“@thecutesmurf: #NwFf @smurfyred kindly #Ff back” the tweet read. Jide checked the profile of @thecutesmurf and from the avatar he felt a chill down his spine. However, if Twitter had taught him anything, it is the fact that avatars could be misleading. She stood sideways at the beach in her avatar and he approximated her height to about 5’10”, her dark hair hanged halfway down her back in a ponytail. He was tempted to zoom in on the avatar but resisted and regarded her as just another tweep as he returned to her profile, scrolled down, read her bio which indicated her huge love for smurfs. He clicked the follow button when he got to the bottom of the profile page and replied her tweet.
“@smurfyred: Done! RT @thecutesmurf: #NwFf smurfyred kindly #Ff back” the tweet read. It was follow friday, the market day on Twitter and a lot of tweeps follow other tweeps on recommendation from their followers on that day. Chinwe had decided to follow Jide after one of her followers had given him a shout-out and his handle instantly told her they both shared a love for smurfs.
Chinwe saw Jide’s tweets regularly on her timeline and replied some which led to conversations between them. It however never went beyond that till he sent her a link to his blog and after she read it, she was impressed. She sent him a direct message telling him how much she had enjoyed his writing and he replied her and asked her to follow his blog. She did so and this began a series of conversations via DM between them.
It was then Chinwe found out Jide had just finished the compulsory one year service to the Nigerian Government after tertiary education and he was unemployed like majority of the Nigerian youths. He attended a private university and when she found out she was shocked because she also attended the same university, but had finished two years earlier than him. It gave them the first clue that she was older than him but that did not deter them as they made conversations about their experiences in school and moved to other things as they discussed their music and movie interests. They did not like the same kind of music, Jide was more of a rock fan and Chinwe was strictly rhythm and blues (R&B).
Jide took a bold step and asked for her Blackberry pin and had planned not to take it personal if she refused to give him. Chinwe gave him her pin and the moment she added him to her contact list on her Blackberry Messenger she was sure she had made the right decision.
Jide found out that she is the first of two daughters, her father is a shipping magnate who owned his own shipping company and she stayed on the island. Jide told her about how he had lost his mum at the tender age of 8 and had helped their father raise his brother and sister as their father had refused to re-marry out of fear of the new wife mal-treating them.
The personal terms of their conversations led to them forging a friendship, a friendship in which they could not go a day without chatting despite Chinwe’s busy schedule as a director at her father’s shipping company. A friendship in which Jide did not mind her chatting with him even as he watched his favourite team Manchester United play.
For three months they kept up the pattern of chatting, called one another every day, exchanged jokes and made fun of events on Twitter when they chat. Her voice on phone each time they spoke melted Jide’s heart and his masculine voice made Chinwe’s mind wander and think all sorts. The way he spoke so maturely each time Chinwe had something on her mind made her respect him and she started to grow feelings for him. He always seemed to have a solution to every problem and Chinwe would not take any step without first talking to him.
They finally decided to meet one another, and the saturday they had chosen turned out to be a wet one and they had almost cancelled their plans. Chinwe who had carried her younger sister, Obioma, along as things progressed with Jide told her of their plan to meet. Obioma teased her sister and called her a cougar which made Chinwe laugh hysterically. She picked up a dress to wear with the help of her sister after going through her entire wardrobe. She finally settled for a floral gown that stopped an inch above her knee as Obioma proceeded to help her with her light make-up and she wore her pair of flat soles.
Chinwe drove herself to the cinema to meet Jide who had choosen the venue and she spotted him waiting for her close to the ticket counter spotting a pair of skinny blue jeans, a red Polo tee-shirt and a pair of Toms. From the pictures he had sent her, Chinwe knew Jide was about 6’4″, cute, did not look a day close to his age of 22 and she noticed he was clean shaven as she came over the escalator. He looked dashing she concluded to herself.
Jide was literally dumbfounded as she stepped off the elevator. The pictures she had sent did not do her any good. She stood at 5’10” as he approximated before, her cheek bones were like that of a model, her beautiful expressive brown eyes got him weak in the knees, her full lips begged to be kissed and ravished, her smile as she walked towards him could light up the entire country and the smile almost made him not notice her magnificent 36C breasts. She was a perfect 10 to him. They hugged and Chinwe felt small in his embrace as they laughed and tried to make small talk to get rid of the nervous air. They picked a movie to watch after going through the movie schedule, grabbed a big bag of popcorn for them to share and two bottles of Fanta. Halfway through the movie with majority of the popcorn gone, Chinwe leaned closer to Jide and he put his arm around her and tried to pull her closer to him but the handles of the seat was in the way. He looked at her and like as if she got a telepathic message she looked up at him and slowly but surely they leaned in till their lips met.
Chinwe felt weak to her knees as they kissed and had she not been on her seat might have fallen. They say you can tell how well a relationship would go with the first kiss and if that is anything to go by, Chinwe was sure things would go well between them. Jide’s heart skipped a beat as the kiss was so much more than he had ever experienced. They kissed several times before the end of the movie and after the movie talked about what the kisses meant.
Their discusssion gave birth to a relationship, a relationship between 24-year old Chinwe and 22-year old Jide.
……………………..To be Continued…………………………………