Diana looked at her phone and couldn’t help smiling at the joke that Victor had cracked.
“I can’t believe you’re ditching girl’s night to facetime with Mr. mysterious,” Joan said, rolling her eyes.
“I think you mean Mr. perfect,” Diana responded quickly.
“Excuse me, who are we talking about?” Lily asked as she walked into the living room.
“Diana has been talking to a stranger for the past two months, and she’s always on that damn phone!” Joan replied.
“You know, for someone who shares the same blood as me and has been with me almost all my life, you’re a little bit obsessed with me,” Diana responded with a slight chuckle.
“I just miss hanging out with you; when was the last time we went out together?” Joan asked.
“Three weeks ago,” Diana responded.
“Family gatherings don’t count, Dee,” Joan responded.
“I’m still waiting for a solid answer,” Lily said.
“His name is Victor; we haven’t met yet, but he’s just amazing. Certainly, better than all the guys I’ve dated,” Diana said.
“Except you’re not dating, you’re in a talking stage,” Joan said.
“You’re just bitter ’cause you can’t find any flaw with him,” Diana responded.
“He honestly can’t be that perfect,” Lily said.
“There has to be a flaw with him. There’s not a single man on this planet that is perfect,” Joan said.
“Joan is convinced that he’s either a serial killer or a swindler, which doesn’t make sense,” Diana said.
“Swindlers don’t reveal themselves this early. He’s just trying to earn your trust,” Joan said.
“Can’t you just be happy that I’ve met a man that makes me happy,” Diana said.
“I love seeing you happy, and I’ll settle down the day I get to meet him. For now, he’s too good to be true, and you need to be careful,” Joan said.
Diana stood up from the couch and hugged her sister.
“I appreciate you looking out for me, but I’ll be okay,” Diana said.
“Okay, blood sisters, that’s enough. Joan, we need to go like right now. I don’t want to enter the club when it’s full,” Lily said.
Diana let go of Joan and gave a small smile.
“Enjoy your night with Mr mysterious,” Joan said.
“I will,” Diana responded.
Diana decided to lie on the sofa and wait for her video call with Victor. The thought of hearing his voice and seeing his face after a long week excited her. Even though they had not met, she felt a connection with him that she had never felt with any other man.
Their conversation started as an argument about a controversial opinion that someone had posted on Twitter. Victor agreed with the post, and Diana was on the opposing side. After a few back-and-forths in the comment section, Victor agreed to disagree.
A few days later, they ended up in the same Twitter space session and, surprisingly, on the same side about the topic being discussed. Diana couldn’t help but notice his voice which sent chills down her spine. After the session, Victor sent her a dm applauding her for the points she had given and asked if he could get to know her better.
Diana went through the images on his page to see if he was worth it. She was used to dealing with psycho men on social media who weren’t all that attractive. So, she figured it wouldn’t be a waste of time if he were a psycho but a cute one. Luckily for her, he was handsome and well-educated. The two spent days talking; Diana was keen on taking things slow, so they started with constant dm’s on the app. With time they graduated to WhatsApp audio calls and, eventually, video calls.
By the end of the first month, Victor was already showering Diana with gifts from time to time. Whenever she had a bad day, he would order a bouquet of roses and send them to her office. Diana was stunned at first, but with time she found it romantic. The only downside of their bond was that they couldn’t meet since Victor was doing his masters in London while also working. However, he always made time to talk to her so she would never feel bad.
Diana’s phone rang, bringing her back to reality.
“Hey, Victor,” She answered with a smile.
“Hey, beautiful,” He responded.
“How are you?” She asked.
“I’m well, just trying to finish up packing,” He replied.
“Where are you travelling to?” Diana asked.
“I’m coming home; actually, I thought I could spend a few days with you and my family before the next semester starts,” He said.
“Yayyyyyy!” Diana squealed like a teenage girl.
“I can’t wait to see you. I’ll let you know when I land so we can plan our date,” He said.
“Okay,” She responded.
“Let me finish up. We’ll talk later,” He said.
“Sure,” She responded.
“Bye, beautiful,” He said before hanging up.
Diana spent the rest of the evening watching movies, but all she could think about was the activities she would get to do with Victor. Every time they talked, he would always tell her about all the places he wanted to visit with her. Unlike the other men she had dated, who had never bothered to do anything with her except chill.
The following day in the evening, Victor called her, and as usual, a huge smile formed on her face.
“Finally, here?” She asked.
“Yes, I’m at my parent’s house,” He replied with a smile.
“So, where and when would you like us to meet?” She asked without a moment of thought.
“I made a reservation at the curve for 7 pm. Since I live far, you can take an Uber, and then I’ll pay,” He responded.
“Perfect,” She said.
“See you tomorrow, love,” He said.
“See you tomorrow,” She responded.
Diana spent the evening looking for the perfect dress and shoes for her date.
“This date has to be perfect,” She thought to herself as she searched through her clothes. Finally, she stumbled on a dinner dress that was neither short nor long. The intention was to come off sophisticated but, at the same time, sexy.
The following day, Diana woke up feeling like a woman about to get married. Without wasting time, she showered quickly and rushed to get her hair done by her best friend, Lily. For once, Joan had nothing snappy to say since she eagerly awaited how the date would go. The trio spent time chatting as Lily tried her best to do her hair well quickly.
Immediately after she was done, Diana headed home to get dressed and do her makeup. Although it was still early, the restaurant was a bit of a stretch from her place. By 5 pm, she was done, and luckily her Uber guy was just a few minutes from her place.
She walked out of her apartment and waited outside, checking every vehicle that entered through the gate. Her excitement had now turned to anxiety.
“Breathe, Diana, Breathe,’ She thought to herself as she waited.
The uber finally came, and before he could drive in, she had already approached the vehicle and opened the door.
“Diana?” The driver asked.
“Yes, let’s go,” She replied while entering the vehicle.
The ride didn’t take as much time. By the time she arrived, Victor had already sent her the money for the Uber. She stepped out of the vehicle and walked straight to the elevator. Immediately the elevator doors opened on the fifth floor she saw Victor seated. He was scrolling through his phone while taking a glass of lemon water.
Diana walked up to the table and took a seat.
“Wow,” Victor said as he looked up.
“You’re here early,” Diana said, trying not to blush.
“Yeah, I wanted to make sure that by the time you got here, you would be able to find me,” He responded.
One of the waiters approached their table and handed them two menus. As she reached for her menu, Victor took both menus and handed them back.
“We’ll have the lamb chops, fries and a side salad,” He said to the waiter.
Diana remained silent, trying to fathom what had just happened. The waiter nodded and left.
“You do eat lamb chops, right?” He asked.
“Yes, but what if I wanted something else?” She asked in a disappointed tone.
“Trust me, you’ll like them,” He said while smiling.
Diana tried her best to contain her disappointment. She had never experienced a man ordering for her, but again he was the one covering the bill and maybe the food would be excellent. The waiter informed them that the order would take 20 minutes. Victor talked about himself in that short period, leaving no room for Diana to talk.
“Thank God,” She thought when the waiter finally brought their food. He placed them on the table and left. Diana picked up her fork and was ready to dive in.
“Wait,” Victor said as he added some of his food to her plate.
“What are you doing?” Diana asked.
“You need to learn to eat more,” He said.
“Excuse me?” Diana asked in shock.
“With that body, how do you expect to give birth to our child? You look anorexic; you need to build those hips,” He said.
“I can’t believe you just said that to me,” Diana responded.
“You’re still beautiful; you just need to gain some weight,” Victor said.
“This is our first date, and you’re already thinking of me building hips to have your children? So you don’t like slender women?” Diana asked.
“No, I do, but yours is just too extreme,” He replied.
“You’ve seen my photos; why is this suddenly a problem for you?” Diana asked in anger.
“Either you edited those photos or lost weight in the past month. You can’t have been this thin,” Victor responded.
Diana stood up, grabbed her bag and turned to leave. As she started walking, Victor held her hand and pulled her back.
“You’re not going to embarrass me; sit down,” He said.
Diana grabbed his glass and poured the remaining lemon water on his face. As Victor struggled to wipe his eyes, she quickly walked into the elevator. Immediately she got to the ground floor; she ordered an Uber. During the car ride, Diana tried her best to hold back her tears. She had experienced so much with men, but she had never once dealt with someone body shaming her.
The driver, who seemed to be in a hurry, dropped her off at the gate. The watchman seemed surprised to see her but didn’t utter a word. She strolled to her door and was shocked to find her sister waiting for her.
“What are you doing here?” Diana asked.
“I came to pick up some things. Are you okay? How come you’re home early?” Joan asked.
Diana didn’t respond; instead, she looked through her bag for her keys.
“I’m guessing things didn’t go well between you two?” Joan asked.
“Okay, you can say it. I know you’re dying to,” Diana responded.
Joan stood silently and waited for her to unlock the door. Once they were inside the house, she hugged her. Diana was surprised that for once Joan wasn’t giving her the big “I told you so” speech, but even if she did, it would be okay. Joan was right; Victor was too good to be true.
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