DIE HARD SERIES 1

DISAPPOINTMENT YET AGAIN

DISAPPOINTMENT YET AGAIN

She stared down at her wristwatch. The time was half past two in the afternoon. She heaved a sigh of distress and tapped her foot uneasily on the ground.

The chair she was sitting on was obviously going limp as her weight was gradually pulling it down. The squeaky sounds it was making made it so clear but it still held on and she did not care a bit.

She has been there for close to two hours now.

“Why was he wasting time?” She thought to herself.
She felt so irritated at the moment.

Everytime they fixed a date to see, he either keeps her waiting at the agreed venue or worse, never shows up at all. He always has his excuses ready whenever she complains to him about it.

A bird squawked and flew over the shed she was staying under to shield herself from the merciless pangs of the torrid eastern sun.

That sounded like a crow.

Despite her current mood, she slowly brought out her head from the shed in a bid to confirm her thoughts.

Of course, she was quite right.

The crow flew a little distance in the air and perched on a nearby electric pole just few miles away from her. It looked around it and squawked yet again.

She was a true lover of nature. She got that from her dad and hoped to make the most out of it in the near future.

Her dream of owning a very large animal farm was still very much alive. She prayed for funds to be available at the right moment.

Now, over to her current situation.

She looked down at her wristwatch for the umpteenth time.
This time around, it was almost 3pm in the afternoon and he was nowhere to be found.
She clenched her fists tightly.

She hoped that this won’t be another disappointment.

She wondered what his excuse would be this time around.
She was sick and tired of his lame excuses.
Her anger rose so high within her.

Maybe she was pushing him too hard, making her look desperate.
Or maybe he was not so much interested in her as he claims to be.

So many “maybes”, making her get so confused each time she let her mind wander to him.

She could still remember clearly their first meeting three years ago.
It was still very fresh in her memory.

He was just a university undergraduate struggling with school work as at then, coupled with financial issues.
He was not stable obviously yet he asked her out.

She was still a naive seventeen year old then with no experience whatsoever.
Life was still beginning for her.
She accepted without batting an eyelid.

Their first year of relationship was not a smooth ride at all.
She had to deal painfully with them not talking to each other for days because of his so called busy schedules.

He has this bizarre excuse of not having the vibes to put calls across to people.
He hardly make calls.
That was what he told her.

“Then how on earth do you relate with people?” was a question that has been stuck in her mind ever since then.
She was not a person of too many words so her words and opinions were choked up within her.

She remembered vividly those nights of endless calls she would put through that were left unanswered.
She cried herself to sleep on those nights.
Or was it the unreplied texts and chats?
Her heart broke at these thoughts.

What hasn’t she done to keep things moving but unfortunately she watched as her tireless efforts kept crumbling down every passing day.
She didn’t want to give up yet.

But why?

She would always ask herself.
She didn’t even have the answer to the question.

Maybe she was scared if she would ever find love again.
Or maybe, it was something else.
Something she couldn’t figure out, not yet.
She sat, huddled up under the shed like a lost child.

Passerbys gave her a glance or two and went their way.
She wondered what they thought of her.
She wished she could read their minds.

Something pricked her and told her that two out of every ten of the people that passed by had a slight clue of why she was waiting there.
Or maybe not.
Maybe she was just over thinking.

She picked up her phone and dialed his number for the hundredth time.
She could hear it ringing from the other end. It rang for some seconds then there was silence again. He did not pick up. She felt like flaring up.

Well, that was it.

It had happened again. Another disappointment.

Her eyes were already glistening with tears as she began to get up to go. She had no kerchief with her so she had to raise her eyes slightly up to prevent the tears from rolling down.
But of course, as usual, a tear or two escaped from her eyes and rolled down her cheeks.
She lingered a little in the shed so that the tears could end before she would make her way to the bus stop.
She cursed under her breath as the tears just wouldn’t stop.
Oh God!

What if someone sees her crying in public?
What would she do?

She chided herself, dabbed her cheeks with her hands, sniffed a few times and tried her possible best to brighten up. Her face felt hot. Her breath felt hot too.

She waited a minute or two before walking out of the shed.

She looked back to make sure that she was not leaving anything behind. Nothing was there but the chair which was now empty and must have been breathing in large volumes of air as a burden had been lifted off it obviously.

She turned to dust her behind of any speck of dust that may be hanging on to her trousers.
She slowly made her way to the bus stop where she would board a bus back home.

She kept her head down to prevent people from getting a glimpse of her reddened eyes.

Well, that backfired as she almost bumped into an elderly man hurrying up along the road.

“Keep your head up while walking, young lady” he scolded then continued making his way down the road.

The evening air was fresh and cool. It helped relieve her a little.

“Stone Avenue” she said to the driver of the first bus she met at the bus stop.

“Enter” he said in a loud voice. “Make sure you have your change with you”

She climbed onto the bus and squeezed herself at the extreme end of the seat near the window.

More passengers came in, soon the bus was filled up. After some minutes, the driver started the vehicle and soon she was heading home.

She tried her best not to think about what just happened. She kept her mind focused on what excuse she was going to make for staying out too long.

She wasn’t ready for questioning but she had to brace up as she knew that it would surely come.

Irrespective of her age, her parents were still paranoid about her friends and the company she keeps.

Surely they didn’t know about him yet and it seemed better that way.

ANTICIPATE THE SECOND SERIES!!

©Igbokwe Rose

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