Hello once again. Its nice to finally grace my blog again with a post. I intentionally took a break after the dating series to recharge my batteries and work on a few blogposts as well.
Today we start a new series by myself and @deolaaa following the intrigues of a girl who goes on a blind date and falls for the date and thus begins a romance that’s comes with twists, turns, suspense and hopefully a happy ending.
I give you, The Red Lipstick Enjoy!
“I can’t wear this red lipstick, Tolu. I mean it is not even my date”, she said, stressing the ‘my’, as she made for the box of Rose tissues inside her wardrobe & started to clean her lips.
Tolu just sighed. She sighed because she was tired of trying to convince Reni that although the date wasn’t hers in the first place, she had now been included & didn’t need to feel like a third leg.
“Is this pink better?”, Reni asked, pouting her lips in Tolu’s direction, “I think it is beautiful and not too loud”, she added.
“Well, its OK!. Can we please leave now? They’ve been waiting for the past 10 minutes”, she replied, trying as much as possible not to sound irritated.
“OK! One last thing, biko, hope my dress isn’t too revealing? I don’t want one guy staring at my boobs all night”
“No Reni! He is a nice guy. Although I haven’t met him, Segun said he is his good friend and he is quite decent”
That was the third time Tolu would say those exact words to Reni and she always got the same reaction – a yimu.
Tolu & Reni had been best friends since secondary school & they also shared the same room in University. Their friendship waxed stronger as they went through thick and thin together.
Tolu met Segun the same day Reni caught her boyfriend pants down with his bestfriend’s girlfriend.
She had gone to buy sharwarma for herself and reni, knowing she would be back anytime soon.
“Can I pay for that?”, a voice asked.
Tolu turned to look at the guy with the cutest voice she had heard since her first crush- her secondary school English teacher.
She declined the offer but gave him her number after he had asked politely, while she blushed on the inside, like a teenager on her first date.
Segun was his name.
She strolled into their room, humming the chorus of Brick & Lace’s Love is Wicked, and met Reni sniffing with her face in her pillow.
Hiding her excitement perfectly, she listened to her bestie’s heart-breaking story of how her boyfriend, Diran, had confessed to her that he had been sleeping with the girl constantly for the past 3 months.
“The annoying thing is that I told Diran just 3 days ago that the girl was overly nice to me when we met at the faculty”, she mumbled amidst sobs.
“We joked about it. I was a fool, a big fool Tolu”, she added, slumping into her friend’s lap.
Tolu’s throat was dry. She didn’t know how to console her friend. She immediately wishe d she had told Reni about the time she saw Diran and the girl together at the school car park.
Maybe that would have made a difference. She thought to herself.
“Reni?”, she called her name while patting her back gently, “I’m really sorry”.
The statement was filled with pity and regret.
One week and numerous boxes of tissues later, Reni finally smiled. She also made up her mind to break up with Diran, thus ending 5 months of dating.
When Segun finally invited Tolu for a date, she agreed but asked if they could have a 2-way date so her bestie would “meet a new guy” from his pool of friends.
Segun agreed to hook her up with his good friend that had been single for a long time- Muyiwa.
“He’s just a distraction jor”, Tolu told Reni the 1st time she informed her about the 2-way date.
The drive to La Chateau restaurant was very eventful. They discussed topics that ranged from weird names people give their restaurants and reasons behind it to the causes of natural disasters. Muyiwa, being a Geologist, took them through a simple explanation of how earthquakes and Tsunamis occur.
Reni was both impressed and captivated by him; his lips movements & gestures did not get unnoticed by her.
One time, when Segun drove through a bend, she even allowed her body brush Muyiwa’s, while she chuckled and tried to get her weave stuck to her lips off her face.
At the restaurant, Muyiwa brought up the idea of each ordering a different meal from the other and then, everybody would have a taste of each meal.
All seated at the table, between long hmmmmm’s when a meal tasted good and a straight face when it tasted strange and laughs, they looked like a group of happy couples from a scene of “How I met your mother”.
Tolu kept side-eyeing Reni and was very happy she was getting along with Muyiwa; the first sign being holding each other’s hands when the newly-introduced “couple” strolled to the cinema after the meal.
She wasn’t surprised when she saw her friend rest her head on her date’s shoulder in the theatre.
So much for “I’m just going to eat while you and Segun do your thing”, she thought to herself happily.
“They sure are getting along”, Segun said while reaching for Reni’s hand.
She nodded affirmatively.
A comfortable silence swept the car on their way home. Segun and Tolu sat infront while Reni rested her head on Muyiwa’s shoulder on the back seat. She soon drifted to sleep and jerked away when there was a gallop. Muyiwa patted her to sleep, stroking her bare arms.
They both saw the girls to their door. Muyiwa and Reni exchanged phone numbers and while Segun kissed Tolu on the lips to say goodnight, the second couple exchanged a long, passionate hug. It was obvious both wanted more but just held out. They felt the fire building up inside them.
A few weeks, various long chats into the night, many unplanned brunches later, Reni started to warm up to muyiwa’s mien.
She was sure she liked him and the feeling was mutual but memories of how her ex had treated her made her have second thoughts.
She couldn’t confide in tolu as she had conflicting interests with segun in the picture.
After more wrangling with her mind she finally agreed to date muyiwa and promptly called him to tell him.
He was ecstatic as well.
She was hesitant but knew the plunge was a necessary step if she was to have any closure from Diran.
“YES!”, Tolu screamed with a fist pump when she received the news, “we are dating friends”, she flipped her hair and winked.
Reni laughed heartily.
She added one more blackberry messenger lovestruck emoticon to the “I MISS YOU ALREADY” she had already typed & hit the enter key.
Have you ever had your spouse confess infidelity to you?
How did you handle it?
What do you do in the aftermath?
Have you gone on blind dates before?
Know someone who has?
Do they work?
Can you see yourself in any of the characters?
Use the comment box and share an opinion with us.
P.S. This series will come up every wednesday till it rounds up.