Lara, Dupe, and their friends drove up to the car park. They all walked into the beautiful restaurant. They were ushered to a large table where they all sat down and gave their orders when the waiter arrived. They all chattered and laughed as they ate.
While they ate, Dupe looked out over the deck and her attention was caught by the beautiful couple sitting out on the deck. She admired the young lady. She was beautiful. She had on a pretty red gown and she had put it in her mind to walk over to ask where she got it from when her companion stood up and moved over to her side of the table. Something about him seemed familiar and she looked closer. Immediately he turned, his phone in hand as he took pictures of both of them, her eyes bulged in surprise and her fork dropped from her hand. It was Kunle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She tapped her friend on her arm. Lara bent over and she whispered in her ear.
“I think your beau is here.”
“Who?” Lara inquired.
“WHERE?!!!” she demanded, frantically looking around.
“Don’t be so obvious. Your seven o’clock.”
Lara turned her head round and finally saw him. She saw the girl with him and her jaw dropped. So he had finally moved on. She felt a pang of envy develop in her belly and she suddenly lost her appetite. Dupe caught her expression and patted her hand.
“It’s okay. Just forget about him. It’s pretty obvious he has moved on.”
For the next half an hour, she watched them closely. She saw the love between them and she was really getting envious. So Kunle had finally replaced him? So soon? It has JUST been three months. How could he replace him that fast? She kept an eye on them while she nibbled her food.
“I need to freshen up a bit. I’m stuffed.” Sheila finally remarked.
She had loved her dinner. They had chatted while they ate, and she finally relaxed and enjoyed her food. She needed to take a pee and touch up her make-up.
“Okay don’t be too long. I’ll be waiting for you.”
She smiled and picking up her handbag, she headed towards the ladies’ room.
Dupe watched her friend closely as she stared at the couple across the room. What was she planning to do? She didn’t want her to do anything rash and she was already beginning to regret alerting her to Kunle’s presence in the restaurant. Suddenly, Lara reached out and pulled her arm.
“Excuse us please” she told their friends, pulling Dupe up with her.
“Whats it?” Dupe asked.
Lara gestured to the other side of the room.
Dupe looked over and saw the girl walking towards the restroom.
“I’m going to the restroom. Keep an eye on Kunle for me.” she said.
She waltzed over to the restroom, a plan forming in her mind.
Sheila flushed the toilet and stepped out of the stall. She greeted the lady that was standing in the room with her. The lady greeted her back.
Lara studied the girl. No wonder Kunle moved on. The girl was stunning. Even she was somehow intimidated by her beauty and youth.
She wondered how she looked with her glasses off and soon her question was answered as the young lady took them off to powder her nose.
“So how do you like it here?” Lara asked her.
“Well…” the girl said “to be honest, I’m kind of intimidated. This is new to me. My boyfriend brought me here. This is our first time out together.”
“Really? Your first time out together and he brought you here?”
“I was confused myself. This place is expensive.”
“Are you sure he’s not just trying to impress you for other things?”
“What do you mean?”
“Well” Lara said, pulling out her lipstick and applying it to her lips, “I’m not suggesting anything, but are you sure he’s not doing this to get to you? You know, trying to win your heart just to…you know…get into your bed?”
“Excuse me do I know you? What’s all this rubbish talk for? Kunle loves me and I love him too!!!!”
Lara smiled. Her plan was working. She pushed further.
“Look I’m not trying to discourage you or anything, and I may be wrong about you. Hell, I don’t even know you. I just find it odd for a man to bring such a young and beautiful girl like you to a place like this if he doesn’t have any ulterior plans.”
Lara could see behind those angry eyes some looks of doubt. She pressed on.
“Look I’m not trying to cause any rift between you and your boyfriend. I just want you to be careful. I watched the two of you where you sat for a while and my mind couldn’t help but feel he is trying to take advantage of you.”
“Why are you telling me this?” Sheila asked sadly.
Lara took her arm gently. “Look, you are a very beautiful young girl. I’ve been around men long enough to know that they are just randy old goats, no matter what age they are. I just want you to be careful. I’ve been hurt by men in the past and this is exactly how they behave. They whisper sweet nothings to you, take you to fancy places, buy you expensive stuff, but their main aim is to get you to sleep with them, after which they either break up with you or move on to someone more mature.
I vowed never to see that happen again. A man is meant to be tamed. You need to take charge, don’t let him use you.”
“Please stop telling me this. I don’t want to hear anything anymore. STOP IT!!!” Sheila said.
“I’m sorry. That’s just the truth. It’s an old wives’ tale. Just be careful my dear. Don’t let our little discussion discourage you. Just be careful and don’t let him use you.” Lara concluded.
She patted the young lady on her back and left the bathroom to join her friends. Dupe pulled her aside when she finally got to their table.
“What did you do in there?” she demanded.
“Oh nothing,” Lara replied, a smirk on her face “I just had a little chat with her, that’s all.”
“I hope you didn’t spoil the young girl’s mind oh. I know you can do that.”
“Why will I? We just chatted about things generally.”
Dupe didn’t believe her. She had a sinking feeling her friend had somehow poisoned the young girl’s mind.