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Rodgers Bar

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*phone rings*

“So… are you going to pick that?”

“Erm.. no.. it’s really not important.”

“Charles Charles. It’s good to see you as always and I can see you’ve been doing good for yourself.”

“Bukola Smith just complimented me. Wow. Something isn’t just right here. Have you totally gone soft on us? Or has the good Lord finally moved into your heart?”

“Well, maybe he has and maybe it’s high time you paid him a visit too.”

“Maybe?… You know, I must say I was really surprised when you agreed to meet up with me, not after our last encounter. You just seemed to vanish after that. Noone heard anything from or about you and for Bukola Smith, that is just all kinds of strange.

“What can I say, I needed some space. I needed to find myself. I took some time away from the lies and the deceit of this world. And yes, you were right. On that journey I met God and it’s because of him I came back.”

“How come? I don’t understand?”

“The only reason I agreed to meet with you Charles is because I need to make peace with my past. I need to resolve the past so I can move on.”

Bukola broke off into a speech about friends, friendship, family and the recognizing the people who truly matter in peoples’ lives. She must have been talking for about fifteen minutes when it suddenly hit Charles. That wasn’t where he should be. He had issues from his past that also needed resolution. A repentant Bukola was certainly more than a hint for him.

Charles took out his wallet and pulled out some money. He dropped it on the table, stood and proceeded to give Bukola a forehead kiss halting her mid sentence. “Thanks for meeting me. I’m really sorry but I have to run.” With that, he stormed out of the building and dashed into his car. It was almost 11pm and he had only one destination in mind.

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Jades Apartment

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“Charles? What are you doing here? Are you ok?”

“Interrogation at the door? Can I at least come in?” Jade stepped aside and watched with a puzzled expression as Charles walked into her apartment. “You do know it’s almost midnight right? So don’t look at me like a crazy woman when I ask you if everything is okay.” Charles remained quiet. He had a smile on his face as he started walking round the living room area. He stopped at a furniture piece beside the flat screen TV and bent over to examine some of the pictures in the frames. He picked up one that had him, Jade and Kemi in it and smiled again as he examined it closely. Jade had had enough of his silence. The look on her face clearly stated she was getting impatient with Charles’ quietness but deep within her, she was concerned.

“Oh, your date. Bukky. How did that go?” Jade finally asked. Charles turned to look at her; he replaced the picture frame on the furniture piece and then responded. “Do you remember the day we took this picture?” Charles smiled again as he resumed his slow pacing round the room. “I remember that stupid party, Kemi’s crazy crazy car…. What was it’s…

“Tyler” Jade responded, also smiling. Charles looked at her then and they both laughed together, memories floating across their minds. “Who on earth names their car Tyler? Kemi is just so special.” Charles paused again. The smile on his face was now a permanent one and Jade watched him closely rooted to the same spot she had been standing close to the door. “We stayed in that ridiculous excuse for a hotel. I still don’t know how they believed Kemi and I were actually married.”

“And I was your sister. The one that had been in the UK for so many years.” Jade added.  Charles continued walking. Now making his way towards Jade, he ran his left hand across the top of one of Jade’s pink leather sofas, shook his head and then smiled again. “You know, I owe you a confession from that night.” He looked up at Jade who now had her hands wrapped around herself in an embrace. She returned his gaze with a look that said “Go on…”

Charles continued walking slowly. Towards the door, towards Jade. “That night at the hotel when Kemi went downstairs to see the manager and I was asleep in bed. Well, I wasn’t. He paused again. “You came in from the bathroom after taking your bath.. I remember you took one look at the bed and then you let your towel fall to the floor. Jade remained quiet, the expression on her face not clear even as Charles moved within a few steps from her.

“Naked. That was the first and only time I’ve seen my … Bestfriend naked despite all the talk, all the accusations. I watched you that night as you slowly worked your moisturizer on your milky skin and I just wondered. It felt completely logical, heck it just felt right but why had it never occurred to me. To us.” Charles was now standing right in front of Jade looking straight into her eyes.

*silence*

“So this is the part where I slap you and call you a perv? Jade broke the silence. She unfolded her hands and was about to turn away when Charles stopped her. He pulled her close to himself and his lips found hers. Jade held Charles in a tight embrace and kissed him back. Slowly and then like reunited lovers hungry for each other’s touch, the kissing became more intense.

Their tongues continued to dance to music only Jade seemed to be able to hear. She had waited for this moment for ten years. Just when she thought it would never come; just when she had almost given up hope, he kissed her. Charles kissed her and what a kiss it’s turning out to be. Stars collided and the moon fell in Jades world as Charles’ hands began to explore her body. “So this is what it feels like’ Jade thought to herself. Finally, she wouldn’t have to be told how it went, she would do the telling. She briefly pictured the expression on Kemi’s face as she told her but her thoughts were cut short. Charles lifted her off the floor in one swift move and moments later, they were in her room but Jade was in paradise.

Her eyes fluttered open as her nostrils tingled with the smell of freshly made coffee. He was there, sitting by her bedside holding out a tray grinning from one ear to the other. “I made you breakfast…” Charles started… “… in bed? Oh wow… So this is how you woo all your victims.” Jade completed his sentence. “Oh will you shut up and take jo.” Jade took the tray, which had a cup of coffee, a sandwich and a bowl of grapes on it. She then placed it beside her and drew into him to kiss him.

The kissing continued for a long time until Charles pulled away from her.. “Your coffee…. It will get cold.” Jade was adamant. She tried to kiss Charles again but he pulled back. “Look at her… so much for you not being horny…” Jade pulled away and then rolled her eyes. “Well good morning Mr. Freaking Ego.” She finally said. Charles responded with a soft laugh and watched as Jade took a bite from her sandwich. “I know, I know… It’s good. You don’t have to tell me.” She shot a sarcastic look at him and continued with her meal.

“Look, we have to talk…” “Ok.. I’m listening” She responded with a mouthful of the sandwich. Charles moved closer to her on the bed and held her free hand. “Jade. Last night was… ” He paused as if for effect and let his words hang. He took a deep breath and then continued. “Last night was all kinds of amazing… “

“But? There’s a but? What’s with all this drama Charles, what?

“Look, I just think it’s best we don’t explore this. I think it will…”

“It will what? What Charles? You’re going to give me that clichéd speech about how it’s going to ruin our friendship. How it’ll all be good for a couple of weeks and then we’ll turn and go at each other like a frustrated married couple?”

Charles tried to speak but Jade continued. “Well, here’s some news for you Charles, I invented that freaking story and I’ve been telling it to everyone for the past ten years so except your version has some sick twist at the end, please save it.” She pulled her hand away from his and pushed aside her tray. Charles took a deep breath and tried to talk. “It’s just… we just… you just mean so much to me as a friend and we really don’t know if this is more than the physical”

“Oh no … no no no Charles. You didn’t just say that.” Jade got off the bed dragging the duvet along with her. She made the duvet into a wrapper and cover herself before she turned to Charles. “You know, maybe you are the selfish egotistical dude some people make you out to be after all. You need to speak for yourself because even a blind man could see my feeling for you a mile away. You know what, never mind. I should have known.”

“Jadesola… just calm down and listen to me…”

“Listen to what Charles? Listen to what? Uhn uhn.. I’m done. You know what, can you please leave. I can’t handle this right now.”

“Seriously, Jade. You want me out?”

“Yes Charles. Get out of my house.”

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Hey people. just two more to go… If you haven’t been following the series, use this link here to read the previous episodes. OBFW is jointly written by @cikk0 and I and we’d like to say a huge thank you to the guys at Barows 21 for sponsoring it. Now to today’s magazine giveaway.

Which episode did Charles declare the following to his friends:  “The search is over!”?  The first person to give the right answer wins. Please remember to comment with an original email address. Also, past winners are not allowed to participate in the competition holding the week after theirs. Good luck.

Responses

    1. kayshawy
      2moro will be better…twas 5th before!
      Mr Chacha…gba knuckle! Bet he must be so damn good under the duvet sha! And he finally hit it with Jade! Sly bascard!
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      1. nicky minaj
        worrefa( shrugs shoulders) you win some and loose some. this is a threat to the tollsman. you bera give me an invite cos i already delined an invite to psquares inavsion. be wanred so you get invaded.

        btw does highlandblue work for you???? he has the highest ranking comments.

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      2. nicky minaj
        Worrefa mehn ( shrugs shoulders) you win some and loose some. This is a threat to the tollsman. You bera give me an invite cos i already delined an invite to psquares inavsion. Be wanred so you dont get invaded.

        Btw does highlandblue work for you???? he has the highest ranking comments.

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  1. Iyamilele
    Wowzers…This Charles fellow take style to be bastard o……
    Fcuking with Jade's emotions
    When the konji was catching him he dint know that he dint want to destroy their friendship *sigh*.
    *Calming self down…..it's not that serious* 🙂
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  2. alex
    mchewww!!!
    ko ni da fun okunrin charles yen!!!!
    wat arrant nonsense!!!!
    so unfair!!! shoot him!! hang him!!!
    BUURRNNN him i saayyyy!!!!
    🙁
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  3. d3ola
    Oh helll naw!!!!
    Its funny to see the guy giving the 'we are friends, lets not ruin it' speech. But after having sex with her, he is giving this one? Na wa o!
    BTW, i simply cannot wait for the end. I really want to know what will happen.
    Good job guys!!!
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  4. highlandblue
    I have to say I actually loved this episode of the story. I feel bad though that Jade's feelings would be so messed up. I still think sex should be reserved for marriage just because of stupid things like this. How does one bounce back from this? You girls are strong sha. *now going up to congratulate the 1st commenter*
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  5. Sam-Sam
    @Olatoxic: thank you. While some people r fighting for first, some are fighting for actual prizes. If that's desperation, so be it!
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    1. 0latoxic
      Lol!! Don't mind me jor. I only say so cos I already have my 'invitation'. I'd probly be fighting as hard as y'all if I was in your shoes… *careless shrug* 😉
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          1. highlandblue
            Girls, I have no idea. It feels like stealing. Like she allowed u enter the cupboard bcos u promised to put something there. And then instead u steal what u found there and run away with the key and say u had nothing to deposit in the first place. Like how could you lie like that?! Over a span of 12 hours!! Don't u fear God? 😀
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  6. CUPCAKEMOUSE
    oh my..charles is just foolish..but i see him marrying jade… after sleeping with her and making her feel special, he is now giving excuses… neways, i cant wait for the end…hurry..and tula, im still waiting …:(
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  7. radeyo
    U're all Jadesolas, let's hear Charles talk, u won't, u're already cutting him short and concluding on what he hasn't said. Chill out na, I'm sure there's a nice twist to it.

    Meanwhile, Charles and Jade have finally brapped *phew* thank God the decade-old, 11-episode-long tension is out of the way now. I think it's good for them. Who knows, Jade might just realise she only just wanted to satisfy that curiosity of what chacha swehggs is all about ;).

    Let's see how it goes sha.

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  8. UrNextDoorNeighbour
    Oh wow. Charles!!! He didn't think that sex might ruin their friendship before he went all the way to her house. Such a Pig.
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  9. UrNextDoorNeighbour
    Can Charles just be involved in some kinna accident n get paralyzed already? Jade meets someone awesome. No one agrees to marry the paralyzed man… The End.
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  10. georgeenah
    Don't know why the shagging had to take this long.why didn't they do it all these years? See why I advocate setting harmless P?you don't get ur heart messed with and you still get laid good.

    I really do hope Charles ends up with a chic who'd confess on their wedding night that she's a transsexual 😀

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  11. TosTos
    They have amazing friendship…..
    They brapped….and it was sweet……
    Now he thinks it will ruin their friendship?
    Charles, ko ni da fun e…….oloshi…..
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    1. Pero
      Propose???? With dis openin line “Look, I just think it’s best we don’t explore this. I think it will…” I doubt dat…….. Dude is just an ass
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  12. @shadeyB
    Hahaha, pple are too burnt lol. Jade dint even let Charles speak, I don't think it was a booty call exactly, maybe he just wanted to know if she was ready to take d chance….we assume too much as girls
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  13. niyoo
    i think Charles was gonna propose; or say something like he'd love to marry her …… but they need to see if its not just physical. Call me corny; the ring was in d mug of coffee 😮
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  14. @mizztosin
    Ds Charles is just a fool! Dey shld ve talked b4 jumping in2 bed. No gal wants 2hear d speech afta d sex!!!!
    Jadesola sef……konji na bastard…… She didn even hear story, na bed strait. Bt m sure he had sumtin 2say…… I mean he made b/fast in bed na!

    Bt dse pple sef on ds blog can match P quickly, haba c swear 4d poor boy…..thank God ts just fiction.

    Kudos 2d writer

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  15. MissO
    *deep breath "
    I want to believe we all have a "Charles" in our lifes'…
    and as much as we want to hate them and swear for them and their generations unborn..

    hate is not the opposite of love… its "indifference"….and "ithink"…You love who you love…sadly

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  16. crystalclearwords
    Charles is all kinds of foolish tho…. What the heck is maybe we shouldn't? Did Jade invite him over before he brought his horny self her way and then now springs up that silly line. I will so slap d freaking words out of his mouth. Pschew
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  17. terdoh
    Ion think any post has applied more to me. 🙁 But I wouldn't ever tell her I don't want to go further with her. It'll be completely her decision. Her feelings are more important, cos I started it.
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  18. Lola
    Charles did not try at all.wat is his point now?.Not like she begged him 4 de sex oh,he carried himself all de way from his house just to break de poor girl's heart.see,dis is y guys get acid poured on them.
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  19. Onome Umukoro
    the way i see it is, he needed to have sex with jade so she cld b one of his conquests and then he can marry her. the idea ws for him to pick from his list. jade is now officially on that list. Fyi this is wat m saying to stop myself from hating charles
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  20. Laydeelaracraft
    He is smart intelligient n gentle but he is also
    player. Admit it ladies, most of us have a
    Charles in our lives and like Jade we may av
    resisted temptation for so long. From what I av read here so far I think Jade shudnt av let thingz get that far btw themknowing what she knows about Charles, but shet happens. I wudnt av
    expected a diff reaction from him to b quite honest- am not excusing his behavior but just acknowledging his weakness. Obviously, he is gonna come around but in real life these thingz happenz- are u gonna destroy a circle of frns, or severe a solid business relationship becuz of one weak moment dat two ppl participated in? Who exactly is being punished here by doing dat?
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  21. My2Cents
    SMH as I read this. Oh so cliche story (but hell, isn't life one big cliche?) Charles is 100% right. Why should things change just because they had sex? Sex does not equate to love and it just muddles things up, especially for us women. Let's also not forget that Charles has slept with 30, 675 other girls. If he has any feelings for Jade at all, he should declare them and prove them to her in a NON-SEXUAL atmosphere.
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  22. Omalicha
    Charles is just an idiot! Coz I don't think what he had to say was 'Jade, let's not explore this sex thing alone, let's get married'. Hissss
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  23. mimi
    Guys easy, u all r as impatient as jade, she shuld ve listened 2 wat he had 2 say haba he made her breakfast nah, he wasn't goin 2 break up wit her, he just needed 2 talk, say his fears out, reason it out wit her, she shuld ve listened n told him dey were in it 2geda.
    We all ve our fears bt that doesn't stop us frm enjoyin life wen we can!
    My own 2cents!
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