Since he made the proposition, they had been seeing each other regularly every afternoon, excluding weekends. She would arrive at his suite at five and he would let her in. There were the odd occasions where he would be in the suite, waiting for her in the bedroom when she went to clean it and after she was finished, she would join him. Afterwards, she finished cleaning the other rooms and suites before going home.
Seeing her during the week wasn’t enough for him. He wanted to see her on the weekends too. Today, after he was finished with his business and they were together in his suite, he would arrange with her for them to see each other on the weekends, preferably in the afternoon.
Right now, he was sitting in the lobby of another hotel, waiting impatiently for the others to show up so that the meeting could start. He was always the first. As he sat there, he thought about Ife. He was relieved when she told him that she was divorced. He wondered how long she was married and why it ended. Was her ex-husband living in Kampala? Did they have any children? He hoped not. It would only complicate things. Maybe they didn’t. Surely she would have mentioned if they had when he asked her if she was married.
It drove him crazy that she kept calling him Mr. Kobayashi. He wanted her to call him by his first name. It made things more intimate between them. Right now it what they had was a business arrangement. In exchange for not reporting her to management for using his toilet that fateful day when he caught her, he received her services.
He was a businessman. He was used to making deals which benefitted all parties involved. In all honesty, in this arrangement with Ife, he was the only one benefitting. He was getting what he wanted while she was doing what she had to in order to survive. He was exploiting her and he knew it. His conscience wouldn’t let him forget it but he wanted her so badly and this was the only way he could think of to make sure that he got what he wanted.
His thoughts were interrupted when a group of men came into the lobby. He rose to greet and introduce himself to them. After exchanging pleasantries, they made their way to the boardroom where they spent the next few hours before breaking for lunch. After lunch, the meeting last another few hours and then they adjourned. He was anxious to get back to the hotel. He glanced at his watch. He had just enough time to take a quick shower before Ife got there. His heart skipped a beat at the mere thought of being with her. She was so incredibly beautiful. He was hooked.
When Ife got there, he was wearing a black Japanese Kimono Robe with red lapels, cuffs and sash. It had an embroidered dragon and oriental motif on the front, the back and the sleeves. It looked expensive.
“I didn’t know that Japanese men wore kimonos,” she said. “I thought only the women did.”
Toshiro smiled. “Men wear kimonos too. They often wear them to weddings, tea ceremonies and other very special or very formal occasions. I have several. This happens to be my favorite. Do you like it?”
She nodded. “Yes. It’s beautiful.”
“Would you like me to buy you a kimono? I think you would look very beautiful in one.”
“You don’t have to, Mr. Kobayashi.”
He moved closer to her. “I want to, Ife. I will buy it when I return to Tokyo and bring it with me the next time I’m in Kampala.”
Ife stared at him. Why did he want to buy her a kimono? What did it mean? Was it a sign that he was developing feelings for her? Or was he doing it out of guilt? If that were the case, she didn’t want anything from him. “Mr. Kobayashi, I don’t think you should…”
“Let’s not talk about the kimono any more,” he said as he pulled her against him. “As a matter of fact, I would prefer if we didn’t talk about anything right now.” His lips found hers.
Unable to help herself, Ife put her arms around his neck and kissed him back.
Next up is Toshiro Learns About Miremba.