The keke moved and I kept staring at her,not
knowing whether it was really her in the flesh
or I was seeing her in another persons face.
She looked in straight with a permanent smile
registered on her face,a sign of the fact that
she was viewing or rather,observing me
from the corner of her eyes.
As the keke was about to enter Okigwe road
and had to briefly stop in order to be able to
join the other side of the road, she turned to
me and told me gently to my ears:
“You lack social skills!”
I started laughing and she continued her
In my mind I was like:
“Imagine! Where will I even start? How will I
even start? Am still trying to ascertain if am
not going insane myself, imagining things that
no one else could believe or see; and she is
telling me I lack social skills. what was I
supposed to say to her immediately?
Probably start ascertaining whether she is
Pretty in front of those people? One thing is
certain though,she just told me her
inability,making it sound like mine!”
After coming out of my temporary
reasoning,I spoke to her ears only:
“You know am following you to your place
She turned and faced me and said:
“Really?” as if she is unaware its what she
“Yes” I replied firmly.
“No problem!” She politely said.
Immediately the driver entered Akalanna
street and drove for some seconds,we
alighted. I followed her like my whole existence
that moment depended on me following her.
We crossed a street and arrived at her
place within seconds.As she opened her door
and let me in to the room,she uttered:
“Welcome to my humble abode!”.
“Thanks !” I said.
The room was richly decorated, even though
its richness was also made to appear in a
very simple form,with everything that you will
find in a normal rich student’s selfcon
room….Well,except that she wasn’t a student!
After keeping her handbag and sitting in the
bed,she inquired to know what I will eat.I told
her not to bother.
Apparently, I shouldn’t have said that.
She insisted though, and I obliged her.
After drinking the holandia Yoghurt she
offered me,I got myself mentally prepared
for the conversation that lay ahead.
“Hope you don’t mind?” She looked at
me,inquiring that she hopes that I don’t mind
her removing her clothes in front of me.
“Hope I don’t mind?” I asked my own self in
my mind,with my gaze fixed at her as she
simply turned away smiling while she
removed the perfectly body fitted gown she
She brought out a basketball attire and wore,
and then came back to the bed,the only sit-
able place in the room outside a small
wooden chair there.
“So,how far?” She asked me with her
permanently fixed laughter registered on her
I was like,”damn,Pretty is really pretty o!”
“Seriously,this your consistent staring is
becoming awkward” she said.
“Am not sure you will understand my state of
mind right now” I replied.
“So,are you here for us to start peering into
your state of mind in order to understand it
or you are here for something else?” She
“No no no! But,there are other things on my
mind right now.” I said.
“Like?” She asked.
“Like how you came into my life?” I replied
She smiled at me,and said:
“I didn’t ask to be in your life Mike,you invited
me into your life” she replied me.
“That’s the part I still don’t understand.” I said.
” And am not sure you actually will,believe
me.” She replied back.
“That’s because you don’t want to let me
understand!” I answered back at her.
In an effort to show her that I was not afraid
of her or what she is,I shifted closer to her
end of the foam and used one of the pillows
there to adjust and sit comfortably at the
wall,beside her,with my body touching her.
“You really should be afraid of me!” She said
outrightly, understanding what the intention
behind my little act is.
“I don’t believe you would harm me,at least I
have not given you any reason to do so!” I
said out of innocence.
” Really? That’s really bold of you to
say,which am sure you wouldn’t say if you
actually knew who I am!” She replied me,and
her ever present smile disappeared.
” And now you are trying to get me scared?”
I asked her.
“Not really,and am sorry if you were
beginning to feel that way.” She said,and then
faced me and continued her talk:
“I would never harm you!”
“Well,I just want you to not give in to the
notion that am afraid of you like am really
supposed to be afraid of you.” I said firmly.
She smiled at me.
“Well,am happy to know that.Its a good footing
to start on!” She calmly said.
“For my sanity sake,I won’t ask you any
background info” I went on to say.
“But I expect you to ask me that” she replied
“Really,why would you expect that from me?” I
“Its the sane to do!” She replied.
Hell,I know its the most sane to do,but I didn’t
want to directly raise the questions. So,I did it
in the best way I know I can use to insert the
said subject matter into our discuss,hoping
she will buy into it; whilst also fearing the
result and influence of what I was going to
hear will have on me.I just did one on
her,and she didn’t even know it.
“Well,the basic thing to know is that my
existence in this plane is just a brief one”
she said finally.
“You know,I started reading a lot about the
supernatural from a very early stage.So
which of them are you?” I asked her.
She started laughing out loud.
“Why are you laughing na?” I queried.
“Do you believe those things?” She asked me.
“Well,am a Catholic and a Christian, what do
you expect?” I asked.
“You didn’t answer me!” She said.
“I believe in certain things shaa.” I replied.
“Like?” She quizzed on.
“Like reincarnation, other beings outside of
humans,God,Jesus,and despite being a
Catholic, I have stopped believing that a loving
God will burn his children in hell for slight
wrongs they did.That’s why the concept of
purgatory makes sense!” I replied.
“Well,at least you are sincere in your
beliefs.One thing am sure about you is that in
the future,there are a lot of things you are
really going to stop believing about all your
present belief system” she replied.
“And you are now making the discuss about
me?” I asked.
“Not really anyway,and you know exactly why.”
“I don’t know anything o!” I replied.
” Well,at least you know am not really
human,and there is no right way for me to
actually explain nor tell you who i,am really
are.” She replied me.
It was at this point that my phone rang and it
was my mum calling.She informed me that her
niece and my cousin Ifeyinwa came. I told
Pretty that I have to get going,and she told
me to come back to her place the next
day,and I replied:
“I will try and come!”
“Don’t try,just come” she said.
“Okay,I will call you when am coming” I said.
She smiled,and quizzed in:
“How are you going to call me?”
I started laughing too.
I ended up collecting her number before
taking my leave.
As soon as I reached our house, my phone
rang and it was Pretty calling:
“Hope you reached safely?” She inquired.
” Yes.thanks for inquiring” I replied.
“Alright.I will see you tomorrow then!” She
said and the call went dead.
I walked in to our other room, where my
sister and Blessing slept and saw Ifeyinwa
and she was all smiles as we exchanged
greetings and chatted as usual……She is my
favourite cousin in both my direct and
extended legion of cousins!
I later got to know she is going back the next
day to my chagrin.Unlike previously, I believed
I won’t miss her this time around!
The next day, she left for Lagos very early in
the morning cuz she had come from their
village on a supposed errand.
At around 10:30am, I put a call through to
Pretty and informed her that I am on my way
to her place and she said she is waiting.
I was still on my way to her place when my
phone rang,and it was Ujunwa calling me:
“Hello” I said.
“Hmmn Michael, you have just forgotten me
so soon na!” She started with her usual
never-fruit-yielding guilty play.
“I thought you didn’t want to talk to me again
na,so I kept to myself.Even though I try as
much as possible to please any body in my
life or people I know,begging people is not
really my thing,especially when I did no actual
wrong!” I replied her.
“Iya! I can see that other girls in our class
has been confusing you na,especially that girl
that joined our group newly,Onyinyechi!” She
said with seriousness,to which I started
“That’s it na,its funny to you” she retorted.
“I will call you later please,am going
somewhere now!” I just told her.
“I see you are now avoiding me Michael” she
” I will call you later,I promise” I replied her.
” Okay my love. call me o” she insisted.
“I will” I said and cut the call.
For starters,its always a normal thing for
Ujunwa to act as she acted in that call,and
there was nothing much to it. And the girl she
referred to was someone I met through
Loveth and despite our closeness, she had
categorically told me she was married and
so we were not intimate relationship-wise.
Some few minutes later,I arrived at Pretty’s
place and she hugged me as she ushered me
into her place.
“You were cooking for me?” I started,after
smelling the delicious aroma of a sumptuous
stew she just finished cooking.As is
customary of her,she first smiled before
“I hope you will love it?”
“Well,I guess a trial will convince me!” I
said,and we both laughed.
As I expected,they had light.So,she said I
should occupy myself with any movie I love
there while she went on to take her bath;she
said she wanted us to eat together and that I
had to wait for her.
Ten minutes later,she is already through with
everything and have served the meal for us
We started eating and was in the middle of
the meal when my phone rang,and it was
Loveth calling.I looked at Pretty as if
requesting for her permission to answer the
call;She didn’t mind.
“Michael” she echoed.
” Yea my dear,how are you today?” I asked.
“Am good,and you?” She asked.
“Am lonely and I miss your company”
” Eeya! Am so sorry okay.will be back soon.”
“Okay o.If you say so” I said.
“When are we resuming self?”she asked.
” They gave us 3weeks,so it should be a week
and some days from today. But I trust u
na,na 3weeks after resumption you go come
I said and she started laughing before bidding
me farewell and ending the call.
“That’s Loveth right?” I heard Pretty ask me
as soon as I dropped my phone.
“Yea. do you know her?” I inquired.
” No!” She said,and obviously lying.
“That’s a lie” I replied immediately.
” Is she also like you?” I spoke further.
She smiled and stated again that she didn’t
” How did you then recognize her voice?” I
“Apparently, you have forgotten about me so
soon” she infused.
I remembered something immediately. It was
that day at Loveth’s house, and Loveth told me
that someone said she I was special to her
and that she should not joke nor mess with
me to avoid repercussions. I wanted to bring
up the issue,but my mind was doubtful and
undivided in whether or not I should press
on with it.I decided to let it go for an
“Its still written all over your face that you
don’t believe that I didn’t know Loveth!” She
said,and I was not sure whether she was
expecting me to say something or not.
” Well,Loveth is in Delta state,and we are
here!” I said,with a view to ending the topic
and to which aim I succeeded at.
“Well,how was your night?” she asked me as
she went to put away the things we used to
eat her delicious meal.
“Well,for the first time in days,I didnt see you
in my dream last night!” I chipped in.
She laughed, and replied:
“Well,there is no need for me to come
She cleaned up everything and arranged the
place,and then joined me in the bed as I
focused on the series DOCTOR WHO that I
found there which was playing and which I
As I sat with my back against the wall,she
used my leg to support her pillow by placing
the pillow on top my laps and resting her
head there as a result and channelled her
attention to the film playing.She wore a bum
short with a Manchester United red jersey
top,and she had no bra on.
As I watched the show with keen interest,I
managed to draw my attention to her and
viewed her from head to toe,and I was like:
“Damn,Pretty is really pretty ah swear!”
“This one you are looking at me and smiling?”
I heard her say,and I realised she has caught
“Nothing” I replied.
“Remove such thoughts from your mind and
stop imagining things
!” She simply said and concentrated back at
I kept shut and didn’t utter a word.
At that moment,NEPA took light.
She looked at me with a smile,and said:
” I guess your will have been done?”
“Actually, I was beginning to enjoy the
series!” I mischievously answered back.
“Nwa ojoo(bad boy)!” I heard her say.
I simply smiled.
She readjusted herself with her pillow and lay
straight on the bed facing me,whilst also
imploring me to do same; I obliged her.
“So?” I started as I faced her.
She didn’t say anything but kept looking at
“You know,there was a time I could have
sworn that I heard you tell me ‘help me’ in
one of my ‘you’ moments?” I asked.
“Hmmmm.You really can remember things.”
” So,why was that?” I asked.
“Thats because I did and do need your help”
“That’s weird!” I said out loud even though it
was to myself I made that remark to.
“You need not bother again about it no
more!” She retorted.
“Oh! You managed to get the help somewhere
else?” I asked.
” No.I got it from you!” She replied.
“Here we go again!” I said out loud.
“You didn’t allow me to finish.” She replied me
and held me by lefthand.
“Okay…continue!” I replied her.
“Observe this place and tell me what you
notice” she said.
I looked around and tried looking to see if I
will get a cue as to where she is heading with
the task she gave me.
“Well,owing to the fact that you have asked
me to remove “such thoughts” from my
mind,I find it interesting that you are
intimately holding my hand!” I replied her.
At that moment,their light came back again. I
was expecting her to say we should continue
the series,but instead,I saw she would rather
continue the conversation we were having.
“Well,isn’t it a good thing?” She asked me.
“I guess” I just replied,and continued:
” so how exactly did I help you?”
“In time you will understand it better” she
“If you say so.” I replied.
“So what exactly are you doing here?” I
summed up courage and managed to ask
“Don’t worry,with time you will know I
promise”. She said.
“Okay I know i have said this and asked this
before,but why did we have to meet the way
we did? Don’t tell me I attracted you to
myself!” I found myself asking.
” That’s deep!” She retorted
immediately,looking at me.I gave her that look
you give someone when you expect them to
continue talking or answer a question.
” You will know in time!” She replied finally.
“If I didn’t know better,I would say you are
avoiding answering them!” I replied.
“That might be true.” She said.
“Why?” I asked.
“No need rushing it.You will know all this
things with time.Trust me!” She said.
“Okay o.If you say so!” I said.
“Are you feeling bad?” She inquired.
“Actually,am supposed to feel bad,but to what
end?” I asked.
She smiled and then took my hand that she
was holding and placed on her right br*ast.
“What are you doing?” I inadvertently asked.
“What does it look like?” She replied me.
“I know you are not expecting an answer to
that.” I said.
“Well,if you have,am willing and ready to
listen” she replied.
That moment,I could hear a voice in my mind
“don’t do this,let it go!”…
The mind is such a very powerful tool,and
most of the time,we don’t even realise it.
Ever been in a situation where you are in
serious breaking point of taking an important
decision about a particular thing,and you have
like a zillion thoughts on your mind,with each
of them feasible enough,you don’t know which
one to chose?
Well,I wouldn’t say that was my state of
mind,but almost as close as my inner state
of mind was at that moment is the above
scenario I painted.
I may have let down my guard as to the
possibility of Pretty harming me,but one thing
I never do is to take for granted that in
everything, I have a choice; and that whatever
choice that I make,I always take responsibility
for it.For that reason,I always find it funny
when some people always blame the devil for
their failings and evil deeds which they
committed of their own freewill.
“I know exactly what your intention is” I
“And I can see you are afraid!” She replied
“I meant it that I am really not afraid of you.”
I told her.
“So why the double mind?” She asked.
“Well,I can be patient when I want to!” I
said,and then I continued:
” But….” I stopped.
“Keeping me in suspense now?” She queried.
” I have a better idea!” I concluded.
“Which is?” She quizzed.
” I want you to come to my dream tonight as
you use to do before.” I asserted.
She laughed,and that her permanent smile
returned to her face.
“So you prefer a dream to the real thing
here now?” She asked.
“I want us to start it from there.Isn’t how we
started?” I said.
She kept smiling while looking at me,and then
“All the time that I invaded your dreams,I
tried to allow you to control your dream
world,but you simply just can’t.It won’t be fair
to me knowing I will be manipulating
everything that will happen there!” She simply
“Its different now.I know you will be coming,
and am the one that invited you.I have read a
lot of works by Freud and I know a bit about
how the subconscious works” I retorted.
She just shakes her head,came on top of me
and with a sign of “please do not resist this’
she kissed me passionately and then came
off of me.
I was really kinda surprised with her spur of
the moment attitudinal exhibition.
” What’s that for?” I asked.
” Nothing!” She replied.
“This is funny!” I simple quipped in.
“Not to me!” She simply said.
We refocused our attention to the series we
were previously watching, and after a while,I
told her that I was going.She expressly told
me that she enjoys my company and told me
to expect her in the night.
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