I was almost at my house when i saw her again. The first time i saw her was last year when she and her church members were sharing pamphlets on the street. I and my guys were playing a friendly game of ludo, i was losing seriously so i was in a sour mood. Their loud singing and joyous clapping as they declared the lord’ s second coming and his wonders got to us before we saw them. Ebuka, a burly man who was married with kids was my opponent. Since he lost his driving job, he took his pleasure in playing Ludo games and cursing out the government. I was an unemployed graduate of two years so i had little else to do. The other guys were usually street guys and kids who fancied adult talk.
” Double six!” Ebuka screamed, almost upsetting the ludo game which was placed on the bench we both sat on.
” Take am easy nah” i said surely, i watched with a clenched jaw as Ebuka threw another double six again.
” Double six kill this one” he said, flipping one of my seed back into its house. The others laughed and cheered.
” Six_five” i threw mine, wondering which one of the games to bring out of its home. Ebuka’ s seeds were camped outside my house, waiting for me to bring out a seed.
The singing and clapping got louder and they walked towards us, some of them walked right on, still singing and clapping but two of them walked to us.
” Good afternoon,” the fair slimmer one said, ” we are from the gospel church down the street. We are having a three_ day revival. You are invited to join us” She handed each of the guys a flyer.” God bless you as you come”
” Shebi na your papa get the church Nne?” Ebuka asked, ” me i dey find job o” the other guys laughed.
” The lord will meet you at the point of your need as you come.” the chubby lady with her said, ” I hope you will attend.”
” Yes o” he replied.
” Brother, take” the fair lady extended a flier towards me.
” Thank you. Who do we ask of when we come for the revival? ” i asked, hoping she would tell me her name.
” We have to catch up with the others. You will see us at the revival, we will look out for you all” the dark skinned lady said.
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Ebuka and his family had attended the revival and he was employed later on as the driver of one of the deacons. As for me i couldn’t attend because i went for an interview outside Lagos. I was told at the end of it that they would get back to me but they hadn’t till date. I walked by the church often, hoping to catch a glimpse of her or run into her, i would often pester Ebuka about her but he always told me to get my mind off her as she was a pastor’s daughter and he wouldn’t even tell me her name.
” Hello!” I called, running to catch up with her. Luckily for me, i was sporting my only new pair of trouser, i had on my younger brother’s new Palm slippers and i just had my hair cut the previous day with the two hundred naira i stole from Mama. She stopped and looked back.
” Hello, ” She said with a smile.
” Hi. My name is Uchenna,” I said, flashing her my best smile.” We met sometime last year, you gave me your church flier”
” Oh. Nice to meet you again Uchenna, how come i didn’t see you in church? ” she asked jokingly.
” I was out of Lagos for a while. You are…..?”
” Dupe.” She said, ” Will i see you in church on Sunday? ”
” Lovely name, I only stopped to say hello to you.” I replied, not wanting to answer her question.
” That’s nice of you. Where do you worship? ”
” I am Catholic ”
” Alright.” She said, ” i have to be on my way.”
” Do you mind giving me your phone number?”
” No problem. It’s O80…..”
” 76?” i asked.
” Yes, it ends with 76.”
” I will give you a call later.”
” Alright” She said.
I almost jumped up in ecstasy as i watched her walk away. She was so slender, petite and beautiful. Her waist was tiny and i was sure her a-s would barely fit into my palm but i was attracted to her all the same. Dupe. The name suits her, She’s really dupe, i thought as i headed back home.
To be continued..