’Hi guys.’’ Mrs Williams said warmly as they both approached Nike and Kola.
Nike had like Mrs Williams immediately, for she had welcomed her warmly into her home and extended family with a cordial and generous manner that immediately made Nike felt accepted.
‘’I’d like you to meet a very good friend of mine. This is Mister Peter Brian from SLOT. Mr Peter this one right here is my son, Kola. Beside him is my cousin, Nike.’’
Peter had played the role of manager in his friend’s office on several occasions. On these occasions, Mrs Williams had been one of the customers he attended to. He was added to the Pre-Xmas hostess’ contact list when he gave her a lift in his 2013 Kia Rio, the day her car broke down at Yaba. A kind gesture that would later earn him an invitation to her party. The timing of the invitation and the party itself couldn’t have been any better.
Peter shook hands politely with Kola, but his demeanour changed when he smiled at Nike. He bowed with and elegant gesture and declared,
‘’It is an honour to meet you.’’
‘’Thank you, Mister Brian.’’ Nike said in her soft tone. He was a handsome young man, no doubt. With his finely cut hair that matches his round face. He was athletic built.
‘’Does this mean I can now buy phones from SLOT for free?’’ Kola asked Peter jokingly.
Before Peter could respond, Mrs Williams said,
‘’No. Not only phones. You can also buy laptops without paying. Silly you.’’ They all laughed at the hostess’ response.
After a moment Mrs Williams declared, placing her hand on Kola’s shoulder, ‘’I need you two to show my guest around.’’ The duo nodded. To Peter she said, ‘’I’m not abandoning dear, I just have some arrangements to make.’’
‘’It’s okay. I can manage well enough in such good company.’’ He responded.
‘’Good.’’ The hostess smiled as she walked away.
‘’Is this your first time at this party, Mr Brian?’’ Nike asked with a beam.
‘’Yes. It is. This is actually the first time I have been able to clear my schedule all this period of the year.’’ Peter stated.
‘’Well, I can tell you from experience that getting a break from work to be here these few days is not a bad decision.’ Kola guaranteed.
‘’Seeing a beautiful face like hers, you’re not far from the truth.’’ Peter said with his gaze lingering on Nike.
Nike felt self-conscious under the scrutiny of such an attractive man,
‘’thank you,’’ was all she could mutter.
Turning her head slightly, to see past Kola, she saw Deji. D–n he was devastatingly cute. Feeling her heart race, she thought of leaving the main lobby instantly. After last night’s disastrous encounter she had no desire to see or speak to Deji anytime soon.
Facing peter, she said, ‘’since you’re new here, I take it you haven’t seen the aquarium.’’
Peter’s face beamed with interest, ‘’there’s an aquarium here?’’
‘’The view is amazing.’’ Kola added.
‘’How about we take a look?’’ Nike asked.
‘’Sure. Why not?’’ Peter said.
As they were about to head to the next building the aquarium was, Kola saw Deji approaching them.
‘’You two can go ahead, I’ll join you later.’’ He said and they both left.