His phone’s alarm rang very loud, vibrating the whole bed. Chuks groaned, and Segun raised his head, eyes groggy with sleep.
“Please turn that thing off,” he said. Chuks picked up the phone. Snooze or dismiss. He clicked the latter and let the phone drop to the bed.
Still lying down, Segun stretched one leg. “What’s the time?” Chuks hissed. Looking at the phone as he turned the alarm off had hurt his eyes. He just kept them closed and ignored Segun’s question until he checked it by himself. “Eight-thirty. Jesus Christ, today is going to be a long day, but I don’t even want to stand up. I feel like I’m nursing a hangover.”
Yesterday, after their return from the field training site by bus, Chuks had ridden back home that very night, accident risk or not. Paying one night in a guest house, even one that wasn’t an actual hotel, still cost a lot more than he cared to pay again in a place like Lekki.
“And we suppose go meet Mr dé Crozon by around ten,” Chuks muttered, still trying to get back to sleep.
“We? Oh, I didn’t tell you, I have a date with Belinda today.”
Chuks opened his eyes. “You ask am, and she gree? Because of that small talk wey you follow am talk yesterday?”
“Yeah, I even collected her number,” he said with a yawn.
“I know you collected it. Ehen? Segun Shege. Omo baba e.” Segun hissed, and he smiled. “Make I just call the man, self.” He brought out his phone while Segun brought his out as well.
“Let me call her too.”
There was a moment of silence.
“Hello sir, it’s Chukwudi speaking.”
“Yeah, hey. It’s me, Segun, from the range.”
“I’m just calling to let you know that I’m busy this morning, so I won’t be able to make it there until afternoon.” It wasn’t as if he was lying. Sleep could keep a person busy.
“Yeah, I’m just waking up. We got back late last night. But I’m just calling to reschedule, not to cancel.”
“So, where should I meet you, your place or the police department?”
“Okay, we’ll discuss later.”
“All right. I’ll be there.”
Both of them dropped their phones, and they settled well on the bed. “Bros, see you later.”
“I’ll see you later, too,” Segun said with another yawn.