His name was Henry. I wondered how someone could be so handsome. Don’t blame a girl for loving fine people and fine things. I didn’t really do much about meeting Henry but after he spent time with his friend Best and went home, I got into my FBI mode.
“Best, who is that guy?”. I asked looking into Best’s eyes.
” Na my guy from day 1. Him name na Henry. Correct guy. Wetin happen?”. Best said.
“Nothing o. I just wanted to find out.” I said wishing that Best would be as smart as Nonso during Vic’s time.
The next day I saw Henry. He was always coming daily. My happiness was that Tee was fond of going to Best’s room so I thought going there too would be the best so I could meet Henry. I started going to Best’s room.
If there is anything I love about Best, it is the fact that he can hype someone for Africa. I don’t fall for it but his hype helped my way to Henry’s heart.
There was a birthday party that night and everyone was preparing for it. Henry was supposed to be going home but for some reason, he wasn’t even trying to go home.
Then he asked, “Are you not going to the party?”
“No. Are you going for it?” I asked.
“Since you are not going, I will stay back as well. I will sleep over” he answered.
Such a sweet guy, I thought. That night, we talked for a long time. From past relationships, best food, where we lived, etc. I loved it. We kept on that way until after a month. I had left Best’s room heading to my own room when Henry ran after me saying be wanted to tell me something.
He talked about how he liked the moment we shared, I was his kinda girl, he felt we would make a good team, bla bla bla. I switched on my initial gra gra and told him he will get an answer the next day. He wanted an answer badly that night but “hey, is it my hand you wanna fall? Uncle, biko wait for your answer till tomorrow” I thought to myself.
When I returned from school, Henry was already in my hostel. But I told him to wait till night for his answer since the question was asked at night. I know. I can be stubborn which was what Henry loved the most.
At night, I kept doing hide and seek but he caught me at ‘one corner’. It was dark, I remember. Then I told him that as long as he wasn’t going to break my heart, I was ready to be his girl. O boy! You needed to see Henry’s happiness. I didn’t understand what it was for. Na lottery him win? Immediately, he planted his lips on mine and kissed me deeply. It was so sweet and this was the first and only time I truly fell in love.
Henry was my everything. He was a very popular chap in school too. When I told my girlfriend’s about it, they screamed! “Joy, how the hell did you pull that off?” they asked.
“I didn’t pull anything o. Na him pull am” I answered as we all laughed.
Henry was sweet and super romantic. He bought me gifts val or no val, birthday or no birthday. With him, I learnt to give gifts on ordinary days. He would take me on dates.
Sometimes he would call to say “Nkem, I’m hungry. Do you have anything we can cook?”
“Yes, there is noodles, yam, rice, garri but I don’t have soup o” I answered
“I’m coming so we can cook together but please start preparing some ingredients so your baby won’t faint” he said.
“Right away, Nkem. I will be waiting” I answered as we both got off our phones.
We were that into each other. He also sang so he would sing songs to me. We even made a signature song for each other. We sang it to each other when we were angry or just in love. Nollywood, this isn’t fair!
Henry was my dream come true but then the problem started when I found out he was once dying to have a certain girl. He couldn’t have her and he wanted to shape me into looking like this girl.
“Always do makeup. Always wear heels. Always wear sexy clothes” he said.
“What’s that? Where are you getting all these ideas from? Always wear heels? With which waist? I will wear them when I can” I said angrily.
We fought over this so many times. I couldn’t confront him about the girl. He later gave up on that issue.
Best was a nice guy sha. Super nice guy. I remember one night we played truth or dare in my hostel. It fell on me and I said “Dare”.
” I dare you to kiss Best” the person said.
“What? Best, you know we can’t do this. Your friend will be mad” I said.
“How will he know?” the person said.
I went close to Best, used my hands to cover the corner of my mouth, and make a kiss sound. I promise I didn’t kiss him. No, I wasn’t foolish to kiss my boyfriend’s friend in the name of a game.
The next day. Henry came shouting “Where is that motherfucker?”