The coding diet




 I could've sworn the keyboard was screaming for help but I think I was sane enough to know how impossible that was, or was I?

"Ugh!" He screamed, exasperated and not his normal self. Trust me, I double checked the jar where he was usually kept and it was definitely empty.

He'd been looking at the computer screen for the past 10 hours and the way I saw it, he wasn't planning on getting up from his chair any time soon.

I looked round the room and wondered if a tornado had gone through it. To say it was a mess was a heavy understatement and if you weren't careful, you'd get pounded the same way the keys were being showed hell.

"OK, that's it!" I threw my hands up, and cried, "we are getting you out of here."

"No!" He screamed as I wheeled him out of his room on his swivel chair since he didn't agree to move with his legs. He was pouting and if I had been in the mood for his antics, I would have called him cute but over time, I'd learnt to ignore his chiseled-to-perfection features: the deep blue oceans of sapphires he had as eyes, the annoying goatee that reminded me he wasn't a child I could just stuff in my bag and take home. He was precious...

"Get a grip on yourself woman," I mumbled, giving myself a slap on the back of my head ever so lightly cause I was pretty sure the tiny people in my brain were on a lunch break or they were just in total disagreement with me.

"I'm sorry, what did you say?" He asked looking up at me with his oceans and in that moment, I could have sworn that my inner obirin was going to materialise physically and slap me 'sense full'. Get a grip!


"Uh.. you okay?" He asked with a frown, "you've been looking at my chair funny for the last minute," he added and I finally realised he had gotten up.

"I'm totally fine," I answered, the silly spell abated.

"So whatchu wanna do?" He asked as he leaned against the corridor wall with his hands crossed and one of his brows raised.

"Uh... hungry?" I asked after stabilising myself.

"Sure, delivery or you wanna go out to a restaurant?"

"I think you need to take a break from these four walls for a bit." I said taking him by the hand and pulling him downstairs to the front door.

"Okay, slow down steam engine," he said with a chuckle, "I'm being compliant."

"So you choose where we're going and I'll drive us there," I said taking his car keys from the table and opening the front door.

"Well, I'm definitely dressed too classy for a formal dinner but I think I won't be turned away by a burger shack," he said smirking and blowing off imaginary dust from his t-shirt.

"Formal my ass," I said laughing off his silliness, "yeah, righto" I said laying it thick on the sarcasm.

He tried to pout again but he could only hold it for three seconds all the while trying to hold back the laughter. In the end, he gave up and we just howled out with laughter. Thankfully, I hadn't started moving the car.

I put on the stereo only to be met with loud blasting heavy metallic rock as I shifted into gear.

He quickly extracted the CD with a chuckle earning a death glare from me.

"It's not mine, Baje must've forgotten it when he used the car two days ago," he said, shrinking into the chair a bit.

"So indie or hip hop?" He asked as he shuffled through his curated disc selection.

"Indie, but I don't want a mix, I just want a single artiste."

"Okay..., All I got is some dude named Josh Garrels, you interested?" He asked holding the plate up.

"I have no idea who that is but let's try it." I said settling the car into a comfy drive.



*****



"Well that was quite the album" I said as we came down from the car, "I present la burger de  shack," I said with raised hands, "hopefully, that means the shack of burgers" I added with a smile feeling a bit proud of my almost non-existent knowledge of French.

"Des burgers not de burgers," he corrected.

"Did I ask you?" I quipped, “If you like, be doing over sabi there, I'm going in to eat," I said leaving him outside to contemplate his future while I walked in with a smirk on my face.

"It's been awhile since I stuffed my mouth with something this good," he cried after the first two bites. There was this blissful smile on his face that I hadn't seen in a while, I missed it quite a lot.

Ever since he'd embarked on this stupid project that took all his time, sometimes, I just wanted to scream my head off when he noticed me less than he usually would.

"Hey, stop frowning, it makes you appear less beautiful than you are," he said, bringing me out of my thoughts but before I could form a coherent answer, he was heading for the bathroom.

'Dang it woman, you just had to weird him out didn't you' I thought to myself as I sank into the plush chair.

"You ready to go?" He asked as he settled back into his chair.

"Yeah, I am," I replied then he proceeded to settle the tab.

"So did you enjoy yourself?"  I asked as we walked to the car.

"I did," he said with a smile, "Thanks for such an awesome time, and you know what?" He added as he rushed to the driver's side.

"What?" I asked feeling his hands slide on top of mine and removing them from the door handle.

"I'm taking you somewhere special," he said as he led me to the passenger’s side opening the door for me and closing it when I sat.

"Well aren't you being a prime gentleman," I joked, punching him in the arm ever so lightly.

"Only for you milady," he said giving me one of his elite smirks. I could have melted like butter over heat but I caught myself from making a fool of myself.

And a fool of myself i would have made gladly but I just couldn't help the fact that the beautiful idiot was so wrapped up in his stupid coding stuff, he couldn't just take the hint that I had gradually grown into a freaking sign post that screamed: 'date me you dolt, date me!' in red bold letters and a LED encrusted arrow pointing at me.

I sighed and put on my brave face. If he didn't make a move anytime soon, I was definitely gonna find a way to crush my fleeting heart.

The drive lasted for twenty minutes with us listening to a mix of different tracks from rap to pop, even a bit of jazz and classical music that resulted in me falling asleep.

"We're here," he said softly as he woke me up, "Now, I want you to close your eyes and trust me."

"Okay..." I said as I offered my hands for him to lead me after he opened my door.

It wasn't such a long trek but it was one that wound up a slightly rocky hill. I couldn't count the number of times I almost fell but he was always there to stabilise me.

"You can open your eyes now,"  he said as he left my hand. It was the most beautiful tree house I had ever seen.

"I've been wanting to bring you here for a long time but I never really thought it was the right time. I always had second thoughts about it but today, I just knew I had to get it over with cause I wouldn't forgive myself if I never got to tell you after so many wasted chances," he said and stepped forward to take my hands in his.

"Tell me what?" I asked swallowing hard.

He didn't answer though, he just led me to the rope ladder and climbed up, motioning for me to follow after.

"I've got to show you something first." He said as he took my hand and led me to one of the rooms. It had a large top to ground curtain at one of its edges and he pulled it aside to reveal the most beautiful sunset I had ever seen.

"Jessy, I'm in love with you and I'd like you to give me a chance to make you the happiest lady alive, would you do me the honour of being my girlfriend?" He said taking my hands once more and leading me to the open balcony. It sounded more like a marriage proposal but I didn't care if this was how he asked me to be his girlfriend, because I couldn't wait for him to put a ring on it.

"Are you sure you'd put the chance to good use?" I asked with a smile obviously fishing for a compliment, a woman's got to test the merchandise.

It was evident he knew how to make a lady smile when he answered, "I'd be the greatest idiot in the world if I didn't put it to the best use."

A kiss was his answer and from the crazy dance he did when we parted lips, it was clear he understood its implications.

I had no idea how it would play out but I knew that it was definitely worth a shot.

"One little thing though," I said when he stopped dancing.

"What is it?" He asked.

"I don't like sharing, especially with a computer screen. I come before your work okay?" I asked.

"Computer, what computer?" He asked faking confusion.

"Right answer," I said giving him another kiss before we sat on the balcony with my head on his shoulder and his arm around my upper body holding me close as we watched the sky go dark.

"I love you too Danny," I said as I fell asleep in his arms.


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