The Wrong number – Episode 21
“This…. is ….beautiful, I… love it” he said with enthusiasm. “Thank God” I said to myself and sighed heavily. “ I can’t believe you guys put all this in place within a week” he said why checking the rooms out. “Nothing is impossible, once there is money on ground, although the interior decorator was good at what she does, she made things easier for us” Mr Paul explained. “This is so sweet, lovely and homely” he said facing me. “I’m glad you liked it” “Thank you” he mouthed. I already bought some food stuff on our way to the airport. He already told me he loves Nigerian dishes. I went to the kitchen and prepared Semo and egusi with vegetable soup. An hour and half later I was done and dished the food.
They were surprised when I called them to the dinning. We all ate and Daniel eyes was on me through out. “This is what a good food should taste like, I think Lizzy we’ll have to come and learn from you” Mr Paul said jokingly “Who’s Lizzy” Daniel asked “Mr Paul’s fiancée” I replied him. I noticed he sighed, like a sign of relief, and I wondered why he sighed. “Really, how’d love to meet her” “Me too” I said. “Don’t worry you’ll meet her, she’s longing to meet you both. I’ll arrange that later” “Seriously this meal is delicious, I can’t remember the last time I tasted home made food. I wish I would get to eat more of this” Daniel said “That means you’ll need a cook or better still a wife. I only prepared this to welcome you home” I said while clearing the dishes. “Mmm!” Daniel exclaimed. “What?” I asked “Nothing” he said shaking his head.
“I think its not a bad idea, if you can still fill in the gap before the so called wife show up” “Mr Paul!” I called out giving him a wicked grin “I’m just saying “ Mr Paul said raising his hands up. “Paul let her be, I’ll get a great cook, I’m sure you can help me with that” he said teasingly. “Of course, I have the finest chef on my finger tips” he said and they both laughed. “Whatever” I said and packed the dishes to the kitchen. I was still washing the plates, when Daniel joined me in the kitchen.
He offered to help but I declined. I told him he should just go and rest. “I noticed you and Paul are now very close” he said. “Yes we are, you know we worked hand in hand while you are away just to put all these together” I gestured with my hand. He kept silence for awhile while watching me clean up the kitchen. “I’m glad he’s engaged” he said “Who?” I asked “Your Mr Paul” he replied “Is that while he sighed when Mr Paul mentioned his fiancée” I thought “Really! My Mr Paul!”He just smiled and walked out of the kitchen without giving me a reply. “I think Mr Paul is right, this guy is up to something” I thought I joined them in the living room later, we chatted for a while, he gave both I and Mr Paul what he brought for us from the states. I thanked him. “I want to use the restroom” Mr Paul said and excused himself. “When next will I see you” Daniel said immediately Mr Paul left the sitting room.
“Next week” “That’s too far, this your work is taking much of your time. It’s just that I don’t like couples working together in the same place,I would have employed you” “Couples!” I thought. I pretended as if I didn’t hear him. He was surprised at what he said too, it was a slip of tongue I guessed. He tried to figure out if I heard him but trust me I made sure my face was blank. There was no expression on my face to read. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. So says the scripture” I thought. Mr Paul was back before he could say anything. I checked the time it was few minutes past 5pm, I told them I’m leaving. Daniel suggested they take me home, but I declined. I advice him to rest. Mr Paul already offered to spend the night with him, just to keep him company. And I liked the idea. They drove me to the park outside the estate where I took a cab to my house. Daniel paid the cab man. He called when I got home, but he didn’t mentioned anything about the “couples” statement he made earlier. I thought about it for a while on my bed that night. “Maybe he’s actually interested in me, maybe he had finally ended things with his American girlfriend” I thought. I said my prayers and slept off.