BACKSTORY SERIES – #ELISAANDJOHN 1
Introducing my BACKSTORY SERIES – That “gossip” part of the story we may want to know. Reconnect with the human side of all your favorite characters from Sinmisola Ogúnyinka.
Johnny knew he was looking where he was going but she still bumped into him. Miriam was her name, and she always seemed to be all dressed up whenever he saw her, even as far back as two years ago before he left home. She couldn’t be more than fourteen then. Now, a full-blossomed lady!
“Excuse me.” He gushed. “Accept my apology. Please.”
She fanned herself, and Johnny thought he caught the glimpse of a thin layer of sweat on her pale forehead.”
“Oh dear. You do know you walked right into me, Johnny.”
“I am sorry, ma’am. I must have been lost in thought.”
They heard giggling sounds and Johnny turned to where it came from. Two girls stood right across the road, and not only gawked but giggled loud enough for everyone by a mile to hear them.
Johnny bowed and stepped aside so Miriam could pass by him.
“Ma’am! I ain’t no ma’am, Johnny Holt!” Miriam cried.
“I’m sorry, Miriam. I didn’t mean to call you, ma’am!”
“I ain’t Miriam. My name is Charlotte!” She hurried across the road, and her two friends hugged her. The three walked away quickly.
“You sure got one less by the way,” Gilbert said.
Johnny swerved around to see his friend at the entrance of the office. “Gilbert Goodling! I didn’t know you were spying on me.”
Gilbert laughed. “Come on in, old boy! Before another abrupt lady falls into you. Never knew you were back.”
The two entered the mayor’s office. Johnny stole one last glance at the road but the ladies were gone.
“I thought her name was Miriam. Delightful little thing.” Johnny sighed. “I should buy her flowers and ask her forgiveness.”
“Well, you have all of the summer to fall in love!”
Johnny sighed. “I want to fall in love, Gilbert! With Charlotte.”