Kelvin Curtis Halsey… One would wonder where a typical Nigerian like him got only English names and no native ones. The one he remembered about his childhood was that he had been adopted by an old American couple when he was just six months old. The Halseys had willed everything they had in Nigeria to him before relocating back to the United States where they later died, He was just twelve years old.
No family of the Halseys agreed he was a part of them and he had to live in boarding homes till he finished college. One day just after his 25th birthday, Kelvin Halsey came back home.
‘Imelda darling.’ He spoke into the phone in his hand. An half filled wine glass in the other. His accent showed his childhood story. ‘Finally you picked my call. I’m happy. How are you sweetheart?’ He paused and listened. ‘I’m sorry it came that way. That’s why I’m asking that we see. Your favourite beach hotel will be fine. We could have our Salmon Salad, the way you love it.’
After another long pause, the call ended. He sighed. He didn’t mean to break her heart but he was ready to make another life commitment.
Janet had unusually been quiet lately and Imelda could no longer hide her curiosity. ‘Hey babes, are you OK?’
Janet turned from the textbook she was reading, ‘Me? I’m fine. Why did you ask?’
‘Well, I just observed you’ve been more quiet lately. Is there something you want to share?’
Share? Noway! Janet thought but she gave her friend an assuring smile that she was fine. She told herself it was the truth, the two girls have been friends before they came to the University. They had met at the post UTME screening exercise and had clicked fast because they were coming in for the same course. Since then till now they had always shared their endless dreams of what they would do as medical doctors.
‘Alright then, if you say so. I’m going to the Library and I won’t be back till tomorrow morning.’ Imelda said.
Janet asked sharply, ‘What about Mr. Kelvin? Won’t you be going on the date?’
Imelda pouted her lips. ‘I’ve not decided yet. If I decide to go, I’ll be home this evening and if you don’t see me, then it’s a no.’