The next day in the evening, I watched as the girls came to the house and Jide came as well. When they did, they were surprised to see that there was no party and so they wondered what was going on. I didn’t make them see me; I just stayed with Brian in his room and watched them. I couldn’t even stand the sight of Jide and Miley. It hurt so bad to see them act as though nothing was going on between them. Thirty minutes after, my mom joined them in the living room and said, ‘how are you all? My guess is that, you girls know I lied about the party.’
They looked surprised and my mom continued, ‘Jide, I know what’s going on between you and Miley. And why would you betray someone you call your best friend like that. I have nothing to say to you girls and the fact that, my daughter broke up with her childhood best friend and boyfriend for you girls hurts me the more. Your parents put you through school to study and instead of doing that, you go from one party to the other. You don’t go for lectures and when it’s time for exams, you sleep with the lecturers for good grades. I’m so disappointed in Bola for choosing to be friends with girls like you.
And you Jide, you had the guts to impregnate my daughter too and you went around sleeping with her friends. Make sure you stay away from her; if you ever call her phone again or try contacting her, I promise you, you will regret it. And the four of you, I hope you see this as a good reason to change your habits. If one of you could do that to Bola, then I wonder how you even manage to call yourselves best friends. I don’t care what you choose to do after this, but stay away from my daughter. I’m changing her hostel next semester so don’t worry, you won’t have to see her again. Now, leave my house!’
My mom was so angry and I watched them leave the house in shame. I cried as I watched them leave and Brian comforted me. He asked if all that my mom said was true and I nodded. I told him what happened when I went with Miley to see the lecturers and the fact that the others girls did same too for good grades. My mom heard me saying all that, and said she went to see Stanley and that’s when he told her all that.
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Then, she told me if I knew what was best for me; I would go to Stanley’s house right away and talk to him. I did just that, and when I got to his house, I met him outside the gate. He was with the girl and it broke my heart to see him happy with some other girl. She sat in a cab and he bade her goodbye before turning to me.
I asked how he was doing and he said, ‘I’m okay. What can I do for you?
’ I said, ‘can we go inside at least?’
We walked into the house right after and when his mom saw me, she said nothing. I felt like a complete stranger in Stanley’s house for the first time and I wished the ground would open and swallow me up. It was all my fault and I wished so much for another chance to make things right.
Stanley took me to the sitting room instead of his room for the first time. He was treating me like a normal visitor and I had no reason to complain. Then, I went down on my knees and moved closer to him with my hand placed on his thighs, ‘Stanley, please forgive me. I’m so sorry.’ I cried as I said those words.
I had missed him and wished to have what we had in the past back. I even regretted gaining admission to the university and wished to go back in time and change everything.
Stanley said nothing and I added, ‘I’m sorry for not listening to you; I’m sorry for choosing those girls over you; I’m sorry for not caring about what we had. Please forgive me Stanley. I regret it all. I hate how everything turned out. I hate that I’m now like a total stranger to you. I hate that you are no longer a part of my life and I’m no longer a part of yours. You used to be my best friend and my everything. Please forgive me. Please!’
Stanley looked away, and took off my hands. Then he said, ‘I have nothing against you. Bola, you chose to let things turn out this way. I don’t think we can get back what we’ve lost and don’t worry about forgiveness; because I’ve forgiven you. I know you were just naïve and got lost in the moment. But the fact that you took everything I told you as trash when I came to apologize to you, meant you took me for granted and that hurt. It still hurts when I think about it but don’t worry, I have nothing against you. And as you can see, I’ve moved on. I have a new girlfriend and though she is nothing like you, I like her and I want what we have to last. She trusts me and she is helping with my anger issues.’
I wanted to beg him to say he okay to us giving what we had another chance but then I realized it would amount to nothing. So I thanked him and asked if we could remain friends at least. He looked into my eyes and just shook his head. He told me there was no way he could be friends with me because our friendship used to be over the top and if he agreed to it, it would mean he was giving us another chance. That did nothing but hurt me the more, and though I told him I was leaving, I told myself I was going to do all I could to get what we had back.
I wasn’t going to give up on Stanley and I was ready to do all I could to give him to have him come back to me. And before I left his house, I went to his mom and apologized to her as well. She told me she completely understood me and said she had forgiven me. Then she asked, ‘have you missed him? And do you want him back?’
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