Rumor Has It Episode 17

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Teni sighed.
“I don’t know what to do.”
Kachi smiled mischievously
“You could come cuddle with me here.”
Teni hissed and grabbed a pillow to hit him. He ducked neatly and flew off the bed.
“Kai! Such violence! So early in the morning!”
“Go away jor. It’s your fault.”
She dropped the pillow and rested her head on it.
“Come back to the bed my friend. I don’t know what you’re doing by that mirror.”
Kachi laughed.
“Shey you won’t make up your mind. You said I should go away, now you’re asking me to come back. Confused girl.

Sha, I’m admiring my sexy body.”
He struck different poses in front of the mirror before retiring back to the bed. Teni laughed and shook her head. He lay close to her and she lifted her head and rested it on his chest. He ran his fingers absent-mindedly over her face for a while, neither of them speaking.
“Do you think she should confront him?”
Kachi yawned again.
“Maybe. But not yet. Let her give it some time first.
I want to nap for a few more minutes. We’ll talk when I wake up.”
Teni nodded and drew the covers over them. She shut her eyes and turned off the lights. Within a few minutes, she had drifted off to sleep.
She woke up again at past eight and once more, her ringing phone was responsible. Thinking it was Deola, she picked up the phone without checking the ID and said
“hello love,”
Benjamin’s voice jolted her fully awake
“Hi darling, how was your night?”
Teni pulled the phone from her ears and looked at it.
“Benjamin Tariye”
Kai! She wanted to smack herself. Love indeed!
“Oh Ben. It’s you. Sorry, I thought it was my sister. What’s up?”
Benjamin’s voice still carried a light note.
“I’m great thanks. It’s a lovely Saturday morning and I woke up thinking about you. How are you?”
Teni rubbed her eyes and sat up.
“I’m fine thanks. Just waking up.”
“Oh? Did I wake you up? Sorry about that. I’d like to see you today. We haven’t seen this week and I have missed you.”
Teni sighed. Which kind of trouble was this one? They hadn’t seen all week, so? Was she his girlfriend? And why was he saying he missed her? She didn’t miss him. If anything, she missed his food but not the company. He was a great chef but when they were out together, he was unable to engage her mind in a manner she wanted. She felt no chemistry. They had no easy banter. All they did was talk about work and what they were both interested in but there was really no chemistry and she was not sure she wanted to continue hanging out with him.
“Umm, I’m not sure about that. But let’s see. I’ll go over my schedule today and then I’ll get back to you.”
Benjamin’s voice went up one notch.
“Schedule? Babe, I’m supposed to be priority for you. Why would you be checking schedule for me? I want to see you. Make out time. We haven’t seen each other all week. Doesn’t that bother you?”
The look on Teni’s face had Kachi chuckling. He had been in the shower and only just got out with his towel around his waist. He wondered who the person on the other end of the line was and what they were saying that had her so riled up.
“Benjamin, you are NOT supposed to be priority for me. I don’t know where you got that idea from. You know what? We are going to see today. You and I need to have a little chat. ‘Cause, apparently we seem to be getting different ideas.”
“I’ll be playing tennis at IBB club later today. You can meet me there.”
“No. I will call you when I am ready and we’ll meet some place. Have a nice day.”
As soon as she hung up the phone, Kachi burst into uncontrollable laughter. She eyed him viciously and said
“You don dey mad abi?”
“Hian! Calm down bebe! Who dey vex you?”
Teni hissed
“It’s Benjamin o. The guy dey form boyfriend, I just tire.”
“You know you haven’t really gisted me about him.”
“Because there is nothing to say. He’s a great cook but other than that, we just don’t click. He has this sophisticated appearance but he isn’t able to engage my mind. It doesn’t matter what we’re talking about. Ten minutes into the convo and he’s lost me.

We’ve been out like three or four times but the outings were just mehh. I only agreed coz he seemed nice. Now he’s telling me we haven’t seen all week and he misses me. Do I look like his wife?”
Kachi laughed.
“Calm down babe. Just see him and talk. Apparently, he’s catching feelings.”
“For him pocket o.”
“You’re easy to fall for nau. You’re vibrant and very intelligent. You’re the entire package.”
Teni punched him in the ribs as she walked by.
“No be only! I dey go baff jor. I need to go home.”
“Yeah. Charly sent a text. He wants to meet with you today so bath quickly and come let’s plan your day.”

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Bobby watched the girls get on ride after ride and their loud giggles warmed his heart each time. The girls were simply adorable and they had a lot of energy. He could see clearly why their mother had warned him about giving them too much sugar. They had not even had sugar and they were that energetic. He watched them dance and play and run around for several hours until they got bored.
He bought them snacks, and some ice cream and when they insisted that they were really hungry, he got them together and left the amusement park.

He drove to SFC in Wuse 2 and bought them real food. They ate till they were full and eventually started pelting him with grains of rice. The two girls were extremely mischievous. He could not tell them apart so he had begged their mother to dress them differently. She had refused. So there he was with two pretty girls and he could not tell who was who.
They ran around the eatery, causing confusion everywhere and soon he was weak. He practically dragged them out of the eatery and into his car an hour later. It was 4pm and he wanted to take them home but they were still bubbling with energy.
“Where are we going next?”
Huh? Next ke? He looked at the one who had spoken and the mischievous glint in her eye told him she was Anne, the extroverted one.
“Aren’t you tired yet?”
She stood, resting both arms firmly on the front seats of his car and said
“No! I want to go to another place.”
Bobby sighed. He wondered how Ese coped. He had a new level of respect for her after his time with the girls. They were quite a handful. Then he remembered his promise to keep them out till they were almost dead on their feet and he sighed again. Who sent him message?
He thought and thought of where to take them to that would not have him buying them sugar. He had been careful with the amount of ice cream they had taken at the Wonderland Park but that in itself seemed like too much. Then he remembered it was the first Saturday of the month and it was DMP at City park. He smiled. Having them walk up and down the place would tire them out, he was sure. He could also buy them a few things. He was tired too but he figured he could last a couple more hours on his feet.
“Alright dear. We’ll go someplace where you can run around some more, okay?”
Anne nodded excitedly
“Okay!”
He made sure both of them had their seatbelts on before he drove off towards City Park.

Later that night, he would ponder the events of the entire day in his head and he would wish he had driven them straight home instead.

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To be continued