Temi from across the room as he clutched his lunch bag. He thought to himself,
“I’m gonna talk to her today”. He’d been watching, wanting, waiting, for a long
lunch table. Her best friend in the office, Funmi, sat opposite her.
not that you don’t always look beautiful. What I mean is you look beautiful
like all the other days,” he fumbled.
my good looks.” Temi batted her eyes playfully.
right. And I hate donuts.”
Temi responded dryly
before John interrupted, you need to get out more, start letting people in. And
I’m not talking about Johnny boy there”. She pointed in the general direction
of where John sat. ” There’s something iffy about that one.”
eh…socially awkward”. It was disconcerting though, how he always seemed
to be staring at her. She thought.
once, remember? He left. No goodbyes. No nothing. Just poof! Temi fell
silent for a few seconds, then said in a small voice,
closure, you know.” She stared down, forlornly, at the remnants of
her lunch of jollof rice and chicken.
we-never-mention-his-name’ suddenly left the country. She had after all been
there to help Temi pick up the pieces. She was still picking up the
discreetly listened to Temi and Funmi’s conversation. She probably thought he was
a bumbling idiot now.
the company. He watched her all the time in the office and most nights, he
watched her through her apartment window. He liked to think he was watching
over her, not stalking.
didn’t mind that he was gone. He just minded that he hurt his girl. His pretty
girl. Which was why when he saw the idiot at the mall a week ago, he got the
idea for a perfect gift to cheer her up.
the gift-wrapped box he had secretly dropped on her desk addressed to Temi.
Madam, keep it down, you’re making noise jare.”
couldn’t wait to see her reaction to his gift.
unease she felt or the premonition that something wasn’t right. She lifted the
lid and froze when she saw the content of the box. A dreadful chill raced up
her spine and she let out a horrified scream.