Jozsef’s Discovery

“So, how did it go with your sister-in-law?”

“I’m still ironing out the kinks but at least things are improving between us.”

“Good. So, you can go to the surprise wedding anniversary dinner.”

“Yes.”

“How long have they been married?”

“Ten years.”

“That’s great. Do they have any children?”

“Yes, two. A boy and a girl. The boy is eight and the girl is 4.”

“So, you’re an uncle.”

“Yes.”

“Do you think that one of these days, you’ll be a husband and father?”

“I don’t know. Marriage isn’t something that I think about.”

“Most men don’t like to think about marriage. It’s a commitment they’re not ready for.”

“It’s a big step. Most men want to make sure that when they’ve decided to take that big step, it’s with the right woman.”

“I guess that makes sense. Marriage is a life-long commitment and should never be entered into lightly. Divorce is a terrible thing. It says so in the Bible.”

“What about you, have you thought about getting married in the foreseeable future?”

“I have thought about it, yes.”

“I don’t think marriage is for everyone.”

“I guess it isn’t. I would like to think that it’s for me, though.”

“I don’t think it’s for me.”

“It might be if you meet the right woman.”

He shrugged. “If she even exists.”

“It’s possible that she does.”

“Right now, I’m not looking for anything serious.”

“Are you dating anyone?”

“No. I haven’t dated since Jillian and I broke up. I decided that I wanted to take a break from dating and relationships for a while.”

“I think taking a break from dating is a good idea. It gives you time to focus on yourself and to do the things that you want to do.”

“Yes, it does. What about you? Are you dating?”

She was about to answer when her cell rang. “Sorry, I’ve got to take this.” She got up and walked off a little distance. When she returned, she said, “That was Tuma.”

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He looked at her. “Tuma?”

“Yes, the Nigerian guy I’m dating. I told you about him. He’s taking me out for dinner tonight. So, I have to go and get ready.”

He felt as if he had been punched in the stomach. “I don’t remember you telling me about him,” he muttered tightly.

She looked surprised. “I must have. Where do you think I learned how to prepare Nigerian dishes like the Jollof rice dish you and I had the other evening at my flat?”

“Well, don’t let me keep you from your date.” He turned his head away for fear that his face would betray his feelings.

She stared at his averted head for a long time and then excused herself. The sudden change in his behavior puzzled her. She could have sworn that she had told him about Tuma.

Jozsef sat there, his mind reeling. Jealousy clawed at his insides. She had a boyfriend. All this time, he thought, he hoped that she was unattached like him. She claimed that she had told her about the man she was dating but he couldn’t remember her doing that. If he had, he wouldn’t have allowed himself to…damn her.

He got up from the stoop and went to the nearest bar.

Posted for December 2020 Writing Prompts – #19 – Ironing out the kinks

Source: Elite Daily;

2 comments

  1. *Damn* her? 🤣🤣🤣 Dude, if you don’t want what she wants/desires — marriage to be specific? There are a few great men who will be too glad and grateful to fill the gap. Thank God for that. Quite funny and spicy story. And you mentioned Nigeria 🇳🇬 and Jollof Rice. Lovely.

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    • I know. He’s not interested in getting married or so he tells her and yet, he’s upset that she has a boyfriend. I’m happy you enjoyed the story. And Nigeria is one of my favorite countries to write about. And I’ve seen images of the Jollof Rice. YUMMY. One of these days, I will try making it 🙂

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