Normally I never liked work-based events because it always meant more hours and getting home late. When I was a child, I looked forward to growing up because it meant being able to go out and come home without restrictions. Once I moved out though I realized how much the outside life was not for me.
So, you can imagine how uncomfortable my introverted side felt when I got a job that required me to be out on weekends at night. If it wasn’t for the fact that the pay was good, I would have quit the job after my first event. During these events, I was so used to seeing the same people, which made it a bit easier to get my shifts done.
I wasn’t much of a drinker but occasionally I would take a glass of wine or cocktail just to unwind. Jeremiah, the mixologist, was one of my favourite people to hang out with because he was somehow like me. Also, he always knew when I needed a cocktail and would make mine special.
Jeremiah liked working alone. In a way it made him feel better about having to deal with crowds almost every weekend. However, during one of the events he brought in an assistant who looked so much like him except younger. The first thing I noticed was his dreadlocks. I always had a thing for guys who had neat dreadlocks. As he served the cocktails I noticed his smile, which mesmerized me even more.
This was the first time I had felt attracted to a man in a long time. Since I knew I didn’t have time to date I decided to stay away from him and Jeremiah. The next few weeks turned out to be hectic, the hours and the workload were stressful. Not to mention that because I was staying away from Jeremiah, I had nobody to talk to.
Eventually, I gave up and decided to head over to his tent during one of the events. Unfortunately, Jeremiah had called in sick, so his assistant was taking over. Standing face-to-face with him made me very uncomfortable but excited at the same time. Somehow, he seemed more attractive.
“What would you like?” He asked as he flashed me one of the most amazing smiles I had ever seen.
“I came over to talk to Jeremiah,” I replied.
“He’s not feeling well but maybe I can help?” He asked.
“No thank you, hope he feels better soon,” I said quickly before turning to leave.
“He told me you like Malibu, let me at least make you a special cocktail to go,” He said.
I thought about leaving but realized since I couldn’t voice my thoughts drinking would help.
“Sure,” I replied.
He took a short time to make the cocktail which was impressive. I took a sip before leaving and was impressed that it was better than Jeremiah’s.
“Thank you,” I replied.
“I’m Adrian by the way,” He said.
“Ivy,” I responded before leaving.
The following weekend he covered Jeremiah’s shift again and since his cocktail was good, I decided to get another one. This time we had a conversation and got to know each other. With time I realized he was just as fun to talk to as Jeremiah. However, since he was still a stranger, I avoided sharing so much with him.
One of the weekends I ended up working during a day event which was a bit more relaxed than the night events. Since I was in a cheery mood, I decided to start my day off with a cocktail, so I went up to Adrian. As I got closer to his tent he smiled and started making my cocktail, which made me happier. I took a seat next to his station and watched him prepare my drink. He took a short time making it and handed it to me.
We had a small chat before I got up to leave. Immediately I stood up, he asked me on a date. On the outside I seemed calm but, on the inside, I couldn’t believe it. Every fibre in my body wanted to say yes but the day he had picked out was a busy day for me. Luckily, he was understanding which made me like him even more. We exchanged numbers so I could let him know when I would be free, and I went back to work.
The following weekend was the first time there was no event and I felt relieved. Every time I was not working during the weekend I would go shopping on Saturday. This usually made it easier for me to rest on Sundays.
I woke up as usual at 9 am, sorted out my chores and went to Carrefour. Unlike other people, I would never carry a list because it was easy to forget things. To make my shopping experience simple I would move through every aisle. When I got to the food section, I noticed someone who looked like Jeremiah and walked up to him to say hello.
Immediately the man turned, and I was shocked to see it was Adrian standing next to one of my colleagues.
“Hey, I didn’t know you do your shopping here,” My colleague said.
“Yeah, I live close by,” I responded, avoiding eye contact with Adrian.
“That’s nice, have you met Adrian?” She asked.
“Yeah once,” I replied with a smile.
“Babe? Aren’t you going to say hi?” She asked.
“Hey,” He said quickly as he also avoided eye contact.
As I walked to the counter to pay for my shopping I had so many questions which left me confused. The rest of the weekend I replayed the events in my mind and wondered how long they had been together. Normally I would let go and move on but somehow, I felt like I needed answers.
The following week I decided to ask Jeremiah since they seemed close. The two had been in a relationship for two years. The shocking part was Adrian had always wanted to leave and never managed to. Every time he would start the topic, she would threaten to drink bleach and kill herself.
I used to think Nairobi men were the problem but turns out even women have their fair share of problems. I felt a bit disappointed but I was glad I didn’t get looped into their relationship.
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