I’ve never felt the way I did when I saw Christine for the first time. It was like I was paralyzed yet my body was tingling with excitement. I couldn’t even talk and it took me a few minutes to recover from the trance I was in. Before I realized it, Christine was seated next to me. It was the smell of her expensive perfume that brought me back to reality. I knew only a girl of her calibre could smell like that.
“Hi. Has matter no. 5 been called yet?” She asked in the sweetest angelic voice I have ever heard.
“Not yet. We’re in matter no. 3.”
“Thank God. I thought I was late. I can’t afford to be late again or my boss will fire me.” She explained.
Before I could ask her for her number or even her name, her case was read out and she gave instructions and then picked up her files to leave.
“Nice to meet you.” She whispered then dashed out.
My case was among the last ones so I had to wait in the courtroom for hours. I knew that Christine was long gone by the time I was done with my cases and I didn’t want to wait to run into her again in the courtroom so I used my lawyer privilege to get her number.
As an experienced lawyer, the registry clerks knew me by name. They probably also knew my license number but I can’t confirm that. The privilege of having friends in the registry is that my requests were always addressed immediately.
“Good afternoon, my friend. How’s work?” I said.
“Good afternoon, sir. Work is good. I can’t complain.” He answered.
“I’m glad to hear that. There’s a file I need to look at.” I said handing him the name on a piece of paper.
“This one is still with the magistrate. What do you need?”
“I need to know the lawyer handling it.”
He typed on his desktop as I silently waited then said, “It’s Mr Franklyne Odero of Nyagaka & Odero Advocates.”
As soon as he said Mr, my mind went blank. I wondered if I had the wrong case name.
“This was in court no. 3 today?” I asked just to clarify.
“Okay, thanks. Let me buy you lunch.” I said handing him a two hundred shilling note.
“Thank you, sir.”
I went back to my office, dropped my briefcase and headed to Odero’s office with a mission to find the girl with the expensive perfume. I still didn’t know her name because I was so distracted that I didn’t hear it when she said it.
The office wasn’t what I expected. It looked expensive which only intimidated me more. Before I could turn around and leave, the receptionist spotted me.
“Can I help you?” She asked sweetly.
“Yes, I was wondering if you have any job openings,” I said.
“I haven’t heard of any but you can leave your CV and we will let you know if anything comes up.”
“My CV? I didn’t carry it.”
“Okay.” She answered looking a bit puzzled.
I tried to make my exit again but bumped into the girl I was looking for.
“What are you doing here?” She asked.
By that time, I was tired of making up stories so I decided to be straightforward.
“I was looking for you.”
She laughed shyly.
“Have you had lunch?” I asked.
“I have actually, but I can eat again. Let me get my things then we can go.” She answered.
A few minutes later, she emerged and I was immediately taken back to the first time I saw her. I knew that I had to do whatever I could to make her my girlfriend.
She suggested that we go to Norfolk Hotel which was way out of my budget but since I was trying to impress her, I agreed. Despite the expensive tab, lunch went well and for the next week, I walked to her office every lunch hour to take her out. We would always go to an expensive hotel or restaurant which put a dent in my bank account. After a few dates, I started ordering drinks and let her order food.
“Are you not eating?” She asked.
“No, I’m not hungry. I think I’m getting sick.” I lied.
“Sorry about that.”
To be honest, I was just happy to see her enjoy herself.
We used to pass by a high-end suit shop every day as we came from lunch and she would comment how nice I would look in one of the suits. I knew that they were out of my budget but somehow, she convinced me to buy one.
“Let’s stop by that suit shop,” I said.
“Really?” She answered excitedly.
“Sure. I’ve worked hard for my money. I deserve a good suit.”
“Yes, and it will make you look like you’re part of the big boys club.”
We went in, took measurements and left a deposit of Ksh 20,000. Since I was feeling generous that day, we stopped by Lintons and I bought my lovely lady some expensive makeup. I think I spent around Ksh 50,000 that day but it worked because Christine finally started referring to me as her boyfriend.
We would meet every weekend for the sole purpose of shopping. She would take me from store to store and show me all the things she liked. Sometimes, I would buy her what she wanted but other times, I mastered the strength to say no.
My friends started worrying about me since I hardly spent any time with them and I looked like I was stressed all the time. Finally, I opened up to them about what was going on.
“You remember I told you about Christine.”
“Yes, the girl you met in the courtroom.”
“Yes, we’ve been dating for about two months now.”
“No wonder you don’t want to hang out with us anymore.” He teased me but I didn’t laugh. “Why do you look so sad, though?”
“Well, she has really expensive taste and I’m struggling to keep up. I’ve had to take loans just to buy her the things she wants.”
“She wanted the newest iPhone last week and I didn’t have the money so I took a loan from a colleague.”
“How much do you owe?”
“I think around Ksh 500,000.”
“In just two months.”
“Yes, the thing is, I told her that I’m not able to buy anything for her anymore and I haven’t heard from her since then.”
“I think that you should cut her off, count your losses and move on because this will not end well. You’ll have millions in debt if you keep pursuing this girl.” He advised me.
I didn’t want to accept the reality that Christine was out of my league but for my well-being, I had to. So I lied to her that I had fallen seriously ill and would be bedridden for months.
She never replied to my texts or called once to check how I was doing. After a couple of weeks, I went back to court and bumped into her while she was talking with another lawyer in the corridor. She pretended like she didn’t know me so I minded my own business and kept walking to the courtroom.
Later, I ran into the lawyer whom I saw talking to Christine and asked him how they knew each other.
“She’s my girlfriend.” He answered.
“Did you just start dating?”
“No, we’ve been dating for almost two years now. We had an argument three months ago but we’re back together.” He said.
I didn’t say anything. I felt like a fool that I spent that kind of money on a girl that I hardly knew just because she was beautiful.
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