”…So that’s how it happened and the reason I kept it a secret” I said ,feeling a painful heart wrench.
”Ok Mr. Gabriel ‘ Dami said ” I’ll talk to you later. Please you can leave now
’ Why the sudden change, Dami? I asked. ‘Why the sudden formal tone?
‘Mr. Egedege’ She said ” Please dont let it get any worse than this. I said, I will call you later” She made several signs with her head, eyes and even her tongue. I couldnt fathom what she meant. It was as if she was saying ” Go now, please, I’ll call you later. Lets just talk some other time”
‘ whatever ! I thought she was insane. We had to iron things out there and then. ‘ So is that it? ‘ I said’ You’ll just walk me out ,out of your life. Out of Funmi’s life. Without explanation’
”We are done talking here. ‘ She said ‘ Dont let me call security’ Again ,her eyes betrayed her words. —- I glanced briefly at Kemi. She was rather perplexed than lost in thoughts. A single word did not see the daylight out of her mouth.
I left the two women, opened the door without second thoughts and banged it behind me. All the while I thought things were under control. Guessing now, that I had been wrong. She was such an ingrate. A manipulative witch.
The good times, I spent with Funmi , flashed in my face. My grown affection for the little girl. *—–
”The best gift you gave me is you, thank you for coming. Daddy”
” I promise you . I will never leave again ” I said to her.
yeah! I love you daddy..—–
At first ,it was all a joke, but now I knew I lost the game. The underdog won with high odds at stake. My family was near dilapidation and my relationship with Funmi will also suffer.
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I came home early. Tucked myself into the couch and waited for a miracle. I dialed Tayo’s number. The playback tune of Flavour’s : Power to win, helped calm my storm.
” Man whats up? I said.
” Just finished a deal with Kay Constructions…I’m on my way home’ Tayo’s voice said.
” Bro, I’m back to square one’ I said.
” Seriously? How did that happen.?
‘Tayo, the chick blew my cover- I never knew she would have me investigated” He kept on with his long list of advices, after which he admonished me to admit reality .
” Now you have to focus all your efforts on your marriage, with Katherine’
‘Ayo?- Its not going to be easy” I said ”besides–”
”There is no sides here. You ‘re the man. She will understand, just sweet-talk her into it, She needs alot from you” He said again.
” Kate is different–‘
”Listen to me G,’ He cut in again, ” She is still your wife. Its a chance to make things right–”
‘ So I should tell her the truth? I asked. He heaved a sigh of relief then continued
” Well , thats a wrong turn… Dont bail the cat yet, in time it will escape” ‘ Besides now, you haven’t been unfaithful, have you? He asked.
The day weared away as the sun kissed the earth goodnight, with its yellow rays setting at the far west. Kate was not yet back, neither was David. I sat near the dinning table, glancing at the mouth watering food I had prepared. I manipulated the urgency and made it worth while. I waited. Then my phone rang. It was Maxwell on the other end.
” Bad news, bro! ‘ He said.
” I’ve had quite enough doze since last night’ I said ‘ drop the bomb. Whats it Max?
” Its Kate— ” I became frantic. Stood up immediately, nearly ran mad. What happened to Kate?*
” What do you mean? – Kate? Did anything happen to her? I suddenly realised that my heart pace trippled, and shock waves travelled down my spine.
” Ma Nkechi, just got rushed to the hospital” He said.
” Why? What happened to Mother.’ I asked ‘ And why did Kate call you first ,instead of me? It was a strange feeling, and it ate me up internally.
”well I’m not in the position to answer’ He said ” maybe her mind randomly selected who to call first. We are on the same team ,arent we?
” OK, what about David?
” He is with his mother, at the hospital’ Maxwell said.
” I’m on my way. Text me the address” I zoomed off, collecting my wallet and keys to the car Tayo gave me. I got it at a second hand price, and would pay on interval rate. It was not too flashy, but it served its purpose.
Suddenly I my phone beeped again. Indeed today, was full of wonders and painfull uncertainties. The devil was really a fierce master in the act of temptation. I pushed the message view button . A text from Dami.
* : Please meet up with me, I want us to iron things out. I’m sorry for shouting at you. I want to understand you more. Dont leave us now, Funmi and I need you,…. Kisses and hugs, with Love. *
I was literally baked and at crossed roads. My arms grasped the wheel. I paused and undecided on whom to go to: Kate who didnt bother to call me or Funmi and her mysterious witch of a mother?