SHOMAMA

Shomama – Episode 2

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SHOMAMA – EPISODE 2

Arinze S. Chiji

SCENE 1

MAXWELL MANSION

THE LIVING ROOM

(Shomama is wrapped in Thelma’s arms. Julian and Mariam look on. Bam enters, obviously furious)

Bam

She is gone. Can I have a word with you in private, Soyemi?

Julian

Dad, I swear… I didn’t tell my mum anything.

Bam

(Waves him off)

It’s nothing son… she was going to find out anyway.

Thelma

(To Shomama)

I will be around if you need me. (Stands and walks towards Bam) I don’t like seeing my mother this way. Fix it!

Bam

(Nods)

I will

Julian

Thelma, please let me take you upstairs.

(Thelma follows Julian out of the living room)

Bam

(To Mariam)

Get us water.

Mariam

Yes sir

(Bows and walks away)

Shomama

You have not been honest with me.

Bam

I have… Soyemi. Josephine is just a mad cow.

Shomama

…Adunni has cancer. You left out that part.

Bam

It never came up.

Shomama

It never came up? Are you listening to yourself? It took me time to accept your advances because of Adunni. You told me she was living her life in Canada and that you guys are finalising your divorce. She is not living her life! She is dying!

Bam

This was before the cancer issue. We have been separated and I only got to know about her health condition.

Shomama

When? Yesterday? A week ago? Last Christmas?

Bam

Two years ago!

Shomama

(Opens her mouth in shock)

I need to go home.

Bam

No… Soyemi. Listen to me… I am sorry I kept that away from you. I should have told you from the onset. I wanted to start on a fresh slate. I would never do anything to hurt you

Shomama

You just did! I can’t live with the guilt of marrying my dying friend’s husband. You are not even divorced. What was I thinking?

Bam

No… Soyemi. This is not what it seems.

Shomama

You are right! It is not… I was blinded by… I don’t know. Now I see clearly and all I feel is disgust. Disgust for myself!

(Mariam enters with a jar of water and two glass cups)

Mariam

I have water.

Bam

(To Mariam)

Leave this place!

SCENE 2

MAXWELL MANSION

JULIAN’S ROOM

(Thelma is pacing back and forth, checking her phone. Julian is in bed under the covers)

Julian

You will wear out the rug with your pacing.

Thelma

(Startled)

I’m sorry… it’s just that…

Julian

Calm down. They will sort out their differences. They are sexagenarians and should know better.

Thelma

(Stops pacing and folds her arms)

How are you so calm? Why are you cool with all these?

Julian

(Smiles)

At first, I wasn’t. You are this way because you just found out. They are our parents and should know better.

Thelma

…I find this hard to believe. So you didn’t call your mother to start up a fight?

Julian

(Laughs)

I try as much as possible to stay away from my mother. You saw her! (Whispers) don’t tell her. She is toxic.

Thelma

(Smiles)

Hmm… interesting.

Julian

Just relax. They will be fine. Your mum is nice.

Thelma

Thanks.

(Mariam knocks on the door and enters before a response)

Mariam

(To Thelma)

Your mum is ready to leave

Thelma

Okay… thanks.

Mariam

(Smiles)

You are welcome (leaves)

Julian

I guess I will be seeing you around sis.

Thelma

(Chuckles)

Sis? You bet bro! Good night. (Leaves)

SCENE 3

SHOMAMA’S HOUSE

(Thelma and Shomama meet Bala at the front door)

Bala

(Smiles)

Good evening mother and child.

Both

Good evening

Bala

(In Hausa)

How did today’s outing go?

Shomama

(In Hausa)

Bala, learn to mind your business please. (Opens the door and enters)

Thelma

(Smiles)

She is very tired. (Enters the house)

Shomama

Why can’t Bala mind his business? He should go back to his farm in Kaduna!

Thelma

Shomama! Calm down! Bala doesn’t own a farm in kaduna, he works in advertising. You are just over reacting and transferring unnecessary aggression.

Shomama

I am not.

Thelma

Did you and Bam conclude? You refused to say anything in the car. The driver is not here. You can talk.

Shomama

I don’t want to talk at the moment.

Thelma

Is the wedding still on?

Shomama

Of course! (Walks away)

SCENE 4

PLANDOTTE COSMETICS

THELMA’S OFFICE

(Godspower enters sweating)

Godspower

Madam… someone is here to see you.

Thelma

Why are you sweating like this? And stop calling me madam

Godspower

Okay ma.

Thelma

Is the cooling unit in your office not working?

Godspower

No ma.

Thelma

Okay… I will call the technician to fix it. So… who is here to see me?

Godspower

A woman.

Thelma

She doesn’t have a name?

(The door opens and a tall light skinned woman enters)

Godspower

(To the woman)

I thought I told you to wait.

Woman

I am not a waitress dear. I am in a hurry. (To Thelma) Hello Thelma Crayfish!

Thelma

(Stands in shock)

Wait a minute! Fikayomi Maxwell?

Fikayo

(Smiles)

Fikayomi Maxwell Abiodun.

(Godspower leaves the office)

Thelma

What has it been? Twenty years?

Fikayo

Twenty five years and three months.

Thelma

Wow! Detailed! This is a pleasant surprise! Your skin is glowing.

Fikayo

I know. Thanks to lightening creams and good matrimonial sex.

Thelma

(Laughs)

Oh my goodness! You still have sharp mouth. How is Ireti?

Fikayo

(Smiles)

She is fine and that brings me back to why I’m here. Why is your mum interested in being Mrs Maxwell?

Thelma

(Stutters)

I… I… I… I mean…

Fikayo

You have always been a crayfish. Look at you stammering like a thief caught after a botched heist.

Thelma

Excuse me?

Fikayo

I didn’t plan on meeting you again after two decades under this kind of circumstance. It is pathetic! If you and your mum have any bit of dignity left, this would be the appropriate time to use it. My mum is dying and you people are very inconsiderate! You couldn’t wait for her departure?

Thelma

Calm down Fikayo. I wouldn’t have you throw insults at us in my office.

Fikayo

Crayfish! Crawl back into the cave you came from and let us live in peace.

Thelma

Get out of my office!

Fikayo

(Laughs hysterically)

This stinking cubicle is what someone refers to as office. My dear, I’m sure you are desperate for an upgrade! Newsflash, my father is not your pay check. Tell your mother to stay away or she might lose a limb.

Thelma

Is that a threat?

Fikayo

Interpretation is yours to do.

Thelma

You are cynical.

Fakery

Goodbye crayfish! (Leaves the office)

SCENE 5

TWO DAYS LATER

OUTSIDE IKEJA CITY MALL

(Thelma and Tolu watch as a group of paparazzi surround a lady in sunglasses)

Thelma

That must be a celebrity! These paparazzi won’t let them breathe.

Tolu

(Squints)

Wait o! Is that not Josephine the actress? Your step brother’s mother

Thelma

Stop it! Which one is step brother again? I know I shouldn’t have told you about my dysfunctional family.

Tolu

Oh please! As if you have anyone else to talk to.

Thelma

What is she doing here?

Tolu

Which kind question be that? Is this not an entertainment centre? A mall that houses a cinema amongst other recreational and commercial things. Madam it’s a public place and…

Thelma

It’s enough!

(They watch as Josephine enter a tinted Benz and speed off. The paparazzi disperse in different directions)

Tolu

Her skin is flawless o!

Thelma

(Looks away to see Julian approaching them)

Julian?

Tolu

What?

Thelma

Look… its Josephine’s son.

Tolu

Your step brother? Where?

Thelma

Look ahead. He is approaching us.

Tolu

(Spots Julian)

He is fine o! Chai! Is sex with a step brother incest?

Thelma

(Hits Tolu’s head)

What is wrong with you? Gutter mind!

Tolu

(Rubs her head gently)

Ouch! That was painful!

(Julian stands in front of the lady grinning)

Thelma

(Smiles)

Hey! Hi!

Julian

Hi!

Tolu

Hello! (Waves excitedly)

Thelma

What are you doing here?

Julian

Oh! I was meeting up with my mum. I guess you just saw her.

Tolu

(To Thelma) How does this chocolate candy manage to stay out of the spotlight?

Thelma

Chocolate candy is right in front of you. He can hear you loud and clear…

Julian

(Laughs)

This is interesting.

Thelma

Julian… meet Tolu. Tolu… Meet Julian.

(Tolu and Julian shake hands)

Tolu

Strong hand! Nice to meet you. I have heard so much about you!

Julian

(Laughs hard, clutching his abdomen)

This is really interesting.

Thelma

Don’t mind this thirsty woman!

Julian

I need to return to the office. I will see you around. Take care ladies

(He walks away as they watch)

Tolu

See handsome man! Chai! Thelma, I just pity you. You can’t have anything to do with him.

Thelma

…and you too! You are married!

Tolu

(Rolls her eyes)

Please don’t remind me. Sometimes, I wonder if I was drugged when I said yes to my husband. I have been seeing so many handsome men these days! Where were they when I was hunting?

Thelma

Hunter! Please, calm down madam!

Tolu

But wait o! Why was Julian meeting with Josephine? I thought you said he confessed to you that he doesn’t relate with his mother. He also denied calling her to the house. Why is he meeting with her?

Thelma

She is his mother. Please don’t come up with all these thoughts to rile me up this afternoon.

Tolu

You better let them rile you up. Think deeply and know the people you are dealing with. Julian might be double faced.

SCENE 6

THELMA’S HOUSE

THE KITCHEN

(Thelma is emptying the content of the grocery bags on the island. She makes to put some of the items in the freezer when her phone rings)

Thelma

(Swipes right to answer)

Hello Shomama

Shomama

Baby girl, how are you?

Thelma

I am fine.

Shomama

That’s good. I just spoke with Justina. She said you should call her. I’m sure you know what that means.

Thelma

(Rubs her fore head gently)

She has run out of provision abi? This girl will not wreck me. I can’t wait for her to leave boarding school.

Shomama

Won’t she eat again? Na wa for you o!

Thelma

Her own is too much. I have told her to manage herself. Things are hard and preparations for her study abroad is gulping millions already.

Shomama

Calm down. You will get around it somehow. Where are you now?

Thelma

I am home… I just got back from the mall.

Shomama

Okay… come for dinner at the Maxwell mansion to cool off.

Thelma

Hell no!

Shomama

(Sighs)

I am with Bam at the moment. We are heading for the mansion and he wants to see you. At least to apologize for the last time. Don’t refuse him the opportunity to make amends.

Thelma

Oh mum!

Shomama

Please T baby.

Thelma

Okay… I will be there soon. (Ends the call)

SCENE 7

MAXWELL MANSION

THE LIVING ROOM

(Thelma enters to meet Fikayo and Julian discussing)

Thelma

(Clears throat)

Hello?

Julian

(Smiles)

Hi Thelma.

Fikayo

I guess I have to be on my way. Julian tell daddy I visited. (Stands and walks out without looking back)

Julian

Why are you looking at me like that?

Thelma

Where are they?

Julian

On their way, I guess. Come and sit beside me. You look stressed.

Thelma

Number one. Never tell a lady she looks stressed. Two. You are a two faced backstabbing beast!

Julian

Whoa! Where is that coming from?

Thelma

First, it was Josephine and now it’s Fikayo. The universe is just pointing me to one thing. I am very glad it showed me earlier.

Julian

What are you talking about?

(Mariam enters suddenly)

Mariam

Mr Julian! The security man at the gate just rang the kitchen. Fikayo just collapsed!

Julian

(Jumps to his feet)

What?

Thelma

(Opens her mouth in shock)

My goodness.

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