Sunday, November 22, 2009

Get out of my dreams ....By Isha

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“What?!” Iphey spluttered.

She could have sworn that she just heard her supervisor tell the entire operations staff and their managers that the procurement schedule template would be available at the armed robber meeting.

“I said it would be available at the advisory board meeting,” Funmi spat at her.

“Yes ma,” Iphey responded, suddenly finding something very important in her notebook. She wiped at a bead of sweat that wasn’t there, trying to relax. She passed her notebook to Bisi who was seated next to her, “Please, help me take notes. I’d be right back,” she whispered and she excused herself.

She didn’t exhale till she had shut the bathroom door behind her. “Oh dear, I’m losing my mind!” she said to the empty bathroom with her hand on her chest. She walked up to the sink, and washed her hands though they weren’t dirty. The running water provided some kind of solace.

It started when Funmi called on the intercom at about 10am, asking for a client’s armed robber, which was actually the client’s asset report. She felt like her mind was playing tricks on her. It had been a few days since she met with Chinedu, and she thought she had wiped him off her mind; only, to wake up this morning and find him sleeping peacefully next to her. She screamed and then woke up, and realized that the first wake-up sequence was only a dream.

She didn’t understand why this thing with Chinedu bothered her so much. After all he'd said it was in the past. Could it be that this hit so close to home because she refused to accept she was attracted to him? The finely chiselled frame of his face fluttered in her head as it had done every so often since her date, and gave her an instant thrill.

"But how could someone with such an honest demeanour have ever used a gun in his life?’ she thought. She shook her head rapidly like it was the proven method of clearing ones thoughts and winced at the headache she gave herself.

“OK,” she spoke to the washbasin this time, with new found determination, “I’ve had enough of this. I have a job to do.” She straightened her empire waist dress in front of the mirror and looked herself straight in the eye. “You can’t let this worry you. He’s not important. You’re probably never going to see him again.”

She looked around to ascertain that no one else was in the bathroom, ignoring what it seemed her conscience was saying to her. She didn’t want to become ‘office gist’ for having a nervous breakdown in the bathroom.

She pulled open the bathroom door holding her head high with square shoulders, but weary about how far the pep talk she had just given herself would go.

* * *

She got home that evening and finally decided to return Aisha’s missed calls. Her friend had tried to reach her non-stop since the night of the date, and she had ignored every one of the calls, because she couldn’t decide what to tell her. What if her well-meaning friend didn’t know of Chinedu’s past? What if it turned out that Aisha’s brother had a history of armed robbery as well, since they were so close?!

Her friend picked up on the second ring and didn’t bother with the perfunctory pleasantries. “I know what you’re trying to do,” Aisha started with a tone that made Iphey feel that she was furious, “you want me to drop dead in suspense!”

Iphey managed a believable chuckle before responding, “No be so now. I’ve been busy. How body?”

“Body dey as you leave am. No use that one waste time. Give me all the juicy details. Did you guys hit the club after dinner? Is he a good dancer? More importantly, is he a good kisser? Did he take you home? How was it?”

“It was nice,” Iphey replied. The silence that followed hinted that Aisha was waiting for more.

Aisha spoke up when he friend said nothing else, “Come on! Who do you think you’re talking to? Your Mum? I’m asking for gist, you’re giving me the version for the people who still believe that you’re a good girl.”

“It was just a regular date now, abi?” Iphey replied, “I met him at the restaurant. We talked about our backgrounds, our families, secondary schools; etcetera. The food was good sha.”


“And I went home after the meal!”

“As in? Did you ask for his number?”

“He gave it to me but I’m sure he can call me if he really wants to.”

“Hmmm. What are you not telling?”

“Nothing important, I’m serious.” She decided that she would not be the one to tell Aisha about Chinedu’s past if she didn’t already know.

“OK o,” Aisha replied, in a resigned tone, “but be sure that I don’t believe you completely. Do you want to see him again?”

“I don’t know,” Iphey laughed to lighten the moment and avail herself a change of subject. “Meanwhile,” she continued, “Ayo PM’ed me while we were sitting across from each other at a meeting this afternoon.”

“Who’s Ayo again? I know Tunde the flirt...”

“No, this is my branch manager now. The one who wants me to schedule my leave at the same time he’s taking his, so we can travel together.” She emphasized the last two words to stress the idiocy of the idea.

“Wait, are you sure you’ve told me about this guy before?”

“Yes now, Mr. You-like-me-but-you’ve-not-realized-it-yet.”

Aisha burst out in peals of laughter, “He said that?!”

“Well, maybe not in those exact words, but he might as well have. In his message today, he was like: ‘so why do you look so sexy this afternoon. I’m trying so hard not to be lustful’. This man is married oo...”

“OK, that’s just nauseating. You need to teach him a thing or two about appropriateness.”

“Oh, I sent him a very nice email, which is probably why he didn’t stop by my desk to say goodnight when he was leaving. There's more gist oo...”

“OK, hold it for me." Aisha's voice was hurried, "My dear, I have to get off now. TJ just drove in, and dinner is almost not ready.”

“No starve my broda o,” Iphey replied with a laugh. “OK then, goodnight!”

“Goodnight hon.”

* * *

So who's our latest Contributor? It's ISHA, and she has the following to say on her blog. Does this mean she is team Chinedu? on. Voting resumes after the next chapter.

"Anyways, I think I find myself drawn to bad guys. I'm a complete fun lover, and I don't mean to be 'racist' but those plain-and-simple looking guys don't seem like they can be as exciting as I like my men. Then again, I often hear that people need comfort zones to really express themselves. That's all good, but I've learnt from experience to be weary of those quiet guys, many of them become beasts in their comfort zones.

I'd rather deal with someone who's openly daring and tough-looking, than find out that my quiet, serene lover is a wife-beating freak. You know what I'm saying?"


  1. firssssssttttttttttttttttt! yessss!


  2. o i see u have different distributors, so who wrote dis 1?

  3. interesting story..
    i buy your theory on prefering tough guys.. so true, cos the devil u know is better than the angel you dont know..nice week

  4. *Yea, the bad boys r always spinning my mind*

    What makes a good girl go bad = Bad boy!

    Nice one

  5. "armed robber meeting." <-- put that in italics since that's not what she actually heard.

    also 'washbasin' very weird word, you should change that.

    also put her thoughts in italics as well.

    other than that: I really liked it. Isha did a good job with the continuation

  6. yaaaaaaaaaaaay i received the ebook....thank u thank u thank......

  7. Huh @ I don't mean to be racist..
    Lol why in God's name would it be racist for u to have a personal preference?
    Please lets stop throwin the word racist around, before it loses it's importance..
    Dang myne, i honestly love how u were able to come up with this idea..
    I like this one written by Isha. This is one brilliant ass idea.

  8. lolol... about d bad guys, i know wat u mean.

  9. I really enjoyed this one.

  10. Thanks for the lovely comments, glad you liked it...

    @Azazel, behind this idea is a very wise SO

  11. Interesting looking forward to next chapter.

  12. i loooove ur ebook, im enjoying it so much esp d fact dat u mentioned bonny hehehe, ma mom's 4rm der n most peeps dnt really knw bout d place.

  13. loved it! Isha thumbs up for the great job with the continuity.

    @Myne, Thanks again for the ebook! i'm seriously mising it, i dont want it to finish, he he he!

  14. from xperience too,, i fink i like them bad guys joo. the so called good ones just mess with ur head big time. at least with the bad, u know he's bad. hope u get my drift. lol.

  15. Ok oo nice one,but @ isha,i am a very cool and quiet guy but only i dont pretend,so get it right not all quiet guys are beast.

  16. Nooooooooooooice! Way to go Isha...Myne, i can't wait! i've not been able to get my comments up on Fab's piece...Dunno y...

  17. Love the story..keep it coming

  18. interesting, interesting, keep it coming!

  19. Somehow, I have this song by Billy Ocean.

    So now, its not only My.neW.hitman that writes, there are several writers.


  20. I no go lie...i didn't get it at
    had to look up what "armed robber" meant...
    nice one...

    then i had to go all the way back to the earlier posts written by other contributors...whew

    i'm humbled cause they're amazing writers in blogville.

  21. She did a good job, loving it. I'm glued for sure.

  22. Isha is good too, did an amzing job with the continuation. Who's writing the next one???

  23. LOL What's with Iphey and armed robbers!

  24. Ohhh the bad boys!!! It keeps us on our toes though!

  25. Thanks for the comments.

    @Juiceegal, The next contributor is realnaijabloke.

  26. Oh! pls Isha shld keep writing. (I like the Naija way of chatting with friends)I like the converstaions b/w Iphey and her friend.
    @Myne, somebody said that MyneWhiteman means my new hit man (hahahaha, funny eh!)

  27. Beauty, the thing made me laugh well well. I didn't even realize it myself till someone pointed it out. LOL

  28. You have true talent. I have sat in the bathroom and talked to myself before too. I can identify with the character feeling insane :}

  29. hi....u r doing great..this is a very informative blog as far as ur interested field is concerned...i found this while searching...hope u get all what u deserve in ur life...i will bcum ur follower...i think u will like to have a glance on my blogs too....

  30. This was a nice continuation by ISHA. Waiting to see where this road leads!

  31. Its my first time here and i truly enjoyed the entry. Now i'm going to read the archives. I love the whole idea behind the contributors.

  32. good job ma'am, as usual.
    SO is very wise, truly!

  33. The story is a nice one, though so long i had to kind of rush through. i like Isha's description of herself. And she writes well

  34. thank God for wise So o..
    @Beauty..yes o..there's something peculiar and so warming abt the way Naija friends gist..

    and Myne, me too asked you how the name came abt no yarn..well, at least you're hitting us with good stuff so the interpretation is

    and Isha totally nailed this likey, infact i just checked her out instanta

  35. hmmm...Iphey has the hots for Chinedu and she doesn't know it yet!!! Good job Isha!!!

  36. Hi Myne! I just love visiting your site, 'cause I can see the love and adoration your readers have for you and your HUGE TALENT!

    I posted a link for your ebook on my site. Readers can click on it and go directly to lulu/your ebook!

    Thanks for being one of my biggest fans, I YOUR FAN, TOO BEAUTY!!

    Happy Holidays to you and to all of your devoted readers!!

    Katlynne aka ms. downlow

  37. This is what happens whne my laptop is broke!!! I miss the stories!! sniff sniff!1 good job ISHA!!

  38. @ azazel - it wasn't racist literally. Didn't intend to playdown the 'societal' meaning of the word.

    @ muyiwa - I very well know that not all quiet guys are freak, however, I'm even more weary of the ones who plainfaced-ly tell you that they're 'very cool and quiet'. I'm just saying... Lol.

    Thank you everyone.

  39. another great contribution! I loved how it began and the bathroom scene.


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