Izu was waiting patiently in the car for his girlfriend to return. He was parked outside her house or rather where she stayed with her friends Lucky and Diamond. She’d decided to break the news to them that afternoon having kept it from them for a little over a week now. Izu already had an idea what the outcome of that meeting would be. The girls had never cared for him, they believed he was a bad influence on Kite, they would never consent to him and Kite being together. He didn’t care about them either, Kite was his concern, he loved that girl with his whole heart.
Ever since the very first day he’d set eyes on her in Use of English class back in hundred level. She’d walked into the class, his breath had caught and he’d kept staring until she’d sat down beside him. He’d wanted to talk to her but a sudden shyness had overcome him and words had escaped his head, he’d settled on staring at her instead.
Somehow, she’d also been drawn to him and after a few classes together where he always kept a free seat beside himself for her, she’d initiated conversation with him. If she hadn’t, he doubted he’d have ever talked to her first, the girl was hot and really smart. He’d found out that their upbringings had been similar; they’d both been brought up by their mothers.
His father had passed on when he’d been eleven, while hers had left their home when she’d been a kid. They were sort of cut from a cloth, both their mothers were struggling to see them through school and they were both were first kids.
They’d bonded over their similarities. Kite was really smart and sometimes he wondered what he’d done to deserve such a wonderful girl who would have been perfect but for her nasty temper. He’d been at the receiving end of her temper a few times himself but he knew how to get her to calm down when she got really angry with him. He just accepted everything she said, accepted he was the one in the wrong, apologising profusely and then he would take her in his arms and remind her that he loved her. Worked like magic, she calmed down and forgot about what had gotten her angry in the first place.
Like him she’d also been a hustler and was quite fast with her fingers, pick pocketing and shoplifting, but according to her, she only did it when she badly needed the money and only from people who had more than enough. He’d also resorted to hustling people to survive, he and his closest of friends picked on people who had money, came up with some story or business and at the end disappeared with their money.
He’d tried as much as he could to keep Kite away from those deals in case any of them went south like the last one had but she’d helped from time to time when he considered it harmless. The girl was always there to support him when he needed her, he loved her and still couldn’t fathom why he’d allowed himself mess up with Brenda.
Brenda had always had a thing for him, she’d been in the University along with them and they’d been friends before he’d met Kite. He guessed Brenda had hoped he’d ask her out and had been really jealous when he’d chosen Kite over her. She’d tried a few stunts back at school, starting fights and trying to embarrass Kite but Kite never backed out of a fight. She faced it head on, he so loved her for that.
The girl was hot and at the same time could get really razz and fearless. It had pained him to have to leave Kite after the last deal had gone sour but he’d had no other choice and without a word because he knew she’d be taken in for questioning and the less she knew, the better. The person they’d tried to defraud was a powerful senator and it had been a really close call for him. He’d also had to borrow money from some thugs who after they’d learnt the deal had gone sour had come after him for their money. He’d needed to go into hiding where no one would have find him and that was where Brenda had come in.
He and Brenda had loosely kept contact after University, she was now a big girl in Benin and Port Harcourt, sleeping with ‘big men’. He didn’t know what he’d been thinking going to stay in her place in Benin, he’d just been asking for trouble. He’d never planned it, one thing had led to another and they’d become lovers and now he was in deep shit. Kite could never know about his trysts with Brenda, he couldn’t explain how angry she would be, he didn’t even want to think about it.
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His phone buzzed, a text had come in. Hi sugar, meet me at my place, 65, 7th Avenue, Gwarimpa. Proposition for you, I advice you come if you don’t want to upset little miss perfect. Miss you, Brenda. xoxo.
He hissed as he flung the phone down, he’d be damned if he would go there, that would be asking for trouble all over again. It was better avoiding her. Looking out the window, he saw Kite approaching, with a travelling bag. Uh-Oh, didn’t look good. She opened the back door, threw the bag in and then got into the front passenger seat, bursting into tears as she sat down.
“Sweety,” He placed a hand on her shoulder “It didn’t go down well, did it?” She shook her head, he wasn’t surprised at all, her friends hated his guts.
“What did they say?”
“The usual, you’re a bad influence, and if I was getting back with you, I should move out and not come back crying to them when you disappeared again.” She said as the sobs wracked through her body. He pulled her into his arms.
“I’ll never leave you again, I promise.”
“I know, but I don’t know how to explain that to them. I just wish they could see you how I see you.” She said bursting into more tears.
“it’s okay sweetie, it’s okay,” He patted her back “You’ve got me, that’s all you need. We’ve got each other, that’s all we need.”
“Yeah, I know but they are my best friends, my only friends and I don’t like….”
“it’s okay, they’ll probably come around after a while.” He said but he wouldn’t hold his breath for that “maybe you guys need some time off.”
She nodded as she wiped the tears off her eyes “maybe we do.” He searched for his handkerchief offering it to her, she was calming down a bit. “it’s just that they’ve done a lot for me, you know? This isn’t right, I just wish you guys could get along.”
“I understand.” He told her.
“will you be okay?” She shrugged
“I feel crappy now but I’ll be better or do I have any other choice?” She offered a shaky smile for his benefit and he smiled back, hugging her one last time before giving her some space to put on their seat belts.
“So…you’re moving in with me, I guess?”
It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, and Ise was in his house lounging and talking with his good friend, Olamide when Jeje came in, looking made up like she was going somewhere.
“Hey big bro, mom needs your presence.” She told him . Ise turned on her
“have you forgotten how to greet?” He asked her pointing at Olamide “Didn’t you see Olamide here?” She made a face as she looked from Olamide to him and hissed
“Is it not Olamide again? Is he a stranger?” Olamide smiled and Ise saw a look pass between them but wasn’t sure what it was.
“Ise it’s okay. Jeje and I are not strangers nao.”
“He’s older than you by seven years, Jeje, you better start respecting him.” He directed, he didn’t care if they were friends or whatever, Olamide was a good friend of his and way older than her, he deserved her respect.
“mmh, I hear you, mum’s calling for you, get your butt down to her place.” He couldn’t help but smile, the girl was so stubborn.
“You can see how she talks to me, the girl doesn’t have an ounce of respect, one of these days you’ll receive a serious spanking.” Ise joked. “ Tell mom that I can’t leave now, I have a visitor.”
“it’s okay,” Jeje chipped in quickly as she dropped on the sofa beside Ola “I’ll keep Ola company.” Ise raised a brow, wondering when jeje started keeping Ola company, they were friends but didn’t she have other things to do than talk to his friend. Anyway, whatever, the sooner he was at his mother’s place the sooner he could leave.
“ it’s alright Ise, we’ll be fine.” His friend said. Ise’s gaze went from one to the other, what were these two up to, he wondered.
“Okay,” He got up “Let me go see mom then.”