…A knock on the door interrupted me this time, Amanda went to answer the door and behold, our princes stood at the door.
‘Welcome to the lioness den, please come in if you’re brave enough.’ Amanda told them.
The guys; led by Tony, followed by Lekan, Habib and Opeyemi came into our apartment. They were all looking charming and well dressed but my gaze was just on one person, Habib. ‘Meehn, this guy is fine!’ I thought to myself. He was dressed in a dark green polo shirt over a dark blue jeans, a silver stud in his left ear, his left wrist housed a silver Swatch while a tiny silver chain adorned his right wrist. His facial features were perfect. His hair was cut very short and the waves in it were visible. His dark eyebrows were full but they were neatly arranged. His eyelashes were long and dark, his nose sat perfectly on his face but what really got me were his full lips. I couldn’t help but imagine what I could do to his lips and what his lips could do to my body, instantly that got me very wet below. He has a very masculine body, you know; the big chest and six-pack types. His arms filled the helm of his Polo shirt and the rest of the cloth molded his body well and his soft leather sandal looked good on his feet. I licked my lips blinking my eyes.
I searched the faces of my friends and they were all taking in their partners. Opeyemi was dressed in a short-sleeved navy blue shirt and a black pant trouser. He had on a leather wristwatch, a gold chain circled his neck and he had a black shoe on and if we ask Koyin, she would say her man was the most handsome amongst the four men.
Tony wore a deeply cut V-neck white shirt over short brown knickers but what I love about his outfit was the brown hat he had on his head. A bead on his wrist and brown loafers on his feet completed his dressing. He looked dangerously attractive!
Lekan wore a tailored shirt, the white embroidery on the lemon colored shirt was beautifully made, he wore it over black jeans, and there was a gold chain around his neck, a gold wrist-chain around his right wrist and a black leather wristwatch on his left wrist. They were all cutely dressed. My gaze went back to Habib and I caught him staring at me too, we smiled at each other and I regained my senses.
‘Since you guys are brave enough to enter the lioness den, I think you should sit down but first, let me introduce you officially to my friends even though you guys have been talking for the last few days!’ I said.
I don’t know why I’m introducing them self, because each girl was beside her man already, anyways, courtesy demands.
‘Opeyemi, Tony, Habib, Lekan, please meet my friends, this is Amanda, Koyinsola, Bimpe and I am Sandra. We are very pleased to have you here.’ All these were said amidst handshakes and hugs. My girls were so quiet! Were they turning shy on me? No way!
‘Since you guys were generous to provide these champagnes, I think it’s only fair to share it with you!’ Amanda said and Koyin and Bimpe stood up together to go and get the champagne flute. One person could get these flutes ordinarily but I was sure they needed to gossip.
‘I’ll get the ice cubes for the drinks.’ Amanda said.
What? I couldn’t believe these girls were ditching me to go gossip! What was I suppose to go and fetch oo? Then I remembered we have some cashew nuts at home.
‘Let me get you some refreshment with the drink.’ I said running to the kitchen. I could see the boys smiling. So what if they knew we were gossiping about them? I mean they’ve had their time too! When I opened the door the girls were whispering with glee like a female dog in heat!
‘How dare you girls leave me out of this?’ I whispered with glee myself. They drew me into their circle and we group hugged.
‘Wow! Pictures do lie. These guys are way too cute!’ Koyin said.
‘I know, but we’ve got to get back now before they change their minds and run away!’ I said. Each girl took what she came for and we piled out of the kitchen. As we entered the living room the guys heads were also together in a discussion!
Alas! They were gossiping about us too and we caught them. We were all smiling as we set down our wares on the centre table.
‘Ok, we guys won’t pretend we weren’t talking about you ladies like you went to gossip about us in the kitchen. We were just appreciating what we’ve seen, right guys?’ Habib said as he picked up one champagne bottle to open.
‘Right!’ The boys said and nodded in agreement.
‘So when you guys say something behind us it’s talking but when we do it, it’s gossiping abi?’ Bimpe asked. Where Bimpe did get such confidence from, I didn’t know, but I liked it.
‘Well, it is common knowledge that girls gossip more than boys, I mean, you people talk about everything, especially boys.’ Tony added while Habib filled out flutes.
‘Opeyemi, as a lawyer, do you also agree to this? Do you think women gossip more than men?’ Koyin asked her intended lover looking him straight in the eyes.
Oh oh, God helps this guy, because Koyin’s eyes are enchanting and when she turns them on you, you have no chance at all.
‘Well, it depends on the school of thought you belong to and the kind of female or male we are talking about. You know, I believe some guys do gossip more than girls.’ Ope tried to be diplomatic while he stood bewitched. The guys were about to turn on him when I saved him.
‘Can we make a toast and drink this champagne?’ I asked. We all stood up raising our flutes up and I said;
‘To four couples on their way to liberation and happiness. May this weekend be one to remember for the rest of our lives?’
‘Hear! Hear! Hear!’ We all cheered clicking our flutes against each other’s saying cheers.
‘To four pretty ladies who are brave and sexy. May you find what you seek?’ Lekan toasted on behalf of the boys and we drank our champagne.
‘So, how did you girls meet?’ Lekan asked and Amanda told him how we met at the NYSC and how we’ve been together ever since.
‘Wow, you guys really are connected. It’s not easy for four girls to live together for this long and not fight or go their separate ways. How do you do it?’ Opeyemi asked and Koyin answered.
‘Who told you we don’t fight? These girls can frustrate the life out of each other!’ Amanda, Bimpe and I turned a questioning look on Koyin. She pretended not to see us and continued.
‘But we love each other and respect each others’ spaces and differences and there’s division of labour too. We are fine so far no one falls sick on their cleaning day!’ Everyone laughed.
‘Me I have a question for lady nurse oo!’ Tony said and we all directed our attention to Bimpe.
‘Matthew 7:7.’ Bimpe answered.
‘I’ll like to know why all matrons at the hospitals have big yansh. Do you guys do something to it?’ We were all laughing before he finished his question and amidst our laughter, Bimpe answered him.
‘Well, we’ve sworn an oath not to tell! It’s our secret, I’ll have to kill you if I tell you and I’m sure you are not ready to die? Abi talo feku?’ She asked. All the while the TV was on but we were too involved in ourselves to watch it until the NEWS came on, we tuned up the volume.
‘Hope you girls are ready, I think we should leave after the news.’ Opeyemi suggested.
‘Ok then, if you will excuse us?’ I said and we cleared the table. We went into our respective rooms.