Curious – Episode 16

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By Paula Keyne

Adanna arrived at Cape Town International Airport and was picked up by a chauffeur and driven to the Romney Park All Suite Hotel and Spa located in Green Point on the Cape’s Atlantic Seaboard. Since she had never left the shores after Nigeria before she felt she was safer booking everything before travelling because she didn’t want to get lost and have her face plastered across the web as a missing person. The thirty minutes drive to the hotel was the most fascinating thing she had ever experienced, the driver kept pointing and showing her places she had no idea of but from the way he spoke they seem to be important. Soon she arrived at the hotel and checked in and her luggage was carried by a staff as he led her to the apartment. On the elevator ride he told her about their services they rendered and how

the place was built in 1997, that there was free WiFi and that there was also free newspaper in the lobby,she didn’t really pay him much attention because she was jet lagged and most of the things he was telling her,she

already knew when she browsed the net looking for info about the hotel. As soon as she was settled in her apartment,she had her bath and went straight to bed without eating.

When she woke up the next morning she was a bit disoriented seeing herself in a strange room but that quickly disappeared as remembered where she was. There was loud rumble in her stomach as if announcing that it had been ignored for too long. She used the telephone beside her bed to order for breakfast,when she was checking up the hotel it stated that its breakfast were free so she might as well enjoy it. Once she had eaten,her brain finally started working well and she noticed her apartment for the first time,she had checked the place out online but even that had not prepared her for what she was seeing right now,she walked round the place taking every thing in,the one word to best describe it was stunning. She was staying in a bedroom apartment, it had a spacious living room and kitchenette that even had a microwave and a coffee and tea making machine. She went to the bathroom next and she was surprised she had not noticed it last night,maybe her tiredness wasn’t making her brain function well

then,the bathroom looked like it came out of a magazine or something. She went out to the patio and her heart skipped a beat,the one word for what she saw was breathtaking. You could see the ocean,she never knew looking at water can make you catch your feelings but damn,she wondered why in Nigeria people don’t really build houses close to the water side,maybe because of

superstition or something, you could also see Robben Islands. She knew from what she had read that she was minutes away from places like Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, two oceans aquarium and even the historical Cape Town stadium which hosted the 2010 world cup. She needed to visit all these places. She left her apartment after freshen up and headed for the spa,the

Lord knows she needed the pampering. Hours later and she was feeling like a child and was well relaxed. The hotel had a restaurant so she ate a light lunch by the pool.

She went back to her apartment to change clothes and pick a hat and a camera and off she went sight seeing and shopping. It was evening and she was returning back when a car speed past her driving through a puddle and splashing her. She was soaked from head to toe and even the bags she carried had water on them,she stood there like a statue and just as she was about to start raining curses on the driver,the car reversed back and slowed down beside her,the passenger side window wound down and the driver leaned towards her

“Am sorry madam,please if its okay with you get in so I can take you to your destination, am so sorry” he said.

She wanted to tell him what she thought of him and walked away but she knew that would be foolish not only would she expose herself and her health,people might think she was mad or something. She opened the door and got in, facing him she said “thank you” and turned to look out the window.

She gave him directions and he dropped her in front to the building she thanked him and got out as he apologized once again. She went to her to suite to freshen and change her soaked dress. She arranged everything she bought and then went online to book a cape peninsula tour. She went down to the restaurant for dinner and went back to her room to read some novels she bought at the airport and then she slept.

She woke up every early the next morning and got ready. She was putting on jeans and boats with a tank top tho she wore a long sleeves denim jacket on it that she left unbuttoned. She was wearing the jacket to be

fashionable rather it was to cover up her wrist. She took a pair of sunglasses, her carry-on bag that had her wallet,camera,toiletries and a spare long dress in case someone decides to drench her again. She walked

out and stood in front of the building and at 8:30am the tour guide arrived, a local and her name was Sheila. They were two college students who were also staying at the hotel and had booked the tour so they all went

together. Sheila was brilliant, full of knowledge and her timing was spot on,she made sure they arrived before the crowds.

Our first stop was the fishing village of Hout Bay and a boat ride out to Seal Island then to the Cape of Good Hope and later to the Cape Point Nature Reserve then off to boulders beach for lunch at a lovely restaurant, also at boulders beach we saw the African Penguins and then we took the funicular to the old Cape Point lighthouse to see the meeting of the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans,from there we drove round the coast

while she pointed out places and we took lots of pictures,we later stopped by a beach where they were surfers,the European students didn’t seem as spell bound as I was,I mean I only saw surfers on TV and seeing them with my own two eyes was a new experience, we headed over to the botanic garden

and later dropped back at the hotel. It was a fun filled experience and our guide Sheila had a huge role to play in that,dear Sheila I hope God bless your kind heart everyday,Adanna prayed in her mind. She bade the students goodbye and was headed back to her room when something collided with her,she was about falling down when a pair of strong arms grabbed her “you

need to watch where you are going to” she heard,she turned towards the voice and her eyes locked with the same stranger who decided to bath her yesterday, she quickly stepped aside,hissed and walked away. She ran all the curses in her head on him as she went to her room,stupid arrogant fool,he is lucky she was in a very good mood if not she would have shown him the other side of her that he sure will not enjoy. She reached the door to her apartment and as she searched through her bag for her keys she heard the same annoying voice again

“Look,I know this must now be a cliché coming from me but am sorry for what happened in the hallway and for also sounding rude” he said standing directly behind her.

She turned around and faced him “you are so arrogant and full of yourself plus you are so rude,you disgust me” she replied

“Geez woman,you were also rude to me remember? Am trying to be the bigger person here,I did not come to trade insults just to apologized which I seem to do a lot with you. Let’s start over,Hi my name is Thomas” he said and stretched his hand forward. She stared at his hands turned around open her door walked in and bang the door at his face. She did not move rather she leaned against the door and placing her ears,tried to hear what he will do next,he stood at her door for a while then he laughed and walked away she still had her ears glued to the door as his footsteps faded away. She

remained there for a while just to be sure he was truly gone,when she got tired of standing she went to her room and tossing her bag on the bed she removed her clothes and headed for the bathroom and as she was about to turn on the shower she heard a gentle knock on her door .

“You don’t give up,do you?” She said to herself, she got out of the bathroom and tied a bathrobe around herself and moved towards the door “What do you want?” She asked

“Am from the restaurant madam,I brought your meal” a strange voice replied.

She quickly opened the door to face a young man with a serving cart dressed like a chef “you must have the wrong room,I did not order for anything” she said

“Ma,your boyfriend paid and asked for us to send this meal up with these flowers” the young man replied,lifting up the flowers for her to see

Crossing her arms she said “you don’t say,so this my boyfriend does he have a name?”

The young man had a look on his face as if she was crazy or something, he replied slowly this time as if that would make her understand him better “Ma,he only signed this card here as Thomas”

Seeing how she was putting the young man unease,she told to take the food inside and she collected the flowers from him and stepped aside while he set to work moving the cart inside, once he was through the young man practically leaped out of her room like he was scarred to spend another minute with her. Whatever she thought as he dashed out,she kept the flowers in a vase and walked over to the food,she lifted the domes covering the food and the aroma immediately made her realized how hungry she was,she might be angry at who sent the food but seeing the meal even hatred wouldn’t stop her from eating,at that moment she realized he even sent a bottle of wine that was chilling in a bucket ,she needed no other encouragement.

“Go away” she said as she use her pillows to cover ears and go back to sleep but whoever was outside her door did not hear her or probably care that they were interrupting the best sleep she has had in ages. Since the person kept knocking,she reluctantly got up from the bed and wrapped her robe around her and went to the door only to open it to find the most annoying man in the world grinning at her. He was wearing a green tee shirt

on a nice pair of jeans that emphasized all six feet three inches of his height,wait how did she know his height? “What can I do for you?” She blurted out instead

“I brought breakfast” he replied winking at her

“Can’t remember asking you to get me anything”

“That doesn’t matter” he replied and pushed the door with his body and walked in like she invited him,he headed straight to her bedroom

“Come back here” she screamed at him. She shut the door and followed him and found him lying across her bed “do you know how obnoxious you are? Now

get off my bed this minute or I will scream so loud this building might shake”

“Geez woman,its just breakfast and then we go out for sight seeing its obvious you are a tourist so lemme be your personal tour guide”

“Thank you but I already had a tour yesterday” she replied and pulled a pillow from under him “now get out”

He sat up grinning at her “please don’t tell me its one of those paid tours you are talking about? Hahahahah,I see don’t worry just eat your breakfast,take a bath and I will show you the real SA” then gave her a wink. She hissed and went to the closet picked her clothes and dashed for the bathroom and locked the door before proceeding to clean up.

Once she was through and changed to her new clothes,she stepped out to find him reading one of her novels and leaning on the wall “where is the food” she

asked and he pointed a nylon on the cupboard,she picked it up and headed out to the patio ignoring him and eating everything he got for her.

“You know,for a very hungry person you sure do have an attitude” she found him leaning on the door,ignoring she packed everything to and tossed then in the trash can,turning to face him”okay now that I have eaten your food will you leave?”

“Hell no,its now time for our date”

“What date,dear Mr Thomas please don’t deceive yourself, am not going on any date with you not now or ever”

“And why is that if I may ask”

“Because am a married woman” that seem to rattle him a bit because he suddenly had an expression on his face “oh my goodness,you had no idea I was married,it’s so funny,you were wasting your charms on me instead of a

single lady. You should see the look on your face right now its speechless” she laughed hard

Composing himself,he moved from the door “okay,so what,you are married. We can still hang out as friends. I mean its not like I fancied you that much or something” he said and she stopped laughing and it was his turn to laugh “wait o,you really think I fancied you” he arched his eyebrows before shaking his head “you know let’s just be on our way so I can waste my charms on single ladies” he was definitely loving seeing her face blow up

with rage,he added “so since am not trying to get into your pants anymore,can we be free with one another. you know where you can just call me Thomas and I can call you by your name that you still haven’t told me”

“The name is Adanna and I don’t know what your end game here is but lemme just let you know now that I am not interested and never will be”

“Okay, then that’s settled now can we go out Adanna?” He said and pointed the way out.

…to be continued

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