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Sunday, October 12, 2008

The darker the berry

..the sweeter the juice.

I once worked in this place where I was the darkest-complexioned one around. My boss had this young guy cousin of hers who came around a lot and one day she sent me on an errand- assisting him during after-hours. Somehow, I was charming in the way I went about everything and he could see that I was a bit charismatic when I related with folks especially my older colleagues. He asked for my number and I hesitated saying I didn't give folks my number. His reply "there's always a first time."

I was dealing with a breakup that was in words but not actions especially since my ex and I talked almost everyday and even went on a date. (story for another day)

Imagine him thinking he could launch me. First time keh?. Lol! I had a little crush-attraction thing going on. he was quiet, quite classy and was Hausa. I have a weakness for quiet Northern boys. Lol! If I popped there was no stopping on this one.

Then I got a message in the evening "the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice, the darker the skin, the deeper the roots...then some African ski gist blah blah...guess who?"

I was 18. Whether I was flattered/melted or not I can't remember but I didn't reply the text. I knew if I did, I'll probably get hooked with back and forth messages (which by the way is my addiction of some sort..chatting).

The next day, in the course of work, I found out that he was the one who sent the message.

Since he seemed like a nice guy, I was attracted, and he was someone I would spend hours on the phone with, 'warning' alarms where all over my head.

He called later that day but I missed the call. I didn't call back. I so badly wanted to get to know this guy but my heart was still with my ex. I wanted to but didn't have the nerve to move-on. I was scared of jumping into something new because I didn't see this guy as a friend but as fling-material. And the religion factor, I'm all for long-term relationships not flings so him being a Muslim (and the drama that occurs with mixed-religious relationships), I didn't know how further on that would play if we actually worked out.

Every situation like this where guy meets me, we exchange numbers with the aim of being 'friends', chat and talk everyday, guy falls for me, I might have a crush on him but nothing more then I cut off the communication and become the bitch while he claims to be heartbroken.

In this instance, I was probably going to be the one to be bitched. Nemesis!!

I was just thinking ahead oh! What if he just wanted to add me to his list of Abuja girls? Or honestly just be friends? Or shag? Think of every 18 yr old with deep suspicion for every guy she comes across. I'm an emotional wreck so I think like CRAZY before leaping or 'popping.'


I sent him a text almost two weeks after, thanked him for complimenting my skin tone, asked who it was (like I didn't know) and apologized for not replying. I didn't get a reply (somehow I thanked God he wasn't serious about me and I wasn't breaking a heart.) Then I saw him when he came to see my boss. We said hi to each other and both pretended like we had never met or had a teeny-weeny attempted fling!


Why do I still remember him? I dunno!

21 comments:

miz-cynic said...

I LOVE UR STORY,recently i started gisting off blogger with this blogger but all of a sudden i realised he's taking the step backwards so me ma i kukuma also retraced my steps backwards make i no come become the joke of blogsville. guys can be clueless like tht,dont mind him....move on. twas neva meant to be.

FFF said...

this is so interesting & funny. oh well, it's understanable dat u remember it 2day. maybe some other dude has kicked dat button in ur memories dat produced d gist. it's well. now dat he reacted dat way, i think he was probably needing a fling. either dat, or he was really offended dat u ignored him & den come feigning innocent.


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wordsmith said...

lol so funny... those things are memorable jo, i still remember my primary school crushes

doll said...

U remember him cuz he made an impression on u, everybody go thru instances like dat

MissLove said...

lol!!! was bored when i worte about him!! lol xx loves ur blog

bighead said...

Nice ending. Abeg spill out the complete text. It may become useful one of these day *wink*

Kafo said...

this blog is bold
whew

i'll be back

miss jones said...

lol. that wasn't crushin, it was flirting.

Chari said...

am with missisi jones on this one...it was flirting...serious wan...

Dropsofglamour said...

I've just read all your interesting stories and i can relate. Will defo be a regular.

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

yup pure, unadulterated flirting.

Abujamaiden said...

Flirting it was! he indeed had an impression!

Thanks to all the newbies! Please keep reading. I'll be hitting your blogs too!

Big head- you want to 'toast' with borrowed text message? You'll have to pay for the rest. Lol!

Rita said...

I'm sure I would have melted if I had those lines...

I guess your deep suspicion saved u from a fling...

Thanks for dropping by...

AlooFar said...

Lovely story.

You're one hell of a writer!

flabby said...

hehe..guys are jokes!! i have a 'not so pure' purity ring! but story for another post!

xx

Black Berry said...

hullo! thanx for stopping by! i love new bloggers cos they blog all the time..until they bcome jaded like us! hehe

~Sirius~ said...

That text is a keeper......I guess it's the whole "I wonder what would have happened" that makes you remember him.
...and what's with the list of Abuja girls? I can never understand it.

Abujamaiden said...

List, as in if he were a player, the number of girls he hit it with!

Thanks y'all do come back.

And yes, darker berry I'll be updating until I become tired and retire. Lol!

Lolia said...

Wow. That's deep homie. I doubt you'll ever forget though. It's just one of those experiences that stick in your memory and resurface as they please...

Tres interesting though :)

Esp since I'm 18 and recently had a similar experience...

exschoolnerd said...

i am with sirius on this..u were kinda wondering..what wud have been?

Buttercup said...

Yea, he's got the lines, but he's still an ass!