When you keep loving the one that makes you cry


㊗️Episode 1㊗️
I slowly packed my things into my travelling bag with tears rolling down my eyes.mummy just left my room now after breaking the sad news to me that the family wld be relocating to delta state in three days time to enable juliet round up her senior waec which wld be ending in two days time.
Am Oyege precious,a 3rd year student of Economics in the University Of Lagos.i came home two days ago after receiving the sad news of my dad’s dismissal at work.he was working as a manager in union bank in one of their branches in asokoro abuja.the reason for his dismissal is still unknown to me and as for mummy,she isnt the working class type although a graduate of mass communication but dad refused her working,he just wants her to take up the job of a full time housewife.
I heard my door crack open,i turned slowly to behold my dad already standing at my door step.i dropped the cloth i was holding,stoppedpacking and sat on my bed sadly with tears running down my cheek.for sure i knew dad has something to say because he never enters my room only on important issues.he walked closer to me wiping my tears with the front and back of his palm
Dad:its okay dear
Me: *snobbing* dad, how did it happen,i have been in this house for the past two days and no one is saying anything,no one wants to tell me what actually happened and if not for juliet i wldnt have known that u lost ur job,dad why is no one talking?
Dad: *sat beside me*its ok my angel,i wld tell u everything but just brighten up first *i _wipe my tears again with the back of my left palm and forced out a smile*
Me:am all ears dad
Dad: *takes a deep_ breath* some months ago,all managers were asked to sumit their profiles which i did then we never heard anything again since the and concentrated on work.four weeks ago,a friend of mine whom is also a manager told me that the names collected was to dismiss some family members in the bank
Me:family members! how dad?
Dad:if u bear same surname with another person one out of the two of u wld have to go.so that was what happened
Me: *surprised*u mean another manager somewhere bears same surname with u?
Dad: *nods his head in the yes manner*
Me: *still not getting it* so how does that concern u?
Dad:they wld be thinking we are related and chose one of us to go
Me:without proper investigation? that was so cruel of them
Dad: *taps my back* lets give God the glory.i can see u are already packing so how did u plan to go about it?
Me: *kind of relief*i wld just pack my things so that it wld be easy,u know i wnt be going with u guys,i wld be going back to school tomorrow because i wld be having text by next tomorrow
Dad: *stood up*that means u wld be coming down to delta on ur next holiday right?
Me: *frown again.i dnt really like the idea of delta* dad why cnt we just stay back here
Dad:no that’s no option to consider at the moment,i have a house in delta,no one stay’s there so why stay back here and waste money on rent
Me:but u can put in tenants in the house and use their rents to always pay ours
Dad:u are an economic student,u shld be able to atlest predict the future.ok what happens when my tenants over there are not able to meet with their rents,we owe too? i still have u and ur junior sister to train in school so no wasting of money now
Me: *gives up because i know my father’s words are always final becoz he thinks before making decissions*ok dad *he walks to the door*dad
Dad: *turns*yes dear
Me:is he aware?
Dad: *try to think out who i meant but couldnt*who?
Dad:no not yet
Me: *frown*why dad?
Dad:i dont want anything that wld disturb his youth service,he wld get to know at the right time
Me: *shows that childish style of hitting both feet on the floor*emhmmm daddy,its not fair
Dad:no its black.i know why u are saying this,is because u both are close.make sure u dnt tell him,i wld do that myself,is that taken?
Me: *moody*ok dad
Dad:that’s my girl *opens the door*
Voice: *came from the sitting room*helllloooo
Dad: oh not again,isnt that michael’s voice?
Me: *smile and winked dad*yes it is *then we heard mum’s voice*
Mum:ewo michael is here.hw ws ur journey?*michael is the only son.dad turned and stared at me*
Dad:ur handiwork? *i just bent my head feeling guilty*
To Be Continued

㊗️Episode 2㊗️

Dad: I just asked you a question Precious,who called Michael? *he took two steps forward*
Me: *couldn’t look into his eye so I looked away* daddy am sorry,I was worried
Dad: *looked deep at me,then turned and started walking to the door* get ready to answer all his questions
Me: *smile* yes daddy
Dad: *stopped but didn’t face me* I see,so u intentionally called him *there were smiles in his voice* you won’t kill me in these house *he started walking away*.
I could hear Mom’s conversation with Michael in the sitting room
Mom: you didn’t even bother calling to tell me you were coming
Michael: because I know u too well,you and daddy won’t let me come if I had told you both I was coming
Mom: I hope no problem?
Michael: I heard something,I had to rush down here to know if its true
Dad: all the way from Rivers to gossip in abuja *dad must had interrupted before he was noticed,I guess because I was in the room listening*
Michael: oh dad,good evening,wow I have missed you all big time
Dad: welcome,what made u abandoned your youth service just to be in abuja?
Mom: same question I was asking
Michael: dad what’s wrong,what happened,how did it happen,hope its not true? *by these time I was already at the door post of the sitting room watching, dad looked at mom and mom did same*
Dad: my son,go drop your bag first,eat then we talk
Michael: oooh daddy,talk to me,am eager,I just hope what Precious said is not true
Mom: Precious? *she exclaimed then turned to my room direction,our eyes met right at the door,I forced a smile out*
Dad: how information follows from these house is baffling most times,I asked your mother not to let any of you know for now but she ended up telling Juliet,I still pleaded with Juliet to keep it out from her siblings but she told Precious over the phone,now before I could talk to Precious she has already past the information to the lest person I wouldn’t want to hear it for now
Michael: ooh c’omon dad,am your first and only son for crying out loud,I deserve to be carried along
Dad: no *he walked to a couch and sat down* u don’t deserve to be carried along when the happening would distract you
Michael: *walks toward dad* dad,is it true?
Dad: *cold for some time before he finally answered* yes son
Michael: oh my God,how is it so?
Dad: sit son *he did and that was when he noticed me*
he stood up and rushed toward me
Michael: oh sweet Jesus,look at my angel,you are looking awesome
Me: stop flattering me jhoor
Michael: no am not,he must be taking real care of you,how is…*his eyes meant with that of mom who was surprisedly watching* em,you know na
Mom: she don’t know so complete it
Michael: hahaha,how is Juliet
Dad: you can’t deceive your parents,well Precious you ain’t too small to have a man but don’t keep it away from the family
Me: *shy* no o don’t mind Michael,you should know how he jokes na,I don’t have any man yet
Michael: hmmm *walks back to his seating position* so dad can web continue?
Dad told him everything just like he had told me
Michael: don’t worry dad,God isn’t asleep
Me: don’t you think Union bank as a whole should be sued?
Mom: I thought of that too
Michael: no no no let’s not waste money suing them,God knows best
Dad: you have spoken like my true son
Me: hmmm,pastor
just then Juliet came back from school
Juliet: heyyy,brother Mike,you are here.dad good evening,Mom good evening,sister Pee good evening
Michael: see my pride,wow,mummy is really taking good care of you o abi you have joined them?*he joked*
Juliet: yes nah,if u see the boy eh,he is just like you
Mom: quiet? if I see you with any boy eh that day I will skin you,thank God we are relocating soon
Juliet: ah mummy,am 16 nah,can’t I have…
Dad: have what??
Juliet: *frown* just kidding
Michael: baby girl,you are the finest in these house as far as am concerned
Me: why are you two acting like you are just seeing each other in a long time!
Michael: hahaha
Michael and Juliet: some people are jealous oo
Me: jealous ko,Jerry in
Mom: go inside and drop your bag,you have exams tomorrow don’t forget
Juliet: I know mom,ooops, another house arrest *she started heading to the room*
That evening my self and my elder brother Michael decided to take a walk along the roads of abuja,maybe my last sight seeing in abuja,I had thought.
as we walked we talked about school life and other things
Michael: how are you finding things in school
Me: hmmm,don’t know actually but am managing,what about your service?
Michael: abegi leave 9ja and their service,the area where I am in Rivers they don’t pay well self
Me: I wonder why you choose rivers in the first instance
Michael: I just don’t know the devil that helped me in filling that form in form of me
Me: hahaha,just bear,you are almost done
Michael: that reminds me,what where you saying at home,ain’t you and Monday together again?
Me: yes
Michael: why?
Me: he is too demanding and a flirt of the highest order
Michael: demanding? hmmm,I think I understand now,well don’t blame him,you refused to summit na so he has to play around “body no be firewood”
Me: hmmm,men,always supporting evil.
Just then we saw cars lined up,other vehicles were giving them space,two escort vehicles in front and two at the back then two ranges in the middle,the two escort drove pass us but the third car stopped, Michael held my hands drawing me off the road very well,the cars following behind also stopped,the two in front on noticing that stopped too,a young man came down from the car,he walked toward us,I was thinking he wants to ask us for direction but he just stood mopping at me like a lost soul,my brother drew me to his back,the second range back wind scream rolled down and a man brought out his head
Man: son,what’s wrong? get in the car we are late already.
he took his last mop and turned,walking back to the car,I was already scared because armed soldiers came down too.
he got to the car,turned to look at me again
Man: c’onmon son
he entered and a soldier shut it,they rushed into their own vans and started driving off
Michael: isn’t that the president in that second car?
Me: yes,he is the one
Michael: and who was that goat showing off?
Me: if you ask me,nah who I go ask?
Michael: please let’s start going back home,who knows what might happen next.
Vikky Victoria

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㊗️Episode 3㊗️
The next morning I was ready to go back to school already forgetting what happened at the road side the previous day
Me: *tapping Juliet* wake up
Juliet: ooo aunty nah
Me: my friend open your eyes,its almost 7
Juliet: talk am listening nah * still acting sleepy*
Me: am going back to school now,please make sure none of my things are left behind
Juliet: I will leave some behind if you don’t bribe me
Me: you know I don’t have money yet
Juliet: hahaha * sitting up* poor sister,I was only pulling your legs
Me: better * Michael came in*
Michael: you are set already!
Me: yes.you know its a long journey ahead
Michael: yea
Juliet: good morning brother Mike
Michael: hey pretty little sis,hope u slept well
Juliet: no o,sister Precious was disturbing my sleep
Michael: don’t mind her boh
Me: when are you going back?
Michael: tomorrow for sure
Juliet: everyone wants to leave me abi
Me&Michael: hahaha
Michael: sorry about that,nothing we can do about it
Me: abeg leave Juliet alone *picking my bag* is mom and dad out?
Michael: no,still in their room
Me: let me tell them am leaving * hurried out of the room with my bag,I got to my parents room and knocked*
Mom: come inside
Me: *opening the door* good morning dad,good morning mom
Both: morning
Mom: set to go?
Me: yes
Dad: check that locker over there * pointing* take the money in it
Me: *walked to the locker,opened it and took the money* thanks mom,thanks dad
Dad: call me once you get to school
Me: okay dad
Mom: don’t go and start following men o,remember the daughter of whom you are
Me: ah mummy,you should know me better
Mom: not at these stage,people change
Me: I haven’t mom
Mom: if you say so,don’t forget to call home once you need money and be careful of evil friends
Me: I will,byeee,see you guys in delta state soon
Mom: journey mercy my daughter
Me: *leaving the room* thanks mom
Dad: don’t forget,call home once you get to school
Me: okay dad
Michael and Juliet saw me off to the park.
I arrived Lagos late and was feeling so stressed up and weak, I managed calling home and making sure I speak with everyone home before hanging up,I slept off
by the next morning Jerry and James came to look for me,both are my course mates and they are funny twin brothers though James can be more timid and wicked than Jerry,they are just too identical, I only recognize who is Jerry and who is James with their ears,Jerry has a wider ear than that of James also Jerry likes being on afro while James prefers punk or low cut.
apart from their similar voice both are good dancers
Jerry: so Precious you are back and couldn’t call either of us
Precious: don’t be offended,I came back last night very weak and tired,you know how far the journey from abuja to lag is na
Name: no we don’t know,na only you don travel lam na
Jerry: eyah sorry but why you never ready for class
Me: boh I still feeling weak,if not for these test I would just forfeit today’s lecture
James: pregnant woman
Me: your handwork
James: my leg,my hand nor dey o
Me: but your mouth dey,please jhoor excuse me let me get ready for class,just five minutes
Jerry: please fast o
Both excused me,I rushed into the bathroom to take my bath,then dressed up,I locked my door
James: your five minutes is one year
Me: am a woman so what do you think?
James: became a man
Me: you are not serious
Jerry: but seriously you don’t need make up
Me: why?
Jerry: you are amazing just like these
Me: wow,uhm,am blushing,thanks
James: I like your style of wooing girls o,just tell are you are in love hahaha
Me: you are not serious,let’s hurry up jhoor
school was really stressful,every lecturer demanding for money for one thing or the other,it was as if we were beginning to pay tax to different course lecturers each week and I was really getting pissed off even with studies.
A month gone already,with exams close.
I was returning from lectures one evening when someone drove up to me
Man: hi pretty,am Richard * I just mopped at him* please may I know yours?
Me: sorry,I don’t talk to strangers
Richard: don’t you remember me?
Me: as you can see am just coming from lectures,so excuse me *stared walking away*
Richard: hey,just your name *he called out*
The next morning I was ready to go back to school already forgetting what happened at the road side the previous day
Me: *tapping Juliet* wake up
Juliet: ooo aunty nah
Me: my friend open your eyes,its almost 7
Juliet: talk am listening nah * still acting sleepy*
Me: am going back to school now,please make sure none of my things are left behind
Juliet: I will leave some behind if you don’t bribe me
Me: you know I don’t have money yet
Juliet: hahaha * sitting up* poor sister,I was only pulling your legs
Me: better * Michael came in*
Michael: you are set already!
Me: yes.you know its a long journey ahead
Michael: yea
Juliet: good morning brother Mike
Michael: hey pretty little sis,hope u slept well
Juliet: no o,sister Precious was disturbing my sleep
Michael: don’t mind her boh
Me: when are you going back?
Michael: tomorrow for sure
Juliet: everyone wants to leave me abi
Me&Michael: hahaha
Michael: sorry about that,nothing we can do about it
Me: abeg leave Juliet alone *picking my bag* is mom and dad out?
Michael: no,still in their room
Me: let me tell them am leaving * hurried out of the room with my bag,I got to my parents room and knocked*
Mom: come inside
Me: *opening the door* good morning dad,good morning mom
Both: morning
Mom: set to go?
Me: yes
Dad: check that locker over there * pointing* take the money in it
Me: *walked to the locker,opened it and took the money* thanks mom,thanks dad
Dad: call me once you get to school
Me: okay dad
Mom: don’t go and start following men o,remember the daughter of whom you are
Me: ah mummy,you should know me better
Mom: not at these stage,people change
Me: I haven’t mom
Mom: if you say so,don’t forget to call home once you need money and be careful of evil friends
Me: I will,byeee,see you guys in delta state soon
Mom: journey mercy my daughter
Me: *leaving the room* thanks mom
Dad: don’t forget,call home once you get to school
Me: okay dad
Michael and Juliet saw me off to the park.
I arrived Lagos late and was feeling so stressed up and weak, I managed calling home and making sure I speak with everyone home before hanging up,I slept off
by the next morning Jerry and James came to look for me,both are my course mates and they are funny twin brothers though James can be more timid and wicked than Jerry,they are just too identical, I only recognize who is Jerry and who is James with their ears,Jerry has a wider ear than that of James also Jerry likes being on afro while James prefers punk or low cut.
apart from their similar voice both are good dancers
Jerry: so Precious you are back and couldn’t call either of us
Precious: don’t be offended,I came back last night very weak and tired,you know how far the journey from abuja to lag is na
Name: no we don’t know,na only you don travel lam na
Jerry: eyah sorry but why you never ready for class
Me: boh I still feeling weak,if not for these test I would just forfeit today’s lecture
James: pregnant woman
Me: your handwork
James: my leg,my hand nor dey o
Me: but your mouth dey,please jhoor excuse me let me get ready for class,just five minutes
Jerry: please fast o
Both excused me,I rushed into the bathroom to take my bath,then dressed up,I locked my door
James: your five minutes is one year
Me: am a woman so what do you think?
James: became a man
Me: you are not serious
Jerry: but seriously you don’t need make up
Me: why?
Jerry: you are amazing just like these
Me: wow,uhm,am blushing,thanks
James: I like your style of wooing girls o,just tell are you are in love hahaha
Me: you are not serious,let’s hurry up jhoor
school was really stressful,every lecturer demanding for money for one thing or the other,it was as if we were beginning to pay tax to different course lecturers each week and I was really getting pissed off even with studies.
A month gone already,with exams close.
I was returning from lectures one evening when someone drove up to me
Man: hi pretty,am Richard * I just mopped at him* please may I know yours?
Me: sorry,I don’t talk to strangers
Richard: don’t you remember me?
Me: as you can see am just coming from lectures,so excuse me *stared walking away*
Richard: hey,just your name *he called out*


㊗️Episode 4㊗️
I just can’t place out why am pissed off,I opened
my lodge room and entered
Me: rubbish,imagine that guy stopping me just to
ask me ” isn’t my face familiar” vanilla no
I dropped my books on my bed,I was just
complaining to myself restlessly like one who
just lost a husband,maybe because I was
stressed up in class coupled with the fact that I
was seeing my period.
though my menstruation is never a painful one
but most times it makes me feel restlessly.
I walked back to the door and shut it,pulled off
and entered the bathroom to take my bath and
have a change of pad,after that I tried reading
but it didn’t work out so I laid down on my
ever since I met Richard on campus my problems
increased,his disturbances where so much that
most times after lectures I would start looking
for other routs to my lodge,although those routs
seem far but I kept taking them till Richard found
out and started monitoring me closely.
that very day I had followed my usual rout not
knowing he was waiting,suddenly I heard the
voice say ” isn’t these a longer rout to wherever
you are going to?”
I turned to behold Richard,I was shocked
Me: why are you following me around, won’t you
concentrate on what brought you to school?
Richard: *walking closer* that’s what am
doing,concentrating on what brought me here
and that’s you
Me: God forbid,please stop pestering my life
Richard: what if I can’t?
Me: rubbish *started walking away*
Richard: heeyy,don’t be rude,ok just give me
your name and I won’t disturb again
Me: *stopped* promise?
Richard: sure
Me: am Precious
Richard: wow,nice name for an angel
Me: now keep to your promise because you are
beginning to irritate me
Richard: sure I will but I only promised not to
disturb u about your name again.I know the
name already just wanna hear you say it out to
Me: that wasn’t it,anyway na u sabi,stop
disturbing my life
Richard: well I mean no harm to you,I just admire
Me: I don’t admire you,no friends bye * started
walking off*
Richard: hahaha see ya at your lodge
I didn’t bother turning nor stopping,does he know
my lodge that he should say ” see ya at your
well I was beginning to understand something,
most times when he speaks with me I feel
different and the times I spent trying to avoid
him drew him closer to my heart,yes I was
beginning to like him but I can’t bring myself to
loving a student who would miss classes just to
wait for a woman to finish hers,who knows how
many women in the campus he is dating or he
has dated.
not that he is that handsome but parades
himself like a rich dude,coming to disturb my life
everyday with different cars.
most times in the lecture hall I can’t just
concentrate just because am thinking on how to
dogge him after class.
I got to my lodge and met James and Jerry
seated outside waiting,on seeing me
James: na lectures wey we close since you just
dey come back?
Me: wetin happen,if na food una two come chop
I no get o
Jerry: where you branch?
Me: that guy is still on my neck,I did not branch
anywhere just took a longer rout to avoid him
James: I told you to always wait for us after
classes but you won’t hear
Me: I can’t try that one,waiting for you two to
woo all department girls before we start going,no
Jerry: so its a guy that is making you run?
Me: I stubborn one at that
James: abeg wetin you cook,am hungry
Me: its now you are telling me why you are here
but I don’t have food
Jerry: don’t worry we will contribute
Me: better,oyah let me drop my bag so we start
going to the market *I opened my door and
everyone dropped their bags then I shut it back*
oyah let’s go
on turning my back I sighted Richard opening the
gate,quickly I disappeared to a corner before
James nor Jerry could ask me why but they are
good pretenders
Richard: * I was seeing them from my hide out *
good evening guys
James: eh you evening
Richard: please am looking for Precious?
James: Precious! Precious!! * turned to Jerry *
Jerry have you heard of that name in these
compound before?
Jerry: don’t you see the way am staring at
him,its because am trying to figure out what he
Richard: I sighted her with you guys when i
opened the gate,that was while I was coming
James: ehhhm?
Richard: yea
James: ok na,now that you are here sight her
back,Jerry let’s go
Richard: why are you guys acting like
women,help your fellow guy
Jerry: we? women? James let’s go * they started
walking away *
Richard: these is not fair guys * turned to my
door* Precious I know you are around,ama sit
here and wait till you come here me out.
He sat down on the suck-away close and waited
for about 15 minutes,then he stood up
Richard: ama come back * he walked off the
compound *
by the time I came out I just couldn’t control the
laughter,suddenly the gate opened again,I almost
ran to my hiding but with was James and Jerry
Jerry: omo you be flash o,how that guy take
know here
Me: I just don’t know
James: maybe he traced you
Mr: please let’s go to the market before it gets


㊗️Episode 5㊗️
That night when we came back from the market,I cooked the soup and made garri,after we were done eating the talk of Richard’s visit became the talk of the night,James and Jerry wouldn’t stop making mockery of us both till they got ready to leave,I put some of the soup into a cooler for them and they finally left.
for a week I didn’t see Richard, I felt I was beginning to miss him as the thought of him wouldn’t just stop coming to my mind. most times I find myself saying ” Richard where are you,did you leave because I his from you when you came to my lodge!,am really sorry”.
on the 9th day (at night) I received a call from a number I didn’t save
Me: hello,good evening
Voice: my beauty,its Richard * quickly I put the phone off my ear,staring at the number and asking myself ” did you ever give him your number,how did he get it then” I was just so flabbergasted, I put the phone back to my ear but he ended the call,about three seconds again he called back*
Richard: hello can you hear me now,I said its Richard
Me: how did you get my number
Richard: someone gave it to me
Me: who
Richard: be my friend and I will tell you
Me: * I wanted saying we are friends but I remembered my ego* you ain’t ashamed of yourself,you got my number from someone instead of from the owner,you ain’t man enough then
Richard: no its not like that,I traveled and wanted to communicate you but no way so I had to ask someone for it
Me: * forming anger * who?
Richard: friends?
Me: don’t call these number again in your life **hung up**
he called and called but I refused picking,though I would had love talking to him but I don’t want him to ever have that feeling that I missed him so he won’t start forming for me so I had to continue playing hard to get but most of the time I feel am being stupid when a mind would say ” who are you playing hard to get for,he didn’t woo you he only asked you to be his friend” once these happens I start feeling bad.
that night he called and called but I didn’t pick,I even had to switch off my phone.
The next day in the afternoon Richard drove to my lodge, I was seated outside,I wanted hiding on seeing him but his eyes were fixed on me,he walked up to me
Richard: hi
Me: * timidly* hi
Richard: umm,I came down here yesterday because I wanted to see you but obviously am not needed and am beginning to bug you so I decided to come to your lodge today and see you maybe for the last time
Me: * my heart skipped * what do you mean
Richard: tell me we can’t be friends and I will leave right now and never to disturb you * my heart beat increased,I never knew it would get to these,I just try as much as a could not to look at him * answer me,just say it and I would leave you alone * I said nothing * ok I take your silence for a yes,thanks, bye * he started walking away *
Me: wait * he stopped and turner * if you are leaving that’s probably because you want to because I didn’t give you any reply
Richard: were you gonna say no,we can be friends?
Me: * straight face * I don’t know
Richard: then please go out with me on a date
Me: now?
Richard: yes now
Me: * pretends * impossible
Richard: please
Me: No
Richard: please
Me: No
Richard: Please
Me: I said no nah
Richard: but am pleading or you don’t wanna be my friend?
Me: * quiet for some minute as he continued chipping in please * ok fine,but wait outside let me get dressed
Richard: * smiles * yes ma!!!
That was how everything started.
I got dressed and he led me to his car parked outside,he opened the front door for me to enter then shut it,he ran over to his own side and entered droving off.
He drove into a Chinese restaurant, he came down coming to open the door for me,I stepped down feeling like a princess,he took my right hand hanging it in between his arms as we walked inside,he got a table and we sat down facing each other
Richard: what’s your say about these place?
Me: * looked around * its nice
Richard: red is my best colour
Precious: fake colour, pink all the way
Richard: * laughed * I don’t believe red is fake
Me: why?
Richard: because these restaurant is dressed in red and you say its nice
Me: mistake then
Richard: you like roses?
Me: why not?
Richard: roses are red * smile *
Me: fine,you won,red is beautiful but what about pinks?
Richard: * inhales * wow,punks are amazing,as amazing as you * he looked deep into my eyes I tried not looking back *
Me: wow thanks,then red are for gentlemen as you
Richard: * smiles * thanks
Me: why are you smiling?
Richard: nothing,you are just romantic, so tell me about Miss.Precious
Me: nothing much about her * inhales and exhaled * like you already know am precious,Precious Oyege from a family of 3 children, a boy and two daughters,my the second but first girl
Richard: wow,so from what state?
Me: delta
Richard: Oyege,does delta bear such?
Me: why not,oyah enough of me,what about you?
Richard: oh forgive my manners, waiter,waiter,over here please * the waiter came * so if I didn’t call you you wouldn’t come to take my orders?
Waiter: sorry sir,I was coming to attend to you sir before you came
Richard: you Manuel please * the waiter stretched it to him * no,give it to her to make a choice
Me: * i was shy,not having anything in mind to order for i quickly said * no,am ok
Richard: don’t worry,just get Chinese spiced Chicken for two and a cream wine
Waiter: ok sir * immediately he left another brought two hot towels,I pretended like I actually knew how its being used,using side eyes to watch the way Richard used it to warm his hand and then return,I did same then the guy left *
Me: so introduce yourself
Richard: like you already know am Richard,from a family of two kids,a boy and a girl,from Ogun state
Me: so your father don’t have a name?
Richard: I don’t get? * the order was brought and placed on the table,it was really smoking showing its hot *
Me: * today nah today,how are my going to tear a whole full chicken without being childish * I mean your surname
Richard: oh,am Richard Williams,does that ring a bell? * he opened the wine and poured for the both of us *
Me: umm yes,the president nah but you ain’t * taking the wine he poured for me to drink at lest to use it in suspending the chicken till it gets cold *
Richard: * laughed at length * yes you are right am not the president, am his son,the President’s son
Me: * my hand seem to stop working for a while,I brought down the tumbler * the son? you are kidding me right? * he started cutting his chicken hot*
Richard: why should I be kidding you? aint eating?
Me: is these food * it just dropped from my mouth *
Richard: hahaha what is it called then?
Me: sorry,I mean are you using food to coverup
Richard: no
Me: hmmm,Precious,in the same table with the president son!! * I murmured to myself *
Richard: pardon,what did you say?
Me: me! no o nothing
Richard: ok,why not eat ?
Exactly the problem now, where do I start from in cutting these chicken,if I was to be home now in my lodge I can eat it any how I want,see people everywhere, if I f–k up now they would laugh thinking am bush.
Richard: is anything the matter?
Me: not at all
Richard: * stopped eating and looked straight into my eyes* Precious,I love you,I think its right I let you know.
oh God is faithful,these is an opportunity for me to leave to escape these chicken
Me: * forming anger,in a low voice * was that why you brought me here,I don’t blame you,so these is the friendship you said you wanted? sorry,wrong number * I stood up and started hurrying away,he stood to stop me but I was too fast for him,people turned watching so he stayed calm,maybe to avoid embarrassment,he quickly signaled the waiter to come,I don’t know what happened next because I went out,got a bike back to my lodge,I opened my door,threw my bag down and fell on the bed
Me: thank you lord for saving me from these embarrassment I would have given myself all in the name of chicken..


㊗️Episode 6㊗️
As I laid on bed reflecting on all that happened in the Restaurant between me and Richard,I couldn’t just stop myself from smiling.
Richard proposing to me was cool because I know pretty well that am naturing feelings for him but I think I shouldn’t just accept now,me accepting quickly to his proposal would make it look like I accepted because I found out he is the President’s son.
maybe I would had said yes to him or better still “let me think of it and give you a reply” if I hadn’t find out his true identity. A knock dropped on the door
Me: who is there,open up the door isn’t locked * the door opened and Richard surfaced,immediately I jumped up on my feet *
Richard: what’s wrong,why did you leave like that? * he asked innocently holding a branded bag,I didn’t answer,I just mopped * did I say something bad?
Me: what where you expecting? that I should jump on you because you are a first class citizen of these country and you proposed to me? no tell me !
Richard: no,its not like that * looks confused * ok fine,am sorry,here is the meal you left behind * he stretched it to me but I didn’t accept it so he dropped it on the table beside him there in my room* take care.
He turned back and left the room,I don’t know if to say sorry or let him go but I decided to left him go,though I felt bad the way I treated him but many things ran through my mind,things like ” is he for real or just a player,isn’t he a student,what is he up to,are mine doing the right thing etc ” I weakly sat on my bed trying to control my thoughts
Me: are my falling in love with him or its just an infatuation? oh God,am not sure of what I feel,just help me * I murmured to myself *
Hours later I took the bag and opened it,I brought out the contents of the bag,a rose flower, stick to it its a designed card which reads ” never forget you had a friend like me because I would never forget I had an angel as you” my heart beat increased
Me: does these mean I good bye * scared *
I put it down on my bed and brought out the already packaged spices chicken then a bottle of creamed wine.
I get them out not knowing what else to do.
I finally decided I was going to apology to him once I see him the next day.

That night Jerry and James came to my lodge,it was already 7,I opened up the door for them
Me: * trying to hide my sadness * what are you guys walking about for,your mates are sleeping
James: nna keep quiet, be happy we came
* I guess Jerry’s feet hit the wine I kept on the floor beside the bed earlier *
Jerry: * picking it up,the room was dark * abeg on light,on light,na which kind wine be dis, on the light na
Me: * struggling in the dark to collect it from him * drop that thing
James: * switching on the light * bros na creamy wine o,that type wey we get for Caroline wedding,wait something is scenting ing these room like chicken * sighting it * check that thing there
Jerry: ehhhhey na Chinese spice chicken o * I stopped struggling and watched them both *
James: Precious you wicked,so you have money to buy all these and you couldn’t call us?
Me: * sat on the bed * I didn’t buy it that guy did
Both: who?
Me: Richard!
Both: who is Richard
Jerry: tell us so we can go and make friends with him first thing tomorrow morning
Me: its that same guy that I told you both about
James: o lo lo look
Jerry: is like that dude is f—–g rich
James: a GEE boy
Me: that’s your President son
Both: president?
James: hahaha,he wants to dupe you be that
Me: what do you mean?
James: president son in university of Lagos when plane never burn finish and the visa embassy never die
Jerry: aunty president abi even governor children don’t school in Nigeria even self e hard to see a local government chairman pikin for Nigeria e come be president pikin
Me: * I was about saying something when the flashback came to my head * he is the President son, I can remember I saw him with his father the last time I went to abuja,yes it was Richard,how come I forgot these,he was the one who came down from one of those Ranges that day while I was walking with Michael,he was the guy mopping at me
James: are you talking to us?
Jerry: who is Michael?
Me: oh my God,how come I forgot
Both: forgot what
Me: him
Jerry: who?
Me: never mind,let’s eat the chicken together
Jerry: and the wine!
Me: we drink it
The next morning I took my bath,got dressed and left to classes,I was I class when I realized that my monthly visitor was around,I was on easy,I was already feeling stained but thanks to God I was on black skirt,I just kept to my seat even after every lecture and with the rough plays of most of my course guys who were crushing on me. I noticed Jerry and James knew I wasn’t comfortable but didn’t ask
after their lectures I walked to the female toilet,brought out tissue paper from my bag,cleaned up myself and used some to serve as pad till I get home because I was really hoping to see Richard before going home.
on coming out of the toilet I saw Ella our assistant course rep
Ella: hi Precious * smiling *
Me: hi
Ella: are you ok?
Me: yes am ok,thanks * walked pass *
I looked around for Richard but didn’t see him,I don’t even know if he is a student or not,even if he is I don’t know his department.
for three days I did not see Richard,I tried calling but I couldn’t find the number he called me with
I kept expecting him to come to my lodge as usual but he never turned up.
the 5th day being Monday,after classes I saw Richard seated on his car,my heart skipped,I tried to being myself before walking up to him but before I got to him I saw Ella run to him and they embraced
Richard: look at my baby,I missed you
Ella: no no no I missed you more.
I was so shocked and dumb founded,Ella of all people with Richard. I just turned and walked home not only disappointed but with pains in my heart.


㊗️Episode 7㊗️
I could feel my legs wobbling and unable to carry my whole body as I walked to my lodge.
I managed to get home under a trembling feet,I was opening the door when a neighbour Nneka greeted
Nneka: Peepe hafa na
I turned to answer but in my sorrow tears dropped out of my eyes instead
Nneka: * surprised * ah why are you crying?
Me: are my crying? * my hand going to my eyes as I have successful unlocked the door
Nneka: eyah,eeeheyee,so person fit cry without im notice,sorry no vex,you no dey cry,I forget say na another new pattern of laughter be that * started walking away * I didn’t reply her,I just watched her go out of the gate murmuring to herself then I entered inside,that was when the main tears started following.
I never realized I have gotten to love Richard these deep to the extent of feeling jealous seeing him with another woman,I never thought I could cry for love,why Ella of all people,she is the only girl in my department competing beauty with me,she is just naturally beautiful maybe that’s why am more jealous,maybe if it had been other department girl I wouldn’t mind.
I was so busy playing hard to get forgetting they are other girls who are even willing to woo him for them self but I was ready to apologise to him,I was ready to tell him how sorry I was.
I kept thinking to myself till I slept off.
The next day I didn’t go for lectures, i just stayed in my room all through,I just needed time to get myself together again but the thought of Richard wouldn’t just leave my head.
The next day I got ready for classes and left,but throughout the duration of the lectures my eyes where on Ella,I just couldn’t concentrate,before we had the last lecture for the day in the school complex hall James walked up to me
James: hi Precious
Me: * coldly * hi
James: you look dull today why?
Me: do i? no am not dull
James: ok o but these is not the lively precious I know
Me: dear,am just not feeling too well
James: ok was that why you didn’t come for classes yesterday?
Me: yea
James: bae you missed o that yesterday
Me: gist me,what happened?
James: it was Ella’s birthday na,come and see the way drinks were flying
Me: hmmm,really?
James: remember that guy that was disturbing you that year
Me: who,Richard?
James: yes Richard,he was just all over her,come and see,he even told us he would be hosting us all these Saturday for Ella’s birthday party at Eden Garden
Me: * my heart was melting * that’s good,it would be a big one at lest you guys would enjoy it
James: you are coming along right?
Me: nop,I have better things doing
James: like?
Me: reading
James: c’mon don’t tell me you are jealous,shey these guy asked u out first but you refused,you should be happy he found someone else and that person is our Ella
Me: * stood up and pick my books * see you later,I need to go to the ICT to sort something.
James: hmmm precious, are you really sick?
I didn’t answer him,I just walked out of the class,I sighted Richard at his normal spot,I wonder the kind of student he his,not attending classes maybe because his father is the President.
I pretended not to see him as I walked passed
Richard: hello Precious
Me: * using my hand * hello * I walked passed him * to the Library **not ICT**
I stayed in there till I felt like going home,on coming out I saw Ella and Richard,they were seated together charting and laughing,I just walked pass them and started walking home.
For that week I wasn’t really focused, it pains me the more knowing he doesn’t care anymore about my existence,imagine Richard signaling me “hello” I just have to forget him and move on after all nothing happened between us in the first instance do I have to forge ahead because if I keep remembering Richard I might even end up having carryovers.
I tried moving on but mere seeing him on campus makes my heart skip.
On Saturday afternoon Jerry and James came to my lodge
Jerry: Precious, hafa
Me: fine
James: these week you just dey look somehow
Me: meaning?
James: you are too dull
Me: na you sabi
Jerry: so are you ready?
Me: ready for what?
James: don’t tell me you mean you ain’t going to attend Ella’s party?
Me: am going nowhere jhoor,I want to sleep
Jerry: sleep?
James: which kind sleep
Me: afternoon sleep
James: bae stop these nah and let’s go
Me: sorry
Jerry: leave her if she says she is not going let’s go
James: no wahala but these thing wey you do I no like am,you big pass am
Me: go make una come back come gist me
James: me! come back here after these thing wey you just do?
Me: abeg na
Jerry: we go come,oyah James let’s go * they walked out of the room but james surfaced again *
James: so you mean am say you no dey go?
Me: am not going na
Jerry: James come na let’s go * that was when he finally left *
In the night as at 10:30 pm that was when their knocks on the door woke me,I stood up and walked to the door opening it
Me: don’t tell me its noe you guys are returning * locking my door *
Jerry: you won’t understand, the party was wow
James: please let’s sleep here,our hostel gate is locked
Me: gist me how it went
Jerry: you won’t believe it,that guy is not a student of these school
Me: which guy
James: your Richard
Me: James stop it please
James: sorry o
Jerry: he is truly the president’s son,every of our department mates present there now knows and he schooled in Paris
Me: hmmm
James: abeg you ain’t telling her the main news,do you know that Ella is Richard’s first cousin and not his girlfriend
Me: * it resounded in my ear * she’s what?


㊗️Episode 8㊗️
James: * looked surprised * oh you no hear that one? I said Ella is Richard’s first cousin
Me: you are kidding me right?
James: Jerry are my lying?
Jerry: stop wasting time to convince her shey we told her to come along she said she is not interested abeg show me where to sleep jhoor
Me: * making that childish face * urm that’s not fair
Jerry: yes it’s black,I even forget to tell you the sweetest part of it,we collected your own share of the food and drink and ate it
Me: * sigh * thought is something better, you guys should sleep in that corner,take that wrapper over there
James: ok but you miss sha
I just laid down silently on my bed,thinking to myself,if what I just heard is true then Richard has lost interest in me or is probably very angry with me,what should I do now to make him start noticing me again,I really think I should go apologise to him and pretend its just an ordinary apology then he would have an idea that I still want him and start coming again,no no no that would make me look cheap,I must have to do something and fast.
I was still thinking when I slept off I was awoken early the next morning by James and Jerry that they were going so I stood up and opened up the door for them to leave then locked back,it was Sunday already.
I went back to sleep,I wokeup finally by seven thirty and went into the bathroom to prepare for church
I wasn’t settled within me but i was really struggling to be,the thought of Richard has eaten me up and it seem to be making me dull each day.
I got ready for church and left,it was a Catholic church,the mass already started before I got to church,it was the second mass.
after the first reading other members who came later were permitted inside,I didn’t take notice of people that joined my seat but I realized I was perceiving a familiar perfume, I just don’t know what turned my head to see people sitting with me,I saw him moping and smiling at me,by his side was seated Ella. immediately I felt my heartbeat increased
Richard: hi,is these your church also?
I wanted to reply but couldn’t,I found myself giving him a forced out smile as a reply then my eyes met with that of Ella but she said nothing,for the rest of the mass duration I can’t tell what happened all I knew was that we had offering and communion any other thing that happened aside that precious don’t know.
when the mass was over I stoop up with my bag containing just my bible and bulletin for the for the Sunday mass and lodge key and started walking out unnoticed but on getting outside I met Richard and Ella,I didn’t notice they had gone out of the church before me
Richard: avoiding me?
Me: me,avoid you,why?
Richard: I don’t know,well you look like the angels in heaven on these outfit
Me: thanks but you don’t look bad either
Ella: Richy let’s go
Richard: hey easy am talking to someone
Ella: someone am angry with abi
Me: angry with me? what did I do?
Ella: ask me again * since our year one I had never had a one on one chat with Ella,I just walked closer to her ignoring Richard first *
Me: dear what’s my offence?
Ella: why didn’t you come to my birthday party
Me: oh that?
Ella: would you say you had no idea Saturday was my birthday party?
Me: I knew,my friend told me but…
Ella: but you couldn’t come because am not your friend
Me: no dear not that,I was ill * lied *
Richard: ill?
Ella: ill, what happened?
Me: its fever * lied *
Ella: so sorry about that
Richard: how are you now?
Me: fine,I should be going now
Ella: ok see u in school
Richard: no let’s drop you off
Me: no thanks
Ella: don’t refuse it please,use that to make up for my birthday that you missrd
Me: *smile* ok thanks
we all walked to where he parked his car and entered.
when he got to my lodge I came down from the car
Ella: hope I srr you in school tomorrow?
Me: yes
Richard: have a nice Sunday
Me: thanks * he started his engines * Richard?
Richard: yes? * he turned off the car *
Me: *looking down* am sorry for the way I treated you
Richard: oh,C’mon come over that,you did nothing wrong
Me: * still looking down * thanks * walking away *
Richard: how about dinner these evening,just the three of us? *he shouted*
Me: * smile* ok
Richard: see ya then by evening *he starts his engine once again and drove off leaving dust in the air*
wow,I felt refreshed as in anew again
Me: yes,yes *I started running into the compound out of happiness,I really couldn’t wait till evening,I was eager to see him again *I opened my door and got in falling on the bed flat
Me: I can’t believe these I’d happening,Ella my new friend? wow,Richard is back,oh yes *I talked to myself like we were two in the room,I was hungry but I don’t wanna eat, I don’t want anything that would rule that the dinner date for me.
I just laid on the bed smiling to myself over and over again like one who started madness newly
I stayed indoors till five thirty then I went into the bath room to clean up,being a woman is really not easy,before six thirty I was done preparing but no sign of Richard nor Ella,I was peeping throw the window at interval hoping to see one of them surface again but no signs of either of them,by 7:00 I was already getting frustrated or had he changed his mind! I had to go outside the gate checking on him,I even stood there till 7:30pm but no sign of them,I was pissed up,I went back to my lodge and angrily shut the door,I don’t even have either of them contact to communicate them,I laid down on the bed and realized tears dropping from my eyes,I really wish to see Richard,my Richard.
I laid still on the bed till I slept off,it was an incoming call that woke me up,I checked the time and it was 9pm,the caller was Michael my elder brother. I picked up the call and we spoke over the phone for about ten minutes before saying goodnight to each other.
I sat up,took off my dress and wore my Skippy night wear,when into the bath room to wash of the makeups on my face
Me: * sad * my makeup just wasted because of Richard,no problem,I came back to room,I saw my phone screen light on and picked it up,two miss calls,no name just number
Me: who is these one that wants to annoy me these night again * the phone began ringing again,same number * hello,who is these
Ella: its me Ella,come open your gate for us to drive in
Me: Ella?
Ella: yes,we are outside your gate * hung up *
Mr: Jesus,they are here
I quickly opened my door,rushed to the gate,opened it and Richard drove in,I locked back the gate,Ella step down
Ella: sorry we are disturbin,Richard’s car got spoilt,before we could finish the repairs it was :8 30already so we just decided to buy the dinner and bring it down here instead of taking you out late *Richard came out of the car*
Me: no nah you shouldn’t have bothered,we can always go out another day
Richard: am so sorry
Me: not your fault so don’t be sorry
Ella: let’s go in please
Me: in? erm,erm,ok
Richard: hey girls come help me out with the food * we both got to the back seat parking the things there out *
Ella: *on getting inside* its ten already,Richard are you sure we ain’t gonna be sleeping over?
Me: *my heart skipped hearing that* sleep where?
*I said inwardly*
Richard: just pray I don’t get drunk so I can drive you home.
those words resounded in my ears,I knew I was in for it these night.


㊗️Episode 9㊗️
Wondered how tonight was going to be with these two sleeping over,to me it kind of looks funny to me.
Ella: * seating on the bed * okay let’s see what we have here * she opened the well and neatly sealed carton * wow piazza, my favourite * she opened another * she looked puzzled * ah Richard,why did you let them package these fried rice for you like these
Richard: *innocently* I don’t want it pouring away while am driving because I know you won’t carry them
Ella: well its still very hot but I thought I asked you to get me basmati rice? *making an angry face*
Richard: I got them na,keep checking
Ella: it better be o * I just stood at the corner watching the two of them displaying,she opened the remaining three cartons containing her basmati rice,a large quantity of already cut chicken while the last carton has a reasonable sized cake in it,I wonder if it was party but at these point the aroma of the food was all over my room*
Me: * pretending like I wasn’t really hungry * is these another set of party?
Richard: * smiling * what do you think?
Ella: Richy where is the stew for my basmati rice ?
Richard: ooops,we left them in the car I guess, Precious can we go get them please?
Me: ok
Ella: thanks and please Richy there is another wine under the front seat please help me get it
Richard: ok
We both went outside,he opened the car showing my the plastic take-away the stew was in while he went to the front seat Ella was seated earlier bringing out a bottled wine from the under then we started heading inside
Richard: wait * I stopped and turned to him he smiled * I forgot to tell you how beautiful you are looking to night
Me: * smiles * stop pulling my legs
Richard: no I mean it
Me: okay thanks
Richard: you are welcome
Me: are you always these romantic ? * the question just fell off my mouth,he looked into my eyes and gave a funny smile *
Richard: why should I accredit myself?
Me: sorry I asked just that as a kid from a rich home I was expecting a pompous guy not a cool one * forced out a little smile *
Richard: well am not always cool,I have got my terrible side you might not like about me and beside it wasn’t as if a was really born with a silver spoon! just that God was faithful enough to favour my family
Me: wow,you weren’t born with a silver spoon?
Richard: yea,I was 15 when daddy started making it,then my little sister was just 12
Me: okay,am really impressed with the little a know about you,you know that wouldn’t stop some men from being pompous,rude and all that
Richard: I barely know anything about you but I feel I had known it all
Me: meaning?
Richard: Precious, its hard to live without you,you are the reason while am here in Lagos and still here
Me: * my heart was beating faster again * please can we go inside,Ella must be waiting for us now
Richard: sorry if I said the wrong words to you,let’s go * started walking *
Me: Richard * he stopped but didn’t turn * you said nothing wrong,your words really makes me feel special
Richard: really? * turned to face me smiling * wow that’s because you are special
Me: thanks * we smiled at each other and started walking back inside,if these was going to be the only thing I achieved tonight then am ready cool with it because to me its already a memorable night. on getting inside Ella has already dished a small portion of the fried rice into a plate she got from my lodge and was eating *
Ella: I was even thinking you both decided to sleep outside
Me: hahaha
Ella: are you gonna eat basmati rice with me?
Me: ok,make it two spoons
Richard: what about me?
Ella: oh,you eat food too? I don’t know o * she joked *
Richard: I refer the fried rice self
Ella: better for you o,because I won’t allow you eat these one except Precious would take the job of feeding you * I felt shy *
that night was fun,I just can’t forget in a hurry,we ate and played like we were kids,we got over feed but who cares,we kept eating,when it was remaining just one meat Ella took it while myself and Richard kept chasing her round the room,till was really fun filled till Richard got drunk,myself and Ella had to force him to sleep,it was around 3:17 then then we all retired to bed,it was only the cake that was untouched.
I wokeup by 8 waking Ella along
Me: its 8 already,we have missed the first class
Ella: I didn’t come along with any cloth so I should be going home but Richard is still sleeping because he got drunk
Me: * I looked at Richard were he laid down on the floor,I realized my room was really in a mess * I have got some nice clothes,c’mon it’s gonna fit you,we are same size
Ella: what about Richard?
Me: we leave him here,he should be up before we get back
Ella: ok
Me: that’s the bathroom,go bath first
Ella: ok
she stood up and entered the bathroom while I stood up searching through my bags looking for dress for Ella but she opened the bathroom door calling on me
Ella: Precious
Me: yes? *went closer*
Ella: * frowning * the shameless woman is here * she whispered *
Me: who?
Ella: my monthly follow,please do you have pad?
Me: ok just bath,I have some left
Ella: thanks,please am nude already,check my bag’s side zip you would see I tied nylon I have two undies there,gave me one
Me: ok * I checked her bag as instructed and it was like she said,I gave her one and she shut the door back,funny girl,carrying panties along with her *
we got dressed and left for class,Richard was still sleeping when we left,on getting to class our second lecturer was already in class,Ella wasn’t really happen she was late * maybe because she is the assistant class rep *
we sat at same seat at the back till classes were over,most of our class mates who knew us too well not to had been friends were surprised seeing us seat and chat together,James and Jerry were just observing from their own end.
as soon as classes where over they came to meet us
Jerry: birthday girl wadup
Ella: hahaha,am fine,you?
Jerry: how can I be fine when I had been dreaming of you ever since
Ella: dream well
James: Presh Presh,I dey fear u oo
Me: why?
James: you just dey shine * most times he is unreasonable *
Me: wetin you come mean
James: we dey come your house by six,cook oh
Me: no wahala,come o
Jerry: Ella,take care
Ella: you too
Me: so Jerry because of Ella you no dey see me again?
Jerry: no vex,the love don blind me
Me: hahaha
Ella: that’s how you men talk,Precious let’s go jhare
James: exam timetable is out o
Me: really?
James: yes,two weeks time,I will get you one when coming these evening
Me: you are such a darling
Jerry: Ella I would get you one too
Me: hahaha,you and Ella who go get for each other
Jerry: na wa for you Precious o,you no even let her tell me that am such a darling?
Ella: do you know my lodge?
Jerry: if you tell me I will know
Ella: we talk later,Precious can we go now?
Me: okay,ain’t you guys going with us
James: no,let me try and see if I can change my school fees receipt
Me: ok bye
Ella: bye
on our way home Ella asked if I was dating james
Ella: are you dating James?
Me: no,he is just a friend
Ella: who are you dating?Me:
brokeup long ago,about 8months ago
Ella: wow,that’s a hell of time
Me: yea
getting home myself and Ella were surprised Richard swept the room already and arranged everywhere into a new shape
Ella: Richard? so you can work these much?
Me: oh my God,you should have
Richard: its nothing,your bedsheets is with the dry cleaner at that green shop,I have paid him,though I told him to bring it once its dry
Me: wow,thanks a lot
Ella: can we go now?
Me: so soon,ain’t you going to take a little rest first?
Ella: you know my condition na,let me get to my lodge
Me: okay
Ella: Richy have you eaten?
Richard: sure,I cooked
Both: cooked?
Richard: yes,beans,open your pot
Me: *I rushed to the pot with Ella following, I opened the pot*Jesus
Ella: these is serious love,are you sure it won’t porge her
Richard: *I was just sprechless*let’s go jhare
Ella: okay,Precious i will call you
Me: okay *we hugged*
Richard came close kissing my lips so quick,I felt it deep down
Richard: please come open the gate
*I followed them out,opened the gate and he drove out*
Richard: check under your pillow * he shouted out *
I shout the gate and went inside already missing them,I won’t joke with that Richard’s food,I said to my self.
“check under your pillow” those words flash my mind,I quickly raised it. he wrote his two numbers on my pillow, these guy is crazy,on the bed as a paper neatly folded,on its back was written “My Intoto Diction To My Love” I took it and opened it,on it was the finest writeup a man can ever give to a woman,you won’t believe want these guy had composed…


㊗️Episode 10㊗️
I opened my mouth wide in surprise reading through his note,it reads:
Today my heart was completely filled with the
thought of you,I began thinking of amazing
things to tell u just to put smiles on ur beautiful
face then I got an intoto idea of creating
something awesome with the alphabets.
Am gonna create something great with A-Z and I
hope u really enjoy this and while u read I know u
will be flabbergasted but I need your smile to
keep me going.
Take a deep breath,relax and calm your
anxiety,look back,side ways,up and down as
well.wow I hope u enjoyed it,that’s what I
wanted to create with the alphabets.
Just kidding,now read this
I just want to remind u to (ABC) Always Be
Careful and (DEFG) Don’t Ever ForGet that I am
(HI) Happily Inlove with you,please and please
(JKLM) Just Keep Loving Me and have this
always in mind that (NOPQRS) No Other Person
Quiet ReaSonable will ever stop loving you.
Now listen as I take it one one for u,just know
that (T) Till death do us part,the whole (U)
Universe would (V) Vividly know you are mine.
Calm down,I don’t know if this is making sense
to u but lest I forget,I believe and accept that
(W) Wonderous laughter would be ours.
Nop nop nop I don’t wanna hear ur say okay!
believe it or leave it our love will never be (X) X-
my ( Y) Yen and ( Z) Zeal is to keep loving u
Richard has killed it right? How would a kiss feel
on ur lips? if am to say (PBML) it would be meaning Please Be My Lover,would you say no to these??
Ifound myself reading and laughing out loud in some part of it
Me: these guy is really amazing, he seem to be leaving me with surprises every minute of my life,wow,these is breath taking,I wish it was face to face I would be saying a big yes to you Richard * I sat on my bed for a while * no,I better safe guide these and never to loose it,its a special property now.
I stood up,opened the part of my bag a considered safe for the moment and kept it there.
I went to the pot,dishing out reasonable portion of the porridge beans into a plate,I took a seat dropping the food on my only table which serves me for reading too and scoped a spoon into my mouth,it tasted great,I really don’t like beans and if it was to be home it was cooked I won’t dare tasting it but I found myself rushing these meal of mine cooked by Richard, I was in the second plate when Jerry and James came in,on seeing me eating they went for their own spoons and joined me
James: * as we were eating * Christ,so u can cook beans like these,omo I give u hand* I just smiled *
Jerry: but I thought you don’t like beans,these one wey you cook beans to sweet like these come dey chop am and we come join you without questions hope its not poisoned hahaha
James: that’s true,when did you start cooking beans
Me: I go carry these beans commot here o,keep quiet and eat
Both: sorry ma
James: but you can cook o,you get A1 parallel for beans cooking
Me: * dropping my spoon * no be me cook am * I was filled already *
Jerry: who come cook these kind sweet beans
James: yes who cooked it,I need to marry that girl,you know beans is my best food and because of these very beans i will put it in documentation that beans is my best food
Jerry: hahaha,na which kind brother God give me so * I was just staring at them but my thoughts where on Richard *
James: tell us the girl nah
Me: its Richard, Ella’s cousin * come and see pausing from the two guys *
Both: you say??
Me: yes,its your fellow guy that cooked it Mr beans is my best food.
both fall on the floor with their spoons still in their hands and stopped laughing to the extent tears were dropping from their eyes,it even got me confused
Me: what’s funny?
James: * trying to control his laughter * you no fit lie sha
Me: am not lying
James: * still trying to control his laughter * maybe is not the guy I know
Jerry: * laughing and talking * no be that one dey funny me,as I open these door come see as aunty dey rush the food,chai I no even know say na because say na that guy cook am
James: meaning if na poison all of us for don die just like that hahahaha
Me: * carrying the food * when una laff finish make una begin go una hostle,no more beans for the two of you
Jerry: * now trying to control his laughter and standing up from the floor * no vex,we are just playing,bring the beans
James: yes its play,abeg add more beans for that plate
Me: after eating two plates? never
Jerry: who know how many plates you don chop b4 we come rescue you because nah suicide you be ready for with these beans * both resumed laughter again *
Me: yeyeh guys * I stood up and added more beans for them
After eating the both of them start down on the table
Me: don’t break my table
James: Richard would buy new one
Me: he picks money abi
James: hahaha,na me and you money o e still dey spend for your head so chop am with out apology
Me: abeg oh Richard is not my boyfriend and he isn’t spending on me so no go talk am make people hear
Jerry: abeg how can I get Ella,am dying for that girl like craze
Me: see me o,are my Ella,didn’t you see her in school to tell her,that reminds me,James,where is my exam timetable you promised
James: no fear,e dey my pocket
Jerry: but I saw you and her today nah so you should be able to help me
James: she was even wearing you dress
Me: and?
Jerry: please nah help me,I will treat her well o I promise
Me: Jerry I can only tell her only after you must had approached her and not the other way round
Jerry: but you would help right?
Me: sure
Jerry: thanks,at lest e no go bad if I become in law to oga presido na
Me: oh is that the latest now?
Jerry: no,ah no nah,I just dey talk,no vex
Me: better
James: oyah Jerry let’s go,at lest we have eaten night food here prepared by aso rock,maybe in the next few days we won’t go angry again
Jerry: ah,na Jesus?
James: Precious,help me answer
Me: abeg una kom dey go,you guys have over stayed
James: you dey chase us now abi,you don get Richard na,why you no go chase me,your old husband
Me: I hear,no vex dey go
Jerry: hahaha,James go na abi na by force?
Me: oyah you,follow your brother,una don try.
After they left,Richard’s call came came in almost immediately,I knew it was his call,his numbers were already stored in my head,I felt my heartbeat increase.
To be continued…
㊗️Episode 11㊗️
I picked up my phone and took in the calls,like I said earlier it was Richard calling,he was calling to ask me if i had seen the note he left me,I told him that I had seen it and was about going to collect my bedsheets from the dry cleaner since he hadn’t brought it back,he said ok but he would like to get an answer from what i read in his Intoto diction,I told him it was nice and lovely and the best gift anyone had ever offered me so far,he was impressed but said that wasn’t the answer he was seeking but I further covered up by telling him how romantic he had been so far ” Richard,u are full of surprises,the most romantic guy i have ever come across,you are really amazing and I love that composure of yours,I have been reading it over and over,not that your handwriting is fine o,but really that composure of yours is flabbergasting and mind blowing,I wonder how you managed to put those words together,dear you are a genius” he said thanks and was like am making his head swallow but that I was yet to answer or tell him what he wanted to hear,I knew what he was asking but pretended and asked him what answer he was talking about,he said he needed answers to his last question in the note, I quickly tried covering up with another topic but he was the smart type,even when I asked after Ella he simply said that wasn’t the topic,so I just had to let him know my mind at the moment so I replied him ” please don’t see me as rude,but I can’t answer you that question,if really you need an answer please approach me the right way”. He was silent for some seconds before speaking up again,asking me if we can meet after i must have been through with classes and I said yes,we talked about other things and I thanked him for the beans he had cooked earlier,praising him as a good cook,I even went as far as relating what James and Jerry said about the food,he was just laughing uncontrollably like one who just inhaled a laughing gas,like seriously I never wished for the call to end,so I went further to asked him about his girlfriend, he told me he was once dating the daughter of the vice President * Ibrahim Isa * they brokeup about four months ago because the girl was so full of herself and was just too proud for a human,he said they started dating when her father and his father was tagged up as running mates for the election,accord
ing to him he visited Nigeria then from his school in Paris and met her in their house,she was indeed beautiful and his mother * now the first lady * pushed him into dating her and he couldn’t refuse because the girl was indeed beautiful and he was already liking her at first sight,they started dating before he went back to school and that was about three months to the election * I can’t really recollect,he had said * everything was going on well till the girl visited him in Paris,she was just so lazy and over demanding,she likes giving orders but never takes none,he said while she was in his flat in Paris on her first visit she was a lazy ass,on her second visit she revealed her other side which was nagging and jealousy,her own jealousy was off limit but he said he understood her actions then being that she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth with the rest of her two siblings,she was spoilt to the call by her parents being that she was also the only girl in three children so he controlled his temper toward her,then on her third visit she came along with the beast in her,maybe she was tired of dropping them along while coming to see him * he said * he said he cane back from classes that very day only to meet her lying like a dead wood in his bed,the worst part was that she didn’t inform him of her coming but that really didn’t piss him off,the part that pissed him off was that fact that his room was loitered with bottles of all sort of drinks and about three packets of cigar, he didn’t believe it was his woman so he left the room and walked in again hoping to see clearly thinking it was all an illusion but it wasn’t afterall,he quickly woke her up asking her firstly why she didn’t inform him she was coming,when she spoke to him her mouth sinks,she simply asked him if there was something he was hiding that would make her take permission before coming to see her man,at lest he understood that,that she mustn’t take permission before every of her visit so he pushed that aside and asked her who took the liquid contents in those bottles lying on the floor and the cigarettes scattered all over the room,she gave him a weird laughter and asked he how many people he had met in the room on his arrival or did he meet any body leaving the room on his arrival,at first he thought he was hallucinating but she repeated the questions again ” so you smoke and drink? ” he asked ” stop shouting as if its something wrong ” she had rebuked him ” no nah,I smoke and drink and you my girlfriend also smoke and drink,what kind of kids do you want us to bear when we get married? I don’t even smoke half of what you had smoked now in a day” he fired ” oh is it all about the cigar? don’t worry,I came with cocaine,I can strick to with with just a little of cigar smoking ” she smiley told him,he was shocked deep down ” you take cocaine? ” he asked again to be sure she meant it ” what’s the big deal,every normal girl does or you think am kidding? ” she dipped her hand into her bag and brought out a sealed white substance, he was shocked,as in re-shocked that was how they began having issues every day,with him trying to stop her from those stuff * he explained *I felt for him but was really shocked also to learn Richard smokes but I kept those question in my head for another day because I would to tell him face to face when he would be asking me out that I Precious Oyege can’t date a guy who smokes and drink till he gets drunk because I don’t want a man that would turn me to rainbow by adding another complexion to my skin with beating all in the name of marriage or relationship, anyway I know the kind of brother I have,Michael Augustine my brother won’t take such for any man who would try such with his precious kid sisters.
I asked him how long they had dated and what really brought the break up,he said they dated for about two years,he told me one certain period she set him up,leaving cocaine in his room when going back and immediately she left he was quick to notice it so he quickly flashed it in to the toilet thinking she might come back for it once she finds out she left it behind but instead as he was in the toilet flashing it his door bell rang,he thought she had come back for it so he quickly flashed it and went to answer the door after washing his hand only to see two policemen standing in his door post that they received an information that he is into drugs and would like to search his flat, he ushered them in and they turned the flat upside down but found nothing,but they insisted it was from a reliable source therefore they must run a medical test on him and as at that time he was writing his final year exams. he said the God that saved him was that when his girl came visiting that time,he didn’t touch her being that she had refused to stop drugs so when the test was carried out on him no trace was found in his system so they apologized and let him go.
he was angry with her and called to inform her he has received the message she left behind but she denied it.what finally brought an end to their two years relationship was that he caught her also injecting drugs into her system that very day in the toilet,then they were already in Nigeria though she came visiting him from school in Australia, he went to shoprite to get her some stuffs she demanded,on his return he couldn’t find her so he began searching for her only to bump into her in the closet injecting her self, he was d–n angry with her,he could have beaten her blue black if not for the position her father holds but he forgave her when she came begging being that it was the first time ever he was seeing her plead for her wrongs both knowing she had other plans,not less than an hour later he caught her at the dinning injecting his own meal,she probably was trying to drug him. that was what put an end to their two years relationship that they had been struggling with,she took the next available flight back to school in anger and ever since then they had heard nothing of each other although their parents are not aware of their break up except maybe she told them but he didn’t and no body had asked him so far.
his story really weakened me,well I sympathized with him and he said he has moved on.
well we called it a day and wished each other good nights before ending the call that was when I realized we have been on call for hours yet I didn’t feel it nor did I feel bored with any part of the call.
I wasn’t able to go to the dry cleaner again because it was already very late and the guy must had gone home.
I didn’t even bother asking Richard for the girl’s name and he didn’t tell me either.
I received a text message,opening it,it was Richard wishing me a good night sleep.
㊗️Episode 12㊗️
All I just wanted was for
the day to break announcing
tuesday ,I couldn’t just
imagine why some girls
would give themselves to smoking and drinking.
its so absurd.
I finally slept off
The next morning I was ready
for classes,the days lectures
always seem stressful because
its somehow,one lecture from
8 to 10 a.m then another starts
at 1pm,we finally round up at 3pm.
I dressed for lectures after brushing
and taking my bath,then warmed
up the remaining beans and ate
it before leaving the house.
after the 8-10 lecture Ella
came to join me in my seat,
we exchanged greetings,she
apologized for not giving me a
call as promised and also begged
that I can to know her lodge after
classes,I willingly accepted
then she called Richard right
in my presence asking him to
come into the lecture hall,trust
Nigerians,all attention turned to
him immediately he got inside
the hall,most girls in my
department took to the notice
me style he tried his best to
ignore them but welcomed their
hailing,he walked up to where
myself and Ella was seated and sat
on the desk,Ella excused herself
immediately that was when it
dawn on me that Ella knew of the
happenings between myself and
Richard but had pretended all
these while,she has really being
working hand in hand with
Richard, he sat off the desk
and came joining me on the
same seat smiling
Richard: you ain’t looking bad
these morning at all
Me: thanks
Richard: the difference between
you and angels is that they live
in heaven while you leave on
Me: Richard don’t start flattering
me,we are in class and see some
people mopping
Richard: am not flattering you,
you are the one taking it that
Me: hmmm,let me just believe you
Richard: * he kept quiet,staring
into my eyes for sometime,I was
beginning to feel shy *
Me: please stop it
Richard: I’m staring at you because
I don’t even know where to start
expressing my feelings for you
from,you have really stolen my
heart Precious and I love you
for that,please give me the
opportunity to steal yours
Me: thanks but I really don’t
understand what you are driving
Richard: be my girl,and I promise
to stand under the rains for you
to to see you dry
Me: * I was speechless for some
time k tried not to stare into his
eyes * I know you do love me and I
feel same way for you but…
Richard: really you do? but what?
Me: I haven’t seen you smoke yet
but you told me last night that
you smoke, I have seen you get
drunk once and you told me you
drink,yes I can tolerant it if you
drink and don’t get drunk but I
can’t tolerant it when you smoke
even just a stick,all am saying in
essence is that I can’t date a man
with such habit am sorry
Richard: * he was calm for a while * what if I stop smoking and reduce
my drinking habit?
Me: why not stop?
Richard: am a man,I need it once
in a while
Me: okay,but please give me time
to think of it.
he thought for a while,we were
talking matured that even the
people seating behind and in front
of us could hardly figure out what
was going on.
Richard: that means you are telling
me to go home and die of thinking
please give me an answer now
even if its a no I would understand.
Me: what if am into a relationship
Richard: I know you are not,Ella
told me * see casting,no wonder
Ella was asking me the previous
day *
Me: am scared Richard,please don’t
hurt me
Richard: I won’t
Me: please don’t break my heart
Richard: I swear to be the last man
you would ever date in these life, be mine please
Me: * shyly * yes I would be.
He hugged me tightly and
everyone’s attention was drawn
to us
Richard: thank you so much,
thank you so much.
He stood up and shouted out
Richard: attention please * everywhere was calm,I wondered
what he was up to * thanks
for your attention,I just want
to tell you all that am inviting you
all these Saturday to the Eden
Garden,come with as much
people as you can,there would
be much to eat and drink,its as
from 8pm till mama callls
Everyone in Class: hhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeyyyy.
some were hitting their desk to
show their happiness,some
jumping,just different kinds of
Richard: calm down,calm down
* everywhere was calm again * the reason for these party you would
know by that same Saturday but
bear it in mind that its all about
Precious here
All: Precious! Precious!! Precious!!!
* they hailed till he asked for
attention again *
Richard: these wouldn’t be an any
how party,T-shirts would be printed
and as soon as you come into
the party ground one would be
given you and your name(s) stamped to it immediately
All: Richard! Richard!! Richard!!! *
they hailed *.
he took me up and started walking
out of the hall with me,Ella
jumping behind and the hails
changed to
All: Richardpresh! Richardpresh!! Richardpresh!!! * till we were out
of the hall *.
we got into Richards car,these
time I was in front with him
while Ella sat at our back
Ella: finally
Richard: yea baby sis finally * I was
shy still * all thanks to you
Ella: what are we cousins for
Richard: I owe you big time and
ama make it up to you,I promise
Ella: wow thanks
Richard: you are welcome
Ella: so where to?
Richard: your lodge
Ella: it calls for celebration.
Really my mindset changed,I felt anew and really special,I found myself saying inwardly “at long last” I smiled to myself as Richard zoomed off playing ‘ No One Like You’ by psquare but I was waiting for was to gain privacy with Ella so she can start explaining how Richard located me to school because right now I am convinced she is behind everything.
㊗️Episode 13㊗️
Richard drove till we got to Ella’s lodge,he horned and the gate was opened by a security officer,that alone gave me the impression that it was an expensive hostel Ella was living in.
Richard drove in and the security guy waved us.
he parked and turned off the engine and we all got down,the compound was indeed a large one with expensive cars parked all over to show that those occupying the builds were children of wealthy parents.
Don’t get me wrong,I didn’t say rich,I said wealthy meaning their parents had passed the level of being rich,in the compound was a magnificent two story building,it was really wide
Ella: welcome to my lodge,how do you see here?
Me: wow,it wow
Ella: thanks,I stay in the first flat on the second building
Me: not bad
Ella: so can we walk?
Me: why not
both of us walked to the stairs and started climbing leaving Richard behind because he was inspecting round the car but we later noticed him coming behind us,as we were climbing the last stairs
Richard: J’espère que vous êtes avec
les clés? * hope you are with the keys? *
Ella: n’est-ce pas avec les clés? * ain’t you with the keys? *
Richard: quel genre de question est-
ce, vous feriez mieux de
commencer à descendre
pour vérifier la voiture parce
que je ne suis pas avec une
clé * what sort of question is that,you better start climbing down to check the car because am not with any key *
Ella: oh Richard, arrête ces
blagues, je t’ai donné les
clés ce matin alors vérifie ta
poche * oh Richard,stop these joke,i gave you the keys these morning so check your pocket *
Richard: * searching his pockets,I guess he touched something * oh yea sorry
Me: what’s that?
Ella: don’t mind him,he forgets a lot. asking me after the key when its right in his pocket
Me: oh * Richard walked pass us were we stood talking *
Ella: you don’t understand French?
Me: no I don’t
Ella: wow,no problem I would teach you
Me: wow,that would be nice learning.thanks
Ella: but you understand Yoruba?
Me: yea,I understand Yoruba but a little sha then Igbo,Hausa and English
Ella: k know you will understand Hausa,since you told me you were brought up in Abuja but please you will teach me Igbo o,I really want to learn that language, I can speak Yoruba,that’s actually my dialect,then Hausa,of course English and French
Me: wow that’s nice,I will teach you
Ella: thanks,so you teach me Igbo while I teach you French
Me: yea * we continued climbing the remaining stairs *
well I can speak French pretty well and understood the conversation they both had concerning the keys,in fact it was one of those language subjects I enjoyed very well back in my early school stage,we started treating the language right from primary four till my ss3 classes,in fact I wanted to register it as one of my waec subjects if not for my parents advice saying that since I was going to study Economic I shouldn’t register French as one of my subject as its not really needed,instead I should go with important subjects that was what made me drop it,I just said I don’t understand French knowing fully well that now she thinks I don’t understand the language she and Richard might always want to use it when they don’t want me to understand what they are saying.
on getting to Ella’s door post it was already opened by Richard who was already inside. 
Inside was really wide,it was a big parlour,having two wide LG flat screens television with those expensive brown kind of colour chairs on a yellow rug designed with pink colours too,at a corner is a deep freezer beside a small dinning table then a water Despenser close,I was just speechless at the sight of things,I was wondering if these is just a school lodge or a life time apartment
Ella: yea yea,welcome to my small flat,its just a three bed room flat and a parlour
Me: * surprised * you call these small? ain’t you the only one here or do you have a flat mate? * Richard already entered a room *
Ella: flat mate! hell no,oh yea,I do have one,Richard
Richard: * coming out from the room * you are sick,naughty girl,sweedy,seat down
Me: *seating* thanks
Ella: well my dad said I should manage here
Me: manage?
Richard: * switching on one of the television * care for a drink?
Me: hmmm,just chilled water
Richard: ok,Ella, please help her with water
Ella: okay * walks off *
I was really surprised with what I was seeing,Ella really don’t play big in school,she has never given anyone a reason to suspect she is leaving big even in school,I was beginning to think how discouraged Jerry might be wooing her if he discovers how rich she is in school,well she came back handing me a glass of chilled water from her Despenser which I accepted
Me: I respect your personality Ella
Ella: why?
Me: you are these rich yet you were never showing off,like being pompous,arrogant,proud and those stuffs rich kids normally do in school
Ella: hahaha,dear only empty vessels makes noise,I don’t need to ride others because am from a manageable home after all I don’t know tomorrow
Me: yea,that’s true
Richard: Ella, jọwọ ran mi gba itoju ti mi
obinrin jẹ ki mi ni kiakia gba
diẹ ninu awọn ohun pẹlú ni
opopona * please help me take care of my woman let me quickly get some things along the road *
Ella: ko si isoro, o kan rii daju pe
o gba mi ju * no problem, just make sure you get mine too *
Richard: o mọ i yoo gba o nkankan
ani lai ti o béèrè * you know i would get you something even without you asking *
Ella: ok baby
Richard: * to me * sweetheart,I will be back right now,just a few minute
Me: I won’t miss you,Ella is here
Both: hahaha
Richard: that’s unfair
Me: don’t cry,you know am just kidding
Richard: better * planted a kiss on my lips then rushed off *
Yes,these was the perfect opportunity I was seeking for,just to have my privacy with Ella so I can get her to confess to me her role in all these so far,how Richard got to know I was schooling here after seeing me in abuja and why he has been in Lagos all these while and maybe tell her of Jerry’s feelings for her.
㊗️Episode 14㊗️
Ella: wow,am so happy for Richard,he looks fulfilled
Me: why say that
Ella: you finally accepted him *smiles*
Me: you knew about all these from the on start right?
Ella: not really
Me: I don’t believe you, okay tell me how you got involved
Ella: hahaha,actually my mum begged Richard to bring me some items here in lag since i we are into each other
Me: into each other how?
Ella: I am his favourite cousin of course *smiles*
Me: okay,continue
Ella: when he got the items for me I guess he met you because he came telling me he met a girl right here in my school and he has seen her once in abuja and he actually has feelings her and as God may have it I was quick to discover it was you the next day when he came to drop me off in school
Me: hmmm,interesting
Ella: so tell me,you really like him right?
I couldn’t really her,I just smiled,like seriously most times smiles are better replies to certain questions
Ella: hmmm *smiles* I sense love in that smile of yours
Me: but am scared Ella
Ella: *left the her seating position and sat closer to me* why scared?
Me: am scared Richard might change some day
Ella: dear you shouldn’t be scared,these is the Richard I know,he didn’t change to woo you so why would he change after!
Me: people change,its constant
Ella: think positive of everything, live live nothing negative ever exist
Me: thanks,am really encouraged
Ella: can I ask you for something?
Me: why not?
Ella: can stay here with me please,am always bored here alone and I know its same for you right in your lodge,if not for Richard’s presence I would have been sick
Me: *I was speechless for some seconds* I don’t know what to say in these
Ella: please na,see I ready see you as a sister,I really like you
Me: please don’t feel offended but give me a little time to think about these
Ella: okay but please let it be a positive one
Me: no problem,now its my turn so can I talk to you about something ?
Ella: anything at all
Me: its about my friend,our course mate Jerry
Ella: what about him?
Me: he is silently dying?
Ella: dying? is he sick,tell me please
Me: *I don’t know o but with her curiosity, I could tell she cared* he is dying for you
Ella: for me?
Me: he loves you but he is scared of telling you
Ella: why?,are my going to eat him? please forgive my manners but I think we should forget about that
Me: Ella!
Ella: no,I hate men who ain’t courageous,if he feels anything for me let him walk up to me as a man and tell me,am a woman,if am interested I would accept highest I would ask him for time and if am not I would simply tell him to look else where,is not as if am going to eat or beat him up.
Me: I understand what you mean
Ella: thanks,so if he is dying he dies for himself not me o joor
Me: hahaha
Ella: yes na,so forget him,he should come when he is tired of dying,so how are we gonna celebrate your union with Richard
Me: hahaha,union! we ain’t married o we are just in a relationship
Ella: so if my brother ask you to marry him you won’t?
Me: till then!
Ella: hahaha,just say as the spirit leads
Me: you are right *worried* dear I wonder what’s keeping Richard it almost two hours since he left
Ella: you have time to start thinking of Richard,you don’t know him yet,he would be there looking for big surprise for you
Me: I don’t want surprise jhoor,I want to be seeing his
Ella: hahaha see love,missing somebody,please Jerry should do and come jhoor so I would have somebody to miss too
Me: hahaha,jealousy
Ella: yes o am becoming jealous of these love,I wonder what you would do when Richard goes back to abuja
Me: *heart skips* when is he going back?
Ella: I don’t know o,you where the one keeping him now that he is got you who knows he might leave soon because his parents are already disturbing him to come back,his mum especially
Me: *sad* missing him already,please do you know about his ex?
Ella: that one? Zara abi what’s that her name,please forget her,I can’t even remember her name because the mere thought of her irritates me
Richard: * coming in * hello ladies
our attention turned to him,he was carrying two shopping bags
Ella: wow,I told you
Me: you got me scared
Richard: *giving me one of the bags and handing the other to Ella* so sorry dear,I got confused on what best to get you girls
Ella: *opening her own bag* mehn,you killed it,how did you know I had an eye in these shoes *getting up* wow,I love these gowns,you are such a darling
Me: *not opening mine* thanks
Richard: sweet,why not check yours and see if you would like them
Me: baby,I like them already
Ella: abeg let’s see *collects it and pour them on the chair* wow,these is pure gold chain,I know these perfume
Me: wow,let me see that hill
Ella: which of them?
Me: the pink
She picked it up and showed me,I love these one
Richard: baby,I would be leaving back to abuja in two days times *he broke the sad news which really pierced through my heart*
I stared at him with deep sadness,not knowing what else to actually say to him
Richard: when are you guys to start your exams?
Ella: next two weeks
Me: why leave so soon na
Richard: baby believe me I really want to stay here with you but everyone is bothered at aso
Me: its okay,just promise me I would see you again after my exams before going back to delta to meet my family
Richard: I promise
Ella: I will miss you too
㊗️Episode 15㊗️
Richard: you would take care of Precious for big bro right?
Ella: trust me
Me: am I a baby that can’t care for her self!
Richard: yes o you are my baby
Ella: Richy
Richard: yes dear
Ella: you can’t leave in two days
Richard: why?
Ella: you forget a lot,gosh,just few hours you made a promise in school about Saturday and Saturday is still 4 days away
Richard: oh,yes that’s true
Me: yes,yes,yessss
Richard: you don’t want me to go again?
Ella: no, why would you go now when you are still on honey moon
Richard & I: hahaha
Me: Ella you are sick * throw the pillows at her *
On Wednesday I spoke to Jerry about him talking to Ella about his feelings for her though I didn’t tell him I spoke to Ella already nor did I tell him of Ella’s say.
though he related his fears to me and I understood yet I made him understand that one thing must kill a man,I further encouraged him to talk to her ” she might be having same feelings for you and just hoping you come her way one day ” I had told him “but she isn’t giving me any green light” he defended.
I wonder why guys wait for a girl to give them green light before approaching her,they fail to understand every girl has her own way,maybe I gave those green lights to Richard or not but he wasn’t dependent on green light he was after what he wanted and right now that was all I wanted of Jerry.
He promised me to try his luck so I helped him plan it that these coming Saturday during Richard’s planned party was the best moment to talk to her and he welcomed the idea
It was Saturday already,I had slept at Ella’s lodge the previous day being Friday.
I noticed something about Richard,most times he would be having me romanced in his heart but saying it out to me that he wanted such was a problem to him,instead he would steal a quick kiss from me and am really planing on how to stop him of such attitude.
He had cuddled me all through the night making me sleep so deep that I didn’t notice when he left that very morning,it was Ella’s loud music that even woke me up.
I walked up to her in the sitting room and we greeted.
Ella: where did Richard drive to these morning?
Me: I don’t know o,I was deep asleep because I felt so safe in his arms not knowing he has even left me alone on bed
Ella: hahaha,sleepy head
Me: what are we going to do these morning?
Ella: we cook,I want us to make vegetable soup
Me: ok let me go brush,then I come join you in the kitchen
Ella: that would be nice,at lest let’s eat your food,you already ate my brother’s cook first
Me: hahaha lucky me.
I went inside to brush and wash my face before coming out.
we both went into the kitchen to cook. after making the soup we made semovita by the time we were done Richard was still not back.
I went to the room to take my shower since it was already 10 am and Ella did same.
she met me in her sitting room watching Africa magic and she joined
Ella: won’t you eat?
Me: no take yours,am waiting for Richard
Ella: okay o since you are waiting for Richard then am waiting for Richard and Precious
Me: hahaha
Ella: yea we all eat together
Me: okay,am sorry I forgot to ask you how you later went about your monthly flow
Ella: its nothing,the strange woman is gone for now but just that when it comes mine is always painful
Me: my sister God showed me much love in that area o,mine isn’t painful just that it makes me feel weak always and very uncomfortable, I would have to always eat for strength
Ella: can’t you see the way am jealous of you,if mine wasn’t always painful I would have been one of the happiest being God created,you won’t understand the kind of headache I always feel once r
the strange woman comes around
Me: its not easy
Ella: look now,the mumu man God would have destined me to marry would not know what pains am passing through just being a woman
Me: hahaha please o don’t kill me with laughter
Ella: am serious o
Me: please hold on let me call Richard,he is getting me worried again
Ella: I have been trying his numbers but they are off
Me: oh my God please protect him for me
Ella: hey,don’t drive fear into me
Me: no not like that,you know Richard is reckless when it comes to driving
Ella: don’t worry he is fine,I know he is probably out to fix surprises for the party
Me: must he get stuffs like that bother him?
Ella: forget Richard issue jhoor,why not tell me all about you at lest lest use these opportunity in knowing each other better
Me: okay that’s true,am Oyege Precious…*I told her all about myself*
Ella: wow,that’s nice,sweedy am really sorry about your father’s dismissal from work
Me: the family has gotten over that
Ella: why didn’t he sue the bank as a whole
Me: same thing my mother and I suggested but he waved it off with the support of his son,but its okay now sha,at lest no complains from home at all
Ella: don’t worry,I will talk to Richard about these
Me: no no don’t
Ella: sorry oh,but you don’t have a say
Me: Ella na
Ella: well am Ella Williams, from the family of two girls and two boys,like you already know my dad is from Ogun state while my mum is from Oyo,he is one of the soul owner of Shunt Oil,he also has shares in about six other firms and by the grace of God and the first born of the family *smiles* while my family are based in abuja dad still travels around for his businesses.
Me: wow,that’s amazing
Ella: God’s doing,don’t forget that.
We talked and talked till we began getting bored with talks because I was really worried about Richard,I even slept off in one of the couch,I was later awoken by Richard’s voice
Richard: hi ladies
Ella: where in God’s name have you been
Richard: so sorry,I forgot my phone in the room and have been so busy with..
Ella: busy with what? you shouldn’t be saying sorry to me,you should be saying that to whom you left worried,you know me na,if you like use your two legs and trek from Lagos here to Abuja I won’t be worried because I know you would definitely show up home even if the journey takes you a week,so you should be worried about those who are worried about you because am not,just take a look at the time,you left early in the morning only to return by these time,2pm,we haven’t even eating waiting for you *she flamed*
Richard: *turns to me* baby please am sorry.
I just took off his hands from my laps and walked back into the room,I could hear Ella say “is these how you want to show her the love you promised? am beginning to regret helping you get her and if you make me do it won’t be funny” and I could hear Richard plead with her from the room
Richard: Ella am sorry,you of all people should understand me better,you have been the only one who tends to understand me even more than my parents,why are you doing these now
Ella: Richard you got her worried,so worried,what if..*I couldn’t hear what she said there because she lowed her voice when saying it then raised her voice again* that’s bad,if my guy in fact any guy treat me the way you just treated her today I would take it the guy has no conscience
Richard: *in a weird voice like he wanted to cry* I only meant giving her a surprise
Ella: then you should have told me your sister about it,I would have known how best to defend your absence by the way am a woman,I should be able to help you with ideas of what a woman’s world is all about for you to know the best surprise you can give or get her,look now she is angry with you
Richard: am sorry
Ella: rubbish,you should get up here and go plead with your girl and not me okay! * everywhere was quiet for a while till the room’s door cracked opened and Richard surfaced
Richard:baby please am sorry * sitting on the bed I was already lying * believe me I didn’t mean to up set you,why would I do such,k was only looking for a better way to put smiles on your face.
I just turned my face,facing the walls to avoid seeing his face
Richard: you want me to cry? please forgive me
Me: Richard please just leave me okay,I hate these character of yours
Richard: now that I have known I will put it off
Me: * facing him* promise?
Richard: I promise
Me: ok you are forgiven * sitting up * you got me worried
Richard: thanks so much,look my phone in the drawer,I forgot it that’s why I never called
Me: its okay
he held me giving me those passionate am sorry look and before I could say any word our tongues cling together in a passionate kiss,I was already lost in the kiss before someone brought me back,it was Ella who had been standing in the room unnoticed that just cleared her throat to make us feel her presence,we disengaged our tongues and turned to her
Ella: * smiles * the party!!!
To be continued…

By penhouse

Jaja Godspower is a creative thinker and business strategist. He an award winning writer, blogger, author and a film maker from Nigeria. He is motivated with the desire to grow brands and businesses through adequate branding and visibility with his writing expertise. He is the founder of Penhouse Initiative, one of the largest growing writing hub in Africa.

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