The next evening just as I got back from school, my phone rang and I answered it. Favour was on the line.
“Hello baby, I forgot my jotter and my diary at your place when I came over yesterday.” Favour said over the phone.
“Oh…” I looked around and saw it on my mattress where we both slept on a day before. “Yeah, it’s here” I said while picking it up.
“Okay, I am coming for it right away.” She said and hung up almost instantly.
I had to rearrange the room and keep it in neat because I forgot to arrange it before leaving for class that morning.
While cleaning up the room, I heard a faint knock on the door.
“Favour’s here already?” I asked in amazement while walking towards the door. I opened the door and was more surprised to see Grace standing at my doorstep.
She ran towards me and hugged me. We embraced each other tightly. It’s been long since I saw her. We only FaceTime anytime she’s chanced because she has really been occupied with school works coupled with some other side hustles like business and deliveries and attending church services every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and sometimes on Friday too. During weekends, Grace always delivered packages to her customers who had ordered for her goods or work as an event usher whenever she was less busy.
I kissed her on the lips and grabbed her ass. The kiss obliterated all my thoughts. For the first time in forever, my heavy mind was locked into the present. I forgot about my family problems, my poor grades in first semester. I forgot about my relationship with Favour and Manchester United football club who had found it very difficult to get to the top three position on the league table. All my worries were evaporated like water poured on a hot car on a very sunny day.
My usual mode of hurrying from one thing to the next was suspended. I had no wish for the kiss to end at all.
Drunk on endorphins, my only desire was to touch her. To move my hands under her short black gown and feel her perfect softness. In moments, the soft caress had became more intense. I savored her lips and the quickening of her breath to match my own. Our kiss was the beginning, the first of its kind with Grace and a promise of much more to come.
I carried Grace inside the room and dropped her gently on my king sized mattress then something struck me. I knew what it was.
It was the reminder that Favour had just called earlier and had informed me that she would be coming over to pick her diary and jotter.
“What should I do? Favour must not meet Grace here, else, there will be trouble.” I thought
I looked up at Grace and it wasn’t helping matters too, her smile was just too bright and contagious. Something must kill a man, I assumed that was my own end already. I pulled Grace closer to me and kissed her. She in turn wrapped her arms around my neck and her legs around my waist. I rested my head on her chest and we continued out erotic romance again. It felt like I was in heaven. I felt so relax and lost around Grace that I had totally forgotten about Favour who had called earlier. The chemistry was there and I wasn’t going to let anything come in between us and destroy our precious moment together.
We resumed our kiss from earlier and I licked her thighs clean like I once watched in an adult movie. We were so engrossed in our romance that we didn’t notice when Favour came in. She had been knocking on the door the whole time but we didn’t hear.
Favour just stood on the same spot looking at the two of us like she didn’t see us. Game Over! I was caught red handed and there was no way I could get myself out of the mess. It was not like Favour heard rumours about Grace and I having an affair. She caught us red handed, lying on each other. I was on the verge of losing my two best friends and to my surprise, Favour didn’t even freak out like most ladies would have done. She only stood at the spot staring at us.
I had gotten up from Grace and sat on the mattress near her. Grace had innocently gotten up from the bed too ignorant of what was going on. She was oblivious of my relationship with Favour, her best friend.
“Hello Favour,” Grace had called out innocently.
“Heyy Grace.” Favour replied and smirked “uhmm, I just came back to pick my jotter and diary. I honestly don’t mean to intrude in your privacy.” Favour added.
“It’s fine,” Grace replied.
Favour left my hostel almost immediately. Grace dropped her head on my shoulder.
“Excuse me please,” I said to Grace “let me return her jotter and diary.”
“Alright, there’s no problem.” Grace said. I took my Manchester United jersey from my wardrobe and wore it. I ran blindly to Favour’s hostel, not minding the long distance.
I met Favour in her room lying down on her mattress. Her face were filled with tears that weren’t flowing. Immediately, I went on my kneels soberly and held her hand.
“Oyindamola,” I called her by her middle name. A name only her mom calls her. “I really don’t know what to say.” I sniffed with tears in my eyes. “I really love you Oyindamola and I never meant to break your heart and your trust in me but I won’t in any way deny my love for Grace neither will I call it a mistake.” I said sympathetically.
“At least, you should have respected me enough to tell me that you weren’t interested in me. It would have been better that way.
“I love you Timmy… kinda. Um, I guess what my brain is trying to spit is… I would love you if you were kinder. It’s just that when it comes to our emotional bank account, you take far more than you give. And, well, I’m okay with giving a lot, but you’ve become so entitled to it that the most I can do is the minimum you’ll accept… and even then, you bite me often and look down on everything I’m good at. Even now I can see the blame in your eyes, the disgust multiplying at my failures, anything but face the true reason for your pain. It’s straight from the cold-fish-playbook-101… make the victim a villain as fast as possible, often with a simplistic moralistic argument that takes into account none of the emotional capital. You’re a relationship-vampire and I’m done being drained.” She stood up and kissed me with tears still in her eyes. She poured the whole tears on my shirt and it was soaked like all the waters in the ocean were emptied on me.
Just then, Grace came in again. She had been expecting me to come back to my hostel the whole time and it seemed as if I am to pay for all the sins I’ve committed that day.
“Oluwatimileyin!?” Grace shouted in shock, unable to close her opened mouth again.
She faced Favour and asked, “are you two together?”
Favour nodded her head in affirmation.
“Okay, it’s fine.” Grace startled
“Oluwatimileyin, I just came to inform you that I am leaving for my hostel already, it’s almost 8:00pm. Good night.” She opened the door and then left Favour’s hostel. I wanted to follow her, I took few steps forward and I was deep rooted on the same spot. I faced Favour, she was weeping helplessly. She walked towards me and dished out two hot slaps across my face
“Cheat,” she said
I felt so embarrassed and disappointed. I silently wished the ground would open up and swallow me but nothing of such happened. Favour came closer to me, still weeping. She hugged me, although tighter this time and we were like that for what seemed to be like forever. I prayed to God to make the embarrassing moment turn to one of my wildest dreams but my prayers weren’t answered. I lowered my head and cried again.
Favour broke the relationship with me that day. I betrayed her love and it was more than what she could take. Grace doesn’t even want to see me again. She had cried the day we met at the skyway to make things work between us again. She ran to the Zoology library when she couldn’t stand my sight again. I ran to meet her and I caught up with her at store two. I knelt down before her and before a few number of students waiting to withdraw at the Jaiz Bank ATM gallery.
Grace looked more beautiful, more than ever. She looked like an angel and I fell in love with her even more.
When Paul was tired of putting up with me, he called me aside one day and spoke sense into my empty head. I realized that I kept making the same mistake I made earlier. I was begging both Favour and Grace before I came back to my senses. I realized that I don’t have to beg Favour to continue our relationship anymore. All I needed to do is just to make peace with her and then go after my heart, Grace. So I decided to do something stupid for love.