In The World Of 3 Women – Episode 17
© Kayode Odusanya
Dapo got the bad news from the doctor that she was B.I.D, which meant Brought In Dead. He had to sign some papers because he was the only one close to family that was around. He called the Cole’s lawyer and explained everything to him.
His drive home was dreadful, and it was like he was doing so on auto pilot. His mind was not on the road. He felt what happened was partially his fault and he kept thinking maybe if he had treated her a little less harshly the last time they saw, maybe she would still be alive now.
Lola cried when she heard the news, and it was sincere tears. Even though Kike had been in the way, she would never wish death on anybody.
Anu came to stay with them for the times that the funeral was being planned. Kike’s relatives wanted to take her, but the lawyer said the legitimate person to have her should be her biological father. The funeral was delayed a month because her family in the states wanted to be around for it.
The day Dapo planned to spend with his cousin, Tosin was spent at a new fun centre along the road to Ikorodu. Tosin was all over Anu, and they bounded so quickly.
“So how is the father in-law?” Lola asked Tosin.
“I won’t lie to you, the situation isn’t improving.”
“Yeah, it’s like we are just waiting for him to die.”
“It’s that bad?” Dapo cut in.
“”Well, he’s 79; that is old enough.
Dapo’s phone rang and Caller Id read- ‘Dupe.’ He excused himself to pick it up.”Hey! How are you doing?”
“I’m great, D.”
“What’s that sound…like…”
“I am actually at the Airport.”
“At the airport?”
“Yea, I am travelling to the America with my Dad.”
“Hmm!” There was silence for a couple of seconds. “For how long will you be away.”
“I don’t know…maybe 5 years…maybe forever.”
“Interesting.” There was silence again.”Dapo…I wanted to confess to you before leaving.”
There was heavy breathing on the line but neither of them spoke. Dapo looked around and caught Lola staring at him, trying to guess who he was speaking with.
“Dapo…” more heavy breathing. “I…I am ashamed to admit this.”
“Look…There is nothing you can tell me that would shock me right now, so just spit it out.”
“Okay. I…I kinda stalked you for a while.”
“You stalked me?”
“Yeah…I…When I saw you fixing your car on the side of the road, it wasn’t a coincidence.” She stopped to breathe and continued.”I had actually been tailing you.”
“I tried to control how I felt about you. I tried my best. But when you came to my house the other day, I couldn’t hold the feeling anymore.”
“Umm! The night I slept at your house…The night I was drunk, did anything happen?”
“No. I just…I just stared at you as you slept for most part of the night.”
“Umm…What else do you think I need to know?”
“Umm! I didn’t do anything crazy, other than stalk you…and probably go through all your Facebook posts.” She said and laughed lightly. There was silence again. “I guess this ain’t my fairy-tale where I live happily ever after with my prince charming.”
“I guess not.” Dapo said and looked back at Lola. She was laughing at a joke Tosin cracked.”Maybe in another life.”
“Yea…maybe in an alternate universe, where all men are single.” There was heavy breathing again. “I am going to break this Sim Card after this call.”
“So…So you are really leaving the country?”
“Yea…I have been a big fish in a small pond for far too long.” More heavy breathing. “Bye, Dapo.”
“Bye.” Dapo said and the line went dead. He waited a couple of seconds, and then dialed her number; he heard the automated Airtel voice say ‘the number you are trying to call has been switched off.’ He put his phone in his pocket and turned around. Lola was waving him over to hear something Tosin had said. Dapo smiled as he walked towards his wife.
2 Months Later, It happened that Kike had willed almost everything she had in Dapo’s name. She had inherited all the chief’s real estate’s all over the country, so now they were all transferred to Dapo. The lawyer was calling him now to inform on the proceedings of the will, but that was the last thing he wanted to discuss, because he was driving home with a new member of the family. Lola was in the back seat holding the new born baby, and he took quick glances at the baby from time to time. Anu was waiting outside for them as they drove in. She ran over and gave Lola a hug; she probably was so happy to see Lola alive. The little kid had seen so much death in her tender age, that she had become paranoid. While in the house, Anu walked over to Dapo’s side and whispered in his ear “is it a boy or a girl?” He answered her and she smiled, staring at the baby court like they had just bought her a new toy. The baby boy stared straight ahead, not focusing his look on anybody.”So what would you call him?”
“That is so long; what does it mean?”
“God has brought joy. And for short, you can call him Kay.”
“That’s a good name.” Anu said and excitement spread all over her face. Dapo thought it would be okay if she stayed home from school today. He was thinking how the baby had brought joy to them all. What an episode the last 6 months had been for him; but this baby had brought joy and sanity back into his life.
“I THANK YOU LORD!!!”