Walk Of Shame Episode 8
“Are you ready to leave?” Anthony asked Grace who nodded slowly. She has been quiet ever since Victoria left. He hate to think she was thinking about what the evil witch said. He was afraid to think that she had become all of a sudden scared of him.
He was happy that she had warmed up to him the past week. Helping her to read even if he knew she didn’t need his help. She was smart. Too smart. But he insisted.
This was the only way he could spend time with her and he enjoyed every moment no matter how little. It didn’t matter if he had to bend over books with her all that mattered was that he was near her and he couldn’t for the life of him lie to himself, he liked her, he liked her a lot. And he wanted to tell her… but, he knew she would run the other way and he wouldn’t want her to but yet…. sometimes he longed to hold her. Breath in her perfume…and just…just…
“Yes let’s go”! Her voice breaks into his thoughts…
He smiled getting up, he drew back and allowed her and Grace walk forward, while he stepped in line with James.
“Do you think Victoria is actually being honest??” James scratched his almost non-existent beard.
“With Victoria, You never know, but since she says she wants to apologise… let her. If she wanted just Grace to be there… Of course I wouldn’t even agree. But she said we all could come. I don’t think she would be stupid to pull a stunt again…especially when we are all there. But it’s never bad to be careful. You never know what’s up her sleeves.”… He realised he held on to Grace’s bag…and caught himself smiling broadly, shaking his head…
“Anthony, you have been pussy-whooped. And you haven’t even tasted the cookie. And you don’t even care…” Shaking his head again….. “Damn!!! I am going completely insane”!! He chuckled to himself…
“Yeah, she probably is tired of your sorry ass. It would be a good thing if she changes her skin…it’s too dark. Even her heart too” ….James says, he turns hearing Anthony speaking and chuckling to himself…having heard it…
“Yes Anthony …it would seem so. I bet it’s a good feeling not to always have things planned out and for the first time to think of a girl genuinely and smile about the silly things you do that you don’t usually do. Please, Can I snap a picture of this moment and do a reminder over drinks later?” …James askes, pretending to bring out his phone…
“Oh Fxxk off.”!!! Anthony replies, bringing out his car keys and opening the door for them.
They drove in silence while the smooth clear voices of ed sheeren and Sam Smith filled the car with lyrics of “photographs ” and “lay me down”. He left the car on as they get to Rose’s house.
He quickly checked his time, it was still early. A quick drive to town wouldn’t hurt.
Rose gots down, saying goodbye to both men as grace reached for the door saying goodbye to James and smiling weakly at Anthony who quickly touched her arms..
“Yes what??” James askes…
“Erm, Rose?” He bends forward calling Rose who bends and sticks her head back into the car’s front seat where Grace sat.
“Erm…I hope you don’t mind but I kinda want to take Grace out to town for a bit. I promise I would bring her back before say….” .. He checks his time again..
“11pm. Scouts honour”!!.
“Well.. I dunno… Rose looks at Grace who just stares at Anthony. James clears his throat.
“Am right here, why don’t you ask me instead grace asked a little flushed
“Because I know your answer. And I did ask you ….but you haven’t given me a date yet so like they say…Violence taketh it by force… so am asking Rose on your behalf…even though you are sitting next to me…because I plan to kidnap you but it’s only fair I let your friend know….it doesn’t matter if you are seated here or not. One tiny drive…we have our water – drink and you get to see the town. PH is lovely at night and I will bring you back home in one piece….I promise”. He gave his cutest smile
“B-but just you and me?? Alone?…”
His heart sank. The smile left his face. A mischievous glint in his eyes replaced it.
“Are you scared of me??”
She blushed, letting her eyes drop.
“No. I just figured…But can’t they come…Rose and James. Us four…?”
*No they can’t come because I want to hang with you alone Grace. Just talk and get to know you*. Anthony thought to himself. But instead he says..
“Er…well sure they can. Why not. Us four….yeah”! He smiles warmly resting his head, resigning to fate.
Rose squeals in delight. .
James takes one look at Anthony and reads him like a book.
“Nah….!!! I have a horrible headache. I don’t feel up to going out… why don’t you both go. We can tag along another time…right Rose?? …please do you have noodles or something….am hungry. Then Panadol? Gosh my head!!! … He taps Anthony on the shoulders and hurries out of the car and pulling Rose with him towards her house..
“B-but James…. ” Rose staggers after him pointing at the car…
“Oh headache Rose. Indomie. Panadol. .my head. Come quick!” James cuts her off, feigning it.
Grace began to protest but ended up laughing seeing how Rose staggered behind James. Anthony watched her instead. Her laughter warmed his heart. He shook his head and puts the car in drive…
“What did you tell James? To lie so you can go with just me??” She looks him in the eye. He had to laugh..
“C’mon Grace I don’t have super powers. I spoke to you here…I didn’t even talk to James about it not now nor before now” he answered truthfully. …
“Then how come he suddenly claimed to feel sick and can’t go out??”
He shrugged.. “You never know this things Grace. Maybe he does…or it just started. I have nothing to do with it…” But he bite back a laugh
“Hey relax…you would be back before you know it”!
He speeds up, He was going to take her to China town… He never really wanted to treat any girl this nice until today and he intends to make the most of it.
James flings himself on Rose’s bed and held his head. She ransacked through her cabinet and came to him with a glass of water and Panadol..
“Here, sorry about your headache. ”
He thanked her taking the drugs, when she didn’t look away he pointed…
When she turned he flings the drugs away and gulps the water…
“What’s what?” Rose turned back wondering what he meant taking the glass from him.
“Oh darn…nothing. I thought I saw a rat”
Rose heads into her kitchen to make him noodles…
“I don’t have any rat in my small house James…”
“My headache is making me see things” he replies, turning on her tv and flipping through channels…
“Why do I have a feeling you were faking your headache so that we don’t go hang out with Anthony and Grace huh?” Rose stuck her head out of her kitchen
“I have no idea what you are talking about” He replied the same time a text came into his phone… He smiled and he began texting back …”No probs Antho. And I will Def collect …..” To the message’s “Thanks J. I owe you one.”
“Oh am sooo hungry Rose…”
“I ain’t your mama” Rose replies, James had to laugh.
*****Town. Somwhere in Spa****
He liked her calm exterior. Half of the time as she ate he watched her, smiling as she laughed at his stupid jokes. He didn’t want her to just take water so she settled for juice and a plate of rice, after he insisted.
“You aren’t eating” Grace observed. She wondered why he kept staring at her the whole time. It made her strangely uncomfortable. People stared at her but his stares made her feel both uncomfortable and warm all at once.There was something intriguing about him. Despite the whole bad boy tendencies that everyone screams about him… He seemed to have a sweet personality as well.
She wondered about the other girls he had been with. No doubt more beautiful and more sophisticated and wild and free compared to her. She was just a simple boring church girl who wore over-sized cloths to hide her figure that she has always been shy about.
At first she thought he just took pity on her but Rose says he never did care about what happened to other girls.
Then was it possible what Rose says? That Anthony likes her? She? Gracey?
She watched him as he laughed at something he said. Throwing his head back and laughing like a little kid. That beautiful boyish laughter and she realised that he was just as they say… “Anthony the handsome”
She wondered how his lips would feel. Or what he would look like without his shirt. His bare skin. His strong arms… what it would feel like…making love.
Grace suddenly grew warm. Her chicks turned red and she closed her eyes briefly and opened them…muttering…
A worried frown crossed his forehead
“What’s wrong Grace, did I say something wrong…am sorry if I did?”
She shook her head, turning her eyes away for a brief second, willing her burning chicks to calm..
“No of course not”
“O….oookay” he drawled, looking into her eyes as though he read something other than what she said..
She laughed nervously…”Yes I am.”.
Pushing her empty plate away, “Why wouldn’t I be??”
“Good. So…a movie?? Tarzan is showing, he leaned forward..
Grace quickly looked at her watch and responded “I think we should start getting back, don’t you think so too?”
“C’mon already? A movie is just for what.. .an hour forty-five minutes, we still would have ample time to get you back to mummy Rose… besides it’s not that you are on a curfew or something, c’mon when last did you see a movie he asked it would be fun, am sure”.
She smiled and nodded in agreement.
His smile came from within, as he watched her go off. He felt warm. Really warm and he liked that feeling. It was new, exhilarating and exciting and nothing to do with the opposite sex’s warmth between their legs. But the pure warmth of watching the opposite sex be free, with reckless abandon and the fact that he was causing it. He absentmindedly touched her cheeks removing oil smeared on a small part of her face
She tensed, opened her eyes in shock and jumped, hitting the table briefly and spilling juice on her dress…
He picked up the napkin on the table, runs to her side, goes on his knees… and began to dab her quickly..
“Am sorry…look how silly I am.”
He didn’t stop smiling…and didn’t stop when she tried to stop him and take the napkin away from him…
“Hey relax. It’s my fault anyway and I don’t mind doing the honours. Ssshh hey…you aren’t silly ” he reached for her jaw, raising her head to face him, fixated while he spoke to her..
“You aren’t silly. Er…a lil clumsy at times. Which I find really cute. Strangely cute. But you aren’t silly. So relax. Just a tiny stain…that erm.” He lets her face go, poured a few drops of water on the napkin and returned to cleaning her dress…
“That erm water and a little rub won’t fix”… He smiled at his work..
“Viola!! Not even noticeable at all.” He gets up, dropping a few naira bills in the payment slip. Gives her his elbow …
Graced nodded, taking his arm and standing. Realising that her dress only had a tiny dull damp. Barely visible.
“Good job Anthony. How much do I owe you …?” She teased…
“Well…it depends…..should I collect in cash or kind”? When he felt her tense… ” lol..am kidding. This one is on the house. You want popcorn…? They make an amazing popsnack ……..
Their voices fade….
***** The elevator door opens *****
Girly laughter feels the room.
Three girls trotted in, dressed to kill as they surveyed the area…
“Oh…that dude had what was coming to him. He couldn’t stop singing” Bunmi says, chewing a gum as she dug in her purse for her mirror
“Oh you are such a bad girl. In the bathroom, don’t your body hurt??” Sandra asks her.
“I don’t do yoga just for fun sandy. And to answer your question…No it doesn’t hurt. But he won’t forget me.” She laughed. Sandy joined her.
“Pay up. We don’t have all day misses” Victoria stretches out her hands..one to each girl..
“C’mon…mama is waiting”?
They both roll their eyes, pulling out a few naira notes from their bags, each counting out an agreed sum and giving it to her. Victoria counts each, smiles and nods.
“Lovely. ” She opens her bag, bunmi and sandy ‘ s eyes popped.
“B-but… you have already. And I know you didn’t take turns. ”
“Sweetheart, I have a commission for supplying you girls to the best bods in town. And I also take a commission from both of you as well… After the deed. It’s business. ” .. she shrugs
“But that’s unfair, why would you take from us too. If you are already paid a percentage on our heads. Ahn ahn Isn’t it too much. Why do you need to collect from us too are we not your friends” bunmi interjects. Sandra pinches her.
A slap, Bunmi blinks. Sandra gasps. The music was loud… no one noticed. Bunmi blinked back hot tears as she held her face.
“Dare to question me? Me Victoria who practically made you… brushed you and gave you the luxurious life and the privilege to be in my closed team. You dare to question me? Maybe I should take all of your money?
“She is sorry Queen V… she didn’t–
“Shut up sandy and am talking to this ungrateful b**ch.” Victoria cuts Sandra. he takes a step closer to bunmi.
“Should ? ”
Bunmi shakes her head… ” Am sorry Queen V, am really sorry, it won’t happen again ” bunmi drops her eyes to the ground. Her face burned.
“Good. Now wipe that tears from your eyes. It’s irritating. ”
Victoria’s phone buzz’s… she turns away to answer it.
“Yes. Good. Fantastic. You know what you should do. No mistakes. Wonderful. We would rendezvous at our spot.. After it all. Fantastic. Ok.!!
Sandra looks at bumni…
“Are you stupid?” You know how she gets. Why did you go and ask her now. You dey crase??
“We sleep with the dudes. They pay her for bringing us and then she still collects from us again. She is stealing from us. HABA! !! It’s annoying na. ”
“Ssssshhhh bun. Shhhhhh.!!!” Sandra puts a finger to her lips..
“Do you have a death wish?? What if she hears you…??? Shut up naw”..
“Abeg!” Bunmi wipes her eyes…”She fxxking slapped me!!”
“And she would again. Maybe something worse. Don’t forget that we get good grades because of her. They fear her, they fear us. That people can’t talk to us anyhow be because of her. We go where she goes. We own fantastic things, great cloths and money baby. I mean, just because she took us under her wings…and see the fun we get. So what’s little change if she takes it from us eh. Don’t be stupid. Don’t question her again. Chill!!! Sorry okay. Be smart. Victoria is the best thing that has happened to us in this Uniport. I mean, who would stay at home and read boring books we don’t understand for exams when we can party, club, make money and while she serves Mr Bamidele for hers and ours. C’mon. We have it good. Don’t ruin it for us. Okay?? ” Sandra touches her chicks..
“Cheer up. !!!
“Shall we girls?” Victoria drops her call and turns…
“Let’s go get us some popcorn. I love it here. Tarzan starts in 5 minutes”
They nodded and followed behind her, as she pushed her way to the front of the crowd waiting their turn.
“See?” Anthony watched as she savoured it in her mouth, they were seated in the cinema. Tons of people began to file in.
“It’s sweet right?” He asked as he turned to her. If he had waited a second still staring at the door, he wound have seen three girls walk in with the crowd of people.
Grace nods ” Oh wow!!! It is . I wonder what they put in it aside sugar..” She looks at him.
“Oh…milk and butter, genius creativity right?” He pops some into his mouth and chewed loudly. He liked to see her smile.
And she did.
“Ssshh sshhh…The movie will start in a few” A finger to her lips, she didn’t want to break out in another feats of laughter
“Don’t make noise…else they would throw us out of here…because your laughter is like an earthquake waiting to happen, here….stuff all this in your mouth…. it would help”
He dug his hands into the popcorn, carrying a handful and tried to fill up her mouth. She turning from side to side didn’t help. She was laughing and dodging and he was enjoying every moment…
“Please please..haha hahahaah I will kill you Anthony. …please…” and then she did the same thing to him.
Both of them had each other’s hands on each other’s mouth. Both faces turned away to avoid each other’s hands to fill their mouth with popcorn. Both of them were laughing hard and neither of them wanting to surrender nor give up..
“Oh get a room! This is a cinema! someone in the dark room bellowed.
“Leave the love birds alone” another person screams..
“Ssssshhhhhhhhhh “! Grace and Anthony exclaimed to the crowd… fingers to their lips, laughter in their eyes, a chuckling held inside… the room was dark safe for the motion picture about to begin in the screen.
Another “Ssssshhhhhh!!” Followed as everyone joined in. Anthony puts his hands over her neck and pulls her in…Closing her mouth.
“Oya…stay here and be quiet. I don’t have strength to protect you if they all come and beat you. “She winked. She laughed in his hands, removing his hands from her mouth. She flicked his jaw.
“It wold be your fault”
He smiled down at her, she didn’t realise that he liked how comfortable she felt in his arms. She didn’t pull away. Surprisingly and he loosened his grip but didn’
Anthony felt uneasy. Very uneasy. As she continued to stare at him. He pulled her nose instead, and points to the screen…
“Watch …Tarzan has begun. Stop staring at fine man”…
Grace tuck out her tongue. But quickly turns away to hide her blush…
“Sweet Jesus!” She bites her lower lips.
“What’s happening to me?” She muttered under her breath.
“Damn” Anthony swore under his breath. Away from her ears…. “Anthony, this isn’t even funny. ” he shook his head. Baffled with himself.
***** A few rolls of seats away*****
“Annoying sets of people. Can’t they take the noise outside” Sandra says, turning to see who was causing the ruckus.
“Asin eh. Don’t they realise that they aren’t the only one here?”
“I would personally like to gag the offenders. What insolence. “She strained her neck. Quickly scans the room, it was dully dark to make out a face in the groups of people…
“At least the movie has started. They would shut the hell up”!!
The room grew silent…as everyone was glued to screen.
*** two hour later***
“Thank you!” Grace walked beside Anthony as they left the cinema room, heading to the excavator, passing the elevator
“Nah…Thank you for making my evening. .” He squeezed her hand.
Sandra came out of the bathroom, adjusting her skirt. Bunmi rested by the door watching Victoria sweet talk a hunk for a guy. Bunmi rolls her eyes.. Pushes herself from the wall and helps Sandra with her skirt.
She dugs her hand into her bag and brings out her mirror and flicks it open.
Checking her makeup…and flicks it shut.
Her expression changed as her eyes grew big she flicks open her mirror again.., not checking her face again, this time at her back ground.
“Isn’t that….Anthony and that newbie Grace?” She flips her mirror shuts and spins around. Beconing to Sandra to get her attention as though she was flagging down a cab. Sandra comes… Victoria had said goodbye and came towards them, curious
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“What?” Sandra and Victoria asked
Bunmi points at a direction…
Anthony looks up just then, sees the trio and someone pointing at him. In one quick motion, he grabs Grace’s hand, and pulls her into the empty elevator a guest just walked out from. Disappearing from view.
“What bunmi?” Victoria asked. Looking at the direction in which bunmi was pointing at.
“There. They were right there. Just now. “She turned away…Opening her mirror and looking into it. Closing and turning back…
“I swear I saw them standing there just now??”
“Who…what… who was??” Sandra askes too.
“Ant–” She stops herself as she notices Victoria’s countenance had changed. ..
“Who did you see bunmi.. ?”
But they were there just now. Or was it someone that looked like them. ? She just got slapped. She didn’t want another slap for false information.
Bunmi shook her head…
“Er nothing… nothing. Don’t mind me.” She replied.
Sandra shooksher head, Victoria stared at her, nods and walked away.
“Let’s go. Am tired”..
“Why did you do that? What’s wrong?” Grace asked, her chest beating. He had pulled her into the elevator, she was pressed back to the elevator wall and he in front of her… as though shielding her from something…or someone…
But there was space. Enough space. They were alone. But he remained there… she swallowed because she was staring up at him and he was down at her…
“What is it Anthony?” She asked again. Grace could literally hear his heart beating really fast as she felt it. Her hands were on his chest… She wondered if he could hear hers too.
It took only a second for the atmosphere to change and they didn’t break their stare and little by little he bent his head towards her. Grace couldn’t move…or maybe she didn’t want to.
They were few inches apart now…barely touching…lips to lips…
For the first time…. Grace longed to be kissed. Not by anyone but by Anthony… So she closed her eyes and waited for it…
And for the first time… Anthony felt something he hadn’t felt before…and Grace was the reason… and so he closed his eyes… Knowing kissing her would be heaven…
A breath away…a few breaths space apart and then..
The elevator door opens.