I could feel a surge of boiling anger rush through my veins. I was barely able to keep myself from slapping her hard on the face. She couldn’t have been more than a year or two older than me. But she would not even know that because I matched her height for height, frame for me. And what’s more, I was clearly prettier than her.
“Bobby, what are you doing here now?” she said to him as she reached for his hand. Bobby was cold in responding but she couldn’t notice. Her gaze was on me the whole time. As far as she was concerned, I was the boyfriend snatcher who had encroached on her territory. “Please, come back inside, I’m alone and bored in there, all the other guys are enjoying themselves,” she eyed me as she talked to Bobby.
“It’s okay, just….just give me…give me a few minutes, I will join you soon,” Bobby responded, his voice quivering. The guy was under immense pressure. His head was literally on fire but his girlfriend couldn’t have known that.
“But what exactly are you doing here with this girl sef, you have been out here for so long leaving me all by myself in there, what’s going on?” the stupid girl began to run her mouth. Now, she was really starting to piss me off.
“Look, Kate, I’m sure you’re not deaf. I said go inside right now and wait for me, I will join you soon,” Bobby said to her.
She was angry. She didn’t like the fact that boyfriend just spoke harshly to her. And she was staring hard at me. But I couldn’t be intimidated by her look. She didn’t scare me one bit. I could only hope that for her sake, she keeps her mouth in check.
“So, is it because of this thing here that you are now yelling at…”
“One more stupid word from you and I will smack you hard across your stupid face!” I cut in before she was done talking. “Are you deaf or something? Or didn’t you hear your boyfriend? He said go back inside there, he will be with you when I’m done with him!”
She was shocked. She wasn’t expecting that to come from me. Even Bobby was speechless.
“Bobby, did you….did you hear that? Did you hear how rudely this slut just spoke to….”
I didn’t let her finish. I landed a hot slap right across her ugly face. She nearly passed out. She was dazed. She held her face in her hands as she struggled to get herself together.
“Rosie!” Bobby exclaimed, totally pissed to see how I dispatched his girlfriend. “You shouldn’t have done that. You didn’t have to slap her.”
“Were you deaf when she called me a slut?” I fired at him. “I came here to sort out how you will get me out of the mess you got me, you of all people should know that I’m the last person she should be messing with right now!”
“You slapped me? You…you slapped me?” girlfriend just found her voice, her eyes burning with rage.
“And I will slap you again and again if you insult me one more time,” I’d threatened her. I could see it in her eyes that she was scared of me. She could see I meant every word I said, she knew that slap was no fluke.
“Bobby!” she turned to boyfriend for help. “Aren’t you going to do anything?”
“Listen, Kate, I’m sorry, let me take you inside first…” Bobby put his arm around her and tried to lead her inside but she pushed him away.
“Leave me alone! I’m not going inside there, I’m going to my house and don’t you dare come to look for me!” she snapped at him, gave me a cold stare before she turned and walked away with a loud hiss.
“But, Rosie, you didn’t have to do that. You didn’t have to slap her,” Bobby said as he watched his girlfriend walk away almost in tears.
“So, I should’ve just watched her as she insulted me, right?” I spat back. “You were right here when she called me a slut, what did you say? What did you do? Nothing! You did absolutely nothing! And you expect me too to just stand by and watch her get away with it? I had to show her that I’m not a slut even if you do not think so!”
Bobby stared at me for a few seconds and sighed deeply. “Listen, Rosie, you need to calm down and take things easy, getting all worked up like this would not bring any solution to the problem we have on our hands. You slapped me too, remember?”
“And you deserved it!” I retorted angrily. “How dare you insinuate that I have been sleeping around! If I was that kind of girl, would you have needed to drug me to sleep with me? Would you?”
“I know, Rosie, you’re not that kind of girl, and I already told you I was sorry,” Bobby responded in a voice that showed he was sorry. But I also knew he was that humble because he had realized he was in deep, deep trouble and the only way he could get himself out of the mess was to co-operate with me.
“You really have no idea the sort of trouble you have put me in, do you? You don’t seem to understand that this could totally affect my life, my future, forever?” I started to lament again.
“Its okay, my dear, lets not go into all of that again, I am very much aware of the kind of situation we are both in right now and I promise you I will clean up this mess,” Bobby promised.
“Are you sure. Bobby?”
“I promise you, Rosie, I cross my heart.” He reassured me, sounding very convincing. “By tomorrow, I will search for a good clinic where we can go and agree on the amount with them. And once that is out of the way, we are good to go.”
I believed he meant every word he said. His voice was reassuring. There was conviction in his voice when he spoke to me. I felt I had to give him the benefit of the doubt.
“its okay, Bobby, I will be back on Friday. Please get everything sorted out by the time I get here. There is no room for e4xcuses, please. It will take a miracle for me to keep this thing away from my mother for the next two days, but I have no choice but to ensure I do just that. So, while I play my part, you play your part as well, okay?” Bobby nodded desperately.
And without a word more, I turned and took my leave quietly…the die is cast now…