My supervisor asked me to give a receipt to a secretary in the admin office. I got to the admin office but the secretary’s seat was empty. I waited for few minutes before she came. I handed over the receipt to her stating who sent me. She appreciated it.
I opened the exit/entry door to the admin office when I met a familiar face about to enter the office.
Me: Good morning ma
Woman: Good morning, my dear.
The look on her face showed she was trying to remember where she might have seen me. Well, I didn’t let her think too long before helping out.
Me: I helped mummy locating….
Woman: Yes! Galacious, right?
Me: Yes ma
Woman: What a name! I’m Mrs. Williams. What are you doing here?
Me: I work here, ma
Mrs. Williams: Oh! Really?
Me: Yes ma
Mrs. Williams: Ok. Hmm, when do you close?
Me: 5 ma.
Mrs. Williams: Good. Why don’t you stop by tomorrow after work at my house? We need to talk.
Me: Hope no problem ma?
Mrs. Williams: At all, dear. Grandma would be glad to see you, and I also have things to discuss with you.
Me: Ok ma.
Mrs. Williams: Take care and be careful.
Me: Ok ma thank you ma.
I wondered why Mrs Williams would want to see me at her house. Probably to have a drink as an appreciation for the assistance I rendered to her mother. I wasn’t expecting a reward for what I did. Albeit I have been curious on how the inside of the Mrs Williams house would look like. I had to wait till Tuesday evening to figure that out.
It was past six in the evening later that day. I was in the parlour watching TV. Mom went for a church program with my Ayo. I heard a knock on the door.
Me: who’s there?
Udenme? What could she be looking for? Ayo is not at home. I thought.
I barely opened the door. My right hand was on the door and the other on the wall.
Me: Ayo is not in
Udenme: I know.
Me: oh ok.
Udenme: won’t you ask me to come in?
Me: oh sorry. Please come in…… and have a seat
I opened the door a bit wider and held the door while she walked in and took her seat.
Me: what should I offer you?
Udenme: Really? Somebody is becoming hospitable.
Me: Well, don’t blame me. Almost all our visitors are mom’s. I don’t really have friends that visit.
Udenme: not even your girlfriend?
Me: Na na. Don’t have one.
Udenme: well, then I will like fufu with afang okazi vegetable soup with……
Udenme: yea. I’m not done yet.
Me: I’m sorry we don’t have that.
Udenme: I know you won’t, but since you asked what you can offer Instead of telling me what you have and I’ll choose which one I prefer.
Me: ok ma. We have….
Udenme: don’t bother.
Me: you sure?
Udenme: of course I’m sure. I live next door, if I need something I can get In the house.
Me: alright then.
I sat down. There was silence for awhile before she continued the conversation.
Udenme: You know I haven’t spent a week yet and I’m already missing Calabar seriously
Me: Well that’s Inevitable, where you have been for…..
Udenme: Since I was born.
Me: You can imagine. I’m sure Grace and my sister have been keeping you company
Udenme: Yea. You know isn’t It awkward how close your mom and my sister are.
Me: my mom is very tolerant. I took after her.
Udenme: It goes both ways.
I heard mom’s voice. She was exchanging pleasantries with one of neighbours.
Udenme: Isn’t that your mom?
Me: Yea. She’s early tonight.
Udenme: Ok. Lemme take my leave then.
Me: c’mon she’s not going to complain
Udenme: don’t be so sure, she might not in my presence. You know I’m not my 12 years old sister.
Udenme: Na so. Thanks for the company.
Udenme: So I can check in around 1 am?
We both chuckled.
Me: Well, I’m cool with that.
Udenme: I hear. Later.
Me: Ok then.
I helped with the door, while she stepped out. Several thoughts filled my mind. Is she hitting on me? Or perhaps she just felt like talking to someone? Whatever it was, time would tell.
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