THE DARKEST HOUR
(Cry of an angel)
“Have you met a guy before?” Udoka asked.
“Guy?” Monica became surprise. “Why are we discussing about guys?”
“Coz one wants to take me out today. His name is David the owner of the number you were asking me about. We are having a date today, so i feel like letting you know. Please, mother shouldn’t hear about it” Udoka said.
Monica became quiet then eventually smiled in a way that shows: MY GESTURE WAS RIGHT. “Is okay but it’s raining” she said.
“I hope the rain stops on time”
“Alright, i got ur back” Monica smiled again.
“Why are u always smiling?” Udoka asked as she was leaving the bed back to the cushion.
“Coz the whole thing sounds new to me” Monica replied then they giggled.
After an hour and some minutes, the rain stopped. One could see David dressing up. As he was buckling his shirt, he glanced at his wrist watch: 5:25pm. After dressing, he walked out from his room to meet his father in the sittingroom. The father was in a good mood as a result of a funny T.V. programme he was watching.
“Dad?” David sat on a couch without his father responding or looking at him. So he began to watch the programme with him smiling and giggling occasionally. Few minutes later he glanced at his wrist watch and called the father again. “Dad!”
“Yes, what’s it?” the father looked at him. “And where are u going dressing like this?” he asked.
“To see my friend”
“Okay” the father concentrated.
David waited as he scratched his head coz he wanted to ask for a permission to use his father’s car. When the father noticed it, he said, “Take a fuel of container and my car. Buy fuel on ur way back”
“Okay, dad” David rejoiced and left immediately.
In front of the cyber cafe, David waited patently inside the blue camry car with black glasses. He glanced at his wrist watch again:
5:45pm. He began to lose hope.
On the other hand, Udoka had not prepared. She was still on the cushion even when the rain had stopped.
“Udoka” Monica called her when she stood up from the bed after a short sleep. “Are you still here? The rain has stopped”
“I’m nervous, Monica. Moreover, i don’t have a good cloth to wear” Udoka replied.
“What cloth were you putting on before the guy saw you? You can wear that one because he probably liked it that’s why he came to you at the first time” Monica smiled at her words. “That’s my own idea oh coz i don’t know how these things work” she added then Udoka smiled too.
“Please, follow me” Udoka requested.
“No oh! Mother will suspect. And moreover, i can go there and cause confusion”
“What will i even say if i get there?”
“Like i said, i have no idea. Why don’t you ask Sunny or Trust” Monica suggested.
“I better remain here than asking them” Udoka objected.
David came out from the car and occasionally checking the time. The cold weather became unbearable even with the jacket he wore to prevent it, so he entered into the car again. Just as he glanced at the side mirror, he saw Udoka coming out from a tricycle. She wore a pair of trouser and a top with flat cover shoe on her feet. She packed her natural hair backwards with a faint make-up: powder and white wetlips. David came out immediately and opened the door for her but she hesitated with her hands folded.
“Get in” David said still holding the door.
“Whose car is..”
“My dad’s” David interrupted.
Udoka glanced at him then entered before he closed the door. He also entered to put the key in the ignition but stopped. He noticed that she was feeling cold, therefore, he pulled his jacket and covered her with it.
“Thanks” Udoka said and wore it properly.
“Welcome” David smiled admiring her beauty. “You look beautiful” he added.
“Thanks. Can we go now?”
“Sure” David drove out with all the glasses closed. Nobody could see them but they can see everybody. As they drove, David’s phone rang then Udoka glanced at the caller, ‘Sandra’ but averted her eyes. David picked the call with a hand and handled the stirring with another hand.
“Hi, I’m driving. I’ll call you when i get home” David said and cut the call immediately.
Udoka found herself in a restaurant still with the jacket on her body sitting opposite David. A table with food stood inbetween them. David was eating while Udoka was lazy enough to put a spoon into her mouth. That was evidence of nervousness.
“Are you okay?” David broke the silence.
“Yes” Udoka replied.
Udoka smiled remembering his statement about girls smiling.
“Do you have a sister?”
“Yes, my twin”
“Twin?” David stopped eating.
“Yes, we are the only children of our mother”
“Wow..” David took a spoonful rice while she did the same too.
“Do you also have a sister?” Udoka tried to be lively.
“Yes, my twin” David replied.
“Twin?” Udoka asked surprisingly.
“Kidding!” David laughed.
“Silly boy” Udoka smiled.
“She’s my younger sister”
“Ok. Where are u from?” Udoka asked again.