I was about to reach for the door knob when it clicked open. He pulled me into his arms, giving me a mind blowing kiss. What was going on? i pressed closer to him deepening the kiss. I pulled back still stunned, it must definitely be my mind at work. I blinked furiously but the illusion refused to go. He came into my living room, i touched his hairy arm gently. He was real.
” Lord knows i tried to get you out of my mind and my dreams but i couldn’t. I have missed you.”
” Why are you here?”
” I want to hear your own part of the story”
” What did Lola tell you?”
” She said you gave Liz to her when she was a baby and she wants to repay your kindness. Lola was such a kind soul and she was so vulnerable that i felt you had taken advantage of her and you were trying to steal Liz. I apologize Ebere”
” Why the change of heart now?”
He sighed. ” That wasn’t the only reason i was pissed. Mildred told me you slept with my step father.”
” I never had s-x with him, yea we did stuffs but no intercourse and that was a long time ago. Look, i won’t apologize for my past, it was the life i found myself in and i was only trying to survive.”
” I’ m not here to seek for apologies. I just want to hear your own part of the story.”
” It’s a long story”
” Ebere i have the time”
I remembered the days of hunger and starvation, how my parents were forcing me to marry Mazi okoro who already had two wives. Mother had a baby every year, it was like s-x was the only fun my parents had and they were always at it. Three of my siblings were already living with relatives in God knows where. The rest of us were either forced to work on the farm or marry men as old as the village tortoise.
One day Madam B came back from Lagos, she promised us better lives and future. My mother sold off her pregnant goat to afford the three thousand naira needed for our transportation. We were forced into prostitution on getting to Lagos, i told him about the perils that came with the job and how i had foolishly given my heart to Dayo. When i paused for breath, Ayo’ s eyes were blood shot. He was seething with anger.
” She must be brought to book! do you still remember where she lives?”
” Good. I am so sorry Ebere. Come here”
He pulled me into his arms and we stayed like that for so long.
Madam B was arrested the next day just like Ayo promised. She was also on the wanted list of the police. Ayo drove me to the police station where she was detained. She denied not knowning who i was but after some hot slaps from our ever so zealous police women she opened up but she said it was her first time. Isn’t that what they all say?
Ayo and I went to pick up the girls from school, the family was planning Lola’ s funeral, after the family meeting Ayo called the Senator into his private study and confronted him. He promised not to throw anymore subtle innuendos my way or harrass me. Ayo also threatened to expose him, his political friends and their dirty fetish. The Senator couldn’t wait to leave his step son’ s study, he stammered out apologies saying he was only being friendly. He left the study with his tails between his legs. My tall, dark and handsome pulled me into his arms as i sobbed my heart out.
To be continued..
Allen’s Avenue Episode 29