Was he for real? Chilling for me to finish vexing? I didn’t even know how to feel. In all our four years of being together, I could only recollect two major squabbles between us. Layefa was just not the guy to drag an issue. And he knew all my pet peeves and was always careful to not cross any of them. Taking a deep breath I said as coldly as I could, “Well, an apology coulda helped, you know. Later sha”. I hung up, turned off my phone and tossed it on the table.
Surprisingly, I felt a whole lot better after that. I settled down to get some work done. I went over the photos for the Genevieve spread in our next month’s issue. This babe is skinny oh, I thought. I managed to completely engross myself with the photos for about an hour and a half. I decided to go chill with Kiki. She always has gist, I thought.
“Baby geh! Whaddit do?” Kiki greeted as I slid into her office. We’d been best friends since secondary school. We came up with the idea of a fashion magazine for the average girl just before we graduated. We got help from our parents and all but it flopped anyway. Our first issue sold only forty-seven copies out of the hundred we budgeted. Anyway, while we were at Uni, some socialite woman stumbled upon a copy and offered us a deal. Our ideas + their money= Poise Magazine. Plus we were guaranteed jobs immediately after graduation.
“I dey oh!” I said plopping down on her sofa. “whatchu doing?” I asked stretching my legs. “Nothing serious oh” she replied flipping her laptop shut. “So, how was the weekend? How’s Uncle?” she continued crossing her legs on her table. I have no idea why she calls Layefa ‘uncle’ but I’ve gotten used to it. “We just chilled at home. Didn’t even go to church” I replied. I was almost tempted to tell her about Layefa’s misbehavior but I controlled myself like I did the other two times we had squabbles. Kiki is my bestest friend in the whole wide world but I just feel weird talking 2 her about Layefa. It felt natural talking to her about my exes but Layefa was different. I guess I wasn’t interested in hearing anyone but me criticize him.
“I don’t blame you jare” I would chill with IK an entire weekend if I could. Laughing I said, “Who says you cant?” I already knew the answer: "uh...Mr.Bello?" kiki said. i gave her an apologetic smile. kiki's dad, Mr.Bello, refused to see her for what she really is;a grown woman. He banned her from moving into or even sleeping over at IK's house.
"IK should hurry up and show the ring sef" i said. "sheyy, i hope he still plans to though", Kiki said in a soft voice. something was wrong somewhere. Kiki was not the type to talk about her boyfriend quietly. she was the type that would get all hyper and excited at the mention of his name.
"You ok?" i asked sitting up. she heaved a deep sigh then said, "It's like something in the air's messing with all the good guy's brains". my eyes almost pooped out of my head. What the hell was she talking about? I hadnt told her about Layefa so Ik had to be the problem. "Except Layefa, ofcourse" she quickly added before i could ask her what happened. a weak smile escaped my lips. She then went on to tell me how Ik had been talking about needing space recently and how her sister's husband suddenly took a 'break' from their family. "You better not let Layefa go" she concluded.By this time my mind had wandered far away. "huh? wha-?" i stammered bouncing back into reality.