The Devil Who Loved Me ~Episode 14


Everytime I went to church that wasn’t catholic, I felt guilty. I was raised in a catholic home, but going for Mass here wasn’t something I wanted to do. So I had an agreement with God, I go to winners chapel like most students around here, then go for Mass when I am in Chief Dike’s house. Abayomi and Toun came to my house to pick me up. Abayomi was the only person in the crew that didn’t hold a position in church. While Toun and I were Ushers, Timi was the drummer. But he came to church early because of Toun. As usual, the songs and praise and choir ministration took place, with Timi’s drumming one of my favorite parts.
Annie was in church too, looking all pretty and hot with white blouse and a blue skirt. I ushered her in with some of her friends. When the Pastor started preaching, I removed my eyes from Timi.
Pastor: members of my church, I am glad we are gathered today on another Sunday that has been provided by God. Many people that saw last Sunday didn’t see this one. If you are glad that you saw this Sunday, shout hallelujah!
The congregation shouted Halleluyah..some even stood up to wave their hands to God.
Pastor: today we are talking about Miracles that break protocol…somebody say ‘MIRACLE’ As the congregation replied again, the pastor continued , but he stammered after a while, staring at the an usher, I looked at the door too. I saw them, I didn’t know the first guy that entered the church nor the third to the fifth, but when Uche’s tall frame followed his colleagues in the straight file I knew who they were. They didn’t smile, infact they looked angry as they sat on a pew that I could have sworn was occupied but now seemed empty enough to accommodate them. I didn’t see Jafar, I concluded he was a muslim, ofcuz the name should have told me.
Then he entered. Dressed in a green buba and sokoto, he walked gently, like the entire church was there because of him. He looked very good on the native with his gold chain glittering. It was like the entire church’s attention was on him, because the Pastor had to call back their attention.
Pastor: now if you open your bible to the book of Malachi… Jafar sat inbetween the guys that came before him, they seemed to be sharing a joke among themselves because they were giggling inaudibly. Jafar just smiled. Toun sent me a text message
Toun = isnt that Jafar I replied her text
Me = yes o, he and his friends.
Toun: he doesn’t look like someone that should be in church. I looked at her and we both smiled from the different rows we were managing.
Me = church is for everybody jor
Toun = I don’t know if its because he saved us, but I think I am crushing on him
Me: Na so dem dey crush, let Abayomi catch you. She looked at me and laughed again. I don’t know why, but I felt uneasy with Toun saying she had a crush on him…even if she was joking.
As soon as the service was over, I walked to their pew to say hello to him. Toun must have noticed because she met me as I was exchanging pleasantries with Uche.
Me: Uche, I haven’t seen you people in this church before
Uche: yes, we are born-again The rest of his colleagues that heard this laughed, I looked at Jafar, he looked at me like he was looking for something in my eyes.
Me: anyways, welcome to our church. Why didn’t you people stand up when they asked new comers too? This time , he didn’t bother answering me, he laughed away with his colleagues.
I walked to Jafar. Abayomi had walked to where we were and was chatting with his chic.
Me: thanks for the other day
Jafar: you are welcome
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Me: are you going to be a frequent member of the church? I heard Timi unmistakable voice behind me, he was with Abayomi and Toun.
Jafar: Do you want me to?
I wanted to say ‘yes’ but then, what reason would I give, so he would make heaven? I just smiled. Timi came to my hand and stretched his hand for a hand-shake with Jafar.
Timi: hello boss, I am Timi
Jafar: Jafar His eyes registered the fact that this was the same Jafar that Abayomi told him about. I hoped Jafar didn’t see it in his eyes
Timi: nice native
Jafar: Timi, excuse me as I finish my discussion with Tana. Timi was taken aback for a second, but he smiled and took it on the chin. He walked away while Jafar continued our discussion.
Jafar: we have a month till the elections, are you guys ready?
Me: I guess we are
Jafar: good. I have a good feeling about it
Me: if we lose, you wont too disappointed in us. Jafar used his palm to brush my face, from my fore-head to my chin. The movement was light and gentle. He spread his fingers as it got to my chin.
Jafar: I would not be disappointed in you. I looked at him and he looked at me. I was not sure why but it seemed everybody else froze around us.
Me: thanks for coming, I have to go now..
Jafar: wait..
Me: what?
Jafar: have dinner with me in my house tonight I wondered if that was the reason he came to church
Me: I am sorry I cant..will be very busy. Jafar smiled. ] Toun was waiting with Abayomi when I walked outside. Luckily the Pastor didn’t insist on all those his meetings today. They were leaning on Timi’s car. Annie and Timi must have been having an argument because when I walked to the car, they were staring angrily at each other.
Me: Annie whatsup? She ignored me. Toun and Abayomi noticed and did what all good friends do, start talking to me immediately.
Toun: Tana, we have been invited to Aisha’s party tonight.
Me: mehn, I just wanna sleep all day
Abayomi: we need all the publicity
Me: Abayomi, is it to late for me to step down?
Abayomi: who will take your place
Toun: Kofo na.. I don’t know why I laughed, but I did, Toun laughed harder and gave me a high five. Abayomi looked at me with eyes that could pierce a rock.
Abayomi: Tana, your Papa left balls!
Me: your mama right b—-t! At this time, Annie had left with her pussycat doll friends, Timi was looking at us. I wondered if he told his girlfriend what happened between us.
Abayomi: Timi, carry us go house na, abeg. I cannot waste my money on the satan girl called Tana.
Toun: what did Tana do na… think I don’t know that you f—-d Kofo? Abayomi kept quiet.
Toun: I don’t blame you, sometimes I can be a bad girlfriend. But the next time you f–k her, you and Acho will become buddies.
Abayomi: I love you..
Toun: its not like you have a choice, I heard Uche has been straffing the hell out of Kofo, sometimes she misses classes…no love from kofo…
Abayomi quietly enterd into Timi battered Mazda, Timi sat infront of him and was busy telling him how lucky he was to have an understanding girlfriend.
Me: please Toun, take it easy with Abayomi. He loves you.
Toun: I know, I just want him to feel bad. And fear me..
Me: anyways sha.. Toun and I sat on the back seat. Timi started the car and was cruising on the streets of Ago, with the most popular student car in Ago due to how shabby it was, when Toun asked him a question.
Toun: why don’t you drop your chic in her house, abi she no fit enter this your car?
Timi: she no be my chic again o…
Abayomi: what do you mean bruv?
Timi: Annie and I have broken up.
To be continued


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