If I didn’t know any better,I would say that I
literally went dumb for like thirty seconds or
“I just don’t understand” I said for the
“What really is it that you are doing?” I asked.
“Trying to help you” she said.
“By wanting to disorganise her marriage or
what?” I asked.
“That’s the way you understand it.But, since
you don’t want me to proceed as I earlier
conceived,I won’t.But,you have to do
something for me” she finally ended.
I got up from the bed and said to her:
“Do as you wish.Am going!”
I headed straight to the door and tried
opening it,but it wouldn’t open.I looked back at
where she sat and saw her staring at me
with a “go ahead” look written boldly on her
I tried again to forcefully open the door,but I
just couldn’t open it.
“I thought you didnt want to stop me? Why
are you then blocking or rather,holding the
door?” I asked her.
“Am not holding it or doing anything to it,that,I
promise you!” She said.
“So,why is it yet to open ?” I asked.
“I really don’t know!” She told me.
Even though I wanted to doubt her,the look on
her face was totally sincere, but then the
simple common logic here is that she is the
one causing the jammed hard-to-open door.
“Okay,why not come and try opening it?” I
She stood up from where she sat and came
to the door where I stood.
I adjusted myself to allow her try opening the
door,even though deep down in my mind,I
believed she was just putting on a show.I
mean,what else could be blocking a supposed
door we came in through with,except her with
her supposed whatever power she got;its the
simple explanation, and that’s the only logical
thing to believe at that moment: she just
didn’t want me to go,or so I thought!
She tried opening the door herself, but it
couldn’t open.She looked at me and tried it
again, yet nothing.
“Seriously, what are you doing?” I said,not
knowing whether or not to laugh.
“Trying to open the door!” She said.
I came closer to her,grabbed her hands from
the the door knob and held it firmly and said
“Please, just stop this your trick.Am just
going home,we have like from tomorrow till
God knows when to continue on this our
rendezvous-you-controlled frivolities and
jamboree of a relation okay.I need to go
home for now. You are even welcome to my
dream this night if you want,but first,I need
to go home for now!”
Overwhelmed by my pleading and the emotion
with which I infused into it,she told me that:
“To be honest and sincere with you,am not
the one holding the door Mike,am not.
Something is seriously wrong” she ended.
I freed my hand from hers,and with such
tenacity I could gather at that moment in
time,I used all my strength to pull the door.
With that force,the door jacked open and a
heavy swooshing of something that felt like
dark wind blew the both of us backwards with
such hurling that we were thrown back off
our feet,back straight to the bed wall around
her bedside with a scream.
At that moment,my eyes opened immediately
to my immediate surrounding which was
covered by blue see-through pool water.
It was then I realised that I have never,that I
didn’t actually leave the water; that Pretty and
I were still inside the pool and that all that
has just happened, happened inside my mind.
I felt fear creep into my being as I gently
swam up with Pretty,out of the pool…
After quietly dressing up after getting off
from the pool,I told Pretty that I will be going
from there. She didnt try stopping me by
sweet talking me into changing my mind as
usual;I guess she perfectly understood that I
have been through enough already that
day,and she is the chief architect of it
all.But,she told me to wait so that we both
can leave the place together and then I can
be on my way.
As I finally parted from her company,the last
facial expressions exhibited by her were one
of a mixture of regret and “I’m sorry”;or at
least,that’s what I believed it to be.
As soon as I entered a keke,I switched on my
phone and my phone beeped,signifying that I
got a message.I opened it immediately, and it
“How many days will you stay if you come?”
That was Amara.
I didn’t really know what to think that moment
as my attention shifted from the events with
Pretty and focused on how to make up with
Amara,even though I knew that I did nothing
It was then it dawned on me that even if I
took an excuse that I was going to visit
grandma and then veer off,I was still going to
answer to my aunty that grandma is staying
with where I went to.
I figured I had to come up with an answer,
and real quick one at that.
As if everything was fast forwarded the
minute I entered that keke,it wasn’t long
before I found myself in my room,lying on
the bed and with my friend(phone) in hand.As
I told them to put food for me,I figured that
the last thing I needed was Amara calling me
first before I called her..Amara loved me to
the extent that she behaves like a kid as long
as is my matter that is concerned.When it
comes to me,she just doesn’t behave
normal,and she doesn’t care about the fact
that she is supposed to be the mature one
amongst us.But,its all great if you understand
the fact that it is just her character for me,
and me alone.I remember a day like that that
I jokingly told her that I didn’t like the color of
an expensive hairstyle she fixed,and the next
day she removed it and demanded that I
must give her the money to fix another
one;the one I will love.By the time I told her it
was a joke,I would have spent more than I
bargained for..But,as always,the joke will be
when she is nagging about the money,not that
she will take it if I bring it!But,exhibiting those
acts,it makes me love her the more.
So,as I wanted to call her,I got a call:
“Hello!” I said,it was Pretty calling.
“Hope you reached safely?” She asked.
“Yep” I replied.
“I guess you are angry with me and I fully
deserve it” she mused.
“If I was angry with you,I won’t pick your call.”
I told her as a matter of fact.
“If you say so!” She said.
“Okay” I replied
” When will you come again?” She asked me.
“I will tell you.I have not ckecked myself” I told
“Alright,I will be waiting for your call” she
“You are welcome.Take care” I replied her and
the call ended.
I called Amara immediately:
” Odii?” She called as she picked the call.
“Mmmmm” I answered.
“I zaga m Mmmmm?”(you are replying
Mnmnmn to me?) She asked me.
I started laughing and she assumed
seriousness and asked me whether I was
serious about what I told her tru my text,to
which I affirmed.She bid me come visit her
then,and I told her it will be the coming
week.We ended up agreeing on which day she
preferred best and that was it.The bulk of the
task was now left to me to do: getting the
needed permission. Situations like this was
exactly what I miss most about village.
Not more than thirty seconds after I left the
call did I receive a call from Jane.Jane asked
“What is it you were telling me that time
about my current marriage plans?cuz I can’t
seem to get that talk out of my head” she
” What?” I asked her.
“Were not telling me something about
marriage earlier when you called me today?”
” No o.I didn’t call you today o,and I have not
even switched on my phone till now!” I said in
“You are really very nuts,Odii” ( isi adi gi
“Am really very serious, I didn’t call you!” I
” I guess of all people in the world,your voice
is what I can’t remember again?” She Added:
“If this is one of those your jokes, stop it
now Odii” she mused.
“Okay,okay am sorry.” I said,and then
“I just wanted to make sure you will be
happy,very very happy with him!” I said.
“Oh dear.Stop worrying about me okay,I will
be fine.” She said.
“Well,that’s reassuring!” I told her.
“Hope am free to call from time to time?” I
“Of course.In fact,if you don’t call me as you
use to,I will deal with you” she joked.
“Yes madam!” I replied.
“Alright,take care” she said and cut the call.
It was her call that made me happy again that
day as I remember quite vividly that I slept
for almost 9hrs+ tops,uninterrupted and like
a babe.I have never slept better and more
peaceful..But then,it also amazed me at how I
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