Regardless

I looked intently at her where she sat, smiling as if she had been stung by a smile insect. I’ve never seen her frowned even the times when mama slept in on weekends and consequently cleaned the house at a late hour, she would still smile and assist her. She’s different from other rich people mama had worked with, she had even given us a room to stay in so mama can save her salary for something else. Last night, I heard her advising mama to save her money so she can start up a restaurant. I knew she was indirectly complimenting mama to be a good cook. We’ve been working for her for almost three months now and I’ve noticed her to be someone who never truly convey her mind but she has the most beautiful betrayers embedded on her face – her smile and her black-brown eyes. The other day at the computer lesson which I attend down the street, I had told my friend Adamu, that I saw stars in our new madam’s eyes and the sun on her lips. Adamu had laughed at me and said too much comfort in her house is giving me brain challenge. I had always have just one thing in my mind to ask and I couldn’t ask mama because she would shut me up and probably laughed that I wouldn’t even get that in my most childish nightmares. I made up my mind to ask madam today being my birthday and she had promised me to provide anything I want.
Sitting on the left side of the dining table across from her, she was still smiling so I had to avert my eyes down to my fingers beneath the table. I couldn’t tell if she was smiling at my sheepishness or from her nervousness but why would a thirty years old woman be nervous in the presence of twenty years old boy like me.
“James, am listening or would you go write a list?” Her glistening white set of teeth reavealed as she draw on the word ‘list’ as if to signal she wasn’t ready to sit with me all day.
“no,no, no!….” I quickly spoke up flaring my hands up in the air as if it would clear it of the wrecking nerves  built up in me. She stared at me, her brown rosy cheeks lifting for a smile again and her thin lips already twitching to the left side, that was her sign of impatience. This would be just too much to ask, maybe even crazy but I’ll become crazier if I don’t ask today. it was my only chance and like a bomb I dropped it with a a bit of trepidation but with more doughtiness,
” Can you marry me?” At the same time, mama dropped the tray of food she was bringing in from the kitchen, as if to confirm the blast and destruction the bomb I just threw would result in.



One thought on “Regardless” by ige kafayat (@artofwords)

  1. Nice.

    Consider these:
    * there were tense issues.
    * Regardless? I’m wondering how it fits as a title for this tale.
    * Watch your use of punctuations. There were places I felt a punctuation was needed, but sadly none was placed there e.g. I couldn’t tell if she was smiling at my sheepishness or from her nervousness but why would a thirty years old woman be nervous in the presence of twenty years old boy like me. (There ought to be a comma between ‘nervousness’ and ‘but’; also a question mark after ‘me’.

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