Kobby was a fine guy. Always well-dressed, an accent to die for, a voice well-balanced between husky and smooth and a smile that had the power to charm everyone’s socks off. A party boy for sure but not a pureblooded player. His name was common on the lips on the ladies on campus, as he was always greeted, “Hi Kobby” with a touch of feminine sweetness. And as gentleman as he was, responded with a smile which elicited an excited reaction from the ladies. He knew the effect he had on the ladies and he used it well. He knew how to be nice and not flirty at the same time so there were no verified rumors about him being a player. The epitome of sanguinity, he was fun to be around and he loved being with his buddies watching the big game and making noise just for the fun of it.
After breaking up with Sika who was like him in so many ways, he decided to find someone a bit different from him to see how it’d go. He met Baaba at the canteen after lectures one day and with his good graces on his side, won her over without much effort. Unlike Sika who loved to go out every free time she had, Baaba was the reserved type.
Whiles Sika’s most favorite time was on a party’s grounds, Baaba’s was snuggling on the couch watching movies and TV series. Whiles Sika was a high-maintenance gal just as her name suggests (Sika means ‘money’); Baaba wasn’t the demanding type. Just a month and half of dating her, Kobby couldn’t believe he still had enough money in his account. He was always struggling with keeping up with Sika’s routine needs; her hairdo, credit for her phone and her meals which were almost always fast food with a 1 liter Coca-Cola bottle unless it was pizza night. Baaba on the other hand, cooked for him and boy, were they delicious! He began to think he had found the one.
But there was a ‘little’ problem. Baaba who loved to be called ‘Sweetie’ was a bit clingy. Being the last born child in her family, she was used to being pampered. Kobby had no problem showering affection and attention on her; it was his specialty and if that was the price he had to pay so as to have his money intact, it was a pretty good deal. He enjoyed spending time with her after lectures but it was affecting the time he used to spend with his buddies. He wished he could spend time with both parties but Baaba would put on the ‘puppy’ face whenever he said he wanted to go meet up with the guys. He loved to enjoy the outdoor breeze, she preferred the air being circulated with the ceiling fan. Getting her to meet him halfway seemed too much to ask from her. He admitted that ever since he started hanging out with Baaba, his outgoing side had tamed and made him more ‘gentlemanly’ and he appreciated that. But sometimes, he wished he had an outlet to unleash his crazy side once in a while.
Baaba’s birthday arrived and Kobby wanted to organize a ‘drink-up’ where he would have both his lovely girlfriends and his boys around to have fun. But Baaba wanted a smaller one with a few of her friends. It was her day so he had no choice but to oblige. Three of Baaba’s ‘closest’ friends came over to her hostel room and as Baaba was preparing the snacks, Kobby got the chance to chat with one of her friends, Maame. The brief talk they had showed that they had a lot in common. Just like him, Maame needed a ‘calm’ friend like Baaba to tame her wild side. Baaba noticed the instant chemistry between them as they chatted and laughed like good old friends but she didn’t read too much into it. She was glad her friend was keeping her guy company. When the little party ended, it was a bit late. Baaba decided to escort him halfway to his hostel block but the lights went out. Kobby asked her to stay behind as it would be too dark for her to return to her room all by herself. She reluctantly agreed and he left with Maame and the other two ladies. The other ladies parted ways with them as they resided at another block. Apparently, Kobby and Maame were in the same block and Kobby was surprised.
“Really? I don’t think I’ve ever seen you around.”
“Well, I have…in your swag and all. You’re kind of popular, you know that?”
“Well, I can’t help it when my reputation precedes me,” he said in a mock pride.
“Yeah, right. I’m sort of surprised because Baaba and I are close but she didn’t mention you two were going out.” “Haha maybe she wanted to protect me from you. Maybe she’s afraid you’d snatch me away.” “Oh nah, I can get crazy sometimes but I’m loyal to my girlfriends. The girlfriend code is sacred to me.” “I see. Baaba is a sweet girl…” “Yep hence the pet name, Sweetie.” “Uh huh but she likes to be indoors so much. I sometimes want to walk around campus for a while but she wouldn’t budge no matter how I urge her to.” “Don’t waste your time, my dear. I’ve tried myself and it didn’t work. I guess that’s why we don’t hang out as much as we used to but she’s still my girl.” “Great. Would you mind playing pool with me anytime soon?” She looked at him curiously.
“Are you sure? I don’t think Baaba would be comfortable with that.”
“Why wouldn’t she? She has more than three friends but she chose you among the top three to celebrate her birthday with the boyfriend she had kept secret from you all this while. What do you think that means?” Kobby asked.
“That she trusts me?”
“Uh huh. Don’t worry, we won’t be doing that behind her back. I’ll tell her.”
“Yeah. Give me your number and I’ll call you up.” He took out his phone, keyed in and saved her number.
He escorted her to her room and they said their goodbyes.
A few days later, Kobby said he wanted to watch an EPL match involving his favorite team, Chelsea. Baaba wanted them to watch Kumkum Bhagya, an Indian series on TV. He stood his ground and they had a fight. He left her place and joined his friends. He felt like he had been released from a prison cell. He could finally breathe again!
He called up Maame and they went to play pool as planned. It was a pleasant night. She was as free-spirited as he was and it was nice to spend time with his type. He could see some qualities of Baaba’s in Maame; he understood how they came to be friends. She was the perfect combination; the best of both worlds. Sweet and outgoing. If only he had met her earlier and under different circumstances…
He made up with Baaba but he couldn’t stop himself from hanging out with Maame. He told her once about spending time with Baaba and she didn’t seem bothered. Whew, green light! But he didn’t really mention that they were spending more time than she thought. But at least, he told her, right?
Maame invited Kobby to her friend’s birthday party on the other side of campus and he went with her. The energy at the party was at its max and with the laced drinks, loud music and darkened corridors, it was the perfect condition for good judgment to take a nap. After some time of chatting, drinking and dancing, Maame broke the girlfriend code with a passionate kiss. Since it had been a while Kobby had had that kind of comfort from a girl, he was more than willing to indulge.
After that massive make-out session with Maame, Kobby felt his feelings changing for both girls. He felt himself more drawn to Maame and less in touch with Baaba. He still loved Baaba, she brought out the best in him. And he was falling in love with Maame as well; she fired up his wild side but kept him from going over the edge. A fine guy’s dilemma.
He began making excuses in meeting Baaba so he could think. Baaba was turning out to be unbearable with her incessant texts and calls. Maame respected his decision to have some ‘space.’ With Maame, he felt more like himself but in a tamed way; with Baaba, he felt like the man he wished he could be. To be or not to be?
He decided to confess his situation to his sweetheart hoping she’d understand and give him some breathing space to think. But instead, she gave him an ultimatum.
“I’m sorry you feel torn between two beautiful girls, Kobby. I’m sure most guys on campus would fast and pray to be in your shoes.” He could sense the sarcasm in her voice.
“But there’s no thinking to this. You just have a choice to make. It’s either her or me.”
“You have to choose one. If it’s me, then you cut all ties with Maame. I didn’t think she’d stab me in the back like this.”
“She didn’t. She didn’t come on to me. The problem is with me.”
“Yeah but I know Maame and how ‘charming’ she can be. She did this. You can’t have your cake and have it.”
“And if I choose her? Can we still be friends?”
“Hell no! I’m on the strict ‘no friends with my ex’ policy. I can only hello you from the other side.”
He didn’t want to let go of any of them. He loved them both. And he didn’t want to be the reason a good friendship went sour. What to do, what to do?
Care to help a brother out?
© Josephine Amoako 2016