Previously On The One I Love.
Credit Temitope Danie.
“I pray he’s not going to send us away.” Kate uttered, looking remorseful.
“I just hope I’ve not been cursed. Why on earth do I face trials and difficulties when it comes to having a guy?” Feyi complained.
“Yes?” He said.
“Secretary, they must not come in!” He exclaimed.
Not quite long after, Kate and Feyi barged into his office. Both didn’t allow him to speak at all before going on their kneels. Tolani himself was speechless.
“We’re really sorry.” The ladies apologized, looking so pertinent.
Tolani exhaled deeply. The ladies were still on their knees. Did they plan it or what
“I was surprised! It was a surprise that I could see you just like that, after many years.” She smiled. “Now, deny you didn’t miss me.” He grinned.
“Tolani! You’re too troublesome!” She hit him and laughed. “Can you see? You really missed me!” He laughed.
“What of you,
“I didn’t! Miss you? A whole me? I didn’t even feel for you.”
“Are you serious?”
“Sure.” He replied.
“You are invited to my engagement that’s going to hold next month.” She said.
“Engage what?” Tolani pulled out
“Engage-ment.” She completed it for him.
“You can’t be serious!
“Can you see a person who didn’t miss me? A person who didn’t feel for me!” Stella laughed and smacked him.
Tolani laughed too. “Naughty girl.” He drove on.
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Both walked inside the eatery smiling. Tolani was good at turning her mood around and making her lively. He had sighted Feyi and Kate in the car as he was about entering with Stella and smiled briefly. Both sat down and ordered for fried rice and chicken with beef sauce. They were about to be served when Tolani brought up the issue of Feyi and her friend. He asked her-
“If you should see Feyi and her friend here right now, coming to apologise to you what are you going to do?”
Stella sighed and stared at Tolani. “There’s nothing I can do since we are all humans, we sin and God forgives. You know me, I’m going to forgive them.” She replied.
“Just like that?” Tolani asked clapping his hands together.
“Yeah. But really, how did you know her? Is there anything…” she stopped intentionally and grinned. She left the sentence uncompleted because she wanted Tolani’s trouble.
“Any what?” Tolani chuckled and hit her.
“But really, how do you know her?” She asked again, as she dropped her purse.
“She’s the daughter of my father’s friend.” He replied and started eating.
“That Feyi is a good lady, I’m sure her devilish friend pushed her to it. But, if I don’t forgive them I won’t be forgiven by God likewise. At least, I’ve been exculpated.”
“Alright, Feyi and her friend are around to beg for forgiveness and I hope you forgive them because it’s easier said than done.” He said.
“Really?” She was surprised.
Just then, Tolani called Feyi’s mobile phone and told them to come in. He continued discussing with Stella.
“They came to my office today and knelt down begging me. Feyi has been fired and she’s just in a semi prison because her father has left an order that she must always remain at home. I want you to forgive them.”
Feyi entered with Kate. Both walked up to them. Seeing their remorseful faces, she wanted to cry but held back herself when Tolani said to her that it wouldn’t make sense to cry in a public place.
What would she do, she has a soft heart.
The fight ended. Tolani smiled as he called on the waiter to bring the menu for the ladies to pick their choices.
At first, Feyi and Kate refused to eat but later agreed after Tolani and Stella kept on insisting.
“It’s getting late, I have to return to the office.” Stella informed Tolani and stood up.
“We’ll be leaving.” Tolani also stood, smiling as he got the ladies informed.
“Alright, I’m gonna personally come and greet you.” Kate smiled as she waved at her.
Feyi also waved and was relieved. Her conscience would give her rest now, at least she had done her part.
“So how have you been these years?” Tolani asked Stella as he drove out of the eatery.
“Been bad. I’ve been suffering, together with my friend.” She replied.
“I’m really sorry about that, God has helped you out now.” He grinned.
“Do you mind working with me?” He quickly asked.
“Working with you? That wouldn’t be good. I’m not sure if Tobi’s going to return back to the office.” She replied.
“Tobi? The other guy?” He enquired.
“Yes.” She replied.
“Hope there’s nothing?” Tolani glanced at her.
“I don’t even know but he’s not been picking up his calls.” She replied.
“That doesn’t matter. He might be sick.” Tolani chuckled.
Stella shrugged. “Maybe.” She replied and exhaled deeply.
“We just have to leave! We are going to Lagos.” Tobi addressed his grandma.
“I’ve told you I’m going nowhere!” She shouted at him.
“At least I’ve gotten you informed already, I’m off to Lagos. In short, migrating to Lagos finally.” He stood up from the plastic chair he was sitting on.
“How many times do you want me to ask you the reason behind this? If it is Stella, tell me, I’m going to sort things out.” She stood also.
“Grandma, I’ve also told you I’m gonna tell you, once you follow me. Lets pack your things and put it in my car.” He said.
“If that’s the case, go to your Lagos.” The woman hissed and sat angrily.
Tobi walked out and entered into his car.
“God let your will be done.” He sped off, ready to visit his car Engineer to service the car so he would travel to Lagos without any difficulty.
“I’ll come and pick you in the evening.” Tolani said as Stella alighted from the car.
“Alright.” Stella smiled and walked into the company. She greeted the security men and walked straight to her office. She hardly sat down when she heard knocks at her door.
“Please come in.” She said and awaited who was at the door.
It was her boss, Temitope Williams.
“How are you?” He entered smiling.
“I’m good sir.” She stood up, surprised to see him.
“Why, do you like eating your lunch alone?” He asked her and stood near the seat.
“No sir.” She grinned, exposing her beautiful set of teeth. She didn’t know what next to say.
“So how? You can’t even offer a gentleman a seat.” Temitope grinned.
“Oh sorry… sit down sir.” She smiled and sat too.
“I came concerning Mr Tobi. Have you tried to call him?” He asked.
“Yes sir, but he didn’t pick up.” She replied.
“Same here… I’d like us to visit his place together by evening. No one can tell what happened to him.” He said.
“That’s true sir, I’m ready anytime.” She replied.
“We can even go now, going by evening might be somehow. We have to rest.” He grinned and stood up.
“Alright sir.” She picked up her handbag.
Temitope drove to the front of Tobi’s gate. He already knew the house because he had visited him once. They met the gate locked up and there was no one at home.
“Where could he have gone? He didn’t pick up his calls likewise!” Temitope shouted, sounding bothered.
“Has he ever behaved this way?” Stella enquired.
“No. Tobi is a good guy, a deligent one for that matter.” Temitope walked back to his car and sat near the bonnet.
“I don’t know any of his family members, he’s not married again.” He hissed, he was very disturbed.
“Don’t worry sir, I pray all is fine.” Stella said.
“He’s making me disquiet, worried and perturbed.” He hissed and breathed deeply.
As promised, Tolani was already waiting for Stella. He had bought two bowls of ice cream that he’d give her and take one also. He was just happy and kept thanking God he met Stella in a delightful way. She wasn’t married and likewise into any relationship, it was his source of felicity.
After few minutes of waiting, Stella walked out of the company and sighted his car immediately she came out. She smiled, it was just like him, he liked keeping to time.
“Hey Tola.” She grinned as she opened the door.
“How are you?” Tolani grinned in return and switched on the air conditioner.
“I’m good dear.” She replied.
Both kept gisting till they got to Stella’s place. Tolani gave her his surprise package and sped off to the hotel to check on his friends. They’d be returning the following day.
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