Nearly half of her dressing up session was spent in front of the full-length, expensive mirror enframed in neat, hand-carved mahogany wood. Lizzy was busy checking out the best outfit for the evening as she rummaged through her wardrobe and ransacked her make-up kit. She had been at this for nearly an hour and had roughly two hours more to the late-night date. She was a kind of person that believed in first impressions and she knew she had to make this count.
Lizzy was obviously bored. She had been thinking about her previous heartbreaks, which totalled twelve in all. She had even been forced to believe that she had been cursed by a god or goddess for her fate. Sacrifices offered, atonements made, fasts taken, but all to no avail. She had just concluded to give up on dating but she wanted to give this guy she just met on BBM a chance, like she always does. He proposed they meet in person and the date would be tonight. That cheered her up a little
Lizzy finally settled for a dark red, knee-length gown and a pair of Gucci high heels to match. She adorned her wrists with a diamond encrusted Swiss watch and a pair of golden D&G earrings and necklaces graced her ears and neck respectively. She checked her watch which reflected back brilliant blue light to her coloured lips and eyelids and she saw she still had enough time to make the date.
In less that ten minutes, she was already outside the eatery where they were supposed to meet. She gathered her wits around her and entered, looking for a reserved ‘Table Seven’. She saw it already had a male occupant and she moved up the aisle to meet her date. Few feet to him, he turned back and their gazes met — she saw her worst nightmare. It was the same guy she lost her virginity to who later eloped with her best friend, back in secondary school.
She made two fast steps forward, downloaded a calculated slap on his rosy cheek and stormed out of the eatery with balls of tears in her eyes.
Tears blurred her vision as she drove with full headlamps on, headed for home. Her miseries in life came back haunting her again and the words ‘You Never Learn’ kept on playing in her memory. She blamed herself for being too soft to have fallen in love again after her lessons.
She was taking a bend to her home when a Mercedes Benz E-Class appeared out of nowhere and crashed into her, destroying her headlamps and shattering glass everywhere. In anger, culminating from the previous occurence and this new one, she alighted from her car, ready to face the man behind the wheels in the other car.
‘You must be a very crazy driver to have done this’, she shot out angrily at the other driver who was yet to leave his vehicle. When he finally alighted, she couldnt but notice he was the handsome type — finely chiseled nose, square jaw and broad chest plus a neat moustache to finish. He opened his mouth to reveal a set of white teeth and spoke “I’m most sorry ma’am. I didnt see you coming”. Lizzy was obviously suprised at the calm of this man and she cooled off. “You need to learn to be careful next time. I could have been hurt”, came her reply as she strode off to her car.
The young gentleman didnt back off though, “I’d like to pay for damages. Could I get any contact details please? Maybe a phone number?”. Lizzy did a double-take on that and thought again, ‘what could it hurt to give the handsome chap a try?’.
With a smile on her face, she procured a small card from her bag and handed it to him. Coquettishly, she smiled and whispered to him ‘do call’..they parted ways and another love story begun…….
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