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And then…

Gbemi sat in his Camry, lost in thought. He was worried.

No; he corrected. I am both worried and uneasy.

He was worried because Tunji had not replied his text – which usually meant Tunji did not agree with the contents of the text. And that was bad.
He was uneasy because he was not sure that showing up unannounced where he was at that moment was a good idea.

He was seated in his Camry, windows up, AC on – outside The Covenant Christian Centre Jibowu, waiting for Chinwe and her cousin to step outside the church. He was not sure she would like the idea – but Amaka had thought it would be a good one; she was of the opinion that he should not give Chinwe that much space. So there he was.

He smiled self-consciously and scratched his head. It had been a while since he had done something like this.

He was on his way home the previous night, agonizing over the fact that he had kissed Chinwe and wondering if she would ever want to see him after that when he got a BB request from Amaka.He had paused for a moment; wondering if he was about to be caught in a ‘love triangle’ before accepting the request and thinking ‘ridiculous’.

Her first ping was‘I’m not hitting on you and I don’t plan to, so relax’.
He had blushed.

She had gone on to type I know my cuz can be such a prissy little woman sometimes, but I know she likes you. You could use some inside help.

To that he had replied Thank you Amaka. I didn’t think you were going to hit on me.
I do need some ‘inside help’.

She sent him the ‘devil’s head’ smiley and then typed don’t worry; I’m on your side. Are you seeing her tomorrow?
He responded No…at least we did not plan that.

Amaka typed Hmmm – okay.

There were a few moments of silence – and then; maybe you should come to church with us tomorrow.

He answered: not sure I’ll be able to…there are some things I need to get done.

Amaka, showing a bit of the feisty nature he knew she had, answered: Look, it’s either you want to be with my cuz or not. Don’t start fronting.

Gbemi laughed and then responded: I was not fronting. I appreciate your help. What time is service?

She answered: 11:15am

He typed not sure I can be there that early – but I could come get you guys afterwards. What do you say?

There was a moment of silence, and then; I guess that can work too. Okay. Do you know when the service will end?

He answered Err…no.

Amaka put the devil smiley up again before typing Oya ask na; proud man.

Gbemi sighed and typed Okay ma. Please; when will the service be over?

At first, nothing.

And then; a laughing smiley.

And then; be there by 1pm. Good night.

Back to the present, he looked at his BB, screen wondering if he should send Tunji another message or to call when it started vibrating. He looked at the screen; it was Amaka asking; where are you?

He looked up and noticed people where milling from the church. He responded quickly to Amaka’s ping; I’m on Herbert Macaulay way, the junction to your church.

She responded will do.
Why am I nervous? He asked himself.

All too quickly, he spotted Amaka dragging Chinwe behind her. He quickly put the car in gear and drove towards them, slowly winding down the side window as he got close to their position. Chinwe was standing with hands on hips, looking like she was about to call Amaka a rude name when he spoke; “hi ladies.”

Amaka looked relieved, and without a word to her cousin, opened the back door and got in. “Hello, Gbemi. Thanks for coming,” she said. “How are you doing?”

“I’m good thanks,” he answered, looking through the window at Chinwe who was standing with her mouth slightly open. “Looks like she’s happy,” he continued.

He opened the door and got out, not hearing Amaka’s response. Walking quickly towards Chinwe; one side of his mind registered that he might unwittingly cause a traffic jam by leaving the car where it was, he tried not stare at her, instead looking everywhere except where she was.

“Hi Chinwe,” he said as he stopped in front of her, resisting a crazy urge to grab her and kiss her till she begged him to stop or he swallowed her up. The last thought brought laughter to his throat but he quickly covered it up with a cough. Chinwe looked at him, and then looked away shyly before shading her eyes and looking at him again

“Hi Gbemi,” she said, smiling, “it is nice to see you. Did you worship here today?” she concluded, looking genuinely pleased. Gbemi let out an inaudible sigh of relief.

“Err…I came to…” he began before Amaka interrupted him, winding down the window and poking her head out.

“I asked him to come get us after church, so do come in jo,” the girl finished and wound the glass back up. Chinwe stuck her tongue out at her cousin, and then put her arms around Gbemi gently.

“Good afternoon. Missed you,” she said before withdrawing and skipping lightly to the car. Gbemi followed eagerly, happy that she obviously liked him and did not mind his showing up unannounced at the church. He opened the passenger door for her, making sure she was seated comfortably before turning to his own side of the car and getting in.
Back in the car, he started it moving, laughing at something Amaka said. He had forgotten everything about Tunji and the response he was waiting for.

By the time he remembered, it was too late.


We have now come to the ‘end’ of the series ‘A Matter Of Height’. Hehehehehehehehehehe! Always wanted to say that!

What that means though; is that several fans have suggested that it would be better if we took this story further from a bunch of blog posts and actually made it into a full length novel. What do you guys think?

Thank you for so much!


25 responses

  1. NOOOOOO!!!! No Novel bruv!!! Honestly………. Finish it up here……… Don’t make it into a novel
    P.S Its kinda getting too long……. But I love it!!! 😀

    May 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    • Thank you so much man.

      Apart from the obvious reasons, why do you think I should finish it up here?

      Yeah – about the length, it’s not intentional. The story’s leading me..I don’t even know what the end’s gonna be like at the moment!

      Thank you man.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      • Lets just say the idea of this story developing totally into a Novel is not just it…………. It’ll lose the “story” quality (If u get what I mean) and become your “typical nigerian plot” novel……. I believe as it is leading you, just let it out and don’t evolve it unnecessarily

        May 25, 2012 at 10:40 am

      • I understand completely.

        However, What it I did not ask you, and rather just told you that it IS a novel? In fact, I’m confident that even if I finished it here people would ask for me to compile it (actually had a couple of requests in that lane). So…

        But I appreciate the fact that you even bother at all to respond; and then I believe that you’ve pointed out the portholes to watch out for.

        Let’s see how it goes. Thanks man!

        May 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      • U welcome Man……… AnyDay!!!

        May 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  2. Okay, Okay…this is where u wanna leave us hey? I know Gbemi won’t ditch Chinwe dt way. Seem too cool a guy for that….
    Novel idea is gud….pursue it by all means if you must.
    Nice work…watch the typos though

    ” he tried not *to* stare at her, instead looking everywhere except where she was.” – “To”….

    There you go….

    May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    • Thank you Shai. I don’t understand where all the typos that abound in my work these days are showing up from. Sigh.

      Thank you. We’ll see how it goes.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm

  3. babyada

    It’s long already and so can’t continue to be a blog thingy. I want some fleshing out and katakata and hot romance and…

    May 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    • ‘Kataka’. ‘Hot romance’. ‘And…’ ?

      Thank you. I thought so too…but let’s see!

      Thank you!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm

  4. I have not read the other parts but this one makes me want to read them and that I will do, nice one bro

    May 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    • Thank you so much! You won’t be disappointed – God willing.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

  5. Are you serious! Better finish the story o

    May 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    • I will na.

      It’s just a matter of ‘where’! Thanks!

      May 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm

  6. So gbadun bai?

    May 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    • Haba!

      Haba! No be so na! Wetin you think say make I do?!


      May 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    • Oluwaseun757

      @ Ms Understood: of course bobo naa gbadun. In fact, o gbasky. Tnx 4 d link. Makes sense. *wink*

      May 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      • Thank you so so much!

        Thank you for the nice words! You’re always welcome!

        May 30, 2012 at 7:06 am

  7. Lovely story…

    May 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm

  8. By all means make it into a novel,…It was good while it lasted…

    May 24, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    • ‘While it lasted’ ke? It’s not done!

      Thanks! Bless God.

      May 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  9. Well done, Seun. I definitely vote for working this story into a slightly longer piece. Perhaps a novella. You can certainly develop it further. You have a good framework to work with.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    • Thank you so much Kiru!!! I’m definitely locking down your help on this one!

      God bless!

      June 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  10. mie

    I was patient and disciplined enuf not to read any part til I got to d 1st,den came back and again….. ( -̩̩̩͡˛ -̩̩̩͡ ) ,just like d undertakings *angry*…. 🙂 u’r an amazing writer!

    August 10, 2012 at 1:03 am

    • I appreciate you so much! Thank you…

      But what is the *angry* in there for/about?

      August 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

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