Their friendship had begun when she rushed into the lecture hall fifteen minutes late, flustered and out of breath. She had taken the seat next to him, and discovered to her dismay that she’d forgotten to bring her course handbook with her.
Charles had offered to share his, which she accepted gratefully. After the lecture, they shared a cup of coffee and a chat.
From then on, he looked forward to his Monday morning lectures.
Today their friendship was still going strong.
All his friends couldn’t understand it.
“Guys and girls can’t be just friends,” they said. “Sooner or later you want to take it further.”
He and Amaka had proven them wrong for the past seven years.
“I’m back in town,” she said. “I’m just taking a taxi from the airport.”His phoned buzzed.
“Great. What are your plans for tonight?”
“Get dressed. I’m taking you out.”
“Really? What’s the occasion? A client just paid you?”
“No, I’ll tell you when we see.”
“Okay, see you soon then. Pick me up at seven. Bye!”
He hung up and put on his jacket. Then he picked up the black velvet box containing a diamond ring and put it carefully in his pocket.
Tolulope Popoola is a writer, blogger and lover of arts and literature. She recently quit her career in Accounting to become a full-time writer. She blogs at http://writingmystories.blogspot.com, and is the creator of the online fiction series, ‘In My Dreams It Was Simpler’. She also writes short stories, poems and magazine articles, and is currently working on a novel.