A MATTER OF HEIGHT PART VIII
A MATTER OF HEIGHT VIII
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!
This entry was posted on May 22, 2012 by seunodukoya. It was filed under Series and was tagged with a matter of height, budding romance, chemistry, covenant christian, height related romance, relationships, romance, seun odukoya, short guy tall girl, soul.