It was a beautiful Saturday morning, I could tell that the moment his ringing phone abruptly woke me up from Friday nights sleep. "Her again" he sighed.
"Nnenna, she's been calling since last night. She's in town, says she wants to hook up"
Nnenna, his ex.
"She called yesterday, said she wants to come over. I told her I'd ask you..."
His sentence faded into silence, waiting for my response. I did nothing to help the silence.
"So is it ok?" He asked, finally.
I shrugged. "Why does she want to come?" I asked him
"I don't know o! Me sef I wonder. She just says since we're both in Lagos and her hotel is not too far from here we should see. She wants to meet you". I could tell he added that last part to soften me up.
"No can do, I don't want to meet her".
"Ok then" he said with no further argument.
However she kept calling and i could tell he didn't mind seeing her. He's told me about her a number of times over the months. Fun loving, flighty Nnenna.
Yeah well, seems he was in the mood for some fun and flightiness.
"Oya let her come nau" I finally gave in.
I tried to be cool. I gave her Uber driver directions to the place.
The minute she got here she threw her hands around my neck and gasped "Wow, she's pretty".
"Of course she is" he said, "that's why she's my woman".
*yimu to them both*
They laughed. I didn't.
A few minutes later I excused myself, said something about needing something. I left them alone.
Came back after about fifteen minutes to find them laughing happily about something or the other.
"Come sit with us" she said, pulling me by the hand.
Something about her superfluous friendliness rubbed me the wrong way.
"I need to go get things for breakfast" I said standing up almost immediately
He looked at me pleadingly. She looked at me with sugary sweetness. I couldn't stand it.
"I really need to get the groceries" I said to them both
"Are you okay? Am I making you uncomfortable?" she asked nicely
I was meant to respond in the negative but I couldn't. I didn't want to be honest but the truth forced its way out of my mouth. "Actually you are. I'm sorry Nnenna, I'm sure you're a really nice person but I'm uncomfortable and I can't pretend" I said as politely as I could.
I could see she didn't know what to make of my honesty. I could see he was wishing I didn't have to be so tightly wound or so damn honest. But honestly I just wished they'd both burst to smithereens at that point.
I took advantage of the awkward silence and slid away.
I actually didn't go out, just went and sat in the car.
10 minutes later... 'Babes where are you' the text said. 'In the car, waiting for your friend to leave'
'Please come back up, I didn't know it'll make you so uncomfortable, she'll leave now'.
I went back up, she was putting her things together "it was nice meeting you Nwando, I really wanted to get to know you and spend time with you guys but it seems you're not comfortable..."
I could tell she was offering an olive branch of sorts, I could sense I was meant to respond by saying it was ok and she shouldn't leave. But I didn't.
"It's ok Nnenna. Have a safe trip tomorrow".
I honestly thought I'd be cool with it, playing host to my man's ex and being all niceee nice. But I wasn't cool with it and in true piscean fashion my emotions are rarely far from the surface, I couldn't deal.
And that was this morning. In my shoes would you be cool with it? How would it have played out? I wish I could be "that" chic that returned her embrace and made her breakfast and the three of us would sit round the table trading laughter and stories, but I guess I'm just not that cool.
How about you?