In The Dark – Episode 8

A Story By Stanley Oluwatosin

When i arrived from school,i hurriedly came out of the car and went in search of kelvin. I met him in the kitchen and excitedly threw myself into his arm in a bare hug. I could tell he was surprised but he accepted the hug. He released himself from my grip and asked for the reason he is getting a hug. I told him everything that happened in school, he smilled and said i will have to start respecting him now else he would tell my secret to the whole school if i disrespect him. I pushed him playfully and left for my room. Mom was not around so i had lunch with kelvin and had my nap. I woke up by 5:00pm and made dinner with kelvin. He taught me how to make garri and vegetable soup,though the meal was a little bit difficult, it was fun making it with kelvin. Mom got back by 7:00pm,we had dinner and went to our separate room after seeing a movie. Jordan called and insisted we chat. So, we had a long chat before i finally slept off by 12:00am.

I woke up lately the following morning due to the late night chat with Jordan. I hurriedly got out of bed, greeted mom and kelvin, then hurriedly dressed and left for school without breakfast.

The litrature class was going on already when i got to my department, i greeted Miss.esther and made for an empty sit when i noticed people were unnecessarily looking at me. I was about sitting when miss.Esther called my name and i turned to face her. She said “Nancy,are you not the one I saw in chemistry class some minutes ago,you told me you are a science student when i asked what you were doing in chemistry class. I already told the class you’ve switched to science department or did you change your mind again??” I could not understand what miss.Esther was driving at,myself? In chemistry class?. Miss.Esther question brought me back to reality,as she asked again if i had changed my mind . I told her i was just arriving school and i do not even know where the chemistry laboratory is located. I could see the surprise on her face when she asked if i really was not the person she saw at the science lab this morning,i replied positively and she asked me to follow her. I dropped my bag and we both matched out of the class. We got to the science lab the chemistry teacher also was surprised to see me he looked at me and said “Nelly I thought you said you were going to the rest room, when did you have a change of cloth?” I did not know what to say so i just told him am not Nelly.The chemistry teacher asked Miss.esther what was going on and she told him she was as surprised as he was. The chemistry teacher took my i.d and i was wondering what kind of drama was going on,who the hell is Nelly anyways?? I was still thinking when the chemistry teacher removed his eyes from my I.D and he concentrated his gaze on the entrance. Miss.Esther did the same and so did everybody in the hall. I followed their gaze and I saw the shock of my life!!!!!!

Even without a mirror i could tell that she looked exactly like me, she was expensively dressed as well, with the same fair skin,pointed nose,big eye ball and every other thing was the same as every part of my body except the height. I was a bit taller than her. Wow what a world!! She was also looking at me from head to toe just the way i was looking at her in surprise. Miss.Esther and the chemistry teacher exchanged glance and kept on looking from Myself to my look alike. ‘Are you sure the two of you are not identical twin?’ the chemistry teacher brooke the silence with his question. I could not respond i just shook my head. The chemistry teacher asked My look alike to come in and she came closer,there was whispering every where as everybody could not hide there surprise. Miss.Esther asked if we have met before and we both said ‘No’, she then asked for her surname and she said ‘Stanley’, so you are ‘Nelly Stanley’ while you are ‘Nancy Williams’? The chemistry teacher asked, we both noded and the chemistry teacher said “truly God created human in twoS, if the two of you are not blood related,this will really be amazing”. The chemistry teacher speech got me thinking if truly am not an only child and if possibly Nelly is my sister,why would mom ever lie to me? I asked myself without an answer as miss.Esther took my hand and we walked back to my department.

I did not pay full attention to the literature lesson so the class ended on a boring note. I went to the cafeteria to get lunch and if only eyes could ki*ll,i should be dead by now. I was waiting for my order when i felt a tap on my shoulder, i looked behind me and i saw another version of me! She smilled charmingly and said ‘Hi, am Nelly’. God! She even smilled like me!!


Seeing her made me short of words and words could not describe how i felt. I opened my mouth but i could not produce a word. How can we look this alike and not be blood related? I asked myself. The cafeteria attendance voice brought me back to reality, she was asking me to pickup my order and allow my sister have hers. I quickly said ‘Hi’ to Nelly and took my order. Since Nelly was the next person in line, i waited on her to get her order for me not to appear unfriendly. After getting her order, she said ‘Thankyou’ and i responded with ‘welcome’.

We settled in an empty table and started to eat. She asked for my name and i told her ‘Nancy’ then she said “so you are Nancy and i am Nelly and together we are N square” we both laughed and continued to discuss as we eat. Nelly asked about my parent and she said she would love to meet them, suprisingly she is an only child as well and she did not hide how happy she was to have a twin sister. According to her, even if we are not blood related, our appearance made us a set of identical twin, we laughed at her theory and had a selfiee after lunch. With Nelly it felt like we have been together for years. We left the cafeteria together after lunch and we walked hand in hand to the general class.

The mathematics teacher could not hide his surprise when he saw nelly, he asked why my twin sister was just resuming school,i told him Nelly was not my twin and he could not hide is shock as he, diverted from the lecture to asking questions about myself and Nelly. The class ended and i left the school compound with Nelly, her driver arrived early but she waited for my driver to arrive before she left.

The car was moving slower because i was so anxious to get home. I needed to tell my mom everything about Nelly and be reassured that i am an only child. Having Nelly as a sister wont be a bad idea but i needed to be sure before i would draw a conclusion. I got home 3:20pm,i hurried out of the car to my mom’s room. Mom was dressing up for somewhere when i got to her room, i hurriedly greeted her with a hug and told her we needed to talk. Mom sat me down on her bed and i told her everything about Nelly,she asked for the pictures and i could see the shock in her eyes when she saw the resemblance. I asked mom if i was adopted or if probably am a twin. Mom smilled and said “Nancy my baby,come here” i went into her arms and she continued ” dont you ever think i will lie to you, you are all i have and all i need, i have no reason whatsoever to lie to you about anything. Surly this other girl looks like you but am also sure i did not give birth to a set of twin. You are the only apple of my eye. You know what? invite this girl over for lunch on friday and tell her i would love to meet her parents” Mom ended her speech and released me from her arm. I apologised for doubting mom and she said its a normal reaction. Mom left afterwards and i went to my room.

After changing my dress into something more comfortable i went to the kitchen and met kelvin making lunch. We exchanged pleasantries and he asked about school. I told kelvin about Nelly and mom’s request, i also showed him the picture and he was as well shocked. Kelvin promised to make the best lunch on Friday,since i would be bringing my twin home and we both laughed. I was not really hungry so i left the kitchen after talking with kelvin. I called khole and Jordan,i told them about nelly and Jordan asked me to share the picture we took on whatsap.

I went to school happily the following day, i looked forward to lunch during my first lecture. I was so anxious to know what Nelly’s reply would be when i tell her about my mom’s invite.

The class ended and i rushed to the cafeteria in search of Nelly. I saw her sitting alone,immediately she saw me,she jumped towards me and hugged me. I returned the hug and we both went to place an order for lunch. We were yet to start eating when Nelly smilled and said ” Twinny, i told my parent about you, and they were very happy. They said i should invite you over for lunch today,please dont say no” I was suprised, i told her about my mom’s invite as well and we both laughed. During lunch i called mom and she agreed with me going with Nelly but on the condition that i will go with the driver and her parent will come with her for lunch on friday in order to clear all doubt. I told Nelly about my mom’s conditions and she called her dad to inform him about my mom’s conditions. Nelly’s dad said he could only make dinner on friday because he would be bussy during lunch. I called mom back to inform her and she agreed with the arrangement. Nelly was happy about the arrangement and so was i, i was just a bit nervous about meeting her family.

After lunch,we left for English class together and throughout the lecture i could not keep the thought of what Nelly’s parent reacting would be out of my mind.


After the day’s lecture i went to Nelly’s house with my driver. Her house was a beautiful mansion,her parent welcomed me like their child and her mom kept calling me ‘her daughter’. We settled in the large living room and Nelly’s dad asked me about my background,he could not hide how happy he was to have two daughters and he went on and on to express his joy.

After the brief discussion, Nelly’s mom led us to the dinning room and we had a delicious meal of fried rice and chicken. We laughed and disscussed like a family throughout the meal. Nelly’s mom talked about nelly’s childhood and she kept asking if we had the same childhood behaviour.

Nelly took me to her room after lunch and she gave me her family album to go through. I noticed different pictures of a particular guy and i asked Nelly who he was. She took a deep breathe and said “Twinny, his name is Uche and he his a son of a minister, i was betrothed to him ever since i was ten but i have no interest in him. Mom and dad made it compulsory for me to marry uche in future, in order to boost dad’s political carrier”. I could feel the sadness in Nelly’s voice so i moved closer to her and consoled her. I told her her parents, might change their mind or she might end up falling inlove with the guy. Nelly cheered up alittle and asked if i had a boyfriend, i told her about Jordan without hidding the fact that we were just friends at the moment but we might end up together in future. Nelly said she wished she could fall inlove with some one of her choice as well. We gisted alot and had fun playing video games before i made my departure know to Nelly.

Nelly informed her parent of my departure and they saw me off to the car. I collected Nelly’s number and her parent’s as well before leaving the Stanleys mansion.

Mom welcomed me with questions about the stanleys as i arrived home, i told her everything about the family and she was happy i found a sister and a friend. Mom asked for Mr. Stanley’s number and called to appreciate their kind gesture. She also promised to send a driver to lead their way to our house the following day for dinner.

I was about leaving for my room when mom said ” Baby, jordan’s parent called to invite you to his birthday party on sunday evening. I can see you two are getting close, hope am not missing anything ma’am?” i smilled and told mom i do not know what she was talking about but i will surly honour the invite. I could hear her laughter as i left for my room.

I had a change of cloth and went to meet Kelvin in the kitchen. He was making dinner and he welcomed me with questions as well. I told him about the stanleys as we made beans and plantain for dinner. After dinner, i excused myself to my room and called Jordan. I told him about the stanleys and he said he would love to meet Nelly. We decided we should all meet at our hotel gym on saturday morning.

The following day was friday, school was fun with Nelly and during lunch i informed her of Jordan’s invite. She was equally happy and she accepted to come over on saturday. I also invited Nelly to Jordan’s birthday party but she declined, saying her parent wont let her hang out at night. The day’s lecture ended and we departed, promising to see eachother at dinner.

Time checked 7:00pm, i was so excited when i heard the sound of cars arriving our compound,without been told i knew it was the Stanleys. I rushed downstairs to join mom in welcoming our guest. Just the way Nelly’s mother welcomed me, mom also welcomed her like her child. Formal introductions were made and we all went to the dinning room following mom’s lead.

After dinner i took Nelly to my room and the adults were left to disscuss. I invited kelvin over to my room and we all discussed like long lost friends. By 8:00pm the stanleys were ready to leave, it was a sad goodbye but nelly consoled me by reminding me of our meeting the following day.

After the Stanleys departure i followed mom to her room and immediately we settled on her bed, i asked her if i am related to Nelly. She took a deep breathe and said with a sad tone “No baby, she is a sickler and you are not”. I went into mom’s arm with mixed feeling. Sad i do not have a sister but happy my mom has been truthful.

…to be continued

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