I got to know miss A on arriving the agency that fateful day in june, i discovered that she had also arrived the agency that same day. Her full name was Atinuke – but somehow she was nicknamed Miss A. maybe for reasons I did not know and did not care either.
Everybody disliked miss A except me. Even her head of department took delight in reporting her to the head of the agency. but miss A was lively, skittish, vibrant, beautiful and not too tall- infact she was potable. the only snag with miss A was her unseriousness- she was not serious with her job.
I became curious and got close to miss A and in no time we became good friends, the entire agency was flabbergasted that I could keep company with a lady who had so many male visitors calling her on the phone all day.
“Are you not afraid for your life?’ a colleague asked me one day. I ignored their rantings and probed deeper into the lifestyle of Miss A and she was co-operative. “why do you have so many male friends?’ I asked her one wednesday afternoon while taking lunch. she smiled and looked at me “…. see ‘she began “you men have too much money and you are always looking for who to spend it with-” she paused for awhile. ” of course i have no problems helping such men in spending their money.” Then after awhile she said something that amazed and surprised me at the same time. ‘…look all those men who carry me to office and then begin to disturb with phone calls have nothing to do with me’ she said. I smiled “I don’t understand what you mean by have nothing to do with you-” ‘common Fred don’t play dumb with me – okay what I mean is this , they don’t know where I live and neither have I gone to bed with any of them” she said. “waow this is great” I exclaimed. “ah ah see you in this era of AIDS you think I don’t value my life- you think I want to die like a dog? she asked.
I shook my head”… ordinarily I would expect that a girl of your type with all the money invested on you by your parents will be careful with her life….” “that’s the point” she cut in interrupting me” I can’t afford to take foolish risks, life is too short to be thrown away like that” she said. “am glad to hear that”.
I returned from canteen impressed and amazed by what I had heard from Miss A. The following week things took a new dimension because I believed all that she told me our friendship got stronger and hotter, she became the envy of all in the agency- the women folk disliked her because I refused to leave her so that they would mock her and some of the guys – my refusal to dump her for them to move in.Eventually all her male acquaintances disappeared and I was the only man standing, everybody noticed this development and they hailed me for my tenacity and faith in Miss A, I recalled when my friend and colleague Joe walked up to me that day and shook my hands “… Fred may your trust in this lady never be broken I wish you the best with her” he had said. “thank you” I responded. ” I believe everybody deserves a chance”
Miss A despite her unseriousness with her job was a very intelligent lady, I could recall her complaints and disgust with her current place of work “this place is so drab, one day I will live…” she would say. And I recall always consoling her to be calm and plan well because nothing was impossible. Then one beautiful wednesday morning Miss A stunned me with a news that was to transform our lives forever “.. guess what” she began when we saw that morning. “hmm you are about to get married” I said laughing “Is that all you can think about?” she chided “well I can really think of anything right now” I replied. “well I have been given a fellowship by an American university-” without warning I gathered her into my arms and covered her with kisses before calling myself to order- I let her go while trying to cover my actions and make amends for the awkward moments. She merely smiled “congratulations so when are you leaving? I asked. she held up her hands “wait now you did not even let me finish..” ” sorry- please continue” I said. “Apart from the fellowship which is all expenses paid, I have been given the optuion of coming with a dependant..” “really?” Isaid while a lot ideas ran through my mind.
For awhile we were both quiet, “Fred will you like to accompany me to the USA?” she asked. Alot of things went through my mind, first this was the right moment to have hugged and kissed her but i didn’t and I suspected something like this was coming but I didn’t want it to come through me.”wait don’t you have siblings?’ Iasked.”No” she replied.” well am glad at the offer, I will like to go with you”
when the news eventually broke out in the agency, our admirers and haters were at a cross road at the turn of events.our profile in the agency changed and especially those who disliked her suddenly wanted to be her friend because she was going to America and they wanted to cash in on the opporunity of getting something from her. As we prepared to leave I could not help but be amazed at human beings and the lesson here- the stone that was rejected suddenly became the head stone. I learnt never to look down on anybody nor underestimate them because anything is possible for any one that has life in them.