As I made my way to get down from the tightly squeezed bus, it felt like someone was dragging my jacket from me. I made to move, and it felt stuck.
“Hello, why are you holding my jacket?” I asked, staring at a guy putting on a green dotted top and brown chinos. He could pass for a handsome man, but there’s something about how he was dressed and his facial expressions that made me nervous.
“Driver, this woman does not want to get off,” shouted the bus conductor.
“Driver, I’m getting off. Please wait,” I said at the top of my voice.
I got off, and the man rushed down with me. My heart raced. I grabbed my handbag tightly and moved very fast.
“Don’t be angry, baby,” he said with a weird accent. “I just want us to talk. Thanks for hearing me out. I’m Adeniie by the way.”
What a weird name! I laughed in my head, still walking very fast. Then I turned to him unexpectedly, and he almost hit his face against mine. “Stop following me, or I’ll scream.”
But he continued. “Please pardon my manners. But I must ‘tek’ to you I’m an event planner. Please know that I’m not just looking for a lady to have around, but I want to date and marry you if you truly believe. I’m ready for marriage now. No single lady had ever seen nor visited my parents because I respect my family a lot. Please be the first and last. Please, my lady, let’s go see my family.”
I don’t know when I’d laughed so much or so loud. This one was a clown.
He continued, “It's not about how long you have known someone that determines a true relationship. Many couples have known each other for years, but nothing works between them. I really want more than friendship. But we must ask ourselves; what kind of relationship do we want? One that leads to marriage or not? Do you know that you can never know everything about a guy or a girl by just being friends? I hate pretending.”
At this point, my confusion was too much for one person.
“I don’t see you as just a friend because that has no foundation. The truth is, ladies who are only friends with a guy will get used and dumped. Girls that are friends can be replaced because the relationship has no true foundation. That’s why I want to give you something that has a foundation. Our singleness is what determines the success of our relationships and marriages. When our singleness is true and awesome, then success is the result. Please don’t argue with my reasons. I’m just making my intentions known to you from the start. It's not about finding someone to have a long term friendship with before you decide the realness and the sincerity of the person. I can get a girlfriend easily because I’m a very simple guy. If you knew who I was, then you wouldn't act the way you’re acting.”
I entered a mall and called a security guy to my aid. Who talks like this to someone they have only just met?
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