That's how I met *Violet.
She was a senior employee at a Kenyan airline at that time.
Fox Bravo Mike you are needed at the reception.
Fox Oscar Four is it an emergency?
After a minute stomping my feet on the bed I woke up and got dressed. The power nap I had taken made me groggy.
I felt like shit.
I did not even bother to wash my face. If they need me now they will see me like this.
Mr. H mgeni wako huyu, the receptionist gesturing at her.
Oh, Hi, I'm Hanningtone, how may I help you? In my "acting" authoritative voice.
Nice to meet you. I'm with the...
This way please, I gesture. How was your flight?
It was alright. We finally got in after a few delays. Priority is given to...
Pole sana. Forget about all that, you are at the right place now...enjoy your break from Nairobi...
Ms. Violet, you're in safe hands I said matter of factly as I opened the door to the conference room.
Wow! Nice set up. Is the projector working?
Yes ma'am, the latest equipment these sides of the Coast.
Would you like anything to drink?
If you could get me a bottle of wine Mr. H!
(I noted she called me Mr. H. This is good, I told myself.)
Come on Mr. H, get it for me.
Let me see what I can do.
I walked her back to the reception and assisted her to her room with her luggage.
She had been upgraded to a superior room with seaview
What the hell!
I signed my comp bill and went for a shower.
Dinner went well. They came as a group and I got a glimpse of her. She had changed into something elegant.
This is good. I told myself.
She was maybe 38 is what i guessed. Very nice long natural hair tightly tied back.
She had a perfect body. An ample behind but not gross. I could tell she works out
I cared less though. If he messed up my group...
Day 1 went perfectly well. I stalked the conference center grounds as lunch time approached. I wanted to say hello to Violet.
They finally break for lunch.
I was busy replying to an email on my BlackBerry under the baobab tree when she poked me...
Its nothing. I just wanted to surprise you. You slept well though?
Oh yes I did. And the organization of the conference is perfect. People from the Coast are not that bad!
She joined her group in the restaurant.
So we agreed to go for a walk on the beach after they were done with the conference.
We met at the Leisure Lodge beach front. We walked and talked. What she did. What I did. We talked about life.
What? How old are you?
How old do you think I am?
She laughed till she cried.
Oh my God Mr. H you make me feel so young, as she moved in for a kiss.
The sun was setting behind us on the ocean.
Her lips lightly touched mine. She lingered for a bit and pulled back. Her lips were soft. Damn.
Lets go back to the hotel its getting late. And you need to go back to work.
We walked back in silence.
The second day went fast. We had an early breakfast together. I went for my morning meeting and she went to the conference.
We chatted throughout.
I had to beg the resident manager to miss out of work that evening. We had some seafood pasta with a cheap bottle of wine (I was paying of course).
We talked some more.
I can't. I might be fired if the security guys see me and snitch.
Let me spend at your place then?
I live inside the hotel. Same story. If you were not a guest...
She was low key pissed.
Ok then. I will come back next weekend.
How old are you Mr. H?
You're 6 years older than my first born twins.
I am 42. Aren't you worried about my age?
I have not yet thought about it.
Do you have a girlfriend?
Yes. I do. And I love her very much.
Where is she?
Do you still think she is yours? Does she still say she loves you?
Can we not talk about her? Plus I have to call her soon. We always talk at 11pm.
Its fine. You can call her. I will be here.
I excused myself later on and called Linda for 1 hr
We were frolicking in the warm swimming pool in no time.
We had an amazing night. She took everything slow and was in control.
Wake up you lazy bum!
Do you even work out?
Nope. I rarely do.
You're out of shape. You're too young to look the way you do. I thought you're 36.
Haha. Is that a diss? I spanked her and pushed her away from me.
I dressed up and went to the kitchenette.
Some eggs for you?
Ok. Let me show you a trick. She put four eggs in a sufuria.
I have never forgotten this statement in my life.
She had a glass of white wine as I sipped my sparkling water. (I know, right?)
We talked about her family.
Are you still together with your husband?
No. He filed for divorce.
You look amazing.
Am I allowed to kiss you here?
Nope. I am at work
So, what are you guys doing? Drinks tonight? Because I didn't see PPG last night...(we call each other PPG with Sheena. DO NOT ASK ME WHAT IT MEANS)
Drinks will be perfect! Violet jumps in.
Oh yea? I had nothing to do in the evening anyway. Nice plan!
They exchanged numbers and I dropped her off back to the apartment.
Time moved very slowly that evening.
I never went back. I went straight to the apartment where I found Sheena and Violet halfway through a bottle of 21 year old Famous Grouse. Sheena brought out...
You nevet told me about her PPG. She is amazing!
We drowned the bottle and went out to that pub at the Diani mall.
We had a rough night.
By the time we got back to the apartment it was maybe 3am. Or 4am. Who cared?
I felt lonely when the I saw the plane take off.