Toke and Kike were best friends, they had known each other since high school and they had become more like sisters to each other. People often wondered how two people so different in character could be so close to each other.
Toke was naïve, shy and laid-back, she preferred to sit at home reading a book rather than go out to have fun. Kike, on the other hand, was the life of the party; she always had an event to attend every other day and, as such, seemed to get a lot more attention from men whom she used and tossed around at will. This never bothered Toke, as she hadBelle-and-Book-in-Beauty-and-the-Beast-640×360 no interest in men; she had ignored several pleas from Kike asking her to date one of the few suitors that had come her way, even if it was just for financial benefits, but to her, it was a total waste of time.
One Friday afternoon after lectures, Toke was walking back from the library when a silver Mercedes SUV pulled up beside her, “hope it’s not one of these stupid Alhajis looking for babes to pick up for the night” she thought, with a frown on her face. The tinted window slowly rolled down to reveal a handsome young man in his mid-thirties, looking straight at her with a smile that could melt the coldest of hearts.
“Hello,” he called out to Toke. “Good afternoon,” she replied looking over her shoulder to be sure he was indeed talking to her. Her eyes met with his and, for the first time ever, her heart skipped a beat. “I’m trying to find my way to the union building,” he replied, “can you help me out?” “Sure, why not?” Toke replied, “It’s not too far from here, just go straight down to the end of the road and turn to your right, it would be the last building on the left side of the road.” “Thanks so much for your help, I’ll be on my way now,” he replied still smiling. “By the way, that’s a nice dress you’re wearing,” he added. “Thanks for the compliment,” Toke said blushing and smiling sheepishly like an excited kindergarten child. Meanwhile, she could not help but notice how handsome the stranger was. For the first time in her life she felt attracted to a man. She stood there daydreaming and wishing he had asked for her number as he drove off.
Every day, she would walk the same route back home, hoping she would somehow bump into him again.
“I think I’m in love,” she told Kike one morning while they were tidying up their apartment. Kike jumped up dropping the broom she was holding and stared at her friend in disbelief. “I don’t know, Kike, I’m sure it might sound crazy but I’m in love with someone I met some months back,” she replied. “It’s a lie! Did I just hear the L word from my friend’s mouth?” Kike asked still staring at her friend in disbelief. “How come you never mentioned this before now?” she pressed further.
“Well, that is not even the issue, I’ve only met him once,” Toke started explaining while avoiding Kike’s stare. She relayed how they met. “I haven’t seen him since then,” she concluded. “So you mean you finally met someone you liked and you let him go just like that?” Kike queried, arms akimbo. “That’s not important now, Kike, all that matters is that I need to find this guy and you have to help me,” Toke pleaded. “The craziest thing is that I don’t even know his name, but I’m sure he’s ‘the one’,” Toke stressed emphatically. “If I were you, I’d just forget this guy, he’s never coming back”, Kike advised. “You don’t know that for sure”, Toke retorted. “Well, my dear, life is not a movie, sometimes you have to face reality” Kike said, patting her on the back. Right there and then, Toke made a silent promise to herself not to give up on finding her handsome stranger.
Months went by and she still didn’t see him. Toke had already lost hope of ever meeting him again till one hot afternoon…
After a long day of lectures, Toke returned to her apartment feeling really tired, and strangely, the door wasn’t locked. “I guess Kike must’ve forgotten to lock the door before leaving this morning,” she said to herself as she walked in, kicking off her shoes. Suddenly, she spotted a male figure standing and looking out of the window at the end of the hallway. She screamed so loud, dropping her books on the floor. She suddenly felt her feet go numb and she couldn’t get herself to move anymore as the man began to walk towards her……..