Me: Christopher and I have broken up.
Victoria: What? Why? What did you do to him?
That last question irritated me.
Me: Why does it have to be my fault that we broke up?
Victoria: Because I know you, Adore! You’re usually mean to guys and you self-sabotage.
I wasn’t having a great day and I wasn’t about to let Victoria spoil my mood further. I rubbed my forehead wearily.
Me: I’m exhausted, Victoria. I’m not exactly having a great day and I don’t need you to spoil it any further.
Victoria seemed remorseful.
Victoria: Oh I’m sorry dear. I’m sure it’s not easy for you either. It’s just that Christopher seemed so nice. He was practically the one that met with most of what you wanted. What really happened?
Me: I guess it’s like you said. I self-sabotaged.
Victoria: I’m not going to say I told you so.
Me: We had a fight and I said some hurtful things which by the way I know are all true. It’s just that I hurt his feelings and couldn’t apologize.
Victoria: Why, Adore! You should know that the cardinal rule of a lasting relationship is the ability of a partner to apologize when wrong.
Me: But he hurt me with his words too. He also said things that I found difficult to forgive.
Victoria: When did all this happen?
Me: It’s been a while now. (I was reluctant to tell her we had ended things almost a year ago)
Victoria: I can’t believe you kept it from me all this while.
I just shrugged and stuffed my things in my handbag. I know why Victoria would easily support Christopher over me. He had practically gotten us this highly sought after job during our youth service through his father’s influence. The CMD was his father’s classmate in secondary school and also a political ally. We were both retained after our service year and Victoria and I had maintained our friendship all this while. For me, it was of course easier since she was my only friend.
Victoria: Does your mum know? She’s been asking you to bring him home so she can meet him.
Me: She doesn’t know. (I inhaled a deep breath). Why can’t I just find the perfect man? At least you have your Daniel.
Victoria: (laughing drily) Because there is no perfect man, Adore. You find the one that has majority of the qualities you desire and stick it out with that one. God knows even you are not perfect. Why would you then expect to find someone who is perfect? Daniel and I have our own differences too. There are several things I wish I can change about him but since I can’t I’ve learnt to deal with it. At least they are not things that I absolutely can’t stand. I’m sure he too has things he hates about me but he has also learnt to focus on the good and minimize the bad.
Me: I hear you, Victoria but you know me. I fear that if I don’t find the perfect man I’m going to be alone for the rest of my life. Would you believe my mum called me this morning to tell me about one powerful man of God that she wants to take me to so that he can pray against spiritual husband’s?
Victoria: (laughing and holding her sides). I’m sure you’re joking. Spiritual husband ke? Let’s go and get some ice cream to cheer you up abeg!
I smiled as I thought about my favorite banana and chocolate flavour which we were going to pick up at Cally’s’ ice cream heaven. Victoria sure knows how to cheer me up. All thoughts of spiritual husbands, failed relationships, boyfriends and the fear of becoming an old maid would be relegated to the background once I get my ice cream.
Cally’s ice cream heaven is a beautiful place. It has a purple, lilac, pink and white theme with lovely lights and a serene atmosphere. Soft music is playing in the background and I try not to think about Christopher as I choose my favorite flavours. There are two other girls there, teenagers obviously by their dressing, chatting loudly and a bit self consciously. A couple is directly behind Victoria and I. Their twin boys seemed impatient to get their ice creams and were chanting “daddy, I want ice cream” incessantly.
I chose my flavours, smiling gaily as Victoria made her way to the perfect spot for us to sit. It had a nice view. I was about to sit down when I realized that I didn’t collect my debit card back from the cashier. I turned and saw her gesturing to me to come back and take it. I walked towards her in a hurry to get back and eat my ice cream. That was when I bumped into Michael. He instantly stretched out his hands and caught mine, gently steadying me and saving my ice cream from pouring away.
I was instantly aware of his palms on my arm, his baritone voice and confident smile as I smoothened my hair self consciously.
Me: Thank you (I smiled)
Micheal: Are you okay?
I knew the question was unnecessary and I was pretty sure it was his way of opening up a conversation between us. Seeings as he’s handsome, tall, dark and quite charming.
I batted my eyelashes.
Me: No, I think my elbow is broken.
He laughed at my flirtatious sarcasm. Of course he knew there was no way I could have hurt my elbow. I extended my hand to say hello.
Me: I’m Adore.
Michael: My name is Michael.
He was still smiling when a lady’s voice broke our conversation.
Lady: Honey have you bought the ice cream?
A short, plump woman in jeans and oversized t-shirt holding a male toddler and a baby girl walked up to us.
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