This week's theme is New Horizons and I've chosen a snippet from one of my completed novels title The Tycoon's Spurned Bride. It is set in Lagos, Nigeria. In this scene, the heroine Ebony meets the hero Felix for the first time. Or so she thinks. I hope you enjoy it. Of course let me know what you think at the end.
Word count: 393
Ebony was exhausted. Mind, body and surely somewhere in her soul, she was weary too. With her tired state of mind came irritability and the penchant for annoyance at the slightest aggravation. She stepped off the plane from a long-haul flight from the USA. For the first time in ten years, she was back in Nigeria ready to confront her past. By the time the trip was over, she hoped to start a new life too.
The regulated cool air of the plane hadn’t prepared her for the humid wall of heat that hit her as soon as she disembarked and started the walk towards passport control. The air in the terminal was controlled, but still not cool enough for her non-acclimatized body.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, her irritation heightened with the long wait to clear immigration and then another long wait to pick up her luggage. It seemed several flights had disembarked about the same time increasing the human traffic in the airport. With her luggage finally in hand she went through customs and was finally out hurrying out to meet with the family driver picking her up.
As soon as she stepped into the busy lobby, a man approached her. It was probably unfair describing him as a mere man. Tall, he stood head and shoulders above everyone in the lobby except for one other man standing next to him; broad shouldered she guessed that underneath his well-cut gray pinstripe suit was a lean muscular body; his complexion was like polished brown teak wood and his facial features were rugged warrior-like. She couldn’t help picturing him as a descendant of famous African warriors.
He smiled at her and she wondered where she recognized his face from. She squeezed her face into a frown as her brain worked to figure out who he was. Then it hit her. She pulled out the magazine in her bag and looked at the image on the front cover.
Gosh! It was him. Felix Essien - the oldest of the Essien brothers, the kings of African finance, and one of Africa’s most eligible bachelors according to Time magazine.
He was here, in the airport terminal, striding towards her with powerful purposeful steps and looking straight at her. She bit down the urge to glance behind her and check if there was someone else there.
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