Lara was still trying to sort out the bank transaction that Mr. Benson had requested as a matter of urgency, her mobile data had chosen the worst time to run out and she didn’t have much time to start the whole re-subscription process so she had asked to use Jeff’s phone; she had been so engrossed in carrying out the transaction that she didn’t suspect a thing when Jeff also asked to be excused just a couple of minutes after Lola left the table. Everything was going smoothly and she was just about to click the “send” button to complete the transaction when a message came into Jeff’s phone, usually, she wouldn’t bother to read his messages but this time the message was from Lola. “Why is Lola sending Jeff a message when they are both here?” She thought, “that doesn’t make any sense at all”
She abandoned the transaction she was carrying out and navigated the phone to Jeff’s inbox to see what the message was all about, “meet me at the bathroom NOW!” the message read.
She stared at the phone in disbelief after reading the message, could she really have read correctly? Why would Lola ask Jeff to meet her at the bathroom? What could possibly be the explanation for that? she decided she was going to the bathroom to find things out for herself, figuring that was where Jeff probably went. Just as she was about to leave, the waiter arrived with the dessert, “here you go ma” he said setting the bowls of ice cream and cake on the table, “thank you” she replied without looking at him, “I’ll be right back”,
“back from where ma?” the waiter asked looking at the empty table, “you haven’t paid for your meal” he said stopping her, “yes I know that” she responded getting irritated, “I said I will be right back”,
“ma…the table is empty, I can’t let you go just like that. What’s the guarantee that you’re going to return?” the waiter asked, “I find that quite insulting” Lara replied, “are you implying that I’m running away?” She asked even more irritated, “no ma! I’m only saying that I can’t let you go when the table is empty because I don’t have any guarantee for your return” the waiter replied.
While they were busy arguing, Jeff showed up behind the waiter, “what’s the matter?” He asked noticing the ongoing argument, “maybe I should ask you ” Lara said turning to face him, “Me?” Jeff asked pointing to himself, “how do you mean?”,
“where did you go? You’re the cause of this embarrassment to start with” Lara retorted, “I only went to the bathroom” Jeff replied, “to do what?” Lara barked, “what else do people go to the bathroom for? To ease myself of course” Jeff replied acting confused, “madam na wa for you o, which kind question be that one? Wetin pesin dey go find for bathroom before?” the waiter interrupted suddenly switching from well spoken to pidgin English and shocking Lara with his audacity. She was about to give him a piece of her mind when Lola showed up from behind diverting her attention from him, “can you explain what this means?” Lara asked opening up the message and handing it over to Lola, “what exactly?” Lola asked, refusing to collect the phone, “the message you sent to Jeff; what was that about?” Lara asked, “Oh that?” She stammered, looking for the words to say, “I think Uncle Jeff can explain better” she said pointing at Jeff who looked like he’d just seen a ghost.
All attention was suddenly diverted to Jeff, the waiter had been so caught up in the drama that he forgot he was supposed to be serving food. “Jeff did you hear her?” Lara asked, tapping her foot on the ground impatiently and standing at akimbo, “I’m waiting to hear your explanation” she shouted.
Jeff looked around, all eyes were on him, all the other guests at the restaurant had now turned to face them as Lara was causing a scene, he didn’t know what to say, Lola had totally set him up and now he was trapped, “Oh Lord, please give me the right words to say” he silently prayed as the whole restaurant fell silent, waiting for his response, he knew that whatever words he uttered could make or break his marriage and he wasn’t ready to lose his Lovely wife. He had no idea whether to lie or tell the truth, he was afraid that Lola might go ahead to contradict him if he said anything she wasn’t satisfied with.
“why is Lola doing this?” He thought to himself as the tension in the restaurant grew “what is she hoping to achieve?”…