As Jason sat in front of Brenda and hearing her address him with the title that many a boy feared, he immediately advised himself to free himself with immediate effect from this ‘bondage’ for he may never see his efforts ‘materialise’.
Jason [speaking with the feeling of someone who has been hurt]: “Brother sɛn? Since when did our parents become the same and who even said they were related?”
Brenda: Oh naa you don’t get it I…
Jason interrupts her gently, raising a hand in the air.
Jason: Please don’t throw in the “I see your as a brother” thing. That will be more hurtful.
All the candles that lighted the room and threw a light of rainbow began to seem to him like hell fire for to him he was nearing the gate of Hades.
Jason [with some calmness and coolness in voice]: Brenda (grabbing her hand in the process), my heart is stacked with suppressed love ready to gush out like a fountain for you. If I were your brother this love cannot be felt this way and, moreover, heaven knew a day like this would come, that was why my mother is not married to your dad. I’m ready to pour all of me to have a walk with you to the altar.
At this very moment, John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ slid in from the home theatre as if a DJ was paying attention to their conversation. It made her blush. She was in fact impressed and gave in a smile.
Meanwhile, Arc Angel has taken over after Giddy finished his tale of ‘disappointment’ in his love attempt. He brought in notes taken by Rudolf in one of the lectures delivered by Bossu at one of their ‘lectures’ on how to ‘deal’ with the friend zone. Attention has never been gained at any of their meetings like today. After all, they had a victim to serve as a source of motivation as well as a warning to anyone who will venture to anything of a sort.
Giddy was made to sit in front. Bossu blamed him for not being able to learn from the series of ‘lectures’ delivered and asked him to pay critical attention and ask questions when necessary for further explanation. Arc Angel’s stomach seemed to have gained ‘weight’ for he kept drinking on the palm wine that was kept in the gourd for visitors. He began:
Arc Angel [wiping his reading glasses before putting it on]: The friend zone is like a maze. You can run a thousand miles without coming out and may end up being eternally trapped in it. To fight this enemy, the best way is to first come out of the net and free yourself from the ‘tag’.
First step is to cease contact with her for a while, usually not more than 48 hours but do not ignore her. Still respond to her calls and text messages. Act normally as always and do not give the hint that something is wrong.
Next, place in a random call to make sure you are still in her mind. Pretend you are just checking up her and find out how things are. Do not over do it. The call should not last long.
Ada [raises his hand to ask a question]: How long should this be?
Bossu: Try making it under 60 seconds.
Arc Angel [continuing with his lecture]: You next move will be to get close with her girlfriends, the best ones she has. You know why? When she sees you with them, they will talk about you to her or she will be forced to ask of you from them. It is a sure bunker, even the gods know this.
When all is said done now is the time to act. Surprise her with a visit. Remember she already knows how you feel about her and she will remember how she sent you away. Talk about everything else but the ‘topic’. The awkwardness will let it come out by itself.
But if after all is said and done there is still no sign of improvement, then beloved, your case is a ‘special edition’ and it is covered in Volume 2 of this script which will be delivered in our next meeting.
Back to the two love birds trapped within their emotions under an artificially made rainbow in a room smelling of Glade air freshener.
Brenda did not know what to say next. Jason had been too plain and she felt she may also be losing out in what there is to discover. She has never come across a guy so gentle and who happens to pour out his heartfelt desire. She felt cornered, and ‘trapped’ within what she feels.
Brenda: At least can I think about it?
Jason [with some persistence] : If your answer will be a no then please let’s try it out first.
Brenda [speaking with the voice of someone who may have been defeated]: Are you sure about this?
Jason [with his eyes directly staring in her’s]: I’m as sure like how salvation is sure in Christ.
To be continued…
A Verse by Kotey.