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BN Prose – Book Excerpt: Closer than A Brother by Nkem Ivara



“Could you zip me up, please?”
Daye swallowed as he zipped up the dress, desperately trying not to look at the fastening of her pink lacy bra. He imagined what it would feel like to slip the dress off her shoulders, unclasp her bra and hold her pert breasts in his hands. He closed his eyes as he thought of planting feathery kisses all over her back till she moaned out his name in pleasure.

“Daye…Daye! So what do you think?” Sami’s soft voice roused him out of his daydream.
“Erm…yeah, good,” He looked away from her, cleared his throat and hoped his voice sounded normal to her, because it certainly didn’t to him. If he told her what he really thought, she would run and not look back. He couldn’t risk that.
“Good? Is that all you can say? I have tried on three different outfits and you’ve barely had anything complimentary to say. What’s the matter with you today? Are you ill?”

She reached for his forehead. He stood quickly and walked to the bedroom window of Sami’s Borough twelfth-floor flat. The skyline of the square mile stretched out before him but he hardly noticed. His senses focused solely on the woman in the room.

“I’m not ill, just a bit distracted, that’s all.” He didn’t want to have to deal with the feel of her skin against his. What did she want from him? Blood? Well there was definitely plenty of that rushing to his groin now. He shoved his hands into his pockets and kept his back to her so she wouldn’t see the bulge in his trousers.
“So tell me then, how do I look in this dress?”
Stunning, sexy, drop-dead gorgeous, absolutely divine. “I think it’ll do fine,” he said, still looking out the window.
“How would you know? You’ve barely looked at me.”
Oh! He’d looked plenty. He’d seen how the champagne dress fit like it was sewn on to her, showing off her curves. He’d noticed that it stopped just above her knees and made her already long legs look even longer.
“Daye, whatever is the matter with you? You’ve been acting really strange today.” She walked up to him and put her hand on his shoulder. Her touch burned through his shirt.

He turned around to face her and smiled. He wanted to kiss the frown off her face. “Hey, scrunch-bunch, I’m fine, really.” He’d nicknamed her when they were back in school as she had a tendency to frown whenever she was concentrating.
She smiled and punched him in the arm.
“Ow! What was that for?” he howled in a mock protest, rubbing his arm.
“That’s what you get for calling me ‘scrunch-bunch’. So it’s this one then?” she asked, swiftly changing the topic
“You look beautiful.”
“Really? Do you mean that or are you just saying it to placate me?” Sami asked, raising her eyebrows, smoothing her hands over her hips as she looked at him.

He swallowed as his eyes followed her movements, wondering what it would feel like if those were his hands. He hadn’t intended to say the words out loud. He’d been thinking them and they just slipped out.
“I mean it. He’s a fool if he doesn’t take one look at you and propose at once.” He smiled, but his heart was breaking at the thought of her spending the rest of her life with someone else.
“Thank you,” Sami smiled and threw her arms around him.
He put her away from him before she got too close and felt the evidence of his arousal.
“Why don’t you finish getting dressed? I’ve got some errands to run. I’ll call you later.”
“Aren’t you going to stay and vet my date?” Sami pouted.
“Not this time, hon.” He’d had his fill of approving her dates when he so wanted to be in their shoes. Today, he didn’t trust himself enough not to punch the lights out of the lucky guy. “Have fun.” He winked at her, then walked out of the room and shut the door behind him.

He let out the breath he’d been holding as he got in the lift and hit the button for the basement car park. As he walked out of the lift, he opened the car with the remote control and let himself in. He leaned back against the head rest and gripped the steering wheel till his knuckles ached.
He couldn’t do this for much longer. Keeping up the charade of a acting brotherly to Sami was nigh on killing him. He was in love with her, had been for a few years now. But she had no idea. She still treated him like the big brother she never had.
Nkem Ivara is passionate about words and enjoys a good read, particularly fiction. Over the years, she has dabbled into writing every now and again but finally decided to take the plunge and do it seriously. She has written a few short stories and blogs at The Wordsmythe’s Weblog. Her first book, a romantic novella called Closer Than A Brother, was published in March 2013 by Whispers Publishing and is available as an ebook on Amazon. When she is not enjoying banter on Twitter and Facebook, she can be found playing several games Scrabble and Ruzzle, all at the same time. You can follow her on Twitter @thewordsmythe.The book can be purchased here – Amazon UK


  1. kaycee kinsley

    June 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Interesting and Cool Excerpt…
    Makes you want to finish reading the book…

  2. Didi Agege

    June 4, 2013 at 8:43 am

    A really nice read (especially for those of us that enjoyed M n Bs, Harlequin romance novels back in college) *covering face*. ..Y’all should grab your kindles and purchase it.

    • Beediva

      June 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Yessss….You are so right !!! my dear, no need to cover ur face, we plenty Hmmm….gone are those days….**flashback** wish i cld turn back the hand of time..crying…..I have a friend like dat too, he’s so into me but cldnt make d move cos of the fear of bn turnd down by me. Little did he know that i’m in love with him too right frm d very 1st day we met. This is the 11th year now **sadface*

    • Anonymous

      June 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      why don’t u tell him? gosh! this is so lovely and u r spoiling it *frown face*


    June 4, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Very nice

  4. Dora the explorer

    June 4, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Anyone read Chimeka Garricks’s ‘Tomorrow Died Yesterday’ It makes other prose look lame.. And Chimamanda’s ‘Americanah’.. Bless

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      June 4, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Oh my goodness, “Tomorrow Died Yesterday” was such a great read. In fact, the book really surprised me, no be small. That thing wey dem talk na true – a prophet is not recognized among his own people.

      I went to Uni with Chimeka and knew him from back then so when I found out he was writing a book, I no go lie, I had some skeptism about how the book would turn out but I picked up a copy when I visited PH during the book festival and started reading it on my outbound flight and DAMN! I couldn’t put it down., which is saying a lot. And the subject matter he chose was apt. Once I finished it, I had to keep asking people to read it, that’s how much I enjoyed it.

      I’ve run into Chimeka a few times lately (see famzing now that I know an up-and-coming writer… hahaha!) and I think he’s going to be working on a new book soon. May it be worth the wait.

  5. JOJO

    June 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Ha first to comment!! Nice…hope he summons up the courage to get his love. Nothing is as beautiful as being in a relationship with your best friend.

  6. Hurperyermie

    June 4, 2013 at 9:25 am

    its interesting where can one purchase it?

  7. chinco

    June 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Yes… It really sounds M n B ish… Too unrealistic and cliche for me.

  8. Amaka

    June 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Awwww…so much for brotherly love lol

  9. Rosarii

    June 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

    very nice.

  10. Bimpe

    June 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Hmm I can identify wit this gurl. Funny world init?

  11. motlog

    June 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Very cliche. But doesn’t mean that shld stop d writer. I blieve in progress. Keep writing and challenging ur creativity.

  12. Bleed blue

    June 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

    He should tell her na! Abegi jor

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      June 4, 2013 at 10:58 am

      The thing vex you, abi? Hahahaha! I’m now too grown & jaded to see any romance in all these “I’m-dying-with-love-in-silence-because-the-gal-I’m-into-can’t-see-how-much-I-like-her” situations (abi na mind-reader she be? Or you wan make she toast you?? Man the eff up and talk wetin dey your mind, abeg) but well done to the writer because authoring a book aint easy. Only great things await you as you continue honing your craft.

  13. Teris

    June 4, 2013 at 11:36 am

    yuck! just go to eharlequin or some other where there’s bunches of free stuff like this out there if that’s what floats yer boat!
    frankly, any naija brother who is this lame is not worth reading or daydreaming about.
    picture Lynxxx this lame!!!

  14. Toyo

    June 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    LOL “Bro-Zone”

  15. ronke

    June 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    he is the the dreaded brother zone. oops.

  16. ronke

    June 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm


  17. Theresa Omoronyia

    June 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    It was captivating, and I could feel the emotions of the ‘big brother turned admirer’. Welldone Nkem, greater things await you!

  18. BIODUN

    June 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I’m in the same situation and anytime i am with her i feel like kissing her, hold her in my hand. We have been close for close to 10yrs now, people even think we are making mistake if we don’t marry each other. I remember and elderly woman after hearing how long we have been together asking us,if we have kiss before.

    • Bleed blue

      June 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm


  19. JADE

    June 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    O serious

  20. chinco

    June 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I’m with ms socially awkward and teris jaree. Any 9ja guy this lame deserves to be in the friend zone… @ teris, not sure about the lynxx part though but I totally get you.

  21. Dora the explorer

    June 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Mz socially awkward I’m with you all the way!!! -This na yeye dying in silence love-.. meanwhile Introduce me to Garrick now (I know he is married). When I come to naij I’m coming for him!!!

  22. honeymix...

    June 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Seems this prose just showed a part of my life. Had this brother from another mother, he knew me more than anyone. Anytime i had issues with a boyfriend, he was always the shoulder I cried upon. But then he finally summoned up the courage to tell me he had actually fallen in love with me from the first day he met me, but I dint see him as someone I was in love with. His feelings finally spoilt our friendship and then we dont even talk anymore. Now is it my fault I was not in love with him. Now to even get too close to any guy I dont intend dating seems like a big deal to me cos everyone labelled me as a wicked lady. *deep sigh*

  23. mamamia

    June 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    @Ms Socially Awkward, i always like ur stand on things shaaaaaaaaaaa….no homo ohh..*ok bye*

    • Mariaah

      June 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      LOL.. See this one… I love socially awkward too, and Tiki and The Amaka, urrghh and PEPEREMPE!!!! 🙂

    • lizzie

      June 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      I like them too, as for socially awkward, something makes me feel i know you 🙂

  24. Chicadimples

    June 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Buh sometimes its better to keep those feelings to yourself so u don’t destroy the trust and confidence that makes her come to You. Sometimes d babe might just like u cos of that. Saying u love her make her run!

  25. Nomy

    June 13, 2013 at 11:43 am

    My guy came right out and told me he had a thing for me, only thing was, I totally did not return his feelings, I felt so bad for him I wished he had never said it. We have remained friends, he is ever nice to me, am single, I wonder why I should not just settle for him, he is not perfect and am not perfect so why not? Then I tell myself the honest truth, until I have arrived very very well, I don’t see myself settling for just anybody 🙁 so we keep hanging out from time to time and I keep looking out for the one that will ring my bells

  26. Nomy

    June 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I guess some of us are really living the M&B life.

  27. Yves

    July 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Great read.


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