Pick ‘n’ Drop

24 Jul

His most striking feature are his eyes, they’re brown, a deep hazel, the kind that you can’t but give a second look. I believe that a person’s eyes say a lot about the kind of person he is, and looking inside his, feels like you’re being drawn into a miasma of pain, hurt, and possibly death, this was the first thing that attracted me to him. People have always chided me about my ability to empathise with other people irrespective of their persona and it is a part of me that has been exploited countless times by several people, both male and female.

We were at the bus stop together, and though there were other people there, what made me acknowledge his presence was how it seemed like he was staring at me but on moving closer, I observed he was lost in his thoughts. I had smiled when I first noticed his gaze on me and waved furtively but when he didn’t respond, I took a closer look and found out he was actually lost in thought about something or maybe someone.

‘A penny for your thoughts’ I tapped his shoulder with a huge smile on my face and quickly added ‘Not that I have a penny in this age though and by the way it is quite rude to stare’

‘E-e-r-r sorry do I know you?’ His voice was a rich baritone, he probably sang in a choir.

‘No I’m sorry, I saw you staring at me but when I came close, I met you lost in thought and I couldn’t help but talk to you. Did you lose your job?, were you jilted?, what happened?’

‘For someone you’ve never met, you seem to care an awful lot, are you this caring to everyone?’ He scooted to the side so I could sit beside him

‘Well, only if they look as handsome as you are’ I replied with a knowing wink

My effort at flirting was amply rewarded as he also gave me a huge smile that lit up his face, his stubbled cheek was now plumped up and I felt a little flutter in my heart. His dentition would have been perfect but for a broken incisor which gave him a mischievous yet sexy look, and his eyes looked much warmer and full of life as he told me his name.


Like I guessed, Daniel had just found out that his girlfriend of six years had been cheating on him, what made it even worse was that after he confronted her, she showed no sign of remorse. This was a girl that he practically, single-handedly sent to university because her Mum died when she was quite young and her dad was a ‘ne’er-do-well’. They had met during his youth service in her home town and he had taken it upon himself to make sure she had stellar education, sending her to one of the best private universities in the country, against the advice of his friends and even family members. Not only did she cheat on him, but she did it on a reality show, on national TV.

With the way he clenched and unclenched his fists unconsciously every time he mentioned her name, I was sure he had the deepest feelings for her. Why would anyone want to break such an amazing guy’s heart? Not only did he have the looks, he was the full package (Tall, Dark and Handsome). I caught myself fantasising about him and couldn’t help but smile.

‘Where are you actually headed cause I’m sure you know we’ve missed quite a number of buses’
His question jolted me out of my reverie
‘Oh, E-e-r-r that Yaba side’ I stuttered
‘I’m headed towards Oshodi, I need to get my car from the mechanic’s. I really enjoyed talking to you but I must go now.’
‘Oh’ was the only word that came out of my mouth. I was irrevocably attached to Daniel, I wished I could spend the rest of the day with him, the rest of my life?, maybe? He was just so loveable.
‘Please let their be traffic, no buses for now’ I quickly whispered to whoever was up there.
The ‘now’ had not left my mouth when I heard the horn of another bus on its way to the bus stop.
‘Alright man, I guess this is where I say ‘Adios’, till we meet again’ Daniel gestured to the ticket seller and bought tickets for both of us.
‘Here’ he handed mine over and I felt something else under the ticket, it was his complimentary card. He looked into my eyes as he said ‘I would love to hear from you very soon.’ and turned to board bus.
‘Me too’ I whispered behind him, and closed my eyes to savour the lingering scent of his perfume.

My name is Segun and I love ‘We-men.’


14 Responses to “Pick ‘n’ Drop”

  1. hardehyi July 24, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    I don dey suspect you since!!!! You just confirmed my suspicions… Nice piece bruv! …

    • teekellz July 24, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      NO suspect me ooo….. I’m straight bro πŸ˜€ Thanks man

  2. nancy July 24, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    Looooool……… While reading I kept wondering if d segun guy was a guy or a girl. Dis is a captivating piece, u always hv a way of putting ur readers on d edge wondering what will happen @ d end……. Anyways I hope ur nt d segun guy n I hope its nt d daniel I know.

    • teekellz July 24, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Thanks for your time ma’am, really appreciate it.

  3. bolade toluwalope Anne July 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    I love this captivating,but do men like this stil exist

  4. bilkisses July 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Hmmmmmmn, was expecting to read a random story about a boy/girl thing; until I got to the end and figured, “aint nufin random about being gay”. Loolz. *clears throat* I hope… *lipsealed*. Nice one, keep it up.

  5. IF3OLUWA July 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    I love We-men. I’m sure Tolu knows what I mean. πŸ˜‰

  6. seunodukoya July 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Okay. This is. This is.

    Tolu – we must fight. Definitely.

    • teekellz July 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      Please o, my Oga which fight nah???

  7. The Controvert July 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Not bad. Nice piece. Particularly nice addition of the
    ‘we-men’ at the end.

  8. court July 26, 2013 at 12:37 am #

    Tolu Akin Segun oke πŸ˜€ (y)

  9. bimbyz October 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Lol. Nice one. Was expecting the conventional stuff, you know.

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