“…Swept away on a wave of emotion. Over-caught in the eye of the storm. And whenever you smile. I can hardly believe that you’re mine. Believe that you’re mine. This love is Unbreakable. It’s unmistakable.” She sang at the top of her voice, overshadowing the song emanating from the radio speakers. “O Westlife!” She said with a huge smile on her face. Lara Saura was a fine specimen of a woman; a woman of class and style. At the age of 28, Lara had it going for her. Her father, a big oil tycoon, was a wise man. He had set up his only daughter, Lara, for a fast-tracked career placing her in a field dominated by men, the Information Technology field. This way, he figured, as a beautiful woman with brains, she would gain loads of favour from men. He was right. Lara Saura was the face of Information Technology in the country. Whilst in the university, during her summer breaks, she would work in various companies and take several certification exams. She was still writing her final exams when companies were falling over themselves to have her work for them. Lara Saura is a star. It intrigued the world that a woman, who had looks that could win in the Miss World beauty pageant, would choose to be in a male dominated field such as the Information Technology field. But the more amazing thing was; Lara Saura was a genius at what she did.
Lara parked her new non-compact crossover SUV Toyota Matrix, beside the fuel pump at the petrol station. There were no attendants at the pump. Lara waited for about 2 minutes and began tapping her steering in impatience. “This is why these people hardly ever progress in life. They never take their duties and responsibilities seriously. Later they will flood church and start praying. Rubbish!” she exclaimed in exasperation. With that, Lara came out of her car, slammed the door and walked up to the fuel pump. She punched in the number of litres she wanted, pulled out the fuel dispenser, inserted it into her car and started filling her fuel tank by herself.
“This world is a DIY world!!!” she said as she looked from the fuel pump engine and back to her car. “I agree. It is a DIY world. No apologies there.” came the low husky voice from behind her. “How dare you leave your post” Lara started, as she spun around “Don’t you know you can cost…” Her voice trailed off as she froze on the spot. Lara was staring into the most amazing eyes she had ever seen. They were deep, dark and brown and seemed to suck her in. She took a deep gulp as her eyes scanned his face, looking from his well chiselled, clean shaven jaw to his wet, thin, sensual lips. Lara suddenly felt the urge to jump and kiss him. ”Control yourself, Lara Saura” she commanded herself. But, as it were, she disobeyed. “Here lady, can I please relieve you of this burden so as to allow you to seat your pretty self in your car?” The attendant said as he smiled broadly and walked forward to take the fuel pump from Lara’s hand. In doing that, his hand brushed Laras’. Lara felt weak in her knees. “O my God…! O my God…! What is this? O my God…I am feeling so hot. Lawd ‘av mercy! What is all this perfection in one package? O baby, how beautiful can you possibly get?” Lara screamed in her mind. She could feel it. The rush of butterflies in her belly. The tingly ringing in her ears. The flush in her cheeks. The skipping of her heartbeats. She stepped back as he took the pump from her. She sniffed the air. He smelt of a combination of fresh woody fragrance with a hint of citrus white musk. “Dammmmnnn!!!” She said in a sexy manner, audibly. He arched his broad shoulder up a bit, and looked at her with a coy smile on his face. Lara blushed instantly and stepped into her car in a huff.
She sat behind the steering wheel panting hard. “What will I do? What should I do? I have to do something. I need to do something. Hmmm…I wonder if he is married.” She leaned to her left a bit, looking into her mirror, she sought to catch a glimpse of a ring on his fingers. Not seeing any ring, she smiled. “Good. He’s not. But…maybe he has a girlfriend. Hmmm…it doesn’t matter. I’ll pray my way to breakthrough.”
Lara was still lost in her thoughts when he bent forward and said “That would be 4200naira lady.” He said in a teasing manner. “Yes, yes, I am aware” she said, annoyed at herself for drooling over a man. “What rubbish. I am Lara Saura. I cause men to hit poles.” She thought to herself. “Well, that’s why you are single.” Lara shook her head. “I am betting he will walk up to me and chat me up and ask for my BB-pin or phone number. Any moment from now.” Lara waited for the attendant to come. Finally he began walking up to her car. “YES!!!” He bent and looked Lara straight in her eyes. She had this stupid smile on her face. And then he said, “Lady, you are holding up customers. Do you need help driving out?”
Lara was shocked!
As she drove off she said in anger, “I swear if I see that guy again, I will deal with him. His head is paining him. How dare he say that to me and treat me that way. Rubbish. If I ever see him again, he will see my red eye.” She turned up her radio volume and began singing aloud.
Who knew her chance to show him her red eyes would come sooner than expected? Who knew they paths were intertwined?
DIY – Do It Yourself
To be continued…