(cont from part 2)
Ade tasted a piece, delicious. Stop being paranoid, note to self. We still have business owners who go over and beyond for customer service in Nigeria. However, she wondered if they employed this strategy with every newcomer to their place.
It didn’t take too long for them to finish eating while catching up on gossip. Tola went on and on about her boyfriend and from the lingering tone of adoration, it’s clear that all is well in paradise. No boyfriend blues today. The girls kept on giggling. They had missed each other.
“I feel like a baby elephant.” Adepronounced, stifling a yawn while Tola laughed.
“Okay, let’s go home. You’re sleeping over at mine right?” Ade asked.
“Yeah. Let me pay for the drinks.” Tola responded.
“You had better. Compensation for your being late.”
“Hurry up jo.” Ade made to stand from her stool.
“Hope you enjoyed yourself?”
There, that musty scent again.
“You really do have a knack for sneaking up on people, Mister.” Ade said as she turned to meet the guy from earlier, this time less startled.
“The name’s still David.”
“Yeah David, don’t you know it’s creepy?”
“I’m sorry it came across that way. That wasn’t my intention.”
She said with a cross between a smile and a smirk.
“So are we going to see your pretty faces here again anytime soon?”
“Maybe. Who’s asking?” Ade retorted.
“Signor.” said David, pointing to himself.
“You work here? Or your favorite past time is stalking girls at bars?”
“I work here.” He raised his hands in mock surrender. “I own the place actually.”
“Oh, the chicken was from you?” Ade exclaimed.
“The chicken was from him?” Tola pipped in. Apparently she was done with the payments.
“Oh thank you very much. We really enjoyed it. Not too tough, not too tender either. And the pepper, everything was just perfect. Thank you.We’ll be sure to make here a regular spot okay? Maybe bring our other friends sometimes too. We could even hold Debbie’s bridal shower here!” Tola exclaimed, her excitement building up as she tapped my hand. You could see bubbles on her head even.
“And why would we hold a bridal shower here? It’s too dark.”
Aderesponded to Tola’s tirade with so much incredibility that she shut up.
“Thanks David. For the chicken. We would be on our way now.” Ade said with another snide smile.
“Thanks for coming.” He returned with a smile and walked away.
“But why are you so painfully rude?” Tola starred daggers at her head.
“I wasn’t rude.”
“Let’s just go. You kuku won’t listen.”
She held her hand and semi-dragged her out of the place.
“Give me your keys.” Tola said as they made their way to Ade’s car.
“I said give me your keys.”
“And I’m rude? You are so bossy!”
Ade threw the keys at her.
It was going to be a long night.
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