"I hope you don't mind it's a cup of coffee I can afford for a lady like you." He grinned as they sat opposite each other close to the transparent glass window at their side.
"It's totally fine Daniel. Besides,you should consider yourself a lucky man..."
"Because I'm having a conversation with a star?" He interjected with a slight frown on his face.
"No!..." She laughed briefly. "Because,you discovered my coffee taste the first day we met."
"First time I followed my heart and not my head,I won the heart of Zoey Johansson." He gestured with a chuckle making her laugh too.
"My heart?" She asked amidst her laughter.
"Technically,not your heart but at least I earned your beautiful smile." He poised his finger at her lips but maintained his distance.
Her eyes moved away from his immediately she heard that. She could swear he would see her blush and that will be so embarrassing for her.
"Your hair looks different..." He stated with a stern face before taking a gentle sip of his coffee.
"Yeah... the character I'm playing rocks this hair." She sighed tiredly. "Honestly,I hate it and I just can't wait till the production is over."
"Hmmm..." He dropped his cup on the table. "I don't mean to be flirtatious but this hair..." He stopped to gaze at her. "Looks so beautiful on you"
She shot a skeptical look trying to read his expression but all his eyes displayed were admiration and friendly love. "Is that a polite complement or this is you just being you?" She interjected.
He raised his hands up with a slight smile. "This is me just being me!"
She remained silent for a while as she studied him. Still reluctant whether to trust his words or not.
"Thank you" she whispered.
"I don't mean to pry..." He started with his eyes endlessly moving between the table and his coffee. "I hope things worked out with this person you love?"
A sudden wave of pain struck in her chest as she looked at him hesitantly;she wasn't sure whether to talk or not. Her best friend Lizzy was the only one who knew about Gray's monstrosity. But there he was,looking so caring,so innocent and concerned about his question. She had no choice but to at least give an answer.
"Yeah..." She mentioned nervously,unable to meet his eyes. "Everything is going perfectly well. I'm glad things worked out actually" She took a sip of her coffee hoping he wouldn't inquire more about the issue. And thank Goodness he didn't go further when he simply nodded.
"Shoot,I'm late!" She exclaimed as her eyes glanced at her phone beeping it's reminder.
"Oh my God..I'm sorry" He responded immediately with concerns filling his tone. Joining her as they both walked to the exit.
"No it's fine." She chuckled. "Besides,I enjoyed the conversation." She added as they both walked out of the coffee shop.
"Wouldn't it be improper of a gentleman like me to not at least escort you?" He asked as they stepped out.
She gazed at him amusingly before tugging at his arm with a smile. "You're a proper gentleman, Daniel. I guess I'll see you around then." She softly uttered as she walked away from him.
He couldn't stop himself from grinning like a fool as she toured away from him. He wouldn't lie,he was greatly attracted to her and somehow he wanted to know more about her.
"Idris!!" Daniel yelled tiredly as he entered into his apartment. It was just a large room that had one big transparent window as it's wall at the far end. Other parts were mostly scanty,just the regular painting his friend,Idris,had, the rickety king size bed complemented with a few simple furniture and his precious steel stringed Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar hanging by his bedside.
He wondered how his friend didn't get irritated at the music that blared throughout the room,instead He danced carefreely as he painted on his board.
"You back!. Welcome." Idris yelled for him to hear but Daniel rather fumed at his friend's actions. He switched off the music with a hiss escaping his lips before glaring at Idris who grinned sheepishly.
"Idris,you really have to stop playing your music at high levels. We could get sued by our neighbors" Daniel gestured hopelessly.
"Oh c'mon it's just music. Music doesn't kill!" Idris teased whilst Daniel fell to his bed.
"Just don't come running to me to pay a fine" Daniel responded. He pulled out the card from his drawer, Zoey's card. He smiled like one who is enchanted as he stared at the card. Although he promised her he would take her offer but now he still hesitated. He loves his job dearly,taking up her offer would mean a bigger world. A world of glamour perhaps and he just isn't ready for that.
"How was your day?. This one wey you dey smile so.." Idris spoke Pidgin as they occasionally did when they were home.
"It was fine." Daniel shot his friend a knowing glance.
"E sure me say na girl you meet." Idris dragged a stool to sit,already taking interest in the gist.
"Young man don't even disturb yourself cos as you see me so I don tire,lemme rest." Daniel hissed with a slight chuckle.
"Chaii...you and all these babes ehn,there is God oo" Idris laughed with a cunning look.
"Abeg wetin we go chop jare."
"Eba!...e be like say small garri still dey."
"Ope oo..." Daniel exclaimed. "Hunger don dey waya me tey tey"
"Where are you coming from?"
"Jesus!" Zoey screamed,switching on the lights of the parlour only to reveal Gray sitting on one of the fine couches with a glass of whiskey across his hand whilst his right leg were crossed over his left giving space for his Louis Vuitton shoe to gleam and his red suit complementing them.
"You startled me. How are you even here,I thought you were gone for a week?" He glared at her immediately.
"I said...." He growled in a threatening tone. "where are you coming from?" Gray asked regardless of her questions. Although he should be gone for a week but apparently he seemed to have forgotten an important file.
"Where else?,work of course." Zoey answered nervously.
"You haven't fired that perverted manager of yours yet. You're daring me Zoey." He bellowed his words with an hateful tone.
She swallowed her saliva down her throat. Her feet began to turn cold whilst her hands slowly trembled.
"Whatever you think is going on with my manager and I is absolutely wrong,Gray. I'd never cheat on you."
He gave a brief laugh of mockery. "Funny you're saying that." He paused raising his glass to his eyes. "I happened be around your supposed shooting location and you would be surprised at what I saw." He glared at her devilishly. "A man making my Zoey Johansson blush!."
Her face exclaimed. She maintained her distance away from him knowing fully well things were about to go ugly.
"He's a friend of mine!" She stuttered,a flash memory of Daniel springing up in her head.
"Shut up you bitch!!!" Gray growled furiously without hesitation as he threw his glass across her face. She let out a shrieking tone as it shattered into pieces when it smashed against her before she slumped to the ground unconscious.
DANIEL"I'm glad you're okay now." Daniel soothed. His eyes containing so much care and softness."It's just a minor accident. Don't worry."Daniel nodded with a worried face. He took a quick glance around the room before planning to move."I'll take my leave now" He muttered but as he reached for the door knob.."Daniel..." He paused in his steps to stare. "Thank you for coming."A small grin parted his lips. "Get well soon. Mr Clinton." He nodded again before exiting the room. Walking worriedly amidst the nurses that held one thing or the other,some were busy attending to patients with hearty smiles and kind
SEVERAL WEEKS LATERDANIEL"Daniel!. I've been waiting for you. What took you so long?" Mr. Clinton dropped the file in his hands on his desk as the young ebony entered into his office."I was uhm....I was occupied with some issues." He lied. Back to the morning,he was sleeping lazily on his rickety bed when his boss's call came in. Idris had gone for his daily business,he had to clean the whole room,take a bath and face a bit of traffic before arriving at his boss's.Mr. Clinton pinched the area between his eyebrow before resigning to his swivel chair, beckoning Daniel to have a seat too."First of,I would like to say a big thank you for the care you showed me during my recovery. It means a l
DANIEL"Ehhh Daniel!....." Said the cheerful voice of the man most probably in his late forties as he welcomed his partner to join him on his coffee table with a wide grin."Comment allez-vous?" He asked once Daniel had resigned to the seat opposite his.Daniel lifted an eyebrow before letting out a light sigh."I think I'm doing great Charles,thank you." He answered. It's been basically two months now that he's arrived Paris. He's first week was a tough one for him,he missed New York, it's people,his African friends at the quarter and most especially,Idris. Talk about the mode of dressing,their language which he found hard to understand yet intriguing, or the wonderful delicacies his taste buds struggled to adapt to. The rest of the weeks he spent them meeting with Charles Louis,his co-worker whom Mr. Clinton had promised, in preparation for this magazine they were going to shoot in the coming months. At first
DANIEL"Oh,I see both of you know each other already. Very good!" Louis chirped,interjecting their moment with a graceful smile as his eyes wandered between the two.Daniel cleared his throat in response while his eyes stayed glued to her face. One could tell he was just as shocked as she was. He never really thought of the possibility of meeting her again considering their last encounter ended on a bad note but here she is,glowing in her ever graceful beauty and also the lead model of this magazine.Curse fate!."Hmmm,tell me,how,where,did you guys meet?" Louis shot a mischievous smile at both of them,rubbing his palm slowly as he mumbled. Daniel rolled his eyes."Louis if you'll please excus
ZOEYIt just can't be sheer coincidence that Daniel was staying in the same hotel,Hôtel Britannique,with her. It was fate!. As she closed the door behind her,hopping to the bed with a sweet smile written all over her face she thought of the evening's walk she shared with him; The brief visit to the El Louvre Grand Cafe,walking hand in hand across the street of Rue de Rivoli amongst the hustling crowd,the jovial conversation they shared and most especially,the way he took photos of every beautiful thing that came across his way,talking lengthy about the beauty Paris beholds.She lay on her king-size bed staring at the beautiful lights that hung from the ceiling with only one scene replaying in her head; The moment when he asked to make tomorrow special for her. She bit her lower lip excitedly,just thinking about his soothing tone and the kindness in those brown irises of his made her anticipate.
ZOEYZoey wasn't expecting much from Daniel, to be precise; She's toured most parts of Paris and was certain no matter where Daniel took her to,it would be one of those places she's visited. But as they rode past the first arrondissement on his powerful bike that gave a commanding roaring sound at every increase in pace,her mind was completely blown away just at the sight of scenery she was viewing on the open roads. She enjoyed the warm air that swarm across her body especially her hair,the sweet scent of his cologne,the occasional sight of hustling tourist craze obsessed with tourist centers and of course the Parisian women that walked the street,adhering to their simple yet exquisite style of clothing. One thing she knew about Paris for sure was that less is more!. They see beauty in the most simplest things. She closed her eyes again exchanging calm breaths with the fast pacing wind that swoop past them. She grunted in silence when she
DANIEL"Good work everyone,good work!" Daniel watched in admiration as Director Louis cheered. He walked about showing appreciations and showering praises on the crew and Models for their efforts. It was quite a reliever for Daniel too as today marks shooting an end of a major scene. It's been several months they've been preparing this project owned under Elle magazines and he was at least glad he achieved two things;he didn't disappoint his boss and he made a friend. Zoey. As her thoughts crossed his mind he took a glimpse of the beauty smiling happily amidst her fellow casts obviously commending each other's efforts. Ever since that day which occurred months ago, they've grown to become fond of each other. A smile played on his face when he remembered Zoey's consistent promise to return his cardigan she borrowed a night out for coffee which she failed at horribly. He'd insisted on her keeping it but she was persistent too yet this cardigan
ZOEYApart from the sweet aroma that filled the air in the kitchen,her phone's constant vibration and pitching ringtone kept disturbing their little moments together. Though Daniel might not have shown it but she was certain he was getting really uncomfortable with her phone buzzing,hence she switched it off. Deciding on answering complementary greetings later. She watched in admiration as he hummed to the classic music that blared from the parlour while he handled the Jollof rice. Passionately turning the elegant delicacy garnished with fine carrots and peas uniquely displaying their bright colours with that of the food's redness. He danced stylishly to the other cooker. There was a sleek black frying pan on the gentle blue fire brimming from the cooker. She watched in wonder as he flipped the plantains with his large sleek spoon frying amidst the hot oil to it's other side in order to stop it from burning."You just wan