Love in the oddest place

I had just submitted my last report for the day, getting ready to head home when my office buddy suggested we visit a new store down the road. I tried convincing her to go without me but she wouldn’t take no for an answer. Gosh! I really wish I could fold and lock her up in her cabinet. I put my table in order, grabbed my stuffs and headed down to the lobby. I could spot her by the entrance tapping her foot impatiently.
You see, Cynthia is a shopaholic. She spends more than she earns. Many a time, I have been tempted to ask what her other sources of money where. But, I’ll rather just stay out of her business. I approached her and caught her by the elbow.
     “Monica, see as your body don dey shake sef. Ahn Ahn. Wetin you wan go buy this time?” I asked as we hit the street.
     “I have told you to stop calling me that. Wetin now?” She said, feigning annoyance. She knows I will never stop calling her by that name as she was a spend thrift and the name rhymed with ‘money’.
     “Yinmu. Dey there. Sheybee na you dey spend money like say na your papa get World Bank.” I replied, rolling my eyes.
     “Abeg, no even start with your lectures this evening. Allow me to shop in peace.”, She said, pulling her arm away from mine.
     “Ehn, ehn. Na like that? I no blame you now. I for don dey inside taxi dey go my house.”, I replied, hissing.
     “Oya no vex. I am just so excited. I heard this new store has really nice things and they are giving huge discounts. As per dey just open now.”, She said, grinning and poking my side.
     “Awoof no go kill you.”, I said. I couldn’t help but smile. You need to see Cynthia whenever she hears the word ‘discount’. It’s like taking a child to a giant candy store for the first time. “This trip had better be worth it”, I thought.
Tired was an understatement to how I felt. We had just taken a few more steps when something caught my eye. I stopped in front of the shop and stared. At the other side of the glass was the most magnificent piece I had ever seen. I had no idea how long I stood there.
     ” Babe?” Cynthia’s voice cut through.
     “You know what, go ahead. I will meet up with you soon.”, I said, trying to contain the bubbly feeling within me. I walked into the store and approached the counter slowly. (Now, this is the point where everything usually happens in slow motion, with the wind blowing my hair and some really nice theme song). I couldn’t believe the sight before me.
     “Would you like a taste?”, a voice sounding like a thousand fairies said.
     ” What?” I said, trying to compose myself.
     “I noticed you right before you walked in. And I can tell by your expression that you want some.” He said, with the most beautiful smile. I couldn’t help but blush. I had no idea my excitement was written all over my face.
     “Sure.” I said, smiling sheepishly.
I watched as this piece of perfection inched closer. I licked my lips in anticipation. I could not believe this was happening. I needed someone to pinch me.  I closed my eyes as my lips made contact. Fire crackers went off in my head as the warm taste spread through my mouth. I had waited a long time for this. I didn’t want to let go. But I could feel myself losing breathe. I needed air, so I pulled back.
    “Did you enjoy our  espresso, ma’am?” The attendant said, smiling.
     “Are you kidding? This is the best coffee I have tasted in a long time. You have no idea how much I have been anticipating this moment. Ever since you guys announced your new menu, I have been on edge.” I said flushed. “Can I try the cappuccino, please?” I added, giving my best puppy face as I gulped the remaining content.
Turned out they were giving free samples before the official launching. I walked out of the coffee shop, feeling alive and full of energy. Bye bye to regular coffee. As I proceeded to join Cynthia on her quest, I thought, “If this isn’t love, what is?”
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