friends..he pauses when he sees a name attached to another’s. .
“Bingo. Vera Simpsons. She wrote” to my only friend.. Cynthia A. Morgan. I miss you. Xoxo V. I guess we found a friend of hers. ” jayden smiles, content.
“Oh I remember her, she was the quiet shy little mouse. A nerd of some sort. Isn’t she the one that owns the new clothing line at the brooks? ”
“That’s vera? ”
“Well, Vera Simpsons, that’s the name pasted there. But it’s not open for official use though. Except she isn’t the one. She isn’t bad herself you know. I occasionally see her at events but I’ve never approached her”
“Ohk whatever, can I get a card. No two cards, we call her up and go drop it and tell her to invite a plus one and maybe drop one for cynthia. If they were friends there is a likely possibility they are going to hook up first thing.”
Tom nods, “can we do that tomorrow? ”
“Because I am too lazy to do anything today. And because a man has to exercise a little bit of self control. You’re too edgy, like your nuts is about to explode. Take a chill pill, relax. She isn’t running away.”
Relunctantly jayden leans into the chair..
“She might not be running away just yet, but how do I stop my heart from beating fast. I really need to see her again Tom..I do.”
“You would have plenty of time. But I hope godzilla doesn’t rip your new love interest apart.” He teases
Jayden sighs “forget Eva. At the moment, it’s just Cynthia who has me sweating.” He smiles remembering the way the red dress hugged her body, her waist swinging from side to side, her cute smile and breathtaking laughter
“Where have you been all my life Cynthia Morgan. Where the hell have you been?” He muses to himself.
“I have been here. Waiting for you to love me like I have never been loved” I look at Jayden’s picture dreamily..
“Really? ” Vera laughs. Vera had spent the night at mine. We were going to check out her shop, she comes to a stop just outside the complex as both of us alights and I drop my phone back in my bag
“Come come come..mi casa’ es su casa’” vera says as we both enter into the building, greeting customers and taking the lift up.
“Speak English. .what’s that.?” I ask, smiling at the transformation the city had taken
“It means my house is your house slugger”
“Oh right. It sounded like some cricket taking a dump” she nudges me slightly.
“Oh wow, this is just prestine. Lovely decor. Am proud of you honey. I swear you got good tastes too” I run my hands over the chairs and sewing equipment and arts decorating the little open space room
“I know right. Once my last shipment comes in I would get to work. I already have orders so..soon, you would need to book an appointment to see me. So treat me nicely.” She says, showing off her little magical world. I was impressed. She did good for herself.
Oh I guess you are wondering what I do? Didn’t I tell you? Oh silly me.
I am just a girl with a name and nothing,not a dime to that fine name of mine.
Am kidding. Don’t you take a joke?
Well, I am a photographer, a writer and I run the vogue’s culumist out in Canada as an assistant. But I wanted to start up mine, here back home. Which was the second reason why I came back. The first being jayden. Of course . I smirked
We turn , a pretty brunette opens the door.
“Hi Vera but I think some guys are here to see you . They have been here for over 30 minutes waiting on you and because you weren’t around I had to let them stay in mine. Should I send them your way,”
“Urm..guys? What are their names, I wasn’t expecting any visitors. Hell, who knows am here at the moment? I am not even up to functionality yet.”
The girl just shrugs and waited, her eyes resting on me
“Oh Hi, am cynthia. Vera’s long time friend.” Her face breaks into a warm smile as I finish
“Welcome! I am Gloria. The girl next door that does a mean sound beat. I could hook you up with the coolest dj this side of the street and music to take you to the high heavens and back” I laugh. She seemed cool
“Oh how nice.”
“Well, no harm in sending them in” Vera cuts in, moving two chairs and dusting them. I perch on the table waving Gloria bye as she nods and steps out
I get up staring out of the window. You could see how beautiful the city was ‘s from there.
“I wonder who they are?” Vera says
“Some lost puppies looking for directions you never know” I answer absentmindly shrugging
“Come in please” vera says but I don’t turn
The door creeps open, I heard feets, movement but I don’t turn. There was a little boy chasing his dog round and round down the streets, I smile. Such carefreeness and not a bother in the world. I missed those years when things were as simple as Abc.. I heard someone speak.
“Hello Vera, I don’t know if you remember us but we went to school together, Harberth High. I am Tom Bevear and this is Jayden Michaels. ”
My heart did the summersaults in my chest. Infact it fell out of my chest, rolling down my sleeves with a hard thud to the ground. The violin played, birds serenaded. I heard music, I felt my knees go weak and my cheeks begin to burn. I turned pink.
Jayden Michael was here?
Somebody kill me already.