Lover boys and girls, I’m appealing to you to listen to this story. Just be patient and listen My name is Peter.
"I’m a 24-year-old man. I’m a kind of person who quickly falls in love with people, particularly the opposite sex. I’m the kind of person who can’t help bursting with love and affection when I see a lady I cherish! But I don’t like ugly girls, mind you. But if you’re ugly, but have a very good character, I don’t mind marrying you because I need someone who can make me happy. I don’t like those who poison one’s soul. I don’t like running after every Stella and Mary. I mean anybody in skirts. I’m very selective."
"There was this girl I met about two years ago. She was a beautiful girl. Her name is Titi. It was one of my friends who introduced her to me. And instantly I fell in love with her, I must confess. It seemed an aura of innocence and love pervaded the girl. I chatted her up, telling her how much I love her. I told her that though my love for her looked like love at first sight, but she must not take it that way. I told her I don’t joke with my feelings. That if I should tell any girl I love her, I mean it from my heart of hearts. I also told her to trust me, that I trusted her, too. And she said she loves me too. I was happy when she said that to me. Instantly I knew I’d found someone who loves me at last! Ouch! It’s been a long time since I met someone who loves me. I was even hoping against hope, and praying enthusiastically for us to marry in the future. I even talked about her to my parents, and they agreed. I was serious with her, to be frank. I was honest with my feelings. God knows I was honest with her. I had no any other girlfriend or fiancee except her. I trusted her with my whole heart.
"Then days kept mounting and months after months. Our relationship continued smoothly. We showed love every time – on the streets, in the buses, at home, at cinema houses and everywhere. We bathed ourselves in showers of love. But suddenly one day a friend of mine briefed me that Titi was merely faking. He told me she had many permanent boyfriends all over the town. I didn’t believe him. I thought he was just being jealous of us. Another friend of mine came to tell me a similar tale some days later, but still I didn’t believe him. "Ouch! These jealous friends!" I said. I always asked Titi about these rumours but she denied it with tears in her eyes.
"Then one day I met an old friend at the bus stop. We were both happy, we talked and talked, purging our hopes and fears. Then he told me where he lives and said I should check him the coming Saturday. I agreed, for he was a schoolmate and very amiable, too. He lives at Apapa.
"I decided to pay him a visit that Saturday. I went to his house as promised, knocked and he called me in. And here comes the most shocking and painful experience of my life. As I entered my friends room, unbelievably I saw Titi half-dressed on his bed. Ah! I almost collapsed. I started sweating. I became hypertensive. My head instantly became too heavy for my neck to bear. I just didn’t know what to say or do. I was trembling seriously. She was shocked, too. My friends asked what was the matter with me, but I couldn’t utter a single word. He was surprised. I told him immediately that I’d come back later, that I had a very important appointment with my father. I left quickly.
When I reached home I couldn’t believe myself, as old as I am, I wept like a baby.
"Up till today, I haven’t recovered from the shock. Henceforth I have a principle that is guarding my life. It is a witty aphorism. It says: "Love one another, but make not a bond of love. Let it be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Stand together, yet not too near together, for the pillars of the temple stands apart."