“Good morning, may I know who I am speaking with?”
“I’m sorry I don’t know anyone by that name”
“Katherine Alexander, please do not be like this.”
“Do not be like what? Whatever do you mean?”
“Katherine, all I did was state my intention. I love you deeply and I want to marry you. I do not intend to play games or be conventional. I understand that you may not feel the same way about it or you may not even know how you feel about me and that is fine. I am not rushing you or saying you need to make any decisions now. All I am saying is do not shut me out. Since the day I met you, I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you and that has not changed, and it will not change anytime soon. I love you and I want to marry you”.
“You are impossible. It is not all about you and your wants. The world does not revolve around you. You say you are not rushing me, but you are quick to restate your intention to marry you. You are telling me that you love me. You do not even know me. How can you love someone you do not know? What do you love about you? What do you know about me? What do you know about my dreams and my wants? Do you care to know? Are you interested in knowing me or is that too much trouble? You are here talking about your wants. You are so arrogant, so conceited, so self-absorbed”.
“I like to think I am confident. I know exactly what I want, and I am willing to get it. I have no intention to apologise for that. I want you. I want all of you and I know the most important things about you. Everything thing else can be learnt along the way.”
“If you do not desist from this plan, you may very well regret it”.
“I have never regretted any decision I make. I learn from them yes, but I do not see the point in the emotion called regret.”
“You are so arrogant!”
“I have been told. I love you Katherine and I will marry you.”
“It is not about you. Your wants and desires are not the most important thing. You think you will say jump and I will ask how high? What you want is not the determining factor? You are so full of yourself!”
“How about we go on another date? I promise to try to stay off the topic of love or marriage. I will try. You can pick the venue.”
“I am not interested in going on a date with you. I am still scarred by the last attempt at a date. You are an arrogant brute, and I am not sure I am interested in encouraging your forceful habits”.
“My sweet Katherine, you make me feel so alive! You are my perfect match in every sense of the word. My very own dynamite. I am definitely going to marry you.”
“This is the point I say, have a beautiful day. I am hanging up now.”
I hung up and then switched off my phone. I just could not wrap my head around the events of the day before; it was the craziest, most annoyingly terrible night in my whole entire life. I did not even imagine being asked for my hand in marriage by anyone on the first date. Even when we were on that date, the concept of dating Daniel Smith never crossed my mind, talk less of marrying him. It was not that it would be a very unpleasant situation. Wait a minute! It would be the most unpleasant situation that I would not want to be in for any reason whatsoever. I had made it a top priority not to be on the marriage chart and I had succeeded so far. I really did not need to do anything that would resurrect the hopes of being in the marriage market. Marrying Daniel Smith would be totally out of the question, well at least until I was sure that I was ready for such a lifelong commitment because for me, there was no way out.
Once I was married to the man I loved and wanted to spend the rest of my life with, I was married to him forever, I was sure I would never want to leave the man my heart ached for. A phone rang around me and for a moment, I wondered who owned the phone since I clearly remembered switching off my phone, it took me a while to recollect that it was my official line ringing. I quickly picked it up
“Hey, I hope this is not a bad time”
“Of course not Charlotte, what is up?”
“Nothing much, I saw the decorations that Fiona did and I was greatly impressed with the designs and patterns, it is adorable and she said that it wasn’t her idea but yours. Baby girl, how do you come up with all these beautifully magnificent ideas?”
“Now, you are taking things too far, my designs might be beautiful but declaring it magnificent is an overstatement, especially for such an amateur as myself.”
“Come off it, it’s pure, unique. It is totally original and genuine. You rock, girl”
“You make me feel wonderful. Anyway, how is Benjamin?
Well, Benjamin is okay, but I have been too busy, and he has been running around the world, not staying in one city, it is very annoying and totally irritating. Sometimes I just feel like tying him to a pillar so that he will not be capable of travelling as much as he does. You have no idea how it makes me feel.”
“I can only imagine. Not trying to make you feel worse but if this is the way he is acting now, I can’t help but wonder what he will do when the two of you get married.”
“Don’t tell me that the both of you aren’t considering the idea of getting married?”
“Well, both of us aren’t considering it but one of us is. See, the point is that he has not even talked about it. Not even once! I do not know what to expect or when to expect him to say it. The suspense is driving me nuts!”
“As your best friend, I must tell you that you have to take things easy on the both of you. Just be patient! He loves you and I am sure he would want to marry you as soon as practicable. Just take it one day at a time. Anyway, I must make sure everything is ready for Ms. Bridgette Bright’s wedding this weekend. I also have a business party to organize, Alfred is having a business party a few weeks after and he is expecting a lot of sophisticated businessmen at the party.
“The business party sounds so fancy. How do you plan to organize both events with your almost non-existent staff?”
“I’ll manage, sweetie. Thank you for the constant support and for the call.
“How was your date?”
“Long story darling. Awfully long story.”
“Would have loved to chat and ask the juicy details of your date and all that but Benjamin is calling me, so I’ve got to go now. Catch you later, girl”
“Okay girlfriend and send my regards to him”