“What’s going on here?” Lara asked looking at Jeff suspiciously, “why is Mr Benson so angry?”
“I said some things I shouldn’t have said” Jeff confessed, “things like what?” Lara asked, Jeff looked back and forth still wondering how to respond, “things like what?” Lara said raising her voice, “I was telling him some horrible things about your boss, I called him a womaniser; I didn’t know he was your boss till after you returned” Jeff explained, “I also said worse things but I didn’t mean to offend him, I assumed I was talking to a total stranger.”
“Hand me my bags” Lara said snatching her luggage from him, “I’m going to Enugu” she announced, leaving Jeff standing confused while she tried to catch up with Mr Benson.
Jeff could only hope that all would be well as he headed back home that day.
Lara called him much later to let him know that she had arrived safely and although she had convinced Mr Benson to allow her go on the trip, he was still being cold to her.
As Jeff retired to bed to sleep that night, he could tell it was going to be a long and lonely week ahead without Lara at home and being jobless didn’t help at all.
The next morning, Lola shocked him with the news that she had an important resit exam coming up and she had to stay with her friend on campus so she could make use of the library to study late into the night, “who’s going to take care of Jojo in your absence?” Jeff had asked, “you of course!” Lola retorted, “isn’t she your daughter?”
On hearing those words, Jeff knew there was no point arguing because if he insisted, he might come home one day to meet Jojo locked up in the house all by herself, he made a call to one of his aunts, Aunty Fanny who was very fond of Jojo, her husband died a few years ago from colon cancer and since then she had been living alone with her house-help. Colon cancer is cancer affecting the large intestine, its cause is currently not known but factors such as smoking, heavy drinking of alcohol, family history of colon cancer, taking foods low in fibre and high in fats are thought to increase the risk of getting it. It is more common in older individuals, although it can occur in young people too that’s why it is advisable that people aged 50 years and above undergo regular screening for colon cancer so it can be discovered early enough and removed.
Aunty Fanny was so delighted that she would have company when Jeff asked if Jojo could stay at her place for a few days that she came over with her driver to pick Jojo the very next day; Jeff was relieved that at least Jojo was in good hands as he waved goodbye to them.
After searching the kitchen and pantry endlessly for what to eat later at dinner time, he decided to call Franklin so they could go to eat at a fast food restaurant, he dialed his number hoping he wouldn’t be too busy with one of his numerous girlfriends.
Franklin was his close friend and colleague, he enjoyed his company especially when they watched football games together because they were supporters of the same football club; when it came to business, he always gave the best advice, to sum it up, Jeff and Franklin were best of friends, the only problem Jeff had with him was his lust for women and his insatiable sexual desires; had it not been for all his other good qualities, Jeff would have cut off their friendship a long time ago.
Luckily, Franklin was free so he came to pick Jeff on his way back from work, they went to one of their favorite African food restaurants and enjoyed a sumptuous meal, Franklin was going to take care of the bill after dinner but Jeff insisted on paying.
On their way back to drop Jeff at home, Franklin suddenly took a different turn, “guy are you sleeping?” Jeff asked, “you just took a wrong turn”, “sleep? On Wednesday night? Have you forgotten I’m a nocturnal creature? I’m fully alert” Franklin replied, “so why did you miss the turn” Jeff questioned, “don’t you know the alternative route will take longer?”
“I didn’t miss any turn” Franklin laughed, “I’m taking you for dessert; you paid for my dinner so I’ll pay for dessert. one good turn deserves another” he said winking,
“you know very well that I don’t have a sweet tooth, I’m not interested in any dessert” Jeff replied still wondering what Franklin was on about, “well there’s a new ice cream parlour I want to try out” Franklin replied, “I accompanied you for dinner so you’re going to have to accompany me for ice cream” he said with a mischievous grin, “I wonder why the ice cream must be tonight” Jeff grumbled as Franklin drove farther away.
Finally Franklin parked the car in front of a building called “the ice cream parlour” ,from the outside it looked like a normal building, there wasn’t much going on but by the time they walked in through the doors, the first person that welcomed them was a young lady standing at the doorway, she was dressed in a leather jump suit that was so tight, it seemed as though it was undersized, her huge breasts popped out from the top half which barely covered her nipples.
“welcome to the ice cream parlour” she said with a smile, “regular?” she said pointing to her left “or VIP?” she asked pointing to the right with a wink. “VIP” Franklin replied with a nod to the right, “please follow me, she said as she opened the door to the VIP and ushered them in, “wait,wait,wait” Jeff shouted holding up his two hands, “what exactly is going on here? I thought we were coming for dessert” he asked angrily, “that’s exactly what we are here for…DESSERT!” Franklin shouted back dragging him from behind, “you know I’m not down for this nonsense” Jeff replied struggling to pull his hand from Franklin’s grip, “well I wasn’t down for dinner but I forced myself to eat because of you, the least you can do is return the favor” Franklin replied starting to get angry, “relax Sir” the lady interrupted, “we’re not going to force anything on you, you can just sit and watch while we entertain your friend” she said with a seductive smile, “please for my sake just stay back, you can’t leave me alone now” Franklin begged, “you know I’d do the same for you”
After thinking about the many more nights he might have to spend alone especially with Lara’s new promotion, he reconsidered his position; the last thing he wanted to do was offend Franklin because he was the only friend who always sacrificed to create time for him no matter how much he was inconvenienced.
“It’s okay, I’ll go in, but nobody should come close to me” he warned as Franklin pulled him into the VIP section of the latest strip club in town.
Jeff could not believe his eyes when he entered the room, there was a lady dancing stark naked on a pole in the centre of the room, all she wore were waist beads and an anklet, she was surrounded by a few men sitting round tables drinking, smoking and watching her lustfully, some of them were throwing huge sums of money at her feet as she exhibited her body parts seductively while she danced.
“You brought me to a strip club?” Jeff asked Franklin, holding his shirt by the collar, “relax! Your wife will never find out” Franklin replied pulling himself free and straightening his collar. The lady ushered them into one of the glass compartments in the corner of room; from inside the glass compartment they could see what was going on in the room, the compartment had soft white sofas with a small round white stool in the middle, the lady picked up a menu from the stool and handed it over to them, “which of our ice creams would you like to have? We have five options for tonight” she said pointing at the menu with her well manicured hands, “the succulent strawberry flavor sounds interesting, I think I want that one” Franklin replied rubbing his hands together in glee, “that’s our newest arrival, she only comes on the last week of every month and she’s on high demand; you might have to pay a little extra for her” the lady replied, “high demand?” Franklin said, “I like the sound of that. Send her down,I’ll pay the extra” he said drumming his laps with his palms, “okay,I’ll do just that. You might have to wait for about 15 minutes because she’s currently attending to someone else, she’ll be with you shortly after that if they don’t spend extra to keep her longer” the lady replied, “they had better not” Franklin said “I don’t joke with my ice cream” he added with a wink as the lady walked out.
“It’s official! You’re sick” Jeff said staring at Franklin in disgust, “don’t judge me” Franklin replied “this strip club is relatively new, I’ve never been here before.”
After almost 45 minutes of waiting for “succulent strawberry” to arrive, the lady returned “sorry for the long wait” she began, “the customers she was attending to have finally exhausted all their cash so she’s free to attend to you now, she’ll be here in less than five minutes”
“It’s about time” Franklin hissed, he was already annoyed from having to wait so long but he didn’t mind the wait because he knew it would be worth it.
Shortly after the lady left, a young lady walked in dressed in shiny red leather bum shorts, a matching red leather bra and high heels, she held a black whip in her left hand and a cup of strawberry ice cream in the other, Franklin sat up in his chair licking his lips and rubbing his hands together as she swayed seductively into the compartment “I knew she’d be worth the wait” he announced to Jeff who had been so busy reading the latest news from the Greennews app on his phone that he didn’t even notice that anyone walked in.
He turned to face the sliding glass door so he could see what Franklin was fussing about and froze when he saw who it was, “who ordered for succulent strawberry?” She announced turning to slide the door closed behind her, “I did” Franklin shouted, as if he was afraid Jeff would respond and steal his opportunity, she turned back to face them after sliding the door closed, that was when she noticed Jeff sitting on the sofa close to Franklin with his mouth wide open, “Uncle Jeff” she screamed in shock dropping the glass of strawberry ice cream, “Lola…” he managed to reply, “so you’re the famous succulent strawberry?”
An awkward silence filled the room as Franklin stared in confusion from Jeff to Lola to the broken glass of strawberry ice cream that had spilt on the floor, he couldn’t make sense of what was going on…