Palingenesis – Episode 3

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By Akpede Isaac Olutosin
**Present Day****
“Guy shey na cos of one girl you just dey test run all your clothes like this?” Isaac talking to Ben who
isn’t even paying attention to what he is saying, not sure he even heard what he just said. 
He kept on taking different types of clothes and fitting them to see which one suits his mood and outing, after a long time he actually settles for a blue polo top with a pencil pants and a blue all star to match it, now combing his mo hawk for the umpteenth time in less than an hour.
“Yeah na now I get your time, how do I look he?” asked Isaac knowing fully well his response will
be crazy.
“You be like agbero (tout, thug) with this your haircut wahalai!” Isaac replied. 
Ben wasn’t disappointed because he was even expecting the comment to be far worse than what he said. 
“Wish me luck brother.” he said and stepped out.
“Ejiro so because your boyfriend abi na crush is coming now you are cooking assorted noodles,
and if I beg you to cook it for me tomorrow you will be doing yanga, infact am not leaving this
place today sef.”
“Haba Clarieta stop now, okay I will prepare yours for you tomorrow morning I promise.” Clarieta jumped for joy and hugged Ejiro.
“See as you dey jump cos of ordinary noodles, sha dey go your room abeg.”
“ Okay okay I dey go, no be only you get room abi boyfriend .” Clarieta shouted and was about running away but was shocked when she opened the door and saw Ben standing at the door. 
Ejiro who was backing the door didn’t realise Ben was there, so she kept on talking.
“ You sef no go find Isaac make you take am do your own boyfriend, you dey here dey talk
nons……..” she saw Ben and couldn’t finish the sentence, knowing fully well that He heard most
of the things they said. Nevertheless Clarieta rushed out leaving Ejiro to face her problem herself.
“Hello to you too.” Ben said smiling. “Can I sit on the chair?”
“ Yeah make yourself comfortable and am sorry if you heard all those things we said, we
were just joking.”
Ben said nothing, he just kept on smiling.
“Okay if that’s how you want to keep smiling all day continue then….” 
Before she could finish the sentence he rushed to her so fast she didn’t even see him coming, he drew her closer and they could feel each other’s breath. 
“There’s nothing left to say, you love me and I love you.”
As she was about to say something, he planted a kiss on her mouth, she tried fighting at first but she realized she didn’t have the power to fight the urge of kissing him. The kiss was gradually getting intensified, she held him like her life depends on it, she was about to unbutton his shirt while he was working on her jeans button but suddenly started hearing some funny sounds.
***Baba God emi na fe wa range Dangote o lo rimeji Answer my call*** Ben’s phone ringing, the girl became shy and ran to the bathroom.
“Chaii who kan spoil my show like this na, I hope say na important call sha” Ben murmuring and brought out his phone only to see it was Isaac calling.
“Guy why you carry all the condoms na” Isaac.
“E no go better for your papa” Ben.
“ Haa guy no vex I don see am.’ Isaac laughing seriously hard over the phone.
Ben didn’t know if he should break the phone or rather swear for Isaac. He just hanged up. 
Seconds later, she came out of the kitchen with the noodles and placed it on the table. 
“Hey Ben I am sorry about what just happened, I don’t know what came over me, please just pretend as if it never happened.”
Ben realizing that his silly soul of a friend has ruined his chances couldn’t show his anger but concluded in his mind that he will surely pay him back. 
“Am sorry too” he muttered. 
“It’s okay let’s eat.” Ejiro. They ate in silence, after they both ate to their satisfaction, they talked about random things for a long time. Ben who was still hoping that he would get another chance kept on trying to find a way but when all efforts proved futile, he decided he should leave. 
“Thanks so much for the hospitality, i am really grateful ma’am” Ben.
“You are welcome, I really enjoyed your company, at least you saved me from my talkative of a friend, let me walk you outside where you will get a bike.”
They got outside and he got a bike in no time.
“Thanks once again for the meal and hospitality.”
“You are welcome Albert Einstein.”
Even though Ben didn’t achieve much by doing what a man is gat to do, he was still very much happy, it’s like he really loves the girl. Even though the girl almost had Sex on a first visit, she was happy she has found love at last.
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***Unknown Time***
Ajadi woke up barely remembering anything that happened last night, he thought he was in his room at his father’s house but when his eyes opened widly he was shocked.
How could his room be so rough.
Gradually he started remembering that he has left his nice room and house for an excuse of a hut, everything seem to be damaged, damaged roof, damaged window the only good thing in the room is Labake who he is not even seeing on her side where she slept, he stood up to go look for Labake only to get outside to see Labake dancing again.
Dancing to no tune, she was so enjoying it. Ajadi stood at the door trying to understand what is really happening, he decided not to intervene, after Labake danced for a long period of time, then she started waving her hand like she was bidding some people goodbye. 
But there is no one here, who is she waving to, could it be that those are the people beating spiritual drums for her, is she really an emere, what is really happening. 
As soon as she stopped waving, she fell down lifelessly and fainted. 
Ajadi ran to where she was and rushed her inside. 
He was out of ideas because he doesn’t even know what happened.
What is happening, what have I gotten myself into, what will I do. 
He ran outside to get water to sprinkle on Labake but before he got back, she was awake. 
Labake you scared me, what happened out there, why were you dancing alone. 
That is not the question you are supposed to ask me, the question you are supposed to ask is who am I’ she said . 
For the first time in his life. He was scared. 
* Present Day (Lagos State) ***
Woman, have always told you not to disturb me, when the time is right I will take our children home but now is not the time. 
What do you mean now is not the time, you won’t even allow them to meet their extended family, this is just not fair o Papa Ben, it’s not fair at all and speaking of children when was the last time you called Ben to ask him how he is fairing. 
Mama Ben please don’t pressure me and if it’s about calling Ben, I will call him right away he said and brought out his phone and dialled a number . 
Hello Dad…
Boy how are you and how is studies….
Fine dad, how is mum and everyone sir….
We are all fine my son, we thank God….
And how is work also….
Fine oo, you know police work never change until you retire, hold on for your mum…..
Hello my wonderful son…..
Hello mum how are you doing, have missed you ooo….
Am fine my son, I have missed you too, I hope you are coping, hope no problem….
Yes mum, Mum I have to go now, the lecturer just entered the class. Take care of yourself. Love you Mum. 
… To be continued
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