Love beyond time

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By Rianat Wahab

My best hobby is wooing ladies. I have never found it difficult to talk to ladies or confess about my love to them. All I do is just snap my fingers and believe me, all the girls will start rushing towards me like ants attracted to sugar. The most interesting part is that ladies are attracted by four qualities in a guy and these qualities are handsomeness, intelligence, wealth and talent. And luckily, I have all these qualities. I am handsome, very intelligent and in fact the most brilliant guy in my class. My dad being a manager in a big company and my mum, a nurse in a famous hospital in Nigeria made me one of the richest kids. Besides, I have impressive skills like dancing, singing plus the fact that I am one of the best football strikers in our community.

I had never felt being looked down upon before. I had never experienced low self-esteem until I met Linda. Linda was another dimension of the definition of a lady. She was exceptionally different from some of the girls I had come across.

It was a Sunday morning. Linda jogged across our yards in white shorts and a blue vest. She did her hair in a ponytail style. That was my first time seeing her around our residential  area.  So, I guessed her parents just moved into the estate and trust me she was naturally endowed with boobs and butts like that of Kim Kardashian and flexible hips like that of Shakira. She had a deep dimple that could melt a heart like a candle whenever she smiled.

She had a clean, white set of teeth, shining as if they were washed with Jiks. She was tall like the former most beautiful girl in Nigeria, Agbani Darego, and had the duplicate of Yvonne’s long, straight legs. In summary, she was such a beauty to behold that even an endless description of her beauty and her personality can never be compared with seeing her physically.

That day, I garnered all my methods and skills of wooing a lady and decided to approach her. I walked towards her with confidence, my hands in my pockets with my head tilted high. I bounced like a ball and I adjusted the tip of my face cap which complimented my black top, blue jean as well as my accentuated height which was one of the sources of my cuteness.

“Hey! Pretty…how are you?” I greeted and smiled like I normally do with other ladies. Linda looked up from the phone she was pressing, stared at me from head to toe and hissed. “Hello..I’m greeting you pretty.” I continued, not ready to give up easily.” How may I help you? What do you want? Who are you? What can I do for you”? she asked with scorn.

I looked at her with awe and wondered which question to answer first. I picked up another wooing method which I call “magic wand.” ” Baby, I’m not here to hurt you but rather to spoil you with money. My parents are rich. I’m gifted with singing and dancing, my status is……”
“Shut up you fool, you are too arrogant. Who do you think I am? An extravagant spoilt brat? A gold digger? For your information, my name is Linda Benson. Chicken out. I know you very well. You are Daniel Williams. Your mum works in my mum’s hospital “Benson Medical Centre” and my dad owns the company your dad works in, “Benson Black Oil and Gas Company”. The car your father drives is the type of the car I drive now. I’m pretty, gifted with singing, dancing and writing . I have won lots of awards for my talents. I have published many books and to crown it all, I’m a first class student from the prestigious Lagos state university and I’m presently going for my P.H.D in London at age 24. So tell me , what else can you use to woo me apart from all those qualities you mentioned”?

Linda smiled at the confused expression on my face. I was sweating profusely, my tongue was tied up and I felt like the ground should open and swallow me. She said it all, her own family is the source of our income and survival. “It’s an assignment dear. Go and make a research on how else you can woo me.” She strode proudly with her dog towards a Porsche and boom! It was her car. I can only describe her attitude in one word: Austere.

Yet, in the bustling metropolitan city of Owerri, the capital of Imo state of Nigeria, amidst the chaos of daily life, two souls unknowingly began a journey that would intertwine their fates in the most unexpected way. Emily, a passionate artist, was strolling through the main market, seeking inspiration for her latest masterpiece. Lost in her thoughts, she didn’t notice the man jogging towards her until they collided, sending her sketchbook flying.

“I’m so sorry,” the man exclaimed, bending down to help gather her scattered sketches.

Emily looked up, her eyes meeting those of the stranger before her. His gaze was intense, yet gentle, and she found herself captivated by the warmth in his smile. “It’s alright,” she replied, a blush creeping onto her cheeks as their hands briefly touched. Introductions followed. His name was Daniel, a successful architect with a passion for photography. Their conversation flowed seamlessly. Each minute they spent together felt like a fleeting eternity. As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the market, they exchanged numbers, promising to meet again soon. Little did they know, their chance encounter would ignite a love that transcended time itself.

In the days that followed, Emily and Daniel found themselves drawn to each other like magnets. Their shared interests and mutual admiration blossomed into a deep connection that neither could ignore.

They explored the city together, discovering hidden gems and creating memories that would last a lifetime. From rooftop picnics overlooking the skyline to late-night strolls through Sam Mbakwe square, every moment was infused with laughter and a sense of belonging.

As their bond grew stronger, Emily and Daniel found themselves opening up about their dreams and fears, their pasts and hopes for the future. With each conversation, they uncovered new layers of understanding, forging a bond that felt as solid as the skyscrapers surrounding them.

Yet, amidst the joy of newfound love, doubts began to creep into Emily’s mind. She couldn’t shake the feeling that their connection was too perfect, too surreal to be true. And when Daniel revealed that he would be leaving for a business trip overseas, her fears intensified, threatening to overshadow the happiness they had found together.

Separated by miles and time zones, Emily and Daniel struggled to maintain their connection in the face of distance and uncertainty. Despite their best efforts to stay in touch through late-night calls and heartfelt messages, the chasm between them seemed to widen with each passing day.

As weeks turned into months, Emily found herself consumed by doubt and insecurity. What if Daniel had found someone else? What if their love was nothing more than a fleeting fantasy, destined to fade with the changing seasons?

Unable to bear the uncertainty any longer, Emily made the difficult decision to confront Daniel about her fears. With trembling hands and a heavy heart, she dialed his number, her breath catching in her throat as she waited for him to answer.

To her relief, Daniel picked up on the first ring, his voice filled with warmth and affection. As they poured their hearts out to each other, their fears and doubts melted away, replaced by a renewed sense of hope and determination.

Determined to bridge the gap between them, Emily and Daniel made plans to reunite in Port Harcourt, the city of love and romance. With hearts full of anticipation, they counted down the days until they would be together once more, their love serving as a beacon of light in the darkness.

When the day of their reunion finally arrived, Emily stood at the airport, her pulse racing with excitement. As she caught sight of Daniel emerging from the crowd, her heart skipped a beat, her doubts melting away in an instant.

In each other’s arms once more, Emily and Daniel felt as though they had finally found where they truly belonged. With the city of Port Harcourt as their backdrop, they embarked on a whirlwind adventure, exploring cobblestone streets and savoring the taste of croissants and café au lait.

With each passing day, their love grew stronger, defying the odds and standing the test of time. And as they watched the sunset over the beautiful city, hand in hand, they knew that their love was a force to be reckoned with, capable of conquering even the greatest of obstacles.

Years passed, and Emily and Daniel’s love only deepened with time. Together, they navigated life’s ups and downs, supporting each other through triumphs and tribulations alike. They traveled the world, chasing sunsets and starlit skies, their love serving as a compass guiding them home. And when Daniel got down on one knee in a restaurant, a symbol of their enduring love, Emily didn’t hesitate to say yes as tears of joy streamed down her cheeks.

Surrounded by friends and family, Emily and Daniel exchanged vows in a quaint chapel nestled in the city, their love shining brighter than ever before. And as they danced beneath the moonlit sky, lost in each other’s embrace, they knew that their love was a gift worth cherishing for all eternity. For Emily and Daniel, their love was not bound by time or space, but rather by the unbreakable bond they shared—a bond that would carry them through life’s greatest adventures and deepest uncertainties, forever and always.

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