He indeed was looking like a prince charming With his cute pink shirt and blue trousers, simple and I noticed he got a hair cut. He sure knows how to pick them, I rushed down the stairs like a small girl.
I was going to embrace him, am not sure what was going on through my mind until I heard my dad�s husky voice, Clyde was then looking in my direction.
Dad: Hey young lady, careful you don�t fall Shouldn�t you be in something proper?
Me: Dad, this is proper, besides am in the house It�s not like you are taking me out for proms.
Dad: Okay fine, suit yourself go help your mum then As if my dad was trying to prevent me from meeting Clyde. I nearly said something, but Clyde shove me an eye I wonder what that meant.
Dad: Young man, are you always this early or you are trying to impress someone.
Clyde: Sir good evening, my watch deceived me Dad: You need to get a new watch then, or you might be late to the white house. I hid behind the blinds and once I saw my Dad going back upstairs i came towards Clyde The atmosphere became weird.
Me: Hey, did your watch really deceive you or you just outsmarted my Dad.
Clyde: How are you, I hope you are not dressing up this way for dinner.
Me: Why are you all worried about my dress. Besides am yet to take my shower so, I might change. Why you don�t like it?
Clyde: Wow! That was straight forward. Like is an understatement, I love it. We were suddenly looking at each other weirdly.
He reached out to hold my hands, which I didn�t object. Just then my mum interrupted us.
Mum: emmmmmmm, welcome gentleman. Barbara why is he still standing.
Young man have a seat. And where do you think you are doing.
Me: Am having a seat too mum.
Mum: suit yourself, and why isn�t he served with anything
Clyde: I just got here, besides am fine for now
Mum: Young man, I have been wanting to talk to you for some time now. Am sure Barbara might have told you something What�s your name again?
Clyde: Clyde Obi, Maa.
Me: I don�t intend asking you what happened in between you two Because Madam here refused to tell us anything and am sure you won�t either.
But I just want to know your intentions this time I love my daughter, if she is happy, I am too she seemed to be much of herself since you arrived unlike when she came home.
Clyde: Maa, am really sorry for whatever happened between Babs and I.
I acknowledge I hurt the entire Wilson family when I took her away at first just to bring her back broken. I can�t begin to say i can fix it, but I know if given the chance i wouldn�t go that way again.
I did a great harm to this beautiful woman here, And I can�t turn back the hands of time. Maa, simply put I love your daughter, and I would do anything for her this time.
Mum: well, if it were up to me alone, I would say you both are old enough to make your decisions But we have there the man of the house, Barbara is her Gold, He won�t let her go this time, though she is of age.
At this point, I was fumbling with my fingers i almost cried out loud, as his words touched my heart i keep stealing glances until, I heard some footsteps from upstairs.
I knew it was my dad, I quickly dashed to the kitchen I came out laying the table and everyone was sitting watching some boring cartoon.
Both mum, dad and Clyde were quiet, I was wondering what was going on with them. I passed by as if no one noticed, I quickly showered, put on my best outfit and came out.
My dad shouted, finally the queen of the house has decided to let us eat.
We all moved to the table to dine I made to sit by Clyde but my dad quickly asked i sit beside him. We ate in silence, just then my mum asked for dessert to be brought i quickly shouted, my husband doesn�t eat that one, “he is allergic”.
Give him the other, just a little or he might grow too fat. I actually made that for him, knowing what he likes and don�t, since my mum doesn�t
It didn�t occur to me what I had said until I realized everyone was quiet.
When I finally knew what I did, I kept staring at Clyde who couldn�t wipe that smirk off his face. Just then, my dad stood up.
Dad: Young man follow me, I knew I have worsened things. I quickly followed, my mum didn�t want to be left behind.
Dad: Have a seat, and now tell me what you did to my daughter. I want to know if you are worthy of her again.
Me: Dad I thought we were never going to talk about that.
Dad: Barbara, this is not your concern, I made that promise to you. Not him, so allow him and get off from here, you two
Pointing to mum and I Young man talk, am listening or why did you come to my house the other day for. Was it not to confess and ask for forgiveness?
Clyde: Yes sir, I �. I�.I � I know I have wronged you and your daughter.
Kindly forgive me and I want to properly ask for your daughters hand in marriage, if you will approve, that would make me so very happy.
Dad: What? Are you out of your mind? You think I want to see my daughter go through whatever she went through again Never, over my dead body.
Now get the hell out of my house and don�t ever come back. I said go, and don�t look back.
Clyde: Sir please, am sorry this time,. I was in tears for the embarrassment Clyde is going through.
Me: Dad, how could you embarrass my guest this way? He had problems with me, not you i don�t need you fixing my problems for me, i grabbed Clyde�s hands and asked him to follow me.
He hesitated a while, i told him if he wants to be lynched then he should be my guest. He quickly looked at my mum who beckoned him to go, then he runned after me.
By this time I was at the door. We left the compound in his car, he kept driving until he stopped.
Me: Why are we stopping?
Clyde: Am sorry Babs, I just couldn�t tell them what they want to hear, It would sound so stupid, I wanted to but it wasn�t just coming out.
Me: Then drive on, get me out of this environment.
Clyde drove straight to his hotel. As we entered, I just quickly lied on the bed while he kept walking in the whole room.
Me: Clyde you are disturbing, can you relax for a minute. I want to think, and leave my Dad to me.
Clyde: I caused all this, I don�t exactly know what to do You haven�t even forgiven me yet.
Me: Yes it�s all your fault It�s not that easy, I keep playing the drama in my head.
Clyde: What drama are you talking about? Me: How you found the courage to sleep with all those girls I don�t have a problem with you sleeping with them.
In fact i knew you can, you are capable Once a Casanova, always a Casanova, but my problem is you promised you wouldn�t I trusted you, I took your word for it because I loved you too much not to believe you. You read me those nice vows and you broke them.
What happened to the part where you said you would die, after sleeping with any LovePeddler again I guess you are still alive, congratulations.
He then moved closer to me, and knelt by the bed holding my hands.
Clyde: Love am sorry, I didn�t exactly sleep with them, those girls, yes it�s true I met a number of them several times. But with several of the girls at first, I couldn�t get it off, so I just resorted to them entertaining me I just lie down and watch them dance, these girls are good dancers.
That�s how it has been with them, I didn�t touch them I swear I couldn�t just bring myself to break my promise to you, Even though I was so sure at that time you were cheating, some just listen to me talk about my problems, that�s how it started at first.
Me: What do you mean by you can�t get it off, and you are so proud of yourself telling me, they only entertain or listen to your problems. Why was I married to you then, to just grace your bed?
Clyde: I mean I wasn�t attracted to them like I was to you. I know I failed in the communication bit but please can we forget this.
We have a situation on our hands, i want to be with you once again. Please give me a chance, he tried to kiss me, which he succeeded after several attempts.
It was refreshing, i like this new Clyde just then he made his way beside me on the bed, which he tried to UnCloth me. I covered my face with my palms like a small girl for some minutes, he nearly succeeded, but I quickly held his hand.
Me: Please am not ready.
Clyde: No problem, I understand I can wait as long as you want me to.
Me: Thank you, can you take the couch?
Clyde: Alright, Going to bed already. Are you sure you don�t want to tell your dad, you are okay?
Me: No, let him cool off, Goodnight
The next morning, we got prepared i needed to go home. Clyde drove me home On the way he asked what came over me during dinner that i called him �my husband�.
I just told him nothing, that he should mind his own damn business I wondered myself how that happened, I guess i was just used to his likes and dislikes.
We finally got to my gate, he dropped me, gave me a peck and watched me enter, before he left.
I got to the house, and I met dad waiting in the sitting room.
Dad: Thank God, he muttered silently.
I just passed by and went up to my room Few minutes later, he came knocking. Barbara open this door, I delayed a bit then opened.
Dad: You are breaking my heart, I don�t want you going off again Am just trying to protect you, don�t you understand?
Me: Dad I told you, I don�t need protection at this age, just your support Dad: Remember you made me a promise not to marry him again.
Me: Yes I know, I don�t intend to break that promise, I just need you to stop being so rude, and embarrassing him anytime he comes here I need to do this alone. Can you please let me You said you want what�s best for me. My happiness is your top priority, then let me handle this my own way.
Dad: Okay, Am leaving you alone, I know Dad wouldn�t give up so easily though he just said okay.
The house has become so uncomfortable for me, as my dad gives me the Daddy attitude, and I still struggle with decisions concerning Clyde.
Yes I do want him, but the fear of going all in and I crush again, Finding it difficult to forgive him is one thing I can handle, but not my recent feelings that I have to battle with.
I might explode soon, He seemed to have regretted and I can see that I want to be with him, but then there is my family, I don�t want to run off and leave behind again.
In case something happens, I might not be able to forgive myself, I�m always afraid he might break my heart again, I can�t trust him again.
Who would after toying with your heart, What if it happens again? I might not come out of it. Was in my office, thinking about all these. Just then Clyde just opened the door on me, startling me.
Me: What the hell, can�t you knock?
Clyde: Geez Babs, i guess I should go then.
Me: No wait, am sorry.
Clyde: Troubles at home? Or it�s me.
Me: Both I exclaimed, Just a bunch of problems on my mind right now. Loving you is so easy, but letting go is not easy.
Clyde: Then don�t let go, Babs If you want me to spend my whole life apologizing, i will so far as I get to be with you.
Me: You�ve hurt me so bad you know.
Clyde: I know, it won�t happen again please.
Me: You know I may never be able to trust you right?
Clyde: I understand, and I will take my chances.
Me: Okay then, what are you doing here by the way.
Clyde: Okay then what? I came to take you out on a surprise lunch.
Me: Okay then, nothing Lunch I see. But I have a better idea.
Let�s go home, give me just some few minutes to wrap up from here. After some 10 minutes, she insisted we drive in his car.
While he ordered his driver to take the rest of the day off. We drove off, while he drives I kept stealing glances. We drove in silence until we got to her place as we entered my parents were busy enjoying each other�s company.
Then my Dad flared up again.
Dad: I thought i told you not to come here again, as my mum calmed him down, Clyde�s face was down the whole time.
Me: Dad i thought we spoke about this, We agreed you aren�t going to treat him this way again.
Dad You keep hurting me every now and then, Yes he wronged me first.
Am yet to forgive him, I suggest you do same, It hasn�t been easy on me, don�t make it any harder.
I then pulled Clyde with me upstairs, As my Dad and Mum looked on and Clyde keeps looking back. We reached my room and I locked up the door.
Me: Am sorry about earlier, let�s give it a minute and I will fix up something to eat.
Clyde: I should be apologizing, you defended me out there. Thank you, and am guessing this was your plan all along, to piss your Dad off and you have a nice room here.
Me: Am glad you know that now, I just want you guys to get along then I can have peace
Clyde: Does that peace include marrying me? Babs I love you.
Me: I will pretend i haven�t heard you, Let me just get us that food now i quickly rushed out just to avoid exploding in there Only God knows, I wanted to tell him I love him too, but I guess i may never be able to.
I got the food fixed, we ate inside my room, After eating we resorted to all kinds of games, Pillow fights were not excluded. One thing led to another and we found ourselves in heaven.
I guess we were about to have a second honey moon, just then my dad�s voice came calling. I would have regretted sleeping with Clyde if my dad hadn�t come, i quickly pushed my dress on while he did the same, on opening the door for my dad, he kept looking inside as if he lost something.
Dad: Young man, can i talk to my daughter alone?
You can wait downstairs And dress properly in my house, Clyde was still battling with getting his buttons fixed.
Me: Dad we can talk in your study, Let Clyde be please.
…to be continued