By Adebiyi Demola
We both enjoyed the game together. In fact she was good and experienced on bed. After the battle, I went to bathroom to take my bath and before I came back, I have gotten three missed calls on my phone and when I checked, it was Zainab. My heart vibrated and my conscience started disturbing me. Though, I didn’t know whether she is engaged as well, but the fault shouldn’t be from me.
I was confused whether to call her back or not. Then, Taiwo called me to join her in eating what she had prepared. I wanted to resist, but due to the promise which I made that I’m gonna eat something before leaving her, so I joined her with my troubled mind.
While eating together, she tried to feed me but which I rejected…
“What’s the problem now? I’ve noticed you since you came back from the bathroom; it seems you are not happy. What has happened or I didn’t perform up to your expectation?” she asked with a great worry written all over her face.
I was about to answer her when my phone started ringing again, and it was Zainab’s call. I was staring at my phone when Taiwo spoke, “pick it now”, and that was when I managed to pick it…
“Hello dear, where did you put your phone before?” she asked.
“I’m sorry jawe. I left it in the room while I was in the bathroom”, I replied.
“And you didn’t see my missed calls?” she asked.
“I saw it jawe and I have the intention of calling you back before I was being called by a friend, so I’m very sorry”, I replied.
While chatting with her over the phone, Taiwo left her place and came to my side which I didn’t understand why she did. I neglected her and continued the chat…
“Who is that your friend?” she asked anxiously.
“A new friend, so you can’t know her”, I replied “but I thought you said you are coming here by ending?” I quickly asked so as to deviate from what she was asking me.
“Yeap. We need to see and talk. Hope we are still together?” she stylishly asked.
I didn’t know what to utter as a response, I looked at Taiwo’s face while she returned her look with horror face.
“I’m in the position to ask you that, but not withstanding, I’m still yours, but we need to see and talk as you said”, I replied feeling uncomfortable.
“Really? I trust you and that’s why I love you”, she said happily and she hung up by saying “love you” which I replied “love you too”.
I dropped my phone on the table and took a deep breath.
“Good of you! Well done! I’m very sure that person was Zainab. Now, tell me, where I belong because I could hear all your conversation?” she asked.
I was in dilemma and short of words.
“It seems I’m using myself to beg you abi? I want you to listen and listen well; I can’t lose you to Zainab. It’s either you marry both of us together or she leaves you for me. I’m ready to give it whatever it takes” she threatened.
I sat down with my head buried in my volars and almost cried because of the challenge before me.
She held me tight and raised my head
“I’m very sorry for my words. I didn’t mean to hurt you, but I can’t let go of you because I’m in love already. If I had known that this is how it will be, I wouldn’t have agreed with her. Now, it has turned to something else which is difficult for me to get over”, she confessed while crying.
I was lost and confused with her confession, “if she had known, she wouldn’t have agreed with her” who was she referring to? I asked myself.
I summoned courage and challenged her
“What did I hear you say just now? Who were you referring to?” I asked irritatingly.
She wiped her tears with her back hand.
“Let’s forget about that. All I know is that, things are going to be well”, she replied courageously.
Then, the pressure on me has gone a bit and my mind was a little bit free. I looked at the wall clock and it was quarter to six. There was rumbling of thunder outside which made me peeped through the window and it was about to rain.
“Taiwo, I have to leave”, I said in a hurry.
“But we still need to talk”, she replied.
“Yeah, we are still together now”, I said while putting on my shoe.
“No problem then”, she replied unsatisfactorily while I jumped out of the house. I was fortunate to get a bike going to my area, but the amount was double, and since I was in a hurry so as not to be caught up by the rain, I agreed and he took me to my destination safely before the commencement of the heavy rain which stopped around 11:15pm.
When I got home, I got my sister informed about the scenario so as to put me through on the issue and our conversation went thus;
Sister: You said you just met Taiwo a week ago
Me: yes ma.
Sister: how come she quickly gets involved to the extent of planning a family with you without even knowing where you stay? Moreover, you’re still schooling.
Me: that’s exactly what is giving me headache too. I did not even know from whom I inherited that, because I wonder why ladies are after me despite the fact that I have nothing to offer them.
Sister: you inherited it from our father. I have once heard it from maami that ladies do disturb our father when he was alive.
Me: what should I do now?
Sister: you will need to see Zainab first and confirm if she is still in love with you and has not chosen.
Me: yes now! I know she is still in love. In fact, she needs me seriously.
Sister: don’t say that joor. Someone you have left for the past three years and you are still putting all your trust in her, and besides she doesn’t deserve you because her father should be held responsible for grandma’s death.
On hearing that, I felt discouraged. “Is my sister trying to support Taiwo and discourage me from Zainab”, I said to myself and I need to know her stand sequel to Zainab issue.
Me: but sister, assuming I later go for Zainab, won’t you support?
Sister: what will be Taiwo’s faith? Why did you sleep with her when you know that Zainab is still coming back? Or you counted her cheap just because she showed you love? You had better think of it very well and stop taking her feelings for granted. Don’t forget, what goes around comes around. The ball is now in your court, so I need leave you to decide. (She stood up and went to bed).
What a dilemma! I felt confused and disturbed. I stood up and started blaming myself while wandering in the room for lack of self control. Had it been I have not slept with Taiwo now, it would have been easy for me to back out. While on my thought, I heard my phone ringing.
I looked at the screen and it was Taiwo, then I picked the call…
Taiwo: Hello dear, hope you were not disturbed by the rain?
Me: Not at all
Taiwo: you left your wrist watch in my room.
Me: oh! It was true. Just keep it for me.
Taiwo: alright dear. When are you coming for it?
Me: I can’t say for now, perhaps weekend.
Taiwo: that will be better then, because me self wanna see you that very weekend. I have a very crucial issue to discuss with you.
Me: can’t we just discuss it on phone now?
Taiwo: is not a matter we could discuss on phone. It has something to do with you, Zainab and myself.
On hearing that, I was shocked and I started sweating despite the fact that it was raining
Me: I am scared. Wait Taiwo, can we see tomorrow please? (I asked out of tension)
Taiwo: you know the nature of my work now, and you will also be at work tomorrow. I think the best day for us is weekend.
Me: tomorrow will be my last day at that office, and I am only going there to sign my logbook. Therefore, no problem on my own part.
Taiwo: that’s interesting! So, you won’t tell me if not because of what we are discussing now?
Me: I am sorry for that. I had the intention of telling you when I came to your house, but it escaped my memory.
Taiwo: no problem. Though, I will be available at night, but I am not in support of you visiting at night.
Me: I don’t like it as well.
Taiwo: then, you will have to wait till weekend. May God spare our lives.
Taiwo: splendid night rest. Love you wholeheartedly.
Me: love you too. Take care of you.
Taiwo: I will. Thanks so much. Byeee…(she hung up the call)
I threw my phone on the chair, and then stood at akimbo looking sad, sober and depressed like a player who lost a penalty kick at the final.
I later composed myself and got over the pressure.
It was weekend, Saturday morning when I received a call from Zainab…
Zainab: hello dear, how was your night?
Me: it was fine and yours?
Zainab: alhamdullilah (which means glory be to God).
It was funny to me because I was hearing such from her for the first time.
Me: Zainab! Did you just say ‘alhamadullilah’?
Zainab: (cut in) what do you mean? I’m now a practicing Muslim o, in fact if you see me, you will glorify Allah.
Me: (happy) really?
Zainab: yes o. You know what?
Me: I don’t know o, until you tell me.
Zainab: I’m currently in Oshogbo, but I don’t know how to get to your house, so I need your address.
Me: (exited) are you serious? I can’t just believe this! So, I’m still gonna see you again? Ooh! I feel good, paaranranranran (playing guitar sound with month)!
Me: just wait, let me quickly get a bike, I am gonna join you in the next ten minutes.
Zainab: I am coming with a car ni joor. Just send me the address and I will get to you.
Me: really? a moment please.
I dropped the call and quickly sent her the address within a tick and then called her back…
Me: have you seen it?
Zainab: yes. Am gonna join you very soon.
She dropped the call while I quickly arranged my room. I informed my sister about her visit and pleaded to her (sister) not to shun her which she conformed.
After ten minutes, I received a call from her…
Hello dear, I’m at St. David Secondary School, but one my tyre is flat and I don’t know how to fix the extra Tyre.
Me: I’am gonna join you now.
I dropped the call and jumped out of the room. I got to the place within short period of time.
I can’t just believe it was Zainab, she appeared in a sumptuous navy blue jalabiya and hijab coupled with spectacle on her face. I was so impressed and enticed with her new look. We exchanged pleasantries. After that, I asked for the jerk and the extra tyre which she provided without any time wasted. I bent down jerking the car when one Honda accord car parked beside us and three thugs came out of the car together with Taiwo.
We were shocked and started wondering…
“Taiwo, what’s all this?” Zainab asked to break the silence and a hot slap landed across her face from one of the thugs.
“Good! This idiot (pointing at Zainab) is trying to play upon my intelligence. Next time when you come to this world, you will know the kind of person you play dirty games with. Carry that man into the car and kill the idiot”, Taiwo ordered the thugs to arrest me. I tried my best to set myself free while Zainab was crying bitterly, but all the effort went in vain. They locked me up in the car and one of them brought out a pistol pointing to Zainab…
“Say bye bye to this world and to this gentle man”, the thug said with deep voice and before we know it, gunshot was heard.
…to be continued